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first_imgOil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Garcia and Yap have always rued about missing the playoffs in the third conference last season—a bitter taste they keep in their mouths for motivation to reach for loftier goals.“We’d want an advantage going into the next round,” said Garcia, whose squad improved to 7-1—the best record in the league—after their conquest of the Hotshots.The top two teams at the end of the elimination round are assured of a twice-to-beat bonus in the playoffs, an incentive that Garcia feels they can achieve if they can stretch their run of solid performances.“If we want to make it far, we have to be consistent,” he said. “Basically, [we] played well [on Wednesday]. But I think we could have done better.”Yap, who made the pivotal play in a nip-and-tuck endgame duel  against the Hotshots, feels like Rain or Shine’s recent clutch performances will sharpen the team up for brutal playoff wars.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES James Yap (right) has been having a rejuvenation of sorts, towing Rain or Shine to the lead. —Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRain or Shine got what it wanted going into a midconference break in the PBA Philippine Cup. James Yap, the veteran former MVP, is having a career rejuvenation of sorts.Can’t blame Elasto Painters coach Caloy Garcia for aiming higher right now.ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte HK club ends SMB-Alab’s 7-game run “Our target now is try to make it to the Top 2,” he said shortly after Rain or Shine survived last season’s Governors Cup champion Magnolia, 75-74, in a clutch duel Wednesday night at MOA Arena.“Before the game, I told the players that as of now, we’re playing good…  I think we’re already assured of a quarters spot during our last game,” he said. “I think six wins will get you to the quarterfinals.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe league’s chief statistician, Fidel Mangonon III, said that at least in the last four editions of the Philippine Cup, teams with six wins have made it to the playoffs.But an assurance is just that: an assurance. Moreso, just getting into the playoffs isn’t enough for the Elasto Painters anymore. Before beating Magnolia, Rain or Shine also outlasted erstwhile leader Phoenix.“I like it,” he said of the intense contests. “Come playoffs, we’ll be used to all of it.”It was doubly sweet for Yap, who came up strong against the team he powered to a Grand Slam in 2014. He was eventually traded to Rain or Shine and hasn’t quite made his mark until this conference, where he has been reliving his MVP form.But the Painters know Yap cannot do it alone.“We just have to trust each other,” Garcia added.The Painters resume their Philippine Cup campaign against TNT KaTropa on March 3 at Ynares Center in Antipolo. View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgRio de Janeiro, Aug 22 (PTI) The following is the Rio de Janeiro, Aug 22 (PTI) The following is the performance of Indian contingent at the Rio Olympics: BADMINTON: # P V Sindhu secured a silver medal after losing to Carolina Marin in the womens singles final. # Saina Nehwal failed to progress beyond the league stage in womens singles. # Kidambi Srikanth lost in the mens singles quarterfinals against Lin Dan. # Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa failed to advance to the knock-out stage of womens doubles. # Mens doubles pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy also failed to make the knock-out stage. WRESTLING: # Sakshi Malik won bronze in womens 58kg freestyle. # Vinesh Phogat retired after suffering an injury in the quarterfinal of womens 48kg. # Babita Kumari lost in the pre-quarterfinal round of the womens 53kg freestyle. # London Olympics bronze medallist Yogeshwar Dutt lost in qualification round of mens 65kg freestyle. # Sandeep Tomar lost his pre-quarterfinal bout of mens 57kg freestyle. # In Greco-Roman, both Ravinder Khatri and Hardeep Singh lost in the pre-quarterfinals of 85kg and 98kg, respectively. # Narsingh Yadav was ruled out from representing India in mens 74kg freestyle category after he was slapped with a four-year ban by Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) for flunking a dope test after WADA challenged the clean chit given to him by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA). GYMNASTICS: # Dipa Karmakar finished fourth in Vaults final. TENNIS: # Mixed Doubles: Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna lost the bronze medal play-off to Radek Stepanek and Lucie Hradecka of Czech Republic. # Mens doubles: Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna lost in the first round to Polish duo of Marcin Matkowski and Lukasz Kubot. # Womens double: Sania Mirza and Prarthana Thombare lost in the first round to Chinese pair of Shuai Zhang and Shuai Peng. (MORE) PTI APA BS CM CMadvertisementlast_img read more

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Kentucky Moves On, Nova Goes Home

