Lalu skips lunch, goes mum after RJD rout

first_imgJailed former Bihar Chief Minister and Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad has stopped taking lunch and is keeping quiet most of the time after his party suffered a humiliating rout in the Lok Sabha election in Bihar.The RJD failed to win any seat in Bihar, once its bastion, and in Jharkhand. Despite the Modi wave in 2014, the RJD had won four seats from Bihar.“Lalu Prasad’s routine has changed in the last two to three days. He is having breakfast and dinner but not taking lunch,” said Umesh Prasad, the doctor in-charge of the former leader at the Rajendra Institute of Medical Science here.Insulin doseAccording to doctors, Mr. Prasad, currently serving a 14-year sentence in Jharkhand in the multi-million rupee fodder scam, is given insulin doses three times a day.But since he was not taking his meals on time, the doctors were not being able to administer the doses as they did earlier. The RJD leader has also been keeping quiet most of the time, according to doctors.Zero seatsThe Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance swept Bihar, bagging 39 of the 40 seats, decimating the Mahagathbandhan parties: the RJD, the HAM, the VIP and the RLSP. The Congress won one seat. This will be the first time the RJD will not have a single member in the Lok Sabha.last_img read more

Portugal in trouble following Cristiano Ronaldo’s injury woes

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo has a muscle injury on the back of his left thigh as well as left-leg patellar tendinitisPortugal were gearing up for the World Cup in New Jersey, fretting over the fitness of superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.With the World Cup looming, the FIFA Ballon d’Or winner as best footballer of last year, had some bad news about his recent aches and pains.Ronaldo has a “muscle injury on the back of his left thigh as well as left-leg patellar tendinitis,” the Portuguese Football Association said on Tuesday in a report on his medical issues and those of stars Raul Meireles, Pepe and Beto.Amid some heavy downpours, the four spent their time at the New York Jets’ training center grinding it out on different exercises meant to get them in the best possible shape in the final sprint before the World Cup starts June 12.While Portugal have previously discussed superstar Ronaldo’s thigh injury, sustained late in the season, it was the first time they reported patellar tendinitis.The Portuguese have been drawn in Group G at the World Cup and will face Germany on June 16 in Salvador, the United States a week later in Manaus and then Ghana on June 26 in Brasilia.”We hope that Cristiano is in good enough shape to play and to help the team,” teammate Nani, who plays for Manchester United, told reporters.”Ronaldo is going well, and he is relaxed about it. Things are going the right way,” he added, after hundreds of fans welcomed the team at the Newark airport in New Jersey, just outside New York City.advertisementPortugal will play two friendlies while in the United States.They take on Mexico in Foxboro near Boston on Friday at the home of the NFL’s New England Patriots.Next Tuesday they face Ireland at the Jets’ MetLife Stadium which hosted the Super Bowl in February.Nani, 27, who missed out on the last World Cup in South Africa due to a shoulder injury, said fitnes woes can make a player “distracted and less sure of himself.””If for some reason (Ronaldo) is not there, whoever is there playing has to be confident in their ability to get the job done,” he said.”The World Cup is a one-of-a-kind challenge. I want to be fully fit, and in top form alongside my teammates. I could not be there last time, but happily, I am here now,” said Nani, who has played 73 games and scored 14 goals with Portugal’s national side.He said the first clash with Germany will be key to setting the tone for the rest of the tournament, preferably a winning one.last_img read more

UEFA Champions League: Super Subs Give Manchester City 2-0 Win Over Dinamo Zagreb

first_img champions leagueDinamo Zagrebmanchester cityPep Guardiola First Published: October 2, 2019, 9:01 AM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Manchester: Manchester City made it two wins out of two in Champions League Group C after goals from substitutes Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden gave Pep Guardiola’s side a 2-0 victory over Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday.A game that could easily have ended in frustration, with Dinamo defending deep and effectively, turned on the introduction of England international Sterling in the 56th minute. The Croatians frustrated the Premier League champions with some excellent defending in the first half and all City could manage from their domination was Ilkay Gundogan’s shot against the bar in the 21st minute after an earlier effort from Sergio Aguero had been well dealt with by Dinamo keeper Dominik Livakovic.David Silva screwed a shot wide after the ball fell to him inside the area but City did not create enough from the amount of possession they enjoyed.Guardiola’s side attacked almost exclusively down the left, where fullback Benjamin Mendy was allowed plenty of space, but either the delivery into the box let them down or the Dinamo defence stood firm.Riyad Mahrez on the right flank saw too little of the ball and City failed to really use the full width of the field, too often getting involved in ‘five-a-side’ contests on the edge of the box.The introduction of Sterling increased the tempo and width of City’s play and it was the England international who broke the deadlock in the 66th minute, turning in a low cross from Riyad Mahrez after a superb diagonal pass from Rodri.Dinamo tried their luck in the final stages but were caught on the counter in stoppage time with Sterling breaking and slipping the ball wide to Foden who confidently drove home.City move on to six points from their opening two games after winning their first match 3-0 at Shakhtar Donetsk, while Dinamo have three points.”They defended so well, even the goal from Raheem the defender was there. I didn’t expect them to play so deep, they only shot on target at set pieces, but they did what they did so well,” said Guardiola, who praised Sterling for his improved finishing.”He’s a player who is always there, he has this talent he loves to score goals, you always have that feeling. We had chances but they defended really well and that’s why it was difficult to score a goal,” he said.”I think still he can improve his finishing. Today the pass for Phil was perfect. But still there is a gap to be even more clinical but it’s important that all the time he’s there and that’s why he’s been able to score the goals,” he said.Foden’s instant impact, with his goal coming four minutes after he came on, left Guardiola feeling sorry that he was unable to find more minutes for the talented 19-year-old.”I know, he deserves to play, I want to give him minutes, I’m unfair to him, I’m sorry but he has (Kevin) De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva, Rodri (ahead of him).”I know the best way is for him to play minutes but he’s so young. I don’t know many players of his age (who) have played so many minutes, he’s going to be incredible in the future but it is what it is.” last_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2018: Can El Tri beat five-time champions Brazil and advance to…

