11 new govt colleges to start this academic year in Punjab

first_imgLudhiana, Mar 30 (PTI) Eleven new government colleges will be started in Punjab from this academic year while two professional colleges are being set up at Jalandhar and Patiala to lift the standard of education in the state.”Punjab government is committed to lifting the standard of higher education and that is why 11 new government colleges are being opened,” Higher Education, Water Supply and Sanitation Minister Surjit Singh Rakhra said today.These colleges would be opened at Pathankot, Ferozepur, Dharamkot, Sujanpur, Kishankot, Dhuri, Bahadarpur, Barnala, Phillaur, Nakodar and Moonak, he told mediapersons after attending annual functions at SCD Government College and Government College for Girls here.The two professional colleges would be started from the next academic year, Rakhra said, adding construction of buildings for Sports College Jalandhar and Aeronautical College Patiala will be completed soon.On recruitment of teachers in government colleges, Rakhra said the Punjab and Haryana High Court has stayed the process and new recruitment would be made once the stay has been vacated. PTI VJ NSD SK NSDlast_img read more

BWF World Championships 2018: PV Sindhu overcomes Okuhara to reach semis

first_imgPV Sindhu guaranteed India a medal at the BWF World Championships 2018 as she beat defending champion Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in straight games in the quarter-final at Nanjing, China on Friday.It was a 58-minute riveting battle between the two former world No.2s but Sindhu came out victorious 21-17, 21-19 to enter the semi-finals of the World Championships.By virtue of the win, Sindhu levelled with Okuhara 6-6 in their head-to head record, which has gone into a state of pendulum considering the way these two trump each other alternatively.Sindhu had lost to Okuhara in a classic one hour 50 minutes final of 2017 Badminton World Championships and then she had lost to her recently in the Thailand Open 2018 final but on Friday, Sindhu took control of the match from the word go and kept throwing variety of strokes at Okuhara to challenge her and eventually get the victory.HIGHLIGHTS OF SINDHU AND PRANEETH MATCHEarlier in the day, Saina Nehwal, Ashwini Ponnappa-Satwiksairaj Rankiredddy and B Sai Praneeth all lost their respective matches and therefore, Sindhu is the only one who will bring a medal home.While Saina and Praneeth were completely dismantled by Carolina Marin and Kento Momota in women’s singles and men’s singles quarter-finals, respectively, Ashwini and Satwik fought hard but lost to first seed Chinese pair of Zheng Siwei and Huang Yaqiong.Sindhu has now buried the hatchet with the victory over Okuhara but faces a tough task on Saturday against Akane Yamaguchi in the semi-final. Sindhu is up against Akane Yamaguchi, yet another Japanese, yet another person who she lost a final to. Yamaguchi defeated Sindhu in the final of Dubai Superseries Finals last year and Sindhu will have to cross another big hurdle to reach her second straight final of the tournament.advertisementAgainst Okuhara though, Sindhu’s variety of strokes made the difference. Sindhu’s ability to take Okuhara around, get her stranded on the court won her the match.Those steep smashes, angled strokes, flat smashes, half-smashes, strokes to the deep court of Okuhara’s — Sindhu showed her complete arsenal of shots today.Super Sindhu!A stellar performance by @Pvsindhu1 as she beats Nozomi Okuhara to seal a place in the semifinals of #BWFWC2018. pic.twitter.com/GqLKVuAuWlPBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) August 3, 2018Okuhara began the match on a high note taking a 6-2 lead over Sindhu but the Indian smashed her way back into the match and levelled the score at 8-8.From thereon, Sindhu had the chance to take a big lead to break in the first game but a couple of errors meant she had a slender lead of 11-10 at the break.In fact by the time the break arrived, Sindhu had even lost both her challenges.After the break, Sindhu began to dominate the match as she was able to take Okuhara around, create tough angles for her and then finished it off with good angled strokes.Sindhu had two potent weapons against Okuhara on the day — steep down the line smashes and a flat push to Okuhara’s deep corner from the net. That helped the Indian take the first game 21-17.The second game starting in a similar manner with Okuhara taking a 5-0 lead over Sindhu. Sindhu started to make errors, giving some easy points to the Japanese.However, as Okuhara was poised to take a huge lead at break, Sindhu fought back brilliantly to eventually trail 8-11 at the break.Post the break, Sindhu mixed up her shots extremely well and got her attack well inside the court and took three straight points to level it 11-11.From there, both Sindhu and Okuhara literally alternated points with none giving each other any genuine space to work with.With the scoreline reading 19-19, Sindhu once again managed to get Okuhara to all corners of the court and kept varying the pace of the rally to get Okuhara wrong-footed.Eventually, Sindhu succeeded and with two straight points took the second game 21-19 and won the match.Just before Sindhu’s match, B Sai Praneeth lost to Kento Momota of Japan 12-21, 12-21 in the quarter-final to crash out of the tournament. Unseeded Praneeth was always going to have a massive task against seventh seed Momota and it proved exactly that. Even though Praneeth showed flashes of brilliance during the match, Momota was just too good for him.last_img read more

