Manipur Assembly demands peace agreement disclosure

first_imgAfter a four-hour-long discussion on Thursday, the Manipur Assembly passed a resolution to demand disclosure of the contents of the framework agreement signed between the Union government and the NSCN(I-M).The agreement was signed at the residence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on August 3, 2015, between the government’s interlocutor, R.N. Ravi, and NSCN leader Thuingaleng Muivah.Opposition leader Okram Ibobi Singh, who was the Chief Minister at the time of singing of the agreement, said that he was not taken into confidence about the pact. He said that no other person knows the details of the agreement.Cutting across party lines, the members of the Assembly felt that while the territorial integrity is kept intact, there may be some clauses which are alarming.The House constituted a four-member committee to prepare a memorandum to be submitted to the Prime Minister. It will demand territorial integrity and disclosure of the contents of the peace agreement.last_img read more

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Mizoram seeks more security along border

first_imgMizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla has urged Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to beef up security along the border with Myanmar to prevent Rohingya Muslims from entering the Northeastern State, an official statement said on Wednesday.Serious problemsMr. Lal Thanhawla had met Mr. Singh in Delhi on Tuesday and discussed wide-ranging security issues with him, it said. The Chief Minister informed the Home Minister that the State could face serious problems if Rohingya refugees and terrorists from the Rakhine state in Myanmar enter Mizoram. He also expressed concern over the recent clashes between the Myanmar Army and the Arakan militants along the border on the Myanmar side, resulting in the entry of over thousands of refugees to Mizoram, the statement said.Refugees in Mizoram Over 1,600 Myanmarese nationals have taken shelter in south Mizoram’s Lawngtlai district after the Myanmar Army launched a massive crackdown on the Arakan militants since November 25 last, the State government officials had said recently.last_img read more

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Three BSF jawans injured in militant attack in Srinagar

first_imgThree BSF personnel were injured on Monday in a suspected militant attack on their vehicle in Pantha chowk area on the outskirts of Srinagar city, police said.Gunmen opened fire on a security force vehicle at the Pantha chowk injuring three jawans, a police official said.He said the injured personnel, belonging to the 163 battalion, have been hospitalised and one of the jawans is in serious condition. Security forces have cordoned off the area and launched a hunt to track down the assailants, he added.last_img read more

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Mourinho has dig at Man United fans over style

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. The game on Saturday was not a classic but Mourinho used his notes to compliment his players, adding: “It was an extremely tight game between two big teams, but I think we got what we deserved for our efforts.“They gave absolutely everything, so even if we hadn’t won, then I would have been proud of them.”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 shutoutLukaku, 24, hit the ground running after completing a big-money move from Everton, hitting 11 goals in his first 10 matches for United.The United boss said it was unfair that fans “don’t support him so much” as, whether he scores or not, the Belgium international makes a difference. View comments Read Next Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Jose Mourinho urged Manchester United fans to enjoy Tuesday’s Champions League match against Benfica more than the weekend clash at Old Trafford in an apparent dig at sections of the home support.“I hope that you enjoy the game more than some of you did against Tottenham,” Mourinho wrote in his program notes, referring to the 1-0 Premier League win, a day after defending striker Romelu Lukaku against apparent fan agitation after a five-game drought.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “The fans are the fans, and they pay their ticket and are free to express themselves however they want,” Mourinho said on Monday.“But my job is, when I feel they deserve, to protect my players and I feel Romelu is one of the players that should be untouchable in terms of the respect from everyone.”United, second in the Premier League, are top of Champions League Group A with three wins out of three while Benfica are winless.Mourinho’s team started off the season scoring freely but they have found goals harder to come by in recent matches.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHcenter_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Alas satisfied with Phoenix’s ‘aggressive’ rookie picks Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort MOST READlast_img read more

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Coach hopes to see Team Lakay sustain good start to 2018

first_imgTeam Lakay coach Mark Sangiao. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netHumbled by the string of defeats that haunted them late in 2017, Team Lakay coach Mark Sangiao is hopeful that the year 2018 will bring better things for his stable in ONE Championship.“Like what I’ve said before, when we were winning, we took for granted a lot of things,” he said in Filipino. “That’s what’s bad in us, that when we’re getting the things we want, we forget about the little things.”ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC With those lessons learned, the Benguet stable buckled down to work and went back to basics as they seek to redeem themselves this year.Those sacrifices have paid off this early.Geje Eustaquio avenged his defeat to Kairat Akhmetov and became the interim ONE Flyweight Championship at ONE: Global Superheroes last Friday. Joshua Pacio and Edward Kelly were also victorious in their undercard bouts, fueling more optimism on the side of Team Lakay.Sangiao, though, doesn’t want his side to feel complacent as his bets seek to reclaim their position as one of the bests in Asia.ADVERTISEMENT “We still need to work on our weaknesses and hopefully, sustain that. We hope that 2018 will be good for our team and the whole nation,” he said. Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’ PLAY LIST 02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’00:52ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight01:04Team Lakay’s rough start lights a fire under Danny Kingad01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City .@TeamLakay coach Mark Sangiao hopes that this victory won’t be the last for the year after that disastrous 2017. @ONEChampionship pic.twitter.com/B262B1IXPi— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) January 26, 2018 NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Following a largely successful showing in 2016, Team Lakay studs drew the short end of the stick late last year, with the toughest defeat seeing Eduard Folayang lose his ONE Lightweight Championship to Martin Nguyen in November here in Manila.“Success will destroy success itself. When we’re getting the things we want, we take a lot of things for granted,” said Sangiao.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Read Nextcenter_img 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH TNT halts Kia to climb to third seed MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Eating healthy snacks can help fight obesity

