Congress calls for strike over chit fund scams

first_imgThe Congress party has called for a general strike in Tripura on May 18 citing “poor governance of the CPI(M)-led government” and “failure to detain kingpins of chit fund companies which allegedly embezzled hundreds of crores of rupees”.SIT probeThe ruling CPI(M) has opposed the decision to enforce the 12-hour bandh and made an appeal to the Congress leadership to withdraw it. In a statement, the CPI(M) said a Special Investigation Team (SIT) under the directive of the High Court was investigating the financial scams that the chit fund companies were allegedly a part of. It added that the “State government will not spare anyone involved in duping people”.CPM misruleCongress leaders on Monday, however, rejected the appeal and said the strike call was part of their political campaign against the “misrule of the CPI(M)-led government and its reluctance to launch a thorough probe against the chit fund companies”. More than 100 non-banking financial companies had operated in the State. These groups, mainly Rose Valley and Sharada, allegedly raised hundreds of crores of rupees through false promises of high interest and returns. Only a few officials of the companies have been arrested in Tripura while investigation under the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Economic Offence Bureau made steadfast progress in in then States of West Bengal, Odisha and Assam.Six join TMCMeanwhile, the Congress has been seeing an exodus of sorts recently with members and leaders of all rank and file deserting the party. Six party MLAs left the Congress to join TMC and another resigned from the Assembly. Some former Congress leaders and workers are also appearing in the Bharatiya janata party camp. Even the Trinamool Congress is now losing leaders and supporters to the BJP, which is eyeing an overthrow of the CPI(M) in the next Assembly elections due in early 2018.last_img read more

Kumbh Mela Marked as Intangible Cultural Heritage by Unesco

first_imgThe Hindu pilgrimage congregation of Kumbh Mela has been marked as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco). The Kumbh Mela, an event that sees thousands of people coming together to a holy site in India to wash away their sins, joins heritage elements in the United Arab Emirates, Botswana, Mongolia, Morocco, Turkey and others, on the list that was released on Dec. 7.The Kumbh Mela is held every 12 years at Nashik, Ujjain, Haridwar, and Allahabad by rotation.According to Unesco, cultural heritage includes traditions or living expressions inherited from our ancestors and passed on to our descendants, such as oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, rituals, festive events, knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe or the knowledge and skills to produce traditional crafts.The Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage under the UN body inscribed Kumbh Mela on the “Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity” at its 12th session at Jeju in South Korea.Kumbh Mela just inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Congratulations, #India #IntangibleHeritage #12COMℹ️— UNESCO (@UNESCO) December 7, 2017Thirty two other new elements were inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity during the meeting, including Bangladesh’s traditional art of Shital Pati weaving of Sylhet and the art of Neopolitan pizza-making from Italy.The Kumbh Mela is the latest intangible cultural heritage to be included from the country.India’s yoga was added to the list in 2016. “Designed to help individuals build self-realization, ease any suffering they may be experiencing and allow for a state of liberation, [yoga] is practiced by the young and old without discriminating against gender, class or religion,” Unesco tweeted last year.The other elements from India that feature on the list are:The tradition of Vedic chantingRamlila, the traditional performance of the RamayanaKutiyattam, the Sanskrit theater of KeralaRamman, a religious festival and ritual theater of the Garhwal HimalayasKerala’s ritual theatre of MudiyettuKalbelia folk performances of RajasthanChhau dance of Jharkhand and OdishaBuddhist chanting of LadakhSankirtana, the singing, drumming and dancing of ManipurTraditional craft of brass and copper utensil-making among Thatheras of Jandiala Guru in Amritsar, PunjabNawrouz, the Iranian New Year Related ItemsHeritageKumbh MelaUnescolast_img read more

Pencak Silat: PH finishes 6th in men’s doubles

first_imgAlfau Jan Abad and Alhohaidib Abad of the Philippines perform during the Pencak Silat double final of the 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Kuala Lumpur on August 24, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRYAlfau Jan Abad and Almohaidib Abad failed to make the podium in seni ganda (artistry men’s doubles) at the 2017 Southeast Asian Games Thursday at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre in Malaysia.The Filipino duo only wound up sixth in seven teams that participated after wounding up with 529 points.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Host Malaysia won the gold medal, Indonesia got the silver, and Singapore claimed the bronze in the event.Almohaidib Abad can still claim the Philippines a medal as he participates in seni tunggal (artistry men’s singles) on Saturday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening View comments Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:46Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 201700:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Blazing Teodoro carries JRU past San Sebastian Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaullast_img read more

