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Hizbul Mujahideen militants held after encounter

first_imgTwo local Hizbul Mujahideen militants, who escaped at the end of a day-long encounter in Kulgam’s Qazigund area on Tuesday, were arrested from two separate spots on Wednesday.A police official said combing operation in the Kund Nowbug area around the encounter site was resumed in the morning. A soldier and a militant were killed in the gun battle on Tuesday. A police official said a local militant, Aqib Iqbal Malik alias Talha Bhai, a resident of Ringet Noorabad, was arrested from the area. Malik, who joined militancy earlier this year, had been injured.Another militant, who is also believed to have fled from the encounter site in Kulgam, was apprehended as he was trying to board a train in the morning. He has been identified as Shams Waqar, said a police official.Meanwhile, the Army has identified the deceased soldier as sepoy Manjinder Singh. Singh, 22, joined the army in 2015 and was a resident of Punjab’s Mansa area.Mirwaiz, Malik arrestedSeparatist leaders, including Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik, addressed a small rally in Srinagar on Wednesday. They called for a shutdown on November 27 against the National Investigation Agency (NIA) raids and ongoing “crackdown of civilian population” during counter-insurgency operations in the Valley.The Mirwaiz and Mr. Malik, along with 30 supporters, were arrested when they tried to lead a protest march towards the city centre Lal Chowk.Earlier, Mr. Geelani addressed a rally on the phone. The Mirwaiz and Mr. Malik were present at Abi Guzar to jointly address the media. “This puppet government has crossed all limits of oppression. If they thinks they can break our resolve and unity, they are mistaken. We are not going to surrender under any circumstance,” said Mr. Malik. ‘Fabricated cases’He alleged that NIA raids and the security agencies’ operation against civilian population in south and north Kashmir “is aimed at forcing us to surrender.” The trio said the shutdown on November 27 was also against the “maltreatment of detainees and the fabricated cases being slapped on leaders and supporters.” For many months now, separatists in Kashmir have been barred from holding public rallies.last_img read more

LA would support a US Winter Games, but it’s complicated

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It’s also the story of Utah, which might get in the mix to host a Winter Olympics in 2026 or 2030.The chairman of the LA bid was in Park City on Tuesday for the U.S. Olympic Committee media summit to discuss Los Angeles’ recent victory; many of the questions he fielded, though, involved whether a U.S. bid for an upcoming Winter Games might make sense, too.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Twenty-six is complicated, obviously,” Casey Wasserman said. “Obviously, there are real challenges from a timing perspective, two years before us. But I think our approach has been, the Olympic Games, whether summer or winter, are good for American athletes. Our intent is to be a good partner to the USOC and American athletes.”The USOC board will meet next month to discuss the possibility. The same country hasn’t hosted back-to-back Olympics since before World War II, though when the International Olympic Committee scrapped its traditional rules and awarded 2024 (Paris) and 2028 (LA) at the same time, it indicated it was certainly open to new ideas. Salt Lake City hosted the Winter Olympics in 2002, and what remains there and in Park City pretty much adheres to Agenda 2020, the blueprint that IOC President Thomas Bach set for future Olympics, which calls for less spending on new venues and infrastructure.Through a legacy foundation, the area has maintained an Olympic speedskating oval and a Nordic skiing course, each of which have drawn local athletes to their respective sports and could be used as part of an upcoming bid. The Utah Olympic Park remains an active training ground for action sports, for both U.S. athletes and those from other countries who are invited to work out there.Meanwhile, Utah likes the Olympics: NBC says Salt Lake City has ranked as either No. 1 or 2 among U.S. TV markets over the last three Winter Games.Leaders of the movement to bring the games back to Utah have largely stayed quiet, not wanting to take the limelight from Los Angeles, which helped the U.S. put a stop to a long string of embarrassing losses on the Olympic bid front. But a handful have told The Associated Press that there is enthusiasm for a potential bid if the USOC will sign on.“There’s fantastic momentum to have the Games come back. I think we could do it for a very affordable price compared to the rest of the world,” said Ted Morris, the executive director of U.S. Speedskating, which is based in the Salt Lake City area. “In my opinion, looking at ’26 is probably not realistic, but ’30 seems like an opportunity.”ADVERTISEMENT Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  The most complicating factor for either year would be a reworking of an agreement between LA and the USOC that transfers the USOC’s marketing rights to the city’s organizing committee over an eight-year span. Adding another American Olympics to that mix would force some major renegotiations.There’s also the issue of the IOC bid process. Bach has redrawn the rules for 2026, creating friendlier deadlines for cities to commit to a bid. But he has not committed to a potential double award for 2026 and 2030, the way he did with 2024 and 2028.Also, the USOC will have to consider Denver and Reno, Nevada, which also have expressed interest in hosting a Winter Games but would be behind the curve compared with Salt Lake City.“Thomas Bach has publicly stated he’d like to see the Winter Games return to a more traditional location, and to me, that’s code for Europe or North America,” said USOC chairman Larry Probst, speaking to the fact that the hosts for 2014, 2018 and 2022 are Russia, South Korea and China. “We’ve got to look at that, then develop a strategy about whether we’re going to bid for the (2026) Winter Games or beyond that.” MOST READ FILE – In this Feb. 9, 2002, file photo, Georg Hackl, of Germany, speeds past an Olympic logo during a practice run for the men’s singles luge at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics in Park City, Utah. The idea of the U.S. hosting a Winter Olympics is complicated. So says the leader of the team that brought the Summer Games to Los Angeles for 2028. LA 2028 chairman Casey Wasserman says his team would be supportive of a bid to bring the Winter Games to the United States. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)PARK CITY, Utah — The venues are there. The city loves the Olympics. The memories of the last games it hosted are still fairly fresh and mostly positive.This is the story of Los Angeles, which will host the Summer Games in 2028.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Playoff-bound Cubs lose to Reds in finale BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

