Three more UP cities included in Smart City Mission

first_imgWith the inclusion of Allahabad, Aligarh and Jhansi in the Smart City Mission on Friday, the number of “Smart Cities” from Uttar Pradesh reached seven. State capital Lucknow, Varanasi, Kanpur and Agra were already on the list.Allahabad, Aligarh and Jhansi found their way into the list of 30 names released by Union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu under the third round of the Smart City Mission.Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath thanked the Central government, in particular, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Mr. Naidu, for selecting three new cities from the State.Mr. Adityanath said he would make sincere efforts to get the remaining five contenders from UP —Meerut, Rae Bareli, Ghaziabad, Saharanpur and Rampur — included in the list.The Chief Minister gave his assurance that the State government would work with all urgency and sincerity to complete the development work of these Smart Cities, a government spokesperson said.Mr. Adityanath also stressed that those officials and project agencies found guilty of negligence in the development work in Smart Cities would face strict action.last_img read more

Royal Challengers Bangalore look to shatter Kings XI Punjab’s last-four dreams

first_imgA confident Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) will aim to keep their hopes of reaching the play-offs alive when they take on bottom-placed Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match here on Friday.With eight losses and two wins, Bangalore are currently at the eighth spot and are decidedly out of the running for the IPL play-offs.On the other hand, Punjab, who defeated Delhi Daredevils by 10 wickets in their last outing, are at the fifth spot with four wins and five losses.Failing in almost all departments of the game, Bangalore would certainly like to spoil Punjab’s party who are still in the race for the knockout stage.Bangalore will blame their star-studded batting line-up for their predicament as despite boasting several quality batsmen like Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Shane Watson, they have failed to click in unison.The bowling and fielding departments are also not performing up to the standard for Bengalore. Many catches were dropped in the last match against Mumbai Indians which resulted in a five-wicket defeat for them.On the other hand, after defeating Delhi by 10 wickets last week, Punjab are in a positive mood as both batsmen and bowlers are performing in unison.In the bowling department, Varun Aaron, Sandeep Sharma, Mohit Sharma and T. Natarajan did a fantastic job. Sandeep Sharma returned figures of 4/20 as Delhi were bundled out for a mere 67 runs.The batsmen also stepped up to the occasion in the last match. Needing only 68 runs for a win, Punjab crossed the line in barely 7.5 overs with a half-century in quick time by New Zealand star Martin Guptill.advertisementGuptill remained unbeaten on 50 off 27 balls with six boundaries and three sixes.So if Bangalore want to win Friday’s match, they need to re-strategise their plan even as Punjab skipper Glenn Maxwell would like to continue the momentum from their last match.last_img read more

Australia players, board edge closer to new pay deal

first_imgCricket Australia is on the verge of agreeing a new pay deal with the players’ union, ending a long impasse and avoiding the need for arbitration.A Cricket Australia spokesman said on Wednesday that negotiations had advanced to the “final details” after days of lengthy talks with the Australian Cricketers’ Association.News Ltd media on Tuesday declared a “peace deal brokered” and the “Ashes saved”, a reference to the upcoming test series against England.But talks continued to grind on into Wednesday.Australia’s top 230 players have effectively been unemployed since the last five-year agreement expired on June 30 and an “A” tour of South Africa has already fallen victim to the lockout.Australia captain Steve Smith told Fox Sports TV on Tuesday he was confident of a deal being brokered, but confirmed players would not travel to Bangladesh for a two-Test tour starting this month until the dispute was resolved.CA chief executive James Sutherland proposed taking the matter to binding arbitration if a deal was not struck by early this week.last_img read more

Greece’s Anna Korakaki Takes Gold in ISSF World Cup (Video)

first_imgGreek shooting athlete Anna Korakaki on Saturday won a gold medal in the Women’s 10m Air Pistol event at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup in Fort Benning, USA.The 2016 Olympic medalist got 243.7 points, finishing 3.6 points ahead of Serbia’s Zorana Arunovic, who got the silver medal, while Thailand’s Pim-On Klaisuban completed the podium in 3rd place. During the qualifying rounds earlier on Saturday, Korakaki had also set a world record with a score of 587 in 600 shots.On Sunday, Korakaki will be competing in the mixed 10m Air Pistol event with her brother Dionysis.TweetPinShare2525 Shareslast_img