first_imgTwo down, four to go for the Kentucky Wildcats as they try to become the first unbeaten national champion since Indiana in 1976.Villanova became the first top seed out as it lost to North Carolina State, while UCLA came up with a second win in the tournament, not bad for a team that many said didn’t even belong in the field of 68.The Atlantic Coast Conference continued its so-far perfect tournament run with wins by NC State, North Carolina and Notre Dame.EAST REGIONNC STATE 71, VILLANOVA 68PITTSBURGH — Villanova went from a top seed to No. 1-and-done.N.C. State is back in the Sweet 16, attacking one of the top teams in the nation for 40 minutes and stunning Villanova 71-68 on March 21 night. The Wolfpack went wild as the final horn sounded and danced around the court in celebration.No, it wasn’t quite Jim Valvano’s mad dash after the Wolfpack won the 1983 national championship. But the Wolfpack (22-13) have designs on their own big March run. They will move on to Syracuse, New York to play the winner of the Louisville-Northern Iowa game.N.C. State guards Cat Barber and Desmond Lee shared a long embrace after buzzer. Barber pounded his chest and said, “all heart!”Lacey led them with 17 points and Barber had 13, each coming with big buckets to hold off a late Villanova charge.The Wildcats saw a 16-game winning streak end and have not reached the second weekend since 2009.SOUTH REGIONUTAH 75, GEORGETOWN 64PORTLAND, Ore. — Utah is headed back to the Sweet 16 for the first time in a decade.Brandon Taylor scored 14 points and Delon Wright added 12 and the fifth-seeded Utes beat No. 4 Georgetown 75-64 on March 21.The Utes (26-8) will travel to Houston to play the winner of the March 22 game in Charlotte, North Carolina, between top-seeded Duke (30-4) and No. 8 San Diego State (27-8).Utah hasn’t advanced to the Sweet 16 since 2005, when the Utes fell as the No. 6 seed to No. 2 Kentucky. The Utes are making their first tournament appearance since 2009.UCLA 92, UAB 75LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Tony Parker led five Bruins in double figures with a career-high 28 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for 11th-seeded UCLA on Saturday to advance to its second straight Sweet 16.The Bruins (22-13), the team many thought shouldn’t have even been in the field of 68, have won six of their last seven games in earning their first consecutive Sweet 16 berths since reaching the Final Four three straight seasons between 2006 and 2008. They will play either Gonzaga or Iowa on March 27 in the South Regional semifinal in Houston.Kevon Looney had 10 points and 11 rebounds for UCLA. Bryce Alford had 22 points, Norman Powell 15 and Isaac Hamilton 13.The 14th-seeded Blazers (20-16) missed out on their first regional semifinal since 2004 coming off their big upset of No. 3 seed Iowa State on March 19. Robert Brown led the Blazers with 25 points and William Lee added 10.MIDWEST REGIONKENTUCKY 64, CINCINNATI 51LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Aaron Harrison scored 13 points and Trey Lyles added 11 points and 11 rebounds and top-ranked Kentucky outworked eighth-seeded Cincinnati to remain undefeated and reach the Sweet 16 for the second straight season.Despite the Wildcats’ sixth straight double-digit win, they faced their toughest test in a while and didn’t seem totally in control until the final minutes. The physical, pesky Bearcats made Kentucky work hard for every shot and rebound in an intense contest.But the Wildcats (36-0) succeeded by making life difficult on both ends for Cincinnati, holding the Bearcats to 32 percent shooting including just 24 percent in the second half. Kentucky blocked six shots after halftime and Willie Cauley-Stein had a highlight-reel slam dunk that may be the play of the tournament.The Wildcats move on to face the Maryland-West Virginia winner in the Midwest Regional on March 26 in Cleveland.NOTRE DAME 67, BUTLER 64 (OT)PITTSBURGH — Notre Dame survived Butler’s March magic.Jerian Grant scored 16 points, including the clinching layup with 18 seconds left in overtime, and the third-seeded Irish edged the Bulldogs 67-64 on March 21.Notre Dame (31-5) moved on to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2003 and will play Kansas or Wichita State in the Midwest Regional semifinals on Thursday in Cleveland.Steve Vasturia led Notre Dame with 20 points. Demetrius Jackson added 13 points, and Zach Auguste had seven points and 13 rebounds for the Irish, which beat the Bulldogs for the first time in 26 years.Roosevelt Jones played through an injured left knee while scoring 23 points for Butler (23-11), but another this NCAA run ended abruptly in the extra session.WEST REGIONARIZONA 73, OHIO ST. 58PORTLAND, Ore. — Gabe York made five 3-pointers and finished with 19 points and T.J. McConnell also scored 19 points as second-seeded Arizona advanced to the Sweet 16 for the third straight year.The Wildcats (33-3) overcame a sluggish start until their outside shooting busted the Buckeyes’ zone defense, which they rarely used during the regular season but broke out for the NCAA Tournament. The Pac-12 champions went ahead by 15 points with 6:34 remaining and held off 10th-seeded Ohio State (24-11) in the closing minutes.Arizona will face the winner of Xavier-Georgia State in the West Regional semifinals Thursday in Los Angeles.The Buckeyes gave the Wildcats all they could handle, even with standout freshman D’Angelo Russell struggling with his shot.Russell scored nine points and made just 3-of-19 shots after going for 28 points in Ohio State’s overtime win over VCU in its tournament opener. He had seven rebounds and six assists.Sam Thompson added 18 points and Shannon Scott scored 10 for the Buckeyes, who led by six points in the first half but never could match Arizona’s size. The Wildcats won the rebounding battle 43-26.XAVIER 75, GEORGIA STATE 67JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Jalen Reynolds and Myles Davis came off the bench for a combined 38 points as sixth-seeded Xavier end the biggest feel-good story of the NCAA Tournament with a 75-67 victory over Georgia State on March 21.The Musketeers (23-13) advanced to the Sweet 16 for the third time in six years under coach Chris Mack. They’ll face No. 2 seed Arizona — a 73-58 winner over Ohio State — in the West Regional semifinals in Los Angeles.No. 14 seed Georgia State (25-10), whose injured coach Ron Hunter worked the sideline in a rolling chair, upset No. 3 seed Baylor March 19.Hunter, who tore his Achilles tendon celebrating his team winning the Sun Belt Conference title, and his son and star player, RJ, became the darlings of the tournament.NORTH CAROLINA 87, ARKANSAS 76JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Marcus Paige scored 22 points, including 20 in the second half, and North Carolina beat Arkansas 87-78 in the NCAA Tournament on March 21 and advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time in three years.Paige missed seven of eight shots in the first half, including all three from 3-point range, and was pretty much a non-factor as the Tar Heels let the Razorbacks keep things close.But the junior guard took over in the second half, scoring 13 of his team’s 17 points during a 5-minute stretch that helped North Carolina build a double-digit lead.The Tar Heels held on from there, thanks partly to Paige closing things out from the free-throw line and with his ball-handling skills.UNC advanced to play either No. 1 seed Wisconsin or eighth-seeded Oregon in the West Regional next week in Los Angeles. It will be Carolina’s 26th appearance in the Sweet 16.Michael Qualls led Arkansas with 27 points and 10 rebounds. Bobby Portis finished with 18 points and 14 boards.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Stumpf Suspended for Drugs