Pune Challenger: Prajnesh ends runners-up in singles, Ramkumar-Vijay win doubles title

first_imgPrajnesh Gunneswaran’s bid to win back-to-back Challenger titles was foiled by Elias Ymer as the Swede won the KPIT-MSLTA Challenger, beating the Indian in straight sets in the final on Saturday.This was the second runner-up finish for the 29-year-old after the 2016 edition of the tournament. With 48 points in his tally, Prajnesh, who is in the form of his life, will now move to his career-best singles rank of 104.Playing his second final after winning the Bengaluru open last week, Prajnesh lost 2-6, 5-7 to the third seeded Swede, who added craft to power to deny the Indian his third title of the season. Ymer, who had a 5-0 record coming into this final, maintained the clean state with a commanding win.He served aces, a total of 12, at crucial points, at many times when it was 30-30 or 40-30. It made a huge difference to the outcome of the game as he saved all four break points in the one-hour-27-minute match.Long rallies were order of the day and immense strength and stamina was required to prevail. Nevertheless, Prajnesh has underlined his growth by beating players to whom he had lost in the past on way to the two finals.Also read – No more marathons: Wimbledon changes rules regarding final set”May be I need to get stronger to last in such long rallies but I could have played better. I need to get quicker and hit heavy so that I can take away two steps away from him so that he does not return everything,” said Prajnesh after the match.advertisement”He deserved to win, he played better than me throughout. I had my chance but he made extra balls. I was 9-0 (matches) coming into this match and is definitely tired now,” he said.Prajnesh will now try to win a main draw entry into the Australian Open by winning the Asia-Pacific play-off in Zhuhai.RAMKUMAR-VIJAY WIN DOUBLES TITLE Ramkumar Ramanathan put up a brilliant performance with Vijay Sundar Prashanth to win Pune Challengers doubles title. (@KPITChallenger Photo)Meanwhile, Ramkumar Ramanathan stood out with individual brilliance to capture his maiden doubles title on the ATP Challenger circuit, clinching the KPIT-MSLTA doubles trophy with compatriot Vijay Sundar Prashanth earlier in the day.A fired-up Ramkumar played solid from the baseline and brought in a lot of energy as the unseeded Indian pair edged past the third seeded Taipei pair of Tsung-Hua Yang and Cheng-Peng Hsieh 7-6(3), 6-7(5), 10-7 in a pulsating final.READ – Australian Open semi-finalist Hyeon Chung to play Tata Open MaharashtraRamkumar literally carried the match on his shoulders with his partner slightly off colour today.Ramkumar had three runner-up finishes before on the Challenger circuit with different partners.For Vijay, it is his second title, having won his first trophy with compatriot Saketh Myneni last year in October at Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.Ramkumar and Vijay had lost to the same Taipei pair in the opening round of the Kaohsiung Challenger in September this year.It is the third time that an Indian pair has won the doubles title in five editions at the Pune Challenger.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

2019 is Akshay Kumar’s year. Move over Khans

first_img2019 is here, and by the looks of it, Akshay Kumar owns it. It is going to be a highly eventful year for the actor, as he has five films to look forward to. This year, he will be seen in Kesari, Mission Mangal, Good News, Housefull 4 and Sooryavanshi. What’s more interesting is that each of the five films belong to different genres, and will be quite a variety for the audience. What remains to be seen is how much revenue these films bring in.KESARIKesari is based on the famous battle of Saragarhi. Akshay plays Havildar Ishar Singh who led the Sikh Regiment against Afghan tribesmen in a battle in 1897 that took place at Saragarhi. The film stars Parineeti Chopra and has been directed by Anurag Singh. It will hit the screens on March 22.MISSION MANGALThe film tells the story of India’s first Mars Mission. It stars Sonakshi Sinha, Vidya Balan, Sharman Joshi and Taapsee Pannu. It will hit the screens on August 15. The cast of Mission MangalGOOD NEWSAkshay Kumar will be paired opposite Kareena Kapoor Khan in the film. They play a married couple, who are trying for a baby. The film will hit the screens on July 19.advertisementHousefull 4This is the fourth film in the enormously successful Housefull franchise. It will hit the screens on October 26.Sooryavanshi Directed by Rohit Shetty, Sooryavanshi is touted to be a cop drama. It will go on floors this year.2018 was a golden year for Akshay, as around Rs 600 crore poured in from just three releases, 2.0 (Rs 400 crore), Gold (Rs 105 crore) and Pad Man (Rs 82 crore). One was a sci-fi drama, the other was a sports drama and the last one was a social commentary. Clearly, Akshay is quite a versatile actor and can slip into any roles and characters that is demanded of him.While Akshay soared in 2018, the big Khans had a rather unlucky year. Salman Khan’s Race 3, Shah Rukh Khan’s Zero and Aamir Khan’s Thugs of Hindostan all bombed at the box office and were panned by critics, as well as the audience. They could barely rake in over Rs 150 crore.Films that were made on a smaller budget raced ahead and content was appreciated over star power. In 2019, Salman will be seen in Bharat and SRK will start work on Rakesh Sharma biopic.ALSO SEE: Simmba leaked online. Not TamilRockers, Akshay Kumar fans to blame this timeALSO WATCH: Akshay Kumar is the real ‘Khiladi’ of Bollywoodlast_img read more

