The National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC), the country’s apex body to handle any emergency, on Saturday reviewed the preparedness to deal with cyclone ‘Bulbul’ that is likely to affect coastal districts of West Bengal and Odisha.The meeting of the NCMC, headed by Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba, was informed by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) that the cyclone has intensified and is likely to cross the West Bengal coast by Saturday evening.Heavy to extremely heavy rainfall, accompanied by winds reaching upto 120 kmph and tidal waves up to one to two metres high are expected. The cyclone is expected to make a landfall on the West Bengal coast at around 2000 to 2200 hours on Saturday. Chief Secretaries of West Bengal and Odisha said that teams of the State Disaster Response Force and Fire Service teams have been positioned. Fishing operations have been suspended and people in low lying areas are being evacuated to shelter homes. As many as 16 teams of the National Disaster Response Force and State Disaster Response Force have been positioned in West Bengal and additional teams are being deployed at the request of the States. Officials of the Defence Ministry said that requisite number of ships, aircraft and special teams of the Coast Guard, the Indian Navy, the Army and the Air Force are on standby.
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt’s just halfway through NCAA Season 93 but Lyceum’s forward CJ Perez is being tabbed as the early favorite to win the MVP award in the men’s basketball tournament.Perez is the league’s top scorer after the first round after putting up 18.6 points to go along 5.6 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 1.6 steals across nine games with the Pirates yet to drop a match.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses View comments But for the swingman, though, winning the MVP is just a bonus as he and the team have their eyes on the bigger trophy.“I’m thinking more of helping the team win a championship,” said Perez, who will play for the Pirates for this season only. “If I win the MVP, that would be just a bonus.”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 shutoutPirates head coach Topex Robinson said he’s glad Perez earned the recognition this early in the season.“It’s something he earned, and it’s obviously there,” said Robinson Wednesday. “We, however, don’t usually discuss it with the team.” Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Arellano, NU banner PVL Collegiate conference Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:00NCAA Season 93 Preview: Lyceum Pirates02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9301:37Protesters 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 MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension
Chito Victolero says all is well within the Magnolia camp, that he has “veteran enough” players who understand that 29-point losses can happen in a series.What’s important is how they bounce back from that.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Alaska will be taking some sort of momentum into the game, especially import Mike Harris, who snapped out of an offensive stupor in the first two games to shoot 36 points and grab 18 rebounds in just three quarters of Game 3.How Harris got away with murder in that game is surely one thing that Victolero and his staff had figured out after getting two days off.That time also served both teams well, with Victolero saying that his players are 100 percent and that the ankle twist that import Romeo Travis suffered in the third quarter of Game 3 turned out to be nothing.“We treat each game as do-or-die, no matter what [the standings] say,” Alaska coach Alex Compton said in a separate interview when asked if Game 4 is a must-win game for his Aces. “We just want to play hard and play with everything we have in each possession.”Alaska is seeking to end a five-year title drought, with Compton eyeing his first title in five tries, and he knows that it won’t be easy, especially after they practically gave away the series opener and “played sloppy [in the stretch] of Game 2.”ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue LATEST STORIES “It would have been nice if we were the ones 2-1 up,” he said. “But all we want right now is to turn this thing into a best-of-three [with a win in Game 4].”Compton also believes that nothing like what happened to Magnolia in Game 3 will happen again for the rest of the series, but he just wishes that they’d be able to shoot the ball the way they did Sunday night.“We made a lot of shots,” Compton said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Broner going for clean 7-0 sweep over southpaws Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We had a good practice, the team is healthy and we’re ready,” Victolero told the Inquirer Tuesday after preparing his Hotshots for Game 4 of their PBA Governors’ Cup title series against Alaska as they try to stay ahead of the best-of-seven series.“Things like that happen to any team,” Victolero said of the 100-71 loss on Sunday that cut their lead to 2-1. “It also happened to us in the [Barangay] Ginebra [semifinal] series. We won the first two games and lost the third.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chief“But my players are veteran enough to rebound from that,” he declared. “It’s going to be another grind-out game.”The fourth game is slated Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Smart Araneta Coliseum, and this could be crucial for both teams since a Magnolia win gives the Hotshots the inside track on their first title since 2014, while a loss would again make this series a toss-up. View comments
