At least 20 people were feared killed on Thursday when a bus fell into a roadside ditch at Motihari in Bihar’s East Champaran district and caught fire.The State Disaster Management Department has confirmed the death of 20 passengers in the accident. The bus was on its way to Delhi from Muzaffarpur in north Bihar when it overturned into a ditch along National Highway-28 near Bagra village under the Kotwa police station and caught fire. According to sources, there were at least 32 passengers in the bus, while 17 others were to board it from Gopalgunj district.“About five people have been rescued in the accident. The injured have been sent to local government hospitals in Motihari and Muzaffarpur. “The total number of deaths is yet to be confirmed,” said East Champaran District Magistrate Raman Kumar.Kotwa police inspector Vijay Sinha said that the villagers told him that the accident took place while the bus driver attempted to save a two-wheeler. “The bus went off the road and turned turtle and before anyone could react the it burst into flames…only five passengers could be rescued,” said the officer. State reliefChief Minister Nitish Kumar directed officials to provide free medical facilities to those injured in the accident and financial help to the family members of the victims from the Chief Minister’s relief fund. Leader of the Opposition in the Bihar Assembly Tejashwi Yadav and State deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi also expressed their grief over the incident.
A new species of extinct porpoise kept a stiff bottom lip, fossils reveal. Though closely related to living porpoises, Semirostrum ceruttii (artist’s illustration above), named for its finder, Richard Cerutti of the San Diego Natural History Museum, has a mandible shape never before seen in mammals. Its bottom jaw protruded 18 cm beyond the top one, making up 40% of the beak. Researchers found the specimen (inset) in rock formations along the California coast estimated to be between 1.6 million and 5 million years old. A CT scan of the fossil revealed canals where nerves likely ran along the jaw, making it extra sensitive, researchers report online today in Current Biology. The shape and canals look similar to the mandible in skimmers—birds that glide their lower jaw along the ocean’s surface to pick up small fish. The fossil also hints that the porpoise had poor eyesight, and its teeth showed signs of wear from sand particles. Researchers suspect that the animal used its sensitive lower jaw, combined with echolocation, to skim for prey along the dark sea floor.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)
Happy with his contribution and rapport with the top boxers, the Indian Boxing Federation (IBF) is keen to extend its association with Cuban coach Blas Iglesias Fernandez, whose contract expired after London Olympics.Fernandez, who has been working with Indian boxers for more than 20 years now, barring a few breaks in between, has prepared the likes of Vijender Kumar and Mary Kom for the Olympics.IBF wants to gain from the Cuban’s expertise again and is considering recommending his name to the Sports Authority of India (SAI).”The federation is most likely to recommend Fernandez’s name for the post of foreign coach. He has brought us good results in major competitions, including the Olympics, and the boxers are quite comfortable working under him,” an IBF official told MAIL TODAY on condition of anonymity.”We will request SAI to ask the Cuban Sports Authority for the re-appointment of Fernandez,” said the official.For the appointment of a foreign coach, the concerned national federation conveys its preference to the SAI, which in return writes to the sports authorities of the respective nations.If the sports authority of that country agrees to the terms and conditions spelt out by the SAI, it sends the foreign coach on a contract to India.The IBF official, however, said that the federation can also ask for coaches other than Fernandez.”At a time we give three or four options to the SAI. So, it will not only be Fernandez whose name will be given, there may be two or three other options,” he said.advertisementThe federation is yet to decide when it will recommend Fernandez’s name to the SAI, but most likely it will be after the IBF elections, scheduled for September 23.”Since elections are approaching, the new panel can recommend the options. But the outgoing panel has also full right to take a decision,” he said.Fernandez will leave for his native country by the end of this month. If he gets a new contract subsequently, he will likely work with the team till the end of the 2014 Asian Games.
