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first_imgEmployees of J&K Bank on Thursday held a demonstration in Srinagar and demanded a rollback of Governor Satya Pal Malik’s decision to declare the bank a public sector undertaking, one that fuelled fears over the bank’s autonomy.Employees assembled at the bank’s corporate headquarters in Srinagar carrying placards that read, ‘Roll back the State Administrative Council decision’. “We warned the government against interfering in the bank’s affairs. We will chalk out our further course of action once a formal order is issued. We will make public the ramification of the move,” said All India J&K Bank Officers’ Federation head Tassaduq Madni.Employees of the bank have threatened to intensify protests in coming days.The Governor-headed SAC decided to convert the bank into a PSU on November 21, evoking widespread condemnation from regional parties, the civil society and the traders’ bodies. Leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party also held a street protest in Srinagar over the issue.The protest rally from the party headquarters to the city centre, Lal Chowk, was led by senior PDP leader Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura.‘Reconsider order’Former legislators M.Y. Tarigami, Ghulam Hassan Mir and Hakeem Yaseen have asked the Governor-led administration “to reconsider the order on J&K Bank”.In a joint statement, the leaders welcomed the decision to bring the bank under the purview of the Right to Information Act, the Central Vigilance Commission guidelines and the State Legislature. “However, the decision of the State Administrative Council to turn the bank into a public sector undertaking is unwarranted and must be reconsidered,” they said in a joint statement.last_img read more


first_imgJaipur: Bengaluru Bulls and Dabang Delhi played out a thrilling 39-39 tie in a Pro Kabaddi League match at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium here on Monday.Delhi were in the lead for most parts of the match but a late comeback by the Bulls, courtesy Pawan Sehrawat, saw both sides settle for a tie from the encounter. Delhi’s Naveen Kumar finished the match with 14 raid points (his 15th consecutive Super 10) but will rue missing out on a chance to put in a legal raid in the final move of the match to clinch a win for the Delhi.Despite the tie, Delhi still remained on top of the points table.Delhi’s match against the Bulls had been billed as the clash of the league’s best raiders in Naveen Kumar and Pawan Sehrawat but the early minutes proved why both of these raiders were just a significant part of a larger unit in a team sport.The defences of the two teams looked ready for the challenge as both traded blows in the initial minutes.But a slightly more balanced Delhi unit allowed Naveen Kumar more time on the mat with quick revivals and the 19-year-old secured eight raid points to clinch an All-Out in the last minute of the half to give the Delhi side a four-point lead.Rohit Kumar’s absence due to an injury played a key role in Bulls’ relatively poor showing in the raids even though the team benefited heavily when three Delhi defenders were adjudged out of bounds with under three minutes to half time.The first half ended 22-20 with Delhi on top.Naveen continued his good work in the early minutes of the second half.The 19-year-old raider secured his Super 10 as Delhi inflicted another All-Out on the Bulls in the 9th minute of the second half to move to a 10-point lead.But the All-Out brought about the revival of Pawan Sehrawat on the mat.Bulls’ standby captain upped his game and quickly secured an All-Out for the defending champions with under seven minutes left to make it a two-point game.Both Naveen Kumar and Pawan Sehrawat were sent to the bench with less than three minutes left in the match with the scores tied at 36-36.But Delhi sniffed a victory after a tackle and raid point had given them a two-point cushion going into the last minute.But a careless tackle by Vishal Mane, followed by Naveen’s failure to cross the white to complete a legal raid, helped Bulls clinch an unlikely tie from the encounter. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. bengaluru bullsdabang delhiDabang Delhi vs Bengaluru Bullspkl First Published: September 23, 2019, 11:33 PM ISTlast_img read more


first_imgGuwahati, Mar 15 (PTI) On a dream run in the domestic season, I-League champions Mohun Bagan would look to maintain their unbeaten streak and remain top of the group in the AFC Cup football tournament when they take on Yangon United of Myanmar here tomorrow. Mohun Bagan have been on a roll this season, having remained unbeaten for 11 matches in I-League, besides tasting victory in both the continental AFC Cup matches, and they would look to continue their impressive form against the visiting Myanmar side at the Indira Gandhi Athletics Stadium. The Kolkata side, which is playing here after Salt Lake Stadium has been locked down in view of next years FIFA Under-17 World Cup, has scored easy victories over Maziya Sports & Recreation of Maldives and South China of Hong Kong to be on top of Group G with six points. The reigning I-League champions had an easy outing in their opening match as they drubbed Maziya Sports & Recreation at the same venue 5-2 here on February 24 before thrashing South China on May 9 in their first away match of the tournament. Mohun Bagan are understandably high on confidence but they will have to guard against complacency as tomorrows match is expected to be the toughest so far in their AFC Cup campaign. Yangon United are on second spot in the group with one win (against South China) and a draw (against Maziya Sports & Recreation). Mohun Bagan are also without Trinidadian striker Cornell Glen who suffered a groin injury during his sides 2-0 win over Mumbai FC in their last I-League match, though the Mariners will have the services of head coach Sanjoy Sen who has been handed eight-match domestic ban by the AIFF for his outbursts against AIFF. A win tomorrow would further increase Mohun Bagans (six points) two-point lead over Yangon United (four) to five and that would give the Kolkata side virtually a place in the knockout phase of the continents second tier club competition. PTI PDS AH PDSadvertisementlast_img read more


