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first_imgA day after a potato farmer allegedly committed suicide after suffering heavy losses, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said her government will purchase 28,000 tonnes of potatoes, required for Anganwadi centres and midday meal programme, directly from farmers. Her announcement comes at a time when potato farmers across the State are facing a severe crisis — at least two of them have committed suicide — due to the sharp drop in prices following this years’ bumper crop.Krishak Dibas“We have decided to buy 28,000 tonnes of potatoes directly from the farmers which we need every month for the Anganwadi centres and the midday meal programme. The government will buy potatoes at ₹4.60 per kg,” she said. Ms. Banerjee was speaking at a government programme on Krishak Dibas (Farmers’ Day) observed by the Trinamool Congress government on March 14 to pay tribute to those who died during the anti-land acquisition movements at Singur in Hooghly district and Nandigram in Purba Medinipur district. As per the projected estimates of the State government, the number of schools (up to Class VIII) to be covered under the midday meal scheme is 83,673 and the number of students is about 1 crore. According to potato merchants, this is the first time that the TMC government is directly purchasing potatoes from farmers.The development comes a day after a potato farmer allegedly committed suicide due to losses in farming in the Anandapur area of Paschim Medinipur district’s Keshpur block. According to his family, Swapan Hajra (45) committed suicide after sustaining “heavy losses” in potato farming. ‘Heavy debt’“He incurred a large debt for cultivating potatoes in four bighas (1.60 acres) of land,” Mr. Hajra’s son Indrajit told journalists.The Opposition, however, is sceptical whether the move will be beneficial for the potato farmers. “This is nothing but a face saving move. If the TMC government is really bothered about the farmers they would have purchased potato from them at a much higher rate,” said CPI-M district secretary of Paschim Medinipur Tarun Roy.last_img read more

first_imgThree cities in Maharashtra — Pune, Navi Mumbai and Greater Mumbai — top the first Ease of Living Index brought out by the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. The national capital, New Delhi, is ranked 65 among 111 cities, while Chennai is in 14th place. Kolkata did not participate in the survey.A city’s ranking reflects its ability to provide data, as well as its actual performance on four different parameters — institutions or governance, social indicators, economic indicators and physical infrastructure. Senior Ministry officials told The Hindu that cities which were unable or unwilling to provide data received low scores.Data deficientFor example, New Delhi has a score of “zero” on indicators regarding inclusive housing and mixed land use and compactness, and a score of just 0.12 on economy and employment.This does not mean that the capital actually performs so poorly on these indicators, according to members of the consortium which carried out the survey and produced the Index for the government. Instead, it probably means that the NDMC and the three Municipal Corporations which govern the city simply failed to provide any data on those indicators.  “If Delhi is showing zero in any category, it probably means that no data was given for any indicator under that category,” a consortium member told The Hindu, explaining that urban local bodies had been required to respond to 553 questions in 15 different categories under the four parameters.Releasing the Index, Housing and Urban Development Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said the ranking marks “a shift to a data-driven approach to urban planning and management.” He said future editions of the Index may also incorporate citizen and stakeholder feedback rather than relying on government data alone.A consortium member admitted that it was a challenge to collect some of this information from data-starved urban local bodies.Complex administrationParticular complications were seen in indicators such as health —where local governments did not have access to data from private hospitals. The consortium assisted cities in plugging the data gap with regard to certain indicators.“If cities are not able to provide data, how will they be able to plan and use their resources well? The first thing they need to learn is to get their data ecosystem aligned,” pointed out a consortium member.The other cities in the top ten include Tirupati, Chandigarh, Thane, Raipur, Indore, Vijayawada and Bhopal. The three cities at the bottom of the rankings are Rampur, Kohima and Patna.last_img read more

