Rahul attacks Modi on farmers’ plight

first_imgTaking forward his ‘question-a-day’ campaign, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on December 7 targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the problems afflicting the farm sector and farmers.Asking his 9th question in the series, he asked, “Neither loan waiver, nor remunerative price for produce, neither received crop insurance benefit, nor were tubewells installed.”The Congress leader also used the ‘Gabbar’ jibe to target the Prime Minister. “Agriculture hit by Gabbar Singh, land snatched and the (Annadatta) farmer was rendered useless. PM sahib, explain why such step-motherly treatment with the farm labour?” he said on Twitter.Mr. Gandhi had earlier termed the Goods and Services Tax as Gabbar Singh Tax to attack the government.Under the ongoing offensive, the Congress leader is using the tagline 22 saal ka hisab, Gujarat maange jawab (22 years of account, Gujarat demands answers), in the run-up to Gujarat elections starting December 9.The Congress vice-president has been tweeting to pose daily questions to the Prime Minister over the performance of the BJP in Gujarat and its “unkept” promises over the past 22 years of its rule in the State.last_img read more

Intruder beats up headmaster for making students clean school

first_imgThe headmaster of a primary school in Odisha’s Ganjam district was attacked and injured by an intruder on Tuesday during a cleaning exercise on the premises.The headmaster, Purna Chandra Das, was admitted to MKCG Medical College and Hospital in Berhampur. The incident happened at Gangadhar Primary School in Kavisuryanagar. The intruder, a youth in early 20s, was angry as the headmaster had engaged the school students in cleaning their classrooms, said sources. It is to be noted that Gangadhar Primary School has been adjudged the best school for cleanliness in Kavisuryanagar Notified Area Council. The headmaster, according to the sources, had asked two Class V students to clean their classroom. The accused saw this from outside and entered the campus to record it on his cell phone. He protested against students being used for cleaning work and entered into an altercation with the headmaster. He hit Mr. Das’s head with a boulder, injuring him seriously, the sources added. The headmaster has lodged a complaint at Kavisuryanagar police station but the culprit is yet to be arrested.Ganjam District Education Officer Sanatan Panda condemned the violent act and said that if the youth had any complaints he could have conveyed them to the authorities instead of taking the law into his own hands.“Under the ‘Swachh Vidyalaya’ drive going on in the district, students and teachers together clean their school campuses.last_img read more

Uber, Texas Woman Raped in India to Settle Lawsuit

first_imgUber Technologies Inc and a woman from Texas, who accused the company executives of accessing her medical files after she sued the firm when a cab driver in India raped her in 2014, have agreed to reach a settlement for an unknown amount, according to a U.S. federal court filing on Dec. 8.The Indian woman had filed a civil case against the company, its former CEO Travis Kalanick and former executives Eric Alexander and Emil Michael. Alexander had accessed the files from the police in India and shown it to Michael and Kalanick. She sued for intrusion into private affairs, public disclosure of private facts, and defamation.The Uber driver was convicted in 2015 to life imprisonment. The woman had filed two civil lawsuits against Uber, one of which was settled in 2015. She sued the lawsuit again after finding out that an Uber executive “met with Delhi police and intentionally obtained plaintiff’s confidential medical records.” The company also kept a copy of the records.Kalanick, whose 8-year reign was fraught with scandals, did not believe the woman who had said that she was raped by the Uber driver in India. They doubted that rival company in India, Ola, had orchestrated the matter, a source told Reuters.“Rape denial is just another form of the toxic gender discrimination that is endemic at Uber and ingrained in its culture,” said Douglas Wigdor, the lawyer representing the victim, who filed the suit in Federal District Court for the Northern District of California, according to a New York Times report in June 2017, when the second civil lawsuit was filed.Since then Alexander was fired, Michael resigned and Kalanick was pushed out by the board of directors. The settlement took place since current CEO Dara Khosrowshahi wants to move on from the scandals and take the company towards a more positive future.“Uber executives duplicitously and publicly decried the rape, expressing sympathy for plaintiff, and shock and regret at the violent attack, while privately speculating, as outlandish as it is, that she had colluded with a rival company to harm Uber’s business,” the lawsuit said. Related ItemsNew Delhisexual assaultUberlast_img read more

