Mulayam’s brother Shivpal Yadav gets bungalow vacated by Mayawati

first_imgThe Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has allotted the government bungalow vacated by Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati to Samajwadi Secular Morcha founder Shivpal Yadav.“I have been allotted the bungalow as there were intelligence reports of threats to me,” said Shivpal Yadav, who is Samajwadi Party (SP) founder Mulayam Singh Yadav’s brother and the estranged uncle of party president Akhilesh Yadav. “I am a five-time legislator and it has been allotted to me as a senior member of the Assembly,” he said.Mr. Shivpal Yadav said he had applied for a government bungalow, and the one at 6, Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg was allotted to him “following all rules and regulations”.The Congress suggested favouritism in the allocation, saying Mr. Shivpal Yadav was working for the ruling BJP.Mr. Shivpal Yadav has, however, ruled out any tie-up with the BJP. A close confidant of the MLA said he might run the Samajwadi Secular Morcha from the bungalow now allotted to him.While launching the Morcha in August, Mr. Shivpal Yadav said he felt neglected in the SP after Mr. Akhilesh Yadav took charge of the party.Mr. Shivpal Yadav has not quit the SP even after forming the Morcha, which he says will contest the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.State government officials did not comment on the bungalow allocation. State BJP spokesman Shalabh Mani Tripathi said “no politics should be seen in it”.“He is a very senior leader, a former Minister and a legislator. His seniority must have been taken into account for the allotment of this bungalow by the government,” he added.Morcha formed under pressure from BJP: CongressWhen contacted, U.P. Congress spokesperson Rajiv Bakshi claimed that Mr. Shivpal Yadav formed his Morcha under pressure from the BJP. “The allotment of a prime bungalow to Shivpal shows that BJP is helping him. Shivpal is working for the BJP,” he said.Ms. Mayawati vacated the bungalow after the Supreme Court struck down on May 7 an amendment to the Uttar Pradesh Ministers (Salaries, Allowances and Miscellaneous Provisions) Act that allowed former Chief Ministers to retain their government accommodation when their term ended.After this, former Chief Ministers including Ms. Mayawati, Mr. Mulayam, Mr. Akhilesh, Mr. Narain Dutt Tiwari, and Mr. Rajnath Singh had to vacate their bungalows in Lucknow.last_img read more

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Victorious Qatar returns to Doha to a “rapturous” welcome

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel PLAY LIST 01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIES Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town “I am very happy to see the people celebrating with us, we realize how big what we did is,” said coach Felix Sanchez. “When you win a trophy like that you feel very proud, to see that the hard work sometimes gives you the reward.”The AFC statement said players and staff were mobbed by fans, friends and family before getting on a specially decorated open-top bus to begin the trip into Doha from the airport.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“I am proud to make these people happy,” said Ali Almoez, the tournament’s top scorer. “I am proud of this thing and all the players are. For 40 years Qatari people did not celebrate, now we will celebrate for the next four years and not stop.”Victory will give Qatar renewed hope of being able to compete against the world’s best teams when it qualifies for the first time for the World Cup — as hosts — in 2022. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Lionel Messi has injury scare after scoring 2 goals in Barcelona draw Qatar\s players lift the trophy after winning the AFC Asian Cup final match between Japan and Qatar in Zayed Sport City in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Feb. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)DOHA, Qatar — The Asian Football Confederation said Sunday that Qatar’s victorious Asian Cup football team returned home to Doha to a “rapturous welcome” and was greeted by the country’s ruler and hundreds of thousands of fans.The AFC said Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani met the players to begin a second straight night of celebrations in Doha after Qatar beat Japan 3-1 in the Asian Cup final on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes View commentslast_img read more

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Wimbledon 2017: Garbine Muguruza faces another Williams final showdown

first_imgGarbine Muguruza is aiming to become the first Spanish woman for 23 years to win Wimbledon – and yet again a Williams sister stands in her way.The 23-year-old stormed into the final by beating Magdalena Rybarikova on Thursday. Only one Spaniard has previously lifted the Wimbledon women’s title – Conchita Martinez, who has been coaching Muguruza at this tournament and cheered her to victory in her semi-final.It will be Muguruza’s second Wimbledon final. She will face five-times champion Venus Williams on Saturday, having been defeated in 2015 by Venus’ sister Serena, a seven-times winner.”I always stare at the wall where there are all the names of the previous winners. In the past years, you see the Williams surname a lot,” Muguruza said.”So I look forward to putting a Spanish name back there.””Facing Venus, you know, she won here like five times. She knows how to play, especially Wimbledon finals. It’s going to be a historic final again,” she said.Muguruza, the 14th seed, said she felt far better mentally prepared for the final this time.”I feel much more calm, am kind of controlling my emotions more than the last time,” said Muguruza, who won the French Open last year, saying that she was drawing on the experience of Martinez.”She’s helping me to deal with the stress of the tournament,” she said. “She knows how to prepare, how to train, what to do.”last_img read more

