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269 FIRs/DD entries lodged

first_imgNEW DELHI: As many as 269 FIRs/DD entries have been lodged by the poll authorities under violation of model code of conduct till Friday.Out of 269, 32 is against AAP (18 FIRs and 14 DD entries), 40 against BJP (19 FIRs and 21 DD entries), 23 against Congress (six FIRs and 17 DD entries), three against BSP (two FIRs and one DD entry) and one against SP (1 DD entry), five against CPI (M) (two FIRs and three DD entries) and 165 (161 FIRs and four DD entries) are against under the head of others/non-political. Similarly, till date, a total of 3,53,633 hoardings/banners/posters have been removed in all over Delhi out of which 30,533 are removed from New Delhi Municipal Council, 43,075 from East Delhi Municipal Corporation, 2,411 from Delhi Cantonment Board, 1,58,448 from South Delhi Municipal Corporation, and 1,19,166 from North Delhi Municipal Corporation respectively.last_img read more

India-US shared vision opens way for future opportunities: US Navy

first_imgWashington/New Delhi: US Navy chief Admiral John Richardson has said that his recent visit to India was a “critical opportunity” to strengthen ties between the two navies and sharing views on a multilateral approach in maintaining maritime domain awareness in the strategic Indo-Pacific region. Richardson, who was on a three-day visit to India, met his Indian counterpart Admiral Sunil Lanba and other senior officers and discussed joint exercises between the two navies amid rising Chinese influence in the Indo-Pacific region. “This visit provided a critical opportunity to strengthen the partnership between the Indian Navy and the US Navy,” a US Navy press release quoted him as saying after his visit ended on Tuesday. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh”The two heads of navy also discussed the strategic importance of growing the two navies’ partnership and the need to focus on information sharing and exchange. They also discussed their shared view on a multilateral approach in maintaining maritime domain awareness in the Indo-Pacific region,”the release said. “Our mutual commitment and shared vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific enables even more opportunities for the future. We took the opportunity during the visit to discuss specific steps that will set the stage for further cooperation between our two navies,” he said. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadChina has been trying to spread its influence in the resource-rich Indo-Pacific region. To counter Beijing, the US has been pushing for a broader role by India in the strategically important region. India, the US and several other world powers have been talking about the need to ensure a free, open and thriving Indo-Pacific in the backdrop of China’s rising military maneuvering in the region, which is a large swathe of land and sea stretching all the way from the west coast of the US to the shores of east Africa.last_img read more

US moves ahead with oil leases near sacred park

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — U.S. land managers will move forward in March with the sale of oil and gas leases that include land near Chaco Culture National Historical Park and other sites sacred to Native American tribes.The sale comes as Democratic members of Congress, tribal leaders and environmentalists have criticized the federal Bureau of Land Management for pushing ahead with drilling permit reviews and preparations for energy leases despite the recent government shutdown.U.S. Sen. Tom Udall tells The Associated Press that he’s concerned about the latest attempt to lease potentially culturally significant land in New Mexico without a more comprehensive plan in place.Officials have previously declined oil and gas leases on land within 10 miles (16 kilometres) of Chaco. Last year, then-Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke halted a lease over cultural concerns after hundreds of people protested.Susan Montoya Bryan, The Associated Press read more

TSX tumbles amid Spain bailout worries

The Toronto stock market was sharply lower amid concerns that Spain will need a full-scale sovereign bailout while traders took in two major acquisitions in the Canadian energy sector.China National Offshore Oil Company is picking up Calgary-based oil and gas producer Nexen for US$15.1 billion in cash. And Talisman Energy is selling its 49 per cent interest in U.K. North Sea assets to Chinese firm Sinopec for $1.5 billion.The S&P/TSX composite index tumbled 172.13 points to 11,450.78 as the yield on Spain’s benchmark 10-year bond surged to 7.56 per cent.If Spain’s borrowing rates continue to rise then Spain may end up being locked out of international markets and be forced to seek a financial rescue.The Canadian dollar was down 69-100ths to 98.06 cents US.The Dow Jones industrials fell 218.57 points to 12,604. The Nasdaq composite index lost 65.96 points to 2,859.34 and the S&P 500 index was down 22.42 points to 1,340.24. read more

Navies discuss migrant issue

At the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, he met Ambassador for People Smuggling, Craig Chittick and they discussed a range of issues related to illegal migration and human trafficking.The Navy Commander also visited the Border Protection Command and toured the Australian Maritime Security Operation Center accompanied by Commander Border Protection, Rear Admiral David Johnston. Sri Lanka and Australia have had more discussions on countering people smuggling from Sri Lanka to Australia, the Navy said in a statement.Navy Commander Vice Admiral Jayanath Colombage met several top officials in Australia and discussed the issue. During his visit the Navy Commander met the National Security Advisor, Dr. (Mrs) Margot McCarthy and made a joint call on Chief of Defence Force, General David Hurley and Secretary of Defence, Dennis Richardson at the Australian Department of Defence.He also attended a roundtable discussion hosted by Acting Commander Joint Operations, Rear Admiral Stephen Gilmore at the Joint Operations Command Headquarters. The Navy Commander also visited the Australian Maritime Safety Authority and toured the Australian Rescue Coordination Center. “The visit reflects the commitment for continued cooperation between the two friendly Navies and improves bilateral relations to new heights. It also paves the way for enhancing assistance for training and education of Sri Lanka Navy officers,” the Navy media unit said. On an invitation extended by Commander of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), Vice Admiral Ray, the Sri Lankan Navy Commander visited Australia last week and had wide ranging discussions on joint measures taken to prevent people smuggling as well as search and rescue operations conducted to save people lured to undertake hazardous voyages in perilous seas, the Navy said today. read more

