Voting for panchayat polls underway in Jammu and Kashmir

first_imgVoting for the penultimate phase of the nine-phased Panchayat polls is underway on Saturday at over 2,600 polling stations in Jammu and Kashmir.Polling began at 8 a.m. at 2,633 polling stations – 550 in Kashmir division and 2083 in Jammu division, officials said. They said 361 polling stations have been categorised as hypersensitive with 171 in Kashmir division and 190 in Jammu division.The officials said 6,304 candidates are in the fray for 331 Sarpanch and 2007 Panch seats in this phase, while 43 Sarpanchs and 681 Panchs have been elected unopposed. An electorate of 5,15,121 have the right to exercise their franchise for Sarpanch constituencies and 419775 for Panch constituencies, they said. The officials said all arrangements, including security related, have been put in place for the smooth conduct of the polls.At the end of seven phases of the Panchayat Polls, an overall voter turnout of 73.8 per cent has been recorded across the state, with a poll percentage of 44.4 per cent in the Kashmir division and 83.2 per cent in the Jammu division.last_img read more

Sumit Nagal Wins ATP Buenos Aires Challenger Title, to Enter Top 135 in Rankings

first_imgBuenos Aires: Sumit Nagal became the first Indian to win on South American clay when he beat local favourite Facundo Bagnis 6-4, 6-2 in the final of ATP Buenos Aires Challenger to lift the title on Sunday.It took 161st ranked Nagal an hour and 37 minutes to get past Bagnis, who is ranked 166th in the world. Nagal will enter the top 135 of the ATP rankings when the new list is released on Monday.This is Nagal’s second Challenger title and the first on clay and outside India. Nagal’s first Challenger title came in 2017 in Bengaluru.Nagal had entered the final of the claycourt tournament with a dominating 6-0, 6-1 win over fourth seed Thiago Monteiro of Brazil.While Nagal’s last two matches in the tournament were straight forward, it were his first three matches where he was stretched.In the Round of 32, Nagal had come from behind to defeat Brazilian Pedro Sakamoto 6-7, 6-4, 6-3.In the last 16, Nagal went past José Hernández-Fernández of Dominican Republic 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.Nagal had defeated another local Francisco Cerundolo 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 to enter the last four.Nagal was the seventh seed in the tournament. ATP Challenger TourATP TourBuenos AiresFacundo Bagnis First Published: September 29, 2019, 11:38 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

All England Championships: Saina Nehwal reaches quarters, Kidambi Srikanth knocked out

first_imgSaina Nehwal was the only bright spot in an otherwise dismal day for Indian shuttlers as she eased past Thailand’s Busanan Ongbumrungpan to enter the second round of the All England Open badminton tournament at the Barclaycard Arena here.The 25-year-old from Hyderabad scripted a 21-16, 21-9 victory in the second round lat on Thursday to be the only Indian remaining in the tournament. Sania will meet Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan in the last eight stage.Busanan gave Saina a good fight in the opening game. The early stages saw a tough battle but Saina showed some great touch at the net as well as the baseline to win five points in a row and take a comfortable 18-11 lead.Busanan showed great resilience to close the gap to 18-16, but Saina held her nerves to take the game.The second seeded Indian showed her class in the secong game, dominating her opponent to clinch the victory in 42 minutes.”I’ve been carrying the expectations for many years. At the same time I know every match counts because so many people are following me,” Saina said after the match.”I don’t want to think about these things too much as sometimes it plays a major role.”The other Indian shuttlers proved to be a disappointment, with all of them losing to their respective opponents.Among the men, Kidambi Srikanth was no match for Kento Momota of Japan, going down in straight games in the second round. The Japanese was in terrific form, winning 21-10, 21-13.advertisementThe unheralded Sai Praneeth, who had created a sensation by knocking out five-time World Champion Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia in the first round, was not up to the mark in the second round.Up against Hans-Kristian Vittinghus of Denmark, he gave a tough fight, winning the first game before going down 21-12, 11-21, 6-21.Another Indian, Sameer Verma, fought hard before being edged out by Tain Houwei of China. He won the opening game before the Chinese fought back to win 10-21, 21-12, 21-19.last_img read more

PVL: BanKo rolls past Chef’s Classic, BaliPure stuns Air Force

first_imgCONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines — BanKo Perlas pounded out an easy 25-7, 25-16, 25-17 win over eliminated Chef’s Classics Sunday night to firm up its Final Four chances in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at Filoil Flying V Center.It was a big follow up to BanKo’s straight sets victory over Motolite last week and pushed the Perlas Spikers to their eighth win in 13 games.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:05Atienza wants young, dynamic Speaker with no past ‘baggage’01:28G20: Putin blasts freedom of sexual orientation02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Air Force stayed at sixth at 5-7 but remained in the hunt for a semis spot. Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ This jewelry designer is also an architect Philippines settles for bronze anew, loses to Indonesia in Asean Grand Prix DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical MOST READcenter_img View comments Becoming his own man LATEST STORIES Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics The Red Spikers dropped to their 15th defeat in as many matches.Earlier, BaliPure resuscitated its semifinals campaign after shocking Air Force, 25-23, 12-25, 27-29, 25-23, 15-11.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own manGrazielle Bombita unloaded 26 points to lead the Water Defenders in the thrilling victioy, their fourth against 10 losses.“I’m proud of our players.,” said BaliPure coach Rommerl Abella. “Despite falling 1-2 set behind, they hung tough and held on in the fourth thenthey came up with a solid start in the decider.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014?last_img read more

