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Former HP CM Virbhadra Singh, wife move HC challenging trial court order in DA case

first_imgFormer Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and his wife Pratibha Singh on Wednesday moved the Delhi High Court challenging a trial court order to frame charges against them for allegedly amassing disproportionate assets (DA) of over ₹10 crore. The 82-year-old Congress leader and his wife have sought quashing of the December 10, 2018 trial court order directing framing of charges against Singh, his wife and seven others in the case lodged by CBI. The trial court is yet to formally frame the charges against the couple and the matter is listed for January 29. The court had in its December order said that Singh intended to cause loss to tax authorities by presenting unaccounted money as sale proceeds of apples and had also ordered framing of charges against his wife and seven others for allegedly abetting in the offences. The CBI had registered the case against Singh and others for allegedly amassing assets worth around ₹10 crore disproportionate to their known source of income when he was the Union Minister in the UPA government.last_img read more

NASA limits foreign contributions to U.S. planetary missions

first_imgHow much international collaboration is too much? When it comes to foreign instruments provided to NASA planetary science missions, the answer is anything more than 33%.Earlier this month, NASA unveiled a draft set of rules for its next Discovery competition, which funds planetary science missions costing no more than $450 million. Today, at a meeting of asteroid and comet scientists in Washington, D.C., NASA officials explained some of the new rules for the next mission, to be selected in 2016. Among them was a stipulation that the principal investigator would not be allowed to recruit foreign instrument contributions in excess of one-third the value of the U.S. instruments on the payload, even though those contributions don’t count against the $450 million cap.The new rule is a response to a current Discovery-class mission with no major U.S.-made instruments. InSight, a Mars lander built at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, that will launch in 2016, carries a French-made seismometer and a German-made heat probe. “The American scientific instrument community was not happy with that,” says Michael New, the lead Discovery Program scientist at NASA headquarters in Washington, D.C.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)NASA wants to make sure that some of the $18 million a year the agency invests in developing planetary science instruments pays off, New says. He also points out that NASA has less ability to enforce the on-time delivery of foreign instruments and ensure that data from those instruments get shared quickly with the public. “With foreign contributions come increased risk and increased potential problems with data archiving,” he says.InSight is not the only Discovery mission with a science payload dominated by foreign scientists.Dawn, en route to the asteroid Ceres after visiting Vesta, was designed to carry five instruments, three of which were U.S.-led. But two were cut from the mission before its 2007 launch. That left the spacecraft with a German camera, an Italian spectrometer, and a U.S. gamma ray and neutron detector.Bruce Banerdt, the principal investigator for InSight, says he’s not surprised that NASA is cracking down with the new policy. “I’ve heard it described as the InSight rule.” But he defends his choice of foreign-made instruments. He says the teams he selected were the best providers of a seismometer and a heat probe necessary to study Mars’s interior. “I feel comfortable saying we picked the best and almost sole sources for these kinds of instruments,” he says.Although Banerdt acknowledges the importance of spending U.S. tax dollars at home, he points out that InSight’s two instruments, valued at more than $50 million, will produce data to be shared globally. “National boundaries don’t apply to scientific knowledge.”last_img read more

Scrap dealer’s daughter Mahima Nagpal tops Punjab Board Class 12 exams

first_imgMahima Nagpal, daughter of a scrap dealer in Ludhiana tops the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) Class 12 exams with 448 marks (99.65 percent). Mahima is a student of RS Model Senior Secondary School in Ludhiana and had received fee concession from her school for her academic excellence. She was born and brought up in a poor family, her father Sanjiv Nagpal, is a scrap dealer in Ludhiana. While her mother is a housewife, father faces problem in feeding a family of four with his meager income. Her mother Poonam Nagpal is a housewife.  Dream to be an IAS officerShe wants to be an IAS officer, while her role model is her physics lecturer Sangeeta. “I never took any coaching. I believe self study is the best,” Mahima told HT .PSEB Class 12 results: Meet the topperMahima Nagpal- R S Model Senior Secondary School Ludhiana- 448 marksKomal Rani- Government Model Senior Secondary School, Civil lines, Patiala- 447 marksRiya- R S Model Senior Secondary School Ludhiana- 444 marksPSEB Class 12 results: Meet the topper (Sports Quota)Sahil Midda- Teja Singh Swantantar Memorial Senior Secondary School (Ludhiana)- 100 percentRishabhdeep Singh – Guru Ram Das Sr Secondary School, Gurdaspur- 100 percentPratiksha – BCM Senior Secondary School, Focal Point, Ludhiana- 100 percentSumerjit Singh- Tagore Centenary Public Sr Secondary School, Gurdaspur- 100 percentPSEB Class 12 results: In briefAccording to the PSEB chairperson Dr. Tejinder Kaur Dhaliwal this year a total of 3,18,453 students appeared in the examination out of which 2,44,487 students cleared the examination. The pass percentage of regular candidates is 79.55 percent while that of open school candidates is 51 percent. As usual, girls outshined boys yet again, the pass percentage of girls are 84.03 percent while the pass percentage of boys is 71.12 percent. advertisementRead: MP Board start off Ruk Jana Nahi programme for students who failed in Class 12 Read:Paper leak: Polytechnic exam cancelled by UP technical education departmentClick here to get the latest updates on education news.last_img read more

Yuvraj Singh, one of India’s greatest sporting heroes, turns 37

first_imgOne of the most celebrated and talented cricketers to have played for India, Yuvraj Singh turns 37 on Wednesday.Yuvraj has faced quite a few ups and downs in his career but his ability to step up in major tournaments set him apart. The elegant left-hander, who was wily with the ball as well, starred in India’s two biggest wins of the century – Word T20 in 2007 and the World Cup in 2011.Just two years after the first-ever T20I match was played, the World T20 tournament was organised in 2007 in South Africa. Not many knew what to expect from the tournament and not much was expected of the Indian team, considered they had gone in without their big names, including Sachin Tendulkar.However, Yuvraj set the tournament on fire and eventually became an evangelist of the shortest format when hit Stuart Broad for six sixes in an over during India’s Super 8 match against England. The iconic over helped fans believe in the MS Dhoni-led team and added spice to the tournament that went on to become a big hit among cricket fans, across the globe.Yuvraj didn’t stop there as he demolished an Australian attack that had the likes of Mitchell Johnson and Brett Lee in the semi-final. Scoring 70 off just 30 balls, the in-form left-hander helped India knock out the then world champions.Cut to 2011, Yuvraj proved to be India’s go-to-man as the Asian giants overcame the burden of expectations and ended a 28-year-long wait for the biggest prize in world cricket – the Cricket World Cup in front of home fans.advertisementView this post on InstagramA post shared by Sagarika (@sagarikaghatge) on Dec 11, 2018 at 12:04pm PSTScoring 362 runs, including a stroke-filled century against the West Indies in Chennai, and picking up 15 wickets, Yuvraj proved to be Dhoni’s precious all-rounder whom opposition teams would have loved to have in their line-ups.It looked like Yuvraj’s career graph would only go one way after his Man of the Series-winning performances at the World Cup. The Punjab southpaw had gained prominence after winning the Player of the Tournament tag in the 2000 U19 World Cup and was soon drafted into the senior national team.There was no looking back after he made a match-winning 84 on debut against Australia in the ICC Champions Trophy the same year.However, tragedy struck as Yuvraj was diagnosed with a rare germ-cell cancer soon after the World Cup. The young all-rounder had to go through a lot as he underwent intense chemotherapy sessions in the United States.However, showcasing the same fighting skills he had displayed on the field, Yuvraj fought against the disease and successfully staged a recovery.In 2012, he was back to playing for India, inspiring millions with his never-say-die attitude. Yuvraj may not have been able to replicate his vintage self, since 2011 but he has shown grit and determination to keep playing the sport he loves and entertain his fans.The spirit with which you have overcome every obstacle in life both on and off the field is the stuff of legends. Wishing a very happy birthday to the one and only @yuvstrong12! Have a great one.#HappyBirthdayYuvi pic.twitter.com/GaMdWG6eUUSachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) December 12, 2018Yuvraj hasn’t played for the senior national team since June 30 and has not been in the selectors’ radar in the recent past. However, he still receives a tremendous reception whenever he walks out to bat in domestic games. Every time he slog-sweeps a spinner over the ropes, the cricketing world is at its feet.Yuvraj recently revealed that he is eager for one final shot at the 2019 World Cup, which is just six months away. The all-rounder’s performances in the domestic circuit have been far from impressive this season and time is certainly running out for him.Regardless of whether he plays for India again or not, the prince from Punjab will remain as one of India’s greatest cricketing heroes.Also Read | Hazel Keech wishes Yuvraj Singh: Happy 2nd anniversary Batman. Love, your Wonder WomanAlso Read | MS Dhoni reveals CSK connection behind his 2011 World Cup final masterstrokelast_img read more

