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first_imgThe lost glory of Ayodhya has been restored and there will be no fight in the name of Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said at the World Hindu Economic Forum here on Friday, as the State government gears to celebrate Deepotsav (festival of lamps) in the temple town on October 26.This comes at a time when the Supreme Court is likely to finish the hearing in the Ayodhya land dispute case by October and pronounce its judgment thereafter.‘No more fights’“We have progressed on Ayodhya’s development and restored its own identity … I would say it has become the Ayodhya it used to be and there will be no fight in its name. It has joined the path of development and is progressing well with its own identity. Now, it has got its spiritual and cultural identity by way of Deepotsav,” Mr. Adityanath said.Last year on Deepotsav, over 3 lakh earthen lamps were lit on the banks of the Sarayu river, a day ahead of Deepavali, a number which got registered in the Guinness World Records.“Earlier, people used to be scared to go to Ayodhya. All former CMs of UP were scared of going to two places, Ayodhya and Noida. Ayodhya because it raises a question mark on your secularism, and Noida, because it raises a question mark on your chair. Since, I became the CM, in the past two-and-a-half years, I visited both Ayodhya and Noida 10 times each,” he said.Earlier, Swami Vigyananand, founder of the World Hindu Foundation, said, “Ayodhya is in the news these days. Daily discussion is happening in the Supreme Court. I will talk on how Ayodhya is mentioned in Valmiki’s Ramayana. Extending along the banks of the Sarayu river exists the world-renowned city by the name of Ayodhya. The great city of Ayodhya 96 miles long and 24 miles wide. Ayodhya is graced with extensive highways with properly divided roads, which is daily sprinkled with water. It had great markets with craftsmen. It is marked with high-rise buildings. It is prosperous and happy. It is not what we are now…”last_img read more

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first_imgKolkata, Feb 27 (PTI) Due to rains in the last two days, Kolkata, Feb 27 (PTI) Due to rains in the last two days, the underfoot condition was unfit for racing, the Stewards of the RCTC announced. The Kolkata races scheduled for Saturday February 27 has been postponed to Wednesday March 2. The same card will hold good, they said. PTI COR MM RGD AHlast_img

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first_imgRavindra Jadeja had no regrets after falling 10 runs short of a rare test century by a number eight batsman on Monday.The 27-year-old all-rounder had shown great restraint during a partnership with Ravichandran Ashwin that swung the third test against England India’s way, but he suddenly went on the attack and perished trying to hit Adil Rashid for six.”The shot that I got out to is my pet shot,” Jadeja told reporters.  (Also read: Mohali Test: Ravichandran Ashwin’s triple strike leaves England in a spin)”I can hit six anytime with that shot. I had the confidence, but the ball came rather slow off the wicket and that’s why I didn’t get the required impact. I am not disappointed that I got out to a shot like that.”After 22 tests and constant speculation about whether he was worth a place in the team, Jadeja arrived at the crease with India in some trouble at 204-6.England attacked with a heavily-packed off-side field and he was largely content to nudge the ball around until he got into the 70s when he suddenly went on the attack.He moved outside his wicket to smash Chris Woakes for the first of four boundaries in one over and charged down the pitch to try to launch Rashid over the ropes, only to be caught by Woakes in the deep.”They were bowling boring lines. It was only outside the off stump, off-stump, off-stump and off-stump,” said Jadeja who has never made a test hundred.advertisement”I was not running out of time. In fact I had enough time. I just thought ‘let’s disturb the bowler by going outside off-stump’. There were only two fielders on the leg-side. That’s what I was trying and luckily I got four boundaries in that over.”Jadeja brought up his third test fifty in 104 balls, marking the achievement with his trademark bat-swirling celebration.”It’s a traditional Rajput style. I can’t bring a sword into the ground, so have to make do with the bat,” he said.Former India captain Sourav Ganguly is among those who believe Jadeja is a better test batsman than his 23.5 average suggests and the all-rounder does not lack self-belief.”It’s not that I consider myself as a batsman, I am a proper batsman,” said Jadeja, the first Indian to hit three triple centuries in first-class cricket.”I’ve been scoring runs in first-class cricket….Of course this is my longest test knock but I knew I can play and pace my knock. I was not in a hurry. I knew once I settle, I can accelerate after 50-60-70 balls.”Commenting on the batting, off-spinner Jayant Yadav, who scored his maiden fifty said that his confidence has grown with this innings.”Really enjoyed getting maiden Test fifty. Really enjoyed batting with Jaad. Definitely the confidence has grown with the wickets and the runs. If I bat well, I can feel it in my bowling,” Yadav, who also picked up one wicket in the second innings said after the day’s play.”The best thing about this team is it didn’t make me feel I was playing for the first time. I didn’t feel out of place in the dressing room. They shared experience with me that might help me,” he added.(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more

