Four-time Meghalaya Chief Minister D.D. Lapang quits Congress

first_imgIn a major blow to the Congress in Meghalaya, four-time Chief Minister Donwa Dethwelson Lapang resigned from the party.In his resignation letter to Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Thursday night, Mr. Lapang said he was resigning “reluctantly and with a heavy heart”.The former Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) chief accused the All India Congress Committee (AICC) of embarking upon a policy of phasing out senior and elderly people.“In my opinion it means that service and contribution of senior and elderly people is no longer useful to the party,” he said in the letter, copies of which were made available to the media.Mr. Lapang said, “This restriction made me frustrated and compelled me to be no longer comfortable in the party.”Mr. Lapang first became Chief Minister in 1992. He was again sworn in as Chief Minister in 2003, 2007 and 2009.AICC general secretary in charge of Meghalaya Luizinho Faleirio said he had not met Mr. Lapang in the last three years. Mr. Faleirio said he did not meet Mr. Lapang during his recent visit to Shillong for revamping the activities of the party.Mr. Lapang, after demitting the office of party chief last year, continued to hold the position of an adviser to the party.MPCC president Celestine Lyngdoh expressed surprise over Mr. Lapang’s decision to quit the party. “We’ll try and find out and, if possible, sort out things at the earliest,” he said.last_img read more

BJP demands apology from Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik over BJD flag on martyr’s coffin

first_imgOpposition BJP on Friday demanded an unconditional apology from Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik soon after a photograph of martyr Ajit Kumar Sahoo’s coffin, draped in a BJD flag, went viral on social media. The photograph was taken on Thursday and it was uploaded on Friday. Ajit Kumar Sahoo, a jawan of the 44 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) hailed from Dhenkanal district in Odisha. He was critically injured in an improvised explosive device (IED) blast in Jammu & Kashmir’s Pulwama district on June 17 and later succumbed to injuries while undergoing treatment at the hospital on June 18. “Let BJD president Naveen Patnaik tender unconditional apology for hurting sentiments of the people and the martyr’s family,” BJP Ex-Servicemen Cell State President Colonel B.K. Bastia told reporters here. “It is unfortunate that the martyr’s coffin was draped with a BJD flag instead of the Tricolour,” Mr. Bastia said. BJP national vice -president and former MP Baijayant Panda also demanded an apology from the ruling Party. “Very unfortunate, politicising the death of an Indian soldier by the ruling party in Odisha draping his coffin with their party flag instead of the Tricolour. ….,” Mr. Panda tweeted. “The BJD people offered floral tribute to the martyr near Khuntuni on the way to our village in Dhenkanal district. They covered the coffin with the BJD flag. The BJD flag was removed later. My brother was not working for any political party,” the martyr’s brother, Parameswar Sahoo, said. Odisha governor Ganeshi Lal and many other persons had paid tribute to the martyr as soon the body reached the Biju Patnaik International Airport late night on Wednesday. The coffin was then taken to Dhenkanal Mini Stadium and later to his native village Badasuanla where his mortal remains was consigned to flames. BJD spokesperson Sasmit Patra has, however, described the incident as unfortunate and condemnable. “Our Party has a lot of respect for the martyrs and we condemn the incident. Stringent action will be taken against those who are involved in this episode,” he said.last_img read more

What a practice series ahead of Australia tour! (Column: Just Sport)

