first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We needed that first round, but in the second round he got too eager,” said Recaido. “I was telling him to go for his midsection.”That visibly slowed down Kasim in the third round and the arena noise fell several decibels lower.“Good start sir,” said Bautista. “I will just fight on.”ADVERTISEMENT PH Volcanoes lose steam, bow out of gold medal hunt MOST READ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelocenter_img View comments Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Ian Clark Bautista, right, with his coach Elias Recardo. INQUIRER/ Marc Anthony ReyesKUALA LUMPUR — Ian Clark Bautista punched his way through the flailing arms of his Malaysian foe Abdul Salam Kasim, whose every move elicited uproar from the big hometown crowd here Sunday.Fortunately for Bautista, his fists managed to silence them.ADVERTISEMENT “I don’t know what to do about the crowd, even if he (Kasim) blocks, the crowd applauded,” said the 22-year-old Bautista.He said he got confused and in the chaos that gripped the cramped Hall 8 of the spanking new Malaysia Interntional Trade and Exhibition Center, left everything to God.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“Good thing He didn’t leave me,” said the defending 52kg champion.His coach, former Asian Games champion Elias Recaido told him to get the opening round.last_img read more

first_imgRavi Shastri has lashed out at Sourav Ganguly, who did not attend the cricket advisory committee (CAC) meeting, where he made his presentation for the Indian coaching job. (Sourav Ganguly’s absence was disrespectful: Ravi Shastri )Shastri, who was team director for 18 months, was overlooked for the position of the Indian coach as the CAC decided to hand over the coveted job to former India captain Anil Kumble.However, Shastri told Rajdeep Sardesai that he has now moved on after the snub.Best quotes”I’m not an ombudsman to take a call on Sourav Ganguly’s conflict of interest issue.””I’m disappointed because I put in a lot of hard work.””The team did wonderfully well over the 18 months when I was in charge of the team.””It’s disappointing to miss out because I can’t take the team forward.””In Anil, we have got one of the greatest cricketers as India coach.””He has got a great team and he can take the team forward.””Next time be at a meeting when someone is being interviewed for a position as important as India coach.””Nothing surprises me in Indian cricket anymore. A member of the committee (Ganguly) wasn’t present and that was disrespectful to the selection process.””Not miffed but disappointed with Sourav Ganguly.””I had a job to do which was to apply for the job and appear for the interview. I don’t have to say anything about the process.”last_img read more

first_imgThe French team will return home from Russia as World Champions and not only will they be greeted with a euphoric welcome, some of them will even have subways named after them.On Sunday night, France went into a frenzy after their young team lifted the country’s second World Cup trophy with a 4-2 win over Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe capped off a solid tournament for the French team and erased the sad memories of the European Championships 2016 loss to Portugal at home.Paris, that had seen its champions fall two years ago, had now watched their heroes rise in a foreign land. When they return home, the celebrations will not surely not seem to end.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEAhead of that though, Paris’ RATP transport authority announced that they was renaming six metro subway stations to honour the World Cup win.One station, Notre-Dame des Champs, will now be called Notre Didier Deschamps (Our Didier Deschamps), in an homage to the coach. Deschamps, who captained France to the elusive trophy in 1998, has now become only the third man in history to win the World Cup as a player and as a coach.Also read – FIFA World Cup 2018: Full list of prize winnersThe former Juventus coach equalled the record of Brazil’s Mario Zagallo and Germany’s Franz Beckenbauer.On the other hand, poet Victor Hugo will have to share his memorial slot with the French captain. Victor Hugo station is being renamed Victor Hugo Lloris after captain and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.advertisementBercy station will become “Bercy les Bleus”, close to “Merci Les Bleus”.Also read -France equal 60-year-old record to win second World Cup”Les Bleus” are returning on Monday from World Cup host country Russia to celebrate their victory with a parade on the Champs Elysees.At one end of that avenue another subway stop called “Charles de Gaulle – Etoile” is being renamed “On a 2 Étoiles”, replacing the wartime leader with the boast “We have two stars”, one for each World Cup win. Also read – World Cup 2018: Fans clash with police in Paris, Croatian fans celebrateWith demand for the French team jersey surging, police urged crowds to move away from the entrance of the Nike shop on the Champs Elysees early on Monday.England, which surprised many by getting as far as the semis, has changed Southgate station on the London Underground to Gareth Southgate Station in honour of the national coach.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