Liverpool team news & likely line-up

first_imgLiverpool Liverpool Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Man City Melissa Reddy Liverpool FC Correspondent Last updated 2 years ago 14:00 9/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Sadio Mane Roberto Firmino Mohamed Salah Emre Can Liverpool 2017 Getty Images Liverpool Premier League Manchester City v Liverpool Manchester City Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at the Etihad in Saturday’s early kick off Liverpool will be plotting the extension of their unbeaten run against Manchester City in the Premier League under Jurgen Klopp’s tutelage when they travel down the M62 this weekend.The Reds have won three of their four top-flight fixtures against City since the German was appointed manager, with a draw recorded the last time the teams met in March.Back Liverpool in 9/1 CL five fold 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 That game was a frenetic, mesmerising affair with a 1-1 scoreline the most disbelieving element of it given the high-octane display of both clubs.It is a tad disappointing that Liverpool and City do battle in the early kick off immediately after an international break as neither manager will have been afforded ideal preparation for what is arguably the most exciting and tactically interesting clash in the division.LIVERPOOL INJURIES Philippe Coutinho, who has scored in four of his six league matches against City, made a miraculous recovery from a lower back injury while on international duty with Brazil. The 25-year-old’s push for a transfer to Barcelona was unsuccessful and he took part in full training on Thursday.“I know what people think, but Phil had the back problem a few weeks ago and couldn’t train so that means he missed around about three weeks,” Klopp said.“Yes, he went to the national team and trained normally, but now we have to prepare for a normal season so we have seven games [before the next international break] and we saw training this morning and thought ‘OK, maybe we should use him immediately’ because he was really good, but that doesn’t make sense. “We have now to continue with the pre-season, not too long, but in a few sessions we have to give ourselves the time because in the next month we have seven games. “We always have the same decision to make, ‘does he need training or can he play?’ and all that stuff. Yes, he will now do a little bit more than the other boys but he showed up in a very, very good mood and looks really promising.”Phil Coutinho BrazilNathaniel Clyne, meanwhile, will be out for “longer than just a couple of weeks” due to a serious back problem according to Klopp.The defender hasn’t made an appearance for the Reds since coming on as a substitute in the first pre-season friendly against Tranmere Rovers on July 12.”It is pretty certain he’ll not be available for the majority of the Champions League group matches. If we are fortunate enough to still be in UEFA competition in the New Year he could be added to the squad then,” said Klopp.”The medical guys are pleased with how he is responding and Nathaniel has shown a really strong attitude, given he is not someone who is used to being out injured.”Adam Lallana remains sidelined with a thigh complaint.LIVERPOOL SUSPENSIONS The Reds have no suspension concerns, but Raheem Sterling sits out the test against his former club as he serves a one-match ban.Man City v Liverpool bettingLIVERPOOL POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UPLiverpool’s explosive front three and settled midfield are expected to remain unchanged against City unless there are late setbacks, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain should be named in the matchday squad following his deadline day move from Arsenal. As per Klopp’s word, Simon Mignolet will replace Loris Karius in goal after being rested in the 4-0 victory over Arsenal last time out.The other area the Reds boss can alter is his full-backs. Joe Gomez offers more defensive solidity on the right, but Trent Alexander-Arnold would further his front-foot approach. On the other flank, Andy Robertson is ready to step up, while Klopp could also opt to revert to James Milner’s experience for this blockbuster fixture.Gomez could operate on the left, too, if required.Possible Liverpool XI v CityMAN CITY TEAM NEWSJust like their opponents, Pep Guardiola’s side have enjoyed an unbeaten start to the season. They are the early pass masters in the league and only Tottenham have attempted more crosses.It is easy to know what to expect from City: they want to dominate proceedings and possession, but have struggled to assert themselves against Klopp’s Liverpool, who benefit from such a blueprint.Raheem Sterling celebration Manchester City Bournemouth 26082017The Reds will look to pressurise their vunerable rearguard, which can be left too exposed and forced into errors.Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah are primed to exploit the space left by City’s expansive full-backs, which should be a particularly interesting element of the game. Liverpool’s threat on the counter is sure to worry Guardiola and of the fastest moves leading to open-play goals scored so far this season, the Merseysiders have scored four out of 20.In terms of personnel, Vincent Kompany picked up a knock while on Belgium duty and will be assessed ahead of the encounter.Kyle Walker is available after missing the Bournemouth game due to his sending off against Everton.lkay Gundogan was the only absentee for the club before the international break, and as mentioned above, Sterling is unavailable due to a one-match suspension.BEST OPTA MATCH FACTS   Under Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool have lost just one of their 22 Premier League matches against a team that finished in the top seven of the competition last season. Sergio Aguero has scored in all five of his Premier League appearances against Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium, netting once in each game. Since leaving Manchester City to join Liverpool, James Milner has been involved in three goals in four Premier League games against his former club (two goals, one assist). TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME The match will be televised live on Sky Sports in the UK and kick off is at 12:30pm BST. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

