3 militants killed in J&K encounter

first_imgOne Army soldier and three militants were killed in an anti-militancy operation in Bandipora district of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, a defence spokesman said here.“They were killed in an operation in Danna in Bandipora district of north Kashmir,” Col. Rajesh Kalia said. The identity of the slain militants is being ascertained, he said. Two soldiers were also injured in the operation that began on Friday. He said weapons and other war-like stores were recovered from the site of gunfight. The operation was over, the spokesman said. (Inputs from IANS)last_img read more

Rajnath, Sonowal review security

first_imgHome Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday reviewed the security scenario in Assam besides preparation to deal with any possible law and order situation which may arise after the publication of the final National Register of Citizens on July 31.Attended by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and top officials of the Union Home Ministry and the State government, the meeting presided by Mr. Singh took stock of the prevailing situation in Assam which last week had witnessed a blast, suspected to be carried out by the banned insurgent group ULFA, a Ministry official said.NRC updating process“A detailed review on the present security scenario of Assam has taken place. We have also discussed about the possible situation which may arise after the publication of the final NRC,” Mr. Sonowal said after the hour-long meeting.He said that the State government is extending all assistance for the NRC updating process and is committed to provide security to all citizens. “No genuine Indian should be worried about the outcome of the final NRC,” he said.When the draft NRC was published on July 30, 2018, there was a huge controversy over the exclusion of 40.7 lakh people from it. The draft NRC included the names of 2.9 crore people out of the total 3.29 crore applications.Some 30 lakh of the 40.7 lakh people, left out of the draft of NRC, filed for inclusion of their names in the document. Around 600 objections were submitted by individuals who suspected the citizenship of others who made it to the list.The Supreme Court, which is monitoring the process, has made it clear that the final NRC has to be published on July 31, 2019.Verification onOf the 40.7 lakh people whose names did not figure in the draft NRC, 37.59 lakh names were rejected and the remaining 2,48,077 were on hold. However, they were given an opportunity to prove their Indian citizenship with 1971 as the cut-off year. The verification process is being carried out for these people who had submitted documents afresh.West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had claimed that the NRC exercise was carried out with a “political motive” to divide people and had warned that it would lead to “bloodbath and civil war” in the country.last_img read more

Delhi Test: Virat Kohli’s India disrespecting Sri Lanka with South Africa tour talk?

first_imgIndia’s tone about Sri Lanka in the ongoing series has been quite dismissive but touring captain Dinesh Chandimal chose to overlook it on Friday on the eve of the third and final Test at the Feroz Shah Kotla.As the captain of the world’s top-ranked Test side, Virat Kohli has termed the ongoing series as preparation for the team’s more challenging tour of South Africa later this month.Opening batsman Murali Vijay repeated the line in the pre-match news conference as India, who are 1-0 up in the series, chase a record-equalling ninth consecutive Test series triumph.”That’s up to them,” Chandimal said when asked if he found the attitude of the Indian camp disrespectful.”They are thinking about the next series but we, as a team, are thinking about this series. We’re thinking about each and every game, how we can win, how we can be good as a team and stuff.”We can’t control (what India say). As a team we need to control what we can control. That’s why we are looking at this series.”Sri Lanka escaped to a draw in the rain-hit series opener in Kolkata but suffered their worst Test defeat — by an innings and 239 runs — in Nagpur.(Also read: Kohli’s attitude rubbing off on openers as India face problem of plenty)  The 28-year-old lamented his misfiring top order but was optimistic they would give a better account of themselves in the final Test.”As a batting unit, we need to do well, especially in the first innings we need to put big total on the board. We need to score 350 to stay in the game,” Chandimal said.advertisement”We never won a Test game here and still I hope we can win this game.”The tourists will be without spin spearhead Rangana Herath who has been ruled out of the match with a back injury.In contrast, India have been juggling with a problem of plenty at the top order where Shikhar Dhawan and Vijay have been vying with each other to partner fellow opener Lokesh Rahul.Asked if the constant rivalry has led to an awkward relation in the dressing room, Vijay said: “Not really, we three are very good friends off the field and it makes it much easier. (But) Definitely it unsettles the opener, who is playing regularly.”Transparency of emotion ensures there was no bad blood between him and Dhawan, Vijay said.”(We try to) make it easier, lighter and more fun — talking about it openly and having a good chat over it rather than keeping it with yourself and making that person feel it,” said the right-hander.”Whatever I feel or Shikhar feels, we put it out in the open… we clear that thing and we move forward.”last_img read more

