The ban imposed on ‘bajri’ (riverbed sand) mining in Rajasthan took an ugly turn with the sand mafia allegedly beating a 50-year-old sarpanch to death in Sawai Madhopur district on Thursday. Raghuveer Singh Meena, sarpanch of Hathdoli village, was killed when he went to the Bouli area to check loading of sand illegally dug out of the Banas river.His body was cremated in his native village on Friday. Police registered a case of murder against 21 persons, including nine accused. People involved in illegal sand mining, armed with sticks and stones, attacked Mr. Meena, who was accompanied by a team of Mining Department and a few policemen. The accused hurled stones on the officials when they entered the land in Hindpura village and forced them to retreat. ‘Bled to death’In the melee, Mr. Meena was injured by a stone and fell on the ground. The assailants fled and a profusely bleeding Sarpanch was rushed to a hospital in Sawai Madhopur. He was later referred to Jaipur, but he succumbed to his injuries.
The constituents of the Left Front are going to turn on the heat on the Communist Party of India (Marxist) during a meeting scheduled on Friday to decide on its alliance with the Congress. Senior leaders of three major constituents of the Left Front — All India Forward Bloc (AIFB), Revolutionary Socialist Party ( RSP) and Communist Party of India (CPI) — told The Hindu that they are going to raise strong objections on the ongoing talks on electoral understanding with Congress. “We will not have any alliance with the Congress. The AIFB will contest three Lok Sabha seats and on the remaining seats with support CPI(M) and other allies,” Naren Chatterjee, State secretary of AIFB, said. RSP general secretary Kshiti Goswami said: “The CPI(M) has no right to force the alliance with the Congress on the Left Front. We have all seen the result when the Left and Congress came together in the 2016 Assembly polls.”
Ten people died after consuming spurious liquor in Uttar Pradesh’s Barabanki district on Tuesday, a spokesperson for Ajay Sahani, Superintendent of Police, said.A dozen officials of the Excise and the Police Departments have been suspended for the incident, officials said.The tragedy was reported from the Raniganj area under the Ramnagar police station of the district.Excise Minister J.P. Singh said six deaths had been confirmed so far. In the Home Department briefing held in the evening, IG Law and Order Praveen Kumar put the figure at 10 and said four others were critical.Among the victims were four members of one family. Several others had been admitted to the trauma centre in Lucknow.The district Excise officer and the superintendent along with the local Inspector, an SI and two police constables have been suspended, while the suspension of the circle officer was under process, said Mr. Kumar.The victims purchased the liquor from a local registered shop run by one Danvir Singh. A case has been lodged against him and two associates. While a salesman has been arrested, Singh is absconding.Minister J.P. Singh said it was a “lapse” on the part of the local officials that spurious liquor was sold at a licensed shop. “Somewhere it is a lapse of our officials and staff because there is a standing order that stock in every shop must be checked,” he said.Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath instructed the Principal Secretary, Excise Department, to probe the incident and take strict action against the culprits. The CM has directed a three-member committee led by the Excise commissioner to submit a report within 48 hours.The team would probe the source of the liquor, the accountability of the local Excise, police officials and any “conspiracy” angle, said Chief Secretary Anup Chandra Pandey.Rajeev Krishna, ADG Lucknow, said they were investigating at what stage the liquor was adulterated, whether at the factory or at the store. The shop did not have the licence to sell open liquor or serve it like a bar but could only sell closed bottles, he said.Mr. Adityanath announced an ex-gratia of ₹2 lakh each to the kin of the dead.
Nationalist Congress Party MP from Satara Udayanraje Bhosale on Monday voiced support for the ballot paper voting system as against the Electronic Voting Machine, which has been mired in controversy following multiple allegations of rigging. Mr. Bhosale’s statement comes days after Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi president Prakash Ambedkar announced he would be taking the issue to court. Saying that the EVM process was ‘manipulative’, Mr. Bhosale said that a difference of 672 votes was observed between the votes cast and votes counted in constituencies like Wai, Koregaon, Karad, Patan and Satara. “The statistics are there for everyone to see. It is clear that something was wrong with the entire election process. I don’t know why they call the EVMs fool-proof,” Mr. Bhosale said. While he accepted that securing fewer seats than expected in the recent Lok Sabha elections is a factor behind the issue of EVMs being raised, he also added that the difference between votes cast and votes counted still remains unexplained. Calling EVMs a “threat to India”, Mr. Bhosale demanded a re-election through ballot papers and also demanded that the EVM system be abolished permanently. “I challenge the Election Commission to see the results after re-elections are conducted using ballot papers. I am not going to rebel nor I am going to approach the courts. I can speak for myself and I want the people to raise their voice as well to save the future of India.” he said.On Saturday last week, Mr. Ambedkar, in a press conference in Dadar, had declared that his party would be taking up the issue of EVMs with the Election Commission of India and would also be filing petitions in regional high courts over the matter.
