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Bishnoi farmers fill troughs of water for deer

first_imgIn a novel initiative, Bishnoi farmers in Sriganganagar and Hanumangarh districts of northern Rajasthan are providing drinking water to a large number of deer and blackbucks facing the intense heat this summer in the plains of the region.The farmers have dug up about 70 troughs, many of them in their own agricultural fields, over a 60 sq. km. area, and filled them with water to quench the thirst of the wild ungulates. Deer were earlier dying by drowning while trying to drink water at the two major canals here.The Indira Gandhi Canal and the Bhakra Canal irrigate the fields in the otherwise arid areas of the two districts. Blackbucks were earlier climbing up the canal banks, trying to drink the flowing water, but they drowned as the canal edges have 45-degree slopes and they could not climb back.About 30 deer lose their lives every year while trying to drink water from the canals and if they approach the water sources in villages, stray dogs pounce upon them, Anil Bishnoi, who has led the initiative, said on Tuesday. The crisis has affected a population of 10,000 deer and blackbucks amid temperatures ranging between 40 and 45 degree Centigrade.Mr. Bishnoi, 45, a farmer living in the Lakhasar village of Hanumangarh district, told The Hindu that the villagers had dug small troughs and lined them with plastic sheaths to prevent loss of water through seepage. These troughs are filled with water and replenished every 10 days.₹ 2 lakh collectedMr. Bishnoi, a recipient of the State-level Amrita Devi Environmental Award in 2009, has been working for the protection of environment and wildlife for the last 20 years. He said he had convinced the Bishnoi farmers of the region to dig water holes for deer, for which the community had collected about ₹ 2 lakh.The water is fetched from the canals or the village water supply scheme.The Bishnoi community of Rajasthan is known for its beliefs associated with nature worship and wildlife conservation.Villages falling in the Padampura and Raisinghnagar tehsils of the Sriganganagar district, and the Pilibanga and Suratgarh tehsils of Hanumangarh district, have been covered by the initiative.Jaipur based environmentalist Harsh Vardhan said it was commendable the villagers had come together to ensure that the deer do not die of thirst. “If the State government cannot support such an initiative, what else will it do,” he asked.last_img read more

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Two Israeli arms firms taken off restricted list by India – Times of India

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How Whatsapp is Giving Freedom to Housewives

first_imgA year ago, when 28-year-old Soma Chatterjee Maiti started using the mobile messaging app WhatsApp, she did not know that one day the platform would economically empower her. Living in the small town of Khorda in Bhubaneswar, Maiti is a school teacher and sells suits and sarees via her WhatsApp group during her spare time. She informed her friends about the idea and they helped her get more customers from across the country.“The group currently comprises 30 people belonging to different cities, like Delhi, Bangalore and in West Bengal, among others. Moreover, it’s been just six months since I started this business. Every now and then, my friends introduce me to new members to whom my products can be sold,” Maiti said.Creating a group is not where her job ends. Maiti has to make sure that the group remains active, for which she keeps following up, asking members if the package was delivered properly. Besides, she keeps posting pictures of her products in the group, so that sales do not slow down.“Whatever material I have, I click its pictures and post it in the group. If a person likes a product, she directly contacts me over phone and the deal is taken further,” Maiti said.WhatsApp is a social community tool and these days it is becoming an opportunity for homemakers to earn as well as stand on their feet, no longer restricted to just being “homemakers.”Like Maiti, 30-year-old Pooja Srivastava, who lives in Ghaziabad, has also created a group on WhatsApp called “Bend the Trend.” The name suggests breaking the general trend of shopping in the malls or via online portals, through a daily-use app, making the process easier.“With about four years of using WhatsApp, I thought of starting my own business this year. I was aware that this app is quite popular and has every feature I needed to kick-start my business,” Srivastava said.There are 76 members in the group who hail from various metros of India, along with some belonging to countries like Canada, Singapore and the U.S. Her group also exists on Facebook, which helps her get customers from abroad.Srivastava sells all sorts of apparel, artificial jewelry, kids wear, fashion accessories, etc., and earns around Rs 30,000 in a month.Prior to starting her business, Srivastava was an assistant professor at the Sun Institute of Management and Technology in Shahjahanpur, Uttar Pradesh.“I used to teach a few years back and even before that I was an HR professional. However, after getting married, I shifted to Ghaziabad and it was difficult to find a new job here. Thus, I decided to start my own business,” she said.According to Anoop Mishra, a Lucknow-based social media analyst, technology is becoming an enabler for homemakers these days.“One-touch mobile accessibility of social applications is playing a wider role in making ideas visible and viral. Easy accessibility of technology and cost-effectiveness are encouraging homemakers day by day,” Mishra said.With Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s schemes like “Make in India” and “Skill India” getting a push, Mishra thinks that these homemakers-turning-entrepreneurs can be recognized if they are good enough at their work. “To make their story bigger, they would have to be exceptionally different and must go beyond the limits,” he said.Yashmalika Singh, a resident of Delhi, has also been using WhatsApp. She has a paying guest house (Ashirwaad PG) for girls in Dwarka and she easily connects with those staying there through this app.“Whenever she has to inform or ask something, she would send a text in the group she has created on WhatsApp, instead of calling the person individually,” says Riya Singh, who lives at the guest house. Related Itemslast_img read more

