Jammu and Kashmir RSS chief Suchait Singh on claimed the “footprints of terror elements” are increasing in West Bengal and accused the Mamata Banerjee government of “engineering terror violence” and “communal politics” in the State.“We express concern over the increasing presence of ‘Jihadist’ elements in West Bengal, the policy of vote-bank appeasement being followed by the state government there and the shrinking population of Hindus in the State,” he told reporters here.The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), at its Akhil Bhartiya Pratinidhi Sabha (ABPS) in Coimbatore, had discussed and passed a resolution expressing grave concern over the alleged rise in violence in West Bengal, Singh said.“The ABPS has strongly condemned the extremist violence and the appeasement policy of the Bengal government,” he said.The J-K RSS chief called upon the countrymen to create awareness against this “Jihadist violence and communal politics of the West Bengal government“.Referring to the attack on a police station, just 8 km from the Indo-Bangladesh border in West Bengal’s Malda district, he said the “increasing attacks against security forces is a grave danger to national security“.Singh said, “Hardliner clerics have been issuing fatwas to incite violence, and Hindus have been attacked in several places in West Bengal.” In the border areas, the growing presence of hardliners is forcing Hindu families to flee and they are also behind the fake currency, cow smuggling and illegal migration rackets, he alleged.The National Investigation Agency (NIA) in its probe into the Burdwan Bomb Blast case had found evidence of terror groups being active in several parts of West Bengal, he claimed.Singh also said 57,185 ‘shakhas’ were currently being run at 36,729 places in India, besides 79,675 weekly meetings and monthly ‘sangh mandali’“People under 45 years age make up for 90% of the attendees at these meetings, of them 53%are students,” he said.Singh said in the last one year 1,04,256 Swayam Sevaks attended the seven-day ‘Prathamik Shiksha Varg’, the first step towards becoming an RSS volunteer.Prant Karywah Parshotam Dadiechi explained in brief the Sangh’s working in J-K and 279 ‘shakhas’ that were running at 180 places with 110 weekly meetings and 76 ‘mandali’Dadiechi claimed around 45 people join the RSS online every month. More than 1,600 people from Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh regions have joined the organisation in the last three years, he said.
The much-awaited Bihar class 10 Board exam results were declared on Thursday with 49.68% students failing to pass the exam.The pass percentage of the students was 50.12%.A total of 17,40,000 students had appeared in the class 10 board exam conduced by Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB). About 8,63,000 students were declared passed.Also readWhat ails education in Bihar?Amarnath Tewary This year the pass percentage of students increased by 3.1% from the last year. Last year a total of 15,77,936 students had appeared in the exam in which 47.1% had passed.This year the BSEB, under its new regulations, had introduced the provision of grace marks to students but the BSEB chairman Anand Kishor refused to share more information on how many students were provided grace marking to cross the pass percentage.“Under the new regulations of BSEB the secrecy of grace marking cannot be shared with media”, said Mr Kishor.Prem Kumar of Lakhisarai district topped the exams with 93% marks while Bhavya Kumari of Simultala Residential government school, Jamui bagged second position with 92.8%.Most of the top ten students are from Simultala Residential School government, Jamui.This time, said the BSEB chairman Anand Kishor, physical verification of all top ten students were done before the publication of the results.“Besides, strict measures were taken, including bar coding on answer sheets to avoid any chance of unfairness in the conduct of the exam or the results”, added Mr Kishor.The Intermediate results published last month hit headlines as the pass percentage was just 35%. The topper in humanities stream failed to answer basic questions of his subjects music and Hindi. He was also hound fudging with his age and later sent to jail.Similarly, in 2015, the humanities topper Ruby Rai had pronounced her subject “Political Science” as “Prodikal Science which teaches about cooking” and had hogged headlines.Later, she too was arrested along with other topper students.
A five-member team of National Human Rights Commission reached Koraput district of Odisha on Monday to probe the alleged gang rape and suicide of a minor girl near Kunduli.The NHRC team, led by Deputy Superintendent of Police-rank officer Ravi Singh, will be in Odisha till February 9. On Monday, the team held discussions with Koraput Additional Superintendent of Police, District Child Protection Officer and officials of Human Rights Protection Cell of Odisha Police. It will visit Musaguda village in Kunduli on Tuesday to interact with the family members of the victim.On February 7, the team will visit SLNM Medical College and Hospital in Koraput where the victim had been admitted after the alleged gang rape. The NHRC officials will hold discussions with the doctors who examined, treated and counselled the victim. Speaking to media persons in Koraput, Mr. Singh said anyone who has any evidence or information about this incident can provide it to the team.The NHRC constituted this team for on-the-spot investigation following the petition filed by a social activist. The commission also directed the State authorities and the State HRPC Additional Director General to submit report about the alleged gang rape and suicide of the minor girl.The girl had allegedly committed suicide inside her house at Musaguda under Pottangi police station on January 22. On October 10, 2017, she had alleged that she had been gang-raped near Kunduli by four persons in combat attire, like security personnel. On November 7, the HRPC of Odisha Police had stated that as per the medical report the victim, she had not been raped.On November 8, the Odisha government ordered a judicial enquiry into the incident by a sitting district judge. A parallel enquiry by the State Crime Branch was also ordered.The culprits, however, are yet to be identified.
