Pant you very much: RSS shows cadre in brown trousers, to adopt uniform in October

first_imgAfter almost a century, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) workers will do away with the Khaki shorts. The RSS workers will be sporting brown full-length trousers for the first time.On Vijaya Dashami that falls on October 11, RSS workers will sport brown pants along with the RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat to mark the foundation year of the party. The decision was taken at the RSS conclave in Nagore, Rajasthan on March 13 this year. RSS general secretary Suresh Joshi had announced the decision to replace khaki shorts with full-length brown pants at the conclave.  The party chose Vijay Dashami as the day, as it was on the same occasion in 1925 the party was formed.UNIFORM CHANGED FOR THE THIRD TIMEIn 1925, when the party was formed the leaders adopted khaki shirts, shorts, leather belts, black shoes and a black cap as its uniform.  The RSS uniform had undergone changes twice in the past. This time however, the nationalist party is also aiming for an image makeover.In 1939, under the leadership of K B Hedgewar, the khaki shirt was replaced with a white shirt as their uniform bore a resemblance to the attire worn by British army.In 1973, RSS replaced heavy boots with normal black shoes. The pants were proposed by Mohan Bhagwat in 2010.KHAKI SHORTS TURN HEADSSharon Stone(Left) and Nitin Gadkari (Right). (Image via Twitter)The RSS shorts have attracted attention for the most unlikely reasons in the recent past. In 2012, the then president of Bharatiya Janata Party, Nitin Gadkari was snapped sitting cross-legged created social media frenzy. Several users juxtaposed image of Gadkari with the Basic Instinct star Sharon Stone. The image that went viral witnessed a barrage of humorous comments on both Facebook and Twitter.advertisementAlso read:RSS advocates for entry of women in temples, says restriction unfairlast_img read more

Ganganjeet Bhullar ends long wait with win in Korea

first_imgGanganjeet Bhullar ended a long trophy drought with a one-stroke victory at the Shinhan Donghae Open in South Korea on Sunday for his sixth title on the Asian Tour.The 28-year-old, who last won in 2013, carded a final round four-under-par 67 for a tournament total of 15-under 269 at the Bear’s Best Cheongna Golf Club in Incheon.Tour rookie Scott Vincent (69) of Zimbabwe and local favourite Kim Tae-woo (71) finished a stroke behind.Bhullar carded four birdies in five holes after making the turn in 34 and it took him to the top of the leaderboard at 17-under, with a four-shot advantage.But bogeys on the 16th and 17th holes halted his victory charge and Bhullar had to wait nervously to see if Vincent and Kim, playing in the final group, would force a playoff.”I knew I was leading by four shots and somehow 16 was one of the toughest holes and I had to keep the ball in play and try to make a par at least,” he said.”But I made a bogey there after hitting the water. Despite those two bogeys, I was still mentally strong and I knew that nobody was going to stop me from winning today.”Australia’s Scott Hend finished tied for fourth with Sweden’s Malcolm Kokocinski to increase his lead at the top of the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit.last_img read more

Controversy in IPL 2019 Final: Rohit Sharma upset after Shardul Thakur’s rude send-off act

first_imgThere were some heated moments early in the IPL 2019 final between Mumbai Indians and defending champions Chennai Super Kings in Hyderabad. Shardul Thakur gave Quinton de Kock a send-off after removing him for a 17-ball 29 on Sunday.Mumbai Indians had won the toss and decided to bat against Chennai Super Kings. Quinton de Kock led a rapid charge for MI who were playing their 5th IPL final. He hit Shardul Thakur for a six in his first over before smashing 3 sixes off Deepak Chahar. Thakur returned to bowl his 2nd over and had de Kock caught behind.Shardul Thakur, who had bowled just 1 over in the Eliminator against Delhi Capitals, gave Quinton de Kock a send-off and waived him off with a finger. Rohit Sharma, at the non-striker’s end, was far from impressed and could be seen walking over to the umpire to have a word.Ian Gould came and chatted with Shardul Thakur who appeared to smile and it looked like all was good.Tempers have already been high in the 2019 Indian Premier League. In Jaipur earlier in the season, MS Dhoni had stormed on to the pitch to argue with the umpires after confusion over a no-ball in a tense game between Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings. MS Dhoni was fined 50 percent of his match fee and many including Virender Sehwag felt it was a light punishment.Kings XI Punjab captain R Ashwin had also stirred up a controversy when he Mankaded Rajasthan Royals batsman Jos Buttler. Several cricketers from around the world had slammed R Ashwin for his action even as the KXIP captain explained why he did it.advertisementVirat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan, during matches this season, also appeared to mock R Ashwin over the Mankading act.Also Read | IPL Final: MI vs CSK in 2015 to MI vs CSK 2019: What has changed in 4 yearsAlso Read | IPL 2019 Final: Pollard looks to spend a happy birthday evening as MI eye glorylast_img read more