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Son gets military exemption after South Korea clinch gold at Asian Games

first_imgTottenham Hotspur forward Son Heung-min’s football career received a massive boost as he is set to be exempted from military service after South Korea won gold at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang.Lee Seung-woo and Hwang Hee-chan scored for South Korea in extra-time to help them win 2-1 against Japan and retain the title.After a barren period of regulation time, South Korea struck twice in extra-time and Ayase Ueda reduced the margin for Japan with five minutes left but they couldn’t push on and grab an equaliser to save themselves from a heartbreak.All able-bodied South Korean men must complete 21 months service in the military as a deterrent against the North but exemptions are offered to athletes, who win gold at the Asian Games or any medal at the Olympics. Son captained South Korea at the Asian Games 2018 (AP Photo)Following South Korea’s great show at the World Cup in Russia, many people in the country asked the concerned officials to exempt the players from the service but that was not heard. However, after South Korea’s win, Son will now be exempted of the mandatory military service.Son, who captained South Korea as one of the over-aged players in the under-23 competition, had a role in both goals.Gamba Osaka striker Hwang Ui-jo’s profligacy meant South Korea were not able to seal the victory in 90 minutes and it was left to Lee to score the first goal when he planted his drive into the top of the net from a Son layoff.advertisementHwang’s pinpoint header from Son’s corner eight minutes later doubled South Korea’s lead though Japan refused to give up.Son was substituted seconds before the final whistle only to run back on the field in jubilation to celebrate the victory, which has huge ramifications for his career.Son made one appearance from the bench for Spurs before linking up with South Korea’s Games squad earlier this month and was congratulated by the Premier League team after the final.”Congratulations, Sonny — #AsianGames WINNER!” Spurs tweeted.Congratulations, Sonny – #AsianGames WINNER! pic.twitter.com/NT63QmbtbTTottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 1, 2018″I am so thankful to Tottenham because they let me go, normally it’s not easy to do,” Son said, dedicating his gold medal to his country. “Of course it was the final so I was a little bit of nervous.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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India win Asian Games 1962: 5 facts you didn’t know

first_img A young Indian side were not the favouritesTo set the record straight, it was a pretty young side, even though most contemporary reports stressed ‘the blend of youth and experience’. The youngest member was 20-year-old Arumainayagam, while 28-year-old Services striker Ethiraj was the most experienced. The team had 10 former Olympians in its ranks, but the captain’s armband was given to Chuni Goswami and not PK Banerjee, who was the skipper in the Olympics a couple of years ago.”The selection of the side was unanimous,” a UNI report said. The Indian media were not very hopeful about the team’s chances once the groups were announced. “Had they been placed in any of the other three pools, India would have made the quarter-final grade [sic],” a staff reporter at Times of India commented. “India face another handicap,.. they will have to play under floodlights,” it further noted. Most other newspapers carried the same narrative even though they stressed that India’s performance in Merdeka 1961 was inspiring and given the team practiced together for six weeks, coach Rahim Saab can come up with a winning strategy.India national team shifts to 4-2-4While the foundation of independent India’s early footballing success was built upon a rigid 2-3-5 attacking system espoused first by Balaidas Chatterjee and later by Rahim Saab, the Hyderabad-born tactician decided to shift to a 4-2-4 formation for the Asian Games. “Though the presence of only four forwards may appear to weaken the attack, it will not be so, because the two halves will also be available to support the forwards,” the gaffer explained before the start of the tournament. “The fact that there will be four full-backs will mean added strength to the defense,” he further added, advocating the key reasons for deviating from a system where most of his players had maximum exposure. It’s needless to say that the change in tactics was a game-changer. Indian Embassy ransacked, Footballers booed – but why?The biggest talking point of the whole journey, however, was how politics got intertwined with sports. Indonesia, the host country, didn’t approve visas of athletes representing Taiwan and Israel, which resulted in Mr. GD Sondhi, the Indian senior vice-president of Asian Games Federation, claiming that the competition should be stripped off the ‘Asian Games’ tag. That caused a furore in Indonesia, with the Indian Embassy facing the brunt. “Several thousand Indonesians,… today stormed the Indian Embassy here, broke into the embassy premises, smashed furnitures and broke window panes, a front page news on Times of India read on 4th September.The next day, when 11 footballers took the field to fight for Gold, they were greeted with loud boos. “It was a triumph as much for our footballers as for all those who had stood up to that hooting, churlish mob,” Times of India’s KN Prabhu wrote in his report. “The fourth Asian Games … ended today with thousands of Indonesians booing Indian athletes, the Indian flag and the national anthem,” another report read. “The booing broke out among the 1,10,000 persons in the Senajan Stadium as the Indians [sic] defeated South Korea 2-1 to win the football championship and take the Games’ last gold medal,” it added.While Indian footballers have played many a match on foreign lands since then, never have they faced such a concerted acrimonious crowd, incited allegedly by some leaders of the Indonesian ruling party. That makes the Asian Games 1962 victory even sweeter. India India football team’s win in 1962 Asian Games: 5 facts you didn’t know Atanu Mitra Last updated 2 years ago 01:40 9/4/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Chuni Goswami, Mohun Bagan Goal India On this day 55 years ago, Indian football reached its pinnacle during the Jakarta victory, but the nuances have been lost with time. FEATUREBY ATANU MITRA (Follow @Atanu00 on Twitter)If one is asked to name the biggest ever achievement by the India national football team, it essentially means choosing from two options: the semi-final finish in 1956 Melbourne Olympics and victory in 1962 Asian Games. While the former has a global appeal, a closer look reveals that India had only won one game in the whole competition and progressed that far based on the withdrawal of much stronger sides. The 1962 win, though, can be referred as a proof of the nation’s footballing prowess. While the victory is often talked about, fans have lost track of the finer details with time. Here we take a close look at five such forgotten facts: Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina India were not supposed to participate in Football!With a foreign exchange crisis looming, the Finance Ministry had suggested only a fortnight before the tournament that it may not give green signal to the football team to take part in the fourth Asian Games. This came as a shock for all as India were the only team which had qualified for the Rome Olympics a couple of years ago, but the move also looked intuitive as with 22 members, the Chuni Goswami-led squad was the biggest contingent.”Both the Maharaja of Patiala and Raja Bhalinder Singh, presidents respectively of All India Council of Sports (an advisory body to the Education Ministry) and the Indian Olympics Association are striving their best to ensure there is no cut in size,” Indian Express had reported on 6th August. Finance Minister Morarji Desai finally gave in to the pressure three days later. “The Union Finance Ministry has relented to such an extent that there will be a cut of only seven in the contingent,” read a UNI report on 9th that month.Would AIFF risk paying the passport fee?If bureaucrats debated on cutting down the contingent size, AIFF general secretary K Ziauddin dithered about paying Rs. 400 as passport fee ahead of the competition.”The payments for the passports of the team had to be made on Monday. In view of the reported suggestion of the Union Finance Ministry to cut the size of the Asian contingent, the payment for the passports of about Rs. 400 was withheld,” a Times of India report read. However, the good news came in the very next paragraph.”On second thoughts, Mr. Ziauddin has decided to make the payments today,” it added, meaning that the last hurdle ahead of India’s participation was cleared.last_img read more

