J&K Governor raises issue of manhandling of Kashmiri students with Adityanath

first_imgJ&K Governor Satya Pal Malik on Friday raised the issue of manhandling of Kashmiri students at a varsity with UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.“Governor sought the intervention of the UP Chief Minister to ensure that the Kashmiri students are provided a safe and secure environment in the educational institutions of the State,” said a Raj Bhawan spokesman.A Kashmiri student was injured at Sharda University Campus in Greater Noida area in an attack by a mob two days ago.“Mr. Adityanath informed the Governor that strict disciplinary action would be taken in the Sharda University incident,” said the spokesman. The UP government has already ordered an inquiry into the incident. “All measures would be taken to ensure safety of Kashmiri students so that they can continue their studies in a safe environment,” the spokesman added.last_img read more

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Par passes bill to bar Sahejdhari Sikhs from voting

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 25 (PTI) Parliament today passed a bill to amend a 91-year-old law to exclude Sahajdharis from voting in the elections to Sikh religious bodies, fulfilling a long- pending demand of the community ahead of assembly elections in Punjab next year. The Sikh Gurdwaras (Amendment) Bill, 2016 was passed by the Lok Sabha more than a month after Rajya Sabha approved it. Replying to a debate on the bill, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the demand for not giving voting rights to Sahejdari Sikhs was made by Shiromani Gurudwara Prabhandak Committee members and office bearers. “The SGPC office bearers and members have often demanded that those who are not Sikhs should not be given voting rights (in the election to select elect the members of the Board and the Committees constituted under the Act). The SPGC General Assembly of 2001 also passed a resolution regarding this. “The High Court has said that a competent legislature needs to pass the bill. Even the Rajya Sabha has passed the bill unanimously,” Singh said. The definition of Sehajdhari Sikh has no religious sanction as far as the fundamental tenets of the religion are concerned. This nomenclature was added to the Sikh Gurdwara Act, 1925 under certain circumstances prevailing then. The Bill proposes to remove the exception given to Sahajdharis in 1944 to vote in elections to select members of the Board and the Committees constituted under the Act. The Union Cabinet had recently approved a proposal of the Home Ministry to amend the Sikh Gurdwaras Act, 1925, with effect from October 8, 2003. The amendment was also carried out by a Home Ministry notification dated October 8, 2003. However, the notification was quashed by the High Court of Punjab and Haryana on December 20, 2011, leaving it to the appropriate and competent legislature to decide as to whether or not to amend the Act to that effect. Participating in the discussion, Ravneet Singh Bittoo (Cong) said in view of the amendments brought in the legislation, the “Sikh Gurudwaras Act should be renamed as Badal Gurudwara Act”. “You are trying to divide families through conspiracy.. You are doing wrong with 70 lakh Sikhs who had voting rights in SGPC for 60 years…You are dividing the already minority community of Punjab into sub-minority community,” Bitto (rpt Bittoo) said. (more) PTI PR JD AKK ARCadvertisementlast_img read more

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BCCI to conduct Sports Science and Medicine programme in Bengaluru

first_imgOver 200 physiotherapists and trainers from all over India are expected to attend the Sports Science and Medicine Programme to be conducted in Bengaluru by the BCCI’s National Cricket Academy (NCA).PHYSIOS TO GET TRAINED ON LATEST TRENDSThe five-day programme to be held from June 13-17 for physiotherapists, trainers and strength and conditioning coaches, will update them about latest trends in Sports Science and Sports Medicine and also inform them on how the senior Indian team functions, the BCCI stated today on its website bcci.tv.The five-day course will focus on key topics like load monitoring, orientation on the use of the BCCI database, injury definition and surveillance, cricket-specific lower limb injuries, return to play decision process (hamstring) and basic bio-mechanics, nutrition and supplementation trends, according to bcci.tv.”We are looking up-skill physios and trainers across India. We want to ensure they are up to date with how the national team operates and the best way to do that is have a professional workshop and meet them face to face, educate and discuss issues” said SSSM NCA Head Andrew Leipus.FIRST AIDOne of the important things is sports first-aid. When a cricketer is injured, the first-aid and care has to be competent until the further assistance arrives. The seminar is also being organised to make sure everyone is on the same page and all the boxes are ticked, he said.Leipus said that physios and trainers from all over India are expected to attend the programme.”Going forward this is going to be a mandatory programme for all those who are looking to get involved in Indian cricket,” he added. Leipus stated that there are going to long term benefits of having such a seminar.advertisement”With the BCCI now having an online database tool, accessing information related to player injuries and work load will be fairly easy and quick. We will have combined lectures for strength and conditioning coaches and physios, where we will talk about management of injuries and monitoring workload, especially for the fast bowlers” Leipus told bcci.tv.”At any stage selectors, coaches, Patrick Farhat (Team India’s physiotherapist) or I will be able to look online and know the status of a player with regards to injury or work load.”The BCCI has an online database and the physios working with domestic teams need to insert and update data regarding their players and we can track the status” he added.last_img read more

