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  • Two tigers found dead in Ranthambore

    first_imgTwo sub-adult tigers were found found dead in Rajasthan’s Ranthambore National Park (RNP) on Tuesday evening, with forest officials suspecting that they were killed by a male tiger in a territorial fight. The post-mortem of the two carcasses was conducted on Wednesday. RNP field director Y.K. Sahu said as the tiger cubs, both one-and-a-half years old, lived with their mother, T-79, the unidentified tiger might have attacked them while considering them as an obstruction to mating with the tigress.last_img read more

  • Lawyer-activist is AAP’s candidate from Brahmapuri

    first_imgParomita Goswami, a lawyer and tribal rights activist from Chandrapur, is now stepping into the election fray, as an Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate from the Brahmapuri constituency. A strong voice in support of prohibition, Ms. Goswami and her organisation, Shramik Elgar, had mobilised women from villages across Chandrapur district to demand a liquor ban. In 2015, Chandrapur became the third liquor-free district in the State, after Wardha and Gadchiroli. Today, women from the area, and organisations and activists from across the State reach out to her to discuss the issue. “Women are reaching out to us saying that the government has allowed liquor shops to open at 8 a.m.. Can you imagine what kind of impact it must have on the women and everyone else?” Ms. Goswami asks.An alumnus of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai and St. Xavier’s College in Kolkata, Ms. Goswami has been at the helm of Shramik Elgar for two decades. “We are not simply into tribal rights. We have been working on a lot of issues related to caste, tribes and gender,” she said.On what prompted her to jump into the electoral fray, she said, “After 20 years, we realised that many of our issues were not getting resolved. The initial plan was to contest independently, but gradually AAP came into the picture.”The drought-stricken Vidarbha has been reeling under farmers’ suicides, water scarcity and lack of health facilities. Ms. Goswami plans to focus on all the issues related to women in the tribal and rural belts as well as problems related to farmers and labourers.Ms. Goswami will contest against Congressman and Leader of Opposition Vijay Wadettiwar in his stronghold. AAP’s national executive member Preeti Sharma Menon said, “Mr. Wadettiwar is a compromised opposition member. Paromitaji has worked hard for the people in the area. We hope that her work will help in dismissing Mr. Wadettiwar and get votes for her. The Congress has failed as an Opposition. They have not raised any rural or urban issue of the State. AAP is stepping in to give a voice to the people of Maharashtra,” she said.last_img read more

  • WWE Hell In A Cell 2012 Results: Big Show wins world championship

    first_imgIn the WWE Title match Ryback vs reigning champion CM Punk, the Second City Saint prevailed by cheating the challenger out of a victory. The night also witnessed Big Show defeat Sheamus for the World Heavyweight Championship. According to the report on www.ibtimes.com, “Punk and Ryback had a long back and forth fight in the only match that took place within the Hell in a Cell cage this year. Things came to an abrupt halt when Ryback attempted to perform Shell Shocked for the win but was interrupted and low-blowed by the referee, who then gave Punk a fast count victory.””Punk screwed the big guy, but Ryback got his revenge when the Straight-Edge Superstar and corrupt referee couldnt unlock the cage door. They were trapped with a furious Ryback who assaulted them both, before leaving the cage and scaling to the top to finally perform Shell Shock on Punk,” the report added.The show reportedly ended with Ryback on top of gigantic Cell, standing over Punks incapacitated body. He and the crowd continued his signature “Feed Me More!” chant as the pay-per-view went off the air.The championship match was reportedly given more time than usual on Sunday night, and Champion Eve Torres came out on top of her opponents Layla and Kaitlyn. The triple-threat match was well conceived and had better crowd reaction than most Divas matches, the report added.last_img read more

