Skeletons keep tumbling out of Indian hockey’s closet

first_imgThe anonymous hockey “well wisher” who has been ‘feeding’ the media with inside information from key meetings has taken a back seat for the moment.But another anonymous e-mail sender has raised some really pertinent points ahead of the annual general body meeting and elections of the supposedly ‘merged’ Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) scheduled for October 3 in New Delhi.The KPS Gill-headed IHF, which claims that the Indian Women’s Hockey Association has merged with it, has sent notices to its affiliated units to nominate one male and one female as “authorised representatives” to vote with the exception of the Services and Air India, who have been asked to nominate one representative each.But the anonymous e- mail, sent this week from ‘chakdeindia’ ID, raised questions about the sports ministry’s role in the IHF elections, making people think seriously about the issues involved.It is, however, advised that people should take the contents of this mail with caution. The email sender alleges that the ministry’s real reason for keeping quiet on the IHF elections, unlike that of Hockey India’s in the recent past, is to clear the path for former India captain Pargat Singh to be elected as an office bearer (he had lost to Vidya Stokes in the recent election for the presidentship of Hockey India).The writer points out in his e-mail: “(1) No election guidelines are being insisted upon by the ministry sports; (2) No insistence by the ministry on a retired high court judge to conduct elections; (3) No nominations/ withdrawal/ final list of candidates.advertisementWhat is the ministry doing now?, (4) All nominations will be on the floor of the house and elections will take place after that. This fraud is only to get Pargat elected; (5) What more can the ministry do to get Pargat elected as president after his loss in the Hockey India elections.”The writer, who is clearly someone associated with one of the several camps in the big, bad politics of Indian hockey, has made a few more harsher points, but they can’t be reproduced here.last_img read more

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Ramachandran decides not to contest for IOA presidents post

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 16 (PTI) Indian Olympic Association President N Ramachandran today decided not to contest next months IOA elections, days after an overwhelming majority in the Executive Council overruled him in his decision to hold the Annual General Body Meeting in Chennai.Ramachandran had issued a notification last month calling for the elective AGM to be held in Chennai on December 14 but 21 out of the 27 Executive Council members overruled him and shifted the venue to Delhi.The IOA chief, who is 69 now, had to face the ignominy of agreeing to the shifting of the AGM venue during the Executive Council Meeting at his home turf in Chennai on November 9.After the Executive Council Meeting in Chennai on November 9, Ramachandran had said that he would take a decision on whether to stand for the presidential election or not. But today, he decided not to contest.”I wish to inform all of you that contrary to what is being said, it is not my intention to stand for election as president of the IOA in the ensuing elections,” Ramachandran said in a letter addressed to the IOA members.”I am nearing 70 and I intend to abide by the Constitution of the IOA and the guidelines framed by the International Olympic Association,” he added.Even if he had contested and won for a second term, he would have to resign next year after reaching 70 as the IOA members have said that it would follow the Sports Code guideline of 70-year age cap for the office bearers.advertisement”I firmly believe that my successor should have a full term of four years and I wish him and the new team all the very best,” he added.Ramachandran had taken over as president in the elections held in February 2014 which saw India coming out of a 14-month suspension imposed by the IOC for electing charge-framed persons as office bearers.On November 14, the IOA had set into motion the process of election of its new office bearers for a four-year term with the formal notification of its polls during its AGM here on December 14. Elections will be held for one post each of the president, secretary-general, treasurer and senior vice president, eight vice presidents, six joint secretaries, 10 other Executive Council members and one representative for the Athlete Commission.The elections will be held through secret ballot and the results will be declared on the same day. The last date of submission of nomination of candidates will be on November 29.S K Mendiratta, advisor to the Election Commission of India, has been appointed as the Returning Officer for the elections. The Election Commission comprises of retired justices RS Sodhi (chairman), MR Calla and SM Sapra.An observer each from the IOC, Olympic Council of Asia and the government is likely to be present during the elections. PTI PDS ATK ATKlast_img read more

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Goa and J&K govt order 10% EWS quota to be implemented in jobs and education

first_imgThe Goa government has ordered all its departments, public sector undertakings, and educational institutions in the state to implement 10 percent reservation for the economically weaker sections (EWS) in jobs and education. While The Jammu and Kashmir government Thursday approved the reservation (second amendment) bill incorporating 103 rd amendment of the Indian constitution to provide 10 percent reservation to economically weaker sections in jobs and educational institutions.Goa government’s order The Goa government issued the order on Friday, June 21, 2019. Chief Minister Pramod Sawant-led Cabinet had last week passed a resolution to implement the 10 percent quota for the EWS in government jobs and education in the state, besides the existing reservations.An office memorandum issued by state Director of Social Welfare Parag Nagarsekar on Friday directed all the departments, public sector undertakings, and autonomous bodies to modify the existing parameters to provide reservation for the EWS.The state government has already launched a survey to find out how many people would benefit from the legislative amendment to provide quota to EWS in the general category.The constitutional amendment to provide the 10 percent quota was approved by Parliament in January this year and it later received the assent of President Ram Nath Kovind.Jammu and Kashmir government’s order The Jammu and Kashmir government issued the order on Thursday, June 20, 2019.”The State Administrative Council (SAC) which met here under the chairmanship of Governor Satya Pal Malik approved the ‘Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Second Amendment) Bill, 2019’ for incorporating provisions for the implementation of the 103 rd amendment of the Indian Constitution,” an official spokesperson said.advertisementThe amendment will provide for 10 percent reservation to Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) in educational institutions and direct recruitment in civil posts and services not covered under the scheme of the reservation for SCs, STs and OBCs.Subsequently, on the recommendations of the state government, the Centre extended the said Act to Jammu and Kashmir vide Presidential order on March 1 this year. The Act provides that the total percentage of the reservation shall in no case exceed 50 percent.Presently, 46 percent reservation is being extended to various classes. For the implementation of the 103rd amendment of Constitution of India to provide for 10 percent reservation, an amendment to the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation Act, 2004 was necessary.Read: Tripura government to bear expenses of 3,000 students from Below Poverty LineRead: Delhi University guidelines for sports trails out, date and venue decided Read : Teacher cannot be blamed for student’s suicide: HClast_img read more

