Perasol wants Fighting Maroons to be accountable after latest loss

first_imgUP head coach Bo Perasol. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the Philippines head coach Bo Perasol is fed up with his team’s struggles. The Fighting Maroons have been on a free-fall since their 3-1 start in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament losing five of their last six matches to drop to 4-6.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 And that was the one thing the Fighting Maroons failed to do.Pasaol punished UP with 32 points, outscoring the whole UP starting five who scored a measly 17 points, on top of 13 rebounds.“Actually, he was our emphasis the past few games, we got lapses in the beginning on what we wanted to do and in fact he was the emphasis of our defense,” said Perasol in Filipino. “But he made those three-point shots so he really had a boost of confidence.” Pasaol made five 3-pointers against UP, and none bigger than the one he drilled that gave UE a 68-58 lead with 2:49 remaining.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP “It’s really tiring when you lose and you don’t see any accountability from your players,” said Perasol Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre after losing to University of the East, 73-64.With the loss, the Fighting Maroons fell out of the top four and are now a full game behind the Tamaraws in the standings.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 them to feel that when you lose a game you have to be accountable, you have to own up to the chances given to you. That’s the point of character building I wanted to share with my players because it’s now always about the wins and the losses.”UP’s game plan focused on slowing down UE’s Alvin Pasaol who has been on a tear the past four games averaging 33 points. View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 15 QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READlast_img read more

Mac Cardona to suit up for Zark’s Burgers

first_imgTrump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet “We’re going back the same way we started. We’re giving chance to the other players like Mac to prove that they sill have gas left in their tank,” said Jawbreakers team owner Commie Espina Varona.The 35-year-old Cardona joined team practices on Monday, but was non-committal as far his future with the team is.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“He will end the conference with us. But surely, we want him in our team for the future,” Zark’s team manager Sherwin Cantos saidCardona last played in the PBA in the 2016 Commissioner’s Cup with NLEX, where he averaged career-lows of 1.0 points and 1.2 rebounds in 9 minutes of play. El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Undas tradition: 2 mom’s crusade against trash at cemeteries PLAY LIST 01:44Undas tradition: 2 mom’s crusade against trash at cemeteries00:50Trending Articles01:29Attacks vs UP Visayas students a ‘natural reaction’ from Duterte supporters – Palace02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View commentscenter_img LaVar Ball says son Lonzo could go with other shoe brand ‘if the price is right’ Cardona debuts on Tuesday for Zark’s against Marinerong Pilipino.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress He has enjoyed a lengthy 11-year playing career in the PBA since leaving La Salle, where he netted averages of 14.6 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 2.2 assists in his stops with Talk N’ Text, Meralco, Air21, and NLEX before suffering on drug overdose last year.The mercurial swingman’s entry will be a huge boost to the Zark’s Burgers squad which has struggled to string victories in its maiden foray in the PBA D-League wherein the team set league records for all the wrong reasons.The Jawbreakers absorbed a record-setting 76-point loss to Tanduay last July 10.Already out of the running for a quarterfinals spot with their 1-7 record, the Jawbreakers have fired their head coach Jade Padrigao and installed assistant coach Gino Enriquez in an interim capacity to finish the conference.However, Cardona’s arrival could help the team play the spoiler role for playoff-bound squads as he is set to join forces with ex-pro Robby Celiz.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ PBA FILE PHOTOCaptain Hook is ready to sail again.Mac Cardona will be making his basketball comeback, this time with Zark’s Burgers as he is set to play in the team’s last two games in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

The state apparatus vanished when floods swept Jammu & Kashmir. But it must get its act together to deal with the aftermath. Is it up to the task?