  • How Rahul Dravid contributed in the making of Sanju Samson

    first_imgIt was a watershed moment for Kerala wicketkeeper batsman Sanju Samson on Tuesday at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune. (More IPL News)The 22-year-old right-hander finally lived up to his potential and hammered a fine hundred against Ring Pune Supergiant, becoming the second youngest and 12th Indian to hit a century in the Indian Premier League. (Stats: Sanju Samson 12th Indian to score an IPL hundred)His century propelled Delhi Daredevils to a handsome 97-run victory over Pune Supergiant.Samson set things on fire in the first innings as Delhi posted a mammoth 204/5. He took the Pune bowlers to the cleaners from the word go, before converting his first T20 half century to a match-winning hundred. (Sanju Samson blasts first hundred of IPL 2017)Samson, who got to his century with a straight six off Australian leg-spinner Adam Zampa, clobbered five sixes and eight fours in his 63-ball 103.The first century of the IPL 2017 was an important knock for both Samson and Delhi Daredevils in many aspects.Samson made it a night to remember for Delhi Daredevils, who were banking on their young turks in the absence of some of the big stars in the ongoing season. (IPL’s first centurion Brendon McCullum in awe of Sanju Samson: Twitter reactions)For the man himself, it was innings that will help him come out as a mature player. Samson, a son of a police constable, emerged as a talented batsman in the Kerala junior circuit. A consistent outing in the Cooch Behar Trophy earned him a place in India’s team for the U-19 Asia Cup in 2012.advertisementHowever, the tournament proved to be a failure for Samson, who managed just 14 runs in three innings in Kuala Lumpur and was not selected in the subsequent U-19 world cup.Samson made up for it in the Ranji Trophy that season with some fine performances with behind the wicket and with the bat, including two centuries.But it was not the show in Ranji Trophy which made him the next big thing. In 2013, Samson’s consistent performances with the bat for Rajasthan Royals made him a household name. Former India captain Rahul Dravid, the then captain of the Rajasthan team, declared more than once that he was a star in the making. (Sanju Samson finds admirers in Zaheer Khan and Ajinkya Rahane)Samson followed it up another breakout season in the IPL in 2014 where he finished as the joint-highest run-scorer for Rajasthan along with Ajinkya Rahane. Samson was awarded for his consistent performances in the IPL as he was picked for the Zimbabwe tour in 2015. He made his India debut in a T20 match against Zimbabwe, where he scored 19.Dravid, who became the head coach of the Delhi Daredevils in the 2016 season, bought Samson at the auction and the batsman repaid his mentor’s faith by being the third-highest scorer for the team.However, as mostly the case with famed young players, Samson too came into the limelight for all the wrong reasons during the end of 2016. Samson lost his place in the Kerala Ranji side following allegations of indiscipline and was let off only after he tendered an apology. (Sanju Samson thanks Dravid after maiden IPL hundred: Blessed to be with Rahul sir)Amidst all this turbulence, there was one man who never lost his confidence in Samson. Despite of below-average performances in the 2015 and 2016 season of the IPL, Dravid constantly backed Samson to come out good.And on Tuesday, it was Samson’s turn to repay Dravid for the faith he has shown in him. Among the strong crowd in Pune and his cheering Delhi teammates, there was a beaming Dravid, a man who has kept Samson under his wings from the last five years.After the monumental knock, Samson said he was “blessed” to be a part of the Delhi squad and train under the watchful eyes of Dravid.”It’s one of the best knocks of my life and I’m very happy that it has come in the IPL. It is the start of the tournament and we have long way to go from here. I hope to keep contributing to my team’s success,” Samson was quoted as saying by the iplt20.com.He dedicated the knock to Dravid and to the support staff of Delhi.”The dedication must go to the Delhi Daredevils management. I think Rahul Dravid, Zubin Bharucha, Paddy Upton and each member of the team who has supported me throughout. Last IPL season was not a great season for me, but they supported me throughout and I dedicate this knock to them,” he said.advertisement”I was 17 when I was with the Rajasthan Royals and since then I have been working with him and feel very blessed to be learning under his guidance. Not too many people get this chance and I feel I am extremely lucky to have him around and guide me,” he added.When asked to differentiate between Dravid as a captain and as a coach, Samson said: “I feel Rahul Dravid, the captain on the field, was a bit more aggressive. But when it comes to coaching he is a lot more calm as opposed to what he was while captaining the side.”last_img read more

  • Wales ready for crunch battle without Gareth Bale, says coach Chris Coleman

    first_imgThe absence of suspended pack leader Gareth Bale and several other regulars should not stop Wales from firing on all cylinders against Group D leaders Serbia in their World Cup qualifier, manager Chris Coleman said on Saturday.”We have a strong squad here and we are happy with the players we’ve got so there will be no complaints from me come what may tomorrow night,” Coleman told a news conference ahead of Sunday’s clash in the cauldron of Red Star’s stadium.”(Bale) is who he is, he is one of the best players in the world but I firmly believe we have enough about us to get what we need here.”Any team would miss him but you don’t win with one player and you don’t lose because of one player.”It will be a big challenge and I am looking forward to it. I am confident we have enough in our ranks to get a positive result.”Serbia top the group with 11 points from five games, with second-placed Ireland level on points but behind on goal difference ahead of their home game against Austria.Third-placed Wales have seven points after a patchy campaign saw them win one and draw four matches, with Coleman ruing a missed opportunity to beat the Serbians when they drew 1-1 in the reverse fixture in Cardiff.”We really should have beaten Serbia at home as we did enough to win but they equalised straight after we’d hit the post,” he said. “That’s football and the margins are so small.”advertisementWales will also be missing suspended defender Neil Taylor and injured striker Hal Robson-Kanu, leaving Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey in the spotlight as the man to pull the strings against an adventurous home side.Coleman said he had full confidence the playmaker would be up to the task in a raucous atmosphere, with 50,000 home fans expected to throng the ground.”He is a vital player for us and I look at Aaron even when Gareth is there,” said Coleman.”It’s a game we can’t lose and we are up against the strongest team in the group. There’s everything to play for and it’s a great game for us to be involved in.”Captain Ashley Williams added: “As a team we live for these nights. It doesn’t always come off but as of late this is the kind of game that we love when you’re up against it in a different country.”We are a very resilient and gritty team. This is an opportunity for us to show our togetherness and hopefully get the result we want.”last_img read more

