Two Ministers among 134 in fray in Rajasthan

first_imgUnion Ministers Arjun Ram Meghwal and Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore are among the 134 candidates whose fate will be decided in the 12 Lok Sabha constituencies in Rajasthan that go to the polls on Monday. Polling on 13 of the 25 seats in the State took place on April 29, while Bikaner, Nagaur, Dausa, Alwar and Jaipur Rural are some of the keenly watched constituencies in the fifth phase of polling.The resurgent Congress, after its victory in the 2018 State Assembly election, is giving a tough fight to the BJP, which has skirted local issues and highlighted terrorism and defence preparedness as the subjects of national significance in its campaign. The candidates and leaders of both the parties came out in full strength on the last day of campaigning on Saturday and conducted roadshows and rallies in various towns.Two former Olympians — Col. Rathore (BJP) and Krishna Poonia (Congress) — are locked in a keen contest in Jaipur Rural, while Mr. Meghwal is facing rebellion by the BJP workers in Bikaner after the exit of veteran leader Devi Singh Bhati from the party. Mr. Meghwal and his cousin Madan Gopal, as the Congress candidate, are the two former civil servants in the fray in Rajasthan.Battle royale Two seers — Sumedhanand Saraswati and Mahant Balak Nath — are contesting the election on BJP tickets from Sikar and Alwar, respectively, while the only erstwhile royal family’s scion in the fray is Bhanwar Jitendra Singh from Alwar. Jaipur royal family’s Diya Kumari contested the polls from Rajsamand in the fourth phase.Both the Congress and the BJP candidates in Dausa, reserved for the Scheduled Tribes, are women. While the Congress gave the ticket to Savita Meena in its first list released on March 28, the delay in the announcement of former MP Jaskaur Meena’s name as the BJP candidate exposed the fight between factions led by local leaders Kirori Lal Meena and Om Prakash Hudla.Centre of attraction The Nagaur seat is going to be a centre of attraction for political analysts and psephologists, as the Rashtriya Loktantrik Party president Hanuman Beniwal is in the fray as part of an alliance of BJP with his party. Mr. Beniwal, who had quit the BJP and was elected an Independent MLA from Khinvsar, faces Jyoti Mirdha of Congress, who comes from the influential family of Jat leader Nathuram Mirdha — elected an MP for six times since 1971.About 2.30 crore voters, including 1.09 crore women, will exercise their franchise in 12 constituencies. The seats going to polls are Sriganganagar, Bikaner, Sikar, Churu, Jhunjhunu, Jaipur, Jaipur Rural, Alwar, Bharatpur, Karauli-Dholpur, Dausa and Nagaur.last_img read more

Man returning home after casting vote murdered by neighbours in Punjab

first_imgEven as polling for the last phase of Lok Sabha elections was under way in Punjab’s Tarn Taran district on Sunday, a man was brutally murdered, in full public glare, allegedly by his neighbours following a heated exchange over some issue. The incident occurred at Sarli Kalan village under the Khadoor Sahib Parliamentary constituency when the victim, Bunty Singh (30) was returning home after exercising his franchise, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Kuldip Singh Chahal said. He, however, clarified that the incident was not related to the polling. “This murder is not related to the ongoing polls and is not an incident of poll violence,” he told the reporters in Tarn Taran. The murder was a result of “some sudden provocation” and the accused, who were the victim’s neighbours and whose exact number is being verified, were under the influence of alcohol, Mr. Chahal added. They allegedly attacked Singh on his neck with a sharp-edged weapon, killing him on the spot, he said. A manhunt has been launched to nab the accused, the SSP said. Woman dies in Madhya Pradesh A woman on Sunday died of cardiac arrest while standing in a queue at a polling booth in Chandora village, part of the Ratlam-Jhabua Lok Sabha seat, a poll officer said.“A woman voter identified as Genda Bai (58) died after suffering a heart attack when she was waiting in the queue at Chandora village booth under Ratlam-Jhabua Lok Sabha constituency,” said VL Kantha Rao, Chief Electoral Officer of Madhya Pradesh. Earlier, two government employees engaged in the election duty also died in separate incidents in Madhya Pradesh.“Garu Singh Chogad, who was deployed at the Jalwat polling booth in Dhar Lok Sabha constituency, died after suffering a heart failure on Sunday morning,” Rao said. In another incident, a presiding officer, Anil Nema, in Dewas Lok Sabha seat died of cardiac arrest on Saturday night, he said. Polling was under way in Dewas, Ujjain, Mandsaur, Ratlam, Dhar, Indore, Khargone and Khandwa, with voter turnout recorded at 59.38% till 4 p.m.last_img read more

