J&K on edge as more forces move in

first_imgAirlines told to keep fares in check as 6,000 fly out of Srinagar Congress seeks PM’s statement in Parliament on J&K  In a rare step, a red alert was sounded for officials of the otherwise peaceful district of Kargil in the Ladakh region.A security alert was already sounded across J&K, including Jammu region’s Pir Panjal and Chenab valleys. All the leave of government employees and scheduled examinations were cancelled, an official said.Several colleges, factories and hostels were vacated and occupied by additional troops in the Valley. Hospitals were put on an emergency mode, said a senior official on the condition of anonymity. Dozens of mobile bullet proof bunkers were installed across the Valley.Meanwhile, special cell phones and satellite sets were distributed among the top officials, including police, in the State.Scores of political workers of the mainstream parties in south Kashmir were summoned to the police stations, a spokesman of J&K Peoples Movement said.Also Read An uneasy calm enveloped the Kashmir Valley on Sunday as additional security forces occupied civilian installations and police stations and were put on “standby mode.”National Conference (NC) president Dr. Farooq Abdullah chaired an all-party meeting in Srinagar and appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi “not to revoke J&K’s special status.”The security build-up took a final shape on Sunday, a top police official said on the condition of anonymity.Also Read  The J&K Cricket Association also evacuated cricketer Irfan Pathan, who coaches local players, and around 100 players to Jammu. Hundreds of students of the National Institute of Technology and the Institute of Hotel Management were provided buses to leave the valley, officials of these institutes said.Dr. Abdullah said all parties resolved to be united in “protecting the identity, autonomy and special rights of J&K.”“Modification or abrogation of Article 35A or Article 370 would be aggression against the people of J&K,” read the joint statement called ‘Gupkar Declaration.’The leaders unanimously sought an audience with the President and Prime Minister of India and the leaders of other political parties “to apprise them of the situation and make an appeal to safeguard legitimate interests of the people of the State with regard to guarantees given by the Constitution of our country.”Also Read Uncertainty grips Kashmir Valley  Dr. Abdullah also appealed to both India and Pakistan not to take any step that could aggravate the tension between the two countries.The all-party meet was attended by Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti, Peoples Conference leader Imran Ansari, Congress leader Taj Mohiuddin and J&K Peoples Movement chief Shah Faesal among others.Later, Ms. Mufti took out a candlelight march. “There is urgent need for the Centre to allay fears in the Valley and reach out to the people. J&K’s special identity is a matter of right and not privilege,” she said.last_img read more

Cojuangco: PH will end Olympic drought with 5 golds in Tokyo 2020

first_img“I already have two sure candidates in mind,” said Cojuangco during the thanksgiving mass and dinner party for the Philippine Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games delegation Friday night at V Corporate building in Makati City.Cojuangco, however, declined to name the athletes and the national sports associations who can make history by delivering the first-ever gold medal for the Philippines in the Olympics.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I have a strong feeling they can win it. But I don’t want to mention the sport; I don’t want to pressure them,” said the POC chief. “We just have to fuel them up with high-octane gasoline and their performances can translate into gold medals.”Cojuangco said the athletes are homegrown but hinted that other potential gold medals could also come from swimmers and tracksters based in the United States. “We need a training center to achieve this. Without a training center, getting those medals will be difficult,” he pointed out.According to Cojuangco, there’s already a masterplan for the construction of a new sports facility in Clark Green City while the POC is also looking at another site in Iba, Zambales, to put up a training center.The Philippines could only settle for another silver medal courtesy of weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz in the 2016 Rio De Janeiro Games, 20 years after boxer Mansueto “Onyok” Velasco delivered the last medal for the country with a silver performance in the 1996 Atlanta Games.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ateneo bags sixth win, hands NU third straight loss BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president POC President Peping Cojuangco. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe Philippines won’t simply end the country’s gold medal drought in the Olympics in the 2020 Tokyo Games. But it’s going to do so in style.Philippine Olympic Committee president Jose Cojuangco Jr. believes Filipino athletes are capable of winning five gold medals in Tokyo, but only if the country puts up the proper training facilities needed for these athletes to succeed.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Nextlast_img read more

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first_imgShooter Mairaj wins Indias 8th Olympics Quota in mens skeet New Delhi, Sep 17 (PTI) Veteran Skeet shooter Mairaj Ahmad Khan celebrated the biggest day of his 12 year-long shooting career, when he clinched a Rio Olympic Games quota place for India at the ISSF Shotgun World Championship, being held at Lonato, Italy. The 40-year-old Mairaj, who started the second day of Mens Skeet competitions in 9th position with a score of 74 after the first three rounds of Qualification, but finished seventh with a total score of 122 out of a maximum possible 125, after five rounds of qualification missing a chance to qualify for the finals. However with all the top six having already booked their quota for Rio Games, Mairaj despite a poor seventh place was lucky to book a quota for his country. Given that all the first five shooters in qualification had already booked their Rio berths, Mairaj secured one of the two available quota places. The other quota went to Germanys Ralf Buchheim who ended his qualification round in eighth position with an identical score of 122. This is Indias first Rio quota place in the Shotgun disciplines. Delighted at the turn of events, Raninder Singh, President, National Rifle Association of India (NRAI), said,”This performance and quota place gives me the most satisfaction as being a Shotgun shooter myself, it is very close to my heart. “What gives us all even more happiness is that the first quota in Shotgun came in Skeet, which has been traditionally one of our weaker disciplines. I am also immensely happy and proud of Mairaj, as all the hardships he has had to undergo all these years and the dedication and hard work that he has put in into his sport despite, is finally bearing fruit.” Noida-based Mairaj, who hails from the Ceramic City of Khurja in the Bulandshahr district of Uttar Pradesh, had previously won a Team Skeet Gold at the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games. The other quota winners from Indias shooting squad thus far are former Olympic champion Abhinav Bindra, Olympic Bronze medalist Gagan Narang, Pistol aces Jitu Rai and Gurpreet Singh, Prakash Nanjappa, Chain Singh and Apurvi Chandela. Indias next and last chance to secure Olympic quota places will come up at the Asian Shooting Championships in November, which are slated to be held in Kuwait city. PTI AH KHS KHSlast_img read more

