Private buses’ strike continues in Berhampur

first_imgCommuters in Odisha’s Berhampur had a harrowing time on Monday as private buses did not ply for the second consecutive day.The Ganjam District Private Bus Operators’ Association has decided to extend its strike indefinitely after its talks with the district administration on Sunday remained inconclusive. The private bus operators are protesting against the shifting of the bus stand from the heart of the city to Haladiapadar on the outskirts. Around 628 private passenger buses registered with the Ganjam District Private Bus Operators’ Association have remained off the roads since Sunday. This has affected passenger transportation from and to Berhampur from different parts of the State and adjoining Andhra Pradesh.Limited State buses Limited number of Odisha State Road Transport Corporation buses continue to play from Berhampur. Transportation to areas near Berhampur like Hinjli, Gopalpur and Chatrapur was not affected that badly because 28 city buses which ply to the areas continued their operations. But passengers wishing to travel to interior pockets of the district and other districts that do not have train communication were stranded at Berhampur bus stand.The district administration decided to shift the passenger bus terminus of Berhampur to a recently constructed bus stand at Haladiapadar on the city’s outskirts from July 1.According to the decision, buses coming to Berhampur from other districts of the State and from outside Odisha were to go straight to the Haladiapadar terminus. Only buses plying within the district were to ply from the bus stand within the city. This decision was not acceptable to the private bus operators who resorted to strike, demanding a withdrawal of the order.last_img read more

Indian Rebound

first_imgIndia’s industrial output grew 10.4 percent in August from a year earlier, with consumer durables surging 22.3 percent. A research and rating analyst Soumendra Dash commented: “This growth has surpassed the industry’s expectations. We get a strong indication that India’s economy is recovering very fast.”  Related Itemslast_img

Conor McGregor, Khabib Nurmagomedov both banned and fined for UFC brawl

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations LATEST STORIES PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “Politics forever,” Khabib tweeted shortly after the punishments were imposed.Neither McGregor nor Khabib attended the hearing.Nurmagomedov was punished for leaving the Octagon after the fight and hitting or trying to strike multiple people, among them McGregor’s cornerman.Ireland’s McGregor was punished for climbing the fence and refusing to come down as well as exchanging punches with Abubakar Nurmagomedov, a fighter and cousin of Khabib.Abubakar Nurmagomedov and another Khabib teammate who became involved in the melee, Zubaira Tukhugov, each received 12-month bans and $25,000 fines.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Nurmagomedov, a 30-year-old Russian, can have three months of his suspension reduced if he cooperates in the filming and distributing of an anti-bullying public service announcement.In each case, the ban was retroactive to October 6, 2018, the date of their much-anticipated Vegas showdown.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThat would enable McGregor, and Khabib if he films the PSA, to be eligible for UFC 236 on April 13, a week after their bans conclude.Khabib’s fine was paid from the portion of his $2 million prize money being held by the commission.center_img MOST READ NBA fines Anthony Davis $50,000 for making public trade demand (FILES) In this file photo taken on October 6, 2018 Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia (R) and Conor McGregor of Ireland (L) start their UFC lightweight championship bout during the UFC 229 event inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. – Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov were each issued fines and suspensions on January 29, 2019 by the Nevada State Athletic Commission but both could be eligible again for UFC 236 in April. Officials voted to give McGregor a six-month ban and $50,000 fine while Nurmagomedov received a nine-month ban and $500,000 fine for their actions in a post-fight brawl after Khabib’s submission victory at UFC 229 last October in Las Vegas. (Photo by Harry How / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov were each issued fines and suspensions Tuesday by the Nevada State Athletic Commission but both could be eligible again for UFC 236 in April.Officials voted to give McGregor a six-month ban and $50,000 fine while Nurmagomedov received a nine-month ban and $500,000 fine for their actions in a post-fight brawl after Khabib’s submission victory at UFC 229 last October in Las Vegas.ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes View commentslast_img read more

Going Places

first_imgThe return of the Formula 1 H20 powerboat world championship to India after 14 years, and to the greenfield capital Amaravati in Andhra Pradesh, from November 16 to 18, is a watershed in tourism development and in establishing the state on the global sporting map through an event beamed live,The return of the Formula 1 H20 powerboat world championship to India after 14 years, and to the greenfield capital Amaravati in Andhra Pradesh, from November 16 to 18, is a watershed in tourism development and in establishing the state on the global sporting map through an event beamed live to over 50 countries. “We are evolving as Sunrise Andhra Pradesh’, and it is a long journey in which tourism is helping us meet some of the challenges in building our economy,” says Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu.Indeed, Andhra Pradesh is making tourism one of its major growth drivers. To its advantage, the state is endowed with enchanting landscapes, a long coastline, a Buddhism circuit and vantage locations for adventure sports. The village tourism concept provides a fascinating glimpse into the life and culture of Telugu society. “The tourism sector can contribute the maximum to the economy and provide jobs with comparatively lesser investments than other sectors,” says tourism minister B. Akhila Priya. A skewed tourism policy, until June 2014, had deprived areas outside Hyderabad of major investments. A major impediment was the lack of tourism infrastructure, with room inventory limited to 6,742. The new tourism policy of 2015 seeks to position the state as a globally recognised tourism destination, the most preferred state in India for domestic tourists and among the top 12 for international tourists.For this, the state is facilitating investments to the tune of Rs 10,000 crore. Help is coming from the AP Tourism, Culture and Heritage Board, chaired by the chief minister, to plan and implement initiatives, and the AP Tourism, Culture and Creativity Commission, set up to ensure focused development. Room inventory has also increased to over 10,000 this year.advertisementConsequently, domestic tourist footfall increased from 93.3 million in 2014 to 165.7 million in 2017-18, with an average annual growth of 19 percentage points. The state’s ranking improved from fifth in 2014 to third in 2017-18, with the percentage point share rising from 7.2 to 9.5. The ranking in foreign tourist footfall improved from 22 to 18 in the same period.”Effective promotional campaigns and marquee projects, such as the 240 acre tourist zone and the Naval Heritage Museum, both in Visakhapatnam, the Adventure Sports Academy at Gandikota, the recreational facilities on Bhavani island, a formula racing circuit at Tanakallu in Anantapur, besides 12 village tourism projects are providing the impetus,” says state tourism secretary Mukesh Kumar Meena.last_img read more