N Srinivasan-led TNCA’s surplus up by Rs 7 crore

first_imgN SrinivasanDespite continuing to face various political and administrative roadblocks, the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) has a reason to smile, albeit in an entirely different area.The N. Srinivasan-headed TNCA improved upon its financial might in the year 2013-14. It earned a surplus of `15.28 crore during the year, despite being involved in cases with government agencies over several issues.This surplus was `6.8 crore more than it earned in 2012-13, which was `8.48 crore. And it was a handsome `12.90 crore more than the total surplus budgeted, according to the TNCAs annual report 2013-14, which is strictly meant for circulation amongst members only??.TNCAs problems did not end with the financial year. The Chennai Municipal Corporation did not allow TNCA to stage any IPL match in 2014 at the M. Chidambaram Stadium over the use of its three contentious spectator stands. Its impact would reflect in the 2014-15 balance sheet.TNCA officials would be feeling proud that the income in 2013-14 exceeded their expectations. For instance, under the head receipts from the BCCI, which is associations share of the Boards income from the media rights and IPL, the TNCA had budget of `26 crore. But it actually received `37.14 crore `11.14 crore more than it expected.The other source from which the eventual income exceeded its expectation was the interest. TNCA had budgeted `50 lakh for 2013-14, but received `1.08 lakh. This was `58.88 lakh more than they had anticipated.Under the head expenditure, depreciation occupied the biggest chunk. It was `8.06 crore in 2013-14.The next biggest spending was on development, and the areas under this head included the TNCA academy, consumption of cricket materials by districts and others, assistance and grants to districts, coaching schemes, coaches salaries, and ground expenses etc.advertisementThe total amount under this section was In 2013-14, Tamil Nadus surplus was `15.28cr, up by almost `7cr `3.58 crore, which was `1.08 crore more than in 2013-13. TNCA spent a lot of money on its various state-level tournaments these include interschool meets, under-14 to under-25 tournaments, TNCA League and Buchi Babu tournament etc., all of which are meticulously organised.The total expenditure on these was `2.74 crore. And on nationallevel tournaments, like the Ranji Trophy, Duleep Trophy, Deodhar Trophy and the various age-group competitions, the TNCA spent `3.44 crore.TNCAs administrative expenses during 2013-14 was `2.66 crore, which included `1.22 crore spent on salaries alone. And the amount shown under other expenses section was `56.56 lakh.The association, however, has not painted a rosy picture in the 2014-15 budget.last_img

TKO semi-final draw announced

first_imgKaizer Chiefs Kaizer Chiefs pitted against Bidvest Wits in TKO semi-finals Ernest Makhaya Last updated 2 years ago 23:59 11/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Thulani Hlatshwayo & Bernard Parker Gallo Images Kaizer Chiefs League Cup Bidvest Wits Polokwane City Bloemfontein Celtic The draw for the semi-finals was conducted at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Sunday afternoon Kaizer Chiefs have been drawn against Bidvest Wits in the semi-finals of the Telkom Knockout Cup.Amakhosi booked their place in the Last 4 after beating Chippa United 1-0 on Sunday afternoon through a Bernard Parker strike.As difficult the encounter away to the Students will be, Steve Komphela will fancy his chances for a place in the final. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The 50-year-old mentor guided Chiefs to the final of the same competition in his first season in charge, only to lose to Mamelodi Sundowns.Meanwhile, Polokwane City will be at home against Bloemfontein Celtic in the other semi-final clash.Rise and Shine upset the odds to book their place in the semi-finals, thanks to their 4-2 penalty shootout win over Orlando Pirates on Saturday. This will be City’s first semi-final appearance since gaining promotion to the elite league, while Celtic are the former TKO champions.The two matches will take place on the weekend of November 18 and 19, 2017.However, the PSL will release the official dates, venues and kick-off times in due course.last_img read more

Ashley Judd Says She Will Be Pressing Charges On Fans Who Sexually Harassed Her On Twitter

first_imgAshley Judd speaks on TV.Sunday, Kentucky superfan Ashley Judd, who was clearly emotional during what was a rough SEC Tournament title game, tweeted during the second half that the Arkansas Razorbacks were playing “dirty” against her Wildcats. Unfortunately, in response, Judd claims she was both called inappropriate names and threatened with sexual violence by a number of users. She tweeted her frustration afterwards, and showed her followers an example.Monday, Judd, who has written in her memoirs about being a sexual abuse survivor, told MSNBC that she’ll be pressing charges on the users who sent her the tweets. She joined Thomas Roberts to talk about Kentucky’s chances in the NCAA Tournament and eventually got to the topic of social media. Start the video around 4:35 if you’re just looking for that portion.Judd made no mention of how many Twitter users she’d be pressing charges against. Hopefully this makes people think twice before tweeting offensive messages at celebrities – or anyone else.last_img read more

