Modi launches projects worth ₹4,500-cr in Odisha

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday launched a number of central government projects in Odisha worth more than ₹4,500 crore. The projects were unveiled during Mr. Modi’s second visit to the eastern state in less than a fortnight. He had unveiled some projects in Bhubaneswar and addressed a BJP rally near the historic Khurda town on December 24. Describing the projects as a new year gift to the people of Odisha, the prime minister expressed hope that 2019 will steer the state on a path of rapid development. The projects inaugurated by Mr. Modi are related to road highways and transport, petroleum and natural gas, railways, culture, tourism and passport services.Some key projects include four-laning of three major national highways in Odisha, laying of a section of a key LPG pipeline and doubling of an important railway line. The prime minister also flagged off a new passenger train on a route, unveiled multi-modal logistics hub in Balasore as well as a project for restoration and conservation of historical site of Haripurgarh.Mr. Modi also inaugurated passport sewa kendras at post offices in Bhadrak, Cuttack, Jajpur, Aska, Keonjhar and Dhenkanal through video conferencing. Currently, people have to go to the regional passport office at Bhubaneswar, officials added. Foundation laying and inauguration of a host of projects by the prime minister comes ahead of general election, which is due in a few months’ time. The assembly polls in Odisha are also slated to be held simultaneously with the Lok Sabha polls. During his last visit to Odisha on December 24, Mr. Modi had unveiled a number of projects worth more than ₹14,500 crore.last_img read more

NGT directs Uttarakhand, U.P. to display Ganga water quality

first_imgThe National Green Tribunal has directed the Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Boards to display the water quality of the Ganga at all strategic locations on a monthly basis, to indicate whether the river water is fit for drinking and bathing.A Bench, headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel, further pulled up the National Mission for Clean Ganga over its submission that the States of Bihar, Jharkhand, U.P. and West Bengal have not provided relevant information pertaining to the stretches between Kanpur to Buxar and Buxar to Ganga Sagar.“It has indicated that the States have not provided the information and therefore, action plans could not be formulated within the stipulated time frame. The lackadaisical approach of the NMCG can hardly be appreciated as it has been set up by the government with the sole object of rejuvenation of Ganga…,” the Bench said.It added, “We may have to take coercive action, including environment compensation being required to be paid by the NMCG, and U.P., Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal for not responding and failing to formulate the action plans for Phase II and Phase III.”The green panel has granted NMCG and the respective States a “final opportunity” to file action plans by April 30, pertaining to sewage treatment and utilisation of the same.The Uttar Pradesh government has also been directed to ensure that a committee headed by Justice Arun Tandon is consulted pertaining to waste management following the Kumbh mela in Prayagraj (Allahabad).last_img read more

Nishikori falters against Chung in all-Asian match in Paris

first_imgPalace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Holloway stops Aldo in 3rd, wins UFC featherweight belt Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Japan’s Kei Nishikori breaks his racket in his third round match of the French Open tennis tournament against Korea’s Hyeon Chung at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France. Saturday, June 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)PARIS — Hyeon Chung fought back from two sets down against Kei Nishikori to keep alive his bid to become the first South Korean to reach the fourth round of the French Open.Nishikori was leading 7-5, 6-4, 6-7 (4), 0-3 when rain stopped play on Saturday. The match will resume Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES It is the first time in the Open era two Asian men have met as late as the third round in a Grand Slam tournament.Chung has never beaten a top-10 player in six attempts.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut he was making the eighth-seeded Nishikori, the first Asian man to contest a Grand Slam final at the 2014 U.S. Open, look ordinary.Nishikori had to save a set point in the first set. In the second, the Japanese star appeared to have problems with the same right wrist he had treatment on in his second-round win over Jeremy Chardy. But he prevailed, and appeared on course for a straight-sets victory in his first meeting with Chung. Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PARcenter_img Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast However, Chung took the third set in a tiebreaker, bringing up set point with a backhand down the line and clinching it when Nishikori hit long.Chung broke twice at the start of the fourth set, prompting Nishikori to hurl his racket to the clay in disgust, and breaking it.Nishikori had treatment on his back, and shortly after the rain started.Chung began playing tennis with his parents at 6, and continued when a doctor recommended that looking at the color green helped his weak eyesight. ATP players voted him the most improved player in 2015.In April, he reached the Barcelona quarterfinals as a qualifier, and in May he made his first ATP semifinals in Munich.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more