first_imgA flood victim with her children in SrinagarZinda ho?” As the people of Srinagar return to the forced sham that passes for normalcy two weeks after the fury of the Jhelum changed their lives forever, that brutal, forthright question seems to have been transformed into a straightforward term of endearment.,A flood victim with her children in SrinagarZinda ho?” As the people of Srinagar return to the forced sham that passes for normalcy two weeks after the fury of the Jhelum changed their lives forever, that brutal, forthright question seems to have been transformed into a straightforward term of endearment. The ‘Assalaam aleikum’ will come later, perhaps next week or the week after. Today, just these words, part-reassurance-part-statement, are enough. Are you alive? Already, Srinagar’s world is being circumscribed by the events of the last fortnight. Seven days ago, by September 12, the fury of the flood was abating a week before that, on September 6, it was just about beginning. As reminiscences of those hours take over, survivors report their slow oscillation between a crowded bunch of memories-and emptiness.The slow rise of water as it, surprisingly, lapped at your feet that unforgettable morning of September 7 in the kitchen, at about 6.30 a.m. So you step out of your ground floor apartment in Jawahar Nagar to see where it is coming from, open the small gate that leads to the street and look right. There’s a wall of water moving rapidly in your direction, about 8-10 feet high, carrying a whitecoloured Scorpio vehicle in its wake. You step back and run back home, fear overwhelming your thudding heart. The next hour is taken up in transporting the goods of your elderly landlord from the second to the third floor. By the time you return to your own ground-floor apartment, the gas cylinders are floating in the water, hitting your chest. You can hardly keep your grip on the floor. It is impossible to retrieve the hand-written, 250-year-old Koran normally kept on the top shelf, out of reach of children and all other harm, that has been especially gifted to you by the family.advertisementNearly two weeks later, as Srinagar fights to hold on to a semblance of its old dignity, the fragility of its citizenry is exposed for all the world to see. On the Bemina-Tengpora road close to the airport, several people displaced by the waters have set up tents on the flyover’s central verge. By the middle of November, winter will set in, which means they have two months to find a house to live in. In these parts, the winter is so severe that cement doesn’t take long to freeze over. The normally short working season, from April to November, has just become even more truncated.In Jawahar Nagar and Raj Bagh, colonies of the middle bureaucracy and the new rich, the water is still chest-high. But several residents have already returned home to protect the remainder of their worldly goods. That’s because the looters, allegedly shikarawallahs offering a helping hand to victims desperate to get away, are said to return in the dead of night. What the Jhelum gives, it also takes away. Meanwhile, two heavy-duty pumps sent by the Central government started working in the Rajbagh area more than a week after the disaster. But as the water level recedes, local volunteers are finding more and more bodies of those who didn’t make the escape.Apathy fuels outrageAcross Srinagar, old men grown grey with unkept promises made by successive governments are slow to anger, as you ask them about that morning and how and why the Jhelum broke its banks. Younger men, fed on a cyclical diet of conflict and resentment, curfew and hartal as well as much bigger words such as “intifada”, have a much shorter fuse. But as they ride the waters in wooden boats, some of them converted from coffins borrowed from the local masjid, their anger wells over into cursing beneath their breath.Flood waters inundate Lal Chowk, the commercial hub of Srinagar”Where are our MLAs? They haven’t shown their faces to us in our hour of need. This Nasir Wani, before he got elected as the National Conference MLA from Amirakadal constituency, used to have a monthly account in my provision store in Jawahar Nagar and would often find it difficult to pay up. Today he is a very rich man. Where did he get his money from? All these men know is to make money off our pain and our grief,” says Mushtaq, riding on a local volunteer’s boat to shore up supplies at home.This mounting anger against an apathetic political class, which failed to stand by its people as the life-giving river became a river of death, is fuelled by an insensitive civil administration which preferred to fall back on bureaucratic lethargy and red-tapism rather than cut short the rules in the distribution of food supplies in this hour of crisis. Stories abound of godowns full of rice and wheat which could not be opened because the man who had the key to the lock had gone to Jammu. In an exclusive interview with INDIA TODAY, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah admitted that 24 crucial hours were lost in one instance because officials insisted that trucks carrying supplies would need to be first registered, their dispatch order signed and only then released.advertisementBut the anger that manifests against Abdullah’s government is also spilling over into resentment against the army, the air force as well as National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) personnel, who are being increasingly perceived as demanding gratitude from an ingrate people-although, Kashmiris admit, they have all performed yeoman service. As they put it, “a completely insensitive mainstream media” has changed the tone of the army/air force/NDRF rescue, by forcing Srinagar’s citizenry to publicly admit homage.”Don’t get us wrong,” says Manzoor Ahmed, a retired driver who lives in downtown Srinagar. “We know that the Indian Army saved hundreds of people in this flood, and we are grateful for that. When the army men went in with their boats, they didn’t worry whether people were Kashmiri or tourist, Muslim or Pandit, their only concern was who was in greater danger and needed to be rescued first. We appreciate that very much. But when your media keeps rubbing it into our face that we are ungrateful for all that is being done for us, then it really bothers,” he adds.Ahmed says people should also not forget that hundreds of Kashmiri civilians also put themselves into grave personal danger by taking their shikaras into the roiling waters of the Jhelum and rescuing ailing men, pregnant women and children. Several worked alongside the army, several alone. “We must all acknowledge their contribution,” he adds.Asked why he and his government were missing from the streets of Srinagar, Abdullah said, “At first, we were constrained by the lack of communications. The telephone network was completely down and even I couldn’t get in touch with my ministers or my senior officials. Then we were trying to get the people out. But I agree, the government needs to be seen interacting with the people in their hour of crisis. The crowds may get hostile, but we have to understand that,” he added.Here and nowIn this volatile climate, Abdullah admits the challenges ahead are grave. Large parts of the city are still under water -notably Jawahar Nagar and Rajbagh, where the Jhelum breached its banks and converted these colonies into a veritable death-trap, as well as parts of Bemina, Tengpora and Batamaloo-and stagnant water is a direct invitation to water-borne diseases such as gastroenteritis, dysentery and diarrhoea. Union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, who flew into Srinagar to take stock, and his doctors have advised that all children in the age-group of 0-15 years be inoculated against measles. Dog bites are being reported, and the fear of rabies is rising, as scared and famished street dogs who have survived the flood look to assuage their hunger.advertisementVIP colony Jawahar Nagar is one of the worst-affected areas in SrinagarWith insulin and anti-blood pressure drugs in high demand, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw of Biocon is believed to have sent a few tonnes of the former from Bangalore. Relief organisations are in fact putting their best face forward, among them the Kashmir Valley in Delhi for Flood Relief (KVIDFR), which started out as a group of well-meaning as well as well-to-do South Srinagar kids from out of town, but has grown into an organised group that has gone into the deepest parts of the city to provide relief to people.The fear of an impending epidemic, especially if the water-logged areas are not cleared soon, gnaws at government and private doctors alike. Old British records from the 1902 flood that last submerged the Kashmir Valley reveal that while only 92 died in the Jhelum’s fury, as many as 15,000 were killed by the diseases that came in the wake of the flood. According to Dr Naqshbandi of the private Ahmed hospital