Till date COA has not explained our role: Angry VVS Laxman writes to Ombudsman

first_imgTill date COA has not explained our role: Angry VVS Laxman writes to OmbudsmanVVS Laxman has slammed COA for not explaining him his role as the member Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC). Laxman, Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly have all been served conflict of interest notices because of their straddling roles in the IPL and the CAC.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiApril 29, 2019UPDATED: April 29, 2019 20:01 IST VVS Laxman is a member of BCCI’s Cricket Advisory Committtee. (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVVS Laxman alleged that there has complete lack of communication from the Vinod Rai-led COALaxman said the COA has been using the CAC only for selection of senior national coachesLaxman said he is ready to “recuse” if found conflicted in the ‘çonflict of interest’ allegationsLivid with the conflict of interest allegation against him, former India batsman VVS Laxman has lambasted the Committee of Administrators’ handling of the Cricket Advisory Committee, alleging complete lack of communication from the Vinod Rai-led panel.Laxman said the COA has been using the CAC only for selection of senior national coaches despite promising a broader role earlier.Not known to be the most aggressive off the field, the stylish Hyderabadi, in his official response to Ombudsman-cum-Ethics-Officer, gave a rather aggressive rebuttal on the allegations of ‘Conflict of Interest’ while concluding that he is ready to “recuse” if found conflicted.”On December 7, 2018, we had written to the the Committee of Administrators requesting them to clarify the scope of our role and responsibilities. To this date, there has been no reply. Since no tenure had been mentioned in the letter of intent issued in 2015, it was only reasonable to expect some communication on whether the CAC was still in existence. Unfortunately that hasn’t been forthcoming,” Laxman wrote in his affidavit filed through his lawyer.Laxman, along with Tendulkar, replied to notices served by Ombudsman on complaint of Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) life member Sanjeev Gupta for performing dual role as mentors (Sunrisers in Laxman’s case) and CAC members.”It will be worthwhile to note that the reason I agreed to be a member was because of the various inputs we were originally tasked with contributing towards the sustained growth of Indian cricket,” he wrote in his reply.”The opportunity to be involved meaningfully in India’s climb towards becoming a cricketing superpower post retirement was privilege enough for me to turn down the offer of remuneration of being a part of CAC,” Laxman said in his affidavit, point 3 (c).advertisement”The allegation of the complainant are baseless as we are in no manner selectors of either players or coaches and CAC is not a permanent body,” he wrote.The pertinent points were 3 (d) and (e) where he criticised the COA, insisting that the body was never really forthcoming on the scope and role of CAC.Laxman said the roles of the CAC as told to him in 2015 included focussing on improving performances of the national team overseas, creating a pathway to track a young cricketer’s career from U-19 to India A to the international team,… ODIs and Test cricket for the country’s top players, managing workload for fast bowlers, means to improve the quality of Indian spinners, and education and life-skills for young cricketers.Laxman said no such input was ever sought by the BCCI.”…none of the CAC members has (sic) been called on to give our opinion on any subjects except to be invited to be involved in the selection of national coaches and, once, the selection of junior national selectors. However, this is by no means a regular process and I am in no manner to be considered a selector.”Laxman also claimed that the COA did not even give the three-member committee — the third member being Sourav Ganguly — enough time to confirm availability to select the women’s head coach.”In December 2018, we were given a little over 24 hours to confirm our availability to be on the panel to select the India women’s head coach. All three of us expressed our inability to participate in the process due to short notice and prior commitments,” Laxman said.An ad-hoc committee, comprising Kapil Dev, Shantha Rangaswamy and Anshuman Gaekwad selected WV Raman as the head coach.Laxman urged the Ombudsman to view the “Conflict of Interest clause from the perspective of whether in the performance of my duties as a CAC member, I am being influenced by external factors.””It is my respectful submission that when I am barely required to discharge any duties as a member of the CAC, which I wasn’t even sure existed due to the lack of communication until I received this notice, questions of any conflict of interest doesn’t arise,” wrote the veteran of 134 Tests and 8781 runs.Also Read | Receive no monetary benefit from Mumbai Indians: Tendulkar’s letter to OmbudsmanAlso Read | BCCI backs Ganguly, tells Ombudsman his conflict of interest could be sortedAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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? 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For $10,000, You Can “Bag” the Most Elusive Continent of All: Antarctica

first_img How to Transition Your Wardrobe to Fall Airbnb Wants to Send You to Antarctica on Sabbatical Natural World Safaris Natural World Safaris Nevada’s Massacre Rim Named Latest International Dark Sky Sanctuary The Opus OP15′ Is a Tricked-Out, Off-Road-Ready Travel Trailer Natural World Safaris Next Previous Natural World Safaris Everlane Wants You to Have a Daily Uniform to Make Dressing Easier Editors’ Recommendations Natural World Safaris “Peak bagging” is a well-known psychological phenomenon — or, depending on your position, “disease” — among hikers. It’s the concept of conquering peaks with related features (e.g. all the 14,000-foot peaks in Colorado, the seven tallest summits on all seven continents, etc.). It’s no surprise that the concept exists likewise among travelers. So, it seems fitting that one company has figured out a way to help “continent baggers” nab the most elusive continent of all: Antarctica.Time was when only hearty sailors and borderline-crazy explorers would attempt to venture to Antarctica. Since around 2000, however, the journey has been open to anyone with a reasonably adventurous spirit and sufficient time and money. Those are all still prerequisites. But, Natural World Safaris is looking to substantially minimize the time required to allow a day trip to Antarctica, particularly for time-strapped vacationers.Most cruises to Antarctica depart from Ushuaia, Argentina, at the extreme southern tip of South America. However, the company’s newly debuted day trip will instead depart from South Africa and provide travelers with just 12 hours on the continent. The trip is five-star travel all the way, including a lunch on the ice with Champagne, exploration of icy grottos, and hiking amid thousands of Adelie penguins. Travelers also base out at a luxury polar camp that includes a sauna.Antarctica’s pristine “last natural frontier” image has helped fuel a decade or more of conservation-minded travelers rushing to visit the continent before it changes for the worse. Ironically, the disaster tourism niche has only accelerated the demise of already threatened destinations (see also: The Great Barrier Reef). Scientists and legit conservationists worry that this sort of tourism — all of which is currently made possible by fossil fuels — can only do more harm than good. Natural World Safaris is quick to point out that their day trip is guaranteed to be carbon neutral and will be eco-friendly in other ways. For example, it’s offering travelers the opportunity to fly with scientists on already-booked research flights, instead of hopping a private jet. Their adherence to the Antarctic Treaty which includes a zero-impact policy means that all waste will be transported off the continent, their camp is solar-powered, and their air transportation partner is a certified Carbon Neutral Company to offset all emissions.While weeks-long budget Antarctic cruises can be found for less than $4,000 (USD), Natural World Safaris’ day trips to the continent will run a cool £7,750 (more than $10,000 USD), not including the required flights to Cape Town. But, at least you can say you’ve been there, right? 1 of 4last_img read more

