SP suspects ‘internal sabotage’ played a key role in poll debacle

first_imgThe Samajwadi Party suspects that ‘internal sabotage’ may have played a part in its poor performance in the 2017 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. Though the party did not categorically name any leader, it has given subtle hints that Shivpal Yadav, the estranged uncle of former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, is the suspect. The two were part of a bitter family feud in the months leading to and during the polls. As part of its performance review exercise, the party has claimed that some of its leaders and workers gave tacit support to the BJP. The party is trying to identity such people and has promised to act sternly against them.On Monday, SP president Akhilesh Yadav held a review meeting with top leaders and candidates from the Yadav stronghold areas — Farukhabad, Etawah, Auraiya, Mainpuri, Firozabad, Kannauj, Etah and Kasganj. The SP suffered huge losses in its stronghold this time. Mr. Shivpal Yadav has so far stayed away from the party meetings called by Mr. Akhilesh. “It has come to light that some people acted against the declared SP candidate, directly or indirectly, and gave support to the BJP,” SP spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhary said.Days after the election results were declared last month, the SP started a drive to identify those who damaged the party from within. SP State president Naresh Uttam Patel assigned party general secretaries, and district and city presidents the task of identifying the “leaders, office-bearers and workers” who worked against the SP’s candidates. In a letter to party office-bearers, Mr. Patel said the SP state office and Akhilesh Yadav himself received information that leaders and workers were working against the party in “some areas.”Mr. Patel had given the SP city and district presidents and general secretaries till March 31 to submit a list of people who worked against the party. They were asked to do it in a sealed envelope to maintain secrecy.“They need to be identified and action taken against them so that the party organisation does not become weak,” Mr. Patel wrote in his letter. The SP has convened a meeting of its district and city presidents, and state executive office-bearers on April 6. Mr. Akhilesh Yadav will address it. Bid to strengthen partyThe party is also working to stitch together a programme to “strengthen” and “activate” the party organisation, youth organisation and other frontal organisations, district and city units, said Mr. Chaudhary.last_img read more

Scientists raise red flag on overfishing of hilsa

first_imgScientists have raised alarm over the exploitation of hilsa, Tenualosa ilisha, undoubtedly the most sought after fish in West Bengal and suggested a cap on its maximum sustainable yield per year.A paper titled Present Status of the Sustainable Fishing Limits for Hilsa Shad in the northern Bay of Bengal, India, published earlier this year by scientists from the School of Oceanographic Studies (SOS), Jadavpur University, points out that the value of recorded fishing mortality has exceeded the sustainable fishing mortality over the past few years, putting the species in danger.“To conserve the hilsa population in its natural habitat, the hilsa fishery needs suitable fishing regulations, restricting the number of fishing boats within 3,987 and maximum allowable hilsa catch (Maximum Sustainable Yield) at 25,440 tonnes per year in the northern Bay of Bengal region,” the publication states.This is the first attempt to measure the maximum sustainable yield of the hilsa species, particularly in West Bengal and offshore, Sugata Hazra, director, SOS, who is the principal investigator of the research and one of the authors of the publication said. The paper published in the National Academy of Sciences has also been authored by Isha Das, Sourav Das, Sandip Giri and Sourav Maity.Penal provisionWest Bengal Fishing Minister Chandranath Sinha admitted that the over-exploitation of the species is something which concerns the State government. “We are considering a proposal of having penal provisions for those who catch hilsa less than 500 grams of weight. Even those who buy the fish will be penalised,” Mr Sinha told The Hindu.Based on the advice of experts, the State government had issued notification of declaring five areas of the river Ganga, including a five sq.km. area around sand bars located in the rivers Matla, Roymongal and Thakuran in Sunderbans, where the river meets the sea as a hilsa sanctuary. As per regulations, all fish catching activities in these hilsa sanctuaries are prohibited from June to August and October to December.But according to experts these restrictions are far from being implemented at the ground level. The paper documents hilsa yield across three major fish landing centres — Digha, Diamond Harbour and Fraserganj in West Bengal — from 2002 to 2015 whic dropped to 13, 405 tonnes from 32,100 tonnes. In 2010, the hilsa yield was abnormally high in the State at 60,460 tonnes, which scientist say was an exception and could have have been triggered by global climate events.According to Professor Hazra, the publication points out that the hilsa fishery in the northern Bay of Bengal is “being unsustainably exploited” and the over fishing about 38% over the past few years (2012-16) has been noticed after comparing the fishing mortality.The publication points out that the annual catch has decreased by 13 % over the past decade and that the hilsa fishery in the northern Bay of Bengal is targeting smaller fish, which is unsustainable in the long run. Hilsa or ilish, as it is called in West Bengal is intrinsically linked to the culture of the State and makes 11% of the total fish catch of the State.Professor Hazra said that if the catch is regulated for a period about five years, the population will stabilise.last_img read more

