Modi discriminating against Punjab govt., says Amarinder

first_imgPunjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of discrimination against the Congress government in Punjab on matters of religious importance, as part of his and his party’s divisive agenda.Capt. Amarinder in a statement asked why the Prime Minister had not pointed fingers at the Akali Dal leaders, including the Badals, for failing to attend the Central government function to commemorate the centenary of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre.“Neither Parkash Singh Badal nor Sukhbir Badal, nor Harsimrat Badal, who happens to be a Minister in Modi’s own Cabinet, deemed it fit to pay their homage to the martyrs at the historic Jallianwala Bagh,” said the Chief Minister, pointing out that Mr. Modi himself chose to keep away from the occasion of national importance but had criticised him (Amarinder) even though he had been part of a series of events at the Jallianwala Bagh national memorial. “Why was Mr. Modi not present at this major event? Why did the Badals fail to turn up, and why did the Prime Minister choose to conveniently ignore their absence,” asked the Chief Minister. ‘PM exposed’Capt. Amarinder said by holding a parallel event to mark the Jallianwala Bagh centenary, instead of supporting the State government’s commemorative programmes, the Prime Minister had exposed his true intent.He added that there was a clear pattern in the Prime Minister’s attack on him on the Jallianwala Bagh issue, which the Central government had been trying to politicise to woo the Punjabi community and further the BJP’’s political ambitions.last_img read more

8 points ahead, Man City will prove hard to catch in Premier League

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:02PNP to prove activists’ link to CPP NPA01:37Protesters 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Son Heung-min took over from former Manchester United midfielder Park Ji-Sung as the highest-scoring Premier League player from Asia with his 20th goal for Tottenham.The South Korea forward pounced on a poor clearance to curl in a shot from just inside the area in the 64th minute at Wembley Stadium as a depleted Tottenham relied on a grittier performance to see off Palace after a slick win over Champions League holder Real Madrid.___EVERTON RECOVERYEverton was facing its sixth straight loss in all competitions — and fourth under caretaker manager David Unsworth — after goals by Richarlison and Christian Kabasele put Watford 2-0 ahead by the 64th minute.But three minutes later, Everton’s recovery began. Oumar Niasse pulled a goal back, substitute Dominic Calvert-Lewin headed home an equalizer in the 74th and Leighton Baines netted from the spot in stoppage time to complete a 3-2 victory. A first win in nine matches lifted Everton from 19th to 15th in the 20-team standings. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Palestinian football officials get court date for FIFA case QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort There is still more than two-thirds of the season to go but City is looking a formidable attacking unit that’s proving hard to thwart. It’s the only unbeaten team in England, and with an enviable depth of talent on the field and on the bench.“Can anyone stop them? It will be difficult this season,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. “The way they have started, the way they are on a run, the quality they have. They’ll be difficult to stop but, you never know.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout___GOOD FORTUNE MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillioncenter_img Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments “We were so, so tired in moments in the game,” Guardiola said, “but we were so strong mentally, mentally strong to keep going, doing it together.”___CHELSEA RECOVERSAll it took to lift some of the gloom around Stamford Bridge was the return of former manager Jose Mourinho, and a victory over his new club.Alvaro Morata scored the only goal 10 minutes into the second half, ending a six-game goal drought in all competitions. Morata peeled away from defender Eric Bailly and the striker was completely unmarked 12 yard (meters) from goal when he met Cesar Azpilicueta’s pinpoint cross with a powerful looping header.“We must be pleased for the performance of the team,” Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said. “I think we played with a great energy, a great passion, a great enthusiasm.”Unlike perhaps earlier in the week in the Italian capital when Chelsea lost 3-0 to Roma in the Champions League.“I think tonight I saw a lot of positive things,” Conte said, “not only under the tactical aspect but overall the desire, the desire of my players, the will to fight, the will to help each other.”___ASIAN RECORD Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero, left, celebrates scoring his side’s second goal of the game during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Arsenal, at the Etihad Stadium, in Manchester, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (Martin Rickett/PA via AP)LONDON — Manchester City is the team to catch in the Premier League, and it’s getting even more challenging.Pep Guardiola’s side moved eight points clear with a 3-1 victory over Arsenal on Sunday when second-place Manchester United lost 1-0 at Chelsea. Tottenham trails United on goal difference and is a point ahead of defending champion Chelsea after beating last-place Crystal Palace 1-0.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Despite the victory margin, City needed some luck.Kevin De Bruyne’s opening goal in the 19th minute was followed by a contentiously awarded penalty when Nacho Monreal was adjudged to have bundled over Raheem Sterling. Sergio Aguero converted from the spot, then a third goal from Gabriel Jesus should have been ruled out for offside against David Silva in the build-up.“If … they have a decisions for them like that (third goal),” Wenger said, “they will be unstoppable.”Any hopes Arsenal had of a first title since 2004 are fading fast. Arsenal has lost four of six away games in the league for the first time since 1981 and Wenger’s team trails City by 12 points.City has scored 38 goals and won 10 out of 11 games so far. It achieved its latest win after a tough Champions League trip to Napoli where Guardiola’s side won 4-2.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Rafael Nadal to return from knee injury on Monte Carlo Masters clay

