Five killed, nine injured in boiler blast in sugar factory in Bihar

first_imgAt least five persons have lost their lives and nine were injured when a boiler at a sugar factory in Gopalganj district of Bihar exploded on Wednesday night. Three of the seriously injured persons have been admitted to Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) for further treatment.Earlier in November, 46 people were killed in a similar incident at a sugar factory in Rae Bareli of neighbouring Uttar Pradesh.Eyewitnesses said the incident at Sasa Musa sugar factory in Gopalganj district happened at midnight when the decrepit boiler exploded all of a sudden. The reason for the blast is yet to be ascertained.“Altogether five persons have been killed and nine others have been injured in the blast…the death toll may rise as some of them are serious injured”, said a worker of the factory.Among the deceased are Arjun Kushwaha, Kripa Yadav and Md. Shamsuddin. It is feared that several other workers may still be trapped under the debris.The injured have been admitted at the civil hospital in Gopalganj where condition of some them is said to be critical. The doctors have referred three seriously injured persons to PMCH for further treatment.Eight of the injured have been identified as Banka Yadav, Kanhaiya Prasad, Md. Harool, Parasnath, Bikram Yadav, Ravindra Yadav, Md. Hasanuddin and Chandradev Prasad.Soon after the incident, police and other senior district officials reached the factory and started rescue operations. The police are investigating to ascertain the reason behind the incident.Meanwhile, the workers of the factory have demanded compensation and jobs for the kin of those killed in the incident.last_img read more

Battle over Bankim Chandra in Bengal

first_imgBharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah’s Bengal visit has triggered a race for ownership of one of Bengal’s foremost 19th century scholars, Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay.While Mr. Shah delivered the Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay Memorial Lecture on Wednesday, the Trinamool Congress organised a three-day programme to mark the 180th birth anniversary of the scholar who penned Vande Mataram. The BJP chief triggered a controversy when he said that the Congress “truncated” Vande Mataram to address its political ambitions, a claim challenged by historian and TMC MP Sugata Bose. Joining issue, political scientists and historians have asked if competition to own Bankim Chandra would help political parties in West Bengal.Political scientist Ashis Nandy said though Bankim Chandra “may not have relevance” in today’s Bengal, in the writer’s time “a definitive strand of Hindu nationalism was evident”.“This strand [of Hindu nationalism] was relevant during and even before Banga Bhanga [1905, first Partition of Bengal] and there was an element of love for Hindu nation-state in Bengal. But perhaps in those days, many used to nurture such sentiments, inspired by Europe,” Prof. Nandy said, adding that the BJP was perhaps trying to work on this strand.However, he said the idea of Bengal’s Hindu nationalism, as articulated by Bankim Chandra, was “mildly violent”.‘Less violent’“The Bengali brand of Hindu nationalism was far less violent, which may not go well with the Sangh Parivar’s brand of violent nationalism,” Prof. Nandy said, noting that 19th century nationalism will not work in the 21st century.Former Indian Council of Historical Research chairperson Sabyasachi Bhattacharya, who penned the book Vande Mataram: The Biography of a Song, however, feels that Bankim Chandra continues to remain “relevant in our times”.“Addressed to Mother Bengal, the song in a sense represents a stage in the transition from regional patriotism to a nationalism more broadly conceived. The fact that the song and Bankim’s works continue to be referred to even today – and controverted and defended – shows that his impact on our historical imagination was great and he continues to be relevant in our times,” Prof. Bhattacharya noted.He does not deny that “some literary critics of Bankim’s times pointed to his habit of ‘heroising’ Hindu characters and denigrating Muslims”.Above all, the song Vande Mataram, which he put at the ideational core of his novel Anandamath, “in iconising the country as a mother figure, alienated Muslim sentiments.” Intellectuals affiliated to the BJP, however, claimed that Bankim Chandra was “not an anti-Muslim writer” as is usually branded in Bengal.Historian and TMC MP Sugato Bose challenged Mr. Shah’s opinion that the “truncated” version of Vande Mataram divided the country. Prof. Bose said that at the 1937 AICC conference in Kolkata, the first two stanzas were sung so that “everyone from all religions and communities could sing it”.last_img read more

You’ve got mail: Kolkata GPO celebrates 150 years

first_imgEarlier in day, an extension of the postal museum, housed in the building, was inaugurated.The museum displayed an exhibition of illustrations depicting postmen carrying letters. Titled In the eyes of Artists Abroad, the exhibition includes a picture of bullock carts carrying letters. These photographs were published in several journals and periodicals published in the mid 19th century . Other exhibits in the museum include badges used by postmen, weighing machines and the first postage stamps, printed at the Survey of India office in 1854 and a “Post Office Map of provinces of Bengal, Behar, and Orissa and Arracan” dating back to 1854.Cannon foundMs. Ghosh said that the site where the GPO stands played witness to many historical events. “A few months ago, during renovation of the building, we found a cannon. We will place it in the extended museum,” she said. She added that it was still a “matter of conjecture” whether the Old Fort, where the GPO stands today is the site of the “Black Hole Tragedy” of 1756. According to historians, the “Black Hole Tragedy” refers to the time when several English prisoners died as a result of incarceration in a crammed prison by Nawab of Bengal Siraj ud-Daulah after he attacked Calcutta. “We have a plaque of this nature and researchers of the Archaeological Survey of India are working to ascertain whether this is a site of the alleged incident,” she said.J. Charukesi, Postmaster General, Kolkata Region said that even before the GPO, the first post office in India operated from 1774 in Kolkata from another building. “In those days, the postal department catered to the mail requirement of the East India Company and British officials,” she said. Ms Charukesi said that the history of building was linked to the history of the city. During the week-long celebration, several events like a heritage walk, release of a coffee-table book and a documentary on the GPO have been planned. “The GPO is also an important tourist destination and we all must take pledge to conserve this beautiful structure,” Ms. Ghosh. There are several other post office heritage structures, including the head post offices in Darjeeling, Cooch Behar and Dead Letter Office on the Dalhousie Square where all letters whose addresses could not be traced used to end up. Under the 120-foot-high dome of Kolkata’s General Post Office (GPO), a special postal cover was released on Monday. The event marked 150 years of the GPO.A fresh coat of paint and tiny fairy lights adorned the heritage structure with Corinthian columns on the east and the south, overseeing the Dalhousie square in the city. The historic building was opened to the public on October 2, 1868.“The construction of this building started in 1864. The building was designed by architect Walter B. Granville and in those days ₹6.5 lakh was spent on this structure,” Arundhati Ghosh, Chief Post Master General (CPMG), West Bengal Circle, told The Hindu. Describing the GPO as not only an iconic building of the city, but also the biggest working post office of the Kolkata Circle with a revenue of ₹4 – 5 crore every month, Ms. Ghosh said that the cost of renovation of the structure came to ₹70 lakh.last_img read more

