Team India to sport new kit during World T20

first_imgNew Delhi, March 3 (PTI) The Indian mens and womens cricket teams will take the field in the upcoming World Twenty20 Championships wearing brand new kits unveiled by Nike today. The design features a new collar which has a clear Asian influence, while four-way stretch pants includes articulated patterning on the knee to withstand aggressive play.”Bold with a contemporary stripped motif, the kits express the excitement and responsibility the players feel when representing their country,” says Mithali Raj, captain, Women cricket team.While commenting upon the new jersey Indian batsman Ajinkya Rahane said that donning the signature blue is a proud moment for a player representing the country.”Wearing the kit and playing for the country is an overwhelming feeling, which is impossible to express in words. Whenever I put on the blue, the feeling is altogether different,” he said. Both men and women, will be officially using the jersey from March 15. PTI AQS PM PMlast_img read more

Pogba and Martial withdraw from France squad

first_imgManchester United pair Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial have both been ruled out of France’s squad for their upcoming round of international fixtures.It has been confirmed that Pogba and Martial would miss out with thigh and adductor complaints respectively, with Arsenal’s Alexandre Lacazette and Tottenham’s Moussa Sissoko called up as replacements.Pogba picked up a knock during Wednesday’s 2-1 Champions League comeback win against Juventus in Turin, and was unable to fully recover in time for Sunday’s Manchester derby, with the midfielder watched United’s 3-1 defeat from the stands. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Martial did feature, and provided Jose Mourinho’s side with a lifeline when he converted from the penalty spot just shy of the hour mark. Withdrawal from the squad will come as a heavy blow to the winger, whose impressive form at club level has earned him a first call-up since March.The 22-year-old missed out on World Cup glory over the summer, with his exclusion from Didier Deschamps’ squad taken by many as an indicator of the winger’s inconsistency last season and the wealth of talent at the national manager’s disposal.So far this campaign Martial has provided glimpses of the player he has the potential to become, scoring six goals in his last five outings, including a double in the feisty 2-2 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.Speaking of his decision to recall Martial to the national team setup, Deschamps said: “He has incredible potential, but does not always show it regularly.”What he is doing in Manchester now is closer to what he is able to do.”He added: ”He is still a young player, but one who, I hope, is seeing the importance he has taken in Manchester in recent weeks.”France will also be without two of their World Cup winning back four for their upcoming matches, with both Raphael Varane and Lucas Hernandez set to miss out with muscle injuries.last_img read more

Papastathopoulos: I’m Working to Get Back as Soon as Possible

first_imgSource: ANA-MPATweetPinShare0 Shares LONDON – Sokratis Papastathopoulos sent a message to Arsenal fans saying, “I’m working to get back as soon as possible” after his injury during the course of Arsenal’s 1-3 defeat to Manchester United in the FA Cup.The 30-year-old Greek international central defender, uploaded a photograph to Instagram, showing him at home, embracing his child while he was recuperating from his injury.Sokratis was replaced by Mustafi at the Emirates Stadium in the 21′ minute of action. Sokratis appeared to have injured in the ankle. Arsenal F.C. made it publicly known that Sokratis will not be able to train until the end of February, which means he will miss the matches against Cardiff City, Manchester City, Huddersfield, Southampton and Bournemouth.last_img read more

