Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday scheduled to pay tributes to 15th century mystic poet Kabir at his final resting place in Sant Kabir Nagar on his 500th death anniversary.Mr. Modi will offer floral tributes at the Sant Kabir ‘samadhi’ in Maghar and also offer a ceremonial ‘chadar’ at the mazaar (shrine) built there in the name of the poet who is revered across communities.The Prime Minister will also address a public meeting after participating in a cultural programme.Maghar is located barely 30 km from the major Purvanchal centre of Gorakhpur, which is also the political turf of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.Mr. Modi’s itinerary also involves a visit to the “Sadhana” cave of Sant Kabir.Sant Kabir Academy to come upHe will unveil a plaque to mark the laying of the foundation stone for a Sant Kabir Academy, which will highlight his teachings and thoughts, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said in a statement.The Uttar Pradesh government has alloted a budget of ₹2.5 crore for the academy.On Wednesday, the State Cabinet approved the memorandum of association required for executing the project under the Society Registration Act 1860.The academy is coming up to provide international-level research, publications and presentations on the life and “darshan” of the poet, the State government said.A Sant Kabir Library will also come up, storing all his creative works, research references and publications related to him.Mr. Adityanath, who himself oversaw the preparations for the event, said the world today should remember the message of “friendship, equality, peace and cordiality,” given by Kabir 500 years ago.Meanwhile, a flutter was created after footage by television channels showed him refusing to wear a ceremonial cap at the shrine of Kabir.According to the district website of Sant Kabir Nagar, named after the poet, he died in Maghar in 1518.“He [Kabir] was loved equally by Muslims and Hindus, and on his death both a mazaar [tomb] and ‘samadhi’ were built by Muslims and Hindus respectively…Kabir chose Maghar above Kashi because as an enlightened soul he wanted to dispel the myth that anyone breathing his last in Maghar is born a donkey in his next life,” said the district website.Annual festivalAn annual festival is held at the site each year on January 14 coinciding with ‘Makar Sankranti’.The official portal of the U.P. Tourism Department says that “it is said that when Saint Kabir died there was a confusion if he should receive a Muslim burial or a Hindu cremation because his religion was not known.”Legend has it that the body of the great saint disappeared leaving behind a heap of flowers which were divided among people from both the communities. Hindus cremated them and built a temple over it and right next to it Muslims buried those flowers and built a Maqbara, the tourism department said.
Two engineering students who were allegedly caught with Sh 1.3 billion worth of heroin in Kenya were acquitted by the chief magistrate of Mombasa of drug trafficking charges on Nov. 23.The magistrate, Julius Nang’ea, ruled that Prabhakara Nair Praveen and Vikas Balwan were only interns on the ship, MV Bushehr, and were not aware of the cargo that the ship contained or whether it was part of drug trafficking, The Star reported.The Director of Public of Prosecutions (DPP), however, said that the state wanted the two students held for 14 days as it wants to lodge an appeal.The two students, along with seven other crew members, were found on the ship that carried 33.2 kg of heroin off the Lamu coast. While six of the crew members were Pakistani nationals, one was from Iran. All nine of them, along with three Kenyans, faced two charges for narcotics trafficking. The magistrate ruled that the two Indian students were innocent but the others still need to prove themselves to the court.On July 23, 2014, the nine crew members were captured from the ship carrying heroin and handed over to the Kenyan navy before their trial. The captain of the ship passed away before he was put on trial.The magistrate ruled that the other crew members — Yousuf Yaqoob, Yakoob Ibrahim, Saleem Muhammad, Bhatti Abdul Ghafour, Baksh Moula, Pak Abdolghaffer, Muhammed Saleh, and Kenyans Khalid Agil Mohamed, Mohamed Osman Ahmed and Maur Abdalla Bwanamaka — were still answerable regarding the case.A letter from the Indian embassy confirmed that the two students from the country were interns who had no part to play in the ship. The letter also showed that Praveen and Balwan were students of Alpha Marine Service College in New Delhi and were interning at Park Mansion Ship Management Ltd in India. Related ItemsKenyaMombasaNarcotics