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first_imgIndia’s cricket stars made the most of a short break in the T20I series against West Indies to celebrate Diwali with their families.Regular captain Virat Kohli had been given a rest for the T20I series and hence, he did not feature in the two T20s against the Windies, that India won comprehensively under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma.Kohli, who recently celebrated his birthday in Haridwar with actor-wife Anushka Sharma, took to Twitter to share a picture of himself and Anushka in traditional wear for Diwali celebrations.Kohli wished his fans on the festival of Diwali and wished “everyone peace, happiness and good health”.A very happy and prosperous Diwali to everyone from our home. Wishing everyone peace, happiness and good health. God bless. @AnushkaSharma pic.twitter.com/fsQbXsNaSMVirat Kohli (@imVkohli) November 7, 2018Rohit Sharma, who broke a plethora of records in the second T20I in Lucknow on Monday, posted a video wishing his fans on the festival but also made sure to fulfill his social responsibility by warning people of the consequences of bursting crackers.”We would just like to wish you a very happy Diwali. I’m sure you’re enjoying your time with family, friends and loved ones. If you are bursting crackers, keep in mind the consequences it has on our environment and on our beautiful animals. Okay guys, have a safe Diwali,” Rohit said in a Twitter video.Here’s wishing you all a great Diwali please look after our environment and our animals. pic.twitter.com/lZzSHbNHifadvertisementRohit Sharma (@ImRo45) November 7, 2018However, it seems like people did not really pay heed to Rohit’s plea or the orders of Supreme Court as the North of India was engulfed in smog on Thursday morning with pollution levels reaching hazardous levels.According to India Today, the pollution level in Mumbai though was slightly better than last year at this time of the season.India’s Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane also posted a video on social media to wish his fans a happy Diwali. While he captioned the video as, “wishing everyone a very Happy Diwali and a Prosperous New Year…hope its a year full of love and happiness”, he wished everyone in Marathi in the video.Wishing everyone a very Happy Diwali and a Prosperous New Year…hope its a year full of love and happiness.pic.twitter.com/ycLs0cqHQjajinkyarahane88 (@ajinkyarahane88) November 7, 2018Other India cricketers like Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Rishabh Pant, Cheteshwar Pujara and Krunal Pandya also posted pictures with their families and friends, wishing their fans a prosperous and fun Diwali.#HappyDiwali everyone! Have a peaceful and safe day! pic.twitter.com/4wU3pLLrcpKrunal Pandya (@krunalpandya24) November 7, 2018May the lights guide you and brightness never leave your side. Happy Diwali! pic.twitter.com/IiF1fvoBIJRishabh Pant (@RishabPant777) November 7, 2018Happy Diwali pic.twitter.com/uAgme1aSyiRishabh Pant (@RishabPant777) November 7, 2018Wish u all a very happy Diwali pic.twitter.com/tDpYAVC3g7Bhuvneshwar Kumar (@BhuviOfficial) November 7, 2018Cherish the good times and timeless memories made with your loved ones this Diwali! #HappyDiwali to all 🙂 pic.twitter.com/6zo3pctMN3cheteshwar pujara (@cheteshwar1) November 7, 2018Wishing you all a very happy and prosperous diwali! pic.twitter.com/kRuKKRVTNGJasprit bumrah (@Jaspritbumrah93) November 7, 2018last_img read more

