Congress MLA from Manipur Yamthong Haokip was arrested on Friday by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in a missing arms case, according to an official statement. The NIA is probing the case pertaining to theft of 56 pistols and 58 magazines from the Director General (of Police) pool armoury located within the premises of 2nd Manipur Rifles Battalion, Imphal. These weapons went missing between 2016 and early 2017.“Yamthong Haokip was arrested on Friday for his involvement in procuring police pistols illegally and distributing them to different terrorist groups to wage war against the State,” the NIA said in the statement.Remanded in custody Haokip, a member of the Legislative Assembly from Manipur’s Saikul, was produced before a special court in Imphal. He has been remanded in judicial custody, the probe agency said. “Owing to his recent illness, the NIA judge ordered jail authorities to admit him in a government hospital,” it said.During the investigation by the NIA, one of the missing pistols was recovered at Mantri Pukhri in Imphal on July 30, 2018, during the search conducted at the residence of Haokip, besides other incriminating articles, the statement said. During the investigation, sufficient material and other evidence was collected which established the complicity of the MLA in the case, it said. The NIA has recovered 14 weapons till date in the case and the investigation is continuing.
On a high after drawing a Test series on African soil for the first time, India have been left to deal with a couple of injury setbacks as they take on South Africa, sans Test skipper Graeme Smith, in the only Twenty20 International match of the tour in Durban on Sunday.NtiniIn an engrossing Test series, India managed to keep the overall scoreline 1-1 after losing the first, winning the second and drawing the third to maintain their number one status in the ICC rankings.However, the final Test took its toll as opener Gautam Gambhir, who had come back from a hand injury after skipping the second Test, hurt his elbow at Newlands and was ruled out.The other opener Virender Sehwag was already sidelined for the rest of the tour as a precautionary measure due to a sore shoulder which had kept him out of action for quite a few weeks last year as well.Besides Gambhir and Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar is the only renowned opener in the squad but he has played only one T20 international in his career, against South Africa at Johannesburg in 2006.Sunday’s match will also see the return of left-handers Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina in the middle order.A lot of focus will also be on Yuvraj Singh who comes back to the venue where he famously hit six successive sixes against England’s Stuart Broad during the 2007 T20 World Cup.Virat Kohli, who hit three of his four ODI centuries in 2010, and Yusuf Pathan, who cracked his maiden One-day hundred against New Zealand last December, will also return to boost the batting.advertisementAmong bowlers, Zaheer Khan and S Sreesanth will lead the pace attack, which will also have seamers Ashish Nehra, Praveen Kumar and Munaf Patel.In the spin department, offspinner Harbhajan Singh will look to continue his red-hot form, while Ravichandran Ashwin and comeback man Piyush Chawla will look to raise their stake before next month’s World Cup.South Africa, on the other hand, were dealt a severe blow on Friday when Smith was ruled out from Sunday’s match because of hand bruises and the onus now would be on new skipper Johan Botha to inspire the side.The match will be an emotional affair for the South Africans as the Moses Mabhida Stadium, will have pacer Makhaya Ntini playing his last international cricket match.Squads South Africa: Johan Botha (capt), Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers (wkt), JP Duminy, Colin Ingram, David Miller, Makhaya Ntini, Wayne Parnell, Robin Peterson, Graeme Smith, Rusty Theron, Lonwabo Tsotsobe India: MS Dhoni (capt/wkt), Sachin Tendulkar, Murali Vijay, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra, Praveen Kumar, Munaf Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Yusuf Pathan, Piyush Chawla, S Sreesanth.
A private jet carrying a Russian professional hockey team to its first game of the season crashed shortly after takeoff on Wednesday, killing 43 people – including European and former NHL players – in one of the worst aviation disasters in sports history. Two people survived the accident.The crash also was the latest tragedy to befall the sport of hockey – following the sudden, offseason deaths of three of the NHL’s tough-guy enforcers that has shocked fans.The chartered Yak-42 jet was carrying the team – Lokomotiv Yaroslavl – to Minsk, the capital of Belarus, where it was to play Thursday in its opening game of the Kontinental Hockey League season. Of the 45 people on board, 36 were players, coaches and team officials; eight were crew.The plane apparently struggled to gain altitude and then hit a signal tower before breaking apart along the Volga River near Yaroslavl, 150 miles (240 kilometers) northeast of Moscow. One of the blue-and-white plane’s charred engines poked through the surface of the shallow water.”This is the darkest day in the history of our sport,” said Rene Fasel, president of the International Ice Hockey Federation. “This is not only a Russian tragedy – the Lokomotiv roster included players and coaches from 10 nations.”One player – identified as Russian Alexander Galimov – and one unidentified crew member were hospitalized in “very grave” condition, said Alexander Degyatryov, chief doctor at Yaroslavl’s Solovyov Hospital.Among the dead were Lokomotiv coach and NHL veteran Brad McCrimmon, a Canadian; assistant coach Alexander Karpovtsev, one of the first Russians to have his name etched on the Stanley Cup as a member of the New York Rangers; and Pavol Demitra, who played for the St. Louis Blues and the Vancouver Canucks and was the Slovakian national team captain.advertisementOther standouts killed were Czech players Josef Vasicek, Karel Rachunek and Jan Marek, Swedish goalie Stefan Liv, Latvian defenseman Karlis Skrastins and defenseman Ruslan Salei of Belarus.Russian NHL star Alex Ovechkin reflected the anguish that resonated through the sport of hockey when he tweeted: “I’m in shock!!!!!R.I.P.””Though it occurred thousands of miles away from our home arenas, this tragedy represents a catastrophic loss to the hockey world – including the NHL family, which lost so many