It’s Paswan kin versus Cong. veteran in Samastipur

first_imgThe National Democratic Alliance candidate Prince Raj of the Lok Janshakti Party is in a direct contest with mahagathbandhan nominee Ashok Kumar of the Congress for the Samastipur (reserved) Lok Sabha seat for which bypoll is scheduled to be held on October 21.The by-election was necessitated after the sudden demise of the sitting MP Ramchandra Paswan, father of Prince Raj. Ramchandra Paswan who had defeated Ashok Kumar in the last Parliamentary election, was the younger brother of LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan.While Prince Raj is making his electoral debut on an emotional pitch, Ashok Kumar, Congress MLA from Rosera (reserved) Assembly constituency, is appealing to the people to vote for him to raise their voice in Parliament. Joint campaigningOn Thursday, all three top Bihar NDA leaders — Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan and Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi — campaigned together for Prince Raj and addressed a public meeting in Samastipur. The NDA leaders appealed to the people to vote for young Prince Raj for the development of the constituency. There are a total of eight candidates in the fray for the bypoll. Before delimitation the Samastipur seat was known as Rosera (reserved) Lok Sabha seat.In the 2019 election, Ramchandra Paswan had defeated Ashok Kumar by over 2.5 lakh votes. Along with the Samastipur Lok Sabha bypoll, five Assembly constituencies — Nathanagar, Simri Bakhtiyarpur, Darounda, Belhar and Kishanganj — will also go to poll on October 21 as the sitting MLAs had won in the Lok Sabha election.last_img read more


first_imgRBI has cut interest rate by 0.75 per cent this year in RBI has cut interest rate by 0.75 per cent this year in three tranches. It refrained from reducing the rate further in the last bi-monthly monetary policy in August. Since then, consumer as well as wholesale price inflation has dived to record lows in August on falling global commodity prices. Replying questions on Goods and Services Tax (GST), Jaitley said he is certainly confident of rolling it out. “Depending on when GST gets cleared by Parliament, we have to decide a date. And we must always bear in mind that GST is not a tax which has to be introduced only on April 1 or not at all. It is a tax which can be introduced on any day,” he said. The Constitution Amendment Bill for rollout of GST has been passed in the Lok Sabha, but is yet to be approved by the Rajya Sabha where the ruling BJP does not enjoy majority of its own. Indirect tax reform GST will subsume excise, service tax and other local levies. The government had fixed the GST rollout date as April 1, 2016. On whether the government will be able to meet the disinvestment target of the current fiscal, Jaitley said the department has lined up a host of PSU stocks and it is still the first half of the financial year. “Market conditions are certainly very difficult and therefore, in the midst of these difficult circumstances to manage that target is our eventual goal. Now, we have a number of PSU stocks, we are still in the first half of the year and therefore, lets try and see… as much as we can do,” he said. The government has set a total disinvestment target of Rs 69,500 crore, of which Rs 41,000 crore is to come from PSU stake sale and Rs 28,500 crore from strategic stake sale. So far this fiscal, the disinvestment department has managed to raise Rs 12,600 crore through stake sale in four PSUs. As for clarity over FDI in the insurance sector, Jaitley said the insurance industry is in dialogue with the department of economic affairs and revenue. PTI JD CS ARDadvertisementlast_img read more

