Sexual abuse: Raid on Odisha shelter home

first_imgA joint team of the Child Development Project Officer, members of the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) and the police on November 30 raided a shelter home near the district headquarters town of Dhenkanal, where minor girls have complained of repeated sexual abuse.A group of inmates of the shelter home run by Good News India, an NGO, had alleged that Simanchal Nayak, in charge of the home, sexually assaulted minor girls regularly. “Initially, we did not report the incident fearing public humiliation. But when the harassment became unbearable, we were forced to come out in the open,” said an inmate.The shelter home in-charge, however, dismissed the allegation saying the children were levelling baseless allegations as he was strict in enforcing discipline.The CWC found that the shelter home was established in violation of the Juvenile Justice Act. “It has not been registered under the Act. As many as 81 inmates have been given residential accommodation and 47 of them are girls. We are in the process of recording their statements. Our findings will be forwarded to higher officials for action,” Niranjan Mishra, CWC Member, told The Hindu over the phone.“When we first received complaint about harassment, we had issued a show cause notice after paying a visit to the home. Subsequently, a complaint was registered with the Dhenkanal Sadar Police Station,” said Anuradha Goswami, CDPO.Most of the inmates are orphans, brought from Odisha’s backward districts.last_img read more

Pakistan beat New Zealand in 3rd T20

first_imgAbdul Razzaq smashed 34 from 11 balls before taking three wickets to lead Pakistan to a 103-run win over New Zealand in a Twenty20 international on Thursday, the largest ever victory in a match played between two Test-playing nations.New Zealand still won 2-1 in the three-match series, but only Kenya, Scotland and Canada have been beaten by larger margins in cricket’s shortest format.After Pakistan had totalled 183-6, New Zealand lost its first four batsmen for ducks to slump to 3-4 as Razzaq crashed through its top order.At 11-5 after 4.4 overs, New Zealand had the lowest score for the loss of five wickets by any team in the history of Twenty20 internationals and was headed for a record low score.Scott Styris revived the innings slightly with a top score of 45 and was New Zealand’s only batsman to reach double figures.Razzaq finished with 3-13 while Shahid Afridi claimed 4-14.Earlier, Ahmed Shehzad made 54 and shared an 81-run opening partnership with Mohammad Hafeez (34) in 8.4 overs to lay the foundation for Pakistan.Shehzad set the tone for Pakistan’s best batting performance of the series, bringing up his team’s 50 from 4.5 overs. He dashed to his own half-century from 32 balls before he was out two deliveries later after having 10 fours.Pakistan faltered briefly when he and Hafeez were out in quick succession, and as Asad Shafiq fell for 8 and Younis Khan for 5.Umar Akmal restored momentum with an innings of 30 and Razzaq, the man of the match, guaranteed a competitive total when he smashed three fours and three sixes.advertisementRazzaq then destroyed the New Zealand innings, dismissing Martin Guptill and Ross Taylor for ducks and James Franklin for 3 to claim three wickets for three runs. Tanvir Ahmed removed Jesse Ryder, also for a duck, as New Zealand went from 1-1 to 2-2, 2-3, 3-4 and finally 11-5.Styris steered his team away from complete disaster but had little support. Peter McGlashan was out for 7, Nathan McCullum for 8 and Kyle Mills for 8 as Afridi stripped the lower order.Afridi produced a superb short spell of spin bowling, varying his pace, turn and flight, to remove Styris and McCullum, then Mills and Tim Southee with successive balls.He will now return home as his team prepares for the first of two tests against New Zealand, starting on Jan. 7 in Hamilton.”I think now when I go home I will go happy and it will be a good journey,” Afridi said. “Abdul Razzaq is the match-winner, and we always see him winning a match. Sometimes it doesn’t look as if we will win, then he makes the difference.”This is the real talent of Pakistan but we now have to start to be consistent.”New Zealand came into the match with a 2-0 lead, regaining confidence after its demoralizing series of 11 straight losses in one-day internationals. Its performance on Thursday was a huge setback ahead of the test series.”It was a disappointing way to end a series,” Taylor said. “Pakistan batted very well and put up a very competitive total,and when your top four batsmen get out for nothing, it’s hard to chase a total like that.”last_img read more