Watch: Australian cricketer suffers bizarre dismissal in Sheffield Shield match

first_imgAustralia batsman Hilton Cartwright was dismissed in a bizarre manner during a Sheffield Shield match between New South Wales and Western Australia in Sydney on Tuesday.Western Australia captain Cartwright was caught and bowled by Jason Sangha for 3 after his pull shot hit the helmet of short-leg fielder, Nick Larkin during their second innings. The ball ballooned up in the skies after hitting the helmet after which Sangha ran up the wicket and took an easy catch.Cartwright, who has been having a woeful run in Australia’s domestic season, wore a disappointed look before walking back to the pavillion. Western Australia eventually collapsed for 147 runs in the second innings and suffered an innings and 51-run defeat to New South Wales.Of all the ways to get out #SheffieldShield | #NSWvWA (@7Cricket) February 26, 2019Notably, Cartwright would have survived had it been a couple of seasons earlier as the Sheffield Shield made amendments to the fair catch law ahead of the 2016-17 season. According to the modified law, a batsman is given out if: “a fielder catches the ball after it has touched an umpire, another fielder or the other batsman or any protective equipment worn by any of those persons.”Cartwright though is not the first batsman to suffer this fate. Back in Back in 2017, Queensland’s Mark Steketee was given out after his pull shot ricocheted off the short leg fielder’s helmet in a Sheffield Shield game vs New South Wales.Incidentally, Nick Larkin was the short leg fielder during the said dismissal as well. Sean Abbott, standing at leg gully, had taken a comfortable catch to send Steketee on his way back.advertisementAlso Read | India vs Australia 2nd T20I: Chinnaswamy pitch expected to be batting-friendlyAlso Read | Jasprit Bumrah a class act, has a great cricketing brain: Pat CumminsAlso Read | Krunal Pandya takes heart from spirited bowling show in Visakhapatnam T20IAlso See:last_img read more

IPL 2019: MS Dhoni and wife Sakshi take a nap at airport after another late night finish

first_imgChennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni and his teammates had very little time to celebrate their table-topping win at home over Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Tuesday. The defending champions had to take an early morning flight on Wednesday to Jaipur where they will take on Rajasthan Royals in their seventh Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 match on Thursday.Skipper MS Dhoni, who loves his sleep, seems to have struggled due to the lack of it ahead of Chennai Super Kings’ early morning flight to Jaipur from Chennai. Poor over rates during Tuesday’s match against KKR hasn’t helped either. Despite CSK chasing a 109-run target in 17.2 overs, the match finished well after the scheduled time.Dhoni took to Instagram to post a photograph of himself and his wife Sakshi taking a nap at the Chennai airport while waiting for their flight. Both of them can be seen using a backpack as a makeshift pillow.”After getting used to IPL timing this is what happens if u have a morning flight,” Dhoni wrote as caption.View this post on InstagramAfter getting used to IPL timing this is what happens if u have a morning flightA post shared by M S Dhoni (@mahi7781) on Apr 9, 2019 at 9:36pm PDTCSK had camped in Chennai over the last five days and managed to win two matches during the said period at Chepauk, which has been their fortress over the years. However, Dhoni’s men will be on the road for the next 10 days during which they will play four matches.advertisementAfter the match against former champions Royals in Jaipur, Chennai Super Kings will head to Kolkata on Sunday, April 14 for a stiff test at the Eden Gardens following which they will play Sunrisers Hyderabad in a repeat of last year’s final at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on April 17.CSK also travel to Bengaluru for an away match against Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore on April 21 before returning home ahead of their 11th match against SRH on April 23.Dhoni’s men have been brilliant in their title defence so far. Having won four matches on sluggish wickets at home, it will be interesting to see how CSK adapt to different conditions in their upcoming away matches.Notably, CSK’s only defeat in IPL 2019 so far came against former champions Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium. Dhoni’s men failed to chase a 171-run target as they were restricted to 133 for 8 in their quota of 20 overs last week.Also Read | MS Dhoni doesn’t tell you much but gives key inputs, says Deepak ChaharAlso Read | MS Dhoni slams Chennai pitch again: Don’t want to play on wickets like theseAlso See:last_img read more