No sweep: La Salle takes down top seed Ateneo

first_imgView comments Read Next LATEST STORIES Banking on Ben Mbala and Ricci Rivero in the fourth quarter, the Green Archers, who prevented the Blue Eagles from completing an elimination round sweep, closed the game on a 10-0 run in the final 2:24.Rivero delivered the exclamation point when he rejected Anton Asistio’s potential game-tying trey as time ran out.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Big win,” said DLSU head coach Aldin Ayo, who finally attended the post-game press conference after being a no-show during his team’s last eight wins.“We got lucky in the end game, especially Isaac Go’s semi hook. It was uncontested and luckily, it did not go in. I have to commend the players for their effort, for sticking to the game plan especially during the end game.” ‘Like champions:’ UST posts emotional win to end nightmare season Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFuming and up in arms, all La Salle coach Aldin Ayo needed to do was to take off his jacket and slam it to the floor to send a message to his team.In response, La Salle woke up just in time to pull off a come-from-behind win, 79-76, and deal top seed Ateneo its first defeat in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. La Salle finished the eliminations on a seven-game winning streak.Mbala scattered 28 points, 19 rebounds, six steals and six blocks while Rivero scored 21 points and grabbed five rebounds.The two combined for 19 points in the fourth quarter, where the Archers battled back from 12 points down.Kib Montalbo also shone for La Salle in the clutch after hitting the go-ahead basket, 77-76, with 40.3 seconds left.Isaac Go blew a golden opportunity to push the Blue Eagles back up after flubbing a gimme in the last 10 seconds of the game.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 The Final Four begins on Saturday with No. 2 La Salle taking on No. 3 Adamson. The other semifinals matchup is on Sunday with Ateneo facing No. 4 Far Eastern University.The Eagles (13-1) and the Archers (12-2) own a twice-to-beat advantage after topping the elimination round.Thirdy Ravena paced Ateneo with 15 points, eight rebounds, four assists, two steals, and a block while Go added 13 points, six boards, and five assists.The scores:LA SALLE 79 – Mbala 28, R. Rivero 21, Tratter 8, Santillan 7, Melecio 6, Montalbo 6, Go 3, Caracut 0, P. Rivero 0, Baltazar 0, Paraiso 0.ATENEO 76 – Ravena 15, Go 13, Ma. Nieto 12, Verano 9, Mendoza 7, Asistio 6, Tolentino 6, Ikeh 4, Porter 3, Mi. Nieto 1, Mamuyac 0, Black 0.Quarters: 17-22, 37-35, 54-63, 79-76.last_img read more

Tennis star’s father pleads not guilty to molesting girls

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philippoussis is accused of molesting two of his tennis students for more than a year, beginning in June 2016.Prosecutors say the encounters took place at his home, in his car and at a San Diego County country club.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 starsPhilippoussis was arrested Tuesday at his San Diego home. At the hearing Thursday, his bail was raised from $2.5 million to $9.2 million.“It is quite a colossal amount,” defense attorney Ryan Tegnelia said. FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Indians finally looking like defending AL champs 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 Nikolaos Philippoussis, the father of retired Australian tennis star Mark Philippoussis, listens during his arraignment at the Vista Courthouse in Vista, California. APVISTA, California — The father of retired tennis star Mark Philippoussis pleaded not guilty Thursday to molesting two 9-year-old girls while he was a private tennis instructor in California.Nikolaos Philippoussis, 68, entered pleas to 14 counts of committing lewd acts and sex acts with children. He could face life in prison if convicted.ADVERTISEMENT Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippoussis, an Australian citizen, was ordered to surrender his passport if he does make bail, but his attorney told the San Diego Union-Tribune that was impossible.Philippoussis’s son Mark Philippoussis was in court for the hearing but declined to comment, the newspaper reported.He is a two-time Grand Slam finalist who ranked as high as eighth in the world and helped Australia win the Davis Cup in 1999 and 2003.Philippoussis was his son’s coach for much of that career. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet ADVERTISEMENT National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