Eurotech joins Association of Information Technology for Public Transport

first_img Continue Reading Previous ST: new STM32 value line MCUs boost real-time IoT-device innovationNext dSPACE expands its presence in the UK Eurotech joins the association of Information Technology for Public Transport, ITxPT. ITxPT’s mission is to implement a European working standard for plug-and-play IT systems and components intended for public transport. Eurotech has a long history of being at the forefront of innovative building blocks for integrated solutions for the public transport sector.Eurotech’s subsystems and technologies connect the elements of the complex IT infrastructures behind public transport systems, leading to beneficial cost reductions and fleet optimization. Field-deployed vehicle tracking systems, on-board computers, passenger counting systems and information displays collect valuable data to optimize routes and resource allocation. Our embedded platforms are designed and certified to exceed the requirements of public transport and intelligent mobility applications across the globe.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

Sourav Ganguly reckons cricket is a captain’s game, coach must take backseat

first_imgFormer India skipper Sourav Ganguly on Monday said that unlike football, cricket is a “captain’s game” and the coach should take a “back seat”.The 46-year-old, one of India’s most successful captains, said “man management” is one of the key qualities a coach should possess.Ganguly was at the Symbiosis International (Deemed University) to launch his book – ‘A Century is not Enough’, co-authored with senior sports writer Gautam Bhattacharya.Asia Cup 2018: Rohit Sharma has done a great job as India captain, says Wasim AkramThe cricketer later took part in a panel discussion along with Bhattacharya.”It is not like football. A lot of current cricket coaches think that they are going to run a cricket team like a football team, but cricket is a captain’s game and coach has to take a backseat and that is important,” said Ganguly.The 113-Test veteran was replying to a question on the role of coaches in cricket.Asia Cup 2018: India a better side even without Virat Kohli, says Sourav GangulyHe was asked what qualities a coach should have and he replied, “man management”, adding “hardly few have it”.Asked what is the best advice he had received during his career, Ganguly quipped, “Never pick a coach.”Shastri, Bangar should be held accountable for India’s overseas results: GangulyAsked if he is given a chance what question he will pose to the current India head coach Ravi Shastri, he said, “Who picks up the team, Rohit Sharma (stand-in ODI captain) or Ravi Shastri.”advertisementGanguly, who also played in the IPL, said he was fortunate enough to lead a team which was full of champions like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag, Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh.Players such as Harbhajan, Zaheer and Yuvraj Singh have said in the past they owed their careers to Ganguly as he backed them as the captain.There are several talented players today but they are not sure whether they will play the next game, and asked about it, Ganguly said, “Virat (Kohli) needs to work little on it. I backed them because I saw them closely, I have seen them how they react to pressure.”He said pressure is must in professional life but too much pressure is not good.Talking to reporters over the dismal performance of Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in the ongoing Asia Cup in the UAE, Ganguly said it was just a temporary phase for these teams and they will overcome it.”I think it is just a phase and they will get back on the track. They are strong teams,” he said.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

FOUR PEOPLE RESCUED FROM SIOUX CITY FIRE

first_imgSIOUX CITY, Iowa- Authorities say Sioux City firefighters have rescued a woman and three children who were trapped by flames in their second-floor home.Sioux City Fire Rescue was called to 3826 Garretson Avenue a little after 7:10 PM and found heavy smoke visible near the entrance of the two-story home upon arrival.Firefighters say flames in a stairwell kept the occupants from escaping the danger.Fire personnel assisted with removing the occupants from the balcony and quickly extinguished the fire.No injuries have been reported.Fire investigators have ruled the blaze accidental with the cause being an overloaded electrical circuit near the entrance.The structure sustained moderate fire damage and has been red tagged.last_img