Government Introduces New Business Designation

first_imgNew and existing social enterprises now have the choice to apply for designation as a Community Interest Company. Effective today, June 15, legislation and regulations allow businesses formed under the Companies Act to be designated as a Community Interest Company. These companies will have characteristics of both businesses and non-profits, combining entrepreneurship with a social purpose. Social enterprises use business practices to advance health, social, environmental, cultural or other community goals. Examples include farmers’ markets, used clothing banks, community-owned wind farms and businesses run by charitable organizations or employing a marginalized or disenfranchised group. They often have a buy local focus and are gaining momentum worldwide as people seek to create and support businesses that contribute to the common good. “Community interest companies will help social enterprises build even more social, cultural and environmental value in small and large communities in every corner of Nova Scotia,” said David Upton of Common Good Solutions Inc., Halifax. “The implementation of this legislation indicates a strong government commitment to building an economy that creates real companies and jobs to meet the real needs of all Nova Scotia citizens.” The legislation and regulations give social enterprises the opportunity to be designated, something they can promote to build more consumer support and grow their business. “Social enterprises contribute to our economy and give back to communities across Nova Scotia,” said Mark Furey, Minister of Service Nova Scotia. “This will in turn help foster a competitive business climate in Nova Scotia, grow our social enterprise sector and diversify our economy. “Young entrepreneurs are increasingly drawn to the social enterprise model. By preparing more youth to be social entrepreneurs, we can leverage their creativity to drive social innovation, resulting in greater youth engagement and retention.” As a part of the application for the new designation, a company will be required to declare its community purpose and provide a community interest plan on which it will be required to report annually. A Community Interest Company will be restricted in the amount of dividends it may declare and will also be required to make its financial statements public. The government and the ONE Nova Scotia coalition see a growing role for social enterprises in the future of Nova Scotia’s economy. Supporting social enterprises is a priority as they create job opportunities and support economic growth while providing social benefits. The Department of Business is working with stakeholders to develop a strategy for the social enterprise sector. “Social enterprise models reflect an understanding that many of the social and economic problems facing individuals and families today can best be addressed first at a community level,” said Jacquelyn Scott, professor, Shannon School of Business, Cape Breton University. “Nova Scotia, along with British Columbia, is leading Canada in providing encouragement for the formation of community interest companies.”last_img read more

BC officer who killed man sues watchdog alleges investigation too long

first_imgVANCOUVER – An RCMP officer who killed a man during a confrontation in British Columbia has launched a lawsuit against the provincial police watchdog alleging the investigation that cleared him of any wrongdoing after the shooting took too long.Corp. Brian Burke says in a statement of claim that the Independent Investigations Office took on the case a day after he shot Peter De Groot in a cabin near Slocan in October 2014.The statement, filed in B.C. Supreme Court on Aug. 31, says it took 3 1/2 years for the office to issue the decision that Burke acted lawfully and was justified in using deadly force.When the investigations office issued its report in March, it acknowledged that the probe took an “unfortunate” length of time.The lawsuit asserts that the delay was because the office failed to use properly trained experts and didn’t gather all the relevant evidence.None of the allegations in the statement of claim have been proven in court and a statement of defence hasn’t been filed.The office’s chief civilian director, Ron MacDonald, wouldn’t comment on the lawsuit Thursday, saying he wanted to respect the court process.“The IIO’s response to the allegations will be made within the context of our pleadings, but I don’t think ethically it would be appropriate for me to talk about them outside the court,” he said.RCMP deputy commissioner Brenda Butterworth-Carr said after the report was release that the delay compounded the trauma and was unacceptable for De Groot’s family, the officers involved and the community.Burke’s statement of claim says he was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder in 2010, but at the time of the shooting he was healthy.His PTSD symptoms returned after the shooting, the lawsuit says.“As a result of the chronic stress caused by the lengthy investigation, Burke went off work due to a disability in April 2017,” the lawsuit says. “Burke remains off work and is unable to work due to disability.”MacDonald said the reasons for the delay were set out in the report released in March.“The fact that the original pathology report suggested that the affected person was shot in the back, which then led the IIO to other investigations,” he said, adding that more information was eventually received that made it clear no officer had committed an offence.The report says the initial evidence that De Groot had been shot in the back was later countered by analysis from pathologists.Burke’s lawsuit asks for damages and calls on the court to determine that the investigations office was negligent.“The losses Burke suffered are reasonably foreseeable consequences of the IIO’s negligent investigation, or in the alternative, negligence,” the statement alleges.last_img read more

Gehlot says govt revised proposal unilaterally without justification

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi Transport Department on Tuesday accused the Centre of revising the component-wise cost for the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) Phase-IV project without assigning any “reason or justification”.In a statement, Transport Minister Kailash Gehlot’s Office said: “The component-wise cost has been revised by the Government of India unilaterally without assigning any reasons or justification. The equity component of the Delhi Government has been increased from 8.08 per cent to 16.36 per cent.” Accusing the Centre of increasing the project cost from 20.77 per cent to 31.44 per cent, the statement said that these kinds of unilateral changes by the government without taking the Delhi Government into confidence are not ‘comprehensible’. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderIt also raised concerns over the approval of only three Corridors out of the six approved by the Delhi Cabinet. “The Delhi Government had approved all the six Corridors proposed by the Delhi Metro in Phase-IV vide Cabinet Decision dated on the 19 December. However, the Government of India thereafter on March 9 approved only three Corridors out of the six approved by the Delhi Cabinet,” the statement read. “Inspite of serious reservations on some critical issues, the Delhi government has released Rs 200 Crore to the DMRC on 26 March, 2019 for meeting the cost of DMRTS Phase-IV Project for the year 2018-19,” stated by Gehlot. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsAfter the revision, the entire amount towards land acquisition was apportioned to the Delhi Government whereas in the earlier three phases it was apportioned between Government of India and the Delhi government equally. Expressing dismay over the Centre not communicating the revisions to the Delhi Government, it claimed that Centre unilaterally made changes to the proposal. “The unilateral changes are not only against the federal system of Government but also substantially increased the financial burden on the Delhi government,” it read. On March 8, the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi had approved three of the six corridors proposed under Phase-IV of the Delhi Metro. The three corridors comprise of Aerocity to Tughlakabad (15 stations), RK Ashram to Janakpuri West (25 stations) and Maujpur to Mukundpur (six stations). The three corridors consist of both underground (22.359 km) and elevated (39.320 km) sections.The project comprises three priority corridors with a total length of 61.679 kms. Out of the total length, 22.359 kms will be built underground and 39.320 km will be constructed as an elevated section. “These corridors will consist of 46 stations, of which 17 stations will be underground and the rest 29 stations will be constructed as elevated sections,” the Centre had said in a statement.The total completion cost of three metro corridors will be Rs 24,948.65 crore.last_img read more

