Teer, Meghalaya’s odds-on favourite

first_imgMeghalaya is home to skilled archers, mainly from the Khasi tribe. And they use the bow and arrow in a gambling game called Teer. The game is part of the State’s culture and tradition, and the only wager to get government sanction. The popular pastime takes place not in casinos but on archery grounds.On all days barring Sunday, 50 archers from far-flung areas assemble around a cylindrical target made of bamboo thatch. For three minutes, each of them shoots 30 arrows at the target. The fusillade is thrilling to watch. The arrows that hit the target are counted, and the last two digits of that total are proclaimed as that day’s number. Meghalaya has over 5,000 Teer bookies, excluding those who operate along the Assam border. Shillong alone has 600 betting counters. Online gambling has a small presence. Seeing the potential for revenue, the State government increased the betting tax from 40% to 50% recently.last_img read more

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Pro Kabaddi 2019: Puneri Paltan Out of Playoffs Contention After Thrashing by Dabang Delhi

first_img dabang delhipklPKL 7PKL Live Score First Published: September 29, 2019, 10:49 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Panchkula: Naveen Kumar was once again the star for Dabang Delhi KC as they ousted Puneri Paltan from the Pro Kabaddi League with 60-40 victory on Sunday.Naveen, the talented raider picked up another Super 10 (his 17th consecutive) as Delhi produced a near-flawless performance to end the paltan campaign in the cash-rich league. Dabang Delhi, as expected, started on the front foot, with their raider-in-chief Naveen Kumar looking unstoppable. The 19-year-old raider picked points at will, pulling out the acrobatic moves in the process, as the Delhi side inflicting an All-Out on Pune in the 7th minute of the match.Puneri Paltan were badly missing the services of their raider Pankaj Mohite, who missed out due to a fever. Their raiders struggled as Ravinder Pahal (completed 50 tackle points for the season) and Joginder Narwal, the corners for Delhi, also got into the game with successful tackles.Naveen kept adding to his points tally as he clinched a personal record of becoming the fastest player to secure 400 raid points in the PKL history.The Delhi side secured their second All-Out with 7 minutes remaining to half time to open up a 14-point lead.Manjeet was once again the only positive player on the mat for Pune and his valiant efforts in the raids allowed the side to cling on to the hope of coming back into the match. The first half ended 30-16 with Delhi on top.The second half turned out to be much of the same with Delhi dominating in all departments. last_img read more

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Kohli scores double hundred as India takes command in Antigua test

first_imgMOHALI 07/11/2015India’s Captain Virat Kohli (29) hits a shot during third day of first Test match in Freedom series played between India and South Africa at PCA stadium in Mohali on Saturday, November 07 2015. Photo: Akhilesh_Kumar –   –  © THE HINDU, all rights reserved July 23, 2016 COMMENTS cricket SHARE SHARE EMAIL MOHALI 07/11/2015India’s Captain Virat Kohli (29) hits a shot during third day of first Test match in Freedom series played between India and South Africa at PCA stadium in Mohali on Saturday, November 07 2015. Photo: Akhilesh_Kumar –   –  © THE HINDU, all rights reserved Published on COMMENT × SHARE Virat Kohli became the first Indian captain to post a test double century overseas as the tourists played their way into a virtually unbeatable position on the second day of the first test against West Indies in Antigua on Friday.Kohli scored 200 as India hit 566 for eight declared, sharing a 168-run fifth stand wicket with Ravichandran Ashwin (113), who was dropped on 43 by wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich and made the West Indies pay by compiling a century.West Indies were 31 for one in their first innings at the close of play with Kraigg Brathwaite (11) and nightwatchman Devendra Bishoo (0) at the crease.Rajendra Chandrika went for 16 in the penultimate over of the day when he got a thick edge to the keeper off paceman Mohammed Shami.The day belonged to Kohli, who completed his double ton just before lunch by pulling a single to deep mid-wicket.He went down on his knees and kissed the turf as retired West Indies great Viv Richards, after whom the venue in North Sound is named, joined in the applause from the stands.Kohli, who struck 24 fours in 283 balls, was out shortly after lunch when he got a thick inside edge on to his stumps off fast bowler Shannon Gabriel (2-65).Leg-spinner Bishoo (3-163) looked dangerous at times but for the most part the home attack posed few problems for the batsmen on a flat track.Ashwin, who registered his third test century, said a more disciplined approach was the key to his success.“I’ve been looking forward to this opportunity,” he said in an on-field interview after being promoted to number six in the order. “I really enjoy my batting and there have been times in the past when I’ve been a little too flashy.“I know if I have to get into the top seven or six I really need to tighten my game so I’ve really worked on it. I’ve never left so many balls (outside off stump) in my life.”India’s total left West Indies looking to occupy the crease for three more days to squeeze a draw in the first of four tests between the teams.“It’s not going to be easy. We’ll have to prise every wicket out,” said Ashwin.last_img read more