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David Warner equals Virat Kohli’s record, third fastest to 4000 ODI runs

first_imgDavid Warner had become the quickest Australian batsmen to reach 4,000 ODI runs – achieved in 93 innings — on his way to an unbeaten 40 with captain Steve Smith not out on 22 when Australia came off after 16 overs at 83-1.Kohli achieved the feat against England back in 2013 in Ranchi, four years after his debut whereas Warner reached the landmark against Bangladesh in their Champions Trophy clash on Monday. The southpaw took eight years to score 4000 runs.However, the wash-out left Australia in a tricky situation as they now have to beat England in order to stand a chance to qualify for the semi-finals.”We were heading down a pretty good path and it was disappointing not to get a result in the end,” said Smith.”The game against England is now a quarter-final as such. They’re a good side and the equation is pretty simple now.”Bangladesh won the toss and chose to bat with Tamim Iqbal falling five runs short of a second straight century in the tournament as Mitchell Starc took three wickets in four balls near the end of the innings as they were out in 44.3 overs.Tamim, who scored 128 against England in the opening game on Thursday, got 95 off 114 balls, picking up the pace and smashing some fierce strokes before being caught by Josh Hazlewood at long leg off Starc with the first ball of the 43rd over.The Australian paceman bowled Mashrafe Mortaza two balls later, took out the stumps of Rubel Hoosain with his next delivery and came within inches of a hat trick as another swinging yorker flashed past Mustafizur Rahman.advertisementStarc finished with figures of 4/29 in 8.3 overs.Only two other Bangladesh batsmen — Shakib Al Hasan (29) and Mehedi Hasan Miraz (14) – reached double figures.Bangladesh must beat New Zealand in their last group game in Cardiff on Friday and hope England win their next two games in which case they would accompany the hosts to the semi-finals.”Australia were unlucky and we are lucky to still be in the tournament. We have to play hard again, but we beat New Zealand in Ireland (in a warm-up match) so you never know,” added Bangladesh skipper Mortaza.last_img read more

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UP-BUDGET-HIGHLIGHTS

first_imgLucknow, Jul 11 (PTI) Following are the highlights of the Lucknow, Jul 11 (PTI) Following are the highlights of the Uttar Pradesh budget for 2017-18 presented in the assembly today. * Annual budget size Rs 3,84,659.71 cr; higher by 10.9 pc than last fiscals * Budget provides Rs 55,781.96 cr for new schemes * Special provision of Rs 36,000 cr for loan waiver of farmers * Rs 551 cr for Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan and Rs 254 cr for mid-day meal scheme. * Lucknow Metro, Poorvanchal Expressway and job creation are focus areas of the government * Water quality assessment in major cities along the Ganga river – Kanpur, Allahabad and Varanasi * Rs 3,255 cr allocated for construction of toilets * Rs 2,800 cr for drinking water in Bundelkhand, Purvanchal * Rs 1,000 cr for Swachha Bharat Mission in UP cities * Rs 394 cr provision for madrassas * 712 more 108 ambulances to be introduced in state * Rs 142 cr for scholarships up to class tenth and Rs 50 cr for WiFi facility in degree colleges and universities * Rs 800 cr for Prasad Yojna in Ayodhya-Mathura-Kashi regions * Rs 300 cr allocated to distribute socks, shoes and sweaters among school children * Rs 40 cr allocated for abandoned and stray animals under a scheme named Besahara Pashu Yojna * Ecotourism and adventure tourism to be developed * Role of farmers to be increased to enhance forest cover * Rs 25 cr for providing helicopter services at tourist places and Rs 10 cr for development of tourism in Vindhyachal region * Rs 50 cr provision for WiFi scheme in the state * Bachpan Divas to be celebrated on 5th of every month and Laadli Divas on 15th and Matratva Divas on 25th of every month * Rs 25 cr for developing water sports in Ramgarh Taal in Yogi Adityanaths Gorakhpur dictrict * Rs 200 cr for special schemes for Bundelkhand; Rs 300 cr for special schemes for Poorvanchal * Rs 71 cr to connect district headquarters with 4-lane roads * Rs 288 cr for four metros and Rs 3,972 cr for the upkeep of state roads * Rs 10 cr for Pt Deendayal Upadhyay Kisan Samriddhi Yojna * New policy for solar power launched * New textile policy on the anvil * UP finance minister announces launch of groundwater conservation mission PTI SAB SMI MRadvertisementlast_img read more

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GRASSLEY ELECTED SENATE PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE

first_imgU.S. Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa is now third in the line of presidential succession following the vice president and the speaker of the House of Representatives.That’s after the Senate unanimously chose Grassley to be Senate president pro tempore.The post has historically been bestowed upon the senior member of the majority party in the Senate..Grassley said. “I may only be three heartbeats away from the Oval Office, but my heart is and always will be in Iowa and here in the U.S. Senate.”Grassley was first elected to serve Iowans in the U.S. Senate in 1980 and has represented the Hawkeye State there for 38 years.The only other Iowan to hold the office was Sen. Albert B. Cummins, who assumed office in 1919, 100 years before Grassley assumed the role.last_img read more

