Just 8.3% polling for local bodies in Kashmir Valley

first_imgJammu and Kashmir recorded 56.7% turnout on Monday in the first phase of urban local bodies elections for 321 wards, with just 8.3 % voters turning up in districts in Kashmir. Polling remained peaceful as no major incident of violence was reported in any designated ‘hypersensitive’ wards in the Valley, barring two minor incidents of stone-pelting in Budgam and Bandipora. Officials said only 7,057 voters of the 84,692-strong electorate voted in 83 wards in six districts of Kashmir. “The overall polling percentage was recorded at 56.7 %,” said Chief Electoral Officer Shaleen Kabra. The polling percentage in most districts in the Valley remained in single digits. Bandipora saw the lowest turnout at 3.4%.In contrast with the scene in Kashmir, voters queued up outside polling booths in large numbers in Kargil and Leh towns in Ladakh, with 78.2% and 55.2% casting their vote, respectively, in the first phase of the urban local body polls.The Jammu Municipal Corporation in the winter capital of Jammu recorded a 61.92% turnout, with women and young voters outnumbering aged voters in many booths. Poonch in the the Pir Panjal Valley saw a 73.1% turnout and Rajouri 81%. National Conference spokesman Imran Nabi Dar said the whole process had been superimposed on the State “without taking into consideration the ground realities”. “The exercise has turned out to be a crude joke. In most wards, people don’t know who is contesting. The names of candidates were never released by the Election Commission. Is this what their idea of democracy is,” he added.‘Sham elections’Meanwhile, the separatist Joint Resistance Leadership, comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik, praised people for “rejecting and boycotting the sham elections”. All the three leaders were detained ahead of the polls.The polls witnessed a significant dip in participation level compared to the 2011 panchayat polls with 81% turnout. The three wards of Srinagar city recorded just 6.2% turnout. South Kashmir’s volatile Anantnag recorded a poll percentage of 7.3 %, Budgam 17% and Baramulla 5.1%. Seventy wards, including volatile Devsar and Kulgam town in south Kashmir and central Kashmir’ Chadoora and Khansahib, have already been won uncontested.“Civic elections provide an opportunity to elect representatives for day-to-day local issues and decentralises governance. I hope elected local representatives help in strengthening the modes of governance,” said Peoples Conference (PC) chief and MLA Handwara, Sajad Gani Lone, who also cast his vote.Referring to the boycott call of the Peoples Democratic Party and the National Conference, Mr. Lone, considered an ally of the BJP, said, “Confining boycott selectively to grassroots democracy is cruel. These parties have different yardsticks for Assembly and Parliament elections. My party has boycotted elections for more than 20 years in the past and the futility and disadvantages of boycott are well-established. Let them boycott now and give up their privileges.” BJP State general secretary Ashok Koul said people had rejected the two regional parties. “The polling percentage today was victory of democracy,” he said.last_img read more

They save people from cyclones, but who is saving the Sunderbans mangroves?

first_imgOn November 9, 2019, when the very severe cyclone Bulbul made landfall at Sagar island in the Indian Sunderbans, a group of tourists found themselves stranded near the Kalash island in the violently inclement weather. They got out of their boat and took shelter in mangrove creeks, and escaped unhurt. The cyclone was so powerful that it overturned a large fishing trawler near Sagar; people in that vessel are still missing.‘Could be disastrous’From environmental experts to the State’s Chief Minister, everyone has said that the mangroves had saved the Sunderbans from the gusty winds blowing at between 110 kmph to 135 kmph. “It would have been a disaster if the mangroves had not been there,” said Kalyan Rudra, chairperson of the West Bengal Pollution Control Board and a river expert. In fact, CM Mamata Banerjee, while touring the affected regions of the State, noted that the State will plant more mangroves.Despite this, scientists and wildlife experts and local NGOs have been highlighting the constant degradation of the mangrove forest in the Sunderbans, particularly in areas that are inhabited. The Indian Sunderbans, considered to be an area south of the Dampier Hodges line, is spread over 9,630 sq. km., of which the mangrove forests are spread over 4,263 sq. km.The latest example of an assault on mangrove forests came to light in an order of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) dated September 23, when it directed a committee to inspect allegations levelled by environmental activist Subhas Datta that the State had allocated houses under the ‘Banglar Abas’ scheme by clearing acres of mangrove forest on Sagar island. Ongoing assault“The committee inspected and found the allegations to be true. For years, the State government has been felling mangrove trees in the name of development,” Mr. Datta said, highlighting how Ms. Banerjee invited industrialists to the Sunderbans a few years ago and urged them to invest in eco-tourism. When Mr. Datta moved the NGT in 2014, a satellite image from the Indian Space Research Organisation pointed to a loss of 3.71% mangrove and non-mangrove forest cover along with massive erosion of the archipelago’s landmass. The analysis, based on satellite data of February 2003 and February 2014, shows that while a 9,990-hectare landmass has been eroded, there has been an accretion (addition) of 216-hectare landmass in the Sunderbans during the period.Tuhin Ghosh, Professor, School of Oceanographic Studies, Jadavpur University, said that mangroves have been cut not only for aquaculture, but also for building embankments and for human settlements.He explained that because of dense foliage and the close proximity of trees, the roots hold soil and mangrove vegetation becomes shields from cyclones.Pranabesh Maity, a resident of Sagar who has planted over 30,000 mangrove saplings this year, agreed that there have been numerous instances in which mangroves are being cut for making roads, building embankments, and for fisheries.last_img read more