near the Srinagar airport-to which several patients were shifted since the government hospitals were shut-the lack of diagnostic equipment, now lost in the flood, will significantly deter the detection of even simple diseases.Moreover, with the winter looming large, the forced proximity of people is likely to aggravate infections. Orders have also been issued to remove carcasses of animals- chickens, dogs, cows littering street corners. On the outskirts of Srinagar, more than half the cattle at the army’s 330-strong dairy farm have died; the government is still looking for place to bury them. People who were rescued from their flooded homes even 3-4 days after the arrival of the flood and happened to walk past the army dairy, reported a thunderous lowing of the cattle those nights, as if it were a prophecy of doomsday.The telecommunication network, both government owned and private, remains spotty at best. Bitter that the lines are still down, Abdullah holds fort from Hari Nivas, one of several beautifully appointed pleasure houses of the former maharaja of Kashmir. He has finally been able to call a meeting of his council of ministers here more than a week after the flood, as his Secretariat is still under a couple of feet of water. But these elected representatives are said to be mutinous, and don’t want to stay in Srinagar.Volunteers distribute drinking water bottlesStories abound. Health minister Taj Mohiuddin was so keen on leaving the capital that he barely met his wife for an hour before rushing to his constituency, Uri. Revenue, relief and rehabilitation minister Ajaz Ahmad Khan would rather stay in the Jammu region, near his constituency Gool Arnas, as does Minister for Housing, Horticulture, Culture and Sports, Raman Bhalla. None of them have been sighted on the streets of the capital since the deluge, although several were spotted on the freshly mowed lawns of Hari Nivas. Plans are now believed to be afoot to persuade them to accompany trucks of food supplies into the flood-affected areas so that the people, furious at being abandoned in their hour of need, do not take out their pent-up frustration and anger on them.Chief Secretary Iqbal Khandey, also standing on the lawns of Hari Nivas in the company of Bhalla, Urban Development and Urban Local Bodies minister Nawang Rigzin Jora and Abdullah’s confidante Devinder Rana, is unwilling to answer questions about why he and the rest of his civil administration have failed to lead the civilian relief effort. Asked where the government relief camps are located, Khandey at first points to the Dal, upon which a junior official softly interjects to say that most people have left from there, then adds that there are a few in the Nishat Bagh area.Meanwhile, the city has been divided into three zones, one senior official in charge of each to supervise the removal of garbage. Restoring the city’s water supply is a priority, which even in ordinary times was mixed with alum and chlorine; a few days ago 200 tonnes was ordered to be flown in. The army is supplementing the effort by providing reverse osmosis (RO) systems that churn out 300,000 gallons of water a day. But everywhere in the city, in areas like Maisuma considered to be the stronghold of separatist leader Yasin Malik as well as in the innards of Barbar Shah, the filthy streets are being cleaned by the people who live there. Elsewhere in Sheikh Bagh, close to Lal Chowk, shopkeepers have deployed their own hosepipes to pump the water out. If the state is deploying people, they are few and far in between and largely invisible.Certainly, the army has played a stellar role in providing medical services in Srinagar, treating infants as young as four days. As many as 80 medical teams and six army field hospitals have been established, which are likely to remain operational at least for another month.Economy under waterThe loss to life and property in the Jammu region has also been severe. Intersected by the mighty Chenab and the Tawi rivers and their various tributaries and feeders, the shock effect of the late monsoon deluge was felt when a bus carrying a marriage party fell into the river below, killing as many as 63 people, out of the total toll of 164 so far. According to Northern Army Commander Lt-Gen D. S. Hooda, who led the army’s rescue operations in the state, “No one expected the speed at which the water came. Many casualties occurred as people tried to cross causeways,” he said. Luckily, the rains stopped around September 8, allowing the waters to flow onwards into Pakistan in the following 24 hours, making the task of connecting Rajouri and Poonch much easier. Electricity and water supply was restored, as was communication and the vital road supply route.A flooded ward in SMHS hospital, the valley’s top general hospitalAccording to Shakeel Qalander, entrepreneur and member of former PM Manmohan Singh’s economic advisory council, back-of-the-envelope calculations puts the estimated loss to the Jammu & Kashmir economy at a staggering Rs 100,000 crore. With the floods also having affected several districts in south Kashmir like Anantnag and Pulwama, about three lakh houses (out of approximately 20 lakh in the state) have been either fully or partially destroyed; the stagnant water is expected to undermine the plinth by about 25 years. The expected loss in this sector alone amounts to Rs 30,000 crore, even as the government has announced Rs 75,000 for a damaged house and Rs 3.5 lakh for death. Abdullah said he had requested the central government to extend insurance against fire also to floods. Other key sectors, namely agriculture and horticulture -the current standing crop of paddy and apples respectively- shaves off another fraction of the state GDP.Tourism, including hotels, houseboats and commercial establishments (and each shop’s goods worth about Rs 25 lakh), will set the state back by another Rs 25,000 crore. Additional losses from the extensive damage to infrastructure- roads, bridges, etc-add up the rest. “This has been a huge flood which has caused such extensive damage that we will take decades to recover. We are grateful to civil society and state governments elsewhere in the country for helping the people of Jammu and Kashmir, but we also demand that the Central government allow foreign countries such as the UK, as well as international organisations such as the UN, to disburse aid to us in our time of need,” Qalander said.Winter threatAs the winter looms large, officials point out that the state only has until the middle of November to carry out its major tasks. Kashmiris are hoping that national infrastructure companies will build prefabricated houses and supply them quickly perhaps, some wealthy enterprises will even adopt villages or parts of Srinagar city. Operationalising the national highway and keeping it open is another priority as that is the lifeline of the Valley. The Srinagar-Baramullah railway track has just been restored, but it will take some time to normalise the link to Banihal. The exodus of outside labour, back to Bihar and Uttar Pradesh and Punjab, will add to Kashmir’s woes.Victims take shelter in boats in PulwamaCertainly, the 2014 flood has irrevocably changed the way Srinagar looks at itself, as well as the rest of the country. But as it waits for its fate to change, it focuses on tales of heroism that no one can take away. Like the story of Fazil, a 22-year-old small-time businessman dealing in tiles, who bought a boat for Rs 5,000 on the morning of September 7 and didn’t rest until he had rescued over a 100 people from the watery jaws of death in Jawahar Nagar.Or like the story of Talha Jahangir, satirist and much loved broadcaster on Radio Kashmir, who was in conversation with a government official the evening before the waters struck, just as the Jhelum began her assault of the city. The well-meaning official, hoping to avoid a general panic, kept assuring the Kashmiri people on air that there was nothing to fear from the encircling rumours of devastation, until Jahangir gently told him that the water had reached his feet inside the studio and that he was cutting short the show. Radio Kashmir as well as the local Doordarshan station shut down soon after.Or even like the rescue of Srinagar’s very important people on Church Lane, carried out by jawans of the CRPF’s 79th Battalion in the adjacent Badami Bagh cantonment area: senior bureaucrats, including chief secretary Khandey, three senior judges besides Chief Justice M.M. Kumar, as well as the state’s intelligence chief B. Srinivas were taken out, along with 40-50 hired help who had been left behind. All the government ministers for whom they worked had fled the previous night, warned by news of the impending tide. Even in its worst hour of crisis, Kashmir’s elite had not been afraid of invoking a caste system of entitlement.With inputs from Manu PubbyFollow the writer on Twitter @jomalhotraTo read more, get your copy of India Today here.last_img read more

