Bomb explodes near police station in Manipur border town

first_imgA powerful bomb exploded near the police station at Moreh, a border town in Manipur, and there was no casualty as the incident occurred late on Saturday. Lekhohao Waiphei, station house officer of the Moreh police station, said that the explosion took place at 10 p.m.The blast left a crater on the road. Civil and police commandos, personnel of 43 Assam Rifles, led by commanding officer Col. Sumit Sood, rushed to the spot soon after the blast. No one has claimed responsibility for the explosion. Moreh police have registered a case and investigation is on.As the blast damaged the power supply system, the border town was plunged into darkness.Two days ago a bomb exploded at the Tamu market inside Myanmar. Tamu is about 10 km away from the international gate. No arrest has been made in this connection.Drugs seizedMeanwhile, a combined team of 43 Assam Rifles personnel and police commandos seized various narcotics drugs from a tribal woman in the border town on Saturday morning. The woman was identified as Hahat Haokip, 47, a resident of Moreh town. Officials said that the value of the seized drugs is about ₹28 crore in the international market. Sources said that the drug had been smuggled from Myanmar and it was meant for trafficking to other Northeast States.last_img read more

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China push India to snooker silver

first_imgAfter the high of Pankaj Advani’s gold in billiards on Sunday, a silver for the snooker team on Tuesday was a bit disappointing. Yet, the bigger reality was how India lost the final to China (1-3).There are more medals up for grabs in the green baize sport, but what’s indeed creditable is how the hosts have worked hard to prove their mettle in a new sport. The man who is best equipped to comment on the new phenomenon of Chinese learning the tricks of the trade is none other than Geet Sethi. When cue sports were introduced at the Bangkok Asiad Games in 1998, India were the kings. Now, it seems, the story is not the same.On Tuesday, Sethi was in the Doordarshan commentary box when Yasin Merchant struggled against World No. 4 Ding Junhui in the crucial singles. In the 100- point format, the Indians still need to catch up.Ding made short work of his Indian opponent without giving him any chance to visit the table. With a 2-1 lead in the bestof- five-frames game, the Chinese would not have even allowed Merchant the luxury of a good break, even if it was in his hands.The other team members – Aditya Mehta and Brijesh Damani – were mere spectators. Such was his play that Ding did everything with clockwork precision. He notched up a comfortable 97 to take the frame and the gold for his team. In contrast, Asian champion Merchant could do nothing but applaud the Chinese’s fluent play.advertisementAnd that is why Sethi calls Ding a young sensation. “This guy is simply superb,” summed up the Indian legend in one word. Talking about the progress the Chinese have made in cue sport, Sethi couldn’t but admire the commitment of the players, the system and the facilities being given to them.”Somebody told me after the Beijing Olympics about a comment by China’s sports minister where he had said he was ashamed that his country’s sportspersons could not win some gold medals in athletics.This was after the hosts had topped the list of medal tally with some 50-odd gold medals. This also shows the commitment of the government, which wants the country to rule the sporting world,” said Sethi, giving full marks to the system.Merchant, too, saluted the way the Chinese had prepared this time. “We had beaten them at Vietnam (Indoor Games) last year but the amount of preparation they have put in for these Games is mindboggling. I can only salute their efforts,” said the former Asian champion.Ding, a 23-year-old, has already won three ranking tournaments, including the sport’s biggest – the UK championships – and his triumph in the China Open was watched by an estimated 110 million in his homeland. The Chinese are already looking at a positive effect for cue sport in general and snooker in particular. It’s definitely on after Ding proved who the master at the table was.last_img read more

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HR-ASSEMBLY 2 LAST

first_imgNotably, three Congress MLAs, including former SpeakerNotably, three Congress MLAs, including former Speaker Kuldeep Sharma were suspended from the Haryana Assembly during the budget session in March this year for six months for “tearing” copies of the Governors Address.The Congress legislators have been accused of breaking the House decorum and laid down traditions by showing disrespect to Governor.Kuldeep Sharma, meanwhile, launched a scathing attack on Haryanas Sports Minister Anil Vij, alleging that Rs 1.75 crore was spent on his entourage when the Minister led a state delegation to the Rio Olympic games. However, Vij has trashed the allegations of his roaming on beaches and spending time elsewhere as baseless. PTI SUN SG RG SGlast_img read more

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De Colo’s late free throws lead CSKA to road win