first_imgLATEST STORIES “My players gave their all in this game while our coaching staff sacrificed to get the job done,” said San Beda headcoach Manu Inigo, son of former Philippine Daily Inquirer sports editor Manolo Inigo.Rhayyan Amsali, San Beda’s rugged forward, was named Finals MVP after averaging 16 points per game during the best-of-three series that reached its limit after the Junior Pirates pulled off a surprise act in Game 2.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“It was a total team effort. We did away the negative things that happened in Game 2 and focused on winning the championship,” said Amsali, one of eight graduating players in the Red Cubs roster.Justin Sanchez had 19 points, Jay Ynot added 18 while Amsali powered his way to 16 points and collected 11 rebounds for the Red Cubs, who pulled away on the first half and never looked back. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Antetokounmpo scores 33 as Bucks beat Bulls View comments Rice industry paralysis Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Their pride pricked by an unexpected setback, the San Beda Red Cubs came back with a vengeance and demolished the Lyceum Junior Pirates, 98-77, to claim the NCAA Season 95 juniors basketball crown.The Red Cubs reclaimed the title, their 23rd overall, after failing to seize the championship the past three seasons.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Quarters: 27-18, 50-33, 81-51, 98-77 Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Cyrus Llarena and Wilmer Oftana also delivered off the bench along with guard Prince Alao and Dom Cabanero as they employed a defensive crackdown on the Junior Pirates, designed especially for tournament MVP John Barba.“We lost the second game because of pressure and excitement. We just talked it over and fixed the mindset of the team,” said Inigo, the junior coach of the year on his rookie season.The scoresSAN BEDA 98—Sanchez 19, Ynot 18, Amsali 16, Llarena 10, Oftana 9, Alao 8, Cabanero 5, Pelipel 4, Andrada 3, Nicdao 3, Alcantara 2, Delfino 1, Pascual 0, Valencia 0, Perigrina 0.LYCEUM 77—Guadania 24, Omandac 12, Barba 11, Montano 10, Garro 6, Panganiban 5, Ragasa 5, Caduyac 2, Garing 2, Gamlanga 0, Gudmalin 0, Dejelo 0, Dumon 0.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’last_img read more

first_imgJonny Bairstow struck a sublime unbeaten 60 to lead England to a dominant nine-wicket victory over South Africa in the first Twenty20 international in Southampton on Wednesday. (Scorecard)South Africa chose to bat and laboured to 142 for three before Bairstow and Alex Hales shared a superb unbroken second-wicket partnership of 98 to guide the hosts to their target with 5.3 overs to spare.”I’m trying to progress all the time and I played a few shots I didn’t have a few months ago,” said man of the match Bairstow.”I’m feeling good, I was really pleased. The lads bowled outstandingly well, to take wickets up front is what we wanted and then our spinners tied them down.”David Willey bowled JJ Smuts with the first ball of the match and South Africa quickly subsided to 32 for three.Captain AB de Villiers (65 not out) and Farhaan Behardien (64 not out) shared an unbroken stand of 110 but they never broke free from the shackles imposed by a disciplined England attack and the total always looked below-par.England openers Jason Roy and Hales plundered 45 off the first four overs before Roy, playing a risky reverse sweep, was trapped lbw by Andile Phehlukwayo for 28.But Hales (47 not out) and Bairstow looked completely untroubled by a toothless South Africa attack, hitting four sixes and nine fours between them to cruise to their target.Both teams were playing their first matches since the Champions Trophy in which hosts England lost to Pakistan in the semi-finals and top-ranked South Africa failed to advance from the group stage.advertisement”It is difficult to sum up the performance. The result doesn’t look good for us. We lost our way at the start, had to rebuild and we were 20-30 runs short in the end, which probably cost us,” De Villiers said.The second game of the three-match series is in Taunton on Friday.last_img read more

first_imgBALTIMORE, MD — With tempers still smoldering in riot-torn Baltimore and nearby neighborhoods clearing out rubble and debris, the Orioles played a baseball game Wednesday.This wasn’t for the fans, because there weren’t any at Camden Yards.The game was held behind closed doors, and the Orioles and Chicago White Sox played because it was considered to be the best way to fill out the schedule for both teams.The timing worked for baseball, not so much for Baltimore. It was an unusual move by Major League Baseball, which usually errs on the side of caution in the wake of tragedy.Baseball games were canceled after riots ignited in Los Angeles and terrorists attacked New York and Washington. Baseball put off the World Series in 1989 after an earthquake hit San Francisco.In Baltimore, after a drug store was set on fire about four miles from the ballpark and the National Guard was summoned to restore order, they played a game because this was the only planned visit by this season by the White Sox. The postponed games Monday and Tuesday were to be made up as part of a doubleheader on May 28, but there was seemingly nowhere to go on the schedule with Wednesday’s game.So they moved up the starting time by five hours to 2:05 p.m. to beat the 10 o’clock curfew and had the teams go at it before 47,000 empty seats. Baltimore won 8-2.