NGT directs Rajasthan govt. to conduct medical test of villagers in Nagaur

first_imgThe National Green Tribunal on Wednesday directed the Rajasthan government to conduct complete medical tests of villagers in Nagaur district who have been affected due to air pollution caused by stone crushers.A Bench of Justice Raghuvendra S. Rathore directed the State Medical Health Director to constitute a team of at least three doctors from Jaipur, in consultation with the Sawai Man Singh Medical College and Hospital principal, relating to pulmonary disease. “The team shall immediately visit the villages — Koliya, Naka ke Dhani, Nozalo ke Dhani and Bandolai ke Dhani — in Didwana tehsil and conduct a medical examination and prepare a report of all the persons affected,” the Bench said.‘Inform tehsildar’ “The said team should inform in advance the Didwana tehsildar about the date of their visit. The report of the joint committee of medical experts should be submitted through the Medical Health Director within three weeks,” the Bench, also comprising expert member S.S. Gabrayal, said. The Tribunal also directed the Environment Secretary to comply with the recommendations made by a joint inspection team of the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Central Pollution Control Board and the Rajasthan Pollution Control Committee and submit a report before the next date of hearing.The NGT had earlier rapped the Rajasthan government for its failure to curb pollution caused by stone crushers in Nagaur district and sought a report on their functioning. The Tribunal was hearing a plea by local resident Bhanwara Ram, seeking implementation of September 2, 2015, order of the NGT, which had directed the closure of illegal stone crushers in Nagaur district. It had also directed a joint team to inspect the stone crushers and submit a report on whether they have taken all anti-pollution measures and installed relevant devices. “They shall take ambient air quality at a particular area and of nearby colonies located in Kolia village and Nagaio Ki Dhana, Nagaur district in Rajasthan,” the NGT had said.last_img read more

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Filipino superfly champion Jerwin Ancajas faces Japan’s Funai

first_imgJerwin Ancajas. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFilipino world super flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas defends his crown for the seventh time Saturday against Japan’s Ryuichi Funai, who will fight outside his homeland for the first time.The International Boxing Federation title showdown is on a card at Stockton, California, that also finds unbeaten IBF light heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev of Russia defending against American Radivoje Kalajdzic.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Ancajas, a 27-year-old southpaw, is 30-1 with two drawn and 20 knockouts but comes into the fight off a disappointing draw last September in Oakland against Mexico’s Alejandro Santiago Barrios.“I was hard at work three weeks after my last fight with Santiago,” Ancajas said. “I am going to be in the best shape in my upcoming fight with Funai. Coming off my last fight, I really want to give a great performance and defend my world title in style.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAcanjas, unbeaten in 18 fights dating to 2012, won the crown in 2016 by unanimous decision from Puerto Rico’s McJoe Arroyo and has defended three times in each of the past two years.Funai, 33, gets his first world title bout after seven wins in a row over the past three years. He’s 31-7 with 22 knockouts.center_img Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again PLAY LIST 01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again00:50Trending Articles03:39Ancajas willing to fight Chocolatito if given a chance02:42PH 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 Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated “I am excited for this opportunity to challenge for a world title and to make my professional debut in America,” Funai said. “I know I have the experience and the skills to become the new IBF champion of the world. Jerwin and I respect one another, but this is boxing, and I’m going to fight my heart out.”Beterbiev, 13-0 with every win by knockout, won his crown over German Enrico Koelling in November 2017 and kept it by stopping Britain’s Callum Johnson last October.The 34-year-old Russian, seven years older than his rival, won a 2009 world title and two European titles as an amateur.“This will be a great fight,” Beterbiev said. “I can’t wait to get in the ring and show once again why I’m the best 175-pound boxer in the world.”Serbian-heritage fighter Kalajdzic, 24-1 with 17 knockouts, has won three in a row since losing a split decision to a highly controversial split decision loss to American Marcus Browne.ADVERTISEMENT NBA fires Turkish company that left Enes Kanter off a tweetlast_img read more

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Asian Games: Mary Kom enters finals, to fight for boxing gold

first_imgIndia’s MC Mary Kom secured a berth in the gold medal bout of the women’s flyweight (48-51kg) division after a convincing win in the semi-final of the 17th Asian Games on Tuesday.The 31-year-old Indian outpunched Vietnam’s Le Thi Bang by a unanimous 3-0 decision to enter the final.The five-time world champion was in fine form and her speed and guile was just too much to handle for the Vietnamese fighter.Mary Kom peppered her opponent with multiple combination punches and didn’t give her anytime to gain a foothold.Le went for broke in the fourth and final round and managed to connect a few punches but with the Indian, having already won the previous three rounds there was very little the Vietnamese could do.Judge A from Bulgaria ruled the bout 40-36 in favour of the Indian. Judge B of Morocco gave the same scores but Judge C of Italy awarded the fourth round 10-9 in favour of Le, however, his final scored of 39-37 went to Mary Kom.last_img read more