first_imgAdvertisement Read also:Football: Midfield Maestro announces retirement after bowing out of the World CupFootball : Mohamed Salah signs a long-term contract worth £200,000-a-week. AdvertisementWith a place in the last eight at stake, this game promises to be a blockbuster. Brazil are clearly the favourites to win this game but it might not be too easy for the Seleção on the field considering how this World Cup has turned out to be unfortunate for the big teams and former champions.  While El Tri have upset the Germans, they were however completely blown away by Sweden. If they want to stop Brazil and secure a place for them in the final eight for the first time in over 32 years, they’ll need to replicate with greater fervour what they did to Germany, holding their ground at the back and counter-attacking with breakneck speed whenever the ball came to them.The pair have already squared up 40 times and Brazil have the edge historically with 23 wins to Mexico’s 10, plus 7 draws. Their last encounter was a friendly match held three years ago in Sao Paulo, which the hosts won 2-0 with goals from Philippe Coutinho and Diego Tardelli.This will be the teams’ fifth showdown in the FIFA World Cup, where they first crossed paths in 1950. Brazil have by far the better head-to-head record in this competition with three wins, one draw and 11 goals scored, whereas Mexico have never managed to breach the Brazilian’s defence. The most recent meeting took place in the group phase four years ago and finished 0-0.Can the likes of Neymar, Philippe Coutinho and Paulinho breach the Mexican defence or will Guillermo Ochoa be the Mexicans’ saviour?The match will be played at the Cosmos Arena in Samara, Russia. It will begin at 07:30 pm IST and will be telecast live on Sony Ten 2 SD and HD, Sony Ten 3 SD and HD, Sony ESPN SD.The team line-ups: The teams are in for #BRAMEX! #WorldCup 👇👇👇— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) July 2, 2018last_img read more

Injured Maria Sharapova to miss grasscourt season

first_imgFormer world number one Maria Sharapova will miss the grasscourt season, including this month’s Wimbledon qualifying tournament, after failing to recover from a left-thigh injury she suffered during last month’s Italian Open.”After an additional scan, the muscle tear that I sustained in Rome will unfortunately not allow me to compete in the grass court tournaments I was scheduled to play,” Sharapova, who is on a comeback trail after serving a 15-month doping ban, said on her official Facebook page.Sharapova opted not to apply for a wildcard into the main Wimbledon draw after her request for an invite into Roland Garros, where she is a twice former champion, was snubbed by French Open officials.The Russian’s low ranking meant she was only guaranteed a place in the Wimbledon qualifying event if she wanted to secure a place in the July 3-16 grasscourt major.However, the 2004 Wimbledon champion was granted a wildcard for the grasscourt warm-up tournament in Birmingham, England, which she will also miss.”I want to thank the LTA for their amazing support on my return and providing me with a Birmingham wildcard, a tournament which I hope many of you will be able to attend,” added the 178th-ranked Sharapova.”I look forward to meeting you there next year. I will continue to work on my recovery and my next scheduled tournament is in Stanford.”The Stanford tournament begins at the end of July.The five-times grand slam winner, who received wildcards to play in Stuttgart, Madrid and Rome after being left without a ranking when her doping ban ended, retired injured in her second round match at the Italian Open.advertisementShe was wearing a bandage on her thigh at the time.Missing the whole grasscourt season means the 30-year-old Russian will not be ranked high enough for direct entry into the U.S. Open, where officials will have to decide whether to court controversy by offering a wildcard.last_img read more

Sam Groth to retire from tennis after Australian Open next year

first_imgAustralian tennis player Sam Groth has announced that he would bid adieu to his career after the next year’s first major of the season at the Melbourne Park in January.Groth, an Olympian and Davis Cup mainstay, will call curtains to his 13-year-long career after the Australian Open, which is to be held from January 15 to January 28.While announcing his decision, the 30-year-old said he had increasingly struggled “with the whole life on the tour thing.””It’s been something I’ve been thinking about since the Wimbledon. I went to Newport, a tournament I’ve done really well in. I ‘qualified’, won a round and I was playing John Isner on centre court and a part of me just really didn’t want to be there,” quoted Groth, as saying.”My issue has never been competing. Before I got to 53 in the world, my issue was doing enough work and all those sorts of things. That became the easy part at the end. But getting out and competing and being away from home became tough,” he explained the reason behind his decision.Groth, who was rewarded for his performances with the 2015 Newcombe medal, made his professional debut in 2006 and moved to a career-high ranking of world no. 53 in 2015 .He was also a significant part of Australia’s Davis Cup team that made it to the semi-finals that year.last_img read more

