IS victims’ remains handed over to kin

first_imgIndia on Monday brought back the mortal remains of the men, working at a construction site in Iraq, who were kidnapped by fighters of the Islamic State in 2014.The physical remains of 38 men, packed in wooden coffins, were transported on a C17 aircraft from Baghdad, under the supervision of Minister of State for External Affairs General (retired) V.K. Singh.First stopAddressing a press conference at the cargo terminal of the Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport here, the first stop of the mission to return the remains of the men to their families, the Minister said a total of 38 victims were identified and released by the Martyrs Foundation of Iraq.Tough taskThe Foundation has carried out the difficult task of exhumation and identification of the bodies from a mud mound on the outskirts of Mosul.Also Read All hopes dashed and full of tears  In a statement made in the Rajya Sabha on March 20, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj announced that the men were killed by militants of the Islamic State.Remains of the 39th victim, Raju Yadav of Bihar, however, was not sent back as the process of matching his DNA was not yet complete, Mr. Singh said.“It is a moment of grief for the nation as we have returned with the mortal remains of the loved ones. Iraq continues to be a in a difficult condition. But we are thankful to the Martyrs Foundation which has worked day and night to identify the remains with the help of DNA matching. IED explosions are still common in Mosul, yet they have accomplished the process,” said Mr. Singh in his remarks at the airport.“It was an arduous process and we took help of the local people and broadcast appeals in local TV and FM channels about the Indians who were missing. Finally someone informed us about the location in Badush where the remains were located with the help of ground-penetrating radar,” Mr Singh said..Out of the 38 men, 27 were from Punjab, four from Himachal Pradesh, five from Bihar and two from West Bengal. Four ambulances carrying the remains of the men from Himachal Pradesh left by road soon after the C17 aircraft landed. The rest of the coffins will be sent to Patna and Kolkata respectively. The airport witnessed heart-rending scenes as family members broke down on receiving the coffins. Government officials from Punjab and in most instances MPs of various parties accompanied the ambulances that carried the coffins to their respective final destinations.last_img read more

Football: Usain Bolt admits that he’s struggling to make a career post athletics

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementWorld famous sprinter and Olympic gold medalist spoke with news.com.au recently and admitted that he was struggling to keep up with the hard training regimen of professional football.The Lightning Bolt retired from sprinting after the 2017 World Championships when he finished third in his last solo 100m race.Since then, people have been speculating if he would begin another sports journey in a different field since he always wanted to be a fast bowler before he decided to go with athletics.He is also a fan of Premier League football club Manchester United and has expressed his desire in the past to play for the club one day.His football dream progressed a step forward when he was contacted by Australia’s A-League football club Central Coast Mariners.The eight-time Olympic champion trained with the rest of the squad at a more intensive session at the team’s base in the town of Gosford, 75 kilometres north of Sydney, on Tuesday.After some warming up and a jog around the pitch, he took part in ball drills and while his passing was fine, he was slow to get the hang of the movement required.The 32-year old’s lack of football fitness was also evident as he seemed to tire quicker than his teammates and resting in intervals.Bolt admitted to struggling with the constant stop-start of football, more used to a quick-fire sprint on the athletics track before winding down.“The most challenging thing for me is the stop and go because I’m not used to picking up speed, going back down, then back again,” he said.“It’s all about practising and getting used to the system. I have time so will just learn the ways and keep pushing.”The Mariners hope to bring Bolt in shape in time for the start of the 2018/19 season in late October, with the club saying he can stay indefinitely to prove his documentation and earn a playing contract.They have a pre-season friendly on Friday against an amateur side and Bolt is expected to get his expected to play as a substitute.“I imagine he’ll get some minutes on Friday,” said club coach Mike Mulvey, conscious that thousands of fans are set to turn up and with the match due to be broadcast live on pay-TV.He said the Jamaican was “doing OK”.“The things we are asking him to do are things that he hasn’t done for quite some years,” he added.“He has played football as an athlete in between athletic meets so he has rudimentary skills. There’s no problem with that. It’s about being able to do it at the speed that we do it. It takes time to adjust.”He remains the world record holder for 100 metres.Bolt said he was seeing slow improvements in his game.“For me, it’s about just getting fit and as many touches of the ball that I can. The more I play the more comfortable I get,” he said.“It’s all about being focused, taking my time and being smart and pushing myself to get to the level I need to be at to be in the starting XI.” Read Also: EL GRAN DERBI: THE EARLIEST SEVILLE DERBY SINCE 1987/88Chelsea deny reports of being put on sale by Roman Abramovichlast_img read more