After the National Green Tribunal ordered an immediate closure of all illegally operating polluting stone crushers in Mahendergarh district of Haryana, political party Swaraj India on Saturday hit out at the BJP government, saying the nexus between officials and those involved in running the crushers had been exposed. “This order of the NGT exposes the collusion between the owners of the illegal crushers and the government machinery,” said party president Yogendra Yadav. “We should hope that now the State government and the local administration will respect the order and spirit of the NGT, take strict action against erring officials and others.”The NGT had on July 24 also directed the Deputy Commissioner of Mahendergarh to ensure immediate initiation of action by way of prosecution and recovery of compensation which must be deterrent and relatable to the cost of restoration so that the illegal activity was not profitable. The orders came on the petition of Mahender Singh and Tejpal Yadav, who made a submission that the location of the crushers was close to the plantation, reserved forest and an educational institution. Besides, the area is over exploited in terms of the ground water resulting in scarcity of water even for drinking purposes.The NGT, which had sought factual and action taken report from a joint committee comprising representatives of the Deputy Commissioner Mahendergarh, district Town and Country Planning, Haryana Pollution Control Board and the Divisional Forest Officer, pointed out in its order that two reports earlier submitted were found without application of mind and were rejected. The third report had been submitted which was also inadequate to deal with the matter.The NGT observed, “The report shows the State administration in poor light. There is no explanation how potable water has been continued to be drawn without any restriction by the State administration though the area is critical in terms of ground water and in spite of such illegality brought to notice. It is also not clear how blatant violation of air quality norms is being allowed for permitting operation of the units at the cost of public health and environment. The report does not clarify how many stone crushers, if any, are legitimate which do not conflict with the environment. It appears that the State administration has not cared to fully verify the compliance of environment norms while permitting continuation of the stone crushers, even after proceedings before this Tribunal.”The order also added that the Haryana Chief Secretary may look into the conduct of the officers, who gave the earlier reports, in withholding the information which had now been given.
The Punjab Cabinet on Friday decided to amend the Punjab State Legislature (Prevention of Disqualification) Act, 1952, under which advisers to the Chief Minister for planning and political matters will not be disqualified for holding offices of profit.The Bill amending Section 2 of the Act will be presented in the coming session of the State Assembly, an official statement said.Notably, the Punjab State Legislature (Prevention of Disqualification) Act, 1952, had been enacted in terms of Article 191 of the Constitution of India, to declare certain offices of profit as not being eligible to disqualify the holders from being members of the State legislature.“The said Act has undergone minor amendments from time to time. However, such amendments have not taken into account the complexity of modern day governance. Further, these amendments have not taken into account the reports and studies of the various parliamentary committees which addressed the issue of office of profit. Therefore, the Cabinet felt there is a need to amend Section 2 of the Punjab State Legislature (Prevention of Disqualification) Act, 1952,” said the statement.The Punjab government had in September this year appointed six Minister-rank advisers to the Chief Minister. Five Congress MLAs were given the status of Cabinet Ministers while the sixth was given the rank and status of a Minister of State. The move had invited severe criticism from the Opposition. Fee Act amendmentThe Cabinet, which held its meeting here under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh also gave its approval to amend the Punjab Regulation of Fee of Unaided Educational Institutions Act, 2016, to provide a mechanism for regulating the fee of unaided educational institutions.