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A fire broke out on Wednesday at the soccer World Cup venue under construction in the southern Russian city of Volgograd, authorities said, attributing its cause to neglected safety regulations.Russia will host the opening match for FIFA’s Confederations Cup on Saturday in St. Petersburg, a tournament widely seen as a dress rehearsal for the 2018 World Cup finals.Volgograd, an industrial city 865 km (540 miles) south of Moscow, is not part of the Confederations Cup line up but will host four group-stage matches in the 2018 tournament.Russia’s Emergencies Ministry said the blaze, which was put out just before 7 a.m. (0400 GMT), had been caused by a “violation of fire safety regulations during welding”.No people were injured or killed in the fire, the ministry said in a statement.A spokeswoman for Stroytransgaz, the company building the stadium, told Reuters the fire was thought to have been caused by a welding spark that ignited thermal insulation materials before spreading to some plastic foam nearby.The company – which is controlled by businessman Gennady Timchenko, a close ally of President Vladimir Putin who was slapped with U.S. sanctions after Russia annexed Crimea in 2014 – has yet to estimate the damage but expects it to be small, the spokeswoman said.Video footage of the blaze circulated by Russian media showed a plume of thick smoke rising from the carcass of the 45,000-seat stadium.”There was simply a lot of smoke, which made it look really bad, but no major damage,” a source in the local World Cup organising committee told Reuters. “Some smoke damage to one of the columns but that can be painted over.”advertisementRussia will host the World Cup finals next year in 12 venues spread across 11 cities, including Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Sochi and Kazan.These four cities are hosting the Confederations Cup, a two-week tournament that will feature the host country, world champions Germany and the various regional champions.
India will take on England at Trent Bridge from Saturday with the five-Test series on the line. After losing the first two matches at Edgbaston and Lord’s, India have arrived at a venue that does not necessarily seem to intimidate them too much.Out of six Tests India have played at Trent Bridge over the years, they have won 1, lost two and drawn three. In 2014 India walked away with a draw. Three years before in 2011, India had gone down by a massive 319 runs; in 2007, India won by 7 wickets and went on to win the series a few days later.Trent Bridge has been witness to some sterling contests between the two sides. Sourav Ganguly’s 136, Sachin Tendulkar’s 177, Virender Sehwag’s 106, Michael Vaughan’s 197, Zaheer Khan’s nine-wicket match haul, Rahul Dravid’s 117, Ian Bell’s 159 and Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s all-round heroics are now part of folklore.But this iconic Test venue has also seen its share of controversies between two of the most popular teams in world cricket. The Virat Kohli-Joe Root mic drop episode might have added some spice to the series but there were far more intense wars fought out years ago.Also Read – England wary of injured Virat Kohli at Trent BridgeThe jelly bean prank (2007): Zaheer said England’s attempts to unsettle him by tossing jelly beans on to the wicket proved the spur for his five-wicket haul in the second Test of the series.Zaheer claimed five for 75 in England’s second innings at Trent Bridge to finish with a match haul of nine for 134.advertisementThe umpires had to intervene as Zaheer exchanged words with England’s slip cordon while he batted in India’s first innings. Zaheer Khan said England fielders attempted to unsettle him by tossing jelly beans on to the wicket while he was batting (Reuters Photo)”It’s an incident that has been blown out of proportion. A few jelly beans were left on the floor by the stumps at a drinks interval as we got a wicket,” Vaughan told reporters after England defeat in the Trent Bridge Test.”If it offended Zaheer in any way we apologise for that. But there were no jelly beans thrown from the slip cordon,” Vaughan said.Vaseline controversy (2011): Vaseline controversy erupted in the second India-England Test when VVS Laxman was accused of using it on his bat to manipulate the Hot-Spot technology in the Decision Review System.”Has Vaseline on the outside edge saved the day for Laxman?” tweeted former England captain Michael Vaughan after Laxman was ruled not out by third umpire after the Decision Review System (DRS) was pressed into action by England in the first session on the third day of the match.India walk into another England fortress in a bid to stay alive in Test seriesAs umpire Asad Rauf ruled in Laxman’s favour, England skipper Andrew Strauss went for DRS but that too didn’t favour the home side. Kevin Pietersen and Laxman were seen getting into a bit of an argument.It was the second time vaseline quite infamously figured in Test matches between the two countries. VVS Laxman was accused of applying vaseline on his bat to manipulate the Hot-Spot technology (Reuters Photo)When England toured India for the 1976-77 series, England’s left-arm fast bowler John Lever was accused by Indian skipper Bishan Singh Bedi of using vaseline to gain undue swing with his bowling during the Delhi Test and ended up with 7/46 and 3/24 on his debut Test.Ravi Shastri’s message for Indian batsmen: Be prepared to look ugly and show gritAnderson-Jadeja face-off (2014): The International Cricket Council (ICC) charged England’s bowling spearhead under level 3 of the code of conduct for allegedly “abusing and pushing Ravindra Jadeja” during the opening Test of the five-match series in Nottingham in 2014.Time for Rishabh Pant to make Test debut after Dinesh Karthik’s failures?Anderson, adjudged man of the match in the Test for his all-round performance, was charged after India team manager Sunil Dev reported the alleged incident that took place immediately after the players left the field for lunch on the second day of the match.The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) expressed “surprise” at India’s complaint for what they dubbed as a “minor incident”.(With inputs from Reuters)
