NCP wants Sharad Pawar to contest from Madha

first_imgA day after he hosted opposition leaders at his house in Delhi, leaders of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Thursday unanimously insisted that party president Sharad Pawar contest the Lok Sabha elections from Madha. Mr. Pawar has earlier represented the seat in 2009. “We all have asked Sharad Pawarji to contest from Madha Lok Sabha seat. We have not only requested, but insisted that he listen to us. We are sure that he will accept our demand. We are not making any official announcement as of now, but will do so soon, when he asks us to,” said former Union minister and senior NCP leader Praful Patel after the party’s meeting to finalise candidates. Madha is held by NCP’s Vijaysingh Mohite-Patil. According to party insiders, Mr. Pawar, known for his cordial relations across parties, could turn out be the ‘gathering point’ for all in case no party reaches the majority mark. The party is thinking that his entry to Parliament in 2019 should be through Lok Sabha ensuring his absolute control over the proceedings in a post-poll scenario. Mr Patel said Mr. Pawar received feedback on his candidature from all party leaders at the meeting that he should contest the Lok Sabha polls. “This is not going to be an ordinary poll. The number does count and in addition his candidature from Madha will surely impact neighbouring Lok Sabha constituencies as well,” said party spokesperson Nawab Malik. Former deputy Chief Minister and Mr Pawar’s nephew Ajit Pawar said that while he has not announced his decision yet, he is sure that NCP chief will be contesting the Lok Sabha poll. “He said that he respects the opinion of all of us, but final decision is yet to be taken,” said Mr Pawar. Mr. Pawar’s possible candidature from Madha raises the allegation of dynastic politics against the NCP. His daughter Supriya Sule currently represents Baramati Lok Sabha seat and will be the candidate for 2019 polls as well. Ajit Pawar’s son Parth Pawar is said to be interested in contesting from Maval seat. Ajit Pawar represents Baramati assembly constituency, while Rohit Pawar — one of the grandsons of Sharad Pawar — is also said to be interested in contesting the 2019 assembly polls. Meanwhile, NCP leaders in their meeting on Thursday cleared the alliance with Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS). The development takes place after Ajit Pawar’s meeting with him on Wednesday. “I informed the party about our meeting. We are positive about taking MNS along and have agreed for it. We will be talking to Congress over the matter and soon a decision would be reached,” he said.last_img read more

French Open: Need to learn from US Open defeat to Kei Nishikori, says Andy Murray

first_imgWorld number one Andy Murray will carry the lesson of last year’s US Open quarter-final defeat to Kei Nishikori into Wednesday’s French Open last eight clash against the Japanese, the 28-year-old has said.Murray was tipped to seal the US Open title in 2016 after winning the Wimbledon and an Olympic Gold medal but Nishikori stunned the Briton in an intense five-set match.While Nishikori has no recollection about the victory, Murray had no problems remembering the match.”Obviously we played at the US Open and that was five sets, a match that got away from me a little bit, so I need to learn a bit from that,” Murray told Eurosport.”There’s a good chance it’s a long one. He returns well and he’s very solid off both wings. He’s always a tough guy to play against.”I’m happy with where my game’s at. Everything is going pretty well just now. I’m feeling good going into the middle part of the second week.”Former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic has backed the Briton to beat Nishikori.”He played very well (against Karen Khachanov) and he’s playing better and better. Now a lot of things are possible. Andy knows what he has to do,” Ivanisevic said.”I don’t see Nishikori beating Andy. Nishikori doesn’t have the mental side. He’s going to crack, Andy is too good.”last_img read more

Rafael Nadal, Simona Halep retain top spots in men’s and women’s singles rankings