Arsenal held Howedes talks before Juve move

first_imgTransfers Arsenal held Howedes talks before defender’s Juventus switch Matt Dorman 03:05 14/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Benedikt Howedes - cropped Bongarts Transfers Arsenal Juventus Leicester City Roma A transfer to the Italian champions was always the Germany international’s preference, despite interest from the Premier League Germany international Benedikt Howedes held talks with Arsenal, Leicester and Roma before sealing a ‘jackpot’ move to Juventus, according to the defender’s agent.The 29-year-old signed for the Italian champions on a season-long loan after being stripped of the captaincy at Schalke by new boss Domenico Tedesco.Howedes’ agent Volker Struth claims the World Cup winner had been lined up by Arsenal as a potential replacement for compatriot Shkodran Mustafi. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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 But Mustafi’s mooted move to Inter Milan failed to materialise, leaving Howedes to settle on his favoured destination.”We held talks with Roma, Leicester and Arsenal because we heard that Inter wanted Mustafi,” Struth told Sport Bild.”[But] it was soon clear that if he [left Schalke], it would be Turin. That was Benni’s favourite from the very beginning.”With all due respect to Schalke, even if things had gone super there, you want to join a club like Juve when you get the chance. Juventus are the jackpot.”Howedes’ departure from Schalke ended a 16-year stint at the Bundesliga club, where he progressed through the youth ranks.Juve have the option to sign the 44-time international on a permanent basis for €13 million, a fee they will be required to pay if he makes a minimum of 25 appearances throughout the season.last_img read more

PCB not extending Inzamam’s contract as chief selector: sources

first_imgPCB not extending Inzamam’s contract as chief selector: sourcesPakistan ended up fifth in the points table in the ongoing World Cup and narrowly missed out on a semi-final berth. There have been reports that the PCB is unlikely to continue Inzamam-ul-Haq as the chief selector.advertisement Next Press Trust of India KarachiJuly 10, 2019UPDATED: July 10, 2019 18:24 IST Pakistan were knocked out of the World Cup 2019 after finishing 5th in group stage. (Reuters Photo)Pakistan Cricket Board has decided not to extend the contract of chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq following the national team’s failure to the reach the World Cup semifinals, according to sources.Inzamam, sources said, had shown interest in the extension of his contract for another year but the PCB has decided to go for a new selection committee.The contract of Inzamam, a veteran of 120 Tests, ended with the World Cup after occupying the post since 2016.The name of former Test opener Mohsin Hasan Khan is being tipped to become the new chief selector as he has also worked in this position in the past with good results and has also served as interim head coach of the national team.”Pakistan’s failure to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup has led to the decision to release Inzamam,” a source told PTI.But his nephew, Pakistan’s opening batsman Imam-ul-Haq has defended his uncle at a press conference in Lahore on Tuesday.Imam had said that the chief selector alone could not be held responsible for the team’s poor show in the first five matches of the World Cup as there were other members on the selection committee also and Inzamam picked the players after consulting the captain and coach.Also 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 bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Pakistan Cricket BoardFollow Inzamam-ul-Haqlast_img read more

Mohammed Shami thinks he is too powerful, says his wife Hasin Jahan

first_imgMohammed Shami thinks he is too powerful, says his wife Hasin JahanAn arrest warrant has been issued against Mohammed Shami and the India cricketer has been given 15 days by a Kolkata court to appear before it and apply for bail. If he fails to do that, Shami will be arrested.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk New DelhiSeptember 3, 2019UPDATED: September 3, 2019 18:19 IST An arrest warrant has been issued against Mohammed Shami in domestic violence case. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAn arrest warrant was issued against India cricketer Mohammed Shami on MondayShami’s wife Hasin Jahan had accused him of domestic violence in early 2018However, Shami has denied all such allegations and said he is focused on his careerA day after an arrest warrant was issued against India pacer Mohammed Shami in domestic violence case, his wife Hasin Jahan said her husband, being an India cricketer, thinks he is ‘too powerful’.In early 2018, Shami’s wife Hasin Jahan had accused him of domestic violence. Shami and his brother were booked for domestic violence under IPC Section 498A. Since Hasin Jahan made the allegations, Shami did not appear before the court.The Kolkata’s Alipore court on Monday issued an order asking Shami to surrender in 15 days and apply for bail. Shami’s estranged wife thanked the judicial system for issuing the order in the case.”I am grateful to judicial system. I have been fighting for justice more than a year now. You all know, Shami thinks that he is all too powerful, that he is a big cricketer,” Hasin Jahan told ANI.Meanwhile, Hasin Jahan also accused the police of harassing her.”Had I not been from West Bengal, had Mamata Banerjee not been our CM, I wouldn’t have been able to live safely here. Amroha (Uttar Pradesh) police was trying to harass me and my daughter, it was God’s grace that they didn’t succeed.”Mohammed Shami was part of the recently concluded Test series against West Indies where he finished with 9 wickets in 2 matches. The pacer also played a key role for India in the 2019 Cricket World Cup.In an interview with India Today earlier this year, Mohammed Shami said his focus was only on his cricket and he was determined not to let the allegations by Hasin Jahan affect him anyway.advertisement”I hope everything remains fine. Whatever is the outcome, I am ready to face it. Cricket life mein hai to sab kuch hai (cricket remains everything in life). That is the only thing I am bothered about. I don’t care about the allegations or what will happen eventually. Right now, I am not thinking even zero percent about it. I won’t let it affect me,” Shami had said.Also Read | Arrest warrant against India cricket star Mohammed ShamiAlso Read | India vs West Indies: Mohammed Shami becomes 3rd fastest Indian pacer to 150 Test wicketsAlso 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 byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Mohammed ShamiFollow Hasin JahanFollow India VS West Indieslast_img read more

