Regional alliances important factor for Lok Sabha results: Farooq Abdullah

first_imgNational Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah on Wednesday said the State-level alliances in the country will impact the national scene in upcoming Lok Sabha polls next year.“States will hold a key in alliance formations in the (Lok Sabha) elections. Alliances will be mostly in the States and those States will produce the results for the Parliament. And that will make the difference. Some places there will be stronger alliance and some place there will be mix alliances but the States will be important factor,” said Dr. Abdullah. Dr. Abdullah was speaking in Srinagar on the sidelines of a ceremony where two senior Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leaders, Peer Muhammad Hussain and Syed Basharat Bukhari, joined the party. The NC, however, has made clear it will not have any pre-poll alliance with the Congress in Jammu and Kashmir. Dr. Abdullah also called for early Assembly polls in J&K. “I think Governor and the President’s Rule must come to an end. There should be elections and people must choose their representatives who can work,” he added.last_img read more


first_imgTalking about possible changes in the playing eleven for Talking about possible changes in the playing eleven for the semi-final against the West Indies, Dhoni said it would depend on the wicket. “I dont know whether we should make changes but it is possible, depending on the wicket. We have to see Yuvrajs injury as well. We would definitely like to have a replacement ready if the physio says it is bad,” he said. The bowlers did well to limit Australia to 160 after they raced to 53 in four overs. Ashish Nehra was the pick of the bowlers again and Jasprit Bumrah bounced back after being hit for four fours in his first over by Usman Khawaja. And Dhoni was all praise for his pacers. “I think the self confidence matters a lot in executing what your strength is. As I have said, if you can bowl yorkers you can easily fall back on it. People talk about Lasith Malinga. If you see his strength, he swings the new ball but when somebody goes after him, he starts bowling yorkers. He has a different action, similar to Bumrah and he watches the batsman right till the end. It really counts on a wicket like this. I thought it was a very good effort from the bowlers,” he said. “In Nehras case, I think the experience counts and he knows his body. He is not someone who is 22-23. When you are 35 plus, you have to know your body. He is somebody who still loves to bowl in the nets but at the same time he knows when to not bowl a single delivery. Experience helps, as well as execution. He knows what he wants to bowl and more of than not he executes well,” Dhoni added. PTI BS SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img read more

Milkha Singh to flag off mini marathon ahead of Yoga Day

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 16 (PTI) Flying Sikh Milkha Singh will flag off a mini marathon or yoga run in the national capital on June 18 being organised in the run-up to the International Day of Yoga.The six-kilometre mini-marathon for youths titled Yoga Run for Peace and Unity will start from India Gate.”About 6,000 participants from various organisations will take part in this yoga run which will be flagged off by the iconic runner Padma Shri Milkha Singh,” an official statement said.The mini-marathon will pass through Mansingh Road Crossing via Rajpath-Rafi Marg, Dr Rajendra Prasad Road, Janpath, Rajpath before finishing at India Gate, also the starting point.It is being supported by the Sports and Youth Affairs ministry and United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in India.Organisations which will take part in the marathon include Nehru Yuva Kendra(NYK), National Service Scheme(NSS), Bharat Scouts and Guides, Patanjali Yoga Peeth, Youth Wings of Lions Club, Rajyoga Education and Research Foundation (RERF) and the Brahma Kumaris.Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend in the main International Day of Yoga event on June 21 which is being held at Capitol Complex in Chandigarh and is expected to be attended by around 30,000 people out of the total 1,20,000 who have registered themselves.Among the participants will also be 200 divyangs, the new nomenclature for differently-abled people.In the national capital, a mass demonstration has been planned at Connaught Place, which could see 10,000 people participating, while diplomats and bureaucrats will take part in events at Nehru Park and Lodhi Garden.advertisementThe ministry will also organise a two-day international conference on “Yoga for Body and Beyond” at Vigyan Bhawan on June 22 and 23 in which eminent experts from across the globe will participate. PTI TDS SAI SK SAIlast_img read more

ams to ease implementation of 3D optical sensing technology

first_img Continue Reading Previous MEMXPRO launches mSMART storage device monitoring for AIoTNext ST drives AI to edge and node embedded devices with STM32 neural-network developer toolbox ams and Face++ have agreed a co-operation arrangement to accelerate OEMs’ and system integrators’ deployments of 3D optical sensing technologies such as face recognition.This partnership means that manufacturers can go to market faster with superior systems for performing functions such as face recognition, facial payments, Animoji creation and augmented/virtual reality. The 3D optical sensing solutions created by ams and Face++, which use infrared light projectors to map the surface of real-world objects such as a user’s face, are bringing about profound changes in the operation of security and authentication functions. 3D optical sensing, for instance, enables face recognition in the mobile phone, giving users an easy and secure alternative to PIN codes and fingerprint sensing for device unlocking and payment functions.Under the new partnership, ams and Face++ will co-ordinate efforts to ensure that the operation of ams 3D optical sensing systems and Face++ technologies are optimized for each other. ams and Face++ will also collaborate on customer service to provide co-ordinated system-level technical support to product manufacturers.In November 2018, ams also announced a collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies for the joint development of face recognition technology for mobile phones based on ams IR illuminator modules and Qualcomm mobile application processors.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2018: Costa helps Spain clinch lucky 1-0 win vs Iran