first_imgBy Veturi SrivatsaBefore going to South Africa, India played Afghanistan in Bengaluru and won the one-off Test by their biggest-ever margin till then, an innings and 262 runs in two days. After losing the five-Test series 1-4 in England, India returned to score a massive innings and 272 runs victory against West Indies inside three days at Rajkot! It is all scripted so beautifully, and as anticipated. South Africa and England are forgotten by the time the Indians returned from the Gulf with the Asia Cup and now they decimated the Caribbean. The result was foregone and everyone treating it as a practice game before embarking on the tougher tour of Australia. This was a Test in which every Indian player was eager to grab the opportunity to score big or take handful of wickets. Some are fighting for a place in the squad for down under and those the selectors overlooked, some seniors, are cursing themselves, their luck and the selectors for their misery. In these hits and misses, one youngster stood out, creating a record or two on his debut. Opening batsman Prithvi Pankaj Shaw, the 18-year-old got a hundred in his first Test and in style at that, becoming the youngest Indian to do so on debut.Skipper Virat Kohli justified Shaw’s inclusion in the side, saying the Mumbaikar is a ‘different quality’. Just as well the team management did not rush him into the Oval Test and played against the West Indies. This century will make him a lot more confident on the bouncy Australian pitches on which he can hook, pull and cut with refreshing freedom. The run-out drama enacted by Ravindra Jadeja, when he took it for granted that Shimron Hetmyer would not make an attempt to get to the non-striker’s end when both the batsmen were at the other end and nearly muffed the chance by slowly walking to the wicket before realizing the batsman was charging down, is symptomatic of the seriousness of the Test. At the end of it all, Kohli still carries the burden of scoring big runs and others will play around him. He scored his 17th hundred as captain to add to his seven he got before. For him runs come naturally because he takes every attack seriously and will not fool around against inferior bowling. The West Indies were never in the game. Even if they had batted first they would not have fared any better except that the Indians might have taken the Test into the third day, batting for two days. They batted as if they were in the nets preparing for the second Test, charging down to tonk the bowlers. Some of the sixes they hit might have given them the kick but it was not Test cricket. The West Indies can turn back and say that exactly a year before India were walloped this summer, they had beaten England at the Oval with Shai Hope scoring a century in each innings and Kraigg Brathwaite missing the distinction by five runs in the second innings, chasing 322 for victory. There is still hope for their batsmen to show their potential, but then it may not be easy to do on Indian wickets against Indian spin.advertisementNow that the selectors have chosen the team for both the Tests, there is little scope for Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma to show their performance like Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav did in Rajkot, scoring first Test hundred and returning with his first fifer respectively. But then the selectors’ argument will be that there is nothing they need to know about the players who did not get a chance to play in the two Tests and they can still be in contention. The chief selector Mannava Sri Kanth Prasad spoke to Karun Nair and explained to him the circumstances for dropping from the squad for the West Indies Tests. Will that mean he will still be in contention for a place in the Australia-bound squad without playing a match? Right now, the 50-over Vijay Hazare tournament is on and the performances here may not be of much use for Test selection, though they can be considered for the Twenty20 format with which the Indians start their tour of Australia. As for bowlers, there are no fears, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah will join Mohammad Shami and Umesh Yadav and they might add one young fast bowler, either Mohammed Siraj or Shardul Thakur both of whom are in the Test squad now. Luckily, there seem to be quite a few fast bowlers trying to impress the selectors and that’s a good sign. The three spinners, who played at Rajkot, will be there in Australia, even though Ravichandran Ashwin has problems bowling with the Duke ball.advertisementThat means no place for Kohli’s favourite Yajuvendra Chahal will remain a One-day specialist. These days every player, who gets runs or returns with wickets, swear by the team management, saying they have been given the freedom to bat the way they naturally do and experiment they way they want while bowling. All this talk in the run up to the big tour will make for good sound bites.(Veturi Srivatsa is a senior journalist and the views expressed are personal. He can be reached at–IANSvs/kk/vmlast_img read more

Malaika Arora in sports bra and tights is fashionista at the gym. Sister Amrita is there too

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VIDEO: Gilberto Silva previews NLD

first_imgVideos VIDEO: Arsenal legend Gilberto Silva previews Saturday’s crunch North London derby Goal 23:00 11/17/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Gilberto Silva | Arsenal Getty Images Videos Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur Arsenal Tottenham Hotspur Premier League The former Gunners midfielder has recalled his memories of the Premier League clash ahead of the latest instalment at the Emirates Gilberto Silva is hoping Arsenal can get the better of Tottenham Hotspur in Saturday’s crucial derby at the Emirates Stadium.The Gunners are desperate to get one over their fierce rivals after suffering a defeat to Manchester City in their last Premier League clash as they cannot afford to slip further behind their rivals.With Tottenham sitting third in the table and eight points behind City, it could prove to be a key game for both sides. 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 And former Gunners star Gilberto Silva feels the players must overcome the tension if they are to get a good result.”It’s the kind of game that a player wants to play because it’s your main rival and on the other hand you don’t want to lose,” he told Goal in preview of the game. “I hope the next game for Arsenal against Tottenham will be a good game and Arsenal do a great job on the field to get three points.”Everyone knows that it’s an important game, it’s a hard game to play, you have the main rival and on the other hand you want to win as much as the other team. It’s the same.”They have to keep calm and a strong mentality is important.”last_img read more

Croatia star Kalinic sent home from World Cup

first_imgCroatia World Cup over for Kalinic as Croatia star sent home Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 23:43 6/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) NikolaKalinic - cropped Getty Images Croatia World Cup Croatia v Nigeria Argentina v Croatia Argentina After reports that the Milan striker had refused to come off the bench during Saturday’s win, he will play no further part in the tournament Croatia have sent AC Milan striker Nikola Kalinic home from the World Cup due to a back problem, head coach Zlatko Dalic has confirmed.Reports emerged earlier on Monday that Kalinic had refused to come off the bench during his country’s opening 2-0 win over Nigeria in Group D, citing his back complaint.Speaking after Saturday’s match, Dalic told reporters his side had finished the 90 minutes without injuries but “with a problem”. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move However, Dalic told a specially arranged news conference that Kalinic would depart Croatia’s team base in Roschino but due to recurring back spasms, as opposed to any disciplinary issue.”During the Nigeria encounter, Kalinic was warming up and was supposed to come on in the second half. However, he then stated that he wasn’t ready to come on due to a back issue,” Dalic said. “The same thing happened during the Brazil friendly in England, as well as before the practice session on Sunday. “I have calmly accepted that, and since I need my players fit and ready to play, I have [to make] this decision.”Kalinic struggled to find his best form after joining AC Milan from Fiorentina last season, scoring six goals in 31 Serie A appearances.The 30-year-old’s absence means Croatia lack a specialist alternative to Mario Mandzukic, although Andrej Kramaric – who started the Nigeria game playing off the Juventus man – can lead the line if needed.Croatia are back in action against Argentina in Nizhny Novgorod on Thursday.last_img read more

