first_imgAn Indian man was arrested by Sri Lankan police on Sept.21 for being aware of an alleged plot to kill Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his family members, including former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajpaksha. The Indian man, identified by Sri Lankan media as a Keralite named Merceli Thomas, was arrested from the residence of Namal Kumara, Director (Operations) of a social movement called Anti-Corruption Force.  However, Sri Lanka’s Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera issued a statement on Sept. 27, saying that “there is no reported evidence regarding an attempt to assassinate the President Maithripala Sirisena, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and several others,” reported Sri Lankan news portal Ada Derana. Kumara had called a press conference a few days back and played some recordings to accuse DIG Nalaka Silva for conspiring to kill President Maithripala Sirisena and Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. The Indian national had said that there was a conspiracy to kill the entire Rajapaksa family and Sirisena, the CID informed Colombo Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne, according to the Island publication.  CID Chief Inspector Ranjith Munasinghe informed the court that they are going to “investigate the statement made by Indian national, identified as M. Thomas, who was taken into custody for his alleged links to Director Operations of Anti-Corruption Movement Namal Kumara, who exposed the plot to assassinate President Sirisena and Gotabhaya Rajapaksa,” the report added. However, police spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara called a press meet on Sept.26 and refuted the claims that it informed the court about the Indian national revealing the alleged plot to assassinate Sirisena. He said in the media briefing that the report filed by CID on Sept.25 does not mention anything regarding the murder plot revealed by the arrested Indian person, the Daily Mirror reported. “The only thing the suspect had revealed was that he felt about a threat to several individuals after disclosing the video and audio clip of a telephone conversation by Namal Kumara at a press conference and the media reports on the incident. The suspect had said to the CID officers that he visited Namal’s residence to inquire about it,” SP Gunasekara added, as per the report.  Meanwhile, the Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka issued a statement in this regard, saying that the arrested Indian national has a history of mental disturbance since 2000. “Taking a serious note of the matter and acting on limited information provided to us by Sri Lankan authorities, we immediately alerted Indian counterparts to conduct a background check of the said individual,” the Daily Mirror quoted a spokesperson of the high commission as saying.  “Preliminary inputs indicate that the said individual has had a history of mental disturbance since 2000. We have shared the details with the Sri Lankan authorities and have assured them of full assistance and cooperation for conducting a thorough and professional investigation into the matter,” the spokesperson added. Thomas arrived in Sri Lanka in January 2017, and stayed at several places, the police spokesperson was cited as saying. “However, it was yet to reveal how and from whom he received funds. CID is conducting further investigations on a detention order,’ he said, as per the report. Related ItemsSri Lankalast_img read more

first_imgView comments Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Espina heads zark’s 500K run field Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Second chances don’t come too often, that’s why Calvin Abueva is grateful to be included in the 14-man Gilas Pilipinas team that will go up against Australia in the second window of the Fiba World Cup 2019 Asian Qualifiers in Melbourne on Thursday.“It’s like my world was turned upside down,” said Abueva after he was initially dropped from consideration by national team coach Chot Reyes due to absences in practices.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Filipino-American big man and Gilas cadet member Abu Tratter will also join the Philippine team, which is missing injured big men Troy Rosario and Mac Belo. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Dealing with personal matters that also affected his performance with PBA team Alaska, Abueva vowed to make up for his shortcomings and has since appeared in every Gilas Pilipinas’ practice.“I’m glad that I’m given this opportunity again,” he said. “I promise that whatever I’m showing in my game, they can expect the same, or even more.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLeading Reyes’ lineup, announced on Sunday night, are naturalized Andray Blatche, Jayson Castro, and four-time PBA Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo.Also part of the squad which left for Melboune on Monday are Gabe Norwood, Japeth Aguilar, Allein Maliksi, Kevin Alas, RR Pogoy, Matthew Wright, Jio Jalalon, Carl Bryan Cruz and Kiefer Ravena. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH AFP official booed out of forum NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon Citylast_img read more

first_imgMOST READ “We made shots today, and when we make shots, we’re much tougher to defend,” Ginebra coach Tim Cone said after a runaway 125-101 victory that cut the Texters’ lead to 2-1 in the best-of-five series at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.“We had a breakout game today and we’ll see if we can carry it over to Game 4,” added the two-time Grand Slam champion. “We haven’t done anything, exactly, we’re still down 1-2. Our goal right now is get this thing into Game 5 and let the chips fall where they may.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe next game is slated on Saturday at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay, and Cone admits that they are not exactly aware what they would be up against, considering that burly TNT import Joshua Smith practically didn’t play.“Obviously, the easy thing to say is that the import (Smith) didn’t get much minutes tonight,” Cone said. “We don’t know what’s going on with him.” Smith delivered lethal blows in narrow TNT wins in the first two games, but was played less than 10 minutes in Game 3.In the other series on Friday, San Miguel Beer tries to put Star away in their 7 p.m. match at Mall of Asia Arena.GINEBRA 125 – TNT 101BRGY. GINEBRA 125—Brownlee 31, Thompson 17, Aguilar 15, Mercado 12, Devance 10, Ellis 9, Cruz 9, Tenorio 8, Ferrer 5, Mariano 5, Taha 2, Jamito 2, Helterbrand 0, Caguioa 0.TNT KATROPA 101—Garcia 16, Tautuaa 15, Carey 11, Reyes 9, Rosario 8, Castro 7, Rosales 7, Hernandez 6, Nuyles 6, Smith 4, Pogoy 4, Semerad 3, De Ocampo 3, Golla 0, Tamsi 0.ADVERTISEMENT World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide What ‘missteps’? Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage View commentscenter_img Quarters: 34-28, 61-47, 96-74, 125-101Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ PBA IMAGESDown big in a short series and playing with an underdog mentality for the first time, Barangay Ginebra on Thursday night broke away early and earned a new lease on life in its PBA Commissioner’s Cup Final Four series with TNT KaTropa.It also helped a lot that the Gin Kings shot a lot better than they did in the first two games.ADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Cignal sets record winning marginlast_img read more