first_imgDiego Costa came to Spain’s rescue once again on Thursday as his goal against Iran helped Spain register their first win in the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia.Costa netted for the third time in this tournament in the 54th minute which remained the only goal in the match with Spain producing yet another unconvincing display after the 3-3 draw against Portugal in their opening match.The veteran forward notched his third goal in two games when Ramin Rezaeian’s attempted clearance bounced off the Spaniard’s leg and into the net in the 54th minute.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGECosta is now the second highest goal-scorer in the tournament behind Cristiano Ronaldo, who netted once in Portugal’s 1-0 win against Morocco in the first match on Wednesday.Ronaldo had earlier scored a hat-trick in Portugal’s first match against La Roja.Spain’s Costa furious with Iran’s play-acting and time-wasting tacticsThough Spain had besieged the Iranian goal in the first half, they were on the back foot for parts of the second, with Karim Ansarifard rifling into the side netting, and Saeid Ezatolahi having a goal ruled out for offside by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system.The result left Spain joint top of their group with Portugal on four points, but Iran close behind on three going into the third and final set of games. After two defeats, Morocco are out.All to play for in Group B for #POR #ESP and #IRN in the final round of fixtures… #WorldCup World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 20, 2018After a match played out to a deafening blare from vuvuzela horns from a huge army of Iranian fans, Spain will feel relieved to have emerged with maximum points.Iran were brilliant in defence for much of the night but also made a number of telling incursions.A goal by Saeid Ezatolahi was ruled out offside after being reviewed by the video assistant referee (VAR), while Karim Ansarifard had earlier hammered into the side netting.Iran coach Carlos Queiroz had rung in the changes, dropping captain Masoud Shojaei and forward Alireza Jahanbakhsh to the bench, while recalling holding midfielder Ezatolahi from suspension and promoting Mehdi Taremi.Three games, three 1-0 scorelines…A tight day, but #POR #URU and #ESP all do what they need to do. #IRNESP World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 20, 2018The expectation that they would play well back was unfounded, however, even if they kept their shape superbly, restricting Spain to a handful of chances in the first half.David Silva sent a free kick straight into the arms of keeper Ali Beiranvand in the 25th minute for Spain’s first shot on goal.Silva was in the thick of it again at the half hour, with a pirouette and a volley over the crossbar at the end of a string of looping headers.Silva found a rare metre of space just before the break and was denied again by a deflection off a player.Spain seemed rejuvenated after the interval, with Sergio Busquets unleashing a searing long-range strike that forced Beiranvand into a brilliant double save.Minutes later, however, Ansarifard latched onto a poor clearance and unleashed a withering shot that fired just wide of the left post.Costa, who grabbed a brace in the 3-3 draw against Portugal, was in the right spot at the right time, his lucky deflection leaving the masses of Iran fans at Kazan Arena groaning in disappointment.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

How are the three Padma Awards different from each other?