first_imgBut OCallaghan and the other IAAF technical official But OCallaghan and the other IAAF technical official Fung Wang Tak of Hong were all praise of the course, terming it as world class. “I have been to several race walk events around the world and this course is one of the best. The smooth and straight surface of one kilometer without any bend, it is really a top class course. I hope the IAAF will give Grand Prix race walk events here. I have no doubt that Jaipur will host international race walk events in future,” said OCallaghan, who was the campaign manager of the IAAF chief Sebastian Coe during his presidential election last year. Asked about the complaint made by Khushbir about the slope of the road, OCallaghan said, “You will not find any perfect flat road for race walk events anywhere in the world. There will have to be some slopes here and there. She may have a different view but I still say this is a world class course.” Fung also agreed with OCallaghan, saying, “This course is as good as any other I have seen in international race walk events. There would be better courses than this but I havent come across perfectly flat roads in race walk events anywhere in the world.” PTI PDS CM CMlast_img read more


first_imgVimal said it was the former world no. ones decision to Vimal said it was the former world no. ones decision to start competing once again after the pain following the surgery had subsided. “She is someone who thrives on competition. She wanted to know where she stands once she did not feel any pain. When she came back (to the Prakash Padukone Academy in Bengaluru after surgery) for training routine she felt tiredness but her leg was holding well,” he said. “She has played some tough players and its the third tournament in a row. She lost in first round and then reached quarterfinals in the second. All these will give her confidence in her climb to the top,” Vimal remarked. “When she says I am okay, its her body. Shes a grown up girl, one of the top players in the world, and knows her body. This I learned from Prakash — to take responsibility. She said she felt good and wanted to compete. “Nothing is going wrong with her leg. I am not worried about end results now. Theres a lot of scope for improvement and she is not yet at that high level to push those top players. The main thing is 4-5 top players are not there (for one reason or another). The top two Chinese women have retired and Li Xuerei is injured. Ratchanok (Intanon) is injured and Carolina is also not there. “Its good for the next line of players to push and she should just think she is in the next line of players,” Vimal elaborated. He, however, brushed aside any suggestion that in hindsight it would have been better had Saina not competed in the Rio Games after feeling some discomfort before the competition commenced in August. “She developed this strain, it was the stiffness of the thigh and she felt it 4-5 days before our departure for the Games. She felt her legs appeared to be heavy. She consulted doctors and they said it was an inflammation of fat pad covering the bone.” According to Vimal, Saina felt stiffness after the first practice session in Rio and wanted to take pain-killing injections and was even looking forward to reaching the quarter-finals before things turned for the worse. (More) PTI SSR RSY CM CM BASadvertisementlast_img read more

