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NSCN-IM counters ‘genocide’ charge

first_imgThe Isak-Muivah faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-IM) has termed as baseless the “accusation” by the Kuki tribal group that it was responsible for ethnic cleansing in Manipur more than two decades ago.The Kuki-Naga conflict in the 1990s was “started by the Kukis”, the outfit said and reminded the Kukis that observing a black day on September 13 to mark the massacre of 115 people in Senapati district of Manipur in 1993 would never ensure harmonious coexistence but increase the animosity between the Nagas and the Kukis. “As a matter of fact, the Kukis started the Naga-Kuki conflict in 1992 which compelled the Nagas to form the Naga Lim Guard (NLG) for self-defence; otherwise, the marauding Kukis might have displaced more Naga villages and taken the lives of more innnocent Nagas,” the NSCN-IM said in a statement, asserting that the Kukis’ bid to capture the strategic Moreh (on Manipur-Myanmar border) was the root cause of the conflict.The NSCN-IM considers Moreh, a major border trade town, to be a part of the Khurmi region of Nagaland. “The Kukis invited the trouble and the Nagas were victimised instead,” the NSCN-IM said, denying any hand in the Naga-Kuki conflict during 1992-1997.“It was the NLG formed by the Naga villages which resisted the Kuki onslaught and aggression,” the NSCN-IM said. Both Nagas and Kukis suffered in terms of casualty with neither community claiming victory or defeat, it added.The Kukis claim the pogrom unleashed by the NSCN-IM killed more than 1,000 of their tribes people and displaced more than 1,00,000 people internally between 1992 and 1996.“The NSCN-IN is good in lying,” said S. Doungel, spokesperson of an apex Kuki group in Manipur.last_img read more

Electronic Smog Disorients European Robins

first_imgThe traffic reports on AM radio might help humans navigate, but the electromagnetic waves they travel on could have the opposite effect on birds. A 7-year investigation has discovered that radio waves disrupt the piloting systems of migratory European robins. The work, experts say, provides convincing evidence that such transmissions can alter animal behavior.For decades, people have feared that cellphones, power lines, and other sources of electromagnetic radiation might harm both human health and nature. But don’t fret. Your cellphones are still safe to use in the wild. “Modern-day charlatans will try to exploit this study to claim that cellphone radiation causes damage, but it’s not screwing up the robins,” says geobiologist Joseph Kirschvink of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, who was not involved in the study. “It’s telling them to use a different sense.”European robins, like many migratory birds, can navigate via Earth’s magnetic fields—but they don’t have to. Scientists have known for 30 years that robins’ magnetosense deactivates when it might lead them astray, for instance if they hit a spot where Earth’s geomagnetic field dramatically changes strength. 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During the spring and autumn, the birds’ urge to travel is so strong that captured individuals will reflexively start jumping in the direction of their migration, even scratching up the bottom of their cages. But when the robins were held in wooden huts on campus, they were suddenly clueless as to which way they were supposed to be going.So the researchers started experimenting to see why the birds’ compasses appeared to have shut off. Change their food? No difference. Tweak their sleep cycles with artificial lighting? Nada. Finally, they started wondering if the magnetic fields produced by electronic devices on campus might be the culprit.To find out, the researchers installed aluminum wallpaper inside the birds’ wooden huts. The metal sidings were linked by means of wires to metal rods buried in the dirt outside. When electromagnetic noise struck the aluminum, it was soaked up and passed into the land. Known as “grounding,” this canceled out the electromagnetic noise coming through the huts’ walls, leaving a signal from only Earth’s magnetic field. After the screens were built, the robins aligned in the right direction, the team reports online today in Nature. But when the shields were switched off, the birds became disoriented again.Given the skepticism surrounding prior research into electromagnetic noise and animal habits, the project leaders used double-blind experiments to replicate the finding. Undergraduate and graduate volunteers ran the trials. Some worked in wooden huts with the shields turned on, while others had them off—but to eliminate bias, the students didn’t know who was working where.“We added a number of securities to protect ourselves from wishful thinking,” says neurosensory biologist Henrik Mouritsen of the University of Oldenburg, who led the study. “The conditions were repeated with different generations of students, and experiments were blinded on all levels.”Artificially reintroducing magnetic fields into a screened hut allowed the researchers to pinpoint possible sources of the misguiding noise. The most disorienting electromagnetic noise had frequencies matching those produced by AM radio stations and small devices like electronic article surveillance—those little magnetic tags for clothing at department stores. This is 1000 times less powerful than the frequencies emitted by cellphones and 400 times higher than those produced by power lines. Moving the birds to a rural location without electronic noise immediately restored their navigation skills.European migratory bird populations are declining. Though habitat destruction is the main suspect, the findings raise questions as to whether humanmade electromagnetic pollution from radio stations and home electronics is a general problem across Europe, or if this phenomenon is specific to Oldenburg.“I just wonder where this strong field originates,” says retired zoologist Roswitha Wiltschko, who co-discovered the avian magnetic compass with her husband Wolfgang in the 1970s and who was not involved in the work. “We were doing these experiments in the central district of Frankfurt, a major city, and we never had problems with magnetic fields disrupting the orientation of our birds.” Wiltschko feels the study is “really well done” but thinks more research is needed before claiming that this is a general occurrence.If it is, the effect should be short-ranged and limited to within 5 to 10 km of AM stations, says Kirschvink, who thinks that birds may have evolved this off switch for their magnetic compass long before Guglielmo Marconi invented the radio in order to combat radiation fluxes created by the sun’s activity.last_img read more