first_imgFirst quarter: CSKA shines on offense, takes leadVassilis Spanoulis got Olympiacos going with a three-pointer and Nikola Milutinov matched Ivan Lazarev’s put-back slam in traffic with a layup for a 5-2 lead. Nikita Kurbanov struck from downtown and Vorontsevich bettered Milutinov’s free throws with a triple that gave CSKA its first lead, 7-8. Ioannis Papapetrou scored around the basket, but free throws by Nando De Colo and a layup by Aaron Jackson restored a 9-12 CSKA edge. Jackson scored again and a dunk by Vorontsevich boosted the guests’ lead to 7. Vitaly Fridzon capped a 0-11 run with a three-pointer, as Vangelis Mantzaris answered with his own shot from beyond the arc. Spanoulis banked in an off-balance basket and Teodosic split free throws, but back-to-back triples by Milos Teodosic gave CSKA a 15-25 margin. Spanoulis and Matt Lojeski stepped up for the hosts, keeping their team within 22-28. Cory Higgins, Kyle Hines and Teodosic hit foul shots and a three-point play by Daniel Hackett fixed the score at 25-33 after 10 minutes. Third quarter: Mantzaris, Lojeski put Olympiacos in chargeMilutinov shined with a tip-in immediately after the break and a free throw by Kostas Papanikolaou made it a two-point game, 48-50. Lazarev briefly silenced the crowd with an alleyoop dunk that Mantzaris improved that with a three-pointer and soon added a layup-plus-foul to put Olympiacos in charge, 54-52. De Colo stepped up with a backdoor layup that Lojeski erased with a one-handed jumper in the lane. Hines took over with a put-back basket and Teodosic matched Lojeski’s free throws with a driving layup for a 58-58 tie. Mantzaris hit foul shots and Papanikolaou added a fast break layup but Teodosic and Hines kept CSKA within 62-60. Johnson-Odom stepped up with a corner triple that Fridzon matched with a layup-plus-foul. Agravanis followed another follow-up layup with a tip-in that boosted the hosts’ lead to 69-63. A free throw by Teodosic fixed the score at 69-64 after 30 minutes. In a fun-to-watch showdown that went down to the wire, CSKA Moscow moved on to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague playoffs in style by edging Olympiacos Piraeus 96-99 on the road in Group F on Friday. CSKA had locked up first place in Group F before the game and finished it with a 10-4 record; it will face Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade in the playoffs. Olympiacos placed seventh in Group F with a 6-8 record. Nando De Colo led the winners with 20 points – 12 of them in the final three minutes. Milos Teodosic and Aaron Jackson each added 13, Vitaly Fridzon and Nikita Kurbanov scored 11 apiece, while Andrey Vorontsevich had 10 for CSKA. Matt Lojeski led Olympiacos with 18 points, Vassilis Spanoulis added 17, Vangelis Mantzaris had 12 and Othello Hunter got 11 for the hosts. Jackson led a 0-11 run, which Fridzon capped with a three-pointer to give CSKA a 9-16 lead. CSKA extended its margin to 22-33 late in the first quarter, but Daniel Hackett struck twice from downtown in a 14-0 Olympiacos run that put the hosts in charge, 36-33. Vorontsevich and De Colo stepped up for CSKA, which went ahead 45-50 at halftime. Mantzaris took over after the break to help Olympiacos regain the lead, 54-52. He got help from Kostas Papanikolaou and Lojeski to give the hosts a 69-64 lead after 30 minutes. A three-pointer by Kurbanov and free throws by De Colo seemed to seal the outcome in the final minute. But Spanoulis struck from downtown and Lojeski added back-to-back triples for a 2-point deficit with 3.7 seconds left. De Colo made free throws and Olympiacos could not score on the final play. Fourth quarter: Down to the wire dramaKurbanov split free throws early in the quarter and a corner triple by Fridzon caused Olympiacos to call timeout at 69-68. Hunter made foul shots, but Fridzon matched it with a backdoor layup and Hines added a coast-to-coast basket for a 71-72 CSKA lead. Teodosic stepped up with a driving layup, which Agravanis erased with a fast break basket. Jackson scored in penetration and soon added a three-pointer to give CSKA plenty of fresh air at 73-79. Olympiacos kept struggling to score and Higgins struck from downtown to make it a 9-point game. Lojeski swished a mid-range jumper and Hunter added a three-point play that gave Olympiacos hope at 78-82. De Colo followed free throws with a three-point play, but Spanoulis and Hunter kept the hosts within 5. Spanoulis buried a three-pointer, but Kurbanov answered from downtown to seal the outcome at 85-90 with a minute left. De Colo hit 5 of 6 free throws, but Spanoulis and Lojeski struck from downtown and Papanikolaou added a close basket to make it 93-95. Kurbanov made free throws, but a three-pointer by Lojeski got the Reds even closer, 96-97, with 3.7 seconds left. De Colo hit foul shots and Olympiacos could not score on the final play.TweetPinShare0 Shares Second quarter: CSKA holds on to leadOthello Hunter hit a turnaround jumper early in the quarter and a follow-up layup by Dimitris Agravanis brought Olympiacos within 4. CSKA was held scoreless for more than two minutes and a three-pointer by Darius Johnson-Odom caused Coach Dimitris Itoudis to call timeout at 32-33. Johnson-Odom split free throws and a three-pointer by Hackett capped a 14-0 run and put Olympiacos back in charge, 36-33. Demetris Nichols and Vorontsevich stepped up with consecutive layups, but a dunk by Hakim Warrick restored a 38-37 Olympiacos lead. De Colo immediately answered with a layup and Kurbanov restored a 38-41 CSKA lead. Jackson shined with a driving layup and De Colo added a six-meter jumper, which prompted Olympiacos to call timeout at 39-45. Papapetrou scored in penetration and Hunter added a fast break slam, but Vorontsevich gave the guests a 43-46 edge. Lojeski took over with a backdoor layup, but a close basket by Jackson and another slam by Vorontsevich helped CSKA reach halftime with a 45-50 lead.last_img read more

