Back-to-back explosions were triggered allegedly by the Maoists near a proposed camp site of the CRPF in Odisha’s Kalahandi district, a senior police officer said.No one was injured and no property damaged in the twin blasts, Kalahandi Superintendent of Police B Gangadhar said.According to the SP, the first explosion was reported from an isolated place, around 200m from the CRPF’s proposed camp site at Trilochanpur, while the second occurred near Ambaguda Chowk, a few metres away, when the jawans were escorting a bomb squad to the first site.The police, along with the CRPF jawans, have launched an intensive combing operation and patrolling in the area following the blasts, he said.Trilochanpur in Kalahandi is a part of the State’s Maoist corridor.
The phrase Vibrant Gujarat makes a powerful and positive brand impression instantaneously. A head start, you will happily enjoy, when you are on a 24-country, roadshow to invite investors to India’s biggest investor show with the longest vintage. With an ambition to make it bigger than the previous, eight, edition, which attracted 55,000 registered visitors from 110 countries, saw the signing of 25,578 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), a whopping 2,976 more than seventh Vibrant Gujarat.Read it at Connected to India Related Items
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Cesc Fabregas has refused to rule out a return to Arsenal at some point in the future, with his current contract at Chelsea running down.The Spanish midfielder began his professional career with the Gunners, with Arsene Wenger having lured him away from Barcelona’s famed La Masia academy system.He took in over 300 appearances for Arsenal, including many as captain, before returning to his roots at Camp Nou in 2011. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Fabregas made his way back to England at Stamford Bridge in 2014, allowing him to collect two Premier League titles, but he could swap west for north London at some stage – either as a player or coach.“Of course, Arsenal will always be in my heart and I will never forget them so why not return. You never know,” the 31-year-old told Marca.Fabregas could find himself on the move next summer, as he heads towards free agency, with Serie A giants AC Milan having been heavily linked with an approach for his services.The World Cup winner believes he still has many years at the top left in him, adding: “I feel fine still.“In seven months my contract ends with Chelsea. It will be 16 seasons playing at the highest level, over 750 games, a lot of training, travelling.“I feel young and strong but maybe I can’t do 60 games a season. With my style I think I can keep playing for longer and obviously I want to keep playing for many years.”Once his playing career comes to a close, Fabregas admits that he is planning to move into management.Quizzed on where he will be in 15 years, he said: “No idea. I am not even thinking about that. You never know and I don’t like to plan ahead. Whenever you do, something else happens.“I am sure that I will study to be a coach and hopefully in 15 years I will be coaching a top club.”In the present, Fabregas will be hoping to play some part in Chelsea’s latest Premier League outing against Burnley.He will start that game on the bench, with Mateo Kovacic, N’Golo Kante and Jorginho having nailed down the midfield berths in Maurizio Sarri’s side. read more
New Delhi, Dec 14 (PTI) CS Santosh Joaquim Rodrigues and Oroil Mena were named in the three-member Hero MotoSports Team Rally for the Dakar Rally 2018. They also showcased their new Hero RR 450 rally bike for the first-time while announcing the squad.Inducted in the Team in September this year, Spaniard Mena is part of Hero MotoSports vision to identify new talent and nurture them into professional rally riders.Mena will be making his debut at the Dakar.The new Hero RR 450 rally bike will also be making its debut at the Dakar this year. The new bike is an upgrade of the well-proven rally bike from last year, with new design and styling of tank, body parts and front section to improve mass centralization, handling and riding ergonomics.The new Hero 450 RR proved its capabilities at the OiLibya Rally in Morocco this year. The key learning from the Team?s rookie year and last years Dakar experience have been implemented in the bike. There are several improvements in the bike, which have affected an increase in riders confidence.Hero MotoSports Team Rally had an impressive debut year with the distinction of being the only manufacturer team with 100 percent arrivals at the 2017 edition of the Dakar Rally.The Team also managed to register its maiden win at BAJA India and a podium finish at the Desert Storm.After making an impressive debut at Dakar 2017 with a stellar 12th place finish, the Team is now fully geared-up to exceed its previous performance at Dakar 2018.advertisementCommenting on the occasion, Markus Braunsperger the CTO said:”We are excited and prepared for Dakar 2018. The team is stronger, both in terms of men and machine. We are focused on improving our last year?s performance at the Dakar next month and believe that we have the right tools to do it.”Next year, will be important for us, as we aim to win more rallies and grow the sport in India.”Team Manager Wolfgang Fische said:”The last race for the Team was in October this year. The riders have been under intense training sessions, to improve their mental and physical fitness since their Dakar 2017 performance.”They had a good run on the new bike at OiLibya and are now more confident on it. There is excitement in the Team with