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Two top leaders among 12 Maoists killed in Gadchiroli

first_img Addressing a press conference in Mumbai, Mr. Mathur said, “ The dead Maoists include some senior members, including Sainath, who had over 75 offences registered against him..In a gaffe, however, he referred to the deceased Maoists as having been ‘martyred.’When journalists questioned his use of the word ‘shaheed’, he jokingly dismissed it saying, “Humne shaheed kar diye (We martyred them).”(With Gautam Mengle) The Maharashtra police ascertained the identity of 12 of the 16 Maoists killed on Sunday in Gadchiroli district of the State during an anti-Maoist operation.“The dead Maoists include three Dalam commanders (of CPI Maoist) and two senior leaders. The 12 Maoists, identified so far, carried a combined reward of ₹82 lakh. Out of 16 dead Maoists, seven were women,” the Gadchiroli police said in a statement.Maharashtra’s Director General of Police Satish Mathur said the operation was the result of sustained efforts by the State Police in the Maoist affected areas, due to which the police were now receiving pinpointed intelligence inputs.last_img read more

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India Sees Slump In Foreign Tourists During Holiday Season

first_imgForeign tourist arrivals in India in the current Christmas-New Year season witnessed a significant drop, estimated to be in region of 15 – 25 percent, despite expectations of a major jump in inward tourism in the year-end season.Read it at Arabian Business Related Itemslast_img

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As clubbers fall for electronic music, bands like Midival Punditz find takers worldwide

