Heavy downpour is likely in most parts of Odisha in the next few days, as a low pressure area is set to form over the Bay of Bengal, the Met office said here on Thursday. The low pressure area, likely to form over northeast Bay of Bengal by August 4, will trigger rainfall in districts like Kalahandi, Nabarangpur, Koraput, Malkangiri and Mayurbhanj and the intensity will increase from Friday, it said. On August 3 and 4, heavy rainfall is also expected in Bhadrak, Keonjhar, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Ganjam, Puri, Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Balasore and Bhadrak districts. Thereafter, several parts of Jajpur, Mayurbhanj, Bhadrak, Kendrapara, Kalahandi, Keonjhar, Dhenkanal, Balasore, Nabarangpur, Jagatsinghpur, Khurda, Sambalpur, Deogarh and Sonepur districts will experience heavy to very heavy rainfall till August 6, the MeT office said. Under the influence of the system, high velocity winds are likely to sweep coastal and adjoining districts of Odisha. Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea along and off the coast and adjoining central Bay of Bengal on August 4 and 5, it said.The catchment areas of rivers like Mahanadi, Brahmani, Baitarani, Budhabalanga and Subarnarekha may receive heavy precipitation between August 3 and 6. As most parts of Odisha received rainfall in the last few days, the quantum of rainfall deficit in the state has come down to 17.7% from around 32% recorded on July 24, officials said, expressing hope that the deficit will further reduce in the next few days.
Utility player Thato Mokeke has reunited, once more, with his former coach Eric Tinkler at Chippa United.The two previously worked together at Cape Town City and most recently, SuperSport United.Mokeke, 28, has been in the wilderness since leaving United in the offseason and looks set to find a new home in Port Elizabeth. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “Yes I can confirm that Thato is with the team,’ club CEO Lukhanyo Mzinzi said.”He has been with the team for over a week now and he is obviously known by the coach as they have worked together before. “The intention is to sign him,” Mzinzi told Goal .The highly versatile Kimberly-born man could add the much needed stability at the Chilli Boys as he can deputise across a number of positions including centre-back, left-back, central-midfield and also out on the left wing.Other than City and Matsatsantsa, he has also turned out for Ajax Cape Town and has four Bafana Bafana caps to his name.Together with Tinkler, they won the Telkom Knockout trophy with the Citizens and the MTN-8 with United.
Liverpool and Arsenal played out a thrilling draw at the Emirates stadium on Saturday with Roberto Firmino scoring the equaliser in the 71st minute while Manchester City hammered four past Bournemouth at the Etihad stadium in the Premier League.It was Philippe Coutinho who opened the scoring in the 26th minute and that was to be the only goal in the first half. But the real action unfolded in the second half as Liverpool doubled their lead through Mohammed Salah in the 52nd minute.The Gunners immediately responded with Alexis Sanchez scoring in the very next minute. Arsene Wenger’s side then equalised three minutes later as Granit Xhaka found the back of the net. Two minutes later Mesut Ozil put the home team ahead for the first time in the match before Firmino drew level in the 71st minute.Manchester City lead the points table with 55 points in 19 games followed by Manchester United (41), Chelsea (39), Liverpool (35) and Arsenal (34).Such were the depths of Arsenal’s defensive ineptitude that the players were booed off at halftime at Emirates Stadium. And that was only when Arsene Wenger’s side was trailing 1-0 following Philippe Coutinho’s header.Arsenal’s troubles deepened seven minutes into the second half when Mohamed Salah was gifted even more space to double Liverpool’s lead.But inside 388 seconds, Arsenal was a force transformed. Liverpool paid the price.Showing the desire and assertiveness completely missing in the first half, Arsenal pulled level through Alexis Sanchez and Granit Xhaka by the 56th minute.Much to the fury of Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp, Mesut Ozil was able to dink the ball over goalkeeper Simon Mignolet to send Arsenal into a 58th-minute lead that seemed improbable minutes earlier.advertisementChelsea on the other hand, managed to draw their game against Everton at Goodison Park.Meanwhile, Sergio Aguero’s double took Manchester City’s Premier League goal total for 2017 to more than 100 goals.Raheem Sterling also claimed his 16th goal of the season and Danilo grabbed his first for the club as Pep Guardiola’s side extended the top-flight football record to 17 successive victories.City has 101 goals for the calendar year – across two league seasons – and it still has two games remaining. City has a 14-point lead over Manchester United, which is at Leicester on Saturday night.Meanwhile, Sam Allardyce kept up his unbeaten start as Everton manager with a 0-0 draw that further undermined Chelsea’s Premier League title defense on Saturday.Antonio Conte’s side, missing suspended top scorer Alvaro Morata, played most of the game in Everton’s half and had 25 attempts on goal to the host’s five but the closest they came was when home defender Ashley Williams headed against his own bar trying to clear a cross.Everton are now unbeaten in five games under new manager Sam Allardyce who has steered the Merseysiders to ninth place having looked in real relegation trouble earlier in the campaign.SWANSEA DRAW WITH PALACEPlayer-coach Leon Britton’s first game in charge of Swansea ended in a 1-1 home draw against Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday.Swansea had put the club veteran in temporary charge after firing Paul Clement on Wednesday.Luka Milivojevic sent Palace ahead on the hour but substitute Jordan Ayew rescued a point 13 minutes from time with a powerful 20-yard (meter) drive. It was Ayew’s second goal of the season, with his previous league strike coming against Palace at Selhurst Park in August.Britton oversaw a vastly improved display from last-place Swansea which had scored only 10 goals in 18 games under Clement this season.Palace dropped to 16th, five points ahead of Swansea.(With inputs from AP & Reuters)