It’s Already on File: How Administrative Records Can Help Assess Mobility

first_imgThe motto of the U.S. Census Bureau, the government’s de facto statistical agency, is “Measuring America—People, Places, and Our Economy.” As assistant director  for research and methodology at the Census Bureau, Ron Jarmin tries not only to improve how those measurements are done but also how the outside research community can make use of the data once they’ve been collected.The rest of the government also collects vast amounts of data on Americans in the course of doing its job. But officials at the so-called mission agencies—labor, justice, treasury, education, health, housing, and so on—have historically paid relatively little attention to how researchers outside the government might be able to use their data.That could be changing, however. A 14 February memo from Sylvia Burwell, then the director of the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB), urges agencies to make better use of the massive amounts of economic and demographic data they routinely collect—so long as their actions do not jeopardize privacy or undermine the confidentiality of the records themselves. 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Specifically, officials hope the additional number crunching will allow them to better evaluate existing programs, address new challenges, and save money by reducing the need to collect data already in some other government file. OMB plans to help agencies get over the hump by highlighting successful practices across the government and providing model agreements to foster collaboration among departments.The initiative also coincides with a new push to increase outside access to the government’s social and economic data.  The Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics, a coalition of organizations that rely on federal statistics, has funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for a survey of how agencies now manage administrative records, says Kitty Smith, the council’s executive director who for many years led the Economic Research Service, the chief statistical agency within the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The next step will be to ask scientists to identify the most valuable agency data sets, followed by discussions on what it would take to make them available. The OMB memo could grease the skids for such cooperative activities, Smith adds.The OMB memo focuses on what it calls nonpublic administrative records. That includes everything from income and earnings data submitted to the Internal Revenue Service and the Social Security Administration to what individuals provide when they apply for housing, nutrition, education, agriculture, and any number of federal assistance programs.Most of that information is collected under strict rules designed to protect the privacy of any named individuals or companies and to ensure that the records themselves remain off-limits to anyone without the proper security clearance. And Burwell, who last month was nominated to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, emphasizes the importance of “fully respecting privacy and protecting confidentiality” of those records.The need to balance “the legal prohibitions and the opportunities” of working with administrative records is a long-running issue for federal agencies, says a senior OMB official, who agreed to talk with ScienceInsider on background. Statistical agencies have had much more experience in knowing where to draw the line, the official notes, citing as an example the cautious process the Census Bureau followed more than 2 decades ago in creating a network of secure data centers, where outsiders can access sensitive data under tight supervision.The first center was opened within the bureau’s headquarters in Suitland, Maryland, the official explains, the second at the agency’s regional center in Boston. Eventually came a university-based center, and now there are more than a dozen operating around the country. “The point is that it was taken one step at a time,” the official says. “And so far everybody is very pleased with their success.”The new directive assumes that agencies will take a similarly cautious approach when they undertake statistical analyses of their existing records. “The boon of technology is that we can do things we could never do before, like record matching and record linkages,” the OMB official says. “But the bane is that the same technology we use to good effect could be used by those of less goodwill, to do harm, or at least do the kinds of things that were not the intention of those who collected this information.”“Our compact with the American people says that we will maintain the confidentiality of the information,” the OMB official emphasizes. “And the agencies are responsible for making sure that happens. It’s not just a legal framework, it’s a bond we have with the public.”Social science researchers say they take that bond seriously, and live in constant fear that there might be a breach. “Researchers would always like less restrictive access,” says Miles Corak, an economist at the University of Ottawa who has helped develop data sets on social mobility while working for Statistics Canada. “But you have to appreciate that if there’s just one mistake, or one time that data are disclosed, it ruins it for everybody, forever. So you can understand why the government is so risk averse.”U.S. social scientists say the biggest threat to expanded use of administrative records could come not from the agencies that manage them but from Congress. Some legislators think that the government is already collecting too much information, they note. Researchers worry that politicians might overreact to any move toward making more linkages by attempting to ban existing access, including those arrangements that have led to a better understanding of social phenomena.Such an outcome “would be about as far away from evidence-based policy as you can get,” says Tim Smeeding, an economist at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. “It’s like saying, ‘Let’s just hide the evidence and not give people access to it.’ That makes no sense to me.”*Correction, 4 June, 10:40 a.m.: Timothy Smeeding was incorrectly identified as a sociologist in an earlier version of the story.See also:The science of inequality What Surveys Have Told Us About U.S. Social Mobility How Two Economists Got Direct Access to IRS Tax Recordscenter_img The IGE: Anatomy of a Mobility Scorelast_img read more

Kolkata Knight Riders paid the price of dropping David Warner, says Gautam Gambhir

first_imgKolkata Knight Riders (KKR) captain Gautam Gambhir said his team committed the sin of dropping David Warner and that’s what had cost his team the match against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH).Captain Warner smashed a marauding 126 runs off 59 deliveries as SRH registered a crucial 48-run victory over KKR in their Indian Premier League (IPL) clash at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Sunday.Warner unleashed mayhem as he smashed 10 fours and eight sixes to power his team to 209/3 in 20 overs. Kolkata could only score 161/7 in reply.Speaking after the match, Gambhir said dropping Warner was never really going to help his team.Warner got a life on 86 when Chris Woakes dropped an easy catch at long-off off chinaman spinner Kuldeep Yadav in the fifth ball of the 10th over. The catch went over the boundary line for a six and the following ball gave Warner another six to take him to 98.The next over saw Warner complete a double with a flick towards midwicket off a Umesh Yadav delivery as he registered his century in just 43 deliveries.”Catches win matches and you cannot drop catches off a player like David Warner. When you drop a player like warner, he will come back and haunt you and that’s what he did today,” Gambhir said.Gambhir also blasted KKR’s “sloppy” fielding and urged the players to “pull up the socks”.”We need to improve in our fielding. We have been very sloppy so far in the tournament, we need to pull up our socks if we have to do well.advertisement”They could not have got to that score if we had taken our chances. We have two more games at home, hopefully we can play some good cricket,” he said.last_img read more