Asia Cup: India eye final berth as they take on weak Sri Lanka

first_imgBuoyed by two back-to-back wins in the Asia Cup, India will aim to extend their winning streak when they take on a depleted Sri Lanka in their third Twenty20 International at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium here on Tuesday. (Asia Cup: Why India should be wary of dangerous Sri Lanka?) India defeated hosts Bangladesh by 45 runs in the opener and followed up with a thumping five-wicket win over arch-rivals Pakistan on Saturday. This is the first time the iconic tournament is being played in the Twenty20 format. All the earlier events were One-Day International (ODI) editions.Form is on India’s side as they have recently outclassed the island nation 2-1 in the T20I series at home. To add to it, Sri Lanka will come into the match after a humiliating 23-run defeat at the hands of Bangladesh on Sunday. (Asia Cup: Rohit Sharma skips training session ahead of Sri Lanka match) But come Tuesday, it will be a fresh start for both the teams as Sri Lanka will aim to keep aside their poor show against India recently and hope to register a much needed win in the five-nation tournament. (Injury concerns haunt India, Parthiv likely to play vs SL)The defending World Twenty20 champions, despite having experienced Tillakaratne Dilshan, Dinesh Chandimal and Lasith Malinga, have failed to make an impact in the Asia Cup, especially leading up to the world event coming up next month in India.Skipper Malinga, whose knee problem has again popped up, has put his participation in the tournament in doubt. Nevertheless, on Tuesday, Lanka have to step up and give their best to stay alive for the final berth.advertisementOn the other hand, despite a couple of injury concerns, the 2007 World Twenty20 champions look favourites on paper to win the tie. Shikhar Dhawan missed the match against Pakistan as he was unfit with a niggle in his left ankle.Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who is being bothered by back spasms these days, has missed most of the training sessions but is expected to be playing against Lanka.Besides Dhawan and Dhoni, opener Rohit Sharma was hit on his left toe by a speedy yorker from pacer Mohammad Amir during the match against Pakistan on Saturday. He was sent for an X-ray but thankfully there was no fracture found.It can be rightly said that India will once again rely on an in-form Virat Kohli to do the job for the side alongside the experienced Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh in the middle-order.In the bowling department, Dhoni will hope his young gun Jasprit Bumrah along with experienced Ashish Nehra and spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja will continue their good form.Likely XI:India: Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni (c,wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Ashish NehraSri Lanka: Dinesh Chandimal (wk), TM Dilshan, Milinda Siriwardana, Dasun Shanaka, Angelo Mathews (c), Shehan Jayasuriya, Thisara Pereera, Chamara Kapugedera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Dushmantha Chameera, Rangana Herathlast_img read more

We are confident but not over confident, stresses Eugeneson Lyngdoh

first_imgThe National Team camp was back to its full strength with players from Bengaluru FC and Mohun Bagan having joined the Camp in Mumbai after finishing their respective AFC Cup club commitments.National coach Stephen Constantine, however, did not rush them immediately into the practice sessions. “The coach has given us rest for a couple of days,” informed Eugeneson Lyngdoh in an informal media interaction at the Andheri Sports Complex.And even as the squad geared up to face Nepal in an International Friendly on June 6, Lyngdoh preferred to take a walk back down memory lane to his International debut against Nepal which happened in March 2015.”Standing for the national anthem wearing the national team jersey was the moment,” he recollected. “It was a dream come true for me. I was a new player in the team and the seniors and the coaching staff encouraged me,” he said.The match in Guwahati also marked Constantine’s debut in his second stint in India and one remembers the British coach having handed International debuts to seven players in the match which India won 2-0.”The journey over the two years has been a mixed one. We have had some tough moments as much we have had our good moments. But what’s important is that things have fallen in the right path and we are now among the top 100 teams in the world,” Lyngdoh stated.The National Team stay unbeaten in 11 of the last 13 International matches (including the unofficial match against Bhutan) and the giant leap of faith has helped them to rise from 173 to 100 in the FIFA Rankings since Constantine took over.advertisement”As professional players it’s our duty to adapt to different coaches and their strategies. In the national team, you need to be aggressive and push right from the kick-off.”The afternoon at the Andheri Complex was pleasant with a strong breeze blowing across with the sky being overcast and Lyngdoh felt the team “needs to learn a lot to progress.”Referring to a question as to whether India would further climb up the FIFA ladder, Lyngdoh remarked: “We have a lot to learn and progress. This is just the start. There’s no reason why we can’t move up. It all depends on how we approach it,” he said in one breath.The team is confident but don’t mistake it for over confidence. We can never afford to be complacent. The friendly against Nepal is extremely important for all of us who start and all who will come in later as much it is for the entire bench,” he maintained.Two U-22 players – Chinglensana Singh and Laldanmawia Ralte – have been released from the Camp with Subrata Paul and Cavin Lobo having been released earlier.”The last time we played Puerto Rico in Mumbai, the atmosphere was splendid. Football won’t be football without the fans. They provide extra energy to the squad. Come over and support us,” Lyngdoh reached out to all the fans.”The match against Kyrgyz Republic will be a huge match for us. We will aim to get a result but for that we need to do the hard work.”last_img read more