European roundup: Madrid draw while Ademola Lookman hits Leipzig winner

first_imgnews Levante Real Madrid European club football The Leipzig coach, Ralph Hasenhuettl, celebrates with Ademola Lookman after the Everton loanee snatched a very late win. Photograph: Thilo Schmuelgen/Reuters In Germany Ademola Lookman, on loan from Everton at RB Leipzig, came off the bench to score an 89th-minute winner on his debut to see off Borussia Mönchengladbach. The forward collected a pass from Naby Keïta and rifled a fine strike into the corner.Bayern Munich, chasing a sixth successive Bundesliga title, won 2-0 at Mainz 05 to extend their lead at the top to 18 points. First-half goals from Franck Ribéry, who drove home from the edge of the area, and James Rodríguez, collecting a cross on his chest and volleying in, helped the champions towards their 10th successive win. Bundesliga Nabil Fekir and Lyon swagger into Monaco for battle of Ligue 1’s tyros Pinterest RB Leipzig Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Topics Ligue 1 Reuse this content Share on Facebook Twitter Share on Pinterest Borussia Mönchengladbach Facebook Real Madrid dropped yet more points in La Liga after Giampaolo Pazzini struck an 89th-minute equaliser on his Levante debut to earn a 2-2 draw. Sergio Ramos, back from injury, opened the scoring with a header before Emmanuel Boateng equalised before half-time, slotting home from the edge of the area.Isco, brought on for the ineffective Gareth Bale, looked to have earned Madrid the three points when he slammed home in the 81st minute but Pazzini, on loan from Verona, had the final say. The draw keeps Madrid in fourth, one point behind Valencia and 18 points behind Barcelona.Eibar hammered Sevilla 5-1, taking the lead after only 38 seconds when Kike García broke away and rifled home. Fabián Orellana doubled Eibar’s lead before Pablo Sarabia pulled one back with a penalty for handball by Dani Garcia. Iván Ramis restored the hosts’ two-goal lead with a towering header from a corner and Orellana grabbed his second before Anaitz Arbilla completed the rout by curling home a fine free -kick.A double from Loren Morón took Real Betis to a 2-1 win over Villarreal, who replied through Carlos Bacca’s late penalty, and Alavés saw off Celta Vigo, thanks to goals from Alfonso Pedraza and Munir, Iago Aspas netting a consolation for the visitors. Share on Twitter The Observer Schalke 04 squandered the chance to go second when they conceded two late goals to lose 2-1 to Werder Bremen. Schalke went ahead when Jiri Pavlenka allowed a harmless shot from Yevhen Konoplyanka to slip through his hands. The game turned when the hosts had Matija Nastasic sent off for a second bookable offence in the 78th minute.One minute later, Ralf Fäehrmann failed to hold a weak free-kick and Max Kruse scored amid a goalmouth scramble. Bremen won the game in stoppage time, Maximilian Eggestein slipping a shot through Fäehrmann’s legs and Zlatko Junuzovic sliding the ball home. Mario Gómez scored his first goal since his return to VfB Stuttgart to earn a 1-1 draw at Wolfsburg – the club he joined from in December, who went ahead through a superb curled finish from Divock Origi.Second-placed Bayer Leverkusen were held 0-0 at Freiburg. Hertha Berlin drew 1-1 at home to Hoffenheim in the other afternoon kickoff.In Ligue 1, Paris Saint-Germain extended their lead at the top to 11 points with a 3-0 win over Lille. Yuri Berchiche and Giovani Lo Celso scored either side of a free-kick from Neymar, who whipped his strike into the top corner 13 minutes from time.Mathieu Debuchy scored on his debut for St Etienne, opening the scoring in 2-0 win over Amiens, Montpellier came from behind to record a 2-1 win art home to Angers, Bordeaux won 2-0 at Strasbourg, and Bournemouth loanee Max Gradel scored the only goal of the game as Toulouse defeated Nice. In Italy, Inter were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Crotone. Éder gave the hosts the lead midway through the first half, heading home a Marcelo Brozovic cross, but Andrea Barberis equalised on the hour and the hosts could summon no reply. Sampdoria and Torino also shared the points, Lucas Torreira opening the scoring for Sampdoria only to see his goal cancelled out by Afriyie Acquah, who later completed a helter-skelter evening when he was sent off for a second booking. Share on WhatsApp Read more Share via Emaillast_img read more

Vela on Barca links: We’ll see what happens

first_imgCarlos Vela is waiting to “see what happens” amid reports linking him with a surprise move to Barcelona.The Spanish side are reportedly looking to sign an attacker this month to boost their La Liga and Champions League hopes, with LAFC attacker Vela one of those highlighted as a candidate.Sport claimed Barca had reached an agreement with the Mexico international and planned to sign him on an initial loan deal but soon backed out. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? While the former Arsenal and Real Sociedad player would not say whether or not a move was in the works, he says he is happy enough in Los Angeles.”They are issues for the clubs and agents,” Vela told ESPN. “I’m relaxed, working on the preseason and the most important thing is to be happy in the place you are. In the future we’ll see what happens.”Whatever I may decide or happens I’ll be happy because I’m loving being in Los Angeles with my team enjoying the day-to-day and I don’t have anything to lose in any case.”The 29-year-old joined LAFC from Real Sociedad a year ago, enjoying a 14-goal debut season in MLS as his side reached the playoffs. But he is confident he can do even better next time around as his side prepare for the new campaign, which begins in March.”I enjoyed [the first season] a lot, I took on the responsibility,” he added. “This year I’ll take on more and I can give more to this club and this league. I’ll work to that end.”Vela has been kept out of the national team in recent months, but his situation could change as Gerardo Martino takes charge. However, he is yet to discuss the prospect of a return with the new coach and says he is willing to step aside to give younger players a chance.”I think they’ve taken a great decision in bringing in Tata,” he said. “Obviously I have to speak to him to see his plans with me or without me.”I’ve not had the chance to talk with him, but I know I’ll do so before the next call-ups [in March]. I wish him the best. I’m open to keeping going or to stepping aside for the youngsters, whatever is best for Mexico.”last_img read more

ESPN Has Named Its 10 Favorites For The College Football Playoff

first_img The 10 favorites, named on The Paul Finebaum Show, can be seen in a screengrab from Saturday Down South. Ohio State comes in at No. 12 on the list.Clemson, Alabama, Michigan and Georgia are the four favorites, though that would mean two SEC teams making it in. Oklahoma sneaking into that fourth spot is probably more likely.The 2019 college football season is set to begin two weeks from Saturday, when Florida and Miami kick things off in “Week 0.”Who are you picking to make it right now? Kirk Herbstreit on the set of ESPN's College GameDayNEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: GameDay host Kirk Herbstreit is seen during ESPN’s College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)ESPN’s College Football Playoff predictor has been updated ahead of the upcoming college football season. It features some surprises.The College Football Playoff predictor has named 10 favorites for this year’s playoff.Notably absent from that list: Ohio State.The Buckeyes, with a new head coach (Ryan Day) and a new quarterback (Justin Fields) are not among the 10 favorites for this year’s College Football Playoff.last_img read more

