Setback for M.P. couple’s monkhood plan

first_imgMadhya Pradesh-based 35-year-old businessman Sumit Rathore on Saturday adopted monkhood in the Jain religion in a ceremony held in Gujarat’s Surat while his 34-year-old wife Anamika has “postponed” her initiation after the State administration intervened on behalf of their three-year-old child.The couple’s sudden announcement to renounce worldly life, including their three-year-old daughter and businesses valued at about ₹100 crore, to embrace Jain monasticism triggered a controversy, with several organisations and individuals seeking the government’s intervention to prevent them from leaving the child without carrying out the necessary procedures for guardianship.Kutch-based paediatrician Dr. Rajesh Maheshwari was among the first people to tweet Union Minister of Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi and the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), asking them to stop the couple in the interests of their child.Subsequently, Gujarat State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (GSCPCR) directed the civil administration in Surat to ensure that, without following the proper procedure to appoint guardians for the child, one of the parents should not be allowed to take the initiation.Ceremony held“Today, the ceremony was held in which only Sumit has taken the deeksha (initiation) while his wife will follow after legally appointing the guardian of their daughter,” Surat District Collector Mahendra Patel told The Hindu.He added that Anamika’s parents had submitted an affidavit stating that they would take care of their granddaughter but this was not carried out legally by the parents.Anamika’s father Ashok Chandaliya, a former Neemuch district president of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), said before the ceremony was held in Surat, “I am not against my daughter Anamika becoming a nun.”Sumit’s father Rajendra Singh, who runs a factory manufacturing gunny bags for packaging cement, also echoed a similar view and claimed that family members did not wish to discourage the couple from “pursuing their spiritual path.”Sumit and Anamika decided to renounce the material world for spiritual pursuits when their daughter was just eight months old, Sumit’s cousin Sandip Rathore claimed, adding the couple waited for more than two years for the sake of their child.last_img read more

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Two WW II era bombs found in West Bengal village

first_imgWorkers found two bombs belonging to the World War II era when they were digging a pond at a village in Nadia district of West Bengal. The bombs are 50 inches in length and 38 inches in diameter, a police officer said on Tuesday.“The two bombs seem to be of the World War II period. We have informed the Army for necessary action,” the officer said. The pond was being dug at the Chhoto Chupria village under the Hanskhali police station area. The police recovered the cylindrical bombs and kept them under a pile of sand on the compound of the Hanskhali police station.Army men inspect bombsArmy men came from Kolkata, around 100 km from Hanskhali, and inspected the bombs on Monday, he said adding that the bombs would be taken away after the authorities concerned gave permission.An official of the Nadia district administration said that in the early 1940s an area which is now Kalyani city used to be known as Roosevelt Town and an U.S. airbase was located there. Kalyani is around 40 km from Hanskhali. It is possible that the two bombs belonged to that airbase, the police officer said.last_img read more

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Former YSR secy joins Cong. in Assam

first_imgM.G.V.K. Bhanu, a retired IAS officer who was the secretary of former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, joined the Congress in Assam on Monday.He is likely to contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections from Tezpur, the area he had served in his initial days as a Deputy Commissioner.A 1985-batch IAS officer of the Assam-Meghalaya cadre, Mr. Bhanu retired on July 31 as an Additional Chief Secretary. He had earlier served as Director in the Union Tourism Ministry, and Chairman of Tea Board of India.“I had made up my mind to join politics after my retirement. Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s honesty, sincerity and straightforward nature attracted me to the party,” Mr. Bhanu told The Hindu after joining the Congress along with 10 others at the party’s State unit HQ in Guwahati.Mr. Bhanu calls Assam his home, though he hails from Navabupalem in West Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh. He has applied for a ticket from the Tezpur seat, currently represented by BJP’s Ram Prasad Sharma.“One of the reasons [for picking Tezpur] is I am constructing my house there. As Tea Board Chairman, I had focussed a lot of attention on Sonitpur district (within the Tezpur LS seat) where about 70,000 tea plantation workers are originally from Andhra Pradesh,” he said.Mr. Bhanu was considered one of the most influential, and controversial – bureaucrats, in Assam. He was close to former CM Tarun Gogoi, and decided on key appointments in Assam. He went on a five-year deputation to become the secretary to the newly-appointed CM Y.S.R. Reddy in 2004.last_img read more

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Cardiff ODI: Hosts keen to keep foot on the throat