China Open 2018: Sindhu, Srikanth in quarters, doubles campaign over

first_imgPV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth survived a scare to advance to the quarter-finals of China Open 2018 as both their Round of 16 matches against Thailand shuttlers stretched to three games in Changzhou on Thursday.While Sindhu came back from behind to win the match, Srikanth was forced to battle even harder as his Thai opponent Suppanyu Avihingsanon took the match to the very edge in the deciding game.Sindhu overcame a stiff challenge from Busanan Ongbamrungphan 21-23, 21-13, 21-18 to set up a quarter-final meet with either Sung Ji Hyun of South Korea or China’s fifth seed Chen Yufei.Srikanth, on the other hand, staved off a late surge by Avihingsanon to win 21-12, 15-21, 24-22 in an hour and three minutes and will face the shuttler of the hour Japan’s Kento Momota in the quarters.VICTOR CHINA OPEN 2018 | Badminton WS – R16 – Highlights #badminton #HSBCBWFbadminton pic.twitter.com/RnQpj8zvM1BWF (@bwfmedia) September 20, 2018While India’s singles campaign stayed on course, the doubles campaign got over as all three doubles combination in fray lost to their respective opponents.Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy lost 16-21, 10-21 to the sixth seed Danish combination of Mathias Christiansen and Christinna Pederson in 40 minutes in Round 2 of mixed doubles.Right after that, Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy were completely outplayed in their men’s doubles Round 2 match against Chinese Taipei’s Chen Hung Ling and Wang Chi-Lin and lost 9-21, 10-21 in just 24 minutes.Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponappa always had a huge hill to climb in their mixed doubles Round 2 match against world No.1 Chinese pair of Zheng Siwei and Huang Yaqiong and went down 14-21, 11-21 in 28 minutes.advertisementSindhu looked tired in her match against Ongbamrungphan as she also struggled to find the lines. Even though her Thai opponent played very skillfully, it was Sindhu’s mistakes that allowed the match to go so close.Though Ongbamrungphan took the first game, Sindhu took control of the match thereafter and played some quick strokes and with sharp angles to win her rallies. The change of side also looked like it worked for Sindhu as she began to find her lines and she comfortably took the second game. PV Sindhu battled for an hour and 9 minutes to reach the quarter-finals of China Open 2018. (Reuters Photo)The third game was a see-saw battle with both the players juggling points but after the break, Ongbamrungphan made a slew of errors as Sindhu took a massive 16-10 lead.However, it was Sindhu’s turn to make errors as she gave the Thai shuttler six straight points to give her a 17-16 lead.Ongbamrungphan though could not keep a check on her nerves and made some silly errors while Sindhu dug deep to eke out a victory in an hour and nine minutes.Kidambi Srikanth, on the other hand, dominated the early passage of play against Avihingsanon and easily pocketed the first game. However, the Thai stormed right back and Srikanth made a number of errors to let the second game slip out.Srikanth pretty much remained in control of the decider and earned three match point opportunities. But he let go of all the three chances as Avihingsanon level the game 20-20.Avihingsanon then earned a match point and went up 21-20, only for Srikanth to level it up and then take the next points to win the match.last_img read more

Determined to prove Arthur wrong at World Cup: Wahab Riaz after Pakistan call-up

first_imgLeft-arm pacer Wahab Riaz, who has been named in the Pakistan squad for the upcoming World Cup, is raring to go and prove coach Mickey Arthur wrong in the showpiece event beginning May 30 in England and Wales.Wahab’s last ODI was in the Champions Trophy 2017 against India in Birmingham, while he last represented Pakistan in the Dubai Test against Australia in October 2018.Back in April 2018, Arthur had criticised Wahab’s “work ethic” and brought up the fact that he had not “won us a game in two years”.”I can’t explain in words the pain I have gone through, but I don’t want to live in the past. That’s history now,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Wahab as saying at a press conference before leaving for England on Tuesday.”Now it’s about what we are going to do in the World Cup. Obviously, it’s the coach’s duty to get the best results from the players, and he wants players that can win matches for the team. I also wanted to be in the team, the only difference is I missed two years of (international) cricket. Now I am in and want to prove him (Arthur) wrong and justify my opportunity,” he added.The left-arm pacer has taken 102 wickets in 79 ODIs, including 24 wickets in 12 World Cup matches in 2011 and 2015.Wahab said he even had dreams about meeting skipper Sarfaraz Ahmad and Arthur.”I kept myself fully prepared for this World Cup even knowing that I am nowhere near the team. I even had dreams I was meeting Mickey Arthur and Sarfaraz Ahmad, and sometimes they would pick me, and reject me at other times,” said Wahab.advertisement”Around 10 days ago, I had a dream that Inzi bhai (Inzamam-ul-Haq, the chief selector) gave me a call and told me that I have been selected and this is my last chance. It was exactly how it happened when I was called and told about the decision. It is nothing less than make or break for a player who gets an opportunity to play in the World Cup,” he added.Talking about his game plan for the showpiece event, the 33-year-old said he will try to keep it simple on batting-friendly wickets in England.”It is important to keep things simple on batting wickets. Variations and reverse swing are key in the death overs. With the conditions dry and wickets hard in England, there will be a reverse swing and the team that does it better will have the advantage. I have expertise in the reverse swing so I will try to restrict the flow of runs in the final few overs,” he said.Along with Wahab, Pakistan has included Mohammad Amir in order to strengthen their bowling attack which seemed to be in total disarray in their recent drubbing against England in the five-match ODI series.Pakistan will begin their World Cup campaign against the West Indies on May 31Also Read | After nightmarish IPL 2019, Kuldeep Yadav ready to win World Cup for IndiaAlso Read | World Cup Countdown: 1979 – Viv’s miracle shot, Sri Lanka and Canada’s debutAlso Seelast_img read more

