Odisha plans to set up 17 digital dispensaries in Ganjam

first_imgSeventeen digital dispensaries are going to be established in remote and inaccessible areas of Odisha’s Ganjam district to provide primary medical support.The digital dispensaries will provide outpatient department services through online video consultation with doctors. The units will also serve as basic pathological testing laboratories and generic medicine-dispensing centres.A pharmacist will manage the dispensary and patients will be able to video-chat with the doctor. The pharmacist will upload required pathological test reports to the consulting doctor and will also dispense medicines as prescribed by the physician.In March, the State health department had asked all District Collectors to provide a list of possible locations for digital dispensaries.Inaccessible areas The digital dispensary project aims to establish units in remote and inaccessible areas that have no Primary Health Centre within a 5-km radius.The office of the Ganjam Chief District Medical Officer stated that they had listed 35 unserved or underserved locations for establishment of ‘digital dispensaries’ in the district. The department, however, approved only 17 locations.These 17 proposed digital dispensaries will be established in seven out of the 22 blocks of Ganjam district. Four will be set up in Sanakhemund, five in Surada, two each in Khallikote, Buguda and Beguniapada; and one each in Kavisuryanagar and Chikit.Officials of the health department said that the process to establish the dispensaries has started, but fast and steady Internet connectivity is still a major problem in some of the proposed locations in Ganjam. Similar initiatives have been launched in Keonjhar and Nabarangpur districts.last_img read more

Kabaddi World Cup kicks off in Ahmedabad

first_imgThe 2016 Kabaddi World Cup kicked off on Thursday in the presence of captains of the 12 competing nations, including hosts India.Besides the hosts, the US, England, Australia, Iran, Poland, Thailand, Bangladesh, South Korea, Japan, Argentina and Kenya will vie for the top honours.With tensions soaring across the border, Pakistan has already been barred from taking part in the competition. (India to host Kabaddi World Cup in October)An opening-day double-header will see India lock horns with South Korea while Iran take on a relatively easy opponents in first-timers US.The 12 teams will be divided into two pools of six teams each. The tournament will be played in a round-robin format, where the top two sides from each pool will qualify for the semis, with the final slated for October 22. (Anup Kumar to lead India in Kabaddi World Cup)On the occasion, International Kabaddi Federation (IKF) President Janardan Singh Gehlot said: “This is a watershed moment for the sport of Kabaddi globally. The IKF has been working to develop Kabaddi as a competitive discipline.” “With 2016 Kabaddi World Cup, the sport is all set to break through on the global stage. There is a lot of excitement among all participants and we are sure that the same energy will be transferred to the fans watching it in stands and screens across the world.” (Pakistan excluded from Kabaddi World Cup in India)”It gives me immense pleasure to see such diversity in participation. I am sure the teams will inspire many more people in their countries to take up the sport,” he added.advertisementlast_img read more

Fans love ‘babysitter’ Pant’s photo with Tim Paine’s kids: Best thing I have seen all year