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FIFA 18 Player Ratings: MLS

first_imgMLS FIFA 18 player ratings: Giovinco and Villa among top 25 MLS stars Ronan Murphy Last updated 2 years ago 00:46 14/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) David Villa MLS NYCFC 07192017 Adam Hunger MLS LA Galaxy v Toronto Toronto LA Galaxy Gaming eSports The best players in Major League Soccer have been revealed along with the LA Galaxy’s highest rated players ahead of the launch of FIFA 18 EA Sports has revealed the highest rated Major League Soccer players in FIFA 18, with Sebastian Giovinco, David Villa and Bastian Schweinsteiger leading the way.The Dos Santos brothers also received high overall ratings in the new edition of the video game, with Andrea Pirlo and Clint Dempsey also among the top 25 MLS players.The LA Galaxy’s StubHub Center is also one of the new stadiums included in FIFA 18. In addition to the top 25 MLS players, the LA Galaxy have released their own top five players from the game. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing The LA Galaxy are included in the FIFA 18 demo released worldwide Tuesday, and allows gamers to test out the latest edition of the football simulation ahead of its official release Sept. 29.TOP 25 PLAYERS IN MLS  Sebastian Giovinco, Toronto – 82David Villa, NYCFC – 82Bastian Schweinsteiger, Chicago – 81Ignacio Piatti, Montreal – 80Kaka, Orlando – 80Jonathan dos Santos, LA – 80Miguel Almiron, Atlanta – 79Giovani dos Santos, LA – 79Diego Valeri, Portland – 79Andrea Pirlo, NYCFC – 79Clint Dempsey, Seattle – 78Pedro Santos, Columbus – 78Nicolas Lodeiro, Seattle – 78Osvaldo Alonso, Seattle – 78Michael Bradley, Toronto – 78Blerim Dzemaili, Montreal – 78Tim Howard, Colorado – 78Romain Alessandrini, LA – 77Josef Martinez, Atlanta – 76Victor Vazquez, Toronto – 76Fredy Montero, Vancouver – 76Jozy Altidore, Toronto – 76Federico Higuain, Columbus – 76Laurent Ciman, Montreal – 76Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York – 75JONATHAN DOS SANTOS | LA Galaxy FIFA 18 LA Galaxy Player RatingsMexico international Jonathan dos Santos is a new player at the LA Galaxy, having arrived from Villarreal in July. He is the franchise’s highest rated player in FIFA 18, and the joint-third highest in MLS.GIOVANI DOS SANTOS | LA Galaxy FIFA 18 LA Galaxy Player RatingsGiovani dos Santos is in his third season at the LA Galaxy, having scored 15 goals in the 2016 season, and is rewarded with an impressive 79 rating.ROMAIN ALESSANDRINI | LA GALAXYFIFA 18 LA Galaxy Player RatingsFrench winger Romain Alessandrini was signed as a designated player in January and has already become an integral part of the LA Galaxy first team.JERMAINE JONES | LA GalaxyFIFA 18 LA Galaxy Player RatingsThe LA Galaxy’s highest rated American is Jermaine Jones. The 35-year-old is one of the club’s most experienced players and still has impressive stats, despite his years.ASHLEY COLE | LA GalaxyFIFA 18 LA Galaxy Player RatingsFormer England international Ashley Cole has lost some pace in recent years, but still has high passing, dribbling and defensive attributes in FIFA 18.EA SPORTS is revealing all players’ ratings ahead of the release of FIFA 18 on Sept. 29. To pre-order your copy, head to: https://www.easports.com/fifa/buy/usalast_img read more

