As Ravana was ablaze, death came in a flash

first_imgSince Friday night, Vijay Kumar, 44, the inconsolable father of 18-year-old Manish Kumar, has been running from one hospital to another in the hope of finding the remains of his son, who was presumably killed in the Amritsar train mishap.“I saw his severed head lying on the railway track in a picture circulating on WhatsApp around 3 a.m. Since then, I have been searching for him in one hospital after another, but I have been unsuccessful. My world is finished,” said Mr. Kumar, a resident of Dasmesh Nagar who runs a shoe business.At Amritsar’s Guru Nanak Dev Government Hospital, Mr. Kumar accompanied the police to the mortuary to identify what could possibly be the limbs of his son. “I don’t know if they are my son’s. Even his head, which I saw on WhatsApp, is not traceable,” he said, as he broke down.In the mournful ambience across Amritsar, Mr. Vijay was not alone. Scores of relatives of those killed and injured in the tragedy could be seen anxiously running around.Dr. Mayank, who has been attending to the victims overnight, said that most of them suffered head and limb injuries of a serious nature. “There is a constant flow of victims, most of them belonging to Uttar Pradesh and Bihar,” he said. Jagandan, a labourer from Hardoi in U.P., is under treatment in the surgical ward for head and leg injuries. “As the Ravana effigy was burning, people were shooting videos,” he said. “Suddenly, they started running across the tracks. No horn of the speeding train was heard. The next moment, limbs were flying all around and I was hit by one. I was thrown to the ground.” ‘Horrific, unbelievable’“While the first train (Amritsar-Howrah Express) crossed, we did hear its horn. But once it crossed, this second speeding train (Jalandhar-Amritsar DMU) approached on the adjoining track and no one heard its horn…,” said Khanna Saxena, a witness. Ambulance drivers engaged with the Bebe Nanki Ambulance Seva Societydescribed the scene at the accident site as” horrific” and “unbelievable”. “Among us, we have ferried at least 20 bodies so far since last [Friday] night,” said ambulance drivers Gurbaksh Singh, Jaspal Singh and Pargat Singh.The Punjab government, meanwhile, has decided to prepare detailed guidelines for seeking permission to hold religious and social congregations.last_img read more

Archer Rajat Chauhan eyes historic medal for india in world cup final

first_imgRajat ChauhanIndia’s top archers are gearing up for the Incheon Asian Games, but one of them has a more hectic schedule than the others. Compound archer Rajat Chauhan will be the only Indian in action at the World Cup Final (September 5-7) in Lausanne, and a creditable performance there can boost his confidence going into the continental showdown.”I am the first Indian compound archer to have qualified for the season finale. As such, it is a big achievement for me and for the country,” Chauhan told Mail Today during a practice session at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium on Wednesday.”It means that I will miss the beginning of the 20-day preparatory camp ahead of the Asian Games. But since there was still a 10-day gap before the Games, I decided to go for the World Cup Final. I am in fine form and feel the probability of winning a medal in Lausanne is 70 per cent.”The top eight archers in each category, based on their results in the four World Cups, qualify for the season-ender. Chauhan was sixth in the World Cup rankings. The Indian compound archers have recently returned from a 10-day stint at the Salt Lake City in the United States, where they practised under the watchful eye of famous coach Dee Wilde. Chauhan feels the experience will stand the team in good stead.”There is not much difference between us and the other top archers in the world. Wilde just guided us on some finer points of the sport, and how to handle pressure in big tournaments,” he said.advertisementQuality of the equipment can make the vital difference in compound archery. “The facilities at Salt Lake City are top class, with every requirement of the archers available at one place. In India, we do not have one venue for a permanent camp. Tuning of the bow is crucial and the Americans do it best,” Chauhan said.Looking ahead to the Asian Games, he predicted India will return with a bagful of medals. India won three medals at the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou. “Team events are our stronger suit with Korea and Iran our major challengers. We dominated at last year’s Asian Championships and that trend should continue. The three of us (Abhishek Chauhan and Sandeep Kumar being the other two) are as good as anyone around,” he added.last_img read more

Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus quick review: This could be best Rs 10,000 phone

