Kafeel Khan’s brother shot at in Gorakhpur

first_imgThe brother of doctor Kafeel Khan, who is out on bail in connection with the BRD Medical College incident, was shot at by unknown assailants in his hometown Gorakhpur late on Sunday. Two men on a scooty allegedly fired at Kashif Jameel at around 11 p.m. and fled from the scene leaving him grievously wounded, his family said. Kashif was hit by three bullets — two bullets pierced through his shoulder and arm while the third was lodged in the neck. It was removed after an emergency operation early on Monday. The victim is stable, said his family.  Doctor Kafeel Khan said he had apprehended a murder attempt on his family members. “They was an attempt to murder by brother. I always said they would try to kill us,” said Kafeel Khan. He alleged that the police caused a delay of a few hours in his brother receiving urgent medical care. Doctor Kafeel said the police forced them to take the patient, who was rushed to a private nursing home initially, to the medical college for a medico legal test despite the emergency to get the third bullet removed.  “Medico legal done in sadar hospital but SSP is forcing for one more medico legal in medical college gorakhpur by medical board,” doctor Kafeel said. Doctor Kafeel said the attack on his brother reflected the poor law and order in the State as it took place around 500 metres from the Gorakhnath temple where Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath was lodged for the night. Copy will be updated with police inputs. A police case is not yet registered.Kashif Jameel, 35, runs a battery inverter business.last_img read more

Congress-NCP restart alliance talks with VBA

first_imgRestarting alliance talks, Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Tuesday held a meeting with leaders of the Prakash Ambedkar-led Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA). The VBA has announced candidates for 22 seats, but said that the announcement is not concrete.Action against RSS“Action against Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and seat sharing are two issues before us. Even though we have announced candidates for 22 seats, we will continue talking to them,” said Laxman Mane of the VBA. Maharashtra Congress president Ashok Chavan, who was present in the meeting said that the Congress and NCP are committed to bring the RSS under the ambit of the Constitution. “Our president Rahul Gandhi is even fighting a court case against the RSS. That issue is sorted. We are discussing seat sharing now and even though nothing concrete has been reached, talks will continue,” he said.NCP MLA Dr. Jitendra Awhad said the VBA had announced candidates for Nanded, Madha and Baramati Lok Sabha seats. “Even they know that these seats cannot be exchanged at any cost, they have come to talk, which is a positive sign and we will surely move towards forming a secular front in the State with Mr. Ambedkar,” he said.Following Mr. Ambedkar’s demand to bring RSS under constitutional ambit, the State unit of the Congress had written a letter to him asking for a draft and promising to sign it. However, Mr. Ambedkar replied saying Congress should send it. In Tuesday’s meeting, leaders of the parties’ legal cell, including noted counsel and Rajya Sabha member from NCP Majid Memon were present.Ambedkarites’ appealMeanwhile, a group of intellectuals and social activists from the left and the Ambedkarite movement from Maharashtra have made an appeal to Mr. Ambedkar to think twice on his decision to contest the general elections independently. Activists Bharat Patankar, Milind Ranade, Uka Mahajan and Suresh Sawant said that Congress-NCP’s push to bring RSS under constitution and willingness to give four or more Lok Sabha seats has cleared the path for further discussions. “We are sure that, if taken, your decision to contest polls independently, will not help fascism of the BJP,” the appeal said.Mr. Ambedkar’s Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh has allied with AIMIM to form VBA. Congress has already clarified that it will not join hands with the AIMIM, but is open to form an alliance with Mr Ambedkar.last_img read more