atpcorruptfirst roundnick kyrgios First Published: August 28, 2019, 12:13 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. New York: Australia’s Nick Kyrgios became the last player to reach the second round of the US Open by defeating American Steve Johnson 6-3, 7-6 (7/1), 6-4 early Wednesday morning.Kyrgios, seeded 28th, fired 24 aces to four for Johnson and made eight double faults, twice Johnson’s total. “To have a performance like that is pretty special,” Kyrgios said. “I don’t take these days for granted.”Kyrgios said that to be issued a record $113,000 fine by the ATP for actions at the Cincinnati Masters was not a concern for him entering the US Open.”Not at all,” he said. “ATP is pretty corrupt anyway. I’m not frustrated at all.”He later added, “I’m fined 113K for what?”Kyrgios smashed two racquets and used a profanity in describing an umpire as a “tool” after being assessed a time violation in a loss to Russia’s Karen Khachanov.He also called the umpire “rubbish”, “a disgrace” and “the worst ref in the game.”Kyrgios, who won ATP titles earlier this year at Acapulco and Washington, will next face French wildcard Antoine Hoang after dispatching a friend in Johnson.”I knew I had to play top-flight tennis. I had to serve well,” Kyrgios said. “I was hitting the ball really well. I was happy to get done in three sets.”Kyrgios could take full advantage of a draw quarter that opened greatly with upsets Tuesday, although he said such things aren’t important to him.”I don’t really care about that,” Kyrgios said. “Regardless of who I play I know I can beat anybody on the other side of the net.”Ousted were Austrian fourth seed Dominic Thiem, Greek eighth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas, Spanish 10th seed Roberto Bautista Agut, Canadian 18th seed Felix Auger-Aliassime and British 30th seed Kyle Edmund.The only higher-seeded players than Kyrgios who made the second round in his draw quarter are 13th-seeded Frenchman Gael Monfils and Italian 24th seed Matteo Berrettini.Kyrgios has never gone past the third round at the US Open. His best Grand Slam results have been quarter-final runs at the 2015 Australian Open and Wimbledon in 2014.While the conclusion came at 1:12 a.m., it wasn’t the latest-finishing US Open men’s first-round affair. That distinction still belongs to the 1991 Jimmy Connors defeat of Patrick McEnroe in five sets that ended at 1:35 in the morning.
India innings (target: 197 runs from 20 overs)India innings (target: 197 runs from 20 overs) Rohit Sharma lbw b Abbott10 Shikhar Dhawan retired not out73 Virat Kohli de Kock b Steyn 1 Ajinkya Rahane b Tahir11 Suresh Raina retired not out41 Yuvraj Singh not out 16 M S Dhoni not out 30Extras: (LB-2 W-6 NB-2) 10Total: (For 3 wkts in 20 overs) 192 Fall of wickets: 1/11 2/16 3/48Bowling: Dale Steyn 4-0-36-1, Kyle Abbott 4-0-32-1, Chris Morris 4-0-42-0, David Wiese 2-0-26-0, Imran Tahir 3-0-25-1, JP Duminy 2-0-16-0, Aaron Phangiso 1-0-13-0. PTI PDS PDS
TURIN, Italy (AP) — Dani Alves proved his critics wrong as he inspired Juventus to a 2-1 win over Monaco on Tuesday to send the Italian club to its second Champions League final in three years.Often described as being past his best when he joined Juventus from Barcelona on a free transfer last June, the 34-year-old Alves was often mocked during the season.But Alves had a man-of-the-match performance against Monaco, setting up Mario Mandzukic’s opener in the 33rd minute before getting on the scoresheet himself on the stroke of halftime with a sensational long-range volley as Juventus swept to a 4-1 victory on aggregate.“The most important thing is to help my team to win, whether scoring or providing assists,” Alves said. “I don’t score very often, so I’m happy, but in a way I prefer the assist to a goal, so everyone goes home happy.”Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid meet on Wednesday for the other second-leg match, with defending champion Real Madrid leading 3-0. But Alves, who spent eight years at Real’s fierce rival Barcelona, insists he has no preference who Juventus meets in the final.“Playing a final is enough motivation for me,” Alves said. “It doesn’t change anything for me if it is against Real Madrid, it would be a great match in world football. But Real still has a match to play. It won’t be Barcelona against Real Madrid, but Juventus against Real.”There was one man who Alves didn’t need to prove anything: Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri.“Three months ago, some people wanted to strangle Dani Alves,” Allegri said with a smile. “But when a player is good, he’s good in June, September and the following June… he hasn’t turned mediocre.“Anyways, Alves is not someone we’ve discovered in the past three months. He’s won 29 titles.”Kylian Mbappe scored a consolation goal in the 69th minute for Monaco, as Juventus remained on course for the treble. Allegri’s side is likely to secure an unprecedented sixth Serie A title on Sunday at Roma, while it is also in the Italian Cup final.Two years ago, Juventus was in a similar position but it lost the final 3-1 to Barcelona. This time, it could be Juve’s year, especially after it eased past the Catalan team 3-0 on aggregate in the quarterfinals.Juventus will be attempting to end a 21-year wait for a European trophy.