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Catholic cemetery in south Goa desecrated

first_imgNearly 40 crosses and plaques at the Guardian Angel Catholic cemetery in Curchorem village in South Goa were desecrated early morning on Monday, police said.This is the fourth such incident in the last one month involving desecration of Christian crosses and Hindu idols.A senior police official said that a CCTV camera installed at the cemetery was damaged before the vandals went around desecrating crosses and plaques fixed atop graves. Deputy Inspector General of Police Rupinder Kumar told The Hindu on Monday that he was onsite to take stock of the situation.”We are at the site right now, I am talking to people” Mr. Kumar said. He said no arrests have been made so far.”Police personnel were posted outside the cemetery. When they heard sounds from inside, they went to check and found several Catholic crosses, granite stone plaques and grave stones damaged.” he said.Initially, officials at the Curchorem police station had estimated the number of damaged crosses, gravestones and plaques at nearly 100.  “We are working on some leads”, he said.The Goa Police has already formed a special team to investigate such events, which Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has said is being carried out by vested interests to disturb communal harmony in the State. Mr. Parrikar is presently away in U.S. on a week-long private visit. Goa Pradesh Congress president Shantaram Naik has demanded a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the series of such incidents in the State. “Goa Director-General of Police Muktesh Chander briefed me about the incident. I have demanded a CBI probe to look into the such continuing events,” Mr. Naik told The Hindu on Monday afternoon. He said that the Parrikar-led government in the State had failed to reign in such incidents.”This  looks like a sinister attempt by some elements to disturb communal harmony in Goa,” Mr. Naik said, but declined to name the forces.He blamed Mr. Parrikar for not giving charge to any of his Cabinet colleagues while he was leaving for US, despite knowing the present situation.last_img read more

Patna’s more-than-a-century-old heritage market demolished for Smart City project

first_imgThe over 100-year-old Gole Market, a unique heritage building constructed as Patna’s first planned municipal market, has been demolished by local authorities as part of a Smart City project. The demolition work began on Friday and by Sunday the historic landmark, located in the heart of Bihar’s capital and endowed with beautiful red-tiled roof, was reduced to a skeletal shell.“The Gole Market was demolished as part of a major redevelopment project of the railway station area under the Smart City initiative. Other markets lining the streets are also being knocked down as part of the mega project,” Patna Municipal Commissioner Anupam Kumar Suman told PTI. As part of this Smart City project, the now-dismantled Gole Market, located near Patna Junction, will make way for a seven-storeyed commercial complex and a modern municipal market along with a vending zone will come up in the area adjoining the Station Road, he said. Popularly known as Gole Market, among the local people, it was Patna’s first planned municipal market designed by architect Joseph Fearis Munnings while he was planning the layout of the ‘New Capital’ city of colonial Patna after the creation of the new province of Bihar and Orissa in 1912. Despite the historical value of the building, the demolition drew feeble protest from citizens of the city, but many people in Patna are angered by the move. “This is just madness. It was a historical building and should have been preserved. But, instead of restoring and reusing it as a cafe or something, the corporation razed it,” said city-based researcher and author Arun Singh.“One by one the local government is knocking down heritage buildings in the city. This is an attempt to erase the colonial history of Patna in the name of development,” he alleged. In December last year, the 133-year-old Anjuman Islamia Hall, perhaps the first public hall of Patna, was demolished to make way for a modern complex. The heritage market had faced decades of neglect and its occupant shopkeepers had been feeling the shadow of the wrecking ball for years as local authorities had planned a redevelopment project much earlier, a local shopkeeper, who did not wish to be named, said. “My grandfather had a meat shop in it during the British time, and elite of the city would come in their cars to buy meat, fish, chicken, eggs, grocery and milk. It should have been preserved,” he said. City-based 84-year-old architect and INTACH Patna Chapter Convener J.K. Lall also expressed shock and anger over the demolition of Gole Market.“It was a unique single-storeyed building with a raised central hexagonal core topped with elegant red-tiled roof and two flanks came out of it and again it was topped with red tiles of the colonial-era Burn & Co. It was a perfect building and a perfect setting for a heritage cafe,” he told PTI.“Smart City also means preserving our architectural legacy and not just building new ones,” he said. PMC Commissioner Suman, when asked why the building was demolished, said, the Gole Market was “coming in the middle” of the layout of the Smart City project plan.“There were suggestions made to us by a few heritage lovers to preserve the building and reuse it as a cafe. We tried but the market structure was coming in the way of the plan. So, we had no option left but to knock it down,” he said.“Also, besides the fact that it was designed 100 years ago by Munnings as the first municipal market, there was not much heritage value to it. And, sometimes we have to lose something old to build a new, better future,” the municipal commissioner said. However, the iron shell of the building and whatever can be salvaged will be stored and later reused in a new gazebo at the site, Suman said. “That gazebo will be built with new material and old material from the dismantled Gole Market. We are trying to look into our archives to know about the history of the building, which along with old pictures would be displayed there, so that people will know there was a Gole Market here,” he said. Retired bureaucrat R.N. Dash, who served as the district magistrate of Patna from 1972-74 and Divisional Commissioner from 1983-85, said the demolition was a “wrong move” and that restoration and proper rehabilitation of local shopkeepers should have been planned instead. “The overall master plan should have ensured the preservation of the market and other heritage buildings, and Smart City project should have factored that in. Converting it into a cafe was a good idea and people coming to these complexes would have visited too, so it was a win-win situation,” he said. Ironically, Gole Market was also listed as a heritage building in a 2008 Bihar goverment publication — Patna: A Monumental History. Mr. Singh, whose book Patna – Khoya Hua Shahar came out early this year, talks about the history and glory days of this market, located in what is termed officially as the New Market area, falling between the railway station rotary and the Patna GPO roundabout. “In its heydays, it had a rose garden around it and six routes leading to it from the streets around it.“British people including European women would visit there as would the Indians in their cars. Instead of restoring old charm, as done world over, Patna is wilfully destroying its own heritage,” he rued.last_img read more