first_imgRishabh Pant’s photo with Tim Paine’s kids shared by the Australian captain’s wife, Bonnie Paine is certainly winning the internet on the New Year’s Day.After a week of intense on-field action in Melbourne, members of India and Australia cricket teams found some time to unwind on the New Year’s Day and its eve in Sydney. Captain Tim Paine and his Indian counterpart Virat Kohli along with their teammates were spotted at the party hosted by Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison.Tim Paine’s wife, who had accompanied her husband to the party, shared a photograph of Rishabh Pant with her kids and captioned it: “Best babysitter”.The photograph has gone viral on social media as it comes after some intense on-field banter between Paine and Pant in the ongoing four-Test series. The Australia skipper had asked Pant if he was willing to babysit for him during the third day of the Boxing Day Test after chirping at him using some MS Dhoni references.”Tell you what big MS is back in the one-day squad. Should get this bloke down to Hurricanes… They need a batter,” Paine was heard saying from behind the stumps on December 28, 2018.”Fancy that extend you Aussie holiday, beautiful town Hobart too… get him a waterfront apartment,”Have him over for dinner. Do you babysit? I can take my wife to the movies while you watch the kids.”Best thing I have seen all year lol. But seriously, this will be hard to top. Adorable kids and wife, and great guys all round. Love it. I’ve fallen in love with cricket again.advertisementJ Roe (@JRoe42180297) January 1, 2019When they finish their playing careers it’s moment like these that will remain forever. The taunting can happen on the field with in the boundaries once outside there should be only mutual respect and love. Thanks gentleman for playing it the right way ??????Guruprasad sekar (@GuruprasadSekar) January 1, 2019Pant is a keeper. Not surprised Mrs Paine trusts him with her children. Easily winning the internet today. pic.twitter.com/lXlEr0lfXFcricBC (@cricBC) January 1, 2019Best picture & gesture of year 2019 so far…Umair Usmani (@Usmani81) January 1, 2019This brought a wide smile on my face! Kudos to cricket. ????Tejas Parkar (@TejasParkar45) January 1, 2019This is AWESOME!CRICKET is ?? pic.twitter.com/IjyD7cF5TnNikhil ?? (@CricCrazyNIKS) January 1, 2019This is absolute goldesh! ?? pic.twitter.com/sSjoQ086oMSrini Mama (@SriniMaama16) January 1, 2019Lovely picture that speaks so much. This is the kind of bonhomie we would like to see between the teams off the pitch, even when they compete hard on the pitch. Trading rude insults that cause bad blood is juvenile stuff that must be relegated to history books.Fair_Nationalist (@FairNationalist) January 1, 2019Best thing I have seen on this #NewYearDay ??Alamztweet (@alamjeet1) January 1, 2019That’s really sweet, a beautiful gesture. Loved it.M Bilal Ghauri ???????? (@MBG360) January 1, 2019Intensity and aggression inside the ground!!!! outside human beings!!!! @tdpaine36 @RishabPant777 good sportsmanship?? (@targaryen_wolff) January 1, 2019Greatest sport ever??Aaqib Raza (@ShahEZaman7) January 1, 2019That’s respect good to see well done sirGreg Brady (@partygab) January 1, 2019Totally ? this!Hird my hero???#5 (@Salsa005) January 1, 2019This is 100% what cricket should be about. Well done Mr Pant!!Pat Minister (@mistermouse666) January 1, 2019Absolutely classic! Such great sportsmanship. Well done! ????Vivianne Rees (@vivianne_rees) January 1, 2019@Neroli_M_FOX Does it get any better than this?Matthew Rowland (@Matt_R_Golf) January 1, 2019The two wicketkeepers took the banters to a whole new level during the Melbourne Test as the host broadcasters decided to turn the stump mic volume on and relay their running commentary instead of the expert commentary.Pant responded by calling Paine a “temporary captain” when the Australian skipper walked out to bat in the second innings. The hosts went on to lost the Boxing Day Test by 137 runs and conceded an unassailable 2-1 lead to Virat Kohli’s Team India.”We have got a special guest here. Have you heard the word temporary captain ever. You [Jadeja] don’t need anything to get him out. Come on lads,” Pant said as he was keeping wickets to Ravindra Jadeja.”He loves to talk, that’s the only thing he can do. Only talking talking.”The banter started during the MCG Test when Tim Paine tried to needle Rohit Sharma in the first innings, saying he would pledge allegiance to Mumbai Indians if their skipper hit a six during his knock. Rohit did not fall for the trap as he scored a half-century without hitting a maximum.Rohit had hit back, saying he would buy Paine for Mumbai Indians if the latter hits a century during the MCG Test. As Paine failed to go past 30, let alone reaching the three-figure mark in both the innings, Mumbai Indians took to Twitter and joined the banter.advertisementExpect more such banters as Australia will be battling to avoid their first-ever series defeat against India at home when the two sides met in Sydney for the fourth and final Test of the series.Also Read | The Pant and Paine show at MCG: When light-hearted banter turned offensiveAlso Read | Pant’s banter with Lyon caught on stump mic: “You don’t want to come tomorrow for nothing”Also See:last_img read more

Lean, mean pace machine: Virat Kohli poses with Mohammed Shami ahead of Nagpur ODI

first_imgIndia cricket team captain, Virat Kohli has posted a photograph of himself with fast bowler Mohammed Shami, whom he has described as “lean, mean pace machine” while posing with him at the Hyderabad airport on Sunday.Captain Kohli and his teammates left for Nagpur earlier in the day for the second ODI on Tuesday, March 5. India began the five-match ODi series against Australia with a six-wicket win in the first match in Hyderabad on Saturday.India’s win was set up by their bowling attack and the middle-order duo of MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav. While Mohammed Shami and Kuldeep Yadav shone with the ball, picking up two wickets each, Dhoni and Jadhav stitched an unbeaten 141-run stand for the fifth wicket to help India gun down a 237-run target with 10 balls to spare.Notably, Kohli had heaped praise on Shami after the pacer picked up the crucial wickets of well-set batsmen, Glenn Maxwell (40) and debutant Ashton Turner (21) in a span of two overs in the 1st ODI. Shami troubled the Australian batsmen with the new ball and came back to masterfully execute his old-ball skills on Saturday.Nagpur next. With the lean mean pace machine @MdShami11 pic.twitter.com/LoQP1OtKYdVirat Kohli (@imVkohli) March 3, 2019Lauding Shami’s fitness and the hunger to excel across formats, Kohli said: “The way Shami has come back into the white-ball set-up after his Test performances, have never seen him so lean before. He has lost 5-6 kg. He’s running in and bowling so well.advertisement”The lines and length he’s bowling; got Maxi on 40-odd out with a beautiful ball. He has the wicket-taking ability and he’s hungry for wickets. Heading into the WC, it’s a great sign for team India. If he can stay hungry like this and look for wickets and he has the ability to back it up with Bumrah and Kuldeep, it’s gonna be great to stand in the field and watch.”After impressing with the red ball in India’s overseas tours during the 2018-19 season, Shami made a splendid comeback to limited-overs cricket in the lead up to the World Cup. Shami had picked up five wickets in India’s 2-1 ODI series win in Australia earlier this year and topped the bowling charts for India in their ODI series victory in New Zealand with nine wickets in four matches.The Bengal fast bowler has seemingly sealed a spot in India squad for the World Cup, starting May 30 in England and Wales. Given his recent performances with both the new and the old ball, it may not be surprising if he is chosen as the second pacer ahead of Bhuvneshwar Kumar at the quadrennial showpiece event.Bhuvneshwar, who has been rested for the first three ODIs of the ongoing series vs Australia, will return to the final two ODIs.Also Read | Chris Gayle on world record in England ODIs: Fantastic to hit 39 sixes aged 39Also Read | Play and thrash Pakistan in World Cup, says Haryana sports ministerAlso Read | I don’t fear anything when MS Dhoni is around: Kedar JadhavAlso See:last_img read more