Canada Beats US, 1-0 at Sochi

first_imgSOCHI, Russia — For the rematch, Canada skipped the overtime and shelved the theatrics.One slick goal and 60 minutes of stifling defensive hockey kept the Canadians firmly on top of the U.S. and moved them to the brink of gold again.Jamie Benn scored in the second period, Carey Price made 31 saves, and Canada beat the United States 1-0 night in the semifinals of the Olympic men’s hockey tournament.Canada advanced to the gold-medal match Feb. 23 against Sweden, which beat Finland 2-1 in the earlier semifinal at Bolshoy Ice Dome.With an unbeaten run through Sochi, the Canadians are a win away from their third gold medal in four Olympics, and they’re guaranteed their first medals outside North America in 20 years.Although it was fast-paced and well-played, this win had none of the flair of Sidney Crosby’s overtime goal to beat the U.S. four years ago. The Canadians didn’t care.“We didn’t score a lot of goals, but we didn’t have to,” Canada forward Jonathan Toews said. “The next game will follow that work ethic. We can check, we can work our tails off, and we can make things real tough for the other team.”After its first loss in Sochi, the U.S. will face Finland for bronze. The Americans were hoping for redemption from their gut-wrenching defeat in 2010, but they only got a businesslike reminder of Canada’s clout.“We didn’t show up to play,” U.S. defenseman Ryan Suter said. “It’s too bad. … We sat back. We were passive. You can’t play scared. I thought we sat on our heels and just didn’t take it to them at all.”Indeed, the defending Olympic champions left little doubt about their North American hockey dominance in a rematch of the finale of the Vancouver Games. Although the Canadians had no signature moments and never pulled away, they also never appeared seriously threatened.From face-off to final buzzer, Canada was in control thanks to Price, Benn and defenseman Jay Bouwmeester, whose pass created Benn’s goal. All three players weren’t on the Canadian team in Vancouver, but they’re a win away from earning their own gold medals.“Obviously we knew it was going to be a tight match going in,” Benn said. “We found a way to get one, our team played great team defense, and our goalie shut the door.”The Canadians haven’t even trailed in the Sochi Olympics, and they coolly maintained border supremacy on the U.S. by defending their blue line with authority.Their stifling defense has allowed just three goals in five games, and they clamped down on an American offense that had scored 19 goals in Sochi for every minute of a slightly anti-climactic evening.“We didn’t really create much offense,” U.S. forward Patrick Kane said. “It’s a little disappointing. … I think everyone expected a tight-checking game, but to say we would have gotten shut out, I don’t think anyone would have thought that.”Jonathan Quick stopped 36 shots in a strong performance for the Americans, who had trailed for just 7:19 in Sochi before Benn’s goal put them in a hole they never escaped.Canada scored early in the second period during a shift by Benn and Anaheim Ducks teammates Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf. Benn got the puck outside to Bouwmeester, who threaded a pass into the slot for Benn’s deflection past Quick, whose aggression sometimes makes him vulnerable to such shots.Benn, the Dallas Stars captain, didn’t get an invitation to Canada’s summer Olympic orientation camp and was one of the last players added to the roster. But he’s had a great tournament and his goal was all the offense needed by Price, the Montreal goalie who easily handled the Americans’ few good chances, including their clunky power plays.Crosby still has no goals through five games in Sochi, but the Canadian captain had his best overall game as Canada beat the Americans for the fourth time in five Olympic meetings since the NHL players joined the party in 1998.The showdown might have been the last Olympic meeting of these nations’ best players for a long while if the NHL keeps players out of the 2018 Pyeongchang Games, forcing the rivalry to move to a World Cup or world championship.The Americans still haven’t won Olympic gold since the Miracle on Ice in a drought that will be at 38 years by the next Olympics, no matter who’s wearing the U.S. uniform there.“I think it was maybe a little too perimeter and not much traffic in front of their net,” U.S. forward David Backes said. “Kudos to them for keeping us to the outside, but we’ve got to find ways to get to the inside and make things happens.”For all the talent and high stakes on the ice, the Bolshoy wasn’t exactly rocking for the game, with the predominantly Russian crowd apparently struggling to decide whom to root against.The scoreless first period was still fast and exciting, with Quick stopping 16 Canadian shots. Crosby shook off his early-tournament struggles and played at a breakneck pace, while the American forwards generated numerous chances on pure speed.(Greg Beacham, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Chinese soccer fans fume as China draws 0-0 with India