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first_imgAaron Finch conceded that the three-match T20 against India will be Australia’s best chance to challenge Virat Kohli & Co., especially in the absence of leading batsmen Steve Smith and David Warner.India begin their tour of Australia with a three-match T20 series, which will be played on November 21, 23 and 25.India have been dominant against Australia over the years, winning 10 out of 16 T20 Internationals since 2007. Australia have won only five, with one match being abandoned due to rain.Finch feels that the shortest format allows Australia to be aggressive and more competitive against a strong Indian side.Also read – Virat Kohli determined to change India’s fortunes in Australia: Learn from mistakes”Although we lost to Pakistan in the UAE, we are a very good T20 side. I think we played some good cricket in Zimbabwe and before that in the tri-series against New Zealand and England last year. We are very confident in this format,” Finch said at the pre-match press conference.King Kohli ready and raring to go #TeamIndia #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/XbE3tXzwPqBCCI (@BCCI) November 20, 2018″India have been in great form in all formats over a long time now. But it is going to be a great opportunity for us to come out, play aggressively and express ourselves. We can take the game on and really try to take it to India,” the Australian captain added.The first match will be played at the Gabba. The T20 Internationals will be followed by a four-Test series and three ODIs.advertisementAlso read – Steve Smith and David Warner to serve out bans in full: Cricket Australia”T20s are fast-paced short games obviously. At times it can take one bit of brilliance with bat or ball, or even in the field, and it can change the dynamics of the match or even the whole series.”So it is a great advantage to be able to start off against India in this format. They have been so dominant in this format that people forget where they are playing at times,” he added.Also read – India name playing XI for 1st T20I vs Australia, Rishabh Pant to keep wicketsAustralia fielded an all-pace attack in their one-off T20I against South Africa on Saturday. That is expected to change with a lone spinner to come to the playing eleven.”That will be in the calculations. With the size of this ground and how good our spinners have bowled here, while they haven’t been huge wicket-takers, they have bowled well. We have options in Ashton Agar and Adam Zampa.Here’s all you need to know for the #AUSvIND T20 series starting tomorrow night in Brisbane! https://t.co/1HhK9euhzc pic.twitter.com/F14eeb96VQcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) November 20, 2018″Traditionally, there is pace and bounce in this wicket. Indian batsmen have been here before, so there isn’t an element of surprise with the amount of cricket being played nowadays. But we will still look to use it to our advantage. The boundaries are bigger here than in India, and it could alter strategies.Also read – No bad blood with Virat Kohli, declares Australia pacer Mitchell Starc”You cannot hit as many sixes to influence the game as soon as you come to the crease, and you might have to steal doubles instead. I think the team that deals with it the better will win this series,” Finch said.When asked about countering Virat Kohli and his pre-tour statement about not feeling the need to be aggressive anymore, he replied, “Virat plays the game that gets the best out of himself, and I think that at times, for him that’s about being verbal for his team, and pumping them up and being right in the contest. He loves that.”He plays the same way for everyone, whether for India or in the IPL. So, the verbal won’t change whatsoever I think what he was referring to was his aggression, but ‘verbal’ is encouragement for teammates. It’s not abuse or anything like that.(With inputs from PTI)Also watch –last_img read more

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first_img The Best Wetsuits to Keep You in the Water All Year Long Editors’ Recommendations The Best Graphic Tee Companies to Liven Up Your Wardrobe 1. Finisterre 2. Finisterre 3. Finisterre 4. Finisterre A Guide to Raw Denim Jean Selection and Care center_img Look Good and Feel Better By Supporting Brands that Support Ocean Conservation Hardworking Gentlemen Offers American-Made Grooming Goods for the Everyday Man It’s no secret that we dig stylish, expertly crafted threads but when a brand exercises genuine love and appreciation towards its customers, the environment and selected charities, our hearts turn into putty and we are only too happy to hand over our dollar bills for a slice of the action.British brand Finisterre specializes in creating intuitive, innovative clothing for cold water surfers. Tom Kay, a keen surfer who was born and bread on the Cornish coast of Finisterre, St Agnes, established the label in 2002. Kay was only too familiar with the perils of surfing in the icy Celtic Sea. With zero design experience under his belt, Kay set out to create a brand that superseded the big corporate surfwear companies that were “making cheap cotton t-shirts in far-flung, unnamed factories that they’d sell to folk that had never been near the water”.The design ethos was both ethical and technical and Finisterre’s first product, the technical fleece, designed for surfers to wear immediately after getting out of the sea, soon became known within the local surf community and the brand’s success grew from there.The current collection is vast and features everything a chilly surfer could possibly want. Our favorite pieces are the Petrichor Water Repellent Shirt which draws inspiration from fisherman’s smocks and bib trousers and the windproof, water resistant Nimbus jacket, both designed for cold water surfing but absolutely ideal for the February freeze.last_img read more