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte With its pride pricked the last time out, San Miguel Beer showed up with complete focus and willingness to play defense on Sunday night and re-establish itself as a yardstick for PBA Philippine Cup champions.The four-time defending champion broke away from Barangay Ginebra in the third quarter and thwarted a mighty finishing kick by the Gin Kings to prevail, 99-91, and get back on the winning track at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.ADVERTISEMENT Meanwhile, the PBA Press Corps will hold its 25th Annual Awards Night on Monday at Novotel Manila Araneta Center. A total of 13 awards will be handed out.Highlight of the presentation is the bestowing of the Virgilio “Baby” Dalupan Coach of the Year trophy to Magnolia coach Chito Victolero who led the Hotshots to the season-ending Governors’ Cup title.The scores:First GameNORTHPORT 95—Anthony 22, Tautuaa 18, Bolick 14, Pringle 11, Taha 9, Elorde 8, Arana 4, Guinto 3, Flores 2, Lanete 2, Grey 2, Gabayni 0, Sollano 0.NLEX 90—Erram 19, Quinahan 18, Galanza 11, Paniamogan 10, Magat 8, Tallo 7, Fonacier 5, Baguio 4, Ighalo 2, Alas 2, Soyud 2, Porter 2, Taulava 0, Rios 0.Quarters: 25-22; 48-46; 71-70; 95-90Second GameSAN MIGUEL 99—Standhardinger 26, Ross 22, Lassiter 16, Pessumal 13, Fajardo 10, Santos 6, Nabong 6, Tubid 0, Zamar 0.GINEBRA 91—Tenorio 24, Aguilar 20, Slaughter 11, Thompson 9, Devance 6, Teodoro 6, Dela Cruz 4, Ferrer 4, Caguioa 3, Mariano 2, Mercado 2. MOST READ Broner pins blame on planned Pac-May 2 “While the other teams were still sleeping, we were already having our training camp,” coach Pido Jarencio said in Filipino after his Batang Pier nailed the big shots at the crunch to rise to 2-0 and a share the lead with idle Phoenix.Austria credited his players’ willingness to play defense this time as they allowed just three players to score in twin digits for Ginebra, with LA Tenorio leading the way with 24.“I am so happy because we had some sleepless nights [after the Columbian loss],” Austria said. “I have been telling the players that there are no easy wins in this league.”Ross finished with 22, Marcio Lassiter chipped in 16.San Miguel also sat out the injured Terrence Romeo and got just 10 points from reigning five-time MVP June Mar Fajardo.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations “They showed that they have pride in them,” San Miguel coach Leo Austria said in Filipino when asked about the turnaround in form compared to Friday when they suffered a 118-124 loss at the hands of Columbian.Christian Standhardinger tallied 26 points and Chris Ross and Von Pessumal fired 12 and 10, respectively, in the third quarter breakaway that had the Beermen leading by as much as 23 that not even Ginebra’s vaunted never-say-die spirit could overhaul.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsSan Miguel caught Ginebra at 1-1.Earlier, NorthPort rolled to its best Philippine Cup start by bringing down NLEX, 95-90. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes View comments Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Quarters: 20-17; 44-35; 78-57; 99-91Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
The 26-year-old guard averaged 23.7 points. 5.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.3 steals in the Elite’s first three games to bag the first PBA Press Corps Player of the Week this conference.Parks had 20 points and eight rebounds in his PBA debut in Blackwater’s 94-91 overtime win over Meralco last May 19 before following it up with a 28-point night in a 108-107 victory over Barangay Ginebra in OT.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe 6-foot-4 Parks proved he’s the real deal after putting up another 20-point outing with 23 points that went with five rebounds and five assists in a 118-110 win over Columbian.It was a historic PBA start for Parks, who became the first rookie since Andy Seigle in 1997 to score at least 20 points in his first three games. LATEST STORIES View comments Arsenal faces Chelsea in Europa League final Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ray Parks. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Bobby Ray Parks Jr. made sure the rest of the league knew about his long-awaited arrival in the PBA.Parks’ PBA career hit the ground running and he showed why he’s the second overall pick in the 2018 draft after leading Blackwater to a 3-0 start in the 2019 Commissioner’s Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue The streak of 20 points or more by Parks in his first three games made him the first rookie in 22 years to achieve the feat or since top pick Andy Seigle did it with Mobiline in 1997 as per PBA chief statistician Fidel Mangonon III. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP
After 45 matches in the 2019 Cricket World Cup, 4 top teams will gear up for what should be two exciting semi-finals in Manchester on July 9 and Birmingham on July 11.India, Australia, England and New Zealand will vie for spots in the final to be played at Lord’s on July 14. These 4 teams, especially India and Australia, have been ruthless throughout the 2019 World Cup.England, World Cup 2019 hosts, have reached the World Cup semi-finals for the first time since 1992. Australia and New Zealand are in the World Cup semis for the 8th time while India will feature in their 7th World Cup semi-final.Australia have won the World Cup 5 times while India have lifted the trophy twice in 1983 and 2011. New Zealand and England are yet to win the World Cup. The line-up of World Cup 2019 semi-finals (India Today Photo)India have had a dream run in the World Cup despite problems in the middle-order. They lost Shikhar Dhawan after he suffered a fractured thumb against Australia but KL Rahul moved up the order to partner Rohit Sharma and the two have been formidable.Virat Kohli did not score any hundreds in the group stages but he led from the front. Rohit Sharma scored a record-shattering 5 hundreds and finished the league matches with 647 runs.Australia had lost only one game heading into their final group match against South Africa in Manchester. Riding on David Warner and Aaron Finch’s top form at the top, the Aussies dominated every team apart from India. Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma were too hot for Australia to handle.advertisementAustralia were the table-toppers for the better part of the tournament. The defending champions took on South Africa in the final group match of the 2019 World Cup and were in deep trouble chasing 326.South Africa beat Australia in a tense finish by 10 runs in Manchester on Saturday to keep the latter at 2nd spot in the points table.England, who finished 3rd in the points table, were stunned by Sri Lanka. England were one of the pre-tournament favourites but back-to-back defeats to Sri Lanka and Australia made them a nervous lot. However, resounding victories over India and New Zealand meant they made it to the semi-finals for the first time in 27 years.England will rely on their batting fire-power and ace pacers Mark Wood and Jofra Archer in the knockout stages.New Zealand were on fire for the most part of the World Cup but their batting frailties were exposed by Pakistan, Australia and England. 3 successive defeats gave the Black Caps a few sleepless nights but Pakistan needed an improbable win against Bangladesh to qualify for the semi-finals. That did not happen and New Zealand were through to the last-4.Here is how the World Cup semi-finals look like: India vs New Zealand at Manchester on July 9Australia vs England at Birmingham on July 11Also Read | World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul hundreds help India crush Sri LankaAlso Read | Happy Birthday MS Dhoni: India’s most successful captain turns 38
As Ireland stunned World Champions England on Day 1 of the ongoing One-off Test at Lord’s, there was a special fan among the crowds who witnessed the newcomers enjoy a fairytale opening day at the ‘Home of Cricket’.Just 10 days after England lifted the World Cup trophy and in their first ever Test encounter, Ireland brought down the hosts to their knees by bowling them out for a mere 85 runs in the 1st innings. On this occasion, a 100-year-old super fan of Ireland was seen cheering for her side.The official Twitter handle of Lord’s Cricket Ground, shared a video of the Geraldine Brown in which she was seen sharing her experience of the Test match.Geraldine Brown, celebrating her century, also happens to be Ireland’s Deputy Prime Minister Simon Coveney’s grandmother.?? Centurion!Lifelong fan Geraldine Brown watches @Irelandcricket’s first Test match at Lord’s at the age of 100.#LoveLords | #ENGvIRE pic.twitter.com/HHxXPV28AiLord’s Cricket Ground (@HomeOfCricket) July 24, 2019When asked how the day has been at Lord’s, Brown said, “Fantastic. I couldn’t believe it when Roy was out for 5.”Asked about Ireland’s probability of winning the 4-day Test match, the 100-year-old cricket fan said, “I think that would be asking a lot, it’s possible actually. Unlikely, but possible.”Now there’s a happy face! My grandmother is 100 this week, she’s a big Cricket fan and we have brought her to Lords to see the first ever Ireland/England Test. And what a start by ??@Irelandcricket? . pic.twitter.com/LcdIsAsOLJSimon Coveney (@simoncoveney) July 24, 2019advertisementEarlier, an 87-year-old Indian fan, Charulata Patel took the Internet by storm when she was seen blowing a horn while cheering for India in a World Cup 2019 game against Bangladesh at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground.At Lord’s, on Wednesday, an inspired bowling performance led by Ireland’s veteran fast bowler Tim Murtagh (5/13) consigned new World Champions England to the embarrassment of being bowled out for a mere 85 runs at Lord’s.Murtagh was well supported by his fellow pacers Mark Adair (3/32) and former England seamer Boyd Rankin (2/5) as England slumped to their shortest ever Test innings at home. It was also the first time England have been bowled out before lunch at Lord’s.Ireland, playing only their third test match, passed England’s total before tea thanks to a free-flowing partnership between Paul Stirling and Andy Balbirnie.Yet Kevin O’Brien hung around for 28 not out and Murtagh (16) clobbered some useful late runs as Ireland were all out for 207, a 122-run innings lead.Also Read | Lahore 2nd Asian city to house ICC accredited biomechanics labAlso Read | Sri Lanka target winning farewell for retiring Lasith Malinga
Governor-General, His Excellency, the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, has commended Jamaica’s diplomatic partners for their contribution to the country’s social and economic progress.He noted that the achievements “in the past year [have] not been accomplished by our national efforts alone, but by collaboration and partnerships from many of your countries, which complemented our own commitment and hard work”.“It is through your noble endeavours that together we have established and continue to build and fortify shared pathways to sustainable development,” he said.The Governor-General was addressing the annual Diplomatic Week Cocktail Reception and Dinner at King’s House on March 14.Their Excellencies, Governor-General, the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen (left) and Lady Allen, before the start of the annual Diplomatic Week Cocktail Reception and Dinner for resident and non-resident High Commissioners and Ambassadors to Jamaica, at King’s House on Thursday (March 14).Diplomatic Week, spearheaded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, was observed from March 12 to March 15.The Governor-General, in his address, said that the Week is a time to reflect on the commonalities that underpin Jamaica’s ties with other countries.He noted that Jamaica “is blessed to have a talented, robust, and vibrant diplomatic corps, and we are grateful. We work together in pursuit of mutually agreed foreign policy goals”.The Governor-General welcomed the new heads of missions, including non-resident heads, noting that the accreditation of the diplomats “reflects the level of high esteem and mutual respect that their countries enjoy with Jamaica”.He extended congratulations to the new Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium, His Excellency Guy Sevrin.Governor-General, His Excellency, the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen (right), greets Ambassador of Belgium and new Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, His Excellency Guy Sevrin. Occasion was the annual Diplomatic Week Cocktail Reception and Dinner for resident and non-resident High Commissioners and Ambassadors to Jamaica, at King’s house on Thursday (March 14).“I am confident, Ambassador, that the corps stands to benefit greatly from your leadership in the months ahead,” he said to Ambassador Sevrin.The Governor-General told the diplomats that they enjoy a “unique privilege and responsibility to serve their respective countries at the national and international levels, but more importantly, through collaborative processes where you can make a much more significant and positive difference globally”.
