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Odisha DGP removed

first_imgThe Odisha government late on Wednesday evening removed Director General of Police Bijay Kumar Sharma on charges of non-compliance of instructions.Mr. Sharma, a 1986-batch officer, was replaced by Abhaya, his batch mate.“On recommendation of the UPSC and in the interest of public service, Mr. Abhaya, at present director of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy, Hyderabad, is appointed Director General of Police, Odisha, from the date of taking over charge,” said a government notification.Mr. Sharma has been shifted to the Home Department as an Officer on Special Duty. Director General (Prison) Satyajit Mohanty was transferred as Special DG (Intelligence). Mr. Sharma, who was the Director General of Fire Services, was stripped of charge.Sunil Roy, DG Intelligence, has been posted as DG Fire Service.In a dramatic turn of events, the State government has constituted a three-member committee comprising three top bureaucrats to probe into allegations of inordinate delay in issuance of fire safety certificates.Sources said there were allegations of corruption in the issuance of certificates.“It is reported that there is huge pendency of applications for issuance of fire safety recommendations and certificates in the Directorate of Fire Services. This has caused immense inconvenience not only to the general public but also to business, industry, educational and medical establishments,” says another Home Department notification.It says, “in order to enquire into the matter relating to non-compliance of government instructions by Directorate of Fire Services and circumstances under which applications for fire safety recommendations and certificate have been kept pending for long periods, Government is pleased to constitute a committee comprising Chief Secretary, Development Commissioner and Principal Secretary Homes.”last_img read more

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Chasing big games: Travelling the world for the love of sports

first_imgLast year, a few Bollywood and cricket stars were spotted attending matches at Wimbledon 2015. While Deepika Padukone and Anushka Sharma joined cricket stars like Sachin Tendulkar at the Centre Court where Roger Federer battled Novak Djokovic for the top honours, Farhan Akhtar and Huma Qureshi were spotted cheering for Sania Mirza. Post-matches, these stars were seen exploring the lanes of London and having a great time with the family.The trigger for the travel may have the Wimbledon, in the end the result was a wellrounded trip that not only gave our Bollywood and cricket stars a slice of serve and volley at green courts but also a taste of life in the town. Celebrities are doing such travels for quite some time. But now, the curious and sport loving Indians with deep pockets have started following in their footsteps. They are now literally chasing the big games!Planning one’s travel itinerary around major sports event has become popular, say insiders in the travel industry. Indians are known to be passionate fans when it comes to sports. And today, their love for sports is not just limited to cricket. From F1 and Wimbledon to English Premier Leagues and NBA, they are crossing the equator to watch their favourite teams and players in action.Also read: 5 gorgeous locations in New Zealand where Lord of the Rings was shot “People no longer want to be a mere TV viewer and wish to experience the electric atmosphere of a stadium amidst thousands of other global fans. This adds a refreshingly new twist to exploring a destination. Once you get the taste of this thrilling experience you would ensure your annual holidays are only planned during a sports event,” says Shashank Shekhar Mishra, CEO, Veda Sports Marketing Private Limited.advertisementRise of the sports travellerThe “new-age” sports enthusiast is not a run-of-the-mill traveller. “Sports travellers are more evolved travellers. For them, going for a major game is a larger-than-life event. They usually travel in a group or with families. The game becomes a part of a larger tour. From hotels to places to explore, they research and work out every detail. They are also high spenders who prefer staying for a longer duration,” says Sharat Dhall, president, Yatra.com.Earlier, it was a sort of niche travel. But of late, the numbers are rising. “We have seen keen interest from sports aficionados for mega sporting events not merely to watch the matches live on ground, but also to explore the delightful diversity that these destinations offer,” says Rajeev D. Kale, President & Country Head – Leisure Travel, MICE, Thomas Cook (India) Ltd.There is an increase in the number of travellers now planning their itineraries around sports events. Picture courtesy: Mail Today “What is also becoming popular are tours to stadiums and dressing rooms of the teams. It is very common for tourists to visit The Oval, Old Trafford, San Siro Stadium, MCG, Lords, etc,” says Kartik Bakshi, AVP, Sales & Operations, TravelTriangle.The “brag value” of visiting an international destination and watching the favourite team or player live has also been a strong motivational factor today.All for the adrenalineThese sports events are increasingly getting attention from MICE groups too. “We’ve been seeing strong interest from corporates for our event packages to The Olympics, IPL, F1-GP events, Wimbledon. To attract travellers, we even add elements like our super car drive in Germany to the trip,” says Kale.With a series of major sports events, 2016 is going to be the year of sports travellers. “Our sales teams have indicated a strong uptake of over 15 per cent in queries for mega sporting events such as Wimbledon, Olympics, FIFA, Grand Prix, Soccer, Golf, F1, tennis, etc,” says Kale.A sports event also brings along big opportunity for the host nation to shine on the world map and up its tourism game during such global events.”A perfect example to this can be the immense effort and contributions shown by Tourism boards of Australia & New Zealand during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. Single visa policy amongst these countries ensured all travellers visited both countries,” says Mishra.With months to go for the Rio Olympics, sports aficionados have already started looking for deals and destinations to explore.last_img read more

