Over 77% of 1.25 crore population got Aadhaar cards in JK: Govt

first_imgThe Jammu and Kashmir government today said over 77% of 1.25 crore population have got their Aadhaar cards generated in the state and efforts were on to cover the remaining population. In a written reply to National Conference MLA Devender Singh Rana, Information Technology minister Imran Raza Ansari said there are 329 Aadhaar enrolment centres operational in the state.“As per the 2011 census, the total population of Jammu and Kashmir is 1.25 crore out of which 0.97 crore Aadhaar cards have been generated, while the remaining people shall be covered in the coming months,” Mr. Ansari said.“All the citizens residing in the state will be enrolled for Aadhaar. Till date 77.61% of population vis-a-vis 2011 census have got their Aadhaar generated,” he said. The minister said there is 5.96% generation in 0-5 age group, 59.91% in 5-18 age group and 99.42 in 18 and above age group. The government is already conducting enrolment through 329 enrolment centres in the state located in every district, he said. Ansari said the government was targeting the Aadhaar enrolment of less than 18 years of age group by establishing Aadhaar enrolment centres in the Anganwari centers and schools of the state. The mission directror of the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) and project director of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan have been made registrars by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) for Aadhaar enrolment. He said the mission director of the ICDS and social welfare department would set up 141 permanent Aadhaar enrolment centers, 500 mobile enrolment centers in the ICDS projects and also conduct enrolment through nearly 1,800 mobile enrolment staff. The school education department through the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan was in the process of setting up 200 enrolment centers for the purpose, he said. In addition, the minister said the enrolment centers are being opened in over 158 bank branches of various banks and 87 post offices of the state have been identified for covering the left out population by the postal department.last_img read more

Resurgent Jaish poses new challenge to security apparatus

first_imgPulwama attack: Suicide car bombing returns to the Valley after 18 years  The outfit attempted a major comeback in October last year when it introduced high-calibre M4 carbine for sensational attacks in Srinagar and Pulwama, killing three security personnel.Top police officers in Srinagar suggest that in post-Burhan Wani killing situation, the JeM started recruiting young boys in 2017 from massive rallies carried out in south Kashmir in favour of slain militants. Otherwise, in 2015, Adil Pathan, a resident of Pakistan, and his associate, Abdul Rehman alias Chota Burmi, were the last active militants killed in Pulwama’s Tral.The JeM introduced first ever fidayeen or suicide attack in Jammu and Kashmir on November 3, 1999, when a Srinagar boy, Afad Ahmad Shah, along with another militant, drove an improvised explosive device-laden car into the Badamibagh Cantonment in Srinagar, killing six security personnel.Thursday’s attack was the second fidayeen attack in Pulwama. On December 31, 2017, the JeM employed a local youth, Fardeen Khanday, 16, to carry out a fidayeen attack on a CRPF camp and later upload the video of Khanday, enumerating the reasons behind his act.“The JeM and the LeT are jockeying for power among the militant groups and use more ferocious attacks to take centre stage and recruit more locals,” the police report, accessed by The Hindu, warned the security establishment in 2018. The Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) militant outfit, with a cadre strength of zero in 2015 and six in 2016, is regrouping in Kashmir again and has carried more attacks on the security forces than the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and the Hizbul Mujahideen (HM)outfits in the past two months, according to the police data.In a “desperate bid” to take centre stage, The JeM has carried out around 10 grenade attacks, with four grenades triggered in capital Srinagar this year so far, according to the police report. The attacks left around 20 security personnel injured. The JeM attacks come at a time when the LeT and the HM’s abilities were “heavily dented” with the killing of around 20 militants in the past two months by the security forces in back-to-back operations, the police said.Eight JeM militants have also been killed between December 30, 2018 and February 1, 2019, out of 19 killed for the same period. “Of the eight killed, only two were foreigners and the others were local recruits from JeM old axis of Tral-Awantipora-Pulwama in south Kashmir,” said a senior police officer.Close thirdAccording to the police data, the JeM has emerged as a close third in 2019 with its ranks swelling to over 60 local recruits compared to 100-plus recruits of the LeT and the Hizb each.Also Readlast_img read more