“It’s a path that started a long time ago,” Allegri said. “Everyone has grown: the club, the players, myself. Have to compliment everyone. From tomorrow we have to think about what we can do in these in 20 days.“It’s right to be enthusiastic, but we’ll take it one step at a time. We have to improve certain things, because this squad is capable of improving.”Monaco’s young team has earned a lot of admirers this season and coach Leonardo Jardim’s task will be to keep his players together, especially with many top clubs following Mbappe. The 18-year-old striker wasn’t even born when Buffon made his Serie A debut in 1995.“We leave here eliminated, but still with our heads held high,” Mbappe said. “My goal against Buffon didn’t help anything, it’s pretty much just anecdotal.”As for Monaco’s performances in this season’s Champions League, Mbappe saw them as valuable experience.“We had a good run … we don’t have many regrets about this European campaign,” he said. “Mixing with the top teams is what’s best for progression. Today we learnt a lot, I learnt a lot and we’ll try to come back next season better armed.”DANIELLA MATAR, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shares
On what was a dramatic derby day in the Premier League, Arsenal and Liverpool came out triumphants as their home grounds, Emirates Stadium and the Anfield, respectively, broke into a tizzy.While Arsenal registered a thrilling 4-2 win over Tottenham Hotspur to take the fourth place in the Premier League, Liverpool stayed within two points of leaders Manchester City with a very late and crucial 1-0 victory against Everton.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a brace for Arsenal in an epic north London battle to become the league’s top scorer, Liverpool had an unlikely hero in Origi.Chelsea, 2-0 winners over Fulham in the day’s other London derby at Stamford Bridge, put the Blues third in the table on 31 points after 14 games, five behind second-placed Liverpool and seven adrift of City.Arsenal have 30 points, ahead of Spurs on goal difference.If matches were to finish at halftime this season, Arsenal would sit 19th but once again, their final 45 minutes turned a match on its head, as they came from 2-1 down at the break to get the better of Spurs at the Emirates Stadium.Aubameyang’s penalty gave Arsenal an early lead from the penalty spot, before Spurs rallied with goals from Eric Dier and a Harry Kane penalty giving them the advantage before the break.However, three goals from Alexandre Lacazette, Aubameyang again — with his 10th in the league this season, two more than any other player — and Lucas Torreira extended Arsenal’s unbeaten run to 19 games in all competitions under Unai Emery.advertisement Arsenal’s massive second half display earned them a win over Tottenham Hotspur. (Reuters Photo)”It is a very big victory we showed our supporters and we gave them the victory because it is a very special match against Tottenham. For us, it is special also,” Emery said.”We need to continue our process, creating our way. I want to do more.”Looking for only their second win over their north London rivals in nine league matches, Arsenal, without Mesut Ozil in their squad, started at a blistering pace, and were soon in front.Jan Vertonghen’s handball in the penalty area gifted Aubameyang the opportunity to score from the spot but Spurs levelled through Dier — a goal which sparked angry scenes on the touchline, as Spurs’ players clashed with Arsenal’s substitutes.Kane became the joint-top goalscorer in north London league derbies in the Premier League era with eight before Aubameyang levelled the match once more with a strike of real quality.Substitute Lacazette’s deflected effort put Arsenal in front once more, before Torreira’s first goal for the Gunners almost lifted the roof off the Emirates.Vertonghen’s late dismissal after a clumsy foul earned him a second yellow card completed Spurs’ miserable afternoon.EVERTON RUE PICKFORD BLUNDER It was Jordan Pickford’s last minute gaffe that gifted the win to Liverpool. (Reuters Photo)Everton, without a win at Anfield in the Merseyside derby since 1999, looked to have done enough to earn a 0-0 stalemate, but Jordan Pickford’s error allowed Origi in to score his first Liverpool goal since May 2017 to snatch all three points.In two minds when a mistimed Virgil van Dijk hoof from distance looped towards him, the England international only succeeded in patting the ball down onto his own bar before seeing it fall kindly for Origi to nod home.”The goal was lucky, of course, but our idea was clear: we wanted to win until the last second,” said Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp, who rushed on to the pitch to celebrate the winner, only to apologise for his actions later.”We wanted to show that by bringing strikers on. It was a long and open game. I think we deserved the three points.”Earlier, Chelsea looked nervous, having suffered their first Premier League defeat of the season the previous weekend against Spurs, and after Pedro put Chelsea in front in just the fourth minute, they struggled to put the game to bed.It took until the 82nd minute, and a fine finish from substitute Ruben Loftus-Cheek, for Chelsea to kill of any hope of a visitors’ fightback on Claudio Ranieri’s return to Stamford Bridge as Fulham manager.(With Reuters inputs)Also Read | Premier League: Manchester City win 3-1 vs Bournemouth, United draw at SouthamptonAlso Read | Watford fans pay tribute to late Leicester owner. Vichai’s son responds to gesture