Kontron: COM Express module with AMD Ryzen Embedded R1000 SoC

first_img Continue Reading Previous HCC Embedded validates SafeFTL for Micron Automotive SPI NAND FlashNext Silicon Labs: PCI Express gen 5 clocks and buffers lead in performance and power Kontron announces in parallel with the launch of the new AMD Ryzen Embedded R1000 SoC (system on a chip) that it will be extending its COMe-cVR6 Computer-on-Modules – currently based on the high-performance AMD Ryzen Embedded V1000 series – with the next-generation processors in the 12-25-watt performance class. The new low-power COM Express Compact Type 6 modules, which are based on the very successful and highly regarded ‘Zen’ microarchitecture, will target price-sensitive, compact, and fanless applications that require a new class of performance. Typical markets are industrial real-time controls and industrial edge devices, machine GUIs, panel PCs, and medical systems, along with infotainment, gaming, and digital signage platforms.Designed for harsh environments, the rugged COM Express Compact modules are convincing in all of these applications thanks to memory down options and their significantly compact form factor. Compared to COM Express Basic, the footprint is reduced by about 22 percent.The new Kontron dual-core Computer-on-Modules with the AMD Ryzen Embedded R1000 SoC – which have planned availability of ten years – will feature the same high-performance ‘Zen’ CPU cores offered by the AMD Ryzen Embedded V1000 processors – including up to 24 GB ECC supporting 64-bit DDR4 (optionally soldered) as well as full cache bandwidth with 1 MB of shared L2 cache plus 4 MB of shared L3 cache. The same Unified PI (BIOS) will be utilized as well, with only minimal adjustments to what has been revised within the feature set. To provide more power options, the integrated Radeon Vega 3 GPU offers three computing units, which can support up to three UHD 4K displays @ 60 Hz.The Kontron COM Express(R) modules based on the AMD Ryzen Embedded R1000 SoC will give engineers a very attractive platform that provides a new class of performance for embedded solutions.The new COMe-cVR6 Computer-on-Modules based on the AMD Ryzen Embedded R1000 SoC will provide attractive features such as USB 3.1 Gen 2 as well as high-speed PCIe 3.0 lanes, with the option of using one of these for a PCIe switch that will provide four PCIe 2.0 lanes to the COMe connector. Three independent display ports cover a wide variety of graphics-centric application scenarios due to their high flexibility. In addition to the common interfaces such as SATA, I2C, and SMBus, two serial interfaces, a high-definition audio interface and Gigabit Ethernet round out the feature set.The new COM Express Compact modules will support the Kontron APPROTECT security solution for integrated software protection. Based on an optionally integrated Wibu-Systems security chip combined with a specifically developed software framework, it provides IP and copy/reverse engineering protection. Kontron APPROTECT licensing also makes it possible to use new business models such as ‘pay per use’ demo versions for limited time periods, and a certain number of executions.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

Sports Authority of India will now be Sports India: Rathore

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 4 (PTI) More than 34 years after coming into existence, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) is set to be renamed as Sports India, Union Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore announced today after the sports body’s governing body meeting here. “Sports Authority of India is being renamed. The word authority is being removed. It will be known as Sports India now,” Rathore said after the meeting even as the press release issued by SAI had no mention of the change in name being approved. The sports body, established in 1984, organised its 50th GB meeting, where it was also decided that coaches will be given a say in decision making and the food expenses of athletes will also be increased. The governing body also advised SAI to bring in reputed companies in the hospitality sector to manage the residential and food facilities under the SAI Residential Scheme. “It was emphasised that the highest quality of food and nutrition which is appropriate to the development of athletes at various levels should be ensured and there should be zero compromise on this issue,” said the release. Recently, the Indian men’s hockey coach Harendra Singh had highlighted the shockingly low level of hygiene at SAI’s Bengaluru centre, where the quality of food and standard of living came under the scanner. SAI will explore options for entering into public private partnership with appropriate agencies, including global agencies to develop the stadia, utilize the extra land which is currently not being used by the athletes, so that new facilities are created for sports which are accessible to the general public.advertisement In order to develop infrastructure of global standards at the best possible price, SAI will develop its procurement system keeping in mind the rules of the GFR, so that higher standards of infrastructure are developed and maintained. The governing body decided that the engineering wing in SAI would be strengthened to undertake this activity. The governing body also advised the SAI to encourage entry of professionals at various levels to manage critical activities for better accountability and efficient functioning. The Secretariat for the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) was also approved to provide support to the Mission Olympic Cell. PTI AT AHAHlast_img read more

Should India play Khaleel Ahmed and rest Bumrah against Hong Kong?

first_imgIndia begin their Asia Cup 2018 campaign against Hong Kong on September 18, just a day ahead of their marquee clash with Pakistan in Dubai. Two matches on back-to-back days is not going to be an easy deal and for that reason, India might do well to take a strategic outlook.Hong Kong lost their opener to Pakistan by eight wickets on September 16, where neither their batsmen nor bowlers were able to put a solid performance and Pakistan rolled past them.Pakistan played their best players against Hong Kong but before playing India in their next match, they have a two-day rest. Contrarily, India will hardly get any rest between their first two matches.Considering the tight scheduling, workload management comes into play and India may look to rotate their players well in order to have the best chance against a solid Pakistan team.That is where managing the workload of Jasprit Bumrah might play a crucial role.Also read – Virat Kohli rested for Asia Cup 2018, Rohit Sharma named India captainVirat Kohli has been rested from the entire tournament after a gruelling tour of England where he played each and every match. Kohli even suffered a stiff back during the Lord’s Test but went on to play all the matches.Rohit Sharma is all set to lead the Indian team in UAE and might want to keep his players as fresh as possible for all matches.However, Bumrah, right after coming from a finger injury, played all the last three Test matches against England.advertisementConsidering the English conditions, Bumrah bowled incessantly in order to get breakthroughs. In the three matches he played, he picked 14 wickets, including a five-wicket haul and bowled 800 deliveries.Also read – Jasprit Bumrah returns to Test cricket with 2nd successive 5-wicket haul Jasprit Bumrah bagged a five-wicket haul on his return to Test cricket in England. (Reuters Photo)Bumrah bowled exceptionally well and he is India’s primary limited-overs bowler along with Bhuvneshwar Kumar but it might do India some good if they decide to rest him for the first match.Back in March, after Bumrah had performed exceedingly well against South Africa in his debut Test series, chief selector MSK Prasad had said that managing Bumrah’s workload will be key to prolong his career.”I am delighted with Jasprit’s performance. We always had confidence in his abilities as he had done well for Gujarat in Ranji Trophy. But now our primary goal is to monitor his workload very carefully with so much international cricket ahead. We need to be careful that he is not over-used,” Prasad had said.”If you look at his action, it is a rare one and he can be prone to injuries. We need to use him for the important Test series coming ahead. For each and every fast bowler, the balance of workload is very important and the high performance team will be monitoring it closely,” the former India wicketkeeper explained.Should India decide to rest Bumrah, they have Khaleel Ahmed waiting in the wings and giving him his debut cap might be a good move. Khaleel is relatively unknown in the international circuit and he might spring a surprise or two at the batsmen.Khaleel, a 20-year-old from Rajasthan, has played 17 List A matches taking 28 wickets at an economy rate of 4.74. He was with India A during the tour of England recently. Khaleel also represented India A in the recently concluded quadrangular series finishing with 7 wickets from four games.Also read – Khaleel Ahmed: India’s latest left-arm pace sensationMSK Prasad, after announcing the Asia Cup squad, did say that they are looking at Khaleel for the left-handed seamer’s slot ahead of the World Cup and giving him his first break against Hong Kong might spell good for both the youngster and the Indian team on the whole.Last year, when Kohli took a break from the Sri Lanka series in order to give his body some rest, he did mention how workload management of important players will play a key role if they want to continue being successful.”Tough to speak on workload. There’s a lot of talk about whether players should be rested or not. From the outside it looks like why are people asking for rest. Everyone played same number of games. But it’s important to understand that not everyone had the same kind of workload in every game that you play. We have built such a strong core team now of 20-25 players, you don’t want important players breaking down at important times. That is where the balance needs to be maintained. It’s humanly impossible to maintain the same kind of intensity for a player who plays all three formats. Definitely, I do need a rest. When I think that my body needs to be rested, I’ll ask for it. I am not a robot you can cut my skin and check, I bleed,” Kohli had said.advertisementKohli did talk about himself but also spoke about how the best players’ health and body need to be protected for success and Rohit Sharma might choose to take cue from that.last_img read more