As Indians pitch in for fizzy drinks, the West embraces bottled coconut water

first_imgGoodness In Every SipCoconut water can help you lose fat. It is low in calories, with only 19-24 calories per 100ml, compared to 43 calories per 100ml of orange juice.It’s a natural isotonic beverage, with the same level of electrolytic balance as we have in our blood. It serves the same,Goodness In Every SipCoconut  water can help you lose fat. It is low in calories, with only 19-24 calories per 100ml, compared to 43 calories per 100ml of orange juice.It’s a natural isotonic beverage, with the same level of electrolytic balance as we have in our blood. It serves the same purpose as sports drinks that are expected to replace minerals lost through sweat.It is low in sugar and can even prevent the onset of diabetes. It’s also much more hydrating than water, and helps absorb food nutrients better.Coconut water has anti-viral and anti-fungal properties that can help you help fight viruses better.It’s rich in potassium, magnesium and vitamin C,all of which have health benefits, and can even lower high blood pressure.Think  Local, Act GlobalThe humblest of Indian fruit drinks lost out to fizzy pops as urban Indians decided to go global. But now, coconut water has suddenly been rediscovered as a “miracle drink” by the Swish set in US and Europe. The market for coconut water beverages grew by 100 per cent in 2011, taking the retail sale value of US and European markets to over $265 million (Rs 1,457 crore). The market is slated to grow another 50 per cent this year. Bottled in exotic flavours and in stylish cartons, it’s expensive: About $4 (Rs 220) a can. But it’s still available at Rs 10-30 in Indian bazaars. So thank your lucky stars and grab one every day. Ayurveda calls it the ‘water of life’.What is it?advertisementCoconut water is full of nutrients, vitamins and minerals, including potassium, phosphorus and selenium.95% Water- That’s not just isotonic, but sterile as well. Can be substituted for serum during emergency blood loss.5% Sugar, Protein, Fats, Minerals(730mg of potassium per 100g of tender coconut water.)last_img read more

Manny Pacquiao’s next opponent down to Keith Thurman, Danny Garcia

first_imgMitchell, Gobert foil Kemba Walker’s one-man show as Jazz turn back Hornets Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pacquiao breezed through his last two fights, stopping Lucas Matthysse in the seventh round last July in Malaysia before outclassing Adrien Broner two months ago in his return to Las Vegas.The 40-year-old Pacquiao, however, could be in for a tough fight against either Thurman or Garcia.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, logisticsThurman, 30, the current WBA (Super) welterweight champion, is undefeated at 29-0 with 22 knockouts while the 31-year-old Garcia (34-2, 20 KOs) is a former WBC welterweight titleholder.Garcia will be in action on April 20 against Adrian Granados in Carson, California. Manny Pacquiao celebrates his win against Adrien Broner in the WBA welterweight title boxing match Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)MANILA, Philippines—The names of Manny Pacquiao’s next opponent on July 13 are down to two in Keith Thurman and Danny Garcia.International matchmaker Sean Gibbons, who is also Pacquiao’s official representative in the US, said Thurman and Garcia are the two frontrunners to land a showdown with the Filipino ring icon.ADVERTISEMENT Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag LATEST STORIES Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony01:23Fans react to Pacquiao downing Thurman02:35Manny Pacquiao compares ‘heavy-handed’ Keith Thurman to Antonio Margarito02:42PH 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 MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View commentslast_img read more

Cabinet rejig non-event for markets, all eyes on GST: DBS

first_imgMumbai, Jul 7 (PTI) Terming the Cabinet reshuffle as a “non-event” for markets, Singaporean brokerage DBS today said the key factor to watch out for is the progress of Monsoon Session of Parliament and if the government is able to make some headway on getting the GST bill passed.”The reshuffle will be a non-event for the markets… the focus is on Monsoon Session of Parliament that kick-starts on July 18,” it said in a note.Specifically, it said the investors will be looking for progress on Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill in Rajya Sabha where the Modi government lacks adequate numbers to get the landmark legislation passed.”While the government lacks a majority in Upper House, there are signs that more regional parties might back the legislation,” DBS said, while commenting on the long pending reform on the indirect taxation front.In the Cabinet reshuffle and expansion, which saw induction of 19 new members into the Council of Ministers two days ago, DBS said there has been a focus on the poll-bound Uttar Pradesh that sends 31 lawmakers to the Upper House.The foreign broking house said even though two new deputies have been announced for Finance Minister, there have not been any changes to the key Ministries, including Defence, Finance, External Affairs and Home Affairs.The “key change” has been in the Human Resource Development Ministry where Prakash Javadekar replacing Smriti Irani has hogged the headlines, the brokerage said.Beyond domestic politics, the markets will be focusing on the continuing impact of Brexit, which has rattled the world markets, it said.advertisement”Recent tentative calm has been derailed by renewed GBP (pound) depreciation and equity weakness threatening to spill over to global/Indian markets,” it said. PTI AA RSY ABKlast_img read more

