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Cousins to square off in Bikaner

first_imgTwo cousins are fighting it out as the candidates of rivals Congress and BJP on Rajasthan’s Bikaner Lok Sabha seat. Both the candidates have served the government as civil servants in the past, while the elder one is at present a Union Minister. The younger cousin has made a debut in politics after taking voluntary retirement from the Indian Police Service.Union Minister of State for Water Resources Arjun Ram Meghwal is contesting as the BJP candidate for the third time, while his cousin Madan Gopal Meghwal is a Congress candidate for the first time. Mr. Arjun Ram had entered politics in 2009 after resigning from the Indian Administrative Service and won the Bikaner Lok Sabha seat.Mr. Madan Gopal, who left IPS before the 2018 Assembly election and unsuccessfully tried for a Congress ticket from Bikaner’s Khajuwala seat, has received support from an unexpected quarter in the Lok Sabha poll. Veteran Rajput leader of the BJP, Devi Singh Bhati, who has quit the party in protest against the ticket being given to Mr. Arjun Ram, has extended his support to the Congress.BJP State president Madan Lal Saini accepted Mr. Bhati’s resignation on Friday. Mr. Bhati, a seven-time MLA from Kolayat, had alleged that Mr. Arjun Ram’s political activities had harmed the party and led to its defeat in the Assembly election.While Mr. Madan Gopal affirms that he respects Mr. Arjun Ram as his elder cousin despite differences in their political ideologies, Mr. Bhati’s supporters have disrupted the latter’s public meetings several times during the ongoing election campaign. On Thursday, Mr. Bhati’s supporters showed black flags and raised slogans at a meeting, after which they reportedly clashed with the BJP workers in Bikaner city.The Bikaner seat has been a stronghold of the BJP since 2004, when film actor Dharmendra won it on the party’s ticket. It was reserved for the Scheduled Castes in the 2009 delimitation exercise, after which the caste equations changed and the Dalits and the OBCs shifted towards the Congress.The upper castes, which are in a sizeable number in the constituency, are reportedly unhappy with Mr. Arjun Ram following his support to the April 2, 2018, agitation of Dalits against the Supreme Court’s ruling on the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. Mr. Arjun Ram was accused of inciting violence in Bikaner district during the protest.last_img read more

India downs a goliath China in Asia Cup Basketball

first_imgIndia is ranked 11th in the continent and 61st in the world in basketball. But that did not deter Indian cagers to stun favourites China 65-58 in a Group A game of the 5th FIBA Asia Cup basketball championship for a historic first-ever triumph over the world’s 12th-ranked nation at Wuhan.Pratham Singh and Amjyot Singh scored 13 points apiece, while pivotal player Vishesh Bhriguvanshi notched up 10 points as India led the continental giants by 15 points after the second quarter, according to FIBA Asia website.In head-to-head record, 15-time winners of the Asian Basketball Championship, China had won all their seven previous meetings in the FIBA ABC between the two rivals, by at least 30 points on each occasion, but this was the first time the two teams met in the FIBA Asia Cup. It was India’s first win in two games in the five-team group also comprising Asia no. 2 Iran, no. 7 Japan and no. 14 Indonesia.Coach Scott Fleming said it was a surprise to him why this, a victory over China, had not happened earlier.”In fact, I’m more surprised that this was the first win for India against China. Because we have a lot of potential and this should have happened much earlier, Flemming told FIBA Asia website. For me personally, this win was another game in this competition. We have lot more games to go. But for these guys (the players) it’s a great result for all the hard work they have put all these years,” the American said.advertisement”I’m so happy for these players. And I’m so happy for the country. I’ve coached for 32 years in the USA, and the only reason I came here win or lose was to make a difference in the lives of these players. There were a few questions asked when we won in January (the Lusofonia Games gold medal beating Angola). I think this win last night adds credibility to that earlier victory. With this win, we are no longer a team with just potential. We can also perform to prove it,” Fleming added.”Well, this is a young team. Such results are expected. They (India) really deserved the win because they certainly played better than us,” China coach Wang Huaiyu said.last_img read more

