Goa BJP accuses Rahul Gandhi of defamation

first_imgThe Goa unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party on Friday declared that it will send a legal notice to AICC vice president Rahul Gandhi and AICC secretary Girish Chodankar for making allegedly defamatory statements about the BJP and its legislators, including an accusation that the BJP had spent Rs. 1,000 crore to lure non-Congress MLAs.Goa BJP president Vinay Tendulkar said on Friday that the legal notice was being drafted and would be issued to both “either by Friday evening or Saturday morning. They have made wild and baseless accusations in the last few days. We are not going to take it lightly,” Mr. Tendulkar said.He described the accusation that the BJP had spent Rs. 1,000 crore to lure MLAs and carry out horse-trading in the post-poll government-formation was “baseless and unfair.” On Wednesday, Mr. Chodankar had alleged that the BJP had spent around Rs. 1000 crore to lure non-Congress MLAs to join the BJP-led coalition in a bid to form government.“Nothing less than Rs. 1,000 crore has been spent by the BJP to lure and buy MLAs over to their side,” Mr. Chodankar had alleged and further said that State BJP general secretary Sadanand Tanavde was in the know of this. Mr. Tanavde had denied the allegations, and told this paper that he had not given anybody even “five paise.”The state unit is also angry about a similar allegation made in Delhi on the same day by Mr. Gandhi who alleged that money power had been used for horse-trading. Mr. Chodankar said that he is willing to face the defamation proceedings.“The BJP will also have to answer why three helicopters had landed at the Goa airport soon after a senior Central Minister arrived in the State. What were the helicopters carrying? Crackers from Delhi,” Mr. Chodankar asked. The BJP which won 13 seats in the February 4 elections, formed a government in Goa with a coalition of 23 in the 40-Member House.The Congress, which emerged as the single largest party with 17 MLAs has also questioned the role of Goa governor Mridula Sinha as she did not give Congress the first opportunity to form a government.last_img read more

‘No patients in 40 Rajasthan Ayurveda hospitals for 5 years’

first_imgAs many as 40 Ayurveda hospitals in Rajasthan did not admit any patient for five consecutive years since 2012, while no medical officer was posted in 645 dispensaries, according to a Comptroller and Auditor General report.Flagging serious lapses in the Department of Ayurveda, the CAG report said it incurred a total expenditure of ₹2,655.89 crore during the five years between 2012 and 2017, of which a huge component of up to 95.49% was spent on pay and allowances.The CAG report, which was tabled in the Rajasthan Assembly during the monsoon session last week, said no patient was admitted in 40 hospitals for five consecutive years, in 48 hospitals for four years in a row and in 49 hospitals for three straight years.‘No review’“Out of the 118 district hospitals, no patient was admitted in 60 hospitals during 2012-13, which increased to 79 in 2016-17. In spite of this trend, no review to reduce/relocate the staff was conducted,” the report said.Manpower deploymentScrutiny of deployment of manpower in healthcare centres in the State as of March 2017 revealed that deployment was disproportionate. Out of the total 3,577 dispensaries, no medical officers was found posted in 645 dispensaries, whereas two medical officers were posted in 40 dispensaries against the requirement of one officer in each dispensary.‘No medical officer’No medical officer or nurse/compounder was posted in 195 dispensaries, the CAG report said.During 2012-17, the expenditure on pay and allowances was found very high, which ranged between 87.97% and 95.49% of the total expenditure of Rs 2,655.89 crore, thereby leaving a very small percentage for core activities of the department such as procuring equipment and drugs and augmenting infrastructure.There was no regulation to ensure the quality of drugs sold by retailers in the market. Quality of drugsThe departmental pharmacies did not achieve the targets of production of drugs. The quality of drugs manufactured in government pharmacies was also not maintained.The government auditor, in its report, said that no new postgraduate course could be started in the Government Ayurveda College, Udaipur, after 1986 due to non-availability of qualified teachers. ‘No training’Further, practical training in surgery and gynaecology was not being provided to students as Ayurveda colleges did not have facilities for delivery and surgery cases.last_img read more

Ask Goa govt. to prove majority: Congress

first_imgClaiming that the BJP-led government in Goa has collapsed and it has lost the trust of the people, the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) led by Chandrakant Kavlekar on Tuesday urged Goa Governor Mridula Sinha to summon a day-long session of the Assembly and direct the ruling coalition to take a floor test. Addressing the media outside the Raj Bhavan after meeting the Governor, Mr. Kavlekar said they have told her that the BJP-led alliance government will not be able to prove its majority and the Congress be given a chance to form the government.Deepening crisisThe current crisis has arisen after ailing Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar was last week airlifted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi for treatment. The BJP Central leadership is in the process of finding an alternative leader in the absence of Mr. Parrikar, even as allies are demanding a permanent solution to the issue. Some allies are even eyeing the Chief Ministerial post. “When the government is falling they try to dissolve the House, or impose President’s Rule or keep the Assembly in suspended animation.They have done this before,” said Mr. Kavlekar, explaining the apprehension of the Congress. “We requested the Governor that if they ask you to do these things, you should not concur . An election should not be imposed on people in one and a half years and if the present government is not capable [of continuing], we know it is not capable, then they should give us the opportunity,” he said.He claimed that Governor Sinha heard the 15-MLA-strong delegation (MLA Reginaldo Lourenco is now out of Goa) and sought three or four days for her to get back to them. The Congress is the single largest party with 16 MLAs in the 40-member House. The NCP which has one MLA, Churchill Alemao, on Tuesday told the media that he will support the Congress.last_img read more

