The ruling Triamool Congress (TMC) on Thursday swept West Bengal’s panchayat polls held on May 14. The BJP, which appeared to be a distant second, made its presence felt in districts like Purulia and Jhargram in the State’s Jangalmahal region by putting up some resistance to the ruling party.Other than these two districts, from the Himalayan foothills to the Sunderbans in the Bay of Bengal, the Trinamool is leading in about 75% of seats at the gram panchayat level and almost 90% seats at the panchayat samiti and zilla parishad levels. Since the elections were held using ballot papers, the counting of votes is likely to continue late into the night.Of the 31,814 seats which went to the polls at the gram panchayat level, Trinamool won 19,394 seats and the BJP bagged 5,050 seats till late in the evening.Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee congratulated the winners and said that Trinamool had secured 90% of the seats that went to the polls.In Jhargram district, of the 780 gram panchayats that went to the polls, 373 seats were won by Trinamool and 329 by BJP. Similarly, in Purulia, of 1,921 seats where voting was held at the gram panchayat level, Trinamool won 754 and the BJP 528.Bhangar in the State’s South 24 Parganas district provided some succour to the Opposition.Five of the nine candidates of the Committee for the Protection of Land, Livelihood, Ecology and Environment (CPLLEE), who filed nomination papers online as per the directions of the High Court, won gram panchayat seats in the Polerhat II area.The CPLLEE is supported by locals and members of the Communist Party of India (Marxist Leninist) Red Star and has been locked in a bitter struggle with local Trinamool leaders over a proposed power plant in the area for the past two years.Independent candidatesAn interesting aspect of the polls is the seats won by independent candidates.Till late in the evening, independents had won 1,465 gram panchayat seats, which is higher than the 1,186 seats won by the Communist Party of India (Marxist).Most of the independent candidates are Trinamool supporters, who were denied ticket by the party.The seats won by Congress at various levels were also negligble.
Even though her serve failed her repeatedly, Maria Sharapova is a French Open champion once again.Russia’s Maria Sharapova celebrates winning the final of the French Open tennis tournament against Romania’s Simona Halep at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France on Saturday June 7, 2014. Photo: APSharapova won her second title at Roland Garros in the last three years, overcoming 12 double-faults on Saturday to beat fourth-seeded Simona Halep 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-4 in the final.”This is the toughest Grand Slam final I’ve ever played,” Sharapova said on court. “Really, this tournament means so much to me. It’s a tournament, when I was young and growing up, I wanted to win.”To think that I’ve won it two times is, I don’t know. So emotional right now, I can’t even talk.”Sharapova has struggled with her serve this week and was broken seven times in the final on Court Philippe Chatrier. But she was able to hold off Halep, and hold her serve in the final game, with steady groundstrokes that kept the Romanian on the run.After Sharapova’s final forehand forced an error from Halep’s backhand, the Russian dropped to her knees and buried her face in her hands. She then looked to her team in the stands before shaking hands with Halep at the net.Photo: APOnce the formalities were done, she climbed into the stands for some hugs and kisses.Sharapova also won the title at Roland Garros in 2012, completing a career Grand Slam. She lost in last year’s final to Serena Williams.advertisementHalep, who was ranked only 57th heading into last year’s French Open, was playing in her first major final.”It’s my first Grand Slam speech, so emotionally it’s really difficult for me,” Halep said, addressing the crowd after the match. “But I wish to have many more. But of course this one will be very special for me all my life.”The men’s final is on Sunday. Rafael Nadal will go for his ninth French Open title against Novak Djokovic.Neither Sharapova nor Halep was able to hold serve consistently, with 16 combined breaks of serve in the match.In the 10 games of the final set, there were five breaks. And at one point, the pair went on a run of six straight breaks of serve, starting with the final four games of the second set and ending after the first two of the third.Sharapova often looked to be in control, even in the tiebreaker. She led 5-3, two points from victory, but then lost the next four points to even the score at one set apiece.The match lasted 3 hours, 2 minutes, the longest French Open women’s final since 1996 when Steffi Graf beat Arantxa Sanchez 10-8 in the third. It was also the first women’s final in Paris to go three sets since Jennifer Capriati beat Kim Clijsters 12-10 in the third in 2001.Sharapova’s game on clay has improved immensely over recent seasons, but her serve is still giving her problems. She lost the first set in each of three previous matches at Roland Garros, with nine double-faults in the semifinal win over Eugenie Bouchard. She had eight doubles in the quarterfinals.Part of the reason for her inconsistency comes from having surgery on her right shoulder in 2008. Before that, the 27-year-old Russian had won Wimbledon in 2004, the U.S. Open in 2006 and the Australian Open in 2008. Since then, she has won the French Open twice.But while Sharapova has been a star on the tour for a decade now, the 22-year-old Halep has only recently risen up the rankings and will move to No. 3 on Monday.And she had an excellent run at Roland Garros.Playing in the main draw at the clay-court major for only the fifth time, the 2008 French Open girls’ champion reached the final without dropping a set.Until she faced Sharapova.”I had two incredible weeks here. It was an amazing tournament for me,” Halep said. “I played my best. And I’m really happy that you guys came every match to support me and today also you were amazing.”Halep was trying to become only the second Romanian woman to win a Grand Slam title. Viriginia Ruzici, now Halep’s manager, won the French Open in 1978.