first_imgBy Veturi SrivatsaFew India captains have been as articulate as Virat Kohli and fewer still as provocative. He will defend his team at the worst of times and he can also be outlandish like when he told off a fan to leave India and watch England or Australian batsmen if he liked them so much.Kohli and his favourite coach, Ravi Shastri, are, somehow, unable to deal with the media without flying off the handle, particularly when things get skewed and they are reminded of their own statements.When there is no cricket on, there are more boardroom stories. In the long gap between the second and third Twenty20 games against the West Indies both Kohli and the Committee of Administrators (CoA) did not waste the period.Kohli, who has been rested for the T20 series, went a little too far by asking the fan to leave the country if he liked overseas players. His remark on his promotional video boomeranged with twitterati going after him, taking exception to his mindless reaction. He was quick to assuage the feelings of the fans by asking them chill out, making the remark sound like a mere wisecrack. He will surely be more thoughtful and careful in reacting.Someone in the board gave the media the graphic details of the two-member CoA meeting with Kohli Shastri, Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma during the Hyderabad ODI. It was clear that the idea was to tell the world that the administrators have given everything the players asked for and so their performance should be commensurate with their demands.Kohli has another demand, keeping the fast bowlers going to the World Cup off the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the board compensating them. He doesn’t mind batsmen playing, though they are as vulnerable in getting injured, if not tired like the bowlers. What about the franchises, will they accept India captain’s request? Ideally all should play the first half of the IPL and keep off the last few games.The administrators also gave Shastri a rap on his knuckles, telling him to hold his tongue, leaving it to the people to judge whether the current team is the best travelling in the last 15 years, instead of him going round saying how well it compares with the teams of the past. Shastri apparently clarified that he made the statement in the face of “our own media putting the team down”.There are many critics of Kohli-Shastri team and yet interestingly some of them predict before a major tour that India have their best chance of beating the opponents, this time Australia, despite being proved wrong both in South Africa and England.The former players qualify their prophecy. If this Indian team can’t beat Australia with the kind of attack they have and looking at the brittle batting they are confronted with — without Steve Smith and David Warner — they will not get another opportunity like this to beat them.Sachin Tendulkar put it in perspective and, in the process seemed to be answering Kohli and Shastri: “If you see the Australia teams in the past and compare them to this one, yes we have a very good chance,” adding “we have good fast bowlers, quality spinners and good batters.”advertisementKohli had rightly pointed out in England that if the team has to start the series well, they can’t warm up into it, forgetting that he had said in South Africa that practice matches were a waste of time!India start the tour of Australia with a three-match T20 series and that leaves them with barely 10 days before the first Test at the Gabba. They straightaway went into Tests in South Africa and in England they finished the shorter formats first and now the circle is complete, Tests and ODIs following T20s.Shastri wanted two warm-up games down under and Cricket Australia had no objection. But, the board’s greed to pack with so many tours is also not helping the team as they finish their Twenty20 series with West Indies on Tuesday and it’s time for them to leave for Australia.Those playing in the T20 will get to play only one warm-up game, a three-day match against Cricket Australia XI whereas Test specialists Cheteshwar Pujara, Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Hanuma Vihari, and Mohammad Shami will play for India A in New Zealand in a four-day match.Finally, a debate over bowling action, akin to reverse sweep and switch-hit! Uttar Pradesh’s young left-arm spinner Shiva Singh, amusingly, has a peculiar style as he rotates 360 degrees just before delivering the ball. He did it in Vijay Hazare Tournament game and the umpires had no problem, but when he did it in the Under-23 C.K. Nayudu Trophy match against Bengal in Kolkata, the umpire promptly called it a dead ball.The umpire simply went by the rule book, and he is backed by one of the world’s best there is – Simon Taufel. The Australian is quoted as saying that if in the umpire’s view the bowler’s act is to distract the batsman then he is justified to call it a dead ball.advertisementSurprisingly, former England captain and a batsman Michael Vaughan has no issues with Shiva’s action, but former India captain Bishan Singh Bedi, who never approved the world’s highest wicket-taker Muttiah Muralitharan’s action, called the youngster a “weirdo”. The last of it has not been heard, though Shiva has appealed to the board to clear his action. (Veturi Srivatsa is a senior journalist and the views expressed are personal. He can be reached at–IANSvs/ajb/vmlast_img read more

first_imgThe Health Ministry’s vector control programme has received a boost with the addition of 14 new vehicles to its fleet, to assist in further controlling the dengue outbreak, which is now on the decline.Speaking at the handing over of the vehicles by the National Health Fund (NHF), at its Marcus Garvey Drive pharmaceutical division, on Friday (January 11), Health Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, said the vehicles will be particularly helpful in rural areas and hilly terrain, where accessibility for fogging has been challenging.He informed that the $38 million for the vehicles was sourced from an allocation of $111 million that Cabinet decided on, after Hurricane Sandy in October 2012, to deal with the dengue control programme until March 31, 2013. Dr. Ferguson disclosed that from the allocation, some 28 fogging machines were also acquired, with plans for a total of 40 to be purchased.“The expectation is that we will get the additional 20 fogging machines this month,” the Minister noted.Meanwhile, the Health Minister said in the last six weeks, there has been a reduction in the number of new dengue cases. Between January and December 22 last year, there were 5,613 clinically suspected cases; however, there were only 746 laboratory confirmations. Ten persons died from the disease during the period.Dr. Ferguson emphasised that despite the reduction, the ministry will not be letting up on control efforts and continues to appeal to all households and businesses to continue to make every effort to destroy breeding sites. He said the ministry will continue with fogging activities and the removal of breeding sites of the aedes egypti mosquitoes, pointing out that between January and December 2012, and particularly in the month of September, over 2,000 communities were fogged, with repeated fogging in some. “Concurrently, approximately 78,932 premises have been searched and approximately 179,390 containers inspected for mosquito vectors. Some 34,739 were found positive (and) 38,645 containers have been treated,” he outlined informed.The Minister added that some 273 tyre shops, 105 garages and 44 dump sites have been inspected and treatment administered where breeding locations were found.last_img read more