Kyrgios Gives Aussies Hopman Win

first_imgBRISBANE, Australia — Nick Kyrgios broke Alexander Zverev’s service at 3-3 in the deciding set for a 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 win Jan. 3, giving his Australia Green team the winning edge over Germany at the Hopman Cup.Earlier, Russian-born Daria Gavrilova beat Sabine Lisicki 6-2, 6-2 to give the Australian side the early lead in the mixed teams tournament, part of the Australian Open Series ahead of the first Grand Slam of the year beginning Jan. 18 at Melbourne Park.Kyrgios and Gavrilova later combined for a 6-3, 4-6, 10-7 (match tiebreak) win in mixed doubles to complete a 3-0 win.The 18-year-old Zverev, at 83rd, is the youngest player in the top 100 in ATP rankings.“I really like the kid,” the 20-year-old Kyrgios said. “He’s got a great future ahead and he’s a great athlete for his size and moves well and serves big.”For the first time in the Hopman Cup’s 28-year history, Australia is being represented by two teams. Lleyton Hewitt and Jarmila Wolfe-Gajdosova of Australia Gold were to play Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova and Jiri Vesely of Czech Republic later Jan. 3.Hewitt, who will retire after the Australian Open, has already been named captain of Australia’s David Cup team.At the Brisbane International, former Australian Open finalist Dominika Cibulkova overcame Belgium’s Yanina Wickmayer, recovering from 4-3 and 0-40 down on her serve in the third set to win 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.Cibulkova missed four months of competition last year to undergo Achilles tendon surgery.The Slovakian will next face the winner of the first-round match between former No. 1 Jelena Jankovic of Serbia and eighth-seeded Roberta Vinci of Italy, who upset Serena Williams in the U.S. Open semifinals last year, ending Williams’s attempt at a calendar-year Grand Slam.In other first-round matches, Switzerland’s Timea Bacsinszky became the first seeded player eliminated when she was beaten by Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, a 2013 finalist in Brisbane, 6-2, 6-1.American Varvara Lepchenko defeated Slovakia’s Anna Karolina Schmiedlova 6-2, 6-1 to set up a meeting with last year’s Wimbledon finalist Garbine Muguruza, who is seeded second.In an all-French matchup, Alize Cornet beat Kristina Mladenovic 6-3, 6-4.Top-seeded Roger Federer and second-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan have first-round byes in the men’s draw at Brisbane.Federer might not play until Jan. 6, and when he does he’ll have former No. 3 Ivan Ljubicic as his coach for the first time. The 17-time Grand Slam champion hired the Croatian to work alongside head coach Severin Luthi in 2016 after Stefan Edberg opted not to continue with a third year in Federer’s camp.“What I like about him, he’s very direct — he lets you know what he sees and thinks,” Federer told Australian Associated Press.“We train very well together. He’s got good insight. He’s played against a bunch of players that I’ve played against. We played against each other over 15 times as well so he knows my game very well.”(DENNIS PASSA, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Novak Djokovic sets up US Open semi-final against Kei Nishikori

first_imgNovak Djokovic defeated Australian John Millman 6-3 6-4 6-4 to set up a semi-final with Japan’s Kei Nishikori at the US Open on Thursday. Nishikori had registered a hard-fought 2-6 6-4 7-6(5) 4-6-6-4 victory over the 2014 champion Maric Cilic.Djokovic, a two-time champion at Flushing Meadows, struggled with the humidity at Arthur Ashe Stadium but kept his cool mentally, saving the only break point he faced in the first set and wrapping up the opener in an hour.”(I was) very tested,” Djokovic said. “Almost three hours. It’s midnight now. Credit to John for putting up a great battle.”Millman is used to the searing heat in his native Brisbane, but needed to leave court to change with the score level at 2-2 in the second, telling the umpire he was unable to put the ball in his pocket because his shorts were soaked through with sweat.At the end of the day, its always about respect…#USOpen pic.twitter.com/dKOD8ljqMHUS Open Tennis (@usopen) September 6, 2018The U.S. Tennis Association said in a statement that Millman was sweating so profusely that the moisture dripping onto court had made the surface too dangerous to play on.”These night matches the humidity goes through the roof,” Millman said. “It is tricky, but it’s the same for both people. You’re dripping.”But that’s no excuse or anything. I’d play in a swimming pool if I got to play a quarter-final every week at a Grand Slam. That would be pretty fun.”advertisementThe Djoker Prevails!@DjokerNole gets past Millman 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 to set up a semifinal encounter against Kei Nishikori…#USOpen pic.twitter.com/NE59ZndaE6US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 6, 2018Millman, who beat Roger Federer in the previous round, returned after a brief interval but found no joy against Djokovic’s serve and the Serb broke the Australian in the penultimate game before serving out the second set.The match was marked by long rallies, with 57 of the pair’s exchanges stretching to more than nine shots.”I was struggling, he was struggling,” Djokovic added. “Changing a lot of t-shirts, shorts and just trying to hang in there and find a way to win the match.”Not easy conditions to play in, but it’s the same for both players.”Feel the roar of the Flushing Meadows crowd…@DjokerNole reaches his 11th #USOpen semifinal under the lights in Arthur Ashe Stadium! pic.twitter.com/CqbIi6dLhkUS Open Tennis (@usopen) September 6, 2018Djokovic broke early to take a 3-1 leave in the third set but a lapse in concentration allowed Millman to draw level.The Serb was given a time violation warning and double faulted to offer Millman a break point opportunity before losing his first serve after running down the shot clock a second time.A forehand error from Djokovic let Millman level at 3-3 but the sixth seed carved out three break points in the next game, converting the third before serving out the match and sealing the win with a backhand volley in two hours, 48 minutes.(Wih inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

