Give funds for ‘Titli’ victims urgently: CM

first_imgOdisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has said that the State has not yet received any Central assistance to carry out restoration work in the areas hit by cyclone Titli and demanded that the same be released immediately. In a letter to Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday, Mr. Patnaik said the cyclone that hit Odisha in October affected 60.31 lakh people in 17 districts of the State. Memorandum submitted“The State government has submitted a memorandum to the Government of India seeking a Central assistance of ₹2,023.13 crore against the total requirement of ₹2,779.32 crore for relief and restoration measures,” Mr. Patnaik wrote. He said he had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 18, seeking an interim assistance of ₹1,000 crore. “The inter-Ministerial Central team had already made an on-the-spot assessment of the damages during the first week of November 2018. However, we have not received any assistance, so far, from the Government of India,” he said.Mr. Patnaik said ₹1,689.13 crore released for relief and restoration work from the State Disaster Response Fund has been utilised. The Chief Minister sought “personal attention” of the Union Home Minister for “immediate” release of the Central assistance to Odisha for undertaking repair and restoration work, squaring up the liabilities and smooth management of other disasters. ‘Paltry compensation’Meanwhile, a farmers’ organisation has alleged that the State government is giving only ₹2,200 per acre compensation for the cyclone-devastated paddy crop, while adjoining Andhra Pradesh was paying ₹20,000 per acre.The Odisha Krushak Sabha added that the State government was also not providing adequate bonus to farmers during paddy procurement, whereas the Kerala government has decided to give ₹500 bonus over the Central government-prescribed Minimum Support Price.During the 2017 Kharif season, insurance companies collected ₹986 crore as premium from the farmers but paid only ₹200 crore as insurance cover. The OKS alleged that the official assessment of paddy crop loss due to pests alone was ₹2,000 crore.According to the OKS, unlike its counterpart in Karnataka, the Odisha government has not even thought of waiver of agricultural loans. Accusing the Naveen Patnaik government of ignoring the farmers, OKS leader Harikrushna Reddy said: “If this trend continues, the ruling regime may also face the wrath of the farmers in the near future.” The OKS is now planning to start a peasants’ movement to press for its demands.(With inputs from Sib Kumar Das)last_img read more

Stallion holds off Global

first_img250 enrolled at phony school arrested in immigration scam Hornets beat Pistons for 8th straight time Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games LOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF “We have to go on,” said Global coach Marjo Allado. “We have to learn from our mistakes.”Global could have taken the lead in the 51st minute, but Sadia denied Mulders from the spot, after Sekou Sylla was fouled inside the area.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Sasaki gave Global the lead with a tidy finish past Roland Sadia, after picking up a through ball from Pika Minegishi inside the box.But just like its match against Home United in the AFC Cup, where it conceded a late goal for a 2-2 draw, Global couldn’t finish off Stallion. Balot Doctora dispossessed Paul Mulders at midfield to spark a quick counterattack finished off by Nierras.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“We didn’t deserve to lose the game, considering the way we fought for the whole match,” said the Stallion goalscorer.Global was left to rue a missed chance to pick up three points although the Cebu side stayed third with four points. Man who told immigrant to go back to country asked to write essay Lillard, Anthony lead Blazers over Thunder MOST READ View comments Mauricio stuns top guns in underbone, scooter races LATEST STORIES Matthew Nierras struck three minutes into stoppage time as Stallion Laguna picked up its first point in the Philippines Football League by salvaging a 1-1 draw with powerhouse Global Cebu on Saturday at Biñan Football Stadium.Nierras, the former La Salle standout and son of Stallion coach Ernie Nierras, canceled out Global midfielder Shu Sasaki’s 84th-minute goal as both clubs got a share of the spoils in the high-tempo clash.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekendlast_img read more