EPL: Late James Milner penalty gives Liverpool 2-1 win over Swansea

first_imgSWANSEA CITY 1 LIVERPOOL 2James Milner scored an 84th-minute penalty as Liverpool overcame a terrible start and survived a late scare to win 2-1 at Swansea City on Saturday and move second in the Premier League.Juergen Klopp’s side had looked second best for much of the game, but if good teams are often judged on their ability to pick up points when not playing well then Liverpool took another step forward at the Liberty Stadium.Swansea, who are still without a league win since the opening day of the season, deservedly took the lead after eight minutes when Leroy Fer poked home.It took until the second half for Liverpool to wake up and they levelled through Roberto Firmino’s header nine minutes after the restart before taking the lead when Milner coolly side-footed his penalty down the middle of the goal.There was one last heart-stopping moment for the visitors, however, when Swansea’s Mike van der Hoorn found himself unmarked four metres out in stoppage time, but pulled his effort wide, leaving Liverpool to celebrate a fourth straight win.”You need to show every week that you ready to fight for the result,” Klopp said after his side moved two points behind leaders Manchester City, who play Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.Defending set pieces has been an ongoing weakness for Liverpool and Swansea exploited it early when a corner from the left was headed back across goal by Borja Baston for an unmarked Fer to poke home his fourth goal of the season.advertisementThere was no immediate revival from Liverpool and an enthused Swansea should have added a second when Baston headed a Sigurdsson free kick wide from close range.It took until the second half for the momentum to switch as Liverpool levelled with their first real chance of the game. (Also read: Liverpool’s Mamadou Sakho courts controversy with Snapchat outburst)A Liverpool free kick was cleared but the loose ball was looped back into the box by Jordan Henderson and Firmino was in acres of space to head into the bottom corner.It looked like Swansea might hold out but as the seconds ticked away Angel Rangel charged into the back of Firmino and Milner stepped up to score his fourth penalty in the league this season.Van der Hoorn’s miss condemned Swansea to a fourth straight defeat in all competitions, heaping further pressure on manager Francesco Guidolin and leaving them fourth from bottom in the table.”Our team is good but we are not in a good moment,” said Guidolin.”The players gave me a good answer. Our relationship is good.”last_img read more

Blood and sweat: Here are 18 sportsmen with tattoos

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Chapman wows at Bullpen Session

first_imgTAMPA— Aroldis Chapman’s first bullpen session with the New York Yankees quickly turned into quite an event.That what happens to a routine throwing session early in spring training when someone routinely throws over 100 mph.The new closer threw 26 pitches to Brian McCann on Saturday, drawing a large crowd of team officials ranging from general manager Brian Cashman to guest instructor and Hall of Fame reliever Goose Gossage.“I was just getting sun, buddy,” Cashman joked. “I think the fans should be excited by the guys at the back of our bullpen.”Chapman, through a translator, said the throwing session “felt great.”“For me, it’s something that’s normal,” he said. “It doesn’t matter to me who’s watching or who’s not watching. My job is to get the job done and focus on my pitches.”Following the acquisition of Chapman from Cincinnati in December, Andrew Miller is moving from closer to a setup role alongside Dellin Betances.“It hit when we were all in the bullpen,” McCann said. “It’s got a chance to be something special.”Miller converted 36 of 38 save opportunities last season, while Betances had an 1.50 ERA over a career-high 74 games.“It’s a nice luxury,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.The bullpen trio all threw together on mounds behind the right-field corner at Steinbrenner Field, where overhead walkways were lined by fans.Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said Friday that he expects to have a decision within a few days on two of the first three cases covered by the sport’s new domestic violence policy.Major League Baseball has been investigating Chapman, Colorado Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes and Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig.Chapman hopes the decision on his case is nearing.“Honestly, the sooner the better,” Chapman said.Chapman is under investigation for an incident at his house in Florida in October involving his girlfriend. Chapman is alleged to have fired a gun during the incident.Prosecutors declined to file charges. Chapman has said he would appeal any suspension to baseball’s arbitrator, his right under the policy.“I have full trust in Major League Baseball with whatever they decide to be in the best interest of the sport,” Cashman said.OVERSHADOWED BIG MANCC Sabathia was the fourth member of the bullpen group that included Chapman. It was Sabathia’s first outdoor mound session.“Got a little gassed at the end, which is normal,” Sabathia said. “I feel healthy. I feel good.”The left-hander was 6-10 with a 4.73 ERA last year, when he was slowed by his surgically repaired right knee. After returning from the disabled list and using a tighter brace, he went 2-1 with a 2.17 ERA in his last five starts.Sabathia entered an alcohol rehabilitation program last October.NOTES: Girardi joked that you feel “tiny” with Betances (6-foot-8), Miller (6-7), Sabathia (6-6) and Chapman (6-4) on the mound. “Pretty impressive tall group there,” Cashman added. “I should call my buddy at Siena, Jimmy Patsos head basketball coach, and tell him: You need some size, I’ve got size for you.” … Masahiro Tanaka was among the pitchers who ran on a hill that was added on a back field this year.MARK DIDTLER, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

