Train loco detaches thrice in 3 hrs

first_imgThe engine of a Patna-bound train detached thrice in a span of three hours as it was travelling through Saharanpur. Early on Friday morning, as the train was approaching the Sarsawa station at 2.30 a.m., the coupling that keeps the engine attached to the the train broke. The engine sped away while the rest of the the train jolted and stopped. No one was hurt. The train stayed at the spot for over an hour and resumed its onwards journey at 3.17 a.m. But a little later, at about 4.25 a.m., the engine detached again as the train was approaching the Pilakhani Station. The coupling was once again fixed and the train left at 5.10 a.m. But it had hardly travelled two kilometres when the same problem cropped up for the third time near the Khan Alampura train yard at 5.35 a.m.According to a local railway official, the rake was finally attached to an alternate locomotive.last_img read more

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Indians looked disjointed in match against Kiwis

first_imgIt was a very disappointing performance by the Indians against New Zealand. One had thought that after giving the Dutch a run for their money in the first match, India would open their points tally against the Kiwis.It almost seemed like the team was unprepared and lacking in fight. The team looked disjointed and the strategy seemed lacking. There was a lot of gap between the forwards and the half-line.After taking an early lead, the Indians did not show much coordination or teamwork. Even when they went 1-3 down and time was running out, they allowed the New Zealanders to control the tempo. They easily regained possession due to wrong passing by the Indians. The Kiwis had thrashed India 5-1 at the recent Sultan Azlan Shah Cup.On the other hand, after our initial success with the penalty corner, we failed to make the other three count. Our drag flickers seemed to hit the ball at the rusher. There was no variation and it was very predictable for the Kiwis.Against the Dutch, India had a splendid second half when they went into all-out attack and made it 2-2. But there seemed no such urgency on Wednesday. Even when the team loses, one does not feel so bad if they fight till the bitter end.One saw the late match in which the Koreans gave a tough fight to the Germans, who were lucky to escape with a 1-0 win. That sort of defeat one does not mind.advertisementAfter conceding three goals in the first half, skipper Bharat Chetri was taken off at half-time and was replaced by PR Sreejesh.Probably, the team management wanted to avoid the possibility of Chetri letting in more goals. If the captain suffers a dent in confidence, it could have an adverse impact on the whole squad.As far as the forward line is concerned, the less said the better. SV Sunil tried to make forays into the opposition striking circle, but there was nobody to support him. Shivendra seemed lost.To make matters worse, indiscipline also marred India’s chances. Two key players, including Sardar Singh, had to spend time out after being shown yellow cards.This has been a bane of Indian hockey for long. I never got injured in my international career, but suffered several injuries in domestic hockey.Now, India face Germany next. They are the defending champions and are in a different league. India need to show more fight and if there is a miracle, we may get a positive result. We need to have an attacking mindset, but also be careful of defence.(The writer is a 1980 Moscow Olympics gold medallist)last_img read more

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Another rookie, another big game

first_imgView comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 “I’m very happy we were able to bounce back in this game after suffering a very painful loss to Phoenix,” said Meralco coach Norman Black.“A lot of guys I felt really stepped up and helped us tonight led by Trevis, who made a lot of good outside shots for us and helped us open up [Blackwater’s] defense,” he added.Jackson, who played Division I basketball in the US NCAA, knocked in the triple that gave the Bolts the lead for good, 81-78, 5:18 left in the match.Cliff Hodge and Nico Salva then kept Meralco in front to preserve the early efforts of Mike Tolomia and Ranidel de Ocampo.Meralco got huge production from its bench, which outscored Blackwater’s reserves, 47-27, with six Bolts providing double-digit production.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Victolero ends Austria reign as Press corps’ top coach “That’s what we really envisioned going into this year when I drafted Trevis,” said Black. “I thought with him along with Baser (Amer) and Chris (Newsome), we’d spread the wealth and move the basketball around to get good shots and run a little bit, which we haven’t done in the past. “Blackwater managed to dump Meralco in a 12-point hole in the first half, but could not sustain that performance and dropped s second straight game.In the nightcap, Matthew Wright fired 23 points and had a key tip-in as Phoenix outlasted TNT in overtime, 93-84.Wright’s rescue of a missed Calvin Abueva drive helped the Fuel Masters zoom to the early lead with a 2-0 record while dropping the KaTropa to 0-2.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO CITY—Trevis Jackson hardly needed to look for motivation as his Meralco Bolts took the floor against the Blackwater Elite Saturday at Ynares Center here.His fellow rookies, Robert Bolick of NorthPort and CJ Perez of Columbian, provided that for him when they came up with 26 points each in their debuts—both victories.ADVERTISEMENT “Those are awesome guys,” Jackson said. “I watched their games and I was excited. I feel like that excitement transferred over to me [and] I just told myself, ‘you gotta do it, you gotta give people something.’”He did just that.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsJackson came off the bench to provide a much-needed boost for Meralco in a 99-94 victory over Blackwater that allowed the Bolts to even their record after an opening-day loss to Phoenix.The surprise fifth pick of the PBA Draft, Jackson scattered 19 points and a pair of assists to lead the Bolts. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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‘There are no cowards in La Salle’: Lady Spikers show title pedigree in bounce back win

