For decades, the lure of tax-free gold and cheap flights made the Emirates, particularly Dubai, a hot favourite with Indians. While the stringent norms in Middle East, safety concerns and the rise of low-budget family destinations in South east Asia dented this popularity to some extent, a Colliers International research states: “tourist arrivals from India into the GCC have witnessed constant progression year on year”.Read it at TD Related Items
Russian Football Union president Vitaly Mutko has stepped down from his post as president, just days after he was banned for life from the Olympics by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) over allegations that Russia created a “state-sponsored doping program.””I have decided to file the claim in the CAS tomorrow,” The Straits Times quoted Mutko as saying.According to local Russian media, Mutko announced the suspension from his post during Russia’s RFS football federation executive board meeting.However, the Russian deputy Prime Minister said that he will continue his duties in the government as well as preparing the World Cup which is being staged in Russia this summer.”Regarding the issues of relationship with Fifa and the organising committee, as long as the president (Vladimir Putin) trusts me, I continue to work as deputy premier and oversee the preparations for the world championships,” he said.The deputy prime minister had been banned from the Rio 2016 Games. This month he was banned for life from all Olympic Games after the International Olympic Committee said he was involved in a state-backed doping programme.(With ANI inputs)
The Galaxy S10+ is rumoured to offer a large Infinity-O display, with a wider cutout in the screen compared to the regular Galaxy S10. This is because the Galaxy S10+ is the only phone among the three upcoming Galaxy S10 models to get dual front-facing cameras. We have seen renders of what this pill-shaped hole will look like, but this week we have a real-life image of what looks to be the Galaxy S10+ being used by someone.The live image of the Galaxy S10+ was posted on SlashLeaks and it shows the flagship’s front-facia. The image is not sharp but it is clear enough to notice the display hole on the top right corner of the screen. This is where Samsung will house dual front-facing cameras, which would be a first for the Galaxy S-series. The edges of the device seems to be covered on purpose so it is hard to tell the exact design, but it is pretty evident that the bezels have been reduced quite a bit all around.The live image suggests that Galaxy S10+ will offer a large and immersive display, but it will be interesting to see whether the wide cutout will be more distracting compared to the regular punch-hole display. The Galaxy S10 and the Galaxy S10 E will fall below the Plus-sized model and will both offer smaller, rounded cutouts on the display as they both will get a single selfie camera. Apar from a big display, the Galaxy S10+ is also said to get a large 4,000mAh battery like the Galaxy Note 9.advertisementSamsung will announce the Galaxy S10, S10 E and S10+ on February 20 ahead of MWC 2019. All three phones are expected to come with the latest Exynos 9820/ Snapdragon 855 chipset. They are also rumoured to come with an in-display fingerprint sensor and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The Galaxy S10+, in particular, is tipped to come with quad cameras on the back. This along with dual selfie cameras menas the phone will offer a total of six cameras.ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy S10+ with Snapdragon 855, 6GB RAM gets benchmarked with impressive resultsALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy S10 live image reveals punch hole camera and thinner bezels
R Madhavan is upbeat about his forthcoming flick, Rocketry: The Nambi Effect, in which he is doubling up as a director. This film marks Maddy’s directorial debut in his career. Earlier, it was reported that the Vikram Vedha actor will be sporting three different looks in the film.The actor, recently took to Instagram to reveal that he will be sporting a new getup for his film. In his latest post, R Madhavan bears an uncanny resemblance to ISRO scientist Nambi Narayanan.In his post, Madhavan is seen alongside Nambi Narayanan and we cannot tell one from the other. The Irudhi Suttru actor’s transformation in Rocketry: The Nambi Effect is unbelievable.Taking to Instagram, Madhavan wrote, “After 14 hrs on the chair.. Who is who is WHO??? (sic)”Yesterday, it was reported that Madhavan will be taking over as the sole director of Rocketry, as his co-director Anant Mahadevan walked out of the project. Confirming the same, Madhavan said, “Anant Mahadevan is an extremely talented filmmaker. However, owing to unavoidable circumstances and certain pressing commitments he could no longer direct ‘Rocketry – The Nambi Effect,” in a statement.Rocketry: The Nambi Effect is a film on the life of ISRO scientist Nambi Narayanan, who was falsely charged with espionage in 1994. Madhavan stated that he is eagerly waiting to tell Nambi Narayanan’s story to the world.advertisementRocketry: The Nambi Effect will be released in Tamil, English and Hindi later this year. The makers have roped in Simran to play Madhavan’s pair in the film.ALSO READ | Rocketry The Nambi Effect teaser out: Madhavan turns director with space thrillerALSO WATCH | ‘Hype about Tanu Weds Manu frightens us: Kangna and Madhavan