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Shia LaBeouf to play John McEnroe in Borg/McEnroe

first_imgLos Angeles, May 15 (PTI) Actor Shia LaBeouf has been signed on to play tennis bad boy John McEnroe in “Borg/McEnroe”, an upcoming biopic about one of the greatest sports rivalries of all time.Swedish star Sverrir Gudnason is set to play McEnroes nemesis Bjorn Borg with Stellan Skarsgard on board as Borgs coach, said The Hollywood Reporter.”Borg/McEnroe” will trace the long-running battle for supremacy in the tennis world in the 1970s and 1980s between McEnroe and Swedish star Bjorn Borg.Danish director Janus Metz, whose war documentary “Armadillo” won the grand prize at Cannes Critics Week in 2010, will direct.The cool, emotionless Borg and the wild, tantrum-throwing McEnroe faced each other 14 times on the professional tennis tour between 1978 and 1981, each winning seven of their matches.Their two Wimbledon finals, in 1980 and 1981, are considered among the greatest ever in the sport.LaBeouf and Gudnason turned up in Cannes to promote the project. LaBeouf is also in town for Andrea Arnolds American Honey, which premieres in Cannes competition on Sunday.Shooting on “Borg/McEnroe” is set to begin this fall in Sweden, London, Monaco and New York for a planned 2017 delivery. Ronnie Sandahl (Underdog) will pen the script. PTI PSH PSHlast_img read more

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Sports Wrap: Zlatan faces Irish test, Indian athletes smash 18-year-old record and more

first_imgEuro 2016: Under-pressure Ibrahimovic ready for Irish challenge Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be under pressure to deliver when Sweden take on Ireland later tonight in their Euro 2016 opener. Euro 2016: Eden Hazard warns opponents about perfect partner Kevin De Bruyne  Eden Hazard was all praise for his Belgium team-mate Kevin De Bruyne ahead of Belgium’s clash against Italy in their Euro 2016 opener. Indian men’s relay team on course for Rio after breaking 18-year-old national record  The Indian men’s 4x400m relay team created a new national record, clocking 3:02.17 seconds at the International Sprint and Relay Teams Cup in Erzurum on Sunday. Steve Smith expects David Warner to be fit for Sri Lanka Tests  Australian vice-captain Warner suffered a finger fracture while fielding during Saturday’s victory over South Africa in St Kitts and has been ruled out of the remainder of the tri-series. F1: Sebastian Vettel refuses to blame Ferrari for win that got away  Ferrari believed a one-stop race would not be possible, so Vettel pitted early on a two-stop strategy, a move that backfired.last_img read more

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FIH disowns Narinder Batra’s comment on Sardar Singh affair

