Row over Citizenship Bill escalates in Assam

first_imgA BJP MP has warned that Bangladeshi Muslims are a bigger threat to Assam than Hindus from that country, countering opposition to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.Bijoya Chakraborty, who represents Guwahati, was responding to the alleged endorsement of the Bill by the Asom Sattra Mahasabha — the apex body of Vaishnavite monasteries — before the Joint Parliamentary Panel in New Delhi on April 12.The Bill seeks to amend the Citizenship Act of 1955 to make ‘persecuted’ Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian migrants from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, eligible for citizenship.Organisations such as the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) and Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) have said they will not allow the BJP to implement its plan to “dump Hindu Bangladeshis” in the State by tweaking the Citizenship Act. They have also asked the Mahasabha heads to quit.The Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), the BJP’s ruling ally, too has joined the anti-Citizenship Bill chorus. The regional party has been threatening to sever ties with the BJP on the issue for more than a year now.‘Not against State’“The Mahasabha knows what it is doing. Some people are making noises without realising that the Bangladeshi Muslims pose a bigger threat to Assam than the Bangladeshi Hindus,” Ms. Chakraborty told presspersons on Friday.The issue of Bangaldeshi migrants has roiled Assam and dominated elections since the anti-foreigners agitation in 1979. The Mahasabha’s secretary, Kusum Kumar Mahanta, denied the criticism, and said the spiritual organisation had done nothing “that is against the interest of the State”. BJP spokesperson Rupam Goswami said people with vested interests had been creating a wrong impression about the Citizenship Bill. “This is not about Hindu Bangladeshis but religious minorities from neighbouring States, and Assam alone won’t bear the burden of the migrants,” he said.last_img read more

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J&K fourth phase sees just 4.2% polling

first_img Of 244 uncontested wards, the BJP won over 70 and the Congress over 30 in the Kashmir Valley. The BJP, which has won two municipalities, is likely to dominate south Kashmir, while the Congress will dominate central and north Kashmir. Sajad Lone’s Peoples Conference is likely to win many wards in north Kashmir.In a first, six Kashmiri migrant Pandits have won wards in south Kashmir, as a record 30 Pandit candidates, living outside the Valley, were in the fray.The four phases saw polls for 79 municipal bodies, with an electorate of about 17 lakh electors and 3,372 nominations filed for 1,145 wards.The Kashmir Valley, in all the phases, registered less than 8.3% polling. This is a huge dip from the turnout of 80% in the panchayat polls in 2011 and 66% in Assembly polls in 2014. However, elections to the Srinagar Lok Sabha seat in 2017 saw just 7% polling.In contrast with the Valley, the Jammu region, including the Chenab Valley and Pir Panjal, and Kashmir region’s Leh and Kargil consistently registered above 60% polling in all four phases, with Reasi touching the highest 84% turnout.PDP view“The low turnout in J&K shows the impact of the policies adopted by the current dispensation in New Delhi. Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee invested in fair elections as a tool to win back hearts and minds and did ignite hope. This time, candidates were imported. It has dented the electoral process and this will go down in the history as even worse than 1987, when mass rigging was held,” said senior PDP leader Naeem Akhtar.All the phases saw no violence by militants, though in the run-up to the polls militants had threatened the candidates against filing nominations. Police said stone-pelting incidents saw a dip during the polls. In the lowest turnout recorded in the urban local bodies polls in Jammu and Kashmir, just 4.2% of the electorate voted in the fourth and last phase on Tuesday, further lowering the cumulative percentage of all the phases to 35.1% in the elections held after a gap of 10 years.“Overall 4.2% polling was witnessed in the final phase, with Ganderbal witnessing 11.3% polling in 12 wards with 38 candidates in the fray. Srinagar witnessed 4% polling in 24 wards,” said Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), J&K, Shaleen Kabra.“The counting will be held on October 20,” he added.The impact of the decision to stay away from the polls by two main regional parties, National Conference (NC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and the boycott call by separatists was visible in the last phase.Pulwama’s recordIn Pulwama district, witness to the most violence this year, the Khrew tehsil saw no candidate in 13 wards. In Pulwama town and its Pampore tehsil, out of 30 wards, a total of seven candidates won uncontested.With results already declared, no polling was held in any ward in Pulwama. “Hundreds of locals, mainly students, nurse wounds inflicted by pellet guns. Even today many residents are behind bars. Holding elections in such a situation is like rubbing salt into the wounds,” said Bashir Ahmad, a fruit seller and a resident of Pulwama.Out of 52 wards won uncontested in the last phase, 13 were from Baramulla’s Pattan, Shopian (17 wards) and Anantnag’s Dooru-Verinag (17). Even capital Srinagar saw a consistent poor turnout at 4%.last_img read more

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Land Rover Discovery Sport, compact SUV, launched in Europe; India launch soon

first_imgLand Rover Discovery SportLegendary Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) manufacturer Land Rover unveiled the new Discovery Sport late on Tuesday evening, ahead of its early 2015 European market launch. This new Discovery Sport is a successor to the Freelander series of models by the company.Land Rover Discovery Sport, a compact SUV, is inspired by the Discovery Vision concept.  It  will be a highly capable off-roader, thanks to its approach, departure and breakover angles of 25, 31 and 21 degrees respectively. In addition, the SUV also will be equipped with Land Rover’s Terrain Response System and will have the ability to wade a depth of 600 mm.ExteriorsOn the outside, it is clear that the Discovery Sport has shed the boxy design which was the trademark for most of the last generation Land Rover vehicles,  and has many visual similarities with the Evoque. The twin-slat grille, chunky front bumper, LED fog lamps and a stylish pair of headlights and taillights are all inspired by the Evoque.Commenting on the design, Gerry McGovern, Land Rover Design Director and Chief Creative Officer said, “Our challenge has been to combine premium design with exceptional versatility; the two attributes must work in harmony.”According to Land Rover, the new Discovery Sport will have an all-new multi-link rear axle that not only provides engaging driving dynamics, but also provides ample cabin space behind the second row of seats. The vehicle will have a body shell made by using both high-strength steel and light-weight aluminum.InteriorsDiscovery Sport InteriorsIn terms of safety equipment, the baby SUV features a segment -first pedestrian airbag, autonomous emergency braking, Antilock Braking System (ABS),  Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and the highly advanced Terrain Response System.  Get inside the Land Rover Discovery Sport and you are greeted by high-quality material all around. Interiors are of a dual tone nature, with black and beige colours on the seats and dashboard.   Up to four 12V power outlets and six USB charging sockets are present across three rows of seating, to allow charging of multiple electronic devices. In addition, a  host of innovations have allowed Discovery Sport to have 5+2 seating in a compact SUV.advertisementEngines and transmissionsThe Discovery Sport comes with many four-cylinder turbocharged petrol and diesel engines options. While the Si4 2-litre petrol engine is capable of developing 237 bhp power and 340 Nm of torque, the 2.2-litre diesel, available as TD4 and SD4, develops 147 bhp and 189 bhp, respectively. Engines will be mated to either a  9-speed automatic or a  6-speed manual gearbox, along with a choice of two or four-wheel-drive.This new compact SUV will be made at Land Rover’s Liverpool plant in U.K. It will go on sale in 170 markets worldwide and India is expected to receive the same in the first half of 2015. In the U.S., the Discovery Sport will be priced from 37,995 USD (INR 23.02 lakh) onwards. CompetitionAudi Q5, Mercedes M Class, BMW X3, Volvo XC60Date of launchEurope- Early 2015 India- July 2015 (expected)last_img read more

