9 held in Goa for assaulting minors

first_imgThe North Goa police on Wednesday arrested nine tourists from Pune for molesting a minor girl, assaulting her minor brother and rioting at Baga. Inspector Jivba Dalvi, in charge of Calangute police station, said, “The tourists were sitting in a shack when they saw the boy and girl on the beach and started to take the girl’s pictures. When the siblings objected to this, the tourists beat them up.” Ramesh Kamble, Sanket Bhadale, Krishna Patil, Satyam Lambe, Aniket Gurav, Rishikesh Gurav, Akash Suvaskar, Sunny More and Ishwar Pangare, were caught while attempting to escape. “We have sent the mobile phone from which the photos were taken for forensic examination,” Mr. Dalvi said.last_img

AVC: Chinese-Taipei trumps Philippines for crack at 5th place

first_imgLATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses The Philippines had the early momentum in the third set putting up a 10-4 lead but Chinese-Taipei managed to score seven straight to take an 11-10 lead.Captain Chen Wan-Ting then finished off the no.79 team in the world with a brutal crosscourt kill.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 shutoutAlyssa Valdez, who had 13 points to lead the Philippines, was disappointed with how they squandered their edge but said they have to move on and end the tournament on a positive note.“We definitely wanted to win, but we just couldn’t hold on,” said Valdez in Filipino. “But, again, this is a learning experience because there was the regret because it would’ve been a huge difference if we were able to get at least one set.” Sharapova receives US Open wildcard for first post-ban Slam Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village View comments MOST READ “One set could’ve tilted the game but we’re here and we just have to accept the loss and move forward.”Wu Wei-Hua had 14 points to lead Chinese-Taipei while Chen, who came in as a substitute in all the three sets, and Hsiao Hsiang-Ling had nine points apiece.Jaja Santiago helped the Philippines’ cause with 10 points.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Photo from asianvolleyball.netBIÑAN, Laguna—Chinese-Taipei earned a shot at the fifth place in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship after taking down host Philippines, 25-20, 25-19, 25-19, in the classification stage Wednesday at Alonte Sports Arena here.The 55th-ranked team in the world is set to face Vietnam for the battle for the fifth spot while the Philippines will once again match up against Kazakhstan for a crack at seventh. ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters 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 LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Gameslast_img read more

Ottis Gibson praises South African pace battery after Test series win vs Pakistan

first_imgThe emergence of Duanne Olivier to bolster South Africa’s impressive fast bowling stocks was a major catalyst in the 3-0 Test series victory over Pakistan and provides a glimpse into the future for teams visiting the country.When Ottis Gibson took over as Proteas coach in August 2017 he made it clear he favoured using South Africa’s traditional strength — fiery seam bowling — to bring success in the Test arena.With wickets produced to aid that plan, South Africa used a four-prong seam attack against a Pakistan team clearly not equipped to handle the pace and bounce of South African conditions.”You have to play to your strength, and if your strength is four quality fast bowlers, then use those,” Gibson told reporters, while dismissing criticism from Pakistan’s Mickey Arthur the pitches were too much in favour of the home side.”When you look at the opposition and see they are accustomed to playing on slow wickets, then why not produce fast, bouncy pitches when you are playing at home?” Gibson added.”We will continue to play this brand of cricket because it’s successful.”Ironically injuries have helped to boost their depth, with Lungi Ngidi filling in for the experienced Dale Steyn when he was sidelined for lengthy periods, while Olivier replaced the former when he missed the Pakistan series with a knee problem.Olivier would likely not have played the first Test were it not for a finger injury for Vernon Philander, but ended up with 24 wickets at an average of 14, just one shy of the 117-year old South African record for a three-Test series.advertisementWhile the bowlers and Gibson, a former pace bowler, might have enjoyed the conditions, there have been some rumblings from the batsmen about how difficult it is to score runs at home.”I keep saying to the batters, when the wickets are like this, you don’t need to score 500, it’s not necessary,” Gibson said.”If we get 262, on a fast, bouncy track, 262 with our fast bowlers is a great score because we know we can knock a team over for under that, which is what we did.”South Africa, who have moved to second in the Test rankings behind India, play five one-day internationals and three Twenty20 matches against Pakistan before Sri Lanka arrive for two Tests in February.Gibson has hinted the heavy workload in a World Cup year may see a change in tactics for that series, which could give the side the opportunity to rest players and bring about a return for spinner Keshav Maharaj.”KG [Kagiso Rabada] says he is bowling at 60 percent but he is bowling at the speed of 145 and I say to him that ‘I am looking forward to the time when you are bowling at 100 percent'” Gibson said.”He is taking wickets doing great work for the team and what we have done in the last 12 months is to look for opportunities to rest people. We will find an opportunity to rest him for sure.”With regards to Keshav he knows that he is still part of the plans and he understands his role and the bigger picture.”last_img read more