Alvarez, Golovkin fight to a brutal draw; rematch to come

first_img“Today people give me draw. I focus on boxing,” Golovkin said. “Look my belts, I’m still champion. I’ve not lost.”Golovkin was the aggressor throughout and landed punches that had put other fighters to the canvas. But he couldn’t knock Alvarez down, and the Mexican boxer more than stood his own in exchanges with Triple G. The two were still brawling as the final seconds ticked down.Alvarez was leading after the first three rounds, then Golovkin dominated the middle rounds. After a pep talk from his corner, Alvarez came out more aggressive in the 10th round to pull out the draw.Two scorecards were close, with Golovkin ahead 115-113 on one and a 114-114 draw on the other. But veteran judge Adalaide Byrd inexplicably had Alvarez winning 118-110, giving him all but two rounds. The Associated Press scored it 114-114.Golovkin, who has never lost in 38 fights, retained his middleweight titles. But Alvarez showed that he could not only take the punches of the fighter from Kazakhstan but land telling punches of his own.ADVERTISEMENT Golovkin retained his middleweight titles Saturday night, fighting to a 12-round draw with Alvarez in a brutal battle that ended with both fighters holding their hands aloft in victory. It was a fight neither deserved to lose and, when the scores were tallied, neither did.The middleweight bout years in the making lived up to its hype as the two fighters traded huge punches and went after each other for 12 rounds. Neither was down or seriously hurt, but both landed big punches to the head that had the crowd screaming in excitement.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingAlvarez rallied late to win the last three rounds on each scorecard and pull out the draw, though both fighters claimed victory.“I won 7-8 rounds easily,” Alvarez said. “I was superior inside the ring.” The fight drew a sellout crowd to the T-Mobile Arena, where Mayweather and Conor McGregor engaged in their spectacle three weeks ago. But while that was more of a reality show than a fight, this was a battle that had fans on their feet screaming almost from the opening bell.Alvarez was guaranteed $5 million, while Golovkin had a $3 million guarantee. Both were expected to make much more on a share of the pay-per-view revenue.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Golovkin had chased Alvarez for nearly two years, trying to get the signature fight that would pay him millions and make him a pay-per-view draw on his own. Alvarez, the redhead known as Canelo, finally agreed to the match after Golovkin looked vulnerable earlier this year against Daniel Jacobs in a decision win that stopped his knockout streak at 23 fights.But Alvarez said Golovkin didn’t have anything he wasn’t expecting, and that his power wasn’t what it was made out to be.Golovkin, who moved to Los Angeles from Kazakhstan to pursue stardom in the ring, said he would welcome a second fight“Of course I want a rematch,” he said. “I want a fight. A true fight. I have my belts. I want a championship fight.”Alvarez said he was more than willing to do it again.“Obviously yes, if the people want it,” Alvarez said. “He didn’t win, it was a draw. I always said I was going to be a step ahead of him.”After the decision was announced, both fighters hugged and Triple G whispered something in Alvarez’s ear. They then exchanged thumbs-up signs and a handshake, knowing they had done their jobs well.“We knew this was going to be a war,” said Golovkin trainer Abel Sanchez. “There were no surprises.”The draw was the first mark on Golovkin’s record, which now stands at 37-0-1. Alvarez is now 49-1-2, his only loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr.Golovkin entered the ring first, one of the concessions he had to make to get the fight with Alvarez despite holding all the middleweight belts. Alvarez, who brings millions of Mexican and Mexican-American fans, also got a bigger share of the fight proceeds and top billing. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Back on top A frenzied crowd of 22,358 at the T-Mobile Arena roared throughout the fight as the two middleweights put on the kind of show that boxing purists had anticipated. They brawled, used sharp jabs and counter punched at times, with neither one willing to give the other much ground.“Congratulations all my friends from Mexico,” Golovkin said. “I want a true fight. I want a big drama show.”There was plenty of drama toward the end of the fight as Alvarez rallied in the late rounds and rocked Golovkin with uppercuts and big right hands. But just as soon as he landed, he often took one back from the slugger so feared that most other fighters avoided him.There was even more drama on the scorecards, as Byrd’s score was off the other two by a wide margin.“That’s the life of a judge,” said Bob Bennett, executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission. “She had a bad night in a big fight.”It was a battle from the opening bell, as Golovkin tried to walk Alvarez down only to get hit by sharp counter punches.Both fighters raised their hands in triumph at the final bell and jumped into the arms of corner men. Then they waited as the scorecards were added up to see who would leave the ring with the belts.“It’s not my fault,” Golovkin said. “I put pressure on every round.”Golovkin predicted before the fight that the late rounds would resemble a street fight, and in a way they did. Both fighters were willing to trade, and both had no problems landing hard shots to the head.Ringside punching stats credited Golovkin landing 217 of 703 punches while Alvarez landed 169 of 505. LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Canelo Alvarez, left, and Gennady Golovkin celebrate following a middleweight title fight Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, in Las Vegas. The fight was called a draw. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)LAS VEGAS — Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin argued afterward about who won their middleweight showdown.No one could argue it wasn’t a great fight.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims MOST READ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul View commentslast_img read more

Sports Wrap: ‘Virat Kohli at his best now’, how ‘Playing It My Way’ came to be written and more

first_imgWe are seeing the best of Virat Kohli now: Nasser Hussain to India TodayFormer England skipper Nasser Hussain found Kohli too conservative in his tactics in the Visakhapatnam Test but his views changed in the very next match at Mohali.’Playing It My Way’ was a book waiting to be written: Here’s whyBoria Majumdar recounts the stories that led to the conceptualisation of Sachin Tendulkar’s autobiography, ‘Playing It My Way’Glenn Maxwell back on the big stage to push credentials for India Glenn Maxwell wants to use the one-day series against New Zealand to press his claims for Australia’s tour of India in February next year.Germany axed from 2017 Formula One calendarGermany’s absence had been expected with the Nuerburgring unwilling to pay hosting fees and Hockenheim reluctant to lose money in successive seasons.Colombia and Brazil football teams join in tribute after plane crash Colombia’s Atletico Nacional, which was ready to host the first leg of the final, instead held a ceremony in honor of their fallen rivals Chapecoense, whose plane crashed into a hillside outside of Medellin.last_img read more