first_imgMilwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo looks to pass around Chicago Bulls’ Tomas Satoransky during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)MILWAUKEE— Giannis Antetokounmpo ensured the Milwaukee Bucks’ dominance over the Chicago Bulls didn’t end Thursday night.Antetokounmpo had 38 points and 15 rebounds, Eric Bledsoe added a season-high 31 points and eight assists, and the Bucks withstood another historic effort by Chicago rookie Coby White to beat the Bulls 124-115.ADVERTISEMENT Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’ PLAY LIST 02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ The Bucks have won seven straight against Chicago dating to 2017.White shot 5 of 8 from 3-point range in the first half, becoming the youngest player in NBA history to hit five 3-pointers in consecutive games. The 19-year-old first-round pick hit seven 3-pointers in the fourth quarter of a 120-102 victory over the New York Knicks on Tuesday night — the most in a quarter ever by a rookie. White finished Thursday with 26 points, including six 3s.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“He was terrific,” Bulls coach Jim Boylen said of White. “I thought a lot of our players played well. That’s a tough team.”Antetokounmpo had at least 30 points for the seventh game this season for the Bucks, who played without Khris Middleton. The All-Star forward is expected to miss the next three to four weeks with a thigh bruise. Things switched in the second half when Antetokounmpo threw down a dunk that tied it at 82-82 with 6:37 to play in the third, prompting Boylen to call a timeout. The play ignited the crowd and jumpstarted the Bucks.Wesley Matthews scored 10 of his 15 points from the foul line for Milwaukee. Matthews had just three free-throw attempts coming into the night but had 13 Thursday.“This offense is kind of predicated on spacing and ball movement, so everybody can be in any spot,” Matthews said. “We already can be kind of interchangeable. We’re definitely going to miss (Middleton’s) production on the offensive end.“This team is built with a lot of depth and tonight we put up 124. The offense wasn’t the problem. We have to stop people. We’ve got to find ways to do that.”Zach LaVine had 25 points and seven assists before fouling out for Chicago. Wendell Carter Jr. added 14 points and six rebounds. He also fouled out.TIP-INSBulls: Chicago had six players score in double figures (White, LaVine, Carter Jr., Lauri Markkanen, 11; Thaddeus Young, 11; and Tomas Satoransky, 10).Bucks: Center Robin Lopez finished with six points and three rebounds. Lopez spent the previous three seasons with the Bulls, averaging 10.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.1 blocks in 219 games.“RoLo is a hyper-competitive dude,” Bulls coach Jim Boylen said. “He likes to win. He likes to win a practice game. He likes to win a 1-on-1 game, a shooting game. I like that competitive spirit that he has.”UP NEXTBulls: Host the Nets on Saturday.Bucks: At the Pacers on Saturday. Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ LATEST STORIES Rice industry paralysis What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Nets’ LeVert undergoes surgery to repair right thumb ligaments MOST READ Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Donte DiVincenzo, who made his first career start in place of Middleton, had four points and five rebounds.“I think the team realized in order to win tonight, we got to drive the ball into the paint and get some paint points,” Antetokounmpo said.The Bucks made just six 3s while Chicago hit 18 from long range. But Milwaukee outscored the Bulls 70-32 inside. That marked a season high in the paint for Milwaukee. Bledsoe was a perfect 12 for 12 inside the arc.“I was just getting some easy looks, man,” said Bledsoe, who has scored at least 20 points in each of his last five games. “My teammates do a great job of spacing the court. The way they shot the ball leaves gaps for me to drive and it’s up to me to make those shots.”The Bucks missed Middleton early, especially on the offensive side of the ball. Milwaukee struggled to create and make shots, shooting an anemic 4 of 18 from 3 in the first half and trailed 66-65 at halftime.ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014?last_img read more


first_imgMONTCLAIR, N.J. — On a day filled with stories from a lifetime in baseball, Yogi Berra was remembered as more than one of the game’s greats.The beloved New York Yankees catcher was also recalled at his funeral Sept. 29 as a man who served his country courageously, delighted in the joys of family and brought laughter with his words wherever he went.Berra died a week ago at 90. He was cremated and his remains were placed by the altar with a gold catcher’s mitt on top and the American flag displayed.Former Yankees manager Joe Torre delivered a eulogy, calling Berra the team’s “good-luck charm” before an overflow church crowd. Also at the service were ex-Yankees Derek Jeter, Bernie Williams and Jorge Posada and club President Randy Levine.Archbishop Timothy Cardinal Dolan ended his homily, paying tribute to the man and blending two of his most celebrated remarks. Said Dolan: “There’s no fork in the road to eternal life. In that respect, it ain’t over.” (JIM HAGUE) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


