(AUDIO) Columbia’s next city manager John Glascock

first_imgThe Columbia City Council tabbed John Glascock as the next permanent city manager. He has five major hires to make, including police chief.Glascock says he wants a diverse range of people, but he also wants someone in his old deputy city manager post who is ready to succeed him someday. That doesn’t mean he plans to leave his new office any time soon.“I used to say I wanted to retire in three years, but that’s out the window,” Glascock says. “I’m having a good time with this. This is fun. I enjoy the job immensely. It’s very rewarding.”Glascock joined Wake Up Columbia on Wednesday:(This story was last updated at 10:20 a.m. Wednesday.)last_img

Afghan president: 3 Taliban released for held US, Australian

first_img(AP) — Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday announced that his government has released three prominent Taliban figures in an effort to get the insurgents to free an American and an Australian professor they abducted in 2016 and have held captive for over three years.At a press event broadcast live on state television, Ghani told the nation that the “conditional release” was a very hard decision he felt he had to make in the interest of the Afghan people.The announcement comes at a sensitive time for Ghani, as President Donald Trump halted talks between the U.S. and the Taliban in September, after a particularly deadly spate of Taliban attacks, including a Kabul suicide bombing that killed a U.S. soldier. Also, the future of Ghani’s government is in doubt as the results from the Sept. 28 presidential elections have not been released yet. Preliminary results are expected on Nov. 14.The three members of the Taliban-linked Haqqani network that Ghani said were being released include Anas Haqqani, Haji Mali Khan and Hafiz Rashid. Ghani added that they are being released “conditionally in exchange” for the two professors.By mid-afternoon, no visuals had emerged of the three figures. It was not immediately clear if they were still in Afghanistan, on their way or had already been sent — for example — to Qatar, where the Taliban maintain a political office.There was also no statement from the Taliban or the Haqqani faction holding the American and Australian hostages, or any indication if and where the two would be freed.The three Taliban figures were under the custody of the Afghan government, Ghani said, and were held at the Bagram prison, an air base that also houses U.S. troops just outside Kabul.“In a demonstration of respect for humanity by the government and nation of Afghanistan, we decided to conditionally release these three Taliban prisoners who were arrested in close cooperation with our international partners from other countries,” Ghani said, without elaborating.The Taliban have long demanded the release of Anas Haqqani, the younger brother of Sirajuddin, the deputy head of the Taliban and leader of the Haqqani network, often considered the strongest of the Taliban factions fighting in Afghanistan.Anas Haqqani was arrested in Bahrain in 2014 and handed over to the Afghan government, which later sentenced him to death. It was not clear when his execution was supposed to take place.The two captives held by the Taliban — an American identified as Kevin King and an Australian man identified as Timothy Weekes — were abducted in 2016 outside the American University in Kabul where they both work as teachers.The following year, the Taliban released two videos showing the captives. A January 2017 video showed them appearing pale and gaunt. In the later video, King and Weekes looked healthier and said a deadline for their release was set for June 16 that year.Both said they are being treated well by the Taliban but that they remain prisoners and appealed to their governments to help set them free. It was impossible to know whether they were forced to speak.Subsequently, U.S. officials said that American forces had launched a rescue mission to free the two, but the captives were not found at the raided location.In Tuesday’s address, Ghani added that the Taliban kidnapping of the two American University teachers was not representative of Islamic and Afghan traditions.“We have decided to release these three Taliban prisoners who were arrested outside of Afghanistan,” Ghani said, adding that it was meant “to facilitate direct peace negotiations.”In a statement, the American University of Afghanistan said it welcomed the development and was “encouraged to hear reports of the possible release of our two colleagues, Kevin King and Timothy Weeks.”The statement added that while the university was not part of any negotiations with the Taliban or government discussions, it continues “to urge the immediate and safe return of our faculty members who have been held in captivity, away from their friends and families, for more than three years.”Ghani said the release of the teachers was “part of our main demands during the indirect negotiations with the Taliban.”“We can assure the families of both teachers that we welcome and honor those who come to our country to pursue education,” Ghani said.Meanwhile, talks are underway about another round of so-called “intra-Afghan dialogue,” this time in Beijing, which would include a wide selection of Afghan figures and Taliban representatives. The meeting was initially to take place last month but has been postponed with no new date set. The last time it was held was in July in Qatar.The dialogue is a separate process from the U.S.-Taliban talks under U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad that collapsed in September.The Taliban have refused to talk directly with the Kabul government while Ghani insists his government must lead any talks with the Taliban.last_img read more