1 point away, Serena Williams stunned by Karolina Pliskova at Australian Open

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants View comments “I was almost in the locker room,” Pliskova told the Rod Laver Arena crowd, “but now I’m standing here as the winner.”In the semifinals, Pliskova will face No. 4-seeded Naomi Osaka, who advanced by beating No. 6 Elina Svitolina 6-4, 6-1 earlier Wednesday. The other women’s semifinal will be two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova against unseeded American Danielle Collins.In the men’s quarterfinals Wednesday, 2016 Wimbledon runner-up Milos Raonic met No. 28 Lucas Pouille, before 14-time major champion Novak Djokovic was scheduled to face 2014 U.S. Open finalist Kei Nishikori at night.Williams’ surprising departure scuttled what would have been a much-anticipated rematch against Osaka, who beat her in the chaotic U.S. Open final last September.This defeat is the earliest in Australia for Williams since way back in 2014, when she exited with a fourth-round loss to Ana Ivanovic. Since then? She won the tournament in 2015, lost in the final in 2016, and won again in 2017 while pregnant, before missing last year’s edition a few months after the birth of her daughter.ADVERTISEMENT As for chasing Margaret Court’s all-time mark of 24 Slam trophies in singles, Williams said: “It hasn’t happened yet, but I feel like it’s going to happen.”The match against Pliskova was played under a stifling sun, with the temperature around 80 degrees (25 Celsius). Williams — coming off an intense three-set victory over No. 1 Simona Halep in the fourth round — often stepped into the patches of shade behind each baseline.She did not start well, not well at all. Her mistakes were mounting and deficit was growing.In the first set alone, Williams made more than twice as many unforced errors as her opponent, 11-5, a pattern that would continue throughout. By the end, the margin was 37-15.Looking increasingly frustrated, Williams would yell at herself after mistakes or gesture as if to say, “That’s NOT how I should be hitting the ball!” Add it all up, and Pliskova led by a set and a break at 3-2 in the second.Only then did Williams get going. From there, she immediately earned her first break point of the match and converted it to get to 3-all, beginning a run in which she claimed nine of 11 games.“You don’t really feel,” Pliskova said, “like you’re going to win this match.”Serving for the victory at 5-1, 40-30, Williams was called for a foot fault — reminiscent of an infamous such ruling at the U.S. Open a decade ago. During the ensuing point Wednesday, Williams twisted her left ankle and dumped a forehand into the net.She grabbed at her foot afterward, then double-faulted and would go on to cede that game.Not a big deal, right? She still had a sizable lead. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations And so it was that a startling reversal and result would follow Wednesday at Melbourne, with Williams dropping the last six games of a 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 loss to No. 7 seed Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic.“I can’t say that I choked on those match points,” Williams said. “She literally played her best tennis ever on those shots.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe 37-year-old American didn’t call for a trainer during the match and later wouldn’t blame the ankle for the way everything changed down the stretch, saying afterward that it “seems to be fine.”But instead of Williams moving closer to an eighth championship at the Australian Open and record-tying 24th Grand Slam title overall, it is Pliskova who will continue the pursuit of her first major trophy. Except that three more match points would follow while Pliskova served, and she saved each one.“There’s nothing I did wrong on those match points. I didn’t do anything wrong. I stayed aggressive,” Williams said. “She just literally hit the lines on some of them.”Williams would again serve for the match at 5-3 — and again get broken. The owner of the most feared and respected serve in women’s tennis was broken for a third time in a row at 5-all, and Pliskova was on her way.“She got a little bit shaky in the end,” Pliskova said. “So I took my chances. And I won.”Osaka will carry a 12-match Grand Slam winning streak into the semifinals.The 21-year-old from Japan moved closer to a second consecutive major championship by parlaying her aggressive and powerful style into a 31-11 edge in winners against Svitolina.“For me, right now, I just try to keep looking forward. So I’m not really satisfied. Like, I am happy that I’m here, but at the same time, I want to keep going,” said Osaka, who never had been past the fourth round at the Australian Open. “There is more matches to win.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next United States’ Serena Williams grabs at her ankle during her quarterfinal loss to Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)MELBOURNE, Australia — Four times, Serena Williams was only one point — a single point — from closing out a victory in the Australian Open quarterfinals.On the first such chance, at 5-1, 40-30 in the third set, she turned her left ankle awkwardly. The owner of the best serve in the sport would lose every point she served the rest of the way.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Mavericks’ Luka Doncic fined $10,000 for kicking ball into stands MOST READlast_img read more