NetSpeed and Esperanto partner to power SoCs for artificial intelligence

first_img Continue Reading Previous Rutronik: advanced touch features for new RX130 MCU familyNext Laird: Web-based Thermal Wizard tool simulates cooling applications NetSpeed Systems and Esperanto Technologies has announced that Esperanto has licensed NetSpeed’s IP and intelligent design environment for its Supercomputer-on-a-Chip for Artificial Intelligence (AI) applications. Esperanto’s 7nm chip will integrate thousands of RISC-V compatible processors each with vector/tensor accelerators and all connected with NetSpeed’s NoC IP.AI applications demand new architectures to meet the need for unprecedented performance, sophisticated functionality and ultra-low power. Interconnect technology is a critical component of these architectures.Esperanto’s high-performance ET-Maxion cores are designed to deliver the highest single thread RISC-V performance. Its ET-Minion™ cores are designed for energy efficiency and high floating point throughput, including vector/tensor acceleration. With thousands of energy efficient 64-bit RISC-V cores on one chip, Esperanto will deliver industry-leading TeraFlops/Watt of scalable computing performance for artificial intelligence, machine learning and other applications.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

BBL 2018-19: Marcus Stoinis laughs off Kane Richardson’s imitation of The Hulk celebration

first_imgMarcus Stoinis was in the thick of things in the Melbourne derby of Big Bash League 2018-19 at the Docklands Stadium in Melbourne. Playing for the Melbourne Stars on Saturday, the Australia all-rounder picked up three wickets and then smashed a 65-ball 70 to help his team move from the last spot to fifth on the table.Stoinis had starred with both the bat and the ball in the three-match ODI series against India. He scored 86 runs, including a match-winning 47 in Sydney, and picked up four wickets even as Australia ended up losing their first bilateral series against India at home.After featuring in the third ODI against India in Melbourne on Friday, Stoinis returned to BBL action the following day and came up with an all-round effort for the Stars against the Melbourne Renegades.Stoinis had become a rage on social media during the ODI series with his “Hulk” celebrations. The all-rounder celebrated his wickets against India by flexing his biceps in a bid to imitate the Marvel character.THE STOIN ???? #AUSvIND (@cricketcomau) January 15, 2019Kane Richardson gets Handscomb, turns to Marcus Stoinis and pulls out the Hulk celebration! ??Don’t poke the bear, Kane! #BBL08 Big Bash League (@BBL) January 19, 2019Kane Richardson got me by surprise: StoinisAnd when Melbourne Renegades pacer Kane Richardson tried to mimic Stoinis in the middle on Saturday, the latter laughed the imitation off.Richardson dismissed Stars batsman Peter Handscomb and then turned towards non-striker, Stonis before coming up with his own version of “the hulk” celebration.advertisement”I just want to put it out there, I love Kane Richardson… I didn’t know he was going to do that but it’s bloody funny I was actually speechless, he got me by surprise, so 1-0 to Kane,” Stoinis told Fox Cricket after the BBL clash.Richardson himself conceded he doesn’t have the physicality of Stoinis to pull off the celebration: “The one-dayer the other day when he got that wicket, he carried on like an absolute goose so I would have preferred if it was him. Look at me, I’m ‘spaghetti arms’ they call me, try to cover them up with tattoos.”The Renegades were restricted to just 121, thanks to Stoinis’s three-wicket haul. The Stars were able to gun down the total with four balls to spare despite the likes of Handscomb, Ben Dunk and captain Glenn Maxwell get out for single-digit scores. Former West Indies all-rounder, Dwayne Bravo slammed a 9-ball 17 to help them cross the finish line.Also read | India vs Australia: MS Dhoni is back with a vengeance, says Allan BorderAlso Read | 3 legends, 1 photo. Australian Open trolled over Federer, Kohli, Anushka photo captionlast_img read more