first_imgIndian men’s hockey team registered a comprehensive 8-0 against Japan at the Asian Games 2018 on Friday.It was India’s third consecutive victory. The defending champions, India, have so far scored 51 goals in three matches after demolishing Indonesia 17-0 and registering a record 26-0 win over Hong Kong China in their previous two Pool A games.Drag-flicker Rupinder Pal Singh (17th, 37th minutes) and Mandeep Singh (32nd, 56th) struck twice while SV Sunil (7th), Dilpreet Singh (12th), Akashdeep Singh (45th) and Vivek Sagar Prasad (47th) also registered their names in the score sheet.India conceded only one penalty corner in the 48th minute of the match but Japan, ranked 16th, wasted the opportunity.Asian Games 2018 Day 6 wrap: 2 gold medals for India on 7-medal dayWorld no. 5 India will next play Korea, ranked 14th, on Sunday before completing their pool engagement against Sri Lanka.”I am not happy with the scoreline. We missed a lot of chances and that is not acceptable in a tournament like this,” said India’s chief coach Harendra Singh.FT| The Indian Men’s Hockey Team score 8 goals past Japan in their third game of the @asiangames2018 as a master-class in the midfield from @manpreetpawar07 and @imsardarsingh8 helps the team dominate the turf on 24th August.#IndiaKaGame #AsianGames2018 #INDvJPN pic.twitter.com/lqxD0QsWJLHockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) August 24, 2018Rupinder, who has been scoring consistently in this tournament after making a comeback from a hamstring injury, said he was pleased with the way he was shaping up for the big matches ahead.advertisement”The injury part was disappointing. I just returned a month back after rehab. I feel strong, the coaches and the teammates have helped. Scoring gives me confidence and it will surely help in bigger matches,” said the drag-flicker.Rupinder said they used the match as an opportunity to fine-tune their basics and found out that there was still “room for improvement.”Asian Games 2018: Rohan Bopanna, Divij Sharan win gold in men’s doubles tennis”There were a lot of mistakes. The mentality is to score (heavy) in each game. We are fitter and we are working on speed,” he said.India started on a bright note and attacked the Japanese goal in numbers from the onset.India’s first charge came as early as the second minute but Dilpreet’s deflection from a Surender Kumar’s cross went wide.The defending champions though did not have to wait much to get on board asAkashdeep fed Sunil with a reverse hit pass and the experienced striker easily found the back of the net.Asian Games 2018: Rowing team wins fifth gold medal for IndiaThen Dilpreet, waiting in front of the goal post, sent the ball in with a fierce reverse hit to double the lead, five minutes later.The Indian team missed out on converting a penalty corner before Japan made its first real attempt but could not execute. It was Kenta Tanaka, who fired one in from the right but an alert Indian goalkeeper PR Sreejesh blocked the shot.Going into the second quarter, India had a 2-0 cushion and it became 3-0 when Rupinder converted a penalty corer in the 17th minute.Japan kept fighting and foiled India’s two more attempts thereafter.Asian Games 2018: India women settle for silver in KabaddiIndia missed out on a penalty corner chance early in the third quarter but two minutes after the change of ends Amit Rohidas set it up for Mandeep, who pushed the ball in from close range past the Japanese goalie Takashi Yoshikawa to make it 4-0.India got a penalty stroke when Vivek was obstructed inside the circle by a Japanese defender and Rupinder made no mistake in converting from the spot as India took a commanding 5-0 lead.India kept Japan under the pump, earning their fifth penalty corner soon but failed to convert as Rupinder’s flick was blocked by the Japanese custodian.Akashdeep, Vivek and Mandeep later added to India’s tally with field strikes in the final quarter.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more


first_imgNot very impressed with Google’s third generation Pixel phones aka Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL? Well, the company has some more and interesting things in stock for you then. Google is reportedly working on the toned down or lighter version of the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL. These phones are expected to be Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 XL Lite. Past rumours have already revealed a lot about the specs and design of both these phones, now some information related to the launch of the Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3XL Lite are circulating on the internet.According to sources close Android Police website, Google will be launching the Pixel 3 Lite and the Pixel 3XL Lite in the U.S in spring 2019. This means that the lighter version of Pixels will be launching around the month of April or May in the United States. The report didn’t reveal details about the India launch of these Pixel phones but we expect them to come to India almost at the same time when the phones plan to hit the US stores like happened with the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.The report noted, “Speaking to a source familiar with the company’s plans, we’ve learned that Google intends to launch two new Pixel smartphones on Verizon in early spring 2019 – the Pixel 3 and 3 XL “Lite.” An exact announcement date and pricing are not yet known.” The upcoming Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 XL Lite are the first mid-range Pixel phones from Google after the Nexus 5X, which launched back in the year 2015.advertisementLast month some pictures of the Pixel 3 Lite were leaked alongside the key specifications of the phone. The Pixel 3 Lite seen in the images is a pre-production unit so there could some design changes in the final version of the phone. The leaked pictures show the phone with single rear camera paired with single LED flash. Below the rear camera, the pictures reveal the Pixel 3 Lite will include a circular shaped fingerprint sensor. The overall design of the Pixel 3 Lite is expected to be pretty similar to the Pixel 3. The pictures, however, show the Pixel 3 Lite in white colour while the lock key appears in yellow and the volume keys painted in white.Rumours suggest that just like the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL, the upcoming mid-range Pixel phone will also run on Android 9 Pie out-of-the-box. As far as the specs are concerned, the Pixel 3 Lite is expected to sport a 5.56-inch full-HD+ IPS display with a resolution of 1080 x 2220 pixels and aspect ratio of 18.5:9. There’s still some confusion surrounding the chipset that Google is planning to use to power the Pixel 3 XL but rumours suggest that the phone will either be powered by octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 or Snapdragon 710 SoC.The Pixel 3 Lite will come only in one variant which will be paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage which should be expandable via microSD card. Camera has always been one of the best things of a Pixel phone. Similar will be the case with the Pixel 3 Lite and also the Pixel 3 XL Lite. Rumours suggest that the Pixel 3 Lite will pack the same camera setup as is inside the Pixel 3. This means the Pixel 3 Lite will sport a 12-megapixel rear camera paired with an LED flash and an 8-megapixel camera on the front for clicking selfies. The phone is expected to be backed by a 2,915mAh battery paired with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 4+ support and 3.5mm headphone jack.As for the pricing details, there’s no official information from Google yet. But rumours suggest that Pixel 3 Lite could be priced around Rs 35,000 in India, this means that the phone will stand against phones like OnePlus 6T.ALSO READ | Pixel 3 Lite gets photographed next to Google Pixel, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, iPhone XS, and iPhone XRALSO READ | Pixel 3 Lite pictured again along with Pixel 3, launch possible in January 2019ALSO READ | Last night Instagram accidentally changed how app works and users went crazylast_img read more