Sanjay Bangar backs KL Rahul to come good despite issues with incoming ball

first_imgKL Rahul’s inability to deal with the incoming ball is a cause for concern going into the Australian series but the good news for him is that the team management backs him and is ready to play the waiting game.On Saturday, Rahul again failed to see off the initial few overs and fell for a 25-ball 4 after being indecisive about what to do with the incoming delivery. Rahul’s struggles were highlighted especially because of Prithvi Shaw, who looked like he was playing on a different pitch at the other end.While critics think that it is a major concern and fans called for him to get dropped from the side, India’s batting coach Sanjay Bangar much like bowling coach Bharath Arun backed Rahul and said that he is a long-term investment.”He is somebody who is part of all other formats as well, so I think that from a team management point of view we will back players who are capable of winning matches and who are impact players for us and who can change the course of a match,” Bangar said.Also read – KL Rahul an outstanding player who should be persisted with: Bharat ArunAsked about today’s dismissal, Bangar said that it wasn’t exactly an incoming one.”It was probably a fourth stump ball he was looking to leave it. Yes, he has had issues with balls coming into him and he is really working hard.”But at times, batsmen tend to think a lot about away going balls and at times forget to concentrate about straighter balls or which generally pitch on stump line. Those are things we are working on. If gets past 15 or 20 run mark, previous game got out early, if he gets out after passing 20 or 25, then it is more serious cause of concern,” Bangar said.Hyderabad Test – Day 2 report | Highlight | PhotosadvertisementWhen asked about Rahul overthinking about the incoming delivery being the reason behind is downfall, Bangar explained in detail as to what he thinks is the reason behind Rahul’s struggle.”There are various voices (at this point of time) and then you start doubting your own methods. For us, he has been a very consistent player. So when such a patch comes, it is very important for the team and also from my point of view, that his mind is not clouded quite a lot,” Bangar said.Also read – Umesh Yadav bags career-best 6 for 88, second five-wicket haul in Tests”That can happen pretty soon a lot at this level when you start to doubt your abilities and methods. So I have to convince him that yes your methods have been correct. May be he can get away from his approach or batting plan a bit,” Bangar added.However, Bangar refused to accept the fact that Rahul has technical problem even though he has been either bowled or leg before on most occasions.”Don’t think there is too much of a technical fault. But maybe, when gets past that initial phase, he expects the ball to be pitched on stump line. We have been speaking a lot on that,” Bangar said.Also read – Hyderabad Test: Prithvi Shaw hopes to avoid ‘silly’ mistakes in next inningsBangar also didn’t draw himself into the debate on if Rahul failing in Adelaide (India’s next Test) could pave the way for uncapped Mayank Agarwal into the playing XI.”Well, you need to look at where the player is and you need to keep an eye on the future. Whatever runs he (Rahul) scored for the Indian team, his contributions have come overseas and his contributions even in India has come in tougher times.”You remember the series against Australia (2017), which probably was the most hard-fought series in the domestic calendar in the last couple of years. He was very consistent (six fifties) so for a player of that quality you sort of and where he is at this moment, he has got a long career ahead of him.last_img read more

