18-month-old boy falls into 60-ft borewell in Haryana; rescue operations on

first_imgAn 18-month-old child fell into a 60-feet-deep borewell in Haryana’s Balsamand village on Thursday and a massive operation is underway to rescue him, officials said. The child is safe, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) in Hisar, Joginder Singh, said. Oxygen tubes have been dropped to help the child breathe, the officials said, adding that biscuits and juices have also been sent down the borewell. Nadim, fell into the borewell when he was playing with his friends outside his house, according to a villager.“The rescue operations are on. NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) personnel and experts from the army, assisted by local authorities are on the job. As of now, the child is safe,” he said. Earthmovers and other equipment have been pressed into service to rescue the child, and a medical team is also at the site, the officials said. On how long could it take to rescue the boy, the DSP said, “Massive operation is on, but these are technical issues and hence, no definite time-line can be given.”Police were informed about the incident by the boy’s family members and villagers. The child’s father is a labourer. Hisar Deputy Commissioner Ashok Kumar Meena said legal action will be taken against the person who dug the borewell without taking permission from the department concerned. The accident has again brought to the fore the dangers posed by uncovered borewells, which have turned into death traps for children.last_img read more

Ateneo issues clarification: Bundit stays as Lady Eagles coach

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “I would like to inform everyone that Coach Tai is still with the team,” he said in a statement. “In fact, I just had a meeting with Coach Tai and our athletics people this morning. And I will soon be meeting with our players. I must acknowledge though that there are issues within the team, as in all teams, and that these will require some time to resolve.”Villarin had to step in to mend the reported rift between Bundit and the Lady Eagles, with much of the unresolved issues stemming from the players’ alleged displeasure over the mentor’s hard practices.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAteneo team manager Tony Boy Liao said on Wednesday that Bundit was asked to go on leave by Ateneo athletics director Em Fernandez.But Villarin requested fans to avoid any speculation as the school tries to clear up the matter. “When I heard the news, I was saddened because we spent a lot of years together and I learned a lot from him,” she said. “I’m so thankful to him because I know I improved a lot as a player. I got my physical and mental toughness from him.”“Though we had a love-hate relationship, I still loved and respected him despite all the pains we had to endure during training, some of which even made me cry,” said middle blocker Aerieal Patnongon. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PSC gets boost from USSA hookup “I appeal to your patience and understanding as we try to resolve these internal issues,” said Villarin. “I also appeal to your better sense to refrain from any speculation or spreading of falsehood that may besmirch the reputation of our fine players, our good coach and our school.”Bundit led the Lady Eagles to four consecutive Finals appearances, highlighted by the school’s first women’s volleyball titles in Seasons 76 and 77.Members from that back-to-back title run, though, felt sorry for Bundit’s current situation.“Of course, it’s sad because he really gave a lot for the school,” said setter Jia Morado.Michelle Morente also acknowledged multititled mentor’s huge part in helping her become one of the best opposite spikers in college today.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Tai Bundit. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAnusorn “Tai” Bundit is still the Ateneo women’s volleyball coach for now.Amid rumors of the Thai coach’s reported ouster, Ateneo president Fr. Jett Villarin, SJ admitted that there are concerns within the Lady Eagles, but those were not enough to merit the immediate ouster of the coach who turned the school’s volleyball program around.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion View commentslast_img read more

Mahendra Singh Dhoni happy to focus on daughter after hectic season

first_imgMahendra Singh Dhoni has been on the road constantly since January. A gruelling limited-overs tour of Australia was followed by the Asia Cup T20, a short T20 series against Sri Lanka, the World T20 and the Indian Premier League. (Scorecard)Under pressure for poor form and questionable tactics as captain, Dhoni agreed to tour Zimbabwe with a young squad. Having overseen his first series victory in 20 months and a whitewash over the hapless hosts, the 34-year-old wicketkeeper finally spared a thought for his young family and little daughter. (Dhoni flexes his muscles after crushing Zimbabwe)Dhoni, who has retired from Test cricket, will close off a hectic season with three T20s against Zimbabwe before switching off to spend time at home while India travel to the West Indies for a four-Test series. The Jharkhand wicketkeeper would not be needed on national duty till New Zealand come calling for a five-match ODI series in September. That gives him about three months to unwind and he could be forgiven for worrying about baby Ziva as time approaches to fly back home.”After a long time, I am getting a break. I will spend some time with the family and take time off cricket. Don’t think my daughter still recognises me,” Dhoni said after Lokesh Rahul and Faiz Fazal hammered fifties to script a 10-wicket victory for India, who inflicted a 3-0 whitewash over Zimbabwe. But Dhoni perhaps knows that he would have to think more than just his family. Certain quarters in the Indian cricket fraternity believe it is time for Dhoni to step aside and let Virat Kohli take charge of the limited-overs sides. Dhoni’s detractors would not be impressed with three easy wins against the perennial minnows of world cricket but he was not overtly worried about the nature of his triumph.advertisement”I don’t mind winning games easily,” said Dhoni, who was happy with the way the team executed its plans.But Dhoni drew criticism for his decision to persist with Ambati Rayudu at No.3 for the first two matches. Consequently, Manish Pandey, who had smashed a match-winning hundred, got to face only two deliveries in the series. But the captain was happy that the batsmen who did get a chance, proved their potential. (Dhoni defies logic by choosing Ambati Rayudu over Manish Pandey at No. 3 in Harare)”Few more batters could have got opportunities but the guys who got the opportunities performed really well,” Dhoni said.last_img read more