While BHU and AMU praise UP anti-national draft policy, opposition says it promotes RSS ideology

first_imgThe Deputy Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Dinesh Sharma asserted that anti-national activities would not be tolerated in private universities in the state.”If the universities engage in activities including any seminar which are anti-national in nature, then action would be taken on them as per this law. Some time back, in some universities, anti-national activities happened but there were no provisions to control them,” he said.Regulation of private universities With this, he also laid emphases upon the need for regulating private universities in the state as it will ensure better functioning of these universities.”Private Universities Act has been conceived so that these universities could work in a smoother environment. 27 private universities are active till now and some new universities have put in their applications. They will be given three months’ time by the Higher Education Council to accept the regulations by the universities. If the universities don’t give their acceptance in three months, it will be considered deemed acceptance,” he added.”The Private Universities Act was not in force in Uttar Pradesh till now. Each university was working on its own under an unclear set of guidelines. The examinations, processes, and syllabi of these universities were different from each other. There was no law to control them,” he said.Aligarh Muslim University on anti-national activities on university campusesThe Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) on Wednesday applauded the Uttar Pradesh cabinet’s decision to crack down on anti-national activities on university campuses.”We have zero tolerance policy and I think every institute should have the same. Our alumni are in 108 countries around the world. You won’t find a greater national movement anywhere else,” said AMU Public Relations Officer (PRO) Omar Saleem Peerzada.advertisementBHU students on the anti-national activities on university campusesBHU or Banaras Hindu University’s students also praised the decision saying:”We should congratulate the UP cabinet on the appreciable decision they have taken. This decision should have been taken at a national level.””This will prevent students from engaging into anti-national activities,” said Surendra Tripathi, another BHU student.Uttar Pradesh anti-national draft policy According to the draft, private universities will have to give an undertaking that their campuses will not be allowed to be used for “any anti-national activity.”It says universities will have to abide by the promise they had made during their foundation as per the law, that is to “preserve the secular, democratic fabric and aspire for universal brotherhood and tolerance”.Commenting on the development, UP Private Universities Association Secretary Pankaj Agarwal said, “The move is welcome but there is nothing new in it. We in the constitution of our university have these points and abide by it,” Agarwal said, adding educational institutions are sensitive towards it.Uttar Pradesh cabinet has cleared a draft ordinance asking universities to give an undertaking that anti-national activities won’t be allowed on their campuses.”We induce nationalist character in students and synch their energies to channel it for the development of the country. I think this is paramount as youngsters are the energy of a nation,” said Peerzada.The opposition on the anti-national draft policyThe draft ordinance to ban the use of campuses of private universities for “anti-national activity” has not gone down well with the opposition, with the Congress saying that the move smacked of “foisting” RSS ideology on educational institutions.UPCC general secretary and spokesman Dwijendra Tripathi said, “The hidden purpose behind the law is to create fear and pressure on educational institutions for foisting RSS ideology.The law, when enacted, will act as the sword of Damocles and the universities will constantly face the threat of de-recognition,” he said, adding it was “sort of dictatorship.”He said the educational system will not improve if the government controls institutions and if there is no scope for freedom of speech. With this, he also said that it was an attempt by the Yogi Adityanath government to exert greater control over private universities and the education system, particularly given the lack of clarity over what defines “anti-national activities”.(With inputs from PTI and ANI)Read: Goa and J&K govt order 10% EWS quota to be implemented in jobs and educationRead: Delhi University guidelines for sports trails out, date and venue decidedlast_img read more