Swine Flu Infects Seven; Genetic Make-Up Has Scientists Stymied

first_imgA swine flu strain that has infected seven people in the United States since late March is an unusual hybrid that carries genetic material from four different sources, officials at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said this afternoon. The agency says the situation is no reason for major concern yet, since the spread of the virus appears limited, and unlike the avian H5N1 flu, it does not appear to cause a very severe disease. But the virus can apparently be transmitted between humans, raising concerns that an epidemic—or even a pandemic—is possible, and officials have asked doctors and labs around the country to be on the lookout. On Tuesday, CDC officials reported that two children in California had become infected with a swine influenza strain. Since then, five more cases of the swine flu have been confirmed through lab analysis, Anne Schuchat, interim deputy director of CDC’s Science and Public Health Program, told reporters during a teleconference this afternoon. Three of those occurred in California, and two near San Antonio, Texas. None of the patients has been in contact with pigs. It’s unclear whether there’s a link to recent reports about a severe respiratory illness in Mexico.All seven patients have recovered, and although one of them had to be hospitalized, “so far, it’s not looking like a very severe influenza,” Schuchat said. Lab tests have shown that the virus is resistant to two old influenza drugs called rimantadine and amantadine, but is susceptible to two newer drugs, oseltamivir and zanamivir, which have a different mode of action.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The enigmatic virus is an H1N1 influenza strain that normally infects swine. Researchers occasionally find human infections with swine flu viruses; a human outbreak of the virus in 1976 triggered a massive vaccination campaign that many now say was an overreaction, and that was cancelled after the vaccine caused severe side effects in an unusual number of people.Preliminary genetic analysis has shown that the virus appears to be an unusual hybrid that has genetic material from four different sources, Nancy Cox, chief of CDC’s Influenza Division, said at the teleconference: avian and swine viruses from North America, a swine flu strain usually seen in Asia, and a human influenza strain. It’s unclear how the virus picked up the odd combination. CDC is preparing a so-called seed strain that could be used to make a vaccine, a process that can take several weeks and that is “standard operating procedure” whenever a new influenza strain is going around, Cox said.CDC expects to confirm many more cases in the days ahead. But at today’s press conference, Schuchat cautioned against panic, stressing that the seven cases so far may have simply been identified as a result of improved surveillance. (The two cases that started the investigation were found thanks to the Border Infectious Disease Survillance, a network of clinics that conducts surveillance along he U.S.-Mexican border, and a naval lab in California with advanced diagnostic capabilities.) “We don’t think it’s time for major concern around the country,” Schuchat said.CDC will provide updates on the situation every day around 3 p.m. in the weeks ahead.last_img read more