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Yanks Latest Loss Audition for 2nd Fiddle on New York Baseball Scene?

first_imgBEN WALKER, AP Baseball WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — Evan Gattis hit two home runs, Collin McHugh excelled once again and the Houston Astros exceeded last season’s win total, beating the New York Yankees 6-2 Wednesday.The AL West leaders improved to 71-57, a year after going 70-92. With 34 games left on the schedule, the Astros already have achieved their best season since 2010.The Yankees have lost five of seven, a slide that’s cost them first place in the AL East.Gattis sliced an opposite-field shot to right in the second inning and launched a long drive into the left field seats in the eighth. His third homer in two days gave him 22 this year and boosted the Astros’ major league-leading total to 174.McHugh (14-7) kept up a recent run of ace pitching, both for himself and the team with the top ERA in the league. Houston has won seven of nine, not permitting more than two runs in any game.McHugh shut out the Yankees until Didi Gregorius hit a two-run homer in the seventh. He outpitched Michael Pineda (9-8) for the second time this year and has allowed just seven runs in his last five starts.A day after a 15-1 romp that saw excitable Carlos Gomez get into a dustup with the Yankees, there weren’t any signs of ill will between the teams. Houston star Jose Altuve was hit in the shoulder by a pitch in the ninth and merely looked at reliever Nick Goody as he walked to first base.The power-packed Astros did show off their small-ball side during a four-run fifth that made it 5-0.Gomez beat out an infield hit and Luis Valbuena followed with a hit-and-run single. Jake Marisnick then bunted for a single, driving in a run as the Yankees got tangled up trying to make a play at first.Earlier, Altuve stole his AL-leading 33rd base. The Astros top the league in steals, too.Pineda came off the disabled list after missing nearly a month because of a strained right forearm. New York needs him to do well, especially after putting starter CC Sabathia on the DL this week, but Pineda was tagged for five runs on six hits and a walk in 4 1-3 innings.Gattis connected off Adam Warren in the eighth for his fifth career multihomer game and second this season.TRAINER’S ROOMAstros: OF George Springer (broken wrist) is set to take batting practice Friday at Minnesota. He’s been out since early July and, depending on how he feels, could soon begin a minor league rehab assignment.Yankees: 1B Mark Teixeira and CF Jacoby Ellsbury didn’t start. Manager Joe Girardi said they were sore after Tuesday night’s game and hoped they would be OK to start Friday night at Atlanta. … INF-OF Dustin Ackley (back strain) is ready to begin a Triple-A rehab assignment Thursday.UP NEXTAstros: LHP Scott Kazmir (7-8, 2.39) starts a three-game series at Minnesota. He is 2-3 in six starts since being acquired from Oakland and owns the AL’s third-best ERA.Yankees: RHP Masahiro Tanaka (9-6, 3.61) starts at Atlanta. C Brian McCann, born and raised in Georgia, is looking forward to his first game back at Turner Field as a visitor. A seven-time All-Star with the Braves, he said former teammate Chipper Jones “taught me how to hit at this level” and ace John Smoltz showed him how to call games. McCann said he was eager to spend time with his kids and relax around the pool and grill.last_img read more

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New Details About Ohio State’s President Emerging Before Urban Meyer Decision

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer during an Ohio State football game.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes on the sidelines during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Urban Meyer’s future as Ohio State’s head coach is being decided on Wednesday morning. The school’s board of trustees is set to meet to discuss Meyer and they’ll then recommend punishment to Ohio State’s president, Michael Drake.New details regarding Drake have emerged in anticipation of this decision.Yahoo! Sports’ Pete Thamel wrote about Meyer and the controversy and the upcoming decision. He included some nuggets about Drake and what his mindset might be.It’s telling.If you live outside Ohio, there’s little chance that you’ve heard of Drake. He served as UC-Irvine’s chancellor before coming to Ohio State in June of 2014 and his background is in the medical field.Drake is considered relatively anonymous even in Columbus, where the university president is one of the most prominent people in a city that’s the 15th-largest in America by population. Yahoo Sports spoke to a half dozen politically affiliated people in Ohio on Sunday, and the general consensus is that Drake is perceived generally as a weak president who lacks the charisma and political touch of his predecessor, Gordon Gee.“He does not have a presence that extends outside The Oval,” said Curtin, essentially referring to the Ohio State campus. “He’s just not a presence in the community. He’s a nice and cultured and articulate man, but he’s someone who doesn’t have gravitas beyond the university itself.”What does this mean for Urban Meyer?  That is unclear.Drake, though, has had to make one major public decision before:The only moderately comparable decision so far in Drake’s tenure came in the summer of 2014 when he announced he was firing band director Jon Waters. The Ohio State band is a beloved institution on campus, and while the notion of a band director’s firing may elicit chuckles, it was a big deal at Ohio State. An investigation yielded a 92-page report that detailed a culture of hazing and sexual harassment. It was a huge story locally, and may be the defining decision of Drake’s tenure thus far. Drake’s statement firing Waters summed it up this way: “The investigation determined that Director Waters was aware or reasonably should have known about this culture but failed to eliminate it.” Could those be ominous words for Urban Meyer?We’ll find out tomorrow…last_img read more