Indian captain Virat Kohli capped a memorable 2018 season by becoming the first to win the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) cricketer, Test and ODI player of the year awards, the ICC said on Tuesday.Kohli, the top scorer in both Tests and one-dayers in 2018, was also named captain of the ICC Test and ODI teams of the year.The 30-year-old top-order batsman scored 1,322 runs in 13 Tests at an average of 55.08, and scored 1,202 runs in 14 ODIs at an average of 133.55, notching up 11 centuries across the formats.”It feels amazing. It’s a reward for all the hard work that you do throughout the calendar year,” Kohli said in a statement.”To be rewarded in this manner… is a very proud moment for me and something that gives you more motivation to keep repeating the same things because you have to keep the standard of cricket up and keep bringing in consistent performances.”ICC Men’s Cricketer of the YearICC Men’s Test Cricketer of the YearICC Men’s ODI Cricketer of the YearCaptain of ICC Test Team of the YearCaptain of ICC Men’s ODI Team of the YearLet’s hear from the man himself, @imvKohli! #ICCAwards pic.twitter.com/3M2pxyC44nICC (@ICC) January 22, 2019Kohli, who won cricketer and ODI player of the year in 2017, was the unanimous choice for the former award in 2018, with South Africa fast bowler Kagiso Rabada finishing runner-up, the ICC said.With 48% of the vote, India’s triumph in New Zealand to claim their fourth #U19CWC title was voted by you as the ICC Fans’ Moment of the Year 2018!https://t.co/DjxiXotQSq#ICCAwards pic.twitter.com/ocdH9KrdhTadvertisementICC (@ICC) January 22, 2019Rabada also finished second in the Test player category, while Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan was runner-up to Kohli for the ODI award.Full list of award winners:ICC Test Team of the Year 2017-18: Tom Latham (NZ), Dimuth Karunaratne (SL), Kane Williamson (NZ), Virat Kohli (captain) (IND), Henry Nicholls (NZ), Rishabh Pant (IND), Jason Holder (WI), Kagiso Rabada (SA), Nathan Lyon (Aus), Jasprit Bumrah (IND), Mohammad Abbas (PAK).Congratulations to the ICC Test Team of the Year 2018!@Tomlatham2@IamDimuthKane Williamson@imVkohli (c)@HenryNicholls27@RishabPant777@Jaseholder98@KagisoRabada25@NathLyon421@Jaspritbumrah93@Mohmmadabbas111https://t.co/ju3tzAxwc8 pic.twitter.com/0H28spZUmmICC (@ICC) January 22, 2019ICC ODI Team of the Year 2017-18: Rohit Sharma (IND), Jonny Bairstow (ENG), Virat Kohli (captain) (IND), Joe Root (ENG), Ross Taylor (NZ), Jos Buttler (wicketkeeper) (ENG), Ben Stokes (ENG), Mustafizur Rahman (BAN), Rashid Khan (AFG), Kuldeep Yadav (IND), Jasprit Bumrah (IND).Presenting the ICC Men’s ODI Team of the Year 2018!@ImRo45@jbairstow21@imVkohli (c)@root66@RossLTaylor@josbuttler (wk)@benstokes38@Mustafiz90@rashidkhan_19@imkuldeep18@Jaspritbumrah93https://t.co/EaCjC7szqs#ICCAwards pic.twitter.com/dg64VGuXiZICC (@ICC) January 22, 2019ICC Men’s Cricketer of the Year – Virat Kohli (India)Men’s Test Cricketer of the Year – Virat Kohli (India)Men’s ODI Cricketer of the Year – Virat Kohli (India)Men’s Emerging Cricketer of the Year – Rishabh Pant (India)Congratulations to @RishabPant777, the ICC Men’s Emerging Cricketer of the Year 2018!He became the first Indian wicket-keeper to score a Test century in England, and equalled the record for the most catches taken in a Test, with 11 in Adelaide in December.#ICCAwards pic.twitter.com/s5yQBuwWlvICC (@ICC) January 22, 2019Men’s Associate Cricketer of the Year – Calum Macleod (Scotland)His two ODI centuries of 2018 fired @CricketScotland to victory against Afghanistan at #CWCQ and a famous win against England at The Grange in June.@calummacleod640 is the ICC Associate Cricketer of the Year 2018!https://t.co/DjxiXotQSq#ICCAwards pic.twitter.com/ePq1kBoNTTICC (@ICC) January 22, 2019Men’s T20I Performance of the Year – Aaron Finch (172 off 76 balls v Zimbabwe)(Australia)Umpire of the Year – Kumar Dharmasena (Sri Lanka)Spirit of Cricket – Kane Williamson (New Zealand)The ICC Spirit of Cricket Award 2018 goes to Kane Williamson, for continuing to be a shining role model of how our game should be played, his behaviour setting an outstanding example on and off the fieldhttps://t.co/DjxiXotQSq#SpiritofCricket #ICCAwards pic.twitter.com/sB5VpweYhIICC (@ICC) January 22, 2019Also Read | Amazing feeling: Virat Kohli thrilled after sweeping ICC awards to create historyAlso Read | Rishabh Pant named ICC Emerging Player of the Year after stellar 2018 seasonAlso Read | Virat Kohli first cricketer to win all 3 ICC Awards after sensational year in Tests and ODIs
England are almost certain to have one coach in charge of their Test, one-day international and Twenty20 international teams after Trevor Bayliss completes his stint later this year, director of cricket Ashley Giles has said.Bayliss, who has been in charge of England since 2015, will step down following the home Ashes series against Australia in August and September, and Giles said he was not in favour of splitting coaching duties going forward.”I’m about 99.9 percent sure that I want one man to do that job in the future,” the former England spinner told BBC’s Test Match Special podcast.”The last thing we want is a football-style mentality where a guy comes in, brings his whole backroom staff with him, and the whole structure falls apart.”I think consistency of communication is really important.”Giles, who took over from former Test captain Andrew Strauss in December, did not rule out the possibility of a home-grown coach replacing Australian Bayliss.Peter Moores was the last Englishman to coach the national team in all three formats, from 2007 to 2009 and a second stint from 2014 to 2015.”We’ve had one lead English coach in 20 years, and he’s done it twice. It’s a pretty sorry state of affairs for our coach development department,” added Giles, who coached England’s limited-overs sides between 2012 and 2014.England, who host the 50-overs World Cup starting in May, are on tour of the West Indies where they lost the three-match Test series 2-1 before winning the first of five ODIs.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal boss Emery reluctant to change XI over Christmas programmeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery won’t ring the changes over the Christmas programme.Emery will not unnecessarily rest players during the next week despite the threat of further injuries.He said: “In my career I never made these decisions. We are going to play the next match in Brighton and we are going to play full, not with considered options or playing with more caution.”The same three points are in Brighton that are in Liverpool and we are going to play first in Brighton. It’s a tough match and we will need every player with 100 per cent focus to do everything on the pitch to win.”I was speaking with Koscielny about the possibility of playing against Burnley and he said ‘not today’ because he was very tired after two matches in a week, so I decided for him not to be with the group. He said, ‘I’m not Matteo Guendouzi, Matteo is 19 and I’m 33!’.”