first_imgContrary to what you may imagine, having little snacks between meals is a healthy habit that can help counter health issues ranging from obesity and diabetes to high blood pressure. From a health standpoint, snacking is both healthy and essential. It can help lower cholesterol levels and regulate blood sugar; keeps the energy levels up and mind alert.What really matters, however, is your choice of snacks. Make choices packed with high nutrient value such as a small bowl of channa or roast chicken sandwich made with wholewheat bread instead of the white kind.Teenagers especially need more nutrients between school, homework, sports, and hanging out with friends as their bodies are still developing. Women also need to eat more during pregnancy and during their monthly menstrual period as their bodies need extra nutrition at these times. Those recovering from an illness also need to eat more protein to speed up the healing process. Snacks are a boon for diabetics, too, as they stabilise the blood sugar level. Additional nutrients are provided by snacks that may be missing in our meals. Three meals a day must be intermingled with snacks, so that the total number of times you eat in a day becomes five.TIPS ON SMART SNACKINGMake the right choicesAlso, prepare snacks well in advance. Create a variety, for munching, nibbling or simply mitigating that afternoon hunger. Once you have made a list of snacking options that appeal to you, stock up on the ingredients. If you work in an office, buy some little boxes based on portion size, and fill these up with chopped fruit, nuts, or whatever else you feel would constitute a good snack for you. Since variety is the spice of life for most of us, change the snack menu often to ensure that boredom doesn’t set in and drive you to that forbidden packet.advertisementHealthy snacking doesn’t have to be boring as long as you give yourself a variety of choices. A peanut and dry rice mixture, or cereal mix made with roasted oats, almonds and raisins can be kept in small pouches in your handbag or the drawer in the desk. Keep plenty of fresh fruit and veggies in your fridge too, ready to grab and go. Half a cheese or peanut butter sandwich, or a handful of nuts or berries, or rice crackers are other healthy snack options.Choose all food groupsSmart snacks are those that are trans- fat free, low in calories and in cholesterol. All the five food groups in the food pyramid should be included. To keep energy levels high and avoid weight gain, steer clear of food with lots of simple carbohydrates ( sugars) like candy bars or sodas.Look for foods that contain complex carbohydrates like whole grain breads and cereals and combine them with protein rich snacks such as peanut butter or low fat yoghurt or cheese. The base should be rice, corn, dals, gram and wheatflour instead of white flour.Read the labelsA granola bar is a good example of a snack that people think is healthy, but it certainly isn’t useful for anyone trying to bring down their cholesterol. Although these can be a good source of certain vitamins and nutrients, many also contain a great deal of fat, including the harmful trans fat. On average, about 35 per cent of the calories in a regular granola bar come from fat. And there can be a lot of sugar in granola cereals and bars. So check the nutrition facts label on the package to be sure.last_img read more

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Inquirer top 7 UAAP 81 women’s volleyball players: Week 7