Closure of airspace with India will be decided at a time of

first_imgIslamabad: Pakistan on Thursday said it could order the closure of its airspace for India “at a time of its choosing”, but so far no decision has been taken yet. Foreign Office Spokesperson Mohammad Faisal during a media briefing on Thursday said the issue had been discussed at the highest level. “It is one of the many options that are being considered, we can exercise it at a time of our choosing. No decision has been taken as yet,” he was quoted as saying by Dawn. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US The FO spokesperson’s comments come a day after Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that no decision has been taken yet to close the airspace to India and any such step would be taken after looking into each and every aspect of the move through consultation. Qureshi said the issue did come up for discussions during the recent Cabinet meeting but the final decision would be taken by Prime Minister Imran Khan. He had dismissed reports suggesting that the airspace was being shut for India as “speculative”. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls Science and Technology Minister Fawad Chaudhry on Tuesday announced on twitter that the government was considering complete closure of airspace to India and complete ban on use of Pakistan land routes for Indian trade to Afghanistan. Pakistan had fully closed its airspace in February after an Indian Air Force strike on a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror camp in Balakot. The country opened its airspace for all flights except for New Delhi, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur on March 27. On May 15, Pakistan extended its airspace ban for flights to India till May 30. It fully opened its airspace for all civilian traffic on July 16. Tensions between India and Pakistan spiked after India abrogated provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution to revoke Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and bifurcated it into two Union Territories. Pakistan expelled the Indian High Commissioner after it downgraded the diplomatic ties with India in protest to India’s decision to end Jammu and Kashmir’s special status. Pakistan also suspended its trade with India and stopped the train and bus services.last_img read more

Smith’s classy 89 not enough as New Zealand win WC warm-up

first_imgBrisbane: Will Young stroked a masterful 130 to steer an under-strength New Zealand to a seven-wicket win over Australia in a World Cup practice match Wednesday, outshining a classy unbeaten 89 from Steve Smith. The visitors chased down their 278 target with 10 balls to spare, inflicting the first one-day defeat on Australia in 10 games, although this was not counted as a full international. Young, who is uncapped and not part of New Zealand’s World Cup squad, was eventually run out after smacking 11 fours and two sixes in his 132-ball knock. George Worker (56) and Tom Latham (69 not out) were also among the runs as New Zealand, missing Kane Williamson, Martin Guptill and Trent Boult, made 283 for three in reply to Australia’s 277 for six. Australian pace spearhead Mitchell Starc made his long-awaited return from injury and was the pick of a lacklustre bowling attack, taking 2-14 off five overs with trademark yorkers before being withdrawn from the action. It was his first match back since tearing a muscle three months ago. Earlier, former skipper Smith was the star attraction with his 89, including four big sixes, in only his second game in Australian colours since his one-year ban for ball-tampering expired. He came to the crease when Shaun Marsh was out for 28 and was in fine touch in a major boost for Australia ahead of their World Cup defence in England. Usman Khawaja and Glenn Maxwell were also in form, scoring 56 and 52 respectively. But David Warner, who made 39 on his return from the “Sandpapergate” scandal in the first of the three unofficial matches in Brisbane on Monday, did not fare so well.last_img read more

Moroccan Minister Abdellah Baha Dies in Train Accident

Rabat – Moroccan Minister of State, Abdellah Baha, died on Sunday in Rabat.The influential leader of the Party of Justice and Development was hit by a passing train while he was checking the same location where Ahmed Zaidi, one of the charismatic leaders of the USFP, died last month.Earlier in the afternoon, the same source said that the right hand of Abdelilah Benkirane, the head of the government, had a serious car accident. Mr. Baha has served as deputy secretary general of the Justice and Development Party (PJD), since 2004. He was MP for Rabat for three consecutive terms, beginning in the 2002 legislative elections.This native of Souss was vice-speaker of the House of Representatives (2007), Head of PJD Group (2003/2006) and President of the Commission of Justice, Legislation and Human Rights (2002/2003).Member of the Executive Office of the uniqueness and Reform Movement (MUR), he was director of publication of the daily “Attajdid”, as well as “Al Islah” and “Arraya.” He was 60 years old. read more