Kontron: upgraded VX305C SBC supports 12-core Intel Xeon-D processor

first_img Continue Reading Previous Molex: easy-on FFC/FPC connectors in 0.5mm and 1.0mm pitch formsNext Octavo introduces complete 1GHz computer in a 27 mm package Kontron announces the successful design and test of an upgraded 3U VPX single-board computer, and the start of evaluation unit deliveries to its key customers. Based on the in-production VX3058, the upgraded VX305C integrates the 12-core version of the Intel Xeon-D processor architecture (Broadwell DE), which further boosts the performance of the highly integrated Kontron VX3058 and brings a new level of performance to battlefield server-class computing and digital signal processing performance.The new VX305C keeps the feature set of its predecessor including its Dual 10 GbE, high bandwidth PCI Express 3.0, and high speed DDR4 memory, is ruggedized for harsh environments, and is SWaP-C optimized. These features and benefits make it ideal for demanding military server and other high- performance embedded computing (HPEC) applications.The Kontron VX305C leverages the 12-core Intel Xeon-D 1559 processor to provide two 10 GBASE-KR ports and 8 lanes of Gen3 PCI Express to the backplane. Providing more capabilities in a 3U footprint, the VX305C also offers versatile mezzanine options for XMC, storage, and graphics. One M.2 interface can be used for storage or for integration of customized personality modules, while a second can be used to add 2D HDMI graphics. Front I/O module options are selectable for DVI/HDMI, Ethernet or other interfaces.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

India vs South Africa: Mayank Agarwal hits maiden Test hundred

first_img Next India vs South Africa: Mayank Agarwal hits maiden Test hundredIndia vs South Africa, 1st Test: Mayank Agarwal hit his first Test hundred in only his 5th match of his fledging career in the longest format of the game.advertisement Akshay Ramesh VisakhapatnamOctober 3, 2019UPDATED: October 3, 2019 10:36 IST Mayank Agarwal got to the 3-figure mark in Tests for the 1st time on Thursday (PTI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMayank Agarwal hit his maiden Test hundred in only his 5th TestMayank needed 204 balls for his hundred which had 13 fours and 2 sixesMayank has stitched a 200-plus opening stand with Rohit SharmaMayank Agarwal seems to be cementing his spot at the top of the Indian batting order in Tests with some consistent performances. On Thursday, Mayank hit his maiden Test hundred on Day 2 of the ongoing 1st Test between India and South Africa in Visakhapatnam.Mayank Agawal resumed on his overnight score of 84 and got to the landmark with ease. The late cut shot past the slip fielder has brought a lot of success to Mayank and the young India opener got going with one such shot in only the 3rd over the day from Vernon Philander.India vs South Africa, 1st Test Day 2: Live Cricket ScoreOn Day 1, Mayank Agarwal was made to look ugly by South Africa pacers Kagiso Rabada and Vernon Philander who were getting the ball to move on an overcast morning. Mayank even survived a scare when an edge off his blade fleew through the vacant area in the slips early in his innings.However, just like his new opening partner Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal settled into his innings and looked flawless from thereon. Mayank attacked the South Africa spinner with some eye-catching shots and never allowed them to settle down.At times, he was happy to play the second fiddle to Rohit Sharma but Mayank kept the scoreboard moving with some crisply shots. An inside-out six against Keshav Maharaj to get to his fifty was one of the highlights of India’s dominant batting show on Wednesday in Visakhapatnam.Mayank could have got to his hundred on the opening day but rain played spoilsport in Vizag. There was no play after Tea as play was abandoned after 2 sessions due to rain.advertisementMayank had hit 4 fifties since his Test debut in 2018 but the hundred in Visakhapatnam should give himself and the team management a lot of confidence. With Rohit Sharma settling in as opener, Mayank’s hundred is crucial to his chances of cementing a spot at the top of the powerful Indian batting unit.Mayank Agarwal was praised by captain Virat Kohli and the team management for his gutsy knocks on Test debut in Australia. He made 76 and 42 in his maiden Test in Melbourne at a time when India were struggling to find consistency at the top of the order. Mayank also made 77 in Sydney to end his tour of Australia on a high.Mayank got a couple of starts during India’s 2-0 win over West Indies earlier this year but he wasn’t able to convert them into big innings. The hundred in Visakhapatnam thus comes as a big boost to the young opener’s confidence.Also Read | Wearing the pads and straightaway walking in to bat suits my game better: RohitAlso Read | Not just the numbers that matter: Tendulkar on opening slotAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Mayank AgarwalFollow India vs South AfricaFollow Rohit SharmaFollow KL RahulFollow India national cricket teamlast_img read more