James Washington Might Just Be Rashaun Woods

first_imgThe similarities are eerie. James Washington and Rashaun Woods. They’re both quiet and unassuming. Both love fishing more than anything else it seems like and Washington has a career that closely mirrors Woods’ so far. We will get to the stats in a second, but shout-out to Justin Southwell on the comp.Is James Washington actually Rashaun Woods? ?2️⃣8️⃣?8️⃣2️⃣?— Southwell (@JustinSouthwell) September 8, 2016And let’s check in on James Washington’s fishing skills in this cool interview with Allison Gappa.You’ve seen James Washington catch plenty of footballs, but did you know he also loves catching fish? #okstate— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) September 8, 2016“It’s something my parents instilled in me growing up,” said Washington recently. “Just being a hard worker and never wanting someone to give you something. Always going out to prove to them you can work for your own. If I can just be myself and never forget where I came from, I think I’ll be pretty good. I don’t see myself as a celebrity. I just see myself as another guy trying to live his dream. That’s really it.”Sounds a lot like somebody who used to run routes for Josh Fields.Now for the statistical comps. Top is obviously Rashaun and bottom is Washington.screen-shot-2016-09-08-at-3-00-48-pmscreen-shot-2016-09-08-at-3-07-22-pmLook at that! Rashaun had 29 receptions his freshman year.Washington had 28. They were within 200 yards of each other after two seasons. Both had 10 TDs in their sophomore years. Washington has some work to do in season three to reach Rashaun’s level of production in his last two years, but so far No. 28 seems a lot like the new No. 82. Gundy even said as much in the preseason.“James falls more into the Rashaun Woods category in my opinion,” said Gundy. “Very quiet, he’s a terrific route runner. He has a burst that is a little more deceptive than what defensive players think. That’s what makes him a good player. All of them are ultra-competitive. And he is more of the Rashaun Woods mold than the other guys.”Pretty cool. And something I’m more than thrilled about over the next two years.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Report: Rangers 0 Celtic 2

first_imgRangers 0 Celtic 2: Rogic and Griffiths maintain Old Firm dominance Dom Farrell 21:18 23/9/2017 LeighGriffiths - cropped Getty Images Celtic maintained the Glasgow bragging rights as Tom Rogic and Leigh Griffiths sealed victory in the first Old Firm game of the season. Second-half goals from Tom Rogic and Leigh Griffiths gave Celtic a deserved 2-0 victory over Old Firm rivals Rangers at Ibrox.Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha named a starting XI featuring seven players taking part in their first Glasgow derby and it was a chastening experience for most of them.Celtic pinned their neighbours back for much of the opening exchanges and the only surprise when Australia international Rogic found the breakthrough was that it took 50 minutes to arrive. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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 Griffiths’ sixth goal of the season arrived a quarter of an hour later and Brendan Rodgers’ champions are already eight points better off than their rivals after seven matches.65′ – GRIFFITHSSSSSS! [0-2]— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) September 23, 2017Rangers deserved some credit for coming through a tortured opening unscathed, with Wes Foderingham saving impressively when Rogic unleashed a rising shot at the end of a driving run.Griffiths spurned a glorious headed opportunity, while Patrick Roberts tormented the Rangers defence repeatedly from the right flank.Caixinha’s men gradually worked their way into the match and, after he had a penalty appeal waved away, Alfredo Morelos slid in at the far post to almost give Rangers the lead from James Tavernier’s searching cross.Roberts danced through a host of challenges after the half hour to draw another stop from Foderingham but it was a less accomplished piece of work from the Manchester City loanee that played a part in the opening goal.Rangers could only partially clear a Griffiths corner from the left and Roberts scuffed a shot from the edge of the box. The ball evaded a cluster of blue shirts and Rogic pounced, pivoting to smash left footed into the roof of the net.Kenny Miller was introduced for Rangers and the veteran striker’s header across goal teed up Morelos for an equaliser, but Craig Gordon saved superbly.The result was put beyond doubt in the 65th minute when Roberts came in field to release Griffiths with an exquisite throughball and the Scotland striker made no mistake. read morelast_img read more

10 months agoEmery pushed about Cahill: Arsenal looking at different possibilities

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Emery pushed about Cahill: Arsenal looking at different possibilitiesby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery refused to rule out moving for Chelsea defender Gary Cahill after victory over Fulham.Emery confirmed plans he hoped to buy this month.He said, “It’s not easy to change or improve our team with the possibilities in the transfer market, but the club is working. We are looking at different possibilities. “Maybe we can improve in the transfer market if we get the opportunity. Maybe we can sign one or two players, but it’s not easy.”Asked directly about Cahill, he added: “We didn’t speak about him.” last_img