first_imgLenovo has a new phone out. And just like some of the phones that company launched in the last few months, this one too focuses on the mainstream market. The phone, called Vibe K5 Plus, is seemingly a successor to the K4 Note. At least the name suggests so. But actually, it is the successor to Lenovo’s A6000 phone. There is a lot of naming changes and re-brandings going on among the Lenovo phones and that is creating all this confusion. The key bit to note here is that the Vibe K5 Plus is a successor to the A6000.However, as the integration at the Lenovo is afoot, with Vibe and Moto positioned as major sub-brands, it seems that Note tag may also get a retirement. But the K5 Plus is not the successor to the K4 NoteAt MWC, Lenovo has launched two phones – the Vibe K5 and the Vibe K5 Plus. We tried the K5 Plus. But there is very little difference between the two. Both have the same design and same 5-inch screen. But the K5 Plus screen sports FullHD (1080p) resolution while the K5 has a 720p display. The other difference is that the K5 Plus is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 while the K5 gets the Snapdragon 415. Price too is different. The K5 Plus costs $149 while the K5 sports a price tag of $129.For now we don’t know the India prices but it is expected that the costlier of these two phones will have a price of around Rs 10,000. And at that price, it could be the best Android phone.advertisementUpdate: The Vibe K5 Plus has been launched in India at a price of Rs 8,499 .    While there is no one feature in the K5 Plus that truly stands out, overall it is a phone well put together, considering its price. It offers everything that a user seeks from a regular smartphone at a price most will be willing to pay.The Vibe K5 Plus comes with an aluminium body but it feels soft like plastic. The frame is not as strong as what we expect from a metal phone. The build quality and the design is nice. There are no flimsy parts and the rounded edges make it comfortable to hold. The 5-inch screen size also means that the Vibe K5 Plus is a compact phone.In terms of hardware, the K5 Plus packs in good components. The LCD screen, with its resolution of 1080p is sharp and vibrant. Although viewing angles do not match what phones like the Mi 4i offer in this price range, it is definitely among the better screens we have seen in the mainstream phone market. In particular, it shows vibrant colours. The brightness of the K5 Plus screen is adequate although in bring sunlight it may not be enough.Just like other Lenovo phones, the K5 Plus runs Lenovo’s custom user interface on top of Android. For now, this phone is running Android Lollipop aka 5.1. Although due to the interface changes that come with Lenovo’s custom user interface, it hardly matters. The surprising thing about the Vibe K5 is that it is very smooth. This indicates good optimisation on the part of Lenovo. Scrolling through settings, opening webpages and switching between open apps? everything feels fast and lag free. It is possible that while playing games we may run into possible performance issues on the Vibe K5 but during day-to-day use it should offer smooth enough experience.The Vibe K5 Plus has 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage with support for microSD card, dual-SIM functionality and removable 2750 mAh battery. This is good hardware for the phone’s expected price. It also has a 13-megapixel rear camera and 5-megapixel front camera. We will test this hardware more thoroughly in the coming days, as and when Lenovo launches the phone in India. But for now, we can share some images that we clicked with the K5 Plus at Lenovo’s MWC stall. Keep in mind that these photos were shot in low light or artificial light. From the image samples it sure looks like that the Vibe K5 Plus packs in a cool camera!Check the full resolution pic here Check the full resolution pic here  Check the full resolution pic hereMore camera samples- Image 1, Image 2, Image 3last_img read more

Poor results don’t worry Southampton, says midfielder Oriol Romeu

first_imgSouthampton are not happy with their recent string of results but are not worried about their ability to turn their Premier league season around, midfielder Oriol Romeu has said.Manolo Gabbiadini’s brace helped Southampton come from behind twice to seal a point against Newcastle United at home on Sunday and leave them 11th in the table with nine points.Southampton’s last victory was a 1-0 result over bottom side Crystal Palace in mid September and the Spaniard was keen to stress the importance of picking up maximum points at home.”I wouldn’t call it worried but no one is happy,” Romeu told British media. “We’re not happy after not winning today and losing other games at home.”We want to win and we want to be higher. We’ll keep doing our best to get wins because to be where we want to be we need to win more games.”Romeu said the team has plenty of quality and need to execute their plans better on the pitch.”If we had the key we would find the solution but there’s so many things in football that are open and you think you can control it but suddenly a game is gone.”It’s about making sure when teams are coming here to defend we need to break them down better and score more and not let them counter attack.”Southampton meet 10th-placed West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.last_img read more

PL: Klavan Grabs Late Winner for Liverpool; United Beats Everton

first_imgLIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Ragnar Klavan headed home from close range in the fourth minute of stoppage time to earn Liverpool a 2-1 win at Burnley in the Premier League on Monday.The Estonia defender got on the end of a nod-down by fellow center back Dejan Lovren to grab the winner at Turf Moor, sealing Liverpool’s third straight win and cementing fourth place in the standings for Juergen Klopp’s side.Sadio Mane span and fired home a rising shot to put Liverpool ahead in the 61st minute, as the Reds made light of the absence of striker Roberto Firmino — who started on the bench — and injured forwards Philippe Coutinho and Mohamed Salah. Salah, Coutinho, Firmino and Mane have scored 58 of Liverpool’s 77 goals this season.Johann Berg Gudmundsson scored an 87th-minute equalizer for Burnley, which lost at home for the second straight time after a 3-0 defeat to Tottenham last week.Lingard, the late developer finally flourishing at UnitedFor all the recent talk about the money Jose Mourinho has — or hasn’t — spent at Manchester United, his best player at the moment might be one who cost the club nothing.United prides itself on the blossoming of its youth-team graduates and Jesse Lingard is the latest to flourish on the big stage.Lingard scored his seventh goal in his last nine Premier League games to wrap up United’s 2-0 win at Everton on Monday, which ended the team’s run of three draws that might have fully knocked it out of title contention.At age 25, the forward is finally establishing himself as a first-team regular at United, proving much more influential and clinical than the dropped Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the position just off the striker.Lingard signed professional terms with United in 2011 before spending periods on loan at Leicester, Birmingham, Brighton and Derby in England’s lower leagues from 2012-15. Much like Harry Kane at Tottenham, Lingard — a locally born player — has taken a circuitous route to his current position as one of the form players in the Premier League.“These boys, they jump or they don’t jump,” United manager Jose Mourinho said. “One thing is to be a talent, another thing is to be a very good player. Some players are not capable of making that jump, some players go from that … to normal players.“I think Jesse has made that jump. He has been more consistent, adaptable, he understands the game, the different positions. He is going in a good direction.”It is not just the number of goals Lingard is scoring that is impressive, it’s the quality of his strikes, too. His latest was a curling 25-meter (yard) shot that found the top corner in the 81st minute, adding to Anthony Martial’s goal for United in the 57th.A difficult festive period for United had threatened to get worse on Monday. With Liverpool edging past Burnley 2-1 earlier thanks to an injury-time winner, a defeat for United at Everton hours later would have dropped Mourinho’s team below its arch rival to fourth place.Instead, United climbed to second place, 12 points behind Manchester City, whose game in hand is against Watford on Tuesday.Here’s what else happened in the Premier League on Monday:___LEAVING IT LATERagnar Klavan headed home from close range in the fourth minute of stoppage time to earn Liverpool a third straight win and cement fourth place at the end of the busy four-game festive period.Liverpool had conceded an equalizer in the 87th minute to Johann Berg Gudmundsson, which canceled out the opening goal by Sadio Mane — the only member of Liverpool’s so-called “Fab 4” attack to start at Turf Moor.Roberto Firmino was on the bench, while Philippe Coutinho and Mohamed Salah were out injured.Liverpool is six points clear of fifth-place Arsenal.___PRESSURE ON HUGHESMark Hughes is the latest Premier League manager in danger of getting fired after his Stoke side lost 1-0 at home to Newcastle, two days after a 5-0 defeat at Chelsea when Hughes rested his frontline players.There were boos from Stoke fans at the final whistle, while a “Hughes Out” banner was on display inside the stadium.“Who else is going to do it?” Hughes said, when asked about his future after 4 1/2 years at Stoke. “In terms of the knowledge of the group and the progress in my time here, I’m the best person to do it.”Stoke has won only two games in its last 12 and dropped to 16th place, two points clear of the relegation zone.Ayoze Perez scored the 73rd-minute winner for Newcastle.___EASY FOR LEICESTERLeicester hardly missed the injured Jamie Vardy in a routine 3-0 win over Huddersfield.The striker had a groin problem and wasn’t risked by manager Claude Puel. Vardy’s replacement, Islam Slimani, scored as did Riyad Mahrez and Marc Albrighton.In the other game, Callum Wilson scored a late equalizer for Bournemouth in a 2-2 draw at Brighton in a match between two mid-table teams.___STEVE DOUGLAS, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Ellis names 23-player U.S. roster for friendlies