first_imgChange received an unassailable pole position worldwide in 2008 when Obama won the US Presidential race with his trumpeting war-cry change. Thereafter, everyone wanted a change. The direction of the change was immaterial–and be damned. Often then–as much in Obama’s case as in others’–such change for change’s sake leads nowhere. Change simply becomes the new status quo. The French with their ‘mot juste’, have a nice way of putting it. ‘Plus ca change, plus ca meme chose’, meaning that the more we change things, the more it is back to the same old thing. Also Read – A special kind of bondThe Kasturirangan Committee that drafted the New Education Policy (NEP) would have faced a quandary. Since a New Education Policy must be new, the existing policy must be changed. So the draft NEP, perforce, had to change many aspects of schooling as we know it. But many of these changes seem to be just that: change for the sake of change. For example, the NEP seeks to rename some of the existing terms we have been familiar with. Grades 3, 4 and 5 would no longer be primary classes in a primary school. They would be called Latter Primary. Presumably, Classes 1 and 2 would be Former Primary. But no, they are just Primary. Also Read – Insider threat managementChildren in the age group of 3-8 would henceforth form a new sub-set of which children between 3-6 would continue to be in Anganwadis and pre-schools, while children between 6-8 would be in Grades 1 and 2. From 8-11 they would be in Grades 3-5 in–yes–Latter Primary, while children from 11-14 would be in Grades 6-8 in Upper Primary. Secondary School would be from Grades 9-12 of which children between 14-16 would be in Grades 9-10 which would continue to be called Secondary School while children between 16-18 would be in Grades 11-12 and would continue to be called Higher Secondary School. A bit confusing altogether? Indeed, that is what would happen, when change is brought in for the sake of change. What is more tragic, however, is that while the draft speaks of bringing in quality education, it does not quite spell out how that quality education would reach the poorest of poor children. The bane of India’s education system has been that while we have highly subsidised centres of higher education, where a student who has done very well in school, has a plethora of opportunities for a professional or university education–scholarships, quotas, subsidies, bank loans, grants, etc–nothing even remotely so, exists for poor children to get a good quality primary education in our schools. Across the country, children of poor parents are continually denied quality primary education. The tallest barriers we have put for the children of our poor is in providing them good quality primary education, which is possible only in privately-run Public and International Schools where they have to spend copious sums of money as fees, donations, deposits and for buying books, uniforms, etc. Thus, children of our poor are condemned to attend government schools that provide terribly poor education. Worse, government schools push out children–endearingly called drop out–from schools. The pushout is so gross that while the Gross Enrollment Ratio in 2016-17 for Grades 1-5 was 95.1 per cent, it was a mere 51.3 per cent in Grades 11-12. It almost appears to be a conspiracy to keep the poor uneducated and thereby keep them poor through generations. Our schooling system is an inverted pyramid, where it is most difficult to enter the system in the early stages, i.e., in a good school. But if you get through these strong barriers at the very early stages of a child’s education, it becomes easy to enter a University. The system is so built that the difficulty is surmountable only if as a young parent of a 5-year-old, you are rich enough to admit the child in a ‘convent’ or Public School. In keeping with the draft’s emphasis on changing names, the NEP stipulates that Public Schools should no longer be called Public Schools but called Private Schools. Good that another Macaulayan aberration is killed off. But such changes will not make an iota of difference if today’s government schools are not brought up to the level of such private Public Schools. Else, the rich will continue to send their children to the newly named Private Schools while the poor will languish in government schools. NEP’s section on school education seems obsessed with the language issue. There is a strong undercurrent in it to root-out English from our schools. At one point the document even goes on to say, ‘we further observe that English has not become the international language that it was expected to become back in the 1960s’! And that specious argument is used to kill off English. The argument for replacing English is ostensibly for promoting education in local and regional languages. But, if English is replaced, can the imposition of Hindi–across crores of non-Hindi speakers–be far behind?Interestingly, there is a lot of emphasis in the draft NEP on the 3-language formula. But the 3-language formula has always been an insidious but successful attempt to teach and use Hindi in the South and East but nowhere teach–let alone use–a non-Hindi South or East Indian language in the Hindi belt. So while you will find Railway Stations with their names written in English, Hindi and the local language in all the South and the East Indian States–Tamil Nadu being a continuing exception–you will never find any South or East Indian language in any name board in any Railway Station in the Hindi belt. The 3-language formula has been mostly used to spread Hindi in the non-Hindi speaking states with no successful attempt ever made in the reverse direction to spread non-Hindi languages in the North. And so, all of us South Indians, continue to be Madrasis. With the draft NEP focused on suppressing English, the dominance of Hindi will only increase, grievously wounding–if not altogether killing off–India’s multi-lingual heritage. Obsessed with language, the draft also has many areas where it tries to revive Sanskrit, which is an enormously good thing since Sanskrit is the root of many Indian languages. My tongue Malayalam has many more words of Sanskrit origin than even Hindustani. Indeed, when speaking in Hindi, if I am hard-pressed for a Hindi word or phrase, I simply use its Malayalam equivalent and I find my listener appreciating my Shudh Hindi. While it is important to focus on reviving Sanskrit which is otherwise a dead language, the draft policy makes no attempt to expand the use of Tamil which is a living language and is as old–or even older–than Sanskrit and used across many nations of the world. This step-motherly treatment of Tamil and other Classical Languages–and that includes Malayalam, also spoken today by a diaspora across the world–is not quite understandable. That is a danger latent in the draft NEP that needs to be addressed. Lest I give the impression that the draft NEP has nothing much to offer on school education, let me point out some of the good that the draft offers. Perhaps one of the most significant initiatives of the NEP is its attempt to seamlessly weave vocational skill education into academic education in schools. This would hopefully break down the mental barriers that the middle class–not to speak of the upper and rich classes–in India have towards vocational education. By insisting that at the upper primary and secondary levels every student should compulsorily take a vocational subject, the draft NEP goes a long way in wiping from our middle-class minds the thought that skills and vocational education are somehow inferior to academic learning. No country can become great without sufficient focus on teaching a vocational skill or trade to the majority of its young. A country full of engineers and IAS officers would be a very weak country indeed. Taking up at least one art for deeper study in schools is another innovation in the NEP. The NEP also focusses on the incorporation of basic ethical and moral reasoning. Students will be taught the importance of “doing what’s right”. This is indeed important. However, with the government now bent on re-defining what is right and wrong, and telling us that things that we thought were right, are wrong, and things we thought wrong, are right, don’t blame me if a frisson of fear, passes down my spine. School students will also be taught current affairs, courses in critical issues facing the community, the country, and the world. The innate talents of every student–the NEP promises us–would be discovered, nurtured, fostered, and developed. Most importantly assessments or exams would shift from one that primarily tests rote memorisation to one that is more formative, promotes learning, and tests higher-order skills. All good. But the lingering thought at the end of the day is that the NEP draft on School Education is less focused on fundamentals than on re-grouping and renaming. There is really no need for that. A rose by any other name would smell as sweet. (The author is a former Indian and UN Civil Servant. He belongs to the 1978 batch of the IAS and worked with the ILO in India and abroad for 20 years. This is the second of a three-part analysis of the Government’s draft New Education Policy. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