In Djibouti UNICEF Ambassador Eddie Izzard visits Yemeni children refugees fleeing war

“For decades, the children of Yemen have been living in fear and danger. They are now living through the hell of civil war and many have had to flee across the Red Sea, to Djibouti via Bab-El-Mandeb – the Gate of Tears,” explained UNICEF UK’s Ambassador, speaking from Markazi refugee camp, located just outside the northern city of Obock.Mr. Izzard heard first-hand accounts from the children who fled with nothing, braving a perilous boat journey across the Red Sea. Many shared heart-breaking tales of loved ones lost, family left behind and homes destroyed.“The harrowing stories from Yemenis, particularly those from Aden, the city of my birth, will stay with me forever. I have a responsibility to highlight this crisis to the world, and I hope I can persuade the United Kingdom public to help the 10 million Yemeni children that are in danger right now,” said Mr. Izzard.More than 20,000 people, including some 10,000 Yemenis, have made it to Djibouti since the conflict in their country escalated in March. Thousands of them have registered as refugees and many are living in the Markazi camp, points out a press release.UNICEF is working alongside the United Nations High Commissioner for refugees (UNHCR), the Djibouti Government and humanitarian partners to cover refugees’ basic needs in insufferable conditions – 47 degree heat, sand storms with winds of over 60 miles per hour, and an unforgiving desert. All of this set against a backdrop of explosions heard 35 kilometres away over the Gulf, in Yemen, reminding them of loved ones living through the torments of war.UNICEF continues to deliver essential aid to children in both Yemen and Djibouti and is also supporting a back-to-school campaign so that Yemeni refugee children can continue their studies and regain a sense of normalcy in their lives, which is critical to help them cope with stress and trauma.As the humanitarian situation in Yemen worsens by the day, some 21 million people, 80 percent of the entire population, require humanitarian aid – and 10 million of these are children. Food, water and fuel shortages are pushing the country towards complete collapse. Yemen, the poorest country in the Middle East, already had one of the highest rates of chronic and acute malnutrition among children under five before the crisis – and this is likely to have worsened as the country enters its fifth month of war, warns UNICEF.The Fund has established a logistical hub for Yemen in Djibouti and has been continuously sending vital supplies by boat to Yemen, such as medicines and medical supplies, nutritional products, and water, hygiene and sanitation supplies. Inside Yemen, humanitarian access remains a challenge and a humanitarian pause meant to provide a respite couldn’t take hold. UNICEF is stepping up its work in health and nutrition using mobile teams to reach children scattered across the country with nutrition screening, treatment of malnutrition and childhood diseases as well as providing vaccination services.To succeed, UNICEF urgently needs around 180 millions of dollars until the end of the year. There is currently an 86 per cent gap in funding. read more

UN opens support hubs to boost protection for families and children on

Source: UNHCR, UNCS Some 20 Child and Family Support Hubs, called ‘Blue Dots’, will provide a safe space for children and their families, as well as vital services, play, protection and counselling in a single location, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said in joint press release today. The hubs aim to support vulnerable families on the move, especially the many unaccompanied or separated children at risk of sickness, trauma, violence, exploitation and trafficking. “We are concerned about the welfare of unaccompanied boys and girls on the move and unprotected across Europe, many of whom have experienced war and hardship in making these journeys alone,” said UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner for Protection Volker Türk. “The hubs will play a key role in identifying these children and providing the protection they need in an unfamiliar environment, where they may be at risk,” he added. The first hubs are now operational or about to open in Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Greece, Serbia and Slovenia. All 20 will be operational within the next three months, the agencies said. The hubs come at a time when women and children account for two thirds of those crossing to Europe. In February, women and children made up nearly 60 per cent of sea arrivals, compared with 27 per cent in September 2015, according to the agencies. The centres will also aim to identify and protect children and adolescents travelling alone, and reunite them with family wherever possible. “The lives of children on the move have been turned upside down, they have faced turmoil and distress every step of the way. The hubs will offer a level of predictability, certainty and safety in their uncertain lives, a place where they can get the help and support that is every child’s right. And they will contribute to stronger national child protection systems,” said Marie-Pierre Poirier, UNICEF’s Special Co-ordinator for the Refugee and Migrant Crisis in Europe. The agencies underscored that identifying children in need is challenging. In some countries, young travellers pretend to be adults to avoid being delayed or detained on their journey, exposing them to the risk of exploitation. This past year, more than 90,000 unaccompanied or separated children registered and applied for asylum or were in care in Europe, mostly in Germany and Sweden. The hubs will be located in select strategic sites – border entry/exit points, registration sites and some strategic urban centres – as well as through mobile/outreach teams. The services include restoring family links – services provided by the Red Cross and Red Crescent network; family reunification; child-friendly spaces and dedicated mother and baby/toddler spaces; private rooms for counselling; psycho-social first aid; legal counselling; safe spaces for women and children to sleep; outreach social workers; and an information desk with Wi-Fi connectivity. read more