Ivory Coast clinch African Cup after penalty shootout against Ghana

first_imgThe match had finished 0-0 after 120 minutes and was decided after a penalty shootoutIvory Coast goalkeeper Boubacar Barry saved the day, and then he scored the winner.The 35-year-old veteran blocked a penalty attempt from opposing goalkeeper Razak Braimah and then stepped up to convert his own to give the Ivory Coast a 9-8 shootout win over Ghana on Sunday in the African Cup of Nations final.The match at Bata Stadium had finished 0-0 after 120 minutes. The Ivorians, who have lost two shootouts in finals in the last decade, failed to convert their first two penalties, but a string of must-score shots hit the target, including goals from Yaya and Kolo Toure and Salomon Kalou.”When sometimes you win with your club, it’s quite amazing,” said Yaya Toure, who won the Premier League with Manchester City last season. “But with your country, it’s unbelievable.”The Ivory Coast, which won its only other title in 1992 also on penalties against Ghana, played this time without Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, who has retired from international soccer. But the team still had Man City teammates Wilfried Bony and Yaya Toure, a four-time African player of the year.Bony took the Ivory Coast’s first attempt in the shootout, but he hit the crossbar. Tallo Gadji also missed.Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan, who started the final after sitting out the last match with an injury, was taken off just before the shootout. Gyan missed a penalty in the 2010 World Cup quarterfinals and then again in the 2012 African Cup semifinals.advertisement”I have nothing to say. The Ivorians are happy because they won a cup,” Gyan said. “I don’t have anything to say right now. It’s past and gone.”Barry made a surprising start in goal for the Ivorians in Sunday’s final. He was the goalkeeper between the posts in 2012 when the team lost to Zambia in a shootout in the final, but he started this time in place of the injured Sylvain Gbohouo.Barry also saved a shootout attempt from Ghana midfielder Afriyie Acquah. Substitute Frank Acheampong missed his attempt.After Barry’s decisive penalty, Ivory Coast coach Herve Renard spent several minutes trying to console Ghana forward Andre Ayew. Renard previously worked with Ghana’s national team and knows many of the players.In 2012, Renard coached Zambia to the title, beating Ghana in the semifinals and Ivory Coast in the final.”Without the manager we would have won nothing,” Toure said. “He made things difficult for me. He told me if I didn’t run he’d kick me out. He’s fantastic.”Four-time champion Ghana, which has not won the continental title since 1982, is coached by Avram Grant. The Israeli led Chelsea to the 2008 Champions League final, but lost on penalties to Manchester United.Ghana twice hit the post in the first half of regular play, but only Christian Atsu’s shot from outside the area in the 25th minute had a real chance at going in. Ayew’s attempt 10 minutes later came from a tight angle on the side and smacked the outside of the post.Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema, Africa’s longest serving strongman, greeted the players from both sides at the start of the match. FIFA President Sepp Blatter was by his side.Obiang, flanked by Blatter and African football confederation president Issa Hayatou, later presented Yaya Toure with the trophy.Equatorial Guinea took over as host at short notice in November. Morocco had been chosen to stage the tournament, but fears over the spread of Ebola caused a rift between the local organizers and the African federation.The hosts made a surprising run to the semifinals, drawing huge crowds every time they played. The final also drew a strong crowd with more than half of Bata Stadium filled.Outside, there was plenty of security on hand with machine gun-toting soldiers patrolling the area. Although there were no major crowd problems on Sunday, Thursday’s semifinal between Ghana and Equatorial Guinea descended into chaos when the host team’s fans started hurling objects onto the field and at the opposing players and fans. Ghana ended up winning 3-0, but the match was delayed for about 40 minutes because of the incidents.last_img read more

MS Dhoni: Don’t need to take crowd trouble that seriously

first_imgIndia’s limited overs skipper MS Dhoni sought to down play the boorish crowd behaviour, where he termed throwing of bottles as “not so serious” and “done just for fun”, even though legendary Sunil Gavaskar blasted the authorities demanding strict punishment. “We should not be taking such things seriously. I still remember we play in Vizag once and we won the game very easily and that time also a lot of bottles were thrown. It starts with the first bottle and then its more of a fun for the spectators.” The skipper however said the players’ security was never compromised. “When it comes to the safety of the players, I don’t think there was any serious threat. A few of the powerful people in the crowd where throwing the bottles into the ground and the umpires felt it was safe to stay in the centre or go off the ground. “We didn’t play well and at times you get reaction like these. It’s only the first few bottles that are hurled with serious intent, after that they just do it for fun.” South African T20I skipper du Plessis on the other hand condemned the incident and hoped there’s not a repeat in their long 72-day tour of India which also includes five ODIs and four Tests. Also read: Plastic fans shame India, Crowd attack takes centerstage “It’s not nice to see it. I have played 5-6 years of cricket in India, and I have never seen that. So, you don’t want that to be a part of the game. You come here to compete, and the best team walks away winning. advertisement”To have that happening, I don’t think it’s a good thing. It should not happen. Even the way the game was played towards the end, it lost its intensity because obviously India thought that we have already won as we needed only 20 runs. Disappointing in that sense, and hopefully it is the first and the last time we see it on this tour.” Asked whether it’s limited to sub-continents only, Du Plessis said: “It is a difficult question to answer. All around the world you get people who get really passionate about their team. Sometimes you cross that boundary you shouldn’t. “This is the first time I have experienced in India, so I can’t say it happens a lot. But as you said, it happens a lot in the sub-continental conditions. That’s definitely to do with the passion that fans have. But, its surely not something we as players want to be a part of the game. “Obviously, player security is very important wherever we go across the world. Let’s just hope that it’s a bad day at the office.” Former Indian captain Gavaskar had earlier blasted the Odisha police and advocated that Cuttack should not be given an international for the next couple of years.last_img read more