World Cup 2018: Brazil, Belgium in quarter-finals, Japan go down fighting

first_imgBrazil booked their quarter-final spot with a 2-0 win over Mexico at the Samara led by a stunning performance.With a goal and an assist, Neymar propelled Brazil into the quarterfinals of a tournament it has won five times. He also extended his platform to show the world he is as good – or better – than Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.Although Neymar has scored only two goals in four games in Russia, he did enter the World Cup after spending three months recovering from a broken right foot. And it was the right foot that helped to break through Mexico’s stern resistance in Samara.After releasing Willian with a back-heel, Neymar raced into the penalty area and slid to tap his teammate’s return cross into the net.While his scoring is so often the focus, Neymar also creates goals for his teammates. A toe-poked attempt to beat Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa in the 88th minute was diverted into the path of Robert Firmino, who scored with a tap-in just like Neymar did. The world’s most expensive player has 11 goals and nine assists in his last 19 games for Brazil.Mexico vs Brazil: REPORT | HIGHLIGHTSNeymar scored his second goal to take his national goal tally to 57. The 26-year-old’s goal on Monday was also his sixth from 38 shots in the World Cup.He has attempted the most dribbles in this World Cup (35), created the most number of chances (16) and has had the most shots on target (12). He has also been fouled the most (23) in Russia so far.advertisement Belgium fought back from two goals down to beat Japan 3-2 with an added-time goal from substitute Nacer Chadli on Monday to set up a World Cup quarter-final with Brazil.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEThe first side to recover from a two-goal deficit to win a World Cup knockout match since Germany beat England 3-2 after extra time in Mexico in 1970, Belgium were run ragged by a Japan side solid in defence and willing to probe deep.As Belgium, 58 places above Japan at third in the FIFA world rankings, came out for the second half and soon found themselves trailing to strikes from Genki Haraguchi and Takashi Inui.Belgium vs Japan: REPORT | HIGHLIGHTSBut defender Jan Vertonghen made up for the error that cost the first Japanese goal, tucking away a looping header in the 69th minute and the towering Marouane Fellaini pulled Belgium level in the 74th, less than 10 minutes after coach Roberto Martinez threw him on in place of the frustrated Dries Mertens.With Japan pressing for a winner, Belgium broke free in injury time and striker Romelu Lukaku dummied for the ball to run free to Chadli who slammed home the last-gasp winner. Mexico’s ‘quinto partido’ curseThe five-time World Cup champions Brazil has reached the quarter-finals at every World Cup since 1994.Mexico has now lost in the round of 16 at every tournament over the same period of time, extending its wait for the “quinto partido” – or fifth game – for at least another four years. The last time Mexico reached the quarterfinals was when the country hosted the tournament in 1986.READ FULL STORYMexico’s poor run started from 1994, where they lost to Bulgaria 3-1 via penalties. Following that, they lost to Germany (1998), United States (2002), Argentina (2006 and 2010), Netherlands (2014) and this time to Brazil.Neymar feels Brazil is always improving”I’m here to win. I hope I can improve always. I knew that I was going to need some pace to get back to my normal tempo. I feel much better. I’m happy for the whole team and I congratulate my whole team and were always improving,” said Neymar.Neymar praised Ochoa for his performance but stressed that it’s in his DNA to not “give up.”READ FULL STORY”He’s a great goalkeeper (Ochoa). Everybody knows about Ochoa’s qualities. Congratulations to him on a great match. I don’t give up. I’m a Brazilian. It was a goal made of perception of will and being connected to the game and pushing the ball forward,” Neymar added. Mexico coach questions Neymar’s antics”He’s very agile. He’s very fast,” Brazil coach Tite said. “Is it wrong to feign, to provoke the players in the last third? It’s not a sin.”Neymar’s dispute with Layun unfolded as the Mexico substitute tried to recover the ball. In a delayed reaction, Neymar made the most of Layun stepping on his ankle, rolling around with his hand covering his eyes.The rapid recovery seemed miraculous.READ FULL STORYadvertisement”We wasted a lot of time because of one single player,” Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio said, without naming Neymar. “I think this is a real shame for football, especially for kids who are watching because this has to be a sport of virility, of determination, a man’s sport, like other games, and not a charade.” Guillermo Ochoa almost saved Mexico Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa also showed that he is not going to be beaten easily. Ochoa starred for Mexico throughout the game. Yes! He was beaten twice but without him, Mexico would have been long out of the game against an attacking Brazil side.The Standard Liege goalkeeper made eight saves in the last 16 clash versus Brazil — the second-most by a keeper in the 2018 World Cup. Earlier, he had made nine saves against Germany in their group fixture, that Mexico won 1-0 on June 17.In total, Ochoa made 25 saves in this year’s World Cup. USA’s Tim Howard is the only goalkeeper in the last two editions to have made more in a single tournament. He made 27 saves in Brazil 2014.Rafael Marquez becomes oldest outfield playerMexico captain Rafael Marquez also made some personal achievement during his 45-minute stay in Samara. Marquez now, at the age of 39 years and 139 days is the oldest outfield player to start a World Cup knockout match since England’s Stanley Matthews. He represented England at the age of 39 years and 145 days in 1954 versus Uruguay. Egypt goalkeeper Essam Elhadary became the oldest player to play in a World Cup after making an appearance in Egypt’s last group game of this year’s World Cup versus Saudi Arabia. Belgium coach lauds Japan’s spiritRoberto Martinez had only good things to say about the Japan but added that his players were strong and their desire to get back in the game says a lot about the bunch of players.”Well, that’s what happens in the World Cup. You have to congratulate Japan, they played the perfect game. They were so solid, they frustrated us, then they were clinical on the counter,” said MartinezREAD FULL STORY”And it was a test of the team. The reaction of everyone wanting to get back in the game. To win the game tells you everything about this group of players,” he added.The Spaniard also praised his team for showing the winning mentality after going two goals down within a matter of four minutes at the Rostov Arena.”No negative things, believe me. Today was about going through, and we did that. Today was a day to be proud of this group of players. Keep believing. These players can. In the World Cup sometimes you want to be perfect. Football is about winning and the boys showed an incredible winning mentality today,” said the former Everton manager.Coach Nishino says Japan wanted to BelgiumAkira Nishino, the Japan coach was only looking for a win, as the Belgians threw caution to the wind to reach the World Cup quarter-finals as substitute Nacer Chadli scored in the dying seconds against Japan to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.advertisement”We wanted to win it. Our team is strong enough and against Belgium we could at least match them, I believed. There were different plans in my mind and of course we started off very well but at the end, right at the end, to have conceded a goal like that was not expected,” said Japan coach Akira Nishino.”When we were 2-0 up and I didn’t change my players, I really wanted to score another goal and we did have opportunities. We were to some extent, controlling the ball and controlling the game, but at that point, Belgium upped their game when they really had to.”At that point, when the free-kick and corner-kick were taken, we wanted to decide and finish the match. Of course at that point I thought we might go to extra-time but I did not expect that kind of super counter-attack and my players didn’t expect that in a few seconds the ball would be carried into our half and it would decide the match.”First comeback win in knockouts since 1970Belgium’s comeback win was the first World Cup knockout comeback from two goals down since Germany’s against England in 1970. Belgium are the first team to come from two or more goals down to win a World Cup knockout round match within 90 minutes since Portugal beat DPR Korea 5-3 in the 1966 quarter-final.Japan managed to six goals in the tournament, their highest ever goal tally in a single World Cup. Moreover, Genki Haraguchi’s goal was Japan’s first ever in the World Cup knockout rounds.READ FULL STORYTakashi Inui scored the second for Japan and now has two World Cup goals and is behind only Keisuke Honda (with 4).Before the start of the match, Belgium made 10 changes to their starting line-up against Japan, which was the most in a World Cup match since Spain vs Saudi Arabia in World Cup 2006, who had made 11 changes for Spain.Belgium have had more unique scorers at the 2018 World Cup than any other side with Romelu Lukaku, Michy Batshuayi, Adnan Januzaj, Dries Mertens, Eden Hazard, Jan Vertonghen, Marouane Fellaini and Nacer Chadli all scoring.Belgium (with 24) and Japan (with 11) had 35 shots between them, which is the highest total of any round of sixteen game in this tournament.(With inputs from Reuters and AP)last_img read more