Chris Gayle declares himself ‘greatest player’ and wants Hundred invite

first_imgCricket Since you’re here… Share on Facebook Paul Farbrace to step down as England assistant coach after Caribbean tour England in West Indies 2019 Reuse this content Chris Gayle The Spin: sign up and get our weekly cricket email. As well as confirming he will retire from international one-day cricket after this year’s World Cup – “The youngsters owe it to me [to lift the trophy]” – Gayle was asked if England’s 100-ball tournament launching in 2020 appeals to him. Sure enough, one of Twenty20 cricket’s most high-profile globetrotters is keen to be involved, even if just for the inaugural season.“Well, if I don’t start it, it won’t be a tournament,” said Gayle. “I guess England should invite me over. Then I’ll explode the tournament and say: ‘Thank you guys, bring in a youngster now.’ I will set the trend for you like I did in all tournaments around the world. Fingers crossed. We’ll see what happens.”The England and Wales Cricket Board is keen to use the eight-team tournament to attract a family audience and Gayle, who has not appeared in Australia’s Big Bash League since asking a female TV reporter out for a drink during an interview and saying: “Don’t blush, baby,” during the awkwardness that ensued, may divide opinion in this regard.Gayle has since turned out for Somerset in the T20 Blast and, with Virat Kohli having ruled himself out of featuring and doubts over the participation of Indian players generally, the ECB may view such a box-office personality as a risk worth taking and offer him a place in the draft.A veteran of 103 Test matches and more than 300 white-ball internationals, Gayle was asked if he was satisfied with his career. “Yes. I’m the greatest player in the world. Of course. I can’t complain. T20s, ODIs, Tests … you’re looking at a great man,” came the reply. Share on WhatsApp Read more Sign up to the Spin – our weekly cricket round-up While Gayle was offering his thoughts on an array of topics – including a call for young cricketers to play Test cricket, because it is “the ultimate” – England were warming up for the one-day series with a 171-run win against a University of West Indies XI at the Three Ws Oval in which they posted 371 for seven batting first.Jason Roy struck 15 fours and one six before retiring on 110 from 82 balls – an opening stand of 129 with Jonny Bairstow saw the latter make 46 – before Root carried over his form from the third Test with an 81-ball 114 that was ended when he was stumped in the 49th over attempting a fifth six.Eoin Morgan’s first hit on tour ended when he was run out for eight after a mix-up with Root while Alex Hales, in at No6 for the rested Jos Buttler, squandered his chance when flicking loosely to square-leg for a second-ball duck. All six bowlers deployed in the reply picked up wickets; the return after a knee injury of attack leader Chris Woakes, with two for 28 from seven overs, was the most encouraging news. Share on Pinterest Share via Emailcenter_img … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Support The Guardian The Hundred Chris Gayle, the veteran West Indies opener and self-styled “Universe Boss”, has warned English cricket that The Hundred will not be a success unless “the greatest player in the world” is invited along. In other words: Chris Gayle.After missing tours to India and Bangladesh in order to pursue short-form contracts, the 39-year-old Jamaican makes his West Indies return against England on Wednesday in the first one-day international at the Kensington Oval. After training on Sunday he served up his latest display of self-confidence. news Gayle’s fielding may be restricted by age but England will be wary of his explosive tendencies at the top of the order during this five-match series. Is he still the Universe Boss? “Of course. How can that change, man? That will never change, man! I will take that to the grave” he replied.“I don’t know who is opening the bowling [for England] but any bowler is going to be wary of Chris Gayle. That doesn’t change because he is 39 now. They are going to be saying: ‘Yes, he’s got some grey hairs in his beard. Let’s get him now. This is the perfect time to get the universe boss now he is 39.’”West Indies are ranked eighth in one-day cricket, compared with England in top spot. But Gayle aside, a youthful team led by Jason Holder that features six players from the recent 2-1 victory in the Test series should not be taken lightly on home soil. Oshane Thomas, the fast bowler who was held back during the Test series, will be a threat with the ball, as will Shannon Gabriel when he returns for the finale after serving a four-match ban for abusing Joe Root in St Lucia last week. “In the nets I face them. They’re youngsters, man … but I will destroy them anyway,” Gayle said of his teammates. Share on Twitter England cricket team Share on Messenger Topics Share on LinkedIn West Indies cricket team Read morelast_img read more

ST Marines Former Employee Sentenced

first_imgzoom The former Group Financial Controller and Senior Vice President (Finance) of Singapore-based ST Marine was sentenced to a fine of SGD 300,000, (around USD 217,000) in default 30 weeks’ imprisonment. In relation to the criminal prosecution of former employees of ST Marine, Ong Teck Liam, who held the position from April 2007 to December 2012, pleaded guilty on February 19, 2016 to ten charges under section 477A of the Penal Code.The latest development comes on the back of the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau’s (CPIB) probe into certain transactions involving former and current employees of ST Marine, launched in September 2011.In early April 2017, the former President (Commercial Business) of ST Marine, Tan Mong Seng, was sentenced to 16 weeks’ imprisonment for one hundred and one charges under section 477A of the Penal Code.He held the position from January 2000 before leaving in June 2002 as Chief Operating Officer/President (Commercial Business) of ST Marine.last_img read more