Nebraska AD Bill Moos Wants To Schedule Games vs. Former Big 12 Rivals

first_img If Scott Frost and Bill Moos have their way, that is just a start to Nebraska scheduling former Big 12 rivals.Both men previously expressed their desire to add schools to the future schedule. On Wednesday, Moos reiterated that desire, specifically naming Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, and Missouri as prospective opponents.Mizzou is now in the SEC, while the others remain in the Big 12. Moos said he likes the idea of these “driveable” opponents for Husker fans, though as Omaha World-Herald writer Sam McKewon notes, travel isn’t an issue for the Big Red faithful.Moos reiterates that Frost and he want to play KU, KSU, Iowa St. & Missouri in non-conference games. Moos said he wants games Nebraska fans can drive to.(This is where I note Nebraska has fans all over the country, and fans in Nebraska already seven drivable games – at home.)— Sam McKewon (@swmckewonOWH) May 15, 2019Other future Nebraska non-conference opponents include Arizona, Cincinnati, and Tennessee. Nebraska AD Bill Moos and Tom Osborne.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 08: Athletic Director Bill Moos of the Nebraska Cornhuskers and former head coach Tom Osborne watch action against the Colorado Buffaloes at Memorial Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Nebraska is one of many programs that sacrificed some of its classic rivals during conference realignment. The former Big 12 program jumped to the Big Ten in 2011.It wasn’t until this past season that the Huskers faced one of its former conference rivals. Of course, it was one that has also departed the Big 12.Colorado beat the Huskers in a close game in 2018. The two sides face off again in Boulder this coming season, and play another home-and-home in 2023-24.In 2021, Nebraska will face its first current Big 12 opponent, with a trip to Oklahoma. A return game is scheduled for 2022, and an additional home-and-home is on the books for 2029-30.last_img read more

Euronav Sells Suezmax Tanker for Offshore Project

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Euronav Belgium’s tanker shipping company Euronav has sold its Suezmax vessel Felicity to an undisclosed supplier and operator of offshore floating platforms.As informed, the 157,667 dwt vessel has been delivered to its new owners and will be converted into an FPSO.“Once again Euronav has demonstrated a capability to generate value for our stakeholders as part of our approach on fleet renewal. This is the eighth vessel we have successfully introduced into an offshore project,” Paddy Rodgers, CEO of Euronav, said.Euronav said it will record a capital loss on the sale of approximately USD 3 million in Q4 2018. The company expects to generate the cash of USD 21.1 million on this transaction, after repayment of debt.Built at Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard in South Korea in 2009, the ship has a market value of USD 31.83 million, according to data provided by VesselsValue.Euronav’s owned and operated fleet currently comprises two ULCCs, 43 VLCCs, 25 Suezmaxes, one LR1 and two FSO vessels (both owned in 50%-50% joint venture).last_img read more

Interior Designers Act Proclaimed

first_imgNova Scotia has become the first province in Canada to establishrules that set out the responsibilities and qualifications ofcommercial interior designers. Premier John Hamm and interior design industry representativesmarked the proclamation of the Interior Designers Act today, Oct.20, at Province House. The act gives legal recognition to the profession of interiordesign and establishes competency levels of education andexperience for interior designers. By providing a cleardefinition of the practice of interior design, the act will helpconsumers differentiate the responsibilities of interiordesigners from services provided by other design professionals. “The act is a good example of how this government is promoting ahealthier business climate for this province in a manner thatdoes not increase red tape,” said Premier John Hamm. “The act, enabling the practice of interior design in thisprovince, is the first of its kind in Canada,” said KaraMacGregor, spokesperson for interior designers in Nova Scotia.”It establishes Nova Scotia as a leader in this growingprofession.” The Interior Designers Act establishes professional standards forinterior designers as well as dispute resolution and appealprocesses. Under the legislation, commercial designers must register withthe Interior Designers Association and carry liability insurance.Membership classes will be established for designers, interns,instructors and those in related fields, along with correspondingprofessional accreditation standards. The legislation was developed in association with the Associationof Professional Engineers of Nova Scotia and the Nova ScotiaAssociation of Architects. Engineers and architects are notaffected by the legislation. The legislation also does not applyto individuals providing design services to residentialcustomers. The act improves on and replaces the Interior DesignersAssociation Act, which was passed in 1990. Under the old act,membership requirements were limited; there was no provisions fordispute resolution or disciplinary measures for professionalmisconduct.last_img read more

Fiscal update to lay out competitiveness plan close loop on some Liberal

first_imgOTTAWA — The federal government will release a fall economic update later today that will seek to close the loop on some of its outstanding mandate commitments, leaving the door open for the Liberals to use next year’s budget as their 2019 election platform.The document will also include Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s long-awaited plan to help Canada compete for investment dollars, which many warn has become increasingly difficult following major tax and regulatory changes in the United States.Morneau has faced pressure to lower Canada’s corporate rate — but the government has signalled it will focus on targeted measures to accelerate investment rather than across-the-board tax cuts.A government official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, says Ottawa’s competitiveness blueprint will be fiscally responsible and designed to entice companies to choose Canada over the U.S. when it comes to investments.The official says the fall statement will also show that Canada’s annual projections for the federal deficit and the debt burden will continue to slide downward on trajectories similar to those outlined in the 2018 budget.The Liberals have faced regular criticism from the Opposition Conservatives for abandoning their 2015 vow to run only modest annual shortfalls of no more than $10 billion and to eliminate the deficit by 2019.Morneau’s budget last February predicted an $18.1-billion shortfall for this fiscal year — a number expected to gradually shrink to $12.3 billion in 2022-23, including annual $3-billion cushions to offset risks.The Liberals have no timetable to eliminate the deficits even though the economy is running close to full strength, which has raised concerns among some economists.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Listing of Azhar as global terrorist by UN will be properly resolved