first_imgPHILADELPHIA— Philadelphia Phillies reliever Daniel Stumpf was suspended for 80 games by Major League Baseball on Thursday after a positive doping test.The rookie pitcher was caught with dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, an anabolic steroid.The 25-year-old Stumpf made his MLB debut a week ago, and has a 40.50 ERA in three appearances, allowing three runs in two-thirds of an inning.Philadelphia said in a statement it was “disappointed to hear today’s news of Daniel’s violation.”He will lose $221,858 of salary under his contract, which calls for him to be paid at the rate of the minimum $507,500 while in MLB, and at the rate of $41,400 while in the minors.Stumpf was selected by the Phillies in the winter-meeting draft of unprotected players after going 20-23 with a 3.21 ERA during four seasons in Kansas City’s minor league system. He signed with the Royals, who picked him in the ninth round of the 2012 amateur draft.Stumpf became the fifth player suspended this year under the MLB drug program. New York Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia received a permanent ban following a third positive test, and Cleveland outfielder Abraham Almonte, Cincinnati outfielder Juan Duran, and free-agent catcher Taylor Teagarden were suspended for 80 games each.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Business as usual in Ayodhya after an event-full, eventuality-free weekend

first_imgAyodhya, Nov 26 (PTI) It was the business as usual in Ayodhya on Monday, after an event-full, eventuality-free weekend with beaming school children hurrying to their schools, traders briskly hawking their wares and residents animatedly speculating on the impact of Shiv Sena and VHP rallies here on national politics.For the first time ever, I experienced no Monday Blues, as I was eagerly waiting to meet my friends and know their views about yesterday’s VHP dharam sahba,” said Bhaskar Singh, a resident of neighbouring Ambedkar Nagar, who had come to Hanumangarhi temple here to offer prayers, and to catch up with his friends.He seemed to heave a sigh of relief to find the temple town “completely peaceful” after days of tense build up of fears and excitement over the VHP’s ‘dharam sabha’ Sunday.The city seemed to be completely peaceful. I had absolutely no problems in navigating the lanes and bylanes of the city to visit Hanumangarhi, Karsewakpuram and other attractions,” said Singh, adding he was at the VHP’s ‘dharam sabha’ venue ‘Bhaktmaal ki Bagia’ on Sunday.”I left for home about an hour before the programme got over, he said.Brajesh Kumar who works at a hotel in the busy Rekabganj area of the district said, It was an usual Monday morning. All the eateries are open. The medical shops are selling the medicines.””At some shops the customers’ queues were rather long. The vegetable market was also buzzing. I found the city absolutely peaceful, he said.After inauguration of the ‘dharam sabha’ of Ram bhakts amid holy “shloka” and “mantras”, seers after seer Sunday sought to impress upon the Union and state governments the growing clamour for building a grand Ram temple at the Lord’s ‘janmnhoomi’ Ayodhya without any delay.advertisementMahant Ramdas of Nirmohi Akhara in response assured the seers and all attending the ‘dharam sabha’ that dates for building the temple would be announced early next year during Kumbh in Prayagraj.It is only a matter of few days and I request you all to show some patience, he counselled the congregation.Describing the massive congregation as the proof of people’s aspiration for a Ram temple in Ayodhya at the earliest, Ram Janmbhoomi Nyas chief Nritya Gopaldas urged both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to pave way for construction of the temple.Reverberating with the chants of “Jai Sri Ram”, Ayodhya stood awash Sunday in saffron, with all lanes and bylanes of the city, leading to the VHP congregation venue decked up with fluttering flags, banners and buntings of same colour.As Lord Ram devotees, sporting saffron robes and head gears proceeded to the ‘dharam sabha’ venue amid slogans of har ghar bhagwa chaayega, Ram rajya phir ayaegaa, they were showered with flowers petals.With the VHP congregation remaining peaceful, the local Muslim residents either did not seem upset. Ayodhya Zila Panchayat member Babloo Khan, who has emerged as a key Muslim protagonist of Ram temple movement too batted for the shrine along with his supporters.”Ayodhya is the crucible of the composite Ganga-Jamuni culture. All Muslims of the temple town want the Ram temple here,” he claimed.Ram Bhadracharya, a Hindu seer, meanwhile, claimed he had met a senior Union minister on November 23 and the minister assured him that the Ram devotees will not be deprived of their deity’s temple here.He claimed the minister told him that once the Model Code of Conduct comes to an end after the declaration of results of the ongoing assembly polls, the prime minister will take a decision on the crucial issue of opting Ordinance route to build the temple. PTI NAV CORR RAXRAXlast_img read more

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ESPN Tells Ohio State Fans What To Expect In Ryan Day’s First Season

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Despite losing Meyer, ESPN expects Ohio State to contend for a national title.It is always going to be a high-upside, high-stress job, and in following in Urban Meyer’s footsteps, Day takes the job at maybe its highest stress and highest upside. Only two or three teams can match the top-to-bottom talent level in Columbus, and if blue-chip transfer Justin Fields is ready to play like the QB he’s supposed to be — and if he stays healthy — the sky remains the limit.While there is immense pressure on Day to find success, he’s already proven to be elite at his job. He led Dwayne Haskins and the Ohio State offense to several Big Ten records last year.Now he has the No. 2 overall recruit from the 2018 class leading his offense: Justin Fields.Ohio State opens the season against Lane Kiffin and the Florida Atlantic Owls on August 31. Ohio State coach Ryan Day celebrating during a football game.ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 15: Interim head coach Ryan Day of the Ohio State Buckeyes reacts during The AdvoCare Showdown against the TCU Horned Frogs at AT&T Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)The 2019 college football season kicks off in just 17 days. Florida and Miami get the party started on August 24, leading into a weekend of stacked college football action.One of the biggest story-lines heading into the new season revolves around Ohio State.In their first season without Urban Meyer as the head coach, the Buckeyes are still a favorite to make the College Football Playoff.First-year head coach Ryan Day ran a prolific offense at Ohio State last season. Now he’s tasked with replacing one of the best coaches the country has ever seen.last_img read more

