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India Test squad for England to be picked on July 2

first_imgThe Indian squad for the four-Test series against England, which is the first part of their forthcoming tour, will be picked on July 2, Cricket Board sources said on Thursday.”The squad would be picked in Chennai on July 2,” BCCI sources said. Incidentally, July 2 is the last day of the scheduled second India-West Indies Test in the current series and would be played at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados.Two members — Surendra Bhave and Narendra Hirwani– of the five-man selection committee, headed by Krish Srikkanth, are currently in the West Indies watching the Test series and are expected to join the discussions via tele-conference along with skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and coach Duncan Fletcher.The Indians conclude their visit to the Caribbean with the third and final Test scheduled at Roseau from July 6-10.Quite a few key members of the Indian team that won the World Cup on April 2 are missing from the touring party in the West Indies.Senior batsman Sachin Tendulkar had opted out of the entire tour to spend time with his family while regular openers Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir, as well as pace spearhead Zaheer Khan, pulled out due to injuries. Tendulkar has made himself available for the entire England tour.Sehwag and Gambhir had shoulder problems during the Indian Premier League (IPL) and had to undergo treatment while Zaheer opted out due to a right ankle problem.Also missing from the West Indies tour were Yuvraj Singh, who was indisposed, but has declared himself fit for selection for the England visit, and S Sreesanth, who was also on the injured list of players with a right elbow problem.advertisementAshish Nehra, who got injured during the semifinal of the World Cup at Mohali against Pakistan, also missed the tour to the Caribbean islands.World Cup winning-captain Dhoni skipped the Twenty20 and five-match ODI series before joining the team in the West Indies for the ongoing Test contest.India start their England tour on July 15 with a three-day warm-up game against Somerset county at Taunton before taking on the hosts in the Test rubber.The Tests are to be held at Lord’s (July 21-25), Nottingham (July 29-Augut 2), Birmingham (August 10-14), and Kennington Oval (August 18-22). A two-day tour game against Northants is sandwiched between the second and third Test matches.After the Tests, the Indians would stay back and play a one-off Twenty20 international and five ODIs against the hosts between August 31 and September 16.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

Akshay Kumars son gets black belt in kudo

first_imgMumbai, May 8 (PTI) Akshay Kumar is proud that his son Aarav bagged the first degree black belt in kudo, a Japanese martial art sport.The “Airlift” star, 48, took to Twitter to post an image of his 13-year-old son wearing a blue uniform with a black belt.”Its a #SonDay all d way!After 9 yrs of training my son got his 1st degree black belt in Kudo #proudfather #overjoyed,” he wrote.For Aaravs mother Twinkle, it was the best Mothers Day gift.”The biggest Mothers Day gift! Just got the news from his camp-All the years of nagging have paid off #BlackBelt,” she wrote.Akshay, who is himself a martial art expert, and Twinkle are proud parents to Aarav and daughter Nitara. PTI NDS NDSlast_img