Pahariya Bhawan handed over to GTA

first_imgDarjeeling: The ‘Pahariya Bhawan’ at Matigarah, Siliguri was officially handed over to the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) on Saturday.The building was built by the North Bengal Development department. It was formally inaugurated by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in February this year. The 4-storey building has 13 double-bed rooms and 2 five-bed rooms, along with a kitchen and dining room. The property will be maintained and run by the Tourism department of the GTA. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess Durga”The property will be a big help for the people of the Hills. Many people from the Hills come to Siliguri for treatment, job interviews and admission at educational institutes. Instead of costly hotels, they can stay here. I would request that rooms be allotted to the general public on priority basis and not people with recommendation from the higher-ups,” stated Anit Thapa, chairman, GTA. The GTA will soon recruit staff to run the facility. “On Saturday we took over the property officially. We will recruit staff to run the facility and make the property operational at the earliest for the benefit of the masses,” Thapa said.last_img read more

Police find owner of Pepsi machine abandoned in New Brunswick potato field

first_imgST. LEONARD, N.B. – Police say they’ve found the owner of a wayward Pepsi machine discovered in a New Brunswick potato field.The vending machine was one of two found abandoned in a field southwest of Grand Falls, N.B., on Sept. 29 by workers clearing a potato field.One vending machine was traced to a local Walmart, but the serial number on the Pepsi machine didn’t match reports of any stolen machines, said RCMP Const. Daniel Levesque of Saint-Leonard, N.B.After their investigation went nowhere, police issued a press release on Wednesday with a photo of an apparently intact machine lying on its back and asked for the public’s help.“In this case, we had a couple vending machines stolen here and there throughout the region, but none of their serial codes was matching the one that we had over here, so we figured the press release would be one last effort to try and find its owner, because nothing was working,” Levesque said.Within four hours, a Pepsi representative had contacted them and helped RCMP track down its owner — the same Walmart in Grand Falls.Levesque said the file — and the Pepsi machine — have now been turned over to local police.He said the machines had been stripped of all contents and money. Both no longer work.“They must have been there for a little bit, because they were damaged by the weather,” he said.last_img read more

National Library of Israel Announces Courses in Moroccan Dialect

Rabat – The National Library of Israel has reportedly announced the opening of Moroccan Dialect courses for Moroccans Jews. The language is still spoken by tens of thousands of Jews in Israel.The decision comes following the great cultural impact made by the popular Israeli TV series entitled “Zaguri Imperia,” which tells the story of a poor Moroccan family from Beersheba, a city in the south of Israel.Jewish viewers have been influenced by the Moroccan family that code switches between Hebrew and Moroccan Arabic Dialect, Spanish and French. For many viewers, this mix of linguistic codes reflects their ancestors’ roots and their cultural background. Head of Public Services Division at The National Library of Israel Orly Simon who initiated the courses said, “[It is] […] very important for the students to learn Moroccan dialect as a stepping stone and prerequisite to master Arabic in the future.”Israeli TV series “Zaguri Imperia”“Zaguri Imperia” has currently become one of the most successful and popular TV shows in Israel. It managed to attract many viewers who feel nostalgic to their ancestors’ history.The series caused a wave of excitement among Moroccan Israeli Jews who have become eager to learn the language spoken by past generations.In the Moroccan Arabic Dialect classes, students will study old Moroccan Jewish texts and newspapers, which are written in Moroccan Arabic using Hebrew letters rather than the Arabic script or Latin alphabet.Moroccan Arabic Dialect is still spoken by elderly Moroccan Jews who lived in the Kingdom, especially when they reminisce about memories of life in Morocco.Edited by Kelsey Fish read more

Eighteen countries elected to serve on UN Economic and Social Council

Australia, Cameroon, China, Ecuador, Finland, Gabon, Hungary, Latvia, Malawi, Mexico, Nicaragua, Norway, Pakistan, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russia, Senegal and the United Kingdom were elected, and in some cases re-elected, to serve on the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The Council, comprising 54 members elected by the General Assembly, meets yearly to further economic and social cooperation and development. Those elected today will begin their three-year terms on 1 January 2011.The other current members of the ECOSOC are Argentina, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Comoros, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Estonia, France, Germany, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, India, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Malta, Mauritius, Mongolia, Morocco, Namibia, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine, United States, Venezuela and Zambia.Among the many issues discussed in the ECOSOC is progress in reaching objectives such as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight targets for tackling poverty, hunger and other social ills by 2015, as well as international development cooperation and the global financial situation.ECOSOC’s week-long high-level segment this year featured the Development Cooperation Forum, which centred on development cooperation in times of crises, the Annual Ministerial Review, which focused on gender equality and the empowerment of women, and a policy dialogue on the state of the world economy. 25 October 2010The General Assembly today elected 18 members to the key United Nations forum tasked with discussing international economic and social progress. read more

