A Maoist couple hailing from Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh surrendered before Malkangiri Superintendent of Police Jagmohan Meena in Odisha on Friday.The Odisha government had declared a reward of ₹2 lakh for capture of each of the surrendered Naxalites — Bijal Kadme (26) and Soni Oyam (23). Lured by “better rehabilitation package” for surrendering Maoists in Odisha, they decided to lay down their arms in Malkangiri, said Mr. Meena.The couple was a part of the military wing of the outlawed CPI(Maoist) organisation. They were involved in Maoist activities in parts of Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh. There are more than 17 cases of violence, ranging from Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blasts to murders, registered against them in Odisha and Chhattisgarh, said the police.“I left the outfit as its leaders are harassing people, extorting money from them and working for their own interest. They claim that they are fighting for the tribals but instead are killing them by branding them police informers,” said Mr. Kadme. The couple now wants to lead normal life.Financial assistanceUnder the surrender and rehabilitation policy of Odisha, the couple would be provided financial assistance to purchase homestead land, construct house and pursue education or vocational training, said Mr. Meena.According to the police, Mr. Kadme was involved in the IED blast at Annavaram police station in Andhra Pradesh in May this year in which a home guard was killed. He was also involved in a landmine blast near Srirampur in Kandhamal district of Odisha in January 2012 in which three policemen had died.Ms. Oyame was a part of the Naxalite group that triggered an IED blast targeting a police vehicle in Koraput district in 2011 that killed four policemen.Mr. Kadme had joined the Maoists in 2008 and Ms. Oyame in 2009. They hailed from Pedakarme village in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh. The duo alleged that the Maoist organisation as well as its leaders had deviated from their original ideology and were involved in atrocities on tribals. “Both cited miserable condition of low-rank cadres in the Naxalite organisation and alleged that senior cadres were self-centred with no concern for their problems,” said the SP.
With the Election Commission announcing the Lok Sabha election schedule, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Monday launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, alleging that democracy and Constitution had come under threat in his regime. “Mr. Modi has failed to maintain the dignity of the office he holds. He is resorting to gimmicks to win the polls,” he said.Mr. Gehlot said Mr. Modi had not only treated the Opposition with derision during the last five years, but had also undermined the institutions and created an “atmosphere of fear and intimidation” for industrialists, bureaucrats, politicians and media houses. “If all the Opposition parties are feeling like this, there is a substance in it.”In a series of tweets, Mr. Gehlot said Mr. Modi was trying to create an impression that the Opposition had questioned the valour of Armed Forces after the Pulwama terror attack and the air strikes in Balakot. “Nothing can be farther from truth than this. Congress president Rahul Gandhi was the first to publicly say that the party is with the government,” he said.“The Prime Minister is trying to divert the attention of voters. We simply asked for clarification in the wake of conflicting claims about casualties in air strikes. We were first told that 350 terrorists had died, then the figure was reduced to 250, followed by claims that the attack was carried out only to show prowess of Indian Air Force. On its part, the Air Force said it was for the government to give the figures,” Mr. Gehlot said.Mr. Gehlot said the Opposition was within its rights to demand that the questions raised by the foreign media about the Balakot air strikes should be properly dealt with to ensure that India was not defamed in the comity of nations. “The way Mr. Modi addresses the public and misleads them through the cacophony of words puts him in the role of an actor. He has wasted thousands of crores of rupees in advertisements, publicity and marketing… He would have succeeded immensely as an actor,” Mr. Gehlot said.Mr. Gehlot took exception to the BJP’s attempts to link nationalism with its Hindutva ideology. “The moment anyone joins the BJP, he becomes a certified nationalist. On the other hand, anyone criticising the government is instantly accused of sedition. Such a trend was never witnessed in the past,” he said.‘Time for change’Mr. Gehlot affirmed that the time for change had come and the “popular will of people” would get reflected in the election results. He also alleged that the Prime Minister’s Office had exerted pressure on the Election Commission to delay the announcement of election schedule until Mr. Modi’s inauguration and stone-laying events were completed.