first_imgRafael Nadal retained the top spot in the latest men’s singles Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) rankings ahead of Switzerland’s Roger Federer.Austria’s Dominic Thiem moved one place up to seventh while Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov, who was seventh earlier, went down a spot to No.8. Thiem’s win at St. Petersburg Open on Sunday helped him gain a spot in the men’s rankings.Thiem claimed his 11th career title and his first on indoor hard court by winning 6-3, 6-1 over Slovakia’s Martin Klizan in just one hour and eight minutes.Meanwhile, Gilles Simon of France jumped 10 positions to be ranked 29th, after winning the Moselle Open title on Sunday. Simona Halep was knocked out of the US Open in the first round (Reuters Photo)In the latest Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) women’s singles rankings, Romania’s Simona Halep maintained the No. 1 spot ahead of Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki.Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic climbed one spot up to seventh over Japan’s Naomi Osaka, after defeating her 6-4, 6-4 at the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, reports Efe.Germany’s Julia Goerges entered the top-10 list after qualifying for the second round of the Wuhan Open tennis tournament in China, by beating Markela Vondrousova of the Czech Republic 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-4).Further down the rankings, Kazakh Yulia Putintseva jumped 16 positions to be ranked 45th, thanks to being a runner up at the Guangzhou International Women’s Open.The current top-10 ATP rankings and point scores are as follows:1. Rafael Nadal (Spain) 8,760 points2. Roger Federer (Switzerland) 6,900advertisement3. Novak Djokovic (Serbia) 6,4454. Juan Martin del Potro (Argentina) 5,9805. Alexander Zverev (Germany) 4,8906. Marin Cilic (Croatia) 4,7157. Dominic Thiem (Austria) 3,8258. Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria) 3,7559. Kevin Anderson (South Africa) 3,59510. John Isner (US) 3,470.The current WTA rankings and point scores are as follows:1. Simona Halep (Romania) 8,061 points2. Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark) 5,5063. Angelique Kerber (Germany) 5,2954. Caroline Garcia (France) 4,7255. Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic) 4,5856. Elina Svitolina (Ukraine) 4,5557. Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic) 4,4758. Naomi Osaka (Japan) 4,3909. Sloane Stephens (US) 3,91210. Julia Goerges (Germany) 3,730.(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more

Huddersfield v Manchester City: match preview

first_imgTopics Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Manchester City Christopher Schindler is Huddersfield’s best defender and the German makes a timely return from suspension, but it will still take something special for Huddersfield to neutralise the fearsome attacking power of Manchester City. David Wagner’s side have already toppled Manchester United at home this season but a repeat performance is a tall order against a City team who have won all of their away matches this season. Paul DoyleKick-off Sunday 4pm Venue John Smith’s StadiumLast season n/aLive Sky Sports Premier LeagueReferee Craig PawsonThis season G10, Y33, R3, 3.6 cards per gameOdds H 18-1 A 3-14 D 7-1Huddersfield TownSubs from Coleman, Green, Cranie, Malone, Sabiri, Whitehead, Schofield, Van La Parra, Mounié, Hadergjonaj, QuanerDoubtful NoneInjured Billing (ankle, Jan), Hefele (achilles, Jan), Stankovic (knee, Jan)Suspended NoneForm LLWLWLDiscipline Y25 R1Leading scorers Depoitre, Mooy, Mounié 2Manchester CitySubs from Bravo, Mangala, Touré, Adarabioyo, Díaz, B Silva, Danilo, Agüero, Foden, GündoganDoubtful NoneInjured Stones (hamstring, Jan), Mendy (knee, Apr)Suspended NoneForm WWWWWWDiscipline Y21 R2Leading scorers Agüero, Jesus 8 Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Share on Messenger news Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Premier League Match previews Huddersfield Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Guardiola eyes more trophies after lifting Carabao Cup

first_imgManchester City Guardiola sets sights on further silverware after ‘outstanding’ Carabao Cup triumph Matthew Scott 03:45 2/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Guardiola - cropped Getty Images Manchester City League Cup Guardiola Arsenal Arsenal v Manchester City Goals from Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany and David Silva ensured a first crown for Pep at City, and he is keen for more trophies this season Pep Guardiola has set his sights on ending the season laden with silverware after earning his first trophy as Manchester City boss in the EFL Cup final.The Premier League champions-elect swatted Arsenal aside at Wembley on Sunday, winning 3-0 thanks to goals from Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany and David Silva.Defeat to League One Wigan Athletic ended any talk of City sweeping their way to a quadruple this term, but they will look to restore their 16-point lead atop the Premier League table when they visit Arsenal on Thursday. 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 A place in the last eight of the Champions League also looks secure, City 4-0 up against Basel, and Guardiola will not rest with just the League Cup as he looks to resume the kind of dominance he has previously enjoyed at Barcelona and Bayern Munich.”It was so important to win this one after the defeat in the [FA] Cup,” Guardiola told Sky Sports.”It’s a pity because we played 45 minutes 10 against 11. The FA Cup always is difficult but we played good but, unfortunately, we could not go through.”But now we have to focus absolutely in the Premier League to try to win the games and hopefully arrive good in the quarter finals of the Champions League.”Aguero capitalised on slack Arsenal defending to open the scoring before City hit their stride to pull clear in the second half – with Guardiola elated at their ability to move through the gears.#PEP: It was so important to win this one after the defeat in the [FA] cup [against Wigan]. We played good then but we could not go through. We have to focus on the Premier League to try and win the remaining games.— Manchester City (@ManCity) February 25, 2018″The first half we were not as good,” he said. “A lot of mistakes in the simple passes.”The second half we played with more courage, personality and that’s why we played much, much better. In the second half we were outstanding.”last_img read more