Senators Harris and Booker to Address First-ever Summit of Indian-American Politicians

first_imgIndian-origin senators Kamala Harris and Cory Booker will present keynote remarks at the inaugural Impact Summit 2018, the first-ever national gathering of Indian-American political leaders. All four Indian-American Congressmen – Dr Ami Bera, Pramila Jayapal, Ro Khanna and Raja Krishnamoorthi – are scheduled to attend and give opening and closing remarks at the summit to be held in Washington DC on June 7Read it at Financial Express Related Itemslast_img

Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Live Streaming: When and Where to Watch Tamil Thalaivas vs Jaipur Pink Panthers Telecast

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. jaipur pink pantherspklPKL 7pro kabaddi 2019 First Published: October 7, 2019, 5:39 PM IST Pro Kabaddi League 2019 will see Tamil Thalaivas take on Jaipur Pink Panthers on Monday. The PKL 2019 season 7 fixture Tamil Thalaivas vs Jaipur Pink Panthers will be played at the Shaheed Vijay Singh Pathik Sports Complex, Greater Noida in Uttar Pradesh. Tamil Thalaivas, who are on a 14-match winless streak will want to break the duck against Jaipur Pink Panthers in their penultimate match of the season while Jaipur will want to finish their season on a high. The PKL 2019 season 7 fixture Tamil Thalaivas vs Jaipur Pink Panthers will be played at 7:30PM.The PKL 2019 season 7 in currently into its 12th week and is inching towards the playoffs stage. The first match on Monday will see Telugu Titans and Gujarat Fortunegiants square off at 7:30PM while Tamil Thalaivas will take on Jaipur Pink Panthers in the second match of the day at 8:30PM. Jaipur Pink Panthers will take the mat for the final time this season on Monday and will want to bow out on a high. Meanwhile, Tamil Thalaivas seek their first win in 14 matches. This season 12 teams have participated in PKL 2019. The teams are Bengal Warriors, Bengaluru Bulls, Dabang Delhi KC, Gujarat Fortunegiants, Haryana Steelers, Jaipur Pink Panthers, Patna Pirates, Puneri Paltan, Tamil Thalaivas, Telugu Titans, U Mumba and UP Yoddha. What time will Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Tamil Thalaivas vs Jaipur Pink Panthers match start?The 127th match of PKL 2019 season 7 is scheduled to start at 7:30PM. The match between Tamil Thalaivas and Jaipur Pink Panthers will be played at the Shaheed Vijay Singh Pathik Sports Complex, Greater Noida in Uttar Pradesh.Where to watch Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Tamil Thalaivas vs Jaipur Pink Panthers clash on TV?The PKL 2019 Tamil Thalaivas vs Jaipur Pink Panthers clash can be viewed on television sets on sports channel Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD.Where to watch Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Tamil Thalaivas vs Jaipur Pink Panthers match on live streaming?The live streaming of Tamil Thalaivas vs Jaipur Pink Panthers, Pro Kabaddi League 2019 will be available on Hotstar. last_img read more

Delhi’s Golf Club in trouble for not paying property tax since year 2000

first_imgThe Capital’s premiere Delhi Golf Club, a favourite with bureaucrats and politicians, could be in trouble. New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), which owns the 180 acre lush property in the heart of the city, has sealed Delhi Golf Club Limited’s (DGCL) bank account for not paying dues worth Rs 727 crore. This is the accumulated property tax since year 2000, says NDMC.”A number of notices have been sent since November 2015,” NDMC secretary, Chanchal Yadav told MAIL TODAY on Wednesday, “But they have neither responded to our notices nor appeared before our assessing authority,” she said. “Therefore, we have attached their bank account given at the time of deed execution as security,” she added.Apparently, DGCL filed an appeal against NDMC’s tax demand of Rs 727 crore in the Patiala House Court last month. DGCL secretary, Brig (retired) Sanjiv Mehra, responded, “We have not received any intimation (on the punitive action) by NDMC so far. Further, we would not like to comment on the issue as it is sub-judice.”However, apparently, the court hasn’t passed any stay order so far, benefiting from which NDMC went ahead to seal DGCL’s bank account. NDMC Secretary, Chanchal Yadav, said, “I am not aware of any appeal they have made in Patiala Court yet.”Interestingly, the dispute seems to stem from a difference in the way ‘property tax is being calculated’ by DGCL and NDMC. The golf club feels it is a sports facility, like any football, cricket or tennis court. An official said, “Our 180 acres of land is vacant and has only minimal office-facility built-on structure. In fact, NDMC’s laws say sports grounds are free.”advertisementHowever, Chanchal said, “These are obviously two diverse situations. Do any of our football grounds need an exorbitant membership fee? Do you need an entry in them like the Delhi Golf Club?” “So, how do we calculate tax dues similarly?” she asks.A DGCL official said there are longstanding issues with the terms of calculations as well. Earlier, property tax was evaluated on the provisions of the Punjab Municipality Act. Then, Delhi Municipality Act came into being. Changes were introduced herein as well. The ‘Unit area method’ is now used for property tax assessment. “There have been similar litigations between DGCL and NDMC previously as well,” a Delhi Golf Club official said.Built by the British in 1931, the Delhi Golf Club is one of the oldest golf courses in Asia and in Delhi. It has very restrictive membership, with a waiting period of over 30 years for prospective members. There are two courses here – an 18 hole course, the Lodhi course, and the 9-hole Peacock course. The golf club is better known for having been a venue for the Indian Open, part of the Asian PGA circuit and some other important golf tournaments including the Sail, SRF and Hero Honda open. Located close to India Gate this club is the rendezvous for Delhi’s elite.Also Read: NDMC freezes bank account of Golf Club for non-payment of dueslast_img read more