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: A cyborg dog, an aerial drone, and a robot walk into a bar and …You haven’t? Okay, so the bar in question was just hit by an earthquake and several patrons are still trapped inside. The local emergency response team dispatches a rescue dog equipped with sensors and other devices. The dogs sense the survivors and alert central control, which sends aerial drones to scout the otherwise unnavigable disaster area.Cell service is down, but the patrons are able to communicate with first responders by connecting to wireless routers set down by the drones. 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Last week, the group brought a prototype to Washington, D.C., as one of 24 participants in the SmartAmerica Challenge, a novel event designed by the Obama administration to demonstrate how federally funded research can deliver tangible benefits to society.“Basic research often ends up with just research,” said Sokwoo Rhee, who helped devise and implement the challenge during his 12-month stint as a Presidential Innovation Fellow. “That is not enough of a goal for the SmartAmerica challenge. How does the research benefit society and human life? We wanted to shift the discussion in that direction.”The White House created the innovation fellows program 2 years ago as a way for government agencies to enlist outside help in tackling important technological challenges. Rhee, a serial entrepreneur with a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, volunteered to run a project on improving the interplay between smart devices, a research field called cyber-physical systems (CPS).Rhee and another fellow, Geoff Mulligan, looked at hundreds of CPS research abstracts from academia, industry, and the federal government and selected the authors of 65 to take part in the program. In December, the participants came to Washington for a day with the goal of expanding their current CPS-related research into something with clear societal benefits.“It was a very random process,” said Yosuke Bando, a visiting scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab in Cambridge who was working on a smart phone middleware application that allows users to exchange pictures and other data based on proximity instead of relying on Wi-Fi or a cellular signal. “They wanted to make us form teams in an autonomous and spontaneous manner.”The SERS team—15 researchers from nine academic institutions and companies spread across the country—came together after the participants realized their individual projects could be modified to make disaster relief efforts more effective.Each team had only 6 months to expand and integrate their projects, which ranged from enhanced water distribution to smarter energy production. The researchers received no additional funding and had to pay for any equipment and travel expenses themselves.Given their far-flung locations, the SERS team used weekly teleconferences to refine their ideas. In May, they met for the first and only time before the expo, spending 3 days at the University of Washington (UW), Seattle.The room was filled with soldering irons, welding torches, robots, dogs, and lots of graduate students. “We spent all day trying to get our projects to work together,” said Howard Chizeck, a SERS member from UW Seattle’s BioRobotics Lab. “And then we were at it again the next day, and most of the day after that!”The hard work paid off. “Despite the obstacles, we were able to integrate everything we needed to for the expo,” Bando said. Rhee and Mulligan’s fellowship ended this week, but the White House hopes that several of the SmartAmerica teams will agree to scale up their projects under a new challenge, called Global Cities. The SERS team hasn’t figured out what’s next, but its members seem eager to continue working together.“Some of the collaborations will definitely persist,” Chizeck said, “and there will be some new, smaller projects. I don’t know if you could reproduce this or not—but would I do it again? Absolutely!”
The BJP-led Assam government has expanded the scope of the Atal Amrit Abhiyan, a health assurance scheme launched in December 2016, to cover six diseases and critical care such as Japanese Encephalitis (JE), non-cancer bone marrow transplantation and admission in intensive care unit (ICU).Prior to and after being made cashless in April 2018, the scheme for below poverty line (BPL) and above poverty line (APL) people entailing benefit of up to ₹2 lakh covered 438 diseases under six broader categories — cardiology and cardiovascular surgery, neurological condition, burns, cancer, kidney, and neonatal diseases.Six more “diseases and scenarios” have been added to the Extended Atal Amrit Abhiyan that Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma announced on Wednesday. These are ICU packages, trauma, critical care paediatrics and paediatric surgery, bone marrow transplantation, JE and Acute Encephalitis Syndrome.A major killerJE is a major killer in Assam, particularly during the monsoon season. Till September this year, 154 people died due to this disease caused by mosquito bite.Mr. Sarma said 1.61 crore people have in the past 18 months enrolled under the Atal Amrit scheme so far but 57,257 received cashless treatment. “The number is less because most BPL patients were shifted to the Ayushman Bharat scheme launched in between, leaving the APL people comprising lower-middle and middle classes with a household income of up to ₹5 lakh in Atal Amrit,” he said.Cancer patients accounted for 27,424 out of the total cashless beneficiaries followed by kidney patients at 20,263 and heart patients 6,470. The cashless treatment involved a total of ₹136.99 crore.“The 41 hospitals empanelled in Assam under Atal Amrit have been chock-a-block since the scheme was launched. But during visits to the hospitals, we came to know from patients there were many diseases beyond the six listed earlier besides accident cases that most APL people could not afford. The Cabinet took a decision to provide them relief,” Mr. Sarma said, adding that the Extended Atal Amrit scheme would be effective from November 1 after the government issued a notification.The Health Minister said the government included JE cases given its prevalence and fiscal issues faced by the kin of patients in ICU for health issues not related to cancer, cardiology, burn, neurology or kidney.“The extended scheme will be implemented immediately at government hospitals and in at least 30 days at private hospitals with whom agreements will be made for cashless treatment,” Mr. Sarma said.
Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Enguio is confident that he has already made his case to the coaches and scouts, but regardless of his fate in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft, he’s just satisfied to try his luck here in the Philippines.“If I get picked, it’s okay. But if not, I’m fine with it also. At least I tried my chance and experienced all of it here,” he said. Little-known PUP graduate tries luck in PBA Draft “This (PBA) is the only league I’ve never played in,” the Fil-Indonesian guard said. “I’ve been in Fiba Asia, in SEA Games, PBA D-League, and the UAAP. I’ve been through that process and the PBA is the only thing that I haven’t been on in my career.”Though he’s already regarded as a superstar in Indonesia, Enguio knows that playing professionally here in the Philippines is still on a different level.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 shutout“I wanted to try it here even though I’ve already played in other countries. To play in the PBA is really my dream,” said the 29-year-old, who is the oldest among the applicants.“It’s really different here compared to the other countries and I think I’m already seasoned enough to get to the level of basketball that is played here. I needed to go through all the process to gain the necessary experience, and now that I feel that I’m ripe enough, I believe I’m ready. That’s why I returned here.” QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort LATEST STORIES PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next Biboy Enguio. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netAfter his days in the comforts of University of the East, Biboy Enguio has been all over the region, representing Indonesia in international competitions while going back here to test his luck against the best in the amateurs.But there’s only one league that eluded him through the course of his playing career.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC
Marawi’s young footballers use the pitch to heal traumatic wounds. —CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBACOLOD CITY—There was hardly any hint of disappointment from a team that just lost by a huge margin on a sunny Thursday morning at the start of the 4th Nofa Cup Under-13 tournament at Sta. Maria field here.And considering what this team and its players have gone through the past two years, being here, playing the game that they love in a tournament that has lured some of the top schools and clubs in the country, this was easily a big achievement.ADVERTISEMENT Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Cayetano asks Robredo, opposition to stop ‘politicizing’ drug war PLAY LIST 01:42Cayetano asks Robredo, opposition to stop ‘politicizing’ drug war01:10PNP-HPG to field 695 personnel to secure ‘Undas’01:58With new role in drug war, Robredo might ‘baby’ the drug lords – Bong Go02:42PH 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 View comments Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue LATEST STORIES “That was one of our first problems. We wanted to convince the parents and assure them it was safe to let their children play football.”Philippine Sports Commission Chair William “Butch” Ramirez, who graced the opening ceremony of the tournament here, stressed the importance of exposing children to sports to stop the cycle of war.“Peacemaking should start at an early age so it’s very important that they are exposed to sports,” Ramirez said.And perhaps there’s no better team to exemplify that than Team Marawi Ground Zero.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “As much as we want to help develop our players in the grassroots level, the journey of Team Marawi also shows how powerful football can be in bringing joy and excitement back to the lives of children,” Yanson said.Paran sees the sport as a way to heal the wounds of war particularly for his players, whom he said struggled to get some normalcy in their lives after the Marawi siege.One of his players, Jason Bagundol, lost his father, who was shot as he was caught in the crossfire while on his way to Mindanao State University during the early stages of the conflict.Paran and Bagundol are neighbors in Marawi, but the 12-year-old kid’s family has since relocated to Iligan City following the traumatic incident. Bagundol played in the 9-1 loss to Claret in their tournament opener.“Some of the parents of the players are still afraid to let their children play and interact with other children,” Paran said.ADVERTISEMENT PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Team Marawi Ground Zero won’t be making headlines with its performances here, but its participation goes beyond what happens on the pitch.“We’re just happy to be here,” coach Esperidion Paran, 48, who started forming this team after the five-month armed conflict in Marawi, Lanao del Sur, said in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Some of the players hardly slept last night because they were so excited to play. This is their first time to be in a big tournament. It’s a really great experience especially after what happened back home [in Marawi].”With the help of Negros Occidental Football Association president Ricky Yanson, Team Marawi secured a sponsor for its participation in the tournament. ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lady Troopers, Perlas Spikers log victories