fathers, sons, teammates and friends,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement.The NHL already has been mourning three unexpected deaths of players in recent months, including a suicide and an accidental drug overdose.The cause of the crash was not immediately apparent, but Russian news agencies cited local officials as saying it may have been due to technical problems. The plane was built in 1993 and belonged to a small Moscow-based company, Yak Service.In recent years, Russia and the other former Soviet republics have had some of the world’s worst air traffic safety records. Experts blame the age of the aircraft, weak government controls, poor pilot training and a cost-cutting mentality.Divers worked feverishly to recover bodies in a search operation that lasted well into the night. They struggled to heft the bodies of large, strong athletes in stretchers up the muddy, steep riverbank.Swarms of police and rescue crews rushed to Tunoshna, a ramshackle village with small wooden houses and a blue-domed church on the banks of the Volga 10 miles (16 kilometers) east of Yaroslavl.Resident Irina Prakhova was walking to the village pump for a bucket of water when she saw the plane going down and then heard a loud bang.”It was wobbling in flight, it was clear that something was wrong,” said Prakhova. “I saw them pulling bodies to the shore, some still in their seats with seatbelts on.”More than 2,000 mourning fans wearing jerseys and scarves and waving team flags gathered in the evening outside Lokomotiv’s arena in Yaroslavl to mourn. Most carried flowers. Riot police stood guard as fans sang to honor the dead athletes.Yaroslavl Gov. Sergei Vakhrukov promised the crowd that the Lokomotiv team would be rebuilt, prompting anger from some fans at a perceived lack of respect for the dead.The Kontinental Hockey League has 24 professional teams across Russia, Belarus, Latvia, Kazakhstan and Slovakia that draws players from the NHL and European leagues. Lokomotiv is a leading force in Russian hockey and came third in the KHL last year. It was also a three-time Russian League champion in 1997, 2002 and 2003.”We will do our best to ensure that hockey in Yaroslavl does not die, and that it continues to live for the people that were on that plane,” said Russian Ice Hockey Federation President Vladislav Tretiak.advertisementMcCrimmon, who took over as coach in May, was most recently an assistant coach with the Detroit Red Wings, and played for years in the NHL for Boston, Philadelphia, Detroit, Calgary, Hartford and Phoenix.Detroit coach Mike Babcock said McCrimmon “wanted to be a head coach, so he went to Russia to do it.”A game Wednesday between Salavat Yulaev and Atlant in the central Russian city of Ufa was called off in mid-match after news of the crash was announced. Russian TV showed an empty arena in Ufa as grief-stricken fans abandoned the stadium.Russia was hoping to showcase Yaroslavl as a modern and vibrant city this week at an international forum attended by heads of state, including Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, so the crash came as a particularly bitter blow. The forum is being held in the hockey stadium.Many in the Czech Republic also took the news hard.”Jan Marek, Karel Rachunek, and Josef Vasicek contributed greatly to the best successes of our ice hockey in the recent years, first of all to the golden medals at the world championships in 2005 and 2010,” said Tomas Kral, the president of the Czech ice hockey association. “The were excellent players, but also great friends and personalities. That’s how we will remember them.”In the western Slovak city of Trencin, where Demitra started his career and where he played during the 2004-05 NHL lockout, hundreds of fans gathered outside an arena Wednesday night to light candles in his memory.Medvedev has announced plans to take aging Soviet-built planes out of service starting next year. The short- and medium-range Yak-42 has been in service since 1980 and about 100 are still being used by Russian carriers.In past plane crashes involving sports teams, 75 Marshall University football players, coaches, fans and airplane crew died in West Virginia on Nov. 14, 1970, while returning from a game. Thirty-six of the dead were players.Thirty members of a Uruguayan rugby club were killed in a crash in the Andes in 1972.The entire 18-member U.S. figure skating team died in a crash on their way to the 1961 world championships in Brussels, and 18 members of the Torino soccer team died near Turin, Italy, in a 1949 crash.In 1980, 14 members of the U.S. amateur boxing team were killed in a crash in Warsaw, Poland.A plane crash in 1950 near the Russian city of Sverdlovsk, now called Yekaterinburg, killed 13 players and officials in the Soviet air force’s ice hockey squad. A Munich air crash in 1958 cost eight Manchester United players their lives.
Bayern München Heynckes praises James’ creativity after RB Leipzig win Dejan Kalinic Last updated 2 years ago 10:20 10/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) CHRISTOF STACHE Bayern München Bayern München v RB Leipzig RB Leipzig Bundesliga The former Madrid man’s performance for Bayern Munich in a win impressed his head coach Bayern Munich head coach Jupp Heynckes praised James Rodriguez for his creativity in his side’s 2-0 win over RB Leipzig.James, on loan from Real Madrid, opened the scoring at Allianz Arena on Saturday for what was just his second goal for Bayern.Leipzig 12/5 to beat Porto Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The Colombia international has two goals and an assist in five Bundesliga games and Heynckes liked what he saw as his side moved top of the table.”He had a great game. He had a lot of touches and showed he has a lot of creativity when it comes to playing football,” he told a news conference.”But I’m a coach who always wants more and we’ll put in some more work, not only with him, but with the entire team.#Heynckes on @jamesdrodriguez : “He played brilliantly, always working for his teammates. That’s exactly what I want from him.” #FCBRBL pic.twitter.com/Bj3JxDlObV — FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) October 28, 2017 “You always notice some things that need improving and we haven’t always had much time to train well, to set a certain focus, or work on the tactical schemes or on set-pieces because we’ve been playing on a Wednesday and Saturday rhythm.”Bayern have little time before their next outing – a trip to Celtic in the Champions League on Tuesday.