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IOA gets IOC backing on dialogue with Sports Ministry

first_img(Eds: Repeating after a minor correction in headline) New Delhi, Jun 18 (PTI) The Indian Olympic Association (IOA), seeking a dialogue with the Sports Ministry on the issue of good governance, has received the backing of IOC which has asked it to follow the principle of responsible autonomy in all deliberations with the government. IOA President Narinder Batra had recently sought time from the Sports Ministry to discuss “good governance and implementation of revised Sports Code” after the IOC warned against government interference in the functioning of the National Olympic Committee. In an email to Sports Secretary Rahul Bhatnagar, Batra said it’s time that all stakeholders come under one roof on the issue to avoid a situation where Indian athletes risk the chance of participating in 2020 Tokyo Olympics under the Olympic flag. Batra also attached IOC reply to his e-mail. “We fully support your efforts to work in close coordination with the competent authorities in India and establish a constructive dialogue in order to (i) avoid any undue interference and, at the same time, (ii) make sure that the basic principles of good governance are fully implemented within the Olympic Movement in India,” an IOC letter to Batra said. IOC shared a document on basic principles and approach that should prevail in the relationship between government authorities and asked it to make it basis of IOA’s discussions with the government to avoid “unnecessary disputes”. Batra wrote to Bhatnagar that “proper process not being followed by GOI MYAS in relation to proposed changes in draft Sports Code.”advertisement “We request for time from you and Hon’ble Minister to discuss on these issues and want to resolve everything in an amicable and constructive manner. We once again request for meeting and do not want a situation where the future Indian team’s may have to go under Olympic Flag in Tokyo 2020 Olympics and other events,” Batra added. Besides, the IOA President has asked the Sports Ministry to discuss and take actions against illegal and unauthorised sporting bodies existing in the country after the matter was brought to light by the International Kabaddi Federation (IKF) earlier this year. “My request is that GOI MYAS should be pro active in curbing the growth of bogus federations in India. We are willing to come and discuss on these issues and together take actions against these bogus federations and take them to their logical end all across India,” Batra wrote in a separate mail. The matter was brought to IOA’s notice by the IKF after its President JS Gehlot has written to the Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, drawing his attention on the issue. “I wish to draw your kind attention towards the mushrooming of illegal and self proclaimed sports organisations which are confusing the youth of the country by conducting illegal and unauthorised events including National Championships as well as National Game etc,” Gehlot wrote in his letter to the Minister on April 3. In the letter, he also mentioned 10 such illegal federations, which are conducting unauthorised kabaddi events and issuing certificates to the participants. “These types of illegal and unauthorised National Championships / National Games etc. cause undue harassment to the ignorant players who participate in the same. The certificates issued by such organisations are not valid for various benefits to the players,” Gehlot’s letter read. “Players realise this fact only when their claim for job or other benefits is being rejected on account of invalid certificate. Needless to mention that these socalled self proclaimed organisation charge money from players on various accounts. “May I request your good office to take stern action against these errant organisations which use the words like National Championship, National Games etc and do suffix word India in their name,” the letter added. PTI SSC ATATSSClast_img read more

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India, Iran top groups at Kabaddi Masters

first_imgBy Tapan Mohanta Dubai, Jun 26 (PTI) Asian heavyweights India and Iran lived up to the expectations by topping their respective groups in the Kabaddi Masters Dubai here today. Displaying aggressive tackle and a resolute defence that saw them register two allouts, world champions India routed African giants Kenya 50-15 to finish their group A campaign with four wins from as many matches. In the first match of the evening at the Al Wasl Sports Complex, Argentina were once again no match to Iran but the football-obsessed nation ensured that they put up their best show and go down 57-27 to the World Cup runners-up. For India, Pradeep Narwal made a fine comeback top-scoring with nine with his incisive raids, while substitutes Rahul Chaudhari (8) and Deepak Hooda (5) made equal impact. In defence, Surender Nada held his ground with four tackle points as India led 29-5 at half time. Obiero Victor was Kenya’s most impressive player with eight raid points and also executed a super raid that gave them a chance of enforcing an all out. But time finally ran out and India thwarted Kenya’s challenge of enforcing an all out. Earlier India coach Srinivas Reddy made a few changes to test his bench strength ahead of the semifinal on June 29. He gave a much deserved rest to Deepak Hooda and Rohit Kumar, giving a chance to Pardeep Narwal while Surender Nada also returned at left corner. Narwal began with a bonus point raid as India raced to a three-point lead before a solid ankle hold from Surender Nada halted the big man David Mosambayi.advertisementKenya were represented by identical twins Esau Otieno Elphas Otieno. Saeid Ghaffari and Kazem Naseri scored seven points each in Iran’s dominating show, while Argentina, who started poorly, got into the groove with Manuel Pasqual’s six raid points but those were not enough. Having scored 24 (Iran), 16 (Korea) in their previous two losses, it was their best score of the six-nation meet, even as they suffered an elimination. The meet is being organised by the International Kabaddi Federation in partnership with Star India Pvt Ltd and Dubai Sports Council. PTI TAP BS BSBSlast_img read more

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Samsung Galaxy J8 is now available for buying at Rs 18,990 on Flipkart