first_imgJoe Root was the top scorer in the five-match Test series against India and will be keen to score big in the ODIs too. England captain Alastair Cook won the toss and elected to field in the second One-Day International (ODI) against India at the Sophia Gardens on Wednesday. The first match was abandoned without a ball being bowled because of heavy rain. England batsman Joe Root on Tuesday had said his side hasn’t lost the momentum gained in the triumphant Test series as it prepares to face India in the second ODI in Cardiff on Wednesday. The first ODI of the five-match series was abandoned in Bristol on Monday without a ball being bowled owing to incessant rain. “No, we haven’t lost any momentum,” said Root. “But we have had an extra day’s practice as a whole squad and didn’t lose time to rain in that sense. What happened in the Test series is still in the back of our minds and we want to take that momentum forward. We want to start well in this series and a couple of wins will be very handy going ahead.”The World Cup (in Australia-New Zealand) is obviously something we are planning towards but we cannot look too far ahead. India are a good side in the ODI format and we will have to play very good cricket to beat them. We are in a good place as a team at the minute and are looking forward to the game,” he added. Ex-spinner Graeme Swann has said England don’t have a chance at the World Cup since they have too many Test players and that Alastair Cook shouldn’t be captain. These comments haven’t really hit home if Root is to be believed. “The Test players have been picked in the ODI side because they are very capable of making big scores in a one-day series and we have prepared really well as a unit. This is an exciting time for us,” said Root. “There is not much wrong with our batting order at moment. Alex Hales is an explosive player, exciting to watch and we are looking forward to seeing him doing his stuff. Then we have Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler down the order and we have seen that they can win matches on their own. We have a good balance in our side,” he added. About Cook’s captaincy and ODI record, Root said: “He is a leader, our leader, in one-dayers and Tests. He has done well for a number of years now and is a fantastic player. He has got our support. He compliments well with a player like Hales at the top of the order, so hopefully that can be shown in this series. As a team, we are very excited and want to show we are a good ODI side.”advertisementIndians skip media sessionHit  by controversies right through their troubled England tour, the Indian team management on Tuesday sought to steer clear of the media by not sending any player for the pre-match press conference. Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni had created a flutter ahead of the series opener by declaring that coach Duncan Fletcher remained the ‘boss’ of the team and would do so till the 2015 World Cup. The BCCI took exception to Dhoni’s statement, saying he had overstepped his brief. It also decided to discuss the matter at its Working Committee Meeting. Dhoni skipped the press conference while the team management did not depute any other player to face the media. The team had a strenuous net session where both Fletcher and team director Shastri were present. When it was time for the press conference, a message was sent out that no one from the Indian side would address the media. Kirti says only performers should be in XI Written by Baidurjo BhoseEven as former cricketers are divided on whether Mahendra Singh Dhoni should continue as India’s Test captain or not, former India player and national selector Kirti Azad has made it clear that only those who have performed should be a part of the playing XI. Azad said that while some people could argue that Dhoni has scored runs despite India losing the five Test series in England, they should remember that Dhoni’s captaincy record in Test cricket over the last two years is pretty poor.”People like to use terms like shelf life and all. But I believe that those terms should be used for vegetables. We are speaking about individuals here and I believe only those who perform should be a part of the team. Either you perform or you perish. And that holds true for Dhoni and the support staff,” Azad told M AIL T ODAY.advertisement “Just look at Dhoni’s record as Test captain. It all started with a series whitewash in England in 2011, followed by humiliation in Australia, and a series loss against England at home in 2012.”We did win a home series against West Indies in 2013, before losing in South Africa and New Zealand and now another whitewash in England. Nobody should be picked on the basis of past laurels.”Azad is also surprised that the Board is still continuing with Duncan Fletcher as coach. “What are his credentials? The Board needs to act fast. Also, the new people who have been appointed, I don’t really know much about them,” the former selector said.Taking a dig at Gautam Gambhir, Azad said: “So what did Gambhir do in the domestic season that required the selectors to pick him in the national team? “Are you telling me that winning the IPL with Kolkata Knight Riders was enough? IPL can never be a yardstick for Test selection.”last_img read more

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Steve Kerr: It’s ‘feasible’ Kevin Durant may play after 1 practice

first_imgGolden State Warriors Kevin Durant watches during basketball practice at the NBA Finals in Toronto, Saturday, June 1, 2019. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — Tuesday is the next telltale day in Golden State star Kevin Durant’s recovery process from a calf injury.The Warriors are scheduled to arrive home from Toronto early Monday and will get the rest of the day off. Practice resumes Tuesday, and what happens then will determine if Durant plays in Game 3 of the NBA Finals against the Raptors on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too “Pointing out some X’s and O’s type of stuff,” Curry said. “But moreso when you see him putting time in trying to get healthy, trying to get back out on the floor as soon as possible, that’s motivation for sure. We’re all in this together. We’ve said it for the entire year. He’s exemplifying that with his presence in the locker room here.”There is only one practice before Game 3, and if Durant can’t play on Wednesday there would be only one practice before Game 4 on Friday. Kerr said Durant may need only one full workout to get ready.“It’s feasible,” Kerr said.Behind a collective effort, the Warriors tied the NBA Finals after a 109-104 win in Game 2.Klay Thompson scored a team-high 25 points before leaving the game early in the fourth quarter with a left hamstring injury while Steph Curry bucked a poor start to add 23 points.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Klay Thompson says ‘he’ll be fine’ after pulling hamstring in Warriors’ Game 2 win ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img Warriors coach Steve Kerr has said Durant won’t play until he practices. He revealed Sunday that the team’s medical staff has not yet given clearance to the 2017 and 2018 Finals MVP for a return to those workouts.“It’s really a day-to-day thing,” Kerr said at the Warriors’ shootaround practice before Game 2 of the finals. “If we had a crystal ball, we would have known a long time ago what we were dealing with. But it’s just an injury (where) there’s been a lot of gray area. So, literally, it’s just day-to-day and how the progress is coming. And at this point he’s still not ready.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsDurant was injured in Game 5 of the Warriors’ Western Conference semifinal matchup against the Houston Rockets. He hasn’t played since, and Game 2 of the finals is the seventh consecutive game in which the two-time defending NBA champions would be without Durant.Durant traveled with the Warriors to Toronto, largely so he could work uninterrupted with the team’s medical staff. He has also been a voice inside the locker room, fellow Warriors star Stephen Curry said. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport View commentslast_img read more

