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28
Nov
2019

World Cup: BCCI increases cash reward for Indian players to Rs 2 crore each

first_imgAmid speculation that Indian cricketers are unhappy with the prize money announced for their World Cup triumph, the BCCI on Wednesday increased it from Rs one crore to Rs two crore each. The BCCI, in its working committee meeting in Mumbai, decided to increase the incentive to Rs two crore per player, which is still less than the Rs 5 crore each that the players had reportedly demanded. “The cash incentive to the members of the World Cup winning Indian team has been increased from Rs 1 crore per player to Rs 2 crore per player,” BCCI secretary and president-elect N Srinivasan said in a media release. The decision comes after speculation that several top Indian cricketers made an informal demand to the cricket board to increase the reward money to Rs 5 crore instead of just 1 crore for winning the biggest cricketing event after 28 years. However, such reports were rejected by the BCCI with Srinivasan terming them as incorrect. India won the ICC World Cup beating Sri Lanka in the final on April 2 at the Wankhede Stadium. Immediately after the triumph, BCCI President Shashank Manohar had announced a reward of Rs one crore for each of the 15-member World Cup squad. He also announced that the support staff would be awarded Rs 50 lakh each.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

28
Nov
2019

Lashkar-e-Toiba used Gujarat riot videos to psych me against India, David Headley tells court

first_imgThe Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT) used videos of the 2002 Gujarat riots to “motivate” David Headley to carry out jihad against India, it has been revealed.Headley, a co-accused in the 26/11 strike, was allegedly trained by the LeT as well as the ISI in terror operations after seeing the videos “that revealed the persecution of Muslims in India”.As a star witness during the just-concluded trial of his childhood friend Tahawwur Rana, Headley told a US court in Chicago how the banned Pakistani militant group was using the 2002 riots as a potent tool to radicalise possible recruits.Headley told the Chicago court last month that the Gujarat riots were very often the topic of discussion among him and his Pakistani handlers, including Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi as well as senior LeT leaders such as Sajid Mir and Yusuf Muzammil.When the US government prosecutor asked him if the Gujarat riot motivated him to carry out jihad against India, Headley said: “Yes.””It was a massacre that had happened, and they showed people running, houses being burnt. And also since that time from 2002 till 2007, the Lashkar office itself had received hundreds of letters from Muslims in Gujarat asking for help,” Headley said.”All of us spent a few weeks there watching videos of different actions that had taken place in India against Muslims,” Headley, 50, said. He saw the videos at the outfit’s Muzzaffarabad headquarters.He told the court of having seen a hidden-camera interview of one Baba Bajrangi, said to be a VHP leader, who relocated himself from Mumbai to Gujarat during the riots.advertisement”In the video, Baba Bajrangi claimed that he had killed a lot of women and burnt houses and stuff. That’s available on YouTube,” Headley said referringto his conversation with LeT leaders in Pakistan.”They are videos of the massacres that had taken place in Gujarat a few years earlier and the breaking of the Babri Mosque, other things like that,” Headley said when asked about the videos that were shown to him by the Lashkar leaders ahead of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack.The terror accused also revealed how his handlers used a US cell phone number to communicate with him in order to deceive Indian security agencies.He said the ISI’s Major Iqbal – another accused – used to call him from an American number while the Pakistani-American was scouting for targets in India.Headley told the court that Iqbal gave him a New York cell phone number starting with 646 so that both of them could have unhindered communication while he was in India.Headley said he was asked to call on that number to talk to Major Iqbal when he was travelling inside India.”This was done because all calls between India and Pakistan were mostly monitored,” Headley explained.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

