Lalgarh tiger continues to be elusive

first_imgAlmost two weeks after an adult male tiger was photographed in the forests of West Bengal’s Lalgarh, it remains elusive. On March 2, four photographs of the tiger were recorded on camera traps in the Lalgarh range of the Medinipur Forest Division. Since then, four trap cages with goats as bait, and two tranquilising teams have been pressed into service. .Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee asked forest officials to use drones to track the tiger, while addressing an administrative meeting on March 8. Two drones have been brought from Kolkata, but with no success. “The tiger is roaming around a radius of 15 sq. km. in an area of about 45-50 sq. km. The tiger is still in the forests of Lalgarh, Pirakata and Goaltore,” Ravi Kant Sinha, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest and Chief Wildlife Warden, Sundarban Biosphere Reserve, told The Hindu.last_img read more

Please don’t go to war: Shahid Afridi’s message to India and Pakistan

first_imgAmid escalating tensions between India and Pakistan after the recent surgical strikes by the Indian Army across the Line of Control (LoC), Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi has urged that two Asian neighbours to maintain peace and say no to war.Taking to micro blogging website Twitter, Shahid Afridi insisted that Pakistan is a peace loving country and that they wanted to have cordial relations with everyone.”Pakistan is a peace loving nation, why talk about extreme measures when things can be resolved through dialogues?” the former T20 skipper said.”Pakistan wants cordial relationship with all. When two neighbours fighght both homes are effected (affected). Say No to war. #Pakistan #India #Peace #neighbours,” he tweeted in a series of tweets.The Indian Army carried surgical strikes across the LoC on the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday to neutralise terrorists from crossing over into India. Seven terror launch pads were destroyed.Two Pakistani soldiers and over 30 terrorists were reportedly killed in the attack.Pakistan is a peace loving nation,y talk abt extreme measures when things can be resolved through dialogues. Pakistan wants cordial 1/2 Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) September 29, 2016Relationship with all. When 2 neighbours fight both homes are effected. #sayno2war #pakistan #peace #india #neighbours Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) September 29, 2016last_img read more

We stand united with BCCI, says ICC director David Peever

first_imgRefuting media speculation about the war between the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and International Cricket Council (ICC), the sport’s world governing body director David Peever said ICC Board meeting was “constructive and friendly.”There were a lot of speculations over a number of issues on which BCCI was unhappy with the ICC.BCCI president Anurag Thakur had last month accused ICC chairman Shashank Moanohr of leaving the board when it needed him the most. The BCCI had also forced the ICC to go back on its proposed two-tier Test format and also questioned the 2017 Champions Trophy’s proposed budget.However, it now seems that the BCCI and ICC have somewhat buried the hatchet, with Thakur being made a part of the governing body’s powerful Finance and Commercial Affairs (F&CA) committee.BCCI had also raised objections about not having its representative in the F&CA committee and senior officials in the board termed it as a humiliation. BCCI had also raised objections about the proposed budget for next year’s Champions Trophy which will be held in England and the board felt that their absence in F&CA has been a reason for it.Peever spoke at length in an ICC interview and said he was happy with the outcome of the board meeting in Cape Town.’NO ACRIMONY'”We had really constructive meetings, friendly meetings and of course robust discussions but no acrimony. In fact a number of decisions were made and all were unanimous decisions. So, it was very good and constructive weekend meetings,” Peever said.advertisementON SHASANK MANOHAR”Again, it was a media speculation. We had an excellent week. The chairman continues to enjoy the full support of all of the members. He’s doing an excellent job. Great week of meeting, constructive and friendly. He was involved in all of them and he’s had discussions with almost all of the members.”ON BIG THREE”It’s a non-existent issue. There are 105 members, 10 full members. We were constructively working together. Each member’s position needs to be respected. Work going on now, continuing in terms of governance review and financial model review which will come forward into next year for considerations.”ON TWO-TIER TEST STRUCTURE”The whole issue of the two-tier Test structure took on a prominent switch which was totally undeserved. Lots of work going on in cricket committee regarding the context of cricket to make sure to reinforce cricket’s popularity into the future. One of many issues under consideration was two-tier Test structure, all of that work continues. There have been lots of good debates are going on.ON INDIA VS PAKISTAN IN CHAMPIONS TROPHY”We work in terms of commitments that all the member make towards these tournaments and those commitments have been made. So we would expect all the members to honour their commitments in a normal way.”ON CHAMPIONS TROPHY BUDGET”Matters are ongoing. It’s a good, lean and efficient budget and I know the ECB would do an excellent job.”ICC CEO Dave Richardson said that all members were working together for the good of the game.”There was a lo of word going into the meeting that India weren’t happy with the ICC but actually it was very comforting to know that there’s lot of unity. Everyone is behind the current ICC chairman Mr Shashank Manohar and all working together for the good of cricket.”last_img read more