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India vs Australia: Bhuvneshwar gets down to perfecting yorkers in Bumrah’s absence

first_imgIndia vs Australia: Bhuvneshwar gets down to perfecting yorkers in Bumrah’s absenceIndia vs Australia: Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been entrusted with the duty of bowling in the death overs in the absence of Jasprit Bumrahadvertisement Press Trust of India AdelaideJanuary 14, 2019UPDATED: January 14, 2019 14:10 IST Bhuvneshwar Kumar said he has been charged with bowling in the death overs in Jasprit Bumrah’s absence (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSJasprit Bumrah has been rested by Team India for the Australia ODIsBhuvneshwar Kumar said he is practising hard to perfect his yorkersIndia face Australia in the second ODI in Adelaide on Tuesday (January 15)Jasprit Bumrah is India’s resident yorker specialist but in absence of Gujarat speedster, the team management has entrusted his new ball partner Bhuvneshwar Kumar to fire in the toe-crushers at the Australian batsmen.Buvneshwar was seen bowling in the nets keeping a shoe at the base of the stumps in order to perfect his yorker ahead of theThe UP seamer, who rarely bowls yorker like Bumrah, is trying to add the delivery in his repertoire in order to avoid getting hit in the slog overs.”The skills (required to bowl yorkers) are also different. I was practising bowling yorkers at the shoes, and I was practising for the end (slog) overs to take wickets or block some runs. This (keeping shoes on the pitch) is something that I have been doing for some time,” Bhuvneshwar told mediapersons on the eve of the second ODI.The seamer said that he wasn’t practising yorkers as he wasn’t playing Test matches and also because the delivery is rarely used in longest format. “I didn’t practice that for almost a month now because in Tests, we hardly needed that. And I didn’t play a match. Going into an ODI or T20I series, you need that (yorker) thing. So I was practising that,” he said.The yorker becomes all the more necessary in the death as ‘blockhole’ deliveries or slower ones work with old balls (two new balls being used in ODIs).”The skills needed are totally different (with new and old balls). You are trying to swing the new-ball and take wickets. With the old ball, you are looking to bowl yorkers or slower balls. But they are both difficult.advertisement”When you are bowling with a new-ball, there are only two fielders outside the circle. With the old-ball, batsmen don’t care how many guys are outside the circle.”Also Read | India treating next two matches vs Australia as knockouts, says Bhuvneshwar KumarAlso Read | Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni hit the nets as India prepare for Adelaide ODIAlso Read | Virat Kohli obliges fans with autographs and selfies at Adelaide. What about MS Dhoni?For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPTI Tags :Follow Bhuvneshwar KumarFollow Jasprit BumrahFollow India vs Australialast_img read more

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Recall for glass mugs sold Canadawide at HomeSense

first_imgOTTAWA – Health Canada says certain glass beer mugs sold at HomeSense locations across the country are being recalled.The agency says the glass mugs can break if used for hot liquids and can cause burns or lacerations.It says TJX Canada is recalling the mugs after receiving one complaint in Canada of the mug breaking and causing a burnAbout 1,525 mugs, which are made in Poland, were sold in Canada between Jan. 1 to March 15.Customers are being advised to return the mugs to the nearest HomeSense store for a refund.last_img read more

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PMO denies Trudeau was hostile toward Liberal MP Celina CaesarChavannes

first_imgOTTAWA — An official with the prime minister’s office says Justin Trudeau had “emotional” conversations with Liberal MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes, but denies her claims the encounters were “hostile” or that Trudeau yelled at her.Caesar-Chavannes told the Globe and Mail that Trudeau was angry when she told him on Feb. 12 of her plans to announce she was not running in the October federal election.She alleges he yelled at her in that conversation and that she responded by shouting back at him, and says the prime minister later apologized.Caesar-Chavannes also details another encounter with Trudeau in the House of Commons a week later in which she describes him as acting hostile toward her.Matt Pascuzzo, a spokesman for the prime minister’s office, says while there was no question the conversations in February were emotional, there was “absolutely no hostility” and that Trudeau has deep respect for Caesar-Chavannes.Speaking at a teachers’ conference in Ottawa today, Trudeau said he is rethinking some of the processes of how his office supports cabinet and caucus members and is getting outside advice on how to better deal with “internal disagreements.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Alabama Shakes And Ben Harper To Perform At Tibet House US 30th