Manchester United and the mystery of the missing director of football

first_img Read more Reuse this content United display none of that oomph. They are linked with a new player every day, but they have yet to come up with a suitable offer for Crystal Palace’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka. They have wanted a centre-back for a year, but only now have they developed an interest in West Ham’s Issa Diop. You may recall, by the way, Mourinho’s comment when West Ham beat United last September – “Congratulations to the scout who found Diop.”Anyone fluent in José-speak will understand he was really insulting United’s talent-spotters. Diop, signed from Toulouse for £22m last summer, was hardly an unknown. Now, after one season in England, there is talk of United being willing to pay £60m for him. The only problem is West Ham have no intention of selling the Frenchman and, at this rate, it is not hard to imagine United starting next season with Chris Smalling and Phil Jones in central defence.It is a messy situation. Supporters console themselves with the knowledge that Ole is at the wheel. Look closer, though. Unfortunately Solskjær is sitting in one of those stationary kiddie-ride cars found outside supermarkets. It bounces around for a bit. It is exciting for a few seconds. Then it stops. Manchester United have considered a number of directors of football since the José Mourinho era but Ed Woodward has yet to appoint one. Photograph: John Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images You can understand Woodward’s reservations. On the one hand Walsh is the man credited with bringing N’Golo Kanté and Riyad Mahrez to Leicester City. On the other he took the blame for a splurge that resulted in Everton starting the 2017-18 season with 473 creative midfielders and ending it with supporters urging Sam Allardyce to eff off, which is something Walsh might want to gloss over at his next job interview.Back to that insubordinate director, though. Just who is “Sir Alex Ferguson” anyway? And how many commercial deals has he got over the line? The internet offers few clues, though it does suggest this Ferguson character held some kind of important role in United’s football department for quite a long time, only for it to all end in tears when he provided David Moyes with a glowing reference. Honestly. To think they made him a knight of the realm.Best to leave it to Ed the Red, then. Until United do appoint a director of football, that is. Only, weren’t they supposed to have had one in place by now? In fact they were talking about recruiting one for the first time in their history as long ago as last summer, back when José Mourinho was delivering sales pitches like Don Draper, albeit a heavily concussed Don Draper, as he merrily explained why nobody should attend his side’s pre-season friendlies. Share on WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest The thinking was that United needed a smoother recruitment policy and the topic was revisited after Mourinho’s firing in December. Paul Mitchell, previously at Southampton and Tottenham, was mentioned. There were links with Rio Ferdinand the pundit despite zero evidence the former United defender is suited to a demanding, highly specialised job. Darren Fletcher’s name was also thrown into the mix.Yet the search has dragged on and United, wounded after their failure to qualify for the Champions League, are likely to remain reliant on Woodward to negotiate transfers before a season when Everton, Leicester, Watford, West Ham and Wolves will aim to overtake them.It does not have to be this way. At a club short on expertise, however, perhaps it is unsurprising that consistency remains out of reach. Listen to Louis van Gaal explain what a technical director has to do, after all, and you could be forgiven for thinking that implementing a proper system seems like a lot of hard work. “You need knowledge of the game, methods of training, preparation experience, youth education, scouting and you have to think in structures,” the former United manager told the Guardian last month.Van Gaal added that he was never asked about football when he was interviewed for the United job in 2014 and in that context it is possible to see how a club can lurch from a possession-based manager like the Dutchman to a pragmatist like Mourinho, before getting all misty-eyed and appointing Ole Gunnar Solskjær. Topics The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. United do not have to look far to see how clubs benefit when a manager does not have to worry about dysfunction off the pitch. For all their billions City would surely not have attracted Pep Guardiola if they had not put Txiki Begiristain in charge of recruitment first, while Liverpool are a shining example of how to spend wisely and originally. It is unlikely they would have won a sixth European Cup without the inspirational Jürgen Klopp, but there was a reason the German chose to come to Anfield. Klopp is not stupid. Managers of his calibre want a club with a plan.The same applies to players who value career progression above money. Once United were the biggest draw in English football, capable of doing as they pleased. Potential signings need more convincing at the moment.Perhaps Daniel James will turn out to be as canny a signing as Andy Robertson has been for Liverpool. Maybe the former Swansea winger will have Lionel Messi in a headlock in a couple of years. James is untested, though, and remains United’s only signing. By contrast Real Madrid have already spent close to £300m on six players and may yet push for Pogba. Manchester United’s ‘culture’ is overrated. Busby and Ferguson swam against the tide Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest Spare a thought for Ed Woodward. As if Paul Pogba issuing a come-and-get-me plea so unsubtle he might as well have jumped out of a cake in the shape of the Bernabéu was not distracting enough, now there are claims that Manchester United’s executive vice-chairman is having trouble with an unruly director pushing for Steve Walsh to fill the director of football role at Old Trafford. Barney Ronay Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Facebook Share via Email Manchester United comment Sportblog Read more Liverpool and City make X-rated fees normal in scary pursuit of perfectionlast_img read more