first_imgEven as Norah Jones was the only Indian (well okay, half Indian) making her way up the pop charts these past few weeks, there has been an equally hummable success story in alternative music.Midival Punditz, the Delhi-based raga-electronica band of Gaurav Raina and Tapan Raj, released its first full-length album,Even as Norah Jones was the only Indian (well okay, half Indian) making her way up the pop charts these past few weeks, there has been an equally hummable success story in alternative music.Midival Punditz, the Delhi-based raga-electronica band of Gaurav Raina and Tapan Raj, released its first full-length album in the US in September and became the first Indian electronic band to make it to the Billboard World Charts.SOUND SYNTHESIS: The party crowd is tuning into the new strains of club musicThe Punditz’s schedule could well belong to an international rock star: when not touring New York and San Francisco with Bill Laswell (producer for Santana and Sting) as part of the various artistes that form Tabla Beat Science, the pair have done the DJ set with Talvin Singh in gigs in Mumbai and Goa; in Delhi they have, with masterful disc scratches and loops, made crowds surrender to multi-layered music manipulation at Cyber Mehfils, their floating nightclub where the venue changes but the guest list – hardcore followers of the band – follows them. Punditz’s music infuses Indian elements into electronic dance music, taking forward the “Asian Underground” movement synonymous with Talvin Singh.When juxtaposed against the international din surrounding club music, however, the Indian sensibility is still only a faint drum and bass beat. The big beat invasion came into its own in the mid-1990s. Now radio stations give the genre dedicated airplay worldwide and hoardes throng sports arenas for “massives”.What to the uninitiated sounds like repetitive beats at high decibels sometimes interrupted by semi-human noises or snatches of words that step in for lyrics, is, for the globalised generation that has embraced it, a masterful synthesis of sound. Under the leadership of the DJ, it has the power to tap into a variety of “moods” in one single track. Political boundaries are broken down when the beats take on a subtext. The UK’s embracing of Asian Underground in the late 1990s came to be symbolic of multicultural New Britain. Though Talvin Singh has been seen as the principal proponent of Asian Underground so far, to say he created the genre would be incorrect.advertisementHe was, as Raina points out, the face of “a simultaneous uprising in different cities by a generation of musicians who grew up on the club culture but realised that we’re Indian and that our music needed to be true to us”. Now it’s a whole global network. GAURAV RAINA AND TAPAN RAJ, Midival PunditzIf the goateed Karsh Kale is at the forefront of the Asian Underground movement in New York (his album Realize was seen by critics to bring “soul” to electronica), Punditz – who have played with Ustad Zakir Hussain and Ustad Sultan Khan all over the world-has emerged as a strong force in India.”Their efforts are sincere, but to make a mark internationally Punditz will have to be supported by a financial and cultural movement for electronic dance music as a complete genre in India itself,” says Whosane?, the DJ who began playing electronic dance in India 15 years ago. But while the club culture is not as big in India as in Europe, the US and Japan, even the cautious say the genre has become fashionable. Till even three years ago, Goa was the raver’s heaven, the Ibiza-like space in a country that otherwise balle balle-ed to bhangra and Bollywood remixes. Now, in cities like Mumbai, Bangalore and Delhi, the suit-clad MNC executive and the literature student in college step out at night to tune in to the various, constantly evolving and always overlapping strains of electronic dance-the fat, loud beats of speed garage, the soulful rhythm of drums and bass, the built-up frenzy of jungle and the pure energy of psychedelic trance.”I’ve seen a democratisation of electronic dance music,” says DJ Rummy who began hosting his first “nights” in Delhi three years ago. Whosane?, who began playing under the cover of “terraces of homes away from the city”, says in recent months he was “surprised to find dance music followers in places like Hyderabad, Chennai and Ahmedabad.” Perhaps the most telling example is the Ganeshot-sav in Mumbai this year: Whosane? and DJ Asad, in what can only be described as a techno trance Ganesh resurgence, played atop a truck and led devotees to the immersion.Earlier hosted at farmhouses for fear of being termed “seedy” and seen as merely a background score to “the sex and drug culture”, the music now has corporate respectability. Pepsi, Coke, Smirnoff and Bacardi are regular sponsors.advertisementSPACED OUT: There are no clubs to cater to followers of electronica”A couple of years ago, you couldn’t walk into a store and ask for trance music,” says Hardy, a trance music lover/promoter in Delhi who was among the first to “out” his parties and take them to public venues – one night at the Dome, Ambassador Hotel, he got cross-dressers to work the doors for the first time in India. “Today, they have whole sections.”DJs with unpronounceable names are jet-setting to and fro. The Internet becomes the musical highway and there’s a rush of traffic there – DJs use MP3 to send samples of their music to clubs and radios worldwide.Besides this electronica exchange, there has been a growth in local talent. Following the unwritten rules of the DJ culture of this genre, the laptop wielding music-makers keep to the background, restricting their movements to shuf fling in the console, never allowing personality to take over the beat as it does in pop music.Yet, DJ Light, the club name for Delhi-based Amit Seth, a psychedelic – trance deejay, DJ Pearl, currently MTV veejay Nikhil Chinnappa’s girlfriend, and Whosane? are established names known even to the Page Three reader. And even as DJs Excite, Joy, Jayant, Mickey are touted as new talents, others spring from the music mixer with increasing regularity, filling the gap separating niche from mass.But as the followers grow, there remains a dearth of space. While the music and its specific genres have pushed for and found a permanent home in clubs worldwide – Heaven in London is known for house, Matso in Amsterdam for techno and progressive and the Ministry of Sound, London, for garage-club music lovers in India, except for weekly flirtations at five-star hotels, and Fire and Ice, Mumbai, which plays techno on Tuesdays, draw a blank.With radio being in the state it is in-though private stations have for the last four months been giving the music considerable weekend airtime-it is left mainly to floating clubs like Cyber Mehfils to ensure the genre flourishes.Whosane?, DJSo will the genre’s push for space and its growing followers put India on the electronica map? Channel V VJ Gaurav Kapur says any sound that will make its mark has to be Indian: “Internationally, there is so much electronic music being made that what will be noticed is what you bring to the table.”Fans believe the groundwork was done in the UK, with mainstream support coming from Madonna and Talvin Singh’s tracks in The Cell. Raina says Indian classical was an inevitability in any music where beat reigns, bringing to it the depth critics of electronica accuse it of lacking.That Asian Underground – or “Indian Electronica” as Tapan Raj would rather it be known – is the masala of the moment on the electronica scene is obvious from in the way international deejays use Indian sounds without having learnt Indian classical music.advertisementBuddha Bar, the bestselling Ambience Lounge music, too uses rich Indian overtones. Punditz likens its work to jazz, considered underground till it became a movement. “The use of Indian elements with electronica is a genre that like all new genres fails typecasts till it forms a space of its own, as is happening now,” says Raina. Is Delhi the New Orleans of the New Age?last_img read more

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IOA Blames NADA for NDTL’s Suspension, Asks Who Will Bear Cost for Testing

first_imgNew Delhi: The Indian Olympic Association on Friday lashed out at the National Anti-Doping Agency for the suspension of the country’s only WADA-accredited laboratory, saying NADA’s “mistakes” have jeopardised the anti-doping programme here.The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) suspended the National Dope Testing Laboratory in Delhi for six months “due to non-conformities with the International Standard for Laboratories (ISL)”. The NADA can appeal the suspension in the next 21 days. The NADA can still carry on with sample collection (blood and urine) but will have to get them tested by a WADA-accredited laboratory outside India. NDTL had got WADA accreditation back in 2008.”We will now have to pay in dollars instead of rupees. My only concern now is who will bear the extra cost?” Indian Olympic Association President Narinder Batra told PTI.”The National Sports Federations (NSFs) are not in a position to bear the extra cost. And why should we bear the extra cost for NADA’s mistakes?” he asked.The WADA said the suspension came after it’s Laboratory Expert Group (LabEG) initiated disciplinary proceedings with regards to status of WADA-accredited laboratories across the globe.The IOA chief said a negligent NADA sat on the issue for a long time despite repeated reminders from WADA.”This issue has been going on internally for the last one year. The WADA has been pointing drawbacks in the NDTL’s testing methods but the NADA has failed to manage its affairs,” Batra said.NADA Director General Navin Agarwal remained unavailable for comments despite repeated attempts to reach him by PTI. indian olympic associationInternational Standard for LaboratoriesioaNADA First Published: August 23, 2019, 12:37 PM IST 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.last_img read more