India Today Operation CricketGate: Key revelations and impact

first_imgThe controversy surrounding the Maharashtra Cricket Association pitch curator Padnurang Salgaonkar has rocked the cricket world and has once again put the Board of Cricket for Cricket in India (BCCI) under a cloud.India Today TV conducted a sting operation on Salgaonkar with reporters posing as bookies. The sting revealed how the curator allowed the undercover reporters to walk on the pitch and even agreed to change the wicket according to their needs just a couple of days before the India-New Zealand second ODI.WATCH VIDEOHere is a run-down of everything that transpired after India Today’s sting operation on the Pune pitch curator:MCA president promises strict action after India Today expose on Pune pitch curatorWho is Pune curator Pandurang Salgaonkar? No stranger to accusations of pitch doctoringBCCI joint secretary Amitabh Chaudhary ‘shocked’ after India Today expose on Pune pitch curatorJust to fire BCCI for what Pune pitch curator has done is not correct: Ganguly to India TodayCoA reacts to India Today’s Operation CricketGate: ‘Zero tolerance to corruption’Ban Pune pitch curator, demands Mohammad Azharuddin after India Today sting operationIndia Today Impact: Pune pitch curator Pandurang Salgaonkar barred from entering stadiumIndia-New Zealand 2nd ODI will not be called off, sources confirm India Today The BCCI and MCA sprung into action right after the sting got aired on India Today TV with the curator getting banned from the stadium as the first step. A detailed investigation is also underway which will determine who all were involved in this scandal.advertisementThe reporters, who posed as bookies/fixers, asked Salgaonkar that two players want bounce on the pitch and if it can be arranged to which Salgaonkar replied, “it will be done”.KEY REVELATIONS FROM INDIA TODAY STING.- Pune curator Pandurang Salgaonkar allows outsiders to access pitch- Curator allows pitch tampering- Curator Salgaonkar ready to doctor pitch to favour bookies- Pune curator Pandurang Salgaonkar promises to customize pitch on demand- Curator Salgaonkar discloses inside information about the pitch- Curator promises to customise pitch on demandIMPACT OF INDIA TODAY’S STING OPERATION- Exposed curator Pandurang Salgaonkar suspended by the BCCI- ICC orders probe over pitch tampering- Pune pitch examined by BCCI’s neutral curator- BCCI, MCA and CoA promise strict action against curator Pandurang Salgaonkar- BCCI anti-corruption unit monitoring India Today’s sting operationThe pitch in question here is the same one which was rated poor by the ICC after the India-Australia Test match which was played in February this year.Australia had thrashed India by 333 runs on a rank-turner after the hosts were bowled out for 105 and 107 in both innings and the match finished within three days.India are trailing 0-1 in the three-match series after losing the first match by 6 wickets at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai.last_img read more