first_imgWicket-keeper-batsman Rishabh Pant, who was named as the cover for injured opener Shikhar Dhawan, has arrived in Manchester, England ahead of the marquee clash between India and Pakistan at Old Trafford, on June 16.Rishabh Pant posted a story on his Instagram account on Friday and captioned it as “Afternoon tea” and marked the location as Manchester, UK.Rishabh Pant was not named in India’s 15-man squad for the World Cup 2019 but the young batsman was called up to England in the middle of tournament after regular India opener Shikhar Dhawan suffered an injury. Credit: Rishabh Pant InstagramDhawan fractured his thumb after being hit by a Pat Cummins’ bouncer during his match-winning 117 in India’s 2nd match of the 2019 Cricket World Cup against Australia at The Oval on Sunday.Following which, he had been ruled out of the India’s matches against New Zealand (June 13), Pakistan (June 16) and Afghanistan (June 22).After arriving in Manchester, Rishabh Pant also met the famous Karachi-born cricket fanatic Mohammad Bashir aka ‘Chacha Chicago’.Look who’s here #TeamIndia #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/V4y27pBYOC BCCI (@BCCI) June 15, 2019Mohammad Bashir shares a unique bond with MS Dhoni as the former India captain has been arranging a match ticket for the cricket fan for every India-Pakistan clash since last 8 years.Bashir’s love for his homeland is understandable but the reason for his affinity towards India is his Hyderbadi wife.Not only has Bashir flown into Manchester from Chicago (a distance of approximately 6000 km) for Sunday’s high-octane Indo-Pak contest but the cricket fan is also carrying a bag full of rose petals to shower on the Indian cricketers when they arrive in Manchester.advertisementAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Sri Lanka vs Australia (SL vs AUS) Kennington Oval Weather ForecastAlso Read | India vs Pakistan in World Cup: Recapping 6 Indian victories from 1992-2015Also Seelast_img read more


first_imgTransfers Man Utd & Real Madrid target Skriniar has “no reason to leave” Inter Chris Burton 00:58 5/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Milan Skriniar Inter Getty Images Transfers Manchester United Internazionale Real Madrid Serie A Primera División Premier League The Slovakia international defender has been linked with big-money moves to England and Spain this summer, but he has no desire to leave San Siro Milan Skriniar may be attracting interest from Manchester United and Real Madrid, but the highly-rated defender claims he has “no reason to leave” Inter.The 23-year-old has seen his profile rise throughout the 2017-18 campaign to now find himself registering on the transfer radars of leading clubs across Europe.He has taken in just one season at San Siro, having joined Inter from Sampdoria last summer, but is already sparking talk of another possible big-money move. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Potential landing spots in England and Spain have been mooted, but Skriniar is eager to avoid being dragged into a debate regarding his future as he has no desire to move on.He told Pravda: “It’s the wish of me and the club.“I don’t know about any particular offer, I have no reason to leave, and I don’t think Inter would sell me anyway.“I also love the fact that we’ll play in the Champions League, I’m looking forward to it.”Skriniar helped Inter to secure a fourth-place finish in Serie A this season, with final day drama enough to book them a return ticket to European football’s top table.United and Madrid will both be gracing Champions League competition next season as well, with the Blancos preparing to chase down a fourth successive continental crown.Movement is expected at Old Trafford and Santiago Bernabeu before those respective campaigns get underway, with Jose Mourinho in particular being linked with a host of potential defensive reinforcements.Goal has revealed that the Red Devils are closing in on the €20 million (£18m/$23m) capture of Porto full-back Diogo Dalot, but it may be that their attention switches to the likes of Skriniar once the search for centre-half additions kicks in.last_img read more