Trans Mountain pipeline expansion would be disastrous Vancouver mayor

VANCOUVER — New evidence proves the expansion of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline presents a grave threat to the City of Vancouver’s health, economy and environment, said Mayor Gregor Robertson.The city commissioned expert reports on the potential impacts of the $5.4 billion proposal and the findings were presented to council on Wednesday.“Today we heard overwhelming evidence that the Kinder Morgan pipeline proposal and the oil tankers associated with it are incredibly disastrous for Vancouver,” said Robertson outside council chambers after the meeting.“My mind is clearly made up. I think this is a bad deal for Vancouver.”The mayor entered a motion to reaffirm the city’s opposition to the project, but council agreed to defer the vote for two weeks after Coun. Elizabeth Ball requested more time to review the findings.The National Energy Board is considering Kinder Morgan’s plan to triple its bitumen-carrying capacity to 890,000 barrels a day by laying almost 1,000 kilometres of new pipe near an existing line between Alberta and Burnaby, B.C.The city submitted its expert evidence to the energy board on Wednesday, including critical reports on the project’s economic viability, risk assessment and potential spill impacts.A Metro Vancouver-commissioned report on health and air quality concluded a spill could expose up to a million people to toxic benzene fumes and kill up to 100,000 birds.The report said benzene, a component of diluted bitumen, can cause headaches, dizziness, nausea, respiratory problems, coma and even death. People on the Stanley Park seawall next to the water could suffer irreversible health effects, it said.Another report found that Vancouver’s “green brand” is worth about $31 billion and it’s economy could suffer a $1.2 billion loss in the event of such a disaster.Spokeswoman Ali Hounsell said Kinder Morgan shares the mayor’s concerns about spills and has proposed in its application additional measures for prevention and response.“The mayor has to remember that the Trans Mountain pipeline and oil tankers have been safely operating in this community and through this harbour for the past 60 years,” she said.“We believe the expansion will bring benefits to not only Vancouverites, but to all Canadians. Safety is a top priority. None of us want an oil spill.”She said public health is also a priority and the company will carefully review and respond to the city’s evidence, in particular examining whether the spill scenarios in the reports are credible.Hounsell said Kinder Morgan is open to sitting down with Vancouver to find common solutions, as well as with North Vancouver’s Tsleil-Waututh Nation, which vowed Tuesday to fight the project.Robertson’s motion seeks to reaffirm the city’s stance opposing the expansion, a declaration it first made in December 2013 before the expert evidence was collected. Several councillors said the motion should be passed immediately and only reluctantly agreed  to defer the vote.Coun. Kerry Jang, a professor of psychiatry at the University of B.C., said the pipeline expansion poses an urgent public health risk to Vancouver.“In my mind it’s absolutely clear that it’s an emergency,” he said. “This is something we need to make a very clear statement on.” read more

JVP support only to reconvene Parliament

After the meeting some United National Party (UNP) members said that the JVP had extended support to UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe to remain as Prime Minister.JVP MP Vijitha Herath said that the JVP was only supporting calls to convene Parliament and not an individual. (Colombo Gazette) The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) says it will only support calls to convene Parliament and not any individual.The JVP was in Parliament today and supported political parties at a meeting with Speaker Karu Jayasuriya calling for Parliament to be reconvened immediately. read more

No more Hiroshimas No more Nagasakis Ban declares on anniversary of atomic

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today renewed his resolve to advance the goal of achieving a world “free of the nuclear shadow,” in a message to mark the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of the Japanese city of Hiroshima. “Seven decades after their first use in conflict, this sombre occasion commemorates the tens of thousands who died that day. It honours the survivors who have suffered severe adversity in the aftermath. The United Nations stands with them, resolved to realize their vision of a nuclear-weapon-free world,” said Mr. Ban. “Your commemoration should reverberate from this city across the world, reminding all people of the need for urgent action to eliminate nuclear weapons once and for all,” he added in the message to the Peace Memorial Ceremony, delivered by Acting High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Kim Won-soo. More than 200,000 people died of nuclear radiation, shock waves from the blasts and thermal radiation resulting from bombing of Hiroshima on 6 August 1945 and of Nagasaki three days later. Additionally, over 400,000 more people have died – and are continuing to die – since the end of the Second World War from the impacts of the two bombs. Mr. Ban recalled his visit to Hiroshima five years ago, saying he will always carry the memories of meeting the survivors, witnessing the destruction and seeing the lingering effects. “The courage of those who lived through this catastrophic, man-made tragedy was deeply inspiring. The hibakusha are more than survivors – they are unparalleled champions of peace. From their searing experiences, they have forged a message of hope that someday the world will be free of these indiscriminate and destabilizing weapons,” he stated. “I pay tribute to the bravery of the hibakusha and renew my resolve to advance our common cause of achieving a safer and more peaceful world, free of the nuclear shadow.” Noting that this year also marks the 70th anniversary of the UN, the Secretary-General recalled that the first resolution adopted by the General Assembly reflected the world’s concern about the use of atomic weapons. “As you keep the memory of the bombing alive, so, too, must the international community persist until we have ensured that nuclear weapons are eliminated,” he stated. “I echo your rallying cry: No more Hiroshimas. No more Nagasakis.” read more

