Best infrastructure will be created for promoting TT: AP CM

first_imgVisakhapatnam, Oct 20 (PTI) Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said his government will create best infrastructure in Kommadi area here to promote table tennis in a big way. Addressing the gathering after inaugurating the six-day South Zone National ranking TT tournament here, Chandrababu said a TT academy will be established in Kommadi locality in the city. Andhra Pradesh Sports Minister K Achanna Naidu said the state sports policy will be announced by this month end. He said big play grounds in Cuddapah, Eluru, Rajahmundry and Tirupathi will be converted into multi purpose sports stadiums on PPP mode. MLC and and District Table Tennis Association President MVS Sarma said 16 tables have been laid for conducting the matches . This was the third national zonal ranking tournament of the TTFI during this year. North Zone, Central Zone and West Zone events were held at Chandigarh, Indore,and Rajkot respectively. PTI COR ATK ATK BASlast_img read more

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Ehsan Mani appointed chairperson of powerful ICC committee

first_imgPakistan Cricket Board’s chairman Ehsan Mani has been appointed as the head of the ICC’s influential Finance & Commercial Affairs committee.The appointment was carried out during the International Cricket Council’s annual conference last week.The PCB announced on Tuesday that another PCB official, Salman Naseer, who is its general counsel and barrister, has been included on the ICC’s Safeguarding panel.The PCB said both appointments were made by ICC chairman Shashank Manohar.The F&CA is one of the ICC’s most important committees, assisting the organisation in discharging its responsibilities in relation to all financial and commercial matters.The other members of this committee are Indra Nooyi (independent director), Amitabh Choudhury (BCCI acting secretary), Chris Nenzani (CSA president), Imran Khawaja (ICC vice-chairman), Earl Eddings (CA chairman) and Colin Graves (ECB chairman).ICC chairman Shashank Manohar and ICC chief executive officer Manu Sawhney will also sit on the F&CA as ex-officio members.The 74-year-old Mani, a chartered accountant by profession, was appointed as the ICC’s first F&CA chairman in 1996 and served until 2002, negotiating the apex body’s first-ever broadcast rights deal then worth approximately USD 550 million.Mani, then, moved on to become ICC president until 2006 and was also instrumental in helping it seal a USD 1.1 billion media rights deal with ESPN Star Sports for the 2007-15 cycle.The veteran administrator said in a statement that he was grateful to the ICC chairman for the confidence he has reposed in him and looked forward to working with Sawhney and his team.advertisementHe has also been included in the ICC Audit Committee, which will be chaired by India’s Yuvraj Narayan.last_img read more

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9 months agoMan City’s 2 goal Gabriel Jesus: Aguero always helping me

first_imgMan City’s 2 goal Gabriel Jesus: Aguero always helping meby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City attacker Gabriel Jesus was delighted with his brace for their 3-0 win over Wolves.The Brazilian striker is now joint top scorer with Sergio Aguero on 14 goals and after bagging seven goals in his last three game – and Gabriel says his fellow striker has been an inspiration to him.“Sergio is an amazing player and helps me a lot,” he said.“When he plays, he helps the team and when I play, I want to help the team as well. He has been a great help.“I’m playing better and I’m scoring goals, which is important for any striker.“I am playing for an amazing club and I need to keep scoring and to play well.”Gabriel also revealed he is no worse for wear after his collision with the post in the first-half, adding: “I’m good – I have a little pain at the back of my head and it’s obviously dangerous when you hit your head like that, but I’m good and feel fine.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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‘He’s like Messi or Ronaldo’ – Alves defends Neymar