first_imgSamsung Galaxy J8 which was launched last month is now finally available for buying from e-commerce sites Flipkart and Amazon. The phone is priced at Rs 18,990. The phone is also a part of Amazon’s ongoing Samsung Days sale that begins from today and ends on June 30. However, the price of the phone remains same on Amazon also.Buyers buying Galaxy J8 from Flipkart can purchase the device at no cost EMIs from Rs 2110 per month. Other EMI plans starts at Rs 631 per month. There is up to Rs 12,200 off on exchange offer, 5 per cent instant discount with SBI credit cards, and 5 per cent instant discount on Visa Cards for first 3 online payments. Samsung is also giving a brand warranty of 1 year available for mobile and 6 months for accessories.For those who are planning to buy Galaxy J8 from Amazon, EMI plan starts at Rs 903. No cost EMI option available if you check out only with one phone. There is up to Rs 8,610 off on exchange. Amazon is giving Rs 2000 cashback on ICICI Bank Debit and Credit Cards on purchase of a new Samsung J8 smartphone from June 28, 2018 to August 31, 2018. The offer is valid on the purchase of one phone per card only. Cashback will be credited to the card holder’s account by the Bank latest by December 31, 2018.Samsung Galaxy J8 is part of Samsung’s new Infinity series of models. The smartphone sports a 6-inch HD+ Super AMOLED display with 18:5:9 aspect ratio offering edge-to-edge display. The phone runs Android 8.0 Oreo and is powered by the Snapdragon 450 processor with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal memory which is expandable up to 256GB via memory card.advertisementApart from the 18:5:9 display, the other key highlight of the phone is it dual cameras with a 16MP primary sensor and a 5MP secondary sensor on the back. The front camera is a 16MP setup with f/1.9. The smartphone also has a face recognition feature. Samsung has also introduced a new Chat Over Video feature which allows user to video chat and watch videos simultaneously. It is backed by a 3500mAh battery.last_img read more

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Jhulan Goswami on World Cup final heartbreak: It was a tough time for all of us

first_imgIndia cricketer Jhulan Goswami said the World Cup final defeat to England in 2017 was a difficult time for the entire team. Speaking at the India Today Conclave East 2018, Jhulan, the highest wicket-taker in women’s ODIs, said there was a lot of pressure before the high-profile match and conceded expectations have grown since then.,India were in sensational form right through the tournament and a Harmanpreet Kaur helped them overcome mighty Australia in the semi-final. Chasing a modest total in the final, India were on course but faltered at the end when the pressure got too much to handle.”It was a tough time for all of us. We had a lot of pressure on us. I had been through this situation.. I knew the situation was different. I told my teammates to stay calm and stay there till the end but unfortunately we were not able to do that. After the World Cup, people have started enjoying women’s cricket. The quality of cricket we played.. our tempo has started going up… People’s expectations have changed,” she said.Jhulan, who recently retired from the T20 format, wished her teammates good luck for the upcoming World T20 and added that the weight of expectations could lead to pressure. She said sometimes when player did not do well, the adverse comments on social media are disappointing but she and other players have learnt to accept that as part of the expectations they have themselves built up through their consistent performances.Jhulan, a seasoned campaigner, also stressed on the importance of working hard everyday. She had once been told by a senior cricketer that there was always another girl waiting to take her place if she did not persevere every day of her career as a cricketer.Also read – How hockey allowed Rani Rampal to build a nice home for her parentsadvertisementThe legendary cricketer also acknowledged the growing pressure on the current Indian team and thanked the ICC and BCCI for taking good care of women’s cricket.”We have create the expectations…. the situation has changed.. ICC and BCCI have taken care of women’s cricket very nicely.. Things are changing globally.. women’s cricket, I believe, is the fastest growing sport in the world.Also read – East Conclave 2018: All this adulation and fanfare feels like a dream, says Swapna BarmanJhulan also spoke of her trials and tribulations. Starting off as a cricketer was not easy because her parents did not understand sports. But she persevered and strived hard.”I would like to thank India Today for inviting me. I was just chasing my dream. When I saw women playing cricket, I saw the India vs Australia match in 1997…. I thought I could represent India for 1 match, 1 over and get 1 wicket. I was chasing that dream and it was difficult to convince my family. They do not understand sports.”When I played for India, when my captain gave me the first over… the entire responsibility on my shoulder.. I cannot take this sport for granted. I have to do well every day otherwise many players are waiting to take my place in the side,” she said.last_img read more

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OSU fans show up en masse at BPS to celebrate Bedlam win

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Hockey: Need to score consistently under tight marking, says Graham Reid

first_img Next Press Trust of India BhubaneshwarMay 19, 2019UPDATED: May 19, 2019 16:19 IST India were beaten in both their games against Australia on their tour (@TheHockeyIndia Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia lost to Australia 4-0 and 5-2 on their tour Down UnderIndia had beaten Australia A 3-0 and held them to a 1-1 draw in the series The Australian tour was Graham Reid’s first major assignment as coachIndia need to consistently score goals under tight marking to narrow the gap with top teams like Australia, said coach Graham Reid after his first major assignment with the national hockey team.On their tour of Australia that concluded on Friday, India lost both the games against the hosts after beating the A team.Speaking about the tour comprising five matches, Reid, who was appointed as India coach last month, said that the assignment in his home country was an opportunity for him to understand his team better.”It was good to get a view of where the team (India are raked five) is at, compared to the World Number 2 side (Australia). They have been playing against world-class oppositions on a regular basis in the FIH Pro-League since the World Cup last year, and this showed up in our two matches against them,” he said.”For me, those matches provided a good benchmark as to the level we have to be at as we move towards the Olympic qualification. So, in terms of preparation for our upcoming FIH Men’s Series Finals (here next month), the tour was ideal.The Indian Men’s Hockey Team comes home to a rousing welcome from their Australian Tour 2019 on 19th May. The team will kickstart preparations for the FIH Men’s Series Finals Bhubaneswar Odisha 2019 shortly.#IndiaKaGame pic.twitter.com/8Q3Y2ZjfDjHockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) May 19, 2019″It provided me a great opportunity to view players at much closer quarters and under the pressure of a world-class team. Our first quarter in the first Match on Wednesday night showed me the level this team can play, we just need to do that on a more consistent basis. Not only across quarters but across games,” said Reid.advertisementThe 55-year-old Australian said that his team was focused on improving its attack.”Our ability to score goals under tight marking pressure will be critical if we are to close the gap with teams like Australia. Over the next few weeks in Bhubaneswar during our National Camp (starting Monday), we need to create as many opportunities as possible for our attackers to experience this tight pressure,” he said.”It will also be critical for our defenders to keep improving this area from a defensive point of view. With speed and power becoming the dominant forces in World Hockey, we also need to keep improving in these areas.”Hockey India on Sunday named a list of 32 players for the national camp. It has retained all the 18 players of the team that travelled to Australia. India won against WA Thundersticks and Australia ‘A’, drew another one against Australia ‘A’ before losing the two matches to the senior Australia team.Also Read | India end Australia tour with loss in the final matchAlso 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 India Hockey teamFollow Graham ReidFollow India vs Australia Hockey: Need to score consistently under tight marking, says Graham ReidIndia lost both the matches against Australia on their tour Down Under after performing well against Australia A and WA Thundersticks. advertisementlast_img read more