first_imgThe Lady Spikers lost to the Lady Maroons, 25-16, 26-24, 25-19, on Sunday in what was one of the defending champions’ sloppiest games so far when they had more errors, 37, than attack points, 28.With such an ugly loss, the Lady Spikers made a promise to themselves that they would bounce back and show that they’re still the reigning queens of the league.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsLa Salle easily dismantled National University, 25-20, 25-18, 25-10, on Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Center in a game that showed the pedigree of the 11-time champion.“We’re in La Salle and there are no cowards in La Salle,” said rookie star Jolina Dela Cruz in Filipino. “Coach [Ramil De Jesus] always reminds us of that and we just brought that spirit.” Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MANILA, Philippines—De La Salle wasn’t going to let a three-set loss to University of the Philippines stop its momentum in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Dela Cruz is La Salle’s leading scorer with a total of 96 points after the game against the Lady Bulldogs but she wasn’t immune to De Jesus’ constant, and sometimes intense, lecturing.There were several times during timeouts that De Jesus would focus directly on Dela Cruz when he was conveying a message but the rookie was unfazed with the iconic coach’s intensity.“I just listened to him,” said Dela Cruz who had seven points against NU. “He always tells me to follow the game plan and follow his instructions so I won’t get lost on the floor.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag MOST READ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Google Philippines names new country director LATEST STORIEScenter_img View comments Goran Dragic, Luka Doncic put on a show for Slovenia Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Krausslast_img read more

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Wasim Akram in awe of Jasprit Bumrah’s ability to bowl yorkers

first_imgLegendary pacer Wasim Akram is all praise for Jasprit Bumrah’s ability to bowl the “most effective yorker” among fast bowlers playing in world cricket at the moment. Jasprit Bumrah, who played a pivotal role in India’s maiden Test series win in Australia, has been an X-factor in Virat Kohli’s set-up.”Jasprit Bumrah has the best and the most effective yorker among fast bowlers playing international cricket now,” Akram told PTI during an interaction.Arguably the greatest left-arm fast bowler to have ever played the game, Akram believes that Bumrah will make a difference during death-overs at this year’s World Cup with his ‘go to ball’.”Bumrah has an exceptional action, very different from other fast bowlers and yet he gets the ball to swing and also move off the deck at good pace. But what makes Bumrah special is his ability to bowl yorkers on a regular basis. Also yorker is not just used for ODIs but for Test matches too as me and Waqar did in our times,” Akram, the former Pakistan captain, said.A lot of it Akram believes could be attributed to tennis ball cricket, which helps aspiring bowlers perfect their yorkers.”If you see, whether it’s me coming from Pakistan or Bumrah coming from India, we are all products of tennis ball cricket,” said Akram, who is a mentor in the upcoming 10PL tennis ball tournament in UAE.”When you play gully cricket with buildings on both sides and the batsman being deprived of playing cross batted shots on both sides, they are forced to play straight then.advertisement”And then you start pitching it up and in the process learn to bowl at the base and prevent the batsman from going down the ground. You will see a lot of yorkers in 10PL,” said Akram.’HUGE ACHIEVEMENT FOR INDIA’He was all praise for India, which became the first country from Asia to win a Test series in Australia.”It’s a huge achievement to win a Test series in Australia. I don’t subscribe to the view that this is a weakened Australian side. Let’s not take away any credit from Virat and his boys. The kind of consistency they have shown is indeed a big deal,” said Akram.Whenever a young talent is discovered in Pakistan, they start comparing him with Kohli, only to fade away like an Umar Akmal.So why do potential ‘Kohlis’ of Pakistan fall off the radar, Akram said: “Had we known what the problem is, wouldn’t we have addressed the issue?””On a serious note, it is Virat’s mindset that makes all the difference. When I mean mindset, it also includes off the field preparation also.”The Indian captain’s awareness is in a different league, feels Akram.”Awareness about all the worldly things, what needs to be done to become the best in the world and it’s not just about having the perfect technique. It is about having a perfect mindset. He is one of the most popular cricketer in Pakistan,” said the owner of 900 plus international wickets.Akram, who has been the face of 10PL in 2018, expects the tournament to grow with passage of time.”The organisers have kept 250,000 Dirham (USD 68,00,000) prize money for this tennis ball tournament where as back in 1992, we got USD 40,000 for winning World Cup,” Akram said.Also Read | Ball le lo or they will say I am retiring: MS Dhoni jokes with Bangar after Melbourne winAlso Read | Have seen Sachin Tendulkar get angry but not MS Dhoni: Ravi ShastriAlso Read | Virat Kohli blasts MS Dhoni critics: He is an intelligent cricketer, give him spacelast_img read more

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Royal Ascot 2019: Nicola Currie a good bet to end 32-year female drought

