Indians Arrested For Illegally Entering U.S. Nearly Triples

first_imgThe number of Indians arrested for illegally entering the United States has nearly tripled so far in 2018, making them one of the largest groups of illegal aliens apprehended, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said on Friday.Paying smuggling rings between $25,000-$50,000 (19,176.2 – 38,352.4 pounds) per person, a growing number of Indians are illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border and claiming asylum for persecution, CBP spokesman Salvador Zamora said.Read it at Reuters Related Itemslast_img

Rajasthan considering policy on M-sand as substitute for ‘bajri’

first_imgThe Congress government in Rajasthan is considering formulating a policy on manufactured sand (M-sand) as a substitute of ‘bajri’ (riverbed sand) used for construction of buildings, in view of the Supreme Court’s ban on mining of the latter in the State. The State government has issued a limited number of mining leases for ‘bajri’ at private land.The riverbed sand, which is mixed with cement for construction, has not been legally available in the State since November 2017, when the Supreme Court imposed a ban on its mining. The non-availability of sand has had an adverse impact on the construction of houses and stalled several government and private projects, besides leading to illegal mining.Though the halt to construction activities rendered a large number of workers and labourers unemployed, the Supreme Court later came down heavily on the State government for sanctioning leases for sand mining without environmental clearances, while staying as many as 82 such licences.The complete ban on riverbed sand mining came following the failure of the previous BJP regime and miners to get environmental clearances on time. The apex court had in May this year also stayed the auction of sand mining blocks for which Letters of Intent (LoIs) were issued without getting clearance from the Environment Ministry.Mines Minister Pramod Bhaya said in the State Assembly on Tuesday that 97 mining leases for ‘bajri’ were at present operative in the State, while 216 LoIs had been issued since January 8 this year. “We will appoint a senior lawyer for representing the State government in the cases pending in the apex court and try for their early disposal,” he said.Mr. Bhaya said the State government was issuing mining leases to the owners of private land measuring between 1 hectare and 4 hectares, while short-term licence could be issued to the contractors of government projects for land measuring up to 1 hectare. After a Supreme Court judgment of 2012, such a lease could be sanctioned only after obtaining environmental clearance, he added.Congress chargeThe Congress had earlier accused the previous BJP government of being “hand in glove with the sand mafia”, which was even taken note of by the Supreme Court. The ruling party said the BJP regime’s negligence had resulted in unemployment of 25 lakh people, including construction labourers, ‘bajri’ truck drivers, truck owners, contractors and skilled workers trained in the construction sector.last_img read more

Some Olympic leaders impatient with onslaught of scandals

first_imgFILE – In this Jan. 25, 2017, file photo, former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks during a debate in Seoul, South Korea. Former United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon has been elected chair of the International Olympic Committee’s ethics commission. In his acceptance speech Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, Ban called his new task “a serious responsibility.” (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)LIMA, Peru — As soon as he got the job, the new ethics chair of the International Olympic Committee received an earful, as well.Former U.N. secretary general Ban Ki-moon was elected to his new position Thursday — handed the task of restoring credibility to an organization that, according to its own members, is getting “hammered” by an onslaught of unsavory scandals.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary In his acceptance speech, Ban called his new task “a serious responsibility.” After he was done, and the floor was opened for questions, IOC members took turns accentuating the challenge he faces.“Quite frankly, we’re getting hammered every day … to the point where there’s a perception out there, not just from the media, but from average people who feel almost betrayed by what they see as continual acts of corruption by high people in international sports,” said Richard Peterkin, the IOC member from Saint Lucia.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThis week’s IOC session was highlighted by the dual award of the 2024 and 2028 Olympics to Paris and Los Angeles. Sharing those headlines have been almost-daily developments about Brazilian IOC member Carlos Nuzman , who is under investigation for his alleged role in a $2 million vote-buying scheme to bring the 2016 Olympics to Rio de Janeiro.Earlier this week, IOC president Thomas Bach said the committee was awaiting word from Brazilian authorities before determining next steps. There are IOC members, however, who think the committee should act more decisively. Read Next Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City “The trouble is, presuming innocence is fine, but how long does it take?” New Zealand IOC member Barry Maister said in an interview with The Associated Press shortly after he, too, expressed his frustration during the Q&A with Ban. “It takes an age, and in that time, we just get hammered. It makes it look like we’re pushing the issue under the carpet.”Nuzman isn’t the only IOC member in trouble.—Last month, Patrick Hickey resigned his spot on the IOC executive board, a year after being arrested in Brazil in a ticket-scalping investigation.—Absent from this week’s meetings is IOC member Frankie Fredericks, who was previously removed from the committee’s inspection team for Paris and Los Angeles in the wake of allegations he was caught up in the vote scandal involving Nuzman.—The former head of track and field’s governing body, Lamine Diack, is also involved in the vote-buying scandal; he resigned his IOC position in 2015.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Benilde runs Perpetual aground for third win WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES MOST READ E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  —Another IOC member, Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah of Kuwait, did not show this week. He has been implicated in a FIFA bribery case in the United States, and resigned from FIFA in April, but has not left his IOC post.The IOC is seeking improvements in its ethics operation as part of Bach’s “Agenda 2020” reforms. Among the measures: establishing a new chief ethics and compliance officer’s position and creating a new ethics hotline that anyone can use to report violations both on and off the field of play.“I think we’ve made it clear that credibility for us is extremely important,” Bach said. “Because credibility in sports doesn’t only apply to sports competition, but to sports organizations, as well. This is what we addressed expressly with Olympic Agenda 2020.”But the changes take time, and meanwhile, the critical headlines keep coming.“There comes a certain point when you’re taking all this (crap), and you have to come out of the bunker and say, ‘What are we not doing that’s affecting the credibility of the IOC?’” Canadian member Dick Pound said.Maister said the combination of IOC members’ problems, along with the steady stream of medals being reallocated in an ongoing doping crisis, undermine fans’ confidence in sports.“Where are we on a crisis scale? We’re not off the scale. I wouldn’t put a figure on it,” Maister said. “But these are issues that need to be addressed, for sure.”last_img read more