Group drives support for open-source benchmark for embedded processors

first_img Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Design Methods LONDON — A benchmark in the works for embedded processors aims to provide a free, open-source alternative to the well-established suite of EEMBC benchmarks created by paying members. A small group of mainly academics are calling for support for EmBench, which they hope to release in a 0.5 version before the end of the year.EmBench aims to deliver a single performance score based on a suite of about 20 real-world applications, mainly sourced from an earlier effort, the Bristol/Embecosm Embedded Benchmark Suite (BEEBS). It also plans to report metrics for code size and latency but not floating-point performance or power consumption.Figures will generally be reported based on a geometric mean and geometric standard deviation to a reference platform. It tentatively picked PULP RI5CY, an open-source 32-bit RISC-V core from the Integrated Systems Lab at ETH Zürich in Switzerland, as its reference.EmBench started as an idea from David A. Patterson, a Berkeley professor who helped launch the RISC-V initiative and the MLPerf benchmark for AI accelerators.Since January, Patterson has worked on EmBench in monthly meetings with Palmer Dabbelt of SiFive, Cesare Garlati of Hex Five Security, G. S. Madhusudan of the India Institute of Technology Madras, Trevor Mudge of the University of Michigan, and Jeremy Bennett, head of an embedded software company that created BEEBS.The idea emerged at a RISC-V workshop, when SiFive co-founder Yunsup Lee gave a presentation that used synthetic benchmarks to a group including Patterson. Patterson’s textbook on microprocessor design, co-written with John Hennessey, preached against use of synthetic benchmarks such as Dhrystone.“Lee was embarrassed to do this in front of his former professor, and I was pissed off that people were still using synthetic benchmarks,” Patterson said in an interview. “My experience with MLPerf showed me [that] a small group could move fast, so I thought we could finally kill off Dhrystone and have a good benchmark for embedded computing. I talked to a few people at the workshop and they liked the idea. People are making changes to hardware to make Dhrystone run better. Everyone realized it was stupid, but no one took the initiative to fix it.”EmBench also aims to be an alternative to the widely cited CoreMark, one of more than a dozen embedded benchmarks developed by the EEMBC trade group. EEMBC currently has about 20 active members, mainly embedded chip vendors such as Arm, Intel, and Renesas.“EEMBC is fine for what they do with a paid membership model, but CoreMark is a synthetic benchmark — EmBench is an alternative model,” Patterson said.The EEMBC website lists 17 benchmarks that it has developed since it was funded in 2000 or currently has in the works. Its most recent offerings include benchmarks for IoT, security, and advanced driver assistance.For his part, EEMBC’s director left a door open for collaboration.“My first reaction would be to see if we can work together [being that] EEMBC has support of the industry already,” said Peter Torelli, head of EEMBC. “I’m not opposed to permissively licensed benchmarks, so why not leverage what EEMBC has been running for 20 years instead of reinventing the wheel?” An analysis of widely used processor benchmarks. Click to enlarge. (Source: David A. Patterson) center_img Continue Reading Previous IBASE: COM Express modules with wide-range operating temperatureNext Axiomtek: new Intel Smart Display Module Large with latest Intel Core processorlast_img read more

Smartphone connected to charger, 24-year-old man dies while listening to music on it

first_imgA 24-year-old man in Thailand was found dead in his apartment after police suspected a case of electrocution caused by his smartphone. The person was found in an unconscious state with his earphones in the ear and the phone connected to the power extension socket. Police have sent the body for post mortem and haven’t given out an official statement on the matter.As a report from the Mirror states, Thailand police believe the man’s death could have been primarily caused due to a short circuit. It is assumed that the 24-year-old man was talking to someone or listening to music while his smartphone was charging.Police said the smartphone was a Samsung model and was being charged with a cheap third-party charger. The man was also found to rest the microphone section of the earphone on his lips. Photo: ViralPress via MirrorPolice Captain Polthong said, “We believe a short circuit caused his death while he was on the phone with someone or he was listening to music. Many people could be in danger if they use cheap charging adapters which are not manufactured from the authorised company.”The police are yet to declare an official reason for the person’s death. “It looks like the victim was electrocuted but the body will be sent for an autopsy to confirm the exact cause of death,” the captain said.The incident brings to light the carelessness that consumers often exercise. Smartphone manufacturers often keep on warning consumers from using cheaper and unauthorised smartphone accessories. The cheaper accessories may be easier on the pocket but they skip on the safety features which the manufacturers implement in their products.advertisementHence, manufacturers advise that one should opt for authentic and authorized smartphone accessories for their smartphones. Additionally, they also warn consumers from using the device while charging.ALSO READ | Gmail for Android may get these popular Inbox features soonALSO READ | PUBG MOBILE teases zombie mode, could launch very soon ALSO READ | Xiaomi Mi Sports Shoes 2 launched in India for Rs 2,499, but you can’t buy it right nowlast_img read more