  • Kedar Jadhav shocked after not being named in India squad for West Indies ODIs

    first_imgThe Team India selection committee announced the 15-man squad for the three remaining ODIs against the West Indies. But a ‘fit-again’ Kedar Jadhav was on Thursday slightly taken aback after not being picked, saying that there was no communication over his non-exclusion.Jadhav was drafted into the India A side midway into the Deodhar Trophy as the selectors wanted to assess his fitness before taking a call on his comeback.In the presence of three national selectors, Jadhav made his case with an unbeaten 41 off 25 as well as sent down five overs but the ODI team announced during the course of the Deodhar game didn’t have Kedar’s name.”I did not know this,” said Jadhav when asked if there was any communication over his selection for the remaining three games against the West Indies.”Let’s see. You are the first one to tell me this. I need to see why they have not picked me. I don’t know what the plan is now that I am not there in the team. Probably, I will be playing the Ranji Trophy,” said the 33-year-old from Pune.READ – Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar back for last 3 ODIs vs West Indies, Shami left outHis comments came in the wake of heavy criticism faced by the selectors for lack of communication with players before dropping them.Karun Nair and Murali Vijay had said they were not spoken to by the selectors before being dropped from the Test squad, a claim that chief selector MSK Prasad has denied.advertisementJadhav had made a comeback during the Asia Cup last month but the recurrence of the hamstring injury in the final led to another round of rehab.Without mincing words, Jadhav said it hurts when one keeps getting injured when he is playing well.”Rehab was good. I passed all the tests and came here match fit. It is all fine. Obviously, it hurts when you are in form and get injured. It creates uncertainty on when you will get the next opportunity. And when you comeback, you have to start from scratch again as you end up missing a lot of matches. It hurts but you have to accept it and move on.”READ – Shubman Gill slams century to guide India C to Deodhar Trophy finalDoes frequent injuries play on the mind?”You can’t be cautious when you play. Till the time you don’t meet all the fitness criteria, the NCA people will not clear you. As long as they clear you, you should not be having doubts on the field. That is what why I don’t hold myself back (even when it comes to diving on the field),” said Jadhav, giving an insight into his state of mind.”Also, it is very important to be honest with the physio. Then only they can give you the right feedback. You cannot hide things from physios and trainers, else you will only get exposed,” Jadhav said.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

  • Zimbabwe ban: BCCI to wait till October for call on T20I series at home in 2020

    first_imgThe suspension of Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) by the ICC has cast serious doubts on the limited overs away series against India in January next year but the BCCI will wait till October to consider a back-up plan.The ICC Board unanimously decided that ZC, an ICC Full Member, is in breach of Article 2.4 (c) and (d) of its constitution which imposes an obligation on members to provide a process for free and democratic elections.This has certainly put India’s home T20 series against Zimbabwe in a limbo. India are scheduled to play three T20s in Guwahati on January 5, Indore on January 7 and Pune on January 10.”Right now, we are not really thinking of any back-up plan. We will wait for the ICC quarterly meeting on October 16. Since they have been given three months to get their house in order, it is only prudent that we wait,” a senior BCCI official privy to the developments in ICC told PTI on Friday.He however agreed that situation could be a bit different if ZC fails to get a clearance from the ICC in October.”Yes, that’s our dedicated home window. We hope they get their house in order or else we will have to have some plans in place,” he said.It needs to be checked if there is any full-member nation (Afghanistan, Sri Lanka or West Indies) available for a short tour which will be followed by a mini limited overs series against Australia.As a consequence of suspension, ICC funding to ZC has been frozen and representative teams from the African nation will not be allowed to participate in any ICC event.advertisementThe ICC Board heard from both the Sports and Recreation Committee representatives of Zimbabwe government and ZC before making its decision.Also Read | Hundreds of people out of a job just like that: Zimbabwe cricket stars heartbroken after ICC decisionAlso Read | Martin Guptill reveals how New Zealand overcame World Cup final heartbreakAlso See:last_img read more

  • Government Supports Cape Breton Company

    first_imgThe province will help a Cape Breton employer restructure, maintain 60 well-paying jobs and prepare for future growth and success. Atlantic Castings will receive a $2-million investment incentive through the Industrial Expansion Fund. “This investment will help Atlantic Castings protect and create important jobs and provide economic support for a vibrant community,” said Angus MacIsaac, Minister of Economic Development. Atlantic Castings, formerly Cape Breton Castings Ltd., is a manufacturer and supplier of aluminum die cast transmission parts for the North American automotive industry. The company’s operating facility consists of eight die cast manufacturing cells with a full suite of new and well-maintained equipment. “This government support, combined with a $2-million cash contribution through our group of investors, will allow our company to work towards achieving a competitive edge in the automotive industry, and provide the necessary resources to diversify into other markets,” said Sean Burke, a spokesperson for the investor group. “We are committed to contributing to sustainable growth and economic prosperity for Nova Scotia.” The Industrial Expansion Fund (IEF) is one method the government of Nova Scotia uses to support economic development in the province. It is key to helping industries involved in innovative research and technology, while contributing to a prosperous and sustainable business climate for Nova Scotia. The IEF has considerable flexibility in the amount and type of funding it can provide.last_img read more