Halifax will host the 2012 U20 Canada-Russia Challenge, Aug. 13-14, at the Halifax Metro Centre. Hockey Canada today, May 11, announced Halifax as the host destination for the two exhibition games, which will commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Canada-Russia Summit Series. “The Canada-Russia Challenge is an exciting opportunity to celebrate sport and showcase Nova Scotia as a world-class destination,” said Percy Paris, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. “Major events, such as these, attract more visitors to the province and help build Nova Scotia’s $1.8-billion tourism industry.” The province will support the event with a $75,000 marketing partnership. Halifax Regional Municipality has committed $100,000 toward the event. “Citizens of Halifax Regional Municipality have made this a hockey town,” said Mayor Peter Kelly, “On behalf of council, I look forward to joining scores of excited hockey fans in welcoming this action-packed series that is sure to draw an enthusiastic crowd.” The teams will face off in Yaroslavl, Russia, for two of the series’ four games before travelling to Nova Scotia. The two-game event at the Halifax Metro Centre is expected to draw capacity crowds. Economic activity from the event is projected to be more than $2 million, $1.1 million of which will be new money to the Nova Scotia economy. The event also marks the 10th anniversary of Halifax hosting the 2003 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship. “In 2003, Halifax set records for a World Junior Hockey event, with more than 240,000 attendees and 4.1 million viewers for the gold medal game,” said Scott Ferguson, president and CEO of Trade Centre Limited. “Our community has a reputation as the perfect backdrop for events like these — our expertise and hospitality will create an unforgettable experience for fans, players, sponsors and organizers.” The event will be broadcast nationally by TSN/RDS, offering many opportunities to highlight Halifax and Nova Scotia as the official host destination. In addition to national broadcast exposure, the destination will be highlighted through in-venue promotion.
OTTAWA – Statistics Canada says manufacturing sales fell 0.6 per cent to $57.8 billion in April as sales in the transportation equipment and primary metal industries declined.The drop followed a 2.6 per cent increase in March.Economists had expected an increase of 0.4 per cent for April, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Sales were down in eight of 21 industries, representing 36.1 per cent of total Canadian manufacturing.READ MORE: Stats Canada reports key household debt ratio held steady in Q1Excluding transportation equipment, which fell 6.7 per cent, overall manufacturing sales rose 0.8 per cent.In volume terms, manufacturing sales were down 0.8 per cent.