Celebrity Game Entertaining Curtain-Raiser

first_imgA host of celebrities, Touch Football Australia sponsors, Australian Touch Football representatives and TFA staff and Board members took to the field before the second day of the 2015 Youth Trans Tasman Series to battle it out on the Sharks home ground, Remondis Stadium. Former League star and NRL Ambassador, Ben Ross, former Bulldogs player and now Steeden Sales Manager, Luke Patten, as well as representatives from TFA sponsors, X-Blades, BLK and Steeden were a part of the day, as well as several Cronulla Sharks players who ‘coached’ the teams. Australian representatives Jessica McCall, Scott Buckley, Leah Percy, Simon Lang and Patricia Michaelopoulos also took part in the game. Cronulla Sharks Mermaids, Lauren and Elyse were on the sidelines and also took to the field during the game, with Mermaids touchdowns resulting in four points as an incentive.David Fifita, acting as one of the coaches, told the crowd at half-time that his team should focus on bringing the coaching staff more ice blocks in the second half, due to the warm conditions.  Nothing could separate the two teams at full-time, with game finishing at 11-all, with plenty of fun had by all. Former Sharks player and the NRL Footy Show’s Beau Ryan also made an appearance and was a popular addition to the event, with many photo opportunities taking place with spectators and even the Australian and New Zealand teams in the lead up to the day two games. Ryan said although he couldn’t take to the field he enjoyed the experience. “It was pretty intense, I wish I could have been out there playing but it’s great to be back here around the guys. I’m really excited to watch Australia play New Zealand, it’s pretty full on, it’s a good day for Touch,” Ryan said on Saturday. “I’ve got a lot of appreciation for Benji (Marshall) and the guys that used to play Touch, we used to go watch them play all the time in Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour. I do appreciate how hard it is and how fit they are. Because I can’t play League anymore, who knows maybe I can play Touch (in the future).”Sharks player, Fa’amanu Brown was one of the several Sharks players involved on the sidelines helping out the teams and said it was fun to be a part of the day. “It was quite exciting, there a lot of celebrities here like Ben Ross, Beau Ryan and Luke Patten, he was a legend that I used to watch when I was a bit younger.”Australian Women’s Open representative, Leah Percy, who was also at the Youth Trans Tasman helping out the Australian Women’s 20’s team, also enjoyed her time on the field. “It was really good fun, it was a nice friendly game and it was a bit competitive too so it was good.”Please visit the TFA Facebook page – for photos from the event and stay tuned to the TFA YouTube channel – for highlights from the game. Related LinksCelebrity Gamelast_img read more

