Yogi Adityanath cuts short Karnataka campaign to visit storm-ravaged Agra

first_imgUttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanth, currently on an election campaign in Karnataka, is rushing back on May 4 night to visit storm-ravaged Agra, a senior official said on May 4.The Chief Minister will arrive in Agra on May 4 night and visit the calamity-hit areas on May 5 morning, Principal Secretary Information Avanish Awasthi said.Mr. Adityanath was criticised on May 3 by Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah for remaining in Karnataka even after his own State was hit by storm. “I am sorry your CM is needed here in Karnataka,” Mr. Siddaramaiah tweeted. “I am sure he will return soon & attend to his work there.”Also Read  Mr. Adityanath will review the relief and restoration efforts in Agra district, the U.P. official said.The Chief Minister will later leave for Kanpur to monitor the relief work there and in nearby districts, Mr. Awasthi said.A high-intensity storm ravaged parts of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan on May 2 night, leaving 73 people dead and 91 injured in Mr. Adityanath’s State alone.Agra district was the worst hit, accounting for 43 deaths and injuries to 51 others.Mr. Adityanath was earlier scheduled to campaign in poll-bound Karnataka till May 5. Fresh thunderstorm alert issued to U.P., West Bengal, Odisha, Biharlast_img read more

Injured in cross-border firing, 10-day-old baby dies in J&K’s Poonch

first_imgA 10-day-old infant who was injured during cross-border firing in Poonch sector on Sunday has succumbed to the injuries at a hospital there.“The baby was undergoing treatment but unfortunately he succumbed [late on Sunday],” Deputy Commissioner Poonch Rahul Yadav said.The infant and his mother, Fatima Jan, were injured in cross-border firing in Shahpur area of Poonch district on Sunday night.The baby was yet to be named, according to the family.According to officials, the Pakistani army started firing and mortar shelling around 7.30 p.m. in Bandi Chechian, Karmara and Kerni areas of Poonch sector on the Line of Control. “A total of three persons were treated at the Poonch hospital,” the official said.last_img

Flying V shrugs off elims sweep with bigger task at hand in semis

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ The Thunder became only the fourth team in league history to have swept the eliminations after NLEX, which did it twice, and Cagayan Valley.But for Altamirano, the 10-game sweep won’t mean anything if they don’t close the deal and finish the conference with a championship.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 starsThat title drive begins on Thursday as Flying V faces four-seed Centro Escolar University in a best-of-three semifinals series.Altamirano noted that his team is well aware of how stronger the opposition has gotten, and he is keeping the Thunder’s feet on the ground as they take things one game at a time. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Pocari thwarts Air Force, returns to PVL Finals MOST READ LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaulcenter_img DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games “Other teams are getting stronger as the playoffs get deeper. But we’re not looking beyond that. CEU is also a team-to-beat because they’ve been there lots of times. (Rod) Ebondo has been in the D-League for so long and he has been in Finals. Their core, although school-based, are still very experienced. So we’re just focused on the task at hand,” he said.Luckily, Altamirano will have Conference MVP pacesetter Jeron Teng at his disposal, as he will count on the La Salle prodigy to lead Flying V to the promised land.“Jeron is an achiever. When he puts his mind to it, he will not stop until he gets it. Before, he’s been known as a scorer. But now, he’s trying to evolve the other aspects of his game,” the coach said.But for all of Teng’s magnificence, the veteran mentor reiterated that the 23-year-old swingman can’t do it all alone. That’s why he’s relying equally on his core of Gab Banal, Eric Salamat, Hans Thiele, and Thomas Torres to get the job done.“What I like about Jeron is his ability to involve his teammates. That’s a very good sign of a good player. But of course, he can’t do all of that if not for his teammates so I think Jeron is very blessed to have teammates like Eric, Gab, and Thomas,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT 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 View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFlying V coach Eric Altamirano wants his players to forget the elimination round sweep and focus on the new challenge ahead of the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup semifinals. “In our team, we already forgot about the 10-0. We’re back to square one and our focus is what’s in front of us,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo “Actually, I’m just blessed to have these type of players that we got. We just remind them to focus on the process and the result will take care of itself.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Golfer Anirban Lahiri makes halfway cut at Masters