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10 months agoLiverpool midfielder Fabinho: Man Utd our biggest rivals

first_imgLiverpool midfielder Fabinho: Man Utd our biggest rivalsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool midfielder Fabinho is in no doubt how important tomorrow’s clash with Manchester United is.Fabinho – who had his first taste of an English derby in the recent 1-0 victory over Everton – insists they will not be taking United lightly.“We’re going to approach this game like all the other games and I hope it’s a night to remember, like the Everton game,” he said.Fabinho also said, “I’m not really an expert on the history of this rivalry, but I believe it is the biggest rivalry in English football.“They’re the two most successful teams in England, so history shows that there’s a huge rivalry.“I think the geographical closeness, with Manchester being just down the road, adds even more to it.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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a month agoLazio boss Simone Inzaghi urges calm after FC Cluj setback

first_imgLazio boss Simone Inzaghi urges calm after FC Cluj setbackby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLazio boss Simone Inzaghi urged calm after 2-1 Europa League defeat to FC Cluj.Lazio had the lead through Bastos, but eventually were overrun.“Without doubt, as is often the case, we deserved more and it’s a very disappointing result,” Inzaghi told Sky Sport Italia.“It was above all an excellent first half performance. I am convinced we will go through to the next round and we must always believe in what we’re doing. We should’ve finished the game earlier.“It’s also fair to say the referee should not have awarded that penalty. If we’d gone 2-0 up, we would not have had these issues. We’ve got to keep our heads up, as on Sunday there is an important game against Parma.“These two defeats with Cluj and SPAL are very disappointing, because we need to be more effective in attack and kill games off when we’re in control.“We have to analyse why we keep running out of steam in the second half. This was basically a photocopy of the match against SPAL, despite the fact we’ve worked on those errors over the last three days.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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World Cup 2019: Batting with MS Dhoni is a dream, says KL Rahul

first_img India Today Web Desk CardiffMay 29, 2019UPDATED: May 29, 2019 19:20 IST MS Dhoni and KL Rahul stitched a match-winning stand for Indian in their final CWC 19 warm-up match against Bangladesh (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKL Rahul and MS Dhoni hit hundreds in India’s final warm-up vs BangladeshKL Rahul seems to have sealed the No.4 spot for World Cup 2019MS Dhoni’s batting form great sign for India, says KL RahulIndia batsman KL Rahul said he enjoys batting with MS Dhoni and that the senior wicketkeeper-batsman’s form is a great sign for India at the 2019 World Cup, starting May 30 in the United Kingdom.KL Rahul and MS Dhoni stitched a match-winning stand of 164 in India’s second and final warm-up match against Bangladesh in Cardiff on Tuesday. Rahul and Dhoni steered India out of trouble after the Bangladesh pacers removed India openers, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, cheaply.Both Rahul and Dhoni played a positive frame of mind as they took the attack to the Bangladesh bowlers. Rahul finished with 108 from 99 balls while MS Dhoni smashed 113 from just 78 balls as India posted 359 before clinching a 95-run win to end their warm-up on a high.Speaking to the press after India’s dominant win, Rahul said Dhoni and himself didn’t communicate much during the match-winning stand but were focussed on executing their plans to perfection.”When we lost four wickets when we didn’t have too much on the board, it was important for us to stitch a partnership. We did that. We didn’t really talk too much in the middle because each of us had individual plans and wanted to play that role,” Rahul said.He added: “Batting with MS is a dream and luckily I have had a few good partnerships with him over the years. I enjoy batting with him. The way he batted today [Tuesday] was just so good to watch from the other end. He dominated the spinners really well and was striking the ball really well. So it’s a good sign for us.”advertisementIndia had tried close to 12 players at the No. 4 spot from 2017 without much success. However, just ahead of World Cup 2019, Virat Kohli’s men seem to have found their No.4 batsman.KL Rahul walked in at No. 4 and successfully auditioned for the much-talked-about spot in the batting order with a superlative batting performance against Bangladesh.Spoke to Rahul Dravid about form and confidence: KL RahulRahul’s career was thrown into doubt following the Koffee With Karan controversy earlier this year. The Karnataka batsman was suspended by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) but he has emerged stronger from the setback with some fine performances in the Indian Premier League.Shedding light on the work he had put in in the lead up to the World Cup, Rahul said: “There were a few things about my batting and my technique that I needed to fix. I worked with my coach back home in Bengaluru and India A games gave me a bit of opportunity.”Like speaking to Rahul Dravid about mental preparation and how to handle low confidence and poor form. The best way to get back to scoring runs is to find that form in the middle and I got that opportunity. From there, it just carried on. I was very hungry to come back and score runs for whatever team I played.”Also Read | World Cup 2019: Hosts England take on Steyn-less South AfricaAlso Read | Give him any role, Hardik Pandya takes it up with a smile: KL RahulAlso See:For 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? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow KL RahulFollow MS DhoniFollow ICC Cricket World Cup 2019Follow India national cricket teamFollow India cricket teamFollow India vs Bangladesh World Cup 2019: Batting with MS Dhoni is a dream, says KL RahulMS Dhoni and KL Rahul shone in India’s final World Cup 2019 warm-up match against Bangladesh on Tuesday. The duo added 164 runs as India posted 359 before clinching a 95-run win in Cardiff.advertisementlast_img read more