Wijnaldum: City are lucky Coutinho has gone

first_imgPremier League Man City lucky Coutinho has gone, Wijnaldum claims Iain Strachan 17:42 1/14/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Philippe Coutinho New Barcelona Signing Philippe Coutinho Unveiled 08012018 David Ramos/Getty Images Premier League Liverpool Manchester City Barcelona Liverpool v Manchester City Philippe Coutinho Pep Guardiola’s side are fortunate they will face a Reds squad adjusting to life after the Brazilian’s exit, according to the midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum feels Manchester City and Liverpool’s other Premier League rivals are fortunate Philippe Coutinho has been sold to Barcelona.The Brazil international moved to Camp Nou this month for a fee that could reportedly rise to £142 million.Former Inter playmaker Coutinho had been a key figure for the Reds, who must now face the challenge of hosting runaway Premier League leaders City at Anfield on Sunday without the departed star. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “They are lucky, yes,” Wijnaldum said of Pep Guardiola’s side.”I think every top team is probably happy he left for another team in another country.”According to Wijnaldum, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is trying to take a relaxed approach in his attempts to compensate for the absence of Coutinho.”He [Klopp] is not saying you have to step up now or do this or that, he just wants us to enjoy the game and try to do our best,” the Dutch midfielder said.”The manager is not the kind of manager who will put that kind of pressure on players.”The only pressure the manager puts on us is that we have to give 100 per cent and try to use the quality we have. It’s not that I think I now have to go on and think I am the best man and number one.”Yerry Mina@Phil_CoutinhoThe Nou guys!#BeBarça #ForçaBarça— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 13, 2018And it is not just on the field where the loss of Coutinho will be keenly felt, Wijnaldum speaking highly of the 25-year-old’s character and popularity.”To be fair it is still strange, I think we still have to realise he has gone,” he said. “A quality player like Phil, every team will miss a player like that if they leave.”He was a really nice guy to work with, that is why we are happy for him that he can make the move, but also sad that he didn’t stay because with Phil in the team, you are a better team of course.”He was one of the best players we had in the team but as a person he was maybe even the best.”He was not like, ‘I am the best’ or arrogant or something like that. Phil was always a person who listened to the team, who listened to the coaching.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

TFA Referee Coach Accreditation Framework

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) has undertaken a review of our Sport Education Courses and link to our athlete development pathway and game resources.With the introduction of the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) FTEM framework of athlete development –, TFA has aligned this framework in both our coach, referee and athlete development programs. This commenced in 2013 and now is expanding to include the Referee Coach pathway.The process for individual course review has commenced and as this is undertaken further information will be updated and provided in due course. This has commenced with the Foundation Referee Coach Course which has been drafted and piloted late in October, and will continue into the Talent, Elite and Mastery areas in 2016.Furthermore the previous ‘workbook’ and accreditation system for referee coach levels 2-4 is no longer in circulation and cannot be completed as of this date.All future referee coach accreditation will be conducted through the FTEM model, and updating or recognition of prior learning/current competence requirements for coaches accredited in the previous system will also be provided in due course, once the curriculum is finalised.For more information, please click on the attachment below. If you require any further information please contact Tara Steel via email – or phone 02 6212 2800. Related Filesreferee_coach_framework_update_memo-pdfRelated LinksRef Coach Frameworklast_img read more

DRINKmaple: A New Way to Enjoy Your H20

first_img The Best New Men’s Grooming Brands You Need to Know About Editors’ Recommendations How to Smoke Meat: Everything You Need to Know The word “maple” often brings to mind the word syrup.Definitely a great treat—but what about flavoring your water with maple? That’s just what two triathletes decided to do. Jeff Rose and Kate Weiler created DRINKmaple and claim it’s a natural and refreshing way to stay hydrated. Plus, maple sap contains 46 healthy nutrients.The idea for the company sparked in 2013. “Kate and I were doing a triathlon in Quebec and we stopped at a small coffee shop. We found maple water manufactured by a small Canadian company,” said Jeff. “We hydrated before the race and fell in love with the product and the concept.”Back in the states, they kept talking about the great maple water they had in Canada. When they started looking around, they couldn’t find anything similar. Sure, there are plenty of flavored waters on the market, including the forever-trending coconut water, but they couldn’t find a way to tap into maple water. They decided to create a company, but naysayers told them that getting it into a bottle would be an impossible feat.“We were told it couldn’t be done,” said Jeff. “We’re pretty thick headed and we persisted.” And so far, that persistence has paid off. Their dream became a reality in May 2014, when they officially launched the product.“We’re in 5,000 to 6,000 stores now and also in Europe. We also sell direct from our website,” he added. “By this time next year we’ll be in 10,000 stores. Some of the big retailers that carry our product are Whole Foods, Kroger’s, Wegman’s and we’ll launch in Sprouts next spring.” They collect the maple sap for their water from trees in Vermont. The water itself is vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO, dairy-free and packed with nutrients.They soft launched another product last year—watermelon water—and plan to launch in a bigger way soon.“The athletic people were the first people to find our product, but it’s not just for athletes. It is very low in sugar. Our maple water has half the sugar of coconut water,” he said. “It’s super hydrating and it’s a perfect every-day hydrator for pretty much everybody.”Bottles of DRINKmaple retail for $2.99. Mountain Hardwear Is Bringing Augmented Reality to the Great Outdoors Why People are Now Drinking Maple Syrup During Tough Workouts What Wrangler Is Doing to Make Denim More Sustainablelast_img read more