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NBA: Boston Celtics wave off Rodney Purvis

first_imgAdvertisementThe Boston Celtics have reportedly waived guard Rodney Purvis after acquiring him in a trade that sent Abdel Nader to Oklahoma City. The Celtics made that trade as a cost-cutting move, as $450,000 of Nader’s deal next season is guaranteed, and he would have cost Boston even more since it is above the luxury-tax threshold.The Celtics now save more money on their luxury tax payment, a threshold they crossed after signing Marcus Smart to a four-year $52 million extension.He’ll look to latch on with another organization for training camp in September, though there’s no guarantee he ends up making a final roster. Purvis played in 16 games with Orlando as a rookie last season, averaging 6.0 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists across 18.1 minutes.Sources: The Celtics have waived guard Rodney Purvis, who was acquired last week in trade sending Abdel Nader to Oklahoma City.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 30, 2018Purvis, who shot 39.5 percent from three-point range in 39 career games for the NBA G-League’s Orlando Magic. In college, he shot 36.3 percent from three-point range in 137 career games.The Celtics now have 15 players on their roster.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Wayne Rooney shines as he makes MLS debut at a club in need of a boost

first_imgEngland Read more For the first two weeks of his new life in America, Wayne Rooney lumbered sheepishly though his DC United press events, mumbling the usual banalities. But then came Saturday night, and his MLS debut, which was also United’s first game in their new stadium. He stepped on the pitch in the 59th minute and suddenly it was obvious to everyone that he was anything but ordinary.Rooney is nearing the end of his career and came to the United States straight off a vacation, yet he was the best player in DC’s 3-1 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps. He sprayed passes to his teammates with such precision and velocity that they sometimes seemed surprised to see the ball coming. He lunged past defenders to fire shots at goal. A flicked header forced the Vancouver goalkeeper, Brian Rowe, to make a desperate save. And when the game was over, with Rooney having helped create two goals, the United players realized they had something they had never seen before. “To be honest I’ve never played with players the caliber of Wayne,” said United midfielder Paul Arriola, who scored those two goals initiated by Rooney. Forgive the DC players if they weren’t sure exactly what they were getting. Rooney’s transfer from Everton last month smacked of a PR stunt by a club desperate for a big name with which to unveil their gleaming $400m stadium with views of the Washington Monument and US Capitol. The history of worn-out overseas superstars desperate for one last payday is a long one in American sports and given that Everton appeared to not want him anymore, those in Washington had to wonder if they were getting an aloof, wobbling replica of a once-great Wayne Rooney. The Rooney who arrived, however, had none of the arrogance they might have imagined. “Humble” is the word Arriola kept using. The team’s head coach, Ben Olsen, was more direct Saturday night: “A high-quality, elite soccer player.” Facebook Twitter Share on Facebook Everton US sports Share on Twitter Share via Email Why Wayne Rooney is joining MLS’s worst club, DC United Topics MLS Share on Pinterest DC United Wayne Rooney Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Rooney made little about himself in his first match here. He did make the players around him better, however. His impact was immediately obvious. The United held a 1-0 lead but seemed lethargic when Rooney finally entered to faint cries of “We want Rooney” from the capacity crowd of 20,504. Seconds after he stepped into the match, DC were awarded a free kick. Rooney snatched up the ball, confidently lining it up as he had done hundreds of times before. It was a bold move, perhaps, given the circumstances, but he is Wayne Rooney and the determination with which he set up the kick seemed to ignite something in his teammates. The night felt like it was divided into two parts: the game before Rooney entered and the game afterwards. “It’s great to have young players around you and also I feel like I can bring a lot of experience to help them, which I felt very strongly in the last 30 minutes,” Rooney said in his post-match press conference.If Everton didn’t want him anymore, which he has implied in his public comments since arriving in Washington, United need him. His arrival comes at a tricky time for the franchise. Once, one of the MLS’s most-dominant teams, with four championships in their first nine seasons, United have struggled in the years since. They came into Saturday’s game bottom of the Eastern Conference, a record partially blamed on the fact the fact they played all but two of their matches on the road, while they waited for Audi Field to be completed. Even the stadium’s opening has been controversial. United’s most vocal supporters group, Barra Brava, protested outside, angry about a new team policy that named a mostly-white suburban fanclub as the team’s primary supporters over Barra Brava’s heavily Latino membership. Without Barra Brava, the crowd was noticeably quieter than in United’s old home, RFK Stadium, which felt odd because the biggest selling point of the new stadium is that it was built to generate noise.It almost seemed as if Rooney is not only being asked to adopt to a league whose quality is far below the one he has left behind, he is also expected to mentor a young team and heal a fractured fanbase. A lot to ask of any star player but especially of one who has never seemed comfortable with being the face of any endeavor. Still, he has gone to every public speaking engagement, visited with fans and posed for pictures. He has been, so far, the leader United hoped for. “I’ve said since I came here two weeks ago I want to win,” Rooney said. “I’m vocal on and off the pitch. Vocal with the coach. Vocal with my teammates. We speak about which is the best way to win a football match. And next week might be completely different. I think the most important thing is communication, both with myself and with the players.”He said this with the hint of a smile. He had tried to make Saturday as normal a match-day as possible, lying in bed watching England in the morning, taking a midday walk, preparing to play. He seemed happy. Fulfilled. This could have been awkward for him, England’s all-time leading goalscorer far removed from his country’s best World Cup in a quarter of a century. He shook his head.“A great tournament for England as a country and for the fans,” he said. He was still wearing his DC United shirt, one that still looks strange on him. Washington is a long way from Moscow. It’s a long way from Manchester and Liverpool, too. DC United need him. It turns out he may need them too. Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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A Hurricane Could Affect A Major College Football Game Next Saturday