HS Prannoy Trumps Lin Dan to Enter Round 3 of World Badminton Championships

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Basel: India’s HS Prannoy, ranked 30 in the world, overcame six-time world champion and world No.17 Lin Dan of China to advance to the pre-quarterfinals of the World Badminton Championships in Basel on Tuesday.Prannoy beat Lin Dan 21-11, 13-21, 21-7 in an hour and two minutes and will face either world No.1 Kento Momota or Spain’s Luís Enrique Peñalver. It was Prannoy who got off to a good start in the match as he raced to a 6-2 lead and while Lin Dan tried to stay in touch, Prannoy thrawted his chances and went into the mid-game interval with an 11-5 advantage.The story in the second half of the first game did not change as Prannoy made sure that he maintained his advantage over Lin Dan at all times and the legendary Chinese failed to rattle the Indian.Prannoy then took the first game 21-11 with ease.Highlights | Prannoy 🇮🇳 ends Lin Dan’s 🇨🇳 journey at World Championships and advances to the Round of 16 🏸Follow LIVE: https://t.co/xsJABEAYxB#TOTALBWFWC2019 #Basel2019 pic.twitter.com/K0cWXd4rjy— BWF (@bwfmedia) August 20, 2019 The Indian began the second game impressively as well when he took a 5-2 lead over Lin Dan but this time the Chinese did not fall behind and instead launched a brilliant comeback to go into the break with an 11-8 lead.After the break, all Prannoy could do was catch up as Lin Dan had found his stride and went all out against the Indian. In no time, Lin Dan equalised in the match by taking the second game 21-13.Both the players started the decider cautiously and remained neck-and-neck until Prannoy, leading 6-5 at that time, decided to pull away and won five straight points to go into the break with an 11-5 advantage.Lin Dan started committing way too many errors while Prannoy kept to his lines as the Indian allowed the Chinese to win just two points after the break and won the match by taking the third and final game 21-7.Prannoy is currently embroiled in a minor controversy after he expressed his displeasure over being ignored for Arjuna award. He took to Twitter to say that the awards do not consider the performances and instead you need a source to get awarded.However, a source in Badminton Association of India told PTI that Prannoy had submitted his application but he was not considered because he did not have the performance in the past year.Later in the day, Sai Praneeth defeated Lee Dong Keun in straight games 21-16, 21-15 in a match which lasted for 56 minutes. The Indian showed his skill in the first game with his quality strokes and took a 21-16 lead in the opening game. The second game saw some errors from Praneeth but he made a strong comeback to win the second game 21-15.In women’s doubles, Ashwini Ponnappa-N Sikki Reddy got a walkover against Taiwanese pair of Chang Ching Hui-Yang Ching Tun while Pooja Dandu-Sanjana Santosh lost to Hsu Ya Ching-Hu Ling Fang of Taiwan.Men’s doubles pair of Manu Attri-Sumeeth Reddy beat Thom Gicquel-Ronan Labar 21-13, 21-13 in 26 minutes. Ashwini PonnappabadmintonHS PrannoyLin Dan First Published: August 20, 2019, 3:45 PM ISTlast_img read more

Kane Williamson, Steve Smith among Wisden’s top-five cricketers of 2015

first_imgNew Zealand captain Kane Williamson and predecessor Brendon McCullum are among Wisden’s five cricketers of the year.Australia captain Steve Smith, and England’s Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow were the others announced on Wednesday.New Zealander Suzie Bates was named the leading women’s cricketer, having scored her sixth one-day international century against England in February.Williamson was picked as the leading cricketer in the world by Wisden, having “confirmed himself as one of the talents of his generation” for hitting an impressive 2,692 international runs in 2015.last_img