Warriors erase double-digit deficit to beat Pelicans

first_imgCPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) blocks a shot by New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday (11) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Friday, Oct. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)NEW ORLEANS — Klay Thomspon scored 31 points, Stephen Curry added 28 and the Golden State Warriors easily erased a 15-point first-half deficit en route to a 128-120 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night.Kevin Durant added 22 points and a career-high seven blocked shots for the Warriors, who won for the first time this young season after dropping their opener to Houston. New Orleans is still looking for its first victory after two games, shooting well early in both games before fading in the second half.ADVERTISEMENT Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES UP NEXTWarriors: At Memphis on Saturday night.Pelicans: At the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night. Anthony Davis had 35 points and 17 rebounds for the Pelicans, while fellow big man DeMarcus Cousins had 35 points and 14 rebounds.The teams combined for 34 3-pointers, with the Warriors hitting 18. Thompson was 7 of 12 from deep.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAfter trailing by double digits much of the fourth quarter, the Pelicans pulled as close as five points on Cousins’ 3 with about three minutes to go. But Thompson responded immediately with a 3, and Golden State remained comfortably in control from there.New Orleans stormed in front early, thanks to eight 3-pointers in the first quarter. The period closed with a long 3 by each team. Draymond Green hit from 31 feet as the shot clock ran down, then Davis beat the horn from 30 feet, turning after the shot to face the crowd and pound the palm of his right hand into his chest. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Davis’ shot put the Pelicans up 39-26, and New Orleans led by as many as 15 when Cousins’ free throw made it 57-42 half way through the second quarter.Golden State then closed out the half with a 19-7 flourish, capped by Durant’s 3 that made it 64-61 at halftime. That turned out to be the beginning of a 26-7 run that gave the Warriors their first lead in the third quarter.TIP INSWarriors: Curry reached 3,927 assists during the game, passing Tim Hardaway for second place on the franchise’s assists list. … Durant scored two points and blocked two shots by Tony Allen during a short stretch in which he played with only one shoe after the other had fallen off right before he hit a layup. … Green finished with 10 points and was assessed a technical foul by official Karl Lane after shoving Cousins in the second quarter. … Golden State turned it over 11 times in the first half. … David West, who was New Orleans’ first-round draft choice in 2003 and spent his first eight NBA seasons with the franchise, received polite applause after scoring his first points on a mid-range jumper. He followed that up with a 3-pointer shortly after and finished with 11 points.Pelicans: G Ian Clarke had 14 points, while Jrue Holiday and Jordan Crawford each added 13 from the back court. … Coach Alvin Gentry was assessed a technical foul by official Ed Malloy in the second quarter, shortly after Green’s technical. … The Pelicans announced that C Alexis Ajinca would miss four to six weeks following successful bilateral knee injections to treat patellar tendonitis. … New Orleans shot 50 percent from 3-point range in the first half, hitting 11 of 22, but only 42.9 percent (3 of 7) on free throws.ADVERTISEMENT Ball flirts with triple-double, Lakers hold on to beat Suns Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort View commentslast_img read more