first_imgIndian golfer Anirban Lahiri scored one-over 73 to make the halfway cut in the 80th Masters Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club. (Indian Golfer Anirban Lahiri tied 59th on opening day of Augusta Masters)The world No.51 on Friday improved his performance as he carded 73 to add to his opening round of 76. The 28-year-old was tied 47th with a two-day total of five-over 149. The 36-hole cut fell at 150.Lahiri was two-under till the 11 holes, helped by three birdies on the third, fifth and 11th holes against a bogey on the par-four seventh.But after the 11th hole, he made three bogeys on the 13th, 15th and 17th that undid the good work done in the initial phase.At the end of the second round, he shared the spot with some of the biggest names like Martin Kaymer, Patrick Reed and Bill Haas.Meanwhile, American defending champion Jordan Spieth (74) held a one-shot at the top over Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy (one-under 71).World No.2 Spieth, who fired a bogey-free six-under 66 on Thursday to take the first-round, struggled in the second round. He scored 74 to take the 36-hole total to four-under 140.Spieth scored birdies on the first, third, eighth and 15th, against bogeys on the ninth, 10th, 16th and 17th, alongside a double bogey on the fifth.McIlroy was one shot ahead of New Zealander Danny Lee and American Scott Piercy. Brandt Snedeker, Hideki Matsuyama and Soren Kjeldsen shared the fifth place three strokes off the pace.World No.1 Jason Day remained five strokes behind Spieth as the Australian scored 73.advertisementOn Friday, there were no rounds in the 60s for the first time since the third round of the 2007 tournament. Only four players broke par and the second-round scoring average was a whopping 75.02.Among the biggest names who missed the cut were former Masters winners Trevor Immelman, Charl Schwartzel, Zach Johnson, Mike Weir, Sandy Lyle, Vijay Singh, Ian Woosnam and Tom Watson, the latter two who were playing in the event for the final time.Ernie Els, Branden Grace, Darren Clarke, Phil Mickelson, Chris Kirk and Ian Poulter will also miss the weekend rounds.Two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson was lucky to make the cut as he scored a second 75.For the third round, 22-year-old Spieth and 26-year-old world No.3 McIlroy will play together in the final pairing on Saturday.While Spieth is bidding to become just the fourth player to successfully defend at Augusta National after Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo and Tiger Woods, McIlroy is trying to become just the sixth man to complete the career Grand Slam.”I’ve been concentrating on myself out there, because if you start to think about anyone else, I’ve only got the mental capacity to focus on me right now and especially how tough it is out there,” McIlroy told pgatour.com when asked about dueling with Spieth.”Yeah, it would be great for the tournament and create a lot of buzz, but at the same time, I just need to focus on myself and make sure that I play another solid round of golf.”Spieth said: “There’s the potential tomorrow for someone to shoot a few under and move up into the lead from outside the top 25.””I mean, there’s a potential for that with what I saw on the last six holes today, the way the course was playing. So I don’t think either one of us is focused on each other. I think we’re focused on the golf course.”last_img read more

Young: Man Utd haven’t given up on title

first_imgManchester United Young: Man Utd haven’t conceded defeat in title race Chris Burton 06:55 3/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Ashley Young Manchester United Getty Manchester United Premier League The Red Devils sit 16 points adrift of arch-rivals Manchester City, but an experienced head insists they will continue to challenge on all fronts Jose Mourinho may have conceded defeat in the Premier League title race, but Ashley Young is not giving up on Manchester United just yet.The Red Devils opened the 2017-18 promising to compete for the English top-flight crown.They have, however, been unable to sustain a challenge, with Manchester City having opened up a 16-point advantage over their arch-rivals. 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 That has led Mourinho to admit that the trophy will elude him, but Young insists United will continue to compete for as long as it is mathematically possible to bridge the gap.”Until the points tally (confirms it) is over, we won’t say that we are going to give up,” the experienced England international told ESPN FC.”It’s about picking up points home and away, picking up wins.”A lot will be said about the way you pick up points, but when you come to the end of the season, that is the main thing – picking up points – and that’s exactly what we will be looking do.”We have to make sure that we keep winning.”We say before every game that it is another important game, but every game is important now leading up to this final run towards the end of the season.”United’s next outing will see them focus on Premier League matters, with a trip to Crystal Palace set to be made on Monday.After that, a grudge match against Liverpool will be staged at Old Trafford before attention shifts to knockout competition and the second leg of a Champions League last-16 encounter with Sevilla and a FA Cup quarter-final clash with Brighton.Young is hoping to help keep the Red Devils competing on multiple fronts, with there still all to play for approaching the business end of the season.The versatile 32-year-old added: “We are in a lot of competitions; there are points to play for and cups to play for.”That’s what every footballer wants to do; you want to be in the big competitions to go and have a chance to win them.”And when we come to the game on Monday, hopefully we will be saying we got the three points.”last_img read more