World Cup 2019: Pakistan have the ability to beat England, says Azhar Mahmood

first_imgAfter Pakistan faced a 7-wicket defeat against West Indies, the team’s bowling coach Azhar Mahmood is hoping to make a strong comeback in their second ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup clash against the hosts, England, saying that they have the ability to overpower them.”We can beat them. It’s not an upset. We have the ability to beat them. We have the ability, we have the skills to do that, and hopefully we can do it,” ICC quoted Mahmood as saying.Mahmood also cited their recent five-match ODI series against England, in which Pakistan lost all the four matches after the first match got abandoned, as reference, saying that they were not that far behind the English side. However, Mahmood did acknowledge the fact that their fielding was a concern and added that they have an “inexperienced” bowling line-up.”If you see the one-day series, we were not that far from England. They scored 1430-odd (1424) runs, we scored 1370 (1356) runs, so we were 70 runs short. Unfortunately, our fielding was not up to the mark and we give extra bonus because we have an inexperienced bowling line-up,” he said.In June last year, England posted a mammoth total of 481 runs on the board, which is the highest ever ODI total by any team, against Australia. Referring to that record total, Mahmood said that to achieve such a ginormous total, a team has to play 300 balls and they only need 10 good balls to take 10 wickets.”The 480 pitch has been a world record pitch, but they have to play 300 balls to get to that record, but we have to bowl 10 good balls to get 10 wickets,” Mahmood said.advertisementAlthough Mahmood said that they have an “inexperienced” bowling line-up, he also added that the bowlers have an ability to bowl at a pace of 140 plus.”If you see the last game, at least we bowled a lot of short balls and we mixed that up, so definitely we can do that. We’ve got bowlers who can bowl 140 plus, so they can do the same thing to England batters,” he said.Pakistan is going to compete with England on June 3.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Pakistan eye comeback against fired-up EnglandAlso Read | World Cup 2019: South Africa off to their worst ever start in World Cup historyAlso Seelast_img read more

Gerrard: Liverpool will miss Coutinho

first_imgPhilippe Coutinho Gerrard: Liverpool will miss ‘wonderful footballer’ Coutinho Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 07:24 1/9/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Philippe Coutinho Liverpool 26122017 PAUL ELLIS/Getty Images Philippe Coutinho Liverpool Barcelona Primera División The former England captain knows the Brazilian’s move to Barcelona is a blow but believes the Reds will bounce back Steven Gerrard accepts Liverpool will miss “wonderful footballer” Philippe Coutinho after the Brazilian formally completed his dream move to Barcelona on Monday.Liverpool were able to repel a series of offers for Coutinho in August, but the Premier League side allowed the playmaker to make the move to Camp Nou and become Barca’s most expensive signing after the January transfer window opened.Coutinho reportedly paid around £10 million of his own money to help push through a deal reported to be worth up to £142 million, setting a record for a transfer involving a British club. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player And Gerrard, who played with Coutinho towards the end of his own Anfield playing career, believes it will be difficult to replace the 25-year-old, who scored 41 Premier League goals for Liverpool.”I’m still digesting it as a Liverpool fan,” Gerrard, now an academy coach at the club, told BT Sport.”I’m not surprised by it. I know Liverpool have done everything they can to keep him and they fought very hard to keep him until the summer.”But when a kid’s got a dream, a South American, that he wants to play for Barcelona and he thinks this is the only opportunity he’s going to get, then it’s very difficult to stop it.”There’s no doubt about it, Liverpool will miss him. He’s a wonderful footballer, a great person and to be fair to him he hasn’t downed tools at all. I respect his decision and wish him all the best.”A very special moment for @Phil_Coutinho!#CoutinhoDay pic.twitter.com/itbMJ2zNQ4— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 8, 2018Jurgen Klopp’s side have been linked with players including Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez and Monaco’s France international Thomas Lemar to fill the void left by Coutinho, and Gerrard backed his club to spend the money wisely.”Liverpool will go on,” Gerrard added. “They’ve got big money for him and I’m sure they’ll replace him with the right people.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Infrastructure Program Invests in Northside Pool