A recap of Week 3 in the Big 12

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! USATSI_8083651_154512258_lowresIt was an interesting weekend for the Big 12, to say the least.Clint Trickett is going to win the Heisman, and maybe Texas isn’t so bad after all. The top teams in the league took care of business, while some of the hybrid (good or bad, we aren’t sure yet) teams suffered a setback.Let’s take a quick look around the Big 12, and examine how teams performed. Oh yeah, Big 12 play starts next week.Oklahoma State vs UTSAIn Daxx Garman’s first start since Apollo 13, the Cowboys were victorious over the Roadrunners in a game that was never really in question.Garman went 16-30 with 315 yards on the day while also throwing for two TD’s, including this gem to Brandon Sheperd.The Cowboy offense looked great on a few drives, but that seemed to be the exception. Between Daxx’s constant bombs and Tyreek never really making his presence felt, the offense never established any sort of rhythm of identity.The Cowboy defense, however, looked very stout. UTSA was held to only 206 total yards and 11 first downs the entire evening. Gundy and the gang will have a bye week to figure things out before Texas Tech comes to town next Thursday.Final ResultOklahoma State – 43UTSA – 13This WeekByeOklahoma vs TennesseeIn what was billed as another edition of Bob Stoops against the SEC, the Sooners looked like the favorite to win the Big 12in their first real challenge of the young season.Trevor Knight and the Oklahoma offense looked solid, racking up 454 total yards on the evening. Knight went 20-33 with 308 yards and one TD, while also adding one TD on the ground. The three-headed Sooner rushing attack (Ford, Perine, Ross) had another respectable night on the ground, rushing for a combined 129 yards and one TD.Mike Stoops’ defense held Justin Worley and the Tennessee offense to only 313 total yards, while also forcing three turnovers. The Sooners look like a complete team poised to snag one of the four playoff spots come December.This type of performance, especially against his favorite conference, has Coach Stoops doing some type of jig.Final ResultOklahoma – 34Tennessee – 10This Week@ West VirginiaBaylor at BuffaloNot a whole lot to say about this one, other than Baylor did what they should have done. Bryce Petty looked healthy, as he racked up 416 yards and 4 TDs through the air in only three quarters. Shock Linwood added 97 yards and 2 TDs on the ground for the Bears.KD Cannon continued to look electrifying, as he hauled in 6 receptions for 189 yards and 1 TD.Baylor wasn’t really tested in their three non-conference games, but they were impressive nonetheless. I don’t see the Bears having any trouble until their matchup with Oklahoma in Norman on November 8th.Final ResultBaylor – 63Buffalo – 21This WeekByeWest Virginia at MarylandDana and the Mountaineers redeemed themselves after last year’s beat down at the hands of the Terps. In a game that saw West Virginia blow a 28-6 lead in a way that only a Dana-coached team would do, a late field goal by Josh Lambert allowed them to escape College Park with a victory.Clint Trickett had himself a day, going 37-49 with 511 yards and 4 TD’s. 216 of those yards went to Kevin White, who is quickly emerging as one of the Big 12’s top targets.The West Virginia defense did look susceptible at times, giving up several big plays that allowed the Terps to climb back into the game late. The Mountaineers look like they could have a say in the outcome of the Big 12 this year, and we could find out just how much this week against Oklahoma.Final ResultWest Virginia – 40Maryland – 37This WeekOklahoma @ homeKansas at DukeIs this matchup some sort of sick joke in regard to college basketball season? If so, I hope the basketball version doesn’t disappoint quite as much.Duke racked up 511 total yards, including 245 on the ground from freshman running back Shaun Wilson. Jayhawk QB, Montell Cozart, went 11-27 and only 89 yards as the offense never got rolling. This was the 25th straight road loss for Kansas, and things don’t seem to be getting any better.Screen Shot 2014-09-15 at 11.04.48 AMFinal ResultDuke – 41Kansas – 3This WeekCentral Michigan @ homeIowa State at IowaOnce again, why does Iowa State do this to their fans? Are they good, or are they not?One week after taking K-State to the brink, the Cyclones got a last-second victory this week over Iowa to secure the Cy-Hawk Trophy.Cyclone QB, Sam Richardson, had another impressive day, going 25-37 with 255 yards and 2 TD’s. In what was a defensive struggle most of the day, the Iowa State defense held Iowa to 275 total yards while also forcing two turnovers. It was a Cole Netten field goal with two seconds left that finished off the Cyclone rally.Iowa State is going to give several teams in the Big 12 trouble, especially when those teams travel to Ames (what a great name for a city, by the way).USATSI_8083617_154512258_lowres Final ResultIowa State – 20Iowa – 17This WeekByeTexas Tech vs ArkansasI think Jonathan Williams and Co. are still scoring touchdowns. The Tech defense was horrid, allowing 438 rushing yards and 7 TD’s to the Razorback offense.Is it bad when the opposing QB throws for 61 yards and you still get beat by 21 points?The Tech offense also sputtered at times, with Davis Webb only throwing for 252 yards. I said it last week, but I just don’t see the same swagger in this year’s Red Raiders.Davis Webb looks apprehensive, which obviously isn’t a plus in Kliff Kingsbury’s offense. Like Oklahoma State, Tech has a bye week to get things figured out on both sides of the ball.Final ResultArkansas – 49Texas Tech – 28This WeekByeTCU vs MinnesotaTCU took care of business Saturday as the Golden Gophers made the trek to Fort Worth. The Horned Frog defense look solid, holding Minnesota to only 268 total yards.They also held Minnesota to only 99 rushing yards, which is well below the Gophers’ season average of 233 yards per game.The TCU offense also looked sharp for most of the game, with Trevone Boykin throwing for 258 yards and 2 TD’s while adding 92 yards on the ground.The up-tempo TCU offense only had one scoring drive last over two minutes, and only had the ball for just over 25 minutes the entire contest. Boykin will need to take full control of this newly installed offense if the Horned Frogs are to have a special season.Final ResultTCU – 30Minnesota – 7This WeekByeTexas at UCLA (in Arlington)In what was probably the most exciting Big 12 game of the week, the Longhorns came up just short against the UCLA Bruins at Jerry World.I was thoroughly impressed in how the Longhorns rebounded after last week’s dismantling at the hands of Taysom Hill.Tyrone Swoopes threw for 196 yards and 2 TD’s, but looked much more comfortable in the pocket than last week. The opening coin toss might have led Longhorn fans to believe that it was going to be another rough night.UCLA won the toss and deferred to the second half, then Texas said it wanted to go on defense. When a team defers, you take the ball because the team that deferred will get the ball to start the second half.Long story short, UCLA got the ball to start both halves.UCLA QB, Brett Hundley, got hurt on the Bruins’ second possession, which led to Jerry Neuheisel (son of Rick) taking over. Neuheisel threw for 178 yards and 2 TDs, the last of which proved to be the game-winner.Despite the loss, Texas showed plenty of promise heading into Big XII play.Final ResultUCLA – 20Texas – 17This WeekByeTotally Tickets is your source for Oklahoma State football tickets.last_img read more

