Roger Federer gets death threat at Shanghai Masters, security tightened

first_imgWorld number one tennis player Roger Federer has received an online death threat prior to a tournament in Shanghai.The director of Shanghai Masters championship, Yang Yibin, confirmed the threat to the Swiss player.An unknown blogger said he planned to assassinate Federer in his post on a popular Chinese website.The government agencies have been contacted to increase security around Federer and his family.He also posted a doctored image showing a decapitated Federer on his knees on a tennis court with a masked executioner dressed in black and holding an axe posing next to him.Police and other government agencies have been contacted to increase security around Federer and his family.Attacks on tennis players are rare, but in 1993 Monica Seles was stabbed by a deranged fan during a match in Hamburg. In the 2009 French Open final, a fan invaded the court and tried to put a beret on Federer before being tackled by security officials.last_img read more

Focus on Sania-Bopanna pair on Day 8

first_img COMMENT SANIA-BOPANNA__1__2970874f   –  PTI India’s focus on day eight will be centered around tennis mixed doubles pair of Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna who are to take on the US pair of Venus Williams and Rajeev Ram on Saturday night in the semi finals at the Rio Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.India’s sagging fortunes in the Games got a major boost with Sania and Bopanna cruising into the mixed doubles semis in tennis on day seven of competitions while Vikas Kishan punched his way into the boxing quarterfinals.Their dominant show came on a day when shooters continued to misfire, archers shot way off the mark while shuttlers and track and field athletes performed below par at this Brazilian city.Sania and Bopanna subdued Britain’s Andy Murray and Heather Watson with remarkable ease to breeze into the mixed doubles semifinals with a 6-4 6-4 win in just 67 minutes.One more victory tonight, over US star Venus and her Indian-origin partner Rajeev in the semis will ensure India a silver medal while a defeat would give Sania and Bopanna a chance to fight for the bronze.Vikas then stood a win away from an elusive Olympic medal as he outclassed Turkey’s Sipal Onder 3-0 to make the quarterfinals of men’s 75kg middleweight boxing.Former Asian Games gold medal winner Vikas seemed the more assured boxer and will face his stiffest challenge against Bektemir Melikuziev of Uzbekistan, who has also beaten the Indian in the final of the 2015 Asian Championships, on Sunday and a win will ensure the Indian a bronze medal.Prior to these bright spots, India did not have anything to cheer about.The men’s hockey team, already assured of a berth in the quarterfinals, led twice against lowly Canada before allowing their rivals to bounce back and earn a 2-2 draw in their concluding pool game.They will meet Group A champions Belgium in the quarterfinals on Sunday.London Games bronze winning shooter Gagan Narang and Chain Singh bowed out of Rifle Prone in the qualification, even as Gurpreet Singh and Mairaj Ahmed Khan finished the stage 1 qualifying of 25m rapid fire pistol and men’s skeet on 10th position. They will continue their participation on Saturday.To add to the woes, the country’s athletes made a disastrous beginning in track and field events with star discus thrower Vikas Gowda buckling under pressure once again to finish a distant 28th with a best throw of 58.99 metres and was eliminated.Later the tale of misery continued with quarter miler Mohammed Anas, half miler Jinson Johnson, the trio of 20km race walkers — Gurmeet Singh, Manish Singh Rawat and Krishnan Ganapathy, long jumper Ankit Sharma and woman sprinter Dutee Chand bowing out without causing a ripple.Today women steeplechasers Lalita Babar and Sudha Singh, along with woman quarter miler Nirmala Sheoran will be striving to advance from preliminaries.The day commenced with Atanu Das letting slip chances in his men’s individual recurve pre-quarterfinal to bow out of contention and draw curtains on India’s fruitless campaign in archery.Taking aim amid heavy rain, Atanu went down 4-6 to World No.8 Lee Seung-Yun, who had already helped South Korea win the team gold at the event, by losing two sets and winning one while the rest two ended in ties.The Indian lost 28-30, 30-28, 27-27, 27-28 28-28 to bring to an end the country’s medal-less campaign.Women archers Laishram Bombayla Devi, Deepika Kumari and Laxmirani Majhi have already bowed out of contention after losing in both the women’s team and individual events.The script was no different in another precision sport, shooting, where seasoned Narang and Chain Singh flopped in the 50m rifle prone event.While Narang, who won the London Games bronze in 10m Air Rifle, signed off 13th with a total score of 623.1, Singh was way down at 36th with a score of 619.6 in the qualification round.The poor show of shooters continued on day one of the two-day men’s skeet and 25m rapid fire events where Mairaj and Gurpreet were lying behind the field but have a chance to atone today.In badminton, the experienced duo of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa was eliminated from women’s doubles event after losing a second successive group A clash while Manu Attri and his partner B Sumeeth Reddy crashed to their second defeat in the group and were knocked out of medal reckoning.In a rollercoaster game against the Dutch team of Eefje Muskens and Selena Piek, Jwala and Ashwini went down 16-21 21-16 17-21 in a 48-minute clash.Lying second from bottom in the group standings, Jwala and Ashwini will have just pride to play for when they take on Puttita Supajirakul and Sapsiree Taerattanachai of Indonesia in their final group clash.Manu and Sumeeth lost to the Chinese pair of Biao Chai and Wei Hong 13-21 15-21. They lost 18-21 13-21 to World No 2 Indonesian duo of Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan yesterday.They will finish their Olympics by taking on the Japanese duo of Endo Hiroyuki and Hayakawa Kenichi tomorrow.In golf, SSP Chawrasia brought home a second successive even-par 71 to lie tied 30th while Anirban Lahiri carded a disappointing two-over 73 to be placed tied 51st after the second round of the four-round stroke play competition. COMMENTS August 13, 2016 SHARE sport SANIA-BOPANNA__1__2970874f   –  PTI × SHARE SHARE EMAIL Published onlast_img read more