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Indian Premier League 2016, Match 50, Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kings XI Punjab: As It Happened

first_imgHello and welcome to the LIVE coverage from Match 50 of the Indian Premier League between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab. (Scorecard | Ball-By-Ball Commentary)Highlights:Royal Challengers Bangalore 211/3 (Kohli 113, Gayle 73) hammer Kings XI Punjab 120/9 (Saha 24, Yuzvendra Chahal 4/25) by 82 runs via D/L in a rain-curtailed IPL clash to jump to the second spot in the points table.A thumping win for Bangalore! They continue with their ruthless form and are still in the hunt for playoffs. The rain gods gave a real scare at the start but then the rain eased out and it was reduced to a 15-over per side match. Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle then scared the Punjab bowlers with their outstanding hitting and powered Bangalore to a gigantic total. Skipper Kohli went on to notch up yet another century this season and batted with utmost authority. 00.29 IST: The match has been called off handing RCB a big win over Kings XI. 00.27 IST: Rain stops play again at the Chinnaswamy stadium. Kings XI 120/9 in 14 overs, need 92 runs from 6 balls. 00.19 IST: Strategic time-out! Kings XI Punjab now have the impossible task of getting 107 runs in the final 18 balls of the match with just 2 wickets in hand. Big win on the cards for RCB 00.16 IST: WICKET!! Sharp catch from Gayle at first slip ends Gurkeerat Mann’s stay at the crease. Chahal gets his 4th wicket. Kings XI 96/8 in 11 overs, need 116 runs from 24 balls. 00.14 IST: Chris Gayle finishes his over in a flash, just 6 runs came off it. Kings XI 90/7 in 10 overs, need 122 runs from 30 balls. advertisement00.09 IST: Kings XI’s collapse continues! Kyle Abbot c de Villiers b Chahal 0 (1b). Kings XI 80/7 in 8.5 overs. 00.06 IST: That’s Out!! Farhaan Behardien departs first ball. Yuzvendra Chahal gets the wicket. Kings XI 79/6 in 8.2 overs. 00.04 IST: Terrific over from Shane Watson, just 2 runs and a wicket came off it. Kings XI 78/5 in 8 overs, need 134 runs from 42 balls. 00.02 IST: WICKET! Shane Watson picks up his second wicket of the match. Axar Patel c Kohli b Watson 13 (9b, 1×4, 1×6) 00.00 IST: 17 runs came off the over from Varun Aaron. Kings XI 75/4 in 7 overs, need 136 runs to win from 48 balls. 23.58 IST: FOUR! Gurkeerat Singh Mann cuts Aaron for a four over the point fielder. 16 runs off the over so far. 23.55 IST: SIX! Axar Patel deposits Varun Aaron’s first delivery for a big six over long-on. Kings XI 65/4 in 6.1 overs. 23.49 IST: That’s Out!! Shane Watson strikes with his first delivery in the match. David Miller c de Villiers b Watson 3 (6b) 23.40 IST: WICKET!! A superb diving catch from Chris Jordan ends Amla’s stay at the crease. Hashim Amla c Jordan b Aravind 9 (6b). Kings XI 53/3 in 4.4 overs, need 159 runs from 62 balls. 23.36 IST: WICKET!! Yuzvendra Chahal gets his man as he traps Saha plumb in front with a googly. Wriddhiman Saha lbw b Chahal 24 (10b, 5x4s). Kings XI 44/2 in 4 overs. 23.33 IST: FOUR! Saha is dealing in boundaries at the moment. Hits Yuzvendra Chahal for a hat-trick of boundaries. 23.32 IST: Wriddhiman Saha smacked two boundaries in that over from Chris Jordan. Kings XI 31/1 in 3 overs. 23.27 IST: Successful over from Aravind comes to an end. Kings XI 19/1 in 2 overs. 23.25 IST: WICKET! Murali Vijay plays a short delivery from Aravind on to his stumps. Murali Vijay b Aravind 16 (8b, 2x4s, 1×6) 23.21 IST: Good start for Kings XI. Score 11/0 in 1 over. 23.19 IST: FOUR! Vijay starts of the run chase with a couple of boundaries 23.17 IST: Murali Vijay and Hashim Amla have a mountain to climb now. Stuart Binny takes the new ball for RCB. That was quite an innings! After having a game on our hand with that rain-delayed start. Bangalore went berserk from the ball one. Chris Gayle and Kohli played their strokes to all parts of the park and kept notching boundaries in ease. Both the openers got to their yet another League fifties. Gayle got out after his mad innings and the stand was broken on 146. In came de Villiers departed cheaply but Kohli went on to score his 4th hundred in this season. After his dismissal. Rahul played few cheeky shot to cross the 210 mark.23.03 IST: FOUR to finish! Lokesh Rahul hits a boundary off the last ball as Royal Challengers Bangalore reach 211/3 in 15 overs against Kings XI Punjab. 22.57 IST: WICKET! Virat Kohli’s breathtaking innings comes to an end as he holes out at long-off. Virat Kohli c Miller b Sandeep Sharma 113 (50b, 12x4s, 8x6s). RCB 199/3 in 14 overs. 22.53 IST: Unbelievable from the Run-Machine! Virat Kohli notches up his fourth hundred of the season. Just 47 balls were needed. advertisement22.51 IST: 15 runs came off that over from Mohit Sharma. Just 12 more balls are left in the innings with Virat Kohli on 95 off 44 balls. RCB 181/2 in 13 overs. 22.49 IST: Hat-Trick of boundaries from Virat Kohli, he moves on to 93 from 42 balls. 22.46 IST: FOUR! Lokesh Rahul takes full advantage of the free-hit from Kyle Abbott and smacks it for a boundary. RCB 166/2 in 12 overs. 22.41 IST: BOWLED’EM!! AB de Villiers b Kyle Abbott 0 (2b). Rare failure for the South African legend. RCB 154/2 in 11.4 overs. 22.36 IST: Finally a Wicket for Kings XI! Chris Gayle holes out at long-off going for a big hit. Chris Gayle c Miller b Axar 73 (32b, 4x4s, 8x6s) 22.34 IST: Kings XI bowlers suffering heavily at the hands of Gayle and Kohli. Consecutive from Chris Gayle now. Axar Patel getting hammered. 22.32 IST; After the rain come the sixes in Bangalore! Virat Kohli hits consecutive sixes both on the leg-side. KC Cariappa is the unfortunate bowler. RCB 129/0 in 10 overs. 22.29 IST; FIFTY FOR CHRIS GAYLE. RCB 111/0 in 9 overs. Virat Kohli becomes the first batsman to reach 800 runs in a single IPL season. 22.26 IST; FIFTY FOR VIRAT KOHLI 22.23 IST: RCB 93/0 in 8 overs22.22 IST: Virat Kohli needs 5 more runs to complete 800 runs in the IPL this season. 22.19 IST: SIX!! Kohli deposits the free-hit for a big hit straight back past the bowler. RCB 82/0 in 7 overs. 22.18 IST: SIX and a FREE-HIT!! Kohli hits a waist-high full toss for a six on the leg-side. 22.17 IST: RCB dealing in boundaries!! Virat Kohli hits an inside-out shot off KC Cariappa for a boundary over the cover fielders. 22.14 IST: FOUR!FOUR! Consecutive boundaries for Virat Kohli on the off-side. Powerplay completed. RCB 63/0 in 6 overs. 22.11 IST: Another 18-run over conceded by Kings XI, this time its KC Cariappa. RCB 53/0 in 5 overs. 22.10 IST: Fifty up for RCB thanks to a six over covers from Virat Kohli this time. 22.09 IST: Runs flowing for RCB! Gayle welcomes KC Cariappa into the bowling attack with a six and a four. 22.07 IST: Kyle Abbott’s first over goes for 18 runs courtesy the ‘Universe Boss’. RCB 35/0 in 4 overs. 22.05 IST: FOUR! Gayle hits a full-toss from Abbott for a four over covers. 22.03 IST: GAYLE SMASH!! Hits consecutive sixes off Kyle Abbott, both on the off-side. 22.02 IST: Six runs came off that over from Sandeep Sharma. RCB 17/0 in 3 overs. 22.00 IST: FOUR!! Virat Kohli hits Sandeep Sharma over his head and down the ground for a boundary. 21.56 IST: GAYLE SMASH!! Chris Gayle opens up his arms and smashes the ball for a four on the leg-side. RCB 11/0 in 2 overs.21.52 IST: FOUR! Virat Kohli ends the first over with a boundary through the covers. RCB 5/0 in 1 over. 21.51 IST: Revised Playing Conditions – Mandatory powerplay for 5 overs. Each bowler can bowl a maximum of 3 overs. 21.47 IST: Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli are out in the middle already for RCB. Birthday boy Sandeep Sharma has the new ball for KXIP. Kings XI Punjab: Hashim Amla, Murali Vijay, David Miller, Wriddhiman Saha, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Kyle Abbott, Axar Patel, Mohit Sharma, Sandeep Sharma, Farhaan Behardien, KC CariappaadvertisementRoyal Challengers Bangalore: Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Shane Watson, Lokesh Rahul, Sachin Baby, Stuart Binny, Chris Jordan, Varun Aaron, Sreenath Aravind, Yuzvendra Chahal Kings XI Team Changes – Farhaan Behardien, Kyle Abbott and KC Cariappa are in. Glenn Mxwell, Marcus Stoinis and Anureet Singh are out.Royal Challengers Team Changes – Varun Aaron replaces Iqbal Abdullah. 21.36 IST: TOSS!! Kings XI Punjab opt to bowl first against Royal Challengers Bangalore. The match has been reduced to 15-overs-a-side.21.30 IST: The toss will take place in the next two minutes. Match will start at 9.45pm 21.25 IST: The umpires are out in the middle for their inspection. The ground seems to have dried up considerably. Covers are also coming off and the stands are starting to fill up.21.05 IST; There will be an inspection at 9.25 pm 20.50 IST: Rain seems to have stopped in Bangalore. The groundstaff now has a big task in their hands to get this match started as soon as possible.  20.40 IST: Officials are supervising the groundstaff, who are busy clearing the water off the covers. Steady drizzle continues.  20.25 IST: The super soppers are at work but the drizzling hasn’t still stopped. However, that has not subdued the crowds, who are chanting Aaar-Ceee-Beee. They can still hope of course as the KSCA curator feels the rain will stop soon and he can get the match started in the next 45 minutes. 20.05 IST: Judging by these numbers, Virat Kohli has had an amazing IPL season so far is an understatement.Virat Kohli in #IPL 2016Dots: 1291s: 2422s: 463s: 24s: 616s: 28Balls: 508Runs: 752—dot%: 25.391-3%: 57.094-6%: 17.52#RCBvKXIP Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) May 18, 201620.00 IST: KSCA chief curator feels the rain will stop by 8.30 pm. “Let the rain stop, give me 45 minutes and we’ll have at least 15 overs in,” he adds. 19.48 IST: Meanwhile the teams have arrived at the Chinnaswamy stadium. Sehwag seems to be having a great time getting wet in the rain. .@virendersehwag and @imVkohli along with their respective teams have arrived at the stadium #RCBvKXIP #VIVOIPL pic.twitter.com/rxLtO0cPIX IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 18, 201619.45 IST: Cut-off time for the match being called off is 11.15 pm IST. Oops, raining in Bengaluru? Not good for #RCB. But you can even start a 5 over game at around 11.15 so lots of time still. Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) May 18, 201619:37 IST: If the match does get abandoned, imagine what Virat Kohli would go through. He has done everything a captain could have – three hundreds, a record-breaking 752 runs and it could all count for nothing. 19.34 IST: This is what the M Chinnaswamy stadium looks like at the moment. It’s pouring at the moment in Bengaluru #RCBvKXIP #VIVOIPLhttps://t.co/wCXaHHrehj IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 18, 201619.30 IST: Toss has been delayed and the teams are yet to reach the venue. The rain has eased down a bit but there are huge puddles everywhere on the ground. 19.23 IST: Still raining pretty heavily in Bangalore. RCB will be gutted if the match gets washed out as their chances of making the play-offs will be all but over in that case.18:50 IST: Bad news trickling down from Bangalore, it’s raining heavily. We are 40 minutes away from the toss and looks like there will be a delay. As of now, fingers crossed.What rain #RCBvKXIP @IPL pic.twitter.com/69kroQTj2x&; Matthew Hayden AM (@HaydosTweets) May 18, 2016Preview: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will look to build on their two emphatic consecutive victories as they continue their push for an Indian Premier League (IPL) play-off berth in a match against laggards Kings XI Punjab.Placed at the fifth spot with six wins from 12 matches, the Bangalore franchise has gained momentum at the right time with two massive victories in their previous two outings against Gujarat Lions (by 144 runs) and Kolkata Knight Riders (by nine wickets).On the other hand, languishing at bottom of the table, Punjab received another massive jolt on Tuesday when in-form Australian batsman Glenn Maxwell was ruled out with a side strain.Going into Wednesday’s encounter at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, RCB will be aiming to go all guns blazing to seal their berth in the play-offs. The team will once again bank on another solid batting effort from the marauding trio of Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers.Kohli, who sustained a split webbing in his left hand while going for a diving catch against KKR, is the top run-getter with three centuries so far in the tournament coupled with as many half centuries.South African star de Villers has been equally impressive and has been the backbone of RCB’s batting while Gayle found his touch with a 31-ball 49 back in the previous game. Lokesh Rahul, who opened the batting in Gayle’s absence has also been among the runs while veteran Aussie Shane Watson and Sachin Baby have contributed in the limited opportunities they got.Bangalore’s weak link is their bowling, which has time and again fallen apart in crunch situation. Legspinner Yuzvendra Chahal and Watson have been the most impressive for the franchise with 12 and 14 wickets in the tournament so far.Allrounder Stuart Binny has been far from impressive with the new ball while England’s Chris Jordan has bowled decently in bits and pieces.On the flip side, a depleted Punjab will be aiming to finish another IPL edition on a high. Left with nothing to lose and just four wins from 12, the side could turn out to be party spoilers for RCB.last_img read more