Morelia puts up fight but Monterrey dominates

first_imgLiga MX Morelia puts up futile fight as Monterrey continues toward destiny Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon Last updated 1 year ago 12:06 12/1/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Aviles Hurtado Monterrey Victor Cruz Liga MX Monterrey Morelia v Monterrey Morelia Monarcas knew they needed a goal in Thursday’s first leg. Instead, Rayados continue their march toward the Liga MX title At least Morelia tried.Sometimes this season that has been pointless against Monterrey. The team with Liga MX’s best attack and by far the league’s stingiest defense has controlled so many games. After sneaking into the Liga MX semifinals by the skin of their teeth (actually on an offside goal and better regular season finish), Morelia did its best to challenge the superlider.Three times in the final 10 minutes, Morelia brought Monterrey goalkeeper Hugo Gonzalez into action. Rodolfo Vilchis, also known as “El Pipila,” and Sebastian Vargas both had long-range shots blocked out for corner kicks. Angel Sepulveda put his header on target in stoppage time. It wasn’t enough with the 27-year-old able to save all three attempts Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player They weren’t the only chances Monarcas had to score Thursday. The home side won a few dangerous free kicks and in sharp contrast to what Monterrey faced in the first leg against Atlas when Rayados were ahead within the first five minutes, it was Morelia that emerged from the locker room with more aggression and put a shot on target within the opening five minutes.Yet, as in nearly every match Monterrey has taken seriously this year, Los Rayados came out on top. Aviles Hurtado won a penalty kick and converted. Now the series heads to Estadio BBVA Bancomer where Monterrey not only is undefeated in league play in the Apertura but has lost just three times in all of 2017.#NoTeLoPierdasG⚽⚽⚽L de Aviilés Hurtado@FuerzaMonarca 0-1 @Rayados IDA #Semifinal #Apertura2017 #LIGABancomerMX⚽ #SienteTuLiga ⚽ #AbrazadosPorElFutbol pic.twitter.com/u87mvz6rRv— LIGA Bancomer MX (@LIGABancomerMX) December 1, 2017One of those defeats came against Morelia at the end of last tournament, a famous game with Raul Ruidiaz scoring in the 90th minute to save Morelia from relegation. The club will need something similarly stunning to get through to the next round.We’re on a collision course for an incredible final with Tigres and Monterrey getting ready to contest a Clasico Regio for the league’s biggest prize. Indeed, the only thing that looks like it could derail Monterrey’s path to the final and a matchup with its crosstown rival is injury. Carlos Sanchez and Dorlan Pabon were fit to start and play Thursday after leaving the second leg of the quarterfinals with knocks. Antonio Mohamed will hope his top scorer Hurtado, who left the contest in the 65th minute with an injury, is fit and ready to go Sunday.Morelia manager Roberto Hernandez was demanding of his players most of the season, and it’s resulted in marked improvement. They showed range in the first leg, dispensing with some of the defensive tactics they relied on during the year since they knew they needed a goal. They didn’t find one, and neither odds nor recent history are in their favor when it comes to scoring in the second leg. Yet there’s something to be said for a team that doesn’t give up, that is actually trying to do everything in its power to pull the upset. Morelia will have to show more than fight Sunday to get through.last_img read more