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Ramsey: Something has to change at Arsenal

first_imgArsenal Ramsey admits Arsenal have to ‘change something’ following Anfield embarrassment Last updated 2 years ago 00:44 8/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Mesut Ozil Arsenal Liverpool Aug 2017 Getty Arsenal Liverpool v Arsenal Liverpool Premier League The Gunners suffered a humbling 4-0 defeat to Liverpool on Sunday and their Wales international concedes drastic improvements are required Aaron Ramsey has admitted that Arsenal “have to change something” following their humbling 4-0 defeat at Liverpool.The Gunners put in an abject performance at Anfield as they were once again blown away on the red half of Merseyside.Arsenal 15/2 to lose/draw v Bournemouth Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Arsene Wenger’s side have now suffered back-to-back defeats in the Premier League, both on the road, with a dramatic 4-3 win over Leicester on the opening day all they have to show for their efforts so far.Ramsey concedes that drastic improvements are required from this point if Arsenal to recover and push themselves into contention for the top-flight crown and top-four finishes.The Wales international midfielder told the club’s official website: “We’re very disappointed with the way we performed but we have to accept it.”We’re sorry to the fans that came up – it’s not good enough and we have to do something about it.Aaron Ramsey Arsenal improve change“We’re going to have to change something if we’re to compete this year.”Liverpool showed what it’s going to have to take to compete for the Premier League and we’re going to have to do something about it if we’re going to do that.”Ramsey was hauled off at half time on Sunday as Arsenal crumbled under incessant pressure from Liverpool.The Gunners have plenty of time in which to mull over their dismal display and prepare to right their domestic wrongs.They are not in action again until hosting Bournemouth on September 9, with World Cup qualifying action taking centre stage during the first international break of the 2017-18 campaign.last_img read more

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U.S. youth international signs with Bayern

first_imgBayern Munich have signed United States youth international Taylor Booth to their youth academy, the Bundesliga side announced Thursday.The 17-year-old Booth joins the club on a three-and-half year contract, having been signed away from Major League Soccer side Real Salt Lake’s academy.”I’m very happy with this next step in my career,” Booth said in a statement. “FC Bayern is one of the largest clubs in the world. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “Being here in Munich at the FC Bayern campus and taking the next steps in my development makes me very proud. “”We see a lot of potential in Taylor. He is a talented young player, and we look forward to working with him to develop his talent further,” FC Bayern Campus Manager Jochen Sauer said.The Utah-born midfielder has featured for the United States multiple times at the youth national team levels. He played in a pair of games for the U-17 side at the 2017 U-17 World Cup in India, including their 4-1 quarter-final defeat to England where he featured alongside the likes of Josh Sargent and Timothy Weah.Bayern announced Booth will train with the club’s U-23 side’s training camp in Dallas before linking up with their U-19 team for the second half of the season.Booth becomes the second American to officially sign with the club in recent weeks.Defender Chris Richards completed a $1.5 million permanent transfer to Bayern Munich from FC Dallas, signing a four-and-a-half year deal after having joined the Bundesliga champions on loan in the summer.Bayern also signed another MLS youngster in standout Canada teen Alphonso Davies, who made his Bundesliga debut for the club in a 4-1 victory over Stuttgart on January 27.Booth will also look to join the ranks of young Americans aiming to succeed in the German top-flight, following the likes of Christian Pulisic at Borussia Dortmund and Weston McKennie at Schalke, as well as Tyler Adams, who moved from the New York Red Bulls and made his league debut for RB Leipzig against Dusseldorf last week.last_img read more

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Dabo Swinney Issues Injury Update For QB Trevor Lawrence

first_imgTrevor Lawrence hands the ball off for Clemson.CLEMSON, SC – SEPTEMBER 15: Quarterback Trevor Lawrence #16 hands off to running back Adam Choice #26 of the Clemson Tigers during the Tigers’ football game against the Georgia Southern Eagles at Clemson Memorial Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)Clemson freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence missed the second half of the Tigers’ comeback win against Syracuse this afternoon, as the former five-star recruit left the contest late in the second quarter after taking a big blow to his head.Lawrence, who was starting his first-career game for Clemson, was checked out in the locker room and then spent the second half on the sideline without his helmet on.Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney provided an update on Lawrence following the win.Swinney said that Lawrence is in concussion protocol, but he sustained no other injuries to his upper body.From The State:“He’s really doing great. He actually wanted to come back in and play. He got banged up. He had kind of concussion like symptoms and you just don’t mess with that. He was trying to come back and play… but you trust your doctors and they shut him down,” Swinney said.Swinney added that Lawrence seemed fine during the postgame celebration.“He’ll be in our (concussion) protocol, but he was really good after the game,” Swinney said. “He was celebrating with his teammates. Hopefully he’ll bounce back and be OK.”It’s unclear what Lawrence’s status for next weekend will be.Clemson is set to play at Wake Forest on Saturday.last_img read more