Can’t describe the feeling: Parupalli Kashyap on playing badminton on Mount Titlis

first_imgEver imagined what it would be like to play a badminton match on the Swiss Alps, that too in freezing temperatures? Ask Parupalli Kashyap and B Sai Praneeth who were invited by Switzerland and Engelberg-Titlis Tourism to play an exhibition game on Mount Titlis, at a height of 10,000 feet, recently.The duo, in Switzerland for the Swiss Open Badminton Championship, though weren’t the original choice for the event held to kick-start preparations for the BWF Badminton World Championships scheduled to be held at St Jakobshalle in Basel this August. It was Kashyap’s wife and star Indian badminton player Saina Nehwal who was to travel from the All England Open Championships in Birmingham to participate in this showpiece event, a first in many ways. However, she flew to India after suffering from acute stomach pain’, later diagnosed as acute gastroenteritis.So, here were Kashyap and Praneeth, holding their breath for an edge-of-the-seat experience as their chopper took off from Basel for a 20-minute ride to Engelberg, a small village which also acts as the base for the cable car ride to Titlis. Upon landing, they found themselves surrounded by snow on all sides.”This is unbelievable. It is really beautiful,” Kashyap told India Today as he and Praneeth went on a selfie-taking spree.I miss @nehwalsaina! This is what Parupalli Kashyap has to say on top of @EngelbergTitlis! @parupallik #InLoveWithSwitzerland #TitlisEngelberg Tourism (@MySwitzerlandIN) March 12, 2019″It was my first time in a helicopter and that too we flew over the Alps. I can’t really describe the feeling,” exclaimed Praneeth.Frederic Fussenich, the Director of Engelberg-Titlis Tourism, welcomed the Indian players while his team handed over the snow boots and jackets to the Hyderabad duo.”I think Mount Titlis should be on the bucket list of every Indian. They should come here at least once in their life time, most of them do. You have to experience the snow, the glacier caves, go over the high suspension bridge and get the whole feeling of being on the mountain of love as it is called,” said Fussenich.And they create history @parupallik & @saiprneeth92 play the first ever badminton game on top of titlis! We wish you could make it too…@NSaina @EngelbergTitlis Tourism (@MySwitzerlandIN) March 12, 2019Once on Titlis Rotair, the world’s first 360 degree revolving cable car, it was time for Kashyap to make a video call to Saina back home. The view of snow-covered peaks had completely bowled over the Indian players.”We have seen something like this only in Telgu and Bollywood movies. In fact, I was just telling Praneeth that how can our heroines do song sequences in this kind of snow wearing a saree! This view is breathtaking. I am missing Saina so much. She just told me over phone how much she’s missing this unique experience,” said Kashyap who got married to the champion shuttler last December.A makeshift badminton court was ready for the mixed-doubles exhibition game on the terrace of Mount Titlis which also featured Sabrina Jacques, Switzerland’s No. 1 women’s singles player and para-athlete Karin Suter.Playing badminton at 10,000 feet, in sub-zero temperature and amidst high winds was impossible. However, the players didn’t disappoint a sizeable crowd, consisting of many Indians, with some hard-worked rallies and smashes.”The idea behind the event was to promote the 2019 World Championships which will be held from August 19 to 25 in Basel. When people talk about Switzerland and Basel, they normally think about mountains so we thought that it will be quite nice to do an event at Mount Titlis,” said Robert de Kock, President, Swiss Badminton who is also a BWF Council member.Both Kashyap and Praneeth will also participate in the 25th edition of the World Championships at Basel where 500 athletes from over 50 countries will be seen in action.”Since Mount Titlis is covered in snow throughout the year, maybe I will bring Saina here. She should definitely see this,” Kashyap said as went for a cliff walk on Europe’s highest suspension bridge, just a few hundred meters away from the peak of Mount Titlis.last_img read more