Aubameyang completes £56m Arsenal move as £18m Giroud joins Chelsea

first_img Read more Reuse this content Share on LinkedIn Quick guide Arsenal’s whirlwind January news Was this helpful? Chelsea Hide Share on Pinterest Arsenal 9th It emerges Manchester City have bid £20m for Alexis Sánchez11th Manchester United enter the race for Sánchez and a swap with Henrikh Mkhitaryan is mooted. Francis Coquelin joins Valencia 15th Arsenal confident they can get Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Will Olivier Giroud be part of a deal? 17th Theo Walcott signs for Everton22nd Sánchez-Mkhitaryan swap goes through28th Chelsea step up Giroud chase31st Aubameyang arrives for £56m, Giroud heads to Chelsea for £18m, Mesut Özil agrees a new contract  Transfer window January 2018 – every deal from Europe’s top five leagues Read more Photograph: Paul Jenkins/Action Plus Share on Facebook Topicscenter_img Manchester City end interest in Riyad Mahrez after rejecting £95m price tag Share on Messenger Show Share on Twitter “He’s an example for us strikers because he was fast and scored a lot of goals. I think I have to work a lot to be like him but I will do. I’m a fast player and I score goals too, like Henry a little bit. But as I said, I have to work a lot more.”Aubameyang will be reunited with his former Dortmund team-mate Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who moved to north London in exchange for Alexis Sánchez.“Of course I can join Mkhi in this team, so I’m really happy to be here in this great team,” he added. “I hope that we will come back to the top as soon as possible. I will do my best to join in.”The transfer for the African Footballer of the Year of 2015 was driven by Arsenal’s new head of recruitment, Sven Mislintat, who used to work for Dortmund. He had been instrumental in signing Aubameyang from Saint-Étienne in 2013. Aubameyang, who underwent his Arsenal medical at 8.30am on Wednesday, is believed to be on a salary of £180,000 a week.Mislintat has also overseen the arrival of Mkhitaryan – another former Dortmund player – from Manchester United. The attacking midfielder joined in a straight swap with Sánchez. It has been a frenetic January at Arsenal – Wenger has described it as the most “destabilising” he has known at the club – with Theo Walcott also being sold to Everton for £20m and Alexis Sánchez joining Manchester United.West Brom rejected Arsenal’s approach for the defender Jonny Evans, with the clubs far apart on their valuation of the Northern Ireland international. Arsenal’s offer was some way from the £20m asking price. Share via Email The transfer has not been without its tensions. Zorc described Arsène Wenger as “disrespectful” two weeks ago, after taking issue with comments from the Arsenal manager about Aubameyang. “Arsène Wenger certainly has enough currently to deal with the performance of his own players,” Zorc added. In Wenger’s defence he had tried to dodge questions on Aubameyang and, in the remarks seized upon by Zorc, he had spoken in only generic terms about the player’s character rather than that of Aubameyang specifically.Aubameyang posted a message on Instagram apologising for the acrimonious circumstances surrounding his departure but describing himself as a “crazy kid”. He said: “First of all sorry for everything that has happened in the last month. But I wanted a transfer last summer, it did not work, but now it had to. Maybe it was not the best way for me to choose but everyone knows that Auba is crazy – and yes, I am a crazy kid. I’ve made mistakes but never with malice.”The Gabon striker also revealed his ambitions after completing his move to the Emirates Stadium saying he now wants to emulate Arsenal’s record goalscorer, Thierry Henry. “I think the club has such a big history and great players like Thierry Henry,” he told Arsenal Player. The Gabon international was prolific during his four and a half seasons at Dortmund, scoring 98 Bundesliga goals in 144 appearances. In all competitions he had 141 in 213 matches. Since the beginning of the 2015-16 season the 28-year-old scored 100 goals for Dortmund – 45 more than any player has scored for Arsenal in the same period.Dortmund said, in a statement to the stock market, they had agreed the “fixed transfer fee of €63.75m” (£56m) with Arsenal for Aubameyang. The sporting director, Michael Zorc, referred to recent “unpleasant episodes” in which the player has been punished for disciplinary reasons but his priority was to highlight Aubameyang’s contribution in the club’s colours.“Apart from the unpleasant episodes in the past few weeks we would like to remember that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at BVB was a real success story,” Zorc said. “In this team, he performed superbly for Borussia Dortmund and scored many important goals and was part of the team that won the German Cup in 2017. We wish Pierre-Emerick all the best for his future at Arsenal.” Olivier Giroud Borussia Dortmund Olivier Giroud has completed his £18m move to Chelsea and signed an 18-month contract at Stamford Bridge. Earlier on deadline day Arsenal broke their transfer record for the second window in succession with the £56m signing of the striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund, who in turn took Michy Batshuayi on loan from Chelsea for the rest of the season.Giroud will wear the No 18 shirt at his new club after his arrival was followed by Dortmund’s confirmation of Batshuayi’s loan. Chelsea have employed a strict policy of not offering long-term deals or contract extensions to players who are over 30 but have bent their rules only slightly to secure the 31-year-old Giroud. He will be in the same position in the summer as David Luiz, Cesc Fàbregas and Pedro with a year to run on his deal, which may prompt negotiations over a 12-month extension.Giroud said: “I’m​ looking forward to playing. Basically for me the most important thing has been talking with the coach Antonio Conte. I really feel like that he really​ wanted me. He really wanted to work with me.”Giroud was seated behind the dugouts as the champions took on Bournemouth on Wednesday night. His arrival ends a rather scattergun pursuit of a striker to ease the workload on Álvaro Morata.Arsenal, who bought Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon last summer in a £52.7m deal, have now further upgraded their attacking options. It remains to be seen whether Aubameyang plays instead of or alongside Lacazette, who has scored nine times for Arsenal in 28 appearances in all competitions. The view at Arsenal is that quality players can always be a foil for each other. Share on WhatsApp Transfer window Thank you for your feedback.last_img read more

Booze and vinyl make a beautiful baby in the EGB2 record console

first_img 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider Sip On the Original Stormtrooper Beer While You Wait for the Next Star Wars Movie The Opus OP15′ Is a Tricked-Out, Off-Road-Ready Travel Trailer Good booze and smooth, warm vinyl bliss; It’s true what they say: some things just don’t go out of style. But what if you could combine these two gems of modern humanity into a single entity — and get your Mad Men on while you do it? That’s the premise behind a gorgeous new piece of decor from the custom woodworkers at Luno called the EGB2.Related: Show off your turntable in style with Turntable StationWhile the name isn’t exactly inspiring, this chunk of Art Deco awesomeness doesn’t need a fancy title to get your motor humming. Carved in nostalgic lines from rich American Walnut, each unit is custom crafted and made to order right in the good old U.S. of A. The salt and pepper speaker screens alone (courtesy of Marshall) are enough to recall the smooth melodies delivered by the record consoles of old, and it should go without saying this thing will really tie the room together.However, as teased above, the exterior styling is just the beginning. Beneath the EGB2’s rich wooden exterior rests a brilliant collection of peripheral components, old and new, to keep you and your guests entertained and impressed — and inebriated, if that’s the way the wind blows. Those include a pull-out mini bar, capped with four gold-rimmed tumblers, and enough storage space for four bottles of the good stuff.There’s more than meets the eye on the audio side as well. The included turntable is a Pro-ject Debut Carbon, which just happens to top our list of the best turntables under $500.  Adding to the fun is a three-band tone control system — with classic controls — and the system is powered by a 200-watt class D amplifier. Each channel offers a 6.5-inch woofer matched by a silk dome tweeter (Luno doesn’t list the brand, unfortunately), and there are also dual aux inputs to plug in an exterior device and a lower shelf with storage space for 150 of your favorite records.But that’s not all. The system also comes loaded with support for Apple Airplay — because you’ve gotta have some wireless convenience in this day and age — as well as a 100 watt down-firing subwoofer, for when you want to switch from Sinatra to Sia.Luno hasn’t yet disclosed pricing, but we do know it takes around two months or so to arrive once you’ve pulled the trigger. You can order your own EGB2 directly from Luno at the company’s website.A version of this post first appeared on our “brother site” Digital Trends. Editors’ Recommendations Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App Shark House’s Dramatic Angles Have Serious Bitelast_img read more