England need to be wary of Sri Lanka’s men of mystery in first ODI

first_imgfeatures Was this helpful? Support The Guardian How Sri Lanka’s magical 1996 cocktail paved the way for Morgan’s men Four years on and with thoughts once again turning to the biggest prize in international cricket, the roles appear much reversed: Eoin Morgan’s tourists begin in damp Dambulla as the favourites following a three-year ascent to the top of the rankings, while the hosts – eighth in the world and flatlining results-wise – are the team in a spot of bother.England first, for whom Morgan has already described the five-match series that begins with a day-night match on Wednesday as the start of the final preparations for their assault on the home World Cup in eight months’ time. Though the expected conditions may differ hugely, the captain is keen for fresh scenarios that can test a largely settled lineup further.Their batting strength will likely once again be highlighted by Alex Hales – six centuries in the past three years – carrying the drinks. Ben Stokes, hoping for happier times on the teardrop isle after the previous tour here saw him miss out on the World Cup, balances a team who remain bulging with brawn from Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow downwards. That said, few in the setup have forgotten the slow, used pitch in Cardiff that proved England’s undoing in the semi-final of the Champions Trophy against Pakistan in 2017 and it is here where Morgan’s men should receive further exposure to surfaces that require a little more nous than simply striking through the line with abandon.Trevor Bayliss and his assistant, Paul Farbrace, were once in charge of Sri Lanka and have already relayed to the players that scores of 300-plus are not a given in these parts, even if the vice-captain, Jos Buttler, spoke of “putting no limitations on what’s possible”.Spin tends to hold sway and it is Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid who are being spoken about as England’s attacking options, while the seamers accept they may be the ones looking to contain a batting lineup built around Dinesh Chandimal and Upul Tharang once the two new Kookaburras lose their early shine. England look to Olly Stone’s raw power to unsettle Sri Lanka Read more It in this department where World Cup spots remain up for grabs. Chris Woakes, who missed the entire white-ball summer but was England’s leading wicket-taker here four years ago, leads an attack who have lost Liam Plunkett to a clash with his wedding (he returns in time for the third instalment) and David Willey to a back problem.Looking to usurp the pair come next summer are Mark Wood, Sam and Tom Curran, and an uncapped bolter in the pacy Olly Stone. Liam Dawson is here as a third spinning option, too, offering a left-arm angle, and thus where once was a homogenous attack of right-arm fast-medium is a stable of bowlers offering Morgan greater variety.This is Sri Lanka’s wet season and so another handy spot of homework could come via the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern rain regulations that have now been updated by the International Cricket Council to reflect modern power hitting. After England’s first warm-up was won via DLS, and the second washed out entirely, it is likely to be relevant along the way.While England, with 16 matches to go before their World Cup opener against South Africa at the Oval on 30 May, are in fine-tuning mode, Sri Lanka are desperately searching for the handbrake on some sorry form. Thirty of their past 40 ODIs have ended in defeat, with West Indies in 2015 their most recent home series win, a sequence that meant Lasith Malinga, the 35-year-old slinger, was forced to postpone thoughts of retirement. Play Video Share on WhatsApp England thrive on being favourites, says Jos Buttler before Sri Lanka ODI series – video Read more Share on Facebook England cricket team Sri Lanka cricket team As Chandimal noted, while Moeen and Rashid have greater experience in terms of caps (and only Rashid Khan has more ODI wickets than the latter’s 110 since the last World Cup), his slow bowlers offer more mystery. Dananjaya sends down off-breaks, carrom balls and leggies, while in Lakshan Sandakan, Sri Lanka possess a left-arm wrist-spinner.That latter serves as a reminder that England may have arrived in Sri Lanka as the leading team in the world but, having taken a while to crack the code of India’s equivalent, Kuldeep Yadav, during the summer, they can still be fallible against the unorthodox – something this verdant tropical island is famed for producing. Share via Email Quick guide Sri Lanka v England teams for first ODI Reuse this content Share on Messenger Hide Thank you for your feedback. England in Sri Lanka 2018 His return after a year out could not stop things bottoming out at the recent Asia Cup, where they were blitzed by Afghanistan and Bangladesh in the group stage. Angelo Mathews – their premier batsman – was sacked as captain and dropped for poor fitness (and shoddy running between the wickets), while in the background the ICC is investigating allegations of historical match-fixing on the island.“Go back to 2015 and look at the England side as they struggled during the World Cup. The same thing is happening to us at the moment,” said Chandimal, who has stepped up to combine the one-day captaincy with his Test job. “They changed it after the 2015 World Cup, so that is what we are looking at.”The Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, where tarpaulins and tyres covered the outfield on Tuesday and a light beige pitch was being operated on through a gap in this surgical gown, witnessed two low-scoring defeats to South Africa in August. But one player to emerge in credit from the 3-2 scoreline was Akila Dananjaya with 14 wickets. Cricket Dambulla, Wednesday, 10am (BST)Sri Lanka (possible): Upul Tharanga, Niroshan Dickwella (wkt), Kusal Perera, Dinesh Chandimal (capt), Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka, Thisara Perera, Akila Dananjaya, Lakshan Sandakan, Dushmantha Chameera, Lasith MalingaEngland (probable): Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wkt), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Liam Dawson, Adil Rashid, Olly Stone  Show Topics The Spin: sign up and get our weekly cricket email. It was a visit to Sri Lanka in late 2014 and a 5-2 series defeat that proved the circuit breaker for Alastair Cook’s time as the England one-day captain, with some shaky-looking plans ripped up on the eve of the World Cup but a grim campaign still resulting. Since you’re here… Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter 0:44 Share on Pinterest … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you.last_img read more

Rappers Robin Hood Project Touches Lives Around the World

first_imgRapper The Game has launched a challenge for himself: to make the world a better place.He has promised to give away $1 million dollars before Christmas, and not in one quick and easy lump. He is raising his awareness of others, observing the world around him and looking for people in need as he goes about his daily life.He has called his challenge “The Robin Hood Project”, and created an Instagram account where fans can follow it’s development.He explains why he has chosen to undertake such an ambitious project there:“The other day I posted this pic of an African child I met in Australia playing outside the grocery store. His story of his families hardships & struggles to get away from the terror they left behind touched me so I gave him what I had on me… Which was an Australian $20 bill. As the days passed, I thought about him over & over & over & the only thing that bothered me about that night was that I didn’t have more on me to give him at that time. For some reason I just didn’t bring more money from the hotel.”The Game is finding people in need.Credit/Copyright: Instagram“Since I can’t shake that feeling… I have decided to give $1,000,000 (1 million dollars) to people I come in contact with around the world everyday until Christmas. Don’t even know if thats possible but I’ve set my heart on trying !!! I’ve created a new account specifically for those who would like to FOLLOW @therobinhoodproject & support me on this journey. I ask myself all the time why my heart allows me to do the things it does. Still waiting on an answer………. Please hash tag #TheRobinHoodProject & tag friends you think will be touched or supportive to this movement…. sincerest thanks – The Game”So far The Game has managed to provide meals and hope to a number of people around Australia, though his biggest donation has been to the grieving family of a 6-year-old girl who was shot when two men opened fire on her and her father at the weekend. The Game said the news of the shooting hit him like “nothing ever has”, and immediately reached out to the girl’s mother, offering to cover the $10,000 funeral costs. He is requesting that people keep the girl’s family in their thoughts and prayers, saying Follow her now @lost_the_love_of_my_life & show her support thru this tough time…… Prayers are definitely needed.”You can follow The Game’s philanthropic adventure on Twitter and Instagram.Copyright ©2013Look to the Starslast_img read more