Federer, Nadal drawn for Wimbledon final, 11 years after 1st

first_imgRafael Nadal of Spain (left) and Roger Federer of Switzerland (right) pose with their trophies after Federer defeated Nadal in the men’s final match on day 14 of the Miami Open at Crandon Park Tennis Center on April 2, 2017 in Key Biscayne, Florida. Rob Foldy/Getty Images/AFPLONDON — Like a couple of old friends gathering for a reunion, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal could face each other in the Wimbledon final more than a decade after their first such meeting.The draw at the All England Club on Friday established plenty of intriguing matchups along the way, too, including what appears to be a particularly tricky path for three-time champion Novak Djokovic, who’s been struggling for much of the past 12 months or so.ADVERTISEMENT Murray’s spot at No. 1 in the ATP rankings is up for grabs this fortnight: He, Nadal, Wawrinka or Djokovic could all leave the All England Club with the top spot.The WTA No. 1 ranking, which currently belongs to Angelique Kerber, also could change hands at tournament’s end. Four other women have a chance to take it: Karolina Pliskova, Simona Halep, Elina Svitolina and Caroline Wozniacki, who already has spent time at No. 1.The potential women’s quarterfinals are Kerber vs. Svetlanta Kuznetsova in a matchup between a pair of two-time major champions; 2016 U.S. Open runner-up Pliskova vs. two-time U.S. Open finalist Wozniacki; Svitolina vs. Dominika Cibulkova; and Halep vs. Johanna Konta, Britain’s best hope for its first women’s champion since Virginia Wade in 1977.Konta withdrew from a grass-court tuneup in Eastbourne on Friday after hurting herself during a fall a day earlier, when she pulled off two big victories in one day after rain had jumbled the schedule, beating Kerber and French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko.Five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams, seeded 10th in her 20th appearance at the tournament, was drawn to face Elise Mertens of Belgium in the first round. A publicist for Williams said that the former No. 1 will play at Wimbledon after a police report in Florida said the tennis star caused a car crash in early June that led to the death, two weeks later, of a passenger in another vehicle.ADVERTISEMENT Venus Williams sued by estate of man fatally hurt in crash Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Djokovic will start against big-hitting Martin Klizan, and then could face another power player in the third round: 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro, who stunned the Serb at the Rio Olympics last year. Get past that, and Djokovic might play the mercurial Gael Monfils or Fernando Lopez, who is coming off a grass-court title at Queen’s Club. His quarterfinal foe could be Dominic Thiem, who eliminated Djokovic in straight sets at the French Open.Other potential men’s quarterfinals are seven-time champion Federer against 2016 runner-up Milos Raonic, who beat Federer in last year’s semifinals; two-time winner Nadal against 2014 U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic; and defending champ Andy Murray against three-time major titlist Stan Wawrinka.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsIf the seedings hold, Federer would meet Djokovic in the semifinals, with Nadal taking on Murray. That quartet has combined to win each of the past 14 titles at Wimbledon; Federer beat Nadal in the 2006 and 2007 finals, then lost to him in the 2008 title match .Federer turns 36 on Aug. 8, and Nadal just turned 31, but both are back to playing quite well this year. They met in the Australian Open final in January, won by Federer, and Nadal earned his record 10th French Open title in June. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend MOST READ View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ What ‘missteps’? China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Williams and Petra Kvitova, who won Wimbledon in 2011 and 2014, are the only two past champions in the women’s field: Williams’ sister, Serena, is taking the rest of the year off because she is pregnant, while Maria Sharapova is injured.Victoria Azarenka, a former No. 1 and two-time Australian Open champion, is appearing in a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in more than a year after giving birth to her first child. Her first-round match should be interesting — it’s against 18-year-old CiCi Bellis, an up-and-coming Californian. The winner could eventually take on Halep in the fourth round.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Bangalore: NADA gets hold of ‘suspicious’ items at SAI centre

first_imgAs part of the strategy to nail dope cheats, National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) officials came unannounced at the Bangalore centre of the Sports Authority of India (SAI) on Monday and raided the rooms of athletes and coaches. The NADA team, headed by project officer V Jayaraman, found four supplements that were not supplied by the SAI.”The NADA team also collected samples of four supplements from the hostel rooms that were not supplied by the SAI. The samples have been seized and will be brought back to Delhi for testing at the National Dope-Testing Laboratory,” a source told MAIL TODAY on Monday.The NADA officials, including a lady doctor, took the athletes at the Bangalore centre by surprise when they began searching the hostel rooms and collected urine samples of 20 swimmers and weightlifters. A four-member NADA team had earlier made a surprise visit to the National Institute of Sports (NIS), Patiala, on Saturday and returned with 22 samples.The raids come in the backdrop of eight positive dope cases among Indian athletes, including Ashwini Akkunji, Mandeep Kaur and Sini Jose who won gold medals at the Delhi Commonwealth and Asian Games last year. “The NADA team reached the SAI centre at 8:00am and checked rooms of athletes and coaches for banned substances and also took urine samples on a random basis,” read a statement from NADA director general Rahul Bhatnagar.”The team checked 51 rooms in the hostels, belonging to 30 women and 21 men. Samples of food supplements and other medicines found in four rooms were sealed and will be brought for testing. Twenty urine samples of weightlifters and swimmers were also taken on a random basis and will be sent to NDTL for testing,” Bhatnagar added.advertisementIt is alleged that coaches and support staff have a role in facilitating doping among athletes, and this was the reason that the rooms of coaches were also searched by the NADA team.’B’ samples return positiveAsian Games double gold medallist Ashwini Akkunji faces a two-year ban after her ‘B’ sample test returned positive for anabolic steroid methandienone on Monday. Another quarter-miler Priyanka Panwar, who, along with Ashwini, was pulled out of India’s squad for the Asian Athletics Championships in Kobe at the eleventh hour after failing a dope test, also had her ‘B’ sample returning positive.The NADA has notified the athletics federation and asked the chairman of the national anti-doping disciplinary panel to fix a date for the hearing of the two athletes.last_img read more