ICC asks BCCI to pay USD 23 million or lose hosting rights for 2023 World Cup

first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has been asked by the International Cricket Council (ICC) to pay USD 23 million (approximately Rs 160 crore) before December 31 or run the risk of losing the rights to host the 2023 World Cup and 2021 Champions Trophy.ICC demands the money from BCCI after the government did not waive off taxes as promised for the 2016 World T20 in India.The official broadcasters of ICC tournaments, Star TV, had deducted the taxes from their payments to the ICC, but since the world governing body had to bear the cost, they now want BCCI to compensate for it. And if BCCI do not pay the ICC, they will deduct the amount from India’s revenue share for the current financial year.The BCCI in response have asked the ICC to produce any evidence in the minutes of meetings to show that the Indian board had agreed to bear the cost in such a scenario. “The ICC hasn’t provided any minutes to the BCCI yet,” TOI quoted a source close to the matter as saying.”And now, the ICC is shying away from sharing any minutes because they don’t have any. They just want to recover that money from India,” sources said.”Time and again, Shashank [Manohar] (former BCCI president and current ICC chairman) has targeted BCCI for his own personal agenda,” say members.”It’s become fashionable to blame BCCI,” said a board member.”Biting the hand that feeds, eh? Is that what it has come down to? A sports body that has economic value primarily because it feeds on India’s commercial stake in the game is telling India that it cannot host a World Cup? And that too with an Indian heading that organisation right now? What a joke,” said a senior BCCI member.advertisementAlso Read | Virat Kohli is the energy of this Indian team and the clear leader: Brad HoggAlso Read | I stay in a bus, don’t have a home: MS Dhoni tells little girl. WatchAlso Read | Virat Kohli’s new look gets a thumbs-up from fans on Instagramlast_img read more

Australian Open: Sharapova knocks out defending champion Wozniacki in Round 3

first_img Reuters MelbourneJanuary 18, 2019UPDATED: January 18, 2019 12:58 IST This was the first time Maria Sharapova was facing Caroline Wozniacki since 2015 (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMaria Sharapova won 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 against Caroline Wozniacki to enter the round of 16Sharapova will play Australia’s Ashleigh Barty in the fourth roundBarty eased past Maria Sakkari of Greece 7-5 6-1 in her third round matchFormer champion Maria Sharapova battled past holder Caroline Wozniacki 6-4 4-6 6-3 in a third round thriller at the Australian Open on Friday.Denmark’s Wozniacki raced to a 4-1 lead in the opening set but Sharapova raised her level and reeled off the next five games to grab the early advantage in the contest.The second set followed a similar pattern before Wozniacki took advantage of Sharapova’s sloppy serving late on to drag the match into a decider.The Russian was not to be denied, however, as she closed out the win on her second match point in two hours and 24 minutes.”(feels good?) It really is. I thought the level was quite high, I knew it was going to be tough. She loves this arena, I haven’t played many matches prior to this but this is what you train for and it’s really rewarding.”I am definitely not walking around thinking that I have experience because that will be dangerous but definitely experience helps.”(About next opponent Ashleigh Barty) I think her story is phenomenal, she loves playing here. She did really well in Sydney really well and she loves it here. She took a break and came back and is doing incredibly well. I know the crowd is going to be tough but I look forward to playing,” Sharapova said after the match.Five-times Grand Slam champion Sharapova, who won her last major at the 2014 French Open, hit 37 winners against 10 from her opponent and converted her second matchpoint to set up a fourth round clash with local hope Ashleigh Barty, who eased past Greek Maria Sakkari 7-5 6-1.advertisementMeanwhile in other matches, young American Amanda Anisimova upstaged 11th seed Aryna Sabalenka 6-3 6-2, hitting her way into the fourth round.The fearless 17-year-old bullied her much higher ranked opponent who looked shell-shocked by the power being generated at the other end of the court.It was Anisimova’s third consecutive straight sets win, which included a 6-0 6-2 destruction of 24th seed Lesia Tsurenko, signalling the arrival of a genuine new talent in the women’s game.Anisimova, the youngest competitor in the draw, will play the winner of Petra Kvitova and Belinda Bencic in the fourth round.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Maria SharapovaFollow Caroline WozniackiFollow Australian Open Australian Open: Sharapova knocks out defending champion Wozniacki in Round 3Australian Open: Maria Sharapova beat Caroline Wozniacki 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 in the women’s singles match to enter the round of 16 on Friday.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