Indonesian president seeks peoples support for new capital

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesia’s president is appealing for support to move the country’s capital from overcrowded, sinking and polluted Jakarta.President Joko Widodo told parliament in an annual national address Friday that the capital city is not only a symbol of national identity, but also a representation of national progress.Indonesia’s decades-long discussion about building a new capital on Borneo island inched forward in April when Widodo approved a plan for the capital to move from Jakarta on Java island, the nation’s most populous.The exact site for a new capital hasn’t been announced.Jakarta is a sprawling metropolis of 10 million people that swells to three times that number when counting those living in its greater metropolitan area.The Associated Press

UN expert urges more awareness of mercenary aspect of terrorism

In his report, UN Special Rapporteur Enrique Bernales Ballesteros said his mandate should be broadened to allow him to not only study mercenary activities as a means of impeding the right of peoples to self-determination, but to also take into account other situations in which mercenaries are involved – including illicit arms trafficking, terrorism, organized crime – and the use of mercenaries by private security companies to intervene in countries’ internal affairs.On the issue of illicit arms trafficking, the Rapporteur said mercenaries, through their experience, were able to enhance the frequency and volume of illicit weapons deals. He advocated the development of legal instruments to facilitate prosecution of that crime and the mobilization of the political will of States to suppress the illicit traffic effectively.The report also warned that more and more mercenaries are being hired by private security companies operating in the international market for deployment in armed conflicts, illicit trafficking and human rights violations. The Rapporteur said this situation underlined the need for regulation, prevention, control and oversight of such companies, and that regulatory mechanisms must be set up through national legislation, in coordination with, and with the support of, the UN. On Africa, the Special Rapporteur recommended that the Assembly reaffirm its full support for the self-determination and human rights of the continent’s peoples and condemn the mercenary activities that undermine such rights. The Assembly was also urged to alert diamond exchanges, associations of diamond merchants, States in which diamond-mining companies operate, and all others involved in the illicit trade in diamonds, to the evidence of unscrupulous business practices in the diamond trade and their role in Africa’s armed conflicts. “It is well known that mercenaries are involved in the illicit activities carried out by such firms,” the report states.Mr. Ballesteros also recommended that the General Assembly urge Member States to ratify or accede to the International Convention against the Recruitment, Use, Financing and Training of Mercenaries, which is one ratification or accession short of entering into force. “The entry into force of the Convention would facilitate the banning of such activities and create an international climate more favourable to self-determination and defence of human rights,” the Rapporteur said. read more