first_imgBrazil full-back Dani Alves came to the defence of team-mate Neymar in the wake of growing criticism and reports of a potential Paris Saint-Germain exit.Neymar missed out on the Copa America due to an injury suffered in a pre-tournament friendly against Qatar, as Brazil went on to win the competition without him.Serving as hosts of the tournament, Brazil went on to beat rivals Argentina in the semi-finals, with Alves himself turning in a masterclass performance, before taking down Peru in the tournament finale. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare The win was Brazil’s first Copa America since 2007 and comes on the heels of a disappointing World Cup performance for Neymar and the side in Russia last summer.The PSG attacker has made headlines after he missed out on the start of the team’s pre-season, prompting the club to state that “appropriate measures” will be taken to discipline the Brazilian star.Neymar’s father says the absence was previously agreed upon as the winger attended to charitable commitments of which the club had been notified.However, PSG sporting director Leonardo said that the club are open to selling the former Barcelona star at the right price, while adding that Neymar’s former club had only held “superficial” talks with regards to re-signing him.And Alves was quick to come to the defence of his Brazil team-mate amid criticism that he is not a team player for either Brazil or PSG.”If a team has Messi, it must play for [Lionel] Messi, as it is with [Cristiano] Ronaldo. And Neymar is no different, he’s on another level and, the more the team dedicates itself to him, he’ll continue to give an answer on the pitch. I don’t think these kind of players do things that are not for the sake of the team,” Alves told SporTV’s ‘Bem Amigos’.”I realised this when I played with Messi: if he’s on my side, why should I do other than trying to get the ball to him? I know how decisive he can be, he must have the ball. And Neymar is that kind of player.”But sometimes I feel there’s this sensibility over Neymar that everything he does should be put under scrutiny. I disagree with a lot of the criticism about him because some of it targets his off-pitch doings and not his football, where he’s always provided results.”As a friend, my job is ensuring Neymar understands that he must find ways to realise his gift for football.”Alves has played with Neymar at both PSG and Barcelona, and has spent the past two seasons with his compatriot at the Parc des Princes.The full-back also went on to criticise former Barca team-mate Lionel Messi, saying that the Argentina star was disrespectful following comments alleging Copa America corruption.last_img read more

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New Affordable Rental Housing Planned

first_imgSingle parents attending Acadia University will be among people with access to more affordable rental housing thanks to developments valued at $2.43-million under the Canada-Nova Scotia Affordable Housing Agreement. Thirty-eight units will be created in two developments: 16 units in Windsor and 22 in Wolfville. Five of the Wolfville units will be designated for families with a single parent who is attending university. David Morse, Minister of Community Services, and Scott Brison, federal Minister of Public Works and Government Services made the announcement today, Sept. 15 at Acadia University. “Affordable rental housing helps make for healthy and diverse communities and we continue to work with our community partners to help those who need it the most,” said Mr. Morse. “We’ve heard from single parent students and they have told us that more affordable housing is essential to their education. We hope to announce similar student housing projects in the future.” “We are pleased to be working with our provincial colleagues to create affordable homes in large and small communities throughout the province,” said Mr. Brison. “Our ongoing support creates access to affordable rental housing in Nova Scotia that might not have been available otherwise in Kings and Hants counties.” The Windsor development will receive $400,000 in up-front capital funding from the federal government. The province will provide $221,984 in rent supplement funding. Mannex Holdings Ltd. will provide 20 per cent of the total development cost. The three-storey building includes an elevator. All units will be either barrier-free or visitable. The development is scheduled to be complete in spring 2006. The Wolfville developments will provide 22 units of affordable rental housing, including two units for single-parent student families on the Acadia University campus in fall 2005. A building on Basin Drive, scheduled to be completed fall of 2006, will also include three units for single-parent students and 17 units for families and seniors. Ten of the Wolfville development units will be either visitable or barrier free. The student housing pilot program will provide single-parent families attending Acadia University with affordable rental housing. “Access to affordable housing while attending university is a critical issue for all students,” said Dr. Gail Dinter-Gottlieb, president and vice-chancellor of Acadia University. “Acadia is pleased to be part of this community project that will help broaden opportunities for single parents who want to earn a university degree.” The government of Canada is providing $500,000 in up-front capital funding for the Wolfville projects, while the province is providing about $300,000 in rent supplement funding. Wolfville Court Holdings will provide 20 per cent of the total development cost. To date, almost $19 million has been announced by the provincial and federal governments for the construction or renovation of almost 475 units in the province. A total of $56.18 million will be available under Canada-Nova Scotia Affordable Housing Agreement. Information on the Canada-Nova Scotia Affordable Housing agreement is available at local housing services offices or on the Department of Community Services website at www.gov.ns.ca/coms .last_img read more