Monaco vs PSG team news: Cavani returns to XI

first_imgParis Saint-Germain head to Monaco’s Stade Louis II on Sunday eager to extend a ‘Big 5’ European-record 12-match winning streak at the beginning of a campaign.Domestically, Thomas Tuchel’s side had swept all their opponents aside until they were pushed close by Lille in a 2-1 victory at home last weekend, but have toiled in Europe, with a 1-1 draw against Napoli on Tuesday doing little to help their aspirations of reaching the last 16 of the Champions League.Monaco, by contrast, are enduring an entirely wretched campaign. They have not won in any competition since the opening Ligue 1 match of the season and were thumped 4-0 by Club Brugge in midweek, effectively eliminating them from Europe entirely. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Game Monaco vs Paris Saint-Germain Date Sunday, November 11 Time 8:00pm GMT / 3:00pm ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream N/A fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on BT Sport 1 and livestreamed on BT Sport Live. UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport 1 BT Sport Live Squads & Team News Position Monaco players Goalkeepers Subasic, Benaglio, Badiashile Defenders Barreca, Jemerson, Sidibe, Raggi, Glik, Toure, Henrichs, Serrano Midfielders Aholou, N’Doram, Rony Lopes, Tielemans, Ait-Bennasser, Golovin, Chadli, Grandsir, Diop, Traore Forwards Falcao, Jovetic, Mboula, Pellegri, Diop, Sylla Monaco coach Thierry Henry has extensive selection headaches before the weekend, particularly as Kamil Glik went off injured against Club Brugge. He has since been ruled out. Almamy Toure, Jean-Eudes Aholou and Almamy Toure have all been ruled out since the midweek match, taking the injury list to 12 long.Danijel Subasic, Kevin Ndoram, Aleksandr Golovin and Stevan Jovetic are all absent because of injuries. Rony Lopes, their star man in 2018, Pietro Pellegri and Willem Geubbels have all stepped up their training following various problems, but are still sidelined.Andrea Raggi and Youri Tielemans are all suspended, but Pele’s red card was overturned on appeal, so he, at least, can play.Monaco XI:  Benaglio; Sidibe, Badiashile, Jemerson, Henrichs; Grandsir, Pele, Ait-Bennasser, Chadli; Falcao, Diop Position PSG players Goalkeepers Buffon, Areola, Cibois Defenders Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Kehrer, Bernat, Kimpembe, Nsoki, Meunier, Dani Alves, Dagba, Kurzawa Midfielders Verratti, Draxler, Di Maria, Diarra, Nkunku, Rabiot Forwards Mbappe, Cavani, Neymar, Choupo-Moting, Diaby Paris Saint-Germain have few such headaches. Long-term absentees Dani Alves and Layvin Kurzawa are closing in on action but are not ready for play yet, while youngster Colin Dagba is missing.Edinson Cavani will be eager to start after being left on the bench in Napoli, where he made only a cameo against his former side. Additionally, Adrien Rabiot has nabbed a place in the starting XI after being benched of late.In goal, Tuchel has gone with Alphonse Areola over Gianluigi Buffon. PSG XI: Areola; Kehrer, Thiago Silva, Kimpembe; Nkunku, Draxler, Rabiot, Bernat, Diaby; Neymar, Mbappe, CavaniBetting & Match Odds Bet365  have placed Monaco as huge 10/1 outsiders to win this match, with PSG rated as a 1/4 shot to continue their winning start to the season. A draw is priced at 11/2.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more .Match Preview Henry MonacoA cloud hovers over both Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain prior to Sunday’s encounter. Monaco have been faced with controversy surrounding owner and president Dmitry Rybolovlev, who has been placed under formal investigation in connection with a major fraud case. The club have denied that the Russian has been involved in any wrongdoing .It is a case that simply adds to their current woes. On the field, they have failed to respond to new coach Thierry Henry, though with a raft of starting players missing, it was always going to be a baptism of fire for the former striker, who has yet to score a win in any of his first five games in charge.”Yes and no,” Henry said after a thumping 4-0 loss to Brugge in midweek when asked if he thought his challenge would be so difficult. “You always try to have an impact straight after arriving. There are so many injuries. Two weeks is not a long time to make changes. We will try to be positive.“We need to find a solution to try to stop Paris. We need to keep moving forward.”PSG, who do not have their problems to seek in Europe either after a 1-1 draw with Napoli leaves them precariously poised in a tight group with Liverpool and Red Star, have been embroiled in a racism row involving the club’s youth academy .They have already confirmed that “forms with illegal content” were used by a recruitment section of their academy and have stressed their condemnation of “all forms of discrimination and racism”.At least things are going rather better for them on the park. They have 12 wins from 12 in Ligue 1 this term, and with 13 a lucky number in France, they are hopeful of continuing an unprecedented start to the campaign against opponents hapless in recent weeks.last_img read more