WATCH: Liga MX Goals of the Week

first_imgLiga MX Liga MX Goals of the Week: The best from Jornada 5 of the Clausura Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon 01:02 2/6/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Aviles Hurtado Monterrey Azael Rodriguez Liga MX Monterrey Puebla v Guadalajara Atlas v Cruz Azul Querétaro v Veracruz Santos Laguna v Tijuana Monterrey v León Pachuca v Morelia América v Lobos BUAP Necaxa v Toluca Pumas v Tigres UANL Lobos BUAP León Guadalajara Cruz Azul Puebla Pachuca Veracruz Tijuana Morelia Necaxa Toluca Querétaro Tigres UANL Atlas Santos Laguna América Pumas A debut goal from America’s new forward and the return of a familiar face feature as Goal counts down the best goals from Mexico this weekend It was feast or famine this weekend in terms of Liga MX goals, but for the most part fans of remarkable goals ate well from the buffet. Two matches finished 5-1, America’s win over Lobos BUAP and Monterrey’s triumph over Leon. You’ll find goals from both below.There also was a thriller between Pachuca and Morelia and a quality contest Sunday with Pumas coming out as the big cat with a win over Tigres. We’ll mention the scoreless draws between Necaxa and Tolucua and Santos Laguna and Tijuana no further.Each week, Goal chooses our top three goals from the Liga MX weekend and presents them to you so you have only the finest, freshest Liga MX goals on the screen of your computer or mobile device. Here are our picks from Jornada 5 with honorable mention going to Keisuke Honda, Matias Alustiza and Carlos Esquivel: Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player 3. Jeremy Menez (Club America) – 5-1 vs. Lobos BUAP#NoTeLoPierdasGLAAAAZO de Jéremy Ménez@ClubAmerica 5-1 @LobosBuapMX #Jornada5 #Clausura2018 #LIGABancomerMX#SienteTuLiga#CreandoOportunidades #PorLaEducación #AbrazadosPorElFutbol pic.twitter.com/ukWqYSFq3r— LIGA Bancomer MX (@LIGABancomerMX) February 4, 2018The victory already was wrapped up by the time America’s new French forward Jerermy Menez scored this goal. After Henry Martin’s two first-half goals, Las Aguilas’ win over Lobos BUAP was already wrapped up by the time Menez set foot on the Estadio Azteca grass. Yet, despite the hat trick from the Mexico international, this is the goal that stands out as the finest from that contest.Menez seals the triumph with his right foot, letting a good cross from Renato Ibarra bounce before he uses his first touch to fire into a place where Jorge Villalpando couldn’t make a stop. It was top quality from the new addition. His next test will be doing it against a team that isn’t already losing 4-1 and is able to defend a bit better than Lobos.2. Erick Gutierrez (Pachuca) – 1-0 vs. Morelia#NoTeLoPierdasGLAAAAAAAAAZO de Erick Gutiérrez @Tuzos 1-0 @FuerzaMonarca #Jornada5 #Clausura2018 #LIGABancomerMX#SienteTuLiga#CreandoOportunidades #PorLaEducación #AbrazadosPorElFutbol pic.twitter.com/eVjUk9PmWF— LIGA Bancomer MX (@LIGABancomerMX) February 4, 2018It’s been too long since we’ve seen a goal from Erick Gutierrez. With injuries afflicting him for much of 2017, the Pachuca midfielder hadn’t found the back of the net in league play since an Aug. 12 goal against Tigres in the Apertura.Maybe that’s why Morelia decided it could sag so far off of him, but that turned out to be a huge mistake. “El Guti” seems stunned by how much space he has in front of him when he received the pass from around 30 yards out and moves forward before sending a rocket on net with his left foot. His teammate, Keisuke Honda, had a great free kick but both goals were in a losing effort as Morelia came back to top Tuzos, 3-2.1. Aviles Hurtado (Monterrey) – 1-0 vs. Leon#NoTeLoPierdasGLAAAAAAZO de Avilés Hurtado@Rayados 1-0 @clubleonfc #Jornada5 #Clausura2018 #LIGABancomerMX#SienteTuLiga#CreandoOportunidades #PorLaEducación #AbrazadosPorElFutbol pic.twitter.com/c2ALIpU3BL— LIGA Bancomer MX (@LIGABancomerMX) February 4, 2018Maybe Leon should’ve seen this goal as a harbinger of the attacking onslaught Monterrey was about to unleash. This goal was just the first of five Rayados put past Leon goalkeeper William Yarbrough, but it stands out as the best. It’s very much a Monterrey-style goal. Hurtado receives the long pass from Celso Ortiz, controlling with a good first touch. Now it’s up to him to make something happen. And, oh, he does.After Hurtado fakes a left-footed pass, he takes Andres Mosqueda to the end line with his right foot. That draws Yarbrough’s attention and the goalkeeper comes off his line. After keeping the ball in, Hurtado decides to have a go of it from a tight angle and manages to coax it across the line. A teammate probably gets a foot on it even if it’s not crossing the line, but Hurtado says, ‘No worries. I got this.’ and does it himself. Then he’s off to celebrate, perhaps letting the thought of scoring Goal’s Liga MX Goal of the Week dance through his mind as well.last_img read more