‘Tierney could end up staying at Celtic’

first_imgCeltic legend Kenny Dalglish believes Kieran Tierney could end up staying at Parkhead, with a long-running transfer saga involving Arsenal and Napoli having reached “stalemate”.The 22-year-old left-back has been heavily linked with a summer switch away from the Scottish champions.Arsenal have headed the race to secure his signature, with two bids having been tabled from Emirates Stadium. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Carlo Ancelotti is also said to be keen on taking Tierney to Italy, but no progress has been made on that front either.Celtic are refusing to bow to pressure, with all suitors made aware that no deal will be done unless their valuation is met, and Dalglish believes the window could close with no movement made.The Hoops icon told the Sunday Post: “Kieran Tierney’s transfer situation looks as though it could rumble on for a wee bit yet.“The Celtic left-back has been linked with a move away, and there have been regular news stories about Arsenal and Napoli being interested in the 22-year-old.“The other piece of the jigsaw is that the Parkhead hierarchy are holding out for a straight £25 million fee for their player.“Of course, the identities of the clubs that may or may not be chasing him – and the amount of money it would take to land him – have never been officially confirmed as nobody has gone on the record to put everyone fully in the picture.“But we know how these things work.“Kieran hasn’t gone public on the situation. But it would fair to say that perhaps he feels the time is right to try something different, and there is a curiosity as to what might be out there for him.Kieran Tierney Celtic Arsenal“There is nothing wrong with that.”He is perfectly entitled to explore any options that may come his way.“Whatever happens, to date he has given four years of outstanding service to Celtic, and that should never be forgotten or tarnished.“But he is also powerless in many ways as he can’t officially get involved until his club have agreed a fee and given him permission to talk about the length of contract and salary with a particular club. So, unless the valuation is met, there is a stalemate.“The Hoops have every right to play hardball, and get what they believe to be a proper valuation. That could mean that the lad ends up staying at Celtic.”Tierney, a boyhood Celtic supporter, is tied to a long-term contract and has stated in the past that he will not push for a transfer away from the Glasgow giants.last_img read more

New TSA Screening Means Airport Security Hell is About to Get Worse

first_img The 12 Best Laptop Bags for Men “Well, at least it can’t get any worse.”These days, that seems to be the mantra for most air travelers just before the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) enacts some new program that does just that. In an effort to keep us safe — or at least provide some semblance of the illusion of safety — the agency is further clamping down at airport security checkpoints around the U.S. Here’s what you need to know about — and how to prepare for — the new TSA screening.Think about the good ol’ days (read: yesterday) when you were only required to remove your laptop and liquids from your carry-on baggage. No more. The TSA now requires air travelers to remove not just laptops, but all electronics larger than a cell phone, which must be placed in a bin with nothing on top or below them. This essentially means that passenger will be required to remove anything with a battery for extra screening. The previous method often required two or three bins per person to accommodate the bevy of laptops, tablets, and liquids, even for non-tech-heads. The new method adds things like digital cameras, Bluetooth speakers, Kindles, spare batteries, and a whole lot more. Just pray you don’t get stuck behind a travel photographer.The TSA has stated that disrupting commercial aviation remains a clear target for terrorists. They continue to seek new and innovative ways to accomplish that goal, including smuggling explosive devices into smaller and smaller electronics. The ubiquity of mobile technology has created a real problem for the TSA who often struggle to adequately screen baggage with so much hardware clutter crammed into each carry-on bag.After an 18-month trial run, the new security measures are slowly rolling out in all U.S. airports; New York was added to the growing list in October. The TSA is recommending travelers arrive at least 90 minutes ahead of the scheduled departure time for domestic flights. Bank on three hours or more for international departures. For many, the only solution is to be prepared and organized before you get to the airport and to be very, very patient once there.If you’re a frequent traveler, it’s also worth looking into one of these three trusted traveler programs. Bottom line: A frequent domestic-only flyer should opt for TSA Precheck ($85 for five years). International travelers should go for Global Entry ($100 for five years), which includes all the benefits of TSA Precheck and more.Once you finally make it through airport security, treat yourself to this travel playlist: Editors’ Recommendations The MNML Leather Highlander Travel Bag Makes Short-Term Trips a Breeze Will You Need a Passport to Fly Within the U.S. Next Year? Sprint Through Airport Security With These TSA-Approved Men’s Grooming Kits What to Wear on a Red-Eye Flight: Fashionably Comfortable Apparel for the Long Haullast_img read more