Normal schedule for Brock University Tuesday

With another blast of winter hitting Niagara this week, Brock University officials are keeping a close watch on the weather forecast for Tuesday morning.All St. Catharines and Hamilton Brock University campuses will remain open and operating on normal schedules.Environment Canada lifted its winter storm warning overnight and municipal transit operators are reporting normal operating schedules. Road conditions are snow covered in parts of Niagara, so allow extra time for the morning commute.Any updates will be announced on the main www.brocku.ca homepage. read more

UK weather Storm Caroline is named by Met Office as 80mph winds

first_img Storm Caroline is the third UK storm of the season to be named by the Met Office. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A yellow severe weather warning for #wind has been issued for Thursday: https://t.co/QwDLMfRBfs. Stay #weatheraware @metofficeuk pic.twitter.com/NFp5ldAoPP— Met Office (@metoffice) December 5, 2017 A Met Office spokesman said: “The strongest winds will reach the northwest early on Thursday, extending to the Northeast and Northern Isles in the afternoon. A Met Office statement said: “Storm Caroline is expected to bring a spell of very windy weather to northern Scotland on Thursday.”Gusts of 60-70 mph are expected quite widely, with gusts to 80 mph possible near north facing mainland coasts and across the Isles.”Road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected, with longer journey times and cancellations possible. Some short term loss of power and other services is possible.”It is likely that some coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities will be affected by spray and/or large waves.” Storm Caroline has been named by the Met Office, as winds of up to 80mph are set to hit parts of Britain.A severe weather warning for wind has been issued for northern Scotland for Thursday.Forecasters warned drivers to take care in strong gusts and said that train passengers are likely to be hit by longer journeys and cancellations.With widespread gusts of up to 70mph, the Met Office said coastal communities are expected to be affected by large waves.The yellow weather warning for wind is in force from 8am to 11.55pm on Thursday. “Winds will start to ease in the west by then with the strongest of the winds becoming confined to the Northern Isles in the evening.”Snow showers will turn increasingly frequent and heavy across northern Scotland during the evening.”last_img read more

IBEC appeals for no more taxes to try and ease austerity

first_imgTHE GROUP representing Irish employers has called on the government not to levy further taxes on the public for the next two years, insisting that ordinary workers and households have reached the limit of what they can be asked to pay.The call comes as IBEC holds its annual CEO conference in Dublin today, which will be attended by Taoiseach Enda Kenny and the President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso.IBEC chief executive Danny McCoy said Irish workers had already been taxed enough and that while previous increases were necessary in order to ease the strain on the public finances, no more could be managed.“To reduce the negative impact on growth and job creation, the remaining economic adjustment should be made by reducing expenditure and growing the economy,” he said. “This requires the government to pursue pro-enterprise, pro-business policies.“We need a tax system that rewards work, but recent budgets have seen the tax burden increase dramatically,” he said.McCoy commented that changes to the personal tax system and the introduction of a universal social charge meant Ireland now had one of the highest marginal tax rates in the developed world.“It is crucial that there is no increase in the cost of employment and that nothing is done to undermine the flexibility of the Irish labour market or the industrial relations environment,” he said.Plans for the next Budget, which could be delivered in October under new EU procedures, include €2 billion in spending cuts and €1.1 billion in tax increases.The 2015 Budget, meanwhile, is due to include €700 million in tax increases as part of a €2 billion adjustment.Read: Rehn: Budget 2014 should not be eased after promissory note savingslast_img read more

Why do apps crash twice as often on the iPhone 5S

first_imgThe iPhone 5S might be Apple’s current flagship, but it’s not exactly acting like one. It turns out the 5S actually has a bit of a problem with some owners’ apps and they’re crashing twice as often as they do on the humble iPhone 5C.That’s certainly not what you would expect from a device that’s $120 more expensive. Things should run better on the 5S, right? Of course they should. And they will, eventually — as soon as application developers have a chance to update their apps and optimize them for the new hardware inside the iPhone 5S.Developers do get to play with Apple’s impending software releases well in advance of their consumer launch. iOS 7 betas started popping up back in June, so devs had plenty of time to update their apps for the new software. Trouble is, the most recent hardware they had to test it on was the iPhone 5.That’s great news for iPhone 5C owners. They’re essentially using a refreshed version of the iPhone 5 and the trusty old A6 chip. Developers have had plenty of time to work on compatibility and stability. The iPhone 5S is a totally different story. Its 64-bit A7 chip is a new beast, as is the M7 motion co-processor. And because developers don’t get to play with the new hardware until it’s available to the public, they didn’t get a chance to see how their apps would respond to the change until the 5S went on sale.Now that it’s out there, they know. Apps crash roughly 2% of the time they’re launched on the 5S,  compared to 1% on the 5C. Those aren’t huge percentages, but we’re talking about millions of phones and dozens of installed apps. It’s not hard to imagine that there are more than a few irritated iPhone 5S owners out there scratching their heads wondering why their brand new, $700 or $800 phone keeps flipping back to the home screen.last_img read more