5 athletes suspended for dope violations

first_imgHammer thrower Harvinder Singh Dagar and discus thrower Kripal Singh have been handed two-year suspensions for antidoping rule violations during April’s Federation Cup at Patiala.Both athletes had recorded their personal best efforts during the meet. Dagar, a national champion last year, argued that he took the same supplements which he had consumed at the National Inter-State Championship in Bangalore where he did not test positive.The panel, chaired by RS Chauhan, found him guilty of breach of Article 2.1 which states that it is the duty of an athlete to ensure that no prohibited substance enters his body.Kripal, an inter-university champion and a silver medallist at the Ranchi National Games, did not challenge the laboratory findings.Sachin Kumar, a 400m runner who tested positive during the junior Fed Cup Athletics Championship in March, was also suspended for two years.Weightlifter Taranbir Singh, who tested positive for Methyl Prednisolone, during the All India Police (wrestling cluster) Championship, was suspended for six months after the panel took his poor family background into account.Another wrestler, Sombir had tested positive for methylhexamine and mephentermine during the same event and was handed a two- year ban.last_img read more

Wimbledon 2017: Rafael Nadal cruises into fourth round

first_imgRafael Nadal is on his way to the fourth round at Wimbledon, and he’s three matches away from taking over as the No. 1 player in the world.Nadal beat Karen Khachanov of Russia 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 (3) Friday on Centre Court. If he reaches the final at the All England Club, the two-time Wimbledon champion will take over from Andy Murray as the top-ranked player in the world.”First set and a half, I think, was very, very well. Very happy (with) the way that I played,” Nadal said in a television interview after walking off court. “Then it was a little bit tougher. I think I stopped a little bit with the legs and he started to hit stronger, but he’s still a tough opponent and it’s impossible to win easy.”Nadal was playing in front of several sports stars seated in the Royal Box. One of them was Sergio Garcia, the Spanish golfer who was wearing his green Masters jacket.”He’s having an amazing season, especially with that victory, amazing victory in the Masters,” Nadal said. “So, just great to see him and thanks for coming.”Nadal is having a pretty good season, too. He reached the Australian Open final, losing to Roger Federer, and won the French Open. The title at Roland Garros was his 10th at the clay-court major.On Monday, Nadal will face Gilles Muller in the fourth round. Muller beat Nadal at the All England Club in 2005, but the Spaniard got one back in 2011. That was the last time Nadal got past the fourth round at Wimbledon, reaching the final but losing to Novak Djokovic.advertisement”He’s a specialist on grass,” Nadal said of Muller. “Probably his best surface, without a doubt.”Murray was next on Centre Court against Fabio Fognini.Earlier Friday, Victoria Azarenka extended her Grand Slam comeback into the second week.The former No. 1 from Belarus, who gave birth to her first child in December, advanced to the fourth round by beating Heather Watson 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 on Centre Court.Azarenka also lost the first set in her opening match, but that was only her third match since her return. Friday’s match was her fifth.”This is the matches that you’re looking for,” Azarenka said, “try to find a way when not everything goes great.”The two-time Grand Slam champion will next face Simona Halep on Monday in the fourth round. The second-seeded Romanian beat Peng Shuai 6-4, 7-6 (7).Fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina, sixth-seeded Johanna Konta, 21st-seeded Caroline Garcia and 27th-seeded Ana Konjuh also reached the fourth round.For the men, ninth-seeded Kei Nishikori was eliminated. The 2014 U.S. Open finalist lost to Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 7-6 (3), 3-6, 6-3.”I couldn’t maintain my level high enough,” Nishikori said. “He served well every set. Was really tough time (on) my return game.”Marin Cilic, the man who beat Nishikori in that U.S. Open final, advanced to the third round by beating Steve Johnson 6-4, 7-6 (3), 6-4. The seventh-seeded Croat will next face Bautista Agut on Monday.last_img read more

F1 season ends and building of the broadcasting paywall begins

first_imgShare on Messenger While Lewis Hamilton performed his doughnuts in front of the grandstand and then removed his fireproof vest in order to display his tattoos on the podium in Abu Dhabi on Sunday night, Channel 4’s lineup of commentators, presenters and analysts were packing their bags, having broadcast the race to an average audience of 2.3 million, as live grand prix coverage in Britain prepared to disappear behind a paywall. Share on Facebook Reuse this content … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. 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Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Read more F1’s halo device not under question after Nico Hülkenberg’s Abu Dhabi crash Meanwhile, F1 will have to keep an eye on Formula E, the all-electric single-seater series now about to start a fifth season with the involvement of major manufacturers who can see the future heading their way. It has a new car with increased battery power and better looks, a schedule of races in photogenic cities from Marrakesh to Berlin, and now a deal with the BBC for free-to-air live transmission via the red button, plus one live race on BBC2.Given recent events, the choice of Ad Diriyah in Saudi Arabia might not be ideal for the opening round on 15 December. But at a time when so much sport is competing for attention, there’s something to be said for free access to a series that genuinely wants to increase its audience rather than just pocket vast amounts of dosh. Since you’re here… Sky plc Share via Email Support The Guardian Formula One Sports rights Formula One 2018 But then you see the level of detailed technical analysis provided by Anthony Davidson, whose career as a participant in the sport – like that of Simon Hughes in cricket – stopped just short of the very highest level of achievement. Or the post-race debrief provided by Ted Kravitz, who wanders through the paddock as the teams pack up, consulting his notebook to provide a concise, colourful and perceptive summary of each team’s performance that day, from the front of the grid to the back. I don’t suppose Kravitz has ever built a racing car with his bare hands, but in every other way he is the John Bolster of the 21st century.Nevertheless, Liberty Media, which bought Formula One’s commercial rights from a private equity company and promptly showed Ecclestone the door, is inheriting the probability of a further drop in audience ratings, following a sharp downward trend that began when Sky entered the picture and the free-to-air window started to close. For the owners, as for Ecclestone, the upside is the guaranteed income.Liberty Media’s strategy varies from country to country – in Germany, for instance, pay-TV has been abandoned in favour of a lucrative arrangement with a terrestrial network – but its long-term plan appears to be the provision of coverage via its own streaming service. Although this is not yet possible in those territories, such as Britain, where there is an existing deal with a broadcaster, it plans to start it up next season in the Netherlands, where a huge following makes Max Verstappen a key future box-office attraction. It remains to be seen whether the chance to switch between live onboard cameras and team radio from all 20 cars will prove attractive enough to compensate for the final erosion of any kind of editorial independence.Going for immediate revenue above all other considerations risks damaging the already shaky ecology of Formula One. The announcement of a new race in Hanoi fits in with the old regime’s policy of taking vast amounts of cash from places that want F1’s prestige without having a base of support, but the policy also threatens to stretch, in both financial and human terms, the ability of the teams to cope with an already overcrowded calendar. comment Topics Sportblog Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter For viewers in the country where 70% of the cars on the grid are built, the only exception next year will be the British Grand Prix, the crumb of comfort for Channel 4 to go along with a one-year deal for a highlights programme. Given that the owners of Silverstone recently triggered the exit clause from their contract with Formula One, the 2019 race could even be the last round of the world championship to be held in Britain. And that would mean no live free-to-air grand prix racing on British television at all.The deal to grant Sky exclusive rights, for a fee of around £1.2bn over five years, was made by Bernie Ecclestone. In many ways Formula One is better off without a ringmaster who clung to power as tenaciously as Gordon Taylor is doing. Had Ecclestone still been in charge, however, he might now have been looking for a way to preserve the bigger audience that sponsors and advertisers always want. But that gift for manoeuvrability has gone with him.So Formula One finds itself in the position of Test cricket, the Ryder Cup, the Premier League, World Cup skiing and England’s home rugby matches – available in Britain only to those with a subscription. Now it waits to find out whether it will prosper, as the Premier League has undoubtedly done, or suffer in the manner of Test cricket, which retains a following but has lost a certain position in the national life.For those with access to Sky, the satellite channel will no doubt continue to bring unprecedented resources to bear on the sport. There are aspects that stretch the patience, like the rushed and inane encounters of the grid walk and the plethora of pensioned-off drivers saying nothing very much. Sometimes it makes one yearn for the distinctive BBC commentary of Raymond Baxter or Murray Walker, who were enthusiasts before they became broadcasters, the bullshit-free observations of James Hunt, or even the ruminations of John Bolster, with his deerstalker hat and “roving microphone”, who could peer at the innards of a Connaught or a Maserati and know exactly what he was looking at, since he had built and raced his own cars in the 1930s. 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Way Shane Watson batted we couldn’t really do much: Bhuvneshwar Kumar after CSK beat SRH