Agriculture Minister and US Agriculture Secretary to meet in PEI barn

first_imgMIDGELL, P.E.I. – Amid escalating trade tensions between Canada and the United States, Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay is throwing open his barn door to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue for a meeting Friday on his family farm in northeastern Prince Edward Island.The dairy farm will serve as a backdrop to bilateral talks expected to touch on Canada’s system for controlling the price and supply of dairy, eggs and chicken — something the U.S. administration has made clear it wants abolished.MacAulay said supply management has proven “an excellent system” for Canada and “we intend to make sure that it remains strong.”“We do have issues with the United States off and on,” he said. “We’ll have a chance to discuss the issues.”The meeting — on MacAulay’s farm in Midgell, P.E.I., where he was born, raised and worked as a farmer — is a chance for the agriculture counterparts to discuss trade issues in a potentially more amicable setting.“It’s very important for agriculture ministers to meet in the barn,” MacAulay said, noting there will be “Island hospitality” before they get down to business.He said he shares an excellent rapport with Trump’s agriculture secretary and that Perdue is a “free trader.”“What we intend to do is sit down and deal with the issues at hand and hopefully enhance the relationship and the trade deal between Canada and the U.S., and of course Mexico,” MacAulay said, adding that trade between Canada and the U.S. quadrupled under NAFTA.“We just want to make sure that things keep working properly… and we put a deal together that’s right for both countries.”MacAulay and Perdue are also expected to board a lobster fishing boat near Cardigan, P.E.I., and go on a deep sea fishing tour before they visit a potato farm in Souris, P.E.I.They’re also expected to tour Greenwich National Park and have a “small social evening,” MacAulay said.The one-day visit comes a year after MacAulay went to Savannah, Ga., for a trilateral meeting with Perdue and their Mexican counterpart, Secretary of Agriculture Jose Calzada.— By Brett Bundale in Halifax.last_img read more

Rescuers find body of pilot diverted by weather over northwestern Quebec

first_imgMONTREAL — The Royal Canadian Air Force says the body of a pilot has been found amid plane wreckage in dense forest in northwestern Quebec.The air force says it located the missing Beechcraft Bonanza airplane around 7 p.m. Friday in Quebec’s Val d’Or region, about 525 kilometres northwest of Montreal.The aircraft was reported overdue July 29. It was travelling from Oshkosh, Wis., to Danbury, Conn., but the pilot had to divert north to avoid a storm.Capt. Trevor Reid says the air force, provincial police and the Transportation Safety Board of Canada are investigating.The plane was last tracked on radar flying over a region north of Senneterre, Que., about 530 kilometres northwest of Montreal. The air force did not identify the pilot.“We know he turned north to avoid a very large storm,” Reid said Saturday in an interview. “What remains unknown and what is now part of the investigation … is how he came to be that far north.”The aircraft was spotted by a rescue team flying an RCAF Griffon helicopter, Reid said.“It was found in very austere terrain, dense forest and large trees,” he said. “The pilot was found with no vital signs.”About 100 rescuers from the RCAF, Quebec’s provincial police and other agencies participated in the search operation.Capt. John Landry, Searchmaster, 1 Canadian Air Division, thanked local communities for their support.“While this is not the outcome we had wanted, we hope it brings closure to the family and our thoughts are with them during this difficult tim,” Landry said in a statement. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

6 REASONS WERE EXCITED FOR TONIGHTS 2017 IHEART RADIO MMVAS

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement The 2017 iHeart Radio MMVAs are here, and we seriously cannot wait for the festivities to begin. From the star-studded guest list to the extravagant red carpet arrivals, here are 6 reasons why we’re excited for this year’s MMVAs :1. It’s all about the fans.One thing that is always clear about the MMVAs is that it’s always about the fans. Wristbands to attend the show are free, and if you line up early enough you can even snag a spot on the red carpet! The unique thing about getting a red carpet spot is that you have the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of your favourite celebrities. We even had the chance to experience this first hand at the 2016 MMVAs because I’m Virgin Mobile Member! 2. The Red Carpet arrivals.The MMVAs are notorious for their insane red carpet arrivals. In the past, Katy Perry has showed up in an ice cream truck, Marianas Trench has rolled down the carpet in a zorb, and one year Billy Talent even showed up riding an army tank!  If you’re Virgin Mobile Member you could enter to win a VIP package to the MMVAs where you get to walk the red carpet and potentially see this all yourself. With celebs such as Hedley, Niall Horan, and Lilly Singh attending this year, we absolutely cannot wait to see how they decide to make their entrance and you can count on us being there with our Virgin Mobile Member perks.3. Alessia Cara & Joe Jonas are hostingAlessia Cara blew us away with her beautiful performance at the 2016 MMVAs, and this year she is back to host it with Joe Jonas! This will be Joe’s second time hosting (the first was back in 2009 with the Jonas Brothers) and if this time around is anything like the first, we know we’ll be in for an insane party when he teams up with Alessia.4. Lorde is performingIt’s been quite a while since the last time Lorde was in Toronto, and we can’t wait to see her take the stage at this year’s MMVAs.5. The star-studded list of presentersShay Mitchell, Dove Cameron, Lights, and Darren Criss are just some of the big names who will be presenting the awards this year.6. Bonus: The Virgin Mobile Canada Member experience!We’re excited for the pre and after party and getting to watch the show from a Members box. Be sure to turn notifications on and follow LIL’s social to see it all go down on June 18th!The iHeart Radio MMVAs takes place tonight on Sunday June 18th at 9pm EST, with red carpet festivities kicking off at 8pm EST. Be sure to set your PVRs or head downtown to witness the event for yourself as you definitely won’t want to miss it.BY SEAN CHIN – LIVE IN LIMBO Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Trying to calm the fraying nerves of those living near BC mining