Le Zoo australien de Dubbo accueille la naissance dun rhinocéros blanc

first_imgLe Zoo australien de Dubbo accueille la naissance d’un rhinocéros blancLe 14 mai dernier, un bébé rhinocéros blanc de 50 kg est né dans le zoo australien de Dubbo. C’est un véritable signe d’espoir pour les responsables qui cherchent à préserver une population victime d’un intense braconnage.C’est avec joie que les responsables du Taronga Western Plains Zoo de Dubbo, dans le sud-ouest de l’Australie, ont accueilli la naissance d’un petit rhinocéros blanc (Ceratotherium simum), le 14 mai dernier. Il s’agit du neuvième rhinocéros blanc à voir le jour dans ce zoo, depuis 2003. Il appartient à l’espèce des rhinocéros blancs du Sud dont 20.000 individus vivent encore en liberté en Afrique.Le petit mâle de 50 kg n’a pas encore de nom et il s’agit du premier descendant de Mopani, sa mère, a expliqué à l’AFP Pascale Benoit, soignante au zoo.  “Il semble que la première pluie que nous ayons à Dubbo depuis des mois ait aidé à la naissance de ce bébé rhino”, a-t-elle confié.Pour Cameron Kerr, le directeur du parc, cette naissance est “un signe d’espoir” alors que la population de rhinocéros a atteint un niveau historiquement bas. En effet, le massacre de ces animaux n’a jamais été aussi intense, notamment sur le continent africain, avec 2.000 rhinocéros abattus depuis 2006.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?C’est également un signe d’espoir après que le zoo de Dubbo ait perdu quatre rhinocéros présentant des “anomalies neurologiques” d’origine inconnue. Bien que Mopani ait elle aussi été touchée par la maladie au cours de sa gestation, elle a survécu.  (Crédit Photo : Taronga Western Plains Zoo de Dubbo)Le 22 mai 2013 à 09:20 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Vancouver Police Department welcomes new K9 officer

first_imgNot all dogs can be police canines.Those were the words of Vancouver Police Department Special Operations Sgt. Mark Blaisdell spoke to a group of kids at a local dog-oriented 4-H group. The group was donating money to the police department’s K-9 unit, and the children were expecting to see two new police dogs in action on the morning of Aug. 2.Unfortunately, police and the K-9 unit were busy dealing with a standoff. The 4-Hers were instead given the opportunity to ask questions about the special officers and their four-legged partners. The major takeaway? The specialized unit undergoes rigorous and continuous training to build strong bonds between officer and animal.Back in August, the unit was in the middle of training two officers and two new canines. The police department was reluctant to give access to that training; police dogs are popular with the public, but they don’t all make the cut.With the training now finished, Officer Rocky Epperson and canine Koa have been patrolling together for about two weeks, although they’re still accompanied by a veteran officer in the unit and will be for some time.Epperson and Koa responded to numerous calls in their first week on the job. Their partnership would have been impossible without a significant amount of time to build trust, Epperson said.last_img read more

Niko Kovac already studied the next Bayern rival

first_imgThe Croatian manager believes he knows the key to guide Bayern Munich to a victory over FC Augsburg tomorrow nightThe European leagues will play midweek this week starting tomorrow.And for Bayern Munich manager Niko Kovac, the key for the German Bundesliga giants to win against FC Augsburg is already in his mind.“It’ll be a very intense game. They play man on man, sometimes across the whole pitch, and we have to make sure we find a solution to their man-marking strategy,” he told the club’s official website.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“We’re being chased – by everyone. We have to concentrate on every game, we must guard against being negligent, and we have to remain focused.”According to Kovac, he has to think “one or two steps ahead. We want to make sure we give everyone the opportunity to play and also bring on fresh legs.”The Bavarians run first place in the Bundesliga standings with a perfect four-matches-won run.The team has 12 points after scoring 11 goals and receiving two.last_img read more

2 cars collide along State Road 7 cause traffic shutdowns

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A two-car collision caused major roadway delays near Davie Boulevard, Monday morning.According to the Broward Sheriff’s Office and 7Skyforce HD, a truck and sedan collided along Davie Boulevard and Southwest 14th Street, just after 8:30 a.m.The number of people involved other than both of the drivers is unknown, and police have yet to confirm their conditions.Traffic was shutdown in both the north and southbound directions as BSO investigated. Traffic has since cleared, as of 10:30 a.m.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