Alaska climbs to third spot, denies Rain or Shine of twice-to-beat

first_imgRead Next MOST READ LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico View comments Alaska’s victory also assured defending champion San Miguel of the twice-to-beat advantage in the playoffs.Vic Manuel came through in the clutch for the Aces, who played without Calvin Abueva and Carl Bryan Cruz, as his jumper gave Alaska a 96-95 lead with 39 seconds left in the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJVee Casio and Kevin Racal then iced the game from the free throw line.Alaska head coach Alex Compton was in awe of how his team delivered under duress especially when Maverick Ahanmisi and James Yap combined their efforts to bring Rain or Shine back in the game. After shrugging off jitters, Kai Sotto unleashes strength Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Manuel and Racala also filled up the scoring column for the Aces with 14 and 13 points, respectively, while Sonny Thoss and Simon Enciso had 10 points apiece.Ahanmisi led the Elasto Painters with 23 points, five rebounds, five assists, and five steals while Yap added 17 points. Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City AFP official booed out of forum LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving “What a game, awesome game,” said Compton. “Maverick Ahanmisi gave me about 800 new gray hairs there in the fourth quarter. I don’t know how many points he had but he hit three threes and a three-point play. He really helped bring them back and it was huge. James had been playing great.”“I just really appreciate the efforts of our guys to weather the storm and keep coming.”Alaska held an 83-75 lead at the 8:03 mark of the fourth before Ahanmisi displayed his marksmanship.Ahanmisi had 15 points in Rain or Shine’s blistering 20-9 run in the fourth that Yap capped off with a jumper to give the Elasto Painters a 95-94 edge with 1:30 remaining.Casio came up with 22 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists to lead Alaska while rookie Jeron Teng and Marlon Magat both had 14 points.ADVERTISEMENT Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Vic Manuel. PBA IMAGESAlaska ground it out and frustrated Rain or Shine, 99-95, to reach the third spot in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Aces improved to 7-4, half-a-game behind no.2 Magnolia, after snapping their two-game losing streak and denying the Elasto Painters, who skidded to 5-4,  a chance for a twice-to-beat advantage come the quarterfinals.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

Outvote India on DRS, suggests Boycott

first_imgFormer England batsman Geoffrey Boycott feels cricket-playing countries should combine to outvote BCCI’s opposition to the Decision Review System in the ICC even though most of them are “frightened to death of India’s financial power”.Former England batsman Sir Geoffrey Boycott.”If a majority of the ICC countries believe that the DRS is a good improvement for international cricket, they should vote for it and say, ‘Sorry India, you are in a minority.’ It’s supposed to be a democracy around the world, where the majority takes precedence,” Boycott told a website.”But there is fear to offend, and some countries are totally afraid to offend India. The sooner they get around to it and say, ‘No. Since a majority of us believe it is good, we’re going to do it,’ the better. Simple as that. India won’t like it, but you can’t be run by one country,” he added.India has vehemently opposed the DRS, saying it does not trust the technology to be foolproof, blocking its usage in the upcoming tour of England most recently.Boycott said it is just the fear of BCCI’s money might that is preventing other boards from speaking up in favour of DRS.”Many countries that play cricket are frightened to death of India’s financial power. You’ve got to understand that before you get to voting on anything at the ICC,” he said.”When you play international cricket, every country has its own television rights with its home broadcaster. When India come, you’ve got a number of TV stations queuing up in India to get the rights to beam the coverage in India and they pay a lot of money for that. Other countries don’t have the same financial buying power.advertisement”So nobody wants to offend India. Nobody wants to create a situation where they say, ‘We’re not going to tour.’ I’m not saying India say that, and I’m not saying India are putting the pressure on and blackmailing; they don’t. But, underneath, these countries are frightened to speak up,” Boycott explained.Boycott said argument that resentment to BCCI’s influence in the ICC stems from other countries’ discomfort with shifting of the balance of power towards Asia, does not hold much ground.”If you believe it was wrong earlier… and there are some people like my friend Sunil Gavaskar. He says that England and Australia ran the Imperial Cricket Conference, when it was called that, and he’s right. They used to have two votes each, the other countries had one. That wasn’t fair and it wasn’t right. Now everybody has one vote,” he said.”If it wasn’t right back then, two wrongs don’t make a right. It’s about time the other countries stood up and said, ‘We’re going to have the DRS because it’s made more accurate decisions for cricket and it’s all players ever want,'” he reasoned.- With inputs from PTIFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