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Anika Moa Supports Books For Schools Programme

first_imgKiwi singer-songwriter, author and media personality Anika Moa is leading the chorus in a promotion that will see at least 20,000 new books enter New Zealand homes, schools and communities via Kellogg’s Free Books and Books for Schools programmes.In the Free Books promotion, shoppers can purchase specially marked packs of Kellogg’s cereal or snacks which can be redeemed for their choice of free books for the family, while stocks last. There is a choice of 10,000 children’s and adult titles covering a range of ages, interests and reading abilities.In New World supermarkets, shoppers can also drop off receipts showing purchases of two Kellogg’s products for the benefit of local schools through the Kellogg’s Books for Schools initiative. For every two boxes of cereal or snacks purchased, Kellogg’s and New World will donate a book to the school’s library with up to twenty books gifted to any one school. There are 10,000 books available for 500 schools participating across the country.In support of the Free Books and Books for Schools campaigns, Anika held a special book reading and sing-a-long event for new entrants at Rosebank School in Avondale, Auckland on 8 February, highlighting the importance of reading as the new school year gets underway.A popular Kiwi recording artist and mum to five-year-old twin boys and a cheeky two year old son, Moa has released two very successful music albums for children, Songs for Bubbas and Songs for Bubbas 2. Songs for Bubbas won the New Zealand Music Award for Children’s album of the year in 2014 and she also won the Apra Song of the Year for Colours Are Beautiful.Anika’s performance at Rosebank School was a joyful and entertaining session of laughter, books and singing.Commenting on the Free Books initiative, she said: “Reading is a time to bond with your tamaiti and to help their curiosity and imagination run wild. I read so much as a child and it helped me develop my song-writing and my ability to tell such silly stories in my Songs for Bubbas albums. It’s the best thing since sliced bacon!”It’s the second year Kellogg’s has run the Free Books promotion, which in 2016 saw nearly 10,000 books redeemed with the balance donated by the company to Variety – The Children’s Charity.Kellogg’s Customer Activation Manager, Penelope Ryan says, “The start of the new school year is a great time for families to make time to read together and set positive habits for the rest of the year. In 2017 we hope many more New Zealanders will take advantage of the opportunity to bring a new selection of books into their households and school communities, through this quality offer.”Terms and Conditions: Kellogg’s Free Books Promotion starts 1 January 2017 and ends 8 April 2017 or while stocks last. For full terms and conditions and a complete list of book titles visit www.kelloggs.com/freebooks. Kellogg’s New World Free Books for Schools Promotions starts 1 January 2017 and ends 31 March 2017. For full terms and conditions and participating schools and New World stores visit www.kelloggs.com/freebooks.last_img read more

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QA JARED KEESO ON WHY LETTERKENNY IS A PHENOMENON

first_img Login/Register With: He’s an unrepentant hayseed, a Canadian symbol of small-town defiance, who mixes it up with meth-head “skids” and thick-skulled hockey players in a rural community that bears a suspicious similarity to tiny Listowel, Ont.A cross between William Butler Yeats and a scatological Mr. Spock, his eloquently robotic rants — “Here’s a tip: don’t fart in a spacesuit!” — have made filmed-in-Sudbury Letterkenny a cultural phenomenon since its CraveTV debut two years ago following three years of YouTube shorts.Meet Listowel native Jared Keeso, 34. Facebook With a flair for linguistics and an engagingly taciturn manner, his TV alter ego has become as iconically recognizable as Bob and Doug McKenzie and the Trailer Park Boys, a Canadian Seinfeld obsessed with burping etiquette and the correct pronunciation of “L.A.” (”L. Aye? L. Aiii? L. Ayyyy?”)Because he was born in feisty, unfussy Waterloo Region, the winner of multiple Canadian Screen Awards remains as refreshingly down to earth as a mud-encased tractor wheel or mashed yellow corn husk. Beer and hockey. That’s all I hear about Letterkenny. When are you gonna tackle more refined subjects like opera singing and interior design?Tough to beat beer and hockey. What’s this about designing opera interiors? Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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Gehlot hits back at Modi over Alwar gang rape