  • Former Manitoba premier Greg Selinger leaves legislature for the last time

    first_imgWINNIPEG – Former Manitoba premier Greg Selinger welled up in the legislature Wednesday as he said goodbye to his fellow politicians, ending 18 years of sometimes-tumultuous service.He used his final speech to call for a more inclusive political system.“Progress has been made, but I know we can make this place better for everyone, particularly (so that) those historically left out can be heard, seen and respected,” he said before pausing to collect himself.It was a relatively quiet end for Selinger, 67, who has recently been seated in the back row of the Opposition NDP benches.Selinger was first elected in 1999 and served a decade as finance minister under former premier Gary Doer. He balanced several budgets, championed Francophone language rights and cracked down on payday lenders.He took over the party leadership in 2009, worked with the private sector to help bring the NHL back to Winnipeg and bolstered the province’s defences during the flood of 2011.Selinger’s popularity dropped as the economy sputtered. He opted to raise a variety of taxes instead of cutting spending, and started running a long string of deficits. A hike in the provincial sales tax in 2013 led to widespread voter anger.The following year, five of his top cabinet ministers revolted and called on him to step down to help the party rebound. He refused and held on to the top job by a razor-thin margin at a NDP convention.Selinger quit as NDP leader after the party lost the 2016 election, but kept his Winnipeg legislature seat until Wednesday. He announced last month — pushed by current NDP Leader Wab Kinew — that he would leave politics, after several women came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct by one of Selinger’s former cabinet ministers.When asked Wednesday what he would do differently if he could go back to the weeks leading up to the cabinet ministers’ revolt, he hinted he might have warned the rebels more strongly that a public spat would hurt the party.“You always talk to people about the potential risks of certain actions and then people make their choices. Was there a way to do that more forcefully? Perhaps. Was there a way to do that more persuasively? Perhaps,” Selinger said.“We have a primary responsibility to stay focused on serving the people of Manitoba and as long as you keep that focus, you’re going to be OK. If you start getting off that focus, then other things can happen.”One political analyst said Selinger, who started out as a social worker and served for a time on Winnipeg city council, should be remembered largely for his dedication to social justice and his deep knowledge of issues.“Not many people in public life in Manitoba could match Greg Selinger in terms of his mastery of different policy files,” said Paul Thomas, professor emeritus of political studies at the University of Manitoba.But Selinger lacked political instincts and failed to appreciate the turning tide in his support, Thomas said.“He seemed to have trouble coming to terms with the fact that political careers are time-limited,” Thomas said.“He probably should have resigned when there was open revolt … in the cabinet and saved his party at that point.”last_img read more

  • Former SNCLavalin executive wants fraud and bribery case thrown out over delays

    first_imgMONTREAL — Lawyers for a former SNC-Lavalin vice-president accused of fraud and bribery are trying to have the case thrown out due to what they claim are unreasonable delays.Stephane Roy’s lawyers argued today in Quebec court that Crown prosecutors haven’t done enough to limit delays as legal proceedings approach the 60-month mark.Roy was arrested in 2012 and formally charged by the RCMP in 2014. He faces charges including fraud over $5,000, bribing a foreign public official and violating United Nations sanctions against Libya.His case stems from the same Project Assistance investigation that led to charges against SNC-Lavalin. Those charges are fuelling controversy in Ottawa following a report that the Prime Minister’s Office pressured former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to help the company avoid criminal prosecution.A lawyer for Roy, Nellie Benoit, is invoking the Supreme Court of Canada’s 2016 Jordan decision, which established time limits for criminal cases. The ruling set a limit of 30 months between the laying of charges and the anticipated end of a trial.Roy’s lawyers are expected to complete their arguments this afternoon and will be followed by the Crown.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

  • Inquiry to begin into shooting death of Edmontonarea RCMP officer

    first_imgST. ALBERT, Alta. — The widow of an Alberta RCMP officer shot and killed on duty hopes politicians take seriously any recommendations from a fatality inquiry into his death.“My hopes are that anything that is recommended by the judge will be followed through with,” says Shelly Wynn.Const. David Wynn, 42, was slain in a casino in St. Albert, north of Edmonton, while investigating a stolen truck in 2015.Eyewitnesses described Wynn and his partner, auxiliary constable Derek Bond, chasing a man. One of the officers tried to grab the suspect, who pulled a gun and shot both officers in the ensuing struggle.Wynn died in hospital three days later from a head wound. Bond was shot in the arm and torso but survived.At the end of the inquiry the judge will provide a written report that will help clarify the circumstances of the deaths. He may also provide insight and recommendations to prevent similar deaths.— Rachelle Elsiufi (@CityRachelle) April 24, 2019Shawn Rehn, the suspected car thief, was found 10 hours later in a nearby acreage home, dead from an apparent suicide.It was soon discovered that Rehn was a career criminal out on bail while facing 15 charges, including escaping lawful custody, possession of a prohibited firearm and failing to show up to a previous bail hearing.Senior RCMP officers questioned at the time why Rehn was out on the street. Alberta’s justice minister called for a review of how the case was handled.Alberta has since stopped using police officers to stand in for Crown prosecutors during bail hearings. The use of auxiliary constables has also been restricted.Shelly Wynn, who plans to attend the three-day fatality inquiry, points out that although the hearings aren’t called to assess blame, they are meant to recommend how such tragedies can be avoided.“These inquiries are done because of safety issues or to better the organization. And I think it’s important that if a judge is making those recommendations they should really follow through with them,” she said.Wynn attempted to get a law passed to require prosecutors to attend bail hearings and reveal the applicant’s criminal history. While the first objective has been achieved, she said the second is still unfulfilled.“There still is that loophole,” she said. “It’s not mandatory for officers or prosecutors to bring all that information forward.“I think it’s something they do have to address.” Wynn said it’s been a long road for her and her family. She is raising three boys, now 17, 19 and 20.She credits help from a group called Camp FACES, which assists first-responder families suffering from sudden trauma, with making a big difference.“They are absolutely amazing and have been a huge support for myself and my family.”Wynn said it was at Camp FACES that the whole family learned a vital lesson.“Seeing the families who have children who are much, much younger who have lost their fathers or their mothers, I’m thankful (my sons) got to spend a lot of time and have a lot of memories of their dad,” she said.“As I see all of these families, I truly am thankful that they did have the time they did with him.” The Canadian Press with files from CityNewslast_img read more