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Football: Manchester City and Raheem Sterling are renewing their vows

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementPhoto Credits: Getty Images.According to Sky Sports News Raheem Sterling and Manchester City are all set for talks to renew Sterling’s contract.It has been made clear by City’s director of football, Txiki Begiristain that previous reports of an impasse in discussions are not correct and they will likely communicate with Sterling’s representatives before the end of September.Sterling’s contract at City will expire in June 2020 and they will have no option to extend his stay at the Etihad for another 12 months.On Friday, City manager Pep Guardiola told reporters: “It’s well known we’re delighted with him and would like him to continue. My club knows my opinion and we share that. After that, it is the club and the agent.”Sterling signed for the current Premier League champions in 2015 from Liverpool and has since made 144 appearances in all competitions, scoring 47 goals.The winger has been praised for his adaptability, speed, dribbling skills and ability to play wide, offering flexibility.He also played a crucial role in Gareth Southgate’s England team and made it to the World Cup semi-final in Russia this summer.Sterling has three Premier League goals to his name so far this season.Read Also: End of an era. The man behind Wenger finally leaves ArsenalGareth Bale to PL? Here’s what’s stopping the move.last_img read more

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Watch: Serena Williams dances to her own tunes

first_imgSerena Williams turned heads when she made a cameo in Beyonce’s “Sorry” music video – where she twerked heavily – and now the tennis star is releasing her own dancing video. (Serena Williams blasts 13 aces to down Vania King in US Open)Williams, who released a new video yesterday on YouTube that features the 34-year-old dancing in a variety of styles, says dance is one of her favorite hobbies. (Serena Williams’ 183-week stay at the top under threat)CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO “This video really kind of taps into a lot of emotions that I have and a lot of emotions that I feel. And one of the things that I say is that …I always keep climbing, and that’s something that really resonates with me,” Williams said in an interview on the set of the video last week.”Everyone’s like, ‘Why are you still playing? Why are you doing this?’ ‘Cause I’m always challenging myself, I’m always keeping myself climbing.” (Death of glamour at US Open: No Maria Sharapova, no Ana Ivanovic)Williams is currently battling a shoulder injury, but said the dancing she filmed did not involve her shoulder. The top-ranked athlete began her bid for a record-breaking 23rd major title in the U.S. open this week.On the video set last week in Brooklyn, New York, she said she was “just moving more or less my legs. Right now (my shoulder is) doing OK. I’m taking it day-by-day.””I work really hard at what I do. I’ve had some ups and downs this year but you know …I always just try to come back and do the best that I can,” she added.advertisementWilliams worked with choreographers Will “Willdabeast” Adams and Janelle Ginestra for the video along with Delta Air Lines. She said she remembers learning a great deal about dance from Beyonce’s team of choreographers when she filmed “Sorry,” which appears on the pop star’s visual album, “Lemonade.””Dancing in the Beyonce video was obviously a lot of fun. I remember being super sore after because I was down the whole time, you know, kind of twerking a lot,” she said. “I was able to work a lot with her choreographers …and I really learned so much just about my body movement and also different styles of movement to do.”last_img read more

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Western Tigers in 2008

first_imgEmbracing the traditional black and gold of WA, the Tigers seemed a perfect fit for WA’s teams at the representative level, with a new Western Tigers logo incorporating the existing TouchWest design.The new brand also includes the new www.westerntigers.com.au domain name, where State team information will be available in the future.last_img

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Here’s Who Is On The College Football Playoff Selection Committee This Year

first_imgFrank Beamer at a podium wearing a Virginia Tech windbreakerBLACKSBURG, VA – NOVEMBER 21: Head coach of the Virginia Tech Hokies Frank Beamer addresses the media following the game against the North Carolina Tar Heels on November 21, 2015 in Blacksburg, Virginia. (Photo by Michael Shroyer/Getty Images)The final College Football Playoff rankings are due in just over one hour, and it’s fair to say that this year, the committee has its toughest decision to make. There are six seemingly deserved teams that could make the field.So who is on the committee to make this decision? Per usual, it’s a collection of current athletic directors, former coaches and other influential people in the sport.This year’s committee is chaired by Oregon’s AD Rob Mullens.The other members are former Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer, Arizona State professor Paola Boivin, former Southern Miss head coach Jeff Bower, Oklahoma AD Joe Castiglione, former Central Michigan head coach Herb Deromedi, former Clemson/Arkansas head coach Ken Hatfield, President of Robert Morris Chris Howard, former Vanderbilt head coach Bobby Johnson, former USC star Ronnie Lott, Ohio State AD Gene Smith, Georgia Tech AD Todd Stansbury and Florida AD Scott Stricklin. According to ESPN’s Heather Dinich, the committee stuck around until 1:30 AM last night to try and decipher differences between the teams. They’ll put in a few more hours today to finish up.I’m told the selection committee met until 1:30 a.m. CT following the conference title games, and that while they felt good about where they left the discussion and votes, there is still a lot more to talk about this morning. They will probably start shuffling in for breakfast…— Heather Dinich (@CFBHeather) December 2, 2018We’ll know the final answer on the four teams shortly.last_img read more