La Salle eager to get better after ‘disappointing’ loss to UP

first_imgDuterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics The Green Archers led most of the game and carried a 59-52 buffer heading into the fourth, but the Fighting Maroons had other plans.UP outscored the Green Archers 20-12 in the final frame with Juan Gomez De Liaño hitting the game-winning three-pointer with 7.8 seconds to play.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40La Salle active consultant Jermaine Byrd was evidently distraught with how the game ended and all his team could do after was learn from the heartbreak and move on.“It was very disappointing, but at the end of the day we got to continue to get better,” said Byrd Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena. “We have to get ready for the game on Saturday [against University of Santo Tomas] and this was another learning experience for our team.” DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? The Green Archers could’ve etched a 3-3 record but instead, they fell to 2-4 and tied Far Eastern University at the fifth seed while the Fighting Maroons improved to second-best 5-1 behind unbeaten Ateneo at 6-0.La Salle was ahead the whole fourth quarter but a couple of missed free throws from Jamie Malonzo allowed UP to stay within striking distance, 71-69.After a mad scramble underneath UP’s basket, Aljun Melecio got hold of the ball but was trapped even before crossing the halfcourt line forcing him to throw the ball to Malonzo in hopes of beating the eight-second clock.Malonzo, though, sent the ball back to Melecio who in turn tried to heave it to Kurt Lojera.Juan Gomez De Liaño, however, read the pass perfectly, allowing him to intercept the play leading to his three-pointer that gave UP the win.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Stefanos Tsitsipas won’t surrender in pursuit of tennis Big Threecenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Becoming his own man This jewelry designer is also an architect Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Byrd, though, didn’t persecute Melecio for the turnover and that Gomez De Liaño just happened to react correctly.“I mean the give the kid credit, we got the rebound and he was trying to advance it up the court before it was a violation,” said Byrd. “Juan made a hell of a play and he hit a clutch shot.” MOST READ P11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetano MANILA, Philippines—De La Salle was on the cusp of getting into stable territory in the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament and all it had to do was hold off University of the Philippines.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Streaking Tamaraws not done yet after securing Final Four slot

first_img“Who would have thought that we will make it to the Final Four?” said Racela. “Not a lot of people believed in us except for those within the team and the FEU community. But we’re not done yet. We’ve achievedour goal and we move on to the next, which is winning a championship.” This jewelry designer is also an architect MOST READ Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:15SC chief Peralta wants US-Marshall patterned security for PH judges00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Still, Racela had his doubts after the Tamaraws struggled at the start of the campaign. And those doubts were compounded with the loss to the Bulldogs, who actually dealt NU two defeats this season.What did not change for the Tamaraws was their attitude in practice.“Yes, we were struggling, but you can’t see that in practice because they still worked hard,” said Racela. “As a coach, that’s all that you could ask for. Everyone just stayed the course and this (Final Four spot) is their reward.”FEU’s late season revival included breakout performances from thelikes of Ken Tuffin, Wendell Comboy and Royce Alforque, who had 13 points in just 17 minutes against UE.Racela said his team still has some unfinished business this season.ADVERTISEMENT Becoming his own man Creamline, PetroGazz meet again in PVL Finals LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemicalcenter_img FEU head coach Olsen Racela. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Far Eastern University coach Olsen Racela looked up the MOA Arena scoreboard before turning to his bench, trying to find answers for his team’s struggles.Looking lost and playing with hardly any rhythm, the Tamaraws were at the wrong end of a blowout against the then winless National University Bulldogs, who held FEU to just 24 points in the first three periods on their way to a 61-39 victory.ADVERTISEMENT DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics That was a month ago.These days, Racela’s Tamaraws can’t seem to put a foot wrong, turning the tide after a 2-4 start to punch a ticket to the Final Four for the seventh straight UAAP season – the longest active streak in the league.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“This is a resilient group,” said Racela after the Tamaraws overwhelmed the University of the East Warriors, 82-58, to wrap up their elimination-round campaign.“We knew they were the underdogs even before the start of the season and the players took that mentality with every game.” Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.last_img read more