first_img Harbhajan Singh (CHE) H. Singh (CHE) 175/3 Match Ended Bhuvneshwar Kumar (HYD) B. Kumar (HYD) Toss: CHE elected to field – Series Status: Player Of The Match: Shane Watson (19.5) Match Ended Indian Premier League, 2019 Time: (GMT) | 20:00 (Local Time) Chennai beat Hyderabad by 6 wickets (20.0) Scorecard Chennai Top Batsmen Top Batsmen Shane Watson (CHE) S. Watson (CHE) Way Shane Watson batted we couldn’t really do much: Bhuvneshwar Kumar after CSK beat SRHIPL 2019: Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper Bhuvneshwar Kumar conceded that there was little that his team could do after the way Shane Watson batted on Tuesday. 176/4 vs Indian Premier League, 2019 175/3 graphscenter_img Indian Premier League, 2019, Match 41 Hyderabad HYD advertisement 2/39 (4) (20.0) 96 (53) Manish Pandey (HYD) M. Pandey (HYD) 83 (49) Top Bowlers Top Bowlers Hyderabad view more view less commentary (19.5) Chennai CHE Referee: Vengalil Narayanan Kutty (IND) Umpires: Nigel Llong (ENG), Anil Chaudhary (IND) and Vineet Kulkarni (IND) Super Over No data available! 1/18 (4) 176/4 Indo-Asian News Service ChennaiApril 24, 2019UPDATED: April 24, 2019 10:27 IST Shane Watson scored 96 to help CSK beat SRh by 6 wickets (Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSSunrisers Hyderabad lost to Chennai Super Kings by 6 wicketsSRH are placed at the fifth spot with 10 points from 10 gamesBhuvneshwar Kumar said that credit must be given to Shane WatsonAfter facing two consecutive losses, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) returned to winning ways in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) by convincingly defeating Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by six wickets at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.Chasing 176 on Tuesday, CSK rode on a brilliant 96-run knock from their veteran batsman Shane Watson to once again move to the top of the points table. Watson, who took 53 balls and hit nine fours and six sixes, however, missed out on a fifth IPL hundred as Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1/18) got his wicket.Earlier, Manish Pandey remained unbeaten on 83 with the help of seven fours and three sixes but could not lead his team to an imposing total as Sunrisers managed only 51 runs in the last six overs after Warner’s dismissal as Sunrisers managed 175/3 in their stipulated quota of 20 overs.”It was a par score on that wicket. There was dew on the ground but that didn’t really bother us. The way Watson batted we couldn’t really do much. The credit goes to Watson,” Kumar said at the post-match presentation ceremony.SRH failed to give a fitting farewell to their explosive opener Jonny Bairstow, who will be leaving for England to attend the World Cup camp. The stand-in skipper acknowledged the fact that the team would miss Bairstow.”We will obviously miss Bairstow, but we have players in the squad who can replace him,” he said.SRH are currently placed at the fifth spot with 10 points from 10 games. They next will travel to Jaipur to face Rajasthan Royals, who are almost out of the tournament.advertisement”We have three away games now out of four and we have to win those games to qualify. We have to be our best to defeat RR,” Kumar said.Also Read | Shane Watson 96 destroys SRH, fires Chennai Super Kings back to topAlso Read | I was due, says Shane Watson after classy 96 vs Sunrisers HyderabadFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow Shane WatsonFollow Bhuvneshwar KumarFollow CSKFollow SRHFollow Sunrisers HyderabadFollow Chennai Super Kingslast_img read more