28
Nov
2019

London Olympics: Annu Raj looks set to make her mark

first_imgLast year’s ISSF World Cup in Fort Benning, USA, was a happy hunting ground for India. Not only did the country’s pistol shooters win three medals, they also booked an unprecedented number of berths – three – for the London Olympics.One of these winners was Annu Raj Singh, who clinched a silver medal in the 10m air pistol women event. The Aligarh-born girl, who now resides in Faridabad just outside the Capital, shot a personal best 389/400 in the qualification rounds before scoring a steady 97.6 in the final.A repeat of that score at the Royal Artillery Barracks next Sunday would hold her in good stead for a medal. Four years ago, in Beijing, when there were no Indians in the fray, Russian Natalia Paderina had shot an Olympic Record 391 in the qualification round, but lost out to Chinese Guo Wenjun, who registered a Final Olympic Record of 492.3 for the gold medal.Apart from the air pistol, the 28-year-old Annu Raj will also be competing in the women’s 25m or ‘sports’ pistol event. This is her secondary event and, with a personal best of just 578/600, she is highly unlikely to challenge for a medal.Annu Raj will have a familiar face among her competitors in Heena Sidhu, with whom she combined to win the New Delhi Commonwealth Games Pairs gold medal in the event. The duo had also won the team silver medal at the Guangzhou Asian Games along with Sonia Rai.Her main focus, like all other first-timers, has been to try and work on the mental aspects of the game.advertisementHowever, the bane of a majority of Olympic-bound Indian shooters has been consistency, and Annu is no different. While she did win a bronze medal at the Asian Shooting Championships in Doha earlier this year, her score was down to 383.Still, she has the advantage of a strong technique and an experienced head on her shoulders, and come July 29, it certainly won’t be a surprise if the Tricolour is hoisted behind the podium.last_img read more

16
Nov
2019

Superlatives from SE Louisiana-Oklahoma State

first_imgOMG DON’T DO THAT YES THAT WAS AWESOME Play of the gameThe Oil Baron pulls a Bradford. pic.twitter.com/OQ7cDEZiSh— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 3, 2016Best playWas there any doubt? It went from an “oh man, that sucks!” play to “oh man, wait what??!” play:Don’t totally know what happened, but Ramon Richards scored. pic.twitter.com/e4kymDHVOa— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 3, 2016 The Cowboys rolled on Saturday in Stillwater with a dominating performance over a less than impressive FCS foe. Regardless, there was some interesting plays from the game. Here’s a recap of some of the superlatives from the season opener:WinnersFreshmen. Several true freshmen saw the field Saturday, and that’s big for OSU in developing their depth this season — they’ll see the benefit of that depth later this year. Even more, the first score of the season came from true freshmen Madre Harper — his first play of his collegiate career. Getting those guys live game experience is invaluable for a team relying on their depth to carry them through the season.LosersThe running game. Mike Gundy got his 125 rushing yards like he said he’d like to get coming into the season. But only racking up 142 against an opponent like SE Louisiana doesn’t really scream improved. A number of things go into that, including the fact that the rotation was nothing like it would be in a conference game. Chris Carson, Rennie Childs, Jeff Carr, Barry J. and Justice Hill all had their moments, though, which is encouraging. The competition shall continue on to week 2, and we don’t have much more clarity on whether it’s going to be improved in the running game or not just yet.The biggest touchdown that wasn’tThis could go for a number of different plays, but without a doubt the runaway winner was the Barry J. Sanders punt return that almost was. The call on the field was ruled a touchdown but was reviewed and ruled down at the one. But the crescendo of the crowd from the time he caught the punt to his rampage down to the end zone was insane — even the announcers seemed to be rooting for it to happen.WATCH: Take a look at Barry J. Sanders taking it back ALMOST all the way.Catch the second half on FSN! #okstate pic.twitter.com/dTTfuMYc1y — Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) September 3, 2016 If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!center_img Most impressive catchJhajuan Seales was the man on Saturday of the receiving corps. He lead the deep bunch in receiving yards and had 2 touchdown snags. The biggest play was this incredibly athletic leaping catch as he backed his way into the end zone. Rudolph dropped a pretty nice seed throwing on the run, but this haul even earned a retweet from Dez Bryant:last_img read more

16
Nov
2019

Ronaldo, Raul & the greatest Madrid XI of all time

first_imgReal Madrid Ronaldo, Raul & the greatest Real Madrid XI of all time Goal 06:55 12/22/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(13) Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Getty Images Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid v Barcelona Barcelona Primera División Sergio Ramos In 2015, Goal asked readers in Spain to vote for the best players in Los Blancos history. Ahead of Saturday’s Clasico, find out who made the cut…last_img read more