  • Chiefs head home and Perry Bellegarde begins first day on the job

    first_imgAPTN National NewsAfter the excitement of Wednesday’s election chiefs got down to business Thursday.Or at least a very small number of chiefs did.APTN’s Tim Fontaine takes a look at the final day of the AFN’s assembly.last_img

  • Most actively traded companies on the TSX

    Companies in the news:The North West Company Inc. (TSX:NWC). Up two cents to $30.54. The North West Company Inc. says an insurance payout helped its net earnings rise in the last quarter despite disappointing results from its Giant Tiger outlets. The company, focused around its 117 Northern-branded stores in remote communities, says first quarter earnings were up 41.7 per cent to $26.2 million compared with the same quarter last year. Net earnings attributable to shareholders for the quarter ending April 30 came in at $25.1 million, or 51 cents per share, compared with 36 cents per share last year. Consolidated sales were up 6.2 per cent to $494.5 million.Roots Corp. (TSX:ROOT). Up 23 cent or 7.1 per cent to $3.47. The Roots clothing company’s first quarter loss was 75 per cent bigger than last year as inventory costs associated with a new distribution centre offset gains from higher sales. The company had a $9.8 million net loss or 23 cents per basic share for the quarter ended May 4, which compared with last year’s first quarter loss of $5.6 million or 13 cents per share. Its adjusted net loss was equal to 17 cents per share, equal to analyst forecasts and compared with 11 cents per share a year earlier. Sales for the Toronto-based clothing retailer were up 6.5 per cent year-over-year to $54.4 million from $51 million. The Canadian Press Some of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,227.24, down 21.52 points).Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Energy. Down 45 cents, or 6.6 per cent, to $6.37 on 7.5 million shares.Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB). Energy. Down 61 cents, or 1.32 per cent, to $45.59 on 6.6 million shares.Prometic Life Sciences Inc. (TSX:PLI). Health care. Up half a cent, or 20 per cent, to three cents on 6.3 million shares.Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX). Materials. Up 30 cents, or 1.67 per cent, to $18.31 on 5.9 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Industrials. Down one cent, or 0.46 per cent, to $2.18 on 5.5 million shares.BlackBerry Ltd. (TSX:BB). Technology. Up 68 cents, or 6.2 per cent, to $11.64 on 4.2 million shares. read more

  • Indian political parties demand release of fishermen in Lanka

    In a statement, Ramadoss said 29 fishermen from Akkaraipettai in Nagapattinam district were fishing near Point Calimere when the Sri Lankan navy attacked and apprehended them. Even though parties in Tamil Nadu have been claiming that fishermen are being taken forcibly by the Sri Lankan navy, the naval website has been posting documents of the coordinates of the Indian fishermen held by them. The recent detention of 29 fishermen was carried out 7 nautical miles northeast off Kokilai in Trincolmalee, according to the Sri Lankan navy. “Incidents of the Sri Lankan navy falsely framing Indian fishermen and of the Sri Lankan navy infiltrating Indian waters have increased. Apprehending innocent fishermen and remanding them in custody for nearly 3 months in prison are human rights violations and is a very dangerous trend followed by Sri Lanka,” he charged. With 84 fishermen from Tamil Nadu and 10 from Karaikal languishing in Sri Lankan prisons, Indian political parties are demanding their immediate release, the Times of India reported.Pattali Makkal Katchi leader S Ramadoss alleged that Sri Lankan navy personnel were forcefully taking the fishermen from Indian waters and charging them falsely for trespassing into Sri Lanka’s territorial waters. In 2015, Sri Lankan naval agencies (coast guard & navy) apprehended 466 fishermen from Tamil Nadu and Puducherry in 27 apprehensions.Post Diwali, 94 fishermen, including 10 fishermen from Karaikal, were apprehended and lodged in various prisons.Of the 94 fishers, 25 are from Rameswaram, 8 from Mandapam, 18 from Pudukottai, 33 from Nagapattinam and 10 from Karaikal. Ramadoss said that when the territorial borderline is very narrow, it is not right to detain fishermen for trespassing. Hence, a long lasting solution has to be sought.“The centre should ensure that both countries arrive at an amicable agreement to engage in fishing activities. Efforts should be taken to immediately release the detained fishermen and their boats,” he said. Four country boat fishermen from Point Calimere were stranded in Mannar coast on November 7. These four are yet to accounted in the count given by the state government.In 2015, 71 boats were detained by Sri Lanka in which 23 are from Rameswaram, 3 from Mandapam, 14 from Pudukottai, 20 from Nagapattinam, 10 from Karaikal and 1 boat from Tuticorin. Tamil Manila Congress president G K Vasan also urged the central government to ensure the release of the fishermen before the Pongal festival.Meanwhile, a Trincomalee court on Friday remanded 29 Nagapattinam fishermen held on December 30 in judicial custody till January 11. They have been lodged in the Trincomalee prison.In 2015, the Sri Lankan navy apprehended 466 fishermen of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry in 27 cases. Fishermen activist U Arulanandam of the Alliance for Release of Innocent Fishermen said “a lasting solution will be to advise the fishermen of Ramanathapuram, Pudukottai and Nagapattinam to take up deep sea fishing by providing the necessary equipment. Developing the Mukkaiyur fishing harbour in Ramanathapuram will be of great help,” he said. read more