ATS-GOLF 2 LAST

first_imgFollowing mentioned stars has been awarded with the ATSFollowing mentioned stars has been awarded with the ATS Golf Championship: * Col.Surinder Singh, The winner of championship trophy * Col.BPS Gill, The runners up of championship trophy * Ms.Aneet Gill, 2nd runners up of championship trophy In addition, special prizes were given for nearest to the pin, largest drive and nearest to the centre line. Lt. Gen. Saproo, scored an Eagle, was also given a special prize.All the golfers were full of praise for the course, especially for the maintenance of fairways and greens, which everyone declared as the best in Tri-city. “We will continue to organize Junior/Sub Juniors Golf Championships at ATS Golf Course,” said Mr. Sanjeev Kathuria, Executive Director – Sales and Marketing, ATS Group.About ATS Golf Meadows:ATS Golf Meadows is a large, self-contained cosmopolitan township. Designed by the world-renowned architect Oru Bose of Bose International, Florida, it is well-planned and built with the uncompromising construction standards that ATS is known for. Our township will offer its residents a variety of housing options. These range from luxurious and spacious villas and independent floors to modern Mediterranean-styled apartments. The township will also have the latest in modern amenities and facilities like a 5 star hotel with large banquet halls, school, hospital, shopping mall, retail park, luxurious clubhouses, golf and other sports facilities. The idea is to build a self-contained township which offers everything a resident would need, be it basic amenities or want of luxuries.For further details: http://www.lifestyle.atsgreens.com http://www.atsgreens.com Media Contact: Sandeep Bhatnagar sandeep.bhatnagar@atsgreens.com +91-9654948000 AVP-Marketing & Corporate Communications ATS Infrastructure Ltd. Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140923/10107138 Source: ATS Infrastructure Ltd. PRN PSadvertisementlast_img read more

BCCI overhaul: Supreme Court paves way for reform

first_imgThe Supreme Court today paved the way for reform in the world’s richest cricket board – Board of Cricket Control of India. Accepting most of the recommendations given by the Lodha panel, the Supreme Court referred only one point back to the Lodha panel which is whether IPL franchise will have representation at the apex governing body or not.The court accepted the recommendation of ‘one state one vote’ suggested by the Lodha panel but allowing the state of Maharashtra and Gujarat to have multiple associations though only one would have the voting rights on a rotational basis.Another major reform move is that the Supreme Court has made it amply clear that no civil servants or ministers can hold any office with the BCCI. Also no officer can hold a dual post at the level of state and centre. The court has also accepted the appointment of an Ombudsman by the CAG which would have a representation at the governing council.The Supreme Court appointed Lodha panel will also oversee the transition from the old to the new system of administration within six months. SC has also put a cap on retirement age of 70 years.SC has asked the Parliament to decide on betting and whether to bring BCCI under the purview of RTI. The only relief to BCCI is that the SC has allowed BCCI to decide policy pertaining to advertising.last_img read more

Mata proud to reach Man Utd double century

first_imgJuan Mata has aired his pride at reaching 200 outings for Manchester United and admitted to being unaware of his entry into the top 100 of all-time appearance makers for the club.The Spanish playmaker will complete a double century for the Red Devils on Saturday if he figures in a Premier League clash with Crystal Palace.That outing will see the 30-year-old add his name to a long list of legends at Old Trafford to have hit a similar mark, with Mata set to edge above Remi Moses, Paul McGrath and Jack Mew into 98th spot. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “The top 100? I didn’t know that!” Mata told United Review.“Of course it’s always great when you can play such a good amount of games for such a big club.“I feel very happy and very proud and hopefully I can play many more games.” Mata joined United from Chelsea as part of a £37 million ($47m) deal in January 2014.He made his debut against Cardiff, with an assist provided in a 2-0 victory for David Moyes’ side.Juan Mata Juventus Manchester United Champions League 07112018A further 33 efforts have been laid on for grateful team-mates, while the World Cup winner has recorded 42 goals himself.His productive spell with the Red Devils has also delivered three major trophies, with FA Cup, League Cup and Europa League successes toasted.Mata has been a popular figure throughout his time at the Theatre of Dreams and is delighted to have etched his name into United folklore.He added: “What I can tell you is, out of the 200 games, I have felt very proud in all games and I have tried to give my best in all the matches and that’s something that I will always be able to say.”Mata will be hoping to make a telling contribution against Palace if given the nod by Jose Mourinho.United head into that game sat eighth in the Premier League table and struggling for consistency.Momentum must to be found from somewhere if they are to force their way back into top four contention, with a seven-point gap needing to be bridged in order to reach the Champions League spots.last_img read more