The Greek SuperLeague Schedule is Set

first_imgSource: AGONAsport.com! (Facebook – Instagram) TweetPinShare11 Shares MATCHDAY 30Panathinaikos – LarissaXanthi – VeriaAtromitos – PlataniasAsteras Tripolis – IraklisPAOK – KerkyraPanetolikos – OlympiacosPanionios – LevadiakosPAS Giannina – AEK ALL THE DERBIESMatchday 6: Olympiacos – AEKMatchday 8: Olympiackos – PAOKMatchday 9: PAOK – AEKMatchday 10: Olympiacos – PanathinaikosMatchday 11: Panathinaikos – AEKMatchday 13: Panathinaikos – PAOKMatchday 21: AEK – OlympiacosMatchday 23: PAOK – OlympiacosMatchday 24: AEK – PAOKMatchday 25: Panathinaikos – OlympiacosMatchday 26: AEK – PanathinaikosMatchday 28: PAOK – Panathinaikoscenter_img MATCHDAY 1Kerkyra – AtromitosIraklis – XanthiOlympiacos – Asteras TripolisLevadiakos – PAOKLarissa – VeriaAEK – PanetolikosPlatanias – PanathinaikosPanionios – PAS Giannina The Greek SuperLeague draw was conducted today and AGONAsport.com brings you a list of all the season’s matches, including all the derbies and top games.The SuperLeague kicks off in one month and the schedule for the upcoming season has been released after today’s draw. The first derby will be on Matchday 6 between Olympiacos and AEK. The “eternal rivals” Olympiacos and Panathinaikos will play on Matchdays 10 and 25, with the first game taking place at the Karaiskaki sSadium.The SuperLeague will begin on the weekend of August 20th and the regular season will end on the weekend of April 30th, with the exact dates and times of each match to be announced at a later date. The exact schedule will depend on which teams qualify for the group stages of the UEFA Champions & Europa League.Below is a list of the first and final matchdays and all of the derbies for the upcoming SuperLeague season.last_img read more

Belmadi hails ‘extraordinary’ Algeria AFCON title

first_imgAlgeria head coach Djamel Belmadi revelled in his side’s “extraordinary, historic” Africa Cup of Nations final victory over Senegal.Algeria became champions of Africa on foreign soil for the first time – adding to their 1990 success as hosts – thanks to Baghdad Bounedjah’s decisive, deflected second-minute strike.The goal, which Senegal goalkeeper Alfred Bomis may have misjudged, was the fastest goal scored in the competition this year and the quickest in the tournament since 2015. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? The North African side received another bit of fortune in the second half after a penalty called against them for handball was overturned with the use of VAR. Belmadi believes his side deserved their triumph but deflected praise onto his players, citing the nation’s long, difficult road in between AFCON titles. “It’s extraordinary. It’s historic,” he told beIN Sports. “This is the first Cup of Nations we have won outside our borders.”Since 1990, it has been a long, empty passage. We are a football country. We deserve it, I think.”It was a very complicated match, very difficult. We knew that it was going to be decided on a small detail. And the boys held on.”With the tournament we had, with better attack and better defence, what more? But without the players, I am nothing.”We tend to forget that they are the main protagonists. They are the ones who play, who apply the instructions. They did it wonderfully – if not better.”Algeria scored in every match they played in this year’s AFCON, racking up 13 goals in total for the tournament.That number is the highest they’ve managed since their 1990 triumph. The victory in Cairo also continued Algeria’s recent run of dominance over Senegal, which has extended through the last six matches between the clubs, with the North Africans winning five and drawing once.In fact, Senegal’s last three defeats in AFCON have come at the hands of Algeria, as have the been the last six goals they have conceded at the tournament in the 2015, 2017 and 2019 editions.last_img read more