Traffic Advisory Victoria County

first_imgVICTORIA COUNTY: Englishtown Ferry Out of Service Thursday, Aug. 5, the Englishtown Ferry, on Route 312, will be out of service for repairs from 4 p.m. until midnight. -30-last_img

Stars Attend Bette Midlers New York Restoration Project Annual Spring Picnic

first_imgBette Midler’s New York Restoration Project Annual Spring Picnic took place on June 1st at the historic Morris-Jumel Mansion.From left to right: Martha Stewart, Bette MidlerCredit/Copyright: Mia McDonaldThe evening’s host comedian and actress Sandra Bernhard joined Martha Stewart and architect/designer David Rockwell to honor award-winning chef Marcus Samuelsson, the restauranteur behind New York hotspots Red Rooster, Streetbird and Ginny’s Supper Club, and The Home Depot’s Richard Gess.Video: NYRP Spring PicnicThe Spring Picnic raised over $1 million to support NYRP’s mission to transform open space in under-resourced communities to create a greener, more sustainable New York City. The evening’s attendees included: Bette Midler, Martha Stewart, Michael Kors, Sandra Bernhard, David Rockwell, Marcus Samuelsson, Richard Gess and more.last_img read more

Lowes closing 31 Canadian properties 20 stores in US amid restructuring

first_imgBOUCHERVILLE, Que. – Lowe’s Companies Inc. is reducing its Canadian footprint by closing 31 properties across the country in a bid to streamline its business.The home improvement company said Monday in addition to closing 27 stores, it will also shutter two regional support centres in Mississauga, Ont. and St. John’s, N.L., a truss plant in St. John’s, N.L. and a block plant in Kamloops, B.C. as part of a plan to focus instead on the most profitable parts of its business.Among the 27 stores set to close by the end of January are nine in Ontario, nine in Quebec, six in Newfoundland and Labrador, two in Alberta and one in British Columbia.Sylvain Prud’homme, chief executive of Lowe’s Canada, did not say how many employees would be affected by the closures, but said the changes will allow the company to improve collaboration between its banners to better serve customers.“Everything will be done to ensure a smooth transition until the stores are closed, and Lowe’s Canada will support impacted employees, including by transferring eligible employees to other locations within our network whenever possible,” Prud’homme said in a statement.In addition to the 31 locations the brand is closing in Canada, it will also axe 20 stores in the U.S.The Canadian closures amount to a reduction of about three per cent of the brand’s total retail network square footage.The company currently has 68 Lowe’s and 430 Rona stores in the country — part of its network of 2,390 home improvement locations across North America, including Reno-Depot, Dick’s Lumber, Contractor First and Ace locations it also owns.Lowe’s Canadian business is based in Boucherville, Que. and has more than 630 corporate and independent affiliate dealer stores.David Soberman, a University of Toronto professor specializing in marketing and retail, said Lowe’s 2016 acquisition of Rona Inc. in a deal valued at $3.2 billion. has likely fuelled some of the Canadian cuts.“They probably had too many locations,” he said. “Now, this will mean people will have to drive a bit further to find a Lowe’s or a Rona store.”He said the company has also been facing fierce competition from fellow home improvement businesses Home Depot Inc. and Canadian Tire Inc. and to some extent, Costco Wholesale Corp. and Walmart Inc., which are “extremely powerful” and stock some home and garden products.E-commerce giants including Amazon Inc. have also posed a threat because of their efficiency, but Soberman said their impact on Lowe’s is limited because many construction and do-it-yourself products are bulky, heavy and cost more to ship — “not things that are suited to online retail.”Companies in this story: (TSX:CTC)last_img read more