Masters World Cup 2019

first_img(Update: Due to a change in circumstances, TFA will now be looking to field an additional team – Women’s 35s.)Touch Football Australia (TFA) and its national representative teams are about to enter the final year and the most important period of the current World Cup cycle. Our aim as always is for the best possible teams and athletes to represent Australia at the 2019 World Cup.TFA has a proud record in international Touch and Australia currently holds the Open and Masters World Cups and we are extremely motivated to maintain this status at the 2019 event.The Masters World Cup will be held, in conjunction with the Open World Cup, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from the 28th April – 4th May 2019.At this stage TFA is looking to enter teams in the following divisions:Men: Over 30s, 35s, 40s, 45s, 50sWomen: Over 27s, 35sMixed: Senior MixedThere is no guarantee that all these divisions will go ahead as viability is based on sufficient team entries being received by FIT. There are currently several divisions offered at the event which are not viable therefore TFA will not be seeking nominations for those divisions.The following document outlines the nomination process for the selection of the Australian Masters Teams for the 2019 Masters World Cup.More detailed information on the overall tour will become available in the next few months, however indicative costs for a player levy, based on previous overseas international events, would be in the area of $2500.TFA will implement a selection process whereby players are initially required to nominate for selection. All players who nominate will be considered for an invitation to the Selection Camp to be held in January 2019. Teams will be selected following this selection camp. Once selected, World Cup Teams will then attend team training camps in the lead up to the event.Please note:  ALL interested players must nominate through the official link to be considered. For further information on this process or any queries please contact the TFA High Performance Manager, Wayne Grant, at wayne.grant@touchfootball.com.au or 0411 270 306Find out more here: Masters Nominations – 2019 World CupNew Memo containing info including addition of Women’s 35s division: 2019 World Cup – 35 Women’s Nomination Informationlast_img read more

Cedric Soares leaves Southampton for Inter

first_imgCedric Soares has joined Inter from Southampton on loan until the end of the season.The full-back secured his move on Saturday after arriving in Milan to complete a medical 24 hours earlier.Inter have the option to sign the 27-year-old on a permanent deal, with the fee reportedly set at €11 million (£9.5m/$12m). 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? Head coach Luciano Spalletti had been keen to bolster his options at full-back, with Sime Vrsaljko struggling due to a knee problem since joining on loan from Atletico Madrid last July.Manchester United defenders Matteo Darmian and Antonio Valencia have each been linked with a possible move to San Siro.Cedric, a Euro 2016 winner with Portugal, made 119 appearances for Southampton in all competitions after arriving from Sporting CP in 2015. | @OficialCedric is a Nerazzurri player!  https://t.co/3doBAwhd0F#WelcomeCedric #FCIM pic.twitter.com/DvlA9tZSza— Inter (@Inter_en) January 26, 2019The Nerazzurri are next in action against Torino on Sunday, before a Coppa Italia quarter-final meeting with Lazio on January 31.Southampton, meanwhile, appear likely to continue to put faith in 19-year-old French defender Yan Valery in the right wing-back role.He only made his Premier League debut for the club in the 2-2 draw with United but has appeared in eight games since then, including the 2-1 victory over Everton last time out.Next up for the Saints is a league clash with Crystal Palace, with Hasenhuttl’s side not playing this weekend having been knocked out of the FA Cup at the third-round stage by Derby County.last_img read more

Xiaomi’s latest 20000mAh power bank now supports 18W fast charging on dual USB ports, launched in India

first_imgXiaomi’s latest 20000mAh power bank now supports 18W fast charging on dual USB ports, launched in IndiaXiaomi has updated its 20000mAh power bank and launched it in India. The power bank now supports 18W fast charging and comes with two USB ports.advertisement Next Amritanshu Mukherjee New DelhiAugust 6, 2019UPDATED: August 8, 2019 10:46 IST HIGHLIGHTSXiaomi announced its updated Mi PowerBank 2i 20000mAh for the Indian market.Xiaomi has now extended support for 18W fast charging.The fast charging option will be available on both the USB ports.Xiaomi has been doing a lot of accessories lately in a bid to expand into different lifestyle categories. Recently, we saw the brand coming up with an electric trimmer and sports shoes. However, Xiaomi had originally started diversifying with its range of power banks and it has kept refreshing them in order to keep them relevant in the market. Xiaomi has now updated its bigger capacity power bank for India and those with fast chargers should be very happy about it.Earlier in the day, Xiaomi announced its updated Mi PowerBank 2i 20000mAh for the Indian market. Xaiomi hasn’t messed with the battery capacity in the power bank but it has added a major useful feature to make it more relevant to modern smartphone owners. And it’s not the design or screen. Instead, Xiaomi has now extended support for 18W fast charging.The 20000mAh Mi Power Bank 2i will offer 18W fast charging for supported phones. The fast charging option will be available on both the USB ports, meaning that one can charge two phones at a time at full 18W fast charging speeds, provided that the phone supports 18W fast charging. Note that the 18W support comes for DC 5.1V/2.4A, 9V/2A, and 12V/1.5A output. It will also support 10W fast charging with DC 5V/2A output.Rest of the features stays unchanged for the power bank. Xiaomi has gone for a matte black sandstone finish on the powerbank. It still comes with 9 layers of circuit protection and has a Low Power mode for wireless accessories to avoid damaging the circuits.Xiaomi says that one can charge its Redmi K20 Pro and Redmi Note 7 Pro three times on a single charge whereas it will charge the iPhone 7 7.2 times.advertisementThe 20000mAh Mi PowerBank 2i is selling at a price of Rs 1,499 on Mi.com and Flipkart. If you want something similar at a lower price, you can also go for the 10000mAh Mi PowerBank 2i that starts from Rs 899 on Mi.com.The 20000mAh Mi Power Bank 2i is suitable for users of the Redmi Note 7 Pro who want to have faster 18W charging on the move. The Redmi Note 7 Pro still comes with a 10W fast charger and customers have to spend extra for the 18W fast charger.ALSO READ | Redmi GM confirms Redmi Note 8, says will be more powerful than Redmi Note 7ALSO READ | Xiaomi launches Mi Gaming laptop 2019 edition: Specs, design, features, price and everything elseALSO READ | Flipkart National Shopping Days sale smartphone deals revealed, will begin on August 8Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAmritanshu Mukherjee Tags :Follow Xiaomilast_img read more