  • Is this the coolest photography in Ireland

    first_imgIN A WORLD where you and I can Instagram our dinner and make it look like a retro masterpiece, it would be tempting to conclude that there was little left in the photographer’s craft.Dublin-dwelling Alex Sapienza, a cameraman and photographer, has decided to reintroduce the artistry to taking a photographic portrait by embracing the past. Sapienza employs the wet-plate collodion method, which dates back to 1851 and is one of the first photographic techniques ever used. As it involves the use of highly dangerous chemicals such as cyanide, silver nitrate, cadmium bromide and acidic compounds, it’s safe to say it isn’t for mass market use.Sapienza told TheJournal.ie that he decided to step back in time because he was “getting tired of the same digital images that you get to see every day, the same set-ups and exactly the same post-processing done with Photoshop”. He says: For me it’s very hard to get excited by digital images, they are stores on hard drives and phones and most of the time they never see the light of day. The images produced by this technique are one-of-a-kind images which cannot be duplicated. It’s one beautiful images, usually 10 x 12 inches in size on glass or aluminium and it’s a real object rather than a file stored somewhere on the internet.The sourcing of the apparatus for Sapienza’s studio was, understandably, a bit of a challenge. The lens is a brass barrel lens made in Paris around 1870 and he sourced that in an antique shop in New York. The camera itself comes from London and dates from the early 1900s. Both were necessary to achieve what Sapienza describes as “timeless images”.This short vid shows how Sapienza shoots his portraits (we like the juxtaposition of Breaking Bad-style chemical mixing with Wild West-style portraits):via TrueFilmsTV/YoutubeSapienza’s Analogue Studio is on South William Street, Dublin – he says that the entire process from taking your portrait to getting the finished product into your hand takes just 30 minutes. He’ll be exhibiting some of his glass and aluminium photos and cameras at the VintageIreland event in Dublin’s Burlington Hotel today from 11am.You can also see his portraits on his Facebook page. Here’s a selection of some of them (you might recognise some of the faces…) What do you think?last_img read more

  • Greek Mayor arrested over tollway protests

    first_imgGreek police arrested the mayor of Stylida, located 215 kilometres (133 miles) northwest of Athens on Tuesday, after he used an excavator to remove portions of a highway guardrail to protest against increases in tollway charges. Apostolos Gletsos faces charges under the Highway Traffic Code for removing the guardrails to allow residents access to local service roads so they could avoid paying tolls, according to a statement on the Greek Police website. He said he would continue his actions until Fthiotida residents could carry out local trips without charge.Local residents have no alternative road they can use toi move around their area without paying tolls, while the price of road tolls was recently increased.Sunday saw protests across Greece over the increases announced for concession-holders, especially in areas where residents have not been given alternative access roads in order to get about their neighbourhoods.Greece’s Ministry of Infrastructure, Transport and Networks announced during the week that it would issue free access cards for the Pelasgia tollbooth to residents of Stylida and the surrounding area after previously issued cards expired at the end of 2010. The ministry said there was no connection between Gletsos’s arrest and the issuance of the new cards. The ministry will reimburse Aegean Motorway Concession Company SA., the private contractor that runs the toll road on the portion of the Athens-Lamia highway, the news agency said. Source: ANA, Bloomberg Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

  • Thousands raised for Sydney Hospital

    first_imgThe Greek Australian community has shown its philanthropic bone once again, donating $78,500 to various Sydney Hospitals.The initiative was organised by Athanasia Peponi-Brisimi and saw hundreds of members of the Greek community come together and donate.The money was given in instalments to the neuro-oncology unit of the Royal North Shore Hospital which is part of “The Kolling Institute of Medical Research”.In a special ceremony last Friday, the donors were given a guided tour of the Institute and personally thanked Ms Peponi-Brisimi for her fundraising efforts. Ms Peponi-Brisimi felt compelled to fundraise after seeing her mother live through cancer after she was diagnosed with a brain tumour. The director of laboratory Viive Howel, said that the money will be dispersed throughout the unit, from the wages of the personnel to the research efforts of the Institute.The presentation was attended by the Consul General of Greece to Sydney Dr Stavros Kyrimis, who said that it was important that the Greek community take such initiatives.Also present, was the Shadow Minister Sophia Kochi, and representatives from AHEPA and the Panarcadic Association of NSW. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

  • Two held for PDS kerosene diversion

    first_imgPatancheru: Residents of Rameswaram Weaker Sections Colony on Tuesday caught two youngsters working in SVR Engineering Company while they were allegedly transporting 50 litres of kerosene after purchasing it from a local dealer.The duo was handed over to the Civil Supplies department officials for allegedly trying to sell kerosene meant for supply to the poor in the black-market. Tahsildar in Sangareddy District Supply Office Basavayya reached the spot. He confiscated the kerosene and a two-wheeler used by the duo to carry the containers. The DSO stated that a case would be registered against the kerosene dealer Ramu Goud.last_img read more