2009Colt McCoyTexas OSUBig 12FRRB1320611425.56 2016Lamar JacksonLouisville 2003Eli ManningOle Miss 2004Jason WhiteOklahoma To the surprise of … nobody … James Washington and Mason Rudolph were placed on a list with 83 other college football players as candidates for the Maxwell Award. This award is presented annually to the college player of the year by the Maxwell Football Club.OSU is one of just 17 schools in the country represented by multiple players on the list, including four from the Big 12 Conference. The Big 12 players nominated include:Shane Buchele (QB, Texas)Orlando Brown (OL, Oklahoma)Jacob Park (QB, Iowa State)Chris Warren III (RB, Texas)Connor Williams (OL, Texas)Jesse Ertz (QB, Kansas State)Justin Crawford (RB, West Virginia)Will Grier (QB, West Virginia)Kyle Hicks (RB, TCU)Baker Mayfield (QB, Oklahoma)Mason Rudolph (QB, Oklahoma State)James Washington (WR, Oklahoma State)AdChoices广告Past winners of the award align fairly closely with the Heisman. Barry Sanders won a Maxwell in 1988, but no OSU player has won it since then. Here are the last 17 winners. 2011Andrew LuckStanford 2013A.J. McCarronAlabama 2014Marcus MariotaOregon 2010Cam NewtonAuburn 2008Tim TebowFlorida While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. 2006Brady QuinnNotre Dame TCUBig 12JRRB1320310425.112 2002Larry JohnsonPenn State 2012Manti Te’oNotre Dame 2015Derrick HenryAlabama 2007Tim TebowFlorida 2000Drew BreesPurdue SchoolConfClassPosGamesRush AttRush YdsRush AvgRush TD YearPlayerSchool 2001Ken DorseyMiami (FL) 2005Vince YoungTexas WVUBig 12JRRB1316311847.34 Granted, Hicks catches a lot of passes, but Hill was just as good if not better on the ground last year. PFB got a vote for the preseason All-Big 12 team, and even though we’re more biased than a minivan full of soccer moms, we went with Hill and Crawford as our first team. To be honest, Hicks didn’t even come up.Semifinalists for the Maxwell Award will be announced Oct. 30, 2017. Three finalists for the award will be unveiled Nov. 20, 2017. The winner of the 2017 Maxwell Award will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show held on Dec. 7, 2017.No surprises here! Mason Rudolph and James Washington have been named to the watch list for the 2017 Maxwell Award! #okstate #MA2ON pic.twitter.com/qoen4zvUJR— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) July 10, 2017 Watch lists are the Whose Line Is It Anyway of college football to me, BUT how about Kyle Hicks and Justin Crawford being on here and not Justice Hill? Let’s look at their stats from last year.
Tottenham Hotspur Dembele ‘a genius of football’ like Maradona and Ronaldinho, claims Pochettino Ben Spratt 04:51 24/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Tottenham Hotspur Premier League Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur Crystal Palace The Argentine manager played alongside both superstars, and he puts the former Fulham midfielder in the same bracket Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino believes Mousa Dembele to be “a genius of football” like Diego Maradona and Ronaldinho.Dembele has received rave reviews in recent weeks as Spurs emerged unbeaten from a run of fixtures that included clashes with Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Juventus.The former Fulham man has been key to this fine form and his manager was in no mood to play down the midfielder’s talents ahead of Tottenham’s next Premier League match against Crystal Palace. Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp “I can talk about [Dembele] because I know very well him after nearly four years,” Pochettino told a pre-match news conference. “I have told you – and some people use my word to describe him – he is a genius of football.”He is this type of player I put next to Ronaldinho, Maradona, [Jay-Jay] Okocha – players that I was lucky to play with. For me, he is one of the unbelievable talents in the history of football.”For him, it was always difficult to be fit – he’s always fighting for his fitness – but now he’s in an amazing moment and he deserves all the praise people are giving him.”Pochettino is hoping Dembele can again stand out at Selhurst Park, where he is expecting a tough test against Roy Hodgson’s Palace.”It will be a big battle,” he said of the match. “Roy and his staff are doing a fantastic job. It will be good to see them again.Great fight by the team #UCL #COYS pic.twitter.com/qt5iYeV1CE — Mousa Dembélé (@mousadembele) February 13, 2018 “We need to match them in the areas of motivation and [being] ready to fight and then, of course, try to deliver our way and our game. It will be very tough.”It will be very important to win the three points, fighting for the top four. The idea is to win, the idea is to fight, to be ready. The three points are massive for us.”