After inviting sports players and legends like Saina Nehwal, Wasim Akram and Mohd. Azharuddin on his show, Kapil Sharma is all set to host West Indies’ all-rounder Dwayne Bravo on The Kapil Sharma Show (TKSS) next. Accompanying him would be the Mast Mast girl, Raveena Tandon, who is expected to add the mandatory Bollywood masala to the show. Dwayne, originally from Trinidad, is a cricketer and singer and is often referred to as Dwayne ‘DJ’ Bravo. He promises to be entertaining, to say the least. As for Raveena, she had a guest appearance in Bombay Velvet, and will be seen next in Onir’s Shab. According to the director, Raveena will leave the audience stunned with her performance. The feisty actress is also very active on social media and has quite the fan following. “@neetisimoes:@DJBravo47 @TandonRaveena in the house! #TheKapilSharmaShow ???? @KapilSharmaK9 pic.twitter.com/RXdSQxAhhV” Preeti simoes (@preeti_simoes) May 16, 2016 Also read: You will be surprised to see the difference between TRPs of The Kapil Sharma Show and Comedy Nights Live Last weekend, Twitter was all abuzz in anticipation of Saina Nehwal’s appearance on the show. The badminton star managed to win everyone’s hearts with her chirpiness and spontaneity.Also read: Saina Nehwal feels Kapil Sharma is her lucky charm; here’s why advertisementInterestingly, TKSS will host the Housefull 3 team again this coming weekend. Last weekend’s episode featuring the cast–Akshay Kumar, Riteish Deshmukh and Abhishek Bachchan–was quite a hit (at least going by Twitter reactions). The extended episode will air on May 21, as tweeted by Sony TV.Also read: Kapil Sharma calls Parineeti Chopra his ‘first and last love’ in this hilarious Twitter thread The Kapil Sharma Show features Sunil Grover, Ali Asgar, Chandan Prabhakar, Kiku Sharda, Sumona Chakravarty, and Rochelle Rao among others. The comedy show airs every Saturday and Sunday at 9pm on Sony TV.
Former Sri Lanka skipper Tillakaratne Dilshan believes Asian countries will have to play out of their skins to win the Champions Trophy, beginning Thursday in England and Wales.Sri Lanka go into the 50-over marquee event as underdogs and rightly so after a disorderly few months which saw them lose 0-5 in an ODI series to South Africa.They enjoyed good campaigns in 2007, 2009 (World T20), 2011 and again in 2012 (World T20) where they finished runners-up before finally ending their trophy drought in 2014.But things started going downhill ever since their maiden World T20 triumph with the senior duo of Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene biding adieu to their international careers the following year.And things don’t seem to be on the rise and as recently as this week, the Lankan Tigers succumbed to an embarrassing loss to Scotland and had to see Bangladesh move past them in the ICC ODI rankings.Talking about Sri Lanka’s chances in the upcoming tournament, Dilshan feels that considering the conditions in English conditions, the non-Asian team — England, South Africa and Australia will have a huge advantage.”We have a young team and they are inexperienced but a talented one. Playing away from the sub-continent, especially in English conditions, is not an easy task and that is where sides like England, South Africa and Australia will have a huge advantage,” the former Sri Lankan opener said in an interview with pakpassion.net.”For Asian countries to win the trophy in England is not going to be easy. In fact, I will say that even playing 75% of their potential will not be enough and they will need to play out of their skins to win the Champions Trophy this year,” he added.advertisementThe 40-year-old, however, did hesitate to name any one team as the favourite to win the Champions Trophy.Sri Lanka will kick off their campaign against South Africa on June 3 before the two matches against their sub-continental rivals India and Pakistan.Sri Lanka Squad: Angelo Mathews (capt), Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Upul Tharanga, Dinesh Chandimal, Nuwan Pradeep, Asela Gunaratne, Chamara Kapugedera, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera, Seekkuge Prasanna, Lakshan Sandakan, Suranga Lakmal, Thisara Perera, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Kulasekara.