first_img Facebook … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Pinterest Talking Horses: John Gosden has Too Darn Hot primed for Royal Ascot The same goes for apprentice jockeys, even the best of the up-and-comers whose claims do not guarantee rides in the handicaps as would be the case elsewhere.Around a third of the horses running in British handicaps in June over the past 15 years have been ridden by a rider with a claim. At Royal Ascot in the same period, 7% of handicap rides – 217 in all – went to a claiming jockey and five were winners. These included the future Derby-winner William Buick, who was, with hindsight, pretty good value for a 5lb claim on Dark Missile in the 2007 Wokingham.Essentially, it is only the elite riders – a dozen at most – who get full books of rides at Royal Ascot, where the horses change from race to race but the jockeys do not. As things stand, no major stable has a female rider as its No 1 and until that changes the next woman to ride a winner at the Royal meeting seems likely to be an apprentice for whom all the cards fall right in one of the handicaps. Quick guide Royal Ascot tips Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Horse racing tips Salisbury: 1.55 Stallone 2.30 Mongolia 3.05 Tribal Craft 3.35 Forbidden Land (nb) 4.10 Archer’s Dream 4.45 Chica De La Noche 5.20 Youkan  Doncaster: 2.10 Wufud 2.45 Sacred Dance 3.20 Sea Of Faith 3.55 Consequences (nap) 4.30 Mr Buttons 5.00 Lightning Attack 5.35 Maid In Manhattan  Show Hide Hide Thank you for your feedback. features Share on WhatsApp Support The Guardian Thank you for your feedback. Horse racing Share on Twitter Raising Sand, 12-1 Royal Hunt Cup Loves the track, goes on the ground and had too much to do on his seasonal debut but still finished strongly and clocked an excellent time. With any luck in running, very hard to see him out of the frame.   King Of Comedy, 6-1, St James’s Palace Stakes Has looked a little quirky at times but the form of his three wins is rock-solid and he bolted up in the Heron Stakes last month. Frankie Dettori is likely to be on stable-companion Too Darn Hot but he may well regret it. Cross Counter, 5-1, Gold Cup Last year’s Melbourne Cup winner but still only four and just nine runs into his racing career. Still has scope for improvement, returned in winning form at Meydan in March and little to find with Stradivarius on form.  But these are very much the exceptions. In all, 115 runners at Royal Ascot since 1989 have been ridden by women and 10 have made the frame, at an average starting price of 42-1. Even that number hides the actual chance of most runners ridden by women at the meeting.Margot Did was strong in the betting at 7-1, while Dream Castle, in the 2017 Jersey Stakes, was a 9-2 shot for Gordon who also rode a 6-1 favourite in the Sandringham Handicap the same afternoon. The majority of the remainder, though, were in effect no-hopers. Female riders are not riding winners at the meeting because, for the most part, they do not get realistic opportunities to do so.In all the tradition and hidebound formality that sets Royal Ascot apart, this could be seen as one more example of lingering sexism at the meeting where, until a few years ago, women in the Royal enclosure were assumed to be mere appendages of their husbands when it came to the names on their badges. But before jumping to any conclusions, consider this: the great majority of the country’s male jockeys never get a decent chance to ride a Royal Ascot winner either. Gay Kelleway remains the only woman jockey to register a victory at Royal Ascot. Photograph: PAcenter_img Share on Messenger Share via Email Since you’re here… Read more That could take 10 years – or, possibly, a few days. Nicola Currie is the leading female apprentice at present and she looks to have one of the best chances for a female rider at the meeting for several years aboard Jamie Osborne’s Raising Sand in Wednesday’s Royal Hunt Cup.This is one of the most competitive events of the week and the draw could also play a role, but Raising Sand has so much going for him that his current odds of 12-1 look much too big. Twitter Was this helpful? He is an Ascot specialist – he scarcely runs anywhere else – and he was a convincing two-length winner over seven furlongs in a £100,000 contest last October. Raising Sand also ran an eye-catching trial for Wednesday’s race on his seasonal debut, finishing strongly into fourth in the Victoria Cup. Currie knows him well, having ridden him on his past four starts, and has a live chance to double the number of female winning riders at the meeting.It is another sign of the depth of competition at Royal Ascot that even a jockey as popular and prolific as the former champion Jim Crowley has just five winners at the meeting, one of which was the 33-1 chance Bacchus in last year’s Wokingham.He should get the week off to a good start, however, via Mustashry in the Queen Anne Stakes and has real hopes of an opening-day double if Battaash runs up to his best form in the King’s Stand Stakes.King Of Comedy has a very similar profile to Without Parole, John Gosden’s winner of the St James’s Palace Stakes 12 months ago, and is worth backing at around 6-1 against Phoenix Of Spain and Gosden’s Too Darn Hot in the feature race on day one.Sea Of Class will hopefully be ready to run close to her best in Wednesday’s feature, the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes, while Cross Counter, the Melbourne Cup winner, could prove to be a serious and progressive opponent for Stradivarius in Thursday’s Gold Cup. Ghaiyyath may be able to get back in Saturday’s Hardwicke. Reuse this content Was this helpful? Hats, pageantry and winning jockeys with a Y chromosome: it is all part of the tradition at Royal Ascot. Lizzie Kelly, Bryony Frost and Rachael Blackmore all rode winners at Cheltenham in March but it is now 32 years since Gay Kelleway’s victory on Sprowston Boy in the Queen Alexandra Stakes. What might have been a groundbreaking success has proved to be anything but.It is, on the face of it, a little embarrassing for Flat racing’s showpiece event. Even Hayley Turner, twice a Group One winner and the most successful British female rider with more than 800 winners to her name, has missed out at Royal Ascot, although she did finish a head behind the winner on Margot Did in the Albany Stakes in 2010.Hollie Doyle was on the runner-up in last year’s Sandringham Handicap, while Josephine Gordon, the champion apprentice in 2016, was a half-length second on Steady Pace in the Wokingham two seasons ago. The Observer Talking Horses: Fleeting added to O’Brien’s strong team at Royal Ascot Share on Facebook Quick guide Sunday’s racing tips Topics Ascot Read more Royal Ascot 2019 Show Royal Ascotlast_img read more