Yamaha YZF R3: First Ride

first_imgDull and muggy with the imminent threat of rainfall; not the best weather forecast you’d want to hear while heading for a few laps on the track. And not just any track, I’m headed to the Buddh International Circuit for a very special motorcycle. Yes, it’s finally here. After a lot of speculations, contemplations, spy shots and guessing games later, Yamaha has launched the much awaited R3 in India.The sight of a blue and silver R3 staring down the pit lane of the BIC was mesmerising to say the least. The newest Yamaha, and after a long time, is a handsome machine. Angular twin-headlamps, chiselled fairing and a sharp tail section, the R3 is as attractive as they come. Add to that the paint scheme in true Yamaha colours and you’ve got a mini supersport that’ll grab eyeballs standing still or on the move. It’s an extremely well executed design that’s hard to flaw.A closer look reveals the high quality levels on the motorcycle which is being manufactured in Indonesia and being brought here via the CKD route. Weld marks have been given a smooth finish while paint quality is at par with its competition. Hop aboard and you’re greeted by a fairly relaxed riding position and ergonomics that isn’t as committed as a KTM RC390 or the Hyosung GT250R. It did remind me of the Kawasaki Ninja 300’s relaxed, more touring focused riding position which won’t hurt your back or wrists on longish rides. Thighs wrap around the tank and weight is easily kept off the upper body as the feet find a relaxed position on the rearset footpegs. The feel and operation of the switchgear is top notch as I worked through the detailed meter console which offers dual trip computers, gear position indicator and instant fuel consumption read-outs. A large analogue tacho reads all the way up to 13,500rpm with the redline set at a 1,000rpm lower.advertisementThumbing the starter made the R3 wake up with a fast but mature idle of the 321cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin engine. The clutch feel is light and the R3 effortlessly set off the line. The first thing to notice was the slick gearbox and the positive action of the gear lever which was devoid of any play to speak of. Rising through the 6-speed gearbox and the revs, the linear power delivery comes to fore. This being a world-class race track, it was easy to give the R3 some free rein on the back straight after Turn 3. This was the kind of smoothness and refinement levels that I’ve not experienced before on any sub-400cc motorcycle available in India right now. Acceleration is brisk and power is available throughout the rev range tapering off only beyond 11,500 rpm by which the white LED shift light on the dash demands an upshift. What this 42bhp and 29.6Nm of torque from the R3’s engine just delivered in performance and refinement reflected with a pleasing smile on my face. Approaching Turn 4 I saw 170kmph on the digital speedo and it was time to hit the brakes. 298mm non-ABS assisted brakes is not something one would expect with the current flock of motorcycles in this segment yet the R3 sprung up another surprise with superb brake feel and bite that helped shed speed quickly and more importantly, without any drama whatsoever.As the pace built up, the 169kg R3 kept true to its handling and lines with a perfectly balanced diamond-framed, tubular chassis. This is a departure from the famed Deltabox seen on Yamaha’s bigger bikes and the R15 too but the forgiving manners of the chassis quickly put any doubts about the new frame to rest. The MRF Nylogrip Zapper tyres held up really well although better tyres will only help exploit the R3’s cornering abilities even further. For the track, wider clip-ons and further rearset pegs would’ve been perfect but on the road, the stock set-up would prove to be a boon for various riding condition. The 41mm KYB front forks are sprung stiff and the pre-load adjustable rear KYB monoshock was supple but the smooth tarmac at the BIC wouldn’t reflect the on-road performance of the suspension set-up. I reckon that the stock setup would work well for sporty riding over varied conditions. After just 5 laps, I was left wanting for more to know the R3 better but that’ll have to be reserved for later.A price tag of Rs. 3.25 lakh ex-Delhi isn’t exactly affordable but considering the higher sticker price of the Kawasaki Ninja 300 at Rs. 3.6 lakh, the R3 starts making some sense. More performance, more power, arguably better quality and looks albeit minus a slipper clutch but at a lower price point is a no brainer really. There is the KTM RC390 though which comes equipped with ABS, slipper clutch and a tad more power from a single cylinder, all at nearly half the price but it’s more committed as a track tool and quality levels aren’t at par. We’re pretty confident that the long wait to bring out a middleweight fighter in the segment will work in Yamaha’s favor.advertisementlast_img read more

Jose Mourinho refuses to take credit for Manchester United’s super subs

first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho saw all three of his substitutes contribute to the goals that earned a 2-0 win over Leicester City on Saturday but was quick to dismiss praise of his tactical move.Marcus Rashford scored the opener three minutes after coming on and Jesse Lingard and Marouane Fellaini combined for the second goal to complete United’s third straight win of the Premier League season.”Very good players,” Mourinho said, when it was suggested that he had made intelligent substitutions.”This is about the quality of the players because they are good. It doesn’t matter if they come from the bench because the group is solid.”I am really happy. Not for me, when we make changes, it is always the right changes. I am happy for them, for Marouane, for Jesse, for Marcus,” he said.”If I don’t have them on the bench I can’t make successful changes. The players work hard and those who are not playing and are on the bench, or in the stands, are working hard too and waiting for the chance,” he said.It was the kind of game that United might have drawn last season.”We didn’t have many matches last season where we played 90 minutes with the control we had today. Is (Jamie) Vardy a very dangerous player? I would say one of the most dangerous in the Premier League. Was he dangerous today? I would say no because we played very well to control that,” Mourinho said.”Were Leicester very dangerous against Arsenal? Yes, I watched the match three times. Were they dangerous against us? No,” he said.advertisement(AP Photo)The former Real Madrid and Chelsea manager said his team’s excellent start to the season – with 10 goals scored and three clean sheets – were a result of excellent preparations.”We had a very good pre-season. We worked really well. We had great conditions to work together, to be together in a beautiful atmosphere in Los Angeles.”We played against good teams, the best team in Europe (Real Madrid) twice. The pre-season was very complete and then we started the Premier League and we are playing well,” he said.last_img read more

Madan Lal recalls 1983 World Cup triumph: ‘We were all desperate to win’

first_imgJune 25, 1983. Little did any of India’s star cricketers 35 years ago know what kind of an impact their historic triumph at Lord’s would make on generations of Indians.It was on this day in 1983 that Kapil’s Devils conquered the mighty West Indians at cricket’s Mecca to lift the World Cup. West Indies were runaway winners in 1975 and 1979 and all bets were on the Caribbean boys to win it for a third straight time.India had been blown away for 183. Up against a West Indian batting line-up that boasted of Gordon Greenidge, Desmond Haynes, Viv Richards, Clive Lloyd and Larry Gomes, who would have given a chance to the underdogs?West Indies would get home in a canter.Who would stop them?Madan Lal would (along with Mohinder Amarnath).With his nippy medium-pace bowling, Lal ripped apart West Indies’ batting might. He first removed Haynes before outfoxing the great Sir Viv – the image of Kapil running back to complete aa sensational catch is now part of Indian cricket’s folklore.Shortly after, Lal also dismissed the dangerous Gomes as India started dreaming of ethcing their name in history.Nearly four decades later, Lal, now in running for the president of the Delhi and Districts Cricket Association (DDCA), said the World Cup triumph was the best thing that happened to their lives but the players were scared of failure.”It is a historic day. A lot of time has passed since…35 years. It was the best thing that happened to our lives. We always wanted to win,” Lal told indiatoday.in.advertisementBut India had only 183 to defend. Against Haynes and Richards, no less. Lal admitted there were some nerves in the dressing room but the pressure deployed by him and his colleagues stifled the defending champions.”With that sort of score to defend, you are always worried whether you would win. To be honest, it was a scary feeling. What if we didn’t win? Will we get another chance? What if someone dropped a catch? You will always be remembered for dropping a catch during a World Cup final,” he said.It all ended well, of course. India held their catches, fielded like tigers and made 183 look like 300. The bowling was sharp and West Indies’ batsmen had no answer to Kapil Dev’s shrewd tactics on the field.Lal understands the importance of the 1983 World Cup win in India’s cricket landscape. That June afternoon changed Indian cricket forever. There were major TV deals, major sponsorships and the money just poured in.Six years later, a young boy named Sachin Tendulkar made his debut and ruled world cricket for the next quarter of a century. India produced some of cricket’s biggest superstars in the decades to follow and won the World Cup only again 28 years later.Between 1983 and 2011, India reached the semi-finals in 1987 and 1996. They were embarrassed in 1992 and 2007. The World Cup of 1999 produced some moments to cherish. In 2003, India were second best only to Australia – they won all their matches barring the first and the final – losing both times to the eventual champions.In 2015, India were once again decimated by Australia after storming through to the semi-finals. Word Cup triumphs are not easy and who knows how Indian cricket would have shaped up had Madan Lal and his colleagues not held their nerves to pull off one of the greatest upsets in cricket history that afternoon in England?last_img read more