Auburn Lands Commitment From 4-Star OT Austin Troxell

first_imgOne of Alabama’s top offensive linemen has committed to play for the Auburn Tigers. Austin Troxell, a four-star tackle out of Madison Academy, made his decision during a campus visit this afternoon, according to multiple reports.4-star OT Austin Troxell (@austintroxell33) has verbally committed to Auburn today during his campus visit. #MGMAuburn— Matthew Stevens (@matthewcstevens) June 18, 2016Boom!!!!!!!! #WDE— Coach Gus Malzahn (@CoachGusMalzahn) June 18, 2016Troxell’s decision comes after two trips to campus this month, solidifying his choice between the Tigers and rival Alabama. AL.com spoke to Troxell about his choice. “I have committed to the University of Auburn, so I’m ready,” Troxell said. “I’m ready to start my journey and be an Auburn Tiger… It’s a burden lifted off my shoulders. I finally got my decision made. No looking back now. It’s 100 percent Auburn now so I’m ready.”Troxell is yet to tweet about the decision himself, but has retweeted a few of his future teammates that have offered him congratulations. austin troxell retweetsTroxell is Auburn’s ninth commit, and fifth blue-chip player.[AL.com]MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Most Aggressive Fan Bases In CFBIn Photos: Golfer Paige SpiranacESPN Makes Decision On Dick Vitalelast_img read more

Berhalter: USMNT must ‘move on’ from Adams injury

first_imgU.S. national team boss Gregg Berhalter says his side will “move on” without Tyler Adams as the team prepares for the Gold Cup. Adams, who was widely expected to be a key member of Berhalter’s first competitive team when the Gold Cup kicks off next week, was a late scratch. U.S. Soccer announced on Tuesday that Adams would miss out on this summer’s regional competition through injury, with the USA calling in FC Dallas youngster Reggie Cannon to rake his place on the 23-man roster.  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? It’s another blow to the USA, with defenders DeAndre Yedlin and John Brooks having already been ruled out of the tournament. The Gold Cup marks a return to competitive action for the USA for the first time since the 2017 loss to Trinidad and Tobago which saw the side miss out on the 2018 World Cup. It’s also the first extended period of time new coach Berhalter will have to spend with his full team as he prepares for the next World Cup qualifying cycle. And while the former Columbus Crew boss said he would like to have Adams, he also knows the loss of another key component was beyond his control. “It’s one of those things that you can’t control,” Berhalter said in quotes published by MLSsoccer.com. “We bring Reggie Cannon into camp and we move on. Obviously, [Adams] is a strong player, he’s a great talent. We’d love to have him, but we don’t.”U.S. Soccer listed Adams as out with “acute on chronic groin issues​” and Berhalter says the national team was looking out for the best interest of the player in the long term.“He has a club to play for as well,” Berhalter said, stressing the long-term. “That’s something we just had to balance. We were making final decisions and speaking to the player. It’s a risk we knew was there.”The U.S. comes into the Gold Cup on the back of a pair of losses in friendly tune-ups, though several players who are still expected to play big roles in the summer tournament took no part in either match. The USA will kick off their Gold Cup on Tuesday against Guyana, with the side also set to face Trinidad and Tobago and Panama in Group D play.last_img read more

