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Governor visits Asansol, appeals for peace

first_imgWest Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi on Saturday visited violence-hit Asansol and Raniganj areas of Paschim Bardhaman district and urged the people to maintain peace. “I have come here with the message of peace. Peace should be paramount. I appeal to all the people belonging to all castes and communities to live in harmony,” Mr. Tripathi told journalists. The Governor said that he wanted to visit the strife-torn areas earlier but it did not materialise. Mr. Tripathi held a meeting with senior district and police officers and spoke to locals. The industrial region in south Bengal has been on the boil for the past one week over tensions during Ram Navami celebrations. Two persons have died in the violence in Paschim Bardhaman district and four in the State in the communal flare up. State Congress president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury who also wanted to visit the areas was stopped by the police on the national highway. On Sunday, a four-member delegation of the BJP is scheduled to visit the trouble-hit areas. During the day certain rallies were brought out on the occasion of Hanuman jayanti. Despite orders of the State administration that there should not be any armed rallies, some rallies were brought out in Hooghly district where people were seen carrying arms.last_img read more

ScienceShot: Men Talk Like ‘Valley Girls,’ Too

first_imgYou can talk like a “Valley girl,” too? That could be a statement, but if you paid attention to the question mark in the sentence, then the pitch of your voice rose as you read it. The style of talking has been called “Valley girl speak”—linguists know it as “speaking with a high rising terminal,” or “uptalk.” But it’s not just for females, according to a new study being presented Thursday at a meeting of the Acoustical Society of America. Researchers examined the speech patterns of two dozen college-aged males and females who had grown up in southern California, as each individual gave directions or described scenes from a sitcom. Both males and females used uptalk, they found, although females used the speech pattern more often. When recordings of the students’ voices were analyzed, the scientists also discovered that they could distinguish instances of uptalk from true questions—the rise in pitch began earlier in the sentence when a question was being asked. The findings add weight to the concept that uptalk isn’t associated with personality or confidence—or the “Valley girl” stereotype alone—but is a true regional dialect.For a story on another unusual speech pattern, check out our 2011 piece on “vocal fry,” our most popular story of all time.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

Bundesliga: Bayern Munich Slip Up Again as Augsburg Snatch Dramatic 2-2 Draw

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow 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. Berlin: Bayern Munich were denied top spot in the Bundesliga when Alfred Finnbogason’s injury-time equaliser snatched Augsburg a dramatic 2-2 draw on Saturday.Niko Kovac’s men sit one point adrift of both leaders Borussia Moenchengladbach and second-placed Wolfsburg, who drew 1-1 at RB Leipzig. Gladbach face a difficult trip to Borussia Dortmund later on Saturday with a chance to move three points clear at the summit.It was the second league match in succession that reigning champions Bayern had slipped up, having lost 2-1 at home to Hoffenheim before the international break.Augsburg opened the scoring in stunning fashion, Marco Richter finding the net just 30 seconds after kick-off, the fastest goal of the season so far.Richter took advantage as Bayern struggled to clear a bouncing ball deep in their own box. The 21-year-old sweetly struck a right-footed volley to grab a rapid lead — just as Augsburg had done in the corresponding fixture last year.Bayern replied as Robert Lewandowski stretched his scoring streak to eight games in the 14th minute from a Serge Gnabry cross.After a host of missed chances, former Arsenal winger Gnabry threaded the needle in the 49th minute to put Bayern 2-1 ahead.But a strong, bullying run in injury time by Sergio Cordova on the wing set up Finnbogason, who finished past Manuel Neuer to earn a point for Augsburg, and put another early dent in Bayern’s title defence.Thomas Mueller missed two chances after coming on as a late substitute after a week of controversy over the fact he has not started a game since September.WERNER FINDS SHOOTING BOOTSTimo Werner scored his first goal in five games for Leipzig in a tight tussle against Wolfsburg at the Red Bull Arena.It was not enough. Wolfsburg scored a late equaliser when Dutch striker Wout Weghorst finished a William cross to keep the race at the top close.Wolfsburg are the only unbeaten team in the division.At the Weserstadion, Werder Bremen opened the scoring at home against Hertha Berlin as Josh Sargent’s strike took a useful deflection on its way into the net in the seventh minute.Dodi Lukebakio hit back in the 70th minute for Hertha to secure a 1-1 draw. He beat three defenders, including Theodor Gebre Selassie twice, in a mazy run from the wing.Union Berlin claimed just the second win of their debut top-flight season by beating Freiburg 2-0 at a bouncing Stadion an der Alten Foersterei.Marius Buelter gave them the lead with a long-range strike, his third goal of the season.A second goal from distance by Marcus Ingvartsen, over substitute goalkeeper Niclas Thiede, making his debut, was enough to secure victory for the home side.Elsewhere, Rouwen Hennings scored a late winner to seal Fortuna Duesseldorf a 1-0 home win over 10-man Mainz. augsburgbayern munichbundesligafootball First Published: October 19, 2019, 10:37 PM ISTlast_img read more

