Wall on elephant corridor in Numaligarh refinery stays

first_imgThe administration in eastern Assam’s Golaghat district has withdrawn its February 14 notice to the Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL) for the demolition of a boundary wall erected on an elephant corridor.The notice was issued on the basis of the National Green Tribunal’s August 24, 2016 order to NRL to pull down the 2.2 km boundary wall that is within the No-Development Zone around the rhino-rich Kaziranga National Park. This zone extends 20 km from the park.The area where the wall stands is also part of the 133.45-hectare Deopahar Reserve Forest linked to the Kaziranga landscape and has been a traditional animal corridor.The Golaghat administration cited the Gauhati High Court’s stay on demolition on September 3, 2018 to withdraw the notice on March 6 despite the Supreme Court on January 18 refusing to admit NRL’s appeal against the NGT order.Citing NRL’s civil writ petition (5985/2018) in the HC, Golaghat’s Deputy Commissioner Dhiren Hazarika said his February 14 letter issued to NRL “regarding demolisation (sic) of boundary wall is hereby withdrawn till further communication from Advocate General, Assam Gauhati High Court”.Assam-based environment activist Rohit Choudhury, who had taken up the case in the NGT as well as the apex court, declined to comment on the withdrawal of the notice. “I will have to discuss the nuances with my lawyer,” he said.An NRL spokesperson said that they complied with the NGT’s 2016 order within a month by demolishing a 289-metre stretch of the wall that activists said encroached upon the Deopahar Reserve Forest.last_img read more

After Olympics, South Korea mulls reviving bulldozed forest

first_imgRead Next LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Then, South Korean officials quickly dismissed calls to move the downhill course away from Mount Gariwang, saying construction had already started and it was difficult to make such a significant change so close to the Olympics.“If Gangwon Province had focused on (environmental) sustainability and considered future reforestation even as it proceeded with the construction, it might have found a more economic and compact way to build the ski course,” Seo said. “But they didn’t.”Reviving the forest of Mount Gariwang would require a patient, creative approach. Instead of transplanting trees, workers would have to start from germinating seeds in the patches of soil around the slope that were less damaged, Seo said.Kim Heung-sook, 57, one of the dozens of residents whose homes were moved to make way for the course, says she can’t wait that long for a forest that might never fully return.Kim said life was much better in her old home, where she had a yard to grow corn, pepper and other crops. She now lives alone in a smaller house on a hill near the ski area’s entrance, subsisting off the money she received for the relocation.It was painful to watch neighbors leave and see the destruction of a forest she knew for decades. But like so many in this poor and aging town, she needs to find a way to live.“I want to see more development here — more hotels, more restaurants, wider roads. Then maybe there will be jobs for people like me,” she said. “If you were going to rebuild the forest, you shouldn’t have made the slope in the first place.” UAAP goes back to its roots with first 3×3 tournament Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forumcenter_img Cho has visited Mount Gariwang 16 times since 2006, including several trips after 2014 to document the construction of the slope, which was finished in late 2016. He pointed to a spot near the spectator stands where he said the last tree had stood — a 24-meter (78 foot)-high Manchurian walnut tree with red and yellow ribbons wrapped around its trunk. Locals had come to the tree for generations to pray for good luck, health and childbirth.“I came here wondering whether there was a slight chance that the sacred tree would still be there,” he said. “But it isn’t.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWith the Pyeongchang Games just concluded, South Korea walks into a future with questions about the long-term environmental consequences of hosting an expensive sports event in one of its poorest, oldest and most underpopulated areas.One major issue: the future of the scenic Jeongseon Alpine Center, which was built after some 60,000 trees were razed in a forest on the 1,560-meter (5,118 foot)-high Mount Gariwang. The area had been protected by the government in the past because of its old trees and botanical diversity. Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico FILE – In this Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, file photo, a snowcat smooths the grade on the ski slope for the upcoming Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics at the Jeongseon Alpine Center in Jeongseon, South Korea. With the Olympic Games coming to a close, one of the main questions facing South Korea and the consequences of hosting an expensive sports event is the future of the scenic Jeongseon Alpine Center, which was built in a formerly government-protected area where some 60,000 trees were razed. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)JEONGSEON, South Korea— As hundreds of Olympic spectators flocked to a sparkling white ski slope cutting through the rugged mountains of Jeongseon, the marquee venue of this year’s Winter Games, Cho Myung-hwan stepped back and looked up. He let out a sad chuckle.“It’s dreadful to watch,” Cho, 62, a landscape photographer from Seoul, said as he examined the steep downhill course one day during the Olympics. “Under all the cheers and fun, there are the screams of buzzed-off trees.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments The course was supposed to be demolished after the Olympics and restored to its natural state. Fierce criticism by environmentalists over the venue being built on a pristine forest caused construction delays that nearly forced pre-Olympic test events to be postponed.But Gangwon provincial officials now say they want to keep the course, or at least a significant part of it, as a future “comprehensive leisure” zone. They also say it would be difficult for the province to foot the bill for the restoration project, which experts say could cost $90 million over 20 years.A new hotel has already been built on the site; another is on the way. Regional officials talk of building mountain bike courses, sledding parks and concert halls to complement the ski course.“It’s too late to talk about the environmental damage over Mount Gariwang,” Gangwon Province Gov. Choi Munsun said. “There’s no way to restore the forest 100 percent, and parts of the area should be used for sports facilities.”Whether Gangwon gets space to develop will be decided by the Korea Forest Service’s central mountain management committee, which will determine the restoration’s scale and method. The committee rejected a tentative reforestation plan that Gangwon was required to submit, calling for more specifics.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Experts say it would be impossible to restore the forest entirely as it was.During construction of the skiing course, workers dug out hundreds of trees from the slope and replanted them in nearby hills so that they could be transplanted back to their old spots after the Olympics. But nearly all of these trees are already dead or dying, said Seo Jae-chul, a senior activist from the environmental group Green Korea, who visited the area in December and January.Video from the inspection trips provided by Seo also shows huge trees uprooted and fallen outside the slope’s boundaries, which he said was likely caused by the trees facing stronger winds in their new location. Construction workers also likely made soil disruption worse by bulldozing huge roads around the slope so they could move construction equipment more easily.“This had been such a core area for biodiversity,” Seo said. “But it’s destroyed.”Kim Yong-chul, a Gangwon official, said he couldn’t immediately confirm the state of the trees around the slope.The 1.8 million square meters (19.8 million square foot) of woodland that was shaved for the Olympics had long been part of one of the country’s best-preserved pieces of nature.The 16th-century kings of Korea’s Chosun Kingdom barred common people from entering the area because of its abundance of wild ginseng plants, whose roots have long been prized for supposed healing powers. The forest was also left unscathed during the 1950-53 Korean War and the earlier part of South Korea’s postwar industrialization that left the country with severe deforestation.In 2008, the government designated the forest as a “forest genetic resources reserve,” prohibiting unauthorized entrance into the area.The national government lifted the protection on the area in June 2012 at the request of Gangwon officials and Olympic organizers, who said they could find no other spot near Pyeongchang to fit an Olympic-size downhill course. The International Ski Federation requires alpine courses to be longer than 3 kilometers (1.86 miles), have an altitude difference of more than 800 meters (2,624 foot) from start to finish, and an average incline of higher than 17 degrees.Critics say South Korea could have had a better shot at saving the forest had it embraced the International Olympic Committee’s “Agenda 2020” initiative announced in 2014. It called for creating a more compact games and allowing host cities to use existing venues to lower costs.last_img read more

