A 45-year-old teacher of a private school in Haryana’s Sonipat was stabbed inside the classroom on Monday for allegedly scolding a student over not completing his holiday homework.She has been referred to Rohtak’s Pandit Bhagwat Dayal Sharma Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences for treatment.Schools in Haryana opened on Monday after over a month-long summer vacation. Mukesh Kumari, an English teacher at a senior secondary school in Bhigan village here, was inquiring about holiday homework from some Class XI students when one of them allegedly stabbed her thrice with a sharp-edged weapon.The teacher was initially taken to a civil hospital and then referred to Khanpur medical college. From there she was sent to Rohtak.School principal Neeraj Tyagi said the accused student had taken admission a week before the vacation began. He was caught and handed over to the police.Superintendent of Police, Sonipat, Pratiksha Godara told The Hindu that a call was made to the Police Control Room regarding the incident but no formal complaint was received as yet. “We are waiting for a formal complaint to register a case. A case would be registered based on the PCR call if no complaint is received,” said Ms. Godara.Recounting her horror to media persons at the Sonipat civil hospital, Ms. Kumari said that around two dozen students had not done their homework and she had made them stand inside the class. “I was going to every student and asking them the reason for not completing their homework. I walked up to this particular student and he took out a sharp-edged weapon from his bag and stabbed me,” said the teacher.She said the accused student would “often not complete his homework and not even assign any reason for it”. He stayed aloof and did not interact much with his classmates, she added.
Mithali RajPlaying in her third test and the first against England, Mithali Raj, not yet 20, scored a scintillating 214 to set a new world record. “I crossed that mark nervously by scoring off the last ball bowled on the third day,” she recalls.Her score is the fifth double century,Mithali RajPlaying in her third test and the first against England, Mithali Raj, not yet 20, scored a scintillating 214 to set a new world record. “I crossed that mark nervously by scoring off the last ball bowled on the third day,” she recalls.Her score is the fifth double century in women’s Test cricket. The previous highest was by Australia’s Karen Rolton, who made 209 against England in Leeds last year.Raj received a standing ovation when the announcement was made at Taunton. Her classic knock, which included 19 boundaries and came off 407 balls in 598 minutes, enabled India make a record 464 runs in the first innings in reply to England’s 329. India had a lead of 135 runs in the four-day match that ended in a tame draw.There is nothing tame, however, in Raj’s achievement. Her innings makes her the first Indian woman to score a double century, improving on Sandhya Agarwal’s 190 against England at Worcester way back in 1986.Her partnership of 15 7 for the seventh wicket with Jhulan Goswami (62) is also a world record. Another first: Hyderabad has the honour of being home to the highest Test scorers in Indian cricket – V.V.S. Laxman’s 281 against Australia in Kolkata last year is still the best among men.The sweetest prize for Raj perhaps came from the team manager, who had promised 5 pound (Rs 370) for a century. She got 10 pound.Her father gives part of the credit to her former coach. “Mithali owes a lot to Sampath Kumar who died five years ago,” says Dorai Raj, who played for the Services.advertisement
US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid leaps into the stands while chasing a loose ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, in New York. The 76ers won 126-111. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK — With a big lead and bigger games ahead, Joel Embiid could have opted for safety.He could have simply let the ball go out of bounds, without putting a scare into people in the 76ers’ front office or along the Madison Square Garden sideline.ADVERTISEMENT Knicks: Dennis Smith Jr. had 13 points and DeAndre Jordan, who came with him from Dallas in the Kristaps Porzingis trade, scored 12.KANTER’S CHANCECoach David Fizdale said he was happy for Enes Kanter, who announced Wednesday he was signing with the Portland Trail Blazers. The Knicks waived their former starting center last Thursday after they weren’t able to find a trade for him.“Seriously, that’s a great deal for him,” Fizdale said. “He landed with a playoff team.”PAY UPEmbiid was fined $25,000 for his public criticism of the officiating, which included profanity, following Tuesday’s loss.“I knew what I was getting into,” Embiid said. “I haven’t seen the Last 2-Minute Report but I did get fouled and everybody knew that. I felt like it changed the outcome of the game. The game could have been tied and I was in the heat of the moment.”The report did say Al Horford should have been called for fouling Embiid with 35 seconds remaining.UP NEXT76ers: Host Miami on Feb. 21. Philadelphia seemed headed for a rout when it scored eight straight points in the third to open an 88-62 advantage after a free throw by Simmons, but the Knicks put up 36 points in the period and were within single digits going to the fourth.It was during the third that Embiid gave the 76ers and plenty of people sitting courtside a scare when he tried to chase down a ball going to the sideline. He went flying just over the head of actress Regina King , who won the Best Supporting Actress award at the Golden Globes, and crashed feet-first into the MSG Network statistician working next to broadcaster Mike Breen.“It’s good that I saved her life I guess, but someone else had to, like, take that,” Embiid said. “I’m sorry about that.”Philadelphia coach Brett Brown’s thoughts on Embiid’s dive?“Just like I think our owners and our fans back home were thinking,” he said. “You respect his aggression, and his passion, but you don’t want that. I say that out of love and care. It’s stuff you hope to avoid.”The statistician somehow stayed in the game.