first_imgAduke Ogunsanya. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe legendary Rolly Manlapaz gave Aduke Ogunsanya the nickname “The Duke” a season ago, and it’s not just because the word “duke” appears on her name but of the way she commands the net.Ogunsanya is a couple inches shorter than her blocking partner Lourdes Clemente, who stands at 6-foot-1, but she shows that she’s still an impenetrable presence for the Lady Spikers.In La Salle’s game against UST, Ogunsanya showed that she fully deserves her nickname with 12 points, four of which came from blocks.7. Cherry Rondina (University of Santo Tomas, outside spiker)Weeks on list: 5Last week: No. 2Cherry Rondina’s quiet week is almost a high for some of the players in the league.In her two games this week Rondina averaged 14.5 points with Laure having the larger share of the offense.Nevertheless, Rondina still held on to that top spot in the Best Scorers table with 186 points or 18.6 across the 10 games. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Google Philippines names new country director Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments 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 2. Kat Tolentino (Ateneo de Manila University, opposite hitter)Weeks on list: 4Last week: No.4Kat Tolentino. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo is the team’s hottest team this late in the season having won eight straight games after its opening weekend loss to the Lady Spikers.And as the Lady Eagles continue to roll, so does opposite hitter Kat Tolentino.The Big Kat stood tall in Ateneo’s three-set win over the Lady Maroons, 25-23, 25-16, 25-23, putting up 15 points to help maintain the Lady Eagles’ strong hold of the top seed.3. Jennifer Nierva (National University, libero)Weeks on list: 3Last week: No.7Jennifer Nierva. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTalk about a turnaround.Jennifer Nierva, a four-time UAAP high school champion, broke down after the Lady Bulldogs’ three-set loss to the Lady Spikers, 25-20, 25-18, 25-10, on Wednesday but she quickly turned her fortunes around in just four days.With a smile on her face and pep on her step, Nierva provided the defensive stability in NU’s bounce back win over the Lady Falcons, 28-26, 30-32, 25-21, 25-22.In terms of the tangibles, Nierva averaged 31 excellent digs and 28 successful receptions.4. Ivana Agudo (Far Eastern University, opposite hitter)Weeks on list: 1Last week: N/A Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Kevin Belingon says he would’ve KO’d Bibiano Fernandes if not for DQ LATEST STORIES Every week, INQUIRER Sports will be ranking the seven best performers in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament. The author will base the rankings on the players’ team standings, statistics, and the intangibles that don’t appear on the stat sheets.MANILA, Philippines—After a two-week period where three or four teams shared the No. 2 spot, all teams are now conveniently in its own place with Ateneo still leading the bunch at the top with a 9-1 record.ADVERTISEMENT De La Salle now owns sole possession of the No. 2 at 7-3 while Far Eastern University is in third with a 6-3 record while University of Santo Tomas dropped all the way to the fourth spot with a 6-4 slate.Fifth seed University of the Philippines can still crash the semifinals with a 5-4 record while National University is in sixth with a 3-7 card.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, logisticsUniversity of the East, the No.7 team in the standings, still has a mathematical chance for the Final Four with its 3-7 card while Adamson University has bowed out of the race with a 1-9 slate.With that said, here are the top players in Week 7. 1. Desiree Cheng (De La Salle University, outside spiker)Weeks on list: 1Last week: N/ADesiree Cheng. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe Final Four is fast approaching but there are still some players who are just making their first appearances on this list and Desiree Cheng had one loud debut.Cheng struggled with a shoulder injury in Week 5 and was relatively passive in Week 6 but she broke out of her silence and led La Salle as the dutiful captain that she is.The Lady Spikers went 2-0 this week and much of that is thanks to the handiwork of Cheng, who averaged 18.5 points this week.Cheng capped of her week with 20 points to lead the Lady Spikers to a four-set win over UST, 21-25, 25-23, 25-19, 26-24.ADVERTISEMENT Ivana Agudo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe Lady Tamaraws needed someone to fill in the shoes injured star Lycha Ebon left when she injured her knee in Week 6.Enter Ivana Agudo.A former beach volleyball player for FEU, Agudo was included into the Lady Tamaraws’ lineup for Season 82 as a backup for Ebon but when the rookie got sidelined it was up to the sand court specialist to step up.In FEU’s lone game this week, Agudo showed she can roll indoors putting up 12 points in the Lady Tamaraws’ five-set win over UE, 25-15, 16-25, 12-25, 25-22, 17-15.5. Eya Laure (University of Santo Tomas, outside spiker)Weeks on list: 5Last week: No. 6Eya Laure. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe Golden Tigresses had a disappointing run, by their standards, this week.UST had a chance to claim the no.2 spot in the standings but it’s loss to the Lady Spikers pushed them down to the fourth seed but there was still the production of Eya Laure who’s slowly becoming at par with Cherry Rondina’s.Laure shared the highest-scoring average this week of 18.5 points with Cheng, but the only difference between the two of them is that the former’s team went 1-1 this week.Still, Laure maintained her place as the no.2 scorer in the league with a total of 175 points.6. Aduke Ogunsanya (De La Salle University, middle blocker)Weeks on list: 1Last week: N/A Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

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Chance for Sindhu to script history as first Indian world champion shuttler