Former Intercontinental and Tag Team Champion John Morrison to Return to WWE

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. AAAImpact WrestlingJohn MorrisonLucha Underground First Published: September 27, 2019, 3:20 PM IST John Hennigan, who is popularly known as John Morrison or Johnny Impact, in the wrestling circle is making his return to WWE.It was revealed on Thursday that the former WWE Intercontinental and Tag Team Champion has signed a deal to return to WWE, according to a report by  PWInsider. However, there is no word yet on when Morrison is slated to arrive back on WWE television, or which brand will he be a part of after next week’s RAW and SmackDown drafts leading to SmackDown’s FOX debut on October 4.An IGN report speculated that the “Shaman of Sexy,” could also become part of NXT, which made the big switch from streaming to broadcast recently, premiering on USA Network.Notably, the American professional wrestler was the winner of Tough Enough III, a televised competition that would award the winner a WWE contract, and was assigned to their then developmental territory, Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW), to continue his wrestling training. Hennigan was called up to the SmackDown! roster in April 2005 under the ring name Johnny Nitro and on his debut match, Hennigan (as a part of MNM) won the WWE Tag Team Championship.Hennigan won the ECW World Championship once, the Intercontinental Championship three times, and is a five-time world tag team champion (one World Tag Team and four WWE Tag Team Championships) before leaving WWE in November 2011, following which he wrestled overseas on the independent circuit before finding success in Lucha libre wrestling promotions Lucha Underground and Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide under the ring name Johnny Mundo.In AAA, he was the promotion’s first-ever triple champion. Hennigan also signed with Impact Wrestling in 2017, under the ring name Johnny Impact, and headlined the promotion’s 2017 and 2018 Bound for Glory events. He even won the Impact World Championship once, with his reign being the longest in seven years. last_img read more

PM mourns Alis death, describes him as exemplary

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 4 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi today joined the sporting world in mourning the death of boxing great Muhammad Ali, who passed away in the United States after a long battle with the Parkinsons disease. “RIP Muhammad Ali. You were an exemplary sportsperson & source of inspiration who demonstrated the power of human spirit & determination,” Modi, who is in Afghanistan, wrote on his twitter page. The funeral arrangements for Ali would be announced later today. A three-time world heavyweight champion and an Olympic gold-medallist, Ali was widely revered for his active role in fighting for civil rights. Ali had been hospitalised multiple times in recent years. He spent time in hospital in 2014 after suffering a mild case of pneumonia and again in 2015 for a urinary tract infection. PTI AT PM PMlast_img read more

Winless Goa to take on Mumbai in keen battle

first_imgMumbai, Oct 20 (PTI) Winless after four games, FC Goa would be keen to break the jinx when they take on a depleted Mumbai City FC in an Indian Super League game at the Andheri Sports Complex, here tomorrow. Coached by Brazilian football legend Zico, last years runners-up Goa are yet to strike the rhythm and have slumped to three defeats out of four matches played so far. However, the Goans would be expecting that the 1-1 away draw on October 16 against former champions Atletico de Kolkata could be just the turning point in their dismal season so far. The heroics of goalkeeper Subashish Roy Chowdhury, who took the field after a huge gap of one year and eight months, and a late spot-kick goal from Joffre saved Goa from a fourth straight loss in the tournament as they held Atletico to a draw in Kolkata. Since the start of the ISL in 2014, no team has gone without winning in the first five matches but should FC Goa lose or draw against Mumbai, the unwanted record will be theirs. Goa and Zico have been in a similar situation in 2014 when the outfit had only a point after the first four matches but recovered well to make it to the semi-finals. This time too Zico exuded confidence that Goa can turn the corner, especially against a team that has remained winless in the last three matches. “We are playing well. Even in games which we have lost, we could have had different results. We lost at least two matches largely due to our own mistakes rather than the merits of the other team,” Zico said during the pre-match media briefing. The home team will also be eager to get back into the winning ways after coming off with a 0-1 loss to Kerala Blasters and a 3-3 draw against Delhi Dynamos in their two previous matches. The 1-1 draw against Atletico on Ocober 11 had earlier put an end to Mumbai Citys two-game initial winning spree and they would be pulling out all stops to get the better of Goa. (More) PTI SSR NRB SSC SSC BASadvertisementlast_img read more