ARLINGTON, Texas — No more maybe for the Dallas Cowboys. They are finally eliminated from the playoff chase.Maybe no more Matt Cassel, either.Kellen Moore replaced an ineffective Cassel and threw a touchdown pass to Dez Bryant in his first game action in four seasons as a pro, but the Cowboys lost 19-16 to the New York Jets on Dec. 19 after Randy Bullock kicked a 40-yard field goal with 36 seconds remaining.Dallas (4-10) is done in a division that doesn’t have a winning team, a year after winning 12 regular-season games and the NFC East title.“We’ve got a long time left here this month and of course a long January. You want to be a part of this thing at this particular time. It’s very disappointing,” owner Jerry Jones said. “This is nothing like I could have envisioned. Our plan sitting here was we’d really have it together at this time.”Washington, Philadelphia and the New York Giants are all 6-7 going into home games Dec. 20. The Redskins and Eagles each have two division games left, including head-to-head in Philadelphia on Dec. 26, so at least one of them is assured of avoiding 10 losses.Bullock missed a 45-yard field goal at the end of the first half, but kicked the winner eight plays after Dan Bailey’s tying 50-yard field goal, which hit the right upright and barely ricocheted through and over the crossbar with 1:55 left.Ryan Fitzpatrick and the AFC wild card-contenting Jets (9-5) have their first four-game winning streak since 2010.Cassel once won 10 games filling in for Tom Brady in New England. But he has won only one of his seven starts for the Cowboys, the latest with two bumbling plays and not playing past the first series of the second quarter against New York.After faking a throw and stumbling when he tried to change directions, Cassel threw blindly to a spot where Darrelle Revis was by himself for an easy interception.Cassel came out the series after taking a 19-yard sack, which wasn’t long after he left the field to loud boos following a three-and-out. He finished 3 of 8 for 37 yards with the pick.“Didn’t seem like we were able to get in a rhythm,” coach Jason Garrett said. “At that time wanted to give Kellen a chance to see if he could jump start the offense.”Moore went 15-of-25 for 158 yards with the 10-yard touchdown to Bryant to put the Cowboys up 10-9 at halftime. The lefty also had three interceptions — ending his first series, another picked off in the end zone midway through the third quarter after driving to the Jets 6, and then a desperate deep heave in the closing seconds.Garrett said he wasn’t ready to talk about whether Moore or Cassel would start next week at Buffalo.“It was not an easy situation just because I’ve been here to support Matt in any way and help him,” Moore said. “I felt good. I felt like communication was pretty good. … We’ll see what happens. Obviously, I took this opportunity for what it was. We’ll grow from it and learn from it and see what happens.”Tony Romo started only four games this season, the first two games in September before breaking his collarbone, and then two games after his return before suffering the same injury.Brandon Weeden lost his only three starts before being replaced by midseason acquisition Cassel. Moore, the former Boise State quarterback, was moved from practice squad to active roster after Romo got hurt again Thanksgiving Day against Carolina.(STEPHEN HAWKINS, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Primera División Real Madrid Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Villarreal Ben Hayward Last updated 1 year ago 16:28 1/13/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Getty Images Primera División Real Madrid v Villarreal Villarreal Real Madrid Everything you need to know ahead of Los Blancos’ meeting with the Yellow Submarine in the Primera Division this weekend… Real Madrid will look to return to winning ways in La Liga on Saturday following last weekend’s disappointing draw away to Celta Vigo.That 2-2 tie at Balaidos left Los Blancos provisionally 14 points behind leaders Barcelona and their hopes of retaining the title they won last season now look slim, despite a game in hand.Zinedine Zidane’s side are in fourth, just three points above Sevilla in fifth and one more clear of this weekend’s rivals, Villarreal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Here, Goal takes a look at everything you need to know ahead of their trip to the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday…REAL MADRID INJURIES Captain Sergio Ramos suffered a muscle strain in training recently and is still not ready to return for Real.Striker Karim Benzema also misses out due to an injury sustained in the Clasico defeat to Barcelona last month and midfielder Marcos Llorente is doubtful with a shoulder problem he picked up in the 2-2 draw against Numancia in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday.REAL MADRID SUSPENSIONS Right-back Dani Carvajal was suspended for the trip to Balaidos following his red card in the Clasico loss to Barcelona before Christmas, but the Spain defender is available again for Los Blancos and Zidane has no other players banned for Saturday’s game against Villarreal.REAL MADRID POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UPWith Ramos still out, Nacho and Raphael Varane should start in central defence for Real Madrid at home to Villarreal.Meanwhile, Carvajal is set to return at right-back after missing the 2-2 draw at Celta Vigo through suspension.In attack, Gareth Bale will start alongside Cristiano Ronaldo in the absence of Benzema. The Welsh winger scored both of Madrid’s goals at Balaidos and was rested for the cup clash at home to Numancia on Wednesday.VILLARREAL TEAM NEWS After back-to-back wins away to Celta Vigo and Valencia, Villarreal could only