Wendell Comboy’s Tamaraws stint ends in heartbreak

first_imgLATEST STORIES Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Far Eastern University was booted out of the title race when it bowed to University of Santo Tomas, 81-71, in the stepladder game of the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Comboy, one of the four graduating seniors for the Tamaraws, was a champion in his first year in the UAAP but he’ll walk away from the league looking forward to the future with a heart that will need some mending.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“Actually I didn’t expect that our postseason would end this way,” said Comboy in Filipino. “We wanted to get to the finals, of course, but what happened has happened. I’ll get ready for the next level with the help of my manager and my family.”Comboy has been in the Final Four for his whole collegiate career but his last game in the UAAP was a rough one, scoring just eight points on a miserable 2-of-17 shooting while grabbing seven rebounds. Daniel Nguyen favorite to win Vietnam’s first SEA Games tennis gold Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issuecenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We’ve worked hard during the season and no one believed that we would be in the Final Four that’s why I’m so proud of this team,” said Cani. Priority legislation in the 18th Congress MOST READ What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Nevertheless, the graduating guard was a solid presence for FEU during the season averaging 10.4 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 1.9 assists.Comboy said that even though they failed to get the title, finishing with an 8-6 record was enough to tell himself that he and the rest of the Tamaraws did a good job.“The coaches told us that we achieved more this season and coach Olsen [Racela] told us that he’s seen personal growth from all of us,” said Comboy, whose Tamaraws had a spectacular 5-2 record in the second round.As for Hubert Cani, his career in the UAAP was vastly different with Comboy’s.Cani was with Ateneo in his freshman year, 2015, but transferred to FEU after just one season and eventually suiting up for the Tamaraws in 2017.ADVERTISEMENT Rice industry paralysis MANILA, Philippines—Wendell Comboy’s collegiate career ended in the opposite way it started.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Messinia Pro-Am: Golfers were the protagonists

first_imgAthens, 02 March 2017. The 1st international golf tournament, Messinia Pro-Am took place at The Dunes Course and The Bay Course from February 21-24 2017. The golf tournament attracted 27 Teams consisting of 27 top professionals and 81 amateur golfers from 14 countries, including the Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Russia, the UK and the United States.The 1st Messinia Pro-Am was played over 54 holes (three rounds) with each team consisted of one professional and three amateurs. The high level of the golfers, offered a strong and competitive tournament where the daily results balanced until the end of each round.The Messinia Pro-Am closed with the Gala dinner and Prize Award Ceremony, which was presented by Nadia Boule and Christos Chatziioannou. Mr. Achilles V. Constantakopoulos, Chairman & CEO, of TEMES S.A., developers of Costa Navarino opened the Gala dinner with his speech. He highlighted the long-standing dream of his father and founder of Costa Navarino, Captain Vassilis Constantakopoulos to make Greece a premier golf destination.The Dunes Course during Messinia Pro-Am (Messinia Pro-Am @ Costa Navarino)The first award of the night was a special ‘Hole in One’ award given to German journalist from Golf Spielen, Petra Himmel. She is one of only 6 golfers to have managed this rare feat in competition at The Bay Course. Petra Himmel also received the awards for the “Longest Drive” and “Closest To The Pin” for women. David Arendt received the “Longest Drive” men’s category. Haris Papadopoulos received the Men’s “Closest To The Pin” award.The 1st place Team was the professional Stuart Boyle and amateurs Haris Papadopoulos, Georgios Kyvernitis and Daniele Bovio.2nd place went to the professional Steve Dooley and amateurs Gerhard Komarek, Andreas Hainz and Gerhard Marischka. Professional Panos Karantzias and his team of amateurs Igor Graskin, Christian Werner and Bettina Schroeder won 3rd place.The evening concluded with the awards for the winning Professionals!Federico Elli (PGA Italy) was the 1st Messinia Pro-Am champion. “Costa Navarino is always a top place to be…a wonderful hotel, wonderful golf course and all the staff are brilliant. I think this is one of the best spots for a golfing holiday…we will come back for sure next year.” said Mr. Elli. His interview can be watched here.Ralph Miller (PGA Holland) was 2nd and Lorenzo Gagli (PGA Italy) 3rd. Hugo Santos and Emanuele Canonica were 4th and 5th respectively. Finally, Paul Nilbrink the winner of the 4th Aegean Airlines Pro Am (2009) came 6th. In addition to these top professionals, celebrities also participated in the tournament, such as top American basketball player Joe Arlauckas and German TV presenter, Annica Hansen.The surprises did not stop there! In a special contest sponsored by Intersys SA, three lucky people won 3 unique TomTom Sports Runner 2 watches.Federico Elli (PGA Italy), Champion of the 1st Messinia Pro-Am (Messinia Pro-Am @ Costa Navarino)The 1st Messinia Pro-Am was a success because of the great support of many sponsors such as our official airline partner of the tournament, AEGEAN, member of the global airline STAR ALLIANCE, the official sponsor Loux, the largest soft drink and juice company in Greece, and the official sponsors Vodafone, Athens International Airport (AIA), Poseidonia, MyTransfer and CU BOX.The company J.VOURAKIS SONS EE, an official supporter of the tournament designed the awards for the Prize Giving Ceremony. Other official supporters of the tournament were METAXA, the well-known companies Kyvernitis Travel, Heineken, Ford Motor Hellas and ΤοmTom Sports.Messinia Pro-Am was also supported by a number of helpers: Kalamata Papadimitriou, the liquor and beverage brands of Stolichnaya and Fever-Tree, Predaris company with Cu Wrap, Dimiourgies company and the natural mineral water company Hyas.The 1st Messinia Pro-Am was organized under the auspices of the PGAs of Europe, the PGA of Greece, the Hellenic Golf Federation and the Hellenic Olympic Academy.TweetPinShare5555 Shareslast_img read more