ArabAmerican Summit Morocco Reiterates Support to Saudi Arabia

Rabat – The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Nasser Bourita, stressed the importance of strong relations between the countries of the Arab-Islamic world and the United States of America to face the challenges which weigh heavily on the region, Sunday in Riyadh.In a statement carried by Maghreb Arab Press (MAP), coinciding with the Arab-Islamic-American Summit, Mr Bourita highlighted the importance of the inauguration of a new era in relations between the Arab-Islamic world and the United States, given the challenges facing the region, including the terrorist threat and the interventionism of certain states in the internal affairs of Muslim countries.Efforts to consolidate relations between the Arab-Islamic world and the United States show that “we are all in the same trenches facing the threats that target Muslim countries and affect the image of Islam as a religion Tolerance and the right environment, “said Bourita, who led the Moroccan delegation’s participation in the Riyadh Summit. His Majesty, King Mohammed VI, supported the initiative of the Servant of the Holy Places for the strengthening of Arab-Islamic solidarity. He stressed the importance and timeliness of this initiative amid a climate of destabilization and the crises in certain Arab countries.Mr. Bourita reiterated the support of Morocco for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and all Arab-Muslim countries in their initiatives aimed at strengthening solidarity between the countries of the Arab-Islamic world and the preservation of the interests of their peoples.The Arab-Islamic-American Summit kicked off Sunday in Riyadh, with the participation of US President Donald Trump and an audience of Arab and Islamic leaders.The aim of this conclave is to examine ways to build secure partnerships for an efficient fight against terrorism and extremism around the world. read more

Students transform junk into award winner

Norfolk students returned from the Motorama car show with three awards to showcase their hard work.The Motorama Show was held at Toronto’s International Centre in early March. The show featured almost 400 custom cars, hot rods, street tuners, and race cars.Simcoe Composite School and Delhi District Secondary School worked together over three years and many classes to restore a truck they were able to enter into the show alongside some of Canada’s best.“We’ve taken our students to Motorama for multiple years, just because it’s a great show,” said Terry Oosting, a Simcoe teacher. This was the first year the students have been able to see a vehicle they have worked on at the show.The truck had the mechanical work done in Simcoe, the organizing and woodwork done in Delhi, and the body work done by Flat-Out Automotive in Jarvis.The titles awarded to the truck at Motorama were Best in Class – Restored/Original 45-57, Best First Time Shown Antique and BASF Best Paint Antique/Restore.“Working on cars that come into the garage that will never go on the road again isn’t exciting for the kids. Our goal is to have them see something transform from a piece of junk to a show car,” said Harvey Van Der Meer, the Delhi teacher involved in this project.The goal is to keep the students doing as much hands-on work as possible, and to keep them excited about the end result.The application process to get the truck into the event included sending photos to the Motorama planners, meeting their standards, and being approved.“We told them about what we were doing here in the schools, and they were excited about it so they asked us to come to the show,” Van Der Meer explained.The awards totaled together for a $150 prize, which was put towards paying for the investment of the truck.astaylor@postmedia.com read more

Assembly President hails vote on Human Rights Council as marker of UN

Speaking to reporters after the Assembly voted by 170 to 4 for the Council, a visibly relieved Mr. Eliasson said that “above all human rights goes to the heart of the United Nations,” and thanked Member States for “lifting themselves from the national perspective to the international.”Calling human rights “the soul of the United Nations,” he said it was a key pillar along with peace and development. “Today we strengthened that third pillar,” he said.“I would hope that the fact that we could come to this decision, even if it was not a decision without a vote, is a sign that this General Assembly can take decisions and can accept responsibility,” he added.The resolution was adopted by a vote of 170 in favour with 4 against – the United States, Israel, the Marshall Islands and Palau – with Venezuela, Iran and Belarus abstaining.Addressing the Assembly after voting against the resolution, United States Ambassador John Bolton said the Secretary-General had established “ambitious but appropriate goals” to reform the Commission on Human Rights, but he said that the current text was not sufficiently improved.However Ambassador Bolton pledged that his country “will work cooperatively with other Member States to make the Council as strong and effective as it can be,” adding: “We remain committed to support the UN’s historic mission to promote and protect the basic human rights of all the world’s citizens.”Acknowledging the US reservations, Mr. Eliasson nevertheless said that he saw “much goodwill” from the US voiced strong hope that Washington would be on board.“I was assured that the United States will work with the Council, seek to support it when it can, and to strengthen it and certainly not do anything to harm it. This was also stated publicly,” he said.In opening remarks to the Assembly before the vote, Mr. Eliasson, who led the often contentious negotiations on the Council, highlighted several elements that would make it a “significant improvement” over the much-maligned Commission.In particular, he noted the Council’s higher status as a subsidiary body of the General Assembly, its increased number of meetings throughout the year, equitable geographical representation and also the voting rights associated with membership.The new Council will have 47 members. The first elections are planned for 9 May and the first session will take place on 19 June, according to the resolution. read more