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Kolkata Port Trust awards best performers

first_imgKolkata: Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) organised Trade Facilitation awards where the best performers in the field of trade and shipping were awarded.The best performers of both Kolkata Dock System and Haldia Dock Complex were handed over prizes. The awards were presented by KoPT chairman Vinit Kumar in presence of senior officials of KoPT. Ek Narayan Aryal, Consul General Nepal in Kolkata graced the occasion as a special guest. Steel Authority of India, TATA Steel were awarded as the top bulk importers whereas Krishna Tissues Pvt Ltd and Vedanta Ltd were given awards as top performing importer and exporter of containers. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaXpress Feeders were awarded for bringing in the maximum number of container ships. Haldia International Container Terminal Limited won the award for the Best Container Terminal in KoPT. Kolkata Port Trust including Kolkata Dock System and Haldia Dock Complex, achieved its highest ever cargo throughput in the fiscal 2018-19. Kolkata Port has handled 63.7 Million Tons (MT) of cargo traffic in 2018-19 compared to 57.9 MT in 2017-18 recording an impressive growth of over 10 percent. KoPT is now ranked 5th largest port in terms of cargo handling among all major ports and is the second fastest growing port in the country.last_img read more

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Conservatives contemplate Quebec byelection impact of NDP leadership

first_imgWINNIPEG – Federal Conservatives emerged Friday from two days of meetings, upbeat about the task ahead of holding the Liberals to account and strengthening their own party.The work begins in earnest almost instantly as Quebec Conservatives plan to rally next week in the Quebec riding just vacated by longtime Tory stalwart Denis Lebel.The byelection there will be an early test for new Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer and could be a tough one to pass: Lebel won Lac-Saint-Jean in 2015 with just 33 per cent of the vote.But the Conservative feel wind in their sails thanks to a proposal by the Liberals to make changes to a tax code they argue currently allows wealthy businesses to get out of paying tax. But businesses in nearly every sector of the economy have said they are the ones who will take the real hit — and the Conservatives are harnessing that outrage.“They are hearing from every kind of small business across Canada, every kind,” said Scheer of the Liberals.“They are ignoring them. The Liberal arrogance on this is astounding.”Along with developing the lines of attack they’ll use against the Liberals come the return of Parliament, the Conservatives are also thinking farther down the road to how they’ll assemble and roll out their own proposals for the 2019 election.Election strategy was part of the discussion at the fall planning meetings, with the Quebec byelection not the only one on the horizon.Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose’s seat is empty in Alberta. Saskatchewan Conservative MP Gerry Ritz and former Liberal cabinet minister Judy Foote from Newfoundland and Labrador both recently announced their retirements.Those three are considered secure holds for their respective parties, but Quebec could be a competitive race. Expect to see Tories on the ground there often in the coming months. The byelection has not yet been scheduled.The Conservative candidate is Remy Leclerc, a former social worker who spent the last decade working for Lebel. On Thursday, the Liberals nominated a popular local mayor, Richard Hebert.“It’s a riding that’s important for us to win,” said Quebec Conservative Maxime Bernier.“We’re only 11 MPs in Quebec, we need to be more members of Parliament from Quebec if we want to win the next election.”The party elected 12 MPs in 2015 — including Lebel — their best showing in the province under former leader Stephen Harper.It came largely at the expense of the collapse of support for the New Democrats, with Tories picking up seven of their seats.Lebel’s narrow finish in a riding he’d held for 10 years, however, was also due to a drop in NDP support and a consequent boost for the Liberals.The pattern of NDP votes going to the Liberals repeated itself over and over again in the 2015 election and in some places cost the Tories seats.Conservative deputy leader Lisa Raitt said the smaller NDP vote in Atlantic Canada, as well as in the Toronto area, were factors for her party’s reduction to Opposition status. The party analyzed results like that across the country during their morning session Friday.But just as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is irritating former Conservatives with measures like a review of the tax code, so too will he have to address the former New Democrats who came his way, she said.“Mr. Trudeau has broken a lot of promises those NDP voters counted on and he’ll have to atone for those as well,” she said.An unknown for the Conservatives, however, is who the New Democrats will select as their new leader next month.Deepak Obhrai said he gave his fellow MPs an assessment Friday of the potential impact of candidate Jagmeet Singh. Obhrai called him a divisive figure in the Indo-Canadian community.“If he does become leader, which I’m not sure, then there is a very big potential of many Jack Layton-type NDPers looking for a new home,” Obhrai said.“That’s support we have to look into.”Conservative Gerard Deltell says he knows NDP candidate Guy Caron well, because the two have both served as finance critics. While he’s not offering an endorsement, he said he thinks Caron has been running a good campaign.“We do not select our opponent, we fight them,” Deltell said.“Let them select who they think is the best leader and we will address it.”last_img read more