Sunil Chhetri wants India to play away games against tougher opponents

first_imgIndia is all set to participate in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup in UAE for the first time since 2011 but captain Sunil Chhetri feels the team needs better preparation.Chhetri feels India need to play more away games because they generally do well as home. He believes playing higher-ranked teams will be of much help.In the year 2017, where India had an unbeaten streak of nine games, they played teams like Cambodia, Myanmar, Nepal, Macau and more. While India did dig out a few difficult victories, most of these teams were ranked below them.”We need to play enough matches away. We generally do well at home, but our away record hasn’t been good. We should try to get teams from 16 to 8 (AFC rankings) ranking. It’s difficult to play South Korea and Japan as they don’t want to play us. We should get teams who are better than us and play at their home. This is from the organisation side,” Chhetri said to IANS.ALSO WATCHChhetri also added that each player donning the blue jersey of India needs to take their game a few notches up.”From the players’ side, we need to improve ourselves individually, making sure that the competition for the national team increases and it is a big headache for the coach. It should be tough for him to choose the players and whenever that happens he gets the cream,” the 33-year-old said.A couple of days ago, Chhetri scored a stunner for Bengaluru FC in the Indian Super League (ISL) and showed exactly why he has been India’s best player for years.advertisementWhat. A. Strike! @chetrisunil11 @bengalurufc #LetsFootball #BENKOL https://t.co/7ypcbBNn5Z pic.twitter.com/tDBosEjQPr- Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) January 7, 2018India qualified for the Asian Cup by beating Macau in the qualifiers last year in October.The last time India played in the world’s second-oldest continental football championship was in 2011 under British coach Bob Houghton. Chhetri was an integral part of the team, scoring two goals in the group stages in what was only India’s third appearance.India did not win a match and bowed out, letting in 13 goals and scoring just three.Chhetri said India should look to play teams like the United Arab Emirates (UAE), who are also hosting the Asian Cup, on the road.”We are at the bottom, man. Whoever we get is going to be better than us,” Chhetri said when asked to name the teams they should play friendlies with leading up to the tournament, starting in January next year.”In 2011, we got No.1, No.3 and No.5 — Australia, South Korea, Bahrain (in the main round). It couldn’t have been worse than that mathematically. This time we got Kyrgyzstan, Macau and Myanmar (in the qualifiers). With due respect to them it wasn’t very difficult.”We should aim to play the UAE, Qatar, Oman, Palestine and Lebanon (in the friendlies),” Chhetri said.There are talks of a four-nation Champions Cup taking place this year in India. Chhetri said the tourney would have no bearing on India’s rankings as it is outside the FIFA dates, but the match practice would do a world of good to India’s preparations.”Now it’s not about the rankings, because we have qualified. Having said that, the arrangements of the groups matter in terms of ranking but keeping all these things aside, playing at home those three-four nation tournament…I hope we get better teams to play against,” he said.Coming to his club Bengaluru FC, which is at the top of the ISL standings now, Chhetri said they don’t take the pressure of expectations and take one game at a time.”The motto in our club is to think about the next game — the way we won two Federation Cups and the I-League by taking one game at a time. The motto has not changed,” he said.Just married to long-time girlfriend Sonam, daughter of former India and Mohun Bagan defender Subrata Bhattacharya, Chhetri signed off with a tongue-in-cheek humour, saying he now knows the prices of “onions and tomatoes”.”The last 10-15 days after marriage, I have enjoyed my time. I think me and Sonam have seen each other for 13 years but we never lived with each other. She was always a tourist wherever I played. Now living together, it’s nice. More because, apart from the fact that she is my wife and I love her, we are also very good friends,” he said.”She understands my job. So, there was no need of telling her that I have to come back and sleep and take a nap, everything is nice because she understands. Later in the evening we watch Netflix. We go for walks. We went to buy grocery the other day and I realised I haven’t taken walks for a long time. I know the rates of onions and tomatoes now (laughs).”advertisement(Courtesy: IANS)last_img read more

Will resurgent Tiger Woods beat Jack Nicklaus’s record of 18 majors?