“I didn’t see him but I know he’s going to feel it tomorrow,” Simmons said.The Knicks had their moments, highlighted by rookie Kevin Knox’s powerful slam over Simmons . But they don’t have the firepower to beat a team like the 76ers, or anyone else in the league over the last 2 ½ months.TIP-INS76ers: Philadelphia has won the last eight meetings. … Jimmy Butler had 13 points, eight assists and seven rebounds. … Embiid had his 10th straight double-double. View comments Knicks: Visit Atlanta on Thursday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes That’s not his style.“I only know one way to play and that’s to play hard and compete,” Embiid said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe All-Star center had 26 points, 14 rebounds and one flying leap over an award-winning actress into the crowd, and Philadelphia handed the Knicks their 18th straight loss with a 126-111 victory on Wednesday night.Tobias Harris scored 25 points and Ben Simmons had 18 for the 76ers, who bounced back from their 112-109 home loss to Boston on Tuesday, sending themselves into the All-Star break with a 37-21 record. They went 7-5 during a difficult stretch of their schedule that included the trade with the Clippers to acquire Harris. Celtics rally in 2nd half to end Pistons’ win streak MOST READ Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes “We’re in a good position,” Simmons said.They had times Wednesday where it appeared they’d win easily, and other moments where the game became much more difficult than necessary against the team with the NBA’s worst record.Allonzo Trier scored 19 points and fellow rookie Mitchell Robinson had 14 points and 13 rebounds for the Knicks (10-46), who remain mired in the longest losing streak during one season in franchise history.“All we can do is keep building on the good things we’re doing and try to fix the things that are mistakes for us,” Trier said.The 76ers made 14 of 18 shots (78 percent) in the first quarter, yet only led 37-33 after the Knicks outworked them on the offensive boards to get up nine more shot attempts. Philadelphia then pushed the lead to 71-55 at halftime.ADVERTISEMENT
Justin Bieber is in India for his concert on May 10 at the D Y Patil Stadium in Mumbai and singer has asked for some tour requirements that are extravagant to say the least. Two Volvo buses, 10 luxury sedans and Rolls Royce are at the singer’s disposal to ferry him and his 120 member entourage around town. If that wasn’t enough, Justin Bieber will be making his arrival at the concert venue in a helicopter. In light of his concert today, we take a look at some of the cool cars and motorcycles that Justin Bieber owns.Cadillac CTS-V CoupePhoto Credit – Celebrity Cars Blog This is one of Bieber’s heavily customised cars which he has rechristened as his Batmobile. To match the name, the car’s exterior is decked out in matt black paint. It even features self-opening suicide doors and the insides are also fittingly draped in black. The car has Batman badging on it along with dark blue headlights. Justin’s initials are there on the dashboard in black crystals.Fisker KarmaPhoto Credit – Instagram(@biebercars) This is another cool car in Bieber’s garage. The Fisker Karma was one of the most exclusive plug-in hybrid cars in the market when it was launched in 2011. Production was stopped in 2012 after Fisker Automotive’s sole battery supplier filed for bankruptcy. Bieber was gifted this car by his manager Scooter Braun. The luxury sports sedan is powered by a GM sourced 4-cylinder turbo-petrol engine and twin AC motors that together produce in excess of 400hp.advertisementFerrari F430Photo Credit – Celebrity Cars Blog This was the first car he bought when he turned 16 and got his driving license. Seriously, how cool is that! His love for matt black cars is evident in the F430 as it features matt black exteriors with complementing red-outlined black wheels. The engine behind the driver is a 4.3-litre naturally aspirated V8 engine which pushes out 490PS of power and 465Nm of torque.Ferrari 458 ItaliaPhoto Credit – Instagram(@biebercars) Unlike the F430, the Ferrari 458 Italia in Bieber’s car collection has a white paint job and the Ferrari logo and brake calipers painted in light blue colour. The car was customised by West Coast Customs and is powered by a 4.8-litre V8 engine that makes 570PS of power and 540Nm of torque. The 458 Italia was bought to replace Bieber’s F430.Lamborghini AventadorPhoto Credit – Instagram(@biebercars) Bieber’s Italian admiration is not just restricted to Ferrari as he also owns a Lamborghini Aventador. The car features a white paint job and is powered by a 6.2-litre naturally aspirated V12 engine that makes 580PS of power and 650Nm of torque. This was the car that took over the reins from the Murcielago to be Lamborghini’s flagship car.Lamborghini Gallardo SpyderA few months after his sixteenth birthday, Bieber was gifted the Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder by rapper Sean Diddy Combs. The Gallardo was the baby Lambo during the Murcielago’s reign just like the Huracan is to the Aventador. It gets the smaller 5.2-litre V10 engine from Lamborghini which creates 550PS of power and 540Nm of torque.Porsche 997 TurboPhoto Credit – Instagram(@biebercars) Justin also owns a Porsche and the 997 Turbo has a 3.6-litre turbocharged flat-6 engine behind its rear wheels that dishes out 480PS of power and 624Nm of torque. The 997 Turbo has also received Bieber’s black treatment and the body of the Porsche is painted black which is complimented by black wheels with red outlines, just like in his Ferrari F430.Audi R8Photo Credit – Instagram(@biebercars) Justin Bieber is also the owner of a first generation Audi R8 that is powered by a 4.2-litre V8 engine that makes 430PS of power and 316Nm of Torque. However, this R8 is known more for its paint job than its performance specs as it features a leopard print wrap that is not the most pleasing sight to look at. The customisation of the R8 is done by West Coast Customs.Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Van Photo Credit – Celebrity Cars BlogThe Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Van owned by Justin Bieber doesn’t resemble the original van as it has been heavily customised by West Coast Customs. Starting with a matt black paint job the van has a completely redesigned cabin to make it a tourer van. While this one is not as fast as other cars owned by Bieber, it his own personal place on the road where he can decide to chill anytime.MV Augusta F3Photo Credit – Celebrity Cars Blog Talking about two wheels, Bieber owns the MV Augusta F3 which was gifted to him by his father on his nineteenth birthday. Bieber’s love for black is evident here also the F3 has a black paint job and blue LED underneath the seat. Bieber proudly calls this his ‘Bat Bike’.advertisementDucati 848 EvoAnother Italian superbike in Bieber’s garage is the Ducati 848 Evo. It is powered by a 849cc V-Twin engine that makes 140PS of power. Bieber’s Ducati is also painted black with red-outlined wheels, a repeating pattern we must say.Campagna T-Rex 14RBieber also owns the unique Campagna T-Rex 14R which was gifted to him by professional skateboarder Rob Dyrdek. It sports only three wheels and a 1.3-litre inline 4-cylinder engine from the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14 that produces 197PS of power. The Campagna T-Rex can go from o-100kmph in just 3.9 seconds.Also Read:Toyota Land Speed Cruiser claims “World’s Fastest SUV” titleAlso Read: Toyota Innova Touring Sport vs Mahindra XUV500Also Read: Maruti Suzuki Dzire: Everything you need to know
Heavy snowfall gave people some respite from the intense cold wave but disrupted normal life in Kashmir Valley.According to the Met officials, “Snowfall started yesterday afternoon across the Valley. Srinagar recorded 25.2 cm of snow and minimum temperature recorded in the city was minus 1.3 degrees Celsius, 1.9 notches above than the temperature recorded the previous night.”Gulmarg in North Kashmir witnessed 2 feet snow. Pahalgam in South Kashmir received about 40 cm of snow and the minimum temperature dipped to minus 2.8 degrees Celsius there.The upper reaches of Ladakh also received snowfall. In Leh, the minimum temperature recorded was minus 8 degrees Celcius. At Kargil, the mercury dipped to minus 15.6 degrees Celsius.The fresh spell of snowfall in Kashmir Valley also brought chilled cold wave to Jammu where the minimum temperature recorded was 10 degrees Celsius.Fresh snowfall has brought hopes to the people associated with the tourism industry. Mukhtar Shah, a hotelier, said, “Tourists who are already here in Gulmarg extended their tour after the fresh snowfall. We are hopeful that we will have a good winter season ahead and more tourists will come to Kashmir after this snowfall. Snow sports lovers will also come to Gulmarg as we have the best skiing slopes here.”Meanwhile, the 434 km long Srinagar-Leh highway and the 86 km long Mughal road that connects South Kashmir with Poonch and Rajouri districts of the Jammu region remained closed due to the accumulation of snow at several places.”Many roads, highways and the airport are blocked and most homes are without electricity,” former Chief Minister Omar Abduallah tweeted.advertisementYesterday was pretty, today it’s now a pain. Many roads, highways & the airport are blocked & most homes are without electricity. We know Kashmir is going to see snow in winter but when it does snow normal life just falls apart.Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) January 5, 2019″Due to heavy snowfall, many remote areas in North and South Kashmir have been cut-off from nearby towns. The 300 km long Srinagar-Jammu national highway that connects Kashmir valley with the rest of country is closed for vehicular movement,” traffic police officials said.ALSO READ | Leh, Kargil experience coldest night of seasonALSO WATCH | Kashmir freezing with minus 10 degrees temperature
YouTube/Swanny JA few weeks ago, it looked like Oklahoma would be a big roadblock for the TCU Horned Frogs on their path to the College Football Playoff. After the Frogs’ blowout loss to Oklahoma State (and a legitimate struggle against Kansas), and the Sooners’ huge win over Baylor, the script has been flipped. Now Oklahoma is being touted as a big time Playoff contender, while the Frogs are looking to climb back into contention. With Trevone Boykin and Josh Doctson having injury issues, the Frogs are pretty beat up, helping give OU a chance at another big win.Sooners hype video-maker Swanny J dropped his TCU clip early this week. Sooners fans probably won’t complain. Beating the Frogs would be another big step towards making the top four:
FAYETTEVILLE, AR – SEPTEMBER 2: General view during the game between the University of Southern California Trojans and the Arkansas Razorbacks on September 2, 2006 at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Southern California won 50-14. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)Recruiting in college football, and the SEC in particular, is no joke. Just ask Arkansas head coach Chad Morris.The Razorbacks went 2-10 in Morris’ first season, but the focus is now on turning things around. Morris hosted a number of recruits on official visits this weekend, some of whom are already headed to Arkansas next year.The weather in Fayetteville didn’t really cooperate, but Morris was able to make due. He took matters into his own hands, making sure players and parents could make the most of the situation.According to Assistant Director of Football Ops Sean Tuohy Jr., Morris salted and cleaned his entire neighborhood so recruits could visit.“People thinking @coachchadmorris recruiting stuff is lip service: instead of cancelling recruiting social after dinner at his house, he personally went to Home Depot earlier today & salted not only his driveway but his ENTIRE neighborhood & roads to it to get parents here. #WPS,” Tuohy wrote on Twitter.People thinking @coachchadmorris recruiting stuff is lip service: instead of cancelling recruiting social after dinner at his house, he personally went to Home Depot earlier today & salted not only his driveway but his ENTIRE neighborhood & roads to it to get parents here. #WPS— Sean Tuohy Jr. (@SJTuohy) January 20, 2019If Arkansas doesn’t make major improvements next year, it won’t be for Morris’ lack of trying, that’s for sure.Right now, Arkansas’ 2019 recruiting class is ranked eighth in the SEC and 21st nationally. The Razorbacks have signed six four-star players.To view the full 2019 recruiting team rankings, click here.