Aubameyang: I’ll only get better

first_imgPierre-Emerick Aubameyang I’ll only get better for Arsenal, Aubameyang warns after debut goal Goal Last updated 1 year ago 15:58 2/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Pierre-EmerickAubameyang - Cropped Getty Images Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Arsenal Arsenal v Everton Everton Premier League African All Stars The Gabon international made a positive impact in his first appearance for the Premier League side and maintains there is much more to come Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang says his debut goal for Arsenal was just a taste of things to come as he promises he will get even better in England.The 28-year-old striker completed a club-record £55 million move to Arsenal on the final day of the transfer window, while the London club let Olivier Giroud go to Chelsea for £18m after the Frenchman became frustrated with a lack of first-team opportunities this season.Aubameyang was immediately thrown into the starting XI for Saturday’s clash with Everton, while £52m summer signing Alexandre Lacazette dropped to the bench. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player As the Gunners strolled to an easy win over Sam Allardyce’s side with three goals in 20 minutes, the Gabon international opened his account for his new side in the first half.Although Aubameyang strayed offside as former Dortmund team-mate Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s delicate touch made its way through to him, allowing him to chip it beyond Jordan Pickford.The game may have included a hat-trick from Aaron Ramsey and a treble of assists from Mkhitaryan, but it was the new striker’s debut goal which attracted the most attention, but he insists it will be the first of many.”Of course I was really happy,” Aubameyang said via the club’s website.”We won the game in the first half and the second was a bit different. We are all happy.”Is there more to come from me? I think so.”Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan’s bright start to life at the Emirates Stadium has impressed coach Arsene Wenger, who feels they looked right at home in their new team.”The two players who came in during the transfer window look like they have always played with us with us because they have the same mobility, same ability and same technical quality,” the Frenchman said after the game.Aubameyang arrived at Arsenal after making a strong start to the 2017-18 season with Dortmund, scoring 21 times in 24 games in all competitions.However, his time at the German side soured towards the end as he was punished by the club and dropped from the squad as he forced his move to the English capital.last_img read more

$2.68 Billion to Purchase Vehicles and Equipment for JDF

first_img This includes $923 million to facilitate the acquisition of assorted vehicles for the Jamaica Defence Force; a further $930 million to procure hardware and software for cybersecurity initiatives; and $834 million to purchase telecommunications equipment for the JDF. Story Highlights With the maintenance of law and order high on the agenda of the Government, a sum of $2.68 billion has been budgeted to bolster the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) military services.This includes $923 million to facilitate the acquisition of assorted vehicles for the Jamaica Defence Force; a further $930 million to procure hardware and software for cybersecurity initiatives; and $834 million to purchase telecommunications equipment for the JDF.Details of the allocations are outlined in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure, tabled recently in the House of Representatives by Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke.The Estimates will be considered by the Standing Finance Committee of the House from March 5 to 6.The acquisitions will be financed from the Consolidated Fund. Details of the allocations are outlined in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure, tabled recently in the House of Representatives by Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke. With the maintenance of law and order high on the agenda of the Government, a sum of $2.68 billion has been budgeted to bolster the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) military services. last_img read more

BSJ Launches Environmental Management Systems Standard

first_imgStory Highlights This international standard provides guidance for all organisations, particularly micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs), on the phased development, implementation and maintenance of an EMS within their entities. Importantly, it will assist organisations in adequately observing the ban imposed on plastics and styrofoam. The Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ) has launched Jamaican Standard (JS) ISO 14005:2017 – Environmental Management Systems (EMS) Guidelines. The Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ) has launched Jamaican Standard (JS) ISO 14005:2017 – Environmental Management Systems (EMS) Guidelines.This international standard provides guidance for all organisations, particularly micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs), on the phased development, implementation and maintenance of an EMS within their entities.Importantly, it will assist organisations in adequately observing the ban imposed on plastics and styrofoam.Speaking at the launch on Wednesday (March 27) at the BSJ’s Winchester Road offices, Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, said that the standard is in keeping with measures to inculcate a culture of sound environmental stewardship.He noted that the national standard is applicable to any organisation, regardless of its level of development, the nature of the activities undertaken or the location at which they occur.He added that standards are a proven way of ensuring that entities and individuals implement and practise environmentally friendly behaviours to reduce waste and pollution in the society.The JS ISO 14005, in particular, is a global benchmark for environmental management best practice that can be applied to businesses of any size.“The real benefit of ISO 14005 is that it can significantly improve an organisation’s environmental performance while greatly improving its bottom line at the same time. To enjoy the benefits of the standard, it is vital that each member of an organisation, regardless of position or role, be aware of and take responsibility for environmental management,” Mr. Shaw said.He noted that the launch not only brings attention to the standard, but also seeks to energise activities around its use as a tool to achieve the government’s mandate to reduce the impact of plastics on the environment.“This will be facilitated through the combined efforts of the BSJ and identified partners,” he said.Meanwhile, Executive Director BSJ, Hopeton Heron, noted that the agency continues to align its activities to the national strategy.“The BSJ is not only supporting the ban on the use of single-use plastics, but we are publicly endorsing the importance of taking all the necessary measures in order to protect the environment,” he said.“Every organisation, in some way, affects the environment, which eventually affects public health,” Mr Heron said.Benefits of an EMS include ultimate cost savings by implementing measures in product design to avoid or minimise environmental impacts; optimisation of manufacturing operations to reduce the quantity and quality of waste generated, including opportunities for recycling; and optimal water and energy use or energy and water consumption.last_img read more