“We have a schedule so we’ve got to get games in,” Chicago second baseman Gordon Beckham said. “We can’t just miss all three games and expect to make them up down the line. I mean we’ll have no off days for the rest of the year.“So, we at least have to get this one in.”Just about everyone who put on a uniform understood the circumstances. Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man, died of spinal cord and other injuries while in police custody. The protests that followed included looting, violence and rioting.Though no property around the ballpark was damaged, the city was hurting and here they were, playing a baseball game to preserve the integrity of the schedule.“It is strange. The commissioner of baseball made a decision,” said Gov. Larry Hogan. “I’m glad that we don’t have tens of thousands of fans down there. Even though things appear to be calm, having tens of thousands of people in that part of the city, that’s where our command center is operating.”On a scale of what was significant to Baltimore on this day, the Orioles’ 20th game of the season wasn’t exactly at the top of the list.“It makes you realize how unimportant really in a lot of ways this is compared to some things that are going on,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “You try to keep that mind and look at things realistically, where this fits in the scheme of things. You prioritize what’s important and we tried to do that.”Athletes are paid well to play when they’re told, no matter what the sport.“There’s nothing those guys can do about it. They’re a team,” said 49ers tight end Vernon Davis, who played in college at Maryland. “They have no control over what just happened. This is just how the world is. It has to be like this. They’re going to have to play no matter what.”Showalter hopes this game can serve as the first step toward getting Baltimore back on its feet.“We’ve made quite a statement as a city, some good and some bad,” he said. “Now, let’s get on with taking the statements we’ve made and create a positive. I want to be a rallying force for our city.”Their intentions may have been in the right place, but seemingly not much else.Playing the game without any fans in attendance was both a good and a bad thing. The team didn’t divert any police from doing their job around the city, but the people of Baltimore didn’t get a chance to turn the page by watching the home team play at Camden Yards.“Sports brings people together — black, white, or any different,” Orioles center fielder Adam Jones said. “For those three hours, you can have beers, nachos and some Boog’s (barbecue) and forget about our daily lives.“But today, we’re just going to have to play a Major League Baseball game without fans. I think that’s first time in history.”Must the game go on?“We’re doing the right thing,” Orioles first baseman Chris Davis said. “I’m not real happy about playing in an empty stadium. That’s one of the reasons that we look forward to coming home so much, playing in front of our fans. But we also understand that there’s a bigger picture here.”That’s true, but the bigger question is whether they should have been playing at all.“There are a lot more important issues going on outside the stadium,” Orioles left-hander Zach Britton said. “It kind of makes you realize how small baseball is compared to some of the other issues in the U.S. and around the world.”___TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 20 (PTI) Indian men’s hockey team captain Manpreet Singh on Tuesday signed up with global sports giant, Adidas ahead of the season-ending World Cup to be played in Bhubaneswar from November 28 to December 16. Manpreet, thus, joined an already strong portfolio of athletes signed up by Adidas, which includes Hima Das, Swapna Burman, Rohit Sharma, Kuldeep Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Dipika Pallikal, Zeel Desai, Nikhat Zareen, Siddhanth Banthia and Manjot Kalra to name a few. Manpreet, who was conferred the Arjuna Award earlier this year, led the Indian team to a bronze medal at the World League Final last year and contributed to the side’s success at the Asia Cup. Manpreet was a part of the India team that participated at the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games, the FIH Champions Trophy in London last year, as well as the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. “Association with Adidas is an opportunity that every sportsperson looks forward to and I am really excited to have been given this chance of joining their family. Adidas believes in nurturing talent and further carving the strengths of a sportsperson by offering the world class products,” Manpreet said. PTI SSC SSCSSClast_img read more