first_img1997: Masters The famous 12-stroke win over Tom Kite1999: PGA Championship Beats Sergio García by one stroke2000: US Open Finishes 15 shots ahead of Miguel Ángel Jiménez and Ernie Els2000: The Open Eight ahead of Thomas Bjoørn and Ernie Els at St Andrews2000: PGA Championship Beats Bob May in a three-hole playoff2001: Masters Finishes two ahead of David Duval2002: Masters Wins by three over Retief Goosen2002: US Open Beats Phil Mickelson by three2005: Masters Beats Chris DiMarco on first hole of sudden-death playoff2005: The Open Wins by five over Colin Montgomerie at St Andrews2006: The Open Two ahead of Chris DiMarco at Royal Liverpool2006: PGA Championship Wins by five over Shaun Micheel2007: PGA Championship Beats Woody Austin by two shots2008: US Open Beats Rocco Mediate on 19th hole of playoff2019: Masters Finishes one ahead of Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson and Xander Schauffele Read more Brooks Koepka … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. ‘I’m just lucky to be able to do this again’: Tiger Woods on fifth Masters win – video Richard Williams Was this helpful? Golf features 1:49 Quick guide Fifteen and counting: Tiger’s major haul “Eighteen is, I think, a lot closer than people think,” said Brooks Koepka, one of the men Woods held off to claim his fifth Masters. “I would say that’s probably what all fans, what we’re thinking. He’s definitely back and 18’s not far.”If Nicklaus would rather retain his place in the record books, he does a fine job of endorsing why Woods might steal it. Even before a ball was struck at Augusta last Thursday the 79-year-old had volunteered Woods as a likely Masters winner on account of evidence gleaned from a recent game of golf; a certain Donald Trump.“I don’t ever pull against anybody,” Nicklaus said. “Nobody wants their record to be broken. But I certainly wouldn’t want Tiger to be hurt and not to be able to do it. Of course he is now pretty healthy and playing well. I wish him well, I always wish the guys well and I want them to play their best and don’t want anybody to play poorly.“Everybody has been asking me about Tiger. Can Tiger win again? Will he win another major? I kept saying, I think so, I think he will. The reason I said that was it all depended on Tiger’s health. If Tiger is healthy, then Tiger didn’t need to worry about his driver. He never drove the ball straight anyway. He always got the ball, from somewhere, up around the green. Tiger is such a great putter, has such a great short game. He has such distance control with his irons, unbelievable distance control, best I’ve seen from anybody in the game. If you get a guy that can do that – even if Tiger wasn’t healthy – he could bunt the ball off the tee somewhere. And with his iron game and his short game, he was going to win again. He topped it off this week by driving the ball. It was a special week for him.” Share via Email Topics US sports Tiger Woods’ triumph may help clean off the stain of Trump’s golf addiction Support The Guardian Share on Facebookcenter_img As the scale of Woods’s victory, arguably his finest in an illustrious but regularly disrupted career, reverberated around the globe golf had been afforded fresh profile. The 43-year-old is now within one of Sam Snead’s 82 PGA Tour wins, a record that has stood since the mid-60s. It is the major quest, though, that sets pulses racing.“It’s nice to get to 15; 18 isn’t a thought,” said Joe LaCava, Woods’s caddie. “Now 15’s here, let’s get to 16. Is the record in play? Sure. The guy’s 43 years old, a guy like him could win when they’re 50. Sixteen is the next mission.”Woods credited LaCava with a key role in his one-shot Masters victory. The pair had a discussion after a dropped shot at the 5th hole on Sunday, during which the caddie urged Woods to “not carry the weight of the world on your shoulders”. LaCava added: “I didn’t put in all the hard work. I didn’t have all the surgeries. I wasn’t down in Florida grinding. So for me, it’s easy. I just show up, try to do a halfway decent job and he has to do all the tough work.”As Nicklaus acknowledged, the year’s upcoming majors present Woods with an opportunity. Next month’s US PGA Championship will see Woods return to Bethpage, where he won the US Open in 2002. The latter tournament, in June, is at the Pebble Beach links where Woods marched to a 15-stroke victory 19 years ago. He has also prevailed in Tour events hosted at the Californian venue. July’s Open Championship at Royal Portrush had already seen scrambling for tickets even before Woods displayed uncharacteristic euphoria in Georgia. Share on LinkedIn It was not at all unfair for Tiger Woods to stay in the moment as the rest of golf cast eyes dreamily forward. Woods’s triumph at Augusta National on Sunday took his major haul to 15. Suddenly, from the recent position where the discussion felt irrelevant, Jack Nicklaus’s record tally of 18 is back within view. “I don’t know if Jack is worried or not,” said Woods. “I really haven’t thought about that yet. I’m sure that I’ll probably think of it going down the road. Maybe, maybe not. But right now it’s a little soon. I’m just enjoying 15.”It did not take long for Nicklaus to respond. Worried? You bet he is. “I thought for a long time that he was going to win again,” Nicklaus said of Woods. “The next two majors are at Bethpage, where he has won, and at Pebble Beach, where he has won. So he has got me shaking in my boots.” Play Video Share on WhatsApp Monday morning delivered confirmation that Woods has risen to No 6 in the world rankings. “The No 1 player in the world is ranked sixth,” claimed Paul Azinger, a former US Ryder Cup captain turned television analyst. Though there are still 17 months to go before the European team visits Whistling Straits, Woods has leapt to the summit of the US Ryder Cup rankings. At the end of this year, in what marks his own first step towards Ryder Cup captaincy, Woods will lead his country in the Presidents Cup. “I’m hoping to make my own team,” said Woods on Sunday, in proving he has playing aspirations for Royal Melbourne.Long before then Woods is expected to make a tournament return at Quail Hollow at the start of May.Should that transpire, a routine PGA Tour event will have been handed the kind of boost money cannot buy. The same applies to the wider golf scene. Thank you for your feedback. Tiger Woods Share on Twitter Since you’re here… Share on Messenger Show Hide The Masters Share on Pinterest Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Chinese Eco Group Files Landmark Marine Pollution Lawsuit