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How embedded projects run into trouble: Jack’s Top Ten Countdown

first_imgDavid Letterman had his top ten list that he ran through each night. I, too, have a top ten list, but it is a compendium of how embedded projects go wrong.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Design Methods Continue Reading Previous Sensirion: innovative sensor solutions at electronica 2018Next Infineon to drive edge-computing based applications running on Amazon Web Serviceslast_img

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Wedding on December 16: Saina Nehwal confirms marriage to Parupalli Kashyap

first_imgThe world of sports in India was abuzz as reports emerged of Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap of tying the knot in December.Saina in a recent interview confirmed the news, saying it is the right time for her to get married, saying December 16 was the only day free in her busy schedule.”I will get busy with the Premier Badminton League from December 20 and then qualifiers for the Tokyo Games will begin. So this was the only date that we had to get married,” Saina was quoted by Times of India.Reports of their relationship and subsequent marriage started doing the rounds only a few weeks ago.”We started travelling for bigger tours from 2007-08 onwards. We played tournaments together, trained together and slowly, started paying more attention to each other’s matches. In the competitive world that we live in, it is difficult to get close to someone. But somehow we both found it very easy to talk to each other, talk about our matches. The feeling gradually grew,” Nehwal said.”But we didn’t think about marriage before. The career that we pursue is very demanding. It is very important to win tournaments and we didn’t want to shift our focus by getting married earlier. A player needs treatment and attention just like a baby. At home, I get everything without asking, but this will change once I get married. I will be equally responsible of doing things on my own. I didn’t want to rush things before the CWG and Asian Games. But now, we think we are ready for it and can manage things on our own,” she added.advertisementSaina also said that Kashyap has been helping her with her training. “We keep pushing each other. He is actively playing. But now he is getting into coaching so that he can help me.”When asked how her parents reacted when they heard of their relationship, Saina disclosed that she didn’t have to break the news to her parents, as they already knew about Kashyap.”Bolne ki zaroorat nahi padi (I didn’t have to tell them). We used to be together most of the time and my parents also travelled with me, so they understood who I was close to and comfortable with even after my losses,” she said.last_img read more

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IPL 2019: It was a funny final, we kept passing the trophy to each other, says MS Dhoni

first_imgMS Dhoni rued a few costly mistakes after Chennai Super Kings failed to defend their IPL title and Mumbai Indians won a last-ball thriller to become the first team to win the Indian Premier League 4 times. Shane Watson’s 80 in the IPL 2019 final went in vain after Lasith Malinga bowled a sensational final over in Hyderabad on Sunday.Chennai Super Kings were the table toppers for most of the season before they finished 2nd at the end of the league stage. CSK lost the first qualifier to MI before defeating Delhi Capitals in the Eliminator to make it to their 8th final in 10 IPL seasons.On Sunday, the Super Kings bowlers did brilliantly to restrict a power-packed Mumbai Indians batting line-up to 149 off their 20 overs. Shane Watson then led the charge for CSK but he did not get enough support from the others.MS Dhoni said it was a funny kind of a final with both teams seemingly passing the IPL trophy to each other.Mumbai Indians lost their way after a quick start before Kieron Pollard hauled them to a decent total.Chennai Super Kings then got off to a rapid start before they lost Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu and MS Dhoni in succession. Shane Watson played a heroic knock but his run-out in a tense final over meant MI had the upper hand.MS Dhoni spoke to the host broadcaster in the post-match presentation ceremony and said MI won because they made one mistake less.”It was quite a funny game, we were passing the trophy to each other. Both committed mistakes, and eventually the winning team was the one that committed one mistake less,” Dhoni said.advertisement”Our bowlers did really well. It was not a 150 wicket, but the bowlers kept us in the hunt. They kept getting wickets when it was really needed. Batting, someone kept chipping in and we kept winning,” he said.MS Dhoni said the focus would now be on the World Cup before he shifts his attention to what went wrong for CSK in the final. This season, the Super Kings depended heavily on MS Dhoni with the bat before Faf du Plessis and Shane Watson found form in the later phase of thr tournament.CSK were also affected with the poor form of Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu and Kedar Jadhav with the bat.MS Dhoni said CSK did not play very good cricket in the 2019 IPL but it was still a good season for his team.”As a team we had a good season. But we need to go back and reflect. Wasn’t one of those years where we played very good cricket. Middle order never clicked, but somehow we managed,” he said.Also Read | IPL 2019: Lasith Malinga recalls last-over nerves after MI win record 4th titleAlso Read | IPL 2019: Jasprit Bumrah wins hearts for his gesture towards Quinton de KockAlso Read | IPL 2019 Final: Mumbai Indians beat Chennai Super Kings in last-ball thriller to win 4th titleAlso Read | Controversy in IPL 2019 Final: Rohit Sharma upset after Shardul Thakur’s rude send-off actlast_img read more