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3 Best Foldable Drones for Travel Photographers

first_imgIn less than two years, drones have taken the professional photography world by storm. But their biggest shortcoming — especially for travel photographers — has long been their form factor. They’re big, fragile, and cumbersome and, until recently, they’ve been virtually impossible to travel with. While GoPro’s highly anticipated foldable Karma was destined to solve that problem, its disastrous recall placed the drone’s production on indefinite hiatus. The debacle paved the way, however, for these three killer alternatives.DJI Mavic Pro ($999)DJI’s Phantom set the bar for what high-end drones should be. The Mavic Pro — the company’s entry into the foldable drone category — offers most of the same technology in an impossibly compact form factor. The clever design allows for folding not only the legs, but also the rotors. This allows for a collapsed footprint (height and width) that isn’t much larger than an iPhone 7 Plus. Still, the unit manages to pack five vision sensors, a stabilized 4K Ultra HD camera, and a high-tech transmission system capable of streaming crystal clear video more than four miles away. Don’t miss: a “Tripod Mode” allows pilots to operate indoors and in tight flying quarters.GDU Byrd Premium ($999)GoPro garnered most of the accolades as the world’s first mainstream foldable drone package. But, GDU (formerly ProDrone) was actually the first to market such a product with their Byrd foldable drones. The line includes entry-level Standard and prosumer Advanced versions. However, the flagship Byrd Premium is the real standout. With an exterior shell crafted from military grade composites, the design is sleek and durable. It also folds down into a footprint that’s easily packable in a small backpack. The 6,700mAh battery provides nearly thirty minutes of flying time and the smart, automated “return-to-home” feature ensures it’ll make it back before the power runs out. Don’t miss: the included camera is swappable for other hardware, including GoPro, infrared cameras, and other compact and DSLR options.Hover Camera Passport ($599)For casual users who aren’t quite ready or wanting for a premium drone, Hover Camera offers something entirely different. Their new Passport camera is equal parts drone and high-tech selfie stick. It’s designed to be fully autonomous — simply unfold the wings (to activate the rotors) and release it into the air. Built-in face- and body-tracking software allow the unit to follow your movements whether you’re walking, biking, or cliff-diving. A slick Orbit feature sets the Passport to circle around the user while filming, and a Spin mode is capable of capturing 360-degree panoramic videos. Don’t miss: the fully-enclosed carbon fiber design means no more worrying about bent rotors. Wasp Turns Your Boring Drone Into a Flamethrowing Assault Copter The Opus OP15′ Is a Tricked-Out, Off-Road-Ready Travel Trailer Why Your Desk Chair Matters and the 9 Best Ones to Boost Your Productivity Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleepers Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

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Jalan panel finalises report on RBI capital surplus transfer to govt over

first_imgNew Delhi: A high-level panel led by former RBI governor Bimal Jalan, set up to decide the appropriate capital reserves that the central bank should maintain, Wednesday finalised its report.The six-member Jalan panel was appointed on December 26, 2018 to review the Economic Capital Framework for the RBI.The panel has finalised its report and no further meeting will take place, sources said after the meeting concluded here.RBI should transfer its surplus cash to the government over the next three-five year period, Jalan Committee, appointed by the Finance Ministry to assess surplus with the central bank, is believed to have recommended in its report.last_img

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Defence plan calls for cyber and drone attacks to meet 21st century