Rishabh Pant for World Cup 2019? Sachin Tendulkar weighs in with his thoughts

first_imgRishabh Pant for World Cup 2019? Sachin Tendulkar weighs in with his thoughts2019 Cricket World Cup: Former India captain and batting great, Sachin Tendulkar has opined that it will be difficult for Virat Kohli’s men to accommodate a third wicketkeeper-batsman in Rishabh Pant for the showpiece event in England, starting May 30.advertisement India Today Web Desk MumbaiJanuary 16, 2019UPDATED: January 16, 2019 21:04 IST Rishabh Pant is not part of India squad for the ongoing ODI series in Australia and the upcoming limited-overs series in New Zealand (@BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSachin Tendulkar believes Rishabh Pant’s inclusion may affect the combination of Team IndiaRishabh Pant has established himself as the first-choice wicketkeeper in TestsPant, who has played 3 ODIs, scored more than Virat Kohli in India’s 2-1 Test series win in AustraliaBatting great Sachin Tendulkar has hinted it will be difficult to accommodate young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant in India’s squad for the 2019 World Cup, starting May 30 in England.21-year-old Rishabh Pant did not find a place in the Indian ODI and T20I squads for the ongoing limited-over series in Australia and the upcoming series in New Zealand, starting January 23. Pant will be part of India A squad that will be taking on England Lions in a five-match unofficial ODI series, starting January 23 in Thiruvananthapuram.While eyebrows were raised at his exclusion from the limited-over squads especially after Pant surpassed captain Virat Kohli’s tally in the four-match Test series in Australia, head coach Ravi Shastri and chief selector MSK Prasad had told India Today that Pant would definitely be part of India’s World Cup plans.However, Tendulkar has opined that the inclusion of wicketkeeper-batsman Pant may affect the team combination as India already have MS Dhoni and Dinesh Karthik (two wicketkeepers) as part of the squad.Notably, Dhoni and Karthik, who is part of the playing XI as a speciallist batsman, combined on Tuesday in Adelaide to help India to a series-levelling win in the ongoing three-match series against Australia.”It’s a nice thought (to have Pant in) but we have already got Dhoni and Karthik playing as a batter, we have two wicket-keepers, who have contributed in our success yesterday. They have had a crucial partnership which won us the match,” Tendulkar said on his app 100MB, as quoted by the PTI.advertisement”So if you are looking to have Pant in the team that means you have to remove a proper batter or one bowler, and I don’t think we can afford to remove a bowler. So if he replaces a proper batter who doesn’t bowl, then it’s okay but if he is going to replace an all-rounder then that’s going to cost us,” Tendulkar added.Tendulkar heaps praise on MS Dhoni, Dinesh KarthikMeanwhile, Tendulkar also heaped praise on MS Dhoni, who managed to silence his critics with a match-winning half-century in the Adelaide ODI. The World Cup-winning former captain faced flak after taking 96 balls to score 51 in India’s 34-run defeat in the series opener in Sydney but he slammed a 54-ball 55 to help India gun down a 299-run target on Tuesday.”He (Dhoni) is someone who loves to play a few dot balls, understand the wicket, how the bowlers are bowling and likes to take the game till the end. That is exactly what he did. He is someone who is going to control the game from one end,” Tendulkar said.He also praised Dinesh Karthik for his role as a “finisher” and complementing Dhoni’s experience during final overs.”And yesterday along with Dhoni, I felt that Dinesh Karthik played rather well as he came and finished the game. It was a fantastic contribution from Dinesh also. Dhoni stayed till the end and his experience mattered.”Also Read | MS Dhoni back with a bang after Adelaide heroics, says Nikhil ChopraAlso Read | Team India still benefitting from MS Dhoni’s finishing abilities: Jason GillespieAlso Read | MS Dhoni did not complete a single and forgot to raise his bat after reaching his fiftyAlso Read | India vs Australia: Why MS Dhoni lost his cool with Khaleel Ahmed in AdelaideAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Rishabh PantFollow MS DhoniFollow Sachin TendulkarFollow India vs AustraliaFollow 2019 Cricket World CupFollow Dinesh KarthikFollow Adelaidelast_img read more