first_imgLATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Rafael Nadal, of Spain, reacts during a press conference at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament Saturday, March 16, 2019, in Indian Wells, Calif. Nadal pulled out of his semifinal match against Roger Federer, of Switzerland, due to a knee injury. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)PARIS — Rafael Nadal is expected to make his return from a knee injury at the Monte Carlo Masters, after being included in the official list of players on Thursday.Tournament organizers announced the line-up for the clay-court tournament in Paris. Nadal has won it a record 11 times and held a 46-match winning streak at Monte Carlo from 2005-13 — the most consecutive wins at a tournament by any man or woman.ADVERTISEMENT Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Google Philippines names new country director Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Last Saturday, the second-ranked Nadal withdrew from his semifinal at Indian Wells against longtime rival Roger Federer after feeling pain in his troublesome right knee during the quarterfinal against Karen Khachanov.Nadal skipped the hard-court Miami Open, which began this week, to prepare for his season on clay.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe 32-year-old Spaniard is aiming for a record-extending 12th French Open title at Roland Garros, and an 18th major, from May 26-June 9. Cristiano Ronaldo fined $22K by UEFA for obscene gesture 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 Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Soccer lovers throng Goa beaches in monsoon

first_imgPanaji, Jun 28 (PTI) As monsoon picks up and tourist activities cease on the shoreline, football enthusiasts have started to throng Goa beaches turning them into mini football ground.During monsoon, the temporary beach shacks are dismantled and commercial activity on the seashore ceases, leaving the entire coast for the soccer lovers to take over by dusk for playing Goans favourite game.While spate of incessant rains around Calangute beach has crippled the normal life, it has not stopped local youths from kicking the ball on the sands.”Its a fun to play football on the beach than on the ground. Here you can dive and play without the fear of getting hurt. It is crazy,” said 30-year-old Joel Afonso, who works as a manager for a three-star resort.He says being tourist-lean season, there is no much work at the resort and he can spare some time to play his favourite sport.Afonso is among several youths in Calangute who have grown up playing football on the main ground of the village and shifting the game to seashore during monsoon.Calangute village has produced football veterans like Bruno Coutinho, who was skipper of Indian team for around one-and-half decade.”I still remember running in waist-deep water in the sea to increase my endurance during my initial days of the career. If you play on the beach, you get fitter. Fitness is the key of success in this game,” Coutinho told PTI today.The former Indian captain, an Arjuna awardee, still prefers to kick a ball on the beach whenever he gets time.advertisement”It is the fun and fitness that you get when youplay on the beach,” he said. (MORE) PTI RPS ARS TIRlast_img read more

HIGHLIGHTS AT 2100 HOURS

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 6 (PTI) Following are the highlights at 2100 hours: TOP STORIES:DEL50 DL-POWER-LD TUSSLE-LG2015 notification that ‘services’ outside purview of Delhi Assembly valid: LGNew Delhi: Hitting back at Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Lt Governor Anil Baijal today said the Home Ministry’s 2015 notification stating that ‘services’ falls outside the purview of the Delhi Legislative Assembly “continues to be valid”.FGN40 PAK-LDALL SHARIFNawaz Sharif sentenced to 10 yrs rigorous imprisonment in 1st corruption caseIslamabad: Pakistan’s deposed premier Nawaz Sharif was today sentenced in absentia to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment by an anti-graft court in one of the three corruption cases against him in the Panama Papers scandal, dealing a huge blow to his party ahead of the elections on July 25.DEL42 UP-LD-PLASTIC-BANUP bans plastic bags from July 15Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government has banned the use of polythene bags and items of common use made of plastic from July 15, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said today.DEL19 BIZ-LD MALLYA-SBIBanks working closely with UK agencies to recover maximum dues from Mallya: SBI MDNew Delhi: Indian banks are working very closely with various agencies, including in the UK, to recover maximum out of assets owned by Vijay Mallya after a British court allowed them to search and seize properties of the fugitive liquor baron, SBI MD Arijit Basu said today.LGD30 SC-LD ROSTERCJI is ‘master of roster’, has ultimate authority to allocate cases: SC New Delhi: The chief justice of India is the “master of the roster” and there is no dispute that he has the “ultimate authority” and “prerogative” to allocate cases, the Supreme Court asserted today, in third such reiteration by the apex court in eight months on the contentious issue.advertisement NATION:DEL44 DL-POWER-TUSSLE-KEJRIWAL-RAJNATHKejriwal seeks appointment with RajnathNew Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today sought an appointment with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to urge him to ensure implementation of the Supreme Court orders on governance in Delhi.DEL46 CBI-2NDLD ARRESTCBI arrests two retired BoI officials in Rs 2654 crore fraud case New Delhi: The CBI today arrested two senior retired officers of Bank of India in connection with alleged loan fraud of Rs 2,654 crore by Vadodara-based Diamond Power Infrastructure Ltd. (DPIL).DEL38 RAHUL-MSPPMN’s MSP increase is like band-aid for a haemorrhage: Rahul Gandhi New Delhi: Congress President Rahul Gandhi today said Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “grand MSP increase” for farmers is like applying band-aid to a “massive haemorrhage”.DEL7 NIA-JK-ANDRABIDukhtaran-e-Milat chief Asiya Andrabi, two others taken into NIA custodyNew Delhi: The NIA today took custody of chief of the banned Dukhtaraan-e-Milat, Aasiya Andrabi, and two others in connection with a case registered in April this year for allegedly waging war against the country and delivering hate speeches in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said.LGD12 SC-GOVT PROPERTYCan religious acts be allowed on govt land: SC refers plea to larger benchNew Delhi: The Supreme Court today referred to a larger bench the question whether religious activities can be allowed on government land or property in a secular State like India. BUSINESS:DCM21 BIZ-PNB-BAD LOANSPNB invites bids to sell 3 NPA accounts to recover over Rs 136cr New Delhi: Punjab National Bank (PNB) has put on sale three non-performing assets to recover Rs 136 crore dues from the borrowers.FOREIGN:FGN25 NEPAL-LD INDIAN PILGRIMSOver 1,200 stranded Indian Kailash Mansarovar pilgrims evacuated from Nepal’s SimikotKathmandu: Over 1,200 Indian pilgrims moved to safety from Nepal’s mountainous Simikot region, the Indian embassy here says, as efforts continue to evacuate those stranded in Hilsa while returning from the Kailash Mansarovar pilgrimage in Tibet amidst inclement weather.FGN30 MALAYSIA-ZAKIR-LD DEPORTATIONZakir Naik will not be deported from Malaysia: PM MahathirKuala Lumpur: Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad today ruled out the deportation of the controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik to India if he does not create problems in Malaysia, where he has permanent residency status.SPORTS:SPO-IND-REPLACEMENTShardul to replace Bumrah in India’s ODI squadNew Delhi: Mumbai fast bowler Shardul Thakur will replace injured pacer Jasprit Bumrah in India’s ODI squad for the upcoming three-match series against England starting July 12. PTI SNESNElast_img read more