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe massive tailings pond breach that washed over 10 million cubic litres of waste water into creeks and lakes in northern British Columbia has had a devastating affect on so many.APTN’s Tina House just returned from the front lines where politicians are trying to calm the frayed nerves of local residents and First Nations.last_img

No farmer to be jailed for loan default: Rahul

first_imgJatara (MP): Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said no farmer will be jailed for not repaying loan and 22 lakh youth will be provided government jobs in a year if his party comes to power at the Centre.Hitting out at Narendra Modi, Gandhi said that after completion of half of the Lok Sabha poll process, the Prime Minister’s face has “withered”, and claimed the PM will lose the elections and Congress would come to power. Addressing a rally here in Tikamgarh district of Bundelkhand region in Madhya Pradesh, Gandhi again targeted Modi over the controversial Rafale jet deal and blamed the NDA government’s decisions of demonetisation and implementation of GST for “large-scale unemployment” in the country. “When the Congress comes to power in 2019, no farmer will be sent to jail for not repaying bank loans,” Gandhi said, while promising to provide government jobs to 22 lakh youth in one year and recruit 10 lakh youth in panchayats. He said if the Congress comes to power, it will bring a provision of “no permission” for first three years to those starting new businesses. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh”There will be no need to take any government permission for youth to run any business for initial three years,” he said. Gandhi claimed the prime minister was speaking with “fear and hesitation”. “Look at Narendra Modi’s face. Half of the election is over. Modi is going to be defeated, his face is withered. He is speaking with hesitation and fear. The Congress is forming the (next) government,” he said. “And remember one thing, the money he stole from our Air Force in the Rafale scam and gave Rs 30,000 crore to Ambani…action will be taken and you will see two names will come out one Anil Ambani and second Narendra Modi,” he said. He said lakhs of youth lost jobs due to demonetisation and GST as production in factories stopped because of lack of demand in the market. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadHe said the Congress will deposit Rs 3.6 lakh in bank accounts of five crore poor families in five years, “unlike Modi who promised Rs 15 lakh to them but did not deposit a single penny”. He claimed that the party’s proposed ‘NYAY’ poverty alleviation scheme would “jump-start” the Indian economy. “I am not here to speak lies. Our NYAY scheme will jump start the economy. The Congress government will deposit Rs 3.6 lakh in the bank accounts of each poor family in five years,” he said. “Modi gave crores to 15 rich people of the country…and you were told to stand in queues while he termed demonetisation as a fight against black money….” Gandhi said.last_img read more

SecretaryGeneral to address European security summit in Kazakhstan

23 November 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will travel to Kazakhstan this weekend to address the summit of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the United Nations announced today. The meeting in the capital, Astana, will be the first OSCE summit in over a decade and brings together heads of State and government of participating States.During his visit to Kazakhstan, the Secretary-General will hold several bilateral meetings with top officials on the sidelines of the summit to discuss various issues, including UN-OSCE cooperation.With 56 participating States from Europe, Central Asia and North America, the OSCE forms the largest regional security organization in the world. It is a primary instrument for early warning, conflict prevention, crisis management and post-conflict rehabilitation in its area. read more

MPs called CJ a mad woman lawyers

Bandaranayake and her team of lawyers walked out of the parliamentary select committee on Thursday evening after making a statement that she was not being given a fair hearing.“She will not attend future hearings,” a lawyer close to the case told AFP. Her lawyers said their repeated requests for documents supporting the 14 allegations against Bandaranayake were not provided by her accusers and the ruling party dominated PSC refused to allow witnesses to be cross examined.However, she was given over 1,000 pages of documents on Thursday evening and asked to respond in less than 24 hours, the lawyers said, adding that it was “obvious” that the majority of the PSC had no intention of giving her a fair hearing.There was no formal reaction from the government, but a ruling party law maker who declined to be named told AFP that they will proceed with the inquiry whether or not the 54-year-old chief justice attends the hearing on Friday afternoon. “At various stages of the proceedings of the PSC (parliamentary select committee), two (ruling party) members hurled abuse such as ‘mad woman’ at the chief justice,” her lawyers said in a statement a day after the hearing. The impeachment bid has led to a head-on collision between the judiciary and the legislature controlled by Rajapakse, who has consolidated his power after crushing Tamil Tiger rebels in a military offensive in May 2009. Sri Lanka’s top judge Shirani Bandaranayake stormed out of her impeachment hearing after government lawmakers called her a “mad woman” and displayed open hostility, her lawyers said on Friday.The move to impeach the country’s first female chief justice came after she scuttled several bills, including one that gave more powers to President Mahinda Rajapakse’s youngest brother Basil, the economic development minister. “It became evident that these members had been mandated to ridicule the head of the judiciary and the legal profession.” Bandaranayake infuriated the government last month when she said it was illegal for lawmakers to investigate her, but vowed she would defend herself against impeachment charges of professional and financial misconduct.Her case has raised fears that the government is trying to control the courts. She told the parliamentary select committee at its outset that there was not an “iota” of truth in the allegations against her. (AFP) read more