Gomez stakes claim to be Germany’s main striker at Euro 2016

first_imgPARIS (AP) — Two years on from perhaps his biggest disappointment in football, Mario Gomez staked a claim to lead Germany’s misfiring attack at the European Championship.Gomez, who wasn’t picked for Germany’s triumphant World Cup campaign in Brazil through poor form, scored his side’s sole goal in a 1-0 victory over Northern Ireland on Tuesday.“I always said to myself, that wasn’t it. That doesn’t work. My time with the national team can’t be ended like that,” Gomez said. “I followed the guys on TV in 2014 and was a huge fan. But I always had the urge to return, to be there again. It’s simply something special, a special team packed with world class players.”Germany coach Joachim Loew opted for a more direct approach against Northern Ireland that involved giving Mario Goetze a freer role and Gomez his first start at the competition. In the previous games, Loew had preferred Goetze up front in the opening games.Gomez made the breakthrough against Northern Ireland in the 30th minute when he played Mueller in, and followed up to accept the back-pass and score with a deflected shot.The goal ensured that Germany topped Group C to play one of the third-place teams in the round of 16 in Lille on Sunday.The 30-year-old is Germany’s first forward to score at Euro 2016. In its first game, Germany had to rely on defender Shkodran Mustafi and midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger for its 2-0 win against Ukraine. The next game was a forgettable 0-0 draw against Poland. Loew was fulsome in his praise of the striker.“We didn’t have a false nine but a real nine,” he said through a translator. “He occupied two or three defenders because he likes to stay in the center … That was very important to occupy these players.“We need a player in this position to create space for Mueller or Goetze. That’s why Mueller had three or four chances.”It has been hard road for Gomez. He was left out of Germany’s World Cup-winning squad in 2014 after an injury-blighted season at Italian side Fiorentina. The injuries continued and Gomez wasn’t called back to the national team until November 2015, by which time he was back in form at Turkish side Besiktas.Gomez’ 26 goals helped Besiktas win the Turkish league last season and earn a place in the Euro 2016 squad.“One reason for the switch to Besiktas was that the coach clearly said, ‘We’ll make you fit. And then you’ll play, full stop.’ It was a simple statement, especially in view of the European Championship,” Gomez said before the tournament. “I knew I needed to play through a season. And of course the luck not to get injured.”On Tuesday he took his place with them again, to score his 28th goal in his 66th appearance.“My ambition is greater than ever before. I want to win the tournament,” Gomez said. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

10 months agoArsenal midfielder Guendouzi reveals big World Cup ambitions

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Arsenal midfielder Guendouzi reveals big World Cup ambitionsby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi is determined to break into the France squad.The Gunners revelation has only just been capped at U21 level by France, but already has bigger ambitions.Guendouzi declared, “My dream is to win the World Cup one day. “Wearing the A’s jersey is the Grail, it’s above all. If I continue to work like I do with Arsenal, I’ll get there.”It’s been an eventual few months for Guendouzi, who has turned down Morocco to pledge his international future to France. last_img

Photos/Videos: SMU Had To Push Bus Out Of Snow To Make It To Practice In Philadelphia

first_imgSMU players push bus after it gets stuck in snow.Instagram/sterlingbrown3 Duquesne isn’t the only college basketball program to run into some serious blizzard-related bus problems in Pennsylvania. Undefeated SMU is in Philadelphia for tomorrow’s game against Temple, and the team had to push its bus out of the snow in order to make it to practice this afternoon. #PhliiyChroniclesA video posted by SB (@sterlingbrown3) on Jan 23, 2016 at 8:55am PST Our Bus got stuck. pic.twitter.com/yyswmZkE6E— Ben Moore (@JaminTheFiend) January 23, 2016Things aren’t nearly as dire for the Mustangs as they are for the Dukes, however. SMU was able to make it to the gym.Oh the weather outside is frightful But the gym is so delightful And since we’ve no place to go Let It Snow #PonyUp pic.twitter.com/DalyoNsdjY— SMU Basketball (@SMUBasketball) January 23, 2016Not even a blizzard can beat SMU. Bus stuck until players helped push. Practicing now. SMU-Temple 11am CT ESPN2 https://t.co/jUFr0Ixdzp— Ted Emrich (@tedemrich) January 23, 2016“We’re talking about PRACTICE?!” … Not even #blizzard2016 can stop us! SMU vs Temple – Noon Sunday #ESPN2 #PonyUp pic.twitter.com/qfV9K5041s— Jay Duncan (@JayDunks) January 23, 201618-0 SMU faces Temple at noon tomorrow.last_img read more