first_imgA general view of NC State's football field.RALEIGH, NC – OCTOBER 31: A general view of the Clemson Tigers versus North Carolina State Wolfpack during their game at Carter-Finley Stadium on October 31, 2015 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)NC State is set to host West Virginia next weekend in a non-conference tilt. However, the game could be affected by a hurricane.Hurricane Florence is set to hit the Carolinas this week. The exact path is unknown as of now, but the potential forecast doesn’t sound good.Of course, NC State is keeping an eye on the projections for the storm. If it is unsafe to play the game or West Virginia can’t travel to Raleigh, alternate plans will have to be made.NC State released a statement on the matter today.RE: NC State vs. West Virginia and a possible hurricane. pic.twitter.com/9oQrR8e2Tb— Joe Ovies (@joeovies) September 9, 2018Interestingly, NC State played in hurricane conditions less than two years ago. The Wolfpack faced Notre Dame in October 2016 during a torrential downpour with whipping winds.NC State won 10-3 in a slopfest. You can catch the “highlights’ below.We will keep you posted on this game as the week rolls along.last_img read more

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Outstanding Jamaicans Receive National Honours and Awards

first_img Feelings of great pleasure and happiness reverberated from Jamaicans who were conferred with various awards at the ceremony of Investiture and Presentation of National Honours and Awards, yesterday (October 15), at King’s House. Also in attendance were Lady Allen; Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness and Mrs. Holness; Mr. Fitz Jackson, who represented Leader of the Opposition, Dr. Peter Phillips; members of the Cabinet and the diplomatic corps, other dignitaries and guests. For their significant contributions to nation building, 206 persons were recognised at the event, presided over by Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen. Prev 1of3 Next Feelings of great pleasure and happiness reverberated from Jamaicans who were conferred with various awards at the ceremony of Investiture and Presentation of National Honours and Awards, yesterday (October 15), at King’s House.For their significant contributions to nation building, 206 persons were recognised at the event, presided over by Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen.Also in attendance were Lady Allen; Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness and Mrs. Holness; Mr. Fitz Jackson, who represented Leader of the Opposition, Dr. Peter Phillips; members of the Cabinet and the diplomatic corps, other dignitaries and guests.Celebrated actor, singer, songwriter and social activist, Harold George Belafonte Jr., was awarded in absentia with Jamaica’s fourth highest award, the Order of Merit (OM), for his outstanding contribution in the field of music. He will be conferred at a later date as he is ill.Godfrey Dyer, CD, Chairman of the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), told JIS News that he “is on top of the world,” after being conferred with the Order of Jamaica (OJ), for his exceptional contribution to the field of tourism.“I am very grateful for it. It came as a surprise,” he said, while pledging to continue to serve his country.Another OJ recipient, Earl Wesley Jarrett, CD, said the recognition has made him more humble, and “I hope it serves to get other persons to volunteer, and to commit to Jamaica, and the advancement of the Jamaican people.”He was awarded for contribution to the banking and financial sectors, public service and volunteerism.The other OJ recipients were: Grace Beverly Jones, for contribution in the field of entertainment internationally; and Giuseppe Francesco Maffessanti, CD, for contribution to the construction industry, social development, welfare and philanthropy.For Alia Atkinson, who received the Order of Distinction in the rank of Commander (CD), for outstanding representation of Jamaica in the field of Swimming, it was a blessing to be among the other honourees.“It is pushing me to do more, to get more people…to bring everybody into the joy of swimming,” she said.Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke, who received her OD for distinguished contribution in safeguarding the interests of Jamaican nationals in the USA Diaspora on immigration matters, said her work is morally and ethically grounded, and “come from the beautiful island of Jamaica.”In recognition of his contribution to the trade union movement and public service, Senator Kavan Anthony Gayle was awarded the CD. He credited the award to his dedication to defending the rights of workers.“It is an elated feeling, and something that motivates you to push on and to do more,” he said.Entertainer, Winston ‘Yellowman’ Foster, who got an OD, said he felt so very happy after receiving his insignia from the Governor-General.center_img Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness (right), greets Winston ‘Yellowman’ Foster, following the presentation of the Order of Distinction (OD), to the veteran entertainer at the ceremony of Investiture and Presentation of National Honours and Awards, today (October 15), at King’s House.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness (right), greets Winston ‘Yellowman’ Foster, following the presentation of the Order of Distinction (OD), to the veteran entertainer at the ceremony of Investiture and Presentation of National Honours and Awards, today (October 15), at King’s House. Story Highlights Some 31 persons received CDs and 36 got ODs. The Badge of Honour for Gallantry was bestowed on nine civilians for varying acts of bravery they displayed to save lives. They are: Grace Allen, Kimani Ramon Anderson, Sophia Lorraine Cameron, Verlyn Faithie-Ann Douse, Jevon Keith Lewis, Camille Errolyn McIntosh, Lloyd Alexander Nelson, Selena Reid and Aristel St. Joy.Corporal Malachi Delroy Davis and Corporal Omar Seymore Wilson of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and Inspector Allison Nadine Grant-Johnson of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) received the Medal of Honour for Gallantry. Nineteen individuals received the Badge of Honour for Meritorious Service, while 30 got the Badge of Honour for Long and Faithful Service. Thirteen members of the JDF; 21 members of the JCF and 14 members of the Jamaica Fire Brigade were conferred with the Medal of Honour for Meritorious Service.last_img read more