BC Greens to introduce ridesharing plan blame NDP and Liberals for stalling

first_imgVICTORIA – British Columbia’s Green party says it will introduce a private member’s bill this week that backs ride sharing, despite long-standing roadblocks from the Opposition Liberals and NDP government.Transportation spokesman Adam Olsen said Tuesday the arrival of ride sharing to B.C. has been stalled by both the Liberals and NDP.He said the Green party’s bill comes to the legislature for the third time Thursday as the Liberals and NDP blame each other for failing to deliver on election promises to implement ride sharing.“Ride-hailing to me is an example of a government unwilling to embrace innovation on both sides of the house,” said Olsen. “We saw an Opposition that didn’t do it while they were in government. We saw our new government kicking this issue down the road, and I think it’s important we have a real conversation about an issue that is now five years old.”Transportation Minister Claire Trevena indicated Monday that ride sharing is at least a year away, despite an NDP promise to bring in services like Uber and Lyft by the end of 2017. The government has hired a consultant to provide advice, with legislation not expected until next fall.Olsen said ride sharing’s slow route indicates the unwillingness of the NDP and Liberals to grasp new ideas.“There’s a taxi industry. There’s a ride sharing industry. There are companies in this province looking to start the B.C. version of this. We need to be preparing B.C. for the future. That means dealing with the recent past and we’re not doing any of it.”The Liberals and New Democrats exchanged barbs in the legislature Tuesday during question period about the failures to bring ride sharing forward. Both parties promised during last spring’s election campaign to have ride sharing up and running by the end of this year.“We want to be constructive and come up with a solution that works for B.C., for the very complex situation we have in B.C.,” Trevena said in the legislature.Earlier, she said the government anticipates having to amend up to six pieces of legislation to bring in ride sharing. Trevena also said understands people want the services, but the minority government will not race ahead as its studies ways to ensure safety for passengers and a level playing field for the taxi industry.Private member’s bills rarely get support from the government. NDP House Leader Mike Farnworth said he’s not prepared to comment on legislation that has yet to be tabled.Liberal transportation critic Jordan Study said the Opposition is prepared to work with the Greens when their private member’s bill is tabled.last_img read more

Former AAP Cong leaders pledge to campaign for Narendra Modi

first_imgNew Delhi: Former leaders of AAP and Congress joined hands with BJP declaring their support for Narendra Modi’s 2019 election campaign in all seven seats of Delhi at a presser in the party’s state head office. Jitender Chaudhary, Hemant Jha, and Pushpa Sharma, formerly of AAP, pledged that they would full fledgedly campaign for BJP in the capital city in an effort to make sure undemocratic parties such as Congress and AAP do not come to power.Former youth wing leader of Congress Ayush Chaudhary, who also declared his support for BJP in the upcoming polls, said that the dynastic politics within Congress becomes very frustrating for party workers. “Now we will chant Bharat Mata ki Jai instead of Rahul Gandhi ki Jai,” he said. Addressing media personnel, State BJP President Manoj Tiwari said that schemes like Ayushman Bharat Yojana and Jandhan Yojana have benefited crores of citizens across the country. He also added that the nation’s trust in Narendra Modi as Prime Minister has constantly increased because of his positive policy-making, which will result in the party’s resounding victory.last_img read more

Morocco no Ebola case detected watch and response level raised Health

Rabat – No case of the Ebola virus was detected up till now in Morocco, said, on Monday in Rabat, Health Minister Houcine El Ouardi, announcing the setting up of a national watch and response plan against the epidemic.Among the measures included in the said plan is the raising of the health watch and response in the different access points to the Kingdom, said the official at a meeting co-chaired with Interior Minister Mohamed Hassad.