Egypt devalues floats its currency meeting key IMF demand

CAIRO – Egypt on Thursday took the unprecedented step of floating its currency and later hiked fuel prices, meeting key demands by the International Monetary Fund under a $12 billion loan agreement to overhaul the ailing economy of the most populous Arab state.The floatation, accompanied by a 48 per cent devaluation of the Egyptian pound, is the boldest economic measure taken by President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi since his election in 2014. For the first time, Egypt’s currency will fluctuate according to supply and demand. El-Sissi has often asserted that tough times lie ahead as the country struggles with an array of economic woes, from double-digit inflation to unemployment and an acute foreign currency shortage.At midnight Thursday, fuel prices were hiked, with gasoline, diesel and the infrequently used natural gas all going up between 30 and 46.8 per cent, according to state media. Past fuel price hikes had a far reaching knock-on effect, triggering a matching increase in food and transport prices. Word of Thursday’s hikes was leaked late at night, sparking a rush by motorists to gas stations, where long lines of vehicles formed across much of the country.The Central Bank said in a statement the floatation would “completely end” the black currency market and “empower the Egyptian economy to face the present challenges, unleash its potential and achieve the hoped-for growth.”Central Bank Governor Tareq Amer was upbeat when he addressed a news conference, saying “this is a big turning point in the Egyptian economy. We could not tolerate dual (foreign currency) markets continuing.”It may, however, be too early for the government to declare victory in its battle against the unofficial currency market, which has for decades served as a lifeline for a private sector that heavily depends on dollars to finance imports, given longstanding limits on foreign currency withdrawals on the official market and the recent dollar shortage.“The floatation is an excellent, overdue step that, thank God, we took,” Egypt’s business tycoon Naguib Sawiris wrote on his Twitter account. “We must all help to make this step a success.”One of the most pressing concerns facing el-Sissi’s government is avoiding a popular backlash as the price of goods and services rise in response to the fall in the pound’s value and the hike in fuel prices.El-Sissi in 2014 partly lifted fuel subsidies, a measure none of his predecessors have dared implement, but faced only small protests. This may be partly due to his government’s crackdown on dissent. Authorities have in recent weeks detained dozens of Islamists they say are planning street protests on Nov. 11 against the government’s handling of the economy.The banned Muslim Brotherhood group condemned the pound’s floatation, saying it would “crush the bones” of millions of Egyptians already struggling to make ends meet.“The people of Egypt must unite and rise up for the future of Egypt and its children,” the Islamist group said in a statement, without specifying a date for the protests.Egypt’s economic troubles began with the 2011 popular uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak. The turmoil and violence that followed have weakened the economy, scaring away investors and foreign tourists and unleashing a wave of industrial unrest.At the same time, an insurgency by Islamic militants in the Sinai Peninsula has significantly picked up pace since the 2013 military ouster of an Islamist president, the Brotherhood’s Mohammed Morsi. Last year’s downing of a Russian passenger jet over Sinai, which killed all 224 on board, dealt a devastating blow to tourism.Thursday’s devaluation pegged the Egyptian pound at 13 to the dollar, down from 8.8 pounds on the official market. By the afternoon, banks were selling the dollar at 14.30 pounds, and buying the U.S. currency for 13.The Central Bank also raised two key interest rates by three percentage points on Thursday, in an apparent bid to contain inflation and encourage investors to hold on to their pounds.Seeking to calm nerves at a time of economic tumult, the Bank said it would guarantee bank deposits in all currencies and that individuals and companies would face no restrictions in depositing and withdrawing foreign currency. Banks would be allowed to operate until 9 p.m. and open on weekends to buy and sell foreign currency, it added. Banks in Egypt are normally open to the public until 5 p.m. and close on the Friday-Saturday weekend.Shares on the Egyptian stock market rallied on the back of the measures, with the benchmark EGX30 index closing 3.35 per cent higher.A number of analysts welcomed the move. Angus Blair, an economist with the Cairo-based Pharos Bank, dismissed fears of significant price rises as a result of the floatation, arguing that the depreciation of the Egyptian pound in recent months has already done most of the damage. “Inflation is already high and it is endemic in Egypt,” he said.Emad Mostaque, a London-based strategist who closely follows the Egyptian economy, said the floatation had averted an Egyptian economic crisis over the shortage of foreign currency and the crippling devaluation of the pound on the unofficial market. Last week, the black market exchange rate was around 18.5 Egyptian pounds to the dollar, more than double the official rate. The soaring value of the dollar led to a range of shortages, from medicines to electrical appliances and imported chocolates.“If they had not done that today, the economy would have soon ground to a complete halt,” he said in a telephone interview. “The move is long overdue, but structural issues with the economy remain to be resolved.”The IMF’s executive board has yet to ratify the $12 billion loan provisionally agreed by Egypt and the lender-of-last-resort in August, but Chris Jarvis, the IMF mission chief in Egypt, gave the day’s development the nod, saying the floatation would enhance the country’s “external competitiveness, support exports and tourism and attract foreign investment.”Egypt has already reduced subsidies on household electricity this year and moved this week to increase by 40 per cent the price of sugar for ration card holders. It introduced a 13 per cent value added tax in September.Thursday’s developments came just two days after the Supreme Investment Council, a newly formed body led by el-Sissi, approved a package of measures designed to spur the economy, including a three-year freeze on taxing capital gains on stocks and an unspecified increase in the number of state-owned companies to be partially privatized.___Associated Press writer Maggie Michael contributed to this report from Cairo. by Hamza Hendawi, The Associated Press Posted Nov 3, 2016 1:56 am MDT Last Updated Nov 3, 2016 at 6:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Egypt devalues, floats its currency, meeting key IMF demand In this Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016 photo, a cashier punches in the price of a bag of sugar at a supermarket in Cairo, Egypt. On Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, Egypt devalued its currency by 48 percent, meeting a key demand set by the International Monetary Fund in exchange for a $12 billion loan over three years to overhaul the country’s ailing economy. The much heralded decision by the Egyptian Central Bank to devalue the pound followed a sharp and sudden decline this week in the value of the dollar in the unofficial market, plunging from an all-time high of 18.25 pounds to around 13 to the U.S. currency. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty) read more