first_imgThe 2004 State Cup kicked off today (without the rain and wind of yesterday thankfully) although the mud puddles left players who had left their tents in bare feet regretting their decision to not wear shoes. NSW STATE CUP 2004 DRAW AND RESULTS WOMENS OPEN DIVISON: The day started with an absolute blockbuster in the Womens Open division, between defending champions Cronulla Sharks and the Sydney Championships winners Eastern Suburbs. The match certainly set the stage for a brilliant tournament, Easts running out winners with a tense 3-2 finish. Canterbury also started impressively, an 11-0 win over the Central Coast signaling they’re more than just a threat for the Womens Open title, especially with the four Winchester sisters heading the side. Womens Open Round 1: Easts (3) def Cronulla (2) Newcastle Uni (3) def Wallsend (1) Western Suburbs (3) def Westmead (0) Canterbury (11) def Central Coast (0) With only one pool in the Womens division, meaning each side will play a grueling four round matches each day, the Womens title is certainly up for grabs and it may be just one poor performance that could cost your team the chance to win. Round two saw the Easts women dispose of Albion Park 4-3, led by a long list of Australian Open and Junior representatives such as Melissa Pitfield and Amanda and Kristy Judd, it looks as though their Sydney Championships form may just continue in Port Macquarie. Canterbury proved their win over the Central Coast was not a freak of nature when they held back a Bo De La Cruz led Western Suburbs 5-2. With all other games in round two finishing with just one touchdown difference there is little doubt that the Womens division is open for all. Womens Open Round 2: Eastern Suburbs (4) def Albion Park (3) Cronulla (3) def Wallsend (2) Newcastle Uni (2) def Westmead (1) Canterbury (5) def Western Suburbs (2) After three rounds of competition Canterbury and Easts sit atop the Womens ladder and look to have assumed dominance in the competition where dominance was up for grabs. Canterbury’s 5-0 shut out of Newcastle Uni was impressive and their match against Easts tomorrow morning could well be the grand final preview. Albion Park look like they will be one who will continue to challenge for a grand final berth later in the tournament, with a 6-3 win over Wallsend. Defending champions Cronulla are not about to lie down either, with a 6-3 win over Wallsend, although many have claimed the injuries they suffered pre-tournament have stripped them of the chance to repeat last years success. Womens Open Round 3: Albion Park (6) def Wallsend (3) Cronulla (6) def Westmead (0) Canterbury (5) def Newcastle Uni (0) Western Suburbs (5) def Central Coast (2) The match of round four was no doubt the inform Canterbury against defending Champions Cronulla. A white-hot Canterbury, led by players such as Louise Winchester, looked unstoppable, their stepping and drive baffling the Sharks and forcing them into uncharacteristic fumbles and dropped balls. A 5-1 win to Canterbury impressing the crowd that had gathered. Newcastle Uni and Central Coast, who have struggled on day one, finished with a 1-1 draw. Another four rounds for the Womens Open tomorrow, one of the most grueling divisions in the 2004 State Cup; with Canterbury and Easts leading the way and Albion Park looking like the most likely challengers. With Easts meeting Canterbury at 10:20am tomorrow in a Sydney Championships Grand Final rematch, many believe Canterbury are playing well enough here to reverse the Sydney result. Womens Open Round 4: Canterbury (5) def Cronulla (1) Albion Park (7) def Westmead (1) Eastern Suburbs (4) def Wallsend (1) Newcastle Uni (1) drew Central Coast (1) MENS OPEN COMPETITION: In the Mens division it is defending Champions Western Suburbs that all the others are trying to catch. Their star-studded line up continued their Sydney Championships form with a 14-2 round one win over Bowral. There are however several sides looking to step up with Parramatta certainly genuine contenders. Led by Touch legend Mark Boland in his 19th appearance in Mens Open and with a list of Australian Open and Junior representatives including Troy Malcolm, Jai Ayoub, Matt Curran, Jamie Stowe, Nathan Behrens and Shane Frederiksen, they easily accounted for the invited Port Macquarie side 10-2. Parramatta will be one for Wests to keep an eye on as they are still not at their potential best with several players arriving later in the tournament. Easts and Penrith look like they will also be strong after a 5-4 narrow win to Easts, while Canterbury held Cronulla scoreless for a 3-0 win in pool one, Mens Open Round 1: Pool 1: Canterbury (3) def Cronulla (0) Lismore (3) def Wallsend (1) Western Suburbs (14) def Bowral (2) Pool 2: Eastern Suburbs (5) defeated Penrith (4) Manly Warringah (5) drew Hornsby (5) Parramatta (10) def Port Macquarie (2) UNSW (6) def Nelson Bay (0) The match of round two went to Canterbury and Lismore for their 5-5 draw. With Canterbury among the tournament favourites, Lismore have shown that they are one country side who are not to be messed with. With Australian Mens Open Coach and Wests Coach Tony Trad predicting at the State Cup media launch that Lismore would be one of the title challengers, it looks like he does actually know a little about Touch. Trad and his Wests Boys continued their strong form and the addition of Benji Marshall, who arrives tomorrow, should make the opposition sigh just a little. Eastern Suburbs put in a strong performance against the Port Macquarie local side and Parramatta recorded another win, 5-3 over Manly Warringah. Playing with only eleven of their fourteen players today and expecting fresh legs to arrive tomorrow, the Parramatta side could be one to watch in the closing stages of the tournament. Mens Open Round 2: Pool 1: Cronulla (14) def Bowral (2) Canterbury (5) drew Lismore (5) Western Suburbs (14) def Newcastle City (0) Pool 2: Eastern Suburbs (14) def Port Macquarie (3) Hornsby (8) def Nelson Bay (3) Parramatta (5) def Manly Warringah (3) Penrith (7) def UNSW (5) Round three in the Mens Open went as expected, although UNSW (Uni of New South Wales) have been somewhat of a surprise packet in pool two. Although they have lost two of their first three matches, both losses have been close and to quality teams Penrith and Eastern Suburbs. Manly Warringah completed a not-so-pleasant day for the Port Macquarie invitational side with a 12-3 win and Parramatta also continued their good form with another easy win 9-2 over Nelson Bay. Insert: For the first time today I see a small amount of blue sky between the grey clouds. Western Suburbs, Lismore and Canterbury lead pool one, all undefeated (although Canterbury and Lismore did record a draw in round two.) Cronulla’s 9-2 win over Newcastle showed they’ve found their feet after a first round loss to Canterbury and an easy match against Bowral. Lismore reaffirmed their status as the number one country side and serious title contenders, their match against Cronulla tomorrow afternoon set to be crucial to the finals race, especially for Cronulla sitting in fourth in pool one. Mens Open Round 3: Pool 1: Canterbury (5) def Wallsend (1) Cronulla (9) def Newcastle City (2) Lismore (15) def Bowral (2) Pool 2: Eastern Suburbs (5) def UNSW (3) Manly Warringah (12) def Port Macquarie (3) Parramatta (9) def Nelson Bay (2) Penrith (6) def Hornsby (3) By Rachel Moyle, media@austouch.com.aulast_img read more