New Round of Orders for Hyundai

first_imgzoom South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries Group is reaping the fruit of the market recovery having completed another busy week with a total of six new orders.The week started off with an order for two 38,000 cbm LPG carriers ordered by Eastern Pacific Shipping at Hyundai Mipo.The two gas carriers, costing around USD 49 million a piece, are set for delivery in 2019 and 2020 respectively, data from VesselsValue shows.The group’s affiliate Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries has reportedly won an order for two 80,000 cbm very large gas carriers (VLGCs) from China Construction Bank in what was reported as an exercised option. The VLGCs are scheduled for delivery in 2020, based on the data from Asiasis.Finally, Greek owner Kyklades Maritime has been linked to an order for two 319,000 dwt very large crude carriers (VLCC) at Hyundai Heavy Industries. According to Asiasis, the two ships will be handed over to their owner in late 2019 and early 2020 respectively. Price details of the order were not revealed.Just two weeks ago, Hyundai Heavy Industries said it had bagged orders for 29 ships so far this year, worth USD 2 billion.These include 3 LNG carriers, eight LPG carriers, 10 oil tankers, 6 container vessels and two very large ore carriers.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

HB Studios an International Success in Smalltown Nova Scotia

first_imgImagine a place where “rush hour” means a session with a surfboard after work. Imagine a beautiful, historic community where young people can still afford to buy their own homes. Imagine a time when finding a balance between work and play is not a dream but a way of life. The 74 people who work at HB Studios, a progressive electronic entertainment company in Lunenburg, don’t have to imagine those things, it’s reality. “We’ve brought people from everywhere in Canada as well as other countries,” says CEO and creative director Jeremy Wellard. “People have moved here from out west. They’ve tried out west and not really liked it that much.” In the video game development industry, out west usually means Vancouver or California where there are large concentrations of such companies. “I’ve got one guy from England who tried it out west,” Wellard says. “He’s got two young kids and they came here because they’d heard it was good. They’d never been here before, and they just adored it. Then they’ve had friends who have come to visit and now they’re going to move here.” Wellard says the Lunenburg area has a fantastic natural appeal. There is sea kayaking, golfing, mountain biking, music festivals, historic architecture and charming pubs. Even snowboarding is just 30 minutes away. And he understands how strong that appeal can be. Originally from the U.K., he met Anne-Marie, his Nova Scotian-born partner, at a Canadian university while on exchange. After graduation, she moved to London, England for four years to join him. The hectic pace of life there proved to be too much. “She basically decided she needed to come back then or she never would,” he recalls, and then laughs. “I didn’t have a lot of choice. I was working in the video game industry, had a good position with a really big company, but I had to stop all that. I didn’t have any idea what I was going to do once I got here.” The couple bought a house in Lunenburg County in 1999; Anne-Marie is from the neighbouring Queens County. Wellard started HB Studios the next summer with $1.1 million in capital, about half of which he, his family and friends contibuted. Wellard also used the money he received from his first contract with Electronic Arts (EA), a California-based video game publisher. Wellard had already made a name for himself by the time he landed the EA contract. He developed his first game when he was in his teens. Before coming to Canada, he was a producer at Codemaster, one of Europe’s biggest video game developers. What really impressed EA, though, was the fact Wellard had previously developed a cricket video game that outsold their own. Wellard also presented himself as someone with a keen eye for developing video games for sports like cricket and rugby. These games may not be especially popular in North America, but have huge followings in Australia, India, Pakistan and Europe, thus giving distributors like EA better positioning in those markets. Looking back, Wellard knows he made the right decision setting up HB Studios in Lunenburg. The proximity to Halifax means he and his employees are only an hour from all the urban amenities they could desire while they still enjoy the beautiful setting and balanced lifestyle they had sought in the first place. “There’s no way I could have done this anywhere in Britain or anywhere else in Canada,” he says. “In Britain, the costs are crazy and the staffing would have been very difficult. I would never have ended up with the standard of people I ended up with here, and that probably would have been the case elsewhere, like Vancouver or Montreal. “It’s hard to get the talented people to an unheard-of start-up. If I would have been in Vancouver paying the rent out there, I don’t think we would have survived.” HB Studios has done more than survive. Many of its games have achieved top-three status in several countries. In the U.K., for example, Rugby 06 debuted at number one on PlayStation 2 and reached number two on Xbox. While the company started its growth by enticing people from other areas of Canada and overseas, these days more of its workforce is local people. Seventy-seven per cent of the staff are from Nova Scotia and, of that, 24 per cent are from the South Shore. “That’s been the nicest thing for me, to see that progression of picking up people from the local area and knowing that they saw us here a few years ago and thought it’d be great to stay and work here,” he says. “There are a lot of talented people here in Atlantic Canada, especially in Nova Scotia, who are committed to their careers and really interested in their personal development.” For those who have already left to work out west, Wellard says, they now have the ideal opportunity to come home again. In addition to the mix of come-from-aways and Nova Scotians, HB Studios’ video game development staff is 23 per cent women. Gender equality in the industry is a passion of Wellard’s. The company is an active participant in Techsploration (, a program designed to increase the number of women working in science, trades, technical and technology related occupations in Nova Scotia. “I’ve worked in too many places where it’s all guys and it’s just a totally different atmosphere when it’s mixed,” he says. Wellard’s reasons aren’t completely about personal politics, either. After all, he is running a business. “Everyone still thinks video games are for 15-year-old boys playing in their bedrooms all night; there’s a wider market than that,” he says. “The more we get this half-and-half industry, the more we’ll be taken seriously.” -30-last_img read more

