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No better administrator than Yogi: Mohsin Raza

first_imgMohsin Raza is the sole Muslim member in the newly formed Yogi Adityanath Cabinet. He is a Minister of State in charge of Waqf and Haj Departments along with Science and Technology, Electronics and IT portfolios. A former first-class cricketer, Raza speaks about the new government’s priorities. Excerpts:How different are you expecting your innings in politics?I think it will be successful. We have a good team, a good captain and two good vice captains. We trust our captain and are confident that we would manage to get a lot of work done by the 50 overs.What will be your first step as minister?The directions to government officials are clear: to work on the promises made by us in our sankalp patra (manifesto). We will keep all our promises made to people.The BJP has few Muslim representatives. Tell us about your association with the party.I was first exposed to the BJP ideology in 1996. Atal Bihari Vajpayee was contesting election from Lucknow and I heard few of his speeches, which had a deep influence on me… Atalji charmed the audience and connected with the last person in the line. He spoke his heart. As time passed, and he became Prime Minister, I even made attempts to meet him and had the chance to do so a few times.I decided that if I ever enter politics, I will do it through this party.What do you mean by the “BJP’s ideology?”The BJP thinks for the last person in society. Other parties have kept Muslims away from the BJP for so long by inducing fear.If you go back in history, what did the so-called Muslim well wishers do for Muslims? Those in the Muslim League sold us to be used by the Congress and migrated to Pakistan.Till date what has the Congress given to Indian minorities? They claim they are secular, but they gave us madrasas with the clear agenda of keeping us away from the mainstream.Don’t Muslims have reason to feel insecure by the RSS’ ideology and goal of a Hindu Rashtra?That is a big debate. This is not true from any angle. All these unsubstantiated ideas are thrown about to trigger panic among people. The RSS is a social service organisation. It was formed to serve society. How can anyone think negatively about it? Can’t we all see the new heights the RSS has brought to the country today? And still people are looking for faults. Shame on them.It is believed that Muslims are averse to being associated with the BJP.Because they have been told so. Woh bechare toh hamare saath hai. (Those poor ones are with us).Will you work in the direction to connect Muslims to BJP?Definitely. Our party is already doing it. We raised the triple talaq issue. We will show you in 2019 how Muslims will openly vote for the BJP at the mass level. They voted this time behind the veil. They were threatened. They [Muslim women] could not talk openly about it but they voted for the BJP. You will see more and more Muslims joining the BJP in future. What do they want, after all? Employment, not guns, pens and shovels.BJP accuses SP, BSP and Congress of Muslim appeasement. What is your opinion?Which parties were talking about Muslims and screaming their names during the election? They had a hint that the BJP is getting a good majority, so they were all running an agenda. But people did not let them succeed. People continued their support to Modiji, stuck to development and trust. The BJP faced allegations that it did not field a single Muslim, Is this not sabka saath sabka vikaas. They accorded ministerial berth to a person who is not a member of any House. What do they have to say now? Don’t doubt the intention and policy of the BJP. Our intention is clear, that is why people supported Modiji and Amit Shahji.Yogi Adityanath is an advocate of Hindutva…He has never said anything anti-Muslim. He only speaks of people who talk such things. Who would not?What about the provocative speeches made by Yogi Adityanath from the stage?He is a mahant. How can you ever expect that a religious man would do or let wrong things happen? There can be no better administrator than him.He is not at all anti-Muslim. He is a rashtravadi (nationalist).last_img read more

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Fresh restrictions imposed in Kashmir Valley