07
Nov
2019

State of Origin

first_imgTouch Football interstate rivalry resumes this weekend with the holding of the bi-annual State of Origin series at Canterbury Velodrome – Bayview Avenue, Earlwood. The New South Wales Touch Association will host the Queensland Touch Association on Friday, 22 August and Saturday, 23 August 2008. The fiercest of rivals will compete in Men’s Open, Women’s Open, Mixed Open, Men’s 20’s, Women’s 20’s, Men’s 30’s, Women’s 30’s, Men’s 35’s, Women’s 35’s, Men’s 40’s, Women’s 40’s, Men’s 45’s, and Men’s 50’s divisions to determine the overall winner.Men’s Open PreviewNew South Wales chances of overcoming their Queensland counterparts was dealt a major blow with captain, Garry Sonda being unable to recover from a knee injury. Sonda’s leadership and passion for the blue jersey will be sorely missed. Jason Stanton is also a notable absentee from the line-up but NSW have the depth to cover these major losses. Expect the Canterbury duo to Steve Roberts and Stuart Brierty to step and be countered. The defence of Roberts and Brierty will be vital to stop the numerous Queensland raids on the line. While driving it out from the line to give Anthony Ziade and Dylan Hennessey time and space to show their attacking genius.The key man to defending Queensland title is the brilliant Drumayne Dayberg-Muir. New South Wales will be unable to stop Dayberg-Muir but only hope to limit his effectiveness. Queensland boast a very experienced line-up and will look to the cool heads of Ryan Pollock and Ben Robinson to get their team home in tight situations. Nathan Jones is as fit as they come and his tireless efforts in attack and defence will be instrumental in a Queensland victory.Women’s Open PreviewJoint 2007 NSWTA Female Players of the Year and sisters, Claire and Louise Winchester, will need all of their sibling intuitions to crack the solid Queensland defence. The Winchesters are one of four sister pairings in the sides with the Judd’s (Kristy and Amanda) – NSW, Hopkin’s (Emily and Sam) – QLD, and Etheridge’s (Gemma and Nikki) – QLD all pairing up to do their families and states proud in the interstate clashes.The three game series will also be witness to some of the hottest young Touch Football talent in the country. Proving that if you are good enough, you are old enough, Queensland’s Sam Hopkin and Ali Brigginshaw and New South Wales’ Nicole Albery, Nicole Beck, and Ashleigh Dobbins have broken into the Open teams despite being young enough to compete in the Women’s 20’s division. The five will be determined to be successful against the many Women’s Open superstars who have been the cornerstone of Australian World Cup campaigns that have never tasted defeat.The two states last competed in 2006 where NSW defeated QLD winning seven of the thirteen divisions. QLD will be looking to stop NSW securing their third consecutive State of Origin title.For information about the 2008 State of Origin, please visit the NSWTA website – www.nswtouch.com.aulast_img read more

26
Oct
2019

Notre Dame Sends Congratulatory Message To Brandon Wimbush

first_imgBrandon Wimbush passing the ball for Notre Dame.CHESTNUT HILL, MA – SEPTEMBER 16: Brandon Wimbush #7 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish looks to pass during the first half against the Boston College Eagles at Alumni Stadium on September 16, 2017 in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)Earlier today, UCF named Notre Dame transfer Brandon Wimbush its starting quarterback. Wimbush will make his debut for the Knights next week against Florida A&M.Wimbush announced his decision to leave Notre Dame shortly after last season. Even though he’s no longer with the Fighting Irish, his former program hasn’t forgotten him.The official Notre Dame football Twitter account sent Wimbush a congratulatory tweet this afternoon.“Congrats, @WimbushB7! We’re rooting for you. #GoIrish,” it said. Congrats, @WimbushB7!We’re rooting for you. #GoIrish ☘️ https://t.co/JEdSJRqkNA— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) August 22, 2019Wimbush arrived at Notre Dame in 2015 as one of the top quarterback prospects in the country. His tenure in South Bend was an up-and-down one.After waiting his turn for two years, Wimbush was named the starter for the 2017 season, but he struggled with accuracy despite producing 30 total touchdowns and nine wins in 12 starts.Wimbush began last season as the starter but was replaced by Ian Book in Week 4. Still, he never complained and remained a well-respected member of the team.When Notre Dame needed Wimbush to start against Florida State because Book was injured, he stepped up and provided a strong performance on Senior Night in his final home game. All things considered, it is great to see the Irish continuing to support him.Hopefully he can finish his college career on a high note with the Knights.last_img read more