Twitter poll instead of coin toss in cricket: ICC announces Test reforms on April 1

first_imgTwitter poll instead of coin toss in cricket: ICC announces Test reforms on April 1On April 1, the International Cricket Council came up with a series of tweets, informing fans of the game about the changes that will be brought about in Test cricket when the ICC Test Championship begins later this year.advertisement Asian News International New DelhiApril 1, 2019UPDATED: April 1, 2019 17:02 IST @BCCI PhotoHIGHLIGHTSICC announced an array of reforms to Test cricket to improve the format’s popularity on April 1Fans will decide who will come to bat first and who will have to go for bowling by participating in a Twitter poll: ICCICC will be applying both numbers and Instagram handles to kits: Cricket body on TwitterInternational Cricket Council (ICC) started their Monday morning by posting a prolific number of tweets announcing the changes they are planning to bring in longest-format cricket during the World Test Championship to make it more distinctive and appealing to the younger generation.Some of the changes they planned to bring in Test cricket for the World Test Championship, which is scheduled to commence in the month of July this year, from traditional Test cricket are:Numbers and Instagram handle on jerseysICC tweeted to bring numbers and Instagram handles to the jerseys of the players to make it more appealing to the younger generation.Using their official Twitter handle, ICC tweeted: “As part of our efforts to make the game more appealing to younger generations, the ICC will be applying both numbers and Instagram handles to kits from the beginning of the World Test Championship.”As part of our efforts to make the game more appealing to younger generations, the ICC will be applying both numbers and Instagram handles to kits from the beginning of the World Test Championship. (@ICC) April 1, 2019Twitter polls rather than traditional coin tossNow the fans will decide who will come to bat first and who will have to go for bowling by participating in a Twitter poll. Many players did ask to bring technology into play after Mankad incident to check for No-balls but ICC took it a bit serious and replaced traditional coin toss with social media polling.advertisement”In further changes ahead of the World Test Championship, the tradition of the coin toss will be replaced by a @Twitter poll, allowing fans at home to decide who bats and bowls!,” ICC tweeted.Option to wear shorts to beat the heatTest Players will now also get an option to wear shorts so that heat does not take a toll on the players and sway their performance.ICC tweeted: “Should the temperature reach 35degC, the ICC’s updated playing conditions will allow all Test players the option to wear shorts.”Other decisions to transmute the Test Cricket and bring fans even closer to the sport, ICC announced that they will give broadcasters an option to position commentators on the field of play behind the slips cordon and will also permit the fielding team to complete a ‘Double Wicket Play’ by running out the other batsman after taking a catch.All these tweets were tweeted with a ‘CricketNotAsYouKnowIt’ hashtag on the picture.It’s the April fool day, so, there is a colossal chance that ICC is celebrating the day in a very peculiar way but it is yet to be confirmed by the global governing body of cricket whether it is just a prank or not.Two minor changes will be made to cricket terminology with no balls and dot balls to henceforth be known as ‘Faults’ and ‘Aces’. (@ICC) April 1, 2019Runs scored in the evening session of day/night Tests will count double, creating a new and exciting strategic element ???2?? (@ICC) April 1, 2019And finally, should teams be level on the World Test Championship table, the first tie-breaking criteria will be ‘Away Runs.’So which of these initiatives are you most looking forward to? ??#CricketNotAsYouKnowIt (@ICC) April 1, 2019Also Read | Virat Kohli proud as India win ICC Test championship mace for 3rd successive yearAlso Read | Got to admire how MS Dhoni takes the game deep and gets the job done: Ben StokesAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow ICCFollow April Fool’s DayFollow ICC Test ChampionshipFollow April 1Follow InstagramFollow Coin tosslast_img read more