first_imgAugust 12, 2019: Muslims offer Eid al-Adha prayers at Eidgah, in Jammu. “#Eid #prayers concluded #peacefully in various parts of the #valley. No untoward incident reported so far,” the Jammu and Kashmir Police said in a tweet. August 6, 2019: Kashmiri boys sit in front of closed shops in Srinagar. August 18, 2019: Journalists work inside a media center set up by J&K authorities in Srinagar.The Supreme Court, on August 16, prescribed patience over positive judicial action while hearing Anuradha Bhasin, executive editor of Kashmir Times, who is challenging the state of curfew and media restrictions imposed by the Centre across the Valley. August 18, 2019: Youngsters play cricket on the roads of Srinagar city. August 15, 2019: Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik salutes during Independence Day celebrations in Srinagar. None of the leaders from regional parties, including former Chief Ministers, could take part in the celebrations as they were in preventive custody. August 16, 2019: Additional Director General Munir Khan said there were localised incidents during protests in various parts of Srinagar and other districts in the Valley, which were contained and dealt with locally. August 13, 2019: Jameela, mother of Irfan Ahmad Burra who was allegedly arrested during a clampdown, is consoled by a relative in her house in Pulwama. August 8, 2019: Customers in an electronics shop in Jammu watch as Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the nation on TV. Describing the changes in Kashmir as historic, the PM assured Kashmiri people that the situation in the region will soon become normal. However, several Kashmiris couldn’t watch the speech since television broadcast was restricted. August 12, 2019: Muslims offer Eid al-Adha prayers at Eidgah, in Jammu. “#Eid #prayers concluded #peacefully in various parts of the #valley. No untoward incident reported so far,” the Jammu and Kashmir Police said in a tweet. August 10, 2019: Students attend morning assembly as schools in Jammu reopened after being closed for five days. Schools in Kashmir Valley were opened on August 19 to a paltry attendance. August 9, 2019: Rapid Action Force personnel patrol a street during restrictions in Jammu. The Army had warned mosques in Kulgam against political sermons during Friday prayers. A policeman, Nasir Ahmed, was beaten up by a mob in Hawal. August 13, 2019: Children play with toy guns next to security force personnel in Srinagar. August 10, 2019: BJP State president Ravinder Raina along with Gujjar-Bakkarwala community celebrate Jashn-e-Azadi, Independence Day, with the Indian tricolour in Jammu. With the abrogation of Article 370, usage of the Kashmiri flag is no more mandated in the region. August 5, 2019: A police officer briefs his men on a deserted street. The Centre revoked Kashmir’s special status with a presidential order on August 5, as thousands of newly deployed troops arrived and internet and phone services were cut in the region from midnight on August 4. August 17, 2019: A Kashmiri family talks to relatives on a landline phone in Srinagar. Telephone lines were restored from August 17 in the Kashmir Valley, after an almost two-week communications blackout. August 7, 2019: Non-local children sleep on the pavement, next to their parents’ luggage, outside Tourist Reception Center during the third day of restrictions in Srinagar. August 7, 2019: National Security Advisor Ajit Doval interacts with locals while reviewing security situation in Shopian, Jammu and Kashmir. He stayed in the Valley for nearly 10 days after the State was bifurcated. August 5, 2019: A police officer briefs his men on a deserted street. The Centre revoked Kashmir’s special status with a presidential order on August 5, as thousands of newly deployed troops arrived and internet and phone services were cut in the region from midnight on August 4. August 15, 2019: BJP Lok Sabha MP from Ladakh, Jamyang Tsering Namgyal plays an instrument during the Independence Day celebrations in Leh. Mr. Namgyal has hailed the government’s decision to grant Union Territory status to his constituency, saying it will usher in development and strengthen border security. August 18, 2019: People buy vegetables on the banks of Dal Lake during relaxation in Srinagar. August 9, 2019: Rapid Action Force personnel patrol a street during restrictions in Jammu. The Army had warned mosques in Kulgam against political sermons during Friday prayers. A policeman, Nasir Ahmed, was beaten up by a mob in Hawal. August 7, 2019: Non-local children sleep on the pavement, next to their parents’ luggage, outside Tourist Reception Center during the third day of restrictions in Srinagar. August 16, 2019: Additional Director General Munir Khan said there were localised incidents during protests in various parts of Srinagar and other districts in the Valley, which were contained and dealt with locally. August 15, 2019: Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik salutes during Independence Day celebrations in Srinagar. None of the leaders from regional parties, including former Chief Ministers, could take part in the celebrations as they were in preventive custody. August 7, 2019: Migrant labourers wait outside Jammu Railway Station to leave the region due to the heightened security situation. August 9, 2019: Trucks stranded on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway during restrictions, imposed in several districts as a precautionary measure. August 15, 2019: School girls take part in Independence Day celebrations in Srinagar. August 18, 2019: Journalists work inside a media center set up by J&K authorities in Srinagar.The Supreme Court, on August 16, prescribed patience over positive judicial action while hearing Anuradha Bhasin, executive editor of Kashmir Times, who is challenging the state of curfew and media restrictions imposed by the Centre across the Valley.center_img August 9, 2019: Protestors marching on a street after Friday prayers in Srinagar. An official said stone-throwing started at Soura, Nowshera, Rambagh, Barzalla and Rainawari after the prayers. August 11, 2019: Kashmiri women shout slogans during a protest. At the end of a procession from Soura to Ali Jan Road, about 4,000 people clashed with security men for hours. Several mosques in Pulwama passed resolutions against the dilution of Article 370.Restrictions continued in much of the region, despite the government saying it was gradually restoring phone lines and easing a security lockdown that’s been in place for nearly two weeks. August 6, 2019: Kashmiri boys sit in front of closed shops in Srinagar. August 10, 2019: Students attend morning assembly as schools in Jammu reopened after being closed for five days. Schools in Kashmir Valley were opened on August 19 to a paltry attendance. August 9, 2019: Trucks stranded on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway during restrictions, imposed in several districts as a precautionary measure. August 7, 2019: Migrant labourers wait outside Jammu Railway Station to leave the region due to the heightened security situation. August 15, 2019: School girls take part in Independence Day celebrations in Srinagar. August 5, 2019: Barricades are set up and vehicular movement is diverted by the police. August 17, 2019: A Kashmiri family talks to relatives on a landline phone in Srinagar. Telephone lines were restored from August 17 in the Kashmir Valley, after an almost two-week communications blackout. August 18, 2019: Stones thrown by Kashmiri protesters at security forces lie on the road in Habba Kadal after a protest in Srinagar. August 10, 2019: BJP State president Ravinder Raina along with Gujjar-Bakkarwala community celebrate Jashn-e-Azadi, Independence Day, with the Indian tricolour in Jammu. With the abrogation of Article 370, usage of the Kashmiri flag is no more mandated in the region. August 7, 2019: National Security Advisor Ajit Doval interacts with locals while reviewing security situation in Shopian, Jammu and Kashmir. He stayed in the Valley for nearly 10 days after the State was bifurcated. August 13, 2019: Children play with toy guns next to security force personnel in Srinagar. August 9, 2019: Protestors marching on a street after Friday prayers in Srinagar. An official said stone-throwing started at Soura, Nowshera, Rambagh, Barzalla and Rainawari after the prayers. August 13, 2019: Jameela, mother of Irfan Ahmad Burra who was allegedly arrested during a clampdown, is consoled by a relative in her house in Pulwama. August 11, 2019: Kashmiri women shout slogans during a protest. At the end of a procession from Soura to Ali Jan Road, about 4,000 people clashed with security men for hours. Several mosques in Pulwama passed resolutions against the dilution of Article 370.Restrictions continued in much of the region, despite the government saying it was gradually restoring phone lines and easing a security lockdown that’s been in place for nearly two weeks. August 14, 2019: Munefa Nazir, 6, undergoes treatment in a hospital in Srinagar. According to her uncle, she was hit in the eye by a marble fired from a catapult by a soldier at a checkpoint as they rode on his scooter on August 12 evening. August 15, 2019: BJP Lok Sabha MP from Ladakh, Jamyang Tsering Namgyal plays an instrument during the Independence Day celebrations in Leh. Mr. Namgyal has hailed the government’s decision to grant Union Territory status to his constituency, saying it will usher in development and strengthen border security. August 14, 2019: Munefa Nazir, 6, undergoes treatment in a hospital in Srinagar. According to her uncle, she was hit in the eye by a marble fired from a catapult by a soldier at a checkpoint as they rode on his scooter on August 12 evening. Fresh restrictions were imposed in Srinagar and other parts of the Kashmir Valley as a preventive measure in view of Friday congregational prayers which passed off peacefully, officials said.Restrictions under Section 144 of the CrPc were announced on public address system. People have been asked not to venture outside and barricades have been placed.While Friday congregational prayers were offered in mosques located in the interiors of the city and elsewhere in the valley, no prayers were allowed in major mosques and shrines of the valley for the third consecutive week.The prayers have passed off peacefully with no major untoward incident reported so far from any part of the valley, a police official said.Normal life remained disrupted across the Kashmir Valley for the 26th consecutive day, with markets closed and public transport off the roads.While landline telephony services have resumed in many parts of the valley, mobile telephone services and all Internet services continue to remain suspended since 5 August after the Centre’s move to abrogate Article 370, that provided special status to Jammu and Kashmir, and bifurcate the state into two union territories.Most of the top level and second rung separatist politicians have been taken into preventive custody while mainstream leaders including three former chief ministers — Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti — have either been detained or placed under house arrest. August 18, 2019: Youngsters play cricket on the roads of Srinagar city. August 8, 2019: Customers in an electronics shop in Jammu watch as Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the nation on TV. Describing the changes in Kashmir as historic, the PM assured Kashmiri people that the situation in the region will soon become normal. However, several Kashmiris couldn’t watch the speech since television broadcast was restricted. August 5, 2019: Barricades are set up and vehicular movement is diverted by the police. August 18, 2019: Stones thrown by Kashmiri protesters at security forces lie on the road in Habba Kadal after a protest in Srinagar. August 18, 2019: People buy vegetables on the banks of Dal Lake during relaxation in Srinagar. August 18, 2019: Journalists work inside a media center set up by J&K authorities in Srinagar.The Supreme Court, on August 16, prescribed patience over positive judicial action while hearing Anuradha Bhasin, executive editor of Kashmir Times, who is challenging the state of curfew and media restrictions imposed by the Centre across the Valley.last_img read more