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Mohit Raina is a shy person says Dia Mirza

first_imgMumbai: Actress Dia Mirza, who will be seen along with actor Mohit Raina in the upcoming web show “Kaafir”, says the latter is the shiest actor she has ever worked with. “Mohit is the shiest co-actor I’ve ever worked with. He took about 15 days to open up… even more than the little girl who plays my daughter in the show,” Dia said in a statement. Dia also finds the “Uri: The Surgical Strike” actor naughty apart from being shy. She added: “It’s said quiet children are the naughtiest and he is just like that! He is a complete joy to work with. “He takes a little time to reveal himself because he is shy but full of energy. He is naughty, in a nice way and I think he has the kindest eyes.” The show was shot in Himachal Pradesh and Mumbai. Directed by Sonam Nair, “Kaafir” will stream on OTT platform ZEE5 from June 15.last_img read more

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GuineaBissau UN agencies maintain fight against deadly cholera outbreak

WHO has sent an epidemiologist and UNICEF has deployed water and sanitation experts to assist in the response to the cholera epidemic, which can be a frequent occurrence in the poor West African nation.In its latest update on the outbreak, released yesterday, WHO said that the UN agencies are working with health authorities and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to treat patients, educate the public about hygienic practices and de-stigmatize the disease among populations at risk.Cholera is mainly transmitted through contaminated water and food and long-term prevention depends on access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation to prevent exposure. But the water and sanitation infrastructure in Guinea-Bissau is both limited and dilapidated.UNICEF reported earlier this month that it has already provided materials to disinfect the water system and wells in the capital, Bissau, home to more than two-thirds of all cases.In total, 7,166 cases had been reported as of 21 September, with as many as 3,000 new cases recorded this month. The number of fatalities has also risen from 96 to 133 since early September.Nearly 400 people died in the last previous major outbreak of cholera in Guinea-Bissau, in 2005-06. 25 September 2008The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) continue to help authorities in Guinea-Bissau combat an outbreak of cholera that has claimed at least 133 lives since May and forced thousands of others to be hospitalized. read more

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UN cultural body seeks to save drone singing and other dying traditions

1 October 2009A new United Nations-backed initiative to prevent age-old cultural practices from dying out was launched today, with traditions ranging from Latvian female drone singing to a collective fishing rite in Mali becoming eligible for funding to ensure their survival. They were among 12 practices from eight countries inscribed on the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) List of Intangible Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding at a meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Heritage in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.The Committee considered the traditions to be endangered despite the efforts of communities or groups concerned. Countries involved will now implement specific safeguarding plans, with the practices eligible for financial assistance from a special fund.Traditions to be safeguarded include the “Suiti cultural space” of a small Catholic community in predominantly Lutheran western Latvia, characterized by vocal female drone singing, wedding customs, colourful costumes, the Suiti language, local cuisine, and folk songs, dances and melodies, at present only familiar to a few, mostly older people.Droning comes in for protection in Mongolia, too, where Tsuur music of the Uriankhai, simultaneously blending sounds from a three-holed pipe and the human throat, has faded due to neglect and disrespect of folk customs and religion. Touching the Tsuur mouthpiece with the front teeth and applying the throat produces a unique timbre comprising a clear, gentle whistling sound with a drone.Two other Mongolian practices are earmarked – Biyelgee ethnic dances in Khovd and Uvs provinces, embodying the nomadic way of life and typically confined to the small space inside the ger (tent); and the Tuuli oral tradition of heroic epics that can run to thousands of verses of benedictions, eulogies, spells, myths and folk songs. Other practices inscribed today include the Kalyady Tsars (Christmas Tsars) ritual in Semezhava, Belarus; the Qiang New Year Festival, wooden arch bridge design, and Li textile techniques of spinning, dyeing, weaving and embroidering, all in China; Ca trù singing, a complex form of sung poetry in northern Viet Nam; and Cantu in paghjella, a male singing tradition combining three vocal registers in Corsica, France.African traditions include the Sanké mon collective fishing rite in Mali on the second Thursday of the seventh lunar month, combining the sacrifice of roosters and goats to the water spirits of Sanké pond, followed by collective fishing over 15 hours and a masked dance; and oral traditions and performing arts of the Kayas in the sacred forests of the Mijikenda, Kenya, which are also sources of valuable medicinal plants.Yesterday the Committee inscribed 76 traditions from around the world, including the tango, religious processions and fertility dances on UNESCO’s the List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. read more

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Calif regulators recommend record 300M fine against PGE for 2010 gas pipeline