Antoine Griezmann again rescued France from another patchy and nervous performance at the European Championship. (Euro 2016 – Full Coverage)The diminutive forward’s two quick goals early in the second half on Sunday helped see off a spirited Ireland side 2-1, sealing a spot in the quarterfinals.”It was great to score in front of my family, who were here to watch,” said Griezmann, who grew up in Macon, about 60 kilometers (37 miles) from Lyon. “I feel a bit like I’m from this city.” (Also read: Belgium thrash Hungary 4-0, meet Wales in quarters) Ireland had surprised the home crowd at Stade de Lyon with Robbie Brady’s penalty in the second minute, and French nerves were fraying.Enter Griezmann.After scoring a 90th-minute header against Albania, the Atletico Madrid forward equalized against Ireland with a powerful header from near the penalty spot in the 58th following a cross from right back Bacary Sagna. (Also read: Germany storm into quarter-final after crushing Slovakia 3-0)Three minutes later, he collected a headed knockdown from striker Olivier Giroud, took one touch inside the area and then composed himself before slotting the ball inside the right post. It was his third goal of the tournament and his 10th for Les Bleus.’WE CAN RELAX’France will next face either England or Iceland in the quarterfinals on Sunday in Saint-Denis.”We can relax on our sofas and see who we’re playing next,” France coach Didier Deschamps said.GRIEZMANN SHOWThe goals were a boost for Griezmann, who missed a penalty for Atletico in the Champions League final loss to Real Madrid last month. He nearly got a third goal in injury time but Ireland goalkeeper Darren Randolph made the save.advertisementAfter the game, France teammate Dimitri Payet went down on one knee and kissed Griezmann’s trusty left boot.Still, Griezmann was quick to deflect the praise and credit his teammates.”I’m not the savior. The savior is the team,” he said. “Bacary with his cross, Olivier with his headed pass.”The Irish finished the match with 10 men following defender Shane Duffy’s red card in the 66th minute for tripping Griezmann.After it ended, Ireland slumped to the ground in exhaustion as France celebrated.”The fans were unbelievable and we’d have loved to have gone a bit further for them. I hope we did them proud,” Ireland defender Seamus Coleman said. “We only had a little corner of the ground and they were so loud and positive at the end.”It was the first meeting between the two sides since Ireland lost a World Cup playoff to France in November 2009 following a blatant handball by forward Thierry Henry.’WE WERE SHAKY’Relieved French fans inside the 58-000-seat stadium broke out into a rendition of “La Marseillaise” – the national anthem – after the match, but they were not quite so vocal in a tense first half.”We were really shaky,” Deschamps said. “We had to dig as deep as we could.”On Ireland’s first foray forward, France center half Adil Rami was hesitant and then caught out of position, slipping as he failed to deal with a cross from the left headed for striker Daryl Murphy. As the loose ball caused confusion, France midfielder Paul Pogba came across striker Shane Long and knocked him over.Brady, who scored late in Ireland’s win over Italy, stroked home the penalty off the inside of the right post for the second fastest goal in the history of the competition.France went close to conceding another. Murphy’s curling shot was saved by goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, who also palmed away a dangerous whipped cross from midfielder James McLean before it could reach Long.”We had them under severe pressure,” Ireland coach Martin O’Neill said. “We were feeling we could win.”