India vs West Indies live streaming: Where to watch IND vs WI 2nd Test Day 2 live streaming online

first_imgWest Indies rode on excellent half centuries by Roston Chase and skipper Jason Holder to recover from a middle order collapse and post a healthy 295/7 against India at stumps on the opening day of the second cricket Test at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Friday.Chase (98 not out) and tailender Devendra Bishoo (2 not out) were at the crease when the umpires dislodged the bails for the day.Resuming the final session at 197/6, Chase and Holder (52) stretched their seventh wicket partnership further to 104 runs before the skipper finally fell to pacer Umesh Yadav, caught behind by keeper Rishabh Pant.Not being able to dismiss the middle and lower-order was a problem in England and it once again turned out to be the bowling unit’s bane as the Chase-Holder duo added 104 runs for the seventh wicket.Nonetheless, Umesh Yadav (3/83 in 23 overs) bowled his heart out on a good batting track while left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav (3/74 in 26 overs) was also impressive during the first two sessions.Debutant pacer Shardul Thakur left the field complaining of groin strain after bowling merely 10 deliveries and the Indian attack was reduced to four men.It seemed good enough till tea time but the lack of a fifth bowler did have its effect in the final session as the two senior spinners Ravichandran Ashwin (1/49 in 24.2 overs) and Ravindra Jadeja (0/69 in 20 overs) lacked a Plan B to dismiss a set Chase.That Jadeja didn’t even have a Plan A was evident as he bowled flat out but wasn’t even restrictive like Ashwin.advertisementIndia vs West Indies 2nd Test Live Streaming: How to watch IND vs WI Live Streaming on Hotstar, JioTV and AirtelIndia vs West Indies 2nd Test live streaming from Hyderabad: Watch IND vs WI 2nd Test match free live streaming online: Watch IND vs WI Final Live on Hotstar, JioTV and Airtel TV.What time does the 2nd Test between India vs West Indies start?Day 2 of the first Test starts on 9:30 AM IST on October 13, Saturday at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.What TV channel and live stream is the 2nd Test between India and West Indies Live Streaming on?Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD in English commentary and Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 3 HD in Hindi Commentary. Hotstar, JioTV and Airtel TV will live stream India vs West Indies match.Where will the 2nd Test between India and West Indies be played?The 2nd Test between India and West Indies will be played at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad from 09:30 IST.Where can I watch the India vs West Indies 2nd Test live?The match will be shown in Star Sports network and can also be streamed on hotstar.com.Where can I check the online live updates of the India vs West Indies 2nd Test?You can follow our ball-by-ball-updates of the match between India vs West Indies from our live blog on indiatoday.in.What are the squads for the 2nd Test between India and West Indies?India: Prithvi Shaw, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Shardul Thakur.West Indies: Kraigg Brathwaite, Kieran Powell, Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer, Sunil Ambris, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich (wk), Jason Holder (c), Devendra Bishoo, Jomel Warrican, Shannon Gabriel.last_img read more

This School’s Recruiting Graphic Is Getting Crushed

Zach Mettenberge releases a pass against Arkansas.BATON ROUGE, LA – NOVEMBER 29: Quarterback Zach Mettenberger #8 of the LSU Tigers throws a a pass against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Tiger Stadium on November 29, 2013 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)Which college football program produces the best quarterback talent? USC takes the cake with the most quarterbacks drafted, with a few notable names such as Carson Palmer and Vince Evans.Let’s narrow that down to the SEC. One school believes it is “QBU” at least over the past 20 years.New LSU offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Steve Ensminger touted the program’s strength at the position.Check it out.“Competition breeds excellence.”Come compete to be the best right here at LSU #GeauxTigers pic.twitter.com/uAEHDJAsvz— Steve Ensminger (@SteveEnsminger) May 15, 2018The graphic didn’t go over too well on Twitter, with people coming out of the woodwork to rip LSU for its recruiting tools.Each one more terrible than the last— Kelsi Hendrix ?? (@KelsiHendrix10) May 15, 2018This is just sad— A&E presents: A True Duck Story? (@JusGettinBetter) May 15, 2018Their marks on the NFL are undeniable…— Gator (@hgators85) May 15, 2018Matt Flynn has had the best NFL career and it’s been spent as a backup. Yes, Rohan Davey won two Super Bowls, but he wasn’t good enough to hold off Matt Cassell for the third-string spot on the New England Patriots.Perhaps the Tigers should stick to touting their defensive backs instead? Just a suggestion. read more