addition of Oriol and the entire team is now raring to have another go at the Dakar.”Star biker Santosh said:”I am satisfied with this years preparations, where I had the opportunity to work with industry professionals and experts, which brought in a better structure to the preparations.”I am very happy with the new bike that we raced with at the OiLibiya Rally in October. The new bike is light, agile and makes going fast safe! This Dakar I will aim to make each and everyday count! Ultimately its about enjoying the process and arriving at the finish line.”The biggest rally-raid in the world, Dakar, for its 40th edition will cross three countries, starting with Peru on January 6, 2018 and travelling through Bolivia before concluding in Argentina on January 20, 2018.This edition is expected to witness participation of 500 competitors from 60 countries who will cover a grueling stretch of almost 9,000 km. Out of the overall 14 stages, seven will include 100 percent dunes/off-piste, 1 marathon stage for all categories and 1 marathon stage for bikes and quads only. PTI KHS KHS read more
December 28 marks the 34th anniversary of Sunil Gavaskar’s 30th Test century. On December 28 in 1983, Gavaskar struck his 30th hundred in Test cricket to become a record holder for most centuries by surpassing arguably the greatest batsman of all time, Sir Don Bradman.Gavaskar’s historic century came against the West Indies in Chennai during the sixth Test of the series. The match, played between December 24-29, ended in a draw but will always be remembered for Gavaskar’s heroics.Gavaskar scored an unbeaten 236 off 425 balls with Ravi Shastri and Syed Kirmani also scoring useful fifties as India declared their first innings at 451/8 after West Indies were bowled out for 313. In the second innings, West Indies were 64/1 when the match ended in a draw.Even though West Indies pocketed the six-match series 3-0, Gavaskar ended as the leading run-scorer with 505 runs with the best of 236 not out. Gavaskar also hit a couple of centuries and a fifty during the long series.It was a special series for the Little Master as both his centuries etched Gavaskar’s name into the record books.In the first match of the series in New Delhi, the former captain scored his 29th Test hundred to equal Bradman’s record of most centuries in Test cricket. The match, played between October 29 to November 3, ended in a draw but will always be remembered for Gavaskar’s heroics. Another player who stood out in the match was Dilip Vengsarkar, who struck a brilliant 159.India captain Kapil Dev was named joint man of the series with Malcolm Marshall.advertisementNearly four decades later, several batsmen have overtaken both Gavaskar and Bradman.Tendulkar is on top of the list for century-scorers in Tests with 51. Jacques Kallis has 45, Ricky Ponting made 41 while Kumar Sangakkara and Rahul Dravid finished with 38 and 36 Test hundreds respectively.Brian Lara, Mahela Jayawardene Younis Khan hav the same number of Test hundreds as Gavaskar.Sometime in the near future, the likes of Steve Smith, David Warner and Virat Kohli would have left Bradman behind.In fact, South Africa’s Hashim Amla will have the chance to draw level with Bradman and then overtake him during the Test series against India starting from January 5.However, the legacy of Gavaskar and Bradman will live on forever. One braved it out against the fiercest fast bowlers in history while the other left the cricket world in awe of his consistency, finishing with an average of 99.94. read more
Iceland fought bravely till the last minute of their match against Croatia and yet had to bow out of the 2018 FIFA World Cup after a fiery and thrilling contest in Group D.Ahead of Tuesday’s matches, Croatia had already qualified for the Round of 16 and the second spot was up for grabs for all the other teams — Argentina, Iceland and Nigeria.Iceland were up against the mighty Croats but their fate also depended on the happening of the other match.Two years ago, Iceland had shocked the world with their Viking spirit, reaching the quarter-finals of Euro 2016. They wanted to do something similar in Russia.Also read – World Cup 2018: Croatia top Group D with 2-1 win over IcelandThey fought bravely right from the first second of the match and it was epitomised by their central midfielder Birkir Bjarnason.10 minutes into the match, Marko Pjaca swung his arm at Bjarnason’s face and the latter’s nose started bleeding incessantly.While Pjaca got away with just a yellow card, Bjarnason had to be treated. He had perhaps suffered a broken nose.With blood streaming out of his nose, all he did was get to plugged to stop the bleeding and rushed back to the field.Also read – World Cup 2018: Messi takes Argentina to last-16, Peru sign off on a high FIFA World Cup 2018: Birkir Bjarnason (left) played the entirety of Iceland vs Croatia with a bleeding nose.Throughout the match, Bjarnason played with that bleeding nose. Every now and then his nose required assistance because the blood just would stop but neither did Bjarnason.advertisementDespite his bravery, where he not only played the game but even tried scoring by feet or by header, Iceland fell short.Also read – World Cup 2018, Day 13 Highlights: Lionel Messi dazzles; France, Denmark drabCroatia scored first and even though Iceland equalised with a penalty, Ivan Perisic scored in the 90th minute to surely crush Icelandic dreams. Even though, their dreams had been walked over already with Argentina scoring a late winner over Nigeria in the other match.Even as Iceland bowed out of the tournament, Twitter saluted their spirit and especially