first_imgEngland defeated defending champions Australia to storm into the final of the 2019 Cricket World Cup. England will face New Zealand at Lord’s on July 14 in a face-off not many expected before the start of the tournament.England are now in their 4th World Cup final while New Zealand reached their second successive final in a World Cup. In 2015, New Zealand had lost to Australia in a one-sided title clash.England had entered World Cup finals in 1975, 1987 and 1992 before 2019.5-time world champions Australia were bowled out for 223 after Chris Woakes and Adil Rashid took 3 wickets each for England. Jofra Archer, playing his maiden World Cup and the star of England’s bowling attack, picked 3 wickets.Chasing a modest total at Edgbaston, England never looked like going wrong. Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow added 124 for the first wicket before Joe Root and Eoin Morgan steered the hosts home.Mitchell Starc, meanwhile broke an all-time record when he went past Glenn McGrath for the most wickets in a single edition of the World Cup.Jason Roy led the charge for England with a 65-ball 85 while Bairstow, Root and Morgan ensured Australia never had a foot in the door.When Australia beat England at Lord’s on 25 June, one more defeat could have seen the hosts crash out of the World Cup in the opening round.Three weeks and three wins later, they’re in the #CWC19 final!What a turnaround!#AUSvENG Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 11, 2019Earlier in the day, Australia captain Aaron Finch won the toss and decided to bat. But Jofra Archer drew first blood for Englandf in the 2nd over when he removed Finch for a duck.advertisementDavid Warner finished with 647 runs in the World Cup, 1 short of the tournament’s highest run-scorer so far – Rohit Sharma. But in the semi-final, Warner scored only 9 before he fell to Chris Woakes in the 3rd over.Woakes inflicted more damage on Australia when he dismissed Peter Handscomb who had come in as repalcement for the injured Usman Khawaja. However, Australia showed some fight with Steve Smith leading the charge. He joined forces with Alex Carey who braved a hit on the jaw to add 103 for the 4th wicket.Leg-spinner Adil Rashid dismissed Carey and Marcus Stoinis in the 28th over and that signalled the end of Australia’s challenge with the bat. Mitchell Starc scored an impressive 29 and was involved in a crucial stand with Smith but both men fell off successive deliveries.Steve Smith was run out for 85 while Starc fell to Woakes in the 48th over.20 years ago, Australia had pulled off a stunning tie against South Africa in the semi-final. This time, there would be no such miracle as England raced away to a sensational victory.Also Read | Mitchell Starc breaks Glenn McGrath’s 12-year World Cup record with 27th wicketAlso Read | Steve Smith equals Sachin Tendulkar’s record in World Cup knockoutsAlso Seelast_img read more

first_imgNoida: A massive fire broke out in a garment factory in sector 63 area of Noida on Tuesday morning. Fire officials said that nearly eight fire tenders were pressed into action and after three hours of fire fighting, the blaze was controlled. No casualties was reported in the incident, however, goods worth lakhs was gutted in the fire.As per reports, the incident occurred around 8 am at Naresh Garment’s factory in D block of sector 63 in Noida. The fire was started from the ground floor of the building with spread to upper floors. Fire fighters had to struggle to take control over the flames as the building was covered with glass walls which were later broken. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal Nagar”We received information around 8:15 am and three fire tenders were rushed to the spot. The fire spread quickly to the upper floors of the building due to inflammable material kept inside and within a few minutes five more fire tenders were pressed into action. We managed to douse the flames within 2-3 hours of fire fighting. No casualty was reported in the fire, however, goods worth lakhs and a car was charred,” said Arun Kumar Singh, Chief Fire Officer, Gautam Buddh Nagar. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceThe officer further said that the flames were triggered from due to a short circuit. “Prima Facie it appears that the fire got triggered due to a shot circuit, however, we are investigating to know exact reason behind the fire. Meanwhile, the fire fighting equipments kept in the building were not properly working while the security guards in the company were not properly trained to use these equipments which turned the fire into massive,” added Singh.last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA — Some facts and figures about the D-Day landings in Normandy on June 6, 1944:TARGET: Allies land on French channel coast along five Normandy beaches stretching about 80 kilometres west from River Orne.BEACHES: From west to east, Utah (U.S.); Omaha (U.S.); Gold (Britain); Juno (Canada); Sword (Britain).FEATURES OF JUNO: Eight-kilometre strip of summer resorts and villages scattered over flat land behind low beaches and a sea wall. Many Canadians in first wave race to cover of sea wall. D Company of Queen’s Own Rifles loses half its strength in initial sprint from water to seawall about 180 metres away.ENEMY AT JUNO: About 400 soldiers of 716th Infantry Division man concrete gun positions sited to fire along beach. Zones of fire calculated to interlock on coastal obstacles intended to rip bottoms out of invading boats. Gun positions protected by mines, trenches, barbed wire.SHIPS: More than 7,000 vessels manned by 285,000 sailors. Royal Canadian Navy contributes 110 ships and 10,000 sailors.SOLDIERS: 130,000 ashore by nightfall, including about 14,000 Canadians.VEHICLES: 6,000 tracked and wheeled vehicles and 600 guns land.PLANES: More than 7,000 bombers and fighters available. Allied planes fly about 14,000 sorties June 6, against about 250 by Luftwaffe.D-DAY CASUALTIES (killed, wounded and missing): Canada: 1,074, including 359 killed; U.S. 6,000; Britain: 3,200. Germany figures unreliable because of confusion in retreat.CAMPAIGN CASUALTIES (killed, wounded and missing): In 2-plus months of Normandy campaign (June 6-Aug. 21) Germans lose 450,000 soldiers, Allies 210,000. Canadian casualties total more than 18,000, including more than 5,000 dead.ALLIED LEADERS: Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower (U.S.), Supreme Commander, Allied Expeditionary Force. Gen. Sir Bernard Law Montgomery (Britain), Field Commander, D-Day Forces.CANADIAN LEADERS: Gen. Harry Crerar, Commander 1st Canadian Army. Maj.-Gen. Rod Keller, Commander 3rd Canadian Infantry Division.DIVISIONS INVOLVED: Canadian 3rd Infantry Division; British 3rd and 50th Infantry Divisions; U.S. 1st and 4th Infantry Divisions. (All had armoured units attached).The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgThe Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) announced nearly $1.5 million in new grants today, including a new program aimed at addressing the rampant stigma against HIV-positive people and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) community.With this round of grant-making, EJAF is awarding seven new and six renewal grants that fund innovative projects addressing the health and human rights challenges facing LGBTQ people, and supporting cutting-edge advocacy work on drug policy and HIV decriminalization. The new funding amounts to $1.456 million, bringing EJAF’s grant investments for 2014 to date to nearly $2 million.In particular, EJAF’s new LGBTQ Community Initiative will engage directly with marginalized voices within the LGBTQ community to identify urgently-needed new approaches in our ongoing fight against HIV/AIDS. Specifically, the Initiative will work to address the lack of knowledge surrounding HIV among gay Americans, to create a more transparent culture in LGBTQ communities affected by HIV, and to fight the severe lack of access to welcoming medical care available to LGBTQ people in this country.“This has been a year of great triumphs for LGBTQ Americans. However, rates of HIV infection are still increasing in the community. That’s why we are investing an additional $1.0-1.5 million across our second and third grant cycles to support new, dynamic, innovative programs by LGBTQ organizations and organizations working to confront the AIDS crisis in the community,” said EJAF Chairman David Furnish. “The health and equality of gay people will continue to be top priorities for the Foundation.”A recent survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation examined the understanding of HIV among gay and bisexual men, and their results further underscore the importance and timeliness of EJAF’s LGBTQ Community Initiative. The survey revealed that few gay and bisexual men report discussing HIV with their friends and sexual partners; most are not getting tested for HIV as regularly as they should; and more than half report that their doctors have never recommended that they be tested for HIV and that they rarely ever discuss HIV with their doctors.The Initiative also includes a particular emphasis on programs for transgender people.“Transgender people are sidelined within the broader movement to end HIV and in the fight for expanded access to healthcare,” said EJAF Executive Director Scott Campbell. “We look forward to working directly with advocates from the transgender community who can help us ensure that our grants continue to go where the need is highest.”