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Malaysia aims to be top gun of the 2017 SEA Games

first_imgPUTRAJAY—The Malaysian SEA Games contingent has one aim – one, one, one. The target is to win 111 gold medals and be the top gun of the 29th SEA Games, which is being hosted by the country from Aug 19 to 30.The target was announced by Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin after Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak handed the Jalur Gemilang to the SEA Games contingent and also to the Para Asean Games contingent at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC) Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony “We hope to finish second in the Para Asean Games with 103 golds. Thailand will be favourite to become overall champion,” said Khairy.In the last Asean Para Games in Singapore in 2015, Malaysia finished overall third with a medal haul of 52-58-37 in 336 events in 15 sports. Thailand was the overall champion with a haul of 95-76-79 followed by Indonesia with 81-74-63. Malaysia’s best ever performance in the Asean Para Games was also in 2001. The hosts then won 143 golds to become overall champion.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games MOST READ View comments The total number of gold medals up for grabs is 405 in 38 sports.The figure 111 is the same number of golds Malaysia won in the 2001 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur. That was the first time since the Games’ inception in 1959 that Malaysia become the overall champion.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsIn the 2001 edition, the total number of events was 391 in 32 sports.Khairy said that they came up with the figure of 111 after analyzing the performance of athletes and also the targets set by the individual sports associations.center_img Quinto saves Letran late, outwits Perpetual for 3rd straight win Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo “It is a realistic target, one which we can achieve. It is also the same number of golds we won when we hosted the Games in 2001 to become overall champions,” said Khairy.Khairy, however, did not reveal in detail which sports were expected to contribute to the gold medal tally.“I am not going to reveal it. That will put unnecessary pressure on the athletes. The other reason is that people will start analyzing and criticizing sports associations which do not meet their targets in the Games,” said Khairy.Although Khairy would not reveal the expectations from the sports associations, most of the gold medals are likely to come from athletics, aquatics, bowling, cycling, gymnastics, karate, lawn bowls, sailing, silat, waterskiing and squash.Khairy added that for the Asean Para Games, which will be held from Sept 17-23, a target of 103 gold medals has been set. There will be 16 sports in the Para Games, but with 479 events.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

1300 athletes expected to arrive at CWG Village today

first_imgInternational Athletes and officials will continue to check in at the Commonwealth Games Village here with over 1300 more expected to arrive today for the October 3-14 event.The largest contingents to arrive today will be from Malaysia and Ghana with participants from sporting disciplines like cycling, aquatics, para-sports, shooting, boxing and athletics.The Cyprus team consists of participants from boxing, table tennis, weightlifting, archery, swimming and wrestling, the Organising Committee said in a statement.Among the other major teams arriving today are those of Canada, Scotland, Barbados, Lesotho, Jamaica and Australia.Apart from these, officials and athletes from Mauritius, England, New Zealand, Sierra Leone, Bahamas, Jamaica, South Africa, Wales, Northern Ireland, Lesotho, Falkland Islands, Guernsey, Zambia, and Cayman Islands are also arriving today.The squash and athletics teams from Australia and the badminton, netball teams from Jamaica will also join their counterparts from other countries at the Village.The Chefs-de-Mission of Bangladesh, Montserrat and Dominica will arrive along with an international media contingent.last_img read more

Wrestler Sushil Kumar storms into finals at the London Olympics, assures India of at least a silver medal

first_imgSushil Kumar assured India of a sixth medal at the London Olympics and his second successive at the Games by powering into the men’s 66kg freestyle wrestling final at the ExCel Arena in London on Sunday.Sushil, bronze medallist in Beijing four years ago, edged out Kazakhstan’s Akzhurek Tanatarov 3-1 in a thrilling semi-final, his third fight of the day. He faces Japanese Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu in the gold medal play-off later on Sunday.With the win, he bettered his Beijing performance and ensured India its second medal from wrestling in London after Yogeshwar Dutt won the bronze in the 60kg freestyle event Saturday.India’s other medallists at the London Games are shooters Vijay Kumar (silver) and Gagan Narang (bronze), boxer M.C. Mary Kom (bronze) and badminton star Saina Nehwal (bronze), contributing in the country’s best medal haul at the Olympics.Tanatarov seemed the likely winner during the third and final period before Sushil fought back through grit and experience.With the Kazakh leading 3-0, Sushil came up with brilliant moves to leave Tanatarov reeling on the mat. The contest ended with the Indian winning the period 6-3 and his opponent bleeding from the right ear.Sushil had won the first period 3-0 and Kazakh levelled the fight in the second with the same scoreline.Earlier, the 2010 World Champion muscled his way into the last four beating Ikhtiyor Navruzov of Uzbekistan 3-1.The Indian could have wrapped up the fight in period 2 but Navruzov turned the tables on him with six seconds remaining.advertisementSushil got the measure of his opponent in period 3, winning it 2-0 to seal the contest.The 29-year-old started the day in a scintillating fashion, dismissing the Beijing gold medallist, Ramazan Sahin, in the opening round.last_img read more

Wimbledon 2014: Czech sixth seed Petra Kvitova beats Eugenie Bouchard to win title for the second time

first_imgPetra Kvitova of Czech Republic holds the trophy after winning the women’s singles final against Eugenie Bouchard of Canada at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Saturday, July 5, 2014. Photo by Sang Tan(AP)Czech sixth seed Petra Kvitova lifted her second women’s singles Wimbledon title after defeating Canadian 13th seed Eugenie Bouchard in straight sets in the final on Saturday.Kvitova, who also won here in 2011, completely destroyed her opponent to come out victorious 6-3, 6-0 in only 55 minutes. This was the first even Grand Slam final for Bouchard.The Canadian broke Kvitova once in the first set but the 24-year-old Czech reacted by breaking Bouchard thrice to easily bag the set in 32 minutes.It was a complete one-way-show for Kvitova in the second set as she converted three of the four breakpoints she earned to route the set and match in her favour.The former champion’s net game totally worked for her as she pocketed 11 net points to two of Bouchard. Kvitova also had 28 winners in the match, remarkably 20 more than her opponent.last_img read more