first_imgNur Sultan (Kazakhstan): Vinesh Phogat became the first Indian wrestler to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics after holding off world number one Sarah Ann Hildebrandt with some superlative defensive display in the World Championship here on Wednesday. At least, five times Sara had got hold of Vinesh’s right leg but with her immense upper-body strength, the Indian did not let her rival take advantage and won 8-2 in her second repechage round. After being placed in an extremely tough 53kg draw, Vinesh had lost to reigning champion Mayu Mukaida in the second round. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details In her first repechage round, she had easily dispatched Ukraine’s Yuliia Khavaldzhy Blahinya 5-0. While it has been a spectacular career for Vinesh with gold medals at the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games, none of her three attempts at the world championship resulted in a podium. Competing in her fourth Worlds, she is one win away from her maiden medal and standing in her way is Greek wrestler, Maria Prevolaraki. “I am happy and relieved that I am going to Tokyo but it’s not over yet. I have a medal bout and I don’t want to miss that,” Vinesh said as she walked into the training area. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Navjot Kaur gave her a hug and the Indian camp, which has endured tough initial days, was gleaming. There were handshakes but coach Woller Akos was still not smiling. He was still seriously discussing something with Vinesh, probably what she needs to do in her next bout. “Her motion was not at best but the defence was. We had asked Vinesh to move right and block Sarah’s right hand. “What it did was that it put Vinesh further away from Sarah, not letting her attack. It also meant that Vinesh could go for her attacks,” explained Akos about they plotted the fall of the American world number one. At the beginning itself, Vinesh put pressure on Sarah, taking 2-0 with a take-down on double leg attack. The American thrice attacked Vinesh’s right leg in the first period and twice in the second but the Indian kept her on the ground, using all her power. That is what clinched it for Vinesh. Whenever she got the opportunity, she converted attacks into take-down points. Countering the wrestler from USA was not new for Vinesh, who had beaten Sarah at the beginning of the season at Dan-Kolov tournament in Bulgaria, immediately after switching to 53kg category from 50kg. In the first repechage, the Ukrainian largely went for head-locks but Vinesh not only defended well but also timed her double-leg attacks to log take-down points. Seema Bisla though missed Olympic qualification in 50kg after losing her second repechage round 3-11 to Russia’s Ekaterina Poleshchuk. In the 76kg, Kiran had rattled her German opponent Aline Rotter to lead 4-0 but lost five points in a row in the second period to lose the opening bout 4-5. She paid the price for being over-defensive. Much was expected from Sarita Mor after her shock victory over 2018 World Championship bronze medallist Pooja Dhanda in the trials but she was far from her usual aggressive self. Up against Moldova’s Anastasia Nichita, she remained defensive, losing the 57kg qualification bout 1-5.last_img read more