Cameroon stripped of 2019 African Nations Cup hosting rights

first_imgCameroon has been stripped of the right to host the 2019 African Nations Cup finals due to delays in preparations for the tournament and security concerns.The Confederation of African Football (CAF) confirmed the unanimous decision after a meeting of its executive committee in Accra on Friday.Morocco is the favourite to take over the hosting of the expanded 24-team tournament, which is being held from June 15-July 13, with the preferred candidate to be named by Dec. 31, CAF said in a statement.Cameroon’s ability to host the finals was first questioned when CAF announced in July last year that the tournament would have eight additional teams and only countries capable of putting on world-class tournament, with complete facilities and extensive infrastructure would be allowed to stage the event.Morocco immediately said it was ready to replace Cameroon, beginning more than a year of claims and counter-claims that CAF intended taking the tournament away from Cameroon and giving it to the north African country.CAF sent several inspection teams to check on the progress of the construction of five stadiums proposed for the tournament.”After having heard from representatives of the governmental and sports authorities of Cameroon, and reviewed the latest progress on preparations, CAF notes the gap between the requirements of hosting the AFCON and realities on the ground,” the CAF statement said.”Furthermore, after hearing the conclusions of the CAF Security Inspection Team during their most recent visit to Cameroon, CAF concludes that the Africa Cup of Nations could not be exposed to any issues that could impact on the success of the most prestigious African competition.”advertisementWhen CAF President Ahmad went to Cameroon in October he told the country’s President Paul Biya in front of assembled reporters: “CAF has no Plan B, nor have we ever considered taking the Nations Cup away from Cameroon.”But last week he criticised Cameroon’s inability to regularise the affairs of its football federation, which has been under the control of a normalisation committee for more than a year while it struggles to adopt a new constitution and elect a new executive.”CAF reiterates that Cameroon remains a serious candidate to organise a future edition of AFCON, and acknowledges that Cameroon has mobilised significant resources and worked tirelessly to host AFCON 2019,” CAF said.Next year’s Nations Cup will be the first moved to mid-year to end a long-standing clash between clubs and countries over the release of their players.It will be the fourth successive Nations Cup to have a change of host.The 2013 finals were to be held in Libya but the security situation there meant they were moved to South Africa.In 2015 Morocco had the hosting rights taken away after they expressed fears that travelling fans might bring in the Ebola virus and Equatorial Guinea stepped in with just six months to prepare.The 2017 finals were originally due to be held in South Africa, but they had swapped with Libya, which was then also unable to host and Gabon took over.Also Watch:last_img read more

Phil Steele Names His Top CFB Conference For 2018

first_imgWilton Speight of the Michigan Wolverines throws the ball under pressure from Jordan Sherit #17 of the Florida Gators.ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 02: Wilton Speight #3 of the Michigan Wolverines passes the ball under pressure from Jordan Sherit #17 of the Florida Gators in the third quarter of a game at AT&T Stadium on September 2, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)The battle for conference supremacy in college football isn’t just fought on the field. It is fought on the internet, on talk radio and in print, anywhere where media and fans can debate which league is best.For years, the consensus is that the SEC rules the roost. But recently, other conferences have been trying to stake their claim as top dog, including the ACC and Big Ten.Noted college football expert Phil Steele addressed his pick for the best conference during a radio appearance on 93.7 TheTicketFM in Lincoln, Neb. Steele said the Big Ten was best in 2017, but how about this year?He has the Big Ten and SEC in a dead heat.Via 247Sports:“I think talent-wise there’s not much of a difference,” Steele said during Monday’s appearance on 93.7 FM. “You look at Alabama and Georgia last year. Georgia, this year for example, they only have three returning starters on defense. They go from No. 13 in my experience chart to No. 80, so there are some flaws there. The big boys of the Big Ten can hang there. And here’s something — I think in the last 11 years, the SEC has been No. 1 nine times,. But my No. 1 toughest conference in college football last year was the Big Ten.“I know they didn’t make the playoffs, but when you look at the overall depth of the conference and the outstanding bowl record, the amount of potential Top 10 potential teams … the Big Ten was the toughest conference. And this year, I have them tied with the SEC for No. 1 coming into the season.”Expect this debate to extend throughout the preseason into the regular season. The Big Ten was 7-1 in bowl games last year, while the SEC was just 5-6, but the SEC had both the national champion and national runner-up.The SEC has the best coach in the country in Alabama’s Nick Saban, as well as Georgia’s Kirby Smart, Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher, Florida’s Dan Mullen and Auburn’s Gus Malzahn. But is that stronger than the Big Ten’s contingent of Urban Meyer (Ohio State), Mark Dantonio (Michigan State), James Franklin (Penn State), Jim Harbaugh (Michigan), Scott Frost (Nebraska) and Paul Chryst (Wisconsin)? We’ll have to see.Debates like these are part of what makes college football such an awesome sport year-in and year-out.last_img read more

Enrica Lexie: India Agrees to Send Italian Marine Home

first_imgThe Indian Supreme Court has made a decision to enforce The Hague Court of Arbitration’s order to free one of the two Italian Navy marines being held in India after they were accused of killing two Indian fishermen in February 2012 while on anti-piracy duty, according to the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.In late April, The Hague Court of Arbitration granted permission for the return of Sergeant Salvatore Girone to Italy until the arbitration process on the Enrica Lexie case, which began in June 2015, is concluded.In line with the decision of The Hague Court of Arbitration, Italy and India have cooperated during the last few weeks in order to define the terms and conditions of Girone’s return and permanence in Italy.The ruling of the court in The Hague has taken into account the legal and humanitarian considerations related to Girone having spent over four years in India, which could have been extended for another two or three years, considering the time required for the arbitration procedure, according to the ministry.Italy earlier said that this ruling would not affect the continuation of the arbitration procedures, which are expected to define whether the jurisdiction over the Enrica Lexie dispute lies with India or Italy.Girone and Sergeant Massimiliano Latorre, who temporarily returned to Italy for medical treatment, were part of an Italian marine team hired to protect the Enrica Lexie from pirates.On February 15, 2012, while the vessel was en route from Sri Lanka to Djibouti, it came across an Indian fishing vessel off the India’s state of Kerala, when the marines allegedly mistook the fishermen for pirates and fired at the vessel, killing the two men.Following the incident, the Enrica Lexie was ordered to proceed to Kochi port, where the two marines were arrested.last_img read more