Breaking News Coverage on July 10 2014

first_imgIndia post 457 in 1st innings against England at Trent BridgeIndia Today Online  | July 10, 2014 | UPDATED 10.18 PM IST July 10, 20148.46 PMVeteran actor Zohra Sehgal passes away52148.01 PMIt was disappointing, did not provide the relief they promised to people during their election campaign: Nitish Kumar1446.49 PMGermany expels US intelligence station chief over spying allegations: Reports666.45 PMMaharashtra Home Minister RR Patil and DGP Sanjeev Dayal are leaving for Pune in the wake of today’s blast006.27 PMMadhya Pradesh Youth Congress workers stage a protest against Union Budget in Bhopal515.50 PMMaharashtra Anti Terror Squad chief Himanshu Roy leaves for Pune in the wake of today’s blast115.48 PMIt was a low intensity blast, I have sought a detailed report; we can’t rule out anything yet: Rajnath Singh on Pune blast1835.45 PMRupee falls sharply by 44 paise to end at nearly three-week low of 60.19 against US dollar105.34 PMHome Minister Rajnath Singh will preside over the Cabinet meeting in the absence of PM Narendra Modi on seniority basis105.32 PMI appeal to people of Pune not to panic and not to believe in rumours: Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan on today’s blast10245.30 PMPremium petrol to cost Rs.5 less as govt cuts central excise duty from Rs.7.5 per litre to Rs.2.35 in Budget705.21 PMMaharashtra put on high alert after blast in Pune, Mumbai Police commissioner Rakesh Maria calls urgent meeting of DCPs, ACPs205.08 PMAll sections of society have been cheated; where is the BJP’s slogan of Swadeshi now, it’s all about FDI and PPP: Lalu Yadav on Budget72285.00 PMThe Budget converts hopes and aspirations of people into trust: PMWe are going in the right direction to overcome challenges faced in last decade: PM Narendra Modi on Budget.Govt confident of bringing country out of crisis; Budget in line with govt’s vision to create skilled and digital India: PM.944advertisement4.33 PMUnion Budget reflects the seriousness with which the new govt has set about the task of addressing the challenge of revival of growth: Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa4194.27 PMWe’ll come up with a new strategy in next 3 months: Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on natural gas pricing1374.10 PMMotorcycle used in today’s Pune blast was stolen from Satara, police sources say it was a low intensity IED explosion2043.51 PMSensex ends 72 points down at 25,372.75 after initial thumbs up to Jaitley’s maiden Budget, Nifty closes 17.25 points lower at 7567.7512143.33 PMForensic experts recover nails and ball bearings from Pune blast site in which three people were injured today2053.28 PMRSS entrant Ram Madhav meets BJP president Amit Shah, takes party’s primary membership413.23 PMI don’t think inflation will come down by this Budget: Mayawati22332.41 PMBlast in two-wheeler in front of Faraskhana police station in Pune, reason not known; 2 injured212.35 PMWe did not want to burden the common man; we had to resolve a lot of issues: Arun Jaitley on Budget1482.32 PMMy objective was to revive the economy; I hope this leads to its expansion: FM Arun Jaitley on his maiden Budget1552.29 PMMeasures announced in Budget will bring back growth, says Union Finance Secretary Arvind MayaramBudget proposals will instil confidence in investors: Arvind Mayaram.Banking system will see resurgence with Budget measures: Mayaram.54232.23 PMFM Arun Jaitley’s family happy with his first BudgetI feel very happy, it’s a very good Budget: Arun Jaitley’s wife Sangeeta Jaitley (left in pic).This Budget will be very good for the nation, I am very happy with it: Jaitley’s daughter Sonali Jaitley (right).342.17 PMThere are no measures to control inflation in Budget, it’s very disappointing: AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal5122.16 PMThere are no welfare measures, they have only given relief to corporate houses: Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge on Budget68332.14 PM49% FDI in defence is a threat to national security, it is dangerous: Veteran Congressman AK Antony on Budget7172.12 PMIt is only for the rich, not for the poor or unemployed: SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Budget11222.07 PMNo sense of direction or measures to improve the situation of inflation; I’ll have to study figures in detail: Shashi Tharoor on Budget60252.01 PMBudget will improve health and wealth of the nation; it’s aimed at operational revival of economy: Venkaiah Naidu33161.58 PMUnion Home Minister Rajnath Singh calls Budget friendly for the poor, youth, farmers, women and senior citizens4591091.43 PMAll proposals already existed and were just presented in a new way; this will only benefit Adani and Ambani, not the common man: NCP’s Nawab Malik on Budget36311.40 PMVeteran BJP leader LK Advani calls Jaitley’s first Budget as ‘one of the best budgets’, says it lays a solid road map3071.36 PMSensex rises by 330.89 points to 25,775.70 after Jaitley’s maiden Budget, Nifty up by 96.80 points at 7,681.801021.28 PMIt doesn’t quicken the pulse, slows down instead: Rahul Gandhi on Union Budgetadvertisement14191.27 PMThere is nothing new, they have merely continued our schemes; there is very little in it for the social sector: Sonia Gandhi on Budget15191.16 PMLok Sabha adjourned till Friday after Jaitley’s Budget speech721.15 PMJaitley raises investment limit under Section 80C by Rs.50,000FM Arun Jaitley’s Budget speech in Lok Sabha:- I propose to give some relief to taxpayers and some sectors of the economy: FM.- I do not propose to make any changes in tax rate: FM.- Tax exemption limit for small and marginal and senior tax payers changed from Rs.2 lakh to Rs.2.5 lakh: FM.- Tax exemption limit for senior citizens changed from Rs.2.5 lakh to Rs.3 lakh: FM.- I propose to increase investment limit under Section 80C from Rs.1 lakh to Rs.1.5 lakh: FM.- Housing loan rebate on I-T to be hiked from Rs.1.5 lakh to Rs.2 lakh: FM.- Income Tax Dept is expected to function not only as an enforcement dept but also as a facilitator: FM.- The net effect of direct tax proposals is a revenue loss of Rs.22,200 crore: FM.- FM announces measures to encourage manufacture of LCD and LED panels of TVs, proposals to make CRT TVs cheaper.- FM hikes customs duty on flat steel products to 7.5%, enhances export duty on bauxite from 10% to 20%.- Solar Power equipment manufactured in India to become cheaper.