ACC Freshman QB Announces Transfer Destination

first_imgLouisville's football players run through the tent onto the field.LOUISVILLE, KY – NOVEMBER 29: The Louisville Cardinals take the field before the game against the Kentucky Wildcats at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium on November 29, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)After spending one season with the Louisville Cardinals, Jordan Travis will transfer to another ACC program. Despite having an uncharacteristically abysmal year, the Florida State Seminoles have just added an intriguing option at quarterback.Travis is a former three-star recruit from the 2018 class, and unfortunately he never saw his chance on the field with the Cardinals. Considering that Louisville will undergo an entirely different regime this upcoming season, the dual-threat quarterback is looking out for his best interest.Josh Newberg of 247Sports broke the news, as Travis revealed his future destination today.Louisville transfer QB Jordan Travis tells me he has committed to play at Florida State. More to come on https://t.co/0gpk3GSZ6U— Josh Newberg (@joshnewberg247) December 26, 2018It should be noted that Travis’ brother, Devon Travis, played baseball for the Seminoles before making his journey to the MLB.Florida State will have three quarterbacks on the roster next season, if Deondre Francois decides to return for his senior campaign. Nonetheless, joining the Seminoles gives Travis an opportunity to play in Kendal Briles’ offense.His eligibility is reportedly still up in the air right now, as it’s unclear if he’ll be able to declare for a hardship waiver.This season was extremely disappointing for the Seminoles, but perhaps Willie Taggart’s latest addition will reignite the program.last_img read more

Port of Houston on Track for a Record Year

first_imgzoom The Port of Houston Authority handled more than 16 million tons of cargo during the first five months of 2015, an increase of 9 percent compared to the same period last year. Additionally, activity at the Bayport and Barbours Cut terminals continues to grow at an accelerated pace, with loaded container units increasing 23 percent versus May 2014.Reporting at the regular monthly meeting of the Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority, Executive Director Roger Guenther also highlighted USD 66 million in cash flow generated through May, a 47 percent increase from the same period last year.Guenther moved on to address several of Port Authority’s infrastructure projects. He noted that work to deepen and widen the Barbours Cut channel was expected to be complete at the end of July.Guenther also highlighted a design contract on the agenda for work at Barbours Cut Container Terminal Wharf No. 2, which also addressed issues deemed critical for safe navigation of the larger container ships that will load and unload where the terminal’s four new cranes are located.last_img read more

PEI scraps business immigration program criticized for oversight problems

first_imgCHARLOTTETOWN – Prince Edward Island is scrapping a controversial business immigration program which prompted federal investigations alleging hundreds of applicants never settled on the Island.The provincial government said Wednesday it will no longer accept applications from immigrants looking to set up a business on the Island in the entrepreneur stream of the Provincial Nominee Program.The immigration program has faced criticism for granting permanent residency status — a coveted step towards full citizenship — before businesses were set up and people actually moved to P.E.I.Under the program, the applicants provide the Island government with a $200,000 refundable deposit, and commit to invest $150,000 and manage a firm.A spokesman for the Office of Immigration says in 2016-17 over half of all the 269 applicants who had “completed their agreements” forfeited their deposit and never opened a business, raising $18 million for the small province.In addition, last year The Canadian Press reported on how three international students were asked by owners of businesses created under the program to return a portion of their wages to the business immigrants. In one case, a student said he was fired when he refused, and in two other cases, the students said they agreed to give back a portion of their income in cash.Progressive Conservative Leader James Aylward said Wednesday the program bred public distrust and should have been cancelled years ago.“It never passed the sniff test,” he said in an interview.“Our retention rate was dismal … The government raked tens of millions of dollars from defaulted deposits.”The province had said it was conducting a review into the program, shortly after a series of investigations by the Canada Border Services Agency became public.The Canadian Press also recently reported on a search warrant application by the agency that alleged hundreds of people gained permanent residency in Canada by using local addresses where they didn’t live, using the PNP entrepreneur stream.An investigator alleged 462 applicants to the provincial nominee program used Charlottetown homes belonging to two Chinese immigrants over the past four years as “addresses of convenience.”The investigator also said she suspected the immigrants didn’t come to the Island and settle, contrary to the requirements of the provincial program.Those allegations, which have not been proven in court, came two months after two Charlottetown hoteliers were charged with aiding in immigration fraud, with the CBSA alleging 566 immigrants used the addresses of the siblings’ hotel and home.The siblings have pleaded not guilty to immigration fraud charges, and their lawyer, Lee Cohen, has said there will be discussion with prosecutors about the sworn statements provided by the two accused.Cohen says he’s suggested “the possibility that the statements were not voluntarily given” in the case.Chris Palmer, the province’s minister of Economic Development, said in an interview that he wasn’t forced by the federal government to shut down the program, despite the high-profile investigations.“The feds didn’t intervene and tell us to do this, no,” he said.Rather, he said it was due to his department’s disappointment with its results in retaining immigrants on the Island.“We weren’t satisfied with it as our rates of retention weren’t as high as we wanted them to be,” he said.However, Richard Kurland, an immigration lawyer based in Vancouver, said he sees a relationship between Ottawa’s probes and the shutdown of the program.“Trials involving the P.E.I. program start soon, so no surprise to see the P.E.I. government shutting down the program before all is revealed,” he wrote in an email.Kurland has long argued the Island’s system should mirror British Columbia’s program, which approves a business project first, makes the person spend two years on a work permit to ensure business success, and then requires the applicant to live near the business at least nine months a year.“Only after that is done and the business is successful will the province hand over a ‘nomination certificate’ that lets the person apply for a permanent resident visa,” he wrote.“P.E.I. had it backwards, handing over the ‘nomination certificate’ first. That’s not the way to go and the … design flaw gave rise to a lot of problems.”“Keep the candy until the person lives up to their promises.”The province is noting that the entrepreneur stream is only a small part of the total number of immigrants it nominates.It will continue to have a program where it nominates immigrants for work permits, where they will only be granted permanent residency if they fulfil their commitments to set up a business.It will also continue to nominate immigrants who fill the province’s labour needs.The number of nominations accepted under the nominee stream currently totals about 150 people, which is about 15 per cent of the roughly 1,070 provincially sponsored immigrants expected to be nominated this year.Follow (at)mtuttoncporg on Twitter.— By Michael Tutton in Halifax.last_img read more