State of the rugby nations: Guardian writers’ verdicts on the June Tests “Having lived in the country for four years, I do not see myself as an outsider but a Welsh coach,” said Pivac, who was on holiday in New Zealand when the WRU chief executive, Martyn Phillips, rang last week to offer him the job. “I would not have put myself through the process if I did not feel it was something I could do and was really passionate about.“It is an advantage to know regional rugby as I do and I felt comfortable putting my name forward. Warren has had success and that is what I will strive to achieve. People at the Scarlets probably felt we were a wee bit off a couple of years ago but with hard work you can achieve great things. With the talent there is in Wales, as was seen on the recent successful tour to Argentina, we have the opportunity to do well.”Pivac will remain with the Scarlets next season, giving the region time to find his successor, when he will have nothing to do with Wales. The WRU envisages putting him on the payroll in July next year when he will decide his coaching team and start planning for the 2023 World Cup. He is likely to call on Jones, who will also be a candidate to take over at the Scarlets. news Sign up to the Breakdown for the latest rugby union news Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Wayne Pivac has been appointed Wales’s head coach but will not take up the position for 15 months. The 55-year-old New Zealander, who has spent the last four years with the Scarlets, will succeed Warren Gatland after next year’s World Cup, with the Welsh Rugby Union moving early to avoid a frenzy of speculation leading up to the tournament in Japan.Four of the last six full-time Wales coaches have been New Zealanders, starting with Graham Henry in 1998, the year he also invited Pivac to become one of his assistants at Auckland. He was succeeded by Steve Hansen, the current New Zealand head coach, and Gatland took over after the 2007 World Cup.“We have secured the best man for the job and we have done so rigorously and decisively to the collective benefit of all involved in Welsh rugby,” WRU chief executive Martyn Phillips said. Read more Support The Guardian Since you’re here… Wales rugby union team Share on Twitter Topics Share via Email Pivac, who coached Fiji at international level from 2004 to 2007, has been in charge at the Scarlets for the past four seasons, having initially been assistant to Simon Easterby. Under Pivac the Scarlets won the Pro12 title in 2017 and were pipped by Leinster when defending their title in the recently completed season. They also lost to Leinster in the semi-finals of this year’s European Champions Cup.Pivac will continue as Scarlets boss until the end of the 2018/19 season and will not officially come under WRU employment until July 2019, with Gatland leading Wales into the World Cup. Gatland’s 12-year reign will make him the nation’s longest-serving and most successful head coach. “I know I’m following in the footsteps of someone who is held in extremely high regard, not only by the Welsh public but also by the players who have played under him,” Pivac said. “I will be doing my best to protect the legacy which Warren Gatland, with the help of those players, will inevitably leave behind. It will be an almighty challenge, but one that I’m more than ready for.” “Both Wayne and Warren and their coaching teams, our international players, supporters and everyone at the Scarlets now have clarity and there is no underestimating the positive benefit to be gained from having the time to plan properly for the future. “We have avoided the feeding frenzy that can come at the end of a World Cup year and we have been meticulous in ensuring we have someone of the talent, experience, charisma and rugby acumen to do the very best possible job for Welsh rugby. The handover process is something we will plan carefully and commence in detail next summer.” Hansen and Gatland are the only two Wales coaches in the professional era who have left at a time of their choosing. When the WRU learned two years ago that Gatland would not seek a renewal of his contract in 2019, it started an immediate search for his successor that, with time not an issue, saw them interview 10 candidates and speak to a variety of people in the game all over the world to get their views on what made an outstanding coach.“It is fair to say that when we started this process, during the Wales tour to New Zealand in 2016, Wayne was not a leading contender,” said Gareth Davies, the WRU chairman. “But I remember having a game of golf in Wellington with someone I will not name who said that he knew a number of players who had worked with Graham Henry, Steve Hansen and Wayne and they rated Wayne the best of them.”Pivac arrived at the Scarlets four years ago as forwards coach, quickly taking over after head coach Simon Easterby left for Ireland. The region had been struggling but after overseeing a clear-out and bringing in the region’s former international and Lions’ outside-half Stephen Jones to reshape attacking strategy, last year’s then Pro 12 success was followed by a Champions Cup semi-final and another league final, although they lost to Leinster in Dublin on both occasions. Rugby union The Recap: sign up to our weekly email of editors’ picks. Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Scarlets … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. 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Press Trust of India GalleAugust 20, 2019UPDATED: August 20, 2019 11:40 IST Kane Williamson suffered a twin failure with the bat in the 1st Test (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSWilliamson and Dhananjaya’s bowling actions under scrutinyThe match officials report cited concerns about legality of their bowling actionsSri Lanka defeated New Zealand by 6 wickets in the 1st TestNew Zealand captain Kane Williamson and Sri Lanka’s Akila Dananjaya have been reported for suspect bowling action after the first Test between the two sides in Galle, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Tuesday.Both the players are right-arm off-break spinners and their bowling actions came under scrutiny during the opening Test which ended on Sunday.”The match officials’ report, which was handed over to the management of both teams, cited concerns about the legality of the bowling actions of both players,” the ICC statement read.Williamson and Dananjaya will now undergo testing within 14 days from the reporting date (August 18), and, during this period both will be permitted to continue bowling in international cricket until the results of the