Calif. regulators recommend record $300M fine against PG&E for 2010 gas pipeline explosion by Sudhin Thanawala, The Associated Press Posted Jul 16, 2013 4:46 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email SAN FRANCISCO – California regulators on Tuesday called on Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to pay at least $300 million in fines in connection with a deadly 2010 gas pipeline blast in what they said would amount to the largest fine ever levied by the state Public Utilities Commission.In an amended brief filed in the pipeline case, the commission’s safety division cited the eight people killed and 38 homes destroyed in the blast in the San Francisco Bay Area suburb of San Bruno and said there were steps PG&E could have taken to prevent the explosion.“The tragedy in San Bruno, which was directly caused by PG&E’s unreasonable conduct and neglect for decades, was the worst disaster in the history of California electric and/or gas utilities,” the safety division said in its filing.Regulators had originally called for a $2.25 billion penalty against PG&E, though it would consist entirely of funds the utility has spent or promised to spend on pipeline system improvements ordered by the commission.Consumer advocates and San Bruno officials had objected to that penalty. San Bruno officials said it was tax deductible and “littered” with credits and perks to benefit PG&E that would amount to a net penalty of almost nothing to the company.The lead PUC attorneys probing the blast abruptly quit the investigation after the penalty was announced, with one, Robert Cagan, calling it “unlawful” in an email sent to radio station KQED.Under the amended brief, $300 million of the $2.25 billion would go into the state’s general fund in the form of a fine. Additionally, PG&E shareholders, not ratepayers, would be on the hook for a significant share of the costs to fix the pipeline system, said Tom Long, the legal director of The Utility Reform Network, a utility watchdog group.“What the safety division announced today is finally a real penalty,” Long said. “It will actually require PG&E shareholders to pay real money.”Tom Bottorff, PG&E’s senior vice-president for regulatory affairs, characterized the revised penalty as overly punitive and said it would backfire by making it difficult for the utility to raise “the capital necessary to maintain the extraordinary investment in safety currently under way, or raise billions of dollars more for safety improvements mandated by the CPUC.”“In its zeal to punish PG&E, the staff of the California Public Utilities Commission has lost sight of our important shared goal of making PG&E’s natural gas operation the safest in the country as quickly as we possibly can,” Bottorff said in a statement.The National Transportation Safety Board unanimously agreed in 2011 that the blast was caused by what board chairman Deborah Hersman called a “litany of failures” by PG&E, as well as weak oversight by regulators.Separate from the NTSB investigation, investigators at the utilities commission blamed PG&E for the explosion, which occurred when an underground pipeline ruptured at the site of a decades-old faulty weld, sparking a massive fire.PG&E has accepted liability for the disaster in numerous public statements but has denied most of state investigators’ allegations that the utility violated safety rules.The penalty recommended Tuesday still must be reviewed by an administrative law judge and the five-member commission itself, both of which can offer amendments or counter-proposals before a final vote. read more

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BMW and Bosch Board Members address SMMT Summit

SMMT International Automotive Summit, 12 June, Canary Wharf – Today, Board Members from BMW and Bosch addressed a 250-strong audience of the automotive industry’s most influential leaders, meeting to discuss the key issues effecting the future growth of the sector at the UK’s most high-profile industry Summit.The SMMT International Automotive Summit will feature more than 40 speakers from automotive, academia, government, new technology, social media, retail, supply chain and the finance community. Leading figures from these sectors will concentrate on the future potential of UK automotive, challenges to be addressed and how to capitalise on changing trends in technology and consumer preferences.Keynote speeches started the day, with BWM’s Ian Robertson and Bosch’s Peter Tyroller addressing capacity crowds:Dr Ian Robertson (HonDSc), Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Sales and Marketing BMW: “BMW manufacturing follows major sales markets, the UK is BMW Group’s fourth largest global market and as such, we will continue to invest in our operations the UK. CO2 legislation is set to have a massive effect on the automotive industry and BMW will build new three-cylinder engines for its all-new i8 hybrid sports car in the UK at Hams Hall.“The UK industry is going through a very strong period, boosted by encouraging industry and government collaboration. While government is working to rebalance the economy to manufacturing, we can’t afford to be complacent if we are to ensure longevity.”Peter Tyroller, Member, Board of Management, Robert Bosch GmbH:“We need a balanced approach with regard to CO2 legislation to ensure Europe remains competitive in the global automotive industry. While electric and hybrid vehicles are certainly an important part of our future, internal combustion will play a major role for years to come. Bosch recognises the expertise of UK engineers across all technologies and has plans to dedicate more resources to development and engineering services in the UK.In addition to these industry keynote speakers, the SMMT Summit will close as Business Secretary Vince Cable describes how government is committed to supporting the sector and ensuring sustained growth.Ahead of the Summit, SMMT announced that UK car manufacturing could surpass the 1972 record of 1.92 million cars produced, with over two million units rolling off domestic manufacturing lines in 2015.Images and video of the keynote speakers will be available shortly at www.smmt.co.uk/events/summit/.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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EYEWITNESS Rearguard action…