Next change: Divyanka Tripathi’s modern avatar in Yeh Hai Mohabbatein

first_imgIf rumours are to believed, Divyanka Tripathi will be seen in a new avatar with a new screen name in Star Plus’ Yeh Hai Mohabbatein.The character of Ishita, played by Divyanka Tripathi, is soon going to die on the show but since her death will be a fake one, and she will apparently return in a brand new avatar.Divyanka’s new character will be called Shalini and she will sport a modern look. The actress is reportedly trying different looks for her new character.As per the ongoing track, Ishita has been sentenced to death for killing advocate Chaddha. To save her from the gallows, her husband Raman (Karan Patel) will push her off the cliff. However, she will be saved and sent into hiding until Raman collects proof of her innocence. Also read: Here’s why Raman will kill Ishita Post Ishita’s fake death, Raman will announce his wedding to Nidhi (Pavitra Punia) as she has the proof of Ishita’s innocence. Nidhi, who fought Ishita’s case in court, lost it on purpose, in order to take her revenge from Raman. It will be revealed in the upcoming episodes that Nidhi was in love with Raman in the past but Raman had rejected her advances, first for Shagun, and then for Ishita.In the present, Nidhi has a video footage in her custody that can prove Ishita’s innocence.It is also being said that post her (fake) death Divyanka will be paired up with real life beau Vivek Dahiya, who plays the role of ACP Abhishek on the show, as the producers plan to cash in on the popularity of the off-screen couple.advertisementCheck out Ishita’s fake death scene here:last_img read more

Australia, New Zealand, England to meet in T20I series in 2018

first_imgAustralia and New Zealand will host England in a Twenty20 cricket tri-series following the 2017-18 Ashes Test series in Australia. (Latest Cricket stories)Both countries will host round-robin matches in which each team plays the other two twice before a tournament final at Auckland’s Eden Park on February 21, 2018. (Also read: Adelaide Oval to host first day-night Ashes Test)Australia and New Zealand will meet in the opening match at Sydney Cricket Ground on February 3 and again at Eden Park on Feb. 16.New Zealand and England will play matches at Wellington on Feb. 14 and Hamilton on Feb. 18, while Australia will host England at Hobart on Feb. 7 and Melbourne on Feb. 10.The tri-series will replace the Chappell-Hadlee one-day series between New Zealand and Australia.last_img read more

India beat spirited Nepal 2-0 in international football friendly

first_imgIndia earned a hard fought 2-0 win over Nepal in an international friendly match at the Mumbai Football Arena here on Tuesday.Goals from Sandeep Jhingan and Jeje Lalpekhula sealed the match for India. Jhingan broke the deadlock in the 60th minute followed by a clinical finish from Jeje in the 77th minute which allowed India win a match which saw them miss quite a few scoring chances.Placed 69 spots below 100th ranked India, Nepal gave the hosts an extremely tough time throughout the game.The hosts had the better start and dominated the first half. Even though the Nepal defence did commit the occasional error, poor finishing ensured that the Indians were unable to take the lead in the first half.Though India showed appreciable fluidity in midfield and were equally solid in defence, their were decidedly below par in the final third.Nepal had the best chance of the opening session around a minute before the break when Nawayug Shreshta beat three Indian defenders just outside the penalty box.Indian goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu made an incredible blunder by deciding to leave his line and come out to the edge of the box in an effort to stop the Nepal forward. But he mistimed his tackle which allowed Shreshta the space to have a shot at an open goal.However, the sizeable home crowd breathed a collective sigh of relief as the Nepali fired wide.India were forced to make a substitution in the first half due to defensive midfielder Rowllin Boges’s head injury who was replaced by Eugenson Lyngdoh.advertisementIndia took the lead when a free-kick was blocked by the Nepal defenders. Jhingan chested down the rebound just inside the penalty box, played a one-two with an India forward before firing a left-footer into the roof of the net.Adding to Nepal’s woes, defender Biraj Maharjan was red-carded in the 67th minute allowing India a free-kick from the edge of the box.The one-man advantage allowed the Indians to take a firmer grip on the proceedings and Jeje made the issue safe when the doubled the lead with an excellent finish off a pass by Mohammed Rafique.last_img read more