“The Elton John AIDS Foundation is committed to confronting HIV/AIDS where it exists,” said EJAF Founder Sir Elton John. “We recognize that the health needs and rights of LGBTQ people, and particularly transgender people, are critical components to ending HIV in the United States. The Foundation also recognizes the lack of funding and leadership in this area and is rising to the challenge to meet this need.”Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Vasan also said a high-level committee comprising ministers, officials and fishermen should be formed without any delay and also top-level discussion should be held with the Lankan government to find a resolution. (Colombo Gazette) India’s Tamil Maanila Congress (TMC) president G K Vasan has urged the Indian Government to look into the issues faced by Tamil Nadu fishermen and form a high level committee to hold talks with the Sri Lankan Government to resolve the issues.In a statement, the TMC president pointed out a slew of incidents in which Tamil Nadu fishermen had been arrested by the Sri Lankan navy and said that the Centre had not taken any action, The Hindu newspaper reported. read more

NEW YORK — Jordan Allen scored 24 points with six 3-pointers, Dimencio Vaughn added 19 with three 3s and seven rebounds and Rider broke away early to beat Wagner 89-65 on Saturday.Stevie Jordan made 10 assists and Frederick Scott and Tyere Marshall added 10 points apiece for the Broncs (2-1), who made 11 3-pointers and held Wagner to 35 per cent shooting in the first half.Wagner led 5-4 on Jonathan Norfleet’s 3, but Vaughn scored five in a 9-4 run and the Broncs began to pull away while the Seahawks went scoreless for more than seven minutes Allen’s 3 amid a 7-0 run put the Broncs up 36-17 and they led 43-22 at halftime behind Allen’s 15 points and Vaughn’s 14.Allen and Vaughn hit consecutive 3s for a 26-point Rider lead early in the second half and the Broncs were never threatened.Nigel Jackson scored 14 points with four 3s and Romone Saunders and Tim Graham added 10 points apiece for Wagner (2-4).The Associated Press read more

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first_imgThe Vancouver Police Department is looking for volunteers to join its neighborhood watch program.The Neighbors On Watch academy begins Sept. 26, according to a department news release. Following the academy, volunteers will help the department through citizen patrols, administrative support and assisting with special projects like the Out of State License Program.Those who participate will receive specialized training in observation skills, searching techniques, radio communication, CPR, first aid and more, the news release says.More information can be found on the department’s Neighbors On Watch page,, or by contacting volunteer coordinator Jordan Macfarlane at read more

first_img Load More Australia’s Star Entertainment Group saw its net profit after tax (NPAT) soar by 351% to AU$149 million and revenue rise 5% to AU$1.33 billion in the six months to 31 December 2018, with a high win rate in its International VIP segment enough to overcome lower volume at flagship property The Star in Sydney.Playing lucky ultimately saw Star Entertainment Group achieve record NPAT as well as record EBITDA of AU$331 million, up 65.9% on the same period in 2017. Suncity Group cites “high costs” and “lack of demand” as Australian VIP Clubs closed Crown Sydney to retain valuable sight lines after settlement with Infrastructure NSW Ainsworth launches review of product development after Asia-Pacific struggles see FY19 decline RelatedPosts That was despite front money in Sydney’s International VIP business falling by 20.0% and turnover by 49.0%. Sydney’s property-wide GGR declined 7.3% year-on-year to AU$802.5 million but would have fallen 15.4% on a normalized basis.With Star’s Queensland business also playing lucky, the company reported a win rate of 1.62%, its highest in the past five years.In fact, Queensland – where Star Entertainment Group launched luxury VIP hotel The Darling at Star Gold Coast last March and continues with upgrades to its Gold Coast and Brisbane ventures – was the standout performer during the period with record statutory and normalized gross revenue and EBITDA and all business segments contributing to growth.GGR increased 31.3% year-on-year to AU$531.2 million and EBITDA 74.0% to AU$160.3 million, aided by International VIP Rebate business win rate of 2.32%. Star Gold Coast enjoyed a 90.9% surge in VIP turnover following the launch of The Darling, while property-wide visitation grew 11.8%.“1H FY2019 saw further pleasing progress in the execution of our plans,” said Chairman John O’Neill.“We are delivering continued growth in key segments of our business as well as exhibiting effective management of capital expenditure. Our existing and new customers are responding positively to the newly unveiled attractions which provides optimism for the future.”Star has declared a dividend of 10.5 cents per share, up 40% year-on-year.