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Calcutta Football League: Mohammedan SC Beat Peerless to Go Top of CFL Points Table

first_img Calcutta FZootball Leaguecfleast bengalfootball First Published: September 23, 2019, 10:58 PM IST Kolkata: Mohammedan Sporting Club moved to the top of the Calcutta Premier Division ‘A’ standings after recording a 2-0 victory over Peerless SC here on Monday.Kareem Omolaja (60th minute) and Vanlalbiaa Chhangte (69th) were goal scorers for the winners after Jiten Murmu missed a penalty for Peerless. Mohammaden now have 19 points from 10 matches to climb to the top of the table.Mohammedan didn’t get off the mark quite as quickly as they might have hoped with Peerless adopting a tactically strong approach, setting up a deep block with pace upfront for counter-attacks.Peerless’ plan of attack was fairly straight-forward with a solid back-line, some man-marking and an aim to try and use the speed of Jiten to try and penetrate into the final third.The plan seemed to work reasonably well as Peerless made several decent attacks. However, the Black Panthers were by far the more dominant side across the course of the first-half but poor finishing turned out to be their weakness.It wasn’t until the second-half that Peerless’ defence really started to breakdown as Mohammedan showed far more attacking intent with a much-improved performance.Nonetheless, the lack of finishing in the attacking third and outstanding defending from Peerless meant Mohammedan could not find a goal despite early dominance.Despite the momentum turning in Mohammedan’s favour, Peerless had a golden chance to surge ahead when they were awarded a penalty in the 53rd minute after Kareem tripped Anthony Wolfe inside the box. But Jiten failed to convert from the spot to the relieve of home fans.Mohammedan, on the other hand, kept dominating in both territorial and ball possession, showing glimpses of their attacking prowess.Mohammedan’s persistent pressure finally bore fruit as Kareem put the hosts ahead at the hour mark with a blistering finish from outside the box.With Mohammedan taking the lead, Peerless had to throw caution to the wind as they launched a wave of attacks on the opponent’s defence.But by pushing forward, Peerless left themselves exposed and vulnerable at the back and Mohammedan took full advantage when they doubled their lead in the 69th minute through Vanlalbiaa, who picked out Tirthankar Sarkar’s pass to produce a fine strike into the top-right corner. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Look forward to spending my last night in India battling it out in IPL 2017 Final: Steve Smith

first_imgRising Pune Supergiant skipper Steve Smith has posted a heartfelt message on social media, thanking India for the amazing hospitality and love he received in the country in the last four months. Smith has been in India since February this year for the Border-Gavaskar series and the Indian Premier League.Smith wrote on his Instagram and Facebook page: “The last 4 months here in India have been incredible. There has been some ups and downs along the way but I’ve learnt such a great deal. The Test matches were tough but so enjoyable to be a part of. I’ve met some wonderful people, and I’ve made some new friends. The IPL and playing with Pune has been a terrific experience and I look forward to spending my last night here in India battling it out in the Final. Thank you to everyone here in India that has made this trip so unforgettable.”Smith’s personal form throughout his time in India has been tremendous. He was the highest run-scorer in the Test series with 499 runs in four matches at 71.28 with three hundreds. In the IPL he’s amassed 421 runs in 14 matches so far at 38.27 with two half-centuries and is fifth on the list of highest run-getters this season.The 27-year-old though, has had contrasting fortunes as captain here. He first led the Australian team in the four-match series against India, which the hosts won 2-1. He received a lot of flak from the India captain Virat Kohli, the crowd, the media and critics for the way he led the Aussies and especially for his involvement in the DRS row during the second Test in Bengaluru. The series was bitterly fought from there on with players from both teams engaging in war of words on the field.advertisementPrior to the Test series, Smith replaced MS Dhoni as captain of the Rising Pune Supergiant team in the IPL, a decision which didn’t go down well with the former India captain’s fans here.But the move worked wonders for RPS as Smith led his team to their maiden IPL final where they will face Mumbai Indians at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium on Sunday.Smith has been seeking help from Dhoni throughout this season and the duo have played some brilliant cricket together to get the team this far that too in just their second season. From being hated by the fans here during the Test series to being hailed as one of the best captain’s in the IPL this season, Smith’s journey in the last four months have been truly memorable.Pune have defeated Mumbai thrice this season and will be aiming to keep the winning momentum going against Rohit Sharma’s team one final time and lift their maiden IPL trophy in Hyderabad.last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo likely to stay, Kylian Mbappe move may be premature, says Florentino Perez