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Charlie Lake Fire Department called out for Carbon Monoxide Alarm

first_imgAccording to Payette when the gas person attended their home the following day to turn the gas back on they shared, a vacuum had been created in the home by having the portable a/c unit running with the windows closed, which sucked the exhaust from the hot water heater.Payette said, “We are safe and so are the dogs, at least we know our carbon monoxide detectors work.” Dania goes on to say they were smelling all around the dryer and the hot water when all the alarms in the house started blaring a carbon monoxide warning. “I was starting to feel a little light headed so we immediately went outside and called 911,” said Payette.Upon arrival, the firefighters used monitors to located the cause of the alarm, shut down the gas to the structure, and continued to vent.“The fire department arrived very quickly and had us move across the street for safety,” said Payette “They suited up and went in and the carbon monoxide readings they were getting were pretty high at 50-51 (I don’t know what kind of unit of measurement they use).”The Charlie Lake Fire Department firefighters cleared the scene once the monitor met a zero reading.10 firefighters were on scene, along with Engine 1, Tender 2, and Squad 1, and Rescue.Payette shares, the firefighters opened all the windows and set up fans. “The Fire Chief was so kind and informative as were all of the firefighters. We can’t thank them enough,” said Payette. CHARLIE LAKE, B.C. – On May 27th, 2019, the Charlie Lake Fire Department was paged out at 5:53 pm to respond to a carbon monoxide alarm.Photo by PayetteDania and her husband Greg Payette were cleaning their home and doing laundry when Dania started to smell a weird smell in their laundry room. She shares she thought it was the marinade from the jerky Greg was making but that wasn’t it.last_img read more

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UN antidrugs chief urges steppedup action to tackle surge in Afghan opium

The head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has called on the international community to step up its efforts to reign in Afghanistan’s booming opium production, which not only accounts for over half the country’s gross domestic product but is also funding insurgents in the strife-torn nation.Presenting UNODC’s final report on opium production in Afghanistan, the world’s leading drug producer, Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa told a gathering in Brussels that the total export value of opium and heroin being trafficked to neighbouring countries this year is $4 billion, an increase of 29 per cent over 2006. That means that opium now accounts for more than half – 53 per cent – of the country’s licit GDP, according to one of the findings of the Afghan Opium Survey 2007, a provisional version of which was presented in August.Approximately one quarter of this amount, or $1 billion, is earned by opium farmers, while the rest is made by drug traffickers, the report noted. Since the drug increases in value with ever border it crosses, by the time it hits the streets of major Western countries, it could be worth 50 to 100 times as much as in Kabul. As a result, while opium is profitable to some Afghan farmers, these sums – though significant in relation to the local economy – are only a fraction of the major profits that are being made world-wide by criminals, insurgents and terrorists.Mr. Costa urged Afghanistan’s international partners, including NATO and the UN Security Council, to boost their counter-narcotics efforts, especially if they wanted to address the insurgency that is threatening the fledgling democracy. He also stressed the need for greater development assistance, noting that the drug problem cannot be tackled solely by counter-narcotics measures. In addition, he urged greater cooperation between Afghanistan and its neighbours, as well as the countries of Central Asia, emphasizing that drug trafficking is not a threat that States can address solely on their own.“The threat is real and growing, despite a foreign military presence in the tens of thousands, billions of dollars spent on reconstruction, and the huge political capital invested in stabilizing a country that has been in turmoil for a third of a century,” Mr. Costa wrote in the foreword to the report.“The Afghan opium situation looks grim, but it is not yet hopeless,” he added. “It will take time, money and determination – worthwhile investments to spare Afghanistan and the rest of the world more tragedies.” 16 November 2007The head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has called on the international community to step up its efforts to reign in Afghanistan’s booming opium production, which not only accounts for over half the country’s gross domestic product but is also funding insurgents in the strife-torn nation. read more

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NPC Minister justifies refusal to raise Sri Lankan flag

Contending that the row had been made out of the incident to “divert the public attention” on the discussions on constitutional reforms, the Minister, who is from the Eelam People’s Revolutionary Liberation Front, argued the national flag was not accepted across sections of people and the issue of designing a national flag acceptable to all “also forms part of any debate to resolve the ethnic conflict”. However, taking note of Mr. Sarveswaran’s presence on Thursday, Ramiah Yogarajan, Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Egypt and former Member of Parliament representing the ruling United National Party (UNP), pointed to the badge on the national flag that he wore and said, “I am proud” of displaying the national flag. (Colombo Gazette) Kandiah Sarveswaran, Education Minister of Northern Provincial Council in Sri Lanka, who triggered a controversy over his refusal to unfurl the national flag of the island-nation, has justified his act. At the same time, he asserted that he did not “disrespect” the flag.Asked by The Hindu about the adverse reactions his action triggered,  Sarveswaran, who was in India to attend a seminar, recalled that on his visit to a school in Vavuniya district of the Province, when he was requested to hoist the national flag, he asked the school authorities whether the latter had a flag of the Northern Province [each Province in Sri Lanka has its own flag] to unfurl and the response was in the negative. “So immediately, I instructed my officer of the Education Department to unfurl the national flag. Everything went off smoothly,” he said. read more