NPSC Gets Helping Hand from NCB

first_img The sponsorship will also be utilized to assist NPSC with its activities for Parent Month. NPSC initiatives have been bolstered by a $5 million sponsorship from the NCB. A slew of activities have been planned towards parental support and the betterment of families. Story Highlights The National Parenting Support Commission’s (NPSC) initiatives have been bolstered by a $5 million sponsorship from the National Commercial Bank (NCB), in cash and kind over the next two years.The sponsorship will also be utilized to assist NPSC with its activities for Parent Month, which is being observed in November, under the theme: ‘Transforming Families Through Communication Awareness Resources’.A slew of activities have been planned towards parental support and the betterment of families.“We are proud and pleased to partner on these initiatives.  NCB’s role is advancing the national agenda and the national cause. As financial partners, we have a vested interest as the national bank of Jamaica, because when you have sound citizens you have a better cadre of persons to lend [money] to,” NCB’s Manager for Group Corporate Communications, Belinda Williams, said at a recent JIS ‘Think Tank’.Mrs. Williams said that NCB understands the complexity of the need to change behaviour. “We understand too that there is globalization; and there are community and societal differences and norms that we have to address as well.  We operate within the communities and we understand the socio concerns of the communities which we serve, so this puts us in a position as responsible agents to be proactive,” she added.Meanwhile, Executive Director of the NPSC, Dr. Patrece Charles, said that the Commission is grateful for the support from NCB and other stakeholders.According to Dr. Charles, the NPSC’s main mandate is to streamline and co-ordinate all the parenting organisations in Jamaica.  “We work closely with the Early Childhood Commission (ECC), the Ministry of Labour and Social Security’s PATH programme and family courts, so that we can find a way to make parents more responsible in looking after their children,” she explained.She noted that strategic activities aimed at behaviour change, have been planned for Parent Month.“The flagship event of the Month will be a Parenting Village that will be hosted on Saturday, November 9, at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre. The whole concept of the Parenting Village will have elements of this year’s theme ‘Transforming Families Through Communication Awareness Resources’, which we will call the CARE,” Dr. Charles said.“One of the highlights of the village will be a Parenting Pub, which is actually going to be set up identical to an English Pub. We are going to have round table talks, parents will be discussing current issues that affect parenting skills, and we are also going to give them tips and conduct mini workshops,” she pointed out.In addition to the Parenting Village, the NPSC will host a series of Forums and Parenting Expos in the various Education Regions, and a National Assembly of Parents islandwide, in all schools.The month-long observation will culminate with the National Parent Teachers Association of Jamaica Conference and Expo, to be held at Jamaica College on Saturday, November 30.The Commission oversees the implementation and operation of the National Parenting Policy. The policy defines effective parenting from a Jamaican perspective and sets out the Government’s approach to supporting and strengthening positive parenting practices.last_img read more

Three Miles Bypass to be Completed in Two Weeks

first_img“We are just about complete with the sub-base and base works and the curb and sidewalk installation along Chesterfield Drive itself; we are about 90 per cent complete with those. We are scheduled to begin pavement works in the upcoming week and an additional two weeks for completion from today, that’s what our target is,” she told JIS News.Ms. Lawson told JIS News that heavy rains had delayed work on the project, which was originally scheduled to be delivered a month after the start date of September 17.“It was a time when we had significant rainfall in that area, and so this project was being implemented in the height of one of our rainiest periods, and that affected works there,” she pointed out.The road is being built alongside the existing rail line that runs between the Caymanas area and Marcus Garvey Drive. It will create a dedicated access route to Marcus Garvey Drive for traffic coming from the Mandela Highway.The US$1-million project is being funded under the Major Infrastructure Development Programme (MIDP) and is being built by China Harbour Engineering Company Limited (CHEC).The Three Miles area has been closed to vehicular traffic to facilitate continued road-improvement works. The new US$1-million bypass for Three Miles in St. Andrew that is being constructed to help ease traffic congestion in the Corporate Area should be completed within the next two weeks.The two-lane 1.5-kilometres roadway is part of the Government’s overall road development and traffic management programme and will link Chesterfield Drive, off Spanish Town Road, to Marcus Garvey Drive.Senior Communications and Customer Services Officer at the National Works Agency (NWA), Ramona Lawson, told JIS News in an interview on Friday (November 9) that the project is about 68 per cent complete.“Based on where we are now, and barring any unforeseen circumstances, such as rain, for example, we should be delivering that in another two weeks,” she said.Ms. Lawson noted that several aspects of the project, including the drainage improvement works, culvert installation and construction of two bailey bridges, have been completed.Work is steadily progressing on a section of the new US$1-million bypass for Three Miles in St. Andrew. The road will link Chesterfield Drive, off Spanish Town Road to Marcus Garvey Drive. The US$1-million project is being funded under the Major Infrastructure Development Programme (MIDP) and is being built by China Harbour Engineering Company Limited (CHEC).last_img read more

Victim identified in fatal shooting

Police have identified the victim of a fatal shooting at a Hamilton apartment building on Friday as 21-year-old Wor Yahana Wur from Mississauga.Camiche Lual, 23, has been charged with second degree murder. Paramedics and police were called around 4:30 yesterday morning to 95 Hess Street after a man was shot inside one of the building’s units. Another man was taken to hospital with minor injuries and was released into police custody.Police have said that there could be another suspect. 00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09 read more

Philippines UN partners seek 468 million to aid earthquakeravaged Bohol

The action plan supports Government priorities including emergency shelter for 344,000 displaced and homeless people, water, sanitation and hygiene, debris removal and coordination, as well as other life-saving interventions. “People urgently require temporary and transitional shelter, to protect them from the elements,” the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in the Philippines, Luiza Carvalho, said in a statement from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). “We are concerned for the most vulnerable, especially the well-being of women and children,” she added. The 7.2-magnitudue quake, centred within two miles of Carmen town, south of Manila, triggered landslides engulfing entire homes, ripping apart bridges and tearing down centuries-old churches. Seven cities in three different provinces were initially affected.“The Philippines experienced successive, multiple and simultaneous disasters recently,” said Ms. Carvalho. “Humanitarian actors currently responding to several calamities are stretched to full capacity and we need support to provide an effective, needs-based intervention to complement the Government’s timely and hands-on response.”The damage to infrastructure is acute with homes, hospitals, health units, churches and schools severely affected – many beyond repair. While poor road conditions continue to improve, OCHA noted, there are still logistical challenges in providing relief to communities who remain inaccessible, except by motorcycle and boat.Another critical issue is the damage to water sources, including to pipelines, pumping stations and the electricity supply, all affecting the availability of drinking water. There is also concern that a shortage of sanitation facilities will leave people exposed to a greater risk of disease.“Providing relief to the people who most need it requires cooperation and coordination with the local and national authorities, who are leading this response,” the Humanitarian Coordinator said. “We want to ensure that resources are maximized and efforts not duplicated, and we will operate, as we always do, with our guiding principles of humanity, impartiality and neutrality.” read more