Cancer-stricken Lee Chong Wei resumes badminton training in Malaysia

first_imgCancer-stricken Lee Chong Wei resumes badminton training in MalaysiaBadminton legend Lee Chong Wei was diagnosed with early stage of nose cancer last year.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service Kuala LumpurJanuary 4, 2019UPDATED: January 4, 2019 20:16 IST Lee Chong Wei was seen at the BAM’s Malaysian Badminton Academy’s gymnasium (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSLee Chong Wei was diagnosed with early stage of nose cancer last yearChong Wei is keen on participating in the Olympics for the fifth time at Tokyo Games in 2020The badminton legend is tagetting international return at Malaysian Open in AprilMalaysian badminton legend Lee Chong Wei returned to the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) facility for rehabilitation training on Friday for the first time since diagnosed with cancer last year.The 36-year-old shuttler was seen at the BAM’s Malaysian Badminton Academy’s gymnasium, reports Xinhua news agency.His last appearance on the field was at the Indonesia Open in July last year, where he lost to Kento Momota of Japan in the semi-finals.Lee was diagnosed with nose cancer and has received treatment abroad. He told local Star newspaper earlier this week that he had been given green light to resume training.The former world No. 1 and a three-time Olympic silver medallist is targeting to participate in the Tokyo Olympics 2020 and said he would begin training as soon as his health permits it.Lee said his first international tournament should be the Malaysian Open in April, where he won the 12th title last year shortly before being diagnosed with cancer.Men’s singles chief coach of Malaysia’s national team, Misbun Sidek, said BAM had given Lee the freedom to decide on the training schedule and tournaments to take part in this year.Also Read | Cried, slumped on the sofa after hearing I had nose cancer: Lee Chong WeiAlso Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byIANS Tags :Follow Lee Chong Wei Nextlast_img read more

Teachers Encouraged to Continue to Act As Positive Role Models for Students

first_img The Minister was speaking to students during his visit to the Haile Selassie High School, Payne Avenue in St. Andrew, on May 8. Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, with oversight for the Education, Youth and Information Ministry, Hon. Karl Samuda, is encouraging the nation’s teachers to continue to act as positive role models for students. “Teachers are arguably the most important persons in your lives right now, and most of you spend more time with your teachers than some of you spend with your parents, so they are the ones moulding your character and helping you to get ahead in life,” Mr. Samuda said. Story Highlights Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, with oversight for the Education, Youth and Information Ministry, Hon. Karl Samuda, is encouraging the nation’s teachers to continue to act as positive role models for students.“Teachers are arguably the most important persons in your lives right now, and most of you spend more time with your teachers than some of you spend with your parents, so they are the ones moulding your character and helping you to get ahead in life,” Mr. Samuda said.The Minister was speaking to students during his visit to the Haile Selassie High School, Payne Avenue in St. Andrew, on May 8.Mr. Samuda’s visit to the institution was also used to celebrate Teachers’ Day, which forms part of activities to mark Education Week from May 5 to 11, under the theme ‘Empowering Educators: Retooling, Innovating, Networking for Sustainable Development’.The Minister commended the academic staff at the institution for helping to shape the lives of the children.“I want to take a moment to congratulate you. Those teachers that I have had an opportunity to meet and talk to on this little tour, it is clear that the commitment is there. You have the challenges before you, but you are facing them boldly and with commitment to make a difference,” he said.Mr. Samuda encouraged the students to have a vision of what they would like to be in life and work hard to achieve it.“You can’t go through life every day – getting up, having something to eat, put on your clothes, come to school and go back, play with your friends, go to sleep and do the same thing the following day – without pausing during the day to contemplate what it is you want out of life,” he said.“There should be no limit placed on the sense of who you are. Don’t believe that because you come from a humble home that you are going to die in a humble home… . It is not where you start; it is where you finish and the effort you put in to make yourself a better person,” the Minister added.He further encouraged them to adopt wholesome attitudes and values toward life and each other.In the meantime, Mr. Samuda said his mission is to see to it that all the facilities that the institution needs are given to them to improve their weak subject areas, particularly Mathematics and English.He told the students that even though they perform better academically in the technical subjects, “I don’t want those who are involved in the technical field to feel that ‘mi good wid mi han but mi head nuh so good’ rubbish. You can be as good with your head as you can be with your hands. No matter how great you are with your hands, you need to read and comprehend”.Teachers’ Day is used to recognise the country’s educators for their tireless work in the classroom.last_img read more