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Yoga in 100 Chinese varsities to help fight depression, stress

first_imgFrom K J M VarmaBeijing, Sep 20 (PTI) A Yoga campaign has been launched to introduce the ancient Indian practice in 100 universities in China to fight the growing problem of depression and stress among students.The campaign 100 days in 100 universities to fight depression was launched by Yogi Yoga, Chinas popular yoga institute run by former Chinese fashion journalist and her Indian husband and yoga teacher in association with Peking University.Say no depression with Yoga was launched yesterday at the university campus in which large number of students took part.It is a 100 day campaign in 100 universities to teach Pranayama, Meditation and special yoga Asanas, founder and CEO of Yogi Yoga, Yin Yan told PTI as her husband Mohan Singh Bandari kicked off the campaign with specially designed yoga postures to counter depression at ceremony at the University attended by its officials.Yin Yan, a former editor of the Chinese language edition of the ELLE international fashion magazine, along with Mohan whom she married in Rishikesh established Yoga Yogi in 2003 converting the Indian spiritual and art form into a commercial success.The centre, has branches all over China, has over 20,000 students with an annual turnover of over USD 10 million.”Depression has become a major problem in China as it currently has over 90 million people suffering from it,” Yin Yan said.The Chinese government, through the ministry of sports, identified Yoga to be practiced in universities to help students overcome depression and stress associated with competitive education system, she said.”We will implement this programme in the next 100 days in 100 universities,” she said, adding Yoga classes will be held once in a week starting from Peking University.advertisementNext to India, China has taken to Yoga in a big way.Considering its popularity, an initiative to establish Yoga college was launched during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to China last year.For the first time, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has joined Modi in a joint demonstration of Yoga and Chinese ancient spiritual and art form Tai Chi.The Yoga college, in assistance with India, was established in the Yunnan Minzu (Nationalities) University.According to official media reports, it has become popular with participation of over 3,000 people taking part in free yoga sessions offered by the college.Yogi Yoga has also established a Yoga research centre in association with Peking University this year. PTI KJV CPS AKJ CPSlast_img read more