UN Sahel Envoy consults with Mauritanian leaders on Mali terrorism environment

The Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Sahel, Romano Prodi, and the Special Representative for West Africa, Said Djinnit, met with Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz in the country’s capital, Nouakchott, UN spokesperson Eduardo Del Buey told reporters in New York.This followed yesterday’s meeting with the country’s Foreign Minister as part of an effort to develop a UN Integrated Regional Strategy for the Sahel. In addition to the insurgency and political instability in Mali, the Sahel region – which stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea – suffers from extreme poverty, with human development levels among the lowest in the world, porous borders that present security challenges, as well as significant human rights problems. In September, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Mr. Prodi, who was formerly Prime Minister of Italy, as his Special Envoy for the region and tasked him with shaping and mobilizing an effective UN and international response to the multiple crises. Following his meetings in Mauritania, Mr. Prodi and Mr. Djinnit went on to Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, to meet with that country’s President and to consult with representatives of civil society. Yesterday, the two envoys met in Dakar with the President of Senegal who is currently the head of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD). read more

Afghanistan UN condemns blasts that leave 8 dead at cricket stadium

UN Photo/Fardin WaeziUnited Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of UNAMA, Tadamichi Yamamoto, addresses reporters at a press conference in Kabul, Afghanistan. (file)“At a time when Afghans are looking toward much-needed peace, we must not allow such attacks to deter our collective resolve to make progress on ending the conflict,” said Mr. Yamamoto, who is also head of UNAMA. “The United Nations stands with Afghans in solidarity and remains committed to an Afghan-led peace process that will end the war and enable Afghanistan to allocate more resources to protect all citizens from such atrocities.”Mr. Guterres and Mr. Yamamoto expressed their condolences to the loved ones of those killed in the attack and wished a full and speedy recovery to those injured. UN Secretary-General António Guterres “condemns yesterday’s attack,” his Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq said in a statement issued on Saturday, which also stated “attacks targeting civilians are grave violations of human rights and international humanitarian law and can never be justified.”“The United Nations maintains that all parties to the conflict must at all times uphold their obligations to protect civilians from harm,” Mr. Haq added.The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said that four explosives were detonated, targeting those gathered, after evening prayers, to watch a local match at the venue in Jalalabad.“I am outraged by this attack that used four bombs carefully calculated to kill and maim civilians watching a cricket match,” said Tadamichi Yamamoto, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan. “This cold and brutal act can have no justification whatsoever; those responsible must be held accountable.”UNAMA said two of the explosives were detonated inside the stadium, and the other two outside, apparently timed to target those fleeing the first blasts. The explosions left scores dead, with many of the injured now in critical condition. According to media reports, no one has claimed responsibility for the attacks, and the Taliban militant group has denied any involvement. Afghanistan has been in protracted conflict for nearly four decades. Armed conflict in Afghanistan killed 763 civilians and injured 1,495 in the first three months of this year. The 2,258 civilian casualties, documented by UNAMA, included 511 deaths and 989 injuries caused by anti-Government groups, including the Taliban and the Islamic State (IS), also known as Da’esh. read more

Dominant much of the year the Bears defence displays flaws

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — There are signs the Chicago Bears’ defence is leaking, and it couldn’t come at a worse time.Whether it was stopping the run in the second half or giving up big plays in the passing game, the defence wasn’t as dominant as in other games during Sunday’s 30-27 loss in overtime to the New York Giants.Coach Matt Nagy thinks of it as an anomaly, but it’s an issue the Bears must fix fast with the powerful Los Angeles Rams coming to Chicago on Sunday night.“No, it’s not a concern,” Nagy said Monday at Halas Hall. “We have a lot of confidence. Our guys have tons of belief in our system; I’m talking defensively, too. They have tons of belief in our system.”The system and players put the Bears (8-4) in the top five among defences much of the season, but in Sunday’s second half the Giants averaged 4.5 yards a run. Saquon Barkley finished with 125 yards, the most the Bears have given up to a running back this season.“I thought for the most part overall we did a good job shutting down the run, except for a couple big plays,” Nagy said. “And those ‘except for a couple big plays’ can get you.”The most important play might have been Barkley’s 22-yard run to set up a field goal before halftime, swinging momentum.“Well, he is a good runner and you know he made some nice moves, he ran all over the field,” Nagy said. “I felt like our guys know. Our guys are going to go back and watch the tape and say, ‘Man we could have been better there. We could have made some tackles and at least cut it to a 7- or 8-yard gain, right, not a 22-yard gain.’”The Bears’ defence also struggled in the second half to stop Detroit’s rushing attack in the previous game, allowing 15 carries and 85 yards in a 23-16 victory.“Just a little leakage,” Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan said following Sunday’s loss. “Nothing we can’t fix. Just a little leakage.“We’ve just got to make the plays when they come our way. We knew what type of offence we were facing, we’ve just got to make our plays. Our defence is way better than the way we were. We know it.”The Bears have more to worry about than their run defence going up against the Rams. Their chief concern the past few weeks has been the injured throwing shoulder of starting quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.Nagy said after Sunday’s loss that Trubisky remains day to day, and has improved since he started throwing Friday in practice. He wouldn’t commit Trubisky’s return this week after two missed games.“I can’t say that for sure,” Nagy said. “I hope he, is but I feel like the last several days, as I told you (Sunday) was, he’s getting better and he’s feeling better.“And so I think it’s only fair for today, tomorrow and the next couple of days to go by that we just keep seeing him throw and see how he feels, and then he tells us.”Nagy was encouraged by one improvement on offence: a better rushing attack. After going over 100 yards only once in the previous four games, the Bears ran for 118 yards against the Giants, including 76 by Jordan Howard.However, Howard had only three second-half carries.“Well, the second half, they had a little plan for him,” Nagy said. And so, I would’ve loved to be able to call more runs, but they did a pretty good job getting into our backfield and stopping the run.“And then before you know it, we got behind and in overtime we started off with a run and had a nice little run there for six or seven yards. But it’s hard when it’s second-and-14 after a run call on first-and-10.”___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLGene Chamberlain, The Associated Press read more