Yogi govts caste certificate order unconstitutional says Centre

first_imgUttar Pradesh: The Centre Tuesday directed the Uttar Pradesh government to stop issuing Scheduled Caste certificates to 17 OBC castes. Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Tawar Chand Gehlot, speaking in Rajya Sabha, said the state government’s move is “not appropriate” and “unconstitutional”.Making a short statement in the Upper House of the Parliament, Gehlot said including OBC castes in the SC list is in the domain of Parliament and asked the state government to follow proper procedures. Also Read – Balakot strikes show major shift in govt’s handling of terror attacks: IAF chiefCiting a 2017 observation of the Allahabad High Court, the BJP government in UP had directed officials to issue SC certificates to 17 OBC castes “after examination and based on documents in accordance with the rules”.The June 24 direction to include 17 OBC castes — Kashyap, Rajbhar, Dhivar, Bind, Kumhar, Kahar, Kewat, Nishad, Bhar, Mallah, Prajapati, Dhimar, Batham, Turha, Godia, Manjhi and Machua — among the Schedule Castes, drew an angry response from BSP chief Mayawati who called it “unconstitutional”, saying these castes will neither get benefits meant for OBCs nor SCs since a state government has no power to make any alteration to the SC list. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps, 20 launch pads along LoC State officials said the government wanted the 17 castes in the SC list because these castes figure very low on social and economic indices. The officials maintained that the advantage of placing them in the SC list will entitle them to quota and other benefits announced by the government from time to time. But SC groups fear that such a move might impact their quota as the new entrants will consume their share if the reservation limit is not expanded.(With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more

Anthony Kearns Performs At Charity Event

first_imgSaid Clancy, “We left the event inspired by the stories of how horses are helping veterans connect, and by the powerful music of Anthony Kearns.” On June 18, 2013, The Saratoga WarHorse Foundation received the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award for Outstanding Public Service Benefiting Local Communities in Washington, D.C. That same day, Kearns sang at the Eternal Flame transfer ceremony to commemorate President John F. Kennedy’s trip to Ireland in 1963. The flame was originally lit by Mrs. Kennedy in Nov. 1963.“The Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes is proud to support the Saratoga WarHouse Foundation, and founder Bob Nevins’ unique program that is improving the lives of veterans of all stripes. We’re equally excited that the uniquely talented Anthony Kearns joined us for this wonderful cause. Nothing like a world-renowned Irish tenor to add the right energy to the program,” said David Walker, president and CEO of The Coalition.

Said Allison Booth, president and founder of AAESP, “Saratoga WarHorse is doing great work bringing American soldiers, wounded from the ravages of war, together with retired racehorses so they can bond and heal. I’m proud to support this tremendous program.”

Kearns’ appearance was arranged by Kirsten Fedewa & Associates, L.L.C.For more information about SWF, visit Newswire Mr. Kearns frequently performs in support of the U.S. military. In 2013, he opened the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C. and he was the guest of General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at a Medal of Honor tribute. In 2012, he was featured in a Veteran’s Day PBS Special.center_img On Mon., August 19, 2013, the Saratoga WarHorse Foundation (SWF), an acclaimed therapy program for veterans, hosted a “Thank You to Sponsors” gala at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Tent in Saratoga Springs, NY.The event, held before the Travers Stakes, featured surprise guest, Tenor Anthony Kearns.

”I was honored to have Anthony Kearns make such an effort to support Saratoga WarHorse and our veterans. The crowd was stunned by his personal commitment and magnificent voice,” said Bob Nevins, president and founder of SWF. Nevins said that he appreciated the support of Allison Booth, president and founder of The American Association of Equine Sports Preservation (AAESP) and The Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes.“It was my pleasure to sing and help inspire those helping America’s veterans by pairing them up with beautiful racehorses through the Saratoga WarHorse Foundation,” said Mr. Kearns, who grew up in Ireland and has a love of horses. Kearns previously performed at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion in Lexington, KY at “A Night at the Pavilion: A Tribute to Kentucky’s Horses” and at the 137th Preakness Stakes.Kearns, who sang “Danny Boy” and “Amazing Grace,” was introduced by Anne Campbell, owner of Palace Malice, winner of the 2013 Belmont Stakes and the Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga Race Course. Palace Malice is running in today’s 144th Travers Stakes.

Said Campbell: “We were fortunate to have Anthony Kearns share his voice with us. I will never forget the poignancy with which he sang and the new meaning the two numbers he performed took on through his rendering. We cannot thank him enough for joining us at the Fasig-Tipton.”

Dinner speakers included Navy Commander Vince Garcia, Sean Clancy, former steeplechase jockey and publisher of The Saratoga Special, and Troy Hubbard, a program alumnus.last_img read more

Japan prosecutors file new allegation against Nissans Ghosn

first_imgTOKYO — Japanese media say prosecutors have added a new allegation of breach of trust against Nissan’s former chairman Carlos Ghosn, dashing his hopes for release on bail.Ghosn, along with another executive Greg Kelly, was arrested Nov. 19 and charged with underreporting his income.The fresh allegations were filed Friday, a day after a court rejected prosecutors’ request for a longer detention of Ghosn and Kelly. Their lawyers were hoping they could get them released on bail.Kyodo News service and other Japanese media reported that prosecutors added the third allegation that Ghosn caused Nissan a loss of 1.8 billion yen in 2008.The Associated Presslast_img