Duer Introduces New Line of Shirts That Will Keep You Cool All Day Long

first_img 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know Koy Gear Aims to Revolutionize Men’s Everyday Apparel Editors’ Recommendations Runners, Say Goodbye to Chafing with Path Projects Running Shorts Duer Performance/FacebookVancouver-based Duer, the brand that brought us some of our favorite pants of the year, is launching its first-ever shirt line in two styles that are sure to keep you cool, even if the furnace is blasting in your office this winter.A Kickstarter campaign, which launched just last week — and currently ranks as one of the top fashion projects on the site — features one Duer shirt for dressier business applications and another, more casual option.The 9-to-9 Button Down is a stretchy, work-ready shirt engineered to wick away moisture while moving with you. The combination of cotton, Coolmax, and spandex is an update on the company’s proprietary L2X denim fabric (the reason why their pants are so comfortable). Duer has also built in a utility pocket with a headphone cable port and reinforced seams to stand up to the tough use you’re sure to give it.The 24-Hour T-Shirt follows a similar model that promises comfort, function, and durability. Duer shifted the seams in the shirt to avoid chafing and used a triple-needle yoke stitch to keep things nice and tidy. The shirt’s silhouette is athletic, but casual enough to take off the court too.The T-shirt takes advantage of Tencel, a fabric derived from Eucalyptus trees, that absorbs wetness and is naturally anti-bacterial. Microscopic pores in the fabric help keep moisture off of your skin and in the textile (it’s the same material that goes into their non-denim pants and makes for an excellent travel fabric).The shirts are sure to be another hallmark of success for the brand, which is already featured in more than 150 retailers and has experienced 300 percent revenue growth year-over-year. In fact, the Kickstarter was funded within eight hours courtesy of backers from over 25 countries.The shirt campaign will run through November 16 with delivery scheduled for spring 2018. You can learn more — and get half off as an early backer — via Kickstarter. If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? Uball Is the New Portable Basketball Hoop That Lets You Play Ball Anywherelast_img read more

Naming Ceremony for Fifteenth of Evergreen’s …

first_img Print  Close 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 zoom Evergreen Group today held the naming ceremony for the EVER LOTUS, the fifteenth of the line’s L-type vessels built by Samsung Heavy Industries.The ceremony was officiated by Mr. Raymond Lin, Vice Group Chairman of Evergreen Group. Ms. Ku Lai, Mei-Hsueh, Executive Vice President of Evergreen International Corp’s Financial Division, performed the official rope-cutting of the 8,452-TEU vessel, wishing the new ship fair winds and safe voyages.In his speech Mr. Lin said, “The naming ceremony today has a very special meaning. Lotus is a flower blooming on the water; so our newest vessel has a name that is symbolic. She will always sail the seas in full bloom. That is to say, fully loaded and bringing prosperous business to Evergreen Group.” EVER LOTUS is owned by Greencompass Marine SA (GMS), EMC’s Panamanian subsidiary. After her delivery on 11th December, she will join Evergreen Line’s Far East – Europe route, replacing an older vessel.Evergreen commenced its fleet rejuvenation program with the ordering of thirty 8,000 TEU L-type containerships when shipbuilding costs returned to sustainable levels in 2010. Besides, in order to meet the vessel demands of the joint venture agreements with its strategic partners, Evergreen has also chartered five 8,800 TEU ships and ten 13,800 TEU vessels. The delivery schedule of the vessels started in July 2012 and will be completed during the first half of 2015.Of the forty five new vessels, twenty four will have joined Evergreen’s services on the delivery of EVER LOTUS. The fleet will receive another eighteen newbuildings in 2014 and the remaining three ships in 2015. To complete the fleet renewal program, the new vessels entering service will be balanced by a gradual redelivery of fifty-four chartered vessels as the terms of their charters expire. My location Evergreen, December 10, 2013last_img read more

Danaos Rakes In

first_imgzoom Athens-based container ship owner Danaos Corporation reported USD 38 million net income for the quarter ended June 30, 2015, a 227.6% increase compared to USD 11.6 million the company had earned in Q2FY2014.Danaos attributed the increased profit to a USD 20.6 million reduction in net finance costs, a USD 0.7 million improvement in total operating costs, an increase of USD 2.9 million in operating revenues as a result of the acquisition of two 6,402 TEU vessels which were added to the fleet during the 4th quarter of 2014, and an increase of USD 2.2 million in operating revenues from six 4,253 TEU vessels on charter to Israeli shipping company Zim.The company’s operating revenue for the second quarter increased by 3.7%, from USD 136.4m in Q2FY2014, to USD 141.5m in Q2FY2015.During the three months ended June 30, 2015, Danaos had an average of 56 container ships compared to 55.8 container ships for the three months ended June 30, 2014. The company’s fleet utilization increased to 99.4% in the three months ended June 30, 2015 compared to 97.3% in Q2FY2014.The remaining average charter duration of Danaos’ fleet was 7.6 years as of June 30, 2015, and the total contracted operating revenues were USD 3.4 billion, through 2028.”The trend of reduced financing costs and, as a consequence, increased earnings, will continue through the next quarters as we continue to reduce debt and benefit from the expiration of expensive interest rate swaps,” Danaos’ CEO Dr. John Coustas said.”The container charter market corrected during the second quarter partially giving back some of the gains realized during the first quarter of the year, however charter rates still remain at relatively healthy levels. It is our view that the current state of the charter market constitutes a more stable equilibrium. We believe that this adjustment is good for the longer term health of the market as speculative ordering is discouraged. At the same time the drop in the box rates is the combined result of overcapacity and market share competition between the global carriers.Our charter coverage continues to be at a strong 96.4% in terms of operating revenues for the next 12 months which insulates us from market volatility. At the same time, our USD 6,000 daily operating cost clearly positions us as one of the most efficient operators in the industry.”last_img read more