Eleven Year Old Crowned Youth Mayor for Hanover

first_img The youth councillors and youth mayors serve for one year, representing the voice of the young people at the local government level. Among his various prizes was a grant of $100,000 from the Hanover Parish Council towards undertaking a project of his choice at his school. Story Highlights Representing the Hopewell division, Clinton topped youth councillors from the six other parish council divisions. Second time is the charm for 11-year-old Watford Hill Primary School student, Clinton Brown, who, on Monday, November 18, was named the 2013/2014 Youth Mayor for Hanover.It was the second attempt at the title for the Grade Six student, who had entered the competition last year.Representing the Hopewell division, Clinton topped youth councillors from the six other parish council divisions, to win the prestigious title in the annual competition held to mark Local Government and Community Development and Youth Month.Among his various prizes was a grant of $100,000 from the Hanover Parish Council towards undertaking a project of his choice at his school.Second place went to Tyreek Friginette of Knockalva Technical High School, representing the Chester Castle division, with Daniella Bowen of Askenish All Age, representing Riverside, placing third.The youth councillors were asked to make a presentation, not exceeding 10 minutes, on the topic: ‘In 50 years Jamaica has moved forward’, with Clinton’s speech adjudged to have been the most impressive.Clinton called on his experience from the previous year to deliver a strong presentation with well-researched facts. His confidence was evident in his diction, eye contact with the judges, and positive body language.The Hanover Youth Mayor, in his presentation, noted that while 50 years is a short period in the life of any nation, Jamaica had achieved a lot.He singled out education as one area of accomplishment, noting that improvements in the sector over the years, has provided a strong basis for Jamaica to move forward.He cited the use of technology in education, including plans for the issuing of computer tablets, noting that this is “a clear indication of how improved our education system has become”.In the judge’s summary, the chief adjudicator, Donna-Marie LaTouche, noted that the competition was no walkover for any one participant as the scores were very close.Teacher at the Watford Hill Primary School, Fania Davis, told JIS News that Clinton, though small in stature, is a true leader. She describes him as a confident person, who loves to speak in public, and is always volunteering to take on any task.“He also has this passion for community development, and (even more the competition) he had already planned what he wants to do with that $100,000 if he would have won the competition,” she said. Ms. Davis said that the entire school community is proud of his achievement.Young Clinton told JIS News that winning the competition and being crowned Youth Mayor for Hanover is a dream come true. He said he will use the prize money to embark on a perimeter fencing project for his school.The Youth Mayors competition is organised annually by the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development through parish councils across the island. It is aimed at demystifying the operations of the parish council and to get the youth involved in the process of local governance.Young people are selected as youth councillors, representing the various parish council divisions, to compete for the coveted title.The youth councillors and youth mayors serve for one year, representing the voice of the young people at the local government level.This year’s youth mayors will have the privilege of having lunch with Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller on Friday, November 22.last_img read more

USA Deeply Engaged In Reforms Conducted By Morocco J Kerry

first_imgRabat – The USA said it is deeply engaged in the reforms conducted in Morocco under the leadership of King Mohammed VI, said this Friday US Secretary of States, John Kerry, according to MAP.“Under the leadership of HM the King, Morocco has conducted major reforms,” said on Friday the head of the US diplomacy at the opening in Rabat of the second session of the US-Morocco strategic dialog which he co-chaired with minister of foreign affairs and cooperation, Salaheddine Mezouar.US secretary of state John Kerry arrived, on Thursday in Rabat on his first visit to Morocco. This session, themed “strengthening solid cooperation ties between the two countries,” is an occasion for both parties to promote their partnership in the political, economic, social, educational and cultural fields, said a statement by the Moroccan Ministry of foreign affairs.Announcing last week the visit by Kerry to the Kingdom, the US state department underlined that “this dialogue, launched in September 2012, underscores our ongoing close cooperation with Morocco and will focus on political affairs, economic and security cooperation, and educational and cultural issues.”With MAPlast_img read more

UKs top diplomat caught up in blunder after calling the Sikh Golden

Jeremy Corbyn speaks during an interview in London, April 20,2018 The Queen had visited the site in 1997, 13 years after a deadly and extremely controversial  assault by the Indian army took place, which was aimed at expelling armed separatists who wanted a separate Sikh homeland.Jeremy Corbyn has vowed that if he were to become Prime Minister he would launch a probe to investigate Britain’s role during the raid in the party’s next manifesto. The scale of the UK’s involvement in the assault, which reportedly left thousands dead, is currently under intense scrutiny, making the blunder even more awkward for Sir Simon.Addressing a Sikhs for Labour meeting in Watford, Mr Corbyn remarked: “You can be very sure that, whenever the election comes, it will be in the next manifesto … it’s a commitment that’s going to be there and we will honour that commitment.”Sir Simon has been on a visit to the Northern Indian city of Chandigarh, where he has been meeting students and politicians.Dr Jasjit Singh, a researcher at Leeds University, questioned if the diplomat had been thinking of the Golden Mosque in Rochdale, which is an actual place of Muslim worship.Video: Boris Johnson criticised for talking about alcohol in Sikh temple The Golden Temple, constructed in the 16th century, is so sacred to Sikhs because it is considered to be the main site of pilgrimage for the faith.The mosque tweet has therefore enraged many on social media, particularly British Sikhs.Bhai Amrik Singh, chairman of the Sikh Federation, said: “This was a major gaffe by a top civil servant and totally unacceptable.He added: “In our view, a public apology and admitting the mistake is not enough. What we need is a commitment from the UK Government and senior civil servants to root out such ignorance and discrimination or we will continue to face hate, abuse and threats of violence.” Britain’s chief diplomat has apologised after mistaking one of the most sacred sites in Sikhism as a mosque.Sir Simon McDonald, the permanent under-secretary at the Foreign Office, admitted that he made a blunder on Monday when referring to the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India, as the “Golden Mosque”.The distinction between mosques being the place of Muslim worship and temples or gurdwaras used by Sikhs was not initially made clear.The gaffe took place on Twitter where Sir Simon claimed that a photograph of the Queen at the “Golden Mosque” had been given to a colleague.Realising his mistake, he admitted that he should have said “the Golden Temple or, better, Sri Harmandir Sahib” instead. Jeremy Corbyn speaks during an interview in London, April 20,2018Credit:Anadolu Agency I was wrong: I am sorry. I should of course have said the Golden Temple or, better, Sri Harmandir Sahib.— Sir Simon McDonald (@SMcDonaldFCO) April 24, 2018 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