Ethiopia set to send crashed Boeing jets black box abroad

first_imgHejere: The black box from the Boeing jet that crashed and killed all 157 people on board will be sent overseas for analysis but no country has been chosen, an Ethiopian Airlines spokesman said Wednesday, as much of the world grounded or barred the plane model and grieving families arrived at the disaster site. In an interview with The Associated Press, Asrat Begashaw said the airline has “a range of options” for the data and voice records of the flight’s last moments. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping”What we can say is we don’t have the capability to probe it here in Ethiopia,” he said. An airline official has said one recorder was partially damaged. The Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft crashed six minutes after takeoff Sunday, killing all 157 people on board. The disaster is the second with a Max 8 plane in just five months. While some aviation experts have warned against drawing conclusions until more information on the latest crash emerges, much of the world, including the entire European Union, has grounded the Boeing jetliner or banned it from their airspace. Ethiopian Airlines, widely seen as Africa’s best-managed airline, grounded its remaining four 737 Max 8s. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangThat leaves the United States as one of the few remaining operators of the plane. “Similar causes may have contributed to both events,” European regulators said, referring to the Lion Air crash in Indonesia that killed 189 people last year. Others took action on Wednesday. Lebanon and Kosovo barred the Boeing 737 Max 8 from their airspace, and Norwegian Air Shuttles said it would seek compensation from Boeing after the low-cost carrier grounded its fleet. The US-based Boeing has said it has no reason to pull the popular aircraft from the skies and does not intend to issue new recommendations about the aircraft to customers.last_img read more

SLPP nominations for more areas including Jaffna rejected

The Local Government elections will take place in February next year.(Colombo Gazette) Nominations by the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) for more areas, including Jaffna, have been rejected.Returning officers said that SLPP nominations have been rejected for the Jaffna Municipal Council, Valikamam North and Valikamam East Pradeshiya Sabhas, the Delft Pradeshiya Sabha and the Thirapanne Pradeshiya Sabha. Nominations by the SLPP for the Dehiattakandiya Pradeshiya Sabha and Padiyathalawa Pradeshiya Sabha were also rejected by the Returning officers. Last week nominations of the SLPP were rejected for the Weligama Urban Council, Maharagama Urban Council, Panadura Urban Council, Agalawatta Pradeshiya Sabha, Badulla Pradeshiya Sabha and Mahiyangana Pradeshiya Sabha. read more

Googles Android Market inapp billing ready for testing goes live next week

first_imgDuring a week where the Android Market lost some attention to the launch of Amazon’s Appstore, Google announced it will introduce an official in-app billing platform for its Android operating system next week. However, the billing platform is ready for testing now, in advance of the public launch.Google’s Eric Chu said on the Android Developer blog that the system will allow Android developers to sell items within their apps. Mobile users can then purchase the items using Google Checkout. The items include virtual goods in games, as well as digital content, including upgrades, subscriptions, chapters, and episodes.Developers are able to upload their apps for testing at this point, but they won’t be able to publish them until next week. Developers can start end-to-end testing using in-app billing, and can now create a catalog of in-app products. They can also set pricing, and then test buying the items using in-app purchases and test accounts. This may sound like a lot, but Google has published thorough guides that explain how to administer in-app billing, provide refunds, set up test accounts, and test the system.Google says the new service only works on Android version 1.6 and higher, and it requires developers to have a Google Checkout Merchant account. It’s also only available for apps published in the Android Market, so Android apps from the Amazon Appstore are out of luck. Google makes sure to stress that it can only be used to sell digital content, not physical goods.This service could be a good way for developers to make more money on their apps. Previously, the only way to make a profit was from selling the app itself. Developers could even offer the app for free or at a discounted rate now if the goods offered in the app are worthy of buying.Apps that are strictly on the iOS platform are probably overjoyed and gearing up to make the jump over to Android now that they’ll be able to sell items within the app. Social games use the model frequently, and often monetize through selling virtual goods. Many start as free apps, and then hook the player into buying additional levels.AllThingsD said successful companies like Disney-owned Tapulous have said Android’s lack of in-app payments is a reason why they haven’t launched on the platform. One of the apps expected to arrive next week is Tapulous’ popular Tap Tap Revenge 4, which has gained 10 million downloads from the Apple App Store, and will surely make a good profit from its sales in the Android Market.The exact date of the official release is still to be determined, but AllThingsD said it might be Tuesday.Read more at the Android Developers Bloglast_img read more

Tokyo Game Show to cut energy consumption 25 with LED lighting

first_imgThere are only a handful of big gaming conferences on the calendar each year, and next to E3 the Tokyo Game Show (TGS) has to be the stand out event. With both Sony and Nintendo being Japanese companies you usually get the odd surprise announcement and at the very least new footage and details of games that excited us at E3 earlier in the year.This year TGS is sure to be impressive as 146 companies have signed up to show off their latest games, hardware, and peripherals. But while there will be no shortage of stuff to look at for attendees, Japan is still suffering power issues following the devastating earthquake in March and subsequent Fukushima nuclear plant problems.AdChoices广告At a conference that has thousands in attendance and relies on electricity powering the TVs, consoles, and lights, you can’t really turn stuff off for a while. So the organizers of TGS have come up with another solution: drastically reduce the power required for the entire event.In fact, new technology seems to have come to the rescue of TGS. One of the biggest power drains at this and any public indoor event is providing enough light to the huge halls. Until now that has meant installing large conventional light bulbs that consume hundreds of watts of power each. Not this year, though. TGS is switching to LED lighting for the first time and with it intending to save at least 25% on previous year’s power requirements.Attendees may also have to suffer a little as TGS won’t be turning on the escalators that travel down. We’d also suggest turning the ones that go up off too so everyone gets a bit more exercise, but there’s probably a health and safety reason why that can’t happen.TGS runs between September 15-18 this year and is sure to include more details on the Wii U, PS Vita, and Microsoft’s plans for world console domination using Kinect.via Andriasanglast_img read more