first_imgUnited States Ellis names 23-player USWNT roster for Canada friendlies Goal 05:34 11/1/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jill Ellis USWNT Friendly 06052016 Greg Bartram United States Canada The U.S. will close out 2017 with a pair of friendlies against John Herdman’s side – one on either side of the border U.S. women’s national team manager Jill Ellis has named a 23-player roster for her side’s upcoming pair of friendlies against Canada. The U.S. will close out 2017 with the two matches, one of which will be on Nov. 9 at BC Place in Vancouver and the other on Nov. 12 at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif. “To play Canada in Vancouver is another excellent challenge for our team,” Ellis said in a federation release.   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 “It’s a great rivalry with some classic history and these two matches in the home-and-home series will cap an important year in our growth towards 2019.”We’ve targeted and evaluated a lot of players this year and moving forward, I’m genuinely excited to keep building with the group we have now.”Ellis has handed a first call-up to Chioma Ubogagu of the Orlando Pride. Ubogagu, 25, was born in London but has represented the U.S. at various youth levels. Missing out on the roster are Crystal Dunn, who was not released by Chelsea with the Blues competing in the Champions League, and Mallory Pugh, Morgan Brian and Rose Lavelle, all of whom are nursing injuries. USWNT roster by position (caps/goals):GOALKEEPERS (4): Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC; 0/0), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 21/0), Jane Campbell (Houston Dash; 2/0), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride; 14/0)DEFENDERS (8): Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 11/0), Sofia Huerta (Chicago Red Stars; 3/0), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC; 102/2), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City; 133/0), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars; 17/0), Taylor Smith (NC Courage; 5/0), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC; 12/0), Chioma Ubogagu (Orlando Pride; 0/0)MIDFIELDERS (6): Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 55/13), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 41/4), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash; 244/97), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC; 32/6), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage; 32/7), Andi Sullivan (Stanford; 5/0)FORWARDS (5): Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC; 132/18), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 132/78), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars; 94/44), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC; 127/34), Lynn Williams (NC Courage; 13/4)last_img read more

Handanovic warns Icardi: ‘Players have duties’

first_imgInter captain Samir Handanovic fired a broadside that seemed to be aimed at unwanted stars Mauro Icardi and Radja Nainggolan when he called for players to respect their “duties towards the club”.Icardi was stripped of the Inter captaincy last season amid conflicting views of an apparent knee injury and internal disagreements with the club’s hierarchy, while Nainggolan was suspended by the Nerrazurri midway through a turbulent first term at San Siro.Chief executive Giuseppe Marotta confirmed both players have been told they can leave the club, and Handanovic indicated they would not be missed by a squad beginning to thrive under the rules being laid down by new coach Antonio Conte and team manager Gabriele Oriali. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “We are happy that Lele Oriali has returned as team manager, because he is the link between the club and squad, he sees everything,” Handanovic told a news conference.”He is here because we want to get back to having the values that were lost over the years. Players have duties towards the club too, they can’t just think they are allowed to do anything because they are talented.”With Oriali’s return and Conte in charge, we can improve a great deal.”The future remains unclear for Icardi and Nainggolan, but Handanovic indicated his support for the club’s decision to let both players leave, saying: “The club has been clear in its position. I do not need to add anything more.”He went on to speak about his approach to captaining the team, doubling down on the insinuation that Icardi failed to commit to the responsibility.”I feel great pride in wearing the captain’s armband,” said Handanovic.”My attitude has not changed, though. A captain is someone who takes responsibility and speaks when he has to, trying always to be fair.”It takes many captains in a team, as one is not enough.”last_img read more