first_imgPublished on India’s Pursarla V Sindhu celebrates win against China’s Chen Yufei at the Badminton World Championships, Glasgow, on August 26, 2017. Photo: Reuters sport SHARE SHARE EMAIL Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu cruised into the final of the World Championship with an easy win over Chen Yufei of China, setting herself up on course to become the first Indian to win a gold in the showpiece event.The 22-year-old Sindhu notched up a straight—game (21—13 21—10) win over World No. 10 Chen in the women’s singles semifinals last night, to assure India of at least a silver medal from her after compatriot Saina Nehwal had to settle for a bronze.In the summit clash, Sindhu faces Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara who had beaten Saina 12—21 21—17 21—10 in the first semifinals yesterday. With Saina’s semifinal loss, the hopes of an all— Indian final did not materialise.This will be Sindhu’s first final appearance in the World Championship and thus her best ever performance. This will also be a third medal for Sindhu in the World Championship, having won bronze twice in 2013 and 2014 after losing at the semifinal stage in both the editions.She can do even better and script history by becoming the first Indian world champion shuttler.India has won one silver (through Saina in 2015) and four bronze in the World Championships before this Glasgow edition.Prakash Padukone was the first Indian to have won a medal with his bronze in men’s singles in 1983 before the Indian women’s doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa bagged a bronze in 2011.With this win, Sindhu also became the only second Indian to reach the final of a World Championship after Saina achieved that feat in the last edition at Jakarta.It will also be India’s best ever show in a World Championship as the country will now grab two medals for the first time.Sindhu has a 3—3 head—to—head record with her summit clash rival Okuhara in their last six meetings. But, the Indian has an upper hand in the last two meetings at Rio Olympics and 2017 Singapore Open.Ever since Sindhu arrived here, she has been talking about her desire to change the colour of the medal —— from bronze (twice in 2013 and 2014) or silver (in 2016 Olympics) to gold.Asked after the semifinal match if a change in the colour of medal meant a silver would do, Sindhu said, “Oh no, it won’t be (enough). I want to win and the aim is to win gold and I have to be focussed on that.“When you get to the final, you want to win. You want to win the gold medal for the country and you can do anything for the country. It was the same in Rio last year and I want to win a medal for my country,” she added.Asked about the match, Sindhu said, “Though the scores do not show, she (Chen) fought for each point and it was a tough match, despite the lead I had.”“There were long rallies and she was not leaving any shuttles. Overall, it is a great feeling, but it’s not over as yet. There is one more match to go and I will have to be focussed. It is not enough that I have come to the final, that one match is very important and I hope for the best.”Coming into the semifinal match, Sindhu had a 1—1 head— to—head record against the 19—year—old Chinese, having lost to her at the Malaysia Open in April. But she avenged that loss with another sizzling performance.During the match, the duo engaged in long rallies with Chen trying to make the Indian twist and turn with her controlled returns. After being initially tied at 3—3, Chen, the reigning world junior champion, won a long rally when Sindhu miscued an overhead stroke to break the deadlock.The fourth seeded Indian tried to dictate the rallies and she did manage to break the Chinese defence to claw back at 8 —8 and then led 9—8 when Chen hit the net. A surprise jump smash from Sindhu earned her another point and she wrested the 11—8 advantage with a lovely drop.The lanky Indian tried to attack early in the rallies and backed it with precise drops and smashes to move to 13—8 lead.Soon her fist—pumping was back as she celebrated each point, reaching 15—9 at one stage.The drift, however, seemed to bother Sindhu as she misjudged a few returns at the baseline to concede points. Yet the Indian marched on and moved to 19—13 when Chen sent the shuttle long. Another rally ensued and Sindhu caught the shuttle early at the net and dispatched it to gather seven game points. She won the opening game when Chen hit long.Sindhu continued in the same vein after the change of sides, reaching 4—0. The diminutive Chinese seemed to find it difficult to negotiate the drift as she made judgemental errors and also hit wide and long.Sindhu tried to vary the serves and also change the pace of the rallies by mixing straight clears with drops and deceptive returns at the nets. It worked as she soon led 8—0.Sindhu seemed more patient as she constructed the rallies, making her rival move to the deep corners. Chen seemed clueless as she struggled with her returns as Sindhu grabbed a decisive 11—1 lead at the break.The Indian continued to put relentless pressure on her rival with some delectable forehand and backhand drives to lead 15—3.Chen kept fighting and won a few points here and there but it was always a mountain to climb as Sindhu continued to move ahead with a series of powerful smashes. Chen showed glimpses of her strokeplay with some exceptional cross court net flicks.However, Sindhu soon reached the match point when Chen once again hit wide. The game was finally over when Chen again hit long. COMMENT COMMENTS Fighting Saina crashes out of World Championship August 27, 2017 RELATED × India’s Pursarla V Sindhu celebrates win against China’s Chen Yufei at the Badminton World Championships, Glasgow, on August 26, 2017. Photo: Reuters SHARElast_img read more

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The Ashes: Confident Australia move on to Perth with urn on their minds

first_imgAustralia captain Steve Smith thinks England will struggle to get back into the Ashes series after losing in Adelaide to trail 2-0 heading into next week’s third Test in Perth.Smith admitted to some nerves when the tourists mounted a comeback after he decided not to enforce the follow-on in the second Test but said it would now be a long road back for England in the five-match series after a 120-run defeat.”It’s always tough coming back from 2-0 down, particularly when you’re away from home,” Smith said.”You’re really only one or two bad sessions away from the series, really. That can really play on people’s minds when you’re behind.”We have to be confident, we have to continue what we’re doing, doing the basics really well, getting big first innings runs is crucial as we’ve seen, and just backing up day in and day out.”Four reasons for Australian confidence were occupying row 13 of flight QF 740 from Adelaide to Sydney on Thursday with quicks Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins on one side of the aisle and off-spinner Nathan “Gazza” Lyon on the other.Although suggestions that the bowling attack is the best to have ever donned baggy green caps are probably wide of the mark, they have done their job by dismissing England twice in both the first two Tests.”I think the exciting thing is our bowling group can only get better,” Starc told reporters on arrival at Sydney airport.”Obviously we’ve taken 40 wickets over the last couple of weeks and done some really good things but there’s still room for improvement.”advertisementStarc took 5-88 after mopping up the England tail with the new pink ball on Wednesday, while Hazlewood snuffed out hopes of an England win with two wickets, including that of captain Joe root, in the first three overs of the day.Cummins crucially pegged the English back with the wicket of Dawid Malan on Wednesday night, while Lyon is the leading wicket taker in Tests this year and his captain described his bowling in Adelaide as “exceptional”.”Paddy, Josh and I have grown up together — Gazza’s a bit older — we’ve been around each other for a long time and we’re really close mates,” Starc added.”I think that shows in the way we play our cricket and we’re gelling really nicely and complementing each other really well.”Gazza’s bowling the house down at the moment and that allows the other three of us to just do what we do at the other end. Josh does what he does and allows Pat and I to bowl as fast as we want.”Smith said he was keen for his bowlers and batsmen to get some rest before the Perth Test starts next Thursday.”There’s a reasonable break between now and Perth so the bowlers can freshen up and the batters can freshen their minds, and we can come back and hopefully win the Ashes back in Perth,” he added.The Test will be the last at the WACA and Starc said he was hoping to be presented with a bowling surface that harked back to the days when the likes of Dennis Lillee and Jeff Thomson terrorised English batsmen in Perth.”Hopefully we see a nice fast, bouncy wicket, the WACA of old, and get stuck into that as a bowling group,” he said.last_img read more