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Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot’s son Vaibhav becomes treasurer of Rajsamand Cricket Association

first_imgRajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot’s son Vaibhav becomes treasurer of Rajsamand Cricket AssociationVaibhav Gehlot, son of Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot, has entered into state cricket politics by becoming treasurer of Rajsamand Cricket Association.advertisement Dev Ankur Wadhawan New DelhiSeptember 10, 2019UPDATED: September 10, 2019 22:50 IST File photo of Vaibhav Gehlot, left, with his father and Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot. (Twitter)Vaibhav Gehlot, son of Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot marked his entry into the arena of cricket politics in Rajasthan. Gehlot has been appointed as the treasurer of Rajsamand Cricket Association in Rajsamand district of the desert state.Vaibhav Gehlot has become the treasurer of Rajsamand Cricket Association, Sandeep Paliwal, Program Director, Rajsamand Cricket Association, mentioned to India Today.Vaibhav Gehlot had fought the Lok Sabha election from Rajasthan’s Jodhpur Lok Sabha constituency on Congress ticket against the BJP’s Gajendra Singh Shekhawat. He had to suffer a humiliating defeat at the hands of Shekhawat during the Lok Sabha elections in 2019. The trouncing meant that Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot faced criticism for his son’s loss from Jodhpur, which was considered his stronghold.It is believed that Gehlot, after gaining entry into Rajasthan cricket politics, can fight the election for the post of the President of Rajasthan Cricket Association. Dr CP Joshi, currently Speaker of Rajasthan Assembly, can soon vacate the post of Rajasthan Cricket Association President.Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Vaibhav GehlotFollow Rajsamand Cricket Association Nextlast_img read more

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Finally, a Comprehensive Guide to the World’s Greatest Cabins