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16 days agoLiverpool fullback Alexander-Arnold: Title hunger remains

first_imgLiverpool fullback Alexander-Arnold: Title hunger remainsby Paul Vegas16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool fullback Trent Alexander-Arnold says his hunger remains strong after the Champions League triumph last season.Alexander-Arnold is targeting silverware success with both Liverpool and England, insisting he will never be satisfied no matter how many trophies are in the cabinet. “What drives me on?” he said. “The main thing is winning trophies. Wanting to leave a legacy behind and feeling you had an impact on club and country and to be remembered.“That is the main aim – to win as many trophies as possible and go as far as possible in tournaments.”I won the Champions League in the summer but it is the same as if you have not won a trophy. You want to do it more often.That determination and hunger to win never really dies out.“No matter how many you win, it will never be enough. You need to keep pushing to get better as a player and as a team, whoever you are playing for.“The aim is always to win and that is the mentality I have got at the minute.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Seafarers Feted by MAJ to Observe Their Day

first_img Seafarers aboard ships docked in Jamaica’s territorial waters were feted by the Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ) on Monday, June 25, in observation of International Day of the Seafarer. Story Highlights The day is celebrated on June 25 each year, with a special focus on the welfare of the men and women who risk their lives at sea in the transportation of goods and services used in the daily lives of the world’s population. Seafarers aboard ships docked in Jamaica’s territorial waters were feted by the Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ) on Monday, June 25, in observation of International Day of the Seafarer.The day is celebrated on June 25 each year, with a special focus on the welfare of the men and women who risk their lives at sea in the transportation of goods and services used in the daily lives of the world’s population.In an interview with JIS News, MAJ Director General, Rear Admiral Peter Brady, gave some insight into the activities that are undertaken on the day.“We use the occasion to visit seafarers on ships in Jamaica. We go and talk with them, interact with them, give them a little encouragement and a little token to show that we care. That goes a long way with a seafarer in a foreign country when we show that their welfare is important to us,” he explained.According to Admiral Brady, unlike shore-based occupations, seafaring is a demanding, stressful and high-risk profession.“It is associated with long-term separation from home and families, adverse weather conditions, piracy, long working hours, loneliness and fatigue, which can pose a high risk of stress,” he said.Admiral Brady referenced the 2018 theme, ‘Seafarers’ Well-being’, and pointed out that it speaks to not only the physical aspects of a seafarer’s life but also the mental side.“They go away from home for very long periods. Sometimes they will sign on to a ship for four to six months, and if the conditions under which they work are not amenable to good living for health and safety, then that would introduce other issues such as mental problems,” he noted.He added that they are subject to the same kinds of external factors that make people’s lives uncomfortable, but they do not have recourse to treatment and professional care as would a normal person ashore.He said it was against this background that the theme was intended to bring the need to take better care of seafarers to shipowners.Admiral Brady pointed out that it is important to ensure that seafarers’ salaries are paid on time, especially when families at home are depending on them, and that they can be assured that their business is being attended to in their absence.He said it is also important for the seamen to be granted shore leave when their ship is in port to discharge or load cargo, as it is necessary for them to reconnect with other people in the world. Shore leave is allowing the crew to disembark a vessel for a designated period of time before the ship sails.The Director General added that it would redound to the benefit of shipowners to invest in Internet service, indicating that although it is expensive, connectivity is important to the welfare of the seafarers.“It is an added expense for the owners; however, the benefits of affording the ship’s crew the Internet far outweigh the cost, because you will have a contented crew who will, therefore, be happier at sea, produce more and show more loyalty to the shipping line.”International Day of the Seafarer came into being during the 2010 Diplomatic Conference in the Philippines, which amended the International Convention on Standards of Training and Certification of Seafarers.Admiral Brady, who chaired the 2010 conference, explained that it was decided that a day would be set aside to recognise the work of seafarers, who operate below the radar screen under extreme conditions but make significant contributions to the world’s economy. In an interview with JIS News, MAJ Director General, Rear Admiral Peter Brady, gave some insight into the activities that are undertaken on the day.last_img read more

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Digital Exhibit for Halifax Explosion

first_imgNova Scotia Archives is commemorating the 98th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion with new digital content added to the existing online exhibit. Personal narratives, first-hand survivor accounts, observations made by visitors in the days following and photographs are included in the updated exhibit. “On Dec. 6 we think of everything that was lost 98 years ago,” said Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Tony Ince. “As the survivors of the Halifax Explosion become fewer with each passing year, these first-hand accounts preserved at the Nova Scotia Archives help paint a vivid and very real picture of what people were faced with after that tragic day.” Additions this year include two photographs of vessels burning in the harbor after the explosion, and a letter written ten days later, recounting the devastation and loss on Kaye Street. “As the centenary approaches, families are interested in sharing this very personal material,” said Lois Yorke, provincial archivist. “Each year recently, items about the Halifax Explosion have been donated to the Nova Scotia Archives, and in turn we are able to share them with Nova Scotians everywhere via our website.” Nova Scotia Archives will continue to add to the online Halifax Explosion exhibit each year leading up to the 100-year anniversary in 2017. The exhibit can be viewed at http://novascotia.ca/archives/halifax-explosion .last_img read more