Hot-shooting Roger Pogoy, Terrence Jones lift TNT over Ginebra

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “His triples really helped us. It was a tremendous game for Roger. And Terrence, of course.,” Ravena said, commending the two players who were also the heroes in TNT’s win in the eventful match against Phoenix in Antipolo.  The Gin Kings drew 29 points from import Justin Brownlee and four double-digit performances from their locals, but the balanced attack wasn’t enough to tow them back to the win column, following a rout at the hands of Rain or Shine earlier this month.TNT faces Meralco next this Saturday while Barangay Ginebra hopes to arrest its losing skid against 0-2 San Miguel Beer on Sunday. Both matches are at the Big Dome.The scores:TNT 104 – Pogoy 38, Jones 17, Castro 17, Trollano 12, Rosario 11, Taha 5, D. Semerad 2, Heruela 2, A. Semerad 0, Carey 0, Reyes 0.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:02Fajardo predicts there will be no sweep in PBA Finals02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments “Top two—that’s our goal. And we hope to [do] the same thing in the next game,” he added as his squad improved to 5-1 to join Blackwater and NorthPort.Roger Pogoy became the fourth player in PBA history to make at least 10 3-pointers in a single game, putting his name alongside the likes of Allan Caidic, Kenneth Duremdes, and Marcio Lassiter. Caidic holds the record for most triples with 17.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsPogoy finished with a new career-best 38 points just 10 days after posting 31 at Ynares Center in Antipolo—to go with five rebounds and four assists.Jones, meanwhile, had less points this time out, but made up with his playmaking. He ended up with 17 points, 14 rebounds, and 16 assists.     Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Roger Pogoy and import Terrence Jones posted yet another spectacular showing in TNT’s 104-96 nipping of Barangay Ginebra for a share of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup lead Wednesday night at Araneta Coliseum.“It’s a very important game for us,” TNT coach Bong Ravena said of his mindset going into the contest against the crowd darlings. ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Ginebra 96 – Brownlee 29, Tenorio 18, Slaughter 11, Aguilar 11, Devance 10, Thompson 7, Ferrer 7, Mercado 3, Caguioa 0, Mariano 0.Quarterscores: 22-22, 48-49, 69-77, 104-96. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Tokyo or bust as Tiger Woods eyes Olympic dream LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Martin Maldonado wears Father’s Day tie, leads Royals over Twins

first_imgIan Kennedy allowed an RBI double by Max Kepler but struck out Cruz with two runners on to record his seventh save in nine chances. Cruz believed he had checked his swing on the strikeout.“The check swing calls are, honestly, some of the more difficult calls you’re going to see in the game,” Minnesota manager Rocco Baldelli said. “Obviously, we didn’t like the call, but I find them challenging. It was probably close but something we would prefer to go our way based on everything we saw. But it happens.”Jorge Bonifacio added two hits and two RBIs for the Royals, who had lost three of four. Kansas City was tied or leading in the eighth inning in three of the previous four matchups against the Twins this season but had lost all four games before hanging on Sunday.“We’ve been right there in every game with them, a hit away really,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “Finally, to get over little bit of a hump and get a win with them, especially on getaway day was good.”Martín Pérez (7-3) surrendered five runs — four earned — in 6 2/3 innings for Minnesota. Kepler had four hits and Miguel Sanó homered, but the Twins left the bases loaded three times and were 4 of 18 with runners in scoring position.ADVERTISEMENT Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Kansas City Royals’ Martin Maldonado looks on during a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins, Sunday, June 16, 2019, in Minneapolis. Maldonado celebrated Father’s Day by wearing a blue necktie on his chest protector and had three hits to lift the Kansas City Royals over the Minnesota Twins 8-6 on Sunday. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)MINNEAPOLIS — Martín Maldonado found a formal-yet-fun way to honor the dads in his life.The Royals catcher celebrated Father’s Day by wearing a blue necktie on his chest protector and had three hits to lift Kansas City over the Minnesota Twins 8-6 Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Maldonado scribbled the names of his dad, brother, family and close friends on the tie, along with “Happy Father’s Day” at the bottom. Pittsburgh Pirates backstop Elias Diaz wore the same tie in a game against Atlanta, which was provided by equipment manufacturer All-Star.“Just wanted to do something different for the fathers out there, family members, friends,” Maldonado said. “Something to wear for them.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsMaldonado was all business at the plate. He drove in two runs, one with a single during a three-run second inning and another with a double in the eighth.Jorge López (1-6) pitched 2 1/3 innings in relief, giving up four hits, including a solo homer by Nelson Cruz in the seventh. Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Cruz had a two-run double in the eighth, but Wily Peralta entered and retired three in a row to strand two runners.“The biggest thing is that we’re in first place,” Sanó said. “We can lose one game if we’re going to win five, seven games. This is the best team I’ve seen in my life, and we don’t have any pressure about anything. We’re really good.”UNLIKELY MISTAKESThe Twins committed two errors on Sunday and have 10 during the first six games of their nine-game homestand. They had 32 errors heading into homestand.“Nothing really came easy today,” Baldelli said. “It was not our sharpest effort. If you look at each one of those plays, they’re plays we want to make and we have to make going forward but they’re not the easiest of plays.”TWINS TERRITORYMinnesota had its third straight sellout, the first time it’s sold out three straight home games since 2011 when it had six in a row.The weekend included Joe Mauer’s number retirement ceremony on Saturday and drew a total of 117,051 fans. It’s the most for a three-game series in Minnesota since it had 117,156 in 2015 with the Chicago Cubs in town.TRAINER’S ROOMRoyals: 3B Hunter Dozier (right oblique strain) will start a rehab assignment with Double-A Northwest Arkansas on Monday. Yost said Dozier would start at Double-A and then leave with his wife expecting a baby later this week. He would return to his rehab at Triple-A Omaha next weekend. Twins: OF Byron Buxton was out of the lineup for the second straight day after being hit in the wrist by a pitch Friday night. Baldelli said Buxton was available and that the team was being cautious. Baldelli said before the game that he wasn’t sure if Buxton would be swinging a bat at all Sunday.UP NEXTRoyals: The road trip continues as LHP Danny Duffy (3-3, 4.38 ERA) starts a three-game series Monday in Seattle. Duffy is coming off his longest outing of the season when he went seven innings with a season-high seven strikeouts in a no-decision against Detroit.Twins: RHP José Berrios (8-2, 3.01) starts on Monday as Minnesota begins a three-game series against Boston. Berrios has allowed one earned run in three of his past four starts. The Red Sox will start RHP Rick Porcello (4-6, 4.69).Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments LATEST STORIES Thailand scores 1st World Cup goal in 5-1 loss to Sweden Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MOST READ Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