first_imgEngland beat India by 6 wickets (D/L method) during the fifth and final ODI at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff on Friday. Score | PhotosThe win dashed Team India’s hopes of giving Rahul Dravid a winning farewell, who retired from ODIs after scoring 1089 runs in 344 ODIs.With this win hosts England have whitewashed India in both forms of game. They beat India 4-0 in the Tests and then capped it was a 3-0 win in the five-match ODI series. The first ODI was washed away and the fourth ended in a tie (D/L method).The Cardiff match too witnessed the Duckworth Lewis method coming into picture with the match affected by rains on three occasions – start of both occasion and midway during England innings.Put to bat, India scored 304/6, with Rahul Dravid, playing his last ODI, scoring a fine 69. But it was Virat Kolhi’s fast-paced century that was the highlight of the India innings followed by skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s 26-ball unbeaten 50.India openers Ajinkya Rahane and Parthiv Patel started the innings with caution and gradually upped the tempo. But their opening-wicket stand came to an end on the first ball of the 13th over. A Jade Dernbach ball took the top edge of Rahane’s bat and Steven Finn took a fine catch at third-man. He scored 26.Soon the other opener Parthiv departed. A Graeme Swann turner took the edge of his willow and Tim Bresnan snatched a neat catch at mid-on. Parthiv fell for 19 and India lost their second wicket on 57.advertisementSoon Rahul Dravid and Virat Kohli batted on to increase the tempo and helped India reach past the 100-run mark. The duo continued batting and soon India were way past 200 with a run rate that was hovering close to six an over.Kohli went on to complete his sixth ODI century and it took him just 87 balls to reach the millstone. He hit eight fours and one six in the process.However, even as the fans were celebrating Kohli’s ton, the very next ball sent Dravid back on a Graeme Swann turner. The ball entered Dravid’s bat-pad gate and clipped his off stump. He fell for 69 and India lost their third wicket on 227/3. His 79-ball inning was decorated with four fours.Soon Kohli too headed towards the pavilion, falling in a way he wouldn’t have imagined. He nudged the ball off Swann and went ahead to take a single without realising that his backfoot had hit the wicket. Kohli scored 107 off 93 balls.Then left-handed batsman Suresh Raina and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni combined to hike the run rate even as the English bowlers struggled to find an answer to their charge.It was not until the 49th over that Raina departed. The penultimate ball of Steven Finn’s over saw Raina attempt an untimely slog which was lapped up by Tim Bresnan at extra cover. He fell for 15 when the India total was 284/5.Ravindra Jadeja fell on the first ball of the last over and skipper Dhoni went on to complete his half-century as India posted a fine 304/6.England were given a revised target of 270 in 40 overs (D/L method) as the start of their innings was delayed by intermittent showers. However, the target was revised for a second time to 241 in 34 overs when the match was halted again during their innings.In reply, England got off to a not so impressive start losing their opener Craig Kieswetter early. A R. Vinay Kumar delivery trapped Kieswetter leg-before on 21.Kieswetter was a long way into the crease, but umpire Nigel Llong raised his finger and the batsman was seen walking back when the England total was 27.Post that fall however, the other opener – captain Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott started batting with resolve. But their effort came a cropper when the match was again halted and the target revised (241 off 340 overs).Post the rain break, the two went on with a fine partnership scoring 79 runs for the second wicket. Captain Cook scored 50 before falling to Kohli on 50 when the team total was 106. Trott went on to score a fine 63 hitting three fours and four over-the-fence shots before departing in 26th over of the innings off Jadeja’s ball.Spinner Jadeja did claim a wicket, but it was his lacklustre bowling that cost India heavily. He was belted across the tract by the English batsmen who scored 52 runs in the five over that he bowled.Finally Ravi Bopara, who had got out on nervous 90s in the last ODI, and young Jonny Bairstow, who led their team to victory putting on a unbeaten 75 runs for the fifth wicket.advertisementThe two turned the course of play with their impressive batting display which reduced the margin from almost two runs a ball to a run a ball and soon the runs were lesser than the number of balls remaining.While Bopara played is safe, rotating the strike nicely and dealing in ones and twos, it was Bairstow whose barrage of shots left Indian bowlers astray. He picked RP Singh and hit boundaries and sixes at will in his over and then repeated the task in Kohli’s over.Bairstow’s unbeaten 41 came off just 21 balls and included three huge sixes and one four. Bopara on the other hand scored a 36-ball 37 decorating his innings with three fours and one six.The two helped England reach the 241-run target with 10 balls and six wickets to spare.There was more disheartening news for India as Munaf Patel injured himself during play on Friday, while Praveen Kumar, India’s best bowler on tour, had to skip the match as he got injured during training on Thursday.last_img read more