first_imgThere is “no reason to get too concerned” about Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo leaving Real Madrid C.F., the Spanish football club president Florentino Perez said, adding that it may be too soon to make a bid for French club A.S. Monaco’s wonder kid Kylian Mbappe.”Cristiano has a contract with Madrid,” Perez was quoted as saying by Spanish radio El Primer Palo.”I do not give all this the importance that others do. We must wait and we will speak after the Confederations Cup. He is angry. Many people have wanted to damage him with this tax issue, and other issues, and that affects him.”We are delighted to have him at Madrid. I think Cristiano will also stay where he is. I have not spoken with Mendes about him. At the moment there is no reason to get too concerned,” he added.Unhappy with the way Spanish tax authorities dealt with him, Ronaldo wanted to make a move from Spain, according to reports.He will have to prepare to appear in court on July 31 to answer charges of a 14.7 million euros (around 16.72 million U.S. Dollars) tax fraud.”There are people who think all this is about getting a better contract, but in eight years (at Madrid) this has not happened,” the president said.”He is not like that. You cannot sign a new contract every year. Cristiano is not motivated by money.”The Portugal skipper, currently playing in the Confederations Cup, has been linked with former club Manchester United F.C. and French giants Paris Saint-Germain F.C.advertisementAsked why Real had not publicly backed Ronaldo, Perez said: “I have not made the tax declaration of a player, Madrid is not responsible for that,” he said.”We all have a duty to meet our obligations. I have spoken with the lawyers who represent (Cristiano) and from what they told me I do not believe there is any type of crime involved.”It is a question of interpretation, not a crime. Many news stories are written in bad faith. We should have patience, and we can talk after the Confederations Cup. Or not talk. I do not know.”On A.S. Monaco whizkid Mbappe, Perez said they would only complete the transfer if manager Zinedine Zidane feels the teenager is ready for the first XI.”I don’t like to deny things – don’t ask me things that I cannot answer,” he said. “I know that Zidane (spoke to Monaco) a few years back. At this age very few players have a place at Madrid. Zidane came aged 28.”We must have patience. I sincerely do not know if Mbappe will come this summer. He must decide if he is coming here to play, or if it is better to keep developing. If Zidane gives me the OK, he would also have to tell me he was going to play him.”last_img read more

Nowadays everyone consider themselves as film critics: Suniel Shetty

first_imgMumbai, Nov 11 (IANS) Bollywood actor Suniel Shetty has supported the makers of “Thugs of Hindostan” who were getting severe backlash by the audience for the film’s poor storyline and direction by saying that nowadays everyone consider themselves as film critics.Suniel Shetty was interacting with the media at the success party of first season of Mud Skull Adventure Race along with Sahil Khan on Saturday here.”Thugs of Hindostan”, the big budget multi-starrer from the Yash Raj Films stable starring Aamir Khan and Amitabh Bachchan, saw a big drop in box office numbers on day 2 because of negative word of mouth publicity. Reacting on the severe criticism that film is witnessing from all corners, Suniel said: “I feel it’s really unfortunate that the film is receiving criticism because I have a whole lot of friends who have gone and seen ‘Thugs of Hindostan’ and they loved the film. It’s a ‘paisa vasool’ (value for money) film because of its scale and canvas.”We sometimes expect a lot from a film and nowadays, everyone out there consider themselves as film critics and they think they know all about entertainment but I think we should give an opportunity to every film to get a smooth release and then audience should give their opinion. We shouldn’t criticise it so much that it gets pulled out from theaters.”Suniel who has worked with Shah Rukh Khan in “Main Hoon Na” also talked about trailer of “Zero”. “I loved the trailer of ‘Zero’ and I think this film is going to be Shah Rukh’s biggest film. I genuinely feel he has performed brilliantly. The kind of attitude Shah Rukh has been able to bring in his character despite being complex is really amazing. I have a very strong feeling that the film is going to create magic onscreen.”Talking about the success of first season of Mud Skull Adventure Race, the actor said: “It’s fantastic as it’s so connected to the earth and at the same time it’s gives such a high to guys who participate in it so, I am looking forward to the second season of Mud Skull off-roading. It’s a fantastic and a safe sports because it’s about skill driving and not rash driving.”I did not think that it would get so popular in India. Last time, several video of the race got viral on the internet therefore, this year many people are keen to participate in it.”Suniel was last seen onscreen in “A Gentleman” along with Sidharth Malhotra and Jacqueline Fernandez.When asked about his upcoming projects, he said: “There is a lot happening with me. I think the announcement will come and time will tell. I took break for four years but I think for the next 40 years, I am not going to keep quiet now.”–IANSiv/kskadvertisementlast_img read more

London’s Hottest Garden Bars

first_img Welcome to the Botanist Bar, Canada’s Most Extraordinary Cocktail Bar The Curtain London is Shoreditch and the East End’s Hottest Hotel The Best Lodges in the U.S. for Drinking and Relaxing This Indoor Market Takes You to Japan Without Ever Leaving New York City Rooftop bars have become synonymous with summer fun in the city. A place to unwind with a drink in hand. But many of these bars have become overrun with loudmouths and loud music. Not in London. The city’s top summer destinations are decidedly less boorish than their stateside counterparts. London’s garden bars/restaurants are tranquil yet offer plenty of space to grab a drink or a bite. The Manual picked our favorites.Coq D’ArgentClassic French fare gets top billing at Coq D’Argent, a rooftop garden bar in the Square Mile area of London. The gardens offer a spectacular view of London and are a pleasing respite from the cacophony below. Large round boulders blanket the well manicured lawn. Order duck confit and a classic cocktail as you watch the sunset over the city.The Goring GardensHigh Tea is quintessentially English and what better way to enjoy the pasttime than in one of the prettiest hotel gardens in London. The Goring, best known for having Kate Middleton as a guest the night before the royal nuptials, just launched the “The Seasons” Summer Afternoon Tea. Guests can choose from 21 teas as well as scones and tea cakes, the latter inspired by London milliner, Gina Foster. The gardens, complete with head gardener and ducks, are one of the largest private hotel gardens in London and have hosted many a distinguished guest, including Queen Elizabeth.Kensington Roof GardensSituated atop the former Derry and Toms Department store, Kensington Roof Gardens offers tranquility amid lush vegetation. The gardens, once the largest roof gardens in England, are a thrill to behold, especially during the day, when the crowds are at a minimum. The flamingoes are a well known sight but its the Moorish-style section of the gardens, based on the Alhambra in Granada, Spain, that captivate. Guests can walk among the 30 different tree species while sipping cocktails.Queen Elizabeth Roof Garden Bar & CaféSituated at the Southbank Centre along the Thames, the Queen Elizabeth Roof Garden Bar & Café has long been a hidden oasis in the city. Designed by the Eden Project, the spot provides panoramic views of London as well as numerous fruit trees, wildflowers and herbs, such as lilacs and cow parsley. A small bar serves drinks and light fare such as salads and sandwiches. Midday is the best time to go but for people watching, head there after work.center_img Hang Like the Rat Pack at These Old School Vegas Steakhouses Editors’ Recommendations 1. Coq D’Argent offers French fare and a view of the London skyline. 2. Kensington Roof Gardens is one of the largest private gardens in all of England. 3. Queen Elizabeth Roof Garden Bar & Café offers a pleasing respite during the day. 4. The Goring Gardens are one of the largest private gardens in London. last_img read more