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Government Strengthens Supports for Youth at Risk

first_imgYouth at risk are getting more help to improve their lives through the expansion of two successful youth programs announced today, May 21, by Community Services Minister Joanne Bernard. The Youth Outreach Program is receiving $250,000 for five new outreach workers based in Dartmouth, Truro, Kentville, Whitney Pier and East Preston. The position in East Preston will be the first in an African Nova Scotian community. Another $25,000 will go to the Educational Program Innovations Charity (EPIC) Youth Peer Centre in Sydney. “This next generation is the future of our province and every young person deserves support to develop their full potential,” said Ms. Bernard. “We’re expanding the reach of community partners that are deeply committed to engaging with youth.” Outreach workers support youth who may be experiencing multiple social, emotional, economic and family challenges. They connect youth with much needed community supports and help them to succeed and reach their full potential. This brings the total of youth outreach workers in the province to 13. The grant to EPIC will support the recruitment and training of volunteers. It will also fund a study into the program’s impact on participating youth. Increasingly, EPIC is working with high-risk youth. EPIC’s Breakthrough program focuses on developing greater resiliency. “It’s very busy at our location and we’re working more and more with older youth,” said Margaret MacLeod, program co-ordinator at the Whitney Pier location. “A youth outreach worker will allow us to provide more support to those in need, while expanding our facilities to create a unique space for them.” Partner agencies are essential in the delivery of the Youth Outreach Program. They include the Boys and Girls Club in north and east Dartmouth, the East Preston Family Resource Centre, the Canadian Mental Health Association in Truro, the Portal in Kentville and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Cape Breton — Whitney Pier.last_img read more

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US newhome sales jumped 62 per cent in October

first_imgWASHINGTON – Americans bought new homes in October at the fastest pace in a decade — a 6.2 per cent monthly increase that reflects both the underlying strength of the economy and the worsening shortage of existing homes for sale.The Commerce Department said Monday that new-home sales last month rose to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 685,000. That marks the third straight monthly gain and the best sales clip since October 2007. Much of the sales growth came from the Northeast and Midwest, with the South and West posting smaller increases.Many buyers are turning to new construction because there is a shrinking supply of existing homes for sale. But new construction has been unable to keep up with demand. Potential buyers are searching for homes amid a healthy job market with a 4.1 per cent unemployment rate and attractive 30-year mortgage rates that are averaging less than 4 per cent.Still, the lack of properties on the market has fueled higher prices, creating affordability pressures.The average sales price of a new home jumped 13.6 per cent over the past 12 months to $400,200.Stephen Stanley, chief economist at Amherst Pierpont Securities, suggested that some of new homes were sold last month before construction had started — a sign of the inventory squeeze.“It would appear that builders paired up with prospective buyers en masse in October to lock in deals that would allow the buyers to have their homes built to order,” Stanley said.These price increases are a sign that builders are able to charge more money because of the dearth of inventory.The number of sales listings for existing homes has tumbled 10.4 per cent from a year earlier to just 1.8 million, according to the National Association of Realtors. That’s the fewest number of homes on the market for any October since the Realtors began tracking the data in 1999.New construction can only offset some of this supply crunch.There is only 4.9 months’ supply of newly-built homes on the market, the lowest reading since July 2016.last_img read more

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Xbox One released in Canada and other markets worldwide on heels of

Microsoft unveils its new Xbox One console Friday, one week after the release of the rival PlayStation 4.The console, which is launching in 13 markets worldwide, will cater to its loyal gamer fan base with exclusive titles like “Forza Motorsport 5” and “Ryse: Son of Rome.”Click to enlarge. Microsoft has also expanded the non-game experience. You can watch live TV on the console, switching back and forth between gaming and TV. You can even have TV on the screen while playing a game.“Even the entertainment that we’ve built, we’ve built with the gamer in mind so they can always be playing their game while they watch TV, while they watch a movie, while they listen to music, while they surf the web,” said Flannagan.TV on the 360 was on demand or streaming, depending on what app was used. Xbox One takes the feed from your TV provider into the console, which is then plugged into the TV.Game DVR on Xbox One allows you to record game play and share it with your friends.Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg Beyond that, the company hopes the device crosses over to the mainstream and becomes a family entertainment center.Microsoft says the supply of the new $499 consoles is its biggest ever. But with record pre-orders — more than double those of the Xbox 360 back in November 2005 — the consoles may be hard to find.“We expect the demand to be really high through the holiday (season),” said Craig Flannagan, director of marketing Xbox for Microsoft Canada.Flannagan says the new console ups the ante on both games and the multiplayer experience, with improved match-making.“We’ve made a lot of improvements to that Xbox Live service that our 360 owners already know and love,” he added.There are 48 million Xbox Live subscribers around the world.We’ve taken games to the next level . . . They look amazing, they play amazingGames remain the prime Xbox One draw, although the console offers a wide menu of entertainment around them.“We’ve taken games to the next level,” Flannagan said. “They look amazing, they play amazing.”Flannagan points to launch titles such as “Forza Motorsports 5,” a lush racing game. The launch offerings also include “Dead Rising 3,” the latest instalment of the zombie franchise from Capcom Vancouver, and the new “Ryse: Son of Rome” from the developer Crytek.There is also buzz about the first-person shooter “Titanfall,” due out in the spring from Respawn Entertainment, formed by Jason West and Vince Zampella who were the co-founders of Infinity Ward and creators of the “Call of Duty” franchise.“Many people will say that’s the most anticipated title. It won a lot of awards at E3,” said Flannagan.Robert Benson/Getty Images for Microsoft An improved Kinect sensor, which allows gamers to use gestures and voice to interact and give commands, is now part of the console and not an extra.The new PlayStation arrived a week earlier and $100 cheaper. But Flannagan believes Xbox One’s entertainment value still leads the way.The Xbox One console will not play Xbox 36 games, however. Flannagan says a healthy menu of 360 games will continue to be produced as Microsoft looks to service its 76 million-plus installed base.“Titanfall” will be also available for the 360 when it comes out. But “Ryse” is just for Xbox One.The original Xbox was released in 2006. read more