first_imgST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Alex Rodriguez was part of a New York Yankees power display that helped CC Sabathia finally get a win.Sabathia won for the first time in more than a year, Rodriguez hit one of New York’s five homers and the Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 11-5 on May 11.“That’s the story today: It was good to get CC his first win,” Rodriguez said. “I thought he did a lot of good things.”Sabathia (1-5) allowed four runs and six hits in seven innings to stop a nine-start winless streak since a victory over Boston on April 24, 2014. The lefty missed most of last season due to a knee injury.“I felt pretty good today,” Sabathia said. “I just wanted to stay aggressive.”Rodriguez put the Yankees up 1-0 on his eighth homer this season and 662nd overall, a long drive to left field in the first.A-Rod was hit on the upper left arm by Erasmo Ramirez’s pitch in the ninth and advanced to second on defensive indifference. He scored when Mark Teixeira hit a two-run homer that made it 11-5.Rodriguez has had some left hamstring tightness and grabbed his leg after reaching second. “It’s a little sore on the last run,” he said. “I think I should be OK.”Rodriguez has 50 home runs off Tampa Bay pitching in 209 games. He has reached base safely in 11 of 19 plate appearances this year in four road games against the Rays, with three homers, five RBIs and eight runs scored.The three-time MVP has 1,989 RBIs, three short of tying Babe Ruth for fourth place on the career list since RBIs became an official stat in 1920.Chase Headley, Carlos Beltran and Brett Gardner also homered for the Yankees, who have won all four games this season at Tropicana Field and are 6-1 overall against the Rays.Logan Forsythe homered and drove in three runs for the Rays.Headley, in the fourth, and Gardner, in the sixth, each had a three-run shot off Alex Colome (2-1) as the Yankees grabbed an 8-1 lead. Beltran has hit both of his homers in the past two days, including a solo drive May 11.Headley got his fourth RBI on a sacrifice fly in the seventh.After Forsythe and Joey Butler hit consecutive solo homers off Sabathia during a three-run seventh, Forsythe cut the Rays’ deficit to 9-5 with an eighth-inning single.“Sabathia quieted us down basically until it was almost too late,” Rays Manager Kevin Cash said.Colome gave up eight runs and 11 hits over six innings.The game ended when Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius caught Tim Beckham’s pop fly off an overhanging catwalk in shallow left field. He joined a small group that includes Omar Vizquel to make that sort of play.The announced crowd of 10,619 was the smallest for a Rays home game against the Yankees.(MARK DIDTLER)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_img Continue Reading Previous Rutronik and AP Memory sign global distribution agreementNext Wind River: VxWorks Cert Edition IEC 62304 now compliant for medical device development Farnell has further enhanced its discount scheme for educational and research establishments, helping them maintain and improve their labs whilst managing their budgets. Up to 30% discounts are available from a growing supplier range which includes Tektronix, Keithley, Keysight Technologies, Fluke, Fluke Networks, Flir Systems, Aim TTi, Rohde & Schwarz, BK Precision, Sefram, Klein Tools, Pace and Weller. Teaching facilities need to have the most up-to-date equipment to provide high-quality education and to enable students to progress seamlessly into the worlds of work and research. The discounts offered by Farnell can help provide this equipment to attract new students and support existing ones, even as educational and research establishments face budget pressures.Free access to online resources, data sheets, applications notes, videos and webinars are available to all customers on Farnell’s website. Virtual and live demonstrations are available on many of the products, and orders under the educational scheme are available for same day despatch.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more

first_imgShare on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Brighton & Hove Albion Premier League Reuse this content Newcastle United Share via Email Match previews Topics Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest Last season’s Championship top two have enjoyed similar fortunes in the Premier League, with both starting well before fading and then steadying themselves with a victory just before Christmas. Newcastle, only one point above the bottom three at the start of the weekend, will climb above Brighton if they repeat their 2-0 victory from the last time they faced Chris Hughton’s side at St James’ Park. Rich FlowerKick-off Saturday 3pm Venue St James’ ParkLast season Newcastle Utd 2 Brighton 0 (Championship)Referee Anthony TaylorThis season G13, Y52, R0, 4 cards per gameOdds H 6-5 A 3-1 D 9-4Newcastle UtdSubs from Woodman, Clark, Dummett, Murphy, Diamé, Gayle, Aarons, Haïdara, Saivet, Merino, HaydenDoubtful Hayden (match fitness)Injured Lejeune (foot, 1 Jan), Mitrovic (back, 6 Jan), Elliot (hip, unknown), Gámez (ankle, unknown)Suspended NoneForm LLLLWLDiscipline Y31 R2Leading scorers Gayle, Joselu 3BrightonSubs from Krul, Maenpaa, Hünemeier, Rosenior, Schelotto, Goldson, Bong, Kayal, Skalak, Murphy, Brown, Baldock, Izquierdo, MurrayDoubtful NoneInjured Sidwell (back, unknown)Suspended NoneForm LLLDWLDiscipline Y27 R0Leading scorer Murray 5 newslast_img read more