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 3 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 41.88 points down to stand at 20,856.13. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 16.00 points down to stand at 6,201.85. Mcleod Russel and Unitech were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 7.21% and 5.44% along with Sun TV Network and Bajaj Finance Ltd. with an increase of 5.27% and 5.00% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Bank of India and Apollo Tyres with a decrease of 3.47% and 3.46% along with Emami-$ and IRB Infra with a decrease of 3.35% and 2.98% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 72.94 points at 12,304.89, while the banking sector is down 61.56 points at 12,816.63 and the realty sector is up 16.95 at 1,379.79. The Indian currency is down 0.02% at Rs 62.33 per dollar.last_img read more

first_imgRohingya refugees carrying their belongings after fleeing Myanmar, as they walk on the Bangladesh side of the Naf River, Bangladesh October 2, 2017 Photo : ReutersDespite Myanmar’s orchestrated military campaign to eliminate Rohingyas from their motherland, the world has mostly avoided calling the atrocities as genocide.This attitude, two globally reputed legal experts say, is because the use of the word ‘genocide’ might compel the world leaders to take military action against the Myanmar authorities.Why leaders of different nations refrained from calling it genocide has been reflected in Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte’s apology to Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi after the former said a genocide was taking place in the latter’s country.To refer to the Rohingya killing that led to displacement of more than 700,000 Myanmar nationals, some UN officials and global leaders are generally using ethnic cleansing, a term which, the experts pointed out, does not involve legal action.“The UN avoids the word ‘genocide’ because world leaders avoid military action to stop it,” said Gregory Stanton, founding chairman of Genocide Watch and the Alliance Against Genocide.Also a research professor of Genocide Prevention at George Mason University in USA, he told Prothom Alo in an email interview that the term ethnic cleaning is an insidious term because there is no international treaty law to address it, whereas there are international laws to deal with forced displacement and genocide.He insisted that the Rohingya persecution be called genocide.Also, Thomas MacManus, a researcher with International State Crime Initiative at Queen Mary University of London, observed that the Rohingyas are facing genocide.”The Rohingya are undoubtedly facing genocide and we have been warning governments of this fact since 2014. The international community appears to be avoiding using the term ‘genocide’ in public in order to avoid the legal obligations to prevent it under the Genocide Treaty,” he said to Prothom Alo in an email interview sent on Sunday.The researchers regret that by avoiding the word genocide, the world leaders are in a way helping the perpetrators to continue the genocide.Read more : ICC seeks Bangladesh opinion to run case on atrocities against RohingyasAbout 22,000 Rohingya Muslims were killed in attacks in Myanmar’s Rakhine state since 25 August 2017, according to an estimate by International State Crime Initiative.Most of the Rohingya Muslims who have taken shelter in Bangladesh since then were found to be injured or traumatised. With the latest number, more than a million Rohingyas have come to Bangladesh over the past two decades to escape Myanmar persecution.Professor Stanton said, “A systematic campaign of mass murder and destruction is surely enough proof of specific intent to destroy part of the Rohingya people.”Joined by three epidemiologists, he studied the impact of using the words “ethnic cleansing” rather than “genocide” in four genocides: Rwanda, Bosnia, Kosovo, and Darfur.Stanton pointed out that “ethnic cleansing” is not a crime in the Rome Treaty of the International Criminal Court.The 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, covers within its definition, killing members of the group, causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group, deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part, imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group and forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.In Myanmar, the first four stages of genocide were already present in Rakhine state while the Rohingya were facing the final two stages of genocide, reads a research report by Thomas MacManus and two other researchers published recently.Red more : China does not want UN to push Myanmar on accountabilityMaung Zarni , a Burmese human rights activist and  an adviser to the European Centre for the Study of Extremism based in UK, told Prothom Alo that Rohingyas are facing genocide and the genocide did not begin when 700,000 Rohingyas fled terror but it was conceived and launched 40 years ago.Also, Nobel peace laureates Shirin Ebadi and Tawakkol Karman, in an article published in a Canadian newspaper ‘The Globe and Mail’ on Thursday termed the Rohingya persecution as genocide.Red more : ICC seeks Rohingya probelast_img read more