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly feels head coach Ravi Shastri and batting coach Sanjay Bangar should be held accountable for the team’s results and repeated batting failures on overseas Test tours.Barring Virat Kohli, none of the other batsmen in the lineup has managed to score runs on a consistent basis which is why India have conceded the series 3-1 to England, Ganguly said.”Regarding Ravi Shastri, he has to be held accountable for the results along with Sanjay Bangar regarding why only one batsman is performing whereas others seem to have taken backward steps. Unless these questions are answered an overseas series win in the three countries (South Africa, England, Australia) looks impossible for India,” Ganguly told IndiaTV in an exclusive interview.Series win over India as big as winning Ashes: England coach Trevor BaylissEngland clinched the five-match series after beating India by 60 runs in the fourth Test on Sunday. Chasing 245 for victory, India’s innings folded for 184 in the fourth innings with Kohli once again top-scoring with 58 runs.Mohammad Azharuddin blames India’s top-order failure for series loss vs EnglandKohli has so far scored 544 runs in the series and is the leading run-getter from either side. The likes of Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane have scored in patches but the biggest disappointment have been India’s openers, who have been miserable throughout the series.Sunil Gavaskar raises questions on Virat Kohli’s captaincy in Test cricketShikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul have managed just 158 and 113 runs respectively in four games while Murali Vijay, who scored just 26 runs in two games, was dropped from the squad after the third Test.advertisementSuch poor performances have become mainly because the batsmen are down on confidence, reasons Ganguly.Ashwin failed to take wickets when it mattered the most: Harbhajan Singh”This batting lineup hasn’t been making runs for a long time now. If you look at India’s overseas performances from 2011 until now, they have lost every big series. When Virat Kohli is at the crease it seems that he is playing against totally different bowlers as compared to when the other batsmen are batting.India haven’t used Hardik Pandya as much as they should have: Gavaskar”I believe that the batting ability of the current players has gone down. There are a lot of reasons for this. Firstly, the players are short of confidence, whether you look at (Cheteshwar) Pujara or (Ajinkya) Rahane, you’ll find that four years ago, the latter was matching Kohli shot-by-shot in Adelaide which is not the case at the moment. The same goes for Pujara too”, Ganguly went on to add.Indian batsmen will fare better in Australia than in England: Shane WatsonIndia opted to play a lone spinner in Ravichandran Ashwin but the offie was far from his best in the match managing just 3 wickets in over 50 overs in total. To make matters worse, England off-spinner Moeen Ali managed to bag 9 wickets in the match including a five-wicket haul in India’s first innings.India vs England: ‘Kohli sublime as batsman but not so hot as captain’But Ganguly is still of the opinion that Ashwin was the right choice at Southampton as the pitch wasn’t suited for two spinners.”In my opinion, the selection for the fourth Test was alright. The ball was turning from the footmarks outside the right-hander’s off-stump. The ball wasn’t turning at right-angles when Ali was bowling to the left-handed Pant.”Jadeja’s record outside India is not great anyway and the pitch wasn’t suited for two spinners. A spinner will have to use the rough patches when playing outside India. Virat Kohli will have to talk to Ashwin about why he looks so impatient,” the 46-year-old said.Moeen kept it simple and targeted the rough outside the off-stump to the right-hander while Ashwin just tried too many variations which is why he failed to take more wickets, feels Ganguly.”He is bowling six different deliveries in an over. Ability-wise Moeen Ali is not better than Ashwin. Rather Ashwin is twice as good as Ali as a spinner. But Ali keeps his bowling simple. On the other hand, Ashwin keeps experimenting with the doosra, wrong’un and leg-spin rather than utilising the rough. Sometimes in Test cricket, you have to become boring to win matches,” Dada concluded.
On Wednesday Xiaomi India posted a teaser on its official Mi forum showing a triple camera module. The teaser hints at the coming of a new triple camera smartphone. This (possibly) also means that the upcoming Xiaomi phone in India will sport three cameras on the back panel. Last month Xiaomi India MD Manu Jain announced that a Snapdragon 700 series phone is coming to the country soon. The triple camera setup phone could be for the stated Snapdragon 700 series phone.Xiaomi India is yet to reveal the name of the upcoming smartphone. But it is expected that the phone could be the successor to the Mi A2 aka the Mi A3. Jain had hinted that the upcoming Xiaomi or Mi phone will pack the latest Snapdragon 700 series chipset aka the Snapdragon 730 series – that Qualcomm launched only recently to offer a premium level experience to affordable phones.Besides the triple camera setup, the latest teaser by Xiaomi also shows single and dual modules orbiting a planet. Although it is not yet clear on what Xiaomi exactly means by the teaser but looks like the triple camera module is the highlight of the teaser.In India, this will be the first Xiaomi phone to come with a triple camera set up on the back