first_imgMen’s open:Queensland Country Outbacks 7 def NSW Country Mavericks 4.The Outlaws have broken free and they took the men’s Elite Eight trophy with them.In an upset of sorts, Queensland Country knocked off not one but two of the fancied men’s open teams to win the division for the first time.The Outlaws defeated two-time finalists NSW Mets 12-9 in the semi-final and followed it up by knocking off the defending champions, NSW Country Mavericks 7-4.Queensland Country captain Daniel Withers has been playing at the NTL for 15 years and he has never won the big one.He now has and it was a welcome relief.“We have such a great and young group of kids here,” the player of the match said.“We always had that internal belief and after day one we were obviously disappointed, but we knew if we stuck to that policy and stuck to our game plan, we would come up trumps.”The Outlaws drew their three games on day one and found their winning feeling on Thursday and never looked back.They did not let the Mavericks in with a chance.“We had a really good game plan. We played them the other day and we really had a good think about how we could beat these guys,” he said.“We came out here executed it perfectly and got the win at the end of the day.”From the first minute, it wasn’t going to be Mavericks’ day.Dylan Thompson was assisted off the field after he suffered a shoulder injury.It rattled the champs as the Outlaws scored two touchdowns before Dylan Hennessey’s show-and-go got NSW Country on the board.Luke Simmons made it 2-all in the 19th minute but the killer blow came after.Shaun Francis and Jayden Benbow scored within 30 seconds of each other to put the Outlaws up 4-2 at half-time.NSW Country Matthew Prowse tried to rally his troops by scoring a touchdown himself.But the Outlaws scored the next three touchdowns.Corey Whitaker scored a consolation touchdown for the Mavericks but the Outlaws had already cleaned out the safe.“The distance [of travel] between us in what we have to go through to get here is simply amazing. It’s full credit to these guys here,” Withers said.Withers was named player of the final and the player of the series was Queensland South Stingrays’ Peter Norman.Touchdowns: Outlaws 7 (Jayden Benbow 2, Shaun Francis 2, Daniel Withers, Lachlan Pierce, David Zanette); Mavericks 3 (Dylan Hennessey, Matthew Prowse, Corey Whitaker, Luke Simmons).Men’s open final timeline:10th minute Outlaws 1-0 Mavericks – Daniel Withers touchdown.15th minute Outlaws 2-0 – Lachlan Pierce touchdown.16th minute Outlaws 2-1 – Dylan Hennessey touchdown.19th minute 2-all – Luke Simmons touchdown.20th minute Outlaws 3-2 – Shaun Francis touchdown.20th minute Outlaws 4-2 – Jayden Benbow touchdown.Half-time – Outlaws 4-2.25th minute Outlaws 4-3 – Matthew Prowse touchdown.30th minute Outlaws 5-3 – David Zanette touchdown.33rd minute Outlaws 6-3 – Jayden Benbow touchdown.37th minute Outlaws 7-3 – Shaun Francis touchdown.39th minute Outlaws 7-4 – Corey Whitaker touchdown.You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League in the following ways:Websiteswww.ntl.mytouchfooty.comwww.austouch.com.auSocial MediaFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2014)Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated LinksMen’s open final By BEN HARRISlast_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid boss Zidane hails Valverde performanceby Carlos Volcano20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane was left satisfied with Fede Valverde’s showing for their 4-2 win over Granada.The Uruguayan impressed again for Los Blancos, helping them to get back to winning ways after their midweek slip against Club Brugge.”He is quite a modern player,” Zidane said afterwards”I’m happy for him.”He’s very good and he’s always shown that.”He’s growing.”He always moves forward, he wants the ball and he’s been key for two goals today.”But it’s a team game and our first half today was phenomenal in every way.” last_img

first_imgStory Highlights Meanwhile, former soldier who fought in World War II as a Royal Air Force member, Mr. Stanley Atkinson, tells JIS News that he is pleased to know that Jamaica still remembers the contribution ex-servicemen and ex-servicewomen made, although he will not be able to attend the ceremony on Sunday. The nation will, on Sunday, November 12, honour the memory of the fallen servicemen and servicewomen of World Wars I and II at the annual Remembrance Day ceremony, which will be held at National Heroes Park in Kingston. Expected to lay wreaths at the National Heroes Park are the Governor-General, Prime Minister, Leader of the Opposition, Chief Justice, Mayor of Kingston, Chief of Defence Staff, Commissioner of Police, representatives from the Diplomatic Corps, the Commissioner of Corrections and Chairmen of the Jamaica Legion and the Royal Air Force. The nation will, on Sunday, November 12, honour the memory of the fallen servicemen and servicewomen of World Wars I and II at the annual Remembrance Day ceremony, which will be held at National Heroes Park in Kingston.Traditionally, Remembrance Day is observed on the second Sunday in November, and its primary purpose is to celebrate those who gave their service and ultimately their lives in the two world wars.On November 8, 1915, the first Jamaican contingent under the command of Major W.D. Neish was sent off to serve in the First World War. Some 4,000 to 5,000 Jamaicans were involved in the two wars, some of whom served in the Royal Air Force while others joined the ground forces of the British Army and the Canadian Armed Forces.General Secretary of the Island Council for the Jamaica Legion, Lieutenant Colonel Desmond Clarke, one of the organisers of the event, tells JIS News that the day’s activities are worth celebrating by all Jamaicans, because these not only recognise servicemen and servicewomen who served during the world wars but those who died while on the battlefield, and offers motivation to servicemen and servicewomen who currently serve the nation.“We will have the traditional service with the laying of wreaths at National Heroes Park, and other activities in St. Thomas, Portland, St Ann’s Bay, Manchester and Montego Bay and Port Maria.We expect some veterans who have served to be present also,” Mr. Clarke says.Expected to lay wreaths at the National Heroes Park are the Governor-General, Prime Minister, Leader of the Opposition, Chief Justice, Mayor of Kingston, Chief of Defence Staff, Commissioner of Police, representatives from the Diplomatic Corps, the Commissioner of Corrections and Chairmen of the Jamaica Legion and the Royal Air Force.The public is being urged to show their support for the military men and women who are veterans and also those who gave their lives serving by attending the services in each parish. Some services will close with a parade of uniformed groups.Mr. Clarke tells JIS News that some 40 ex-servicemen and ex-servicewomen are expected to attend the ceremony.Meanwhile, former soldier who fought in World War II as a Royal Air Force member, Mr. Stanley Atkinson, tells JIS News that he is pleased to know that Jamaica still remembers the contribution ex-servicemen and ex-servicewomen made, although he will not be able to attend the ceremony on Sunday.“It’s good to know that we are still being recognised. People keep reminding me, otherwise I would have forgotten it long ago,” Mr. Atkinson, who is 94 years of age, says.He went to World War II with two of his brothers, one of whom he never saw again after the war ended.On the other hand, his neighbour, Retired Jamaica Defence Force Sergeant, Peter Williams, will be attending the Remembrance Day event to offer his support.“I am pleased to know that Jamaica still recognises the hard work and sacrifices that were made decades ago by those servicemen and servicewomen,” he tells JIS News.Mr. Williams is one of hundreds of persons who sell poppies through the annual National Poppy Appeal to raise funds to maintain Curphey Home in Newport, Manchester, which is a residential facility for indigent ex-servicemen and ex-servicewomen, and assists with the welfare of other ex-servicemen across the island.Additionally, Curphey Home, which was founded in 1958, is the only establishment of its kind in Jamaica that provides food, clothing and nursing for ex-servicemen and ex-servicewomen on a daily basis.“It is very important for Jamaicans to support the National Poppy Appeal. These ex-servicemen and ex-servicewomen are in need, and it is only through our financial donations that they can be assisted,” Mr. Williams tells JIS News.last_img read more