IOA issues ‘No Needle Policy’ guidelines for Indian Asian Games contingent

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 1 (PTI) The Indian Olympic Association has asked the country’s Asian Games contingent to strictly follow the “No Needle Policy” of the continental Olympic body while staying at the Athletes’ Village, seeking to avoid a Commonwealth Games type embarrassment where some athletes were pulled up for violation of similar rules. The officials of the National Sports Federations have been tasked to take responsibility of ensuring that medicines prescribed for specific purposes or illness do not contained prohibited substances. They have been asked to carry prescriptions from licensed doctors regarding medicines the athletes or the officials may require, including details of the medical condition. “It is the responsibility of the NSFs and their appointed officials to ensure that prescription medicines carried by the team/athlete do not contain any WADA prohibited substance. Medicines should be carried/kept in sealed transparent cover. A copy of the prescription by licensed doctor including details of the medical condition, quantity of medicine, etc should always be maintained,” the IOA said in a letter to all its units. “If any official is required to take insulin or any other intravenous medicines as prescribed during stay at Games Village, they are required to store the medicine and needles in the IOA Office/Polyclinic in the Village,” IOA Secretary General Rajeev Mehta said in the letter. The IOA was writing to the concerned NSFs in compliance with the OCA Medical and Anti-Doping guidelines and ‘No Needle Policy’ applicable to the Asian Games. Under the OCA’s “No Needle Policy”, no athlete can use injectable materials for medical treatment that is not necessary. Also, athletes who use medicines for valid purposes will have to fill an ‘Injection Declaration Form’ and furnish it to the chairman of the OCA-Medical Committee & Anti-Doping Commission the next day before noon.advertisement Violation of these strict rules will invite disciplinary action, additional testing and possible sanctions as determined by the OCA Executive Board. “All injections are to be medically justified and necessary; and whenever an athlete receives an injection — whether it is administered by a third party or by the athlete — during the period of the Games, the ‘Injection Declaration Form’ should be duly filled out and forwarded to the chairman of OCA-Medical Committee & Anti-Doping Commission no later than next day following such injection at the noon time,” a letter of the OCA to all member countries said. “Failure to so provide such ‘Injection Declaration Form’ to the OCA-MCADC Chairman, as well as the use of injectable materials for medical treatment that is not necessary, shall be regarded as serious matters and may expose the NOC delegation, including the concerned athletes, to disciplinary action, additional testing and possible sanctions, as determined by the OCA Executive Board.” All the member countries are tasked to take “all appropriate steps so that all injectable materials are stored in a central secured location, access to which is restricted to authorized medical personnel of the NOC delegations.” “If the relevant NOC or International Federation also has rules in place regarding the subject matter dealt with herein, the rules of the relevant NOC or International Federation shall also apply. In the event of any conflict between such rules and the present Policy, during the period of the Games, the OCA Executive Board shall resolve the matter.” During the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast in April, two Indian track and field athletes — race walker K T Irfan and triple jumper V Rakesh Babu — were ordered to return home after they failed to explain the presence of needles in their bedroom at the Games Village. The embarrassment came after the Indian contingent escaped unscathed when a needle was found outside a boxers room. At that time the CGF had merely issued a reprimand to India for not disposing the syringe as prescribed, clearing the country of any declaration norm violations. PTI PDS PDSPDSlast_img read more

IOA constitutes ad hoc committee to hold karate federation elections

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 22 (PTI) The Indian Olympic Association has constituted a three member ad hoc committee to hold elections of Karate Federation of India after ruling that the tenure of the national sports federation has expired and poll process has been delayed. The move meant that the elections of the KFI proposed to be held on September 23 will not be accepted by the IOA, if at all it happens. The ad hoc committee will be chaired by Bhubaneshwar Kailta, who has earlier held important positions in the IOA. The other two members are IOA joint secretary Rakesh Gupta and Indian Weightlifting Federation Secretary Sahdev Yadav. “The tenure of office bearers of Karate Federation of India has already expired, so the validity of its office bearers and council members have become null and void. There has been delay in commencing the process of election and now serious doubts have been raised and allegations have been made, inter alia, on the issue of appointment of returning officer,” the IOA said. “In order to ensure the elections are conducted in a democratic manner as per the applicable guidelines, the IOA president has no other option but to constitute an ad hoc committee to ensure that free and fair elections are held within 120 days,” IOA Secretary General Rajeev Mehta wrote in the letter written to KFI president K R Thiagarajan. The IOA said that “complaints, including a complaint from the KFI president himself, raising objections on the validity of the process of elections to be held on September 23, 2018”.advertisement “There are also complaints of alleged violation of model election guidelines of National Sports Code.” The IOA said ad hoc committee will invite observer from the World Karate Federation for the elections. It asked the KFA to co-operate with the ad hoc committee in the election process. PTI PDS PDS ATKATKlast_img read more