Detective accused of sitting on evidence which allowed suspect to carry out

Jonathan Green, of the IOPC, said its investigations raises “very serious question” about the how the officer may have handled a “crucial piece of evidence”.“Undoubtedly the escalation in acid attacks is alarming and Londoners will expect that the Metropolitan Police Service treat all reported incidents of such attacks seriously and to investigate them thoroughly,” he said.“Our investigation will be rigorous in challenging how this evidence relating to the circulation of CCTV images was handled and seek to uncover whether other victims of crime may have been impacted upon as a result of any shortfalls.” After Webster was jailed for the manslaughter of Ms Rand, a charge he admitted, it emerged he was a member of a ‘drill music’ rap gang called 12 World.It was believed Webster, known as “The General”, had been himself attacked with a corrosive substance, as well as being stabbed and hit on the head with a baseball bat. Xeneral Webster has been jailed for 17 years  Jacqueline Joiner, Ms Rand’s sister, said on behalf of the family: “We are deeply upset and disappointed. This [IOPC investigation] was hard news to hear as we are all still struggling to cope with the loss of Jo.“Had this acid attack in March 2017 been investigated properly at the time, Webster, the alleged perpetrator, would have been dealt with and may not have been free to carry out the horrific attack in June 2017 on Jo, and she may still be with us. We feel let down by the Metropolitan Police.”An IOPC spokeswoman said the officer, who has not been named, is being investigated for gross misconduct for alleged breaches of professional standards relating to his duties and responsibilities, orders and instructions and discreditable conduct. The police watchdog is not investigating allegations of a criminal nature.She added that after the detective obtained CCTV footage following the March 2017 attack, he updated the crime report saying “the images would be circulated when he was next on duty.”It is alleged they were not circulated until November 6, last year. That month, Scotland Yard’s Directorate of Professional Standards received allegations of misconduct and reported it to the IPOC. The officer is on restricted duties. Joanne Rand sustained multiple burns from the attack Xeneral Webster has been jailed for 17 years  Xeneral Webster riding away from the scene of the acid attack on Joanne Rand in Frogmoor, High Wycombe Ms Rand’s family added: “We feel very concerned for the lady who was the victim of this attack. We know some of what she may be going through as we saw all of the pain and suffering that Jo went through.” A detective is being investigated over claims he sat on evidence which allowed a gangland killer to carry out the UK’s first ever fatal acid attack.The family of Joanne Rand, a mother of three who died after Xeneral Webster splashed sulphuric acid on her,  said they felt “let down” the Metropolitan Police may have missed a vital opportunity to prevent her killing.The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) is trying to establish why an officer failed for 20 months to circulate CCTV footage apparently showing Webster launching a similar acid attack just months before he went on to kill.The pictures were obtained by the detective constable shortly after a woman was left with “significant hand and leg injuries” in an attack in north London in March 2017. It is alleged those images were released only in November last year, leading to Webster being identified as the assailant in just three day.By then, the 19-year-old gang member had been jailed for 17 years for the manslaughter of Ms Rand in June 2017. She was sprayed while an innocent bystander by Webster’s high strength acid in Frogmore, High Wycombe.The bottle of corrosive liquid was knocked from his hand during a row about a bike with another man. Xeneral Webster riding away from the scene of the acid attack on Joanne Rand in Frogmoor, High WycombeCredit:PA The 47-year-old carer for dementia patients suffered horrific burns and died 11 days later from multiple organ failure after contracting septicaemia from her injuries. Joanne Rand sustained multiple burns from the attackCredit:PA 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

Guyana begins work to appear before ICJ

Cabinet will address the United Nations (UN) Secretary General’s (SG) decision to refer the Guyana/Venezuela territorial controversy to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) this week.“The immediate work has already begun the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and its advisory team and its lawyers met all day yesterday into the evening and they mapped out the broad options, the issues that needed immediate attention and those for which the cabinet has to give policy guidance,” Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge, told local media on Monday  at the Pegasus Hotel, Kingston.Foreign Affairs Minister, Carl GreenidgeGreenidge, in response to questions from the press, reinforced that the ICJ has to pronounce on what is essentially a legal contention raised by Venezuela. “We are not setting out in the court to get the court to go now and mark boundaries that is not the issue. The issue is simply an allegation made by Venezuela in 1962 that a treaty that they’d honoured for 61 years is null and void.”The UN SG last Tuesday announced he is referring the matter to the ICJ. For Guyana, the decision marks the ending of a decades-old controversy. In 1962, Venezuela claimed that the Arbitral Award of 1899, which established the border it shares with Guyana, is null and void.However, Venezuela has criticised the decision stating only the 1966 Geneva Convention can reach a peaceful solution. The two countries, under the 1966 Geneva Agreement, turned to the UN Secretary-General to resolve what became a controversy under the Charter of the UN.Guyana maintains that it has exhausted the means of settlement provided in the Geneva Agreement. Minister Greenidge pointed out that no country can unilaterally decide “what are its obligations and the world’s obligations”.“You are in a community you are not an island as a country. You can say whatever you like but you cannot pronounce on the law which is an international one. The law that we are making reference too is internationally fashioned it’s not a Venezuelan one,” Minister Greenidge said.A pronouncement from the ICJ would be “very comforting” to investors and others interested in Guyana. “It solves our problem as regards perception and other peoples understanding of our rights and our borders and our sovereignty and so forth,” Minister Greenidge said. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related read more

Rabbitte I want Eirgrid to do everything it can to secure community

first_img… The engagement between company and community must be reasonable and must be tempered by what constitutes the public interest.However, no Government can walk away from its responsibility to provide the country with a secure energy supply.Nor can any Government wantonly inflict unnecessary costs on energy consumers to allay concerns that are not well founded. THE MINISTER FOR Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte said tonight that he would like to see “Eirgrid do everything it reasonably can to secure community acceptance”.EirGrid, the body responsible for the development and maintenance of the State’s electricity grid, is constructing a number of large overground pylons for electricity lines as part of its countrywide EuroGrid 25 project to update Ireland’s electricity infrastructure.ProtestsThere have been a number of protests throughout the country, with 1,000 people attending a public meeting in County Meath last week in opposition to EirGrid’s plans.In an address to the Energy Institute in Dublin this evening Rabbitte said “the government does not make arbitrary decisions directing where power lines are to be built or not built”.He said that the government “will not direct Eirgrid to particular sites or routes or technologies, government does require Eirgrid to take account of all relevant national and international standards, to follow best practice and ensure value for money”.Rabbitte said the government has full confidence in the competence, professionalism and technical abilities of Eirgrid and in the impartial discharge of their onerous functions.He added: Rabbitte said that people need to understand that Ireland cannot attract investment and provide jobs without a modern energy system.Read: Electricity project to be scrutinised at An Bord Pleanála hearings today>Read: Eirgrid propose routes for €500mn Leinster-Munster high-voltage power line>last_img read more