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Got a big one on tap tonight between the Pokes and Cats. We’ll see you at Boone’s place 🤠🔶 #GoPokes | #KSUvsOSU ⚫️ pic.twitter.com/nB9LNhTXtk— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) September 28, 2019That last time OSU went BBO was all the way back in 2013, also against Kansas and also in the conference home opener. The Cowboys beat the Wildcats 33-29. That result, and the fact that it might be my new favorite home look, begs the question. Why the six-year hiatus? The important thing is that it’s back and it’s beautiful.If you’re keeping score at home, Kyle Porter successfully predicted the BBO color scheme in this week’s Uniform Prediction, but had OSU wearing the Barbed Wire lids. Oklahoma State’s equipment staff dusted off an oldie, but a goodie, for Saturday night’s Big 12 home opener. The Cowboys will wear a black helmet with orange brand, black jersey and orange pants against Kansas State.😍😍😍
zoom TTS Group ASA , through its subsidiary TTS NMF GmbH in Hamburg, has signed a contract for delivery of cargo cranes to China.The value of the contract is NOK 56 million ( USD 9.4m).The contract is signed by Jiangsu Yichun Wujiazui Shipbuilding Industry Co. Ltd. in Nanjing, China, and it stipulates four cranes per ship set to six 48,500 tdw general cargo carriers.The deliveries will take place within March 2015 and June 2016.TTS Group ASA is a global enterprise that designs, develops and supplies equipment solutions and services for the marine and offshore industries. May 27, 2014
The province of Nova Scotia is forecasting a modest increase in its budget surplus for 2005-06, as rising energy prices boost royalty revenues from offshore natural gas. Government will increase investment in key priorities, such as new programs to help Nova Scotians manage higher energy costs. The provincial surplus is expected to go up to $78.4 million, $15.1 million higher than budgeted. The budget includes a legislated $57.1-million surplus to be allocated to the debt. “We have made adjustments to our budget to recognize the changing global energy situation,” Finance Minister Peter Christie said today, Dec. 14. “We are including a prudent plan to help Nova Scotians save energy and to offset the higher costs of fuel for low-income Nova Scotians.” Total revenues are up $112.9 million, largely due to an increase to $119 million for natural gas offshore royalties, $89 million more than budgeted. The increases are offset by revenue decreases in a number of categories. Net program spending is expected to go up by $69.9 million, including $28 million for investments in an energy efficiency program and heating rebates for low-income consumers. Nova Scotia’s economy continues to grow, although at a slower pace than projected at budget time. With a drop in exports and a higher volume of imports, the real gross domestic product (GDP) growth is forecast to be 1.6 per cent for 2005, about 0.5 per cent below the rate assumed at budget time. However, the year-to-date unemployment rate of 8.4 per cent is slightly below the budget forecast, as employment grows at a faster pace than labour supply. “Our economy is performing well, but not quite at the level we expected at budget time,” said Mr. Christie. “We continue to invest in economic development initiatives and other areas to promote economic growth.” Other than new spending on energy programs, the largest added program expenses compared to the budget are in economic development, spending on emergency rooms and intensive care units, and wage settlements in the health-care sector. Several departments are reporting operating savings that offset the increases. Changes from the budget in major revenue categories include increases in corporate income tax, harmonized sales tax, and offshore forfeitures. These are offset by decreases in revenues from personal income tax, motive fuel taxes, and the large corporation tax. Due to a recent change in the actuarial assumptions for government pension and retirement obligations, the pension valuation adjustment will increase, costing government $27.7 million more than anticipated at budget time. The projected cost of pension interest is also expected to grow by $24.7 million. The forecast includes a total of $21.4 million in savings for debt-servicing costs, due to lower interest rates and applying $830 million to the debt from the Offshore Offset Accord. A copy of the forecast update is available on the website at www.gov.ns.ca/finance .