Got distracted when Zulpikar Maimaitiali hit me below the belt but ultimately victory matters: Vijender Singh to India Today

first_imgWith this ninth successive win since turning pro, Vijender Singh is now a double title holder —  WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight Champion and WBO Oriental Super Middleweight Champion.India’s boxing superstar Vijender Singh was supposed to lord over the ring in Mumbai against his Chinese opponent Zulpikar Maimaitiali. But to Vijender’s own admission ‘this Chinese product did last long’.Braving strong punches from his younger opponent, Vijender ultimately escaped with a 96-93, 95-94, 95-94 verdict in his favour. “He is a young kid and I appreciate him. He tried well. But both tiltes are still with me,” Vijender wearing bruises of a bloodied nose told India Today post win.With this ninth successive win since turning pro, Vijender is now a double title holder, winning Zulpikar’s Oriental Super Middleweight title as well.But having billed the fight into an India-China clash, Vijender was quick to indulge into a moment of diplomacy. “I offered him my title. It’s all about peace. I am saying take this belt but don’t come to my territory. Tell your people to behave with India. I don’t think he understood. But my message was about peace. Hindi Chini bhai bhai,” he explained his offer.The last time Hindi Chini bhai bhai pitch was raised the reciprocation wasn’t conducive. But, for Vijender, perhaps the message was symbolic, one with which he also attempts to score a political point.Having Amitabh Bachchan and Baba Ramdev in attendence, Vijender couldn’t regale the Mumbai crowd with a knockout punch he promised. India’s first boxing Olympic medallist blamed Zulpikar’s dirty play for his lack lustere showing in the final few rounds.advertisementZulpikar was given an official warning in the sixth round and docked points for hitting below the belt. “I didn’t expect the fight to go to the 10th round. When he hit below the belt, I got distracted and that changed everything. But ultimately victory matters,” he added.Going with the flavour of the contest, Vijender would be happy to have beaten the Chinese as promised but with the younger opponent packing a punch, the star boxer would know he would need to up his game to overcome stiffer challenges.SINGH IS KING! @boxervijenderWBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight title ??WBO Oriental Super Middleweight title ??#BattleGroundAsia pic.twitter.com/saVTaKuQzU- IOS Boxing (@IOSBoxing) August 5, 2017He came.He saw.He conquered.@boxervijender kept his unbeaten record in Pro-Boxing intact! #BattleGroundAsia pic.twitter.com/MFpMNGYOD4- IOS Boxing (@IOSBoxing) August 5, 2017A moment to cherish for all of us! The whole country is proud of @boxervijender. #BattleGroundAsia pic.twitter.com/9SZnyTbQgy- IOS Boxing (@IOSBoxing) August 5, 2017Surreal atmosphere! The moment when @boxervijender was announced as the champion. Nothing less than goosebumps!#BattleGroundAsia pic.twitter.com/3CayWQ7TL6- IOS Boxing (@IOSBoxing) August 5, 2017T 2507 – ??? ?? !! ???? ?? ??? ?? ?? ???? !! Vijendra beats China opponent to keep his title !! A slug fest but WE won ! Congratulations ! pic.twitter.com/qbd5n6HPdd- Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) August 5, 2017Tough match this,but congrats @boxervijender .Enjoyed Hakka Noodles while watching ur fight & you made Chinese Hakka Bakka#BattleGroundAsia pic.twitter.com/6nlcX92MHM- Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 5, 2017Congratulations to @boxervijender for the great win. Chinese met a grand defeat in Mumbai and same will happen in Doklam #BattleGroundAsia pic.twitter.com/d7kwncuvgQ- Swami Ramdev (@yogrishiramdev) August 5, 2017Congratulations @boxervijender on yet another victory. Looked like the best match of your pro-boxing career. Superbly done#BattleGroundAsia- Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) August 5, 2017WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight champ Vijender Singh ??????????beat WBO Oriental Super Middleweight champ Zulpikar Maimaitiali from China- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 5, 2017#VijenderSingh 9-0SonnyWhitingDeanGillenSamHyuseinovAlexanderHorvathMatiouzeRoyerAndrzej SoldraKerry HopeFrancis ChekaZ Maimaitiali- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 5, 2017Congratulations my brother @boxervijender!! Sabash shera ??#BattleGroundAsia. Keep rocking- Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) August 5, 2017It was like a #MohammadAli vs #Tyson in styles of fighting..very well fought my brother @boxervijender..retains the title #BattleGroundAsia pic.twitter.com/aXHhrEr9au- Randeep Hooda (@RandeepHooda) August 5, 2017last_img read more