US Canada slam Lanka at UNHRC

She also said that the government should set visit dates and provide access to UN special procedure mandate holders. The government has so far refused to agree to a visit by the UN special procedure mandate holders. Among those who sought to visit Sri Lanka is the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Frank La Rue. The government also said it was surprised by Canada’s claim of “ongoing violations of human rights and lack of reconciliation in Sri Lanka” when the government’s progress with regard to addressing human rights concerns and reconciliation is being amply demonstrated on the ground, acknowledged by many in the international community, and elaborated comprehensively and in detail at successive Council sessions by our delegation, including during the current Council session.“The significant progress achieved in the implementation of the recommendations of the LLRC through the time bound National Plan of Action is well documented in the public domain in a transparent and easily accessible manner, including via its latest Progress Report released in April 2013.  The many facets of reconciliation including resettlement of IDPs, demining, rehabilitation and reintegration of ex-combatants including child soldiers, resolution of land issues, infrastructure development, housing, implementation of the language policy, as well accountability issues are being addressed in a comprehensive manner taking into consideration the aspirations of the affected communities,” the government said.“We also reiterate that as a founding member of the Commonwealth, Sri Lanka is firmly committed to its values and principles. Sri Lanka’s longstanding engagement and commitment to the Commonwealth is known and demonstrated by the undertaking to host the next Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in November this year, for which preparations are underway. The reference to the Commonwealth by Canada in this forum is rather puzzling, considering its membership not being universal,” the government said. Canada also raised serious concerns over the situation in Sri Lanka during the 23rd session of the UNHRC last week.The government meanwhile on Friday formally responded to the concerns raised by the US government as well as Canada on Sri Lanka. “In response to the US, we wish to note that every effort is being made by the government to investigate incidents relating to alleged attacks on the media and to prosecute perpetrators of such crimes in instances where they are identified and sufficient evidence is available. Further, our continued and constructive engagement with special procedures is itself evidence of our serious commitment to engagement with the Council and its mechanisms,” the government told the UNHRC at its ongoing 23rd session. The United States brought to the notice of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) last week, what it says is a continuation of violations of the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly, and reprisals against human rights defenders, members of civil society, and journalists in Sri Lanka.In a statement at the general debate on human rights situations requiring council attention, the US Ambassador to the UN in Geneva, Eileen Donahoe said that there have been no credible investigations or prosecutions for attacks on journalists and media outlets. read more