Paul Finebaum Blasts Maryland For Reinstating D.J. Durkin

first_imgPaul Finebaum speaks on his show on ESPN.Paul Finebaum/ESPN.Maryland’s decision to reinstate head coach D.J. Durkin yesterday was met with plenty of blowback. Durkin had been on paid leave since August 11 following the death of offensive lineman Jordan McNair and reports of a “toxic culture” within the program.McNair’s parents responded to the news last night, with Jordan’s father Marty saying he feels “like I’ve been punched in the stomach, and somebody spit in my face.” McNair’s teammate and close friend Ellis McKennie also blasted the move last night.This morning, during his weekly appearance on Get Up!, ESPN’s Paul Finebaum took a blowtorch to not just the Maryland athletics program but the university as a whole, saying it “doesn’t have a soul.”“(A) slap in the face to everything that’s right,” Finebaum said. “It shows to me that this university doesn’t have a soul to do what the parents of Jordan McNair said. They spit in their face. It leaves you wondering even more about the integrity of big-time college athletics. I’m already very suspicious. It’s a very sad and disheartening story.”[ … ]“I think there’s going to be more problems. How does this coaching staff and this university move on in relation to getting players? There are families watching across that state and across that region trying to decide whether if their child should play for this man or that university and I’m sure many will come to the conclusion that I’m not letting my son play for that university.”Finebaum isn’t the first to speak out like this about the choice Maryland made. He won’t be the last either.On the surface, there appears to be no good reason to keep Durkin around under these circumstances, yet Maryland is electing to do so.[ 247 Sports ]last_img read more

Watch: Fan yells ‘David Warner you f*****g cheat’. Australian opener’s reaction is hilarious

first_imgWatch: Fan yells ‘David Warner you f*****g cheat’. Australian opener’s reaction is hilariousA fan yelled at David Warner and dropped the f-bomb on the Australian opener but got a hilarious response from the cricketer in return.advertisement India Today Web Desk ManchesterSeptember 7, 2019UPDATED: September 7, 2019 10:45 IST Reuters PhotoHIGHLIGHTSDavid Warner gave a thumbs up to the fan who called him a f*****g cheatWarner returned to Test cricket in the Ashes series after serving out his one-year ball-tampering banAustralia England to 200 for 5 on Day 3 with the hosts still trailing the Ashes holders by 297 runs in the 1st inningsDavid Warner has gotten so used to the boos and abuses from the English crowd in this Ashes series that he has started to find the funny side of all the sledging that he is being subjected to. It happened Birmingham in the first match and it happened again on Friday at Old Trafford.During one of the breaks on Day 3 of the fourth Test, Warner was going down the steps of the Australian dressing room to the ground when a fan yelled “Warner you f*****g cheat”. But the former vice-captain just turned around and gave him a thumbs up and shouted “woooo” with a smile instead.The video of the whole incident was captured and shared online. Needless to say, it went viral within minutes of it being shared on social media.Fan: Warner you f*cking cheat!David Warner: …via @AdamGMillington pic.twitter.com/GikdhZym8UCricket Shouts (@crickshouts) September 6, 2019This is not the first time fans have tried to rattle Warner during a match. Last month during the first Test at Edgbaston, he was fielding in front of the Hollies Stand when the crowd started shouting: “He’s got sandpaper in his hands!”Warner acknowledged the crowd by opening both his palms to show that there was nothing in his hands before emptying his pockets too, following which the crowd gave him a loud and heartfelt round of applause.Warner has been woefully out of form with the bat but is still keeping his spirits up thanks to Australia’s dominant show in the series so far. He has managed just 79 runs in 7 innings so far at an average of 11.28 with 61 being his highest score.advertisementAustralia had won the at Edgbaston and on Friday, they took firm control of the ongoing fourth Test at Old Trafford reducing England to 200 for 5 in their first innings on Day 3 with the hosts still trailing the Ashes holders by 297 runs with 2 more days of the game remaining.Fast bowler Josh Hazlewood ripped through England with three crucial late wickets in the final session to leave Joe Root’s side reeling at the end of day’s play in Manchester.England still need 98 runs to avoid following on and that will be no formality after Hazlewood undid so much of the good work from Rory Burns (81) and Joe Root (71) earlier in the day.The five-match series is standing at 1-1 and victory for Australia, who declared their first innings on 497 for 8, would ensure they retain The Ashes ahead of the final Test at the Oval next week.Also Read | Ashes 2019 4th Test Day 3: Late Josh Hazlewood burst leaves England in troubleAlso Read | Complicated technique but an organised mindset: Sachin Tendulkar lauds Steve SmithAlso Read | 12-year-old boy picks garbage for 4 years to fulfill dream of watching AshesFor 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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow David WarnerFollow Manchester TestFollow Ashes 2019Follow England VS Australia Nextlast_img read more