Kylian Mbappe wants to play at both Euro 2020 and Olympics

first_imgFILE – In this April 14, 2019 file photo, PSG’s Kylian Mbappe celebrates after his team scored during the French League One soccer match between OSC Lille and Paris Saint-Germain at Stade Pierre Mauroy in Lille, France. After lifting the World Cup with France last summer, Mbappe now wants to win the European championships and a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics next year. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)PARIS — Kylian Mbappe is looking forward to a busy summer in 2020.The 20-year-old France forward, who helped his national team win the World Cup last year, wants to play at both the 2020 European Championship and the Tokyo Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT The Paris Saint-Germain striker had already expressed his interest in the Olympic tournament. Although Mbappe has never played for his country’s under-21 team, he would be eligible for the Olympic squad despite not being involved in the qualification competition.French soccer federation president Noel Le Graet told Le Parisien newspaper this week it would be up to coach Sylvain Ripoll to decide.“It’s nice that Kylian can say that,” Le Graet said. “It shows he is interested in all France teams, and especially in the Olympics. Once again, it’s nice. But we will need to meet him, and ask the question to Sylvain Ripoll. The decision will belong to him.”If France qualifies for the European Championship, Mbappe could be playing matches until July 12, the date of the final in London. That is only 10 days before the Olympic tournament kicks off in Japan.ADVERTISEMENT POC chief on SEA Games hosting glitches: ‘It’s normal’ MOST READ Soon after France qualified for the Olympic tournament by reaching the semifinals at the European Under-21 Championship this week, Mbappe wrote “Tokyo 2020” on Twitter accompanied by a joyful emoticon.TOKYO 2020 🤩 pic.twitter.com/OVyRW9zBqpFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges— Kylian Mbappé (@KMbappe) June 24, 2019 Pelosi: Trump’s actions amount to ‘betrayal of his oath of office’ PLAY LIST 01:52Pelosi: Trump’s actions amount to ‘betrayal of his oath of office’00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss PH beach spikers also eye spots to Continental Cup LATEST STORIES Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next World dragon boat champs out to make waves in SEA Games View comments Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles PBA: Matthew Wright catches fire as Phoenix holds off NorthPortlast_img read more

Rs 50 lakh off: Now’s the time to buy a Land Rover SUV!

first_imgIf you have ever wanted to buy a Land Rover, this might be the time. Jaguar Land Rover has aggressively slashed the prices of their current stock of SUVs which are up for sale in India.The company has knocked off Rs 4 lakh off the Land Rover Discovery Sport and Rs 3 lakh off the Range Rover Evoque. Till recently, both the models were brought into the country via the CBU route but are now brought in as CKD units.Also Read:Land Rover to launch all new Range Rover Velar in India this yearIt isn’t just the CKD cars but also the Range Rover Sport, which is sold as a CBU unit in India, whose prices Land Rover has slashed. The base model of the Range Rover Sport which was earlier going for Rs 1.18 crore (Ex-showroom, Delhi) is now being up for grabs at a cheap Rs 86.80 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) – a price cut of Rs 30 lakh. The Range Rover Vogue LWB variant, prices of which started at Rs 2.24 crore (ex-showroom, Delhi) earlier is now going for Rs 1.70 crore (Ex-showroom, Delhi), a price cut of more than Rs 50 lakh!However these prices are not permanent and will be around only for 4-5 months, that is, until stocks last. This drastic reduction in prices according to the sales staff at JLR dealerships is due to the weakening of the Pound against the Indian Rupee that has happened because of Brexit.Also Read:Land Rover unveils India-bound Range Rover Velarlast_img read more