No point in getting frustrated, excitedly waiting for opportunity to play for India: Sanju Samson

first_imgSanju Samson has always been considered as a bright prospect but he has not been able to break into the Indian team and the Kerala wicket-keeper batsman Friday said instead of feeling frustrated he would work harder to earn a spot for himself.Samson, who has played just one T20 International for India against Zimbabwe in 2015, has been one of the consistent performers with the bat in this IPL with 337 runs from 11 games that included a century and a half-century.Legends like Brian Lara have found it difficult to understand why a talented player like Samson has not even been considered in India’s World Cup probables.”It feels really great when legends like Lara talk highly of you. It boosts your confidence. I am very confident and happy the way I have been playing. But I am excitingly waiting for my opportunity to play for India,” the Rajasthan Royals player said ahead of his team’s last IPL league game against Delhi Capitals here Saturday.”There is no point in getting frustrated. You can use it as a motivation and push more. It’s not easy to get into the Indian team. You need to work hard and earn that spot.”Insisting that failure is the secret of success, Samson said he has gone through many tough phases in his career which only made him a better, determined cricketer.”If you talk about my career or anyone’s career, there are definitely ups and downs. Going through such phases I feel is very lucky because when you go down then only you will know how to climb up.advertisement”I am lucky that I have gone down many times in my career. I’m happy to have all these experiences. To enter the Indian team you need to know how to make a comeback, you need to be strong enough and you only get strong when you fail. I failed a lot of times and now I am strong enough to play for India,” he said.Steve Smith has flown back to Australia to prepare for the World Cup but Samson said his team has good bench strength. Ajinkya Rahane will lead the Royals on Saturday.”Definitely, it (Smith’s departure) is a great loss. First Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes and now Smith but we knew this before the tournament. We have enough bench strength to cover the losses,” Samson said.The Royals are mathematically still in the playoff hunt with 11 points from 13 games but to progress any further they will first have to win against Delhi Capitals and then hope for favourable results from the other remaining league games.A win on Saturday might just not be enough for Rajasthan to sneak through but Samson does not want to think on those lines.”It is very tough for us and it has been tough for us for the last 5 matches. But the approach has been the same, to win and it is not going to be any different tomorrow. We will be keeping things simple, just go out there and express ourselves,” he said.”The plan is to win the IPL. We know it’s very tough for us now but we need to win this match and be positive. We can’t play thinking that it is our last match. We still want to feel that we can still win the Cup.”Also Read | Ajinkya Rahane to lead Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Capitals as Steve Smith returns to AustraliaAlso Read | You destroyed my day David: Sanju Samson tells Warner after SRH thrash RRlast_img read more

India vs West Indies: MS Dhoni concedes most byes in an ODI in his career

first_imgMS Dhoni is said to be one of the most trusted hands behind the wickets in the game but during India’s World Cup game against West Indies in Manchester, on Thursday, the veteran wicketkeeper-batsman had a rare bad day behind the stumps.At Old Trafford, MS Dhoni conceded 9 byes, the most by him in an ODI in his career, as West Indies were out chasing 269 runs after India posted 268 for 7 in their given 50 overs. Dhoni surpassed the 7 byes he conceded in 2014, coincidentally, against the same side in Kochi.In the 19th over of the second innings, MS Dhoni also missed a chance to stump Nicholas Pooran. It was when Pooran wanted to flick a floaty delivery from Kuldeep Yadav , but missed it altogther as the ball fell just in front of MS Dhoni. Though it was a tough one, but on a good day, it would have been just am easy walk in the park for Dhoni.Dhoni also gifted a boundary to Hetmyer when the wicket-keeper failed to glove an inside edge that missed the off-stump by inches.However, it would be safe to say that the former India captain compensated for all his misses when he pulled off a terrific catch behind the stumps to dismiss Carlos Brathwaite and help Jasprit Bumrah get his first wicket of the day.In a back of length delivery, angled in from Bumrah, Brathwaite got an outside edge that flew to the right of Dhoni. Though, Dhoni was wrongfooted, but he quickly got into stance to dive to his right and remove Brathwaite with his one-handed catch.advertisementAlso Seelast_img read more