Eoin Morgan on eve of World Cup 2019 final: Haven’t allowed myself to think about lifting the trophy

first_img india today digital LondonJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 14, 2019 18:02 IST Eoin Morgan will be leading England in a historic World Cup final on July 14 (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSEoin Morgan said England are focussed on not getting ahead of themselvesI certainly feel pretty relaxed. I am also very excited about tomorrow: MorganEngland take on New Zealand in the World Cup final on Sunday at Lord’sEngland captain Eoin Morgan said being in the World Cup 2019 final means a lot to him and his teammates but they are not putting pressure on themselves by thinking about the outcome.England have reached their 4th World Cup final and their first since 1992 but the founders of cricket are yet to win a men’s title in the 50-over format. Morgan and his men have a good chance, considering they will be heading into Sunday’s final at Lord’s against New Zealand as favourites.England have a negative head-to-head record of 3-5 against New Zealand but their 119-run thrashing of the Black Caps in the group-stages should give them a lot of confidence. It’s not going to be easy though as both teams will be bidding for their first World Cup title.”I haven’t allowed myself to think about lifting the trophy. Sport, in particular, is very fickle. If you ever get ahead of yourself, it bites you on the backside,” Eoin Morgan told reports in London on the eve of World Cup 2019 final.”It means a huge amount to me and everyone in the dressing room. It’s a combination of four years of hard work, dedication and it presents a huge opportunity to win the World Cup. We have had huge backing throughout the tournament,” Morgan added.”I certainly feel pretty relaxed. I am also very excited about tomorrow. We are going to enjoy the game regardless of the occasion. You never know what you are going to say to the team before the morning of the game. Everybody is fit in our squad. So it’s good news.”advertisementMorgan doesn’t predict a high-scoring final at Lord’sEngland have out-batted oppositions with their firepower in World Cup 2019. The likes of Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow and captain Morgan himself have decimated opposition bowling attacks but the skipper doesn’t predict a high-scoring contest, considering the nature of the wicket at Lord’s.New Zealand qualified for the final after surviving in a low-scoring thriller against pre-tournament favourites India. After posting 239 in a rain-affected semi-final in Manchester, Matt Henry and Trent Boult blew away the Indian top-order and helped fend away a lower middle-order threat to book a place in Sunday’s final.”It isn’t ever a high-scoring ground – so I’d say tomorrow isn’t going to be a high-scoring game. I think it will be a bit of a battle.””In general, the scores have been a lot lower than they have been in the last two or three years. Adjusting to that has been hard work but New Zealand have handled that brilliantly.”Also Read | Come on England: 101 former cricketers wish their team good luck ahead of World Cup 2019 finalAlso Read | Always feared England would produce their best on the biggest stage: Allan BorderFor 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 byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow World Cup finalFollow Eoin Morgan Next Eoin Morgan on eve of World Cup 2019 final: Haven’t allowed myself to think about lifting the trophyICC Cricket World Cup 2019 final, England vs New Zealand: England captain Eoin Morgan said he and his teammates are feeling relaxed ahead of the Sunday’s much-anticipated match at Lord’s. Both the team will be bidding to win their first-ever 50-over World Cup.advertisementlast_img read more