panel. However, outside India, there are some phones that come with three cameras on the back panel like the Mi 9 and the Mi 9 SE. The teaser doesn’t reveal any further details about the triple camera phone.Meanwhile, Xiaomi’s sub-brand Redmi is all set to launch a flagship smartphone – likely to be the Redmi K20 Pro – on May 13 in China. The Redmi flagship phone is tipped to come with top-notch features like Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, 32Mp selfie shooter that pops up, triple rear cameras, all screen display, among other things. As of now, there are no reports whether the Redmi flagship will come with India or not.advertisementALSO READ | Google working on foldable Pixel phone but official release will take timeALSO READ | This is likely the iPhone XR successor Apple will launch this yearALSO READ | Tencent kills PUBG MOBILE in China, replaces it with another game where dead players bid goodbye
Updated 4:02pm 6/19/18SIOUX CITY POLICE HAVE IDENTIFIED THE VICTIM OF SATURDAY NIGHT’S MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT WHICH CLAIMED THE LIFE OF THE DRIVER.POLICE SAY 70-YEAR-OLD HERSHEL HASSEBROEK OF RURAL HINTON DIED OF INJURIES HE SUFFERED WHEN HE CRASHED HIS CYCLE ON HIGHWAY 75 NORTH NEAR FRELON DRIVE.INVESTIGATORS SAY HASSEBROEK APPARENTLY LOST CONTROL OF THE CYCLE, WENT TO THE GROUND AND STRUCK A GUARDRAIL.HASSEBROEK WAS TRANSPORTED TO MERCY MEDICAL CENTER AND LATER DIED FROM HIS INJURIES.WITNESSES TOLD INVESTIGATORS SPEED WAS A FACTOR IN THE ACCIDENT.——————————————Updated 3:46pm 6/18/18SIOUX CITY POLICE HAVE CONFIRMED THAT THE VICTIM OF SATURDAY NIGHT’S MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT HAS DIED FROM INJURIES HE SUFFERED IN THE CRASH.POLICE SAY THE 70 YEAR OLD MALE DRIVER WAS NORTHBOUND ON HIS MOTORCYCLE WHEN HE APPARENTLY LOST CONTROL AND DRIFTED OFF THE HIGHWAY SOUTH OF FRELON DRIVE JUST BEFORE 9PM.THE MOTORCYCLE WENT TO THE GROUND, STRUCK A GUARDRAIL AND THE DRIVER WAS THROWN A SHORT DISTANCE.THE VICTIM WAS TRANSPORTED TO MERCY MEDICAL CENTER AND LATER DIED FROM HIS INJURIES.INVESTIGATORS SAY SPEED WAS A FACTOR IN THE ACCIDENT.THE VICTIM’S NAME HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED.——————————————————–ONE PERSON WAS HOSPITALIZED FOLLOWING A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT SATURDAY NIGHT ON HIGHWAY 75 NORTH IN SIOUX CITY.POLICE SAY THE 70 YEAR OLD MALE DRIVER WAS NORTHBOUND ON HIS MOTORCYCLE WHEN HE APPARENTLY LOST CONTROL AND DRIFTED OFF THE HIGHWAY JUST SOUTH OF FRELON DRIVE JUST BEFORE 9PM.POLICE SAY THE MOTORCYCLE WENT TO THE GROUND, STRUCK A GUARDRAIL AND THE DRIVER WAS THROWN A SHORT DISTANCE.THE MAN WAS TRANSPORTED TO MERCY MEDICAL CENTER WITH LIFE-THREATENING INJURIES.HIS NAME HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED AND THE ACCIDENT REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION.
Harry Kane Pochettino warns world-class Kane will get even better Alex Fisher Last updated 2 years ago 22:58 28/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Harry Kane Tottenham Hotspur APOEL v Tottenham Hotspur Huddersfield Town v Tottenham Hotspur Premier League UEFA Champions League The Tottenham star has netted 11 goals in September and his manager believes he is already among the game’s elite strikers Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has a warning for his rivals in the Premier League and across Europe – Harry Kane is going to get better.After another goalless August, Kane has been on fire this month with 11 goals for club and country.Kane 3/1 to be PL top scorer Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. He reached that tally with a perfect hat-trick in the Champions League on Tuesday as Spurs thrashed APOEL 3-0 to keep pace with Real Madrid in Group H.Kane’s exploits in September have understandably brought him much acclaim, with comparisons to the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi as one of Europe’s top strikers.Pochettino expects the England international to keep on improving – which will be a chilling thought for defences across the continent.@HKane’s September so far:Everton:Dortmund:Swansea:West Ham:Apoel: #OneOfOurOwn pic.twitter.com/2WYpVOEO0q— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 27, 2017″Harry Kane is so young, for he is one of the best today and one of the best strikers in the world,” Pochettino told a media conference on Thursday.”He can be better because he is young, he has potential, he can improve because he is a professional. There is a gap to improve.”All the praise and words I can use to describe Harry Kane, I cannot find any more.”But Pochettino rejected reports he had suggested Kane was better than Madrid superstar Ronaldo, insisting he was determined not to put any pressure on his star asset.”I never said he is better than Cristiano Ronaldo, this is a good opportunity to clarify,” he added.”Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are on a different level, they have showed this over the last five to 10 years.Next up, a trip to the John Smith’s Stadium to face @htafcdotcom!#COYS pic.twitter.com/7LbChxLv5g— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 28, 2017″We cannot put such pressure on Harry. He is a striker, a killer, but completely different.”If you ask Antonio Conte, he will say Alvaro Morata is the best. Pep Guardiola will say Sergio Aguero or Gabriel Jesus, Jose [Mourinho] will say it is Romelu Lukaku.”Harry Kane is one of the best and in that level of players who score a lot of goals each week. It is difficult to say who is the best.”