Deontay Wilder hangs on to WBC heavyweight title after gruelling fight against Tyson Fury

first_imgUndefeated American boxer Deontay Wilder retained his WBC Heavyweight title after a split draw in a 12-round slugfest against challenger Tyson Fury at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday.Alejandro Rochin of Mexico scored the bout 115-111 to Wilder while Robert Tapper of Canada had it 114-110 in favour of Fury and Phil Edwards of United Kingdom scored it 113-113.The hard-hitting Wilder, who maintained his 40-0 unbeaten record, knocked Fury down twice but the Briton controlled much of the fight behind his long jab, precise footwork and stout defence.Wilder drops Fury in the 12th and somehow Fury beats the 10th Count Truly Incredible #WilderFury pic.twitter.com/pOGi8tpZvBBOXING CORNER 24/7 (@boxingcorner247) December 2, 2018Fury (27-0), who incredibly sprung back on his feet despite being dropped twice, including once in the final round, believed that he should have returned home with the belt.”We’re on away soil, I was on the ground twice but I truly believe I won that fight, and I think everyone in here did too. Bless Wilder, thank you for the opportunity D. God bless you, and god bless America. The gypsy king has returned,” Fury said after the drawn bout.”The world knows the truth, I thought I won the fight, and I should have gone home with that belt, but we’re on away soil so God bless his team, God bless America,” he added.Both fighters preserved their unbeaten records with the draw, but both thought they had done enough to earn the victory in the bout, which played out before 17,698 fans in downtown LA.advertisement Deontay Wilder has held the WBC heavyweight title since 2015, and is the first American world heavyweight champion in nine years (Reuters Photo)After exchanging harsh words in the leadup to the fight, both men were full of praise for each other following the final bell and were eager for a rematch.”One hundred percent we’ll do the rematch. We are two great champions. Me and this man are the two best heavyweights on the planet,” Fury said.Fury, the former heavyweight champion, nearly completed a remarkable comeback from the brink of personal disaster as he dominated the bout, jabbing away at Wilder all the time.The Brit looked the fitter of the two boxers and made the American boxer miss quite a lot with his excellent head and upper body movement.Meanwhile, Wilder pointed out the two falls but insisted he wasn’t at his best in what was tipped as the biggest boxing bout of the year.”I think with the two knockdowns I definitely won the fight,” said Wilder (40-0-1), adding that he started slow and rushed his punches in a sub-par performance.”We poured our hearts out tonight. We’re both warriors but with those two drops I think I won the fight.”When I rush my punches like that I’m never accurate. The rematch I guarantee I’m going to get him,” he said in the ring after the fight(With Reuters inputs)Also Read | Superwoman of India: Twitter salutes Mary Kom as boxing legend shines at world meetAlso Read | Mary Kom becomes first female boxer to win 6 gold medals at World ChampionshipsAlso Read | Sonia Chahal ends maiden World Boxing Championships campaign with a silverlast_img read more

Ronaldo brace guides Madrid past APOEL

first_imgReal Madrid 3 APOEL 0: Returning Ronaldo at the double as champions cruise Matt Dorman Last updated 2 years ago 04:42 14/9/2017 Cristiano Ronaldo - cropped Getty Images Cristiano Ronaldo was at the double as Real Madrid started their Champions League defence with a 3-0 win over APOEL. Cristiano Ronaldo put his domestic frustration behind him by scoring a brace on his Real Madrid return as Los Blancos began their quest for a third straight Champions League title with a routine 3-0 win over APOEL.The Portugal superstar is still serving the remainder of a five-match ban in Spain for pushing the referee in the Supercopa de Espana, but Ronaldo made up for lost time by once again proving the difference at the Santiago Bernabeu.Zinedine Zidane’s side, without Karim Benzema due to a thigh injury, have been held to a pair of draws in their two LaLiga fixtures at home this season, but Ronaldo ensured there was little chance of a repeat against the Cypriot outfit. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? 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 The Champions League’s all-time leading goalscorer netted the first in the 12th minute and put the result beyond doubt with a second-half penalty, his 107th goal in the competition.Sergio Ramos’ exquisite bicycle kick capped an untroubled victory and eased any lingering tension from the league stalemates.With the 4-1 thrashing of Juventus in last season’s final still fresh in the memory, Madrid undoubtedly remain the team to beat in a strong Group H.12 – Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 12 goals for Real Madrid with his last 16 shots on target (all competitions). Monster. pic.twitter.com/seqU81niQ5— OptaJose (@OptaJose) September 13, 2017Ronaldo wasted little time in getting back on the scoresheet, announcing his return with the opener inside 12 minutes.Spain star Isco led a quick counter-attack down the left and linked up with Gareth Bale, who supplied a superb low cross for Ronaldo to clinically fire home at the far post.Wales winger Bale looked for a repeat assist shortly after, but Ronaldo this time headed the aerial delivery around the post from a narrow angle.It was not all good news for Zidane early, though, as Mateo Kovacic was forced off with a leg complaint after 25 minutes, the Croatian replaced by Toni Kroos in midfield.The hosts continued to monopolise possession throughout the half without managing to pile the pressure on APOEL, who set up camp on the edge of the area and were content to have conceded just a single shot on target by the interval.Ronaldo looked destined to double his tally within seconds of the restart only to see his volley from Dani Carvajal’s cross come back off the woodwork, with suggestions that the ball crossed the line waved away by the referee.He only had to wait a matter of moments to instead make it 2-0 from the penalty spot, firing low to Boy Waterman’s right after APOEL defender Roberto Lago was punished for a handball in the area.The Portugal captain was soon denied claims for a second penalty as Zidane’s side looked to put the contest to bed as quickly as possible.Ramos ensured they did just that in eye-catching fashion just after the hour, drifting forward and producing an athletic bicycle kick from Bale’s deflected header across goal.APOEL goalkeeper Waterman did his best to keep the deficit down by denying Ronaldo a second at close-range, but by that stage the champions were well and truly on their way to the top of Group H.Substitute Borja Mayoral looked to have made it 4-0 in the final minute of stoppage time, only for Ronaldo to have been ruled offside for his role in the build-up.Madrid’s next European assignment is a trip to face Peter Bosz’s Dortmund, while APOEL will host Tottenham in Nicosia. read morelast_img read more