first_imgThe International Hockey Federation (FIH) on Monday distanced itself from its chief Narinder Batra’s criticism of the UK police for summoning former India captain Sardar Singh in connection with an year-old sexual assault case.Batra was angered by the fact that the local police decided to summon Sardar to Leeds right in the middle of the Champions Trophy which is currently underway here.”The International Hockey Federation is aware of recent comments made by FIH President Narinder Dhruv Batra via his personal social media channels. The FIH would like to emphasise that these comments were the personal thoughts of Dr Batra and not representative of the views of the FIH,” the FIH said in a statement.”The FIH would like to apologise for any offence that these comments may have caused. At the request of FIH, these comments have now been deleted and the matter will be reviewed internally in line with our governance processes.”Earlier, an angry Batra had taken a dig at the British government on social media.”England is a country which is a safe haven for all fraudsters who have run away from India and agree to invest in England,” Batra had posted on Facebook in a rather obvious reference to fugitive Indian businessman Vijay Mallya.”I would love to see the reaction of England and world media if in India the England players are called to police stations. Request the Indian media to get the Ministry of External Affairs and Indian High Commission in UK involved,” the post added.advertisementThe Facebook post was later deleted.Last year, British-Indian women’s hockey player Ashpal Bhogal had accused Sardar of sexual assault. Ashpal, who claimed to be Sardar’s fiancee, had alleged that the India team star had assaulted her both in India and the UK.last_img read more

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Sachin Tendulkar welcomes MS Dhoni to 10K club: Well done my friend

first_imgMS Dhoni reached a massive milestone in his limited-overs career as he became only the fourth Indian to score over 10,000 runs in One-Day Internationals on Saturday.During the 2nd ODI between India and England at Lord’s, Dhoni reached the milestone with a single as he struck his 33rd run off the 47th delivery.Apart from Dhoni, the milestone belongs to the three stalwarts of Indian cricket — Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid.What makes Dhoni’s achievement unique is the fact that he has been a lower order batsman almost all his career. For a batsman who has predominantly played as a finisher, the feat is no less than remarkable.Sachin Tendulkar took to Twitter to welcome the fellow Indian in the 10K club and congratulated him on achieving the feat.Fantastic achievement!! @msdhoni, congratulations on scoring 10,000 runs in ODIs! Well done, my friend.Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 15, 2018MATCH REPORT | HIGHLIGHTSVirender Sehwag and David Warner also joined in congratulating the former India captain upon achieving the milestone even as India lost by 86 runs and England levelled the series 1-1.10000 runs well done @msdhoni superb effort. @SpartanSportsAU pic.twitter.com/ys4vJJC3fuDavid Warner (@davidwarner31) July 15, 2018Congratulations MS Dhoni on 10000 ODI runs. Fantastic achievement to do it at an average of 51.5 .Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) July 14, 2018Tendulkar was the first to reach the 10000-run mark and remains the fastest to get there.Dhoni is the fourth quickest to the landmark in terms of innings – after Tendulkar, Ganguly, Ponting (266) and Kallis (272). The Ranchi superstar made his debut against Bangladesh on December 23, 2004 but was run out for a duck.advertisementOverall, Dhoni became only the 12th player in ODI history to reach the 10000-run club. Besides the four Indian stalwarts, the elite list includesTillekaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara, Sanath Jayasuriya, Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka), Ricky Ponting (Australia), Jacques Kallis (South Africa), Brian Lara (West Indies) and Inzamam-ul-Haq (Pakistan).Despite reaching the big number, the crowd at Lord’s was far from impressed. Instead, Dhoni was booed and his dismissal applauded.Indian supporters at Lord’s were left frustrated with Dhoni’s slow approach to a steep chase of 323 in the second ODI against England.India were already behind the asking rate when Dhoni walked in to bat at the fall of Virat Kohli’s wicket. His approach thereafter was baffling: Dhoni scored 37 off 59 balls and hit only two boundaries.Despite all the criticism, captain Kohli came out in support of Dhoni and said as a team, it was their idea to “take the innings deep”.He said that people jump to conclusions and the team is not at all affected by all the criticism.India will play the third and deciding ODI on June 17.last_img read more

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Samsung Galaxy M30 quick review: Take note because Super AMOLED display and 3 rear cameras at Rs 14,990