CWG scam: Three former officials remanded to 3-day CBI custody

first_imgA Delhi court on Monday remanded to three-day CBI custody three close top aides of CWG Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi who were arrested in New Delhi in connection with alleged bungling in the Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) in London last year.”In order to fully unearth the conspiracy of the accused, the accused are remanded to three days custody till November 25,” Special CBI Judge A S Yadav said after T S Darbari, Sanjay Mahendroo and M Jayachandran, all sacked from the OC, were produced before him.While Darbari and Mahendroo were already in CBI custody since their arrest on November 15, Jayachandran was arrested on Sunday by the investigating agency.Before being removed, Darbari was OC Joint Director General, Mahendroo was Deputy DG and Jayachandran Joint DG (Finance).During the arguments, the CBI prosecutor, who was seeking seven days custody, said, “the accused, who are highly connected and powerful, are evasive, non-cooperative and not coming up with the truth during the probe.””Moreover, they are required to be confronted with the voluminous incriminating documents which have been seized by the CBI,” the prosecutor said.Darbari was part of the empowered committee, which was responsible for the QBR, the agency said, adding that the documents showed that he fabricated e-mails and accepted the illegal gratification.Detailing the role of the accused, CBI said they entered into a criminal conspiracy by abusing their official position and awarded work to M/s AM Car and Van Hire Limited on the basis of false and forged documents (emails) and thereby caused a huge loss to the government and corresponding illegal gain to the firm.advertisementSenior advocate R N Mittal, appearing for Darbari, rejected the charge of his client being evasive during the probe.”What for they (CBI) want the custody of the accused? I can file an affidavit to the fact that he (Darbari) was not questioned for three days,” the defence counsel said.CBI had lodged two separate cases against the former OC officials.The first case was registered by CBI under IPC and Prevention of Corruption Act in relation to the award of contract to AM car and Van Hire Limited in relation to the QBR.They have been booked under sections 468 (forgery of court records and public documents), 471 (using forged documents as genuine), 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of IPC and Prevention of Corruption Act.The second case involves A M Films and the probe agency had named Patel, Mahendroo, Darbari and others under sections 420 (cheating), 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of IPC and Prevention of Corruption Act.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

IIT-Delhi student seeks Aamir’s help to highlight road safety issue

first_imgOne person dies every five minutes on Indian roads. Not something that is going to shock many of us.The good thing is that there is someone who has decided to do something about it. Indian Institute of Tecnology (IIT)-Delhi student Dikshant Sharm has written to Aamir Khan to highlight the issue of road safety through his hugely popular reality TV show Satyamev Jayate in the coming season.Aamir Khan.IITian Dikshant lost four of his friends in a road accident when they undertook a trip to Rajasthan to celebrate their placements. Two of them lost their lives and two others were injured badly when the Innova they were travelling in overturned near Jaisalmer in March this year.Dikshant has been seeking signatures (via www.change.org) from people to petition Aamir Khan and Satyamev Jayate to do a show on fatal road accidents. He has so far got over 32,000 people to sign the petition.In his petition, Dikshant states, “Someone told me that the lives of my friends could have been saved if they were taken care of immediately. But no help arrived for about 30 minutes and they succumbed to their injuries.”I have realised that the impact of road accidents are huge. Not only do they claim lives, but they also have a devastating impact on the lives of those who are involved. If a loved one of yours has been involved in the accident it haunts you for the rest of your life.”Ever since Aamir Khan’s reality show Satyamev Jayate went on air two years ago, it has created awareness about burning issues that afflict Indian society. Aamir and his reality show have been successful in starting a debate on many topics the show took up,advertisementSatayamev Jayate’s director, Satyajit Bhatkal confirmed having received Dikshant’s petition. “The team of Satyamev Jayate met this group of students. We were very moved by their story and what they intend to do.”Bhatkal added, “Taking a leaf out of their life, these students have turned a personal tragedy into a larger issue that affects society at large. We are very positive that we should do something on this issue.”last_img read more