first_imgThe provincial government is taking new steps to deal with the economic and social effects of Nova Scotia’s aging population. Education Minister Jamie Muir announced today, June 21, a $150,000 Skills Nova Scotia study into how changing demographics will affect the labour market, jobs, education and the provincial economy. “The makeup of Nova Scotia’s work force, and society as a whole, will change considerably in the years ahead and we need to be prepared,” said Mr. Muir. “We’ll continue to work with our private- and public-sector partners, through Skills Nova Scotia, to evaluate opportunities and prepare workers to fill positions in areas that are most in need.” By 2021, 39 per cent of Nova Scotia’s population will be older than 54 years of age, and by 2029, only 60 per cent of Nova Scotians will be of working age, compared to 70 per cent in 2004. “As more Nova Scotians move toward retirement, we need to focus on improving productivity, supporting new growth sectors and responding to an evolving social and economic environment,” said the minister. The study was announced during a NovaKnowledge luncheon debate featuring internationally-known author and demographic expert David Foot. The announcement accompanied the release of the province’s Skills Nova Scotia annual progress report and action plan. “Nova Scotia is, and will continue to be, at the forefront when it comes to addressing the challenges related to shifting demographics because Atlantic Canada is the first region in Canada to experience these changes,” said David Foot. “Now is the time to prepare for upcoming changes, and the province’s Skills Nova Scotia agenda is a proactive step in the right direction.” Government has introduced, and is currently working on, a number of policy initiatives to address changing demographics, including: “As an employer and a member of the business community, we’re interested in the potential impact of demographic changes here in Nova Scotia,” said Bob Shaw, vice chair, the Shaw Group Limited. “We look forward to working with the provincial government to prepare for future challenges and opportunities, and to train Nova Scotians to meet the demands of Nova Scotia’s evolving economy.” The Skills Nova Scotia Annual Progress Report 2004-05 and Skills Nova Scotia Action Plan 2005-06 report on government programs, services and strategic initiatives that focus on educating, training and building Nova Scotia’s work force. Launched in 2002, Skills Nova Scotia is a partnership of provincial departments that works with business, labour, education and training institutions and community organizations to build Nova Scotia’s workforce and contribute to a thriving economy. The objectives and goals in the Skills Nova Scotia framework will be updated in the fall following a consultation with all partners. More information about Skills Nova Scotia and copies of the annual report and action plan are available on the website at http://skillsnovascotia.ednet.ns.ca . Details about the research contract and request for proposals will be available on the website in July. Skills Nova Scotia Nova Scotia’s Immigration Strategy Nova Scotia’s Nursing Strategy Strategy for Positive Aging Youth Employment and Skills Development Strategy Aboriginal Employment Strategy the Community Development Policy Initiative Opportunities for Prosperity.last_img read more


first_imgBallia (UP): A 35-year-old man was allegedly beaten up by some people on suspicion of being a child lifter in Uttar Pradesh’s Ballia district, police said on Tuesday. Pramod Rajbhar was having an argument with his sister-in-law when some people allegedly attacked him in Shankarpur Dehri village of Rasda area on Monday, Station House Officer Saurabh Rai said. Rai said police reached the spot and managed to save Rajbhar from the violent crowd. No FIR has been lodged in the matter as Rajbhar did not file a complaint, he said. Attacks over rumours of child lifting have increased over the past week in the state. On Thursday, Director General of Police O P Singh had said that 82 people have been arrested for spreading rumours about child theft.last_img


15 April 2008Three United Nations staff members are among only a handful of survivors from today’s plane crash in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) that has killed dozens of people, the UN peacekeeping mission to the country reports. The mission, known as MONUC, said a Hewa Bora Airlines plane crashed soon after take-off at about 2:45 p.m. from the airport at Goma, close to the border with Rwanda. The Kinshasa-bound flight was carrying an estimated 80 passengers and six crew members.Radio Okapi reported the plane experienced technical difficulties during the take-off and briefly reached an altitude of 100 metres before it crashed into homes in the nearby densely populated Birere suburb of Goma and burst into flames. Nearly all on board are reported to have died.MONUC peacekeepers, fire brigades, ambulance crews, medical staff and first-aid providers were dispatched immediately to the crash site to help local authorities give treatment to the injured and evacuate victims to a UN hospital.The mission said the few survivors include two international staff with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), one of whom is in critical condition; one national staff member with the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA); and the spouse of an OCHA national staff member. The pilot, his co-pilot and a flight attendant are also believed to have survived.The DRC has long had an extremely poor aviation safety record, and just last Friday the European Union added Hewa Bora Airlines to its blacklist of airlines banned from flying into EU air space. read more


NEW YORK, N.Y. – Oil stalled Monday, after last week’s four per cent gain, as traders await the latest readings on oil supplies and updated forecasts for demand.U.S. benchmark oil for July delivery fell 26 cents to close at US$95.77 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Oil rose $4.06, or 4.4 per cent, last week and closed at $96.03 a barrel on Friday.Traders are waiting for updated forecasts on global oil demand. OPEC and the U.S. Energy Department issue their monthly reports Tuesday, while the International Energy Agency, an umbrella group for the world’s oil consuming nations, gives its update Wednesday.The U.S. Energy Department also comes out with its weekly report on oil and fuel supplies, as well as demand for gasoline in the U.S. Last week’s report of a bigger than expected drop in oil supplies helped boost oil prices.Brent crude, a benchmark for many international oil varieties, fell 61 cents to $103.95 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London.In other energy futures trading on the Nymex:— Wholesale gasoline slipped two cents to $2.85 a gallon.— Heating oil fell less than one cent to $2.88 per gallon.— Natural gas dropped three cents to $3.80 per 1,000 cubic feet.___(TSX:ECA, TSX:IMO, TSX:SU, TSX:HSE, NYSE:BP, NYSE:COP, NYSE:XOM, NYSE:CVX, TSX:CNQ, TSX:TLM, TSX:COS.UN, TSX:CVE) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jun 10, 2013 3:34 pm MDT Oil down after last week’s big gains; awaits demand outlook, US supply data read more