Source: Stoke boosts offer for NYCFC’s Harrison

first_imgTransfers Sources: Stoke City boosts offer for Harrison but NYCFC still holding out for more Ives Galarcep @soccerbyives Last updated 1 year ago 01:49 1/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jack Harrison MLS NYCFC 04292017 Greg Bartram Transfers Stoke City New York City MLS Premier League The Premier League club has significantly increased its offer for the New York City FC star and recent England U-21 call-up, sources tell Goal Jack Harrison is still a New York City FC player, but Stoke City is doing everything it can to change that before the January transfer window closes.The Potters have increased their bid for the 21-year-old English winger significantly from the $4.5 million offer first reported by Goal on Saturday. Multiple sources tell Goal that Stoke City has made a $7 million offer, with one source saying Stoke’s bid could push up to $10 million with incentives.The considerable increase comes amid reports of interest from other teams in the Premier League, including West Ham and Leicester City. If Harrison’s eventual transfer does reach the $10 million mark, it would equal Jozy Altidore’s 2008 transfer to Villarreal as the largest fee ever paid for a MLS player. 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 Though the sides have continued negotiations through this week, sources tell Goal a deal has not come close to being finalized yet, with NYCFC eager to secure as large a fee as possible, in part because the club is only due to receive 50 percent of any transfer, with the other 50 percent going to MLS. That percentage would go up to 75 percent for NYCFC after the 2018 season, which has Patrick Vieira’s club pushing for a bigger payout.Even at $7 million, the fee would break the MLS record for a fee paid for a player born outside of the United States, surpassing past sales of Stern John and Jermain Defoe.Harrison, who was born in Stoke before moving to the Bolton area and spending seven seasons in Manchester United’s youth setup, would be the first player sold to a top European league by NYCFC in its brief history.The 21-year-old attacker is coming off an impressive second season as a professional, having recorded 10 goals and six assists, and playing well enough to earn a call-up to the England Under-21 national team last fall.Stoke City is currently locked in a relegation fight, having recently appointed Paul Lambert as its new manager. The Potters climbed out of the relegation zone after Saturday’s 2-0 win against Huddersfield Town.last_img read more

12 hours agoCarlos Vela keen on Barcelona loan move

first_imgCarlos Vela keen on Barcelona loan moveby Carlos Volcano12 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveLos Angeles FC striker Carlos Vela is hopeful of joining Lionel Messi in a loan spell at Barcelona once the MLS season is over.LaLiga giants Barça reportedly considered a left-field move for the former Arsenal and Real Sociedad forward in January as they sought cover for Luis Suárez. Vela told the New York Times: “Who could say no to playing with Messi for four months and then coming back to LA? Enjoy, learn and then come back home.” For now, Vela is focused on LAFC’s playoff campaign and an El Tráfico meeting with LA Galaxy in the Western Conference semi-finals on Thursday.”I have not had the pleasure [of meeting Galaxy striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic],” Vela said, adding: “Maybe the people don’t really love my decision [to play in MLS]. But for me, it was the best option, and I’m really happy that I made it because I am enjoying it.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Puel: No excuses for Leicester City

first_imgClaude Puel insists Leicester City can make no excuses after they suffered a humbling defeat to Newport County in the FA Cup third round.Padraig Amond’s late penalty sent Newport through on Sunday, three minutes after Rachid Ghezzal had cancelled out Jamille Matt’s opener.Leicester dominated at Rodney Parade, with Newport goalkeeper Joe Day in fine form behind the hosts’ stoic defence, while Marc Albrighton – who gave away the penalty – also hit the woodwork. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? But Puel, who may now be back under pressure at Leicester despite a fruitful festive period which included Premier League wins over Chelsea, Manchester City and Everton, says his side should have had the quality to progress.”I think we had a good team with eight who played winning the title with Leicester, and a lot of experienced players and quality on the pitch,” Puel, who made seven changes from the side that beat Everton on New Year’s Day, told reporters.”I think we had enough quality on the pitch to qualify, I don’t want to look for excuses about this.”I think we lost together, we are all together disappointed and frustrated after this game, because it was an objective for us. This competition was important.”Magic of the Cup— The Emirates FA Cup (@EmiratesFACup) January 6, 2019Captain Wes Morgan returned to Leicester’s side after a spell on the sidelines, and rued the visitors’ inability to convert more of their 24 shots at goal.”It was a difficult day,” Morgan told Leicester’s official website. “The magic of the FA Cup happened today, definitely.”I thought we played well, especially the second half. We had loads of half chances in very good positions where we should score.”On another day they all go in, but today it didn’t happen for us. I don’t want to take the shine away from Newport, it’s a big day for them.”I wouldn’t say they deserved it, but they battled to the end. Good luck to them.”last_img read more