New Music Monday: The Growlers

first_imgThe music of The Growlers is unmistakable.Sure, you can hone in on some influences baked into the work of this California-bred band. Heck, even they’d cop to a few, like Ricky Nelson and The Clash. But once those same RIYL tags have been filtered through the minds and hands and voices of this five-piece, there’s simply nothing else like it.The Growlers took the phrase “Beach Goth” as an apt descriptor of their music. Sunburned and salty, that term perfectly describes their distinctive melding of reverb heavy surf guitar and Bakersfield-style honky tonk with ‘80s post-punk.This is especially true of Chinese Fountain, The Growlers’ fifth full-length set to be released on September 23rd via Everloving Records. The 11 songs found on it are some of the strongest that they’ve committed to tape yet; a byproduct not only of eight years in the trenches together, but finely honing their gypsy folk dirges and psychedelic sea shanties to fans at close to 150 shows each year. The connection between vocalist Brooks Nielsen and guitarist Matt Taylor (the principal songwriters of the group) has only grown deeper.“The band played better than they’ve ever played,” says Nielsen. “We’ve got the process down now. There’s less screwing around to get the songs laid out and we weren’t waiting around for take after take. We knew it and we played without much time to spare.”That confidence bleeds through every track on Chinese Fountain, with the band assured enough to layer in shades of many new influences: the loping ska beat of “Dull Boy” and “Going Gets Tuff,” the playful disco beat behind the title track, or the Teardrop Explodes-like agitation of “Good Advice.”Not that the band left themselves much room to second-guess anything. The five spent about three weeks writing the tracks, and about half that time in the studio recording them. That may sound rushed, but it’s not as if you can hear any strain on the finished product; Chinese Fountain is as rock solid and watertight as anything in their still-growing discography.There’s evolution to be heard in Chinese Fountain as well, courtesy of some of Nielsen’s most pointed and poignant lyrics to date. He takes our obsession with the online world to task on the funky title track. When he drops the bomb that obliterates that most famous of Beatles’ claims with “The internet is bigger than Jesus or John Lennon” he re-contextualizes Marshall McLuhan’s “the medium is the message” in the same breath. He urges positivity no matter the obstacles (“Going Gets Tuff”). Too, he reveals a tattered heart to the world on tracks like “Rare Hearts” and “Love Test.”“This is my chance to let it all out,” Nielsen says of these songs. “I kind of bottle things up and don’t really get emotional. But I think if I don’t open up, I’d be a really stale person.”Order Chinese Fountain from their official site, Amazon, or iTunes!http://www.thegrowlers.com/ NASCAR Driver Brad Keselowski on Crashing, Winning, and Creating a Legacy SNL’s Kyle Mooney Never Had a Real Job and He’s Cool With That Editors’ Recommendations The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date Is Calisthenics Right For You? A Guide to Bodyweight Workouts Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App last_img read more

First Correctional Service Recruits to Undergo Polygraph Testing Commissioned

first_img The first batch of recruits of the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) to undergo polygraph testing, were on Tuesday (January 23) commissioned as correctional officers.The graduation service for the recruits, who represent the 76th intake of the DCS, was held at the Salem Baptist Church in St. Ann.Speaking with JIS News, State Minister for National Security, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., said the polygraph testing of recruits represents the Government’s commitment to raise the quality and standard of officers in the service.He said despite the fact that the number of recruits was reduced, he is satisfied that the move in the correct one.“It lessened the numbers that we had for the intake to 67 from the usual 150, but we believe that it is the right decision. We think that if we continue to put into place systems to raise the quality and the standard, we are going to see, in time, better results with regards to our rehabilitation processes, with regards to the security systems, with regards to corruption,” he noted.Senator Charles Jr. told JIS News that a holistic approach will be taken to motivate staff and ensure their well-being.He highlighted that through dialogue with staff members, work will be done to improve the conditions under which they work.He cited plans to build a ‘300 man’ facility at Tamarind Farm in St. Catherine, while noting that work is ongoing to rehabilitate sections of the Tower Street correctional facility in Kingston.The State Minister, in his address to the 67 graduates, commended them for making the right decision to join the DCS.He told them that they have been equipped with the requisite skills to make a positive impact in the society.“You are an honoured servant of this nation. You have an opportunity to make a positive impact on the life of someone whom others have already turned their back against… . You are not only now a correctional officer; you are now a significant part of the structure in the Ministry of National Security,” he said. The first batch of recruits of the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) to undergo polygraph testing, were on Tuesday (January 23) commissioned as correctional officers. Story Highlights “It lessened the numbers that we had for the intake to 67 from the usual 150, but we believe that it is the right decision. We think that if we continue to put into place systems to raise the quality and the standard, we are going to see, in time, better results with regards to our rehabilitation processes, with regards to the security systems, with regards to corruption,” he noted. Speaking with JIS News, State Minister for National Security, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., said the polygraph testing of recruits represents the Government’s commitment to raise the quality and standard of officers in the service.last_img read more

Sainty Marine, Precious Shipping Go to Arbitration

first_imgzoom Cash-strapped Chinese shipbuilder Sainty Marine has entered into an arbitration proceedings with Precious Shipping before the arbitration court in London over the cancellation of a 64,000 dwt bulk carrier.The arbitration proceedings should decide upon whether the owner had the right to cancel the contract and whether the shipyard should return the advance payment it had received under the contract, a stock exchange filing shows.Precious Shipping cancelled the contract on March 30, Sainty Marine said, which had been hired by the shipping company to build fourteen 64,000 DWT bulkers.The two parties have been entangled in a number of disputes over the newbuilding series. In May 2015, Precious Shipping declined to take delivery of a 64,000 DWT bulker duo from the yard claiming that the vessels did not meet the fuel consumption standards set by the company. Later in September, the company cancelled  two more 64,000 DWT Ultramax bulk carrier newbuilds amid delivery delays.The financially-troubled shipyard has received an approval for restructuring by the Nanjing Intermediate People’s Court earlier this year and was given until April 17 to compose a restructuring plan.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