first_imgBy KJM Varma Beijing, Oct 15 (PTI) Chinese football fans are angry and distraught over their much-fancied team’s failure to score against gritty India in a rare football match between the two countries leading to a tame goalless draw.The international friendly match held in the city of Suzhou, East China’s Jiangsu Province, on Saturday was the first between the two Asian giants in 21 years.Most Chinese fans were sure of victory at home in the Suzhou Olympic Sports Centre, but despite attacking most of the match, China failed to finish off multiple attempts, state-run Global Times reported.A 0-0 draw with India in the “planet derby” between the world’s two most populous nations enraged Chinese soccer fans, official media reported on Monday.”It is absolutely devastating to think that these are the best 30 players from a population base of three billion,” the daily quoted China Central Television (CCTV) soccer commentator He Wei as saying after the match.”The weak opponent has made the Chinese soccer team look worse. Way to go India,” posted one fan on social media site Sina Weibo.In a keenly-watched footbal match played between the two most populous countries in the world but still laggards in the global game, China dominated the proceedings with waves of onslaughts on the Indian citadel but they failed to score a goal.It was a remarkable achievement for India, playing on the Chinese soil for the first time, as they have drawn against a continental top side like China in their own den.advertisement The draw is expected to take India higher in the FIFA rankings. They are now placed 97th while China are at 76th spot. PTI KJV PMS AKJ PMSPMSlast_img read more

Kim Hughes wants Australia to get under Virat Kohli’s skin and not be ‘pussycats’

first_imgFormer captain Kim Hughes has suggested Australian players to not be “pussycats” while dealing with Virat Kohli during the series against India and feels that the hosts must get under the skin of the world’s premier batsman.Australia have had to change the way they play on the field and have gone quieter on the field in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa earlier this year. The findings of an independent review blamed Cricket Australia for creating a ‘win at all costs’ environment that led to the infamous incident in Cape Town.However, Hughes sees nothing wrong in exchanging a word or two with India captain Kohli.Sanjay Bangar flies to Sydney to help Test specialists prepare for Australia series”You are not going to become pussycats. That’s not racially vilifying him (Kohli) at all or anything like that but just a good stare, or a couple of words, that’s part of the Australian way. Most blokes’ nicknames are usually when you have a stuff-up, not when you have a had a glorious moment,” Hughes was quoted as saying by the Sydney Morning Herald.Read – India vs Australia: Head-to-head records over the last 10 years”If he (Kohli) is not the best player in the world, he is in the final two or three … I think he is the best player in the world. When you have 1.2 billion people in the world supporting you and expecting you to do well, there is a fair bit of pressure. He is the type of player that you would feel as an opposition that you could get under his skin.”advertisementAlso read – Virat Kohli not underestimating Australia without Steve Smith and David WarnerKohli is vulnerable when put under pressure, said Hughes.”Some are just unflappable, it doesn’t seem to matter what happens to them, like a Clive Lloyd – nothing seemed to phase him. Where a Kohli, you just get the feeling that if things didn’t go well, and you could keep the pressure on him, he might chuck the toys out of the cart.India vs Australia 1st T20I: Pace challenge awaits Virat Kohli’s men at Gabba”I saw him get a run-out once and he was blowing kisses, this sort of stuff. Therefore, and I think the other thing, the Indian players all gain a tremendous amount of faith and belief in him. That’s why, if you can, you can really get into him, more mentally. The real challenge for him is to stay calm, don’t get too emotional,” he added.The three match T20 series begins in Brisbane on Wednesday and it will be followed by four Test and three ODIs.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Mrs. Pistols previews OSU-Baylor

first_imgI’m sorry, I couldn’t help myself…This was incredible.Screen Shot 2014-11-22 at 2.54.59 PMIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img

“Michigan Head Coach Jim Harbaugh” Is Apparently A Popular Halloween Costume

first_imgHead coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks on during the Michigan Football Spring Game.ANN ARBOR, MI – APRIL 04: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks on during the Michigan Football Spring Game on April 4, 2015 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh has done a nice job turning around the Wolverines in his first year on campus, and as such, UM fans are looking to celebrate him for Halloween. A quick look on social media reveals that dozens of Michigan supporters are going as Jim Harbaugh – khakis and all – for the holiday. Check it out:@CoachJim4UM @umichfootball @UMichAthletics I present the greatest Halloween costume ever JIM HARBAUGH!!— Jacob Anderson (@Go_Blue1415) October 29, 2015What’s better than Jim Harbaugh? TWO Jim Harbaughs! #GoBlue #Halloween— Susie Pearson (@SusiePearson02) October 28, 2015@umichfootball Happy Halloween Coach Harbaugh! Like my costume? Go Blue!— Ty Seighman (@sig_ty) October 24, 2015In reality, it’s an easy costume to pull off. Still, we’ll give anyone props who promotes college football on Halloween.last_img read more