first_img Escape to the Pacific Northwest at Hoh Rainforest Caravan Cabins NASCAR Driver Brad Keselowski on Crashing, Winning, and Creating a Legacy Editors’ Recommendations Get Up a Unique View of Norway’s Wildlife in the PAN Treetop Cabin On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Tripcenter_img If you’re like us, you’ve spent your fair share of time scrolling through dreamy Instagram images of cabins, A-frames, tiny houses and other compact woodland retreats. Whether perched on a mountainside, tucked away in the woods or overlooking a body of water, these places tantalize with the luxuries of the simple life: watching a sunrise melt the morning fog, listening to rain patter on a tin roof, waking up with the scent of wood smoke in your clothes.Alas, most of these images are good for daydreaming only — few offer details about where the cabin is located, or whether desperate urbanites like you and me can go there. However, all that changes this month, with the advent of Cabin Escapes, a curated directory of the world’s most fetching faraway retreats.Created by two of Instagram’s finest cabin connoisseurs, Lindsey Bro (@cabinlove) and Alice Saunders (@forestbound), Cabin Escapes is a lot more than just a cabin-specific version of VRBO. It’s a carefully chosen collection of small, secluded dwellings that have been vetted for good design, appealing setting, and that certain je ne sais quoi that shows even through a pixillated screen.We talked with the lovely Lindsey Bro to hear more of the Cabin Escapes backstory, get the scoop on where it will go from here, and find out just what has made cabin culture so hot right now.The Manual: How long has Cabin Escapes been in the making? LB: Individually, we’d both been thinking about it for a while. We both get asked constantly about our cabins on Instagram, “Where is that? How do we go there?” There are so many sources for cabins and so many frustrations in sorting through them. We saw the need for a solution and we had a huge resource for it. We met in January this year, started working on it in February (in a cabin in the desert), and we started putting it together in April/May.TM: What is Cabin Escapes, and how does it work? LB: Right now, Cabin Escapes is a collection of cabins and other structures that we’ve been to, or people we know have been to. But the idea has always been that it would grow as people submit their cabins to us. We want it to be constantly growing and evolving. As soon as people realize it’s there, I hope we get flooded by even more amazing spots. Zach Klein Is the Reason We’re All Obsessed with Cabin Porn LB: We were noticing a lot of credit for these images goes to the photographer, but there’s an actual person who owns that structure, who might be trying to make some meaningful dollars off it so they can continue to afford it. So we wanted to create an access point to these places. Instead of simply getting a photographer a lot of likes, it’s even better to also support the person who owns this cabin. They deserve it for the work they’ve done to create a wonderful experience and memories for people.I think with social media culture, there’s this tendency to hoard secret spots or information. I absolutely agree that there shouldn’t be an overexposure of magical, impressive places. You should put a little work into finding that secret spot—it shouldn’t all be blown up all over the Internet. But also, cabins are an amazing viable side business for a lot of people — by being able to rent them out and make them special, people are able to attain this dream of a place far away, while giving others the option to enjoy it, too. There are so many algorithms — I want to disrupt all that and let these cool places get in front of people.TM: How did you and Alice become such experts on cabins? LB: What is it, 10,000 hours? We’ve spent a lot of time going to (and trolling through pictures of) cabins, tree houses, structures that fit our idea of a cabin escape. We’re always looking for places to go to—we love searching for new cabins. And it’s not just a cabin—it’s an experience. There are so many sites listing cabins for rent, but there’s nothing that vouches for the places that are really good. It’s all about finding what fits the vibe that you’re looking for. When your friends ask you for a cool place to go, how do you break it down for them? You might tell them that the listing says it fits six, but it’s better for two. Or this one is good if you want a quiet escape, versus a family reunion setting.TM: What are the criteria for cabins that get included in the directory?LB: There are so many different ways to be a cabin, a treehouse, a lodge, a loft, or this, that, or the other. There’s no strict structure around the architecture, how many it sleeps, the price point, etc. We’re just asking, “Is this a really great experience? Does it match up with the idea of an escape?”“The look of the place needs to be interesting and, of course, a bit photogenic, and that can mean hyper-rustic to extremely modern.”In general, it has to have pretty good design — neither of us wanted to include places that are weird, dirty, or full of your aunt’s old furniture. The look of the place needs to be interesting and, of course, a bit photogenic, and that can mean hyper-rustic to extremely modern.There’s not a hard and fast list of which cabins make the list. We just ask if it seems like it would be a really cool place with really cool stuff around it. Does it match what you would want when you go to this type of place? Does it communicate a specific type of experience? Whether it’s a place where you can enjoy an amazing view from a hot tub, or have a sauna, or sit out on a porch and have wine with your friends, it should offer an experience separate from normal life, where you can recharge.TM: Where is one region you still have yet to explore? LB: I want to explore more internationally. Cabin culture around the world is so fascinating and absolutely universal. I want to explore those places so much more and help give them a bit more of a light.TM: What separates a pretty good cabin experience from a phenomenal one? LB: It can be so many different things. If you go to a place and it just doesn’t match with the photos, or it’s really dingy or dirty, that’s an immediate letdown. You don’t want to have to make the best of something. A pretty good experience is when it has the right character, look, etc., but it doesn’t have a spirit, a little bit of a soul to it. I think it’s obvious when someone has designed a cabin that is just meant to be a rental, versus when they’ve created a space for an experience. That’s why it’s so much more than the photos you can take of it.https://www.instagram.com/p/Bge-WTXFVvU/?taken-by=cabinloveFor me, cabins are about a way to connect, whether it’s with myself, with nature, with the friends who come with me. Some places make it very easy to connect—they’re so inviting and hospitable, they’re close to hiking trails, they have an amazing wood stove where you have to build the fire and cook your food, etc. That invitation to experience this little microcosm that they’ve created, those are the ones that stand out. A place like that makes you forget the world outside as soon as you step into it. It allows you to lose track of hours in the day or stresses that you carry, and lets you be really present. The ones that facilitate that connection, even more than design, are what make the difference between a good experience and a great one.TM: Give it to us straight: What is it about cabins right now?LB: Everybody has this little bit of nostalgia about a cabin, or the idea of one. It might be your family’s summer cottage at the lake, that treehouse in your backyard, or maybe just a dream you’ve always had of having a little place far away. I think, as a generation, we’re far more into seeking experience over material things. Our lives are very demanding, and that’s not a bad thing, but we want to find this balance between what’s important and what’s not. A cabin is an excuse to go do something, to connect, to have it all figured out within a little space during the time you spend there. The potential for it to be a sanctuary, for bringing someone you love, family and friends, is amazing.“I think a cabin is a very attainable dream, whether you want to build one, buy one or rent one, it’s possible.”I would post these images on Instagram, and people would tag their person underneath with captions like “Someday” or “This is what I want.” It was the sweetest thing. I think a cabin is a very attainable dream, whether you want to build one, buy one or rent one, it’s possible—even just a weekend away, you can slip out and make it happen.Also, there are no rules to a cabin, so they are often very striking structures. An A-frame with those lines and angles that go so distinctly against the vertical lines of trees. All the interesting, subtle variations of the iconic traditional log cabin. Often these structures are set up to be part of nature, instead of separate from it—they ask you to be part of nature with them. The journey, the escape, the sense-memory, the weather of wood, the moss on the roofs—it’s this ephemeral thing. Having that longing for it, once you get it and realize that it’s easy, of course you’ll want to keep going again and again.We don’t want there to just be this objectification of cabins. We want people to actually go and experience what it really is. You’re going to be a better person for it.last_img read more

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Cabello reflects on overcoming anxiety

first_imgLos Angeles: Camila Cabello has opened up about her battle with anxiety and encouraged people to fight for themselves as they are “the most worthwhile one”. She revealed how as a child she would never perform in front of her family and friends as she would get “flustered” when they would ask her to. “I feel like my whole life there’s been two Camila’s in me. There’s little Camila that is terrified of the unknown, is aware of all the ways everything can go wrong… and thinks it’s safer to stay home than to play ball. Then there’s other Camila. And she knows what she wants out of life, is aware of how little time I have to let little Camila run the show while time passes by, and grabs young me by the hand and forces her out the door saying ‘Let’s go. You’ll survive, and I’m not gonna miss out on this.” This is how she has navigated up till now.last_img read more