Teekay Tankers Closes SaleLeaseback for Six Aframaxes

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pexels under CC0 Creative Commons license Tanker owner and operator Teekay Tankers has completed and closed the previously-announced sale-leaseback transaction for six Aframax tankers.The vessels in question are the Whistler Spirit, Blackcomb Spirit, Emerald Spirit, Garibaldi Spirit, Tarbet Spirit and Peak Spirit.As a result, the company has increased its liquidity position by some USD 60 million after the repayment of outstanding debt related to these units.Teekay Tankers informed that the financing was part of its financing initiatives revealed on August 2, 2018.As part of the transaction, the company will bareboat charter-in these vessels for 9 to 10 years. In addition, the company has purchase options for each vessel beginning after two years and a purchase obligation for each vessel upon the expiration of each agreement.“We are pleased to have successfully executed on this significant financing initiative with the completion of this sale-leaseback transaction. We increased our net liquidity position by an additional USD 60 million, extended our debt maturity profile and continue to work on other liquidity initiatives,” Kevin Mackay, Teekay Tankers’ President and CEO, said.last_img read more

Not aware of any notice to Akash Kailash Vijayvargiya

first_imgBhopal: BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya Saturday expressed ignorance about the party issuing any show-cause notice to his MLA son Akash for assaulting a civic official with a cricket bat in Indore last month.There have been contrasting statements by party leaders on the notice. While Madhya Pradesh BJP president had Thursday said that no decision was taken on the matter, a senior national leader had asserted that a notice was issued. When asked Saturday whether any such notice has been issued to the MLA, Satyendra Bhushan Singh, office secretary of the state BJP, said, “Nothing like that, at least in my knowledge.” Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!The issue of imminent action against Akash came up after Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday disapproved of his conduct and language. BJP leaders have feigned ignorance whether any notice has been served to Akash asking him to explain his conduct. Akash had assaulted an official of the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) on June 26 during an argument over razing of a dilapidated building, which was caught on camera. He is currently out on bail. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed”I don’t know about it. I (just) reached here (Bhopal) from Delhi but I read in newspapers that Akash was served something,” Kailash Vijayvargiya told reporters when asked about the show-cause notice against his son. In reply to a question whether he scolded Akash over the incident, the Vijayvargiya senior said that he had done whatever he was supposed to do as a father. “Dantna (reprimanding) and ‘samjhana’… I don’t want to discuss it publicly,” he added. When asked about Akash not seen in public after the prime minister’s statement, his father said, “Ask him. He will be here to attend the state Assembly session (on July 8).” After his release from jail, Akash was given a hero’s welcome by some BJP workers. Though he remained unapologetic over the act, Akash had said that he would try to follow Mahatma Gandhi’s path of non-violence while raising public issues in future.last_img read more

Markets update

On the markets at 9:50 a.m. (ET):In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index was down 14.64 points to 14,937.69.The Dow Jones industrial average was down 13.78 points to 21,660.73.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was up a 0.27 of a point to 2,425.82.The Nasdaq composite index was up 3.52 points to 6,220.04.The Canadian dollar was trading at 79.55 cents US, up from Friday’s average price of 79.45 cents US.

Grain futures fall livestock prices rise

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Mar 28, 2013 11:00 am MDT Grain futures fall, livestock prices rise CHICAGO – Grains futures fell Thursday on the Chicago Board of Trade.Wheat for May delivery dropped 49 cents to $6.8775 a bushel; May corn fell 40 cents to $6.9525 a bushel; May oats fell 17 cents to $3.9550 a bushel; while May soybeans fell 49 cents to $14.0475 a bushel.Beef and pork prices rose on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.April live cattle rose 1.55 cent to $1.2890 a pound; April feeder cattle rose 3 cents to $1.434 a pound; April lean hogs added 0.53 cent to 80.6 cents a pound. read more