With young stars in tow, Douthit says Gilas ‘100 times better’ than before

first_imgJeff Horn starving, still overweight Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The naturalized big man visited Gilas Pilipinas’ Thursday evening practice and was left in awe with how far the program has come since it first started.READ: Standhardinger arrives from Germany, attends first Gilas practiceFEATURED 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 stars“It’s 100 times better than what it was when I started,” he said. “It’s great to see to see these many players practicing. Back in my time, we were like 10 to 12 guys. Now, there’s like 20 of them ready to play. They’re still playing with their teams as well. It’s great to see that their committed to play for the country.”Douthit rekindled his bond with the coaching staff and witnessed the new breed of national team players, most of whom will see action in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games. What ‘missteps’? Marcus Douthit vs Erfan Saeed and Yasseen Musa. PHOTO BY NUKI SABIO/PBA IMAGESIn Marcus Douthit’s eyes, the time is nearing that the Philippines would no longer resort to naturalizing players for international competitions.“We got younger guys coming up, 16-year-olds who are 7-footers. You know what I mean? Being naturalized, that’s kind of probably shying away soon, which is better for the country because now people can’t tell if they got advantage,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong View comments LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Riveracenter_img Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES The 37-year-old also expressed his glee seeing Kiefer Ravena and Ray Parks join the national team anew, with the two getting one step closer in finally making the leap to the PBA.READ: Kobe Paras future of Gilas, says Reyes “We’re getting older. Kiefer’s 23, and Ray’s 24. And as they get older, they get more experience. As they head to the PBA, they already are kind of like veterans because playing for the national team, you earn your stripe. There’s harder competition in the international game and when they go to the PBA already, they are going to make the leap,” he said.“I’m excited for them. I kind of look forward to see them play for the home crowd. They tried internationally and, obviously, home is here. I’m excited to see him in the PBA and see what he can do to become one of the top players in the league. After waiting and waiting and waiting for Ray and Kiefer to join, finally the wait is over.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekendlast_img read more

June kickoff for qualifiers to 2022 World Cup of 32 or 48 teams

first_imgPH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss FIFA’s decision making runs through its ruling council meeting next week in Miami, and again in Paris days before the June 5 congress of 211 member federations.FIFA members could favor giving themselves 16 more qualifying slots regardless of diplomatic tensions caused by an ongoing boycott of Qatar by regional rivals.Pressure on Qatar has been led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. If Qatar eventually agrees to share hosting, Kuwait and Oman are thought more acceptable options.A June kickoff for qualifying leaves up to three years to complete a program that typically runs to more than 800 games.Qualifying for the 2018 World Cup took 2 1/2 years, from a preliminary game in March 2015 between East Timor and Mongolia through a November 2017 playoff involving Peru and New Zealand.ADVERTISEMENT This gives FIFA until early June to decide on organizing a 32-team World Cup hosted by Qatar, or a 48-team event which would need to spread games around the Middle East.FIFA President Gianni Infantino has persistently pushed for an expanded World Cup, despite a limit of 28 days to play the tournament from Nov. 21-Dec. 18.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesHowever, Qatar seems unlikely to agree on giving up some of the hosting rights it won in 2010.Qatar is building just eight stadiums for a 64-game tournament while 12 is the ideal number for 48 teams playing 80 games. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PBA D-League: Letran banks on big men to thump AMA P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed LATEST STORIES View comments 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem FILE – In this Sunday, July 15, 2018 file photo, France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris holds the trophy aloft after the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia. France won the final 4-2. FIFA says its committee for organizing competitions confirms the Asian Football Confederation will kick off the global program. This gives FIFA until early-June to decide on organizing a 32-team World Cup hosted by Qatar, or a 48-team event spreading games around the Middle East. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, File)ZURICH — Qualifying games for the 2022 World Cup will begin in Asia in June, though political tensions between Qatar and its neighbors means FIFA’s push to expand the tournament is still uncertain.FIFA’s committee for organizing competitions confirmed on Monday the Asian Football Confederation will kick off the global program. Details from other continents “will follow in due course.”ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears endlast_img read more