first_imgNorthside residents of Cape Breton Regional Municipality will soon be swimming laps again at the Northside Pool, thanks to funding through the new Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund. The project includes the retrofit of the Northside Pool, which was closed in 2005 due to safety concerns. Project work includes structural repairs to the glulam beams; rebuilding of the roof; upgrades to the heating, ventilating, air conditioning and electrical systems, and; replacement of the existing sand filters. Federal funding of $300,000 was announced today, May 11. The Northside Pool Commission, in partnership with the Cape Breton Regional Municipality and the Department of Health Promotion and Protection, will fund the balance upon formal acceptance of the agreement and environmental assessment approval. “Community infrastructure is very dear to Sydney families and a vital contribution to our quality of life,” said Peter MacKay, federal Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. “The reopening of this facility will keep people of all ages in good health and bring the community together.” “The pool retrofit project could not proceed without the important contribution from the Canada-Nova Scotia Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund,” said Cecil Clarke, Speaker of the House of Assembly, speaking on behalf of Richard Hurlburt, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. The new infrastructure program supports community infrastructure improvements, such as water, wastewater, and solid waste management. “Community members of all ages will once again be able to enjoy the benefits of the Northside Pool,” said Charlie MacLean, chair of the Northside Pool Commission. “We are delighted that this project is moving forward.” The $111-million, six-year Canada-Nova Scotia Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund is administered by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation and the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities are members of the management committee.last_img read more

Premier Announces Cabinet Changes

first_imgPremier Darrell Dexter, today, May 10, announced changes to the provincial Cabinet. Graham Steele will become Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism and Nova Scotia Business Incorporated. Maureen MacDonald will become Minister of African Nova Scotian Affairs. “Both Graham and Maureen will bring strong leadership and experience to their new portfolios,” said Premier Dexter. “I am grateful to these trusted colleagues for their willingness to assume these important roles.” Changes to Executive Council are effective immediately.last_img

Sensex ends 184 pts lower on profitbooking

first_imgMumbai: The BSE benchmark Sensex Tuesday retreated from its peak level to end 184 points lower as investors resorted to profit taking at higher valuation. The broader Nifty too came off life-time highs to settle 67 points down. Top losers in the Sensex pack were Hero MotoCorp, HCL Tech, TCS, Asian Paints, IndusInd Bank and Infosys, shedding up to 3.08 per cent. On the other hand, Yes Bank, NTPC and Axis Bank emerged as major gainers, rising up to 2.71 per cent. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents The BSE gauge settled 184.08 points, or 0.46 per cent, lower at 40,083.54. The broader NSE benchmark fell 66.90 points, or 0.55 per cent, to settle at 12,021.65. Auto and IT counters mainly came under a heavy selling pressure due to profit-booking as stocks of both sectors had risen in the previous session on hopes of RBI rate cut and rupee’s sustained rise. The broader mood of the markets remain dampened with a report that the pre-monsoon rainfall in the country was the second lowest in 65 years, he said adding that the three-month pre-monsoon season March, April and May ended with a rainfall deficiency of 25 per cent. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chief Analysts said that investors booked profits at higher levels after markets soared to record highs on Monday amid expectations of an interest rate cut by the RBI on Thursday, especially after a disappointing GDP print for the March quarter. “Markets opened marginally lower, but fell later in the afternoon trade as investors and traders awaited RBI’s monetary policy decision amid weak cues from global markets,” said Narendra Solanki, Head Fundamental Research (Investment Services) – AVP Equity Research, Anand Rathi Shares & Stock Brokers. The Indian rupee was marginally lower at 69.28 against the US dollar. Meanwhile, other Asian bourses ended on a negative note, while Europe was trading in the green in opening deals. Brent crude futures, the global oil benchmark, fell 1.53 per cent to 60.34 per barrel.last_img read more