24
Oct
2019

ICAO/UNDP Solar-At-The-Gate Project Being Piloted in Jamaica

first_img Solar facilities designed to provide electricity for Terminal Gate Number One at the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) in Kingston were, on Tuesday (April 24), handed over to the management by representatives from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)/United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Global Environment Facility. Story Highlights Jamaica was selected for the pilot of a project dubbed ‘Solar-at-the-Gate’, following the country’s submission of an Environmental State Action Plan. Speaking with JIS News at the handover ceremony, Deputy Director General, Regulatory Affairs, Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA), Rohan Campbell, said the project aims to reduce power usage from the public grid as well as aircraft generators to provide power while an aircraft is at the gate. Solar facilities designed to provide electricity for Terminal Gate Number One at the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) in Kingston were, on Tuesday (April 24), handed over to the management by representatives from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)/United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Global Environment Facility.Jamaica was selected for the pilot of a project dubbed ‘Solar-at-the-Gate’, following the country’s submission of an Environmental State Action Plan.Under the project, there has been the successful installation of gate electrification equipment at the island’s two main international airports and a solar power-generation facility at the NMIA.Speaking with JIS News at the handover ceremony, Deputy Director General, Regulatory Affairs, Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA), Rohan Campbell, said the project aims to reduce power usage from the public grid as well as aircraft generators to provide power while an aircraft is at the gate.“There are two scenarios that could take place. When the aircraft is parked at the gate, an engine, which is called an Auxiliary Power Unit, would be running. It uses the fuels that are on board the aircraft to supply electrical power to the aircraft while it is there for boarding, loading of cargo, bags, passengers and if there are any maintenance activities,” he informed. Mr. Campbell noted that during these processes, the unit produces carbon emissions.He said that in the second scenario, when the aircraft arrives at the gate, it is supplied with power from the public grid through the airport power supply.“It will connect directly to the terminal, and the power is supplied from the grid to the aircraft and also will run air-conditioning units for the aircraft. So the demand of the aircraft will be pretty high at the gate to support boarding and other services,” he said.The Deputy Director General points out that the ‘Solar-at-the-Gate’ power supply facility will replace the two power sources and, therefore, reduce the carbon footprint of the aircraft while at the gate.According to Mr. Campbell, the ICAO has committed to contributing to the reduction of carbon emissions, and that Jamaica, through the JCAA, remains united with the global aviation community in the thrust to ensure global environmental sustainability in relation to aviation industry emissions. The project, which is the first of its kind to offer zero carbon dioxide emissions, is expected to provide a model for all ICAO States and, in particular, Small Island Developing States.last_img read more

17
Oct
2019

Guy Turcotte wont appeal earlier decision on parole eligibility lawyer says

first_imgMONTREAL – Guy Turcotte’s lawyer says his client will not pursue a bid to reduce the minimum number of years he must serve in prison for murdering his two young children.Pierre Poupart says Turcotte will not appeal a June 28 decision by Quebec’s Court of Appeal that upheld his parole eligibility.The former cardiologist was found guilty in 2015 of second-degree murder and later sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 17 years.He fatally stabbed his three-year-old daughter Anne-Sophie and five-year-old son Olivier in 2009.He was found not criminally responsible at his first trial and was sent to a psychiatric hospital in Montreal and released in December 2012.An appeals court overturned that verdict and Turcotte had to stand trial again, where he was found guilty.last_img read more

17
Oct
2019

Friend of accused Stampeder shooter grilled by defence at murder trial

first_imgBill Graveland, The Canadian Press CALGARY — A friend of the man accused of killing a Calgary Stampeder player maintained Friday that the alleged shooter confessed to pulling the trigger shortly after shots rang out.  But in a lengthy cross-examination by Nelson Lugela’s defence lawyer, Darwin Concepcion acknowledged he was drunk on the night of the shooting and is still trying to piece together what happened.Lugela is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Canadian Football League player Mylan Hicks at Marquee Beer Market on Sept. 25, 2016.Concepcion testified he was drinking heavily with Lugela and another friend that night.  He said he was outside the bar at closing when he heard a gunshot.“I heard a bang in my left ear. Everybody started running and everybody was panicking. My ears were ringing,” Concepcion told defence lawyer Alain Hepner.“I just turned around and Nelson looks at me and said ‘let’s go’ or something. ‘We gotta go.’ So we all hopped in the vehicle.”Concepcion said it wasn’t until they left the scene that he noticed Lugela was holding a gun in his hand and then said “I hit two shots. I don’t think he’s going to make it.”But Hepner challenged Concepcion, pointing out the man never mentioned that Lugela admitted to shooting Hicks in his original interview with police three days after the shooting.“You didn’t tell the detective this last phrase that you told us yesterday. Am I right?,” asked Hepner.“Yes,” Concepcion responded.“That was three mornings after. What I’m suggesting to you is you only heard the phrase ‘I don’t think he’s going to make it.’ That’s all you heard. Was that true? Is that all you heard? Am I right?“I was drunk,” replied Concepcion.“Sure it was three mornings later, but I’m still trying to piece out the story.”Lugela, 21 has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder. Hicks was a member of the Stampeder’s practice roster and court has already heard the team was out celebrating a win when the shooting happened.The shooter and two other young men jumped into an SUV and sped away. Police arrested three people, including Lugela and Conception, about 45 minutes later when they returned to the scene.Follow @BillGraveland on Twitterlast_img read more