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: Dazzling them…April 5, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Railroading…April 13, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”Eyewitness: Changing… …self-definitionsAugust 5, 2018In “EYEWITNESS” …on Amerindian landAnother day, another spiteful PNC action against the Guyanese people exposed; this time, against the Indigenous Peoples, when, for all intents and purposes, the Amerindian Land Titling (ALT) programme has been dumped. But who’s surprised, apart from the Amerindian quislings in the Government? And if the truth be told, they can’t really be surprised, since they’ve been getting their instructions since 2015 to keep their mouths shut. It’s like the PNC hit “ALT-Delete” button on the quislings’ computers, so they can’t question anything.The moment the PNC launched their Commission on Ancestral Lands and included Amerindian lands in the CoIs’ remit, they tipped their hand. The strident protests by some from their ranks — that Amerindians were getting too much land — just confirmed their covetous plan to hold off on any more land titling. After all, what was there to “Inquire” into?Amerindians’ claims to their lands are part and parcel of the Articles of our Independence Agreement with the British. Stephen Campbell had gone up to London and negotiated on behalf of his people for their fair share of land. He could’ve easily claimed all of Guyana, since Britain and other civilised jurisdictions have abandoned the doctrine of “terra nullis” – that is: to claim by international law (which they made up as they went along!) that even though the Amerindians were living here in clear sight, the land was deemed “unoccupied”!!So Campbell got ‘Annex C’ inserted into the Independence Agreement, which mandated that Amerindians have to be given title to all lands occupied by them since “time immemorial”. Which is not such an onerous test as it sounds – they had to simply show they’d been living on the land or using it for a specified period.But this clause had always irked the PNC types, who insisted ALL Guyana was theirs – to have and to hold (or destroy) as they saw fit! But after Amerindians kicked up a storm at the CoI – and the international community and Opposition supported them on the issue – the PNC backed OFF.But the PNC didn’t back DOWN. Your Eyewitness has always been reminding you, dear reader, that the PNC always follows the Burnhamite doctrine: that “there are many ways to kill a cat”. Or, in this case, to deny Amerindians land rights.And this amazing declaration that — even though the money’s available to complete the ALT – not even a SINGLE new claimant village has been given its title since 2015 shows that foot-dragging is their latest gambit!!The PNC fired the entire ALT team the moment they got into office. And like Humpty Dumpty, it will NEVER be put together again!!…molasses industrial action?Well, after centuries of underdevelopment by those dastardly Britishers, Guyana’s finally entered the Industrial Age. Naah…Your Eyewitness isn’t talking about the oil strike; that’s just pumping oil from a hole in the ground. And in any case, Guyana has absolutely NOTHING to do with the aforesaid pumping!! We’re talking about the crack crime sleuths of SOCU springing into action to find out who’s been leaking figures on the production of MOLASSES at Enmore!!Now, dear reader, you might protest that since the colony was founded, we’ve been making molasses to produce sugar. And that any idiot can figure out the amount of molasses being produced from the amount of cane shipped to the factory!! But THAT’S not the point, is it? The PNC Government spitefully shut down Enmore factory just to stick it to the sugar workers, who’ve always been fervent supporters of the PPP. “High costs”.To satisfy their contract for molasses to DDL, they HAD to crank up Enmore; but they don’t want to let out that costs are now DOUBLE what prevailed before!!Dunderheads!!…on AFC drunkNow, if a connoisseur and habitual imbiber of bush rum like Whim’s own Moses Nagamootoo had to cut loose the loose cannon at Bath as his “special assistant”, why’d the PNC keep him?His hagiographic PNC letter writing, of course. Jail him!! read more

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Opinion Ryan Giggs is hanging up his boots – its truly the