Iowa ‘Very Interested’ In Pac-12 Grad Transfer

first_imgClose-up view of Iowa footballs.LINCOLN, NE – NOVEMBER 24: General view of footballs used by the Iowa Hawkeyes before the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on November 24, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)The Iowa Hawkeyes are searching high and low to find players to add to their roster for 2019, and may have found a key special teams player in the Pac-12.In an interview with Hawkeye Nation, Arizona State punter Michael Sleep-Dalton revealed that he is looking into Iowa as a graduate transfer destination.Sleep-Dalton revealed that he had spoken to Iowa special teams coach LeVar Woods, and that the school is “very interested” in bringing him into the fold.“I’ve been in contact with (special teams) coach (LeVar) Woods. They are very interested in me,” Sleep-Dalton told spoke glowingly of Woods, and expressed that he was encouraged by the prospect of working with him.“I really like coach Woods. He’s very relatable and knows what it takes to get from college to the next level. We get along very well,” he said.Iowa punter Colten Rastetter had a respectable 38.9 yards per punt average in 2018. But Sleep-Dalton exceeded those marks in both of his two years as a starter for the Sun Devils.In 2017, Sleep-Dalton recorded 39.9 yards per punt, while in 2018 he increased that number to 43.8 yards per punt.He has 19 punts of 50 yards or more over the past two seasons, with another 36 punts inside the 20, and another 33 that were fair caught.last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Twinning Project Route 245, Trunk 4 and Thorburn Road, near Exit 27, Highway 104, will be periodically reduced to one lane for paving work for the Highway 104 twinning project. Construction is expected to be finished by Tuesday, July 31. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Local Area Office: 902-755-7077 KINGS COUNTY: Shore Road, Oglivie Wharf Shore Road will be closed for repairs to Oglivie Wharf until Friday, Aug. 31. A detour is in place. Local Area Office: 902-670-0762 CONTINUING WORK GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge on Route 344 at Middle Melford is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit is reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 RICHMOND COUNTY: West Bay Highway West Bay Highway, from 100 metres east of Black River Bridge for about six kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for maintenance until Sunday, Sept. 30. Traffic control and a pilot vehicle are on site. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Hillside Road Hillside Road from Trunk 22 south for about seven kilometres will be reduced to one lane for paving until Sunday, Sept. 30. Traffic control on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-563-2247 PICTOU COUNTY: Weirs Bridge Closed Weirs Bridge on Shore Road in the Waterside-Caribou Island area of Pictou County is closed to traffic. Two paved detour routes are available on R. Grant Road and Shore Road, and a gravel road detour on Otter Road. Drivers should use extra caution and allow for extra time when travelling in this area. Local Area Office: 902-893-6194 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Belmont Road Belmont Road, from Trunk 2 north to Onslow Mountain Road and Belmont Road underpass, will be reduced to one lane for maintenance until Saturday, July 21. Traffic control on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-893-5776 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Exit 7 on Highway 125 will have occasional lane closures until Aug. 31, during construction of a bridge. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Allan Hill and South Branch Roads Allan Hill and South Branch roads in the Advocate area have a weight restriction of five tonnes until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Trunk 2 Trunk 2, for about six kilometres from West Brook Road to Southampton, will be reduced to one lane for maintenance until Monday, July 30. Traffic control people are on site Local Area Office: 902-667-6586 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Trunk 2, Springhill Junction Structure The Springhill junction bridge on Trunk 2 will be reduced to one lane for road repairs until Tuesday, July 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-667-6586 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Lower South River Bridge Lower South River Bridge will be closed to replace the bridge and approaches. A detour is in place until Aug. 31. Traffic control on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-863-7378 KINGS COUNTY: Aylesford Brooklyn Street from Morden Road easterly to New Road, Aylesford, will be closed for replacement of the Busby McMahon Bridge from Monday, June 11 until Friday, July 27. Detour is in place.The bridge is reduced to one lane until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-538-4199 VICTORIA COUNTY: Red Bridge, Big Baddeck The Red Bridge on the Old Margaree Road in Big Baddeck is closed to traffic. A detour is in place. The bridge will be replaced this construction season. Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 106 Highway 106, from Exit 2 north to the Pictou Rotary, for about six kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for bridge repairs until Friday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people and signals are on site. The speed limit is reduced in the work zone, expect delays. Hours of work: Monday to Thursday 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Fridays 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 INVERNESS COUNTY: Chisholm Bridge The intersection of Northside River Denys Road and Southside River Road will be closed for repairs to Chisholm Bridge until Friday, July 13. A detour is in place. Local Area Office: 902-756-3192 YARMOUTH COUNTY: Highway 103 Highway 103 from Exit 33 to Yarmouth will be reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Motorists can expect delays. Local Area Office: 902-742-2416 COLCHESTER COUNTY: North River Sabra Lynds Bridge, Route 311, North River will be reduced to one lane for bridge repairs until Friday, July 13. Traffic signals on site. Work takes place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-893-6194 HANTS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101 from Exit 5A, westerly 6 kilometres to start of Twinned Highway will be reduced to one lane for repairs until Sunday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people on site. Stop and go traffic will be in place. Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104, East of Exit 27A Traffic on Highway 104 will be detoured east of Exit 27A for about half a kilometre until Saturday, July 24, to complete construction work for the twinning project. Detour will be 24 hours a day. Local Area Office: 902-755-7077 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Starting Monday July 9, Trunk 4 and Route 245 traffic will access Highway 104 via the new Exit 27 Interchange, formerly Exit 27A. Temporary traffic control will be in place in various locations along Highway 104 in Sutherland’s River during this period. Motorists should anticipate traffic delays and one-lane closures until Tuesday, July 31. Local Area Office: 902-755-7077 INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge Crowdis Bridge on Marble Mountain Road in Valley Mills will be closed for repairs until Friday, Aug. 10. Detour signs are in place. Local Area Office: 902-625-4050 KINGS COUNTY: Trunk 1 Trunk 1, from the Annapolis-Kings county line, east to Greenwood Road, will be reduced to one lane for repairs until Wednesday, Oct. 31. There will be periodic lane closures. Expect delays. Traffic control people are on site. Local Area Office: 902-538-4199 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Coldstream Road Coldstream Road, from Alton Road south for about six kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Friday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-890-7085 NEW WORK LUNENBURG COUNTY: Dollivers Brook Bridge The Dollivers Brook Bridge on Route 331 in Voglers Cove will be closed for replacement beginning Thursday, June 21. A detour, using Highway 103 and Hirtle Road, is available. The closure is in effect until Saturday, July 7. Drivers should use extra caution and obey all signs and personnel. Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 VICTORIA COUNTY: MacLeod Angus Bridge Traffic on the MacLeod Angus Bridge in South Harbour is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic signals are in place. Local Area Office: 902-383-2232 YARMOUTH COUNTY: Highway 103 Highway 103 from Exit 32 to Exit 31 will be reduced to one lane for paving until further notice. Motorists can expect delays. 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White House press secretary Sarah Sanders resigns