CMA CGM Denies Talks with Korean Builders on New Boxships

first_imgzoom French container shipping giant CMA CGM denied media reports on being in preliminary discussions with Korean shipbuilders on a potential order for new ultra-large containerships.Namely, CMA CGM was reported to be in talks with Korean big three Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) and Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) regarding an order for a set of new mega boxships.However, the French liner company told World Maritime News in a statement that “the Group was not in such discussions”.Separately, the French container shipping major is said to be in talks with its Chinese counterpart China COSCO on a new carrier partnership, according to Alphaliner.As disclosed, the duo is also seeking to rope-in Evergreen and OOCL in a plan that could potentially split up three of today’s four main East-West alliances.“If successful, the initiative would radically alter the current liner shipping landscape and leave the eight remaining carriers of the Ocean Three, CKYHE and G6 alliances in the lurch. Discussions are believed to be still ongoing and the carriers involved have not yet publicly announced their plans,” Alphaliner said.At the end of last year, CMA CGM agreed to buy Singapore’s Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) for about USD 2.4 billion in cash. The acquisition paves way for CMA CGM to achieve capacity of 2,399 thousand TEUs and combined fleet of 563 vessels. It would also secure it a market share of approximately 11.5% (vs 8.8% for CMA CGM and 2.7% for NOL) and combined turnover of c. USD 22 billion.The move also enables CMA CGM, which has a strong position on the Asia-Europe, Asia-Mediterranean, Africa and Latin America routes, to benefit from APL’s strong presence on the Transpacific, Intra-Asia and Indian subcontinent shipping routes.World Maritime News Staff,Separately, the French container shipping major is said to be in talks with its Chinese counterpart China COSCO on a new carrier partnership, according to Alphaliner.As disclosed, the duo is also seeking to rope-in Evergreen and OOCL in a plan that could potentially split up three of today’s four main East-West alliances.“If successful, the initiative would radically alter the current liner shipping landscape and leave the eight remaining carriers of the Ocean Three, CKYHE and G6 alliances in the lurch. Discussions are believed to be still ongoing and the carriers involved have not yet publicly announced their plans,” Alphaliner said.At the end of last year, CMA CGM agreed to buy Singapore’s Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) for about USD 2.4 billion in cash. The acquisition paves way for CMA CGM to achieve capacity of 2,399 thousand TEUs and combined fleet of 563 vessels. It would also secure it a market share of approximately 11.5% (vs 8.8% for CMA CGM and 2.7% for NOL) and combined turnover of c. USD 22 billion.The move also enables CMA CGM, which has a strong position on the Asia-Europe, Asia-Mediterranean, Africa and Latin America routes, to benefit from APL’s strong presence on the Transpacific, Intra-Asia and Indian subcontinent shipping routes.last_img read more

Scientists identify worlds oldest lizard fossil in northern Italy

first_imgEDMONTON – Scientists say they have identified the world’s oldest lizard fossil — a discovery that sheds light on the evolution of lizards and snakes.The fossil, which is 240 million years old, is called Megachirella wachtleri and is believed to be the most ancient ancestor of scaled reptiles known as squamates. The conclusion is based on an analysis of data from both living and extinct reptiles.The research by scientists in Alberta — as well as in Australia, Italy and the United States — was published Wednesday in the journal Nature.“It’s a fossil lizard that we found to be the oldest-known lizard on the planet,” said Tiago Simões, a PhD student in the University of Alberta’s biological sciences department and the study’s lead author.The specimen is 75 million years older than thought when it was first described in 1993, he said.Simões said it fills a gap in understanding the evolution of lizards and snakes.There are about 10,000 species of squamates around the world, and scientists say they are still learning about the early stages of the animals’ evolution.Researchers initially thought the fossil, which was found in northern Italy’s Dolomite Mountains, was related to but not actually a lizard.Further analysis, however, determined it to be the oldest relative of existing lizards and snakes, which, Simões pointed out, are essentially limbless lizards.He said researchers in the last four years compiled the largest dataset ever. It included micro CT scans, photographs and molecular analysis rather than relying on previous research.“We are sure it’s a lizard by the particular combination of features,” said Simões.Some of those features include the shape of bones in the brain, shoulder and trunk of the fossil. The results indicate a more gradual evolution than previously thought.“It’s important … to understand how such a diverse and important component of the modern biological world originated,” said Simões. “There has been a lot of hot debate in the past.“For the first time, we are providing agreement.”He said it’s also valuable to know how invertebrates evolved during drastic shifts in environmental conditions.“One of the things we learned in this study was that most of the larger groups of reptiles were already present in the Permian period, which means they were present and evolved before the largest mass extinction in the history of the planet.”The Permian mass extinction killed about 90 per cent of the Earth’s species.last_img read more