Marrakech in Top 20 Destinations for French to Celebrate New Year

Paris – The Moroccan city of Marrakech is in the top 20 destinations chosen by French people to celebrate the new year, said world’s largest hotel search website “trivago.fr” on Thursday.The analysis based on hotel search made by French tourists shows that Marrakech ranks seventh in their choices.The city is also among the most French-coveted, non-European cities for new year celebrations, namely New York (5th), Dubai (6th) and Bangkok (20th). Marrakech is today one of the busiest cities in Africa and serves as a major economic center and tourist destination.

Sri Lankas first Ambassador to Djibouti presents his credentials

The President of Djibouti expressed his satisfaction on the current status of relations between the two countries  and indicated his desire to consolidate them further, extending to  new areas of cooperation for the benefit of two nations. This is the first time  that a Sri Lankan Ambassador presented Credentials in Djibouti since Sri Lanka established formal diplomatic relations with the East African nation in 2015. The Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Ethiopia and Permanent Representative to the African Union Commission Sumith Dassanayake who is concurrently accredited as Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Republic of Djibouti, presented his credentials to President Ismail Omar Guellehof Djibouti at the Presidential Palace in Djibouti.During the discussion with the President followed by the presentation of credentials,  the Sri Lankan envoy conveyed the greetings from the President and the Government of Sri Lanka to the President of Djibouti. Ambassador Dassanayake also briefed the President on the opportunities available for bilateral trade, tourism and investments in Sri Lanka. During his visit to the Republic of Djibouti,  Ambassador Dassanayake had fruitful meetings with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mahmoud Ali Youssouf, senior officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the President of  Djibouti Chambers of Commerce.The discussions centered on further strengthening trade, economic  and bilateral relations between the two countries. read more

2017 Big Ten football preview Indiana Hoosiers

Indiana redshirt junior Simmie Cobbs Jr. (1) lines up prior to a play in the Ohio State- Indiana season opener. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorLocation: Bloomington, Indiana2016 record: 6-7 (4-5)Head Coach: Tom Allen2017 record: 1-1 (0-1 Big Ten)All-time record vs. OSU: 12-73What has happened thus far in 2017After former Hoosiers head coach Kevin Wilson left Bloomington, Indiana, for Columbus to join the Buckeyes as their offensive coordinator, former Hoosier defensive coordinator Tom Allen took the reins at Indiana for the 2017 season. Through two games, the Hoosiers played an excellent first half against Ohio State in their home opener, but Indiana couldn’t hold on in the second half, falling to the Buckeyes 49-21. Allen and the Hoosiers recovered from the Week 1 loss and took down Virginia, 34-17, on the road.Impact PlayerThe key to success for Indiana in 2017 is its offense, and the largest threat on that side of the ball for Indiana is redshirt junior wide receiver Simmie Cobbs. After putting up over 1,000 receiving yards in 2015, the Oak Park, Illinois, native suffered a season-ending ankle injury in the first game of the 2016 season and was given a medical redshirt. A year later, Cobbs exploded out of the gate, racking up 149 receiving yards on 11 catches with a touchdown against Ohio State and adding another score in Week 2 at Virginia. As one of the more experienced members of this Hoosiers receiving corps, Cobbs will be an offensive factor and defensive headache all season.StrengthsOne of the Hoosiers’ biggest strengths in 2017 is their aerial attack, propelled by their two-quarterback rotation. Through two games, Indiana ranks 24th in the NCAA for passing offense with nearly 309 yards per game and is averaging more than six yards per attempt. Allen’s squad boasts a solid group of receivers, including Cobbs, Donavan Hale and Luke Timian, who will be threats downfield all season. WeaknessesA huge point of concern for Indiana this season is the lack of experience on its offensive line. Only sophomore left tackle Coy Cronk and redshirt junior left guard Wes Martin entered the season with a full season of starting experience, and the youth on the right side is a concern. The Hoosiers have allowed nine sacks through two games in 2017, and if they hope to give the program its first winning season in 10 years, protection for quarterbacks Richard Lagow and Peyton Ramsey must improve. read more