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IPL 2019: Playing county cricket has helped me, says RR pacer Varun Aaron

first_imgRajasthan Royals pacer Varun Aaron credited his county stint for his improvement as a bowler, following the team’s three-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL here. In an excellent new-ball spell of 3-1-10-2, Aaron removed both the Kolkata Knight Riders openers – Chris Lynn (0) and Shubman Gill (14) – with inswinging deliveries.”I’ve always bowled inswing but it’s coming off a lot better after my county stint,” said Aaron, who was not bought by any team for IPL 2018 and went on to play county cricket with Leicestershire, on Thursday.Aaron took full advantage of the Eden greentop and delivered a beauty to clean up Gill with a knuckle-ball that sharply cut back in.”I used to rely on my outswing a lot before. But last year when I was not playing the IPL, I played county cricket and did work on my inswing which is really handy because on wickets like these you can’t get give much of room. So there’s no point bowling outswing at my pace,” the 29-year-old said.Aaron said he would be returning to county cricket.”I’m looking forward to going and playing in county cricket after the IPL because I’ve some time. I really enjoyed my time last year. I don’t really know which team will need a fast bowler since I’m going to join mid-season. It all depends on availability of the current players and their fitness and form.”2 wickets20 runs17 dotsPresenting to you the Man-of-the-Match, @VarunAaron!#HallaBol #KKRvRR #RR pic.twitter.com/YTUaiItN3WadvertisementRajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) April 25, 2019All-praise for the Eden wicket, Aaron said it was a very good cricketing surface.”The wicket definitely had something for everybody, not just me. I was looking forward to bowling here because it had more bounce than the other wickets we played on.”Since we won the toss and chose to bowl, we knew there would be a little seam movement up front. I always love bowling at Eden and it is one of my favourite places to bowl and it has a value-for-shot outfield.”Thais was his only second appearance for Rajasthan Royals this season and the pacer said: “It was more of a team combination thing and management’s decision. There was no injury concern at all.”Chasing 176, Royals had lost their top top four batsmen including Ajinkya Rahane, Steve Smith and Ben Stokes in 10.1 overs but Aaron said they never gave up.”At no point we thought that the game’s lost as the Eden has such a fast outfield. You get so much value for your shots. We were just like three or four hits away and it came off well,” he said.Also Read | Grateful to Rajasthan Royals for taking a chance on me: Jofra ArcherAlso Read | IPL 2019: Rajasthan Royals finally drop Ashton Turner after 3 golden duckslast_img read more

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SOME STATEMENTS BY SUSPECT IN MOLLIE TIBBETTS DEATH WILL BE EXCLUDED…

first_imgPart of the case against the suspect charged with first-degree murder in the killing of 20-year-old University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts appears to be in jeopardy because of a botched Miranda warning.Prosecutors have agreed to exclude some statements that 25-year-old Cristhian Bahena Rivera reportedly made to police.Court documents filed Friday by prosecutors acknowledge that the initial Miranda warning given to Rivera around 11:30 p.m. on August 20th, 2018, failed to inform him that anything he said could be used against him in court.His Miranda rights were accurately read to him a second time at 5:50 a.m. August 21st, as police were in a cornfield where Tibbetts’ body was found.Rivera is accused of killing Tibbetts, who disappeared while out for a run near Brooklyn, Iowa. Investigators found her body a month later.Officials say she was stabbed to death.Rivera is scheduled to stand trial in Sioux City in Woodbury County District Court from a change of venue granted for the case on February 4th.last_img read more