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Chandrababu Naidu frisked at Vijayawada airport

first_imgVijayawada: Former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and now leader of opposition N. Chandrababu Naidu had to undergo frisking at Gannavaram Airport here late Friday. Naidu was also denied VIP access to the aircraft and had to travel in the bus along with common passengers. A security guard was seen frisking Naidu at the security entrance. The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief was also not allowed to reach the aircraft in VIP vehicle. The incident drew strong reaction from TDP, which alleged that BJP and YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) were resorting to witch-hunting. TDP leader and former state Home Minister Chinna Rajappa said the attitude of authorities was not only insulting but they also compromised on Naidu’s security as he enjoys “Z plus’ category security. He said Naidu never had to face this situation though he was in opposition for many years. He demanded the central and state governments to ensure proper security to Naidu.last_img read more

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Federal government sets up call centre to help First Nation kids get

first_imgOTTAWA – Indigenous Services Canada has set up a new call centre to help First Nations children get services and supports under the child-first jurisdictional policy known as Jordan’s Principle.The centre will provide families with direct access to agents who will start the intake process and connect them to the Jordan’s Principle representative in their area.The regional representatives work closely with local service co-ordinators across Canada to identify and address the needs of First Nations children and improve their health and well-being.Jordan’s Principle is a child-first policy aimed at overcoming jurisdictional red tape that could delay or prevent Indigenous children from getting the services they need.It is named after Jordan River Anderson, a five-year-old boy from Norway House Cree Nation in Manitoba who died in hospital in 2005 while the federal and provincial governments bickered over who would pay for his home care.Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott says the establishment of the call centre will offer families quick access to needed services.“Our government has made significant strides in fully implementing Jordan’s Principle and this announcement today is another example of the work being done to achieve full equality for all First Nations children,” she said in a statement.The principle has been making headlines in recent months as Indigenous advocates pilloried the federal Liberal government for failing to take action despite repeated rulings by the quasi-judicial Canadian Human Rights Tribunal.Last November, the government withdrew a Federal Court challenge over the delivery of health-care services after reaching an agreement with the parties, which included the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society and the Assembly of First Nations.In Friday’s announcement, the government described Jordan’s Principle as ensuring equity for First Nations children by responding to their needs wherever they live.It essentially says that when a government service is available to all other children, but a jurisdictional dispute regarding services to a First Nations child arises, the department of first contact pays for the service and can later seek reimbursement.The department says more than 33,000 requests for support and services have been approved under Jordan’s Principle since July 2016, with an approval rate of more than 99 per cent.last_img read more

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Mother and uncle sent to India to face conspiracy charges in BC

first_imgVANCOUVER — The federal government says two British Columbia residents have been extradited to India to face conspiracy  charges after they allegedly hired men to kill a young woman and her new husband in that country nearly 20 years ago.The Justice Department says Malkit Kaur Sidhu and her brother Surjit Singh Badesha were escorted to India by the RCMP and arrived there early Thursday morning.It says the pair met with Canadian consular officials in Delhi before being turned over to police in Punjab.Sidhu and Badesha are accused of conspiracy in the murder of Sidhu’s daughter Jassi Sidhu in June 2000 after she went to India to marry a man they disapproved of.Sidhu’s husband was severely beaten but survived the attempt on his life.In a unanimous decision in 2017, the Supreme Court of Canada set aside a B.C. Court of Appeal ruling that stopped extradition proceedings over concerns the mother and uncle would be poorly treated or even tortured in India.The B.C. Appeal Court halted the extradition last year when the pair’s lawyers filed a last-minute court application, bringing them back to B.C. from Toronto before they were to be escorted to India.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Missing files found from sealed almirah of varsity

first_imgMalda: A number of important documents and files, which had gone missing, were found from a sealed almirah in the department of chemistry of the University of Gour Banga on Friday, Vice-Chancellor Swagata Sen said. The university authorities had lodged a police complaint last month after security guards caught a student of the chemistry department late at night on March 14 and it was found that he was carrying a file. The student had claimed that head of the department, Prof Sougata Pal, had told him to take that file. Following this, an almirah of the department was sealed by the authorities. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaPal was suspended on March 20 and asked not to come to the university. The sealed almirah was opened on Friday and several documents and files, some of them reported missing earlier, were found inside, the vice-chancellor told reporters. The files found in the almirah contained documents of the finance department, the registrar’s office, executive committee meetings and others, he said. “How these documents reached the department is a mystery. A number of files required to probe certain incidents of corruption had gone missing earlier,” Sen said. Pal, the accused professor, said that he was being framed. “I had raised my voice against some of the wrong-doings in the university and am paying the price of that,” he said.last_img read more