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Chef Lee Hendrickson: A Charlottesville Taste Maker

first_img Zach Klein Is the Reason We’re All Obsessed with Cabin Porn Editors’ Recommendations NASCAR Driver Brad Keselowski on Crashing, Winning, and Creating a Legacy Is Classic French Technique Still Relevant In Today’s Culinary World? The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Now At 3o years of age, most people are finally settling into a career; finding themselves on something of a path and leaving behind the uncertainties of their youth. Most 30-year-olds aren’t already at the apex of a career path. But such is not exactly the case for Chef Lee Hendrickson. Because I could also accurately call him Executive Chef Lee Hendrickson of Charlottesville, VA’s celebrated Red Pump Kitchen.Related: Chef Andre Lima De LucaYep, Mr. H is the top chef at a successful restaurant specializing in “Mediterranean, Tuscan and Italian inspired dishes.” How did he pull it off? By being a good chef, which is another way of saying by working good and goddamned hard to learn his craft and to never stop learning and innovating.Also, he loves food, which helps. You can tell that from the first few minutes of a conversation with the chef. And it’s an infectious passion: after getting off the phone with Hendrickson, I immediately went downstairs and made myself a large bowl of pasta and meatballs. This is not something I’m writing to be cute, this is truth, plain and simple. I ate so much pasta I felt terrible and wonderful all at once; I only wish it had been the handmade pasta the chef had so lovingly described.So, where did this passion for food begin?I was introduced to cooking at an early age. I grew up in a big Italian family, brothers and sisters, my grandmother around all the time. There was no such thing as breakfast, lunch, and dinner; there was lways food on the table, antipastis, pastas, sauces cooking all day. My mother and grandmother were always cooking. And my cousins and friends all seemed to grow up the same way, it was what we all did all the time.When did you get on the path to work in kitchens professionally?I basically always worked in food. I started dish washing when I was a teenager, and then by 16, maybe 17, I was in the kitchen making pizzas, working at a small mom and pop place. I guess I wasn’t really serious about it, about the cooking aspect yet, but it was a job, I was a kid making money. But I was definitely comfortable there, being around food brought a comfort level, it was something I knew.Then when I was 18, I started working at my first four star restaurant. It was at a resort hotel, Keswick Hall, and it was intinmidating at first. It was one of those hotels with a kitchen where you walk in and there ar 20, 25 white coats (that’s kitchen talk for cooks, FYI, dear reader — he’s not referring to doctors) head down, working. I was on the line, making staff meals, helping with large parties. It was an epiphany being there, seeing a kitchen like that. I was exposed to a famous, successful chef for the first time; I got to see what they [chefs] were really doing in their kitchens. I started reading, reading deeply, really exposing myself to and learning about the famous inspiring chefs, guys like Jose Andres for example, the big guys.I cooked under chef Dean Maupin and I learned from him and really looked up to him. He treats people almost as a brother, as a mentor; he was building a family at the time and had this big brother kind of way of teaching. If he yelled at you, it wasn’t old style chef yelling, it was proactive, he wanted to help us rise from pedestal one to a higher tier of culinary arts. He made the gears turn in my mind. I came home every day wanting to read, to learn, to know. I studied flavor balances, I wanted to know why reductions made sense, to know the details of it all.The Dining Room at Red Pump KitchenPretty soon my friend, and a great chef, Amalia Scatena, told me she was going to open a place down in Charleston, South Carolina. I’d always wanted to go there, and we decided to do it together. I became sous chef at Cannon Green in downtown Charleston and it was a new step for me. I was in control of banquets and was running the kitchen, and it was in a very new environment, inside the restaurant and out. It was difficult to find good cooks down there, frankly. No one knew who we were, and they didn’t want to work for us, really. But we took our time, we made our reputation one person at a time; whenever anyone came in to help out a bit, when they heard or saw what we were trying and doing, we made a name over time.I was there for six months, and then the opportunity at Red Pump Kitchen came along, and here I am.What does it mean to you to be an executive chef?I said this to my sous not long ago, in fact. It’s not how good you are at cooking that makes you a great chef, it’s how many great chefs you can create that does.What is your favorite food or meal to prepare?It would have to be pasta — handmade pasta. I love teaching how to make it, making it myself, every time I make pasta, any kind of pasta, too, it’s connecting again with my grandmother, with my mother, with childhood. I think about family every time I touch a piece of pasta. Sometimes I’ll be rolling pasta and I just have this huge smile on my face that I don’t even bother explaining to people. I tell my mom that I always think about family when I’m making it or cooking it.Do you have any favorite kitchen hacks?Sure, cyrovacing and sous-vide cooking. It saves some cooking time, and it’s a great way to dial in the consistency you want. It also helps maintain proteins in foods.Are there are any current food trends you particularly like?I do love the whole food truck thing. I don’t think there’s a food truck I’ve ever been to that wasn’t good. From tacos to sliders to a truck selling peanut butter and jelly sandwiches or whatever, they’re just always good. The food tends to be innovative, unique, and they’re just fun.How has the food scene in Virginia changed in recent years?        Plating Done WellEverything is just on another level now. From the craft beer scene to sourcing foods more locally to what you can do in the kitchen these days. I tell people Red Pump is food that’s approachable, but with intricate plating styles. You might have my grandma’s recipe for eggplant parm on a plate, but it’s plated on a slate board with flowers and people see it and they’re blown away by it. You have to cater for the clientele, you can’t have foam on every dish. You don’t want to scare people away, it has to be approachable.What is something chefs often do wrong?I don’t think people submerge themselves in the process, reading, studying, always learning. Cooks put the white coat on and then think they know everyhting. They stop learning. I also don’t like when a kitchen tries to play itself off as fine dining but is not cooking from scratch. We never open a bag here, it’s always from scratch. But some kitchens try to play themselves off as high end like that when they’re just not cooking that way.If you hadn’t become a professional chef, what would you be doing?I would probably be in construction. You meet a lot of chefs who did that, in fact, who came from that world. I used to frame houses with my dad, in fact. I always had a knack for that, for the geometry, the lines. So I’d probably be in construction, or maybe an artist, a pen and ink artist. I even studied art for a year at JMU, and you can see that sometimes in my plating, the colors.*****And with that, we bid our goodbyes, and it was time for me to eat too much. Or maybe we talked about lots of other stuff, but now it’s time for you to go eat dinner. And if you find yourself in Charlottesville, VA, one good place to do that would be…Red Pump KitchenTry the Whole Branzino with Spring Asparagus, Caper Brown Butter, and Pickled Fennel On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Triplast_img read more