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada will add hundreds of new elite special forces commandos, wage offensive cyberwarfare attacks and deploy armed drones to international battlefields as part of its military response to new global security threats.The hotly anticipated new defence policy review released Wednesday identified a wide range of harrowing and borderless threats, including the “grey zone” of hybrid warfare, ever-present terrorism and climate change.The review anticipates that some of Canada’s military operations will include government-sanctioned cyberattacks and drone strikes on foreign threats, and an increased role for special forces in overseas missions.“Technology and the changing nature of conflict itself have fundamentally altered the landscape on which we operate,” Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said as he introduced the review at a news conference in Ottawa.The review said Canada’s new, elite and futuristic approach to war fighting will respect domestic and international laws.However, the very nature of the cloak of secrecy that envelops almost all of Canada’s special forces, as well as the active expansion of fighting in cyberspace, will likely raise questions about transparency and civil liberties.The policy increases the ranks of special forces by 605 people. They will get new airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance tools.The special forces are made up of elite JTF-2 commandos and the Joint Incident Response Unit, which is responsible for responding to nuclear, chemical and biological attacks, a contingent of 2,000 in all.There are about 200 special forces commandos deployed in northern Iraq on a mission focused mainly on training Kurdish fighters. However, Canadian special forces have engaged in gun battles in Iraq as they’ve ventured onto the battlefield for training.In March, the government revealed that some of the special forces took part in the battle to reclaim the Iraqi city of Mosul from ISIL when an undisclosed number of soldiers accompanied Iraqi forces in the city.The review says cyberspace is becoming an increasingly hostile place with an increase of state and non-state actors posing threats, and concludes that “a purely defensive cyberposture is not sufficient.”The review says the military will launch “active cyberoperations against potential adversaries in the context of government authorized military missions.”While non-state actors — terrorists — proliferate and exploit cyberspace, the review says, “the most sophisticated cyberthreats come from the intelligence and military services of foreign states.”The review doesn’t name specific countries, but highlights the threat posed by “hybrid war,” something associated with Russia and accusations it has tried to influence elections in foreign countries, notably the U.S. presidential contest that brought Donald Trump to power.“Hybrid methods are frequently used to undermine the credibility and legitimacy of a national government or international alliance,” the review said.“By staying in the fog of the grey zone, states can influence events in their favour without triggering outright armed conflict.”That presents challenges for how Canada and its allies should respond, notably the application of NATO’s Article 5 that says an attack on one member country constitutes an attack on all 28 countries in the alliance.The use of armed, unmanned drone aircraft will also become a feature of future Canadian Forces operations, the review predicts, as Canada faces new threats from “weaponized” drones.Paul Hannon, the executive director of Mines Action Canada, warned that there is great international concern about the growing use of autonomous weapons.“Talks in Geneva at the UN are demonstrating that autonomous weapon systems cannot comply with either International Humanitarian Law nor International Human Rights Law,” he said.“Canada should lead a global effort to ensure a machine or algorithm never is delegated the authority to select and engage a target without meaningful human control.Climate change is also singled out as a threat, one which knows no borders, because of its ability to force mass migrations of people, which can create humanitarian crises and spark fights for scarce resources.last_img read more

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Grassroots coalition continues fight against fossil fuel development in Gulf of St

first_imgJustin Brake APTN NewsA grassroots coalition of environmental groups, scientists and Indigenous people held a press conference and march in Halifax Wednesday in their effort to protect the Gulf of St. Lawrence from fossil fuel development.For years having called for a moratorium on offshore oil and gas projects in the Gulf, the Offshore Alliance is now concerned that the federal government is preparing to hand over decision-making authority in some parts of the environmental assessment process to Newfoundland and Nova Scotia’s offshore petroleum boards.In a discussion paper released by the government last June the Liberals said in their review of environmental assessment regulations that they are considering creating a single agency responsible for leading all major project assessments. In the case of offshore oil development in Newfoundland and Nova Scotia, some of the tasks would be delegated to the province’s petroleum boards.It’s a proposition that doesn’t sit well with the Alliance.“We are here today to emphatically demand that the federal government ensure that the petroleum boards never be allowed any decision-making powers in the environmental assessment process, period,” said John Davis of the Clean Ocean Action Committee, one of the groups that makes up the Alliance.Davis explained that the petroleum boards, which are comprised of appointed individuals, many of whom have worked in the fossil fuel industry, would be in a conflict of interest if given any decision-making authority in the environmental assessment process since they are mandated to facilitate offshore oil and gas development.“Making offshore boards responsible for environmental assessments will do the exactly opposite of what the Trudeau government promised,” said Gretchen Fitzgerald, director of the Sierra Club of Canada’s Atlantic chapter, referring to Trudeau’s campaign promises to repair what she and others have called severe damage to Canada’s environmental assessment regulations by the former Harper government.Following the media conference dozens of people marched to a Liberal party office in Halifax to deliver a letter to MP Scott Brison, with a request he pass it along to the prime minister.The letter demands that the Liberals do not follow up on the discussion paper proposal to give the petroleum boards any authority in the environmental assessment process.Protecting right whales in the GulfOn Tuesday federal Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc was in Moncton to announce new measures to protect right whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.Last summer 12 of the already endangered North Atlantic right whales died in the Gulf, and only between 400 and 450 remain in the world.LeBlanc announced new regulations on snow crab fishing in the Gulf, including the amount of rope permitted to float on the ocean surface, in order to reduce the likelihood of whales becoming entangled. He said that most of the right whale carcasses necropsied last year the majority of them died as a result of fishing gear entanglement or being struck by transport vessels.Members of the Offshore Alliance said Wednesday that while the new measures are a step in the right direction, they don’t adequately protect the whales and other species from harm.“I think we’re in a sort of crisis mode with the right whales and we’re just looking at the immediate threats, but we do need to look at a broader picture and not degrade their environment, which can prevent them from effectively mating, or feeding, or [can affect] their prey,” said Lindy Weilgart, an adjunct professor of biology at Dalhousie University.Weilgart explained that seismic testing that has taken place in search of oil in the Gulf has likely had negative impacts on the right whales, since “everything has to do with sound” for marine species “because sound travels so efficiently underwater.”She said seismic blasts are among the loudest sounds on the planet, and that when subjected to it the whales’ calls become “masked”.“Masking can cause right whales to blunder into fishing gear, or in the paths of ships, killing them. These are the main contributors of right whale deaths,” she explained.LeBlanc said Tuesday that the government did not consider the impacts of oil and gas development in the Gulf when discussing how better to protect right whales.“We’ll continue to take every step necessary to ensure that the oil and gas sector does not represent a threat to endangered species and to other sustainable fisheries,” he said, when pressed on the issue.“Nobody should think for a minute that we won’t take all of the measures necessary to ensure that the oil and gas sector isn’t sustainable, isn’t environmentally responsible, and doesn’t represent a threat to endangered species,” LeBlanc said Tuesday.Mi’kmaw grandmother and water protector Doreen Bernard spoke at Wednesday’s media conference about the importance of protecting all water and marine life.She said while some Mi’kmaq leaders have spoken out against oil development in the Gulf, most haven’t — and that it will take a united people to stop the threat she says fossil fuel development poses to the land, water and people of Mi’kma’ki.“The water is the same in Gaspésie as it is in the Bay of Fundy, where our territory is. And the rivers that are connected,” she said, referencing the Mi’kmaq Treaty Truckhouse on the Shubenacadie River, where warriors and water protectors are trying to stop Alton Gas from dumping brine into the water.“It’s just as important that we talk about support for the people who are protecting the water, whether it be Alton Gas and the Shubenacadie River, Bay of Fundy, or Gaspésie, or the Gulf of St. Lawrence. I feel like we need to come together on this, on what our responsibilities are.”APTN News requested comment from Environment Minister Catherine McKenna regarding the Alliance’s concerns.That request was passed on to Canada’s Environmental Assessment Agency, where a spokesperson responded by email but did not address any of the coalition’s concerns.jbrake@aptn.calast_img read more