Three and Out: Tulsa-Oklahoma State

first_imgOklahoma State kicks off one of its most anticipated seasons ever against an in-state foe on a Thursday night. What could go wrong? As we prepare ourselves for what should be a fun game and a more fun (hopefully) season, let’s focus on three key numbers that could make the difference in Week 1 and give us a glimpse at what to expect from OSU moving forward.32It’s been Oklahoma State’s one glaring bugaboo on offense the last few years — sacks allowed. The offensive line has been a work in progress since Mason Rudolph took his first snap and we’ve seen definite improvement, especially in the running game. But we still have no idea how well it can be at maintaining a pocket and protecting Rudolph.The Cowboys were tied for last in the Big 12 giving up 32 sacks in 2016 and were even worse (42) in 2015. The most valuable player to Oklahoma State’s success has spent most of his career on the run.Across the line, you’ve got a Tulsa team that ranked fourth in the American Athletic Conference with 32 sacks of their own. The Golden Hurricane returns almost all of that production from a year ago, namely senior defensive ends, Jesse Brubaker and Jeremy Smith.Enter Aaron Cochran. We’ve heard nice things throughout summer workouts and into fall camp but we’re going to get a good idea of what OSU has in the Cal transfer on Thursday night. Can he and Zach Crabtree win more battles than they lose? If so, it will be a good sign that the Cowboys may be finally turning the corner in pass protection.4.6Oklahoma State ranked sixth in the Big 12 allowing 193.4 rushing yards per game in 2016 and was 76th nationally allowing 4.6 yards per carry. That same defense enters 2017 without both starting defensive tackles (Vincent Taylor and Mote Maile) from last year and probably the team’s best run stopper, departed safety Jordan Sterns. The Cowboys need to be better at stopping the run if they want to reach their goals this season. Who’s going to step up?Tulsa presents a good, early test in this department. The Golden Hurricane ranked eighth nationally averaging 261.7 yards on the ground a year ago. And they return most of their offensive line and D’Angelo Brewer who rushed for 1,435 and seven scores on 5.4 yards per carry. He was Tulsa’s second-leading rusher.Success in Philip Montgomery’s offense is predicated on a potent ground game. Plus, he will be debuting a starting QB and fielding several inexperienced receivers. So he’s going lean on the running game and try to run it down the Cowboys’ throat. If OSU is going to have a good enough defense to win the Big 12, you’d expect to see some resistance on the ground against Tulsa.2Where is No. 2 when the fourth quarter starts? Is he cutting up and chilling on the sidelines with his teammates? Is he patiently watching next to Mike Gundy, holding a clipboard for Taylor Cornelius? Or is he playing? If it’s not options 1 or 2, it might have been a disappointing night. As good as Tulsa was last year (they beat Central Michigan by 45), they are breaking in a brand new QB and just don’t have the athletes to match up against the Cowboys. This should be a blowout.Do we hit the panic button if the Cowboys win by 14? Of course not. But you’d like to see a dominant performance in Week 1. If this truly is a team of destiny and if they want to earn the conference prize and get a shot at a playoff spot and more, they need to be able to put their foot down and bury a lesser team early.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