Trekking: Catch and release (or don’t) with Tackle Grab

first_img 9 Essential Kayak Fishing Accessories to Get You Started 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts How Full Harvest and Misfits Market Are Saving Ugly Produce Man isn’t meant to stay indoors — our weekly “Trekking” column can attest to that. It’s a column dedicated to the adventurer inside of all of us, the one pining to ditch the office humdrum for a seven-week jaunt in the Grand Tetons, or fiending to catch some waves someplace other than the North Shore. One day we may highlight a new ultra-light camping stove or minimalist water filter, and the next you may find us getting wrapped up in a set of Norquayco’s handmade canoe paddles. Life doesn’t just happen inside the workplace and home, so get outside and live it.Celebrity endorsements aren’t everything, but despite of your opinion of racing, there’s no denying NASCAR luminary Dale Earnhardt Jr. is a pretty big one. Working with more than 60 different bait brands, Tackle Grab ($13+) is conveniently designed to be the perfect companion for the avid fisherman, whether they happen to be a seasoned angler or one just stepping foot into the stream.The subscription-based online service essentially works in the same fashion to the frequently-mentioned Birchbox, allowing customers to set up a unique profile allowing Tackle Box customers to sample a variety of wears from some of the most trusted names in the field (Yo-Zuri, Evolve, Gambler, Boag Hog, AR Lures, etc.). Subscribers choose their geographic location, the type of fish they look for, their angling technique, and a melange of pertinent information when filling out their profile, thus catering their monthly package to their own fishing aesthetics and individual style.Once signed up, Tackle Grab will then send you a personalized box housing four or five high-end lures, baits, and terminal tackle directly to your doorstep. If you happen to decide you’d rather swimbait for steelhead and largemouth bass instead of struggling while worming for chinook salmon, simply change your Angler Profile to realign your next package. Though the custom boxes include both renowned and lesser-known offerings, they’re built with quality and eminence in mind, allowing you to gauge a variety of brands from around the world or those not typically available in your region or the local Bass Pro shop down the road. Moreover, you can even gift a Tackle Grab subscription to a friend or loved one. A little bit of encouragement rarely goes wrong.Check out the main Tackle Grab website to purchase a subscription or to browse the company’s various tips and tricks postings. Subscriptions start at an affordable $13, with month-to-month boxes available for $15. 7 Tips for Planning the Perfect Last-Minute Summer Vacation Editors’ Recommendations 7 Best Subscription Boxes for Men’s Grooming Productslast_img read more

35,000 LED Street Lights to Be Installed this Year

first_imgStory Highlights Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, said the public’s response to the programme has been very positive. Another 35,000 street lamps are to be installed this year under the Smart Light Emitting Diode (LED) Street Light Programme.Since the roll-out of the programme in June 2017, 37,000 LED street lamps have been installed by the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) in several communities in Kingston and St. Andrew, St. James, St. Ann, Trelawny, St. Mary, Hanover, Westmoreland, and St. Catherine.The initiative, which is being implemented by the Government in partnership with JPS, aims to reduce the country’s energy costs and increase the use of renewable energy sources.The smart LED lighting technology allows for remote reading of the consumption of each lamp, identifying out-of-service lamps and control of the light intensity.Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, said the public’s response to the programme has been very positive.“The level of support is overwhelming. Wherever we go across the island, persons commend the Government on the smart LED lights. It is a holistic approach that we are taking as it relates to offsetting our energy bill while, at the same time, preserving our environment,” he said.Mr. Wheatley explained that while the primary aim of the programme is to reduce the country’s energy costs, an additional benefit is the safety and security component where the smart technology provides support in crime-fighting, through the use of image sensing, including closed-circuit television (CCTV).“Jamaica is moving forward, and we have to ensure that we have an environment that is safe and secure for our people. We are putting measures in place for the safety and security of our people,” the Energy Minister said.The Smart LED Street Light Programme will target 110,000 street lights across Jamaica over the next three years.The programme is part of an agreement between the Government and the power company to replace outdated infrastructure with modern, efficient street lights. Since the roll-out of the programme in June 2017, 37,000 LED street lamps have been installed by the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) in several communities in Kingston and St. Andrew, St. James, St. Ann, Trelawny, St. Mary, Hanover, Westmoreland, and St. Catherine. Another 35,000 street lamps are to be installed this year under the Smart Light Emitting Diode (LED) Street Light Programme. last_img read more