Share on Facebook Share on Messenger match reports Share on LinkedIn Exeter City booked their place in the League Two play-off final with a 3-1 victory over Lincoln City at St James Park.After a goalless draw in the first leg, Exeter held a narrow lead at the break thanks to Jayden Stockley’s neat finish. Lincoln thought they had levelled in the 40th minute when Elliott Whitehouse lashed the ball in from close range, but the goal was disallowed for an apparent handball by Matt Rhead, much to the anger of the visiting players.Hiram Boateng doubled the advantage early in the second half with an excellent goal. He picked the ball up on halfway and ran at the heart of the Lincoln defence. As the defenders backed off, he unleashed a superb left-footed curler from 25 yards that flew in off the inside of the post.But that was not their best goal of the night as Ryan Harley finished off Lincoln with a shot just inside the post from 25 yards to make it 3-0.Lincoln did at least give their travelling fans something to cheer when Matt Green scored late on. Tempers flared after Rhead and Exeter’s Jordan Moore-Taylor clashed heads, leading to them needing bandages and to seven minutes’ stoppage time.Paul Tisdale, the Exeter manager, said: “I think we thoroughly deserved it. I think it was a purposeful performance full of intent and as positive as we could have given.“We wanted to be really tough today and obviously we saw a lot on Saturday with the problems that Lincoln can cause any team and we acknowledged it.”Exeter will face Notts County or Coventry at Wembley on 28 May. Reuse this content Topics Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Exeter City Share on Pinterest Share via Email League Two Lincoln
Ex-Crystal Palace owner Jordan slates Solskjaer: Man Utd don’t want himby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan has slammed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his appointment as Manchester United caretaker manager.Jordan insists the on-loan Molde coach doesn’t deserve the job.He told talkSPORT: “Solskjaer can’t lose.“He was always going to walk in the door, he was always going to pick the big players, he’s not going to make any unpopular decisions and he’s not going to have any confrontation, so all of the players who felt wronged or maligned or not as important as they’d like to be are not going to have that on their toes anymore.“This is all about the players, it’s all about someone walking into an environment simply being able to lighten the mood, and if that’s worth £2million or £3million for six months, I don’t know what to say about football.“But it’s no surprise to me they beat Cardiff, it’s no surprise to me they beat Huddersfield, it’s no surprise to me that Pogba has got his boots on – none of it was a surprise to me.“The next culprit to pop over the horizon will be [Alexis] Sanchez, he’ll start to play now because they’re all getting what they want.“I think Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is no tactical genius, he isn’t doing anything that anybody with half a brain who understands football couldn’t do, which is deliver good news.“These kids in this dressing room only want good news, they don’t want reality or want their noses put out of joint.“The worst thing that could happen to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Manchester United is if he gets the job long-term.“Like what happened to Roberto Di Matteo at Chelsea, if he wins anything of significance and has to be kept there against the real wishes of the club and then gets taken out later, that would be the worst thing for both him and the club.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Local Area Office: 902-294-0010 Fax: 902-756-1010 INVERNESS/VICTORIA COUNTIES: Little Narrows Ferry The Little Narrows Ferry, which stopped running today, May 23, at 8:30 a.m. because of mechanical problems, is now back in service. -30-
The province launched the second phase of the Sexual Violence Strategy’s public awareness campaign, Sexual Violence with the Birds and the Bees, today, Dec. 16. The campaign, aimed at youth age 14-20, uses an animated, modern twist on the popular metaphor to broach subjects like consent. The second video, which debuts in theatres just in time for the holiday season, deals with the issue of online sexual harassment. To watch the video, go to birdsandthebees.ca. “Young people told us repeatedly during our consultations that they deal with sexual harassment and violent comments online all of the time,” said Community Services Minister Joanne Bernard. “We hope this video will lead to conversation, cause some people to think twice about what they post and hopefully prevent some people from posting comments like this at all.” The campaign, which kicked off in October, consists of 30-and-60-second videos featuring birds and bees type characters animated in the style of popular shows like Bojack Horseman and The Simpsons. The episodes deal with situations of sexual violence that youth face today. The first 60-second video takes place at a house party and explores the issue of alcohol and consent. “I liked that I learned more about sexual violence so we can put a stop to it when we see it happen,” said Leiv Grude, age 16. “A lot of people don’t realize what sexual violence means. It’s an important issue because it happens all the time, and we never do anything to stop it.” The videos are available on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook. They’re also being shown in cinemas across the province. The campaign includes a website with information on where to get help and how to support a friend who has been subjected to sexual violence. Campaign materials have been designed so they can be easily used by organizations around the province. “We used the first Birds and the Bees video in youth workshops and the messages are clear,” said Lisanne Turner, of the Tri-County Women’s Centre. “The video sparked conversation about consent and bystander intervention. Youth quickly asked to see more.” The campaign is a key commitment of the Sexual Violence Strategy, launched in June 2015. It’s a three-year commitment with a total budget of $6 million. The strategy is focused on the coordination of services to better respond to the needs of victims and survivors, and to ultimately prevent sexual violence from happening in the first place. Strategy actions have been identified in three main categories: services and supports; education and prevention; and approach and accountability.