2011 Vawdon Cup

first_imgClose to 80 teams will compete in the Vawdon Cup across nine divisions including the three Premier League divisions (Men’s, Women’s and Mixed), Men’s (divisions one, two and three), Women’s (divisions one and two) and Men’s seniors/masters. Round one of the Men’s Premier League will see newcomers the Bankstown Jets take on Wests Magpies, last year’s Vawdon Cup runners-up, the Penrith Panthers play the Manly Sea Eagles, 2010 champions, the Hornsby Lions versus the Canterbury Bulldogs, Easts Roosters play the Parramatta Eels, while the Central Coast Dolphins have the bye. Round one of the Women’s Premier League will see the 2010 Vawdon Cup grand final rematch, with the Wollongong Devils taking on Wests Magpies. In other games, the Penrith Panthers will play the Manly Sea Eagles, Easts Roosters will take on the Parramatta Eels, Wallsend Wolves will meet Taren Point, while the Varsity Stingers will play the Canterbury Bulldogs. Men’s Premier LeagueBankstown Jets v Wests MagpiesPenrith Panthers v Manly Sea EaglesHornsby Lions v Canterbury BulldogsEasts Roosters v Parramatta EelsBye – Central Coast DolphinsWomen’s Premier LeaguePenrith Panthers v Manly Sea EaglesWollongong Devils v Wests MagpiesEasts Roosters v Parramatta EelsWallsend Wolves v Taren PointVarsity Stingers v Canterbury BulldogsMixed Premier LeagueUNSW Bullets v Taren PointWests Magpies v Easts Roosters 2Penrith Panthers v Norths BearsEasts Roosters 1 – byeThe referee appointments for round one of Vawdon Cup can be viewed here:http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?client=14%20-714-0-0-0&sID=3935&&news_task=DETAIL&articleID=16575349&sectionID=3935 To keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2011 Vawdon Cup, please click on the following links:http://vawdoncup.sportingpulse.net www.nswtouch.com.aulast_img read more

Juventus want to move Higuain on

first_imgGonzalo Higuain is a favoured option of new Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri, but the Bianconeri are still eager to move him out of the club this summer.A striker who once boasted a fearsome reputation in Serie A has attracted little interest from those in the Italian top flight and Juve have no suitable offers on the table at present.Higuain is under contract at Juve through to 2021 and a switch to China has been mooted, but the Argentine is reluctant to head for Asia at this stage of his career. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? He is only 31 years of age and believes he still has plenty to offer in Europe, although he has not been proving that in the final third of late.A loan switch to AC Milan at the start of the 2018-19 campaign delivered only eight goals in 22 appearances.Sarri then took him to Chelsea in January, but he managed only another five strikes in 18 outings.Gonzalo Higuain Chelsea 2018-19He has done little to convince those back in Turin that he is deserving of a second chance.Serie A champions Juventus would prefer to bring in another frontman, with Higuain’s fellow countryman, Mauro Icardi of Inter, a favoured option.An exit will be required in order to free up space for any arrivals, but Higuain’s current deal, which is worth €7.5 million per season, is presenting a stumbling block in efforts to find a buyer.Juve’s sporting director Fabio Paratici is the man charged with the task of making future calls and, unless forced into a corner, he would like to get Higuain out of the Allianz Stadium.There is acknowledgement that the South American has flourished under Sarri before, particularly at Napoli.The pair enjoyed a productive partnership in Naples, while the new Bianconeri boss rated Higuain highly enough to take him to Stamford Bridge when in need of more firepower.Juve are, however, concerned that an experienced forward has become a fading force.In an ideal world, a clean slate will be presented to both the Italian title holders and Higuain before the next deadline passes, but there is much work to be done before reaching that point.last_img read more