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Man charged with forcible confinement after victims held at gunpoint

A 31-year-old man faces a string of charges after he allegedly forced four people into a bedroom at gunpoint while trying to hide from police.On Wednesday an officer with the Regina Police Service’s (RPS) Stolen Auto Unit saw a white Ford truck parked in front of a home in the 1300 block of King Street. The truck matched the description of a vehicle reported missing just the day before, according to a police release issued Thursday afternoon.The officer investigated, but the driver took off and abandoned the truck before disappearing into a backyard a couple of blocks away, in the 400 block of King Street.The suspect demanded vehicle keys from the resident at gunpoint. He then forced the first victim and three others into a bedroom by pointing the gun at them and uttering threats.Police surrounded the property and located the suspect trying to hide from police in the home.The suspect was taken into custody without further incident and a loaded, 12-gauge, homemade shotgun (or zipgun) was seized.His charges include possession of a loaded restricted firearm, forcible confinement, uttering threats and three counts of pointing a firearm. read more

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UN prepares for Hurricane Wilma in Caribbean

After Hurricane Stan caused severe flooding and landslides in Central America and Mexico earlier this month, OCHA is especially concern about the potential damage Hurricane Wilma might cause if it hits parts of Central America and the Caribbean, UN Spokesman Stephane Dujarric said today.In response, OCHA has been in constant touch with the UN Resident Coordinators in Cuba and Honduras who are watching the situation closely.

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One in eight people worldwide still chronically hungry UN report finds

The number is down from 868 million reported for the 2010-12 period, according to the State of Food Insecurity in the World (SOFI 2013), published by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP), all of which are based in Rome. The agencies said in a news release that continued economic growth in developing countries has improved incomes and access to food. Recent pick-up in agricultural productivity growth, supported by increased public investment and renewed interest of private investors in agriculture, has improved food availability. In some countries, remittances from migrants are playing a role in reducing poverty, leading to better diets and progress in food security. They can also contribute to boosting productive investments by smallholder farmers, the agencies noted.“Despite the progress made worldwide, marked differences in hunger reduction persist,” they stated. For example, sub-Saharan Africa has made only modest progress in recent years and remains the region with the highest prevalence of undernourishment, with one in four people estimated to be hungry. Meanwhile, no recent progress is observed in Western Asia, while Southern Asia and Northern Africa witnessed slow progress. More substantial reductions in both the number of hungry and prevalence of undernourishment have occurred in most countries of East Asia, South-eastern Asia, and in Latin America. The report stressed that developing regions as a whole have made significant progress towards reaching the target of halving the proportion of hungry people by 2015, one of the targets set by world leaders as part of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). If the average annual decline since 1990 continues to 2015, the prevalence of undernourishment will reach a level close to the MDG hunger target, it added.A more ambitious target set at the 1996 World Food Summit to halve the number of hungry people by 2015, “remains out of reach at global level,” even though 22 countries had already met it by the end of 2012, said the agencies, while urging countries to “to make considerable and immediate additional efforts” to meet the both sets of targets. “With a final push in the next couple of years, we can still reach the MDG target,” wrote the heads of FAO, IFAD and WFP, José Graziano da Silva, Kanayo F. Nwanze and Ertharin Cousin in their foreword to the report. They called for nutrition-sensitive interventions in agriculture and food systems as a whole, as well as in public health and education, especially for women.The report, whose findings will be discussed by governments, civil society and private sector representatives at next week’s meeting in Rome of the Committee on World Food Security, also presented new indicators for every country to capture the multiple dimensions of food insecurity. read more

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PODCAST Consider This – Enabling our youth to pursue postsecondary education