ISL 2018-19: Borges, Ogbeche fire North East United FC to 2-0 win over Mumbai City FC

first_imgHosts Mumbai City FC suffered their third defeat in a row after going down 0-2 to North East United FC in a lop-sided Indian Super League game here Wednesday.Mid-fielder Rowllin Borges (4th minute) and striker Bartholomew Ogbeche (33rd minute) scored for the visitors as they grabbed three crucial points from the game played at the Mumbai Football Arena.After this loss, Mumbai City FC moved down to the third spot with 27 points, while North East have jumped to the second position with 27 points and are in fray to make the last four.Before this match, Mumbai had gone down 1-0 to Jamshedpur FC in an ‘away’ game and 2-0 to FC Goa in their previous home game.North East displayed aggressive style of play from the beginning and it paid dividends in the fourth minute itself as they took the lead following a splendid goal by mid-fielder Borges.Keegan Pereira made an excellent run down the left-hand side and cut it back to Borges, who had ample time and space. The 26-year-old Borges, then found his spot and placed it to the top-left corner of the goal, to take his side ahead.While the North East defense was up-to the mark as they kept the Mumbai strikers at bay for most part of the first half, Mumbai custodian Amrinder Singh was kept on his toes.And 34-year-old Ogbeche doubled the lead in the 33rd minute. A powerful cross from the right flank by Reagan Singh reached skipper Ogbeche, after Panagiotis Triadis failed to collect it. The ball then ricocheted off the knee of Ogbeche and rolled into the net. With the goal, Ogbeche became the leading goal-scorer of this season, with 12 strikes to his name.advertisementMumbai had couple of good chances, but failed to convert on both the occasions. At the half-way mark, North East led 2-0.After the change of ends, the pace of the game drastically dropped. In the 57 th minute Mumbai had a chance to pull one back. Marko Klisura failed to get on a long ball from Raynier Fernandes under his control as the North East goal-keeper Pawan Kumar collected it safely.Mumbai had some more chances but could not convert any of them as the visitors emerged triumphant.Also Watch:last_img read more

Pharrell Williams ‘takes a knee’ in Charlottesville protest

first_img Support The Guardian R&B Read more Performing in Charlottesville, Virginia, the site of far-right marches in August, the R&B singer and rapper knelt in front of the crowd, saying: “If I want to get on my knees right now for the people of my city, for the people of my state, that’s what this flag is for”, a reference to the stars and stripes, and to freedom of speech. He also called for “freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of belief, freedom to live.”The protest has been taken up since August last year by African American sports stars, who kneel and stay silent rather than sing the national anthem during sporting events, to highlight racism against black Americans. Numerous players from the Jacksonville Jaguars and Baltimore Ravens staged the protest during their game at Wembley stadium this weekend.Stevie Wonder also made the protest during a concert this weekend, saying: “Tonight, I’m taking a knee for America, but not just one knee – I’m taking both knees. Both knees in prayer for our planet, our future, our leaders of the world and our globe. Amen.”Fellow soul singer John Legend wrote in an op-ed for Slate: “Protest is patriotic. Protest has played a critically important role in elevating the voices of the most vulnerable in our nation … They are the definition of patriotism … Every time someone takes a knee or raises a fist, viewers must grapple with the why – with the uncomfortable reality that our country daily marginalizes thousands of people in impoverished communities.” Other stars from outside the sport have rallied to support the protestors. TV host Ellen DeGeneres wrote on Twitter: “As a football fan, I am proud of the NFL players today. Nothing is more American than the right to peacefully protest.” Singer John Mayer said that “Trump’s comments re NFL further prove he’s hellbent on poisoning all aspects of American life,” while actor Olivia Wilde kneeled with the cast of Broadway show 1984 following a performance. Colin Kaepernick has won: he wanted a conversation and Trump started it Since you’re here… Share on Messenger Pharrell Williams Play Video Rap US sports news Share on Pinterest Read more Stevie Wonder takes to his knees at the Global Citizen festival – video Pharrell Williams has become the latest music star to show solidarity with NFL players, by sharing in their “take a knee” protest against racial injustice in the US. 0:31 Race Share on WhatsApp NFL The wave of “take a knee” protests has infuriated President Trump, who told a rally over the weekend: “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired. He’s fired!’” On Twitter, he encouraged Americans to boycott the NFL until players stopped protesting. Share via Email Share on Facebook Topics Egyptian students told to respect the flag or risk a year in prison … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Reuse this content Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Stevie Wonderlast_img read more

10 days agoLiverpool chief Moore: No need for Man City comparison

first_imgLiverpool chief Moore: No need for Man City comparisonby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool chief executive Peter Moore insists there’s no reason to seek comparisons.Manchester City have been the domestic benchmark for their rivals, with four Premier League titles, four League Cups and two FA Cups since 2011.However, Moore insists Liverpool are following their own path.”We feel good about the club in its entirety and we don’t compare ourselves with any other football club,” Moore told Press Association. “What Liverpool had to do was bring in a world-class manager, which we have, bring in a world-class squad, which we have, play exciting football, bring in players that are going to draw crowds no matter where they go – we’ve done that – build financial security at the club, we’ve done that.”It all sets us up for success going forward. It is not a question of us comparing ourselves versus another club.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Ramirez embraces underdog label in USMNT call