draw 1-1 at home to Deportivo in La Liga last weekend.The Yellow Submarine beat Leganes 2-1 at the Estadio de la Ceramica on Wednesday, but went out of the competition on away goals.In La Liga, Javi Calleja’s side are in sixth, just four points behind Madrid, but they will be without midfielder Bruno Soriano, defender Ruben Semedo and reserve goalkeeper Andres Fernandez on Saturday, while forwards Nicola Sansone and Roberto Soldado are doubtful.TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME Real Madrid versus Villarreal kicks off at 16:15 local time at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday and, due to boadcasting laws in the UK, it cannot be shown live at that time. However, it will be televised later on Sky Sports Mix and Sky Sports Football (via the red button) from 17:30 GMT.In the United States (US), Real against Villarreal is live on BeIN Sports and kicks off at 10:15 ET.BEST OPTA MATCH FACTS Real Madrid have won five of their last six La Liga home games, but lost the last one 3-0 to Barcelona. The last time Los Blancos lost consecutive games at home in the competition was in May 2009 under Juande Ramos. Villarreal have won their last two away league games, both by the same scoreline (1-0). The last time they won three in a row away from home was in March 2017. Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 12 goals in his 13 league games against Villarreal in La Liga, more than any other player in the competition. Carlos Bacca has been involved in six of Villarreal’s last 10 goals in La Liga (three goals, three assists). Gareth Bale is the only La Liga player to have scored four or more goals this season after playing fewer than 500 minutes (498).
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Reuters BahrainApril 6, 2019UPDATED: April 6, 2019 13:06 IST Charles Leclerc will use the same engine which failed in Bahrain at the next race in China. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSUnprecedented short-circuit cost Charles Leclerc victory in BahrainThe 21-year-old Monegasque driver will use the same power unit in China next weekLeclerc finished third at Sakhir after his car lost power with some 10 laps to goCharles Leclerc missed out on his first Formula One victory in Bahrain last weekend because of an unprecedented short-circuit in an injection system control unit, his Ferrari team said on Friday.The 21-year-old Monegasque driver will be able to use the same power unit in China next week, round three of the championship.Leclerc finished third at Sakhir after his car lost power with some 10 laps to go while he was leading the race comfortably.Race winner Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes team mate Valtteri Bottas both overtook the youngster before the chequered flag, with the Leclerc salvaging a podium place thanks to the safety car being deployed for the last three laps.Ferrari said the problem had never been seen before on that particular component.Leclerc had also started on pole position for the first time in his Formula One career, and in only his second race with Ferrari.Shanghai will be the 1,000th Formula One championship grand prix and Ferrari will be favourites to win despite champions Mercedes finishing one-two against the odds in the first two races of the season.Also Read | Bahrain GP: Lucky Hamilton grabs first win after Leclerc’s Ferrari faces engine troubleAlso Read | Bahrain GP pole will not be Charles Leclerc’s last one: Ferrari principal Mattia BinottoFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bykarishma Tags :Follow Charles LeclercFollow Formula 1Follow BahrainFollow Lewis Hamilton Ferrari F1 driver Charles Leclerc to use the same engine that cost him Bahrain winCharles Leclerc will use the same engine which failed in Bahrain, at the next race, held in China.advertisement
zoomImage Courtesy: Kustwacht Nederland The chemical tanker Bow Jubail has been moved to the yard in the Port of Rotterdam following the collision with a jetty, Odfjell said. A class surveyor has attended the vessel for survey, and repairs will be conducted accordingly, the ship’s operator added.As informed, work is estimated to take about one week.To remind, some 217 tons of heavy fuel oil (HFO) were spilled at the port after Bow Jubail made contact with the jetty and ruptured the hull on June 23. At the time of the incident, the 37,500 dwt ship was not loaded with cargo and there were no injuries reported.By June 26, authorities in Rotterdam managed to recover some 150 tons of the oil spilled. The cleanup efforts are continuing and are expected to take at least several weeks, according to the Port of Rotterdam Authority.Daily inspections are made throughout the affected area, together with representatives from the harbor masters and other stakeholders. The inspections form the basis for further cleaning, as explained by Odfjell.What is more, HEBO, a specialist in controlling oil and chemical spills contracted to assist in cleanup efforts, has now supplied with extra resources to speed up the process further.“In cooperation with Gard, HEBO, the Port of Rotterdam and other experts, we are doing our utmost to avoid further interruption to the affected terminals. Until the waterways are fully cleared for traffic, intermediate solutions will be sought to mitigate the consequences for the industries in the area,” the company further said.Odfjell, together with relevant authorities, is currently investigating the cause of the incident: “As part of Odfjell’s cooperation with the external authorities to establish the relevant facts, our Incident Investigation Team is currently conducting a thorough inspection which in due time will determine the root cause. This team also includes independent external expertise.”