India Today Web Desk SydneyJanuary 7, 2019UPDATED: January 7, 2019 20:02 IST Cheteshwar Pujara was adjudged man-of-the-series for top-scoring in the Border-Gavaskar series (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSCheteshwar Pujara scored 521 runs in the four-Test series at an average of over 74Pujara has amassed a total of 722 runs in 7 Tests in AustraliaThe 31-year-old is planning to return to domestic and county cricket after this series against AustraliaCheteshwar Pujara, who won the man-of-the-series for his 521 runs in India’s historic series win over Australia, said this is the best he has batted in his career.Pujara has been in sensational form since he was dropped in the first Test in England. Before the start of the Test series in Australia, the entire focus was on Virat Kohli – the man who top scored in ODIs and Tests in 2018, the man who had bullied Australia in their own backyard four years ago, the man who was just short of 1000 Test runs in Australia before the first ball was bowled in Adelaide.However, it was Cheteshwar Pujara who led India’s batting revival against the likes of Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon and Mitchell Starc.Pujara scored hundreds in Adelaide, Melbourne and Perth in trying conditions to enthrall the cricket world. Kohli had a below-par series by his own standards, scored 282 runs.Pujara, speaking exclusively to India Today’s Boria Majumdar, said this was the best he has ever batted.”It’s a very big achievement for all us, winning a Test series abroad. Especially in this country, where we haven’t won a Test series. We have been close to winning a Test series. It’s a first-ever victory for the Indian team. We are all proud of it.”We all are proud of it. The credit goes to the team. The way we have played throughout the entire series. I would also want to mention our bowlers. They have done a lot of hard work. To win abroad, you need to take 20 wickets. Our pacers and spinners have done that.advertisementThe end of an epic knock from Cheteshwar Pujara!#AUSvIND | @toyota_aus pic.twitter.com/J2php55Ktlcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 4, 2019″Well, for me, I think the first hundred at Adelaide was special, because of the kind of situation we were in. And when you’re playing a four-Test series, it’s important to start off well. When you’re 1-0 up, you can be rest assured you have a very good chance to win the Test series. That hundred was very special.”The way I batted, we’re in a bit of trouble. I had a partnership with Ash and later on with the tail-enders. There was a stand with Rohit also. I think it is important to bat sessions, especially in Australia. I think it’s all about preparation, the way I prepared for the series was up to the mark. That’s why I did well.”I think people have that perception that I can’t play quickly. But I have played a lot of inning with good strike rates. I feel that you have to wait for the right time to start acceleration, especially in Tests. You can go in and straightaway start hitting. You’ve to read the situation adn bat accordingly,” Pujara told India Today.Take a bow, Cheteshwar Pujara!Another outstanding knock for his fifth Test ton against Australia.#AUSvIND | @Domaincomau pic.twitter.com/n692cZ7WrCcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 3, 2019″Well, talking about the Melbourne Test, good thing we were batting first. Although we won the toss, that pitch was hard to bat on, we looked like we won’t get to 300-350. On the first day, we didn’t score much, in the sense, we made only 220 on Day 1. Although we were batting well, we didn’t score enough boundaries. The reason was the pitch. They were bowling well as well. For us to get to a big total was important. I had a very good partnership with Virat. He had been in very good form but he also had to cut down on a few shots in that Test match. So I think in that particular Test, the way Bumrah bowled was fantastic. All our bowlers were blowing really well,” the 31-year-old Saurashtra batsman added.Pujara had put India in the driver’s seat (along with Rishabh Pant who scored 159 not out and Ravindra Jadeja who made 81) but rain played spoilsport in Sydney to rob India of a chance to win their third Test of the series.However, there were enough reasons for India to celebrate as they became the first Asian team to win a Test series in Australia. Pujara, whose spot was under the scanner after the 2014-15 tour of Australia, worked hard on his game and today is among the best modern day Test batsmen.”This is the best I have ever batted.. This is our biggest ever victory,” Pujara said at the post-match presentation and added while the Test series against Australia at home in 2017 was the toughest he has played in, this series win was the biggest.advertisementCheteshwar Pujara brings up his 12th score of 50+ against Australia in Test cricket. And he’s not done yet…#AUSvIND | @Domaincomau pic.twitter.com/gfypq8RCavcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 3, 2019Pujara also said this was the best bowling India has ever had: “This is the best fast bowling unit ever for India. Jasprit Bumrah has been phenomenal.”There were several happy moments after the final Test in Sydney. First, Pujara said it was the best Indian team he has ever been a part of while not long after, his teammates got him to do a little dance.As good as batsman he is, Cheteshwar Pujara could not really pull off the dance steps Rishabh Pant tried to teach him.But Cheteshwar Pujara will forever be remembered as the man who starred in possibly one of the most historic Test series triumphs for an Indian team.Also Read | India vs Australia: Cheteshwar Pujara a living Buddha, says MSK PrasadAlso Read | Cheteshwar Pujara keen on getting back to domestic cricket, to play county during IPL 2019Also Read | Cheteshwar Pujara just can’t dance: Watch India stars celebrate historic winFor 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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow India vs AustraliaFollow Sydney TestFollow Cheteshwar PujaraFollow Ajinkya RahaneFollow India win Border-Gavaskar series India vs Australia: This is the best I have ever batted, says Cheteshwar PujaraIndia vs Australia: Brief Scores – India (626/7 decl) drew with Australia (300 and 6/0). Cheteshwar Pujara spoke exlusively to India Today after India won their first ever Test series in Australia as they clinched the Border-Gavaskar series 2-1 at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Monday.advertisement