testing are known.Williamson, 29, bowled just three overs during the second innings of the game which Sri Lanka won by six wickets.He has 29 Test wickets in all to his credit in 73 matches. The Black Caps skipper, much admired for his calm demeanour, is primarily a top-order batsman and bowls occasionally.The 25-year-old Dananjaya, on the other hand, is a budding all-rounder and has played just six Tests for Sri Lanka so far, claiming 33 wickets at an impressive average of 24.81.He had claimed six scalps in the Galle Test, including a five-wicket haul in the first innings.Also Read | Kane Williamson rested, Tim Southee to lead New Zealand in Sri Lanka T20IsAlso 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 Kane WilliamsonFollow Akila DananjayaFollow Sri Lanka vs New Zealand Kane Williamson reported for suspect bowling action during 1st Test vs Sri Lanka New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson just bowled three overs during the second innings of the 1st Test against Sri Lanka in Galle. Sri Lanka spinner Akila Dananjaya has also been reported for suspect action. advertisement
The National Gallery of Jamaica has received the sad news of the passing of Dr the Hon. David Boxer, O.J., one of the Caribbean region’s most eminent and influential art scholars, artists and art collectors.Dr Boxer served the National Gallery for some thirty-seven years, first as Director/Curator and from 1991 to 2013 as Chief Curator.David Wayne Boxer was born in St. Andrew in 1946. A classically trained art historian, he attended Cornell University and then the Johns Hopkins University, where he wrote his doctoral dissertation on the early work of Francis Bacon.He lectured at George Mason University before returning to Jamaica in 1975 to take up the position of Director/Curator of the recently established National Gallery of Jamaica.It was David Boxer’s curatorial and scholarly mission to ensure that Jamaica had its own documented and art history, so that Jamaican art could assert its rightful place within the broader context of world art.He started this process in the mid-1970s with several exhibitions that challenged previous understandings about Jamaican art and articulated a new, comprehensive art-historical narrative that continues to be the standard in the field today.David Boxer’s first exhibition for the National Gallery, Five Centuries of Art in Jamaica(1975) challenged the view that what could rightly be called Jamaican art started with the nationalist unrest of 1938 and argued that art in Jamaica had a much longer history, with which modern Jamaican art existed in dialogue.The second such exhibition The Formative Years: Art in Jamaica 1922-1940 (1978) examined the emergence of modern, nationalist art in Jamaica and identified Edna Manley’s Beadseller (1922) as its symbolic starting point.The third and perhaps most radical element of Boxer’s art history of Jamaica was articulated with The Intuitive Eye (1979) exhibition, in which he placed the self-taught, popular artists he designed as Intuitives at the centre of the national canon.This art- historical narrative was consolidated with the Jamaican Art 1922-1982 exhibition for the Smithsonian in 1983 and also became the basis for the National Gallery’s first permanent exhibition when the Gallery moved to the Roy West building that same year.Many other memorable exhibitions followed, with more than fifty curated by David Boxer himself. The major retrospectives he curated, such as Edna Manley: Sculptor in 1990 and BarringtonWatson: A Retrospective in 2012, stand out as landmarks in the National Gallery’s exhibition history and deepened the scholarship of Jamaican art. Recurrent exhibitions such as the Annual National, which was inaugurated in 1977, and, its successor since 2002, the National Biennial provided an important avenue for the national exposure of many artists, new and established, and contributed actively to the development of art in Jamaica.David Boxer’s vision of Jamaican art also guided the development of the National Gallery’s permanent collection, which has grown from some 230 works of art in 1974 to more than 2,000 works today, and provides an encyclopaedic overview of Jamaican art from the Taino to the present day, as well as a small international collection.He brokered several major donations to the collection that filled important gaps, such as the A.D. Scott Collection in 1989 and the Aaron and Marjorie Matalon Collection in 1999, and he also developed specialized collections within the National Gallery’s collection dedicated to the work of Mallica “Kapo” Reynolds and Edna Manley.David Boxer was one of the leading art scholars in the Caribbean region and arguably the most noted authority on Jamaican art, particularly the work of Edna Manley, Intuitive art and early Jamaican photography.His publications record is substantial and includes several books: a major Edna Manley monograph in 1990, Modern Jamaican Art in 1998, and Jamaica in Black and White in 2013, which was the first major book on early Jamaican photography and which he co-authored with Edward Lucie-Smith. Most recently, he contributed the main research essay to the catalogue of John Dunkley: Neither Day nor Night, a major survey of the paintings and sculptures of the Intuitive master John Dunkley, which opened to the public on May 26, two days before his passing, at the Perez Art Museum in Miami. He also served as curatorial advisor to this important exhibition.David Boxer’s work as a curator and scholar existed in close dialogue with his work as an artist and a private collector. He was self-taught as an artist and his artistic work was infused with art-historical, literary and visual culture references, which he used to comment on issues such as the violence of colonization and slavery, and the existential anxieties of modern life.Boxer worked in a variety of media: painting, collage, print, and assemblage, and he was one of the pioneers in the field of installation and video art in Jamaica. As a private collector, David Boxer amassed one of the most comprehensive collections of Jamaican art, photography, and furniture, as well as a fine collection of rare art books.The Board and Staff of the National offer their sincere condolences to the family and friends of Dr. the Hon. David Boxer, O.J. His contribution to the visual arts of Jamaica and the broader Caribbean is beyond measure and leaves an important, foundational legacy for the National Gallery and the Jamaican artistic community to build on in the future.A public condolence book will be available for signing at the National Gallery from Wednesday, May 30.