Report: Bournemouth 4 Chelsea 0

first_imgJosh King’s brace inspired Bournemouth to a 4-0 victory as Maurizio Sarri’s lacklustre Chelsea suffered back-to-back Premier League defeats.Cup triumphs over Tottenham and Sheffield Wednesday suggested Sarri’s withering assessment of the 2-0 loss to Arsenal had the desired effect, but a section of the away supporters turned on their Italian coach at the Vitality Stadium.Wales winger David Brooks created King’s 47th-minute opener before coolly doubling Bournemouth’s advantage, although he pulled up on a subsequent attack to cut a wonderful display short. 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? Prior to that substitution, some Chelsea fans sang “You don’t know what you’re doing” as Sarri withdrew Gonzalo Higuain after 65 minutes of his Premier League debut.King’s second and a stoppage-time Charlie Daniels goal means Chelsea drop below Arsenal into fifth on goal difference, while Bournemouth’s win moves them up to 10th.Pedro was preferred to Willian on the right wing for Chelsea and his early cross, aimed for Higuain, was headed goalwards by Mateo Kovacic, with Artur Boruc brilliantly tipping on to the crossbar.Brooks should have done better with a 34th-minute header showed his class soon afterwards, dispossessing Eden Hazard and driving forward to force Kepa Arrizabalaga into action.It was no surprise to see the excellent Brooks involved in the opening goal, controlling impeccably and laying the ball on a plate for King to crash home.After N’Golo Kante wasted a chance to equalise, Brooks showed contrasting composure in the 63rd minute – collecting King’s return pass and checking back inside David Luiz to crisply finish into the bottom corner.Robbed of their standout performer, Bournemouth’s liquid counter-attacks continued to flow and Junior Stanislas and King combined 16 minutes from time.The Cherries continued to pour forward and Daniels diverted Jordon Ibe’s free-kick past Kepa in stoppage time to complete an unforeseen humiliation.38 – Josh King has drawn level with John Carew and Tore Andre Flo as the joint-third highest Norwegian goalscorer in the Premier League, with only Steffen Iversen (40) and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (91) netting more. Wood.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 30, 2019What does it mean: Jury still out on SarriballChelsea’s head coach finds himself locked in an ideological battle with a fanbase reared on reactive, battling, never-say-die football in the mould of John Terry and Didier Drogba. Sticking to the methods that got him this job, Sarri has enjoyed success this season and has a Wembley final to look forward to next month. But 45 minutes of largely listless possession and a second-half collapse brought the naysayers to the fore.Howe fretting over brilliant BrooksHaving confirmed top scorer Callum Wilson has undergone minor knee surgery, Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe will hope to have Brooks back on his feet before long. The elegant attacker carved Chelsea to pieces early in the second half.Luiz’s best and worst on showChelsea’s best moments during the first half were usually prompted by David Luiz’s incisive passing from deep, which injected some tempo into their play. However, the defensive pantomime that accompanied Brooks’ goal will always be part of the baffling package the Brazilian brings to top-flight football.Key Opta facts- Bournemouth secured only their second competitive home win against Chelsea and first since September 1988 (L5).- This is just the second time in Premier League history that Chelsea have lost a game by a four-goal margin, after losing 1-5 versus Liverpool in September 1996.- Chelsea have lost consecutive Premier League games for the first time since March 2018, when they lost to both Manchester clubs.- Both of Bournemouth’s Premier League wins on a Wednesday have come against Chelsea.What’s next?Chelsea entertain the Premier League’s bottom side, Huddersfield Town, on Saturday, while Bournemouth also face strugglers in the form of Cardiff City. read morelast_img read more