USChina trade talks to open in Beijing

first_imgBeijing: The United States and China open the latest round of their trade talks Thursday as the economic superpowers edge towards a deal to resolve a months-long spat that has rattled the global economy. US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin are expected to resume talks in Beijing with China’s top economic official Liu He, the first since China put into law new measures seen as an olive branch in their high-stakes stand-off. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal While US President Donald Trump has voiced hope that he could soon hold a signing ceremony with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, negotiations have dragged on, suggesting substantial differences remain. But Lighthizer sought to play down expectations ahead of the meeting in Beijing, which is due to be followed by more talks in Washington in early April. “I’m hoping but not necessarily hopeful… If there’s a great deal to be gotten, we’ll get it — if not, we’ll find another plan,” he told National Public Radio earlier this week. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost The two sides have slapped tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars of goods since last year, hitting a slew of businesses ranging from manufacturers to farmers in both countries, with knock-on effects for other economies. And Trump suggested last week some of those tariffs should stay in place after a deal is reached to ensure China follows through. But Beijing has taken steps to address some US complaints. Earlier this month China’s rubber-stamp parliament rushed through a law that seeks to protect foreign firms from the forced transfer of technology. Premier Li Keqiang on Thursday repeated his pledge to step up punishment for intellectual property infringers to ensure they “bear an unpayable cost”, addressing a major bone of contention in Washington. “We will again widen foreign firms market access,” Li pledged at the Boao Forum for Asia, a Davos-like annual meeting hosted by China. While the US has hit out at Chinese practices, Lighthizer said on NPR that “the kinds of things that we’re asking for are not anti-Chinese at all”. “Protection of intellectual property is not anti-Chinese. Stopping people from forcing transfer of technology is not anti-Chinese. In fact, the reformers would say it’s pro-Chinese. It will help their economy, not hurt their economy,” he added. Negotiators hope to iron out remaining differences on other issues including Beijing’s subsidies to state-owned firms and policies to build up Chinese companies in strategic sectors. “In our conversations with the US government they’ve indicated that subsidies which create an uneven playing field between foreign and domestic companies are most definitely something that continues to be negotiated,” said Jacob Parker, vice president of the US-China Business Council. “I suspect this is one of the areas China is pushing back on, (and) it remains a core of the negotiations,” Parker said. When Li presented the government’s 2019 policy plans earlier this month, he made no mention of its controversial Made in China 2025 industrial policy, which had called for Chinese firms to take control of many strategic industries. Still analysts say Beijing’s push for self-reliance and indigenous innovation will continue in practice. Foreign tech companies have also long been locked out of China’s market with many services such as Google, Facebook and Amazon blocked or facing restrictions. Beijing has yet to give in to demands for greater market access to foreign cloud computing providers or loosen restrictions on overseas data transfer, the Financial Times reported this week. At a recent forum on the issue, Chinese academics and bureaucrats criticised related US policies. “China does not trust the US government… we don’t believe that once our data is in America, the US government will handle it appropriately,” said Xu Chengjin of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. American lawmakers and regulators have expressed similar concern about sharing US data with Chinese firms. The two sides also need to resolve when to remove the punitive tariffs on billions of dollars’ worth of goods and how to enforce any deal. “The question will be the details and enforceability,” Lighthizer said, outlining a mechanism for US companies facing problems in China to bring cases to the US Trade Representative for discussion with Chinese officials. “They’re committed to do this, but it’s going to be a question of whether they can get all the layers of government, I think, to follow through,” he said. Premier Li also mentioned creating a mechanism for foreign firms to protest against government decisions in his speech.last_img read more

