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Bhima-Koregaon violence: prime accused Milind Ekbote sent to police custody

first_imgThe Pune District and Sessions court on Thursday remanded Milind Ekbote, prime accused in inciting the Bhima-Koregaon riots on New Year’s Day, to police custody till 19 March.Mr. Ekbote was arrested by a team of the Pune Rural Police after the Supreme Court on Wednesday had cancelled his interim bail relief.The police had requested the court for a 14-day custody in order to carry out a comprehensive interrogation of the accused, said sources.The probe agencies are trying to retrieve Mr. Ekbote’s mobile phone to examine his call records and determine the printing source of thousands of inflammatory pamphlets which were allegedly distributed a few days before the riots of January 1.“We had petitioned the court that Mr. Ekbote be given minimum remand as he had no direct involvement in the riots,” said S.K. Jain, Mr. Ekbote’s counsel.Mr. Ekbote, who has been booked under a various sections pertaining to rioting under the Indian Penal Code and the Prevention of Atrocities Act, was picked up from his home in the city’s Shivajinagar area on Wednesday.Two FIRs were lodged against Mr. Ekbote — who is executive president of the outfit Samasta Hindu Aghadi — and 85-year-old leader Sambhaji Bhide ‘Guruji’ for allegedly orchestrating the Koregaon Bhima riots which left one person dead during the celebrations to commemorate the bicentenary of the Bhima-Koregaon battle.The opposition Congress have accused the State government of going ‘soft’ on Mr. Bhide, who is based in Sangli, while the pro-Maratha Sambhaji Brigade have demanded that a narco-analysis test be conducted on Mr. Ekbote to determine the full extent of his involvement in orchestrating the riots.The apex court quashed further extensions of Mr. Ekbote’s bail relief after the State prosecutor submitted that he was not cooperating with the probe agencies.Earlier, Mr. Ekbote’s anticipatory bail application was rejected by the Pune Sessions court on January 22 and again by the Bombay High Court on February 2.last_img read more