Danny Glover Raises Awareness Of Widespread Neurologic Condition

first_imgLegendary actor and director Danny Glover joins Avanir Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in a new PBAFacts campaign designed to educate and encourage patients with neurologic conditions, and their caregivers, to learn more about Pseudobulbar Affect (PBA) and to speak with their physician.The campaign hinges on the idea that an actor has the ability to cry and laugh on cue and how that contrasts with the lack of control experienced by people living with PBA episodes.While PBA is not well known, an estimated two million Americans suffer from PBA, a neurologic condition characterized by uncontrollable, sudden outbursts of crying and/or laughing that usually don’t match what the person is feeling on the inside. PBA occurs in people with brain injuries or certain neurologic conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, stroke or multiple sclerosis (MS). That’s why it is so important for consumers to learn that there is a name for this neurologic condition and that it is treatable.“Sudden outbursts of crying or laughing can be a sign of fine acting. But for some, it could be a sign of PBA,” said Danny Glover.“We believe Mr. Glover’s ability to ‘act’ PBA outbursts of crying and laughing will increase understanding and help undiagnosed people recognize their symptoms and inspire them to learn more,” said Rohan Palekar, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Avanir Pharmaceuticals. “What’s more, Mr. Glover’s respected status lends dignity to a condition that many sufferers find embarrassing.”The new campaign featuring Danny Glover can be seen on TV, print and digital ads as well as in print materials. It is also featured on, an educational website that explains the science of PBA, has videos from doctors and a PBA assessment that patients can share with their doctor.last_img read more