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Calls to restrict cruise ships in Venice follow canal crash

MILAN — Cruise industry officials have long insisted ship accidents wouldn’t happen in Venice’s busy Giudecca Canal. They said guiding tugboats and technology would ensure safety.The 65,500-ton cruise ship that crashed into a much smaller riverboat docked in the canal on Sunday proved them wrong.Italy’s transport minister ordered the head of the Venice port to Rome on Monday to discuss the accident. Venice’s mayor called for a ban on cruise ships traversing the heart of the fragile lagoon city.Venice is one of the world’s top ports of call for cruise ships and one of Italy’s most heavily visited cities. Debate over the behemoth boats has raged for years.Videos of the crash show the MSC Opera cruise ship blaring its horn as it bore down on the riverboat.The Associated Press read more

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UNESCO chief condemns sixth murder of journalist in Honduras in 2010

21 April 2010The head of the United Nations agency tasked with upholding press freedom today condemned the murder of a journalist in Honduras, the sixth media professional slain in the Central American nation so far this year. Luis Antonio Chévez Hernández, 22, a presenter with Radio W105, was murdered in the north-west city of San Pedro Sula on 13 April.“I am gravely concerned about repeated attacks on journalists in Honduras and trust the authorities will spare no effort in pursuing those behind these crimes,” said Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).“It is important for stability and rule of law that media workers in the country be able to exercise their right of freedom of expression without fearing for their lives.”Reporters Without Borders, a non-governmental organization (NGO), said that Mr. Hernández’s death brings the total number of journalists killed in Honduras to six this year. The group has called Honduras and Mexico the deadliest countries by far for journalists working in the Western Hemisphere.In March, a UNESCO report found that rising numbers of journalists are being killed worldwide, mostly in countries that are at peace, and called for an end to impunity in the murders of media professionals.Last year set a new record, with 77 murders reported by the agency. The high number is due in part to the murder of some 30 journalists in one day during an ambush in the Philippines on 23 November 2009, the publication said.“Sadly, the frequency of acts of violence against journalists is increasing,” it noted. “In most cases, impunity precludes the way of justice, and if this trend prevails, journalists will remain easy targets.“Needless to say this represents a severe threat to freedom of expression and to our ability to seek the truth.” read more

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India monitors projects in the Eastern province

The High Commissioner was the Chief Guest at the convocation ceremony of Eastern University, Batticaloa and addressed the gathering.He also paid respects to the Gandhi statue at Batticaloa. He met representatives of the TNA from the Eastern Province and had a brief discussion with a delegation from various Mosque Federations. Other projects undertaken by India in the social sector include construction of surgical unit in teaching Hospital Batticaloa, Upgradation of Swami Vipulananda Aesthetic School in Batticaloa, construction of 3400 toilets in Batticaloa District, and Model village in all three districts.India’s overall commitment of assistance to Sri Lanka for people-oriented development partnership projects stands at a total of around US$ 3 billion, out of which US$ 550 million is pure grant assistance. (Colombo Gazette) The Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, visited the East and inspected some of the projects undertaken by India in the Eastern Province.In a special ceremony in Batticaloa, the High Commissioner dedicated houses built under the Indian Housing Project in Batticaloa for possession by beneficiaries. The Government of India has committed a total of 4000 houses in the Eastern Province. This is in addition to 42000 houses built under grants by Government of India in the North and 14000 currently constructing also under grants in the Upcountry. Under the project, SEWA has trained 40 war affected/destitute women trainees from Batticaloa District. These women were trained in various vocational subjects such as Textiles and Garments; Surface Ornamentation; Agro food processing; Computers; Enterprise Development; Solar lantern and Roof rain water harvesting. The High Commissioner also visited the Trade Facilitation Center by first ever cooperative society of war affected women in the eastern province in Kallady.Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) –an Indian based community based organization, with the grant assistance of LKR 197 million from the Government of India has executed the project.The objective is to empower war affected women by building their capacities in vocations, leadership, entrepreneurial and management skills by setting up Trade Facilitation Center and Community Learning Centre in Batticaloa and Ampara, which helps them to provide skills and value chain support to provide livelihood opportunities. Earlier during his visit to Trincomalee, the High commissioner met the Governor of Eastern Province, addressed the gathering of Eastern Province officers and took blessings at ThiruKoneswaran Temple. read more

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EGovernance A powerful tool to combat mitigate and sustainably manage disaster risks