IQALUIT, Nunavut – The life story of Nunavut’s new premier reads like a modern history of the Inuit. But Paul Quassa says he wants to look forward, not back.“We want Nunavut to shine,” says Quassa, who was sworn in last week as the territory’s fourth premier. “We want to see a truly brilliant territory.”Quassa, 65, was born near Igloolik on the Melville Peninsula, where the west coast of Hudson Bay flicks up toward Baffin Island.“I was born in an igloo,” he says. “My generation is the last generation to have experienced the traditional way of living prior to people being moved into communities.“I have that sense of truly traditional Inuit values.”Quassa may have been born on the land, but he didn’t grow up there. At the age of six, he was taken to a residential school in Churchill, Man., where he was to spend his next 13 years.His memories, unlike those of so many others, are fond.“I always feel so fortunate. I received a very strong education at that time. That’s the positive side about residential school — it was a very strong educational process. I retained a very strong sense of my identity.”It wasn’t long after he left school that Inuit identity and politics became Quassa’s main concern. By 1972, he was involved in Inuit organizations and eventually became one of the chief negotiators of the Nunavut Land Claim. Quassa’s signature is on the 1993 agreement.Since then, Quassa has led the group that administers that land claim. He spent the better part of a decade as a CBC journalist. He’s worked for Isuma Productions, an award-winning film and video studio in his home town of Igloolik.A 13-part series on traditional Inuit life he helped produce is still being shown.He was the education minister in the last Nunavut government, where he oversaw an ultimately unsuccessful attempt to modernize territorial legislation to promote fully bilingual students.It’s hard to pin down where Quassa hopes to lead the territory. Under Nunavut’s consensus-style government, legislative priorities aren’t set until all new legislature members sit down and thrash them out together. That meeting won’t happen until the new year.Quassa uses the phrase “social development” a lot when he talks about his own priorities.“Housing. Social services. Training. Health,” he said. “Social development can mean so many things.”The list of Nunavut’s problems is long and it can seem as if they are tangled irretrievably together. Quassa has his own ideas about where to start tugging at the knot.“Education, training,” he says. “Our territory is a very young territory. We have to think in a long-term plan and we have to think about our future generation.”Look for another version of that failed Education Act during the new session, Quassa hints.“Education is always a big issue in the territory. This is one of the areas we’ll be talking about when we talk about our new mandate.”Expect continued funding requests of the federal government for infrastructure, too. Quassa points out Nunavut remains the only jurisdiction in Canada with no outside road links.“We are part of Canada,” he says. “Coast to coast to coast.”One thing he’d like to see more of in Nunavut over the next four years is confidence.“We want a population that’s vibrant, that’s not afraid to get into the workforce, a population that is more educated in both Inuktitut and English. We want a population that’s outgoing and positive.”Quassa says it all goes back to the presence of his signature on the land-claim document that helped create the territory he now leads.“I knew the vision then and the vision hasn’t changed.”— By Bob Weber in Edmonton. Follow him on Twitter at @row1960.
OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer are going with a family theme on their Christmas — or holiday — cards this year.Trudeau’s card features a dozen small photos of him, his wife and his three children in various combinations and different locations.The main message: “From our family to yours, Happy holidays.”Scheer, his wife, their five kids and the family dog are on the front of his card.The inside features nine family photos going back through the years.His message: “Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah and Happy Holidays”.NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh’s card is a shot of him greeting people at what appears to be a party function.He has his own message: “Happy Holidays. With Love and Courage.”
BERLIN — German investigators say they have searched the apartment of a witness in their probe of an alleged hacking case that saw hundreds of politicians’ and celebrities’ private information posted online.The Federal Criminal Police Office said the search took place in Heilbronn in southwestern Germany on Sunday. It didn’t give further details in a Twitter post Monday. The office did say that isolated cases of compromised data were reported to police last year.German media reported last week that as many as 1,000 politicians and celebrities are believed to have been affected by the breach of data.Authorities are still investigating who was behind the theft and publication of the information, which included data on members of all parties in parliament except those from the far-right Alternative for Germany party.The Associated Press