Bjarnason’s.Can we talk about Bjarnason getting his nose broken and just….plugging the flow and getting right back in? #ICECRO pic.twitter.com/k25tYN322mDresden (@DresdenDawg) June 26, 2018Thor does bleed. Bjarnason takes an elbow from Pjaca over the eye. Will be difficult to continue. #ISLGareth Wheeler (@WheelerTSN) June 26, 2018My nose hurts just looking at Bjarnason #ISLCROLaura Wardropper (@lauraaaclaire) June 26, 2018Man…. Bjarnason is the definition of a real Viking…Bleeding like crazy from his nose after an elbow to the face and still going on!Nazih Fares (@nazihfares) June 26, 2018Iceland players are tough. This dude basically lost his whole nose — it fell off, it’s in a puddle of blood — and he’s still playing. #ISLvCRO #WorldCup(((Jason Rantz))) on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) June 26, 2018Do not watch Bjarnason’s elbow to the face in slow motionNatasha (@NatashaNUFC) June 26, 2018Bjarnason continues to have trouble with his bloody nose #ISLCRO #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/htPYICf8UNJC Zambrano (@jc_zam_brano) June 26, 2018 read more
Indian Air Force fighter jets crossed the Line of Control and destroyed a major terror camp 12 days after 40 CRPF jawans were killed in Pulwama by a suicide bomber. As India lauded the Indian Air Force for the daring strike, cricket stars Suresh Raina, Ajinkya Rahane, Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir joined the rest of the nation in saluting IAF.According to sources, 200 to 300 terrorists were killed in the strike by Indian Air Force. The cross-border air attack destroyed terrorist launchpads and Jaish-e-Mohammed control rooms, sources said.On Tuesday, Foreign Secretary VK Gokhale said India carried out a non-military, pre-emptive strike on terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed in Pakistan.”Credible intelligence was received that JeM was attempting another suicide terror attack in various parts of the country, and the fidayeen jihadis were being trained for this purpose. In the face of imminent danger, a pre-emptive strike became absolutely necessary,” Gokhale said.”The selection of the target was also conditioned by our desire to avoid civilian casualties. The facility is located in thick forest on a hilltop far away from any civilian presence. As the strike has taken place only a short while ago, we are awaiting further details,”Following the airstrike, here is how the Indian sporting fraternity reacted:My salute to #IAF for showing great courage in the face of adversity. A fitting reply to cowardice! #JaiHindSuresh Raina (@ImRaina) February 26, 2019Bravo to the #IndianAirForce! They have sent a much needed message against terror. We are proud of you. Jai Hind!ajinkyarahane88 (@ajinkyarahane88) February 26, 2019Indian Air Force Bohot Hard Bohot Hard #IndiaStrikesBack #JaiHindadvertisementYuzvendra Chahal (@yuzi_chahal) February 26, 2019Proud of our forces . Jai Hind . pic.twitter.com/01TiqNMCsVMadan Lal (@MadanLal1983) February 26, 2019Also Read | India airstrike in Pakistan: Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir salute Indian Air ForceAlso Read | India strikes back: Saina Nehwal, Sakshi Malik join the nation in congratulating Indian Air Force read more
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle boss Bruce explains reverting to Benitez tacticsby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Steve Bruce admits he’s being forced to revert to Rafa Benitez’s tactics.Bruce says seven games worth of analysis, including a defeat at Norwich and losing 5-0 at Leicester last time out, have forced his usual formula to be ripped up. He said: “In the Premier League, everywhere you look, you’ve got to be big and physical and have the ability to run. Unfortunately that is one thing here now, from the back, to my midfield, we haven’t got.“Ultimately, until we’ve got that, we’re going to have to play in a certain way and the identity will be to sit deep and play on the counter-attack because that is the only way we can play.“I quickly worked out at Norwich that we didn’t have the players with the capability to play the way I’d envisaged. Norwich played through us repeatedly.“We get the statistics from every game and they tell the story. Compared to everyone else, and especially in midfield and defensive, we register in a certain way.” read more
1. OklahomaRanking: No. 3The Sooners made a big jump in ESPN’s new top 25 and it’s not too surprising, considering OU added Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts. However, it seems a bit premature to believe that Oklahoma will be right behind Clemson and Alabama in 2019. The Sooners were fantastic with Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray behind center. Hurts is a good quarterback, but can he be as electric as those two? We’ll see.2. Notre DameRanking: No. 6The Fighting Irish are coming off another disappointing finish to a season, as Notre Dame was blown out in the College Football Playoff semifinal by Clemson.Notre Dame returns some talent and should be a good team again in 2019, but until they prove they can hang with the country’s elite teams on the biggest stages, ranking them around the top five seems like a stretch.3. MichiganRanking: No. 9Like Notre Dame, Michigan fell on its face when it mattered the most. The Wolverines were blown out by Ohio State in Columbus and then were crushed by Florida in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.Shea Patterson is returning to school, which is big, and the Wolverines could end up winning the Big Ten and making the College Football Playoff with Urban Meyer departing the Buckeyes.We’re skeptical, though.