first_imgInternationally acclaimed GRAMMY Award-winning musicians Alabama Shakes and Ben Harper will join the extraordinary line-up for the Tibet House US 30th Anniversary Benefit Concert Celebrating Philip Glass’s 80th Birthday on March 16th at Carnegie Hall in New York City.Chart-topping band Alabama Shakes will grace the Tibet House US Benefit Concert for the first time with their ground-shaking brand of rock ‘n’ roll. Their celebrated 2012 album Boys & Girls and latest album Sound & Color have earned the band multiple GRAMMY Awards, critical praise, chart-topping success and countless accolades.Musician, songwriter, guitarist, producer and activist Ben Harper will light up this special evening with his world-class musicianship and signature blend of blues, folk, soul, reggae and rock which draws throngs of fans to his live shows all around the globe. Ben is currently touring the world with his original band, The Innocent Criminals, supporting their latest release, Call It What It Is.Artistic director and curator Philip Glass will also be joined by Laurie Anderson, Iggy Pop, New Order’s Bernard Sumner, Phil Cunningham, and Tom Chapman, Patti Smith and her Band, Sufjan Stevens, Tenzin Choegyal and Jesse Paris Smith, Scorchio Quartet, Lavinia Meijer and more.In addition to celebrating Glass’s 80th birthday, the evening will also honor 30 years of Tibet House US. It’s sure to be another jam-packed show full of amazing music and one-night-only collaborations in what has been a series of unforgettable concerts spanning three decades. Proceeds support the work of Tibet House US, a non-profit educational institution and cultural embassy founded in 1987 at the request of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to ensure the survival of the unique Tibetan civilization. Uma Thurman, Chuck Close, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard and Arden Wohl are Honorary Chairpersons.TICKET INFO:Tickets for the concert are on sale now ($35-$200) – visit www.carnegiehall.org to purchase, or call Carnegie Charge at 212.247.7800, or visit the Carnegie Hall Box Office (57th Street and Seventh Avenue). Also available now are special gala packages starting at $500 that include prime concert tickets and an elegant dinner reception with the performers and a who’s who of New York City society. To purchase these packages, visit www.tibethouse.us or call Tibet House US at 212.807.0563.last_img read more

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Extortionists arrested

The extortionists had demanded Rs. 500,000 as ransom but had later agreed to Rs. 100,000 and were prepared to meet the businessman at a selected location to collect the money. The police went undercover to drop off the money for the extortionists to collect and two suspects were subsequently arrested early this morning.Further investigations are underway. The police arrested two extortionists in Walasmulla early this morning after they had threatened a businessman in the area and demanded ransom.According to the police media unit one man had contacted the businessman and said that he was Julampitiya Amare, an underworld figure who is already in police custody over a shooting incident. A police complaint over the threat was lodged on July 18 and investigations were launched by the Tangalle criminal investigations unit. read more

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Area around Beira Lake to be commercial center

The area around the Beira Lake is to be converted into a commercial center, Minister of Megapolis and Western Development, Patali Champika Ranawaka.He said that an international commercial center is to be constructed in the area and work on the project has already commenced. Illegal disposal of solid waste and drainage from the surrounding areas have polluted the water source.A proposal made by Minister Ranawaka to implement the Beira Lake rehabilitation and development project at an estimated cost of Rs. 12,550 million was approved by the cabinet in October. (Colombo Gazette) The Beira Lake rehabilitation and development project recently obtained cabinet approval. The Beira Lake which is situated on a land of about 120 hectares is helpful in storm water drainage, recreational activities and biodiversity. read more

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Yellen expects Fed to start rate hikes this year but stresses concerns