FAO and CDB Sign Framework Cooperation Agreement

first_img The agreement will also allow the FAO to provide better technical assistance in projects in which the CDB is providing finance, allow the FAO to directly execute projects with funds from the CDB, and for both organisations to provide joint assistance to countries of common membership. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) have signed a Framework Cooperation Agreement for the Bank to approve a grant of US$1.2 million for the FAO to implement a cassava project in Dominica, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago. Story Highlights The results will be used to provide guidance to member countries on the viability of commercial cassava production as a suitable substitute for wheat in the production of composite breads, traditional and new products. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) have signed a Framework Cooperation Agreement for the Bank to approve a grant of US$1.2 million for the FAO to implement a cassava project in Dominica, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago.Titled: ‘Cassava Industry – Market Assessment and Technology Validation and Dissemination’, the project is to facilitate the testing of improved cassava varieties and production systems, and conduct market assessments.The results will be used to provide guidance to member countries on the viability of commercial cassava production as a suitable substitute for wheat in the production of composite breads, traditional and new products.The signing ceremony took place today (March 5) on the opening day of the 35th staging of the FAO’s Regional Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean, being held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, in St. James.The agreement will also allow the FAO to provide better technical assistance in projects in which the CDB is providing finance, allow the FAO to directly execute projects with funds from the CDB, and for both organisations to provide joint assistance to countries of common membership.Speaking at the signing, FAO Sub-regional Director (ad interim), Dr. Lystra Fletcher-Paul, said the initiative is one of many in the Caribbean, aimed at reducing the growing food import bill which currently stands at US$5 billion per annum.Dr. Fletcher-Paul further noted that more than 40 per cent of the food imports in the Caribbean comprise products that are high in processed carbohydrates, sugar, fats and salt.“The consumption of these foods is linked to the prevalence of overweight and obesity and, by extension, the high incidents of chronic non-communicable diseases, the leading cause of deaths in the region,” she said.She explained that the agreement facilitates the ease of action for the FAO to implement immediate systems to substitute wheat with cassava.“This is particularly important because of the increase in malnutrition in the region. If we hope to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal 2, which is to eradicate hunger by 2030, we must reverse the trends of poor nutrition,” she added.Director of Projects at the CDB, Mr. Daniel Best, said his organisation welcomes this new framework agreement, which will broaden and strengthen collaboration between the Bank and the FAO.Mr. Best noted that through the agreement, “we have a streamlined modality within which we can partner with FAO to provide technical assistance to projects financed by the Bank.”The agreement also includes a new feature which will allow member countries to directly engage the FAO with loan or grant funds provided by the CDB.Mr. Best said the CDB is optimistic that the agreement will facilitate quick turnover time needed to finalise agreements between the FAO and CDB.“The future looks bright for the partnership between the CDB and the FAO. We look forward to the opportunities that this new agreement will create, and wish to thank all involved for making this milestone possible,” he said.last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img Local Area Office: 902-674-2146 Fax: 902-674-2170 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 111 The entrance ramp from Micmac Boulevard to Highway 111 at Exit 5 will be closed on Sunday, Oct. 15 for installation of a pedestrian bridge adjacent to Highway 111 at Lake Banook. Work will take place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 Local Area Office: 902-755-7060 Fax: 902-755-7049 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Centerville Street Centerville Street, from Gardiner Road to Atlantic Drive, will be reduced to one lane for patching and repaving until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control will consist of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 Fax: 902-667-3424 Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 Fax: 902-825-3593 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103 Motorists on Highway 103 between Exit 4 and Exit 5 should drive with extra caution as traffic will be diverted between old and new highway sections while this section is being twinned. Motorists are advised to follow traffic control measures in place and obey the 80 km/h speed limit. Two-way traffic is still in place on most sections. The work is expected to be completed by early October. Local Area Office: 902-674-2146 Fax: 902-674-2170 Local Area Office: 902-860-5614 Fax: 902-860-5616 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 KINGS COUNTY: Victoria Road, Secondary Road 221 Road improvement work will be taking place on Victoria Road north of Aylesford, from the Highway 101 overpass north for two kilometres to the intersection of Secondary Road 221, and then east on Secondary Road 221 for one kilometre, until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Work will take place between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Traffic will be reduced to one lane in sections where work is taking place. ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Beaver Meadow Road To allow for repaving, Beaver Meadow Road will be reduced to one lane from the intersection of Trunk 4 at James River for 3.2 kilometres to the intersection of Mill Road. Work will take place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Trunk 16 Trunk 16, from 1.1 kilometres east of Old Queensport Loop easterly towards Canso, will have intermittent one-lane closures for gravelling and paving until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Saturday. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 255 Route 255, from Glace Bay town line to Durns Corner, will be reduced to one lane for patching and paving until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-424-4409 Fax: 902-424-0568 HANTS COUNTY: Georgefield Road Georgefield Road, from Shubenacadie Road northerly to the landfill site, a total of 5.5 kilometres, will have occasional one-lane closures for patching and repaving until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons, signs, cones and barrels. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Some weekend work may be involved. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Ohio Cross Iron Bridge The Ohio Cross Iron Bridge on the Ohio West Road over the Ohio River is closed for replacement until Friday, Dec. 15. A detour is available on Ohio Cross Road. PICTOU COUNTY: Woodburn Road Woodburn Road, from Trunk 4 at Pine Tree to Route 289 Little Harbour Road, will be reduced one lane until Tuesday, Oct. 31, for patching and repaving. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Sperry Bridge No. 2 Sperry Bridge No. 2 on Petite Riviere Road is closed until further notice. Detours are posted. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Lilyvale Bridge Lilyvale Bridge on Lilyvale Road is closed for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. Detours are available on Camden Road and Riversdale Road. Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 NEW WORK KINGS COUNTY: Gaspereau River Road Closure The Gaspereau Road will be closed until Tuesday, Oct. 31, to allow for the replacement of the Minor Bridge over Curry Brook. Detour routes are marked on Gaspereau River Road, Grand Pré Road, Ridge Road, and Highway 101. Local Area Office: 902-679-4308 Fax: 902-679-6124 Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4 will be reduced to one lane, from the church in East Bay for 3.5 kilometres west, to allow for repaving until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and traffic will be directed by traffic control persons and signs. KINGS COUNTY: West Brooklyn Road West Brooklyn Road over Highway 101 will be closed until Saturday, March 31, 2007. This is to allow for the removal and replacement of the existing overpass. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Chester The intersection of Trunk 3 and Duke Street in Chester will periodically be reduced to one lane for installation of new sidewalks and curbs until Wednesday, Nov. 15. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: St. Margaret’s Bay Village Ashford Close, Fox Hollow Drive, Ashbury Court, Fox Point Drive, Fox Ridge Court and Magnolia Court in St. Margaret’s Bay Village will have intermittent one-lane closures for paving until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons, signs, cones, and barrels. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Some weekend work may be involved. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103 Highway 103 at Exit 5 will be under construction for gravelling and paving until Tuesday, Oct. 31. A reduced speed limit of 80 km/h is posted for the duration of the project. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. VICTORIA COUNTY: Highway 105 Highway 105 from Exit 11 (St. Ann’s), to Exit 12 (Englishtown), will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-896-2259 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Mount Whatley Road Bridge The bridge on Mount Whatley Road at the Nova Scotia-New Brunswick border will be closed until Tuesday, Oct. 31., while a new bridge is built. PICTOU COUNTY: Trunk 4 Sections of Trunk 4 will be reduced to one lane from the intersection of Fraser Mountain Road, to the intersection of Highway 104 at Exit 27A until Tuesday, Oct. 31, to allow for repaving. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Traffic will be controlled by traffic control persons. PICTOU COUNTY: West River East Side Road The West River East Side Road near Salt Springs is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of traffic signals. Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Area: 902-542-6342 HANTS COUNTY: Highway 102 The northbound lanes of Highway 102, from Exit 9 to Exit 10 near Shubenacadie, will have one-lane closures for paving. The work will take place from sunrise to sunset until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control will consist of traffic barrels and signs. Speed reductions in the work zone will be enforced. Drivers should expect slower travel through the work zone. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Route 236 Route 236, from the 102 overpass structure at Robie Street to Old Mill Road, will be reduced to one lane until Tuesday, Oct. 31, so workers can install culverts and pave. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Trunk 2 Trunk 2 from Portapique River to Little Bass River will have intermittent one-lane closures until Tuesday, Oct. 31, for paving. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. RICHMOND COUNTY: Route 320 Route 320 from Arichat about five kilometres towards d’Escousse will be to reduced to one lane until Wednesday, Nov. 15, for repaving. Traffic control consists of a pilot vehicle. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 Fax: 902-794-5141 Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 Local Area Office: 902-755-7060 Fax: 902-755-7049 Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 Fax: 902-825-3593 ANTIGONISH/GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 316 The intersection with Route 316 southerly for 3.75 kilometres will be reduced to one lane until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 RICHMOND COUNTY: Black River Bridge Black River Bridge in Dundee will be reduced to one lane until Monday, Dec. 25, for repairs. Traffic control consists of traffic signals 24 hours per day. Local Area Office: 902-424-4545 Fax: 902-424-7116 -30- Local Area Office: 902-674-2146 Fax: 902-674-2170 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Robie Street Robie Street, Truro, will be reduced to two lanes for paving and construction of curb and sidewalk until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 333 Route 333, between Paddy’s Head and West Dover, will be reduced to one lane until Tuesday, Oct. 31, for paving. Traffic control consists of signs. Traffic will be stop and go. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 KINGS COUNTY: Black Rock Road Black Rock Road from Trunk 1 to Route 221 will be reduced to one lane for patching and repaving until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to a half hour after sunset. INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 19 Trunk 19 from Port Hastings rotary northerly for five kilometres will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Thursday, Nov. 30. Traffic control will consists of a pilot vehicle. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-667-6586 Fax: 902-667-3424 PICTOU COUNTY: Route 245 Route 245 will be reduced to one lane, from the intersection of Browns Mill Road, northeasterly for 5.8 kilometres until Tuesday, Oct. 31, to allow for repaving. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Traffic will be controlled by traffic control persons. VICTORIA COUNTY: Cabot Trail The Cabot Trail from Highway 105 to Yankee Line Road will have a one-lane closure for patching and repaving until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to sunset. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 22 Trunk 22, from Louisbourg town limits northerly for about 4.6 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for patching and repaving until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to sunset. RICHMOND COUNTY: West Bay Road West Bay Road from about 6.4 kilometres east of the Black River Road, easterly to Pringle Brook Bridge will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of a pilot vehicle. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-424-0849 Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 Fax: 902-825-3593 Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 Fax: 902-825-3593 Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 Local Area Office: 902-863-3420 Fax: 902-863-7365 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Wyse Road Bridge Wyse Road Bridge in Middle Musquodoboit will be closed to truck traffic while the bridge is being repaired. Trucks will detour via Route 356 and Route 213 until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. Local Area Office: 902-424-5328 Fax: 902-424-0568 CONTINUING WORK ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Trunk 1 Trunk 1 from Middleton’s eastern town line, easterly 8.25 kilometres to the Kings County line will be reduced to one lane until Tuesday, Oct. 31, for paving. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Molasses Harbour Bridge Molasses Harbour Bridge on Route 316 in Port Felix is reduced to one lane via detour bridge until Thursday, Nov. 30. Traffic will be controlled by temporary traffic signals or traffic control persons. Local Area Office: 902-543-8169 Fax: 902-543-0686 KINGS COUNTY: Bridge Street Bridge Bridge Street Bridge on Bridge Street will be reduced to one lane for bridge and sidewalk repairs until Tuesday, Oct. 31. There is a heavy truck traffic detour at Trunk 1 to Route 201 in Kings County and Trunk 1 to Route 201 in Annapolis County. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 Highway 102 inbound at Exit 5A and 6 will be reduced to one lane until Monday, Oct. 16, for paving. Traffic control consists of cones and barrels. Work takes place from 9 a.m. to dusk. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 316 Route 316, from the intersection with Route 276 at Goshen southerly towards Goldboro, will have intermittent one-lane closures for gravelling and paving until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 HANTS COUNTY: Railway Overpass, Falmouth Avon River, No. 2 railway overpass structure, west of Exit 7 at Falmouth on Highway 101, will be reduced to one lane for deck repairs until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of barricades and traffic lights. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: Thorburn Road Overpass Structure The Thorburn Road overpass structure at Exit 26 on Highway 104 will occasionally have a reduced speed limit due to shoulder work until Friday, Dec. 15. Drivers are asked to reduce speed and watch for construction equipment and personnel when passing through the area. The Department of Transportation and Public Works is requesting that motorists using Route 347 use an alternate route. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-752-7907 902-752-7908 KINGS COUNTY: Old Baxters Mill Bridge Weight Restrictions The Old Baxters Mill Bridge near Baxters Harbour is open to one lane of traffic. Vehicles weighing more than 5,000 kilograms are restricted from using the bridge. PICTOU COUNTY: Durham Bridge Durham Bridge, located on Green Hill Road and Route 376, will be closed for replacement until Monday, Oct. 30. Motorists are advised to follow detour signs. INVERNESS COUNTY: River Inhabitants Road and Cenotaph Road River Inhabitants Road, from Highway 105 at Exit 2 southerly for 8.4 kilometres to the intersection at Cenotaph Road, and Cenotaph Road, from River Inhabitants Road about 2.5 kilometres east through the Village of West Bay Road, will have a one-lane closure until Tuesday, Oct. 31, for repaving. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Route 209 Route 209 will be reduced to one lane from 2.1 kilometres east of Fox Point Road for three kilometres to the east, for repaving until Friday, Oct. 20. Traffic will be reduced to one lane and controlled by a traffic control person. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-674-2146 Fax: 902-674-2170 Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Three Brooks Subdivision Three Brooks Drive and White Sands Court in Three Brooks subdivision will have intermittent one-lane closures for paving until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons, signs, cones, and barrels. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Some weekend work may be involved. PICTOU COUNTY: Big Gut Bridge Big Gut Bridge, on Route 348 between Hillside and Pictou Landing, is closed due to fire damage. Alternate routes are available on Change Harbour Road or Egypt Road. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 Local Area Office: 902-421-0224 Fax: 902-543-5593 Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 VICTORIA COUNTY: Highway 105 Highway 105, from Humes River easterly to West Side Middle River Road, will be reduced to one lane for patching and repaving until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Work will take place from 6 a.m. to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 Fax: 902-794-5141 PICTOU COUNTY: West Branch Road West Branch Road will be closed for replacement of culvert from Monday, Oct. 16, until Wednesday, Nov. 15. A detour will be available via Old Pictou Road, Gunn No. 4 Road and Black River Road. Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Morgan Falls Bridge Morgan Falls Bridge on Lower Branch Road in New Germany, located between the intersection of School Street and Trunk 10, will be closed for the replacement of deck and concrete abutments until Friday, Oct. 20. Detour route on School Road, Route 208 and Trunk 10. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 4 Lane closures will be required on Trunk 4 between Victoria Junction and Gardiner Road to allow for repaving. Work will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. until Tuesday, Oct. 31. This is a four-lane section, so one lane will always be open in each direction. Drivers should reduce speed and drive with extra caution in the construction zone. Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732last_img read more