- FM announces reduction in excise duty for specified food package industry from 10% to 6% and on footwear from 12% to 6%.- Specific excise duty on cigarettes raised in the range to 11 to 72 per cent.- Tax proposals on indirect tax front would yield Rs.7,525 crore, says FM Arun Jaitley.911.05 PMGovt to provide finance to 5 lakh landless farmers: FMFinance Minister Arun Jaitley resumes his Budget speech in Lok Sabha:- I propose to provide finance to 5 lakh landless farmers through NABARD: FM.- All govt departments and ministries to be integrated through e-platform by December 31: FM.- MSMEs are the backbone of the economy; to be revived through a committee that will examine and give report in 3 months: FM.- FM announces Rs.200 crore for 6 more textile clusters in Rae Bareli, Lucknow, Surat, Bhagalpur.- New airports to be developed through PPP model: FM.- Rs.4,200 crore set aside for 1620 km long Jal Marg Vikas project on Ganga, connecting Allahabad to Haldia: FM.- New and renewable energy deserves high priority; ultramodern power projects to be taken up in Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Ladakh with Rs.500 crore: FM.- The ongoing impasse in coal sector will be resolved: FM.- FM proposes to raise PPF ceiling from Rs.1 lakh to Rs.1.5 lakh.- Pending Insurance Amendment Bill to be taken up in Parliament: FM.- FM announces ‘Namami Ganga’, an integrated Ganga Development Project; allocates Rs.2037 crore to it.- FM gives Rs.100 crore for Varanasi-Gaya-Saranath Buddhist circuit; Gaya to be developed as world class tourism spot.- NRI fund to be set up for conservation of river Ganga: FM.- Rs.1,000 crore to be provided for rail connectivity in North-East region: FM.- Govt proposes to set up a sports university in Manipur: FM.- Rs.100 crore set aside for training of sportspersons for the Asiad Games: FM.advertisement16311.50 AMThe Budget aims at 7-8% GDP growth in 3-4 years: JaitleyFinance Minister Arun Jaitley’s Budget speech in Lok Sabha:- The steps I will announce are only the beginning of the journey we wish to take for macro economic stabilisation.- The Budget aims at 7-8 per cent GDP growth in 3-4 years.- There’s urgent need to generate more resources for economy, need to revive growth in manufacturing, infrastructure sectors.- This govt won’t create any law which will retrospectively lead to tax liability.- Composite FDI in defence to be raised by 49%, FDI in insurance to be raised to 49% from 26%.- As large number of people migrate to cities, unless new cities are developed the present ones would become unliveable.- We’ll examine proposal to give additional autonomy to banks and make them more responsible.- Propose to set up a committee to examine how huge money lying unused in postal schemes can be utilised.- EPFO will launch a unified account scheme for portability of provident fund accounts.- I propose to set up 4 more AIIMS in Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Vidarbha and Purvanchal; Rs.500 crore set aside for this.- Six new AIIMS started recently have become functional.- Govt will promote Metro Rail Projects on PPP model; Rs.100 crore set aside for Lucknow and Ahmedabad projects.- Rs.100 crore set aside for Community Radio Centres; 600 new and existing ones will be supported.- FM laments apathy towards girl child; announces Beti Padhao, Beti Badhao scheme; sets aside Rs.100 crore for this.- FM announces Crisis Management Centre for women in Delhi; money to be provided from Nirbhaya fund.Lok Sabha adjourned till 11.50 am as Budget speech halted for 5 minutes.Speaker allows FM Arun Jaitley to present Budget while sitting as he isn’t feeling well.561311.00 AMFM Arun Jaitley begins his maiden Budget speech in Lok Sabha5310.48 AMPoor people should benefit from Budget; if they won’t benefit, rich people won’t benefit, says industrialist Rahul Bajaj121210.37 AMUnion Cabinet clears Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s first General Budget, meeting at Parliament ends9510.24 AMCongress is ruining its own image by asking for the status of Leader of Opposition like this, says BJP’s Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi13610.20 AMUnion Cabinet meeting begins at Parliament ahead of presentation of General Budget5010.17 AMUnion Minister Jitendra Singh says Budget will meet expectations of people and everything will be fine519.32 AMSensex gains 47 points, opens at 25,51314129.10 AMFinance Minister Arun Jaitley leaves for Finance Ministry2109:00 AMFinance Minister Arun Jaitley to present maiden Union Budget amid high expectations7266.30 AMHamas rockets target Israel nuclear reactorAccording to media reports, Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile system has intercepted a rocket and two others fell in open areas as Palestinian group Hamas targeted the nuclear reactor in southern town of Dimona.4505.05 AMBrazil police denies entry to 267 foreigners in World CupSince the beginning of the FIFA World Cup June 12, Brazil’s Federal Police has denied entry to the country to 267 foreign citizens for various reasons.There are many Argentinean nationals among those denied entry — before the FIFA World Cup, the Argentine authorities sent to Brazil a list of over 2,000 so-called ‘barrabravas’, football fans with a history of violence in stadiums,1004:11 AMArgentina overcome Netherlands in penalties, to face Germany in World Cup finalArgentina overcome Netherlands in penalties, to face Germany in World Cup final Argentina set up a FIFA World Cup final clash against Germany after overcoming the Netherlands 4-2 in a penalty shootout. Both teams failed to score at the end of regular and extra time at the Arena Corinthians here Wednesday.021.55 AMIt’s dream come true for me, says Murali Vijay after scoring tonElated at scoring his maiden overseas hundred and fourth of his career, Indian opener Murali Vijay today said his fine effort on the opening day of the first Test against England here was a dream come true for him.4012.06 AMRussian economy stagnates as capital flight hits $75 billionRussia’s economy is stagnating as data showed on Wednesday that capital worth $75 billion has left the country so far this year following sanctions on Moscow over its involvement in Ukraine.1012.04 AMChina to take measures to promote judicial independenceChina will act to promote judicial independence over the next five years with measures including specialised tribunals for environment and intellectual property cases, state media reported on Wednesday.Read more at: read more