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Beware of fake nationalism Tejashwi

first_imgPatna: RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav, who has been in a sulk ever since his party drew a blank in the Lok Sabha elections, has urged voters to be cautious of “issues like Hindus versus Muslims and fake nationalism” and choose a government without being affected by propaganda. The leader of Opposition, whose absence from the recently concluded assembly session in Bihar drew repeated criticisms from the treasury benches, shared his thoughts in a lengthy Facebook post on Thursday. “People must choose a government keeping in mind the issues that affect their daily lives, without being affected by propaganda,” Yadav said in the post titled ‘Dil ki baat’. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Assembly polls in Bihar are scheduled for next year. “If people give in to issues like Hindus versus Muslims and fake nationalism fall for enticements like a mere Rs 6,000 per annum, which amounts to just Rs 17 per day, why would any regime feel the need for solving their problems,” the 30-year-old stated. He was referring to the BJP-led central government’s ‘Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana’, under which the an income support of Rs 6,000 will be provided every year to small and marginal farmer families having combined land holding or ownership of up to two hectares. The RJD heir apparent also complained about the Nitish Kumar government for its “continuous harping on the situation that prevailed 25-30 years ago”, when the state was ruled by his father Lalu and, successively, by mother Rabri Devi.last_img read more

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Afghanistan vows to crush Islamic State havens after attack

first_imgKabul: Afghanistan’s president on Monday vowed to “eliminate” all safe havens of the Islamic State group as the country marked a subdued 100th Independence Day after a horrific wedding attack claimed by the local IS affiliate. President Ashraf Ghani’s comments came as Afghanistan mourns at least 63 people, including children, killed in the Kabul bombing at a wedding hall late Saturday night. Close to 200 others were wounded. Many outraged Afghans ask whether an approaching deal between the United States and the Taliban to end nearly 18 years of fighting America’s longest war will bring peace to long-suffering civilians. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US The bomber detonated his explosives in the middle of a dancing crowd, and the IS affiliate later said he had targeted a gathering of minority Shiites, whom it views as apostates deserving of death. Both the bride and groom survived, and in an emotional interview with local broadcaster TOLOnews the distraught groom, Mirwais Alani, said their lives were devastated within seconds. A sharply worded Taliban statement questioned why the US failed to identify the attackers in advance. Another Taliban statement marking the independence day said to “leave Afghanistan to the Afghans.” Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls More than anything in its nearly year-long negotiations with the US, the Taliban want some 20,000 US and allied forces to withdraw from the country. The US envoy in talks with the Taliban, Zalmay Khalilzad, on Sunday said the peace process should be accelerated to help Afghanistan defeat the IS affiliate. But Ghani on Monday asserted that the Taliban, whom the US now hopes will help to curb the IS affiliate’s rise, are just as much to blame. His government is openly frustrated at being sidelined from the US talks with the insurgent group, which regards the Afghan government as a US puppet. The Taliban “have created the platform for terrorists” with its own brutal assaults on schools, mosques and other public places over the years, the president said. More than 32,000 civilians in Afghanistan have been killed in the past decade, the United Nations said earlier this year. More children were killed last year 927 than in any other over the past decade by all actors, the UN said, including in operations against insurgent hideouts carried out international forces. “We will take revenge for every civilian drop of blood,” Ghani declared. “Our struggle will continue against (IS), we will take revenge and will root them out.” He urged the international community to join those efforts. He asserted that safe havens for militants are across the border in Pakistan, whose intelligence service has long been accused of supporting the Taliban. The IS affiliate’s claim of the wedding attack said it was carried out by a Pakistani fighter seeking martyrdom. Ghani called on people in Pakistan “who very much want peace” to help identify the IS safe havens there. Last month after meeting with President Donald Trump, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan insisted he will do his best to persuade the Taliban to open negotiations with the Afghan government to resolve the war. Trump on Sunday told reporters he doesn’t want Afghanistan to be a “laboratory for terror.” He was briefed on Friday on the progress of the US-Taliban talks, of which few details have emerged. In a message marking Afghanistan’s independence and “century of resilience,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called the weekend wedding bombing “an attack against humanity.” It was one of many international expressions of condemnation pouring in following the attack.last_img read more

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The year 2014 InFocus

first_imgAPTN InFocus with Cheryl McKenzie:In this edition our guests reflect back on the year 2014.Which stories and issues do you think were most important?Watch our panel give their perspective on the year’s events and ongoing issues.last_img

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Black Press to print Calgary Sun 52 Postmedia positions to be eliminated

first_imgTORONTO – Black Press Group Inc. will begin printing the Calgary Sun newspaper this summer under an outsourcing agreement with Toronto-based Postmedia Network Inc., which will eliminate 52 positions as a result.Other printing work for weeklies and community dailies currently done at the Calgary plant will be moved to other Postmedia production locations.Postmedia says 26 full-time and 26 part-time positions in Calgary will be eliminated when the plant closes.It says all employees will receive a combination of working notice and severance based on length of service.Postmedia didn’t announce financial details of the restructuring costs or its outsourcing agreement with Black Press of Surrey, B.C., which has plants in Calgary, Red Deer, Edmonton, as well as several cities in British Columbia and the United States.Printing of the Calgary Herald, also owned by Postmedia, was previously outsourced in 2013 to TC Transcontinental Printing.last_img read more

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Ivorian peace process tops agenda of Ban Kimoons final stops in West