Worst anniversary gift ever Husband gives catloving wife bad taxidermy feline

first_imgIt has a shaved part on its hind leg, which the eBay seller wrote may be from the feline’s final injection.She wrote: “It was clearly someone’s (elderly) pet, and it’s tragic gaze is hauntingly beautiful in a way. Not a way that I want in my house, but I imagine someone might.”There have been 12 bids on the dead animal, and it is currently going for £102. “Bid high. Marital counseling isn’t cheap.”She isn’t completely angry, however – Catherine noted she can now never give her husband a dud gift, as he gave her the worst wedding anniversary present ever.The tabby cat is elderly, and clearly someone’s old pet. cat 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. A thoughtful gift? Catherine wrote on eBay: “So, if your home needs a tragic symbol of misguided love – the misguided love of an incompetent amateur taxidermist for a beloved, elderly, scruffy cat or the misguided love of a new husband who thought getting his cat-loving bride a dead one for their first anniversary was a good idea – then please consider bidding.”I am not heartless – I do feel some affection for the cat, which clearly was beloved of someone back when it was alive – so I am donating ten percent of the sale price to an animal rescue shelter.”Check out the pictures – two alive cats are included in the images for reference, but are not included in the listing. We want to keep those.  Catherine noted the cat’s haunting stareCredit:eBay A thoughtful gift?Credit:eBay Nothing says ‘I love you’ like a stuffed version of your favourite animal. At least, that’s what one woman wrote on her eBay listing in a bid to get rid of a horrific wedding anniversary present.The eBay seller, Catherine, loves cats, so her husband decided to give her someone else’s dead elderly pet on their first wedding anniversary.Her husband was given the stuffed cat by his tattoo artist, and thought it was the perfect gift for his feline-fanatic wife.She, however, was not happy with the gift.last_img read more

Rosalind Franklin Society says sexism is why groundbreaking scientist doesnt have road

She was one of the groundbreaking scientists of the 1950s who played a pivotal role in uncovering the structure of DNA.But a row has broken out in the leafy grounds of Surrey University over whether chemist Rosalind Franklin should have had a road named in her honour rather than a close.The Rosalind Franklin Society have accused the local council of being sexist by giving women “second billing”, while residents branded it “unfair” that she was denied the same street status as her male counterparts.So intense was the debate that Guildford Borough Council agreed to hold informal talks about changing its name from Rosalind Franklin Close to Rosalind Franklin Road.Alan Turing Road, Alexander Fleming Road, Ronald Ross Road and Ernst Chain Road are among the streets surrounding Surrey Research Park which are named after some of the brightest minds in medicine and science.But only two streets are named after famous female scientists – Rosalind Franklin Close and Daphne Jackson Road. Professor Jackson was a nuclear physicist who taught at the University of Surrey and became the UK’s first female physics professor in 1971.The fact that Dr Franklin was the only person not given her own road, and was supposedly relegated to a close, was seen as a slight by the Rosalind Franklin Society, which celebrates the contribution of women to science.Karla Rubinger, director of the society, said: “This is yet another level in which women, at best, get only second billing. We must all be working to change this.”Dr Franklin died of ovarian cancer aged 37 in April 1958, six years after taking what is described as the most important picture ever captured in the world – Photo 51, which showed that DNA has a spiraling or ‘double-helical’ structure.While her fellow researchers Maurice Wilkins, James Watson and Francis Crick were awarded a Nobel Prize for their work in 1962, she never received official recognition for her pioneering role in the scientific breakthrough.Guildford Borough Council told The Telegraph: “We received a suggestion from a resident of the borough to rename the street. We entered into an informal consultation with the University of Surrey as they owned the only residential premises on the street and so are responsible for managing the implications in terms of residents.”Although the University themselves did not object to the suggestion of changing the name, we did receive an objection from a resident directly to ourselves. Given the problems caused for residents when addresses are changed, we decided not to continue on to a formal consultation on the suggestion to change the name.” Dr Franklin, who died of cancer aged 37 in 1958, has a street named after her in Surrey Dr Franklin attended St Paul’s Girls’ School in London and went on to graduate from Cambridge University with a chemistry degree.She had spent four years gaining extensive experience in x-ray diffraction technology in Paris before she began her work on DNA at King’s College London in 1951.During the Second World War she served as a London air raid warden and investigated the physical chemistry of carbon and coal at the British Coal Utilisation Research Association.A spokesperson for the University of Surrey told The Telegraph: “Rosalind Franklin was one of the greatest scientists of our time and we were pleased that our suggestion to honour her, during the construction of our research park in 1984, was accepted by Guildford Borough Council.“We’re pleased that this discussion is once again highlighting Rosalind’s achievements, which are the reason we put her name forward when the Council originally named the roads.” Dr Franklin, who died of cancer aged 37 in 1958, has a street named after her in Surrey 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. read more