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The A-Z of Asian Games

first_imgMail Today provides a lowdown on the sporting extravaganza starting in Guangzhou today.Participants perform during a rehearsal for the opening ceremony of the Asian Games ot be held in Guangzhou on Friday.A is for … AsiaThe largest continent, which currently is home to 60 per cent of the world’s population, has its sporting extravaganza every four years. This time, Guangzhou will host 45 countries with sportspersons displaying their skills in 42 disciplines. Since 1982, the Asiad are organised by the Olympic Council of Asia. The Games are recognised by the International Olympic Committee and are considered to be the second-largest multi-sport event after the Olympics.B is for … BadmintonBadminton is traditionally a Chinese stronghold but on home turf, they could face a tough challenge from India’s Saina Nehwal. After the gold medal at the Delhi Commonwealth Games, the Hyderabadi is full of confidence to take on the Chinese in their backyard. Saina is now ranked third in the world but is seeded second for the Games.C is for … CricketCricket will make its debut at the Asian Games. India, despite being a cricket powerhouse in Asia, decided against fielding a team at the event. Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh have however, confirmed their participation. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) decided not to send the Indian team, citing a packed international calendar. Bangladesh will go into the event with their best players while Sri Lanka and Pakistan have decided to field their fringe players.D is for … DebutadvertisementAmongst the 42 disciplines, five will debut at the Asian Games. Cricket, dance sport, Roller Sports, Dragon Boat and Weiqi will be featured for the first time. Apart from cricket, the other four disciplines are unique to the Games.E is for … ExpensesTotal expenditure on the Asian Games is estimated to be $17 billion, which also includes that on infrastructure and Games operation. The mayor of Guangzhou, Wan Qingliang, revealed the estimated expenditure last month.F is for … FoodThe Guangzhou Asian Games Organizing Committee will serve East Asian, South-East Asian, South Asian, European and Western fast food. Organisers have also planned to showcase the world-famed Cantonese cuisine of Southern China. They claim that more than 30 per cent of the food served at the Games will be halal food and efforts have been made to study characteristics of halal catering.G is for… GaganThe sharpshooter from Hyderabad missed out once again on the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna but responded in a manner befitting champions by winning four gold medals at the recent Commonwealth Games. He even put it across Beijing Olympics gold medallist Abhinav Bindra in the 10m air rifle event. Before that, he secured India’s first slot for the London Olympics by clinching a medal at the Munich World Cup. He will be expected to lead India’s charge on the shooting range.H is for … HostsChina will host the Asian Games for the second time after the 1990 Beijing edition. The hosts are expected to top the medal tally, just as they did at the 2008 Beijing Olympics where they finished with 101 medals, including 51 gold.I is for … IndiaIndia have gone into the Asian Games with their largest-ever contingent of 609 athletes. India have so far been part of all the Asian Games, which started in 1951. Out of the 42 disciplines, India will be in action in 35. Gagan Narang will be the flagbearer at the opening ceremony. It was India who had proposed the idea of the Asian Games.J is for … JatsJats had a major role in India finishing with more than a 100 medals at the Commonwealth Games and pipping England to the second place. There were 50 Jats in the Indian contingent and they won more than a fourth of the country’s medals. Discus thrower Krishna Poonia and wrestler Geeta have become stars. They will now have to do likewise in China where the competition will be very tough.K is for … KuwaitKuwaiti athletes will participate at the Asian Games under the Olympic flag. The International Olympic Committee had earlier this year suspended the Kuwait Olympic Committee due to interference of the government. However, the Kuwaiti athletes have been allowed to take part.L is for … Li NaWorld No. 11 tennis player Li Na pulled out of the women’s singles in order to keep herself in the best physical condition for the coming season. Her withdrawal has come as a big blow to China after World No. 25 Zheng Jie also pulled out.M is for … MascotFive sporty goats, dubbed “Le Yangyang,” are the official mascots of the Asian Games. The five goats — A Xiang, A He, A Ru, A Yi and Le Yangyang — are a play on Guangzhou’s nickname “City of Gods”. The Chinese character “Yang” or “goat” is an auspicious symbol and when read together the Chinese names of the five rams are a message of harmony, blessings, success and happiness. The mascots are expected to play a big role in cheering the spectators at the various venues.advertisementN is for … NeighboursGuangzhou’s neighbouring cities — Dongguan, Foshan and Shanwei — will be co-hosting the Games. The Dongguan Sports Center will see the weightlifting events. The city is seen as the home of the sport in China. Foshan will host boxing and synchronised swimming, while Shanwei will see the sailing competition. The venue hosted the 14th Asian Sailing Championship in March, which was a test event for the Asian Games. All the other events will take place in Guangzhou.0 is for … OpeningThe opening ceremony of the Games is going to be a gala affair. More than 1,00,000 are expected to attend the ceremony which will reach a billion viewers worldwide. The climax of the ceremony will be just before the lighting of the flame, where four representative singers from the greater China region will stand on stage to signify harmony among Asian countries.P is for … ProtestTibetan Youth Congress (TYC) had protested against Guangzhou being the host city for the Asian Games as they thought that China lacked the “moral right” to hold such an important international sporting event. The TYC had made such widespread protests during the Beijing Olympics as well.Q is for… QatarQatar’s capital Doha hosted the 15th edition of the Asian Games in 2006. It was the first time that all 45 member nations of the Olympic Council of Asia took part and 46 disciplines were played at the Asiad. China emerged at the top of the medal’s tally with 166 gold while India with 10 gold finished eighth ahead of the hosts. The Games also saw the death of a Korean equestrian athlete who fell off his horse during the cross-country event.R is for … RandhirThe Indian Olympic Association secretary general also holds the same position at the Olympic Council of Asia. Randhir Singh was the first Indian shooter to win a gold medal at the Asian Games, when he finished first at the 1978 Bangkok edition.S is for … Sunshine AgainThe Asian Games’ official theme song is Sunshine Again. The song is composed by Li Haiying, chief music director of the Guangzhou Asian Games opening ceremony, and its lyrics are written by Zhu Hai, chief director of creative literature of the opening ceremony. Korean singer-cum-actor Kim Hyun Joong will be singing the song during the opening ceremony.T is for … TorchThe Tide was chosen as the design for the Games torch relay. It weighs 98g and is 70cm long. The flame was lit at the Great Wall of China on October 9, 2010 and travelled around the Temple of Heaven in Beijing. A total of 23 cities in the huge country are on the list which the torch will visit with as many as 2,068 torch-bearers.advertisementU is for … UshaIndia’s PT Usha has had great success in the Asian Games. She started with two silver medals at the 1982 Asiad. At the 1986 Games, she bagged four gold and a silver. She returned with two silver from the 1990 Games and bagged another in 1994.V is for … VenuesThere are 53 competition venues and 17 training venues with four of them built outside the Guangdong province. Out of them, 11 competition venues have been newly built while the rest have been renovated. Haixinsha Island will be the venue for the opening and closing ceremonies.W is for … WushuThe Chinese martial art technique made its debut at Beijing in 1990. Wushu is a collective term to describe boxing, sanshou (free sparring), weapon play and other Chinese kung fu skills. The sport comprises offensive and defensive fighting skills.X is for … XiangHome hope Liu Xiang will be looking for his third straight gold in the men’s 110m hurdles. After a long time out of the game due to injury, the Athens Olympics gold medallist and former world champion will be full of motivation when he takes to the track on home soil.Y is for … Yao MingThe Houston Rockets star will not be on the basketball court and the hosts will face a big task. China are the defending champions but expect a tough fight from Iran and South Korea this time. Yao has been China’s leading player at the Olympic Games and the team has struggled without him. He was selected in the NBA All-Star team in each of his first seven seasons but has been dogged with several injuries of late.Z is for … ZeeshanPakistan has won the men’s hockey gold medal at the Asian Games a record seven times. But they have fallen on bad times of late, finishing rock bottom at 12th in the World Cup and sixth at the Commonwealth Games earlier this year. Captain Zeeshan Ashraf will be the man under pressure as he seeks to guide Pakistan back on the road to redemption.last_img read more