Harbour Festival Promises Something for Everyone

first_imgNova Scotians now have somewhere to find information about the province’s newest festival. A new website — — provides a central location for visitors and residents alike to learn about all the activities and entertainment being offered at four venues as part of the Halifax Harbour Festival, Saturday, Sept. 17 and Sunday, Sept. 18. This year’s festival, with the theme “Discover Your Harbour,” features waterfront-based activities in Bedford, Dartmouth, Eastern Passage and Halifax. “The Halifax Harbour Festival offers Nova Scotians the opportunity to discover their harbour. By participating in activities and events along the waterfront, we can all celebrate the harbour’s contribution to the economy of the province,” said Bill Campbell, acting president of Waterfront Development Corporation Limited. “Each venue offers different programs, so people can begin to explore and experience all the various aspects of our active, vibrant waterfront.” A project of Waterfront Development Corporation Limited, the festival will be an annual event celebrating the harbour. This year, daytime events are planned at DeWolfe Park in Bedford, Alderney Landing in Dartmouth, Fisherman’s Cove and McCormacks Beach Provincial Park in Eastern Passage, and the Halifax Harbourwalk in Halifax. “Partners like the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Alderney Landing, Fisherman’s Cove, Pier 21 and the Halifax Port Authority are bringing some really fun and exciting programming to the festival, all in the spirit of the festival’s theme, Discover Your Harbour,” said David Harrison, chair of the Harbour Festival steering committee for the WDCL. The Halifax Port Authority has extended its annual Port Days conference to offer free tours of the Port of Halifax seawall, ocean terminals and south end container terminal on Sunday, Sept. 18. “The Port of Halifax is a major economic contributor to this province, but not everyone knows exactly what we do here,” said Karen Oldfield, president and CEO, Halifax Port Authority. “The Halifax Harbour Festival is an excellent opportunity for us to share our story.” The Halifax Harbour Festival also offers the chance to discover the harbour by boat. Tickets will be available for narrated harbour shuttle tours, making the 45-minute crossing between Halifax and Eastern Passage from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. both days of the festival. Festival organizers have also focused attention on the environment. Waste separation will be available at all four locations and interactive exhibits will help promote environmental sustainability. Among the exhibits planned for Queens Landing in Halifax are Halifax Regional Municipality’s harbour solutions project, Environment Canada’s One Tonne Challenge, and the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup administered by Clean Nova Scotia. For details on activities taking place during the festival, or to register as a volunteer, visit the festival’s website at or call 902-422-5115. Waterfront Development Corporation Limited is a provincial Crown corporation that plans, co-ordinates, promotes and develops properties, events and activities on designated waterfronts around Halifax Harbour.last_img read more

Innovative Project Funding for Seniors

first_imgNova Scotia seniors will benefit this year from $700,000 being awarded to 75 projects that promote safety, age-friendly thinking and opportunities for positive aging. Premier Darrell Dexter announced the grants today, March 22, at the Glace Bay Seniors Club. “These grants have been enormously successful at attracting community support from people who volunteer their time and creativity for seniors,” said Premier Darrell Dexter. “This is an example of government making the right decisions for Nova Scotia families.” With a focus on community participation and well-being, the Positive Aging Fund offers grants of up to $10,000 to any non-profit organization that proposes new or expanded activities for seniors. The funding covers up to 100 per cent of project costs. The Age-Friendly Communities Program helps municipalities and community partners create or adapt structures or services to be accessible and inclusive of seniors so they are able to lead healthy, active lives. Participating municipalities match the provincial grants, which can be up to $5,000 per project. The departments of Seniors and Justice will once again fund Seniors Safety Programs throughout the province. Senior Safety Grants of up to $20,000 per project help protect seniors at risk of financial, emotional, physical, and other forms of elder abuse as well as promoting the Department of Justice’s initiative to prevent and reduce crime. The grants all advance the province’s Strategy for Positive Aging. The strategy is a long-term guide for planning for the province’s aging population, and was the first strategy of its kind in Canada. Application forms are available on the Department of Seniors website at or by calling toll-free 1-800-670-0065. A complete list of grant recipients will be available by Tuesday, March 23.last_img read more

Djokovic beats Federer in fiveset thriller claimed Wimbledon title

first_imgLondon: Novak Djokovic claimed his fifth Wimbledon men’s singles title here on Sunday, beating Swiss veteran Roger Federer 7-6 (5), 1-6, 7-6 (4), 4-6, 13-12 (3) in the final. It is the 16th Grand Slam title for the 32-year-old Djokovic, who is ranked no.1 on the ATP rankings. World No. 3 Federer has won 21 Grand Slams and was chasing a ninth title at Wimbledon. The final was the pair’s third meeting in the title match at the All England Club. Djokovic has won all of them, in 2014, 2015 and 2019. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together Djokovic won the first set via tie-break but Federer raced to victory in the second. The Serb won all three tie-breaks in the match, including the last one which was the first ever tie-break in singles history at Wimbledon. Federer and Djokovic have played each other 48 times already, with the latter holding a 26-22 head-to-head edge. This is also their 16th showdown at a major tournament – the most between any two men in the professional era – and Djokovic leads that count 10-6 so far.last_img read more