Ottawa Senators trade Erik Karlsson to San Jose Sharks

first_imgOTTAWA – The Ottawa Senators promised they were going into rebuild mode earlier this week.They weren’t kidding.Ending months of speculation and creating yet another juicy headline, the Senators traded their franchise player — captain Erik Karlsson —to the San Jose Sharks on Thursday.In the end, the defenceman and the Senators did not see eye to eye — with the deal being done on the eve of the first on-ice session at training camp.“I don’t think I could have ever prepared for this, that’s why I don’t have anything written and I still haven’t wrapped my mind around what is going on,” said an emotional Karlsson. “As you said, there’s been a lot of noise for almost a year now, but I never in my wildest imagination thought that I was going to leave this place.”The Senators dealt Karlsson and prospect forward Francis Perron to the Sharks. Ottawa gets forwards Chris Tierney and Rudolfs Balcers, defenceman Dylan DeMelo, prospect forward Josh Norris and two conditional draft picks. If San Jose re-signs Karlsson, Ottawa receives a conditional 2021 second-round selection — or a first-round pick (not lottery protected) if the Sharks reach the Stanley Cup final in 2019.Ottawa receives San Jose’s first-round choice in either 2019 or 2020 (not lottery protected). If the Sharks miss the playoffs in 2018-19, it will be a 2019 selection, otherwise it will be in 2020. Ottawa gets a second-round choice in the 2019 draft from San Jose (which will be the higher of the two picks the Sharks currently own — the Florida Panthers’ and their own).The deal is sure to be a defining moment for a team that has had all kinds of problems on and off the ice in recent months.The Senators took the unusual step of releasing a video late Monday night with defenceman Mark Borowiecki interviewing owner Eugene Melnyk, who made it clear the team was ready to rebuild. Many interpreted it as a sign that Karlsson’s days in Ottawa were numbered.“This is the right moment for us to rebuild our team,” said Senators general manager Pierre Dorion. “Shape our future with all these core pieces while adding a faster, younger and more competitive team on the ice. This trade represents the best opportunity for the Ottawa Senators to rebuild towards a consistent excellence that we are striving for.”Dorion admitted the decision to rebuild was made in February, yet during town hall meetings with fans in April said, “at the end of the day it will be (Karlsson’s) choice. If we offer him a fair contract and he doesn’t want to sign here, then we will have to look at other options. The ball will be in his court.”Karlsson, whose contract expires at the end of this season, doesn’t quite see it that way.“I think they made it very clear in what direction they were going with and unfortunately I wasn’t part of that and I respect that it’s their decision,” he said. “I was not part of that plan and that’s why we’re standing here today. From my point of view, that’s sad. I never wanted to leave this place, but at the same time I respect their decision.”The Senators, who did offer Karlsson an extension over the summer, believed this was the best option.“You get to a certain point and it’s probably best for all parties to move on,” said Dorion. “For the benefit of the organization, for the benefit of the rebuild, for the succession of the rebuild, I think today we made the proper decision.”Selling that to the fans may be difficult, though. There were thousands of empty seats for some games last season, and the organization figures to face a similar challenge in 2018-19.Karlsson is a two-time Norris Trophy winner and led or tied the Senators in scoring the past five years.The six-foot, 191-pound Swede was selected by the Senators with the 15th overall pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.Karlsson’s breakout season came in 2011-12 when he had 78 points (19 goals, 59 assists), while averaging 25:19 of ice time, but his performance in the 2017 playoffs stands out.The dynamic captain led the Senators in scoring with 18 points in 19 contests as Ottawa advanced to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final before losing to the Pittsburgh Penguins in double overtime. He averaged more than 28 minutes of ice time despite having torn tendons in his left foot, which required off-season surgery.Karlsson, who took over as captain in 2014, says he will continue to give back to the city he now calls his “forever home.”“It’s a city that I’m going to set my roots in and forever stay in, even though I’m not going to represent this hockey club anymore,” said Karlsson. “It’s always going to be my home and it’s always going to be a community that I’m going to be as much involved in as I possibly can and give back in whatever way that I can.”The departure of the 28-year-old is the latest development in what has been a turbulent stretch for the Senators.Things started to go sideways last fall after the club returned from a two-game sweep of the Colorado Avalanche in Sweden, going an ugly 1-9-3 over its next 13 to begin a tumble down the standingsThen on the eve of franchise’s showcase outdoor game in mid-December, Melnyk rained on his own parade by musing to reporters at a media availability on Parliament Hill that he might move the team if ticket sales didn’t improve.That launched the #MelnykOut hashtag on Twitter the same month, and while Melnyk eventually backtracked on the relocation talk, some fans decided to vent their frustration by raising money to fund a series of billboards featuring the slogan.Through it all, Karlsson’s future remained a key talking point ahead of February’s trade deadline.He ended up staying put, but tragedy struck in March when Karlsson and his wife Melinda announced their first child, a son they named Axel, was stillborn.More controversy bubbled to the surface in May when former captain and franchise icon Daniel Alfredsson, who left his role with Ottawa as a senior adviser the previous summer, was quoted saying he hopes the team gets a new owner.Then assistant general manager Randy Lee was charged with harassing a 19-year-old male hotel shuttle driver in Buffalo, N.Y., during the NHL’s pre-draft scouting combine. He was suspended by the team two weeks after being charged.And if that wasn’t enough, news broke in June that Karlsson’s wife had filed a peace bond against Monika Caryk, the fiancee of former teammate Mike Hoffman, for alleged cyberbullying.Hoffman, who was traded a week later, and Caryk have denied the allegations. A civil suit is ongoing.Lee, who was also GM of the Senators’ AHL affiliate, resigned from both jobs with the organization last month.last_img read more