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Arnolds Brook Bridge Construction Starts July 18

first_imgConstruction to replace the Arnold’s Brook bridge on Trunk 28 in South Bar, Cape Breton Regional Municipality, will begin on Monday, July 18, as scheduled. The bridge is in poor shape and its condition deteriorated further over the winter. Transportation and Public Works’ engineers recommended the bridge be replaced this summer, before school buses are back on the road. Tenders were called based on an accelerated construction schedule of six weeks. The contract was awarded to Van Zutphen Construction Inc., with penalties attached for every day the bridge is delayed past Aug. 28. While the bridge is being built, a detour via Lingan Road is available for motorists travelling on Trunk 28 to Sydney or New Waterford. At the request of some residents, the Department of Transportation and Public Works agreed to review its earlier decision to create a detour rather than install a temporary panel bridge. However, revising the construction plan would have caused significant delays in completing the project, and would have added significant costs. The plan is consistent with other projects around the province where the construction schedule is relatively short, the cost of a temporary bridge is high, and a viable detour is available. “We recognize this detour is an inconvenience for local residents, and with that in mind, we agreed to pay extra to get this bridge completed faster than usual,” said Ron Russell, Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “Replacing Arnold’s Brook bridge as quickly as possibly is our priority,” Mr. Russell said. “The sooner we get this job underway the sooner a new bridge will be in place for a long time to come.” The current structure’s abutments have been settling for several years and movement of the bridge has increased over the past year, making the replacement a high priority. Beginning July 18, work to remove the existing bridge will begin. After that is completed, installation of concrete footings will take place, and a metal-pipe arch will be installed in the location of the existing creosote structure. Construction is scheduled to be completed by Sunday, Aug. 28.last_img read more

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CBI arrests MHA official for taking Rs 16 lakh bribe

first_imgNew Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday arrested an employee of the Ministry of Home Affairs in a graft case, officials said. A senior CBI official told IANS: “We have arrested Dheeraj Kumar Singh posted as an SO in the Ministry of Home Affairs in a trap case this morning with an alleged bribe of Rs 16 lakh.” According to the official, Singh was trying to extend favours to a company.last_img

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Three injured after industrial explosion outside St Johns NL

first_imgMOUNT PEARL, N.L. – It was, says Stefania Butler, like a scene from a movie.First, a sudden, massive bang.Then, debris everywhere — and the roof flew off the building across the street at Trimac National Tank Services.Butler’s office knick-knacks fell off the wall as the building started shaking.“I was sitting here working away and all of a sudden the debris went,” Butler said Tuesday from Billard’s Trucking, across the street from Trimac in the St. John’s, N.L., suburb of Mount Pearl.“It was just like something you’d see in a movie. I was very surprised more people weren’t hurt.”The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary said nine people were believed to be inside Trimac during the blast at 8:20 a.m. local time.Const. Geoffrey Higdon said three people were taken to hospital, but he couldn’t speak to the nature of their injuries.The roof of the building was blown off, with insulation and metal scraps strewn across the parking lot. Some of the large metal pieces landed dangerously close to fuel tanks stored nearby.Rick Dehann, acting deputy chief with the St. John’s Regional Fire Department, said the people taken to hospital were moving about when he arrived.Dehann said he was amazed to find all employees outside and accounted for, in relatively good shape.“Looking at the extent of damage to the building, there’s always the foreboding I guess in the back of your mind that there’s significant injury and or casualties,” said Dehann.“But to our amazement and utter joy, I guess, the people were safe.”Acting platoon chief Scott Tilley said it appears the employees were working on a fuel tank that contained gasoline or a petroleum product and the fumes may be to blame for the explosion.Damage is extensive due to the force of the combustion, but most of the vapour was consumed by the explosion, meaning there was little fire.Mount Pearl Mayor Dave Aker says he lives about a kilometre from the Kyle Avenue business and felt his entire house shake.“It was a little bit scary,” said Aker.“The sentiment that I’m hearing from the residents of Mount Pearl is that they’re concerned about the people that were working in the building or nearby. For the rest of us, it seems to have just been more of a scare from the vibration and shock of the explosion.”Dehann said RNC is looking into the case now, and it will likely be a few days before the scene has been properly assessed after interviewing staff and assessing the site.Dehann couldn’t say what workers were doing at the time, but likely some combustible material was on site.“Because it’s a tank servicing facility, likely there was some combustible residue in a tank,” said Dehann.“It is an industrial park so there’s, you know, a mixture of different potentialities in there,” said Dehann. “So that’s just another one of them.”last_img read more

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Toronto election proceeding with 25 wards after court sides with province