15
Oct
2019

Bill Nye – The Science Guy – Introduces Nintendo Labo to Kids

first_imgBill Nye the Science Guy introduces Nintendo Labo to a group of lucky schoolchildren in Toronto on April 20, 2018. Nintendo Labo is a new line of interactive build-and-play experiences from Nintendo, allowing kids to transform modular sheets of cardboard into interactive creations called Toy-Con – including a piano, a motorcycle, a fishing rod, and a robot. (CNW Group/Nintendo of Canada) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Twittercenter_img Login/Register With: Advertisement TORONTO, April 20, 2018 – Bill Nye the Science Guy introduces Nintendo Labo to a group of lucky schoolchildren in Toronto on April 20, 2018. Nintendo Labo is a new line of interactive build-and-play experiences from Nintendo, allowing kids to transform modular sheets of cardboard into interactive creations called Toy-Con – including a piano, a motorcycle, a fishing rod, and a robot.For additional information regarding Nintendo Labo – Click Herelast_img read more

12
Oct
2019

Three students feared drowned in Ganges

first_imgKolkata: Three students were feared drowned in the river Ganges while they were taking a bath at Kankinara Ghat.Till Thursday night none of them could be traced despite repeated search operations. According to sources, on Thursday afternoon, four students identified as Akash Sau, Sagar Das, Sumit Sharma and Rohit Sau went to Kankinara Ghat to take a bath in the river. At that moment water level of the Ganges was low. All four of them were having a bath near the bank. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAfter a few minutes all of a sudden the river started getting tidal waves. Seeing high waves coming at them, all four of them tried to reach the bank of the Ganges. But only Rohit succeeded to get to a safe place. Akash, Sagar and Sumit were allegedly drowned in river during high tides. Rohit started crying when he couldn’t find his friends in the river. Seeing him crying local resident came to know about the incident. Immediately, Jagaddal police station was informed. Also, Rohit went back to his home at 20 Pally in Kankinara and informed his friend’s family members. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayLater, Disaster Management Group (DMG) of West Bengal Police was called from Barrackpore.Within an hour DMG personnel started search operations in the river but were not able to trace the three students. Search operations had to be stopped in the evening due to unavailability of sufficient daylight. Other police stations adjacent to the area has been informed to keep a vigil on the banks of the Ganges if any of them could be traced. Sources informed that Rohit is the youngest in the group. He is a student of Kankinara High School and studied in Class-VI. Others were Madhyamik candidates waiting for their results to be published soon.last_img read more