Many political leaders have to overcome the hesitations of history to succeed. Rahul Gandhi not only had to do that but also overcome hesitations about his ancestry. Particularly being born into a great political family and the expectations arising from it. In the early stages of his political career, there,Many political leaders have to overcome the hesitations of history to succeed. Rahul Gandhi not only had to do that but also overcome hesitations about his ancestry. Particularly being born into a great political family and the expectations arising from it. In the early stages of his political career, there were attempts to thrust greatness on him. When those floundered, it made him even more hesitant and cautious. His ancestry would become his albatross. The true evolution of Rahul Gandhi began when he realised that power doesn’t easily beget power. Dynasts may inherit capital from their lineagewhether in name, reputation, aura or a sycophantic party machine. But if Rahul had to achieve the greatness that some of his forebears did, it was clear to him that he would have to earn his place in history the hard way. The Naamdaar (Dynast) had to become a Kaamdaar (a working man). A promise of NYAY: Rahul Gandhi addressing a rally in Saipau, Rajasthan, on April 29. (Photo: Vikram Sharma/India Today)That realisation has transformed Rahul’s personality from an impetuous, impatient and imprudent scion of the Nehru-Gandhi family into an intense, incisive and intrepid leader of the Grand Old Party. In an exhaustive interview to India Today on April 29, aboard his chartered Falcon jet, Rahul angrily brushed aside Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Naamdaar’ taunts stating, That’s simplistic. Members of my family have been in politics, but their experience is not my experience. My experience has been of tremendous battles and violence. I’ve seen my father and grandmother get killed, I have seen elections being won and lost. How can you encapsulate my entire experience in one word? Understand me and judge me for what I am and what I do.advertisementIronically, it was his bête noire Modi, who generated a wave in 2014 that saw the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) capture an astounding majority in Parliament and reduce the Congress to its lowest ever tally of 44 seats in the 543-member Lok Sabha. Rahul termed the humiliating defeat the perfect storm, which created the environment for a brutal introspection of the way the party functioned and the mistakes they had made in government in the last years of UPA-II, something he admits in the interview. That was the crucible that shaped and moulded his political philosophy as did the intense Vipassana sessions he attended to understand his inner self. With new clarity and determination, a reborn Rahul began rebuilding the Congress into a formidable challenger to Modi and the BJP. He gained respect and his plan gained momentum after he took over as Congress president in 2017 and the party ousted the BJP from the Hindi heartland states of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh in assembly elections held last year.Election 2019, though, will be the real test of the battle plan that Rahul has charted to stage an audacious comeback for the Congress in the national reckoning. It is, in many ways, a do-or-die battle for the party. Rahul is aware that if the Congress does as badly as it did in 2014, it is finito not just for the party but also for the Nehru-Gandhi family. (For the record, 2019 marks a hundred years since his great-great-grandfather Motilal Nehru took over as Congress president.) If a strong Modi returns, the BJP is bound to work towards destabilising the tenuous gains the Congress has made in the states where the party has wrested back power. Also, a second Modi government is likely to pursue the legal cases against Rahul and his family members with renewed vigour to discredit them. Though Rahul is unwilling to speculate about a Congress victory in his interview (see We’ll unlock the power of all Indians and create millions of jobs’, p. 26), he is determined to see Modi and the BJP defeated this election. I’m not seeing anything else, he says in his interview. Like Arjun, I’m seeing only the eye of the fish, and I’m going to hit that eye.Rahul has ensured he and the Congress remain the main challengers to Modi and the BJP. He also has an eye on alliances to use the numbers against the BJPThe use of metaphors steeped in Hindu mythology is one of the many arrows Rahul has in his quiver to craft a strategy to counter the relentless pounding of the BJP. The Congress party had, after the defeat in 2014, realised that it needed to shed its pro-Muslim image and woo the much larger Hindu vote bank. The first step to challenge the BJP in 2019 came in the shape of a physically challenging trek to Kedarnath temple in the summer of 2015. Rahul then declared himself a janeudhari Shiv bhakt Brahmin of the Dattatreya gotra. Even as he stepped up his temple runs, the Congress scion set out on a Bharat Yatrafrom the sabzi mandi of Punjab to the fishermen of Kerala, travelling by train and flying Economy. Every yatra had an underlying messageif Modi