Israel to Release Palestinian Teenager Ahed Tamimi on Sunday

Rabat- Ahed Tamimi, the 17-year-old teenager who became an icon of Palestinian resistance in the occupied West Bank, will be released from prison Sunday.Tamimi was sentenced to 8 months in prison after a video emerged showing her shoving two Israeli soldiers and slapping one of them in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh. She and her cousin appeared yelling at and pushing two armed soldiers from her family’s front yard.She was convicted of assaulting an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldier. In addition to the 8 month prison sentence, Tamimi had to pay a fine of $1,437. The Palestinian teenager was arrested on December 19, 2017. Her mother, Nariman, and cousin were also arrested for the same incident.According to the Times of Israel, Tamimi said the soldiers shown in the video had shot her 15-year old cousin, Mohammed Tamimi, in the head with a rubber bullet an hour before.“Then I saw the same soldiers who hit my cousin, this time in front of my house. I could not keep quiet and I responded as I did,” Tamimi added.Her father, Bassem Tamimi, wrote a post on his Facebook page on the day of her arrest. “The IOF [Israeli occupying forces] raid my home and arrested my daughter Ahed Tamimi after the Israeli media attaks (sic) here after she stop the solder (sic) in front of our house when he shot child on his head.”A spokesman for the Israel Prisons Service told the Times of Israel Wednesday that Ahed Tamimi and her mother Nariman will be released on Sunday.“They are then planning to hold a press conference at the Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar, which is slated for demolition by Israeli forces,” the same source added.Ahed’s father told Haaretz that he has been notified that his daughter will be released this Sunday, and family members will wait for her at the Jabbara checkpoint south of Tulkarm Sunday morning.Tamimi’s lawyer Gaby Lasky said on Thursday, “Tamimi’s long detention stemmed from political motives than from legal reasons.”“Legal proceedings are not intended to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and instead of sending minors to prison for resisting the occupation, the time has come for a courageous leadership to free us all from the chains of the occupation.”The 17-year old Palestinian’s case has drawn the attention of many people around the world.  Tamimi has had great support and sympathy from Palestinians, Arabs, and the international arena.They considered her a symbol of bravery standing up against Israeli aggression and occupation. read more

Bam earthquake shows need for safer global housing standards UN expert says

“Compliance with sound housing standards achieved progressively throughout the world can ensure that the loss of life, human suffering and homelessness resulting from natural disasters are minimized in the future,” Miloon Kothari, the Special Rapporteur on adequate housing of the UN Commission on Human Rights, said on Wednesday.Lauding the courage shown by the survivors of the 26 December earthquake, he noted that part of the International Covenant of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights defines “habitability” as a necessary element of the right to adequate housing.”I would like to stress that standards dictated by ‘habitability,’ including durability of homes to withstand earthquake and other disasters, should guide the reconstruction efforts in Bam,” Mr. Kothari said. read more

Bank of Canada to make rate decision offer fresh forecasts as economy

by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 11, 2017 2:44 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 11, 2017 at 3:17 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Bank of Canada to make rate decision, offer fresh forecasts as economy improves The Bank of Canada building is pictured in Ottawa on September 6, 2011. The Bank of Canada is holding its trend-setting interest rate at 0.5 per cent but it’s keeping a watchful eye on “significant uncertainties” that it warns could alter the economy’s improving trajectory. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick OTTAWA – The Bank of Canada will release new projections Wednesday and deliver an interest rate announcement amid a backdrop of surprisingly hearty data suggesting the economy is building momentum.Analysts, who widely anticipate governor Stephen Poloz to leave the benchmark rate of 0.5 per cent unchanged, will sift through the commentary for insight into the bank’s thinking as it comes under increasing pressure to acknowledge the more positive economic figures.The better-than-anticipated data in recent months has already led some experts to predict the central bank’s next rate hike will come sooner than they previously expected.However, observers say Poloz has made a point of emphasizing the pockmarks of the Canadian economy.“It would be odd to forget about all those downside risks just because a couple of data points came in a little bit better than expected,” Poloz said last month when asked whether the stronger numbers in areas such as growth, trade and the labour market had altered the bank’s thinking ahead of the policy decision.“We’ve had positive data points in the last three years, too — and they didn’t last. So, we’re being very cautious in that outlook.”Economists like Jimmy Jean of Desjardins expect Poloz to once again underline some of the weaker data points — from the numbers for non-energy exports, to hours worked, to wage growth.Jean said the bank should consider elaborating Wednesday on these arguments, particularly as the bank proceeds with more caution than what a lot of people think is warranted.“To their defence, there are some areas in the data that are perhaps more lacklustre,” said Jean, who is a senior economist with Desjardins.“Now, at the same time … there’s no dancing around the fact that the economy has outperformed expectations, including their expectations.”Frances Donald, senior economist for Manulife Asset Management, said she expects Poloz to emphasize that inflation — the bank’s primary concern — has been trending downwards as an argument in favour of not touching the interest rate.“We’ve seen some data do a little bit better,” Donald said.“But the crux of this economy is certainly not overheating and there are many parts of the economy that are still suffering.”To complicate matters further, the rate decision and the fresh projections will arrive amid significant uncertainty linked to trade and tax changes under discussion in the U.S. They include the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, corporate tax cuts in the U.S. and a potential border tariff.Poloz has declined to factor in the impacts of any U.S. proposals into the bank’s outlook before they are announced.In January, he said the unknowns surrounding the U.S. trade agenda, along with what was then the sluggish state of the Canadian economy, had left the door open to a possible rate cut.When asked in Oshawa last month if lowering the rate was still under consideration, Poloz replied that there were “important potential downside risks that we need to keep on the table until they’re clear.”Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter. read more