Turning point from India vs Bangladesh WC opener

first_imgTurning point The turning point of the game was undoubtedly India opener Virender Sehwag’s spectacular 175 runs off 140 was the turning point of the game. His innings in a way set the pace of the things to come and eventually proved to be the largest pie in India’s total of 370.He equalled Kapil Dev’s record of 175 that the former India captain had scored against the Zimbabweans way back in 1983, when the team won the World Cup.Virat Kohli’s 100 off 83 balls too deserves recognition.Man-of-the-matchNo surprises here, it has to Virender Sehwag, who scored 175 on the day.last_img

WI vs Ire: Smith hits a ton as Windies beat Ireland by 44 runs

first_imgWindies opener Devon Smith scored a century as West Indies beat Ireland by 44 runs in their World Cup Group B match at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali on Friday. Score Put to bat, West Indies scored 275 all out in 50 overs even as the Irish bowlers applied the brakes on batsmen who were going hammer and tongs at one stage.The most devastating apart from Smith was Kiron Pollard, who put an impressive 94 off just 55 balls.In reply Ireland fell 44 runs short of the target left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn scalped four wickets on the day.Early in the Irish innings, West Indies left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn, who has been in form in the tournament, claimed opener Paul Stirling with his turner early in the game to reduce Ireland 6/1 in the second over of the innings. Then it was the turn of skipper William Porterfield to take a walk. And he did it in opposition captain Darren Sammy’s over, giving a catch at mid-on to substitute Ravi Rampaul. He fell for 12 and Ireland lost their second wicket on 42.Later, Ed Joyce, who was part of the England team during the 2007 World Cup, and Niall O’Brien decided to forge a partnership. Their partnership had amassed 44 runs when Benn struck again to despatch Niall O’Brien on 25. Ireland fell to 86/3 on the last ball of the 21st over.Then Joyce and Gary Wilson got on with a partnership. The two stayed at the crease for more than an hour putting 91 runs for the fourth wicket before a yorker from Andre Russell got the man the Windies wanted. Ed Joyce was completely beaten as the ball caved in mid-air from the off and wasted the batsman’s attempt to click it at last go. Before he could realise his stumps were gone. Joyce fell for 84 and Ireland to 177/4.advertisementMore celebrations followed as an over later West Indies skipper Darren Sammy despatched big game player Kevin O’Brien on five to reduce Ireland to 187/5. And slowly the West Indies got to the point where victory was in sight.Sammy then came back to send home Gary Wilson to seal any hopes that the Irish players had of a revival. Wilson fell for 61 and Ireland lost their sixth wicket on 199/6.Skipper Sammy ended his over and wisely put in left-arm spinner Benn and the result was there for all to see as the change of pace foxed Alex Cusack who fell on two.West Indies were now just three wicket away from victory and Andre Botha got run out in the next over to signal the Irish fall.Ireland could only manage to put 231 runs on board before getting out on the last ball of the 49th over.West Indies inningsIreland restricted West Indies to 275. The West Indies innings was dominated by opener Devon Smith and Kieron Pollard’s fine batting performances.While Smith completed his ton, Pollard missed his century by six runs. Among the Irish bowlers Kevin O’ Brien proved to be the destroyer-in-chief with four wickets despite the fact that he went for 71 runs in the nine overs that he bowled.Earlier, put to bat Shivnarine Chanderpaul, opening in place of regular opener Chris Gayle – rested owing to his abdominal strain, put on a fine 89-run for the first wicket with Devon Smith before Kevin O’Brien decided to break their stand. It turned out to be a soft dismissal with Chanderpaul edging a catch to skipper William Porterfield in the extra cover region. Chanderpaul scored 35.West Indies lost their first wicket on 89, but the second wicket too fell on the ssame score, with Kevin scalping Daren Bravo for a golden duck. He fell on very first ball that he played and Kevin ended with two wickets in the 25th over.In the 32nd over Ramnaresh Sarwan too fell. He attempted a big hit off George Dockrell, but ended up giving a catch to John Mooney at long-off. He fell for 11 and West Indies lost their third wicket on 130.But, opener Devon Smith was still at the crease and he was in form too. He continued to torment the Irish bowlers on way to his century. But as soon as Smith completed his ton he fell. A good one from Kevin caught him off guard and his stumps were uprooted. He fell on 107 and West Indies lost their fourth wicket on 218.Then Kevin went on to scalp skipper Darren Sammy cheaply to increase his victims tally to four. Late Boyd Rankin claimed Devon Thomas to reduce the Windies to 228/6 on the last ball of the 45th over.advertisementBut, Kieron Pollard wasn’t bothered, he went on a a charge right away and hammered a four and then followed it up with two massive over the fence shots in the 48th over of Kevin’s ball. However, it wasn’t Kevin who accounted for him but Mooney did that job with ease.On the first ball of the 49th over, Pollard went for a massive heave and ended up giving a catch to Rankin in the deep. He missed the ton by just six runs. His 94 came off just 55 balls and included eight fours and five sixes. With his wicket West Indies lost their seventh batsman on 267/7.Mooney then claimed Andre Russell on the very next ball but missed a hat-trick chance. Then Andre Botha claimed tail-ender Sulieman Benn on the second ball of the last over and then Kemar Roach on the last ball of the innings to restrict West Indies to 275.last_img read more

ISL 2019-20: Hyderabad FC Hope for Change in Fortune at 1st Home Game vs Kerala Blasters