IPL 2019: Delhi Capitals’ youth vs wisdom of Chennai Super Kings in battle for final

first_img Akshay Ramesh VisakhapatnamMay 10, 2019UPDATED: May 10, 2019 14:45 IST Qualifier 2: Chennai Super Kings take on Delhi Capitals for a place in the IPL 2019 final (Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSDelhi Capitals take on Chennai Super Kings in the Qualifier 2 for a place finalDC are the youngest team in IPL 2019 and are looking to qualify for their first finalCSK are the oldest side in the tournament and are also the defending championsIt’s youth vs experience as Delhi Capitals and Chennai Super Kings are set to battle it out in Qualifier 2 for a place in the final of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 on Friday.There couldn’t have been two teams with more contrasting traits facing each other in a crunch knockout match.Over the years, Chennai Super Kings have defied odds and proved age is just a number even in T20 cricket, which is generally seen as a format wherein young guns with fearless approach rule the roost.At the 2018 auction, Chennai Super Kings helped raise quite a few eyebrows as they had picked a squad with an average age of over 30 on their comeback to IPL. The trend has continued in the ongoing season as well with their average age once again being close to 34.They were called Dad’s Army and even some of their fans were sceptical about their chances with a relatively older squad on their comeback to IPL. However, CSK have understood their limitations well and thrived on the experience they have to prove their doubters wrong in the last two seasons.The defending champions are one win away from making the final for the second successive year. CSK have certainly set a blueprint for T20 franchises across the globe to follow and emulate.Dhoni’s proven mantra to not tamper with the playing XIs and give longer ropes to out-of-form batsmen has worked in IPL 2019 too. Shane Watson benefited from it and the likes of Suresh Raina and Faf du Plessis are peaking at the right time after a series of inconsistent batting displays.advertisement Chennai Super Kings are the oldest side in IPL 2019 and also the defending champions (Courtesy by BCCI)On the other hand, Delhi Capitals have relied on youngsters and, it is safe to say, the tactic has worked for them wonderfully well in IPL 2019.Under Shreyas Iyer’s captaincy and the watchful eyes of head coach Ricky Ponting and advisor Sourav Ganguly, the Delhi Capitals reached their first-ever playoffs of IPL in 7 years.Over the season, Delhi have played some fearless cricket and ended the league stages on a three-way tie on 18 points with table-toppers Mumbai Indians and CSK. Unfortunately, Delhi missed out on an opportunity to play the Qualifier 1 and seal a direct berth in the final due to their inferior net run rate when considering that of CSK and MI.Nonetheless, Delhi Capitals fended away a stiff challenge from former champions Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Eliminator in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday to give themselves another shot at reaching their first-ever final in IPL cricket.On Friday, none of them can afford mistakes.Delhi Capitals need to be wary of not suffering collapses like they have done all through the season at an alarming rate. Despite the likes of Shikhar Dhawan, captain Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant scoring over 400 runs each, Delhi have suffered some horrible collapses and squandered matches that were well within their grasp. Delhi Capitals are the youngest team in IPL 2019 and are looking to qualify for their first final (Courtesy by BCCI)Even on Wednesday, Delhi Capitals were in a spot of bother in the last 2 overs of their 163-run chase. Young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant threw his wicket away while going for a glory shot when the team needed just 5 runs from the last 8 balls. Delhi scrapped through to a win after a few nervous moments in the final over.”I think we have an affinity for making games interesting every time. Things seem to go well and suddenly two-three wickets fall. That is the fun in T20s. As long as the situation is not interesting, you don’t have fun.” Delhi Capitals’ teenage opener Prithvi Shawa said while reflecting on the tense finish in Visakhapatnam on Thursday.Against CSK, it’s all about fine margins. Delhi Capitals cannot afford to have “fun” by squandering opportunities. A skipper like MS Dhoni, known for his tactical acumen, is not going to let go of even the slimmest chance that comes CSK’s way.On the other hand, CSK will be wary of fatigue as most of their senior campaigners looked below-par in the Qualifier 1 against Mumbai Indians on Tuesday, There were a couple of misfields and difficult chances that were let go off. Take Shane Watson’s example for instance. The senior batsman was a tad bit slow at the slips and it certainly didn’t help the defending champions.Dhoni has often spoken about scoring those 10-20 runs extra in order to compensate for slow movers in the CSK unit. Considering CSK’s batting form (or the lack of it), maybe their fielders may be forced to put in the extra effort to make up for possible shortcomings in their batting performance.advertisementAlso Read | Delhi Capitals need to be wary of another batting collapse vs Chennai Super KingsFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow IPL Qualifier 2Follow CSK vs DCFollow Chennai Super KingsFollow Delhi CapitalsFollow chennai super kings vs delhi capitals IPL 2019: Delhi Capitals’ youth vs wisdom of Chennai Super Kings in battle for finalIPL 2019: Delhi Capitals will be looking to book a place in the Indian Premier League final for the first time when they take on Chennai Super Kings in the Qualifier 2.advertisementlast_img read more