Construction to Begin Next Month on Diagnostic Centres for Special Needs Children

first_img The centres will alleviate the need for parents to take their children to Kingston for assessment. Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, says work will begin next month on the establishment of three diagnostic and care centres to cater to students with special education needs in rural Jamaica.“Construction is starting in December at Sam Sharpe (Teachers’ College in St. James) for the construction of the centre there and we have existing space at Church Teachers’ College (in Manchester) and we expect to have space also at CASE (College of Agriculture, Science and Education in Portland) and so we are now sourcing equipment for all three centres,” he said.The Minister was speaking to journalists on November 7 at the 8th staging of the Caribbean Child Research Conference at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston.The centres will alleviate the need for parents to take their children to Kingston for assessment at the Mico Child Assessment and Research in Education Centre (CARE), which is currently the only such facility in the island.“We are using the kind of enablement that MICO Care has had as a template for the other centres; and so we hope that by the end of the first quarter in 2014, they will be up and running,” he said.The facilities are estimated to cost the Government some $40 million.Rev. Thwaites said the Ministry will be partnering with universities to ensure the centres will be appropriately staffed with professionals in the area of special education.“We are going to be asking the universities to assist us with people in particular skills areas that we need – speech therapy, guidance counselling (etcetera), and schools should be able to send children, who they can’t handle to these institutions for diagnosis and for therapy,” he stated.He noted that the Ministry will be increasing the training of teachers and principals in the schools so that they can recognise the children, who have particular challenges.The Education Minister said there are also plans to source additional funding for the establishment of a similar centre in Old Harbour to serve the regions of Clarendon and St. Catherine.Rev. Thwaites stated that the move to establish the facilities is in keeping with Government’s plans to revitalise and transform the education system with special emphasis on early childhood and special education.He informed that approximately 20 per cent of children in the education system can be categorized as special needs cases.The two-day Caribbean Child Research Conference, which is being held under theme: ‘Beyond 2015: Safeguarding Our Children’s Future’, aims to examine the progress made since 2000, when many nations committed to eight millennium development goals (MDGs).It is being staged by the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES), in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), Early Childhood Commission (ECC), Office of the Children’s Advocate, Caribbean Child Development Centre, Office of the Children’s Registry, and Child Development Agency, among others. The facilities are estimated to cost the Government some $40 million. Story Highlights Work will begin next month on three diagnostic and care centres for students with special education needs in rural Jamaica.last_img read more

Mother of sick First Nations boy challenges Harper to show face in

first_imgBy Tim FontaineAPTN National NewsMaurina Beadle is as defiant as ever.“I’m not afraid,” said Beadle. “I’m not afraid to go back into the courthouse again.”It’s something she may have to do to ensure treatment continues for her son Jeremy who has multiple disabilities requiring medical care at more than $8,000 a month.The federal government chips in a fraction of that while the Pictou Landing First Nation, in Nova Scotia, pays the rest.In 2011, the band took Ottawa to court and in April won. Now the federal government is appealing the victory which won on the Jordan’s Principle.It’s an agreement that the feds have with a handful of provinces stipulating First Nation families will have hospital bills covered and the governments will argue who has to pick up the tab later.“You know one thing? I’d like to see the prime minister of Canada show his face in that courtroom the same time as I do,” said Beadle. “All that is needed is the full implementation of Jordan’s Principle. Mr. Harper, get off your…open up your eyes and look at it. Step out of your circle.”The band will continue to pay for Jeremy’s care while the case goes through the courts even though they say they’ve already paid $180,000.Beadle said she’s frustrated but ready for round two.“We won the first case, we’re going to win the second,” she said. “I’m going to make sure of it.”TFontaine@aptn.caTwitter: @anishinaboylast_img read more