Atlanta Jamaican Association Awards 13 Scholarships

first_imgStory Highlights The Atlanta Jamaican Association (AJA) has awarded 13 academic scholarships to students pursuing tertiary studies in Jamaica and Atlanta, Georgia. Of the recipients, five are Jamaican students. They are Cadell Green and Joy-Ann Mason, who attend the University of Technology (UTech); University of the West Indies (UWI) students, Tiffany Mason and Dominique Spence; and Janiqua Thelwell, who is studying early-childhood education at The Mico University College.center_img The Atlanta Jamaican Association (AJA) has awarded 13 academic scholarships to students pursuing tertiary studies in Jamaica and Atlanta, Georgia.The presentations were made at the AJA’s annual Independence Ball and Scholarship Awards ceremony held on August 12 at the Sheraton Hotel, downtown Atlanta.Of the recipients, five are Jamaican students. They are Cadell Green and Joy-Ann Mason, who attend the University of Technology (UTech); University of the West Indies (UWI) students, Tiffany Mason and Dominique Spence; and Janiqua Thelwell, who is studying early-childhood education at The Mico University College.The other eight scholarship awardees are Ghiselle Brown, Georgia State University; Stone Crews, University of Georgia; Jazz Duncan and Keyanna Ennis, Emory University; Peter Gai Groves, Florida State University; Brianna Ramsey, Mercy University; Natahlia Robinson, Kennesaw University; and Sierra Hart, Washington University.In her address, Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Her Excellency Audrey Marks, lauded the AJA for providing scholarships to deserving students in Jamaica and Atlanta over the past 22 years.“It is very commendable that after starting out with just two scholarships in the early days of the association, tonight, 13 students will be the beneficiaries of scholarships from your organisation,” she said.The Ambassador noted that the awards have assisted tremendously to advance the educational development of the recipients, some of whom will undoubtedly be among the next generation of leaders.Ambassador Marks also lauded the work of the AJA, which is celebrating 40 years of service this year.President of the AJA, Alan Stewart, in his remarks said the association is pleased to assist in furthering the education of these worthy students.“Our way of giving back to our country is to provide these scholarships to college-bound students, both here in Atlanta and in Jamaica,” he said.Mr. Stewart informed that the scholarship programme was established in 1995 to assist graduating high-school seniors of Jamaican heritage in Atlanta, as well as students in Jamaica, to continue their education.He said that to date, the organisation has provided more than US$100,000 to students in Jamaica and in the Metro Atlanta area as well as individual awards of US$25,000 to students facing financial hardship.Mr. Stewart said next year, the association plans to provide funding for full scholarships. Applications for the scholarships are posted on the AJA website at atlantajamaicanassociation.org.During the function, lifetime membership awards were presented to Joy Booth and Alvin Thomas for giving more than 25 years of service to the AJA, while founding membership awards went to Dr. Juan Reid, Neville Barrett, Dr. Noel Erskine and Glenda Erskine.last_img read more

Gov’t Committed to Strengthening Quality Infrastructure

first_img His remarks were delivered by Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Andrene Collings at the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ) 12th annual National Quality Awards (NQA) ceremony and banquet, at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston, on Tuesday (October 16). Story Highlights Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon Audley Shaw, says the Government remains dedicated to strengthening the country’s regulatory, standardisation and conformity framework to facilitate trade, accelerate economic development and improve the quality of life for all Jamaicans. “We are committed to the development of our national quality capabilities and competence and the provision of a competitive trade environment, based on internationally accepted standards and principles,” Minister Shaw pointed out. Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon Audley Shaw, says the Government remains dedicated to strengthening the country’s regulatory, standardisation and conformity framework to facilitate trade, accelerate economic development and improve the quality of life for all Jamaicans.His remarks were delivered by Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Andrene Collings at the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ) 12th annual National Quality Awards (NQA) ceremony and banquet, at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston, on Tuesday (October 16).“We are committed to the development of our national quality capabilities and competence and the provision of a competitive trade environment, based on internationally accepted standards and principles,” Minister Shaw pointed out.He said that the Administration is equally seized of the need to create an environment that encourages local consumers to demand high-quality products and services.The draft National Quality Policy 2017 articulates the Government’s position on the quality of goods and services produced and consumed in Jamaica.The new policy, which is an update of the 2013 document, will help with quality upgrading of locally produced goods and services to internationally required standards, not only for local consumers but for the export market.Minister Shaw said that the consumer goods industry is undergoing significant transformation, with consumer behaviour, availability of new technologies, and shifts in purchasing power reshaping the supply chain.He noted that manufacturers and retailers are being challenged to “redefine the way they operate and collaborate with each other as well as with their trading partners”.The Minister said this places standards and quality maintenance at the “forefront of what we do, as we must just keep pace with the demands of the time and changes, but ensure product safety and quality”.He noted that the National Quality Policy is designed to provide direction to and guidelines on the various related activities.Of importance, he pointed out, is the ability of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) to comply with product standards and regulations in domestic and export markets.He noted that MSMEs are major suppliers of goods and services in most, if not all, global value chains, and the Government is keen to develop the appropriate mechanisms to identify the sector’s standards and quality needs.These, he pointed out, include initiating engagements for national quality infrastructure support, in keeping with Jamaica’s MSME and Entrepreneurship Policy Meanwhile, Mr. Shaw lauded the BSJ, which falls under the Ministry, for its ongoing work to promote and encourage standardisation in relation to commodities, processes and practices.“This work has seen your role expanded over the years to include conformity through certification, inspection and testing, calibration, as well as metrology. This expansion… is further indicative of the aptitude of the agency to keep pace with the demands of the markets it serves,” he added.The NQA, jointly implemented by the Ministry and BSJ, is Jamaica’s first quality-based awards programme that recognises local companies that are demonstrating the application of standards and quality systems in the production of goods, delivery of service, and in agriculture.last_img read more