first_imgzoom A Chinese non-profit organisation has filed a landmark lawsuit at Qingdao Maritime Court against US oil major ConocoPhillips and China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) Ltd for the 2011 oil spill in Bohai Bai.The lawsuit filed by the China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation requires the defendants to take responsibility for the series of oil spills that began at Penglai 19-3 oilfield on June 4, 2011, and ultimately affected over 6,200 square kilometers of water.This lawsuit is the first public interest litigation filed by a non-profit organization in relation to marine pollution.The oil field is 51% owned by CNOOC, and 49% owned by ConocoPhillips.The incidents resulted in approximately 723 barrels (115 cubic meters) of oil and 2,620 barrels (416 cubic meters) of mineral oil-based drilling mud seeping into Bohai Bay.In 2012, the companies were ordered to pay an aggregate amount of RMB 1.683 billion (USD 266.7 million) to compensate for the marine ecological damage caused by the oil spill accident.Penglai 19-3 oilfield was cleared to resume production in February 2013.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Oil Platform Catches Fire off Corpus Christi

first_imgzoom A Magellan-owned oil platform, located three miles offshore of Corpus Christi, suffered a fire in the afternoon hours of March 7.According to the United States Coast Guard, watchstanders received a report of the fire and launched a Coast Guard Station Port Aransas 45-foot response boat crew to the area.Once on scene, the response boat crew established a 200-yard safety zone. There were no persons aboard the platform at the time of the fire and at around 6:30 p.m. local time the response boat crew reported the fire was out.A team of firefighters, coordinated by O’Brien’s Response Management, arrived on the platform and confirmed the fire was out, as well as no visible signs of pollution.An investigation into the cause of the fire was launched.last_img

Fire Breaks Out in Dubai Skyscraper on New Years Eve

New York – A huge fire has erupted at a downtown Dubai skyscraper near a New Year’s Eve fireworks display on Thursday evening.A Dubai hotel and residential skyscraper has been engulfed with flames near 10:00 p.m. local time, ahead of the official New Year’s celebration.The fire reportedly erupted hours before a fireworks display was scheduled to begin close to the famous Burj Khalifa skyscraper, the world’s tallest building. “Fire has been reported in the Address Downtown hotel. Authorities are currently on-site to address the incident swiftly and safely,” the Dubai government media office posted on Twitter.The Khaleej Times news posted a short video by Rahul Gajjar, an eyewitness at the scene, to their Twitter account, in which the flames are seen nearly extending to the height of the building.The cause of the fire has not been determined yet, but it is reported to have covered at least 20 stories of the Address Downtown Hotel.Debris from the fire has been found on the streets. Firetrucks are at the scene trying to contain the flames. No reports of human injuries have been released as of the time of writing.Social media users in Dubai have been posting videos of the dramatic incident, which is largely seen from every surrounding building in the city.“The building has been fully evacuated but we have no more information about what has happened,” a spokeswoman for the Address Group of hotels near the Dubai mall complex said, according to the Telegraph.“It’s a pretty big fire. It started about 30 minutes ago and is still going on. We don’t know the reason it happened yet,” she added.As of 10:37 p.m. local time, a Dubai official informed that New Year’s Eve festivities will continue as planned, reporting no casualties.“There are no injuries, thank God … of course, it will not affect the celebration,” Major General Rashed al-Matrushi, general director of the Dubai Civil Defence, told Al Arabiya’s live broadcast.However, eyewitnesses are starting to panic as the flames take over the skyscraper.“I saw the flames just as it started and now it is out of hand. I can’t see anything because of the smoke,” Ahmad Al Bader told The National newspaper.“They evacuated the people in the Address. My uncle and aunt were having dinner there and they were quickly rushed out, it’s crazy,” he said, adding that the building “looks like it’s completely gone.” read more

University of Alaska power plant to begin operations in May

FAIRBANKS, Alaska — A university power plant in Alaska is scheduled to go online in May, six months behind its original target date.The Daily News-Miner reported Monday that the combined heat and power plant at the University of Alaska Fairbanks will begin commercial operations by mid-May.An official from a contracting firm says required equipment testing is about 40% complete and the project is expected to finish within its $248 million budget.The official told the Energy for All Alaska Task Force last week that about eight significant complications have delayed commercial operations, including design flaws in part of the boiler and incorrectly fitted or defective parts that needed replacement.The official says the plant’s safety record to date ranks above the national Occupational Safety and Health Administration average.___Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, http://www.newsminer.comThe Associated Press read more