No water sports during BRICS summit in South Goa

first_imgPanaji, Oct 6 (PTI) Goa government has directed water sports activites in a stretch in Southern part of the state to be stopped during forthcoming BRICS summit as part of the security preparedness.The government has also asked fishermen to not operate along Betul mini harbour.In a notification issued here, Captain of Ports Department has directed all the water sports owners operating from Cansaulim to Cavelossim beaches (in South Goa) and in the riverine area to stop the activities from October 14 to 17 due to security aspects.Fisheries Department has also directed closure of Betul mini harbour and disallowed fishing vessels and trawlers from operating in and around Betul.The government has warned to take seriously any violation of its directives.BRICS summit will be held in Goa on October 15-16, during which heads of participating nations will stay in the coastal state.The stretch from Cansaulim to Cavelossim and Betul area are adjacent to hotels which would host the heads of participating nations and other delegates.Police have already begun rehearsals and mock drills as part of security preparedness.Apart from paramilitary forces, Delhi Police are also assisting Goa government in law and order during the high-profile event. PTI RPS NSK DIPlast_img read more

Cheteshwar Pujara thanks Viv Richards for congratulatory message: This means a lot

first_imgCheteshwar Pujara has received praises from all corner after his brilliant batting display in Australia but a message from West Indies great Vivian Richards has bowled him over. Richards took to Twitter to post a video congratulating Virat Kohli and Team India on the success down under and he specifically praised Pujara’a batting.Richards also had a word for India coach Ravi Shastri who he addressed as “my good mate” and he seemed like he enjoyed India’s historic victory over Australia.”Let me take this opportunity to congratulate Virat and your team for such a magnificent performance down under,” Richards said in a video on Twitter.”It was always gonna be tough but you guys came out smelling sweet… And to Pujara, just magnificent batsmanship. I just felt real gold stuff. Well done to everyone. Magnificent performance again.”Congratulations to the Indian team… and to my good mate Ravi. Well done again!”Remarkable performance from @imVkohli and team down under. Exceptional batting from @cheteshwar1 as well in such difficult conditions, going on to make history.And @RaviShastriOfc, keep up the great work with the team. All the best! @BCCI Richards (@ivivianrichards) January 8, 2019Pujara replied to Richards referring to him as someone he has “looked up to” and thanked him for his kind words.”Thank you so much Sir! Means a lot coming from someone I’ve looked up to!” Pujara wrote on Twitter.Thank you so much Sir! Means a lot coming from someone I’ve looked up to!advertisementcheteshwar pujara (@cheteshwar1) January 10, 2019Richards did not stop there and replied to Pujara’s thank you message, wishing him “all the success”.”Keep working hard like you always have man. Wishing you all the success!” Richards said.Keep working hard like you always have man. Wishing you all the success!Vivian Richards (@ivivianrichards) January 10, 2019Pujara absolutely took over the India-Australia Test series and the Australian team and public as he showcased the gold old Test batting in remakable manner and scored three centuries down under, with two of them coming in a victorious cause while the third would have joined the same list if the Sydney rain had not spoiled it.Such was Pujara’s tenacity that the Australian bowlers had no response to his concentration, defence and just absolute defiance. Australia coach Justin Langer even went on say that he had not seen anyone concentrate better than Pujara not even Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid.”…I have never seen a batsman watch the ball as closely as he (Pujara) does, and that includes Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid. His concentration was a challenge. And we have to keep getting better just like him, all our batsmen and bowlers,” Langer said ahead of the start of the ODI series in Sydney on Saturday.Langer said his bowlers were stretched to the limit in the Test series, especially in Melbourne and Sydney.”The guys are working very hard and they are going okay. The first innings in Melbourne and Sydney, honestly, sucked the life out of us because when you are in the field for two days, with only one spin bowler, that takes energy out of the group,” Langer added.India coach Ravi Shastri was also all praise for Pujara and said in an exclusive interview with India Today’s Boria Majumdar, “Absolutely fantastic. If you want a batsman to bat out a day in a Test match, to save the team you’d pick that guy. Once he gets in he smells leather… there is no messing around.”Shastri also lauded Pujara’s discipline and for the way he played Nathan Lyon. Pujara had struggled on the last tour of Australia four years ago but minor technical adjustments helped him fight back and play a key role in India’s victory.”He is so focussed, he has understood his game so well, what are his strengths and what are the strengths he should be capitalising on.”And he doesn’t barge from there. Nothing in the world can change his mindset there, his determination and his discipline in leaving balls, making the bowlers bowl at him.”He proved that you don’t have to be a Flash Harry to be successful. In this day and age when the bowlers are smart, with analysts studying your weaknesses, bowling attacks being more accurate… you have to earn your runs.”You saw that with Virat Kohli in England and even with those two here. Pujara took it to another level when there would be days when he would be beaten once. You can imagine what a fast bowler must be thinking.. you could imagine what Pat Cummins or Josh Hazlewood must be thinking – ‘next morning you have again bowl to this guy'”.advertisementAlso Read | India vs Australia: We had a point to prove and we did, says Cheteshwar PujaraAlso Read | This is the best I have ever batted, says Cheteshwar PujaraAlso Read | Love watching Pujara bat, there’s a lot to learn from him: Shubman Gilllast_img read more

Nick Saban Makes Ridiculous Admission While Speaking To Reporters

first_imgHead Coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide speaks to the media during the College Football Playoff National Championship Media Day.ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 6: Head Coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide speaks to the media during the College Football Playoff National Championship Media Day at Philips Arena on January 6, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)Alabama head football coach Nick Saban made a ridiculous admission while speaking to reporters on Wednesday evening.The Crimson Tide’s head football coach told reporters that he “doesn’t have internet.”What does that mean, exactly?We’re not sure.It’s possible Saban just deleted Internet Explorer from his computer and now thinks he deleted the internet. Or, maybe, it’s just something he likes to say because it makes him sound like more of a football guy.BREAKING: Coach Saban doesn’t have the internet.(?️: @RickKarle )— Saturday Down South (@SDS) November 15, 2018Whatever Nick Saban is doing internet-wise, it’s clearly working.Alabama is 10-0 and set to play The Citadel on Saturday. A showdown against Auburn comes next.last_img read more