CanadaChina sign nohacking agreement designed to protect trade secrets

Canada-China sign no-hacking agreement designed to protect trade secrets by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 26, 2017 9:55 am MDT Last Updated Jun 26, 2017 at 10:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, introduces Chinese Premier Li Keqiang after speaking to a business luncheon, Friday, September 23, 2016 in Montreal. Canada and China have agreed not to engage in state-sponsored hacking of each other’s trade secrets and business information. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz OTTAWA – Canada and China have agreed not to engage in state-sponsored hacking of each other’s trade secrets and business information.The two countries reached the agreement during a meeting last week that was part of their new high-level national security dialogue.“The two sides agreed that neither country’s government would conduct or knowingly support cyber-enabled theft of intellectual property, including trade secrets or other confidential business information, with the intent of providing competitive advantages to companies or commercial sectors,” says a communique from the Prime Minister’s Office.The two sides also had “candid” discussions about a possible extradition treaty, said the statement — something China wants, but that Canada has said is a long way off.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang have deepened the political engagement between the two countries with regular “dialogues” such as the security one that took place last week in Ottawa.Daniel Jean, Trudeau’s national security adviser, led the talks with Wang Yongqing, the secretary-general of China’s Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission.Cybersecurity was one the many topics on the agenda, along with counter-terrorism, combating organized crime and regional security issues such as the crisis in Syria and North Korea’s nuclear sabre-rattling.The government statement says the two sides also discussed “judicial and rule of law issues.”John McCallum, the former immigration minister now serving as Canada’s ambassador to China, has previously flagged judicial issues as an area of disagreement between the two as Canada tries to deepen its economic ties.“We disagree on the death penalty,” McCallum told a House Commons committee in March.“We disagree on some aspects of the rule of law and privately and publicly on how the Chinese government treats human rights advocates.” read more

One Brave Night for Mental Health happening Friday

Michelle Balge knows how important help is when dealing with mental health issues.For years, she has struggled with severe depression and social anxiety.“I’ve had suicidal thoughts since I was 14,” she says. “Once I did reach out, that’s when I started the healing process. If I didn’t get help, I wouldn’t be here right now.”In high school and again in university, she reached out and found the resources she needed to feel better and overcome her struggles.The fourth-year sociology student wants to inspire other people with mental health issues to do the same if they need help.If I didn’t get help, I wouldn’t be here right now.“There are services at Brock University and the Niagara Region that can help people,” she said.Brock University’s Students’ Union has teamed up with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health for One Brave Night for Mental Health being held Friday, March 4 from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.The overnight event is aimed at raising money for CAMH and raising awareness about mental health and the supports available.“We are always so focused on our studies so we need ways to cope and gain different skills and tools to do that,” Balge says. “Mental health awareness is so important to everybody, whether they are facing their own issues or not.”Brian Hansell, founder of the Paul Hansell Foundation, will be speaking about the loss of his son Paul, who was a first-year Brock student when he died. The foundation’s goal is to eliminate the stigma of mental illness and support youth-based mental health programs.The night also includes other speakers, yoga, zumba, mental health bingo, movies and board games.Food and snacks are free at the event, which is non-alcoholic. It’s being held at Isaac’s on campus.The Brock Badgers team has raised the most money with $2,735 for One Brave Night, which is holding events across the country.Balge said it’s free to register and everyone is welcome. The first 100 people to show up get a free T-shirt. read more

Donaldson expands fuel filter product line for mining machines

first_imgWith new offerings for Cummins®, Racor®, Stanadyne® Fuel Manager® FM 100 and DAVCO® Fuel Pro® systems, Donaldson has expanded its fuel filter offering to provide customers with even more options to protect engine components and to extend equipment life. Rich Lewis, General Manager in charge of liquid filtration at Donaldson: “This gives us comprehensive coverage of fuel filter applications in both on-road and off-road vehicles, provides performance that meets or exceeds application requirements, and offers features that make them easy to install and more convenient to use. It truly is a better way to filter fuel.”The expanded line of replacement fuel filters includes a full complement of filters to fit Cummins® engines, Racor® fuel systems and Stanadyne® Fuel Manager® FM100 fuel systems.Many of the fuel filters in the expanded line have Twist&DrainTM valves, which make them among the easiest to service and use in the industry, the company says. The Twist&Drain valve, a key feature on Donaldson replacement filters for Cummins and Racor systems, turns the complicated task of removing water into an easy process. This Donaldson-exclusive valve has been designed with user-friendly features:A wider, easy-turn “thumb and forefinger” profileSelf-venting, allowing for easy water flowA single threaded port in the bottom of the filter housing for fast and easy water draining – without the awkwardness of multiple sensor and drain ports.Donaldson filters for Cummins engines with Twist&Drain valves come standard with a fully integrated water-in-fuel (WIF) sensor in the drain valve for operator notification of water presence.Donaldson filters for Racor systems (used in both on- and off-road vehicles) come with a choice of standard Twist&Drain valves or Twist&Drain valves with an integrated threaded sensor port designed to be compatible with existing OE sensors. Filters for the Racor systems also offer the option of a clear water collection bowl for visual water inspection.Donaldson filters for Stanadyne Fuel Manager FM100 systems cover a range of 500 off-road vehicle and equipment applications with just 17 part numbers, allowing dealers and maintenance shops to reduce inventory and shelf space. This reliable, simplified Donaldson design includes a universal interface, with no “keys” necessary to fit existing equipment. It’s also fully compatible with OE drain valves, sensors and bowls.Many Donaldson replacement fuel filters are manufactured using SynteqTM media, a high efficiency, robust media for fine particulate removal. This composite media combines cellulose and synthetic materials to give you worry free performance and extended filter life to meet or exceed even the most demanding application requirements.last_img read more