RapeAccused Saad Lamjarred Thanks Fans for Support After Release

Rabat – Following his release from jail last week, Saad Lamjarred shared a photo of himself soaking in a luxurious pool on Sunday, December 9, writing: “Thank you allah (sic) Thank you to my fans , media , journalists , artists, friends, lamjarred and Regragui families for your notable support ..I love u (sic) all .. mum and dad god bless u (sic) both, I love u (sic).”The singer added “And life goes on,” promoting his new song “Baddek Eih,” which will be released on December 17.Lamjarred ended his post, saying, “It’s good to be back to u dear fans,” and a hashtag praising King Mohammed VI in Arabic: “#LongLiveTheKing.” Read Also: Moroccan Singer Saad Lamjarred is Out of Jail, AgainCharged with two counts of rape, the 33-year-old singer was released on parole on Wednesday, December 5, after his second arrest on August 26 in Saint-Tropez in southeastern France, when a young French seasonal worker filed a rape charge against him.Following the Saint-Tropez incident, Lamjarred paid €150,000 bail and was let out on probation.On September 18, Lamjarred went back to jail after the Aix-en-Provence Court of Appeal’s decision after the prosecutor’s office in Draguignan appealed his release.The singer is already on trial for the sexual assault of French national Laura Prioul in 2016.Upon his release, several Moroccan celebrities congratulated Lamjarred through social media posts, welcoming him back, including Moroccan singer Miryam Labiad who shared an Instagram story, saying: “Thank goodness, Welcome back.” read more

Iowa State Is A Contender Finally

Iowa State’s five-game winning streak coincides with Campbell’s decision in early October to play true freshman quarterback Brock Purdy, who spurned a scholarship offer from Alabama. Purdy’s Total Quarterback Rating of 85.0 trails only Shea Patterson of Michigan (85.2), Kyler Murray of Oklahoma (95.3) and Tua Tagovailoa of Alabama (95.8).Purdy has an elite target in Hakeem Butler, the successor to recently graduated star receiver Allen Lazard. At 6-foot-6, Butler is a ball-hawking skyscraper who ranks second nationally in yards per reception (22.7) and share of receptions resulting in a first down or touchdown (86.1 percent). Add in a bruising tailback like David Montgomery — a consensus first-team All-Big 12 selection from a season ago who has amassed 1,108 yards after contact over the past two seasons, the fifth most of any running back — and the Cyclones have a frightening offensive triumvirate. In the seven seasons under Paul Rhoads, Campbell’s predecessor, Iowa State never ranked in the top 50 in offensive efficiency, but the team is on track to crack it for the second season in a row.But the pulse of Iowa State’s success is in the dominant defense installed by Campbell and defensive coordinator Jon Heacock. This season, the Cyclones rank 13th in defensive efficiency at 79.22 — 8.79 points higher than any previous season in the previous 10 years and 30.62 points higher than their average over that stretch. Iowa State leads the Big 12 in rushing yards allowed per attempt (3.1), opposing passer efficiency rating (125), yards allowed per play (4.94) and opponent drive score percentage (25.9 percent), among other metrics.The Cyclone defense displayed its chops on Oct. 13 against West Virginia, which touts a top-five passing offense (337.3 per contest) and top-10 scoring attack (40.89 per contest). Will Grier, a likely Heisman finalist, was held to a season-low 100 passing yards, and the Mountaineer offense managed just 7 points. (West Virginia finished with 14 total points, but 7 came by way of a blocked field goal returned for a touchdown.) “We didn’t do anything right,” West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen said afterward.Iowa State’s toughest assignment left on the regular-season schedule comes Saturday against No. 15 Texas, before the Cyclones close with matchups against Kansas State and Incarnate Word.2The last game was added after Iowa State’s first scheduled game was canceled because of bad weather. But that last game, scheduled for Dec. 1, would be canceled if Iowa State can reach the conference championship.For decades, conference foes worked Iowa State like a speed bag on Saturdays, turning Jack Trice Stadium into a virtual burial ground. Opposing coaches like Tom Osborne at Nebraska and Hayden Fry at Iowa inflicted substantial punishment, year after year. But under Campbell, the cardinal and gold have shown that they won’t be pushed around. FiveThirtyEight’s Elo rating pegs the Cyclones higher than it does Central Florida, a team largely crowdsourcing its playoff candidacy but that does have the nation’s longest current winning streak. A win Saturday in Austin, a game some consider to be the program’s most significant in the past decade, wouldn’t vault Iowa State into the playoff conversation. But it would rubber-stamp a growing notion: The Cyclones — yes, those Cyclones — are finally ready to contend.Check out our latest college football predictions. For most of the century-plus that Iowa State has been playing college football, the Cyclones have toiled in misery, the doormat of virtually every conference they’ve been a part of. That neighboring programs at the University of Iowa and University of Nebraska rose to national prominence, in part at the expense of the Cyclones, no doubt made this fact more painful for the faithful in Ames.But despite losing to Iowa in the first game of their season, the No. 16 Cyclones are the class of the region this year.At 6-3, Iowa State’s record doesn’t jump off the page, but coach Matt Campbell has turned the program around. In 2017, Campbell’s second season on the job, the Cyclones snapped a seven-year streak of losing records and capped the season with a win in the Liberty Bowl — just the fourth bowl victory in school history.Now currently on a five-game winning streak against conference foes,1A feat never before accomplished by the team. including two wins over ranked opponents, Iowa State has a chance to play in the Big 12 championship game if it beats Texas on Saturday and Kansas State next week, and West Virginia loses either to Oklahoma State or Oklahoma. The Cyclones haven’t won a conference title since before the television was invented, last doing so when they were a part of the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association. Even being ranked this late in the season has the Cyclones on the brink of another accomplishment: The team has finished a season in the Associated Press rankings only twice in school history — and never higher than 19th. By comparison, their rival to the west, Nebraska, has finished 48 seasons in the rankings.Iowa State is 12.89 points better than the average team this season, according to Sports Reference’s Simple Rating System. That would be the team’s third-best season of all time and the best mark since 1976. Not bad for a program that, through the 1990s — despite having a transcendent talent at running back — averaged an SRS of negative-4.7 and won less than 26 percent of its games.Campbell, at least at podiums, is hardly satisfied. “I think what’s exciting is that I sit here right now knowing that our best is still out there,” he said after the team’s most recent win. read more