New Delhi: In a first, no seats have been vacant this year at the prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) across the country, according to HRD Ministry officials.”There have been a total of 13,604 undergraduate admissions in IITs this year with nil vacant seats. This is the first time ever to fill all seats in all IITs leaving no vacant seats which has been achieved by proactive cooperation of all IITs,” HRD Higher Education Secretary R Subrahmanyam said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsLast year, 118 seats in all 23 IITs were vacant. Then HRD minister Prakash Javadekar had attributed the vacant seats to students not showing interest in certain disciplines. Noticing that the number of seats lying vacant in the premium institutes as a rising trend in five years, except in 2014, the HRD ministry had in 2017 set up a panel which made several recommendations to address the issue. According to the ministry data, of the nearly 11,000 seats across the IITs, a total of 274 seats remained vacant from 2013 with IIT BHU recording maximum vacancies. The Indian School of Mines (which was upgraded to the status of an IIT in 2016) recorded 23 vacancies each in 2016 and 2017. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayThe IIT-Kanpur and the IIT-Hyderabad had all their seats taken between 2013 and 2017, while the IIT-Delhi recorded zero vacancies between 2013 and 2015. In 2016 and 2017, the IIT-Delhi had two seats vacant in each year. As far as IIT-Bombay is concerned, it had all its seats filled in 2013, 2014 and 2015, while had two vacancies in 2016 and one in 2017. “In order to minimise the vacancies in IITs, NITs and other Centrally-Funded Technical institutions (CFTIs), the HRD ministry had constituted a committee to recommend suitable measures,” a senior ministry official said. The committee recommended the institutions may review seats in each discipline based on employment opportunities, national requirement, available infrastructure and scope for future. “The committee also suggested streamlining the counselling process by having multiple rounds as well as taking other pro-active measures such as launching helpline to facilitate students in making choices,” the official said.
Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Anjelica Huston has also joined the film as a figure known as The Director. Other newcomers include Asia Kate Dillon, Mark Dacascos, Jason Mantzoukas, Yayan Ruhian, Cecep Arif Rahman, and Tiger Hu Chen. READ MOREHalle Berry, Anjelica Huston Join ‘John Wick: Chapter 3’Halle Berry, Anjelica Huston, Asia Kate Dillon, Mark Dacascos, and Jason Mantzoukas have joined the cast of “John Wick: Chapter 3.”The film, starring Keanu Reeves, will bring back Laurence Fishburne, Ian McShane, and Lance Reddick. It will be released by Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment label on May 17, 2019. READ MOREJohn Wick 3 Has Officially Cast Halle Berry And MoreThe last we saw our favorite retired hitman and puppy avenger John Wick in John Wick: Chapter 2, he was in a world of trouble, having been declared officially excommunicado from the Continental and dealing with a global contract out on his head. When it releases next year, John Wick: Chapter 3 will pick up after the events of the last film and find Keanu Reeves’ character facing countless threats with no sanctuary to turn to. READ MOREHalle Berry goes for kill, joins Keanu Reeves in assassin-filled ‘John Wick: Chapter 3’Halle Berry has joined a killer group of assassins facing Keanu Reeves in John Wick: Chapter 3. The action film announced Monday that Berry would join a star-studded cast, including Anjelica Huston, for the third installment due out May 17, 2019.The casting details remain secretive, but Berry will star as an underworld assassin named Sofia, while Huston will play “The Director.” READ MORE Facebook HALLE BERRY JOINS KEANU REEVES IN ‘JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3’Director Chad Stahelski, who oversaw the mayhem in the first two movies, will be back behind the camera. Halle Berry has signed on to star opposite Keanu Reeves in John Wick: Chapter 3, the latest installment in Liongate’s action series. Director Chad Stahelski, who oversaw the mayhem in the first two movies, will be back behind the camera for Chapter 3.The story picks up after the events of Chapter 2, which finds Wick, a former assassin who tried and failed to live the quiet life, with a $14 million price tag on his head and an army of bounty-hunting killers on his trail. READ MOREHALLE BERRY JOINS JOHN WICK 3Halle Berry has officially joined John Wick: Chapter 3. Berry confirmed on Instagram she will star opposite Keanu Reeves. Details about her character, which reportedly isn’t a villain, weren’t shared. Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter
APTN National NewsKathleen Wynne is the minister of Aboriginal Affairs for the province of Ontario.APTN National News asked her some questions about what her government is doing for Attawapiskat.Wynne said she’s reached out to her federal counterpart, Aboriginal Affairs John Duncan, who is not returning her calls.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John’s RCMP detachment commander, Inspector Mike Kurvers, will be retiring at the end of this week.Fort St. John City Council took a moment to thank Kurvers on Monday for his 28 years of serving with the RCMP, the past four of which have been in the Energetic City. Kurvers was born in the Netherlands, and began his career with the RCMP in Moosomin, Saskatchewan in 1990.After several years, Kurvers’ career took him across the country, working general duty in Richmond and Mission, B.C. He spent seven and half years with the Emergency Response Team, the RCMP’s equivalent of the SWAT team, before moving to the West Shore RCMP in the Victoria area. Moving back to the Lower Mainland to stops at the detachments in Burnaby and Richmond once again, Insp. Kurvers got to experience first-hand the excitement of the 2010 Winter Olympics while serving as the detachment’s liaison for all of the City’s planning to host the Games.