Broken Back for Brazil’s Neymar

first_imgFORTALEZA, Brazil — With tears streaming down his face after being kneed in the back, Neymar was carried off the field on a stretcher.He won’t be coming back. Not to this World Cup, anyway.The 22-year-old Brazil striker, the one with the hopes of a nation on his shoulders, was ruled out of the rest of the tournament after fracturing his third vertebra during a July 4th 2-1 quarterfinal win over Colombia.“It’s a big loss for us,” Brazil midfielder Fernandinho said. “We need to find a way to stay together and become stronger after losing our greatest player. We will try to win this World Cup and for sure we will dedicate it to Neymar.”Neymar is the biggest football star in Brazil, and one of the biggest at the tournament along with Argentina forward Lionel Messi. His face has been plastered on billboards and shown on television continuously, leading many of his staunchest supporters to copy his dyed-blonde fauxhawk.His millions of fans had expected Neymar’s World Cup to end with him holding the trophy, not being carried off the field in tears.Neymar was kneed by Colombia defender Juan Camilo Zuniga late in the second half at the Arena Castelao. He was taken to a private clinic and was released a short time later.He was not expected to need surgery, Brazil team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar said, but he will also not be able to face Germany on July 8 in the World Cup semifinals.“He will not be in condition to play, he will need a few weeks to be fit again,” Lasmar said. “He is very, very sad.”About 50 Brazil fans, many still wearing the team’s jerseys, crowded outside the clinic where Neymar was taken, while the ambulance that carried him remained parked in front, lights blazing.Neymar was hurt in the 86th minute, falling to the ground in pain after Zuniga jumped into him from behind.Brazil teammate Marcelo quickly called for medical assistance when he saw Neymar writhing in pain. Neymar stayed face down until team doctors arrived and put him on a stretcher.“Everybody knew that Neymar would be hunted,” Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said. “It’s been happening in the last three matches and we had been talking about it. But nobody listens to us.”Friday’s match ended with 54 fouls in total — 31 by Brazil and 23 by Colombia. Scolari said Spanish referee Carlos Velasco Carballo should have done more to take control of the match.According to Hulk, another of Brazil’s striker, Neymar needs more protection from the officials. “Every time is like this. Players always come after Neymar,” Hulk said. “The referees need to do more to keep this from happening.”___By Tales Azzoni. AP Sports WriterAssociated Press video journalist Renata Brito contributed to this report.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Unions Reject Offer from Rotterdam World Gateway

first_imgzoom Talks on terms of employment between Dutch trade unions FNV Havens and CNV Vakmensen and Rotterdam World Gateway (RWG) have hit another hurdle.The dialogue broke off as the unions insisted on enforcement of a collective agreement for every RWG employee, RWG said in an update.“RWG did not rule out discussion about an operational collective agreement beforehand but unfortunately, the unions decided to reject our offer of dialogue because they insisted that RWG enforces a collective agreement for every RWG employee. It is disappointing that the unions have adopted this position,” RWG said.“RWG is ‘pro-choice’ when it comes to union membership and collective agreements for its employees. All RWG employees are free to be members of any union if they wish, but RWG will not enforce any collective agreement upon its employees without their express desire and consent. To date there has been no such request from RWG employees.”The company explained that it has assigned all operational work, based on long-term contracts, to companies who have existing collective agreements for dockers.RWG voiced their readiness to resume talks with the unions in order to reach an agreement beneficiary to both sides.RWG started commercial activities in second half of January.last_img read more