Navios Acquisition Sells Four VLCCs

first_imgNavios Maritime Acquisition Corporation has sold four Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCC) to Navios Midstream for USD 379.4 million, which will go towards reducing the company’s bank debt and fleet replenishment, the Monaco-based tanker operator said.Navios Acquisition contributed and/or sold to Navios Midstream all of the outstanding shares of capital stock of four of its VLCC-owning subsidiaries in exchange for USD 214.9 million of cash consideration;  9,342,692 subordinated units and 1,242,692 common units; and 381,334 general partner units, representing a 2.0% general partner interest in Navios Midstream, including all of its incentive distribution rights.The estimated value of all the units was based on the initial public offering price of USD 15. In total, Navios Acquisition owns an economic interest of 57.5% in Navios Midstream.In connection with the offering, Navios Acquisition used USD 132.3 million of cash to repay bank debt.The company also used cash to buy two VLCCs, Nave Synergy and Nave Pyxis.On November 20, 2014, Navios Acquisition took delivery of the Nave Pyxis, a newbuilding 49,998 dwt MR2 product tanker, from an unaffiliated third party, for a purchase price of approximately USD 31.5 million.The Nave Synergy, a 2010-built 299,973 dwt VLCC, was bought for USD 75.5 million, and is expected to be delivered in December 2014.Angeliki Frangou, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Navios Acquisition, said: “We were pleased to launch Navios Maritime Midstream Partners L.P. as a new high growth platform in the wet sector for dividend seeking investors. Navios Acquisition transferred four VLCCs to Navios Midstream for a consideration totaling USD 379.4 million and is using the proceeds to reduce debt and replenish its fleet. Navios Midstream is a new public entity that will be a natural home for certain of our assets that are developed to the point of providing attractive long-term returns, providing Navios Acquisition with flexibility and liquidity.”Press Releaselast_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 333, Prospect Road, Hatchet Lake The intersection of MacDonald Lake Drive and Route 333 (Prospect Road) in Hatchet Lake has occasional stop-and-go traffic during work to widen and pave the road. Work will continue until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Drivers should reduce speed and expect delays. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Fitch Road, Conquerall Mills Fitch Road from Conquerall Road to Lake Road, Conquerall Mills, has alternating lane closures for gravelling and grading until Wednesday, Nov. 15. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102, Exit 2, Night Work Highway 102, southbound lanes, from Exit 2 to Bayers Road are reduced to one lane for road repairs until Monday, Oct. 30. This is for night work only. Work takes place from 7:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. CONTINUING WORK GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 316, Goshen Route 316, from the intersection of Route 276 in Goshen north to the Antigonish-Guysborough county line, has alternating lane closures for paving and patching until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Traffic signals and traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: North West Arm Drive Both southbound lanes on North West Arm Drive are closed during repairs to the bridge over the Chain of Lakes Trail beside First Chain Lake. Traffic is being detoured to the northbound bridge where there is one lane for each direction. Repairs to both bridges are expected to be completed by Thursday, Nov. 30. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Route 3, Argyle Route 3, between Exit 32 and Ye Old Argyle Road, is reduced to one lane for paving and construction until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Drivers should expect delays. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. -30- HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103, Hubbards to Ingramport Highway 103, from the Lunenburg County/Halifax Regional Municipality line, easterly for nine kilometres is reduced to one lane for repaving, shoulder work, gravelling and guardrail work until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Alternate route is on Exit 5A off Highway 103 at Ingramport, to Trunk 3 (St. Margarets Bay Road) and back to Highway 103 at Exit 6. Work takes place during daytime hours. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Hirtle Road, Lunenburg Hirtle Road from Route 325, Lunenburg, southerly for 1.6 kilometres has alternating lane closures for gravelling and grading until Wednesday, Nov. 15. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15-tonne weight restriction. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Mira Gut Bridge The Mira Gut Bridge on Mira Bay Drive is temporarily closed for inspection. There is a detour route via Brickyard Road and Hornes Road. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Garber Road, Newcombville Garber Road from Route 210 to Lapland Road, Newcombville, has alternating lane closures for gravelling and grading until Wednesday, Nov. 15. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 316 Route 316, from Coddles Harbour Bridge to Drum Head Wharf Road, is reduced to one lane for upgrades and repairs until Friday, Nov. 17. Traffic lights are in place but delays are expected. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. HANTS COUNTY: Highway 1 Highway 1 from Avon River Bridge, Windsor, to Holmes Hill Road, Hantsport, is reduced to one lane for road work until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Watermills Road, Lunenburg Watermills Road from Italy Cross Road to New Cumberland Road, Lunenburg, has alternating lane closures for gravelling and grading until Wednesday, Nov. 15. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset.last_img read more

Showers bring relief to rainstarved Kolkata

first_imgKolkata: Kolkata and parts of South Bengal on Tuesday received rainfall and thundershower during the afternoon offering temporary respite from the sultry heat.The Alipore weather office predicted sporadic thuderstorm accompanied by rain in Kolkata and other districts in South Bengal in the next 48 hours but reiterated that there would be no respite from the discomfort due to high humidity level during the day. Three people reportedly died due to lightning strikes in Howrah and South 24-Parganas. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers”The low pressure trough in the Bay of Bengal has descended and has created favourable conditions for sporadic thunderstorm activities in parts of South Bengal. The coastal districts along with Nadia and Murshidabad will witness thunderstorm activities accompanied with sporadic rainfall in the next 48 hours,” said Sanjib Bandopadhyay, deputy director of India Meteorological Department, Kolkata. He reiterated that the thundershower activities will not account for bringing down the temperature during the day. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”The temperature during the day will be around 36 degrees Celsius and humidity will be on the higher side which will add to the discomfort. It will be not as high as Monday when temperature had shot up to 37.7 degrees Celsius but there will be not much relief during the day. However, with thundershowers in the later half of the day and in the evening weather be friendly in the evening and night,”a senior official in the Alipore weather office said. There was ankle-deep water in pockets of the city after a smart shower in the afternoon but the Kolkata Municipal Corporation was prompt enough to drain water at a fast pace. Trees were uprooted at the crossings of Park Street and Camac Street, AJC Bose Road and DL Khan Road, Sarat Bose Road and Basanta Roy Road, near Puddapukur More in Beniapukur and on Strand Road between Babughat and Princep Ghat. Narayan Maity (24) was killed after being struck by lightning at Baneshwarpur Gram Panchayet area in Uluberia. He had gone for fishing in a canal when the incident took place. He was taken to Kamalpur Block health centre where he was declared brought dead. Deaths of two schoolchildren was reported from Jibantala in South 24-Parganas. They had taken leave from their school after the tiffin break. The incident occurred a kilometre away from the school. The deceased have been identified as Sujauddin Mollah and Rahman Laskar. Another student who suffured injuries is undergoing treatment at Canning Hospital.last_img read more