zoom The 153,514 dwt containership which ran aground in the Suez Canal on Thursday was refloated in the early morning hours on April 30, according to GAC.The vessel resumed its southbound transit to Suez escorted by five tugs.The ship is “presently anchored in Suez port outer anchorage, without any effects to navigation in Suez port as well to the canal navigation,” GAC Egypt said, adding that there were no reports of damages to the vessel.According to information from the Suez Canal Authority movement section, the Southbound Convoy, currently at Great Bitter lakes, was due to resume transit later that day, while the Northbound Convoy would be rescheduled.The vessel, which was the tenth ship in the Southbound convoy of 20 vessels, ran into trouble due to engine problems.GAC did not disclose the name of the ship to World Maritime News, however, based on the data from Marine Traffic, Portugal-flagged 153,514 dwt containership MSC Fabiola was aground in the Suez while on its way to Salalah, Oman.World Maritime News Staff
zoom NYSE-listed dry bulk owner and operator Scorpio Bulkers has reached agreements with shipyards to reduce the price to be paid under the shipbuilding contracts of four Kamsarmax vessels and two Ultramax vessels by an aggregate of USD 13 million.The bulk carriers in question were scheduled for delivery between the third quarter and the fourth quarter of 2016, however, the company said that it postponed the deliveries of the six ships by approximately one to three months each.These vessels, previously expected to be delivered between September 2016 and November 2016 will now be delivered between October 2016 and January 2017.Scorpio Bulkers said that, pursuant to these delays, USD 59.1 million that was previously expected to be paid to shipyards during the fourth quarter of the year is now expected to be paid in the first quarter of 2017.The company currently owns a fleet of 39 vessels, consisting of 14 Kamsarmax bulkers and 25 Ultramaxes.Upon final delivery of all of the vessels the owned fleet is expected to have a total carrying capacity of around 3.4 million dwt, Scorpio Bulkers said.
Nova Scotia’s diverse creative communities will soon benefit from a partnership that will increase access to funding while helping develop the province’s creative economy. Leonard Preyra, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage, with Barbara Burley, Canada Council for the Arts board member, and Candace Stevenson, Arts Nova Scotia Chair, signed a memorandum of understanding for a three-year partnership. “The arts play a crucial role in Nova Scotia’s cultural vibrancy and economic sustainability,” said Mr. Preyra. “This new partnership will help artists and arts communities that typically face barriers to accessing funding support and artistic growth.” The partnership was announced at an evening reception Thursday, Sept. 20. The partnership between the Canada Council for the Arts and the province boosts support, representation and profile for minority arts communities and helps them access existing funding. “This partnership is a concrete example of the Canada Council’s commitment to improving access for artists from diverse communities,” said Canada Council director and CEO Robert Sirman. “It is an opportunity for us to further recognize the artistic contribution of these artists and arts organizations to the cultural lives of Nova Scotians.” The fund is $450,000 over three years, with the province and the Canada Council each contributing $75,000 annually. Arts Nova Scotia will design and deliver the fund. It will be managed through existing grant programs and by a provincial staff member with specialized knowledge on equity and diversity. “This is a significant moment for the artists and arts communities of Nova Scotia,” said Ms. Stevenson. “Arts Nova Scotia is pleased to develop this program that will provide support to artists and organizations.” Applicants will be evaluated by a peer committee. The Canada Council for the Arts is Canada’s national arts funder. Its grants and payments to artists and arts organizations benefit Canadians by ensuring a vibrant arts sector in Canada. It promotes and advances equity and diversity.