“The Olympic experience was fantastic,” said Kurvers. “We weren’t part of the integrated security unit, so Richmond had to development its own plans because we had the Olympic Oval and YVR. We created an operations plan for the Celebration site. I kind of lucked-out because Holland House was involved. I’m fluent in Dutch, so it was very handy.”After Richmond, Kurvers moved back to the Island District detachment in Victoria with the Federal Serious and Organized Crime Unit before moving to become the detachment commander in Fort St. John in 2014.Kurvers said that the experience of commanding the detachment has been incredibly rewarding.“This place has been fantastic. The city has been great, Mayor has been great, Council’s been great, and members are good. They come and do their jobs.”Kurvers said that while he isn’t involved in the search for another Inspector that will take over as detachment commander, he says that Staff Sergeant Perret will serve as interim detachment commander for the time being.
Rabat – The Moroccan Royal family celebrated on Friday the “Berza” ceremony during which Prince Moulay Rachid and his spouse are officially shown in couple before their families and distinguished guests, according to the most authentic ritual of the Moroccan tradition.During the Berza ceremony (when the bride and the groom are installed to be seen and admired by the entire audience), the festive atmosphere prevailed and was marked by ululations, prayers for the happy couple and burning incense.Souvenir pictures of the King and Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan with the newly-wed couple were taken on this occasion. The ceremony crowns two days of festivities, notably the Hdiya procession (gift-offering ceremony) on Thursday which was marked by the participation of delegations from Morocco’s 16 regions displaying the Moroccan culture’s diversity and richness.On Thursday evening, the guests attended, in the Royal Palace, the traditional henna ceremony which is a basic ritual to celebrate the Moroccan wedding
The reinforcements will improve the operational capacity of the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), in particular in protecting civilians, mission spokesman Hamadoun Touré told a news briefing in Abidjan, the commercial capital, where Gbagbo loyalists have attacked civilians supporting opposition leader Alassane Ouattara.Mr. Ouattara, the UN-certified and internationally recognized victor of November’s run-off election, is himself under siege in the city’s Golf Hotel.UNOCI itself has come under targeted attacks following a call made by a major Gbagbo loyalist, Charles Blé Goudé, leader of the Young Patriots, according to Guillaume Ngefa, the deputy director of UNOCI’s Human Rights Division. He told the same press briefing that 50 people had died in clashes between pro-Gbagbo and pro-Ouattara forces in one week, bringing the total death toll to 365 since violence erupted in mid-December. In New York, following a briefing from Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Alain Le Roy, the Security Council voiced deep concern at the escalating attacks on civilians in Abidjan, the increasing numbers of refugees and displaced persons, estimated in the scores of thousands, and the risk of a resurgence of the civil war that in 2002 split the country into a Government-held south and a rebel-controlled north.Calling on both sides to show the utmost restraint, the 15-member body condemned the violence perpetrated against UN personnel and civilians, reiterated its long-standing call to Mr. Gbagbo to lift the siege of the Golf Hotel, and urged UNOCI “to use all necessary means to carry out its mandate, in particular to protect civilians.” In addition, it repeated its readiness to impose sanctions against all those threatening the peace process, obstructing UNOCI and inciting hatred and violence.The 9,000-strong UNOCI has been supporting the stabilization and reunification efforts over the past seven years and was asked by all sides to certify the elections, which were meant to be the culminating point. But after Mr. Gbagbo’s rejection of the results and his demand that the mission withdraw, the Council authorized the immediate deployment of 2,000 more troops and three armed helicopters.“UNOCI wants to stress that these helicopters will be used to promote peace and provide protection,” Mr. Touré said, noting that the mission carried out 864 air and ground patrols throughout the country during the past week despite roadblocks and other obstacles.Mr. Ngefa voiced extreme concern at armed confrontations in the west and Yamoussoukro, the capital, as well as in some neighbourhoods of Abidjan, warning that those who violate human rights will be held accountable.Introducing her annual report in Geneva today, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay voiced extreme concern at the increasing violence and rights abuses in Côte d’Ivoire. “The flaring up of armed clashes in Abidjan and the west of the country puts civilians at grave risk,” she said. “A humanitarian crisis is unfolding as people flee the fighting. I deplore violent attacks by Laurent Gbagbo’s supporters against the United Nations.”Cote 3 March 2011United Nations peacekeepers in Côte d’Ivoire have received two attack helicopters, with a third on its way, to reinforce the world body’s mission as it confronts increasing violence sparked by former president Laurent Gbagbo’s refusal to step down despite his defeat at the polls.