first_imgThe Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and the Padma Shri are three separate awards given by the Government of India which seek to recognize achievements in all fields of activities or disciplines where an element of public service is involved. The Padma Awards were instituted in the year 1954, and is announced every year on the occasion of Republic Day except for brief interruption(s) during the years 1978 and 1979 and 1993 to 1997.How are people nominated for the Padma Awards?The state governments, union territory administrations, central ministries and departments, the institutions of Excellence etc submit the recommendations for the Padma awards.These nominations are then considered by an Awards Committee who give their recommendations.The Padma Awards are announced on the eve of the Republic Day on the basis of the information secured from the awards committee, and after the approval of the Home Minister, Prime Minister and President.The Padma Awards Committee is constituted by the Prime Minister every year.The Awards are given in three categories: Padma Vibhushan (for exceptional and distinguished service), Padma Bhushan (distinguished service of higher order) and Padma Shri (distinguished service).Here is how the three Padma Awards are different from each other.Padma Vibhushan:It is the second highest civilian honour of India is given for exceptional and distinguished service in any field including service rendered by the government servants.The highest award in India is the Bharat Ratna.Padma Bhushan:This award is given to recognize distinguished service of a high order to the nation.advertisementPadma Shri:It is given by distinguished service in any field including service rendered by the Government servants.Various fields of work for which Padma Awards are givenAs per the government website on Padma Awards, here is a list of the fields which are considered for Padma Awards:Art (includes Music, Painting, Sculpture, Photography, Cinema, Theatre etc.)Social work (includes social service, charitable service, contribution in community projects etc.)Public Affairs (includes Law, Public Life, Politics etc.)Science & Engineering (includes Space Engineering, Nuclear Science, Information Technology, Research & Development in Science & its allied subjects etc.)Trade & Industry (includes Banking, Economic Activities, Management, Promotion of Tourism, Business etc.)Medicine (includes medical research, distinction/specialization in Ayurveda, Homeopathy, Sidhha, Allopathy, Naturopathy etc.)Literature & Education (includes Journalism, Teaching, Book composing, Literature, Poetry, Promotion of education, Promotion of literacy, Education Reforms etc.)Civil Service (includes distinction/excellence in administration etc. by Government Servants)Sports (includes popular Sports, Athletics, Adventure, Mountaineering, promotion of sports, Yoga etc.)Others (fields not covered above and may include propagation of Indian Culture, protection of Human Rights, Wild Life protection/conservation etc.)Who are eligible or not eligible for the Padma Awards?All persons without distinction of race, occupation, position or sex are eligible for these awards. However, except doctors and scientists, government servants including those working with PSUs, are not eligible for the Padma Awards.Read: From Manoj Bajpayee to Gautam Gambhir: Complete list of all 113 Padma awardeesRead: Gautam Gambhir, Sunil Chhetri among 9 sports stars honoured with Padma awardsRead: 8 major awards given by the Government of Indialast_img read more

Dream11 Prediction: India vs New Zealand 1st Semi-Final Playing 11, Captain and Vice-Captain World Cup 2019

first_imgIndia and New Zealand will face each other in the 1st semi-final of World Cup 2019 on July 9 with an aim to book a berth in the title-clash at Lord’s on Sunday. While India topped the league stage with 7 wins and a solitary loss against England, New Zealand just managed to sneak through into the last-4 despite 3 back-to-back defeats against Pakistan, Australia and the hosts.Though India have looked solid throughout the tournament, their fragile middle-order has often been masked by the supreme form of their top-3 including opener Rohit Sharma and captain Virat Kohli, who have scored 1088 runs in total.New Zealand, on the other hand, started the tournament on a high remaining unbeaten for their 1st six games before going down to Pakistan. Skipper Kane Williamson has led them from the front with 481 runs of his own but the rest of the batting has failed to put up the big scores – most notable among them has been the poor form of Martin Guptill, who only has 166 runs in his kitty from 8 games.BatsmenRohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson pick themselves after each of them having scored in excess of 440 runs in the tournament.Ross Taylor pips Rishabh Pant and Kedar Jadhav due to his twin fifties and wealth of experience.WicketkeeperKL Rahul is the surprise pick in the gloves department even though he hasn’t played a single game as a wicketkeeper. The first choice stumpers from both the teams haven’t had the best of tournaments so far and given Rahul’s excellent form with the bat, the right-hander becomes the natural choice to bet on.advertisementAll-roundersA tough choice between Hardik Pandya and James Neesham as both are powerhouses with the bat on their day and can also chip in with wickets when needed. But Neesham’s slightly better stats and him being a left-hander offers variety in a team filled with right-handers.BowlersBoth teams have bowling riches in abundance but if we choose to go with a lone spinner, Yuzvendra Chahal makes the cut ahead of Mitchell Santner. It’s the fast-bowling department where the choice becomes the toughest.Jasprit Bumrah is hard to leave out from any playing XI but Mohammed Shami’s excellent returns in the tournament from just 4 matches puts him ahead in the race with Bhuvneshwar Kumar.From the Kiwi side, strike-bowlers Trent Boult and Lockie Ferguson, who have combined to pick 32 wickets make the cut.India vs New Zealand, Dream 11: Suggested XI, Captain and vice-captainRohit Sharma (captain), KL Rahul (wicketkeeper), Virat Kohli, Kane Williamson (vice-captain), Ross Taylor, James Neesham, Lockie Ferguson, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Trent BoultSquads:India: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Mayank Agarwal, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja, Dinesh Karthik, Mohammed Shami, Rishabh Pant.New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Colin de Grandhomme, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Matt Henry, Trent Boult, Colin Munro, Tom Blundell, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson.Match starts at 15.00 PM (IST)Also Read | World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma vs David Warner in race for top run-scorerAlso Read | Rohit Sharma, Mitchell Starc, Joe Root and Alex Carey on the verge of all-time World Cup recordslast_img read more