first_imgTORONTO – Ontario’s top court sided with the provincial government Wednesday in a legal battle over the size of Toronto’s council, firmly establishing a reduced 25-ward electoral map for the city’s looming municipal vote.In suspending what it called a “dubious” lower court ruling that found the province’s move to cut council unconstitutional, the Court of Appeal for Ontario also did away with the Progressive Conservative government’s need to rush through reintroduced legislation on the matter.That new legislation has drawn heavy criticism for invoking a constitutional provision known as the notwithstanding clause to ensure its passage, but the government said it now won’t move forward with the bill.“I’m feeling real positive,” said Premier Doug Ford, who was in Washington for a briefing on NAFTA talks when the ruling was delivered. “I’m very grateful for the court’s decision.”Toronto Mayor John Tory said while the court decision was not what the city sought, it does bring clarity for the time being.“I have opposed, and continue to oppose, the provincial government’s actions. They are unfair, they are unnecessary, and they are unprecedented,” he said. “You don’t just change the rules of an election in the middle of the election, and you shouldn’t be surprised when your recklessness causes chaos and confusion.”When asked whether the city would take the issue to the Supreme Court of Canada, Tory said city lawyers have been given the authority to take whatever steps are needed to fight the council cut.The province had argued that a stay — which allows city staff to abandon the 47-ward council model revived by the lower court ruling — was necessary to eliminate uncertainty surrounding the upcoming Oct. 22 election.The Appeal Court agreed.“It is not in the public interest to permit the impending election to proceed on the basis of a dubious ruling that invalidates legislation duly passed by the legislature,” the three-judge panel wrote.The panel rejected arguments from those opposed to the stay that the province was responsible for the chaos surrounding the election and thus shouldn’t be granted relief.An Ontario judge last week found that the province’s Bill 5, which reduced Toronto council to 25 seats from 47 in the middle of the election campaign, violated freedom of expression rights for candidates and voters.Ford contested the ruling and took the unprecedented step of invoking the notwithstanding clause in reintroduced legislation to push through with his plan.The move was publicly condemned by hundreds of legal professionals and several high-profile politicians, including some who negotiated the clause’s inclusion in the constitution. Legislators were also heckled by protesters during discussions on the bill, even at a rare overnight sitting held to fast-track its passing.The new bill was expected to be up for a final vote on Thursday, but the province said it would be “moving on to other priorities” in light of the stay.“It is time to put the political games behind us,” said Municipal Affairs Minister Steve Clark. “We will continue working with the Toronto city clerk to provide every support possible to help with the administration of the election on Oct. 22.”The province is still appealing the lower court ruling, and lawyers said that case could be heard on an expedited basis to resolve the issue before a new council is sworn in on Dec. 1.In their decision Wednesday, the judges weighing the stay said they believe the lower court decision to strike down Bill 5 will likely be overturned on appeal.“The question for the courts is not whether Bill 5 is unfair but whether it is unconstitutional,” they wrote. “We have concluded that there is a strong likelihood that application judge erred in law and that the Attorney General’s appeal to this court will succeed.”The province’s plan “unquestionably” disrupted campaigns already underway, but did not restrict the messages candidates could convey in the remaining time before the election, nor did it cancel the messages they expressed earlier, though it may have reduced their effectiveness, the judges said.“While the change brought about by Bill 5 is undoubtedly frustrating for candidates who started campaigning in May 2018, we are not persuaded that their frustration amounts to a substantial interference with their freedom of expression,” they said.“The candidates were and are still free to say what they want to say to the voters.”Though the legal battle isn’t over yet, getting the stay is a political win for the Ford government, said Andrew McDougall, a lecturer at the University of Toronto who specializes in federalism and constitutional law.“This is kind of ideal for the Ford government because … their use of the notwithstanding clause, I don’t think they anticipated it would have quite the backlash that it did and this offers a great face-saving way to sort of back away from that,” he said.It’s unclear what impact the province’s planned use of the notwithstanding clause will have, he said.“By kind of breaking the taboo on using it, maybe it’ll be more easy to use the notwithstanding clause going forward,” he said.“Another view might be that having now sort of threatened to use it, going through the political controversy of it and then backing away from it may actually … have the opposite result, which is that it kind of reinforces the status quo that this is not a clause to be used lightly.”Critics said there would likely be more legal challenges to the council-cutting plan.“There is a question of legitimacy hanging over the Toronto election even with the Court of Appeal decision on Bill 5,” said Green party leader Mike Schreiner.“Even though Bill 5 might be legal, it is not right.”NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says the Tories’ legal victory doesn’t quell concerns about the government’s behaviour.“We still have a premier that behaves on a whim for his own personal reasons,” she said. “Regardless of what happened this morning in terms of the stay, these things all remain the case.”last_img read more

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Janes chicken burgers recalled due to possible Salmonella contamination

first_imgOTTAWA – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) says Sofina Foods Inc. is recalling Janes brand Pub Style Chicken Burgers from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella contamination.The agency says the uncooked breaded chicken burgers were sold across the country in 800 gram packages with a best before date of May 14, 2019 (UPC code 0 69299 12491 0).In its recall warning the CFIA says Salmonella investigations led by the Public Health Agency of Canada have linked frozen raw breaded chicken products to 25 illnesses in nine provinces — one in B.C., three in Alberta, three in Saskatchewan, one in Manitoba, 12 in Ontario, two in Quebec, one in New Brunswick, one in P.E.I., and one in Newfoundland and Labrador.It says two people have been hospitalized, though no deaths have been reported.The agency, however, did not say whether any of the illness were directly related to the products being recalled.It says the recalled items should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased.Symptoms of Salmonella poisoning typically include fever, headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal cramps and diarrhea, but long-term complications can include severe arthritis.last_img read more

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Ban Kimoon heads to Rwanda following Eastern Europe trip