Former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar and his Pakistani counterpart Wasim Akram backed the newly-floated Euro T20 Slam, which will give good exposure to players from Scotland, Ireland and Holland as they play alongside top international stars. The inaugural edition of Euro T20 Slam will have six teams, two each from Ireland, Scotland and Netherlands.The tournament, which is scheduled from August 30 to September 22, will feature Dublin & Belfast from Ireland, Edinburgh & Glasgow from Scotland and Amsterdam and Rotterdam from the Netherlands.However, the matches will only be played in three cities- Dublin, Edinburgh and Amsterdam.The curtains are raised, the wait is over EURO T20 SLAM #et20s #EuroT20Slam #logo #et20slogo pic.twitter.com/nchpjkLDovEuro T20 Slam (@et20s) April 30, 2019The league comprises 33 matches across three countries that include semi-finals and a final. Each team will play in the round-robin format.As per the tournament rules, each city will have nine domestic players and up to seven overseas players in their squads. The rules will also have the mandate to play six domestic players in the playing 11 in every match.”It is a great opportunity for players from these three countries. The best part of the league is that each team will have six local players in the playing XI. Imagine the kind of exposure they get playing alongside with likes of Chris Gayle or Andre Russell. Their game is bound to improve by leaps and bounds,” Akram said.Vengsarkar echoed the same sentiment saying, “If they can pick brains of the T20 stalwarts, it will help them when they next play for their countries. The aim is to promote talent in these three countries and Euro T20 Slam is a very good platform for these youngsters.”advertisement”Cricket boards of Ireland, Scotland and Netherlands have finalized the cities after due diligence. We are in talks with a number of sponsors across the world and we will announce the franchise names after discussing with the committee members and confirmed sponsors,” Gurmeet Singh, the promoter of the league, said.Also Read | India very confident of doing well in the World Cup: Shikhar DhawanAlso Read | BCB forced to change World Cup jersey design
He said the exercise, which the Ministry will be seeking to carry out in tandem with the National Water Commission (NWC), aims to identify standpipes that are either non-functional or are not being appropriately used, in order to determine how to deal with them. Local Government and Community Development Minister, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, says the Ministry plans to conduct an audit of community standpipes islandwide that are managed by municipal corporations, as part of measures to reduce the cost to deliver domestic water to residents through these outlets.He said the exercise, which the Ministry will be seeking to carry out in tandem with the National Water Commission (NWC), aims to identify standpipes that are either non-functional or are not being appropriately used, in order to determine how to deal with them.Addressing a special meeting of the St. Mary Municipal Corporation in Port Maria on Thursday, October 12, Mr. McKenzie indicated that he will be writing to the NWC President, Mark Barnett, to formally advise him of the proposed undertaking, and request a meeting, along with the Commission’s technical officers to discuss the matter.“We are going to engage the NWC in an in-depth discussion… so we can give the necessary instructions for some of these standpipes to be disconnected,” the Minister said.Mr. McKenzie further said mayors and councillors will be asked to furnish a list of all standpipes across their parishes for incorporation in the proposed audit.The Minister’s proposed action comes against the background of the close to $800 million that he says the Ministry owes the NWC, through the councils, for water supplied through community standpipes.Mr. McKenzie said information gleaned by the Ministry indicates that a significant number of the standpipes are not being used for their intended purpose, noting that persons are using the water to either wash cars or supply cook shops.Additionally, he said others “fill tanks that they have and go and sell the water to residents”.“While we have thousands of standpipes… it is totally unacceptable that social water should be costing the Ministry so much money, and we are not in a position to fully account for the number,” the Minister said.“There is a culture of waste of State resources in this country, where some people feel that ‘somebody has to pay for it, and it’s not going to be me’. There comes a point in time (when) we have to stop… and that is the decision I have taken,” Mr. McKenzie added. Local Government and Community Development Minister, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, says the Ministry plans to conduct an audit of community standpipes islandwide that are managed by municipal corporations, as part of measures to reduce the cost to deliver domestic water to residents through these outlets. Mr. McKenzie said information gleaned by the Ministry indicates that a significant number of the standpipes are not being used for their intended purpose, noting that persons are using the water to either wash cars or supply cook shops. Story Highlights
zoom Marine engineer Robert Allan and technology specialist Kongsberg Maritime have joined forces to develop a new range of remotely-operated fireboats for ports.The fireboats, which would address the evolving safety and security needs of modern ports, will enable more aggressive on-water firefighting while reducing risk and improving personnel safety.The un-crewed RALamander fireboat will offer in-close firefighting and ‘eye in the fire’ capability that keeps marine firefighting professionals out of harm’s way.Robert Allan, Kongsberg Maritime said that fires involving containers, petrochemicals, shore-side structures or vessels can be attacked more quickly in situations where toxic smoke or explosion risk may delay or even prevent manned assets from responding effectively.RALamander can serve as a force multiplier with conventional firefighting assets, or be deployed on its own.The first in the series, the 20 m RALamander 2000, will be equipped with FiFi 1 capability with a total pumping capacity of 2400 m3/hr with optional foam. A retractable mast can bring one of the three monitors to a high point of attack for shipboard or dock fires.A range of auto functions is planned for firefighting, including dynamic positioning, water spray target holding, and ‘line protection’ where RALamander automatically moves back and forth along a line while directing protective spray cover on shore structures or vessels threatened by a fire.RALamander’s versatility may also offer new ways to maintain and operate a port firefighting asset.
Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With: Dion also posted a photo from the incredible meeting on her Instagram account, writing, “You’re the best Katy, thanks for the amazing show.”Perry also posted a photo with Dion, writing in all-caps, “CELINE DION SHOWED ME HOW TO DO THE FAMOUS CHEST SLAP AND I DID IT TO HER WHILE SINGING FIREWORK AND I BECAME A FIREWORK.”Perry also posted video of the meeting in her Instagram Stories feed. Who knew Celine Dion was such a big Katy Perry fan.The Canadian singer got to meet Perry backstage on her “Witness” World Tour stop in Melbourne, Australia on Saturday.Perry shared a video on Twitter of her meeting with Dion, including the moment the “My Heart Will Go On” singer taught her how to do her signature chest slap.… and hilarious too! Never grow up @CelineDion ? pic.twitter.com/sbXzzNrbRW— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) August 7, 2018 Advertisement Facebook Getty Image
LONDON — Police have charged four men who were accused of threatening the crew of a cargo ship in the Thames Estuary outside of London.Essex Police said Sunday the four were charged with “affray,” a crime defined as using of threatening to use violence in a way that makes by-standers fear for their safety.The operator of the cargo ship Grande Tema said the men had been discovered stowed away on the vessel, which travelled from Nigeria to England.The men were confined to a cabin but escaped and, according to ship operator Grimaldi Lines, threatened the crew with iron bars. Friday’s incident ended peacefully after authorities intervened.The men range in age from 20 to 27.They are scheduled to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on Monday.The Associated Press
New Delhi: The fake currency note has started to pump inside the city by the criminals as in the current year Delhi Police recovered more than 18 lakh Fake Indian Currency Note (FICN). The highest recovery was of fake 100 rupees note. Police sources told Millennium Post that till February, Rs 18,05,420 FICN was recovered and two cases were registered. “We solved two cases and four persons were arrested,” police said. Sources further added that around 1551 fake notes of Rs 100 were recovered whereas 743 FICN notes of Rs 2000 recovered. “612 FICN of Rs 200, 507 FICN of Rs 50 recovered,” added police sources. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAccording to Delhi Police Annual Report of last year, city police launched a drive against fake Indian currency notes and associated other agencies like RBI, Customs Department and Intelligence this pursuit. During the year 2018, FICN of Rs 3,33,16,350 crore (approx) was recovered and 33 cases registered. During the year 2016, FICN of Rs 5.74 crore (approx) was recovered and 80 cases registered. During the year 2017, FICN worth Rs 6 crore 59 lakh (approx) was recovered and 46 cases registered. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsRecently Special Cell of Delhi Police arrested a key member of international FICN racket. Highly fine quality Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN) of Rs 10 lakh, in the denomination of Rs 2,000, were recovered from the possession of arrested Khalik Sheikh. “The recovered FICN appeared to have been printed in a sophisticated printing unit having almost all the security features, including security thread and security watermark. It is very difficult for a common person to distinguish the recovered FICN from original currency,” police said. Last year Delhi Police arrested four persons and recovered FICN of Rs 8.48 lakh in the denomination of Rs 2000/- currency notes. Accused disclosed that after demonetization, they have already circulated more than 60-70 lakh of FICNs in different parts of India including Bihar, Haryana, Delhi & NCR etc.