India captain Virat Kohli has apparently made a request to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to reconsider its rule on wives of the players.Kohli wants the Indian cricket board to allow wives of the players to accompany them on full overseas tours, according to reports.”The request was made a few weeks back but as it is a BCCI policy decision, the manager will have to submit a formal request first. Anushka has been travelling with Kohli overseas, however, Kohli now wants the old rule to be abolished and a new policy should come up where wives should be allowed to travel with the Indian team,” a source was quoted as saying by the Indian Express.Indian cricketers likely to say goodbye to WAGs till 3rd Test vs EnglandThe current rule allows WAGs of India’s cricket to accompany them for only 14 days after the first two weeks of a 45-day tour abroad.Also read – Virat Kohli enjoys meal with wife Anushka Sharma in LondonBut despite the rule Kohli’s wife Anushka Sharma was seen travelling with the team throughout their tour in England last month.Also read – Strolling on the streets in England: Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli and AnushkaThe cricketers’ wives including Anushka, Sakshi Dhoni, Ritika Sajdeh (Rohit Sharma’s wife), Ayesha Mukherjee (Shikhar Dhawan’s spouse) and others were present throughout the limited-overs series between India and England in July. But only Anushka stayed back and attended the Test matches as well.advertisementVirat Kohli enjoying simple things in life with Anushka Sharma in EnglandThe Bollywood actress was even slammed on social media after she appeared in the Indian team’s picture at the High Commission event in London during the tour.Her presence raised eyebrows among Indian fans that were clueless as to why she was being allowed to travel with the team despite the BCCI asking the wives to join the camp only after the third Test in England.Kohli however, has gone on record to say that Anushka has stood by him in the good and bad phases of his life and her presence helps him perform on the field whenever the team tours abroad.Kohli even dedicated his first Test hundred in England to Anushka after scoring 103 in the Nottingham Test in August.”I want to dedicate my innings especially to my wife. She’s motivated me a lot, kept pushing me. She’s the only one who keeps me positive out there. She has copped a lot in the past but she deserves the credit for this one,” Kohli had said after the match.It is now up to the Committee of Administrators (COA) now to take a call on the captain’s request and decide whether to change the rule or not.According to reports, the COA has asked the Indian team manager to make a formal request after a BCCI official approached them on the issue.
Indian chess Grandmaster and former World Chess Champion, Viswanathan ‘Vishy’ Anand was born on December 11, 1969.Viswanathan Anand became India’s first grandmaster in 1988.Here are some interesting facts about the chess maestro:Viswanathan Anand was born in Mayiladuthurai, Tamil NaduHe learnt chess when he was 6 years’ from his mother and a close family friend named Deepa RamakrishnanViswanathan joined the board of directors of Olympic Gold Quest in August 2010. Olympic Gold Quest is a foundation for promoting and supporting India’s elite sports-persons and potential young talentViswanathan held the FIDE World Chess Championship from 2000 to 2002, at a time when the world title was split. In 2007, he became the undisputed World Champion and in 2008, defended his title against Vladimir KramnikAfter Garry Kasparov, Vladimir Kramnik and Veselin Topalov, Anand became the fourth player in history to pass the 2800 Elo mark on the FIDE rating list in April 2006. He occupied the number one position for 21 months, the 6th longest on recordViswanathan Anand became India’s first grandmaster in 1988. He was also the first recipient of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 1991-92. Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award is India’s highest sporting honourIn 2007, Viswanathan became the first sports person to receive India’s second highest civilian award, the Padma VibhushanInterested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.
Manchester City are innocent until proven guilty, manager Pep Guardiola said on Friday in response to alleged breaches by the Premier League champions of Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations.European soccer’s governing body UEFA has referred City to an independent judicial chamber after an investigation opened in March.”We are innocent until proven, I’m sorry,” the Spaniard told reporters when asked whether his side’s success on the field had been in any way undermined ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium.City will become the first team to win the English domestic treble if they beat Premier League rivals Watford, who have never won a major trophy.”If UEFA decide we did something wrong, OK we’ll be banned, we’ll be punished or whatever they decide,” said Guardiola, who emphasised he would remain manager next season.”But we are innocent right now. I know the people are waiting for it to be guilty… but that is where it is… I spoke with the chairman and CEOs, and I know exactly what happened and what they did and I trust a lot.”Asked again about the possibility of a Champions League ban, Guardiola closed the subject.”Everything is suggesting, what would happen. I don’t know. We are innocent today. We’ll see in the future.”I don’t know what is going to happen about UEFA. UEFA are now working with the lawyers from Man City, Man City is open to expose all the papers,” he added.German publication Der Spiegel reported in March that the club’s Abu Dhabi owners inflated sponsorship agreements to comply with FFP requirements.advertisementCity said on Thursday they were “disappointed, but regrettably not surprised, by the sudden announcement of the referral” and were confident of a positive outcome.FFP rules are intended to prevent clubs receiving unlimited amounts of money through inflated sponsorship deals with organisations related to the owners.With Juventus announcing on Friday the departure of manager Massimiliano Allegri, Guardiola was quick to rule himself out of the running.”How many times do I have to say? I’m not going to go to Juventus in Turin, I’m not going to move to Italy,” he said. “I’m going to stay, if they want, two more seasons here. I have a contract.”I’m satisfied working with this club, with these people here. I’m not going anywhere.”Also Read | Massimiliano Allegri to leave Juventus at end of season