A seating area in the Port Dover library has been named after John Wells, who helped steer the fundraising committee in opening the branch five years ago.Wells says he did not know the lounge was being named after him until the day of the celebration.“(Norfolk library CEO) Heather (King) showed it to me, it was lovely,” Wells said about the plaque bearing his name. “I certainly appreciated the honour.”The name John Wells Reading Lounge was chosen as a way for the community to show thanks to Wells for serving on the Norfolk County library board for more than 20 years and his leadership in fundraising for the new branch, which celebrated its fifth anniversary on May 5.The community helped raise $200,000 in 2014 to create the Port Dover branch. The Fishing for Funds campaign was instrumental in inspiring the current Friends of the Library group, who have continued to raise funds and awareness for the local branch.Wells was the leader of that fundraising campaign.  The former municipal politician gives credit to the resourceful team that he built to achieve the financial goals set for the project.“I think it was relatively easy to fundraise for the library because the community of Port Dover certainly realized the need for a new library,” said Wells. “When people know there is a need it is much easier to have them support it.”Wells served on City of Nanticoke and Norfolk County councils for several years.  He was Port Dover’s inaugural councillor for Norfolk County beginning in 2001.Wells expressed his thanks to all who had worked so hard to make the new library in Port Dover a reality.“We had the leadership of Heather, who certainly was a real go-getter as far as the library was concerned. The volunteers who served on the fundraising committee were certainly all, each and every one, very committed to raising the funds,” said Wells.The public is welcome to drop into the Port Dover branch and spend time in the John Wells Reading Lounge.“I think what is more important than the John Wells (Reading Lounge) is the fact that we have a library serving the needs of the community, that’s the important thing. I don’t think any one individual, while I appreciate the honour, I don’t think any one individual was any more important than anyone else. It was a group effort,” said Wells.This announcement follows Wells being named the Port Dover Citizen of the Year in read more

The discussions began on Tuesday after the Secretary-General last week invited the Greek Cypriot leader, Tassos Papadopoulos, and the Turkish Cypriot leader, Rauf Denktash – along with the guarantor nations of Greece, Turkey and the United Kingdom – to resume negotiations on the basis of his settlement plan.The objective is to submit a completed text to separate referenda in April, in time for a reunited Cyprus to accede to the European Union on 1 May, along with nine other countries.Asked today to describe Wednesday’s meeting, a UN spokesman said, “It went better yesterday than the day before.”He added that if the Secretary-General was convinced the two sides were serious about reaching agreement, talks could shift to Cyprus for a “nuts-and-bolts” phase under the guidance of Mr. Annan’s adviser for Cyprus, Alvaro de Soto.”Once that is established, then he will send them off to work with Mr. de Soto to try to sort out their remaining differences,” spokesman Fred Eckhard said. read more