Former LTTE commander killed in Paris

Nadarajah Mathinthiran alias Parithi, an ex-LTTE commander who had left the movement in the early 90’s and later coordinated Tamil organisational political activities in France since 2003, was killed last evening outside the office of the Tamil Coordinating Committee (TCC) in Paris, the Tamil Nwt website quoted news sources in France as saying.The website meanwhile said that people close to the 49-year-old organiser, who was also known as Reagon, blamed the Sri Lankan military establishment for the assassination. “This seems to be a psyop assassination by the Sri Lankan state targeting the political mobilisation of the Tamil diaspora,” Mr Pradeep, an independent political activist based in Paris told TamilNet. The French Police is investigating the killing. Mathinthiran was shot at least three times when he was leaving the office of the TCC around 9:00 p.m. at Pyranees in Paris 20. Two weeks ago, the French legal proceedings sanctioned him a 10 months probation period that would have put him under close monitoring with restricted movement, including electronic monitoring. Reagon took part in the early operations of the LTTE against the Sri Lankan military in Mannaar, Jaffna and Vanni. He was a middle-level commander when he left the LTTE in the early 90’s.In 2003, when the Tiger leadership was engaged in transforming its diaspora network from its earlier structure, Mathinthiran, now named as Parithi was appointed as the coordinator of political and fund-raising activities in France.When the French authorities went on a crackdown of LTTE fundraising activities, Mathinthiran alias Parithi was held under arrest from 2007 to 2010 and was subjected to legal proceedings. He was released in 2010 under several conditions of monitoring by the French. The assassination has come at a time when Tamil groups in Paris were shedding away their internal differences of opinion, diaspora Tamil activists said, passing the entire blame of the assassination on the Sri Lankan military establishment.Mathinthiran was given with the nom de guerre Reagon when he joined the LTTE in 1983. He received his military training in the 2nd batch of the LTTE’s training programme provided by India. Some of his batch mates in the training camp in India were Kumarappa, Bhanu, Ranjan Lala and Vasu, the Tamil Net website said. read more

Latest CSO stats show improvement in Government deficit

first_imgTHE COUNTRY’s General Government Deficit stood at 6 per cent of of quarterly GDP in the second three months of the year, according to the latest figures from the CSO.The figures show an improvement on the position for the second three months of 2012, when the corresponding figure was 8.3 per cent of GDPThe deficit figures show the difference between what the Government spends and what it takes in.Meanwhile, the country’s gross debt (GGDebt) stood at €204.5 billion, or 125.7 per cent of annualised GDP at the end of the second three months of the year.That compares to a level of €180.2 billion or 110.2 per cent of GDP at end of June 2012.The debt level for the second quarter of this year represents an increase of €0.4 billion on the previous quarter.Read: Government deficit grows by €360m in a year >last_img read more

Epson and E Ink developing 2400 x 1650 pixel ereader display

first_imgAnyone who owns or has used an e-reader like the Amazon Kindle will know how clear and readable text can be on such a display. Images come out looking quite crisp, even if they are devoid of color. And yet those 6-inch displays only have a resolution of 600 x 800 at 167dpi.Epson is working to develop a much higher resolution display using the same e-reader technology from E Ink. The new screen will be 9.68-inches and will sport a resolution of 2400 x 1650 at 300dpi.AdChoices广告While the current e-reader screens may be perfect for reading text, they can’t produce the detail required for industries that use engineering plans and technical diagrams. There’s also benefits of a higher resolution display for rendering Asian character sets, and illustrations. So it’s not just industry, but educational institutions that could benefit from such a display.Wanting to offer the benefits of e-paper, but also requiring that higher resolution for the detail, has led Epson to E Ink’s door ready to create the required new display. While E Ink brings the display technology to the table, Epson has a key element in the form of a high-speed display controller platform allowing not only for fast page renders, but also for handling large files that come hand-in-hand with more detailed documents. Together the meeting of technology from these two firms should mean the highest resolution e-paper yet seen on the market, and hopefully in many new consumer e-readers too.Read more at the Epson press release, via V3Matthew’s OpinionAdding the higher resolution to the display does allow e-readers to do more. High resolution diagrams are one thing, but illustrations as part of the text are a big part of school books, and on the consumer side it means the potential for graphic novels to be offered in a more detailed form, among other things.Before owning a Kindle I thought a 6-inch display would be way too small, but for reading books it isn’t. However, the move to 10-inches coupled with a higher resolution, and hopefully color, makes a lot of sense. iPad has shown that 10-inch is a size that works, and if an e-reader can achieve it while remaining as thin as a Kindle it could be very popular.last_img read more