India look for second successive victory over Pakistan at ICC Champions Trophy

first_imgIndia’s record against Pakistan in ICC tournaments are a clear indication of the kind of dominance the men in blue have had over their arch-rivals even as Pakistan lead India in the overall tally of matches, having won 72 of their 127 ODI games. (India, most successful at ICC Champions Trophy, target record third title)India have been the dominant side in the World T20 and the 50-over World Cup, leading Pakistan 11-0 (World Cup 6-0 and World T20: 5-0).But when it comes to the Champions Trophy, the script is a little different.In three meetings, Pakistan have a superior record with two wins against India’s first win over their rivals coming only in the last edition, in 2013.The first meeting between the two sides happened in Edgbaston in 2004 and incidentally, the sub-continental giants meet there again in 2017.Back in 2004, India were put in to bat first, managing only 200, with Rahul Dravid top scoring with 67 as Shoaib Akhtar and Naved-ul-Hasan wrecked havoc picking up four wickets each. In reply,  Mohammad Yousuf, then known as Yousuf Youhana, led Pakistan to a three wicket victory.The second encounter between the teams came at Centurion in the 2009 edition in South Africa. A new Indian team, after their T20 triumph in the same country under the captaincy of MS Dhoni were humbled again.Despite a spectacular effort by Ashish Nehra, Shoaib Malik’s 128 and Mohammad Yousuf’s 87 took Pakistan to a commanding 302. India were bowled out for 248 despite a gutsy 76 from Rahul Dravid. Pakistan won by 54 runs.advertisementIndia and Pakistan returned to Edgbaston in 2013 and walked away with their first win against Pakistan in Champions Trophy history. Cloudy skies meant joy for Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who picked up two important wickets giving away just 19 runs in his eight overs.  Splendid bowling from the others helped India dismiss Pakistan for a paltry 165, and after delay due to rain, India chased down the D/L total (reaching 102) in 19.1 overs. India  won by eight wickets with 17 balls remaining.So, when the teams meet in Edgbaston again on June 4, Pakistan will try to keep their advantage over India in the Champions Trophy intact and Virat Kohli’s India will try to replicate their form in World Cups.The inaugural edition of the tournament was played in 1998 in Bangladesh. It was then known as the ICC Knockout tournament till the second edition in 2000, and was rebranded to be called the ICC Champions Trophy. Till 2004, all associate members took part but from 2009, the rules were changed to include only the top eight ranked ODI teams six months prior to the tournament.last_img read more