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Hotshots hold off Beermen for 2-1 series lead

first_imgPanelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Barroca finished with a game-high 22 points, including four free throws in the last 15 seconds, while Sangalang notched a double-double with 17 points and 15 rebounds.“It’s all about the mental toughness and maturity of this team. it’s a big win for us. Hopefully, we can sustain that on Wednesday,” Magnolia head coach Chito Victolero told reporters.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, logisticsRafi Reavis also posted a double-double with 16 points and 15 rebounds for Magnolia, which shoots for a commanding 3-1 advantage Wednesday night.“We still have a lot more to show. The important thing for us is to stick to our identity. We have to continue and play within our strengths which is our defense,” Victolero said. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue MOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img That’s exactly what the Hotshots did as they smothered the Beermen from the opening tip.And just like in Magnolia’s 99-94 win in the finals opener, San Miguel Beer struggled to make shots.The Beermen shot just 33 percent from the field. Even the usually efficient June Mar Fajardo had a hard time offensively, missing seven of his 11 attempts from the field. He had 17 points and 14 rebounds but also committed six turnovers with Reavis and Sangalang hounding him all game.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess 200 young Filipinos join Schuman Cup football fest DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines—Magnolia clamped down on the defensive end to shut down San MIguel Beer, 86-82, and take a 2-1 series lead in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup Finals Sunday night at Araneta Coliseum.Mark Barroca and Ian Sangalang came through for the Hotshots in the crucial moments to fend off the Beermen’s fourth quarter fightback.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Juan Francisco Estrada eyes world title unfication vs Jerwin Ancajas

first_imgREAD: Mexico’s Estrada dethrones Thai champion SrisaketEstrada (39-3) won the WBC title from former champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai via unanimous decision on April 26 and now wants to get another one of major titles.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe 29-year-old champion, however, didn’t rule out a trilogy with Sor Rungvisai or a rematch against Roman Gonzalez.“I would like to unify with any champion, I want Jerwin Ancajas, the Filipino IBF champion, that is the fight I want,” said Estrada. “But if there is another champion then why not?” Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated LATEST STORIES FILE — Juan Francisco Estrada has his hand raised in victory after defeating Victor Mendez in seven rounds at StubHub Center on December 8, 2018 in Carson, California. Estrada won when the fight was stoped after seven rounds. John McCoy/Getty Images/AFPMANILA, Philippines—Mexican champion Juan Francisco Estrada is looking forward to bigger fights in his career just a month after winning the WBC World super flyweight title.In a story on BoxingScene.com, Estrada said he is eyeing unification bout with IBF World super flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas of the Philippines.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Alyssa Valdez thrilled as two former schools face off in UAAP finals Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img Jerwin Ancajas (C) of the Philippines celebrates with his team after defeathing Ryuichi Funai of Japan in their 12-round Super Flyweight IBF World Title fight in Stockton, California on May 4, 2019. – Ancajas defended his title for the seventh time with a TKO over Funai who absorbed punishment until round 7 when the rignside physician ordered the ref to stop the fight. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP)READ: Jerwin Ancajas puts on show in TKO win over Japanese challengerEstrada lost his first match with Sor Rungvisai in February 2018 for the WBC title but got retribution this April.“The fight with Roman Gonzalez, if he asks for it… and Sor Rungvisi, the third fight, why not?” said Estrada. “I will do what the team says, we will plan for what follows before going up to bantamweight.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View commentslast_img read more

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Ross Taylor to make return from injury ahead of World Twenty20

first_imgInjured New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor will test his fitness ahead of next month’s World Twenty20 tournament in India when he plays in an ‘Island of Origin’ match next week. (No pressure from ICC for WorldT20 participation: PCB) Taylor sustained a side strain against Pakistan last month and was ruled out of the entire ongoing series against Australia. The aggressive right-handed batsman had hoped to make a return for the second Test in Christchurch, which starts on Saturday, but was ruled out. (1st Test: New Zealand chasing the game from the toss, says skipper Brendon McCullum) Instead he will captain the North Island in a Twenty20 match on Feb. 28 against the South Island at the Basin Reserve in Wellington.”I’m excited to be part of the match and expect to see both sides going hard at it,” Taylor said in a statement.”With the level of players involved it should be a high quality game of cricket and hopefully the crowd gets behind it and we see it become a regular annual fixture.”Players for each team for the ‘Island of Origin’ match are selected based on where they were born.Overseas-born players like Grant Elliott, Colin Munro and Ish Sodhi — all of whom are in New Zealand’s World Twenty20 squad — were selected for the North Island side based on their first-class teams.Henry Nicholls, who replaced Taylor in the Test side, will keep wickets for the South Island in preparation for the World Twenty20 where he has been selected as cover for Luke Ronchi.advertisementTwenty20 captain Kane Williamson, Martin Guptill, Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Tim Southee and Mitchell Santner have not been selected for the Origin match.New Zealand’s first match at the World Twenty20 is against hosts India in Nagpur on March 15. Pakistan, Australia and a qualifier make up the rest of their group.last_img read more

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Exclusive: Jinder Mahal may consider cricket as career option after retiring from WWE!

first_imgJinder Mahal took some time out to interact and play cricket with the some Special Olympics Bharat Kids.The former WWE champion arrived in India on Thursday ahead of his highly anticipated clash with Triple H at the WWE Supershow in New Delhi at the on December 9 at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium.Speaking exclusively to India Today, the Modern Day Maharaja said that the experience was ‘awesome’ and said the kids from the Special Olympics team ‘inspired’ him.”It was awesome playing cricket with the Special Olympics team.  So that was very cool and it was also very cool to meet them because they inspire me. Because when you see their attitude and the way that they have a passion for sports, for cricket, that’s inspiring to me,” he said.Jinder Mahal admitted his lesser bowling skills compared to the kids, saying that he may have even picked up a few pointers to help him become a cricketer after his days in the ring are done.”They are very skilled, I tried to bowl but they bowl way better than me and actually I was learning from them. I picked up a few pointers from them and I think maybe after the WWE, I may have a career in cricket,” he said.He also had a message for Triple H in Punjabi.”Triple H…mai hoon Modern Day Maharaja. Tenu ki samajdeya? Tenu mil loh, idhaar ring mai haaraunga. India de vich, New Delhi de vich, Indira Gandhi Stadium de vich.” (Triple H.. I am the the Modern Day Maharaja. What do you think…meet me inside the ring. I will defeat you, in India, in New Delhi, at Indira Gandhi Stadium.)advertisementHere is the updated list of matches:Triple H vs Jinder MahalThe Shield: Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose vs. Samoa Joe and RAW Tag Team Champions Cesaro and SheamusBraun Strowman vs. KaneFinn Balor vs Bray WyattRAW Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss vs. Sasha BanksJason Jordan vs EliasWWE Cruiserweight Champion Enzo Amore vs. KalistoApollo Crews and Titus O’Neil vs Gallows and AndersonJeet Rama and Kishan Rafter vs The Miztourage*Talent line-up subject to changelast_img read more