Lightning End Rangers’ Run, 2-1

first_imgTAMPA, Fla. — A power-play miscue cost the New York Rangers a chance at equaling the longest winning streak in team history.Valtteri Filppula’s short-handed goal snapped a tie late in the third period, and the Tampa Bay Lightning ended the Rangers’ nine-game run with a 2-1 victory the night of Nov. 19.“It doesn’t matter how many games you win, when you play you want to win every game,” New York goalie Henrik Lundqvist said. “This one, the way we lose, it’s extremely frustrating.”Dominic Moore scored for the Rangers, who fell one short of matching the franchise record of 10 straight wins accomplished in 1939-40 and 1972-73.In their first meeting since Tampa Bay beat the Rangers in Game 7 of last season’s Eastern Conference final, Filppula scored with 1:05 to play off a 2-on-1 pass from J.T. Brown.“Maybe I was a little too aggressive (on Brown),” Lundqvist said. “A tough way to end it.”Tampa Bay also got a goal from Alex Killorn. Ben Bishop stopped Chris Kreider’s penalty shot in the third and finished with 20 saves, improving to 9-0 against the Rangers in the regular season.Tampa Bay is 4-7-2 over the last 13 games, scoring 21 goals during that stretch.“It’s got to turn around at some point,” coach Jon Cooper said. “We had to get the break, and clearly that’s a big break. The first short-handed goal of the season to be a game-winner.”The Lightning are without injured forwards Ryan Callahan, Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat, Cedric Paquette and Jonathan Drouin. All are day to day except for Palat, who could miss three to five more weeks with an ankle injury.Moore tied it at 1 from in-close at 13:43 of the third after Tampa Bay defenseman Anton Stralman couldn’t control a pass from Bishop behind the net.“We spent a lot of time in their end,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. “Didn’t get enough for it. At the end of the night, this game is about two plays with the puck. Two mistakes that we made, and they made us pay for it.”Killorn opened the scoring 14:47 into the first after Filppula made a nice steal of a pass by Keith Yandle just inside the blue line to set up Killorn’s goal from the high slot.Nikita Kucherov nearly made it 2-0 on the next shift, but Lundqvist stopped his breakaway shot.Lundqvist, who is 17-13-6 against the Lightning, stopped 26 shots.Bishop had two quality saves on Mats Zuccarello during the second. The goalie also turned away Kreider’s penalty shot at 3:51 of the third.Lundqvist kept the Rangers within one with a pad save on Braydon Coburn during the final minute of the second.(MARK DIDTLER)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

I will miss bowling at him: Hasan Ali on Virat Kohli’s absence from Asia Cup

first_imgPakistan pacer Hasan Ali said he would have liked to have Virat Kohli’s wicket at the Asia Cup 2018 but felt his absence from India squad at the tournament may be good news for Pakistan.Ali was a part of the Pakistan team that inflicted a massive 180-run loss on India during the 2017 Champions Trophy in England. Ali took three wickets in the final but it was Mohammad Amir who snapped up Kohli.India and Pakistan will face each other in the Asia Cup for the first time after the Champions Trophy. The arch-rivals are scheduled to battle at least twice in the tournament and if both reach the final, then they will have played each other three times in the UAE.Ali showered praises on Indian captain Kohli, who has been rested for the tournament. He saw an opportunity for Pakistan in Kohli’s absence.READ – Virat Kohli rested for Asia Cup 2018, Rohit Sharma named India captain”Virat Kohli is a very good player. Everybody knows that he is a match-winner. Though India are still a good side, his absence is going to be an advantage for us. He can drive his team out of pressure anytime and any newcomer won’t be good enough to handle the pressure. I am definitely going to miss bowling at him. It’s natural that every young bowler would like to have his wicket.”But it’s okay if he is not coming … I will look for him the next time. I wasn’t targeting Kohli only. We are not going to play only against India as there are other teams [in the tournament] as well. Our main focus is the entire tournament rather than winning one game and losing others. We have do well to beat every team and try to win the tournament,” Ali told reporters during Pakistan’s pre-tournament camp at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.advertisementAlso read – Asia Cup: Shaheen Afridi gets maiden ODI call up for Pakistan, Hafeez, Yasir axedAli feels that post the Champions Trophy defeat, it will be India who will be under pressure when the countries face each other in UAE, a place that has been Pakistan’s cricket home for a long time now.”We are on top right now and they [India] will be under pressure from the previous defeat,” Ali said. “In UAE, these are our conditions, we have the home advantage as we have been playing here for long and very much aware how to use the conditions well. Hasan Ali wishes to take “all ten wickets” against India and perform his celebration. (Reuters Photo)”India are a good side and I wish to take all ten wickets rather than a five-for, and make my fans across the world happy with my celebration style. There is definitely pressure but I feel good when pressure mounts on me because that is where I try to perform and help my side win.”Recently, Ali was in the news for topping Kohli’s yo-yo test score and comparisons were drawn between the fitness of the two players. However, Ali quashed all the comparison and said Kohli “is fitter anyway”.Also read – Asia Cup: Lee backs Rohit and Dhawan to rise to occasion in Kohli’s absence”People might be comparing my fitness results with Kohli, but he is fitter anyway,” Hasan pointed out.”He is a world class player, he is our senior and a legend. There is nothing like I am competing with him, but I have enhanced my focus to be fitter which is anyway required for me. As a youngster you have to look after yourself properly and keep yourself fit.Also read – India are not a one-man team: Dean Jones on Kohli’s exclusion from Asia Cup”I want to play Test cricket and that’s my ambition. Similarly like my T20I and ODI performance, I want to carry on my good work in Tests as well and with my fitness, I can go long way with it.”On the other hand, Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza also believed that his team was capable of beating India in the Asia Cup.Also read – Different rules for different people: Harbhajan surprised as selectors ignore Mayank”We are not so far from the other team. I think India has a good chance (to win the title), and Pakistan will play at their home-like ground. So, they also have the opportunity (to clinch the trophy). But I want to say that, we have the ability to beat them too. We have to see if we can make the Super Four by playing good cricket in the group phase,” Mashrafe said at a press meet on Thursday at Mirpur.advertisement”After that, there are many calculations. If everything goes in the right way, we won’t be so far from other teams. We may have to face the tough situation on many occasions. Because we did not play in UAE as a team before. So, the condition will not be easy for us. Overall, we are thinking from every angle,” Mashrafe told.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Pulwama terror attack: Sehwag offers to take care of education of CRPF martyrs’ children