SKM wins 7 seats leading in 4 seats SDF wins 3

first_imgGangtok: The opposition Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) won seven Assembly seats and is leading in four constituencies while the ruling Sikkim Democratic Front won three and is ahead in six, election officials said Thursday. Sikkim has 32 Assembly seats. Chief Minister and SDF supremo Pawan Chamling won the Poklok Kamrang Assembly seat defeating his nearest Sikkim Krantikari Morcha rival Kharka Bahadur Rai by 2,899 votes, they said. He is also contesting Namchi Singhithang seat from where he is also leading by 289 votes. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCSitting MLA and SKM candidate Sonam Lama won the Sangha Assembly seat defeating his nearest Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) rival Tshering Lama by 618 votes, they said. SKM candidate Lok Nath Sharma won the Gyalshing- barnyak seat defeating his nearest SDF rival Laxuman Sharma by 1,814 votes. In the Kabi lungchuk seat Karma Loday Bhutia of SKM wom defeating his nearest SDF rival Ugen Nedup Bhutia by 1,437 votes. Mani Kumar Sharma of SKM won the Khamdong-singtam seat by defeating his nearest SDF rival Garjaman Gurung by 873 seats. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsIn the Shyari seat Kunga Nima Lepcha of SKM won by defeating his nearest SDF rival Karma Wangdi Bhutia by 1,356 votes. Sikkim Democratic Front candidate Gay Tshering Dhungel won the Upper tadong seat defeating his nearest SKM rial Anand Lama by 416 votes. In West pendam seat L B Das of Sikkim Krantikari Morcha won by defeating his nearest SDF rival Gopal Baraily by 898 votes. SKM candidate Sangay Lepch won the Yoksam-tashiding seat by only 79 votes defeating his nearest SDF rival Dichen Wangchuk Bhutia. SDF candidate Tashi Thendup Bhutia won the Barfung seat by defeating his nearest SKM rival Lobzang Bhutia by 79 votes. The SKM is leading in five seats while the ruling SDF is ahead in six seats.last_img read more

DAVID VS GOLIATH

first_imgAs the reigning European champions Netherlands take on the reigning World champions the United States for a place in the history books, the tie looks anything but evenly matched. With one top-ranked team who brushed aside the other top teams in the tournament while the other, relatively young, had an easier route but had to work really hard to cover for their inexperience.In a sport where South Americans and European nations are ought to dominate, the US women team has been successful in breaking this monotony in style by winning three World Cups, they face the Dutch for their fourth. Playing just their second ever world cup and their very first final, a young side with an average age of just over 25 years are hungry to get their hands on the trophy for the first time. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherThe United States has stormed into its third women’s World Cup final in a row. After a nervy semi-final victory against England, they look all set to clinch their fourth World Cup. They have been excellent the whole tournament, lethal in attack, solid while defending and have a decent squad depth. This was on display during their semi-final clash with England. With Megan Rapinoe left out because of a hamstring injury, the US was still able to play fluid, fast and attacking football as her replacement, Christen Press put on an amazing shift, scoring the opener and contributing a ton in the defensive half. The Jill Ellis’ side has been rampant in the attack, scoring 24 goals this World Cup, conceding only three. With Alex Morgan spearheading their attack and Megan Rapinoe expected to be fit for the final the tie looks done and dusted on paper but at the end of the day football is played on the pitch, not on the former. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenOn the other hand, we have the Oranjes, they are a passionate set of players, though not the best technically, they have made it to the finals with their supreme work rate and a knack for grinding out results on big days. Though scoring a considerably less number of goals than the US, the Dutch have a remarkable defense conceding only 3 goals this whole tournament. Not many teams will topple the United States in work rate but the distance covered statistics shows that the Oranjes have, running 656.8 km, 16 more than the Americans. This stat is a concrete fact that the Dutch will not go down without putting up a fight. A vital part of the game for them would be the opening 15-20 minutes, the US is expected to start the game on a strong note just like they did against every single opponent this tournament. It will be extremely important for them not just to sit back but to look for counter-attack opportunities as well. A tactical clash between Jill Ellis and Sarina Wiegman will make this final just the second one to have both teams managed by women, the first one being the 2003 World Cup final between Germany and Sweden. Teammates Alex Morgan and Rapinoe will be competing for the Golden Boot, Morgan is leading the chart finding the net six times with Rapinoe just a shy away with five. Both sides are undefeated in the tournament but only one will make out of it the same. Psychologically the United States would know they are the favorites to lift the trophy, but at a stage like this, it is relatively easy to let the occasion get to their heads and being unable to perform up to their potential. The Dutch, on the contrary, would have the ‘nothing to lose mentality’ and it might end up working for them. An upset cannot be ruled out on a beautiful Sunday night in Lyon.last_img read more