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. Hyderabad: The Indian Super League arrives in Hyderabad as they prepare to host Kerala Blasters at the GMC Balayogi Athletic Stadium on Saturday. Nobody would have wanted to return home as much as Hyderabad FC, who after losing two matches in a row, will hope for a change in fortunes at home.Hyderabad FC, who are rebranded after Pune City FC were taken over by new owners, haven’t had the best of starts in the league suffering two consecutive defeats against ATK and Jamshedpur FC. With injuries and suspensions piling up, coach Phil Brown has a task on his hands. “We are working hard and are putting our bodies on the line. We have been travelling since the start and finally, after reaching Hyderabad, we unpacked our bags and relaxed. Let’s see how these two home games go,” Brown said.Key players like Bobo, Giles Barnes, Sahil Panwar and Rafael Gomez have all picked up knocks and it remains to be seen if they will be fit to make it to the matchday squad. This is apart from the suspension Nestor Gordillo is currently serving.On a positive note, star player Marcelinho is off the mark in his fourth season in the ISL and the Brazilian’s individual brilliance should come in handy for Brown.”We have a team full of injuries and fortunately, Marcelino is not one of them. Some of our bigger players are sitting in the stands. When they are back Robin (Singh) will get the benefit of it. Once the treatment room clears out, you will see the difference,” said Brown.Kerala Blasters are also without key personnel after injuries sidelined influential midfielder Mario Arques and central defender Sandesh Jhingan.”Hyderabad have a lot of injuries. It is never easy when you don’t have your strongest possible set up. We are not that worse, but I am also not playing with my strongest possible unit. All my foreign players are not fully fit. But you have to work,” said Kerala Blasters Head Coach Eelco Schattorie.Blasters started the season off with a bang, having come from behind to defeat ATK in the opener before Mumbai City FC ambushed them in Kochi.”We were unlucky to lose the last match. It was a painful loss. We should have taken at least a point. On the other hand, Hyderabad are travelling here after a defeat to Jamshedpur. So, both teams are hungry for three points. I hope it will be an awesome match,” said the Dutchman.Kerala are heavily dependent on captain Bartholomew Ogbeche in attack and he will be confident of finding the net against a Hyderabad defence which has conceded eight goals in two matches. footballHyderabad FCindian footballindian super league First Published: November 1, 2019, 11:35 PM ISTlast_img read more

OILSEEDS-PRICES (BCM9)

first_imgMumbai, Mar 19 (PTI) Oilseeds: Bold (in Rs.Per100kgs)Mumbai, Mar 19 (PTI) Oilseeds: Bold (in Rs.Per100kgs) Groundnut Kernel 4850 Groundnut Bold 60/70 6700 Javas 60/70: 8250 Javas 70/80: 8050 Javas 80/90: 7850 Kardi 2900 Sesame (Whitish) 98/2/1: 6050 Sesame 95/5/1: 5850 Sesameseed crushing 48/2/4 4950 Sunflowerseed 4000 Nigerseed 9200 and Castorseed Bombay 3140.Oils and Seeds: (In Rs. Per 10 kgs) Groundnutoil 970 Kardi Expeller 870 Sesame Expeller N/T Sunflower Expeller 680 Refined 730 Cottonseeds Refined 616 Palmolein Refined 557 Soybean Refined 523 Soybean Crude N/T Rapeseed Refined 770 Rapeseed Expeller 740 Copra White 760 Ricebran 4-7% FFA N/T Ricebran N/T Linseeds Oil 865 Castoroil Comm 658 FSG 668 Kandla 630 Mowra N/T Neem 970 Karanji 630.Deoil Cakes: (Rates in Rs per mt) Groundnut Extraction 45% 28,300 Kardi Extraction 13,000 Sesame Extraction N.Q. Cottonseed Extraction N.Q. Undec Cottonseed Exp 23,700 Rice Bran Extraction N/Q Sunflower Extraction 24,500 Rapeseed Extraction N/Q Soyameal 48%3 34,950 and Castor Extraction 4600. —- Oilcakes: Groundnut Expeller Oilcake Rd(per met. tonne)(50%): CLOSED Kardi Expeller Oilcake Rd(per2 metric tonnes) : UNQTD. Groundnut Extraction (per metric tonne) : UNQTD. PTI JBH SRK MR BASlast_img read more

Modi ministers fight in Parliament

first_imgTwo central ministers had a heated argument in the Rajya Sabha on Friday after an opposition lawmaker raised the issue of attacks on minorities in Jharkhand, pointing to the incident of two cattle traders being killed and hanged from a tree in Latehar district last month.Trouble broke out when a male minister said the state government will substantiate the facts of the case and JD(U) leaders trooped to the Well of the House. A female minister stepped in and said she would write to the Jharkhand government to get a detailed report on the incident. But the row raged on and the House was adjourned.The female minister then advised the male minister to be more tactful when dealing with parliamentarians.The male minister responded, saying, “Of course, you’ll say this since you come from the Congress. I’m an old hand in the BJP and know how to deal with these people.” Two central ministers seated nearby were also stunned by these remarks.The female minister then got up and said she no longer felt needed in the government and was going to hand in her resignation letter to the Prime Minister. The two ministers who overheard the conversation tried to pacify her but she walked out of the House.The female minister then called up Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley as well as External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and complained about her male colleague’s behaviour. The senior ministers said they would speak to the concerned minister about the issue.advertisementThe female minister is also likely to raise the matter before BJP chief Amit Shah.The minister facing the complaint had also raised objections to a former JD(U) leader being drafted into the BJP around the Bihar polls, raising a controversy that saw the party receiving a lot of flak.last_img read more