first_imgSamsung has begun 2019 with a bang. While the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Fold try to redefine flagship smartphones in 2019, Samsung has also changed its strategy in the budget segments. Last month, the company unveiled the Galaxy M series aimed at millennials. The Galaxy M10 and Galaxy M20 earned good reviews from critics as well as consumers. For the first time in the last few years, Samsung has been competitive with all the Chinese brands. Now, just before Xiaomi prepares to unveil the Redmi Note 7 series in India, Samsung has dropped the Galaxy M30.The Galaxy M30 sits above the Galaxy M20 in the 2019 M series and starts from Rs 14,990 for the base variant with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. The other variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage comes for Rs 17,990. Demanding almost an additional Rs 2,000 over the M20, the Galaxy M30 promises an upgrade in the display and the camera department. The M30 ditches the LCD display and goes for Samsung’s highly acclaimed Super AMOLED display. Also, a new triple camera setup makes the Galaxy M30 the first phone in its class to offer a triple camera setup. These two major upgraded features make it an interesting proposition in the sub-Rs 20,000 segment. To see how it fares up, I spent some time during the launch of the Galaxy M30.Galaxy M30 design and displayIn 2019, we saw Samsung turn over a new leaf in the design department. Samsung finally ditched the outdated 18:9 Infinity display panels from the older models and made the move to notched displays. With the Galaxy M30, things get even better. Samsung has given the Galaxy M30 an Infinity-U display – the Infinity-U display offers a slightly smaller U-shaped notch instead of the slightly bigger V-shaped notch on the Galaxy M20. The bezels on the top and sides are fairly slim too. Sadly, the chin is noticeably thick but that’s okay considering the affordable pricing Samsung has adopted for the handset. As with all Super AMOLED screens, this one does impress with higher contrast and vibrant colours. However, wait for our final take on the display’s performance in our full review.advertisement Moving to the back, the Galaxy M30 carries over the glossy polycarbonate back from the Galaxy M20. However, instead of carrying a plain-jane single colour theme, the Galaxy M30 gets a gradient finish. I had my hands on the Gradation Blue variant in which the metallic blue colour slowly transitions into a darker shade of blue. This may not be as striking as Honor 8X or some other Oppo smartphones but it appeals to the eyes subtly and surely makes a statement for itself. I wouldn’t mind flaunting it in the public sans the case. There’s an oval-shaped fingerprint sensor and a triple camera setup arranged vertically. The middle sensor gets a unique halo decoration that does give the M30 a distinct appeal from the rear.The M30 goes for a seamless unibody design and that gives it a cleaner look. The curved edges also make it easy to hold. There’s a 3.5mm headphone jack sitting at the bottom alongside a single loudspeaker. And the joy of joys – there’s a USB-C port. And it supports fast charging as well.Galaxy M30 specifications and performanceSamsung is also claiming an enhancement in performance with its new generation chips. The Galaxy M30 is running on the same Exynos 7904 octa-core chipset that underpowered the Galaxy M20. However, Samsung is offering up to 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. Sadly, the Galaxy M30 is still running on Android 8.1 Oreo underneath Samsung Experience UI 9.5. Samsung assures that the M series phones will get the update to Android Pie but a 2019 smartphone should launch with Android 9 Pie out-of-the-box. While I can’t gauge the long term performance now, the UI felt snappy and intuitive. Samsung has smeared the interface with a choice of colours and I have to say that it feels refreshing compared to a barebones stock Android UI. The bloat is limited as well.Galaxy M30 cameraThe Galaxy M30 is the first smartphone under Rs 20,000 to sport a triple camera setup. The Galaxy M30 gets a 13-megapixel primary camera alongside a 5-megapixel depth sensor and a 5-megapixel wide-angle camera. For selfies, there’s a 16-megapixel camera at the front with support for Live Focus (Samsung’s fancy term for portrait mode). At first glance, the camera performance seems better than what I have observed on the Galaxy M20. The wide-angle camera does help with unique shots, although the fish-eye effect feels exaggerated. Nonetheless, hold on to the detailed review of the Galaxy M30’s camera performance.advertisementGalaxy M30 batterySimilar to the Galaxy M20, the Galaxy M30 gets a huge 5000mAh battery, which comes with support for fast charging. On the Galaxy M20, the battery was able to deliver an entire day’s stamina under heavy usage. Based on my personal experience, the Galaxy M30 should offer an identical battery performance, given a slightly more power efficient Super AMOLED display.Galaxy M30 first impressions: Feels good to use a Samsung phone againThe Galaxy M30 seems to have gotten all the ingredients right on paper. Samsung has taken the strong foundations of the Galaxy M20 and added the essential bits that we asked for – a big AMOLED display and a triple camera setup. Starting at a price of Rs 14,990, the Galaxy M30 offers a highly compelling option. However, Xiaomi will unveil its Redmi Note 7 tomorrow and it remains to be seen how the Galaxy M30 can challenge Xiaomi’s bestseller in India.ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy M30 launched in India: Triple cameras and Super AMOLED display at Rs 14,990ALSO READ | New Samsung Galaxy A series teased, to offer wide-angle camera, slow motion and fast chargingALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy A30, A50 quick review: Affordable mid-range phones that feel premiumlast_img read more