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Simeone: I’d pick Messi over Ronaldo

first_imgDiego Simeone rates Lionel Messi as a superior player to Cristiano Ronaldo despite believing the Juventus star is the better man for a bad situation.A recording of Simeone stating his preference for Ronaldo emerged in the aftermath of Argentina’s shock 3-0 loss to Croatia at the World Cup.But the Atletico Madrid head coach has now affirmed his belief that Barcelona ace Messi is the standout of the pair, on the condition he is surrounded by top talent. 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! The Argentina captain, Simeone reasons, would struggle to match Ronaldo’s output among lesser team-mates.”If I had to choose between Messi and Ronaldo then most likely I would choose Messi,” Simeone told reporters.”Yes I said [Ronaldo] on the video, but the conversation was between me and [Atleti assistant] German Burgos, talking about football as everyone talks about it.”When I talked about Messi and Ronaldo it wasn’t from the perspective of who is the best in the world.”I just meant that if you have the chance to sign one of them for a normal club, with normal players, Ronaldo would probably fit in better.0 – Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have never scored in the knockout stages of the World Cup; between both of them, they accumulated 1.090 minutes without scoring (666 Messi, 424 Ronaldo). Drought. pic.twitter.com/1crbUOfcBH— OptaJavier (@OptaJavier) June 29, 2018″But with Messi, surrounded by great players, Messi is better than Ronaldo.”The record-breaking duo, who share five Ballons d’Or apiece, are set to compete in different leagues for the first time in a decade following Ronaldo’s transfer from Real Madrid to Juventus.The Portugal star is set to take part in his first Juventus training session Monday.last_img read more

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Moto G7 series to launch today: Expected price, specs and launch date in India

first_imgMotorola is expected to announce the Moto G7 series in Brazil later today. The company is holding an event in Sao Paulo where it is expected to announce the Moto G7, G7 Plus, G7 Play and G7 Power. These phones are set to bring new designs and upgraded hardware over their predecessors. Considering Motorola has launched its previous Moto G phones in India, you can expect the Moto G7 to reach the country soon as well.Motorola is looking to expand its affordable and mid-range line further this year, which is why there are reports of four Moto G7 phones in total. The Moto G7 launch event is set to start 10am (5:30pm IST) and Motorola will be live streaming the event. You can catch the live stream via the company’s Twitter or Facebook pages, or you can register on the company’s official Brazil website.Moto G7 expected price and India availabilityThe Moto G7 phones will slot in the budget to lower mid-range segments, as per the leaked European pricing revealed this month. The Moto G7 Play will reportedly be the cheapest model with a price of EUR 149 (approx Rs 12,000). The Moto G7 Power comes next with a price of EUR 209 (approx Rs 17,000).Meanwhile, the regular Moto G7 will go on sale for EUR 300 (approximately Rs 24,000) while the top-end Moto G7 Plus will go on sale for a price of EUR 360 (approximately Rs 29,000). These prices do look steep considering the rumoured specs involved, but it is highly possible that Motorola will price the devices a lot more competitively for the Indian market.advertisementAccording to a recent report by MySmartPrice, Motorola will first bring the Moto G7 and G7 Power to India by March-end. The company will likely keep the Moto G7 Plus and G7 Play for the second half of the year.Moto G7 series design and specificationsJust a day before the launch event, official renders of the Moto G7 lineup was leaked by Winfuture’s Roland Quandt. These renders all but confirm that the Moto G7 and G7 Plus will offer similar designs. Both the phones will come with waterdrop displays with small notches shaped like a water droplet, thin chin bezel and dual rear cameras. Meanwhile, the Moto G6 Play and G7 Power are expected to bring wide and deep notches, a thick chin and a single rear camera. As for the specs, the regular Moto G7 is said to come with a 6.2-inch IPS LCD display with an FHD+ resolution. The dual camera system will include a 12MP + 5MP configuration. On the front, the dewdrop notch will house an 8-megapixel camera. The standard G7 could be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 or a Snapdragon 636 SoC along with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. Additionally, a 3000mAh battery can be expected.The Moto G7 Plus is perhaps the least mysterious of all the four devices as recent reports have pretty much revealed everything about the Plus-sized model. The G7 Plus is tipped to sport a 6.2-inch display with a FHD+ resolution with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. Contrary to past reports, it seems the G7 Plus will not come with a Snapdragon 636 chipset. A Geekbench listing spotted just a few hours ago listed the Moto G7 Plus with a Snapdragon 660 SoC. The device is expected to come in two memory and storage variants – 4GB/ 64GB and 6GB/ 128GB.The Moto G7 Power is also tipped to bring a 6.2-inch display, but with a HD+ (720×1512) resolution. It is also rumoured to come with a Snapdragon 632 chipset coupled with 3GB of RAM. The phone will get a single 12MP rear camera and an 8MP front-facing camera. The highlight of the Moto G7 Power will be its large 5,000mAh battery.Lastly, the Moto G7 Play is expected to be the smallest of the lot with a rumoured 5.7-inch HD+ display. It may get a Snapdragon 632 chipset as well, which will be paired with 2GB of RAM. The primary camera could have a 13MP sensor, while the selfie camera could come with an 8MP sensor. The G7 Play is rumoured to house a 3,000mAh battery.ALSO READ | Moto Z4 Play specifications and renders leak, could challenge OnePlus 6TALSO READ | Moto G7, G7 Plus, G7 Play and G7 Power full specs and design revealed on Motorola’s websitelast_img read more

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Realme CEO compares Realme 3 Pro with Redmi Note 7 Pro, claims it is faster

first_imgRealme is going crazy teasing its upcoming smartphone aka Realme 3 Pro. Ever since the smartphone was announced at the launch of the Realme 3 the company has been claiming that the Pro version of the phone will go against Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 7 Pro. Past rumours and leaks suggest that the Realme 3 Pro will come with Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor which — on paper — is much more powerful when compared to the Snapdragon 675 which powers the Redmi Note 7 Pro. In a new teaser, the Realme CEO claims that the Realme 3 Pro is all about speed and is way faster than the Redmi Note 7 Pro.On Wednesday, Realme CEO Madhav Seth posted a picture on Twitter keeping aside both Realme 3 Pro and Redmi Note 7 Pro. In the photo, Seth is seen comparing the upcoming Realme 3 Pro with the Redmi Note 7 Pro and says that the Realme phone is capable of handling games like Fortnite much better when compared to the Xiaomi phone.In the tweet, Seth mentions, “How about playing #Fortnite on #realme3Pro? I believe #realme3Pro will be the 1st in its segment that can directly support it. Tried to play this game on some latest “Pro” devices but none of them could manage. When it comes to speed, chipset matters.”Realme is working very hard to take on the likes of Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 7 Pro with the upcoming Realme 3 Pro. Past leaks have revealed some of the key specs about the Realme 3 Pro. It is rumoured that the Realme 3 Pro will come with Snapdragon 710 processor. Some other rumours suggest that the upcoming Realme phone will come with Oppo’s VOOC flash charging tech and sport a punchhole-punch display instead of a waterdrop notch.advertisementConsidering with the Realme 3 Pro the company wants to take on the likes of Redmi Note 7 Pro it is expected that Realme 3 Pro will pack triple camera set up on the back panel. Chances are high that the Realme phone may sport a 48MP main back camera similar to the Redmi Note 7 Pro. As for the pricing, Realme will be very aggressive with the pricing of the Realme 3 Pro, chances are that the price of the Realme phone will be pretty close to Redmi Note 7 Pro. In India, the Redmi Note 7 Pro comes for starting price of Rs 13,999 which goes up to Rs 16,999 for the 6GB RAM model.ALSO READ | Apple may start making iPhone XR, iPhone XS and iPhone X in India from JulyALSO READ | Amazon launches Echo Link and Echo Link Amp in India starting at Rs 19,999ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy A20e launched: Key specs, price, availability and India launchlast_img read more