After minor issues iPhone 4S preorders moving along still arriving on the

first_imgApple opened up preorders for the iPhone 4S first thing this morning. At 12:00am Pacific time (3am Eastern) Apple.com was supposed to make the switchover from explaining when preorders would be available to actually making them available. That eventually happened, but not right on schedule — for at least a few minutes the site was returning an error to visitors.The initial error on store.apple.com was a standard one — Http/1.1 Service Unavailable — and it lasted for at least 15 minutes after 12:00 PT (much to my dismay).Cnet reports a rash of different errors on the site, including the generic “An error occurred”. Eventually a reservation system was put in place so that spots could be held without buyers going through the entire process.By 6AM this morning (when I placed my order) everything was working normally. My ordering process was fast and efficient with no errors. At the end of the process I paid and was told I would have my iPhone 4S on October 14th, the first possible day. After about 15 minutes a confirmation email arrived.Despite all indications of a considerable number of sales — including the problems with Apple’s site this morning — the iPhone 4S is still said to be arriving at customers’ homes and businesses on October 14th. This won’t necessarily be the case for long, at least if the past is any indicator. Apple fans will remember that the ship date for a preordered iPhone 4 was pushed back a number of times, eventually to 3 weeks after the official release date.This hasn’t happened yet with the iPhone 4S, possibly because Apple expected the demand and manufactured a greater number of handsets. Building the handsets surely would have been easier this time as the iPhone 4’s structural components are the ones Apple has had made tens of millions of times over the last 16+ months. Availability of the components, like the A5 chip, could potentially have been the bigger issue, but it hasn’t come up yet.And, of course, there is also the possibility that preorder demand for the iPhone 4S is lower than Apple expected so the limit on the initial batch of preorders has not yet been hit. Last year Apple took 600,000 orders for the iPhone 4 on its first day of availability. We’ll soon see if the iPhone 4S matches that number.last_img read more

Des gravats radioactifs évacués par erreur de la centrale nucléaire du Bugey

first_imgDes gravats radioactifs évacués par erreur de la centrale nucléaire du Bugey Mardi matin, des gravats ont quitté par erreur la centrale nucléaire de Bugey dans l’Ain alors que ceux-ci avaient été détectés comme radioactifs. Ils ont été déversés dans une carrière, avant d’être récupérés puis rapportés à la centrale mercredi. C’est un incident qui ne va pas redorer le blason du secteur du nucléaire. Mercredi, EDF a fait savoir que des gravats présentant des traces de radioactivité avaient quitté par erreur le site de la centrale nucléaire du Bugey situé dans l’Ain et avaient été déversés dans une carrière, avant d’être rapatriés à la centrale. Une information qui avait déjà été révélée par le journal Le Progrès mais qui n’avait pas encore été confirmée.À lire aussiLa fusion nucléaire pourrait bien devenir prochainement une réalité”Mardi en fin de matinée, un camion a chargé des gravats sur un chantier en zone non-nucléaire” et quitté le site “par erreur” bien que “le dispositif de contrôle automatique” à la sortie de la centrale ait “détecté des traces de radioactivité”, a expliqué à l’AFP une porte-parole d’EDF, précisant néanmoins qu’il s’agissait de “très faibles traces de radioactivité artificielle”. Une fois quittés la centrale, les gravats ont alors été déchargés dans une carrière à Pérouges, avant que le personnel de la centrale ne se rende compte de l’erreur et n’effectue la récupération du chargement. Mais, après l’enlèvement des gravats, il a fallu tout de même s’assurer qu’aucune contamination n’avait eu lieu. L’EDF précise ainsi : “aucune trace de radioactivité artificielle”, n’était à signaler dans la carrière suite à l’erreur. L’incident a été classé au niveau 0 (sur 7) sur l’Échelle internationale des événements nucléaires (INES) et “n’a eu aucune conséquence sanitaire [ni] environnementale”, a affirmé le groupe.Le 11 août 2011 à 14:07 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