President says will not rush the special court

The debate was expected to go on for a year. At the same time, Mr. Sirisena made it clear that he was firm on the abolition of executive presidency, one of his key promises during the 2015 January presidential elections. Asked whether the 13th Amendment, an outcome of the India-Sri Lanka agreement of 1987, would be retained in the event of having a new Constitution, he replied that this would be finalised at the conclusion of the debate. The Sri Lankan government would not act “in haste” on the issue of setting up a special court on allegations of violations of human rights in the last stages of the civil war, President Maithripala Sirisena said.Answering questions on the status of implementation of a resolution adopted by the United Nations Human Rights Council in October on accountability, Mr. Sirisena, in an exclusive interview with The Hindu at his residence, replied in Sinhala that what should be done first was to “evaluate” what had happened [during the war]. Only after ascertaining the situation would “subsequent steps” become necessary. Calling for a gradual approach in the implementation, he alluded to the resolution and maintained that “we have not been ordered to do anything.” The government would do “whatever is necessary.” The implementation should be a “collective exercise,” he said, referring to the establishment of a body headed by former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga on reconciliation and another institution to go into complaints regarding alleged disappearances. As for the move to draft a new Constitution, the President pointed out that he would make a statement in Parliament on January 9, initiating the process. However, he clarified that only after a “comprehensive, organised and nationwide” debate among different sections such as constitutional experts and civil society organisations, would a decision be taken whether a fresh Constitution was needed or amendments to the existing Constitution were sufficient. On his stand on devolution, Sirisena recalled that Sri Lanka had a “long history” of devolution and emphasised that new constitutional provisions should be made after a “proper study” of issues concerning the nation’s sovereignty and interests. read more

Foreign Minister to head Sri Lanka delegation to Geneva

The Foreign Ministry said that following consultations held with President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday by Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana among others, it was decided that a Sri Lanka Government delegation from Colombo will participate in the discussions. The Government has picked a high-level delegation to be sent to Geneva to respond to the report on Sri Lanka by the High Commissioner for Human Rights.Consideration of the Report of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on ‘Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka’ will take place at the ongoing 40th Session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) on 20 March 2019, while the draft resolution on Sri Lanka on the same theme, which Sri Lanka has signed up to co-sponsor, is scheduled to be taken up on 21 March 2019. Accordingly, Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana will lead the delegation which will include Parliamentarian Dr. Sarath Amunugama, Governor of the Northern Province Dr. Suren Raghavan, Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha and Deputy Solicitor General A. Nerin Pulle. They will be joined by Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva A.L.A. Azeez, Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva Samantha Jayasuriya, and other relevant officials of the Sri Lanka Permanent Mission in Geneva. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Canadian dollar rises Bank of Canada opts to leave interest rates unchanged

Canadian dollar rises, Bank of Canada opts to leave interest rates unchanged TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed higher Tuesday against the U.S. currency even as the Bank of Canada said it was leaving its key rate at one per cent.The loonie rose 0.17 of a cent to 100.68 cents US as the bank left the rate unchanged for an 18th consecutive meeting, reflecting weak global economic conditions.There was no change in the bank’s accompanying statement about future intentions. It continued to say that “over time, some modest withdrawal of monetary policy stimulus will likely be required,” which is taken to mean the bank will have to raise rates at some point in the future. But many economists don’t expect the bank to move on upping rates for some time.“Markets are pricing in no change in Canadian interest rates over the next 12-months, a view we agree with,” said Scotia Capital chief currency strategist Camilla Sutton.She thinks the loonie will be impacted more in the medium term by the U.S. Federal Reserve and whether it announces further stimulus measures next week, which would involve the purchase of Treasuries along with existing acquisitions of mortgage-backed securities.The U.S. dollar was lower against many other currencies for a second day as traders felt inclined to add on risk amid an upbeat Chinese manufacturing report and optimism over Greece after the country launched a bond buyback program worth €10 billion that is aimed at trimming its debt load to a more sustainable level.Oil prices were lower after the U.S. Institute for Supply Management said Monday its manufacturing index unexpectedly went into contraction territory during November, a signal that uncertainty surrounding the fiscal cliff issue is hurting the economy.Market attention has focused almost exclusively on heading off the automatic big spending cuts and significant tax increases that are to be imposed at the beginning of 2013. The worry is that the combination would dramatically slow the U.S. economy and likely push it back into recession.The January crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange was down 59 cents to US$88.50 a barrel.March copper prices gave up early gains to close unchanged at US$3.66 a pound while bullion for February sank beneath the psychologically important US$1,700 mark, moving down $25.30 to US$1,695.80 an ounce.Meanwhile, talks between the 27 European Union finance ministers got under way in Brussels aimed at firming plans for a banking union.They hope to agree on the set-up of a new supervisory body, which will be headed by the European Central Bank and will hold wide-ranging authority over banks.But Germany and France, the continent’s two largest economic powers, disagree on how many banks the ECB should be allowed to oversee, when it should start, and what its final powers should be. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 4, 2012 4:38 pm MDT read more