The latest episode of Brock University’s research podcast, Consider This, tackles a tough question: How do we encourage more young people in Niagara to pursue post-secondary education?It’s an issue that has huge implications for a region seeking to transform itself from a manufacturing-based to a knowledge-based economy.Obtaining a post-secondary education credential is increasingly vital for people aiming to be gainfully employed in this new era. Yet, Niagara lags quite behind other areas of Ontario in terms of the percentage of our population that has had post secondary education.The numbers are grim. For instance Niagara Connect’s Living in Niagara 2014 reports that only 56.6 per cent of St. Catharines-Niagara’s labour force completed post-secondary education, placing us second from the bottom of 14 Census Metropolitan Areas (CMAs) in Ontario.Joining us to discuss Niagara’s post secondary education situation and ways to improve it are Kate Cassidy, director of Youth University and Brock University and Cindy Paskey, executive director, Education Foundation of Niagara (EFN).Produced in partnership with the community network Niagara Connects, the second series of Consider This consists of conversations that explore what’s important to Niagara and beyond. The full second series of Consider This can be found here. In each episode, a Brock University researcher and a community partner exchange views on challenges we face in Niagara and elsewhere.Consider This Series 1, which ran from September 2014 to May 2015, was produced in partnership with Brock’s radio station CFBU. In this series, groups of three Brock researchers discussed a wide range of issues, which can be found here. read more

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Turns out Fairy Liquid DOES last twice as long as its rivals

first_imgIT TURNS OUT that Fairy Liquid really does last twice as long as rival brands – and that’s not just according to Proctor & Gamble.That’s according to a ruling by the Advertising Standards Authority – and comes following a complaint by rival brand Persil.Fairy Liquid ads have been saying since 1950 that the washing up liquid lasts twice as long as other washing up liquids.A new complaint from rivals Persil saw the company complain to the UK’s ASA that the claim in the Fairy ad that it lasted ‘twice as long’ was “misleading and could not be substantiated”.It also questioned ads which compared Fairy Liquid to an unknown rival brand, with Persil asking if the ads represented a fair comparison.They said that they believed the ads were misleading because they omitted material information such as the concentration of the liquid and the size and price of the bottle. Its three complaints were not upheld.The resultThe ASA investigated the TV ad, magazine ad and a digital poster, after which it said the campaign was not misleading.It also stated that the size of the Fairy 433ml bottle on show was actually smaller than the two 500ml rival brands on show.The ASA noted the ads “showed images of the advertised product beside an equals sign and two unbranded bottles of washing-up liquid”.The ads also made clear that Fairy lasted twice as long as the next best-selling brand and that the next best-selling brand was based on AC Nielsen volume share data, which we understood identified that brand as Persil.It considered consumers “would understand from the shape and comparative size of the bottles that the images were of the 433 ml Fairy bottles and two 500 ml Persil bottles”.“In that context, we considered consumers would interpret the ads to mean that a standard 433 ml bottle of Fairy lasted as long as two standard 500 ml bottles of Persil when used in conditions representative of everyday use.”The ASA also sought expert advice on the robustness of the evidence provided by Procter & Gamble, and the expert “considered the test reflected the practices of consumers and demonstrated that Fairy lasted at least twice as long as Persil”.It considered that the claims that Fairy lasted twice as long as the next best-selling brand had been substantiated on this basis.BrandsThe ASA said that the ads also made clear that the next best-selling brand was based on AC Nielsen volume share data, which we understood identified that brand as Persil, and considered that customers would understand the comparison was between the two products.It considered the images made clear that a standard 433 ml bottle of Fairy lasted as long as two standard 500 ml bottles of Persil.It also considered that information about the concentration of the liquid and the size and price of the bottle “was not material information in relation to ads that made clear that the basis of the comparison was the mileage of the products”.It concluded the ads were not in breach.Read: Iceland forced to withdraw ad that claimed Irish food authority was “unaccredited”>last_img read more

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Prisons official retires from service felicitated

first_imgChanchalguda: Superintendent of Central Prisons K Arjun Rao retired on Wednesday, after completing 34 years of service in Prisons Department. He joined in the Department as Deputy Jailor in the year 1985. On the occasion of superannuation, Director General of Prisons and Correctional Services, Sandeep Sandilya and IG of Prisons (I/C) B Saidaiah felicitated K Arjuna Rao. Deputy Superintendent of Prisons Dr D Srinivas and S Srinivas Reddy all head office staff, and other Jail officials were also present.last_img read more