Ebola WHOconvened ethics panel endorses use of experimental drugs

“There was unanimous agreement among the experts that in the special circumstances of this Ebola outbreak it is ethical to offer unregistered interventions as potential treatments or prevention,” UN World Health Organization (WHO) Assistant Director-General for Health Systems and Innovation, Marie-Paule Kieny, told a press conference in Geneva.The WHO, in a statement on the outcome of the two-day Emergency Committee of experts, said that “over the past decade, research efforts have been invested into developing drugs and vaccines for Ebola virus disease. Some of these have shown promising results in the laboratory, but they have not yet been evaluated for safety and efficacy in human beings.”Dr. Kieny said several of these treatments have proven to be very effective in non-human primates – monkeys – but none have been tested on humans. Currently, there are no licensed treatments or vaccines for Ebola.At the UN Headquarters in New York, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon designated David Nabarro as the Senior UN System Coordinator for Ebola Virus Disease.In a press encounter, he called on the international community to respond urgently to the shortage of doctors, nurses and equipment, including protective clothing and isolation tents, saying “We need all hands on deck.” He also made an appeal to avoid panic and fear, stressing that “Ebola has been successfully brought under control elsewhere, and we can do it here, too.”Meanwhile, WHO said in its latest update of the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa that between 7 and 9 August, a total of 69 new cases and 52 deaths were reported from Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone, bringing the total numbers of cases to 1,848 with 1,013 deaths.WHO has posted Ebola response videos on YouTube and is also seeking to counter the “many barriers stand in the way of rapid containment.”“Fear is proving to be the most difficult barrier to overcome,” WHO said. “Fear causes contacts of cases to escape from the surveillance system, families to hide symptomatic loved ones or take them to traditional healers, and patients to flee treatment centres.” “Fear, and the hostility it can feed, have threatened the security of national and international response teams,” the UN agency added.WHO has declared the current Ebola outbreak an international public health emergency. The large number of people affected by the 2014 West African outbreak, and the high case-fatality rate have prompted calls to use investigational medical interventions to try to save the lives of patients and to curb the epidemic.In this context, WHO yesterday convened a virtual consultation of researchers, ethicists, and patient safety advocates from around the world to consider and assess the ethics surrounding the use of therapies when safety is unproven, ethics governing priority setting for access to these therapies and principles for fair distribution.“Ethical criteria must guide the provision of such interventions,” WHO said. “These include transparency about all aspects of care, informed consent, freedom of choice, confidentiality, respect for the person, preservation of dignity and involvement of the community.” The Ebola virus is highly contagious, but is not airborne, according to UN experts. Transmission requires close contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person, as can occur during health-care procedures, home care, or traditional burial practices, which involve the close contact of family members and friends with bodies.The incubation period ranges from 2 to 21 days, but patients become contagious only after the onset of symptoms. As symptoms worsen, the ability to transmit the virus increases. As a result, patients are usually most likely to infect others at a severe stage of the disease, when they are visibly, and physically, too ill to travel. read more

Adobe ends support for AIR on desktop Linux

first_imgAdobe has officially announced that it no longer intends to support AIR on Linux. The existing release of AIR 2.6 will be the last from the company on that platform, and instead the open source Open Screen Project will be responsible for any future updates and developments. Adobe is supporting that effort with a Linux porting kit for AIR that ships with the source code.Adobe’s reason for ending official support has been explained as a lack of growth in the usage of Linux on the desktop. Adobe’s Dave McAllister explains in a blog post that desktop Linux usage remains around 1% with AIR download share at 0.5%. At the same time both Android and iOS use continues to grow rapidly. Therefore Adobe is refocusing on those mobile platforms and the desktop Linux user loses out.In the short term this will have no impact on existing AIR applications and their ability to run on desktop Linux. However, future versions of AIR, and apps that support new features in those versions, simply won’t run anymore without a third-party offers support.If the usage of AIR on Linux is as low as Adobe is suggesting, you have to wonder if anyone will really care about this decision. At the same time, it may turn out to be a blessing in disguise as an open source project version could end up offering a better solution than the official version ever did.The comments on the blog post announcing this are very telling. It’s been suggested a lack of 64-bit support in both AIR and Flash skews the figures Adobe is quoting. Most fitting is a comment by Rino Andre Johnsen who points out AIR is all about cross-platform development and by removing desktop Linux support it can no longer claim to be that.Read more at the Adobe bloglast_img read more

27yearold man charged in connection with €500k heroin seizure

first_img By Michelle Hennessy Share81 Tweet Email1 Updated at 11pm Source: Garda Press OfficeGARDAÍ IN DUBLIN have charged a 27-year-old man in connection with a heroin seizure earlier today.The man will appear before the Criminal Courts of Justice, Parkgate St at 10.30am tomorrow in connection with the seizure of €500,000 worth of heroin.As part of an intelligence-led operation targeting the sale and supply of drugs, gardaí carried out a planned search yesterday evening of a house in the Crumlin area.During the search, they found heroin with an estimated street value of up to €500,000 and mixing agent, which would be used to make crack cocaine. Source: Garda Press OfficeOther drug dealing paraphernalia such as bagging equipment, weighing scales, documents and mobile phones were also seized.Comments have been closed as a man has been charged.Read: Two Irishmen arrested in Amsterdam after man was threatened with firearm>Read: Recalling the Regency shooting: ‘You could feel the power of the gun’> Short URL 12,668 Views 27-year-old man charged in connection with €500k heroin seizure During the search of a house, gardaí also seized bagging equipment, weighing scales, documents and mobile phones. Tuesday 7 Feb 2017, 11:40 AM Feb 7th 2017, 11:40 AM 10 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

NHIB problems presented at Cabinet

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, November 11, 2016 – Cabinet is trying to get to the bottom of the problems at the National Health Insurance Board.  The Governor, Deputy Governor and Ministers received an up-date on staffing issues at the NHIB and discussed proposals for resolving the situation.There has been industrial action take by staff members who are, in part, asking for the removal of current National Health CEO, Zaneta Burton. Related Items:last_img read more

Vancouver doctors helping women near far

first_imgAt their office in Vancouver, Drs. Leslie Struxness and Lynn Osmundsen provide gynecological services to women. Earlier this year, they took their expertise overseas to help women in Nepal and Ethiopia. Struxness and Osmundsen each took a break from their work at Aethena Gynecology Associates in east Vancouver to volunteer in other countries, but the work they performed during the trips differed greatly. Struxness focused on nutrition education and birth defect prevention in Nepal. Osmundsen performed surgical procedures for women in Ethiopia whose lives have been devastated by uterine prolapse.Both said their trips were rewarding.“It was a life-changing experience and so rewarding to watch the entire community open themselves to the help we could provide and to commit to better health,” Struxness said.Surgeries in EthiopiaOsmundsen and a team of medical providers that included two other surgeons, two residents, two anesthesiologists and four nurses spent two weeks providing life-changing surgical procedures in Gimbie Town, a rural area in western Ethiopia. They performed about 60 surgeries in 11 days — all funded by financial and medical supply donations.last_img read more