Ontario appeal court overturns ruling of harassment against RCMP sergeant

first_imgTORONTO — Ontario’s highest court has overturned a ruling that granted an RCMP sergeant more than $100,000 in damages for years of harassment by superiors, saying the judge made several legal and factual errors.The Court of Appeal for Ontario says the judge overseeing Peter Merrifield’s lawsuit erred in recognizing a new, freestanding “tort of harassment,” which would establish harassment as a separate wrong or breach for which someone can be held civilly liable. The appeal court says such a tort does not currently exist in Ontario and Merrifield’s case does not present “compelling reason” to create one, though the court does not rule out the possibility that another case may provide grounds do so in the future.It says Ontario Superior Court Justice Mary Vallee also made mistakes in determining that Merrifield’s superiors behaved in a way that constitutes intentional infliction of mental suffering — which is a recognized tort — and made “palpable and overriding errors in much of her fact-finding.”Vallee found senior Mounties had behaved egregiously in a campaign of harassment against Merrifield after they decided he lied about his run for political office.She awarded Merrifield $141,000 in damages and $825,000 in legal costs for the lawsuit. The federal government and two RCMP managers appealed the ruling.Merrifield alleged his superiors waged a seven-year campaign to damage his reputation that included punitive transfers and unfounded criminal accusations after he took part in a federal Conservative nomination meeting in Barrie, Ont., in 2005.In a ruling released late last week, the appeal court said Merrifield misled his superiors by telling them he had no plans to seek political office even though he was running in the nomination race.What’s more, it said, Merrifield had not sought to be placed on unpaid leave while he did so, as is required under RCMP policies.“Merrifield’s RCMP superiors had good reason to regard him as a colleague who could not be trusted to be completely forthright with them — a matter of importance in any position, but especially so in the context of Merrifield’s employment in the RCMP,” it said.The trial judge was also wrong to find that the risk of a conflict of interest for Merrifield, who worked in a unit that provided security to federal politicians, was “remote at best” and that management’s concern about it was “not bona fide.”Management consulted with internal RCMP resources before finding Merrifield faced a potential conflict of interest and transferring him out of the unit, the court said. As a result, the judge’s finding that the transfer was unjust and punitive no longer stands, it said.Vallee also erred in finding that management’s decision to audit Merrifield’s RCMP credit card expenses in 2012 without asking for an explanation or offering specifics constituted intentional infliction of mental suffering, the appeal court said.“This conclusion cannot stand. It flows from palpable and overriding errors in the trial judge’s fact-finding and the incorrect application of the legal test,” the ruling says. RCMP management had the authority to order the investigation and while it stated in a letter that Merrifield may have engaged in disgraceful conduct, that is not the same as alleging that he committed a crime, as the judge suggested, the court said.There was also no evidence that the audit was intended to cause harm or that management knew that harm was substantially certain to follow, nor did the evidence establish a causal connection, the court said.“Our conclusions that the trial judge erred in recognizing the tort of harassment and in finding that the tort of (intentional infliction of mental suffering) was established in regard to the … investigation are sufficient to allow the appeal,” it said.The court granted the appellants the costs of the appeal, Merrifield’s cross-appeal and the initial trial and gave them 10 days to make submissions on the issue.The RCMP said it has received the decision and is determining next steps but declined to comment further.Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