first_imgNineteen fans police wish to speak to as part of Operation Resolve The detective said anyone who contacts the investigating team will be treated with sensitivity.He said: “We will try and understand their concerns. It’s very difficult after 27 years to understand the difficulties people face. Some may face not looking at images or may not want to recount their experience but nevertheless we’ve got people who can help to overcome that.” 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. Mr Malkin said the 19 people were in the “right place at the right time” and may be able to identify others.He said: “They might know people they were with or may be able to shed some light on others that were present at the time.”It’s important because we need to understand the full facts around the opening of Gate C at 2.52.”It’s a significant piece of work that I am undertaking at the moment and these people would be helpful to add value to what I have already undertaken.”He added: “It’s their experience. Who they were with, their entry and how they came to be at Gate C at that time and really their experience of entering through Gate C and what they did, what they saw, what they heard.” The investigating team has released footage and still images of 19 people they want to speak to who can be seen in the area of Gate C when it was opened at 2.52pm on April 15 1989.The footage includes computer-generated images of the Leppings Lane end of Hillsborough stadium as it would have looked 27 years ago, and specialists have used recognition techniques to find a number of different images of some of the potential witnesses.Detective Chief Superintendent Neil Malkin, the senior investigating officer, said he hoped the people identified in the footage would be able to help.Speaking outside Hillsborough, he said: “The appeal today is for 19 individuals seen outside Gate C at 2.52pm on the 15 April 1989.”These people were in close proximity to the gate at the time that it opened and I would like to hear from these people because they might be able to provide me with information that could assist me in my inquiry.”center_img Nineteen fans police wish to speak to as part of Operation ResolveCredit:Greater Manchester Police/PA Detectives leading a criminal investigation into the Hillsborough disaster have appealed for 19 people seen in CCTV footage at the stadium to come forward.New images showing the potential witnesses at the Leppings Lane end of the football ground in Sheffield have been released by Operation Resolve as part of its inquiry into the disaster and the events which led to the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans.Operation Resolve is one of two criminal investigations ordered following the publication of the Hillsborough Independent Panel’s report in 2012. In April, an inquest jury concluded the 96 victims were unlawfully killed and that blunders by South Yorkshire Police “caused or contributed to” the disaster at Sheffield Wednesday FC’s stadium.Mr Malkin said Operation Resolve, which has already interviewed more than 1,200 people who entered the stadium through Gate C when it opened, was on target to submit full files of evidence to the Crown Prosecution Service by the turn of the year.Anyone who recognises any of the people identified in the CCTV footage is asked to contact Operation Resolve on 0800 0 283284 or through the website. last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Major Greek Opposition party PASOK, the extreme right-wing party Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) and the Ecologists -Greens have emerged victorious from the European parliamentary elections.The final results had PASOK 4.3 percent ahead of New Democracy (36.6 to 32.3), but the fact that only 52.6 percent of almost 10 million eligible voters cast their ballots meant that it was difficult for either party to read too much into the numbers when considering what might happen in the next general election.The final results of the European Parliament elections held on Sunday throughout Greece were as follows:PASOK, 36.65 percent (1,878,696 votes)New Democracy (ND)32.29% (1,655,461 votes)Communist Party(KKE) 8.35% (428,209 votes)Popular Orthodox Rally (LA.OS) 7.15% (366,562 votes)Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) 4.70% (240,865 votes)Ecologists -Greens 3.49% (178,952 votes)According to the results PASOK and ND will have eight representatives each in the  European Parliament, KKE and LA.OS two each and SYRIZA and Ecologists – Greens one representative in the European Parliament.Although PASOK won, it attracted 195,000 fewer voters than in the European elections five years ago and 849,000 fewer than in the general elections of 2007.The low turnout also affected ND dramatically. Almost one in two voters that supported the conservatives two years ago failed to back them this time. Almost 1 million fewer people voted for the government on Sunday than in 2004.The right-wing Popular Orthodox Rally (LA.OS), which was the only parliamentary party to see its support rise. It attracted 162,000 voters in the March 2004 general election, but on Sunday 367,000 people voted for the nationalists.The Ecologists -Greens did not gain the level of support that had been predicted in public opinion polls prior to the elections but it still managed to attract sufficient votes to elect the first Greek Green MP into the European Parliament.Karamanlis commented on the record abstention in his speech late on Sunday night.“It is clear that a lot of New Democracy voters chose to protest by sending us a message, mainly through abstention,” he said, promising a government that would be speedier, more decisive and effective.Papandreou did not make reference to the stay-away vote in his speech and PASOK sources said that the party was trying to make sense of the low turnout on Sunday, while not getting carried away with its victory.last_img read more

first_img See All I’m heartbroken about what’s happening in my country. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing and expecting different results. It’s time for good people with different views to stop finger pointing and come together to address this violence for the good of our country.— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) August 4, 2019 reading • Tim Cook slams ‘insanity’ of US inactivity on gun violence after two mass shootings Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Post a comment Share your voice Tags Tech Industry Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Tim Cook Apple 0 Apple Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier A shooting Saturday at Walmart in El Paso, Texas, initially killed 20 people and wounded more than two dozen. On Monday morning, another victim died, bringing the death toll to 21. A shooting early Sunday in Dayton, Ohio, left 9 dead and 27 injured.Cook is no stranger to voicing criticism of government activity he sees as detrimental to the US. In 2017, Cook spoke up against President Donald Trump’s effort to close the US to immigrants from predominantly Muslim countries, telling employees in a memo that, “It is not a policy we support.”A year earlier, Cook was among more than 90 business executives who spoke out against a North Carolina law that would force transgender students to use school toilets “inconsistent with their gender identity.”The number of mass shootings across the US so far in 2019 has outpaced the number of days this year, according to a gun violence research group. There have been 251 mass shootings in the US this year as of Sunday, which was the 216th day of the year, according to data from the nonprofit Gun Violence Archive, which tracks every mass shooting in the country.Originally published Aug. 4 at 12:57 p.m. PTUpdate, Aug. 5 at 9:40 a.m. PT: Updates the death toll in El Paso. Apple CEO Tim Cook said he’s “heartbroken” by US legislators’ inactivity on gun violence. Josh Miller/CNET Apple CEO Tim Cook said Sunday he’s “heartbroken” by the “insanity” of legislative inactivity regarding gun violence in the US after two mass shootings in two cities within 24 hours left 30 dead.”I’m heartbroken about what’s happening in my country,” Cook said in tweet Sunday. “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing and expecting different results. It’s time for good people with different views to stop finger pointing and come together to address this violence for the good of our country.” Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? •last_img read more