Morocco to Provide 100 Scholarships Annually to Jamaican Students

Kingston – Jamaican students will benefit from approximately 100 scholarships to be provided annually under a co-operation agreement between Jamaica and Morocco, said, on Saturday, Jamaican paper Jamaica Observer.Morocco and Jamaica signed last year a cooperation agreement enabling Jamaican students to follow their studies in numerous Moroccan academic institutions, recalled the paper, quoting Jamaica’s Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister, Kamina Johnson Smith.Additionally, Government of Jamaica employees will be afforded opportunities to pursue short-term vocational and professional courses in Morocco, said Johnson Smith, who noted that her ministry was collaborating with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information to determine the areas of study that will be focused on. The agreement with Morocco is “giving us the opportunity to align with national development goals (by allowing us to select) where we want the scholarships to (target),” she indicated.Johnson Smith added that Morocco will also be providing equipment and support for Jamaica’s soil analyses facilities and development of irrigation systems as well as guidance in determining the quantity, location and utilisation of the requisite agricultural equipment and systems. read more

Muslims and Jews Are Fasting Together Worldwide This Year

By Rabbi Allen S. MallerRabat – This coming year may be a very good year in the Near East because this year both Jews and Muslims worldwide are fasting together on the same day.The Muslim new year, 1440 H, began with the new moon arriving on Tuesday evening, September 11, 2018, making it the first day of the Islamic month of Muharram. The Jewish new year 5779 CE, began with the new moon arriving on Sunday evening, September 9, 2018, making it the first day of the Jewish month of Tishri. The Day of Ashura will follow on Thursday, September 20, the 10th of Muharram. Muslims intending to fast on both the 9th and 10th of Muharram fast Wednesday, the 19th, and Thursday, the 20th of September 2018. Jews fast on Yom Kippur, the 10th of Tishri, from the evening of September 18 until sunset September 19. Thus, both Jews and Muslims this year will fast on the same day, September 19. Since the Islamic calendar is totally lunar, and the Jewish calendar is lunar adjusted by solar requirements, the months of Muharram and Tishri only over-lap a few times each generation.“When the Prophet arrived in Madina in 622 CE, he found the Jews (yahûd) there fasted on (what we Muslims count as) the 10th of Muharram, and so he asked them the reason for their fasting on this day. They said: ‘This is a blessed day. On this day Allah saved the Children of Israel from their enemy (in Egypt) and so Prophet Musa fasted on this day giving thanks to Allah.’“The Prophet said (comparing his exodus from years of persecution in Makka to the Jewish exodus from oppression in Egypt): ‘We are closer to Musa than you are.’ Thus, he fasted on that day and commanded Muslims to fast on this day.” The explanation comes from a hadith, traditional story of the prophet, told by Bukhari.Some Christian missionary Islamophobes often claim that since Jews do not fast on Passover, the Jewish holy day that celebrates the exodus from Egypt, this hadith proves that Prophet Muhammad cannot be a true prophet. This claim is absurd.The Torah states very clearly that in celebrating this blessed day when God saved the Children of Israel from their enemy, the whole Jewish nation should for seven days refrain from eating any yeast-filled baked grain.The only permitted grains must be unleavened: “For seven days you must eat unleavened bread. On the first day (of Passover) you are to remove the yeast from your houses. Whoever eats anything leavened from the first day through the seventh must be cut off from (the People of) Israel” (Exodus 12:15).Since the fast of Yom Kippur is a total fast like Ramadan, Jews do not usually call this seven day anti-leavened restriction a fast, but Catholic and Orthodox Churches still refer to any religious dietary restriction such as meatless Good Friday as a fast. Medina’s Jews seem to have done so also.Just as the rules of Ramadan and Yom Kippur fasting in Islam and Judaism are very similar, the theme of Yom Kippur and Ashura are very similar. The prophet said: “For fasting the day of ‘Ashura, I hope that Allah will accept it as expiation for (sins committed in) the past year” (Muslim, 1976).The Torah tells Jews in Leviticus 23:27 that on the 10th day of the month of Tishri: “You should do no work throughout that day. For it is a Day of Atonement on which expiation is made on your behalf before the Lord your God. Indeed, any person who does not practice self-denial (fasting) throughout that day shall be cut off from his people.” In addition to the self-denial alluded to above, we are also told in Leviticus that on this day the high priest would perform sacred rites in the Holy Temple in order to achieve expiation of the people’s sins.In rabbinic literature, Yom Kippur is the culmination of the Ten Days of Repentance following Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year. To the rabbis, this period marked the beginning of a spiritual trial for the souls of all the People of Israel. The 10 days of repentance could then be seen as a time for self-examination, and Yom Kippur marked the climax when God, the true judge, would decide the fate of all of Israel as individuals and as a community, and hopefully inscribe them into the Book of Life.The rabbis follow through on the biblical theme of self-denial in their discussions of the daily pleasures from which one must abstain on Yom Kippur. Among them are (just like Muslims during Ramadan) eating, drinking, bathing, and anointing oneself, wearing leather-soled shoes (at the time the most comfortable option), and sexual relations.It has been said “Prophets are paternal brothers (sons of one father by co-wives). Their mothers [mother tongue, motherland, and religious community—Umma comes from um, mother] are different; but their religion (from the one and only God) is one.” In light of that, we should always try to harmonize scriptural statements; rather than try to make them contradictory.As the Qur’an states: “Say, ’We have believed in Allah and what has been revealed to us and what has been revealed to Abraham and Ishmael and Isaac and Jacob and their Descendants and what was given to Moses and Jesus and what was given to the [other] prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them, and we are Muslims [submitting] to Him’” (Qur’an 2:136).Rabbi Maller writes at His new book “Judaism and Islam as Synergistic Monotheisms: A Reform Rabbi’s Reflections on the Profound Connectedness of Islam and Judaism” is a collection of 31 of his articles previously published by Islamic web sites. read more

Middle East tensions must be deescalated Ban stresses to Israeli leader

Speaking by telephone with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Mr. Ban appealed to him to immediately resume the transfer of Palestinian tax and customs revenues, in line with Israel’s legal obligations, according to information provided by the Secretary-General’s spokesperson.The conversation took place a day after Robert Serry, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, told the Security Council that Israel and the Palestinians must refrain from provocations and submit concrete proposals to try to revive the stalled peace process.In his conversation with Mr. Netanyahu, Mr. Ban also expressed his deep concern about Israel’s announcement of further settlement expansions, including in East Jerusalem, which he noted undermine current peace efforts and violate international law.But the Secretary-General welcomed Israel’s approval of $5.5 million in new UN construction projects in the Gaza Strip, while calling for further measures towards lifting the closure of Gaza, in line with an earlier Security Council resolution. 22 November 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed today the need to de-escalate the current tensions in the Middle East so that direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians can resume as soon as possible. read more