New Delhi: In the sweeping South Delhi landscape largely comprising urban villages and unauthorised colonies, ask residents what concerns them the most and the reply inevitably is water supply, sewer lines and traffic congestion. While political parties are raising the issues of nationalism, unemployment and full statehood status for Delhi for the Lok Sabha election, the residents of the high-profile constituency insist that they need someone who takes care of their day-to-day problems first. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehicles For Bhagwanji, an elderly painter, the ideal MP will be the one who takes care of the electricity and water woes he faces in his village in Tughlaqabad. “I don’t have an electricity connection, so I need to pay Rs 300 every month for a connection and Rs 300 for water. This makes a big dent in my pocket as my work is seasonal.” Water supply remains one of the biggest concerns for the residents of South Delhi. Some places in Mehrauli, Chattarpur and Sangam Vihar still experience water scarcity. While the people admit that the supply has improved a lot over the last two years, yet, they say, a lot remains to be done. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: Javadekar Mumina, who works as a domestic help, said she has to buy water from tankers as sometimes they do not get water for a month. “The situation gets really bad during the summer in Sangam Vihar. While Delhi Chief Minister Kejriwal has done a lot of work for the people but these basic issues still need to be sorted,” she said. Baby Prasad nods in agreement. “We want someone to work for the daily issues first. I live in Chattarpur which has a water supply problem. Some work has been done, like piped water has reached some places, but it is yet to reach the inner lanes. Sewer lines are also urgently needed there,” said Prasad, who works as a cook. Before the delimitation exercise carried out in 2008, the constituency comprised a number of upscale areas, but now it predominantly has urban villages, unauthorised and resettlement colonies and slums which present a number of infrastructural challenges. It has 10 assembly segments — Chattarpur, Palam, Bijwasan, Kalkaji, Mehrauli, Deoli, Ambedkar Nagar, Sangam Vihar, Tughlaqabad and Badarpur. The seat is witnessing a triangular contest among AAP’s Raghav Chadha, sitting BJP MP Ramesh Bidhuri and Congress’s Vijender Singh. The AAP, which is seeking to wrest the seat from the BJP, has been raising local issues before the people. In the 2014 parliamentary elections, the Congress did not win even a single seat in Delhi and it is seeking to reverse its fortunes this time by fielding among others Olympic medal-winning boxer Singh, who is making his political debut. The civic issue of parking and traffic congestion in the heavily-populated constituency also weigh on people’s mind. Many complain about the unending jams that they have to negotiate, especially during rush hour, and say these matters haven’t been paid heed to. “The Mehrauli-Badarpur Road is always choc-a-bloc. When I return from my office which is in Gurgaon, the Khanpur area always has jams and something needs to be done about it,” said Cyril Sebastian, who works in a media house. Bidhuri said that if he is elected, within 100 days the fourth phase of metro will be started which was supposed to be launched in 2016 from Jaitpur to Aerocity. He also promised to set up water treatment plants in the required areas in the constituency within six months. He claimed that there was scarcity of water under the Sheila Diskhit-led Congress government and many people did not have access to filtered water which he made available. The incumbent BJP MP told PTI that during his tenure, a Delhi University college was opened for the first time in 40 years and the Mahipalpur underpass on the Delhi-Gurgaon e-way was constructed, besides the setting up of a rugby stadium near IGNOU. Bidhuri is a prominent leader from the Gurjar community in the constituency which is a Jat-Gurjar stronghold. Niharika Goyal, a journalist living in Deoli, believes that caste will play an important role in the elections. According to her, the competition will narrow down to the BJP and the Congress now that the grand old party has fielded Singh, a Jat, against Bidhuri. Chadha believes the politics of caste and religion has taken a backseat in a place like Delhi. “I personally don’t think it is going to play a role. The first on people’s mind would be comparing promises made by the political parties,” he said. The AAP candidate said the dominant issues in South Delhi are access to water, electricity, education, healthcare education, sewage, roads, and this time the people will vote on the basis of the local factors affecting their lives. He said if voted to power, he would ensure the regularisation of unauthorised colonies, provide each colony and cluster with adequate supply of piped water and also work on issues related to schools. Chadha also said he would also work on the issue of traffic congestion on the Mehrauli-Badarpur road, which goes through eight of the 10 assembly segments in the constituency. Singh said the issues he will focus on are youth and sports in the constituency. “I am genuinely concerned about employment, which I think is a prominent issue for the youth. And being a sportsperson, I am also keen on working towards developing sports infrastructure. It’s about time we had good infrastructure so that budding athletes can actually flourish,” he said. As the Olympic bronze medallist is preparing for his first bout in the political arena, away from the lights of the boxing ring, some people think the apart from the caste factor, his celebrity status will also attract votes for the Congress. The constituency has been represented by popular leaders such as Sushma Swaraj, Madan Lal Khurana and Vijay Kumar Malhotra in the past. In 1999, former prime minister Manmohan Singh also contested from the seat but he lost to Malhotra by 30,000 votes. The constituency currently has 20,65,755 voters and it will go to polls on May 12.
Rabat – The joint committee in charge of the implementation of the Morocco-EU fisheries agreement granted fishing authorizations to European boats which met all requirements, following its first meeting on Thursday and Friday in Rabat. The holding of this session, a requisite for the EU boats to start their fishing activities, is part of the implementation of the said agreement which was adopted by the two parties on July 15, said a statement by the agriculture ministry.The session touched also on the approval of provisions related to the technical and financial aspects of the new accord such as the boarding procedure for Moroccan sailors, conditions of obligatory unloading of catches for each category of ships, and supervision of European ships. After the meeting, fishing licenses were granted to European boats which met all requirements set by the said committee, the statement said.