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World Cup 2019: Rashid Khan fails concussion test after blow to head in New Zealand game

first_img commentary scorecard graphs Next No data available! advertisement World Cup 2019: Rashid Khan fails concussion test after blow to head in New Zealand gameThe Afghanistan cricket team decided to not field Rashid Khan during their defence of 173 vs New Zealand in Taunton after the leg-spinner failed concussion tests. Rashid was hit on the helmet by a bouncer from Lockie Ferguson on Saturday India Today Web Desk TauntonJune 8, 2019UPDATED: June 9, 2019 00:27 IST World Cup 2019: Kane Williamson rushed to check on Rashid Khan after the Afghanistan leg-spinner was hit on the helmet on Saturday (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRashid Khan was hit on his helmet when he tried to duck a bouncerRashid Khan did not bowl for Afghanistan vs New Zealand in TauntonRashid was pulled out as a precaution after blow to the headWorld No. 3 and Afghanistan’s star leg-spinner Rashid Khan did not come out to bowl during their ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 match against New Zealand in Taunton after taking a blow to his head in Taunton on Saturday.Rashid Khan was hit on his helmet by New Zealand pacer Lockie Ferguson in the 34th over of Afghanistan’s innings. Rashid ducked into the 138 kph delivery that slammed into his helmet.Rashid was visibly jolted even as some of the New Zealand players, including captain Kane Williamson, rushed to check on him. The ball ricocheted on the stumps as Rashid walked back to the hut without troubling the scorers.Rashid reportedly failed two concussion tests which have become mandatory in international cricket after a batsman takes a blow on his helmet. The first test was held 45 minutes before the second even as Afghanistan bowlers came out to defend the total.”He has been pulled out as a precaution after being hit on his head while batting,” the International Cricket Council said.Rashid played no further part in Afghanistan’s third match of World Cup 2019 vs New Zealand. However, it is expected he will be available for the remainder of the tournament.Rashid has been Afghanistan’s premier bowler across all formats of the game. The Sunrisers Hyderabad star has picked up only 3 wickets so far as the fast-rising Asian team are winless so far.On Saturday, Afganistan failed to make good use of a solid start from openers Hazratullah Zazai and Noor Ali as they were bowled out for 172 despite a 66-run opening stand.advertisementHashmatullah Shahidi played a valiant knock of 59 even as he kept losing partners at some pace.James Neesham picked up his maiden five-wicket haul and finished with his career-best figures of 31 for 5 as Afghanistan batsmen found New Zealand pacers too hot to handle.Also Read | England flaunt batting firepower to bounce back with thumping win over BangladeshAlso Read | No player will think of what MS Dhoni is sporting on his gloves on Sunday: Harbhajan SinghAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Rashid KhanFollow ICC Cricket World CupFollow Afghanistan cricket teamFollow New Zealand vs Afghanistan view more view lesslast_img read more

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Power outage postpones court martial of Halifax sailor accused of sexual assault

first_imgHALIFAX – The court martial of a Halifax sailor accused of sexually assaulting a subordinate has been postponed because of a power outage.Master Seaman Daniel Cooper’s hearing was scheduled to resume Thursday afternoon, but a nor’easter knocked out power to the building that houses the military court, so proceedings will resume Friday.On Wednesday, a sailor told the military court he woke up in his bunk to a superior performing oral sex on him while HMCS Athabaskan was visiting Spain in November 2015 as part of a NATO exercise.The alleged victim, whose name is protected by a publication ban, said he had some drinks with other crew members in Rota, Spain, before returning to the navy destroyer.He said he had more to drink on board before going to bed, and then woke up to find someone in his bunk performing a sexual act on him and repeating a sexual phrase.The man became emotional when he told the hearing he recognized the voice to be that of Cooper, a naval communicator at Canadian Forces Base Halifax.Cooper has pleaded not guilty to sexual assault and ill treatment of a subordinate.He does not deny the sexual activity took place, and defence lawyer Maj. Philippe-Luc Boutin appeared to suggest Wednesday that the oral sex was consensual.He asked the leading seaman during cross-examination if he remembered becoming aroused while speaking with Cooper near the bunks after they left the mess, and a discussion about sexual activity.Military commanders have promised to crack down on sexual misconduct in the ranks since retired Supreme Court justice Marie Deschamps reported in April 2015 that she had found an “underlying sexual culture” in the military.Military police received 193 reports of sexual assault in 2017, more than twice the 93 reported in 2014. There have also been more charges, with 44 in 2016 compared to 24 in 2014.last_img read more