FIU Releases Statement On Tragic Death Of 2018 Starting DB

first_img FIU releases statement on the tragic death of former defensive back Emmanuel Lubin, who started 13 games in 2018. Lubin, a North Miami Beach native, died in a car accident Saturday night.— Manny Navarro (@Manny_Navarro) July 21, 2019Our thoughts and prayers are with Lubin’s family and friends, as well as the entire FIU football family during this difficult time.May he rest in peace. Three footballs next to a pylon(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)FIU football is dealing with tragedy today after the death of former defensive back Emmanuel Lubin on Saturday night.Lubin, who started all 13 games for the Panthers last fall, was killed in a car accident. For his career, he appeared in 45 games, recording 86 tackles and one interception.FIU released a statement on Lubin’s passing this afternoon.“Tragically, we lost a great young man in Emmanuel Lubin last night,” said FIU head coach Butch Davis. “He was a hard worker, great teammate and was respected and loved by his teammates, coaches and staff at FIU.”last_img read more

DNV GL Adds Scrubber Ready Class Notation

first_imgzoom Norwegian-based ship classification society DNV GL has developed a new class notation aimed at helping shipowners to prepare newbuildings for the installation of a scrubber. As DNV GL claims, Scrubber Ready standard ensures that the necessary preparations are in place for a smooth and cost-efficient scrubber retrofit at a later stage.“There is no doubt that stricter emissions regulations for sulphur oxides are here to stay,” said Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, DNV GL Maritime’s CEO.“This new Scrubber Ready class notation gives shipowners the flexibility to minimize their initial investment when ordering a newbuilding, while at the same time having the confidence that their vessels are already on the track to easy compliance with incoming emissions regulations,”  Ørbeck-Nilssen added.“It is very important to have an overview of the design and an understanding of how the system will interact with the engines and auxiliary parts of the machinery system. We also offer scrubber advisory services to support our customers, from building the business case, to risk assessment of the design, installation, commissioning, hardware-in-the-loop testing of the control system, right through to the system entering into operation,” noted Hans Jacob Horgen, the company’s engineer for exhaust gas cleaning rules.This notation can be awarded to ships that have planned and partly prepared for the installation of an exhaust gas cleaning system (EGCS) for the later removal of SOx. As explained by DNV GL, the standard ensures the general type and category of scrubber systems to be installed on vessels.Due to the increasing importance of sustainable shipping, the IMO and the EU are tightening their regulations for ships. With the SOx scrubbing, it is possible to meet new regulations that place a cap on sulfur content of fuel oil at 0.1 percent, resulting in significantly reduced air emissions.last_img read more

Cyprus UN envoy heartened by political will shown by community leaders

29 May 2008The United Nations envoy to Cyprus said today that he was encouraged by the “initiative and commitment” shown by the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders so far during discussions this year on possible reunification. Taye-Brook Zerihoun, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and the chief of the UN peacekeeping mission to Cyprus (UNFICYP), said the political will displayed by the two leaders “has changed the state of affairs of the status quo up to now.”Asked by reporters in Nicosia about the discussions – taking place under UN auspices – between Demetrios Christofias (Greek Cypriot) and Mehmet Ali Talat (Turkish Cypriot), Mr. Zerihoun said that while the process was still at a preparatory stage, it was clearly heading towards the stage of formal negotiations.“I think there is also broad agreement that there is a new environment, conducive to the re-engagement, and a commitment to see the process through for a conflict that has been around for four decades or more… So let’s keep the hope alive and I am certain that the process, the momentum will be kept.”Earlier this month, Mr. Christofias and Mr. Talat issued a joint statement reaffirming their commitment to “a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation with political equality, as defined by relevant Security Council resolutions.”This partnership will comprise a federal government with a single international personality, along with a Turkish Cypriot constituent state and a Greek Cypriot constituent state, which will be of equal status.UNFICYP has been in place on the Mediterranean island since 1964 after the outbreak of violence between the two communities. It is tasked with preventing a recurrence of fighting, contributing to a return to normal conditions and the maintenance of law and order. read more