Texas Tech Reportedly Wants Brent Venables If It Fires Kliff Kingsbury

first_imgKliff Kingsbury celebrating on Texas Tech's sideline.LUBBOCK, TX – SEPTEMBER 26: Head coach Kliff Kingsbury (center) of the Texas Tech Red Raiders reacts on the sidelines against the TCU Horned Frogs on September 26, 2015 at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas. TCU won the game 55-52. Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)Kliff Kingsbury is in his sixth year at Texas Tech, and while his teams have been competitive, the Red Raiders have yet to post a winning record in the Big 12 during his tenure. One reporter thinks the Kingsbury era could be coming to an end.Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman reported Thursday that he’ll be “very surprised” if Kingsbury keeps his job after this season. Bohls also claims to know who the program will look to if it decides to make a change.Bohls says the Red Raiders would “look seriously” at Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables.Venables is one of the top-paid assistant coaches in the country. He’s been with the Tigers since 2012, coming over from Oklahoma.I’ll be very surprised if Kliff Kingsbury survives this season at Texas Tech. Source tells me if he’s fired, Tech will look seriously at Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables.— Kirk Bohls (@kbohls) November 22, 2018Of course, there’s no guarantee that Venables would be interested in the job, if it became available. Surely, he’ll be asked about it this week.Kingsbury, in his six years, has a 35-39 record with the Red Raiders. This year, the squad is 5-6 in need of a victory against Baylor to reach a bowl game.It’s going to be an interesting Saturday in Lubbock.last_img read more

Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud seeks France return to boost game time

first_imgChelsea’s Olivier Giroud seeks France return to boost game timeOlivier Giroud, is hoping to get a starting role with France as he has not started a Premier League game for Chelsea since the club signed Gonzalo Higuain.advertisement Next Reuters LondonMarch 21, 2019UPDATED: March 21, 2019 10:42 IST Olivier Giroud is top scorer of UEFA Europa League this season with nine goals in nine appearances (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSOlivier Giroud hasn’t started in the Premier League since Gonzalo Higuain’s transferGiroud though has been preffered in the UEFA Europa League by the Chelsea managerGiroud has attracted interest from Olympique Lyonnais according to reports in FranceChelsea striker Olivier Giroud wants to move back to France when his contract expires at the end of the season after growing frustrated by a lack of playing time under manager Maurizio Sarri.Giroud has not started a Premier League game for Chelsea since the club signed Argentina international striker Gonzalo Higuain in January.”The future may be hectic this summer,” Giroud told French radio station RTL. “I’m not afraid to go down a level to have more playing time. It could be I end my career in France.”The striker, who won the World Cup with France last year, scored 33 goals in 73 league appearances for Montpellier before moving to Arsenal in 2012, and has attracted interest from Olympique Lyonnais, according to reports in the French media.The 32-year-old has been used mainly in the Europa League by Sarri and is the competition’s top scorer this season with nine goals in nine appearances, but does not believe he can force his way into the Italian coach’s Premier League plans.”Today, I have the impression there’s clearly no competition (for places in attack) since January. It’s like that, I know that I will only play in the Europa League,” Giroud added.”I try to do what it takes to be as effective and as important as I can for the team.”Chelsea are sixth in the Premier League, three points below the fourth and final Champions League qualification place currently occupied by Arsenal.Sarri’s side could also secure Champions League football for next season by winning the Europa League, where they face Slavia Prague in the quarter-finals.advertisementAlso Read | New-look Germany make promising start with Serbia drawFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow ChelseaFollow Olivier GiroudFollow FranceFollow Gonzalo Higuainlast_img read more

Evergas Adds Two More to Its Dragon Fleet

first_imgzoom Liquid gas transporter Evergas has reached an agreement with INEOS to expand its newbuilding series of ethane/multigas vessels from six to eight units. In January 2013, Evergas announced for the first time that it had secured shipping agreements of up to 15 years with INEOS for the world’s first transatlantic shipments of ethane with commencement in 2015.The fleet of eight vessels will bring US ethane from shale gas to INEOS’ manufacturing sites in Grangemouth, Scotland and Rafnes, Norway.Evergas said that this advantageously priced feedstock will have a highly positive impact for the company’s European operations that so far have relied on declining and expensive volumes from the North Sea.INEOS will source its ethane feedstock from Marcus Hook and Houston, USA.“Bringing competitiveness to Europe the increased volumes of the cost-efficient US ethane feedstock will be paramount for INEOS in order to support its competitive business model,” Evergas  said in a release.David Thompson, COO INEOS Trading & Shipping says: “The increased ethane volumes, lifted on the expanded Evergas Dragon fleet will provide us with long term security & flexibility, cost efficiency of our feedstock supplies, and importantly support the company’s competitiveness in Europe”. As described by Evergas, these vessels are the largest, most flexible and advanced multigas carriers yet to be built, securing INEOS with a highly flexible solution for their ethane supplies, yet at the same time providing the benefit of transporting LNG, LPG as well as petrochemical gases including ethylene.According to Martin Ackermann, CEO of EVERGAS, the Dragon series of vessels has been specifically designed and tailor-made for the transatlantic trade.The dual-fuelled vessels are built to match the highest environmental an efficiency performance levels securing ultra-low emissions and reduced transportation cost.“Gas fueling the future A relentless increase in the world’s demand for energy and with gas rapidly replacing other fossil fuels in the global energy mix the demand growth for marine gas transportation is expected to be strong in the years ahead. Demand growth is further spurred by significant demand for shale gas driven transportation, demand for gas as a marine fuel and development of short-haul marine redistribution networks. It is the clear strategy of Evergas to further develop and grow its presence within marine transportation of natural gas liquids for use as industrial feedstock and source of energy,” the release added.Press Releaselast_img read more