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Akhara seeks neutral place for mediation procedure

first_imgNew Delhi: Nirmohi Akhara, one of the original litigants in the Ayodhya Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case, has requested the Supreme Court to consider moving the mediation panel proceedings from Faizabad in Uttar Pradesh to New Delhi or some other “neutral place” due to the sensitive nature of the issue.It has also said that an amicable resolution would be possible only through “direct dialogue” between the UP Sunni Wakf Board and the Nirmohi Akhara. Besides, it has further requested that two more retired judges of the apex court be appointed to the mediation panel which is exploring the possibility of an amicable settlement of the land dispute. A five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had on March 8 referred the land dispute case for mediation by a panel headed by former apex court judge F M I Kalifulla for exploring possibility of an amicable settlement. The bench had said that spiritual guru and founder of Art of Living foundation Sri Sri Ravishankar and senior advocate Sriram Panchu, a renowned mediator, will be the other two members of the panel of mediators and the proceedings will be held at Faizabad. In its application dated March 25, 2019, Nirmohi Akhara has said that the original parties claiming title — The Panch Ramanandi Nirmohi Akhara Ayodhya and The UP Sunni Central Waqf Board — can be encouraged to have a dialogue under the aegis of the panel of mediators without requiring them to give proposals in writing. Further, the application said: “Due to the sensitive nature of the issue, and other local pressures, this court may consider moving out the mediation proceedings from Faizabad to New Delhi or some other neutral place where adequate and genuine security could be provided to the concerned parties and their representatives to enable them to participate in the proceedings without any threat, persuasion or hindrance.” It said Nirmohi Akhara had participated in proceedings before the mediation panel on March 13 but “the proceedings left a lot to be desired”.last_img read more

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PapaBravo Innovations expands operations with new Saskatoon facility Saskatchewan

first_imgPapa Bravo has moved operations to a new 34,000 sq ft facility to manufacture their electric mining vehicles. Papa Bravo initially launched in October 2011 with the development of the PapaBravo Innovation’s (PBI) electric utility vehicles. These vehicles have been used for underground mining companies wishing to decrease diesel particulate matter (DPM) and ventilation costs in their underground environment.PBI’s release of two new product lines have resulted in rapid growth driving the expansion. The new 34,000 square foot facility in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan will become home to PapaBravo’s state of the art electric vehicle manufacturing and research and development divisions.The two new product lines include a 4 wheel drive, ½ ton truck suitable for both shaft and ramp access mines and a larger, heavy hauling platform available up to 25 ton GVW that covers a wide range of specialty applications. The ½ ton electric vehicle can be equipped with an open air cab or can be converted to an enclosed cab with heating and cooling make this vehicle suitable for nearly any underground environment. The 2nd product expansion is geared to replace large, heavy diesel equipment underground in all mines globally. With the ability to mix and match, this product can be utilized from a 5ton to a 25 ton GVW and can be configured for almost any purpose underground.last_img read more

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Une forêt sousmarine vieille de 50 000 ans découverte près des côtes

first_imgUne forêt sous-marine vieille de 50 000 ans découverte près des côtes américainesUne forêt sous-marine a récemment été dévoilée aux yeux du grand public, au large des côtes de l’Etat d’Alabama aux Etats-Unis. Elle avait été découverte par des plongeurs depuis quelques années déjà mais ces derniers avaient préféré taire leur trouvaille afin d’éviter les pillages. Les fonds marins cachent encore bien des merveilles que l’on aurait du mal à soupçonner. C’est ce que suggère la récente révélation faite par des plongeurs américains : il y a quelques années, ceux-ci ont découvert une véritable forêt vierge à près de 20 mètres de profondeur au large des côtes de l’Alabama aux Etats-Unis. Une trouvaille que les hommes ont préféré cacher de peur que cette merveilleuse forêt ne soit dégradée ou pillée. Mais aujourd’hui, l’un des plongeurs Ben Raines, directeur de la fondation à but non lucratif, Weeks Bay qui étudie les estuaires, a décidé de dévoiler son existence au monde entier. D’après ses explications, il s’agit d’une forêt de cyprès chauves ensevelie à quelques kilomètres de Mobile, la troisième ville d’Alabama. Elle s’étend sur 0,8 kilomètre et il faudrait au moins une quarantaine de minutes de plongée pour l’atteindre.  Une végétation admirablement conservéeCe qui surprend les scientifiques, c’est le degré de conservation encore très bon de certaines souches. La forêt est aujourd’hui ensevelie sous les sédiments océaniques, mais selon Ben Raines, les cyprès une fois coupés sentiraient encore la sève fraîche. C’est l’ouragan Katrina (2005) qui aurait permis sa découverte en 2006 par un plongeur ayant remarqué une forte activité autour de la zone qui attire bon nombre d’espèces. Un de ses amis l’aurait alors raconté à Ben Raines sans pour autant lui communiquer l’endroit exact, de peur que l’information en s’ébruite trop. Ce n’est finalement qu’en 2012, que le plongeur a pu accéder à l’endroit décrit comme “un monde féerique” à LiveScience.Vieille de plus de 50 000 ansRaines a fait appel à plusieurs scientifiques dont Grant Harley, dendrochronologiste (spécialiste cernes des arbres) et la géographe Kristine Delong qui ont réalisé diverses analyses. Deux échantillons de cyprès ont ainsi permis de dater la forêt : celle-ci aurait plus de 52.000 ans. Les anneaux que les chercheurs étudient pourraient alors renseigner sur le climat qui régnait dans le golfe du Mexique, il y a des milliers d’années lors de la période glaciaire dans le Wisconsin.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Certaines souches atteignent aujourd’hui deux mètres de diamètre. Le lieu constitue ainsi un nouvel écosystème riche pouvant renseigner sur de nombreux aspects. Seulement, il faudra faire vite car les jours de la forêt seraient apparemment comptés. En effet, l’ensemble constitue un récif où de nombreux poissons, planctons, anémone ou encore crustacés creusent les racines des souches. A cause de cela, les experts estiment que d’ici deux ans, l’endroit aura été tellement creusé qu’il pourrait ne plus exister. Maintenant que l’existence de la forêt a été révélée, espérons donc que la découverte motive suffisamment la communauté scientifique avant qu’il ne soit trop tard.(Crédit Photo: Ben Raines)Le 12 juillet 2013 à 19:13 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Custom-made electric wheelchair stolen in Hazel Dell

first_imgSomeone reportedly stole a custom electric wheelchair from a Hazel Dell residence Sunday, and the Clark County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help to track it down.Sheriff’s Sgt. Fred Neiman said the culprit took the chair and a laptop, and there was no sign of forced entry.He said investigators had no suspect information.The sheriff’s office said the Quickie-brand chair was valued at $26,000. The chair’s serial number is M710a-111134.The sheriff’s office asked anyone who spots the chair or has information on the burglary to contact Deputy Zach Nielsen at 360-397-2211 ext. 5491 or zach.nielsen@clark.wa.gov.last_img read more