US Open: Rafael Nadal not letting potential Roger Federer clash cloud goal

first_imgIf the tennis gods have their way, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer will be stepping out for a semi-final showdown a week on Friday for their first ever battle at the US Open.After 37 meetings all over the world, including in the final of each of the other three grand slams, a US Open clash would complete the set.It is a contest Wimbledon champion Federer, who beat Nadal to win the Australian Open in January, would relish, having also beaten his longtime rival in Indian Wells and Miami this year.AP PhotoBut Nadal, who regained the world number one ranking this month to be the top seed in New York, is focused on the bigger picture.”I prefer to play against another one,” Nadal told a news conference at Flushing Meadows on Saturday. “Is obvious, no? I am not that way. It sounds very good, but the real thing (is) I prefer to play against another player, an easier one if it’s possible. (Roger Federer unconcerned by mounting injury toll ahead of US Open)”I know you want to hear the other way – that I would love to play with him. No, of course I understand that it is going to be great for our history.”It is true that we played in all (the other) grand slam finals. We never played here and for sure this year we are not going to play in finals.”Meeting him here in the semi-finals, if that happens that will be something great and amazing, but as I say before, we made a lot (of history).”advertisementNadal is back as world number one for the first time since 2014, having won his 10th French Open title in June. (Roger Federer favourite as absentees offer hope to young guns at US Open)A couple of underwhelming performances in the two Masters 1000 events this summer has not affected his confidence and he is hopeful of a third U.S. Open title, his first since 2013.”It’s good to be number one of the world again, of course,” he said. “I think it’s a good achievement after three years having some troubles. So, just happy for that.”For the moment I am very happy the way that I played during the whole season. I enjoyed almost every event that I played.”Federer, on the other hand, says he would love a big match against Nadal at the U.S. Open for the first time.”We never played here in New York so I think that would be fun for everybody involved,” he said. “But there are about 60 players between us who don’t want it.”I’d love to play Rafa here in New York. Hopefully it will be a night session. Hopefully that would be a great atmosphere and one again where we play great like at the Australian Open.”Nadal leads Federer 24-13 overall and 9-3 in grand slams but has lost their last four meetings.last_img read more

Oppo F5 6GB RAM variant goes on sale in India at Rs 24,990

first_imgThe Oppo F5, which was launched in India earlier this month, came in two variant – one with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage and one with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. At the time of launch, only the base variant had gone on sale in the country at Rs 19,990. Now, users have the choice to go for the higher 6GB variant as well as it goes on sale on Flipkart priced at Rs 24,990 in Black and Gold colours.There are some Flipkart offers that can be claimed when buying the Oppo F5 as well, such as three months of free Hotstar subscription, 10 per cent off on Fashion purchase for first time mobile buyers, extra 5 per cent off on Axis Bank Buzz Credit Card, and up to Rs 20,000 off on exchange. You can head over to Flipkart’s page for more details.The new 6GB variant aside, the Oppo F5 highlights an edge-to-edge display, a 20-megapixel selfie camera with an AI-powered beautification mode and Android Nougat with Color OS, among other things. The handset sports a 6-inch full-HD+ (1080×2160 pixels) display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by an octa-core MediaTek MT6763T processor and houses a 3200mAh battery.One of the major highlights of the Oppo F5 is its AI-infused 20-megapixel selfie camera, which the company says can recognise any background light in the frame and adjust image settings accordingly. The front camera can also take bokeh shots much like the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. The rear sees a 16-megapixel sensor with f/1.8 aperture and LED flash.advertisementAlso Read: Oppo F5 Youth Edition goes official with 16MP front camera, 6-inch bezel-less displaySeparately, Oppo also announced the F5 Youth Edition in the Philippines, which is essentially a variant of the F5 only with stripped down cameras and memory. It is priced cheaper at PHP 13,990 (approx. Rs 18,000 compared to the F5. The Youth Edition sports a 16-megapixel front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture and a 13-megapixel sensor on the back with f/2.2 aperture and LED flash. It is offered with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. Everything else is similar to the F5.last_img read more

L.A. Clippers’ Chris Paul fined $25,000 For Criticizing Female Official

first_imgNEW YORK  — Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul has been fined $25,000 for criticizing a female referee after an NBA loss to Cleveland.Paul was given a technical by rookie ref Lauren Holtkamp on Thursday in the third quarter of a 105-94 loss to the Cavaliers, a game that featured five technicals against the Clippers.After the game, Paul call the technical on an inbound play “ridiculous,” and said “this might not be for her,” regarding one of the NBA’s two female officials.Paul said on Friday he was upset only with the call made by Holtkamp. Paul appeared to say something to her as he waited for an inbound pass after a Cavaliers’ free throw.The penalty is in line with others the NBA has levied for criticism of officials.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