Eight Container Vessels Join PIL’s Fleet

first_imgzoom Eight container vessels ordered by Pacific International Lines (PIL) and built under Navgathi’s new building supervision have joined the parent fleet. Four 3600 TEU container carriers built in Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries and four 2800 container carriers built in Hyundai Mipo Dockyard, South Korea have been delivered to PIL.Four 2800 sister vessels of Kota series are 222 meters long, 30 meters wide, and have 16.8 meter depth. The vessels are powered by Hyundai-MAN B&W engines that were built in HMD.The four vessels of Hanjin series have the length of 221 meters and breadth of 35 meters. They are designed for a speed of 21.2 knots, and are fitted with Main Engine: Hyundai-MAN B&W that were built in HSHI under Navgathi’s newbuilding supervision.Mr. Paneer selvam, GM Technical of PIL said: ”We are delighted about this achievement, which would significantly add to the groups expansion. We sincerely appreciate Navgathi Marine’s New building supervision team for the success and hope that they will keep up the good work in future cooperations. Special thanks also to Mr Sandith Thandasherry & Mr. Pramod Chambath for guiding their team and bringing this best result.”Navgathi Marine Design offers Concept Design of Ships, Shipyard Assessment, Contract Specification Analysis, Plan Approval, and New building Supervision as a part of the new shipbuilding project management.PIL, October 1, 2013last_img read more

Yoga boosts mental well being in older adults

first_imgPractising yoga can boost muscle strength and balance in older adults as well as improve mental wellbeing, a study has found. Researchers at the University of Edinburgh in the UK reviewed 22 studies that had investigated the effects of yoga on physical and mental wellbeing in older adults. The yoga programmes varied in length from one month to seven months, and duration of sessions ranged from 30 to 90 minutes. Statistical analysis combined the results of the studies to see the effects of yoga compared with no activity, and compared to other activities such as walking and chair aerobics. Also Read – Pollution makes you more aggressive”A large proportion of older adults are inactive, and do not meet the balance and muscle strengthening recommendations set by government and international health organisations,” said researchers from University of Edinburgh. “Based on this study, we can conclude that yoga has great potential to improve important physical and psychological outcomes in older adults. Yoga is a gentle activity that can be modified to suit those with age-related conditions and diseases,” they added. The researchers found that people who practiced yoga had improved balance, flexibility, leg strength, depression, sleep quality, vitality and perceived mental and physical health – compared with no activity.last_img read more

BC fuel up 4 cents more hikes due as bumpy year looms

first_imgVANCOUVER — Extreme volatility in oil markets has resulted in a price jump for gasoline of four cents a litre in Metro Vancouver and an analyst predicts a further hike could arrive within days.Dan McTeague, a senior petroleum analyst at GasBuddy.com, says Vancouver residents will be the “poster children” for what he expects will be a wild year for gas prices Canada-wide.He says the four-cent increase is the culmination of a series of events, including the explosion of the Enbridge natural gas pipeline in October and the unexpected maintenance shutdown of the Olympic pipeline last month in Washington state.McTeague says traders are still rebounding from those events and must cover gasoline demand in Oregon, Washington and southern British Columbia, prompting the latest hike and another boost of what he predicts could be a “penny or two,” by Sunday.Greater Vancouver imports all its fuel, adding to the cost, but McTeague says fuel taxes will also climb in B.C. on April 1.He says the tax will add 3.3 cents to the price of a litre of fuel and make the Vancouver area the highest tax jurisdiction for fuel of any major city in North America.“You knocked out Montreal,” McTeague says. “There are some occasions where being No. 1 isn’t such a great thing.”The GasBuddy website pegged the average price for gas in Vancouver at about $1.31 a litre on Friday, well above the average price of gas in some other Canadian cities. In Halifax, the average price was 97.8 cents, while it was at about $1.11 a litre in Montreal. A litre of gas was just over $1 in Toronto and was at 90.6 cents in Calgary.A written analysis provided by McTeague says the turbulent year ahead for prices at Canadian pumps will stem, in part, from concerns over a looming trade war between the U.S. and China, Brexit, the status of global crude supplies and overall demand for oil products.“Overall, fuel prices in 2019 could well turn out to be more expensive than any year since 2014, helped in no small part by an increase in gas taxes and currency challenges,” the analysis says.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