Radon Results For Public Buildings Available

first_imgGovernment has completed the second round of radon tests on nearly 600 public buildings in Nova Scotia, as part of a five-year program. More than 5,000 radon tests were completed by this month in public housing, schools, health-care facilities and provincial buildings. Radon gas is a naturally occurring radioactive soil gas. “The province has been working since 2007 to comply with the new national guideline for radon in indoor air,” said Pat Wall, chair of the interdepartmental advisory group on radon. “Building owners and homeowners should test for radon gas and take proactive steps to reduce radon levels where necessary.” Dr. Robert Strang, Chief Public Health Officer, said radon doesn’t pose an immediate health risk, but there is an increased risk of lung cancer when exposed to elevated levels over a lifetime. “The best way for Nova Scotians to protect themselves and their children from elevated radon levels is to test their homes, whether their house is old or new,” said Dr. Strang. The national guideline recommends that radon in the indoor air of buildings and homes not exceed 200 becquerels per cubic metre. Rooms in 109 buildings exceeded the national guideline. Rooms where radon exceeded the guideline will be re-tested and, depending on the results, appropriate remediation will be done to reduce radon gas. Building owners should remediate within two years if levels are between 200 and 600 becquerels. If the levels are more than 600 becquerels, building owners should remediate within one year. Radon is a naturally occurring odourless and colourless radioactive soil gas that is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. Smokers are at six times greater risk. The risk of lung cancer increases when people are exposed to high levels over a lifetime. Radon does not pose an immediate health risk. Typically, radon seeps into buildings through cracks and openings in foundations. Radon concentrations can vary from property to property, even from room to room in large buildings. Testing devices for radon gas, including mail-in laboratory analysis of the unit, can be bought locally or on the Internet for $60 to $100. A summary of test results are available online at .last_img read more

Ontario fire marshal to conduct tests after flamejetting injuries and death

first_imgTORONTO – The Ontario fire marshal’s office says it will conduct tests this fall to better understand how hand-held fuel containers could ignite and inadvertently become flame-throwers when used around products like ethanol-fuelled lamps and recreational fire pits.The analysis comes as the office said it has noted four incidents in the last six years where the phenomenon — known as flame jetting — has occurred, leaving people with horrific injuries and, in one case, killing a woman.“The impact of the injuries and fatalities are extreme on the people who are directly involved or in the area when it happens,” said Jeff Tebby, a supervisor with the quality assurance and risk management unit at the Office of Ontario’s Fire Marshal, which conducts fire investigations and provides fire safety guidelines in the province.The office’s testing will look at the factors behind flame jetting, and will eventually result in a report to Health Canada, Tebby said, noting it would be up to the federal agency to decide what to do with the findings.The results of the testing will also help the fire marshal office’s staff if they are called to testify about flame jetting in court, he said.Flame jetting occurs when fuel is poured on products like lamps and fire pits that appear to be extinguished but aren’t, Tebby explained. Flames follow fuel fumes back to the fuel container, travel inside and combust. That propels liquid fuel out, turning the container into a flame-thrower, Tebby said.“The person who is doing the pouring is usually not the one hurt, it’s the victim in the direct path of the flame jet,” he said.One way to guard against the phenomenon is by having a flame arrester — plastic or wire mesh that absorbs heat from a container and prevents fire from travelling inside — on fuel containers, said Tebby, noting that it’s up to the product’s manufacturer to install one.The four incidents of flame jetting the office is aware of all involved ethanol-fuelled appliances, Tebby said, adding that Health Canada was notified of the one that involved a fatality.Hana Engel, an Ottawa woman who suffered severe injuries after a flame-jetting incident this spring, welcomed news of the testing.Engel said she was in a friend’s backyard when a guest poured fuel on an outdoor fire pit, thinking the flames had died out. The container carrying the fuel ignited and was thrown, hitting Engel, she said.The 24-year-old said she was left with second-and third-degree burns on a third of her body and underwent extensive surgery. She has since called for firmer regulations around fire-related products.“You can’t be scared of (fire), but you can use it properly and have safety measures around it,” she said. “It’s never too late.”The fatal incident involving flame jetting that the fire marshal’s office is aware of took place in August 2016, when a Peterborough, Ont., dentist was killed after an ethanol-fuelled lamp exploded.Dr. Judith Buys was sitting near the lamp at a cottage when a friend, who thought the lamp’s flame had gone out, tried to re-fuel it, Buys’ family said.Flames that flew out of the open refuelling container hit Buys, who died of severe injuries days later, said her husband, who is currently suing the maker of the lamp, alleging its product was unsafe.James McGorman said it’s time for rules around fuel containers to change and called for flame arresters to be required on all containers with volatile substances.“It’s time we had some action,” he said.Health Canada said ethanol bottles are subjected to regulation under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act, which requires the products to be labelled correctly with warnings of possible hazard. The rules contain no information about flame arresters.One company that makes products like fire pits and lamps, and also sells bottles that contain fuel, said it puts instructions on its products warning users not to pour fuel directly onto a fire.“It’s kind of a common-sense product,” said Justin Orr, sales director of Bio Flame, which does not make the fuel containers it sells. “You’d never pour fuel on a fire.”Orr said Bio Flame recommends other companies in the industry put warnings on their products too.last_img read more