Province Invests in Shipyard Infrastructure

first_img FOR BROADCAST USE The economy of Southwestern Nova Scotia is getting a boost with an investment to restore infrastructure at the Shelburne Ship Repair. Improvements to the marine railway and wharf will allow the company to resume building and repairing ships. The province, through the Industrial Expansion Fund, is providing an eight-point-eight million-dollar loan to upgrade the Second World War vintage infrastructure. The restoration will employ 10 to 15 workers now and up to 45 employees during peak periods. Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Sterling Belliveau says Shelburne Ship Repair is an important employer for the rural community and for the shipbuilding industry in Nova Scotia. Work will begin this month and is expected to take a year. -30- The economy of Southwestern Nova Scotia is getting a boost with an investment to restore infrastructure at Shelburne Ship Repair. Improvements to the marine railway and wharf will allow the company to resume building and repairing ships. The province, through the Industrial Expansion Fund, is providing an $8.8-million loan to upgrade the Second World War vintage infrastructure. The restoration will employ 15 to 25 workers now and up to 45 employees during peak periods. “We are investing in the restoration of an important operation, which will strengthen the economy and sustain employment for local residents in the long term,” said Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Sterling Belliveau, on behalf of Economic and Rural Development Minister Percy Paris. “We recognize that Shelburne Ship Repair is an important employer for this rural community and for the shipbuilding industry in Nova Scotia.” Work will begin this month and is expected to take a year. “We appreciate the support of the province in renewing the future of Shelburne Ship Repair,” said president of Irving Shipbuilding Inc., Steve Durrell. “This is an exciting time for the industry and the skilled men and women of Shelburne Ship Repair have a vital role to play. Investing in these improvements will enable this shipyard to take advantage of new opportunities.” “A viable shipyard is significant to the economy of Shelburne County communities,” said Sherman Embree, warden of the municipality of Shelburne. “This will mean long-term jobs in a vibrant marine sector and industrial park for years to come.” With the Industrial Expansion Fund, the government of Nova Scotia is able to provide access to capital, help protect jobs and support businesses to be more competitive and sustainable. It provides financial support, such as loans and guarantees, when many traditional sources are reluctant to do so.last_img read more

Premier artifact collectors to travel to Bdesh for showcasing rare collections on

first_imgKolkata: Five artifact collectors from Kolkata will be travelling to Bangladesh, to display their rare collections for a showcase exhibition.It is for the first time that artifact collectors from Kolkata have been invited in Bangladesh to showcase their collection. The programme titled “Chinhamela” will be held at the Shahidullah Kalabhavan of Rajsahi University, one of the premier academic institutions in Bangladesh. The team will leave for Bangladesh on March 9. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersGopal Biswas, a well known picture post card collector in India, is going to Bangladesh with his collection. Picture post cards used to play an important role in the social life of people in the non-digital era. People travelling to other states or countries used to send picture post cards to their near and dear ones, narrating their experience. Many receivers of the picture post cards used to preserve them. Biswas has in his possession a few thousand picture post cards and he will be taking some of the rarest and best ones to Bangladesh. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaSouvik Mukherjee will display his collection on the development of transport system in Bengal. Some of the tickets of trams and buses will be displayed, along with photographs of horse-driven carriages. People from East Bengal on reaching Sealdah station used to go to the houses of their relatives in horse-driven carriages in the 1930s and 1940s. There were very few taxis and American car brands like Chevrolet, Hudson and Pontiac were used for the purpose. Ujjal Sardar, collector of manuscripts will display some of the rare manuscripts in his collection. Falguni Dutta Roy will display some of the newspapers which carried interesting news items during the freedom movement in Bangladesh in 1971. Chandranath Chattopadhyay, editor of Kinjal magazine and a well known collector, is also travelling with the group. Many rare stamps used before the Partition in 1947 will be displayed, along with letters including those written by the Governor General, matchboxes used during the Swadeshi movement in 1905, letters written by Nawab Salimullah of Dhaka, advertisement designs made by important personalities and booklets of Bengali cinema and theatre. Till the late 1970s, the audience visiting cinema halls could collect the booklets and lobby cards free of cost, containing the storyline of the movie, along with details of the songs. Satyajit Roy had designed the lobby cards of some of his famous films like Nayak and Parash Pathar. “It will be a wonderful exhibition and will strengthen the cultural ties between India and Bangladesh,” Chattopadhyay said.last_img read more

Top Venezuela court calls to strip Guaidos immunity

first_imgCaracas: Venezuela’s top court called on the ruling Constituent Assembly Tuesday to strip opposition leader Juan Guaido of parliamentary immunity. The decision by the Supreme Court of Justice could open the way for President Nicolas Maduro’s rival Guaido, recognised as interim president by more than 50 countries, to be prosecuted. The court ruling cited Guaido’s violation of a ban on his travel outside Venezuela when he visited Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador and Paraguay from late February to early March. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USIt came as Guaido and Maduro are locked in a battle for power in the oil-rich country, which is facing a crippling and deepening economic and political crisis. The competition has been escalated into a geopolitical struggle, drawing in the United States and its allies that support Guaido, and Russia, Cuba and China backing Maduro. Though unpopular in a country spiraling ever deeper into economic chaos, Maduro has the upper hand at home, thanks to loyalty from his military chiefs and, more recently, the presence of 100 Russian troops. Abroad, Guaido is buoyed by US sanctions against Maduro’s regime funnelling funds his way, and efforts to have his envoys recognized over Maduro’s in diplomatic missions and international organisations. Maduro, who so far has heeded US warnings to not arrest Guaido under threat of unspecified repercussions, appears nonetheless more confident since Moscow’s overt protection.last_img read more