Walker sends special Alves message

first_imgA professional performance tonight against one of the best teams in the world. It was a pleasure to share the same pitch as you @DaniAlvesD2 after watching and admiring you over the years! #threelions @England pic.twitter.com/YnLch3RMFv— Kyle Walker (@kylewalker2) November 15, 2017And Walker took to Twitter after the match to issue a special thanks to Alves, and also hail the performance of his side.”A professional performance tonight against one of the best teams in the world,” he wrote. “It was a pleasure to share the same pitch as you @DaniAlvesD2 after watching and admiring you over the years!”Both England and Brazil will head to Russia next summer for the 2018 World Cup. The Three Lions will next be in action in March, in a double-header against the Netherlands and Italy. England Walker sends special message to Dani Alves after Brazil friendly Harry Sherlock Last updated 1 year ago 15:36 11/15/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Neymar, Kyle Walker Getty England Brazil England v Brazil Manchester City PSG Friendlies The Manchester City full-back praised one of his heroes after they shared a pitch on Tuesday evening Kyle Walker has sent a special message to PSG full-back Dani Alves after sharing the pitch with him during England’s 0-0 draw with Brazil on Tuesday evening.The Manchester City full-back, who could have been club-mates with Alves had a long mooted move to City gone through in the summer, has previously said that Alves was a hero of his growing up.Brazil 5/1 joint-favs for World Cup Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The two shared a pitch at Wembley as the Three Lions frustrated Neymar and Co, earning a creditable draw following a bold, young team selection from manager Gareth Southgate.last_img read more

Man United hold out for draw at Sevilla

first_imgSevilla 0 Manchester United 0: De Gea ensures Mourinho’s men stay level Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 05:38 2/22/18 pogba-cropped Getty Images Sevilla were unable to make their dominance tell as Manchester United left the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan with a 0-0 draw. Manchester United survived plenty of pressure to claim a 0-0 draw at Sevilla in the first leg of their Champions league last-16 clash, owing particular thanks to an immense David de Gea save at the end of the first half.Sevilla controlled proceedings for much of the game and, although they generally struggled to craft clear-cut chances, Luis Muriel saw their best denied in stunning fashion by De Gea as United battled to return home with honours even.The pre-match debate surrounding Jose Mourinho’s decision to drop Paul Pogba took on a new dimension after just 17 minutes when the Frenchman replaced the injured Ander Herrera, though he was unable to flourish as Sevilla dominated. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player United had to rely on the heroics of De Gea to keep them on level terms at the break, with the Spain international denying both Gabriel Mercado and Muriel late on – the Colombian drawing a remarkable save from the former Atletico Madrid star. The second half was similarly frustrating for the home side and United began to see more of the ball after the hour as the contest opened up.But ultimately neither team could find a way through, with Pablo Sarabia wasting a good chance for Sevilla late on, giving Vincenzo Montella’s men work to do in the return leg at Old Trafford on March 13.FT – Sevilla 0 #MUFC 0.It ends all square in southern Spain. pic.twitter.com/eQIIdeXRdn— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 21, 2018Full of attacking intent and purposeful going forward, Sevilla established early control and played some eye-catching football.Goalscoring opportunities were not exactly a regular occurrence, but Muriel forced De Gea into a fine stop from distance in the fourth minute and Jesus Navas shot just wide of the bottom-left corner from a similar distance a few moments later.Pogba was then handed his chance of a reprieve, replacing the stricken Herrera, and United appeared to become more stable in midfield as a result.Their first chance came soon after, but Romelu Lukaku blasted his volley well over from just inside the area following Alexis Sanchez’s excellent lofted pass.The visitors were fortunate to still be on level terms at half-time, though.De Gea rescued United twice right at the end of the half, tipping Mercado’s header over before then producing an excellent save to deny Muriel’s nodded effort.The definition of respect.Stalemate. #ThisIsSevilla #SevillaFamily pic.twitter.com/i4eOdWl3ob— Sevilla FC (@SevillaFC_ENG) February 21, 2018Sevilla remained dominant at the start of the second half, but their inability to craft clear-cut chances blighted their play, seeming to run out of ideas once in the final third.Muriel summed up Sevilla’s frustrations just before the hour mark, dragging a left-footed effort wide of the right-hand post.De Gea was eventually called into action again in the 64th minute, but he had little difficulty getting down to keep Clement Lenglet’s header.The United goalkeeper was helpless 15 minutes from time, but Sarabia headed over from close range following Muriel’s right-wing cross.That proved to be the final chance and it will be United who look ahead to the second leg with the greater satisfaction, having emerged from a tough contest with no damage done. Key Opta facts:- Five of Manchester United’s last seven Champions League away matches in Spain have ended goalless.- This was Manchester United’s ninth clean sheet in their last 11 matches in all competitions and their 23rd in all competitions this season – three more than any other Premier League side.- United have drawn 22 matches in the Champions League goalless, a record they share with AC Milan.- Sevilla failed to score in a home Champions League game for the first time – this was their 19th home match in the competition.- Only Aleksandar Kolarov (nine times v FK Qarabag in September) has been fouled more in a Champions League game this season than Alexis Sanchez in this match (6).- Scott McTominay became the fourth youngest Englishman to start a Champions League knockout match for the Red Devils – only Wayne Rooney, Phil Neville and Phil Jones were younger. read morelast_img read more