Province of BC files another lawsuit against Alberta turnoffthetaps law

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – The British Columbia government has filed a second lawsuit against Alberta over its turn-off-the-taps legislation.A statement of claim filed in Federal Court on June 14 is similar to a document filed last month in Alberta’s Court of Queen’s Bench that alleges Alberta introduced the bill to inflict economic pain on B.C. by limiting the supply of petroleum products to the province.The claim says Alberta’s attorney general brought an application to have the action dismissed in the Court of Queen’s Bench on the grounds that B.C. has no standing to challenge laws created in the Alberta legislature and that the legal action is premature. The B.C. government says it believes the case can be heard in Alberta but if it is found not to have standing there, it wants the Federal Court to declare Alberta’s Preserving Canada’s Economic Prosperity Act unconstitutional.Alberta’s former NDP government passed the bill but it wasn’t proclaimed into law until after the United Conservative Party was elected earlier this year.[videopress xMiGyrnQ]last_img read more

The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store

App Store Official Charts for the week ending March 17, 2019:Top Paid iPhone Apps:1. Minecraft, Mojang2. Heads Up!, Warner Bros.3. Plague Inc., Ndemic Creations4. Facetune, Lightricks Ltd.5. iSchedule, HotSchedules6. Bloons TD 6, Ninja Kiwi7. Geometry Dash, RobTop Games AB8 . Papa’s Freezeria To Go!, Flipline Studios9. Rebel Inc., Ndemic Creations10. NBA 2K19, 2KTop Free iPhone Apps:1. Draw it, Kwalee2. Pick Me Up, tastypill3. Scream Go Hero, Ketchapp4. Roller Splat!, Voodoo5. Color Bump 3D, Good Job Games6. Instagram, Instagram, Inc.7. YouTube: Watch, Listen, Stream, Google LLC8. Snapchat, Snap, Inc.9. Messenger, Facebook, Inc.10 . Facebook, Facebook, Inc.Top Paid iPad Apps:1. Minecraft, Mojang2. Procreate, Savage Interactive Pty Ltd3. Notability, Ginger Labs4. Geometry DashRobTop Games AB5. GoodNotes 5, Time Base Technology Limited6. Amazing Frog?, FAYJU7. Plague Inc., Ndemic Creations8. Toca Hair Salon 3, Toca Boca AB9. Bendy and the Ink Machine, Joey Drew Studios Inc.10. Bloons TD 6, Ninja KiwiTop Free iPad Apps:1. Draw it, Kwalee2. Pick Me Up, tastypill3. Color Bump 3D, Good Job Games4. My High School Days MemoriesLAB CAVE GAMES5. Paint Pop 3D, Good Job Games6. Unicorn Chef: Mermaid Cooking, Shake It7. Netflix, Netflix, Inc.8. YouTube: Watch, Listen, Stream, Google LLC9. Matchington Mansion, Firecraft Studios Ltd.10. Magic Tiles 3: Piano Game, Amanotes Pte. Ltd.__(copyright) 2019 Apple Inc.The Associated Press read more