IOWA ATTORNEY GENERAL WON’T OPPOSE GREGG APPOINTMENT

first_imgIowa Attorney General Tom Miller says he has no problem with new Governor Kim Reynolds designating an “acting lieutenant governor.”Miller, a Democrat, released an opinion earlier that the state constitution does not give Reynolds, a Republican, the authority to name a new lieutenant governor after she became governor.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/MILLER.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……in that regard” :16Reynolds announced Thursday that she is designating Adam Gregg as Acting Lieutenant Governor.Miller says the position of acting Lieutenant Governor is not in the Constitution, but Reynolds has the right to create the position.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/MILLER2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….so many responsibilities” :20Miller’s opinion that created controversy because it reversed the first statement he gave on the issue, which said that Reynolds could appoint her own replacement.Many Republicans accused Miller of playing politics and trying to create chaos for the new governor by changing what he first said about the issue.Radio Iowalast_img read more

Trans Tasman Survey

first_imgIf you attended the recent 2014 Trans Tasman Series in Mudgee, we would love to hear your thoughts. We are committed to providing you with the most enjoyable experience at Touch Football events and participating in our surveys with greatly assist in this regard.There will are two surveys, one developed by Destination NSW and one developed by TFA. The different surveys will concentrate on different aspects of the event. If you would like to pass on some feedback of your experience you can do so through the Destination NSW survey which can be accessed from – http://ensw.customerdirect.com.au/ensw/start.aspx?meetingid=3877 The TFA survey goes further into some event logistics and is available from  – https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2014-OTTTS Related LinksTrans Tasman Surveylast_img

Travelers Boost Atlanta Air Passenger Counts for Super Bowl LIII

first_imgARC Found Passenger Increases up to 40 Percent Compared to 2018 Numbers ARLINGTON, Va. – Jan. 31, 2019 – According to a new analysis by Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC), an influx of visitors will fly to Atlanta for the Super Bowl scheduled for February 3. ARC found that passengers from the Los Angeles area increased 31 percent and passengers from New England swelled by 40 percent compared to the same period in 2018. Approximately the same number of visitors will take flights to Atlanta from each of the teams’ home markets, with Rams’ fans paying more for the longer trip. The average round-trip ticket price from Los Angeles to Atlanta was $718, while visitors flying from New England paid an average of $342. “Average ticket prices in each market have not increased a significant amount year over year. Both sets of fans are willing to pay the same relative price premium,” said ARC’s Head of Analytics Scott Gillespie. “I’d say this ticket data looks a lot like a coin toss—each fan base is showing the same degree of commitment to support their team.” The analysis was completed using the following parameters:Tickets purchased through January 23 from U.S. travel agency locations and online travel agencies for flights between January 27 and February 10. Results do not include sales of tickets purchased directly from airlines.Average ticket price compiled from tickets settled through ARC with Atlanta as the final destination.Airports for the Los Angeles area included LAX, BUR, LGB and SNA. Airports for New England included BOS, PVD, MHT, PWM and BGR.  About ARCAn industry leader in air travel distribution and intelligence, ARC settled $94.8 billion in ticket transactions in 2018 between airlines and travel agencies, representing more than 295 million passenger trips. ARC provides flexible distribution solutions, innovative technology and access to the world’s most comprehensive air ticket transaction data, helping the global air travel community connect, grow and thrive. For more information, please visit www.arccorp.com.last_img read more

College of Paramedics Effective April 1

first_imgThe College of Paramedics will come into effect on April 1, making paramedicine a self-regulated profession in Nova Scotia. In 2015, the province passed the Paramedics Act to establish the College of Paramedics. The college will serve as the regulatory body for more than 1,400 paramedics in Nova Scotia. “Paramedics play an increasingly important role in our health-care system, not only as first responders, but also providing palliative care support and working alongside doctors, nurses and other health-care professionals,” said Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine. “Paramedics will now have a stronger voice in the health system, with more opportunities to enhance and advance their profession.” Paramedics will join 21 other self-regulated health professions in the province. As a self-regulated profession the college will provide oversight, be accountable for its members, manage public complaints and discipline and set the standards that Nova Scotia paramedics will follow. “Public safety and quality patient care are always our top priorities,” said Dr. Andrew Travers, provincial medical director, Emergency Health Services, and a member of the incoming College of Paramedics Council. “Self-regulation means that licensed paramedics have, and work to maintain, the necessary qualifications and skills, which will mean high quality care for Nova Scotians.” Government provided a one-time $350,000 subsidy to help establish the College of Paramedics. After that, the college will be financed through member dues collected from paramedics. The College of Paramedics will be governed by a council, made up of paramedics and members of the public, that will oversee all operations. The inaugural council includes paramedics, the provincial medical director, members of the public, and members from the College of Registered Nurses and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia. For more information about the College of Paramedics, visit www.cpns.ca.last_img read more