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Test event to gauge PH tracksters’ progress ahead of SEA Games

first_imgMANILA, Philippines—The Philippine Track and Field Association will host a test event that will pit the national tracksters against athletes from Thailand, Malaysia, and Vietnam.A month before the start of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, the Filipino tracksters will compete against their Asian neighbors in the 20,000-seater New Clark City Athletics’ stadium on Oct. 26 and 27.ADVERTISEMENT Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Leading the Philippine contingent is pole-vaulter Ernest John Obiena who became the country’s first qualifier to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after his gold medal winning 5.81-meter leap in Chiarri, Italy last Sept. 3.Expectations are also high for Filipino-American sprinters Kristina Knott and Zion Corrales-Nelson whileEric Cray and Anfernee Lopena headline the men sprinters with the two competing in the 100-meter dash.Alongside Lopena and Cray are Michael del Prado and Jayme Sequito (400-meter), Carter Lilly and Marco Vilog (800-meter) Mariano Masano and Said Guermali (1500-meter), Clinton Bautista and Alvin Vergel (100-meter hurdles), and Francis Medina (400-meter hurdles).Joining Knotts and Corrales-Nelson in the women’s division are Kayla Richardson (400-meter), Marisol Amargo (800-meter), Melissa Escoton and Jely Paraguile (100-meter hurdles), Robyn Brown and Bernalyn Bejoy (400-meter hurdles), and Joida Gagnao (3000-meter steeplechase).Alyanna Nicolas and Natalie Uy will compete in the women’s pole-vaulting event.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Nelson, Knott, Kayla and Kyla Richardson, Eloisa Luzon, and Escoton are in the 100-meter relay team, while Jesse Lumapas and Maureen Schrijvers are part of the 400-meter relay squad.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIEScenter_img Becoming his own man Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics This jewelry designer is also an architect “During the test games, I expect our athletes to be smart enough to get a good feel of their opponents’ real worth and how much more they have to do during the actual SEA Games,” said Patafa president Philip Juico.Of the 48 athletics events in the SEA Games, 24 will be played in the test competition with 15 participants to mimic a similar atmosphere to that of the regional games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceThis is also to prepare the Philippines in achieving its goal of taking 13 gold medals in athletics.“I used the word ‘aspiring’ and not ‘targeting’ because it is what we have inculcated in our athletes’ minds from the time we formed the national training pool and the moment they started training,” said Juico. Conor McGregor says his UFC return fight set for January Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014?last_img read more