VIDEO Elverum Handball extend winning run in EHF CL

Norwegian Elverum celebrated second win in very interesting Group C at VELUX EHF Champions League. Scandinavians showed great potential against Dinamo Bucharest 40:32 with Lindboe in the main role with eight goals. Home team extended winning run which began last week in Spain, where they beat Abanca Ademar Leon 30:26.Here is the club’s video which explain more…on Norwegian… Elverum handball ← Previous Story Germany and Thuringer HC without Anne Hubinger next 6 months! Next Story → EHF CL TOP 5 goals – Steinhauser and two irregular…

Column Heartbreak misery and cloying sentimentality – the ingredients of any good

first_imgTake a bow: Sir Cliff, Sir BobAnd what about one-man Christmas machine Cliff Richard? He’s had four Christmas number one singles (it would have been five with Millennium Prayer but Westlife released an Abba cover) – that’s more number ones than Wise Men following the star. If he’d wanted a room at the inn, Cliff would have gotten it.It’s now a universally-accepted fallacy that “there won’t be snow in Africa this Christmastime”. Still, we’ll enforce our own cultural perceptions on a vulnerable continent and its people. In a country where over 45 per cent of the population is Muslim, it must have been disconcerting to have Saint Geldof turn up and start trying to foist sausage rolls and mince pies into their palms and woolly hats on their heads.It’s impossible not to be provoked into over-eating mince piesChristmas jumpers are certainly climbing the ranks of festive tradition, though, and are as much a part of the Christmas pop video as aforementioned snow/reindeer/men in beards. The Christmas jumper may have been made recently popular by Ryan Tubridy on the Late Late Toy Show, but have long been a wardrobe staple for any true advent evangelist. You can’t have too many jazzy jumpers, if Shakin’ Stevens is anyone to go by; the video for Merry Christmas Everyone is testament.Despite the sometimes dubious morals of Christmas hits, it’s impossible not to be provoked by them into over-eating mince pies and filling your living room with fake snow. We must enjoy them as they were intended, like children with chocolate coins; consistently, for three weeks, until we feel sick.You might want to first pick up a natty knitted jumper and a bottle of something fizzy, some misplaced cultural concern and a mince pie, it’s nearly here and as Greg Lake said so well; ‘I believe in Father Christmas‘.Read: All of your favourite Christmas movies, squeezed into two minutesWe’re interested in your ideas and opinions – do you have a story you would like to see featured in Opinion & Insight? Email WE LISTEN TO them unquestioningly (or in my case insanely) every year, but what is the real message behind the jingle jangles of Geldof/Bowie/Carey, et al?They seem to be telling us that life is either a barrel of baubles or bloody miserable. Christmas songs can be broadly divided into two camps: the merry and the mightily depressed (for example, Noddy Holder versus David Essex).The first camp has got it pretty good (it does have the birthday boy on its side). Overarching camp pop songs dominate the Christmas charts. Everybody’s having fun. Unless you’re George Michael and your heart has been cruelly re-gifted like a bottle of bubble bath by some wench who then tags along on a ski-ing holiday fraught with unresolved arguments and sexual tension. No wonder you hate Christmas.Heartbreak, war, loneliness and The WomblesThe sad ones are the best though. Fairytale of New York is a consistent favourite, along with Jona Lewie’s Stop the Cavalry, Blue Christmas by Elvis and Wombling Merry Christmas by The Wombles. (ok, maybe not the last one). We spend almost an entire month gearing ourselves up to the best day of the year with songs that document heartbreak, war, loneliness and Wombles. Have we all gone mad?Cliché is the icing on the Christmas cake though, trowelled on like brandy cream. Any real Christmas song must feature snow, for a start. When was the last time we enjoyed a white Christmas and didn’t complain about transport/global warming/the government/life? Yet still, apparently, we dream about them. Hit songs must also include any of the following:BellsElvesStockingMistletoeFireFamilyFriendsFood… (and, of course, the Coca Cola sponsored man in red himself. Sure it wouldn’t be Christmas without Coke.)last_img read more