Cabinet Approves Final Draft of National Youth Policy

first_img The Minister added that it outlines and explores areas for action, and indicates six priority areas – education and training, health and well-being, employment and entrepreneurship, youth participation, social inclusion and reintegration, and institutional and youth sector arrangements. Cabinet has approved the final draft of the National Youth Policy by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, to be tabled in Parliament as a White Paper. Cabinet has approved the final draft of the National Youth Policy by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, to be tabled in Parliament as a White Paper.Speaking at a post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House on October 4, Portfolio Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, said the policy establishes a framework within which youth can be supported to pursue and achieve their goals.The Minister added that it outlines and explores areas for action, and indicates six priority areas – education and training, health and well-being, employment and entrepreneurship, youth participation, social inclusion and reintegration, and institutional and youth sector arrangements.In the meantime, Senator Reid said Cabinet also gave approval for an updated Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Policy and Implementation Plan, and also for the completion of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport/Bureau of Gender Affairs, to be tabled as a Green Paper in Parliament. Speaking at a post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House on October 4, Portfolio Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, said the policy establishes a framework within which youth can be supported to pursue and achieve their goals. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Rosetti Marino Delivers New PSV to Gulf Offshore North Sea

first_imgzoom On Saturday 19th October, Rosetti Marino in Ravenna, Italy delivered Platform Supply Vessel (PSV) “HIGHLAND KNIGHT” to Gulf Offshore North Sea Ltd. headquartered in Aberdeen. This PSV was built in Rosetti Marino’s San Vitale Shipyard and it is the first of the two sister ships which were ordered in October 2011 by the Scottish Shipping Company.Gulf Offshore North Sea Ltd, a subsidiary of GULFMARK OFFSHORE Inc. based in Houston, Texas (USA), operates a highly specialised fleet of Platform Supply Vessels in the North Sea, West Africa and the Mediterranean.Before taking on its current name, “HIGHLAND KNIGHT” was registered at the Ravenna Harbour Master’s Office with the temporary name of “Newbuilding C.110 Rosetti”. It has a length of 75 metres, a breadth of 16 metres and a deadweight of over 3,000 t.The ship’s propulsion is made up of 2 variable pitch propellers, each with a diameter of approximately 3 metres and set at the end of shafts driven by 2 General Electric diesel engines producing a total power of 5,580 kW (approx. 7600 hp). Peak speed is over 14.5 knots, with a cruising range of about 3,500 miles and excellent manoeuvrability is guaranteed by 4 thrusters.HIGHLAND KNIGHT boasts cutting edge Rolls-Royce Marine engineering, automation and technology and it has been designed to provide assistance to offshore oil platforms and to transport equipment and material to and from the platforms guaranteeing the safe operation of the vessel in all weather and sea conditions.Highland Knight’s Godmother was Mrs. Judy Gordon, wife of GulfMark Board Member, Mr. Sheldon Gordon. The christening ceremony took place at the Rosetti Marino San Vitale Shipyard managed by Cesario Mondelli in the presence of the authorities, guests, both companies’ top management and their employees and families.After the ceremony, Highland Knight set sail to its first operational base in Aberdeen, Scotland. 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 My location Rosetti Marino, October 28, 2013 Print  Closelast_img read more