Giannis Has 32 and 12 as Bucks Hold off Pistons 107-104

first_imgDETROIT (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 32 points and 12 rebounds, and the Milwaukee Bucks held on for a 107-104 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Monday night when Blake Griffin missed a last-second 3-pointer.Griffin actually missed two 3s in the final 14 seconds. The Detroit star already had a triple-double after three quarters, but it was a quiet fourth for him. Griffin finished with 19 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds, but he also had 10 turnovers.The Pistons rallied from a 15-point, third-quarter deficit and took an 89-86 lead in the fourth. Antetokounmpo put Milwaukee up by three with a dunk, then added a three-point play and a driving layup to make it 107-100.Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) dunks against Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (23) in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Detroit, Monday, Dec. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)ROCKETS 102, JAZZ 97HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden scored 47 points to help Houston hold off Utah for its fourth straight win.It was the Rockets’ first victory over the Jazz this season after dropping the first two meetings. The team’s current winning streak comes following a three-game skid.Houston led by double digits early in the fourth quarter, but poor shooting left the Rockets tied with about two minutes left. A 3-pointer by Harden put Houston back on top and he added two free throws with about a minute remaining to make it 99-94.Under heavy pressure, Harden stepped back and hit a 3 to make it 102-97 with 13.3 seconds left.Donovan Mitchell had 23 points for the Jazz, who have lost four of five.Harden, who made 15 of 16 free throws, had six rebounds, five assists and five steals.WARRIORS 110, GRIZZLIES 93OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry had 20 points and seven rebounds to lead Golden State past Memphis.Curry became the fifth player in Warriors history to score 15,000 points during the regular season — joining Wilt Chamberlain, Rick Barry, Paul Arizin and Chris Mullin.Kevin Durant had 23 points and passed Larry Bird (21,791) for 33rd place on the NBA’s career scoring list. Klay Thompson added 16 points.Golden State led by 25 in the second quarter in quickly turning the game into a rout. That allowed coach Steve Kerr to rest many of his regulars as the Warriors began a busy stretch with eight games before the end of the year.Marc Gasol had 15 points, six rebounds and six assists for the Grizzlies, who lost their third straight and fifth in six games. Omri Casspi scored a season-high 20 against his former team.TRAIL BLAZERS 131, CLIPPERS 127LOS ANGELES (AP) — Damian Lillard scored 22 of his 39 points in a dominant third quarter and Portland defeated Los Angeles.Lillard hit five of his six 3-pointers in the third when the Trail Blazers outscored the Clippers 42-28. Portland was 10 of 20 from 3-point range in the game.C.J. McCollum added 27 points and Jusuf Nurkic had 20.Tobias Harris matched Lillard with a career-high 39 points and rookie Shai Gilgeous-Alexander added 24 for the Clippers, who have lost four in a row for the first time this season.SPURS 123, 76ERS 96SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Rudy Gay had 21 points and LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan each added 20 as San Antonio defeated Philadelphia.San Antonio bounced back after squandering a 21-point lead in a loss to Chicago on Saturday night. The Spurs held an opponent under 100 points for the fifth straight game.J.J. Redick and Ben Simmons each scored 16 points to lead the 76ers. Joel Embiid was limited to 13 points on 6-for-17 shooting and finished with 11 rebounds.Aldridge added 10 rebounds and DeRozan had seven assists for the Spurs, who completed a 5-1 homestand.THUNDER 121, BULLS 96OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Paul George scored 16 of his 24 points in the final five minutes of the first half and Oklahoma City rolled past Chicago.George’s outburst came in the last 4:47 of the second quarter as the Thunder outscored the Bulls 23-7 and built a 64-44 lead at the break. He scored just one point in the second half.Russell Westbrook had 13 points, 16 rebounds and 11 steals for his 111th career triple-double. Steven Adams added 19 points and Dennis Schroder scored 18 for the Thunder.Lauri Markkanen and Bobby Portis had 16 points apiece to lead the Bulls. Markkanen added 15 rebounds.TIMBERWOLVES 132, KINGS 105MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Karl-Anthony Towns had 14 points and 14 assists in just 21 minutes, Andrew Wiggins scored 17 and Minnesota got a big boost from its bench in beating road-weary Sacramento.Derrick Rose added 13 points and a season-high 11 assists while starting for injured point guard Jeff Teague. Minnesota led by 36 in the first half against Sacramento, which was coming off a 120-113 victory at Dallas a night earlier.The Timberwolves returned home following an 0-4 trip, including a 141-130 loss at Sacramento.Buddy Hield scored 21 points for the Kings but didn’t play in the second half. Sacramento coach Dave Joerger didn’t play any of his starters after halftime.SUNS 128, KNICKS 110NEW YORK (AP) — Devin Booker tied his season high with 38 points, T.J. Warren scored 17 of his 26 during Phoenix’s 41-point third quarter and the Suns beat New York for their third straight victory.Phoenix outscored New York 41-17 in the third and went on to win three consecutive games for the first time since March 2-5, 2017. The Suns won only four times in their first 28 games, but are 3 for 3 since.Deandre Ayton finished with 21 points and 13 rebounds for the Suns in an impressive start to a five-game road trip, their longest of the season. Jamal Crawford had a career-high 14 assists as last-place Phoenix improved to 2-13 away from home, toughening up in the second half after giving up 12 offensive rebounds in the first.Emmanuel Mudiay had 32 points, six rebounds and six assists for the Knicks, who lost for the seventh time in eight games. New York played without leading scorer Tim Hardaway Jr. because of a sore right heel.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Mourinho’s top 20 transfers of all time