How would Ireland fare in the event of a global pandemic

first_img A car plowed through the main hall of Trump Plaza in New Rochelle, New York Source: Businessinsider SpaceX is trying to buy a hamlet inside its Texas rocket-launch site because it ‘did not anticipate’ there’d be any ‘significant disruption’ to residents who live there The Pixel watch that never was: An inside look at how Google’s smartwatch efforts beat Apple to the punch, but then broke down and never recovered (GOOG, GOOGL) center_img The US is building a case against Iran in the attacks on Saudi Arabia, but Trump is in no rush to act IF YOU WANT to know what the human and financial losses of a global pandemic for something like Ebola would look like, someone’s already figured it out.In a post last year, risk modeling gurus AIR calculated that the 1918 Spanish Flu killed between 20 and 100 million people (out of a global population of 1.8 billion) and caused the equivalent of $20 billion in global losses.AIR then plugged the 1918 pandemic data into 21st century population density and development parameters to come up with a model for what a new Spanish Flu or other serious global pandemic would look like today.It ain’t pretty.First, there’s the map above, showing the casualty ratio by country. As might unfortunately be imagined, developing nations fare the worst, while Western nations see the fewest casualties.Ireland would see between 25 and 50 casualties per 100,000 members of the population.But fewest is a relative term. Here’s their table breaking down casualties for a modified G-7 (replacing Italy with Australia): Source: AIRIt seems safe to conclude from this that whatever it costs to minimise the risk of a global pandemic will pale in comparison to trying to control it once it arrives.Read: Video: What exactly is the Ebola virus?last_img read more

Le Pôle géosciences ouvre ses portes dans le ValdeMarne

first_imgLe Pôle géosciences ouvre ses portes dans le Val-de-MarneMercredi, la ministre de l’Ecologie Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet a inauguré le Pôle géosciences de Saint-Mandé-Tourelle, dans le Val-de-Marne. Le bâtiment a été créé dans le but de former un “centre d’expertise” sur le climat, la géographie et les océans.Un bâtiment de 110 mètres de long et 25 mètres de haut pour réunir climat, géographie et océans. C’est le projet qui vient tout juste de se concrétiser avec l’ouverture mercredi à Saint-Mandé-Tourelle dans le Val-de-Marne du Pôle géosciences (lien non disponible). Imaginé dans le but de créer un véritable “centre d’expertise”, ce pôle réunit d’ores et déjà plusieurs opérateurs publics parmi lesquels Météo France, l’Institut national de l’information géographique et forestière (IGN) et l’antenne parisienne du Service hydrographique et océanographique de la marine (SHOM).À lire aussiPourquoi l’eau des océans est-elle salée ?Une collaboration que la ministre de l’Ecologie, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet a salué lors de l’inauguration : “cela montre que les administrations qui étaient parallèles et parfois concurrentes peuvent travailler ensemble”, a t-elle expliqué citée par l’AFP. En outre, la ministre s’est également réjouie de la construction “du premier bâtiment de l’Etat” labellisé basse consommation (BBC) et certifié haute qualité environnementale (HQE).D’après les informations fournies, la construction de ce Pôle a été entièrement auto-financée, notamment grâce à la vente des immeubles parisiens de Météo France et de l’IGN. “Cela ne coûte rien à l’Etat”, a affirmé la ministre. A terme, le bâtiment devrait toutefois s’étendre sur près de 70.000 mètres carrés et accueillir quelque 3.000 personnes.  Le 19 janvier 2012 à 18:48 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Boateng Bayern Munich are better than Dortmund

first_imgBayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng insists they have more quality and experience than Borussia DortmundLucien Favre’s side leads Bayern by seven points in the Bundesliga table after claiming a 3-2 win over them last time out.The defeat leaves Bayern down in fifth-place in the German league table with three defeats, while Dortmund are yet to lose a single one of their 11 games.However, Boateng remains convinced that Bayern are still the better team than the runaway Bundesliga leaders.“We have more quality and experience,” Boateng told Sport Bild.rb leipzig, bayern munichReport: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…“Dortmund have shown that they have weaknesses. We had them completely under control in the first half.”Although the 30-year-old defender admits that Bayern won’t have it easy in regards to claiming a seventh straight Bundesliga crown this term.“That doesn’t mean that we become champions,” admits Boateng.“We can’t only rely on our quality. We also need the right mentality and attitude as well as a bit of luck and cleverness sometimes.”Bayern will host Fortuna at the Allianz Arena this Saturday in the Bundesliga.last_img read more