Rabat – Morocco has summoned the Iraqi ambassador in Rabat to protest an Iraqi festival screening a documentary against Morocco’s position on Western Sahara.Morocco summoned the Iraqi ambassador because the Sulimani Film Festival in Iraq screened “3 Stolen Cameras,” which defends Polisario’s separatist ideology.The artistic director of the festival, Danar Omer, said that the Iraqi ambassador called him personally to inform him about Morocco’s position. Quoted by Rudaw, Omer said, “The Iraqi ambassador contacted me about this, saying that the movie was banned and asked why we had showcased it.”He added that the festival was “unaware of that issue, but it is a documentary film and its showcasing is normal.”In 2017, Morocco protested the screening of the “3 Stolen Cameras” in Lebanon at Beirut’s International Cinema festival.The documentary is a joint Sweden-Polisario project. The 17-minute documentary shows alleged Moroccan “violations of human rights” in Western Sahara.Morocco has closed its embassy in Iraq for security reasons. In 2005, Al Qaeda kidnapped two Moroccans in Iraq.Earlier this year, Akhbar Al Yaoum reported that the Moroccan embassy has plans to reopen.In recent years, both the Iraqi foreign affairs minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari and the Iraqi ambassador have called for Morocco to reopen its embassy in Baghdad and reinforce Iraq-Morocco cooperation.
“It is my firm belief that the time is very opportune to explore and focus on ways and means of elevating to a much higher level our bilateral economic relations, especially with the State of Maharashtra. Sri Lanka is taking number of measures to strengthen investment climate; The Board of Investment is moving beyond facilitation to attach higher priority to attract investments,” she said at an Interactive Meeting on Trade and Investment Opportunities in Sri Lanka organized by the MVIRDC World Trade Centre Mumbai and All India Association of Industries (AIAI) at WTC Mumbai. This is the maiden visit of Mrs. Wagiswara to the financial capital of India after taking charge as High Commissioner. Wagiswara urged Indian companies to take advantage of the Government of Sri Lanka’s Vision 2025 programme, which will present ample opportunities and position the country as an export-oriented economic hub at the centre of the Indian Ocean.Under the Vision 2025 agenda, Government of Sri Lanka aims to raise its per capita income to USD 5,000 per year, create one million new jobs, enhance FDI to USD 5 billion and double exports to USD 20 billion per year. These targets lay the foundation for Sri Lanka to become an upper-middle income country by 2025. Mrs. Chamari Rodrigo, Consul General of Sri Lanka in Mumbaisaid that their mission was to present Indian businesses new economic opportunities in Sri Lanka. After a 30-year conflict period, Sri Lanka has enjoyed unprecedented peace and economic stability in the past eight years. Sri Lanka’s preferential market access, proactive government, educated workforce and fast developing infrastructure projects provide immense opportunities for investment in the country. Highlighting the economic benefits of investment in Sri Lanka, Mrs. Wagiswara said that Sri Lanka having signed FTAs with India, Singapore and Pakistan and another FTA under negotiation with China, offers preferential access to a vast market of 3 billion consumers. Colombo port has been ranked 13th best connectivity port in South Asia. Sri Lanka is committed to improve ease of doing business ranking from 110 in 2017 to 70 by 2020.The High Commissioner emphasized the potential for co-operation in the hospitality and tourism sector and suggested that India and Sri Lanka could be promoted as dual destination for tourism. Government of Sri Lanka is attracting Indian tourists through the promotion of the Ramayana Trail.Mrs. Wagiswara invited Indian investors to participate at the Sri Lanka Investment and Business Conclave to be organised by Ceylon Chamber of Commerce from 19th-21st June 2018 in Colombo. Sri Lanka says it wants to elevate the relationship with India to a much higher level.Chitranganee Wagiswara, the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in New Delhi said that the relationship between Sri Lanka and India is rooted in deep civilizational links, which date back many millennia. Speaking about ambitious infrastructure projects in the country, Mrs. Rodrigo invited India’s participation in the Western Region Mega polis Plan and the Colombo Port City Project that will generate investment opportunities in infrastructure, transport, real estate, both commercial and residential, large scale affordable housing programmes, financial and IT-enabled services, logistics, ports and airports, manufacturing, industrial zones, training and skill development centres. The Colombo Port City Project is a special financial zone that will become an International Financial Centre.Siddhartha Rastogi, Director – Asset Management, Ambit Capital Private Limitedsaid that India and Sri Lanka are complimentary to each other for their existence, survival and growth. It’s not a coincidence that various Indian governments have intervened in resolving Sri Lankan conflict in the past and bring political and social stability to both sides. Mr. Rastogi further stated that Sri Lanka from times immemorial has been relevant as it forms an integral part of Silk route. Not too much has changed since then as dominance on Indian ocean can only be gained through Sri Lanka’s support. Whichever country controls Indian ocean can claim access to 6 other oceans as well and bring EAST-WEST Trade corridor closer.Earlier in his welcome remarks, Vijay Kalantri, President, All India Association of Industries and Vice Chairman, MVIRDC World Trade Centre Mumbai said that Sri Lanka is India’s friendly neighbor and we have religious and cultural ties dating back to the period of epic Ramayana. The country is a promising destination for employment and investment. India has signed a free trade agreement with Sri Lanka and already India is exporting pharmaceuticals, chemicals and other items to Sri Lanka. Being a small country, projects can be implemented within time limit in Sri Lanka. The event was attended by representatives from industry, consular corps, academic and research institutions, EXIM Bank and other financial institutions, government departments and non government organizations.Ms. Rupa Naik, Senior Director, MVIRDC World Trade Centre Mumbaiproposed the vote of thanks. (Colombo Gazette)