My average game grades only take into account yards and points and who a team has played this year. Here are current ranks1. Wisconsin 123.92. Ohio St 121.13. Alabama 119.64. Clemson 115.55. Oklahoma 113.36. Auburn 111.87. LSU 110.58. Oregon 109.89. Georgia 108.3— Phil Steele (@philsteele042) September 22, 2019Wisconsin is ranked No. 8 in the AP poll and No. 9 in the Coaches. However, when you consider how Steele calculates his rankings, it makes sense the Badgers would be higher.They have been the most dominant team thus far this season, routing their opponents on both sides of the ball. This Saturday’s 35-14 win over Michigan sent a message to the rest of the Big Ten.You can argue the Wolverines are overrated, but it is also pretty clear at this point that the Badgers are for real. ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 13: Head coach Paul Chryst of the Wisconsin Badgers look on during warmups prior to playing the Michigan Wolverines on October 13, 2018 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Longtime college football expert/handicapper Phil Steele’s individual rankings are calculated a little differently than other sets of ratings.Every year, Steele calculates his average game rankings, which he arrives at by factoring in a team’s yards, points and quality of opponent. After four weeks, Steele has an interesting team ranked No. 1.The Wisconsin Badgers are the top-ranked team according to Steele’s game grades. Behind them is Ohio State.Alabama is No. 3, while Clemson is down at No. 4.
zoomIllustration; Source: PxHere under CC0 Creative Commons license Shipping company Navig8 Product 2020 has taken delivery of a new scrubber-fitted MR tanker, the Navig8 Gauntlet.The 49,000 dwt vessel was delivered from Japan’s New Times Shipbuilding and is the sixth unit in a series of eight such scrubber-fitted tankers in the company’s newbuilding program.Navig8 Product 2020 said that the 52,500 cbm Navig8 Gauntlet will be entered into and operated in Navig8 Group’s Chronos8 commercial pool.The fifth ship in the company’s newbuilding program, the Navig8 Goal, was handed over from New Times Shipbuilding in August.With the latest additions, the company’s 44,000-54,000 dwt chemical tanker pool now counts a total of fourteen vessels.
Washington DC: It’s a difficult time for the Pentagon to be without a permanent US defence secretary. The Trump administration is grappling with an escalating crisis with Iran, an unusual and controversial deployment of troops to the US-Mexico border, the nearly two-decade-old war in Afghanistan and stalled talks with North Korea over its nuclear weapons program. Amid all that, and more, acting Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan stepped down this week and the man tapped to replace him on an interim basis appears to face legal hurdles that could initially prevent him from serving more than about six more weeks. It’s an unusual level of uncertainty for one of the most important jobs in the administration. “This is a very difficult time. With everything going on in Iran and all the provocations and counteractions, and to have no Secretary of Defence at this time is appalling,” said Democratic Sen Chuck Schumer of New York. “It shows the chaos in this administration. They have so many empty positions, revolving doors, in the most sensitive of security positions.” Shanahan and his planned replacement, Army Secretary Mark Esper, have been attending White House and other meetings, including sessions to debate how the military should respond to Iran’s shoot-down of an American drone. Esper is slated to take over as acting defence secretary at midnight on Sunday, and then head out Tuesday to a meeting of NATO defence ministers. There it will be critical for Esper to convince allies that he is now in charge, and that the US national security leadership is stable and able to make decisions when faced with escalating threats from Iran, amid questions from a wary Congress. Meanwhile, inside the Pentagon, lawyers are debating how to get Esper through what will be a difficult legal and Congressional confirmation process. Defence officials said Thursday that so far they don’t yet have a clear way forward. The key problem is that Trump never formally nominated Shanahan for the defence job. He announced his intention to do so, but as the months went on it never happened, and officials repeatedly said the vetting was dragging on. On Monday, Shanahan stepped down saying he wanted to spare his family as details of domestic problems linked to his messy divorce nearly a decade ago became public. Trump immediately named Esper as the new acting secretary, but because of limitations laid out in court decisions and legislation governing how top level vacancies are filled, he will only be allowed to serve for about six weeks in that temporary capacity. Law prohibits Esper from being nominated for the job while also serving as the acting secretary. If he is nominated, he’ll have to step down and move to another job until the Senate votes on his confirmation. And anyone chosen to fill in temporarily — even for a short time while the confirmation process goes on will have limited authorities and won’t have all of the decision-making power that a defence secretary needs when his nation is at war in several countries and conducting major military operations in dozens of others. Normally, senior leaders can be “acting” for 210 days, but because Shanahan was never nominated the clock on Esper started ticking on January 1, when previous Defence Secretary Jim Mattis resigned. That would force Esper out of the acting role by July 30. Adding to the problem, is that even if Trump wants to nominate Esper, he’ll have to come up with someone to fill the job, also in an acting capacity, for an undetermined amount of time. Because Trump never nominated anyone to replace Shanahan as deputy defence secretary, which was his previous job, there is no one to easily step up and fill in as acting secretary during that confirmation process. While lawmakers have expressed initial support for Esper, who is well known on the Hill and previously served on committees as legislative staff, there is no guarantee he’ll get a quick approval. As a former executive at defence contractor Raytheon, Esper may have to excuse himself from decisions involving the company. And that could include sensitive, top level negotiations with Turkey over its decision to buy a Russian missile defence system, and America’s counter offer of the Raytheon-made Patriot surface-to-air weapon. Lawmakers have also expressed impatience with the large number of acting executives in the Trump administration. Under Trump at least 22 of the 42 people in top Cabinet jobs have been acting, or just over half. In contrast, data compiled by incoming Yale political science professor Christina Kinane, suggests that from 1977 through mid-April of this year the administrations of President Jimmy Carter through the first half of Trump’s 266 individuals held Cabinet posts. Seventy-nine of them held their jobs on an acting basis, or 3 in 10. Trump has said he likes naming acting officials, telling reporters in January, “It gives me more flexibility.” The practice lets Trump quickly, if temporarily, install allies in important positions while circumventing the Senate confirmation process, which can be risky with Republicans running the chamber by a slim 53-47 margin. But another explanation is that under Trump, the process of filling jobs has been slow and riddled with missteps. Trump has withdrawn 63 nominees so far, doubling the 31 Obama retracted at this point in his first term, according to the nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service, which studies ways to improve government effectiveness. He’s also decided against nominating some candidates after realising the GOP-led Senate would reject them, including two would-be picks for the Federal Reserve: businessman Herman Cain and conservative commentator Stephen Moore. In addition, Trump’s 568 nominations during his first year in office were more than 100 fewer than Obama submitted during that period, partnership figures show.