Report Feds got seat complaints on van model teen died in

first_imgCINCINNATI — Federal regulators received nearly 180 seating complaints about Honda Odyssey minivans over the years, according to a newspaper’s investigation after a teenage boy died trapped in one such van.A coroner said 16-year-old Kyle Plush, of Cincinnati, died April 10 of asphyxiation because his chest was being compressed. It’s suspected the 2004 minivan’s rear, third-row seat flipped over and pinned him as he reached into the back.The Cincinnati Enquirer reported its investigation shows that a quarter of Odyssey seating complaints were over stability and that one of five stability cases involved problems with third-row seats.More than a dozen warnings about the Odyssey’s third-row seating for models made between 1999 and 2012 were found by the newspaper. Some complaints said seats were loose, rusting or wouldn’t latch; others noted instances when heavy seats suddenly slammed down or flipped out of place.The Enquirer also reports it obtained documents showing local investigators inspecting the minivan indicated that they had difficulty getting the rear seat to latch in place and that it would “rotate freely” after appearing to be locked.Honda said in an emailed statement Wednesday that it hasn’t received any direct claims of fatal injuries from “interaction with third-row seats” in 1999-2004 Odysseys.Honda spokesman Chris Martin said that the automaker has requested permission to inspect the Plush vehicle but hasn’t received it and doesn’t have any specific information “from which to definitively determine what occurred in this incident.”Martin also said there were no seat-related recalls of the 2004 Honda Odyssey in the United States.Honda last year recalled some 900,000 later-model Odysseys because of concerns about second-row seats tipping forward if not latched properly.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration told The Enquirer that it worked closely with local authorities and Honda to “understand what happened” in the Cincinnati death.“Based on the available information, including internal data analysis, the agency has not found evidence of a vehicle safety defect trend,” the agency said.The NHTSA said part of its review included past Odyssey complaints and it would “continue to monitor complaints” and “take further steps as appropriate.”The agency didn’t immediately respond Wednesday to an Associated Press message seeking further comment.The teen’s father found his son dead nearly six hours after the first of Kyle’s two 911 calls seeking help. Two officers sent in response to the student’s first 911 call drove through parking areas around the school but didn’t get out. Police have said they didn’t have information needed to narrow their search.A prosecutor determined that no one would face criminal charges in the death. The family has expressed frustration over what they say are incomplete explanations and the slow pace of reforms in emergency response. The city already has been upgrading smartphone communications, computer-assisted dispatch, police in-car mapping, and training.The Enquirer reported that the Plush family didn’t respond to messages seeking comment on the newspaper’s investigation.___Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.comThe Associated Presslast_img read more

ProPolisario Media Criticizes SADR as Diplomacy Falls Flat

Rabat – The adoption of the EU-Morocco agriculture agreement at the European Parliament on Wednesday created panic among the separatist group of the Polisario Front.The blow angered not only the separatist group but also its main supporter Algeria.Pro-Polisario media are mourning the decision of the EU which will strengthen its partnership with Morocco through the adoption of the agriculture and the fisheries agreements. Read Also: EU-Morocco: Polisario Resorts to Security Council After Diplomatic FailureAfter the EU Parliament verdict, pro-Polisario media criticized the separatists’ “last-minute” diplomatic efforts which resulted in a disappointing failure of its lobbying.The pro-Polisario outlet Futuro Sahara acknowledged the failed policies of the separatist group in recent years in an editorial published on Friday.According to the separatist outlet, the EU’s adoption of the agriculture agreement with Morocco, which includes the southern provinces, “did not come as a surprise to the Sahrawi citizen, who has been traumatized by the failed policies of the Sahrawi regime in recent years.”The outlet also condemned Polisario’s “last minute diplomatic efforts,” acknowledging that the separatists had only been speaking to their contacts just before the Christmas holiday, “an inappropriate  period of time to carry out lobbying campaigns to influence the European decision.”Read Also: Western Sahara: Everything You Should Know About Morocco’s Autonomy PlanCommenting on the failure, Futuro Sahara said that lobbying campaigns should not have been limited to the EU Parliament but “should be extended to all European capitals” because MEPs are under pressure from their countries.The editorial also said that all Polisario’s “representatives” should have participated in the lobbying campaign, but “unfortunately most of our representatives in European countries preferred to devote time to their personal projects or their family matters.” Morocco was on the ballThe separatist outlet said that Morocco took advantage of Polisario’s absence to mobilize its diplomatic efforts in favor of Moroccan interests. The representatives of the front will not persuade the EU to abandon its  interests over allegations that Morocco “exploits” the natural resources of Western Sahara. EU representatives have already surveyed the benefits of the agreement for local Sahrawis and the development of the region from income generated from both deals.read Also: Facts about Western Sahara Conflict that You Should KnowSahrawis petitioned in favor of the agreements, emphasizing the importance of the agreements for the development of the southern provinces.In addition to the EU’s approval of the agreement, Morocco has been firm that it will not allow any institution to challenge its sovereignty over Western Sahara.Read Also: Polisario, Algeria Frustrated over EU-Morocco Partnership AgreementsThroughout negotiations, the North African country said it would not sign if the agreement contained unfriendly language about its territorial integrity projects.Futuro Sahara concluded its editorial by urging the front not to limit its “war” against Morocco by complaining about natural resources.  It is a “mistake that has not yet produced tangible results.”Algeria also criticized the EU decision to adopt the agriculture agreement.Algerian state-owned news agency APS quoted an Algerian source, speaking on condition of anonymity, who said that the vote was a “genuine crime.”The Algerian source said that the vote is also a “violation” of the Court of Justice’s ruling, which stated that EU deals with Morocco were invalid if they included Western Sahara. read more