Could have inflicted heavy damage if we had tech asymmetry says IAF

first_imgNew Delhi: If the Indian Air Force possessed high levels of “technological asymmetry”, then it would have been able to inflict heavy damage on Pakistan during its unsuccessful aerial raid on February 27, according to an IAF report.The report analysed various aspects of IAF’s air strike on a Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorist training camp in Pakistan’s Balakot on February 26 and the subsequent Pakistani retaliation the next day. India carried out the air strike to avenge the Pulwama attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’In the report, the IAF said Pakistan Air Force has been consistently enhancing its air defence and offensive capabilities since the Kargil war in 1999 and there was a need for India to bolster its “technological asymmetry” for aerial combat, official sources said sharing details from the report. At present, Pakistan has some edge with its fleet of F-16 jets with AMRAAM missile fitted with them, said an official. The sources said the planned induction of Rafale aircraft with deadly Meteor beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) and S-400 air defence missile system will provide India a significant advantage over Pakistani Air Force. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”We felt we could not punish the adversaries appropriately. So we need to bolster technological asymmetry so that the enemy does not even dare to come close to the border,” said a source. On the Balakot strikes, the report said the Israeli Spice 2000 precision guided munitions (PGM) fired from Mirage 2000 jets hit five out of the six designated targets in the JeM training facility. However, one Spice PGM did not leave the aircraft because of a drift in the inertial navigation system. The report said the deception used was successful as Pakistan was caught off guard despite their air force being put on highest alert. Various packages of jets flew in several directions including a fleet of Jaguars went towards Bahawalpur, a key air base of Pakistan Air Force, sources said. In the list of possitives from the strike, the IAF talked about accuracy of intelligence inputs, precise selection of targets, demonstration of its ability to carry out precision strikes and its success in maintaining secrecy of the operation though over 6,000 personnel were involved in it. In its analysis of possible areas for improvement, the IAF sought superior technological asymmetry and air defence system over Pakistan, sources said. It also talked about the need for procuring new weapons and other platforms for enhancing the IAF’s overall combat capabilities. Induction of Rafale jets along with Meteor beyond-visual-range missile and S-400 air defence missile system will provide India an edge over Pakistan, according to the report. India is procuring a batch of S-400 air defence system from Russia at a cost of USD 5 billion. India is also buying 36 Rafale fighter jets from France at a cost of Rs 58,000 crore. During the aerial combat of February 27, IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman had engaged with one of the Pakistani F-16s and shot it down before his Mig-21 Bison was downed. Varthaman was captured by Pakistan and was released after spending nearly 60 hours in Pakistani custody. The Indian Air Force had on February 28 displayed pieces of an AMRAAM missile, fired by a Pakistani F-16, as evidence to prove that Pakistan deployed the US-manufactured fighter jets during the raid.last_img read more

Real Madrid Defeats Valencia with 21 Victory

Rabat – Zinedine Zidane’s squad has beaten Valencia with a 2-1 victory in today’s match, which took place at the Bernabeu stadium. Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring in favor of his team 27 minutes into the game. Real Madrid’s key striker missed a chance to score a penalty at the 57-minute mark of the game.  Valencia stunned Real Madrid with a goal in the 82nd minute of the game, but Real Madrid’s left-back, Marcelo Vieira rescued his team by scoring a late victory goal at the 89-minute mark.With the win, Real Madrid has been able to regain its position in La Liga’s chart. The team may not keep this position for too long, however, as Barcelona is scheduled to go head-to-head with Espanyol, which may change the standings once again. La Liga giants, Barcelona and Real Madrid, are keeping suspense alive in the battle of the Spanish teams. Real Madrid is now ranked in first place with 81 points, with Barcelona three points behind in second. read more

Nearly 300000 people remain affected by drought

Sri Lanka experienced both droughts and floods last year. The inclement weather conditions such as floods, landslides and high speed wings claimed the lives of more than 200 persons and disrupted the essential services last year. The Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said that as many as 293,764 people remained affected by the drought in five northern districts of the island country.In its situation report issued on Monday, the DMC said Puttalam, Kurunegala, Vavuniya, Anuradhapura and Mannar were the five districts hit by the drought, the Xinhua news agency reported. Rice is the staple food of Sri Lanka, and local farmers depend on monsoon rain for rice cultivation. Agriculture Minister Duminda Dissanayake told Xinhua that rice crops failed for the third consecutive season last year, resulting in a major shortage of rice in the market. He said the north-east monsoon rain had been delayed during the current season. read more