23 April 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today reaffirmed the continued support of the United Nations for Côte d’Ivoire’s peace process, including the elections slated for later this year, as he arrived in Abidjan, the final stop on a four-nation tour that also took him to Ghana, Liberia and Burkina Faso. Mr. Ban met with President Laurent Gbagbo soon after his arrival in the West African nation, and also with Prime Minister Guillaume Soro. Yesterday, in Burkina Faso, the Secretary-General discussed the Ivorian peace process with President Blaise Compaoré, the facilitator of that process, and thanked him for his work in the inter-Ivorian dialogue. Côte d’Ivoire became divided in 2002 between the Government-controlled south and the rebel Forces Nouvelles-held north, but a peace agreement concluded in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, paved the way for an end to the conflict and included a provision calling for free and fair elections to be held.Presidential polls were to be held as far back as 2005, but after having been delayed several times since, are now scheduled for 30 November.Following his meeting with Mr. Compaoré, Mr. Ban said he was encouraged that the Ivorian Government has set a date for elections and that he would encourage Mr. Gbagbo to keep this commitment.“I hope that we will soon see stability and peace and development in Côte d’Ivoire,” Mr. Ban told reporters, adding that “the road to elections is fraught with many challenges, many difficulties.”Mr. Ban also met yesterday with Burkina Faso’s Prime Minister and Speaker of Parliament, and discussed with them the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), good governance and poverty reduction.Before leaving Burkina Faso this morning, the Secretary-General visited the Manegda School – a primary school on the outskirts of Ouagadougou that is supported by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). While there he planted a tree and offered ten computers to the schoolchildren.After wrapping up his West Africa trip, Mr. Ban will travel to Vienna where he will meet on Friday with the Federal Chancellor of Austria, Alfred Gusenbauer. He will also attend the inauguration of additional conference facilities at the Vienna International Centre, where the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the UN office in Vienna, the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) Organization have their headquarters. Following that, the Secretary General heads to Switzerland, where on Monday in Bern he will chair the meeting of the UN Chief Executive Board, which brings together 27 heads of UN agencies, funds and programmes. The gathering will largely focus on increasing food prices and the possible responses from the UN system.On Tuesday Mr. Ban will be in Geneva, where he will deliver the first of a series of lectures organized by the UN office there and the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). More than 1,500 people are expected to attend the lecture – entitled “Are the development goals doomed to fail?” – which will include an interactive segment, with questions that have been coming in from the audience through three Swiss media outlets in the last few days. The Secretary-General will then head to London, where on 2 May he will chair a meeting of the diplomatic Quartet on the Middle East – the UN, the European Union, Russia and the United States. The gathering will review all aspects of the peace process launched in the US city of Annapolis late last year and the situation on the ground. The Quartet meeting will take place in the margins of a meeting of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee on the same day. The AHLC is convening to assess progress in Palestinian institutional and economic development since its meeting in New York last September. read more

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Vanuatu asks UN to review criteria for least developed country status

26 September 2008Vanuatu today called on the United Nations to urgently review the criteria for classifying some nations as least developed countries (LDCs), a status that brings increased international aid and trade assistance, saying that the interpretation of the rules could lead to some struggling States missing out on vital funding. President Kalkot Mataskelekele told the General Assembly’s high-level debate that poor countries could find themselves having “graduated” out of LDC status, even though they remain highly vulnerable to external economic shocks.“The decision of graduating a country from LDC status, in our view, must imply the recognition of undisputed sustainable socio-economic progress in the country,” Mr. Mataskelekele said.There are currently 49 LDCs, classified in that group by the UN because they have the lowest socio-economic indicators in the world. To graduate out of that status, as Cape Verde did last year, the countries must meet two out of three criteria: a boost in per capita incomes, significant progress in human capital or assets (such as in nutrition, health and literacy), and a resilience to economic shocks.But Vanuatu’s President said the vulnerability criterion should be treated as paramount. “It is indeed the only criterion that ultimately matters to small and vulnerable States such as ours.”He added that many small island developing States were especially vulnerable, as they faced not only major economic challenges but also the potentially catastrophic effects o rising sea levels because of climate change.“The reform we are calling for is a mild and reasonable one, one that could easily be adopted by ECOSOC [the Economic and Social Council] and the General Assembly without altering the main components of the established methodology.“We believe the time has come for the UN to come full circle by making the same criterion a superior one, so that no highly vulnerable country be forcibly reclassified and bound to lose the level of concessionary support it remains in need of. Such a reform would do justice to countries that have not achieved the implied structural progress.”Tuvalu’s Prime Minister Apisai Ielemia echoed Mr. Mataskelekele in his address to the Assembly, stressing that small island developing States remain highly vulnerable to economic and environmental turmoil.”The enormous threat of more severe weather events and sea level rise hangs over us like a large storm cloud,” Mr. Ielemia said. “This threat hinders investment in our country and potentially puts into question our very survival.” read more

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TSX closes higher amid positive China data BlackBerry shares climb