FILE – In this Wednesday, June 17, 2015, file photo, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen speaks during a news conference following a Federal Open Market Committee meeting in Washington. On Friday, July 10, 2015, Yellen said the Fed is on track to start raising interest rates later this year but expressed multiple concerns over headwinds that are still holding back the U.S. economy. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File) WASHINGTON – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said the Fed is on track to start raising interest rates later this year but expressed multiple concerns over headwinds that are still holding back the U.S. economy.She described the outlook for the economy and inflation as “highly uncertain,” amid lingering weakness in the labour market and new potential threats overseas.Yellen, speaking on the economy for the first time since the Fed’s June meeting, saw reasons for encouragement. Consumer spending appears to be picking up, and employment is likely to keep expanding, she said.“Based on my outlook, I expect that it will be appropriate at some point later this year to take the first step to raise the federal funds rate,” Yellen said, referring to the Fed’s key short-term interest rate, which has been at a record low near zero since December 2008.But she also outlined a host of concerns, from weak wage growth to a low labour participation rate to “disappointing” productivity. She reiterated that inflation is still well below the Fed’s 2 per cent target. Yellen also noted that cautious business owners “have not substantially increased their capital expenditures.”Yellen, whose comments came in a speech in Cleveland, said even when the Fed does start raising rates, the increases will be gradual.New potential risks have emerged since the Fed’s June 16-17 meeting, including the on-going Greek debt crisis and a sharp plunge in China’s stock market over the past month.Yellen noted in her speech that the “situation in Greece remains unresolved.” But she also said that the economic recovery in the 18-nation Eurozone “appears to have gained a firmer footing.” She did not mention developments in China at all, nor was she asked about Greece or China during a question-and-answer period following the speech.The recent developments have prompted many economists to push back their projections for the Fed’s first rate hike from September to December. The Fed’s next meeting takes place on July 28-29, but there is no expectation the Fed will make a move then.“We want to see further improvements in the labour market and with inflation running as low as it is, we want to feel reasonably confident that inflation will move up” in the next two to three years, Yellen said in outlining the landscape that will determine the timing of the first rate increase.But she added that it would be wrong to “over-emphasize” the Fed’s initial move.What will matter more to the economy is not when the first rate hike happens but how quickly the Fed moves rates higher afterward, she said. Because rates are likely to climb gradually, interest rates will stay at low levels for some time.Asked what she saw as the biggest threats facing the U.S. economy, Yellen said her major focus was to learn from the mistakes made in the lead-up to the 2008 financial crisis.“This was a devastating event that took an enormous toll on our economy,” she said.She said the Federal Reserve needs to be “much more vigilant and much better prepared” in an effort to make sure that the financial system does not see a repeat of the 2008 crisis.Yellen is scheduled to deliver the Fed’s mid-year economic report to Congress next week.___Associated Press writer Mark Gillespie in Cleveland contributed to this report. Yellen expects Fed to start rate hikes this year but stresses concerns about US economy. by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Jul 10, 2015 10:59 am MDT Last Updated Jul 10, 2015 at 3:50 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Central African Republic UN condemns killing of two aid workers

“I express my deepest condolences to the family and friends of the victims, and to all our humanitarian colleagues tirelessly providing assistance and protection to people in need in CAR,” said Kaarina Immonen, UN Humanitarian Coordinator in the country. “It is shocking that aid workers have been targeted and these killings must be condemned in the strongest terms.”The two aid workers were in Bossangoa for the Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ACTED). Bossangoa is located 300 kilometres north of the capital Bangui, when they were targeted over the weekend.Ms. Immonen urged authorities and all parties to the conflict to “ensure the protection of civilians and the respect for international humanitarian and human rights law, as well as of humanitarian personnel and assets.”The CAR – which has been marked by decades of instability and fighting – witnessed a resumption of violence last December when the Séléka rebel coalition launched a series of attacks. A peace agreement was reached in January, but the rebels again seized the capital, Bangui, in March, forcing President François Bozizé to flee.The recent fighting has further eroded even the most basic services in the country and exacerbated an already dire humanitarian situation affecting the entire population of 4.6 million people, half of whom are children. Currently, 1.6 million people are in dire need of assistance, including food, protection, health care, water, sanitation and shelter.In addition, the absence of the rule of law, grave human rights violations and deplorable attacks against humanitarian personnel and assets have prevented life-saving aid from reaching people in need.“I express my deepest condolences to the family and friends of the victims, and to all our humanitarian colleagues tirelessly providing assistance and protection to people in need in CAR,” Ms. Immonen added. read more

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UN agency urges countries to ensure safe passage for Syrians fleeing conflict

With the numbers of Syrians seeking safety in Europe on the rise, the United Nations refugee agency said today it is concerned about difficulties displaced people face during their passage and at borders, including the risk of drowning at sea. Melissa Fleming, chief spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), cited the case of a boat carrying between 400 and 500 Syrians and Palestinians that sank in the Mediterranean last Friday. Only 200 people have been rescued. “We are disturbed that the cause of the tragedy could well be attributed to shots that were fired after the boat left Libya, injuring four passengers and damaging the hull,” Ms. Fleming told a news conference in Geneva.The same day, she noted, a boat sank just off Alexandria in Egypt with an estimated 112 passengers on board, 40 of whom were Syrian. Twelve bodies were recovered, including five children. The survivors are being held in detention facilities in two police stations.They were among a growing number of Syrians trying to cross the Mediterranean from Egypt to Italy because of anxiety about their security, according to UNHCR. Many mention physical assaults, verbal threats, detention and deportation. The Egyptian Government estimates that some 250,000 to 300,000 Syrians currently reside in Egypt, of whom more than 122,000 are registered with UNHCR.Between January and the end of September, at least 7,557 Syrians and Palestinians arrived on the coast of Italy, including 6,233 since August in 63 boats. This compares to about 350 Syrians in 2012. Most of the Syrian refugees that reach Italy continue on to other countries in Europe in search of asylum.UNHCR was particularly concerned about the increasing number of unaccompanied children making the voyage. As the cost of travel can range from $2,000-$5,000 per person, some families opt to send their children alone or with relatives or friends.“UNHCR notes with concern that over 800 Syrians have been arrested in Egypt since August for attempting to illegally depart and 144, including 44 children, have been deported to third countries,” said Ms. Fleming. “Although charges have not been laid, approximately 589 Syrians remain in administrative detention, including women and 84 children. UNHCR is seeking access to the detained in order to properly verify numbers, conditions, and needs, or provide legal assistance,” she added.UNHCR recognizes that a number of countries in North Africa are increasingly affected by the displacement caused by the Syria crisis, placing additional demands on their infrastructure and resources. Given the dramatic needs of Syrian refugees, which are likely to continue and grow in the immediate future, reinforcement of capacity to receive them in North African countries is increasingly urgent, the agency stressed. UNHCR is working with Governments, the European Union and other partners to put in place a comprehensive response to saving lives of refugees and migrants at sea. It is calling for a number of measures to prevent further tragedies and increase responsibility sharing.Generous approaches to protection are needed, Ms. Fleming noted, including non-penalization of those arriving without identity documents, offering flexibility in the application of family reunification criteria and procedures, dispensing with certain visa requirements, and facilitation of the entry of Syrians for work, study, family or humanitarian purposes under national programmes.More than 100,000 people have been killed since opposition groups first sought the ouster of President Bashar Al-Assad in March 2011. The conflict has also sent 2 million people fleeing for safety to neighbouring countries and displaced some 4.5 million people internally. read more