All speeches of Lok Sabha since 1952 to be archived Speaker Om

first_imgNew Delhi: In a historic move, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla initiated a process of archiving the speeches of all Lok Sabha members and ministers since 1952. When asked, the Speaker told the Millennium Post exclusively that the availability of the video footage and the audio discs were the main concern now.However, this work is also time-consuming. The presiding officer of the Lower House (Lok Sabha Speaker) confirmed that the entire process would take three months. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Earlier only Prime Ministers’ speeches were archived. This move will create a real political history of our country. Reportedly nearly 500 MPs have passed away in the last fifteen years, 25 of them belonged to India’s first Lok Sabha. In the earlier days, there used to be translators in the Parliament and they used to transcribe the speeches and publish in the Parliament proceedings. In those days there used to be only the audio recordings available and used to be preserved in the disc. Later on, Doordarshan was entrusted with the job of recording the both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha proceedings. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KMuch later, the Lok Sabha TV and Rajya Sabha TV were launched. In 2006, DD Lok Sabha was replaced by LSTV, a 24-hour TV channel broadcasting in Hindi and English, which is owned and operated entirely by the Lower House itself. Former Lok Sabha Speaker and Left stalwart Somnath Chatterjee who launched it. Later in 2011, the Rajya Sabha TV started the coverage of the proceedings of the Upper House. The archive will help in understanding the historic discussions on the floor of the Houses. Hence, once this archiving takes place, the entire political history since 1952 will be readily available to the common people. The audio and video recordings will further remove the confusion about what stand or the position different political leaders from different political parties have taken on different issues in our political history, whether the negotiations that took place between the treasury and opposition to build consensus on GST, right to education, land acquisition, or the recent insolvency and bankruptcy laws, triple talaq, rescinding of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir and others. However, the government has not communicated any official version yet. Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a museum dedicated to all former Prime Ministers. The deadline to complete the ‘Museum on Prime Ministers of India’ is March 2020. Sources said the iconic speeches, delivered by the former External Affairs Minister and an eloquent speaker of Bharatiya Janata Party, Sushma Swaraj, who passed away on Tuesday, is on the priority. The recent years saw the demise of several Indian political stalwarts. On August 13 in the last year, former Lok Sabha Speaker and Left veteran Somnath Chatterjee and three days later, on August 16, former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee passed away, who had served Parliament, both in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha twelve times. This year, George Fernandez, the defence minister during the Kargil War and nine times MP in Lok Sabha, passed away in January. After that, the demise of Ram Chandra Paswan in the last month and Sheila Dikshit, the former Delhi chief minister and former LS MP from Kannauj passed away in the last week.last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment **Please note, general submission is still open during Calls for Submissions.**Indigenous Writers: submit your work to ndncountry, a special joint issue of Prairie Fire and CV2!Tawnshi. Boozhoo. Yowtz. ?E’dlanet’é. She:kon. Kwe. Minatakushini. Hey friends and relatives from all across the Turtle’s back, this is Katherena Vermette and Warren Cariou here. We are two Métis writers from Winnipeg, and we’ve been asked to be a part of something special that is happening in the coming months. We hope you’ll want to be a part of it too. Advertisement Facebookcenter_img How to Submit to ndncountry:Submit online through CV2’s Submittable portalCLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Twitter Our Indigenous peoples have been telling stories forever on this land, and today we continue to assert our place here in new and powerful ways. In celebration of those stories, Prairie Fire and CV2 magazines have joined up with the Winnipeg International Writers’ Festival to create a joint issue in 2018 showcasing new work by Indigenous writers. They have asked us to edit this special issue and we are honoured to accept the task. We believe in these three organizations and we want to help them gather Indigenous stories together in a good way. Our working title for this special issue is ndncountry, in honour of the land that inspires and nourishes so many of our stories.But for all of this to succeed we need your help, and the help of many more First Nations, Métis and Inuit writers. We ask you to send us your stories, your poems, your memoirs, your literary experiments, and any other writing that fits the parameters listed below. We want to represent Indigenous voices from across the country, including from the far north, from our Francophone regions, from the rez and from the city. We also want to show the diversity of our communities, and we seek writers of different ages, genders, abilities and orientations. Writing that is connected to oral traditions is welcome, and non-standard formats are fine. The use of Indigenous language(s) in your work and translations are also welcome.Deadline for submission is December 15, 2017, and chosen work will be published in the ndncountry special issue in Fall 2018 and paid for upon publication.With your submission, please include a brief statement of your Indigenous heritage. A requirement of our funders is that writers should be residents of the territory claimed by Canada.Regardless of how you submit, please make sure that you clearly indicate that you are submitting to ndncountry. Also, please include all your contact information and a 3-5 line bio.Length:Prose and creative non-fiction: 5,000 words.Poetry: three to five poems, no longer than ten pages in total.Experimental work: surprise us with work that breaks new ground in genre, style or structure. The length limit of 5,000 words also applies to this work.For longer pieces please query Prairie Fire at or 204 943 9066 before sending.For complete submission guidelines go to or Login/Register With:last_img read more

Low turnout indicates conventional voting trend

first_imgNew Delhi: With relatively less number of voters turning out for voting during the second phase of Lok Sabha polling, it seems electorates have given a thumbs-down to campaigning strategies of political parties.According to political experts, the low turnout indicated that voting pattern was conventional and there was no ‘extra’ enthusiasm among voters. “The low turnout reflects that cadre and regular voters have come out of the home to vote for candidates of their choice. It also shows that there was no such passion among voters that they have to vote to ensure the victory of candidates of their choice, which was there in 2014,” said political commentator Arvind Mohan. “The voting trend also suggests that the general election is all about local issues instead of national issues, which is against the voting pattern of previous Lok Sabha elections,” Mohan said, adding that there might be a possibility that ruling parties have not been able to disseminate their achievements at the remote level. “It seems are voters are making their choices on the basis of caste and local issues and not on national issues. It’s is so that some of the regional parties have slowed down their campaigning strategies,” the political commentator said, adding that the situation is worst in Bihar as the caste has taken a centrestage in the campaigning trail. The elections were held on 95 Lok Sabha seats across 11 states on Thursday. The original schedule was for 97 seats, but the election commission has cancelled polling in Vellore (Tamil Nadu) and Tripura East constituencies. The voter turnout of the second phase of polling for Lok Sabha elections 2019 stood at 61.12 per cent. The Voter turnout was highest in Assam with the state registering 73.32 per cent polling, while in 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the highest polling percentage for the second phase was recorded at 82.5 per cent in Nagaland. The poll percentage in Bihar was 58.14 per cent, 68.70 per cent in Chhattisgarh, 43.37 per cent in Jammu and Kashmir, 61.80 per cent in Karnataka, 55.37 per cent in Maharashtra, 74.69 per cent in Manipur, 57.41 per cent in Odisha, 72.40 per cent in Puducherry, 61.52 per cent in Tamil Nadu, 58.12 per cent in Uttar Pradesh, and 75.27 per cent in West Bengal.last_img read more