India’s limited overs skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni believes he has a very balanced 15-member squad for the upcoming Asia Cup and the all-important World Twenty20. Also read: I’m not retiring any time soon: Dhoni While the Asia Cup, for the first time being held in the T20 format, will be held in Bangladesh in February-March, India will host the World T20 in March-April.”Overall it looks like a very balanced squad and in any eventuality we have replacements (in the squad). The good thing is that we started playing T20s in Australia and continuing from there, we now have a platform and our game has reached an auto-pilot mode. We have to keep injuries away and there could be 1-2 changes depending on the wicket,” Dhoni said on Friday.”Our bowling in T20s has always remained strong. The players have a lot of experience. We are looking very good as of now. We have shown the consistency whether you talk about death bowling or the first six overs, whether in India or abroad; overall it is looking like a very balanced bowling attack.”The wicketkeeper-batsman, who launched a lifestyle brand Seven, further said that he has a wide variety of options to select from the 15-member outfit but more importantly, he has back-ups available. Also read: Dhoni deserves respect, not flak: Ravi Shastri “If you see the 15 players selected, if something happens we have a replacement for everything. If I have to play with a spinning allrounder instead of a seaming allrounder, we have that option too. We have a provision for an extra opener as well. The overall balance of the team in any situation remains the same and if someone gets ill or injured for 1-2 matches the replacement is there,” said the 34-year-old.advertisement”If one player is available for all the matches and is not injured, we will see the wicket and decide (the playing XI). We have got to remain fit and in form which will be very good for the team.”India will play Pakistan at least twice for sure during the next 2-3 months in the upcoming tournaments. But Dhoni said this Pakistani team will be different from the one they faced previously.”It is obvious that the Pakistan side will be a bit different as some of the players they have are new. So it is a different Pakistan team. We will play them in the Asia Cup and World Twenty20, we will have to abide by the rules and regulations and also the spirit of the game,” said the 2007 World Twenty20-winning skipper.”When we talk about aggressive cricket, I don’t think the Indian cricket team is behind any other team in the world. We don’t negotiate on that point. But we know what are the guidelines that need to be followed.”
In a shocking revelation, Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has disclosed that he turned down a lucrative offer from a bookmaker in Dubai during the ongoing ODI series against Sri Lanka and reported the matter to the anti-corruption and security unit officials.The incident has shaken the Pakistan team management and anti-corruption and security officials travelling with the team in the UAE, as they felt that the bans imposed on batsmen Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif for spot-fixing in Pakistan Super League might have stopped such moves.”The matter has been handled as per standard procedure but there is a lot of respect for Sarfraz, who as a captain and player, has set a great example for his teammates on how to avoid attempts to corrupt the game,” an official of the Pakistan Cricket Board said on condition of anonymity.”ICC rules don’t allow us to name player (s) in such cases where approaches are reported but yes Sarfraz got an offer and he immediately reported the matter to the concerned officials, who have taken appropriate action,” he added.Incidentally the man who made the verbal offer to the Pakistani captain is based in Dubai and is learnt to be known to the players.An official in the PCB said that the team management has increased vigilance of players and reset curfew timings.”On the insistence of head coach Mickey Arthur, there was a bit of relaxation for the players during the ongoing series in the UAE and they were allowed to meet friends and go out for shopping and dinners but now strict procedures and timings have been enforced again,” the official said.advertisementThe PCB had already changed the hotel of the national team in Dubai following the PSL spot-fixing scandal earlier this February which rocked Pakistan cricket.The PCB’s anti-corruption tribunal banned Sharjeel and Khalid for five years after both were found guilty of beaching anti-corruption code during the PSL and were sent back home from Dubai.