Shahbaz Nadeem takes another five-for in drawn game, India A win series 2-0 vs West IndiesShahbaz Nadeem played two of the three games and had three ‘five-for’ in four innings, finishing with 15 wickets in the series.advertisement Press Trust of India TaroubaAugust 10, 2019UPDATED: August 10, 2019 13:07 IST Shahbaz Nadeem 5-for went in vain as the third unofficial Test between India A and West Indies was drawn. (PTI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia A won the unofficial 3-match Test series 2-0 after a drawn last TestShahbaz Nadeem took his third five-for in four inningsEarlier, Shubman Gill hit a double hundred as India posted 365West Indies A top-order put up a gutsy show to force a draw despite another five-wicket haul by left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem as India A won the unofficial three-‘Test’ series 2-0.Chasing a stiff target of 373, West Indies A started the day at 37 for no loss needing another 336 runs on the fourth day but only reached as far as 314 for 6 in the end.Opener Jeremy Solozano’s dogged 92 off 252 balls along with No 3 Brandon King’s attacking 77 off 84 balls and senior international Sunil Ambris’ 69 off 142 helped the home team earn a draw after losing the first two ‘Tests’.For India, Nadeem turned out to be the best bowler once again with figures of 5 for 103 in 41 overs.The Jharkhand orthodox left-arm, one of the most consistent bowlers in the Indian domestic circuit, played two of the three games and had three ‘five-for’ in four innings, finishing with 15 wickets in the series.The series was a good one for the Paras Mhambrey coached A side which was dominant for the better part.Test specialists like skipper Hanuma Vihari (224 runs, 1 ton, 1 fifty), Wriddhiman Saha (137 runs, 2 fifties) and Mayank Agarwal (123 runs, 1 fifty) got quality game time before the Test series starting at the end of this month.Umesh Yadav also got overs under his belt — 30 of them including both innings with a couple of wickets.The biggest gain has to be Shubman Gill’s double hundred under pressure, which is an indication enough that the Punjab lad is ready for the next level.Mumbai’s Shivam Dube (180 runs and 5 wickets) looked like a better prospect as a seam bowling all-rounder than Tamil Nadu’s Vijay Shankar.advertisementOn the final day, the West Indies opening pair Montcin Hodge (25 off 82 balls) and Solozano batted the opening hour before Nadeem drew first blood with 68 on the board.However, King, who came in at one down was in a mood to smash it all around hitting 10 fours and three sixes during the 99-run stand in only 17.5 overs with Solozano before rival skipper Hanuma Vihari dismissed him caught by Mayank Agarwal.The match as a contest was effectively over when Ambris and Solozano added another 60 runs for the third wicket in 21.1 overs.This was the partnership that went a long way in dashing India A’s hopes of a clean sweep.Ambris, who recently played in the ICC World Cup, then had a couple of small but significant partnerships with Jermaine Blackwood and Jahmar Hamilton which ate up crucial overs.By the time Nadeem bowled to Ambris to get his fifth scalp, the players were waiting for the mandatory overs to finish.Brief Scores: India A 201 and 365/4.West Indies A 194 and 314/6 (Jeremy Solozano 92, Brandon King 77, Sunil Ambris 69, Shahbaz Nadeem 5/103). Match Drawn.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 byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Umesh YadavFollow India A vs West Indies AFollow Shahbaz Nadeem
Asit Mandal, Md Akbar Ali, Dipu Roy and Jamiruddin Saikh are all completely blind with meagre source of family income were among the 30 students, selected on the merit-cum-means criterion, for the Priyamvada Birla Scholarship and the Jaswant Singh Lodha Scholarship, disbursed on June 14, 2019. Each of them got scholarship of Rs 24,000 per annum for four years to enable them to complete graduation from a college in West Bengal.Speaking on the occasion, Harsh V Lodha, Chairman, M P Birla Group, said: “The limited means and severe hardships through which these awardees have come out should teach us not to complaint about trivialities, demands less of others, accept the circumstances, focus and do much more by ourselves. We should shape our own destinies. They have not allowed their minds to be corrupted by the materialistic pleasures of success, but are looking forward to achieving real happiness which comes by serving society in a meaningful manner,” He further said: “What started out as a small initiative has transformed itself into an occasion of learning for each and every one of us privileged to be here today-to see and experience first-hand real-life histories of the 30 new heroes who will be added to our family of scholarship students. Their individual journey despite all odds shows us that nothing is impossible if pursued with determination, dedication, discipline and hard work.” Lodha and Anamika Lodha, Trustee, Madhav Prasad Priyamvada Birla Apex Charitable Trust, handed over the scholarships at a simple ceremony. The Priyamvada Birla Scholarship was introduced by the Madhav Prasad Priyamvada Birla Apex Charitable Trust in 2013 and has been providing scholarship to 25 students. The Jaswant Singh Lodha Scholarship, instituted by the Lodha Charitable Trust, has been providing scholarship to five students since 2018. Both the scholarships are executed by the South Point Education Society and are valid for the entire duration of the selected course (viz. B.A., B.Com, B. Sc, BBA, BCA, LLB, B.E. / B. Tech., MBBS / BDS etc), but not exceeding four years, provided the recipients maintain a certain academic standard. The recipients’ annual family income has to be within Rs 75,000. At its full strength from 2016-17 onwards, the Priyamvada Birla Scholarship has been supporting 100 aspirants every year in their first, second, third or fourth year of studies. In its first year the scholarship was awarded to 20 aspirants. Five aspirants each in the first, second, third or fourth year of their undergraduate studies has been supported by the Jaswant Singh Lodha Scholarship. All the awardees admitted that both the scholarships had given them the opportunity to pursue higher studies. Sharmita Bakchi, who is suffering from a rare disease where her growth is restricted, is studying with English Honours at Durgapur Government College and wants to be a WBCS