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a month agoArsenal fullback Kolasinac talks for first time about car-jacking incident

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Arsenal fullback Kolasinac talks for first time about car-jacking incidentby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal fullback Sead Kolasinac insists he is focused on football again.The Bosnia international and teammate Mesut Ozil were the victims of an attempted carjacking last month, with both players only recently returning to action.Speaking ahead of Thursday’s Europa League clash with Frankfurt, Kolasinac insisted he is ready to play.He said: “About what happened I don’t want to talk about it in details. It’s happened. It belongs in the past. The same with Mesut.”We are back and we focused on our jobs.”Well of course I’m happy to be back. Of course mentally this was hard, missing also training for a couple of days. I made up for it. “I’m back and happy to be back with the team and able to perform with them.” last_img read more

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Matthew McConaughey Makes Score Pick For Texas-LSU

first_imgmatthew mcconaughey during texas' gameAUSTIN, TX – OCTOBER 13: Matthew McConaughey watches from the sideline in the first half against the Baylor Bears at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on October 13, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)ESPN’s College GameDay is in Austin, Texas for a top 10 showdown between LSU and the Longhorns.The show’s crew — Kirk Herbstreit, Lee Corso, Desmond Howard and Rece Davis — made their picks for the weekend’s biggest games. Those who made picks for LSU-Texas weren’t too kind to the Longhorns. But this week’s guest picker showed Texas some love.Matthew McConaughey, famous actor and UT alum, joined the show on Saturday. To the surprise of no one, McConaughey stuck with his team, picking the Longhorns to beat the Tigers.Like many, McConaughey is expecting a close battle on Saturday evening. He’s picking Texas to beat LSU 29-27.McConaughey picks Texas, 29-27.— Suzanne Halliburton (@suzhalliburton) September 7, 2019LSU is currently a 6.5 point favorite heading into the match-up. The total is set at 57 points.Saturday’s prime-time game will be a physical battle. Both teams have College Football Playoff aspirations and many expect a playoff-like atmosphere.There’s also been plenty of unusual off-the-field antics which might lead to some chippy play. According to a report from Maria Taylor, Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger’s was leaked to LSU fans. The result? Over 600 text messages from Tigers’ fans sent to Ehlinger.But the Texas quarterback isn’t letting that distract him from the moment.No. 6 LSU and No. 9 Texas kick off at 7:30 PM ET. The game will be televised on ABC.last_img read more

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Wison to Deliver Concept Study for FLNG Vessel

first_imgMarch 12, 2014 zoom Cott Oil and Gas Ltd. (Cott) has received an Expression of Interest (EOI) from Wison Offshore and Marine Ltd (Wison) in supporting the development of the Pandora Gas Field with a floating LNG (FLNG) vessel.Consequently, Cott has engaged Wison to deliver a concept study for a FLNG that would be suitable for the project.The concept study is expected to outline a potential FLNG concept that would be appropriate for the resource, location, gas composition and expected production rates of the Pandora gas field and to provide preliminary advice and recommendations on the following:Description of the pathway for development and evaluation of an FLNG concept (including Pre-FEED and FEED)Alternative concepts including new build and retro-fitMinimum storage requirements (sloshing minimisation and transhipment)Sea states and mooring requirementsOffloading optionsGas pre-treatment and processingSupport infrastructure and vesselsIndicative capital costs and operating costsFinancing optionsEconomic viability of FLNG conceptWison is currently constructing the Caribbean LNG vessel at its Nantong yard but has recently opened Stage 1 of a second fabrication yard at Zhoushan which, when complete, will encompass an area of 1.5 million and have nearly 2.3km of coastline. The new fabrication yard is intended to provide Wison with the capacity to leverage its FLNG expertise and deliver much larger FLNG vessels.The concept study is expected to be complete by the end of April 2014. A positive outcome from the concept study would enable the Joint Venture to commence Pre-FEED (Front End Engineering and Design).In commenting on today’s announcement, Cott Managing Director Andrew Dimsey states: “Wison are using proven LNG and offshore technologies and a highly experienced offshore engineering management team with its own shipbuilding capacity. Wison’s Expression of Interest validates Cott’s view that the Pandora gas fields are suitable for stand-alone development using Floating LNG technology.”last_img read more