New Music Monday: Nude Beach

first_imgNude Beach’s third album, 77, opens on a surprisingly introspective note considering that descriptions of the band often mention epic guitar riffs, catchy choruses, and comparisons to 70s power pop. Not that those descriptions are off the mark; opening track “Used To It” could be a long lost Big Star song from their Chris Bell era. Moreover, at sixty-eight minutes and with eighteen tracks the band has ample opportunity to showcase their versatility.Tracks like “I Can’t Keep the Tears From Falling” and “Can’t Get Enough” show off Nude Beach’s songwriting ingenuity with jangling guitars and hooks that get stuck in your head for days. Rolling Stone went so far as to compare “I Can’t Keep the Tears From Falling” to the sound of “Tom Petty in a garage.” The rocking guitars draw listeners in, but the rest of the album keeps them there. The catchiest tracks feature clever lyrics and arrangements, and slower songs weave in and out of the heavier ones to provide a breather between those epic riffs mentioned above. “I Can’t Keep the Tears From Falling,” for example, finds itself bookended between two of the album’s most thoughtful songs, “For You” and “Geoffrey’s Tune.”77 sees Nude Beach reaching for bigger things than a fun summer jam—though the record provides plenty of those, too. The band’s lyrics are getting sharper, and the sound is expanding. (Did I mention that the album closes on a country-tinged note?) At first glance, sixty-eight minutes might seem too long for a power pop record, but Nude Beach provide much more than that.77 is out now via Don Giovanni Records and available for purchase through Amazon, iTunes, and the label’s store. Read more about Nude Beach on Facebook or Don Giovanni Records. Editors’ Recommendations Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App 7 of the Best Drink References in Music The Best Cast Iron Camping Cookware The Best Keychain Accessories are Tiny Tools that Can Save the Day The Best Men’s Quilted Jackets Stitched for Every Occasion last_img read more

Climb Mountains for Clean Air and Healthy Lungs

first_img How to Transition Your Wardrobe to Fall Registration for the 2017 June, July, and August climbs is already open, so get going because as Jack Kerouac said, “…in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.” And climb it for a cause! “The Climb for Clean Air program brought together many things in my life — from the need to do something adventurous and challenging to the chance to honor my mother, who died of lung cancer in 2003, and to help fight lung disease,” said Mt. Hood participant Wendy Barnes. “I have worked with a group of pulmonary specialists for 18 years and see patients for lung diseases such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and lung cancer. My climb also honored these wonderful patients and their courageous attitudes.”This year’s honorary co-chairs are ridiculously badass: Stacy Allison, only the first woman ever to summit Mount Everest, Lou Whittaker, revered mountain climber and co-founder of Rainier Mountaineering who has climbed up and down Mt. Rainer an unbelievable 250 times, and his son, Win Whittaker, who has climbed Mt. Rainier an equally insane 182 times, which begs the question, do the Whittaker men ever just watch a movie? 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider Live Out Your Westworld Dreams at Casteel Creek Retreat Editors’ Recommendations center_img November is Lung Cancer Awareness month and it comes with some startling facts. Did you know that lung cancer kills more people than breast, colon, and prostate cancers together? It’s also the primary terminal cancer for American women. Those grim statistics have helped give way to an awesome initiative: The Climb for Clean Air program, which is turning 30 in 2017. Started in an effort to end the deadly scourge of Tuberculosis (TB), which killed without mercy, the American Lung Association has been around for over a century. It changed it’s name from the snappy “National Association for the Study and Prevention of Tuberculosis” to The American Lung Association when it began to tackle more pulmonary issues. Just a few of its successes include discovering a treatment for children with TB, banning smoking on flights, identifying the gene that’s to blame for cystic fibrosis, and discovering a treatment that inhibits growth of lung cancer tumor cells. Additionally, they’ve worked to strengthen the Clean Air Act, which helps us all breath easier. Still, a staggering 30 million people in the US have some form of chronic lung disease meaning there is a lot of work left to be done to protect those useful wind bags (not at all an accurate scientific or medical term) in our chests.  That’s why fundraising events like The Climb for Clean Air are so important. And in this case, it is also ridiculously fun. The Climb for Clean Air program began in 1987 and since then, over 1,500 people have received the training, support, and guidance to climb mountains. And not just any dinky little mountains: we’re talking Mount Rainier (11,245 feet), Mount Hood (14,410 feet), and Mount Baker (10,781 feet). Over five million dollars for research has been raised through the program. Essentially, you are provided with everything you need to become a mountain climber (no prior experience necessary) while raising money to help save and enhance lives. Has there ever been a cooler fundraiser? Get Acquainted With the Military-Approved Skincare Brand Bravo Sierra The Opus OP15′ Is a Tricked-Out, Off-Road-Ready Travel Trailer last_img read more