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Indian Super League gets recognition from Asian Football Confederation, two national leagues now

first_imgThe cash-rich Indian Super League has been finally granted official recognition by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), meaning there will be two national leagues in the country from 2017-18.The franchise-based league didn’t have AFC recognition in its first three editions, and has been trying for it for a while now.The AFC gave its consent to the All India Football Federation’s proposal through a letter signed by general secretary Dato Windsor John, a top AIFF official told PTI today.So, as of now, the winner of the I-league will participate in the AFC Champions League qualifiers, while the next ISL champions will be eligible for an AFC Cup qualifying slot.If the 2017-18 I-League winners fail to qualify — no Indian club has so far — they will get an automatic berth in the AFC Cup, the continent’s second-tier tournament.The AFC however specified that the arrangement was a temporary one and required the stakeholders to come up with a long-term plan.The development comes as a good news for Bengaluru FC, who have so far been the only Indian club serious about the AFC Cup competition.Having emerged runners-up last year, Bengaluru FC have made the zonal semi-finals this time and will play North Korea’s 4.25 SC in home and away league in August and September respectively.The champions of the 10-team ISL that will run for five months beginning November will get an AFC Cup qualifying slot.Till 2016-17, it was given to the winners of the Federation Cup.advertisementlast_img read more

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World Cup 2018: It’s defence vs attack as Uruguay face France in quarters

first_imgThe attacking talents of France will have to find a way to break the steely defence of Uruguay as both teams clash in the World Cup quarter-finals on Friday.The South American nation boasts the joint-meanest defence in the ongoing tournamentUruguay kept Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo at bay in their 2-1 last-16 win, and that goal conceded was the only one against them so far in Russia – a defensive feat only matched by Brazil, who play Belgium later on Friday.But France banged in four goals in their last 16 game against Argentina, and will be hoping their formidable attacking trio of Antoine Griezmann, Olivier Giroud and Kylian Mbappe can turn it on again at the Nizhny Novgorod stadium.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGENineteen-year-old Mbappe scored two goals in the Argentina game, becoming the first teenager since Brazilian great Pele in the 1958 final to score two goals in one World Cup match.But it was his amazing 70-metre sprint earlier in the match, to win France a penalty, that stunned viewers worldwide.”I was wondering whether he was riding a scooter,” joked France midfielder Florian Thauvin of the teenager whom Uruguay’s defenders must be having nightmares about.Also Read – World Cup 2018: Neymar has spent an astonishing 14 minutes on the groundOn the surface, though, Uruguay look relaxed and their experienced central defenders Jose Gimenez and Diego Godin are relishing the chance to foil both Mbappe and their friend and Atletico Madrid team mate Griezmann.”We want to deny them space, stop them playing, make their strikers uncomfortable – that’s our weapon,” said midfielder Diego Laxalt at the Uruguay camp in a hotel outside Nizhny Novgorod which, oddly, is painted in the colours of Brazil.advertisementAlso read – World Cup 2018: Dazzling goals, memorable celebrations and the dance of joyWith an impressive strike partnership of their own in Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani, the Uruguayans believe they can surpass their most recent best of a semi-final in 2010 – though Cavani is sweating on a calf injury that may keep him out.’Les Bleus’ will be inspired by the two-decade anniversary of their only World Cup win in 1998, while double winners Uruguay’s modern generation are desperate to recreate the black-and-white-era glories of their 1930 and 1950 trophies.The winners will play Brazil or Belgium, who meet in their quarter-final in Kazan on Friday evening, for a place in the July 15 final.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

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2012 PFB Picks

first_imgHere are our serious and not-so-serious picks for the 2012 college football season.[table id=31 /] If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img

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From the recruitment office to England job: Jamie Porter’s rapid rise