TOP Ships Secures Loan for One MR2 Vessel

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license. Greek tanker owner and operator TOP Ships has concluded a financing agreement with an undisclosed Chinese financier to refinance one of its MR2 tankers.As informed, the gross proceeds from the new financing amount to USD 25.6 million and will be used mainly to refinance the facility of the 49,700 dwt Stenaweco Excellence with Nord LB.The tenor of the new facility is ten years.The company also revealed that it intends to enter into two additional financing agreements with the same financier at similar terms in order to exercise its purchase options for the Stenaweco Energy and Stenaweco Evolution.These acquisitions are expected to be concluded during the fourth quarter of 2019.“We are very pleased to have concluded this financing with a very high quality financier and look forward to concluding the two additional financings. These new financings will lead to a lower cost of debt for the 3 vessels overall,” Evangelos Pistiolis, the President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of the Company, commented.TOP Ships has a fleet of a total of fourteen tankers including Suezmaxes, MR2 and MR1 ships.last_img read more

NCRTC starts piling work on DelhiMeerut RRTS Corridor

first_imgNew Delhi: In another significant step to realise the vision of transforming public transport in National Capital Region, NCRTC started the piling work near Duhai on Delhi-Meerut road on Monday. The official said that the 17-km priority section of the project between Sahibabad and Duhai is targeted for commissioning by March 2023. This is in continuation of works being carried out for implementation of India’s first, 82-km long Delhi–Ghaziabad–Meerut RRTS Corridor. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarThe NCRTC official also said that the piling work is being done to build foundation of structures for building elevated viaducts. NCRTC had recently awarded the work of construction of viaduct and station in Ghaziabad-Duhai section to APCO–CRFG JV. “Construction areas will be suitably barricaded to ensure safety of citizens during construction. The construction sequence has been planned carefully to reduce inconvenience to pedestrians and commuters,” official added. He said, “Marshals will be deployed to ensure smooth traffic flow during construction. NCRTC has also started community interaction programs for sensitizing stakeholders about the RRTS project and to brief them construction methodology, construction sequencing and steps being taken to ensure safety on one hand and reduce inconvenience during construction on the other.” Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceThis high-speed, high-frequency, high-capacity RRTS corridor will not only offer mass transit benefits but also bring in wide range of economic benefits to the society including effectively curbing pollution, improving safety and reliability of commute and creating employment as well as new economic opportunities. Apart from unlocking economic development potential of the region, such high-speed commute will bring people and places closer enabling polycentric growth in NCR. The 82-km long Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS corridor has 24 stations.last_img read more

NewsAlert Kevin OLearys wife charged in fatal boat crash

first_imgSEGUIN TOWNSHIP, Ont. — Police have laid charges in a fatal boat crash involving celebrity businessman Kevin O’Leary.Ontario Provincial Police say Linda O’Leary, 56, of Toronto, has been charged with careless operation of a vessel.Two people died and three others were injured in the Aug. 24 crash north of Toronto that involved two boats.Police have also charged Richard Ruh, 57, of Orchard Park, N.Y., with failing to exhibit navigation light while underway.O’Leary, the former star of the popular CBC show Dragons’ Den, said after the crash that he wasn’t driving the boat at the time.The CBC reported that Linda O’Leary is Kevin O’Leary’s wife.Linda O’Leary is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 29.This report from The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 24, 2019.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

As deadline looms Ban urges Nepal to agree on extending Constituent Assembly

27 May 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged all parties in Nepal to reach consensus on extending the body tasked with drafting the country’s new constitution, which was supposed to be completed by 28 May. Mr. Ban is “seriously concerned” that due to political differences the parties in Nepal have yet to reach an agreement to extend the term of the Constituent Assembly, according to a statement issued by his spokesperson.The Constituent Assembly was elected in May 2008, two years after the Government and the Maoists signed the Comprehensive Peace Agreement ending a decade-long civil war that claimed some 13,000 lives in the South Asian nation. Completing the drafting of the constitution by the deadline of 28 May is one of the main outstanding tasks of the peace process, which has recently stalled amid an ongoing political stalemate over key issues such as power-sharing arrangements and the reintegration of former Maoist combatants.“The Secretary-General calls urgently on the party leaders to regain their unity of purpose in order to preserve the Assembly and the peace process,” the statement said. “Now is the time to put national interest first.”Mr. Ban added that the Constituent Assembly and its progress to date toward the adoption of Nepal’s new constitution represent “a significant and hard-won achievement of the peace process.”The UN Mission in Nepal (UNMIN), established in 2007, has been assisting the country with the peace process. Its mandate, which runs until 15 September, includes monitoring the management of arms and armed personnel of both the Maoists and the Nepal Army, as well as in assisting in monitoring ceasefire arrangements. read more