Desert Locust outbreak in Yemen leaves surrounding countries potentially at risk

The UN agency urged neighbouring countries, including Saudi Arabia, Oman and Iran, to mobilize, survey and control teams, and to take all necessary measures to prevent the destructive insects from reaching breeding areas situated in their respective territories.Strict vigilance is also required in Morocco and Algeria, especially in areas south of the Atlas Mountains, which could become possible breeding grounds for Desert Locust that have gathered in parts of the Western Sahara, Morocco and Mauritania, FAO added.Cyclones help trigger locust presence Groups of juvenile wingless hoppers and adults as well as hopper bands and at least one swarm formed on the southern coast of Yemen in March where heavy rains associated with tropical cyclones Chapala and Megh fell in November 2015.”The extent of current Desert Locust breeding in Yemen is not well known since survey teams are unable to access most areas. However, as vegetation dries out along the coast more groups, bands and small swarms are likely to form,” said Keith Cressman, FAO Senior Locust Forecasting Officer, in a press release.He noted that a moderate risk exists that Desert Locusts will move into the interior of southern Yemen, perhaps reaching spring breeding areas in the interior of central Saudi Arabia and northern Oman.There is a possibility that this movement could continue to the United Arab Emirates where a few small swarms may appear and transit through the country before arriving in areas of recent rainfall in southeast Iran.FAO is assisting technical teams from Yemen’s Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation in conducting field survey and control operations in infested coastal areas, as part of the agency’s continuing support to the country’s locust control efforts.It also warned that in northwest Africa, small groups and perhaps a few small swarms could find suitable breeding areas in Morocco (Draa Valley), Mauritania (near Zouerate) and Algeria. In addition, some small-scale Desert Locust breeding is likely to occur in southwestern Libya, but numbers should remain low.The agency stressed the need for close monitoring in all of these areas over the next few months to prevent the insects from forming large, destructive swarms.The Desert Locust situation in other countries reportedly remained calm in March with no significant developments detected or expected.A force of nature Desert Locust hoppers can form vast ground-based bands. These can eventually turn into adult locust swarms, which, numbering in the tens of millions can fly up to 150 km a day with the wind.Female locusts can lay 300 eggs within their lifetime while an adult insect can consume roughly its own weight in fresh food per day – about two grams every day. A very small swarm eats the same amount of food in one day as about 35,000 people and the devastating impact locusts can have on crops poses a major threat to food security, especially in already vulnerable areas.Locust monitoring, early warning and preventive control measures are believed to have played an important role in the decline in the frequency and duration of plagues since the 1960s; however, today climate change is leading to more frequent, unpredictable and extreme weather and poses http://www.fao.org/ag/locusts/en/activ/1307/climate/index.html on how to monitor and respond to locust activity. FAO informed that it operates a Desert Locust Information Service that receives data from locust-affected countries. This information is regularly analyzed together with weather and habitat data and satellite imagery in order to assess the current locust situation, provide forecasts up to six weeks in advance and if required issue warnings and alerts. FAO also undertakes field assessment missions and coordinates survey and control operations as well as assistance during locust emergencies. Its three regional locust commissions provide regular training and strengthen national capacities in survey, control and planning. read more

Robots could replace judges to deal with parking fines justice minister says

David Gauke said that whilst there would be controversy about a “bewigged robot judges” making decisions about a person’s the industry might be “happy” with artificial intelligence (AI) creating “simple tools to provide straightforward justice”. Pledging £2million to help develop artificial intelligence for use in legal services, he noted that technological advances are already having a positive impact in the industry. A number of law firms and the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) are using so-called Robo-Lawyers to read through millions of pages of documents to carry out disclosure tasks and to create… Robots could replace judges in dealing with parking fine disputes, the Justice Secretary has said. read more