Pebble smartwatch teardown reveals minimal innards that are nearly impossible to fix

first_imgPerhaps lost in the speculation regarding an Apple smartwatch, the smartwatch that first lit the internet on fire, the Pebble, has shipped to eager customers. The maniacal folks over at iFixit sought to satiate their tech bloodlust, and ripped the Pebble to shreds, exposing its insides for all the world to see. However, it turns out that there isn’t much going on under the hood.For those of you that somehow missed the Pebble as it took over the tech news cycle, it’s a watch, funded through Kickstarter, that interacts with your smartphone and displays your phone’s information on the watch. Considering you can just look at your smartphone to see what’s happening on there, the Pebble’s true goal is to use it when it would be inconvenient to pull your phone from your pocket or bag. When at the gym, for example, it’s annoying to have to reach for your phone when you want to change tracks on a song, or check Twitter in between sets. With the Pebble, you could leave your phone in your pocket, but still have access to core features. You’d think that would make the watch a complicated device, but when iFixit busted it open, they didn’t find much going on.The Pebble doesn’t have any visible outer screws, so they had to use the iOpener kit, which was originally used to pry open the iPad. Due to a significant amount of adhesive, the watch’s casing was difficult to open, and iFixit reports that it’s impossible to open the casing without breaking the screen.Once the watch was opened, the team found that three backlight LEDs is all that is needed to light the Pebble’s display. Rather than making a mess though and having to dive hands-deep into the watch’s guttyworks, the team found a simple assembly kept all neat and tidy inside a small plastic frame.A cable is home to the Pebble’s three LEDs, Bluetooth antenna, and the unit’s four buttons, so if one of those should malfunction, you can’t really get in there and replace the component without replacing the cable. However, as we saw above, you can’t really get into the Pebble without busting the screen anyway. This also means you can’t replace the battery without breaking the unit.That’s about all there is to the Pebble’s innards. It’s a tidy, compact design, and you can’t really open it unless you’re comfortable with a broken screen. To the average consumer, this wouldn’t be a problem until — most likely — the battery goes on the fritz. So, if you have or are planning on getting a Pebble, and are also fond of fixing your devices yourself, you should probably just keep good care of your watch instead.last_img read more

Eight killed and dozens injured after building housing illegal school collapses in

first_img Short URL 12 Comments Mar 13th 2019, 10:34 PM Eight killed and dozens injured after building housing ‘illegal school’ collapses in Nigeria Reports suggested that dozens of children were trapped inside the building. Image: Sunday Alamba/PA Images 8,360 Views RESCUERS HAVE RECOVERED the bodies of eight people and saved another 37 from the rubble of a collapsed four-storey building in Nigeria’s economic capital Lagos.Officials say that a number of children had been attending an “illegal school” inside the residential building when the structure collapsed on Wednesday.Earlier reports suggested that dozens of children were among those trapped inside the building, which collapsed mid-morning in an area near Itafaji market on Lagos Island.Parents, local residents and onlookers rushed to the area as police, firemen and medics staged a massive rescue operation.“Thirty-seven people were rescued alive and eight were recovered dead,” Ibrahim Farinloye of the National Emergency Management Agency said in a statement.A young man helping rescue efforts told AFP that “at least 10 children” were trapped inside but “thought to be alive”.An AFP reporter at the scene said at least eight people were pulled from the wreckage, including a small boy with blood on his face.School bags, toys and clothes could also be seen among the piles of rubble as a bulldozer tried to clear a path through some of the wreckage to help the rescue efforts.Hundreds of local residents attempted to help, passing water and helmets through to rescuers working to sift through the rubble.Many locals told AFP that the building, which was in an advanced state of disrepair, had been “earmarked” for demolition by authorities in Lagos state.“It is a residential building that was actually accommodating an illegal school,” said the state governor, confirming that most buildings in the area had been marked for demolition.“We get resistance from landlords but we must continue to save lives,” he said, pledging to step up measures against all structures that failed to meet the correct standards, saying they would be “quickly evacuated” and demolished.With reporting from – © AFP 2019center_img A child is rescued from the rubble of a collapsed building in Lagos, Nigeria Share7 Tweet Email By Stephen McDermott A child is rescued from the rubble of a collapsed building in Lagos, Nigeria Image: Sunday Alamba/PA Images Wednesday 13 Mar 2019, 10:33 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Herrera praises Solskjaer for team bonding