BCs attorney general calls Alberta fuelrestriction bill a bluff

first_imgVICTORIA – British Columbia’s attorney general says Alberta’s proposed fuel restriction law is a politically motivated “bluff” that will result in an immediate lawsuit from his province and likely lawsuits from oil companies.David Eby said government legal experts looked at the legislation Alberta tabled Monday and concluded it’s unconstitutional, against the law and designed to not be enacted.“Clearly the legislation is a bluff,” Eby said Tuesday. “They don’t intend to use it. If they did try to use it we would be in court immediately seeking an injunction to stop them from using it, but we would probably have to get in line behind oil companies that would be concerned about contracts that they have with companies in B.C. to deliver product.”Alberta’s proposed legislation and B.C.’s response are the latest manoeuvres in the escalating dispute over the $7.4 billion Trans Mountain pipeline expansion that runs from Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C. The federal and Alberta governments support the project, while B.C. opposes it, saying it is defending its coast from a potentially catastrophic oil products spill.So far, about 200 people have been arrested at a construction zone near the pipeline’s terminal site in Burnaby for allegedly breaking a court injunction keeping protesters away.Indigenous leaders and local Vancouver-area politicians have also warned of increasing civil unrest as people from across Canada mount anti-pipeline protests.Eby said he believed the Alberta legislation was intended to never be adopted, but if Alberta Premier Rachel Notley’s government does pass the law, then B.C. will immediately launch court action.“We think they are very unlikely to use this, given the analysis, and we think they know it, and it is a bill for political purposes only,” Eby said in the legislature Tuesday during question period.Notley said the legislation sends the message that Alberta is prepared to defend its resources.It would direct pipeline companies, truckers and rail operators on how much oil product they ship and when. Violators would face fines of up to $1 million a day for individuals and $10 million a day for corporations.Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe said Tuesday his province will support Alberta in the fight over the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion by introducing its own legislation on oil exports.He said his government will bring in a bill in the coming days that could result in less oil moving to British Columbia. Moe said he wants the Saskatchewan legislation passed shortly so it can work in tandem with Alberta’s proposed bill.In Quebec, the Opposition Parti Quebecois offered Tuesday to help B.C.The PQ said it will send Premier John Horgan’s minority New Democrat government a bill it tabled in 2014 amid the controversy surrounding the Energy East project. The bill affirmed the predominance of Quebec’s environmental laws and the exclusive jurisdiction of the province in such matters.Quebec’s Liberal government threw its support to Horgan in an opinion piece published last Saturday that said Ottawa would harm federal-provincial relations by making a unilateral decision on the project without B.C.’s blessing.The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers called the Alberta bill a “very strong tool” it hoped was not needed.B.C. Opposition Liberal jobs critic Jas Johal said the province must end the escalating dispute before gas prices increase sharply in Metro Vancouver.“Without Alberta’s energy, B.C.’s economy would come to a standstill,” he said. “The B.C. Premier (John Horgan) created this crisis, will he fix this mess before gas prices hit $2 a litre?”Gasoline prices in Metro Vancouver are currently hovering around $1.55 a litre.Kinder Morgan, the U.S.-based pipeline builder, announced earlier this month that it was pulling back on spending for the project and gave Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government until May 31 to give a clear signal the project will proceed.Trudeau, Notley and Horgan met Sunday in Ottawa to discuss the pipeline, but remain deadlocked. Trudeau repeated the federal government’s commitment to ensure the project is completed, saying his government will hold private, financial talks with Kinder Morgan.Eby said the B.C. government is expecting to announce shortly that it has filed a reference case to the courts to determine if it has jurisdiction over the pipeline in the province.Companies in this story: (TSX:KML)last_img read more

BJP polling agent held for influencing voters

first_imgChandigarh: A polling agent was arrested for interfering with the voting process in a booth in Haryana’s Faridabad. “Prompt action taken. FIR (first information report) lodged. Person behind bars. Observer enquired the matter personally and is satisfied that polling was never vitiated,” said the District Election Office on its official Twitter account on Sunday. The action was taken after a video surfaced in which the polling agent was seemingly trying to interfere three women voters inside a booth at Asawati in Faridabad on Sunday. “The person in the video is the polling agent who has been arrested in the afternoon (Sunday) itself. FIR lodged. He was trying to effect at least 3 lady voters. Observer & RO with teams visited the booth at Asawati in Prithala constituency. He is satisfied that voting was never vitiated,” the District Election Office earlier tweeted. Ten seats in Haryana voted on Sunday in the sixth phase of the Lok Sabha elections.last_img read more

GuineaBissau international engagement key for peace says top UN envoy

26 March 2008Welcoming last night’s announcement by Guinea-Bissau’s President of the date of upcoming legislative elections, the top United Nations to the West African nation today said that the international community must remain engaged for peace to be consolidated. “Change management is a long and delicate process in which expectations must be managed,” Shola Omoregie, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, told an open meeting of the Security Council today.“A failure to manage these expectations would result in disillusionment that might ultimately jeopardize the long-term commitment necessary for implementing these reforms.”He warned that despite the rise in donor activity, the Government’s poverty reduction and security sector reform strategies remain “massively under-funded.”The Special Representative – who also heads the UN Peacebuilding Support in Guinea-Bissau (UNOGBIS) – noted that last night, President Joao Vieira, “who had been ambivalent” on the date of the next legislative elections, set the date for 16 November.“This announcement on the eve of this meeting of the Security Council will no doubt significantly reduce the tensions which have been building up in the country in the past few days,” he added.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon wrote in his most recent report to the Council on the country that the upcoming elections “will be a major benchmark for the state of democratic governance” and called on authorities to fix a poll date to boost confidence in the electoral process’ credibility.In his address to the Council today, Mr. Omoregie underscored the importance of Guinea-Bissau’s partners providing resources for the November polls and to “prevent the national stakeholders from using the lack of funds as a pretext not to move forward.”He called also for improved coordination for all sectors receiving overseas development assistance, particularly in the realm of security sector reform.Additionally, the Special Representative stressed that Guinea-Bissau – which is rebuilding after a brutal civil war in which thousands were killed, wounded or forced from their homes – is concerned with the rising threat of terrorism. Following the arrest of two Mauritanian nationals in January in connection of the murder of four French tourists and ensuing threats of reprisals against Guinea-Bissau, authorities have asked for global assistance to enhance the country’s border controls.“Sub-regional cooperation should be encouraged and supported in addressing the threats of terrorism, especially in a region with porous borders,” Mr. Omoregie noted.After the Security Council backed a request from the Government, last December Guinea-Bissau joined Sierra Leona and Burundi to become the third country on the country-specific workload of the Peacebuilding Commission, which seeks to prevent countries emerging from war from sliding backwards. read more