Local Government Minister Hands Over Houses to Indigents in Manchester

first_img Studio units were handed over to two indigent persons at Hatfield, in Manchester, on April 25, by Minister of local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie.Mr. Clifton McPherson, who lived on the streets in Mandeville, and wheelchair bound Mr. Denroy Rowe were the happy recipients.The units were constructed by the Manchester Municipal Corporation, but the money will be refunded by the Ministry under its Indigent Housing Programme.“We committed last year to build 28 such facilities across the island, two for each parish. We made a commitment that we are going to build houses that will stand the test of time and we are going to use concrete and steel,” Mr. McKenzie said.“This is the 11th such unit I am opening since we started. We have more under construction and by August of this year, we would have completed the first round of the 28 that were committed, and then we will roll out more than 50 across the country in the new financial year,” the Minister added.Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie (right), takes wheelchair bound Mr. Denroy Rowe, into his new studio unit, which was handed over in Hatfield, Manchester, on April 25. At left is Member of Parliament for the area, Mikael Phillips. Story Highlights The units were constructed by the Manchester Municipal Corporation, but the money will be refunded by the Ministry under its Indigent Housing Programme. Studio units were handed over to two indigent persons at Hatfield, in Manchester, on April 25, by Minister of local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie.center_img Mr. Clifton McPherson, who lived on the streets in Mandeville, and wheelchair bound Mr. Denroy Rowe were the happy recipients. He said the programme is critical because every day he receives many letters and pictures from persons across the island who want to benefit from one of the solutions.Mr. McKenzie said all units are properly equipped with a new bed, table and chairs, two burner gas stove with a cylinder, refrigerator, perimeter fencing, water supply, electricity and a paved driveway.“We ensure that the occupants are monitored almost weekly by the staff of the Poor Relief Department. We do not give them the units and leave them on their own. We have to ensure their safety, otherwise they would be placed in the infirmaries and be treated there; so the houses are an extension of the infirmary and we are committed to ensure that we maintain a very high standard,” the Minister said.He said that an abandoned unit on the property, owned by the Government, will be refurbished and proper kitchen and bathroom facilities added, so that they can continue to advance the conditions of persons who rely on the State.Meanwhile, Mr. Rowe told JIS News that he is grateful for the unit. “I give thanks and praise. Me love it; me feel it in me heart.”The other recipient, Mr. McPherson, was also overjoyed to receive his new house. “I am glad for it, because it was difficult to rest in the nights,” he said.last_img read more

DryShips to Buy Newcastlemax from Economou Entity

first_imgzoomIllustration. Source: Pxhere under CC0 Creative Commons license Greek ship owner and operator DryShips has agreed to acquire a Newcastlemax drybulk carrier for a price of around USD 50 million.The 2017-built unit would be purchased from an entity that owned by George Economou, the company’s Chairman and CEO.DryShips explained that the acquisition includes existing financing in place and will be effected by way of long-term bareboat charter party with purchase obligation.The bulker is expected to be delivered to DryShips in the second quarter of 2019 and in connection with the transaction, an entity owned by Economou has also agreed to time charter the vessel on an index-linked time charter of flexible duration, with optionality for DryShips to convert this index-linked time charter to fixed rate charter.Economou’s TMS Dry would manage the vessel.last_img read more