Here’s how to NOT deal with your mid-life crisis, celebrity style

first_imgPierce Brosnan, drop-dead middle aged gorgeousness (looks like he will never cross that bracket) has set new Bond goals by his beguiling appearance in the new advertisement for a pan masala brand. The legacy will be a force to reckon with! And, Daniel Craig has a lot of catching up to do. Upgraded technology, gadgets, Bond women, and then ‘Pan Bahar’.Just when you hit the middle age bracket, you raise eyebrows with pretty much everything ‘new’ you’re experimenting with. Your risk-taking and risk-bearing becomes fodder for banter.  And the mismatch between the brand endorsement and the Bond persona has left everyone rolling on floor laughing. Indeed, a mighty fall! A mid-life crisis blunder.If you’re 30 plus and you’ve started questioning your existence, over thinking your past, calculating your retirement funds, grieving your marriage, or even selling your soul to make that extra buck (much like Brosnan, the Bond that was), you’ve almost hit the middle-age bucket. No, you’re not hanging your boots, but you could be looking at stepping in new Converse, Skechers or Vans. Almost like making a statement. If you’ve developed an affinity for living life in a fast lane, if you’ve marveled at every single ‘fast and furious’ shot, you’re in trouble!From selection of brands our celebs endorse to the choice of movies, and the personal choices they make, middle age does them all!Everyone accepts the fact that Michelle Obama’s bangs were not a good idea. Picture courtesy: Twitter/MarilisaRaccoWhen our very own version of Bond, Amitabh Bacchan(rishtey mein toh hum tumhare baap lagtey hain) and Jiah Khan lip-locked in the movie Nishabd, it left a lot of us speechless–some of us gasping for breath, some asking for more, but mostly some raised eyebrows. The movie reeked of a mid life crisis of a man lusting for a girl, also his daughters age.advertisementAlso read: This is how Barack Obama wished the First Lady on their 24th wedding anniversaryOn moralistic grounds, he could have been written-off from Bollywood much like his break up with the audience after Khuda Gawah. But, let’s just say he made a number of members of his middle-aged tribe aspirational, seeking constant adventure, playing Sugar daddies.So, here’s how you should not be dealing with the crisis, celebrity style.1. Kardarshain clan, and midlife trouble overload: A sheer dress just about covering her modesty in the dress she wore to the recent Balmain’s Paris Fashion Week, Kim Kardarshian is on a roll, lapping her way up to the number one position on why the lesser mortals should not be treading her path. First, unless your pockets are as deep as Mr Kanye West’s, where’s the money, honey? You don’t want to be bankrupt, or do you? Second, a few implants/surgeries gone wrong here and there won’t hurt her. Her booty is insured unlike yours. These are just risks you can’t take.Demi Moore married Ashton Kutcher, a man 20 years her junior. Picture courtesy: Instagram/demi.moore2.  Don’t go the Demi Moore way: Ladies, firstly a high alert on dating a man 20 years younger. More than getting back at your failed relationships, you’re planning a bigger heartbreak for yourself. No rebound at that age, please.3. Michelle Obama’s bangs is not one-size fits-all sort of strategy: She is the First Lady of the US of America. So, she says she cannot bungee jump or buy a latest car to deal with her midlife crisis, and hence the new hair-do. Now you don’t fall for it. You could end up looking like a Courteney Cox sporting her bangs in her movie Scream 3. More terrifying than the Holocaust.4. Teasing social media with nude photos, the Josh Brolin way: Not as outrageous as those that Orlando Bloom posted but nasty all the way. First, the attention you’d get could ruin your prospects in life forever. Or you’ll land up looking like a paedophile. So, choose wisely!5. Shobhaa De: While it is alright to have a temporary memory lapse, you cannot make contradictory statements to befriend the Twitterati. Did she not call Sonam Kapoor ‘super hot’ and almost forgot about having called her a “lassie who lacks oomph” sometime back. Twitter is unforgiving in that sense. It will not absolve you of your obnoxious opinions. It will make you look like in need of therapy already.So, while some of you are already feeling the pressure, go buy yourself a Baba Ramdev yoga DVD and get over the midlife hangover already!last_img read more

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4-Star Recruit Announces He’s Choosing Oklahoma Over Ohio State

first_imgOklahoma's cheerleaders leading the football team onto the field.PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: The Oklahoma Sooners run onto the field prior to the 2018 College Football Playoff Semifinal Game against the Georgia Bulldogs at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)Oklahoma topped Ohio State on the gridiron last fall. The Sooners won a key recruiting battle over the Buckeyes this morning.Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Oakland four-star cornerback Woodi Washington announced his commitment to Oklahoma moments ago. He chose the Sooners over Ohio State.Washington is the No. 4 player in Tennessee and the 20th-rated cornerback in the 2019 class, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.He is the 182nd-rated player in the nation.Here’s Washington’s announcement, via Twitter.100% Committed to The University of Oklahoma pic.twitter.com/ZhKmztUb7v— Woodi Washington‼️? (@WashingtonWoodi) July 6, 2018Washington is the 15th overall pledge for Oklahoma in the 2019 cycle. You can see Oklahoma’s current recruiting class here.Oklahoma has the No. 1 recruiting class in the Big 12, and the Sooners are also ranked fourth nationally.You can see the 247Sports’ Composite Team Recruiting Rankings here.last_img read more