Gay groups skeptical not overjoyed over inclusion of 1 group in NY

by Jim Fitzgerald, The Associated Press Posted Sep 3, 2014 5:37 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Gay groups skeptical, not overjoyed, over inclusion of 1 group in NY St. Patrick’s Day Parade NEW YORK, N.Y. – A decision by organizers of the city’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade to allow one gay organization to march is a disappointment after decades of fighting by gay groups for full participation, several advocates said Wednesday.Some were dismayed that the organizers had chosen just one lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender group to participate next year after ending a ban on them. Others expressed continuing mistrust.Nathan Schaefer, executive director of Empire State Pride Agenda, called the announcement “disappointing and self-serving.”“While this development is long overdue, inviting one group to march at the exclusion of all others … is a far stretch from the full inclusion we deserve,” Schaefer said.Sarah Kate Ellis, president of the gay-rights group GLAAD, said parade organizers — who announced other gay groups could apply for the parade in 2016 and afterward — “must be held accountable” to that pledge.“Discrimination has no place on America’s streets, least of all on Fifth Avenue,” she said. “As an Irish-Catholic American, I look forward to a fully inclusive St. Patrick’s Day Parade that I can share with my wife and children, just as my own parents shared with me.”The New York City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Committee said Wednesday that OUT@NBCUniversal, an LGBT resource group at the company that broadcasts the parade, would be marching up Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue on March 17 under an identifying banner. In the past, organizers said gays were free to march in the nation’s biggest and oldest St. Patrick’s Day Parade but only with other groups and not with banners identifying them as gay.The exclusion had made participation in the march a political issue in recent years. The committee said it made the “gesture of goodwill to the LGBT community in our continuing effort to keep the parade above politics.”But gay leaders said the organizers were forced into it.“They weren’t nudged, they were shoved into making this decision,” said Fred Sainz, a spokesman for the Human Rights Campaign. “They were increasingly beginning to look like dinosaurs.“In one of the world’s most diverse and inclusive cities, not to allow gay people to march was becoming an anachronistic decision that they could no longer reasonably justify.”The inclusion of OUT@NBCUniversal came in the midst of major triumphs for gays and supporters in court rulings on same-sex marriage. When a federal judge on Wednesday upheld Louisiana’s ban on same-sex marriages, it was the first loss for gay-marriage supporters after more than 20 consecutive rulings overturning bans in other states.And it came after Pope Francis set the stage for a radical shift in tone about Roman Catholic Church teaching on homosexuality when he said “Who am I to judge?” about the sexual orientation of priests.Parade organizers said they were “remaining loyal to church teachings,” and Cardinal Timothy Dolan, next year’s grand marshal, issued a statement Wednesday saying the committee “continues to have my confidence and support.”The exclusion of gay groups prompted first-term Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio to refuse to march in the 2014 parade, and Guinness and Heineken withdrew their sponsorships.De Blasio said Wednesday that the inclusion of OUT@NBCUniversal was “a step forward,” but he would not commit to next year’s parade until he knows more.Guinness’ parent company said, “We are pleased to see that the various parties are making progress on this issue.” It said it was open to talking with the organizers about supporting the 2015 parade.NBC, whose local affiliate has been televising the parade since the 1990s, would not confirm reports that it had threatened to drop coverage over the issue of gay participation. But it said NBC executive Francis Comerford, a member of the parade committee, helped with the agreement to include OUT@NBCUniversal.Whether it was the mayor or the pope or the people at Guinness who prompted the decision, gay groups took some satisfaction in their role even if it didn’t produce everything they wanted.“This was decades’ worth of work,” said Ellis, of GLAAD. “The LGBT organizations are the ones that put pressure on the corporations that were sponsoring the parade, and when they withdrew it was the straw that broke the camel’s back.”___Associated Press writers Shawn Pogatchnik in Dublin and Jonathan Lemire Karen Matthews in New York and AP Television Writer David Bauder in New York contributed to this report. read more

Proposal advances for Los Angelesarea stadium that could become home for NFL

Proposal advances for Los Angeles-area stadium that could become home for NFL team by Michael R. Blood, The Associated Press Posted Feb 12, 2015 5:58 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LOS ANGELES, Calif. – A proposal to build an 80,000-seat stadium in the Los Angeles suburbs that could become the home of an NFL team moved forward Thursday when election officials cleared the plan for a local vote, possibly in mid-June.A development group that includes a company controlled by St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke announced plans in January to build the stadium in Inglewood, about 10 miles from downtown Los Angeles. The proposal, which envisions a stadium rising on the site of a former horse track, raised the possibility that Los Angeles could get an NFL team again after a two-decade drought.Los Angeles County election officials said they have verified enough petition signatures to allow the stadium plan to go before voters, marking an incremental step toward an election that has not yet been scheduled. The Inglewood City Council is expected to consider the proposed election later this month.When the plan was announced last month, developers said support from local voters was essential for the stadium to move forward. They said it would also allow them to avoid potentially thorny environmental reviews that could extend for months or years. An earlier review was conducted for the proposed residential and commercial development, but without a stadium.“Ultimately, this project will only go forward if the voters of Inglewood approve,” Christopher Meany, a senior executive with the joint venture designing and financing the project, said at the time.According to election officials, 8,500 petition signatures — the number needed to qualify for the ballot — were determined to be “sufficient,” in other words meeting legal requirements.Another 2,990 signatures were disqualified for reasons that included the voter did not live in the city or the signature did not match voting records. Supporters submitted more than 22,000 signatures overall.The joint venture behind the project, the Hollywood Park Land Co., said the verified signatures marked “another step toward realizing the proposal for a new world-class stadium.” read more