In Liberia UN Ebola mission chief commends progress warns against complacency

Briefing journalists at Spryggs Airport in Monrovia, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed described his first impression of the situation on the ground as “mixed.” On the one hand, he begins his post with “a lot of optimism,” but on the other hand, he recognizes mounting challenges to end Ebola.“We are not yet there. There is certainly still a lot to be done for Liberia to be claimed free [of Ebola],” he said, expressing concern that successes and optimism may provoke a “degree of complacency.”During his visit, the new UNMEER head met with the President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Minister of Health, representatives of non-governmental organizations, and the UN system which remains “quite active” on the ground. Joined by UN Special Envoy on Ebola David Nabarro, Mr. Ould Cheikh Ahmed visited a treatment centre, as well as Grand Cape Mount, which has seen a recent flare-up of cases.“My visit to the treatment centre has confirmed that we still have in certain places figures which for us are too high,” said Mr. Ould Cheikh Ahmed, as he stressed the need to “stay alert” and keep up the same degree of mobilization from the Government and international community.In the hard-hit West African region, some 8,220 have died from the Ebola outbreak, according to the latest figures from the UN World Health Organization (WHO).Ebola response is and should be a “Government-driven battle” as it is “about their people, about the fate of their country,” UNMEER’s chief told reporters. Recognizing the role of countries is crucial as is supporting the grassroots efforts of stricken communities.“If we do not tackle this at the community level, there will be no zero-Ebola achievement. The community leaders, religious leaders and the communities themselves must not only acknowledge the existence of Ebola but also the battle it will take to win that behavioural change against a very limited amount of time.”He said that so far he has seen when he met survivors and leaders is that there is strong resolve there which must be “sustained and maintained.”The last “C” of his “3C approach”, which he hopes to be leading, is coordination. “There are a lot of actors coming to this, many with very good intentions. But we are too many and sometimes when there are too many cooks in the kitchen it is very difficult to get the meal out. We have to coordinate ourselves, we have to organize better,” he stressed.At the same time, he said a lot is also owed to the Liberians themselves, “their determination, their will and their strength.”“The Liberians have made this their battle. The people I have met with are at the community level are leaders of the communities or religious leaders, imams, church leaders. All of them have extraordinary resolve.”Welcoming Mr. Ould Cheikh Ahmed to his new post, Dr. Nabarro said that this is his sixth time in West Africa since starting work as UN System Coordinator on Ebola in August. Progress has been achieved by the people and Government of Liberia, communities, first responders, doctors, nurses and other health workers. And the people who have recovered from Ebola are “now the real Ambassadors.”“The numbers do tell an important story. In the middle of September the epidemiology said that there were about 80 new cases per day of Ebola in this country. It fluctuated and perhaps some days were worse than others. But just at the moment the figure is certainly less than five per day and possibly lower,” Dr. Nabarro explained.The next phase is to start to look at where the virus is, find the people who are not well and support them, trace their contacts and get a much deeper understanding of the outbreak.“This next stage is pretty difficult because the only solution for all of us is [to ensure] that Ebola is not present in humans in this region, as quickly as possible. So we really have to work together to find everybody. And there are flare-ups occurring such as in Grand Cape Mount…so we have to stay super vigilant.”Mr. Ould Cheikh Ahmed, who succeeds UNMEER’s inaugural chief, Anthony Banbury, is headed to Sierra Leone tomorrow and Guinea next week. Tomorrow morning UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will brief the General Assembly on his recent West Africa trip. read more

WesTech wins supplier of the year recognition from Vale

first_imgWesTech Engineering, a manufacturer of liquid/solids separation equipment for industrial and minerals process applications, has been selected as the 2013 Supplier of the Year by Vale S.A. This prestigious award was received and accepted through WesTech’s Brazilian office, WesTech Equipamentos Industriais LTDA.Philip Lake, WesTech’s International Business Unit Leader said “WesTech is honored to receive this award as recognition not only of its quality equipment, people and technology, but also of its superior service. Vale is the world’s largest producer of iron ore and has many other world-class suppliers providing equipment for their operations. WesTech is proud to have been singled out from among these other prestigious suppliers.”last_img read more