No Islamic State link in Easter attacks Sri Lankan investigator

first_imgColombo: A senior Sri Lankan investigating officer probing the Easter terror attacks which killed over 250 people and injured hundreds has said that the bombings were not directly linked to the Islamic State (IS) as earlier claimed. Senior Deputy Inspector General of the Criminal Investigations Department Ravi Seneviratne testified before the country’s Parliament Select Committee (PSC), which was appointed in May to investigate the April 21 attacks, that the suicide bombers were inspired by the IS theology but there was no evidence directly linking them to the group. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USHe said on Wednesday that investigations were ongoing to probe if there were more suspects linked to the bombings which targeted three churches, three luxury hotels and two other locations, Colombo Page reported. Seneviratne told the panel that remnants of the National Thowheeth Jamaath (NTJ), the group that was held responsible by the government for the attacks, had persuaded the IS to claim the bombings. Director of the Criminal Investigations Department Shani Abeysekera told the committee that all those involved in the terror blasts had either died or arrested and the country was returning to normalcy. Abeysekera said since the attacks, large stocks of weapons and ammunition had been seized and further investigations were ongoing. The police said there were over 100 suspects in custody to date, who were directly or indirectly linked to the suicide blasts and security forces were continuing to conduct island wide operations to catch more suspects. Seneviratne also said that he was not satisfied with the action taken on the prior warnings received before the bombings — one of the most brutal attacks in the island nation since the civil war ended in 2009.last_img read more

Ryan Getzlaf To Host Annual Golf Shootout For CureDuchenne

first_imgThe 5th Annual Getzlaf Golf Shootout benefiting Cure Duchenne will be held September 12 at Sutra Lounge in Costa Mesa, Calif. and September 13 at the Monarch Beach Golf Links in Dana Point, Calif.Hosted by Ryan Getzlaf, captain of the Anaheim Ducks, the Getzlaf Golf Shootout is a two-day charity golf event that brings together athletes, celebrities and community leaders teaming up in support of CureDuchenne.Each foursome includes a professional athlete or celebrity as a fifth player. Current and former Anaheim Ducks teammates and coaches including Bruce Boudreau, Scott Neidermayer, Teemu Selanne, Ryan Kesler, Corey Perry, Andrew Cogliano, Frederik Andersen, Mark Fistric, Tim Jackman, Clayton Stoner, Brian Sutherby, Dany Heatley, Kent Huskins, Bob Murray, Andy Sutton and Emerson Etem have played in past tournaments.CureDuchenne is a nonprofit that raises awareness and funds research to find a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Duchenne is a progressive muscle disease that impacts one in every 3,500 boys. Boys are usually diagnosed at age 5, are in a wheelchair by 12 and most don’t survive their mid-20s. Currently there is no cure for Duchenne. Proceeds of the event will fund impactful research to find a cure for Duchenne.Getzlaf Golf Shootout sponsors include Patriot Environmental Services, Bauer, CNC Motors, Gateway One Lending, Fullmer Construction, Mark Beamish Waterproofing and The Sports Corporation.For sponsorship information go to www.getzlafgolf.org or call 949-872-2552.last_img read more

The Vancouver Art Gallery Presents Takashi Murakamis Works in FirstEver Retrospective to