first_imgJaipur: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Monday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of ignoring the facts and deliberately targeting him over the gang rape of a Dalit woman in Alwar district. “The state government has already taken action in the matter. All the accused have been arrested. The SP was removed, the SHO was suspended and we will take all steps (needed),” Gehlot told reporters here. On Mayawati’s remarks on the incident, Gehlot said the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief leads the community and her reaction on a crime against a Dalit was natural and justified. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework On Sunday, a full-scale war of words broke out between Modi and Mayawati over the incident, with the prime minister accusing the BSP supremo of shedding crocodile tears, a charge trashed by her as “dirty politics”. On April 26, six accused accosted the woman and her husband on the Thanagazi-Alwar bypass and took them to an isolated place, where they allegedly raped her in front of him. The case, which came to light last week, has sparked outrage. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen Gehlot also referred to media reports that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Hem Singh Bhadana had gone to the victim’s family to settle the matter. The Congress leader said he had asked officers to look into it, adding that appropriate action would be taken as per the report. “PM Modi has personally targeted me on various occasions. Be it in election campaign in UP, MP or Rajasthan,” Gehlot said. “When I was in charge of Gujarat, he misled and provoked farmers there against me. He had no moral right to come to Rajasthan and campaign.” The chief minister said several cases of rape happened during the previous BJP governments in the state. “A BJP MLA was involved in rape case in Uttar Pradesh, but Modi never talked about them,” he added. Claiming that institutions in the country were under pressure and controlled by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Gehlot dared it to become a political party. “The RSS is deciding who will become the chief minister, a minister or a vice-chancellor. The RSS should declare itself a political party and then carry out its agenda,” Gehlot said. “If they want to make a ‘Hindu Rashtra’, they should come out openly as a political party and let them say this.” Gehlot also advised RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat to merge the organisation with the BJP. “The Congress will talk about secularism and then the people will decide who should rule,” he said. Gehlot alleged that Modi wanted to win election by hook or by crook, and democracy and the Constitution were under threat under his rule.last_img read more

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Cabinet scheduled to meet next week after dispute

Cabinet did not meet this week as a result of a dispute between President Maithripala Sirisena and the United National Party over the Parliament Select Committee (PSC) on the Easter Sunday attacks.Cabinet usually meets every Tuesday but this week’s meeting was cancelled. (Colombo Gazette) The cabinet, which did not meet this week, is now scheduled to convene next week.The cabinet is set to meet next Tuesday.

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Shifting the Conversation on Open Offices

WorkSpace Connect, taking place Sept. 9 to 11 in Dallas, will bring together professionals of diverse corporate disciplines for mutual learning, hands-on experience, and insight on how to craft a cohesive strategy for technology-enabled, people-friendly office spaces. We’ve got a great lineup of speakers, including keynoter Joe Park, chief digital architect and vice president of associate digital experience at Walmart, and a two-day slate of cross-discipline programming — plus a Business Hall with potential partners for your workspace initiatives. He offered a reasonable suggestion (I think so, at least) on how companies might tamp down the negativism and make hotdesking — and open offices at large — a workable solution for all: By policy, employees who work in the office three or more days a week aren’t eligible for the hotdesking system; those who come into the office one or two days a week, must hotdesk. “If this arrangement can save the company money, those funds may be available to invest in other workplace solutions or amenities beneficial to everyone,” he wrote. See All in Employee Experience » Perhaps we’re just a bunch of introverts, but the consensus was that open offices are too lacking in privacy. Putting on my No Jitter/Enterprise Connect/WorkSpace Connect hat, I suggested that open offices are vital for building collaborative cultures and more productive work environments. To say I was roundly scoffed at would be an understatement. Open offices are about nothing more than doing more with less… in this case, more people + less space = better margins, I heard. Overheard at a recent family gathering: “Open offices are the pits.” I don’t know what precipitated the comment, but the affirmative chorus of rants that followed made clear that workspaces make for safe social discourse. And today is the best day to register, before our Advance Rate comes to an end. As a No Jitter reader, you can even save $200 off the price of attendance. Sign yourself up with your real estate/facilities and HR colleagues now, using the code NJPOSTS! Tags:News & ViewsOpen OfficeEmployee ExperienceBest PracticesFuture of WorkNews & ViewsWorkSpace Connect Articles You Might Like behappy_774.jpg Evolving the Employee Experience Beth Schultz July 08, 2019 From speakerphones for open spaces to immersive video windows, a next wave of innovation is headed to your distributed workplace. His point being, whether employees are destined for hotdesks or assigned spaces, everybody has to be made to feel valued. And that means it must be a top priority to conquer the negativism among employees that so often comes along with open offices. As Eric concluded in his post: “… if an enterprise is willing to work with its employees to balance everyone’s needs — workers as well as corporate bean-counters — there could be a way to use these concepts effectively without damaging the workplace environment.” My colleague, Eric Krapf, touches on this same issue in his recent blog post, “Giving Hotdesking the Cold Shoulder,” over on our WorkSpace Connect event site. While not every open office includes hotdesking, Eric crystallizes the overarching issue as one being about corporate attitude. The danger, as he wrote, comes when companies treat employees “as just a mass of undifferentiated rear ends that have to be placed into a mass of undifferentiated chairs each day.” To think that the onus of solving this challenge falls on any one group would be another mistake. We think it takes the concerted effort of leaders in enterprise IT, real estate/facilities, and people management. To that end, we’re hosting our first-ever event focused on this intersection and the future of workspaces, and we hope you can join us. Truth be told, we hope the corporate rationale for embracing open offices is a balanced mix accounting for employee experience and business needs, including those financial in nature. And we fear for companies making decisions solely on a cost-savings basis — ultimately, end results won’t match the desired outcome. Log in or register to post comments read more