Traffic Advisory Pictou County

first_imgPICTOU COUNTY: Sutherlands River Bridge Trunk 4 is closed in Sutherlands River, east of Church Road and west of the intersection of Route 245 and Thorburn Road, for the replacement of the Sutherlands River Bridge. Work started today at 7 a.m. and will continue until Sunday, Sept. 30. A detour route and signs are in place. Motorists are advised to use extreme caution when travelling through a construction zone. -30-last_img

Government Supports Solar Education Across Nova Scotia

first_imgNova Scotians will soon learn more about how solar electricity can save homeowners money, reduce emissions and support green jobs. Solar Nova Scotia will receive $75,000 from the Low Carbon Communities Program to deliver a provincewide awareness campaign called the Discover Solar Initiative. “Nova Scotia is a North American leader in fighting climate change by reducing emissions,” said Chester-St. Margaret’s MLA Hugh MacKay, on behalf of Energy and Mines Minister Derek Mombourquette. “Supporting the solar industry will build on our successes and help create green jobs across the province.” Solar Nova Scotia will host a series of public presentations designed to help solar businesses save time and money by answering questions from customers. “Installers we’ve talked to report spending up to 20 per cent of their time on sharing information with customers,” said Solar Nova Scotia chair David Brushett. “Public education will help the solar industry reach its full potential by freeing up time resulting in more installations, and ultimately more Nova Scotians working in this growing industry.” Low Carbon Communities helps eligible groups jump-start projects by funding feasibility studies and plans, engagement activities and building capacity. Projects also promote efficiency, solar energy, clean transportation and other programs that help communities save money on their energy costs. This year, 11 projects across the province are receiving about $700,000. Eligible groups have received grants of up to $75,000 to a maximum of 75 per cent of project costs. The Low Carbon Communities Program supports Mi’kmaw communities, registered non-profit or charitable organizations and municipalities in Nova Scotia.last_img read more

Aniston was told to lose 30 pounds

first_imgLos Angeles: Hollywood star Jennifer Aniston was asked to lose 30 pounds if she wanted to sustain in the showbiz. In a new book, titled ‘Generation Friends: An Inside Look at the Show That Defined a Television Era’, Saul Austerlitz said that it was always tough to be a woman in the industry and match up to its impossibly high beauty standards. “She had to lose thirty pounds if she wanted to stay in Hollywood. Los Angeles was a tough place to be an actor, it was a tough place to be a woman, and Jennifer Aniston’s agent was reluctantly leveling with her,” Austerlitz writes. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold SchwarzeneggerAccording to the excerpts obtained by People magazine, Aniston once received a callback where she was told to wear a leotard, and she jokingly said to her agent: “This’ll blow it for me.” Her representative, in turn, ‘responded seriously’. “Aniston was hardly fat everyone could see she was beautiful but as the show she would one day become indelibly associated with later made a point of noting, the camera added 10 pounds,” Austerlitz added. Aniston had also discussed the same call back in a 1996 interview with The Rolling Stones magazine. “My agent gave it to me straight. Nicest thing he ever did . The disgusting thing of Hollywood I wasn’t getting lots of jobs ’cause I was too heavy,” Aniston had said. The actor was cast as Rachel Green in ‘Friends’.last_img read more