Diesel power up and running at Tanami gold project Zenith Energy says

first_imgZenith Energy says it has achieved completion on the diesel portion of its 62 MW power station for Newmont Mining’s Tanami gold mine in the Northern Territory of Australia.The remote power generation specialist said it had energised the 42 km 66 kV interconnect between the Dead Bullock Soak and Granites sites, enabling transmission of power for the site in line with previous estimates.The agreement between Zenith and Newmont – a build, own and operate (BOO) contract for a 62 MW power station at the mine – is the largest such power purchase agreement Zenith has signed to date. It is for an initial 10-year term, with an option to extend the contract for a further 10 years.“Zenith is also delighted to confirm that the supply commencement milestone of Q1 2019 has been successfully achieved, with numerous complex design, engineering, logistics and construction challenges met and overcome, resulting in the on‐time, on‐budget and safe completion of this landmark project by Zenith’s world‐class team,” Zenith said.The power station comprises 52 MW of gas‐fired and circa 10 MW of diesel (back‐up) power generation. Zenith said: “To put the scale of the power station in perspective, the average Australian household consumes circa 25 kWh/d of power, whereas the Tanami facility will produce upwards of 864,000 kWh/d.”With the completion of this facility, Zenith has 428 MW of total generation capacity under control.The design and construction phase for Tanami required the transport of three 150‐t Wartsila 34DF generators by road train from Fremantle in Western Australia; a 3,000 km journey (pictured) taking more than one week to complete, according to Zenith.Managing Director of Zenith Energy, Hamish Moffat, said: “The construction of our 62 MW power station at Tanami, on time and within budget, is testament to the capability and commitment of the entire Zenith Energy team. As the largest BOO hybrid gas‐diesel project we have undertaken, completion of the Tanami power station is a major milestone for Zenith.“Diesel-fuelled electricity supply from the facility has commenced and gas supply is imminent. We look forward to delivering cost‐effective, reliable power to Newmont’s Tanami operation for years to come.”Newmont’s Tanami underground gold mine produced 419,000 oz of gold (attributable to Newmont) in 2017.last_img read more

Copa del Rey Barcelona Atletico Madrid and La Rioja with one leg

← Previous Story Bundesliga (Round 22): Brave Hannover and Melsungen take points off HSV Hamburg and Flensburg Next Story → Israeli Championship (Round 17): Hapoel and Maccabi Rishon at the top After the first leg of the quarter-finals of the Spanish Copa del Rey, three teams can be said to be with one leg in the semifinals. Atletico Madrid beat Granollers away 30:25, Barcelona won at BM Aragon with 34:30, while La Rioja won at home against Cuenca with 35:27, and it seems that the second legs will be formality only. All is open in the fourth game where Ademar Leon will have a tough task at “Ovni” arena against Puerto Sagunto, after only drawing at home with 24:24, despite being touted as huge favorites by the bookies.Scores: Ademar Leon 24:24 Puerto Sagunto, BM Aragon 30:34 Barcelona, La Rioja 35:27 Cuenca, Granollers 25:30 Atletico Madrid Ademar LeonAragonatletico madridBarcelonabm aragonpuerto sagunto read more

Water turbine invention could power your home

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Following Malcolm Turnbull’s open call for an “ideas boom”, innovation became the word of the day, opening a window of opportunity for creative minds along Australia. Some were more ready than others.“The definition of innovation is to use existing technology in an unexpected way to achieve the unexpected,” explains Paul Kouris, who has done exactly that. The Melbourne barrister is the inventor of the Kouris Centri Turbine (KCT), patiently waiting for 40 years for his idea to gain momentum, as the Paris Climate agreement proved that the world understands the need for sources of power alternative to fossil fuel. It is telling to note that this need was evident in 1975, when Kouris was still a philosophy and law student at Monash University. Propelled by the energy crisis of the era, he held many passionate discussions with his engineer friends, about their “obligation to come up with an idea to improve the lifestyle of people”, as he puts it. “We were beginning to learn about the impact of fossil fuel on the environment and we knew that nuclear was not the answer,” he remembers. “We had to move from coal, if we didn’t want to drown or get cooked.” When he suggested to his friends to look for a way to put perpetual motion to practice, they laughed at him. He managed to have the last laugh; 40 years on, he has patented a new kind of turbine – the fourth type of turbine to ever be put to use – that seems to break the Newtonian conservation of energy principle, as it uses the power of a water vortex to create a hydropower system that generates electricity. How does a philosophy and law student come up with an idea to find a new way to use hydropower? “I’m Greek!” he jokes. “We’re the sons of Archimedes.” Paul Kouris’ ‘eureka’ moment came while washing the dishes, when he noticed the vortex created in the sink. “A little voice in my head then said, ‘here’s your perpetual motion’.” Trying to replicate it, through many prototypes, he came up with the KCT, which is composed of a cylindrical chamber with an impeller placed in the centre. Water is channelled into the container from the top left or right side (depending on which hemisphere the site is in). The container is hollow at the bottom, so as the water is fed in from one side it forms a vortex while exiting from the bottom of the turbine. The impeller revolves with the vortex’s force and the revolving impeller then powers a low rpm generator. “The KCT works with rotational kinetic energy, not lineal kinetic energy,” explains its inventor. This is the defining point. Submersing the wheel in water minimises energy losses – which account for much of the conventional hydropower systems inefficiency, as they tend to overflow – while the wheel slows the water down. By contrast, the KCT wheel works “like an egg beater”, in the words of Mr Kouris, doubling the output, and putting to use the power created by the suction of the vortex. The other main difference is that the KCT only requires a sufficient fall to allow a vortex to form. The domestic KCT operates in a vortex chamber that is only 2m in diameter and 60cm deep, thus being much smaller in size than a conventional turbine that needs a minimum fall from a height of three metres, massive quantities of water and all the infrastructure that goes with it to be efficient. This turbine can power a standard western house – and about 20 African ones. “Our aim is to give power to the people,” says Mr Kouris, explaining that the third world markets are more appealing to his project. “In advanced countries, the shift from fossil fuel to renewable energy is a choice of the best way to maintain a certain lifestyle. But in the third world you can really make an impact and change lives,” he says, pointing to the fact that approximately 1.5 billion people around the world are deprived of electricity. His licensee has secured contracts for distribution and installation in Angola and Rwanda, where policies for housing are being implemented. But Mr Kouris wishes for his invention to be put to use in large-scale projects, such as municipal councils in areas with waterways. His larger turbines – 2m in diameter and 2m in depth – can power ten houses and, if several of them are put in a river, they can have a much greater effect. There is one river which might benefit from Mr Kouris’ invention very soon – and it is not any river, but an iconic one. “While we participated in Australian Business Week in New Delhi, our pavilion was visited by the representatives of the organisation running the National Ganga River Basin Project in India, on behalf of the World Bank. They were impressed by the KCT and asked us to provide a quote for 300 turbines to be installed and helped rejuvenate the river. We’re currently in discussions in order to go on with the project,” says Mr Kouris. As for the inventor’s own countries – both his home country and his country of origin – there’s still a long way to go. “Australia is probably the worst country in the world for renewable energy, at the moment,” he says, citing its dependence on the mining and coal industries as the cause. “The big companies have spent billions of dollars to ensure nothing changes,” he adds, and expresses distrust towards politicians. “The Labor government had proposed funds for renewable energy, but once you went to ask for it, you had to tackle a very complicated process,” he points out. As for Greece, a country that could benefit from renewable energy, it has an “impossible bureaucracy system”. Yet the first KCT is already installed, and KapaLamda, the manufacturer in Greece, is in talks of expanding in Trikala – where he found the turbine’s ancestor. “Spyros Lyssoudis, the managing director of KapaLamda, together with his wife, Dimitra, visited Krania, a small village close to Trikala, in Thessaly, for a KCT site inspection. They met with the owners of a property; great interest was shown in the KCT. “Coincidentally their father in the past had a small laundry business next to the local river using dristeles, a type of ancient heavy duty vortex washing machine the villagers used to clean their carpets. There were many such Vortex washing machine sites within the district. So it seems the KCT harnesses the wisdom of the ancients and stands on the shoulders of giants!”For more information, visit This story was previously titled: “An inquiring mind with an answer to energy demands”last_img read more