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Halifax men get four months for prison assault of accused killer Dennis

first_imgMIRAMICHI, N.B. – Two Halifax men have been sentenced to four months in jail for assaulting Dennis Oland in a New Brunswick prison last year.Convicted killer Cody Alexander Muise and Aaron Marriott, who was convicted in a 2008 drug shooting, attacked Oland at Atlantic Institution in Renous, N.B., on July 31 of last year.Both men pleaded guilty in September as their trial was set to begin.Oland, a Saint John, N.B., financial planner, was in jail after being convicted of second-degree murder in the 2011 bludgeoning of his multi-millionaire father, businessman Richard Oland. The conviction has since been overturned and Oland released on bail pending a new trial.On Thursday, the Crown and defence jointly recommended the four-month sentences for Marriott and Muise, who will serve the time concurrently to their current prison terms.“Although this is an assault on another inmate, all assaults are assaults and it is a criminal charge and will have sanctions,” provincial court Judge Natalie LeBlanc said Thursday.“In order for our institutions to work properly, inmates must obey and follow all the rules in relation to the peace officers but also in relation to one another. Therefore when people make choices to not follow the rules there will be consequences each and every time,” she said.Muise, 28, and Marriott, 27, will also each have to pay a $200 victim fine surcharge.In September, Crown prosecutor Melanie MacAulay told the court Muise and Marriott attacked Oland, 48, in the visitation area as he hosted two visitors.“Inmate Muise and inmate Marriott walked up to where they were. Mr. Oland would’ve been standing up at this point. Mr. Muise and Mr. Marriott would have both walked up to the table and began swinging at him, striking him in the head. He fell to the ground and they attempted to punch and kick him,” MacAulay said.“The visitors that were with Mr. Oland actually got up and got between the aggressors and the victim. Guards were also on the scene quickly and separated all subjects. Mr. Oland would have received facial injuries and was treated at the institution,” she said.Muise and Marriott both appeared Thursday by video link from prison. They were sentenced separately. Both wore blue prison garb as they sat behind a table in a small room at the Atlantic Institution.Oland was not present in court and did not give a victim impact statement.The Oland family founded Moosehead Breweries, whose executive chairman Derek Oland has been a steadfast supporter of his nephew Dennis Oland through his legal battle.Oland’s new trial is scheduled to begin Oct. 10, 2018, and court documents say it could go 65 days — the same length as the original trial.Muise was convicted of first-degree murder for killing Brandon Hatcher in December 2010 in a gun battle in suburban Halifax, and is serving a life sentence.Marriott was sentenced to 15 years for a 2008 drug shooting outside the IWK Health Centre in Halifax.last_img read more

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National Capital Commission trying again on major Ottawa land development

first_imgOTTAWA — The government of Canada is once again trying to offload billions of dollars worth of Crown land next to Parliament Hill that has remained virtually empty since the 1960s.The National Capital Commission will issue a new call for proposals to develop the LeBreton Flats area of Ottawa after a former redevelopment plan, which featured a new arena for the Ottawa Senators, ended in failed mediation and lawsuits.The federal agency says a new vision for the 22-hectare site will be created that will include the potential for a new “major events centre” — but this centre might not include the Ottawa Senators.The NHL team’s owner, Eugene Melnyk, had joined with Trinity Group founder John Ruddy to come up with a $4.1-billion plan for the land that included a new hockey arena, but the partnership soured and finally ended last week without a settlement after weeks of mediation talks led by a retired judge.Both partners have since launched legal actions against one another, claiming over $1.7 billion in damages between them.National Capital Commission CEO Tobi Nussbaum said today the agency remains committed to developing LeBreton Flats, but this time the process will include a phased approach — beginning with certain parcels of land — and tighter timelines for negotiations. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Sahrawis Protest Algeria Polisario at Mijek MINURSO Headquarters

Rabat – Three Sahrawi merchants have spoken about alleged injustices in the Tindouf camps in Algeria and called on the United Nations to intervene.The Sahrawis have been carrying out a sit-in since Wednesday, October 17, in front of MINURSO headquarters in Mijek, a town near the Mauritanian border 670 kilometers southwest of Tindouf.The Sahrawis, named Moulay Laafou Aabid El Aarbi, Hamoudi Shari El Saleh, and Khateri Said Hamdi, shared videos on social media, where they spoke on the behalf of Sahrawis in the Tindouf camps. One of the Sahrawis called on the UN to pressure the Polisario Front to lift “heavy restrictions” imposed on merchants. He also asserted that Algeria supports the front.Crackdown on tradeLast week, Moroccan newspaper Al Massae reported that dozens of Sahrawis have fled the Tindouf camps to northern Mauritania.The newspaper linked the exodus of Sahrawis to heavy taxes imposed by Algeria on small businesses in the camps.Algeria takes heavy fees from all trucks and light vehicles entering or leaving Tindouf. The newspaper explained that all trucks with goods leaving Tindouf for Mauritania cannot re-enter Algeria within one month. The measure aims to slow trade between small Sahrawi traders who operate between the Tindouf camps and northern Mauritania, Al Massae added.Several NGOs and human rights activists have denounced the embezzlement of humanitarian aid from the camps.Pro-Polisario news outlets, including Futuro Sahara, reported that Sahrawis were surprised to find popular aid products on display in Algerian grocery shops.‘Sahrawis just want dignity’Former Polisario member Mustapha Salma Ould Sidi Mouloud condemned Polisario’s actions in the Tindouf camps in several Facebook posts.In one of his posts, Salama said that Sahrawis are not interested in “independence” or “integrity” anymore. For him, Sahrawis  now are more interested to live in “dignity and to have a future” for their children in a place “where they will not live [through] what their parents experienced.”Salama, a former police chief in the Tindouf camps, has condemned Polisario’s actions in the Tindouf camps over the years.The Mijek sit-in is the first of its kind held in front of the MINURSO headquarters. The protest comes at a sensitive time as the Security Council will meet on October 29 to adopt a new resolution on Western Sahara and to decide on the mandate of MINURSO in the region.Algeria has been reluctant to admit responsibility in the conflict, claiming that the conflict should be solved between Morocco and Polisario.Algeria also has not allowed UNHCR to conduct a census of the population in the Tindouf camps.) read more