Legendary India crickter and Mumbai Indians icon Sachin Tendulkar praised his team’s all-round effort that put them into the Indian Premier League title contention for the fifth time by outclassing Chennai Super Kings in Qualifier 1 at their fortress.Mumbai Indians’ spin trio on Tuesday proved to be a big obstacle for the Chennai Super Kings batsmen as they could manage only a below-par total of 131 for 4 on their home ground at Chepauk.Put to bowl first, Mumbai Indian’s leg-spinner Rahul Chahar shone at the MA Chidambaram Stadium as he picked the wickets of Faf du Plesis and Murali Vijay, leaking only 14 runs off his 4 overs, while Krunal Pandya and Jayant Yadav shared one wicket apiece.It didn’t seem to be a big challenge for MI to chase the 132-run target as they gunned it down with six wickets in hands and 9 balls to spare to remain unbeatable against CSK in IPL 2019 and become the first team to secure the berth in final.Mumbai Indians’ SuryaKumar Yadav made the CSK spinners sweat as he hit an unbeaten 71 while Ishan Kishan scored 28 runs to guide their team home.Tendulkar praised Yadav and Kishan for their crucial knocks and also appreciated Mumbai’s quality spin bowling against Chennai.”Heartening to see a great bowling performance by the boys, especially the spinners. @surya_14kumar’s innings along with @ishankishan51 was crucial in helping us win the game,” Tendulkar wrote on his offcial Twitter handle.Heartening to see a great bowling performance by the boys, especially the spinners. @surya_14kumar’s innings along with @ishankishan51 was crucial in helping us win the game. #MIvCSK #OneFamily #MI @mipaltan pic.twitter.com/pNT5znwNpjadvertisementSachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) May 7, 2019Mumbai Indians had first reached the final in 2010 when they lost to Chennai Super Kings. In 2013, 2015 and 2017, Mumbai Indians won the IPL.Also Read | Rohit Sharma juggled his bowlers to the best situation: Jayant YadavAlso Read | Mumbai Indians’ enviable record in IPL finals: 3 wins, 1 loss out of 4 finalsAlso See
Brazil Bolivia star Martins sneaks into Brazil team photo Goal 05:59 10/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) AIZAR RALDES/AFP/Getty Images Brazil Bolivia v Brazil Bolivia WC Qualification South America Marcelo Martins played for the Selecao up to Under-20 level before choosing the country of his birth, but he still feels close to the giants The team photo prior to a big match is a staple of international football clashes, but keen-eyed observers might notice something rather strange about Brazil’s latest snap.Tite’s men lined up on the turf in La Paz ahead of kick-off against Bolivia, and took the obligatory photo as they geared up for Thursday’s World Cup qualifier. There was an unexpected guest in the picture, however, as Marcelo Martins from the opposing Bolivia side was invited to take part. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Martins, 30, has racked up 63 appearances for the Verde, scoring 15 goals to become widely recognised as one of the Andean nation’s top talents. But he also holds close links to Brazil: his father hails from the neighbouring country, and he even played in the Selecao’s Under-20 ranks as a youngster – the first-ever ‘foreigner’ to receive the honour at that level. #BoliviaMarcelo Martins recordemos a sus 17 años fue convocado por #Brasil, jugo en las selecciones #sub18 y #sub20. pic.twitter.com/JJV2x0yQuu— Deporte Total (@deportetotal_bo) 5 de octubre de 2017The striker also has extensive experience in Brazil’s Serie A, having started his career in Bahia with Vitoria and also representing Cruzeiro, Gremio and Flamengo during his career. We can only hope he does not pick the wrong dressing room once the final whistle blows, or he might find that a little harder to explain to his team-mates!
Reuse this content Since you’re here… History made as Australia extend ODI winning run to 18 matches Share via Email On the eve of the domestic summer of cricket, Cricket Australia has announced a “game-changing” parental leave policy that aims to support pregnant players and their families.The announcement comes after three years of consultation between CA and the players’ union, the Australian Cricketers’ Association.The policy aims to keep women cricketers in the game longer by allowing pregnant players to transfer to a non-playing role until they give birth.Players will also be eligible for 12 months’ paid parental leave and will be guaranteed a contract extension for the following contract year, in line with their contractual arrangements. … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on LinkedIn Read more news Women’s cricket “Were a woman cricketer to become pregnant, it typically signalled the end of their career,” said Alistair Nicholson, chief executive of the Australian Cricketers’ Association. “The travesty of this is that so many great athletes have not been given the chance to reach their true potential, denying the rest of us the opportunity to enjoy and admire their talent.“It is a vitally important policy – one that is part of a broader story worth telling because of the messages it sends.”Alyssa Healy, who has played a key role in Australia’s recent history-making winning run, said she was proud to be part of a game with such a comprehensive and fit-for-purpose parental leave policy.“With the playing and travel demands on cricketers, I’m pleased this policy provides support to players so if they choose to can both care for their child and participate in the game,” she said.“Seeing friends and family raise children, I know the physical and emotional toll parenting can have. The policy is a game-changer for players planning for the future while providing job security.”As part of the new policy, partners of players who give birth will be entitled to three weeks’ paid leave.A player can return to the game any time after giving birth – subject to medical clearance – and once they do travel support will be provided for primary carers, including flights, accommodation and other travel expenses.A carer will be available until the child is four.“This is a world-leading, player-centred policy providing balance in the lives of all players,” Clea Smith, from the Australian Cricketers’ Association, said.“The policy is designed to keep female players in the game for longer which will have a positive impact at all levels of the game.” Support The Guardian Topics Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Cricket Australia women’s cricket team Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Australia sport