UN tribunal for Balkans crimes transfers convicted police officer to Germany

8 July 2011The United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) has transferred a former police officer convicted of murder during the Balkans conflict of the 1990s to Germany to serve out his 12-year prison sentence. Johan Tarčulovski, a police officer in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), was transferred yesterday from the Tribunal, which is based in The Hague. He is the fourth person convicted by the court to be transferred to Germany. On 19 May 2010, the Appeals Chamber affirmed his conviction of having ordered, planned and instigated crimes committed against ethnic Albanians during a police operation conducted on 12 August 2001 in the village of Ljuboten in the northern part of FYROM. “Tarčulovski was found guilty of the murder of three ethnic Albanian civilians, the wanton destruction of 12 houses or other property and the cruel treatment of 13 ethnic Albanian civilians,” the ICTY said. The Appeals Chamber dismissed all grounds of appeal and upheld his sentence of 12 years’ imprisonment.His co-accused in the case, Ljube Boškoski, Minister of Interior of the FYROM from May 2001 until November 2002, was acquitted by both the Trial and Appeals Chamber.The Tarčulovski case is the only case related to the conflict in the territory of FYROM to have been heard by the ICTY.Since its inception 18 years ago, the Tribunal has indicted 161 persons for serious violations of humanitarian law committed on the territory of former Yugoslavia between 1991 and 2001. Proceedings against 126 persons have been concluded. To date, the Tribunal has signed agreements on the enforcement of sentences with 17 States. “To ensure the successful completion of its mandate, the Tribunal calls upon Member States to assist it in securing additional enforcement capacity,” the ICTY said in a press statement. read more

TSX closes at fresh record while Wall Street slumps on Amazon Visa

TORONTO — Gold stocks and financials helped give the Toronto stock market a lift Friday amid a rebound for U.S. durable goods orders and gold prices.The S&P/TSX composite index gained 60.59 points to finish at a record high close of 15,455.04.The gold sector was ahead about 3.3% as the August gold contract gained $12.50 to US$1,303.30 an ounce after three days of losses. The financials sector was up 0.59%.Meanwhile, the Canadian dollar shed 0.6 of a cent to 92.47 cents US as the greenback strengthened in the wake of U.S. data showing that orders for durable goods increased by 0.7% during June.U.S. markets were lower after earning disappointments from online retailer Amazon and Visa. The Dow Jones industrials dropped 123.23 points to close at 16,960.57 while the Nasdaq fell 22.55 points to finish at 4,449.56. The S&P 500 index lost 9.64 points to close at 1,978.34.Amazon shares plunged 9.65% to US$324.01 after posting a quarterly loss of US$126 million, or 27 cents per share, 14 cents worse than estimates. Revenue rose 23%, but operating expenses also rose by a similar percentage.Shares in Visa, which is closely watched because of its heavy exposure to U.S. and global consumer spending, dropped 3.58% to $214.77 as the global payments technology company trimmed its forecast for annual revenue growth.The Toronto stock market finished the week up 188.47 points or 1.24% on positive Chinese manufacturing data and a series of positive earnings reports from Canadian National Railway, Teck Resources and Loblaw Co. Ltd.. The Dow shed 132 points or 0.8%.Traders are optimistic ahead of next week as many of the big names in the Canadian resource sector prepare to report their second-quarter results.“It’s pretty solid by and large; hard to complain,” said Bob Gorman, chief portfolio strategist at TD Waterhouse.“If in Q1 we saw TSX earnings up around six%, Q2 is looking like about 15% and that is probably, I would say, going to be the number for the year,” Gorman said.The industrials sector was ahead 0.48% after Candu Energy Inc., an SNC-Lavalin (TSX:SNC) company, signed a co-operation agreement with China Nuclear Power Engineering Company Ltd. for the construction of two nuclear reactors at the Cernavoda Nuclear Power Plant in Romania. SNC rose $1.23 to $57.74.The metals and mining sector gave back 0.27%, returning all of the gain racked up Thursday in the wake of the strong report on Chinese manufacturing. However, the International Monetary Fund warned that global growth will be about three-tenths of a point lower at 3.4% this year than it thought in April. September copper was down three cents at US$3.24 a pound after surging six cents Thursday.The energy sector was down 0.37%, while September crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange edged up two cents to US$102.09 a barrel. The move came after U.S. officials accused Russia of firing artillery shells over the border into Ukraine.Also on Friday, European Union ambassadors reached a preliminary deal on stepped-up sanctions against Russia, targeting its access to European capital markets and its trade in the defence sector, dual-use goods and sensitive technologies. read more

In new report UN agency promotes agrocorridors as economic driver for developing

The programmes – also described as economic ‘agrocorridors’ by the UN agency – are designed to foster agriculture in developing countries, particularly in territories connected by lines of transportation such as highways, railroads, ports or canals, by integrating investments, policy frameworks and local institutions. “The key idea is not just to make transportation or irrigation infrastructure improvements but to provide a platform that enables and empowers authorities at local, national and regional levels to make more informed decisions about what they want to achieve,” said FAO agribusiness economist Eva Gálvez Nogales and author of the Making economic corridors work for the agricultural sector report. In a press release issued earlier today, the FAO explained that such corridors have traditionally been used to bolster physical connectivity to improve the functioning of markets, such as the linking of mines to ports. However, the agency added, the corridors can also be harnessed to smarter planning initiatives, aimed at enhancing agricultural opportunities, achieving explicit targets such as creating rural jobs, environmental goals and catalysing improved governance along value chains. The 200-page report itself analyses in detail six specific case studies, including three well-advanced corridor programmes in Central Asia, the Greater Mekong Subregion in Southeast Asia and Peru and three new projects still largely in the early implementation phase in Indonesia, Mozambique and Tanzania. In addition to boosting local economies and accessing untapped growth potential, so-called ‘agrocorridors’ can also be a boon for efforts aimed at protecting the environment, said Eugenia Serova, director of FAO’s Rural Infrastructure and Agro-Industries Division.“Corridors can in fact allow for better management of environment risks and practices such as unsuitable monocropping,” Ms. Serova continued. “The key is for inclusive coordination of stakeholder interests both in the planning and execution phase.” read more