LTTS Attends Launch Of UN Global Strategy For Womens Childrens And Adolescents

first_imgLookToTheStars.org’s CMO Edward Martin attended the launch of the United Nations Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescent’s Health in NYC last week and filed this report.Bill and Melinda Gates seem to always to be at the center of so many global humanitarian efforts. But at this press conference, they sat at the end of the table and not the center. I’m sure this was at their request.A small thing perhaps, but it underscores one of their main points. Its going to take far more than billionaire donations to solve these most critical social challenges. It’s going to take the full throated efforts of governments, private sector, humanitarian groups, faith based groups… all of us. We all have something to contribute and its all significant.Other major leaders at this briefing included Carolyn Miles, the iconic CEO of Save the Children US, as well as Amina J Mohammed, Special Advisor to General Secretary Ban Ki-Moon.18-year-old Anoyara Khatun called for an end to human trafficking at the event.Credit/Copyright: Stuart Ramson PhotographerBut it was the younger leaders that set the tone of how the world has changed for the better: Anoyara (18), a leading campaigner against human trafficking, and Suhalia (17), a leader in Tanzania combatting prejudice for children affected by HIV/AIDS.These two young leaders have both been impacted by the issues and are now changing their own circumstances, that of their communities – and the world.They are two powerful examples of what will in the end create the largest positive change in the world.The two key concepts I took away from this event were1. Save The Children US announced an enormous $250M in 2016 to be focused in the area of women and children2. Its going to take an major increase in partnership, innovation and commitment to make these critical social impact areas a realityBusiness was one of the areas highlighted at this event. As the CMO to LTTS, CEO of goodxchange.com and Senior Advisor to the Nobel Peace Prize Forum for Business Innovation and Peace, its probably not surprising I had an extra keen focus on how business could contribute.There are a number of ways for business to grow while contributing to the greater good. That’s the key. Focus on how companies can drive profitable growth in a way that also supports global poverty, health, education, and the environment. Thats sustainable! Companies will ALWAYS want profitable growth!What is a simple example of this? If a company is doing great work in girls education (as an example), let LookToTheStars.org and our celebrity influencers tell your story vs using traditional advertising to tell your own story.Why? We only share authentic stories of good work so people will know its real – AND we want the money that would have been used by a company to share this message in traditional media to be re-directed to fund even more girls education!This is a simple example of a virtuous circle that can create sustainable change.Between this event, the Pope’s well received messages to the world on helping the poor, the UN’s announcements and the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park mobilizing youth to help the poor, I came away from NYC hopeful, inspired and ready to go back to work with each of these groups and others.I think we all can agree that each human being is a beautiful creation and deserves the right to a life where there is hope and opportunity. And we really do all have the ability to do something to move the world forward in this direction.Copyright ©2015Look to the Starslast_img read more

New Obomsawin film targets First Nations schools underfunding

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin is being praised for her latest film called “Hi Ho Mistahey” that premiered at the Toronto international film festival.This documentary tells the story of Shannen’s dream, which sparked a national campaign for equitable funding for first nations schools.APTN’s Delaney Windigo has more.last_img

Trans Mountain protester arrested one day after court grants injunction

first_imgBURNABY, B.C. – Burnaby RCMP say they arrested a woman who chained herself to a work truck Friday morning, one day after the B.C. Supreme Court granted Trans Mountain an injunction against demonstrators.Just before 8 a.m., Mounties received a report of a demonstrator who had chained herself to a work vehicle, impeding its movement.Police say the 19-year-old woman was asked to remove the chains, but she refused and they arrested her for mischief. The RCMP say they want to remind those involved in the ongoing demonstrations that police are an impartial party and they are there to ensure the safety of everyone involved.On Thursday, a judge granted Trans Mountain an indefinite injunction aimed at preventing people from entering within fivemetres of work sites at the Burnaby and Westridge Marine terminals.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more

Pawar not to fight Lok Sabha polls

first_imgPune: NCP chief Sharad Pawar Monday said he has decided not to contest the next month’s Lok Sabha election from the Madha constituency in Maharashtra. The Madha seat is held by his party leader Vijaysingh Mohite Patil. Pawar’s announcement at a press conference came after recent speculation that he may contest from there. ”There was a lot of insistence (from within NCP) that I contest from Madha. However, my candidature hasn’t been declared yet,” Pawar said. The NCP chief also indicated that Parth, son of his nephew and senior party leader Ajit Pawar, may be fielded from Maval LS constituency in Pune district. “Many people are asking (me) to field Parth from Maval,” the former Union minister said. Asked if the fear of possible defeat made him rethink of contesting from Madha, Pawar said, “I have successfully faced 14 elections. Do you think a 15th will deter me?”last_img read more

Canadian Navy on Her Majestys Canadian Ship Moncton

The Canadian Navy on Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Moncton stopped by Hamilton on a two-day visit to show people what it’s really like to be out at sea.From weapons navigation and their sleeping quarters, tour groups got a feel for what it was like to be in the navy.The ship’s central mission is to work with American allies to intercept drug traffickers transporting narcotics from the south to the north, focusing on the Caribbean.While they allowed visitors to fire the ship’s weapons using blanks, the Navy said they’ve never actually had to use the guns.Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Moncton will tour the Great Lakes for the next couple of weeks.The next stop is Prescott.