UN delivering coordinated humanitarian response in wake of Mogadishu bombings

Read full story VIDEO: UN mobilizes in response to recent attack in Somali capital. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) are among the host of UN entities already on the ground. More than 100 UN staff have donated blood to help the injured. The UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS) has deployed technical advisors, medics and bomb-sniffing dog teams at the main bomb blast site near the Safari Hotel. Fire unit personnel from the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) and the UN Support Office in Somalia have been using specialized life-detection equipment to search for survivors. According UNSOM, youth from local universities also joined the clean-up and rescue operation earlier this week. More than 300 youth volunteers are participating in the effort and were accompanied by the Mogadishu Mayor, Thabit Abdi Mohamed, in clearing the debris and rubble. Our short video story takes you inside the post-blast recovery effort, and in a related Soundcloud, the UN Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator in the country, Vincent Lelei, tells UN News that the international community’s support to Somalia is a “silver lining” in the face of the tragedy. AUDIO: Vincent Lelei, UN Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator in Somalia, provides an overview of the atmosphere in Mogadishu. The United Nations has mobilized its staff and resources to aid Somalis affected by last Saturday’s bomb blasts in the capital Mogadishu.“We have called upon our colleagues in the UN family to donate blood. At the same time, the entire UN family is also mobilizing in support for the response by the Federal Government and the local administration,” said the Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia, Raisedon Zenenga. Since last Sunday, the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS) has deployed technical advisors, medics and explosives-detecting dog teams at the main bomb blast site near the Safari Hotel. Fire unit personnel from the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) and the UN Support Office in Somalia have been using specialized life-detection equipment to search for survivors. On Monday, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) delivered 3.8 metric tonnes of medical supplies – donated by the United Kingdom – to Mogadishu’s Medina Hospital and a newly established National Emergency Operations Centre. UNICEF also erected three large tents for personnel tracing patients’ relatives. Earlier this week, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) also delivered tents, a generator and 1,000 non-food item kits to Medina Hospital and the operations centre. The UN World Health Organization (WHO) contributed three tons of medicines and other emergency relief supplies on Tuesday to treat those wounded in the explosions. In addition, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) has delivered radios to a local ambulance company and is planning to provide cash payments to hundreds of youth who have been participating in rubble-clearing operations at the main blast site. For its part, the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is helping to synchronise the response of various UN humanitarian agencies and the massive donations of international partners supporting the recovery effort. On behalf of UN family in Somalia – 137 of whom have donated blood – Mr. Zenenga expressed deep sadness over the attacks that killed more than 300 civilians and injured hundreds more. While noting that many city hospitals had been overwhelmed by the number of people wounded and were running short of supplies, he said that the UN is working closely with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) to ensure that they provide adequate support to federal and local government ministries and agencies. “Our support as the UN family will partly go through AMISOM, including some equipment and medical supplies,” Mr. Zenenga said. Alan Macdonald, Director of UNMAS Somalia, pointed out the important role played by the agency’s sniffer dogs in searching for secondary explosive devices around the perimeter area of the main blast site. “In the second day, the response changed, we have explosive detection dogs but we’ve also augmented that with combat engineering support where we are helping the AMISOM soldiers with heavy equipment for removing rubble at the site,” Mr. Macdonald noted. read more