Rally held in front of Canadian Tire store where Indigenous man kicked

REGINA — About 40 people have staged a demonstration to show support for an Indigenous man who was physically removed from a Canadian Tire store in Regina after being accused of stealing.People banging drums, waving flags and holding up signs took to the parking lot at the store Friday afternoon, including Kamao Cappo of the Muscowpetung First Nation.Canadian Tire officials apologized earlier this week after Cappo posted a video to social media showing him being pushed by a store employee who accused him of shoplifting.Cappo was in the store buying a chainsaw, an extra chain and oil but when he was at the check-out, he realized he had the wrong model and took the goods to the customer service where he put the chain and oil inside the saw box for ease of handling by the clerk.While looking for the right model, Cappo said he approached by a male store worker who accused him of trying to shoplift and ordered him out, which led to a scuffle.Cappo went public with the video and his story, saying he was discriminated against because he is Aboriginal.“We sincerely apologize for the experience that occurred in our store and we are actively reviewing all of the facts surrounding this matter,” Canadian Tire’s corporate head office said in a statement.“We are communicating with Mr. Cappo directly, and we hope to resolve this matter as quickly as possible.”Kimberley Jonathon, vice-chief of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations, told Friday’s rally the incident highlights the racism Indigenous people experience daily.“It would be worthwhile for them to take responsibility and to look racism right in its ugly face and say you know what, it happened here,” Jonathon said. “But what can we do to affect change and to be that positive champion?”FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron told the crowd they want to see Canadian Tire discipline the employee in the video and want an appropriate apology made to Cappo.Cappo said the Indigenous community’s support comes from a place of shared experience.“If you’re being jabbed with a sharp stick every day, no matter how patient you are, at some point you’re going to become angry,” he said.Cappo said he was surprised by how much support he has received from many different types of people all across Canada.“They don’t even know me, I’m a complete stranger to them,” he said. “But they see an injustice and they are outraged.”(CJME, CTV Regina) read more

UN conference on least developed countries to open next week in Brussels

The Conference, which will run from 14 to 20 May, is expected to be results-oriented and to reach agreement on concrete steps that will allow LDCs to reverse their slide into marginalization and extreme poverty. In a message issued for the event, Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who has called for a “Global New Deal” to help disadvantaged regions catch up with the developed world, says, “At stake, quite simply, in the future of these poorest of the poor, is the well-being of the entire human community.” In addition to elaborating a programme of action for LDCs for the current decade, Conference participants will hold a special event on “The Challenge of Eradicating Poverty” and engage in a series of interactive thematic sessions throughout the week on such subjects as governance, agriculture, transport and energy.Briefing correspondents on the Conference at UN Headquarters today, Yvette Stevens, the Special Coordinator for Africa and the LDCs of the UN Economic and Social Affairs Department, noted that because the status of many LDCs had not changed despite two previous UN conferences (Paris 1981, 1990), there was now a general consensus that concrete action was needed to remedy their plight.Much had been done in advance of the Brussels’ event to ensure that there would be tangible results, she stressed.LDCs are designated “least developed” by the UN General Assembly on the basis of a per capita annual gross domestic product of less than $800, weak human resources, and a low level of economic diversification. The combined population of the 49 LDCs is 610.5 million – equivalent to 10.5 per cent of world population. read more