first_imgI USED TO take solace in constants. The sun would rise. The rain would fall. And Ryan Giggs would play for Manchester United. So now that he’s announced his retirement… well. There’s significant restructuring to be done. I need new constants. Ryan Giggs has called it a day. I am officially old.Hyperbole aside, football fanatics and pop culture enthusiasts alike may well feel that Giggs hanging up his boots marks the end of an era, which is curious because his emergence, all the way back in 1991, marked the end of an era too.Ryan Giggs was arguably the first of the celebrity footballers, a brave pioneer with fabulous bone structure in a world previously reserved for bouffant rock stars and toothy actors. Up to his debut there were footballing heroes, of course – Pele, Best, Maradona… uh, Vinnie Jones – but Giggs was the first of the footballers-as-mass-market-sex-symbols, a prodigious talent with prodigious cheekbones. His entrance heralded the final days of an age when footballers could be great sportsmen without also needing to be great brands, coinciding with the rise of the Premier League and Murdoch’s reimagining, on a grand scale, of football as entertainment. Pre-Cristiano Ronaldo, Pre-Ljungberg, Pre-Beckham… pre Liverpool’s Spice Boys, even: Ryan Giggs was a whole new world. Ryan Giggs was all thatOK, so he shared a little of the limelight with teammate Lee Sharpe and rival Jamie Redknapp, but neither commanded the same level of attention. Sharpe was plagued by injuries, and Redknapp was stigmatised as holding a key role in an underperforming team, while Giggsy wowed the commentators, enthralled the fans and dampened the gussets of a generation. It was partly down to his modesty, partly to his rootsy Manc accent (the Welsh lilt having been knocked out of him years before), partly to Alex Ferguson’s insistence that he was a super special snowflake who needed minding, to the extent that a frustrated media dubbed him “the cotton-wool kid”.It was significantly down to his looks, which meant his visage was particularly suited to commercial endorsements and Smash Hits posters, and attracted a celebrity girlfriend or two. And it was overwhelmingly down to his talent: his balance, his speed, his ridiculous twisting and turning on United’s left wing, his impeccable temperament. That would have earned him his status as a legend even if he’d looked like Peter Beardsley, but the inescapable early-‘90s fact was that Ryan Giggs was all that and a bag of chips.Due in no small part to Fergie’s efforts, Giggs escaped his teen-dream phase unscathed. He settled on the fans’ pedestal, safe in the knowledge that, barring some David Busst-level injury, he would remain a remarkable footballer. He wasn’t always consistent (remember his Samson moment? He shaved his head and temporarily forgot how to play), but his longevity is legendary, deservedly so.Knocked off his pedestal?And then out of the blue he fell victim to the Streisand Effect, got himself into a heap of trouble with a superinjunction, and was revealed to have had a torrid affair with glamour model Imogen Thomas. We didn’t even have time to scoop our jaws from the floor before it was revealed he was also doing a line with his little brother’s wife. Up to this point, the suggestion that the saintly Ryan Giggs could have even contemplated such a thing would have been met with howls of derision. Ryan Giggs? His brother’s wife? RYAN GIGGS? The tabloids might as well have revealed an evil wizard had turned him into a literal bag of chips.The interesting thing here is not that the public knocked Giggs off his pedestal, because generally, having an affair with your brother’s wife is the kind of thing people get upset about. It’s not the way he handled it (with stone-cold silence; Fergie would have been proud), or how his family reacted (brother Rhodri seems to be softening, but dad Danny Wilson continues to utilise the tabloids to pitch bitter insults at his first-born). It’s how quickly fans and pundits shelved the misdemeanour, and how that epitomises idealised celebrity: come for the fireworks, stay for the talent.Celebrity should be no more than a spotlight shone on the extraordinary.There are those, of course, who would argue that athletes have no place on the celebrity carousel, though such a stance seems ill-informed to the point of naivety in a world where David Beckham’s wedding was covered by OK Magazine and every second student flat sports a print of Muhammad Ali standing triumphantly over Sonny Liston. And it’s in our nature to be fascinated by idiosyncrasies and shortcomings; we want to worship athletes’ abilities, but identify with their humanity. We project onto them our hopes and dreams – and perhaps there’s no sport quite as emotionally charged as football, especially in a culture where your team becomes an extension of yourself.All that remains will be actual achievementsCelebrity, though, is fleeting. At the end of Giggsy’s time in the sun we’re left with pundits arguing about whether he deserves his plaudits, and whether his record commands inclusion in Man Utd’s G.O.A.T line-up… which is exactly how it should be. Celebrity, and its downsides – intrusion, personal criticism, pressure to conform to the beau ideal – will melt away, and all that remains will be actual achievements. And perhaps a bawdy joke or two about “keeping it in the family”.In the 23 years since Ryan Giggs made his first-team debut, football has been transformed. The current landscape is one in which Jose Mourinho can complain about peacock players who care more for the money then the glory, and Yaya Touré can (hilariously) make headlines because he thinks his birthday cake wasn’t impressive enough. And so Ryan Giggs’ retirement demonstrates a fitting – and significant – lesson. When all is said and done, no one’s going to care who you had affairs with or which designer you favoured. All they’re going to remember is how good you were, and Ryan Giggs, the most decorated player in English football, was very, very good.Read more of Lisa McInerney’s columns here >Read:  Alex Ferguson praises ‘amazing servant’ Ryan GiggsRead:  19 reasons why Ryan Giggs is a footballing legendlast_img read more

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Poll Should ministers be allowed to keep a secret diary of official

first_img Poll Results: A FREEDOM OF Information (FOI) request to access a ‘secret diary’ kept by a government minister of official meetings has been denied.The application by the Sunday Times follows the Minister for Communications, Energy, and Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte revealing that he keeps such a diary as some meetings are of a ‘commercially sensitive’ nature.The minister told RTÉ Radio 1 that he does this “deliberately” and “to prevent the contents being released under FOI”. Other meetings are recorded in a digital diary, which can be accessed.We want to know what you think: Should ministers be allowed to keep a secret diary of official meetings? I don’t know (163) YesNoI don’t knowVotecenter_img No (2214) Yes (996)last_img read more

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