first_imgBeijing: China said on Tuesday that the vexed issue of designating Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN will be “properly resolved” but it did not give any timeline, days after Chinese President Xi Jinping met Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan here. China put a technical hold in March on a fresh proposal to impose a ban on the head of Pakistan-based JeM which claimed responsibility for the deadly Pulwama terror attack. It was for the fourth time, China blocked Azhar’s listing as a global terrorist by the UN. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework “I can only say that I believe that this will be properly resolved,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a media briefing here. He was responding to questions on the media reports that China has reportedly consented to lift its technical hold on a fresh proposal moved by France, the UK and the US to list Azhar under the 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council. The US, the UK and France this time stepped up pressure on Beijing by taking the issue directly to the powerful UN Security Council (UNSC). Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen Though China can exercise its veto power as a permanent member of the UNSC, Beijing has staunchly opposed the issue to be taken to the apex UN body as it has to publically explain its stand on its reservations to list Azhar, whose group JeM has already been designated as terror outfit by UN, before exercising its veto. China has accused the US of scuttling progress to resolve the issue by taking it to the UNSC and insisted that it should be resolved at the 1267 Committee whose proceedings are not publicised. “Regarding the listing issue in the 1267 Committee, we have expressed our position many times and I just want to stress two points,” Geng said answering a number of questions on Azhar’s issue. “First, we support the listing issue being settled within the 1267 committee through dialogue and consultation and I believe this is the consensus of most members. Second, the relevant consultations are going on within the committee and has achieved some progress. Third, I believe, with the joint efforts of all parties, this issue can be properly resolved,” he said. On reports that China would lift its technical hold on May 1, he said, “on the listing issue, China is still working with the relevant parties and we are in contact with all relevant parties within the 1267 Committee and I believe with the joint efforts of all parties, this will be properly resolved.” Asked about the recent visit of Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale to Beijing during which he held talks with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi as well as New Delhi shared the technical evidence of JeM’s involvement in the Pulwama terror attack, Geng reiterated that China is still working with the relevant parties. “I believe with the joint efforts of all parties, this will be properly resolved,” he said. The efforts to resolve Azhar’s listing issue gathered momentum last week with the visit of Imran Khan to Beijing to attend China’s 2nd Belt and Road Forum (BRF) which was held here from April 25-27. During the visit, Khan held talks with Xi, besides meeting Premier Li Keqiang and Vice President Wang Qishan during which India-Pakistan tension following the Pulwama terror attack as well as listing of Azhar reportedly figured. An official statement of China issued after Xi-Khan meeting on Sunday said the Chinese President had expressed hope that Pakistan and India can meet each other halfway and improve their relations. Both leaders also exchanged views on the situation in South Asia. Asked about the outcome of Khan’s visit and his talks with the Chinese leaders, Geng said, “I would like to stress that Pakistan is China’s ‘All Weather Strategic Cooperative Partner’.” Both the countries are “Iron Brothers”, he said, adding that “we firmly support each other on the issues concerning our core interests. Pakistan is always one of China’s diplomatic priorities”. “No matter how the international and regional situation may evolve, we firmly support Pakistan in safeguarding its sovereignty and dignity, independently choosing its development path based on its own conditions, securing a sound external environment and playing a constructive role in international and regional affairs,” he said. “We commend the Pakistani government’s and people’s efforts in fighting terrorism and extremism and their great endeavours and sacrifices to this end,” he said, lauding Pakistan’s counter terrorism efforts. “We call on the international community to fairly and justly see Pakistan’s endeavours and contributions in counter terrorism and step up dialogue and cooperation with the country,” he said. China and Pakistan will continue to deepen their high level exchanges and support each other and step up strategic coordination, “make more coordinated efforts in international and regional affairs and deepen our all weather strategic cooperation,” he added.last_img read more