Dont Give Up On Ben Roethlisberger Just Yet

Jim Kelly1995BUF85.87.567.86.387.07.1 Struggling 35-year-olds mostly rebounded nicelyQuarterbacks who posted subpar numbers in their first five games during their age-35 season and how they fared in rest of that year, 1978-2017 Jim Hart1979STL70.66.949.05.759.06.0 The Steelers may be 3-2, but the mood in Pittsburgh is dour. Ben Roethlisberger is coming off a five-interception fiasco against the Jacksonville Jaguars, the latest and worst in a run of lukewarm performances this season. Plenty in Steeler nation are beginning to question whether the 35-year-old Roethlisberger has hit the wall. One of those people is the actual Ben Roethlisberger.The numbers are definitely not pretty, especially when compared to his career averages. That interception festival he hosted in Week 5 torched his passer rating, which has sunk to 75.8 and is way below his 94.1 career rating entering the season. More alarming than the spate of picks is that Roethlisberger’s yards per attempt, which for his career prior to this year stood at a near all-time-best 7.9, is a career-low 6.5 so far this season.But a closer look at the numbers shows there’s good reason to believe that this bad stretch is just that: a bad stretch. Here are the key reasons Steelers fans should still have hope — regardless of what Roethlisberger himself is saying or thinking.History is on his sideWe identified several quarterbacks who struggled in the first five games of their age-35 seasons when compared to what they did through age 34.1We looked at quarterbacks going back to 1978 to make sure all of them had played in the merged NFL for a decent amount of time. To qualify for the list, each quarterback needed to have a minimum of 125 pass attempts through five games. In almost every case, these QBs bounced back to something much closer to their established levels. To be sure, there’s some selection bias at play here — most of these quarterbacks are generally excellent, because erratic and unreliable passers do not usually last in the NFL until they are 35. Ben Roethlisberger2017PIT94.17.975.86.5 Drew Brees2014NOR95.37.591.87.299.67.7 CAREERGAMES 1-5GAMES 6-16 *Through age-34 season.Minimum 125 passes in first five games, with a QB rating worse than career numbers prior to that season.Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com Trent Green2005KAN87.97.780.56.994.38.3 PLAYERYEARTMRATING*YPA*RATINGYPARATINGYPA Dan Fouts1986SD81.87.855.46.384.07.7 Matt Hasselbeck2010SEA83.36.974.86.472.37.0 Brett Favre2004GNB86.97.186.07.195.47.8 Ken Anderson1984CIN82.07.368.07.796.17.6 Among the passers on this list, the average QB rating improved from 71.2 in the first five games to 86.0 for the remainder of the season. Their yards per attempt also rebounded, from a pedestrian 6.7 to a solid 7.4, on average. If Roethlisberger improves at the same rate, his passer rating for the rest of the year would be 88.4 and his yards per attempt would bounce up to 7.2. But Hall of Famers Dan Fouts and Jim Kelly beat those averages, so it’s certainly possible that Roethlisberger could outperform them as well.Roethlisberger is still doing Roethlisberger thingsWhile the box scores have been ugly, many of Roethlisberger’s underlying numbers have been typical for his career. His accuracy hasn’t declined significantly: Only 17.5 percent of his throws have been off target, which is only a shade worse than the 16.9 percent rate he posted in the regular season from 2014 to 2016. And on deep passes,2More than 10 yards. Roethlisberger has actually been a hair more accurate, 28.2 percent of his throws have been off target this year compared to 28.3 percent in the past three years.You would think that as Roethlisberger ages, he would start to lose his trademark ability to move outside the pocket on broken plays and find something down the field. But in a limited sample so far this year, he has still been effective when chased from the pocket — he has posted a 101.2 passer rating on just nine dropbacks in these situations this year compared with 124.2 on 93 dropbacks in the prior three seasons.One logical explanation for Roethlisberger’s poor start would be that something was amiss with his offensive line. Perhaps he’s under more pressure than usual? But in fact, the Steelers QB is tied with Oakland’s Derek Carr for the least pressured quarterback in the league this year — both have been under threat on just 15.1 percent of dropbacks. And that’s the way it has been for a while in Pittsburgh; Roethlisberger had the second-lowest pressure rate in the league (behind Peyton Manning) from 2014-16.So if Roethlisberger hasn’t suddenly become inaccurate and he’s not suddenly facing more pressure, the Steelers’ offensive problems may extend beyond the QB and O-line.Bell and Brown are not helping mattersThe real explanation for Roethlisberger’s poor start may be the decline in efficiency of his two top targets, wideout Antonio Brown and running back Le’Veon Bell.On Roethlisberger’s 62 targets to Brown this year, his passer rating has dropped to just 71, down from 112.2 on 480 targets in the past three years. And while it’s hard to tell from a passer rating whether the quarterback or receiver is more to blame, other stats provide some evidence that the 29-year-old Brown is not quite himself this year. According to the NFL, defenses are playing Brown much more tightly at the snap — his average cushion has declined from 5.2 to 4.5 yards, one of the lowest among all receivers. But he’s not making defensive backs pay by running by them, as his average separation is unchanged (2.9 yards).Bell’s receiving ability, meanwhile, is downright ordinary this year. The prior three years, Roethlisberger had 105 passer rating when throwing to Bell. This year, it’s 85.4. Bell is averaging 3.85 yards before contact and just 1.48 after. The prior three years, those figures were 6.64 and 2.20. It’s hard to blame Roethlisberger for Bell being unable to get open and make defenders miss.Bell’s ineffective performance so far has also meant that Roethlisberger can’t use him as a safety valve, which has crushed the QB’s stats against the blitz. In the past three seasons, Roethlisberger had a 96 rating on 381 dropbacks against blitzing defenses — mostly because the underneath pass to Bell was so effective. This year, his rating on those plays is down to 54.6, the lowest in the league.Sunday, Roethlisberger travels to Kansas City to face the unbeaten Chiefs, who have been winning more with offense than defense, which may mean his receivers will be able to find a little more space. And Roethlisberger’s attitude about his ability to perform has undergone a 180-degree turn. “They can question me. I don’t question myself,” he said, three days after his “Maybe I don’t have it anymore” interview. “I think you guys are much more panicked than we are.”And unless Roethlisberger is a huge outlier and suddenly craters at age 35, or Bell and Brown have completely lost their ability to be dominant receiving threats, it seems there actually is little reason for Steelers fans to panic. read more