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14 days agoRed Bull Salzburg hotshot Haaland now Man Utd priority target

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Red Bull Salzburg hotshot Haaland now Man Utd priority targetby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRed Bull Salzburg hotshot Erling Haaland is now Manchester United’s priority target for 2020.AS says United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made the teenager his top target ahead of next season. However United will face a battle with Madrid, who are also believed to be keen on bringing him to the Bernabeu.It is claimed that Haaland ‘fits like a glove’ as Madrid are keen on finding a long-term replacement for Karim Benzema, who turns 31 in December.The 19-year-old has scored a remarkable 18 goals in 11 appearances this season, and after a recent illness, he climbed off the bench to notch Salzburg’s equaliser in this month’s Champions League clash with Liverpool at Anfield, which the Reds ultimately went on to win 4-3. last_img read more

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World Cup 2019: New Zealand’s homecoming ceremony postponed

first_img Next World Cup 2019: New Zealand’s homecoming ceremony postponedNew Zealand and England both ended up with 241 runs in their allotted 50 overs and had to play out a Super Over which was also tied. However, New Zealand ended up as runners up after the boundaries rule came into play.advertisement Asian News International ChristchurchJuly 16, 2019UPDATED: July 16, 2019 10:26 IST Kane Williamson and teammates looks dejected as they await their runners up medals. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSNew Zealand lost the World Cup final to hosts England on the basis of boundary countback ruleHomecoming celebrations for New Zealand have been delayed due to logistical complicationsAfter the defeat, New Zealand Prime Minister had said that she was proud of her teamNew Zealand Cricket (NZC) chief executive David White on Tuesday said due to logistical complications it would not be feasible to have a homecoming celebration for the World Cup runners-up team.White said the team appreciated the endeavours to arrange a homecoming function upon arrival. However, the players’ different post-tournament arrangements have prevented them from being part of the celebration.He further said that there were discussions with the New Zealand government regarding an opportunity to recognise the 15-man squad once all had returned.”We’ve been in conversations with the Minister for Sport and Recreation, Grant Robertson, and are mindful of the Prime Minister’s enthusiasm for a welcome-home celebration,” White said in a statement.”At the moment, however, with some players arriving back at different times, some not arriving back at all, and others having alternative playing commitments, it’s just not practical. Hopefully, given the interest surrounding this, we can organise something appropriate in the weeks to come,” he added.White acknowledged the support from New Zealand and said the team is keen to have the chance to publicly express their appreciation and gratitude.New Zealand lost the World Cup final to hosts England on the basis of boundary countback rule after both the 50-over and super-over were tied at the Lord’s on July 14.Also Read | As a nation we all aged a year in that Super Over: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda ArdernAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow New Zealandlast_img read more

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ClassNK: Safe Operation of Large Container Vessels

first_imgzoom Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport & Tourism established the Committee on Large Container Ship Safety on 29 August 2013 in response to the casualty of a large container ship which occurred on 17 June 2013.The Committee has carried out active investigations and analyses in order to determine the cause and mechanism of the casualty.The results of the Committee’s work were compiled in the Committee’s Interim Report, the full text of which was released in Japanese on 17 December 2013 and in English on 4 March 2013.In addition to compiling the results the Committee’s investigation, the Interim Report also proposed future tasks for investigation and analysis. In order to carry out these tasks, ClassNK has established a new Investigative Panel on Large Container Ship Safety which will be chaired by Professor Yoichi Sumi of Yokohama National University, and composed of leading experts from shipowners, shipbuilders, and academic institutions,The first session of this new Panel was held on 21 February 2014, and the members agreed to carry out the following course of action:(1) Investigate the possibility of casualty occurrence(2) Conduct on-board measurements of container ships in operation in order to verify actual hull structure responses and acting wave loads(3) Consider and examine large container ship safetyThe Panel plans to meet numerous times over the coming months to evaluate the investigative and analysis work, and expects to release its findings by the end of August 2014. The results will also be reported to the Committee on Large Container Ship Safety. ClassNK said that will make its full resources available to the Panel, and provide both funding and manpower to support the Panel’s activities.Separate from this Panel, the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) has established a new project team to address large container ship safety, which began working in February 2014. As Chair of the new project team, ClassNK also said that it will make effort to actively contribute to the team’s work by providing the knowledge obtained through its independent activities and further lead IACS efforts to ensure large container ship safety.“ClassNK will also dispatch another expert to the related IACS project team and contribute to its activities through feedback of the investigation results. Based on the findings of the Investigative Panel and results of related IACS discussions, ClassNK will carry out a review of relevant Rules and Guidelines,” the company said in a press release.Interim Report of Committee on Large Container Ship SafetyClassNK, March 13, 2014last_img read more