represented the suit-boot ki sarkar (a term he coined), Rahul was the messiah of the poor, at times even sporting a torn kurta. Among the biggest transformations was his determined dive into social media where Modi and the BJP were already the big fish. Rahul then used it to give the BJP as good as he got. So Gabbar Singh Tax’ and Mr 56 inch’ and his latest, Chowkidar chor hai’, replaced Jupiter’s escape velocity’ and power is poison’ tweets.advertisementLearning from past mistakes, Rahul also changed the way he ran the party when he took over as its president. No more was he surrounded by just the foreign-educated, number-crunching youth brigade, who were bright but lacked the killer instinct and political guile. The old guard of Ahmed Patel and Ashok Gehlot became his sounding boards for most decisions. After victories in MP and Rajasthan, there was a widespread expectation that he would induct younger leaders like Jyotiraditya Scindia and Sachin Pilot as chief ministers. Instead, he fell back on party veterans Kamal Nath and Gehlot. Explaining his reason, he says in the interview, There are a large number of senior leaders who have spent a tremendous amount of time, made sacrifices for the party and have great wisdom and experience. And there are some extremely talented youngsters with tremendous energy and potential. I took the decision to deploy wisdom first and, after some time, deploy the energy of the young. Old guard and new: Flanked by Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot.For Election 2019, as Rahul reveals in his interview, Congress has a clear game plan. It has a two-pronged strategy. One is to position the Congress and himself as the prime challengers to the BJP and Modi by presenting an alternative vision of governing India. So, if the BJP is projecting itself as the champion of nationalism and defender of India’s security after Balakot, Rahul has positioned the Congress as the Great Unifier and charged Modi with indulging in divisive politics. As he puts it, I see India as a beautiful compromise. With our collective wisdom and with our conversations, we can do very powerful things that other countries can’t do. Congress then released a cogent manifesto that addressed all the key issues facing the country, whether it is the lack of jobs or the mounting agrarian distress. It also came up with a possible game-changer: NYAY, or a minimum guaranteed income of Rs 72,000 a year for the bottom 20 per cent of poor households. Dismissing criticism of flirting with fiscal profligacy to win an election, Rahul says, NYAY is two things. It is helping poor people break the shackles of poverty but, just as importantly, it is about remonetising the Indian economyjump-starting the economic engine that has stalled because of demonetisation and a poorly executed Goods & Services Tax (GST). This money is not going to come from the middle class. That is my guarantee.advertisementThe other strategy is to build or retain strategic alliances with parties to use the arithmetic of numbers to topple the BJP. Rahul has been careful to ensure that his party remains the BJP’s prime challenger, contesting as many as 423 seats on its own. When the Congress did not enter alliances with parties in two critical statesUttar Pradesh and West Bengalit created the impression that Rahul was looking ahead to build the party for 2024 and was unsure of the opposition making a dent in 2019. But the Congress president denies that he is uncertain of his party’s prospects. He points out that the Congress has struck robust seat-sharing arrangements with parties in Maharashtra, Bihar, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. What about UP and West Bengal? Rahul’s answer: Is Mamata Banerjee going to support the BJP government or a secular one? Are Mayawatiji and Mulayamji going to support the BJP or a secular government? Any way you look at it, the BJP is going to be defeated by secular parties everywhere in the country. He reveals that even while he inducted his sister Priyanka Gandhi and Scindia to take charge of UP, he told them the primary objective was to defeat the BJP.Rahul seems combative and energised by the challenges ahead. He is a fitness freak (he is passionate about running), and when asked what advice he would give those who wanted to stay trim, he says, Persistence. Sometimes I teach my friends how to run, and they say, I can’t run 5 kilometres. And I say, don’t be crazy, you can’t run 5 km right now, but you can run 5 km if you’re persistent. We’ll get you to 5 km, to 10 km, to 20 km, to 200 km! But don’t start with the idea that you can’t do it. You can. All it takes is persistence. Then, he added: It applies in everyday life too. Everyone told me Mr Narendra Modi can’t be defeated. I said, Yeah, you really think so?’ I asked, Tell me what Mr Narendra Modi’s strength is.’ They said, His strength is his [incorruptible] image.’ I said, Okay, I’m going to rip that strength to pieces. I’m going to take it and shred it.’ And I’ve done it. Persistence, my friend! Keep going, keep going, keep going. And I will keep going until the truth on Rafale is out! Come May 23, when the votes are counted, the 900 million-strong electorate will tell us whether Rahul’s persistence has paid off or he will still have to keep going, keep going, keep going.