4 transients held in Spokane homicides on 1M bail each

first_imgSPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Bloody footprints at the scene of a Spokane homicide helped police arrest four suspects.Neighbors told police the men leaving the victim’s apartment after a loud argument were transients. Officers found the suspects at homeless hangouts and say shoes matched footprints.KXLY reports the four appeared in court Thursday and were each held for investigation of murder with bail set at $1 million each.Police say the four killed 33-year-old Damien L. Stewart at his lower South Hill apartment during a robbery. He was strangled with his own jewelry and stabbed. His body was found Sunday and the suspects were arrested Wednesday night.Neighbors said Stewart often welcomed street people to his home.last_img read more

Innovation Insight 3 Questions for Will Rowe

first_img ADC AUTHOR Will Rowe is principal at Booz Allen Hamilton. On Base: What are the most promising trends you see coming for the base of the future?Rowe: There are three that come to mind. Joint planning – willingness of installations and communities to engage in joint short-term and long-term planning to address threat vectors (e.g., compatibility, constrained funding, cyber, climate) and lay out what resilient futures might look like within a specific geographic region.Expanded partnerships – increased recognition that military-community partnerships create mutual benefits through shared services and asset optimization, and that more incentives and authorities will create new possibilities. (3) Technology – innovative applications of technology to improve installation management, quality of life and mission.On Base: What are some specific real-world applications of technology driving innovation on the ground?Rowe: There are many varied applications that come to mind. Technology-enhanced systems for accelerated facility condition assessments, roof inspections, pavement evaluation. Rapid data collection and visualization technologies that integrate big data, remote sensing and artificial intelligence capability within a highly visualized and interactive system for environmental and infrastructure and mission decision-making. Test beds for autonomous transportation solutions on installations.On Base: How can we make the most out of tight defense budgets to help our installations evolve?Rowe: At the headquarters level in each of the military services, continue to develop and apply portfolio investment strategies that maximize improvements to most important assets for the mission. At the installation level, continue to foster community partnerships to share assets and services, and apply resources to critical needs.Part of a series highlighting the faces and ideas of Installation Innovation Forum in Miami, March 4-6. Read “3 Questions for Katherine Hammack”last_img read more

India vs Australia ICC 2019 World Cup Shikhar Dhawn Rohit Sharma see

first_imgIn the ongoing ICC 2019 World Cup match between India and Australia, the first battle has been won by the Indian team with their openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma seeing off a testing spell of pace bowling from Australian new ball pair of Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins. Rohit was also beneficiary of a dropped catch when he played a ball, casually, in the air towards square leg where the fielder tried to take a spectacular catch with one hand.But apart from that, the two batsmen avoided taking any big risks and even the edges they got went well wide of the slips in position. The arrival of Nathan Coulter-Nile from one of the ends brought some relief for India as Shikhar Dhawan smashed him for three boundaries. With Australia relying mainly on Starc and Cummins to get them the breakthroughs, the lack of wickets in the first 10 overs could be a huge advantage for the men in blue.last_img read more

Shahid Kapoor–Mira Rajput to Vivek Oberoi–Priyanka 5 celebs who opted for an

first_imgIn an industry where people fall in love at the drop of a hat, few Bollywood celebs left it at their parents to find a perfect match for them.Shahid Kapoor – Mira Rajput: Shahid Kapoor’s love-life off-screen generated the same amount of buzz as his romances onscreen. From a well-known madly-in-love saga with Kareena Kapoor, a passionate affair with Priyanka Chopra to a hush-hush link-up with Sonakshi Sinha and Vidya Balan; Shahid has been there, done that.But at last, Shahid found his soulmate in a much younger Mira Rajput through his parents. The couple met through Radha Soami Satsang Beas of which both the families were a part of.”I wanted a solid home because my parents separated when I was quite young. I am a big supporter of arranged marriages. It’s simple, really. You start with zero expectations and once you hit it off, every day is better than the previous one and all the highs come in the course of marriage. In romantic relationships, you reach the peak of your romance before marriage. And then you are left thinking where all the love went and why everything has become so mundane. So I feel the graph in an arranged marriage is better in the long term,” Shahid had said on Koffee with Karan.Vivek Oberoi – Priyanka Alva: After a bitter break-up with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Vivek Oberoi waited for a long time before finding love again in Priyanka Alva. Vivek’s parents and Priyanka’s parents knew each other and wanted the friendship to change into a relationship.Talking about Priyanka, Vivek had said, “My wife, Priyanka, was a business management graduate from London. Priyanka has been very understanding and supportive. It is very unusual for a bride to be this practical and understanding about my career. She is really a lovely girl and means a lot to me. I thank Karnataka for giving me their most beautiful daughter.”Madhuri Dixit – Shriram Nene: The Dhak Dhak girl broke a million hearts when she decided to tie-the-knot with US-based heart surgeon Shriram Nene.Talking about the first time they met, Madhuri had said, “It was very wonderful because I was very surprised to know that he didn’t know that I am an actress and I work in Hindi films. He was really not aware of all that. So, it was wonderful.”Dr Nene also spoke about Dixit and said, “We strike the right balance. She has always been grounded. I am the dreamer and adventurer. She has taught me patience and I have taught her organisation.”Neil Nitin Mukesh – Rukimini: Neil Nitin Mukesh surprised everyone when he announced his marriage with Rukmini Sahay. The couple had a grand wedding in Udaipur followed by a lavish reception in Mumbai.Talking about the wedding, Neil had said, “There’s nothing shocking about it. Sometimes we overlook things, which our parents don’t and it’s coming together of two families. And when you look into detailing, it makes more sense. It’s a strong foundation.”Nikitin Dheer – Kratika Sengar: Nikitin and Kritika’s marriage was also arranged by their families. Kratika Sengar was working on My Father GodFather with Nikitin Dheer’s father Pankaj Dheer and used to visit their home quite often.Talking about their match, Kratika said, “It is an arranged-cum-love marriage. I was shooting for Nikitin’s father Pankaj Dheer’s directorial debut film, My Father Godfather. Nikitin’s father then decided to approach my parents and that is how Nikitin and I met. I bonded really well with Pankaj’s uncle and Nikitin, and we eventually started liking each other.”last_img read more