South Sudan UN agencies reach more than half a million people with

Using a combination of airdrops and airlifts, the joint emergency mission carried out by the World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) delivered food assistance and nutrition supplements, well as health support, learning materials and water, sanitation and hygiene supplies. Both agencies also provided nutrition screening and treatment, as well as information and messages on nutrition, according to a news release issued today. They also assist with reunification for children who are separated from their families, or unaccompanied.“These missions reach people who have been fleeing for their lives,” said Jonathan Veitch, UNICEF Representative in South Sudan. “They have lost or left everything behind, and their relief that someone has finally come to help, and not harm, is palpable.”With support from logistics and telecommunications specialists, the teams provide a lifeline to desperate communities in the three conflict-affected states – Jonglei, Upper Nile and Unity.The teams stay in each location from 8 to 11 days, carrying all their own supplies, including food, water and tents. Based on their assessment of the needs of the local population, which can be up to nearly 50,000 people per mission, the teams radio for supplies to be delivered by air.Missions can be delayed by bad weather, which disrupts flights and causes dirt airstrips to flood, and insecurity is a constant challenge, the agencies noted. But once a team has reached an area to establish a humanitarian response, non-governmental partners are frequently able to remain and provide ongoing assistance.“Our staff deployed across South Sudan, in gruelling and often dangerous conditions, show great determination to serve the people of South Sudan with life-saving food and nutrition assistance,” said Joyce Luma, WFP Country Director in South Sudan.Of the more than 1.8 million South Sudanese who fled their homes because of the conflict that began in mid-December 2013, over 1.4 million remain displaced within the country. Most are sheltering in remote and hard-to-reach areas, and more than half of them are children.There are also some 97,000 civilians continuing to receive shelter at UN sites around the country.The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said that more than 9,000 displaced civilians have moved voluntarily from its Tomping Compound in the capital, Juba, to a protection-of-civilians site adjacent to the UN House since it opened in June. The number of uprooted still living in the Tomping site now falls under 4,000. Yesterday, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of UNMISS, Ellen Margrethe Løj, visited Bor, the capital of Jonglei state, where she met with government officials, including the caretaker governor and community leaders representing some 2,700 displaced people living in UNMISS protection sites outside Bor Town. This was her third visit to a state capital outside Juba since she took on her position earlier this month. read more

Two men struck by a car outside Birmingham mosque

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. Two men have been injured after they were hit by a car outside a mosque.West Midlands Police said they have not ruled out the potential that the incident on Ettington Road in Aston, Birmingham, could be terror-related.The men, who are both in their twenties, were struck at 2.15pm on Friday and officers were called after reports that both had been hurt.One victim was said to have suffered a head injury and the other has been described as walking wounded, the force said.Police are trying to trace the identity of the person driving the car, which is believed to be silver.Detective Inspector Greg Evans, of the force’s CID, said: “The investigation is at an early stage and we’re still trying to establish exactly what has happened. “At this time we have not ruled in or out the potential that this could be terror-related but we’re keeping an open mind until we have investigated further.”I’d really like to hear from anyone who has any information or CCTV of the incident or who may have dash cam footage.”Local people said two men were left covered in blood after the incident, with one victim being knocked on to the bonnet of a parked car, which police have since covered with a blue forensic tent. Police at the scene in Ettington Road in Aston Police at the scene in Ettington Road in AstonCredit:Matthew Cooper/PA A worshipper who was attending prayers at the mosque, who declined to give his name, said: “It was shocking to see the guys afterwards.”It was like something out of a movie and it was really, really shocking.”Community activist Desmond Jaddoo urged local people not to speculate about the motive for the incident, amid rumours that it may be linked to a dispute between groups of youths.Mr Jaddoo told the Press Association: “It’s concerning what’s happened today. Two young men have been injured quite badly and it’s caused a lot of tension within the local community at present.”Clearly there is a need for calm.”The police need to be allowed to conduct their investigations and personally I would urge anyone who knows anything about what has happened to contact the police.” read more

GE wins contracts of about 500 million at EMAL one of the

first_imgUsing the latest technology supports UAE strategy for cleaner, more efficient industrial production, with GE supplying a wide range of equipment for EMAL Phase 2 expansion and signing long-term service agreements. The project supports continuing economic growth in the UAE. GE has won contracts totalling some $500 million to provide equipment and long-term services, directly and via engineering procurement contractors, for the Emirates Aluminium (EMAL) smelter complex in Abu Dhabi. The project is expected to result in lower emissions, addressing the UAE’s goal to achieve cleaner and more efficient industrial growth and enabling EMAL to produce aluminium with better fuel efficiency.“A reliable and efficient supply of power is key to the success of our mission, as electricity accounts for a significant portion of the cost of producing aluminium,” said EMAL President and CEO Saeed Fadhel Al Mazrooei. “GE is successfully supporting both our Phase 1 and 2 projects with advanced power generation technology, while the new service agreements for Phase 1 offer equipment upgrades to the latest and most efficient technologies.”GE will supply gas and steam turbines, generators and a plant-wide control system for the Phase 2 expansion project that will position EMAL as one of the largest single-site aluminium producers in the world. In addition, GE will provide its latest technology upgrades for its gas turbines currently operating Phase I of the EMAL complex. The technology upgrades will include GE’s latest DLN 2.6+ combustion technology, which is expected to lower nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions, as well as extend the lifespan of gas turbines parts by up to three times.GE’s new equipment contract with Samsung C&T, the Korean engineering procurement and construction company building the new combined-cycle power plant for EMAL phase 2, includes three Frame 9F 3-series gas turbine generators and two SC5 steam turbine generators. When complete, the EMAL Phase 2 power plant will have the capacity to generate more than 1,000 MW of power to support EMAL’s expanded operations.GE’s advanced technology 9F 3-series gas turbines deliver power with high efficiency, availability, reliability and low emissions. The gas turbine is a 50-Hz member of GE’s family of F-class gas turbines, proven in more than 45 million hours of commercial service around the globe. GE’s SC5 steam turbines provide high reliability and availability in today’s demanding energy environment and use advanced technology enhancements for combined cycle applications with GE heavy-duty gas turbines.The EMAL aluminum complex is situated in the Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD) in Al Taweelah, Abu Dhabi. EMAL, a joint venture between Mubadala Development Co. and Dubai Aluminium, serves more than 150 customers in 36 countries.As previously announced, EMAL Phase I includes six GE Frame 9F 3-series gas turbines. Under the GE upgrade package, four of the units will receive DLN 2.6+ upgrades and six will receive compressor enhancements and cooling optimization packages. Installation of the first upgrade package is expected to begin in Q1 of 2013.Under a separate contractual service agreement (CSA), which will replace the existing CSA for Phase 1, GE will deliver long-term maintenance support for GE gas turbines at both EMAL Phase 1 and Phase 2. This agreement will help the complex with improved performance, predictable maintenance costs and will provide access to GE’s latest technology and global experience. To date, GE has long-term agreements in place at more than 700 sites worldwide.Through all components of the project, GE is tapping into the power of the Industrial Internet to help EMAL’s facility perform with more efficiency and predictability. By connecting data analytics, technological advancements and 130 years of power generation expertise, GE has customised a lifecycle solution that makes EMAL’s assets smarter and more adaptable to their operating environment.last_img read more