Toronto police say they’ve received dozens of tips since releasing a photo of a dead man believed to be a victim of alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur.Investigators put out the photo on Monday, saying they were taking the rare step in hopes someone could help identify the person.Det. Sgt. Hank Idsinga said investigators are sifting through information they’ve received, but added that identifying the man could take weeks.“Short of a direct family member calling and saying ‘that’s so-and-so,’ we have to sort through the tips and use the process of elimination,” he told The Canadian Press on Tuesday. “Eventually we would pursue ‘possibles’ and hope that DNA or dental records would match up with found remains.”Police have said the man was dead when the picture was taken, but won’t say when or how they obtained the image.The head shot of a bearded middle-aged man with his eyes partially shut was released as police announced finding the remains of a seventh individual linked to McArthur. The 66-year-old landscaper is currently facing six first-degree murder charges in relation to men who disappeared from Toronto’s gay village or had ties to the city’s LGBTQ community.The investigation, which police have described as unprecedented in scope, has proceeded on multiple fronts, with investigators gathering evidence, searching multiple properties and examining hundreds of missing persons cases in search of potential links to McArthur.McArthur was arrested in January and charged with the murders of Andrew Kinsman and Selim Esen, who went missing from Toronto’s gay village in 2017.Later that month, McArthur was charged with the first-degree murder of Majeed Kayhan, Soroush Mahmudi, and Dean Lisowick. In February, he was also charged in the death of Skandaraj Navaratnam.Idsinga has said there was evidence pointing to a cause of death in at least some of the cases, but wouldn’t elaborate.Police have found seven sets of remains in planters recovered from a Toronto property where McArthur worked as a landscaper. So far, police have only identified three of the sets of remains recovered — those of Kinsman, 49, Mahmudi, 50, and Navaratnam, 40.McArthur’s next court hearing is set for March 14.
Kolkata: Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday announced the list of candidates for all the 42 Lok Sabha seats of the state and created history by fielding 41 percent women nominees, by far the highest in the country. In the 16th Lok Sabha, the party had 35 percent MPs in Parliament.Veteran politicians including Subrata Mukherjee and Mala Roy along with Tollywood stars Mimi Chakraborty and Nusrat Jahan will contest in the forthcoming polls. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersMukherjee will contest from Bankura while Roy has been fielded from Kolkata South. Tollywood duo — Mimi and Nusrat — both new faces in the list will contest from Jadavpur and Basirhat respectively. “Trinamool Congress will field 41 percent female candidates in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. This is a proud moment for us,” Mamata said, while fielding veteran actresses Moon Moon Sen from Asansol and Shatabdi Roy from Birbhum. Sen who had won from Bankura in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections will contest from Asansol. On the other hand, Mala Roy will be replacing party state president Subrata Bakshi. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”Subrata Bakshi has expressed his unwillingness to contest and wanted to work for the party organisation. Harvard University in which Sugata Bose is a professor has not granted him permission to fight the polls. So we are fielding new candidates in both Kolkata South and Jadavpur,” Banerjee said. Nusrat Jahan will contest from Basirhat instead of Idris Ali. The latter will be contesting in the Assembly by-elections in Uluberia. Sandhya Roy who had won from Medinipur in 2014 Lok Sabha elections, has been replaced by Manas Bhunia with the former wanting to engage herself in other works. Uma Soren who had won from Jhargram in 2014 also wanted to work for the party and hence, Birbaha Soren has been fielded. MLA from the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha Amar Singh Rai will contest with a TMC ticket from Darjeeling. Rai replaces Bhaichung Bhutia who had unsuccessfully contested the 2014 polls from Darjeeling and the 2016 Assembly elections in Siliguri as a TMC candidate. Bhutia had resigned from the TMC in February 2018. Among the other significant changes in the list are Mahua Moitra, MLA from Karimpur, who will contest from Krishnanagar replacing Tollywood actor Tapas Paul. Rupali Biswas will contest from Ranaghat in place of Sougata Barman. Biswas is the wife of TMC Krishnagunj MLA Satyajit Biswas who was shot dead on February 10 this year. Mausam Noor, former Congress MP who had joined TMC in January this year, will contest from Malda North in place of Soumitra Roy. Paresh Chandra Adhikary will contest from Cooch Behar instead of Renuka Sinha while Kanaiah Lal Agarwal will contest from Raiganj instead of Satya Ranjan Dasmunshi who had lost to Left Front candidate Mohammad Selim in 2014. Shyamal Santra will contest from Bishnupur instead of Soumitra Khan who had recently joined the BJP while Asit Mal will fight from Bolpur instead of Anupam Hazra who has also joined the BJP. Banerjee fielded Janab Khalilur Rahaman, Apurba Sarkar and Janab Abu Taher from Jangipur, Berhampore and Murshidabad seats respectively. The candidates for the other seats have remained the same with Sudip Bandopadhyay contesting from Kolkata North, Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar from Barasat, Abhishek Banerjee from Diamond Harbour, Saugata Roy from Dum Dum, Dinesh Trivedi from Barrackpore, Tollywood star Deb and Shatabdi Roy from Ghatal and Birbhum respectively.