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Irudeniyaya residents object to land acquisition

Former President R. Premadasa had made attempts to take over the land for development work but following protests the move was abandoned.However now notice has been issued that the land, which includes six villages, will be acquired by the government for development work. (Colombo Gazette) He said that the land was handed over to the people for farming activities by former Prime Minister the late Sirimavo Bandaranayake. Residents of Irudeniyaya have objected to moves by the government to acquire agricultural land in the area for development purposes.An organization representing the people in the area said that a mass protest will be staged in the Kurumegala town on Wednesday against this move. Chairman of the organization K.D Sunil Jayasinghe said that over 2500 families stand to be displaced as a result of the land acquisition. read more

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Australias largest CI energy storage system goes live

first_imgA 1 MWh hybrid redT system is now operational at Australia’s largest university. This vanadium flow/lithium-ion hybrid energy storage system is now installed and operational at a site in Monash University. The system is the largest behind the meter C&I (Commercial & Industrial) energy storage system to be installed in Australia and the first of its type to be commissioned worldwide. It comprises 900 kWh (12 tank units) of vanadium flow machine technology, coupled alongside a 120 kW C1-rated lithium battery.redT’s energy storage solution sits at the heart of a pioneering microgrid, storing and dispatching energy from multiple sources, including 1 MW of solar panels. By utilising the complementary strengths of two storage technologies, the hybrid system will act as a flexible platform, integrating with building management systems and EV charging stations whilst enabling cutting-edge “peer-to-pool” energy trading. This project is a core part of the University’s Net Zero Initiative, an ambitious, unprecedented project which aims to completely transform how the university uses energy with a target of reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2030.The Australian energy storage market is estimated to be worth approximately A$30 billion by 2030 with almost 400 MWh of energy storage projects estimated to be installed in behind-the-meter C&I applications nationwide by 2022 according to industry consultants Delta-ee.Scott McGregor, CEO of redT said: “Energy storage unlocking low cost renewables will bring about a significant reduction in energy costs for Australian businesses. Monash University is leading the market with this pioneering project and we are proud to provide their integrated energy storage solution.This project will demonstrate the economic benefits of lithium as a short term power solution alongside Flow Machine technology which acts as heavy duty, baseload energy storage infrastructure, capturing more solar energy to reduce overall energy costs.”Scott Ferraro, Program Director, Net Zero Initiative, Monash University: “We’re very happy to be working with redT on this exciting project. redT’s energy storage infrastructure is one of the core components of the microgrid being developed as part of our Net Zero Initiative, enabling us to dispatch renewable energy more effectively across the campus and help achieve our goal of net zero emissions by 2030.”last_img read more

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Serbia sack Saša Bošković

Serbia girls are now looking for a new coach after many troubles in the last 12 months since best players like Andrea Lekić, Dragana Cvijić, Sanja Damnjanović and Katarina Tomašević decided to leave national team because coach Saša Bošković. After four and a half year on the bench of the national team, Serbian Handball Federation didn’t accept Bošković’s report from the last World Championship 2015 in Denmark, where Serbian girls finished on 15th place.Bošković overtook national team in Autumn 2011, with amazing luck to have two Championships in a row on home soil – EURO 2012 and WCh 2013, when Serbia won silver medal behind Brazil.However, problems began at EHF EURO 2014 in Croatia, when Serbia ended competition after Preliminary Round. The best players showed deprecation with the work of existing coach, what was just begining of the big crisis.SHF management still looking for a replacement. Meanwhile, the assistant coach Zivojin Maksic and other part of Boskovic’s coaching staff will continue to lead the team in qualifications for the European Championship in Sweden next December. Saša Bošković ← Previous Story BANG BANG: Lyndgaard’s 20-meters bomb knocks out Montpellier! Next Story → Barca kid Victor Tomas stays until 2020! read more

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Jury finds Samsung guilty in Apple patent case over 1B in damages

first_imgIt could be a windfall ruling for Apple, as the jury found Samsung guilty of violating multiple patents after less than three days of deliberations. Among the patents that Samsung infringed on were those related to display “bounce back,” scrolling, zooming, and navigating features.At least one victory, albeit a small one, for Samsung is that the jury did not find Samsung guilty of infringing on Apple’s design patents as they relate to the Galaxy Tab. This is an interesting part of the verdict since that appeared to be the catalyst that led to the massive legal battle between the two companies.Apple was seeking $2.5 billion in damages. Monetary details will be decided later, and it could be years before this entire ordeal is actually set to rest, but for today, it is a huge victory for Apple with industry-wide implications that will take weeks and months to digest.Update 7:51 PM ET: The jury’s final verdict totals $1.051 billion in damages. In total, the jury found Samsung willfully infringed on five out of the six Apple patents at issue. On Samsung’s countersuit, the jury found Apple not guilty on all claims.via Reuterslast_img read more