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JBI to Launch Scholarship Programme

first_img In an interview with JIS News, Director of Lands and BCDP Administrator at the JBI, Dr. Dianne Gordon, explained that after graduating, the students who benefit from the scholarships will serve the cluster areas as resource persons. The programme was created to facilitate sustainability for the JSIF/JBI Water Harvesting and Greenhouse Cluster Project, which is administered under the Bauxite Community Development Programme (BCDP). The Jamaica Bauxite Institute (JBI) is to launch scholarships for young persons in its greenhouse cluster areas, called the JBI/Alcan Rio Tinto Legacy Fund Scholarship Programme. Story Highlightscenter_img The Jamaica Bauxite Institute (JBI) is to launch scholarships for young persons in its greenhouse cluster areas, called the JBI/Alcan Rio Tinto Legacy Fund Scholarship Programme.The programme was created to facilitate sustainability for the JSIF/JBI Water Harvesting and Greenhouse Cluster Project, which is administered under the Bauxite Community Development Programme (BCDP).In an interview with JIS News, Director of Lands and BCDP Administrator at the JBI, Dr. Dianne Gordon, explained that after graduating, the students who benefit from the scholarships will serve the cluster areas as resource persons.“Although the greenhouse farmers have been trained and all the material has been provided to them, we need to be assured that going into the future, they would become more independent and not rely so much on us. To facilitate them in becoming more self-reliant, we felt that it would be a good thing to have some persons from the greenhouse cluster areas (apart from those who are currently involved in greenhouse production) to be professionally trained,” she explained.Dr. Gordon said that funding had been sought from the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) through the Alcan Legacy Fund and the scholarships were established for the two-year Associate Degree in Agriculture, tenable at the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE) with a special focus on greenhouse production and management.“Upon graduation, they are expected to go back to their communities and impart their new-found knowledge to the farmers and to assist them with the management processes,” she noted.Dr. Gordon pointed out that six of the eight scholarship recipients had already been identified and had begun studies at CASE in the 2018/2019 academic year. The other two students, who are yet to be chosen, are slated to begin studies in September 2019. The scholarships are valued at $600,000 ($300,000 per year) and cover the cost of tuition, boarding, meals and other basics. The launch and official signing ceremony will take place in March 2019.Under the BCDP greenhouse project, 160 greenhouses have been established in clusters on mined-out bauxite lands in Clarendon, Manchester, St. Ann, St. Catherine and St. Elizabeth.Sweet peppers and tomatoes almost ready for harvesting at the Content JSIF/JBI Water Harvesting and Greenhouse Cluster Project in Manchester. The project is aimed at promoting agricultural activity on reclaimed bauxite lands.last_img read more

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Coach Igor Stimac names 25member probable list