NWC to Embark on Renewable Energy Pilot

first_img To modernise operations of the National Water Commission (NWC), the entity is seeking to install a five-megawatt (MW) photovoltaic system at the Mona Reservoir in Kingston. A memorandum of understanding was signed with the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) to carry out the pilot, with plans to install 5MW systems in other NWC facilities if it proves successful. An advertisement is now out inviting bids for the floating barge. Story Highlights This was noted by President of the NWC, Mark Barnett, at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think Tank’ on January 11. To modernise operations of the National Water Commission (NWC), the entity is seeking to install a five-megawatt (MW) photovoltaic system at the Mona Reservoir in Kingston.This was noted by President of the NWC, Mark Barnett, at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think Tank’ on January 11.The President said the move is aimed at improving the economic viability and operational efficiency of the company.A memorandum of understanding was signed with the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) to carry out the pilot, with plans to install 5MW systems in other NWC facilities if it proves successful. An advertisement is now out inviting bids for the floating barge.“We want to put up at least 10MW of renewables, which will impact not only the NWC but will fall in line with the sustainable development goals that have been established and to which the country is committed,” he said.The President indicated that the strategy to be employed will involve placing solar panels on a floating barge, which will be used to harness energy from the sun to help reduce the company’s energy bill.“The consultants to do the study should be submitting their bids this month. And that study, I presume, should take three to four months. So, once it is deemed to be viable, I’m sure that procurement should start this calendar year,” he said.last_img read more

Evergreen Shoei Kisen Kaisha Pen Charter Deal

first_imgzoom Taiwanese shipping company Evergreen Line has entered today into a charter deal with Japanese counterpart Shoei Kisen Kaisha for twelve 11,000 TEU containerships.The charter deal was announced in January, but today the duo made it official.The twelve ships will be built at Imabari Shipbuilding for Shoei Kisen Kaisha and then leased to Evergreen once delivered in 2021.The Neo-Panamax vessels feature 333.9 meters in length and 48.4 meters in breadth and are equipped with ballast-water treatment systems.The vessels are designed to sail at a service speed of 23 knots and can pass through the Panama Canal.The ship’s length over all is shorter than those of ultra-large containerships currently plying the Asia – Europe trade, making it easier to manoeuver the ships during berthing or departure and bringing greater flexibility in fleet deployment, according to Evergreen.The newbuilding design adopts a twin-island concept, separating wheelhouse and accommodation block from the engine room and funnel area.Shoei Kisen Kaisha and Evergreen made a similar deal in 2015, which enabled the company to join the 18,000 TEU club.The deal forms part of Evergreen’s ambitious fleet renewal plan, announced earlier this month, which will see twenty 11,000 TEU containerships added to its fleet.Last week, Evergreen Marine Corp ordered eight newbuildings from Samsung Heavy Industries which are set for delivery by May 31, 2021.Evergreen said that the aim of its newbuilding program is to meet future market demand.“On delivery of these new ships, Evergreen will redeliver older chartered vessels as their charter periods expire to help optimize the efficiency of its operating fleet and enhance the competitiveness of its services,” the company said last week.Evergreen Line’s current operating fleet incorporates around 200 containerships with a total capacity over 1.1 million TEU.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Gibraltar detains tanker suspected of sending Syria oil

first_imgMadrid: A supertanker suspected of carrying crude oil to Syria in violation of EU sanctions was detained in Gibraltar on Thursday, the territory’s Chief Minister Fabian Picardo said. The Grace 1 vessel was halted in the early hours of Thursday by Gibraltar police and customs agencies, aided by a detachment of British Royal Marines. “We have reason to believe that the ‘Grace 1’ was carrying its shipment of crude oil to the Banyas Refinery in Syria,” Picardo said in a statement. Also Read – Turkey preparations for Syria offensive ‘completed'”That refinery is the property of an entity that is subject to European Union sanctions against Syria.” The Grace 1 is a Panamanian-flagged tanker, according to the shipping trade publication Lloyd’s List. “We have detained the vessel and its cargo,” Picardo said. European Union sanctions against Syria have been in force since late 2011. The 28-member bloc has imposed sanctions on 277 Syrian officials including government ministers over their role in the “violent repression” of civilians. It has frozen the assets of some 72 entities and introduced an embargo on Syrian oil, investment restrictions and a freeze on Syrian central bank assets within the EU.last_img read more

Race to Space Presents Opportunity for Moroccan Youth to Attend Space

By Carolina McCabeRabat – The fifth annual Race2Space (‘Race to Space’) application will open on Sunday, December 16. In partnership with the US Embassy in Rabat, the Scientific Morocco Association seeks Moroccan students ages 15 to 18 interested in science and mathematics. The contest aims to provoke creative thinking about fundamental concepts in STEM. Students applying for the contest must put together a creative three-minute video about a concept or theory in STEM. For the first time, the application also requires an experiment, demonstration, or simulation within the video that illustrates the concept being communicated. “If we are to build a greater appreciation of science in the public consciousness, education is key. We need great scientists, but more importantly great communicators who can unlock the mysteries of nature in ways that amaze us, ” said El Hassan Bouaghad, the vice president of Scientific Morocco and director of the program. “Exposure to a topic for the first time allows innovative insights, and youth have the ability to communicate with their peers in a way that others can’t.”Read Also: Moroccan Scientist Kamal Oudrhiri Proud of NASA’s InSight Mars LandingAfter the submission of applications on January 19, 2019, a team from the Scientific Morocco Association will pre-select applications to then be reviewed by a jury of scientists and science communicators. Students are judged on their ability to communicate the topic in an engaging, interesting, and imaginative way. Students applying must also engage in peer review. Each applicant will rate the applications of five other applicants. The 12 winners will receive full scholarships, paid for by the US State Department, to the renowned Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama in July of 2019. The students will also travel to Washington D.C., where they will visit scientific, cultural, and educational sites on an immersion tour. The Scientific Morocco Association aims to make scientific knowledge more accessible to Moroccans. With various initiatives, the association strives to create opportunities for Moroccans to engage in STEM. According to their website, “Space Camp provides unique inspirational experiences to talented youth that can help shape their future choices and push them to inspire other kids.”Space Camp is held at the US Space and Rocket Center. Every year students from across the United States and over 150 countries take part in the camp. Throughout the experience, trainees experience simulated missions, collaborate in teams, and learn about flight and space history.According to Space Camp, 61 percent of all graduates are in the fields of aerospace, defense, energy, education, biotech or technology, or studying to do so. read more