first_imgfeatures Since you’re here… Share on Pinterest “I knew I was on the radar then through chatting to Ed Smith,” says Porter. “He said he thought there was room in that side for my sort of bowler and all he wanted from me was to make sure I went away doing everything I could to be ready when the chance comes.“It was nice to get a feel for how that environment works. I stayed in the team hotel the night before, did the full training session with the lads the next day, so I got a feel for how they go about their business. I guess that means it will be a bit less of a step into the unknown next week.”It was during the 2005 Ashes when a 12-year-old Porter fell in love with cricket. “I remember we went on a family holiday to Portugal during the Old Trafford Test and I came back whiter than when I went because I was glued to the TV for five days,” he recalls. “I remember there was one day when everyone else went to the beach and I faked being ill so I could stay in and watch it. From that moment on, playing for England was the dream.”Essex, meanwhile, made India’s bowlers work hard on day two in Chelmsford, closing on 237 for five following half-centuries for Tom Westley and Michael Pepper. India’s cause what not helped when Ravichandran Ashwin, their key spinner, hurt a finger batting in the nets in the morning. Ashwin did not bowl but is expected to do so on the final day and is not considered a doubt for the first Test. Share via Email Share on Facebook Vic Marks Read more Read more Support The Guardian Essex Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Cricket Don’t whine at Adil Rashid over his switch from white to red From working as a recruitment consultant to being recruited by England. And all in less than five years. It has been some journey for Jamie Porter. The 25-year-old Essex seamer became one of the most deserving England call-ups of recent years when he was named in the England squad for next week’s first Test against India at Edgbaston.Porter’s rise has followed two and a half seasons of excellence on the county circuit, with his 55 Division Two wickets in the summer of 2016 key to Essex’s County Championship promotion and another 75 at 16.82 last year helping them to a surprise title win in their first season back in the top flight.Between now and then Porter has overcome a back injury that ruled him out of contention for last winter’s Ashes tour, gained experience with England Lions and taken another 28 Championship wickets this summer.But given where he was in the winter of 2013-14, when Porter contemplated giving up cricket and took a job as a recruitment consultant in Enfield, he deserves to savour this moment.“It’s funny how it all works out,” he said. “There was a point where I had accepted the fact after three years of second-team cricket that it hasn’t happened. That was the time to see what the real world was offering. I went into recruitment – and actually enjoyed it – but I was missing cricket and luckily I did well for my club side, Chingford, and Essex had some injuries, so I only ended up doing a winter in recruitment and I made my debut at the end of the next season.”That came in September 2014 against Kent at Chelmsford, when Porter took just one wicket. Since then, though, he has hardly looked back and is on the brink of a Test debut next week.Porter, rested for Essex’s tour match with India in Chelmsford, will probably be contesting the third and final seam-bowling place in England’s team at Edgbaston with Sam Curran. Yet time spent with England in Leeds last month before the second Test against Pakistan at Headingley, including an encouraging chat with Ed Smith, the chief selector, will stand the Essex man in good stead for the biggest week of his career. Share on LinkedIn Sign up to the Spin – our weekly cricket round-up The Spin: sign up and get our weekly cricket email. Share on Messenger … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. England cricket team Topics Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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JDF Gets $7.3 Billion to Purchase Aircraft and Equipment

first_img This is outlined in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives. The Government will be spending $7.3 billion in the new fiscal year to facilitate the acquisition of aircraft and equipment for the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF). The Estimates were tabled in the House of Representatives on February 14 by Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke. Story Highlights The Government will be spending $7.3 billion in the new fiscal year to facilitate the acquisition of aircraft and equipment for the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF).This is outlined in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.The Estimates were tabled in the House of Representatives on February 14 by Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke.Of the money, $3.55 billion will go towards the purchase of equipment for the Coast Guard, while the remaining $3.749 billion will be used to purchase aircraft.The sum will be provided from the Consolidated Fund.The Estimates will be considered by the Standing Finance Committee of the House from March 4 to 5.last_img read more

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Klaipeda Seaport Plans to Become Transshipment Hub

first_imgzoom Lithuania’s Klaipeda Seaport is planning to turn into a transshipment hub for the Baltic Sea region following the recent rise in the gross tonnage of vessels calling at the port.Klaipeda joined the ranks of seaports able to accommodate 9,000 TEU+ container ships after the 9,178 TEU MSC Asya berthed at the quays of the newly constructed JSSC Klaipedos Smelte container distribution centre on August 11.With the length of 336.7 meters, breadth of 45.6m, and a maximum draft of 15.3m, MSC Asya became the largest ship ever to enter this seaport.”Up to now the function of rendering services and distributing the containers to smaller vessels, the so called ”transshipment” has been traditionally the prerogative of the large seaports of the Western Europe – Rotterdam, Antwerp, Hamburg and others. From now on Klaipeda Seaport is ready to accommodate both feeder and ocean going vessels – container ships. Accommodation of the container ship  MSC Asya today has served the best evidence of that. We believe that the number of ocean-going vessels will increase in our seaport,” said Arvydas Vaitkus, the director general of Klaipeda State Seaport Authority. According to the report of Internal Audit Department of Klaipeda State Seaport Authority, the gross tonnage (GT) of vessels within the 1st half of 2015 has increased by 5 percent compared with the corresponding period of the previous year. The review of the tendencies of recent years revealed that the number of vessels exceeding 200 metres in length has increased twice compared with period 5 years ago (2009).last_img read more