Its a record June as new car registrations soar

Fleet sales rose by 4.8 per cent in June, to 93,667 units. Business demand dipped 4.7 per cent to 20,938 units. Private buyer demand soared by 22.8 per cent in June It’s a record June, as new car registrations soar November 2000, December 2000 and March 2001 were also record months for new car registrations. Year to date sales reached 1,269,028 units, 4.3 per cent up on last year Private buyers took 47 per cent of the total June market, accounting for 100,720 units, compared to 42 per cent and 82,024 units in June last year. June was the ninth consecutive month of growth in the new car market Commenting on the record June figures, Christopher Macgowan, SMMT Chief Executive, said, ‘This is the fourth time in less than a year that new car registrations have set a record and I’m delighted that the sales boom is continuing into the summer. It is excellent news and shows that the industry is working hard to be more competitive than ever. Consumers continue to support their local franchised dealers and, as nine months of growth shows, are confident that the best deal on a new car is available here in the UK.’ Notes to editors New car registrations rose 11.4 per cent in June to a record 215,325 units Total registrations by private buyers from January to June reached 617,861 units, up 18.8 per cent on the 519,888 units for the first six months of 2000. June 2001 The attached tables show the registration figures for Great Britain, Northern Ireland, The Isle of Man and the Channel Islands in detail. Top performers by range and UK penetration figures are also listed. Providing the SMMT is acknowledged as the source of this information, the figures may be quoted. Substantial reproduction needs specific approval by the SMMT. DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

West urges players to advance claims during A Team series

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCrandon, Drakes, Radford to assist Richard Pybus -CWIJanuary 21, 2019In “latest news”Off to UK! Guyana’s Mavendra Dindyal included in Windies U-15 squad for UK tourAugust 7, 2018In “latest news”Windies Women start World Cup preparation with team bonding campMay 25, 2017In “latest news” Windies “A” head coach Graeme West said the imminent home series against Sri Lanka “A” is the perfect opportunity for a number of fringe players to advance their claims for recognition by the Selection Panel of Cricket West Indies at the highest levels of the game.Windies “A” head coach Graeme WestWest was speaking ahead of the start of the series that begins with the first of three “Tests”, which opens on Wednesday at the Trelawny Multiplex in Jamaica, where all of the matches in the series, including three One-dayers, will be staged.According to a release issued on Monday by Cricket West Indies (CWI) West underscored the importance of players showing consistency, saying: “The players that have progressed to the senior team over the last 12 or 18 months have done it on the backs of some consistent performances in “A” Team matches. More of the same is required from the team, as a collective to do well, but with strong contributions from each individual. We have players in this squad at different points in their career, but there a few of them that will feel they need to really make a move forward over the next few weeks and ahead of the start of the next regional season, so this is a really great opportunity to get ahead of the game”.The coach said that he was very pleased with the work the players have put in so far in preparation for the series. “The work in Antigua we did was good. Several of the players did not have a great opportunity to practice, due to the hurricanes in the Caribbean, but I feel everyone has got up to speed very quickly, and the two sessions we have had in Trelawny have been excellent. The quality has been high and the intensity has steadily increased as game-day arrives on Wednesday”.On how he would define success in the series, West said: “Sri Lanka has come with a good mix of experienced and very promising players, so it would be pleasing to record a series victory against any them or any other visiting side for that matter. Apart from this, it would be good to see batsmen like Montcin Hodge and John Campbell, as well as Vishaul Singh, who has had an opportunity to play for the senior team, and captain Shamarh Brooks get significant scores.“It will also be a big test for two of our fast bowlers, Reynard Leveridge and Oshane Thomas, they have just five matches between them, but they great ability and can bowl quickly, so it will be important to see if they can keep it going throughout a day and a four-day match. In the spin bowling, we have players that are familiar with the “A” Team set-up and have been consistently performing in regional tournaments, so it would be a good opportunity for them to push their claims by taking wickets and bowling effectively in the conditions that we find throughout the series,” the release quoted West as saying.SQUADShamarh Brooks (Captain)Vishaul Singh (Vice-Captain)Sunil AmbrisJohn CampbellYannic CariahRahkeem CornwallSheldon CottrellJahmar HamiltonMontcin HodgeDamion JacobsKeon JosephReynard LeveridgeOshane ThomasTeam Management UnitGraeme West (Head Coach)Dwain Gill (Team Operations Manager)Corey Collymore (Assistant Coach)Khevyn Williams (Physiotherapist)Zephrynus Nicholas (Fitness Coordinator)Dinesh Mahabir (Video Data Analyst) read more