first_imgChristian Ramirez has spent two seasons playing in Major League Soccer, and has scored 23 goals during that time. It is a track record that has helped him establish himself as a quality striker in MLS, and one that has now earned him his second U.S. national team call-up.And yet, Ramirez doesn’t believe that track record has helped him shake off a label that doesn’t do him justice, but one he wears with pride.Of all the players in the current USMNT camp, Ramirez is the only one who didn’t begin his career in an MLS, Mexican or European system. He took the unconventional route through the lower divisions of American soccer, where his reputation as a goal-scoring machine helped him climb the ladder and earn a place in MLS. Even now, as he competes in Gregg Berhalter’s first national team camp as head coach, Ramirez believes some still see him as a lower-division player, and that’s perfectly fine with him. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “I still use it as something that motivates me whenever I hear that,” Ramirez told Goal. “I even heard it now when I got called in. Can he do it at this level? It’s something that’s challenging and motivating, and is something that’s happened throughout my career. I’ve learned to use it in the right ways and I hope to show that on the day I hopefully get to put on these colors and continue to silence those people. It’s okay, because without them I wouldn’t have that motivation.”Ramirez began his career in the American third division, with the Charlotte Eagles of what was known then as the USL Pro League. His goal production for the Eagles earned him a move to Minnesota United during the team’s final years in the NASL, the American second division at the time, and he earned Best XI honors in three straight seasons.Ramirez was one of the few bright spots during Minnesota United’s inaugural season in MLS in 2017, scoring 14 goals and earning his first USMNT call-up in January of 2018, but that didn’t stop the Loons from deeming him expendable during the 2018 season. The club dealt Ramirez to Los Angeles FC, a move that he acknowledges as having worked out well for him, but one that still stung when it happened.”Initially I was upset because my future wasn’t going to be in Minnesota anymore,” Ramirez said. “It was frustrating not knowing what else I could have done to continue to show I should be a big piece of the club going forward. I’ve never been one to hold any grudges; the fans will know that, for me, playing for Minnesota was something I really cherished. I wanted to be a part of building that and showing the United States how special the club was, but that’s part of the business.”Christian Ramirez LAFCRamirez admits that Minnesota United will always have a place in his heart after the six seasons he spent there, and he is looking forward to going back to Minnesota when LAFC plays the Loons in September.”To be honest I was a little upset that the league is making me wait until September for that to happen,” Ramirez joked. “I’m excited to see that new stadium and see a bunch of old faces. It’s something that’s definitely circled on my calendar. I only keep those good memories of Minnesota in my mind. The people there, and the fans there really made me one of their own and they’ll be forever in my heart. That place is special.”Ramirez scored just two goals with LAFC after arriving midway through the 2018 season, but his body of work still impressed Berhalter enough to call him up and – at the time the USMNT January squad was announced – point to the forward as an example of a player being given an opportunity because of how he can fit into the system of play he wants to implement with the national team.”I’ve gotten comfortable each day understanding what exactly he meant by that,” Ramirez said. “I’ve really pushed myself to show him and the coaching staff that they are right, that I do fit that system they’re trying to play, and I can be a good piece going forward.”Ramirez has plenty to prove for both club and country in 2019. He is one of several players looking to jump into a wide-open race at forward for the USMNT, and he will aim to establish himself in a stacked LAFC attack. He knows there are skeptics who still doubt his ability to keep producing at a high level, and he also knows there are players who are rooting for him to continue succeeding.”It’s been fun to show people I can continue to score goals no matter the level, and be an inspiration to other guys that have reached out to me that are on the same route, that are trying to prove themselves,” he said. “That’s also been good to show that everybody has their own road to get to where they’re going.”I’m really proud of how I’ve gotten here, and the route I’ve taken,” he added. “It’s a different route than most, but it goes to show everyone, including a young guy playing soccer in the USL, that anything’s possible. Just put your head down and work and the results can come your way. It’s awesome to see when guys are signing contracts in MLS from the USL and doing well because you see a little bit of yourself in them.”last_img read more

PM Holness Hails Estonia’s Digital Economy

first_imgStory Highlights “Estonia is a good example for the world to see. You have embraced technology and you are better off for it. Madame President, I must commend your country for leading on this very important matter as several countries grapple with how to transition into the digital society as part of the fourth Industrial Revolution,” said Prime Minister Holness. Prime Minister Andrew Holness says Jamaica can model Estonia’s steps toward becoming fully digitalized.The Prime Minister said there are many positive lessons that Jamaica can learn from Estonia’s experience in creating a digital society.“Estonia is a good example for the world to see. You have embraced technology and you are better off for it. Madame President, I must commend your country for leading on this very important matter as several countries grapple with how to transition into the digital society as part of the fourth Industrial Revolution,” said Prime Minister Holness.President of Estonia Her Excellency Kersti Kaljulaid explained that the Estonian society was welcoming and embracing of the transition to a full digital society. The Government of Estonia along with its private sector, conducts business online with services such as residency applications.Prime Minister Holness noted that the Government of Jamaica through the National Identification System (NIDS) and the Data Protection Act is moving to transition the society into a digital one.The NIDS will provide a comprehensive and secure structure to enable the capture and storage of personal identity information for citizens and persons residing in Jamaica.For her part, the Estonian President encouraged Jamaicans not to be left behind as there are significant benefits from embracing technology in building a modern country and moving to a digital society.“I don’t know about you in Jamaica, but in Estonia we do not enjoy going to Government offices and they hate cueing, so they use digital services. They are as simple as Amazon but much safer. Use your National Identification System,” said President Kaljulaid.The two leaders also expressed admiration for each other’s countries with President Kaljulaid declaring her love for Jamaica and reggae music.Prime Minister Holness and the President of Estonia Her Excellency Kersti Kaljulaid held bilateral talks yesterday, (Wednesday, February 27) in Basseterre, St. Kitts. Prime Minister Andrew Holness says Jamaica can model Estonia’s steps toward becoming fully digitalized. The Prime Minister said there are many positive lessons that Jamaica can learn from Estonia’s experience in creating a digital society.last_img read more