Morocco To Call 10000 Young People into Military Service in 2019

Rabat – Ten thousand young people are to begin service in the military each year beginning in September 2019, Moroccan Minister Delegate for National Defence Administration Abdellatif Loudiyi told the Commission on Justice, Legislation, and Human Rights. The commission was examining Bill 44.18 on mandatory military service.Loudiyi also said that women and Moroccans residing abroad (MREs) could be exempt from draft. The bill, which has not yet been passed in Parliament, provides for temporary or permanent exemptions such as physical or mental incapacity, needing to support family, or pursuing studies.Read Also: Pentagon Supports Moroccan Military ForceThe Council of Ministers adopted the bill on August 20, quickly triggering public concern and comments on social media. The bill sets the age of compulsory military service from 19 to 25 years of age. The mandatory military service will significantly increase Morocco’s spending over the medium term, according to a Fitch Group report. read more

Security Council extends deployment of extra troops in Côte dIvoire

The Security Council today decided to extend up to three months the temporary redeployment of United Nations peacekeeping units from Liberia to Côte d’Ivoire, which has been bedevilled by a political deadlock arising from presidential elections late last year.This includes three infantry companies, an aviation unit comprising two utility helicopters and three armed ones and their crews from the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) to the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), according to the unanimously adopted resolution.Côte d’Ivoire descended into turmoil in early December when outgoing President Laurent Gbagbo refused to leave office despite opposition leader Alassane Ouattara’s UN-certified victory in the run-off poll. Mr. Ouattara has been recognized by the international community as the duly elected president.On 20 December, the Council renewed the mandate of the nearly 9,000-strong UNOCI force until the end of June this year, rejecting a demand by Mr. Gbagbo that the UN mission leave the country. Then last month, it reinforced the mission with an extra 2,000 troops and equipment, which UNOCI chief Y. J. Choi said would provide “rapid reaction capability” essential for the protection of civilians. UNOCI was established in 2004 by the Council to facilitate the peace process in the West African nation, which became split by civil war in 2002 into a rebel-held north and Government-controlled south.Cote 16 February 2011The Security Council today decided to extend up to three months the temporary redeployment of United Nations peacekeeping units from Liberia to Côte d’Ivoire, which has been bedevilled by a political deadlock arising from presidential elections late last year. read more

Syria deputy UN relief chief urges political solution amid extremely challenging humanitarian

Humanitarian access to civilians trapped by the Syrian conflict is being increasingly obstructed by the ongoing fighting in the country and a shortfall in critical funding, a senior United Nations relief official warned today. Delivering remarks at the Security Council’s briefing on Syria, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Kyung-Wha Kang, told delegates that despite the international community’s efforts to find a political solution to the hostilities, violence continues with “utter impunity” leading to a spiralling deterioration of the crisis. “Over the past month, this violence, which is perpetrated by all parties to the conflict, has neither abated nor diminished in brutality,” Ms. Kang observed. “The parties…continue to violate human rights and international humanitarian law with impunity – killing and torturing civilians, blocking humanitarian access, destroying and besieging communities.” In its latest situation report, OCHA warned that some 12 million people in the Middle Eastern country today remain in need of humanitarian assistance – a 12-fold increase since 2011. The figures include 5.6 million children. Meanwhile, 7.6 million people have been displaced by the conflict and over 4 million have fled across borders. The humanitarian impact of the crisis is only further compounded by the grim human toll which, as of today, counts over 220,000 people killed and over one million injured since hostilities began. Despite the “extremely challenging environment,” Ms. Kang continued, humanitarian organizations operating within Syria and from neighbouring countries are continuing to reach millions of people in need. However, she added, due to depleted funds, food assistance across the region is now in jeopardy and the tenuous situation inside the country has made access to the 4.8 million people in hard to reach and besieged locations “a serious challenge.” “Given the fluid and dynamic nature of the conflict in Syria, it is crucial for UN agencies to be able to use any and every route, across borders and conflict lines, to reach those who require assistance,” said the UN official. “But these efforts require adequate resources. Only a quarter of the appeal for live saving work in Syria and the region is funded today.” The humanitarian challenges facing the UN and other aid agencies are further impaired by the regular and indiscriminate use of barrel bombs by Government forces as well as attacks on medical facilities and the continued use of explosive weapons in populated towns and cities. “For the people of Syria and humanitarians who assist them, it is hard to see an end to this nightmare of violence and destruction,” Ms. Kang concluded. “We look to the leadership of this Council to press for a political solution.” read more