Prashant Kishor to be present at TMCs Martyrs Day rally on Sunday

first_imgKolkata: Poll strategist Prashant Kishor and his team will be present at the TMC’s mega Martyrs’ Day rally here on Sunday to understand the mindset of the people of West Bengal before the 2021 state Assembly election, sources in the party said on Saturday. A formal invitation for the rally had been sent to Kishor, a senior Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader told PTI. Kishor’s men from his Indian Political Action Committee (IPAC) would mingle among the crowd on Sunday to understand the public mood before they came up with a “political dawai (strategy)” for the 2021 polls, he said. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers “He (Kishor) and his team members will be trying to read the minds of the people and the party workers at Sunday’s rally. They will also try to understand which sections of the people participate in the rally and what are they looking for from TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee. Basically, they will try to understand the mood of the people,” he added. The IPAC men have also gone through video clippings of the Martyrs’ Day rallies held in the last couple of years. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja “After looking at the video footage of the rallies of the last couple of years, Kishor and his men are trying to evaluate the enthusiasm among people this year. They have also gone through the documents related to Martyrs’ Day,” the TMC leader said. Kishor’s men were also visiting the places where TMC workers from far-off districts had put up to understand their pulse, he added. “They are trying to progress with calculation and these measures are part of their process to come up with a strategy to help our party get the desired success in the 2021 Assembly polls,” he said. After the Lok Sabha polls, in which the BJP made major inroads in West Bengal winning 18 of the 42 seats, the TMC roped in Kishor last month. Banerjee had claimed that the poll strategist would be helping her party as corporate social responsibility. Since then, Kishor has held three meetings with Banerjee, who is also the West Bengal chief minister, in which he has chalked out strategies for TMC ministers, leaders and workers. The poll strategist was also present at a recently-held meeting with the party’s district presidents. TMC sources said Kishor was giving tips to its district unit chiefs regarding the changes required in the strategies to help the party bounce back after the Lok Sabha polls. “During his meetings with partymen, Kishor gave vocal tonic to them asking them not to lose confidence only because the BJP has done well in the Lok Sabha election. His advice was that they should consider the 2021 Assembly polls as their first election battle and start with new enthusiasm,” the TMC leader said. Banerjee will highlight “save democracy” and demand bringing back ballot papers to replace electronic voting machines (EVMs) in conducting elections at Sunday’s rally. The rally is organised by the TMC every year on July 21 in the memory of 13 Youth Congress activists killed in police firing in 1993 during the Left Front regime in West Bengal. Banerjee was a leader of the Youth Congress at that time. The Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) tally of 18 seats in the Lok Sabha polls held in April-May — up from just two it had won in the state in 2014 — was only four less than the TMC’s 22. The Banerjee-led party had won 34 parliamentary seats in the 2014 polls.last_img read more

Saskatchewans climatechange plan includes buying carbon offsets no carbon tax

first_imgREGINA – The Saskatchewan government has introduced a climate-change strategy that inches toward a price on carbon emissions, but leaves large parts of its economy untouched.And it doesn’t include a carbon tax, which Environment Minister Dustin Duncan was happy to point out Monday.“I believe it will achieve as much, if not more than, a carbon tax ever would,” Duncan said after introducing the plan.It calls for performance standards on facilities that emit more than 25,000 tonnes annually of carbon dioxide equivalent. Facilities that exceed their limit will have to pay.They will be able to buy carbon offsets from farmers or foresters, a carbon credit from another company with emissions under its allotment or pay into a provincial fund.The standards are to be developed next year, Duncan said.“We want to see the economy continue to grow and, for some industries, that means that their emissions will grow. It’s not a cap-and-trade program where we’re capping absolutely the amount of emissions.”Duncan said standards will recognize investments companies have already made to reduce their emissions, something the energy industry has been lobbying for.The document contains no goals or targets and doesn’t include estimates of how much greenhouse gas emissions are expected to be reduced. There is an undated pledge to have SaskPower, a Crown-owned utility, generate half its electricity from renewables.“They’re going to great pains to say they’re not doing carbon pricing and then implementing a policy which, everywhere else it’s implemented, is called carbon pricing,” said University of Alberta energy economist Andrew Leach.The biggest hole in Saskatchewan’s plan is its limited scope, said Leach.“They’re not touching their transportation, home heating, commercial and industrial energy use at all with this policy.”Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec all have more inclusive plans, he said.Leach also noted the government hasn’t specified how high the emissions standards will be. Too high, he said, and carbon becomes worthless and few emissions will be cut.Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said the plan is a good step toward carbon pricing.“Saskatchewan’s new plan proposes a performance standard for heavy industry that includes a carbon market. Momentum for carbon pricing is growing.”But she said it will have to be wider to satisfy Ottawa.“Based on what’s in today’s plan, Saskatchewan’s price likely wouldn’t hit our standard, because it applies only to heavy industry instead of being economy-wide.”Brad Herald of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers welcomed Saskatchewan’s plan.“There’s a great range of compliance options for us there.”He declined to say whether Saskatchewan’s plan is more favourable to industry than Alberta’s, which includes a carbon tax.“Both are legitimate,” he said.The Agricultural Producers of Saskatchewan also praised the plan. It leaves agriculture, the source of about one-quarter of the province’s emissions, largely exempt.“We also strongly reject the imposition of a carbon tax on our sector,” said association president Todd Lewis.Erin Flanagan of the Pembina Institute, a clean energy think-tank, said Saskatchewan’s plan is an improvement over previous positions.“It’s still not a credible approach to climate change,” she said. “They are last to the party, but it’s good they are moving forward with some pieces of an approach.”Flanagan said it’s tough to know how much difference the plan will make.“The fact they haven’t said what these (carbon) prices will be makes it difficult to know what kind of impact this is going to have. Saskatchewan doesn’t have an economy-wide (reduction) target.Saskatchewan has remained opposed to the federal government’s insistence that all provinces must have a price on carbon in place by 2018.Duncan said Monday’s plan doesn’t change that.“We’re prepared to defend our position. If that means go to court, so be it.”— By Bob Weber in Edmonton. Follow him on Twitter at @row1960last_img read more

Husband charged over murder of Sri Lankan woman in Australia

Friend and former colleague Malika Wanasinghe posted a picture of herself with Ms Kudaligama Withana in tribute. Kudaligama Withana was a physical education teacher at Horizon College International in Colombo before moving to Australia. She previously taught at Lyceum International School and coached several junior sporting teams. A man has been charged over the murder of her Sri Lankan wife in Australia, the West Australian reported.Darshika Nilmini Kudaligama Withana, aged in her 40s, could not be saved when paramedics were called to the unit she shared with her husband and alleged killer Upendra Pathmasri Ihalahewa about 9am on Sunday. “Good old days. I can’t believe this. Rest in peace my dear Darshika Kudaligama,” she wrote.Ihalahewa, 44, was remanded to a secure psychiatric facility on Monday after being charged with murder. The charge was read to Ihalahewa during a brief court appearance but he was not required to enter a plea. He will appear in court again next week.Friends in Australia are assisting Ms Kudaligama Withana’s family organise the repatriation of her body to Sri Lanka.It is understood her family will not travel to Perth and plan to hold a funeral as soon as possible. read more