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Another Avijit murder accused arrested

first_imgLaw enforcers on Friday night arrested a youth from Baradeshi area of Aminbazar in Savar in connection with blogger and writer Avijit Roy murder case, reports UNB.The arrested person is Arafat Rahman Siyam alias Sajjad, 24, said Masudur Rahman, deputy commissioner (Media) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police.A team of Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) and Detective Branch members conducted a drive in the area and arrested Arafat around 7:00 pm.After his arrest Arafat confessed to his involvement with several sensational murders including Avijit, USAID staff Xulhaz Mannan, blogger Niladri Chattopadhyay Niloy and publisher Faisal Arefin Dipon, he said.The mastermind of Avijit assassination is Mukul Rana alias Sharif while Arafat along with his two accomplices executed the murder by hacking Avijit and his wife at Teacher Student Centre (TSC), he said.CTTC members have so far arrested 11 people in connection with Avijit murder. Among them two have already given confessional statement in court.Avijit Roy, a Bangladesh-born US citizen and founder of Mukto-Mona blog, was hacked to death, and his wife Rafida Afrin Banya was injured as unidentified killers attacked them with meat cleavers near TSC on the Dhaka University Campus on 26 February 2015.Xulhaz Mannan and his friend Mahbub Tanoy, an activist of theatre group Loknatya Dal, were hacked to death by some unidentified miscreants at an apartment in the capital’s Kalabagan area on 25 April 2015.On 7 August 2015, blogger Niloy, a resident of a rented flat on the 4th floor of a multi-storey building at Goran in the capital, was hacked to death by a group of assailants.Faisal Arefin Depon was also hacked to death at Aziz Super Market at Shahbagh on 31 October 2015.last_img read more

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Biswa Ijtema extended by a day

first_imgPeople attend the Biswa Ijtema. UNB File PhotoBiswa Ijtema, now being held on the bank of the Turag river with the participation of the followers of Indian Islamic preacher Maulana Muhammad Saad Al Kandhalvi, has been extended by one day as heavy rain disrupted the congregation on Sunday, reports UNB.The Akheri Munajat of the Saad followers will now be held at 10:00am on Tuesday instead of Monday, said deputy commissioner Dewan Md Humayun Kabir.The duration of the Muslim congregation was extended following a request made by the Tabligh group, he added.Earlier in the morning, the third day of 54th Biswa Ijtema began after Fazr prayers through ‘Ambayan’ (general sermons) with the followers of Maulana Saad taking part in it.Indian Maulana Iqbal Hafiz conducted the bayan since morning and Maulana Abdullah of Kakrail Mosque translated it into Bangla on the bank of the Turag river.However, an early morning shower disrupted the activities at the venue.The capital and many other places across the country experienced rainfall coupled with hailstorm, thunderstorm and temporary gusty wind under the influence of seasonal low that lies over the South Bay.On Saturday morning, the Akheri Munajat of followers of Maulana Jubair Hassan was held on the same ground. Maulana Jubair Hassan conducted the munajat from 10:42am to 11:06am.The first phase of Biswa Ijtema was scheduled to be held from 11 to 13 January while the second one from 18 to 20 January last, but those were postponed due to the 30-December national election.Later, it was decided that the Biswa Ijtema would be held once instead of two phases this year.On 24 January, the government announced the schedule of Ijtema following a meeting with two factions of Tabligh Jamaat.Tabligh Jamaat has been organising the Ijtema at the venue since 1967.The Ijtema was held in two phases from 2011 to 2017 to ease the accommodation and transportation problem.last_img read more

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Doctor Who Comic Twofer Features River Song Fourth Doctor