Updated Detour Lake Life of Mine plan to add to ultraclass fleet

first_imgDetour Gold Corporation has reported the details of its updated life of mine plan (2018 LOM Plan) for its Detour Lake operation located in northeastern Ontario. The 2018 LOM Plan, in conjunction with a stronger leadership team dedicated to implementing several key operational improvement initiatives, represents an intensified commitment to optimise the Detour Lake operation.“Detour Gold is moving forward on an achievable plan to create long-term value for all of our shareholders, with whom we have always maintained an open dialogue. Our Board has made important changes and is committed to making further changes, as necessary, to ensure Detour Lake becomes a consistently profitable operation,” said Alex Morrison, Board Chairman. “With our new mine operating plan in place and a team led by our new Chief Operating Officer, Frazer Bourchier, to execute it, we are confident that we are on track to position the Company as a leading intermediate gold producer. Both management and the Board are highly focused on operational improvements. The impact of the changes we are making will not be evident immediately, but we intend to deliver consistent execution under Frazer’s leadership.”The 2018 LOM Plan includes all production and costs at the Detour Lake mine site and does not include costs for corporate, exploration and interest. Highlights are as follows:Proven and probable reserves of 16.0 million ounces of gold contained in 517 Mt grading 0.97 g/t over a mine life of approximately 23 years (as at December 31, 2017)Average annual gold production of approximately 659,000 oz over LOM at average total site costs of $843 per ounce soldFor the period 2019-2023, average annual gold production of approximately 608,000 ounces at average total site costs of $983 per ounce soldAnnual total material mined ramping up to 129 Mt by 2024Annual plant throughput maintained at 23 Mt starting in 2021Estimated LOM capital costs of $2.5 billion (excluding deferred stripping)Estimated LOM pre-tax cash flows of $8.4 billion at $1,300 per ounce and CAD/US exchange rate of 1.25After-tax NPV5% of $3.45 billion as at January 1, 2018Frazer Bourchier, COO, commented: “This updated mine plan generates a more consistent near and mid-term gold production profile with a cost structure based, in part, on realised performance to date while allowing flexibility for future permitting requirements. All input assumptions consider recent performance, current operational maturity and future planned operational improvements. It is the most prudent and achievable mine development approach for the Detour Lake operation.”The 2018 LOM Plan successfully reduces the large annual variation in projected gold production under the prior plan. Specifically, the gold production profile is more consistent over the next 12 years at approximately 614,000 oz per year and subsequently increases to approximately 725,000 oz per year for the next 10 years.The mine life of 22.6 years is based on the amended mineral reserves statement which is included at end of this news release. The mine production plan assumes the continued development of the Detour Lake pit, including successful attainment of required progressive permits, with the start-up of the West Detour pit in 2025 and the North pit in 2026. The majority of ore tonnes (88%) are sourced from the Detour Lake pit with the balance coming from the West Detour and North pits. Plant throughput capacity is maximized with the processing of LG Fines over the LOM (average grade of 0.59 g/t Au and representing less than 5% of total LOM mill feed).The mining rate for the Detour Lake pit gradually ramps up from 107 Mt in 2018 to 129 Mt in 2024. During this period, the waste to ore strip ratio will vary annually from 3.5:1 to 6.6:1. The ultra-class haulage truck fleet is projected to increase from the current 34 to 39 CAT 795 trucks in 2022 while no increase is expected for the current two electric rope shovels (CAT 7495) and five hydraulic shovels (CAT 6060).The mining phases have been subdivided into more contained geographic areas compared to the prior plan. The mining benches remain at approximately 120 m in width and 12 m in height with two access ramps for waste extraction servicing the upper portion of the pit. There is no change to the wall slope geometry and dilution assumptions. As reported on April 26, 2018, the company has already started on the mine sequencing changes with a focus on the south wall development of the Detour Lake pit.Production from the West Detour pit is scheduled from 2025 to 2036, starting at 8 Mt per year to a maximum mining rate of 31 Mt per year in 2028. It assumes a combination of small equipment (CAT 6030 excavators and CAT 777 haul trucks) and shared usage of the Detour Lake pit mining fleet. The company plans to use the West Detour pit, once depleted, for tailings and/or waste rock deposition. Production from the North pit is scheduled from 2026 to 2030, using a contractor at a maximum mining rate of approximately 6 Mt per year.The 2018 LOM Plan assumes a gradual ramp-up of the processing plant capacity, from 21.0 Mt in 2018 to 23.0 Mt starting in 2021. Overall gold recovery is expected to average 92.8% over the LOM plan.last_img read more

Greek Carer support program launch

first_imgThe Louise Multicultural Community Centre, a Victorian-based organisation that helps refugees and migrants in Australia, has launched a pilot Greek Carer Support Program to assist the Greek community in the Eastern Region of Melbourne to better understand their entitlements and the resources available to help them. The Louise Multicultural Community Centre (LMCC) aims to provide Greek carers with information and skills they will need to minimise isolation; make available resources through partnering and collaborative arrangements with other organisations, as well as provide social outlets for carers and to empower them to be self sufficient. “Research has revealed that first generation Greeks, because of the nature of their work when they first arrived in Australia being highly physical and arduous, often experience later in life muscular skeletal problems,” said Cynthia Shaw of the LMCC. “So very often their needs for care are very specific and being aware of how to handle these specific needs is crucial.” Councillor John Koutras from the City of Whitehorse said “the Greek Australian community is too proud to ask for help” and stated that programs such as this one are a very important. He thanked the LMCC for having the courage to identify this need. More information: www.louise.org.au or call (02) 9285 4850 Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Police 7 wounded in shootings near Oakland park

first_imgOAKLAND, Calif. — Seven men were wounded, one critically, when gunfire erupted on an Oakland street and continued for several blocks, police said.Officers received reports of a shooting about a block away from a park in East Oakland shortly after 6 p.m. Monday, Oakland police spokeswoman Johnna Watson said. Police learned about a second shooting scene nearby when they arrived.Watson said Tuesday that initial reports suggest that two armed suspects approached a group of men who were celebrating a birthday and began shooting at them. One of the victims is in critical condition, down from an initial police report of two, while the other six suffered non-life threatening injuries, Watson said. The wounded are between the ages of 23 and 31.Police do not have a motive for the shooting and were still trying to determine whether the assailants were on foot or in a vehicle.Chief Sean Whent said it was possible several of the victims were not targeted.“This is really kind of outrageous,” Whent said after arriving at the scene. “Six o’clock at night isn’t that late at night.”last_img read more

GSLV rocket glitch rectified Chandrayaan2 launch soon

first_imgChennai : The Indian space agency has rectified the fault in its Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV-Mk III) whose Monday flight with Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft was called off one hour before its lift off. While there is no official word about the status of the rocket since the flight was called off due to a technical snag, it is learnt from officials of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) that the glitch has been rectified. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us “Couple of dates are being looked at for the rocket’s launch. It could be between July 20-23,” an official told IANS preferring anonymity. The rocket GSLV-Mk III was supposed to lift off at 2.51 a.m. on Monday with India’s second moon mission spacecraft Chandrayaan-2. One hour before the lift-off officials detected a snag and called off the mission. “A technical snag was observed in launch vehicle system at 1 hour before the launch. As a measure of abundant precaution, #Chandrayaan2 launch has been called off for today. Revised launch date will be announced later,” ISRO tweeted and didn’t elaborate further.last_img read more