Officer. Subrata Pandit from Birbhum, who is visually impaired, is pursuing Bengali Honours at Visva-Bharati, had participated in the para-Olympics and is a member of the Bengal Blind Boys’ Cricket Team. Lincoln Roy, who is studying Zoology at Barasat Government College, had lost his father and his mother is a domestic help. Sourav Banerjee (2013-14) was an orphan and was looked after by Badsha Mir, a friend of his late father. This is a wonderful example of communal harmony. Sourav has now completed his M. Com. Samsad Hossain (2014-15) has completed M. A. (English). His father has virtually no income. Debasis Jana (2014-15) is 75% blind and his father is a daily worker. He has completed M. A. (History) from Jadavpur University. Mamoni Adhikary (2015-16) is pursuing M.A. (English) from Taki Govt College presently. Her mother, a widow, is a biri maker. Manowar Hossain (2016-17) is in the final year of B.A. (English Hons). His father has virtually no income. Simarul Halsona (2017-18) is in the second year of B.A. (Bengali Hons) at Jadavpur University. He is 100% blind. The above, indeed, serves as a tribute to the visionaries who had reposed their trust in education as a life-changing enabler. More than 500 students of South Point High School and M P Birla Foundation Higher Secondary School as well as members of the staff witnessed the ceremony.
WILLIAMS LAKE, B.C. – British Columbia is considering closing access to a vast section of its backcountry because of the wildfire risk.Restrictions on access to all Crown land in the Cariboo fire centre would go into effect at noon on Friday as the province continues to battle what Premier John Horgan has said is the worst fire season since the 1950s.There were 150 fires burning in the province on Wednesday.A final decision will be made Friday morning and will depend on wind conditions.A restriction order would mean people cannot remain in or enter the area without the prior written authorization.Exceptions include people who are travelling to or from their principle residence, a person acting in an official capacity or those who support efforts to fight wildfires.The Cariboo fire centre in the province’s Interior stretches from Loon Lake near Clinton in the south to the Cottonwood River near Quesnel in the north, and from Tweedsmuir Provincial Park in the west to Wells Gray Provincial Park in the east.The area is a popular destination for hikers and campers.Tourism officials have begun assessing the impact of the devastating wildfires on the travel sector.Maya Lange of Destination BC, the province’s tourism planning and marketing corporation, said Wednesday businesses outside the fire zones have complained of cancellations.Most evidence of a slow down in tourism has been anecdotal and Lange said data reflecting the financial implications won’t be ready for another two to three months.But the number of tourists coming into the province week-to-week has remained on track. That may mean visitors are changing their travel plans within the province rather than cancelling their trips entirely, Lange said.Some parts of the province have already been closed to visitors.Jeff Leahy with BC Parks said Wednesday officials understand restrictions and closures to the backcountry and parks, especially in the hard-hit Cariboo region, can have a significant impact on businesses that rely on access to those areas.
Competition Bureau officials searched the Toronto offices of Postmedia Network Canada Corp. and Torstar Corp. on Monday as part of its investigation into their November deal to swap and close down dozens of community newspapers.The bureau is investigating “alleged anti-competitive conduct contrary to the conspiracy provisions” of the Competition Act, said Commissioner of Competition John Pecman in a statement Monday, the first time the bureau has spelled out the focus of its investigation.He said the bureau is also examining the matter under the merger provisions of the act.“Investigators with the bureau are currently gathering evidence to determine the facts relating to the alleged conspiracy,” said Pecman, confirming the reports.“There is no conclusion of wrongdoing at this time and no charges have been laid.”He refused to provide further details, citing the confidentiality of investigations, but added “we will not hesitate to take appropriate action” if violations are indicated.Competition Bureau spokeswoman Veronique Aupry confirmed later Monday that maximum penalties under the conspiracy provisions could include fines of up to $25 million, imprisonment for up to 14 years, or both. Companies and individuals can be charged.Postmedia and Torstar issued statements on Monday confirming the searches.Both also insisted no contravention of the Competition Act had occurred and each said it would co-operate with the investigation.Under the agreement they announced in November, 41 newspapers changed hands and 36 were closed, mainly in Ontario regions served by multiple publications, at a cost of nearly 300 jobs.A Competition Bureau spokesman said soon after the transaction was announced that a review would take place.In an interview with The Canadian Press in December, Postmedia CEO Paul Godfrey said the companies never talked about what each would do with the newspapers it was buying.“The fact is collusion is just not legal so what we were very, very careful to do was not to speak to each other about what the end result was going to be,” he said.“Look, we have enough trouble running one newspaper chain and deciding what to do. What they do we always considered is their business.”Torstar CEO John Boynton said the transaction was designed to allow increased geographic synergies.“By acquiring publications within or adjacent to our primary areas and selling publications outside our primary areas we will be able to put a greater focus on regions where we believe we can be more effective in serving both customers and clients,” he said in a statement.The companies said the transaction was effectively a non-cash deal, as the consideration for the publications being purchased is roughly equal to that of the publications being sold.—Torstar holds an investment in The Canadian Press as part of a joint agreement with a subsidiary of the Globe and Mail and the parent company of Montreal’s La Presse.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Companies mentioned in this story include: (TSX:PNC.A, TSX:PNC.B and TSX:TS.B)