China to support airlines seeking compensation from Boeing

first_imgBeijing: China’s airline industry association has thrown its support behind 13 Chinese carriers seeking compensation from Boeing for groundings of the 737 Max 8. The China Air Transport Association said in a statement Friday that the groundings and delayed deliveries of the planes were causing “serious damage” to the companies’ businesses. It estimated their losses at 4 billion yuan (USD 580 million) should the planes remain grounded through the end of next month. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’ The group said it would “actively support and coordinate member companies to carry out their compensation work.” It was unclear if the push to penalise the American aircraft maker over losses resulting from the grounding of the aircraft was in any way linked to trade tensions between Beijing and Washington. China was among the first governments to order 737 Max jets grounded in March after crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia that killed 346 people. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in China The Chinese airlines, including major carriers Air China, China Eastern and China Southern, have 96 Max aircraft in their fleets, with more than 30 more due to be delivered this year. Aviation officials from more 30 countries met Thursday with the FAA to hear the US regulator’s approach to reviewing changes that Boeing is making. The company has not yet submitted a final, formal application for approval of its update to a flight-control system that has been implicated in the crashes. That submission will be followed by test flights to demonstrate the changes to FAA experts.last_img read more

Ontario animal welfare agency warns pet owners after dog dies in car

first_imgSMITHS FALLS, Ont. – The death of a dog locked in a car that caught fire has prompted Ontario’s animal welfare agency to issue a warning about the dangers of leaving pets unattended in vehicles.Normand Beauchamp, who is fire chief in Smiths Falls, Ont., says the incident happened around 2 p.m. on Wednesday when a small dog was left in a running car at a Walmart parking lot.He says the owner told firefighters they wanted to keep the dog cool, which is why they left the air conditioning running.But Beauchamp says the car caught fire and the dog had nowhere to go and died.The cause of the fire is under investigation.Alison Cross of the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says many things could go wrong if you leave pets unattended in vehicles.She says if you can’t take your pets with you, then leave them at home.last_img read more

Minimum Income Guarantee Scheme an extraordinary step Sheila Dikshit

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi president Sheila Dikshit welcomed the historic announcement made by Congress president Rahul Gandhi to uplift the living standards of the poorest people in the country through the Minimum Income Guarantee Scheme, which she termed was an “extraordinary step”.Sheila Dikshit expressed her view that Rahul Gandhi made the announcement that under the Minimum Income Guarantee Scheme (Nyuantam Aay Yojna (NYAY)) for 5 crore poorest families of India, i.e 25 crore people, Rs 72,000 per annum would be deposited directly in the bank account of the woman of the family. She said that this scheme will apply both to the Urban and Rural poor families. She said “this is the biggest scheme for the poor by the Congress party” after the highly successful MANREGA. She said that this is probably the world’s first such scheme to ameliorate the woeful condition of the poorest people.last_img read more

Annan welcomes moves by India and Pakistan towards possible summit

“The Secretary-General warmly welcomes the decision of the Indian Government to invite the Chief Executive of Pakistan to come to New Delhi,” a spokesman for Mr. Annan said in a statement. “He is encouraged that General Musharraf has responded positively to this invitation and hopes that a summit between Prime Minister Vajpayee and General Musharraf would be arranged without undue delay.” Mr. Annan believes, the statement said, that a meeting now at the highest level would further ease tensions in the region and facilitate a resumption of a sustained Indo-Pakistan dialogue, “which is very much in the long-term interests of both countries.”The Secretary-General, who recently visited South Asia and conferred with both leaders, has consistently urged India and Pakistan to resume direct contacts to address outstanding bilateral and regional issues, including Kashmir, the spokesman said. read more

General Assembly President appeals for Olympic Truce ahead of Sochi Games

“I solemnly appeal to all Member States to demonstrate their commitment to the Olympic Truce for the 2014 Sochi Olympic and Paralympic Games,” Mr. Ashe said reading his Solemn Appeal at the UN Headquarters in New York. He urged Governments “to undertake concrete actions at the local, national, regional and world levels to promote and strengthen a culture of peace and harmony based on the spirit of the Truce.”The symbolic Truce will start one week before the XXII Olympic Winter Games, due to take place 7 to 23 February, and will run until a week after the closing of the XI Paralympic Winter Games, to be held 7 to 16 March.The ancient Greek tradition of the ekecheiria, or Olympic Truce, was born in the eighth century BC “to encourage a peaceful environment and ensure safe passage, access and participation for athletes and relevant persons at the Games, thereby mobilizing the youth of the world to the cause of peace.”“I also call upon all warring parties of current armed conflicts around the world to boldly agree to true mutual ceasefires for the duration of the Olympic Truce, thus providing an opportunity to settle disputes peacefully,” Mr. Ashe said, adding that the UN flag will fly at the Olympic Park.Mr. Ashe today follows a tradition that starting in 1994, when Assembly Presidents began making a Solemn Appeal for the observance of a truce during the Winter and Summer Games. Since 2006, the appeal was also made for the subsequent Paralympic Games.In November, the 193-Member Assembly underlined the importance of cooperating to “collectively implement the values of the Olympic truce around the world.”In a resolution adopted by consensus, the Assembly agreed to “cooperate with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee in their efforts to use sport as a tool to promote peace, dialogue and reconciliation in areas of conflict during and beyond” the holding of the Games.At that time, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the Assembly’s resolution and urged all countries to transform it into action by pressing for an end to all hostilities during the Olympic Games and by promoting the spirit of the Truce throughout the year. read more