ATP Tour Finals: Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer Drawn Together as Rafael Nadal Gets Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev

first_imgLondon: Novak Djokovic has been drawn in the same group with Roger Federer at the season-ending ATP Tour Finals. Dominic Thiem and Matteo Berrettini complete the line-up in group Bjorn Borg.Rafael Nadal, who will be bidding to clinch year-end No. 1 in the ATP Rankings for the fifth time, is in the other group alongside Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and the defending champion Alexander Zverev in group Andre Agassi. Eight different countries are represented in the elite eight-man singles field for the fourth consecutive year, with Group Bjorn Borg matches beginning on Sunday, 10 November. Group Andre Agassi matches are scheduled to begin on Monday, 11 November.Roberto Bautista Agut and Gael Monfils, the 2016 qualifier, are first and second alternates respectively in the singles field. HERE IT IS!The singles draw for the 2019 #NittoATPFinals 🔥 pic.twitter.com/gQBg6bnOr6— ATP Tour (@atptour) November 5, 2019Nadal declared himself fit for the finals on Tuesday after he pulled out of last week’s Paris Masters semi-finals — a scan revealed a “slight strain to the left abdominal”.Nadal had still replaced Djokovic — who won the Paris Masters — as world number one but the Serbian can reclaim it.Djokovic will take top spot if he wins two group-stage matches and reaches the final and if the 33-year-old Spaniard — who has yet to win the finals — does not play or fails to win a round-robin match.Djokovic will also finish the year as number one if he wins the tournament and Nadal does not reach the semi-finals.Here is what the groups look like:Group Andre Agassi -[1] Rafael Nadal (ESP)[4] Daniil Medvedev (RUS)[6] Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE)[7] Alexander Zverev (GER)Group Bjorn Borg -[2] Novak Djokovic (SRB)[3] Roger Federer (SUI)[5] Dominic Thiem (AUT)[8] Matteo Berrettini (ITA) Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.center_img alexander zverevatpATP Tour FinalsDaniil Medvedev First Published: November 5, 2019, 8:15 PM ISTlast_img read more

HCL Tech powers Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18

first_imgBy Stuti RoyAlicante (Spain), Oct 22 (PTI) Indias fourth largest tech firm HCL Technologies is powering this years edition of the Volvo Ocean Race, which is considered one of the toughest races globally.The race, which has been flagged off today, will see eight teams sailing 45,000 nautical miles (83,000 kilometres on land) across four oceans and culminate in June next year.VOR — the worlds longest professional sporting event — will have 12 stops on its course, including Lisbon, Cape Town, Melbourne and Hong Kong and finally cross the finish line at The Hague.”Sailing is amongst the most dynamic sports globally. Our association with VOR is another example of our Mode 1-2-3 strategy which meets customers business objectives using next gen technologies,” HCL Technologies Corporate Vice President – ITO and Infrastructure Services Sales (EMEA) Ashish Gupta told reporters here.As VORs partner, HCL Technologies has provided end-to- end infrastructure support as well as connectivity between the Race Village and the Command Centre in Alicante.This command centre further connects 12 pit stops on the race route.”This edition of the race is more digitally focused than before,” Jordi Neves, Chief Digital Officer of VOR, said.The One Design boat — used by all teams — is designed as a mobile production facility, complete with a dedicated media station below decks, fixed HD cameras and microphones, drones and slow-motion, night vision and 360-degree cameras.These are all operated by the Onboard Reporter and can be controlled from the race headquarters in Alicante.advertisement”All boats are given access to the same amount of data — weather and sea conditions. Technology and experience both play an important role in winning the race,” he said.Neves said every day, each team will get a set amount of information from the central station.Any communication they want to have can only be routed through this hub.The 2017-18 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race comprises of teams, including team AkzoNobel, DongFeng Race Team, MAPFRE and Vestas 11th Hour Racing.While sailing is not as popular a sport in India as it is in some of the European nations, Kochi was among the chosen pit stops in the 2008-09 edition. PTI SR BALlast_img read more

IPL: Mumbai Indians buy de Kock, release Mustafizur and Dananjaya

first_imgSouth African wicketkeeper batsman Quinton de Kock is set to be the Indian Premier League’s (IPL) first trade of 2019 before the auction takes place in mid December.De Kock, was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs 2.8 crore during the 2018 auction and played eight matches for them, scoring 201 runs at a strike rate of 124.07.However, according to a report in ESPNcricinfo, the dashing opener is set to be sold to Mumbai Indians for the same price and have released Bangladesh fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman (Rs 2.2 crore) and Sri Lankan off-spinner Akila Dananjaya (Rs 50 lakh) to balance the books.MI already have two wicketkeepers in Ishan Kishan and Aditya Tare and de Kock is likely to be looked at as a top-order batsman. Last season, MI used hard-hitting West Indies batsman Evin Lewis and Suryakumar Yadav as their openers while Kishan came in at No.3. However, Lewis struggled towards the end of the season and that might be the reason Mumbai have looked towards de Kock.Before RCB, De Kock played for Delhi Daredevils and Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL and scored 927 runs, including one hundred and six fifties in 34 innings.IPL has two trading windows with the first one starting just after the end of the season and is open before a month to the auction and the second one after the auction ends till the start of the next tournament. In 2018, IPL also introduced a mid-tournament window for franchises to trade uncapped players and players, who have play two or less matches.advertisementFranchises have their work cut out to add to their squad when the auction takes place later in the year. They will be given a purse of Rs 3 crore in addition to the balance left from the previous auction. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) also announced that the last date for retentions and release of players is November 15.The official date of the auction hasn’t been released but according to ESPNcricinfo, it is set to be between December 15 and 20 in Goa.The venue of next year’s IPL will also have to be kept in mind as the 2019 general elections will be clashing with the tournament. In 2014, the first half of the tournament was shifted to UAE because of security reasons.UAE remains an option but franchises are averse to the idea of playing in Dubai as the pitches are likely to be slow. South Africa is also in the cards to host the IPL for the second time after hosting the second edition in 2009.last_img read more