Cricket in line to be included in 2028 LA Olympics

first_imgLondon: Cricket could be part of the 2028 Olympics as the ICC is working towards getting the sport included in the roster for the Los Angeles Games, MCC World Cricket Committee chairman Mike Gatting said. The BCCI recently coming under the ambit of National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA), an affiliate of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), could be key to the final outcome as it is mandatory for all sporting federations’ doping policy to be overseen by the premier body. Former England batsman Gatting said ICC’s new chief executive Manu Sawhney told the MCC’s Cricket Committee that progress had been made to ensure the game’s inclusion in the world’s biggest sporting event. “We were talking with Manu Sawhney the ICC chief executive, and he was very hopeful we can get cricket into the 2028 Olympics,” Gatting was quoted by ESPNcricinfo.last_img read more

The Thursday news briefing An ataglance survey of some top stories

first_imgHighlights from the news file for Thursday, July 13———JUDGE REJECTS KHADR MONEY FREEZE: A Canadian judge wasted precious few minutes on Thursday in refusing to freeze a reported $10.5-million payout to Omar Khadr so the widow of a slain American soldier he was accused of killing in Afghanistan can have more time to go after the money. Ontario Superior Court Justice Edward Belobaba said he had heard nothing to show Khadr planned to hide assets to thwart possible enforcement of a massive American court award against him. Tabitha Speer, widow of U.S. special forces soldier Sgt. Chris Speer, and a former American soldier Layne Morris blinded in one eye, wanted an injunction freezing Khadr’s assets pending their battle to have a Canadian court force him to pay the US$134.1-million judgment from Utah.———TRUDEAU AGREES KHADR SETTLEMENT IS TROUBLING: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he shares the concerns of Canadians who object to reports of the government’s multi-million-dollar settlement with Omar Khadr. But Trudeau says if the government hadn’t settled with the former Guantanamo Bay inmate, it would have cost as much as $40 million to put an end to the case. Khadr had filed a $20-million lawsuit against the government for violating his charter rights, and has received an out-of-court settlement reportedly worth $10.5 million. Khadr says his jailers threatened him with rape and kept him in isolation, and once used him as a human mop to wipe up urine.———JULIE PAYETTE TO BE NEXT GOVERNOR GENERAL: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says former astronaut Julie Payette has spent her life dedicated to discovery and dreaming big. Trudeau announced Thursday that Payette will be Canada’s 29th Governor General. He made the announcement on Parliament Hill after praising current Gov. Gen. David Johnston and his wife, Sharon. Payette says it’s a very great honour for her and for her family as well as for her friends and colleagues around the country — on the planet — and even a few outside the planet.———FORMER U.S. PRESIDENT CARTER TREATED FOR DEHYDRATION: Health authorities in Winnipeg say former U.S. president Jimmy Carter is doing well after being treated for dehydration while volunteering with a home-building charity in Manitoba. A spokesman for Habitat for Humanity in Winnipeg said Carter, who is now 92, received medical attention as a precaution. Habitat for Humanity is building 150 homes across Canada this year to mark the country’s sesquicentennial. Carter was diagnosed with melanoma in 2015 and was treated with successfully with immunotherapy.———LARGE PART OF B.C. INTERIOR OFF LIMITS DUE TO FIRES: A large swath of central British Columbia’s backcountry has been closed for travel, camping and other recreational use in an effort to protect public safety and prevent any more forest fires. The Ministry of Forests Lands and Natural Resource Operations announced the entire Cariboo fire centre, 103,000 square kilometres in size, has been closed to backcountry users as a safety precaution, allowing crews to focus on firefighting. Kevin Skrepnek, chief information officer for the BC Wildfire Service, says improved smoke conditions over the last 24 hours have permitted a more accurate size 1,110-square kilometres of timber, bush and grassland has been charred since April 1.———SUPREME COURT WON’T HEAR OLAND APPEAL: The Supreme Court of Canada has dismissed the application for appeals in the second-degree murder case of Dennis Oland, accused of killing his multi-millionaire father, Richard Oland. Oland was convicted of second-degree murder in 2015 and was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 10 years. However, he was released on bail last October when the New Brunswick Court of Appeal ordered a new trial, citing an error in the trial judge’s instructions to the jury. The Crown wanted the Supreme Court of Canada to restore Dennis Oland’s conviction, while his lawyers asked the court for an acquittal.———EX-WORKERS FUME OUTSIDE SEARS COURT HEARING: Dozens of former Sears Canada employees packed a Toronto courtroom Thursday to hear the retailer ask for approval to kick-start the process of putting itself up for sale while it is under creditor protection. Zobedida Maharaj said outside court she had worked at Sears Canada for 28 years before she was laid off at the end of March when her store was closed. The senior manager of operations and merchandise said she was initially told she would get eight weeks of severance and benefits but was cut off June 22 when the company secured temporary court protection from creditors.———TRANSALTA APPOINTS RONA AMBROSE TO BOARD: Former interim federal Conservative leader Rona Ambrose did not have to wait long to get a job outside politics. TransAlta Corp. is appointing the former interim Conservative leader to the power company’s board of directors. Ambrose was first elected to the House of Commons in 2004 and officially resigned her seat earlier this month. She is currently a fellow at the Wilson Centre Canada Institute in Washington, D.C., focusing on key Canada-U.S. bilateral trade and competitiveness issues.———QUADRUPLE HOMICIDE IN CALGARY: Police say a man found dead west of Calgary was the owner of the burned-out car found earlier this week with three bodies inside. Police had been searching for 26-year-old Hanock Afowerk after Monday’s grisly discovery and said they were concerned for his safety. All three of the victims found inside Afowerk’s CAR have now been identified by authorities. Police say Cody Pfeiffer, who was 25, and sisters Glynnis Fox, 36, and Tiffany Ear, 39, may have been at the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong people and gotten caught up in a targeted attack against Afowerk.———TRUMP, MACRON SET ASIDE DIFFERENCES: U.S. President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron set aside lingering differences on climate change during their meeting in France on Thursday, asserting that it shouldn’t prevent them from working together toward a post-war roadmap for Syria and to enhance Mideast security. Standing alongside Macron at a news conference, Trump said the two nations have “occasional disagreements,” but that would not disrupt a friendship that dates back to the American Revolution. He remained non-committal about the United States eventually rejoining the global climate agreement.———last_img read more