a month agoMan Utd ace Mata reveals unknown side to ‘frightening’ Van Gaal

first_imgMan Utd ace Mata reveals unknown side to ‘frightening’ Van Gaalby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United veteran Juan Mata admits he was initially taken aback by Louis van Gaal’s unusual methods.The Spaniard spent two seasons under the Dutchman at United.Writing in his new book, Suddenly A Footballer, Mata said: “Hi, I’m Louis van Gaal, please can you introduce yourself and tell me things about you?”The manager, Ryan Giggs, myself and a bottle of Rioja wine – which he suggested we should try – were in that room.”It was pre-season, Los Angeles, and I was about to ‘introduce myself ‘ to my new coach.”Those who know Van Gaal know how intimidating he can be, face-to-face. Things about myself? I thought. What does he mean? I didn’t know where to start. I took the safe route.”‘My name is Juan, I’m 26 and I’ve been playing football since I’ve had a memory . . . ‘”‘I know that,’ he interrupted. ‘Tell me about your personal life. Do you have a wife? Children? What do you like apart from football?'”He started firing off direct questions about my life and career before moving on to footballing matters: ‘Where do you think you can play? What’s your position? Where do you see yourself in this system?'”Louis wanted to see what we were made of and how we reacted through his interrogation. He simply wanted to get to know his players better on and off the pitch.”The frightening aura around him soon dissipated to reveal a kind-hearted man. We started to notice how emotional he would get during his briefings.”When we had played very well or covered more ground and had more chances than the opposition, you could see the spark in his eyes, portraying how moved he was by his players’ effort.”He would also tell us about how he had received a letter from a mother thanking him because three players had stopped to sign autographs for her children after waiting for us for hours outside the training ground. He was genuinely moved by those small details.”On the pitch, he had a very special style of training that was structured in a rather routine manner. You were clear about what you were going to do before each session, which drills you would be doing and how you would prepare for games.”He really liked getting us to play on the deck and only opting for long balls as a last resort. His preference was for us to bring the ball out and play a passing game.”Off the pitch, he was also very structured in matters like all of us having lunch together at the training ground. We divided ourselves into tables and had to wait for one table to finish picking their food before we could pick ours.”When we travelled, whoever was one minute late was handed a not insignificant fine.”At the end of his time at the club, on his ‘farewell’, he let his emotional side take over and opened himself very honestly to us: ‘I don’t know if I’m going to be here next season, but I want to tell you anyway how proud I am of every single one of you. We fought together in adversity and we ended up lifting this special trophy. That is something that nobody will be able to change. Thank you to all of you’.”We had just won the FA Cup minutes earlier and he was saying ‘goodbye and good luck’. He handed out pieces of paper to each of us with our return date on it, as he had organised the pre-season for next July.”We all knew this was a routine process, going through the motions, because there were already so many rumours of him being sacked.”Only minutes after lifting the FA Cup trophy, they would end up being true.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Shuttered Cape Breton call centre reopens today under new ownership

first_imgSYDNEY, N.S. — A Cape Breton call centre that abruptly laid off hundreds of workers just weeks before Christmas is scheduled to reopen today under new ownership.Iowa businessman Anthony Marlowe bought the former ServiCom call centre in an auction that was part of ServiCom’s bankruptcy proceedings in the United States.Marlowe Companies Inc. said earlier this week that more than 450 people have already applied for positions at the Sydney Call Centre.If hired over the next month, workers with call centre experience from the last 90 days will receive a $300 starting bonus, along with the base pay and vacation levels from their previous employers and benefits.The starting wage for newly hired workers will increase to $12 per hour from $11 per hour.All work programs will restart by Jan. 14, and the company is still accepting applications.MCI had been in negotiations to buy the call centre in the weeks before its sudden closure. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Over 5000 attend 21st annual youth hiring fair

Thousands of young adults from all over the city made their way to The Big Four on Wednesday with hopes of getting a job.Hundreds of young adults are lined up at the Big Four for the city’s youth hiring fair. #yyc pic.twitter.com/P32qQOTuZs— Devon McKendrick (@the_dmckendrick) March 20, 2019The city hosted their hiring fair for youth aged 15-24, over 5,700 individuals attended this year, up from 1,100 last year.Eighty employers including heavy hitters like Amazon, Starbucks and Walmart packed the building along with a slew of local businesses, looking to find their next wave of talent.“They might be looking for a summer job today but could meet some contacts that could lead them to a career opportunity in the future,” said Susan Yuen with the Youth Employment Centre.Face to face interactions were repeatedly echoed as a top highlight from attendees.The Youth Hiring Centre is open year-round helping Calgary’s youth with career opportunities and guidance.For more information, please visit www.youthemploymentcentre.ca. read more

Chinas celebration of building binge overshadowed by debt

BEIJING — Asian and African leaders plan to press China at a conference this week to reduce the politically volatile debt burden left by its Belt and Road Initiative to build ports and other trade-related infrastructure.That injects a potential note of conflict into the official celebration of President Xi Jinping’s signature foreign initiative, which has stirred anxiety in Washington, Moscow and Tokyo that Beijing is trying to expand its global influence.The meeting starting Thursday brings together leaders or envoys from three dozen countries including Malaysia, Serbia and Kenya.A spokesman for Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia says debt “is going to be part of the prime minister’s focus at the forum.”Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand have cancelled or renegotiated railways and other projects they concluded were too expensive.The Associated Press read more

Search operation to arrest persons with illegal weapons

Rs. 5000.00 for a Gun or similar kind (Gal Katas/ Badina Thuwakku), Rs. 10000.00 for a pistol or for a revolver and Rs. 25000.00 for a T-56 weapon will also be offered to the persons returning the weapons.Hettiarachchi said that a committee comprising of the Secretaries of the Ministries of Defence, Law and Order, police chief and several other members will decide on issuance of weapons in future. (Colombo Gazette) During the amnesty period, persons returning the weapon will not be subjected to any fines for holding a weapon. A special search operation will be carried out after the 6th of May to arrest persons having illegal weapons in their possession, the Ministry of Defence said today.Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Karunasena Hettiarachchi said that a decision to declare an amnesty period to return illegal weapons was taken recently at a Security Council meeting with the President. Accordingly an amnesty period was announced with effect from 25 April to 06 May 2016 and during the period illegal weapons can be handed over to the nearest Divisional Secretariat, District Secretary offices and police stations. read more