Amara Appointed Minister of Economy Replacing Sacked Boussaid

Rabat – Morocco’s Minister of Equipment, Transport, Logistics, and Water Abdelkader Amara has replaced the recently dismissed minister of economy and finance.Morocco’s King Mohammed VI sacked Mohamed Boussaid from his position as minister of economy and finance on August 1. The government’s spokesperson refused to give any details behind the King’s decision.In accordance with royal decree No. 1.17.07, issued on April 7, 2017, concerning the appointment of government members, the King relieved Boussaid, of the National Rally of Independents (RNI) party from his ministerial duties and assigned Amara, of the Development and Justice (PJD) party, to take over the Ministry of Economy and Finance. Both decisions came following consultation with the head of government, and the appointment was published on the Moroccan official gazette on August 6.According to the royal cabinet’s statement, the decision to dismiss Boussaid is part of “efforts for accountability and holding authorities to responsibility,” which the King attempts to apply to all officials “regardless of their status and affiliations.”Abdelkader AmaraAmara was born January 28, 1962, in Bouarfa, in the far eastern Figuig province. In 1986, he obtained a PhD from Hassan II Agricultural and Veterinary Institute of Rabat. Since then, he was professor at the Agricultural and Veterinary Institute Hassan II of Rabat until 2002.Amara held the position of minister of industry, trade, and new technologies from January 2012 to October 2013. He then became minister of energy, mines, water, and environment, a position he held from 2013 to 2016.King Mohammed VI appointed Amara as minister of equipment, transport, logistics, and water on April 5, 2017.According to the ministry of equipment, Amara oversaw many projects, including the establishment of Bombardier in Morocco and the launch of Renault Tangier’s second production line. He also developed and implemented structural reforms in the energy and mining sectors, particularly a liquefied natural gas (LNG) project and the reform of artisanal mining activity.Amara was behind the creation of the Nuclear and Radiological Safety and Security Agency and the Electricity Regulatory Agency.On the political level, Amara is a founding member of the PJD party and was the first vice-president of the PJD group to the first Chamber in charge of Communication. He is also a founding member of the association of Moroccan parliamentarians against corruption.Why was Boussaid sacked?The government spokesperson has not revealed any specific information concerning Boussaid’s dismissal, saying that “he has nothing to add to the Royal Cabinet’s statement.”According to Lesiteinfo, Boussaid travelled with his family to Marbella in Spain just a few hours after the King announced he had discharged Boussaid from his duties.Boussaid refused to comment to Lesiteinfo: “I’m very busy and I’m not going to talk about this issue.”According to speculations, King Mohammed VI fired Boussaid as a “follow-up” to the 2017 political earthquake when he sacked four ministers for irregularities in development projects in Al Hoceima.Boussaid’s dismissal can also be referred to the recent report on Morocco’s economic situation which Ahmed Jouahri, governor of Morocco’s central bank, presented to the King on July 29.Jouahri stated that investment is still limited in Morocco despite incentives.As for the business climate in Morocco, Jouahri affirmed that some constitutional institutions are not performing their functions as expected to provide convenient conditions for investment and creating job opportunities.“The two sectors are suffering stagnation because of delay in some constitutional institutions’ decision-making.”Jouahri also said there are enduring social disparities, especially in rural areas, despite social and economic programs, namely the National Initiative for Human Development’s programs.Mohammed BoussaidBoussaid was born in September 1961. He became minister of economy and finance in 2013. The King re-appointed him to the same position on April 5, 2017.In 1986, Boussaid earned a degree in engineering from the École des Ponts ParisTech (ENPC) in Paris.In 2004, he was appointed Minister of Public Sector Modernization and in October 2007, Minister of Tourism and Handicraft.In March 2010, Boussaid was appointed governor of Morocco’s southern Souss-Massa-Draa region. A former minister of RNI told Telquel that Aziz Akhannouch, minister of agriculture, was behind Boussaid’s appointment.“Thanks to Aziz Akhannouch [Boussaid] could make a comeback as governor of Souss-Massa-Daraa region, the stronghold of Akhannouch.”In May 2012, Boussaid became governor of the Prefecture of Casablanca. read more

UN chief to embark on fournation Latin America visit this week

Mr. Ban will meet with the leaders of each of the four Latin American countries, as well as senior Government officials and civil society representatives.While in Colombia, he will also witness the signing into law of the landmark Victims’ Rights and Land Restitution Bill and take a helicopter flight over flooded areas and meet with those affected.His visit to Argentina will include a stop at the International Center for the Promotion of Human Rights and a public address at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Included on the itinerary for Uruguay is a visit to the National School for Peacekeeping Operations, where he will meet troops who have participated in peacekeeping missions. Mr. Ban’s final stop will be Brazil, which is the host for the Fourth UN Conference on Sustainable Development, or Rio+20, which will be held in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro in June 2012. 8 June 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will depart New York on Friday for a week-long trip that will take the United Nations chief to Colombia, Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil, the world body announced today. read more

Côte dIvoire UN envoy deplores violent postelection incidents

Bert Koenders, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and the head of the UN peacekeeping operation (UNOCI) in the West African country, voiced concern in a press release in which he urged all political actors in the country “to avoid provoking incidents” and settle any conflicts “by peaceful means.” On Sunday, unidentified armed individuals shot at a convoy from Côte d’Ivoire’s Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) as it transported ballot boxes from the central-western town of Gobazra to Bonon. UNOCI peacekeepers who were escorting the convoy responded in a “robust and appropriate manner,” according to the press statement. The peacekeepers were once again called into action a few hours later following another attack against an IEC office in Bonon. Mr. Koenders also called on the local authorities “to do everything possible to clarify the circumstances” surrounding the attacks and to identify the perpetrators and bring them to justice. The weekend’s legislative by-elections were organized following a decision by the Constitutional Council to annul the results of elections held in December last year in certain constituencies after irregularities were uncovered.The Constitutional Council received 107 complaints of irregularities from 66 constituencies. Eleven complaints were dismissed.UNOCI deployed several other delegations to observe the conduct of the by-elections in various parts of the country.Cote 27 February 2012The top United Nations official in Côte d’Ivoire today strongly condemned two separate attacks against electoral authorities which occurred in the west of the country following this weekend’s legislative by-elections. read more