A winning day for Montreals Madeleine Thien

first_imgInstead, Paul Beatty, author of The Sellout, a satirical novel about modern slavery and a race trial, made history as the first American to win the award since the U.S. became eligible two years ago.Thien was not disappointed. “Things work out the way they do,” she told the Star Tuesday evening. “I was so happy to be there to hear Paul Beatty’s acceptance speech. It’s one of those moments I’ll remember for the rest of my life.” Advertisement Advertisement Beatty also beat out the other Canadian in this year’s race, Montreal-born David Szalay for All That Man Is. Like Thien, Szalay has a Montreal connection — he was born there, but moved to England when he was a year old and now lives in Hungary. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “Do Not Say We Have Nothing” by Madeleine Thien took home the 2016 Governor General’s Literary Award for fiction on Tuesday. Besides, she added, the Governor General’s award “is very close to my heart.”“That was a joy. It was a bit unexpected. I’ve known for a couple of weeks now, but it’s still sinking in. It’s special.”center_img Facebook For writers, few days get bigger than this.On Tuesday, Madeleine Thien awaited the announcement on whether she was the winner of not one but two prestigious literary awards for her novel Do Not Say We Have Nothing.Early in the day she took home the 2016 Governor General’s Literary Award for fiction, worth $25,000. Later, the Montreal-based writer attended the Man Booker Prize ceremony in London as one of six finalists — and one of two Canadians — vying for the £50,000 ($81,000) award. She was in pole position to end a 14-year Man Booker drought for Canada, and a favourite to win with 2:1 odds, according to some U.K. bookies. Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Central African Republic faces critical moment in bid to recover from conflicts

15 December 2009International assistance is vital to prevent the Central African Republic (CAR) from falling back into political crisis and potential new fighting as it prepares for elections next year after a decade of violence and conflict between Government and rebel forces, the top United Nations official for the country warned today. “Concerted regional and international support and assistance are required at this very critical point to support the peace process,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative Sahle-Work Zewde told the Security Council, stressing that the successful holding of elections by the end of April and the completion of the disarmament and demobilization programme for former fighters before the polls would determine the fate of the political process.“Mediation efforts and local peace initiatives should continue to ensure that the forthcoming polls do not ignite a new political crisis,” she said, calling for a strengthening of UN capacity to provide political guidance during electoral and disarmament processes and international assistance to speed up the disarmament and demobilization programme. “Only a clear course of action by the international and regional actors would help the CAR to shift from conflict to a post-conflict country. A peaceful CAR would contribute to stability in Central Africa, as the regional is experiencing security challenges,” she added, presenting Mr. Ban’s latest report on the country to the 15-member Council.To prepare for this hoped-for transition, the current UN Peacebuilding Support Office in CAR, know as BONUCA, set up in 2000, will as of 1 January be transformed into the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in CAR (BINUCA), in an effort to build on peace agreements between the Government and rebel groups signed in Libreville, Gabon, in 2008 and subsequent political talks.BONUCA is separate from the UN peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic and Chad, known as MINURCAT, which seeks to contain the effects of ethnic conflicts and a spill-over of the war between the Sudanese Government and rebels in the Darfur region of Sudan, which has seen hundreds of thousands of people displaced in northern CAR and eastern Chad. Ms. Zewde referred to these problems when he noted the current level of insecurity generated by those groups which have not yet joined the peace process, as well as the activities of the Ugandan rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), that has also spilled over into CAR. She called for an acceleration of the programme for the reintegrating ex-combatants of the various rebel groups that have signed the peace accord as well as the “disarmament of other armed groups, ethnic militias, self-defence and unconventional armed elements” not included in the process. In his report, Mr. Ban also stressed the critical need for speedy disarmament and demobilization. “Any further delay in starting the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration programme may not only negatively affect the holding of elections as scheduled, but could also lead to the frustration of the ex-combatants waiting for disarmament, who may be forced to return to violence,” he wrote. “Efforts must also be made to disarm the other armed groups, including the self-defence groups, the Kara, Goula and Rounga ethnic militias, who are not covered by the current disarmament, demobilization and reintegration programme.” read more

Alimentation CoucheTard bracing for Hurricane Dorian to hit US stores

Companies in this story: (TSX:ATD.B)The Canadian Press LAVAL, Que. — The owner of Circle K is bracing for damage as Hurricane Dorian hits the southeastern U.S. where it has hundreds of convenience stores.Alimentation Couche-Tard chief executive Brian Hannasch says the Quebec-based retailer is watching the situation closely.He says the safety of its thousands of employees is the primary concern but the company is also committed to help customers weather the storm storms as they prepare for Dorian and recover from the fallout.Hannasch also told analysts Thursday that the company remains “very confident” about its strategy to double its business by 2023 despite the current high price of acquisition targets.He says the current conditions won’t last forever and Couche-Tard’s footprint and financial strength put it in a unique position to consider opportunities in the U.S. and globally.The comments came as Couche-Tard discussed its first-quarter results that beat analyst expectations, prompting some to raise their target prices for the company’s shares.The company said after markets closed Wednesday that its net profit attributable to shareholders for the quarter surged 18 per cent year over year to US$538.8 million or 95 cents per diluted share, up from US$455.6 million or 81 cents per share a year earlier. read more