Department Responds to Aggressive Coyote Incident in Cape Breton Regional Municipality

first_imgDepartment of Natural Resources officials responded to an incident involving an aggressive coyote Tuesday, May 15, in the evening, near Edwardsville, Cape Breton Regional Municipality. A 14-year-old boy was attacked by a coyote on a trail. The animal bit the boy’s leg and buttock. He has been checked by health officials and his wounds are not considered serious. Natural Resources officials are investigating on-site and have called in a trained trapper to remove the animal. “An aggressive encounter with a coyote is unusual and our department is taking the incident seriously,” said Charlie Parker, Minister of Natural Resources. “We’re investigating the incident and our main priority is to do whatever is possible to ensure Nova Scotians are safe.” Department officials remind Nova Scotians that when faced with an aggressive coyote they should remember the acronym BAM — Back away, Act big, and Make noise. If attacked, the person should use whatever is available to defend themselves. The Department of Natural Resources has a four-part program to deal with aggressive coyotes that threaten human safety. There are 13 experienced trappers across the province ready to deal with situations where aggressive coyotes must be removed. The department has a wildlife conflict biologist as of July 2010, and staff continue to provide public education. Educational materials were developed for Nova Scotians and public schools. Final numbers of coyote pelts taken under the province’s pelt incentive initiative during the latest trapping season will be available in the coming weeks, which will help the department examine the effectiveness of the program in changing aggressive coyote behavior over the long term.last_img read more

New York Sephardic Music Festival to Take Place August 24-28

Rabat – Sephardic music’s unique, age-old sound is coming to the United states in a rare showcase. New York’s Sephardic Music Festival will take place from August 24 – 28, featuring world-renowned artists in the ancient music genre. The ancient music of the Sephardi Jews, who originated from medieval Spain and Portugal, is gaining prominence with music-lovers across the world as evidenced by Sephardic music festivals around the world. This year’s American Sephardic Music Festival will take place at the Center for Jewish History in New York City on August 24, 27, and 28.David Serero, the event’s artistic director, expressed his excitement and gratitude that the event would take place in New York. “It’s thanks to my collaboration and friendship with the American Sephardi Federation, and its amazing director Jason Guberman, that this event is taking place,” he said. Diverse performances by world-class artists will be heard at the festival, which aims to preserve and promote the history, traditions, and culture of Greater Sephardic communities.  “This is the very first edition of this unique festival,” said Serero. “We’re combining Sephardi artists from different musical backgrounds. This combination brings not only the most notable Sephardi artists, but an exceptional atmosphere.”Headlining artists include Francoise Atlan, one of the most renowned artists in the world for Andalusian music, and Gerard Edery, a classically renowned Sephardi musician. Alongside the more traditional music on offer, the artistic director revealed there would be newer influences too. “These artists will perform sets that they’ve never shown before, as well as some of their classics.”“The mission of this festival is to bring talents from all over the world who showcase the Sephardic music from yesterday but with a modern touch,” concluded Serero. “I’m very proud to bring this variety of Sephardic music presented from pure Sephardic songs to the mix of Arabic and Jazz. That’s the way I love doing and presenting classics.” read more

Sri Lanka joint UNgovernment assessment begins in floodaffected areas

12 November 2010United Nations agencies have begun a joint assessment mission with the Government of Sri Lanka after record rains caused flash floods in parts of the capital, Colombo, and other areas. The floods, which have affected several districts, have been caused by what is reportedly the heaviest rainfall in Colombo in 18 years, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported. Nearly 186,900 people, the majority of them in Colombo, have been affected as of 11 November, according to the National Disaster Management Centre (DMC). The DMC is carrying out a rapid assessment together with the UN World Food Programme (WFP), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), and OCHA.According to media reports, the flooding has left tens of thousands of families homeless, disrupted traffic and submerged the country’s Parliament in four feet of water. read more

GPF mourning the loss of inspector who died in accident

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPolice Constable dies following accident in BerbiceMay 19, 2017In “latest news”Woman succumbs to injuries following vehicular accident with ConstableAugust 17, 2017In “Crime”Woman dies in Bee Hive accident involving copOctober 29, 2018In “Crime” The Guyana Police Force (GPF) says it is mourning the death of inspector Ian Welch who died in an accident on Tuesday afternoon around 17:15hrs at “Rattle Snake Hill,Trail Road, Central Rupununi.”Dead: Inspector Ian WelchAccording to information from the police, Welch and three other officers were in the police vehicle, on patrol duty, being driven by constable Lyzandel Northe when the vehicle experienced a ‘blow out’ of its right rear wheel, after which the driver reportedly lost control and the vehicle turned-turtle twice before it came to a halt.The driver, constable Northe along with corporal Fitzgerald Adolphus, special constable Ryan Doris and rural constable Chavez Francis all received minor injuries, were treated and are being kept for observation at the Lethem Regional Hospital.Inspector Welch however, who was seated in the front of the vehicle sustained severe injuries and was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.Welch ,38, of Rose Hall Town ,Corentyne, Berbice was married and joined the Force on May 5,1999.According to the GPF he was recently recognized after being adjudged the third place winner of their Quarterly Essay Competition.Welch’s body is currently at the hospital’s mortuary and a post mortem examination is expected to be done today.Investigations are currently ongoing. read more