Hiphop musical Hamilton breaks Olivier record as it wins seven gongs

first_imgA hip hop rendering of the life and times of American founding father Alexander Hamilton on the London stage is not, on paper, an obvious candidate for critical acclaim.But tonight Hamilton, having already won adulation from audiences, was confirmed one of the most successful musicals with the theatre establishment, winning a record-breaking seven Olivier awards – the most ever for a production that originated overseas.The haul equalled Matilda’s record for the most Oliviers won for a musical.Lin-Manuel Miranda’s unstoppable American juggernaut, one of the most popular productions to ever grace the West End stage, triumphed in the vast majority of the ten categories in which it was nominated, including best new musical and outstanding achievement in music.Giles Terera, who plays the part of Aaron Burr, was named best actor in a musical beating co-star Jamael Westman who plays Hamilton, while Michael Jibson, who plays King George III, won best actor in a supporting role in a musical. The cast of Hamilton celebrate a successful nightCredit:David Benett/Getty He said of Hamilton: “I think it’s taken popular culture and taken the theatre of story telling and taken it to a different level.”It’s like nothing anyone has ever seen before. People are just keen to see it and learn more about it and listen to the soundtrack.” The haul for Hamilton equalled Matilda's record for the most Oliviers won for a musical The haul for Hamilton equalled Matilda’s record for the most Oliviers won for a musical Other big winners included the National Theatre, which staged something of a comeback after a few low-key years, winning five awards, its biggest number since 2012.They included best revival for Angels in America and best musical revival for Stephen Sondheim’s Follies.Bryan Cranston, of Breaking Bad fame, won best actor for his role in Network, based on the 1976 Oscar-winning film, which tells the story of a TV anchor whose on air meltdowns become a ratings hit, and Denise Gough won best actress in a supporting role for Angels in America. Cranston said of Network: “It was written over 40 years ago, it’s an enormously prescient story. In the 70s, I think it was written as a farce and now in 2018, not so much of a farce.”The media is maligned, there are some challenging things, specifically in my country, that need to be addressed, and through art, I think that’s really a way of communicating to society that change is possible.” Picking up the first award of the night, for best play, Butterworth joked that it was about time he won another Olivier as the last time he won 22 years ago (for Mojo) and he had since broken the award.He said later: “When the audience stands up at the end of the play, that’s the award.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The play was based on the story of Donnelly’s uncle, who was killed by the IRA.Shirley Henderson won best actress in a musical and co-star Sheila Atim won best actress in a supporting role in a musical for Girl From The North Country.Imelda Staunton, who was nominated for the best actress and best actress in a musical categories for Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? and Follies respectively, went home empty handed.Everybody’s Talking about Jamie, the “underdog” of this year’s awards, which was plucked from the stage in Sheffield for a West End run and starring previously unknown actors, was nominated for five awards but could not compete with the bigger beasts. The production secured the best lighting design, best sound design and best theatre choreographer awards The production also secured the best lighting design, best sound design and best theatre choreographer awards.On arrival at ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall, Jibson described being in Hamilton as “one of the most exciting experiences” of his career and said it had been “a real honour” to be a part of the production. The Time’s Up movement – which is campaigning for an end to sexual harassment – had a signifiant presence on the red carpet, with leading women including Donnelly and presenter Meera Syal accompanied by activists. Cranston, who wore a Time’s Up pin, and said “the idea that older white men are controlling the world and having free reign is over.”The ceremony was hosted by Catherine Tate. The production secured the best lighting design, best sound design and best theatre choreographer awards The Ferryman, an IRA drama by Jez Butterworth, won three awards including best new play. Sam Mendes won best director and Laura Donnelly, Butterworth’s partner who was pregnant for much of the run, won best actress. The cast of Hamilton celebrate a successful nightlast_img read more

Linden teen drowns in Demerara river

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTeenager drowns in LindenSeptember 24, 2014In “Crime”Body of Linden woman who plunged to her death recoveredJune 3, 2016In “latest news”Body of Linden teen floats ashoreSeptember 25, 2014In “Crime” – body yet to be recoveredPanic and grief filled the community of Burnham Drive, Wismar, Linden just after mid-day on Sunday as nineteen-year-old Esther Weekes died by drowning in the Demerara River in the vicinity of Burnham Drive and Silvertown, Linden.Weekes, of 14 Burnham Drive and a former student of the Christianburg Wismar Secondary School was with her aunt and cousin in close proximity to the river when tragedy struck. As of late Sunday afternoon, Police, public spirited citizens and family members were still trying to retrieve the body, but their searches came up empty-handed.Nineteen-year-old Esther WeekesAccording to Weekes’ aunt Sheryanne DeJonge who was with her at the time of the incident, the deceased had been bathing and playing around with her 11-year-old (DeJonge’s) son on a strip of concrete which leads to the river. The area along the river is in the vicinity of a popular hotel and is also in close proximity to their home and one which the family would frequent regularly. The woman recounted the tragic ordeal in between tears.“Must be by the water went down so low, the two of them was playing and like I ain’t even know because they went playing and laughing and thing. And like my son fall in. Me ain’t know if she go to hold he or what but both of them go down and I see they head come up and I start shouting for them to push towards land,” she stated.The distraught DeJonge noted that both went down and back up several times and she kept urging them to push towards the land. While her son was able to do so, Weekes was not so fortunate. In tears, the woman noted that her niece went down, stressing that she was unable to reach her since she herself could not swim. She said the Police arrived on the scene about an hour later but were unsuccessful in retrieving the body. Police ‘E’ Division Commander, Fazil Karimbaksh, when contacted, noted that the deceased went out into the deep end of the river and disappeared underneath when tragedy struck. He noted that persons were reluctant to offer any valid form of assistance since they could not swim. Karimbaksh said a search was however conducted by the Police boat and residents but the body was not recovered as of Sunday afternoon. At the home of the deceased, family and friends gathered as they wept openly. Weekes’ mother who arrived home some time later to the news of the tragedy wept uncontrollably. A relative explained  that while the river was relatively “low” at the time, the deceased appeared to have drowned due to its persistent current. (Utamu Belle) read more