first_imgStay on target HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster After a week away, Titan’s crossover event continues in this two-for-one comic, featuring River Song and the Fourth Doctor.Archaeologist of the impossible, Professor Song, and her student Willdar kick things off when they uncover a failed Silurian off-Earth colony.In “The Lost Dimension: Part Two,” the Ninth Doctor and Madame Vastra squabble over a hidden tribe of Silurians, quarantined years earlier by a previous incarnation of the Time Lord. The tribe suffer from Raldoma Syndrome, a disease that affects the warrior Silurian species—including Vastra.Now, in translated Silurian, Willdar urges the Earth Reptiles to come with him to his ship.“Humans, others, out there. Let us help. Not safe here,” he explains, begging the three-eyed guru to “Please don’t kill me.”His pleas ignored, Willdar finds himself in the ring with a giant, seemingly hungry dinosaur, with only River Song to save him.“Though, if I do, we’ll probably die in under 10 hours anyway when the planetoid is destroyed,” she adds.Written by Emma Beeby, with art by Ivan Rodriguez, the to-be-continued tale ends on one heck of a cliffhanger, leading readers straight into a new Fourth Doctor story from Gordon Rennie.Variant covers (via Titan Comics)Ready for a day out at Edward VII’s 1902 Royal Coronation Fleet Review, the Doctor and companion Romana get stuck in a transmat-beam tug of war between two ships.Boarding one at random (“blackcurrent it is!”), the pair meet an army of Krotons—a crystalline species that’s encountered the Doctor on at least three previous occasions (but never in his fourth body).Its universe breached, the Kroton Imperium traveled through a dimensional continuum—”a gate in the walls between our dimension and this one”—to conquer a new universe.But they’ve got some competition: the Quarks and Ogron Confederation of Planets are also fighting for control of the universe “and all intelligent life-forms in it.”Using some simple Time Lord trickery, the Doctor manages to distract his enemies long enough to retreat to the TARDIS, from where swiftly ends the interdimensional war, and flies off to play hero once again.The Fourth Doctor story, illustrated by Wellington Diaz and Anderson Cabral, will be continued in “The Lost Dimension: Part 8”; the “Omega” grand finale is set to hit shelves later this month.In the meantime, keep an eye out for parts six and seven—”Twelfth Doctor #3.8″ and “Lost Dimension Special #2″—coming soon from Titan Comics.Also, check out the latest Tenth Doctor tale, penned by Nick Abadzis with graphics by Giorgia Sposito, on sale now.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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50 years after Apollo conspiracy theorists are still howling at the moon

first_imgThe moon is having a star turn. This summer will mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing, and the Trump administration has ordered NASA to put astronauts back on the moon by 2024. None of this, however, will probably change the minds of people who live in a parallel belief universe where NASA faked the Apollo moon landings. The evidence that the moon landings were real is exactly what a conspiracist would expect to be manufactured by an agency committed to hoodwinking the public. This is the eternal conundrum for debunkers. Read the whole story: The Washington Post In response to a query from The Washington Post, NASA spokesman Allard Beutel issued a statement saying there is “a significant amount of evidence to support NASA landed 12 astronauts on the Moon from 1969-1972,” and specified some of that evidence: NASA has “842 pounds of astronaut-collected Moon rocks studied by scientists worldwide for decades; you can still bounce Earth-based lasers off the retroreflector mirrors placed on the lunar surface by the Apollo astronauts; NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter imaged the landing sites in 2011 . . . ” Polls show that about 5 or 6 percent of the public subscribes to the moon-hoax theory, former NASA chief historian Roger Launius said. That is a modest number, but these folks showed up reliably whenever Launius gave a lecture on the topic: “They’re very vocal — and they love to confront you.” And so on. But it’s a tough situation for NASA. The moon hoax isaclassic conspiracy theory — elaborate, oddly durable, requiring the existence of malevolent actors with a secret agenda. The moon-fakers are allegedly so competent they can fool the whole world (but not so competent that they can actually put humans on the moon). Researchers suggest conspiracy theories are spreading more easily in today’s information universe, with the Internet functioning as a superconductor. A growing science of conspiracism seeks to understand who these people are, why they embrace such ideas, and whether there is anything that can dislodge a really magnetic conspiracy theory from the mind of a true believer. As NASA celebrates Apollo 11, the space agency must decide whether, and how, to respond to the moon-hoax conspiracy theory.last_img read more

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Limnes homeowners win compensation battle