first_imgWashington: White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, who famously said that God “wanted Donald Trump to become president” has resigned, becoming the latest senior aide of the US president to exit his administration. President Trump made the surprise announcement on Twitter that Sanders will step down at the end of the month. “After 3 1/2 years, our wonderful Sarah Huckabee Sanders will be leaving the White House at the end of the month and going home to the Great State of Arkansas….,” Trump said in a tweet on Thursday. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’ “She is a very special person with extraordinary talents, who has done an incredible job! I hope she decides to run for Governor of Arkansas – she would be fantastic. Sarah, thank you for a job well done!” tweeted the US president. Sanders, 36, has been a loyal mouthpiece, famously saying that God “wanted Donald Trump to become president”. Only the third woman to serve in the prestigious position, Sanders is the daughter of popular Republican politician and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in China Later at a White House event, Trump praised Sanders. “We’ve been through a lot together. She’s tough, and she’s good. You also have tough and bad, right? She’s tough but she’s good. She’s great. And she’s going to be leaving the service of her country and she’s going to be going – I guess you could say the private sector but I hope she’s going she comes from a great state, Arkansas. “That’s a state I won by a lot, so I like it. We love Arkansas. She’s going to be going back to Arkansas with her great family. Her husband is fantastic, Trump said. Her credibility was questioned during a combative tenure that saw press briefings all but relegated to a thing of the past. She started out as deputy press secretary before replacing Sean Spicer in the top post in July 2017. The outgoing White House Press Secretary said it was one of the “greatest jobs she could ever have”. “This has been the honour of a lifetime, the opportunity of a lifetime. I couldn’t be prouder to have had the opportunity to serve my country, and particularly to work for this president. “He has accomplished so much in these two-and-a-half years, and it’s truly been something I will treasure forever. It’s one of the greatest jobs I could ever have. I’ve loved every minute, even the hard minutes. I’ve loved it, Sanders said. She praised Trump and his team. “I love the president; I love the team that I’ve had the opportunity to work for. The president is surrounded by some of the most incredible and most talented people you could ever imagine, and it’s truly the most special experience. The only one I can think of that might top it just a little bit is the fact that I’m a mom, Sanders said. She vowed to “be one of the most outspoken and loyal supporters of the president and his agenda. I know he’s going to have an incredible six more years and get a lot more done, like what we’re here to celebrate today. Sanders said, “I do not know, when asked if she is considering running for governor of Arkansas. “I learned long time ago never to rule anything out,” she told the reporters. Later talking to a group of reporters, Sanders said she wanted to spend time with her family and kids who are growing. She has three kids of seven, five and four years of age. Early this year Indian American Raj Shah departed the White House as the Deputy Press Secretary.last_img read more