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Mother recalls the night her Nova Scotia dream home fell into the

first_imgFALMOUTH, N.S. – The ground fell out from under Heather Strickey’s feet this weekend when her family’s “dream home” in a well-kept Nova Scotia neighbourhood started being swallowed by a sinkhole.Municipal authorities in Falmouth, about 70 kilometres from Halifax, said the family of four will not be able to retrieve their remaining possessions before the two-storey house is demolished, taking 10 years of memories with it.Strickey, who works at a local private school, and her 16-year-old daughter were inside the house early Sunday morning when they awoke to the sounds of what they believed to be an intruder. Here is her account of the incident, as told to reporter Adina Bresge of The Canadian Press.Note: This transcript has been edited and condensed for clarity.—The sounds were like someone pulling something along the floor, or maybe taking things off the walls.(Before) I called 911, I paused for a few moments or minutes to see if I could possibly be wrong. But it was too loud.I was speaking very quietly, because if it was an intruder, I didn’t want to alert them that we were here. My daughter, Julia, came into the room and said, “Mom, I think there’s someone downstairs.”The power goes off very quickly, followed by the crashing and some breaking of glass. Julia and I grab the best weapons we can come up with and go into the (bathroom) closet and shut the door.I had a nail file, which I was going to use to pluck eyes if I had to. Julia actually did a little more thinking and grabbed a very heavy magnifying mirror, so I think she was going to wield that.We basically went shoulder-to-shoulder and we waited. I looked down at my phone and it’s about 17 minutes in. (The emergency dispatcher) tells me it should be about five more minutes. These are the longest minutes of your life.As soon as I heard footsteps, I was going to shove Julia into the attic and try to hold off until the RCMP got there.(The dispatcher) says there’s an officer on scene, and almost immediately, she says, “Not an invasion.”Our house wasn’t being broken into. It was being broken down into a hole.The idea that humans could be trying to hurt us was so much more scary than something that happened by nature, or whatever this is. It’s still relief that I don’t have to worry about someone jumping at me with a knife or a gun.What I didn’t realize is that (three or four metres) from where we’re going down the staircase, there’s no floor anymore. There’s a gaping hole and I could see my furniture sliding in.It’s definitely a Hollywood experience. You have the Titanic going over on its side.(The dispatcher) tells us, “You need to get out of your house now, and grab some stuff.”My beloved 16-year-old loves basketball, so she grabbed her basketball speakers and her McDonald’s uniform, thinking that perhaps she could still work her shift at 8 a.m.I didn’t grab passports, or money, or my wedding rings — nothing. I was going to work out, so no word of a lie, I grabbed my workout bag.The rest of our family was (away) in the city because they were greeting the new students coming to our school.(My husband) had a hard time trying to understand what had happened. Julia and I had lived it, so we got it, but he had to see it.It looks like someone pressed down with a very mighty hand into the middle of your house and pushed it into the ground.If you look closer, you can see there’s a giant hole. You can see my rose garden holding on saying, “No, we don’t want to go!”(The firefighters) went in an grabbed our passports, our jewellery. He’s literally coming out with things like photo albums and pictures from the wall that were irreplaceable. I wasn’t thinking that way, but he was.At no point did I think we’ll never get in the house again.(Municipal officials) want the structure — they would call it a structure, we refer to it as our home — torn down, so that the possibility of someone being harmed by it coming down (on its own) disappears.They’re being respectful, but we don’t want anything to happen until we hear from the insurance. Our ideal scenario is that we’d be able to salvage some things from the house.The security officer said that the traffic (near the property) is similar to what he sees when the exhibition is in town. People are getting out of their cars and taking pictures.I understand people’s interest, but I don’t think they get that it’s a complete tragedy for our family. I can’t complain, we’re all safe, but we’ve literally lost pretty well everything.My (13-year-old) is super-duper sad. Basically, every memory that she has is based on our lives in that home.It truly was our dream home. There wasn’t anything I wanted to change about this house. I loved it just the way it was.We are blessed. We’ve had at least 30 people offer us a place to live.I may as well work today and get things some things done. I can’t get the keys to my Volkswagen because they’re at a bottom of a sink hole. So I have a car, but I can’t drive it.I don’t have a house to clean. I don’t have laundry to do. So, let’s press on.Our (family’s) mantra is, “It was things, not people.” We’ll have things again.last_img read more

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No imminent First Nations policy changes says Bennett promising UNDRIPrelated cabinet directive