Province Investing in Tourism Niche Markets

first_imgNova Scotia’s tourism industry will get a financial boost to support its competitiveness in a challenging global marketplace. The province announced today, Dec. 2, that $2.5 million is being invested in niche marketing that will help tourism operators and organizations diversify and develop more authentic Nova Scotia products and experiences such as wine, agri-tourism, genealogy and cultural tourism. The Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage is making the investment in partnership with the Department of Economic Development from the Community Development Trust Fund. The fund was established by the federal government to help communities and sectors experiencing economic challenges. “During these challenging economic times, we need to develop innovative tourism products to compete with the rest of the world,” said Bill Dooks, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “By fostering creative approaches to tourism development and niche marketing, we will be more competitive, attract more visitors, and support the long-term viability of the tourism industry in Nova Scotia.” Niche marketing complements the province’s tourism plan, New Realities, New Directions. Cost-shared funding will be used to help tourism operators and organizations diversify and develop more authentic Nova Scotia products and experiences. “We look forward to working with partners and forming new relationships with experts in different sectors whose products can be developed and marketed to draw more visitors to Nova Scotia,” said Mr. Dooks. “Together, our efforts will help make the provincial economy resilient, which is one of government’s key priorities.” The Department of Economic Development administers the trust fund. “With more than two million tourists visiting Nova Scotia each year, tourism is a key driver of our economic engine,” said Economic Development Minister Angus MacIssac. “This investment will focus on creating long-term benefits for this industry across the province.” The province focuses most of its marketing on potential visitors in specific geographic areas. Niche marketing develops and promotes specialized products or experiences to people with an interest in them, with less emphasis on where they live. Changing consumer preferences are creating opportunities in niche markets. For example, a national survey of travel activities and motivations showed that 37 per cent of Canadian and 33 per cent of American travellers are food and wine enthusiasts who enjoy experiences like dining in restaurants that offer local ingredients. In recent years, the department has been increasing its focus on niche markets, while still targeting key geographic markets including cities in Europe, the United States and Canada with direct air access to Nova Scotia. The priorities of the trust fund are to enhance sustainable prosperity, diversify economic and trade opportunities, improve productivity, innovation and training, assist communities with transition planning, and help workers facing adjustment challenges. More information on the Community Development Trust Fund in Nova Scotia is available at www.gov.ns.ca/econ/cdtrust .last_img read more

Province to Invite Comment on Hydraulic Fracturing Oped

first_imgNova Scotians have heard a lot of information about hydraulic fracturing. Here in Nova Scotia, you will soon be invited to have your say about this process. I understand people are concerned about their drinking water, their environment, their land and their families. As a parent of a young child, these are concerns for me, too. I have spoken often of the need for a fully independent review of hydraulic fracturing. I believed then, as I do now, that such a review has to be truly independent and open to information, and evidence, from all sides of the debate. An independently led review, including public consultation, is the only way for the province to make the appropriate decisions about hydraulic fracturing, and the only way for Nova Scotians to have faith that all views are considered and studied. No hydraulic fracturing activity is taking place anywhere in Nova Scotia. None will be approved while the review moves forward. While we may have potential to harness shale oil and gas development in our province, we must completely understand what is involved, and ensure the safety, the health of Nova Scotians, and the protection of our environment is a top-most concern. The review is being led by David Wheeler, president of Cape Breton University. After he has chosen an expert panel, including experts in the areas of science, health and aboriginal knowledge, Mr. Wheeler will conduct public consultations on the environmental, socio-economic and health impacts of hydraulic fracturing in Nova Scotia. I have met with him and stressed that I want the review to remain truly independent and all views must be considered. I also assured Mr. Wheeler that I will pass along any research sent to the Department of Energy on this issue. Through letters and phone calls, Nova Scotians have indicated to me and the government that they would like to learn more about Mr. Wheeler’s independent review. I encourage people to visit Cape Breton University’s website, www.cbu.ca/hfstudy, for more information. This will give everyone a broad understanding of the mandate we have in place for the hydraulic fracturing study. Until the independent review is complete, the province will not consider any application for hydraulic fracturing. -30-last_img read more

Man held for attempt to break ATM machine

first_imgKolkata: A man was arrested by Chatterjeehatpolice in Howrah for allegedly trying to break a State Bank of India (SBI) ATM machine early on July 16 morning in Belepole area. The youth, identified as Kamalakanta Jana, used to work as a food delivery boy. According to police, on July 16 around 3:20 am, Jana entered the SBI ATM kiosk in Belepole with an iron rod to break the ATM machine. After breaking the frontal portion of the ATM machine Jana understood that it is impossible to break the machine with just an iron Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Pujaroad and so he left the ATM kiosk. In the morning, some local residents saw the machine in broken condition and informed the concerned SBI branch. Later, an official from the bank lodged a written complaint at the Chatterjeehat police station. After police initiated a probe, they found that the CCTV camera inside the ATM counter was not working. Police faced problems during investigation as they didn’t have the a picture of thief. Late, it was identified that there were two CCTV cameras installed by the Howrah Police traffic department and Chatterjeehat police station. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAfter the scrutiny of footages from these CCTV cameras, it was seen that a person had entered the ATM counter and came out it after seven minutes. It was also identified that the person was wearing a red T-shirt, a red helmet and arrived at the ATM kiosk on a blue scooter. Officers checked the mobile service providers to ascertain how many mobile numbers were active in that area at that point of time. After getting the mobile number and information from sources, the police came to know about Jana. Later, police also came to know that he resided in Sankrail area in Howrah. On Tuesday night, Jana was arrested. While searching his place, police seized a 9 mm pistol and a round of bullet. “After arresting him we came to know that he was under huge debt and thus he needed money to repay it. He used to work as a food delivery boy for past three years. After preliminary investigation no past criminal record of Jana was found,” said Swati Bhangalia, Deputy Commissioner, South, Zone II.last_img read more