EYEWITNESS Baring it all…

…not on oil!A funny thing happened to the APNU/AFC coalition on the way to power: they’ve contracted selective amnesia. When they were in the Opposition they went at the PPP hammer and tongs about not releasing contract details on Amaila Falls Hydro, Marriott and a host of other projects. “These are funded by the people of Guyana!!!” they thundered. “And the people deserve to know what their money’s being spent on! Y’all thiefin’ and siphoning off hundreds of billions into your pockets!!”But today, with Exxon sitting on three billion barrels of oil (and counting) – worth conservatively US$200,000,000,000 or GY$40,000,000,000,000 (that’s GY$40 trillion, thank you!) Trotman, the Natural Resource Minister, insists the people of Guyana can’t be given the details of the contract with Exxon!! Why? Well, he’s “hired experts” and they’ve advised his lips must remain zipped. Never mind that the most visible expert, advising the President on oil, one Dr Jan Mangal, says the contract should be released!!Pointing to the miserable and shameful experience of West Africa with oil, Dr Mangal insists “transparency” must be the mantra when natural resources – property of the populace – are involved. But even as Dr Mangal spoke, Trotman raised a plethora of incredible (and incredulous!) further reasons that he claimed his “experts” (other than Dr Mangal?) have offered for holding out on the people:“…there are a number of extenuating and external issues which are being attended to, some of them have foreign affairs implications, some of them have sovereignty implications, some have national security implications.” Now any of you, dear readers who’ve got children would know, when they come off with so many glib but non-specifics reasons why they did something wrong – they’re covering up their real reason and lying through their teeth! And so is Trotman!Let’s pick sense from nonsense. Trotman says the contract he “renegotiated” with Exxon to raise our royalty from one per cent to two per cent (sic!!) remained essentially” the one signed by the PPP in 1999. Well, if that is so, and that contract was made public, what’s the harm doing so now? Trotman says anyone could also “connect the dots” and figure out the details of the contract.Well whoever or whatever is going to harm our “foreign affairs, sovereignty and national security interests” can also connect the dots, can’t they? So, who’s kidding whom?? If we go by what Dr Mangal alluded to – the experience of West Africa – the refusal to come clean on the details of contracts with the International Oil Operators was for one reason: depositing the revenues into Government officials’ bank accounts, and not into the national Treasury.So Trotman should stop blowing smoke you know where!…on “Capture land!Some in Guyana have been arguing about who’s land we’re living on. Here’s an answer from Chronnic – the young Reggae Singer soon to visit our dear Mudland, in his song, “Capture Land”.“Yuh tink me nuh memba King FerdinandAnd teifing Columbus have a Golden planDem make a wrong turn and end up in the CaribbeanOne rass genocide kill nuff IndianLord Fi turn paradise in a plantation…We nah stay pon di land weh dem captureA me say Africa fi all true rasta…Carry we go home…Los Angeles dat a capture landAnd New York City dat a capture landEast some a di place weh you wah go live sweetA teifing land there’s no title fi itAnd some a these place weh you wah go live niceA tief dem tief it in the name of ChristSpanish Town dat a capture landThe whole a Kingston dat a capture landRemember Portland dat a capture landAnd all down a Trinidad dat a capture landBarbados dat a capture landTell dem Bermuda dat a capture landAnd tell Colombia dat a capture landAll round a Cuba dat a capture land(And Guyana na capture land?) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: Clipping wings…March 1, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Clueless…June 30, 2017In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: “Boat gone a wata”…September 21, 2018In “EYEWITNESS” read more

Found guilty on 2 counts child rapist gets life imprisonment

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWest Dem man freed of child rape chargeNovember 20, 2017In “Court”Man found guilty of raping a child gets two life sentencesMarch 28, 2018In “Court”Child rapist sentenced to life acquitted of another rape chargeJanuary 31, 2018In “Court” Rohan Daniels, a logger, was on Wednesday evening found guilty on two counts of sexual activity with a child family member by a 12-member jury at the High Court.The panel deliberated for about three hours and they were tasked with handing a verdict on four separate counts of child sex activity.An 11-1 proportion found him guilty on the first count and a proportion of 10-2 determined that he was guilty on the third count. However, on the second count, the jury was unable to return a formal verdict (9-3 proportion).He was unanimously found not guilty on the fourth count.Guilty on two counts: Rohan Daniels According to the particulars of the first and third counts for which he was found guilty, the logger between April 12 and 13, 2014, and July 23, 2016 performed vaginally penetrative acts on the minor.She was between 10 and 13 years old during the span of the attacks.A relative of the Virtual Complainant read out the girl’s statement in court where the child outlined that she lives in discomfort and harbours difficulty relating to males. According to the victim, since the sexual abuse, she often has nightmares and bad dreams with constant flashbacks of the harrowing attacks inflicted upon her.“I want him to go away for life and I want him to die there; he will be judged by God. I want all men when they see people’s girl children, they must leave them alone,” the victim stressed.During the trial, it was highlighted that the victim’s mother had walked in when one of the illegal acts were being committed.After hearing the jury’s decision, Daniels with a cold and unrepentant appearance said he is “not guilty of this act; that’s all, thank you.”In handing down the sentence,  Justice Simone Morris-Ramlall said that she considered the nature of the offences, the circumstances under which the acts were committed and that the accused violated the child in the presence of other siblings and also when the victim’s mother was away at work.Justice Ramlall stressed that Daniels expressed no remorse after being found guilty and said she saw no basis for the court to show him mercy. He was sentenced to life imprisonment for each count and the prison terms will run concurrently. read more