Rabat – A new survey from BBC News Arabic and the Arab Barometer shows that more than 40 % of Moroccans dream of emigrating.The survey’s findings are the result of more than 25,0000 interviews in 11 countries from late 2018 and spring 2019.“In every place questioned, research suggested that at least one in five people were considering emigrating,” the survey said. The interviews found that those with the desire to leave their countries wanted to do so due to financial considerations.“Economic reasons were overwhelmingly cited as the driving factor,” the report said.In Morocco, the overall unemployment rate rose from 9.8% in the last quarter of 2019 to 10% in the first fiscal quarter.The survey shows that 64% of the people interviewed in Morocco said that they would emigrate to Europe, while 12% of them would go to North America if they could. The report adds that 5% want to emigrate to Gulf countries.The report’s findings back other statistics, which indicate that the majority of Moroccan young people would like to emigrate for better living conditions due to a lack of job opportunities.A recent report from Moroccan marketing agency Sunergia showed that four out of ten Moroccans would emigrate if they could.The study, which interviewed 10,000 people, revealed that women were more inclined toward emigration than men.Read also: 91% of Moroccan Brains Flee for Western Countries, 74% Wish to Come BackMorocco has also been hit by the brain drain phenomenon as more than 600 engineers leave the country every year due to the lack of job opportunities.In addition to Morocco, the BBC and Arab Barometer research network covers other Arab countries where citizens welcome the possibility to leave their countries.Read also: London Immigration ‘Allowed’ Moroccan to Commit Suicide Instead of DeportationOverall, the statistics found that at least 20% of those interviewed in all 11 countries wanted to emigrate, with an even higher number wanting to emigrate from countries including Sudan. The survey reports that “in Sudan, this accounted for half the population.”In addition to emigration, the findings of the survey also indicate that a growing number of people across the Arab world are turning their backs on Islam.The report shows that close to 15% of Morrocans identify as not religious, an increase from under 5% in 2013. The decrease in religious identity paralleled a waning trust in religious leaders. The survey shows that faith in religious leaders dropped considerably in Morocco, down from about 45% in 2012-2013 to 25% in the most recent survey.
Seema Surkashya Bal (SSB), the border security force of India, arrested five Nepal-bound Sri Lankans from Panitanki, India, along Nepal-India, ekantipur.com reported.A number of Bangladeshis, Bhutanese, Tibetans and Sri Lankans are believed to be using Kakadvitta border point, taking advantage of slack checking to enter Nepal illegally. Many Bangladeshis sneak into Nepal as they bear a strong resemblance to Indians. Most of them are illegal immigrants who also enter India via banned road networks. According to Immigration Office in Kakadvitta, 3,363 Bangladeshis entered Nepal in the last fiscal year. Three Sri Lankans made it into the country, while there were no records of Bhutanese, Tibetan and Pakistani people who entered Nepal during this period. When contacted, Immigration Chief Ram Prasad Phuyal, however, said they had no information on illegal immigration. After the Mumbai Bombings, India has tightened the transit visa for Bangladeshis at checkpoints. “Though India is not providing visa to Bangladeshi they are entering Nepal illegally. They enter Nepal saying that they are Indian nationals,” a source at the immigration said.It came to light recently that many Bangladeshi immigrants had obtained Nepali citizenship illegally and were being involved in criminal activities.