Jets lose again but at least put up a fight vs Patriots

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Any athlete will state firmly that a loss is a loss, regardless of the quality of performance.Still, the way the New York Jets fell to the New England Patriots 27-13 on Sunday didn’t have a terrible look or feel. Certainly not how their 41-10 debacle against weak sister Buffalo felt in the Jets’ most recent game before their bye.For one, the Jets’ fifth straight defeat was to the perennial AFC power. For another, they were tied 13-13 late in the third quarter and were making things difficult for Tom Brady and Co.That’s clearly so much better than basically not showing up against the offensively challenged Bills, then getting torn up for 41 points.So what’s the message to their frustrated fans in a spiraling season that could be the last of four for coach Todd Bowles?“Stick with us, man,” said second-year safety Jamal Adams, one of the few Jets having a good season. “Obviously, they’re hurting and we get a lot of negative comments and we understand it. I get it. I get the frustration, but at the end of the day, we’re hurting twice as much as you. So, just stick in there with us, man. We’re going to figure it out.“Do I know when? Do I know the timetable? No. But all I can do is just continue to do my part as a leader on this football team and as a player on this team, and just do my job and continue to help those around me to get better.”Getting better after successive 5-11 seasons will require quite a turnaround as the calendar hits December. The Jets (3-8) show signs of decency on both sides of the ball, and placekicker Jason Myers is having a strong year; he set an NFL record Sunday when he became the first kicker to hit five field goals from 55-plus yards in one season.They hope to have quarterback Sam Darnold, the third overall pick in April’s draft, back on the field from a foot injury sometime next month.And they didn’t come close to lying down against New England the way they did vs. Buffalo.“Every man competed,” said Darnold’s fill-in, 16-year veteran Josh McCown. “Obviously, we didn’t play as clean as we would like. Up until the last tick on the clock, we competed hard. I think that was much better than last week.“It’s obviously not ideal. I think individually, it’s a test. A test of who you are and what you’re about and your ability to get back up, come back to work, work hard, and be a professional. Those things are tested in these times.”The Jets have lost all four division games in sinking into the cellar in the AFC East. With the exception of Buffalo, their remaining opponents have playoff aspirations: Tennessee, Houston, Green Bay and New England.So improving on the record of the past two seasons — and saving Bowles’ job — is a hefty challenge.“When you find yourself in this situation, you don’t desire to be there,” said McCown, whose had a heavy wrap around his right hand when he left the locker room. “The good in it is that you’re tested and you can see what you’re really about. In this tough moment it’s about the guys sticking together, each man continuing to fight, work hard and being a pro. When you’re in this situation, that’s all you can do.”___More AP NFL: and Wilner, The Associated Press read more

How William Golding left his stamp on chess with game played in

first_imgAs part of their correspondence Curtis and his fellow players would send each other a grid detailing the sequence of their pieces’ moves across the board for the opponent to follow.When the player had received the note he or she would move their opponents piece on their own chessboard before responding and sending a note of that move back to their opponent. But Golding’s somewhat erratic arrangements also led to some longer than expected delays along the way.“Dear Curtis,” Golding begins one note, “Ruefully, I find that while I have been waiting for weeks for your next move, I didn’t send off mine and [it] has been sitting at the bottom of the heap I call my filing system.”Golding, who after the success of Lord of the Flies went on to produce another 11 novels, was modest about his abilities and joked that he should write a book about his “hundred most humiliating games”. But he was also competitive.Curtis won most of the games featured in the exchanges, but in one area he definitely did not have the upper hand: he wryly noted that it was a blow to the confidence “when your opponent wins the Nobel Prize in the middle of a game”. Golding was awarded the prize for literature in October 1983.Some of Golding’s letters were sent from Tullimaar, the home outside Truro, Cornwall, where he died in 1993. Others were from holiday destinations such as Greece and France. “Good God, this is an awful place,” he said of the sea around Thessalonika. “The moves can’t be worse than the trip up the Nile was,” he wrote about one of the games. William Golding playing chessCredit:Mark Gerson It may not seem unusual for a literary editor to engage in regular correspondence with some of the country’s greatest writers.But Anthony Curtis’ letters to Sir William Golding, Richard Adams and others were not inquiring about to their latest work, but their next move on the chess board.Curtis, the first literary editor of The Sunday Telegraph, conducted long-running chess games by post with some of the greatest writers of the day, games which would take months to complete.In this literary chess circle were Golding, most famous for his dystopian children’s novel Lord of the Flies; Adams, who wrote Watership Down and The Plague Dogs; and the poet and Oxford academic John Fuller.The letters in which Curtis and Golding exchanged chess moves have now been acquired by the Golding archive at the University of Exeter.Spanning the years 1980-1993 the correspondence gives a fascinating insight into the author’s personal life at a time when his reputation as one of the greatest writers of the 20th Century was being consolidated.In the days before the internet allowed a player’s next move to be transmitted in a flash Golding and Curtis would both wait eagerly for the post to allow them to continue the game. William Golding playing chess Anthony Curtis, former literary editor of the Sunday Telegraph, playing chesscenter_img Anthony Curtis, former literary editor of The Sunday Telegraph, playing chessCredit:Quentin Curtis “Last and most cogent after Christmas we are going to India and shall be there for more than two months and out of reach of any post but one carried in a cleft stick. That would be no way to start a game!“So there it is. I also feel you are disposing of my three pawns for a bishop with a deftness that tells me that snakes and ladders is my game. So please accept my resignation and best wishes for Christmas and a good winning streak.”The pair continued to correspond, but stuck to updates about their family lives, until Curtis died in 2014, aged 88.His widow, Sarah, has donated the letters to the Golding archive, which also holds the handwritten manuscript of The Lord of the Flies.The game appears in that novel: Golding writes that one character, Ralph, “would treat the day’s decisions as though he were playing chess. The only trouble was that he would never be a very good chess player.”Professor Tim Kendall, a Golding scholar at the university, has replayed some of the games recorded in the letters.He said: “In our age, when you can go online and play games against anyone in the world, it seems very quaint to send moves by post. This is a wonderful correspondence arising from a friendship based on literature and chess.” Eventually, Golding decided to withdraw from the chess circle.“Here is an apology,” he wrote to Curtis. “I must cry off the games… I didn’t realise what a complicated business I was getting into. I am feeling less and less competitive as the days go by and feel that a more suitable game would be one with a little cooperation in it. What marvellous sacrifices I could achieve if only my partner would cooperate! 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.last_img read more