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Fenerbahce confirm Janssen loan deal

first_imgTransfers Spurs striker Janssen set for Fenerbahce loan deal Tom Maston Last updated 2 years ago 15:16 8/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Vincent Janssen, Tottenham Hotspur 08052017 Getty Images Transfers Fenerbahçe Tottenham Hotspur Premier League Süper Lig The Netherlands international has been moved down the pecking order in north London and will spend the 2017-18 campaign in Turkey Fenerbahce have confirmed they are set to sign Tottenham striker Vincent Janssen on a season-long loan deal.The Netherlands international has struggled since arriving in north London for a reported fee of £18.5 million last summer, having scored just six goals in 38 appearances during his first campaign in English football.Spurs 12/1 to win title Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing And the deadline-day arrival of Fernando Llorente from Swansea City means Janssen would likely find himself further down the pecking order at Wembley Stadium, with Mauricio Pochettino even leaving him out of the club’s squad for the group stage of the Champions League.He reportedly rejected the chance to join Brighton late in the window while Swansea were also keen before re-signing Wilfried Bony to replace Llorente.But Janssen is now set to ply his trade in the Super Lig, with his move set to be finalised before the transfer window closes on Friday evening.”Our club, in principle, has agreed terms with both the player and the club to loan Tottenham and Dutch national team striker, Vincent Janssen,” a statement from the Turkish club read.”The 23-year-old striker will arrive at Istanbul Ataturk Airport at 12:30 today and negotiations will continue in Istanbul.”Janssen took to Instagram to send a message fans, both confirming the move and hoping he can regain his place at Spurs after the loan concludes.”First of all, I would like to thank all the Tottenham Hotspur fans for their ongoing support,” Janssen wrote. “I will continue in Istanbul on a season-long loan at Fenerbahce. All the best this season and see you soon! #COYSJanssen still has three years to run on his Tottenham contract and will likely be deployed alongside compatriot Robin van Persie at his new club, while former Spurs striker Roberto Soldado has also joined the Fenerbahce ranks this summer.last_img read more

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Jamaica and Dominican Republic to Forge Closer Ties

first_img Meanwhile, His Excellency Danilo Medina Sánchez said the time has come to launch “a new era of win-win cooperation to take tangible benefits to our people in a just and solidary manner. We are two nations that, unfortunately, face vulnerability caused by climate change, and in which large sections of the populations still live in poverty vulnerability”. At a joint press briefing held at the Office of the Prime Minister after the discussions, Prime Minister Holness, said that both countries have similar goals, which could be facilitated through cooperation and strengthening of alliances. Jamaica and the Dominican Republic will be increasing collaboration in tourism, trade, sports, culture, and education, among other areas, with the aim of bringing tangible benefits to both countries and the wider region.This followed a meeting between Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, and President of the Dominican Republic, His Excellency Danilo Medina Sánchez, where they discussed a range of bilateral, regional and multilateral issues.President Medina arrived in the island today (November 27) for a one-day State Visit.At a joint press briefing held at the Office of the Prime Minister after the discussions, Prime Minister Holness, said that both countries have similar goals, which could be facilitated through cooperation and strengthening of alliances.He cited tourism as one area where closer ties will be forged. “We both agreed that the tourism sector has (grown) considerably in Latin America, and especially in the Caribbean. For this reason, the time has come to join forces, so that the fruits of this growth are distributed more and more in a fair and sustainable way among Caribbean people as a whole,” he said.Mr. Holness said that both countries are to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to promote multi-destination tourism. “We agreed that we will negotiate a new air services agreement, which will complement the MOU,” he noted further.Prime Minister Holness said the leaders also agreed to establish a joint bilateral commission to enable broader cooperation in the areas of sport, culture, education, and other matters of mutual interest.“Jamaica and the Dominican Republic have mutual interests in strengthening trade and investment relationships with the aim of creating more opportunities for employment and income generation in both countries,” he added.Prime Minister Holness and President Medina also discussed the need for the Caribbean to have a single voice in fora such as the One Planet Summit on climate Change to be held in Paris France on December 12.He said it is important that the world know the difficulties Caribbean islands are experiencing from the increase in and intensity of natural disasters.Meanwhile, His Excellency Danilo Medina Sánchez said the time has come to launch “a new era of win-win cooperation to take tangible benefits to our people in a just and solidary manner. We are two nations that, unfortunately, face vulnerability caused by climate change, and in which large sections of the populations still live in poverty vulnerability”.“But, we are also two countries with very promising economies, with developments that present the opportunities to overcome these challenges and take care of the needs of our people,” he added.President Medina noted that tourism has grown considerably in Latin America and throughout the Caribbean, adding that the moment has come to bring “our efforts together, so that the product, the fruit, the result of this growth will be distributed in a fair and sustainable way amongst all societies of the Caribbean”.The Dominican Republic President said that Jamaica is a great and important trade partner, from which his country has a lot to learn.“You are the regional leader in such aspects that are key to competiveness, such as the time it takes to incorporate. On our hand, we are also very interested in sharing our best practices and (to) cooperate with the people of Jamaica in whatever interest you may have,” he said.During the media briefing, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, and Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Dominican Republic, Miguel Vargas, signed an MOU aimed at facilitating bilateral consultations between both governments in areas of mutual interest.Danilo Medina Sánchez is the Dominican Republic’s 53rd President. He has been in office since 2012.At the end of the State Visit, President Medina will depart Kingston for Montego Bay where he will participate in the United Nations World Tourism Organization conference from November 27 to 29 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre. Story Highlights Jamaica and the Dominican Republic will be increasing collaboration in tourism, trade, sports, culture, and education, among other areas, with the aim of bringing tangible benefits to both countries and the wider region.last_img read more

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Producing Underwater Film Success

first_imgWhen most Nova Scotians think of great documentary producers, thename of John Davis might not spring to mind. It should. TheShelburne native may not be familiar to many viewers, but anyonewho has an even passing interest in the sea has probably seen oneof the internationally acclaimed productions created by his teamof experts. Indeed, John Davis and his widening circle of colleagues at Eco-Nova Productions are the brains behind films that have aired ontelevision stations and at museums around the world. Thecompany’s Sea Hunters series, for example, has been sold in 180countries and is the most widely distributed documentary seriesproduced in Canada. The story of Eco-Nova Productions began in quiet fashion in thelate 1990s when Mr. Davis, a former fisherman, was operating aneco-tourism business that specialized in taking European visitorson archeological searches of shipwrecks. Divers from Germany,Great Britain and Switzerland were keen to have film footage oftheir treks, which were made in conjunction with Parks Canada andNova Scotia’s Maritime Museum. The film footage sparked Mr. Davis’ entrepreneurial spirit. “Ifthere was this much interest from people who were here,” he says,”I thought the films might also be of interest to a widerEuropean television audience.” In 1996, with the support of an equity investment by the NovaScotia Film Development Corporation, Mr. Davis created a pilot TVprogram with some of the diving footage. “We are proud to partner with producers like John Davis, peoplewho are continually thinking outside the box, creating thingsthat are new and innovative,” says Ann MacKenzie, CEO of NovaScotia Film Development Corporation. The executives at Discovery Canada network were also impressed;they commissioned a 22-hour series. Executives at DiscoveryInternational quickly followed suit, ordering 26 half-hourepisodes of the show, Oceans of Mystery. Today, the seriescontinues to air in more than 152 countries. It also marked thebeginning of an evolution. “While we were making Oceans of Mystery our team decided we werepretty good storytellers, too,” says Mr. Davis. “We decided totry preparing something that moved away from the scientificbackground and leaned more toward telling some of the greatstories that can be found in the sea.” History Television was eager to buy the results, The Sea Hunters,which is now in its fourth season of production and already hasan order on the books for a fifth. “Although we work with shipwrecks in almost everything we do forthe series, we are not treasure hunters,” says Mr. Davis. “Ourprograms concentrate on the historic value of the sites we visit.Preservation is a recurring theme.” That respect for the sea world, coupled with the quality of work,are just two of the reasons that museums around the world havecome to Eco-Nova when they need video surveys of underwatersites. Indeed, the company has created partnerships with museumsand governments in Canada, the United States, Great Britain,Poland, Finland, Japan and numerous other countries. But the partnerships go beyond relationships between clients andproducer. In 2001, Mr. Davis and his business partner, PhilSceviour, brought animator Frank Forrestal and GhostshipAnimation Studios, into the Eco-Nova collective. In 2002, SonicDesign and Open Road Productions joined the group, bringing withthem the skills of accomplished sound technician John Rosboroughand the long-term camera and commercial production skills of MarcPike. “I think it’s important to find people in complementary fieldswho can bring their own area of expertise to the group. It worksbecause people are part owners, not just employees. We are allcommitted to the success and the growth of Eco-Nova.” That ever-increasing expertise also means the Eco-Nova group canperform up to 90 per cent of an average job in-house while eachgroup under the umbrella produces its own shows. It’s a system that is bringing in more than contracts. In 2002Eco-Nova won an export achievement award for growth ininternational sales and in 2003 John Davis won the Ernst & YoungEntrepreneur of the Year Award for media and entertainment. “We’ve come a long way,” says Mr. Davis. “In the space of twoyears our service companies have transformed their corebusinesses into proprietary television production. It worksbecause everyone owns a piece of the pie and we’re all doingsomething we love.” -30-last_img read more