first_imgNew Delhi: Indian football team coach Igor Stimac Friday named a list of 25 players ahead of the Intercontinental Cup, slated to kick off at the EKA Arena, Ahmedabad from July 7. Defending champions India take on Tajikistan in their first match on the opening day, while Syria and North Korea are the other two participating teams. All teams will play each other once with the top two making it to the final. Stimac stated that “all players worked really hard at the preparatory camp in Mumbai”. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together”We are satisfied with the execution of work for the past ten days,” he informed. “The players worked really hard, and we are all very enthusiastic about our upcoming games,” he added. Indian Arrows defender Narender Gahlot was named in the list along with Mandar Rao Desai. The list will be pruned to 23 prior to the start of the tournament. This is the first time Gujarat is hosting a a senior men’s international competition. Stimac, who coached Croatia to the 2014 FIFA World Cup, said, “All our work has been programmed to get us in form for the qualifiers.” The 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers kick off in September, the draw for which is slated for later this month. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open”Once again, I will use the upcoming games in the tournament to have a look at all the players in action. Each one of them deserve the chance,” the coach explained. Stimac had summoned a list of 35 players for the preparatory camp in Mumbai which kicked off on June 25. The 10 players who were released include Vishal Kaith, Nishu Kumar, Salam Ranjan Singh, Sarthak Golui, Anwar Ali, Raynier Fernandes, Michael Soosairaj, Nikhil Poojary, Jackiechand Singh, and Balwant Singh, while Ashique Kuruniyan was earlier released from the camp. The list of 25 stay as follows: GOALKEEPERS: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Amrinder Singh, Kamaljit Singh. DEFENDERS: Pritam Kotal, Rahul Bheke, Sandesh Jhingan, Adil Khan, Anas Edathodika, Narender Gahlot, Subhasish Bose, Jerry Lalrinzuala. MIDFIELDERS: Udanta Singh, Brandon Fernandes, Anirudh Thapa, Pronay Halder, Rowllin Borges, Vinit Rai, Sahal Abdul, Amarjit Singh, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Mandar Rao Desai. FORWARDS: Jobby Justin, Sunil Chhetri, Farukh Choudhary, Manvir Singh.last_img read more

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SPCong can boycott 48hr UP Assembly session

first_imgLucknow: The Samajwadi Party (SP) is likely to boycott the 48-hour marathon Uttar Pradesh Assembly session proposed by the Yogi Adityanath government to discuss and deliberate the 17-point Charter of the United Nations’ Agenda on Development. The session is scheduled to be held on October 2, on the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Senior SP leader and Leader of Opposition Ram Govind Chaudhary on Thursday said party chief Akhilesh Yadav has called for state-wide protest on October 1 to raise the issue of hike in electricity tariff. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ On October 2, all MPs, MLAs and MLCs would stage a day-long dharna at Gandhi statue “to save democracy”. “A non-stop, 48-hour session seems illogical. Instead of the day and night deliberations, the session could have been extended to three or four days. SP is preoccupied with agitations and a final decision would be taken soon,” he said. A Congress leader, on the other hand, has raised a question: “What is the need for a non-stop session? Is it an Emergency? We have communicated our feelings to the party high command and a decision on our participation will be taken soon. The Congress Legislators are not in a mood to attend this session.” Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K The SP and the Congress’s new stand on the session has surprised the ruling party as earlier they had expressed willingness to join the special Assembly session. The decision to hold this unique session was unanimously taken at an all-party meeting convened by Speaker Hriday Narain Dixit in last week of August. After the meeting, Congress leader Ajay Kumar Lallu had said: “While all of us have unanimously agreed to the session as it is for a good cause, we asked the Chief Minister that the discussion should not be limited for the sake of record.” The session will discuss the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Every member is expected to get five minutes to speak on the subject. They will not be allowed to speak on any other subject during the special session.last_img read more

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Security Council sets up committee to monitor arms embargo against DR of

Today’s action was prompted by the Council’s concern at the continuing insecurity and the flow of illegal weapons throughout the vast DRC – driven chiefly by armed groups and militia in North and South Kivu and in Ituri.The Council’s unanimous resolution condemns the illicit flow of weapons into the DRC and declares its determination to closely monitor compliance with the arms embargo imposed last July, when the Council demanded that States, particularly those in the region, ensure that no direct military or financial assistance was given to the movements and armed groups present in the country.The committee established today will report regularly to the Council with its observations and recommendations, in particular ways to strengthen the effectiveness of the measures aiming to prevent the direct or indirect supply, sale or transfer of arms and related materiel and the provision of training or military assistance to all foreign and Congolese armed groups in the east of the country. States were requested to report to the committee within 60 days on their actions taken towards this end.The Council also asked Secretary-General Kofi Annan to create within 30 days an expert, four-person panel to examine and analyze relevant information gathered by the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC) in its efforts to monitor the arms embargo.For its part, MONUC was asked to continue to use all means to monitor the movements and presence of armed groups, and to continue its surprise inspections of aircraft cargo or of any transport vehicle using ports, airfields and military bases and border crossings in North and South Kivu and in Ituri.The Council’s text also underscores the right of the Congolese people to control their natural resources and stresses the need for all countries to work to bring an end to the illegal exploitation of such resources as well as trafficking in the region’s raw materials. read more

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New European Constitution should offer chance to boost cooperation with UN –

In a statement released late Friday by his spokesman, the Secretary-General said the signing in Rome by leaders of EU countries marks a “major milestone.”“This important and positive step opens new horizons for the European Union in the twenty-first century and provides a unique opportunity to preserve and strengthen democracy, peace and prosperity,” he said, expressing hope that the document will bolster UN-EU collaboration in fostering peace and development.