New Delhi: Computerised draw of lots for selecting pilgrims for the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra was held here Wednesday, in which for the first time, preference for fresh applicants or route choice of senior citizens was incorporated into the software, MEA officials said.Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale presided over the draw of lots held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Bhawan, and also urged pilgrims to help “protect and preserve” the fragile environment in the Himalayas. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThe ministry’s consistent effort has been to get as many applications, because it thinks this Yatra is important not only for those going for spiritual or religious purposes, but also to build relations between India and China, he said. Ministry of External Affairs organises the Yatra during June to September each year through two different routes – Lipulekh Pass (Uttarakhand),and Nathu La Pass (Sikkim). Known for its religious value and cultural significance, it is undertaken by hundreds of people every year. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadFor Kailash Mansarovar Yatra 2019, the ministry received 2,996 applications, out of which 2,256 are male applicants, and 740 females. As many as 624 senior citizens had applied for the yatra. For Lipulekh route, there are 18 batches with 60 pilgrims per batch and for Nathu La, 10 batches with 50 yatris per batch. Two liaison officers will assist each batch of yatris. “It is our hope and endeavour that we provide the first chance to those who didnt ad the chance to go to the Yatra, the first-time applicants and we give priority to them. And, of course, to senior citizens as well,” Gokhale said. He said, consistent efforts have been made to make the Yatra website as pilgrim-friendly as possible. “We also have a helpline now for applicant yatris. And, emails received from them are regularly monitored and applicants are suitably advised in a time-bound way,” he added. A senior official said, the Nathu La route is less arduous compared to Lipulekh route and so preferred by senior citizens. “Earlier they would tell us their route choice while applying for the Yatra, and we would try to accommodate their request in the overall process. This year, we have incorporate the preferences of first-time yatris and the senior citizens in the algorithm of the software used for the draw of lots, which is for the first time,” he said. The selection is a fair computer-generated, random gender-balanced selection process, the MEA said in a statement, adding, the selected yatris are informed through mobile text messages and email. “Since 2015, the entire process commencing with on-line application till selection of yatris is a fully computerized process. Therefore, applicants do not need to send a letter or fax to seek information. The feedback options on the website can be used for obtaining information, registering observations or suggestions for improvement,” it said. The Yatra involves trekking at high altitudes of up to 19,500 feet, under inhospitable conditions, including extreme weather, and rugged terrain, and may prove hazardous for those who are not physically and medically fit. Gokhale urged yatris to strictly observe safety norms, for themselves and also for their fellow pilgrims. The Yatra is organized with the support of the state governments of Uttarakhand, Delhi, and Sikkim; and the cooperation of Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP). The Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam (KMVN), and Sikkim Tourism Development Corporation (STDC) and their associated organisations provide logistical support and facilities for each batch of yatris in India. Sushama Katarai was delighted after the draw, and said, “I have always wanted to do this Yatra. It is a like a dream come true for me.” Varun Khandelwal, a Delhi-based pilot, who was put on the waiting list after the draw, said, “I am hoping I will make it eventually. I have always wanted to experience Kailash Mansarovar Yatra.”