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Spains Real Betis Wants to Sign Moroccos Youssef EnNesyri

Rabat – Spanish football club Real Betis is interested in recruiting Moroccan international footballer Youssef En-Nesyri, who currently plays for Leganes.Spanish sports news outlet AS said that the 21-year-old footballer is his club’s top scorer this season, with 10 goals.Other local and international news outlets also speculated that Arsenal wants to hire the young Atlas Lion. Read Also: Morocco’s En-Nesyri in Running for La Liga Player of Month with MessiIn February, En-Nesyri gave his football club Leganes the first hat-trick in its history in a match against Real Betis.“It was not a personal success, but a collective effort of the team and scoring a hat-trick will always be memorable for me,” said the Fez native.En-Nesyri signed a four-year contract with Leganes in August 2018.He started his football career in the youth team of the Maghreb AS.The footballer was summoned to join the Atlas Lions in 2016 when he played a friendly match against Albania. En-Nesyri also played with the Moroccan national football team in the 2018 World Cup. read more

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TESO wants India to act on Lanka

“At the same time, we believe that India, by proposing a resolution seeking U.N.’s intervention, will put an end to the present situation (of Tamils’ alleged hardships) and enable them choose their rights,” it said, adding India should take all efforts in this regard. An appointment had been sought from the U.N. Secretary General and dates for the visit would be finalised after that, he added. (PTI) Later, speaking to reporters, Mr. Karunanidhi called for more cooperation from the Centre to address the grievances of the ethnic Tamils, alleging they had perennially been at the receiving end of the Sinhalese.“There is information that it is not satisfactory,” he said when asked if he was satisfied with India’s rehabilitation measures for the Tamils. Hinting that India’s rehabilitation efforts for Tamils in post civil war Sri Lanka were “not satisfactory,” the Tamil Eelam Supporters’ Organisation on Wednesday asked the government to take the lead ahead of Colombo to ensure their welfare.India should also move a resolution in the U.N., demanding its intervention to allow the Tamils to decide their rights, a meeting of the recently revived TESO, chaired by DMK chief M. Karunanidhi, said. India has taken up among others, housing projects for the internally displaced Tamils in the island nation with some of them being handed over to the beneficiaries on Tuesday.Asking the government to play a proactive role on Tamils’ welfare, the DMK chief said: “The Centre should take the lead ahead of Sri Lanka in ensuring welfare of Tamils. It should respond and cooperate (to this demand),” Mr. Karunanidhi said.Mr. Karunanidhi, who had led a TESO conference in Chennai on August 12, 2012, said the resolutions adopted at that meeting will be handed over to the U.N. by his party Treasurer M.K. Stalin and MP T.R. Baalu. Welcoming Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s assurance to Mr. Karunanidhi that India placed the “highest and most important” priority on resettlement and rehabilitation of displaced Tamils, a TESO resolution said this would give “some solace” to the people of Tamil Nadu. read more

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Curfew reimposed in Kandy from 8pm tonight to 5am tomorrow

The Police curfew has been re-imposed in Kandy from 8pm tonight to 5am tomorrow, the Police said.