LAfrique du Sud songe à décorner ses rhinocéros pour les protéger

first_imgL’Afrique du Sud songe à décorner ses rhinocéros pour les protégerL’Afrique du Sud est bien décidée à prendre des mesures radicales pour lutter contre le braconnage qui menace ses rhinocéros. Elle a notamment évoqué une interdiction totale de la chasse légale et un éventuel décornage des animaux pour décourager les braconniers.  Décorner les rhinocéros pour empêcher les braconniers de s’en prendre aux bêtes. C’est l’une des mesures radicales évoquées lundi matin par la ministre de l’Environnement sud-Africaine Edna Molewa, lors d’une conférence de presse sur le sort de ces animaux pourchassés pour leur corne. En effet, en Afrique du Sud, les rhinocéros sont victimes d’un braconnage de plus en plus organisé et armé qui déciment les bêtes. À lire aussiVoilà à quoi ressemblent les cris de petits rhinocérosDepuis le début de l’année, 279 d’entre eux ont été tués aussi bien en réserves naturelles que dans les parcs privés. En 2010, c’est 333 rhinocéros qui ont été abattus, contre 13 en 2007. Des chiffres qui traduisent l’inquiétante croissance du trafic, alors que les cornes peuvent parfois se vendre à prix d’or notamment afin d’alimenter le marché de la médecine traditionnelle asiatique. Edna Molewa a ainsi expliqué, citée par l’AFP : “Nous n’avons pas dit que nous allons les décorner, mais une étude sur l’impact d’un décornement a été lancée, et les conclusions en seront connues dans les trois prochains mois”. Selon la ministre, l’interdiction de la chasse légale serait une autre mesure efficace pour protéger les rhinocéros. Aujourd’hui, l’Afrique du Sud autorise en effet la chasse au rhinocéros blanc, plus répandu que le rhinocéros noir, dont la population est estimée à 18.800 animaux. En 2011, 130 chasseurs disposent ainsi d’un permis pour abattre des rhinocéros. La ministre de l’Environnement a alors précisé : “La chasse illégale et les abus dans le système des permis sont probablement les principales menaces sur la survie des rhinos à l’état sauvage dans un proche avenir”, rapporte l’AFP. Une forte demande en Asie Toutefois, la lutte contre le braconnage ne résout qu’une partie du problème. Car la demande explose en Asie. “La récente flambée du braconnage a été attribuée à l’augmentation de la demande au Vietnam, où certains praticiens ont fait courir la rumeur que la corne de rhino était efficace dans le traitement du cancer”, explique ainsi Alona Rivord, porte-parole de l’association écologiste WWF. Et si la Chine, de son côté, a officiellement prohibé l’utilisation de la corne dans la médecine, elle reste un grand importateur, l’interdiction n’étant guère respectée, selon les défenseurs des animaux.Le 30 août 2011 à 14:33 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

CanalPlay Infinity une offre VoD illimitée pour 999 euros par mois

first_imgCanalPlay Infinity : une offre VoD illimitée pour 9,99 euros par mois ?Canal + serait sur le point de lancer un service de vidéo à la demande (VoD) en illimité, dont le prix serait fixé à 9,99 euros. Une offre baptisée CanalPlay Infinity, qui devrait d’abord être réservée aux abonnés SFR, avant d’être lancée aussi chez Free.Dans moins d’une semaine, Canal + pourrait dévoiler son offre CanalPlay Infinity. Un service de VoD, sur le modèle du site américain Netflix, qui donnerait accès à un nombre illimité de films et de séries, annonce le magazine Les Echos. Proposée pour 9,99 euros par mois, cette offre devrait dans un premier temps être exclusivement destinée aux abonnés SFR Neufbox. Quelques semaines plus tard, les clients Free y auront à leur tour accès, affirme le journal.À lire aussiLa VoD a le vent en poupe en FranceCanal + préparerait ainsi l’arrivée annoncée de Netflix sur le Vieux Continent. Le géant américain, qui compte près de 30 millions d’abonnés, pourrait se lancer dès le début de l’année prochaine en Espagne, avant de s’étendre à toute l’Europe. Pour se montrer à la hauteur de son concurrent, CanalPlay Infinity devra miser sur un renouvellement régulier de ses titres. Mais rappelons que les services de VoD ne peuvent pas proposer de films récents, contraints d’attendre trois ans après leur sortie en salle.Canal + n’a pas démenti l’annonce de cette offre. Le groupe tiendra une conférence de presse jeudi, qui confirmera ou non le lancement de CanaPlay Infinity. Le 7 octobre 2011 à 17:52 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Amtrak service suspended between Vancouver, Kelso

first_imgAmtrak train service between Vancouver and Kelso has been suspended after a landslide blocked the tracks Monday evening.Heavily saturated land due to continued rainfall led to the landslide in Felida, resulting in a 40-foot-wide section of debris blocking the tracks about 5:30 p.m. Monday, BNSF Railway spokesman Gus Melonas said.Crews have removed the debris but there is a 48-hour suspension required before the tracks are reopened, Melonas said.Freight operations have resumed through the corridor, Melonas said, and BNSF will be monitoring the situation.last_img read more

WaferTech to save cool 200K on power

first_imgWaferTech, one of Clark County’s largest electricity consumers, has found a way to take a giant whack out of its power costs with a new energy-efficient cooling system built with heavy public and utility subsidies. On Thursday, the company is holding an open house to show off the $1.6 million project to state and local officials and industry representatives.The Taiwan-based company, which operates the nation’s largest integrated circuit semiconductor foundry in Camas, expects to save approximately $200,000 annually in energy costs. It will reduce its energy consumption by up to 4 million kilowatt-hours annually, enough to power 350 homes for a year, according to Clark Public Utilities, which coordinated the project’s funding. The new system uses the cool ambient air to bring down the temperature of water that has been warmed in the manufacturing process, reducing the need for mechanical coolers. “They are able to tap into a resource that’s there because of our cool weather,” said Larry Blaufus, senior manager of energy technologies and services for Clark Public Utilities. “All the conditions have to be right. It’s actually brilliant.”The project’s funding included $1,031,500 from the Bonneville Power Administration’s Energy Smart Industrial Program, which itself is financed by assessments to public utilities; $120,000 in stimulus funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act; and a $100,000 grant from Washington State University. WaferTech contributed $352,000.last_img read more