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La Fête nationale des Acadiens est le 15 août

first_img Du plaisir pour toute la famille au Musée des Acadiens des Pubnicos, Pubnico-Ouest, comté de Yarmouth, de 11 h à 15 h. Une messe sera célébrée en français au lieu historique national de Grand-Pré, comté de Kings, à compter de 11 h. Le tintamarre du Festival acadien de Clare commence à 18 h à Saint-Bernard et à Rivière-aux-Saumons, comté de Digby. Une plaque sera dévoilée aux Trois Pignons à Chéticamp, comté d’Inverness, pour rendre hommage à Jeanne Dugas, nommée personnage historique national. Le Festival acadien de Petit-de-Grat, Isle Madame, comté de Richmond, du 10 au 15 août. Un barbecue communautaire à l’École du Sommet, 500, boul. Larry Uteck, Halifax, de 16 h à 18 h. Les Acadiens de toute la province mettront leur patrimoine à l’honneur à l’occasion de la Fête nationale des Acadiens le lundi 15 août. « La Fête nationale des Acadiens est le moment de mettre à l’honneur le patrimoine de nos collectivités acadiennes et francophones et de souligner l’influence passée et présente de cette culture sur notre province, de dire Michel Samson, ministre des Affaires acadiennes. J’encourage tous les Acadiens à faire flotter leur drapeau acadien avec fierté. » Voici quelques-unes des activités qui se dérouleront dans la province : Le drapeau acadien sera hissé pour la journée à Province House, rue Hollis, à Halifax. À titre de division du ministère des Communautés, de la Culture et du Patrimoine, les Affaires acadiennes contribuent à la préservation et à l’essor des collectivités acadiennes et francophones en conseillant le gouvernement et en soutenant ses efforts pour offrir des services en français. Les Néo-Écossais peuvent « aimer » les Affaires acadiennes sur Facebook.com/Affairesacadiennes ou suivre la Province en français sur Twitter à l’adresse @GouvNE.last_img read more

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Evening dedicated to dance

first_imgIndia International Centre (IIC) hosted a dance evening in the Capital on July 11. Arunima Sengupta Basu, a disciple of Luna Poddar and Pandit Rajendra Gangani gave a graceful Kathak performance, followed by a Bharatanatyam duet by twin sisters Archana and Chetana – disciples of Guru B Bhanumati and Guru Sheela Chandrasekharlast_img

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NDIT accepting applications for grants to expand highspeed Internet in Northern BC

first_img“High costs are one of the main barriers to connecting communities,” said Jinny Sims, Minister of Citizens’ Services. “This funding will support last-mile projects that will help close the gap between urban and rural areas, and allow B.C.’s smaller communities to better participate in the digital economy.”NDIT says that submissions will be reviewed and assessed on a first-come, first-served basis. The deadline for the projects to be completed is March 31st, 2020. PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – The Northern Development Initiative Trust says it is now accepting applications from ISP’s and community organizations for grant funding to allow B.C. residents living in rural, remote, and Indigenous communities access to high-speed internet.NDIT says that it began accepting applications for the Connecting British Columbia program, which is providing up to $16 million to improve rural and remote internet success, starting last Sunday. Successful applications could see last-mile projects receive up to a 50 percent contribution for eligible costs.Funding will also be available for improving connectivity to entire regions of British Columbia, with applications for transport fibre projects being accepted starting September 1st.last_img read more

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Governments provide $90 million for Canadian Natural clean tech projects

Companies in this article: (TSX:CNQ)The Canadian Press CALGARY — The federal and Alberta governments are pledging almost $90 million to fund clean technology developments at major oilsands producer Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.The commitments are expected to result in a total investment of $415 million in three projects.More than half of the federal commitment of $72.3 million, about $45 million, will go to Titanium Corp., a company working with Canadian Natural on a technology to recover valuable minerals and residual bitumen while remediating tailings at the Horizon oilsands mine in northern Alberta.An additional $10 million has been committed by Emissions Reduction Alberta, the provincial body in charge of reinvesting carbon tax proceeds.Canadian Natural is also to receive $5 million in federal funds and $5.6 million from the province for its in-pit extraction process which aims to separate bitumen from oilsands ore in the mine before transporting it to the processing centre, thus reducing transportation costs and emissions.The Calgary-based producer has also won $22.3 million from Ottawa for a lower-emission steam turbine generator at the Athabasca Oil Sands Project mining operation it owns with partners Chevron Canada and Shell Canada. read more

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As political deadlock continues UN steps up aid to uprooted Ivorians