Britain expels 23 Russian diplomats

first_imgBritain`s prime minister Theresa May addresses the House of Commons on her government`s reaction to the poisoning of former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury, in London, on 14 March 2018. ReutersBritain will expel 23 Russian diplomats in response to a nerve toxin attack on a Russian former double agent in southern England, prime minister Theresa May said on Wednesday, adding it was the biggest single expulsion in over 30 years.May said Britain would also introduce new measures to strengthen defences against hostile state activities, freeze Russian state assets wherever there was evidence of a threat and downgrade its attendance at the soccer World Cup in Russia this summer.Russia, which has repeatedly denied any involvement in the nerve agent attack, said Britain should expect retaliation for its actions.Former spy Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, were found unconscious on a bench in the city of Salisbury on March 4 and remain in hospital in critical condition. A police officer was also harmed and remains in a serious condition.May has said the Skripals were attacked with Novichok, a Soviet-era military-grade nerve agent. She had asked Moscow to explain whether it was responsible for the attack or had lost control of stocks of the highly dangerous substance.“Their response demonstrated complete disdain for the gravity of these events,” May said in a statement to parliament.“They have treated the use of a military grade nerve agent in Europe with sarcasm, contempt and defiance.“There is no alternative conclusion, other than that the Russian state was culpable for the attempted murder of Mr Skripal and his daughter, and for threatening the lives of other British citizens in Salisbury, including Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey.“This represents an unlawful use of force by the Russian state against the United Kingdom.”May said the expulsion of the 23 diplomats, identified as undeclared intelligence officers, was the biggest single expulsion for over 30 years and would degrade Russian intelligence capabilities in Britain for years to come.“We will freeze Russian state assets wherever we have the evidence that they may be used to threaten the life or property of UK nationals or residents,” May said.She also said new legislative proposals would be urgently developed to counter any threat from a hostile state.“This will include the addition of a targeted power to detain those suspected of hostile state activity at the UK border,” May said.British authorities would make use of existing powers to enhance efforts to monitor and track the intentions of those travelling to the UK who could be engaged in activities that represented a security threat.“We will increase checks on private flights, customs and freight,” she said.She also threatened action against those she described as “serious criminals and corrupt elites,” adding: “There is no place for these people, or their money, in our country.”May said Britain would revoke an invitation to Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov to visit the country and suspend all planned high level bilateral contacts between London and Moscow.On the soccer World Cup, she said no ministers or members of the British royal family would attend.last_img

Dont let anyone take your niceness for granted

first_imgMy wife and I have no understanding. We are always fighting. I feel I should file divorce but I’m not sure whether it’s the best thing to do. When does one know that its ‘time to move on’?Name withheld, NoidaThe time when your mind and heart both believe it, when you have crossed the threshold of tolerance. When the happy moments are far lesser compared to the tears and pain accumulated. But, do go for counseling with your wife and give an honest effort to fix the marriage before you file divorce. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’My mother is having an affair with one of her colleagues. My father lives out of country. I’m very upset. What should I do?Saritha, JaipurI can try and understand your feelings. But Saritha, life is never the way we plan it, it has its own plans. I suggest, you get busy with your world; there’s not much you can do by getting into this situation. If there’s something too unbearable, confront your mother and have a straight forward conversation. Being transparent usually helps. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixMy grandmom lives with us. She’s very partial towards my sister as she is fair and pretty. I’m dark with no looks perhaps. How do I handle this?Tani, AgartalaDon’t lose your heart at all. If I were you, I would have gracefully avoided the partial grandmom. We are beautiful if we have a good nature. Beauty, colour, looks are all temporary factors that never determine the value of the person. Always know – ‘you are beautiful, you are the best’.My husband beats me up and rapes me every night. I’m very scared. I have a 7 year old boy. How do I live with this? Mrs. Singh, New DelhiPlease threaten him with legal consequences the next time he tries being unfair to you! Always keep the number of your local police handy and don’t hesitate to fight it out. This isn’t love, this isn’t marriage! He probably has taken your niceness for granted. Don’t keep shut and keep tolerating forever.I’m 34, single. I have had 3 failed relations. Parents insist I settle with an arranged marriage. I’m confused. I never can imagine getting married to an unknown person.Rajiv, Mumbai.Well, I suggest you go for a marriage where you select the prospect, spend quality time knowing and discovering each other and then tie the knot. ‘Arranged’ doesn’t mean someone else selects for you and you don’t have any say. Have a love or life query you cannot find an answer to? Send your questions to -roopshashotm@gmail.comlast_img read more