Sensex Plunges Nearly 600 Points on China Slowdown Fears Weak GDP Rising

first_imgIndian stock markets plunged yet again with the benchmark BSE Sensex falling nearly 600 points on Tuesday, amid concerns over China’s slowing growth and weak domestic cues.Sensex fell 586 points or 2.24% to close at 25,696, reverting to levels seen on 24 August, when it posted its biggest intra-day fall in seven years amid a massive sell-off in global markets.Among the sectoral indices, bankex, realty and metal were the biggest losers, falling by over 3% each. Stock prices of real estate developer DLF fell over 4% to close at Rs 106.25 , while Punjab National Bank (PNB) shares dropped 7.25% to end at Rs 134.35.Meanwhile, the Shanghai composite index also tumbled over 3% in the morning trade, as data showed that manufacturing activity in the country fell to three-year low in August. However, the index pared some losses to close at 3,166 points, down 1.23%.On the domestic front, the gross domestic product (GDP) growth of 7% in the first quarter was well below market expectations. The weaker-than-expected growth figure weighed on the investors sentiment, dragging the Indian stock markets down.”When you analyse the GDP data, we see that things could have been better, but unfortunately things are going relatively slow. The only silver lining out of all this particularly gloomy numbers is that we are seeing the spending from the government side, which is on the rise,” says Deven Choksey, MD, KR Choksey Securities, in an interview to ET Now.The sell-off was also triggered by renewed expectations of an interest rate hike by the US central bank in September. The US stock markets ended lower on Monday after comments from a senior official of the US Federal Reserve signaled at a possible rate hike this month.Besides, rising global crude oil prices led to a heavy sell-off. Brent crude oil prices rose for the third consecutive session on Monday, posting biggest three-day gains since August 1990.”Brent has achieved a price gain of a good 25%, while WTI is up by more than 27%. In both cases, these are their most pronounced three-day increases since August 1990, when Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein invaded the neighbouring country of Kuwait, causing oil prices to soar,” said Commerzbank Corporates & Markets in a note.However, a rise in crude oil prices is not good for the domestic economy, as it may push inflation rate up undermining the prospects of interest rate cuts by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).”Rise in crude oil prices is not going to be good news for markets and it is also probably not going to be good news for the Indian economy,” said Atsi Seth of Moody’s Investor Services.last_img read more

Opposition Grows to Upcoming DC White Civil Rights Rally

first_imgBy Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, mgreen@afro.comAs White supremacists rally for their “civil rights”- although it’s not clear which of their rights are at stake- the District’s local Black Lives Matter group, along with Shut it Down DC will be hosting a counter-protest.In June the National Park Service approved the application for the White Civil Rights Rally to have a demonstration in Lafayette Park near the White House for August 11 and 12.  Since then, Black Lives Matter DC and Shut it Down DC have been working together to counter the narrative of the White supremacists and ultimately “confront fascism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, White supremacy, and state violence on August 10-12,” according to a statement feature on the Shut it Down DC website.Black Lives Matter DC and Shut it Down DC are organizing a counter-protest to take place during the time of the White Civil Rights rally August 10-12. (Courtesy photo)For Black Lives Matter DC and Shut it Down DC this counter-protest is a way of speaking up for those affected by the bloody day last August in Charlottesville, Virginia during the Unite the Right rally which resulted in the death of Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old White woman fighting against the supremacists, and injured and traumatized many more, such as Corey Long and Deandre Harris.“This is for Heather Heyer, Corey Long, Deandre Harris, ICE abolition, open borders, dismantling the prison industrial complex, and ending the settler colonial system,” wrote Shut It Down DC.According to The Root Long was shot at and Harris was brutally beaten at the rally, yet they both faced charges.  Harris’ charges were eventually dropped, but Long was sentenced to 360 days in jail for disorderly conduct when using a flame thrower as self defense (even though he only had to serve 20 of those days).Jason Kessler, leader of Unite the Right, told WUSA 9 last month that the “White Civil Rights” marchers are rallying “to talk about the Civil Rights abuse that happened in Charlottesville, Va. last year.” Now the counter-protesters are gearing to hold them accountable for the violence and outrage last August 12.“Jason Kessler, Richard Spencer, and the Trump Adminstration are all implicated in the murder of Heather Heyer,” Shut it Down DC wrote.Black Lives Matter DC representative, Makia Green told Fox 5  why she felt the counter-protest was important.  “We are stronger than they are, that they are resistant to change and to progress that Black Lives Matter has been doing over the last four years with Black liberation and fighting racism and fascism,” Green said. “So it’s important that we let D.C. and rest of the world know that we are not going to stand for the hate.”last_img read more