  • BNP procession in city protests at Khaleda verdict

    first_imgBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leaders and activists bring out a procession on Friday protesting at the verdict against the party chairperson Khaleda Zia. Photo: UNBSeveral hundred leaders and activists of the BNP brought out a procession from the national mosque, Baitul Mukarram, after Juma prayers protesting at their party chief Khaleda Zia’s conviction in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.They chanted slogans demanding unconditional release of three-time prime minister Khaleda Zia, reports UNB.Police however dispersed the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) men when they reached near Nightingale crossing at Naya Paltan around 2:00pm.Police also detained a number of BNP leaders and activists from the Naya Paltan area.The BNP on Thursday announced countrywide demonstrations protesting at its chairperson Khaleda Zia’s conviction in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.As part of their two-day demonstration programme, the party leaders and activists brought out the rally after Juma prayers.Amid heightening tensions and various speculations, a special court in Dhaka on Thursday convicted the former prime minister Khaleda Zia and sentenced her to five years’ imprisonment in the much-talked-about Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.last_img read more

  • 10 Tech Tools Every Startup Needs

    first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 10 min read This story appears in the September 2010 issue of . Subscribe » October 6, 2010 Enroll Now for Free Ok, you’re finally stepping out on your own. And if you’re like most adventuresome-though-anxious entrepreneurs, you’re starting small and spending sparingly. But no matter how modest your company or your capital, you still need some essential tech tools, especially if you hope to compete in this age of wireless networks, mobile devices and next-gen displays. And while these wonder products have the potential to help you make money, they also can eat up valuable time and energy as you shop for them, install them–and learn how to use them. Oh, yes, then there are the prices. Ouch! Yet there’s never been a better time to buy all sorts of entry-level gadgets and services on a budget. Keeping value, quality, time and style in mind, we present here our Top 10 picks guaranteed to make every budding captain of industry look like a top pro from Day One. Be warned, though: None of them will slay the startup dragons you’ll face in the coming days. But this starter kit of artillery will significantly boost your odds of making it out alive.1. Aspire TimelineX 14-inch 4820T notebook computer(starting at $750)It all begins with a good computer, and we have been mighty impressed with Acer’s new TimelineX series–specifically the 4820T–as the startup computing weapon of choice. Done in a handsome, small-business-ready, black-brushed aluminum, this beauty is less than 1-inch thick and weighs in at a lumbar-friendly 5 pounds–power cords and accessories included. Beyond its good looks, the TimelineX offers real productivity oomph. The Intel Core i3 processor, 4GB of memory and 320GB hard drive mean that, assuming you don’t go overboard with full-motion video, the TimelineX can handle even power-hungry, graphics-intensive apps in desktop mode. You will miss the high-power performance of being fully plugged in, but this unit sports somewhere close to an eight-hour battery life in full power-saving configuration. Nifty.2. Samsung BX2050 20-Inch 50 series LED backlit monitor($299)Your next critical investment is a solid outboard monitor that helps de-stress your neck, back and eyes as you work. Samsung is our choice for monitor of the moment. It’s one of the few screen vendors that makes its own displays. And the value comes through in its luxe 50 series monitors. Though you can go up to 24 inches, the 20-inch model offers a startup the best value for the money. At a scant 19mm thick, the 50 series has a reasonably good-looking 1000-to-1 contrast ratio, very fast 2 MS response time and some nice touches, like two HDMI inputs. You will not mistake this unit for a first-quality HDTV, but at $299 you’ll be more than satisfied. For basic business use, this baby looks great both turned on and off.3. Belkin MAX Play Wireless Router with Apps($99)Now that you’ve got your perfect computer set up, you’ll need the best way for it to connect across your growing office. Rather than waste time and money installing Ethernet cables, save a small fortune and a big construction mess and run this dual-band wireless media router from Belkin. Though aimed squarely at the HighDef TV and gaming set, the Belkin Play is a serious small-business tool: It offers state-of-the-art MIMO coverage for unparalleled connectivity in radio-wave-polluted, crowded buildings and homes. (That microwave oven in your kitchen truly is the wireless networking Antichrist.) Belkin’s full-band video speeds are good enough to move even meaty media and engineering files. Also, the Play self-installs a decent bunch of apps that allow for some slick router tricks. Our favorite? The Print Genie, which lets you print directly from anywhere in covered zones, opens the door to all sorts of computer-free imaging. Admittedly, we are a bit skeptical about Belkin’s claim that its wireless networking is self-healing; you will spend some time fixing it–and installing the software. But for $99, you get a blazing fast wireless network. And that’s an infrastructure you can love. 4. Western Digital WD TV Live HD Media Player($150)You may have noticed a trend here: All the fancy-schmancy media devices aimed at consumers moving media files make for some serious small-business tools. Take the Western Digital WD TV Live HD Media Player. It nominally pumps out Full-HD, 1080p-resolution video, but it is also a network media device fully compatible with Windows 7. It works with your PC’s and your TV’s USB drives–heck, it even has an HDMI output. Done right, any file is available on any computer or display in your home or office. Impressive. The touchy-feely consumer vibe will take some getting used to, and Western Digital dings you for an extra outboard Wi-Fi card if you want to go wireless. But once you get the hang of the WD TV Live, basically any piece of content anywhere within range is accessible. And that is oh, so handy.5. KODAK ESP Office 6150($230)Remember Eastman Kodak and its little yellow film box? Well, the Rochester, N.Y.