Using charts, graphs and maps, the report entitled “Vital Climate Change Graphics for Latin America and the Caribbean,” produced by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), depicts the major signs of climate change in the region, its physical impacts and calculates current levels of greenhouse gas emissions and possibilities for mitigation.Adverse weather conditions have cost the region more than $40 billion over the past decade, according to the report, which was unveiled at the UN climate change conference in Cancún, Mexico.Produced in collaboration with the Sustainable Development and Human Settlements Division of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and UNEP’s Polar Research Centre, the report also forecasts future climate scenarios for the region.Graphics show that by 2050, rises in the temperature of ocean surfaces will result in more frequent bleaching of coral reefs, with a negative impact on tourism and fishing. In 1970, only a small number of countries in Latin America and the Caribbean were home to mosquitoes that transmit yellow fever, dengue fever and malaria. However, by 2002, the vast majority of the region was affected by these tropical diseases, the report says.It also reveals that although the contribution of Latin America and the Caribbean to greenhouse gas emissions represents only 8 per cent of global emissions – excluding those related to land use change – the expected changes in climate during the present century will have a significant impact on the region.Basing facts on historical analysis of variables such as temperature, precipitation and sea levels, the report outlines for decision makers, academics and the general public the effects and causes of these climate change phenomenon. It shows that countries in the region will require resources and assistance to reduce their vulnerability and enhance their resilience to the harmful impacts of climate change.The report also highlights the growing need for regional coordination and sharing of best practices in drawing up sustainable policies and designing technologies and investment options to reduce harmful gas emissions through expanding the sources of clean and renewable energy, increasing energy efficiency and adopting energy-saving measures.The graphics show the need for rapid advances in reducing emissions resulting from deforestation and forest degradation in order to reverse the negative trends.The report notes that many countries in the region have already initiated policies, investment strategies and solutions to deal with climate change, but those programmes require strengthening at both national and regional levels.Cancun 6 December 2010The number of people in Latin America and the Caribbean affected by extreme weather events, including high temperatures, forest fires, droughts, storms and floods grew from 5 million in the 1970s to more than 40 million between 2000 and 2009, the United Nations said today in a report that graphically details the effects of climate change in those regions.
A senior United Nations official in Kosovo has strongly condemned Saturday night’s grenade attack in North Mitrovica, where nine civilians were injured when an explosive device was thrown at a local café bar. “I am outraged and disappointed at this incident,” said Acting Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Kosovo Steve Schook.Looking to the broader implications of the attack, he said the “senseless act of violence? can serve no one’s interest and jeopardize the future of the people of Kosovo.” The UN has administered the province since 1999 when NATO drove out Yugoslav troops amid ethnic fighting.Mr. Schook congratulated the Police for having quickly apprehended a suspect and expressed appreciation to the leaders of North Mitrovica for assisting law enforcement officials in maintaining calm among the community. “I understand that on Saturday night in critical moments the leadership of the Serbian National Council helped UNMIK Police to keep the situation under control and defuse the tension,” he said.
A lot of people who come to the centre are people going for tests. They may be worried about a diagnosis and it can be a very lonely time – one of the most stressful things is waiting for the results. But people are also very worried about their finances these days and want to know about their entitlements. We’re seeing more and more people coming to us and saying: “I’ve just been diagnosed with cancer, how will I deal with this financially?” To give you an idea of the footfall, there were 4,006 contacts with the Daffodil Centre in the Mater Hospital last year. The Irish Cancer Society is aware – the need for information about cancer and cancer prevention, which is why the Daffodil Centres were set up. We try to walk people affected by cancer through the process they will experience in order to take away the fear of the unknown. So, for example, we have an ‘understanding chemotherapy’ programme for patients and family members on a weekly basis. We bring them to the Day Ward and discuss with them the typical day in the Oncology day Ward – it’s a group session, so they don’t feel alone. The service means so much to people. I’ve just had a lady in – her best friend has been diagnosed – and she was very frightened. But, by talking through it, her fears were lifted. She now knows ways that she can help her friend, what questions to ask, things to be aware of. It’s such a rewarding job – knowing that you can give someone strength by talking to them, or by letting them share their personal experiences. I worked in oncology for many years and, you have less and less time with patients. It’s not the nurses’ or doctors’ fault, there’s just huge time pressure, the services are so busy.Fionnula Keane is a Cancer Information Service Nurse at the Irish Cancer Society’s Daffodil Centre in the Mater Hospital. Staff at the Centre use trusted information, which is invaluable to someone who is worried or has just been diagnosed. So many people have access the internet now and have access to a lot of information – but it’s about having access to the right information. That’s where we come in. Today marks the Irish Cancer Society’s 26th Daffodil Day, which aims to bring support and care to people affected by cancer. Here, Daffodil Centre nurse Fionnuala Keane discusses her work giving free advice and support to patients and their loved-ones – at all stages of the process. THE DAFFODIL CENTRES were set up by the Irish Cancer Society, which is always looking at how to improve services for the community. The centre in the Mater Hospital, where I work, opened an year and a half ago. It’s an emerging service and a lot of people still don’t know about us, which is a shame because it really helps people. Just the other day a man who was transferred from another hospital came in and said: “If only I had known about this place when I got my diagnosis.” In the Centre, we have an area where people can browse and collect