AL not fully satisfied with the verdict Quader

first_imgBangladesh Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader. File PhotoRuling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) general secretary and road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader on Wednesday said his party is not fully satisfied over the verdict of 21-August grenade attack as the mastermind of the attack BNP’s acting vice-chairman Tarique Rahman was not awarded death penalty, repots BSS.“We are not fully unhappy and also not fully satisfied over the verdict of 21-August grenade attack as the mastermind of the gruesome attack BNP’sacting vice-chairman Tarique Rahman was not awarded capital punishment,” he told journalist in his first reaction over the verdict after signing a contract of MRT Line-1 at Bangabandhu International Conference Center.The prime target of the horrible attack was the then opposition leader and incumbent prime minister Bangabandhu’s daughter Sheikh Hasina, Quader said,adding that the plan of the attack was mapped out from the Hawa Bhaban.One of the important accused for the attack Mufti Hannan acknowledged in his confessional statement before the court that permission for carrying out the attack was taken from Tarique Rahman.The verdict, however, over the grenade attack has come after 14 years while it emerged as a topic of public discussion and criticism over the whole time, he said.A court on Wednesday handed down death sentence to 19 people including former junior home minister Lutfuzzaman Babar and life imprisonment to another 19 including ex-premier Khaleda Zia’s son Tarique Rahman on 21 August, 2004 grenade attack charge.A total of 24 AL leaders and workers, including the then Mohila Awami League president and wife of late president Zillur Rahman, Ivy Rahman, were killed and around 500 others were injured in the monstrous attack.last_img read more

New test may provide smoking gun for modified gravity

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2014 Phys.org Like any scientific prediction, modified gravity must be experimentally tested in order for scientists to confirm its validity. Although significant progress has been achieved in recent years in designing observational tests of gravity’s effects in the universe that might reveal the presence of modified gravity, there is still no conclusive evidence for its existence.Now in a new paper published in Physical Review Letters, Wojciech A. Hellwing, et al., have proposed a new test of modified gravity that is based on measuring the tendency of well-separated galaxies to approach each other. This movement is called the galaxy pairwise velocity. The physicists show that the galaxy pairwise velocity distribution of many galaxies with a wide range of masses is expected to deviate from the predictions of general relativity by significant amounts: between 5 and 10 standard deviations or higher, depending on the model. Due to these large deviations, this proposed test could potentially offer the strongest evidence in support of modified gravity to date.”Modified gravity (MG) theories have gained a lot of attention in the last decade,” Hellwing, a researcher at Durham University in the UK and the University of Warsaw in Poland, told Phys.org. “Mostly because this class of theories provides an alternative explanation of the late-time accelerated expansion of the universe, while avoiding some conceptual problems related to the classical general relativity (GR) picture in which Einstein’s cosmological constant is supposed to drive this acceleration. In the classical GR picture, one needs to have a very small value of the cosmological constant, which is hard to reconcile with quantum field theory. MG theories provide an alternative explanation, but in most of these theories modifications to gravity not only can account for accelerated expansion but also can produce non-negligible enhancement to gravity at cosmic scales relevant to galaxy formation and dynamics. Therefore it is of utmost importance to find observational evidence that could distinguish between these two scenarios (GR or MG).” Study finds ‘lumpy’ universe cannot explain cosmic acceleration A thin slice of the large-scale cosmic density field (the clustering of dark matter and galaxies) is depicted for four models: GR and three different MG models. The side of the box corresponds to ~360 Mega parsecs (Mpc) or ~1.16 billion of light years. Credit: Baojiu Li, et al. “The non-linear matter and velocity power spectra in f(R) gravity. Credit: ” Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 428, Issue 1, p.743-755 (Phys.org) —Since 1916, general relativity has provided a description of gravity that can explain many observations, including objects in free fall, gravitational lensing by massive objects, and black holes. Despite the success of the theory for nearly 100 years, scientists have been looking at ways to modify general relativity in order for it to better explain certain observations—particularly the accelerated expansion of the universe. Although these modifications can be very different from one another, they generally fall into the category of “modified gravity.” Although one possible type of observational evidence of MG is related to the clustering of luminous galaxies, Hellwing explained that these observations have been plagued by ambiguities connected to non-linear baryonic physics responsible for galaxy formation and clustering. The complications make it very difficult to find a clear and measurable signal that could help researchers distinguish between GR and MG scenarios. Citation: New test may provide ‘smoking gun’ for modified gravity (2014, June 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-06-gun-gravity.htmlcenter_img “In our paper we have shown that the peculiar velocities of galaxies bear a significant signal of the underlying theory of gravity,” Hellwing said. “The advantage here is that the galaxy velocities are much less prone to the effects of the non-linear baryonic physics of galaxy formation. We also show this in our paper, when we present that the MG signal is present for galaxies of all masses and can also be measured both on large and small cosmological scales. Thanks to these unique features connected to the statistics of the galaxy velocity field, these kinds of observables pose a clean ‘smoking gun’-like signature of either GR or MG.”The physicists explain that the MG signal can be measured in two ways because it involves two different observational data sets. One set consists of the data of galaxy peculiar velocities, the other the clustering of galaxies in so-called redshift space. In the latter, the galaxy positions (clustering) are affected by their peculiar velocities and in the former the galaxy velocities are measured directly. “Both data sets call for a different approach,” Hellwing said. “However, the quality of the current data should allow for a clear measurement of the signal we discuss. Redshift space data is very abundant but it needs an extra theoretical effort to model properly the expected signal in GR and MG. The velocity data can be interpreted directly but it is much sparser and contained by much larger observational errors. A program aimed to extract the signal we have predicted theoretically is already in progress.”If experiments confirm that a modified version of general relativity can explain observations better than the original version, the results could shed light on some fundamental cosmological questions.”The implications of measuring the signal we have found are very profound,” Hellwing said. “Firstly the GR commonly adopted as a crucial ingredient of the standard cosmological model has only being tested at scales corresponding to the Solar System. Einstein’s theory was never directly tested on cosmological scales (relevant to galaxy velocities). Confirming that the GR is a valid theory of gravitation also on intermediate cosmological scales is very important. On the other hand, if the measured signal will indicate that GR is not enough to explain the observed motion of galaxies, then we will be dealing with a paradigm shift and a real breakthrough in modern cosmology and physics, comparable in magnitude to the accelerated expansion discovered in the late ’90s of the 20th century.” Journal information: Physical Review Letters , Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society A schematic picture of how researchers can observe galaxy peculiar velocities, “a cosmic dance of galaxies.” Credit: Wojciech A. Hellwing Explore further More information: Wojciech A. Hellwing, et al. “Clear and Measurable Signature of Modified Gravity in the Galaxy Velocity Field.” PRL 112, 221102 (2014). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.112.221102last_img read more