Twitter/@TerrapinNationUpdate: Here is video of the announcement, via ESPN’s Gerry Hamilton:#VIDEO: #ESPN300 OG @THEGIF7 commits to #Maryland at #UAAllAmerica Game. pic.twitter.com/E5lM8nIXV2— Gerry Hamilton (@HamiltonESPN) January 2, 2016Earlier: Today’s Under Armour All-American Game will feature a number of commitments by big-time players. Right before kick-off, running back Devwah Whaley committed to Arkansas. Next up is four-star guard Terrance Davis, who will stay home to play for D.J. Durkin at Maryland.Officially committed to Maryland! #UMD #DirtyTerps Extremely blessed! @UAFootball #UAALLAMERICA pic.twitter.com/NiDuRkJiYH— Mary (@THEGIF7) January 2, 2015Rivals100 OG Terrance Davis has committed to the #Terps. pic.twitter.com/RMQssvfz3m— Scott Greene (@TerrapinNation) January 2, 2016#ESPN300 OG @THEGIF7 commits to #Maryland at #UAAllAmerica Game. pic.twitter.com/5Og9wvh9GD— Gerry Hamilton (@HamiltonESPN) January 2, 2016There’s no better event to commit to the Terps at than the game sponsored by Under Armour. Davis is ranked No. 2 among all offensive guards, and is the top recruit in the state of Maryland, per 247Sports.
zoomImage Courtesy: GoodBulk Owner and operator of dry bulkers GoodBulk Ltd has filed a registration statement for a proposed initial public offering (IPO) of its common shares.The company’s IPO filing with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on June 1 is expected to raise up to USD 100 million, IPO investment manager Renaissance Capital informed.The Monaco-based owner was formed in October 2016 for the purpose of owning high quality second hand dry bulk vessels between 50,000–210,000 dwt.Upon delivery of earlier announced vessel acquisitions, GoodBulk will control a fleet of 25 dry bulk vessels, including 22 Capesize vessels, 1 Panamax vessel, and 2 Supramax vessels.All vessels are externally managed by a third-party manager of dry bulk vessels, C Transport Maritime S.A.M.
London: A Sikh humanitarian campaigner has been allegedly racially targeted in Austria after a woman airport security staffer joked about finding a bomb in his turban, according to a media report. Ravi Singh was confronted by the staff at the Vienna international airport on his way back to the UK on Friday after helping Yazidi women who were enslaved by the ISIS in Iraq, Metro reported. The founder of the Khalsa Aid was changing flights at the airport when he let security staff swab his turban. He walked through the metal detector without setting it off, but a member of staff then insisted on giving his headdress an additional scan with a handheld device. When he asked if there was a problem, one of the security workers said: “Yes, we found explosives”, it said. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US Despite feeling hurt by the jibe, Singh says education is a much better way forward than punishment. “If I made that comment I would be thrown in jail. I was so upset,” Singh said. He said the member of staff was “smirking” when she first made the comment but got “very upset” and went “very red” with embarassment when Singh challenged her. She said, “no I will not apologise.” Singh said “I want an apology now.” Singh had been on his second visit to Iraq in three weeks, as part of a new project helping Yazidi women who were captured by ISIS. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls He said that he forgives the woman who made the remark and has asked airport management if he can sit down to calmly teach her about his faith. He added, “I would not feel good if the person was sacked. You can’t answer hate with hate, it will never work. You will only fuel more hate.” Jasveer Singh, of the Sikh Press Association said, “There is a long held conflation by many in the Western world between the physical appearance of a Sikh and that of a terrorist.” “It seems anyone with a beard or brown skin or a head-covering can find themselves labelled as ignorantly as Ravi Singh was. The fact many Sikhs have all three is why we so commonly face the brunt of this racist and ignorant mindset.” Responding to Singh on Twitter, a spokesperson for the Vienna Airport said they are investigating the incident. “We apologise for the incident, this does not match our understanding of customer service.”
Rabat – Saudi flag carrier Saudia has announced the launch of two new routes from Jeddah, including one to Marrakech.Saudia’s new direct flight from Jeddah to Marrakech will begin service on June 6.According to a statement from the Saudi company, the Jeddah-Marrakech flight will be operate on a “state-of-art widebody Boeing 787 Dreamliner, with 24 seats in Business Class and 274 in Economy Class.” The flights will be available three times a week: Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.The second new route will connect Jeddah to Athens.After Casablanca, according to the statement, Marrakech “becomes the carrier’s second destination in the country.”The company added that it served more than 34 million passengers in 2018.“SAUDIA flies to 95 destinations worldwide, with a modern fleet of more than 160 narrow and widebody Airbus and Boeing aircraft. The average age of the SAUDIA fleet is less than five years,” added the statement.