Meghalaya The abode of Clouds

first_imgLiterally translating into the ‘abode of clouds’, Meghalaya boasts of charming scenery and serenity. Aside misty hills, valleys, sparkling lakes and rivers, this heavenly state of India is also endowed with numerous gorgeous waterfalls. From creating sacred forests and building bridges of living roots to garnering beliefs in forest spirits and stone monoliths along with boasting of some of the cleanest villages in Asia, people of Meghalaya share a fascinating relationship with nature. Also Read – Oman – Beauty with an addressAs a child, I was always fascinated by the beauty of Shillong and Cherrapunji. The hills, clean and bountiful rivers, lakes, virgin forests (known as sacred groves here) and waterfalls, few of which could be seen even from our small home, are some of my fondest memories. My native place, Shillong, never went out of my memory even after more than three decades of living in Delhi. The reasons were obvious – its charm and unending beauty. I happily packed for a trip to Shillong when my husband offered me to accompany him on a business trip. The promise was to take him around some unexplored places of Shillong and Cherrapunji. We took an early morning flight from Delhi to Guwahati and proceeded to Shillong by car, which took us around 2.5 hrs. Also Read – CANADA: A traveller’s delightVisiting Shillong after a gap of three years, I noticed that the roads have widened to four lanes, shortening the journey by an hour with enhanced driving comfort. Our first stop was a viewpoint from where we could see Barapani or Umiam Lake, nestling among pine trees. After capturing a few shots and savouring the sweetest slices of pineapples, we proceeded further. The road from here onwards winds through picturesque pine hills, a treat to the eye. We reached our hotel around noon and after a quick lunch, we set out for sightseeing before dusk set in at around 5 pm. Our first destination was Wards Lake situated at the foot of pinewood hill. The highlights of the lake are the hundreds of fish below its iconic wooden bridge. We threw popcorn and, soon, innumerable fish came to gobble them. We then proceeded for Lady Hydari Park, a well laid-out park with vivid varieties of flowers and orchids. The weeping willow swaying lazily in the breeze adds to the serenity of the park. In the evening, we enjoyed a glimpse of traditional Meghalaya dances. There are three primary forms of dances performed in the state by three respective tribes, Khasi, Garo and Jaintia. The Khasi dancers performed a Thanksgiving Dance, Shad Suk Minsiem. While the girls wore traditional silk dhara (a yellow silk festive dress) and gold and red beads jewellery, the men were in traditional shirts, jackets and dhotis. Chad Sukra or sowing festival dance of the Jaintia tribe was also performed. The Wangle dance of the Garo tribe to the rhythm of long tribal drums induced us to sway to the beat. Next morning, after an early breakfast, we started our journey to Cherrapunji known as ‘Sohra’ by the locals. We stopped at the Shillong peak and enjoyed a panoramic view of the city below. From Shillong peak, we headed straight to Cherrapunji. On the way, we reached a dense forest where our guide Gregory Warjari informed that we were heading for a three-tier fall recently discovered by locals. The walk to the falls was tough. There are spots where one has to go down at a 900 angle. Makeshift bamboo ladders are used to tackle the steep trek. The gruelling journey was forgotten once we confronted the majestic three-tier Weisawdeng falls. Nestled in the thick of green vegetation were three pools of emerald water. We spent some time wading our feet, trying to imbibe the jungle sounds and gargling water. After the arduous trek followed by lunch, we left for the Mawsmai caves. These are wonderful lime caves with mesmerising stalactite and stalagmite formations. These caves are well-lit and it is quite adventurous to walk, crawl and slide through the caves. After this, we drove a few kilometres through rugged rocky landscape to reach the Nohkalikai Falls. The falls has a height of 1,115 ft. But as it is rain-fed, there was less water during March. The small shops lined along the viewpoint of the falls had an array of local products like cinnamon, bay leaves and berries. It was amusing to note that these small shops, like other roadside tea shops and eateries, are ‘manned’ by ladies. Being a matriarchal society, women occupy a very respectable place in Meghalaya’s social structure. As dusk set in, the clouds descended and it started drizzling. In the evening, we enjoyed music around a bonfire. The next morning, we were awoken at 5 am by bright sunlight pouring through the wide windows of our room. After a quick breakfast, we set on our way to Dawki, a three-hour journey towards the Indo-Bangladesh border. The vegetation had by now changed from pine to more tropical as we were heading towards the warmer areas of Meghalaya. We decided to go a little further from Dawki to Shnongpdeng. The water of River Umngot is so clear at this point that the bedrocks are visible as are the fish swimming through the rocks. Going by its name, once again, the bright sunny day quickly became cloudy and it began pouring. But the rain receded by the time we reached the famous Living Root bridge. It was again quite a trek to reach the root bridge. But it was worth every bit. What an amazing example of coexistence of man and nature! Ancestors of this land faced tremendous problem crossing the river during monsoons when water gushed down in great speed. The bamboo bridges they constructed were either washed away or decayed. So, they came up with this idea of living root bridge. They planted rubber trees on either side of the river and then laid a bamboo bridge across the water. To this bridge, they entwined the roots of the rubber tree. With passing time, when the bamboos decayed, the roots had already grown and replaced the bamboos and formed a bridge. These bridges are still widely used in the interiors of Meghalaya. Our final stop was Mawlyngong, the cleanest village in Asia. This hamlet located in the East Khasi Hills is referred to as ‘God’s own garden’. The entire village replicates a garden, with flowers of the most exotic varieties blossoming all around. Every nook and corner has a traditional dustbin made of bamboo hanging from a tree or a post. Positively, with more inflow of tourists to this village, the income of villagers is increasing. But, as a result, the simple humble abodes are being gradually replaced by concrete houses. Wide roads are replacing narrow lanes. With modernisation, the essence and the old charm of the village is fast disappearing. For us Delhiites, this trip was very refreshing. It was a visit to a place so different in culture, language, food and dress. Yet, we did not feel as if we are in another world. That’s the beauty of unity in diversity of India.last_img read more