Communications Director Hired

first_imgPremier Rodney MacDonald announced today, Oct. 18, that broadcaster Wade Keller has been appointed communications director for his office. Mr. Keller will leave his current post as senior producer and assistant news director at CTV-Atlantic, where he is responsible for the day-to-day operations of CTV’s Maritime newsroom. He has been in the broadcasting industry for 20 years, starting with CKOB Radio in Renfrew, Ontario. Mr. Keller began his career in Nova Scotia year later at CJCB Radio in Sydney. “I’m very pleased to have Wade join our communications team,” said Premier MacDonald. “His wide knowledge of Nova Scotia and his extensive experience in media will be tremendous assets.” “This is a wonderful opportunity,” Mr. Keller said. “It’s a chance to learn and a chance to contribute. I am eager to do both.” Mr. Keller is expected to begin his new duties toward the beginning of November.last_img read more

Lewis Hamilton hails Mercedes car as fantastic

first_imgMonaco: Lewis Hamilton has hailed his mourning Mercedes team and says the performances of the car itself are ‘fantastic’ ahead of qualifying on Saturday for Sunday’s 77th Monaco Grand Prix. The defending five-time world champion and his Silver Arrows team-mate Valtteri Bottas were seven-tenths of a second clear of third-placed Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari after Thursday’s opening sessions. “I’m surprised,” he said. “I don’t know where all the time has come from — I don’t know if Max (Verstappen) maybe didn’t get in a time or what, but the performance we have here is fantastic. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach Arun”We’re constantly improving this car and understanding it and understanding the tyre. I guess that’s why you’re seeing the performance advantage we have.” A similar performance in Saturday’s qualifying session would give the team a near-perfect opportunity to extend their triumphant season-opening run to six one-two finishes. On an overcast morning on the traditional rest day at the classic ‘blue riband’ event, celebrating the 90th anniversary of its inaugural run in 1929, the paddock was busy as teams prepared for possible mixed weather conditions for Saturday’s critical qualifying. Also Read – Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement, could join Germany set-upHamilton, a formidable street track racer, is aiming for a third Monaco win to boost his lead in the drivers’ championship in which he has 112 points, seven more than team-mate Bottas on 105. In the week of Niki Lauda’s death Merecedes want to honour the memory of their late non-executive chairman with a notable win. Hamilton, who withdrew from Wednesday’s pre-race news briefing because he felt too emotional to attend, stayed focussed on his driving after Thursday’s sessions. His team’s chief race engineer Andrew Shovlin added a note of caution when he warned of concerns about how long it was taking for their cars to warm up their soft tyres for qualifying laps. “Our number one concern is getting the soft tyre to work on the first lap,” he explained. “Our headline times were good, but it took us a lot of laps to get there and qualifying is so important at this track.” He added that the team’s reserve driver Esteban Ocon was working in a simulator to assist in finding a solution. “Monaco is unusual in that we have an extra day between the practice sessions so it gives us more time to look at data and understand the issues.” Hamilton added that, contrary to expectations, it was not always a pleasure to speed around Monte Carlo. He warned, too, that Sunday’s race is unlikely to be great entertainment because it is so difficult to overtake.last_img read more

Iconic ‘sandesh’ gets a facelift in election season

first_imgKolkata: The “sandesh” has been dressed up. It is on a catwalk either as the Trinamool’s “jora ghash phul” (twin-flower), BJP’s lotus, Congress hand symbol or the hammer and sickle of the CPI-M. These “election sweets” are just flying off the shelves at Balaram Mullick and Radharaman Mullick, one of the oldest confectioners in the city, or Shibani Sweets at Sodepur in the northern suburb. With the humble “nakuldana” (flour-sugar balls) and “laddoo” taking the centre stage ahead of the Lok Sabha polls in rural Bengal, the confectioners in Kolkata are not leaving any opportunity to bank on the frenzied ambience. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”Sandesh” (cottage cheese sweet) is readily coming up in any form you wish. They have been flying off the shelves since the election drums were rolled. “We have been making these sweets during elections for many years. This year too the response is very good,” Poppy Mullick of Balaram Mullick and Radharaman Mullick said. Asked which party-themed sweet was selling the most, she jokingly said “no comments”. Regarding the bulk orders placed by the party workers, Mullick gave a hint that “the ruling Trinamool Congress topped the chart.” They have priced a sweet of 250 gm at Rs 150. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe Sodepur sweet shop, which specialises in theme-based sweets during football and cricket World Cups, is offering decorative trays filled with huge sweets replicated as party symbols. Trinamool’s twin-flower, BJP’s lotus, the hand symbol of Congress or the hammer and sickle of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) — they have all been given a sweet twist. “We are offering the big trays for Rs 800-2,000 each while a small sandesh is priced at Rs 70,” said Sanjib Das, a staff at Shibani Sweets. Das is elated as this year the shop is getting “huge response”. He mentioned that the customers are so impressed that they are asking for larger sizes. “The ‘Trinamool sandesh’ is in great demand. Sweets of other parties like the BJP, Congress and the CPI(M) are selling too,” Das said. Orders can also be customised as per the customers’ demand. The shops also ensure that the customers get fresh sweets, so after placing the order, one has to wait for a little time. Almost 14-15 men are toiling hard to churn out these sweet delicacies laced with aesthetic appeal at Shibani Sweets. “This is just the beginning, I am sure that as the election heat picks up, the demand will keep soaring. We will try our best to deliver,” Das said. While Mullicks will stick to sweets with party symbols, Shibani Sweets will try to come up with sweets replicating leaders’ faces if demanded. Amidst the high voltage campaigns, these sweets will add a dash of goodness and will be savoured by the supporters and the members of the winning party and candidates, the shop said. Trinamool Congress’ Birbhum district president Anubrata Mondal’s directive to party workers to hand over “nakuldana” and water to people to keep them cool and the BJP’s decision to distribute “laddoos” among the people as a counter move has added to the sweetness of the electoral contest in the state. The seven-phase Lok Sabha elections in the state will be held between April 11 and May 19. Votes will be counted on May 23.last_img read more