UN agency adopts new single standard for interactive TV worldwide

Under the new measures approved by the Geneva-based International Telecommunication Union (ITU), viewers anywhere in the world, for example, can access data on a football player while watching a match without the service provider having to implement any of the modifications previously needed.Previously, proprietary or country-specific standards forced content providers to develop different product versions for each market.The new standard means content will stay true to the author’s design in all markets – a key concern for advertisers. Content providers will also find that it removes barriers to entry and reduces risk, while helping to advance the functionality of iTV services. The need to drive iTV services is seen as particularly relevant to the market in the United States, where services have been slow to develop.ITU is a worldwide organization that brings governments and industry together to coordinate the establishment and operation of global telecommunication networks and services. It is responsible for standardization, coordination and development of international telecommunications including radio communications, as well as the harmonization of national policies. read more

Ensign Energy Q3 profit pushed down by impact of foreign exchange fluctuation

CALGARY – Ensign Energy Services Inc. (TSX:ESI) says its third-quarter net income was down 21 per cent from a year ago, as the Canadian drilling company felt the a negative impact from the strength of the U.S. dollar.The Calgary-based company — which reports in Canadian dollars — said that a major reason for reduced profit was the strength of the U.S. dollar, which had a negative impact on debt held by Ensign’s Australian subsidiary.Net income for the three months ended Sept. 30 dropped to $26.5 million, or 17 cents per common share, from $33.7 million or 22 cents per common share a year earlier.Revenue was up seven per cent to $583.3 million from nearly $543 million.Excluding the impact of foreign exchange rates and other items, Ensign’s adjusted net income totalled $36.1 million (24 cents per share), up three per cent from $34.9 million (23 cents per share).The adjusted profit was a penny below the estimate of 25 cents per share and revenue was below the estimate of $599.9 million, according to data compiled by Thomson Reuters. Ensign Energy Q3 profit pushed down by impact of foreign exchange fluctuation by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 10, 2014 5:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Sri Lanka deploys army to distribute fuel during strike

Sri Lanka deploys army to distribute fuel during strike by Bharatha Mallawarachi, The Associated Press Posted Jul 26, 2017 2:35 am MDT Last Updated Jul 26, 2017 at 3:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – Sri Lanka’s government deployed army troops on Wednesday to restore fuel distribution crippled during a strike launched by trade unions who want to stop leases of oil tanks to India and China.Long lines have formed at gasoline stations across Sri Lanka since Monday evening due to the strike by workers at the state-run petroleum company.Military spokesman Brig. Roshan Seneviratne said troops entered the country’s main distribution facility and refinery at Kolonnawa and Muthurajawela outside Colombo early Wednesday and they are now working in distribution facilities alongside the workers not on strike to resume the distribution of fuel.The army deployment followed a government decree issued Tuesday night that the supply and distribution of fuel, including petroleum products and gas, were an essential service.The trade unions’ announcement on Wednesday that it would continue the strike came a day after the government approved of selling a large stake in a southern port to China.Ceylon Petroleum Common Workers Union spokesman D.J. Rajakaruna said that along with the agreement, China will get 11 oil tanks at the port.He also said the government was moving to give 99 oil tanks in the eastern port city of Trincomalee to India.The tanks were built by the British during World War II but were unused until some were given to Lanka IOC, a unit of Indian Oil Corp., in 2002 as part of a privatization deal, giving Indians a presence at the strategic port.Rajakaruna said the government is now trying to lease out 14 of the 99 tanks to Indian companies and have a joint venture for the other tanks.He said the tanks are a prime national asset of Sri Lanka but the agreements would benefit only Chinese and Indian companies, adding that the moves would severely affect Sri Lanka’s economy in the long run.Cabinet spokesman and health minister Rajitha Senarathna told reporters that the strike is politically motivated and the government is ready to face it. “These are political demands and not trade union demands,” he said. “A country can’t be governed by the demands put forward by trade unions.”The Cabinet approval Tuesday involved a long-delayed agreement to sell to China a 70 per cent stake in a $1.2 billion Chinese-built port in the southern town of Hambantota.In January, hundreds of farmers and opposition supporters protested the government’s plan to lease the port, saying the proposed partnership was akin to a sellout of the country. The agreement on the deal is to be signed by the Sri Lanka Ports Authority and the state-run China Merchants Port Holding Co. over the weekend. read more