first_imgAnder Herrera has credited Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s man management skills and rapport with the squad for Manchester United’s change in fortune in recent weeks.The Red Devils resurgence since the exit of Jose Mourinho has brought back belief and joy to the club with the club currently mounting a late push for a top four position.Solskjaer has masterminded an eight-game winning streak with one draw following his arrival in December..@LCFC have taken 7️⃣ points from a last possible 9️⃣ against top 6 sides – only Wolves have won more pts v top 6 this season (of bottom 14 clubs)@ManUtd’s PL rank under Solskjaer1st Points (19)1st Goals (19)1st Shots (121)1st Conceded (6)Super Sunday on SS PL from 1pm 📺— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) February 1, 2019Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.And with the likes of Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial all enjoying a good run of form since he took charge at Old Trafford, Ander Herrera has opened up on what he believes is the key behind the success story ahead of Sunday’s Premier League trip to Leicester City.“Ole had that click with some players that they are performing at their best,” Herrera told ESPN FC. “He is getting the best from Rashford, he is getting the best from Paul, he is getting the best from Anthony, from Jesse. That’s not easy.“When you are a manager, we sometimes speak too much about tactics. But the most difficult thing for a manager is to get the best from his best players and this manager is doing it. We have all seen it.”Herrera, 29, has equally benefited from Solskjaer’s appointment saying: “I have been told a lot of times ‘you should wear the armband in the future’ but I don’t need it.“I don’t go crazy with that. I think the best thing a team can have is different leaders. We need it from all the players.“Of course I am very thankful to the fans that feel I can be the captain or the leader of the club but I honestly don’t think that we should have only one. I feel I could be a leader in some moments but I don’t think I am the only leader at the club.”last_img read more

House Ways Means Chairman Unveiling Tax Reform Proposal

first_imgToday, House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) is releasing his tax reform proposal that will be the basis for the committee mark-up to begin as early as next week.  The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will propose to lower individual and corporate tax rates, streamline the tax code, and eliminate existing incentives to outsource jobs and revenue. While the legislative text was not yet available, preliminary information released by the committee indicates that the proposal intends to protect the ability of small businesses to write off interest on loans, allow businesses to immediately write off the full cost of equipment purchases, and doubles the estate tax exemption levels and fully repeals it after six years. It is not clear from the preliminary summaries how the proposal will treat other ASA priorities such as cash accounting, stepped-up basis, and like-kind exchanges.  The proposal is not expected to include an extension of the biodiesel tax credit, and that issue will require a strong push from the Senate to get into the discussion.  ASA will carefully review the House proposal when the legislative text is released and continue to communicate our priorities and the impacts that tax reform will have on farm families and agricultural operations.last_img read more

Assault suspect believed armed escapes into marshy area

first_imgVancouver police converged near Fruit Valley Park on Friday evening in an unsuccessful search for an assault suspect who was said to be armed with a handgun.Officers radioed that the man was suspected of threatening to shoot a woman. After arriving at the park, officers blocked off La Frambois Road and drove toward its end, a boat launch and large marshy area that leads to Vancouver Lake.The victim told police that she and the man went to the area to practice shooting, said Sgt. Kathy McNicholas with the Vancouver Police Department.The victim said the man pointed a handgun at her and fired off a shot, but no one was hit.About 8:10 p.m., officers stopped looking for the man and radioed for a broadcast with his name and description, including several tattoos, and said they had probable cause to arrest him for first-degree domestic-violence assault.John Branton: 360-735-4513 or read more

Opposition group holds rally against Beckhams MLS stadium

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – David Beckham’s quest to bring soccer to South Florida is facing a new hurdle.Residents and clergy in Overtown and Spring Garden held a rally, Wednesday, against Beckham’s proposed 25,000-seat soccer stadium, which would be built near Northwest Seventh Street and Seventh Avenue.The meeting was organized by the Overtown Spring Garden Community Coalition.The group argues the deal is light on community benefits and heavy on consequences.“We feel the stadium is completely inappropriate for that location. The noise, the traffic, 25,000 people swarming the site at one time is unmanageable, and it can’t be mitigated,” said Spring Garden resident Amanda Hand.“Well, what we hope to accomplish is to reverse this train that has so much momentum, which is the Major League Soccer stadium,” said St. John’s Baptist Church Bishop James Adams. “We feel that the site is inappropriate for the size that it is.”County commissioners voted in June to sell the three acre property along Northwest Seventh Avenue to Beckham’s group for an estimated $9 million. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more