Ottawa delays decision on Shells controversial Jackpine oil sands project

EDMONTON — Aboriginal groups near the oil sands are cheering a federal government decision to delay a ruling on whether an environmentally controversial mine expansion can go ahead.Ottawa was supposed to decide by Wednesday on the fate of Shell Canada’s huge Jackpine oil sands expansion.But a one-sentence notice posted on a government website says the ruling has been delayed until Dec. 11.The Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation had asked for a 90-day delay.The band points out an environmental review for the project concluded it would result in severe and irreversible damage.The First Nation also says the project would violate treaty rights.It hopes to use the delay to meet with federal ministers to seek changes. read more

Cooling housing market dents CMHCs thirdquarter profit

OTTAWA — Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. saw its third-quarter profit drop compared with a year ago as the housing market showed signs of cooling off.The country’s largest mortgage insurer says it earned $387 million for the three months ending on Sept. 30, down from $467 million in the same period a year earlier.Revenue totalled $1.05 billion in the third quarter, compared with $1.26 billion last year.[related_links /[CMHC offers mortgage default insurance for homebuyers as well as loans for multi-unit residential projects and portfolios of loans secured by residential properties.It says it anticipates tighter mortgage rules, rising interest rates and a slowing economy to reduce demand for housing and continue to impact its earnings over the near term.The agency says for the first three quarters of 2018, the average CMHC-insured homebuyer bought a home for nearly $276,000 with down payment of 7.7 per cent.Nearly all CMHC-insured homebuyers chose a 25-year amortization period. Thirty-one per cent opted for a variable-rate mortgage over a fixed-rate loan. read more

Toledo reaches 50 points again beats Central Michigan

TOLEDO, Ohio — Freshman Bryant Koback rushed for 124 yards and two touchdowns, helping Toledo beat Central Michigan 51-13 on Friday.Toledo scored 24 unanswered points in the first half and Tyler Taafe returned an interception 21 yards on the first play of the second half for a 31-0 lead.Koback and Art Thompkins each had 1-yard touchdown runs in the first quarter and Koback added an 8-yard score to cap the first-half scoring.Koback was coming off a season-high 192 yards and two scores against Kent State to become bowl eligible for the ninth consecutive season.The Rockets topped the 50-point mark for a school-record sixth time this season, reaching on Nevone McCrimmon’s 45-yard run late in the fourth quarter.Eli Peters completed 14 of 30 passes for 180 yards and a touchdown for Toledo (7-5, 5-3 Mid-American Conference).Central Michigan (1-11, 0-8) was competitive in most of its conference losses, with just two defeats coming by more than 11 points. The Chippewas got on the board with 3:58 remaining on Mike Danna’s 53-yard fumble return.The Associated Press read more

Montpellier goalkeeper Desbonnet scores against Dan Beutler HSV Video

Montpellier’s goalkeeper wrote himself on the scorers list. While Montpellier had a player less, Remi Desbonnet decided to help his team in the attack, and at one point when there was no solution, Desbonnet shoots – Beutler saves and the ball rebounds to Desbonnet again who scores this time. Check out the video! Courtesy of laola1.tvhttp://www.laola1.tv/en/int/handball/velux-ehf-champions-league/desbonnet-takes-the-bull-by-the-horns/video/471-2755-99022.html#.UHtoInixxRc.facebookClick the link and enjoy beutlerDan BeutlerdesbonnetHSVHSV HamburgMontpellierremi desbonnet ← Previous Story Champions League: MKB Veszprem surprises Atletico, Metalurg wins in Denmark! Next Story → Gyula Gal has trial in Montpellier! read more