The report, released Friday from the International Organization for Migration (IOM), notes the highest number of fatalities, at 5,096, was recorded in 2016, when the short and relatively less dangerous route from Turkey to Greece was shut, following the European Union-Turkey deal. “Shutting the shorter and less dangerous routes can open longer and more dangerous routes, thus increasing the likelihood of dying at sea,” said Professor Philippe Fargues of the European University Institute, who authored the report, Four Decades of Cross-Mediterranean Undocumented Migration to Europe.The report reviews available evidence on trans-Mediterranean irregular migration to Europe along various routes going back to the 1970s, particularly on the magnitude of the flows, the evolution of sea routes to Southern Europe, the characteristics of migrants, the extent to which one can separate between economic and forced movements, and mortality during the sea journey. More than 2.5 million migrants have crossed the Mediterranean in an unauthorized fashion since the 1970s. Irregular sea journeys started rising in those years in response to the introduction, by Western States grappling with rising levels of unemployment during the 1973 oil crisis, of visa requirements for people who until then had been exempted – most of them temporary labour migrants from North Africa and Turkey.These policies encouraged those who were already in Europe to stay, increased irregular migration of family members to join their relatives in Europe and gave way to the smuggling business, the report states. The report also highlights differences between the modern pattern of migration from Africa to Italy, mostly via Libya, and that from the Middle East to Greece via Turkey. Arrivals to Italy from North Africa largely originate across sub-Saharan Africa in response to deep migratory pressures – population growth coupled with limited livelihood opportunities, high unemployment and poor governance and political and economic instability.Arrivals to Greece from Turkey since 2009 have been primarily of nationals from origin States affected by conflict and political instability, such as Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria.Noting the limitations of available data on irregular migration, the report says the numbers of deaths at sea may grossly underestimate the real number of people who die or go missing while crossing the Mediterranean, as they are based on numbers of bodies found and survivors’ testimonies. read more


She makes the comments in an interview with The Telegraph amid a debate between the Government and police chiefs over the link between cuts in funding and rising crime. This week the… Cressida Dick, the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, says the Home Office has “stepped back a lot” and needs to show “greater leadership”. Britain’s most senior police officer says the Government is leaving police “hamstrung” in the fight against violent crime. Ms Dick says the failure to introduce laws which allow officers to use facial recognition technology to catch “bad guys” has left her officers “hamstrung”. She adds that the battle against violent crime would be easier with funding for more officers.


The two Chinese national team members, Wang Quan and Zhao Chen will get some of European handball experience by playing at Croatian RK Zamet Rijeka.This is the first time that we leaving China to play in some foreign club. We were only in Europe for preparations. This will be a completely new experience for both of us. We will give our maximum in new jersey, on matches and training sessions. We had a warm welcome and waiting for debut – said Chinese guys before the first match which RK Zamet won against RK Metalac 20:18. Chinese handballRK Zamet ← Previous Story Gyori Audi ETO KC beat CSM Bucharest in derby for the first place in Main Round Next Story → GENERATION 2000 TO START IN BUGOJNO: The 6th “Handball is my future”


first_imgPart of the “Girls on Ice” team starts their climb up Gulkana Glacier in Alaska. The program is a science and wilderness course, taught by female scientists and mountaineers for high school girls. (Photo by Ravenna Koenig/Alaska’s Energy Desk)It’s not news that science has a gender problem. For years, there’s been a persistent gap, with significantly more men going into science and engineering careers than women.Listen nowOne program called “Girls on Ice” connects high school girls with both science and mountaineering — another space that’s historically been dominated by men — by taking them out for a week to explore a glacier with an all-female team of scientists and mountaineers.One of the “Girls on Ice” trips takes place in Alaska, on Gulkana Glacier in the eastern Alaska Range.Mia Tucholke is a mountain guide and one of the leaders of the Gulkana trip. And on the day of the girls’ hike to base camp, she stands at the start of the Gulkana Glacier trail, surveying the group of 16- and 17-year-old girls as they struggle to pull on mountaineering boots and gaiters.As they do, Tucholke reminds them that in a few hours they’ll be taking all the gear off to cross what she jokingly calls a “lovely warm river.” The girls groan, and one of them wonders how they’ll dry their feet without towels.“We’re going to air dry them!” Tucholke said cheerfully to the long faces around her.Some of the girls are already pretty familiar with the outdoors, but others have never hiked up a glacier, spent a night camping in the wilderness or crossed a freezing river with a pack on their back.Now, they’re about to spend a week on Gulkana Glacier with Tucholke.“I like to suffer a little bit,” Tucholke said. “And I like to show that suffering can be ok.”Tucholke and a group of scientists will spend the week teaching the girls wilderness skills, glacier science 101, how to do field research and all the different ways you can make observations about the natural world — whether that’s as a mountaineer, a scientist or an artist.Aurora Roth, one of the instructors, is a glaciologist from Fairbanks.“Something we’re going to continue talking about for the rest of the week is: what is the line between art and science?” Roth said. “When is that blurred? Should they be these separate things? Are they the same?”“I absolutely love ice,” Roth added. “I’m an ice nerd.”Some of the girls participating in this program already know they want to go into science: everything from zoology to astrophysics to nursing.Part of the “Girls on Ice” team starts their climb up Gulkana Glacier in Alaska. The program is a science and wilderness course, taught by female scientists and mountaineers for high school girls. (Photo by Ravenna Koenig/Alaska’s Energy Desk)Lauren Smith is a high school senior from Portland, Oregon. She’s not sure exactly what she wants to do with science, but she does have one idea.“My absolute dream would be to write about science in a way where it would be accessible for everyone,” Smith said.Even though there are more women in science than there used to be, instructor Emilie Sinkler says that the relatively low number of women in science and mountaineering makes it harder for some girls to see themselves getting involved.“There aren’t as many role models to look up to these days just because of the history of those fields being mostly male-dominated,” Sinkler said.Under 30% of the science and engineering workforce is female. And while it’s hard to quantify how many women spend time mountaineering versus men, as of 2016 only 8% of guides in the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) were women. AMGA says that number is rising, but they don’t have more recent figures available.So part of the goal of “Girls on Ice” is to just give girls exposure to women who scale mountains and do science and show that it’s an option.“We want to give them extra confidence and experience in the outdoors and in science to see if those are the directions they might want to go, potentially,” Sinkler said.Beyond that, instructors hope that spending a week braving the Alaskan wilderness with an all-female group will inspire the girls to take on whatever challenges they encounter in their lives.“I think it’s just so empowering, just that as women, alone, we can do this,” Jessica Mejia, a glaciologist and one of the organizers of the trip, said. “We can do great science, we could be on a glacier by ourselves, we could do anything.”Anything. Even, as so many of the girls were worried about, side-step with a heavy pack on your back through a tumbling glacial river so cold it gives you brain freeze.last_img read more