The 2018 E-Government Survey highlights the complex challenges and varied opportunities of deploying e-government services.Contributing to the global report, the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) highlights that the use of information and communications technology during all phases of disaster risk management presents “substantial opportunities to reduce disaster risks, enhance coping capabilities, and provide inclusive preparedness and response.”Several regional case studies illustrate that it is critical to integrate emerging innovations in digital technology, such as artificial intelligence (AI), social media, space applications and geospatial information for e-resilience efforts.To ensure undisrupted services and information to citizens before, during and after disasters, the report also reiterates the urgency of embracing e-resilience in e-government initiatives.The findings and recommendations come against the backdrop of several recent disasters, such as landslides in Japan, an unpresented heatwave in Pakistan and monsoon flash floods in Bangladesh and India, all of which serve to remind us how disaster risk is outpacing disaster resilience in Asia-Pacific.As the Asia-Pacific region is among the world’s most disaster-impacted, governments have stepped-up disaster risk reduction efforts through digital connectivity and innovations. “Digitally-driven emerging frontier technologies, such as AI, are expected to offer unparalleled levels of data availability, insights and coping capabilities to support countries address this formidable challenge and advance the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), said ESCAP.Broadband connectivity for all remains critical to the success of e-governance. Towards this end, ESCAP continues to support the Asia-Pacific Information Superhighway initiative to seamlessly increase the regional availability, affordability and resilience of broadband networks as a platform for e-resilience.Its implementation will be reviewed and discussed by countries and partners in Bangkok, from 27-28 August, followed by an ESCAP intergovernmental meeting of the Second Session of the Committee on Information and Communications Technology, Science, Technology and Innovation on 29 to 31 August 2018. read more

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Katie Ledecky Is The Present And The Future Of Swimming

Ledecky’s performance at 800 meters is the most any swimmer has dominated any distance, followed by her performance at 1,500 meters. The next three most-dominant swims were all set in the controversial summer of 2009 record frenzy4In fact, Paul Biederman’s 200m, Lin Zhang’s 800m and Federica Pellegrini’s 200m freestyle records were all set on July 26, 2009. that led to FINA’s banning of full-body and nontextile swimsuits. Then there’s Ledecky’s 400 meters.And don’t sleep on her raw speed. Despite having unparalleled stamina, her 200-meter performance is nearly two standard deviations above the mean — of the top 50 of all time — in its own right. While she failed to qualify for the 100 meters at these Olympics, she is still well within the 50 fastest women (37th fastest since 2000) at that distance, and she’s still improving.Rapidly.Just the beginningWe know that the dropoff in speed that Ledecky shows over distances is uncannily flat. We don’t know how fast Ledecky can get.We do know that her trends look good at every distance. USA swimming has times from all of Ledecky’s officially recognized races going back to her youth. But let’s pick up in 2010 — just two years before her London gold — when she was 13: “She has a chance.”That was the best the commentators at the 2012 Olympics could muster for the introduction of 15-year-old Katie Ledecky, who entered the finals of the 800-meter freestyle event as a virtual unknown. She had the third-fastest time in qualifying, but had no track record and no other medals in a year when the vaunted United States swim team ultimately won 31. Eight minutes, 15 seconds later, she was a gold medalist. Four years later, she is the most dominant swimmer on Earth.That Ledecky will repeat in the 800 meters this year is certain, save for whatever allowances we must make for the potential for injury or planet-killing asteroids. Her mark of 8:06.68 is over 7 seconds faster than any other woman in history. She hasn’t been challenged at this distance for so long that it’s unclear how fast she can go. She’s almost as much of a favorite in the 400-meter freestyle, where she owns the world record and is the first woman to swim the event consistently in under 4 minutes.1The first woman to swim 400 meters in under 4 minutes was Federica