Pork tapeworm infection among leading causes of epilepsy worldwide – UN health

WHO explained that taeniasis is the intestinal infection of the adult tapeworm and when left untreated, a more serious condition develops as larvae invade body tissues.“When larvae build up in the central nervous system, muscles, skin and eyes, it leads to neurocysticercosis – the most severe form of the disease and a common cause of seizures worldwide.”According to the UN health agency, 50 million people are affected by epilepsy and more than 80 per cent of them live in the developing world.“Thorough case finding, better diagnosis and treatment, and public health information campaigns are crucial to effectively control and break the life cycle of the parasite,” WHO said.“Neurocysticercosis is the most frequent preventable cause of epilepsy in the developing world,” WHO said. “It is a common infection of the human nervous system and a growing public health concern.” “Humans become infected after consuming undercooked food, particularly pork, or water contaminated with tapeworm eggs, or through poor hygiene practices,” it said. read more

Adopting new resolution Security Council extends arms embargoes imposed on Somalia and

Adopting a new resolution by a vote of 14 in favour and 1 abstention (Venezuela), the Council also extended the mandate of the Somalia and Eritrea Monitoring Group until 15 December 2016, and reiterated its expectation that the Government of Eritrea would facilitate the Group’s entry into that country.Reaffirming Somalia’s sovereignty over its natural resources, the Council underlined the vital importance of the Federal Government of Somalia putting in place a resource-sharing agreement to ensure that the national petroleum sector did not become a source of increased tension. The Council condemned the ongoing export of charcoal from Somalia in violation of the total ban on charcoal exports.The Council expressed serious concern about the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Somalia and condemned in the strongest terms increased attacks against humanitarian actors. It also expressed concern about continued reports of corruption, diversion of public resources and financial impropriety involving members of the Federal Government Administrations and the Federal Parliament, underlining that individuals engaged in acts that threatened Somalia’s peace and reconciliation process might be listed for targeted sanctions.Also by the text, the Council urged the Government of Eritrea to allow access or provide information, including to the Monitoring Group, on the Djiboutian prisoners missing in action since clashes between the two countries from 10 to 12 June 2008. read more

UN Mission welcomes agreement to revive South Sudans peace pact

“The Agreement on Cessation of Hostilities, Protection of Civilians and Humanitarian Access is an important first step in the revitalization of the peace process,” said the mission in a news release, Friday. “UNMISS is committed to supporting the peace process in line with its mandate through advancing reconciliation efforts, strengthening conflict resolution mechanisms, building national cohesion and engaging in regional and international peace initiatives,” it added. The Agreement was signed Thursday between the Government and opposing groups attending the High-Level Revitalization Forum in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. It aims to revitalize efforts to implement the 2015 peace agreement in South Sudan which came under increasing strain due to violence in the country. Also in the news release, the UNMISS acknowledged the efforts of all actors involved in the Forum in reaching an agreement and thanked the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), an eight-country trade bloc in Africa, for its leadership of the peace talks. “[We] urge all parties to adhere to the Agreement and end the ongoing violence so that durable peace can be achieved in the interests of the people of South Sudan,” added the UN Mission. The world’s youngest country, South Sudan has spent much of its short life mired in conflict, riven by a political face-off between President Salva Kiir and his then former Vice-President Riek Machar, that erupted into full-blown war late in 2013. read more

Stones and fireworks thrown at police outside talk by former IRA bomber

first_imgSTONES AND FIREWORKS were thrown at police by protesters outside an event in east Belfast this evening.The PSNI said that police attended a protest at the Skainos Centre on the Newtownards Road, and at approximately 7.10pm, a number of items including stones and fireworks were thrown for a few minutes.Four police officers received minor injuries that were treated at the scene, while two police vehicles had their windows broken.An event was taking place at the Skainos centre at the time – a talk called ‘Listening to your enemies with Pat Magee and Jo Berry’.Berry’s father was killed in the Brighton bombing in October 1984, while Magee was one of the bombers. According to a description of the event, in recent years Magee and Berry have begun “a journey towards understanding one another”.The PSNI said that fireworks and stones were also thrown at police between 8pm and 8.40pm, with police lines coming under fire.The event has now ended and attendees have dispersed safely, said police, and an inquiry “has been initiated into this disorder”.Police are maintaining a presence in the area.last_img read more