OPP veteran faces assault charge

A veteran member of the Oxford OPP has been charged following an assault complaint this week in Norfolk County.The 24-year member of the force was charged with assault Thursday in connection with an alleged incident that occurred on Tuesday.Police usually release the name of people charged with serious crimes such as assault. In this instance however, the name has been withheld.“We will not be releasing the name of the officer involved because it could lead to the identification of the victim,” Derek Rogers, a media relations officer with the OPP, said in an email Friday.The accused will answer the charge in the Ontario Court of Justice in Simcoe April 2.

Consensus action plan sought as UN forum on illicit small arms draws

A UN spokesman told reporters on Friday afternoon that outstanding provisions still under negotiation in the draft plan included measures relating to export controls and conference review meetings. Another key area under discussion, according to diplomats attending the two-week forum, is the provision of small arms and light weapons to non-State actors. One major country was seeking to ensure that no restrictions were placed on such transactions, while a number of African States viewed the provision of small arms and light weapons to non-State actors as a highly destabilizing factor which must be addressed, the diplomats said.The draft plan does not aim to outlaw the legal manufacture or trade of small arms and light weapons, nor their legal, private ownership. Instead, it is designed to stem the illicit trade in these armaments, which the UN says were the weapon of choice in the overwhelming majority of recent conflicts that collectively killed some 4 million people, 80 per cent of them women and children.The draft is comprised of four parts, including a preamble and sections on preventing, combating and eradicating the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons; implementation, international cooperation and assistance; and follow-up. read more

Softball Trip to California to be homecoming for a third of Ohio

The Buckeyes gather on the mound during a timeout in their 4-1 victory over Wright State on Sep. 24. Credit: Gretchen Rudolph | For The LanternThe Ohio State softball team will spend its spring break and then some in California, taking on eight teams across 10 days. It will include 11 games as part of the Louisville Slugger Invitational and the Easton Invitational.One of the opponents includes No. 5 Oklahoma, a team head coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly talked about before the season had even started. She called the Sooners one of the most challenging teams the Buckeyes will face all year.But the Buckeyes aren’t interested in analyzing their opponents as much as they are focusing on their own game and what they can control.“Right now we’re just focused on ourselves, not necessarily who we’re playing,” senior outfielder Bailee Sturgeon said. “Our coaches keep telling us, ‘Have confidence in yourselves because when you guys play, you guys are unstoppable,’ so I think that right now we’re just our own biggest opponents and as long as we play Buckeye softball I think we’ll be good.”One team to watch in the Louisville Slugger series will be No. 3 UCLA. The Bruins are undefeated with 19 wins.The Buckeyes also will take on San Diego State, San Jose State, Cal State Fullerton, Loyola Marymount, California State University Northridge and Grand Canyon.Rested and ready to goPlaying so many games in such a short timespan can take a physical toll, from soreness to exhaustion. But the team’s trainers and coaches have made an effort to be sure that the team is taken care of. “Luckily this year we have an awesome staff with coach Claire and Kelsey, our athletic trainer, who recognize when we’re getting fatigued,” Sturgeon said. “After the games we’re doing a lot of recovery, more than we usually do.”Having a weekend of not playing games also has been a big help for the team, giving it a chance to rest up and recharge.“It gives our bodies a rest from the travel constantly on airplanes, in buses, constantly standing and doing games all weekend,” sophomore shortstop Amy Balich said. “But we got the chance to work on some things that we needed to get sharpened up and I think we’ll go to California with fresh new minds and it will be good.”HomecomingHeading to California will be a homecoming of sorts for eight of the 24 Buckeyes on the roster who claim the Golden State as their home.For some, this will be an opportunity for friends and family to watch them play in scarlet and gray. “Oh, I think it’s going to be so fun,” said sophomore infielder Carley Gaskill, a native of West Hills, California. “Coming out [to Columbus], I don’t get to see my friends, they don’t get to see me play and my parents don’t always get to come because I have three other siblings so they’re always with them.”Let the Games BeginThe Buckeyes begin the series Friday against San Diego State and will play Oklahoma on March 18 to end the 11-game stretch. read more