Islamabad: Pakistan expects to resume talks with India to finalise the agreement on the Kartarpur Corridor once the new government takes charge in New Delhi, according to a Pakistani media report. The Kartarpur Corridor links Gurudwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan’s Narowal with Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur district in Punjab. The corridor, once operational, will provide a visa-free access to Sikhs from India to their holiest Shrine located inside Pakistan. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghPakistan expects the resumption of talks on the Kartarpur Corridor once the new government takes charge in India, official sources were quoted as saying by the Express Tribune on Sunday. The last phase of six-week long general elections in India is scheduled to take place on May 19 and final results would be announced on May 23. A senior Pakistani official said there was no delay on Pakistan’s part. “It is India that is not willing to engage at this juncture,” the official added while requesting anonymity. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadHowever, the official said Pakistan was confident that India would resume talks after the elections. The two countries, nevertheless, held technical level talks at Zero Point (Kartarpur) on April 16. The Indian team was supposed to pay a return visit to Pakistan in April but New Delhi pulled out of the meeting at the last minute citing concerns over the committee formed by Pakistan to facilitate the Sikh pilgrims. India as expressed concerns over the presence of several Khalistani separatists in the ten-member Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (PSGPC) appointed by Pakistan on the Kartarpur Corridor. Last November, India and Pakistan agreed to set up the border crossing linking Gurudwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, the final resting place of Sikh faith’s founder Guru Nanak Dev, to Dera Baba Nanak shrine in India’s Gurdaspur district. Kartarpur Sahib is located in Pakistan’s Narowal district across the river Ravi, about four km from the Dera Baba Nanak shrine. The Shrine is visible from the Indian side of the border and everyday a larger number of Sikh devotees gather to perform Darshan or sacred viewings of the site.
By Peter J. HarbertRabat – African Lion 17 kicked off this week across Morocco as the international exercise in military cooperation seeks to strengthen interoperability among the US, Morocco and many other nations. 1,300 American, Moroccan, Canadian, French, German, British, Malian, Mauritanian, Senegalese, Spanish and Tunisian military personnel have come together to share insights and tactics with their peers to help build a strong regional and global defence partnership against instability in an attempt to help better contain it in the future. African Lion is an annual exercise hosted by Morocco and the US in Morocco to provide each nation with a better understanding of the tactics, techniques and procedures of each nation involved.The exercise provides US and European military personnel with the ability to train in unfamiliar but safe territory while also endowing African nations and Morocco specifically the opportunity to learn from the seasoned experiences of the American and European militaries.The exchange of procedures and techniques allows each nation to better its own understanding of how to deal with certain situations which may arise or to better help African nations contain regional instability.In the past, African Lion has been a platform for the involved nations to provide training for keeping a capable military under certain conditions, aerial manoeuvring and flight training, medical assistance, peace keeping operations, intelligence operations, countering violent extremism and terrorism and keeping borders safe among other things. It is a mutual cooperation exercise which will greatly aid all nations involved in one way or another. The exercise will conclude the 28 April.
Dame Billie Antoinette Miller and the New-York based Family Care International were recognized for their “outstanding work in contributing to population and development issues, and in improving the health of individuals.” Ms. Miller was the first woman to serve as a minister in her home country and made a powerful speech for gender equality at last year’s General Assembly, as well as chairing a major committee at the milestone International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo in 1994. Family Care International seeks to ensure safe motherhood, promote sexual and reproductive health for adolescents, and to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS, working out of eight field offices in Africa and South America. Presenting the awards, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information Kiyotaka Akasaka said: “Both have made significant contributions to providing life-saving information and services to individuals. Thanks to their efforts, countless people have been able to plan pregnancies, avoid recourse to unsafe abortion, practice responsible sexual behaviour, and prevent the spread of HIV.” The recipients were selected by the UN Population Award Committee – comprisig 10 Member States – which is administered by the UN Population Fund (<"http://www.unfpa.org/news/news.cfm?ID=1131">UNFPA). The awards were presented today at a ceremony at UN headquarters in New York. 22 May 2008A former deputy prime minister from Barbados and the non-governmental organization (NGO) Family Care International received the United Nations Population Award today.
27 October 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is mourning the death of Néstor Kirchner, the former President of Argentina and a “friend of the United Nations,” who reportedly died of a heart attack this morning. A statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson stated that it was with “great sadness” that the Secretary-General learned of the passing of Mr. Kirchner, who was the husband of the country’s President, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. “A friend of the United Nations, Mr. Kirchner was a national and international leader who believed in multilateralism,” the statement added. The 60-year-old former leader was Executive Secretary of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) and current Deputy in the Argentinean Congress. The Secretary-General extended his sincere condolences to Mr. Kirchner’s family, as well as to the Government and people of Argentina.