Framing the best Ohio State sports moments of 201213

Fans of Ohio State sports are lucky, spoiled even, you could say. Not only is Columbus home to one of the country’s best football programs with Urban Meyer at the helm, but the basketball team, under the watch of Thad Matta, has developed into a national power. Over the last five years, OSU leads all schools in the two-sport winning percentage of football and men’s basketball. The past academic year witnessed a flawed but driven football team go undefeated and a basketball squad, having to replace a two-time all-American and the program’s third all-time leading scorer, come within a game of matching its NCAA Tournament run from a season ago. As the photo editor of The Lantern, I was privileged to witness each of OSU’s 12 football games in person. I also covered the majority of the basketball team’s contests, including all of the Big Ten Tournament in Chicago and the NCAA Tournament games in Dayton and Los Angeles. Here’s the best that was on the gridiron and the hardwood in 2012-13 at OSU: Best game: OSU 73, Arizona 70, NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 Playing in one of America’s basketball cathedrals, OSU advanced to its second Elite Eight in as many seasons at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The No. 6-seeded Wildcats, coached by Sean Miller, Matta’s former assistant at Xavier, raced out to a 26-17 lead. Junior forward Deshaun Thomas hit a couple 3-pointers to help the Buckeyes claw back to within four points at halftime. Out of the break, No. 2 seed OSU used a 10-2 run to take hold of the contest. The Buckeyes lead got as high as eight points with 7:42 to play, but an and-one layup from senior guard Mark Lyons tied the game at 70-70 with 21 seconds remaining. With the ball in his hands less than a week after hitting the game-winner in a third round contest against Iowa State, junior guard Aaron Craft passed to LaQuinton Ross with two seconds left. The sophomore forward and occupant of Kobe Bryant’s locker during the stay in L.A. hit a 3-pointer from the left arc to catapult the Buckeyes past the Wildcats. Best player: Then-sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller Thomas made a strong case for himself being the name in this category, leading the Big Ten in scoring and being OSU’s only offensive option for the most of the season. But as much as the junior forward was relied on this winter, Miller was to an even greater extent with the football team. The then-sophomore set a school record for total yards in a season and was a serious Heisman contender until the trophy’s finalists were announced in early December. In 2012, Miller totaled 3,310 yards and 28 touchdowns. With Thomas declaring himself eligible for the NBA Draft, Miller is likely to see his name in this category again next year. Best play: Craft’s game-winning 3-pointer vs. Iowa State Two plays made by players on the football team came to mind when trying to decide who would win this category. There was the scrambling run for a touchdown by Miller at Penn State that involved multiple juke moves before a leap into the end zone. And the superman-esque dive by then-sophomore linebacker Ryan Shazier into Wisconsin then-senior running back Montee Ball forced a fumble at the goal line and stopped history (Ball was a touchdown away from setting the NCAA career record). But neither of those, nor any play made by the football or basketball team this year, were better than the 3-pointer Craft hit in Dayton against Iowa State to send OSU into the Sweet 16. Dribbling the ball at the top of the key, the junior guard waved off calls for the ball by Thomas and junior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. With Cyclone freshman forward Georges Niang isolated on him, Craft waited until there was one second left before firing a 3-pointer that found nothing but the bottom of the net. “I hope someday they put a statue in front of our building of him,” Matta said on CBS after the game. “Coaches were telling me he’s exhausted. He’s too tough to be tired. What a big-time shot.” Best moment: Then-redshirt junior quarterback Kenny Guiton leads comeback against Purdue OSU’s dream of an undefeated season nearly came to a screeching halt at the end of the third quarter of the Buckeyes’ Oct. 20 game against Purdue in Columbus. Miller had just suffered an injury, left the field on a cart and exited the stadium in an ambulance. OSU was trailing the Boilermakers, 20-14, and with its best player out, the team’s perfect 7-0 record was almost assuredly going to be handed a blemish. In stepped Guiton, who did little to help the Buckeyes’ cause until the game was just about over. With 2:40 left and the score 22-14, the then-redshirt junior threw an interception. Meyer grabbed Guiton, who was noticeably distraught. “I said, ‘You’re going to win us a game,’” Meyer said. “He looked right at me. I think he was down but I think that moment kind of picked him up.” OSU got the ball back, and Guiton led a 61-yard drive with 47 seconds left that ended with a touchdown pass to then-redshirt junior wide receiver Chris Fields. The Buckeyes tied the game with a two-point conversion on a lobbed throw to then-freshman tight end Jeff Heuerman and won the contest in overtime. Best underdog story: Zach Boren’s move to linebacker OSU’s defense had shredded in back-to-back games against Nebraska and Indiana in mid-October. The Buckeyes allowed a combined 87 points in those two contests, and at the heart of Meyer’s concerns about his defense was the linebacker position. Boren, then-senior and 30-game starter at fullback, had played linebacker in high school and was recruited to OSU to play that position. Sensing that his team needed someone to step up and fill a void, Boren asked Meyer if he could play linebacker during an October practice. Meyer obliged to the request, and Boren responded by helping revamp a defense that allowed just 57 points in November. The Pickerington native recorded 50 tackles on the season and averaged 8.2 tackles per game in his six games at linebacker, including a career-high 12 in the overtime win at Wisconsin. “Talk about Zach Boren. You want someone to write a book on, wow, that would be good if you go write a book on Zach Boren,” Meyer said. Best team: Football The basketball team can make its arguments: Big Ten Tournament champions, an Elite Eight Appearance and an 11-game winning streak. The football team only needs to make one, though. Undefeated. Meyer and his squad literally accomplished everything they could in 2012, winning all 12 of their games and recording the school’s first perfect season since 2002. read more