-based company has reinvented itself as an imaging giant and taken aim at the small-business market. Rolled out earlier this year, the company’s new All-in-One ESP Office 6150 Printer brings together all the usual printing, scanning, faxing and copying functions, but tries to do it at far lower cost than its rivals. Kodak’s secret? Cheap ink. The company claims its cartridge saves something on the order of $100 per year. Your results will vary by how many photos you print, what your black-and-white usage is and how many weird variables you have, like faxes. But you get the idea. And not surprisingly, Kodak also made a nice little printer here: Wi-Fi and Ethernet are built in, with direct printing support for BlackBerrys, iPods and iPhones. We liked the high-capacity tray that holds up to 200 pages. Documents print at 32 black-and-white or 30 color pages per minute, and the machine can copy 27 pages per minute in black and white. This unit will not replace a legit laser printer with true penny-per-page cost to own. But for a reasonable outlay, you get a good-looking, high-quality model that can save you money over a similar ink jet. Who couldn’t use that?6. Microsoft Windows Live Desktop(free)Whoa! Are we really using the words “Microsoft Windows” and “free” in the same sentence? Yes, friends, we are. And it’s true. Though it gets absolutely zero media love, Microsoft quietly gives away entry-level versions of its software online. Called Windows Live Desktop, the newly launched service offers decent versions of Microsoft Word, Outlook and PowerPoint, as well as updated versions of Hotmail, MovieMaker and other media tools online, gratis. Now, you will miss the full features of Office 2010, and don’t expect the bells and whistles of, say, Google Apps. But if you’re looking to sign up for the Web revolution in a no-muss, no-fuss fashion, than set up a Microsoft Live ID and get started. It’s a great value in small-business software.7. Apple iPhone 4 16G with plan($199)Yes, there’s a place for Apple in the startup world, but you have to be smart to find it. Why? Apple gear is just not cheap. For the price of the laptop you lust after–that is, the $1,800 MacBook Pro–we’ve been able to buy a 14-inch laptop, a 20-inch monitor, a router, some network attached storage, a printer, some office software and still have money left over for a mobile phone–and maybe a latte. Anyway, that phone is where you go Apple–specifically, the iPhone 4. This latest model sets the new bar for touch-based smartphones for the small shop. Its ridiculously high-quality screen, HD image output and, most important, multitasking, make this one serious work tool–particularly when complemented by the right apps. The only knock on this device is the beehive of debate over network quality and voice service. Consumer Reports went so far as to ding the phone for dropped calls. So give it a solid demo during the 15-day return period. And if AT&T is not up to the networking task, return the unit. Keep in mind that millions do use the iPhone successfully. Assuming call quality is there and you don’t need a keyboard a la the Blackberry, the iPhone 4 is still a good bet.8. Samsung SP-H03 Pico Projector($230)Psst. We’ll let you in on a little entrepreneurial secret: To make money you have to sell something. And whatever you can do to get a presentational sales edge is worth every penny, right? Well, Samsung now is doing a heck of a job with a palm-sized, 6-ounce pico projector–that’s geek-speak for a really small device that can project an image on any wall. The HO3 comes with its own 1 GB of internal memory, an up-to-16-GB microSD slot and a Windows-friendly operating system. Which means it can hold a simply huge PowerPoint presentation and render it in bright, high-resolution images with no computer. So, you really can do your elevator pitch, complete with visuals, in an elevator. The company claims an 80-inch maximum display size, which is technically true in a completely dark room–as though anybody sells inside a closet. And the minimal, two-hour battery life can be a pain. But you can expect to project a reasonable 20-ish-inch image, which is more than enough, in a bright room and stand next to the clients instead of standing in front of them with your laptop–which, trust us, is a major improvement. Plus, the HO-3 is a great way to make friends on a flight with no movie; seat backs make excellent screens.9. Duracell Powerhouse USB Charger($50)If there is an Achilles heel in your marvelous new office on the go, it’s the power it takes to run all that stuff. Vendors love to make hay about their excellent battery life; but forget to charge something overnight–and who doesn’t?–and you are plain out of luck. That’s why we recommend Duracell’s line of backup USB chargers. The biggest and baddest, the Powerhouse Charger, can charge two devices at once and offers something on the order of 60 extra hours of usage. Just plug it into any USB-enabled device–like your laptop–charge it up, keep it in your bag as a backup and know you can always get connected. Which probably makes this item the handiest device you can carry.10. Cue Acoustic Radio r1: Hospitality Edition($400)Now that the serious stuff is out of the way, it’s time for some fun: injecting the right musical vibe into that business atmosphere of yours. And when it comes to quality desktop radios with a professional edge, we like Somerville, Mass.-based Cue Acoustics. Its Cue Radio Model r1 not only offers high-quality audio with impressive low-end sound quality, the system also has a great touch-based control system — and if you order the Hospitality version, the company will encode your company logo into the r1’s electronic display. Surprisingly slick looking, particularly for the retail shop, the unit is aimed mostly at iPod/iPhone users, but most standard audio inputs are supported, too. There’s a reason the Army brings along a band. Good music keeps you, and your people, moving. During a long day or night, when things go south, those background tunes can really make a difference. “We Are the Champions,” anyone?last_img read more