LONDON — The Latest on Britain’s exit from the European Union (all times local):5:45 p.m.British Prime Minister Theresa May has suffered an embarrassing parliamentary defeat on Brexit as lawmakers remain resistant to her EU divorce plan.The House of Commons voted 303 to 258 on Thursday against a motion reiterating support for May’s approach to Brexit — support expressed by lawmakers in votes just two weeks ago.The defeat is symbolic rather than binding stresses how weak her hand is as she tries to secure changes to her divorce deal from the EU in order to win backing for it in Parliament.The government was defeated when the members of a pro-Brexit faction in the governing Conservatives, the European Research Group, abstained because they feel the government is effectively ruling out the threat of leaving the EU without a deal.May is struggling with little sign of success to win backing for her deal from both pro-Brexit and pro-EU lawmakers in Parliament, which rejected the agreement by a whopping 230 votes last month.The U.K. is due to leave the EU on March 29.___9:25 a.m.Britain’s prime minister is scrambling to avoid another defeat on her Brexit strategy amid opposition from members of her own party who fear she is moving in the wrong direction in efforts to overcome the impasse blocking a deal.Hard-line pro-Brexit lawmakers say a measure to be voted on Thursday rules out the threat of leaving the European Union without an agreement on future relations, undermining Britain’s bargaining position. Prime Minister Theresa May has previously ruled out a “no-deal” Brexit as she attempts to win concessions from the EU after Parliament rejected her deal last month.European Council President Donald Tusk has reiterated his frustration with Britain, tweeting “No news is not always good news. EU27 still waiting for concrete, realistic proposals from London on how to break #Brexit impasse.”___Follow AP’s full coverage of Brexit at: https://www.apnews.com/BrexitThe Associated Press
Studio manager Fiona Furness was one of the first to trial the game and has lost two stone in weight so far, dropping from 11 stone to nine stone. Mrs Furness, who is in her 50s, said the “pounds just melted way.”“The results have been remarkable,” she said. “I used to feel really guilty about my bad snacking habits. I’d often be rushing about, and I’d grab something high calorie and unsatisfying – often a packet of crisps. I’d be hungry again really soon afterwards so it became a vicious cycle. “These days, if I am feeling peckish I’ll go for a banana or a pack of almonds. That’s the food I’m craving. I’m now closer to nine stone than 11 – the pounds just melted away over eight or nine months without me even noticing. 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. The game works by flashing up pictures of healthy and unhealthy food and the user has to react by only pressing on the healthy foods to score points. The simple act of ignoring unhealthy foods, and stimulating the reward response to healthy foods is enough to retrain the brain into craving healthier options, say scientists. A study of 83 adults showed that people who played the game online just four times in one week lost weight and ate an average of 220 kcal less per day – roughly equivalent to a chocolate-iced doughnut. “It’s very exciting to see that our free and simple training can change eating habits and have a positive impact on some people’s lives,” said Dr Lawrence.“In an age where unhealthy food is so abundant and easily available and obesity is a growing health crisis, we need to design innovative ways to support people to live more healthily.”We are optimistic that the way this app is devised will actually encourage people to opt for healthy food such as fruit and vegetables rather than junk food.” Prof Natalia Lawrence “The weight loss wasn’t really my goal though – I feel younger and more energetic. Perhaps I’m particularly susceptible to this kind of brain training, but it has been transformative for me.” Nearly two thirds of adults in Britain are overweight or obese, and the UK is forecast to be the fattest country in Europe within 10 years Users of the app, who should ideally use it for a few minutes a day without distractions, can tailor it to reduce compulsions to unhealthy food they have most problem with, as well as alcohol, but not to reduce consumption of healthy foods including vegetables. The scientists have launched a crowd-funding campaign to raise up to £5,000 to develop the app, this week made available for Android devices, into an app that can be used on iPhones and iPads. A game which trains the brain to avoid unhealthy food such as cakes, biscuits and chocolate can lead to ‘pain free’ weight loss and cut energy intake by more than 200 calories a day, scientists have said. Psychologists at the University of Exeter showed that less than ten minutes a day of ‘brain training’ using a game which takes away the ‘mental reward’ of sugary and fatty foods, reduces calorie intake. Professor Natalia Lawrence’s Food Trainer app is free and is being launched this week on Android devices.It is based on neuroscience research which suggests people are more inclined to choose fatty and sugary foods because they activate the brain’s reward system, stimulating the release of dopamine and endorphins, which can produce feelings of pleasure and make the person want more.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGECOM FIASCO: Opposition, Govt Attorneys to meet next weekFebruary 2, 2017In “Politics”GECOM Chair: New list will be submitted soon- TeixeiraMarch 29, 2017In “latest news”PM contradicts President’s position on nominations for GECOM chairmanshipJanuary 30, 2017In “Politics” … AG unprepared, requests more time for interpretation of Constitution – NandlallThe much anticipated meeting between Government and Opposition representatives to iron out the interpretation of the Constitution with regards to the appointment of a Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) got underway on Wednesday and was proven to be unfruitful.Attorney-at-Law Anil NandlallThe Opposition appointed Attorneys – Priya Manickchand and former Attorney General Anil Nandlall – met with Attorney General Basil Williams SC, following a proposal made by President David Granger to Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo, for legal minds from the two sides to meet and discuss the appointment of a GECOM Chairman.When contacted on Wednesday, Attorney General Williams told Guyana Times that during the meeting, he heard submissions by Nandlall and asked for some time to review the submissions in order to arrive at a proper conclusion.