UN teams assessing aftermath in Caribbean nations hit by Hurricane Dean

21 August 2007As the first major Atlantic hurricane of the season made landfall in Mexico today after wreaking havoc across the Caribbean region, United Nations officials are surveying the aftermath of the storm as well as the most critical needs of those affected. Hurricane Dean has now weakened from a category 5 – the highest level for hurricanes – to a category 3 storm after striking the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico earlier today, UN Spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters in New York.“The United Nations Country Team is working with authorities to prepare the region for the hurricane,” she said, noting that some 530 storm shelters – with a capacity of 73,000 people – have been set up on the eastern part of the Yucatan. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has also pre-positioned medicines, food, water and blankets.The UN has sent Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) teams to Jamaica and Belize. A state of emergency had been declared in the southern part of Jamaica and some 6,500 people are temporarily living in 268 shelters. Preliminary findings reveal significant damage to roofs, storm surges, flooding, collapsed structures and impassable roadways throughout the country. There have also been reports of severe damage to power lines and to the water supply system.UNICEF estimated that 90,000 children had been directly or indirectly affected in Jamaica alone. The agency had distributed hygiene kits, water purification tablets and water containers in anticipation of the hurricane.UN agencies are assessing the situation in Haiti along with the UN mission in that country (MINUSTAH). The mission is also supporting urgent repair works and the distribution of water and food rations. Some 5,000 people were reported to be living in shelters, with 406 families affected, 244 homes destroyed and 111 houses damaged. The hurricane, which has caused several deaths in the region so far, entered the eastern Caribbean on Friday, damaging rooftops and flooding streets in Saint Lucia, Dominica and Martinique. “Thankfully the number of casualties has been remarkably low, despite the severity of Hurricane Dean,” stated UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes. “It demonstrates how well prepared the governments of the affected countries have been in advance of this disaster. However, given the level of economic devastation, recovery will be arduous and protracted, even under the best of circumstances,” Mr. Holmes, who is also UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, added. read more

Chrysler Canada reports highest sales since 2000 GM falls

TORONTO — Chrysler Canada says August sales are up 9% from a year ago — their highest mark for the month since 2000.The automaker said Tuesday that it sold 20,569 vehicles last month, up from 18,816 in August 2011.The increase was largely driven by car sales, which climbed 84% from a year ago. Total truck sales increased 1.7%.“With the (new) . . . Dodge Dart just starting to arrive across Canada, we’re positioned for even further growth,” said Dave Buckingham, Chrysler Canada’s chief operating officer.The strong August sales came as Chrysler Canada and the other major U.S. automakers continue contract talks with the Canadian Auto Workers union.[np-related /]Chrysler workers have voted 99% in favour of strike action if necessary.Total sales at General Motors of Canada were down 15.9% compared to last August as the automaker posted gains in the compact and crossover markets.Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac dealers reported 21,070 deliveries last month, the company said.Meanwhile, Volkswagen Canada reported August sales up 34% from a year ago. The German automaker said it sold 5,782 vehicles for the month, up from 4,302 a year ago.Kia Canada sold 7,682 new vehicles, up 32% growth compared with August 2011, led by its subcompact Rio.“The Rio subcompact, Sorento SUV and Forte compact continue to be vehicle lines of strength for Kia Canada’s product portfolio and represent three very competitive segments,” said Robert Staffieri, Kia Canada’s director of marketing.“These three vehicles, along with the rest of our model lineup, continue to attract repeat and conquest customers as we have experienced a 20.7% year-to-date increase, outpacing the industry average.”Nissan Canada Inc. bucked the trend and reported a drop in August sales as buyers slowed the purchase of the Japanese automaker’s trucks.The company reported combined sales at its Nissan and Infiniti division totalled 6,329 vehicles, down 14.7% from 7,421 as Nissan truck sales fell 44% compared with a year ago.The Canadian Press read more

UK production and jobs growth for BMW

UK production and jobs growth for BMW Last year the 1000 strong workforce produced just over 217,000 engines to set a new record for the plant. The increased pace of production will continue during 2007 with output expected to exceed 300,000 units. This increase will be driven by the production of two new engines; a 1.4-litre petrol engine to power the new MINI One, and a four cylinder high-precision direct injection petrol engine for the BMW 1 series, both of which are to be built in the UK. Since September last year,  250 new employees have been taken on at BMW Group’s Hams Hall plant in Birmingham to produce a new family of petrol engines to power the new MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper S models built in Oxford. Production at Hams Hall started six years ago and the West Midlands factory is one of three major engine production operations in BMW’s international manufacturing network. New managing director, Robert Bolam, who was previously responsible for BMW Group’s UK pressings operations in Swindon says ‘This is an exciting time to be coming to Hams Hall. We are confident that sales of BMW and MINI products will increase once again this year.’Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