***You can view ESPN’s full rankings here. MIAMI, FL – DECEMBER 29: Head coach Lincoln Riley of the Oklahoma Sooners reacts against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)ESPN released an updated preseason college football top 25 poll today following the end of the 2019 recruiting cycle. The final National Signing Day was last week and we now have a clearer picture of what everyone’s roster is going to look like for 2019.“After a month of transfers, coaching moves, NFL draft entries and a second signing day, it’s time to update the Way-Too-Early Top 25. Oklahoma is the big mover this time, as Lincoln Riley, fresh off coaching back-to-back Heisman winners in Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray, landed top QB transfer Jalen Hurts out of Alabama,” ESPN writes.Which teams are overrated in this updated top 25?Here are the three most overrated squads: read more
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Taiwanese shipping company Yang Ming Marine Transport Corporation (Yang Ming) is considering available options aimed at replacing over 10 vessels from its fleet which are about to be off-hired or retired in the next 2 to 3 years.“However, everything is still in the initial stage and under discussion, it’s too early to provide you with more information at this moment,” a spokesperson for Yang Ming told World Maritime News.The statement was made on the heels of local media reports that tied Yang Ming to an order for up to 20 new boxships ranging from feeders to mega containerships.The spokesperson explained that the exact number was “raised incidentally” while the company spoke with local media on its future strategic plans following the release of its third-quarter results.Yang Ming returned to the black in the third quarter of 2017, booking a profit of TWD 1.26 billion (USD 42 million), as opposed to the loss recorded in 2016.The company’s loss-making streak protracted into this year as well, as it posted net losses of TWD 901 million and TWD 445 million in the first and second quarter of 2017, respectively.Yang Ming attributed the improved financial status from the third quarter to “a combination of strategic actions and initiatives designed to control operating costs and the concerted efforts of its team members worldwide”.Yang Ming’s Q3 consolidated revenues were TWD 35.78 billion, surging 23.4% from the corresponding period last year when the company reported revenues of TWD 28.99 billion.Volumes in the third quarter of this year totaled 1.24 million TEUs, a jump of 11.1% year-on-year.As Yang Ming’s financial health continues to recover, the company said it was looking into opportunities to expand operations and improve its service network.World Maritime News Staff read more
Malika’s Kantha Collection endeavors have been successfully been able to unshackle Kantha from the traditional confines of a humble quilting stitch, therefore letting it soar to the top range of haute couture at the ongoing exhibition, ‘Agomoni’ by Shamlu Dudheja, and her daughter Malika, which is being held at ITC Royal Bengal. This exhibition is a tribute to Ma Durga where each panel tells its own divine story. Shamlu’s most significant contributions to society have been, the revival of Kantha, with the support of her daughter, Malika also publication of several series of Maths text books for India and Pakistan, welfare work, in many fields, as Chairperson of Calcutta Foundation. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThrough Shamlu Dudheja’s intensive marketing efforts, from a humble quilting stitch, Kantha has become one of the most revered styles of embroideries, both in India and abroad. Through her guidance Kantha has travelled right across the socio-economic spectrum from idyllic rural settings to the ramps of glamorous fashion shows and finds its way into various drawing rooms or work spaces. ‘Kantha as Stitch art’ goes even beyond and adorns the walls of famous museums and prestigious art galleries of the world. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardThis has helped thousands of Kantha artists realize their potential and live with a sense of dignity. Kantha is about holding together layers of fine muslin cottons, and sewing them meticulously, with fine running stitches, to make quilts for loved ones. If a woman is empowered, the home is empowered, if rural homes get empowered, the villages get empowered their lives are heading towards a more productive, positive life styles. “Tremendous promotional efforts to the simple running stitch have impacted the lives of the rural women beyond all expectations. We began with 3-4 workers, now we are almost touching 1000 women. Kantha revival has been the harbinger of the resurgence of power, the empowerment of women. The enhancement of the status in their family and within their community has reawakened their inner sense of self worth,” said Shamlu Dudheja. read more