Ban calls on Security Council to authorize intervention brigade for DR Congo

“The security situation remains fragile – and demands urgent actions,” Mr. Ban said as he briefed the Council. Referred to as the Intervention Brigade, the proposed force will have the ability to conduct, with or without the Congolese national army, offensive operations against all armed groups that threaten peace in the eastern part of DRC – a region that is prone to cycles of violence and consequent humanitarian suffering. It will be established within the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in DRC (MONUSCO) for an initial period of one year, as proposed by the Secretary-General in a special report submitted to the Council on the DRC and the Great Lakes region. “This enforcement capacity, which was initially called for by the regional actors, seeks to address the imminent threats to stability and will provide the most appropriate response to the active conflict environment in which MONUSCO has been operating for several years,” Mr. Ban told the Council. “The Intervention Brigade will be tasked with containing the expansion of both Congolese and foreign armed groups, neutralising these groups, and disarming them. This will provide much needed capacity to our peacekeeping operation.”The establishment of the brigade is designed to further support the political objectives of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the DRC and the region – the peace deal signed last month in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The UN will serve as a guarantor of the agreement, together with the African Union, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the International Conference on the Great Lakes region (ICGLR). “All of us understand that signing the Framework is a beginning, not an end,” said Mr. Ban, who will soon appoint a special envoy, who, together with the concerned stakeholders, will support the implementation of the agreement.Speaking to reporters after the meeting, the Secretary-General said the UN has done its utmost to broker an agreement that can finally break the horrendous cycles of violence. “The onus is now on the signatories to show strong, consistent and sustained leadership.”Nearly a million people were displaced in the province of North Kivu during the clashes between the fighters from the rebel M23 group and the Congolese national army (FARDC) late last year, bringing the total number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in eastern DRC to 2.6 million.While the fighting has stopped, insecurity prevails, and is growing in other areas of the DRC, Mr. Ban noted.“Perhaps some would dismiss the recent unrest in the eastern DRC as yet another cycle of violence in a long-plagued region of the world; but we have it within our hands to break that cycle and shape something different,” he stated. Also today, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) called for a further $70 million for its operations in 2013 to help thousands of displaced civilians in the Great Lakes region. The money is for people uprooted by conflict in North and South Kivu last year, as well as anticipated displacements this year. read more

Football Association hires new team of integrity investigators following Telegraph revelations

first_imgLess than a week later, the FA set about beefing up the team by posting job adverts for three new roles.  Two “integrity investigators” are being hired to investigate potential breaches of FA rules relating to the integrity of the game, and an “integrity and intelligence analyst” to improve information gathering techniques and analyse data. According to the job specification, the two new integrity investigators will “proactively and reactively” conduct investigations into alleged breaches of FA rules relating to third party ownership as well as financial misconduct, betting, match fixing, breaches of the intermediary regulations,media/social media comments,  discrimination and anti-doping.Sam Allardyce lost his job as England manager last month after this newspaper disclosed how he agreed to be paid by a fake company to travel to the Far East for speaking engagements. He also advised a group of undercover reporters posing as businessmen how to “get around” the FA’s transfer rules.He subsequently admitted he had been a “fool” and claimed that he had been “helping out” an old friend. Football Association chairman Greg ClarkeCredit:Mike Egerton/ PA The Football Association is hiring a team of “integrity investigators” following criticism by MPs over its attitude to tackling corruption in the wake of The Telegraph’s investigation.Job advertisements for the new positions were posted on the FA’s website just days after its chairman Greg Clarke was grilled by the Commons Select Committee for Culture, Media and Sport over the governing body’s “lack of curiosity” toward investigating accusations of wrongdoing.Mr Clarke was criticised for the FA’s apparent failure to follow up on “serious allegations” of misconduct reported in the media. He assured MPs that the 33-person strong in-house disciplinary team has a “full suite of powers” which allows them to “investigate properly and fully” any potential rule breaches. Football Association chairman Greg Clarke Neil WarnockCredit:Steven Paston Mr Collins said it was “astonishing” that FA chiefs appeared not to have asked Allardyce the previous claims made about his conduct that arose from the Stevens Inquiry more than a decade ago. Mr Collins also cited the example of when Neil Warnock, the manager of Cardiff City FC, was accused of being “crooked” and making players pay him part of their wages to ensure they got into the team.  Jason Puncheon, one of Warnock’s players, alleged in a series of posts on Twitter that he gave players “extra wages and appearance bonus to make sure they pay him to get in the team or on the bench”. Former England national football team manager Sam Allardyce speaks to the press outside his home in BoltonCredit:AFPcenter_img Former England national football team manager Sam Allardyce speaks to the press outside his home in Bolton Neil Warnock Damian Collins, chair of the Select Committee, told Mr Clarke that there is a “lack of proactivity” of the FA to investigate claims rule breaking.He suggested that the FA was guilty of “institutional failing” if they had appointed Allardyce without looking into the previous allegations made about him. Mr Collins asked why the FA had not contacted Puncheon to ask him why he made the comments, rather than fining him £15,000 for failing to act in the best interests of the game.”Is there just a lack of curiosity or interest on the FA’s behalf which means these allegations are circulating, they are widely known about in football, but no one is following up on them?” Mr Collins asked Mr Clarke. He added: “If you want to get the truth, sometimes you have to be prepared to initiate your own investigations when people are coming to you with serious allegations.” Warnock has described the allegation as “completely and utterly false”. 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.last_img read more