TORONTO — The Toronto market closed slightly higher Monday as strong early advances sparked by positive Chinese trade data evaporated amid another bout of falling oil prices and a fresh slide in gold stocks.The S&P/TSX composite index had been up as much as 77 points but closed ahead 18.97 points at 14,709.8 as base metals and energy stocks also declined.The Canadian dollar erased early gains to move down 0.32 of a cent to 87.92 cents US as the U.S. currency strengthened.New York markets were slightly higher with the Dow industrials and S&P 500 building on the record highs established at the end of last week. New York’s Dow industrials rose 39.81 points to 17,613.74, the S&P 500 added 6.34 points to 2,038.26 and the Nasdaq climbed 19.09 points to 4,651.62.Data released overnight Sunday night showed that China’s export growth slowed to 11.6 per cent in October from a year earlier, beating analysts’ expectations of a 10 per cent rise.Imports rose 4.6 per cent from a year earlier, slightly below forecasts calling for a five per cent gain.The trade surplus of the world’s second-biggest economy also beat expectations as it widened in October to US$45.4 billion from $30.9 billion in September, higher than forecasts calling for a $42.3-billion surplus.Analysts said the positive reaction to the data indicated that markets were finally getting comfortable with Chinese growth not returning to the double-digit run-ups that were a feature of the country’s economy for many years.“We’re starting to become more realistic in that we now don’t overreact if the data comes in at or marginally below,” said Kash Pashootan, portfolio manager at First Avenue Advisory in Ottawa, a Raymond James company.The gold sector continued to be a major weight on the TSX, down almost six per cent with December bullion losing $10 to US$1,159.80 an ounce. The sector has fallen over 17 per cent in the last month as the U.S. Federal Reserve concluded its massive bond-buying program, or quantitative easing, while inflationary pressures in most countries remain tame.Lower bullion prices are impacting gold stocks as it is getting increasingly expensive to get the precious ore out of the ground. “Gold goes in cycles and we’ve had a 12-year cycle where gold has done well,” Pashootan said.“And that ended a couple of years back and we could easily have a 10- to 12-year cycle where gold does nothing.” Energy stocks also turned negative as oil prices declined in the face of a stronger U.S. currency.The December crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange shed $1.25 to US$77.40 a barrel and the TSX energy sector moved down 1.33 per cent.The base metals group moved down 1.3 per cent while December copper edged two cents lower to US$3.02 a pound. Gains were more plentiful outside the resource sectors.The TSX found support from the consumer staples sector with Loblaw Cos. (TSX:L) up $1.37 to $58.55 ahead of earnings from the grocer later in the week.Techs also lent support with BlackBerry (TSX:BB) climbing 69 cents or 5.78 per cent to $12.63 after CEO John Chen told the Financial Post that the smartphone maker is “on the cusp of profitability.”Financials and telecoms also provided lift for the TSX. read more

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Sears Canada to cut up to 127 million in expenses this year

by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 18, 2016 6:28 am MDT Last Updated Mar 18, 2016 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Sears Canada to cut up to $127 million in expenses this year, most by Q1 TORONTO – Sears Canada says it’s planning to cut its overhead costs by a further $100 million to $127 million this year, on top of about $125 million in expense reductions it made last year.The national retail chain (TSX:SCC) didn’t provide details of how it will cut more sales and administrative costs but it expects to have most of the plan implemented within the first quarter of 2016.“It’s really just back office stuff,” said Brandon Stranzl, the company’s executive chairman. “That’s the vast majority of it.”The cuts will affect 16 different functions in the company, and over 80 per cent of them relate to corporate overhead functions, like human resources and IT, he said.Sears did announce it’s negotiating details of an agreement for Easyfinancial Services Inc. to take over support of financing for Sears Canada customers who purchase large ticket items.The Toronto-based company also announced it will sell its national logistics centre in Calgary but continue to use the facility under an $84-million sale-leaseback agreement that’s expected to close in the first quarter.The announcements were included with Sear Canada’s fourth-quarter financial report, which showed an 8.7 per cent decline in overall revenue — to $887.6 million from $972.5 million — and 1.6 per cent decline in sales at stores open for more than a year.The warm winter weather affected the company’s seasonal business. Snowblowers, as well as winter boots and jackets, did not sell well, said Stranzl.The company reported a $30.9 million net profit, or 30 cents per share, for the quarter ended Jan. 30 mainly because of a $170.7 million gain from the termination of a credit card agreement with JPMorgan Chase Bank in November.In the comparable period a year earlier, Sears Canada had a net loss of $123.6 million or $1.21 per share. read more

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Clinton email use broke federal rules inspectors report