Pellegrini in 2009, prior to FINA’s ban on body-length and non-textile swimsuits. Since then, a sub-4-minute time has only been done by Ledecky. And despite being known as a distance swimmer, she is also the world champion in the 200-meter freestyle and the fourth-fastest woman in the event this decade.But Ledecky’s expected gold medal tally doesn’t do her justice. Not even close.Katie Ledecky is all aloneThere are swimmers with more versatile repertoires — Michael Phelps’s 18 golds (and counting) is safe for now — but Ledecky specializes in the stroke designed to get you from point A to point B as fast as possible. Her races and her career essentially follow the same pattern — the more she swims, the more she separates from the field: The black line is the average of the 50 best times at each distance since 2000. The top 200 times for each distance since 2000 are also plotted, with light orange lines each representing one swimmer.As you can see, Ledecky is pretty much the Secretariat of swimming.It’s a shame that the Olympic Games don’t include the women’s 1,500-meter event. Ledecky is so fast that her pace over 1,500 meters is faster than any other woman in history has managed over 800 meters. Wrap your head around that for a second: If Ledecky’s 1,500-meter record in 2015 were her only swim, she would have broken Rebecca Adlington’s 800-meter world record — that had stood since 2008 — in her first 800 meters.2Possibly in her last 800 meters, as well. I don’t have the 100-meter splits for that race, but her pace over both the first 800 and the last 700 meters was slightly faster than Adlington’s.With no real competition at distances of longer than 400 meters, we need new points of comparison. As I’ve written about before, her 800-meter record is marching its way through history as among the fastest swum by man or woman. She’s faster than the 1960 Olympic gold medal-winning men’s 800-meter relay (4×200) team, and she’s faster than any single person in history through 1975. She has cleared Tim Shaw and most of Stephen Holland’s records and could soon erase the Australian legend completely.There’s dominant and there’s dominant and there’s dominantEntering these Olympic games, at just 19 years old, Ledecky is already the most dominant freestyle swimmer in the modern era.3FINA’s downloadable archives go back to 2000. To demonstrate, I looked at the top swims by the 50 top male and female swimmers at each distance. Using those as a baseline, I charted the top swims by the top 200 swimmers for each gender at each distance, relative to the top 50 (in standard deviations). In essence, this shows us how good each swimmer is relative to the best that each event has had to offer this century, and allows us to compare across events and genders: The gray dots each represent one of the 500 swimmers (of any age) at each distance who posted the fastest times5The data goes back to 2000, though only those who posted their fastest times since 2010 are shown in this chart. and reflect those times versus the dates they were posted.Ledecky has favorable-looking trends — both over all races and for her personal bests — at every distance. She has set personal bests in the 100, 200 and 800 this year already, after having personal bests in the 50, 100, 800 and 1,500 last year. Her best events are flattening out a bit (as we would expect), but even there it is difficult to gauge because she has been so far ahead of the pack that she hasn’t been pushed.Even if Ledecky’s progression is normal, at 19 she should have years of improvement ahead. Generally, top female swimmers peak at older ages over shorter distances. The average age of a swimmer posting a personal best in the top 50 in a distance event (800m-1,500m) is 20. At middle distances (200-400m) it’s 22. At sprint distances (50-100m) it’s 25.6Specifically, those swimmers with one of the 50 best times since 2000 who posted it before 2014Ledecky’s consistent improvement at sprint distances, combined with her continuous, almost nonchalant dominance over longer distances, leaves me highly intrigued about the future possibilities.Could she be the first woman to swim 800 meters in under 8 minutes? How about the first person to set world records at four different distances since Tim Shaw more than 40 years ago? Those are both fair bets for the future — and unlikely but still on the table for these games.Beyond that, who knows? How about 1,500 meters in 15 minutes? Or becoming the first person to hold all five major distance records simultaneously since Shane Gould?She has a chance.We’re on the ground in Rio covering the 2016 Summer Olympics. Check out all our coverage here. read more