Akhannouch to AU Moroccos Agriculture Strategy Could Drive Sustainable Development in

Rabat –Minister of Agriculture Aziz Akhannouch led a Moroccan delegation at the Ministerial Session of the Specialized Technical Committee (STC) of the African Union (AU) on Agriculture, Rural Development, Water and the Environment, for the first time since Morocco’s official return to the pan-African body.Meeting in Addis-Ababa October 5 and 6 for the second session of the STC, organized under the title “Improving environmental sustainability and transforming agriculture to ensure food and nutrition security,” the delegation consisted of of several experts including Moroccan Ambassador to Ethiopia, Nezha Alaoui M’Hamdi.Moroccan InterestsDuring this meeting, Akhannouch highlighted the important role agriculture plays in the development of nations, stressing that it should be “the engine of sustainable growth in the face of a double socio-economic and ecological vulnerability in rural areas.” Akhannouch also explained how agriculture often represents “an underexploited potential in Morocco, both economically – the sector accounts for almost 40 percent the job market and generates 15 percent of GDP – and socially, since more than 9 million Moroccans depend directly on agriculture for their livelihood.”For the minister, agriculture is “at the heart of sustainable development challenges,” as good management of soil, water, and crops contributes to adaptation and mitigation of the negative effects of climate change.On the basis of these findings, Morocco launched the Green Morocco Plan in 2008, which is in line with the detailed program for the development of agriculture in Africa, the minister noted.Akhannouch explained that this ambitious investment plan is based on two pillars: the modernization of agriculture and high-value-added investment in the agro-industrial sector, and the development of small-scale agriculture and social and solidarity-based investment to combat against agricultural poverty.“This is an innovative strategy based both on adapting to market opportunities and enhancing the agricultural, ecological and human diversity of the terroirs,” added Akhannouch, noting that this development plan was set up according to a pragmatic approach centered around the implementation of concrete projects.Agriculture: a global common goodFor Akhannouch, “agriculture is a global common good that we must all strive to preserve.” The minister explained that a first step in this direction was taken at the COP22 global environmental conference held on African soil last November, in Marrakech.Once the Paris Agreements are put in place, “it is crucial that African agriculture, including climate change adaptation projects, get a fair share of climate finance,” he said.“ It is in this spirit that we launched the African Agriculture Adaptation Initiative (AAA).”The AAA is a two-part program that is supported by 33 countries, important players in the private sector, civil society, the scientific community, and major donors including the World Bank, the African Development Bank and Food and Agriculture Organization.The first axis consists on procuring funding for the Adaptation of African Agriculture program through advocacy and negotiation, while the second concerns the de-risking and raising of funds for adaptation projects, through four program: sustainable management of soil resources and agricultural water, climate risk management, and solidarity financing for small project holders.“The program also constitutes a platform for capacity building and exchange of knowledge on climate resilient agriculture,” Akhannouch said. “Our goal with the 33 countries that are with us is to attract funding to support concrete projects.”The minister expressed the wish to see this AAA initiative become part of the major agricultural programs of the African Union, as well as “a real tool to defend the cause of African agricultural adaptation.” read more

Committee appointed to discuss steps to form UPFA Government

A committee has been appointed to discuss steps to be taken to form a United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Government.Joint opposition Parliamentarian Dinesh Gunawardena and UPFA member and Minister Susil Premajayantha will head the committee. The joint opposition says it will support forming a UPFA Government without taking any Ministerial posts. (Colombo Gazette)