Reducio Spellbindingly tiny Harry Potter manuscript goes on sale for £120k

first_imgThe manuscript was written and illustrated by J.K. RowlingCredit: BNPS In the 20th anniversary year since the first Harry Potter novel was published, the vendor has decided it is the right time to sell the prized possession and it is due to be sold by auctioneers Bloomsbury of London. Despite being 13-years-old, the mini manuscript remains in perfect condition.The hardback book has a green cover with gold features and Rowling’s words and drawings are in black ink.Its current owner, a private collector, acquired it in 2004 for about £10,000. “The record for one of the first edition copies of the book sold recently for over £100,000 and that has sent prices mad.”There are very few of those surviving but this is a completely unique one-off and we’re really expecting it to build up some fantastic interest.”The sale takes place on December 14. The manuscript was written and illustrated by J.K. Rowling They have given it an estimate of between £80,000 to £120,000.This huge increase in price from 13 years ago is mainly down to it being the 20th anniversary of the novel’s original release.center_img A tiny Harry Potter manuscript written and illustrated by J.K. Rowling as a one off has emerged for sale for a whopping £120,000.The book, that measures 1.6ins by 2.4ins, was created by Rowling as part for charity in 2004.Just 31 pages long, the unique book is full of short extracts and drawings associated with her first novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.Included in the pages are hand-drawn images by Rowling of a broomstick, a cauldron, a wand and a witch’s hat.There is also a list of books Harry required for his spells and what uniform he would need for Hogwarts as well as a reminder to parents that “first years are not allowed their own broomsticks”.Rowling finished the Tom Thumb-style manuscript with the words “From Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, by me”. Several first edition copies of the book have sold for huge sums already this year, with a world record £106,000 achieved for a hand-signed edition last month.Clive Moss, of Bloomsbury, said: “This is the first complete book of its type and is incredibly rare and unique.”It dates back to 2004, when there had only been three Harry Potter movies released. This pre-dates much of the Harry Potter lunacy that was to come.”The current vendor is a private individual who bought it at a charity event 13-years-ago and this is the first time it’s come out since.”It is in perfect condition and is exactly the sort of thing that will get the serious Potter fans very excited.”At the moment with the 20th anniversary, Philosopher’s Stone items are sky-rocketing in price and we’re really hoping to get some good interest in this over the next few weeks.”We’ve set a guide price of between £80,000 and £120,000 but no one knows where the current crazy prices are going to end, so who knows what it could make. 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. Show more last_img read more

Vive Kielce win Veszprem city handball festival

Telekom Veszprém – Orlen Wisla Plock 41:42Telekom Veszprém: Mikler, Alilovic – Manaskov 4 (1), Schuch, Ilic 6 (2), Tonnesen 3, Gajic 5 (3), Nilsson 2 (1), Nagy, Accambray 4, Győri 3, Ugalde, Marguc 5 (2), Ancsin 1, Blagotinsek 4, Sulic 1, Jamali 2, Lékai 1Orlen Wisla Plock: Wichary, Borbély – Daszek 7 (5), Duarte 3, Krajewski 1 (1), Racotea 5, Ghionea 4 (3), T. Gebala 1, Ivic 5 (4), Darabochia 4, Mgebala 4, Zabic 3 (1), Mihic 1 (1), De Toledo 4, Wolowiec, Olkowski The Polish Vive Kielce won the first trophy of the season on prestigious Veszprem Handball City Festival organized as a part of celebration of 40th Birthday of Telekom Veszprem, one of the handball powerhouses. Kielce beat the biggest rivals Orlen Wisla Plock 33:28 (18:15) in famous “Holly war”.Vive Kielce – Orlen Wisła Płock 33:28 (18:15)Vive: – Julen Aguinagalde, Darko Djukić – po 6, Michał Jurecki 5, Manuel Strlek 4, Dean Bombac, Krzysztof Lijewski – po 3;Orlen Wisła – Sime Ivić 6, Dan Emil Racotea 4, V Valentin Ghioena, Michał Daszek, Lovro Mihić – 3. Telekom Veszprém: Mikler, Alilovic – Manaskov 6, Schuch, Ilic 6 (1), Tonnesen 1, Gajic 3, Nilsson, Nagy 1, Accambray, Ugalde 1, Marguc 3 (1), Ancsin, Terzic 1, Blagotinsek 1, Sulic 2, Jamali 1, Lékai 3 Telekom Veszprém – RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko 29:27 (14:10) RK Celje Pivovarna Laško – KS Vive Kielce    30:33 (15:14)RK Celje Pivovarna Laško: Lesjak 2, Panjtar, Dobaj; Vujović 1, Jurečič, Malus 3, Razgor 2, Suholežnik 1, Marguč 6, Mitrović 3, Kodrin, Anić 2, Dujshebaev 3, Mačkovšek 3, Mlakar 4, Bećiri, OcvirkKielce: Szmal, Ivić; Jurecki 2, Bis, Kus 1, Aguinagalde 3, Jachlewski 1, Štrlek 3, Janc 5, Lijewski 4, Jurkiewicz 1, Zorman 3, Mamić 5, Bombač 1, Djukić 4 RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko: Lesjak, Panjtar – Dobaj, Vujovic, Jurecic 4 (1), Malus 3, Razgor, Suholeznik, Marguc 4 (3), Mitrovic 2, Kodrin, Anic 2, Dujshebaev 3, Mackovsek 2, Mlakar 5, Beciri 2, Ocvirk It was expected that Veszprem and Kielce play for the trophy, but Poles from Plock made surprise 42:41. ← Previous Story IHF Super GLobe 2017: Fuchse Berlin and FC Barcelona Lassa to fight for the trophy Next Story → VIDEO: Dibirov’s awesome empty-net goal fail Telekom Veszprem beat old rivals RK Celje PL 29:27 in the battle for the third place. read more