21 January 2008The United Nations agency tasked with helping Palestinian refugees warned today that it may have to halt its food distribution and other key operations inside the Gaza Strip if the closures continue at the crossing points into Gaza. Karen AbuZayd, Commissioner-General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), said the agency is about to run out of its own fuel supplies in two more days.Although it has its own food stocks, it will not be able to continue its food support programmes to an estimated 860,000 residents of Gaza past Wednesday if it does not have the fuel to transport the food or the nylon bags needed for distribution.“It’s very cold here – there’s no fuel, no water, little electricity,” Ms. AbuZayd said in an interview with UN Radio.“We’re very worried and almost frightened, I would say, about what’s going on. We’re about to run out of our own supplies – our own fuel and our own plastic bags in order to distribute our food… We’ve had to help some of the local hospitals, especially the paediatric hospital, with fuel. We’ve had to give fuel to our health centres because everything in Gaza is running on generators now.”Ms. AbuZayd said she was particularly concerned about the health of the sick and the most needy within the Gaza Strip.“They have no cushions or resources of their own and hospitals are rapidly running out of everything… It’s just a disaster, really.”She said the UN was making contact with Israeli officials to allow the agency to receive supplies, which have been completely blocked since last Thursday. “It’s just a question of phone calls, negotiations, begging and pleading.”Her warning comes just days after Secretary-General issued a statement voicing concern over Israel’s decision to close the crossing points into Gaza that are used to transport supplies and warning of the potential humanitarian consequences.That statement, issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson, also called for an immediate end to the violence engulfing Gaza and affecting communities in southern Israel, reiterating the need for Palestinian sniper and rocket attacks into Israel to cease and for the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) to show maximum restraint.Meanwhile, John Dugard, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, also released a statement on Friday saying that recent Israeli actions in Gaza violated international treaties.“The killing of some 40 Palestinians in Gaza in the past week, the targeting of a Government office near a wedding party venue with what must have been foreseen loss of life and injury to many civilians, and the closure of all crossings into Gaza raise very serious questions about Israel’s respect for international law and its commitment to the peace process,” he said in a press release.Mr. Dugard said the actions violated the strict prohibition in the Geneva Conventions on collective punishment and one of the basic principles of international humanitarian law – that military action must distinguish between military targets and civilian targets.Mr. Dugard, who serves in an unpaid and personal capacity, reports to the UN Human Rights Council, which will hold a special session this Wednesday – at the request of the Group of Arab States and the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) – to consider and take actions on “human rights violations emanating from Israeli military incursions in the occupied Palestinian territory,” including Gaza and the West Bank town of Nablus.
NBCUniversal puts $200 million into BuzzFeed, a week after making similar bet on Vox by The Associated Press Posted Aug 18, 2015 6:51 am MDT Last Updated Aug 18, 2015 at 10:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – NBCUniversal, following a potentially younger viewing audience wherever it goes, has placed a $200 million bet on the fast-growing BuzzFeed.The announcement from the division of cable giant Comcast Corp. on Tuesday comes not even a week after it made an identical investment in Vox Media, which runs the food blog Eater, SB Nation and Re/code.Traditional broadcasters have scrambled to pick up viewers, especially millennials, as habits are reshaped by new technology that allows people to watch what they want, when the want to watch it.Netflix, the front-runner in on-demand viewing, added 3.3 million worldwide subscribers during its last quarter, ending the period with 65.6 million customers. About 900,000 of the additional subscribers were signed up in the U.S., where Netflix now has 42.3 million customers.HBO and Showtime are now offering streaming services for a stand-alone monthly charge, free of a traditional cable package.Cable and satellite services have created stripped down packages seeking to lure millennials and others who want more control over what they pay for.NBCUniversal said that it wants to begin collaborating on editorial content with its new partners. The deal could allow BuzzFeed to expand its reach.BuzzFeed has more than 200 million monthly unique visitors and has 1.5 billion monthly video views, NBCUniversal said Tuesday.