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Border tax might damage American economy more than Canadas Morneau

by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 3, 2017 12:54 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 3, 2017 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – Canada’s finance minister warned business leaders in New York on Monday that a proposed U.S. border tax threatens to make both countries poorer — and might even hurt Americans more.In an appearance at a World Economic Forum event, Bill Morneau cautioned that a tariff-like tax would sting families on both sides of the frontier by disrupting a mutually beneficial trading relationship and imposing extra costs on U.S. firms.“Our sense is that there would be an initial negative for both economies — and that the negative may be worse for the United States economy,” Morneau said in a question-and-answer session shortly after he raised his concerns about a border tax in a speech.“We don’t think it’s a good idea.”Morneau’s stronger public position against the border tax came after Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr noted last week that the policy faced huge opposition in Washington.Carr made the comments following a series of meetings in the U.S. capital with lawmakers, administration officials and business people, who he said cast doubts on whether the import tax had any chance of passing in an upcoming omnibus tax bill.The uncertainty surrounding a border tax has created significant concerns among Canadian companies, many of which rely heavily on exports to the U.S.Morneau told his audience that the Canadian government had conducted “extremely preliminary” assessments on the potential economic impacts of a tax on U.S. imports.“As you can imagine, there’s too many hypotheticals to get to an answer that is absolutely clear in that regard,” he said.Morneau also hailed the strength of the countries’ partnership and argued cross-border trade and investment have been “essentially” balanced over the years.A border-adjustment tax, he warned, would raise prices for American consumers and could create currency issues with additional challenges of their own.“Anything, from our perspective, that thickens our border is bad for Americans and bad for Canadians,” said Morneau, who will visit Indiana on Tuesday to meet Gov. Eric Holcomb and business leaders and visit CN Rail’s largest U.S. yard in the city of Gary.The original border-tax proposal came from Republican leaders in the House of Representatives and is designed to raise revenues to help pay for tax cuts and to repatriate cash and jobs sent overseas by U.S. firms.The plan would likely rake in a lot of money — the U.S. Tax Foundation estimates US$1.1 trillion over a decade.However, President Donald Trump has sent mixed messages on the subject and there are signs the border tax would not attract enough support in Washington.Last week, Democratic lawmaker John Delaney told a panel on Canada-U.S. infrastructure hosted by The Hill newspaper that “it’s never going to happen” because it doesn’t have the votes.Critics have said the plan would provoke a trade war, international sanctions and make American imports more expensive.Morneau’s comments on the border-tax plan went further than remarks made by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau last month in Houston.After delivering a speech, Trudeau said he was “concerned” with extra tariffs or new taxes at the border because the economies are so tightly integrated with goods moving back and forth.“You’re going to be hurting not just the Canadian economy, but the American economy as well,” Trudeau said.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter Border tax might damage American economy more than Canada’s: Morneau Finance Minister Bill Morneau speaks to media during the opening ceremony of the Vector Institute at the MaRS Discovery District, in Toronto on Thursday, March 30, 2017. Morneau is warning business leaders in New York that a proposed U.S. border tax threatens to make both countries poorer — and might even hurt Americans more.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov read more

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The Best Damn Pod In The Land Episode 7 The Top Ranked

Wyatt and Colin discuss Ohio State football’s 49-26 win over Indiana, and how the Buckeyes should fix the pass defense and rush offense moving into Minnesota, Ohio State’s No. 1 ranking in men’s hockey, the women’s hockey series split against No. 8 Colgate and men’s soccer’s continued woes.

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Doctor Who writer Russell T Davies in planning row over Cardiff Bay zip

Doctor Who writer Russell T Davies is in a planning row over a proposal to build a zip wire outside his waterside home.Mr Davies, who lives in Cardiff, south Wales, has lodged a formal complaint about plans to install a 360 metre wire across Cardiff Bay because it will be “impossible” for him to work with thousands of people “whizzing past” his flat.The City Zip Company, who are behind the plan, have proposed to build the attraction from the top of the five-star St David’s Hotel to a landing spot next to the historic Norwegian Church across the Bay.But 56-year-old Mr Davies – who is also behind the BBC series Years and Years – sent in an objection to Cardiff City Council saying the installation will affect his ability to write.“My property will be facing a seven-day-a-week zip wire with 48 people an hour whizzing past my home and screaming for six months of the year. Are you kidding?,” he said. “I write for a living. I’m a television scriptwriter; I brought Doctor Who to Cardiff in 2005; the BBC Studio, Roath Lock, across the Bay, was built under my aegis. The current Doctor is played by Jodie WhittakerCredit: James Pardon/BBC “That facility brings, from Doctor Who alone, £24m of business per annum to Cardiff. But you’re now suggesting that I sit, in my Cardiff home, and write, with 48 people an hour flying past, screaming, for six months of the year.” “I paid £350,000 for my apartment and this zipwire, if it goes ahead, will render it worthless to me.”Please abandon this reckless and unneighbourly venture.”  Jodie Whittaker However Mr Davies disagreed, saying: “One person screaming past my windows would be a one-off event. It could even be fun! But 48 people per hour, eight hours a day for 24 weeks equals a grand total of 64,512 events.”That’s 64,512 events. Let me say it again. 64,512 people. Whizzing past my flat. Screaming. While I am working.”This is impossible.”Mr Davies was joined by several other Cardiff Bay residents in objecting to the build, including fellow screenwriter Andrew Davies, best known for House of Cards and Bridget Jones’ Diary. Andrew, who lives in an eighth floor apartment next to the St Davids Hotel looking out over the inner bay, said: “I am a writer and I need peace and quiet for my work. This scheme would mean that screaming idiots would whiz past my apartment 48 times an hour.”The other main reason for having this apartment is to sit on the balcony and enjoy the calm and tranquil view out over the bay. Some hopes! If the planning application is successful, the zip wire could be opened before January 2020 for the summer and weekends.The developers behind it believe the route has been “sensitively positioned to ensure minimal impact upon local views, nearby heritage assets and nearby occupants.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Quand les singes se rapprochent encore de lhomme grâce aux maths