Films on socio-political issues making a comeback: Kashyap

first_imgMumbai, Dec 7 (PTI) His forthcoming film “Mukkabaaz” deals with the deep-rooted casteism which stands tall on the shoulders of corruption even today and director Anurag Kashyap says it was about time movies based on socio-political issues made a comeback in Bollywood.The 45-year-old filmmaker says 1960s saw films by Bimal Roy and Hrishikesh Mukherji, who highlighted social problems in their films, and these issues were dealt with utmost care on celluloid just how he has stayed honest to his story.In an interview with PTI, Kashyap says, “We grew up in a time when we made socio-political films, filmmakers like Bimal Roy, Hrishikesh Mukherji, Raj Kapoor made films that dealt with elements in society about casteism, widows, unwed mothers etc. These films were appreciated by the audience but then we stopped making them but again that trend has come back (in films).”Our film is about boxing, so we have to be honest to our story, it is about where do boxers come from, what is the status of boxing in society and the like.”The film traces the story of a boxer from UP, named Shravan Singh, played by Vineet Kumar Singh, who belongs to a low caste and falls in love with a Brahmin woman.Things go south when he lands a punch on boxing federation head and politician-gangster, Bhagwan Das, part essayed by Jimmy Shergill.How the underdog Shravan fights – both for his rights and love – is what “Mukkabaaz” is about.Producer of the film, Aanand L Rai questions the parameters of development in todays scenario.advertisement”Tomorrow, if a filmmaker wants to make a story like Prem Rog which was about child widow, will I be allowed to say (the story) now or will I be stopped? Similarly will I be allowed to keep the name of the character Ganga with a film like Ram Teri Ganga Maili?”…understand where are we going? Are we progressing? Is it progressive space for us or is it taking us backwards? It is not about makers or audience or media, we as country what is happening to us… Are we together to bring the change or are we accepting that?” he asks.The upcoming sports drama film received a standing ovation at this years JIO MAMI Film Festival and Kashyap says the response the film has garnered at several international film festivals is overwhelming.”I was surprised that there is an audience for a film like this in the West. This is my third experience (with international audience). Every time I have gone out (to film festivals) with a film, we have got good response be it Dev D or Gangs of Wasseypur or Mukkabaaz.”Every time I have stemmed out and set out to thinking I want to make a story – not complex but relevant – that reaches out to audiences everywhere, it has worked. They have become bigger hits at the festivals,” says the filmmaker.Kashyap says he fails to understand how the international audience understood the various elements of boxing in India from “Mukkabaaz”.”I recorded the reaction of the audience of an international festival and my team was amazed. They (referring to international audience) did not understand the context (of the film) but they enjoyed it. However, they did ask what the context was towards the end. Here, at MAMI, the reaction was extraordinary because they understood the context.””It is high time our audience becomes a part of the global audience. You cant keep them aloof. You have to raise the audience to that level,” he adds.”Mukkabaaz” marks the first collaboration between Kashyap and Rai as director and producer respectively. The duo next have “Manmarziyan” in the pipeline, with Taapsee Pannu and Vicky Kaushal in the lead.Talking about their maiden outing together, Rai says Kashyap and him are quite similar as creative people.”I know Anurag likes to tell stories and same is the case with me. I want to work with like-minded people as it makes your life easy. I had this story which I wanted to pitch to Anurag and I was looking for an opportunity where I will get Anurag to do something. I wanted to see him make one story.”We both are not that money-minded we came together for love of the story. He was working on a story Mukkabaaz and I was working on Manmarziyan. So we went ahead with Mukkabaaz and then we decided to go ahead with the other film.While Kashyap on a lighter note reveal that all directors usually end up meeting each other during each others birthday parties and that is how the “Gangs of Wasseypur” helmer met Rai.advertisement”We (Rai and I) were done with our creative business in ten minutes.” PTI KKP RDS RBlast_img read more

Indian women’s hockey team ‘disappointed’ despite Asia Cup triumph

first_imgThe Indian women’s hockey team did the country proud by clinching the Asia Cup title in Japan on Sunday, but none of its matches was telecast live, unlike the men’s Asia Cup last month.Monika Malik, a player of the victorious team, told ANI, “We are feeling very proud after becoming the champion of Asia. The men hockey team just got the gold medal and now we did it as well.””However, I am a little disappointed because our matches were not telecast live on television like those of men,” she noted.The player added that the status given to women’s hockey team should be at par with its male counterpart, considering their performances in the recent matches.A standing ovation to Team India for winning GOLD at the 9th Womens #AsiaCup2017 on 5th Nov!#IndiaKaGame Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) November 5, 2017″We will definitely discuss this matter with our coach that women’s hockey team should also be uplifted. Our ranking is also getting better with each passing day. We too deserve the status given to the men team,” she said.Another player asserted that showing their matches live would have resulted in better performance on the field.”If our matches are also live, more people will see it, more support we will receive, and the better we will perform,” she said.Further, Goalkeeper Savita Punia, who played a major role in India’s victory, said that they were hurt about not being live on TV, but they never let it affect their performance.advertisement”Matches like these are the rare chances when the Indian public can get to know how good the Women’s hockey team is doing and where do they need improvement. We were hurt by this issue somewhere but it is secondary. We can’t take it with us when we are playing in the field. We have to focus on our match at that time,” she told ANI.Indian women’s hockey team created history on Sunday after defeating China 5-4 in a nail-biting final to lift the Women’s Asia Cup after 13 years, while qualifying for next year’s women’s World Cup as Continental Champions, in Japan’s Kakamigahara Kawasaki Stadium.last_img read more

Vidyashilp Academy Bangalore Ranked Among the Top 10 Day Schools of Excellence in the Country