5 lakh children participate in reading sessions to mark International Literacy Day

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 16 (PTI) Over 5 lakh children from 1,500 schools across India participated in special reading sessions as part of a campaign to mark International Literacy Day Thursday.Organized by social enterprise Dharma Life, the Lighting Up Young Minds (LUYM) campaign saw participation by children from 13 states.Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, and Rajasthan recorded maximum participation, with turnouts of 2.5 lakh, 1.5 lakh and 64,000 respectively.The campaign was organized in association with the Signify Foundation and took place simultaneously in the states of Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, New Delhi, Odisha, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.Launched in 2015, the campaign which aims at educating children in rural India, is based on an interactive model in which lessons are imparted through extracurricular activities to improve overall literacy skills of students through guided reading.”It is greatly encouraging and satisfying to see the large number of children who participated in the campaign this year. The activities are intended to foster a spirit of teamwork, leadership skills, innovative thinking and problem-solving skills among children in rural India,” Gaurav Mehta, founder and CEO of Dharma Life, said.The campaign was executed by Dharma Life’s network of rural entrepreneurs in their villages and supported by the organisation’s employees, partners and stake holders.The design also includes sports, music, poetry and dance activities that facilitate learning and an all-round development of children.This year, as a follow up to the campaign, Dharma Life is also initiating a new set up — ‘Lighting Libraries’ — in rural schools with support from the Signify Foundation, to help the students study at night as well as to increase awareness and adoption of solar lights.advertisementThe project involves providing solar lights to schools in rural areas of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand that have limited access to energy, to enable students to borrow the lights to study after dark.”The campaign engages children in a unique way through reading sessions conducted under solar lights. These lights also increase the children’s understanding of clean energy,” Yue Cui of the Signify Foundation said. PTI TRSTRSlast_img read more

India vs Australia: Jadeja and Kuldeep will put pressure on Ashwin, says Harbhajan Singh

first_imgHarbhajan Singh has slammed R Ashwin over the latter’s lack of fitness and performance during the course of India’s away Test series. India created history on Monday in Sydney, becoming the first ever Asian team to win a Test series in Australia.However, senior spinner R Ashwin could contribute precious little after failing to recover from an abdominal strain which kept him out of action in the last three Tests of the series. Ashwin started the series well with 6 wickets at the Adelaide Oval and was expected to play a key role for the other matches before being sidelined with an injury.Ashwin had had a disappointing tour of England too – he wasn’t fully fit for the fourth Test in Southampton and performed well below par. He missed the final Test at the Oval because of a hip injury. He had started the England tour well too, picking up seven wickets at Edgbaston before going dry.”The best I have seen R Ashwin bowl was in the first Test in England. After that, he lost his edge. He looked dull in the next Test and than got injured in the series. When he played at Southampton, he got very few wickets while Moeen Ali from the opposition got 9 wickets.”After that in Australia, he got 3 in the first innings of the first Test and after that had to bowl 52 overs to get the next 3 wickets . So it has to be said that his away record has been shaky and he has struggled,” Harbhajan told India Today.advertisementAshwin’s away record which arbhajan refers to, points towards a huge disparity in the off spinner’s home and away Test returns. Ashwin’s 234 wickets at home in 38 Tests at a fabulous average of 22.6 contributed majorly to his 342 Test wickets in 65 Tests. He averages 43 in 16 Tests for his 48 wickets outside the subcontinent (SENA countries).Harbhajan was effusive in his praise of Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav, who did not let the team feel the pinch of senior spinner’s absence in Australia.So proud to be a part of this teamFeels special to win a test series down under #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/zMnDr8F2GLKuldeep yadav (@imkuldeep18) January 7, 2019″I think this spin pair of Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav would have won India the Sydney test match if it had not rained. Jadeja got wickets in Melbourne, got runs in Sydney. Kuldeep got a five wicket haul at Sydney. I think we will see more of this spin pair in the time to come,” he said.Harbhajan said Kuldeep and Jadeja will put pressure on Ashwin in the future. “If your prime spinner only gets wickets at home and is injury-prone away, it will compound the team’s problems and they will have to look at options. So these two have added more pressure on their lead spinner. The lead spinner is needed in tough conditions and if you can’t play in tough conditions, it’s not fair on the team. Questions will be asked because if you knew after the first test, he would take so much more time to be fit again, you could have asked for a replacement,” Harbhajan said.”The other thing is Hanuma Vihari can also bowl good off spin. He is a good batsman and has contributed with the ball every time he has been given an opportunity. So there will be more pressure on Ashwin if he keeps struggling with injuries,” he added.Kuldeep Yadav’s first Test on Aussie soil and he collects a five-wicket haul!#AUSvIND | @Domaincomau pic.twitter.com/e29NWD6oyZcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 6, 2019Harbhajan was equally critical of Ashwin’s inability to manage his injuries better. “Virat Kohli said the other day how he has been managing his back injury since 2011 and has continued playing. So when you have these niggles, you need to know how to find a way around it. But if you play one Test in a four-Test series, it’s a worrying sign,” he pointed out.Also Read | 4th Test: Peter Handscomb in awe of Jasprit Bumrah and Kuldeep YadavAlso Read | It has been a pleasure working with you my friend: Shane Warne after Kuldeep 5-wicket haulAlso Read | Kuldeep Yadav 1st Chinaman bowler to bag 5-wicket haul in Tests in Australia in 64 yearslast_img read more