first_imgTransfers Zlatan, Pogba and Mourinho’s top 20 transfers of all time Ronan Murphy 00:30 1/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(10) Jose Mourinho Didier Drogba 08042007 Getty Transfers Manchester United Porto Real Madrid Chelsea Internazionale Premier League Serie A Primera División Primeira Liga José Mourinho Opinion List Jose Mourinho has managed some of Europe’s biggest clubs including Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester United. But who are his best ever signings?last_img

a month agoRoma coach Fonseca happy with goalscorer Dzeko for Sassuolo win

first_imgRoma coach Fonseca happy with goalscorer Dzeko for Sassuolo winby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAS Roma coach Paulo Fonseca was delighted with Edin Dzeko for the win over Sassuolo.Dzeko struck in the 4-2 victory.Fonseca said, “I spoke to Edin Dzeko a great deal during pre-season. He is a very important player. He scored a goal today, could’ve had more, but he is an excellent forward.“We changed a few things this evening. Pellegrini played as a trequartista. With Jordan Veretout and Mkhitaryan, we’ve got a better capacity for maintaining possession. Everyone played well today.“I tell everyone to press high and that is an important element. It worked well this evening. That does mean running some risks, but the high press is important and, when done well, actually gives you fewer risks in defence.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Urban Meyer Watch Is On At USC Following Saturday’s Loss

first_imgurban meyer smiles after winning the rose bowlPASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer celebrates winning the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Urban Meyer has consistently said that he doesn’t know if he’ll coach again and I think I believe him when he says it. The former Ohio State head coach appears to be enjoying work as a TV analyst for FOX and he’s staying relatively busy working for the Buckeyes’ athletic department.At 55 years old, though, is Meyer really going to be happy staying away from the sideline for the next 20-plus years of his life?When people say they doubt it, I also believe them.Even Meyer has admitted, in an interview with cleveland.com, that it’s possible he could make a return. He misses the “fight” of coaching football. “I’ve been in a fight for 33 years, and now you’re not in that fight,” Meyer told Cleveland.com. “So how do you fulfill that fight? And I feel that every morning. Every morning. It’s all about a win and a loss for 33 years. I mean every day was. Not just you’re getting ready for a game. No, no, no, no.“You’re recruiting every day. You’re going against Alabama and Clemson every day, The Team Up North every day. Now you’re not. That’s the number one void, is you’re not in a fight.”It’s unlikely that Meyer will find that fight in anything else. So, the question is – will a good enough opportunity present itself to Meyer, like one did at Ohio State after he stepped away from Florida?Well, let’s check in on how things are going at USC…Winds of change starting to swirl for the USC Trojans? https://t.co/p5F9Daj2m1 pic.twitter.com/IeQObPo5Vw— 247Sports (@247Sports) September 16, 2019Clay Helton is on college football’s hottest seat following USC’s loss to BYU on Saturday. The Trojans’ head coach entered the year on the hot seat and it’s only gotten hotter following the departure of athletic director Lynn Swann and the loss to the Cougars.USC is one of the few college football jobs Meyer would probably consider coming back for. He’s already spending time in Los Angeles doing work for FOX (with two former USC stars in Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush). And the Trojans, despite being down for a while, possess what Meyer needs to make a run at College Football Playoff. The Pac-12 is winnable and Meyer can recruit the kind of players he needs to Southern California.Maybe it won’t happen, and maybe Meyer will stay retired for good, but few storylines in college football will get more attention over the next couple of months than USC’s potential pursuit of the three-time national champion.last_img read more