You have to take calculated risks Jean Michael Seri

first_imgThe Ivory Coast and Fulham midfielder is playing for the first time in the English Premier League and he believes he can do wellIvorian midfielder Jean Michael Seri started his professional career in 2010 with ASEC Mimosas.He was loaned in 2012 to Porto B, where he showcased his talents to the Portuguese football fans.That’s why Paços de Ferreira acquired his services in 2013, but he was then transferred to French Ligue 1 side Nice in 2015.After all these moves, he came to the English Premier League in the summer for the first time, and now he’s defending Fulham’s colors.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“You have to give things a go and take calculated risks: not things that put your team in danger but passes forward to surprise your opponents,” he told The Guardian.“Otherwise you are just a water carrier. It’s not always about a simple pass. Sometimes it’s about being daring. Since I’ve been young, I’ve always had that desire, to look forward and test myself. It is an attitude.”“People talk about the Premier League and its intensity, it’s physicality,” Seri adds.“If you’re not ready, you’ll fail. It’s a championship which demands effort and sacrifices in your everyday life, so you cannot let standards slip. Each training session is like a match. Survival is our objective, to stay in the Premier League where players grow and improve.”last_img read more

How to promote your app on the cheap

first_imgSo you’re making an app — good for you! Paradoxically, the hard work of actually making the app might end up being less of a pain than launching and promoting it. Sure, there are pricey advertising services that will get your app in front of a lot of eyeballs, and PR firms are happy to take you money. However, you can get great results on the cheap with just a little effort.The work of promoting your app starts long before you actually release it. It’s important to get to know your audience — become one of them. If there are online communities that focus in your platform of choice, get involved. If you’re an Android developer, get active on the r/android subreddit. iOS? Get yourself over to r/iphone and r/ipad. This isn’t some sort of covert infiltration, though. Get these people to help you beta test your app, and maybe even suggest new features and use cases you haven’t considered. Not only is this valuable feedback, it gets people familiar with what you’re doing. When you launch the app, people will know what it’s about–you’ll be a known quantity.So you got the word of mouth going and the app is available, now what? If your app relies on a paid model, consider a launch sale. You can tip deal sites and the r/apphookup sub-Reddit to get it in front of people. Everyone loves a deal. You need users early on to leave reviews, so don’t worry about revenue right away. When the app’s online listing looks respectable and there’s good buzz, you need to expand, and that means media coverage.You may be tempted to go with a PR agency that promises to blast a press release out to some huge number of tech journalists and websites, but in the name of all that is holy, please don’t do this. These impersonal and often misdirected emails rarely get read, and if they do, there’s no guarantee they’re being read by the right people. We’re doing this on the cheap too, and you don’t need to pay people to do things that don’t work. What you ought to do is figure out who is influential among your users–probably a blog, podcast, or YouTuber that focuses on your platform of choice. Pitch them the app, link to it, explain what it is, and why you think it deserves some attention.Don’t beg for a review, though. Not all outlets do “reviews” in the traditional way, and not all apps (even good ones) justify something of that length. You get just as much benefit from a favorable blog post that just makes readers aware of your app. Apple offers a limited number of promo codes for paid apps each time you update your app, so make sure you use them. People who can help you build buzz should have access. Android is harder as there are no promo codes. You can build promo code functionality into an app if you use certain in-app purchase or unlocker app methods, but don’t be afraid to send free APKs to trustworthy people as well.When people start downloading your app after finding it through these channels, you need to stay engaged. The Play Store offers developers the option of publicly responding to reviews, which is a great way to show potential customers that you’re ready to help. On iOS and Android, always, always respond to support emails. You never know who’s on the other end of that email. It might end up that you offend someone who has sway over the community. The last thing you want is a Reddit thread about how you were rude/wouldn’t offer a refund/are slow with updates or whatever.You can get good buzz and coverage without paying for thousands of ad impressions or a slick PR campaign. Some of the most successful and useful apps on mobile devices have made their name by engaging with the community and getting useful and timely information to notable blogs. This is how you launch an app successfully without breaking the bank.last_img read more