“Slow economic growth, poor trade performance, continuing environmental degradation, debilitating HIV/AIDS pandemic, discouraging foreign direct investment and unmet ODA (overseas development assistance) commitments, compounded by a host of new challenges in a globalizing world make the development tasks of these countries extremely difficult,” UN Under-Secretary-General Anwarul K. Chowdhury told a symposium on the global development agenda at UN Headquarters yesterday.Mr. Chowdhury is the UN High Representative for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Landlocked Developing Countries (LLCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS), some of which overlap.Target number 8 of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) focuses on the need for global partnerships, he said. “As the UN advocate for these weakest segments of the humanity, I urge again that the international community should come forward in supporting the development efforts of these countries in a meaningful way to make the objective of the global partnership a reality.”When the General Assembly established the LDC category, it comprised 25 countries, but that number had doubled, with 34 in Africa and most of the other 16 in the Asia-Pacific region, and their population was expected to rise by 200 million from 740 million by 2015, he said.“These countries are the poorest amongst the poor, the weakest segment of the international community. They are too often torn apart by devastating conflicts, civil strife or exposed to natural disasters,” Mr. Chowdhury said.“The combination of extreme poverty, population pressures and environmental degradation is a powerful destabilizing factor, driving both rural exodus and international migration that is expected to increase in both volume and impact,” he added.
“When children return to their communities as security improves, they will need to have schools and clinics to come to,” Christine Muhigana, UNICEF’s Deputy Director for West and Central Africa, said in a news release. “Access to quality health and education is the cornerstone of any recovery, and the foundation for a peaceful future,” she added. Due to clashes between the mainly Muslim Séléka rebel coalition and anti-Balaka militia, which are mostly Christian, the country plunged into a civil conflict in 2012, displacing hundreds of thousands of people. But it is now seen emerging from the conflict. “The country is in a better place now,” said Ms. Muhigana. “But this is still one of the world’s most dangerous countries for children, and renewed violence threatens to undermine signs of progress.” According to UNICEF, at the meeting in Belgium’s capital, leaders from the CAR will make the case for a $3 billion aid package to global donors, including the UN, the European Union and the World Bank. UNICEF warns that fragile recovery continues in Central African Republic with more than 850,000 people still on the move, either internally displaced or refugees in neighbouring countries. Credit: UN News CentreEfforts to reach every child in the CAR are limited by significant funding restrictions. Of the $55.6 million required in 2016 to provide basic services to children in the country, only $20.4 million has been received, leaving many projects under resourced and reduced in effectiveness. UNICEF is calling on Central African leaders and global donors to put children first in the recovery plan by prioritizing basic social services like health and education for the most vulnerable, noting that only a balanced recovery plan with equity as the guiding principle can lay the foundation for a peaceful future. According to the news release, insecurity in the aftermath of the conflict has prevented most of the 920,000 people displaced in early 2014 from returning home. Today, 383,000 people remain displaced inside the country while 468,000 have sought refuge in Cameroon, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Congo – with Cameroon hosting more than half of these refugees. Violence and widespread displacement have made children especially vulnerable to health risks, exploitation and abuse, leaving more than one third out of school and 41 per cent children under five suffering from chronic malnutrition. An estimated 6,000 to 10,000 have been recruited into armed groups since 2013. Children in the Central African Republic (CAR) play table football in the Bangui airport Mpoko camp for internally displaced persons. Photo: UNICEF/Donaig Le Du Most recently, repeated flare ups of violence have forced several non-governmental organizations to significantly scale down their interventions in parts of the country, slowing the progress of the national recovery plan. An attack on the Kaga Bandoro camp for internally displaced people last month left 37 civilians dead, including educators participating in a UNICEF-supported programme. Working with the Government and partners, UNICEF is strengthening the education system by training more than 1,300 teachers and building or repairing 172 schools in 2016 with funding from the European Union and the Global Partnership for Education. Existing projects are set to expand in order to bolster primary health care, improve access to clean water and offer psychosocial support for children who’ve experienced violence.
Athletes, especially Black athletes, often are lumped in one dishonorable group: dumb jocks. Most are not. And many are quite smart, like the New Orleans Saints’ Benjamin Watson.The tight end wrote eloquently about the Ferguson grand jury’s decision not to put officer Darren Wilson on trial for killing unarmed teenager Michael Brown, the subsequent protests in the town outside of St. Louis and his hope for the future.“At some point while I was playing or preparing to play Monday Night Football, the news broke about the Ferguson Decision. After trying to figure out how I felt, I decided to write it down. Here are my thoughts:“I’M ANGRY because the stories of injustice that have been passed down for generations seem to be continuing before our very eyes.“I’M FRUSTRATED, because pop culture, music and movies glorify these types of police citizen altercations and promote an invincible attitude that continues to get young men killed in real life, away from safe movie sets and music studios.“I’M FEARFUL because in the back of my mind I know that although I’m a law abiding citizen I could still be looked upon as a “threat” to those who don’t know me. So I will continue to have to go the extra mile to earn the benefit of the doubt.“I’M EMBARRASSED because the looting, violent protests, and law breaking only confirm, and in the minds of many, validate, the stereotypes and thus the inferior treatment.“I’M SAD, because another young life was lost from his family, the racial divide has widened, a community is in shambles, accusations, insensitivity hurt and hatred are boiling over, and we may never know the truth about what happened that day.“I’M SYMPATHETIC, because I wasn’t there so I don’t know exactly what happened. Maybe Darren Wilson acted within his rights and duty as an officer of the law and killed Michael Brown in self defense like any of us would in the circumstance. Now he has to fear the backlash against himself and his loved ones when he was only doing his job. What a horrible thing to endure. OR maybe he provoked Michael and ignited the series of events that led to him eventually murdering the young man to prove a point.“I’M OFFENDED, because of the insulting comments I’ve seen that are not only insensitive but dismissive to the painful experiences of others.“I’M CONFUSED, because I don’t know why it’s so hard to obey a policeman. You will not win!!! And I don’t know why some policemen abuse their power. Power is a responsibility, not a weapon to brandish and lord over the populace.“I’M INTROSPECTIVE, because sometimes I want to take “our” side without looking at the facts in situations like these. Sometimes I feel like it’s us against them. Sometimes I’m just as prejudiced as people I point fingers at. And that’s not right. How can I look at white skin and make assumptions but not want assumptions made about me? That’s not right.“I’M HOPELESS, because I’ve lived long enough to expect things like this to continue to happen. I’m not surprised and at some point my little children are going to inherit the weight of being a minority and all that it entails.“I’M HOPEFUL, because I know that while we still have race issues in America, we enjoy a much different normal than those of our parents and grandparents. I see it in my personal relationships with teammates, friends and mentors. And it’s a beautiful thing.“I’M ENCOURAGED, because ultimately the problem is not a SKIN problem, it is a SIN problem. SIN is the reason we rebel against authority. SIN is the reason we abuse our authority. SIN is the reason we are racist, prejudiced and lie to cover for our own. SIN is the reason we riot, loot and burn. BUT I’M ENCOURAGED because God has provided a solution for sin through the his son Jesus and with it, a transformed heart and mind. One that’s capable of looking past the outward and seeing what’s truly important in every human being. The cure for the Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice and Eric Garner tragedies is not education or exposure. It’s the Gospel. So, finally, I’M ENCOURAGED because the Gospel gives mankind hope.”