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Maha Noted surgeon cabbie killed in accident on Expressway

first_imgPune: A prominent city-based surgeon and his cab driver were killed and two other doctors injured when a bus hit them on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway near here in Maharashtra, police said on Monday. The mishap took place near Somatane village around 10.30 pm on Sunday when Dr Ketan Khurjekar (44), a spine expert, and two other orthopedic surgeons were on way to Pune from Mumbai in a cab, Talegaon Dabhade police station’s inspector Kishor Mhasawade said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ When the cab reached Somatane village, the driver stopped the vehicle on a roadside to replace one of its punctured tyre. After all of them came out of the vehicle, Khurjekar went to help the driver. While the cab driver was changing the damaged tyre, a private bus coming on that side hit all of them from behind, the official said. Khurjekar and the cab driver, Dnyaneshwar Bhosale (27), died on the spot, he said. The other two doctors received injuries and were admitted to Sancheti Hospital for treatment, he added. Khurjekar, a gold medalist, was head of the department for spine surgery at the Sancheti Hospital. He had performed around 3,500 complicated surgeries.last_img read more

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Alberta third province to allow Sikhs to ride motorcyles without helmets

first_imgEDMONTON – Alberta is to allow turban-wearing Sikhs to ride motorcycles without helmets.The exemption to the province’s Traffic Safety Act that will apply to adult motorcycle drivers and passengers is to go into effect on April 12.Transportation Minister Brian Mason says the change follows a request from the Sikh community.The decision means Alberta will be the third province to make the exemption after British Columbia and Manitoba.Private member bills which would exempt Sikh motorcyclists were introduced in Ontario by former NDP MPP Jagmeet Singh in 2013 and 2016, but the rules in the province haven’t changed.Mason notes that Alberta has the third highest Sikh population in Canada.“The Sikh community has urged us to grant this exemption in recognition of its civil rights and religious expression,” Mason said Thursday in a release. “Our government is committed to these principles.”The Sikh Motorcycle Club of Ontario praised Alberta’s decision and says Ontario should follow suit.“We call upon the government of Ontario to set aside its unfounded subjugation and allow Sikhs to ride motorcycles with turbans in Ontario,” the club said in a statement.“It is unfortunate that the Liberal Party of Ontario under Premier Kathleen Wynne remains adamant on its stand to deny the Sikhs this basic right.”Jagdeep Singh, the Ontario club’s secretary, said Sikh motorcycle clubs in B.C. and Manitoba are also pleased with Alberta’s move and hope other provinces will grant Sikhs helmet exemptions.Baltej Singh Dhillon, first RCMP officer to wear a turban, also lauded Alberta’s move. He said it shows respect for diversity and religious rights.“The decision by the government of Alberta to allow Sikhs to be able to ride their motorcycles without having to remove their turbans, which is an integral part of the Sikh identity, demonstrates a deep respect for the traditions and customs of the Sikh community,” he said in a release.last_img read more

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US Senate Fails to Confirm David T. Fischer as Ambassador to…