No Planet B Students lead global climate change strike

first_imgNew Delhi: The Fridays For Future held a protest here as part of a ‘global climate strike’ on Friday, and demanded that the government should focus on building climate resilience in cities.Asserting that climate change has become a reality due to global warming, around 300 people, most of them school students, staged demonstrations outside the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. “We want the government to reach net zero-carbon emissions by 2030, stop all fossil-fuel expansion by 2020, stop deforestation for needless urban projects…,” said Aman Sharma, a Class XI student of Modern Public School, who was the part of the protest here. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghFridays For Future is a movement that began in August last year after 15-year-old environmental activist Greta Thunberg protested in front of the Swedish parliament for three weeks against the lack of action on climate crisis. Thousands of people staged protests across the world on Friday and demanded action against climate change. The government should “completely stop all projects encroaching into our forests, ban single-use plastics, make waste segregation and recycling mandatory and cut out the fossil fuel industries’ funds and start investing in the renewable energy sector fully,” Sharma said. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadThe protesters chanted slogans like “We want climate action”, and displayed banners like “Be a part of the solution, not part of the pollution”, “Respect existence or expect resistance” and “Climate Change: 12 years to save Earth”. They also met Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, and raised the issue of deforestation. They told Puri how his ministry could be more practical and sustainable, Sharma said. “Puri told us that he is very committed to fight climate change and India should use all the available sources to fight (it),” the 16-year-old said. “Puri also said we need to strive a balance between development and environment.” The protests started around 11.30 am till 2.30 pm. “Our parents were supposed to care for us and protect us. Our generation discovered that this is a lie,” said Asees Kandhari. “There is nothing I wish for more than a time machine,” the 15-year-old said. “But since that’s impossible, I wish for the next best thing — for our generation to come together and build a better future than the one you are leaving for us.”last_img read more

Suneet Sharma takes over as Eastern Railway GM

first_imgKolkata: Suneet Sharma, a Special Class Railway Apprentice (SCRA) Officer of 1978 batch, has been appointed as the new general manager of Eastern Railway on Thursday.He has a strong technical background and has expertise in various facets of working of railways. Prior to taking over as the general manager of Eastern Railway, Sharma has served as the general manager of Modern Coach Factory, Raebareli. He has also worked at various levels, including zonal railways, workshops and diesel loco sheds, with a 34-year experience of working in Indian Railways. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaHe has been known for introducing various administrative reforms including simplification of procedure for establishing new benchmarks in Indian Railways. Sharma was also the divisional railway manager, Pune, Central Railway, chief rolling stock engineer (Freight), Central Railway, chief mechanical engineer (Planning), Central Railway and principal chief mechanical engineer, Diesel Locomotive Works, Varanasi. Apart from attending different training programmes in various railway institutes, he has also received extensive training around the world.last_img read more

Cyclone Hikaa to cause strong winds along Guj coast IMD

first_imgAhmedabad: A deep depression over the Arabian Sea has intensified into cyclonic storm ‘Hikaa’ that will cause strong winds along the Gujarat coast, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Monday. The weather department has advised fishermen not to venture into the sea in view of the rough weather. “Though Hikaa is unlikely to come towards Gujarat, it will cause strong winds along the state coast,” the IMD said in a bulletin. The deep depression that formed over northeast and adjoining east-central Arabian Sea on Sunday morning intensified into the cyclonic storm Hikaa after moving nearly westwards. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework At 11.30 am on Monday, it was lying about 490 km west-southwest of Veraval in Gujarat, 520 km south-southwest of Karachi in Pakistan, and 710 km east-southeast of Masirah in Oman, the IMD said. “It is very likely to move nearly westwards and cross the Oman coast between latitude 19N and 20N during early hours of Wednesday as a deep depression. It is likely to intensify further during next 24 hours and weaken gradually thereafter,” it said. The cyclone will cause strong winds with speed reaching 30-40 kmph gusting to 50 kmph along and off the Gujarat coast during next 12 hours which will decrease thereafter, it said. As the sea will remain “rough to very rough,” the fishermen are advised not to venture into the waters till Wednesday, it added.last_img read more