Sea Machines Raises USD 10M to Advance Autonomous Technology

first_imgBoston-based Sea Machines Robotics has raised USD 10 million that would enable the company to further develop autonomous solutions for the maritime industry.As informed, the investment marks one of the largest venture rounds for a marine- and maritime-focused technology company and brings the total capital Sea Machines has raised to USD 12.5 million.Marking one of the largest #venturecapital rounds for a #marine technology company, Sea Machines announces that it has closed a $10M #SeriesA investment. Learn how the funds will be used and how they will advance the industry: https://t.co/9BCPF7ot55 #autonomous pic.twitter.com/3fFBdhjRB8— Sea Machines Robotics (@SeaMachines) December 17, 2018Sea Machines said it will use the funds to expand the sales and global reach of its recently released line of products, grow the R&D and engineering teams, roll out new product feature sets, and further the company’s lead in developing advanced situational awareness systems for vessels.The industrial marine sector encompasses a broad domain of significant industries, such as maritime transportation, offshore energy, and commercial fishing and aquaculture. Though each are major contributors to the global economy, they commonly operate near or below break-even, in large part due to continued reliance on 20th-century methodologies and technologies. Today’s autonomous technology offers proven solutions to these challenges and is already being used to retool and modernize the industry for the better, according to Sea Machines.“We are creating the technology that propels the future of the marine industries. This investment enables us to double down on our commitment to building advanced command and control products that make the industry more capable, productive and profitable,” Michael Gordon Johnson, founder and CEO, Sea Machines, commented.The Series A investment was led by Accomplice and Eniac Ventures, with participation from Toyota AI Ventures; Brunswick Corp., through investment partner TechNexus Venture Collaborative; NextGen VP, Geekdom Fund; LaunchCapital; LDV Capital and others.“At Toyota AI Ventures, we believe that autonomous mobility can help improve people’s lives and create new capabilities – whether on land, in the air or at sea,” Jim Adler, founding managing director, Toyota AI Ventures, said.“Sea Machines’ autonomous technology and advanced perception systems can reduce costs, improve efficiency and enhance safety in the multi-billion dollar commercial shipping industry. This marks our first investment in the maritime industry, and we’re excited to embark on this journey with Sea Machines,” he added.“Eniac Ventures is excited to back Michael Johnson and the Sea Machines team – the leading maritime and robotics experts solving this industry’s most critical issues, including labor, safety, efficiency and cost,” Vic Singh, founding general partner, Eniac Ventures, said.“The level of traction they have from the global maritime industry is a telltale sign that the industry is the next frontier for autonomy,” he continued.“I think this investment sends a strong signal on the types of technologies that will come to define the maritime industry in the future,”  P. Michael A. Rodey, senior manager, A.P. Moller-Maersk, pointed out.Sea Machines is currently developing advanced perception and navigation assistance technology for a range of vessel types, including container ships. In the first quarter, the company will initiate testing of its perception and situational awareness technology aboard one of Maersk’s newbuild ice-class containerships.In October, Sea Machines released its introductory line of autonomous command and remote control systems, developed for the demanding challenges of vessels serving the offshore commercial, scientific and government applications.last_img read more

Md Selim lodges complaint with Cyber Cell at Lalbazar

first_imgKolkata: CPIM politburo member Md Selim has lodged complaint with the Cyber Cell at Lalbazar against a post in the social media spreading canard against him.The matter came to light when Selim saw a post on August 15 midnight criticising him for his behavior in the United States a few years ago.The person sending the post alleged that while in the United States, Selim had taken beef but refused to take pork. When pork was offered he became furious and smashed the table. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaHe left the place. He went to the house of a person known to him and stayed there. His hosts were taken aback and after this incident they gave up Left idealism and started contributing money to an organization preaching Hinduttva. Selim also reported the matter to the Face Book authorities. Selim tweeted alleging that the BJP IT cell was behind this post. He alleged that making religion a shield, BJP was trying to spread hate politics. But, their attempt to malign him will fail, he commented.last_img read more

Its Camp Day at Tim Hortons

first_imgIt’s Camp Day at Tim Hortons, and that means 100 per cent of the money from coffee sales will go towards helping thousands of kids go camping.The Tim Horton Children’s Foundation has seven camps across Canada and the United States which allow kids from low-income families enjoy the camp experience.Tim Hortons is also hoping people will encourage others to give by using the hashtag #CampDay and by mentioning @TimHortons on Twitter and Instagram.Last year, a record-breaking $13.7-million was raised.last_img read more

Critical funding shortfall threatens vital UN food aid for 53000 hungry Djiboutians

A critical shortage of funds will force the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to cut off vital food aid rations for 53,000 people in Djibouti beginning next month in a country where malnutrition rates among children under five are already well over the international emergency threshold, the agency warned today. “It’s vital that we get donations now,” WFP country Director Benoit Thiry. “The longer it takes to receive donations, the longer it will take to get the feeding programmes back on track. “Malnutrition among children younger than five is in fact a silent emergency in Djibouti, but we just don’t have the funds to continue providing food for the most vulnerable,” he added. Overall the agency needs $6 million for operations in the small Horn of Africa until December, and $1 million immediately. Unless new contributions arrive, WFP will be forced to stop distributing food to more than 47,000 pastoralist drought victims in April, and from May, will no longer be able to feed some Somali 6,000 refugees who rely entirely on food aid. Preliminary results of a new survey show acute malnutrition in Djibouti has risen to 20.4 per cent, above the emergency threshold of 15 per cent, compared to 17.9 per cent in 2002. Severe acute malnutrition stood at 7.1 per cent against 5.9 per cent in 2002. “Although these are preliminary findings and need to be validated, they provide a snapshot of the impact of the drought on household food security at the peak of the lean season,” Mr. Thiry said. The dry season begins in two months’ time. A recent report by the Famine Early Warning Systems Network warned that thousands of households would run short of food in the coming months, with livestock in some inland areas already showing signs of stress. An emergency WFP food security assessment in September showed that continued aid to drought victims is imperative. Recurring droughts have stretched to the limit the traditional survival strategies of many pastoralists. The assessment noted that aid would progressively shift from free food distribution towards food for work programmes designed to help improve their food security. Djibouti is classified as both a least developed country and a low-income, food-deficit country. Some 60 per cent of the population is unemployed. In 2006, WFP fed 70,000 people, including 10,000 school children, and 2,000 children orphaned by HIV/AIDS as well as people living with HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis patients. 27 March 2007A critical shortage of funds will force the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to cut off vital food aid rations for 53,000 people in Djibouti beginning next month in a country where malnutrition rates among children under five are already well over the international emergency threshold, the agency warned today. read more