15yo Fine Man gang member told Police that gang killed miners

The Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the June 2008 massacre at Lindo Creek heard that a then 15-year-old member of the notorious ‘Fine Man’ gang told Police investigators that the gang was responsible for murdering the eight men at their mining camp.Special Superintendent of Police Trevor Reid takes the stand before the Lindo Creek Massacre COIWhen special Superintendent of Police, Trevor Reid, took to the stand, on Tuesday before Commissioner retired Justice Donald Trotman, he testified that he was the one who took the caution statement from then 15-year-old gang member, Dwayne ‘Small Friend’ Williams.Despite failing to produce the original statement to the CoI, Reid was allowed to read a photocopy.Williams, who is now 25 years old and is currently on remand for several murders, in July of 2008 told investigators that they had escaped the Police in Ituni area when they stumbled upon the Arokium’s mining camp at Lindo Creek.He related that the gang consisted of himself, Cecil “Magic” Ramcharran, Robin ‘Chung Boy’ Chung and leader Rondel ‘Fine Man’ Rawlins.Williams’ statement also revealed that following the incident at Lindo Creek the gang left the site and whilst walking they encountered another Joint Services Checkpoint which they eluded. It was further related that the following night Chung, Rawlins and Ramcharran left him behind after which he was captured while hitching a ride out of the Lindo Creek area.Also during his testimony, Reid told the Commission that based on his investigative experience he felt that the investigation by the Office for Professional Responsibility was incomplete and needed much more work to be done.Meanwhile, taking the stand was, Lieutenant Colonel Lloyd Souvenir who testified that he was a part of the Joint Services Taskforce stationed at Kwakwani and on June 16, 2008 they engaged the men in the Goat Farm area.After disarming the men, they were taken from the site to Kawkwani where they were identified as ‘Chung Boy’ and ‘Magic’. It was also disclosed that they also found a series of ammunition and two AK 47s belonging to the Guyana Defence Force among other items.Sometime between June 12, 2008 and June 24, 2008, miners Cecil Arokium, Dax Arokium, Compton Speirs, Horace Drakes, Clifton Wong, Lancelot Lee, Bonny Harry and Nigel Torres were shot and killed, and their bodies burnt at the Upper Berbice River mining camp, which was being operated by Leonard Arokium. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDeputy Superintendent of Police testifies at Lindo Creek CoIMay 15, 2018In “Crime”Fineman’s gang was responsible for the Lindo Creek Massacre -Top CopMarch 13, 2018In “Crime”“Fineman” gang carried out Bartica, Lusignan, Lindo Creek massacresJanuary 11, 2017In “Court” read more

Murray Roberts begins work on shafts at Impumelelo coal mine

first_imgMurray & Roberts Cementation has begun work on a contract awarded by Sasol Mining to provide a men-and-material shaft and a ventilation shaft as well as a decline and coal seam development on the No 2 and No 4 seams at Sasol Mining’s greenfields Impumelelo mine project. The mine, located about 50 km from Secunda and 22 km from Greylingstad in Mpumalanga, is one of the biggest coal projects that Murray & Robert Cementation has been involved with to date. The shaft complex has been designed to operate for a minimum period of 35 years. Project duration is estimated at about 43 months, from May 2011 to November 2014, including site establishment and site de-establishment. Excavation on the men-and-material shaft, the ventilation shaft and the decline began in July 2011 and is well within the programme schedule.RSV Enco-Goba Coal JV, comprising RSV Enco Consulting and Goba, is also project managing Sasol’s other greenfields mine complex projects, the nearby Thubelisha coal mine, which is being developed by Grinaker-LTA. Johann Prinsloo, senior project manager at Murray & Roberts Cementation, says that owing to the complexity of the project and in order to deliver a professional product, it was decided that Concor Civils, a Murray & Roberts Construction company, will undertake the civil construction of both shafts collars and the decline box cut, as well as portal construction with the closure of the box cut. Concor Civils will also carry out all other civil works for the site establishment.The 11.7 m diameter men-and-material shaft will be 240 m deep, with a four sided station on No 4 seam and a three sided station on No 2 seam being developed for access to the coal production sections that will be mined by Sasol using mechanised mining methods. The shaft will be fully lined and equipped as a service shaft with buntons and guides. Murray & Robert Cementation will also erect the permanent steel structure headgear frame, conducting the installation in two phases. Headgear structure erected during the first phase will be used for the sinking operation and the permanent arrangement will be erected during the second phase. Lifting of pre-erected headgear sections will be carried out by a 750 t crawler crane. The shaft will be serviced by a 65 t payload cage and counterweight by means of a Koepe winder, which will allow Sasol Mining to lower its continuous mining equipment into the underground workings. During the sinking process a single drum 12 t kibble winder will be used for lowering and hoisting personnel and material up and down the shaft, while a stage winder will be used to lower and raise the four-deck working stage. A five-boom drill jumbo will drill the shaft and shaft cleaning will be carried out by means of an excavator into the kibble.The 6.7 m diameter ventilation shaft will also be sunk to 240 m, with access through the four sided station on No 4 seam and the three sided station on No 2 seam to the coal production sections. During the sinking process, a double drum 8 t kibble winder will be used for moving personnel and material up and down the shaft and a stage winder will be used for lowering and raising the five-deck working stage. A temporary steel structure headgear frame will be erected for the sinking phase of this shaft. During pre-sinking of the ventilation shaft, a Scott derrick will be used to hoist material. Shaft drilling will be carried out using a four-boom drill jumbo and shaft cleaning will be undertaken with a cactus grab unit into the kibble. After sinking is completed, a permanent ventilation fan will be installed to service the mine.last_img read more