first_img(Eds: Disclaimer: The following press release comes to you under an arrangement with PR Newswire. PTI takes no editorial responsibility for the same.)BENGALURU, October 10, 2018/PRNewswire/ –The annual Education World 2018-19 survey of India’s schools of excellence has ranked Vidyashilp Academy as one of India’s top 10 co-ed day schools in the country. The school ranked 8th in the country and 3rd in the state and city-wide ranking column. The ranking process grades over 1,000 schools of India on 14 parameters – academic reputation, faculty competence, leadership quality, sports education, etc. The survey result is a recognition for those schools who have done exceedingly well in the fields of education.(Logo: )Vidyashilp Academy has been recognized worldwide for its unique curriculum and teaching practices. The curriculum lends itself to a smooth and structured transition, meeting the requirements of both the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) and the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE).The pedagogical focus lies in enabling students to learn from application and experience, and inculcate critical thinking from the very start. The school recently was also recognised as India’s 1st Fairtrade School .”The climb on the national level and the sustained recognition on the State level is due to the resolve and collective achievements of the students and teachers at Vidyashilp Academy. The rankings stand as an endorsement of our school which over the last 23 years, has been recognised worldwide for its unique curriculum and its teaching practices,” said Ms. Kiran Pai, Director Vidyashilp Academy.advertisementEducation World is an education-focused magazine with a mission of ‘building pressure of public opinion to make education the No.1 item on the national agenda’.”With Shilpites making their presence felt in all fields, it is reflected in the achievement of the school which has stuck to its ideology of ‘excellence’. The school will continue with its efforts to provide a unique holistic learning environment to the students,” said Ms. Kalai Selvi, Head of the School, Vidyashilp Academy.About Vidyashilp Academy:Vidyashilp Academy is a private, co-educational school located in Jakkur, Bangalore, India. The school is affiliated to The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) and the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE). Education at Vidyashilp goes beyond the confines of a textbook. The pedagogical focus lies in enabling students to learn from application and experience and inculcate critical thinking from the very start.Source: Vidyashilp AcademyPWRPWRlast_img read more

We got outplayed in all three departments: DC captain Shreyas Iyer after defeat

first_imgA disappointed Delhi Capitals skipper Shreyas Iyer said bowling at the death overs is a major concern for his team which was thoroughly outplayed by Mumbai Indians in a return leg IPL clash here Thursday.The hosts, who were on a roll with a hattrick of victories, suffered a 40-run defeat against Mumbai Indians after being restricted to 128 for nine while chasing 169 here.It was Delhi’s third loss out of the four matches that the hosts played at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium this season.”It is important for us to win the home games. Especially on these wickets. We lost the toss as well and they outplayed us in all three departments. Credit to them,” Iyer said.”A lot of concern as far as the death overs were concerned. It wasn’t easy to bat in the second innings. The ball was stopping. It was difficult for the new batters. The last three overs were game changing,” he added, referring to the 51 runs that the hosts conceded in the last three overs.Iyer said they gave away 20 runs more after being asked to bowl first on this wicket.”We would have chased. That is what we had on our minds. We have been chasing in all our away games as well. We gave away 20 runs more on this wicket,” he said.The @mipaltan are now on the No.2 position in the #VIVOIPL points table after Match 34. (@IPL) April 18, 2019Asked if Delhi have been training on similar wickets, Iyer said: “We practice at the nets and those wickets are also slow. When you come here, it is totally different.”advertisementMI skipper Rohit Sharma said they had a good score on board and praised the bowlers, especially spinners, for defending the total of 168 for 5.”After the first two overs that we played, we thought 140 was the good score. Quinny and me had that talk and then luckily towards the end we had wickets in hand and could use our power-hitters to play just the way they’ve been playing,” he said.”We then knew we had the spinners, who did the job perfectly. The toss was something where I had made up my mind. Even in the last ODI against Australia we found it tough to chase. I knew that if we got 140-150, we had the bowlers to keep us in the game.”Young spinner Rahul Chahar was the top bowler for Mumbai as he returned with three wickets to derail Delhi’s chase early on.Talking about Chahar, Rohit said: “Rahul Chahar was there with us last year, we wanted to get him in even last year where Mayank was playing.”He has a good attitude and is clear with what he wants to do. They had left handers and Rahul was confident to bowl to left handers, which is what he told me before the innings.”Asked about his decision behind selecting the playing XI, the MI skipper said: “Jayant (Yadav) was an obvious swap with the number of lefties they had. With Cutting, we wanted him to expolit the new ball and I thought it was a good move to send him up.”The top three remains the same and numbers four, five and six depends on the situation and the venue, which is something we’ve conveyed to the boys as well.”Hardik Pandya, who was adjudged the match of the match for his 15-ball 32, said he has been hitting the ball well.”Even I was telling myself that I don’t think I’ve ever hit the ball better. I have been working hard in the nets and it has been coming off well for me. I like to keep the basics straight, even in the death if you keep your shape and hope for bowlers to miss, you can hit hard,” he said.”I am using my brain well, reading the wicket well in this season. I have five more games to go and then the play-offs, and I hope to keep going like this through the season.”Quinton de Kock, who had hit a 27-ball 35, said playing big shots was very difficult on the slow Kotla wicket.”It was quite slow and sticky, we knew if we had wickets in hand at the end, we could capitalise. It was not a wicket where you can walk in and play shots from the first ball,” he said.”I was trying to find my rhythm slowly and took some time to get my eye in. We know what our strengths are and we are learning every game. It was horrible (about wicket-keeping today), not used to these kind of tracks.advertisementAlso Read | Using my brain well in IPL this year: Hardik Pandya after MI winAlso Read | Rahul Chahar joins forces with Pandyas to lift Mumbai Indians to No.2Also Read | Rahul Chahar a smart guy, love his attitude, says Rohit after MI crush DClast_img read more