Alabama QB Jalen Hurts Underwent Minor Surgery Following Tennessee Game

first_imgJalen Hurts points to the sky.TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 29: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks to the sidelines for the play call against the Louisiana Ragin Cajuns at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 29, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Alabama backup quarterback Jalen Hurts suffered a minor injury that required a minor surgery following the Crimson Tide’s win over Tennessee.Nick Saban revealed today that Hurts suffered an ankle injury in the win over the Volunteers. He will probably be out this week – an off week for Alabama – but could return in time for the LSU game.Hurts has played well in backup duty for Alabama, often getting several snaps a game behind Tua Tagovailoa, who’s also dealt with an injury this season.AL.com had more details:Nick Saban, speaking in Birmingham on Monday, revealed Jalen Hurts had “a bit of a high ankle sprain” in Knoxville.“They did a minor procedure to try to help the healing,” Saban said. “”I think he will be out for one week, probably this bye week and he will probably be ready to start working again next week.”The injury occurred on Hurts 21-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter. He stayed in the game before eventually being replaced by Mac Jones in the fourth quarter.Alabama is set to play at LSU on Nov. 3.The Crimson Tide and the Tigers are set to kick off at 8 p.m. E.T. on CBS.last_img read more

Denham Town Zone of Special Operations Extended

first_img This follows approval by members of the House of Representatives during the sitting of the Lower House on Tuesday (September 18). The Zone of Special Operations (ZOSO) in Denham Town, West Kingston, has been extended for another three months.This follows approval by members of the House of Representatives during the sitting of the Lower House on Tuesday (September 18).With the extension, the anti-crime initiative, which was slated to end on October 2, will remain in place until January 2019.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, who put the motion forward, said that the extension will enable the transformation of the community through intensified social intervention, and security measures.He said that failure to continue the initiative would disappoint the expectations of law-abiding citizens in the community, to the advantage of the criminals.“Our resolve therefore, must be greater than the resolve of the criminals, and we must demonstrate the (determination) to take extraordinary measures… and we must show, as a collective, as a Parliament, that we have the stamina to sustain the measures that have been working,” Prime Minister Holness stated.Giving an update on the initiatives being undertaken in the community, the Prime Minister told the House that the zinc removal project is almost complete.“It has had great effect in uplifting the community. Significant work continues in the support for education, and during the summer period, several programmes were put in place, including summer camps, retreats and various activities to get our students ready for school,” he informed.He further cited a programme where community organisations, including youth groups, can apply for grants to undertake capacity building, and the acquisition of equipment.Mr. Holness said he recently signed off on a $184 million initiative, through the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), to further infrastructure upgrade in the community, which will go to Cabinet shortly.The House is expected to vote on a three-month extension of the State of public emergency in the St. Catherine North Police Division on September 19. The Zone of Special Operations (ZOSO) in Denham Town, West Kingston, has been extended for another three months. With the extension, the anti-crime initiative, which was slated to end on October 2, will remain in place until January 2019. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Saskatchewan Rush fan dressed as Hulk banned from Calgary lacrosse game

first_imgWARMAN, Sask. – A man who dresses up as the Incredible Hulk at Saskatchewan Rush lacrosse games says he’s been banned from this weekend’s game in Calgary against the Roughnecks.Known as Rush Hulk, superfan Kelvin Ooms had organized four busloads of fans from Saskatchewan and started getting ready for the road trip to Calgary when he got a message on social media from a Roughnecks supporter saying he might not be allowed into the building.“I wasn’t quite sure if he was pulling my leg and trying to create more of a fan rivalry,” Ooms told The Canadian Press Tuesday.He checked into it and said he was told he couldn’t attend the game as Rush Hulk due to safety and security concerns. No one from the Roughnecks immediately returned calls for comment.The self-described superfan said he’s worn a Hulk costume to games in Saskatchewan and to one in Calgary last April without incident.“When I was there last year, we had a blast,” said Ooms.Saturday’s game is also a “Star Wars” theme night, so other fans attending the lacrosse game are being encouraged to wear costumes.“They are a great bunch of fans, but maybe they should be more worried about some of their fans that are going to be in costume dressed up as Chewbacca, Darth Vader, wearing capes,” said Ooms. “It doesn’t make sense.”Officials with the Saskatchewan Rush said in a statement that they respect the move by the Roughnecks organization.“It’s an unfortunate decision, based on how much work Kelvin has put into organizing the trip,” said Rush spokesman Brandon Urban. “I can’t emphasize enough, how awesome of an ambassador he is for our team and fanbase.“Ultimately, this is an opposing team’s building and they have their own set of rules.”Urban added that they’ve never turned fans away from Rush home games “regardless of who they cheer for and how they dress.”— By Colette Derworiz in Edmontonlast_img read more

Saudi Arabia Admits Jamal Khashoggi Was Killed in Consulate

Rabat – Saudi authorities have just admitted that prominent Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.The Saudi news channel Al Akhbariya made the announcement. Saudi authorities are claiming that Khashoggi was killed in a fight that erupted after he entered the consulate.According to the same source, Khashoggi died from a choke hold during a physical altercation. The announcement contradicts a previous official statement by Saudi authorities. Originally, Saudi Arabia denied any involvement in the Saudi journalist’s death and stressed that he left the consulate shortly after he arrived.It also contradicts statements by Turkish officials to the New York Times in which they asserted that a hit squad that flew in from Saudi Arabia to eliminate the journalist tortured, killed, and dismembered Khashoggi.Saudi authorities announced the arrest of 18 individuals after an investigation established their link to Khashoggi’s murder.Saud Al Qahtani, an adviser to Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman, was dismissed from his post. Al Qahtani is notorious for having spearheaded a ferocious media campaign against Qatar since the start of the Saudi-led blockade against its neighbor in June 2017.In late 2016, Qahtani told Khashoggi that he was banned from writing or posting tweets after he made “unfriendly” comments about Trump.???: ?????? ????? ?? ?????? “???? ????? ????? ????? ?????”? ?????? ???? ???? ???? ??????? ?? ????? ??? ????? ???? ???? ? #???????_???????— ???? ???????? (@saudq1978) August 17, 2017In August 2017, Al Qahtani took advantage of his large base of followers and launched a blacklist. He called on all Saudis to report any account showing sympathy towards Qatar or questioning the Saudi decision to impose a blockade on its neighbor.US Senator Lindsay Graham has questioned the narrative of Saudi Arabia. The senator, known for being a close ally to President Donald Trump, said in his Twitter account that he is more than “skeptical about the new Saudi narrative.”To say that I am skeptical of the new Saudi narrative about Mr. Khashoggi is an understatement. https://t.co/am4fraUL6H— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) October 19, 2018Representative Adam Schiff, a ranking member of the US House Intelligence Committee, expressed the same skepticism and called on Congress to hold Saudi Arabia accountable if the Trump administration fails to do so.The claim that Khashoggi was killed while brawling with 15 men dispatched from Saudi Arabia is not at all credible. If he was fighting with those sent to capture or kill him, it was for his life.The Kingdom must be held to account. If Administration doesn’t lead, Congress must.— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) October 19, 2018 read more