World leaders condole Swarajs demise recall her contributions

first_imgBeijing/Singapore: Leaders from China, Bangladesh, Iran and Singapore condoled on Wednesday the demise of former external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and recalled her important role in cementing India’s relations with the world. Swaraj passed away in New Delhi on Tuesday night after suffering a cardiac arrest. She was 67. In her tribute, Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina said her country had lost a “good friend”. “She (Swaraj) was a good friend of Bangladesh. With her death, Bangladesh has lost a good friend. Bangladesh will recall her contributions in taking the relationship between the two countries to a new height,” Hasina was quoted as saying by bdnews24. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif recalled his “fruitful” discussions with Swaraj. “My deepest condolences to the government and the people of India on the passing of former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. I had many fruitful and useful discussions with her while she held office, and am saddened by her sudden passing. May she forever rest in peace,” he tweeted. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said Swaraj had made important contributions to the development of China-India relations. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”Madam Sushma Swaraj is a senior Indian politician. China deeply mourns for the passing of Madam Sushma Swaraj and expresses sincere condolences to her family,” Hua said in a written response. UN General Assembly President Maria Fernanda Espinosa also expressed condolences at the demise of Swaraj. “Saddened by the news of the passing of Sushma Swaraj, an extraordinary woman & leader who devoted her life to public service. I had the honour of meeting her in my visits to India, & will always remember her fondly,” Espinosa tweeted. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe expressed sorrow at the demise of Swaraj, saying that her efforts to achieve regional policy objectives made a lasting impression among the Lankan public. “I have always known Mrs Swaraj as a true friend of Sri Lanka, a neighbour and a relative of Sri Lanka who held a pleasing personality,” Wickremesinghe said. Singapore Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan remembered Swaraj’s “warm friendship” and said that she represented India on the world stage and fought tirelessly for Indian citizens. “Sushma Swaraj was a wonderful lady, always full of life, as she represented India on the world stage and fought tirelessly for her citizens,” wrote the Singapore minister. Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa referred to Swaraj as his “dear sister” and said she always called him ‘My Brother’. “She is not with us anymore. Rest In Peace ‘my dear sister’. India and Bahrain will miss you,” he tweeted. Calling her “Behinji”, former Afghanistan president Hamid Karzai expressed his grief over the loss of a “tall leader” and “people’s person”. “Deeply saddened to hear of the loss of Behinji Sushma Swaraj. A tall leader and a great orator and people’s person. My profound condolences to the people of India and her family and friends,” he tweeted. Paying tributes to Swaraj, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Twitter, “We express our sincere condolences to the people of India on the passing away of the former FM of this friendly country Sushma Swaraj.” The French Ambassador to India Alexandre Ziegler said she was one of India’s most respected leaders who showed remarkable dedication to serving her fellow citizens and took the Indo-French relationship to new heights. Israeli Ambassador to India Ron Malka visited Swaraj’s residence and paid his last respects. Condoling the death of his former Indian counterpart, Afghanistan’s Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani said Swaraj led her country with “distinction and determination”. “I’m saddened to hear of the untimely demise of Sushma Swaraj, Senior BJP leader & former Foreign Minister of India. My deepest condolences to the people & government of India on the loss of a distinguished public figure who represented her country w/distinction & determination,” he tweeted.last_img read more

Nick Jonas Joins Stars At Lincoln Awards A Concert For Veterans And

first_imgNick Jonas, Gavin DeGraw, Jerry Lewis, Harvey Keitel, Whitney Cummings and Brian Williams – who served as the evening’s host – were a few of the many supporters at the inaugural The Lincoln Awards: A Concert for Veterans & the Military Family held this week at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall in Washington DC.Nick Jonas at The Lincoln Awards: A Concert for Veterans & the Military FamilyCredit/Copyright: Paul Morigi/Getty ImagesThe Lincoln Awards are presented by the Friars Club through its philanthropic arm, The Friars Foundation, to celebrate outstanding achievement and excellence in providing opportunities and support to our nation’s veterans and military families.The celebration began with a dinner to award the first class of 10 Lincoln Award winners, followed by a concert featuring performances by Nick Jonas, Gavin DeGraw, Aloe Blacc, the American Military Spouses Choir, Arturo Sandoval, Gregory Porter, Jon Bernthal, Rhiannon Giddens, The Lone Bellow and Whitney Cummings. The evening also included special welcomes from Dr. Jill Biden, David Rubenstein, Harvey Keitel, Jerry Lewis, Miss America Kira Kazantsev and Rob Riggle. PBS will exclusively air the national prime-time broadcast of the first-ever musical special The Lincoln Awards: A Concert for Veterans & the Military Family in May 2015.Nick Jonas and Gavin DeGraw at The Lincoln Awards: A Concert for Veterans & the Military FamilyCredit/Copyright: Paul Morigi/Getty ImagesGenerous support for The Lincoln Awards is provided by Leonard Wilf, founder of the Haven From the Storm Foundation, established to support returning service people, address the particular problems faced by vets today, aid in their recovery and provide assistance for their re-entry back into productive society. Wilf is also volunteer Chairman of The Friars Foundation Gift of Laughter for Wounded Warriors Program. Delta Air Lines is the official airline partner of The Lincoln Awards.More information about The Lincoln Awards and this year’s honorees can be found at www.thelincolnawards.org.last_img read more