UN stands ready to help victims of Chinas deadly earthquake

According to media reports, more than 10,000 people have lost their lives following the quake, which measured about 7.8 on the Richter scale and was centred on Sichuan Province. A UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) Team alert was sent out yesterday to alert China that the world body is ready to help if needed, Elizabeth Byrs of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs ( OCHA) told reporters at a press briefing in Geneva today. OCHA has also sent information to Chinese authorities detailing how UN emergency expert teams are on standby to provide assistance. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) expressed its deep concern over the large number of children affected by the massive quake. Television reports showed a collapsed middle school with 900 children trapped in the rubble near Sichuan’s capital, Chengdu. Despite limited access to information due to cell phone networks being damaged by the quake, the agency has received reports that there were casualties in the neighbouring Gansu and Yunnan provinces as well. According to UNICEF, Sichuan is one of China’s poorest and most populous provinces, with a total population of some 90 million. The agency is worried that the number killed, injured and affected by the tremors will continue to rise as rescue teams reach impacted areas. “UNICEF and other UN agencies are not usually requested to assist the Government of China in its response to natural disasters,” it said in a press release, noting that it has been informed that the National Disaster Reduction Centre of China – the official coordinating body for disaster response – has dispatched rescue teams numbering in the thousands supported by the country’s armed forces. 13 May 2008The United Nations is prepared to assist the Chinese Government help the victims of yesterday’s deadly earthquake in the southwest of the country. read more

DS officers in Gampaha skip work in protest against Ranjan

Ramanayake had verbally abused Divulapitiya Divisional Secretary M.M.S Herath over an incident involving soil excavation.Local television captured the Deputy Minister exchanging harsh words with the Divisional Secretary. Officers of the Gampaha District Secretariat refrained from work today in protest against Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake.Ramanayake had last week verbally abused the Divulapitiya Divisional Secretary. Herath later told a private television station she was ready to step down from the post as a result of the manner in which she was verbally abused. (Colombo Gazette)

CMHC sees slowing of home construction in most of Canada growth in

by David Paddon, The Canadian Press Posted May 18, 2016 7:07 am MDT Last Updated May 18, 2016 at 11:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CMHC sees slowing of home construction in most of Canada, growth in some areas TORONTO – Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. is expecting home construction to be slower in most of the country in the next two years compared with 2015, though it says stark differences in outlook have emerged in various regions.The Ottawa-based agency announced Wednesday that between 181,300 and 192,300 housing units will be started this year and the range for 2017 will be between 172,600 and 183,000 units.Those ranges compare with 195,535 housing starts in 2015. However, the national numbers tell only part of the story.“Our forecast shows that there are important provincial variations within the Canadian housing market,” CMHC chief economist Bob Dugan says in a statement.“Increased housing starts in Ontario and B.C. will be more than offset by declines in provinces affected by the drop in oil prices in 2016.”Citing data from the private-sector Multiple Listing Service, CMHC says it expects between 501,700 and 525,400 units of previously owned homes will be resold in 2016 and between 485,500 units and 508,400 units in 2017. Those compare with 505,673 resales last year, according to MLS figures.The Crown corporation says the national average price will rise to as much as $495,800 this year and $501,000 next year. The averages don’t adjust for high prices in the Lower Mainland region of British Columbia and parts of southern Ontario.Since the previous estimates late last year, CMHC has raised its expectations for Ontario and B.C. housing starts and lowered them for Alberta, the heart of Canada’s oil and gas industry.The Alberta estimates for housing starts have been reduced since December to between 24,100 and 26,500 units this year and between 25,600 and 28,000 units in 2017.In the previous estimate, the Alberta forecast for 2016 was 29,800 housing starts and the 2017 forecast was 30,300 units.Ontario’s housing starts are now estimated at between 71,300 and 73,500 for 2016, up from 70,156 last year. B.C.’s housing starts are now estimated at between 35,300 and 36,700 in 2016, up from 31,446 in 2015. read more