PS4 Very Likely To Still Have Real Controllers

first_imgDespite the emergence of motion controls in video games, Sony says the next PlayStation will very probably still rely on traditional gaming controllers.The comments come from Sony Computer Entertainment America’s Dr. Richard Marks, who is actually the top dog when it comes to the PS3’s motion controls. But when asked if the PS4 could theoretically just use motion controls, he said, “I don’t think that makes sense. I said that pretty much from the beginning that we’re not trying to get rid of the gamepad.”He added, “The gamepad is a really good abstract device. It can map to so many different things. It doesn’t map one-to-one to those things, but it doesn’t need to for a lot of game experiences.”AdChoices广告 Via Gamasutralast_img read more

London Riots Google Group created to use facial recognition software for identifying

first_imgA new Google Group has been created called “London Riots Facial Recognition” that aims to use facial recognition technologies to identify any of the rioters who show up in online photos. Instead of using superpowers or violence, the members of the group are trying to put the bad guys behind bars using facial recognition software. Are the people involved in this Google Group a kind of “modern superhero?”If you’ve been following the news or have even just been browsing Twitter, you’ve no doubt heard talk about the riots going on in the U.K. at the moment. They are said to have stemmed from the killing of 29-year-old Mark Duggan who was shot by police in Tottenham. Duggan’s death occurred during an operation where specialist firearm officers from Operation Trident, a unit that deals with gun crime in African and Caribbean communities, were trying to carry out an arrest.A peaceful protest on Saturday saw around 300 people gather outside the Tottenham police station demanding justice for Duggan and his family. Not long after that though, the first of the rioting broke out with bottles being thrown and cars being torched. Things continued to escalate from there and are just now starting to taper off a bit. Rioting occurred not only in Tottenham, but also in other parts of London, as well as in Bristol, Birmingham, and Liverpool, to name a few. Rioters have been looting stores and burning buildings. The riots are said to be in response to local tensions with the police, the high unemployment rate, and cuts in public services.According to the BBC, 563 people have been arrested and 105 people have been charged so far. At least 35 officers have been injured, and London police and Prime Minister David Cameron have been very stern about catching the people involved and bringing them to justice.Though the Google Group is currently not public, you can apply for a membership. TechCrunch points out that the group seems to be serious about using the technology as it has a thread called “Ethical Issues,” and one called “Keeping Things Legal.”Many people are opposed to using facial recognition technology as they think it’s an invasion of privacy. However, if an algorithm and API can help find the group of people who torched one man’s five-generation-old business, is it really a bad thing? Another argument is that it could incriminate people who just happened to be caught in the photo but weren’t actually rioting.Asking people to help identify law-breaking citizens is nothing new. In my hometown of Boulder, Colo., police have been known to post photos online of the hundreds of people who gather for the town’s annual “4/20 Smoke Out” festivities. Local law enforcement has offered rewards in the past to anyone who can identify a person pictured within the series of photos posted on the police station’s website. In the case of the Google Group, it takes away the need to ask the public for help in actually identifying the individuals and just uses facial recognition software instead.Do you think it’s a good idea to “crowdsource justice,” and make it easy to help the law enforcement catch those breaking the law, or is it something we should leave up to the cops to deal with?via TechCrunch, BBClast_img read more

He put a smile on everyones face Irishman killed in Sydney laid

first_img Wednesday 1 Mar 2017, 6:07 PM By Pádraig Byrne Share7 Tweet Email2 “He put a smile on everyone’s face”: Irishman killed in Sydney laid to rest in Enniscorthy David Walsh’s fiancée Tina Cahill has been charged with his murder. No Comments Mar 1st 2017, 6:07 PM 34,166 Views A SOMBRE AIR hung over Enniscorthy, Co Wexford this morning as the late David “Motcha” Walsh (29) made the final stretch of his journey from his Moran Park home to Enniscorthy Cathedral for funeral mass.The father of three was stabbed to death at his home in Sydney, Australia earlier this month and his fiancée, 25 year-old Tina Cahill, from New Ross remains in custody having been charged with his murder.Family and friends had anticipated gathering in celebration after the pair got engaged on New Year’s Eve, however those plans were dashed after the news of David’s death reached home and they now gathered with the task of laying him to rest.As David’s coffin was carried up the aisle at St Aidan’s Cathedral, the notes of “The Voyage” rang out, a reflection of the journey that David’s remains had made to be finally laid to rest in his native Enniscorthy.A youthful congregation of mourners packed the Cathedral and spilled outside onto the street as a bright yellow wreath bearing the word “Dad” was placed at the foot of David’s coffin and Fr Odhran Furlong got the service underway.David’s brother Paddy gave a speech about his late brother.“I stayed up again last night with David, just like we spent many nights up talking and chatting,” he said. “Everyone knows what type of character he was. I tried to sum him up in a few words, but I could never do it.He was a real character. He put a smile on everyone’s face. He never took anything to seriously, except for his family. His siblings, his mam and dad and his three little girls were everything to him. Although he was far away, he never really left home. He has always been here. Now he’s here again to stay with his little girls.“I can picture him with that cheeky grin and heartwarming smile looking down on us now with open arms and a smile,” Paddy concluded. “Motcha, until we meet again brother, rest in peace.”Fr Odhran Furlong spoke about how the lives of Walsh’s family and friends had been “changed forever” and “no longer carry the same meaning and joy”.David’s three young daughters were all present and played a role in the service. Erin offered a prayer of the faithful where she told the congregation that her “Daddy had fought the good fight.”His other daughters Ava and Aine brought up the gifts and also read a poem in memory of their late father after communion.“We can either shed tears because he’s gone, or smile because he has lived,” Ava said, while Aine continued: “We can do what he would want – smile, open your eyes, love and go on.”To conclude the service, Fr Furlong thanked everyone present for their prayerful support in what he said has been a difficult few days for the Walsh family.He asked that everyone present continue to keep the Walsh family in their prayers, particularly David’s daughter Ava who is making her confirmation at the Cathedral on Saturday.Walsh was then carried from the cathedral by his family where he was greeted by a guard of honour by his former club Enniscorthy United with whom he enjoyed many years on the pitch.From there, the funeral cortege emerged onto a Cathedral street lined with mourners and on to David’s final resting place.Comments have been turned off as the case will be heard before the courtsRead: Community in shock as fiancée charged with murder of David Walsh in SydneyRead: Irish woman to appear in court on Wednesday charged with the murder of fiancé in Sydney Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Daithy Ian Walsh via Facebook Short URL Image: Daithy Ian Walsh via Facebooklast_img read more