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PKL Dabang Delhi continue winning run beat Haryana

first_imgMumbai: Dabang Delhi continued their winning run in the seventh season of the Pro Kabaddi League after defeating Haryana Steelers 41-21 in a lop-sided game here on Sunday. This is Delhi’s third win of the season and Chandran Ranjit (11 points) and Naveen Kumar (10 points) starred for them. Naveen grabbed his second ‘Super 10’ of the season after grabbing the first against Telugu Titans in Hyderabad. Successful raids by Chandran and Naveen took Delhi 7-3 ahead after first five minutes. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhBut Haryana reduced the deficit to 6-8 and a successful tackle by them ensured that Chandran, Delhi’s star raider, was sent out. However, Delhi, with a ‘Super Tackle’ by Joginder Narwal, followed by a successful raid by Naveen, surged 12-8 ahead. Then Naveen, who was in a spectacular form, in his ‘do or die’ raid collected two points to take Delhi 14-9 ahead. Delhi had a five-point lead going into the break as the score-line read 15-10. After the break, Delhi continued the good show by their strong defence and successful raids as they went 18-10 ahead. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterDelhi then inflicted an ‘all-out’, the first of the match, to go 22-12 ahead with 15 minutes remaining for the game to finish. There was no stopping Delhi as they inflicted another ‘all out’ on their opponents and extended their lead to 33-16. Delhi did not give their opponents a chance to make a comeback and won the encounter quite comfortably. This was Haryana’s first defeat of the season, as they had won their lone game in the Hyderabad leg, which was held before the Mumbai leg. Naveen later said that his main goal was to contribute in the team’s win. In the second match of the day, hosts U Mumba suffered a 30-26 defeat against Bengaluru Bulls. This was Mumba’s first defeat in their home leg, after they had beaten Puneri Paltan in their first home game. For Bengaluru, Pawan Sherawat starred, clinching 11 points.last_img read more

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George Clooney Urges New Approach to Peacemaking in Africa

first_imgIn a new op-ed in Foreign Affairs, The Sentry co-founders George Clooney and John Prendergast highlight the fatal flaw in peacemaking in Africa.They warn that “without taking aggressive measures to go after the spoils that drive conflict in South Sudan and other African countries, it is difficult to imagine any future other than one of deepening repression, growing famine, and spiraling warfare.”The Sentry is composed of best-in-class financial forensic investigators, policy analysts, and regional experts who follow the dirty money and build investigative cases focusing on the corrupt transnational networks most responsible for Africa’s deadliest conflicts. By creating a significant financial cost to these kleptocrats through network sanctions, anti-money laundering measures, prosecutions, and other tools, The Sentry aims to disrupt the profit incentives for mass atrocities and oppression, and creates new leverage in support of peace efforts and African frontline human rights defenders. The Sentry’s partner, the Enough Project, undertakes high-level advocacy with policy-makers around the world as well as wide-reaching education campaigns by mobilizing students, faith-based groups, celebrities, and others. Co-founded by George Clooney and John Prendergast, The Sentry is an initiative of Not On Our Watch (NOOW) and the Enough Project. The Sentry currently focuses its work in South Sudan, Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, and the Central African Republic.“Every year, billions of aid dollars pour into Africa: taxpayers and donors around the world fund peacekeeping forces, state-building programs, humanitarian assistance, elections, and peace processes,” wrote Clooney and Prendergast. “But none of this support has been able to keep corrupt leaders and their network of beneficiaries from stealing billions of dollars.“This is the fatal flaw of peacemaking in Africa: those supporting mediation lack the leverage necessary to stop corrupt figures from using their forces to bomb, burn, imprison, silence, torture, starve, impoverish, kill, and rape to maintain or gain power.“Serious financial pressure with real bite is not only possible; it has proved effective in the past.“A comprehensive strategy of using financial pressure for peace and human rights in South Sudan and other African war zones would cost very little. But it would give African mediators and their supporters in Washington, London, and elsewhere leverage in peace negotiations.”In less than two years, The Sentry has created hard-hitting reports and converted extensive research into a large volume of dossiers on individuals and entities connected to grand corruption, violence, or serious human rights abuses. The investigative team has turned those dossiers over to government regulatory and law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and around the world, as well as to compliance officers at the world’s largest banks.To read the full op-ed, click here.last_img read more

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Crews working to clear Thursday heavy snowfall

first_imgIn the South Peace, Caribou Road Services says crews were on the roads overnight along with hired equipment to combat drifting issues and snow accumulation. Crews and hired equipment are out there again today plowing and sanding.The City of FSJ is working on Haul Off and Priority 1 routes. Additionally, they have contracted loaders working in the northwest part of town.Please give our crews plenty of space to work so we can clear the snow as efficiently as possible. Remember, sidewalks must be cleared within 48 hours after the last snowfall. Snow from your sidewalk can go on the road, but snow from your driveway has to stay on your property.Drivebc.ca lists all area highways as having compact snow between and slippery sections.  For more information on local highways and webcameras of the area, visit www.drivebc.ca FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The snowfall warning issued on Thursday has ended for northeast B.C.Caribou Road Services says the South Peace received anywhere from 6 to 17 cm of snow during Thursday’s storm.  The largest accumulations were in Chetwynd, Tumbler Ridge and the Pine Pass of anywhere between 15 and 17 cm.“A powerful Pacific storm slammed into Vancouver Island Thursday afternoon, bringing an abundance of moisture from the Pacific into British Columbia, including the North Peace region. Officially, 13 cm of snow was reported in Fort St. John, but there were localized higher amounts in the region and strong winds gusting over 50 km/h caused extensive blowing and drifting snow,” Doug Gillham, Meteorologist from The Weather Network goes on to say, “This same storm caused widespread wind damage across Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland. The wind gusted to 101 km/h in Abbotsford and Lennard Island Lighthouse reported a gust to 144 km/h along the west coast of Vancouver Island. Over a half million BC Hydro customers were without power during the height of the storm late on Thursday.”last_img read more

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Much of East Coast is one perfect storm away from being cut