first_imgFeni madrasa student Nusrat Jahan Photo: CollectedAwami League on Thursday expelled its general secretary of Kazirbag union unit and union parishad chairman Kazi Bulbul Sohag for assisting madrasa principal Sirajuddoula in a case filed for sexually assaulting Nusrat Jahan Rafi, reports UNB.Awami League president of Feni district unit Abdur Rahaman said Bulbul, who is also a lawyer, stood for key accused principal Sirajuddoula of Sonagazi Senior Fazil Madrasa in the case.Following the directive of the party’s central committee Bulbul was expelled for violating party’s rules, he said.After fighting for her life for five days, madrasa girl Nusrat succumbed to her injuries at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) on Wednesday night.On 6 April, Rafi was set afire in the examination centre of Alim examination allegedly by students loyal to principal Sirajuddoula of SonagazSenior Fazil Madrasa after he was arrested and subsequently suspended as Rafi had accused him of sexually harassing her.last_img read more

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. One of the best things you can do to help keep your PC and your private data safe is to stay abreast of the latest security alerts. But security news stories often contain techie jargon that can make your eyes glaze over faster than a congressional session on C-SPAN.To help you determine whether a particular alert is worthy of Chicken Little or is truly dangerous, here are translations for some of the most common threat terms.Drive-by download: A big one. If a program or operating system bug allows drive-by contamination, your PC can become infected with malware if you simply view a malicious Web site. You don’t have to download anything or click any links on the poisoned page.User interaction required: You might think that you’d have to download a file or open an attachment to get hit by an attack described in this way. But experts often apply the term to simply clicking a link that will deliver you to a page containing a drive-by download.Zero-day: Potentially major, but not always. This term most commonly refers to a flaw (and perhaps an attack exploiting it) that surfaces before a fix is available. If the attack is ongoing (see “in the wild”), watch out. But many alerts or stories play up zero-day flaws that aren’t being hit and may never be; see the next entry.Proof-of-concept: A flaw or attack that researchers have discovered but that bad guys have yet to exploit. If the alert says something like “proof-of-concept code has been released,” crooks are very likely to create a real attack with that sample. But many evil-sounding proof-of-concept attacks never get weaponized.In the wild: The opposite of proof-of-concept. When an exploit or malware is in the wild, digital desperados are actively using it. If the term is being used to describe attacks against a software flaw, make sure that you have installed the application’s latest patches.Remote code execution: This kind of flaw allows an attacker to run any command on the victim’s computer–such as installing remote-control software that can effectively take over a PC. Holes of this type are dangerous, so take notice when you hear of one.Denial of service: Not so bad. This term usually describes an attack that can crash a vulnerable program or computer (thereby denying you its service) but can’t install malware. Occasionally, however, crooks figure out how to transform a denial-of-service flaw into a concerted attack that allows remote code execution.Of course, your best bet is to apply security patches as they’re released, whether to fix a proof-of-concept denial-of-service flaw (yawn) or to address an urgent zero-day drive-by download threat. 3 min read Brought to you by PCWorld August 26, 2008 Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowlast_img read more

first_imgPhoto: la Secretaría de Marina Armada de México Damages are still being tallied. There were no reports of human injuries. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) Fishermen and neighbors were first to the scene in an attempt to quelch flames, however, the fire continued on to burn both buildings. Fortunately, flames did not reach a nearby catamaran. The fire was reported around 4:00 p.m. Tuesday at a marina near Patria y Progreso. Personnel from the fire department along with members of the Secretariat of the Navy of Mexico arrived to put out the flames, which consumed two cabins that were located behind the Benito Juárez secondary technical school. Isla Mujeres, Q.R. — A fire in an Isla Mujeres marina completely destroyed two small buildings behind the secondary technical school. last_img read more