Berbice teen is Guyanas latest road fatality

A 16-year-old student of Bush Lot Secondary School met his demise yesterday afternoon after he was struck down by a motor vehicle allegedly being driven by a senior prison officer, who reportedly fled the scene.DEAD: Luke JohnThe dead teen has been identified as Luke John of Lot 208 Waterloo, Bath Settlement, West Coast Berbice.According to information reaching INews, the teen was returning home after visiting his sister at Cotton Tree, and was standing at the corner of the road soliciting public transportation when he was struck by motor vehicle PMM 3802, driven by the prison official.INews understands that at the time of the incident, the driver was attempting to overtake the vehicle in front of him; however, he noticed another vehicle was coming towards him in the opposite direction and so swerved to avoid a head-on collision. Unfortunately, this resulted in him hitting the young boy.John’s body was reportedly flung several feet away from the point of impact and landed in a clump of bushes. He was rushed to the Fort Wellington Hospital and subsequently transferred to the New Amsterdam Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.The driver was apprehended shortly after he fled and he is presently assisting with investigations. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedROAD CARNAGE CONTINUES: 21-yr-old killed in Berbice accidentMay 17, 2016In “latest news”Essequibo Coast fatal accident… Teen provided for family – motherJanuary 20, 2019In “Crime”Cycling teen killed in collision with road construction vehicleMarch 10, 2017In “latest news” read more

Whats best and who in surface mining

first_imgWe will be closing the nominations for the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame in August. Do you wish to nominate someone who has contributed in an outstanding way to technology development in surface mining or efficiency, safety, productivity, that discipline? Contact about nominations.The chosen nominees will be inducted at the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame gala dinner at the Hyatt Regency at Colorado Convention Center, Denver on February 25, 2019. The dinner is a key event in the SME Annual Conference week.The current nominations shortlist in the Surface Mining has MineWare founder and CEO Andrew Jessett, who has been actively involved in the advancement of Australia’s dragline and shovel monitoring systems over the last decade including the pioneering Universal Dig and Dump (UDD) dragline technology. Andrew founded MineWare after creating and commercialising the world’s most advanced dragline monitoring system, Pegasys.Pekka Heikkonen (pictured on the right) is the man behind the development of the Rammer Hammer and that great hydraulic breaker line that is now part of the Sandvik Mining offering.Aleksandr Egorov, General Design Engineer, Belaz headed the engineering team that made the first attempt to create an ultrahigh payload capacity dump truck (more than 400 tonnes) back in 1997-1998. This eventually led to the development of the BELAZ-75710 haul truck. The truck has two entries in the Guinness World Records book.The last on the shortlist is Dr Shahram Tafazoli (current CEO of Motion Metrics International Corp) who led a team of just three engineers with the goal of solving some of the mining industry’s most challenging problems. In 2003, a big break came when an oil sands mine in Alberta asked for a solution to a serious problem they were having: the bucket teeth on their shovels were unknowingly breaking off and ending up in the crusher, which would end up blocking the crusher for hours, costing them hundreds of thousands of dollars for each occurrence, and creating a very dangerous situation for the mine. Tafazoli solved this problem.The last inductee was Kenneth F. Lane who led the way for value based optimisation of the full scope of mining activities; in particular, showing how cutoff grade policies bridge the disciplines and he developed the framework for maximising the whole project value by optimising this policy every year as the resource was depleted. This work led to more valuable mining in many of the largest surface mines in the world and for the underground projects that have used these principles. is a total of 12 categories and nominations are welcomed for all of them: Bulk Handling, Concentration, Comminution, Exploration, Environmental Management and Stewardship, Metallurgy, Mining Software, Safety, Surface Mining, Underground Development, Underground Production and Outstanding read more

Archbishop Martin says Connell was the one who finally began to realise

first_img Short URL Image: Sam Boal/ Friday 24 Feb 2017, 12:05 PM Cardinal Connell became an Archbishop at a difficult time in this diocese. Many comments in these days noted that he was slow to recognise the extent of child sexual abuse by priests. It is not enough to make that comment now from a distance.“It must be said that he found himself surrounded by a culture and at times by advisors who were slow and perhaps even unwilling to recognise both the extent of the problem and the enormous hurt that had been done to children, a hurt they still carry with them.It is also true that it was Cardinal Connell who was the one who finally began to realise the extent of the abuse and the extent of the damage done to children and, with difficulty, began to drag out information which some were still reluctant to share. 12,280 Views Feb 24th 2017, 12:05 PM Share8 Tweet Email1 By Sean Murraycenter_img 48 Comments IN THE HOMILY given by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin at the funeral of Cardinal Desmond Connell today, Martin credited Connell as being the church figure who “began to drag out information” around abuse allegations inside the Catholic Church.Martin said that it was “not enough” to make the comment that Connell was slow to recognise the extent of the problem of child sexual abuse when he was Archbishop of Dublin.He added that Connell marked the beginning of a “new culture” within the diocese by establishing a child protection service.Martin said: The funeral of Cardinal Desmond Connell took place this morning. Archbishop Martin says Connell ‘was the one who finally began to realise the extent of the abuse’ Archbishop Diarmuid Martin referenced the Cardinal’s response to abuse allegations at his funeral today. Desmond Connell was appointed Archbishop of Dublin by the Holy See in 1988 and made a Cardinal-Priest by Pope John Paul II in 2001.He was the subject of criticism for the way he handled allegations of child sexual abuse and formally resigned as Archbishop of Dublin in April 2004, when he was replaced by Diarmuid Martin. Cardinal Connell (left) and Archbishop Diarmuid Martin (right) Source: Gareth Chaney/Photocall Ireland!The Murphy report, published in 2009, found that Connell’s refusal to admit liability often added to the grief and pain felt by victims of abuse.The authors of the report said they also had little doubt that clerical child abuse was covered up by the Archdiocese of Dublin, and other church authorities.He died earlier this week, aged 90, after a long illness.Read: Former Archbishop of Dublin Desmond Connell dies aged 90Read: Pope Francis says it’s better to be an atheist than a ‘hypocritical Catholic’ The funeral of Cardinal Desmond Connell took place this morning. Image: Sam Boal/ Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Gareth Bale thinks he deserved the Puskas Award