After 40 years Air Station Sitka maintains original mission

first_imgEvery couple hundred hours a team of Air Station technicians conduct a complete maintenance check on the Jayhawk helicopters. (Emily Russell/KCAW)It’s been 40 years since the hangar doors opened at Air Station Sitka. Since 1977 Coast Guard helicopters have been flying all over Southeast Alaska for rescue missions and medevacs.Listen nowAir Station Sitka is just across the bridge from downtown. After you pass the airport on your left there’s a chain link gate and a little booth.Lt. Ray Jamros is a helicopter pilot, who pulls double-duty as the Air Station’s communications and external affairs officer. Up some stairs, the walls are lined with 8 by 11 inch frames.“The whole hallway out here has plaques from different cases and awards the Air Station has received,” Jamros explained.The original Air Station in Southeast was on Annette Island, 25 miles south of Ketchikan. But Sitka was more centrally located, so the Coast Guard decided to relocate the the base in 1977.Walking up to the operations center, Jamros points out the gift shop.Portraits of previous Air Station Sitka Commanding Officers line the hallway to the current CO– Chip Lewin’s office (Emily Russell/KCAW)“We sell sweatshirts, t-shirts, patches, hats– just some Air Station memorabilia,” Jamros said.The Coast Guard crew at Air Station- they’re seen as heroes in Sitka. But the operations center– it’s not what you’d expect. It looks like the inside of your average office building, but with a few more maps.One of those maps shows just how much area Air Station Sitka covers.“We cover all of Southeast Alaska,” Jamros explained. “That includes everything from the Canadian border down south of Ketchikan by Prince Rupert all the way up to Yakutat in the north.”That’s 12,000 miles of coastline“So it’s a huge area,” Jamros said.But many of the rescues happen pretty close to base. A video from a rescue back in April shows one of the most recent rescues.A 70-year-old man slipped and fell while out walking around the old WWII base. It’s less than a mile from the Air Station. The man was huddled on large, wet rocks. It was pouring rain. An Air Station crewmember in a bright orange dry suit helped the man into a wire basket and is then hoisted up safely into the helicopter.That same day another Jayhawk was deployed on a rescue mission. This time it flew about 10 miles north of town, where a boat was taking on water.Multiple missions are not unheard of here, which is why Air Station Sitka houses three Jayhawk helicopters.Two of them are usually on standby, ready to fly at any moment, and one is here, in the hangar. Like your car, Lt. Ray Jamros said, the helicopters need regular tune ups.“You can see right now that the tail is totally off the helicopter,” Jamros explained. “Sometimes all the blades are off– it’ll look like there’s nothing on it. They tear everything apart, inspect all the parts and pieces and then put it back together.”Michael Van Berkom is an avionics electrician. Every couple hundred hours he and a team of Air Station technicians strip the Jayhawks to the bone. (Emily Russell/KCAW)And doing some of that meticulous work is Michael Van Berkom.Van Berkom is an avionics electrician. Every couple hundred hours he and a team of Air Station technicians strip the Jayhawks to the bone.“Everything from the most advanced automatic flight control system… to simple things like light bulbs and switches– we test it all to make sure it’s good to go,” Van Berkom said.The helicopters average 100 missions a year, and the pilots here are always prepared to go out.“[The] Air Station’s basic mission is readiness for search and rescue,” Chip Lewin, Air Station Sitka’s Commanding Officer, said.“We will always be saving lives,” Lewin said. “We will always be defending our homeland. We will always be protecting the environment and protecting our maritime trade regardless of what’s going on in the rest of the world.”Like a lot of the other officers here, Lewin joined the Coast Guard to save lives. And he’s come to the right place. In its 40 years of operating, Air Station Sitka has saved over 2,000 of them.last_img read more

AL rejects Khaledas demand for polls under partyneutral govt

first_imgAL general secretary Obaidul Quader speaks to newsmen at AL party president’s Dhanmondi office on Sunday. Photo: Prothom AloThe ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) has rejected outright Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia’s call for holding the next general elections under a non-partisan neutral government.“The polls will be held under the election commission, not under a partisan government. Like other democratic countries, the incumbent government will only assist the commission to hold the elections in a free, fair and credible manner,” said AL general secretary Obaidul Quader on Sunday.Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, came up with the remarks while replying to a volley of questions from newsmen about Khaleda’s call, at AL president Sheikh Hasina’s Dhanmondi political office in the capital in the evening, immediately after Khaleda had made the call.Addressing a huge public gathering at the capital’s Suhrawardy Udyan, BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia said no fair election will be held under prime minister and AL president Sheikh Hasina.About Khaleda’s demand for army deployment with magistracy power in general elections, the AL general secretary said, “It totally depends on the election commission — whether or not to deploy the army with magistracy power in the next polls.”“I think BNP wants an engineered election like that of 2001, but the nation doesn’t want to see such elections in the country anymore,” he said.last_img read more