5 things to watch for Ohio State v Penn State

3. Braxton Miller’s rollercoaster season.Since spraining the MCL in his left knee in OSU’s win against San Diego State, junior quarterback Braxton Miller has struggled to play consistently. After a four-touchdown performance against Wisconsin, Miller played poorly against Northwestern, turning the ball over three times and failing to find the end zone. Now Miller heads into the game against Penn State on the heels of a performance against Iowa in which he threw for 222 yards and two touchdowns and added 102 yards on the ground. If Miller wants to lead the Buckeyes to another undefeated season, he will need to find more consistency in his play and keep his mistakes to a minimum. Although he was successful against the Hawkeyes, it remains to be seen which Miller will show up Saturday. If Miller can avoid turning the ball over and instead score a couple of touchdowns, it will go a long way to pushing the Buckeyes to 8-0 overall on the season. 4. Can Ohio Stadium and Buckeye Nation rattle Christian Hackenberg?True freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg has been all Penn State could have asked for this season. The 6-foot-4-inch Palmyra, Va., product has thrown for 1,672 yards and 11 touchdowns so far in 2013, against six interceptions. His three first-half scoring tosses kept the Nittany Lions afloat early on in their quadruple overtime win against Michigan two weeks ago, and the freshman is only getting better. OSU’s secondary has taken multiple hits this season, with the loss of senior safety Christian Bryant to a broken ankle against Wisconsin Sept. 28 and Roby last week to the ejection. If Hackenberg is able to find holes and complete big plays to Robinson and others, the team could light up the scoreboard. 5. Will the pressure get to OSU?The Buckeyes currently sport the nation’s longest winning streak at 19 games, and with the opportunity to take another step toward a Leaders Division title, will the pressure finally get to the team? The last time OSU boasted a 19-game winning streak, Meyer was on the other sidelines with Florida when it ended in the 2006 BCS National Championship. A victory against conference rival Penn State (8 p.m. Saturday at Ohio Stadium) would surely vault the Buckeyes ahead into their next two games on the road against Purdue and Illinois. 2. Will Bradley Roby be ready to step up?This year hasn’t gone exactly how redshirt-junior cornerback Bradley Roby had planned. After being named a preseason All-American, Roby was then suspended for the season opener after a July incident at a Bloomington, Ind., bar. He has been outplayed during games against California and Wisconsin and was then ejected from the game against Iowa for targeting. Roby is expected to play the whole game against the Nittany Lions and will likely be matched up against Penn State junior wide receiver Allen Robinson. Robinson is averaging 117.5 receiving yards per game, the highest among players that OSU has faced so far in 2013. It will be another test for Roby, who continues to watch his NFL Draft stock plummet with his struggles. If Roby can contain Robinson, it could be a long day for Penn State. Senior running back Carlos Hyde (34) dives forward during a game against Iowa Oct. 19 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 34-24.Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editor1. How many yards does Carlos Hyde gain?Let’s face it: The lead running back role in the Buckeye offense belongs to Carlos Hyde. Although redshirt-senior Jordan Hall played well during Hyde’s three-game suspension stemming from an incident at a Columbus bar in July, Hyde has completely taken over No. 4 Ohio State’s (7-0, 3-0) backfield. In the four games since returning from suspension, Hyde has rushed for 41, 85, 168 and 149 yards, respectively, and five total touchdowns. Two of those games came against then-top 10 rushing defenses in Wisconsin and Iowa, and Hyde was still successful. Penn State (4-2, 1-1) comes into the game Saturday with the No. 21 rushing defense in the country, so Hyde will look to have another big game to help OSU win its 20th straight game. read more

Torchlight 2 beta impressions

first_imgAfter 12 years of waiting, Diablo 3 has finally arrived. But while Blizzard was hard at work on that massive project, many gamers found themselves charmed by a small, independent action RPG called Torchlight. With no co-op play and rather limited, straightforward environments, Torchlight couldn’t offer more than a light snack to those starved for quality dungeon crawling, but it was a delicious, well made snack that left them wanting more. And more is coming — Torchlight 2, still in closed beta, appears to improve on the first game in every way.Though Torchlight was competent all around, the real highlight was that it didn’t reinvent the action RPG formula, but simply smoothed out genre’s naggingly rough edges. Inventory is important when you’re constantly collecting loot, so the developers smartly built it into a slide-out panel. Finding a town to sell off excess goodies can be a chore, so Torchlight included pets that made shop runs for you. In Torchlight 2, those systems go even further to mitigate the annoyances of adventuring: the bigger inventory panel now comes pre-divided into equipment, consumable, and spell sections, and players can send their pets off to buy potions and scrolls as well as sell spare equipment.The overworld in Torchlight 2 lets the visual style shine.Perhaps the most important feature of Torchlight 2 is co-op, the glaring oversight of its predecessor. The new game includes a free, robust matchmaking system for finding online games, but if you want to do things the old fashioned way there’s also a LAN option — something Runic Games included at fan request. In much the same way Runic cleverly employed pets to reduce the hassles of inventory, they’ve also used a couple of game systems to make multiplayer more manageable. Enemy difficulty dynamically scales by how many allies you have nearby, not by how many are in the game. So if you’ve got a large party, in other words, you can choose to split up for a while without getting crushed by overpowered enemies. When your group is together, each player gets their own loot drops, so there’s never any need to squabble over the best stuff.Graphically, Torchlight 2 is gorgeous, and far more detailed than the original game. The stylized, almost hand painted aesthetic has returned, but now it’s applied to more than just one small town and the dungeons beneath it. Torchlight 2’s vast, randomly generated overworld areas and more structured “passes” give the art direction room to breath, yielding unique environments that feel more alive and interesting. The openness also helps structurally; where Torchlight’s side quests had to be crammed into the claustrophobic town and dungeon using portals, TL2 spreads them out into its overworld area, making them seem more organic and less tacked on.Of course, gamers will inevitably judge Torchlight 2 not by its predecessor, but by the long-awaited Diablo 3. Both appear to be well made, highly polished experiences, and since TL2 can be had for a mere $20 ($60 for a Steam 4-pack) there’s little reason why action RPG fans shouldn’t buy both titles and enjoy them for what they are. It is worth noting, however, that while Diablo 3 is actively banning mods, Torchlight 2 is encouraging them with mod support in both single and multiplayer. Once the active Torchlight mod community gets ahold of the Torchlight 2 development tools, which will be released for free shortly after launch, it will be interesting to see what they make out of Runic’s second effort.If you want in on the Torchlight 2 beta, sign up for a Runic Games account and opt-in for email announcements, or just keep an eye out for beta key giveaways around the web.Torchlight 2‘s release date is still officially “when it’s done,” though the pre-orders on Steam give us hope that the wait won’t be much longer.last_img read more