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PetroBakken plans 675million in capital spending in 2013 to boost output

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email PetroBakken plans $675-million in capital spending in 2013 to boost output by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 11, 2013 3:19 pm MDT CALGARY – PetroBakken Energy Ltd. has budgeted $675 million for capital projects this year, with a focus on growing production from the Cardium formation in west-central Alberta.That’s a big drop from the $975 million the Calgary-based light oil producer spent in 2012. About $100 million of this year’s spending was moved up to the end of 2012 to take advantage of oilfield services during the winter drilling season.“Our initial capital plan (including the acceleration of $100 million into 2012) is materially lower than previous years, which we believe to be prudent given the current price volatility and wider light oil differentials being experienced by the industry,” the company said in a release.“Our capital plan may be adjusted throughout the year to take into account changes to realized prices and service costs.”In addition to the Cardium, PetroBakken will also make investments in the Bakken light oil formation that straddles the Canada-U.S. border, as well as in conventional oil and gas in southeastern Saskatchewan.PetroBakken says it produced the equivalent of 53,200 barrels of oil a day on average in December, which was six per cent above the same month of 2011.It’s aiming to exit 2013 at about the same level, in a range of 49,000 to 52,000 barrels a day, but boost annual output by eight to 12 per cent above 2012.In 2013, the company plans to spend $480 million — 71 per cent of the total capital budget — on drilling, completion and tie-in activities. A further $140 million is for facilities, optimization, workovers and sustaining capital.On a geographic basis, about 60 per cent of the drilling will be in the Cardium formation. It will get $290 million, compared with $85 million allocated for the Bakken, $27 million for conventional projects in southeastern Saskatchewan and $78 million in Alberta and British Columbia.The company’s former majority shareholder, Petrobank Energy and Resources (TSX:PBG), spun off its 56 per cent stake to Petrobank shareholders this month.Desjardins Securities analyst Allan Stepa said PetroBakken is spending less than expected in 2013.“Although the company’s program is significantly more conservative than we had forecast, with essentially flat year-over-year production growth, we note that more disciplined capital spending is somewhat prudent given current Canadian differentials and the company’s levered balance sheet,” he wrote in a research note.“To that end, we believe investors will remain focused on PetroBakken’s ability to manage debt levels this year and to protect its eight-cent monthly dividend.”PetroBakken shares were down 2.5 per cent at $10.03 Friday afternoon on the Toronto Stock Exchange. read more

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TSX little changed Ukraine claims its forces destroyed Russian armoured force

TORONTO – A worsening in the Ukraine-Russia crisis put pressure on North American stock markets Friday, although Toronto managed to finish with a minor gain.The S&P/TSX composite index climbed 13.06 points to 15,304.24.Markets initially went deep in the red after NATO said that Russian military vehicles crossed into Ukraine during the night and the Ukrainian president said most of the force had been quickly destroyed by his troops. Russia denied any incursion.The report persuaded traders to seek safety but the Canadian dollar was higher as jobs data for July blew past expectations.The loonie rose 0.12 of a cent to 91.84 cents US as Statistics Canada issued a revised report saying the economy added 42,000 positions last month, more than double the 20,000 that had been generally expected by economists. The federal agency disclosed earlier this week that it had discovered an error in its jobs data originally released Aug. 8 showing the economy added a meagre 200 jobs.The rise in the Canadian currency came as traders looking for a safe haven bought into the U.S. dollar. The yield on the benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasurys fell to 2.338 per cent, down from 2.375 per cent earlier in the morning.Most U.S. indexes gave up early gains with the Dow Jones industrials finishing down 50.67 points at 16,662.91, the Nasdaq gaining 11.93 points to 4,464.93 and the S&P 500 index slipping 0.12 of a point to 1,955.06.“Definitely a big impact,” said John Stephenson, president and CEO at Stephenson & Company Capital Management“This clearly casts a bit of a pall over the markets on a Friday and will likely make a negative impact, depending on how things evolve for the beginning of the trading week.”Meanwhile, it wasn’t clear if that armed convoy was part of another convoy of almost 300 vehicles containing humanitarian aid that the Russian government dispatched to eastern Ukraine earlier this week. The area has been the scene of heavy fighting as Ukrainian forces fight to retain control of territory from pro-Russian militias.Russia had earlier agreed to let Ukrainian officials inspect the aid convoy on Friday and agreed to let the Red Cross distribute the aid around the rebel-held city of Luhansk.Markets had been further reassured after Russian President Vladimir Putin appeared to tone down his rhetoric on Ukraine, where pro-Russian rebels are waging an insurgency in the eastern part of that country. He said Moscow’s goal was “to stop bloodshed in Ukraine as soon as possible.”The gold sector was off early lows, down about one per cent as December bullion halved earlier losses. However, gold still lost $9.50 to US$1,306.20 an ounce.Financials were a weight, down 0.35 per cent.The energy sector led advancers, up one per cent with September crude in New York ahead $1.77 to US$97.35 a barrel.The metals and mining group rose 0.63 per cent, while September copper was a cent higher at US$3.10 a pound.Despite the geopolitical worries, Toronto and New York markets registered gains last week on earnings news and the belief that poor economic data from Europe and China will force central banks to step in with more stimulus. The TSX gained 0.71 per cent while the Dow industrials advanced 0.66 per cent.On the corporate front, the world’s biggest soda maker is hoping to benefit from the surging popularity of energy drinks. Coca-Cola is buying a 16.7 per cent stake in Monster Beverage for US$2.15 billion. Monster shares surged 30.48 per cent to US$93.49 while Coca Cola gained 1.74 per cent to US$40.88. by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 15, 2014 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TSX little changed, Ukraine claims its forces destroyed Russian armoured force read more

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UN health agency urges global switch by 2020 to smart syringes that