Report Apps send sensitive user data to Facebook

NEW YORK — The Wall Street Journal is reporting that several phone apps are sending sensitive user data to Facebook, including health information, without users’ consent.The report says an analytics tool called “App Events” allows app developers to record user activity and report it back to Facebook, even if the user isn’t on Facebook.The story comes as Facebook is dealing with increased scrutiny over user data. Last week British lawmakers issued a scathing report calling for tougher privacy rules for Facebook and other tech firms.Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the Journal report. It told the Journal that some of the data-sharing appears to violate its business terms. The company says it requires app developers to be clear with users about what they share.Mae Anderson, The Associated Press read more

Addressing alma mater Ban urges Koreans to do more to tackle global

Addressing students and faculty at his alma mater Seoul National University, where he received an honorary doctorate today, Mr. Ban set out what he said would be the central message of his visit – that the Republic of Korea has more to contribute to the world. He recalled his childhood of war, poverty and famine, and the amazing transformation of the country which was unimaginable when he was a young boy.“No country has worked harder for or benefited more from change than the Republic of Korea. Now it is our duty to help others follow our path to prosperity, democracy, and respect for human rights,” Mr. Ban told those gathered in an overflowing auditorium. “By serving others, we serve ourselves, as Korea’s future is tied to the world’s future. Our fates are inseparable. We Koreans can, and must, play a larger role in addressing the pressing challenges on the global agenda,” he added.He told the future leaders that “the ties that bind our common humanity together are fraying,” and are being severely tested by four challenges – uncontrolled climate change; food, water and energy shortages; the struggle for human rights; and security threats, including weapons proliferation, organized crime and terrorism.“We cannot let these threats define our future, shape our lives, or compromise our values,” he stated. “We must prevail, even as we preserve our laws, our principles, and our respect for diversity and for other cultures and religions.”Mr. Ban arrived in Seoul from China, which was the second stop on a three-nation tour that also took him to Japan. He was welcomed home with a 21-gun salute and marching band and was greeted at the airport by Prime Minister Han Seung-Soo and other officials.On his first day in Seoul, the Secretary-General also met a group of Korean peacekeepers who are about to join the UN peacekeeping mission in Lebanon. He told the soldiers that during the Korean War, the country received help from the UN and the international community, and it is time for the Koreans to give back. Mr. Ban also met Yi So-yeon, the female Korean astronaut who recently carried the UN flag into outer space. She presented him with that flag as well as photos from her trip. The Secretary-General praised the important role that women are playing in all fields of work in the Republic of Korea and throughout the world.He then met with UN staff, noting the sacrifices they make to serve the international community, and addressed the UN Association of the Republic of Korea.Following his visit to his home country, Mr. Ban will return to Japan next week to attend the Group of Eight (G-8) summit of industrialized nations in Hokkaido.Later next week, the Secretary-General will be travelling to France, at the invitation of President Nicolas Sarkozy, to participate in the Paris Summit for the Mediterranean which will take place on 13 July. While in Paris, Mr. Ban will also attend the French National Day Military Parade on 14 July, which will for the first time include UN peacekeepers from different parts of the world.The Secretary-General then heads to Germany for a two-day visit beginning on 15 July, during which he will meet the Chancellor, the Foreign Minister and other officials in Berlin. He will also address a conference organised by the Bertelsmann Foundation, as well as meet with UN staff in Bonn, before returning to New York. 3 July 2008On his first visit to the Republic of Korea since becoming United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon today called on his fellow countrymen to play a larger role in addressing pressing global challenges such as climate change, rising food and energy prices and terrorism. read more