information, and also a private area for a consultation. Our role is quite varied, but we’re always available to people – anyone can just walk in and talk to us. You see, when a patient receives a cancer diagnosis, the consultant tells them everything they need to know – but the person doesn’t absorb it all. It’s very stressful for them, they can be in shock.Understanding the experience It’s also very important for family members to understand the process that their loved-one will go through, so it’s not alien to them. A lot of family members want extra information but they don’t want to burden the person who is ill with a lot of questions. We have the time to listen to people. For those who are ill, too, the service gives them information and confidence. Some are unsure about questions they can – or should – ask doctors and nurses. They can run through things with us and we can say “yes, absolutely ask that”, and they feel a little more empowered. When a patient has an appointment with a doctor or nurse, time is very limited so it’s great that they can go in there equipped with the questions they want answered.Giving people strength The people that visit the centre often walk in off the street. They might want to know how they can reduce their risk of developing cancer or how they might change their lifestyle; they might be people worried about a genetic risk (although only a small proportion of society has a genetic risk); they might be people with symptoms – for example a cough that hasn’t cleared up or with a mole they’re concerned about. People come into the centres for a variety of reasons – it could be because they are worried about potential symptoms of cancer or side-effects to treatment, for example. It’s a free service and open to the general public. You can just walk in, without a referral, and we can talk you through your concerns.Helping at every stage of the process If the Daffodil Centre service wasn’t there, someone with those questions or concerns may not know when they should seek medical advice. We give them information and tell them how to access services. We can advise them if it’s necessary to see a doctor . I’m a qualified cancer nurse with a long background in oncology and we also have 20 specially trained volunteers at the centre. The volunteers are an essential part of this service; their role is to meet and greet people coming into the centre and, if the visitor needs more information, they can refer them to me.The stress of waiting
Greek Education Minister Fofi Gennimata this week announced plans to radically overhaul the current system for state-assisted teaching of the Greek language abroad, whose cost had jumped by 22 million euro between 2004 and 2009. The Greek state currently funds the teaching of Greek in 72 countries, 57 of which have Greek Studies departments at university level. During an education ministry press conference, Gennimata said that an outline of the government proposals would be unveiled for the start of public dialogue in early March, leading to a draft bill in May to rationalise both funding and the secondment of teachers abroad. She stressed that there would be no surprise measures during the coming school year, since there was provision for a transitional period. The proposed dialogue on a system to support the teaching and learning of Greek in foreign countries will focus on 10 main areas. These will include assessment of teaching, administrative reorganisation of Greek-community schools, greater transparency, cooperation between diaspora communities and the teachers sent from Greece, promoting forms of Greek-language education that are part of the educational system of the host-country, developing cultural centres to promote Greek culture, social networking, developing the cross-cultural identity of expatriates, developing pre-school programmes and boosting Greek studies and research at foreign universities. Gennimata also referred extensively to the problems with the current system, especially emphasising the way that political affiliations had dominated the appointment of teachers abroad, many of whom were not actually qualified to teach language courses but specialised in subjects such as music, art or sports. Others, meanwhile, had an inadequate grasp of the language used in the host-country. She also highlighted the very high cost of the system, noting the payroll cost for teachers detached abroad had risen from 38 million euro for 1,650 teachers in 2004 to 46 million euro for 2,350 teachers in 2009. After factoring in the additional cost of supply teachers to replace those sent abroad, the total additional cost to the state rose to 22 million euro, she claimed. The minister stressed problems such as inability to effectively monitor the running of schools abroad, leading to abuses of public money, or the fact that Greek-language schools often did not grant qualifications equivalent to those of the host-country and their students were only able to apply to universities in Greece in a special category. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
A Vancouver lawyer who fired shots at a Beaverton, Ore., lawyer’s office in December 2017 was sentenced Wednesday to 1½ years in prison.Online court records show 43-year-old Erik Graeff pleaded guilty in October in Washington County, Ore., Circuit Court to unlawful use of a weapon and recklessly endangering another person. A second count of unlawful use of a weapon was dismissed.The court also imposed two years of supervised release in Graeff’s case and barred him from contacting the victims’ places of employment, court records say.Graeff was arrested and booked Feb. 28 into the Washington County Jail following a search of his Vancouver home in the Shumway neighborhood.The arrest stemmed from the Dec. 21 shooting at a Beaverton law firm, according to a search warrant affidavit.
Having scored the goal that gave Crystal Palace a win against Manchester City, Luka Milivojevic is hoping that his sides next two matches will be victorious.Basking in the euphoria of their 3-2 win against City, Milivojevic is excited and says he would celebrate with family even though still have two matches before the year ends.How Joe Ward thanks his faith for his football Manuel R. Medina – September 13, 2019 Crystal Palace defender, Joel Ward, has thanked his Christian faith for helping him play football professionally and he explains why.“You prepare in a different way because of the opponents, you see we had to defend a lot and we knew we would only have a few changes because this team don’t give you a lot of space but we convert two goals from the three or four counter-attacks we had and what can you say when you come here and take three points against one of the best teams in the league,” he said as quoted by club’s official website.“I am going to celebrate with my family but we have two more games before the end of the year, both at home, and I am hoping we can give the fans more reasons to celebrate in those matches.”