Rabat – According to the US congressional record for January 4, the Senate has returned the nomination of David T. Fischer as ambassador to Morocco back to US President Donald Trump.Fischer’s was one of several nominations returned to Trump because the Senate failed to be confirmed before the Senate adjourned sine die—without setting another meeting.Trump nominated Fischer as ambassador to Morocco in November, 2017. Fischer began his confirmation hearings in the US Senate’s Foreign Affairs Committee in August 2018. According to the Congressional Research Service, nominations “that are pending when the Senate adjourns sine die or recesses for more than 30 days are returned to the President unless the Senate, by unanimous consent, waives the rule requiring their return.”It remains to be seen whether Trump will choose to re-nominate Fischer or submit a new nomination.Read Also: Trump Appoints Businessman David Fischer as New US Ambassador to MoroccoTraditionally, Congress scraps pending nominations before a new Congress convenes.Fischer, who contributed to Trump’s inauguration fund, was nominated nine months after Ambassador to Morocco Dwight Bush left in 2017.The US Senate Foreign Affairs Committee waited nearly 10 months to hold a hearing on Fischer after his nomination.Moroccan analysts translated Trump’s initial delay in appointing a US ambassador to Rabat the result of possible tension, especially when Trump’s administration had nominated an ambassador to Algeria in July 2017.In Fischer’s August 2018 hearing, however, the nominee said that Morocco and the US enjoy healthy relations.He also said that Morocco is one of the US’s “oldest allies.” read more

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The Latest: Amid trade war, China’s Xi heads to Moscow

NEW YORK — The Latest on rising trade tensions between the U.S. and China (all times local):12:20 p.m.Chinese President Xi Jinping is talking up the Chinese economy’s resilience as he heads to Moscow for a state visit affirming increasingly close ties between the former Cold War rivals.In interviews published Wednesday, Xi told Russian journalists Chinese consumer demand is driving growth despite the trade war with the United States.The trip to Moscow highlights Beijing’s efforts to drum up support both at home and abroad as the President Donald Trump’s administration pushes China to do more to redress a huge perennial trade surplus and end policies that U.S. and other foreign companies and governments say violate Beijing’s market-opening commitments.While Russia has relatively little heft in global trade, Xi can be assured of a friendly audience when he defends China’s position in the dispute.The Associated Press read more

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Apples hardware blitz continues as it rolls out first update to the

Apple Inc. introduced the first update to its iMac all-in-one desktop computer since mid-2017, continuing a hardware blitz ahead of a highly anticipated event March 25 to unveil new media and entertainment services.The latest iMac adds speedier processors from Intel Corp. and new graphics engines from AMD. The new 4K 21.5-inch models are up to 60 per cent faster with 8th-generation quad-core chips, while the 5K 27-inch versions are up to 2.4 times faster with 9th-generation eight-core Intel processors, Apple said Tuesday.The new 21.5-inch iMac will still start at US$1,299, while the larger-screened model will sell for US$1,799. Apple is also still selling a 21.5-inch iMac without a 4K or 5K screen for US$1,099. Apple analysts skeptical that a foray into video will do anything to power up earnings In surprise move, Apple launches a new 10.5-inch iPad, updates Mini ahead of its March 25 event iPhone trends going ‘from bad to worse,’ as Apple struggles with slow demand Last year, the company introduced a revamped MacBook Air and Mac mini. It’s planning to launch a new Mac Pro, Apple’s highest-end desktop without a built-in screen, as early as June, Bloomberg has reported.The Mac hasn’t been Apple’s most important product for decades, taking a back seat to devices like the iPhone. But the category is a steady seller, generating about US$25 billion in annual revenues for Apple in the past half-decade. Still, the company had only 7 per cent of the global market in PC shipments during the fourth quarter, coming in fourth behind Lenovo Group Ltd., HP Inc. and Dell Technologies Inc., according to industry analyst Gartner Inc.The new iMacs are Apple’s second product launch this week, following the new iPad Air and iPad mini introduction on Monday.Bloomberg.com read more

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Mali UN mission calls for restraint return to negotiations after clash in

The UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) said that “incidents of a serious nature” took place yesterday despite a security plan coordinated by the Government in cooperation with the UN Mission and support from the French security mission in Mali, known as Serval.“MINUSMA, in close cooperation with Serval, assisted the evacuation of three of the injured for medical care in Gao,” the Mission said in a statement.The violence broke out ahead of the planned arrival of Prime Minister Oumar Tatam Ly and a Government delegation to Kidal.Since early 2012, the country has witnessed a military coup d’état, renewed fighting between Government forces and Tuareg rebels, and the seizure of its northern territory by radical Islamists.In April, the Security Council approved a 12,600-strong MINUSMA, authorizing the blue helmets “to use all necessary means” to carry out security-related stabilization tasks, protect civilians, UN staff and cultural artefacts, and create the conditions for provision of humanitarian aid.Its core task is to support the political process in Mali, in close coordination with the African Union (AU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). read more