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Expulsion of UN humanitarian official from South Darfur sparks concern

Preliminary reports indicate that Wael al-Haj-Ibrahim, the head of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Sudan, has not been rendered persona non grata by the national Government, UN spokesperson Marie Okabe told reporters yesterday. Rather, he has been forced to leave South Darfur under a directive from the State Governor, and the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Ameerah Haq has taken up the issue with the authorities in Khartoum, the national capital. Ms. Okabe said the UN was extremely concerned about the potential ramification of the expulsion decision, especially given that it violated the letter and spirit of the Joint Communiqué on the Facilitation of Humanitarian Assistance in Darfur that was signed earlier this year by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. OCHA is extremely active in South Darfur – one of three states that comprise the war-torn Darfur region – and works with the Sudanese Government, UN agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and donors to assist up to one million internally displaced persons (IDPs). In total, more than 2.2 million Darfurians are now displaced because of the conflict there between rebels, Government forces and allied militias. Another 200,000 people have been killed since fighting began in 2003, and the UN and the African Union are in the process of deploying a landmark hybrid peacekeeping force (UNAMID) to try to quell the violence and suffering. Meanwhile, the UN Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees L. Craig Johnstone has arrived in West Darfur state for a four-day mission to review the agency’s operations. Mr. Johnstone plans to visit IDP settlements to obtain a first-hand understanding of the situation across the vast region. 8 November 2007The United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan is in contact with the country’s authorities to find out why a senior UN humanitarian official has been expelled from South Darfur. read more

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Knowledge divide must be narrowed through education – UNESCO

The report, “Towards Knowledge Societies,” launched today on the eve of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), analyses the increasingly important role played by knowledge in economic growth and advances that it can serve as a new springboard for development in the countries of the South.”Those countries and communities that don’t recognize this huge reliance on knowledge as a driving force will be left behind,” Elizabeth Longworth, Director of UNESCO’s Information Society Division, told a press conference at UN Headquarters in New York.She added that those countries and communities that recognize the importance of cognitive skills and make the resulting investment in education, lifelong learning and cultural facilities and in their research and innovation systems will prosper.Knowledge societies contribute to the well-being of individuals and communities, and encompass social, ethical and political dimensions while information societies are based on technological breakthroughs that risk providing little more than “a mass of indistinct data” for those who don’t have the skills to benefit from it, according to the report.An example of a successful “knowledge society” is Singapore, which started out as a developing country of shantytowns at independence and achieved economic growth rates that surpass those of most industrialized nations in just four decades by promoting education and creativity.The work is the first in a new series of UNESCO reports, to be published every two years, focusing on subjects at the heart of the Organization’s mission such as cultural diversity and sustainable development. read more

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Merchandise trade deficit shrinks in August mostly due to drop in imports