Hyderabad: Telangana Rashtra Samiti is now gearing up for municipal elections by bringing amendments to the Municipal Act. The Government would soon bring in an ordinance in a week after discussing it in the State cabinet. According to sources, this was disclosed by Chief Minister and TRS president K Chandrashekar Rao in the party’s state executive meeting held at Telangana Bhavan on Thursday. Also Read – Solve farmers problems, demands Congress in Kamareddy Advertise With Us The chief minister along with ministers and important leaders of the party renewed their membership at counters arranged at the party office. The municipal election issue came in for discussion in the meeting as the chief minister asked the party workers to be ready for municipal elections whenever they come. Sources said that when former minister J Ramanna and another MLA Anjaiah Yadav said that people were fed up with successive elections and while they were advising the TRS chief of postponing the polls, KCR told them that they were in fact fed up with elections and not people. Also Read – Woman found dead, relatives stage dharna in Kamareddy Advertise With Us KCR said there was no opposition to TRS in the State and people were with the party and they would honour TRS whenever there are elections, said sources. He recalled that the people gave majority of seats in the ZPTC and MPTC elections and all the ZP chairpersons and asked them to keep their focus on the civic polls. Sources said that the chief minister was for bringing in amendment to the Municipal Act for taking up elections at any time after July. For this, the government may bring in an ordinance after discussing it in the State cabinet, which would be held in a week’s time. Advertise With Us The TRS chief wanted the party leaders to actively take part in the membership drive and make sure every house has at least one TRS member. Each of the state executive members was given responsibility of two constituencies. Each of the MLAs’ constituency in-charges was given membership books for enrolling 50,000 members having a target of 60 lakh members. The TRS president asked the party leaders not to make any unwanted comments in the interviews/ debates on television channels. He said that the leaders who are empanelled by the party only should talk to media and take part in the TV debates. The party would soon release a list of leaders who would be attending the media debates, said sources. The CM was unhappy with the leaders having different versions in different debates and asked the leaders not to talk to media till the list is released by the party. The chief minister asked the newly-elected Zilla Parishad Chairpersons to work effectively. He wanted the chairpersons to ensure that there is no corruption and added that the government would take severe action against the officials involved in corruption by bringing strict laws through amendments. The chief minister said that since the Kaleshwaram and Mission Bhagiratha works were completed, he would now concentrate on the Palamur Rangareddy Lift Irrigation projects.
MOSCOW: The U.S. and British embassies in Moscow said on Wednesday that Russia has refused visas to teachers at a school that educates diplomats’ children. Ambassador Jon Huntsman that Russia hasn’t issued visas to 30 new teachers who are due to arrive next month and adds “children should not be used as pawns in diplomatic disputes.” He added the school may “look at the possible dis enrollment of some new and returning students” if it can’t hire enough teachers. Also Read – Prominent Hong Kong activists targeted in wave of arrests Advertise With Us The British Embassy in Moscow confirmed the reports, calling the Russian government’s decision not to issue visas “unfortunate.” The Anglo-American School has around 1,100 children from over 60 countries, including some children of wealthy Russians. Founded in 1949, the school is overseen by the U.S., British and Canadian embassies. In 2016, Russian President Vladimir Putin invited U.S. diplomats’ children to New Year celebrations at the Kremlin, shortly after the Foreign Ministry denied a CNN report that it planned to close the school. Russia has for years tried to get the U.S to roll back the restrictions it imposed on the Russian diplomatic mission at the end of the Barack Obama administration when the Russia mission’s two countryside estates, in New York and Maryland were shut down.
When a developer makes a new video game it goes through a number of iterations, with playable versions known as “builds” being released internally and/or to publishers. This has always been the case, even as far back as the first games consoles.While these builds are never publicly released, sometimes one is discovered by accident, for example, when a development kit gets sold on eBay and it was left on the hard drive or included discs. What no one expected, was that a build of the original The Legend of Zelda for the NES/Famicon (a.k.a. Zelda no Densetsu) would be discovered, let alone released for public consumption. But that is what seems to have happened.Comparisons have already started between the prototype build and the final game. What’s clear right away is the prototype is a much easier game. Rooms have less enemies, less hearts are required for specific things such as the Magical Sword, and specific enemies are much easier to kill. For example:Armor Knights take much longer to come to life in the prototype. The waiting time was reduced from 128 frames to 60 frames.Moldorm has 1 HP per segment in the prototype, but 2 in the final version. Likewise, the Blue Wizzrobe got its health buffed from 8 HP to 10 HP.Both Wizzrobes’ beams do less damage in the prototype. The Blue Wizzrobe’s beams went from 1 Heart to 2 Hearts of damage, and the Orange Wizzrobe from 2 Hearts to 4(!) Hearts.The image below gives two comparisons of how things are different in the prototype build (seen on the left):Full details of all the differences with the final game will be documented on The Cutting Room Floor. If you have the means, the prototype build is downloadable from the link below.Read more at the Lost Levels forums
Ray lovers of the Capital can rejoice. Apur Sansar — the last part of the Apu Trilogy — is all set to be screened in the city. Though the film has been out in DVDs and VCDs now, but nothing beats the magic of watching the cinematic frames of ray on the giant screen. Which cinema lover can forget the scene where Soumitra Chatterjee comes face to face with his abandoned son?But the feast does not stop there.Also to be screened are Rituparno Ghosh’s award-winning film Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Dahan and Utpalendu Chakraborty’s Chokh. All these are a part of the Regional Film Festival — a three day film extravaganza that is being organised by the Delhi government.’Delhi patronises people from across the country. People from every region could be benefited by witnessing selected movies from their own soil and language. This has been the prime motive behind the idea,’ said JP Singh, assistant secretary, Sahitya Kala Parishad. Apur Sansar, which stars Soumitra Chatterjee and Sharmila Tagore, will be screened on the first day. This is the last part of the Apu trilogy and has beautiful poignant moments of romance between Sharmila and Chatterjee. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixDahan, to be screened on Day 2, is based on Suchitra Bhattacharya’s story of the same name. It shows the struggle of Indrani Halder struggle with the patriarchal mentality of the society. When a newly married couple (played by Rituparna Sengpta and Abhishek Chatterjee) is attacked on the road and the woman molested, none save for Jhinuk (played by Halder), comes forward to their rescue. Sengupta and Halder jointly picked up the National Award for their role.DETAILAt: Siri fort Auditorium IIWhen: 26-28 November Timings: 6.30 pm