The FAI is making it easier for children with autism to go

first_imgThe FAI is making it easier for children with autism to go to football matches The FAI have created a match day checklist that allows children with autism to enjoy their day out. By Hayley Halpin Share536 Tweet Email6 Image: Shutterstock/Pavel L Photo and Video Monday 19 Jun 2017, 12:38 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 12 Comments Jun 19th 2017, 12:38 PM center_img FOOTBALL MATCHES CAN be a difficult day out for children with autism, as they face loud noises and large crowds.To tackle this, the FAI has created a match day checklist that allows children with autism to enjoy their day out at live matches.Children with autism tend to like following routines and this checklist helps the young fans who find events overwhelming to feel more at ease.Working with the Irish Society for Autism, the FAI’s new match day checklist catalogues every bit of the child’s experience from when they arrive in the Aviva Stadium until the moment they leave.A spokesperson for the FAI told TheJournal.ie: “The reasoning behind the checklist was that we became aware of autistic children experiencing games differently at Aviva Stadium so we wanted to help make their match day even more enjoyable.”“Through linking up with the Irish Society for Autism, we learned that a lot of autistic kids like to follow structure and order.”The checklist allows children to mark off:How many tickets they bookedWhat stand they sit inThe row and seat number on the ticketThe mode of transport used to get to the venueWho they are attending the event withTheir time of arrivalWhat food and drink they consume at the eventWhat they will bring home from the matchWhat player they will be watching the mostA full match day itinerary is printed on the side of the checklist.Founder of AsIAm.ie, a charity for people with autism, Adam Harris told TheJournal.ie: “People with autism find changes to plan and routine very difficult. It can be hard to go to new places and it can be hard to visualise what to expect.”Football matches can be particularly challenging for people with autism due to the large crowds and high noise levels often associated with it.“Any toolkit which helps prepare the child to attend the event and with extension to help them participate in a community activity should be warmly welcomed,” Harris said. Image: Shutterstock/Pavel L Photo and Video http://jrnl.ie/3451674 Source: FAIA statement from the FAI said: “We have also catered for kids with autism who get uncomfortable amongst large crowds and overwhelmed by big noises by providing a corporate box for a number of families for the ‘Three’ international friendly against Iceland in June.“Over the coming months we plan on rolling out more initiatives to help make the match day for kids with autism as safe and enjoyable as possible.”Autism-friendly IrelandInitiatives have been taken across Ireland in recent years to make the country a more welcoming place for those on the autism spectrum.Earlier this year, Shannon Airport launched Europe’s first sensory room which is tailored for passengers who are living with autism.Designed by Irish toy company Adam & Friends, it is tailored to be a “soothing place away from the activity of a busy airport” and comprises facilities such as an aquatic bubble tube, an undulated wavy wall, colour changing LEDs, wheel projector and other items.Meanwhile, an initiative was launched in 2011 to provide special sensory-friendly movie screenings across Ireland by a group called Dimensions.Now, cinema screens across the country run regular special screenings to allow people who are sometimes excluded from traditional film-going experiences to watch newly-released movies in an environment conducive with their needs.Odeon cinemas, IMC cinemas and Cineworld provide sensory-friendly screenings to people with autism.“We have a situation where 86% of children with autism attend mainstream school and virtually everyone with autism will live in the community for their whole life. It’s essential that we’re serious about it and that everyone in the community is welcoming,” Harris said. “Just as we’ve gone on a journey with mental health, it’s about realising that it’s an issue for all of us to take responsibility of. Very small differences like providing sensory facilities, quiet times, providing a checklist before someone goes somewhere can make such an important difference.”Read: ‘The youth teams seemed a bit of a shambles – I wanted to give it the respect it deserved’More: Leo travelling to London to discuss Brexit and Northern Ireland 11,989 Views Short URLlast_img read more

Le Monde désigne Julian Assange homme de lannée

first_imgLe Monde désigne Julian Assange “homme de l’année”La rédaction du quotidien français Le Monde a désigné Julian Assange, fondateur du site controversé WikiLeaks, “homme de l’année”.Le personnage haut en couleurs a été élu “homme de l’année” par la rédaction du Monde et cela sur avis des internautes (56,2% des voix). L’homme ravit la vedette à Liu Xiaobo (Prix Nobel de la Paix) et au fondateur de Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, élu lui personnalité de l’année par le magazine Time (voir notre article). De ce fait, le quotidien français lui consacrera demain la Une de son supplément hebdomadaire ainsi qu’un grand portrait.À lire aussiUn hacker français de 15 ans interpellé Julian Assange est surtout l’homme le plus controversé de l’année. L’Australien est notamment le fondateur et le porte-parole du site WikiLeaks, spécialisé dans la publication de documents confidentiels qui embarrassent les Etats-Unis et d’autres gouvernements. Le site web qui fait polémique a pour habitude de laisser place à ce que l’on appelle les “fuites d’information” sans jamais citer ses sources, et cela sur le principe de la liberté d’information. Un site qui n’est pas apprécié de tous et qui s’est attiré les foudres du Pentagone américain, en publiant des milliers de documents relatifs à la guerre en Afghanistan.Par ailleurs, Julian Assange, a passé neuf jours en prison début décembre, et est désormais assigné à résidence en Angleterre, sous le coup d’une demande d’extradition de la Suède, où il est poursuivi pour agressions sexuelles sur deux femmes. Celles-ci l’accusent de leur avoir imposé des rapports sans préservatif. Fait qui est puni par la loi dans ce pays nordique. Seraient-ce ces frasques hypermédiatisées qui ont poussé les internautes à élire l’Australien homme de l’année ? Le 23 décembre 2010 à 12:02 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more