first_img Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Alando Terrelonge, is encouraging Jamaicans to be more open minded when it comes to learning Spanish as a second language. Story Highlights “Our children are ready, our children want to learn Spanish (and) they are so excited. Our children are naturally curious. They are bright and they want it,” the State Minister told JIS News in an interview. Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Alando Terrelonge, is encouraging Jamaicans to be more open minded when it comes to learning Spanish as a second language.“Our children are ready, our children want to learn Spanish (and) they are so excited. Our children are naturally curious. They are bright and they want it,” the State Minister told JIS News in an interview.He was responding to a comment by Charge d’Affaires at the Embassy of Spain, Victoria Garcia, that more emphasis should be placed on Spanish as a second language, to increase the marketability of Jamaican students.Ms. Garcia was addressing students during the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information Region Four’s biennial Day of Excellence (Dia de Excelencia) Primary School Spanish Competition, which was held at the St. John’s Methodist Church Action Centre in St. James, on May 16.Mr. Terrelonge said that parents should not underestimate their children’s ability to learn the language, as they are willing and able to learn Spanish.“I recognise the importance of patois as a dialect and I recognise the importance of English. We are an English speaking country and a patois speaking country as well, but we have to think beyond that. We have to start thinking that we are going to empower more of our young persons by letting them learn a foreign language,” the State Minister said.Mr. Terrelonge emphasised that it is imperative for persons to learn the language, as it is the most common in the region.“With Spanish, we will empower our young persons and we will increase their marketability within the region. English is not the most common language in the region, it is Spanish,” the State Minister informed.“There are over 500 million persons who speak Spanish in the region, so you can imagine the opportunities for trade, scholarships and work,” he added.Mr. Terrelonge said the Ministry has been in discussions with officials from Spain and Cuba and that the Government is working on a policy to address the Spanish curriculum.“We have also had interactions, with the help of the Spanish government, with the Cervantes Institute in Spain and they have brought persons down who have done training programmes with our teachers as well,” he noted.The State Minister said the Government is also seeking to get more educators from Cuba through the ongoing cooperation agreement, under which teachers from Cuba have been assisting the Ministry.“Our Cuban neighbours are very committed. We have an ongoing programme where we get a lot of teachers from Cuba and we want to strengthen those relations to ensure that we get even more teachers, and also more teachers from Spain as well. We are also thinking of establishing greater relations with our partners in Mexico and Colombia, to ensure that we get the best of the region and get more teachers here,” Mr. Terrelonge noted.The State Minister pointed out that the Government aims to have more Spanish teachers in primary schools by September 2020.Up to August last year, 369 Cuban teachers had been recruited under the agreement, which was signed in 1997. He was responding to a comment by Charge d’Affaires at the Embassy of Spain, Victoria Garcia, that more emphasis should be placed on Spanish as a second language, to increase the marketability of Jamaican students.last_img read more

first_imgzoom Several people were injured after a gantry crane crashed on the containership Fortune Navigator in Ta Thuan Port, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, around 11 pm local time on November 24, according to local media.The exact number of injured people and potential fatalities is yet to be confirmed.The accident, which happened while the cargo was being offloaded, reportedly left a number of workers trapped as the crane fell on the cargo and the workers on site.Several ambulance vehicles entered the port area and rescue efforts are underway.The cause of the accident is currently under investigation and the accident site is closed for public.Vietnam-flagged Fortune Navigator, operated by Vietnam Ocean Shipping Joint Stock Company (VOSCO), sailed to Ho Chi Minh from Hai Phong. The 8,515 DWT ship was built in 1998.World Maritime News Staff; Image: Youtubelast_img read more