Pb floods With fresh rains in some parts Amarinder directs DCs to

first_imgChandigarh: With rains again lashing parts of flood-ravaged Punjab, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Sunday directed all ministers overseeing relief operations and the deputy commissioners to step up vigil.According to a forecast by the MeT department, light to moderate rains/thundershowers are likely at a few places on August 25, and at isolated places, thereafter in the state, which witnessed its worst flood in decades.The chief minister has also called for a detailed review meeting on Sunday afternoon on the flood relief measure. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”In view of resumption of rainfall, have directed all ministers in charge and DCs to step up vigil. At 2 pm today have called for a detailed review meeting on the flood relief measures,” Amarinder Singh said in a tweet.He has deputed four ministers — Charanjit Singh Channi, Sunder Sham Arora, Gurpreet Singh Kangar and Bharat Bhushan Ashu — to oversee relief operations in worst-affected Jalandhar, Kapurthala and Rupnagar districts.He had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to seek a special flood relief package of Rs 1,000 crore for compensating losses resulting from floods in the state. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KIt is estimated, as per initial calculations, that the state has suffered damage worth Rs 1,700 crore due to the floods.The chief minister, who in the past few days, has extensively toured the affected areas to make an on-ground assessment of the losses caused to standing crops, houses, public installations and livestock, also urged Modi to instruct the authorities concerned to waive crop loans of banks/ financial institutions availed by the affected farmers in the flood stricken villages during the current cropping season. Heavy rains in some parts of the state have caused extensive damage to the standing crops and inundation of residential areas in several districts, including Jalandhar, Kapurthala, Ferozepur, Rupnagar and Kapurthala.Normal life has been adversely hit in the flood-affected areas of Punjab.NDRF and SDRF personnel, who are assisted by hundreds of volunteers and philanthropic organisations, have been working overtime to provide succour to flood-hit population.They have been reaching out to affected people with food, water, clothing, medicines and other essentials.In Jalandhar’s Shahkot, hundreds of flood-affected people thronged a medical camp set up by authorities.”People in numbers are reporting with stomach-related infections, skin allergies, high fever and other ailments. We are giving them free treatment and medicines,” one of the doctors at the camp said.These temporary medical camps have been set up at other flood-affected areas as well.State health authorities said they are doing everything possible to prevent possible outbreak of an epidemic in flood-hit areas.Punjab had faced its worst flood in 1988.last_img read more

Quebec inquiry hears girl may still be alive if First Nation had

first_imgDanielle RochetteAPTN NewsManawan Chief Jean-Rock Ottawa proudly displays a small medallion of Saky-Anne Petiquay, who drowned in September 2016.The eight-year-old girl may still be alive if the community had an ambulance according to Ottawa.“If there had been the presence of the paramedics, this girl would have had the same chances of survival if we had the resources in the community,” Ottawa testified Monday at the Quebec inquiry into the province’s treatment of Indigenous people.The community has been fighting to get those services for over 20 years.Manawan, with its 2,500 members, is only accessible by a logging road and is located 80 kilometres north of Saint-Michel des Saints.For Ottawa it’s simple – Manawan is a victim of discrimination.“The Atikamekw in Manawan are clearly discriminated against by Québec government authorities, particularly with regard to pre-hospital emergency services,” he said. “The Atikamekw Council of Manawan is convinced that now the discriminatory situation of the ambulance service for the members of our community results in an inequality that can be qualified as systemic racism.”drochette@aptn.calast_img read more

UN relief chief tours conflictwracked areas of eastern Sri Lanka

John Holmes, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, visited an IDP settlement near the town of Batticaloa, close to the scene of recent fighting between Government forces and Tamil separatists.More than 160,000 civilians became displaced in eastern Sri Lanka between October last year and May, according to UN humanitarian officials, including some people who were also displaced when the Indian Ocean tsunami struck the country in December 2004.Mr. Holmes, who is also Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, said it was tragic that those people affected by the tsunami had had to flee again.During talks with local authorities, he stressed the need for improved cooperation between UN agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the Government to improve aid provision across the country, where at least 3,500 people have been killed in the past year because of the renewed fighting in the decades-long conflict.Mr. Holmes called on local authorities to open all areas to humanitarian operations and to restore public services as well.Tomorrow he is expected to wrap up his visit to Sri Lanka by meeting the country’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa. 8 August 2007The top United Nations humanitarian official toured eastern Sri Lanka today, meeting with some of the tens of thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) living in the region and holding talks with local authorities to try to improve the relief effort there. read more