Saudi Arabia China among 14 nations under UN human rights spotlight what

The process is called the Universal Periodic Review, or UPR, and the ultimate goal is to improve the human rights situation for people around the globe.What is it all about?Every four and a half years, on a rotational basis, all 193 UN Member States undergo an interactive review of the human rights situation in their countries. The idea is to give equal treatment to all the countries and allow them to exchange best practices. Who does the reviewing?The Human Rights Council was created in 2006 as part of a general wave of reforms of the UN system. It is composed of 47 Member States, elected by the UN’s 193 Member States. However, any country can take part in the discussions held during a review. Each State review is led by groups of three countries (known as “troikas”), randomly chosen.How does this “interactive review” work?Information and evidence are presented, and questions are asked by special independent experts (called “Special Rapporteurs”), and the UN’s Member States. Civil-society organisations can also submit questions and evidence through country representatives. The State under review is given a chance to explain the actions they have taken, or plan to take, to address the issues presented. Recommendations are officially made, and technical assistance is provided where needed. Each State review lasts about three and a half hours.Which countries are being reviewed on this rotation?The UPR review sessions take place for two weeks, three times a year, and 14 countries are reviewed in each session – a total of 42 per year. This time, the following countries will be reviewed in this order: Saudi Arabia, Senegal, China, Nigeria, Mexico, Mauritius, Jordan, Malaysia, the Central African Republic, Monaco, Belize, Chad, Congo and Malta.Which human rights are assessed?The UPR assesses the human rights obligations set out in: the UN Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the human rights treaties ratified by the reviewed State, and international humanitarian law.What comes out of it?A report is prepared by the troika with the involvement of the reviewed State and technical assistance from the UN human rights office (OHCHR). This report provides a summary of the actual discussion, with the questions, comments and recommendations made, as well as the responses by the reviewed State. The report is discussed a few days after the review and adopted at a plenary session of the Human Rights Council.Is there any follow-up, any accountability?The reviewed State has the primary responsibility to implement the recommendations contained in the final report. Countries are expected to provide information on what they have been doing to make changes during their review, as well as on any developments on human rights when they undergo their following UPR. The international community and OHCHR are there to assist and provide technical help, in consultation with the country concerned. What happens if a State is not cooperating?The Human Rights Council can take a series of measures, such as specific investigations and the setting up of dedicated committees to put pressure on non-cooperating Member States, and draw the world’s attention to them. read more

Greek Australian women talk how to make a succesful career

first_imgSuccess in today’s world takes a lot of juggling, persistence, hard work and a little help from family and friends. How do women make successful careers and can they have it all? On 20 May, a non for profit women’s network Food for Thought will profile three senior Greek Australian women in Banking and Finance Industry, who will share their secrets for success. During an intimate conversation at Phillhellene restaurant, Food for Thought founder Varvara Ioannou will explore the career paths of Lisa Livis, the State General Manager Commercial Banking for Victoria, Westpac Banking Corporation, Mary Scoutas – Head of Sales for National Australia Bank, and Stephanie Apostolopoulos – Marketing Manager of Delphi Bank. They will also discuss the contribution of their ethnic background in achieving their individual success. The talk will be held at Philhellene Provincial Greek Cuisine (551-553 Mount Alexander Rd, Moonee Ponds, Melbourne), on Monday 20 May, at 6:30 pm. All proceeds from the evening ($60 per person including dinner and drinks) will go to Fronditha Care Greek Nursing Homes. For more information and bookings, contact Alexandra Megas, on 0438 660 301 and Anthoula Paraskeva, on 0419 663 257. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Kammenos suggests introduction of more US military bases in Greece

first_imgGreek minister of defence Panos Kammenos caused a stir in Athens, with his seemingly “off-the-cuff” remarks at the US Pentagon this week.During a meeting with US secretary of defence James Mattis on Thursday, the leader of the junior coalition party called for the creation of US military bases in the cities of Alexandroupoli, Volos and Larissa.The reason behind this proposal was the expansion of security in the region from both nations and for the US to grow their military presence within the area.“I want to affirm that Greece considers the United States a strategic partner and ally, the only one I dare to say,” Kammenos said.“It is very important for Greece that the United States deploy military assets in Greece on a more permanent basis not only in Souda Bay, but also in Larissa, in Volos, in Alexandroupoli.”A statement from the Pentagon said that the secretary of defence extended his gratitude towards Kammenos and Greece’s support on the US effort in Souda Bay, and also pointed out the country’s dedication towards increasing their defence with a recent two per cent in expenditure and the upgrading of their F-16 fleet by $1.5 million.“He also thanked the Greek defence minister for his country’s recent actions to combat Russian malign activities in the region, and the two agreed to continue to hold Russia accountable,” read the statement.However, this initiative by the leader of the far-right ‘Independent Greeks’ party was not very well received in Greece, where it was seen as yet another proof of the gap between the two coalition government parties – particularly since Kammenos’ proposal was tied to his party’s opposition to the Prespes Agreement – engineered by the Tsipras government, which he backs, and on whose Cabinet he serves. He followed up by proposing the creation of a new “Balkan alliance”, ostensible outside NATO boundaries.Former deputy foreign minister Nikos Xydakis, a leftist SYRIZA MP, said that Kammenos “is damaging the government and the national effort to diplomatically upgrade the country … efforts to rejuvenate the country with a healthy public sector and a production framework that keeps our children here and prevents our homeland from a demographic shrivelling”.Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias tried to downplay the outspoken minister’s comments. “A foreign affairs minister must not talk too much, in order to be heard when he does talk,” he said, in answer to Kammenos’ “alternative plan” for dealing with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (fYRoM). Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more