Ontario increasing train and bus service across GO network

Ontario is increasing train and bus services across the GO network this coming fall.The province says the changes are an effort to provide commuters with more travel options that will help manage congestion and ensure strong customer service.The changes include more peak period GO train service on the Barrie line, providing more travel options to commuters in Barrie, Bradford West Gwillimbury, East Gwillimbury, Newmarket, Aurora, King City, Vaughan and Toronto. The province will also increase GO bus service on some of the most in-demand routes that serve customers in Burlington, St. Catharines, Guelph, Mississauga, Oakville, Hamilton and Richmond Hill.“Providing more train and bus service on our most in-demand routes is just one more way we are making transit a convenient choice for commuters. These new Barrie GO train trips also bring us one step closer to our goal of transforming the GO rail network to provide faster and more frequent rail service throughout the entire region,” said John Jensen, President and CEO, Metrolinx in a press release.The changes will be in effect as of September 2. read more

Holder reaches careerbest in ICC rankings

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedHolder achieves career-best in bowling, all-rounders chartsJuly 16, 2018In “Sports”Holder becomes the first No. 1 WI allrounder since SobersJanuary 28, 2019In “latest news”Pat Cummins, Jason Holder achieve career-best Test rankingsFebruary 5, 2019In “latest news” WI captain Jason HolderLONDON, United Kingdom (CMC) — West Indies captain Jason Holder has leapt to a career-best 25th spot in the International Cricket Council Test bowling rankings, following his outstanding performance in the day/night third Test which ended in Barbados on Tuesday.The 26-year-old seamer finished with career-best figures of nine for 60, though the effort proved in vain as West Indies lost the match by four-wickets inside four days at Kensington Oval.He has moved up 11 spots, climaxing a series that saw him take 12 wickets overall in the three-Test rubber, which was drawn 1-1.Holder has also moved up in the batting rankings, climbing 10 spots to 54th, following his top score of 74 in the first innings at the Oval.A stylish right-hander, Holder tallied 198 runs in the series at an average of 39.The Barbadian’s excellent effort has also seen him jump three spots in the all-rounder’s rankings to sixth.West Indies wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich, meanwhile, has also enjoyed movement in the batting rankings, leaping 14 spots to 51st position.The right-hander, who was adjudged Man-of-the-Series against Sri Lanka, struck 71 in the first innings of the Barbados Test. He finished with 288 runs at an average of 57.Opener Kraigg Brathwaite is the highest-ranked West Indies batsman at 21st while speedster Shannon Gabriel is the best-ranked Windies bowler at 12th.West Indies players can improve their rankings even further when they face off against Bangladesh in a two-Test series starting July 4 in Antigua. read more

60 passengers injured in NYC train crash

first_imgA RUSH-HOUR collision between two commuter trains in a suburb north of New York City Friday injured 60 passengers, five of them seriously.A spokesman for the Metro North commuter train line said the incident involved a train headed into the city and one traveling in the opposite direction toward New Haven, Connecticut.“Sixty people have been taken to the hospital,” Connecticut governor Dan Malloy said.“There are five people in critical condition, one in very critical condition.”The accident happened at the Connecticut city of Bridgeport at around 22.00 Irish time.Injured passengers are transported from the scene where two Metro North commuter trains collided. (AP Photo/The Connecticut Post, Christian Abraham)Alex Cohen, a passenger on the train headed to New York, said it pulled to a sudden halt and then suddenly jerked forward.“There was smoke. People were screaming, people were really nervous. We were pretty shaken up. They had to smash a window to get us out,” Cohen told NBC Connecticut.Malloy told reporters the collision was a very serious incident but there was “no reason to believe that this was anything but accidental.”“We’re most concerned about the injured and ultimately reopening the system,” he added.The New York Post newspaper reported that the accident occurred along a stretch of train track that was undergoing repairs.Metro North, one of America’s busiest commuter rail lines, which carries around 280,000 passengers each day, said it was not yet known what had caused the collision. – © AFP, 2013Read: New Orleans: 19 confirmed injured following parade shooting>More: Inexperienced pilots major factor in Shannon plane crash>last_img read more