Anne Shortall died from nine blows to her head and blockage to

first_imgAnne Shortall died from nine blows to her head and blockage to her airways, court hears Roy Webster has pleaded not guilty to her murder but guilty to her manslaughter. 16,584 Views Roy Webster leaving court in 2015 ANNE SHORTALL DIED from nine blows to her head and blockage to her airways caused by duct tape her attacker wrapped around her head, State Pathologist Professor Marie Cassidy told the Central Criminal Court today.Roy Webster (40), of Ashbree, Ashford, Co Wicklow has pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to the manslaughter of Shortall (47) on Good Friday 3 April, 2015 at the Murrough, Co Wicklow. His plea was not accepted by the State.Professor Cassidy told prosecuting counsel Paul Greene SC she examined Shortall’s body shortly after it was discovered in a workshop on the grounds of Webster’s home on 7 April, 2015. She identified nine lacerations to her head, each one caused by a separate blow with a blunt object.Shortall’s nose and mouth were obstructed by duct tape that had been wrapped around her head when she was either unconscious or dead. Professor Cassidy said it would be “very difficult” to wrap the tape around her head and face in that manner if she were still conscious.She said that if Shortall was still alive before her mouth and nose were covered, the blockage to her airways would have excluded all possibility of survival. Further injuries to Shortall’s hands suggest she may have tried to defend herself from her attacker.Five of the fatal blows landed on the top of her head but Professor Cassidy said none of them caused fractures to the skull and her brain was intact, although slightly swollen. She said the injuries were consistent with hammer blows and suggest that her attacker used “moderate force”.Shortall’s jaw was fractured in two places and minor injuries to her neck suggested she may have been “gripped or grabbed” by the neck but there was no evidence of an attempt at strangulation.When asked to give the cause of death she said: “Blunt force trauma to the head and obstruction of the airways.”Not pregnant The court also heard that Shortall knew she was not pregnant when she is alleged to have demanded money for an abortion from Webster.The jury has already heard that the accused said he beat Shortall to death after she threatened to tell his wife about a fling they had if he didn’t give her Stg £6,500 (about €7,400) for an abortion.Dr Geraldine O’Kelly told defending counsel Brendan Grehan SC she was Shortall’s GP. On 12 January 2015, less than one month after Shortall’s sexual encounter with Webster, Shortall came to her complaining of having very heavy periods.O’Kelly said this would not be compatible with being pregnant and added: “I’m satisfied she was not pregnant and she knew she was not.”She said Shortall was referred to a gynaecologist who saw her on 16 March and carried out a test on her womb that would also be incompatible with a person being pregnant. She said the specialist would have checked to find out if she was pregnant beforehand.The trial continues tomorrow in front of Justice Patrick McCarthy and a jury of seven men and four women.Comments are closed as legal proceedings are ongoing. Read: Murder accused said he fell asleep in front of TV after beating woman to death with hammerRead: Roy Webster ‘broke down and told gardaí he beat woman to death with a hammer’, court hears Mar 15th 2017, 6:01 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Share Tweet Email1 center_img By Eoin Reynolds Wednesday 15 Mar 2017, 6:01 PM http://jrnl.ie/3289730 Roy Webster leaving court in 2015 Image: Rónán Duffy/TheJournal.ie Image: Rónán Duffy/TheJournal.ie No Comments last_img read more

Myanmar photographers detained in Bangladesh fly back home

first_imgTwo Myanmar photographers who were detained while reporting on the Rohingya refugee crisis in Bangladesh were allowed to fly home on Tuesday, their lawyer said.Minzayar Oo and Hkun Lat were arrested in September in the border district of Cox’s Bazar, where more than 582,000 Rohingya Muslims have sought refuge from army-led violence scorching through Myanmar’s Rakhine state since 25 August.The pair were accused of espionage and charged with “false impersonation” for using tourist visas instead of journalist visas to enter Bangladesh, according to their lawyers.The case was lambasted by rights groups and further strained ties between Myanmar and Bangladesh, which has struggled to absorb the staggering tide of weary Rohingya cramming into makeshift refugee camps on its side of the border.The Myanmar journalists, who were on assignment for Hamburg-based magazine Geo, were released on bail on 23 September but unable to leave the country until Tuesday, according to their lawyer Jyotirmoy Barua.”The boys finally managed to leave the country today,” he told AFP.”They may have to come back to attend a court hearing in November,” he added.last_img read more