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first_imgYarmouth County’s growing aquaculture industry will be celebrated on Saturday, Oct. 2. Chris d’Entremont, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, willacknowledge the area’s contributions during the seventh annualAquaculture Harvest Festival in Saint Anne-du-Ruisseau. “The Yarmouth County industry contributes over $3 million to theprovince’s $40-million aquaculture sector, and it is important torecognize this commitment and desire to see the industry grow,”Mr. d’Entremont said. Yarmouth County’s aquaculture operators farm rainbow trout andAmerican oysters, which they sell to national and internationalmarkets. Mr. d’Entremont will attend the festival celebrations and present$500 bursaries to each of two high schools in Yarmouth County:Drumlin Heights Consolidated School and Ecole Secondaire de Par-En-Bas. “The future success of aquaculture will depend largely on theeducation, skills and interest of young people. This bursary willhopefully assist those students with their studies,” said Mr.d’Entremont. Free seafood samples and local musical entertainment are part ofthe festival. A live-fish touch-tank and face painting will addto the fun for children. The festival takes place from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the ClubAcadien, in Saint Anne-du-Ruisseau.last_img read more

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first_imgAnother meeting between the provincial cabinet and the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs was held today, June 15, at the World Trade and Convention Centre in Halifax. Premier Darrell Dexter and co-chair of the assembly, Chief Gerard Julian, reviewed the progress of government-to-government relations between the province and the Mi’kmaq. “Through government-to-government relations, progress is possible with mutual respect and commitment to an improved future for Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia,” said Chief Gerard Julian. “We need to address existing socio-economic development though the creation of regulation, policy, and legislative change. While we have been encouraged by the positive momentum and discussion created, we must now implement change that translates into tangible results in the Mi’kmaq communities.” “Over the past two years, government has set out to make life better for Nova Scotians in all regions of Nova Scotia and I’m proud that the Mi’kmaq have been part of that,” said Premier Dexter. “The Mi’kmaq community is the youngest and fastest growing population in the province. We must seize every opportunity to build on the strides we have made in education, training and in community economic development, and this is another such opportunity.” Since last year, the province has protected Mi’kmaq interests in recent land acquisitions, in its renewable energy strategy, and community economic development initiatives, such as investing $1.2 million in 13 labour market projects, $250,000 through the Mi’kmaq Community Development Fund and more than $400,000 in adult education funding. A Mi’kmaq-Nova Scotia-Canada Consultation Terms of Reference was also signed last August. It provides a framework for a streamlined consultation process that formally integrates Mi’kmaq interests and concerns in government decisions. Last year’s Membertou 400 celebration was an important opportunity to build a greater understanding of the Mi’kmaq nation and showcase its attributes as a distinctive and innovative culture to Nova Scotians and national and international visitors. The province played an instrumental role as a major sponsor and by providing in-kind services. To celebrate and the recognize Mi’kmaq presence in Nova Scotia, a highway sign was unveiled at the meeting. It will be erected near Amherst. The two governments will meet next year to review progress on priorities set today. The province is engaged with the Mi’kmaq in a number of processes, including the Made-in-Nova Scotia Process negotiations, the Mi’kmaq-Nova Scotia-Canada Tripartite Forum and a Mi’kmaq-Nova Scotia-Canada Consultation Terms of Reference. This is the third annual joint meeting of the provincial cabinet and the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs.last_img read more