Ancelotti ‘thrilled’ by Serie A return with Napoli

first_imgNapoli Ancelotti ‘thrilled’ by Serie A return with Napoli Ben Spratt 14:59 5/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) CarloAncelotti - cropped Getty Images Napoli Carlo Ancelotti Serie A The former Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain boss is delighted to have been given an opportunity to coach at “one of the greatest teams in Italy” Carlo Ancelotti has expressed his delight to be returning to Serie A and joining Napoli, hailing them as one of Italy’s “greatest teams”.The former AC Milan coach has been out of the game since leaving Bayern Munich last September, but he replaced Maurizio Sarri on Wednesday after Napoli were beaten to the Scudetto by Juventus.Ancelotti, who won the Serie A title once as Milan coach, is hopeful that his “knowledge and experience” can help Napoli topple seven-time defending champions Juve. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “I’m very happy to return to my country and to one of the greatest teams in Italy,” he said in a statement on his official website.”We come to compete and give Napoli all our knowledge and experience. We are thrilled by this challenge and to open a new stage in football.”I want to thank the president for trusting me in a project that I love and for the chance to get to know one of the best clubs in Italy. To the fans, I say that we will work hard and very professionally to reach our goals that we all want.”I hope we can all enjoy this together.”Ancelotti had been linked with a return to Milan and the Italy national team job before arriving at Napoli in place of Sarri, who is reportedly be set for a move to Chelsea.last_img read more

A Ridiculous Bet Has Been Placed On Saturday’s Auburn Game

first_imgAuburn fans celebrate ahead of a football game.AUBURN, AL – SEPTEMBER 17: Auburn fans cheer at Tiger Walk before an NCAA college football game on September 17, 2016 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images)There’s a very small chance No. 8 Auburn loses to Kent State on Saturday. After all, the Tigers are 2-0, with one of those wins coming against No. 15 Oregon. Not to mention, Kent State doesn’t pose much of a threat.You’d be hard-pressed to find individuals who’d want to bet on the Golden Flashes. Or even the Tigers considering it’d be such a low payout.But that isn’t stopping one bettor from placing some money down.A bettor has placed a $1,000 money-line bet on the Tigers. An Auburn win would earn the bettor just $5. A bettor at a Caesars Sportsbook placed a $1,000 money-line bet on Auburn at -20,000 to beat Kent State. per @The_Junkyard.Bet would win a cool $5.— Ben Fawkes (@BFawkesESPN) September 10, 2019So to be clear — $1,000 placed for Auburn to win. If the Tigers beat Kent State, the bet wins $5. Is that even worth it?Auburn is a 35.5 favorite over Kent State heading into the match-up, according to OddsShark.The Golden Flashes are 1-1 on the season so far. In their season opener, Kent State lost to Arizona State 30-7. They bounced back with a 26-23 win over Kennesaw State last week.Auburn started off the season with a thrilling comeback win versus Oregon. True freshman quarterback Bo Nix threw the game-winning touchdown with :09 seconds remaining.The Tigers followed that up with a 24-6 victory over Tulane. Following Auburn’s game this week versus Kent State, the Tigers must go on the road to face Texas A&M in a big-time SEC match-up.last_img read more

Hightech Highway Tool Coming to Nova Scotia

first_imgNew technology will save truckers time and money, and make travel safer for motorists in Nova Scotia. The province, with cost sharing from the federal government, is installing an automated truck weigh scale near the Canso Causeway. The cutting-edge technology, called mainline weigh-in-motion pre-screening system, uses a highly accurate scale that is built into the highway, and weighs trucks as they cross a sensor at highway speed. “This investment will benefit truckers and motorists who use the causeway or live in the area around the causeway,” said Ron Russell, Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “It will remove the need for properly loaded trucks to stop at this weigh scale, and increase safety for all motorists using this highway.” International Road Dynamics Inc. of Saskatchewan has been awarded the contract, valued at $644,259. The sensors will be built into the eastbound travel lane near the Canso Causeway weigh scale. The sensors will weigh each truck as it crosses and alert overweight trucks to stop at the weigh scale office for an inspection. Westbound trucks will still report to the scale office. The majority of construction on the weigh-in-motion system is expected to be completed by the end of July. This project is funded under the Intelligent Transportation Systems program from Transport Canada.last_img read more

Delhis Food Civil Supplies Min reviews tomato and onion prices

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Food and Civil Supplies Minister Imran Hussain on Friday reviewed the retail prices of tomato and onion in the city. Tomato prices in the national Capital had increased from Rs 40-Rs 50 a kg to nearly Rs 90 a kg over the past few days.According to the government, the retail prices of tomatoes have started showing a downward trend. The supplies of tomato have increased from Himachal Pradesh, it said. “Supplies from southern states have also commenced and tomato supplies from Maharashtra’s Nasik are expected to start from mid-August,” the government said in a statement. Senior Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderofficers of the department told the minister during a meeting that these supplies will further help reduce retail tomato prices in Delhi. The retail prices of onions and pulses were also reviewed. Agencies concerned informed that retail prices of these commodities are under check and no abnormal rise in their retail prices is expected in near future. Hussain also directed the agencies to take effective action against hoarding activity. “He directed the food and civil supplies commissioner to convene weekly meetings of stakeholders to ensure that prices of tomatoes, onions, pulses and other commodities are stable and under control,” the government statement added. The increase in tomato prices has caused a ripple effect on other vegetables too. Prices of veggies such as coriander, okra, bottle gourd and onion have seen a significant hike due to the incessant rains in Western Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Maharashtra. These states are the main supplier of vegetables to the national Capital. Coriander alone is being sold for as high as Rs 250 per kg across the city.last_img read more