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In Cairo Annan says international alliance is working for peace in Middle

“There is a real international alliance for peace working on this issue – the Americans, the European Union, the Russian Federation, the Arab leaders and the United Nations, are all agreed that we should push for full implementation of the Mitchell plan,” Mr. Annan told reporters at Cairo Airport, referring to the report of a committee headed by former United States Senator George Mitchell. “There has been too much suffering in this region, too much suffering for Palestinians and Israelis who have lost many loved ones for us not to try to end this tragedy,” the Secretary-General said.”We should do whatever we can to bring this tragedy to an end,” he added. “I hope my visit to this region will help move the process in the right direction.”Mr. Annan observed that there was a limited timeframe for action. “I think we have a fleeting moment, a fleeting opportunity which we much seize and seize promptly, and I hope the parties see it this way, otherwise we may lose an opportunity,” he said.While at the airport, the Secretary-General met with Jordanian Foreign Minister Abdul Elah al-Khatib. Later, he held talks with Amre Moussa, the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States. Speaking to reporters after that meeting, Mr. Annan pointed to recent progress. “When you look back a couple of weeks ago, you see a difference in the situation,” he said, noting that the level of violence was “considerably lower” than it had been before. “We also have another qualitative difference: the parties have both accepted the Mitchell recommendations,” he added. “The parties have agreed to a ceasefire.””Peace cannot be imposed,” Mr. Annan observed. “Peace has to be worked out with the parties concerned and I think this is what is happening.”While at the airport, the Secretary-General met with Jordanian Foreign Minister Abdul Elah al-Khatib, who was in transit. Mr. Annan’s schedule also includes a meeting today with Amre Moussa, Secretary-General of the League of Arab States. Tomorrow he will meet with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt before proceeding to Damascus, Amman, Beirut, Tel Aviv and Ramallah during the remainder of the week. read more

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UN envoy wraps up visit with Syrian agreement to withdraw from Lebanon

“All my meetings were conducted in the spirit of dialogue and cooperation which has characterized my mission since its very beginning,” said Terje Roed-Larsen, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Envoy for implementing Security Council resolution 1559, which calls for withdrawing all foreign forces from Lebanon, disbanding all militias, extending Government control over the whole country and holding free elections.Mr. Roed-Larsen told a news conference in Beirut, the Lebanese capital, that although he raised all four elements of the resolution he focused primarily on the Syrian withdrawal and Lebanon’s upcoming parliamentary elections in his talks with the countries’ leaders, who agreed that a UN team would verify the pullout.He impressed on the Lebanese authorities the necessity of holding free and fair elections according to schedule, which is by the end of next month. “The Secretary-General believes that these elections are a primary instrument for safeguarding the continued stability of the country,” he said.Mr. Roed-Larsen will now report back to Mr. Annan, who will in turn report to the Security Council later this month. “The Secretary-General believes strongly that the implementation of resolution 1559 should proceed in such a way that would best ensure and safeguard the unity and stability of Lebanon, of Syria and of the wider region,” the envoy said.He added that he would continue his talks to secure full implementation of all parts of the resolution. read more

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Bird flu outbreak in DPR of Korea contained UN agency reports

Thanks to the culling of nearly 220,000 infected chickens, vaccination of others and strict biosecurity measures, the recent outbreak of bird flu in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has been successfully contained, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today.The agency urged the country to continue surveillance on affected farms and elsewhere to ensure that no residual infection remains from the H7 strain, which is unrelated to the H5N1 bird flu virus that has claimed dozens of human lives in other parts of Asia over the past year.“The virus appears to have been eliminated from the three infected farms by combining culling of around 218,000 infected chickens, vaccination of unaffected birds in unaffected poultry houses and strict biosecurity measures,” said FAO consultant Les Sims, who travelled to the DPRK to advise veterinary authorities on bird flu control.FAO sent three experts to the country to assist national authorities in diagnosis and disease management after it requested UN help earlier this month.The DPRK has acted promptly and appropriately and has provided essential information in a timely manner, Mr. Sims said.Further south, the H5N1 strain, which health authorities fear could kill tens of millions people worldwide in a worst-case scenario, has infected 90 people, about 50 of them fatally, since the first human case linked to widespread poultry outbreaks in Viet Nam and Thailand was reported in January last year. Nearly 140 million domestic birds have died or been culled over the past year in Southeast Asia in an effort to curb the spread of the disease.The UN World Health Organization (WHO) is concerned that continuing transmission of this strain to humans might give avian and human influenza viruses an opportunity to exchange genes, facilitating a pandemic. The so-called Spanish flu pandemic of 1918-1920, unrelated to the H5N1 virus, is estimated to have killed between 20 million and 40 million people worldwide. read more