GCSE results day 2017 Marking reforms benefit girls as they make up

first_img“It does take time for schools to respond to the demands of the curriculum and that’s why you have this thing called comparative outcomes so we don’t see a dramatic change in the proportions achieving the various grades.” It’s GCSE Results Day 2017 and the girls are steaming ahead of the boys. The new toughened up GCSEs have seen two thirds of the coveted grade nines awarded to girls. The reformed GCSEs, which are marked in numerical grades of nine to one rather than A* to G, are designed to separate the very highest achievers, with roughly half as many nines awarded as A*s.The new grades were part of a package of reforms introduced by former education secretary Michael Gove, designed to toughen up syllabuses and to cut down on the number of students getting A*s by splitting it between the two highest grades, eight and nine.Almost 51,000 grade nines were given out across the three reformed subjects, English Literature, English Language and Maths.  Search for the pass rate in your subject In English Language, almost treble the number of grade nines went to girls compared to boys, with 3.3 per cent of grades awarded to girls and 1.3 per cent to boys.Boys won more grade nines in Maths than girls, achieving four per cent of the top grade compared to 2.9 per cent for girls.Fewer candidates have achieved a 9 compared to the proportion that gained an A* under the traditional A*-G grading system, following the deliberate move to change the system to allow more differentiation, particularly between the brightest candidates.Last year, 4 per cent of 16-year-olds in England scored an A* in English language, along with 7 per cent in maths.The grading switch is part of wider reforms designed to make GCSEs more rigorous and challenging.There are now three top grades – 7, 8 and 9 – compared to two under the old system – A* and A – with A* results now split into 8s and 9s. More than double the number of grade nines were awarded to girls than boys, with 4.5 per cent of grade nines awarded to girls compared to 1.9 per cent to boys. Pupils will be marked under the new system for English Literature, English Language and MathsCredit:FREDERICK FLORIN Pupils will be marked under the new system for English Literature, English Language and Maths Among 16-year-olds in England, almost 20,000 maths entries scored a 9 – the new highest grade, while over 31,000 achieved the top mark in the two English GCSEs combined.Under the overhaul, traditional A* to G grades are being gradually replaced in England with a 9 to 1 system. Of these, around 30,000 went to girls. Just over 2,000 students in England were awarded a clean sweep of straight nines, which is less than a third of the 6,500 straight A*s candidates from last year, according to Datalab.This is far more than predicted by Sally Collier, the head of Ofqual, who said that only a “few hundred” students would achieve straight 9s.Overall UK GCSE pass rates have fallen this year amid the biggest shake-up of exams in a generation. Changes to GCSEs: What you need to know English and maths – key GCSEs for all teenagers – are the first to move across, with other subjects following over the next two years.Today’s figures show that across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the proportion of entries scoring at least an A grade – or a 7 under the new system – has fallen by 0.5 percentage points to 20 per cent compared to last summer.Meanwhile, the percentage gaining a C or above – or a 4 under the new system – is down 0.6 percentage points to 66.3 per cent.The statistics, published by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ), show that among 16-year-olds in England:In maths, 3.5 per cent of entries – around 19,885 in total – scored a 9In English, 2.2 per cent of entries – around 13,913 in total – scored a 9In English literature, 3.2 per cent – around 17,530 in total – scored a 9Girls outperformed boys in 9 grades in both English GCSEs, while boys did better in maths at the highest result Mr Gibb told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “It is more demanding but we don’t want any student to be disadvantaged as we introduced new reforms so there is a process in place that’s been in place for many years to ensure that broadly the same proportions achieve the grades as they did under the old system. 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

Dragan Markovic to lead Bosnia and Herzegovina until January

Current Bosnia and Herzegovina national team coach Dragan Markovic accepted an offer from the Federation to extend contract on only next three months until the end of pre-qualifications for the World Championship 2017 in France. Bosnians will fight against Slovakia (November 4) and Lithuania (November 7) at the start of the Group competition which will come to an end on January 20. Only a group winner (Kosovars are the fourth team) will grab the ticket for the WCH 2017 Play-Off in June.After that, Board will decide about new head-coach by organizing open competition.The first pick to replace Markovic, in the last few weeks, was KIF Kolding assistant coach Bilal Šuman. ← Previous Story 2019: Luc Abalo extends deal with PSG Handball! Next Story → CASE “40 SECONDS IN KIELCE”: To improve or to die… Bosnia and Herzegovinadragan markovic read more