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UNICEF announces release of 163 more children by armed group in Central

“This release is a sign that the process of implementing the commitment made by the leaders of these groups, as a part of the peace and reconciliation process, is on track,” UNICEF Representative in the Central African Republic (CAR) Mohamed Malick Fall said in a press release.“We fully expect to see hundreds more children released before the end of this year,” Mr. Fall said. The 163 children, five of the girls, were released today in a ceremony in the town of Batangafo where the handover was facilitated by UNICEF and the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).The children received medical care and spoke to social workers before they were taken to a transition centre where they will be supported in either going back to school or enrolling in vocational training. UNICEF and partners will also trace and reunify the children with their families. “MINUSCA is resolved with all partners to ensure the protection of children and I herewith reaffirm its determination to multiply efforts to identify and separate children who are waiting to return to normal life,” said Diane Corner, the deputy special representative of the UN peacekeeping mission in CAR.According to UNICEF, between 6,000 and 10,000 children have been associated with armed factions in the Central African Republic since 2013 including those serving as combatants, as well as those working as cooks, messengers and in other roles. Smaller release ceremonies also took place in the capital Bangui last week, and earlier in August in other districts, bringing to 645 the number of children liberated since a May agreement by the country’s 10 armed groups to release all children from their ranks.The agreement also commits the groups to ending additional recruitment of children and gives UNICEF and its partners immediate and unrestricted access to the areas under the groups’ control in order to identify and verify the number of affected children and to secure their release. read more

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UN guidelines unveiled to prevent rising hearing loss among young smartphone listeners

“At the moment, we don’t really have anything solid other than our instinct to tell us: are we doing this right, or is this something that is going to lead to tinnitus and hearing loss a few years down the line?”The joint World Health Organization (WHO) and International Telecommunications Union (ITU) initiative, is an attempt to tackle the lack of awareness about what constitutes too much noise, amid data showing that around 50 per cent of young people listen to unsafe levels of sound through personal audio devices including smartphones, whose use continues to grow globally.Today, hearing loss which is not addressed is estimated to cost the global economy $750 million, WHO says.“Think of it like driving on a highway but without a speedometer in your car or a speed limit,” Dr Chadha explained. “And what we have proposed is that your smartphone comes fitted with a speedometer, with a measurement system that tells you how much sound you’re getting and tells you if you’re going over the limit.”A parental volume control option is also included in the UN recommendations to industry, which participated in two-years of discussions, along with experts from government, consumer bodies and civil society.The guidelines also propose using technology to generate individualized listener profiles by monitoring how much people use their audio devices, then letting them know how safely – or not – they have been listening.“What we propose are certain features like automatic limiting of, or automatic volume reduction and parental control of the volume,” explained Dr Chadha, “So that when somebody goes over their sound limit they have the option that the device will automatically reduce the volume to a level which is not going to harm their ears.”According to the WHO, more than one in 20 people – 432 million adults and 34 million children – has disabling hearing loss, which impacts on their quality of life.Most sufferers live in poor and middle-income countries, the UN agency notes, adding that by 2050, more than 900 million people will have significantly impaired hearing.Around half of all cases of hearing loss could be prevented through public health measures, WHO insists, its recommendations coming ahead of World Hearing Day on Sunday 3 March.“Given that we have the technological know-how to prevent hearing loss, it should not be the case that so many young people continue to damage their hearing while listening to music,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. “They must understand that once they lose their hearing, it won’t come back.” The recommendations to prevent noise-induced hearing loss and related conditions such as tinnitus – commonly experienced as a ringing sound inside the ear – include better functions on personal audio devices that monitor how loud, and for how long, people listen to music.“Over a billion young people are at risk of hearing loss simply by doing what they really enjoy doing a lot, which is listening regularly to music through their headphones over their devices,” said Dr Shelly Chadha, a Technical Officer, working on preventing deafness and hearing loss, at WHO. read more

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Smith cherishing moments in the Shoe