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Experience campaign captures Brocks momentum

Experience. It’s a single word used to describe all that Brock life encompasses — one that has stopped people in their tracks and caused them to take notice.Experience is at the centre of Brock University’s most recent brand campaign, launched in the fall of 2016 to highlight the institution’s top experiential education programming, exceptional student and campus life experience rankings, and above-average graduate employment rates.Brock’s ‘Experience.’ campaign has been drawing attention across Ontario after being launched in September 2016 in one of Canada’s busiest thoroughfares — the Skywalk of Toronto’s Union Station, the Pearson Express station and the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.The campaign, which has been drawing attention across Ontario, was developed to tell Brock’s story and shed light on opportunities for the exceptional experiences offered by the University, whether in a classroom or lab, at a co-op placement or through on- and off-campus activities.It was first introduced last September in one of Canada’s busiest thoroughfares, with Brock’s message of experience and success displayed in the Skywalk of Toronto’s Union Station, the Pearson Express station and the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.The campaign has since been popping up with great impact in many strategic locations, using banners, billboards, bold poster walls, massive floor decals and large-scale digital screens to catch the eye of prospective students.“Experience matters, and Brock University is an exceptional choice for students looking to gain the experience they need to be successful after graduation,” said Gord Hunchak, Associate Vice-President, External Relations. “The ‘Experience.’ campaign packages Brock’s leadership in experiential learning opportunities, our top-quality programs and the renowned campus experience students rave about into one clear and succinct message.”The results to date have been overwhelmingly positive, as the new campaign has contributed to the record crowds that poured into Brock’s Fall Preview Day in November, and the Spring Open House in April, two of the University’s most important events in the annual student recruitment calendar.The April event itself drew nearly 5,000 prospective students, parents and other guests from across Ontario, representing a 12 per cent increase over 2016.This increased interest in Brock is translating into increased application numbers, and more importantly, a large increase in the number of students choosing the institution as their first choice for the Fall of 2017.“While the ‘Experience.’ branding is still new and fresh, we will continue to develop and evolve the platform to ensure more students, their parents and potential community partners see and hear the Brock message,” added Hunchak. “If you want to be successful, come to Brock. It’s a great story to tell.” read more

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Heres What Happened Today Sunday

first_imgNEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news… Red Bull Cliff diving in Inis Mor today. Source: James Crombie/INPHOIRISHA 21-year-old has been left with facial injuries following a knife attack that happened close to Trinity College.An 84-year-old man has died after a traffic collision in County Monaghan.RTÉ denied they’re spending €70k on a life-size Gerry Ryan statue.The Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs Joe Costello has backed Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore for the European Commissioner job.The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission has confirmed that an officer of the Commission has tender their resignation this weekend. [RTÉ]Kathy Mahon shares her harrowing ordeal of the two times she was sent to a mother-and-baby home.The sister of Ibrahim Halawa says not enough is being done by the government to free her brother.WORLD Students perform a prayer during the first day of the fasting month of Ramadan at Ar-Raudlatul Hasanah Islamic boarding school in Medan, North Sumatra. Source: AP/Press Association Images#PAKISTAN: A woman has been burned alive after her family refused a marriage proposal from a man.#INDIA: Eleven people have been killed and dozens trapped after a factory in India collapsed.#RUSSIA: Elton John says he wants to meet with the Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss gay rights.#IRAQ: Iraqi forces are continuing their attempt to retake the northern city of Tikrit.INNOVATIONWe do love that snooze button, but new research shows that Westerners do actually sleep more. [Science News]Pumping a liver that is to be transplanted with antifreeze will make it last a lot longer. [NewScientist]PARTING SHOTOur little island can look pretty spectacular at times. Here is the proof. Source: {Billy Horan}Here’s What Happened Yesterday>>>last_img read more

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