Public asked to avoid St Jamess Hospital emergency department due to unusually

first_img Short URL By Paul Hosford Tuesday 28 Feb 2017, 9:20 PM 30 Comments Image: Feb 28th 2017, 9:20 PM 14,834 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share90 Tweet Email Image: Public asked to avoid St James’s Hospital emergency department due to ‘unusually high’ demand The hospital says that it is seeing an “unusually high” number of patients. ST JAMES’S HOSPITAL has advised those seeking treatment that waiting times are extremely long tonight.The hospital says that it is seeing an “unusually high” number of patients.The Dublin hospital said in a statement:“St. James’s Hospital is currently experiencing an unusually high number of attendances at their Emergency Department.“This is resulting in long waiting times. While the Emergency Department remains open, the public are requested where possible to attend their GP or out of hours GP services in the first instance.”Similar demand has been seen on individual dates in the last month in other Dublin hospitals.Read: Grace: The four missed opportunities to make her safe last_img read more

Department warns that people who illegally burn land risk prosecution

first_img By Orla Dwyer File photo: Burned land Image: Shutterstock/praphant ravee Sunday 3 Mar 2019, 8:15 AM A STRONG WARNING has been issued about illegal burning of land during the closed season of 1 March to 31 August by the Department of Agriculture. People who burn agricultural and eligible forestry land after 1 March risk facing prosecution. Land burning is used by farmers to get rid of old vegetation, promote new grass growth and improve upland grazing. Burning land between 1 March and 31 August is an offence under the 1976 Wildlife Act. “Both farmers and the wider public, whether it be at work or in enjoying the countryside, should at this time of year be mindful of the damage caused by burning, particularly given the current very dry weather,” said the Department in a statement. The DAFM forest fire danger rating level is at condition yellow which means people should be more aware of fire risks in the countryside.“The Department asks all countryside users to be vigilant, to report any suspicious activity to An Garda Síochána, and to report any uncontrolled or unattended fires immediately to the Fire and Emergency Services via 112/999 service.”Illegal burning can render neighbouring lands ineligible for payments and area-based schemes. Land identified as being burnt during the closed season could be inspected by officials from the Department.   Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 11,934 Views 15 Comments Share2 Tweet Email center_img Mar 3rd 2019, 8:16 AM Short URL File photo: Burned land Department warns that people who illegally burn land risk prosecution Burning land between 1 March and 31 August is an offence under the 1976 Wildlife Act. Image: Shutterstock/praphant ravee last_img read more

Zaroulia might lead Golden Dawn

first_imgAfter the arrest of Golden Dawn leader Nikos Michaloliakos and other leading MPs’ of the neo-nazi party, they now face charges of belonging to a criminal organisation, it is expected that the new leader of Golden Down will be Eleni Zaroulia, an MP and the wife of the arrested leader. Ms Zaroulia, who so far is not facing any charges is the most trusted person by her husband Nikos Michaloliakos. She has been described as a woman with an iron will for power and has already ticked off a number of Golden Dawn officials and supporters.The assassination of the hip hop artist Pavlos Fyssas by a Golden Down supporter has led to a steady declining in influence of the neo-nazi party, who attracts most of its support from men and from young voters. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

March Comes In Like a Lion anime premieres October 8 announces live

first_imgWe love slice of life stories, and this fall we are getting one of the best of them all adapted into anime and a live action movie.March Comes in Like a Lion (Sangatsu no Lion in Japanese) is a deeply intricate and emotional tale of a high school boy named Rei Kiriyama, who is an accomplished competitive shogi player (alos known as Japanese chess or the Generals’ Game).Although Rei is a shogi phenom, he lives an isolated life, having been shunned by his adoptive family, and unable to make friends at school.He meets the Kawamoto family (and their many, many house cats), who become his support group and open his eyes to the strength of having friends. Besides taking a serious look at the world of competitive shogi, the manga offers readers a beautiful glimpse at the struggles of a young man trying to figure out who he is and what is important to him.Directing the anime is Akiyuki Shimbo, who also helmed Puella Magi Madoka Magika and Bakemonogatari. The theme song will be performed by anime opening fan favorite, Bump of Chicken.It was also announced that two live action films for March Comes In Like a Lion will premiere in 2017 in Japan, with actor Ryunosuke Kamiki (Bakuman, Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno) as the lead role of Rei Kiriyama. The film is being directed by Keishi Otomo, who also directed all three of the acclaimed Rurouni Kenshin live action movies.March Comes In Like a Lion is written by Chika Umino, famous for creating Honey and Clover, which has been adapted into an anime series as well as a live action film, and won numerous manga awards since its start. March Comes In Like a Lion has also won several awards, including the esteemed Grand Prize of the 18th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize.We are super excited for the series to debut, and the live action films. It’s sure to be an emotional roller coaster of youthful feels. Hop on, kids.last_img read more