first_imgThe Union Budget 2014-15 presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the Parliament on Thursday seemed to have disappointed on the fronts of tax exemption, while it has brought cheer to domestic industries because of cut on custom duties. It has put a large focus on the youth of the nation, with the Finance Minister announcing several skills and development programmes as well as more educational institutions. The Budget also gave substantial attention to pressing problems of women’s safety in the country as well as the issue of climate change, suggesting measures in those directions.Here are some of the main highlights of the Union Budget 2014-15:Marginal Tax Relief – Jaitley announced a rise in tax exemption limit by ₹50,000, taking the tax exemption cap from ₹2 lakh to ₹2.5 lakh, much below the expectations of the middle class, which at least hoped for an exemption up to ₹3 lakh. Jaitley raised tax exemption limit for investment under Section 80C by the same amount to take it to ₹1.5 lakh. Similarly, tax exemption on home loans was raised from ₹1 lakh to ₹1.5 lakh. Rate of surcharge and education cess remain the same. Urban Infrastructure and Development – The Modi government’s thrust on development and infrastructure was highlighted in the Budget, and Jaitley announced more than ₹7,000 crore to develop 100 Smart Cities, a plan that Modi had underlined in his election manifesto. Apart from these 100 smart cities, the government has also announced ‘Industrial Smart Cities’ in seven states.Jaitley also announced an additional ₹50,000 crore for infrastructure development in urban areas, including transport and sanitation.Opening Defence, Insurance to Investment – The government opened the Defence Sector to foreign direct investment (FDI) by raising the FDI cap in defence to 49 percent, with an objective of taking the country from being the largest importer of arms to being the largest manufacturers. This move is likely to make several foreign governments happy, as million-dollar arms deals are in the pipeline.Apart from defence, the government has also allowed FDI up to 49 percent in the Insurance sector.Boost for Businesses – Jaitley announced ₹10,000 crore fund for start-up firms, and promised to set up an investor-friendly system for e-businesses. He also brought cheer to domestic industries, particularly those manufacturing electronics, by ensuring their products are on par with imported goods.Enabling Youth: A major focus of the new government in the Budget is on the country’s youth; a force that Modi has time and again said needs to be galvanized. The government announced a ‘Skills India Programme’ to develop skills among youth and make them viable for employment opportunities, and also set aside ₹100 crore for its ‘Young Leaders Programme.’ It also announced five new IITs and IIMs each.Women’s Safety – For a nation riddled with unabated crimes against women, the government has taken serious steps in improving the safety of women. It has allotted ₹50 crore for women safety on public transport and has allotted ₹150 crore for the Home Ministry to ensure women’s safety in larger cities. In order to promote education among girls, it has allotted ₹100 crore for its new scheme – ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao Yojana.’Social Inclusion – The government has reached out to minorities, the differently-abled and the underprivileged through its Budget. Jaitley announced ₹100 crore for the modernization of madrassas, and announced facilities such as aids, appliances, and a dedicated sports center for the differently-abled. Jaitley said the government would bring out currency notes with Braille inscriptions for the visually-challenged. He also promised ₹200 crore to support entrepreneurs from the Scheduled Classes.Green Budget – The government seems to have taken up the responsibility of addressing environmental issues of the time in its budget, especially the imminent issue of climate change. Stating the present climate condition as a major concern for the government, Jaitley announced ₹100 crore for the National Adaptation Fund. The government also announced ‘Ultra modern’ solar power projects for ₹500 crore, and ₹400 crore scheme for solar-powered agriculture. It has also kept aside ₹100 crore for promoting renewable energy across the country.Modernization of Defence Sector – Jaitley, who also serves as the Defence Minister, said that modernisation of the Armed Forces was critical, and announced an increase in the capital outlay for defence by ₹5,000 crore. He has also allotted ₹100 crore to support technological development for the Armed Forces. “In order to strengthen border security infrastructure, ₹2,250 crore has been set aside,” Jaitley said during his speech.Overall, the government has allotted ₹2.29 lakh crore to the defence sector. Finally, he also announced the long pending ‘One Rank, One Pension’ policy.Health and Cleanliness – Cleanliness seems to be an important prerogative of the Modi government, and it has promised to provide sanitation to every house by 2019 under its ‘Swach Bharat Abhiyan’ scheme. Jaitley also announced Free Drugs and Diagnostic Services to boost the health services in the country, and announced four more AIIMS institutions and 12 more Government Medical Colleges in the country. Regional Focus – The Budget gave special attention to several states and regions in the country. Jaitley announced ₹1,000 crore to set up a good rail connectivity with the North eastern states and the rest of the country, announcing ₹100 crore more for promoting commercial organic farming in the region. To tackle the current problems of power and water supply in the capital state of Delhi, the government has set aside ₹200 crore for power reforms and ₹500 crore for water reforms in Delhi. The government also allocated ₹500 crore for displaced Kashmiri migrants.last_img read more