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first_imgPremier Stephen McNeil will meet with New England business and political leaders to discuss trade and investment opportunities while in Boston next week for the annual tree-lighting celebration. “It’s important to take the opportunity to reinforce the benefits of our trading relationship,” said Premier McNeil. “We want to build on that strong relationship and continue growing our exports, which will lead to more jobs for Nova Scotians and a stronger economy.” Nova Scotia’s exports to New England last year totaled more than $1 billion, including $545 million in exports to Massachusetts. Leading exports included fish and seafood products, transportation equipment, and computer and electronics products. Premier McNeil is scheduled to meet with David Alward, consul general of Canada in Boston, on Nov. 28, and with Massachusetts Governor Charles Baker on Nov. 29. He will also address the New England-Canada Business Council on the 29th and, on Nov. 30, meet with Nova Scotia businesses participating in a trade mission led by Nova Scotia Business Inc. Also on Nov. 30, the premier will join Boston Mayor Martin Walsh and Halifax Mayor Mike Savage in the lighting of the Nova Scotia Tree for Boston. The Christmas tree is an annual gift to say thank you for the help the people of Boston provided in the aftermath of the Halifax Explosion. This year is the 100th anniversary of the disaster. “We are forever grateful for the first responders and citizens who came to our province’s aid,” said Premier McNeil. “We say thank you to the people of Boston with the gift of a beautiful Nova Scotia Christmas tree.” Premier McNeil will also take part in the dedication of a permanent structure on Boston Common marking the centennial of the explosion. This year government has partnered with Music Nova Scotia and Halifax Pop Explosion to provide Nova Scotia artists exposure to the New England market. Port Cities, Cassie and Maggie, and Reeny Smith will perform in front of music industry professionals at a showcase in Boston on Nov. 29. On Nov. 30, they will perform live during the broadcast of the lighting ceremony for the Nova Scotia Tree for Boston. “Music is an important part of the culture in Nova Scotia. It is only fitting that some of our top export-ready artists gift the people of Boston with their talent,” said Scott Long, executive director of Music Nova Scotia. “It is an honour to participate in the ceremonies, here in Boston, and to showcase our musical talent to the New England market.” The ceremony attracts about 20,000 people and is broadcast live on WCBV television, an ABC affiliate, to an audience of about 300,000. For more information and important dates regarding the Tree for Boston, visit www.novascotia.ca/treeforboston and follow Tree for Boston on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.last_img read more

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first_imgAhmedabad: Gujarat Congress MLAs had to move out of the state and camp in Bengaluru ahead of the August, 2017 Rajya Sabha polls for three seats as the ruling BJP resorted to bribery and intimidation, Leader of Opposition in the Assembly, Paresh Dhanani told the High Court Monday. Dhanani was cross-examined as a witness in a petition challenging the election of senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel to Rajya Sabha from Gujarat in August, 2017. Deposing before Justice Bela Trivedi, Dhanani said the Congress MLAs were compelled to move out of Gujarat and camp in the Karnataka capital for days ahead of the election because the BJP indulged in offering bribes and also tried to intimidate the MLAs. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!During their visit to Bengaluru, the Congress MLAs attended training sessions for three days and visited several places, including the Karnataka Legislative Assembly and Governor House, he said.The high court is hearing a petition filed by BJP leader Balvantsinh Rajput challenging Patel’s election to Rajya Sabha. Rajput, a former Congress MLA, had quit the party to join the BJP ahead of the August 8 election. After losing the poll as the BJP candidate, Rajput accused Patel of bribing MLAs to vote for him and requested the HC to quash the Election Commission’s order invalidating the votes cast by two rebel MLAs of the Congress. Rajput also prayed that votes of two other Congress MLAs be declared invalid. The EC’s decision to invalidate the votes of Bholabhai Gohil and Raghavji Patel had helped Patel get 44 votes, the minimum he needed to win.Rajput had polled 38 votes.last_img read more