Caribbean leaders to attend CARICOMMexico Summit

(CMC) — Leaders from across the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will participate in the IV CARICOM-Mexico Summit that is scheduled to begin on Wednesday in Belize.The main theme of the summit will be cooperation for the prevention of and treatment of natural disasters.Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, will be accompanied by the Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs, Dennis Moses.The one day summit will be co-chaired by Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and the Prime Minister of Belize, Dean Barrow.The summit aims to consolidate the progress of the III CARICOM-Mexico Summit, held in 2014.The scheduled talks further endorses the importance Mexico places on cooperation with the Caribbean in matters of security, migration, climate change mitigation and the prevention of natural disasters.The Government of Mexico will provide air transport for the Trinidad and Tobago Delegation and other CARICOM Delegations, to and from Belize, City. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPresident Granger to attend IV CARICOM-Mexico Summit in BelizeOctober 24, 2017In “latest news”CARICOM, Mexico to strengthen ties in disaster risk managementOctober 26, 2017In “latest news”Guyana to participate in US -Caribbean Energy Security Summit in Washington, DCJanuary 20, 2015In “Business” read more

Un jalon dans la mystérieuse évolution des poissons plats

first_imgUn jalon dans la mystérieuse évolution des poissons platsPubliant sa découverte dans le Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, un chercheur britannique a décrit récemment une espèce de poisson fossile jusqu’alors inconnue, vieille de 50 millions d’années et de morphologie intermédiaire entre les poissons ‘classiques’ et les poissons plats comme la sole.Comment certains poissons sont-ils passés d’une forme ‘habituelle’ – oblongue, avec un œil de chaque côté du crâne – à une forme aplatie, avec les 2 yeux sur le même côté de la tête – comme la plie ou la sole ? Si cette question reste en suspens, le fossile découvert par le Dr Matt Friedman, de l’Université d’Oxford, confirme en tout cas ce schéma évolutif : ce poisson, baptisé Heteronectes, est plat, mais ses yeux n’ont pas encore migré, chacun demeurant d’un côté du crâne.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?D’après l’étude faite, le spécimen date de l’Éocène inférieur soit d’il y a 50 millions d’années et provient d’anciennes roches marines. “Ce fossile provient de Bolca, dans le nord de l’Italie, un site exploité depuis des centaines d’années pour ses poissons fossiles. Ce site remarquable offre un aperçu d’un ancien récif de corail. Les récifs sont bien connus comme des hauts lieux de la biodiversité, il n’est donc pas surprenant que Bolca nous fournisse les premiers éléments sur beaucoup de groupes de poissons modernes”, explique ainsi le Dr Friedman cité par Sci-News.”Notre compréhension des relations entre certains de ces groupes est en train de changer vu l’afflux croissant de données génétiques et moléculaires. Les fossiles n’ont pas beaucoup contribué à ce débat, mais les spécimens dans le genre d’Heteronectes révèlent le superbe niveau d’informations de détail qui peut être extrait à partir d’espèces éteintes”, conclut le chercheur. D’ailleurs, pour l’anecdote, le Dr Friedman n’a pas trouvé ce spécimen, jamais décrit, sur un site en pleine nature mais… dans les collections d’un musée de Vienne. Le 8 juillet 2012 à 09:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Suquamish Tribe intends to sue Navy over sewage spills

first_imgBREMERTON — The Suquamish Tribe says it plans to sue the Navy over sewage spills that they say have discharged “hundreds of thousands of gallons of untreated sewage” into local waters over the last five years.The Kitsap Sun reports the tribe announced Tuesday that it is giving military officials 60 days’ notice of its intent to file a lawsuit under the Clean Water Act, which prohibits discharging pollutants without a permit.Another notable discharge includes a spill announced in September by the Navy that leaked an estimated 450,000 gallons of wastewater from Puget Sound Naval Shipyard into Sinclair Inlet during a two-year period.Naval Base Kitsap spokesman Jake Chapelle says the Navy is aware of the notice and cannot comment on pending litigation.A spokesman for the Department of Justice, which represents the Navy, also declined comment.last_img read more

Derby County closing in on deal to sign Ashley Cole

first_imgDerby County are reportedly closing on a deal to sign Ashley Cole on a free transfer following his departure from Los Angeles Galaxy.The former Chelsea left-back is expected to have a ­medical on Monday and sign a short-term deal until the end of the current campaign for little more than the £10,000 a week he was earning in LA, which for the Rams manager, Frank Lampard it’s a win, win situation.The Championship club will get the most ultra-professional defender and Cole will be given the chance to take his first steps in what he hopes will be a coaching career as distinguished as his playing career.Lampard said, according to Mirror Football: “Some of the way the media painted him was out of order. Anybody who knows Ashley Cole knows he’s polite.”Premier League Legends: Ashley Cole, England’s Eternal Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – August 19, 2019 It’s time to talk about one of the hardest-working players in Premier League history, the Legend that is full-back Ashley Cole.Now that we know…“He’s a family man, he adores the people around him.”“He trains diligently every day. He is nice to all the fans – and those things may have been glossed over in the past, but now the truth is coming out.”“If you give him one pound or £100,000 a week, you still get the same professional every day. He will turn up first to the ­training ground and give everything.”“He will help people around him and leave last. I understand people get obsessed with wages, but it has nothing to do with it.”last_img read more