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Kemba Walker Doesnt Care How Close Youre Guarding Him

But by hanging closer to Walker so he doesn’t get open looks, his opponents have inadvertently become a major part of the reason that Walker has shot so well when defenders are crowding him. Because Walker is so quick (and because he can run directly off the shoulder of his screener, which helps him shed his man), he can often set his feet and rise for a pull-up jumper before the defender has fully gotten back into the play.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/kembamagic.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.I watched film of Walker’s most closely contested threes, and I discovered two things: 1. Almost all of the plays are like the one in the video above, in which a defender is trailing behind Walker after a pick is set for him and 2. because of that, even though opponents are quite close to Walker, they have no way of bothering his shot from behind without risking being called for a three-shot foul.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/kembaspurs.mp400:0000:0000:11Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Some of this highlights the screen-setting value of Charlotte big man Cody Zeller,1Zeller’s injuries have been backbreaking for the Hornets this season. Charlotte is beating opponents by nearly 9 points per 100 plays when he and Walker are both on the floor, but the Hornets get outscored by one point per 100 possessions when Walker is without Zeller, per NBA.com. who ranks fourth in the NBA with 5.4 screen assists per game, per SportVU.“This year, it’s a huge difference, just because I want his defender to go over the screen,” Zeller told Bleacher Report earlier in the season. “In other years, I had to make sure the defender didn’t get under it, you know, set it a couple steps lower.”But a huge part of it is also Walker’s quick trigger following the screen. By taking the shot so soon after the pick, Walker is essentially boxing out his defender and preventing the opponent from getting a hand in his face. And that explains how he’s managed to shoot just as well with foes breathing down his neck as when he’s had plenty of space to launch a shot.Check out our latest NBA predictions. 2013-1412.433.3 Defenders often go under screens when they don’t think a shooter will make an outside shot. As Walker has gotten more accurate, they’ve had to guard him far more closely.Source: NBA, Synergy Sports Those familiar with the first few seasons of Walker’s career might dismiss these numbers as an aberration — his output this year is a huge improvement from his 27 percent mark when tightly guarded the prior three years, and the six-year veteran was a below-average shooter from deep until last year.But there are a handful of reasons to think the 26-year-old can continue hitting the closely guarded shots at a better-than-expected clip. For starters, he’s been working with Hornets assistant coach Bruce Kreutzer, who has made a few small changes that seem to have made a tremendous difference the past two seasons. Kreutzer had Walker adjust his jumper by using the balls of his feet for lift instead of his heels, which improves his accuracy, and moving his release point an inch or two to his right, which prevents Walker, a righty, from needing an extra split second to pull the ball over from his left side to shoot.And the improvement from distance has prompted defenses to play Walker much differently in screen-and-roll scenarios. Teams used to duck underneath the screens set for him more than 20 percent of the time, according to Synergy Sports, daring the UConn product to shoot and hindering the Hornets’ spacing. Now, opponents know Walker is dangerous from outside, and they are fighting over the top of the screens more than ever in hopes of staying with him. In today’s pace-and-space NBA, competent defenders are more valuable than they’ve ever been, thanks to the unprecedented level of shooting and the sheer number of versatile players who double as unicorns. Ideally, a defender gets as physical as he can without fouling the shooter. And at a minimum, he should sprint toward the player with an outstretched arm, throwing off the shooter’s rhythm and concentration and potentially forcing a misfire.But what if getting closer to the shooter doesn’t make any real difference?That is the conundrum of guarding a Kemba Walker 3-pointer.The Charlotte Hornets’ All-Star point guard, who is enjoying the best season of his career, is shooting 45 percent from the 3-point stripe when he’s left wide open, with more than six feet between him and the closest defender. Somewhat unbelievably, he’s also shooting an NBA-best 44 percent from 3 when he’s smothered, with less than two feet separating him and the closest defender, according to SportVU, which uses cameras to track movement on the court. 2014-1514.130.4 Kemba has gotten better from deep, even as defenses have tightened Is James Harden As Good As He Says He Is? 2012-1323.432.2 2015-1614.337.1 2016-1712.240.2 2011-1221.7%30.5% Related: Hot Takedown SEASON% OF TIME DEFENDER WENT UNDER THE SCREEN3-POINT % read more

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AJ Harris is latest player to depart Ohio State mens basketball program

OSU freshman guard A.J. Harris (12) scans the court during a game against Northern Illinois on Dec. 16 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorWhen it rains, it pours on the Ohio State men’s basketball team.For the third time in two days, a freshman has left the program after a lone year in Columbus. On Monday, it was center Daniel Giddens. Then, forward Mickey Mitchell said goodbye a day later. Now, point guard A.J. Harris announced his intentions to continue his collegiate career elsewhere.“I have given A.J. Harris permission to seek a transfer,” said OSU coach Thad Matta in a press release.Harris appeared in all 35 games for the 2015-16 Buckeyes, starting four times. The Dayton native struggled offensively through much of the season, averaging 2.8 points per game on 32.3 percent shooting. He added a rebound and 1.7 assists per contest. He only scored in double figures once, an 11-point performance against Purdue on Jan. 21.Standing just 5-foot-9, Harris became a fan favorite in large part due to his ability to dunk. He showed off his hops on two occasions, including a powerful left-handed throwdown in the final game of OSU’s season against Florida.Matta tried to harness Harris’ energy on the occasions that he got the starting nod. He stepped in for fellow freshman guard JaQuan Lyle for the four-game stretch in January when Lyle and the team were slumping.The departure of Harris likely puts an end to the unexpected mass exodus of talent from the program. While OSU came into the year with zero rotation players expected to leave due to graduation or to enter the NBA draft, it has been quite the opposite.Harris is the fourth player to seek a transfer since the season began, with the three this week joining guard Austin Grandstaff in December. Interestingly, all four of those players were part of the 2015 recruiting class. Lyle, in fact, is the only one of the five-man recruiting class still remaining in the program.“We appreciate what A.J., Daniel and Mickey did for our program as freshmen, and we wish them well,” Matta said in the release.However, Matta can likely feel safe that the recruiting class won’t be lost completely, as Lyle, the top recruit of the group, has been vocal in his desires to remain at OSU since the season ended. Lyle has even taken it upon himself to criticize his former teammates, tweeting “Grass ain’t always greener on the other side” on Tuesday in reference to Giddens and Mitchell.Another player, redshirt sophomore center Trevor Thompson, has temporarily left the team to enter the NBA draft. But due to rules in place beginning this year, a player is allowed to keep all of his NCAA eligibility as long as he doesn’t hire an agent. Therefore, it is probable that Thompson will be wearing scarlet and gray again for the 2016-17 season. read more

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