Indian cricket will continue to prosper under your leadership: Laxman congratulates Ganguly

first_imgIndian cricket will continue to prosper under your leadership: Laxman congratulates GangulyWishes poured in on social media for Sourav Ganguly, who is all set to be elected as the new president of the BCCI. VVS Laxman was one of the first to congratulate his former captain on social media on Tuesday.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk New DelhiOctober 15, 2019UPDATED: October 15, 2019 12:56 IST VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly were both part of the three-member Cricket Advisory Committee (Getty Images)HIGHLIGHTSVVS Laxman was one of the first to wish Sourav Ganguly, who is set to become the new BCCI chiefGanguly also responded to Laxman saying: “Thank you VVS…Your contributions will be very important”Ganguly is the lone candidate who applied for the BCCI top job and is set to be elected unopposed later this monthFormer India cricketer VVS Laxman on Tuesday congratulated Sourav Ganguly after the ex-India captain filed his nomination for the BCCI president’s post and is all set to be elected unopposed.Ganguly was the lone candidate applying for the top job on Monday and will take over the post for a period of 10 months before his mandatory cooling off period begins in September next year.”Congrats @SGanguly99 on becoming the President of @BCCI I have got no doubt that under your leadership Indian Cricket will continue to prosper. Wishing you lots of success in your new role Dada,” Laxman tweeted along with a picture with Ganguly.Congrats @SGanguly99 on becoming the President of @BCCI I have got no doubt that under your leadership Indian Cricket will continue to prosper.Wishing you lots of success in your new role Dada. pic.twitter.com/xU82q5JIzuVVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) October 15, 2019Ganguly also responded to Laxman saying: “Thank you VVS…Your contributions will be very important.”Laxman and Ganguly were both part of the three-member Cricket Advisory Committee, along with Sachin Tendulkar, which had selected Anil Kumble as the head coach of Virat Kohli’s team in 2016. The CAC had then brought Ravi Shastri on board after Kumble resigned from the post in 2017.Thank u Vvs ..your contributions will be very importantSourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) October 15, 2019Ganguly spoke to India Today later in the evening on Monday after submitting his papers for the post and vowed to get things back in order in the BCCI, which had been struggling to function under the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators for the last three years.advertisement”Because the organization belongs to the members and they had no say in the last three years. There were reforms. There were court cases, tussles going on and to be honest there was no connection.”Nobody knew when things would get solved and how things would go forward. From that point of view, I have never seen anything like this. We will get the system back in order,” Ganguly said.The 47-year-old also talked about the top issues that he will look to resolve when he takes charge later this month.”Conflict of interest definitely needs to be looked at if you want good players, players who have played for a long period of time with experience. If they come to administration and do not get an opportunity to do anything else, I don’t think you will get many.”Also, first-class cricket needs to be looked at very sincerely. I am a big supporter of how first-class cricketers need to be looked after and that will be at top of my agenda,” Ganguly said.Also Read | BCCI needs to be respected by the ICC: Sourav Ganguly to India TodayAlso Read | Hopefull we can work well: BCCI president candidate Ganguly poses with new teamAlso Read | We really need to look at Conflict of Interest: Sourav GangulyFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow VVS LaxmanFollow Sourav GangulyFollow BCCI president Sourav Gangulylast_img read more