15320 FANS WATCHED BARCELONA Minsk set a new record

handball fanshandball recordsminskminsk handball The best team of Belarus, HC Dinamo Minsk struggling to find way to the VELUX EHF Champions League TOP 16 this season, but team of Slovenian coach Boris Denic made one record almost unbeatable before the VELUX EHF F4 in German city of Cologne. Match of the Round 5 against FC Barcelona 25:35 attracted 15.320 fans in “Minsk Arena”….Babichev scored 6 goals for home team, while Siarhei Rutenka had no mercy against compatriots, scored 8 goals, one more than Kiril Lazarov. ← Previous Story VOTE FOR THE WORLD’S BEST COACH 2013! Next Story → EHF CL: Vardar wins historic Champions League derby against Metalurg read more

VIDEO Superb goal by Jessica Quintino

← Previous Story DENMARK 2015: Russia and Denmark on 100% Next Story → DENMARK 2015: Brazil secures eight-finals spot against Germany! Goal of the Day at 22nd IHF World Championship in Denmark was a master-piece of Brazilian lefthander Jessica Quintino. She scored goal against German goalie Clara Woltering in “Abalo style”, one of her five which was enough for the win – 24:21.Take a look… Jessica Quintino

AsianAmerican band The Slants takes copyright case to Supreme Court

first_img Share6 Tweet Email 23 Comments Image: Gage Skidmore via CC/Wikimedia The Slants The Slants Image: Gage Skidmore via CC/Wikimedia Asian-American band The Slants takes copyright case to Supreme Court The US Patent Office says their name is offensive. By AFP center_img 18,803 Views Jan 18th 2017, 10:32 PM Wednesday 18 Jan 2017, 10:32 PM THE US SUPREME Court today took on the loaded issue of language deemed racist as it heard pleas of a rock band – The Slants – to trademark its name.The case could have an impact on more prominent ones in the United States, notably the ongoing controversy over the US capital’s football team, the Washington Redskins, which many Native Americans find offensive.The eight justices appeared undecided as they heard arguments in a case that pits the US Constitution’s sacrosanct First Amendment, which guarantees freedom of speech, against the United States Patent and Trademark Office, considered the world’s most influential body of its sort.The Slants, who enjoy a following in alternative rock circles on the US West Coast with their electroclash sound, consist of four Asian Americans.When the band’s founder, Simon Tam, tried to register the name with the patent office, the agency refused to do so on the grounds that it was derogatory.The word slant is “a negative term regarding the shape of the eyes of certain persons of Asian descent” that has a “long history of being used to deride and mock a physical feature of those individuals,” a lawyer for the patent office ruled.The Slants have since taken on an activist role, while ironically calling themselves The Band Who Must Not Be Named in a reference to Harry Potter villain Lord Voldemort.The band said it is hoping to take back the term in the same way that some African-Americans have embraced the offensive N-word when speaking of themselves.Diverse supportTam, speaking to AFP after the hearing, said the patent office could not find “a single Asian American who found it disparaging” and boasted of community support, including from Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II.“Asian Americans have been using the term slant in a self-referential, empowering way for decades now,” Tam said.The decade-old band from Portland, Oregon has frequently taken a provocative approach to racial identity. One work is called The Yellow Album – a play on The Beatles’ White Album.The rockers have found broad support, including from the American Civil Liberties Union, which staunchly defends freedom of expression, and the premier business lobby, the US Chamber of Commerce.Other backers include Dykes on Bikes, a group of lesbian motorcyclists who managed to register the name after five years of fighting but is still battling to make its logo official.- © AFP, 2017Read: Former US president George Bush Sr in intensive care due to respiratory illness Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more