Nova Scotia will conduct its first test of a new national emergency alerting system for radio and television broadcasters Wednesday, Dec. 16. The Alert Ready system allows emergency management officials to send out public alerts in times of emergency. It’s a national system that includes participants from both private and public broadcasting in conjunction with government organizations. “We have learned from past events that we need to take advantage of every possible way to communicate during emergency situations,” said Zach Churchill, Minister responsible for the Emergency Management Office. “This new public alert tool is another way we can tell Nova Scotians what’s happening and how to stay safe.” The Emergency Management Office will send a test through the alert system at 2:55 p.m. on Wednesday. There will be a loud alert sound, followed by a spoken message through television and radio. In addition to the new alert system, EMO uses Twitter, Facebook, and emails to first responders and emergency management leaders throughout the province in times of emergency. The Alert Ready program is led by Pelmorex, which operates the Weather Network. More information is available at ttp://www.theweathernetwork.com/alert-ready For more information about emergency preparedness, including how to plan and make an emergency kit, visit http://novascotia.ca/dma/emo/prepare_for_an_emergency/
New Delhi: After 16 years of surviving the Bollywood grind grinding with more hits than misses, actor Katrina Kaif, says one needs to have nerves of steel to be in the glitzy world of Hindi cinema. “It’s not always easy. You need to have nerves of steel to be in the film industry. It’s an unpredictable place and no one can guarantee success. I believe in not taking success to your head, or failure to your heart,” Katrina said. She tags her 16-year run in Hindi films as a beautiful journey. “It’s been wonderful, a lot of hard work but also a lot of love from the audience,” she said. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knotHong Kong-born British beauty Katrina, who celebrates her birthday on July 16, is currently vacationing in Mexico. Over the weekend she has been setting social media afire with holiday snapshots and videos on Instagram .On July 13, a picture of Katrina in blue swimsuit went viral in no time. The break comes after hectic months of work when Katrina gave most of her time to her last few releases – Thugs Of Hindostan, Zero, and Bharat.
New Delhi: Sikkim Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang has requested the Election Commission to waive off his disqualification from contesting polls, sources said on Monday. Tamang, whose Sikkim Krantikari Morcha party won in the recently held assembly elections, took over as chief minister on May 27 but he cannot contest elections as he was convicted in a corruption case and stands disqualified. He has to contest assembly polls within six months of becoming the chief minister to hold the office. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ In a letter, Tamang has requested the poll panel to use Section 11 of the Representation of the People Act to waive off his disqualification, the sources said. He was convicted in a corruption case in the 1990s and was in jail for one year beginning 2017 and was released in August 2018. Under the provisions, the EC can reduce or remove a person’s disqualification. The section states, “The Election Commission may, for reasons to be recorded, remove any disqualification under this Chapter 1(except under section 8A) or reduce the period of any such disqualification.” As per the Representation of the People Act, Tamang cannot contest elections for seven years, this includes one year of jail term and six more years after it. An EC official said the matter is under consideration and no decision has been taken as yet.