first_imgFormer India cricketer Virender Sehwag Saturday offered to bear the educational expenses of children of all the CRPF personnel martyred in the dastardly terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama.On Thursday, at least 40 CRPF paramilitary troopers were killed in a terror attack while several others are battling for their lives following what is being termed as the deadliest terrorist strike in three decades in the valley.”Nothing we can do will be enough, but the least I can do is offer to take complete care of the education of the children of our brave CRPF jawans martyred in #Pulwama in my Sehwag International School @SehwagSchool, Jhajjar. Saubhagya hoga,” Sehwag wrote on his twitter handle.Nothing we can do will be enough, but the least I can do is offer to take complete care of the education of the children of our brave CRPF jawans martyred in #Pulwama in my Sehwag International School @SehwagSchool , Jhajjar. Saubhagya hoga pic.twitter.com/lpRcJSmwUhVirender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) February 16, 2019Meanwhile, the RP-SG Indian Sports Honours that was scheduled to take place on Sunday night has been postponed by Virat Kohli as a mark of respect to the CRPF jawans who were martyred in Pulwama. Virat Kohli annually rewards excellence in sports and nurtures promising athletes through the Virat Kohli Foundation.”The who’s who of entertainment and sports industry were expected to attend the award ceremony. Every partner and all the sportstars and delegates associated with this award have been informed and communicated with stating that hosting an event was unacceptable at this moment when India is mourning the death of its jawans,” a press release stated.advertisement”The RP-SG Indian Sports Honours has been postponed. At this heavy moment of loss that we all find ourselves in, we would like to cancel this event that was scheduled to take place tomorrow,” Kohli tweeted.The RP-SG Indian Sports Honours has been postponed. At this heavy moment of loss that we all find ourselves in, we would like to cancel this event that was scheduled to take place tomorrow.Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) February 15, 2019Star boxer Vijender Singh, who is employed with Haryana Police, is donating a month’s salary.”I’m donating my one month’s salary for the martyrs of #PulwamaTerrorAttack and want everyone to come forward and support the families. It is our moral duty to always standby them and make them feel proud of their sacrifices. Jai Hind,” the Olympic medallist said.I’m donating my one month’s salary for the martyrs of #PulwamaTerrorAttack and want everyone to come forward and support the families. It is our moral duty to always standby them and make them feel proud of their sacrifices.Jai Hind #PulawamaAttack #PulwamaRevenge pic.twitter.com/b0oQVkxIRFVijender Singh (@boxervijender) February 15, 2019An explosive-laden SUV rammed into one of the buses in the CRPF convoy at Awantipora town in the Pulwama district.Condolence messages have been pouring in for the family of the deceased soldiers since the news of the attack broke out.Condemning the terror attack, the big-hitting former India opener had earlier tweeted, “Really pained by the cowardly attack on our CRPF in J&K in which our brave men have been martyred . No words are enough to describe the pain. I wish a speedy recovery to those injured.Really pained by the cowardly attack on our CRPF in J&K in which our brave men have been martyred . No words are enough to describe the pain. I wish a speedy recovery to those injured.#SudharJaaoWarnaSudhaarDengeVirender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) February 14, 2019last_img read more



Maxar stock plunges after shortseller says space companys dividend is at risk

first_imgTORONTO – Maxar Technologies Ltd. stock plunged Tuesday after the formerly-named MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates was targeted by a analyst report from an acknowledged short-seller firm.The company’s shares ended down $7.59 or 13.15 per cent at $50.14 on the Toronto Stock Exchange after Spruce Point Capital Management issued a press release that warned, among other things, that Maxar’s dividend is at risk.Spruce Point also set an intermediate price target for Maxar stock in the range of US$20 to US$25 per share — about half of Maxar’s previous 52-week low of US$42.11 on the New York Stock Exchange.Maxar said Spruce Point’s report contains a number of inaccurate claims and misleading statements.“Maxar believes it is a direct attempt by a short-seller to profit, at the expense of Maxar shareholders, by manipulating Maxar’s stock price,” the company said in a statement.A decline in stock prices tends to benefit short sellers that plan to buy the shares after they’ve fallen.Maxar stock had already fallen every trading day since the space technology company reported second-quarter financial results on July 31.However, 10 out of 11 analysts tracked by Thomson Reuters Eikon rated Maxar a “buy” or “strong buy” on Tuesday and none rated it a “sell” or “strong sell. The mid-point of their estimates was C$62.32.Short-selling is a normal technique used by investment managers and some active individual traders but it is uncommon for firms to issue press releases to draw attention to their analysis.Previous campaigns by other short-sellers have drawn attention to significant problems at Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, now renamed Bausch Health Companies Inc., and Sino-Forest Corp.Spruce Point Capital said Maxar may generate US$50 million or less of free cash flow in 2018, after interest expenses and capital spending, leaving “little room” for its US$68 million per year of dividend payments.It also said MacDonald Dettwiler’s acquisition of Space Systems Loral in 2012, and DigitalGlobe in 2017, were poorly timed and executed.MDA — known for providing equipment to the International Space Station, U.S. Space Shuttle program and the Canadian government — changed its name to Maxar last October as part of its DigitalGlobe deal.Companies in this story: (TSX:MAXR)last_img read more