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Rabat – Mustapha Ramid, Minister of State in charge of Human Rights, took to his Facebook page yesterday to answer the accusations held against him for calling homosexuals in Morocco “trash.” If Ramid’s statements sparked the outrage of many local NGOs and a part of the public opinion, his latest response is very far from soothing the tension, referring to homosexuality as a “perversion” that “disgusts the public opinion.” The original incident occurred on September 28, when Ramid was walking out of an official meeting at Rabat’s library.  The minister was stopped by a journalist who asked him about the condition of homosexuals in Morocco. The minister’s reaction was immediate: “Why are you asking me about [homosexuality] too?” he asked. Trying to dismiss the journalist, Ramid kept repeating, “This is too much. Too much. It’s a shame that homosexuality has a value now. Why is everyone asking me about it?”Upon the insistence of the journalist, Ramid will finally gave in. “Listen, we are in Morocco, if we keep talking about [homosexuality] we will give them value. [They’re] trash.” The minister used the insulting Arabic term “Awsakh,”  which can be translated as “trash,” “scum,” or “vermin.”Ramid’s statement sparked the outrage of many NGOs and human rights associations that addressed a petition to the head of government compelling him to take action against Ramid. On social media, the outlash was even fiercer, with many internet users not shying away from accusing Ramid of homophobia and hate speech against a sexual minority. Under the media and public pressure, Ramid decided to come out with a response.For the minister in charge of human rights, his comments on homosexuality were based on “the kingdom’s constitution and its laws and the international conventions it has signed,” as well as the “national consensus,” which “only the perverts deviate from.” Based on this legal and social framework, Ramid writes that “sexual perversion [referring to homosexuality] stays a crime punishable by the Moroccan legislation, and one that disgusts the public opinion.”“And let everyone know that the Moroccan government has made its position clear in its response to the recommendations of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review, as it categorically and unequivocally refuses to decriminalize sexual perversion [referring to homosexuality]. But at the same time, [it] refuses any kind of discrimination against any citizen, no matter their conditions,” Ramid continues. “If I have said that sexual perversion [referring to homosexuality] is filth or obscenity, it is only to describe certain actions and behaviors, and the terms do not necessarily apply to people no matter their orientation may be.”For Ramid, “it is clear then, that those who opposed me were blinded by their disagreement and drunken with their hatred.” Nothing NewAziz Idamine, head of the Moroccan Rights and Freedoms Youth Center, told Morocco World News that Ramid’s use of these “degrading terms against a minority in Morocco is nothing new to the vocabulary of the minister; he already called journalists ‘traitors’ once and described human rights activists as ‘hateful’.”Idamine has three remarks to deliver about the minister’s response. The first, is that “Ramid thinks that being a minister of state of all Moroccans is the same thing as being the leader of a small community or political party.” Second, Ramid’s “insistence on using the term ‘trash’ to describe a Moroccan minority, whether we adhere to the latter or not, proves how saturated the minister is by a narrow and close-minded interpretation of Islamic thought. Idamine goes on to explain that “what the minister is wording through his statement are readings and interpretations of the Islamic texts and the constitution through the political perspective of the Justice and Development Party, and not those agreed upon by all Moroccans.”   Finally, Idamine believes that Ramid is overstepping his jurisdiction. “The exegesis of a religious text is the specialty of Morocco’s High Council of Religious Affairs, [and] as for the explanation and interpretation of the constitution, it falls under the mandate of the constitutional court.”“As for the international conventions Moroccan had signed and agreed upon,” continues Idamine, “it is publically known that the human rights movements in Morocco are seeking to reform the penal code in several areas, to abolish any violation of individual freedoms.” For the activist, “the minister has every right to hold on onto the legal jurisdiction that criminalize homosexuality, but he has absolutely no right to call homosexuals ‘trash’.” read more

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The Attorney General’s office has approved the proposed 500 mw thermal power plant at Sampur, Trincomalee, to be built by India in consultation with the Ceylon Electricity Board, an Indian media report said today.The approval has been granted around six years after the project was conceived and two years after a joint venture company was formed to take it forward. “With the AG’s office giving the go-ahead, the approval from the power ministry is expected soon, while a revised Power Purchase Agreement has been worked upon,” said an official at India’s National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC). The AG go-ahead was a major hurdle for the project, particularly considering the two neighbouring countries are not in the best of relations. The project is estimated to cost about $500 million (`3,000 crore), with NTPC and Ceylon Electricity Board having 50% stake each. It would be funded with a debt equity ratio of 70:30, the DNA news agency in India reported.The plant would use imported coal and consists of a transmission line, to be built from Trincomalee to Madurai, including 39 km of submarine cable. But hurdles remain, with some alleging undue benefits were granted to NTPC. Though the charges are unsubstantiated, the high cost of power remains a sore point.In fact, Coalition Against Corruption, an affiliate of Transparency International, had charged that the power plant would incur a loss of Sri Lankan Rupee 76 crore per year. “We urge the government to forthwith annul the proposed Sampur power project,” it had said.Officials of Ceylon Electricity Board have alleged that each unit of power produced at the joint venture project would cost Sri Lankan rupee 18, much higher than the cost of Sri Lankan rupee 13 from for a similar project at Norochcholai. There were also disagreements over the high heat rate — signifying higher consumption of fuel to produce a unit of power — and the maintenance cost. The heat rate has been brought down to an acceptable level by the parties, NTPC officials said.