Aritzia net income triples to 151 million as US revenue climbs

VANCOUVER — Aritzia Inc. says its net income tripled to $15.1 million in its fiscal second quarter compared with last year as the retailer extended its streak of increased comparable sales.The Vancouver-based clothing retailer said Thursday that comparable sales growth climbed 11.5 per cent in the quarter that ended Aug. 26, making for 16 quarters of consecutive growth.It said net revenue was up by 18 per cent to $205.4 million from $174 million in the same quarter last year as it saw sales growth both in stores and online.The company recorded revenue growth of 40 per cent in its U.S. business in a boost of confidence for growth prospects, said company CEO Brian Hill on an analyst call.“We think we’re just at the tip of the iceberg as far as our recognition in the United States, that said it’s growing very healthy and we’re super excited about our business.”The company opened two new full stores in the U.S. in the quarter in San Diego and Washington, D.C., as well as a pop-up shop in San Jose, Calif. It also opened a new store in Waterloo, Ont.Hill said the company will focus future store openings in the U.S. where it has a pipeline of locations in the works.Adjusted net income excluding one-time items grew to $18.3 million or 16 cents per diluted share, up from $10.4 million or nine cents per share a year earlier.Aritzia said its financial picture has benefited from improved product costs, the weakening of the U.S. dollar compared with last year, and a sales shift towards exclusive brands. Increased warehousing and distribution costs weighed on results.Some key material costs are also providing a challenge for the company, said Hill.“We are continuing to face increasing raw material costs, particularly wool, down, and polyester. We have already seen the cost of wool increase 25 per cent over the past year.”Hill said severe drought in Australia was helping to drive up wool costs, but that costs savings elsewhere have helped them avoid price increases.“We’re hesitant to increase our prices and pass those costs back on to the consumer.”The company says it has 90 stores in Canada and the U.S. as well as its e-commerce business.Companies in this story: (TSX:ATZ) read more

Federal election 2019 roundup Trudeau is not dressed as Aladdin hes dressed

Showing clips of Trudeau’s late-night press conference aboard the Liberal campaign plane, Noah said Trudeau “hopped on his magic carpet and flew straight to a press conference to apologize.”Noah focused on the sheer extent of the scandal and Trudeau’s “enthusiasm.” Multiple photos and a video have surfaced and, in all of them, Trudeau seems to be covered from head to toe in dark make-up.“He’s wearing jeans, but he still did the legs. This guy’s committed,” said Noah.“Besides being problematic, it also sounds like Justin Trudeau would be the most annoying guy on Halloween,” Noah said.The show even ran a minute-long skit about the incident, riffing on recent gun confiscation schemes proposed in the United States, about a “mandatory buyback” of dark makeup from white people.Watch the full video below:Justin Trudeau’s blackface and brownface photos make for the worst #tbt imaginable.— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) September 20, 2019 8:30 a.m. — Scheer promises new MRI and CT machinesConservative leader Andrew Scheer wanted to talk this morning about his party’s promise to spend $1.5 billion on new MRI and CT machines to replace old equipment across the country.The questions from reporters, though, mainly centred on gun control and Scheer’s past comments on same sex marriage.With the Liberals expected to make a gun control announcement in Toronto this morning, Scheer said he’s not sold on a blanket ban on semi-automatic weapons and supported a robust regime of screening and safety regulations instead.8:00 a.m. — The Liberal campaigns tries to get back on trackLiberal leader Justin Trudeau will make a policy announcement and take questions from reporters at 10:30 a.m. in Toronto this morning.Conservative leader Andrew Scheer will be in New Brunswick this morning where he will make a policy announcement and take questions at 9 a.m. local time. Scheer will finish his day in Nova Scotia.NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh will make an announcement this morning on pharmacare in Windsor. He’ll stay in the city all day, wrapping up with a town hall in the evening.Green Party leader Elizabeth May will be in Calgary on Friday morning for a policy announcement, before joining youth climate strikers in the city. Trevor Noah addresses Justin Trudeau’s blackface scandal on The Daily Show. It’s day ten of the election campaign and the agenda starts with an early announcement from Andrew Scheer. In this live story, we’ll be tracking the campaign news as it happens.2:00 p.m. — A look inside Battleground BramptonIn 2011, the Tories nearly swept Brampton. In 2015, the Liberals had their turn. And this year, the Greater Toronto Area suburb is up for grabs, thanks to some big changes in the federal scene:In Brampton, the rise of Jagmeet Singh to the NDP’s leadership changes the dynamic considerably. Singh has big name recognition, a strong ground organization and a history of winning elections here. It means that Brampton — with its five crucial seats swept by the Liberals last election — is likely to be a three-way fight this time around.National Post reporter Brian Platt takes you inside the battleground.12:00 p.m. — In light of Trump comments, Trudeau says he’s focusing on CanadiansLiberal leader Justin Trudeau was asked about U.S. President Donald Trump’s comments about his blackface scandal, but he didn’t directly respond to the president’s words.Trudeau says he wants to focus on Canadians and, most importantly, people who were wounded or disappointed by the blackface images that came to light on Wednesday.In the Oval Office this morning, Trump said he was “surprised” by Trudeau’s blackface scandal and was “more surprised when I saw the number of times” it had happened.“I was hoping I wouldn’t be asked that question,” said Trump.President Donald Trump said he was “surprised” by photos of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in blackface— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) September 20, 2019 11:45 a.m. — Trudeau announces Liberal gun control planIn Toronto this morning, Liberal leader Justin Trudeau announced an extensive new gun control policy.“Gun crime in Canada is on the rise. It’s a fact. Quite frankly I don’t understand how someone could look at this trend and think we need less gun control,” said Trudeau, flanked by more than a dozen Liberal candidates.The Liberal plan will ban all military-style assault rifles, including the AR-15. Trudeau says the government will work with the provinces and territories “to give municipalities the ability to further restrict — or ban — handguns.”The plan will also prevent people suspected of posing a danger to themselves or others from acquiring new firearms — also referred to as “red flag laws” — and will require that everyone importing ammunition must show proof of a valid firearms license. The Liberals will also beef up safe-storage laws.11:30 a.m. — Singh wants to put the focus on ‘the people who have been impacted’NDP leader Jagmeet Singh promoted the party’s plan on universal pharmacare in Windsor this morning and again addressed Liberal leader Justin Trudeau’s blackface scandal.“With this incident of brownface and blackface, I’ve really wanted to put the focus on the people who have been impacted,” said Singh. “This behaviour of mocking the reality of Canadians is also seen in polices.”In the last two days, Singh has repeatedly drawn a parallel between the blackface images and an event in May where Trudeau mocked protesters from the Grassy Narrows First Nation, who were concerned about mercury poisoning in their community.Singh said he has had protesters disrupt his events with hateful and even Islamophobic comments (although Singh is Sikh).“People might say it was okay for me to mock that person. I never did. I don’t believe in that,” said Singh.Singh said the Grassy Narrows incident illuminates a deeper problem with Trudeau and his government, that the public comments are very different from what they say in private.“To me, that shows that to him, it is okay to mock people for their struggles,” said Singh. “That is something that is deeply troubling.”11:00 a.m. — Trump ‘surprised’ by Trudeau’s blackface scandalU.S. President Donald Trump said he was “surprised” by Justin Trudeau’s blackface scandal and was “more surprised when I saw the number of times” it had happened.Trump in Oval says he was hoping he wouldn’t be asked about the Trudeau blackface controversy, adds that he was “surprised” and “more surprised when I saw the number of times”via our man from Canada @josh_wingrove— Justin Sink (@justinsink) September 20, 2019 9:30 a.m. — ‘Trudeau is not dressed as Aladdin, he’s dressed as Aladdin doing blackface’Last night Trevor Noah, the host of the Daily Show, sunk his teeth into the blackface scandal currently upending the Canadian election campaign.“First of all, it’s obviously never okay to do blackface. And secondly, if you are going to darken your skin at least get the colour right. Trudeau is not dressed as Aladdin, he’s dressed as Aladdin doing blackface,” said Noah, during his monologue. read more