Georgia calls for total review of UN mission and peace process

In his address to the annual high-level debate of the General Assembly, Mikheil Saakashvili said there had not been “a comprehensive review of all aspects of the peace process” in the 14 years since the UN mission, known as UNOMIG, was established.“United Nations has tried to bring peace to this region, but it has not succeeded in making Georgia whole again, despite its unwavering recognition of Georgian sovereignty,” he said. “We cannot allow this to continue.”Mr. Saakashvili said the review “must result in fundamental changes,” particularly on the ground, where the actions of “supposedly neutral” monitors were actually biased and served to maintain the status quo.Thousands of people were forced out of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, he said, and to the detriment of those regions.The Georgian leader outlined the details of a proposal that he said offered “the alternative of security and prosperity to those who have been poisoned by the separatist illusion” in the two regions.Any plan to advance the peace process and end the current stalemate must focus on economic development and the return of displaced persons, he stressed.“We offer and recognize the right of full self-government for all those who live in Abkhazia and South Ossetia with our sovereignty, territorial borders und international guarantees. We offer constitutional changes to enshrine the protection of minorities, including language rights, the protection of culture and education.“And we are even willing to offer special property rights to all interested groups in order to enhance their identity to guarantee and secure that their long-term survival will be secure and guaranteed by the state and the international community. And we offer and welcome a robust role for the European Union and more engagement of the EU on the ground.“In short, we offer a level of autonomy grounded in the very same principles that has guided the rest of Europe in promoting peace, prosperity in its multi-ethnic tapestry.”He said continued ignorance of ethnic cleansing was “a stain of the moral copybook of the international community. These disputes are no longer about ethnic grievance. They are about the manipulation of greed by a tiny minority of activists and militants and militias and their foreign backers at the expense of the local population.”The President asked why “elements of Russia” were building a new military base in South Ossetia, “in the middle of Georgia… very far from the Russian territory,” adding that he had documentary evidence to support his remarks. 26 September 2007Georgia’s President called today for a complete review of the United Nations observer mission in his country and the wider peace process with the regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, saying the status quo was unacceptable and served to reward the architects of ethnic cleansing and a minority of activists, militias and their foreign supporters. read more

Six killed in Samanthurai

According to the police both vehicles were speeding and those killed were all accupants of the three wheeler.The police said that three women, a man and two children were among the victims. The bus driver has been arrested. Six people were killed in Samanthurai last night following an accident involving a three wheeler and a bus, the police said.The bus and three wheeler were travelling on opposite directions when the accident took place in Nindavur.

Carbon Soccer Wins One Drops One Photo Gallery

The Carbon Dinos got their first win of the soccer season on Wednesday as the team dominated San Juan. The win came on the Dinos’ home turf as the Broncos visited Price.In the matchup, Carbon put in a season-high seven goals. The Dinos only allowed one goal to slip past as they handed the Broncos a 7-1 loss.Next up, the Dinos traveled to Moab on Friday to take on the Red Devils.Carbon only allowed one goal in the first half but were unable to score any themselves and went into halftime down one. Grand erupted for four goals in the second half to put the game out of reach. Carbon did get a lone score in the half, but it prove insufficient.Carbon (0-7, 0-2 Region 14) will look for another win when it faces Union (0-7-1, 0-2 Region 14) on Wednesday. That game will be broadcast live on ETV Channel 10 and online at 3:30 p.m. read more

Sir Cliff Richard sues the BBC and police after raid of his

first_imgThe singer, actor and TV star has enjoyed a remarkable career spanning more than half a century.Sir Cliff’s greatest hits include chart-toppers such as The Young Ones, Living Doll, Summer Holiday, We Don’t Talk Anymore and 1988 Christmas number one Mistletoe And Wine.A BBC spokesman said: “While we haven’t received any notification of action, we’ve said previously we are very sorry that Sir Cliff has suffered distress but we have a duty to report on matters of public interest and we stand by our journalism.”The Telegraph approached South Yorkshire Police for comment. I am obviously thrilled that the vile accusations and the resulting investigation have finally been brought to a closeSir Cliff Richard Sir Cliff Richard Sir Cliff Richard, the singer, is suing the BBC and South Yorkshire Police after a raid on his home was filmed from a helicopter and shown live on TV.Sir Cliff was the subject of a long-running South Yorkshire Police investigation which centred on accusations dating between 1958 and 1983 made by four men.Officers investigating allegations of historical sex offences were filmed searching his apartment in Berkshire in 2014, leading to him being publicly named as the subject of the probe. Sir Cliff was never arrested or chargedCredit:Steve Paston/PA  Sir Cliff Richardcenter_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Sir Cliff described the accusations as “vile”Credit:Heathcliff O’Malley  Responding to the announcement Sir Cliff said that “a cloud lifted. After the initial investigation was brought to a close in June, Sir Cliff said he was “thrilled”.He criticised what he called “vile accusations”, adding he was “named before I was even interviewed, and for me that was like being hung out like ‘live bait'”.Sir Cliff added: “I have always maintained my innocence, co-operated fully with the investigation, and cannot understand why it has taken so long to get to this point.”Nevertheless, I am obviously thrilled that the vile accusations and the resulting investigation have finally been brought to a close.”Lawyers for the singer lodged papers at the High Court in London yesterday. They give little detail but Sir Cliff is listed as a claimant and the BBC and Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police as defendants. He was never arrested or charged and his case was discontinued by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in June on the grounds of insufficient evidence.Applications to review two of the charging decisions under the Victims’ Right to Review scheme were later received.However, last month the CPS said a review of the evidence “concluded that the decisions not to charge were correct”.last_img read more