The Latest Dorian speeds north buffeting New England coast

ATLANTIC BEACH, N.C. — The Latest on Hurricane Dorian (all times local):5:20 a.m.Tropical storm-force winds are ruffling southeastern Massachusetts as Hurricane Dorian continues to move north.Early Saturday, the centre of the weakening Category 1 storm was around 145 miles (233 kilometres) southeast of Nantucket, Massachusetts, and around 410 miles (660 kilometres) southwest of Halifax, Nova Scotia. The storm, which is moving at northeast at around 25 mph (40 kph), is expected to produce hurricane conditions in parts of the Canadian province later Saturday.The Canadian Hurricane Center has adjusted its warnings for Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Quebec’s Lower North Shore. A hurricane warning is in effect parts of eastern Nova Scotia and western Newfoundland and a hurricane watch is in effect for Prince Edward Island and the Magdalen Islands. A tropical storm warning is in effect for other parts of the Canadian provinces as well as portions of Massachusetts and Maine.The storm’s top sustained winds are near 85 mph (137 kph).___5:10 a.m.Stranded residents of North Carolina’s Outer Banks are beginning to assess the damage wrought by Hurricane Dorian.Steve Harris has lived on Ocracoke Island for most of the last 19 years. He’s ridden out eight hurricanes, but he said Friday that he’d never seen a storm bring such devastation to his community.Harris lost his car to the storm and his air conditioning is damaged, but he said he’s blessed that his condominium is on the third floor and he is insured.The U.S. Coast Guard began landing local law enforcement officers on the island Friday via helicopter and airlifting out the sick, elderly and others in distress.By Friday evening, Gov. Roy Cooper said officials weren’t aware of serious injuries from the storm on the Outer Banks.___For more of AP’s coverage of Hurricane Dorian, go to: Associated Press read more

Candy cane helpers needed for Santa Claus parades

Participants are needed to combine school spirit with holiday cheer at upcoming Niagara parades.Members of the Brock community are invited to participate in the Nov. 25 Thorold Santa Claus Parade and the Dec. 9 Niagara-on-the-Lake Christmas Parade.Each will play host to a holiday-themed Brock float and, with the help of the University community, a festive group of participants walking alongside handing out candy canes.Having seen a record turnout of more than 200 participants for this fall’s Niagara Grape and Wine Festival Grande Parade, and a smaller, but equally boisterous, group for last Sunday’s Santa Claus parade in St. Catharines, Tanya Bradley, Brock’s Manager of Student and Community Experience, is hoping that similar Brock spirit will be present during the remaining holiday parades.“Participating in the parades is a great way to start the holiday season and represent Brock in the community,” she said.Beyond helping to spread joy during the festive season in Niagara, student participants will also earn credit for their Campus-Wide Co-Curriculum and interact with a wide array of staff, faculty and other students from around the University.Participants will walk alongside the Brock float for about an hour and are strongly encouraged to wear as much red Brock gear as possible while also dressing for the chilly winter weather.Visit ExperienceBU to learn more or to register to walk in the Thorold or Niagara-on-the-Lake parades.Any further questions can be directed to Bradley at or x5280. read more

Apple announces iOS 5 Notification Center at WWDC

first_imgJust as we expected, Apple announced a new update to its iOS notification system today during its WWDC keynote. The big update to the new iOS, iOS 5, is Notification Center, a feature that many iPhone users will be happy about.Much like the Android notification method, Apple’s Notification Center displays notifications such as weather updates, emails, text messages, live stock quotes, and so on, by a notification bar located on top of the screen which the user drags  down to unveil recent notifications. The lock screen now also shows more information. Dragging your finger across one of the notifications from the Notification Center screen will take you straight to that app.It makes us wonder why it took Apple so long to get something like this going. Instead, Apple made its users deal with the annoying pop-up notifications for far too long. It’s about time, Apple!The Notification Center also features some fancy animated widgets. Also, if you don’t want every single Facebook update to show up in your Notification Center, for example, you can manage certain alerts so that you can just dismiss them.Stay tuned for more updates on iOS 5 from Apple’s WWDC, and check out our WWDC 2011 coverage.Photo via Thisismynextlast_img read more

Man who ran HSE copycat website claims it helped save five or

first_img Eamonn Murphy By Daragh Brophy Mar 1st 2019, 11:52 AM A MAN ORDERED last month to cease running a website operating under a similar name to the HSE’s official crisis pregnancy ‘My Options’ service has said a similar High Court order should be applied to the HSE. Eamonn Murphy, with an address at Finglas Road Dublin 11, told the court he registered the domain name on 8 December.The court heard last month that his unregulated crisis pregnancy agency has been in operation in Ireland for more than 20 years under different names.Murphy’s website, which has been taken down since his last appearance in court, offered counselling and ultrasounds to women. It was only registered after the Minister for Health announced the name of the HSE’s official crisis pregnancy service claimed today that five or six women and babies were “saved from abortion” while he was running the site with the My Options phrase, and that his organisation’s work was now being hampered by the court’s order. The High Court heard last month that “legitimate confusion” had emerged among women seeking to avail of the HSE service as a result of the name of Murphy’s website and he was ordered to take steps to desist from using the name on any crisis pregnancy websites he operated. Addressing the court this morning Murphy said he had sought to secure legal advice since his last appearance but that he had not been successful as he could find “no one willing to take on the HSE”. The court was told by counsel for the HSE, Jonathan Newman SC, that Murphy had told him a similar order should be applied to the HSE My Options site.  No formal application Justice Leonie Reynolds said that Murphy had made no such formal application and adjourned proceedings for a break as she read a file handed in from Murphy.Returning to the matter later in the morning, the judge reiterated that no formal application from Murphy was before the court. In respect of his submission, she observed he may have lost sight of the main issue before the court. She acknowledged that Murphy’s website had been taken down since the case was last before the court on 15 February. Going over the motion, she reminded him that the court had ordered Murphy to desist from operating the website, adding that he was continuing to run his crisis pregnancy agency and “it’s not like you have been prohibited from operating”. Murphy claimed that his organisation had been stopped from operating as it wished, telling the court that “approximately five or six women and babies were saved from abortion” while he was running the site with the My Options phrase. He had earlier insisted that the HSE service should be taken down from the internet as the information on the site was putting women at risk. Murphy attempted to raise claims relating to women’s health on several occasions, but was told that it was not within the court’s realm to deal with that the matters he was raising in today’s hearing. He was also told by the judge that she would not be able to accept a further thick file of documents he wished to hand into the court today. PetitionJustice Reynolds asked Murphy if he was still seeking to secure legal advice on what actions were now available to him, and he said he was.After some debate between the parties before the court the judge adjourned the matter until 4 April next and said the existing order would remain in effect until then. Earlier in the proceedings, the judge asked Murphy if he was aware of a petition that had been handed into the court relating to his website in recent days. Murphy said he had no knowledge of the individual who organised the petition and that it was not done on his request or with his knowledge. The judge said she accepted his word.She said it was inappropriate for the person, who she named, to contact the court in such a manner and that it would be wholly inappropriate for the court to deal with the petition. There was no response where she asked if the person was present in court this morning.  25,749 Views Image: Daragh Brophy/ Friday 1 Mar 2019, 12:30 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img Man who ran HSE copycat website claims it helped ‘save five or six women and babies from abortion’ Eamonn Murphy was ordered to stop operating a site under a name similar to the HSE’s ‘My Options’ service. Eamonn Murphy Image: Daragh Brophy/ No Comments Short URL Share163 Tweet Email1 last_img read more