iZen propose un clavier de type Apple tout en bambou

first_imgiZen propose un clavier de type Apple tout en bambou Grâce à Kickstarter, iZen pourrait bien développer un projet de clavier sans fil fait à 92%de bambou. Une matière avec un touché bien plus agréable que l’habituel plastique.Les claviers, petites bêtes sur lesquels nous passons tous quelques heures par jour… Même si on aime la nature et le bois, difficile de se passer d’un clavier de nos jours. Mais pourquoi ces appareils seraient-ils nécessairement en plastique froid et artificiel ? Financé grâce à Kickstarter, iZen souhaite sortir un clavier bluetooth fabriqué à 92% en bambou. Il imiterait les claviers Apple à ceci près que seule la batterie Li-ion et les éléments électroniques (8% du produit donc) ne seraient pas en bambou. Il serait compatible PC, smartphone, et présenté en vedette avec un iPad, pour lequel il peut servir de dock.Le prix du clavier sera toutefois un peu plus élevé que le bas de gamme qui nous suffit habituellement, 85 dollars, soit 65 euros… ce qui est à peu près le prix du clavier équivalent Apple. Gros souci par contre : il n’est proposé qu’en Qwerty…Kickstarter est très pratique pour financer les projets innovants, comme cela a été vu avec la fascinante caméra Digital Bolex.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Le principe est de souscrire à une offre de financement collectif, en sachant que la somme demandée ne sera débitée que lorsqu’un nombre suffisant de personne auront financé le projet. Pour ce clavier ce sera 18.000 dollars (13.600 euros) au total, et il leur reste 23 jours pour réunir la somme. Intéressé pour avoir un clavier classieux et écologique ?Le 26 mars 2012 à 11:15 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Heaving Down Rock Revitalization Project

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, July 3, 2017 – Providenciales – In an ongoing effort to inform the general public of the revitalization of Heaving Down Rock historic site, the National Trust wish to provide update at this point on the progress of the project.A panel has been posted at the site which provides a general outline of the revitalization project, listing the sponsors, Windward Development Company Ltd., and contractor, McIntosh Construction. The overall goal of the project is to provide security through the construction of a security booth and gate, restrooms, paved parking, landscaping, lighting and sheltered waiting area for ferry passengers.To date, the construction of the security building has been completed with restrooms and office space. A gazebo which provides shelter from the elements for passengers awaiting the arrival or departure of the ferry has also been erected.   Next phases to consist of preparation of paved parking, landscaping and sheet piling.The Trust realizes that Heaving Down Rock is a pivotal point connecting the family islands to Providenciales. It is an equally significant historic and cultural site which must be maintained and managed for wholesome use by the people of these islands. To this end the organization would like to appeal to the public to respect the significance of the site and partner with the Trust in keeping the maintenance and management costs at a minimum.For further information please contact 649-941-5710 or send an email to info@tcnationaltrust.orgPress Release: TCIG Related Items:last_img read more

1 dead 3 injured in Seattle shooting

first_imgSEATTLE — A lone gunman armed with a shotgun and knife opened fire Thursday in a building at a small Seattle university, fatally wounding one person before a student subdued him with pepper spray as he tried to reload, police said.A student building monitor at Seattle Pacific University disarmed the gunman after he entered the foyer at Otto Miller Hall, and several other students jumped on top of him and pinned him down until police officers arrived, police said.A 19-year-old man died at Harborview Medical Center. Three other people were hospitalized. A critically injured 20-year-old woman was taken to surgery, hospital spokeswoman Susan Gregg said. A 24-year-old man and a 22-year-old man were in satisfactory condition. Gregg says one of those two men was not shot.None of the victims was immediately identified.At a news conference Thursday night, Assistant Police Chief Paul McDonagh said the suspect in custody was a white male “approximately 26 years of age” who was not a student at the school. McDonagh said his name would not be released until he’s booked into jail for investigation of murder.The afternoon shooting came a week before the end of the school year, and the situation was particularly tense when police initially reported that they were searching for a second suspect. They later said no one else was involved.last_img read more