Facebook imite Twitter

first_imgFacebook imite TwitterLe réseau social a annoncé le lancement prochain d’une fonction indiquant l’activité en temps réel des utilisateurs, reprenant le principe de Twitter.Facebook semble désormais vouloir attaquer Twitter sur son propre terrain, celui du microblogging. Le réseau social a ainsi annoncé le lancement de la fonction “Happening now” (“ce qui se passe en ce moment”) indiquant en temps réel l’activité de ses “amis” sur le réseau social, explique l’AFP. Il prend ainsi modèle sur ce qui a fait le succès de Twitter, précisant que cette nouvelle fonction était en test auprès de “moins de 1%” de ses 600 millions d’utilisateurs dans le monde.”Nous testons actuellement cette fonction à l’intérieur du déroulé d’actualités, elle donne aux gens la possibilité de voir ce que leurs amis commentent ou aiment, au moment où cela se passe”, explique ainsi un communiqué de Facebook. “Au cours des prochaines semaines, nous allons en savoir plus sur cet essai, l’améliorer et éventuellement l’étendre à plus de gens”, peut-on également lire. Une annonce qui tombe surtout au moment où la chaîne de télévision américaine CNBC annonce que Facebook entrerait en Bourse en 2012 avec une valorisation de plus de 100 milliards de dollars…Le 14 juin 2011 à 12:29 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Surprise Once Again Game of Thrones Is The Most IllegallyDownloaded

first_img ‘Game of Thrones’ Targaryen Prequel Series Is Reportedly Coming to HBO‘Game of Thrones’ Star Kit Harington Joins Marvel’s &#… When it comes to pirating television shows, people know what they like and want to see. That’s why it probably comes as no surprise that once again, HBO has declared Game of Thrones the most pirated show of the year. The results come from a report compiled by TorrentFreak, which names Game of Thrones as the most downloaded bit of media on BitTorrent for the fifth year running. I guess it’s safe to say people love Game of Thrones and really hate paying for HBO like everyone else.According to TorrentFreak, the number of downloads was pretty close to 2015’s numbers, with about 350,000 “actively sharing” an episode across multiple torrents. That’s a lot of people. But how many were seeding and how many were leeching? Important points to consider. People hate to seed. Especially when it’s something really hard to find. But I digress.The rest of the list was filled with mediocre shows like The Flash, Arrow, the always-terrible The Big Bang Theory, and more. Unsurprisingly, however, was The Walking Dead at number two and Westworld at number three, shows that people can never stop talking about. It seems everyone is getting their hands on the shows, so the conversation will certainly continue. Lucifer, Suits, and The Grand Tour rounded out the bottom of the list. You might remember reports of Amazon’s The Grand Tour being the most illegally downloaded show of all time. This new info basically refutes that.So what have we learned? People want to get their entertainment cheaply, or at least some of them, and Game of Thrones is still as popular as ever. Maybe with the popularity still at an all-time high, next season can really step it up since it’s been on a downward spiral ever since it started veering away so radically from the books. We’ll just have to wait and see. Stay on targetlast_img read more

FIU grad students participating in 2day earthquake drill

first_imgWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – The final step in the pursuit of a degree for some Florida International University graduate students is getting all shook up this weekend.There is no final exam for the first graduating class of FIU’s Academy for International Disaster Preparedness. In what constitutes a first for the academic institution, the 39 students are participating in a full-scale, 48-hour disaster drill simulating a catastrophic earthquake.In the drill, the group is divided in teams that will have to build a base of operations and conduct field assessments.FIU officials praised the participants’ dedication. “These students are the best and so unique. They really come from our community,” said Ruben Almaguer, FIU’s Assistant Vice President for Disaster Management and Emergency Operations. “They’re firefighters, they’re law enforcement officers, they’re in the military, the U.S. Coast Guard. We have a doctor, we have a lawyer, we have other civilians who want to get into this field.”Saturday afternoon, students worked directly with Miami-Dade Fire Rescue’s Air Rescue and Marine Divisions and the U.S. Coast Guard. They will be transported aboard a Coast Guard vessel and a Miami-Dade Fire Rescue fire boat. They will also assist in aerial damage assessment using a Miami-Dade Fire Rescue helicopter to evaluate a simulated disaster site across Biscayne Bay.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Apple CEO Tim Cook teases new services for 2019

first_img Tags Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Apple What to expect from Apple in 2019 Boost Mobile All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Sprint $999 $999 Tim Cook Apple • Apple CEO Tim Cook says Apple’s greatest contribution will be in health care. CNBC Apple plans to expand its growing stable of services this year with “material” new additions, Apple CEO Tim Cook said Tuesday during an interview on CNBC.”You will see us announce new services this year. There will more things coming,” Cook told CNBC’s Jim Cramer. “I believe they’ll be material over time. I’m not going to forecast.”Apple has been working on the new services for “multiple years,” Cook said, calling attention to the company’s efforts in health care.”This is an area that I believe, if you zoom out into the future, and you look back, and you ask the question, ‘What was Apple’s greatest contribution to mankind?’ It will be about health,” Cook said.But Apple also likely has more than health in mind for new services this year. It’s widely expected that the company will unveil a long-rumored TV streaming service, along with a subscription news offering. See All Comments See It See It Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Apple has made a big push into the health and fitness industry, providing more health data to people through its devices, including step-counting on the iPhone and heart-rate tracking on the Apple Watch.Cook said features like the ECG app on the Apple Watch Series 4, which monitor the electrical patterns of your heart rate and analyze them for potential health issues, are helping with “democratizing” health care.”We are taking what has been with the institution and empowering the individual to manage their health. And we’re just at the front end of this,” he said. “But I do think, looking back, in the future, you will answer that question: Apple’s most important contribution to mankind has been in health.” Now playing: Watch this:center_img 85 Photos Apple iPhone XS CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See It 7:35 CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors See it Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X $999 Best Buy Share your voice 2 reading • Apple CEO Tim Cook teases ‘new services’ for 2019 $999 Phones Sci-Tech Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean itlast_img read more