14 days agoMan Utd target Mathias Normann happy with Rostov stay

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd target Mathias Normann happy with Rostov stayby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRostov midfielder Mathias Normann is happy with life in Russia.The Norway international is a former Brighton player and is today being linked with Manchester United.Just 23, Normann insists the lifestyle in Russia suits him: “In many ways I am a bit special and enjoy myself alone. I feel it’s just a strength.”I get a lot of attention in Russia where I play. And it is great to get attention in this country. But it doesn’t affect me in any way. At least it’s not something I’m sorry for.”On his time with Brighton, Normann adds: “The physical side is on the same level. But things go a little faster in training in England. The tempo is higher. But Russia has an incredibly good league.” last_img read more

Aegean Starts Bunkering Operations in Gulf of Mexico

first_imgzoom Athens-based marine fuel logistics company Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc. is starting immediate marine fuel supply operations in the Gulf of Mexico. In support of its operations the company has also assumed the contracts for two ocean-going bunkering tankers previously under charter to OW Bunker and expects to purchase the fuel on-board.E. Nikolas Tavlarios, President of Aegean Marine Petroleum Network said that the company is capitalizing on another opportunity to grow its global footprint, diversify its operations into a new and attractive market and expand its ability to service customers on a worldwide basis.”With these specialized tankers and their highly trained personnel in place we can immediately begin servicing the specific needs of vessels transiting the Gulf of Mexico, leveraging our capabilities and driving profitable revenue growth. We believe that we are well-positioned in this market and are excited to provide customers in the region with a full range of marine fuel products. As we continue to advance our leadership in the marine fuel industry, we remain committed to a risk-averse growth strategy that has, and we believe will continue to, deliver value to our shareholders,”  Tavlarios said.last_img read more

50 years since Grand Slam Laver favouring Novak in Paris

first_imgParis: Australian tennis legend Rod Laver, the last man to hold all four Grand Slam titles at the same time twice, backed current world number one Novak Djokovic to repeat the feat at this year’s French Open. The now-80-year-old Laver won calendar Grand Slams in 1962 and 1969, the first year all four majors were professional, to write his name into the history books. But Serbia’s Djokovic, who first held all four when he won his maiden Roland Garros title in 2016, is hunting him down after adding the Australian Open trophy earlier this year to his 2018 Wimbledon and US Open titles. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach Arun”I’m probably favouring Novak at the moment and then Rafa (Nadal) and then it goes down the line. Then it’s who’s going to play who,” said Laver on Monday. “I marvel at someone like Novak with his ability and his consistency.” Laver, an 11-time Grand Slam title winner, also thinks Djokovic is capable of becoming the first man since himself 50 years ago to win a calendar clean-sweep. “He’s won all four at one time or defending champion at all times, so he’s already done that portion of it,” he said. “But I think more so when I look at today, he just won the Australian, so, now he’s in line to win a Grand Slam. “It’s a long way to go, he’s only got one, but this is probably, for him, I would think, it’s probably the toughest.”last_img read more

Death outside Pouce Pub deemed not suspicious

first_imgThe adult male was unresponsive and taken to the hospital, where he was later pronounced deceased.The RCMP wish to thank the public for their assistance in this investigation. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The RCMP say the death of an adult male found in Pouce Coupe on December 8th is not suspicious.In a press release Thursday, the RCMP say the case has been referred to the B.C. Coroner Service for further investigation.  Although the cause of death will not be released by the RCMP, there is no evidence of foul play.On December 8, 2018, the RCMP were called to the parking lot of the Pouce Pub for a man laying down.last_img read more