first_imgWelsh forward Gareth Bale, finally opened up about not winning this year’s Puskas Award and losing vs Mohamed Salah.Award season was really hard for Gareth Bale, the Welshman who lost the Puskas Award against Mohamed Salah earlier this year.Every single person who watched the ceremony believed that either Bale or Cristiano Ronaldo would get recognized with the prize, but the Egyptian forward had more votes than anybody else and even he was shocked when he got on the podium to pick up the trophy.We still hadn’t heard from any of the other players who lost against Salah, but this month’s issue of Four Four Two gives us an insight into what Gareth Bale thinks of losing against the Liverpool player.Gareth Bale was recognized by the magazine for that goal in the Champions League final against the Reds, a bicycle kick goal that is extremely difficult to reproduce for any other player in the world bu Bale managed to score in the most important match of the season at club level.It’s pretty obvious that the Welshman is convinced that he is the one who deserved to win it above Salah and even Ronaldo, who also scored a beautiful bicycle kick goal against Juventus earlier in the season.⚠️ NEW ISSUE EXCLUSIVE🗣️ Gareth Bale: I should have won the Puskas Award 👀It was a pretty good goal…➡️— FourFourTwo ⚽️ (@FourFourTwo) December 3, 2018Bale gave an interview to the magazine where he was honored with the award, he described what he felt when Mohamed Salah won the Puskas Award and explained why he feels he is the one who should’ve been in that podium accepting the honor.“Yeah, I was surprised by that, to be honest,” said Gareth Bale to Four Four Two.“What can you say? It makes the award look a little diminished, although it was obviously a great goal by Salah.”“The strike was instinctive. I got my body positioned correctly, got my footwork right, and caught it perfectly. When you catch the ball perfectly, you know it’s on target.”“You just have to hope the keeper doesn’t make an unbelievable save. So as soon as I hit it, I knew it had a chance of going in. If you watch it, you see my head turn straight away. I knew where the ball was going.”Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, LiverpoolMo Salah laughs off Sadio Mane incident with a brilliant video Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Mohamed Salah laughed off his little spat with Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane by posting a brilliant video showing they’ve made up.“I think you’d have to say that [it was my best goal],” he added.“There haven’t been too many like that! I did love the one in the [2014] Copa del Rey final against Barcelona, but as this one was on such a big stage – the Champions League final, the biggest game in club football – and technically it was the winner, I’d have to say that it’s the best,” he concluded.Honoured to be nominated for the 2018 FIFA #Puskas Award. To score a goal like that on the biggest stage of world football was a dream come true! #HalaMadrid— Gareth Bale (@GarethBale11) September 3, 2018Now that the year is gone, there is no question that the Puskas Award was not the goal that everybody else expected.The two top goals that were eligible for any award this year were Cristiano Ronaldo’s against Juventus and Gareth Bale’s masterpiece against Liverpool.But picking one above the other is a very complicated endeavor as both are equally beautiful, but the Welshman’s achievement seems like the more important of the two.It’s kind of sad that Gareth Bale hasn’t lived up to the expectations he made at the end of last season, injuries have always prevented him from reaching his highest potential.Contrary to the incredible career that Cristiano Ronaldo already has under his belt, seems like Gareth Bale will have to be happy with the few individual awards he gets and the protagonist role he has experienced for both his club or his country throughout his career.This goal he scored in the last Champions League final, was actually the biggest chance he was ever going to get for a major recognition and he lost it against a goal that practically nobody liked.Important three points tonight! 💪🏻 #HalaMadrid— Gareth Bale (@GarethBale11) December 1, 2018Do you agree with Gareth Bale or which other goal deserved the Puskas Award? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

I95 lane shifts in Miami prompt southbound closures

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Several southbound lanes on Interstate 95 will be closed due to crew work, beginning late Friday night.Lanes on I-95 will be shut down between Northwest 79th Street and 60th Street from 11 p.m. to 11 a.m.The closure is set for Friday and Saturday.Crews will be working to shift lanes in that area several feet to the right.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img