UK Canada France and Germany all support Trump strike on Syria

first_imgUK, Canada, France and Germany all support Trump strike on Syria Russia, however says it wants an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council. http://jrnl.ie/3329044 52 Comments Apr 7th 2017, 2:41 PM Source: USNI News Video/YouTubeAMERICA HAS RECEIVED support from Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, Saudi Arabia and Turkey after launching an airstrike that killed six Syrian soldiers.US President Donald Trump said that the strike was in retaliation for the “barbaric” chemical attack he blamed on the government of his counterpart Bashar al-Assad.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau backed the strike.“Canada fully supports the United States’ limited and focused action to degrade the Assad regime’s ability to launch chemical weapons attacks against innocent civilians, including many children,” he said in a statement.Russia, however says it wants an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council after angrily denouncing the military action as an “aggression against a sovereign state.”Syria’s regime has denied using chemical weapons in Khan Sheikhun, where at least 86 people, including 30 children, were reported killed and more than 500 wounded.With US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson due in Moscow next week, the Kremlin called the US strike a “gross… violation of international law” and warned it would inflict “considerable damage” on US-Russia ties.Opposition wants more strikes In this satellite photo released by the Pentagon, the Shayrat Airfield in Shayrat Airfield is pictured in Homs region of Syria. Source: USA TODAY Network/SIPA USA/PA ImagesThe strike targeted radars, aircraft, air defence systems and other logistical components at the base south of Homs in central Syria.US officials said measures had been put in place to avoid hitting sarin gas they said was stored at the airfield.In a statement read on state television, the Syrian army confirmed the strike and said it had caused extensive damage.Syria’s opposition and rebel fighters, who have for years urged more direct US military action in support of their uprising, hailed the strike and called for more.The National Coalition, the main opposition grouping, called on Washington to take further steps to “neutralise” the regime’s air power.“We hope for more strikes… and that these are just the beginning,” spokesman Ahmad Ramadan told AFP.© – AFP 2017Read: Syria airstrike: Donald Trump’s 180 degree shift on attacking the Assad regime Friday 7 Apr 2017, 2:41 PM Short URL 13,664 Views Share30 Tweet Email By AFP Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

ISPCA inspector finds 44 cats at Meath house after report from member

first_img Friday 15 Jun 2018, 8:41 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article ISPCA inspector finds 44 cats at Meath house after report from member of public The ISPCA said the property originally housed three cats but they were allowed to ‘breed uncontrollably’. Share176 Tweet Email3 By Michelle Hennessy AN ISPCA INSPECTOR discovered 44 cats at one property in Meath after receiving a call from a concerned member of the public.The charity said today that it received a call to its National Animal Cruelty Helpline and inspector Elaine Reynolds went to the Meath property. There she discovered “a large number of cats allowed to have bred uncontrollably”.A total of 44 cats and kittens were surrendered to the ISPCA and transferred to the National Animal Centre in Longford for veterinary assessment. The property had originally housed three cats, but they had multiplied to this number in just three years as none were spayed or neutered. Alastair is one of the cats looking for a new home now. Source: ISPCAWhile the charity said the cats were found to be healthy, it said it was “a dangerous overcrowding situation” as their numbers were increasing at such an unsustainable rate that it was “only a matter of time before more serious welfare issues arose”. http://jrnl.ie/4074048 27 Comments center_img Short URL 24,325 Views Image: ISPCA Jun 15th 2018, 8:41 PM Image: ISPCA Elsa is also looking for a forever home. Source: ISPCAReynolds said this situation could have been prevented if the owner had neutered or spayed the three cats initially.“We need pet owners to be responsible by spaying and neutering their cats or kittens as early as possible. Our centres are consistently at capacity, and it is vital that pet owners help us tackle the issue of pet overpopulation. One of the cats, called Aideen, taken from the house in Meath. Source: ISPCA“Neutering and spaying is the most effective way to prevent cat over-breeding and it will go a long way in preventing unwanted litters of kittens from being born in the first place.”She said spaying and neutering also has overwhelmingly positive benefits in reducing the risk of certain cancers and curbing behavioural issues.The ISPCA is now appealing for new homes for these cats and anyone interested can get in touch with the charity here.last_img read more