BC parents urged to check immunization records after Chinese vaccine recall

first_imgVANCOUVER – Health authorities in British Columbia are urging parents of toddlers who were vaccinated in parts of China last year to check their records for a recalled vaccine.The BC Centre for Disease Control says two batches of vaccines for DTP — diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis, also known as whooping cough — failed testing and were eventually recalled in October 2017.The centre says the two batches in question may not provide full immunity to patients, and children who received them may require additional vaccination.The two batches were used by provincial disease control centres in both the Shandong and Hebei provinces, and by the city of Chongqing’s Disease Prevention and Control Centre.The centre says there are no safety concerns with the vaccines, but parents of children who were under two years old and living in those areas from March to October 2017 should check their immunization records.Parents are urged to contact local health authorities if their child received either vaccine. Complete details are on the BC Centre for Disease Control website.last_img read more

WPC two others interdicted

The Borellesgamuwa police had arrested a woman yesterday over an offence and detained her at the Borellesgamuwa police station.However the suspect had managed to escape from the police station last evening undetected. A Woman Police Constable (WPC) and two policemen attached to the Borellesgamuwa police station have been interdicted.They were interdicted on the orders of IGP N.K. Illangakoon, police sources told the Colombo Gazette. As a result the IGP had ordered the three police constables to be interdicted pending an investigation. (Colombo Gazette)

Burundi Council members back transitional arrangements pending settlement

In a press statement by the Council President, Ambassador Wang Yingfan of China, the 15 members of the UN body “warmly welcomed” transitional arrangements proposed by the Facilitator of the Burundi peace process, Nelson Mandela.”The members of the Council called on all the parties to reach agreement on, and all States in the region to support, this proposal that will represent a crucial step forward in the peace process,” said Ambassador Wang. “They urged the signatories of the Arusha agreement, and the implementation monitoring committee, to contribute positively to the functioning of the transitional institutions.” The proposed transitional arrangements aim to facilitate peaceful governance in Burundi pending a final political settlement, as called for by the Arusha peace agreement. Council members “strongly urged” the armed groups to suspend hostilities, and called on all States in the region to cease any military support to those groups, according to the statement.Concerning Burundi’s requirements for outside aid, the members “stressed the need for economic and humanitarian assistance from the international community once the transitional government is formed, bearing in mind the security situation throughout the country,” the statement said. read more

Sudan African Union to investigate weekend Darfur violence – UN mission

According to UNMIS, the African Union Mission in Sudan (AMIS) is also investigating a reported ambush on the military in Darfur, where, tens of thousands of people have been killed and around 2 million driven from their homes since fighting between the Khartoum Government allied militia and rebel forces began in 2003.As for the overall security situation in Darfur, the UN mission said that some banditry acts, including by the rebels groups, had reportedly taken place. It added that armed banditry persisted in the three states of Darfur, including killing of civilians, attacks and looting of commercial trucks and non-governmental organizations and their passengers.