Security Council holds talks on DPR of Korea nuclear issue

Following this morning’s closed-door session, the President of the 15-nation body, Ambassador Adolfo Aguilar Zinser of Mexico, told reporters that Council members “expressed their concern and the Council will continue to follow up developments on this matter.”In his comments to reporters, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said “everyone has been trying to ensure that it is dealt with peacefully.” He added that he thought the next step should be “to get the parties talking and to find a format that will be acceptable to both parties and bring them to the table to talk.”In February, the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) referred the matter to the Council after its 35-nation Governing Board adopted a resolution finding the DPRK in further non-compliance with international nuclear safeguards. The text also called on Pyongyang to fully and urgently cooperate with international inspectors and to comply with its obligations under international non-proliferation treaties. Video of the Council President speaking to reporters read more

Prosecutors Duke Energy could have avoided Dan River disaster had they checked

FILE – In this April 25, 2014, file photo, Bryant Gobble, left, hugs his wife, Sherry Gobble, right, as they look from their yard across an ash pond full of dead trees toward Duke Energy’s Buck Steam Station in Dukeville, N.C. Duke says it will provide bottled water to residents living near coal ash pits in North Carolina. So far, more than 150 residential wells tested near Duke’s dumps have failed to meet state groundwater standards. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File) by Michael Biesecker And Mitch Weiss, The Associated Press Posted May 14, 2015 7:43 pm MDT Last Updated May 14, 2015 at 10:50 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Prosecutors: Duke Energy could have avoided Dan River disaster had they checked drainage pipes GREENVILLE, N.C. – As Duke Energy pleaded guilty Thursday in a North Carolina courtroom to nine criminal violations of the federal Clean Water Act, federal prosecutors recounted examples where time and again the nation’s largest electricity company failed to prevent its illegal pollution.Two years before the massive February 2014 spill at a Duke ash dump in Eden coated 70 miles of the Dan River in grey sludge, engineers at the plant twice requested $20,000 from company headquarters to use a robotic camera to inspect aging drainage pipes, including the one that later collapsed, triggering the disaster.Prosecutors said Duke executives denied the request both times, even after a top manager at the plant personally pleaded for the money to inspect the pipes.“They should have been monitoring better, they should have been fixing what they saw, they should have been listening to their employees,” said Assistant Attorney General John C. Cruden, who supervises the prosecution of environmental crimes at the U.S. Justice Department. “If they had done that, the spill we saw would not have occurred.”As part of a negotiated settlement with federal prosecutors, Duke agreed to pay $68 million in fines and $34 million on environmental projects and land conservation that will benefit rivers and wetlands in North Carolina and Virginia.U.S. District Court Judge Malcolm Howard said it is the largest federal criminal fine in North Carolina history.The judge also sentenced Duke to five years’ probation. Under the terms, the company will be monitored for compliance with the Clean Water Act. If it violates the law while on probation, Duke could be subject to further action by the court.The sentencing came after prosecutors told Howard that Duke ignored repeated warnings about problems at its coal ash pits. The ash, which is the waste left behind when coal is burned to generate electricity, contains such toxic heavy metals as arsenic, selenium, chromium and mercuryDuke admitted guilt to environmental violations at its coal-fired power plants in Eden, Moncure, Asheville, Goldsboro and Mount Holly.Prosecutors said that Duke’s illegal pollution had been going on as far back as 2010.At the Moncure plant, employees informed supervisors in 2011 that a riser pipe that drained the basin was leaking, but no action was taken for two years, prosecutors said. As a result, Duke was criminally negligent in properly maintaining essential equipment. In another example, Duke illegally channeled contaminated wastewater seeping from its Asheville dump into the French Broad River.Holding the company’s plea agreement in his hand, Howard went through each charge and asked if the company had engaged in these illegal actions. Julia Janson, the company’s chief legal officer, replied yes.Then the judge asked how Duke was pleading to each count. And each time, she replied softly, “Guilty.”Janson later apologized on behalf of the company, conceding Duke’s past conduct had “fallen short of our own high expectations.”Duke has said in statements and court filings that the costs of the settlement will be borne by its shareholders, not passed on to its electricity customers.In a statement, the $50 billion Charlotte-based company said the settlement “closes a chapter in the company’s history.”“We’ve used the Dan River incident as an opportunity to set a new, industry-leading standard for the management of coal ash,” the release said.Environmental groups hailed the resolution of the criminal charges a vindication for their years of efforts to get regulators to hold Duke accountable for the pollution leaking from 32 coal ash dumps at 14 power plants scattered across the state.The Associated Press reported last year that environmental groups tried three times in 2013 to sue Duke under the Clean Water Act to force the company to clean up its leaky coal ash dumps. The groups said they were forced to sue after North Carolina regulators failed to act on evidence conservationists gathered of ongoing groundwater contamination at Duke’s dumps.But each time, the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources blocked the citizen lawsuits by intervening at the last minute to assert its own authority under the act to take enforcement action in state court.The administration of Gov. Pat McCrory, a Republican who worked at Duke for 29 years, then proposed what environmentalists derided as a “sweetheart deal” under which Duke would have paid fines of just $99,111 to settle violations over toxic groundwater leeching from two of its plants. That agreement, which included no requirement that Duke immediately stop or clean up the pollution, was pulled amid intense criticism after the Feb. 2 spill.In the wake of Dan River, state legislators passed a law requiring Duke to close and cap all of 32 ash dumps by 2029.McCrory spokesman Josh Ellis said the governor has taken strong action on the issue.“We’ve taken more enforcement action on coal ash than any administration in state history, begun implementing the toughest coal ash law in the nation and issued the largest fine in state history,” he said in an email.That $25 million state fine over violations at the L.V. Sutton Steam Plant near Wilmington is currently under appeal by Duke.___Associated Press writer Mitch Weiss reported from Greenville, South Carolina.___Follow Biesecker at http://Twitter.com/mbieseck read more