STOP Narcotics protocol takes scalpel to opioid prescribing for surgical patients

first_imgTORONTO – With the recognition that physician prescribing plays a significant role in Canada’s opioid crisis, a team of researchers has developed a program called STOP Narcotics to dramatically reduce the amount of the painkillers patients are given following some common operations.In a study presented Wednesday at the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress in Boston, researchers from Western University showed that the STOP Narcotics protocol halved the amount of opioids prescribed after two types of out-patient surgery, while still adequately treating most patients’ post-operative pain.“By significantly reducing the amount of opioids prescribed, this decreases the exposure risk and potential for misuse of narcotic medication,” said lead author Dr. Luke Hartford, a general surgery resident at the London, Ont., university.“This also decreases excess medication available to be diverted to individuals for whom it was not intended,” he said, noting that the STOP Narcotics program includes a combination of patient and health provider education, with an emphasis on non-opioid pain control.The study, which also will be published Wednesday in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, involved 416 patients at London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph’s Health Care, who underwent either laparoscopic gallbladder removal or open hernia repair.Roughly half the patients were randomly assigned either to a control group, which received a standard prescription for opioids, or to the STOP Narcotics protocol group, which were prescribed acetaminophen and an anti-inflammatory drug to manage post-surgical pain for the first 72 hours after their operations.Under the protocol, surgeons were instructed to write a 10-pill opioid prescription, which expired seven days after surgery. Patients were asked to fill this prescription only if they couldn’t achieve adequate pain control with the other drugs.“Ninety per cent of the patients said that controlled their pain, they didn’t need the narcotics script filled,” said principal investigator Dr. Ken Leslie, chief of general surgery at London Health Sciences Centre.Researchers found there was a 50 per cent reduction in the number of opioids prescribed by surgeons under the STOP Narcotics group, compared to the control group.As well, just 45 per cent of patients in the protocol group filled their opioid prescription, compared to 95 per cent in the control group.“So we not only decreased the amount we were prescribing in half, but we saw that (less than) half of patients were actually filling those prescriptions,” Hartford said, adding that only “a very small number” needed the opioids for additional pain control.“We found that in our control group, as well, that even though patients were getting prescribed 20 to 30 tablets of opioid medication, they were only taking around seven of them,” he said.That’s why the STOP Narcotics initiative has another goal: to sharply limit the amount of unused opioids that can be diverted for recreational use, especially by young people who may come across them in the family medicine cabinet.As part of the post-surgical program, patients were asked to return left-over opioids to their pharmacy or to the hospital for disposal. The researchers found the return rate was seven per cent among those in the control group versus 23 per cent among STOP Narcotics patients.“It’s really hard to get people to give up something that they have at home,” said Leslie. “They hang onto to it just in case they have pain down the road.”Surgeons often say they prescribe “plenty of pills” to ensure patients have enough on hand to control their pain — but also to avoid calls to their offices for renewals, Leslie said.But the study found that renewal rates were low: 3.5 per cent for those initially prescribed opioids and 2.5 per cent for protocol patients.“We recognized that before STOP Narcotics, every surgeon had a different approach to pain control and that most surgeons were prescribing more narcotics than are actually needed,” said Leslie. “When we looked at the data from this new protocol, we saw that the patient’s pain-control was just as good with this pathway, without a huge prescription for narcotics.”Dr. David Juurlink, head of clinical pharmacology and toxicology at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, said the Western study isn’t the first to show that more prudent prescribing of post-surgical opioids can be beneficial for patients, but “it’s an important topic nevertheless.”“There’s this increasing narrative that the opioid crisis is really about people with addiction who are dying by the thousands and that treatment of pain is not the problem,” said Juurlink, who was not involved in the study.“And that’s not true … It is also to no small extent about how we manage acute and chronic pain.”Juurlink said that every time a patient is given more opioids than they need — whether for chronic pain or for pain following surgery or dental work — they may be on the drugs longer than needed or the remaining tablets could stay in their medicine cabinet and offer a temptation to an experimenting teenager or to someone who might be at risk for addiction.“So I think the more surgeons change their practice to this sort of model — not avoiding opioids but prescribing them more judiciously — the better off patients will be and society too.”The Western researchers hope to expand the STOP Narcotics initiative beyond general surgery to other specialties, such as gynecology and orthopedics, and possibly for some in-patient operations as well.The protocol has already been presented to a couple of southwestern Ontario hospitals, which have adopted it, and the researchers are scheduled to present the program elsewhere in the coming months.Leslie said there are about 45,000 laparoscopic gallbladder-removal and open hernia-repair operations performed in Ontario each year, and applying STOP Narcotics to just these two surgeries alone would remove almost a million opioid tablets from circulation.“Our message isn’t that narcotics or opioids are inherently bad,” added Hartford. “They’re great medications when used appropriately. But they also have significant side-effects — constipation, nausea, confusion in older patients.“They’re only one part of many things you can do to help someone’s pain after surgery.”— Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter.last_img read more

Coco the cow hops fence evades capture Ive never had one do

first_imgCONCEPTION BAY SOUTH, N.L. — A Newfoundland farmer is on the lookout for an escaped cow that hopped his farm’s fence last Thursday.Coco was last spotted on Saturday, two days after she leapt over the fence and escaped the farm in Conception Bay South, 30 kilometres west of St. John’s.“I’ve had cows for my lifetime and I’ve never had one do that,” said farmer Barry Scott.He is asking the public not to approach the 450-kilogram black cow as the search continues. “She’s not a little pup or anything, she’s a fairly big animal,” Scott said. One man was hurt in a tussle with Coco on Saturday afternoon as he tried to catch her. Scott was on his way when Coco again evaded capture, and he and his family have been searching for her since.The large animal may be dangerous when approached in the wild but Scott still hopes he can bring the clever cow home.Scott said public safety is his biggest concern right now and he’s asking people to call him with Coco’s whereabouts rather than try to apprehend her.He said putting Coco down is a last resort in case she poses a danger to other people in her travels, but he hopes to bring her back to the barn and calm her down.Scott said he raised Coco from the time she was a calf.The family is growing concerned as the days since her last sighting stretch on, but Scott still hopes to bring Coco home to the farm safely.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Canada grants asylum to Saudi woman in Thailand