Facebook Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement On Friday, several dozen townspeople and dignitaries gathered on the lawn of Margaret Laurence House in Neepawa to unveil a plaque in her honour.“The Manawaka books were written over a 10-year period and earned Laurence a reputation as one of the most important novelists in a formative period of Canadian writing in the 1960s and ’70s,” Richard Wishart, of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, said during the brief ceremony.“She made strong, artistic use of her regional roots. She also had a strong feminist voice, which found form in the women at the centre of each of her novels.” Margaret Laurence escaped her Prairie hometown as soon as she could, but the world-famous writer always said Neepawa, Man., was foundational in much of her writing.Today, she was honoured there as a person of national historic significance.“It’s really us Canadians honouring the best of the best in Canada. These are people that have contributed significantly to the fabric of Canada … and it’s a way of connecting Canadians to our history and past,” said Roger Schroeder, external relations manager Riding Mountain National Park.Margaret Laurence is an icon of Canadian literature. (CBC Archives) Richard Wishart (left) and Ivan Traill unveil a plaque honouring Margaret Laurence as a person of national historic significance outside Margaret Laurence House in Neepawa, Man. (Karen Pauls/CBC) Twitter read more
Advertisement Animating Ralph Breaks the Internet not only entailed summoning bold imagination to bring the World Wide Web to life — it also meant tapping into fond memories to recreate beloved Disney characters.The film includes a hilarious sequence featuring classic princesses, and Vancouver-born animator Benson Shum got to meet the actress who voices Mulan in order to draw his favourite cartoon warrior.“There was a lot of pressure to make that character come to life,” said Shum, but he added meeting Ming-Na Wen helped. A highlight of the new film is a sequence in which Sarah Silverman’s Vanellope meets Disney’s famed princesses, most of whom were voiced by the original actors. (Disney/Canadian Press) “My supervisor asked if I wanted to go down to the recording booth to watch her record the lines I was going to animate. I was like, ‘Yes.’ I bolted downstairs to the recording room. … She was just so kind.”The movie, a sequel to 2012 hit Wreck-It Ralph, follows the title character voiced by John C. Reilly as he and his best friend Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman) venture into the internet. The web is a chaotic, colourful city filled with incessant pop-up ads and skyscrapers bearing brand names, and the duo meet familiar characters and new friends.In the standout princess sequence, Vanellope stumbles upon a gathering of iconic female characters including Mulan, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Snow White and Ariel. The group is skeptical that hoodie-clad Vanellope could be a princess, and the scene cleverly sends up the gender dynamics of Disney films past. Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Ralph Breaks the Internet, the new sequel to earlier Disney hit Wreck-It Ralph, once again features the work of Vancouver-born animator Benson Shum. (Disney) Login/Register With: His other credits at the studio include the original Wreck-It Ralph, Frozen and the upcoming and highly anticipated Frozen 2. Working on the Frozen franchise has been exciting because he grew up watching similar animated musicals, he said.Some 70 animators worked on Ralph Breaks the Internet. Shum was among six or seven who created a sequence in which Ralph plays an iPad game that involves swiping left and right to feed pancakes to a bunny and milkshakes to a cat. In typical Ralph style, he gets over-excited and stuffs the bunny with too many pancakes, with comically disastrous results.A two-second shot in that sequence took two weeks to animate, so the work can be painstaking. But the finished product makes it all worthwhile, Shum said.“When you see the character come to life, I think that really makes you excited again. It’s no longer a static object,” he said.“That always energizes you again to keep going.”THE CANADIAN PRESS Advertisement Advertisement Benson Shum grew up in east Vancouver, but now lives in southern California as an animator for Walt Disney Animation Studios. (Alex Kang/Disney/CP) Watching Wen deliver her lines informed how Shum drew Mulan, a rare non-princess in the Disney canon. Animators try to figure out what voice actors are thinking, he said.“What is going through their mind while they’re saying this line? We try to animate that, and I think that’s what gives the character a lot of layers and makes them feel like they’re breathing and real.”The importance of drawingShum grew up in east Vancouver but now lives in sunny southern California as an animator for Walt Disney Animation Studios. His journey to his dream job took time: he wasn’t accepted, initially, to his chosen college program, and his career bounced back and forth between animation and live-action visual effects.His advice to those hoping to break into the industry is simple: just keep drawing.“I think that’s still a very important thing to do, even though a lot of stuff we do now is on the computer,” he said.I love to see that my hometown is growing. … There are a lot of amazing artists here.– Benson Shum“Drawing will teach you about design, about how to pose a character and see things three-dimensionally.”Though Shum left Vancouver, there’s no shortage of opportunities in the city. It has come into its own as a graphics hotspot with about 60 animation and visual effects studios.“Growing up, the industry wasn’t really here. We had a few studios,” he said, speaking in a Vancouver hotel during a recent visit. “I love to see that my hometown is growing. … There are a lot of amazing artists here.” Twitter read more