WASHINGTON – Hillary Clinton and her team ignored clear guidance from the State Department that her email setup broke federal standards and could leave sensitive material vulnerable to hackers, a department audit has found. Her aides twice brushed aside concerns, in one case telling technical staff “the matter was not to be discussed further.”The inspector general’s review on Wednesday also revealed that hacking attempts forced then-Secretary of State Clinton off email at one point in 2011, though she insists the personal server she used was never breached. Clinton and several of her senior staff declined to be interviewed for the investigation.Earlier this month, Clinton declared that she was happy to “talk to anybody, anytime” about the matter and would encourage her staff to do the same.Opponents of her Democratic presidential campaign pointed to the audit as proof that Clinton has not been truthful about her private email use, citing it as fresh evidence she is not trustworthy or qualified to be commander in chief.Campaigning in California, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump noted solemnly that Clinton had received “a little bad news” and then railed against her “horribly bad judgment.”Clinton, also campaigning in California, didn’t mention the controversy and ignored reporters’ shouted questions. A spokesman for Clinton, who served as the nation’s top diplomat from 2009 to 2013, declared the audit showed her email use was consistent with what others at the department have done.The 78-page analysis, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press, says Clinton ignored clear directives. She never sought approval to conduct government business over private email, and never demonstrated the server or the Blackberry she used while in office “met minimum information security requirements.”Twice in 2010, information management staff at the State Department raised concerns that Clinton’s email practices failed to meet federal records-keeping requirements. The staff’s director responded that Clinton’s personal email system had been reviewed and approved by legal staff, “and that the matter was not to be discussed any further.”The audit found no evidence of a legal staff review or approval. It said any such request would have been denied by senior information officers because of security risks.The inspector general’s inquiry was prompted by revelations of Clinton’s email use, a subject that has dogged her presidential campaign.The review encompassed the email and information practices of the past five secretaries of state, finding them “slow to recognize and to manage effectively the legal requirements and cybersecurity risks associated with electronic data communications, particularly as those risks pertain to its most senior leadership.”Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon underscored that point Wednesday.“The inspector general documents just how consistent her email practices were with those of other secretaries and senior officials at the State Department who also used personal email,” Fallon said.The audit did note that former Secretary of State Colin Powell had also exclusively used a private email account, though it did not name any other prior secretaries who had done so. But the failings of Clinton were singled out in the audit as being more serious than her predecessor.“By Secretary Clinton’s tenure, the department’s guidance was considerably more detailed and more sophisticated,” the report concluded. “Secretary Clinton’s cybersecurity practices accordingly must be evaluated in light of these more comprehensive directives.”Republicans said Wednesday the audit showed Clinton was in clear violation of the Federal Records Act and endangered national security.The State Department has released more than 52,000 pages of Clinton’s work-related emails, including some that have since been classified. Clinton has withheld thousands of additional emails, saying they were personal.Critics have questioned whether her server might have made a tempting target for hackers, especially those working with or for foreign intelligence services.Separately from the State Department audit, the FBI has been investigating whether Clinton’s use of the private email server imperiled government secrets. It has recently interviewed Clinton’s top aides, including former chief of staff Cheryl Mills and deputy chief of staff Huma Abedin. Clinton is expected to be interviewed.Clinton has acknowledged in the campaign that the homebrew email setup in her New York home was a mistake. She said she never sent or received anything marked classified at the time, and says hackers never breached the server.The audit said a Clinton aide had to shut down the server on Jan. 9, 2011, because he believed “someone was trying to hack us.” Later that day, he said: “We were attacked again so I shut (the server) down for a few min.”The next day, a senior official told two of Clinton’s top aides not to email their boss “anything sensitive,” saying she could “explain more in person.”On CBS’ “Face the Nation” this month, Clinton said, “I’ve made it clear that I’m more than ready to talk to anybody, anytime. And I’ve encouraged all of (my staff) to be very forthcoming.”The audit said four of her closest State Department aides — Mills, Abedin, policy chief Jake Sullivan and strategy aide Philippe Reines — all declined interview requests.___Associated Press reporters Stephen Braun, Chad Day, Jack Gillum in Washington and Lisa Lerer in Los Angeles contributed to this report.___Read the State Department Inspector General’s report at http://apne.ws/1qJYhjw___Follow Michael Biesecker on Twitter at https://twitter.com/mbieseck and Bradley Klapper at https://twitter.com/bklapperAP by Michael Biesecker And Bradley Klapper, The Associated Press Posted May 25, 2016 8:09 am MDT Last Updated May 26, 2016 at 1:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Clinton email use broke federal rules: inspector’s report Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves to the crowd as he arrives at a rally at the Anaheim Convention Center, Wednesday, May 25, 2016, in Anaheim, Calif. 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BBC head of television backs Strictly cheats Seann Walsh and Katya Jones

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. After a day of crisis talks between the BBC’s senior executives, Walsh and his management, it was announced that the comedian will return on Saturday night’s show to dance with his professional partner, Katya Jones. Photographs of the pair kissing in the street prompted Walsh’s girlfriend, Rebecca Humphries, to release an extraordinary open letter on Monday night. She said he had branded her a “psycho” when she asked if he and Jones were becoming close, and went on: “I have a voice… The BBC has drawn the ire of women’s campaigners after its head of television, Charlotte Moore, opted to keep Seann Walsh on Strictly Come Dancing and rejected his former girlfriend’s accusations of emotional abuse. read more

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GWI says it invested 48M for equipment to swiftly service wells

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related5-member team from GWI in Netherlands undergoing trainingOctober 29, 2018In “latest news”QAII refutes misleading Kaieteur News reportAugust 26, 2016In “latest news”New Diamond well successfully producing water- GWISeptember 28, 2017In “Business” File photo: a well being dug by GWITo prevent low pressure and lengthy disruptions during maintenance of its wells, the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) says it invested $48Million in new equipment.According to a Department of Public Information (DPI) release, the equipment, which will comprise a truck fitted with well maintenance apparatus and new disconnection devices, is being sourced from Q-Flow International, a Dutch company based in the Netherlands.It was outlined that the $48Million expenditure includes the cost of the equipment and training for staff both in Holland and Suriname over a two-month period.The equipment is expected to arrive before the end of the year. Director of Operations, Dwayne Shako said over the years GWI has experienced a continuous drop in the production of large wells after two years of operation.Should a well be reduced to half its production it never returns to its full production capacity. Hence, the need for proper their maintenance, he noted.Director of Operations of the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI), Dwanye Shako“It’s important for us to capture these wells and rehabilitate them before they reach to half of their production. We have 137 wells across the country and including the treatment plants, that would be 141 wells…These wells are the heart of our business, more than 70 percent of our production is groundwater,” Shako explained.Over the years, GWI’s drilling technique usually took weeks and included the use of chemicals in the installation of the casings, which over time clogged the wells. Shako said the new equipment will see the well-being maintained within eight hours.“We’re trying to maintain continuous service at good pressure. If the wells are taken offline, it creates several issues among which is low water pressure. So, with this equipment, we will be able to maintain the wells swiftly. We will have the equipment on site, install it and within eight hours can have the well clean, the casing clean and the well production brought up back to normalcy.”The utility company is also working on acquiring its own rigs for drilling wells.Additionally, GWI outlined that it has already received another loan from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) that will cater for treatment plants in the Somerset to Charity area in Region Two and at Bush Lot in Region Five.Other plans in GWI’s pipeline include assessing the feasibility of treating water from the Hope Canal for distribution further down the coast. read more