India Brazil South Africa call for reforms at international fora including UN

first_imgUnited Nations: India along with other members of the IBSA bloc has reaffirmed its commitment to promote reforms in all international organisations, including the UN, World Trade Organisation and G20 to achieve more “inclusive, and responsive” international governance architecture. In a meeting of External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, Brazil’s Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo and South Africa’s Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Naledi Pandor held on Thursday on the sidelines of the 74th United Nations General Assembly here, they stressed that right to development and equality of opportunities are critical means to achieve such goals, the IBSA said in a joint statement. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework “Our countries continue to engage together as positive forces for change. The multilateral system needs to be reformed, so as to ensure that it works effectively for all states and peoples,” the statement said. The countries also expressed their commitment to promoting the reform of the multilateral system through cooperation and coordination in all relevant multilateral fora and international organisations including the WTO and groupings of G20, Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS), Brazil, South Africa, India and China (BASIC), and G-77, the statement said. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen At a time of significant and pressing global challenges, India, Brazil and South Africa acknowledge “our common objectives and shared responsibility to help build a peaceful, secure and prosperous world,” it said. MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar in a tweet, said, “promoting reform of the multilateral system. India, Brazil & South Africa together call for a more inclusive, responsive and participatory international governance architecture. The three countries also reaffirmed their commitment to enhance the voice and representation of emerging and developing economies, especially those in Africa, in the decision-making bodies of multilateral institutions. “As large democracies and vibrant nations, we believe that people should be placed at the centre of inclusive international governance. We are committed to reforming the multilateral system in order to meet the needs and expectations of our peoples, as well as to respond to increasing global challenges,” the statement said. They also expressed concern at the “slow pace” of inter-governmental negotiations on UN Security Council (UNSC) reform and reaffirmed their commitment to working together for the expansion of membership in both the permanent and non-permanent categories for achieving a more representative, inclusive and equitable UN Security Council. “The comprehensive reform of the United Nations (UN) system, including that of the UN Security Council, remains a crucial international undertaking,” it said. “With the onset of the 75th anniversary of the UN in 2020, we urge redoubling of efforts to achieve progress on this issue, with a view to an early comprehensive reform of the Security Council,” the statement said. They also stressed on the need for reform of the international economic governance architecture, including WTO and the international financial institutions. “IBSA countries have contributed meaningfully in making the international economic governance architecture more representative and democratic, and will continue to work together to advance an agenda that promotes sustainable development and inclusive growth,” the statement said. The process of WTO reform must keep development at its core, promote inclusiveness and non-discrimination, build trust and address the inequalities and asymmetries in existing agreements, it said. It should take into account the diversity of interests and concerns of the whole membership, including developing members, in particular least-developed countries (LDCs). IBSA countries recognise the central role played by the WTO in promoting the interests of developing countries on issues such as agriculture, it said. The IBSA nations noted that strengthening the global financial safety net, with a strong, quota-based, and adequately resourced International Monetary Fund (IMF) at its centre, is essential. “We must work towards concluding the 15th General Review of Quotas, including a new quota formula at the annual meetings of 2019,” it said. The three countries reiterated their commitment to working together on strengthening cooperation to prosecute persons sought for corruption and other economic crimes, including through international organisations and institutions such as the G20, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and others. “We underscore the need for continuing consultations and exchange of views between the IBSA countries in order to build partnerships in multilateral fora,” the statement said. They also took note of the progress made by the IBSA Fund for the Alleviation of Poverty and Hunger, which provides financial support for South-owned, South-led, demand-driven and transformational projects across the developing world, with a focus on Least Developed Countries. “We welcome the developmental impact created by the Fund on the ground,” the statement said.last_img read more

New Delhi With his fearless approach Sumit Nagal

first_imgNew Delhi: With his fearless approach, Sumit Nagal impressed iconic Roger Federer at the US Open and then took it forward by making two finals on the Challenger circuit, but the youngster is flabbergasted that people are just “walking away” when he needs support. The 22-year-old won the Buenos Aires Challenger on Sunday night and jumped to a career-best rank of 135. The 26-place jump has consolidated his status as India’s number two singles player behind Prajnesh Gunneswaran (84). Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju However, the paucity of funds meant that neither he had his coach by his side nor the physio, who could help him recover from the gruelling matches on red dirt in the Argentinian city. “I was all alone here. No one was with me to help out. One way, it has been great that I have been playing good tennis but it’s not easy to do it and I’m really sad,” Nagal told PTI from Buones Aires. “The path is lonely despite doing well at the US Open. I qualified at 22 and led a set against Roger Federer but it still has not made impact anywhere. It’s really sad nobody is coming up to invest into tennis,” he added. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters Nagal figured in the government’s Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS), receiving financial support for some time but was later dropped. The scheme offers a monthly financial aid of Rs 50,000 to athletes who are medal prospects at the Olympics. As of now, only doubles specialists Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan is getting support through TOPS and none of the country’s singles tennis players are a beneficiary. Multiple Grand Slam title winner Mahesh Bhupathi, who mentored Nagal after hand-picking him from a tennis clinic, said if a player of the caliber of Nagal can’t get enough support, then it’s failure of the system. “Sumit is obviously a special talent and it shows with what he has done in the last six months. When you see talent like him who are not nutured and supported keeping in mind the coming Olympics or the next one, I consider it a colossal failure of the system,” Bhupathi fumed. “Then no one has the right to ask later why India doesn’t produce champions,” Bhupathi, who won eight Grand Slam trophies, added. Nagal gets support from Virat Kohli Foundation but it does not cover all expenses that a tennis player needs. “They are providing a good amount but as you can see in tennis you need a team like all the top 100 players have , coach, fitness , physio etc which adds up,” said Bhupathi. The estimated required annual budget for Nagal is around 220,000 euros (Rs 1.5 crore). The Jhajjar-born Nagal said he is surprised that despite zooming up close to top-100, support has not swelled enough. “I still have the exact budget which I had in 2018 when I was ranked 350. It’s that when I needed the most which is right now, I see people turning around and walking away. Bhupathi is well-connected and has been trying hard to get sponsors on board. But with corporate support not coming, he had decided to knock the doors of those who know something about creating champions. “Well only an athlete can understand talent in my opinion. So now I am trying to route it through Gopi (Gopichand) and Malav and hopefully they can advise the best way forward,” he said. Nagal said people only make promises but when the time comes, they look the other side. “I am still stuck. I have to find a way to get my coach on tour to help me. Most of the tournaments I did in summer was by myself. It’s funny how they say if you need any help let us know and when you actually ask them or write an email they don’t even bother replying to you,” he said.last_img read more