UN official reports improved relations among African Great Lakes countries

Video of Security Council meeting [2hrs 49mins] Relations between the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and its neighbours are improving, while the disarmament, demobilization and resettlement of fighters from Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi have proceeded faster than expected, a senior United Nations official said today.Introducing Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s report on the progress being made on Security Council recommendations on Central Africa, Under-Secretary Tuliameni Kalomoh said, “Advances achieved in the peace processes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Burundi over the past six months have created a new momentum in favour of the convening of an international conference of the Great Lakes region.”The conference aims to hammer out policies that ensure that the region can safeguard peace, security, democracy and development.The national coordinators of the core countries have held three meetings to discuss the objectives, themes and structure of the conference, Mr. Kalomoh told the Council, and the outline of the conference has begun to take shape. The first summit is scheduled to be held in November 2004 in Tanzania.The core countries of the Great Lakes Conference are Burundi, the DRC, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.A United Nations multidisciplinary reconnaissance mission arrived in Burundi today to assess how the Transitional Government could best be supported to ensure the successful conclusion of the peace process, he said.On the question of funding for reconstruction of the war-ravaged countries, he said pledging conferences had raised $1 billion for Burundi and $3.9 billion for the DRC for the 2004-2006 period.Participants in the debate that followed hailed the reported positive developments but cautioned that the Great Lakes region remains volatile. A number of speakers warned of ongoing violence and rights abuses in the DRC as well as instability in Burundi. They backed the call for aid to the region while stressing that an international conference must produce concrete results. read more

Chidliak diamond mine could be both underground and open pit

first_imgPeregrine Diamonds Ltd has completed an internal concept study of a potential open-pit plus underground mining development at its 100% owned CH-6 kimberlite pipe at the Chidliak diamond project near Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada. The study was completed in consultation with JDS Energy & Mining Inc. The study has concluded there is the potential to substantially enhance the economics of the Chidliak project by incorporating an underground mining operation below 260 m of depth at CH-6, the current bottom of the open pit Inferred Resource defined in the August 2016 PEA (see below). As a result of this conceptual study, a drill program targeting this deeper kimberlite is planned to commence in June 2017 to expand the resource to depths up to 500 m below surface. In addition to the resource expansion drilling, geotechnical work and environmental studies in the Chidliak Project area and proposed transportation corridor will continue.JDS completed a positive PEA dated August 19, 2016 on a Phase-One open-pit only mining operation of the CH-6 and CH-7 kimberlite pipes. The economics of a development at Chidliak are robust. Highlights of that 2016 PEA base case are:NPV of C$743.7 million, at a 7.5% discount rate and a pre-tax IRR of 38.1%After-tax NPV of C$471.2 million, at a 7.5% discount rate and an after-tax IRR of 29.8%Total Life of Mine (LOM) pre-tax free cash flow of C$1.31 billionAfter-tax payback period of two years, LOM of ten yearsOperating margin of 72%LOM average production rate of 1.2 Mct/y, peaking at 1.8 Mct/yEstimated pre-production capital requirement of approximately C$434.9 million, including C$56.7 million in contingency.The PEA concluded that the project was of sufficient merit to proceed to the PFS stage. The key components of the recommended work program include:Core drilling at CH-6 to better quantify the target for further exploration (TFFE) and possibly convert that material to a Mineral ResourceBulk sampling of CH-6 to advance the resource to the Indicated levelEngineering and geotechnical programs to better quantify process requirements and refine pit designContinued environmental monitoring and development of permitting management plans.In December 2016, the company engaged JDS to complete an internal, concept-level study on the project economic uplift that could be realized by developing the CH-6 kimberlite to a depth of 500 m as a combined open-pit plus underground mining operation. The results of this study are excellent and have significantly changed the specifics for the 2017 work program. The study clearly demonstrates the benefit of focusing the 2017 program on proving the resource potential at CH-6 below 260 m, the current bottom of the Inferred Resource in the PEA. The 2017 work program at Chidliak will now focus on three main objectives:Expansion of the current Inferred Resource at CH-6 – through diamond core drilling of approximately 4,000-5,000 m to further demonstrate geological continuity, establish pipe margin pierce-points and obtain spatially representative kimberlite samples for caustic fusion diamond assay. The main objective will be to increase the depth of a categorized resource from 260 m to 500 m. Caustic fusion results will be used to model diamond grade and grade distribution of the kimberlite to 500 mRefine open pit geotechnical design parameters – as part of the 2017 drilling program, oriented HQ diameter core and other geotechnical data required to refine the open-pit parameters, particularly the pit slope angles, will be acquired. This data will enable assumptions regarding open pit design to be tested and further refinedAdvancing permitting – through continued environmental monitoring programs of the Chidliak project area and the proposed transportation corridor.The company is currently working with Mineral Services Canada to finalize parameters for the 2017 drill program that would support robust future resource estimates. All necessary preparations to initiate this program, including equipment acquisition and camp preparation, were completed in 2016 and all permits have been obtained. The company expects the microdiamond analyses to be completed in the third quarter of 2017 and anticipates an updated resource for CH-6 to be declared in the fourth quarter. If the resource at depths below 260 m is of sufficient size and diamond grade, a new PEA outlining an underground mining operation for this material, in addition to the existing open-pit operation, could be completed in the first quarter of 2018. Total cost for the 2017 work program is estimated at C$7.5 million.Peregrine Diamonds is a TSX-listed diamond exploration and development company with assets located in northern Canada and Botswana. The core asset is its’ 100%-owned, 513,000-ha Chidliak project, located 120 kilometres from Iqaluit, the capital of Nunavut where 71 kimberlites have been discovered to date with eight being potentially economic. A PEA of a Phase 1 Diamond Development (CP1D) has been completed. An Inferred Mineral Resource of 11.39 Mct in 4.64 Mt of kimberlite at an average grade of 2.45 ct/t has been defined for a portion of the CH-6 kimberlite. In addition, a TFFE of 2.34 to 3.75 Mt of kimberlite to a depth of 380 m below surface has been identified at CH-6.last_img read more