Targets Security Breach Stresses the Need for Better Cyber Security

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 4 min read January 16, 2014 Register Now » Target’s recent credit card security breach that affected 70 million customers was a huge hit to the retailing giant at the most inopportune time. To the retailer’s credit, it took this matter extremely seriously by quickly informing customers and offering 10 percent discounts to anyone who came into its stores the weekend before Christmas.The bigger issue for the retailer is everyone coming in with their two cents on what Target should have done to prevent this breach, including two U.S. senators seeking investigations from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission. There are also potential class action lawsuit filings against the retailer in California and Rhode Island.Yet in the ensuing and understandable media melee, one crucial point has largely been missed: the makeup of the criminals that perpetrated the act. Though not much has been disclosed, there’s little doubt in my mind that this was not the work of some part-time hacker living in his mother’s basement. While there are always lessons to be learned to make things better, we as security experts must openly acknowledge that cybersecurity is a war where the enemy is a formidable, organized and very sophisticated threat.Related: Target Says Up to 70 Million Customers Affected By HackingData breaches like the one Target suffered are typically conducted by organized crime syndicates or similar groups with a sizeable level of cleverness. They have a vast number of highly-skilled resources at their disposal from virtually every corner of the globe and strike with keen precision. They have a network like no other and when these criminal organizations hit, they hit hard. The Ponemon Institute’s 2013 Annual Cost of Cyber Crime Study noted that the financial impact of cyber attacks is up nearly 78 percent.Corporations, security experts and consumers need to act accordingly by taking cybercrime more seriously. It’s no longer a question of if, but when an attack will occur and how best to ensure it doesn’t infiltrate sensitive accounts. The first line of defense is also no longer the individual, as it once was. That’s because consumers no longer “own” their data. Information is moving so fast that these folks have their account information, address, phone numbers and other sensitive data on many servers they neither see nor control.Organizations that house this data must recognize that they bear the responsibilities of protecting the information. It’s a daunting task to be sure, but one where investments in security will prevent costly loss of revenue and litigation in the same manner that Target is now struggling to deal with.Related: Don’t Get Hacked — Tools to Fight Cyber AttacksThe key is to fight the cyber enemy with the same level of sophistication and respect that they have for their intended victims. This is a clever enemy before us, but one that can be defeated if we understand the size and scale of the threat. The advantage we as information assurance experts and corporate executives have is possessing tried and true methods to thwarting such threats, with elements that include:Categorizing information for its value to others. Ensure a keen understanding of what kind of data may be of interest to would-be cyber criminals. Prioritize it by the need to protect it. This will serve as a foundation for developing strategic information assurance initiatives against a fixed budget.Fully understanding the user base. Identify people and activities to develop potential threat profiles. It will help in focusing efforts to thwart attacks that occur from or are caused by improper activities from within. Training and awareness of employees is also a key aspect here. Surprisingly, many people who hold high-level security clearances will keep their passwords on a piece of paper in their notebook, or unencrypted in a document on their phone or computer.Monitoring systems. Identify all entries and exits; be they printers, thumb drives, network boundaries, etc. Watch happenings at these key points as well as system wide. More importantly, don’t just track the raw activity levels, but trends as well. Develop baseline metrics to identify abnormalities quicker and take action in a more rapid fashion.Let’s make 2014 the year we get the upper hand in this emerging cyber war.Related: Cyber Security a Growing Issue for Small Business Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more