Senior offensive lineman Connor Smith never takes the feeling of running into the Horseshoe on game day for granted. “I think if you don’t feel something every time you go in front of 105,000 people, there is something wrong with you,” Smith said. Smith has been used to the big stage since his high school days at Colerain High School in Cincinnati. He was a highly touted recruit, tabbed with labels such as 2005 Gatorade Ohio Player of the Year and Greater Miami Conference 2005 Offensive Player of the Year. The 6-foot-4-inches, 313-pounder was named first team All-Ohio in 2004 and 2005 and was on the 2006 Parade All-America team. Smith was also invited to the U.S. Army All-America Bowl in San Antonio, Texas, following his senior season at Colerain. Five years later, Smith is nearing the home stretch of his career as a Buckeye, but he would rather think about the tasks ahead. “I try not to think about it,” Smith said. “We have to get better because we can’t get to where we want to go if we are not progressing.” Smith redshirted his freshman year at OSU in 2006 and earned his first varsity letter the following season in 2007 playing some at the right guard position. Smith also won letters his sophomore and junior seasons, providing stability to a deep offensive line, mostly in a backup role. A seasoned veteran in his fifth year with the Buckeyes, Smith knows that this year’s team has to improve every day if it want to accomplish its goal to be national champion. “Every day we work on what we need to accomplish that day,” Smith said. “We need to improve efficiency when we are running the ball.” Smith also stresses the importance of winning games on the road, especially after scares like the team had at Illinois earlier in the season. “Being away from home is different; we have got to improve on the road definitely,” Smith said. Smith may always be thinking of ways the team needs to improve on offense, but is happy to be part of the offensive line where all the players seem to clique. “The O-line is a tight-knit group,” Smith said, “the tightest group out of everyone on the team.” Though Smith isn’t in the starting line-up, he takes every opportunity to be a leader for the younger players. “You just try to give them tid-bits about something you see in their game,” Smith said. Smith may be running out of time as a Buckeye, but makes the most out of every day for one last run at a championship. read more

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Zimbabwes Robert Mugabe not asleep just resting his eyes

Robert Mugabe’s eyes are sensitive to bright lights, his spokesman said(BBC) Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe is not asleep when he closes his eyes for long periods during meetings but is resting his eyes, his spokesman says.“The president cannot suffer bright lights,” George Charamba was quoted as saying by the state-run Herald newspaper.Mr Mugabe, 93, has been seen apparently sleeping at several events, leading to speculation about his fitness.He intends to stand in presidential elections next year.The president is currently receiving specialised medical treatment for his eyes in Singapore.Mr Mugabe most recently appeared to fall asleep during a discussion panel about “fragile states” at a World Economic Forum meeting in South Africa earlier this month.There he stated that Zimbabwe was ‘one of the most developed countries in Africa’“I feel like a failure when there is this reading that the president is sleeping in conferences – no,” Mr Charamba said.He then compared Mr Mugabe to the anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, whose eyes were affected by years of working in a limestone quarry while imprisoned on Robben Island.“You were not allowed to even use flashes whenever he was in the room,” Mr Charamba said. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNoon deadline for defiant Mugabe passes as Zimbabwe crisis deepensNovember 20, 2017In “World”Zimbabwe’s Mugabe ‘under house arrest’ after army takeoverNovember 15, 2017In “World”Zimbabwe’s next leader prepares to take powerNovember 23, 2017In “World” read more

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Bridgestone expands tyre pressure monitoring solutions

first_imgBridgestone Americas is expanding its portfolio of technology solutions with PressureStat™, a tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) launched for off-the-road (OTR) tyres in the construction, quarry, underground hard rock and port industries. The PressureStat system is easy to use and provides instant access to important tyre pressure and temperature data, allowing customers to accurately manage tyre pressure on a real-time basis.“At Bridgestone, we take pride in producing best-in-class products and delivering solutions-based technology to help our customers lower their total cost of ownership,” said Rob Seibert, Director Marketing, commercial off-the-road tyres, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations. “We recognized an opportunity to expand our TPMS offering beyond giant radial tyres to empower our OTR customers across our entire portfolio of products. With the PressureStat system, they not only can improve tyre performance, but also increase jobsite safety and reduce unplanned downtime.”Tire pressure is critical in OTR applications to ensure a vehicle’s weight is evenly distributed, preventing uneven wear and increasing tyre performance. The PressureStat system facilitates tyre asset monitoring and optimization with:Easy-to-install valve stem sensors that save time and moneyOnboard alerts to the driver that make them aware of potential issues before they impact operationsBluetooth connectivity that seamlessly provides real-time pressure updates to mobile devicesInstant inspection reports for the entire fleet available on desktop or mobile device with Bridgestone TreadStat™ Tire and Rim Management softwareStreamlined forecasting and analysis when combined with TreadStat software, allowing users to report on the condition of tyres and rims from any device, anywhere in the world.PressureStat is a user-friendly, competitively priced tyre pressure monitoring solution backed by Bridgestone, a global leader in off-the-road tyre manufacturing, service and support.last_img read more

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