“Adoption of safety-engineered syringes is absolutely critical to protecting people worldwide from becoming infected with HIV, hepatitis and other diseases. This should be an urgent priority for all countries,” Dr. Gottfried Hirnschall, Director of the WHO HIV/AIDS Department, said in the announcement by the UN health agency.A 2014 study sponsored by WHO, which focused on the most recent available data, estimated that in 2010, up to 1.7 million people were infected with hepatitis B virus, up to 315,000 with hepatitis C virus and as many as 33,800 with HIV through an unsafe injection. “The new ‘smart’ syringes WHO recommends for injections into the muscle or skin, have features that prevent re-use,” according to the announcement. “Some models include a weak spot in the plunger that causes it to break if the user attempts to pull back on the plunger after the injection. Others have a metal clip that blocks the plunger so it cannot be moved back, while in others the needle retracts into the syringe barrel at the end of the injection.”The new WHO injection safety guidelines with support from the IKEA Foundation and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, also provided recommendations highlighting the value of safety features for syringes, including devices that protect health workers.“Syringes are also being engineered with features to protect health workers from ‘needle stick’ injuries and resulting infections,” WHO said. “A sheath or hood slides over the needle after the injection is completed to protect the user from being injured accidentally by the needle and potentially exposed to an infection.” WHO said it is urging countries to transition, by 2020, to the exclusive use of the new “smart” syringes, except in a few circumstances in which a syringe that blocks after a single use would interfere with the procedure. Syringes without safety features currently cost 3 to 4 cents when procured by a UN agency for a developing country and the new smart syringes cost at least twice that much, but WHO said it is calling on donors to support the transition, anticipating that prices will decline over time.Noting that injections are one of the most common health-care procedures used around the world, WHO stressed the need to reduce the number of unnecessary injections as a critical way of reducing risk.“There are 16 billion injections administered every year” but only some 5 per cent of these injections are for immunizing children and adults, and 5 per cent are for other procedures like blood transfusions and injectable contraceptives,” the WHO press release said. The remaining 90 per cent of injections are given to administer medicines, according to WHO. Finally, WHO said “unsafe injection practices would logically impact on other blood borne diseases transmitted through the reuse of injection equipment e.g. haemorrhagic fevers such as Ebola and Marburg viruses, malaria, and others.” read more

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Ban appoints senior officials for key roles in UN Agenda 2030 advisory

“Dr. Nabarro will work with Member States and other relevant stakeholders to galvanize action on implementation of the Agenda and also oversee the Secretary-General’s special initiatives, e.g. Every Woman Every Child,” said Mr. Ban in his wide-ranging address to the media at UN Headquarters in New York today.Prior to this, Dr. Nabarro has served as Special Envoy of the Secretary-General on Ebola since September 2014, providing strategic and policy direction for the international response, and from 2005 to 2014, he was Senior Coordinator for Avian and Pandemic Influenza.With over 30 years of experience in public health, nutrition and development work at country, regional and global levels, Dr. Nabarro has also held positions in non-governmental organizations, universities, national Governments and the UN system.At the same press conference, Mr. Ban also announced the appointment of El Ghassim Wane of Mauritania as Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations.“Mr. Wane brings extensive experience on peace and security issues and conflict resolution, particularly in Africa in partnership with international and regional organisations, at a time when United Nations peacekeeping has reached a historic high in terms of levels of deployments of civilian and uniformed personnel and complexity of mandates,” said Mr. Ban.Mr. Wane will succeed Edmond Mulet of Guatemala, whom the Secretary-General has appointed as his Chef de Cabinet.The UN chief reiterated his deep gratitude and appreciation for Mr. Mulet’s dedicated service in his former position. read more

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Doubledigit decline for new van market in November

Light commercial vehicle market declines -11.1% in November, the third consecutive monthly fall.Demand down across all segments, with 26,486 new vans and pick-ups registered.Year-to-date registrations fall -4.1% to 334,133 units.SEE LCV REGISTRATIONS BY BRANDDOWNLOAD PRESS RELEASE AND DATA TABLENew light commercial vehicle (LCV) registrations experienced a double-digit decline in November, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). The market fell -11.1%, with 26,486 new vans and pick-ups registered – the third consecutive monthly fall.All segments experienced declines, with demand for smaller vans falling the most, down -21.7%. Pick-ups were next, down -14.4%, followed by 4x4s, larger vans, and vans weighing 2.0T-2.5T, which dropped -10.0%, -9.4%, and -8.9% respectively. Year-to-date, the LCV market has fallen -4.1% with 334,133 new vans joining UK roads, broadly in line with expectations. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, saidWhile the market decline is worrying, it remains at an historically high level. Nevertheless, economic and political uncertainty continues to affect business confidence and with it new van purchasing patterns which is damaging, both for the market and for efforts to improve air quality. Getting more of the latest, Euro 6 LCVs onto our roads is the fastest way to reduce emissions so, to avoid a prolonged downturn, it is vital that government works to restore the conditions that give operators confidence to invest in their fleets. read more

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Manolo Cadenas to complete Wisla Plock squad before EHF CL start