TSX down as falling gold prices limits gains

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market was slightly lower Friday morning, pressured by gold stocks as bullion prices fell sharply amid further easing of tensions in the Ukraine-Russia standoff.The S&P/TSX composite index dipped 4.38 points to 15,286.8, as traders also digested jobs data that blew past expectations.The Canadian dollar was up 0.28 of a cent to 92 cents US as Statistics Canada reported that the economy added 42,000 positions last month. Economists had generally expected that about 20,000 jobs were created during July.The federal agency had said earlier this week that it had discovered an error in its jobs data originally released last Friday, showing the economy added a meagre 200 jobs.U.S. indexes also advanced with the Dow Jones industrials ahead 43.99 points to 16,757.57, the Nasdaq gained 27 points to 4,480 and the S&P 500 index rose 6.53 points at 1,961.71.Russia let Ukrainian officials inspect an aid convoy on Friday and agreed to let the Red Cross distribute the aid around the rebel-held city of Luhansk. The move dispelled Ukrainian fears that the aid operation was a ruse to get military help to separatist rebels. read more

SecretaryGeneral urges Kyrgyz President to stop forcing Uzbek asylumseekers home

Mr. Annan reminded President Kurmanbek Bakiev of Kyrgyzstan of his country’s international obligations with respect to the asylum-seekers, a UN spokesman said in a statement released in New York.The Secretary-General also pledged the UN’s assistance in resolving the problem and asked the President to fully support the work of Assistant UN High Commissioner for Refugees Kamel Morjane, who will arrive in Kyrgyzstan this weekend, according to the statement.

Labrador company asks top court to review lopsided hydro deal with Quebec

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Canada’s top court has been asked to review the 1969 Churchill Falls deal that has given Hydro-Quebec many times more in profits than Newfoundland and Labrador.The case was launched in 2010 after Hydro-Quebec rebuffed calls from Newfoundland and Labrador to reopen the contentious deal.The original agreement did not reflect rising energy values and has caused friction between the two provinces for decades.The Churchill Falls dam in Labrador has generated more than $26 billion for Hydro-Quebec versus about $2 billion for Newfoundland and Labrador.Hydro-Quebec has successfully argued in court that it took on costs and risks for the project when the original contract was signed.The Churchill Falls (Labrador) Corporation argues the 1969 deal was automatically renewed on Sept. 1 for another 25 years –raising new questions for the Supreme Court of Canada. Labrador company asks top court to review lopsided hydro deal with Quebec by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 3, 2016 8:50 am MDT Last Updated Oct 3, 2016 at 9:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Black Hornet Nano UAV helping keep soldiers safe in Afghanistan

first_imgUnmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) are becoming an ever more common site in the skies, but they are seen in their greatest numbers over combat zones. It makes sense to use them there as they can remain airborne for many hours monitoring, and even attacking a target without putting a soldier’s life in danger.Drone technology is always improving though, and a new unit is helping to keep UK soldiers safe by its ability to quickly check what’s around the next corner while at the same time being small enough to fit in a pocket.It’s called the Black Hornet Nano Unmanned Air Vehicle and measures just 10 x 2.5cm and weighs a mere 16 grams. It looks very similar to a miniature helicopter, but inside you’ll find a tiny camera alongside the motor and battery that allow it to fly.The Black Hornet has been developed by Norwegian company Prox Dynamics AS, with 160 of them being entrusted to UK soldiers through a contract with Marlborough Communications Ltd. Each one can be deployed while soldiers are on patrol to check out an area before the troops expose themselves to any danger. Control can either be directly through an accompanying control pad and display, or pre-programmed to follow GPS coordinates.Each Black Hornet can fly for 30 minutes on a full charge and has a range of roughly half a mile. It’s too small to be taken out by a weapon even when stationary, but the nano drone flies at up to 22mph making it an impossible target. I also imagine it wouldn’t take long to recharge the battery inside the Hornet, and having a backup or two isn’t going to add much weight to a soldier’s pack.The Black Hornet has been used in Afghanistan since last year, and is helping to stop soldiers being pinned down by enemy fire. They aren’t cheap though, as the Marlborough contract delivered 160 of them for £20 million (US$31.4 million).via BBC News. All images © Crown copyright 2013last_img read more