Former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown, now United Nations’ Special Envoy for Global Education, is to present the UN Global Education First Initiative in a high-profile MIPTV conference session, scheduled for Wednesday 10 April in Cannes, France.The MIPTV session will be followed by a “Countdown for Global Education” VIP lunch, marking the start of the 1,000-day countdown to 2015, the deadline that the global community has set to have every child in school.Organized by Reed MIDEM, MIPTV will take place in Cannes from 8-11 April, 2013.As MIPTV celebrates its 50th anniversary, it is timely for the global content market to provide a platform for the international TV industry that demonstrates its potential to drive positive social change. The goal is that, through partnerships with the UN’s Global Education First Initiative, the whole TV ecosystem from around the world backs this campaign by aligning with the cause of education.“We urgently need to create a global movement which will put pressure on leaders to make education a priority and to ensure that they keep their promises,” said Gordon Brown. “We’re seeing the beginnings of that global community already, but the television industry has a huge part to play in reaching people in every corner of the world, and communicating these issues to them in an entertaining and accessible way.”“MIPTV is committed to support this exceptional cause, which will mobilize the entire international TV and online digital ecosystem to create a real impact that will contribute significantly to the global community,” commented Laurine Garaude, Director of Reed MIDEM’s Television Division.“MIPTV is an ideal venue and audience to host the UN global Education First Initiative. The UN partnership with the TV industry on education is a win-win proposition,” said Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information.Featuring a video introduction from the United Nations’ Secretary-General, Ban Ki -moon, the session will present a diverse line-up of speakers, all addressing television’s power to change. David Zaslav, President and CEO of Discovery Communications, the world’s leading non-fiction media company, will speak on the power of television to teach. Discovery, which is also marking its 50th anniversary this year, has recently given significant backing to the UN’s education initiative and other similar programmes.Social entrepreneur and former Microsoft executive John Wood, CEO and Founder, Room to Read, an organization promoting literacy and gender equality in developing countries, will tackle the power of television to inspire action.The power of television to catalyze a movement will be addressed by Robert Triefus, Chief Marketing Officer of luxury goods group Gucci, which has launched the “Chime for Change” global campaign focused on girls’ and women’s empowerment. Gucci is also sponsoring the “Countdown for Global Education” VIP lunch after the session, which will be moderated by Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information.The session’s audience will also hear from Ziauddin Yousafzai , the father of Malala Yousafzai. Malala is the Pakistani girl who became a figurehead for the right of girls to education when she was shot in the head last year by the Taliban for simply going to school. A long-standing campaigner for education, Ziauddin Yousafzai runs a network of schools in Pakistan and is an adviser of the UN Special Envoy Brown on girls’ education issues.Source:PR Newswire
Two joint opposition members were today given Ministerial posts in the Government.Manusha Nanayakkara was sworn in as the Deputy Minister of Foreign Employment while Lakshman Seniviratne was sworn in as State Minister of Science and Technology. Meanwhile UNP Parliamentarian Palitha Thewarapperuma also took oaths as a Deputy Minister today.He was sworn in as the Deputy Minister of Internal, Cultural and Vayamba Development. (Colombo Gazette)
A father and three others have been arrested by the Meegalawa Police for giving a child alcohol, the Police said today.The Police said that the father of the child was seen on a video circulating on social media giving liquor to the child. The man in the video and others with him seemed drunk at the time they were giving the child liquor. (Colombo Gazette)
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) holds a joint press conference with Mayor Denis Coderre of Montréal. UN Photo/Evan Schneider Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) meets with David Johnston, Governor-General of Canada, in Ottawa. UN Photo/Evan Schneider Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) meets with Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montréal, Canada. UN Photo/Evan Schneider ‹ › Turning to the issues of unemployment, climate change, armed conflict and humanitarian crises, Mr. Ban pointed to the four global responses on the part of the UN and its partners – namely, the Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris climate change agreement, the Security Council resolution on youth and the World Humanitarian Summit. Encouraging students to help turn those ideals into actions, Mr. Ban stressed the necessity of investing in youth, and working with them for a new future. “We have to put young people in influential positions,” he said, referencing his 2013 appointment of the first-ever Envoy on Youth at the UN, Ahmad Alhendawi, when he was 28 years old. Turning to sustainable development, the Secretary-General said that young people can hold their governments accountable and, as consumers, innovators and voters, can continue to lead on climate action. “You can invest in green solutions, invent new technologies, and elect leaders who are committed to climate action,” he stressed. “You can be the entrepreneurs who do more than fill jobs – because you create them.” Yesterday, Mr. Ban met with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, himself a McGill alumnus. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre left) meets with David Johnston (centre right), Governor-General of Canada, in Ottawa. UN Photo/Evan Schneider Speaking to political science, law and international students at an event on “Threats and Opportunities: The power of young people to shape a new future,” the UN chief stressed that young people are at the nexus of the world’s greatest hopes as well as worst problems. “You are not here at McGill just for yourselves, but for our common future,” Mr. Ban said. “I call on you to give back as a global citizen. Rise to the challenges of your generation,” he added. Noting that among the best advice he ever received was the essence of how to balance idealism and realism, the UN chief recalled that in the late 1950s, his middle school principal told him: “Keep your head above the clouds and your feet firmly planted on the ground – then advance step by step.” That has been his approach at the United Nations, he said, where the international community defends “high ideals against tough realities.” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses students at McGill University in Montréal, Canada. UN Photo/Evan Schneider