first_imgJustin BrakeAPTN NewsCanada won’t be introducing new comprehensive land claims and inherent rights policies just yet, Crown-Indigenous Relations Carolyn Bennett told the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Thursday.The announcement comes a day after hundreds of grassroots people, chiefs and Elders marched on an AFN policy forum to demand their involvement in any changes to federal policies impacting their rights.Demonstrators condemned a June deadline by which government previously indicated to some First Nations it wanted to have the two key policies replaced.The comprehensive claims policy applies to cases where Indigenous rights and title haven’t been addressed by treaties, while the inherent rights policy addresses the right of Indigenous peoples to govern themselves in their own communities and nations.For weeks Bennett’s office has tried to appease concerns about the deadline, saying the government “will take the time to get it right.”On Thursday Bennett reiterated that talking point, saying new policies by June are “not happening”.Instead, she announced, the Liberals will issue a cabinet directive to federal officials by the end of June, “in which we would ensure that cede and surrender and extinguishment are no longer part of the conversation as we work on the path of self-determination.”She said the directive will respect the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and that government will support a process “that is led by First Nations rights and treaty holders [to] co-develop rights-based policies that can replace the comprehensive land claims policy and inherent right policies.”Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett announced Thursday that the Liberals will issue a cabinet directive on Comprehensive Land Claims and Inherent Right Policies. Justin Brake/APTN.Bennett also said government will work with First Nations to improve the specific claims and the additions to reserve policies.More than half of the 634 First Nations are currently in dialogue or negotiations with the government, Bennett said, explaining that in ‘getting it right’ government will “uphold and affirm First Nations’ rights, title and jurisdiction.”For its review of the four key First Nations policies, the feds are engaging the AFN and First Nations Canada are currently engaged with.Others, such as member nations of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) and the Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians (AIAI), say the government’s efforts to overhaul rights-based legislation and policies have fallen short of the minimum international Indigenous rights standards.Some chiefs criticized the 10 principles developed by former justice minister and attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould, saying the government should have asked First Nations to develop the guidelines for negotiations around legislation, policy and Indigenous rights, title and jurisdiction.Some, including many who demonstrated in Edmonton Wednesday, condemned the AFN’s role in negotiating the policy changes while the majority of those who will be impacted have little to no input.Others, still, questioned the need to engage with Canada at all, and suggested First Nations simply begin, or continue, to assert their own rights, title and jurisdiction within their communities and territories.Chief Dean Sayers of Batchewana First Nation addressed Bennett Thursday, asking rhetorically why First Nations are “asking Canada to return something that they’ve stolen?”He encouraged First Nations to “reclaim and take back what is yours — put the onus on Canada to make a specific claim to us for lands.”Bennett said that by the end of June, when the cabinet directive is issued, the existing comprehensive claims and inherent rights policies will be removed from the government’s website.jbrake@aptn.ca@justinbrakenewslast_img read more

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Air Transat president resigns after five years at the helm of the

first_imgMONTREAL – The president of Air Transat is leaving the airline after five years at the helm.Tour company Transat A.T. Inc. announced Friday that Jean-Francois Lemay will leave the subsidiary in a few months.Lemay, who has been with the company for seven years, is leaving to “take on new challenges,” chief operating officer Annick Guerard says in a release.A successor hasn’t been selected.Lemay oversaw a series of changes, including reducing air costs, transforming the fleet and installing a new senior management team.Montreal-based Air Transat flies to about 60 destinations in 26 countries.Companies in this story: (TSX:TRZ)last_img

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Situation worsening for Horn of Africas children warns UN agency

The children are among the more than 14 million people in Ethiopia, Somalia, Eritrea, Kenya, Uganda and Djibouti that are critically affected, and the numbers are on an “alarming upward trajectory,” according to UNICEF. The agency said some experts are predicting that millions more children and families could be engulfed across the Horn of Africa if steps are not taken immediately.“Strong national leadership is needed at this critical juncture, and more international funding must be quickly mobilized,” UNICEF’s regional director for East and Southern Africa, Per Engebak, said in a statement. “The risks to children and their families are immense and we are running out of time to reverse them.”Relief efforts in the troubled region have been hampered by weak governance as well as attacks on aid workers by armed groups. “Security is a major complication in responding to the needs of affected people in many parts of the Horn at this time,” said Mr. Engebak.He also underscored the difficulties of lack of access, along with the soaring cost of food grains and cereals worldwide. Food prices have risen by as much as 200 per cent over the past eight months in some of the worst drought-affected countries, making it nearly impossible for many families to purchase much-need items. The high prices are also making it difficult for relief organizations to purchase the amount of grains and cereals needed to respond to the emergency. Also, the rising price of fuel – up between 300 and 1,000 per cent in Somalia, for example – threatens food and water deliveries.“If concerted actions and funding are not forthcoming this crisis could have irreversible effects on the people of the Horn and push any prospect of progress towards the MDGs [Millennium Development Goals] far beyond reach of their countries,” Mr. Engebak said, referring to the eight anti-poverty targets world leaders have pledged to try to achieve by 2015.The number of those requiring assistance in Ethiopia is expected to rise from the current 4.6 million, according to UNICEF, adding that there are now 75,000 children there in need of therapeutic feeding.Supplies of Plumpy Nut – the very effective nutritional supplement for managing acute malnutrition in children – manufactured in Ethiopia are not enough to meet the needs. UNICEF is helping procure supplies internationally, but additional funds are required until the end of the year for those imports.John Holmes, the UN’s top relief official, told reporters today that it was clear from his recent visit to Ethiopia that “the crisis remains very severe, and the numbers of people affected are continuing to rise.” A $325 million humanitarian appeal launched for Ethiopia in June has been “reasonably well funded, over 60 per cent,” he said. However, noting that the needs are “extremely large,” he made an urgent appeal to donors to contribute more for the next few months to help alleviate the situation. Meanwhile, the number of people needing emergency aid in Somalia has spiralled upwards by 77 per cent since January, and now totals 3.2 million people. Insecurity in the port city of Mogadishu – through which 80 per cent of all supplies for the country pass – is a major obstacle in relief efforts, and the UN needs an estimated $10 million to ensure enough security in Somalia. UNICEF plans to carry out a child health campaign in the country in October, aiming to reach 1.5 million children under the age of five with measles vaccinations, vitamin A supplements and other health measures. Spikes in acute malnutrition are being seen among children in parts of Eritrea, the agency said. In addition, 7,500 children in Uganda’s Karamoja region are severely malnourished, while over 700,000 people there are estimated to lack sufficient food.In Kenya, UNICEF said an estimated 1.3 million are affected by food insecurity, about 840,000 of those in the arid and semi-arid pastoralist areas and the others displaced during the violent political crisis early in the year. Over 95,000 children under the age of five and pregnant and breastfeeding women in the drought-ravaged areas of northern and eastern Kenya are malnourished, the agency added. There are also increasing reports of children dropping out of school and girls entering prostitution to earn money for their families. 5 September 2008Almost three million children across the Horn of Africa are at risk of death, disease and malnutrition due to a combination of drought, rising food prices and conflict, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned today. read more