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Carlton Cole backs Samir Nasri links

first_imgFormer West Ham striker Carlton Cole has welcomed the transfer of Samir Nasri saying he would “bring something different” to the club.Samir Nasri is reportedly training with the Hammers as talks for his six-month, £80,000-per-week contract is underway, and is understood to have undergone a medical in London last week.The midfielder played with under current West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini at City where they won the Premier League and Carabao Cup double in 2014.The former France international is free to play football again from January 1, when his ban for breaching World Anti-Doping Agency rules in 2016 expires.declan rice, england, West ham UnitedReport: England’s Rice gets death threats George Patchias – September 9, 2019 England International Declan Rice has received death threats.Rice a one time Ireland International, switched allegiances only this year. The West Ham United man played for…“I think the manager has a good relationship with him,” Cole told Sky Sports.“We know his class, he’s a classy player.“He will bring something different to the squad and he has that experience too.“It will be a great addition to the squad but it depends what the manager wants and what the owners want.”last_img read more

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Man Arrested In Sterling For Possession Of Meth Heroin

first_imgThe man, identified as, Daryl Baker, age 50 of Anchorage, was found to be on felony probation for Burglary I and had two active warrants for his arrest. According to an online Trooper dispatch released on January 17, Troopers made contact with Baker on November 26, 2018, and investigators with the Southcentral Area Narcotics (SCAN) team were notified and responded to assist in the investigation. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska State Troopers made contact with an Anchorage man in a parked vehicle in Sterling and reportedly discovered 17.106 grams of heroin and 20.432 grams of methamphetamine. During the search of Baker’s vehicle methamphetamine and heroin was located, according to Troopers. The Southcentral Area Narcotics (SCAN) team is comprised of Alaska State Trooper and Kenai Police Department investigators.  Investigations are conducted through a collaborative effort with support from both agencies. Megan Peters spokesperson with AST: “We released the arrest information after completing the follow-up investigation.” Baker was arrested and remanded to Wildwood Pretrial Facility on his warrants and later charged with MICS II and MICS IV.  Baker was held without bail at the time of the arrest.last_img read more

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Magazine Pioneer Dies

first_imgFelker founded New York magazine as a Sunday supplement to the Herald-Tribune. When the newspaper collapsed, he and designer Milton Glaser refounded it as a glossy weekly.New York combined edgy Manhattan-centered reporting with Felder’s secret weapon—information on restaurants, shopping, cultural events and neighborhoods.He built a distinguished stable of writers that included Gloria Steinem, Jimmy Breslin and Tom Wolfe.In 1977, Felker was forced out of the magazine in a power struggle with Rupert Murdoch. He also founded a West Coast magazine called New West.© 2007, YellowBrix, Inc.By utilizing the content on this page, you agree to the legal terms. UPDATE: Editor Adam Moss on Felker Clay Felker, the founder of New York magazine and an editor credited with inventing a new type of urban publication, died Tuesday at his home in Manhattan.Felker’s death was confirmed by his wife, the writer Gail Sheehy, The New York Times reported.He had been suffering from throat cancer.A native of Missouri, Felker graduated from Duke University and came to New York to work for Life magazine. He was also an editor at Esquire before joining the New York Herald-Tribune.last_img read more

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Efficiency—And Sustainability—At the Newsstand