LGBTQI community protest in Colombo

In a joint statement this week, the LGBTQI community said that President Sirisena had made a series of homophobic comments at the rally. The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning, and Intersex (LGBTQI) community in Sri Lanka and civil society staged a protest in Colombo today against comments made this week by President Maithripala Sirisena.The protest staged near the Liberty roundabout, condemned the homophobic comment made by the President at a political rally. Meanwhile, the Government today insisted that President Maithripala Sirisena did not target the LGBTQI community during his speech.Cabinet co-spokesman Mahinda Samarasinghe said that the President had only referred to the people around former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and not a particular community. (Colombo Gazette) The LGBTQI community called upon all Sri Lankans who respect the fundamental rights of each and every Sri Lankan for equality, justice and dignity to join with them in categorically condemning President Sirisena’s homophobia and public incitement of homophobic hatred. read more

Rishad Bathiudeen insists he has done nothing wrong

The Minister said that neither he nor have the Muslims caused any damage to the environment. Government Minister Rishad Bathiudeen insists he has done nothing wrong with regards to the resettlement of Muslim Internally Displaced Persons in Wilpattu.Bathiudeen told Parliament that the Muslims displaced during the war have been resettled legitimately in the area. He said that he has been unfairly criticized on social media over the Wilpattu issue. He said the land for the resettlement was handed over in 2012.Meanwhile, a petition filed against Bathiudeen, seeking the prohibition of deforestation at the Vilaththukulam forest reserve in Wilpattu has been fixed to be heard on June 28th. (Colombo Gazette)

Alberta government extends flood aid deadline for small medium businesses

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email EDMONTON – The Alberta government is extending the deadline for small and medium-sized businesses affected by the June floods to apply for aid.The aid includes loan and interest rebate programs to help Alberta’s flood affected small businesses, agricultural producers and not-for-profit organizations to get back on their feet.The original deadline to apply under the Alberta flood recovery program was Dec. 31 — it now is June 30, 2014.Treasury Board president Doug Horner says the deadline was changed because they heard concerns from small and medium-sized businesses that they need more time to assess their needs following the disaster.Approximately 1,500 small businesses were directly affected when flooding in June overwhelmed some parts of Calgary and southern Alberta.Last week, the Alberta government extended the deadline for homeowners living in flood fringe zones to obtain municipal permits for mitigation work to March 31. Alberta government extends flood aid deadline for small, medium businesses by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 18, 2013 1:27 pm MDT read more

US business stockpiles rose 03 per cent in September sales unchanged

by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Nov 13, 2015 8:01 am MDT Last Updated Nov 13, 2015 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – U.S. businesses boosted their stockpiles in September by the largest amount in three months, while sales were flat.Businesses increased their inventories 0.3 per cent in September following a modest 0.1 per cent rise in August, the Commerce Department reported Friday. It was the biggest gain since a 0.7 per cent rise in June.Sales were unchanged in September after a 0.6 per cent drop in August.A major effort to work down an overhang of unsold inventories was a big drag on the economy in the summer. That shaved 1.4 percentage points from overall growth as measured by the gross domestic product, which slowed to a modest gain of 1.5 per cent.GDP growth in the July-September quarter was less than half the 3.9 per cent growth rate in the previous three-month period.Economists are looking for growth to accelerate in the current quarter. Strong employment gains are expected to boost consumer spending, prompting businesses to resume restocking their shelves.The government reported last week that that businesses created 271,000 jobs in October, the largest amount all year, pushing the unemployment rate down to 5 per cent.Friday’s inventory report showed that stockpiles held by retailers rose 0.8 per cent in September, with wholesale inventories up 0.5 per cent. Manufacturing stockpiles fell by 0.4 per cent.A separate report Friday showed that retail sales rose a tiny 0.1 per cent in October, a modest gain that was held back by lower gasoline costs. US business stockpiles rose 0.3 per cent in September; sales unchanged read more