IN SportALL EVENTSShare of The Dutch do one thing very, very wellThe countries that have won the largest share of their medals in one sport at the Winter Olympics Among countries that won at least 10 medals in a single sport. Through Feb. 14, 2018 (South Korea time).Source: Sports-Reference.com SwitzerlandAlpine skiing20595013940.042.5 CroatiaAlpine skiing410411100.090.9 NetherlandsSpeedskating401144212195.4%94.2% FranceAlpine skiing15483311545.541.7 ChinaShort track930125375.056.6 The Summer Games’ one-sport specialistsThe countries that have won the largest share of their Summer Olympic medals in one sport At the Olympics in South Korea, highly populated countries such as the U.S. can contend in a broad range of sports, including skiing, hockey, skating and more. But smaller countries have a harder time producing world-class athletes in so many disciplines, so they often concentrate on just a few. Then there’s the Netherlands, which owns one event alone: speedskating.Through the end of competition Wednesday (South Korea time) at the Pyeongchang Games, 40 of the 42 gold medals Dutch competitors have won in any Winter Olympics had come in speedskating — not to be confused with speedskating’s more exciting half-brother, short-track speed skating, which the Olympics count as a separate discipline. Just seven of the nation’s 121 total Winter medals came in a sport other than speedskating, a measly 5.8 percent. At the previous Winter Olympics in 2014, the Dutch claimed 24 medals: 23 in speedskating and one, a bronze, in short track skating. Eight of their medals were gold.In sports, a country’s dominance often fades — look at Romania in Olympic gymnastics or U.S. men in tennis Grand Slams. But Dutch speedskaters have sustained their superiority. In the 2010 Olympics, they won eight medals: seven in speedskating and one, a gold, in snowboarding. They won nine in 2006, all in speedskating. So far this Olympics, they’ve already won nine speedskating medals,1Not counting their two on the short track, or the silver speedskating medal the country won on Thursday. including five golds. The most impressive Dutch medal so far in these games: a third consecutive gold in the 5,000 meter race for Sven Kramer, who is 31 years old. He is the first man to win three straight golds in the same Olympic speedskating event. He won this year’s race by nearly two seconds. JamaicaTrack & Field777898.7 Things weren’t always this way. Looking at all the medals ever given out in speedskating, the Dutch have captured 21 percent. This is impressive, but it’s short of other countries’ performances in other sports: Canada has won 31 percent of all curling medals, and the U.S. has won 29 percent of all snowboarding medals, for instance. But much of this has to do with the fact that speedskating has a long history at the Olympics, and the Netherlands has only reached its current level of dominance relatively recently. The Dutch won 13.1 percent of all speedskating medals between 1924 and the 1994 Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway, and all of those came after 1952. But since the 1998 Games in Nagano, Japan, the Netherlands has captured 36.6 percent of all podium spots.2Through the end of competition (Korea time) on Feb. 14, 2018. Medals South KoreaShort track2243275481.579.6 CountrySportIn sportTotalshare of total IndonesiaBadminton193063.3 MoroccoTrack & Field192382.6 Trinidad and TobagoTrack & Field151979.0 BahamasTrack & Field121485.7 CountrySportGoldTotalGoldsTOTALGoldsTotal The Dutch dominance is so complete that it inspires wacky theories. NBC’s Katie Couric was mocked for her recent statement that the Dutch are so good because they have a longstanding tradition of skating from place to place on frozen canals. The problem: Those canals freeze only a few times a year, if at all, and when people skate on them, it’s for recreation. Dutch skeedskaters are also rumored to have an ideal body type for the sport, but while the country’s racers are often tall, so are many of their opponents from other countries. Nor do the Dutch use a proprietary method to glide past other competitors: While many members of the team have spectacular form, which includes bending low and skating with force and precision, the technique isn’t a secret.The real cause, more than anything else, is dedication. Starting in childhood, Dutch skaters train with excellent instructors. The Dutch team’s skating equipment is the best in the world, too. For the Olympics in 2014, officials from the host city of Sochi went to the Netherlands to learn how to build a top-of-the-line racing rink. By the time they are ready to compete, Dutch stars have been skating in ideal conditions and learning how to peak in time for the biggest races.The ultimate proof of a country’s prowess in an Olympic event is sweeping all three medals. The Netherlands managed it earlier this week, when Dutch women took gold, silver and bronze in a 3,000 meter speedskating race. In another race, the 31-year-old Ireen Wust won her fifth career gold medal and 10th overall medal, a speedskating record. That victory was a surprise, as the silver medalist, Miho Takagi of Japan, was a strong favorite. Wust is the first Dutch athlete to win five gold medals.The only champions who beat out the Dutch in terms of winning all their medals in a single sport in either the Winter or Summer Games3Among countries that have won at least 10 medals in a single sport. are Ethiopia and Jamaica, who excel in track and field races. Ethiopia has 53 summer medals, all of them in track and field. Jamaica, famous for the record-holding sprinter Usain Bolt, has won 98.7 percent of its medals in track. The Dutch are next on the list, at 94.2 percent. Great BritainFigure skating515113345.545.5 Among countries that won at least 10 medals in a single sportSource: Sports-Reference.com AustriaAlpine skiing351156122157.452.0 KenyaTrack & Field9310093.0 EthiopiaTrack & Field5353100.0% FinlandCross-country ski20774316446.547.0 SlovakiaCanoeing182864.3 IranWrestling436863.2 TurkeyWrestling639566.3 SwedenCross-country ski31765515356.449.7 So, will the Dutch team’s rule ever end? This seems impossible now, especially given the relatively low levels of attention the sport gets in powerful countries like the U.S. But you never know. As the U.S. and many other countries have shown, Olympic dominance usually doesn’t last forever. Enjoy it, those of you from the Netherlands, while you can.