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has hailed the opening of the school year in Afghanistan, where for the first time in six years, girls were among the over 1 million students attending formal classes.On Saturday, with UNICEF assistance, some 3,000 schools across Afghanistan admitted more than 1.5 million girls and boys. The agency’s Executive Director, Carol Bellamy, praised the country’s interim authorities for their dedication to education.“Over the last few months, the incredible efforts of the Afghan people to get their children back to school has reminded us all about the importance of education in the life of any nation – and in the peace and stability of our world,” she told a ceremony in Kabul over the weekend. “You have inspired us to look at what might be possible in other countries where millions of girls and boys never get the chance to go to school.”Also attending Saturday’s ceremony were the Chairman of the Afghan Interim Administration, Hamid Karzai, and Lakhdar Brahimi, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative to Afghanistan, who hailed the “historic” start of the school term. He paid tribute to all involved, including the Afghan authorities and teachers, as well as the Government of Japan, which provided substantial funding for the effort. “But today should mark the beginning – not the end – of our efforts,” Mr. Brahimi said. “We cannot afford to fail the children of Afghanistan.”Over the last several weeks, UNICEF supported the Afghan Administration’s efforts to open schools by delivering more than 7,000 tons of learning materials to virtually every school in the country, supplying 93 per cent with items such as textbooks, blackboards, pencils and notebooks, teaching aids and tents.On Sunday, a UN spokesman reported that other ceremonies were held in provinces across Afghanistan, including war-ravaged areas such as Herat and Kandahar.According to UNICEF, Afghan officials estimate that an additional 1 million children may return to the public school system in April, and another million in May and June, as displaced populations return home.
Mr. Graziano da Silva echoed the UN chief and noted that social protection allows the hungry to “become empowered to escape hunger through their own efforts” leading to a more dignified and productive life. “India, Brazil and Ethiopia and other countries show us that increasing the power of the very poor to buy food offers an affordable key to hunger eradication. Industrialized countries did the same to end widespread hunger after World War II,” he added. For her part, Ms. Cousin said: “Just imagine the night in 2030 when no child, woman or man goes to bed hungry…Starting now, each of us must stand up, get involved and do our part to make the changes so we reach Zero Hunger by 2030.” “Working together, we can all press for the changes that the world needs, including ending extreme poverty, supporting smallholder farmers and ensuring access to nutritious food all year round for the most vulnerable people by investing in social protection programmes,” she declared. At the event, Mr. Ban called for forming new partnerships and creating better ways of working. “We need all partners in this campaign – fashion experts and diplomats, rock stars and athletes, global world leaders and city mayors. Most of all, we need local communities,” he said. Seven decades ago, countries established the FAO with a ringing promise of ensuring humanity’s freedom from hunger. “Today we continue to aim for the Zero Hunger Challenge I launched three years ago to keep this promise to our world,” said Mr. Ban. Mr. Ban further reiterated that to achieve food security for all, the world must collectively start a movement which will also assist in attaining greater health, economic development and social inclusion for individuals and societies. Success in achieving the world’s new sustainable development goals – and becoming the Zero Hunger Generation – ultimately depends on all people and not just governments, Mr. Graziano da Silva said in offering praise for both the Charter of Milan and the EXPO fair’s food-centred theme. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director at World Food Programme (WFP), José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) were among those present at the event being held as part of the UN’s contribution to the Milan Expo, as well as to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of FAO. Mr. Ban stressed to those gathered at the event in Milan, Italy, that global leaders must act collectively on fulfilling the recently adopted Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to achieve complete eradication of hunger in the next fifteen years. “Agenda 2030 is ambitious and achievable. It is integrated and universal. It recognizes that poverty and hunger have complex and interconnected root causes. We made our promise. Now it is time for action,” said the Secretary-General in his address. This year, World Food Day focuses on the theme ‘Social Protection- breaking the cycle of rural poverty.’ Mr. Ban underscored that social protection is a tool to reach the most vulnerable as it prevents people from falling into extreme hardship and provides food and nutrition security.