World diamond leaders gather for 2nd International Diamond Conference

first_imgWorld leaders in the diamond industry will come together in Namibia, for the International Diamond Conference 2015, November 24-27. The conference is themed: Omugongo, A Cut above the Rest. This prestigious event will be held at the Safari Conference Centre in the capital Windhoek. The conference aims to focus on the “Challenges facing diamond beneficiation in Southern Africa: How can we make this industry viable and sustainable.”The Namibian government has a 50-50 joint venture partnership with the De Beers Group and together have implemented a long-term economic development plan that aims to build a self-sustainable national gem-cutting industry. This will ensure the sustainability of an industry that accounts for about 30% of Namibia’s annual export revenue, bringing funds into the country to improve infrastructure, childhood education and healthcare in local communities.In order to protect the marine ecology and the coastal areas in which most of Namibia’s diamonds are found, international environmental standards are strictly followed in diamond mining activities. Namibia’s comprehensive environmental management plan has been independently verified as ISO 14001 compliant, ensuring long-term ecological and economical sustainability of mining areas. “Namibia’s Atlantic coast area holds an estimated 80 million carats of gems, which were carried to the sea by the Orange River and could be mined beyond 2050,” said Kennedy Hamutenya, Diamond Commissioner for the Republic of Namibia.The highest quality diamonds and one of the world’s largest alluvial diamond deposits are found in Namibia. “Namibia’s diamonds fetch the highest prices because they are of high quality, pure carbon, spotless and they don’t disintegrate…what we don’t have in quantity is made up in quality,” Hamutenya said in 2014.The Minister of Mines and Energy Hon. Obeth Mbul Kandjoze (MP) will open the two-day conference. Industry expert Chaim Even-Zohar will be coordinating the conference. Speakers include: Hon. Walter K. Chidakwa, the Minister of Mines and Mining Development of the Republic of Zimbabwe; Shihaleni E Ndjaba, CEO at Namibia Diamond Trading Company; Burhan Seber, President of the Diamond Manufacturers Association of Namibia (DIAMAN); Kombadayedu Kapwanga, President of the Chamber of Mines of Namibia; and many others.last_img read more

Kamil Syprzak to FC Barcelona

The Polish giant Kamil Syprzak will change colors in the next four years! The 24 years old line-player of Orlen Wisla Plock will join the Spanish champions from the next summer. Syprzak playing fantastic season in “Oilers” T-shirt with 41 goals in the VELUX EHF Champions League, but he also was an important member of the Polish squad who won the bronze medal at Qatar 2015. ← Previous Story Women’s EHF CL 1/4 finals: Gyor against Vardar – Viborg VS Buducnost Next Story → EHF CL TOP 16 in numbers: Fans, goals, stars… read more

Womens EHF CL ZRK Vardar defeated in Metz for the first time

← Previous Story “SIX MONTHS LOVE” WITH SUNDOVSKI: Israel looking for a new NT head-coach! Next Story → Scandal in Serbia between coach and players: Nightclubs, alcohol, fight and who is playing where? Group 2:Budućnost : Ferencvaros 23:24 (12:12)Metz : Vardar Skopje 24:22 (10:10)Bietigheim : Thüringer 21:34 (13:17)Standings:1. Vardar 8 – 142. Metz 8 – 123. Ferencvaros 8 – 104. Budućnost 8 – 65. Thüringer 8 – 46. Bietigheim 8 – 2 Metz handballWomens EHF Champions Leaguezrk vardar Six teams are already qualified for the Women’s EHF Champions League quarter-finals. Round 8 will be closed with derby match between Gyori Audi ETO KC and CSM Bucharest, the two last EHF CL winners, who will decide about TOP of Group 1.The French team Metz Handball beat RK Vardar Skopje 24:22 (10:10). That is the first defeat for Macedonian champions in the current season.Grace Zaadi was TOP scorer in the winning team with eight goals, while Marina Rajcic had 19 saves.Group 1:Rostov-Don : Nykoebing 32:22 (14:13)Midtjylland : Krim Mercator 24:24 (12:13)19.00 Györ – CSM BucharestStandings:1. CSM Bucuresti 7 – 11 2. Rostov-Don 8 -113. Györ 7 – 104. Nykoebing 8 – 55. Krim Mercator 8 – 56. Midtjylland 8 – 4 read more