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ESPN Commentator Clarifies Comments About Venus Williams Said He

Surely Doug Adler will be fired after comparing Venus Williams to a gorilla?! #sick— Lana Angel Nadal (@Rafasgirlalways) January 19, 2017 Venus Williams (@WTA Twitter)An ESPN commentator has apologized for a remark he made about tennis player Venus  Williams that led Twitter to demand he be fired. So far, the network has not done so, but it has removed him from further broadcasts.Doug Adler found himself in hot water over his description of Williams’ assertive playing style as she was on her way to beating Stefanie Voegele in the second round of the Australian Open Wednesday, Jan. 18.“[Voegele] misses a first serve and Venus is all over her,” Adler said. “You see Venus move in and put the guerilla effect on. Charging.”The former tennis player clarified on Thursday, Jan. 19, that he was likening Williams’ approach to “guerilla” tactics, according to the Associated Press. He also said he “simply and inadvertently chose the wrong word to describe her play.”A statement issued to the AP by ESPN acknowledged the error but later revoked Adler’s reporting duties.“During an Australian Open stream on ESPN3, Doug Adler should have been more careful in his word selection. He apologized and we have removed him from his remaining assignments,” the statement read.Williams emerged with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Voegele, but many viewers were stuck on Adler seeming to compare the seven-time Grand Slam winner to a primate. They called for him to lose his job because of it.ESPN commentator, Doug Adler, compared Venus Williams to a gorilla. He must be fired NOW!— Agent Provocateur (@De_Imperial) January 19, 2017 Your move @ESPNTennis @espn. That Doug Adler person needs to lose his job for being stupid & racist #VenusWilliams #AusOpen https://t.co/b5EA3FFRwf— Shashana (@Shashana80sKid) January 19, 2017Other viewers felt Adler meant “guerilla,” not “gorilla.”A tennis commentator just said “guerilla” in reference to Venus Williams’ play. Media will turn that into a racist “gorilla” statement watch— Tyler Keemer (@T_Keem) January 19, 2017 That’s not true. I’ve heard him call hundreds of matches, tv & radio. He meant Guerilla as in soldier bro. He loves Venus Williams. #tennis https://t.co/yVbwlzrFMx— Crackbillionair (@crackbillionair) January 19, 2017The Williams sisters are no strangers to this type of controversy. In 2012, when Serena Williams won her fifth Wimbledon title, an ESPN sportswriter originally titled his headline, “Serena Rides Savage Serve to Title” before it was changed to “Serena Rides Huge Serve To Title.”Both Venus and Serena Williams were compared to men in 2014 by Russian Tennis Federation president Shamil Tarpischev. He deemed the championship-winning duo the “Williams brothers,” according to Atlanta Black Star.“I thought [his comments] were very insensitive and extremely sexist as well as racist at the same time,” Serena said at the time. “I thought they were in a way bullying.“I think a lot of people weren’t happy as well … but the WTA and the USTA did a wonderful job of making sure that in this day and age … for someone with his power, it’s really unacceptable to make such bullying remarks,” Serena added, noting the $25,000 fine imposed on Tarpischev by the WTA. read more

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Microsoft to offer 99 Xbox 360 with 15 subscription

first_imgThe cheapest Xbox 360 you can pick up from a store today is $199. But that is about to get cut in half by Microsoft if you agree to sign up for a 2-year subscription.Apparently the deal will be made available through Microsoft’s own stores initially. It will see you pay $99 up front and then $15 per month for a minimum of two years. In return you get an Xbox 360 4GB console with Kinect plus a subscription to Xbox Live Gold. There’s also the promise of some additional benefits such as free content streams.The equivalent package today including two years of Live Gold would cost you about $390. This deal saves you $290 initially, but ends up costing you a minimum of $460 before you’ve bought any games. If you don’t have the cash now, but want the console, then that may be acceptable, however, there is another problem.Signing up for this subsidized Xbox 360 means you’ll be paying to use it until at least May 2014. By then we’ll probably have a successor to the console on store shelves. It’s possible Microsoft may offer you a way out of the subscription by purchasing a full price Xbox 720, but if they don’t there will be an early termination fee to pay.As a subsidized hardware deal it isn’t actually that bad. The overall cost is only $70 more than you’d pay cash, but it does tie you to payments for the next 24 months. For Microsoft, it’s a way to offer their hardware as the cheapest console on the market, and they are sure to push that in marketing for the deal.More at The Vergelast_img read more