German Economy Ministry Longterm recession not expected

BERLIN — The German government says the country’s economy is in a weak phase but it doesn’t currently see indications it will enter a long-term recession.The German economy, Europe’s largest, contracted by 0.1% in the second quarter and is widely predicted to shrink again in the third quarter, which would put it into a technical recession.The Economy Ministry said Friday that data in September, the last month in the quarter, don’t point to a turnaround, with exports moving sideways and no sign of an industrial recovery even though the construction sector remains strong.The Ministry says “the German economy is in a weak phase; the subdued global industrial growth is affecting the export-oriented German economy.”But it adds: “a stronger downturn, or even a pronounced recession, is not currently expected.”The Associated Press read more

Rwandans returning home as UN prepares to observe 10th anniversary of genocide

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says it and Rwanda have signed tripartite agreements with many African governments on the voluntary return of Rwandan refugees. “The process of convincing all Rwandan refugees to come home is still going on,” the agency says.The UN declared 7 April the International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda to remember the mostly Tutsi and moderate Hutu Rwandans killed by their Hutu countrymen. The Rwandan Government recently estimated the death toll at 937,000.Among the events scheduled for Wednesday will be a worldwide minute of silence observed in memory of the victims. Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Adviser for Africa, Ibrahim Gambari, will represent the UN at ceremonies in the Rwandan capital Kigali, while Mr. Annan will address a special commemorative meeting of the UN Commission on Human Rights on the prevention of genocide in Geneva.In New York, staff from UN Headquarters will march in a circle in front of the UN Secretariat building and observe a minute of silence at the Japanese Garden near the Peace Bell donated by the Government of Japan. The UN General Assembly will also convene a meeting and the UN will host a high-level discussion panel.During the 100-day genocide, refugee camps in neighbouring countries grew to the size of major cities, UNCHR says. There were 200,000 people at Kibumba, in what was then eastern Zaire, now the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and nearly 500,000 refugees in camps in western Tanzania.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) notes that ethnic and regional quotas have been abolished by the Government of National Unity, but the country bears a heavy burden to provide care for hundreds of thousands of children affected by war, genocide and HIV/AIDS. The genocide orphaned some 95,000 children.“The children of Rwanda witnessed unspeakable violence,” says UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy. “Tens of thousands lost their mothers and fathers. Thousands were victims of horrific brutality and rape. The impact of the tragedy simply cannot be overstated.”Thousands of children, some as young as 7, were forced into military operations and compelled to commit violent acts against their will. Many of them were then jailed for these atrocities.Major gaps exist in the provision of psychosocial care services and peace education, UNICEF says.In the settlement of Buremera, where UNHCR built houses for returnees, as well as for vulnerable local citizens, Deocratien Kadeyi, 66, a Tutsi man who survived by fleeing his village and sleeping under banana leaves for five days, says reconciliation has taken hold in the hearts of Rwandans, nonetheless. “Several years ago we started to forget what happened.”At the Gikongoro Memorial, where the preserved bodies of genocide victims bear mute witness to the horrific ways in which they died, Emmanuel Murangira haltingly tells the story of how he lost 50 members of his extended family.Asked if Rwanda could experience another genocide, he eventually says: “I don’t fear another genocide. The genocide was carried out by people. If they understand it’s a bad thing, they are not going to repeat it.”Photo Gallery: – Collection on peacekeeping in 1994- Exhibit at UN Headquarters read more

Offensive lineman Jack Wohlabaugh to transfer from Ohio State to Duke

After two seasons, offensive lineman Jack Wohlabaugh will move on from Ohio State and transfer to Duke, the redshirt freshman announced Thursday afternoon.Excited for what the future holds! pic.twitter.com/iXx1xXPqWu— Jack Wohlabaugh (@JackWohlabaugh) January 4, 2018Wohlabaugh did not play in 2017 and served as depth, but did not have a clear path to future playing time. A former three-star prospect, Wohlabaugh was the 20th-ranked guard in the country and the No. 16 player in Ohio, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He is the second offensive lineman to make the move from Ohio State to Duke in the past year. Then-redshirt junior Evan Lisle announced his transfer to Duke in January 2017.