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UN deplores attack on aid compound in southern Somalia

17 August 2009The United Nations has strongly condemned the attack against its aid compound in southern Somalia on Sunday, the fourth time in two months that the world body’s offices in the Horn of Africa nation have been deliberately targeted. Armed gunmen carried out the attack around midnight on 16 August at the World Food Programme (WFP) compound in Wajiid, according to a statement issued by the Office of the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia. The attack comes less than one month after Somali militants raided two UN compounds Baidoa and Wajiid, stealing equipment and vehicles and forcing the Organization to close down one of its operations in the strife-torn nation. “This direct, deliberate and sustained attack on aid organizations and aid workers is intolerable,” acting UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Graham Farmer said, urging all parties to allow unhindered access for aid workers assisting those in need. The UN has repeatedly called on all parties in Somalia to ensure the safety of humanitarian aid workers, who are tending to the needs of some 3.2 million people, or 40 per cent of the population, made vulnerable by the combined effects of conflict, drought, high food prices and the collapse of the local currency. read more

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Cops arrested over deaths of two Jaffna Uni students

The Criminal Investigation Division (CID) has commenced an investigation into the deaths of two Jaffna University students, who were travelling on a motorcycle in Kankasanturai.The Post Mortem into these deaths are now being held, and five Police officers have been arrested over the incident and were immediately interdicted, the Government Information department said. The Government says necessary steps have been taken to ensure that the law is fully implemented in this regard. (Colombo Gazette)

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How major US stock indexes fared Wednesday

Major U.S. stock indexes closed mostly higher Wednesday after the Federal Reserve delivered an expected cut in interest rates.Stocks initially fell after the Fed announcement, which revealed central bank policymakers are divided about the upcoming path for interest rates. The market rebounded as Fed Chairman Jerome Powell said the Fed would be ready to take action if the economy weakened.On Wednesday:The S&P 500 index rose 1.03 points, or less than 0.1%, to 3,006.73.The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 36.28 points, or 0.1%, to 27,147.08.The Nasdaq lost 8.62 points, or 0.1%, to 8,177.39.The Russell 2000 index of smaller company stocks dropped 9.95 points, or 0.6%, to 1,568.34.For the week:The S&P 500 is down 0.66 points, or less than 0.1%.The Dow is down 72.44 points, or 0.3%.The Nasdaq is up 0.68 points, or less than 0.1%.The Russell 2000 is down 9.79 points, or 0.6%.For the year:The S&P 500 is up 499.88 points, or 19.9%.The Dow is up 3,819.62 points, or 16.4%.The Nasdaq is up 1,542.11 points, or 23.2%.The Russell 2000 is up 219.79 points, or 16.3%.The Associated Press read more

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UNHCR prepares aid for new refugees in DR of Congo

“UNHCR is preparing to send urgently-needed shelter material and basic household supplies to an estimated 25,000 refugees who recently arrived in northwestern Democratic Republic of Congo from the Central African Republic,” spokesman Ron Redmond told reporters in Geneva. “Many of the refugees fled with few belongings and are living among the local population around Zongo, often in very rudimentary shelter,” said Mr. Redmond. “We’re worried that the onset of the rainy season will make it even worse, so we’re sending plastic sheeting and other household items.” The refugees, who fled tensions following a failed coup attempt in late May, are reportedly scattered across 20 villages in the area, according to UNHCR. They are in “in relatively good physical condition,” Mr. Redmond said. While the first group of refugees crossed into the DRC more than two weeks ago, others were still arriving by late last week. read more

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Concerned at rising tension in Somalia UN officials urge dialogue among parties

Reacting to an increasingly tense atmosphere in Somalia, where fighting threatens to spread to Baidoa, the seat of the Transitional Federal Institutions, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and his senior envoy to the country today urged the parties to engage in a dialogue aimed at peacefully settling their differences.Voicing concern about reports of increased tension and the potential outbreak of violence near Baidoa, a spokesman for Mr. Annan in New York called on the Somali parties “to refrain from actions that could further strain relations between the Transitional Federal Institutions and the Supreme Council of the Islamic Courts.”Last month, militias associated with the Union of Islamic Courts drove warlords out of Mogadishu and took control of parts of Somalia, which has not had a functioning government since the fall of President Barre’s regime.Today, Mr. Annan’s spokesman urged the Somali parties to engage in a sustained dialogue aimed at producing an agreed and durable solution. “He also calls on the international community to intensify its support to peace efforts and to encourage the Somali parties to pursue negotiations,” the spokesman said.Echoing these views, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, François Lonsény Fall, issued a statement in Nairobi appealing to both sides to respect the ceasefire and other provisions of an agreement they had reached in Khartoum on 22 June with the facilitation of the League of Arab States. He cited in particular their commitment to refrain from any provocations that could lead to an escalation of the situation.“The place to deal with differences is at the negotiating table,” he stressed. Ambassador Fall said that the leadership of the Transitional Federal Government and representatives of the Supreme Council of the Islamic Courts had made a “good beginning” when they met in Khartoum last month. “A continuation of the Khartoum process will give them a further opportunity to flesh out their expectations and move towards a peaceful solution,” he said. Stressing that Somalia “desperately” needs peace if it is to rise above the humanitarian emergency that has engulfed much of the population, he urged the parties “to consider the interests of the people first and put aside political calculations.” read more