Irish Water lifts water restrictions in Skerries but only temporarily

first_img Jun 11th 2018, 8:58 AM Irish Water lifts water restrictions in Skerries – but only temporarily By Friday there was only enough spare capacity in Dublin “to fill the bottom half of Liberty Hall”. Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland – FILE IMAGE Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL 75 Comments Source: Irish Water/Twitter Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland – FILE IMAGE BarnageeraghHamilton HillTown Parks Newtown ParksSt Patricks CloseKellys BaySkerries Rockparts of DownsideGreenhillsMillviewHillside GardensMourne View and Hoar ParkWater tankers are being deployed to bolster services at these locations:At Newtown Parks near Dublin Road JunctionAt Newtown Parks near Selskar Court JunctionAt Skerries point Shopping Centre near EurosparAt Millers LaneAll customers are being asked to conserve water by minimising their use generally and refraining from:Watering gardensWashing carsUsing power hoses“Every small effort to save water will contribute to maintaining supplies and benefit your entire community by reducing the likelihood of water restrictions,” Irish Water said.“Irish Water would like to thank all of those users who have already undertaken to conserve water.To help conserve water customers are being asked to report any leaks they see on the public network and to repair any private side leaks in their homes and businesses to help restore water levels in the network.Customers can report any public leaks online at or by calling the customer care helpline on 1850 278 278.- With reporting by Sean Murray and Paul Hosford Updated Jun 11th 2018, 5:52 PM IRISH WATER SAYS it will lift water restrictions around Skerries in North Dublin, but says the outages will have to resume.Restrictions have been in place in the area since last Thursday week due to reduced water levels in the Thomastown Reservoir.Some residents in the area say they have had no water at all since late last week.A statement this evening said:“Irish Water is temporarily lifting water restrictions in Skerries and surrounding areas following previous programme of restrictions which has resulted in improved reservoir levels. However, it is likely that it will be necessary to carry out further reduced night-time restrictions on the supply from Tuesday night to avoid widespread water outages for the area.“The easing of restrictions has been made possible because the of the positive impact on the reservoir levels through the restrictions over recent days and the conservation efforts of those members of the community who did have water.“Irish Water together with Fingal County Council are urging those customers who do have full supply in Skerries and surrounding areas to continue conserving water for the foreseeable future due to increased demand and to help maintain water levels in the Thomastown Reservoir. Customers in the Loughshinny and Skerries Road, Rush areas are also being urged to conserve water.”InconvenientSpeaking on Morning Ireland today Irish Water general manager Eamon Gallen said they were trying to ensure all households had water between 6am and 10am at least but that some homes on the edge of the network may be severely affected and find themselves without supply.The greater Dublin area had only recently recovered from the effects of Storm Emma/the Beast from the East, Gallen said. At the best of times there was very little spare capacity in the system, he said – noting that on Friday there was only enough extra capacity for Dublin “to fill the bottom half of Liberty Hall”.“Hot weather in a seaside town” combined with a high level of horticulture in the area had led to a surge in demand in the Skerries area, he said.Restrictions will remain in place until normal service resumes, hopefully later in the week, Gallen said.“We know how dreadfully inconvenient this can be,” he added. Karen Power, a resident of the Barnageeragh estate, told yesterday that water outages are a regular problem on their estate.“We’re not able to do our washing,” she said. “And we’ve had to go buy disposable plates. It’s just so frustrating. When we turn on the tap – even in the morning when we’re supposed to have it – nothing happens.”Power said she’d been told that issues with water pressure meant that there were problems getting water to their estate, which is on a hill.“We can’t conserve what we don’t have,” she said.The following locations are being impacted by the restrictions: Share75 Tweet Email Customers in Skerries, Loughshinny and Skerries Road, Rush areas are asked to continue to conserve water due to increased demand and reducing water levels in the Thomastown Reservoir. For more see #IrishWater— Irish Water (@IrishWater) June 10, 2018 By Daragh Brophy Monday 11 Jun 2018, 5:52 PM 19,454 Views last_img read more

Australian invite for Greek PM

first_imgPrime Minister Kevin Rudd personally congratulated newly elected Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou and invited him to visit Australia, during a phone conversation they had on Wednesday, according to a report in news agency AAP. The two men discussed the importance of the large Greek community in Australia as well as the bilateral relations. They also agreed on the significance of a successful World Summit on climate change. The Summit, which is organised by the United Nations, will take place in Copenhagen this coming December. Both Prime Ministers agreed to remain in close contact on various issues and exchanged invitations for official visits.  Greek Australian politicians are also congratulating the newly elected Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou. Federal Labor MP, Maria Vamvakinou, is keen to highlight that she expected the election result of October 4. “PASOK’s conclusive and definitive victory is very much a result of what I had observed while in Greece in July this year. The Greeks were literally at their wits end with the inaction, the failures and the near paralysis of the Karamanlis government especially in relation to the economy,” Mrs Vamvakinou said.The Victorian Federal Labor MP from Victoria was quick to add the new government has its work cut out for it. “Many challenges lie ahead both on the domestic and international fronts. Greece needs a new paradigm and Papandreou needs all the help and courage he can muster if he is to make radical reforms, this must include tackling corruption and nepotism.” Mrs Vamvakinou was hopeful that the margin of PASOK’s victory will enable Mr Papandreou and his government to push forward with their reform agenda. However, she pointed out that the landslide victory will not be a panacea. “It’s clear by the size of the victory that the Greek citizens have great expectations, the challenge for the new Papandreou government is to begin meeting those challenges immediately… reform is already way overdue and the new PASOK government is already living on borrowed time.” Federal Labor MP, Steve Georganas highlighted the qualities of Mr Papandreou who he has met on a number of occasions. “I’ve had several personal contacts with Mr Papandreou and I can tell you that he is a very intelligent man, a man who is measured with his words and he has got a very strong reform agenda.” Mr Georganas said that he was looking forward to working with the new government as he had done in the past with the outgoing government of Mr Karamanlis. The South Australian Federal MP highlighted the fact that Mr Papandreou has spent a great deal of his childhood and adulthood living outside Greece puts him in a position to better understand and empathise with the problems and challenges faced by Greeks in the Diaspora. Mr Georganas was also pleased with the announcement of the appointment of Theodoros Pangalos as the Vice-President of the newly formed government. “I met Mr Pangalos last year when I went to Greece and I was very impressed with his breadth of knowledge and intellect but most importantly about the fact that he seemed to know a lot about Australia and when I asked he revealed to me that he was a great fan of our country had visited it many times on an informal capacity.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more