Jahangir Alam sworn in as GCC mayor

first_imgGCC mayor Jahangir Alam. Photo: UNBNewly elected mayor of Gazipur City Corporation (GCC) Jahangir Alam took oath of office on Thursday, reports UNB.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina administered the oath at a ceremony held at Shapla Hall of her office.Later, 70 newly elected councilors of general wards and female councilors of the reserved seats of Gazipur city corporation were also sworn in at the same venue.Local government, rural development and cooperatives minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain administered the oath to the councilors. Local government division senior secretary Zafar Ahmed Khan conducted the oath-taking ceremony.Awami League general secretary and road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader was present.Awami League candidate Jahangir Alam was elected mayor in the GCC election held on 26 June.last_img read more

No 12 Louisville Hosts Northern Kentucky for Bark at the Park Night

first_img 5. Vanderbilt 561 Tuesday, April 9 | 6:00 p.m. ET | Live Stats TV: ACC Network Extra | Radio: 93.9 The Ville LOU: Jr. RHP Luke Smith (3-0, 3.86 ERA) NKU: Fr. RHP Proctor Mercer (1-2, 6.56 ERA) DETMERS EARNS BACK-TO-BACK ACC PITCHER OF THE WEEK HONORSSophomore lefthander Reid Detmers was named the ACC Pitcher of the Week in consecutive weeks after dominant starts against Brown and James Madison. LOUISVILLE’S CONTINUED FLIRTATIONS WITH NO-HITTERSThe Cardinals have taken a no-hitter into the eighth inning on three separate occasions this season. Reid Detmers tossed seven no-hit innings against Brown on February 22 before the Bears spoiled things against the UofL bullpen with two outs in the ninth. Detmers followed it up with seven hitless innings the next week versus James Madison, only to see the bid end in the eighth. Louisville pitching currently leads the ACC and ranks top 15 in the country in ERA (3.03), WHIP (1.10), shutouts (4), strikeouts per nine innings (10.27) and hits allowed per nine innings (6.71). Louisville’s starting pitcher has pitched five innings or more with one earned run or fewer allowed in 15 games this season. UofL has had a starting pitcher throw seven no-hit innings on three occasions this season, with Reid Detmers doing it against Brown and James Madison, and Bobby Miller against Wake Forest. The Cardinals have been active offensively in the first inning this season, plating at least one run in the opening inning of 18 games. Louisville has scored 31 first inning runs overall and is 15-3 when scoring in the first. Louisville pitchers set a Jim Patterson Stadium record with 18 strikeouts against Georgia Tech on March 22. The Cardinals have struck out 10 or more in 16 games this season, with a 14-2 record when doing so. Logan Wyatt is second in the country with 39 walks through 32 games and is currently on pace for 68 this season. The UofL single season record in 69 by Kevin Malone in 1980. Wyatt is two walks away from reaching UofL’s top-10 career list. Louisville swiped a season-high nine bases on March 6 against Morehead State. It was the most since the Cardinals finished with 10 stolen bases against Eastern Kentucky on Feb. 20, 2013. UofL is currently second in the ACC with 63 stolen bases on the year. Louisville has finished in the top five in the country in stolen bases in four of the last six seasons. In the victory over Morehead State on March 6, the Cardinals set a program record with eight different players recording a stolen base. The Cardinals are 20-0 this season when leading after eight innings. From 2012-17, Louisville accumulated a six-year record of 266-3 when entering the ninth with a lead, including a 50-0 mark in 2017. UofL has won 34 of its 45 ACC series since joining the league and is 37-7 in its series finales during that span, including an 11-4 record in rubber games. The Cardinals have won 18 of their 23 ACC series at home since debuting in the conference. Twelve different Cardinals have made their Louisville debuts this season (Albanese, Binelas, Davis, Leonard, Lohman, Masterman, Metzinger, Perkins, Poland, Schmeltz, Smith and Wright). It was the collegiate debut for 11 of the 12. Louisville has 24 games on its schedule against teams ranked inside the top 25 in at least one of the six major preseason polls (Clemson, Connecticut, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Mississippi, NC State, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest). While at Louisville, coach Dan McDonnell has guided the Cardinals to four College World Series berths, seven NCAA Super Regional appearances, 11 NCAA Regional bids, eight regular season conference championships and two conference tournament titles with 37 All-Americans. Henry Davis, who has split time behind the plate this season, launched his first collegiate home run with a towering shot in the seventh inning of Louisville’s opening win at Duke. He then added a second long ball in the finale, when he was 3-for-5 with three RBIs. Two batters after Davis hit his second homer of the weekend, Jared Poland got in on the act with a two-run blast that tied the game at four as the Cardinals rallied back for the victory. ABOUT THE LOUISVILLE CARDINALSLouisville is coming off a 2-2 week after taking a midweek contest against Kentucky, before losing two of three at Clemson over the weekend. The Cardinals took 5-1 and 6-3 losses in the first two games of the weekend series, but bounced back for a 7-4 victory in 11 innings in Sunday’s series finale. 2. LSU 574 The Cardinals began head coach Dan McDonnell’s 13th season ranked as high as fourth in the national polls. UofL is coming off a 45-19 record in 2018, its seventh straight 40-win season and the 11th in 12 seasons under McDonnell. The Cardinals advanced to the championship round of an NCAA Regional for the seventh straight season. Of his seven starts in 2019, three have ended with a career high in strikeouts. Detmers worked seven hitless innings with a then-career best 11 strikeouts against Brown on Feb. 22. His next start out against James Madison, he once again carried a no-hitter through seven innings, finishing with 14 punchouts on the night. Out of 297 teams, the Norse rank 273rd at 4.2 runs per game and 282nd with a 7.48 team ERA. Sunday against Wake Forest, Bobby Miller made his own run at history with seven hitless innings in his second start of the season. However, the Demon Deacons broke through against the relievers in the eighth. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The 12th-ranked Louisville baseball team is back at Jim Patterson Stadium on Tuesday at 6:00 p.m., ET to take on Northern Kentucky. The game can be seen on ACC Network Extra and radio coverage will be available on 93.9 The Ville. Live scoring is available at GoCards.com. 1. Louisville 578 In Sunday’s win over Clemson, McAvene and Kirian pitched the final six innings of the game, striking out eight with no runs and just three hits allowed. LOUISVILLE’S BACK END BULLPEN RESURGENCELouisville has consistently produced top of the line bullpen arms, many of which are spread across pro baseball. This season is no different, with the Cardinals a perfect 20-0 when leading after eight innings. 