Opposition will not participate in undermining the Constitution PPP to Speaker

PPP’s Chief Whip Gail TeixeiraChief Whip for the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Gail Teixeira in a missive to Speaker of the National Assembly Dr Barton Scotland said that her Party will not be taking part in tomorrow’s sitting of the National Assembly where the Government, which was defeated by a passed no-confidence motion, intends to invalidate the vote that was  carried.Teixeira, among other things, noted that the no-confidence Motion having been conclusively dealt with, in, and, by the National Assembly on the 21st December, 2018, is not open to review.In her letter to the Speaker she noted that “We have been advised, with no disrespect to you sir, that the Speaker has no review powers over the said Motion, and, that the Speaker, the Clerk and the National Assembly are functus officio in respect of and in relation to the said Motion. Furthermore, in our humble opinion, Standing Orders 26(e) precludes any effort to rescind a resolution on a question already decided on in the same Session.”Furthermore, the Chief Whip outlined that “in accordance with Article 106(6) of the Constitution of the Co-Operative Republic of Guyana, the Cabinet, including the President shall resign upon the passing of a No Confidence Motion. Consequently, it is not competent for the Government to move, nor participate in, a sitting of the National Assembly, otherwise than to give effect, if required, to the letter and spirit of Article 106(7) of the Constitution.”Article 106 (7) of the Constitution of Guyana states, “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the elections.”As such, the Parliamentary Opposition is of the view that any sitting of the National Assembly that is not in compliance with this article is a violation of the Constitution.“Thus, the Parliamentary Opposition will not participate in undermining the Constitution, and, further recommend that this sitting should not be held” Teixeira in her missive said.See the full letter below:Dear Mr. Speaker,Re:Sitting of the National Assembly on the 3rd January, 2019On December 21, 2018 the National Assembly passed the first no confidence motion. Your Honour ruled that the said No Confidence Motion was carried and passed. Additionally, by letter dated 24th December, 2018, the Clerk of the National Assembly duly informed the Leader of the Opposition by Resolution that the Motion of No Confidence against the Government of Guyana was considered and passed by a vote of thirty-three (33) in favour of the Motion and thirty-two (32) against it.On the night of December 21, 2018, the Prime Minister Moses Nagamoottoo at a press conference held in the Parliament Buildings conceded that the no confidence motion had passed in accordance with the constitution with 33 votes for and 32 against. He stated that “options available are dictated by the Constitution Article 106 (6) and (7) which states that the government will resign and hold elections within three months.”The following day, December 22, 2018, President Granger in an official statement released by the Department of Information stated:“The Government of Guyana following the passing of the no confidence motion last night in the National Assembly will abide by the stipulations which have been imposed on it.… we will do everything necessary to facilitate the smooth functioning of General and Regional Elections bearing in mind the need for normal government functions.”…Moreover the President went on to state that:“This is a normal constitutional process which can have favourable outcomes for the nation… there is no cause for alarm and there are no grounds for any form of disorder and we will continue to work to provide good government … and to work even more with the opposition”.Following these official statements, civil society organizations such as the Private Sector Commission, the Guyana Trades Union Congress, the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana, Transparency Institute of Guyana, and the Guyana Bar Association came out in support of the constitutional provisions and called on the Government and Opposition to respect and uphold the Guyana Constitution.The Parliamentary Opposition is aware that the Government has requested a review of the No Confidence Motion moved, debated and passed on the 21st December, 2018.The Parliamentary Opposition is of the view that the No Confidence Motion having been conclusively dealt with, in, and, by the National Assembly on the 21st December, 2018, is not open to review. We have been advised, with no disrespect to you sir, that the Speaker has no review powers over the said Motion, and, that the Speaker, the Clerk and the National Assembly are functus officio in respect of and in relation to the said Motion. Furthermore, in our humble opinion, Standing Orders 26(e) precludes any effort to rescind a resolution on a question already decided on in the same Session.As Your Honour is aware, in accordance with Article 106(6) of the Constitution of the Co-Operative Republic of Guyana, the Cabinet, including the President shall resign upon the passing of a No Confidence Motion. Consequently, it is not competent for the Government to move, nor participate in, a sitting of the National Assembly, otherwise than to give effect, if required, to the letter and spirit of Article 106(7) of the Constitution.In this regard, the Parliamentary Opposition is of the view that the business that is scheduled to be considered by the National Assembly on the 3rd January, 2019, is not in compliance with Article 106(7) of the Constitution. Therefore, any sitting of the National Assembly that is not in compliance with this article is a violation of the Constitution. Thus, the Parliamentary Opposition will not participate in undermining the Constitution, and, further recommend that this sitting should not be held.Yours sincerely,signed……………………………………………….Gail Teixeira, M.P.,Parliamentary Opposition Chief Whip Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBREAKING: Speaker upholds passed no-confidence motionJanuary 3, 2019In “latest news”House Speaker receives several complaints of MPs breaching privilegesMay 4, 2016In “Politics”PPP/C worried Speaker will bury motion to reduce VATOctober 15, 2017In “latest news” read more

Applied knowledge of exploration technology supports Russias discovery of mineral resources

first_imgGeosoft is collaborating with Russia’s leading scientific university Perm State and geophysical technology firm AGT Systems. The partnership will equip the students of Perm State’s Geological Faculty with applied knowledge of industry-leading exploration technology and data processing software. “There is a huge base of geologists, geophysicists and mining engineers in Russia with good professional education,” says Victor Ovcharuk, Director of AGT Systems, based in Moscow. “What’s missing is knowledge of modern software and technology for exploration and mining.” Geosoft exploration software is an industry standard in the global mining sector, and is used by many research institutes and mining companies in Russia including ALROSA, Norilsk Nickel and Vostokgeologia. Under the state-funded Innovation Universities program, AGT, Geosoft and Perm State University have set up three teaching laboratories dedicated to training students on the latest exploration technology and data processing techniques. Each of the new labs has over 20 computer stations installed with the Geosoft Oasis montaj earth mapping platform, and Target geology software. “The teaching labs have enabled us to provide students a higher level of education and research skills,” said Dr. Vladimir Kostitsyn, Chief of the Geophysical Department of Perm State University’s Geological Faculty. “We see great potential to expand the use of Geosoft software within our teaching programs in the near future.”“Now each graduating class will produce dozens of new experts who will be familiar and experienced with the most advanced mapping and processing tools, and can take these new skills into industry and government,” says Ovcharuk.Perm State was the first university in Russia to use Geosoft software within the classroom. AGT and Geosoft are currently establishing similar teaching labs in universities across the country. “With over half of Russia’s GDP derived from natural resources, partnerships like this are instrumental in unlocking future potential,” says Wayne Higgins, Managing Director, Geosoft Europe. “Ensuring students have the right tools and technology to rapidly hone their skills within academic lab settings is key to building the workforce and skill base required for exploration industries to develop and thrive in Russia.” Founded on October 14, 1916, Perm State University is a leading scientific university in Russia.  University faculties include biology, geography, geology, geochemistry and physics.  It is located in in Central Russia’s Urals region. AGT Systems specialises in the mining and petroleum exploration industries within Russia and CIS. It provides software, integrated systems, equipment and services in the fields of geophysics, and the geological, geotechnical and geochemical sciences, including drilling equipment and related technologies, mining equipment and supplies, oil and gas development technologies and transportable camps. AGT is a Geosoft Authorized Business Partner.Geosoft is a world leader in software and solutions for earth exploration. The company says it makes ” the experience of finding, using and sharing data more natural and powerful for earth explorers. Geosoft solutions accelerate knowledge development and unlock opportunity within exploration industries and the earth sciences sector.”last_img read more