EHF CL Heinevetter stops Barca

31 – Füchse: Heinevetter (p); Laen (1), Spoljaric (-), Sellin (5), Jaszka (5), Nincevic (5, 1p), Christophersen (2) -equipo inicial-, Stochl (ps), Bult (1), Löffer (1), Thümmler (-), Richwien (-), Pevnov (5), Lund (-), Romero (2) e Igropulo (4). 6IK Sävehof8206227:2694 EHF Champions LeagueF.C Barcelona IntersportFuchse BerlinSilivo Heinevetter GROUP CGorenje – Metalurg 23:19Vive Targi Kielce – Petersburg 30:29Chambery – Silkeborg 29:26 6St. Petersburg HC8107192:2532 2Füchse Berlin8602221:22012 5Pick Szeged8206210:2434 4Montpellier Agglomeration HB8215238:2465 1Vive Targi Kielce8800240:19216 30 – Barcelona: Saric (p); Noddesbo (4), Juanín (4), Tomás (8), Sarmiento (3), Gurbindo (-), Rutenka (6) -equipo inicial-, Sterbik (ps), Entrerríos (2), Ariño (-), Montoro (1), Aguirrezabalaga (-), Stranovsky (-), Rocas (2, 1p) y Morros (-). In the “match of the Week” in Berlin “O2 World Arena” (13.333 spectators), Fuchse beat F.C Barcelona 31:30 (14:16) led by outstanding saves of Silvio Heinevetter (19 saves), who was the key person on this match in the last few minutes. This is the first defeat for Barca in this EHF CL season, while “Foxes” are now much closer to second position for which Sigurdsson’s players are fighting with Belarus champion, Dinamo Minsk. GROUP BATLETICO MADRID – CELJE PL 26:24Atletico Madrid: Garcia, Dahl, Sabanović, Fernandez 1, Källman 2, Romero, Markussen, Aguinagalde, Davis 2, Parrondo 5 (1), Barachet 1, Canellas 5 (1), Masachs 1, Balić 4, Lazarov 5 (2).Celje Pivovarna Laško: Lesjak, Skok, Blagotinšek, Marguč 5, Janc, Razgor 1, Toskić 3, Ranevski, Skube 1, Poteko, Zelenović 1, Žabič, Mačkovšek 9 (1), Lekai 1, Žvižej 3, Kastelic.MKB VESZPREM– HCM CONSTANTA 31:21SAVEHOF– THW KIEL 29:40 ← Previous Story EHF Cup: Wisla Plock start group phase with a victory Next Story → TSV Hannover: Weber is coming – Nenad Puljezevic will retire next June 3Metalurg Skopje8503207:18310 2SG Flensburg-Handewitt8521254:22812 6RK Croatia Osiguranje Zagreb8116203:2193 4Kadetten Schaffhausen8206219:2524 5Chambery Savoie8107201:2392 4Bjerringbro-Silkeborg8305214:2236 4Celje Pivovarna Lasko8206192:2154 3BM Atletico Madrid8404217:2188 2THW Kiel8602269:21912 6RK Partizan Beograd8107224:2612 1Chekhovskie Medvedi8521251:22312 GROUP ABM ADEMAR LEON – MONTPELLIER 30:28SG FLENSBURG – RK PARTIZAN 31:23HSV HANDBALL – CHEKHOVKIE MEDVEDI 29:29 1FC Barcelona Intersport8701256:19914 1MKB Veszprém8800248:19116 3Dinamo Mińsk8512227:20311 C.O ZAGREB – DINAMO MINSK 23:25Kadetten SCHAFFHAUSEN – Pik Seged 36:29 5Reale Ademar León8215215:2425 5HCM Constanta8206190:2314 2HSV Hamburg8521236:21812 2RK Gorenje Velenje8602230:19412 read more

New figures show every county in Ireland has hosted civil partnership ceremony

first_imgNEW DATA on the number of civil partnership ceremonies held in Ireland reveal that every county in Ireland has now hosted such a ceremony.Figures published by the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN), compiled from data from the General Registrar’s Office, shows that 862 couples have entered such partnerships since they were first permitted in April 2011.A breakdown of the figures reveal that over three-fifths of couples entering same-sex partnerships were male, while those entering civil partnerships included citizens of 60 countries from around the world other than Ireland.Aside from entering into partnerships in every county, the figures also show that partnered couples are also resident in every county in Ireland.Unsurprisingly, urban areas are home to the most same-sex partnered couples; Dublin tops the rank with 457, including 60 in Dublin 8 alone. 76 couples live in Cork, 31 in Limerick, and 29 in Galway.last_img read more

Column Despite the Newtown massacre Americas sickening gun culture lives on

first_imgJUST OVER THREE months ago, a troubled 20-year-old man shot to death twenty children and six adults in Newtown, Connecticut. Americans, and indeed the rest of the world, were shocked by the latest in a string of mass murders using high-powered weapons in the US. The facts that the Newtown massacre took place in the supposedly safe haven of a school, and that so many of the victims were young children, made it even more horrifying. The fact that that the massacre was perpetrated with weapons that were owned legally provoked outrage in many quarters and prompted calls for stricter gun control laws, including a renewal of the expired ban on assault weapons in the US.Uncharacteristically, President Barack Obama was visibly emotional and actually tearful in the wake of the tragedy. He subsequently argued forcefully that there was a need “to take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics;” claimed that he would use “whatever power this office holds” to this end; and maintained that gun control would be a “central issue” in his second term. He also established a gun violence task force to be led by Vice President Joe Biden.‘Everything should be on the table’Additionally, and even more significantly, Democratic politicians from gun-friendly states, such as US Senator Joe Manchin from West Virginia, signalled that they were open to stricter gun laws. Senator Manchin stated that “[T]his (Newtown) has changed the dialogue… everything should be on the table… I don’t know anybody in the sporting or hunting arena that goes out with an assault rifle.” This marked the first occasion the resolutely pro-gun Senator Manchin ever wobbled. Meanwhile, the extremely powerful National Rifle Association (NRA) went into hiding, only to emerge several days later with a ludicrous and widely panned suggestion that armed police officers should be present in every American school.Senator Dianne Feinstein of California announced that she would seek to reinstate the assault weapon ban that had been in effect from 1994 to 2004, when it lapsed. And the polls conducted after the Newtown massacre occurred revealed that 55 per cent of Americans were supportive of the ban. Many observers believed that the one positive outcome of an horrific tragedy would be stricter, more sensible gun laws in the US. I was one of them. In December, I expressed hope in my regular IrishCentral.com column and on George Hook’s Newstalk radio programme that Newtown could be a “game changer” on the gun issue.Removing assault weapon ban to save packageI was very wrong, unfortunately. This week, US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced that a ban on assault weapons was being removed from a package of gun control measures currently being considered on Capitol Hill. The tactical reason for doing so is that the proponents of an assault weapons ban don’t have the votes, and the entire package of legislation – tougher background checks, harsher punishments for trafficking in guns, enhanced school safety measures, etc. – could fall as a result. Senator Reid is in the business of counting votes and, as of now, even after Newtown, less than 40 out of 100 US Senators support a ban on assault weapons. As one newspaper editorial opined, “Wayne LaPierre of the NRA is smiling.”Perhaps my glaring political miscalculation can be explained by the fact that I don’t really understand the US gun culture any better than people do on this side of the Atlantic. Growing up in Boston, I can count on one hand the number of relatives, neighbours and friends who owned any kind of firearm – and the few who did were generally regarded as somewhat eccentric. Ironically, the first time I ever handled and fired a gun was here in the West of Ireland on the land behind my cousin’s home. He’s an avid hunter, but it wasn’t for me. If I was from another part of the country, however, it might be an altogether different story.If Newtown won’t provoke stricter gun laws, what will?Back in the US, proponents of an assault weapons ban are disappointed, yet believe that tighter regulation of background checking for gun purchasers will be approved by this Congress. Some, like Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, have recognised from an early stage that an assault weapon ban was destined to be an “uphill battle” and “a marathon effort, not a sprint.” I only wish that I was similarly undaunted.If less than 40 US Senators favour a ban on assault weapons in the immediate aftermath of the slaughter of innocent children and teachers, can such a ban ever pass? Crucially, the Newtown massacre was carried out with guns that were owned legally. One would think this reality fatally undermines the NRA’s mantra that guns used to perpetrate violence are almost always obtained illegally and, as such, gun control is futile. Yet still, only a minority of elected officials in the upper house of the US Congress is willing to cross the line in the sand the NRA has drawn on assault weapons.After Newtown, I was optimistic that the US might commence a steady, albeit slow, arduous and hard fought, journey toward gun laws and policies that the rest of the civilised world would regard as sane. I’m no longer optimistic. I despair.Larry Donnelly is a Law Lecturer at NUI Galway.last_img read more