4. Florida State 571 Detmers has been dominant through eight starts this season, holding a 5-2 record with a 1.65 ERA. The southpaw ranks second in the country with 86 strikeouts and has walked just 10 batters in 54.2 innings. 3. North Carolina 572 FEELING AT HOME INSIDE JIM PATTERSON STADIUMSince opening the gates at Jim Patterson Stadium in 2005, the Cardinals have won more than 77 percent of their games in the ballpark posting a 389-111 record (.778 winning percentage), including an impressive 33-4 mark during the 2017 season at the corner of Third and Central. The Cardinals are 18-4 on their home field this season. Louisville set a school record for home wins with 36 in 2016 and the Cardinals have registered 30 or more wins at home in four of the last six seasons. Ranked in the top 25 in all six major preseason polls for 2019, the Cardinals have earned a preseason national ranking in 11 straight seasons (2008-2018) overall. Louisville entered the 2019 season ranked fourth in the D1Baseball rankings, eighth in the Perfect Game and USA Today polls, ninth in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and NCBWA rankings and 11th by Baseball America. Print Friendly Version Detmers tossed seven no-hit innings with 11 strikeouts against Brown. The southpaw retired the first 16 batters he faced before issuing a walk with one out in the sixth inning. Detmers then retired the next five hitters to finish off his outing. GAME DAY INFORMATION #12 Louisville vs. Northern Kentucky Location: Louisville, Ky. Venue: Jim Patterson Stadium (4,000) Twitter Updates: @LouisvilleBSB Game Notes: Louisville | Northern Kentucky Alex Binelas and Drew Campbell each hit solo home runs in the 11th inning of Sunday’s win to help lift the Cardinals. Meanwhile, Jared Poland, Adam Elliott, Michael McAvene and Michael Kirian combined for 7.1 scoreless innings of relief work to assist in the victory. He then followed it up with seven more hitless innings against James Madison before allowing the only hit of the game to lead off the eighth. Detmers finished his eight innings with a career-high 14 strikeouts.center_img Through eight starts, Detmers has a 1.65 ERA with 86 strikeouts and just 10 walks. Nick Burdi (Pittsburgh Pirates), Adam Engle (Chicago White Sox), Chad Green (New York Yankees) and Matt Koch (Arizona Diamondbacks) were each on the roster to start the 2019 season. Following victories over Boston College and Duke, Detmers set the Jim Patterson Stadium record striking out 16 Georgia Tech hitters over 7.2 innings on March 22. Last weekend, the lefty gave up just one run in 7.1 innings against Wake Forest while tallying double digit strikeouts for the fifth time on the year. FOUR FORMER CARDS ON MLB OPENING DAY ROSTERSThe Major League Baseball season opened up on Thursday and four former Louisville baseball players were on Opening Day rosters. TEAM NOTES AND TRENDS Fans with dogs must enter and exit the stadium via the gate in left field, and all dogs will be required to stay in the outfield berm seating area, with a special exception made for service dogs. ABOUT NORTHERN KENTUCKYNorthern Kentucky enters Tuesday night’s contest with an 8-22 overall record. However, the Norse are fresh off of taking two of three from Wright State, which won the Horizon League and played in a NCAA regional last season. NKU has struggled in nonconference play this season, going 2-16 against teams outside the Horizon League. Alex Binelas was the first of three to hit his first collegiate home run, doing so in the third inning against Ole Miss. The two-run shot was part of a 2-for-4 showing with four RBIs for the Oak Creek, Wis. native. It has been more than 35 years since Louisville last tossed a no-hitter, going all the way back to Dave McCormick’s gem against Cincinnati on March 26, 1983. The Cardinals have five in program history. The Cardinals have won seven in a row and 14 of the last 15 against in-state opponents (Eastern Kentucky, Kentucky, Morehead State, Northern Kentucky, Western Kentucky). Louisville has won 34 of 45 conference series since joining the league. With sweeps this season against Wake Forest and at Duke, the Cardinals have tallied nine conference road sweeps over the last four-plus seasons and 19 sweeps in ACC play altogether. CARDINALS CONTINUE TO FIND SUCCESS IN ACC PLAYSince joining the ACC before the 2015 season, Louisville has seen its success at the conference level spill over into its new league. The Cardinals won regular season titles in each of their first three seasons in the ACC and were voted the preseason favorite in 2019. SERIES HISTORYLouisville is 13-7 all-time against Northern Kentucky in a series that dates back to 1971, however 18 of those 20 meetings came between 1971-85. The two sides have met the last two seasons, with Louisville winning 6-4 at Louisville Slugger Field in 2017 and 7-2 last season at Jim Patterson Stadium. Louisville is currently third in the Atlantic Division with a 10-5 start at the midway point in conference action. LOUISVILLE IN NATIONAL POLLS EVERY WEEK SINCE START OF 2012Louisville, which surpassed its previous high national ranking of No. 2 (in 2016) with the No. 1 ranking on March 13 and March 20 during the 2017 season, has enjoyed a historic run by remaining ranked in at least one major national poll every week since the release of the 2012 preseason rankings — the longest such span in school history. PROMOTIONSTuesday is Bark at the Park Night at Jim Patterson Stadium. All fans are invited to bring their dog to the ballpark for the midweek contest and each dog in attendance will be given a doggie bandana. Waste bags will also be provided with owners asked to pick up after their pets. Michael Kirian and Michael McAvene have been key pieces at the end of games in 2019 with marked improvement from their 2018 numbers. Kirian held a 12.71 ERA in 11.1 innings as a freshman last season, while McAvene had a 4.55 ERA over his two-year career entering 2019. This season, Kirian is 2-0 with a save and has given up just one run in 16.2 innings for a 0.54 ERA. McAvene is 1-0 with three saves and three runs allowed in 14.0 innings. The duo has combined to strike out 41 batters with just six walks. LOUISVILLE FRESHMEN HAVE BIG WEEK AT THE PLATEOn a roster that returned seven of its position starters from the 2018 season, Louisville had three freshmen with memorable moments at the dish the week of March 11-17. Since the hiring of head coach Dan McDonnell prior to the 2007 season, 64 Louisville players have signed professional contracts after being selected in the Major League Baseball Draft, including a school-record nine Cardinals in 2010. Most Wins Since 2007 DETMERS NAMED PERFECT GAME MIDSEASON PITCHER OF THE YEARSophomore Reid Detmers was named the Midseason Pitcher of the Year by Perfect Game on Wednesday. LOUISVILLE LEADS COUNTRY IN WINS SINCE 2007Dan McDonnell took the reins of the Louisville baseball program in 2007. Louisville entered 2019 with the most wins of any Division I program from 2007-18 with 554. Story Linkslast_img read more