Imitation guns found in jails as gangs escalate drug violence

Specialist police firearms teams were drafted in to search the jail after it was put into lockdown. Officers discovered an improvised weapon and explosives thought to have been used in the incident. The Daily Telegraph understands that an imitation firearm was found on a prisoner in Winchester jail only hours after drugs were seized on the same wing. It is thought to be the first evidence of weapons… Prisoners are turning to imitation guns and improvised explosives to enforce drug dealing in a dramatic escalation of drugs-related violence in jails. It follows a similar incident at Gartree jail in Leicestershire last week, where a prisoner fired what appeared to be a gun, which was caught on CCTV. read more

Waymo and Renault Nissan team up to explore autonomous services in France

first_img 18 Photos Waymo’s autonomous Pacifica cruising through Castle Autonomous Vehicles Car Industry Future Cars Nissan 2019 Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek Edition first drive: Its roots are showing Now playing: Watch this: 2020 Kia Soul review: Well-rounded box Tags More From Roadshow Enlarge ImageDoes this mean we could see Waymo’s hardware being attached to Renaults and Nissans in the future? Perhaps. Waymo Breaking into new markets can be hard, so it helps partner with a group that has experience in these new markets — it’s important to play to the crowd, after all. Waymo is looking for new places to put its tech, and it’s leaning on help from the Renault Nissan Alliance to help it get there.Waymo announced on Thursday that it has entered into a partnership with the Renault Nissan Alliance. The goal of the partnership is to look at driverless mobility options for passengers and cargo in both France and Japan, the Alliance’s home markets. The first step in this partnership will be figuring out the regulatory and commercial hurdles required to launch such services in those locations.”This is an ideal opportunity for Waymo to bring our autonomous technology to a global stage, with an innovative partner,” said John Krafcik, CEO of Waymo, in a statement. “With the Alliance’s international reach and scale, our Waymo Driver can deliver transformational mobility solutions to safely serve riders and commercial deliveries in France, Japan, and other countries.”While the partnership might focus on Japan and France first, the Alliance’s press release says that the pair’s efforts might make its way to other markets, as well — interestingly, the release said that China won’t be part of that expansion. The Alliance will also establish new companies in France and Japan for the sole purpose of exploring driverless services.Partnerships are a great way to spread costs around, which is important in the autonomy space given the high costs of entry and development. Waymo has generally stayed its own course, going so far as to launch its own dedicated driverless service, Waymo One, in parts of the Phoenix metro area. The Alliance almost had a new partner in Fiat Chrysler, but the deal fell apart for a variety of reasons. Waymo, however, still has its partnership with FCA in place. A ride on public streets in Waymo One Post a comment 2016 Chevy Colorado diesel: A 7,700-pound hauler, 30-plus mpg runabout Waymo Renault Share your voice 6:08 0last_img read more