Oil starts week lower on concerns about Spanish banks and European economy

by News Staff Posted Jun 25, 2012 4:03 pm MDT Oil starts week lower on concerns about Spanish banks and European economy AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – The price of oil declined Monday as Spain’s banking crisis added to concerns about the troubled European economy.A tropical storm also moved away from the heart of America’s oil production in the Gulf of Mexico, reducing the chances for a sustained disruption in U.S. supplies.Benchmark U.S. crude fell by 55 cents to end the day at US$79.21 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. At one point it had dropped to nearly $78 per barrel.Oil fell after Spain asked for a loan to support its banking sector, which is reeling from a collapse in the country’s real estate sector. Spain hasn’t said how much it will ask for, though international audits say the banks need $78 billion.Concerns about Europe’s economy have helped cut oil prices by 25 per cent since May 1. Part of the eurozone already is in recession and analysts expect its economy to slow down even more. That will further cut energy demand in a region that consumes 16 per cent of the world’s oil. Demand for goods made in the U.S. and China would drop as well.Meanwhile, tropical storm Debby gave little support to oil prices after it swept through the Gulf of Mexico without seriously hurting production or imports.The storm did cause a shutdown of about 44 per cent of the Gulf’s oil production and 35 per cent of its natural gas production. But by Monday many workers were returning to the 189 production platforms and 22 drilling rigs that had been evacuated.Independent petroleum analyst Jim Ritterbusch said the impact on production wasn’t sustained long enough to affect oil prices. Supplies are at the highest level since 1990. One weekend storm won’t make a serious dent, Ritterbusch said.“We have a nice cushion right now,” he said.Debby moved northeast and its winds weakened overnight to a maximum of about 70 kilometres per hour as it neared the Florida panhandle.At the pump, U.S. retail gasoline prices fell by four cents over the weekend to a national average of $3.41 per gallon (90 cents a litre), according to auto club AAA, Wright Express and Oil Price Information Service. That’s 52 cents a barrel cheaper than the first week of April, when the national average peaked for the year.In Canada, the price at the pump averaged C$1.227 per litre, down from $1.270 a month ago, according to other futures trading, heating oil added less than a penny to finish at US$2.5385 per gallon while wholesale gasoline added 7.59 cents to end at $2.6458 per gallon. Natural gas added 6.9 cents to finish at $2.694 per 1,000 cubic feet.Brent crude, which helps set the price for oil imported into the U.S., was nearly unchanged, adding 3 cents to finish at $91.01 per barrel in London.___Follow Chris Kahn on Twitter at, TSX:IMO, TSX:SU, TSX:HSE, NYSE:BP, NYSE:COP, NYSE:XOM, NYSE:CVX, TSX:CNQ, TSX:TLM, TSX:COS.UN, TSX:CVE) read more

The Tax Man Cometh

When the issue was raised at the Modernising Vehicle Registration Implementation Board – a group which represents consumers, the police, the motor industry and government – there was a unanimous rejection of any proposal to increase the current £25 fee. In a letter to Transport Minister David Jamieson MP, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders today pointed out that the proposed increase in costs to consumers seemed to be covering the estimated 1.75 million vehicles that remain unlicensed each year. Christopher Macgowan, SMMT chief executive said, ‘There is simply no justification to increase this fee by up to 52 per cent for buyers of new cars and commercial vehicles. The truth is that due to fraud and evasion some 1.75 million cars fail to pay their duty each year and it appears that this is a back-door way of recovering the money. Motor industry and consumers reject proposed 52 per cent rise in new car charges Government proposals to increase the first registration fee for new vehicles have been slammed by the motor industry. The current £25 fee was introduced in 1998 to cover the administration costs throughout the life of the vehicle, but the DVLA is now proposing to raise that to £32 or even £38 by the end of 2003. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) ENDS ‘In addition to the added cost to consumers, there will also be an extra burden on manufacturers and dealers who will have to change advertising and marketing materials to reflect this surprise new tax. At a time when new car prices have fallen by up to 20 per cent and the car market is under considerable pressure, it is outrageous that a tax hike of this kind is being planned.’ read more

Carbon High Sends Off Graduating Class of 2019

Family, friends and peers gathered together on Wednesday afternoon at the BDAC on USU Eastern’s campus to celebrate Carbon High’s Graduating Class of 2019.The valedictorian, Alheli Pendleton, spoke not just on the year the class shared together, but of the opportunities that are in front of them. “We don’t have just the world in our hands, but the universe,” Pendleton said.Mariah Behunin, the senior class president, touched on the highlights of the year, including besting Emery in football for the first time in nearly two decades. Co-salutatorians Regan Hanson and Elley Cowdell paid tribute to those that have been the biggest support to the graduates, parents and teachers. The keynote speaker for the event was Frank Peczuh, President and CEO of Peczuh Printing. He spoke about the importance of working hard and creating the most of opportunities.There were special musical numbers performed by the high school band, symphonic band and vocal jazz and concert choir. Jewelianna Nielson, Abbigail Maddox and Sam King also performed “Long Live” by Taylor Swift.The students then closed a chapter in their lives and received their diplomas. Principal Bruce Bean was emotional as he presented the class for the last time before moving to a district occupation next year.Photos by Jeff Barrett read more