AMHERST, N.S. — First of a two-part series on the stunning potential impact that climate change could have on the low-lying, narrow band of land connecting Nova Scotia to the rest of Canada.—John Atkinson stands atop an aging dike, with the rising tides of the Bay of Fundy before him and family farmland behind, imagining the storm that could turn Nova Scotia into a virtual island.“The water can go over this whole flat marsh,” said the 67-year-old landowner, gesturing to the grassy lands near Amherst.“If there were to be one perfect storm … it would be very bad.”This is a potential ground zero of a Canadian climate change disaster, where sea-level communities face rising oceans and await word on a detailed plan and the funding to keep the narrow land link between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick open.The risk isn’t decades away.Rather, the event could occur at any time through a combination of stormy weather conditions, according to emergency officials and coastal geographers watching the area.“The fact is that the right storm occurring at any spring tide at any time of year would be sufficient to put water over our dikes,” explains Jeff Ollerhead, who teaches coastal geography at Mount Allison University in nearby Sackville, N.B.Over the past 69 years, the sea level at the mouth of the Bay of Fundy has risen about 38 centimetres, even as the dikes and coastal land continue to subside.The trend will accelerate under most international climate change scenarios, adding a third of a metre to water heights by 2050, according to studies.Meanwhile, the frequency of hurricanes and tropical storms have tripled here over the past 25 years compared to the past century, according to a 2011 study.Real Daigle, a meteorologist who provides estimates of sea level rise, said all it would take is a once-in-50-year storm at highest tides, with sustained winds gusting up to 80 kilometres per hour and low atmospheric pressure that adds 40 to 50 centimetres to the height of the water.The one comfort is that the rapid pace of the Bay of Fundy tidal rise and retreat  — versus areas like the Northumberland Strait, where tide rises are more gradual and sustained — would make the storm’s arrival at the high tide in the basin an unlikely event, he adds.Saint Mary’s University geographer Danika van Proosdij’s research unit prepared maps for The Canadian Press showing risk zones that extend into Amherst itself, floods of businesses and wind turbines on the marshes, and potential damage to 20 kilometres of rail, road and electrical infrastructure.The waters could sweep over the Trans-Canada Highway in lower lying New Brunswick, reaching a waist-deep height for motorists, said Mike Johnson, emergency measures co-ordinator for Cumberland County, Nova Scotia’s westernmost region.He says he’s planning to knock on doors and collect cell phone numbers of about 80 buildings where rapid evacuation may need to occur.“We’ve had two tidal surge events in the past decade that would have been sufficient to overtop the dikes. They simply occurred on a neap (lower) tide and because of that factor the water didn’t come high enough to overtop the dikes,” he said in an interview at his office.A photo he took in the fall of 2015 shows a CN rail train travelling on a dike that is about 8.5 metres above sea level during a tidal surge. The water was just 12 centimetres from the train’s wheels.Amherst Mayor David Kogon and John Higham, the mayor of Sackville, N.B., are pressing federal and provincial governments to quickly find solutions.“Our job is to keep their foot to the pedal,” says Kogon, sitting before a large poster depicting a partially submerged Sackville.“If I were in charge of it, it would be underway now. But we’re not, it’s not our money,” says Higham, who joined his New Brunswick counterpart for an interview at his city hall.Higham’s town is also protected by a network of about 26 kilometres of dikes created to protect farmlands, but which now shelter commercial areas and homes. His flood map depicts a provincial ambulance depot as stranded on an island after the inundation comes.If the dikes are brought to new heights and repositioned to resist the rising seas, it wouldn’t be the first time the marshlands were rescued by a combined political effort.In the 1940s, Ottawa created a federal agency that helped fund the rehabilitation of the marshlands.However, the responsibility shifted to provinces in the 1970s, and there have been times over the past 50 years when money has been scarce for needed upgrades, say local farmers.Doug Bacon, a cattle farmer in Upper Nappan, says he spent years fighting for improved aboiteaux — openings in the dikes with sluice gates that allow fresh waters to drain out back to the sea.His home is full of photos of freshwater floods that came over nearby coastal roads and the grazing marshlands over the past two decades, as aging infrastructure was unable to cope with the flow of water.He said Canadian governments should have led a plan for the dike rehabilitation at least a decade ago.“The provincial and federal governments seem very slow to recognize the concerns that we as residents are trying to portray to them,” he said during an interview.The potential costs and next steps remain as murky to Bacon as the often muddy waters of the Bay of Fundy itself.Hopes are now pinned on an engineering assessment that New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Ottawa say will “explore viable options to climate change impacts on the Chignecto Isthmus trade corridor” between the two provinces.Kevin Bekkers, land protection manager at the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture, says a request for proposals to complete the $700,000 study will go out after April 1, with the goal of completion in 12 to 18 months.“Fast is not the pace I want to go as an engineer. There’s things we need to confirm and this engineering assessment is one of those steps along the journey that has to take place,” he said in an interview.The issues include comparisons of various climate change forecasts and what new technologies are available to increase the height of existing dikes, he said. Even the timeline for how long the solution should last remains uncertain, he said.After options are presented, the governments must agree on the way forward and how much they will spend.A 2016 federal study said possibilities ranged from $90 million to build up the existing dikes to $345 million to completely re-route the highways and railways. All of the options required at least five years.Mike Pauley, the New Brunswick civil servant leading the engineering assessment, said he can’t flatly state the study of the trade corridor will result in upgrades to the dikes.“To say the dikes will never be improved — I think over time, they will. But it may not be part of the outcome we get out of this study,” he said.Meanwhile, Bekkers notes that maintenance is ongoing and solutions for existing dikes continue.For example, a damaged portion of the dike near where Atkinson stood was being re-routed to tie in with higher ground and create more shallow lands in front — known as foreshore — that will absorb the pounding tides.However, Bekkers acknowledges the risk of a tidal surge remains.“We are working with Emergency Measures Organizations and depending on the storm that comes in, there may have to be warnings that go out,” he said.Quite often, Atkinson walks to the shore and notices how the sea tosses up more driftwood than in the past, even as it undermines the giant slabs of rock put in place to protect the dikes.To him, these are nature’s signals that the day of reckoning is drawing a little closer.“We’re keeping our fingers crossed no storm comes. What else can you do?”NEXT: When the dike breaks.— Follow (at)mtuttoncporg on Twitter.Michael Tutton, The Canadian Press read more

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Source Lions Argos ask to speak to Steinauer about headcoaching jobs

The B.C. Lions and Toronto Argonauts have approached the Hamilton Tiger-Cats about speaking to Orlondo Steinauer regarding their vacant head-coaching positions.However, a CFL source requesting anonymity told The Canadian Press on Friday it’s unclear if Scott Mitchell, Hamilton’s chief executive officer, has granted the teams permission to approach the Ticats’ assistant head coach. Mitchell didn’t immediately return a telephone message Friday.Steinauer, 45, was Hamilton’s assistant head coach under June Jones last season. He returned to the Ticats after one season as the defensive co-ordinator at Fresno State University.Steinauer was Hamilton’s defensive co-ordinator (2013-16) and had emerged as a leading CFL head-coaching candidate. But he headed to Fresno State last season as former CFL coach Jeff Tedford’s defensive co-ordinator.The Bulldogs were 7-1 in the Mountain West Conference and 10-4 overall after going 1-11 the season before. After losing 17-14 to Boise State in the conference final, Fresno State ended its season by downing Houston 33-27 in the Hawaii Bowl, becoming just the second team in U.S. college football history to win 10 games after losing 10 or more the previous year.Despite that, Steinauer surprisingly returned to the CFL, rejoining the Ticats on Feb. 22 as their assistant head coach under Jones after Jones had been made the team’s full-time head coach. One reason for Steinauer’s return was to help new Hamilton defensive co-ordinator Jerry Glanville, a former NFL head coach, get acclimated to the nuances of Canadian football.Hamilton (8-10) finished the season second in the East Division and opened the playoffs with a resounding 48-8 conference semifinal home win over the B.C. Lions. But the ’18 campaign ended the following week with a 46-27 road loss to the Ottawa Redblacks in the East final.There’s no questioning Steinauer’s qualifications. He’s been a CFL coach since 2010 when he became the Toronto Argonauts’ defensive backs coach before being promoted to defensive co-ordinator in 2011.When the Argos hired Scott Milanovich as head coach in 2012, he retained Steinauer as the club’s defensive backs coach. Toronto went on to win the Grey Cup that year before Steinauer went to arch-rival Hamilton as its defensive co-ordinator the following season.Steinauer also played 13 CFL seasons as a defensive back with Ottawa (1996), Hamilton (1997-2000) and Toronto (2001-2008). He won two Grey Cups (1999, ’04) and five times was named a CFL all-star.But Steinauer is much more than a former player who’s graduated to the coaching ranks. While being a solid technician of Xs and Os, the Western Washington grad also has the charisma, class and calm demeanour to be a solid face of the franchise to both media and fans.Steinauer, Winnipeg offensive co-ordinator Paul LaPolice and DeVone Claybrooks, the defensive co-ordinator of the Grey Cup-champion Calgary Stampeders, are generally regarded as the top CFL head-coaching candidates. On Tuesday, clubs could begin approaching clubs for permission to speak with perspective candidates.The Lions and Argos received permission from Calgary to speak with Claybrooks.Toronto and B.C. are both in the market for a head coach. The Argos fired Marc Trestman after posting a CFL-worst 4-14 record while Wally Buono retired following the Lions’ season-ending playoff loss to Hamilton.Claybrooks interviewed for the Montreal Alouettes head job in December 2017 before deciding to remain in Calgary. This season, the Stampeders sported the CFL’s stingiest defence, leading the league in fewest offensive points allowed (17.8 per game), offensive touchdowns (27) and passing TDs (11) while being tied for most sacks (45).Claybrooks has also reportedly been offered a job coaching the defensive line with the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys next season.Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press read more

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Williams describes performance in Bangladesh Tests as shameful