Meet the Kerryman leading a major pestcontrol firm whos afraid of rats

first_img Share Tweet Email6 Meet the Kerryman leading a major pest-control firm – who’s afraid of rats As part of our How My Business Works series, we profile the Irish arm of Rentokil. 7 Comments Image: Rentokil http://jrnl.ie/3364607 Get the top business news from Fora delivered to your inbox: THE HEAD OF one of Ireland’s biggest pest-control companies has a secret: he’s deathly afraid of rats.Michael O’Mahoney heads up the Irish arm of Rentokil, one of the world’s biggest vermin-control companies.He has no problem with most pests – insects don’t really bother him, and he says that he’d have no problem holding something like an ant in his palm.But rats – perhaps the one animal most associated with household pests, aside from the humble cockroach – terrify him.“If a mouse or a rat came into this room right now, I’d probably be the first one out of it,” he tells Fora.Why, then, would he join a pest-control company?“Everyone assumes that pest control is rats and mice, but it is so much more, they’re a very small part,” he says. “All you are doing in most places (with rats) is putting down a rodent solution, electronic or otherwise.“In the field you rarely see rats and mice, the only time you are likely to see one is when you are crossing the road going from one customer to another and seeing them out normally.“I thought that pest control was a fascinating business to be in. Your customers range from corner shops to big pharma companies, they’re everywhere so you are meeting so many different people every day.” Michael O’Mahoney (centre) Source: RentokilThe Kerry native is practically a lifer with the firm, having joined more than 40 years ago in his mid-20s when Rentokil’s Irish arm was a relatively small operation with about 30 staff.O’Mahoney initially worked in the firm’s service arm, making sure that all of its customers were kept happy, before heading up a small sales team.“At home we had a grocery shop, and every two weeks we would have commercial travelers call into the shop all suited and booted and driving lovely cars, so I thought that sales would be a nice job to have,” he says.Over the decades O’Mahoney worked his way up through the company, eventually taking the position of managing director in 2006. While he stepped down from the board of directors at the age of 60, he continues to head up the firm.RatcatchersThe company, which began its life in the UK with the aim of getting rid of troublesome rats and mice, first came to Ireland in 1935.The firm has grown steadily since then, both in Ireland and abroad. In the UK, Rentokil became one of the nation’s largest companies and is listed on the prestigious FTSE 100 index.Today, the company employs over 230 people across Ireland and has been consistently profitable for years.Rentokil Initial Ireland made a profit of €3 million in the year to the end of 2015, down slightly on the €3.4 million reported the year before. Turnover was up slightly, from €17.5 million to €18.5 million, although costs also rose. The company exterminates rats and mice Source: YoutubeIts profitability did dip slightly during the recession, with the company’s ‘initial’ side, which includes services ranging from washroom hygiene to handling medical waste, taking a hit.During this period, O’Mahoney says the firm reorganised, increasing the size of its sales team and implementing a new management structure.“What was key was that we focused on training, whereas other companies in similar businesses focused on cutting costs, which really helped us,” he says.As it does in the UK, Rentokil offers a variety of different services, but its main focus is still pest control.As well as getting rid of infestations, the company also does ‘proofings’ for new businesses to identify possible areas where vermin could get in. It then supplies those clients with products to deal with potential pests.Regarding the bread-and-butter business of pest control, O’Mahoney says it is different to how many people envisage it.Dealing with pestsRather than using fumigation, where properties are flooded with poisonous gasses in a controlled manner, Rentokil often uses a heat treatment to get rid of vermin.“We have a mobile heat system which lets us heat up a room to 56 degrees Celsius, and that denatures proteins in the body of an insect and causes dehydration,” he says. Rentokil also deals with bugs Source: YoutubeThe Kerry native says that this method is often used to get rid of pests from sensitive areas, such as in museums.“We did the Caravaggio (exhibition in the National Gallery), which is worth millions,” he says.“Not only do we go in and get rid of the rodents, we also do anti-bacterial treatments to help clear up the place and make sure that it’s safe.”The cost of the company’s services varies hugely. A residential homeowner could get away with spending about €120 for a basic issue, while large commercial customers could easily pay thousands depending on the circumstances.O’Mahoney says that the company’s customer base is extremely varied, from schools to private homeowners to large industrial pharma plants that are required by law to be spotless.AcceptingHe also says that people have become more accepting of pest control, and don’t view calling in the exterminators as a source of shame. The company made an effort to normalise the industry by taking part in an RTÉ show, the Verminators.“(An infestation) is rarely if ever down to poor housekeeping. It’s more because of leaving a window open, or having a gap in the door,” he says.“We have a hotel that asks us to park outside of their premises when our technicians are in working. In the past if you arrived you were asked to park in the back (so you wouldn’t be seen).“I think that Irish people have grown up big time in relation to pest control. In the past they may have thought that a place was insect-ridden, but now because there are so many other aspects to what we do, that’s no longer a problem.” Source: RTÉ2/YouTubeRentokil faces competition from a variety of companies across the country that also provide pest-control services, such as Ecolab and OnGuard.However the company’s status as a multinational chain gives it access to greater resources, O’Mahoney says, which helps it compete strongly with rivals.“We have 24/7 cover, we have the manpower to be nationwide and we have innovative products from research and development,” he says.“We have a radar unit which uses a concentrated amount of carbon monoxide. If a mouse goes into it, it is unconscious in 10 seconds and dead in a minute in the unit.”Keep growingO’Mahoney doesn’t give much detail on the company’s plans for the future or its financial targets.He simply says that the firm is aiming to “grow the whole time and grow our market share, things that we are doing very well at the moment”.“We are among the market leaders in Ireland and globally, and we want to retain that and top that up as much as we can,” he says.The 64-year-old says that he still loves his work and adds that retirement isn’t on the horizon.“For me it doesn’t feel like work, I love what I do,” he says. “There are no plans to send my CV elsewhere, I’m very happy where I am.”This article is part of our weekly series examining the nuts and bolts of businesses. If you would like to see your company featured please email news@fora.ie.Written by Paul O’Donoghue and posted on Fora.ie Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Rentokil Saturday 29 Apr 2017, 6:30 PM Short URL Apr 29th 2017, 6:30 PM Take me to Fora By Fora Staff 15,092 Views last_img read more