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The new queen of immigrants in Argentina is Greek

first_imgFor 40 years, Berisso, in the Buenos Aires province of Argentina, has celebrated its migrant heritage by holding an annual feast.In early October, Luisiana Pilar Delicosta, a fouth-generation Greek woman, was elected Queen of the Immigrants from a field of 20 Youth Queens of the Community contestants. “This year, at a distance of more than 12,000 kilometres away, a 21-year-old woman filled the entire Greek community with pride,” Greek community club Plato wrote in an open letter to the people of Greece.Berisso mayor Jorge Nedela said, “Our city lives a party that for 40 years shows that we are a community that knows how to live together and unite the different cultures that immigrants brought us. In a world that continues to have conflicts over ethnic issues, Berisso and Argentina are examples of peaceful coexistence.” Luisiana’s grandparents, Vasileia Yialouri and Zacharias Delikostas arrived in Argentina from Chios in 1906 and settled in Berisso.There, next to the house where their five sons were born, they built a second home to support other Greek immigrants arriving without material goods but full of faith and hope for a better life. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Japon un thon rouge vendu 560000 euros aux enchères

first_imgJapon : un thon rouge vendu 560.000 euros aux enchèresLors de la première vente aux enchère de l’année du marché au poisson de Tsukiji à Tokyo, un thon rouge a battu le record du thon le plus cher de l’histoire du Japon. Avec ses 269 kilogrammes, le spécimen n’était pas le plus lourd jamais observé mais cela a suffi pour qu’il établisse un nouveau record historique. Jeudi, un thon rouge a été adjugé pour la modique somme de 56,49 millions de yens, soit 565.000 euros à la première vente aux enchères de l’année du marché au poisson de Tsukiji à Tokyo. Le poisson est ainsi devenu le thon le plus cher jamais vendu dans l’histoire du Japon. En effet, le précédent record avait été établi par un spécimen de 342 kilogrammes vendu l’an dernier pour 32,49 millions de yen, soit environ 330.000 euros. Cette année, c’est le propriétaire d’une célèbre chaine de restaurants de sushi de la ville, Sushizanmai, qui a acquis le thon rouge pêché au large de la préfecture d’Aomori, au nord du Japon. Manifestement ravi, Kiyoshi Kimura a expliqué : “je voulais décrocher le meilleur thon, afin que les clients japonais, et non pas étrangers, puissent en profiter”, faisant référence aux enchères de l’an dernier.En janvier 2011, le thon le plus cher avait été remporté par le propriétaire d’un restaurant de Hong Kong associé à un restaurateur japonais, un duo qui avait déjà dominé les enchères en 2009 et 2010, rapporte l’AFP. “La chair est d’un rouge magnifique et la qualité du filet est excellente. C’est vraiment délicieux. Le goût est imbattable”, a commenté M. Kimura devant un quartier du thon qu’il venait d’acheter. À lire aussiCes 18 animaux méconnus à l’aspect étonnant pourraient disparaître avant vousAu vu du prix d’acquisition du thon rouge, le morceau de filet (ootoro) proposé en sashimi (poisson cru) ou en sushi (accompagné de riz vinaigré) devrait atteindre aux alentours de 5.000 yens pièce, soit 50 euros. Mais il semblerait, selon les médias japonais, que le patron de Sushizanmai ait décidé de les vendre au prix normal de 418 yens, soit 4 euros.  Une pêche qui continue malgré la diminution des stocks Le thon rouge est particulièrement apprécié au Japon, qui consomme à lui tout seul 80% des stocks pêchés dans le monde. Mais le poisson a également fait son apparition dans les plats d’autres pays, notamment la Chine qui fait chaque année grimper les enchères. Alors que les stocks de thon rouge s’amenuisent de plus en plus, certains pays occidentaux tentent d’imposer une interdiction du commerce des poissons pêchés en Atlantique Est et en Méditerranée.Mais le gouvernement japonais a jusqu’ici réussi à contourner l’interdiction. “Vous savez, des produits de cette qualité sont appréciés dans le monde entier”, a estimé Hirotaka Higurashi, 22 ans, interrogé au sujet de la pêche intensive. “On ne peut pas y faire grand chose.”Le 5 janvier 2012 à 13:51 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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ISS la sortie spatiale de Luca Parmitano qui a failli très mal