first_imgSEE ALSO:MAIN PAGEPRODUCTION | The Paper ProblemOPERATIONS | The Importance of Stewardship in SustainabilityEDITORIAL | Does the World Really Need Another ‘Green Issue’?EVENTS | How Eco-Friendly Can a Live Event Be?MARKETING | A Paperless Future?DIGITAL | Using Digital Editions to Go GreenGREEN GLOSSARYGREEN CHECKLIST Data can also be used to look at store-by-store demographics to see how title mix can be adjusted according to the customers that shop there. “It’s finding that delicate balance between putting in the right number of copies so that you’re not wasting any, but you’re not running it so tight that you have an opportunity cost of lost sale due to sell-out,” says Lawton.Additionally, systemic issues also need to be examined, principally rate base, which has taken heat as an not only an archaic media metric, but one that hinders efficiency at the newsstand. Pressure to deliver the minimum number of copies guaranteed to advertisers encourages flooding the supply chain. “We have the ability to—on a spreadsheet, anyway—see how we can be more efficient at meeting customer demand. But we’re bumping up against systemic constraints that hinder further improvement,” says Lawton. “Those things can be rate base pressure, where a 28 percent sell through for one title makes sense to the publisher, but it doesn’t make sense for a wholesaler or retailer. There are misaligned economics for the different organizations in the supply chain.”Recycle Your Way to Premium Space on the NewsstandLast fall, a pair of major book retailers—Barnes and Noble and Hastings Books and Music—announced a promotion to give premium space in nearly 400 of their bookstores to magazines that use recycled paper. The promotion, dubbed “Green Paper for People and Planet,” included prominent fixtures and special signage within each store to highlight publications using recycled paper with at least 30 percent post-consumer content.Among the titles included were Shape, Fast Company, Mother Jones, ReadyMade, Nickelodeon, and Body + Soul, all of which were featured prominently in 153 Hastings Books and Music stores—at no charge to publishers. Barnes and Noble committed 10 slots for magazines—including Shape, Inc., Mother Jones, Mothering, Natural Home, Body + Soul, VegNews, Dwell and Yoga Journal—that use recycled paper at a heavily discounted rate ($1,200) in their top 240 stores beginning in January.Maire Walsh, director of client services at Next Steps Marketing, says the benefit for participating magazines is not only a discount on premium rack-space, but an added eco-awareness for their titles. “Consumers really want to know what magazines are using recycled paper,” says Walsh. “It shows that there are magazines in our industry that are embracing recycled paper.”“You often hear about recycled paper being poor quality, or that it costs too much and won’t work financially for a publishing company,” adds Shape editor-in-chief Valerie Latona. “If Shape can do it with a 1.7 million circulation size and still be successful and profitable, I’d have to say those excuses are not valid. There can be no more excuses.”Green Publishing Standards: Optimize draw by at least 30 percent to reduce inefficient distribution.What You Can Do to Be Green: Fully exploit your access to store-level data. Create new formulas to direct copies to your best performing stores, while trimming draw at your bottom-tier stores.Resources: MPA’s Sustainability and Magazines seminar series; International Periodical Distributors Association In the circulation and distribution realm, sustainable practices are one part of a dynamic and notoriously contentious industry-wide effort to improve the magazine supply chain. Wholesalers and retailers—Wal-Mart primarily—have already begun their own aggressive supply chain management initiatives. In early February, wholesalers, including Anderson News and Source Interlink, announced a plan to reduce the number of copies shipped to retailers by as many as 50 million copies—on top of more than 100 million copies in recent years.Wal-Mart leveraged its retail might in January with the announcement that it was cutting over 1,000 magazines from its authorization list. “One of the things that happened to make that shift almost inevitable was Wal-Mart embarking on a sustainability initiative where they identified specific value chains that needed improvement—and the magazine supply chain was one of those,” says Richard Lawton, senior vice president of CoMag.Yet what assists the entire chain in understanding which product and how much of it works best is data, and in recent years technology has enabled the principle players in the chain to get much better at using information to manage efficiency. Hachette Filipacchi has been particularly successful at draw optimization by using data analysis. In the past, the company has succeeded in cutting an estimated 10 percent of copies from the system while increasing sales by half a point. “It’s a matter of getting the right product into the right place at the right time,” says Will Michalopoulos, vice president, retail sales and marketing for Hachette.last_img read more

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WalkerMallott Unity Ticket Faces Legal Challenge

first_imgAn officer of the Alaska Republican Party is suing the Division of Elections for the decision to allow independent candidate Bill Walker and Democrat Byron Mallott to merge their campaigns. Download AudioThe complaint describes the decision by the Democratic Party pull their candidate and allow him to become Walker’s running mate on a non-party ticket was a matter of “procrastination, political strategy, and political expediency.” On that basis, the complaint argues that Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell should not have issued a September 2 emergency regulation to approve the ticket and change the composition of the November general election ballot.Plaintiff Steve Strait filed the lawsuit in Superior Court on Wednesday. His objective is to prevent Walker and Mallot from appearing on the ballot as a combined non-party ticket. While Strait serves as a district chair for the Republican Party, he says this is not an official party action.“I’m filing this as an individual,” says Strait. “As a longtime Alaskan, I am very concerned about what just happened here on September 2 with this decision, with this emergency regulation from the lieutenant governor’s office, and how it influences elections from here forward.”Strait says Democratic voters were disenfranchised when they voted for Mallott as their nominee in the primary. He believes the decision for Walker and Mallott to form what they’re calling a “unity ticket” was a matter of gamesmanship to improve the chances of beating incumbent Republican Gov. Sean Parnell and to attract support from the state’s labor unions.The rationale behind the lawsuit was explained at a hastily organized press conference at the Crowne Plaza Hotel that was attended by Strait, attorney Ken Jacobus, and Republican Party Vice Chair Frank McQueary. McQueary dismissed any question about the political motivation of the complaint. While not a party to the lawsuit, McQueary identified himself as a supporter of its objective, and said he was disappointed that the endorsement of the AFL-CIO was a catalyst for the Democratic Party to withdraw Mallott’s name from the gubernatiorial race and allow him to run as Walker’s lieutenant governor.“The theatre here, of course, is the drama of the AFL-CIO forging this marriage of opposites and combining two losers and coming out with what they think is a winner,” said McQueary.But Walker thinks it’s Republican Party leadership that is playing games. Walker questions the timing of the lawsuit, which comes shortly after a Hays Group poll commissioned by the AFL-CIO found him eight points ahead of Parnell.“If we were 15 points down in the polls, I don’t think this suit would have been filed,” says Walker.Walker is still deciding whether join the lawsuit as an intervenor in support of Treadwell and Fenumiai. He adds that his campaign reviewed the legality of joining tickets before appealing to Lt. Gov. Treadwell, and that there was precedent from 2006 when independent gubernatorial candidate Andrew Halcro replaced a running mate who suffered health problems. Assistant Attorney General Libby Bakalar says the state will defend itself against the lawsuit. She says that the legal question does not center on the reasons for the candidate substitution – whether they be health-related or politically calculated – but the timing of the election itself. “The point they’re missing I think is that the emergency, regardless of the origins that creates it, is that we have an election in 50 days, and so the emergency has to do with the timing. That’s a neutral fact,” says Bakalar. “It’s not the Division of Elections responsibility to decide how [party] decisions are made, or to say that these decisions can’t be made. It their job to run an orderly election, and they can’t do that without acting quickly when these kinds of things come up.”The Division of Elections has already begun printing ballots for November, and the cost of producing them is estimated at $300,000. Elections Director Gail Fenumiai says the process is half complete.The case has been assigned to Judge John Suddock, and the parties are requesting that the process be expedited because of the pending election.last_img read more