We’re approaching mid-May — essentially a quarter of the way into the 2019 MLB season — and free-agent pitcher Dallas Keuchel, the seventh-best lefty in baseball over the past five full seasons according to wins above replacement,1Averaging together the versions from Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs. is still without a team.“If you would’ve asked me on the first day of free agency, I would have said no way I’d be here on May 6,” Keuchel told Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports this week. “This was not the plan at all. I would love to be out there playing ball and helping a team win. Because, to my career at this point, I’ve done more winning than I have losing and at a much higher clip. So what team wouldn’t want me to be out there?”So what’s keeping Keuchel on the sidelines? He is reportedly holding out for what he calls his “fair market value,” even turning down offers recommended to him by his agent, Scott Boras. And Keuchel’s current offers may be affected by the fact that any team signing him would have to send a compensatory draft pick to his former club, the Houston Astros. (This obstacle will be lifted after next month’s draft.)But pushing in the opposite direction is the fact that there are indeed teams that should want Keuchel and are hurting themselves by waiting to pull the trigger. Although we think of the most important games in a pennant chase happening down the season’s final stretch, these games in May count just the same in the standings — and even now, there are already teams running into crises in the back ends of their rotations.To see which teams could use Keuchel’s services the most, we took our pitcher ratings and compared each rotation’s current strength2Averaging the ratings for a team’s five highest-rated pitchers, among those who started at least three games this season and at least one game in the past 10 days. to what it would be with Keuchel replacing the team’s fifth-ranked starter. Although the teams Keuchel would help most are generally bad teams, the ideal mix would be a team with a good Elo rating but a thin rotation in need of a solid starter. Looking at the current state of things, the best fits are the St. Louis Cardinals (where Keuchel’s rating is a vast improvement over that of current No. 5-ranked starter Dakota Hudson), the Cleveland Indians (Jefry Rodriguez), the Boston Red Sox (Hector Velazquez) and perhaps the Oakland A’s (Aaron Brooks).Of course, the Indians — who are currently missing Mike Clevinger and Corey Kluber (both of whom rate higher than Keuchel) — are proof that just because a team’s rotation is wracked with injuries now doesn’t mean it won’t eventually get stronger. When Cleveland is at full strength, it will have little need for Keuchel because he would actually rate worse than the Tribe’s fifth-ranked starter, Shane Bieber. Ditto the Red Sox, who will get David Price and Nathan Eovaldi back sooner or later, mitigating Keuchel’s impact as a rotation upgrade.But St. Louis remains the team that could use Keuchel most, even if we look at who they might add internally during the season. (The injured Carlos Martinez, who carries a pitcher rating of 51.8 — exactly the same as Keuchel’s — will return soon, but only in a relief capacity.) The Cardinals’ need for Keuchel makes sense considering how little they have gotten out of the back of their rotation so far this season. (Hudson, Adam Wainwright and Michael Wacha have all posted earned run averages at least 9 percent worse than the National League average.) With at least some luxury-tax breathing room and an extremely competitive NL Central race in front of them, the Cardinals might be the team with the most to gain by adding an experienced, solid starter like Keuchel.At age 31 this season, Keuchel is probably not the pitcher he was just a few years ago. Indeed, his Elo pitcher rating dropped from a very strong 59.2 in the middle of the 2017 season to a more middling 51.8 — only 55th-best in baseball — by the end of last season. Keuchel himself knows where he’s at — but he also knows he can still help a team in 2019.“Am I the best at this point in time? No,” he told Yahoo. “But am I more than or better than some of the offers I’ve been given? Absolutely.”Check out our latest MLB predictions.