first_imgIt is time to remember Elizabeth Barrett Browning for her poem ‘The Cry of the Children’ dedicated to the condition of children in England who were made to clean chimneys and work in the hazardous industry. As a result, many would catch serious diseases and eventually die an early death. The poem examines children’s manual labour forced upon them by their exploiters. It was published in August 1843 in Blackwood’s Magazine. But since then England has moved far ahead. Children there go to school, get proper nutrition and healthcare required of them. But where do we stand today? Also Read – A special kind of bondDeath of over 125 children in Muzaffarpur due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome is very shocking. At this tender age, many of these children would not even know what is happening to them. Timely action could have prevented many deaths and such a big catastrophe. These children come from low-income group families and are poorly nourished. Even though the exact cause of this disease is not clear but one thing is certain that a malnourished child does not have enough resistance to fight any disease. For the last about 25 years, such epidemics occur in the area off and on, but no specific measures have been taken to date. It is to be noted with deep anguish that announcements made in 2014 about improving the infrastructure in health facilities in the district have still not been met with even after five years. There is a serious lack of infrastructure. The number of doctors is less than 25 per cent of what is required. Similar is the situation of the paramedical staff. The technical facilities are in extreme shortage. There is a need for immediate measures to save the lives of all those who are still alive but ill and also to prevent healthy children from falling sick. The situation should be declared as a calamity – an emergency situation. The central government should send immediate financial/medical aid for speedy action. Also Read – Insider threat managementSuch events are a reflection of total apathy on the part of central and state governments towards the poor people of the region which is known for such epidemics. Only two years back similar incident happened in Gorakhpur where 125 children died due to lack of oxygen. That also drew a lot of media attention ensuing promises. Good nutrition forms the primary basis of good health. It is even more important at the tender age of the first five years of life. But we are one of the worst performers as far as nutrition is concerned. Our hunger index is 103 among 118 countries. It is even worse than some of our neighbours. Despite economic growth, the nutritional status of our children is alarmingly below required standards. In India 44 per cent of children under the age of five are underweight. 72 per cent of infants and 52 per cent of married women have anaemia. Research has conclusively shown that malnutrition during pregnancy causes the child to have increased risk of future diseases, physical retardation and reduced cognitive abilities. Malnutrition in our country is both lack of calories as well as lack of intake of nutrients in proper proportion. All these issues have to be sorted out through a comprehensive healthcare policy with budgeting enough to meet the needs of the people. To ensure the good health of our children we have to: Ensure proper nutrition to all the children; healthy nutrition to all women in the reproductive age group; compulsory regular health checkup and basic investigations of children in the school to know about their health status; health education to children in schools and to prospective mothers; ensure universal compulsory education; raise family income by ensuring sufficient remuneration to meet their nutritional needs; provide a healthy environment, proper housing, clean drinking water supply and sewerage facilities; strengthen the mid-day meal scheme; economic measures have to be taken for inclusive growth. These are the minimum measures needed to be taken to prevent such happenings in future. Public health spending has to be increased immediately to three per cent and subsequently to six per cent of the GDP in the coming years. (Dr. Arun Mitra is an ENT surgeon. Views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

first_imgST. ANDREWS, N.B. – Not a single wild Atlantic salmon was found in a New Brunswick river that was once home to a healthy population of the species, alarming conservationists who link their disappearance to the proliferation of aquaculture sites in the area.The Atlantic Salmon Federation said in a new report released Thursday that for the first time since it began monitoring the Magaguadavic River fish ladder in 1992, no wild salmon had returned from the sea.“Really this run is now extinct in this particular river,” said Jonathan Carr, the group’s executive director of research.He said the bleak finding signals a “rapid drop” in the populationDespite a stocking program going back to 2002, the Fisheries Department says the population had been dropping steadily since estimating it at 900 wild salmon in 1983.“We’re fighting against a losing battle,” Carr said from St. Andrews, N.B. “We have had a few fish return over the last few years, but we’re just looking at handfuls and this is the first year where we haven’t seen any wild fish return.”Carr said the wild salmon population in the southern New Brunswick river has been declining steadily since aquaculture companies started setting up open net salmon pens in the 1980s in the bay where the river empties. The federation now says the area has one of the highest concentrations of industrial salmon farms in the world, leading to concerns that farmed fish are escaping their pens and interbreeding with wild salmon.In a statement Thursday, the Atlantic Canada Fish Farmers Association said the salmon federation is floating “hypothetical assumptions as science.”It said farming companies have found no containment breaches to explain the recent discovery of farmed fish, and says it has offered to perform genetic tests to pinpoint their source but the federation has not supplied samples.It said about 5 million salmon swim in secured farms in southwest New Brunswick, and escapes are rare, mostly caused by extreme weather.“The regulations that oversee salmon farming are rigorous. They are being followed,” it said in the statement. “To point the finger at aquaculture based on hypothetical assumptions is ridiculous and ignores the cumulative effect and realities of warming oceans and river systems.”The fish farmers association said many issues affect wild salmon populations, including climate change, acid rain, seal predation, unhealthy watersheds, hydro dams, habitat loss and over fishing.The Atlantic Salmon Federation said it found that in almost every year since 1994, more aquaculture escapees than wild fish were counted at the Magaguadavic fishway.Carr says the danger for wild stock is that the farmed salmon pass on “less fit genes” to them, degrading their health and limiting their chances of survival. It’s a phenomenon conservationists say has been seen at aquaculture sites in Maine, Norway and Scotland.“There’s a lot of interbreeding going on and they can really disrupt the gene pool and harm the overall fitness of wild salmon in these rivers,” he said. “It only takes one or two aquaculture escapees entering these other rivers and that could really add another nail to the coffin of the wild salmon.”The federation said 15 farmed salmon that escaped were recently removed from the trap at the top of the Magaguadavic fishway.Carr said there is also little monitoring of rivers like the Magaguadavic, suggesting the problem of interbreeding could be far more widespread than thought.Carr’s group has formed a multi-party committee aimed at coming up with best containment practices for the industry, increasing transparency and pushing to standardize rules around escape notifications.“The Magaguadavic should be a cautionary tale,” salmon federation president Bill Taylor said in a release. “Throughout North America no new open net-pen salmon aquaculture sites should be allowed in proximity to wild salmon rivers.”Salmon spawning usually takes place in late October, with the eggs hatching the following May or June. Juveniles stay in the river for several years, then go out to sea in spring before migrating to waters off Labrador or Greenland. They stay in ocean and then return to their river of origin.– By Alison Auld in HalifaxNote to readers: The is a corrected story. A previous version erroneously reported that the salmon stocking program started in 1983.last_img read more

first_imgnews@aptn.ca APTN News Six people have been appointed to a new federal interim board aimed at advancing reconciliation.Grand Chief Wilton Littlechild will chair the interim board of directors that will be tasked with developing the National Council for Reconciliation.Littlechild is a former commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that recommended the council as part of its 94 recommendations or Calls to Action.Max FineDay, Mike DeGagné, Clint Davis, Edith Cloutier, and Jean Teillet will also make up the board of directors.The board members will spend the next six months talking to stakeholders to come up with recommendations to develop the council and the endowment of a National Reconciliation Trust.“Reconciliation is not just an Indigenous issue, it’s a Canadian one, and it will take genuine collaboration at all levels to advance this journey,” said Carolyn Bennett, minister of Crown-Indigenous relations, in a statement.Bennett also held a news conference in the foyer of the House of Commons to announce the board.Littlechild said a lot has been done to promote reconciliation since the TRC released its report in 2015.“However, there is no coordinating or monitoring mechanism,” he said in a statement. “I look forward with interest to the establishment of a council who will be influential in the increased engagement of the rest of Canada. True reconciliation requires all of us working together.”last_img read more