Oil up 4 percent as Saudis mull meeting tighter market forecast

first_imgOil prices jumped the most in a month, rising more than 4 percent on Thursday, after comments from the Saudi oil minister about possible action to stabilize prices triggered a round of buying and the International Energy Agency forecast crude markets would tighten in the second half of 2016.Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said OPEC members and non-members would discuss the market situation, including any action that may be required to stabilize prices, during an informal meeting on Sept. 26-28 in Algeria.The comments by the minister of the world’s top oil exporter triggered fund buying and some short covering, giving a boost to prices, traders and brokers said.Many traders remain skeptical of the outcome of the meeting, expecting a repeat of the Doha meeting in April when talks fell through after Saudi Arabia backed out, citing Iran’s refusal to join in a so-called production freeze.The IEA, which advises large developed economies on energy policy, forecast a healthy draw in global oil stocks in the next few months that would help ease a glut that has persisted since 2014 on the back of rising OPEC and non-OPEC supply.”The markets clearly are deriving support from both the IEA report and statements from the Saudi oil minister,” said Andrew Lebow, senior partner at Commodity Research Group in Darien, Connecticut.”In a crude market that has seen a combined increase of 200,000 gross short speculative positions over just the past six weeks, any talk of a potential coordinated effort from producers, no matter how unlikely the prospect, will lead to short covering.”Both benchmarks notched their biggest daily percentage gain in a month. U.S. crude CLc1 settled at $43.49 per barrel, up $1.78 or 4.3 percent, while Brent crude LCOc1 closed $1.99 or 4.5 percent higher at $46.04, after both jumped more than 5 percent during the session.Many analysts say they see oil prices trading within a range for the next few weeks, but if Saudi Arabia talks up the market, the potential for a significant drop in prices are high.”The Saudis benefit from talking this market up … they buy a little time and give the market a chance to acquire better balance,” said Jim Ritterbusch, president of Chicago-based energy advisory Ritterbusch & Associates.”If at the end of the day the Saudis don’t go along with an agreement to cut production, the market will go right down, just like last time.”U.S. refined products futures, including gasoline RBc1 and diesel HOc1, jumped after Motiva Enterprises LLC’s [MOTIV.UL] 235,000 barrel per day Convent, Louisiana, refinery was evacuated due to a fire at a hydrocracker around midday on Thursday.Ultra-low sulfur diesel futures soared 5 percent to a session high of $1.3934 a gallon, their highest since July 21 after the news.Diesel crack spreads 1HOc1-Clc1, a key measure of margins for refiners, jumped as much as 7.7 percent to a high of $14.72 during the session. read more

Under40 league Meet the youngest Indian billionaire on the Forbes list

first_imgVijay Shekhar Sharma, the CEO of Paytm holds majority stake in the proposed payments bank.Wikimedia CommonsPaytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma is the youngest Indian to join the Forbes billionaire list.Sharma, 39, is the only Indian billionaire under the age of 40. He is ranked 1,394th on the list with a fortune of $1.7 billion.Son of a schoolteacher from a small city in north India, Sharma founded fast-rising mobile wallet Paytm in 2011. Paytm has notched up 250 million registered users and 7 million transactions daily, according to Forbes.Sharma owns 16 percent of Paytm, which is now valued at $9.4 billion. He has also created Paytm Mall, an e-commerce business business and the Paytm Payments Bank.Sharma, who couldn’t sit for the IIT entrance owing to his poor english proficiency, loved browsing the internet and dreamt about being in Silicon Valley, the mecca for worldwide innovation.He built his first company- ‘XS Communications’, a college-based startup that created Content Management Systems.While trying to set up One97 Communications, the parent company of Paytm, Sharma took a loan of Rs 8 lakhs, which got him into a vicious cycle of unpayable debt. This forced him to take up petty jobs to make ends meet, setting up LAN connections, delivering guest lectures and others.With a few initial hiccups, Sharma founded Paytm in 2011.Globally, the 63 youngest billionaires in the world are worth a collective $265 billion, up from $208 billion last year.last_img read more