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The Liberian-born Mr. Weah, who won the Golden Ball Award for the best player on a European team and the Italian National Championship as a member of the Italian club AC Milan, is accompanied by former international soccer star Ruud Gullit of the Netherlands.The two are staging two days of soccer activities, which are being filmed by a team of Dutch television journalists to publicize the fight against the pandemic for the UNICEF National Committee of the Netherlands and the Dutch lottery. The Netherlands contributes millions of euros annually to UNICEF and other humanitarian causes from the National Postcode Lottery.Mr. Weah, whom South Africa’s Nelson Mandela named “African Pride,” was a very poor child who started off playing soccer with balls made from rags in the Liberian capital, Monrovia.He has worked intensively on anti-HIV/AIDS projects in Ghana and Liberia. He plans to visit Liberia next week to continue his activities helping to reintegrate into society the former child soldiers who took part in the country’s fierce 16-year civil war. read more

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Campaigning for the provincial elections will run from 28 September to 27 October, the UN Mission in the DRC (MONUC) announced. The elections, the first round of which was held in July, are the vast country’s first free elections in 45 years and are intended to cement its transition from a disastrous civil war. The six-year conflict cost 4 million lives through fighting and attendant hunger and disease, widely considered the most lethal fighting in the world since World War II. Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative in the DRC, William Lacy Swing, has commended Congolese police and UN peacekeepers for their “prompt and salutary intervention” to contain yesterday’s violent rally by Mr. Bemba’s supporters, who were apparently angered by a fire that destroyed a building housing two television stations owned by their leader in Kinshasa, the capital.MONUC has some 18,000 uniformed personnel in the country to help promote peace and reconciliation in the country. read more

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“While the recent focus has rightly been on refugees entering Europe, there are 4 million refugees – 2 million of them children – who are holed up in Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon, many living on the streets in a crisis which is now of biblical proportions,” Gordon Brown told reporters at UN Headquarters via telephone.The former British Prime Minister drew attention to the fact that “traditionally education has fallen through the net because humanitarian aid goes to food and shelter, and development aid does not plan for emergencies.”But given the “severity” of the crisis and “urgency” to act to address the problem, Mr. Brown appealed for a swift response to a $250 million proposal that would get 1 million Syrian refugee children in school in 21 days in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey using a “double shift system.”He explained that under the proposed plan in Lebanon, for example, the local children would go to the school in the morning and the same classrooms would be used for Syrian children to get an education in the afternoon.At a cost of $10 a week, he said, the children can get an education that would help prepare them for the future and give them hope under this “practical, operable and deliverable plan.”And in a separate warning about the Syrian child refugee crisis, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said the conflict in Syria has left some 16 million people – almost half of them children – in need of life-saving assistance and protection, including basic health care, safe water and sanitation and education. “The refugee and migrant crisis in Europe will only worsen if greater efforts are not made to end the protracted conflict in Syria and address the humanitarian needs of the millions affected by the violence,” UNICEF said.UNICEF reported that some 2 million children are now out of school inside Syria, while up to 5 million people living in cities and communities across the country have suffered the consequences of long and sometimes deliberate interruptions to their water supplies in recent months.Despite the enormous challenges facing those affected by the conflict, funding for humanitarian assistance is not keeping pace with needs – UNICEF’s appeal for 2015 for programmes in Syria and surrounding countries, totalling $903 million, is less than half funded. read more

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. “The most important role the United Nations is asked to play today is to come up withfundamental measures to stop the vicious cycle of increased provocations and heightened sanctions,” he told the General Assembly’s 72nd general debate, stressing the need for a political solution to what UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called ‘most dangerous crisis we face today.’“In the wake of the (recent sixth) nuclear test, the Korean Government has made enhanced efforts to convince countries in the region and beyond of the necessity for stronger sanctions and pressure to make North Korea stop its provocations and choose the path of dialogue,” Mr. Moon said, vowing that his country seeks neither the DPRK’s collapse nor unification by absorption. Calling on his northern neighbour to “cease making reckless choices that could lead to its own isolation and downfall and choose the path of dialogue” by abandoning its hostile policies against other countries and giving up its nuclear weapons programme, he held out the prospect of a new economic era for the Korean peninsula. “The spirit of the United Nations is to realize global peace through multilateral dialogue,” he said. “The Korean Peninsula is where that spirit is most desperately needed. The realization of peace is the issue for which the United Nations was created, for which it is aiming and which it is in the process of achieving. We need the United Nations to play a more active role on the Korean Peninsula. Highlighting the need to prevent the outbreak of war, Mr. Moon called for “stable” management of the situation “so that tensions will not become overly intensified or accidental military clashes will not destroy peace.” Full statement available here read more