Disabled teenage girl left unable to communicate after her voice machine is

first_imgMaya using her computer Mr Johnson, who is a Business Analyst, said: ” I just put it on Twitter – I don’t have thousands of followers – I was just hoping that word would get spread. I didn’t think it would be shared as much as it did. Alan Shearer posted it to his followers and sent me a message!” Miya is able to speak to her parents by looking at pictures on the screen, which then tracks her eye movements. He explained: “It’s called an accent 1400, it’s called an eye gaze, she looks at the pictures and that’ll speak for her – if it’s a picture of her mum it’ll say mum. “It’s got little interactive cartoons, it helps her be active with her brain.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The family is desperate to get the device back, and her father has been searching high and low for it, and after he reported the theft to the police he went around every second-hand and computer shop in the area.He said: “Every one is designed for a different client as her eyes look differently to anyone else so it would have to be designed specifically for her needs.”Everything would have to be designed for Miya. That could take time, it wouldn’t be an overnight thing.”To scrape together money for the first device, the family had fundraised including holding bake sales and members of the public helped with the efforts. Because of this, the family is loath to start up a fundraising campaign for a new one until it is certain the stolen device won’t be returned. Miya Thirlby with her mother Kerie and twin Maciecenter_img Maya using her computerCredit:PA Miya Thirlby with her mother Kerie and twin MacieCredit:PA The devastated parents of a teenager with cerebral palsy have launched a campaign after her speech machine, the one way she has of communicating, was stolen from their car.16-year-old Miya Thirlby’s specially-programmed machine, called a liberator accent 100, costs £6,000 and took the family six months to acquire and program three years ago.The theft took place overnight between January 8 and 9 when someone gained access to a blue VW vehicle in Pennycross and snatched a speech generating device.Her father, Paul Johnson 40, said she has been unable to communicate since Tuesday when a thief broke into his car and stole the device. He has started a social media search, and his tweet has been shared 6,000 times.Mr Johnson, from Pennycross, Plymouth, told The Telegraph that he was shocked by the kindness of strangers, who have offered to help him pay for a new one, and the many people, including former footballer Alan Shearer, who have messaged lending their support. Mr Johnson put out an appeal to the thief and said: “If the thief  has a conscience and realises what it is they stole, they should hand it in to the police.”last_img read more

Vale S11D stockyard machinery tested for first time

first_imgThe S11D Carajás iron ore project has begun the functional test phase for machinery in the Buffer Stockyard, the location where stock is held provisionally under ideal conditions to supply the plant. A twin boom stacker, with a reach in excess of 70 m, was the first to be tested. The remaining five items of machinery, three bridge reclaimers and two twin boom stackers, are also undergoing operational testing.This is another important step in the project, which is scheduled to begin operation by the end of 2016 and will produce 90 Mt/y of high-grade iron ore.“This is yet another important stage completed. We’ve completed 86% of the mine and plant construction program and will now continue with the operational testing for the project,” says Mauricio Gasparini, Executive Leader for Engineering, Planning and Construction for the Carajás S11D Iron Project.At the end of January, another important landmark was reached when the 9.5-km long distance conveyor belt (acronym TCLD in Portuguese) was energised. The TCLD is an integral component of one of the project’s principal technological solutions, the truckless system, which also includes excavators and crushers. These are destined to replace off-road trucks and will result in a 70% reduction in the amount of diesel consumed and a 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.The next phase will be the conclusion of the commissioning program (operational testing) for the secondary crusher (where blocks of ore are reduced in size) and buffer stockyard. The next step will be to conclude electromechanical assembly of the mine and TCLD ore line.  All earthmoving work has been concluded and the truckless system machinery assembly phase is nearing completion.In the current challenging state of the world’s iron ore market, the Carajás S11D Iron Project, whose mine and processing plant is nearing completion in Canaã dos Carajás, will help Brazil retain its competitive edge in the mining sector, Vale says. The new facility’s production will complement Carajás’ current production by offering high-grade ore with low levels of contaminants at low cost.Truckless technology and conveyors will also make it possible to build the processing plant in a grassland region outside the forest area. The plant was designed to operate with the use of natural humidity. As such, it will not produce tailings or require the use of tailing dams. It will also reduce water consumption by 93%, equivalent to the volume required to supply a city of 400,000 inhabitants.“Through the project, Vale is also investing in a number of social initiatives in the municipality. More than 30 building projects have been concluded or are currently underway in partnership with the municipal authorities, including the construction and refurbishment of seven schools, refurbishment of the municipal hospital, construction of the Producers’ Fair and the extension of the electrical energy network.”The picture shows the stacker with boom in excess of 70 m undergoing initial testing (Credit Salviano Machado)last_img read more