Trump says he had nothing to do with Pence decision to stay

first_img Share7 Tweet Email Trump says he ‘had nothing to do with’ Pence decision to stay at Doonbeg resort A spokesperson for Pence last week said the decision was made at the “suggestion” of the president. Image: PA Sep 9th 2019, 4:14 PM By Michelle Hennessy I had nothing to do with the decision of our great @VP Mike Pence to stay overnight at one of the Trump owned resorts in Doonbeg, Ireland. Mike’s family has lived in Doonbeg for many years, and he thought that during his very busy European visit, he would stop and see his family!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 9, 2019 https://jrnl.ie/4801819 Source: Donald J. Trump/Twitter Monday 9 Sep 2019, 4:14 PMcenter_img 16,147 Views Short URL Image: PA 28 Comments The US president also said he did not know anything about an Air Force plane landing at an aiport near the Turnberry resort and the crew staying there overnight, though he added they “have good taste!”. “Nothing to do with me,” Trump tweeted.  US PRESIDENT DONALD Trump has said he had “nothing to” with Vice President Mike Pence’s decision to stay overnight at his resort in Doonbeg, Co Clare, on his recent visit to Ireland.The US House Oversight Committee is investigating Pence’s decision to stay at the golf resort during his two-day trip. Pence’s spokesman said they decided to stay at Trump International Golf Links at the “suggestion” of the president, rather than using a hotel in Dublin.Democrat Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings on Friday said it appeared that Trump was profiting personally from the Vice President’s trip, given all the government funds spent at the resort to house his sizable entourage.“The committee does not believe that US taxpayer funds should be used to personally enrich President Trump, his family, and his companies,” Cummings said in a statement.Cummings said the bill for the trip could be “significant,” given the estimated $3.6 million (€3.2 million) of taxpayer money spent when Trump stayed at the Doonbeg resort in June.This is the second probe opened in the past two weeks of the White House’s official use of the President’s properties.The Air Force has also ordered a review of all international layover stays after it emerged a crew stayed at Trump’s Turnberry resort in Scotland during a refueling stop.This afternoon Trump contradicted the position of his vice president’s spokesperson, denying he had suggested Pence stay at Doonbeg: Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Salah targets Van Persie Ronaldo record

first_imgLiverpool’s Mohamed Salah has set his sights on another Premier League record held by former Manchester United stars Robin van Persie and Cristiano RonaldoIn Liverpool’s previous league game against Watford, Salah scored four times to set himself on course for the record of the most goals in a 38-match season and should the Egyptian international score against Crystal Palace on Saturday he will equal the record, according to the Premier League.A goal on Saturday will mark the 21st match this season that Salah has scored in, which has only been achieved twice by Van Persie (2012/13) and Ronaldo (2007/08).The last time both Liverpool and Palace met was back in August at Anfield with Jurgen Klopp’s side emerging with a narrow 1-0 victory, in which Salah failed to score in.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…Other teams that have prevented Salah from scoring in the Premier League this season are:Manchester CityNewcastle UnitedMan Utd (twice)Huddersfield TownBrighton & Hove AlbionWest Bromwich AlbionSwansea City (twice)Should Salah be able to break the record held by the former United duo, then he will next set his sights on Alan Shearer’s record at 24 of his 40 matches for Blackburn Rovers in the 1994/95 season.Currently Andrew Cole has the record for most Premier League matches scored in one season. The ex-Newcastle United striker scored in 26 of his 40 matches throughout the 1993/94 season.last_img read more

Nigueal Streete to take reigns of FSC with Higgins departure

first_img Recommended for you Related Items:financial services commission, governor peter beckingham, kevin higgins, niguel streete Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidencciales, 15 Dec 2015 – Governor Beckingham today confirmed that 20 year financial executive, Niguel Streete of Grenada will take over as the Managing Director of the Turks and Caicos Financial Services Commission, FSC. An official statement came today from His Excellency, who shares responsibility of the FSC with the Minister of Finance. Streete has held several senior positions in the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank and has a MSc degree with distinction in international economics. Kevin Higgins, currently in the post will leave end of January we understand when his contract is up and Governor Beckingham credited the exiting MD with helping the TCI emerge with a generally positive review by the IMF this year. DR wants consulate office in TCI More motor mishaps; PDM Leader calls for Govt attention to illegal jitneys, again New Prison Supt & Officer of the Year Awardedlast_img read more