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “We are delighted to offer Canadian audiences the opportunity to experience a wide range of paintings and sculptures by one of the world’s most influential and visionary artists,” says Kathleen S. Bartels, Director of the Vancouver Art Gallery. “In tracing Takashi Murakami’s development as an artist over the course of three decades, The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg draws attention to some of the major themes and cultural conditions that have shaped his artistic practice. We can’t wait to welcome countless visitors from Vancouver and beyond to this monumental exhibition, and for the general public to experience his work every time they pass by our Georgia Street facade.”The exhibition opens with Murakami’s early paintings from the 1980s that synthesize traditional Nihonga-style painting techniques and formats with contemporary subject matter, and goes on to trace the artist’s shift in the 1990s toward a distinctive, anime-influenced style known as Superflat. From his signature animated flowers to the iconic character Mr. DOB, a mouse-like figure that serves as part- ambassador and part self-portrait, the works in the show offer an in-depth look at Murakami’s unique Superflat universe.The exhibition also features works from a recent body of paintings depicting groups of wizened Buddhist monks (Arhats), including the ten-panel 100 Arhats (2013), an ambitious work of stunning intricacy and craftsmanship. A departure from the commercial pop aesthetic that first garnered him popular acclaim, the Arhat works mark Murakami’s return to his training in traditional Japanese painting in order to find a response to the suffering caused by the massive earthquake and tsunami in Fukushima, Japan in 2011 that killed more than 15,000 people.“The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg highlights Takashi Murakami’s dedication to exquisite craftsmanship as well as his boundless imagination moving freely within an ever-expanding field of aesthetic decisions and cultural inspiration, from Buddhist folk traditions to art history to popular culture,” says Bruce Grenville, senior curator. “This wide-ranging exhibition offers a serious engagement on issues affecting Japan and the larger world today, from media culture to globalization to the threats of nuclear power.”Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and is curated by MCA Chief Curator Michael Darling.About Takashi MurakamiTakashi Murakami was born in 1962 in Tokyo, Japan. He studied at Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan, where he received his BFA in 1986, his MFA in 1988, and his Ph.D. in 1993. He is the founder of the art production and management company Kaikai Kiki, which evolved from its predecessor, the Hiropon Factory founded in 1996.Murakami is well known for his high-profile projects with brands such as Louis Vuitton, VANS, shu uemura, Issey Miyake, Lucien Pellat-Finet, Roppongi Hills and ComplexCon, as well as collaborations with musicians such as Kanye West and Pharrell Williams. In 2008, he was selected as one of TIME magazine’s “The 100 Most Influential People.” From 2003, he was included in ArtReview‘s Power 100 for ten consecutive years. He has also been engaged in a wide range of artistic undertakings such as curating exhibitions and collecting art and other curiosities for his personal collection. Between 2002 and 2014, he regularly organized “GEISAI,” a project intended to discover and nurture young artists from Japan and Taiwan. In all, approximately 20,000 artists participated in these projects. In response to the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake, he launched New Day, a charity initiative that carries out art auctions and other activities to help Japan recover from natural disasters.Murakami has also ventured into film and animation productions, releasing his first live-action feature film Jellyfish Eyes in 2013. He is currently working on the sequel of Jellyfish Eyes as well as an animated television series, 6HP (Six Hearts Princess).Advanced tickets can be purchased here: murakami.vanartgallery.bc.caMajor Sponsors:  Brian and Andrea HillSupporting Sponsor:  Coromandel PropertiesAdditional Support:  Chan Family FoundationGenerous support for Murakami’s Georgia Street Façade project:  Artworkers Retirement SocietyAt the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the exhibition was supported by:  Lead support provided by Kenneth C. Griffin, Helen and Sam Zell, Anne L. Kaplan, Cari and Michael Sacks, Galerie Perrotin, Stefan Edlis and Gael Neeson, Gagosian, Andrea and Jim Gordon, and Susan Gaspari-Forest and Robert Forest.Major support provided by Blum & Poe and Liz and Eric Lefkofsky.Generous support provided by The Bluhm Family Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, Jennifer and Alec Litowitz, Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd., Matt Bayer and Joyce Yaung and the Bayer Family Foundation, The Japan Foundation, Robert J. Buford, Marilyn and Larry Fields, Nancy Lerner Frej and David Frej, and Dana and Brian L. Newman.Exhibition-Related Public Programs + Events Lecture with Takashi MurakamiWhen: Wednesday, January 31, 7:00 p.m.Where: Simon Fraser University, Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, Goldcorp Centre for the ArtsThis lecture with renowned artist Takashi Murakami examines his ever-shifting and always evolving interests. Conceived in dialogue with Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg, this lecture will examine his ongoing research-based practice through a series of interlocking ideas. Working across disciplines — from painting and sculpture, to anime and fashion — Murakami has created works that effectively blur the boundaries between vernacular and fine art, eastern and western philosophies and aesthetics and politics. By reflecting on his thirty years of making, including working with collaborators as diverse as Louis Vuitton and Kanye West, Murakami will propose different means for engaging with history and shaping the future through the specific lens of an artistic practice.Tickets can be purchased here.Murakami’s Birthday Bash and After PartyWhen: Friday, February 2, 5:30 p.m., 10:00 p.m. for the After-PartyWhere: Vancouver Art Gallery (750 Hornby Street) and The Commodore Ballroom (868 Granville Street)This special evening will celebrate Takashi Murakami’s birthday and the opening of his first retrospective exhibition in Canada, Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg. The evening will begin at the Vancouver Art Gallery with an exclusive exhibition preview with the artist, followed by a seated dinner at the Commodore Ballroom, and an after-party headlined by Grammy Award-winning DJ Mix Master Mike. Proceeds from this event support the Vancouver Art Gallery’s exhibitions and education and public programs.Tickets can be purchased here. VANCOUVER, British Columbia — The Vancouver Art Gallery is excited to kick off its spring season with Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg (February 3 – May 6, 2018), the first- ever major retrospective of Takashi Murakami’s work in Canada.Featuring over 55 impressive paintings and sculptures, Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg offers an in-depth survey of the evolution of Murakami’s paintings from the 1980s to the present, while highlighting the artist’s role as a committed and often conflicted cultural commentator. Spanning three decades from his earliest mature work to his recent large-scale creations, this extraordinary exhibition will include a recently produced five-metre tall sculpture and two specially created multi-panel paintings.For Murakami, connecting with his audience and allowing his artwork to be accessible to the general public are integral aspects of what he stands for as an artist. Murakami has created a new major public art project featuring a skull surrounded by octopus tentacles which will cover the Gallery’s Georgia Street façade, extending the exhibition outside the traditional confines of the Gallery space. Advertisement Facebook The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg (PRNewsfoto/The Vancouver Art Gallery)center_img Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Migiro urges action by all development partners to reach antipoverty goals

Stressing the need to address the disparities in today’s world by striving to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro urged action by all partners to achieve the time-bound anti-poverty targets that were set by world leaders meeting at the United Nations in 2000.”Midway to the MDG target date of 2015, the world has registered mixed progress towards these targets,” she said in an address at Boston University yesterday, hailing advances in many parts of the world, including a number of Asian countries.While there has also been progress in a number of African States, there is growing poverty in the continent overall, she said. “The reality is that Africa’s current growth, while commendable, is still insufficient when set against the tremendous distance the continent needs to cover.” African governments must continue with institutional reforms that promote good governance and accountability, said Ms. Migiro, a former foreign minister of Tanzania. “They should especially improve transparency in the use of domestic and external development resources.”She praised the efforts of development partners while calling for further action. “Donor nations and development partners should demonstrate leadership by bringing the quality and quantity of their development assistance in line with their stated commitments,” she declared.The Deputy Secretary-General called for a series of measures, including lowering existing trade barriers, agricultural subsidies, and restrictive rules on investment. “Ultimately, progress towards the Millennium Development Goals requires leadership from all sides,” she said, pledging the UN’s full support in this process.Also on Tuesday, Ms. Migiro accepted the Boston University Award, saying she was “humbled and inspired.” She praised the institution’s long-standing ties to Africa. “This university houses one of the oldest African studies programmes in this nation. Its reputation as a centre of teaching and research on Africa is second to none,” she said. 18 April 2007Stressing the need to address the disparities in today’s world by striving to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro urged action by all partners to achieve the time-bound anti-poverty targets that were set by world leaders meeting at the United Nations in 2000. read more