OTTAWA – Canada’s trade deficit with the world narrowed in August to $1.3 billion from $2.5 billion in July due mostly to a drop in imports, further evidence economists said of the impact of the sluggish global economy on the country.David Watt, chief economist at HSBC Bank Canada, said the trade gap narrowed for the wrong reason — weakness here in Canada.“Canada’s trade deficit narrowed in August, and though rising energy prices suggest that the decline was for the right reasons, that is higher prices for key exports, in fact, the narrowing had more to do with slumping imports,” Watt said.Statistics Canada said Thursday that merchandise imports fell 3.1 per cent to $38.8 billion, with declines in every sector except energy products.Exports edged down 0.1 per cent in August to $37.5 billion as exports of industrial goods and materials slipped and exports of energy products increased after six consecutive monthly declines.Watt acknowledged Thursday that a strong jobs report last week will quell debate about rate cuts by the central bank, but the data now suggests the Bank of Canada should remain on the sidelines.“The evidence on trade and the apparent slowdown in domestic demand should offset the impact of the employment data from last week and again points toward the Bank of Canada removing the last vestiges of its hawkish bias,” he wrote in a report.The central bank has continued to suggest that interest rates will rise over the medium term, even as many economists have said the sluggish global economy has taken its toll on Canada.The Bank of Canada’s key interest rate has been set at one per cent for more than two years.The latest look at the trade picture came as the Macdonald-Laurier Institute released its new composite leading indicator index, which rose 0.1 per cent in August, after four consecutive months of gains of 0.2 per cent.The institute said the steady growth of the index suggests the Canadian economy will avert a downturn in 2012, despite the turmoil around the world.Statistics Canada also reported its new housing price index rose 0.2 per cent in August, after a 0.1 per cent increase in July, pushed higher by the markets in Toronto and Oshawa, Ont.TD Bank economist Francis Fong said the trade report was consistent with a weak third quarter for the Canadian economy.“Looking ahead, this trend may persist for a few months yet, given a sub-par pace of growth both in the U.S. and globally,” Fong wrote in a note to clients.Imports from the United States fell 4.3 per to $24.2 billion and exports rose 1.4 per cent to $27.6 billion, raising the trade surplus with the U.S. to $3.5 billion from $2 billion in July.Exports to countries other than the United States fell 3.9 per cent to $9.8 billion, while imports declined one per cent to $14.6 billion.The trade deficit with countries other than the U.S. rose to $4.8 billion from $4.5 billion in July.Exports of industrial goods and materials fell by 6.1 per cent to $8.8 billion, as exports of fertilizers and fertilizer materials fell 22.3 per cent and iron ores, concentrates and scrap dropped 26.8 per cent.Automotive product exports also fell declined 2.3 per cent to $5.7 billion in August as exports of parts fell six per cent to $1.5 billion on lower volumes.Exports of energy products rose 5.5 per cent to $8.6 billion after six consecutive monthly decreases. Agricultural and fishing products also added 6.5 per cent to reach $3.6 billion as wheat exports gained 57.5 per cent.Meanwhile, imports of industrial goods and materials fell 7.4 per cent to $7.9 billion in August, while imports of machinery and equipment dropped 3.8 per cent to $10.4 billion.Automotive imports fell 3.3 per cent to $6.7 billion, while energy imports climbed 6.1 per cent to $4.1 billion. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Merchandise trade deficit shrinks in August, mostly due to drop in imports by News Staff Posted Oct 11, 2012 1:12 pm MDT read more

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Free MSHA Training for Graduating Seniors in Castle Country

Graduating seniors in Carbon and Emery counties are being offered a way to launch into a new career following graduation thanks to Jenmar Services.For those graduating from Carbon, Emery, Pinnacle or Lighthouse high schools in 2019, Jenmar Services is offering the 32-hour MSHA surface and underground training course free of charge.“Jennmar Services would like to congratulate the class of 2019,” Jenmar staff shared. “Welcome to the next phase of your lifetime.”The training certification is required for anyone working at any mining location. Space is limited, so graduating seniors are encouraged to register as soon as possible by calling (435) 637-9300.Jenmar is known for its work in placing experienced and inexperienced surface and underground miners into careers that could last a lifetime. With offices in Price as well as Colorado, Jenmar Services provides training and support to secure high-paying jobs with benefits for the local workforce. However, the company’s scope expands past the mining industry.“Jennmar Services also works with companies from a variety of industries, so even if mining isn’t in your future, come and see us,” staff shared. “We will try to help find you a job, whether it be a part-time summer job before college or a construction or industry job, we will try to help you find a job.”For more information and a list of current job openings, please click here. read more

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Nick Vannett drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the third round

Former OSU tight end Nick Vannett (81) celebrates after one of his 2 1st-half touchdowns during a game against Rutgers on Oct. 18 at Ohio Stadium.  Credit: Lantern File photoOhio State continued its dominance of the 2016 NFL draft, as tight end Nick Vannett became the 10th Buckeye to be selected. Overall, Vannett is the 94th player picked, after his name was called by the Seahawks.This selection sets a new record, as the Buckeyes are the first program to have 10 selections in the opening trio of rounds of the draft.The Westerville, Ohio, native was used sparingly in the OSU offense throughout his tenure, producing 55 receptions for 585 yards and six touchdowns. After redshirting his freshman year, Vannett played throughout his remaining four years, totaling 53 games played.Although the production numbers were low compared to the rest of the offensive starters for OSU, many NFL scouts valued the 6-foot-6, 260-pound tight end for his athleticism.During the 2014 championship run for the Scarlet and Gray, Vannett enjoyed his highest level of production, hauling in five touchdowns, as well as appearing in a career-high 15 games.It is worth noting that the predecessor to Vannett, former OSU tight end Jeff Heuerman, produced similar numbers (52 receptions, 792 yards, seven touchdowns) to those of Vannett and was selected by the Denver Broncos last year in the third round.Although his athleticism gives Vannett immense upside, there has been some concern over how effective he can be as a blocker, a skill tight ends in the spread offense aren’t called upon regularly to employ. With his large frame and proven strength for the position, the Seahawks will focus on developing Vannett as an establish blocker, while also benefiting from his versatility as a pass-catcher.  With Jimmy Graham the primary tight end in Seattle, it seems as though it will take time before Vannett sees consistent playing time. read more

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The 5 at 5 Thursday

first_imgEACH WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know before you hit the road.1. #SHATTER: Alan Shatter will accept around €50,000 worth of severance payments and donate it to the Jack and Jill Foundation.2. #KILDARE: An investigation has been launched following the death of a young man in garda custody.3. #COUP D’ETAT: Thailand’s military took control of the country today, seizing power in a television address to the kingdom.4. #BUS DEATH: RTÉ reports that Edward Connors (30), has been convicted of killing Eoghan Dudley (28) by knocking him under a bus in Dublin city centre in 2012.5. #MORATORIUM: Ahead of tomorrow’s elections, broadcasters are precluded from talking about taking about it. Here’s the moratorium explained.last_img read more