Caribbean fruits star in Chef Niks Sauces

first_img New TCI Ambassador is Chef Nik Recommended for you ‘Sex’ a main subject tonight at Point Grace sponsored event Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp CONCH-E-TITION 2014 Related Items:caribbean flavored bbq sauce, Chef Nik, Crackpot Kitchen Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 04 May 2015 – TCI Celebrity Chef Nik has unveiled a new line of sauces. “Crack Pot Kitchen tropical barbeque sauces has been a brain child of mine for quite some time. I had this brewing for a while and finally made the initial steps to bring it out, have it in a bottle, pretty label and processed for people around the Caribbean and worldwide.”The famous flavors of Chef Nik at Crackpot Kitchen can now be yours at home.“The whole plan for these barbeque sauces is to bring out a wide range of tropical barbeque sauces; you hear about Texas barbeque sauce smoked, hickory smoked, Memphis BBQ sauces which are some of the most popular in the world, but no one has ever heard of Caribbean flavored BBQ sauces such as Tamarind which is an exotic fruit of the Caribbean; Guava, soon I will be coming out with the Tropical Mango BBQ sauce, Tropical Pineapple BBQ Sauce and the Tropical Ginger Beer BBQ Sauce.”We recently featured Chek Nik and his line of tropical BBQ sauces which are flavored with island fruits like Tamarind and Guava on Turquoise Morning.last_img read more

World Eskimo Indian Olympics to be first without beloved Big Bob

first_imgOpening ceremonies for the World Eskimo Indian Olympics are tonight at 6 o’clock. Competitive events will begin at the Carlson Center this morning at 11. For 56 years, Fairbanks has hosted the event that draws Native athletes and dancers from across the state and even across the circumpolar north. This is the first year without a beloved champion for whom this year’s games are dedicated.Listen nowThe traditional call to the pullers of the blanket toss was often punctuated by the deep voice of Robert Aiken. In recent years, “Big Bob” as he was known, was an announcer at the World Eskimo Indian Olympics. But because he was also an athlete, and a mentor, coach and ambassador for the games, this year’s World Eskimo Indian Olympics are dedicated to his memory. Sam Strange, the Chair of WEIO’s board of governors, remembers Aiken as a champion.“Big Bob was involved not just in WEIO, but also in the NYO, or Native Youth Olympics, which is our elementary and high school level as a coach, mentor,” Strange said. “He was involved in Arctic Winter games which was in Greenland just a few months ago as a coach, official and WEIO as a board chair and still to this day has the most wins in Eskimo stick pull that no one’s beat.”In fact, Aiken won six gold medals in the Eskimo Stick Pull, in the 1980s, and still holds the world record for that and Indian Stick Pull with seven gold medals and the Arm Pull, with the most wins. Aiken was born and raised in Barrow, and died last November at age 62. He was called “Big Bob” because he was tall, he was fat and he was muscular. At six foot four, and anywhere upwards of 300 pounds, he might have intimidated other participants. But Nicole Johnston, this year’s head official, said Aiken valued sportsmanship because it was part of his Inupiaq culture.“He was very passionate about the honor these games brought to our people,” Johnston said. “He reminded us it’s or responsibility to make sure the tradition of these games stays with the participants, with the athletes. That they understand why these games were played. You had to rely on each other to survive.”Other elders that have died in the past year will also be honored at this year’s events: James Lampie a long-time competitor in the Ear Weight event, in which participants endure the pain of carrying a heavy weight by one ear, and Claudia Tazroyluke, who was a long-time tender of the WEIO version of the Olympic torch – a seal oil lamp. She will be honored during tonight’s opening ceremony.last_img read more

Women leaders vow to solve public issues

first_imgTandur: ZPTC member G Manjula, MPP Anitha Goud, Vice-MPP Swaroopa Reddy on Wednesday said that they would work with dedication for the development of mandal. Saprpanch of Baspalli Nagarjuna felicitated the trio on Wednesday. Speaking on the occasion, the three women leaders assured that they would work to resolve issues like drinking water, new buildings for government schools, aid to anganwadis and self-help groups. Later, they planted saplings along with SI Santhosh. Former ZPTC Ravi Goud, mandal party president Ramdas, upa sarpanch, ward members were also present.last_img