Culberson Endorses 25 Billion Harris County Flood Control Bond Package

first_imgAndrew SchneiderFrom left to right: Congressman John Culberson, Harris County Flood Control District Executive Director Russell Poppe, and Harris County Judge Ed EmmettJust over six weeks remain before Harris County residents vote on $2.5 billion worth of flood control bonds. Republican Congressman John Culberson has just endorsed the bond package.Culberson, who is running for reelection in Texas 7th Congressional District, touted his own work on the House Appropriations Committee in steering nearly $5 billion to Harris County to complete long-delayed flood control projects.But Culberson said passing the bond package was essential to reduce the risk of future floods to county residents, “because that will increase the amount of money that Harris County can put on the table, which enables me as the appropriator to put more federal dollars into the project, because for every local dollar that Harris County puts up, I can match it with at least $3, up to $3, and in some cases more.”Culberson made his announcement alongside Harris County Judge Ed Emmett at the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center in Southwest Houston. The center is just finishing renovations ten months after suffering severe flood damage during Harvey.Lizzie Pannill Fletcher, Culberson’s Democratic opponent in November, released a statement saying, “Congressman Culberson’s election year press conference is a nice gesture, but it does nothing to change the nearly two decades he has spent in Washington undermining critical investments in infrastructure that would help our community prepare for flooding.” 00:00 /00:49 Listen X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharelast_img read more

Celebrating Indian Mythology

first_imgTo showcase the best of dance forms and abhinaya, Shriram Kala Kendra is organising the 13th edition of ‘Festival of Ballets’ at Kamani Auditorium in the national Capital. There will be four enthralling performances within a duration of two weeks. The festival which begins on May 6 will have performances that focus on the lives of mythological characters such as Meera, Durga, Karna and Abhimanyu. On Friday, May 6 ‘Meera’ will be performed showcasing her struggle. Her glory lies in her ability to articulate through poetry, the turbulence that transpired in her life.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Her life seems to be a metaphor for most women, where centuries later, Meera’s still name lives on. Wherever Meera went, she spread the message of liberation and urged an inner awakening, through the effervescence of her poetry. Produced and directed by Shobha Deepak Singh the performance will be followed by another ballet, titled-‘Shree Durga’, the next day. Shree Durga’s persona resonates even in today’s context, where everyone reads daily about the atrocities on women. This ballet depicts how gods evoke Stree Shakti when they fall into their own habit of giving boons. The perfrmance shows alternatives to vanquish demons in society, demonstrating that female power conquers over them. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixOn Friday, May 13, a performance on the life of ‘Karna’ will be held. His persona in Mahabharata will be showcased where circumstances remain consistently hostile. His life and times frozen in entirety and his misfortunes into a perpetual predicament. This ballet is dedicated to all the Karnas, who are denied the rightful place in the social milieu, seen in its correct perspective. Karna’s life was repetitively unfair, eliciting sympathy. His life in the epic is complete with magnificent misadventures and acts of valour. On Saturday, May 14, a performance on the life of ‘Abhimanyu’ will be held, whose story of youthful enthusiasm and selfless valour, torn apart by vested interests and vicious hostilities, is the root of an injustice that we all feel acutely, but in different ways. ‘Abhimanyu’ leaves his mortal remains and ascends the celestial path. He imparts the lesson that violence is useless in resolving any dispute. There are no winners in a battle — the spoils of war being not riches — but senseless death and desolation.last_img read more