Des économies dénergie et de lastronomie pour la 3ème édition du Jour

first_imgDes économies d’énergie et de l’astronomie pour la 3ème édition du Jour de la NuitCe samedi 1er octobre, comme chaque premier samedi d’octobre depuis trois ans, aura lieu le Jour de la Nuit, une initiative des astronomes professionnels et amateurs pour sensibiliser le public à la pollution lumineuse, qui gêne l’observation des astres et perturbe les écosystèmes.L’Institut d’astrophysique de Paris chapeaute, pour la 3ème année consécutive, une manifestation annuelle appréciée du public, le Jour de la Nuit, qui aura lieu samedi 1er octobre. Un héritage de l’Année mondiale de l’astronomie, en 2009, tout comme les Nuits des étoiles.À lire aussiGoogle Chrome, l’ESA et une vache marine, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 8 juilletAu programme de ce Jour de la Nuit 2011 : extinction des feux (partielle ou totale) durant une heure ou parfois même toute la nuit, dans une centaine de lieux publics à travers la France. Une obscurité dont profiteront les astronomes de clubs d’amateurs pour donner rendez-vous aux curieux, en des points précis, et leur faire découvrir les beautés célestes qui, au dessus de leur tête, sont trop souvent occultées par un éclairage public inadéquat et coûteux. Au total, 329 évènements sont organisés à travers la France pour ce jour spécial et détaillés sur le site Internet de la manifestation.  En dix ans, les sources lumineuses extérieures ont augmenté de 30% sur le territoire national, souvent dirigées vers le haut pour éclairer sites et monuments dans les villes et les villages, perturbant la faune nocturne et les observateurs du ciel et du cosmos. Néanmoins, certains communes ont pris l’initiative de moderniser leur éclairage et d’éteindre une partie de la nuit. En effet, la modernisation des éclairages permettrait à elle seule, selon l’Agence de l’environnement et de la maitrise de l’énergie, d’économiser environ 20% d’énergie, tandis que l’éclairage public représente en moyenne 50% des dépenses d’électricité des communes.  Le 28 septembre 2011 à 14:07 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Simple Geeks Guide to Social Media Etiquette

first_imgStay on target The Most Addictive Mobile Clicker GamesSimple Geek’s Guide to…Streaming Services Civilization is built on quicksand by beasts dreaming they are human beings, and the best way we avoid collectively drowning in the liquid dirt is by clinging to manners and social norms. But those norms change, sometimes for good reasons and sometimes for no reason at all, and the rapid pace of technology has only caused them to change faster.Social media and online communication haven’t fundamentally altered human behavior, but they have exacerbated aspects of it both positive and negative. New forms of interaction need new forms of etiquette, internet etiquette or “netiquette.” Here are a few tips for being a healthy social human being online, to stay out of the Internet Gutter and not go all Ingrid Goes West.Treat People Like PeopleAt the end of the day, we’re all people. The internet connects us like never before, but the physical distance and emotional filter of experiencing people as words and pictures on flat computer screens and tiny phones makes it easy for us to dehumanize folks online. The potential anonymity also helps us feel more comfortable acting less than human ourselves. But resist those rude (or worse) temptations. Follow the Golden Rule. Exercise patience and restraint. Don’t do or say anything to anyone online you wouldn’t also do in real life. A good tip is to type all the awful things you would say, for catharsis, and then delete them without sending.Don’t Expect Instant ResponsesSocial media’s ability to let us know exactly when our messages are being seen and when responses are being typed is like a monkey’s paw wish come true. Sure it gives us more information about our communication with others, but the context we’re still lacking causes more paranoia. Are they ignoring me? Why? Do they hate me? Better send more messages like crazy stalker! Just take a deep breath and don’t expect others to instantly respond to every message you send, even if they’ve confirmed already seeing it.Don’t Carelessly Tag PeopleEven though social media functions as a public forum, not everyone wants to be a part of everyone else’s conversations. So think twice before you tag every single person in a Facebook photo or barge into a Twitter tirade. And don’t mention people in threads where the other person purposefully didn’t add them to the conversation, usually to avoid dog piles of harassment. Nobody likes an egg snitch.Remember What’s Private and What Isn’tHarassment is a huge problem on social media. Just ask female video game developers three years ago. One of the ways victims deal with the toxic climate the platforms holders have shamefully failed to fix is by carefully managing what they say privately and publically. If you’re privy to someone else’s private information on social media, respect that privacy. Don’t go putting sensitive info out into the public where trolls and Nazis can feed on it. And you should apply that to your own private information as well. Just because social media oligarchs want us to turn our whole lives into public performative #brands doesn’t mean we don’t have a right to inner lives of our own.No Non-Consensual Nudes!See also, overly thirsty DM sliding and other sexual harassment. Just don’t do it dudes!Online Is and Isn’t Real Life, So Know When to Log OffThe internet has real consequences, socially, emotionally, and sometimes even physically. So we have to behave responsibly online. However, it’s also important to occasionally get out of the tech bubble when we can, to log off and remember that Twitter isn’t the entire world even when it feels like it is in today’s political nightmare environment. Don’t get too worked up and mad and red online. And while you may meet some of your best friends (or worst enemies) through Snapchat and Instagram, primarily online friendships that are totally valid, try going outside and hanging out with folks in meatspace sometimes, too.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Conservationists Line Up For Izembek Lawsuit