Under Irani WCD ministry tackles violence against women on priority

first_imgNew Delhi: In the four months since taking over as Women and Child Development Minister, Smriti Irani has given a major push to the setting up of One Stop Centres (OSC) for tackling the problem of violence against women. Since she took over the ministry at the end of May this year, Irani has ensured setting up of 85 new OSCs in the country, at the rate of more than 21 new such centres every month. In the earlier tenure of the Narendra Modi government, the number of such OSCs set up were 471, at a rate of around 10 a month. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadBesides setting up more centres, the ministry has also updated the Standard Operating Procedures for addressing the problems of violence-affected women at OSCs. Irani has also also got developed a special IT platform, Sakhi Dashboard, for effective, efficient and standardised management of grievances at OSCs and the 181 Women Help Lines, “which form two important components of the Sakhi Vertical visualised by her as a functional composite of the OSC, WHL and MPV (Mahila Police Volunteer) Schemes”. Also Read – Firms staying closed 10 days a month due to recession, govt doing nothing: Priyanka Gandhi”The Sakhi Dashboard also provides for online MIS of establishment matters pertaining to these three components in the time to come.” Of the new OSCs, the most were set up in Telangana, with 16, followed by Haryana, with 10, Nagaland and Punjab got nine each, while seven were set up in Gujarat, and six each were set up in Arunachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand and Odisha. Five OSCs were set up in Rajasthan, three in Tripura and two in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The ministry’s target is to set up one OSC in each district across the nation. “Under PM Modi’s leadership setting up of 85 one stop centres in the first 100 days of the new government is a reflection of the government of India’s commitment towards ensuring women’s safety. The speed at which states have come forward to help bring these 85 centres to light is a clear example of the ethos of Cooperative Federalism espoused by the Prime Minister,” Irani said. The One Stop Centres provide integrated support and assistance under one roof to women affected by violence, both in private and public spaces. They suppors all women, including girls below 18 years of age, affected by violence.last_img read more

Power discoms penalised for defaulting on renewable energy obligations

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi’s power regulator DERC has imposed penalties to the tune of Rs 1.71 crore on discom TPDDL and Rs 2.88 crore each on BYPL and BRPL for defaulting on renewable energy purchase obligations (RPO) for three financial years. The Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) in its order last month found default on the part of the three power discoms in meeting their RPO.A spokesperson of Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd (TPDDL) said the order by DERC was under examination and an appropriate course of action will be decided. “Sufficient renewal power or REC (renewable energy certificate) is not available at reasonable rates at power exchanges, to meet RPO compliance. “If discoms meet RPO obligation in uneconomical way it will have serious negative financial implications and will in fact burden consumer with additional tariff,” he added. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarBSES discoms have signed long term agreements for around 1700 MW green power at very competitive rate, which will raise share of renewable energy in BSES portfolio to 27 percent by 2021-22, said a company spokesperson. “BSES will achieve 100 percent RPO requirement from 2021-22 onwards and surplus energy from renewable energy will help BSES to offset accumulated RPO shortfall of the previous years,” he said. The order was passed on petitions filed by Green Energy Association and Indian Wind Power Association with DERC against TPDDL, BSES Yamuna Power Ltd (BYPL) and BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd (BRPL). The petitioners sought action against the discoms under the DERC (Renewable Purchase Obligation and Renewable Energy Certificate Framework Implementation) Regulations, 2012, for alleged failure to meet the RPO. Also Read – Union min Hardeep Singh Puri, Delhi L-G lay foundation stones for various projects in DwarkaGreen Energy Association sought action against discoms for non-compliance of solar RPO in 2012-13 and 2013-14. The other petitioner- Indian Wind Power Association- claimed non-compliance of RPO for financial years 2012-13 to 2014-15. The Commission in its order observed “there is no doubt that discoms have failed to meet their RPO.” The order said, “Keeping in view all factors and various directions of the Appellate Tribunal for Electricity (APTEL), it is established that failure of discoms to meet the RPO make them liable to pay penalty.” A penalty of Rs one lakh for each year of default and an additional Rs 5000 per day fine for continuing default till discoms met the RPO for given year, was imposed by the Commission. As per an affidavit filed by TPDDL, the RPO for 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15 were complied with on February 22, 2017, October 25, 2017 and November 29, 2017, respectively. The penalty in case of TPDDL is Rs 66,60,000 (2012-13), Rs 60,20,000 (2013-14), and Rs 45,10,000 (2014-15).last_img read more

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