Mumbai: Heavy rains pounded Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra on Wednesday, causing flooding in low-lying areas and cancellation of several local trains, delayed flights and slow road traffic movement. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted intense showers in Mumbai and its neighbouring areas in next 24 hours and issued a ‘red alert’, asking the authorities to be prepared to handle any situation. The state government has asked the officials concerned to monitor the inflow of water in dams in western Maharashtra, where some districts were ravaged by floods last month. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The Mumbai civic body asked all schools to remain shut and to ensure that the students were sent back home safely. Over 100 villages in Gadchiroli and Gondia in Vidarbha region and several others in Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg of Konkan region were cut off from other parts of the respective districts due to water-logging on roads, officials said. Landslides were also reported in some Western Ghats areas of Raigad and Sindhudurg districts. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayAfter a brief lull last week, the south-west monsoon again got activated, leading to heavy downpour in Mumbai and several other parts of the state on Wednesday. The heavy rains made a comeback at a time when people across the state are celebrating the 10-day Ganesh festival. In Mumbai and its suburbs, the heavy downpour caused flooding in low-lying areas, leading to cancellation of several local trains on the Central and Harbour railway lines and some sections of the Western line. The Western Railway said trains on its slow lines were suspended between Churchgate and Vasai Road due to water- logging (about 180 mm above tracks) at Matunga Road. However, the services were running on its fast lines between Churchgate and Vasai Road. It also said that the water level went above 300 mm at Nallasopara, in view of which trains were stopped temporarily between Vasai and Virar. In the morning, rail services were also affected due to a ‘point failure’ at Virar, the Western Railway said. The Jaipur-Mumbai Duranto Express was stranded near Vaitarna station for over an hour due to flooding on tracks. Some passengers of the train complained that the railways did not update them about the situation. A Mumbai airport official said five incoming flights had to do go around while the flights were delayed by an average 25 minutes. Vehicular movement on roads in Mumbai and its suburbs was also slow due to flooding. Out of the 150 weather stations in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), around 100 recorded over 200 mm rainfall in last 24 hours, the IMD said. “This shows how widespread the rainfall has been over Mumbai. We have issued a red alert for various places, including Mumbai city and suburbs, Thane and Palghar districts, for next 24 hours,” an IMD official told PTI. Low pressure over the Bay of Bengal has resulted in torrential showers in Mumbai Thane and Palghar, he said. The neighbouring Raigad district received almost 300 mm rainfall in last 24 hours, “but going by the progress of clouds, no red alert has been issued there,” he said. Parts of Palghar and Thane districts also received more than 204 mm downpour in last 24 hours, he added. Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray in a tweet said the city has witnessed the “heaviest rainfall so far, with the total rainfall mark exceeding the whole of September in just about 30 hours”. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and the police were making all efforts to keep people safe, he said. The Mithi river in the city was also flowing close to the danger mark, he said, adding that the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and other agencies were alerted. Following heavy rains in neighbouring Thane, collector Rajesh Narvekar also asked the schools in the district to be closed for the day. A 62-year-old man drowned in a flooded nullah (drain) at Naikpada in Bhiwandi area of Thane, district disaster control room officer Anita Jawanjal said. The state water resources department asked the officials concerned to closely monitor the inflow in dams and precipitation in their catchment area in western Maharashtra. “It is a preventative measure to avoid any excess release of water in the river beds which could affect people residing near the river banks,” a senior official said. “The Koyna dam in Satara district has already started discharging over 38,000 cusec water since morning. Tributaries of the Krishna river have received heavy rains in last couple of days. It has increased the river’s water level near Sangli from 18 feet at 8 am today to 24 feet by noon,” he said. The Kolhapur district, one of the worst hit by floods last month, also received heavy showers, leading to rise in the level of water in dams there and discharge in the Panchganga river and its tributaries. “Though the water level has not reached a warning level, the dam officials have been asked to keep a close watch and coordinate with senior officials before releasing the water into the river,” he said. Heavy rains also pounded Gadchiroli and Gondia, where over 100 villages were cut off from other parts of the respective districts because of flooding on the key connecting roads, an official from Nagpur revenue division said. Similarly, some remote villages in Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts were also cut off due to water-logging on roads, an official from the Konkan revenue division. Besides, landslides were reported at Tamhini ghat in Raigad and Gaganbavda ghat, which connects Kolhapur and Sindhudurg, affecting vehicular movement, officials at the respective district collectorates said.