Epiphany celebrated throughout Greece with Blessing of Waters

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The religious feast of the Epiphany — the Twelfth Day after Christmas — was celebrated throughout Greece on Thursday with the traditional “Blessing of the Waters” in ports, rivers, lakes, reservoirs and fountains in front of cathedrals. The ritual commemorates Christ’s baptism in the River Jordan, termed the Epiphany by St. John Chryssostom (from the Greek word for ‘manifestation’, ‘epifaniea’).In Piraeus, Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece officiated at a ceremony in the country’s largest port. The government was represented by Maritime Affairs, Islands & Fishing Minister Yiannis Diamantidis, and was also attended by main opposition New Democracy (ND) leader Antonis Samaras, Popular Orthodox Rally (LA.OS) party leader George Karatzaferis, numerous officials, and political party MPs.In Athens, the ceremony was held at the Kolonaki rservoir, attended by new Athens Mayor George Kaminis and MPs from various parties, and government vice-president representing the government.The ceremony in Thessaloniki, officiated by Metropolitan Anthimos, was attended by the new mayor Yiannis Boutaris and political party representatives, with the government represented by Defence Minister Evangelos Venizelos. Source: ANAlast_img read more

Xenophon opposes Qantas plan

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Abbott government’s plan to help Qantas by repealing section 3 of the Qantas Sale Act was dealt a blow this week, with Independent Senator Nick Xenophon saying that he would join with Labor and the Greens to stop the legislation passing through the Senate.The government – which rejected a request by the national carrier for a debt guarantee – has said that Qantas should be allowed to access investment through foreign ownership deals, allowing it to operate on a level playing field with Virgin.Any changes involving part ownership are based upon a restructuring plan that will divide Qantas into international and domestic divisions.Those changes would mean foreign investors – including government-owned airlines – would be able to take a majority stake in the domestic arm, but foreign ownership of the international arm would stay capped at 49 per cent, ensuring the airline remains an Australian carrier with related landing rights.The Abbott government has conceded that any decision to repeal elements of the Qantas Sale Act is liable to send maintenance jobs offshore. Meanwhile, Nick Xenophon has called for a judicial inquiry into the airline’s financial management, and said that such an inquiry should underpin any decision to amend the Qantas Sales Act.“This is a red herring, the real problem here is the failed strategy pursued by Qantas management,” Xenophon told reporters in Canberra this week. Xenophon made the call for an inquiry following Qantas’ announcement that it would shed 5,000 jobs, having reported a $252 million half-yearly loss. “Alan Joyce and the Qantas Board have brought one of the world’s great airlines and a national icon to its knees,” said Xenophon, who is adamant that only a judicial inquiry, “with sufficient forensic account resources”, would reveal the underlying causes of Qantas’ economic troubles and determine whether changes to the Qantas Sale Act were needed.“Their botched strategy of pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into Jetstar’s Asian operations seems to be the real cause of the demise, and Australians shouldn’t believe Mr Joyce’s lame excuses.”Senator Xenophon has also questioned whether current Australian accounting and corporate governance rules needed to be changed.“Right now, the consolidated accounts of Qantas Group, with over 129 entities trading under it, don’t need to pinpoint how well or how badly each division is doing….the public deserves to know how the various parts of the group are performing.”Labor has said it is ready to team up with Xenophon and the Greens to launch a Senate inquiry into Qantas’ financial dealings. Opposition transport spokesman Anthony Albanese is reported to have prepared the terms of reference for such an inquiry.On Thursday the House of Representatives cleared a bill lifting the 49 per cent foreign ownership limit in the Qantas Sale Act by 83 votes to 53, after a debate in which Bill Shorten called Coalition MPs “cheese eating surrender monkeys of Australian jobs”. The bill has no chance of being passed through the Senate if Labor, the Greens and independents such as Xenophon hold their line.last_img read more