28 January 2008United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today held high-level talks in Bratislava with senior Slovakian officials before heading to Kigali for an official visit to Rwanda. Speaking to the press following his meeting with Slovakian President Ivan Gasparovic, Mr. Ban said the two discussed Slovakia’s contributions to the causes of the United Nations, ranging from peace and security to development and human rights, as well as on key regional issues, especially in the Middle East and the Balkans, including Kosovo and Cyprus.“On Kosovo, we shared the concern about the uncertainty in the situation on the ground and agreed to keep in close touch on the future developments,” said the Secretary-General of the Serbian province which the UN has administered since 1999. “My first and foremost priority will be on how best to protect human lives and maintain the UN legacy there.”The Secretary-General said that in the weeks to come, he will closely “consult on the way forward with other leaders in the international community, including the Security Council, the European Union and the region.”On Friday, Mr. Ban held a press encounter with Slovenia’s Prime Minister, Janez Janša, following what he called their “constructive meeting” on key issues.“I will assure you that I will closely coordinate and cooperate with your Government and Prime Minister Janez Janša in carrying out and in addressing many important issues, including global issues like climate change and the Millennium Development Goals, and also other regional issues, just as the Prime Minister said – on the Balkans, Darfur, Lebanon, the Middle East and many other issues,” Mr. Ban told reporters in Ljubljana.He said Slovenia’s reach exceeds its size, citing the country’s contribution of peacekeepers in Eastern Europe, Afghanistan, Lebanon and Iraq. “Last year, more than 18 per cent of Slovenia’s armed forces took part in UN Security Council-mandated missions. And Slovenia has become a crucial partner in helping the western Balkans on their path to peace and prosperity,” he noted.Following his trip to Rwanda, the Secretary-General is expected to go to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where he will address the opening of the African Union summit meeting on 31 January. read more

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ONUR says Sri Lanka is still looking for answers after years of

While explaining the duties of ONUR, he pointed out that ONUR was set up with a mandate to achieve national unity and reconciliation as it was a key commitment of 2015 Presidential campaign. To give effect to this commitment, the Government of Sri Lanka established this organization. The Office for National Unity and Reconciliation (ONUR) says Sri Lanka is still looking for answers, even after long years of conflict.The Director General of ONUR, M. S. Jayasinghe, speaking during the International Steering Committee of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflicts held in Colombo said that reconciliation is also a spiritual philosophy and in a society where spiritual values are not considered, it is even more challenging to achieve the targets set in this regard. “ONUR is responsible for formulation and coordinating the implementation of the policies and programmes to build national unity and reconciliation. ONUR’s principle role is to ensure a long-lasting peace through non-recurrence of the factors which lead to an armed conflict. We all have a role to play in ensuring the prevention of armed conflict at all levels. It is not something the Government alone can do.” he added.He also stated that “We in Sri Lanka are still looking for answers. Even after long years of conflict, where everyone in our country irrespective of race, religion, and language has suffered, and we, as a nation, have all suffered collectively. But, unfortunately, some in our country still refuse to look at what unites us as human beings and work together for our common good” He said that it is the responsibility of all stakeholders to commit themselves to fulfil their duty towards achieving this target. In conclusion, it was highlighted that ONUR has been working according to a roadmap on National Unity and a multi-pronged approach to achieving national unity is important in the Sri Lankan context. In this regard, the process of building National Unity and Reconciliation in Sri Lanka is connected to many aspects affecting lives of people, whether they are from the North, South, East or West of the country. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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25 years on from genocide against the Tutsi UN Chief warns of

WFP/Jonathan Eng25 years after the Rwanda genocide, survivor Liberée Kayumba, a Monitoring Officer with WFP, is now helping refugees coming to the country.Her understanding of what refugees go through has, she says, given her a deeper understanding of their plight, and the memories of the genocide have motivated her to work for the WFP and do what she can to help people in need. Nevertheless, she says that coming back from that has not been easy, either for her or her sisters.Libérée is an example of the reconciliation that, in his message, Mr. Guterres says all societies are capable of, and urged peoples and countries to work together to build a harmonious future for all. The UN Secretary-General called on all political, religious and civil society leaders to reject hate speech and discrimination, which he described as an affront to our values, and threats to human rights, social stability and peace, and to “work vigorously to address and mitigate the root causes that undermine social cohesion, and create conditions for hatred and intolerance.”The United Nations is commemorating the  International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda with events around the world, including a memorial ceremony at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, and an event at the General Assembly Hall at UN Headquarters in New York, organized in collaboration with the Permanent Mission of Rwanda to the United Nations, which can be watched live on UN Web TV. April 7 marks the start of the 1994 genocide, which saw over 800,000 Tutsis, moderate Hutu and others who opposed the genocide, systematically killed in less than three months. Mr. Guterres said that the anniversary is an opportunity to honour those who were murdered, and reflect on the suffering and resilience of those who survived.One of those survivors is Libérée Kayumba. Today, she works for the World Food Programme (WFP) in Rwanda, helping refugees from other countries to meet their basic needs and survive the challenging conditions they face in the camps. But 25 years ago she was in their shoes, one of the many Rwandans forced to flee the genocide, after seeing her parents and brothers killed before her eyes. read more

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