Princess Tsuguko (27 years old), a member of the Imperial House of Japan and the eldest daughter of Prince Takamado and Princess Takamado, will visit Sri Lanka from August 19 to August 23.She is to be a guest at the Perahera Festival, Sri Lanka’s largest traditional festival, Japanese media reports said. In March 2013, Princess Tsuguko graduated from the School of International Liberal Studies, Waseda University. She is presently working at the Japan Committee for UNICEF, but attends ceremonies and functions at the Imperial Palace and accompanies her mother to some other official events. (Colombo Gazette) In 2008 she was included as 15th on the list of the “20 Hottest Young Royals” as compiled by Forbes Magazine, the list ranking young unmarried royals by “international Web and media presence as well as family wealth”. She will also visit the world heritage sites by the helicopter. Princess Tsuguko met President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his wife when they visited Japan this year.
Secretary-General Kofi Annan has reaffirmed that the United Nations will fully support the work of an independent panel he commissioned to examine allegations of corruption surrounding the UN Oil-for-Food programme for Iraq.UN spokesman Fred Eckhard told reporters today in New York that the Secretary-General welcomed a statement issued by panel chairman Paul Volcker, former head of the United States Federal Reserve Board. Mr. Annan “fully accepts the arrangements set out in that statement,” Mr. Eckhard said.In his statement yesterday, Mr. Volcker said that, at his request, the Secretary-General had taken the necessary steps to ensure that all UN staff cooperate fully with the investigation and that all relevant documents are secured solely for the committee’s use, according to the spokesman.Mr. Volcker also said that as the investigation proceeds, and as the committee arrives at an understanding of the substance and scope of the relevant documentation, including material in Baghdad, it will consider appropriate disclosure.Mr. Eckhard said the Secretary-General assured the inquiry of the full cooperation of all UN staff. “He earnestly hopes that the inquiry will reveal the full truth about the management of the programme, and repeats his undertaking to waive the immunity of any official found by the inquiry to have broken the law,” he said.The UN Oil-for-Food programme began operating in 1996 and allowed Iraq to use a portion of its oil revenues to purchase humanitarian relief. The effort was monitored by the Security Council “661” committee, which included representatives from all 15 countries on the Council.Until its termination in November 2003, the Programme oversaw the delivery of some $39 billion worth of humanitarian assistance to roughly 25 million people, many of whom were largely dependent on outside aid to survive since normal economic activity was severely constrained by sanctions imposed after Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990.
As many as 6,000 people are believed to have been taking shelter at the church, according to media reports. On 7 July, rebels purportedly entered the site and killed at least 27 people, including women and children.The UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) “condemns in the strongest possible terms all acts of violence,” a UN spokesperson said in New York. The UN Mission remains actively engaged in efforts to end the violence and strongly encourages all parties to lay down they arms and engage in political and reconciliation processes aimed at putting a sustainable end to the cycle of violence in the country, he added.Violence in Bambari has escalated at an alarming rate, according to UN officials, and there is increased targeting of civilians in the area, which is reportedly home to one of the country’s Roman Catholic diocese.Fighting in the country overall has been increasing, fuelled by what are believed to inter-communal retaliatory attacks between anti-balaka and Séléka rebels, after the latter were ousted from power in January 2014. An estimated 2.2 million people are believed to be in need of humanitarian aid as a result.In late May, the UN Security Council strongly condemned the latest wave of violence in the country. It stressed that the CAR Transitional Authorities have the primary responsibility to protect civilians, and to encourage them to take the necessary measures to prevent further violence in the capital, Bangui, and throughout the country.