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — Former Trinidad and Tobago and West Indies wicketkeeper, David Williams, has described as a shame, the recent performance by the West Indies team in Bangladesh.West Indies lost both Test matches in three days. They suffered a 64-run defeat in Chittagong in the first Test, while the hosts scored a record innings and 84 run victory in the second Test in Dhaka.West Indies also lost both Tests to India last month in three days.“It is difficult to beat India in India. We didn’t play as well as we could play. Bangladesh at home is always a tough team. The margin of their victories is out of this world,” Williams said.“How could a Bangladesh team make 508 runs and bowl us out for 113, and then bowl us out again for 213 on the same pitch? There is always pressure when you’re facing 500, but to make 113 is ridiculous.“It’s really a shame to be honest as to how the guys are playing. They’re trying but we have to do better, especially against the lower-ranked teams. We need to make sure that we win these matches. Bangladesh would continue to go past us,” the Technical Director of the TT Cricket Board continued.Bangladesh are currently ninth in the ICC Test rankings, one spot below the West Indies. Looking ahead to the four-day championship which begins this weekend, Williams also gave a critical assessment of the struggling top-order trio of Kraigg Brathwaite, Kieran Powell and Shai Hope.“The selectors are doing their jobs. You need to have your (batsmen) getting decent scores. That’s not happening. We’re losing wickets at regular intervals and that’s the problem that we’re having.”He added that the top order continues to struggle and the team is always under a lot of pressure. “It’s heart-breaking to see how the guys perform. We know they can play much better than that. It’s sad,” he said.Brathwaite made a combined total of 48 runs in his last eight innings. Williams suggested that the opening batsman may have to use the West Indies championship to regain lost form.“You always say ‘back to the drawing board’ and that means you’ll come to the regional tournament and try to re-establish yourself, and get some confidence,” Williams noted.“When you go to places like Bangladesh without confidence, it’s a little bit difficult.“The Brathwaite we know is a very stubborn player (and) knows how to bat very long. He’s well-suited for the five-day game. It’s unfortunate the way he’s getting out,” he said.Braithwaite led the team during the Test series in the absence of Jason Holder, who is recovering from an injured shoulder.Williams suggested that serving as both opener and captain may be a huge task for Brathwaite, despite his cool outward appearance.“You look around, there (are) not much (options) when it comes to captaincy. He’s going through a bad patch. We hope things turn around for him very shortly.” Another talking point in Bangladesh was the inconsistency of the spin trio — Devendra Bishoo, Jomel Warrican and Roston Chase, who took seven, eight and four wickets respectively.“You always try to pick your best team,” said the veteran of 11 Tests and 36 One Day Internationals from 1988-1998.“Bishoo has been around for a long time, Warrican is seasoned as well. These are two of the top bowlers that we have in the Caribbean in terms of spin.”“If these two guys can’t get it right, maybe we’ll have to look for somebody else. (Trinidad and Tobago’s) Imran Khan is one name that comes to mind. He takes a lot of wickets every year. He’s probably not the specialist spinner that they’re looking for, but he gets wickets. He probably could be given an opportunity.“We just have to trust God and hope that things work out,” Williams said. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedReflections on Windies Cricket in 2018 Part 1 …Gabriel, Dowrich top Test performers in 2018December 28, 2018In “latest news”Windies hope Sabina magic will spark team in decisive India TestAugust 30, 2019In “latest news”I nearly cried, says heartbroken HetmyerJune 24, 2019In “latest news” read more

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Firefox 5 beta for desktop and mobile now available

first_imgMozilla’s Firefox channel system is now complete, with the first Firefox 5 beta releases being pushed for both desktop and mobile users. There aren’t many recognizable differences from Firefox 4 at the moment, apart from the introduction of the channel changer mechanism and the relocation of Mozilla’s Do Not Track opt-in to the privacy tab of your Firefox settings. Do Not Track support has also been introduced in Firefox for Mobile, but it’s important to remember that the feature brings no privacy benefit if the header it sends is not recognized by the websites you visit. Firefox 5 beta also improves support for a number of web technologies, including HTML5, MathML, SMIL, and CSS animations.So if Mozilla developers weren’t busy cramming new features into the Firefox 5 beta, what exactly were they up to? Squashing bugs, of course! The full log is available here (and it’s a lengthy one) for those of you who want to know everything you can about the new beta channel release.If you’d like to take the Firefox 5 beta channel for a spin, you can download it from the Future of Firefox page — the download for Android is available from the Market. Aurora users who want to switch to something a bit more stable can click through the app menu to help, about Firefox, and click the change link to display the channel changer. You can also go totally mainstream if you wish and jump to the stable Firefox release channel.Thanks to the accelerated release schedule, stable users won’t have long to wait for Firefox 5 — it’s scheduled to land on June 21st.More at Mozillalast_img read more

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Maras Group wins UK awards

first_imgMaras Group, one of South Australia’s leading property development companies, has won a set of prestigious international gongs.The company picked up three awards this month for their ongoing tenant marketing programs and their commitment to corporate social responsibility at the recent Best Business Excellence Awards in the UK.The awards – in the categories ‘Diversified Services’ and ‘Marketing & PR’ – related to their outstanding efforts and initiatives in the marketing and promotion of their tenants in the Rundle Street East district in Adelaide.Commenting on the award, Chairman of Judges Mr Andrew Areoff said that the group – founded by SA property legend Theo Maras – proved that “landlords spend money on their tenants” and that the Greek Australian owned company “embarked on a ground-breaking advertising and marketing campaign to encourage people back to ‘bricks and mortar’ shopping”. “To support tenants, the campaign promoted top-tier fashion shops in the east end side of this popular shopping area of Adelaide. All retailers, including cafés and bars, reported an increase in business and it greatly cemented the landlord/tenant relationship. This is a unique initiative that deserves recognition,” said Mr Areoff.The Best Marketing award in the Marketing and PR category was in recognition of Maras Group’s commitment to event-based programs designed to increase awareness, boost sales and strengthen the Rundle Street East brand.Maras Group also took out the award for Best Corporate Social Responsibility (Diversified Services category) for their continuing dedication to the community and humanitarian causes. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Citizens prefer Agüero over Salah any day of the week

first_imgCitizens Kyle Walker and Pep Guardiola believe that Sergio Agüero is still a better player than Mohamed Salah due to his consistency.As we move closer and closer to the crucial Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester City this Sunday, two Citizens were questioned about the comparisons between strikers Sergio Agüero and Mohamed Salah.While the Egyptian forward had a breakthrough performance with the Reds last season, neither Kyle Walker nor Pep Guardiola believe that he is better than ‘Kun’ Agüero because of the Argentine’s consistency.The Liverpool player’s dip in form this season proves this, because Agüero started the competition in top form, and Mo is very far from the player who finished the previous competitions with nearly 50 goals.“For me, I’d rather mark Salah — every day of the week. I think Sergio has proved it now and I can assure you, having played against him when I was at ­Tottenham, he’s a nightmare – a complete nightmare to play against,” said Walker while being quoted by The Mirror.“You think he’s not interested in the game and all of a sudden it’s in the back of the net. He has that ­quality. He’s done it year in, year out. He is always up there scoring the most goals in the Premier League. He has probably carried City for a lot of years with his goals.”Pep also backed his striker at City over the Egyptian: “Salah is younger, it was his first year back in England since his time at Chelsea, so we will see in the ­future, but a guy who has the quality to score nearly 50 goals in a season always has that quality.”Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“Football is all about ups and downs. Salah remains an ­excellent player and will score goals in the future. When you are in there, scenting goals, sometimes this happens. Sergio has scored a lot of goals, but there were periods when he didn’t score.”“How many years has ­Sergio scored all those goals, eight or nine years? For Salah, it was the first one so we will see in seven or eight years. For Sergio, his huge value comes from being ­consistent over many, many years.”“It is about being consistent every three days during 11 months. That is why the big, big players around Europe do that because it is the most difficult thing.”Man City’s Kyle Walker on why he’d far rather mark Mohamed Salah than Sergio Aguero, ahead of Liverpool trip #LFC #MCFC | @sbates_people https://t.co/Gm55OsZqmD pic.twitter.com/AmoVqQJNXu— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) October 6, 2018last_img read more

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