Annan meets leaders of main UN organs on Nobel Peace Prize

In meetings with the Presidents of the General Assembly, the Security Council, the Economic and Social Council, the Trusteeship Council and the International Court of Justice, the Secretary-General promoted an exchange of ideas “on the UN Organization’s half of the Nobel Peace Prize, especially on how the UN is to be represented at the awards ceremony in Oslo in December,” said spokesman Fred Eckhard.Tonight, Mr. Annan is scheduled to fly to Geneva, where he will address the Global Employment Forum of the International Labour Organization on Thursday.

Syria some parties to conflict expected to observe ceasefire Security Council urges

“You will have seen his [Mr. Brahimi’s] comments in Cairo today earlier today, in which he said he expected an announcement by the Syrian Government regarding his proposed pause in fighting,” Martin Nesirky, the spokesperson for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, told a news briefing at UN Headquarters in New York. “He said that many in the opposition have also responded positively,” Mr. Nesirky added.According to media reports, the Joint Special Representative made the comments while addressing journalists in the Egyptian capital of Cairo; earlier in the week, Mr. Brahimi had been in the Syrian capital, Damascus. The Government of Syria will reportedly make an announcement on the ceasefire on Thursday – and was encouraged to do so positively by the Security Council which today received a briefing from Mr. Brahimi on his latest efforts.More than 20,000 people, mostly civilians, have died in Syria since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began some 20 months ago. A further 2.5 million Syrians urgently need humanitarian aid, and over 340,000 have crossed the border to Syria’s neighbouring countries, according to UN estimates.Last week, while in Tehran, Joint Special Representative Brahimi had appealed to Iranian authorities to assist in achieving a ceasefire in Syria during the upcoming Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, underscoring that such a move, during one of the holiest holidays celebrated by Muslims around the world, would help create an environment that would allow a political process to develop.Taking place on Friday, the religious observance of Eid al-Adha – or the Feast of the Sacrifice – commemorates the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his son Ishmael as an act of obedience to God.Along with his counterpart at the League of Arab States, Nabil El Araby, the UN chief has called on all the parties in Syria to heed the call of Mr. Brahimi, in addition to calling on the international community to support the ceasefire appeal.Today, following Mr. Brahimi’s video-conference briefing to the Security Council via video-conference, in a press statement read out by Ambassador Gert Rosenthal of Guatemala – which holds the Council’s Presidency for the month of October – the 15-member body welcomed the ceasefire initiative and joined its voice to that of the UN and Arab League Secretaries-General.“The members of the Security Council called upon all parties, in particular on the Government of the Syrian Arab Republic as the stronger party, to respond positively to the initiative of the Joint Special Representative, and reiterated their call of the Syrian authorities to allow immediate, full and unimpeded access of humanitarian personnel to all populations in need of assistance, in accordance to international law and guiding principles of humanitarian assistance,” Ambassador Rosenthal said. The Council members also echoed Mr. Ban’s and Mr. El Araby’s calls for all regional and international actors to support the ceasefire proposal and to use their influence to facilitate its implementation. “The members of the Council agreed that an Eid Al Adha cease-fire could be a first step towards a sustainable cessation of all violence,” Ambassador Rosenthal added, noting that such a halt would be in conformity with the Council’s resolutions 2042 and 2043, adopted earlier this year and which dealt with the Syrian conflict. In the press statement, the Council members also called on the parties in Syria to cooperate with the UN and relevant humanitarian bodies to facilitate relief supplies, and in this context, called upon UN Member States to contribute urgently to the UN Syrian Humanitarian Assistance Response Plan, which seeks $348 million but has so far received $157 million.In addition, the Council members underscored the need to launch an inclusive Syrian-led political transition “leading to a democratic, plural, political system that realizes the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people for democracy, equality and justice, regardless of their affiliation, ethnicities or beliefs.” read more