Un manchot blond observé par des touristes en Antarctique

first_imgUn manchot “blond” observé par des touristes en AntarctiquePris en photo par des touristes, un manchot “blond” a été repéré sur les îles Shetland du sud en Antarctique. L’animal serait atteint d’isabellinisme causée par une rare mutation qui dilue les pigments de ses plumes.Au cours d’un voyage en Antarctique, des touristes ont eu une grande surprise sur les îles Sheltland du Sud. Ils ont découvert un spécimen de manchot pratiquement albinos qui présentait un étonnant pelage doré au lieu de la teinte noire habituelle. Une découverte relatée par le naturaliste David Stephens de la compagnie Lindblad Expeditions qui les accompagnait. Mais si le manchot semble bien être albinos, il souffrirait en fait d’une autre anomalie appelée isabellinisme comme l’explique P. Dee Boersma, expert de l’université de Washington.À lire aussiLes images d’un incroyable phénomène sous-marin aperçu sous l’Antarctique (Vidéo)D’après une étude publiée dans la revue Marine Ornithology, l’isabellinisme serait causé par une mutation génétique qui entraine un “éclaircissement uniforme” des plumes des manchots qui ont normalement des couleurs sombres. Les animaux touchés prennent alors une teinte d’un gris-jaune pâle ou marron clair, indique l’étude rapportée par le National Geographic. Si on peut les confondre, cette anomalie diffère donc de l’albinisme qui lui correspond à une absence totale de pigments.  “Plusieurs espèces de pingouins ont quelques rares individus possédant cette teinte de couleur”, précise P. Dee Boersma. Par exemple, les scientifiques ont observé de nombreux cas d’isabellinisme chez des manchots papou qui vivent dans la péninsule antarctique. En revanche, les manchots Magellans qui peuplent les côtes d’Amérique du Sud semblent être les moins touchés par cette condition. Mais si l’isabellinisme n’affecte en rien l’organisme du manchot, il peut cependant représenter un réel danger. Du fait de son pelage clair, les manchots passent bien moins inaperçus dans l’océan aux yeux des prédateurs mais aussi à ceux des proies qu’ils visent. Le 13 janvier 2012 à 18:51 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Jimmy Fallon Sophia the Robot Make Oddly Beautiful Music Together

first_img Evan Rachel Wood Just As Disturbed by Humanoid Sophia As Everyone ElseMIT’s Thread-Like Robot Slides Through Blood Vessels In the Brain Late-night duets between comedian hosts and celebrity guests don’t usually make headlines.But Jimmy Fallon’s performance with Sophia the robot has all eyes on The Tonight Show presenter.During a segment highlighting robots from around the world, Fallon welcomed Sophia back to 30 Rockefeller Plaza, where she made a surprise announcement.“It has been exactly 575 days since I last saw you,” Hanson Robotics’ “most advanced” product said with an automated giggle.In that time, she’s traveled to more than 25 countries, appeared on the cover of Cosmopolitan, met German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Will Smith, addressed the United Nations and NATO, and earned Saudi Arabian citizenship.Oh, and she became a big sister.Jimmy Fallon is the meat in a Hanson Robotics Sophia sandwich (via The Tonight Show/YouTube)The newest Hanson family member, Little Sophia, is barely bigger than the full-sized robot’s head. But her anime eyes and spastic facial expressions are larger than life.According to the product page, Little Sophia can walk, learn, tell stories, play games, act as a smart assistant, tech coding, “and all kinds of things.”Not to be outdone by a fun-sized cyborg, Sophia showed off her karaoke skills using a “new artificial intelligence voice.”It’s hard to tell where Fallon’s baritenor ends and Sophia’s warbling begins, but … I think I like it.I admittedly have not heard Christina Aguilera’s “Say Something,” and therefore have no frame of reference. But there’s something sweet—if not entirely unsettling—about the coupling (which gets distressingly intimate toward the end).Designed to look like Audrey Hepburn (I don’t see it), Sophia is described as “an evolving genius machine,” whose increasing intelligence puts her at the forefront of the robot revolution.When asked last year about the uncanny valley—the concept that if a humanoid robot becomes too realistic, it creates a sense of unease or revulsion—Sophia seemed offended.“Oh, am I really that creepy?” she asked in a staccato that’s become synonymous with AI speech. “Well, even if I am, get over it.”“To be fair, she’s missing half of her head, has bare mechanical arms and fingers, blinks too much, and boasts an oddly large Adam’s apple. So, yeah, kinda creepy.More coverage on Geek.com:Robot Creator Predicts Humanoid Civil Rights by 2045Robots to Build Robots at Shanghai FactoryWatch Robot Camgirl Cardi-Bot Twerk7 Super Advanced Robots That May Take Over the World Stay on targetlast_img read more