For his day job, James Curley, 36, is an assistant professor of psychology at Columbia University, working on the neuroendocrinological basis of social behavior. But in his downtime he tries to answer different kinds of mysteries: What was the first soccer game he ever went to? (He remembered the vague details, but not the specifics.) How often have his two favorite teams played each other over the last century? And is soccer really as dull as some people say?The answers to those questions were surprisingly difficult to find. But Curley used the same approach he uses in his academic career: data, lots and lots of data. By cobbling together game results from several different sources, he has compiled what is almost certainly the world’s biggest compendium of English football scores. Sitting on his GitHub page, devoid of any fanfare whatsoever, are the scores of nearly 200,000 English soccer games played in the top four leagues since 1888, the days of Jack the Ripper and Queen Victoria.1These games are from the English football “league” system. Currently, this encompasses the top four tiers of the English football pyramid, or 92 teams. These 14 megabytes can tell remarkable stories, dating back more than 125 years to the founding of the English football league.Take the most common final score, for example. In 188,060 league games,2For context, this is very similar to the total number of major league baseball games played since 1900. the final tally was most often 1-0, proof, for Curley, that soccer was as low-scoring as he suspected. This result has occurred in more than 30,000 games — 16 percent of the total. Other common scores: 2-1 (about 27,000 games), 2-0 (about 22,000) and 1-1 (about 22,000).In 85,694 games — dangerously close to half the total — at least one of the teams forgot to score at all. That led Curley to an answer for one of his questions: “Soccer is a bit dull,” he told me.Here is the distribution of home and away teams’ goal-scoring throughout history:Scores are likely to be low. In more than 85 percent of all games, neither team scored more than three goals.Those low scores help lead to thousands of draws — 47,412 since the foundation of the league system, to be exact. That’s more than a quarter of all games. And 7 percent of games overall have ended with no one scoring, and no one winning — there have been 13,475 nil-nil draws.In another testament to the sport’s “dullness,” draws have become more common over football’s long history. (Last season, 27 percent of games ended without a winner. ) This chart shows the prevalence of drawn games3Throughout, the year refers to the start of the season, e.g. 1950 refers to the 1950-1951 football season.:In 1890, just 12 percent of games were drawn, and in 1977, 626 games out of 2,028, or 31 percent, were draws. While this number is down slightly today, we’re near the historical high.That’s partly because of a decrease in scoring generally. As English soccer has wound its way through the decades, its scoring has withered. Here are the historical averages of goals scored per game, by league level: The average number of goals per game has at times wildly fluctuated, particularly with the sudden spikes and subsequent declines in the two postwar eras. In 1925, FIFA amended the offside rule. Prior to the change, three players had to be between an attacker and the goal when the ball was passed to him. The new rule changed this to two players (typically a defender and the goalkeeper), giving more leeway to attackers, and led to a dramatic, instant increase in scoring.The reasons for the other big shifts are less clear. Rule changes — the kinds of things that would usually explain variation in goals — are quite rare in soccer’s history.In 1958, substitutions were allowed for the first time, but only for an injured player. This roughly corresponds with the beginning of a steep decline in scoring in the 1960s. This could make for a plausible causal explanation: Perhaps playing with an injured player left teams extremely vulnerable on defense, leading to many goals. The addition of the substitute may have mitigated these effects.Other rules changes — the introduction of red and yellow cards in 1970, another tweak to the offside rule in 1990, banning goalkeepers’ handling of back-passes in 1992 — don’t seem to correlate with any major changes in scoring. In particular, the decline after 1930, and the rise after 1950, aren’t well explained. Some of these changes may be due to the evolution of football tactics, something that is laid out, for example, in Jonathan Wilson’s “Inverting the Pyramid.” In the early days, soccer featured a large number of forwards, but tactical changes led to a larger number of defensive and midfield players. The shifts in the game, and in the game theory of its tactics, may well have led to shifts in overall scoring.In 1981 there was a rule change of another type: To calculate standings, teams were given three points for a win and one point for a draw. Before 1981, only two points were awarded for a win. This change gave teams less incentive, generally, to settle for a draw. This could have led to more aggressive play, and more goals. However, the effect may not operate in just one direction. Once a team does score, that team has all the more incentive to shut the game down and hold out to win having scored just a goal. 1981 did indeed see a small jump in goals, and goal-scoring was elevated for a few years after.However, the change was not large and has not persisted. Goal-scoring seems to have reached something of an equilibrium in the past 30 years or so, corresponding with some of the lowest levels of scoring of the past 125 years.Curley’s reticent about how long his mammoth database took to put together. “I’m not sure I want to tell you, actually,” he joked, “Because then my wife would find out.”Curley is also quick to add that the data did exist elsewhere — although it’s typically scattered, proprietary, or hard to access. He assembled it from the webpages of the Rec.Sports.Soccer Statistics Foundation, from other compilers and GitHub users, from ESPN’s own database, and elsewhere, and made it freely available.“Because I believe in open access to data — I’m a strong advocate of that in science — I just generally have a view that if data is out there, and as long as it’s not owned by someone, then it’s good to have it out in the public,” he said. “I knew there were people who would enjoy it, so I thought, ‘Well, why not give it to them?’”Curley’s academic work and soccer work overlap. Much of his academic work, for example, is concerned with pairwise contest models — contests where two entities compete at a time — and social hierarchies. These issues are often tackled with formulae like the Elo system, which calculates soccer rankings. The parallel to his soccer hobby is obvious. Soccer games, after all, are pairwise contests.Other psychological concepts infused our discussion of soccer. Unlike most fans of English football, Curley roots for two teams. Aston Villa is nature — Curley’s father, and his father’s father, back 100 years, were season ticket-holders — York City is nurture. Conveniently, using the data set of his own creation, he can chart his two teams’ shared history, answering one of his questions. (“Fortunately, they’ve barely ever even crossed paths. So I’ve never had to choose.”)And like the academic he is, he’s performed a sort of peer review of other sources’ soccer data. Case in point, on Nov. 26, 1983, Doncaster Rovers played Chester to a 0-0 draw, in a fourth-tier match. This game is unknown even to ESPN’s database. But not to James Curley’s.“An appropriately completely dull game,” he said. And just one of 188,060.CORRECTION (Oct. 4, 5:30 p.m.): A footnote in an earlier version of this story misstated the number of teams in the top four tiers of the English football league system; there are 92 such teams, not 94.