White Chicks 2 is going to happen one day Terry Crews

first_imgLos Angeles: Terry Crews says he is up for a sequel to 2004 comedy “White Chicks”. The actor starred in the film as flirtatious pro basketball player Latrell Spencer who takes a shine to an undercover FBI agent Marcus Copeland, who along with his agent brother Kevin, don whiteface as white women to crack a pair of kidnappings. Real-life brothers Shawn and Marlon Wayans starred as Kevin and Marcus, respectively. Crews said he would love to reprise his role in the film’s second installment even if years go by. “I would love (a sequel)! I’m staying in shape for ‘White Chicks 2’! I will never get out of shape you know that, right? “I will be 75 and say, ‘Here we go, I’m ready to go!’ I will never, ever get out of shape because that movie’s going to happen one day,” the “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star told Us Weekly. The Wayans brothers teased a sequel to the film a few years ago on social media.last_img read more

Moving towards prosperity

first_imgIf you happen to go around rural Uttar Pradesh, you will not fail to notice the numerous beautiful buildings on the wayside every now and then. These are grand structures almost like some five-star hotel properties. But if you are more curious and read what is written on, you discover these are schools. Schools have sprung up with their air-conditioned classrooms and large campuses, imposing gates and fleet of bright yellow buses, making a perfect picture. These are private schools putting the familiar picture of ramshackle government schools as things of remote past. Also Read – A special kind of bondStanding in the small shops overlooking one of these schools across the road, I asked the shop-owner about whose children attend these schools, the man casually answered: “whoever can afford”. Obviously. Then he added, the schools have buses and other facilities, they hike their fees every year but nobody even as much as protests. Droves of children are attending these and even more are coming up. Private education, particularly school education, is flourishing and this is good for the country without a doubt. The Economist magazine has written in detail the expanding role of private education in the emerging market economies and their dwindling presence in the developed world. Also Read – Insider threat managementLooking at these grand buildings, housing well-known schools in rural India, I thought I was witnessing a live demonstration of what The Economist magazine has written in its latest issue from London. The Economist has cited global statistics to prove its point. It is wonderful to see that the growth of expenses on education in the family budgets is rising fastest in India, followed closely by China. As for the developed world, they lag far behind. And why not, an economic base is emerging in India making a larger share of the family budget on the education of children. It is a matter of prestige as well for families to send their wards to English medium schools, costing disproportionately more, than to send them in run-of-the-mill vernacular medium ones. If you take UP, where I was roaming over the weeks to assess the mood of the people for the forthcoming election, I could not help noticing the apparent prosperity. Further enquires laid bare some clues. Bagpat sugar mill accepts cane from its command area worth around Rs 350 crore a year. This sugar mill is not one of the bigger ones but counts among the smaller ones of its ilk. It takes the canes from growers and the money reaches the registered bank accounts of the farmers as per the farmers who were waiting at the factory gate to unload their tractor load of cane. They had complaints about the arrangement for delivery of cane, like the absence of any shed for the farmers where they can wait and relax; but not about cane dues pending. Presumably, there would be other mills where the complaint would be of the other kind: that of unpaid dues. But for political reasons and economics, the dues are getting channelled into farmers accounts eventually and within some reasonable time. Even if we take the lower amount of Rs 350 crore of Bagpat sugar mill’s annual purchase, and revise it downwards, the aggregate purchase of cane from UP cane growers would not be really small. Conservatively, and averaging out, the total dues flowing into the farmers accounts a year should be around Rs 35,000 to Rs 40,000 crore a year for 119 UP sugar mills. That’s a tidy sum. Add to that the fact that cane is a standing crop, which if you sow for one year, should yield for two years without doing too much work on it. So a cane grower would have plenty of opportunities for other activities as well. The village elders, looking like members of a leisurely class, at one of the areas where they invited us for a chat, gave indications of alternate avocations. There are indications of the emergence of a society which is above subsistence level. If you choose to take a look at the numerous grocery and stationery shops then you get any product. From biscuits to cosmetic items, you have everything stacked up. More so, there are some fancy, so-called, cosmetic items which we thought would be solely in the preference lists of the city folks, which are prominently displayed in the rural ones. Nor can you overlook the strong presence of automobile companies with showrooms around these areas from Honda, Toyota, Hyundai, Tatas, and Mahindras. If the price of McDonald’s burgers could be used as the benchmark for calculating some rough and ready purchasing power parity index for comparable GDPs of nations or the real exchanges rates among currencies, then why these indicators of economic well-being can’t be used for estimating the level of affluence in an area, I wondered. Because even after seeing these, it looked a little incredible. Used to the constant narratives of deprivations and abject poverty in rural India, it is rather difficult to accept that our rural areas could also be relatively comfortable. Of course, there would be those who still remain below the reasonable levels of comforts. But there is no point in not recognising the fact that compared to as recently as ten years, the level of prosperity is much more widespread. There is also the concomitant issue that such prosperity and skewed accesses to facilities, particularly schooling, could accentuate disparity in society. If good schools and better education is available to a select few then such children will gain a head start for a lifetime. It will, of course, result in greater inequality eventually. These call for public policy interventions and corrective measures. But that should not be crimping the gains —the easier option— than building comparable additional facilities. Public policy should, therefore, be directed at raising the standards and amenities of all government and aided schools and not reset the emergence of a crop of good private educational institutions. Hopefully, this will be one of the priorities of the new government post the present hustings. (The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Moroccos Customs Revenue Up 19 in 2014