12
Oct
2019

Boundaries of MCC

first_imgWhen Germany was divided, an East Germany citizen one day illegally crossed the border and entered West Germany in anticipation of enjoying greater freedom. Confident of getting freedom, the person swinging his hand stick started wandering in the streets at will. Incidentally, the stick hit the nose of a person who in turn complained in the police station against the East Germany citizen. The issue was taken to court where the Judge questioned him about reasons for hitting the plaintiff. His reply was that he got freedom immediately on entering West Germany and hence rotated the stick freely. The Judge observed that his “freedom starts where others’ nose ends”. This is exactly how the Election Model Code of Conduct (MCC) unfortunately is! No one has any clue where, when and how it begins and then ceases. In an unending and incessant process of Indian Electoral System that goes on for months, the question often asked is how could the democratically elected governments function with MCC? Also Read – Hijacking Bapu’s legacyIn the recent past, several political leaders as well as CMs have raised their eyebrows and objected to the continuance of MCC for long. Their objection is that in the name of MCC, the Election Commission (EC) performs the way it likes. MCC is meant for a limited period beginning with the announcement of schedule till the end of elections but certainly not far beyond that. The Indian electoral process is a long-drawn affair. The result is announced sometimes months after the elections are held. If there are restrictions on the government, CM, his cabinet colleagues and officers about what can be done and what can’t even after the elections are completed then it may be inappropriate. We often see the issuance of notices to CMs and others on alleged violations during electioneering like the one served on Telangana CM. Also Read – The future is here!It may be inappropriate on EC’s part to impose sanctions on the government and CMs for conducting official review meetings, though the elections have already been concluded. For instance, in states like Telangana, AP and Odisha, strict adherence to MCC is not conducive to democratic functioning. Is it necessary for Odisha CM to obtain permission from EC to review relief measures in the context of cyclone Fani? Is he bound by MCC to call for a cabinet meeting? In a democratic setup, it amounts to fault if reviews and cabinet meetings are not held in such a situation. As the election process is over, there is no possibility of influencing the voter and hence it is not wrong to go for routine administrative measures including reviews and cabinet meetings. Given this, the fundamental question is what an elected government can or can’t do until the entire election process is completed. In fact, until the new government is formed after the general elections, the government in office shall be vested with all powers to discharge its responsibilities and constitutional obligations. Nowhere in the Constitution has any mention been made whether an elected government could be restricted on the pretext of MCC. Then why this limitation? In a democratic polity for continuity of good governance, for the welfare of weaker sections and downtrodden, for taking timely decisions, there shall not be any unnecessary limitations. Parliamentary democracy presupposes frequent reviews by the government both at the official level and at CM level irrespective of MCC or not. It should be more of a self-discipline mode rather than imposing type. This was how originally it was conceived way back in 1960 in Kerala state, not by EC but through a consensus among political parties during Assembly Elections in the state. That was later adopted by EC and finally transformed into the present style. It appears that, while the MCC is still in execution, AP CM Chandrababu Naidu decided to convene a Cabinet meeting and the process began with a note from CMO to the Chief Secretary. He seems to have expressed the opinion that, subject to permission from EC, the meeting can take place. Whether it is right on CM’s part to have cabinet meeting while MCC is in operation is the subject of discussion among many IAS officers and others in the state. In normal circumstances, CM has every right to decide on the date and time for a Cabinet meeting and CS has no option as Secretary to Cabinet to convene the same. Contrary to this, his right to have the same while MCC is in operation has become questionable since it requires EC’s prior permission. Will it be appropriate for EC to reject the proposal of CM and CS? An interesting discussion has been going on that the decision of CM to have a cabinet meeting is leading to differences between CM and CS. In fact, it is also equally interesting as to what should be the manner of the relationship between a civil servant and minister or CM in a parliamentary democracy. CM reviewing at different levels with officers is a normal thing and implementation of decisions taken in the reviews is the sole responsibility of civil servant. In policymaking, both the official and non-official share equal responsibility and if only there is a cordial relationship between both, there is every possibility for better governance. The Armstrong Memorandum of Great Britain details the roles, responsibilities and the manner of relationship between a minister and civil servant. India has adopted the parliamentary system of the UK. Civil Servants are accountable to Ministers – democratically elected government. They should be above political considerations. They should gain the confidence of the concerned minister and also the CM. Irrespective of their personal views they should advise the minister or CM as the case may be, and their entire experience shall be, placed at their disposal. Even when they differ, they should extend their advice and allow them to take the final decision which they have to implement. Against this background and in the context of the AP developments, there exists a difference of opinion between the CM and CS at least as reported in a section of the press. CM, instead of sending a routine note through CMO to CS for convening a cabinet meeting would have spoken to him either over the phone or in person. CM should have discussed with CS about the pros and cons of convening cabinet meeting and should have sought his opinion. CM should have solicited CS’s opinion as to how they could overcome the MCC stipulations. Similarly, instead of perseverance in his own style, CS should have met the CM and discussed the issue threadbare and offered his view. Still, there is enough time for these parleys before the cabinet meets if permitted by EC. (The author is Chief PRO to Telangana CM. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

08
Oct
2019

Lankans escape detention

Chief of Enforcement officer at the Sub Sukabumi Immigration Office, Irfan Sapar Somantri, said that they did not know how the Sri Lankans and Iranians managed to escape undetected. “We continue to coordinate with the International Organization for Migration or the International Organization for Migration and the Directorate General of Immigration when handling illegal immigrants who are accommodated in Sukabumi, because there are some of those whose relatives died at the scene of a shipwreck,” he added. Berita Satu news reported that there were initially 66 illegal immigrants at the location at Selabintana Road, Falkirk village in Sukabumi District but now there are 60. Three Sri Lankans have escaped from a detention center in Sukabumi, Indonesia.The three Sri Lankans and three Iranians were reported missing when a head count was done on the number of immigrants at the center. read more