Cristina Neagu is most paid in womens handball

One of the biggest stars in women’s handball of the last decade, Romanian princess Cristina Neagu is the best paid in women’s handball according Romanian media.CSM Bucharest playmaker has 26.000 per month (gross) – between 20.000 and 22.000 EUR net.With an estimated yearly revenue of EUR 265,000, Cristina Neagu is the second-best paid athlete in Romania. Only a football player from CFR Cluj, Ibrahima Balde, makes more money than she does, namely some EUR 300,000 per year. Meanwhile, FCSB’s stars Constantin Budescu, Denis Alibec and Filipe Teixeira make some EUR 240,000 per year.Neagu is also the best-paid women’s handball player in the world, surpassing Norwegian Nora Mork, who makes EUR 240,000 at Gyor in Hungary. In TOP 5 are also Alexandra Lacabrere, Andrea Lekic and Katarina Bulatovic. Cristina Neagu ← Previous Story SERBIA: Jovica Cvetkovic is sacked! Next Story → EHF fine Mikkel Hansen with 4.000 EUR for incident in Zagreb read more

PSP 2 likely to feature OLED screen and 3G support

first_imgWe discovered last week that Sony is going to announce news of the PSP 2 in Toyko this week (this Thursday to be more precise), and we now have a few more details relating to the features that will likely appear on the device.Apparently the screen will be larger than the current PSP’s 4.3″ display and it will be based on similar OLED touchscreen technology that you find in smartphones.AdChoices广告3G support will also be on-board (via NTT Docomo Japan) for game and movie downloads, but you won’t be able to make phone calls. However, the processor (unknown type at this stage) will likely be powerful enough to display HD content.Price wise you are going to pay more than the current PSP price point, but that’s to be expected due to multiple discounts on the price over the years.  Sony is also planning to roll out the device by the end of the year in Japan at least. In the West we may be waiting until early 2012.Read more at CrunchGearlast_img read more

Anyone going in there will have a huge shadow over them Niall

first_img Monday 25 Mar 2019, 8:12 PM By Sinead Farrell “The rush of the appointment, the unanimous decision of the board to tell us all late on a Saturday night in the middle of some serious scrutiny on the CEO during that time that this was best for the Aassociation and it was a great move and everybody should back it.“We’re not buying it, I’m not buying it and I think that’s an ill-conceived decision that needs to be looked at again in my opinion.It’s a role I think, if it stays in its current remit, it’s for a gillie.”Prior to the news of Delaney stepping down as CEO, the 51-year-old came under significant pressure after revelations of a €100,000 loan provided to the FAI two years ago came to light.The Sunday Times reported that Delaney had provided a loan to the FAI due to a cashflow issue arising within the association.Delaney claimed that the money was repaid in full in June 2017, and that it was the only occasion on which he issued the association with a loan.Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: The former Ireland international says the role is “for a gillie.” Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article I don’t think it reads as a CEO role at all, I think it reads as half a CEO role and anyone going in there will have a huge shadow over them because the departing CEO hasn’t departed at all and it would make life very difficult.“Quite frankly, I think it’s a little bit of a charade, given the scrutiny that was in place over the last week.”Under absolutely no circumstances will I be applying for the job.””Anybody going in there will have a shadow over them because the departing CEO hasn’t departed at all”Niall Quinn pulls no punches on the FAI’s decision.#MONENG #Euro2020 #VMSport— Virgin Media Sport (@VMSportIE) March 25, 2019 NIALL QUINN HAS ruled himself out of applying to succeed John Delaney as Chief Executive Officer of the Football Association of Ireland at present.Delaney stepped down from the position on Saturday to take up a new role as Executive Vice-President within the Association.Chief Operating Officer Rea Walshe has been appointed as interim CEO by the FAI board while the recruitment process begins to fill the role permanently.But the former Ireland international, businessman and ex-chairman of Sunderland insists he will not be putting himself forward for the role, and has criticised the outline of the job description. “Under absolutely no circumstances will I be applying for the job given the current remit of where this job sits,” he said on Virgin Media Sport. 65 Comments ‘Anyone going in there will have a huge shadow over them’ – Niall Quinn rules out applying for FAI CEO job John Delaney stepped down from the position on Saturday. Short URL Share262 Tweet Email Mar 25th 2019, 8:12 PM 31,667 Views The former Ireland international says the role is “for a gillie.” Image: Virgin Media Sport Twitter Page. Subscribe Image: Virgin Media Sport Twitter Page.last_img read more