Olympian James Cracknell in training for Boat Race after taking up Masters

Decorated: Cracknell (left) celebrates with team-mates Steve Redgrave, Tim Foster and Matthew Pinsent after winning the gold medal in the men’s coxless fours at the Sydney Olympic in September 2000Credit:Ross Kinnaird/GETTY IMAGES James Cracknell celebrates with team-mates Steve Redgrave, Tim Foster and Matthew Pinsent The 47-year-old was pictured dressed in the team’s uniform Credit: Geoff Robinson The Olympian rower James Cracknell has been training ahead of the Boat Race, after taking up am MPhil in Human Evolution at Cambridge University.The 47-year-old was pictured dressed in the team’s Light Blue uniform as he trained on the River Great Ouse in Ely, Cambs.The Light Blue Boat crew will be officially announced next Thursday and if he is selected he will become the oldest man ever to compete in the famous race.Andy Probert was 38 when he coxed Cambridge in 1992 and Mike Wherley was 36 when he rowed for Oxford in 2008.Cracknell, who has two Olympic Gold medals, would also become the most decorated man to row in the annual contest against Oxford. The 47-year-old was pictured dressed in the team's uniform  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.  “If he hits a wall in the race it will be because of the exertion – the same as anyone else in the team – not because of his age.” Matt Roberts, former personal trainer to David Cameron, said that competing in the Boat Race is “definitely not too strenuous” for a 47 year-old.“There is no barrier or reason why he can’t do it. His body is conditioned enough to be able to cope with the exertion,” he told The Telegraph.  “As we get older our tendons and ligaments are potentially less elastic, so there is higher risk of potential injury. But you would have discovered that already in training. read more

NHS digital leaders leaving for private sector over Health Secretarys tech revolution

NHS digital leaders are leaving for the private sector in frustration over the “chaos” involved in introducing Matt Hancock’s tech “revolution”, a departing IT chief warns.Richard Corbridge, formerly chief digital and information officer at Leeds teaching hospitals, describes the “excrutiating” situation of trying to realise centrally-imposed slogans such as “axe the fax” and “purge the pager” without dedicated funds.Writing for The Telegraph, he points to a brain drain of top digital talent necessary for transforming the Health and Social Care Secretary’s flagship ambition into a reality.Improving digital innovation in the health service is a central plank of the organisation’s 10-year plan announced in January.However, recent months have seen the departure of several key leaders to the private sector, such as NHS England’s Chief Digital Officer Juliet Bauer, as well as chief information officers at Royal Brompton & Harefield and South London & Maudsley trusts, and senior staff at NHS Digital.Basic innovations commonly embraced by businesses, such as embracing cloud technology or single sign-in systems, are passed up because funds are often diverted to “fighting today’s crisis”, Mr Corbridge warns.Cloud services are considered crucial for improving the NHS’s clunky system for sharing patient records, currently considered the one of the biggest blocks to improving efficiency in the health service.Meanwhile frontline doctors commonly grapple with up to 12 different passwords for various hospital systems, such as calling up test results, creating log-jams at computers on the wards.While welcoming Mr Hancock’s vision and the promise of funds, Mr Corbridge argues that until cash for IT is ring-fenced hospital bosses will continue diverting it towards more “visible” concerns, such as extra beds.“For a digital health leader, the situation is excrutiating,” he writes.“The ideas are there, the intention is there, but without money to deliver innovation we’re stuck in a state of paralysis, unable to ease the burden for NHS staff who continue to battle against the problems caused by an ageing population, years of chronic underfunding and a staffing crisis that amounts to over 100,000 vacant posts.”He says campaigns aboloshing the use of fax and pagers have been “enforced by centrally imposed deadlines, without consultation, additional funding or resource”.Mr Corbridge has left to become director of innovation at Boots having first joined the NHS 23 years ago, while Juliet Bauer has joined LIVI, Europe’s largest provider of digital GP appointments.A recent study by the Taxpayers Alliance, endorsed by Mr Hancock, found that one tenth of the NHS budget – roughly £12.5 billion – could be saved by the introduction of “automation” across the health service.These included innovations such as the use of AI to analyse emergency calls, which some argue can react to life-threatening situations more quickly, as well as online GP booking.As far back as 2002, the Wanless report advised that NHS trusts should allocate at least 3 per cent of their annual budget to IT, yet currently most devote closer to one per cent, said Mr Corbridge.“A plan is only a plan when it has funding identified,” he writes. “Without that element, it’s an aspiration, a business case – no matter how good it is, it’s not a plan.”He described leaving the public sector as “extremely sad”, but said there was a growing view among him and similar-minded colleagues that it is easier to improve services for patients from the private sector.A spokesman for the Department of Health and Social Care said: “We recognise the NHS has been a frustrating place to work for some of our most talented technologists.“We set up NHSX to cut red tape and make it easier for our talented tech workforce to get things done. “To help them in that ambition we are simplifying cluttered central tech bureaucracy mandating internationally recognised standards for NHS systems that will bring down the cost of technology, and re-enforcing procurement so our COIs can purchase the tools that they need.“We’re at the start of this journey. We know that there is much more to do to deliver for patients and staff, and the NHS long-term plan, backed with an extra £33.9 billion in cash terms a year by 2023-24, will guarantee the future of our health service.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