Mindax Ltd has begun an infrastructure study to determine alternatives for rail and road connections between its Mt Forrest iron project and a deepwater port. Mindax is now a significant new player in the emerging Yilgarn iron province (YIP) with an extensive drill program testing its DSO iron conceptual exploration targets. The company is moving towards an upgraded DSO resource position.Mindax have initiated a study which will examine infrastructure development options for the YIP. In order to fast track product to a port, the study will assess four potential transport corridors from Mt Forrest to:1. Esperance Port via Menzies – 160 km new rail track2. Esperance Port via Leonora – 135 km new rail track3. Oakajee Port via Mullewa – 440 km new rail track4. Esperance or Fremantle via Koolyanobbing – 240 km new rail trackThe study will lead into further infrastructure planning for the provision of power and water. Managing Director Greg Bromley said: “With an existing railway only 160 km away at Menzies, DSO resources at Mt Forrest can be fast tracked to market making Mindax a major mover in the emerging Yilgarn Iron Province. A rail link would provide an important lead in to future magnetite production from the area. The magnetite endowment within 50 km of Mt Forrest already includes in excess of five Bt and presents a significant new long term economic potential for the Goldfields region.”“Any consideration of rail infrastructure will have to include the common interests of other players in the area. An important element of the study will be to establish the rail requirements that optimise the interests of Mindax, the other miners in the YIP, and the people of Western Australia,” Mr Bromley said.“To be ready in time for mining, our railway study needs to be kick-started now,” he said. “To unlock the area’s immense wealth and build jobs for WA’s people, Mindax is keen to pursue an open infrastructure policy with other stakeholders in the area.” Mindax has initiated discussions with a number of government agencies and some of the other potential producers in the Yilgarn Iron Province.Located in the Richardson Ranges, Mindax’s 100% owned YilgIron Pty Ltd’s promising Mt Forrest iron ore project lies 150 km north-west of the railway line at Menzies which connects with the Port of Esperance iron ore export shipping facility. The project covers seven mining leases over 50 sq km and includes extensive iron formation as multiple bands within a folded package varying from 200 to 700 metres width, over 17 km of strike. The iron formation includes both magnetite rich zones and hematite-goethite zones.Mindax’s Mt Forrest project is now developing the Mt Forrest project’s DSO iron opportunity in the emerging Central Yilgarn Iron Province, and Mindax anticipates a new resource report at the end of September. A parallel study of potentially beneficial magnetite resources is also in progress.
Immersive Technologies, the global supplier of surface and underground mining equipment simulators, has announced the latest addition to its medium fidelity simulator range. The LX6 is a brand new medium fidelity simulator platform which offers the same value for early stage training as the High-Fidelity simulators such as the PRO4 , “and is ideal for machine and site familiarisation, emergency response training and compliance training. Compatible with a wide range of equipment modules or Conversion Kits® available from Immersive Technologies, the LX6 allows sites to expand their training throughput and extend the utilisation of existing simulator equipment Conversion Kits® in a cost-effective manner.”The deployment of medium fidelity simulators such as the LX3 and now the LX6, has become a popular complement to high fidelity simulators such as the PRO4 and IM360. This combination allows mining operations to free up their high fidelity simulators for later stage and business improvement focused training, while utilising medium fidelity platforms for early stage and compliance focused training. The result is a solution that provides the required training throughput capacity while being cost effective.The LX6 simulator will be unveiled for the first time publicly at Expomin 2018 tradeshow in Santiago, Chile from the 23 to 27 of April. “Through our industry leading technology and extensive mining experience, we continue to focus on driving customer safety and profitability. LX6 is no different and provides a cost-effective way to train, assess and evaluate personnel in a safe and efficient manner, minimising impact to production by reducing the amount of in-field training time,” says Ravitha Sukumaran, Product Manager at Immersive Technologies.The wide horizontal field of view on the LX6 allows truck trainees to safely transition through intersections and become familiar with a site. It also allows shovel and excavator operators to have a clear view when spotting trucks. It has six full HD screens for a large field of view. The large vertical field of view offers good ground visibility when digging, dozing or grading. “Conversion Kits for the LX6 simulator are truly interchangeable across all Immersive Technologies’ platforms, whether a High or Medium Fidelity simulator our technology enables fitting any equipment module onto a base simulator allowing a range of different equipment to be simulated, maximizing use of your existing resources.The LX6 shares the same underlying technology as the industry leading PRO4 and IM360 but with a smaller footprint platform. At a lower price point than the high-fidelity simulators, the LX6 is a great solution for expanding training capacity. Upgrade packages are also available for existing LX3 platforms.”