OSU volleyball rebounds with Big Ten victory

Coming off losses at Indiana and Purdue last weekend, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team got a much-needed win against Iowa Friday night at St. John arena to stay in the Big Ten hunt. “It was definitely a really important win,” senior Sarah Mignin said. “We just tried to come out with a lot of intensity and a lot of energy.” Coming into Friday, the Buckeyes had been struggling in Big Ten play, but knew that a couple of quick wins would bring them right back into the clustered Big Ten race. “This conference is ridiculous,” OSU coach Geoff Carlston said. “Every team in this conference has a chance to make the tournament.” OSU took the momentum early and didn’t give it back the rest of the match, finishing off the Hawkeyes, 3-0 (25-10, 25-16, 25-17). “Iowa is a good team, so it’s good to come out and finish them off 3-0,” senior outside hitter Katie Dull said. Junior middle blocker Kelli Barhorst led the team in scoring with 18 points and also recorded a match-high with 14 kills. The Buckeyes seemed to have the Iowa defense confused all night and Iowa was never able to adjust. “I thought our setters did a nice job of distributing the ball,” Carlston said. “We’ve been too predictable and tonight we did a nice job of spreading the offense out.” The win pushed the Buckeye’s conference record to 3-4 on the season. “A lot of it is just focusing on our side of the net,” Dull said. “In the Big Ten, everybody is good so it is just about taking care of your business.” The Buckeyes carried their momentum for Friday’s win right into Saturday, defeating 19th-ranked Minnesota, 3-0 (25-23, 25-20, 25-17). Barhorst led the Buckeyes for the second straight night, recording match highs in points, 14.5, and kills, with 11. The win evens the Buckeyes’ Big Ten record at 4-4 and improves their overall record to 16-5. The Buckeyes take on Penn State Wednesday at 7 p.m. at St. John Arena. read more