first_imgISS : la sortie spatiale de Luca Parmitano qui a failli (très) mal tournerLe 16 juillet dernier, une fuite d’eau dans le casque de l’astronaute italien Luca Parmitano aurait pu transformer en drame une sortie dans l’espace prévue pour réparer la station spatiale internationale.C’est une sortie spatiale que ni l’astronaute italien Luca Parmitano ni la NASA ne sont pas près d’oublier. La fameuse phrase “Houston, nous avons un problème” n’a pas été prononcée, mais c’est bel et bien une tragédie qui a été évitée le 16 juillet dernier. Lors d’une sortie dans l’espace pour effectuer des réparations sur la station spatiale internationale, une fuite encore inexpliquée a rempli d’eau le casque de l’astronaute, manquant de le noyer. Il raconte ce terrifiant épisode sur son blog.Tout s’est déroulé sans problème la première heureLa sortie devait durer un peu plus de 6h pour Luca Parmitano et son collègue Chris Cassidy. Elle n’aura duré qu’une heure et 30 minutes. Une fois dans le vide stellaire, les deux astronautes se séparent pour rejoindre chacun une extrémité de la station et commencer leur travail minutieux. L’une des tâches de l’astronaute consiste à brancher des câbles sur l’extérieur de la station, une opération longue et délicate, que n’aident pas les gants pressurisés de la combinaison.La première manipulation se déroule sans soucis, ainsi que la deuxième. En informant Houston de la progression de son travail, il apprend qu’il a même 40 minutes d’avance sur son planning. Tout semble se dérouler pour le mieux.Fuite d’eau “À cet instant précis, alors que je pense à comment dénouer le câble proprement, je “sens” que quelque chose ne va pas. La sensation inattendue de la présence d’eau dans mon cou me surprend – et je ne suis pas dans une situation où je souhaite être surpris” explique-t-il sur son blog.Parmitano informe Houston de la fuite et attend la suite des instructions. Ils pensent d’abord à une fuite de la canule d’alimentation en eau potable présente dans son casque. Mais le liquide continue de s’écouler, et l’ordre arrive de Houston commandant de terminer la mission immédiatement. L’astronaute se dirige vers le sas d’entrée pendant que son équipier se charge de sécuriser et de ranger le matériel présent autour du vaisseau.L’eau en apesanteurLe long du chemin de retour, l’eau continue de s’écouler dans le casque. Sauf qu’en apesanteur, le liquide se comporte d’une manière bien particulière. Libéré de la gravité, l’eau dans l’espace prend une forme sphérique. On se souvient du verre de whisky flottant du capitaine Haddock dans On a marché sur la Lune. Ce phénomène est dû à la tension superficielle, c’est-à-dire le comportement des molécules entre elles et avec le milieu. À l’interface entre l’eau et l’air, les molécules d’eau sont attirées les unes vers les autres, et pas vers l’air. Le liquide adopte la forme ayant la plus petite superficie qui demande le moins d’énergie, ce qui en apesanteur, donne une sphère.Mais l’eau ne se contente pas de former des petites bulles bien sages. Elle adhère aux parois du casque et à la peau de l’astronaute. Comme le montre Chris Hadfield dans cette vidéo, l’eau en apesanteur reste “collée” à la peau et ne tombe pas, toujours à cause de des phénomènes de tension de surface.L’astronaute italien sent donc l’eau recouvrir ses oreilles, son nez, et se condenser sur la vitre du casque. Alors qu’il se retourne, l’eau s’accumule sur la visière et l’astronaute devient aveugle. Sa radio commence à dysfonctionner, et les voix de ses collègues deviennent difficiles à entendre. “À ce moment, la partie supérieure de mon casque est pleine d’eau et je ne suis pas sûr si ma prochaine inspiration sera faite d’air ou de liquide. “Un retour en aveugle terrifiantÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Ne cédant pas à la panique, l’astronaute réfléchit aux solutions qui s’offrent à lui. Il se rappelle alors son câble de sécurité, arrimé au sas. Lentement, il le remonte jusqu’à l’entrée. Parmitano pense également à la solution d’extrême urgence si l’eau finissait par l’empêcher de respirer : ouvrir la valve de dépressurisation de son casque pour expulser de l’eau. Cette solution ne doit être prise qu’en dernier recours, car elle peut être dangereuse pour la vie de l’astronaute.Après quelques minutes “qui semblent durer une éternité”, il arrive à regagner le sas. Son collègue le rejoint peu après et la repressurisation commence. Alors que l’eau continue à monter, il pense à enlever son casque s’il n’arrive plus à respirer. “Je perdrai probablement connaissance, mais ça sera toujours préférable à se noyer dans mon casque”.Heureusement, le sas se remplit vite et l’astronaute italien peut retirer son casque en toute sécurité. La porte s’ouvre et l’équipe de la station spatiale le rejoint pour vérifier son état de santé. Aucune blessure ou dommage n’est à relevé, si ce n’est l’eau qui reste coincée dans ses oreilles encore quelques minutes.Dans l’espace, personne ne vous entend crier La NASA a commandité une enquête pour déterminer l’origine de cette fuite. D’abord suspectée, le tube d’alimentation en eau potable ne semble pas avoir été la cause de l’incident. Les doutes se portent sur le système de refroidissement du scaphandre, mais les résultats n’ont pas encore été dévoilés. Une grande frayeur pour une fin heureusement sans drame, qui rappelle que malgré tous les progrès technologiques effectués depuis les débuts de la conquête spatiale, l’espace reste un endroit où tous les dangers sont possibles et que les astronautes sont en première ligne. Toutes les sorties ont depuis été suspendues jusqu’à nouvel ordre. Le 22 août 2013 à 15:19 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Stocks extend gains to a 5th day as tech companies rise

first_imgNEW YORK — U.S. stocks rose for the fifth consecutive day Wednesday as investors went on a late buying spree. The gains came after news that the Federal Reserve plans to start reducing its huge portfolio of bonds. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index closed at a record high.Stocks were slightly higher for most of the day as the market kept chipping away at the losses it suffered one week before. Technology companies like TurboTax maker Intuit and materials companies including industrial gas company Praxair made some of the biggest gains.In the afternoon the Federal Reserve released the minutes from its latest meeting. Officials discussed steps for shrinking the central bank’s $4.5 trillion in bond holdings and Wall Street liked what it saw.The Fed bought huge amounts of bonds during the global economic crisis in an effort to stimulate the economy. When the Fed suggested in April that it was considering reducing its portfolio, investors were unnerved. But when investors saw some details of how the plan might look, they were pleased.“They’re going to do it in a very careful, slow, and, at least by Fed standards, transparent method,” said Ed Keon, a portfolio manager at QMA, a fund manager owned by Prudential Financial. “They’re not going to do it in a way that runs the risk of shocking the market.”last_img read more

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