World must help people of Central African Republic not tomorrow – today

“Like its stranded airport refugees, the Central African Republic is in dire need of a ticket out of its misery,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in an op-ed today for The Washington Post on his recent trip to the country, where a 2012 rebel-led coup has given way to brutal sectarian violence and massive human rights violations that have in turn displaced hundreds of thousands of people and left 2.2 million- half the population- in need of humanitarian aid.While protected by international troops, the displaced people are exposed to disease, malnutrition and untold horrors beyond the gates. Food is scarce, malaria could spread and the rainy season will only exacerbate the problems.“Women and men shared horrific accounts of gang rapes, extortion and brutality. One mother told me how young children have suddenly begun imitating adults with weapons,” elaborated the UN chief.The past year has brought, in quick succession, the violent overthrow of the Government, the total collapse of State institutions and a descent into lawlessness and sectarian brutality.Mr. Ban attested, “the implosion of the State has created a set of challenges that is undermining stability and security across an already-fragile region.”As most of CAR’s minority Muslims have fled, ethno-religious cleansing is changing the country’s landscape.“I met hundreds outside the Central Mosque in the devastated PK5 neighborhood of Bangui. The road outside was lined with trucks laden with their last possessions,” Mr. Ban said. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited the Central African Republic on 5 April to shine a light on the crisis in the country. He met both with internally displaced people and representatives of the National Transitional Council. Photos: BINUCA/Balepe Mokosso Dany ‹ › In a few scattered places, vulnerable communities have gathered in camps and protected zones – but they are in danger of attack and seized with one sole objective of escaping. On veut la partition, read the signs: We want partition.One young man explained that while they did not want to leave, they wouldn’t stay simply to die.“People should not have to beg for partition in order to feel safe,” argued the Secretary-General.In a country the size of Texas, about 8,000 African Union (AU) and French troops are all that stand between order and anarchy.“They need help,” stressed Mr. Ban.The Security Council has just approved the deployment of 10,000 troops and almost 2,000 police for a new United Nations peacekeeping mission for the Central African Republic.This is a welcome and highly anticipated step by the Central Africans, but the mission will not fully deploy until September – and time is not on the side of the vulnerable.“More security assistance is needed during this vital intervening period before the peacekeeping mission is fully operational,” Mr. Ban explained.Until the UN peacekeepers are deployed, support for the AU and French forces is crucial. The Secretary-General has urged the European Union to provide troop reinforcements, which have already begun.“Action must come on two other fronts as well,” said Mr. Ban.The transitional Government needs immediate help, including support for getting police, judges and prison guards back to work. At the same time, the country needs an inclusive political process to find the path to peace.The UN chief exhorted, “accountability for atrocious human rights violations is central. The United Nations has sent a commission of inquiry to help advance the process. Religious leaders are also crucial to advancing dialogue and ensuring that evacuated people can return home.”Mr. Ban travelled to the CAR en route to Rwanda for the 20th anniversary of the genocide. “Before leaving, I told the Central African Republic leaders that they must heed the lessons of that epic tragedy, not repeat its mistakes,” Mr. Ban said.One of the religious leaders spoke of the many difficulties facing the country, sharing his fear for the future.“As I saw in Rwanda, communities that have gone through massive national trauma can learn to live together once more in relative harmony,” the Secretary-General said.Mr. Ban made the case that Central Africans rekindle that spirit.“With the support of the international community, the people of the Central African Republic can build a future of reconciliation and peace,” he said.According to Mr. Ban, the international community has an opportunity to help – and an obligation to act.“Not tomorrow – today,” the UN chief concluded. read more