“Humanitarian conditions have deteriorated with the shortage of shelter and our hope is that the new camp will ease pressure, in particular for the most vulnerable,” Melissa Fleming, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told reporters in Geneva. The agency has so far registered a total of 38,600 IDPs in western Côte d’Ivoire.Ms. Fleming said the new camp is located near the town of Duékoué, and will accommodate up to 6,000 people, easing crowding at a nearby Roman Catholic mission where many of the IDPs are accommodated. Heavy rainfall last week destroyed a number of makeshift shelters in the mission compound prompting UNHCR to provide tents to some of the displaced families.Many of the IDPs have been surviving on the generosity of local families and charities. In Danané, Binhouye and Zouan-Hounien districts, more than 8,600 IDPs are staying with local families, some of whom are sheltering up to 25 people each and struggling to make ends meet.Most of those displaced in western Côte d’Ivoire fled their homes in mid-December and early January as a result of ethnic tension and violence sparked by the presidential elections held in November.The country has been in turmoil since early December when outgoing President Laurent Gbagbo refused to leave office despite opposition leader Alassane Ouattara’s UN-certified victory in the run-off poll. Mr. Ouattara has been recognized by the international community as the duly elected president.In Duékoué, the IDPs told UNHCR that they have no homes to go back to because their houses were torched and their property looted. Others alleged that they had been subjected to violence, including sexual assault, as well as arbitrary detention by armed groups acting with impunity.Fear of retaliation, lack of law enforcement and dysfunctional judicial institutions have prevented many people from reporting abuses.“UNHCR remains concerned that the political deadlock is causing widespread fear and, if not resolved, could result in displacement on a massive scale,” said Ms. Fleming.Tension has also forced more people to move closer to the Liberian while others are crossing the border to seek asylum. UNHCR has registered 36,318 Ivorian refugees in Liberia so far.According to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), 85 per cent of the Ivorian refugees in Liberia are women and children.In some communities, especially those closest to the border, refugees outnumber local inhabitants, and residents are saying they cannot absorb more people. Severe food shortages and inadequate shelter are causing security concerns over the safety of the children and women. The risk of disease outbreaks remains a major humanitarian concern, according to Marixie Mercado, spokesperson for UNICEF.In response to a measles outbreak that had killed five Liberian children in Nimba County, where 97 per cent of the refugees are hosted, UNICEF supported a vaccination campaign led by Liberian health ministry that reached 150,000 children – both refugees and Liberians – aged between six months and 16 years.The campaign included malnutrition screening in areas with large refugee populations, Ms. Mercado told a news conference in Geneva, adding that 102 children, 52 of them refugees, were diagnosed as severely malnourished. They are being treated at UNICEF-supported nutrition facilities.UNICEF, which is leading the water and sanitation humanitarian sector, has helped improve access to safe water for over 32,000 refugees and Liberians. The agency has also built 100 latrines and supported hygiene awareness in all of the affected communities. It has also distributed medicines to public health facilities and trained child protection officers.Cote 15 February 2011The United Nations refugee agency has begun setting up a new camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in western Côte d’Ivoire who fled their homes as a result of violence and uncertainty related to the current post-election political crisis in the West African country. read more

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Fears held for four UN staff after plane disappears in Bolivia

6 May 2011Grave fears are held for four United Nations staff in Bolivia whose plane disappeared during a flight to monitor coca production northeast of the capital, La Paz, yesterday. Bolivian authorities resumed the search today for the plane, which was carrying four staff from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and two military pilots, when it was reported missing yesterday afternoon in the Los Yungas region.The plane took off from La Paz about 9:30 a.m. for what was supposed to be a routine flight as part of the UN’s agency coca leaf monitoring project. But it did not return as expected at 2:30 p.m.“Obviously we are very concerned about the four staff and their situation,” said Alun Jones, a spokesperson for UNODC, who added that the Vienna-based agency was in close contact with authorities about search and rescue efforts.Robert Brockmann, the head of the UN Information Centre (UNIC) in La Paz, said that search efforts would resume at first light tomorrow.“It’s extremely difficult terrain because it’s very mountainous, and the mountains are very steep and densely forested,” he said.The missing UN staff – two men and two women – are all Bolivian nationals, and their families are being kept informed of all developments, Mr. Brockmann said.UNODC operates in more than 150 countries around the world through a network of field offices. The agency tackles drug trafficking, corruption, money laundering and organized crime, among other issues. read more

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Ranil and Lee Hsien discuss bilateral cooperation

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe met with Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and discussed further means of promoting bilateral cooperation between the two countries.The Prime Minister also met with several key Ministers, including Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy Prime Minister and Co-ordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies, K. Shanmugam, Minister for Home Affairs and Law, Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Foreign Affairs, S. Iswaran, Minister for Trade and Industry and Heng Swee Keat, Minister for Finance. The Prime Minister was accompanied by Malik Samarawickrema, Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade, Saman Ekanayake, Secretary to the Prime Minister, Arjuna Mahendran, Governor of the Central Bank, Nimal Weeraratne, High Commissioner-Designate of Sri Lanka to Singapore and WIshwanath Aponsu, the Acting High Commissioner. read more

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Delegates agree on generating more employment in Africa UNs ILO says

The 10th African regional meeting of the United Nations’ International Labour Organization (ILO) has agreed on a list of priorities for action over the next two to four years, including creating more employment, encouraging entrepreneurs, upgrading the informal economy and improving the observance of workplace rights.The programme of designated action was agreed on by some 400 delegates from 53 countries meeting from 2 to 5 December in Ethiopia. It aims to further the ILO’s agenda, “Decent Work for Africa’s Development,” the organization said on Friday.The meeting approved a resolution calling on African governments to provide enabling legal and policy frameworks for workplace action to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS and to remove the stigma from those infected.Delegates agreed to activate the ILO’s tripartite network of governments, employers and workers to support the African Union’s (AU) summit on employment and poverty reduction next year in Burkina Faso. The delegates asked the ILO to highlight successful initiatives to generate employment so that the summit could discuss how to replicate them in their own countries.”Through the African Union, Africa is developing a new vision and institution to tackle collectively its challenges. Through NEPAD (the New Partnership for Africa’s Development), Africa is calling for new types of partnership,” ILO Director-General Juan Somavia said at the opening of the meeting.“Through the Extraordinary Summit on Employment and Poverty Alleviation, Africa is shaping its own priorities that connect with people’s immediate needs. That creativity and commitment should be matched at the global level. It is time for a new generation of policies for international cooperation.” read more

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Food quality and safety tops annual meeting of UN standardssetting body