Kolkata: The blame game between the Left Front and the Congress in respect of seat sharing in Bengal took an ugly turn on Saturday with Left Front chairman Biman Bose alleging a game of ‘money exchange’ on the part of the Congress in foiling the alliance. State Congress president Somen Mitra refuted the allegation and blamed the Left for the non-alliance.It may be mentioned that though none of the two parties have officially declared non-alliance but the sequence of events that have unfolded in the last few days have made it crystal clear that the two parties have moved far away from seat sharing for the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”We wanted an anti-TMC and an anti-BJP alliance in Bengal so that there is a combination of all votes. But money is making the rounds everywhere. If there is involvement of so much money, then what is the point in coming up with an understanding? If ‘money is honey’, then politics will definitely take the back seat. They have flooded money to disturb seat-sharing between Congress and CPI(M),” Bose said. State Congress president Somen Mitra shot back on the sidelines of a party meeting at Chanchal in Malda and said: “If they are talking of a game, then it is their responsibility to come out with the result. Nothing of that sort has taken place. They should make it clear who has given money and who has accepted the same. Ask them who has broken the alliance,” Mitra added. It may be mentioned that the clash of opinions started when the Left Front announced its candidate list without proper consultation with the Congress. read more
Niagara police are investigating after two local fishermen found a body near the Lincoln Street Bridge in Welland.Police were called to the Welland SCUBA Park and Boat Ramp around 1:45 p.m on Tuesday after the fishermen found the body in the water.The Niagara marine unit and the forensic services unit were called in to assist police.The body has been identified but police say they are not releasing a name at this time. A post mortem is scheduled for later Wednesday.
As the number of Syrians fleeing their country continues to increase, the head of the United Nations refugee agency and that body’s special envoy, Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie, visited a camp in Jordan, where they met some of the of thousands of people that have crossed the border to escape the violence in the Middle Eastern country. High Commissioner António Guterres and Ms. Jolie visited the Za’atri refugee camp, located in a desert region near the Syrian border, and currently holding some 28,000 refugees, out of a total of 85,000 Syrians who are currently registered or awaiting refugee registration in Jordan. “I am grateful to Jordan and other border countries for keeping their borders open, for saving these people’s lives. They are dying in Syria,” Ms. Jolie said a media encounter today. “If they were unable to escape with their families many of the people here, many of the people I met today would in fact be dead. It’s an extraordinary thing that they are doing.” According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the actual number of refugees in Jordan is thought to be much higher, and, overall, more than a quarter of a million people have now been registered with the agency, or are awaiting registration in countries around Syria. Syria has been wracked by violence since an uprising began against President Bashar al-Assad some 18 months ago. More than 18,000 people, mostly civilians, have died since fighting broke out though reports indicate a major escalation of violence in recent weeks in many towns and villages, as well as the country’s two biggest cities, Aleppo and Damascus. Addressing the media in Geneva today, a UNHCR spokesperson, Adrian Edwards, said the visit was aimed at not only showing solidarity with refugees, but also to recognize the commitment of the Jordanian people and Government to protect vulnerable civilians. “Refugees tell us that artillery and air attacks are continuing in villages and towns close to the Jordanian border,” Mr. Edwards said. “There are reports of thousands of displaced people in Syria’s south, moving from village to village seeking safety before they can cross the border.” Last night, Ms. Jolie visited Jordan’s border with Syria, where she met newly-arriving families – some 200 families made the dangerous crossing that night; shelling could be heard in the distance. “It’s been a very heavy experience because often times you come to these camps,” the Special Envoy said. “We have all been around and met with people in conflict situations, but rarely do you come when you meet them as they cross the border and you get to know people the moment they become a refugee, the moment they have lost their home, their schooling, their livelihoods, their education, everything that they have been is gone. And when I asked them, ‘what did you bring?’ they say this, and they show [their] back.”According to UNHCR, some refugees report being displaced five or six times before finally leaving the country. While the number of people crossing the border tends to fluctuate depending on the security situation in Syria, on average, some 2,000 new arrivals occur daily, with most people crossing the border at night, the agency noted. “We do encourage the international community to do everything it can to support these people and to support them here until they can go home one day. There is much that needs to be done,” Ms. Jolie said. “It’s a very, very difficult situation and of the appeals that came out – which still have not been met – [they] weren’t even prepared to take into account the extent of what was going to happen, how many people. It grows. The numbers are growing. The conflict is growing.” Following their visit to the camps, Mr. Guterres and Ms. Jolie are expected to meet King Abdullah II of Jordan, as well as the country’s prime minister and foreign affairs ministers. UNHCR, along with the Jordanian Government and its