UN environment agency hails plans for green 2008 Beijing Olympic Games

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today hailed strides being made to “green” the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games through the use of solar power and other measures but cautioned that more should be done to address air pollution, offset greenhouse gas emissions and boost public transport use.“The initial score card on the Beijing Olympics and Paralympics 2008 is positive in terms of the greening of the Games,” said UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner.China’s initiative to host the Games is serving to accelerate environmental improvements across the city, as Beijing strives to balance rapid economic growth with health and environmental protection, the agency said. Environmental measures are being introduced covering waste management, cleaner transport systems and water treatment, as well as new urban green belts including a 580-hectare Olympic Forest Park, according to a UNEP report. The agency commends China for accelerating the phase-out of ozone depleting chemicals and for providing energy efficiency and green energy appliances at buildings and sports venues. Solar power is also being extensively deployed at sports venues and at the Olympic village and the organizers have well-developed plans to re-use and recycle venues after the Games close, UNEP said. But while the report acknowledges the significant investment and achievements of the organizers of the 2008 Olympic Games, it also highlights some remaining concerns, including air quality and pollution as well as under-utilization of the city’s expanding public transport network. “The more than $12 billion spent by the Municipal Government and Government of China appears to have been well spent – and will be even more well spent if the lessons learned and measures adopted are picked up by municipalities across the country so as to leave a real and lasting nationwide legacy,” said Mr. Steiner added. 25 October 2007The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today hailed strides being made to “green” the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games through the use of solar power and other measures but cautioned that more should be done to address air pollution, offset greenhouse gas emissions and boost public transport use. read more

Be careful around Twelve Mile Creek

Ontario Power Generation has issued a water safety bulletin advising the Brock community stay away from the dams on Twelve Mile Creek.Water levels change without warning on the creek, which is a short distance from Brock’s campus. They change depending on the outflow of the Decew Generation Stations located upstream.There are four small overflow dams along the creek that control water flow and minimize erosion, the bulletin says. The low-head overflow dams have water flowing constantly over them. The dams look harmless because they’re small, especially when viewed from the upstream side.But they’re not. The water flowing through the damns recirculates in a rolling motion that causes objects to be trapped against the downstream side of the dam. A person caught in that re-circulating current would likely drown.“These dams are not safe to wade or walk out onto or to go over in anything like a boat, canoe or floating tube or raft,” the advisory says. “Signs have been installed on the banks of the creek to identify the location of these dams and their hazards.“Obey all warning signs, fences, buoys, booms and barriers. They are put there to protect you, so stay clear and stay safe.”• a PDF of the water safety bulletin read more

No apparent hostile action in crash of British KFOR helicopter UN says

“At this stage, KFOR says, the cause of the crash is unknown but there are no indications that it was caused by hostile action from any group,” said Fred Eckhard, referring to information received from the international security force in the province. He noted that at the time of yesterday’s crash, the weather was “poor with low clouds and heavy rain.” According to KFOR, the pilot and navigator were killed and five others injured in the incident, which took place near the border with the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The aircraft was conducting operations “in support of efforts to secure the border and eradicate the extremist activity that has threatened to destabilize the region,” Mr. Eckhard said.In other news, the chairman of the working group elaborating a legal framework for Kosovo’s provisional self-government said today the effort was progressing on schedule. Johan Van Lamoen told the Kosovo Interim Administrative Council that although a draft document was expected to be ready on Friday, the working group might hold extraordinary meetings next week to clarify outstanding issues, including a request by the Kosovo Albanians to name the document the “interim constitution.”Mr. Van Lamoen also expressed regret that the Kosovo Serbs had participated in only one of the group’s meetings, but welcomed their announced return for the final sessions. He cautioned, however, that it would be difficult to “go back to page one and start all over again.” read more