27 Million For School Boards

first_imgNova Scotia students will have more textbooks and their schoolswill get more repairs thanks to an additional $2.7 million fromproperty assessments this year. The money results from higher than expected property values. “Providing a quality education to our students is aresponsibility we share with school boards, teachers, parents andmunicipalities,” Education Minister Jamie Muir said today, June3. “Every cent of this extra money from property assessments isgoing directly to school boards to help them manage difficultcost pressures. It will mean new text books for students and moremaintenance and repairs for schools.” The minister said it was a challenging budget year for education.This resulted in some difficult reductions to school boards inimportant areas, including text books and school maintenance. “The increased funding from property assessments will alleviatemany of the cost pressures school boards originally were facing,putting them in a better position to support their students,”said Mr. Muir. The mandatory municipal education tax is paid by property ownerseach year according to the total value of property assessments inthe province. The 2004-05 rate of $0.3510 per $100 has been unchanged since2002 but, this year, property assessments were higher than thebudget estimates. Consequently, even though the rate wasunchanged, the municipal education tax generated $2.7 millionmore than estimated. Last year, the assessment was lower than budgeted. This meantthat the province had to contribute more to make up theshortfall. The distribution of funding to school boards is as follows: Southwest Regional School Board: increase: $327,900 Strait Regional School Board: increase: $191,600 School boards will benefit from $150,089,600 through propertyassessments and $790,775,600 from the province resulting in atotal of $940,865,200 for 2004-05.center_img Annapolis Valley Regional School Board: increase $298,400 Cape Breton – Victoria Regional School Board: increase $374,700 Chignecto-Central Regional School Board: increase: $456,500 Conseil scolaire acadien provincial: increase $74,400 Halifax Regional School Board: increase $974,600last_img read more

Cabinet approves bill to replace ordinance on Homoeopathy Central Council

first_imgNew Delhi: The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has approved the draft Homoeopathy Central Council (Amendment) Bill, 2019. It will replace the Homoeopathy Central Council (Amendment) Ordinance, 2019. The Bill seeks to extend the period for reconstitution of the Central Council from existing period of one year to two years so that the tenure of the Board of Governors may be extended for one more year from May 17, 2019. Also Read – Rajnath Singh receives IAF’s first Rafale fighter jet from France An official release said that the affairs of the Central Homoeopathy Council have been entrusted to a Board of Governors consisting of eminent and qualified Homoeopathy Doctors and eminent administrators till such time the council is reconstituted. “The tenure has been extended since the council could not be reconstituted within one year due to the non-updation of state registers of Homoeopathy and coincidence of general elections,” the release said.last_img read more

Survivors meet for Alberta consultations on 60s Scoop

first_imgEDMONTON – Alberta is holding its final consultation with Indigenous people today before it crafts an apology for the ’60s Scoop.The province is trying to design a meaningful way to say sorry for the thousands of children who were taken from their parents and culture and adopted into non-Indigenous homes.Dozens of survivors are gathered at an Indigenous school to share their stories — the sixth and final such gathering in the province since the beginning of the year.Adam North Peigan, head of the Sixties Scoop Indigenous Society, of Alberta, says the apology has to include plans for future action if it is to have any meaning.Children’s Services Minister Danielle Larivee says there’s no timeline for when a statement and plan will be delivered.She says Alberta has made strides in reducing how many Indigenous children are in provincial care, although the numbers are still hugely out of proportion to the Indigenous population in the province.last_img read more