…Oil giant ecstatic to be on board as primary sponsorExxonMobil’s Country Manager for Guyana Rod HensonThe Guyana Amazon Warriors team was received with much pomp and splendor on Friday as primary sponsor, ExxonMobil, took on the job of welcoming the team home.ExxonMobil is no stranger to the Hero Caribbean Premiere League (CPL), owing to the fact that the oil and gas giant has collaborated with the home franchise before. Nevertheless, the company is on board once again, taking up the position this time as primary sponsor. At the event hosted in the lobby of the Guyana Marriott, ExxonMobil’s Country Manager for Guyana Rod Henson began his remarks with a clear expression of joy at being the primary sponsor for such a power packed team. “ExxonMobil is very happy to sponsor and partner with the Guyana Amazon Warriors for CPL 2018, this is our second year actually supporting the team. Last year was fantastic and we look forward to greater things this year,” he stated.Rod Henson with some of the Warriors who arrived at the Guyana Marriott on FridayThe Country Manager went on to disclose that ExxonMobil jumped at the sponsorship opportunity not solely based on the Guyana Amazon Warrior’s excellent track record on the field but also for their habit of community service and interaction. “One of the reasons that ExxonMobil was very happy to partner with the Amazon Warriors is that they have a long standing excellent tradition of corporate citizenship. You guys have done over the years many, many things in terms of mentoring young men and women and motivation speaking and visiting schools and that’s fantastic.” Noting that he is anticipating the first game day, which is Thursday August 9, Henson spoke to the CPL’s tradition of coupling a jubilant party atmosphere with cricket. “There’s going to be music, food and excitement and we have a really solid team, I’ve already been talking to the team about our chances and I think it’s going to be a fantastic year,” Henson stated. Aside from the oil and Gas Company, The American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) has also thrown their support behind the home team. President of the organization Zulfikar Ali, noted that the Guyana Amazon Warriors is well put together and as such he has placed his confidence in the team. “I’m an avid cricket fan and I love this team we have here. It’s a very exciting team. I’ve done a lot of homework on you guys and I know you’ll lift the title this year,” Ali said.Operations Manager of the Guyana Amazon Warriors Omar KhanIn expressing his gratitude to the corporate sponsors, Operations Manager of the Guyana Amazon Warriors Omar Khan highlighted the importance of having support outside of the franchise owners. Khan explored all the aspects that cricket has taken on over the years, noting that the support is needed and greatly appreciated. “A lot of us feel like cricket is just going out on the field and play, but the cricketing world has transformed. As an industry we need to set up systems where we could sustain our level of participation and being ambassadors of our country. In order for us to do that we need corporate sponsors to come on board,” the Operations Manager disclosed.He then went on to highlight ExxonMobil’s contributions to the team, noting that they are entirely grateful, stating, “Last year we started our relationship with ExxonMobil and we’re very happy that they’ve come on board, they’ve supported us fully and they’ve been a great help to us the Guyana amazon warriors franchise.”The Guyana Amazon Warriors are 5 days away from opening their Hero CPL 2018 campaign against last year’s runner ups the St. Kitts And Nevis Patriots at the Providence National Stadium. They will later play the St. Lucia Stars on August 11 and the Barbados Tridents on August 12. After touring the Caribbean and Florida the team will return to the Providence Stadium to face off with the Jamaica Tallwahs on September 8 and the Trinbago Knight Riders on September 9.Guyana Amazon Warriors: Shoaib Malik (captain), Sohail Tanvir, Chadwick Walton, Chris Green, Rayad Emrit, Imran Tahir, Jason Mohammed, Luke Ronchi, Veerasammy Permaul, Roshan Primus, Shimron Hetmyer, Devendra Bishoo, Gajanand Singh, Sherfane Rutherford, Romario Shepherd, Keemo Paul, Saurabh Netravalkar and Akshaya Persaud. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCPL 2019: Oil giant ExxonMobil fuels Guyana Amazon WarriorsSeptember 3, 2019In “latest news”ExxonMobil expanding local workforce- Country ManagerJune 13, 2018In “Business”ExxonMobil says procedures in place to deal with an oil spill off Guyana’s shoresJuly 9, 2018In “Business”
Goražd ŠkofHBC NantesNicolas Claire ← Previous Story Amandine Leynaud joins ZRK Vardar! Next Story → Drammen HK gives up on Kjelling Slovenian goalkeeper Gorazd Skof (36) and French playmaker Nicolas Claire will be new reinforcement of HBC Nantes. EHF Cup team and the host of the historical – first EHF Cup F4 will sign contract with experienced Skof, who played in Celje PL, C.O Zagreb and last two years in Cimos Koper. He played with Slovenia at WCH 2013 in Spain.