Lanka to continue to train its military personnel in India

“There can be various opinions, but we can’t (shift the programme). We are very firm on that and we have confidence (that it will continue). We have not even thought about,” he said when pressed further on whether Sri Lanka would stop sending its personnel to India.He noted that starting from the Defence Secretary to Army commanders, everyone has been trained in India. “Everyone go to India first and only then they are sent to other countries like USA (for training),” he said.Rajapaksa’s comments assume significance in the wake of almost all political parties in Tamil Nadu coming on a single platform to oppose the training programme to Sri Lankan military personnel in India. “It hurt our feelings, we cannot hide that because we always think India as our big brother or who shows us the way and how should we work. India has taught us all good things.We never thought this will happen?But we have no hard feelings towards India or its people,” he said.The minister, who is in-charge of reconstruction of the war-torn Northern Province, also noted that most of the pilgrims who were attacked in Tamil Nadu were of Indian-origin Sri Lankans.Asked whether such incidents will cast a shadow on Indo-Lanka ties, he replied in the negative and appreciated the Indian Government’s initiatives to ensure that such incidents are not repeated in the future.“I believe that the people of Tamil Nadu understand that nobody gains from such incidents,” he said. (PTI) During an interaction with visiting Indian journalists, Rajapaksa admitted that the recent attacks against Sri Lankan citizens in Tamil Nadu has “hurt” their feelings, but said no one in his country had any “hard feelings” for India or its people. However, India has made it clear that the training programme would continue.On whether Sri Lanka was moving close towards China, he said: “We look India in a much bigger way.”Speaking about the attacks against Sri Lankan pilgrims in Tamil Nadu, Rajapaksa said that it “hurt” the feelings of Sri Lankan people because it had happened in India, which is regarded as a “big brother and a country which shows the way” for his nation. Notwithstanding stiff opposition from political parties in Tamil Nadu, Sri Lanka on Wednesday asserted that it was “very firm” on continuing the training programme of its defence personnel in India and ruled out sending them to countries like China.Sri Lanka’s powerful Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa, also the brother of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, said his country looks at India in a “much bigger way” than China. The minister was responding to a question whether Sri Lanka was reconsidering the training programme for its military personnel in India and possibly get them trained in countries like China in the wake of protests in Tamil Nadu.Dwelling on the issue, he said it has been the practice for any new batch to be sent to India for training and that Sri Lanka has no plans to change the tradition. Initially, the parties protested the presence of Sri Lankan personnel in Tamil Nadu, but later widened their demand by asking the Indian Government to scrap the entire programme and send them back home. “No. We have never (thought about it) because in our long history since the days when we moved from British shoulders all training (to army personnel) were done in India or in Pakistan,” he said. read more

Current account trade deficit hits 1133 billion in first quarter highest in

In this June 3, 2015, photo, container ships are docked at a shipyard, in Jersey City, N.J. The Commerce Department reports on the U.S. current account trade deficit for the January-March quarter on Thursday, June 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) WASHINGTON – The deficit in the broadest measure of U.S. trade increased in the January-March quarter to the highest level since the spring of 2012 as American exports declined.The Commerce Department said Thursday that the deficit in the current account increased to $113.3 billion in the first quarter, up 9.9 per cent from a fourth quarter deficit of $103.1 billion. It was the largest imbalance since a $118 billion deficit in the second quarter of 2012.The current account tracks not only trade in goods and services but also investment flows. For the first quarter, the trade deficit increased as exports of goods fell to $382.7 billion from $409.1 billion.Part of that decline reflected falling oil prices. But American exporters have also been hurt by a stronger dollar, which makes their products more expensive overseas.The Federal Reserve took note of the weakness in exports in its policy statement Wednesday, saying it was one of the factors holding back the overall economy this year.A bigger trade deficit subtracted nearly 2 percentage points from growth in the first quarter, sending the overall economy into reverse with the gross domestic product falling at an annual rate of 2 per cent in the January-March period.The economy is expected to rebound in the April-June quarter with many economists forecasting growth of around 2 per cent. The expectation is that strong employment gains will bolster consumer spending and drive faster overall growth. by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Jun 18, 2015 7:09 am MDT Last Updated Jun 18, 2015 at 7:44 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Current account trade deficit hits $113.3 billion in first quarter, highest in nearly 3 years read more