Weird Wide Web Google Street View blunder chopping off fingers and mating

first_imgWELCOME TO THE WEIRD Wide Web – where we take a look at the week’s best offerings in tech and social media news.Extreme reaction to new product of the weekSo everyone has been harping on about the new iPhone this week. Whatever the merits and demerits of the new version, the fingerprint recognition feature has got the tech world buzzing. A couple of media outlets took a somewhat extreme angle on this new feature, warning readers that it could mean an increase in phone thieves chopping off people’s fingers. Yikes.(Image: Apple)Google Street View blunder of the weekA Google Street View car was involved in an embarrassing incident this week, ramming a bus and a truck while trying to flee from another collision with a bus, Business Insider reports. No one was injured in the incident and we’re hoping Google still uses those images..Music-lovers’ app of the weekLet your obsessions flourish with the Seenth app which will let you track social media updates from your favourite artists, TechCrunch reports. It has both an artist feed and a fan feed so you can choose to block out the noise or interact with you fellow music fans.(Image: Seenth)Inappropriate USB-lighter ad of the weekGizmodo spotted this cracker and we just had to share it with you. It’s a USB key that can light cigarettes and it’s also very ‘romantic’, albeit a little forceful… Our favourite scene is the one in which he plugs his butt into a laptop and blows a bubble.(Video: Jii Lighter/YouTube)last_img read more

The Ultimate Super Smash Bros Character Guide Falco

first_img Falco Prefers The Air!Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is huge. Not just in terms of hype and importance and sales potential, but just in terms of sheer stuff. The Nintendo Switch mascot fighter features over a hundred stages, nearly a thousand songs, and too many Pokemon and items and Assist Trophies to think of crammed onto a cartridge you can plan on the go or on a TV. When you have as many big franchises as Nintendo, putting them all in one game will make that game is very big boy indeed.But the biggest, most exciting thing about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is its mind-blowing, heartwarming roster of playable characters. Fighting games pride themselves not just on the strength of their mechanics but the strength of its fighters, especially in a crossover fighters like this. And Super Smash Bros. Ultimate crushes all rivals by including every single playable character from the across the four previous games in the twenty-year-old series. Include the new combatants and so far we have over 70 fighters to wrap our heads around. We’re excited, but we’re also intimidated. So to get ready for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, every day, character by character, we’re creating the ultimate guide to all of its characters. Today’s fighter: Falco. ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President‘Undertale’s’ Sans Is Basically a Brand New ‘Sma… Stay on targetcenter_img Who Are They?Falco Lombardi is 1. An incredible name and 2. A member of Nintendo’s sci-fi animal gang Star Fox. This literal bird is the hotshot pilot of the team, the type of guy who gets into heated arguments with leader Fox McCloud and always threatens to quit, but also always comes back because beneath that fire is deep loyalty and respect for his friends. Classic Top Gun stuff, really.Smash HistoryFalco first appeared as a secret character in Super Smash Bros. Melee. And as a clone of Fox, of one of the best characters in the game, Falco was also extremely good. In some respects he was better, especially with his fast aerial spike. As he appeared in later games he received new changes, like blue colors for his slower, stronger lasers and the ability to kick his reflector. However, for the most part Falco has unfortunately become weaker than Fox over time.What Looks New in Ultimate?Falco doesn’t have any new moves in Ultimate aside from a revamped Arwing Final Smash similar to Fox. And his aesthetics haven’t really changed either aside from some Star Fox Zero touches. The updates are more technical, adjustments to lag and damage output. But Falco is a very technical characters so seemingly small changes could have big impact.Our Hopes?If you want to play a Star Fox character that feels significantly different from Fox, be grateful that Wolf is back in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. But if you just want to mix it up a little bit, try Falco. Our biggest hope is that their similar moves once again make them similarly competitive.Super Smash Bros. Ultimate releases Dec. 7 for Nintendo Switch. Until we can play more for ourselves, changes we talk about here are mostly speculation. For more thoughts check out our Smash hands-on as well as cool Switch games to play that aren’t Smash Bros., because those definitely exist.View as: One Page Slides1/761. Read Mario’s Guide2. Read Donkey Kong’s Guide3. Read Link’s Guide4. Read Samus’s Guide5. Read Dark Samus’s Guide6. Read Yoshi’s Guide7. Read Kirby’s Guide8. Read Fox’s Guide9. Read Pikachu’s Guide10. Read Luigi’s Guide11. Read Ness’s Guide12. Read Captain Falcon’s Guide13. Read Jigglypuff’s Guide14. Read Peach’s Guide15. Read Daisy’s Guide16. Read Bowser’s Guide17. Read Ice Climbers’ Guide18. Read Sheik’s Guide19. Read Zelda’s Guide20. Read Dr. Mario’s Guide21. Read Pichu’s Guide22. Read Falco’s Guide23. Read Marth’s Guide24. Read Lucina’s Guide25. Read Young Link’s Guide26. 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Read Ridley’s Guide67. Read Simon’s Guide68. Read Richter’s Guide69. Read King K. Rool’s Guide70. Read Isabelle’s Guide71. Read Ken’s Guide72. Read Incineroar’s Guide73. Read Piranha Plant’s Guide74. Read Joker’s Guide75. Read Hero’s Guide76. Read Banjo and Kazooie’s Guidelast_img read more