Crystal Symphony debuts its most dramatic redesign ever

first_img Travelweek Group Tags: Crystal Cruises MIAMI — The award-winning Crystal Symphony has emerged from dry dock as a more sophisticated, modern vessel with high-tech features, which according to the cruise line will help it “transcend trends throughout the years”.Enhancements include a new Open Seating dining concept, new butler-serviced Penthouse accommodations and state-of-the-art technological upgrades that gives guests greater connectivity and access to entertainment and news on demand.The month-long dry dock redesign marks the most expansive makeover in Crystal Symphony’s history.“The enhancements made on Crystal Symphony provide guests with more choices and flexibility than ever before, whether it’s the ability to dine at their leisure, stay connected to family and friends on shore, or enjoy a variety of new entertainment options onboard,” says Crystal’s president and CEO, Tom Wolber. “While we continue to innovate at the forefront of the industry, our focus will always be on the consistent quality and personal attention to detail and service that makes Crystal Cruises the world’s most awarded luxury cruise line.”Seabreeze Penthouse SuiteThere are now 12 Seabreeze Penthouse with Verandah suites, and 28 Seabreeze Penthouse Suite with Veranda suites, all of which occupy Deck 9. These new accommodations come with all-inclusive Crystal amenities, including butler service, in-room specialty dining, and unlimited complimentary dining at onboard specialty restaurants.More news:  AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsThe brand new Open Seating concept allows guests to dine at their leisure, giving them more choice and flexibility for evening dining and entertainment.WatersideIn terms of restaurant upgrades, Waterside has emerged in place of the former Crystal Dining Room, while Marketplace (by day) and Churrascaria (by night) have moved into the former Lido Café. Newly adjacent to the existing Trident Grill on the Lido Deck is Silk Kitchen & Bar, offering full-service dinner of modern Chinese-inspired fare with family-style dinner plates ideal for sharing. Meanwhile, Silk Road and The Sushi Bar, the specialty dining venues by famed Master Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, has been rebranded as Umi Uma & Sushi Bar.Silk Kitchen & BarSilk Kitchen & BarOne of the biggest perks to come out of the dry dock is unlimited complimentary Wi-Fi throughout any Crystal voyage aboard all Crystal vessels. Additionally, a new guest portal – Crystal Connect – is now featured on the landing page of onboard Internet connections, enabling guests to easily access the Internet and an array of shipboard information. Plus, in all rooms throughout the ship – in each stateroom and in all public areas – high-definition, flat-panels TVs show programs, spa menus, dining menus and more.More news:  Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochureSeveral shipboard spaces also feature reimagined designs, including the mid-ship Starlite Club, a hub for evening dancing and cocktails. It now boasts a fresh design to complement its sea views and new technological capabilities.Crystal Symphony Crystal In MotionUnderlining the newly revamped entertainment venues is a brand new production show, ‘Crystal in Motion’, featuring various genres of music and dance. This replaces the former ‘welcome aboard’ show in the Galaxy Lounge. Additionally, the ship will offer evening-long entertainment options around the ship as guests enjoy anytime dining. Posted by Friday, November 3, 2017 Crystal Symphony debuts its most dramatic redesign ever << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Tourism Board invests 15 million in lifeguard program for Costa Rican beaches

first_imgRelated posts:Limón sees 60 percent jump in cruise ships Manuel Antonio National Park administration moving to comply with Health Ministry orders Barrio Chino aims to be San José’s next big food spot Guanacaste airport expansion set to begin in January Costa Rica plans to make its beaches safer with a $500,000 annual investment between 2020 and 2022 to establish lifeguard programs at the country’s most dangerous beaches. The Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT) is also partnering with the Red Cross to place lifeguards this year at Manuel Antonio Beach and Ballena Beach in Puntarenas province, and at Cocles-Manzanillo Beach in Limón, Casa Presidencial announced.ICT hopes the multi-year investment, in addition to partnerships with local governments and the private sector, will lead to permanent establishment of lifeguards across the country.“Allocating a greater amount of resources for a lifeguard program will improve the response capacity to address the different incidents involving bathers, actions that directly affect the international image of Costa Rica as a safe tourist destination,” said María Amalia Revelo, the Minister of Tourism. In 2018, 129 people drowned in Costa Rica, according to Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ). Of those, 54 drowned in a river and 51 in the ocean. Nearly half of the total deaths occurred in Puntarenas province, which contains the popular beach destinations of Jacó, Manuel Antonio and Santa Teresa, among many others. Casa Presidencial cited a Hispanoamérican University study that says 2,981 people lost their lives in the ocean, river, pond or a pool in Costa Rica between 1990 and 2014, an average of 124 people annually. In recent years, ICT has installed signs on at least 100 beaches across Costa Rica warning of riptides. The Costa Rican Tourism Board also recently launched a tourist safety campaign that includes water-safety tips displayed at the country’s international airports. More than 70% of tourists to Costa Rica visit a beach, according to ICT.This story was made possible thanks to The Tico Times 5% Club. If only 5 percent of our readers donated at least $5 a month, we’d have our operating costs covered and could focus on bringing you more original reporting from around Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we can only do it with your help. Join The Tico Times 5% Club and help make stories like this one possible.Support the Tico Timesc Facebook Commentslast_img read more