“The Secretary-General reiterates his call for inclusive dialogue to continue, and encourages all parties to reach an agreement for a peaceful and civilian-led transition as soon as possible,” said UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric, briefing the press at UN Headquarters this afternoon. The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for West Africa, Mohammed Ibn Chambas, arrived in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso’s capital, on 31 October as part of a joint mission that also includes the President of the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the African Union Commissioner for Political Affairs.In addition, Mr. Dujarric noted the Secretary-General’s appreciation for the mission undertaken by President John Mahama of Ghana, President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria and President Macky Sall of Senegal, who arrived in the Burkinabé capital today to join mediation efforts by the joint UN, African Union and ECOWAS delegation.“The joint UN-AU-ECOWAS mission is continuing its consultations with all the parties and other forces to ensure a democratic and civil-led transition in Burkina Faso,” continued the spokesperson. “And it will continue its efforts to help resolve the crisis in line with the national constitution.”
The Changsha Declaration aims to ramp up the efforts towards South-South Cooperation – an initiative working to eliminate hunger and malnutrition through the mutual sharing and exchange of good practices, resources, and know-how between countries of the “global south”.At the forum’s conclusion, 26 countries and 11 international organizations signed on to the Declaration, which includes more information-sharing towards constructing common policies and programmes. The forum coincided with the launch of a new report, jointly published by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), World Food Programme (WFP), and the World Health Organization (WHO), alerting of severe food shortages plaguing Asia and the Pacific.The region faces risk of “a colossal human loss” if countries in the region do not recommit themselves to ending all forms of malnutrition, regional experts from the four specialized UN agencies warned in a joint press release on Friday.One recent large-scale example of cooperation can be seen in Bangladesh, where hundreds-of-thousands of displaced mainly-Rohingya refugees fleeing violence, faced a major hunger crisis, effecting the whole region. China has been fielding experts and technicians to share knowledge in various technical areas, including aquaculture, crop production and livestock breeding to boost the country’s agriculture sector.Around the world, climate-related disasters, limited access to safe water, and violence have contributed to a general rise in malnutrition.Director-General for FAO Jose Graziano da Silva announced plans to establish an International Centre of Excellence for Agriculture Innovation and Rural Development in Beijing during the forum; a facility that will provide training in agriculture innovation and promote investment in rural areas in an effort to reach the first 2030 Sustainable Development Goal of zero hunger.
It has been 12 years since Emily Allan last talked to her cousin Sarah Bloomfield. 12 years since the two best friends laughed until their stomachs hurt and belted out their favourite Madonna songs.Sarah had Cystic Fibrosis, and on March 15, 2005 she died while waiting for a lung transplant that could have saved her life. She was 23 years old.Since that day, Allan has made it her life’s work to raise funds and awareness for the most common fatal genetic disease affecting Canadian kids and young adults.“I lost my cousin and best friend because of Cystic Fibrosis,” said Allan, experiential education co-ordinator in the Department of Sport Management and Brock’s cross-country coach. “Every day, researchers are discovering new treatments and getting closer to finding a cure, and until that happens, I will do everything I can to help make that dream a reality.”On June 10 Allan will begin a three-week running expedition covering the entire 895km distance of the Bruce Trail from Tobermory to Niagara Falls. Each day, she will run approximately the distance of a full marathon, with the journey to finish at the southern terminus at Queenston Heights on Canada Day.The End to End CF journey will continue Allan’s mission of raising funds and awareness for a disease that claimed her cousin and affects one in every 3,600 children born in Canada.Over the years, Allan has raised almost $30,000 by cycling across the Canadian Rockies twice, and circling Prince Edward Island on a bicycle. With the End to End CF start date just over two weeks away, more than $10,000 has already been donated for CF research.In addition to donations from family and friends, Allan’s co-workers have supported the cause through bottle donations, a wine raffle, a fundraising yoga session and even a private shopping event at Brock alumna Shannon Passero’s store in Thorold, organized by her colleagues in Co-op, Career and Experiential Education.“From my colleagues to the University itself, Brock has been extremely supportive,” Allan said. “It’s wonderful to work in such an environment.”Brock has come on board as a corporate sponsor of the run, alongside Outdoors Oriented, Rankin Construction, Niagara Battery and Tire and the Fonthill and District Kinsmen Club.For more information on the run, or to make a donation, visit endtoendcf.caBrock University cross-country coach Emily Allan.BY THE NUMBERS895 … distance, in kilometres of the Bruce Trail41 … distance in kilometres Emily will average each day22 … number of consecutive days Emily will run to complete the trip23 … the age of Emily’s cousin Sarah when she died of CF in 200551 … life expectancy of a Canadian with CF today$13,425 … fundraising goal of this run ($15/km)$10,871 … amount raised as of May 23$39,000 … amount of money Emily has raised so far for CF in the past six years