The unsolved murder of Michael Gallagher stabbed to death in his kitchen

first_img Wednesday 18 Jan 2017, 6:04 AM At about 10.06 pm there was a knock on the door and his partner answered. Two men burst into the house and went to the kitchen where they launched a vicious unprovoked assault on the victim.Gallagher was stabbed numerous times during the attack and died from a fatal stab wound. His partner suffered minor injuries in the assault.The brutal murder has been left unsolved and there has been speculation that Gallagher was targeted in a case of mistaken identity.Gardaí feel that in the decade that has passed since, more people may feel freer to come forward with information.“We are issuing an appeal to those people who, in the passage of time, may not have come forward at the time of the murder but may now feel comfortable to do so,” said Detective Inspector John Walsh.Gardaí say that they have conducted an extensive investigation into the murder and have continued to liaise with the Gallagher family.Detectives are seeking any witnesses or information on the murder and are particularly keen to speak to anyone who saw two men on the roadway near the house on Tymonville Road.Anyone with information is being asked to contact Tallaght Garda Station on 01-6666000 or the garda confidential line on 1800 666111.Read: Man in his 60s arrested in connection with disappearance in Kerry over 25 years ago >Read:  Bones found in attic may be from woman who froze to death 39 years ago > Jan 18th 2017, 6:04 AM The unsolved murder of Michael Gallagher, stabbed to death in his kitchen, is a decade old Gardaí have issued a fresh appeal for information. 15,134 Views TEN YEARS AGO today, Michael Gallagher was murdered in his own home on front of his partner. Nobody has ever been charged over the murder.Gardaí are today issuing a fresh appeal in the hope that a renewed focus on the case will bring his killers to justice.The 60-year-old was at home with his partner at 49 Tymonville Road in Tallaght, south Dublin on the night he was killed by two men. center_img By Rónán Duffy Share2 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL 3 Comments last_img read more

A speech by a famed altright activist at Berkeley was cancelled after

first_img If U.C. Berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view – NO FEDERAL FUNDS?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 2, 2017 By AFP Thursday 2 Feb 2017, 10:39 AM Feb 2nd 2017, 10:39 AM Source: Donald J. Trump/Twitter A speech by a famed alt-right activist at Berkeley was cancelled after violent protests last night Milo Yiannopoulos was banned from Twitter in July for fuelling abuse against a Ghostbusters actress. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URLcenter_img – © AFP, 2017Read: Twitter bans right-wing writer after Ghostbusters actor targeted by trollsRead: Hackers post naked pictures, passport and driver’s licence of Ghostbusters star to her website Protestors watch as a bonfire rages during yesterday’s demonstration. Source: Ben Margot AP/Press Association ImagesVIOLENT PROTESTS ERUPTED yesterday at the University of California at Berkeley over the scheduled appearance of a controversial editor of the conservative news website Breitbart.Hundreds of students and other protesters chanting “shut him down” smashed windows at the campus, set wooden pallets on fire and threw fireworks and rocks as police in full riot gear responded with tear gas.The university was placed on lockdown as the sold-out appearance by Milo Yiannopoulos, a conservative firebrand, was cancelled in early evening. Milo Yiannopoulos Source: InstagramYiannopoulos, who is technology editor for the news website, is known for his provocative social media posts and was banned from Twitter in July for fueling abuse directed at “Ghostbusters” actress Leslie Jones.The British journalist is a vocal supporter of Donald Trump – nicknaming the US president “Daddy” during his election campaign – and has become one of the faces of America’s “alt-right” movement.Similar protests at the University of California at Davis last month also forced the cancellation of speeches by Yiannopoulos and former pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli.The events at Davis and Berkeley were organized by conservative student groups. A similar invitation to speak at UCLA was rescinded and Berkeley was to be the last stop of his tour. A sign at yesterday’s protest Source: Ben Margot AP/Press Association ImagesOfficials at the three University of California campuses stressed that they did not invite Yiannopoulos or endorse his ideas but were committed to free speech.More than 100 UC Berkeley faculty members had signed two letters sent last month to the school’s chancellor, urging him to cancel the event.“Although we object strenuously to Yiannopoulos’s views — he advocates white supremacy, transphobia and misogyny — it is rather his harmful conduct to which we call attention in asking for the cancellation of this event,” read one of the letters.They cited as one example an incident in December at the University of Milwaukee where Yiannopoulos – a gay crusader against “political correctness” – openly mocked a transgender student, displaying her name and photo on screen.Donald Trump had his own say on the protest, saying that he may deny federal funds to the university if it “does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view”. 184 Comments Share346 Tweet Email 15,187 Views last_img read more