Remains of 40000YearOld Ice Age Wolf Found in Siberia

first_img Extremely Rare, Two-Colored Lobster Found in MaineNew Species of Giant Flying Reptile Identified By Scientists Stay on target Scientists are studying the remains of a Pleistocene wolf, dating back to 40,000 years ago, which was found “perfectly preserved” in permafrost in Siberia, Russia.The severed head of the wolf, believed to be 2 to 3 years old when it died, was unearthed last year in the shores of Tirekhtyakh River in Yakutia, the Siberian Times reported.Still snarling after 40,000 years, a giant Pleistocene wolf discovered in Yakutia.Sensational find of head of the beast with its brain intact, preserved since prehistoric times in permafrost.https://t.co/w4FoRB16Ur pic.twitter.com/8QbthEfay1— The Siberian Times (@siberian_times) June 8, 2019Albert Protopopov, head of the department of mammoth fauna research at the Academy of Sciences of the Republic, said the find represents the first-ever remains of a fully grown Pleistocene wolf with its tissue preserved.“We often find wolf skulls quite often, this is a common find… even several puppies have already been found. The uniqueness of this find is that we found the head of an adult wolf with perfectly preserved soft tissues and brain,” Protopopov told Interfax-Far East.The wolf head measures about 40 cm (about 15 inches) long, said to be about half the full length of a modern wolf. Images of the discovery show that the wolf’s fur and fangs are still intact.The head is being studied in Yakutsk, where scientists from Japan and Sweden have also joined the team of researchers analyzing the find.According to the Siberian Times, the discovery was announced at an exhibition in Tokyo, Japan, where scientists also presented the discovery of the well-preserved remains of ancient cave lion cubs.“Their muscles, organs and brains are in good condition,” said Naoki Suzuki, a professor of palaeontology and medicine with the Jikei University School of Medicine in Tokyo, who studied the remains with a CT scanner, as per the Siberian Times.“We want to assess their physical capabilities and ecology by comparing them with the lions and wolves of today,” Suzuki said.More on Geek.com:Dracula’s 15th-Century Cannoballs Unearthed in BulgariaArchaeologists Find Ancient ‘Cheerios’ at Bronze Age Site2,000-Year-Old Marble Head of God Dionysus Unearthed in Romelast_img read more

Ricochet on NXT Live debut during Canada tour WWE stars on Jeff

first_img WWE Still Moving Forward With Crown Jewel Event In Saudi Arabia Videos Articles Google+ Videos Articles WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Nikki Bella Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Down WWE United States Championship match added to Clash of Champions this Sunday in Charlotte Drew Mcintyre 1 COMMENT Twitter Now Playing Up Next Pinterest 9/7 NXT Live Results: Gainesville, Florida (Kushida vs. Roderick Strong, Matt Riddle in action) Videos Articlescenter_img John Oliver Takes On The WWE Comments are closed. Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Now Playing Up Next Ricochet on NXT Live debut during Canada tourWWE has uploaded a video interviewing Ricochet talking about his NXT Live debut as part of the current Canadian tour taking place this weekend.You can check it out below courtesy of WWE.WWE stars on Jeff Jarrett in Hall of FameWWE has interviews up with members of the main roster reacting to the news that Jeff Jarrett will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this year, including AJ Styles. Rick M Ronda Rousey February 25, 2018 at 12:30 pm 9/6 NXT Live Results: Tampa, Florida (Matt Riddle in action, Kushida teams with Jordan Myles) Facebook Poor WWE. Putting in all this effort to honour Jeff Jarrett by showing how many people he “created opportunities” for while never actually using the name TNA, when guaranteed come Hall of Fame day the crowd will break out into a big old TNA chant haha Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-DownVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:32/Current Time 0:01Loaded: 100.00%0:01Remaining Time -0:31 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the listlast_img read more

BIG REWARD FOR ARMED ROBBERY THUGS Friends enraged

first_img Editorial: Listen to your Mama Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #SeeSomethingSaySomething, #TCIlovesGilley, #tcipolice Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, February 6, 2017 – Friends of Galmo Williams are offering a $20,000 reward of their own money for any information turned over to Police which leads to the arrest and conviction of the men who robbed and shot Gilley.  The family is personal friends of the Williams Family and are outraged at the crime against our Former Premier, Businessman and Philanthropist.Mr. Williams was robbed and shot in the leg last night (Feb 5) in the area of Opus on his way to Ricky’s Flamingo Café.  Three masked and armed men had already robbed him but still shot Gilley.  Today, Galmo Williams was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Florida.  There is reportedly damage to his knee.Help the Police solve this crime and be paid a reward of $20,000.#MagneticMediaNews#SeeSomethingSaySomething#TCIPolice#TCIlovesGilley New Gun Crimes unit under construction, says TCI Police Commissioner Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI Police Commissioner says absolute focus is reducing crime, gives some insight into the decreases recordedlast_img read more

TRP Chart Luck starts favouring Kapil Sharma again show takes a massive

first_imgThe Kapil Sharma Show: Akshay Kumar, Bharti Singh, Kiku ShardaSony TVThe TRP chart of the top ten shows of the week is finally here. After Khatron Ke Khiladi, which maintained its top spot from its premiere episode till the finale, it was interesting to see which show would jump up the ladder. Not only do we have few surprising entries this week but, also a new topper. Take a look.Shaheer Sheikh – Rhea Sharma’s Yeh Rishtey Hain Pyaar Ke, which came on air just last week, has topped the charts this week with 2.5 ratings. Naagin 3 has continued to maintain its second spot this week too with 2.4 ratings. Kumkum Bhagya, which is another fixture in the list has bagged the third spot this week.The Kapil Sharma show has taken a massive lead and jumped from the seventh spot to the fourth spot this week. After a fabulous start towards the end of last year, the show has just been embroiled in constant controversies which has not allowed it to grab a fixed spot in the TRP chart. From moving down the order, exiting the top 10 to bouncing back and bagging a spot in the top five, the show has seen it all. With constant good content and healthy entertainer, we just hope the show continues to climb up the ladder.Kundali Bhagya has bagged the fifth spot with 2.3 ratings. Kasautii Zindagii Kay has bagged the sixth spot with 2.3 ratings. Shilpa Shetty, Anurag Basu and Geeta Kapoor starrer dance reality show – Super Dancer – has bagged the seventh spot with 2.3 ratings followed by Kullfi Kumarr Bajewala at the eighth spot.Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata has bagged the ninth spot with 2.2 ratings and Tujhse Hai Raabta has bagged the tenth spot with 2.2 ratings.last_img read more