Sinodinos appointed Cabinet Secretary

first_imgNSW senator Arthur Sinodinos has returned to the centre stage of politics after being appointed Cabinet Secretary in the Malcolm Turnbull government.On Sunday Prime Minister Turnbull confirmed the appointment saying Sinodinos had ensured “the gold standard” for cabinet government during his time as John Howard’s chief of staff.In a thinly-veiled criticism of his predecessor’s ‘captain’s calls’ and the leaks that besieged Tony Abbott, Mr Turnbull said he was “determined to have a consultative cabinet system” and that Sinodinos’ new wide-ranging role was to manage that process.Earlier in the day Senator Sinodinos told the ABC’s Insider program that under Mr Turnbull’s leadership it was important ministers were brought “in the tent” and made to feel their opinions were valued if the government wanted internal stability.“What’s important about leaks is, again, giving people the opportunity to have their say,  because if people feel they don’t have ownership of what’s going on, they’ve got nothing to lose then by being outside the tent…“If you  want to stop leaks, make sure people feel like their opinion is valued and they are in the tent.”Scott Morrison was appointed Treasurer and in one of the biggest surprises of the reshuffle, it was confirmed that Joe Hockey declined to be a part of the new ministry and will retire from parliament.The reshuffle saw five women promoted to the Cabinet, one of who – Marise Payne becomes the first woman appointed as Minister of Defence.West Australian senator Michaelia Cash comes into Cabinet as Minister for Employment and Minister for Women. Victorian MP Kelly O’Dwyer becomes Assistant Treasurer and Small Business Minister.Christopher Pyne becomes Minister for Industry, Innovation and  Science. WA MP Christian Porter enters Cabinet as the new Minister for Social Services . Mitch Fifield is the new Minister for Communications and Arts. Josh Frydenberg is promoted into Cabinet as Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, and Simon Birmingham takes Education and Training.George Brandis stays as Attorney General and becomes Leader of the Government in the Senate. Peter Dutton remains Minister for Immigration.  Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Google Doodle Juan Gris le peintre qui a redonné au cubisme ses