“I spoke with Mr Nandlall respectfully, he made his contention and he cited authorities; and I said I’ll take what you say safely by reading the authorities and then we’ll respond to his submissions,” Williams stated.Attorney General Basil WilliamsIn a statement released later to the media, Williams posited “I could have indicated to him when you look at constrained, the provisions, one: “there shall” – it’s mandatory it tells that you must first look at the mandatory provisions, which deal with descending order: judge, retired judge, person who could be appointed a judge, who is qualified to be a judge and the …any other fit and proper person and so I could have done that and said, ‘Well I don’t agree with your interpretation but I’m doing better than that because it’s not a question of Mr. Nandlall and I. It’s a question of the people of Guyana and the question of the proper law to be applied for the future in relation these matters.” Meanwhile, in a statement to the media, Nandlall disclosed that during the meeting, the Opposition lawyers proffered their interpretation of Article 161 of the Constitution, in writing, and supported their position with a number of case law authorities from Guyana, the Caribbean and the Commonwealth.However, Nandall pointed out that the Attorney General was “unprepared” to put forward his or the Government’s interpretation of Article 161 of the Constitution, despite several requests for him to do so.“Instead, he indicated that he will need time to interpret our contentions and prepare his response. All of the interpretations offered by us (Wednesday) were fully and publicly ventilated in the media… I am disappointed by the lack of preparedness of the Attorney General, which resulted in nothing tangible emerging from the engagement,” the former AG asserted.Nandlall went on to say in his statement that “Quite frankly, I was hoping that the Attorney General would have been ready with his position on the matter today (Wednesday); that may have resulted in this matter being concluded with dispatch and decisively. In the meanwhile, Guyana’s democracy continues to hang in the balance.”Moreover, Nandlall stated that the Attorney General could not identify a date for a second engagement on the issue, which the Opposition considers a matter of great national importance. “The meeting ended with the Attorney General being unable to identify another date available in his diary for us to meet again,” he noted.Last week, President David Granger said he is anxiously awaiting the outcome of dialogue between the two sides.“I’m anxious to move ahead, it’s a constitutional office… I have asked them to meet and see in what ways we can have a common interpretation of the Constitution. In the final analysis, it’s a constitutional matter and I felt that the Constitution was quite clear so if there was any opaqueness or obscurity, I hope that the meeting between the two Attorneys would clarify that,” the President asserted.The Head of State further maintained that he was correct in his interpretation of the Constitution that the nominees for GECOM chairmanship must be a judge or have qualifications equivalent to that of a judge.“…as I said, my interpretation of the Constitution was quite clear. I’m not saying that the person has to be a judge, but if you read the whole article of that Constitution, it intends that the person must possess certain qualities and we are looking for those qualities,” he posited.The controversy on the matter revolves around the different interpretations of the Opposition Leader and the Government on Article 161 (2) on the appointment of a new GECOM Chairman.The Opposition’s understanding conforms to the updated Constitution which incorporates the Carter formula to have a democratic process for the appointment of a chairman.Granger’s interpretation, on the other hand, seems to reflect the old 1980 Constitution which limits the pool of persons to be appointed to GECOM’s helm to only judges or those eligible to be a judge.
The President of the Austrian Parliament, Barbara Prammer, has honoured Alan R. Hill, President and CEO of Gabriel Resources, the ‘Responsible Manager of the Year’ Award in the international category at an event hosted at the Austrian Parliament in Vienna.The prize is given to those who excel in responsible management as part of the ICON-Vienna Congress, which showcases trends and innovative developments in Europe. ICON-Vienna established the CSR prizes in the categories of international, public interest, small and medium sized companies, middle management and top management. Members of the ICON-Vienna Conference include Trade Union Austria, the Association of Industrialists, the Chamber of Commerce and the Ministry of Economics.Hill was recognized for his leadership at the helm of Rosia Montana Gold Corp, a large-scale project that could become Europe’s biggest gold mine. According to the jury, the award was given to him because he is committed to social and ecological responsibility in a challenging business area like mining, which does not typically apply such criteria. The jury further stated that this example of setting up a mine in Romania could serve to pave the way into the future for the entire industry.As an industry veteran, Hill has spent over four decades in the mining industry, leading projects all over the world, and has seen first hand how countries’ natural resources can translate into wealth for nations and people. For the last two years, since he became President and CEO of Gabriel Resources, Hill has worked toward meeting the challenge of his latest project: to build a mine to the highest industry standards, as well as use the project as a catalyst for regional sustainable development.Under Hill’s leadership, Gabriel Rosia Montana has pioneered social programmes and civil society partnerships in the areas of education, health, environment and business, as well as introducing company corporate governance policies built on openness and transparency. Hill has ensured that his company applies the highest standards to all of its operational areas.Hill’s initiatives include:Introducing open and transparent management practicesEnlisting top specialists to help design a project fully compliant with EU and international standardsInvolving leading Romanian and international experts in the assessment of the relevant environmental impacts of the proposed projectEncouraging active environmental protection measures, such as forestry programmes, environmental awareness and education actions and partnershipsEstablishing an ongoing social programme which helps disadvantaged people in the project areaHelping set up a professional development training programme for the local community, through which over 600 people have been trained in areas directly related to the core business of the companyDesigning a future village to combine modern facilities with traditional architecture for the local community to offer them significantly higher living standardsLaunching of the Rosia Montana MicroCredit, a micro-lending institution that was set up recently in order to encourage diversity and development of the local economy through customised financial solutions.Gabriel Rosia Montana currently employs about 400 people, most of them from the local community, in an area experiencing more than 70% unemployment. Once operations have begun, it will employ over 1,200 people for two years of construction, 600 during the 17 years of the life of the project and will likely generate over 6,000 indirect jobs. The company has signed protocols with local authorities to ensure preference of employment is given to locals from the project area and surrounding communities.