Basil now speaks of 19 A

The Minister recalled that both the TNA and the LTTE had at one time strongly opposed the 13th Amendment and the LTTE had even assassinated former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi over that issue. He noted that the  13th Amendment to the constitution was introduced to resolve issues faced by Tamils in the north of the country. Economic Affairs Minister Basil Rajapaksa says the government will not hesitate to introduce a 19th Amendment to the constitution (19 A) if it feels the 13th Amendment has some shortcomings.Speaking to heads from the Tamil media, the Minister said that the laws should be made to fulfill the expectations of the public and if those laws have shortcomings then they need to be amended. He said that if anyone attempts to misuse the 13th Amendment the public themselves will call for its withdrawal.The Minister said the government is also ready to repeal or amend the 13th Amendment through a referendum. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Volunteer work leads to masters thesis for Brock student

Master’s student Ashley Hobden with children in a favela or shanty town in Rio de Janeiro.After finishing her undergraduate degree in psychology and child and youth studies at Brock University, Ashley Hobden spent a good part of a year volunteering in impoverished communities in Brazil.She worked with families and children living in the mountainside shanty towns known as favelas in Rio de Janeiro. The lifestyle and culture of the favela was quite different than what Hobden experienced growing up in Burlington, Ont. The concept of childhood began to interest Hobden as she continued with her volunteer work, particularly what childhood means and how it’s defined.“I started to question the ideologies and assumptions about what it means to be a child,” she says. “When we think about children, there’s a tendency to subject our experiences, attitudes and views universally – a one-size-fits-all idea of the childhood experience.”Those questions led Hobden back to Brock last September to begin a master’s degree in child and youth studies. Her thesis work also means a return to Rio de Janeiro this year to spend four months studying the daily life and cultural practices of the favela as it relates to the childhood experience.“It’s not uncommon in the favelas in Rio to walk into a bar at 11 p.m. and see kids sitting at a table with parents. Your immediate reaction is to think that this is wrong, but this is cultural,” she says.“Around Christmas, you’ll find six-year-olds signing up their families for a campaign to be provided with food. Your first thought is to ask why they are doing this and not their parents. But you have to put aside your preconceived notions as to what you think is right or wrong. Instead, you have to ask yourself ‘What can we learn from this?’”Hobden hopes her research will bring new understanding to alternative approaches to viewing childhood, and the impact culture and society have on the perceptions and concepts of childhood.“By looking at childhood in certain ways, there are implications in regards to policy, practice, and education for children,” she says. “I think there are huge implications for seeing childhood in cultural ways and recognizing the importance of cherishing children’s voices in developing and shaping policy that affects their lives.”Hobden is one of about 125 graduate students presenting research at the Mapping the New Knowledges Graduate Student Research Conference on April 10. The annual showcase of graduate student research and scholarship will feature oral and poster presentations, the 3MT (Three Minute Thesis) Contest, and the presentation of the Graduate Mentorship Awards.The conference runs 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Plaza 300 and 400 levels and the Cairns 300 level. All are welcome. read more

Northern residents call for permanent fix for washed out Highway 903

The provincial ministry of highways and infrastructure has said it’s developed a plan to repair the road — one that involves putting in more culverts.Iron says that’s not enough. She’s among the northern residents calling on the government to seriously invest in Highway 903, to pave it and install a bridge instead of coming up with Band-Aid solutions.“It’s about time they pave the damn roads. They cause so many deaths because they’re a crazy mixture of sand and clay. Soft spots suck you in and yank you all over. They’re crazy dangerous,” Iron said, adding that logging traffic increases the hazards.David Horth, director of communications at the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure, said contractors are on site draining water from the area and working on a temporary crossing that is expected to be open by the end of the week.The temporary crossing will go over a cofferdam being put in place to allow for a permanent repair.“In the short term, our focus is on opening the road to light traffic,” Horth said, adding that the ministry will assess load limits for heavier vehicles, and heavier trucks will be detoured onto a different road — Highway 155 — where overweight permits may be available for local hauling.He said he expects contractors to be on site and working on a permanent repair by mid-September. He expects that to be completed by the fall, subject to weather conditions.“We realize that the impacts of this washout are significant for people, and we’re doing everything we can to fast-track repairs,” Horth said.A design team has proposed that the single culvert that washed out be replaced with additional culverts to reduce risk of future washouts, he added.“This means repairs can be done more quickly and it’s quite a bit more cost-effective.”Highway 903 is a 120-kilometre stretch of road that runs from Cole Bay south to Highway 55, just east of Meadow Lake. Matt Smith / Saskatoon StarPhoenix Former Canoe Lake First Nation Chief Guy Lariviere wrote to Highways Minister Greg Ottenbreit to say that Highway 903 was built in the late 1980s as a forestry road. Nearly 60 kilometres of the road was paved in the early ’90s and residents of Canoe Lake have been asking for the road to be paved ever since. They say paving would improve safety because the road is heavily used and crashes happen often.“People drive through for their banking in Meadow Lake, they drive back and forth all the time and it’s not safe,” Lariviere said. “It’s time to make some kind of progress. The end result: we want pavement on that road. It’s half-paved. There’s another 40 or 50 miles to go.”According to Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI), there were 451 collisions, 178 injuries, and five deaths on Highway 903 from 1988 to Aug. 22, 2018.Wallace Couillonneur of Cole Bay said he missed a family funeral because of the washed out road.“Normally it wouldn’t have been so difficult, just go to Dorintosh and cut across, but what would have been 1.5 hours is instead over four and gas is expensive. The washout is causing a lot of problems for people,” Couillonneur said. “The road should have been paved a long time ago; I don’t know why we’re still on a gravel road with no bridge there.”He said the Band-Aid solution will cost money that could have been used to pave the road instead, and he wonders if the community will have to have to wait another 20 or 30 years for a paved road.Buckley Belanger, the NDP MLA who represents the northern riding, said the state of the road is unacceptable.“This is a huge hole, 100 to 150 yards long and 100 feet deep, with cracks along the edge that suggests parts are going to keep falling into the river,” he said.“It’s affecting the regional economy: forestry, services, shopping, those people working in Meadow Lake; it has a drastic negative effect overall for everyone.”Belanger said he doesn’t think culverts will solve the problem.“They need a bridge, look at this expanse. Perhaps culverts are the quickest way to get it operational, but is that an adequate solution?” he asked. “They’ve had problems with this are before. Do we take the Band-Aid approach and get people using it quicker, or the good solution: design and finance and build a bridge?”Related Matt Smith / Saskatoon StarPhoenix Jessica Iron is terrified to think of what could happen if her six-month-old baby gets sick.Iron lives in Cole Bay, roughly 400 kilometres north of Saskatoon.The nearest hospital is in Meadow Lake. Until this summer, it was about a 60-minute drive down Highway 903.But the culvert under the road gave way this summer and the road washed out. If residents of Cole Bay want to get to Meadow Lake, they need to canoe across the washed-out road and catch a ride or drive a roundabout route under construction that could take them up to three hours.“It’s frightening to think of what would happen if my baby needed a hospital,” Iron says. “What about all the pregnant women? Lord help them if they have complications or go into labour. Or the sick people.”Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below. Residents of Cole Bay, Jans Bay, and Canoe Lake First Nation are concerned about the condition of Highway 903, which collapsed this summer and is now under repair. A line of culverts wait to be installed along Highway 903. ‘People are going to go without food’: Washed-out road poses challenges for northerners read more