Presidents lack of confidence in the Force evident with assassination plot

One day after it was announced that President David Granger has ordered a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into an alleged plot to assassinate him, Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo said this move was one that could be seen as the President’s lack of confidence in the local security forces.Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat JagdeoJagdeo told the press on Monday that this revelation also highlighted the Government’s intention to do all it could to distract the Guyanese populace from the multiple issues that needed urgent attention.“You need another CoI…into this? That means you don’t trust your security forces or the Police to investigate this. You are saying that somebody didn’t investigate this properly,” he opined.Meanwhile, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan recently confirmed with sections of the media that the President had indeed ordered a CoI into the alleged plot to assassinate him.President David GrangerRamjattan revealed that the decision was taken after the President and others within the Cabinet felt that the investigation was taking too long (it has been ongoing for months now) and there were countless issues with the case.He did note that the President had deliberated on the terms and conditions of the CoI.Minister of State, Joseph Harmon had earlier disclosed that the Administration had been provided with some information by the Police about an ongoing investigation of that nature.He said the matter was being investigated by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and the Police’s legal advisor.Harmon had said, “I have the full confidence of the ability of the security forces to protect our President and the Ministers of Government who have been elected by the people to run the Government.”The matter involving the alleged plot to assassinate President Granger was first brought to light by Minister Harmon in April at a post-Cabinet press briefing.The man who claimed two local businessmen hired him to assassinate President David GrangerShortly after news broke of the investigations into the alleged assassination plot against the Head of State, the complainant, a well-known barber of Grove, East Bank Demerara (EBD), appeared on a local private television station to relate his story.In that interview, the barber revealed that he was offered $7 million and given a “long black gun” by a businessman to carry out the job of assassinating the President, but he had declined the offer.Reports indicate that he subsequently filed a complaint with the Police. However, the alleged witness to the offer has since told investigators during the confrontation that the complainant had contacted him and offered a sum of money in exchange for him giving a statement claiming that he (the alleged witness) was present when two businessmen contacted the complainant about allegedly assassinating the President.According to a Police source, the complainant had only made the monetary offer after he informed the Police of the assassination plot. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAssassination Plot CoI will destroy morale of the Force – Opposition LeaderJuly 28, 2017In “Crime”Paul Slowe had an axe to grind using alleged assassination CoI -JagdeoSeptember 19, 2017In “Crime”Ramnarine’s testimony to CoI a “deliberate falsehood”- Crime ChiefAugust 16, 2017In “Crime” read more

Key Ministers meet to discuss future Australian presence in the African resources