Lobjet Geek du Week end une tablette de 65 pouces

first_imgL’objet Geek du Week end : une tablette de 65 pouces !Une compagnie Turque a créé une tablette géante à partir d’une télévision de 65 pouces…Au diable la portabilité ! Une firme a décidé une bonne fois pour toutes que les tablettes sont trop petites ! Pourquoi pas, au hasard, les faire 6,5 fois plus grandes ? Cette quête d’une taille toujours plus impressionnante (qui a surement une explication psychologique fort complexe…) a traversé l’esprit d’une compagnie turc basée à Istanbul, nommée Ardic. À lire aussiMicrosoft : une tablette Xbox Surface de 7 pouces ? À terme, la compagnie voudrait commercialiser des écrans de différentes tailles qui seraient alimentés par des appareils portables, comme des smartphones. Elle vise des utilisations comme dans l’éducation ou les entreprises.  Il leur a « juste » fallu dénicher une télévision 65 pouces qui serait tactile, et y plugger une tablette Android sous Honeycomb. La tablette 1080p qui en résulte peut utiliser 2 points de contact à l’écran, ce qui permet de zoomer à deux doigts. Et aussi de la caresser en murmurant « comme tu es grande ma tablette ».Le 19 novembre 2011 à 12:10 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

House Transportation Panel Releases Report on PublicPrivate Partnerships

first_imgOn Wednesday, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Panel on Public-Private Partnerships (P3 Panel) released its final report and recommendations on how to balance the needs of the public and private sector to finance the Nation’s infrastructure.The panel was tasked by Full Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Ranking Member Nick J. Rahall, II (D-WV) with examining the current use of P3s across the Committee’s jurisdiction – including all modes of transportation, public buildings, water and maritime infrastructure. The Committee’s Vice Chairman, U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-TN), led the P3 Panel and U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano (D-MA) served as its Ranking Member. Rep. Duncan issued a statement upon release of the report.“Billions of dollars of infrastructure needs in the U.S. are in search of funding, and well-executed public-private partnerships can enhance the delivery and management of infrastructure,” he said. “P3s cannot provide the sole solution to all of the Nation’s infrastructure needs, but they can offer significant benefits, particularly for high-cost, technically complex projects that otherwise may risk dying on the vine.”Rep. Capuano said throughout the process, his focus has been on how to best invest limited federal transportation funds and what role public-private partnerships can play in stretching those dollars.“The Panel studied numerous P3s throughout the country and found a mix of successful partnerships as well as ones that did not meet expectations,” he said. “Although a transparent and functioning P3 can meet certain transportation needs, when it comes to improving our Nation’s infrastructure there is no question that federal investment remains a key factor in project success…”Over the last six months, the Panel held hearings and meetings to examine the role P3s can play in the development and delivery of transportation and infrastructure projects. They also considered whether P3s enhance the delivery and management of infrastructure projects beyond the capabilities of government agencies or the private sector acting independently and focused on how to balance the needs of the public and private sectors when identifying, developing and implementing P3 projects.The final report proposes improvements to traditional procurement processes to ensure better outcomes for all projects. The report includes a series of recommendations for breaking down barriers to P3s and changes to federal programs to allow for partnerships to be more easily considered by states and localities. The report also recommends steps to ensure transparency and accountability for P3s, which is critical to fostering public support for such complex agreements. The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee indicated its intent to use the panel’s recommendations as a resource when considering future legislation.last_img read more