OTTAWA – Add Italy to the growing list of Canada’s trade headaches.Italy’s agriculture minister said his country’s new government won’t ratify the Canada-European Union free trade accord, media reports said Thursday. Gian Marco Centinaio, whose government is led by a populist coalition, also insisted he’s heard doubts about the 28-country deal from many of his European colleagues.The development adds to Canada’s collection of trade challenges, which already include deep uncertainty surrounding the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement, hefty steel and aluminium tariffs imposed recently by the United States and the threat of more to come on automobiles.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, in Washington on Thursday to try to jump start stalled NAFTA negotiations, told reporters she believes Italy will eventually sign on to the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement, or CETA.Freeland noted that Austria was initially reluctant to ratify CETA, but eventually came around.“I’m confident we will have full ratification at the end,” said Freeland, who added she had a “good” conversation about CETA with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte during last weekend’s G7 summit in Quebec.Ninety-eight per cent of CETA came into effect last September on a provisional basis. The deal was settled in 2016 after years of talks, but all E.U. nations must now vote on it independently.NAFTA, however, was the main topic of discussion for Freeland on Thursday during an hour-long meeting with U.S. trade czar Robert Lighthizer.Canada, Mexico and the U.S. will continue negotiating NAFTA through the summer, although specific dates haven’t been set, she said.“We’re going to make a real push over the summer,” said Freeland, who called the meeting “constructive.”“I think all three countries are clear that meaningful progress has been made to date and we need to keep working hard to get to a deal.”Several Canadian cabinet ministers have been reaching out to their American counterparts this week in an effort to advance NAFTA talks and to persuade the Trump administration to back down from his steel and aluminum tariffs.Lighthizer and Freeland also discussed the tariffs, which have been at the centre of an increasingly ugly dispute between the U.S. and many of its closest allies, including Canada.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has called the tariffs “insulting” because they are based on the premise Canada poses a national security risk to the U.S. and has announced dollar-for-dollar retaliatory duties on a wide range of American imports. Trudeau’s push back earned him an unprecedented personal attack from Trump and his emissaries after the G7 summit.The E.U. and other countries have also threatened retaliatory tariffs against the U.S. The Canadian countermeasures are to go into effect July 1.During her meeting with Lighthizer, Freeland said she underlined Canada’s concerns over what she calls the “illegal” national-security consideration.“I was very clear about that. I’m confident that Ambassador Lighthizer heard and understood that,” she said.“The Canadian strategy on the tariffs was, and will continue to be, that we will not escalate and we also will not back down.”Brian Kingston of the Business Council of Canada was encouraged to hear the NAFTA talks could continue this summer. He said staying at the table could lead to progress on smaller issues while the process navigates the upcoming Mexican presidential election and the U.S. congressional midterms, which are both expected to slow things down.“You can kind of clear out that undergrowth, take brackets off texts and get to a point where we’ve just got those big issues and we can make a deal,” said Kingston, the council’s vice-president of international and fiscal policy.On CETA, Kingston said the comments from Italy were “concerning.” But he noted its provisional implementation means the commercial benefits are already being realized and that there’s no set timeline for E.U. states to ratify.Without ratification, however, the agreement’s investment provisions and its investor court system won’t come into force, he said.“Obviously, for certainty reasons, people prefer this to be done relatively quickly,” said Kingston, whose group represents many of Canada’s largest corporations.“Companies always benefit from having investment certainty when they’re entering into a market. So, having those investment provisions would be absolutely beneficial.”International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne visited Italy a few days ago to sell the merits of CETA to the new Italian government, which took power on June 1.On Thursday, Champagne said 12 countries have already ratified the deal and he argued Italy’s exports to Canada are up eight per cent since the provisional agreement came into effect. He called it a “gold standard” deal because it offers protections for the environment and labour rights.Champagne also introduced legislation Thursday in Parliament in support of the controversial 11-nation, Pacific Rim trade pact, which is known as the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership.Ottawa attracted criticism for the move as groups, including the United Steelworkers and Council of Canadians, warned the CPTPP is a business-friendly deal that will give multinationals the power to sue governments in Canada.“The Liberal government is set to fast-track Canada’s inclusion in the TPP, while most Canadians know little about the impact of this secretly negotiated trade agreement,” United Steelworkers national director Ken Neumann said in a statement.“It will worsen inequality, further erode Canada’s manufacturing and industrial base. It will eliminate more middle-class jobs, increase drug prices and drive down wages, working conditions and environmental standards.”Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter
20 March 2008The top United Nations envoy in Somalia, where the new reconciliation strategy of the transitional Government has garnered wide support, today called on the Security Council to promote complementary action on security in the country, long beset by chaos. The top United Nations envoy in Somalia, where the new reconciliation strategy of the transitional Government has garnered wide support, today called on the Security Council to promote complementary action on security in the country, long beset by chaos. “Today we have some progress on the political front with the Government Reconciliation Plan,” Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative to the country, told the 15-member body. “As the two tracks should advance together and reinforce each other, there is a need for similar action on the security front,” he said, adding: “Acting only on one of them is like limping on one leg.” The reconciliation plan, which involves local peacemaking inside the country and talks with the external opposition, has evinced a positive reaction from several Somali groups, including the influential Alliance for the Re-Liberation of Somalia, Mr. Ould-Abdallah said. In addition, he said that the transitional authority of Somalia, which has not had a functional government for 17 years, had become more effective in its composition as well as its return to the country’s capital, Mogadishu, in January. He said that among the security possibilities now being studied, a strong multinational presence should be seriously considered, and more should be done to protect ships carrying humanitarian assistance. He added that, for UN work to be truly credible, it needs to deploy many more international staff in the country, and make sure that there is no impunity for “warlords, extremists and spoilers” who have carried out war crimes against humanity. Most importantly, Somali must be released from being a “prisoner of the past,” because of the violent actions carried out against the international community in the 1990s, and its long-suffering people must have the protection they need. Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Edmond Mulet also briefed the Council, discussing the work of a fact-finding mission that visited Somalia in January. He said that the security situation in many parts of Somalia, and particularly Mogadishu, remains complex, volatile and unpredictable, describing four possible scenarios that could lead to the deployment of a UN peacekeeping force. In recent months, Somalia has been wracked by violence which has displaced around one million people and has caused some three million others to flee the country as refugees. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says there are up to two million vulnerable people in need of humanitarian aid within Somalia. In addition, aid workers face difficulties and the transport and delivery of crucial items such as food is being impeded by roadblocks, taxes and banditry.
The reconciliation exercise would go a long way in establishing harmony, she said about the recently started process. Having had overcome half-a-dozen attacks on her life, she is much more confident than ever. “I am an atheist; but I believe in my principles, I have never violated basic principles. That has given me a lot of confidence,” she said. Recalling that there was a time when her life was in danger, Ms Kumaratunga said, “My phones were tapped. My house was watched. A lot of people did not have freedom. Things have changed since the new government took charge. The ruling alliance is a unique experiment in Asia as parties with opposing programmes have come together. Members of former extremist groups, who have given up violence, have also joined the system,” she said.Asked whether women were enjoying freedom in the country, Ms. Kumaratunga said: “Certainly. More women are getting into jobs than men. But when it comes to politics, there is no quota. But the new government is going to implement a regulation that at least 25 per cent of the nominees in elections should be women.” Bridging the gulf that divides Tamil and Sinhalese population in Sri Lanka is essential for the wellbeing of the country, former President of Sri Lanka, Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, has said.Ms. Kumaratunga, who was on a private visit to Alappuzha in India, told The Hindu that she was involved in the national unity and reconciliation initiative being undertaken by the present government as part of confidence-building measures. “There is a huge gulf between Tamils and Sinhalese. There are schools for all communities and there are also schools of different communities. Many Tamils do not speak Sinhalese and vice-versa. Earlier, English was not encouraged or rather downgraded in the country. Unlike India, there was no link language,” she said.