Empowering women and youth

first_imgIn an event that focused on empowering women and youth of today, BLUES, in association with India Afghan Foundation, Andhra Pradesh, state government organised an International cultural program in New Delhi. The programme which ran for 120 days, across 15 categories, held its grand finale ceremony on April 30 in which 100 participants from all across India participated. “A largely ignored yet a hugely important section of this society, BLUES intends to focus on how they can be empowered, so as to lead the lives of their choice. An empowered woman reduces the gender disparity and leads to equality of men and women in the society,” said a spokesperson in a statement. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfDr Shaida Mohammad Abdali, Ambassador of Afghanistan to India was present as the Chief Guest on the program along with other dignitaries: R.P. Swami Secretary-General, ICCI, Prof Dr P.S.N. Rao, chairman of Delhi Urban Art Commission, Dr P.V. Ravi Ph.D Chairman of Park College of Engineering and Technology, Dr Amarendra Khatua Former Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs, Director General of ICCR, Sanjana Jon, and International fashion designer and social activist, Varija Bajaj. Vani Madhav – Odissi Exponent, Sangita Chatterjee – Kathak exponent, Sangeeta Mazumdar – Kathak Exponent, Sr Rita Mehrotra Former Principal Kamla Nehru College, Paridhi Sharma – Fashion Designer, and Shruti Shukla were also present on the occasion. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsivePayal Swami, President of BLUES Talent Hunt said, “BLUES focuses on women and youth empowerment as they are the pillars of today’s nation. BLUES has now completed 10 years of servicing society through cultural activities and giving chance to women, kids and youth with no age and gender bars to achieve new heights. BLUES is opening its wings and has launched Payal Foundation that will work nationally and Internationally to make the women and youth independent in today’s world”. Each category had winners from solo dance, group dance, duet dance, singing, Mr and Mrs Delhi 2018 and kids Modelling. While Mrs. Delhi title went to Manju Chaudhary, followed by Mrs Amrita and Mrs Anjana, Shivanjali Group won in the duet dance category. The programme had a unique amalgamation of Indo-Afghan dance like Attan and Qarsak Dance. Participants from Afghanistan, Kashmir, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi-NCR Andhra, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana participated in the event.last_img read more

Hoshino Enthralls JKK

first_imgAt the ‘Breaking Ground’ exhibition in Jaipur at the JKK, it is Hoshino Satoru’s single wall installation that stands head and shoulders above everything else. It transcends traditional ceramic arts in Japan to embrace nature and the earth. Hoshino is an internationally recognized figure and a mentor in this field. In the initial years of his career, he worked with the avant-garde, non-functional Japanese ceramic movement ‘Sodeisha’. From the ancient tradition re-established by its Founder, Yagi Kazuo, he assumed the mantle of smoke-infused sculptural work (kokuto) that was not compromised by colour or surface patterning, embodying fluidity and plasticity. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf’Sodeisha’ was an extremely influential movement that promoted an avant-garde approach favouring sculptural ceramics that were completely non-traditional and often bear poetic titles. Following on the heels of the war, with scant resources available, artists drew together to establish their own exhibition systems that gave them both freedom and a vehicle for artistic dialogue. These artists drew their name, ‘Sôdeisha’ – literally, “Crawling Through the Mud Association” – derived from a Chinese ceramic glazing term, to express their complete absorption with their medium and its inherent limitations. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveTheir initial manifesto read:”The birds of dawn taking a flight out of the forest of falsehood now discover their reflections only in the spring of truth. We are united not to provide ‘a warm bed of dreams’ but to come to terms with our existence in broad daylight.”Hoshino represents this manifesto in his signature of creativity that embraces fire and form and clay. After a landslide destroyed his studio in 1986, he experienced fresh revelations about the physicality and force of his material and was inspired to work in a less controlled manner with it. He roughly shapes his sculptures by prodding and pushing clay with his fingers, and says of this process, “the fingermark is pushed to the clay unconsciously… [and so] the various elements that are in the body are put in the clay… there is no will to make a specific form.” The installation at JKK comprises of hundreds of finger marks, imprinted in the clay via a fierce, pulsating motion assembled and reassembled without the orientation established by a potter’s wheel or the traditional vessel form dictated by function. “My approach to clay changed completely after I experienced the natural disaster of a landslide in 1986. Until then, clay had been a material with which to embody the ideas and images already in my mind. Since then, however, the clay has become not simply the material from which a work is derived, but something that lies before me as a force of nature, an existence that overwhelms trivial intentions. The clay has a life and energy of its own; by excluding small thoughts, it forces me into a symbiotic relation with it,” he says in an interview. Hoshino’s installation explores the visceral and nonhierarchical relationship between the body of the artist and matter. Hoshino has spoken of his artistic practice as an act of “baptism by… a wave of muddy water”: the body of the sculptor, rather than shaping and sublimating clay, is subsumed by the base materiality of mud and dirt. Hoshino creates a spiral with carbon-impregnated earthenware clay. It ‘s punched and pummelled by his fingers and becomes a work of unmitigated expression, extraordinary in resonance and the power of the human hand.The beauty of the spiral on the wall and the pinched urn at JKK in Jaipur virtually questions all the conventions of ceramic materials, form, decoration, and function, and also addresses broader issues of presentation, social hierarchy, and the political role of art.last_img read more

Nine people in Cancun arrested for drugs weapons

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — Nine people, including four minors, were arrested in Cancun Friday afternoon after being found in possession of drugs, a weapon and cartridges.The arrest occurred in the city’s region of 251 after a security agency reported individuals attempting to steal a truck from a refreshment company.Nine people in Cancun arrested for drugs, weaponsPhoto: PGRElements of the Municipal Police moved to the area where they found more than an attempted auto heist. While they did arrest nine people for the attempted theft, they also found them carrying a large load of illegal weapons and drugs.During their search, police found the five adults and four minors carrying more than 100 packages of marijuana packaged for individual sale, a .9-millimeter firearm, cartridges of different calibers and several packets of cigarettes.All nine were apprehended and transferred to the corresponding authorities to be investigated.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more