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first_imgLet’s get together to celebrate art that requires no definitions. If you have ever felt creative and drawn, sculpted or made music, you can join the  Outsider Art fair that kick starts tomorrow at The Outsiders Art Centre, Shanti Niketan. Fransisco Gareiri, a contemporary outsider artist from Metz, France will be present at the fair as the chief guest. The fair will have exhibition cum sale, a workshop for registered candidates, a seminar and film shows on outsider art.  Outsider art is referred to the works of artistes outside the mainstream or self-taught artistes.  A group of unsung artistes and all those who have talent but no degree, guru, gallery or platform can grasp this opportunity. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Outsider art has an annual home in New York at the Outsider Art Fair, where 34 galleries from all over the world participate. The fair is also hold in Britain, France and all over America. The world recognises the ‘Rock Garden’ as an example of Outsiders Art by Nek Chand. The organisers felt the need to bring to fore the creativity of other Indian outsiders whose art is from the heart and in very innovative medioms. The owner and artist of the Outsider Arts Centre, Shubhadarshini Singh realised the mystery of creativity when she was ill and between jobs herself and the journey from there to finding other self taught artists made her determined to find them closer home. She says, ‘I want everybody to discover the beauty of turmoil behind a sad, detached or disturbed person, through encouraging that person to allow his creative compulsions crawl out into art that is unique: The Outsider Art.’ Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe primary objectives behind starting the Outsider Art Movement is to promote dignity, well-being and self-determination of people suffering mental distress. Art fairs like these will not only provide them a welcome break from their monotonous schedules but also expose them to their own lurking abilities through the medium of art. Founded by Sandy Smith in 1993, the Outsider Art Fair soon became a critical and commercial success. Recognised for its maverick spirit, the fair played a vital role in building a passionate collecting community as crowds flocked annually to New York’s Puck Building, the event’s original site during its first 15 years.last_img read more

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