From Bali to Cologne the IPCC conference series goes from strength to

first_imgWith an attendance of over 100, of which about half were from mining groups including most of the leading companies with coal operations in Indonesia as well as other mining representatives from India, Canada, Chile, Papua New Guinea, Thailand and elsewhere, the IPCC 2012 event in Bali was a great success, confirming the relevance of the concept for mines in Asia. Most of the mining groups in attendance were conducting IPCC feasibility projects or already had some elements of IPCC at their operations. A group photo of some 70 of the delegates is attached. The following are just a few of the comments received following the event, and the highlights of the presentations themselves will be included in a special article in the International Mining December 2012 issue:“Thanks again for a great conference at Bali 2012”“It was a great IPCC conference and appreciated you organising it”“Thanks again for the well-organised days on a well selected location”“We enjoyed the meeting and look forward to next year”It is also our pleasure to formally announce that Cologne has been selected as the venue for IPCC 2013 – as usual there will be a strong showing from the key OEMs, consultants and component suppliers, but this time we are aiming to bring the IPCC “story” to mines in Europe, Russia, Africa and the Middle East in particular, whether that be in relation to coal and lignite mining, phosphates, iron ore, oil shale or other commodities. We particularly invite mining groups in these regions to get in touch if interested in speaking and attending at the IPCC 2013 event: please contact IPCC 2013 Conference Director, Paul Moore, at paul@im-mining.comPlease keep visiting the IM website for details on the Cologne venue. We will also be having a field trip to one of the RWE lignite operations in the region, which are world leaders in their degree of high tonnage belt conveyor utilisation; and the relocation of belt conveyors. Their three operations: Hambach, Inden and Garzweiler, together mine over 100 Mt/y of coal and over 455 million bcm (bank cubic metres) of overburden annually. Watch this space!last_img read more

Anchorman 2 stars hit Dublin red carpet sign some faces generally remain

first_imgFOLLOWING WHAT MAY well have been the most sustained promotional campaign for any entertainment event (it started over a year-and-a-half ago with this Ron Burgundy appearance on Conan) the first Irish fans finally got to see what all the hype was about this evening as Anchorman 2 had its Dublin premiere.With the notable exception of lady-newscaster Veronica Corningstone, the entire Channel 4 news team — along with director Adam McKay — were on hand at the Savoy to pose for selfies, stage comically mistimed high-fives and autograph whatever happened to come into their field of vision.Things escalated really quickly…last_img

Google Maps corrige le tir concernant les favelas de Rio

first_imgGoogle Maps corrige le tir concernant les favelas de Rio Google vient d’annoncer que les cartes de Rio de Janeiro qui laissaient apparaître les favelas de la ville allaient être modifiées sur son service Maps.   Rio de Janeiro, au Brésil, doit accueillir la Coupe du monde de football en 2014 et les Jeux Olympiques en 2016. Le géant américain Google avait été fortement critiqué pour laisser apparaître sur son site de géolocalisation Google Maps les favelas de la ville. Le directeur de la branche brésilienne du groupe a expliqué que “Google n’a jamais eu l’intention de discréditer Rio […] le problème est le manque d’informations sur les cartes”. Pour éviter les problèmes les cartes devraient être totalement actualisées d’ici un an maximum.  Le quotidien O Globo, cité par l’AFP, rapporte les propos du directeur indiquant que l’internaute “pourra d’abord voir l’information la plus importante comme le nom des quartiers et, au moyen du zoom, les sous-quartiers avec leurs rues et seulement après les favelas”. C’est ce même journal brésilien qui, dans un reportage publié ce week-end faisait remarquer que Google Maps “réduisait Rio à un ensemble de favelas” où certains quartiers touristiques parmi les plus célèbres n’apparaissaient même pas. Or, selon la municipalité de la ville, les favelas ne constituent que 3,8% du territoire de la ville.Le 1 mai 2011 à 13:04 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Man credits square dancing with helping manage kidney disease

first_imgElmer and Betty Toops danced their first square dance in 1980. In the 32 years that have followed, nothing’s stopped their dancing.Their two children, now adults, took dance lessons. Weekends concluded with Sunday evening dances. Family vacations included square-dance festivals.You can do-si-do your way to better health at these upcoming events:o Round-dancing lessons with Dorothy Lowder: 3-6 p.m. every Sunday at Clark County Square Dance Center, 10713 N.E. 117th Ave., Vancouver. First lesson free; $5 per lesson after. 503-232-7544.o Country line-dance lessons, 6:30- 8 p.m. every Tuesday at Fishers Grange No. 211, 814 N.E. 162nd Ave., Vancouver. Admission is $4. 360-521-8360.o Square dance with the Buzzin’ Bees, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 1 at Hazel Dell Grange No. 1124, 7509 N.E. Hazel Dell Ave., Vancouver. Admission is $6. 360-833-0879.o Sunday dances, 2-4 p.m. every Sunday at Luepke Senior Center, 1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd., Vancouver. Admission is $3. 360-487-7055.Not even Elmer’s end-stage renal disease diagnosis two years ago has been able to stop the dancing duo. In fact, Betty believes the dancing is what keeps Elmer healthy after nearly four decades with a disease that has slowly destroyed his kidneys.“That’s what keeps him going,” she said. “I truly believe it was the square dancing and the physical exercise. That’s why his kidney function went as long as it did.”Elmer was 35 years old when routine blood work revealed he had Berger’s disease.Berger’s disease develops when an antibody lodges in the kidneys, hampering their ability to filter waste, water and electrolytes from the blood. Over time, it can lead to blood and protein in one’s urine, high blood pressure, and swollen hands and feet, according to the Mayo Clinic.last_img read more