France is in no doubt who it blames for deadly sarin gas

first_img Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article France is in no doubt who it blames for deadly sarin gas attack It says the chemical fingerprint was developed in Syrian laboratories. 116 Comments Image: SalamPix/ABACA 12,783 Views http://jrnl.ie/3359086 Share5 Tweet Email center_img FRENCH INTELLIGENCE SERVICES  have scientific proof that the Syrian regime was responsible for a suspected chemical attack that killed 87 people, France’s foreign minister has said.Jean-Marc Ayrault said analysis of samples taken at the scene of the 4 April attack in rebel-held Khan Sheikhun in which 31 children were among the dead showed “there is no doubt that sarin gas was used” and that it was produced by Syrian laboratories.“There is no doubt about the responsibility of the Syrian regime given the way that the sarin used was produced,” Ayrault told journalists after the report was presented at a meeting of French defence chiefs.He said the substance France believes was used in the attack contains hexamine, a component that was also found in a gas attack in northwest Syria in 2013.“We are able to confirm that the sarin used on April 4 is the same sarin that was used in an attack in Saraqeb on April 29, 2013,” he said.Ayrault said the chemical fingerprint is “typical of the method developed in Syrian laboratories”.“This (production) method bears the regime’s hallmarks and allows us to determine its responsibility for this attack,” he said.A French diplomat said the analysis was carried out on unexploded ordnance found at Khan Sheikhun.‘Same as 2013 attack’Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, backed by his ally Russia, has strongly denied allegations that his forces used chemical weapons against the town, describing it as a “100%  fabrication”.He has said repeatedly that his forces turned over all chemical weapons stockpiles in 2013, under a deal brokered by Russia to avoid threatened US military action.That agreement was later enshrined in a UN Security Council resolution.In a policy u-turn, US President Donald Trump ordered air strikes on the Syrian airbase from which Washington believes the attack was launched.US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said on Friday there was “no doubt” Syria has retained some chemical weapons and warned Assad’s regime not to use them.“There can be no doubt in the international community’s mind that Syria has retained chemical weapons in violation of its agreement and its statement that it had removed them all,” Mattis said during a visit to Israel.Mattis added that the Damascus regime would be “ill-advised to try to use any again”, adding: “We’ve made that very clear with our strike.”On Monday, the US government placed 271 Syrian chemists from the Syrian Scientific Studies and Research Center (SSRC) and other officials on its financial blacklist in response to their presumed role in the chemical weapons attack.Washington says the SSRC was responsible for developing the alleged sarin gas weapon.© – AFP 2017Read: US blacklists Syrian chemists over deadly sarin gas attack >Read: US forces say they have killed man responsible for Istanbul nightclub attack > Apr 26th 2017, 11:54 AM Wednesday 26 Apr 2017, 11:54 AM Short URL Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Image: SalamPix/ABACA By AFPlast_img read more

Failing Airfield Infrastructure May Be Jeopardizing Safety House Panel Says

first_imgThe House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee is asking the Defense Department for an update on the condition of airfield infrastructure due to concerns that the statutory budget caps have caused DOD to shortchange investment in its facilities, according to report language in the panel’s portion of the fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill.“The committee is concerned that the risk assumed in infrastructure investments has resulted in the deterioration of runways, taxiway pavements, parking ramps, and aircraft hydrant fueling systems that may pose a safety risk to aircrews, a hazard to aircraft, and have an adverse impact on military operations and training,” the panel states.When prioritizing investments, infrastructure in the worst condition that directly supports military operations and training should be addressed first, it said.The panel directs the secretary of defense to brief it by Feb. 1, 2017, on the current condition of military airfield infrastructure and include:a list of locations where the airfield infrastructure has a facility index rating below 80;the cost and scope of work required to restore locations with degraded airfield infrastructure; andthe extent to which the poor condition of airfield infrastructure poses a risk to aircrews, a hazard to aircraft and has an adverse impact on military operations and training.In the report accompanying its FY 2017 military construction-veterans affairs spending bill, the House Appropriations Committee highlighted the poor condition of air traffic control facilities used by the Army and Air Force, and said it was concerned the deteriorating condition of control towers is jeopardizing safety in many locations.The Armed Services Committee began marking up the authorization bill Wednesday morning and is expected to finish by Thursday morning. The subcommittee’s mark is available on the committee website. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Sunaq tribe to open Alutiiq language immersion school for children

first_imgThe Sun’aq Tribe of Kodiak has just received a grant to begin an Alutiiq language program for preschool-aged children.Listen nowCandace Branson is the tribe’s Alutiiq heritage educator and says last week Sun’aq learned that it won a five-year, almost $2 million grant from the Administration for Native Americans. Branson explains it’ll enable a whole new generation to be immersed in Alutiiq language with a teacher and a teacher’s aide dedicated to that mission.“Our community has been working on language revitalization since the 1960s, and this grant is a huge honor and a huge responsibility for the Sun’aq Tribe, and I really look forward to doing our best and moving forward with the language revitalization movement.”Branson says connecting with her ancestral language has helped her form an identity within the Native community, and there are other benefits to learning the Alutiiq language.“In terms of broader scales outside of my experience, we know that learning your indigenous language helps with the effects of historical trauma, so it can be something that relates you to a positive aspect of your culture rather than just seeing the alcoholism and the abuse and the historical trauma effects that happen as a result of our history.”Branson also says learning a second language makes a person’s brain more active. Various sources, from studies to articles, have made connections between language learning and increased mental performance.Branson says the language nest will serve the same age group as a preschool and the teacher and teacher’s aide will instruct 2 days a week, 4 hours a day. She explains by the end of the third grant year, the language nest will run 5 days a week, and may eventually require enrollment fees in order to pay the instructors and maintain a sustainable program.Branson says Sun’aq is currently taking applications for both the teacher and teacher’s aide positions, and classes should be ready to begin in January.last_img read more