Aurox enters into agreement with Chinese steel and construction companies

first_imgAurox Resources has entered into a heads of agreement with Chengde Iron & Steel Group and China Metallurgical Group Corp (MCC). The agreement outlines the principles for a joint venture in relation to the Balla Balla vanadium and iron ore projects, located in the Pilbara region, Western Australia, in addition to proposed share placement, convertible note terms and product offtake arrangements.Pursuant to the terms of the agreement, the parties intend to negotiate formal agreements for execution by the end of September which will be subject to a number of proposed conditions. In April 2005 Aurox entered into the Balla Balla option agreement whereby it gained the right to undertake a bankable feasibility study (BFS) for the mining and production of vanadium-pentoxide and ferrovanadium. Under the terms of the Balla Balla option agreement, Aurox may acquire the project from the vendors for $15 million to acquire a 100% equity interest in the project and effect transfer of the tenements following completion of the BFS.The 16 km Balla Balla titanomagnetite horizon currently hosts a JORC compliant resource of 303 Mt grading 0.65% V2O5, 43% Fe and 13% Ti. The horizon includes the vanadium project, which is the focus of a BFS for the mining and production of ferrovanadium and vanadium pentoxide over the next 30 years. The BFS is scheduled for completion at the end of September. The iron ore project includes 11 km of titanomagnetite located beyond the BFS limits where further drilling and a subsequent feasibility study for the production of iron ore concentrate are proposed to be carried out.Under the agreement, Chengde/MCC will farm into the Balla Balla vanadium and iron ore projects via cash payments of A$20 million following completion pursuant to the Balla Balla option agreement. Chengde/MCC will also provide funding of A$33.6 million by way of a convertible note and a share placement. The agreement also provides for Chengde/MCC to purchase by way of proposed offtake arrangements 70% of the Balla Balla ferro vanadium production and a minimum of 2 Mt/y of titanomagnetite iron ore concentrate for the life of the vanadium and iron ore projects respectively.last_img read more

PICK Szeged beat Veszprem in Hungarian derby

11.Komloi10226230:2806 ← Previous Story PSG Handball 6 of 6 in France Next Story → TATRAN Presov lost to SEHA League leaders Vardar Skopje 1.Telekom Veszprem131201412:29424 14.Mezokovesdi9108216:2662 Pick SzegedTelekom Veszprem 5.Balatonfuredi9315225:2247 6.Cegledi8314179:2047 3.Tatabanya9702237:21714 9.Gyongyosi7304161:1786 MOL-PICK Szeged beat Telekom Veszprem 26:23 (14:13) in Hungarian handball derby! The reigning SEHA and Hungarian champions suffered second defeat in the season in away match against the biggest domestic rival. Despite Juan Carlos Pastor replaced most of the roster from the previous three years, team from Szeged is capable to beat one of the biggest European teams just after two months of the season.MOL-Pick Szeged – Telekom Veszprém 26:23 (14:13)MOL-Pick Szeged: Sierra, Sego – Obranovic, Kallman 3, Bodó 2, Gonsalves 1, Zubai, Balogh 2, Skube 5, Blazevic, Gaber 2, Sostaric 6 (1), Rodriguez, Bánhidi, Buntic 2, Gorbok 3Telekom Veszprém: Mikler – Schuch, Ilic 2 (1), Palmarsson 6, Gajic 1 (1), Nilsson 1, Nagy 2, Ugalde 4, Marguc 3, Chema 1, Ancsin 1, Terzic, Blagotinsek, Sulic 2STANDINGS: 10.Eger8305168:1976 8.Budakalasz7304164:1756 7.Vaci7304173:1816 13.Balmazujvaros10118225:2853 4.Csurgoi8611220:18513 2.Szeged9900303:19818  Fotók: Vörös Dávid 12.Oroshazi8206203:2324 read more

50 jobs at risk at Carlow meat plant

first_imgFIFTY JOBS MAY be gone at a meat-processing plant in Carlow.Kepak has informed staff at the plant in Hacketstown that it is to review its meat division structures, as well as the Hacketstown plant.The plant employs 50 people, but throughput has dropped by around half in the last decade.A spokesperson for the company told Agriland that the review was aimed at making the plant competitive.“The cost structure needs to be addressed to make it competitive; the plant is underutilised and we have to take a hard look at whether or not the plant has a viable future as a stand-alone operation.“Kepak is fully committed to retain its position as a key lamb processor in the Irish market. Kepak Athleague, County Roscommon, is a state-of-the-art vertically integrated lamb slaughtering and cutting facility, which has been heavily invested in recent years and now is the Group’s centre of innovation in lamb processing and it delivers world-class efficiencies and quality product.”Read: Burger King returns to 100% Irish beefRead: 40 new jobs for Kepak in Corklast_img read more