first_imgAlqunun’s case has highlighted the cause of women’s rights in Saudi Arabia.Several female Saudis fleeing abuse by their families have been caught trying to seek asylum abroad in recent years and returned home.Canada taking Alqunun could further upset Saudi-Canada relations.In August, Saudi Arabia expelled Canada’s ambassador to the kingdom and withdrew its own ambassador after Canada’s foreign ministry tweeted support for women’s rights activists who had been arrested. The Saudis also sold Canadian investments and ordered their citizens studying in Canada to leave.Alqunun had previously said on Twitter that she wished to seek refuge in Australia.Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne met with senior Thai officials in Bangkok on Thursday. She later said that Australia was assessing Alqunun’s request for resettlement. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada has granted asylum to a Saudi woman who fled alleged abuse by her family and was holed up in Thailand.Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun, 18, was stopped last Saturday at a Bangkok airport by immigration police who denied her entry and seized her passport.She barricaded herself in an airport hotel room and launched a social media campaign that drew global attention to her case.Trudeau says the United Nations High Commission on Refugees made a request of Canada that it take Alqunun as a refugee and Canada accepted.“That is something that we are pleased to do because Canada is a country that understands how important it is to stand up for human rights, to stand up for women’s rights around the world,” Trudeau told a news conference in Regina.last_img read more

NEW AND RETURNING SPONSORS HEAT UP THE SIXTH SEASON OF FOOD NETWORK

first_imgAdvertisement Starting April 8, the heat is on as the competitors battle it out in the fully-outfitted Top Chef Canada Monogram kitchen. The series welcomes the return of Monogram as the exclusive major appliance provider, with their products featured seamlessly throughout the season. The grand prize winner will also be rewarded a luxurious Monogram kitchen valued at $25,000. Testing the competitors’ culinary skill and tasking them to draw from international flavours, Monogram will also be featured in two tantalizing episodic challenges, awarding the winners with cash prizes.Returning this season as the chefs’ go-to payment method, Interac Corp. provides the $100,000 grand prize for Canada’s Top Chef, and sponsoring a classic Top Chef Elimination Challenge, Restaurant Wars. Additionally, Interac Corp. has joined Top Chef Canada on a co-branded weekly watch-and-win “Pay. Your Way.” contest. Each week, viewers can watch for a new “word of the week” and enter online at foodnetwork.ca/contests for a chance to win a grand prize of three devices. The contest begins April 8 for eight weeks and promotion for the contest will run on-air and online at foodnetwork.ca.Cuisinart® joins as first-time sponsor to supply the chefs with all of their small appliance needs in addition to providing $5,000 worth of their products as part of the grand prize. The brand is also featured in an integrated episodic challenge where the competitors utilize Cuisinart® appliances to slice and dice their way to victory.The Top Chef Canada pantry, locker room and off-site events are fully stocked this season with returning wine sponsor, Beringer. The brand also pairs perfectly in an episodic challenge where the winner is awarded a lavish trip to Napa Valley. In addition, Beringer is featured in custom video content on foodnetwork.ca/topchefcanada, including vignettes and exclusive recipes with inspiration from their wines created by Top Chef Canada alum Dustin Gallagher. Also in the pantry this season, first-time Canadian Sparkling Water sponsor, Montellier®, fulfills all the thirst-quenching needs of the chefs and at the judges’ table with extensive in-show exposure.Adding to the all-encompassing slate of sponsors with zest and zing, is McCormick GourmetTM. Throughout the season, the chefs have access to a broad range of spices, herbs and seasonings from McCormick GourmetTM and the brand is also integrated in a flavourful challenge in-show. Also taking episodic challenges to the next level are Avocados from Mexico, tasking competitors with transporting the judges’ taste buds to Central America and awarding the winner with a trip to Mexico.This season of Top Chef Canada introduces an impressive new generation of 11 professional chefs from coast to coast vying for the title of Canada’s Top Chef. Top Chef Canada is the homegrown version of the hit Emmy Award-winning NBCUniversal Series Top Chef and is produced by Insight Production Company Ltd. in association with Food Network Canada.Food Network Canada is available on a National Free Preview until April 30. Please check local listings for additional details..SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Follow Food Network Canada on Twitter @FoodNetworkCA Facebook Food Network Canada and Instagram @FoodNetworkCA and discuss using #TopChefCanadaWatch full episodes and see exclusive content at foodnetwork.ca/shows/top-chef-canada/Food Network Canada is a Corus Entertainment Network.About Corus Entertainment Inc.Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 45 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic Channel, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at www.corusent.com.About Insight Production Company, Ltd.Insight Productions – known for its award-winning ratings juggernauts and many of the Country’s biggest award shows, music series and variety specials, is Canada’s most established content producer. Headed by John Brunton and Barbara Bowlby, Insight is an industry leader in the development, financing and production of hit programming, both scripted and unscripted, as well as digital content. John Brunton and Mark Lysakowski, Executive Producers of The Amazing Race Canada, serve as Executive Producers on Top Chef Canada along with Eric Abboud who is also the Showrunner. Insight collectively won 10 Canadian Screen Awards in 2018. Other 2017 Insight productions include Big Brother Canada, The Launch, The JUNO Awards 2017, Canada Day 150! From Coast to Coast to Coast, Canada’s New Year’s Eve – Countdown to 2017 and Intervention. Insight Productions was founded in 1979 and has since created thousands of hours of groundbreaking content. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Twitter TORONTO – Corus Entertainment is turning up the heat with new and returning sponsors for Food Network Canada’s esteemed culinary competition series, Top Chef Canada. This season, extensive sponsorship campaigns incorporating on-air promotions, in-show integrations, prizing and more will be amplified with returning series partners Monogram, Interac Corp. and Beringer as well as new sponsors Cuisinart®, Montellier®, McCormick Gourmet™ and Avocados from Mexico. Top Chef Canada premieres Sunday, April 8 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Food Network Canada.“The return of such high profile brands such as Monogram, Interac Corp. and Beringer is a true testament of the value our clients see in this series through their sponsorship and in-show integrations,” said Lynn Chambers, Vice President, Corus Tempo. “We’re also excited to have the opportunity to creatively integrate several new brands this season that will deliver paramount partnership experiences in-show and connect seamlessly with Food Network Canada’s broad and engaged audience.”last_img read more