first_imgTwo minors including a girl were drowned in Padma river in Radhakanto village of Pabna sadar upazila on Friday.The deceased are Jim, 9, son of a certain Amirul Hossain and Akhi, 8, daughter of one Alam Sardar of the village.Jim and Akhi drowned while they were playing on the river bank at noon, said Goutam Kumar Biswas, additional superintendent of police in Pabna.Soon after the incident, locals began search operation and the body of Jim was recovered in the evening but Akhi could not be found till 10:00pm due to high tide in the river, the officer added.Taraq Eko, station officer of fire service and civil defence in the district, said they were informed about the incident around 8:30 pm.They could not initiate the rescue operation due to the shortage of divers in the station, he said adding that they would begin the operation on Saturday morning.last_img read more


first_img © 2018 Phys.org A team of astronomers from Germany and Hungary has detected a new group of co-moving young stars. The newly found group is located in the Upper Centaurus Lupus (UCL) section of the Scorpius–Centaurus Association. The finding is reported in a paper published December 29 on the arXiv pre-print repository. The Scorpius–Centaurus Association (Sco-Cen) is an association of massive young stars of spectral type O and B. Located at a mean distance of 400 light years away from the Earth, it is the nearest region of recent massive star formation. One of its subgroups is the UCL, which is almost entirely covered by star-forming regions, except for a small area in the south-eastern corner of this subgroup. Now, a group of researchers led by Siegfried Röser of the Heidelberg University in Germany, has found a compact, young moving group of stars in this particular area of UCL.The newly detected group, named V1062 Sco Moving Group (V1062 Sco MG for short), was found by analyzing the data available in the Gaia-TGAS proper motion catalog in late 2016. Next, the researchers conducted follow-up observations of V1062 Sco MG using the FEROS instrument at the MPG/ESO 2.2 m Telescope in La Silla, Chile, in order to confirm the discovery and with the aim of determining fundamental parameters of this group.”We detected a hitherto unknown moving group or cluster in the Upper Centaurus Lupus section of the Sco-Cen OB-association,” the scientists wrote in the paper.According to the study, V1062 Sco MG is a co-moving group of 63 young stars at the edge of the UCL section, some 570 light years away from the Earth. “Altogether, we found 12 members with confirmed radial velocities and parallaxes, 31 with parallaxes or radial velocities, and 20 candidates from the convergent point method,” the paper reads.However, although the stars of this group are generally young, they are not coeval, as their ages range from four to 25 million years. At the moment, the researchers cannot explain this age spread.The authors of the paper emphasized that the newly found group is strongly co-moving and its one-dimensional velocity dispersion is less than 1.0 km/s. When it comes to the masses of the members of the group, they range from 0.7 to 2.6 solar masses.Although the researchers identified dozens of members of V1062 Sco MG, still many stars of this group remain undetected. The authors of the study believe that the Gaia Data Release 2 (from ESA’s Gaia satellite), expected to be published in April 2018, will reveal new and fainter members of the group. Further studies of V1062 Sco MG and other co-moving groups could provide important information about the process of star formation in associations. Explore further The location of the V1062 Sco Moving Group (red circle). Credit: Röser et al., 2017. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Astronomers identify dozens of new OB-type stars in the Cygnus OB2 stellar association Citation: Astronomers discover a new co-moving group of stars (2018, January 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-astronomers-co-moving-group-stars.html More information: A new compact young moving group around V1062 Sco, arXiv:1712.10143 [astro-ph.SR] arxiv.org/abs/1712.10143AbstractAims. We are searching for new open clusters or moving groups in the Solar neighbourhood. Methods. We used the Gaia-TGAS catalogue, cut it into narrow proper motion and parallax slices and searched for significant spatial over-densities of stars in each slice. We then examined stars forming over-densities in optical and near-infrared colour-magnitude diagrams to determine if they are compatible with isochrones of a cluster. Results. We detected a hitherto unknown moving group or cluster in the Upper Centaurus Lupus (UCL) section of the Sco-Cen OB-association at a distance of 175 pc from the Sun. It is a group of 63 co-moving stars with ages of less than 10 to about 25 Myr. For the brightest stars, which are present in the Gaia-TGAS catalogue the mean difference between kinematic and trigonometric distance moduli is about 0:01 mag with a standard deviation of 0.11 mag. Fainter cluster candidates are found in the HSOY catalog, where no trigonometric parallaxes are available. For a subset of our candidate stars, we obtained radial velocity measurements at the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope in La Silla. Altogether we found twelve members with confirmed radial velocities and parallaxes, 31 with parallaxes or radial velocities, and 20 candidates from the convergent point method. The isochrone masses of our 63 members range from 2.6 M_Sun to 0.7 M_Sun.last_img read more