first_imgPower has been restored to the village of Newtok in southwestern Alaska after the community’s only generator malfunctioned over the weekend.KTUU-TV reports that the village was supplied with electricity Wednesday night after a temporary replacement generator was brought in Tuesday.Newtok residents had been without power since Saturday, when the 25-year-old generator broke down.The local school had functioned as an emergency shelter during the outage and people burned cardboard to heat their homes.Alaska Energy Authority officials say nearly $30,000 has been spent in getting emergency power restored to Newtok.A permanent replacement generator is being stored in Anchorage. The state just needs to figure out a way to transport the 2,500 pound machine.last_img

first_imgAzharul MannanA local Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) leader reportedly stormed the venue of a meeting on law and order at Sonargaon UNO office auditorium on Thursday and swooped on BNP candidate from Narayanganj-3 constituency Azharul Mannan, reports UNB.After the incident, Rony Billal, organising secretary of Sonargaon municipality unit BCL, was detained and sentenced to three months’ jail by a mobile court.The administration arranged the views-exchange meeting on the law and order and the electoral code of conduct where eight candidates in the constituency and their representatives took part.Witnesses said Rony entered the venue around 4:30pm while the meeting was going on, held around the neck of the BNP contestant with his two hands and tried to strangle him.Police detained the BCL leader and produced him before the mobile court, led by upazila nirbahi officer Shahinur Islam, which jailed him for three months.Azharul said the incident manifested a volatile law-and-order situation in the country.He demanded suspension of three policemen, including the officer-in-charge of Sonargaon police station.last_img read more

first_imgThe iPhone 7 body is made from aluminum, as are many other high-end smartphones. What’s Apple’s next step, though? The new high-end variant of the Apple Watch might offer some clues.The Apple Watch Edition Series 2 isn’t made of gold like the last one, it’s zirconia ceramic. This watch “only” costs $1,250, about a tenth of the last Apple Watch Edition, but this fancy material might become the default for Apple in future iPhones.When the iPhone 8 comes out in about two years (there’s always a revamped S generation in between the big redesigns), it might drop the aluminum for zirconia ceramic for several reasons. Watch nerds can certainly tell you about one of them — durability. Stainless steel and aluminum are strong materials, but they’re also what material scientists call “ductile.” That means they can deform when struck. That’s why aluminum devices can scratch, dent, and even bend (remember Bendgate?).Ceramics have the potential to be considerably more durable and resistant to scratching, if they’re formulated right. Zirconia ceramic in particular possesses extremely high mechanical strength, toughness, and fracture resistance. For this reason, Apple has submitted a number of patents on ceramic case designs.For smartphones (and smartwatches), zirconia ceramic could be even more useful. Ceramics are extremely efficient at dissipating heat with the right treatment. The Apple Watch has alumina mixed with the zirconia powder, allowing it to far surpass the heat dissipation of aluminum alone. The most relevant benefit in the iPhone would be that zirconia ceramic is transparent to radio frequencies. There are antenna lines on the back of the iPhone allowing the signal to escape from the aluminum case. That wouldn’t be necessary with a ceramic phone.Right now, the zirconia ceramic Apple Watch is the uber-expensive model. With two more years of design and manufacturing refinements, Apple might be able to lower the cost of zirconia ceramic to a similar point as current aluminum processes. It may even be more efficient on a large scale than aluminum. Of course, a few years ago we were all but sure Apple would use sapphire glass in its iPhone screens, and look how that turned out. Anything can happen.last_img read more

first_imgKABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – In a story May 19 about the Afghanistan war, The Associated Press reported erroneously that $4.1 billion would be needed from foreign coffers to pay for the Afghan security forces after 2014 when most international combat troops will leave. The Afghan government is providing $500 million of that figure.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   Top Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates The vital role family plays in society Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Sponsored Stories 5 ways to recognize low testosterone More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements New high school in Mesa lets students pick career pathslast_img read more

first_img Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology The Obama administration has urged Arab allies to do more to combat the media blitz, characterizing the fight on the communications front as a key pillar in the overall effort to defeat the group.The new Sawab Center is one of the most concrete responses to that call yet in the region. Named for the Arabic word for “the right or proper way,” it will be based in Abu Dhabi, the oil-rich capital of the United Arab Emirates, a key American ally and a member of the U.S.-led coalition against the IS group.The center released YouTube videos and Twitter messages Wednesday in Arabic and English announcing its launch.Anwar Gargash, the Emirati minister of state for foreign affairs, and Richard Stengel, the U.S. undersecretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs, said the center’s aim is to support coalition efforts, challenge IS propaganda and “amplify moderate and tolerant voices from across the region.”“Recent tragic events in the Middle East region and beyond have demonstrated once again the stark contrast between Daesh’s vision for the future and that of civilized people,” the diplomats said in a joint statement announcing the launch. Daesh is another name for the Islamic State group. Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories “Through the Sawab Center, we hope to lend a voice to all those people that stand united against terrorism,” the statement added.Stengel, a former Time magazine managing editor, traveled to the Emirates for the launch.Journalists were not allowed to attend the project’s unveiling or visit the center, which has been testing its operations and developing its branding over the past three months.More work still needs to be done. The center does not yet have an active website of its own, and a planned Facebook presence and a dedicated YouTube channel are expected to take several more weeks to develop. Officials say they hope the center will eventually launch “proactive online messaging campaigns” to target IS propaganda.The U.S. separately has been expanding an existing U.S. State Department division set up in 2011 and known as the Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications that is designed to counter jihadist messages online.___Online: Sawab Center launch video: Adam Schreck on Twitter at © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The U.S. and Emirati governments launched a new Mideast digital communications center Wednesday focused on using social media to counter the Islamic State group’s propaganda efforts online.IS supporters have deftly harnessed social media to spread the group’s slickly produced Hollywood-style film clips and other messages aimed at recruiting and drawing support from plugged-in young Muslims. Comments   Share   Mesa family survives lightning strike to home 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Centerlast_img read more