Junior CEOs Marrakechs ENSA to Host Event for Young Entrepreneurs

By Alexandra GrittaRabat – On Saturday, March 10th, Marrakech’s École Nationale des Sciences Appliquées (ENSA) will be hosting “Junior CEOs,” an event for young aspiring entrepreneurs. The event will be held at the Emerging Business Factory (EBF)—an industrial quarter in Marrakech. The goal of the event is to create a space where junior enterprises throughout Morocco can come together and collaborate—making connections for their future endeavors. It’s also an opportunity to pool shared experiences, and for the junior enterprise of ENSA to promote its brand.Manal Soufi, an 18 year-old member of ENSA and aspiring engineer, told Morocco World News that “Junior CEOs” is an occasion, “to celebrate the camouflaged entrepreneurial spirit and talents of young students.”ENSA was founded in 2000, and has since produced many highly educated young engineers who are now working abroad, and in various service and industry sectors. “Junior CEOs” will be the first event ENSA has hosted of its kind, and is designed to unite both new and already successful Moroccan enterprises across the country.Event Schedule:8:30-9:00 a.m.: Guest reception and breakfast9:00-11:00 a.m.: Inaugural conference addressing, “Young Entrepreneurship: A Strategic Choice in the face of Socio-Economic Imbalances”11:00-12:00 p.m.: Round-table activity on, “Why Appeal to Junior Enterprises?”12:00-2:00 p.m.: Panel inauguration and lunch2:00-4:00 p.m.: “Failure Stories”4:00-6:00 p.m.: Competition (team presentations and results)6:00 p.m.: Coffee and concluding remarksOpportunities for Career Growth“During the event, you will learn which steps to follow and which mistakes to avoid [as an aspiring entrepreneur]. Through the experience of the speakers at the inaugural conference, you will explore the prospecting techniques that new enterprises follow, and their inner-workings. You will learn how to stand out and how to survive in a merciless market.You will also get to discover all the discrepancies between the legal, administrative, financial, networking, and outreach components of entrepreneurship. We [at ENSA] are the event organizers, so on one hand, we will take care of all the logistics […] but on the other hand, the event will provide networking opportunities for everyone,” Soufi explains.Soufi goes on to add, “The junior enterprise at ENSA has a strong will to create its own companies and wages […] but we have to take the initiative […], and this is our first step. My personal goal is create a platform where all students discover and shape their ambitions before they throw themselves out into the world of wage labor.In the future, I aspire to create a video game studio (which is a rare thing in Morocco), and to travel across the globe to share and listen to all the unusual experiences and stories of other entrepreneurs.”How To Sign UpAll students, young entrepreneurs, and ambitious persons looking to develop their own enterprises are invited to attend! To register or get an event schedule, just send an email to contact.emje@gmail.com requesting more information, or stating your desire to participate. read more

Cracks appear in German government over planned climate law

BERLIN — Divisions between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her coalition partners appear to be widening over plans for an ambitious law to curb greenhouse gas emissions.Environment Minister Svenja Schulze of the centre-left Social Democrats said Monday it would be “very sensible” for Germany to join other European countries in setting a target of ‘net zero’ emissions by mid-century.The idea proposed by France and eight other countries didn’t receive backing from Merkel at last week’s European Union summit.Speaking ahead of a climate change meeting of 35 countries in Berlin, Schulze also insisted that Cabinet should agree on a “strong” climate law this year that includes some form of carbon tax.The leader of Merkel’s centre-right party, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, has instead favoured expanding an EU-wide carbon trading system.The Associated Press read more

Military chief of UN mission in Lebanon holds meetings with local authorities

4 May 2007The military head of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) today began a series of meetings with local authorities in the south of the country, the start of a concerted effort by the peacekeeping mission to strengthen its relationships with the communities where it operates. The military head of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) today began a series of meetings with local authorities in the south of the country, the start of a concerted effort by the peacekeeping mission to strengthen its relationships with the communities where it operates.UNIFIL Force Commander Maj.-Gen. Claudio Graziano held a meeting in the town of Tyre with the mayor, other representatives of the area’s municipal authorities, as well as local parliamentarians and members of the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF). There were also representatives of the Italian, Ghanaian, French, Turkish, Chinese and Portuguese UNIFIL contingents deployed in the Tyre area.The Force Commander and his interlocutors discussed security issues, the humanitarian work undertaken by UNIFIL and the Mission’s cooperation with the LAF before fielding questions from the other attendees, according to a press release issued by the Force.“I consider the relationship between UNIFIL and the local communities a high priority,” Maj.-Gen. Graziano said at the end of today’s meeting. “It is essential that these relations are characterized by trust, confidence and mutual respect.He noted that the Force, which was established in 1978, has traditionally had good relations with local communities. While its mandate, structure and size changed following last summer’s war between Israel and Hizbollah, the mission “remains committed to maintaining these relations and protecting and supporting the population in the south,” he said.A Security Council resolution last August, which ended the 34-day war, authorized an expansion in both the mandate and size of UNIFIL. As of 11 April this year, there were 13,058 military personnel, which includes almost 11,000 troops and nearly 1,700 others in the maritime task force, as well as nearly 500 local and international civilian staff. read more