first_imgWhen the Interior Department axed a proposal last winter to build a gravel road through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge, conservation groups cheered.Download AudioNow, eight of them are stepping up to defend the government’s decision in court.The Sierra Club, the Audubon Society and Wilderness Watch are among those joining Interior Secretary Sally Jewell in a federal lawsuit. According to a recent filing, the groups will focus their arguments on “protecting the exceptional wilderness and wildlife values of Izembek.”The lawsuit was originally brought forward by local governments, tribes and residents of King Cove and Belkofski.They’ve been fighting to construct a road through the refuge for decades. When the Interior Secretary turned it down, they argue that she violated her trust responsibility to Alaska Natives — and federal law.The court has agreed to let the State of Alaska join the lawsuit and help King Cove make its case for road access.last_img read more

New state Forest Service leader has Alaska experience

first_imgA timber sale sign is posted in the Tongass National Forest on Prince of Wales Island. The new Forest Service regional forester for Alaska, who takes over in April, was a district ranger on the island. (KRBD photo)The U.S. Forest Service controls 22 million acres in Alaska, including most of Southeast. It’s overseen by a regional forester, whose staffers manage logging, mining, recreation and fish habitat.Listen nowThe agency is getting a new top official in April. David Schmid will have to deal with a particularly controversial land management plan that’s under attack.Schmid began his Forest Service career in Alaska. He and his wife moved here in the early 1980s for his first agency job, in Southcentral’s Chugach National Forest. Later, he worked in the Tongass in Southeast.“Over the years I think we spent 23 years together in Alaska and just having an opportunity to come back and re-engage with folks and work on Alaska issues has just been a dream of mine,” Schmid said.David Schmid (Department of Forestry photo)Schimd is leaving his post as deputy regional forester for the agency’s Northern Region, based in Missoula, Montana.Schmid will take over the Juneau-based Alaska Region job from Regional Forester Beth Pendleton, who’s retiring after eight years in the position. She’s spent about 30 years in the Forest Service, two-thirds of it in Alaska.Pendleton served as acting associate chief of the nationwide agency during the transition to the Trump administration. And recently, the agency’s chief stepped down amid allegations of sexual misconduct.Despite shakeups at the top, Pendleton said there was no pressured to leave.“My plans to retire were in 2018. So this is per my choice to retire at this time,” Pendleton said.Pendleton oversaw the Forest Service’s Alaska region during development of the most recent Tongass Land Management Plan. It’s been challenged in court and in Congress, largely because it begins the phase-out of old-growth logging.Pendleton believes the plan will survive because it’s flexible and can absorb change.Beth Pendleton (Photo courtesy U.S. Forest Service)“We’ve been really focusing on that transition to young-growth harvests and renewable energy. There is an adaptive management component that’s associated with the plan, where there’s room … to further amend the plan in the future if needed,” Pendleton said.Pendleton said she’ll bring her replacement up to speed before she leaves the office.Schmid hasn’t been part of this version of the Tongass planning battle. But he’s familiar with the issues from his days as district ranger for Thorne Bay, on Prince of Wales Island. Before the big mills closed, it was a center of Alaska’s timber industry.Schmid said he’s dealt with similar conflicts in his current job.“I think I’ve had something like 75 or 80 objection resolution meetings here in Montana and Northern Idaho and North Dakota. And often times, mostly around tribal planning or large vegetation management, I would say it was almost identical to my experiences in Alaska with some very polarized issues,” Schmid said.A March 15 Forest Service press release announcing the transition said Schmid will be acting regional forester. But he said he’ll be here for the long haul.The Forest Service has nine regional offices. Not a lot are overseen by women.But Pendleton said she’s not unique.“I would say in the last 10 to 15 years we’ve seen more women and minorities come into some of these leadership positions. And I have had nothing but support and encouragement as I have worked in the agency and as I have served here in Alaska,” Pendleton said.A recent investigation showed a pattern of gender discrimination, bullying, sexual harassment and assault against women in fire crews and some other sections of the Forest Service.last_img read more

Ageing China is a shot in the arm for investors

first_imgAgeing China is a shot in the arm for investors477 viewsAgeing China is a shot in the arm for investors477 views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Ageing China is a shot in the arm for investors477 viewsBusinessThey say that healthcare is a recession-proof industry. Over in China, while the economy is slowing, the nation is preparing itself to cater to hundreds of millions of elderly patients. MainlandVentuno Web Player 4.50They say that healthcare is a recession-proof industry. Over in China, while the economy is slowing, the nation is preparing itself to cater to hundreds of millions of elderly patients. Mainlandlast_img