Shorter delays of three hours or more experienced by short-haul passengers could mean they are entitled to €250 in compensation. Alex Neill, Which? managing director of home products and services, said: “Some airlines seem to be making it as difficult as possible for passengers to receive the money that they are rightly entitled to for flight delays.”The consumer group is calling for a transport ombudsman who can enforce compensation for travellers. It said many of the cases in which airlines refused to pay were down to differing interpretations of the law. The CAA believes that passengers on a multi-leg trip should get compensation if they miss a later flight because their first flight was delayed.But some airlines, including Emirates, argue that if the second leg did not start or end in the EU, they are not liable to pay out – even if it was their delay which causes the passenger to miss the second flight. Earlier this year the CAA announced that it would be taking enforcement action against five airlines, including Emirates, for not giving passengers compensation for delayed flights. Two cases brought by passengers who were denied compensation by the airline are also due to be heard by the Court of Appeal at the end of next month. Airlines are wrongly withholding compensation from delayed passengers, research has found. Analysis by consumer group Which? of Civil Aviation Authority data found that in 53 per cent of cases the airline was told to pay up after having refused a passenger compensation after their flight had been delayed. The worst offender was Norwegian Air, which was told to pay out in 83 per cent of cases where a passenger had complained to the regulator about not being compensated for a delay. The CAA said Ryanair was in the wrong in 77 per cent of cases and the Spanish airline Vueling was ruled against 79 per cent of the time. Because the CAA cannot enforce its decisions, the data also shows that many airlines decided not to follow its recommendations.In 74 per cent of cases where it was told it should pay up, Emirates declined to do so. United Airlines also said it would not pay in 42 per cent of cases. Under EU law passengers flying long-haul can be entitled to up to €300 in compensation if their plane is between three and four hours late, or €600 if the flight arrives behind schedule by more than four hours. Emirates called the CAA’s stance “misleading and unprofessional”, and said: “The safety of our passengers and crew always comes first, and many flight delays are caused by factors that are beyond our control and which are not the airline’s responsibility – such as inclement weather, bird strikes, and airport closures. “We do everything possible to ensure that any disruption caused to our passengers is minimised.” A Norwegian Air spokesman said: “We understand that punctuality is vital for our passengers, and we strive to operate all flights on schedule. “We take customer care very seriously and we always maintain a consistent policy regarding delays and cancellations in accordance with EU261”.A Vueling spokesman said: “Due to the busy period of the summer season and operational disruptions experienced by Vueling in early July 2016, it took the company longer than usual to reply some of our customers’ claims. “These claims have already been managed by the company and the payment of compensation to passengers was done fully complying with our obligations under the EU 261/2004 regulation.”A CAA spokesman said: “Last year we introduced alternative dispute resolution to the aviation industry so passengers who have been unable to resolve a complaint with an airline can get an independent decision that the airline must abide by.”The vast majority of UK airlines already offer passengers access to these services and, in total, nearly 80 per cent of passenger journeys from the UK are now covered by airlines who are signed up to dispute resolution services.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
essenpieczkowskiTUSEM Essenwetzlar Very few would have believed before the game that TuSEM Essen would have any chance in Wetzlar, a team that has been in terrific form lately winning many top games. However, with the new coach change, there might be a chance for Essen if we’re to judge by tonights performance. The team from Essen took an important point in Wetzlar, and might definitely mean a huge boost of confidence in the team ahead of the next game. Wetzlar had 5 goals advantage with two minutes to go, but with two goals Essen makes it bearable 17-14 for Wetzlar at half. In the second half TuSEM gets to 18:18 in the 37th minute and from this point on a goal-for-goal game occurs, with Essen even taking the lead 32:32 in the 57th minute. Wetzlar takes the lead back with 45 seconds to go, and with Pieczkowski‘s goal 4 seconds before the whistle, TuSEM make it 33:33. Their first point in the season. ← Previous Story Veselin Vujovic: “Three goals is not unreachable, we can beat Magdeburg” Next Story → World Championship (W) Qualifications: Netherlands with a win over Slovenia
PROPERTY PRICES in Ireland are continuing their slow decline, according to the latest figures compiled by the Central Statistics Office.The latest data for residential prices shows a fall of 0.5 per cent in March, with the average home worth 3.0 per cent less at the end of last month than it was a year earlier.The steepest drop was in the price of apartments in Dublin, which fell by 7.2 per cent last month, and are now 2.2 per cent lower than a year ago. The CSO warned, however, that the low volume of apartments sold in the capital last month could skew the figures and make them appear more volatile.Houses in the capital fared somewhat better, falling by 0.3 per cent, but are still 1.5 per cent higher than they were this time last year.Outside Dublin, houses fell in value by 0.3 per cent, and are down by 4.0 per cent over the last year.In all, houses in Dublin are 55 per cent lower – and apartments 52 per cent lower – than their peak prices in early 2007.In the rest of the country, the average home is now worth just 51 per cent of its peak price.