How to Track a Cell Phone Location for Free with the Number

first_imgWow facts 1Share this videoCopyPausePlay00:00% Buffered0PreviousPausePlayNextLive00:00 / 00:00UnmuteMuteExit fullscreenFullscreenCopy video urlPlay / PauseMute / UnmuteReport a problemLanguageBackMox PlayerDefaultEnglishEspañolУкраїнськаРусскийadvertisementFigure out the current location of a long-lost friend, old flame, or new acquaintance with just their cell phone number. Locate a lost cell phone or tablet. See the personal details of an anonymous caller. In this article, we show you how to do any of the above armed with just your computer or smartphone: Part 1: Track A Cell Phone Location by Number In Real-Time with Spyic  Spyic is a leading parental control and phone tracking app. It has several location-tracking related features built-in. Once installed, you can use Spyic to track someone’s location in real-time. It also gives you an overview of someone’s location history.  Over a million people in 190+ countries make use of Spyic. It’s user-vetted and reliable. You can trust the app.For iOS devices, you can set up and use Spyic remotely. You can then track a phone number via Spyic without having to physically access the device. For Android devices, you need brief physical access to the target device to install a tiny app on it. After Spyic is installed, you can thereafter monitor the phone’s location remotely. How to Track A Cell Phone Location by NumberStep 1: Register for a Spyic account. Use your email ID as the username. Step 2:  Sign up for a Spyic monthly subscription. You can choose the Premium version to track the location of a single device and Family/Corporate for multiple devices. Step 3: Follow the provided setup instructions. It only takes 5 minutes. After that, wait for Spyic to sync up with the target device. Step 4: Login to the Spyic dashboard from any phone or PC browser. Look for the “Location” option in the selection menu on the left. That’s it – you’re now tracking the cell phone’s location! The location’s window is a font of useful information. You’ll be able to see all the following: Last-seen location: The target’s last seen location will be pinned on an interactive map and also listed below. Past locations: You’ll see a summary of last-visited locations in reverse chronological order.  Coordinates: Every tracked location will be accompanied by its exact geographical coordinates. Timestamps: Finally, you’ll be able to see when the target visited a particular location. Since Spyic was designed to be a parental monitoring app, it can be hidden, if necessary. You can even set up a virtual geofence to know when the cell phone leaves or enters an area. Apart from location tracking, it offers other useful features like messages, social media, pictures, video, and call tracking.  Part 2: How to Track a Cell Phone Location with the Number of the Cell PhoneWhat if you don’t have physical access to the cell phone in question? What if you’re called from an anonymous number? Can you still track the phone’s location? At times like these, you can use a reverse phone lookup service like WhitePages. What is a reverse phone lookup service? It essentially takes an input phone number and matches it publically-available with identity and address records. If available, information about the phone number’s owner is retrieved for you. A service like WhitePages should be able to retrieve at least some relevant information about the phone’s owner. All you need to do is input the cell phone number in the provided blank form field. Here’s the information you could potentially receive: Location: You’ll know the approximate geographical area the phone originates from.  Name: The first name and the last name of the target will be retrieved. Address: A registered address, if available, will also be generated. Picture: Publically available social media pictures may be shared with you. WhitePages is a good way to track down an anonymous caller or a long-lost friend. Note that the location information shared is limited. You don’t get an exact address or geographical coordinates. You’ll only know the general area the phone originated from. This is not a real-time location tracking solution. Part 3: How to Track A Cell Phone Number Location with GPS Phone Tracker Finally, you can safeguard your device against being stolen or lost by using an app like GPS Phone Tracker. The app, once installed, shows you exactly where a cell phone is at all times. If a cell phone gets lost, you will be able to see where it fell from your pocket or was left behind from a linked device. If it was stolen, you can share the location information with law enforcement and request them to retrieve your device for you. Apart from finding a device’s location, GPS Phone Tracker offers other useful features: Location sharing: You can share your exact location with a loved one. Movement tracking: You get a notification when a loved one moves from a current destination. You can also tell how much distance someone still has to cover to reach a destination. Emergency assistance: The app can be configured to send out a distress call. If the phone’s battery is about to die, for example, you can send out an SOS to your family members requesting a pickup at a location. GPS Phone Tracker is a very good way to find a stolen or lost device and keep track of your loved ones. However, the app isn’t discreet. If you want to track a cell phone’s location anonymously, Spyic is the better option. ConclusionTo track someone’s location discreetly and in real-time, you need to turn to a solution like Spyic. If you want to track an anonymous caller or long-lost friend, WhitePages is your best bet. Finally, use GPS Phone Tracker as a precautionary measure against theft or loss. About The Author:Aqib Raja is a Digital Marketer, Link builder and an IT Professional. He loves to write on different topics. In free time, he likes to travel and explore the different parts of the world. You can follow him on Facebook.  ⓒ 2018 All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission. Close   ( rawpixel ) In the current Digital Age, technology has made it easy for you to track someone. Before, you would’ve needed to hire the services of a private detective to find a long-lost acquaintance. Now, however, you can do it yourself in a jiffy over the internet.Thanks to technology, you can do any of the following: Track a person’s real-time location via GPS, Wi-Fi, and cellular networks. last_img read more