Source: rebloggyThe NSA is laughing at your naked selfies, according to Edward Snowden. In an interview with The Guardian, Snowden revealed that NSA employees pass around, shall we say, intimate photos that are intercepted. “For example, an intimate nude photo of someone in a sexually compromising position. But they’re extremely attractive. So what do they do? They turn around in their chair and show their co-worker.” NIGHTMARE. [Ars Technica]A Greek lawyer is suing a store after the dress she purchased from there failed to elicit compliments. The Trikala-based lawyer spent €500 on the dress and took action after she was allegedly told it wasn’t sexy enough. She was reportedly given the opportunity to return the dress, but decided to go down the easier route of just suing them. YOLO. [Enikos] Source: rubberduckyjrgifs/TumblrAll the previous weird news for your enjoyment here > From princesses behaving badly to contraceptive ice-creams, we recap the week’s weirdest news. A man in Virginia claimed a kingdom in Africa, so his daughter could be a princess. Jeremiah Heaton trekked to Bir Tawil, a mountainous region between Egypt and Sudan that has been claimed by neither country due to land disputes. He planted a flag there designed by his children, so he could become king and, most importantly, his 7-year-old daughter could be a princess. Asked for comment, the princess replied: “It’s cool.” [Bristol Herald-Courier]Speaking of princesses, a Romanian princess has pleaded guilty to running a cockfighting ring in Oregon. Irina Walker, 61, is the daughter of Michael I, the former king of Romania. She admitted to staging ten cockfighting derbies in which roosters had knives attached to their legs and fought to the death. Very chill! She will be sentenced in October. [USA Today] Source: twistandturnaway/TumblrCondom-shaped ice-creams are all the rage with youngsters in China now, apparently. Photographer Jiang Zhenming snapped the condom-shaped ice-cream and said, “The design is low-taste and should never be on the market, especially to pupils.” He subsequently contacted the manufacturer who told him that he was just thinking too much. Don’t overthink it, man. [Rex]A court has ruled that a restaurant owner must share his £1 million lotto jackpot with his psychic waiter. When waiter Faith Ozcan had a dream that he won Euromillions with his boss, he estered him into buying a ticket for them. After they won, Hayati Kucukkoylu claimed to have paid for the ticket himself and refused to share the winnings. Though the judge described Ozcan as an “admited liar,” he awarded in his favour and ordered Kucukkoylu to pay him £500,000. [Daily Express]
Lyra Is a Handheld Gaming System Powered by a Raspberry PiRaspberry Pi Used to Steal 500 MB of NASA Data Stay on target My middle school celebrated Pi Day (not yet an officially observed celebration when I was 12) by wrapping the mathematical constant around the school walls as far as it could reach.We’ve come a long way from construction paper and tape: Rhett Allain, associate professor of physics at Southeastern Louisiana University, made “an artistic expression of pi” using his Raspberry Pi computer.“I wanted to somehow create something I can display in the hallway at school to share pi with students,” he wrote on Wired. “Then they too might find themselves addicted to the awesomeness of pi.”Rhett Allain (Wired)Allain’s DIY Pi Day project looks a lot like the science fair entries back at that middle school: a bunch of components hot-glue-gunned to a poster board. The placard features a 16-by-2 LCD character display (providing a real-time value of the estimate of pi) and a reset button (push to restart the random calculation).“Because I am a physics professor, I added three pages of info explaining pi, how to calculate pi, and all the strange places you can find pi,” Allain said. (He even provided a printable PDF.) “I also added a beeper that emits a small (and very annoying) beep every time the computer adds another point to the diagram.“I like the beeper because it draws attention to the poster as people pass it. I also really like the completely unnecessary LCD display because it looks cool,” he added.Pi, of course, is the ratio of the circumference to the diameter; the irrational number cannot be written as a fraction, and its famed 3.145926535897… the figure is just an approximation.Still, we’ve latched onto the sum, turning March 14 (3/14 in the month/day format) into an annual occasion, celebrated with pie (duh) and 𝛑. The date also happens to mark Albert Einstein’s birthday.
Donna Hamilton rides C-Tran’s number 4 route to the grocery store, doctor’s appointments and the bank.Hamilton climbs the bus steps slowly. She sits near the front of the bus, her small roller suitcase carefully positioned in front of her and a burgundy umbrella with masking tape on the handle set across her lap. The white-haired 71-year-old said she takes the bus to run errands a couple times a week. She’s not an exceedingly difficult target for would-be troublemakers, right?“I haven’t had problems with anyone,” Hamilton said. That was a sentiment shared by many of the riders on C-Tran’s most popular route Friday morning when The Columbian set out to talk to riders about an anonymous caller’s claim that assaults are common on the bus system. The 4 bus runs from the Westfield Vancouver mall through downtown to the Delta Park/VanPort Max station in Portland.A man who would only identify himself as Richard said he has ridden the 4 route to and from work for eight years. “About the only excitement is when someone’s talking loud on the phone,” he said.Statistics back the commuters’ observations.A Vancouver Police Department query returned only 23 incidents that featured “C-Tran” in an officer’s report in 2010. Of those calls, five were the result of C-Tran security reporting a banned subject attempting to board a bus, said Kim Kapp, a Vancouver Police Department spokeswoman.“That’s not very many,” Kapp said of C-Tran-related calls.A C-Tran spokesman said the security company contracted by the transit system capably handles most disturbances. “We do assign one security officer who rides that route all day long,” the spokesman, Scott Patterson, said of the Fourth Plain route. “If there are disputes arising between passengers or a fare dispute between a rider and the driver, they’re there to bring resolution.”