first_imgQuand les singes se rapprochent encore de l’homme grâce aux mathsUne récente étude menée par l’Université de Rochester et le Seneca Park Zoo révèle l’aptitude des babouins au calcul. Ces derniers seraient capables de faire la distinction entre plusieurs quantités, se plaçant alors au même niveau qu’un enfant de 3 ou 4 ans.Les singes nous sont proches, cela n’est plus à prouver. Mais leur ressemblance avec l’être humain tend à devenir de plus en plus précise, outre les expressions faciales ou encore l’organisation sociale complexe dont ils font preuve parfois. L’Université de Rochester ainsi que le Seneca Zoo Park ont publié ce 2 mai dans la revue Frontiers in comparative Psychology les résultats de leur expérience qui le suggère une nouvelle fois.En effet, ces travaux montrent que la capacité basique pour l’évaluation de quantité et le travail numérique serait également partagé par les primates. Autrement dit, de la même manière qu’un enfant âgé de 3 ou 4 ans, ils seraient capable de faire la distinction entre une petite ou une grosse quantité.Le babouin olive et ses cacahuètesL’expérience menée par Jessica Cantlon, éthologue et ses assistants s’est dans un premier temps basé sur le visuel. Pour cela, 8 babouins olive âgés de 4 à 14 ans ont été placés devant deux coupes dans lesquelles étaient disposées de 1 à 8 cacahuètes, le contenu variant à chaque fois. Les babouins se devaient alors de choisir la coupe dans laquelle il y avait le plus de cacahuètes. Dans tous les cas, ils pouvaient les consommer. L’étude révèle que les babouins ont été plus performants lorsque la différence entre les deux était importante (par exemple 2 contre 7). Ainsi, 75% du temps les primates réussissaient. En revanche, lorsque la différence était plus petite (6 à 7), 55% des babouins échouaient, explique  l’éthologue qui précise que les singes semblaient beaucoup apprécier cette expérience permettant de stimuler leur quotidien.Les singes d’Afrique ont une hiérarchie, avec un mâle Alpha mais également bon nombre de règles qui n’appartiennent qu’à eux. Le fait d’être stimulés tous les jours de cette manière à contribué à les occuper, allégeant l’atmosphère. Dans quelques cas, une amélioration du niveau a même été observée. D’après les auteurs, cette expérience démontre ainsi les dispositions qu’ont les primates au calcul tout comme l’être humain et se basant sur un principe de distinction. “La logique des babouins tient surtout à plus que ou moins que” précise Cantlon. Il a même été prouvé que les singes étaient en mesure d’opérer une hiérarchie dans les quantités. Des résultats aux multiples perspectivesÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Les dimensions de cette études sont multiples et demandent désormais d’être approfondies. En effet, d’autres tests ont été réalisés sur des oiseaux, des poissons ou encore des lémuriens. Certains d’entre eux ont ainsi également fait preuve d’une capacité à distinguer les quantités. D’ailleurs, même celle d’un enfant ne serait pas tout à fait bien évaluée d’après les spécialistes. “De la même manière que l’on sous-estime les capacités cognitives d’un singe, on sous-estime parfois l’habileté de langage d’un enfant” rapporte Jenna Bovee, co-auteur de l’étude.Toutefois, de plus en plus études suggèrent que l’on est encore loin de connaitre toutes les capacités des singes, ce qui nous amènent d’ailleurs à être régulièrement surpris. Pour preuve, les babouins du Seneca Zoo Park qui utilisent désormais pour s’occuper des tablettes tactiles. Le 8 mai 2013 à 16:19 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Independent CRC analysis critical of light rail

first_imgA trip from downtown Vancouver to downtown Portland would take more than twice as long on a light rail train as it would on existing bus service, a recent analysis of Columbia River Crossing plans found.Oakland, Calif.-based transportation consultant Tom Rubin used CRC plans, plus C-Tran and TriMet schedules, to put travel times by each mode of transportation side by side for the same route — and questioned why the project’s final environmental impact statement didn’t fully do the same.The results? Taking light rail from Vancouver’s Washington Street and West 15th Street to Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square would take 36 minutes on the train, according to Rubin. C-Tran’s existing No. 105 route makes almost the same trip in 15 minutes, if it’s on schedule. And bus rapid transit — another high-capacity alternative considered by CRC planners — could do it in 14 minutes, according to Rubin.Project planners chose light rail as the preferred alternative in 2008.“I’ve seen dozens, perhaps hundreds of studies, and I’ve never seen one where the travel time goes up, let alone more than doubles,” Rubin said.Light rail is only a portion of the estimated $3.1 billion to $3.5 billion project that would also replace the Interstate 5 Bridge span between Washington and Oregon, plus expand the freeway on both sides of the Columbia River. For cars and buses, building the project would significantly cut down on travel times compared with leaving the bridge as is, said CRC spokeswoman Anne Pressentin.last_img read more

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