08
Oct
2019

Government claims money from MiG deal stored in Hong Kong

However he claims the delay to expedite some cases was as a result of the interference by former Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe.Senaratne accused Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe of having secret dealings with former President Mahinda Rajapaksa when Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe was the Justice Minister.He says now that there is a new Justice Minister the cases will be expedited and the permanent address of the Rajapaksa family in 2020 will be Welikada. (Colombo Gazette) The Government claims money allegedly obtained fraudulently by the former regime through the MiG aircraft deal is stored at a bank in Hong Kong.Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said that the former Government purchased a MiG aircraft from Ukraine for USD 7.2 million yet the official documents show the aircraft had been purchased for USD 14.7 million. Speaking at a United National Party election rally in Beruwala today, Senaratne said that slain journalist Lasantha Wickremetunga had exposed details related to the controversial MiG aircraft deal. Senaratne claimed that former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa had taken USD 7.5 million and it was now stored at a bank in Hong Kong. He said that details on the deal were in the hands of the Attorney General.The Health Minister also said that the Government has been urged to expedite the cases related to the family of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. read more

03
Oct
2019

Newfoundland celebrates as Hibernia produces onebillionth barrel of oil

by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 22, 2016 1:01 pm MDT Last Updated Dec 22, 2016 at 1:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Newfoundland and Labrador is celebrating its one-billionth barrel of oil at the Hibernia offshore oil field.Premier Dwight Ball says the province has come a long way since Hibernia began producing oil in November of 1997.The Hibernia Management and Development Company says the life of the project is now projected to last beyond 2040.The province currently has three producing offshore projects and it says the Hebron development is expected to begin oil production late next year.Offshore oil royalties that once provided 30 per cent of provincial revenues have plunged to an estimated seven per cent at $502.1 million. A global supply glut has helped drive prices down from US$115 a barrel since mid-2014.Newfoundland is now bearing the brunt of tax cuts and spending increases approved in fleeting boom times over the last decade. Newfoundland celebrates as Hibernia produces one-billionth barrel of oil read more

02
Oct
2019

Millions of childrens lives at stake as El Niño strengthens UNICEF wakeup

While El Niños are not caused by climate change, scientists believe they are becoming more intense as a result of it. A number of the countries experiencing El Niño are those facing the gravest threat from climate change – many also have high poverty levels.The weather phenomenon, among the strongest on record, is likely to cause more floods and droughts, fuel Pacific typhoons and cyclones and, if it continues strengthening as forecast over the coming months, affect more areas.According to UNICEF, some of the countries most affected by El Niño includeSomalia, where more than 3 million people need support amid crop failures and food shortages; Ethiopia, which experiencing its worst drought in 30 years, has left 8.2 million people food insecure and 350,000 children in need of nutrition support; Peru, where the Government reports an estimated 1.1 million people – including 400,000 children – could be affected; and Ecuador, where authorities believe 1.5 million people are at risk, about half of whom are children. In Indonesia, an exacerbated impact of peat and forest fires has caused 272,000 people to suffer from acute respiratory infections in August and September alone. El Niño threatens to leave more than 4 million people in Pacific nations without food or drinking water, while causing one of the most severe droughts on record Central America, affecting some 3.5 million people in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.El Niño is a climate pattern linked to the warming of surface waters in the Pacific Ocean, which can have a profound effect on weather patterns around the world. El Niño events tend to happen every two to seven years. “Children and their communities need our help to recover from the impact of El Niño and to prepare for the further damage it could unleash,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake a press release .Besides the immediate risks of death and injury, El Niño can lead to significant increases in diseases, such as malaria, dengue fever, diarrhoea and cholera – major killers of children. When extreme weather deprives communities of their livelihoods, young children often suffer from undernutrition that puts them at greater risk for illness, delayed mental development and premature death.“The consequences could ripple through generations unless affected communities receive support amid crop failures and lack of access to drinking water that are leaving children malnourished and at risk of killer diseases,” said UNICEF in a new report, A Wake UP Call: El Niño’s Impact on Children.World leaders will head to Paris for the 21st Meeting of States Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, known as COP21, from 30 November to 11 December. The goal is to reach a universal, binding agreement aimed at limiting global warming by cutting greenhouse emissions.Mr. Lake underscored that the intensity and potential destructiveness of El Niño “should be a wake-up call” as world leaders gather in Paris. “As they debate an agreement on limiting global warming, they should recall that the future of today’s children and of planet they will inherit is at stake.” read more