Rabat- After mocking Morocco’s 2026 World Cup bid logo, social media users have expressed fresh disappointment at a new music video, “Malhama: Abtal Al Watan” (A Saga: Heroes of the Nation), dedicated to Morocco’s bid to host the 2026 World Cup.The music video, featuring the country’s most popular celebrities singing “Malhama Abtal Al Watan,” has become the latest subject of public mockery. The lyrics, the singing, and the celebrities have all been severely criticized and labeled “cringe-worthy,” “uncreative,” and “humiliating.”  The initiative is also intended to encourage Morocco’s Atlas Lions, who will play their first match in the World Cup June 15. Participants in the clip include singers Abderrahim Souiri, Tahour, Abdelali Anouar, Rachida Talal, Aicha Tachinouite; rising singer Hamza Labyed; model Leila Haddioui; actor Mohamed El Jem; and actress and former Minister of Culture Touria Jabrane. Actor Said Naciri produced the music video.Naciri defended the ridiculed clip with a statement equivalent to the French saying “Chassez le naturel, il revient au galop,” and the English proverb “What’s bred in the bone will come out in the flesh,”referring to that which is inherent to a person’s nature.While some social media users on Twitter and Facebook saw nothing wrong with the music video, the majority wrote comments like: “This song screams: no to creativity!”One Facebook user said with utter sarcasm: “FIFA has decided to organize the [2026] World Cup in Morocco as it was deeply touched with the “Malhama” words…”Another wrote: “Have you seen, only a qualification for World Cup caused this Malhama…Now imagine what will happen if we win the 2026 bid, we will have an eight-year-long Malhama!”Vous avez vu cette mal7ama pour une qualif en Coupe du Monde? Imaginez maintenant ce que ça serait si on gagne l’organisation de 2026. On aura des mal7amates pendant 8 ans !— SiMo (@SiMo___H) May 27, 2018#Mal7ama dial lkilo ??#Tfou#Tar9a3 pic.twitter.com/QsUbKrL1oF— K.E (@ANTIJRADA) May 28, 2018In January, Morocco’s World Cup bid Committee unveiled the long-awaited official logo, garnering mockery, criticism, and disappointment from many Moroccans. According to the Maghreb Arab Press (MAP), the logo reflects the country’s national unity and plural identity.“I could have done a better logo at home and on my computer. This is an important matter, and I don’t think hiring amateurs is a wise thing to do. International marketing firms are highly recommended. Not a good start, as far as I am concerned,” one Facebook user, Zachary M. Lahlou, expressed to Morocco World News online.“It looks so unprofessional, I wouldn’t spend a single dollar on such a low quality logo! It’s rubbish and it doesn’t make any sense to me! A great nation with a centuries-old culture was represented by a green pentagram with a few red leaves around it? Seriously!” another one expressed, joining the many people noting the absence of creativity in the management and design. read more

In a statement released by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban said he hoped that the agreement would enable the Central African authorities “to convene, without further delay, the inclusive political dialogue needed to allow the country to embark on a path to sustainable peace, stability and development.” Some 200,000 people have been displaced by ongoing fighting in the country, including clashes between the Government and the two rebel groups, the Union des Forces Démocratiques pour l’Unité (UFDR) and the Armée Populaire pour la Restauration de la Démocratie (APRD).The Secretary-General urged all signatories of the agreement to scrupulously respect its provisions and he called on all other political-military groups in the country to join it.Mr. Ban also called on the international community to continue to provide assistance to the country to sustain its recovery. 24 June 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed a peace agreement signed by the Government of the Central African Republic (CAR) and two rebel groups after talks facilitated by the Gabonese President El Hadj Omar Bongo Ondimba. read more