THE UK’S CYBER-CRIME task force has issued an urgent warning that computers across Europe are being attacked by “ransomware”.The National Cyber Crime Unit (NCCU), a newly-formed branch of the National Crime Agency (NCA) says that emails may have been sent to tens of millions of customers of UK banks, but appear to be targetting SMEs in particular.The emails carry an attachment that appears to be correspondence linked to the email message like, a voicemail, fax, details of a suspicious transaction or invoices for payment.This file is in fact a malware that can install Cryptolocker – which is a piece of ransomware.Once encrypted, the computer will display a splash screen with a count down timer and a demand for the payment of two Bitcoins in ransom. The Bitcoins would cost about €640.The NCA says it would not endorse the payment of such a ransom and that there is no guarantee it would be honoured.Lee Miles, Deputy Head of the NCCU says “The NCA are actively pursuing organised crime groups committing this type of crime. We are working in cooperation with industry and international partners to identify and bring to justice those responsible and reduce the risk to the public.”Column: The Loyaltybuild breach shows it’s time to take data protection seriouslyRead: Gilmore: I’m the cyber-crime tsar
Unemployment is still a burning issue in The Gambia and there is no sign in the national development plan that this problem will soon be resolved. Current programmes to train youths and provide employment for them would ease the problem of youth unemployment but does not solve the unemployment problem.These programmes have provided startups for a few thousand youths but the Gambia Labour Force Survey of 2018 by GBoS puts the unemployment figure at 234,725.While it is good to encourage the youth as much as possible to stay and develop our country, they should not be misled into believing that all is well and opportunity for employment abound and should make use of it. The reality is that opportunity is very lacking.Only sound economic policies can save the youth from this predicament.
Grand Bahama man pleads guilty in Exuma marijuana bust; four others charged in court Million dollar marijuana drug bust in Exuma Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppCoral Harbour, 5th April 2015 (RBDF) – Several bags of suspected marijuana was seized by Royal Bahamas Defence Force Marines and the Park Warden stationed at the Exuma Cays Land and Sea (ECLAS) Park in the Exuma chain of islands on Sunday morning.Shortly after 10:00 a.m., while conducting a routine patrol of the ECLAS Park, the Defence Force Marines and the Park Warden found what appeared to be suspicious bags on a nearby cay. A closer examination revealed that the bags contained a significant amount of what was believed to be marijuana.The suspected contraband was transported back to Coral Harbour Base where it was turned over to Police authority. Related Items:ECLAS park, marijuana, Royal Bahamas Defence Force, seized Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bahamas Police arrest two for armed robbery, 40lbs of ‘ganga’
A Clackamas County, Ore., sheriff’s patrol sergeant, who was charged in May with assaulting his wife and stepson at their Vancouver home, is back in jail. He is being held on suspicion of witness tampering and violating a court order not to contact his wife.Steven P. Hyson, 47, was arrested Thursday after he allegedly confronted his wife over details she disclosed during an interview with an attorney in preparation for Hyson’s April 8 trial. Hyson also is accused of trying to persuade his wife to tell the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office that he is innocent of the previous charges.His wife, Lora Hyson, said she was forced to return in November to the family home in the Sifton neighborhood after she was evicted from her apartment, according to court records. The documents indicate she couldn’t pay the rent because her husband had failed to make spousal support payments.On Wednesday, Steven Hyson became enraged after hearing what Lora Hyson had told his attorney, Thomas Phelan, earlier in the day, according to charging papers.Hyson allegedly confronted his wife, and told her that what she had said would cause him to lose his job and his house. He then allegedly grabbed her by her upper left arm and threw her on their bed before leaving home for the night.