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Sep
2019

Ten things we learned from the David Beckham email leaks

first_imgCyber criminals are believed to have used Russian servers to access messages and documents from the computer system of the agency which runs David Beckham’s publicity.Leaked emails between Mr Beckham and his publicist Mr Oliveira suggested his attempts to use his charity work were part of a campaign for a knighthood.Here are 10 things we learned from the email leaks:Hackers believed to be using Russian servers accessed millions of messages and documents from the computer system of the PR agency that looks after David Beckham’s publicity. Mr Beckham’s business team refused to cooperate with the blackmailers’ demands for £1 million to avoid an email leak and called the police early last year.The leaked emails between Mr Beckham and his publicist Mr Oliveira suggested his attempts to use his charity work were part of a campaign for a knighthood. In one message the 41-year-old former England captain branded the Honours Committee “unappreciative c***s” after missing out on a knighthood in 2013 and dismissed lesser awards, ranting: “Unless it’s a knighthood f*** off”.Mr Beckham’s team say the emails had been doctored and others had been taken out of context.The blackmailer went by the fake name Artem Lovuzov, and told Doyen Sports, part of Mr Oliveira’s firm Doyen Global, chief executive Neilo Lucas: “A generous donation, and you can be sure that all the information I possess will be destroyed.” A source told the Daily Mirror the blackmailers made an approach by email and attempted to meet via another third party.Several prominent companies are thought to have been targeted during the cyber attack. The hackers are understood to have targeted a number of businesses connected to the football world.In one email Beckham appears to object to singer Katherine Jenkins being given an OBE. The email to Mr Oliveira states: “Katherine Jenkins OBE for what? Singing at the rugby and going to see the troops, plus admitting to taking coke … F***ing joke and if you get asked we should think of a cutting remark.”Katherine Jenkins hit back at Beckham over his criticism of her in the leaked emails.Mr Beckham also allegedly put off leading a group of 100 youngsters on behalf of Unicef on a visit to Downing Street amid fears of losing a tax perk. Unicef, the charity which Mr Beckham has worked closely with, came to the star’s defence. Although it would not comment on the veracity of the emails because it had not seen the originals, it described Beckham “as generously giving his time, energy and support to help raise awareness and funds for Unicef’s work for children”. Following the news, John Pugh, a Liberal Democrat MP who sits on the public accounts committee, said they should not create a “bend it for Beckham” rule. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

24
Sep
2019

Hexagon opens new mining HQ in Tucson Arizona

first_imgHexagon‘s Mining division has opened its new North American headquarters in the emerging technology hub of downtown Tucson, Arizona. The move from the city’s outskirts to the newly built and designed Hexagon building at City Park, 40 East Congress Street, heralds a new era for the company.“Not only does it solidify plans to add 120 jobs over the next five years, it thrusts the company into a thriving, pedestrian-friendly city centre. Bike paths, the street car, hotels and recreation are all steps away. The five-storey building is both contemporary and sleek, including open floor plans, a rooftop patio, restaurants, and coffee shop. Wi-Fi and digital signage feature throughout Hexagon‘s top three floors, which comprise private offices, workspace banks, communal areas to meet and brainstorm, a 400-person auditorium and sound-proof rooms for solo work.”“Hexagon brings the digital mine to visitors in its fifth-floor Experience Center, an interactive showcase of life-of-mine solutions. Augmented reality, virtual reality, and truck cabin simulation are just some of the Center’s features, which employ hands-on hardware and software to fully immerse visitors into the modern operation. The space includes a training center and event facility with full broadcast capabilities.”“Downtown Tucson is the ideal location for a North American headquarters of a global technology company,“ said Mining division President, Josh Weiss. “It’s highly attractive for millennial talent from universities and abroad. Better yet, as a training center for customers, this location allows us to fully expose the rich possibilities of a smarter, safer, fully connected mine.“Tucson Mayor, Jonathan Rothschild, lauded Hexagon’s move: “Bringing a tech company headquarters to a new downtown building is a double win for Tucson,” said Rothschild. “Hexagon will be part of Tucson’s emerging downtown technology hub.”The move downtown coincides with the Mining division’s opening of a new state of the art production and research facility near Tucson Airport. The facility will enable Hexagon to expand production capacity, improve product quality and enhance research capabilities.last_img read more