Manolo CadenasWisla Plock ← Previous Story BIG SUMMER PLAN: Kielce want to set new record with 15.500 fans against PSG Next Story → Granollers Cup 2015 confirms slogan “Fun, friends and handball” Spending his time in Spain coach Manolo Cadenas completes the ORLEN Wisla team for the season 2015/2016. Polish vice-champions wants to at least repeat the result from the last two years, when they got to TOP16.Even before the end of the 2014/2015 season it was clear, that three inportant pieces in the Cadneas’ puzzle will leave the club: Mariusz Jurkiewicz (Vive Tauron Kielce), Kamil Syprzak (FC Barcelona Lassa) and Sasha Tioumentsev (Meshkov Brest). In their place Wisla decided to sign Dmitry Zhitnikov (Czechowskije Miedwiedi) and Bartosz Konitz (Pogon Szczecin). But this is not the end of ORLEN Wisła Płock reinforcements.– At the moment our team consists of 16 players, but we are in advanced negotiations with a line player and playmaker – says Spanish coach – They both want to be in Wisla in the next season, one practically has already accepted our terms, we are currently negotiating and look forward to the decision of the other side. If its expectations will be too high, I have other candidates on my mind. We observe the market all the time to choose the optimal solution, that will allow us to raise our level. The possibility of performance in the Champions League elite is like a magnet for many players.Cadenas also commented the draw for the Champions League VELUX:– Pots were designed so that we knew before the draw, that the most famous handball team will come to Płock again. I was pleased with the decision of the EHF, that appreciated our performances last season and assigned us to group A. It’s important for this city and for our community to be in the elite and keep in it.ORLEN Wisla’s workouts will resume on 27 July. read more

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Le réchauffement climatique va réduire de 50 lespace de nombreuses espèces dici

first_imgLe réchauffement climatique va réduire de 50% l’espace de nombreuses espèces d’ici 2080Selon une étude publiée dimanche, en raison du réchauffement climatique, plus de la moitié des espèces végétales et d’un tiers des espèces animales verront l’espace propice à leur existence réduit de moitié d’ici 2080.Au rythme où vont les émissions de gaz à effet de serre (GES), et dans la mesure où elles peinent encore à diminuer, un réchauffement climatique global de 4°C (par rapport aux niveaux pré-industriels) est attendu d’ici 2100, selon les spécialistes. Pour cerner l’impact d’un tel changement sur la faune et la flore, des scientifiques britanniques se sont intéressés aux espaces dans lesquels les conditions climatiques sont propices à l’existence de quelque 50.000 espèces (3zones climatiques”).En étudiant ces conditions, les chercheurs de l’université britannique d’East Anglia ont conclu que 55% des plantes et 35% des animaux faisant partie des 48.786 espèces pourraient voir au moins 50% de ces espaces réduits d’ici 2080. Publiée dans la revue Nature Climate Change, l’étude montre que ce sont les plantes, les amphibiens et les reptiles qui sont les plus menacés. En effet, ces organismes ont plus de difficultés à s’adapter. Ils évoluent plus lentement que le changement climatique lui-même, soulignent les chercheurs. Quant aux régions qui seraient les plus fortement touchées, ce serait l’Afrique sub-saharienne, l’Amérique centrale, l’Amazonie et l’Australie. Pour la chercheuse Rachel Warren, ces estimations se situent “probablement dans la fourchette basse” dans la mesure où elles ne prennent en compte que l’impact de la hausse des températures et pas les évènements extrêmes qu’entraîne le changement climatique (cyclones ou inondations).Des retombées pour l’homme À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?”Les populations d’animaux en particulier pourraient disparaitre plus que nous ne l’estimons avec moins de plantes disponibles pour les nourrir”, explique la scientifique du centre Tyndall citée par l’AFP. Nécessairement, “il y aura aussi des retombées sur les hommes car il y a des espèces qui sont importantes pour la purification de l’eau et de l’air, pour limiter les inondations et le cycle de l’alimentation”, ajoute-t-elle.Toutefois, si les rejets de GES atteignaient leur niveau maximal en 2016 (scénario aujourd’hui irréaliste), les pertes de zones climatiques seraient réduites de 60%, d’après les résultats ds chercheurs. Avec un plafond atteint en 2030, ce chiffre serait de 40%.Le 14 mai 2013 à 10:34 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Study finds the five second rule wont keep you safe from dangerous

first_imgIf you drop food, you can just pick it up right away and it’s fine, right? The so-called “five-second rule” is seen by many as a universal truth, but no one has ever done a proper peer-reviewed study on it until now. It turns out that, no, it’s probably not fine to pick it up and eat it. That said, some food-dropping scenarios are safer than others.The study was conducted by Professor Donald Schaffner, a food microbiologist from Rutgers University. The testing was performed on both dry and sticky foods including cut watermelon, bread, buttered bread, and strawberry gummy candy. The team also used several different flooring materials like ceramic tile, wood, and carpet. Samples were exposed to all the different floorings types for varying amounts of time with 20 repetitions of each test. There were a total of 2,560 measurements of bacterial transfer, making this easily the largest assessment of the 5-second rule ever.The results showed that the 5-second rule isn’t completely bunk — there’s some common sense behind it. If a dry bit of food like bread lands on the carpet and you scoop it up in less than five seconds, the level of bacterial contamination is low but still present. Those are all the lowest risk categories, according to the study. But if you were to drop a watermelon on your ceramic tile kitchen floor for any amount of time, it’s going to pick up plenty of nasty stuff.The most important finding of this study is that everything is contaminated on contact with the floor. It’s just about how contaminated it is. Even bread on the carpet will eventually collect a worrying amount of bacteria. That’s not to say it can’t become dangerous on contact. Bacteria are not hiding on your floor with little microscopic stopwatches set to five seconds. If you do adhere to the 5-second rule, just be thankful for your robust immune system.last_img read more

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