ITC Q1FY17 Cigarette volume sales up 3 in June quarter best in

first_imgITC Limited, which has interests in cigarettes, hotels, agriculture and paperboards, reported 3 percent volume growth in cigarette sales for the June 2016 quarter, the highest since Q4, 2013.The company derived about 63 percent of its total operating revenues from selling cigarettes in the first quarter of the current financial year.The company’s revenues from cigarettes stood at Rs. 8,230 crore out of total operating revenues of Rs. 13,156 crore. Its total revenues (including other income) stood at Rs. 13,253.06 crore. Revenues from cigarette sales constituted 6.4 percent growth over Rs. 7,733 crore on a year-on-year basis.The volume growth was the best in three years, according to analysts Vishal Punmiya and Krishnan Sambamoorthy at brokerage Motilal Oswal Securities Limited (MOSL). “We reckon cigarette volumes were up 3% YoY (best numbers since 4QFY13 and better than our expectation of 1% increase) aided by higher growth in the sub 65mm segment (now well over 20% share in overall volumes in our view), benign base (1QFY16 had reported 17% volume decline) and lower price increases off late,” they wrote.Cigarette sales in India have been subject to periodic rise in excise duty and of late, controversies over the size of pictorial warnings.”Cigarette volumes had been impacted over the past 3 years due to consecutive excise duty/VAT increases and regulatory headwinds but the worst impact in terms of volume now seems to be over,” Vishal Punmiya and Krishnan Sambamoorthy added.ITC reported a net profit of Rs. 2,384.67 crore for the June 2016 quarter, an increase of 10 percent over Rs. 2,166.09 crore in the corresponding quarter last year. Total revenues of Rs. 13,253 crore represented a growth of 8.3 percent over Rs. 12,232 crore on a YoY basis. Other segments of ITC include agriculture, paper products, hotels and retail. “Operating conditions in the hotels and paperboards, paper and packaging segment also remained subdued,” the company said in a statement.At around 11.52 a.m. on Friday, ITC shares were trading at Rs. 249.90 apiece, down 0.30 percent from their previous close, on the Bombay Stock Exchange.last_img read more

VIDEO The Ball brothers combined for 60 points against a Lithuanian JV

first_imgThe Ball brothers are off and running with their professional careers in Lithuania, and after being held scoreless in their debut against a real team, they combined for 60 points – LiAngelo had 31,  LaMelo, 29 – against some inferior competition in The Big Baller Brand Challenge Games.The Big Ballers got plenty of breakaway dunks in this one, but to be fair, the other team looked like a JV team from the suburbs.Here are the highlights. Don’t scroll through trying to find any defense.  It’s not happening. Be honest with yourself. This isn’t close to DI competition.last_img read more

Heavyduty Pumps Market Extensive Analysis of Key Driving and Restraining Factors

first_img“Surge in prevalence of human papillomavirus (HPV) infections and increase in administration of prophylactic cancer vaccines drive the global cancer vaccines market. In addition, rise in investments and government funding in the development of cancer vaccines supplement the growth. The preventive (prophylactic) vaccine segment accounted for more than half of the total revenue in 2017 and will maintain its dominance by 2023.”According to the report published by Allied Market Research, the Global Cancer Vaccines Market contributed $4.81 billion in 2017 and is estimated to garner $12.81 billion by 2023, growing at a CAGR of 17.7% from 2017 to 2023. The report offers a detailed analysis of the key segments, top investment pockets, changing dynamics, market size & estimations, and competitive scenario.Increasing administration of prophylactic cancer vaccines coupled with launch and approval of new cancer vaccines drive the global cancer vaccines market. However, high cost for development of cancer vaccines due to frequent need for upgradation in manufacturing technology and longer timelines required for manufacturing a vaccine restrict the market growth. On the contrary, increasing transition from prophylactic to therapeutic cancer vaccines and high growth prospects in the emerging markets would present opportunities in the cancer vaccines market.Download Sample Copy of this Report @ https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/request-sample/1453Preventive (prophylactic) vaccine segment to maintain its dominance by 2023The preventive (prophylactic) vaccine segment accounted for more than half of the total revenue in 2017 and will maintain its dominance by 2023. However, the therapeutic vaccine segment is expected to register the highest CAGR of 20.2% from 2017 to 2023.North America to maintain lead position by 2023The market across the North America region accounted for two-fifths of the market in terms of revenue in 2017. However, the market across the Asia-Pacific region is expected to grow at the highest CAGR of 19.6% during the forecast period. The report also explores the other regions including Europe and LAMEA.Recombinant segment to lead throughout the forecast periodThe recombinant segment accounted for nearly one-third of the total revenue in 2017 and will maintain its dominance by 2023. However, the dendritic cells segment is projected to register the highest CAGR of 18.6% from 2017 to 2023.Cervical cancer segment to maintain its dominance by 2023The cervical cancer segment accounted for more than three-fifths of the market in terms of revenue in 2017. However, other indications segment is expected to grow at the highest CAGR of 18.8% during the forecast period.Adults segment to maintain its dominance by 2023The adults segment accounted for more than three-fifths of the market in terms of revenue in 2017. However, the pediatrics segment is expected to grow at the highest CAGR of 19.3% during the forecast period.  Leading market playersThe key market players explored in the research include Merck & Co., Inc., CSL Limited, AstraZeneca Plc. (Medimmune, LLC.), Serum Institute of India Pvt. Ltd., GlaxoSmithKline Plc., Astellas Pharma Inc., Pfizer Inc., Sanofi Pasteur, Sanpower Group, and Aduro BioTech Inc.Check discounts available on this report @ https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/purchase-enquiry/1453About usAllied Market Research, a market research and advisory company of Allied Analytics LLP, provides business insights and market research reports to large as well as small & medium enterprises. The company assists its clients to strategize business policies and achieve sustainable growth in their respective market domain.Allied Market Research provides one stop solution from the beginning of data collection to investment advice. The analysts at Allied Market Research dig out factors that help clients to understand the significance and impact of market dynamics. The company amplies client’s insight on the factors, such as strategies, future estimations, growth or fall forecasting, opportunity analysis, and consumer surveys among others. As follows, the company offers consistent business intelligent support to aid the clients to turn into prominent business firm. Cancer Vaccines Marketlast_img read more