Rabat – The customs revenue rose by 1.9% in 2014 to 85.6 billion dirhams against 84.04 billion dirhams year on year, despite the stagnations of imports, said director general of customs and indirect taxes division (ADII) Zouhair Chorfi on Wednesday in Rabat.Chorfi, who was speaking at a press briefing on ADII’s 2014 results, said that this performance which is the double of 2002 receipts is due to efforts to fight trade fraud with MAD 2.62 bln of taxes and duties by late 2014, versus MAD 2 bln  in 2013 (+8.7%), as well as the revenue of domestic consumption taxes (TIC), mainly tobacco and petroleum products.These figures are posted in a context marked by the stability of imports in 2014 (+0.1%), the continuation of tariff dismantling process that generated a margin of MAD 500 million and the EU-Morocco agricultural agreement that brought MAD 60 million capital loss in 2014. read more

Embezzlement of Humanitarian Aid EU to Reduce Its Aid to Tindouf

Rabat – The European Union has decided to “drastically” reduce the humanitarian aid allocated to the Tindouf camps following the release of a report by the European Union’s Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) documenting “well-organized, year’s long” embezzlement by the Polisario Front of humanitarian aid designated for Sahrawi refugees in the Polisario-run camps in Tindouf, Algeria.Ingeborg Grassle, a deputy from Germany’s Christian Democratic Party (CDP) and Chairwoman of the Committee on Budgetary Control at the European Parliament, has written a report in which she calls for “reviewing” the 10 million Euros annual aid allocated to the Sahrawi refugees in the Tindouf camps. According to media reports, Grassle urges in her report the European Commission to “adapt its aid to the current needs of the affected population, to end once and for all embezzlement and fraud of humanitarian aid.”“What the EU believes to do in good faith in favor of the populations in Tindouf have been embezzled,” Grassle said during a meeting of the Committee on Budgetary Control last month, adding that this is a “big scandal”. The OLAF report conducted between 2003 and 2007 and unearthed recently, slams Algeria and the Polisario Front for embezzling humanitarian aid meant for Sahrawi refugees for years. The report also included the names of the suspected organizers of the theft. According to the investigation cited by Agence France Press (AFP), the diversion of humanitarian aid “begins in the Algerian port of Oran, where the sorting between ‘what should arrive and what can be diverted’ takes place.”The OLAF report has revealed that the Polisario Front overestimates the number of Sahrawi refugees residing in the camps to facilitate aid embezzlement. “One of the reasons that made these diversions possible is the overestimation of the number of refugees and therefore aid provided,” the report states.The European Union has been sending humanitarian aid to the camps since 1975 based on Algerian estimates of a population of 150,000 especially that Algeria and the Polisario Front have always declined UN requests to conduct a census in the camps. In 2005, however, OLAF unilaterally reduced the estimates provided by the Algerian authorities to 90,000.In a helpless attempt to gain support amidst the aid embezzlement scandal, the Polisario Front accused the Moroccan authorities of being responsible for the release of the OLAF report.The Front’s representative to the European Institutions, Mohamed Sidati, said that the “OLAF report was put forward by the “lobbies” of Morocco in order to blackmail the Sahrawis and pressure them,” adding that he does not understand why the auditing and control of humanitarian aid sent to the Sahrawi refugees in the Tindouf camps is taking place “now”.The OLAF investigation has found that the refugees receive a good quality food, such as Canadian wheat, but it “is being replaced by a lower quality equivalent and then being sold,” and that “poultry products funded by international aid are not given to refugees. They are sold instead.”© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