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Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The light from the sun or moon hit the ice crystals, and the refraction caused by that shows a halo.These halos in general are relatively common, but it’s less common to see them form around the moon.This is because the moon has to be in the new moon phase and the visibility has to be good in order for the halo to be seen. A spokesperson for the Met Office said: “It was particularly good last night because you had the combination of high visibility with the new moon and the high clouds”.Many posted their pictures of the moon halo on social media. Will Belcher, from Wiltshire, described it on Twitter said it was a “pretty decent moon halo”.Dowager Countess Bathurst, from Cirencester, was more generous with her praise, calling the moon halo “stunning”.Halos were used as a previous form of weather forecasting. According to the Met Office, the presence of high “cirrus cloud which contains the ice crystals required for haloes to form often signifies an approaching frontal system; however in many cases the front will be inactive or simply change course from the area – producing no rain.” Pretty decent #moon #halo this evening. “The ring around the Moon is caused by the refraction of Moonlight (which of course is reflected su… pic.twitter.com/jN90ZmsIN5— 🌍William Belcher📸 (@willbaroo) April 11, 2017 @BBCGlos @elverdave @mikeysmithers nice halo on the banks of the river Severn tonight ideal time to be out pic.twitter.com/NQtuUkXZub— CRAIG SMITH (@TINTINOUT) April 10, 2017 A stunning moon halo was seen on Monday night and photographed by awe-struck viewers.The phenomenon is called a 22-degree halo, and is more commonly seen around the sun.Leighton James, a photographer in Bristol, told the BBC: “It’s something I have never seen before and thought it looked quite amazing.”A 22-degree halo forms when there are high cirrus clouds passing slowly across the sky. Stunning halo around the moon tonight.. pic.twitter.com/HDg7UTM3fe— Countess Bathurst (@CotswoldLadyB) April 10, 2017
Micromine UK has committed to hosting a series of MICROMINE Introduction Courses, aimed at geologists who are currently unemployed or working minimal hours. In educating geologists about Micromine’s premier mine design solution, MICROMINE, the course aims to increase attendees’ employment prospects. The initiative was developed in response to the economic downturn, which has resulted in significantly fewer employment opportunities within the geological industry.The MICROMINE Introduction Course is the only course of its kind, and has been endorsed by the Geological Society of London, the United Kingdom’s recognised professional body for geoscientists. James Hogg, UK Technical manager, commented “The course has been applauded by industry members as a necessary offering. Not surprisingly, participants perceive the course as a personal investment in their career”.Hogg continues “An employee’s software knowledge is a valuable asset and almost always considered when seeking employment. Mining companies look favourably on candidates with both a broad knowledge base and existing software skills”. The aim of the course is to familiarise participants with MICROMINE, one of the most commonly used 3D modelling software programs in the industry. The intention is to increase their knowledge base and skill set, making them a more valued prospect to future employers.Hugh Stuart, Vice President Exploration at Redback Mining, commented “Software training is necessary for young geologists entering the workforce. Redback is an extensive user of Micromine’s products and services and commends Micromine for introducing attendees to MICROMINE and providing a positive start to their careers”. The course is comprised of two modules which run as separate courses; Introduction to MICROMINE and Exploration. The course was held twice in 2009, with the next one scheduled for 6-7 July, 2010. Each course has reached maximum capacity and included attendees from as far as France and Albania. It is available to geologists who are currently unemployed or working minimal hours for a nominal fee which covers the cost of the course.
MIBRAG chose Transoft to assist in migrating its OpenVMS applications to a Windows operating system. MIBRAG, one of the largest brown coal producers in Germany, was running critical mining, modelling and data processing systems on an ageing HP OpenVMS Alpha server hardware. The applications were written in Fortran using the Rdb database and DCL scripting language, and supported the production processes and the accounting functions of the open-pit mining operations. Transoft migrated the applications to an open and flexible Microsoft Windows Server environment using Oracle 11g to replace the Rdb database.Transoft used the Open Libr8 and Open DCL products to support the OpenVMS system. Transoft used their Legacy Liberator toolset for OpenVMS, automating the majority of the migration process, reducing the delivery time, minimising the cost yet ensuring the quality of the migration.Transoft’s Sales and Marketing Director, Ed Jones, commented: “We were delighted to have been chosen for this significant project and it further consolidates Transoft’s position as the premier OpenVMS migration company. More and more companies with mature mission-critical applications on older platforms view migration as the most cost-effective and least risk replacement option.”Rainer Waldbauer, CIO of MIBRAG, explained the decision to use Transoft. “We chose Transoft for this complex and demanding migration as it had both the technical expertise to convert our OpenVMS applications to Windows and also its well-established migration methodology. They delivered on time and on budget.”By taking advantage of Transoft’s expertise, MIBRAG will be able to reduce its operating cost while achieving greater reliability and flexibility for the future.Transoft is a solution provider that enables clients with existing systems to traverse the technology timeline and make their applications relevant in today’s business environment. Mitteldeutsche Braunkohlengesellschaft mbH (MIBRAG) is one of the largest brown coal producers in Germany, mining up to 20 Mt/y of lignite.
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