RIM to drop PlayBook app sideloading

first_imgSideloading apps is supposed to make things easier for developers. It gives them a way to quickly and easily load their apps onto test devices so that bug can be worked out before they’re uploaded to app stores. But for RIM, it appears that sideloading is causing more harm than good — and that’s why PlayBook users won’t be able to do it for much longer.According to RIM’s Alec Saunders, the are some high-profile developers that have flatly refused to bring their apps to the BlackBerry platform unless sideloading is done away with. Saunders confirmed that’s going to happen very soon, possibly even in the very next update to PlayBook OS. It’s important to note that only consumer sideloading is being done away with — developers will likely still be able to do so. Locking down access should be as simple as RIM associating PlayBook PINs to developer accounts and only allowing an install when there’s a match.Why the need for a change? Right now, one of the biggest uses of sideloading on the PlayBook is installing Android apps that have been converted to the PlayBook’s BAR format by the community. With popular apps like Kindle, Netflix, Hulu, and Mint still nowhere to be seen, many PlayBook enthusiasts have taken it upon themselves to do the conversions rather than wait for official ports to arrive in App World. Even if an app is free, this practice can be construed as piracy — and that’s why those big-time devs that RIM is courting want sideloading removed.On his Twitter feed, Saunders goes so far as to state that 25% of Android apps are pirated. He doesn’t note where that figure comes from or if he’s talking about on the PlayBook or the Android ecosystem as a whole. A Yankee Group survey late last year revealed that 53% of developers do think piracy is a problem on Android and that the same number think Google is far too lax about trying to prevent piracy.RIM wants to avoid being perceived that way by developers — and they have to, if they’re ever going to get missing big-name apps uploaded to App World.More at Crackberrylast_img read more

Bahamas Conducts Continuing Dialogue with European Union During Diplomatic Week

first_img— Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 24, 2017 – Nassau – The Bahamas has used the opportunity of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ 4th annual ‘Diplomatic Week’ to stage the third in a series of dialogues with the European Union.   The exchange took place during a meeting between The Bahamas and the EU on Thursday, 19 October 2017.The political dialogue was held under the auspices of Article 8 of the Cotonou Agreement, which states that the Parties “shall regularly engage in a comprehensive, balanced and deep political dialogue leading to commitments on both sides”.   The Cotonou Agreement is an international agreement between African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries and the nations of the European Union, aimed at promoting a stable and democratic political environment.The talks were led by the Honourable Darren Henfield, MP, Minister of Foreign Affairs of The Bahamas, and Her Excellency Malgorzata Wasilewska, Ambassador, Head of the European Union Delegation to The Bahamas.The talks covered a wide range of global and regional issues, including climate change and natural disasters, security and crime, and human rights and migration.   The wide ranging dialogue also included discussions on the future of ACP-EU relations and the ongoing implementation of the EU-CARIFORUM Economic Partnership Agreement, both in light of the Brexit process.   Both sides welcomed the opportunity to restart this key dialogue, which was last held in October 2015, and looked forward to increased cooperation in the future.Minister Henfield welcomed the European Delegation – also comprising non-resident Ambassadors attending Diplomatic Week from Germany, Ireland, Spain, Sweden and the British High Commissioner – and conveyed The Bahamas’ pleasure and honour to receive the group.   He noted that The Bahamas’ relationship with the European Union continued as a high priority for the country, and that the two parties were bound by a proud democratic tradition and commitment to good governance and the rule of law.   Restarting the dialogue, under the new government represented a positive step in further developing these relations.The Minister – who led The Bahamas side comprising representatives from the Office of the Prime Minister, the Ministry of Financial Services, Trade and Industry and Immigration, and the Ministry of the Environment and Housing – considered today’s exchange as frank, meaningful and opportune, as it occasioned the stipulation of important elements of the national agenda to individual members of the EU side present.Ambassador Wasilewska described the talks as both comprehensive and dynamic.   She said that the EU/Bahamas relationship was of growing importance in an increasingly global world that now faced a series of unprecedented challenges.   She added that, ‘Only through partnerships such as ours will we be able to tackle those challenges and help create an enabling environment which helps all of our citizens’.*****************************************************BAHAMAS DIALOGUES WITH EU – Bahamian officials are shown meeting with representatives of the European Union as part of The Bahamas 4th annual Diplomatic Week, held in Nassau, 15-18 October, 2017.  Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. Darren Henfield is shown at centre along with the Head of the European Union delegation, Ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska and Ambassador Reuben Rahming various senior Government and diplomatic officials.Press Release: BISPhoto: Ministry of Foreign Affairs Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Related Items:last_img read more