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Series against Ferris State may determine Buckeyes fate in CCHA Tournament

Win both games and Ohio State might get a first-round bye. If not, it might be heading back to Alaska. That is the reality for the OSU men’s hockey team in its Thursday and Friday matchups against Ferris State. With the Buckeyes (15-15-3, 10-13-3 CCHA) able to finish anywhere from fourth to ninth in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association standings, there will be a lot on the line. But coach Mark Osiecki isn’t looking at it that way. “It’s kind of like the Green Bay Packers’ get-to-playoff mentality,” he said, referring to the team that was last to make the playoffs in the NFC and went on to win the Super Bowl. “Let’s keep on moving forward.” The Buckeyes sit in ninth place and, to move up in the standings, will need to beat Ferris State twice and will need Western Michigan, Northern Michigan, University of Alaska and Lake Superior State to lose. A team that wins a game receives three points toward the conference standings, and with only four points separating seeds five through nine, the potential for a bye is there. The top five seeds in the CCHA receive a first-round bye, so getting six points is crucial. “We have to win both games this weekend,” senior forward C.J. Severyn said. “Nothing less.” If the team loses, it could possibly head back to Alaska for the CCHA Tournament. The last time the Buckeyes made the more-than-3,000-mile trip to Alaska, they lost both games in the series, giving up six goals in the second game. “It could mean … we get a first-round bye or fly back to Alaska,” Severyn said. “It’s an incentive to do well.” Osiecki said his players are anxious to get back on the ice and will continue only to focus on what they can control. “They are tired of practicing. … They are just ready to play,” he said. “We worry about ourselves and go from there.” Senior forward Kyle Reed said he knows this series is do or die and the team has to be on top of its game. “I just want to leave everything on the ice,” he said. The Buckeyes, who have an unusual Thursday-Friday series, will have the chance to sit back and watch the games on Saturday to learn their CCHA Tournament fate. If OSU receives a first-round bye it will begin CCHA Tournament play March 11-13. If not, it will play March 4-6. This week’s series against Ferris State has the Buckeyes and Bulldogs facing off Thursday and Friday at the Schottenstein Center. Both games are scheduled to start at 7:05 p.m. read more

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Windows 8 on ARM isnt just for Metro apps

first_imgWindows 8 is hot — and Microsoft’s continued plugging of its ability to run on ARM processors is generating loads of interest and a fair amount of controversy. The most recent uproar has been caused by a comment raised at Build — when someone misquoted something Microsoft’s Steven Sinofsky said about Windows 8 on ARM and legacy application support.The audience member said that Sinofsky stated “legacy applications will be able to run on Windows 8 regardless of the chipsets that people are choosing.” Sinofsky quickly countered, saying that wasn’t quite accurate. And by quite, he meant not at all.What Siofksy actually said was “If it runs on a Windows 7 PC, it’ll run on Windows 8.” That much is true: apps written for 32- and 64-bit versions of Windows 7 that run on current PC hardware will run on the same hardware with Windows 8 — as well as new hardware that is also x86 or x64. There will not, however, be a translation layer that allows ARM to run x86 or x64 apps. To get those apps running on Windows 8 and ARM, they’ll need to be recompiled,  just like a developer would do to get an x86 Ubuntu app running on Ubuntu for ARM. That’s the reality Microsoft has been pushing since the first time it showed Windows 8 running on an ARM-based machine.Further misreading of Sinofsky’s reply has led to speculation that Windows 8 on ARM will only run Metro apps, but again, this misses the mark. See for yourself above: that’s Microsoft Word (and not a Metro version) running on an ARM laptop at D9.Yes, Sinofsky spoke extensively about Metro with regards to ARM and application compatibility, but his point was this: that for developers, Metro offers the simplest way to deliver one app to a variety of platforms, regardless of architecture. A Metro app can run on Windows 8 on ARM, x86, or x64 processors — and it’s also going to be easy to push to Windows Phone and Xbox 360 consoles. Nowhere does Sinofsky say that Windows 8 on ARM will only run Metro apps.And what you see above certainly looks like proof. Windows 8 on ARM might be mostly about tablets and the touch experience, but it’s also going to find its way into thin and light notebooks and nettops. On those systems, users are going to want to get productive — and the traditional Windows desktop is a familiar, flexible space in which to work. If you want multiple apps on the screen at once, tiled windows, and quick switching via a keyboard or mouse, you’ll likely want to work on the plain old desktop — whether you’re running ARM, Intel, or AMD. Microsoft knows that, and it’s hard to imagine them removing that functionality from Windows 8 ARM versions.More at Build Windowslast_img read more

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