Rio Tintos debut Amrun bauxite shipment sets sail

first_imgRio Tinto has completed the first shipment of bauxite from its Amrun mine in Queensland, Australia, six weeks ahead of schedule.At a ceremony on the Western Cape York Peninsula in the far north of Queensland, more than 80,000 t of bauxite was loaded on to the RTM Weipa bound for Rio’s Yarwun alumina refinery in Gladstone.The US$1.9 billion (A$2.6 billion) investment in Amrun is aimed at replacing production from the depleting East Weipa mine and increasing annual bauxite exports by around 10 Mt. Amrun is expected to reach a full production rate of 22.8 Mt/y during 2019.Rio Tinto Aluminium chief executive Alf Barrios said: “Bringing Amrun online further strengthens our position as a leading supplier in the seaborne market. We have the largest bauxite resources in the industry and are geographically well positioned to supply China’s significant future import needs, as well as supporting our refinery and smelting operations in Australia and New Zealand.”The mining major was able to bring Amrun in ahead of schedule thanks, in part, to an innovation in design and fabrication of key infrastructure purpose-built for construction at Amrun’s remote location, according to Rio Tinto Growth & Innovation Group Executive Stephen McIntosh.This included design and fabrication of the wharf on the Western Cape York Peninsula, which was constructed over water in essentially 13 pieces.During construction, the Amrun development set a benchmark in supporting local and regional suppliers with US$1.6 billion invested with Australian companies, including $181 million with local Cape York companies, Rio said.last_img read more

Pixel Press lets you create a mobile game on a sheet of

first_imgCreating a game regardless of the platform you are targeting is still a relatively difficult task. One of the easiest ways in is to use software like Scratch, Construct, or GameMaker Studio, but even then there’s some logic or programming required, you need to source or create your artwork and audio, and then build and test the game. For anyone new to game development or who just wants to experiment, it can be quite a daunting task.Robin Rath aims to take the pain out of creating games with his new Kickstarter called Pixel Press. What Pixel Press does is allow you to create a game using nothing more than a pencil and sheet of paper. You draw the game, and the Pixel Press app does the rest and turns it into a full game playable on iOS and Android devices.Pixel Press consists of a pre-drawn grid you print out and draw on. Following a set of simple rules, you can construct levels for a platform game that has fixed and moving platforms, obstacles such as water pits, and even fireballs that shoot up and try and kill the player.All of this in-game action is governed simply by the shapes and marks drawn on the sheet of paper. Once you are happy with your drawn level you use your iOS device’s camera to capture it and feed it into the Pixel Press app. You can then set about choosing color schemes and the overall look of your game before getting to play it, and you can even create and upload your own art assets if you are so inclined.The whole process is super simple going on what the video shows above, and it sounds like a great way to get kids interested in game making. One final feature which is sure to get kids interested is the ability to share your creations with other users, so someone else with an iPad, for example, can download and play your levels.Rath has set a target of $100,000 for the Kickstarter to be successful, and he’s already nearing $30,000 with 24 days still to go.last_img read more

Truly shocking There are now 9846 homeless people in Ireland

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Cormac Fitzgerald 86 Comments Thursday 28 Jun 2018, 3:50 PM File photo of tents along the Royal Canal. Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie Minister you should be ashamed. You should be ashamed that you’re failingLabour housing spokesperson Jan O’Sullivan called the numbers “truly shocking”. Short URL http://jrnl.ie/4097015 24,358 Views Share3503 Tweet Email3 THE NUMBER OF homeless people living in emergency accommodation in Ireland rose by almost 200 people last month.Emergency accommodation figures for May show that there are now collectively 9,846 homeless people living in homeless shelters or hotels across Ireland.The number of homeless adults rose by 57 in May to 6,020. These 57 adults were all located in Dublin.There was also an increase of 12 families and 137 children in May. The number of homeless children in Ireland is now 3,826.In Dublin – where the issue is by far at its worst – the number of homeless families dropped by 14, but the number of children rose by 76.No families were removed from the figures over the so-called “categorisation issue”, which has resulted in to date about 900 adults and children being removed from the monthly count.Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy has said that the families in these situations were in “homes”. This is despite criticism levelled at the Department by opposition TDs as well as charity officials over the removal of families from the monthly figures.Dublin City Council assistant chief executive Brendan Kenny has also said that these families were “still homeless”, despite being removed from the figures.“Stabilisation” Commenting on the figures, Minister Murphy said that any increase in people in emergency accommodation is “very disappointing”, but said that the figures pointed to a continuation of the “stabilisation” that had been seen in recent months.“Family homelessness has always been more of a pronounced problem in Dublin than in the rest of the country, so it is encouraging that the numbers of families accessing emergency accommodation in May fell,” he said.The Minister referenced two recently published homeless reports and said that he would be bringing forward policy responses based on them “as a matter of priority”.He also said he would be holding a Housing Summit next week, on 3 July, with the heads of chief executives of each local authority where they would discuss how to tackle the issue.The latest figures are being discussed in the Dáil currently.Fianna Fáil’s children spokesperson Anne Rabbitte said that the number of homeless children in Ireland was “wrong”.“I never play politics on it minister, I don’t criticise but it is wrong. It is wrong and I’m not saying it solely lies at your door,” she said.Sinn Féin housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin said that he was “ashamed to be a member of the Dáil”, as it was “presiding over the single biggest rise in child homelessness on record”. File photo of tents along the Royal Canal. Jun 28th 2018, 3:50 PM ‘Truly shocking’: There are now 9,846 homeless people in Ireland The number of homeless adults rose by 57 in May to 6,020. These 57 adults were all located in Dublin.last_img read more