Nenadic and Sego in Orlen Wisla Plock

Polish teams have strong sympathy to the players from Ex-Yugoslavia countries. Current champion, Orlen Wisla Plock will add to the squad for the next season two of them – Petar Nenadic (26) and Marin Sego (27). Serbian NT player, playmaker, Petar Nenadic (26) is currently the third scorer of the Danish League, where he playing for TVIS Holstebro. Member of the silver Serbian squad from the last EHF EURO 2012 before Denmark played in Hungary (Pick Szeged), Spain (F.C Barcelona and Algeciras) and Serbia (HC Crvena zvezda).Marin Sego, who played for Croatia at the WCh 2011 in Sweden, coming from C.O Zagreb where he got international recognition. Before Croatian champion, Sego played for Izvidjac Ljubuski, Zrinjski Mostar, Perutnina Pipo and Medjugorje. C.O ZagrebMarin SegoPetar NenadicPlockPolish HandballPolish handball teamsTVIS HolstebroWisla handballWisla Plock ← Previous Story Palicka prolongs contract with THW Kiel Next Story → Michal Kopco to VfL Gummersbach read more

Un iPhone 4S et un iPhone 5 en septembre

first_imgUn iPhone 4S et un iPhone 5 en septembre ?Un analyste de la Deutsche Bank pense qu’Apple sortira deux modèles en même temps à la prochaine rentrée.Alors que les rumeurs se multiplient sur la sortie soit d’un iPhone 4S, soit d’un iPhone 5 avant la fin de l’année, Chris Whitmore, analyste pour la Deutsche Bank, pense qu’Apple va en réalité commercialiser… les deux modèles. D’après lui, la marque à la pomme semble se diriger vers cette solution afin de profiter des difficultés de ses deux concurrents principaux, RIM (Blackberry) et Nokia. L’iPhone 4S serait, d’après Business mobile, une mise à jour à minima de l’iPhone 4 mais non verrouillée. Celle-ci serait vendue 349 dollars avec des forfaits prépayés sans engagement.La firme de Steve Jobs vise les marchés des pays émergents, en Asie, Afrique et Amérique latine, où la star des smartphones a du mal à s’imposer, les consommateurs plébiscitant les formules prépayées au détriment des terminaux subventionnés par les opérateurs. Un iPhone 4S présentant ces caractéristiques, couplé à un iPhone 5 pour les marchés occidentaux, permettrait une pénétration encore plus importante d’Apple sur la planète. Même si rien n’est encore confirmé…Le 28 juin 2011 à 11:10 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Southgate faces up to difficult England decisions

first_imgWorld Cup is just a few days away and England coach Gareth Southgate is facing far “more difficult” decisions for England’s World Cup opener as players impress even more.Preparation for Russia has been as smooth as it has been impressive in recent weeks, with comfortable warm-up victories complementing fine work on the training field and increasing team spirit away from it. Southgate’s side honed their skills at a sold-out Elland Road on Thursday evening as they followed the win against Nigeria by beating Costa Rica in a manner more stirring than the 2-0 scoreline suggests.Marcus Rashford and Danny Welbeck secured victory from another injury-free evening, giving the England manager a welcome selection headache ahead of the Group G opener against Tunisia on June 18.“It’s more difficult,” Southgate said, according to Sport.“No question. There’s some serious decisions to take – but in a good way.“If I was sitting here thinking ‘blimey, we have got nobody to play there and nobody to play there’ then it would be a very different situation.“We asked the players to give us competition for places. I can’t start complaining when they do.”Southgate explains why he started Jadon Sancho Taimoor Khan – September 11, 2019 Jadon Sancho was given a start ahead of Marcus Rashford in England’s win over Kosovo and the manager explained why he went down that…Man-of-the-match Rashford shone brightest in Thursday’s audition, scoring an exceptional opener and playing with confidence at a buoyant Elland Road.England are still excited about yesterday’s match and we know this from their recent tweet. Worth watching over and over and over and… ?#threelions pic.twitter.com/24YMGjlnut— England (@England) June 8, 2018last_img read more