The Codex Alimentarius Commission, which convened today in Geneva, is set to approve a code of practice on good animal feeding that would establish a feed safety system for food-producing animals. The new system would take into account relevant aspects of animal health and the environment to minimize risks to the health of consumers. The Commission is also expected to formally approve work to revise the 23-year-old recommended international code of practice for foods for infants and children, including cases of formula contamination. During its weeklong 27th session, the Commission will also consider re-establishing the ad hoc intergovernmental task force on foods derived from biotechnology in a bid to keep up with its fast-changing applications and the increasing interest of consumers in the potential health impact of genetically modified foods. The Commission was set up in 1963 by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)and the World Health Organization (WHO) and has 170 Member States plus the European Community. The Commission traditionally met once every two years but shifts this year to meet yearly in response to a joint FAO-WHO evaluation, which called on Codex to speed up its work and adapt to the ever-increasing demands of member countries. Last year the WHO World Health Assembly called on Codex to become more effective at managing health risks in food. read more

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Newlywed saved from cancer after grandmothers doctor she bumps into on honeymoon

first_imgShe said: “I’m so grateful to that doctor for telling me what she did because she could have saved my life.”She wasn’t even working, she was just doing her shopping. No one else had ever pointed the lump out before and I didn’t think it was anything to worry about.”Without the push to get it checked out, it could have been a completely different story.”Mrs McCulloch and her then fiancé Matt, 27, who runs a groundworks company, decided to get married abroad after booking a family holiday to Cyprus in May 2015.But just days after tying the knot, Mrs McCulloch was out shopping with her grandmother Wendy, who lives on the island, when they bumped into the doctor.”She is my nan’s doctor so she was introducing us,” said Mrs McCulloch. “Almost immediately, she asked what the lump on my neck was and whether I’d had it checked.”I had only recently had my second child and had put around a stone in weight on, so I just put it down to changes in my body.”I didn’t really know how to take what she was saying as it was quite personal and out of the blue but she was quite insistent that when I got back to the UK I needed to go and see someone.” Danielle McCulloch was immediately referred to a specialist for tests after seeing her GP in Peterbrough After arriving home to Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, Mrs McCulloch went to see her GP. She was immediately referred to a specialist for tests and a biopsy, but nothing showed up.Mrs McCulloch said: “I wasn’t worried at all because I really didn’t think there was anything in it.”When the biopsy came back clear, I thought it was all just a fuss about nothing, but the doctors asked to remove the lump just to be safe.”They carried out a pretty straightforward operation to take the mass off my left thyroid, and it was only later that they revealed it was in fact cancerous.” A newlywed’s life was saved from cancer by her grandmother’s medic she bumped into while shopping on her honeymoon.Danielle McCulloch was holidaying in Cyprus just days after getting married when the medic spotted a lump on her neck after they met by chance in a supermarket.She advised the 26-year-old that it looked suspicious and told her she should get it checked out as soon as she returned to the UK.Mrs McCulloch was later diagnosed with stage three thyroid cancer just weeks later by doctors, who told her that without treatment it could have killed her. Doctors at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge found Mrs McCulloch was suffering from thyroid cancer.After having already removed Mrs McCulloch left thryoid, where the 4cm lump was growing, medics then carried out a second operation to remove the right side.She was then treated with a radioactive iodine to ensure any cancerous cells were destroyed.Mrs McCulloch, a cleaner, has been left with a scar on her neck from the treatment and will have take medication for the rest of her life.center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. She wasn’t even working, she was just doing her shopping. No one else had ever pointed the lump out beforeDanielle McCulloch Danielle McCulloch was immediately referred to a specialist for tests after seeing her GP in PeterbroughCredit:James Linsell-Clark/SWNSlast_img read more

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BBK BitTorrent box brings P2P to your HDTV

first_imgA little company called BOL has unleashed the first ever BitTorrent-certified set top box. At its core, the BBK BitTorrent Box is an Android networked media player — and similar to the hundreds of ARM-powered devices that have taken over sites like Dealextreme and Pandawill.The box is DLNA compatible and can handle loads of different video and music formats, including VOB and MKV. Like other Android set-top boxes, it’s got USB ports and an SD card slot so that you can play media stored on flash cards, thumb drives, and external hard drives.What can the BBK Box do that other devices can’t? Nothing, really, but it’s all about the packaging. The Bittorrent Box is designed to make the process of torrenting as simple as possible. All the required apps come pre-installed, and the system is ready to process torrents from external media or from URLs clicked in the system’s web browser.And like all good desktop torrent apps, the BBK Box provides a web-based interface that lets you add torrents and control transfers remotely. Just fire up the browser on your desktop, laptop, tablet, or phone, and point it to the correct URL!It wouldn’t be all that hard to set another Android device up to function like this — all you’d really need to add is a good torrent app. Still, for those who want something that requires little more than plugging in, the BBK Box might be tough to beat. As a bonus, the Box also offers built-in support for several privacy-protecting VPN services. A free trial is included and the added protection will no doubt be welcomed by many would-be downloaders.The BBK BitTorrent Box will set you back €70 ($91.50), and you’ll need a European shipping address. Those of you in the rest of the world will have to take the DIY route for now or get the box shipped to someone who can forward it on.More at BBKlast_img read more

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