New UN envoy hails Somaliland as island of relative peace and stability

“We are…here to learn and to support initiatives that will lead to sustainable peace, stability and prosperity in Somalia and beyond,” said Nicholas Kay, head of the new UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) as he arrived in Hargeisa, Somaliland this morning.In his first visit to the region since assuming his duties as head of the Mission on 3 June, he met with President Ahmed Mahamed Mohamud (Silaanyo) and officials of the Somaliland Administration.He was received by Dr. Mohamed Abdillahi Omar, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Relations, who accompanied Mr. Kay to the mass graves in Hargeisa, in commemoration of the worst human rights violations of the Siyad Barre regime, which occurred between 1984 and 1988. On his arrival, he said: “I have come to Hargeisa early in my new assignment in order to make it clear to the authorities and people of Somaliland that the United Nations supports their aspirations for peace and prosperity.” “Somaliland has remained an island of relative peace and stability in an insecure region and we believe that there are lessons that can be learned here about stabilizing the whole region,” he continued, noting Somaliland’s efforts to strengthen democratic institutions and to entrench democracy through holding periodic elections. “We are also aware of the challenges that Somaliland faces in institutionalizing a formal system of justice alongside the traditional one and we look forward to working together to reinforce the rule of law,” Mr. Kay said, stressing that the Mission stood ready to support constructive engagement between Somalia and Somaliland.Noting that this was the first of many visits to Somaliland and that he intends to have a close and fruitful relationship with its people and authorities of the region, he said the UNSOM office in Hargeisa will be proactively engaging the administration and civil society to explore areas of further cooperation.The mandate of UNSOM is to support the building of national capacity, peacebuilding, with a focus on good governance, security sector reform, rule of law, human rights, providing “good offices” for mediation and political reconciliation and coordination of international assistance. Meanwhile, the Security Council was briefed this afternoon by Assistant Secretary-General Tayé-Brooke Zerihoun on the situation in the Juba regions of Somalia. Following those closed door talks, Mark Lyall Grant of the United Kingdom, which holds the Council’s presidency for the month, read out a statement expressing Council members’ concern at the deterioration in the security situation in the Juba regions, particularly in Kismayo, and at the resulting impact on the civilian population and the humanitarian situation. “The Members of the Security Council called on all parties to refrain from any action which may threaten peace and stability in the Juba regions and to engage with the Federal Government of Somalia in a constructive manner to achieve a peaceful resolution to the current crisis and to alleviate the dire humanitarian situation,” he said.Further, Council members underlined their support for the development of an effective federal system of Government, in line with the Provisional Constitution and in respect of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Somalia, in order to ensure a constructive and sincere partnership between the Somali Government and local and regional administrations. “The members of the Security Council welcomed the commitment of the Federal Government of Somalia to lead reconciliation efforts in the Juba regions with the support of UNSOM, IGAD [Intergovernmental Authority on Development] and other appropriate actors,” he said, adding that Council members urged that this be taken forward expeditiously. Security Council members underlined the availability of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General to assist the Government of Somalia in peacefully resolving the situation.They also underlined the importance of the issues in the Juba regions not distracting from the urgent need to end the threat posed by Al-Shabaab and bring, security and prosperity to the Somali people, the overwhelming majority of whom are committed to peace through dialogue. “In that context, the members of the Council underscored their support for AMISOM [African Union Mission in Somalia] and reiterated their willingness to take action against those who undermine the peace and reconciliation process in Somalia,” the Council president concluded. read more

Gene Smith Big Ten no longer pursuing further expansion

The Big Ten is finished with expansion — for now. In an exclusive interview with The Lantern earlier this month, Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said the conference would only consider adding schools that contacted the league, not vice versa. “We’re done with it,” Smith said. “We’re finished. The only thing that would cause us to look at it further is if someone contacted us. So, we’re not going to go out and say we’re thinking about expansion.” Although the Big Ten won’t aggressively pursue potential additions, Smith said he expects other universities to seek inclusion into the conference. “We think there are some schools that are going to try to talk to some conferences,” he said. “But we’re not actively out looking at expansion. After our October meetings, that’s going to be the last we talk about it.” In October 2009, the league announced its intentions to explore expansion during a 12- to 18-month period. Nebraska left the Big 12 to join the Big Ten on June 12, 2010. Smith said the league will continue to operate under its original timeline, and once details about scheduling and the conference-title game are hammered out in next week’s meetings, expansion will be a topic of the past. That is, unless another school wants in. The right schools could add to the quality of the Big Ten Network, which Smith said has driven the conference’s pursuit of expansion. According to a report by the Associated Press earlier this month, the network turned a 30 percent profit last year. “The growth of the Big Ten Network was significantly faster than any of us projected,” Smith said. “It’s highly profitable, beyond what we thought at this particular time. We knew it was going to be successful. … But with that growth you have to sit back and say, ‘OK, how do we continue that growth? What things can we add to it?’” With the advent of 3-D TV and incessant improvements being made to high-definition quality, the TV market has emerged as college football’s most lucrative outlet. Smith said athletic directors and presidents are channeling their efforts toward maximizing TV’s role in their respective conferences. Adding a 12th team allowed the Big Ten to institute a conference championship game beginning next year, a national spectacle that should generate about $15 million to $20 million, Smith said. “As television changes, and all the mediums change for communication, the conferences have to shift in order to maximize revenue opportunities off of them,” Smith said. “When you get down to it, it’s about more inventory, more games, so that you can provide the television carrier with more product.” read more