How SW19 hopeful Alex Ward overcame maxed out credit cards and debt

first_imgBritish Wimbledon wildcard Katie Boulter He added: “For me the first goal was to play at Wimbledon and top 100 is a big goal, but I am just trying to reach the next level before thinking about massive achievement.” Ward recently posted a photograph of himself as a round faced 10-year-old junior player on Instagram, adding self-deprecatingly: “I wasn’t chubby or anything! No wonder I lost the final 0 & 0.”Fellow-British hopeful Katie Boulter, who was given a wildcard to play in her first Grand Slam, said on Saturday she would resist the urge to use her minimum first round prize money to indulge her ‘shopaholic’ tendencies.She said: “I’m going to be putting that money back into my tennis and I want to be able to travel with a coach. I think it’s a game-changer when it comes to prize-money.” Alex Ward (R) as a 10-year-old junior player, with a friend and fellow competitor Alex Ward would be the first to tell you he wasn’t the lithest of tennis players when he was growing up, so much so he wonders how he ever won a match.But now, against the odds, the 27-year-old has earned himself a shot at glory.Ward, who ranks 855 in the world, will this week step onto the grass courts of Wimbledon after becoming the only Brit to come through the qualifying matches, beating Russia’s Teymuraz Gabashvili in the third and final round at Roehampton.Not bad for a player who until over the past few years has maxed out his credit cards trying to fund his career.Now he is guaranteed £35,000 prize money for his first round appearance at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, and more if he proceeds to the second round.Ward, who is staying at a friends house in Surbiton for the duration of his championships and whose only previous Wimbledon appearance was a loss in round one last year following a wildcard invitation, said: “I’ve never won a match before in qualifying, before this I had lost four times. it just feels amazing, pretty unbelievable.” Ward, who attended Northampton School for Boys, persevered with his chosen profession through the ups and downs of the international tennis circuit.He moved to Barcelona in 2015 to benefit from the warmer weather for training and won four International Tennis Federation (ITF) Futures titles that year, going on to win another two last year.In June last year he reached a career high of 242 in the world before slipping back down the rankings because of various wrist, ligament and forearm injuries.The prospect of stepping onto the courts of SW19 is a far cry from his days growing up in Northampton and playing at the town’s King’s Park Tennis Centre. Alex Ward (R) as a 10-year-old junior player, with a friend and fellow competitorCredit:Alex Ward/Instagram Workers install steel metal barriers outside the gates to the All England Lawn tennis club following recent terror attacks on London Credit:Amer Ghazzal/REX/Shutterstock/Rex Features Workers install steel metal barriers outside the gates to the All England Lawn tennis club following recent terror attacks on London  The 20-year-old added: “I think shopaholic sums me up. Obviously I want to win some rounds and you get some more money, but the majority is going to go into my tennis.”Northampton-born Ward has also spoken of the struggle involved in funding his tennis career without any big name sponsorship to help.He said: “In the last couple of years I’ve maxed out a couple of credit cards. If you win a Futures title [for lower ranked players] you’re not making anything really. If you win you’re covering your expenses for the week.“Last year was massive because I got a wildcard into Wimbledon main draw. Before that I was in quite a bit of debt. It was about £12,000. That cleared that off then helped me to invest in my tennis. It’s always been luckily the right time for a cash injection and again it’s happened this year.” British Wimbledon wildcard Katie BoulterCredit:Katie Boulter/Instagram He added: “Last year, with this wrist problem, I sought a few specialists and nobody was coming up with any answers. The money was running low. So that was a tough period. But I’ve always wanted to do it if I can, if it’s possible.” Now he says of Wimbledon: “It means the world to me. It’s the chance to play at the best tournament in the world and the financial reward means I can keep playing tennis.”Like Boulter, there’s no chance he will splash out with the money earned from his first round appearance. He doesn’t own a car, or even drive, so he says he will simply reinvest the cash in his game. “I’ll just put it back into my tennis,” he said.Meanwhile a ring of steel was being erected around the AELTC grounds yesterday to prevent a vehicle being used to ram queuing spectators.Barriers were put in place at key point on roads and along the pavement around the grounds and dozens of armed police are set to patrol the championships to foil any potential terror attack.New Betfair customers can get enhanced odds of Federer (40/1) or Murray (50/1) to win Wimbledon. Find out more >> 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.last_img read more

Revenues property tax calculator adding to distress of homeowners

first_imgTHE REVENUE WEBSITE which shows property values around Ireland is adding to the distress of homeowners who are already in difficulty, Fianna Fáil’s Seanad Leader and Spokesperson on Finance Darragh O’Brien has said.“The confusion created by glaring discrepancies on the property tax website is just adding to people’s exasperation,” he said.His criticism comes as launches its own property tax calculator, which allows users to state the number of bedrooms and bathrooms their property has, as well as whether it has a garden or economist Ronan Lyons said that many other factors still remain which can impact on property value, “such as its age, the size in square metres of the floor area and the site” is part of the Distilled Media Group. Journal Media Ltd has shareholders – Brian and Eamonn Fallon – in common with Distilled Media Group.Read: Revenue website showing property values goes live >last_img read more