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HTC will no longer use locked bootloaders

first_imgThe locked bootloaders shipped by some smartphone manufacturers are a consistent pain for enthusiasts and modders. HTC and Motorola especially have drawn the ire of developers because of their affinity for locking Android devices. You can now, however, cross one of those companies off your homebrew gripe list: HTC CEO Peter Chou has decreed that locked bootloaders will no longer be used.In a brief post to the HTC Facebook page, Chou tips his hat to the passionate homebrew community and says that “overwhelming customer feedback” showed the desire for open bootloaders. The post has already garnered more than 6,600 likes on Facebook and nearly 2,000 comments — nearly all of which thank Chou and HTC. There are, of course, a few “about time” shouts and posts from users of older HTC devices asking for a ticket to the dance as well, but we’ll have to wait and see if that’s in the cards.AdChoices广告A someone who struggled with a locked HTC loader on my original Droid Incredible, this is definitely welcome news. I remember the frustration of waiting for the Unrevoked team to announce that support for my phone was finally available, and the tremendous relief when I could at last painlessly root my phone with their updated tool.Here’s hoping HTC’s about-face on locking spells an end to that kind of bothersome thumb-twiddling. Now, of course, HTC users can get back to bombarding the company with requests to make the updated Sense 3.0 available to older phones as well…More at Engadget and the HTC Facebook pagelast_img read more

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PDX to reopen north airport runway

first_imgPORTLAND — Portland International Airport’s north runway was expected to reopen Friday evening, marking the end of a $68 million, five-month construction project to extend the runway to accommodate larger aircraft takeoffs. The extension of the north runway was needed to keep flights on schedule next year while the airport’s longer, south runway will be closed for rehabilitation.The project is the second phase of a three-phase project to improve the runway system, according to the Port of Portland, which operates PDX.last_img read more

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I dont care Jammu and Kashmir Governor on Adhir Ranjan

first_imgNew Delhi: After Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury suggested Satya Pal Malik be made the president of BJP’s Jammu and Kashmir unit, the Governor hit back at him and said that he does not care about such remarks. “By saying what he said in Parliament, he buried his party in the grave. What do I say on his knowledge? I’m doing my work with utmost devotion. I don’t care about these remarks,” Malik told ANI here when asked about Chowdhury’s statement. Also Read – Shah urges women to shun plastic bags Advertise With Us Chowdhury had over the weekend said that the Jammu and Kashmir Governor statements are like those given by the BJP leaders and he should be made the chief of BJP in J and K. “Jammu and Kashmir Governor should be made the president of the state BJP unit. His comments and statements are like those of BJP leaders. The way he talks doesn’t uphold the integrity of the constitutional office of Governor,” Chowdhury said. Also Read – Free bus travel for women gets Cabinet nod Advertise With Us “Schools and colleges are closed in Jammu and Kashmir. People are not allowed to speak. Those who want to visit there are not being allowed to go to Jammu and Kashmir,” he added. His comments came after a delegation of Opposition leaders including Rahul Gandhi were stopped at Srinagar airport by the authorities and were sent back to Delhi. Opposition leaders, who had flown to take stock of the ground situation in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, alleged that they were detained at the airport in Srinagar in an ‘unconstitutional’ and ‘undemocratic’ manner.last_img read more

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Blizzard reportedly working on StarCraft HD with enhanced graphics

first_imgThe original StarCraft is still one of the finest real-time strategy games ever made, and a whole new generation of gamers might soon learn just why. Blizzard is reportedly aiming to release an HD version of the original StarCraft, and will officially announce it this September.This news comes to us from iNews24, a trusted online Korean newspaper. A Google-translated version of the site reveals that many sources have told them that StarCraft HD (obviously not a confirmed title) will feature enhanced graphics and improved user interface (UI), and that it will also faithfully replicate the original’s gameplay and balance. Blizzard would certainly have a riot on their hands if they didn’t. As we all know, StarCraft is as close to a national sport in Korea as it gets, and we’ve seen many announcements for the series made there first. According to the paper the original currently ranks number seven in the top 10 list of most-played internet cafe games in the country! That’s what’s called staying power.But, as with all rumors, take this with a grain of salt, even if an HD version would make a lot of sense for Blizzard. The original was released way back in 1998, with an excellent expansion called Brood War released the following year and expanding the story greatly. It’s definitely been enough time for even the most hardcore fans to want to revisit it, while allowing younger players to easily jump in and experience the wonderful game for themselves.There are still plenty of questions that fans will need answered. Will this remaster just feature better resolution graphics, new art, or perhaps utilize the StarCraft II engine? Will it include Brood War and the addictive multiplayer (and how could it not?)While the announcement will reportedly come next month, more information will undoubtedly be revealed at November’s BlizzCon, Blizzard’s annual video game convention. We’ve reached out to Activision Blizzard for confirmation on StarCraft HD but haven’t heard back at time of publication.last_img read more