George Lucass 11 Worst Decisions

first_img Star Wars x Adidas Ultraboost Photos Have Leaked’Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form Stay on target No name looms as large in the world of science fiction cinema than George Lucas. He took a humble space opera and built it into one of the most successful franchises of all time, with nine Star Wars films and counting. And there’s no denying that the bones he laid down for a galaxy long ago and far away have resulted in some incredible entertainment.But here’s the thing: no man is perfect. Even a titan like George Lucas has made some dumb decisions over the course of his career. Even though we’re in a celebratory mood because The Last Jedi is so good, we still have to take a look back at Lucas’s life and point out the times that he seriously boned up.AdChoices广告The Special EditionsWe can’t really fault George Lucas for wanting to mess around with the original Star Wars trilogy in the late 1990s. He’d been living with those movies for decades, and things he saw as mistakes and flaws just get worse over time. So he took an opportunity that most filmmakers don’t get and went back in with the best technology the era had to offer and made some changes – beefing up crowd scenes, adding in a CGI Jabba, getting rid of “Yub Nub.” Whatever your view on these alterations, they happened, and most fans would have been fine except for one thing: Lucas claimed the new versions were the only proper ones and pulled the originals from circulation. This is, straight up, a weird dick move that he was rightfully excoriated for.Midi-ChloriansThe concept of the Force is one of the most enduring things to come out of Star Wars, a continuum of energy that can be used to hurt or heal. It’s a potent metaphor that lends itself to all kinds of stories, which is why people lost their mind when George Lucas tried to claim it was just the side effects of some weird bacteria in your blood. Midi-Chlorians were introduced in The Phantom Menace as a bizarre handwave that explains why some people can use the Force and others can’t. It’s sort of like Dragonball Z‘s power level, only it takes an elegant concept and reduces it to numbers and a blood test. Definitely a huge misstep.Killing Darth MaulThe villains are almost a more compelling part of the Star Wars cosmology than the heroes, as evidenced by the decision to make the prequel trilogy about the creation of Darth Vader. A huge amount of the promotional material for The Phantom Menace centered on Darth Maul, the horned dual-ended lightsaber wielder played by Ray Park. He was a fierce and frightening figure, a strong antagonist to set up the early days of the Sith – and he was pretty unceremoniously disposed of in the same movie. We’re not saying that every character has to survive, but it was a massive waste of potential.Comparing Disney To White SlaversIt’s safe to say that the sale of Lucasfilm to Disney was the key decision that kickstarted the new films and brought the franchise back to relevance. It was a hard pill for George Lucas to swallow, though. After the relative failure of the prequel trilogy, watching other creators take his babies away had to hurt. In an interview with Charlie Rose, though, Lucas put his foot in his mouth with a particularly bad comparison. He’s referred to the films as “his children” before, but to Rose he followed it up with “I sold them off to the the white slavers who take these things and…” Yikes.Howard The DuckIn the late 1980s, the name George Lucas was synonymous with blockbuster box office success. After Star Wars and Raiders, it seemed like he could do no wrong. So when Lucas signed up to produce an adaptation of a Marvel comic book, directed by film school chum Willard Huyck, expectations were high. But this wasn’t a big name-Marvel star: it was an offbeat cult series about a surly bird who gets pulled from his dimension to Earth and has bizarre adventures with villains like the bell-headed Doctor Bong. As everybody knows, Howard The Duck was a disaster, a movie too goofy for adults but too weirdly sexual for kids, and it was a critical and commercial flop. It still stands as the worst-reviewed Lucasfilm movie ever made.Darth IckyWith such a flabbergasting volume of spin-off books, video games and other cultural products, Lucas can’t personally shepherd every single Star Wars thing that exists. But sometimes his underlings approach the throne for advice and get something they didn’t bargain for. During the development of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, developers at LucasArts wanted George to have some input on the game’s protagonist. As the protege of Darth Vader, they thought having a Darth name would be good. Lucas, completely straight-faced, suggested “Darth Insanius” or “Darth Icky.” Needless to say, they passed on those suggestions.Blaming His Retirement On The FansAfter the release of Red Tails in 2012, Lucas did a press tour to dramatically flounce away from the world of blockbuster big-budget movies forever, claiming that he’s going to focus on personal art films. Why would he do that? Well, according to an interview he did with the New York Times, it was all our fault. “Why would I make any more, when everybody yells at you all the time and says what a terrible person you are?” was Lucas’s response to the fan opprobrium after the Special Editions and prequels. Needless to say, that didn’t go over all that well.Casting Hayden ChristensenThere are plenty of criticisms to be leveled against The Prequels, but at their core they tell a good story: the transformation of Anakin Skywalker into Darth Vader. Unfortunately, that story needed a gifted actor with potent emotional range, and instead George Lucas gave us Hayden Christensen. No offense, he seems like a perfectly nice guy, but Christensen just wasn’t up to the task. Lucas has never been particularly masterful at dealing with actors – his only feedback to Mark Hamill was to say his lines “faster and more intense” – so he wasn’t much help. Throw in a horrifically clunky script and you had a franchise shooting itself in the foot.His Congressional SpeechOne of the worst things to look like in this world is a hypocrite, somebody who says one thing and does another. When George Lucas went before Congress to give an impassioned speech against the trend of colorizing and altering classic movies in 1988, he seemed to be solidly on the side of keeping movies the way they were originally released. In his remarks, he said that “People who alter or destroy works of art and our cultural heritage for profit or as an exercise of power are barbarians.” And then he would go on to relentlessly alter his original Star Wars trilogy for special editions, adding unnecessary special effects and changing scenes. Make up your mind, dude.The Holiday SpecialThis is obviously well-traveled ground, but the Star Wars Holiday Special will haunt George Lucas to the grave. Rushed to cash in on the surprise popularity of his film in 1978, he didn’t have a lot to do with its production but one of the most inexplicable ideas in the whole thing – the idea to center the main story around Chewbacca’s family, who don’t speak English – came from his desk. Obviously Lucas has no problem with merchandising his creations, as the bazillions of Star Wars products on the market show, but this was early on before he realized that it would be smart to keep a little more control over the proceedings.Jar Jar BinksThe Star Wars universe is full of colorful characters, but none of them inspire the sheer rage that Jar Jar Binks does. Lucas was inspired by Disney’s weird lanky humanoid dog Goofy to create a comic relief character to counterbalance the dark themes of the prequel trilogy. Originally the alien was supposed to have been played by Michael Jackson in extensive prosthetics, but Lucas went for an entirely CGI-generated look with motion capture and voice by Ahmed Best. Lots of things feel flat in the prequels, but Jar Jar epitomized the weird tone and bad dialogue more than anything else.center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Real Madrid to pursue £100m deal for De Gea

first_imgReal Madrid are looking set to return to their pursuit of David de Gea this summer with the club confident that they can sign him for £100m, reports the Manchester Evening NewsLos Galacticos have made it no secret for their admiration for the Manchester United goalkeeper and came close to signing De Gea back in 2015, but a technical problem in sending the paperwork during the final hours of the summer transfer window ultimately meant that the Spaniard stayed at Old Trafford.Jose Mourinho is understood to be strongly against allowing De Gea to leave in the summer and Real are resigned to the fact that they will very likely have to pay for a world-record fee for a goalkeeper in order to sway United.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…The Red Devils have set themselves the aim of securing the 27-year-old’s long-term future at the club, but Real are hopeful that the appointment of Julen Lopetegui will help with them.The new Real boss worked with De Gea during his spell in charge of Spain, before he was shockingly fired on Wednesday.Currently, De Gea has another 12 months on his contract at United, but the club does have the option to renew it by another year if they are unable to reach an agreement with their prized asset.last_img read more