MovieBob Reviews SILENCE 2016

first_imgStay on target If nothing else, you’ve got to hand it to Martin Scorsese on this one just for having the fortitude, commitment to vision and sheer conviction to forge ahead and make a movie that (at least on paper) basically nobody is going to want to watch.For context: Silence is a historical drama about Catholic missionaries working to spread Christianity into the Far East that doesn’t outright (explicitly) condemn the idea of Western religious colonialism. This means a sizable portion of modern audiences are going to be fairly unsympathetic to the material right up front – and while there certainly is still an audience that might be inclined to “root” for that sort of thing on principle… it’s also a much more ambiguous and “thoughtful” film than tends to break big in that demographic (read: Neither Kirk Cameron nor Kevin Sorbo are anywhere to be found in the credits.)Oh, and while we’re at it it’s also a movie about enduring and surviving horrible torture (which also has an eager audience, but this is Scorsese in subdued/”holding-back” mode). It’s a long one – a few minutes shorter than, say, The Wolf of Wall Street but without all the guilty-pleasure bacchanalia that made you not notice that The Wolf of Wall Street was 3 hours long. In a modern Hollywood so timid about “sure things” that they’ll hesitate to make some movies that people DO ask them to make, pushing forward on a project that’s almost guaranteed not to connect entirely because it’s a passion project you just have to get out of your system? Gotta respect that – I just wish the movie was better.Don’t get me wrong: it’s far from a “dud” – this is Martin Scorsese we’re talking about, and Martin Scorsese simply doesn’t make “duds.” But it also really failed to grab me in a way where I’m not sure if I’m more disappointed in the movie or myself. Grappling as one must with the modern film critic’s eternal self-doubt as to whether or not one is committing the plebian sin of dismissing a Scorsese film because it doesn’t fall into the crime/mafia/machismo mold he’s most famous for. It’s not quite the same heresy the protagonists of the film wrestles with, but an inner turmoil all the same.In any case: This the second adaptation of Japanese author Shūsaku Endō’s historical fiction novel about the persecution of Tokugawa-era Japan’s minority Christian population while the faith was outlawed by the government following the Shimabara Rebellion of 1637. The basic setup is that the government is arresting and torturing believers to pressure the foreign Missionaries ministering to them to commit symbolic acts of apostasy – specifically placing their foot on an image of Christ and renouncing their faith. Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver (no, really) are a pair of Portuguese Catholic Priests who travel to Japan looking for their mentor (Liam Neeson) after learning that he has gone missing and been accused of not only renouncing Christ but going over to the side of the Japanese government itself. While there, they also discover secret clans of Japan’s “Hidden Christians” who seek their help as well, but… suffice it to say; things don’t really go well for anybody involved.So it’s basically another Heart of Darkness riff on which to hang an extended-length meditation on the nature of faith and whether or not faith in and of itself is worth the suffering it often asks of a true believer, punctuated by oddly-subdued scenes of torture and violence. And there’s a lot to recommend. It’s beautiful to look atsoft pass’s fascinating to see Scorsese hold back from the high-energy kinetic camerawork he’s often associated with. The fact that there’s almost zero music for the duration is a bold choice (“Silence” – get it?), and the ideas that make up its thematic core all get ample (perhaps too ample, to be honest) room to breathe and make their case.Unfortunately, the way it comes together makes it all feel just a little bit cold and detached despite the supposed gravity of everything going down. Yes, fine, that’s part of the point; but at a certain level, the audience has to be drawn into a connection with the main character’s internal plight so that we can understand (or at least empathize with) the moral and psychological conflict they’re enduring. And while it all fits together on paper that we should be doing so… Silence just never quite managed to draw me into the narrative no matter how much I admired the craftsmanship – and sadly, I have to put a lot of that onto Andrew Garfield.Look, this kid is clearly a dedicated actor, he’ll probably be really compelling someday and I know we’re all eager to cut him a break because he’s trying really hard to wash off those godawful Spider-Man reboots off his resume… but he’s just not up to this kind of material. Driver is actually better than you’d expect, but Garfield is saddled with not only more screentime but the narration, the inner monologue and most of the second half before Neeson can show up and make everyone else look like they’re doing regional dinner theater. This was gonna be a tough role for anybody since you’re doing all the heavy-lifting yourself without much deliberate flourish or “showy” moments to disperse the workload, absolutely – but regardless, Garfield just doesn’t yet have the chops for this, and it makes the film a chore.And while Scorsese is doing probably the best job that any Western filmmaker could possibly do in being fair (and also fairly cynical) about the basic premise; it’s none the less hard not to feel like we’re hearing the wrong or at least less-compelling side of the story. It’s true that this was probably the worst moment in time conceivable regarding “the discourse” to release a film that asks an audience to feel anything other than abject contempt for white European men striding into someone else’s country. Men looking to drive religious conversions, there surely must be a way to be faithful to Endo’s narrative without the film occasionally feeling within sight of giving a soft-pass to Jesuit colonialism.Sometimes even the best of artists get lost inside of long-gestating passion projections. And Scorsese is no exception – see also: Gangs of New York (or, rather, don’t). Silence is nobly intended and not a failure of execution (certainly not of ambition, either) but it just doesn’t come together in the end. MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ last_img read more

Joao Mario I had to learn and improve

first_imgInter Milan midfielder Joao Mario admits fans frustrations at his displays forced him to improve his game.Joao Mario was poised for an exit from the club last summer, after a loan spell with the Hammers, the Portuguese has worked his way back into Luciano Spalletti’s plans.“Every so often, at the end of games, I thought that I had at least given everything on the field, even I didn’t play very well in a technical sense,” he told Football Italia.“However, I saw that people were annoyed with my performances so I had to go over some things and improve.“I didn’t think I could’ve been a starter a year ago. Playing at San Siro can be a bit complicated, so I had to be patient.Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“In the past, I was very worried about what I couldn’t control, but one thing I’ve learned is that even if you work hard, there are some things you can’t control. Therefore, you have to be calm because sooner or later an opportunity will come.“Not playing that many games was tough for me, but it forces you to grow up. I didn’t expect to play. It was a difficult match, away from home.“However, I had the opportunity and I knew I had to give everything to gain continuity. Spalletti tries to help everyone with their mental state.“Maybe you’re not feeling good mentally and people don’t understand why. Spalletti’s a very emotional person in games.last_img read more