TT Holstebro save honour against Dinamo Bucharest in the last second

TT HolstebroVelux EHF Champions League 2. HC Motor Zaporozhye101026:26(0)1 2. HBC Nantes101026:26(0)1 2. TTH Holstebro101032:32(0)1 The Romanian champions Dinamo Bucharest won important first point in draw in Denmark against home team Team Tvis Holstebro 32:32 (16:16). Romanians were closer to the victory when Sania netted for 32:31 eight seconds before the end, but Karlsson saved his team honour in front of home fans with equalizer in the last moment of the match.Danish right wing Kildelund netted nine goals, while on the other side Savenco scored six goals.Besiktas Mogaz – ABC UMinho 33:31Motor – HBC Nantes 26:26STANDINGS: 2. Dinamo Bucuresti101032:32(0)1 6. ABC/UMinho100131:33(-2)0 1. Besiktas Mogaz HT110033:31(2)2 ← Previous Story Montpellier beat Tatran at the start of EHF CL Next Story → France to warm up against Slovenia before WCh 2016 read more

Enda in Lithuania to prepare for presidency handover

first_imgTHE TAOISEACH ENDA Kenny is to meet the leaders of Baltic states Latvia and Lithuania during an official visit today.Ireland passes the Presidency of the European Union to Lithuania next month and preparations will be made with President Dalia Grybauskaité and Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius. Talks on continuing negotiations about the next €960 billion EU budget with the European Parliament will also be held.While in Latvia, Kenny will discuss the country’s imminent accession to the eurozone with Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis.Tomorrow, a trip to Finland is on the cards, where he will meet with President Sauli Niinisto at his official residence to speak on external relations.The Taoiseach will join Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen for a discussion on the outstanding ambitions of our Presidency and a look ahead to the June European Council during a working lunch.  Later in the day, the Taoiseach will address the 4th Annual Economic Ideas Forum with Greek leader Antonis Samaras and Commission head Olli Rehn.More than 200 groups tell G8: Here’s how to fight world hungerState’s income for three of the ‘big four’ taxes is less than expectedlast_img read more

Pioneer PotterNavi le GPS pour cyclistes

first_imgPioneer PotterNavi: le GPS pour cyclistesUne bonne nouvelle pour les amateurs de balades en deux roues, Pioneer invente le PotterNavi, un GPS spécialement conçu pour les fans du guidon.Fans de petite reine, réjouissez-vous! Pioneer propose un GPS parfaitement taillé pour vos balades à vélo avec le PotterNavi. Avec un écran de 2,4 pouces d’une résolution de 240×320 pixels, et agrémenté d’un clip pour le fixer fermement sur votre deux-roues, ce modèle est  conçu autour des préoccupations des cyclistes note le site Ère Numérique. À lire aussiBroadcom : une puce GPS pour la géolocalisation extérieure et intérieureSon format permet de le contrôler d’une seule main, même en pleine chevauchée, et affiche, outre la cartographie et le chemin à parcourir, des informations complémentaires sur le nombre de calories brulées ou encore plus précis, les objectifs à atteindre pour évacuer un repas trop copieux pris le midi. Il affiche également la météo ou des points d’intérêt comme des commerces ou des toilettes publiques.Prêt à toute utilisation, il est parfaitement étanche et résiste à la pluie, à la poussière ou encore au vent et à une durée de vie de 10H fournie par une batterie Lithium. Il est fourni avec une pastille à installer sur une roue et à installer sur le cadre pour prendre les mesures nécessaires au suivi. Le PotterNavi est vendu, du moins au Japon, couplé à un abonnement 3G de deux ans pour rester connecté ou que l’on se trouve. Une fois le parcours accompli, il peut aussi se brancher en USB pour consulter les statistiques sur la prouesse sportive effectuée.Vendu pour le moment au Japon, il est proposé à un prix situé aux environs de 395 euros. Le 30 octobre 2011 à 11:04 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more