first_imgGoogle Doodle : Juan Gris, le peintre qui a redonné au cubisme ses couleursEn ce 23 mars, Google a décidé de rendre hommage à un grand peintre espagnol, Juan Gris qui s’est illustré au début du XXe siècle et a contribué à créer la tendance cubiste. Mort prématurément à l’âge de 40 ans, l’artiste est né il y a tout juste 125 ans.Des instruments, des partitions, des livres mais surtout beaucoup de couleurs et un mélange de formes carrés, triangles et rondes : inutile de s’y connaitre en peinture ou en dessin pour deviner que c’est bien à un artiste que Google a décidé de rendre hommage en ce 23 mars. Mais pour élucider le mystère du doodle du jour, il faut tout de même avoir quelques notions de peinture car c’est en effet l’anniversaire d’un grand peintre que célèbre aujourd’hui le géant américain, celui de Juan Gris, un artiste espagnol du début du XXe siècle. Si ce nom ne nous dit pas forcément quelque chose, Juan Gris, de son vrai nom José Victoriano Carmelo Carlos González-Pérez, est pourtant très connu dans le mouvement artistique qu’il a contribué à créer, le cubisme. Véritablement née au début du XXè siècle, cette tendance se caractérise par un mélange et une superposition de formes qui donnent aux oeuvres un aspect très particulier. Aspect que l’on peut observer dans les tableaux de grands peintres devenus expert en la matière tels que Georges Braque ou Pablo Picasso qui étaient d’ailleurs amis avec Juan Gris.Né le 23 mars 1887 (il y a tout juste 125 ans donc), le jeune José a rapidement exprimé son amour pour le dessin en suivant dès l’âge de 15 ans des cours de dessin industriel à la Escuela de Artes y Manufacturas à Madrid. Une pratique qui lui a permis de publier plusieurs dessins dans des journaux locaux avant de se tourner vers la peinture avec l’artiste José Maria Carbonero. Mais en 1906, le jeune peintre en quête d’aventures prend la route vers Paris où il s’installe et fait connaissance avec des grands noms de la peinture, Henri Matisse, Georges Braque et Fernand Léger. Bien qu’il continue à soumettre des dessins humoristiques à des journaux satiriques, en 1910, Juan Gris commence à peindre sérieusement. Une technique qui se développe au fil des années À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Au cours des deux années suivantes, il développe alors un style cubiste personnel remarquable et fait en outre la connaissance d’un autre grand artiste, Pablo Picasso. Avec son ami, il entame alors une période de recherche intense qui va s’avérer particulièrement prolifique malgré les difficultés liées à la première guerre mondiale. Pendant celle-ci, il déménage d’ailleurs avec sa femme Josette en Touraine avant de revenir à Paris en 1919 pour sa première exposition personnelle. En 1922, le peintre dessine ses premiers décors et costumes pour Sergei Diaghilev qui monte les Tentations de la bergère de Monteclair. Les années suivantes, il réalise deux nouvelles expositions à la Galerie Simon de Khanweiler à Paris et à la Galerie Flechtheim à Berlin. Mais il se fait également connaitre en exposant ses théories esthétiques entre 1924 et 1925, date à laquelle il tient une autre exposition, cette fois-ci à la Galerie Flechtheim de Düsseldorf. Preuve que son oeuvre a bien acquis une dimension internationale. Malheureusement, sa santé décline de plus en plus. Les médecins lui conseillent alors un séjour en altitude duquel il reviendra en meilleure forme mais l’amélioration n’est que de courte durée. Juan Gris meurt prématurément à l’âge de 40 ans laissant sa femme Josette et son fils Georges. Son oeuvre reste toutefois gravée dans les mémoires. Salvador Dali dira même à son sujet : “Juan Gris est le plus grand des peintres cubistes, plus important que Picasso parce que plus vrai. Picasso était constamment tourmenté par le désir de comprendre la manière de Gris dont les tableaux étaient techniquement toujours aboutis, d’une homogénéité parfaite, alors qu’il ne parvenait jamais à remplir ses surfaces de façon satisfaisante, couvrant avec difficulté la toile d’une matière aigre”. Le 23 mars 2012 à 18:31 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Betting Who will finish as the Serie A top scorer

first_imgCompetition for the Capocannoniere in the Serie A has never been more intense with five big names set to fight it out to become the best striker in ItalyThe Capocannoniere is awarded to the highest goalscorer of each season in Italy’s Serie A.It was Mauro Icardi and Ciro Immobile who won the prize last season with 29 goals each.But, while the Capocannoniere was keenly contested the last term, the competition promises to be bigger and more exciting than ever.Below are the odds that Bet365 have provided for the leading five contenders:Cristiano Ronaldo – 4/6The five-time Ballon d’Or winner stunned everyone when he moved from Real Madrid to Juventus in the summer.After taking just eight minutes to score in his unofficial debut, Ronaldo enters the new Serie A season as a huge contender for the Capocannoniere.The 33-year-old won the Pichichi Trophy (the Spanish version of the award) three times at Real and will now hope to make his mark in his debut campaign in the Italian top-flight.Mauro Icardi – 6/129 goals and nine assists saw Icardi claim the Capocannoniere (alongside Immobile) for the second time.Inter Milan will definitely hope that their Argentine striker is firing on all cylinders this year as they look to claim their first league title since 2010.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.Gonzalo Higuain – 10/1Higuain finished in sixth place on the goalscorers’ chart last season with just 16 league goals for Juventus.But, after being ousted due to Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival at Turin, the former Real Madrid striker has a point to prove this year on loan at AC Milan.Higuain won the Capocannoniere in the 2015/16 season with Napoli after notching a record 36 goals.Ciro Immobile – 12/1Immobile will hope to claim the award for himself this year after having to share it with Mauro Icardi last season following the Argentine’s goal against Lazio in the final day of the 2017/18 Serie A campaign.The Lazio striker last won the Capocannoniere in the 2013-14 season with 22 goals.Edin Dzeko – 14/1The AS Roma striker saved his best for Europe last season with eight goals in 12 games on route to the semi-finals of the Champions League.But Dzeko had a below-par campaign in the Serie A last term and only found the back of the net 16 times.However, the Bosnian did win the Capocannoniere in the 2016/17 season with 29 goalslast_img read more

ASA WISHH Deepens Aquaculture Programming in Cambodia

first_imgASA/WISHH’s Jim Hershey visits a tilapia study being conducted by a local university near Siem Reap Province. A quick look showed that there was substantial room for improvement. The CAST Project, with Kansas State University’s Sustainable Intensification Innovation Lab, will strengthen local universities’ ability to teach and certify experts in aquaculture techniques and management practices, including proper feed and feeding techniques.ASA’s Commercialization of Aquaculture for Sustainable Trade (CAST) Project made progress as Chief of Party Jim Hershey spent most of November in Southeast Asia meeting with project partners, fish producers and feed mills that buy U.S. soybean meal, such as CP Foods.The largest feed mill and poultry producer in Cambodia, CP imports about 50,000 tons of soybean meal per year for feed production for many target species (but not yet fish) and they appreciate U.S. origin for its quality and amino acid profile. Hershey also met with the regional USDA representatives and participated in a Cambodian Ministry of Agriculture led working group on aquaculture. ASA contracted with USDA on Sept.27. The CAST Project budget is $17 million over 5 years, funded by the USDA’s Food for Progress Program.last_img read more