Winter hours• Gallery 360: Noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.• East Fork Cellars: Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday.First Fridays at the Slocum House• What: Art reception, entertainment and wine tastings.• When: 5 to 9 p.m. the first Friday of every month.Did you know?• The Slocum House was built in 1867 by Charles Slocum and his wife, Laura.• It’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Clark County Heritage Register as the only remaining building in what once was a residential section of the city.• In 1966, the house was moved one block from its original site to save it from demolition.Art and wine are known to go well together. East Fork Cellars in the historic Slocum House recently partnered with Gallery 360 — a pairing that expands downtown Vancouver’s offerings.Owner Jeff Waddell has had his tasting room there for about 20 months. He said his plan all along was to bring the arts back in after the Slocum House Theatre vacated the spot.“We didn’t need all the space,” Waddell said. “(Gallery 360) was in a tough spot.”Run by the nonprofit Mosaic Arts Alliance, it has spent the last decade bouncing from space to space. When Gallery 360 heard its lease wasn’t being renewed at its former location on West Ninth Street, they contacted the city to find a retail space. That’s when the gallery and the winery started talking. Friday was the ribbon-cutting ceremony and opening of this month’s exhibition, dubbed Phoenix Rising. “We chose that theme, phoenix rising, because it represents new life,” said Gallery 360 director Susan Williams. An oil painting called “Ascending” by Jennifer Smith shows just that. The colors of the phoenix match the changing colors of the trees outside the house. As people walk through to look at the art, wood floors creak underneath them and chandeliers shine above them. The historic features of the house originally built in 1867 complement the art, Williams said.
Construction activity needed to prepare Guam to accommodate about 5,000 Marines relocating from Okinawa is expected to peak in fiscal 2022, with more than 10,000 construction workers required for nearly $1.4 billion in projects that year. The primary challenge to executing the work will be securing up to 6,600 foreign workers that year to supplement Guam’s local construction workforce, reports the Pacific Daily News. “We will always need more construction labor on Guam than is currently there,” Navy Capt. Stephanie Jones, commanding officer of NAVFAC Marianas, said Thursday at a Society of American Military Engineers luncheon.The realignment is scheduled to begin in 2020, an effort which is estimated to cost $8.6 billion with about $3 billion provided by the Japanese government.Photo courtesy of DOD Dan Cohen AUTHOR
ReutersThe Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is in talks with two major chipmakers to integrate mobile phones with Navigation with Indian Constellation (NavIC), a satellite navigation system under the Make in India initiative, according to reports.Discussions between ISRO and few original equipment manufacturers, including US-based company Qualcomm and Singapore’s Broadcom, are being held for the development of a chip that will include NavIC technology in phone devices, the Chairman of the ISRO, K Sivan told TOI. Sivan claimed the initiative will be “game changer,” but revealed that the talk is ongoing and nothing is confirmed yet.ISRO’s multi-chip module (MCM) that enabled Indian companies to manufacture NavIC-related technology was developed by Taiwan based company SkyTraQ, the report said.The Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) also called NavIC, has launched eight indigenous navigation satellites under its Make in India initiative. Around seven satellites provide Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) services and IRNSS-1A provides messaging services, according to the Department of Space. Apart from standard positioning services, it also provides encrypted data for military use. Last month the Indian Department of Space announced all commercial vehicles registered from 1st April 2019 onwards to have mandatory NavIC enabled vehicle trackers.The official statement revealed more than 30 companies are manufacturing NavIC-enabled vehicle trackers in India approved by research facilities including Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) and International Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT).
Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee congratulated party workers on the Trinamool Congress turning 21 on Tuesday. The TMC was founded on January 1, 1998. “The journey which began on January 1, 1998 has been full of struggles, but we have been steadfast in our resolve to fight for the people #Trinamool21,” Banerjee said in a tweet. “We are thankful to Maa-Mati-Manush for their constant support. And the workers who work hard 365 days a year for the people. A big salute to you,” she said. The TMC leadership had last week issued instructions to conduct various programmes across the state on Tuesday to mark the occasion. The district leaders have arranged for party flag-hoisting programmes and street corner meetings to discuss and highlight achievements of the party in the last six-and-a-half years.