General Assembly marks 60th anniversary of end of World War II in

“That is the best tribute we can pay to the millions who perished in World War II,” Ms. Fréchette said as she opened a solemn ceremony by the General Assembly marking the sixtieth anniversary of the end of the conflict in Europe. “As fascism fell, the United Nations rose…a new organization designed…most of all, to help prevent such catastrophes from happening again.”Ms. Fréchette recalled that while World War II had triggered a “descent into the abyss that spared no one,” when the end finally came, it also unleashed a flood of feelings and the work of rebuilding millions of wrecked lives was taken up with vigour. As delegates gathered in San Francisco to draft the UN Charter, a quick succession of events – the liberation of the death camps, the advance of the allied armies and the fall of the Nazi regime – brought new hope to a world wearied by years of conflict.Defending the notion of humanity remains the most important challenge and task facing the international community, she said. “Our work is never done. We are undefeated because we have continued to keep trying. That is the work of the United Nations, and the reason we are here today,” she said, urging the gathering to remain committed to that shared mission.Assembly President Jean Ping of Gabon recalled the horrors and untold suffering that that tragedy had inflicted on humanity, to learn from the past and to build a good future. “We must not fear opening our eyes to this non-glorious period of history,” he said Today’s commemoration must be an occasion to reaffirm common commitments to reject war as a way to settle differences, and to consider again the simple but essential values of dialogue and tolerance between all peoples, he added.The Assembly also heard from representatives of the Russian Federation, Luxembourg, Poland, Kazakhstan, the United Kingdom, Israel, Canada, the United States, China, Germany, Lithuania, the Republic of Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Australia, Belarus, France, Nigeria, Japan and the Holy See. read more

New precleaner delivers two to three times blade life manufacturer claims

first_imgA new, high-quality cleaning blade for use on vulcanised conveyor belts features a special polyurethane blend and tungsten carbide tip to deliver service life two to three times longer than conventional urethane blades. Designed to provide excellent cleaning performance immediately, avoiding any break-in period, the QCTM #1 MT Pre-Cleaner from Martin Engineering maintains consistent tension without frequent adjustment, requiring re-tensioning just twice a year in most applications. The new pre-cleaner was developed specifically for vulcanised belts with no mechanical splices, and can be used at belt speeds up to 4.6 m/s. The heavy-duty blade is well suited for wet, sticky material applications, and there is no limitation to the type of material on which it can be used.Customers will find a familiar mounting design on the new product, with the same mounting dimensions and tensioning pressures as the company’s popular QC #1 Heavy-Duty Pre-Cleaner. Using both spring and twist tensioners, the QC #1 MT fits both one- and three-piece mainframes.The QC #1 family of belt cleaners combines effective carry-back removal with ‘quick-change’ one-pin replacement of the long-lasting, one-piece blade. To introduce product back into the product flow, the QC #1 MT is installed on the face of the head pulley. On a dual cleaner system, the new pre-cleaner is installed immediately in front of the secondary cleaner. For applications involving enclosed pulley chutework, the company recommends that one of its steel inspection doors be installed.last_img read more

Photos Giant statue of Pope John Paul II unveiled in Poland

first_img(All pics: AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)Read: Pope urges Church to ‘act with determination in cases of sexual abuse’ >Read: Archbishop MArtin says the Church should not be ‘gagged’ > Read: Archbishop Diarmuid Martin says Catholic Church is at a ‘critical juncture’ > IT’S ALMOST 14 metres high, weighs five tonnes, and is believed to be the largest statue of a former pontiff in the world.The giant statue of Pope John Paul II was unveiled on a hill in the city of Czestochowa in Poland yesterday and shows the pope standing with his arms outstretched.The statue, which is made of fibreglass, was funded by a businessman to thank the former pope for an intervention which he said saved the life of his son in a drowning accident.Pope John Paul II died in 2005 at the age of 84 and was beatified in 2011.last_img read more

State urges monitoring of pollution by Alcoa

first_imgo What: A hearing on the state Department of Ecology’s proposed cleanup action plan for the old Alcoa site at 5701 N.W. Lower River Road in Vancouver.o When: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28.o Where: Foster Auditorium, Clark College.o See the documents by clicking here.State environmental regulators are proposing to allow Alcoa to monitor pollution leaching from an old landfill on the site of its former Vancouver aluminum smelter, rather than requiring an expensive cleanup.The final cleanup action plan, to be released today for a 30-day public review, represents the last step to address Alcoa’s lingering industrial legacy along the Columbia River.It follows last year’s $10 million cleanup of a shoreline tainted with high levels of polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs.The state Department of Ecology isn’t proposing to force such an expensive remedy for the old unlined landfill 50 feet back from the Columbia’s shoreline. Instead, the Pittsburgh-based company will be required to monitor groundwater polluted with trichloroethylene, or TCE, until it ultimately dissipates into the river.TCE is a type of industrial solvent that, like PCBs, is a suspected carcinogen.The level of TCE in the groundwater below the landfill is above the state’s cleanup threshold, but officials contend that it’s impractical to force a cleanup that’s estimated to cost $22 million to $24 million.last_img read more