The Toronto stock market tumbled almost 200 points Tuesday amid sliding commodity prices as U.S. earnings disappointments and a fresh round of worry centred on Europe’s debt crisis reminded investors about flagging global growth.The S&P/TSX composite index fell 188.7 points to 12,214.85 with losses spread across all sectors, while the TSX Venture Exchange lost 18.59 points to 1,289.82.U.S. markets were sharply lower in the wake of disappointments from Dow heavyweights DuPont and 3M.The Dow industrials plunged 234.73 points to 13,111.63, the Nasdaq was down 27.12 points to 2,989.84 while the S&P 500 index fell 20.72 points to 1,413.1.The Canadian dollar pared early losses as the Bank of Canada said it was keeping its key rate unchanged at one per cent while keeping intact language warning that it will raise rates at some point.The currency dipped 0.02 of a cent to 100.73 cents US. It had earlier traded as low as 100.23 cents, its lowest level since early August, amid speculation that the central bank’s statement would take a less hawkish stance on raising rates.Instead the bank maintained the key message of previous statements — that there will need to be modest rate hikes — with the slight modification that added “over time” to the equation.In a speech last week, Carney had omitted a statement that “modest withdrawal of money policy will likely be required” — leading observers to think the central bank was signalling a more definitive change to its policy.Meanwhile, chemical maker DuPont reported net income of US$10 million Tuesday, or a penny per share. Excluding one-time items, DuPont earned 44 cents per share, compared with 69 cents per share for last year’s third quarter. The results fell short of the average estimate of 46 cents per share, and DuPont’s stock slid 8.9 per cent to US$45.33.And conglomerate 3M said its third-quarter profit edged up to $1.16 billion, or $1.65 a share, which met estimates. Sales dipped 0.4 per cent to $7.5 billion, which missed expectations of $7.63 billion. 3M also cut its 2012 profit estimate to reflect “current economic realities.”3M makes everything from Post-it notes and Scotch tape to roofing granules, coatings for LCD screens and traffic sign coatings. The variety of its businesses and its worldwide footprint make it an economic bellwether and its shares fell $3.23 to US$89.30.Some of the disappointing revenue is because of weakness in foreign markets. Multinational companies are having a hard time selling to Europe, which is struggling under a debt crisis and a spreading recession.“The recession in Europe is very real,” said Bernard Schoenfeld, senior investment strategist for Bank of New York Mellon Wealth Management in New York. “It’s not going to disappear very quickly, and it will certainly negatively affect earnings of exporters in the United States.”The red-hot growth enjoyed by emerging markets like China and India is also slowing.The news was more positive from Canadian National Railways (TSX:CNR), which said after the close Monday it was maintaining its earnings growth outlook for 2012 despite anticipating a difficult end to the year due to a weak economy.CN said it earned $664 million, or $1.52 per diluted and adjusted share, for the period ended Sept. 30., beating analyst estimates by a penny. But its shares were down 36 cents to $86.71. Expectations for this earnings season were already muted with analysts expecting the first year-over-year drop since 2009.Analysts at Credit Suisse said in a report Tuesday that “roughly 25 per cent of the way through the U.S. reporting season, annual earnings per share growth is broadly flat.”The financial sector fell 1.5 per cent amid major acquisition news from the Canadian banking sector.Royal Bank of Canada (TSX:RY) confirmed it will acquire the Canadian auto finance and deposit business of Ally Financial Inc. The bank says its net cost for the deal will be about $1.4 billion but its shares got caught in the overall market downdraft and lost $1.50 to $57.10.And U.S. discount retailer Target is selling its credit card portfolio to TD Bank Group (TSX:TD) for about $5.9 billion. TD also agreed to a seven-year deal to underwrite, fund and own the retailer’s future credit card and Visa receivables in the United States. TD stock shed $1.09 to $81.83.Commodities weakened amid a move by Moody’s Investor Services to downgrade five Spanish regions to below investment grade.Spain has been the flashpoint of the eurozone’s credit crisis as the country endures its second recession in three years with near 25 per cent unemployment after the property market collapsed in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, at the same time crippling the country’s banks.The base metals sector dropped 2.7 per cent as copper prices fell back with the December contract on the Nymex down five cents at US$3.57 a pound. Copper is viewed as an economic bellwether as it is used in so many applications and economic worries have sent prices 18 cents or five per cent in the past four sessions. Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) shed 84 cents to $30.49.Oil prices headed lower with the December contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange losing $2.42 to US$86.23 a barrel.The energy sector lost 2.3 per cent as Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) gave back 84 cents to $32.54. December bullion gave back $16.90 to US$1,709.40 an ounce, its lowest close since early September, and the gold sector lost two per cent. Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) faded 77 cents to US$42.61. read more

TORONTO — Home Capital Group Inc. said Tuesday it has received a draft statement of claim from a partnership managed by West Face Capital Inc. containing allegations of misrepresentation.The alternative mortgage lender said the draft, which has not yet been filed in court, is claiming damages of $70 million.“The company believes it has valid defences and, if West Face commences the claim, the company intends to fully defend its conduct, as well as to investigate the conduct of the various short sellers and the propriety of their actions whether acting alone or in concert with others,” Home Capital (TSX:HCG) said in a statement.The company said the claim was prepared on behalf of West Face Long Term Opportunities Global Master LP, a Caymans Island limited partnership which opted out of a global settlement in connection with a class action lawsuit earlier this year.In June, Home Capital agreed to pay $30.5 million to settle a class-action lawsuit and a matter before the Ontario Securities Commission concerning allegations of misleading disclosure.Raymond James analyst Brenna Phelan noted that Home Capital currently trades at a discount to its closest peer, Equitable Bank.“While the penalty itself is manageable, we believe this statement, as well as any future court case, will serve as a reminder of skeletons in the closet,” Phelan wrote regarding the potential lawsuit from West Face.Home Capital said the West Face claim describes building a significant short position in Home Capital in the spring and summer of 2013 before covering its short position between the fall of 2013 and the spring of 2015.West Face said it covered its short position during a period in which it now believes that market prices of Home Capital shares were inflated due to incomplete public disclosures.“West Face acted alone in its short position and did not act in concert with any other short sellers,” the Toronto-based investment manager said in a statement.The firm said it has not traded Home Capital shares since April 2015. read more

Among the items stolen were several gold-embedded swords, gold rings, gem and jewel-embedded handles of walking sticks and some other artifacts belonging to the country`s last kingdom before it became a Western colony.The CCTV system, which was malfunctioning at the time of the theft, has been repaired and a new state-of-the-art alarm and a new CCTV system has been installed. The Colombo National Museum was broken into March 17 and some historic items belonging to country`s last kings were stolen. The police post which was opened yesterday (Sunday) has 16 officers on duty. A police post has been setup at the National Museum in Colombo, the police media unit said today.The police post will operate under the Kurunduwatte police and was setup on the instruction of the Western Province DIG, the police media unit said. At the time of the theft the CCTV camera system of the museum had been removed for maintenance. After the robbery, eight employees of the museum had been suspended and a number of employees have also been transferred.Sri Lankan police have offered massive cash reward for information on the theft and the airport and sea ports have been placed on alert to prevent the stolen artifacts being smuggled out from the country.