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Sprem to Gummersbach

← Previous Story Marcus Ahlm “Zebra” until 2013 – THW Kiel with four line players? Next Story → Heuberger tips Germany for bronze Goran Sprem decided to join Gummersbach at least until the end of this season. The Croatian international, played for Flensburg, Nettelstedt, Melsungen and his last Bundesliga team was Nordhorn until 2009. Last season we could see him RK Zagreb shirt. He won the gold medal with Croatia at the World Championship in 2003 and the Olympic Games 2004. Both, Sead Hasanefendic on behalf of the club, and Goran Sprem on his own behalf, were delighted about Goran playing for Gummersbach. read more

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Heres What Happened Today Saturday

first_img Saturday 23 Feb 2019, 7:40 PM NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND Posters of Jon Jonsson who has been missing since 11am on 9th Feburary 2019 Source: RollingNews.ieA young girl is in a critical condition in hospital after getting trapped under a capsized boat in Limerick.Search teams combed large areas of north Dublin in search of missing Icelandic man Jon Jonsson.It emerged how gardaí and the PSNI fear there are dozens of dissident republican weapons caches dotted along the border region.A man died after the car he was driving collided with a pickup truck in Westmeath.A new opinion poll found that support for Sinn Féin has surged in recent weeks.The family of missing Esra Uyrun made a new appeal for information eight years after her disappearance.Over 1,300 drivers were caught breaking red lights on a section of the Luas red line in just 18 months.Commuters were warned of train disruptions at a number of busy stations this weekend. Feb 23rd 2019, 7:40 PM Get our daily news round up: INTERNATIONAL Opposition supporters converge in front of La Carlota military base urging soldiers to join their fight and allow the entry of U.S. humanitarian aid, in Caracas, Venezuela. Source: AP/PA Images#UK: Police in London appealed for information following the murder of a man in the Wood Green area of north London last night.#INDIA: Nearly 100 people died after drinking toxic alcohol in India.#USA: Guitarist Peter Frampton revealed he is battling an incurable muscle disease.PARTING SHOTIt’s awards season over in the US. While many actors dream of winning an academy award, there’s one gong they’d rather not receive and that’s the Razzie – a competition which hands out prizes for Worst Movie/Worst Actor etc.The Razzies’ crosshairs were squarely on Holmes & Watson this year.It nabbed not only the Worst Picture award but also a Worst Supporting Actor prize for John C Reilly, a Worst Actor nomination for Will Ferrell, a Worst Screen Combo for the two of them (for “trashing two of literature’s most beloved characters”), a Worst Director award for Etan Cohen, and a Worst Remake, Ripoff or Sequel prize for the film.Not ideal. Source: SIPA USA/PA Images By Garreth MacNamee Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 12,466 Views Share3 Tweet Email https://jrnl.ie/4509842 No Comments Short URL Here’s What Happened Today: Saturday Here’s what made the headlines today.last_img read more

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Sega Could be Launching Subscription Service Called Sega Forever on Mobile

first_imgStay on target Sega Genesis Mini Heats Up Retro Console WarsNo Joke, ‘Yakuza 7’ Goes Full Turn-Based JRPG Subscription services seem to be all the rage these days. Even video games are dabbling with this business model with services like EA Access. If a recent report turns out to be true, we may see a subscription-based service from none other than Sega.Recently, YouTuber Shawn Long (of RGT 85) posted a video where he talked about something called Sega Forever. He was made aware of this service by a Twitter follower named @BearKiddy who hails from the Philippines. This story was also picked up by SegaNerds and NeoGAF.BearKiddy sent Long images of Comix Zone for iOS. The main menu features options for “AD-FREE” and “SEGAzine.” Clicking on AD-FREE takes users to a page that shows the game has ad-supported and ad-free versions. The ad-supported version has cloud-saves, but the ad-free version has cloud saves and local saves. This option also has a button that says “SEGA_FOREVER_BUY_FOR.” On the very bottom of this page, it says “SEGA games may be featured upon launch.”BearKiddy says that when he booted up Comix Zone, a screen popped up that asked him to subscribe to the Sega Forever newsletter. BearKiddy also said he was sent a Sega Forever survey from Sega prior to all of this. The survey had a list of titles that could potentially be on the service. This included titles like Virtua Cop, Panzer Dragoon, and (of course) Sonic the Hedgehog.Adding more credence to all of this is the fact Sega has registered Sega Forever accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit. None of these are active at the moment. For now, Sega Forever appears to strictly be a mobile-based service. Hopefully, if this all turns out to be legit, we’ll eventually see the service on consoles and PC.E3 is only a few short weeks away. Hopefully, Sega will divulge more information about Sega Forever at that time.last_img read more

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