Cracks emerge in Trumps campaign promise on immigration

first_imgWASHINGTON — Donald Trump’s tough-talking plan to rein in illegal immigration showed signs Sunday of cracking, with the president-elect backing off his vow to build a solid wall along the southern U.S. border and House Speaker Paul Ryan rejecting any “deportation force” targeting people in the country illegally.After Trump told CBS’ “60 Minutes” that his border wall might look more like a fence in spots, the combative billionaire took to Twitter to settle some scores.During a four-hour spree, Trump savaged the New York Times and gloated about the GOP stalwarts lining up to congratulate him, bragging that staunch critics and GOP rivals John Kasich, Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush had sent attaboys. Former presidents George W. and George H.W. Bush also had sent their “best wishes on the win. Very nice!” The New York Times, Trump wrote to his 14 million followers, is “dishonest” and “highly inaccurate.”As Trump revenge-tweeted, threats flew between power brokers, and protests across the country continued.The president-elect retreated from the campaign promise that had inspired his supporters chant “Build the wall!” at Trump’s massive campaign rallies.Would he accept a fence in some spots on the border? In an interview to be aired Sunday, Trump told “60 Minutes”: “For certain areas, I would, but certain areas, a wall is more appropriate. There could be some fencing.”Excerpts of the interview were released in advance.Trump also had vowed to immediately deport all 11 million people in the country illegally. But in the interview, he said he’s focusing first on ousting or incarcerating 2 million to 3 million “that are criminals and have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers.” Trump emphasized that securing the border is his very first immigration priority.last_img read more

Beaverton cop pleads not guilty to child rape charge

first_imgA Beaverton, Ore., police officer pleaded not guilty to a child rape charge this morning in Clark County Superior Court.Christopher R. Warren, 33, of Vancouver, stands accused of first-degree rape of a child. The alleged victim is a 5-year-old relative.He has retained two attorneys, Louis Byrd of Vancouver and Ernest Warren of Portland, and is free on $250,000 bail.His trial is tentatively scheduled for Aug. 19.Friends and family rallied around Warren after he was arrested at his home in central Vancouver.“The justice system is broken,” Thomas Taylor, one of Warren’s high school friends, told reporters outside the courtroom.Taylor, of Portland, said friends and family have a website to support Warren at christopherwarrentruthbetold.wordpress.com.Warren remains on paid administrative leave from his police job. He was temporarily relieved from duty in April, when he was arrested in Washington County, Ore., on suspicion of misusing food stamps.Court records indicate the child’s mother alerted Vancouver police that the child had disclosed that Warren had fondled the child’s genital area during a bath. In a May 14 interview at Clark County Children’s Justice Center, the child said that Warren also had penetrated the child’s private parts with a pencil, according to a probable cause affidavit.This isn’t the first time the officer has been accused of such a crime.Warren was put on paid leave in 2010 while Multnomah County and Washington County authorities investigated allegations that he failed to report suspected child abuse about six years ago involving a friend, The Oregonian reported. The friend, Sugar Ray Black, was convicted earlier in 2010 of sexually abusing three other girls who were 14 or younger.That same year, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s office also investigated separate claims that Warren had molested a minor girl when he was 17, according to the newspaper.Prosecutors did not charge Warren with a crime because the victim declined to cooperate, the newspaper reported.last_img read more

Democrats Add New Members to House Armed Services Panel

first_imgHouse leaders released the names of 15 members joining the Armed Services Committee, which will be chaired by Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.).The new Democratic members are Reps. Gil Cisneros (Calif.), Jason Crow (Colo.), Veronica Escobar (Texas), Jared Golden (Maine), Deb Haaland (N.M.), Katie Hill (Calif.), Kendra Horn (Okla.), Chrissy Houlahan (Pa.), William Keating (Mass.), Andy Kim (N.J.), Elaine Luria (Va.), Mikie Sherrill (N.J.), Elissa Slotkin (Mich.), Xochitl Torres Small (N.M.), Lori Trahan (Mass.) and Filemon Vela (Texas)More Democrats will be added, including some members who served on the committee in the previous Congress.Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Calif.), the panel’s former chair, will be the top Republican on the committee. Other Republican committee members have not been announced. ADC AUTHORlast_img read more