Well Leave it There So Six Nations bonus points AllIreland final refs

first_img Nov 30th 2016, 7:48 PM By Paul Fennessy Ireland women’s rugby Grand Slam winner and refereeing pioneer Joy Neville and Munster rugby players Mike Sherry and Duncan Casey pictured at the Cycle Against Suicide launch at the University of Limerick. Source: Picture Credit Brian Gavin Press 22HomeAll-Ireland final replay referee Maurice Deegan has admitted he made a mistake in not showing a black card for Dublin’s John Small.Ireland international Dan Tuohy is in talks with Bristol over a switch from Ulster.Thomas Barr’s Olympic exploits have been recognised as he won the national athletics award today.West Brom winger James McClean has revealed he felt “a bit insulted” by then-Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni at Euro 2012.2016 finalists CBC and Crescent will meet in a first-round Munster Senior Cup showdown.Away Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho. Source: PA Wire/PA Images 16,227 Views Follow us: 2 Comments Jose Mourinho has been hit with a touchline ban for kicking a water bottle.Former darts champion Eric Bristow has apologised for his widely condemned football sex abuse comments.Gareth Southgate has finally been named as England’s permanent manager on a four-year deal.The Six Nations will introduce bonus points in 2017.Wales could look to cap Liverpool’s youngest-ever scorer, Ben Woodburn, against Ireland to fend off England’s interest.Weeks after retiring, Jessica Ennis-Hill will receive a third world title.Top Brasileirao clubs are to offer free loan deals to Chapecoense.The Best Thing We SharedCheck out this documentary on the remarkable rise of the Fiji sevens team, from a tiny island to the world’s biggest stage. Source: HSBC/YouTubeOn The RecordTony Bellew, you’re a bellend, and you’re going to get knocked out.”David Haye gave his fight with Tony Bellew the hard sell this afternoon.Where we were today Source: Matt Browne/SPORTSFILEFintan O’Toole was at the GAA’s launch of The Referees Handbook and a briefing on the ‘Mark’ rule.The Fixture ListThere is one Championship match taking place tomorrow, as QPR face Wolves.Showbiz, Baby!The new Mayo GAA jersey was unveiled earlier today. Share5 Tweet Email We’ll Leave it There So: Six Nations bonus points, All-Ireland final ref’s admission and all today’s sport Plus, former darts champion Eric Bristow has apologised for his widely condemned football sex abuse comments. Zidane and Luis Enrique tangled in identity politics>Sports can help you live longer, but some have a bigger effect than others> Wednesday 30 Nov 2016, 7:48 PM Short URL The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

The42 Rugby Show Eddie OSullivan previews Irelands game against France

first_img 11 Comments Feb 21st 2017, 4:48 PM By Eoin Lúc Ó Ceallaigh The42 Rugby Show: Eddie O’Sullivan previews Ireland’s game against France Former Ireland head coach Eddie O’Sullivan joins Murray Kinsella to look at the key talking points ahead of Ireland’s first home game. Bastareaud and Chouly ruled out of Six Nations clash with IrelandHeaslip not afraid to think big – World Cup big – when setting late career goals iTunes Short URL 10,283 Views Tuesday 21 Feb 2017, 4:48 PM Source: COME BACK from the Six Nations break with their first home game against France this weekend.Guy Noves’ French side sit in fourth position on the table after two games, with just Ireland’s extra bonus point boosting them up to second.What will the French bring to the Aviva this weekend? Who should start at out-half, now that Johnny Sexton is fit again?Murray Kinsella and Eddie O’Sullivan discuss the talking points ahead of the game, which will be crucial in Ireland’s championship bid.Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.Subscribe to The42 Rugby Show podcast here: Share6 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

5K job for FortisTCI to repair pole damaged in car accident man

first_img Driver Slams into Power Pole in Leeward Highway Related Items:car accident, Devon Cox, pole fortis tci Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 27 Au 2015 – FortisTCI said it took a seven man team and ten hours to restore power after that Monday morning traffic accident on Leeward Highway. The 55ft power pole was severely damaged by the crash, which left the 55 year old driver in critical condition. Devon Cox, VP of Transmission and Distribution said that pole was holding a 35kv transmission top which powers Blue Hills and a 12.5kv distribution underbuilt feeder which takes care of Leeward Highway West. Only a gold Ford F-150 was involved in the serious accident which sent a Kew Town resident to hospital. The pole repair was put at $5,000. FortisTCI reminds motorists to drive carefully. Recommended for you 19 year old Beaches worker airlifted to Jamaica after serious accident Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp MINOR MISHAP A MERRY MIRACLElast_img read more