Heyerdahl Award 2014 Goes to Rolls-Royce

first_imgzoom Rolls-Royce has been awarded the maritime Heyerdahl Award 2014. The award was presented by His Majesty King Harald at the Norwegian Shipowners’ Associations Annual Conference in Oslo 31 March.The award goes to the Environship Concept, an innovative ship design which integrates a highly efficient gas-based power and propulsion system with an innovative hull design to provide significant reductions in emissions.The expert committee, chaired by Secretary General of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) Peter Hincliffe, said in its reasoning that Rolls-Royce had taken a holistic approach to vessel design and has succeeded in combining a number of innovative solutions that increase energy efficiency and contribute to significant reductions in emissions.The committee emphasized that the measures are adaptable for a broad range of ship types and have the potential to reduce emissions from many segments of the worldwide fleet.Helge Vatnehol, Managing Director of Rolls-Royce Marine AS in Norway, received the award on behalf of Rolls-Royce: “We strongly believe that to succeed in making emissions reductions, several types of environmental technologies have to be combined. This is the basic idea behind our Environship concept and it is therefore a great pleasure and very inspiring to receive this recognition.”Helge Vatnehol used the opportunity to send a special thank you to the Norwegian ship owners: “We are fortunate to be part of a maritime cluster with ship owners that are global frontrunners when it comes to investing in new and more environmentally friendly technology. Our customers push forward on innovation every day.”The Thor Heyerdahl International Maritime Environmental Award was launched in 1999 by Thor Heyerdahl (1914 – 2002) and the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association. The prize recognizes candidates who have demonstrated exceptional technical innovation and environmental work in keeping with Thor Heyerdahl’s desire to promote the conservation of the marine environment. Emphasis is placed on measures that combine environmental benefits with improved profitability. The Norwegian Shipownwers’ Association (NSA) holds the secretariat for the award. rederi, March 31, 2014last_img read more

EHS to Become Ambulance Service Provider in West Pubnico

first_imgAmbulance users in the West Pubnico area will soon be served byEmergency Health Services (EHS). The nationally acclaimedprovincial ambulance service provider will begin managing theambulance service on June 1, opening a new base in the communityand hiring additional paramedics for the area. The announcement was made today, April 23, by Brian d’Entremont,president of the current service provider, West Pubnico Ambulanceand Funeral Services Association. “We’ve been looking after our friends and neighbours for manyyears now, but there comes a time to pass the torch,” said Mr.d’Entremont. “I’m confident that our clients will continue to bein good hands.” The manager of West Pubnico Ambulance and Funeral ServicesAssociation, Bernie d’Entremont, will take part in the transitionto EHS. All four paramedics who are working for the currentoperator have been offered jobs with Emergency Health Services. EHS plans to hire an additional three or four paramedics, andwill set up a temporary ambulance base in June until a permanentone can be established. “Mr. d’Entremont, his staff, and the association have done anexcellent job in serving the people of this community for manyyears,” said Marilyn Pike, senior director, Emergency HealthServices. “We look forward to building on that good work.” As part of the transition, residents of West Pubnico and thesurrounding communities who require an ambulance must call 9-1-1beginning June 1. The Board of West Pubnico Ambulance and Funeral Services and thesenior staff of EHS will hold an open house in May to meetresidents and answer questions about the transition. The time andlocation will be announced at a later date.last_img read more

New Centre for Infection Prevention Control to Enhance Care

first_imgA new Centre for Infection Prevention and Control will enhance co-ordination and consistent infection prevention and control practices across health service provider organizations. “Infection prevention and control programs are widely recognized as being both clinically and cost effective in preventing and controlling the spread of infections in health care settings,” said Health Minister Chris d’Entremont. The centre will be responsible for implementing a comprehensive Infection Prevention and Control Framework that was developed through consultation with interested groups, including public health and infectious disease experts. It will use the framework to develop and implement standards for use across the province. Initial funding in the amount of $217,000 has been approved for the 2008-09 fiscal year. The centre will develop best practice documents, enhance competencies and resources in the field, and provide effective networks for communication across all levels of the system. The work of infection control practitioners in Nova Scotia’s district health authorities and long-term care facilities will be enhanced and supported by the Provincial Centre for Infection Prevention and Control. The Department of Health is in the process of filling one director and two consultant positions for the centre. The positions have been posted on Career Beacon at www.careerbeacon.com/corpprof/govns/govns.html .last_img read more

SD 60 amends 201718 budget

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – School District 60 released an amended version of its 2017/18 annual budget on Monday.The School District currently has a total of 6,167 students including adult students aged 19 or older, which is an increase of 91 from the projected number.Operating revenue is forecast to be $915,914 over projections, at a total of $63,044,805 which includes operating grants, transportation funding, carbon tax savings and summer and school fees. The School District’s expenses meanwhile were below projections by $365,144. Total expenses this year are projected to be $62,168,642, which includes staff salaries, benefits, services and supplies.The District’s total budget was $75,695,933 comprised of $3,347,708 for the amortization of buildings, $8,754,583 includes the Ministry of Education, Federal SWIS, school generated funds and ITA grants, and $1,425,000 from operational expenditures.last_img read more