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F Air New Zealand Skycouch Air New Zealand plans to introduce the ‘holy grail of economy travel’ to its new Boeing 777-300 aircraft with lie-flat beds. The airline unveiled the revolutionary new “Skycouch” yesterday, which enables economy class passengers to sleep  lying down through a simple innovation that converts three seats into a lie-flat bed. Air NZ chief executive Rob Fyfe says when the airline takes delivery of its first new Boeing 777-300 ER in November it will redefine the long haul travel experience and set a benchmark for competitors to follow. “Air New Zealand is putting the magic and romance back into flying. For the past three years we have been designing a new long haul experience that will reignite the passion of today’s travellers,” Fyfe told NZ media. “For those who choose, the days of sitting in economy and yearning to lie down and sleep are gone.  “The dream is now a reality, one that you can even share with a travelling companion – just keep your clothes on thanks!”The seats can fold flat all the way to the seat-back in front, creating a space where children can play or people can relax and sleep”.The first 11 window rows in the Economy Class cabin will be transformed to accommodate twenty-two sets of The “Skycouch” will be . For two adults travelling, purchasing the Skycouch will be based on buying two seats at standard prices with the third seat at approximately half price. Full airfare details will be announced when it goes on sale from late April.last_img read more

first_imgMulti-Award-Winning Hilton Lake Taupo Has Added Yet Another Award To Its Impressive Line Up, HM Magazines Best New Zealand Regional Property Award 2012Hilton Lake Taupo has won the coveted award for Best New Zealand Regional property for the second year in a row at the tenth annual HM Awards for Hotel & Accommodation excellence, held recently in Sydney on the 7 September 2012.The HM Awards, regarded as the leading awards in the accommodation industry, recognizes excellence in people, departments, properties and chains across Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. The 2012 HM awards saw a record number of 2300 entries across the 46 categoriesSince opening in November 2009 Hilton Lake Taupo has gone from strength to strength, receiving numerous national and international awards, receiving outstanding accolades such as Best New Hotel Australasia at the World Travel Awards 2010, the Hilton Worldwide Connie Award for top Hilton Asia Pacific property two years running in 2010 and 2011, Trip Advisors Travellers choice award for luxury in 2011 and Certificate of Excellence in 2012.Commenting on the accolade, Chris Partridge, general manager of Hilton Lake Taupo and Hilton Auckland said “I’m delighted to see the Hilton Lake Taupo take out its 12th award in its three year history. Winning this award two years in a row reflects the dedication of the team at Hilton Lake Taupo in exceeding our guests’ expectations and providing the highest possible levels of service.”“We were thrilled to hear of our nomination for this award for the third year running and then to take out top place again for the second year in a row is an outstanding achievement by the entire Hilton Lake Taupo team” said Clinton Farley, hotel manager The HM Awards judging panel is made up of more than 20 industry professionals and travel media who decide on all of the finalists and the winners. Written submissions for each category are considered and all judging decisions remain anonymous. All results are audited by Ernst & Young.Hilton Lake TaupoThe historic Hilton Lake Taupo is one of Taupo’s architectural icons located in the Onekeke Thermal Valley, famous for its ancient pumice flows. Situated 1 km from the lake front along State Highway 5, the hotel overlooks the lake and the central plateau mountains beyond offering spectacular views. Built originally in 1889, exclusively from New Zealand native timbers, Hilton Lake Taupo is one of only two remaining hotels from that era and offers a luxurious haven of comfort and relaxation.The hotel features 113 spacious accommodation rooms including suites and apartments. Leisure facilities include an infinity swimming pool and spa pool, tennis courts and a beautifully appointed fitness centre with steam room and sauna. Offering the Cellar Ball Room, Conservatory and Cellar Cocktail Bar, Hilton Lake Taupo is the perfect destination for executive retreats, incentive travel groups and company conferences.Hilton AucklandHilton Auckland has a unique waterfront location 300 metres out to sea at the end of Princes Wharf just minutes from Auckland’s Central Business District and the vibrant Viaduct area. This 165 room hotel, including seven suites, has stunning views over Waitemata Harbour and features spacious balconies in every room. Hilton Auckland offers seven multi-purpose function venues, all bathed in natural light and flowing to balconies overlooking the water, catering for cocktails for up to 750 guests and dinner for up to 370 guests. Hilton Lake Taupo Source = Hilton Hotels & Resortslast_img read more