A LETTER WRITTEN by the former president of the ECB to the then-Irish Finance Minister Brian Lenihan could be published – weeks after a complaint from the European Ombudsman.The 2010 letter was sent from Jean-Claude Trichet to Lenihan but its release was blocked by the Governing Council of the European Central Bank (ECB).On 7 March, European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly said she was unhappy that the ECB had blocked the release of the letter.She said she regrets that the Governing Council “has wasted an opportunity to apply the principle that, in a democracy, transparency should be the rule and secrecy the exception”.RequestToday, Sinn Féin said that its MEP Martina Anderson had submitted a formal question to the ECB asking under what conditions they will release the letter and what action they may take if Minister Noonan released it unilaterally.She put a motion to the European Parliament which called on the ECB “to publish the letter of 19 November 2010 from Jean Claude Trichet to the then Irish Finance Minister as requested by the European Ombudsman”.The motion was accepted.Read about the letters written by Lenihan that have already been releasedSinn Féin’s Midlands Northwest EU candidate Matt Carthy criticised other MEPs for their approach to the vote. He said that Jim Higgins of Fine Gael voted against Anderson’s motion, while Pat “The Cope” Gallagher of Fianna Fáil “didn’t vote”.LettersGavin Sheridan of TheStory.ie said that he had submitted a request to the ECB for all letters sent to Brian Lenihan or his office in November 2010. He said he was told that the release of one specific letter’s contents would “undermine the protection of the public interest”.At the time, Sheridan said he intended appealing the decision.Read: Ombudsman unhappy ECB won’t give Brian Lenihan letter to journalist>
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Victorian Electoral Commission officially declared Jennifer Kanis the winner of last Saturday’s by-election on Thursday morning.“It’s terrific,” Ms Kanis tells Neos Kosmos on being elected, and says she is “really honoured and pleased to be elected”.Ms Kanis edged out Cathy Oke – the Greens candidate – by 1067 votes on a two-party preferred basis.After a gruelling campaign, Ms Kanis says the hard work is just about to start for her.“The first thing I am looking to do is to continue what I’ve been doing over the last couple of months which is talking to people in the electorate and and meeting with the various community groups,” she says adding although she knows her electorate well, she wants to get to know them better. And by doing so, she will be able to represent their views in parliament and make sure the policies that they put in place align to Labor values and with what people want in Victoria. Ms Kanis said as far as her projects go she is going to concentrate on holding “Ted Baillieu to account”. “There are acouple of things that he’s done that people are unhappy with – the TAFE cuts for instance … we are going to make sure that Ted Baillieu and his government know just how unhappy people are about cuts to education.”The win comes as somewhat a relief for Prime Minister Julia Gillard, as a loss would have added to the pressure of a leadership rumblings in the party. Added to that, the pressure that Labor has held the state seat of Melbourne for more than half a century.
Belgium boss Roberto Martinez has made Eden Hazard’s future at Chelsea even more uncertain by suggesting that now may be the right time for him to leaveHazard has been strongly linked with moves to both Real Madrid and Barcelona recently with the winger himself having hinted that the prospect of ending his six-year spell at Chelsea for a move to Spain may be inviting.Having rejected a new contract and with just two years left on his current one, Hazard may be able to secure a move away from Stamford Bridge this summer and it appears that he will have Martinez’s blessing.“It could be the best time to try something different,” Martinez told radio show El Larguero, via ESPN.Chelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“He is a player who has the maturity and a lot of leadership. His play is based on talent. Hazard could carry a new project anywhere in the world. He is at the best moment of his career.“For me, it’s very easy to answer that question. He could fit in any team in the world. Players need new challenges and new projects. Perhaps it’s a good time for Chelsea and for Eden [to split]. I would be very surprised if Chelsea didn’t have big offers for him right now.”Hazard ended his superb World Cup campaign in style on Saturday by netting the second goal as Belgium secured a third-place finish after beating England 2-0.The 27-year-old scored a total of three goals and added two assists in his six games at Russia.
Genoa have confirmed they are yet to receive offers from reported Real Madrid and AC Milan target Krzysztof Piatek.The Polish striker has found the net a remarkable 19 times in 21 appearances for the Italian club this season, having joined from Cracovia Krakow last summer.The Serie A side paid only €4.5m for Piatek – who has also been linked to Barcelona – in that deal but his market value has multiplied with reports suggesting he would only be sold permanently in a move in excess of €60m.A report cited on Football Espana speaks of ‘concrete interest’ from the European giants while Atletico Madrid and AC Milan are equally monitoring the situation.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“We are waiting for offers for Piatek, there is nothing official yet,” Genoa CEO Giorgio Perinetti told RMC Sport.“Milan know that we would like to keep the player until June, but we will evaluate any proposal that may come in.“It is not our intention to sell Piatek now and we cannot wait until the last day of the market.”
Something for the weekend: Everyone knows that parents can bring an abundance of new skills into the workplace when they return from leave, but what if their childcare and home-keeping responsibilities were able to earn them a wage?According to a new tool from greeting card organisation Funky Pigeon, released in time for Mother’s Day on 31 March 2019, London-based parents could be worth a whopping £263,587 a year for completing their day-to-day tasks around the home, while mums and dads living in Bristol perform roles that could earn £185,607 a year.The tool is based on eight tasks that parents perform while raising children; matched with the closest professional equivalent.For example, time spent cooking can be compared to those working as a chef, hours cleaning could equate to a cleaner’s pay, while driving chores relate to the role of a taxi driver. Helping children learn puts parents on a par with teachers, organising the family and household is similar to a professional personal assistant and tackling mountains of washing fits with the responsibilities of working in a launderette. Tending to their child’s physical health, for example, could be comparable to being a nurse, and looking after the family’s mental wellbeing is linked to a psychologist’s job role.Funky Pigeon then collated the wage and salary data for these comparable job roles across 1,000 UK towns and cities.To use the tool, parents can input the number of hours a week they spend completing the eight different task categories. This data is then converted into a yearly salary for each job role, which is then added together to create a total parent salary.For example, if a parent spends seven hours a week cooking for their family, over the year that would equate to 364 hours of cooking. If the average wage for a chef living in the same area is £15 an hour, then the estimated salary for this one job would be £5,460.Here at Employee Benefits, we took a stab at using the tool for ourselves and managed to achieve a parent salary of £70,505 a year, as we are London-based. For working parents, we are sure this extra income would be very much appreciated after all their hard work…