Anit Thapa to form advisory panel for GTA

first_imgDarjeeling: Anit Thapa, the newly appointed officiating Chairman of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA), will be setting up an advisory committee to help run the Hill body.Incidentally, with Binoy Tamang’s resignation being accepted, Thapa was appointed the officiating chairman of the GTA on April 25. Tamang put in his papers as he is contesting the Darjeeling Assembly By-polls. “After elections when my office becomes fully operational I will constitute an advisory committee comprising of experts and retired bureaucrats. This committee will help me run the GTA effectively. Once we take up a responsibility we have to fulfill it effectively,” stated Thapa. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThapa is also interacting with the Hill civil society, seeking suggestions to restore the lost glory of the Hills. “In the past, leaders have been playing with the emotions of the people. It has always been politics of emotion. We need to switch to reality and ensure the betterment of this place,” stated Thapa. In the past also Hill masses have been fooled by leaders. “The leaders always created a distance between the Hills and the state government raising anti-state slogans while the leaders on the quiet were working with the state government, reaping rich benefits,” said Thapa. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayHe stated that such hypocrisy needed to end. “One has to work in unison with the state government. There are many issues that cannot be resolved at the GTA level and needs intervention with of the government. Politics of opposing only does not yield fruit,” said Thapa. Thapa alleged that Bimal Gurung’s agitation in 2007 was just to chase Subash Ghising and the GNLF out of the Hills and seize power. “Using Gorkhaland as a front he ousted Ghising and the GNLF seized the chair. After this time and again he launched agitations which were used as tools to blackmail and bargain with the state government. The agitations always met with abrupt ends without any results. While people suffered he just bargained great deals for himself. This brand of politics has to end in the Hills,” Thapa said.last_img read more

US service companies grew at a slower pace in April

U.S. service companies grew at a slower pace in April, as business activity generally showed a levelling off.The Institute for Supply Management, an association of purchasing managers, reported Friday that its service index fell to 55.5% last month, down from 56.1% in March. Any reading above 50 signals growth.Companies surveyed for the index were mostly optimistic about overall business conditions but expressed continuing concern about finding qualified employees, the ISM said.The service sector, which is where most Americans work, has been expanding for 111 straight months, according to the ISM index.The Associated Press read more

Nissan produces millionth car for UK market

Vehicle production in the UK has been bolstered as the millionth car, destined for UK buyers, rolled off the production line at Nissan’s Sunderland plant. Coinciding with the plant’s 20th anniversary in the UK, the landmark 1.4 Micra SE has added to the list of successes celebrated by the manufacturer over the past 20 years. Over 3.6 million cars have been produced on Wearside, with a record of 332,000 Micras, Almeras and Primeras being built in 2003 alone. One in every five cars built in the UK last year was a Sunderland-built Nissan, with the new Micra now on sale in 45 global markets.Nissan is the largest UK producer and volumes will be boosted by the launch of the Micra Coupe Cabriolet, to be produced on Wearside next yearClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Sinn Fein to review Haass proposals today

first_imgSINN FEIN ARE meeting today in Dublin to consider the recommendation made following the Haass talks on parades flags and the past.The all-party negotiations, chaired by former US diplomat Richard Haass, took place over Christmas, and ceased on Christmas Eve when no agreement could be made.However, he later returned after Christmas to attempt to hammer out a deal, but the negotiations ended on New Year’s Eve without agreement.McGuinnessYesterday, the Minister of Northern Ireland, Martin McGuinness, says that he is not interested in “playing the blame game” over the breakdown of the Haass talks and said the responsibility for the breakdown in talks lay at the door of the unionist and Alliance parties.He said that it was time for the North’s parties to compromise.The Sinn Féin Ard Comhairle are meeting this afternoon in the capital to discuss the proposals. Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams will be in attendance. “Richard Haass didn’t fail, the political parties failed.” – North First Minister>Column: Failure of Haass talks highlights two serious problems in modern Northern Ireland>last_img read more