Cantwell in Vancouver seeking smallbusiness answers

first_imgU.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., arrived in Vancouver on Wednesday seeking answers as to why small businesses and would-be entrepreneurs in Southwest Washington are struggling to secure loans to expand or to get their dreams off the ground. Cantwell took public testimony and asked questions at Vancouver City Hall during her first field hearing as chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. In a swipe at Wall Street, she said she wants to boost Main Street’s access to loans, as opposed to handing more “exotic instruments” to the nation’s megabanks, which she said own 50 percent of assets in the U.S.Cantwell added that she wants to “demystify access to capital” for small businesses. “We’re going to try to get capital out there,” Cantwell told more than 65 people who packed the City Council chambers.That effort will include moving certain pieces of legislation, Cantwell said, including seeking to raise the cap on the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 7(a) loan program, which provides working capital to small companies.More help is needed, according to the six small-business owners, lenders and economic development leaders who testified before Cantwell on Wednesday. Amy O’Hara, co-owner of Vancouver-based When the Shoe Fits, described her trials in obtaining financing to launch her successful men’s and women’s full-service shoe stores.last_img read more

Kachemak Selo makes progress toward a new school but the project isnt

first_imgA crack in the wall at Kachemak Selo High School. (Renee Gross, KBBI News)Kachemak Selo, a small Russian Old Believer village at the head of Kachemak Bay, is desperate for a new school building. Deteriorating infrastructure and limited space has plagued the community for years. However, progress toward a new school is happening. The state dedicated about $10 million toward building a new school in 2016, and on Friday, the community choose a building site. A new school isn’t guaranteed just yet. The community still needs to convince Kenai Peninsula Borough residents to vote in favor of paying for the rest of the roughly $16 million project.Listen nowOver a dozen Kachemak Selo community members gathered in a classroom in the village’s high school, which is actually a repurposed house, to choose a site to build a new school. There are cracks in the walls and floors throughout the building are noticeably sloping.Aleks Murachev said that’s why the community needs a new school now, and he added that he’s scared for his four kids’ safety when they attend class.“I don’t feel that they are safe enough in there because it’s not safe,” Murachev said. “And we need a new school, that’s for sure”The school buildings have been in terrible condition for years. Kevin Lyon is the project manager for the new school.“I mean we’ve been through a long process here,” Lyon said. “I’m trying to think the first time I sat in this room was about in ’01. The village hadn’t asked for school yet. We were talking about the problems.”In 2014, the community and borough chose potential sites for a new school. On Friday night, they were making the final decision between what they called the blue sight and the yellow site. The yellow site was appealing because it’s close to the village and would be a short walk for students. But a preliminary study found that it was at risk for a landslide.“We have enough problems with schools and things that happen in schools,” Lyon said. “We all read or watch the news, that isn’t one that a school gets wiped out by a devastating natural event. That’s not something that I want my name attached to.”Safety motivated the community to ultimately decide on the blue site, even though it is roughly a mile and a half farther east in the village. But that selection does come with a potential hang-up because the borough does not currently own the land at the site. Borough Land Manager Marcus Mueller said the borough would need to acquire the site and make sure a road is built to make it accessible.“I don’t see that as being a borough road standard,” Mueller said. “The approach that we would be doing would be building a driveway out there.”Expenses to fund the project is one of the final hurdles to building the school. The state allocated about $10 million for the project in 2016. But the borough needs to come up with about another $5 million to fund the rest of the project. That funding is set to expire next year, and the borough intends to ask voters this fall to pay for its matching funds.Project Manager Lyon explained they have one chance to pass the bond.“We get one swing at this bond and I don’t like playing baseball that way,” Lyon said.However, there is a bill in the senate that would extend the deadline to use state funding until 2021. Whether or not this bill passes, the community still needs to convince residents around the Kenai Peninsula to vote yes on funding the remaining $5 million needed to build a school for the roughly 60 students in the village.“It’s probably not in your nature but you’ve gotta let them know where Kachemak Selo is and what this building has, what your kids are not getting,” Lyon said. “And it’s a tight budget time but you’re going to need to show them what’s there.”But it may be an uphill battle. Besides Aleks Murachev, the father who commented earlier, most Kachemak Selo residents were hesitant to comment on the need for the school publicly.last_img read more