UN officials urge greater efforts to ensure rights of Afghan detainees

“Pre-trial detention is supposed to be the exception, not the rule. But here it is more the rule, especially if you are poor and without powerful friends,” Christina Oguz, Country Representative for the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), told a news conference in Kabul today. She described what she called “telephone justice,” whereby a phone call by powerful friends may be enough to set someone free or help evade trial. “If you don’t have these powerful friends you may end up in jail even if you are a child,” she added.While there were 600 prisoners in Afghanistan in 2001, that number has now grown to 12,500, some 350 of which are women, she noted.In addition to pre-trial detention, another issue is the fact that people remain in prison after they have served their sentence. This is partly due to the “strange” practice of having a double sentence of a prison sentence and a fine. Someone who is poor may end up staying in prison even after a sentence has been completed due to inability to pay the fine. “We have found many cases of people who are still in prison after they have already served their time,” she stated.“Therefore, I believe that Afghanistan has to look into alternatives to imprisonment,” Ms. Oguz said, noting that there are a number of other possibilities to pre-trial detention and prison in the country’s penal code and in the juvenile code. “The challenge is to ensure that these alternatives are applied in practice. They are very seldom applied in practice today.” Alternatives include bail, fines, suspended sentences, early conditional release, house arrest – particularly for women who have to care for children or the elderly – and drug treatment for addicts rather than jail terms. Norah Niland, Chief Human Rights Officer with the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) noted that corruption and other abuses within the justice sector could result in detention, conviction, and punishment of individuals who may be innocent. “They may also result in the abuse of the rights of people who are detained and a failure to punish individuals who are actually guilty of serious crimes,” she said.She pointed out that Afghans are sometimes detained for actions that are not crimes in Afghan law, and some are detained for far longer periods than the law allows. In addition, people are being detained because trial standards and fair trial procedures are not being observed.“Quite often a lot of Afghans do not have access to legal help, they don’t have a defence lawyer or they are not brought before a judge after they are detained in the pre-trial period,” she noted.At the same time, Ms. Niland said the Afghan Government has recognized that there is a problem with arbitrary detention in the country and has committed to tackling the problem. “Successfully tackling the problem of arbitrary detention will contribute to the development of Afghanistan as a democratic, peaceful and prosperous country.”She added that the UN and its partners have launched a week of activities focusing on issues related to detention, ahead of next week’s observance of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), which states that everyone has the right to dignity and justice. 1 December 2008Senior United Nations officials in Afghanistan have urged the Government to look at alternatives to imprisonment as well as ways to ensure the rights of detainees, citing the growing number of people being held in pre-trial detention and various abuses such as being kept in prison even after a sentence has been completed. read more

Central African Republic Ban advises extension of UN peacebuilding office

The mandate of the office, known as BINUCA, is due to expire on 31 December.“In the coming year, BINUCA will continue to implement its mandate within an integrated framework and in close cooperation with national authorities and the partners of the Central African Republic, with a particular focus on the reconciliation process, including through the completion of the electoral process,” Mr. Ban says in his latest report on CAR.BINUCA is also helping the national authorities to implement the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration programme, and is providing support to efforts to restore state authority throughout the country, reform the security sector and promote the rule of law and respect of human rights.Mr. Ban says that much more needs to be done to increase the capacity of the national army – the Forces armées centrafricaines (FACA).“Without sufficiently trained and equipped security personnel to tackle the challenges posed by armed groups, which move freely in the country and across its porous borders, a state of relative instability and insecurity will continue to exist,” he writes, urging bilateral partners to respond positively to an appeal by the Government to assist FACA.The Secretary-General expresses concern over the disappearance of political leaders in CAR and renews his call for the authorities to clarify the circumstances of incidents of disappearance and to ensure the safety of political and military leaders who have joined the peace process.He calls for action against “a culture of impunity” in the country, which he says remains a central feature of human rights violations there. He also stresses the need to fight corruption, which he says constitutes a leading obstacle to socio-economic development in the country.“I am pleased with the progress in the ongoing integration of BINUCA and the United Nations country team. The strategic alignment of United Nations operations in each of the humanitarian, development and political spheres serves to reinforce the activities of each agency, fund, and programme, as well as BINUCA and to enable more effective service delivery in our common efforts to consolidate peace in the Central African Republic,” the Secretary-General says in his report.The UN Peacebuilding Support Office in CAR, known as BONUCA and set up in 2000, transformed into the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in CAR (BINUCA) on 1 January this year in an effort to build on peace agreements between the Government and rebel groups signed in Libreville, Gabon, in 2008 and subsequent political talks. 3 December 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has recommended to the Security-Council that the mandate of the United Nations peacebuilding office in the Central African Republic (CAR) be extended for another year to enable it to continue to facilitate the process of restoring stability in the country. read more