Climate Commission Blue Fund Summit Opens in Brazzaville

Rabat – King Mohammed VI arrived at the  Kintélé International Conference Center in Brazzaville to participate in the 1st Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Climate Commission of the Congo Basin and the Blue Fund for the Congo Basin, which opened on Sunday afternoon.The monarch was greeted by the President of the Republic of Congo, Denis Sassou Nguesso, upon his arrival at the conference center. The King also posed for a group photo with African leaders participating in the summit.The symposium will review activities of the Climate Commission of the Congo Basin and the Blue Fund for the Congo Basin. The event also seeks to establish formal financial resources to fund projects in the field of the blue and green economy as well as to fight against climate change. Several African countries, including Central African Republic, Cameroon, Angola, Chad, Zambia and Rwanda are taking place in the summit.King Mohammed VI arrived in Brazzaville on Saturday evening with a ministerial delegation, which consists of Minister of National Education Saïd Amzazi, Minister of Equipment and Transport Abdelkader Amara, Minister of Health Anas Doukkali, Minister of Energy and Mining Aziz Rebbah, Minister of Tourism and Social Economy, Mohamed Sajid, Minister Delegate for African Cooperation Mohcine Jazouli, and Secretary of State for Sustainable Development, Nezha El Ouafi.The monarch’s advisors, Fouad Ali El Himma and Yassir Zenagui, Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita, Minister of Economy and Finance Mohamed Boussaid and Minister of Agriculture Aziz Akhannouch are also taking part in the event.On the sidelines of the event, King Mohammed VI will chair a signing ceremony where several bilateral deals will be formalized covering mining, education, fishing, health, and agriculture. read more

Sacked Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe votes against motion

Meanwhile, Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) leader Douglas Devananda was among those who voted against the motion.The Tamil National Alliance also voted against the motion. (Colombo Gazette) Former Justice and Buddhasasana Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe voted against the no-confidence motion on Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in Parliament today.Rajapakshe had been removed from his post last August after he made several statements critical of the Government.

Iraq UN sanctions panel seeks measures in response to illegal oil smuggling

The sanctions panel – known as the “661 Committee” for the resolution which established it – recommended the steps in response to a recent incident in which a large quantity of Iraqi crude had been exported outside the UN oil-for-food programme that allows Baghdad to use internationally monitored revenue from the sale of petroleum to purchase humanitarian relief supplies. According to the report by the committee’s Acting Chairman, Ambassador Valery P. Kuchinsky of Ukraine, the panel examined the circumstances of the incident on 6 November after receiving a letter from the Captain of the turbine tanker Essex. “The members of the Committee were in agreement that it should take appropriate action to prevent such violations from being committed again,” states the report, which reviews a wide range of the panel’s activities related to the implementation of the oil-for-food programme during its phase X, from 4 July through 30 November 2001. The Committee, in part, agreed that the Office of the Iraq Programme, which runs the oil-for-food scheme, should “devise a detailed action plan containing recommendations aimed at improving the monitoring of oil loading at the oil pumping stations.” The Office subsequently provided the Committee with proposals for additional operating procedures for crude oil monitoring. The panel also decided to address letters to all States whose companies had been involved in the Essex case, namely the Bahamas, France, the Netherlands, Venezuela, the United Kingdom and the United States. Some action has already been taken, according to the report, which notes that France had withdrawn the firm Ibex Energy from the list of approved national oil purchasers until French authorities completed investigations of its activities, particularly its alleged involvement in the Essex incident. Subsequently, the Committee contacted the Netherlands to take the same measure with regard to the company Trafigura Beheer B.V. The Committee was also briefed by the Coordinator of the Multinational Interception Force (MIF), Vice Admiral Charles Moore, who reported a “substantial decrease” in Iraqi oil smuggling through the Iranian territorial waters, but “stressed there were continued oil smuggling activities to destinations in India, the United Arab Emirates, Yemen and the Horn of Africa, as well as the unauthorized use of passenger ferries by certain States to carry cargo to and from Iraq.”In addition to providing information on closed-door meetings on smuggling, the report details other aspects of the programme, including legitimate petroleum sales, humanitarian deliveries to Iraq, and matters relating to spare parts for the country’s oil industry. read more

Brock University Aquatics wins prestigious lifeguard training award

The Lifesaving Society has honoured Brock University Aquatics with a coveted award to recognize its contribution to the National Lifeguard Service.Aquatics Program Supervisor Margaret Lizzotti attended the Lifesaving Governor’s Award Gala last week where Brock was awarded the Jocelyn Palm Cup.As a leadership training centre for Niagara, Brock Aquatics provides a wide variety of support for lifeguard training in the region and supports Niagara’s pools with their training needs.