Venezuelas Maduro escapes dronebomb attack

first_imgVenezuelan president Nicolas Maduro (L) attends a ceremony to celebrate the 81st anniversary of the National Guard in Caracas on 4 August day in which Venezuela’s controversial Constituent Assembly marks its first anniversary. Photo: AFPVenezuelan president Nicolas Maduro said Saturday he escaped an “assassination” attempt using an explosive-laden drone, after a live broadcast showed him looking confused when a bang went off during a Caracas military parade and dozens of soldiers scuttling for safety.His government said seven soldiers were wounded in the incident.“It was an attack to kill me, they tried to assassinate me today,” Maduro said in a later state broadcast, speaking of a “flying object (that) exploded in front of me.”He said some of those involved were arrested and an investigation under way.Maduro accused neighbouring Colombia and unidentified “financiers” in the United States, while some of his officials blamed Venezuela’s opposition.Colombia denied any involvement. A senior Colombian official speaking to AFP on condition of anonymity said Maduro’s accusation was “baseless.”Venezuelan state television images showed Maduro looking up disconcertedly in the middle of a speech Saturday when a bang was heard, then uniformed members of the country’s National Guard lined up in the parade suddenly breaking ranks and scattering.No drones could be seen in the television broadcast, which showed bodyguards jumping in front of Maduro to protect him with flexible ballistic shields. The broadcast was quickly cut.“This is an attack against president Nicolas Maduro,” communication minister Jorge Rodriguez said.Rodriguez said there was “an explosive charge… detonated close to the presidential podium” and in several other spots along the parade held in central Caracas.Maduro “came out of it completely unharmed,” he said.The government pointed the finger at “the ultra-right wing”-its term for the opposition.But Maduro said: “I have no doubt that the name (Colombian president) Juan Manuel Santos is behind this attack.”He added that initial investigations “indicate that various of those financing it live in the United States, in the state of Florida. I hope that President Donald Trump is ready to fight these terrorist groups.”Iron-fisted ruleThe parade Maduro attended was to mark the one-year anniversary of the Constitutional Assembly, a legislative body packed with Maduro loyalists that arrogated powers from the opposition-ruled National Assembly.The head of the assembly, Diosdado Cabello, tweeted that Maduro and the assembled military chiefs had survived a “terrorist attack” he blamed on the opposition.“The right insists on violence to take areas it can’t through votes,” he wrote.Maduro has remained in power over Venezuela, a major oil exporting nation, despite a collapsing economy and a long-running political crisis that has seen his country isolated internationally.Hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans have fled the country, where food and medicine are in very short supply, and where inflation this year could reach as high as one million percent according to the International Monetary Fund.Maduro, a 55-year-old Socialist leader who took over from his late mentor Hugo Chavez in 2013, has effectively sidelined the fractured opposition through control of the courts and the electoral body-and undinting support from the military, which holds key posts in his government.Maduro often accuses the opposition and the United States of working together to foment a “coup” to topple him.He says the economic malaise gripping Venezuela is an “economic war” and any unrest is plotted by foreign powers.Boycotted electionA year ago, four months of street protests flared against his authority that were put down by robust action from the army, the National Guard and police, resulting in 125 people killed.One of the key reasons for the protests was the creation of the Constitutional Assembly, which aimed to short-circuit the National Assembly in which the opposition won a supermajority in 2015 elections.Last year, the president said the new body replaced the elected legislature.The Supreme Court declared the National Assembly dissolved. Although it continues to operate, its decisions are routinely annulled.The United States and other countries have expressed alarm at the loyalist structure propping up Maduro, saying Venezuelan democracy was being undermined.Maduro this year brought forward to May presidential elections that-after they were boycotted by the opposition and key opposition figures were declared ineligible-handed him a new six-year term.last_img read more

Plenty to read in this weeks Ladysmith Gazette newspaper so get your

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite It’s Thursday, people, and the Ladysmith Gazette newspaper has hit the streets already.We have plenty for you to read in this week’s edition.Read our front-page story about municipal protest action that has wreaked havoc in the town’s CBD over the last week, and has left streets in a filthy mess after workers overturned rubbish bins and broke glass bottles.We also have plenty of hard news stories on page 2 and 3, not forgetting our community stories and school news.We have exciting sports pages, including a write-up on the Northern District Cricket Union’s (NDCU) awards function on Sunday. See who won the last tournament of the season!If you are looking for a job or want to buy / sell items, then check out the vacancies and classifieds pages! You won’t be wasting your money if you buy this week’s paper. The cost is ONLY R5.30.Many of our stories are “PRINT ONLY”, so you have to purchase a copy of the Ladysmith Gazette to read these stories, as they will not appear online.So what are you waiting for? Grab your copy NOW!Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more