partners, is working to assist displaced persons. However, the agency states that the conditions at Za’atri camp – located in windswept desert – are harsh, with many refugees living in tents. “With winter approaching, we hope to be able to move people into prefabricated housing, which is arriving at a rate of up to 30 homes a day, giving priority to the most vulnerable families,” Mr. Edwards said at the Geneva media briefing. Addressing the same briefing, a spokesperson for the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that more than 550,000 people are in need of health assistance in Syria’s Homs municipality alone. “There are 150 schools hosting internally displaced persons. The shelters that have recently opened provide poor living conditions, there is no electricity and the water and sanitation conditions are not functioning properly. Refuse is piling up – and has not been collected for several weeks,” the spokesperson, Tarik Jasarevic, said. He added that lack of access to health care facilities and health workers is one of the main obstacles being faced, with at least 50 per cent of medical doctors having left Homs. “At present, many of the health facilities are staffed with volunteers who have no medical or health training,” he noted. WHO, which recently participated in a UN exploratory mission to Homs to assess how it can increase its presence there, is currently delivering basic health and water testing kits. It has also requested $31 million in funding support for its activities in the Syria Humanitarian Response Plan, to effectively respond to humanitarian health needs inside the country. Earlier this month, the United Nations and its partners increased their humanitarian appeal for the Response Plan from $180 million to $347 million, due to the doubling of the number of people in need since July, to 2.5 million. The revised Response Plan focuses on the priority areas of health, food, livelihoods, infrastructure rehabilitation, community services, education and shelter, in Homs, Hama, Idlib, Damascus, rural Damascus, Deir Ezzor and Aleppo, as well as areas hosting large numbers of internally displaced people. read more
The Faculty of Graduate Studies announces the Call for Nominations to its growing number of awards associated with the 2015 Mapping the New Knowledges Graduate Student Research Conference.The Faculty will recognize Brock’s graduate studies community with the presentation of the following awards at the MNK conference, on Thursday, Apr. 9:• Graduate Mentorship Awards• the newly established Marilyn Rose Graduate Leadership AwardNominations for the awards are due on Tuesday, March 10 and can be submitted online.Details about the awards and access to online nomination forms can be found at: https://brocku.ca/graduate-studies/current-students/conferences-events/mnk-awardsGraduate Mentorship Awards: Graduate students are invited to submit nominations for the 2015 awards.The awards honour and recognize the essential role of faculty supervisors in the mentorship of graduate students.Awards are presented in two categories:– mentorship of master’s students only– mentorship of both master’s and PhD studentsValue: $1,000 to assist faculty with ongoing graduate student mentorshipMarilyn Rose Graduate Leadership Award: The Brock community is invited to submit nominations for this newly established award to recognize faculty, staff and students for their work and leadership in enhancing the graduate studies experience at the University.Some examples of contributions include:• academic program development in graduate studies• academic and professional skills development programming for graduate students• support for excellence in graduate student research and scholarship• innovative administrative services related to graduate students• learning and research opportunities that connect graduate students to the broader community• graduate student engagement on campus• development of innovative strategies/policies/procedures in addressing significant graduate student issues• graduate student recruitmentValue: $500Questions?Contact Heather Junke, Communications Officer, Dean’s Office, Faculty of Graduate Studies, at firstname.lastname@example.org read more
A Marks and Spencer worker was a flasher who repeatedly exposed himself to staff members before passing off his offending as “workplace banter”.For around 16 years, otherwise-respectable Nigel Farrow used excuses such as claiming to have a rash as he showed his genitals to female colleagues, a court heard.Now the 51-year-old has been given a suspended prison sentence after admitting exposing himself eight times to six different women during his 27-year career with the retailer.Farrow, who has no previous convictions, pleaded guilty on the basis it was “workplace banter taken to grossly inappropriate levels”, Newcastle Crown Court heard. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Mr Fish added that Farrow was employed in “store operations” and was not in a significantly enhanced role.Mr Fish added: “He has lost his job as a result of this, not surprisingly, bearing in mind the grossly inappropriate nature of his conduct.”A Marks and Spencer spokesman said Farrow was a store operations assistant, with additional responsibility for health and safety. Nigel Farrow was a health and safety officer at the Sunderland branch of Marks and Spencer. Library imageCredit:CARL COURT/AFP Judge Adams told him: “Surprisingly, perhaps, for years and years no one made a complaint. This must have been, in part, because of the position you occupied.”It was not until the person who you exposed to this year made a complaint that the others who had suffered as a result of your activities also came forward to say what you had done over previous years.”You have lost your job you had for a number of years and you have lost your good name.”Lee Fish, defending, said Farrow now recognises his behaviour was wrong.Mr Fish said: “It was grossly inappropriate banter. He is not a sexual predator, he is not a risk to the public – this is a defendant who simply did not fully appreciate what was acceptable behaviour, even when having a laugh with work colleagues.”This defendant behaved in this way not through sexual desire or anything of that nature, it is because he simply allowed workplace banter to be taken to extreme and grossly inappropriate levels.” (He) simply did not fully appreciate what was acceptable behaviour, even when having a laugh with work colleaguesLee Fish, defending Nigel Farrow, pictured outside court, now recognises his behaviour was wrong, his barrister told the courtCredit:Will Walker/North News Prosecutor Jonathan Devlin told the court: “On a number of occasions, to various members of staff, of differing ages, he exposed himself in various circumstances.”Once he claimed he had a rash and asked colleagues to look at it and matters of that nature. Members of staff, bearing in mind his status as, effectively, an executive officer, found it difficult, if not impossible to complain at the time.”The court heard Farrow was a health and safety officer at the Sunderland branch of Marks and Spencer.It was only when the last victim came forward earlier this year that other colleagues reported similar offences.Farrow, of Seaham, County Durham, pleaded guilty to eight charges of exposure.Judge Robert Adams sentenced him to four months’ imprisonment, suspended for two years, with supervision and 100 hours’ unpaid work. Farrow must also sign the sex offenders’ register for seven years. read more
29 Comments Share Tweet Email1 There is extreme concern about plurality in the media in the event that the merger proceeds.The Irish Times reports today that the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) has specifically called for businessman Denis O’Brien to appear before the committee.The proposed acquisition by INM has been referred for further assessment to the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI).The Taoiseach told the Dáil that once a proposed media merger receives clearance from the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission on competition grounds, it has to be notified to the minister for communications to assess the proposed merger on media plurality grounds.After examining the proposed merger, the minister can decide to send the case to the BAI to provide him with a report detailing its recommendations on the matter.Media plurality “The Taoiseach should not pretend this will be an even-handed discrepancy or that the media depends on good journalism. That is not the case because editorial control is everything. This is an issue of national interest and the Taoiseach should be concerned about it,” said Smith.“I am concerned,” said the Taoiseach, but he said there is a process under way. Submissions to the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland must be made within the next two weeks.“I don’t want to pre-empt what the recommendations or the view or the analysis of the BAI are,” he said.Smith confirmed to TheJournal.ie that members of the NUJ, INM and Celtic Media have been invited to a meeting of the committee next Tuesday.Read: Ross urges unions and Bus Éireann to start negotiations with “a blank sheet of paper”>Noonan: Chance of Nama recovering €74bn from bad loans ‘was lost in the crisis’> Businessman Denis O’Brien. Image: RollingNews.ie 10,736 Views Feb 1st 2017, 6:54 PM Businessman Denis O’Brien. Short URL Wednesday 1 Feb 2017, 6:54 PM Image: RollingNews.ie By Christina Finn TAOISEACH ENDA KENNY has said he is “concerned” about the media merger between Independent News and Media (INM) and publishing company Celtic Media.INM – which owns the Irish Independent, the Sunday Independent, the Herald and a number of regional titles – will gain ownership of a number of other regional newspapers if the acquisition goes ahead.The Celtic Media group is made up of seven regional titles, including the Connaught Telegraph, the Meath Chronicle and the Anglo-Celt.The takeover was approved by the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) in November.Denis O’Brien is the major shareholder in INM and is also the owner of Communicorp which has multiple Irish radio stations, including Newstalk and Today FM.Speaking in the Dáil this afternoon, the Taoiseach said the proposal from INM to buy Celtic Media “is a matter of concern”.Enda Kenny told the chamber that the process of examining the merger is underway.Calling for further investigation, AAA-PBP TD Bríd Smith said:“This issue needs public scrutiny as otherwise we will hurtle towards a dictatorship in the media.“The joint committee [on Communications, Climate Action and Environment] will send an invitation to Denis O’Brien’s news and media company to see if it will appear at the hearing.There must be proper public scrutiny of what is taking place… in terms of media ownership, the country will be almost entirely owned by Denis O’Brien and his consortium, Independent News and Media, if the merger goes ahead. Enda Kenny says he’s concerned about INM major media merger Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he is concerned about the INM and Celtic Media merger. http://jrnl.ie/3217087 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article read more