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A portion of University Road East will be closed next week as Ellis Don crews make repairs to the roadway.The road will be closed between Isaac Brock Boulevard East and Meter Road. The work will happen from Monday, Aug. 29 to Saturday, Sept. 3.Pedestrian traffic will be rerouted. Vehicles will be rerouted through Zone 1 by going south on Meter Road to the traffic circle.If you have any concerns regarding the roadwork, contact Facilities Management customer service at 905-688-5550 x3717 or email facilitiesmanagement@brocku.ca, or David Main, MHPM Project Managers, at dmain@mhpm.com• Download a PDF of the map

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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. Around 100 firefighters are tackling a large blaze at a spa joined to a hotel in west London.Half of the roof of the building, in Richmond Hill, was alight, London Fire Brigade (LFB) said.Images on social media show clouds of smoke and several emergency vehicles lining nearby roads.Station manager Mike Cotton said: “Crews are working hard in challenging conditions to bring the fire under control.”The fire is in an annex building and has been producing a lot of smoke. We would urge residents and businesses in the immediate area to keep windows and doors closed while we continue to tackle the fire.”London Fire Brigade said 15 fire engines attended after emergency calls were made shortly before 6.30pm on Tuesday.The cause of the blaze is not yet known, it said. read more

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first_imgIn order to strengthen its focus on service business, Outotec has decided to change its business structure and establish a Services business unit as of April 1, 2017. The change aims at further developing Outotec’s service offering and capabilities close to customers.The recruitment of the head for the Services business unit has been started. Until the appointment of a Services business unit head, CEO Markku Teräsvasara will lead the design work of the new business unit.Kimmo Kontola has been appointed President of Minerals Processing business unit and a member of the Executive Board of Outotec as of January 1, 2017. Kimmo Kontola has a long experience within Outotec in various leadership positions. He is currently leading the Beneficiation business line in Minerals Processing business unit and, prior to that, he was head of Outotec’s Americas region.“Outotec has plenty of untapped potential for service business in its installed base. We are establishing a new Services business unit to further strengthen the focus and management of our service business. After this change, we will have an better clarity in Outotec’s business mode with three business units. With stronger operational focus we aim to improve our performance and customer satisfaction. I am also pleased that we have been able to nominate Kimmo Kontola from within the company to lead the minerals processing business”, says Markku Teräsvasara, President and CEO of Outotec.The company has two reporting segments: Minerals Processing and Metals, Energy & Water. The service business will continue to be reported as part of the two reporting segments, Minerals Processing and Metals, Energy & Water.last_img read more

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first_imgOf the various distributions of Android-based operating systems, I thoroughly enjoy CyanogenMod. What started out as a collection of developers looking to hack a few tricks onto a handful of personal devices has turned into a full distribution of Android, complete with its own set of unique features and operations. With the release of CyanogenMod 9, the team designed a new logo to brand themselves as a unique approach to Android. Now, with the team working on the Android 4.1 based CyanogenMod 10, an Easter egg was discovered that furthers the branding being enforced by the team.The Easter egg will show up in every CyanogenMod 10 build that is released by the CM team. The list of devices that CyanogenMod is building version 10 for is growing at an almost daily rate. Every device that is running CM 10 will by able to see both the stock 4.1 Easter egg, as well as the new CM 10 Easter egg. It’s not hard to see where the inspiration for it came from, but it’s a clever addition to the OS nonetheless.The CyanogenMod team has not made any official announcements for when the 4.1 based version 10 will be ready in “stable release” form, and it’s not expected that an announcement will be made anytime soon. The source code for Android 4.1.1 is only a few weeks old, and right now the CyanogenMod team, like every other Android distribution, is trying to figure out how to put all the pieces together.last_img read more

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