first_imgBut serious concerns over whether payouts will cover costs of landslip destructionEvicted Pissouri homeowners this week won their long battle for government compensation over properties ruined by a destructive, prolonged and ongoing landslip, but are concerned it will be too little and too late.Since 2012, property owners in the Limnes area of Pissouri have seen gaping cracks appear in interior and exterior walls, making their homes uninhabitable, swimming pools destroyed and roads buckle and split apart.Pavements, footpaths, retaining walls, drains, water pipes and other infrastructure works have all been badly damaged.Dozens of homes have been affected and five families have had to be evicted, one of them just this Thursday. Another family left on their own accord this week after a live electricity authority (EAC) cable snapped and fell right outside their home. The land is estimated to be slipping by 30 centimetres a month.The head of the House interior committee, Andreas Kyprianou, announced on Monday that the government is to compensate owners of homes affected by the land slippage. The amount each receives will be determined at a later stage, he said.Kayt and Peter Field (Bejay Browne)For British retiree Peter Field, 80, who was forced to leave his home with his wife, Kayt, after being evicted more than three years ago, all that matters is that they are compensated based on the value of the house before the landslide.“We feel the (government) decision is absolutely right. We bought our houses in good faith, insurance refused to pay, we want full compensation,” Field told the Sunday Mail.But Elina Zoi, the lawyer of the Pissouri Housing Initiative Group (PHIG) – set up to fight for the rights of the homeowners – is concerned that any compensation will come out of the overall €23 million the government had said in the past it would give to fix the problem – all aspects of it.“The amount they are willing to pay is too small,” Zoi told the Sunday Mail. She said that that sum would most certainly not only go on paying compensation to the homeowners but also on a full-scale technical study on the problem plus whatever extensive and pricey structural and infrastructure works will be needed.Kyprianou would not confirm the amount.“We are waiting for the cabinet decision,” Kyprianou told the Sunday Mail.The political decision to compensate these people has been made, he said, but it is up to the cabinet to announce the amount to be given.On whether this will concern only the five evicted families, he said: “Our intention is to help those who no longer can stay in their homes because they are too dangerous.”The cabinet decision will also include an amount for temporary maintenance works until a final study is completed on the source of the problem and ways to tackle it.What was Peter Fields’ dining roomA tender competition will be announced within the next three months for the study. A year after the contract is signed, the study must be completed.The undisclosed amount to be given to the affected families is immediate compensation until the study is completed, he said.“This is phase one,” Kyprianou said.Based on the study findings another decision will be taken on how to solve the problem in its entirety, he said. “Whether this will mean restoring property or infrastructure or finding other solutions, there is no way of knowing before the study findings.”Zoi is worried, based on information she has received, that the government will pay homeowners an amount which is not enough to buy or build a new home and instead ask them to go after the developers that sold them the houses and engineers who had given the green light.“The houses in that area were not constructed by developers, but by small construction contractors,” Zoi said, adding there are no large companies with millions in the banks from whom owners can claim compensation.“My concern is that the money they will be given will not be enough to cover the purchase of another home, forcing them to stay renting until they die,” Zoi said.Kyprianou said that there are no such thoughts.“We will not let these people fend for themselves. But the government cannot take any further decisions without the results of the study,” he said. In the meantime, he said, this does not stop owners from taking their own actions to claim money from insurance companies or from elsewhere.But insurance companies have emphatically refused to pay out, which homeowners say leaves the state as the insurer of last resort.Field said that they would like the value of their homes to be assessed independently.The Fields bought their four-bedroom villa in 1993, and spent a considerable sum on the property before deciding to retire to Cyprus in 2003. Their house was built in 1987 and had no problems before 2011.The Fields’ house nowAfter being evicted, the couple now live in rentedThe Fields’ home before the damage startedaccommodation nearby.“We have nothing. We had a very nice house in the UK, we sold it and we bought this one,” he said.Field, based on previous experience, expressed fears of getting in a long wrangle with the government until they are able to get their money.“It’s been 3.5 years living in this nightmare. When we were evicted, we were not given any help or advice. We’ve been let down by the government, many broken promises, lies,” he said.If their house cannot be repaired, he said, they would like a house roughly the same size as the one they lost.The devastating land slippage was aggravated by a number of factors, Kyprianou said.“Lack of a sewerage system, heavy rainfall.”He warned that unless measures are taken, the slippage will worsen.“The problem is much bigger than was initially estimated. It affects the entire southwest of Pissouri,” Kyprianou said.According to Zoi, the slippage moves around 30 centimetres per month.She described the dangers with just the electricity alone. EAC cables are snapping due to rapid contraction and expansion from the movement of the poles they are attached to.“Last week, two cables snapped and fell on the ground, one of them was active,” she said.It fell outside a house whose owners have a three-year-old child.Luckily, she said, the owner of the house had realised it was active and knew what to do.This week another family went home and also found a snapped cable outside their house, and decided to move to a safer place, she said.“Houses are being left without electricity and water,” Zoi said.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. 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