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Bethels new aircraft mechanic school ready just needs students

first_imgBush plane that will be used during the course, owned by course instructor Ken Wallace. (Photo by Lakeidra Chavis/KYUK)A new aircraft mechanic school is coming to Bethel. The program’s main goal is to cater to the region’s needs and create jobs that help make that possible.Download AudioEverything for the program— from the fleet of bush planes to the exams— are ready. All that’s needed is a full classroom.The aviation maintenance school’s approximately 700-square-foot hangar is filled with ready to-go toolboxes, old plane engines and an electrical switchboard.There are also pilot cabinet gauges, air pressure simulators and two bush planes.This hangar is a training area and is designed to prepare the 15 students entering the Regional Aviation Maintenance School for real-world success.Aviation mechanics help ensure planes are functioning properly and up to code. They’re the people that check the plane before take off.Aircraft Maintenance School Manager Jeff Hoffman. (Lakeidra Chavis/KYUK)Jeff Hoffman is the school’s manager and he’s been spearheading this project for more than half a decade.“Our brochures just said, ‘coming soon, coming soon,” Hoffman said, “and we’ve been yelling that cry for just about three and a half years now.”Now that the program is ready to begin next February, Hoffman says the goal is to fill seats.“The need for aviation mechanics and pilots—that are from the region and want to live here is far and few,” Hoffman said.Since the Yukon Kuskowim Delta is off the road system, planes are highly relied upon not just for travel but for medical emergencies.Half of the fleet of bush planes that will be used during instruction. There are eight total. (Photo by Lakeidra Chavis/KYUK)The application itself is two pages. Students who qualify for financial aid and other scholarships can use the funds to pay for the school fee, which is $40,000.The fee pays for the course, textbooks, transportation and dormitories. The dorms themselves were built using sustainable resources and technology and will test how well these types of materials work in the region’s climate.After prospective students submit their application, they’ll undergo a brief interview. If successful in the program, students will enter a field where the average salary is about $60,000 in Alaska.The program lasts 18 months. Classes are expected to run about six hours each day, and although there aren’t extended holidays, the program accommodates subsistence lifestyles.“We have dedicated time off in the spring time when the fish and the geese come back, as well as fall time—moose hunting,” Hoffman said. “I know if we did not do this, we’d lose the majority of our students.”Course Instructor Ken Wallace (Lakeidra Chavis/KYUK)Hoffman says he hopes the program will benefit young adults looking for a career. Above the hangar is a small classroom with the dozens of textbooks, reference binders, and a small set of computers.Ken Wallace is the course instructor and says he’s just putting the finishing touches on the curriculum.He says if students work hard, there shouldn’t be a problem.“I just don’t see that any student that wants to learn and is applying themselves, can’t do it,” Wallace said. “We’re not out to fail students, our goal is for them to pass the program.”The equipment the students will work on has either been designed specifically for the course or has been decommissioned—like some of the engines or even Wallace’s own plane.“So the students will be learning on the same equipment they’ll be working on once they graduate here,” Wallace said.The school began accepting applications late last week. As of Monday, five potential students have applied.last_img read more

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No mercy for sand coal mafia CM

first_imgKalna (East Burdwan): Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee instructed police officers to take stern action against sand and coal mafias, smugglers and those running illicit liquor dens. She was addressing a gathering here on Friday afternoon.”One percent officers are not doing their duties properly. I ask them to change their habit and instruct them to take stern action against the coal and sand mafias and those running illicit liquor dens. No mercy for these criminals,” she said. Referring to the spurious liquor tragedy, she said that she had decided to give compensation to the families of the ill-fated persons as they have been badly hit by the death of their near and dear ones. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeCalling East Burdwan the “green district”, she expressed her happiness and congratulated the district administration for being the highest contributor of person days in Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) in the country. “The farmers here toil hard and feed the entire Bengal. We are proud of you. I want more rice mills and kishan mandis to come up in the district”, she said. She said the income of the farmers has gone up two times since the Trinamool Congress government took over seven years ago. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe Chief Minister maintained that a road connecting Mechogram in East Midnapore with North Bengal will come up at an estimated cost of Rs 3,200 crore. The construction of the freight corridor will begin once the acquisition of land is completed. Both the roads will benefit East Burdwan district immensely. The work at Deocha-Pachami, the second largest coal block in Birbhum will start and this will provide jobs to 1 lakh people both directly and indirectly. The scheme taken up by the state government to control flood in lower Damodar basin will stop flood in parts of Burdwan, Hooghly and Howrah, she said. Coming down heavily on CPI(M), Banerjee said because of their financial mismanagement, her government is paying Rs 48,000 crore as loan burden. “During their 34 years of rule, factories had been closed, educational institutions became centres of politics and the condition of the hospitals was deplorable. After ruining the industrial scenario in Bengal, they are talking about industries now. They have spoilt the greenery in Singur. We have returned the land taken forcibly by the CPI(M) government. They have no work and are only there to create trouble. Banerjee’s remarks came a day after Suryakanta Mishra, CPI(M) state secretary, said in Kolkata on Thursday that they want industry in Bengal. It may be mentioned that East Burdwan was a den of CPI(M), before Mamata Banerjee came to power in 2011. The Burdwan lobby, combining East and West Burdwan districts, was very strong. Despite the loan burden, the state government has launched schemes for people coming from all strata of society. Over Rs 6,000 crore has been spent for Kanyashree and another Rs 2,000 crore to implement Sabuj Sathi. “We have covered all cross sections of people and we want them to live happily and peacefully,” she said.last_img read more

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