first_imgA record contingent of 10 African mining and energy Ministers will join Australian Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT) leaders in Perth this week for further discussions on the dramatic increase in Australia’s resources industry presence across African countries. In the largest African business lobby conference ever held in Australia, the African ministerial delegations will join Australia’s DFAT Secretary, Mr Dennis Richardson, as keynote speakers at the three-day Paydirt 2010 Africa Downunder Conference in Perth from Wednesday. Mr Richardson will deliver the opening address to more than 1400 delegates, while South Africa’s renowned Mineral Resources Minister, the Hon Susan Shabangu, leads the African charge to win further investment attention from Australian companies.Australia’s line-up in Perth also includes representatives from Austrade, AusAID and EFIC, the Australia Africa Mining Industry Group (AAMIG), and state presidents from all Australia Africa Business Council (AABC) chapters.The Paydirt 2010 Africa Downunder event comes at a time when the number of ASX-listed Australian explorers and miners operating across Africa has exploded from just 54 in 2003 to more than 160 currently – many of them now being owners and operators of world-class African mines or projects.“The strength and diversity within the visiting Ministerial contingent is indicative of just how Australia’s resources companies are valued by their African counterparts in helping build that continent’s mineral wealth,” conference convenor, Mr Bill Repard, said today. “The calibre of that help has escalated rapidly in the past decade, backed by DFAT and visionary Australian explorers and miners, who recognised the strong correlation between Africa’s mineral geology and the way we explore for and commercialise our domestic mineral deposits,” Mr Repard said. “Critically, many of these Australian companies have worked with the various African regulators and political streams to help encourage workable mining incentives and project investment initiatives, while creating genuine social and employment gains within the local African communities surrounding discovered deposits.“Much of Africa remains under-explored, there remain ongoing infrastructure challenges but these are being recognised and addressed. That is creating greater opportunity for Australian miners and explorers to enhance Australia’s mining partnership with Africa.” Mr Repard said the recent Fraser Institute’s annual worldwide survey of the attitudes of mining companies towards mining regulation and investment appeal saw African states such as Botswana (8), Ghana (21), Tanzania (23), Namibia (24) and Zambia (27) ranked in the world’s top 30 regimes in which to invest resources dollars.“That’s a strong independent message about the gains being made by Africa as a whole to re-invent itself – with its Australian mining partners – as a modern day force in global mining,” he said. The 160 ASX listed Australian companies in Africa have a foothold in 42 of Africa’s 52 countries – a figure Mr Repard says “is sure to increase in scope and number as the African continent now offers almost limitless options for mining investment.”“This trend is increasingly delivering a pipeline of larger-style exploration and mining undertakings, seeing in turn a more stable, competent, and confident African mining sector,” Mr Repard said.Africa Downunder background;The first Paydirt Africa Down under conference was held in 2003 with just 200 delegates attending. Seven times that number will attend this week’s forum in Perth, supported by a host of Australian mining suppliers and service providers. The 2010 programme, the eighth held, will include 120 booths and has had to be expanded for the first time to a three day event and 65 presentations.last_img read more

Did MySpace Friend Facebook

first_imgThe Hatfield and the McCoys. Coke and Pepsi. Maggie Simpsonand that baby with one eyebrow. Some rivalries are just timeless. It seemsthat, no matter what happens, they’ll never be resolved. I’d have put Facebookand MySpace on that list, as well–until today, that is.It seems like the two sites that have been so long at eachother’s throats in the race for social networking dominance may finally beresolving their differences–well, some of them, at least…Word has it that the two sites are teaming up for a jointannouncement later today (at 12:00 PM PT).Facebook and MySpace sent out e-mails last night to members of the techcommunity announcing the event involving MySpace CEO Mike Jones and Dan Rose, Facebook’sVP of partnerships and platform marketing.No word on the specifics, but rumor has it that thepartnership involves the implementation of Facebook Connect on MySpace, in anattempt for the once-dominant social network to recapture some users.MySpace has been struggling in recent years to compete withFacebook, having launched a much-needed site redesign late last month.[Top: The newly redesigned MySpace.]last_img read more

Google Docs app for Android turns your smartphone into a mobile productivity

first_imgGoogle has done an admirable job of adding functionality to the mobile Web versions of its Google Docs apps, and today they’ve announced the arrival of the Google Docs app for Android which makes working with your files on-the-go easier than ever. Unlike QuickOffice Pro or DocumentsToGo, Google Docs for Android is not actually a set of offline editing tools — those tasks are still handled by the mobile Web versions of Google’s office apps. But that doesn’t mean Docs for Android is hurting for features.For starters, there’s a home screen widget which lets you jump right in to your favorite documents or create something new. The app makes sharing documents with your phone contacts a breeze, and it also provides a convenient way to search your existing files and upload new ones directly from your smartphone or tablet.Perhaps the best feature in Docs for Android is that you’re able to utilize Google Docs’ OCR abilities, which provides an excellent way to scan and store loads of paper while you’re out and about. I’m especially excited to use this as a way to keep my expense receipts more organized. The home screen widget even sports a camera icon, which helps speed the imaging process. The only downside is that OCR only supports English at this point and that it has trouble recognizing some fonts, but it’s worked pretty well so far in my testing and Google is quick to mention that it’s going to improve over time.About all that’s missing now is offline access to the Docs Web apps themselves, and hopefully that will arrive in the near future.Read more at the Google Docs Bloglast_img read more