World Cup Hart must start for England at World Cup – Seaman Peter Hanson Last updated 1 year ago 02:18 11/30/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) @samfrostphotos / PitchMarketingGroup World Cup England Friendlies The former Three Lions No.1 warned against removing the West Ham goalkeeper from the role in such a high-pressure situation Joe Hart is undoubtedly England’s number one and it would be too much of a risk to put anyone else in goal for the World Cup, according to former Three Lions international David Seaman.Hart has played 75 times for England but was criticised for his performances at Euro 2016, including a high-profile error in the embarrassing last-16 defeat to Iceland.The 30-year-old also found himself frozen out at Manchester City and has failed to convince in loan spells at Torino last season and West Ham this term that he can rediscover the type of form that made him one of the best goalkeepers in world football. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Stoke City’s Jack Butland and Everton shot-stopper Jordan Pickford are considered better long-term options for England.But ex-Arsenal keeper Seaman, who coincidentally also made 75 appearances for his country, pointed to the example of Steve McClaren opting to go with then rookie Scott Carson in the ill-fated Euro 2008 qualifying defeat to Croatia, which cost England a place at the tournament, as a warning over changing goalkeepers at the wrong time.”Joe is by far England’s number one, the others are getting closer there’s no doubt about that,” Seaman told Omnisport, speaking on behalf of Tag Heuer.”It was great to see Jordan Pickford play a great game against Germany [in a friendly this month] but then it was nice to see Joe play against Brazil and make some match-winning saves. “Joe’s played at a higher level for a long time and people disrespect that or disregard him too easily for me. “It’s a big step playing in the Champions League, then playing international friendlies, then European [Championships] or World Cups. “They’re all little steps where the pressure gets hiked just a little bit more and it can be hard to deal with. “You ask Scott Carson what it feels like to be thrust in with no experience whatsoever, it nearly destroyed him, so you have to be careful. But for me, Joe is the number one.”Hart 23/10 for clean sheet v EvertonEngland coasted through their qualifying group to reach next year’s World Cup finals in Russia, but are not among many people’s favourites to win the global showpiece.However, Seaman believes Gareth Southgate’s men can cause a few upsets.”They’ll go far if we hit form in the tournament. We’ve done this before where we’ve coasted through qualifying and then in the tournament for some reason we can’t play under pressure,” he added.”If all the players play well at the same time like in Euro 96 [when England reached the semi-finals as host nation], then we can go a bit further than what people think.”David Seaman was speaking on behalf of TAG Heuer to promote the TAG Heuer Premier League Pressure Test. TAG Heuer is the Official Timekeeping Partner of the Premier League.
Lucknow: BSP chief Mayawati on Sunday opposed the BJP’s “one nation, one election” idea aimed at having simultaneous Lok Sabha and state assemblies polls, saying it is a saffron party’s ploy to win all elections through one-time “manipulation” of EVMs.Mayawati hurled the allegation, describing even the BJP landslide victory in the last Lok Sabha election as “doubtful”. The new gimmick of ‘one nation, one election’ is a BJP’s ploy to win the Lok Sabha and assembly elections by a single ‘dhandhli’ (malipulation) misusing the EVMs,” she said. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in Haryana”It will put the nation in an era of casteism making it free from any opposition,” she added, addressing a party meeting convened to discuss the purported “national concern” over the alleged “hijacking” of the democracy via EVMs here. If there is no manipulation in the BJP’s victory and if it has the majority votes by its side, why is the party shying away from going to the people and avoiding elections through ballots? a BSP statement quoted her as asking. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: ShahThe meeting was also attended by the BSP’s representatives from other states, who alleged that the Election Commission was working on directions of the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The way the EC bowed before the prime minister also gives rise to the apprehension over the free and fair polls in the country and weakening of the democracy,” she alleged and demanded that “constitutional bodies should find solution to the people’s concern”. She said the BJP’s victory is unexpected and against the people’s mandate , which is not possible without a planned manipulation and conspiracy . The BSP supremo demanded that elections in India be held through ballot papers in future. All the main opposition political parties are of the view that elections should be held through ballot papers but the BJP and the EC are against it, which has created uneasiness in the country, she said. Mayawati also questioned the BJP’s keenness on having simultaneous Lok Sabha and assembly elections. If the BJP is so keen on one nation, one poll, why didn’t it hold the assembly elections in states like Haryana and Maharashtra with the Lok Sabha polls. She asked party workers to to remain cautious to deal with discrepancies in functioning of EVMs during upcoming polls and emphasised upon them to stick to the party’s “brotherhood formula” successfully tested in the 2007 Uttar Pradesh assembly polls to ensure that the party’s base remains intact. In the meeting, Mayawati also took stock of the party’s readiness for the upcoming assembly elections in Haryana and Maharashtra.
Scottish band Wet Wet Wet will help music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins kick off their 40th Birthday festivities this year with a special, intimate performance at Koko in London on Wednesday 20th May.The band, who have sold in excess of 15 million records whilst notching up over thirty UK chart hits including three number 1’s, has a long history with Nordoff Robbins dating back to when they received an O2 Silver Clef Award for new music in 1988.They went on to perform at the Royal Albert Hall in 1992 in aid of Nordoff Robbins, which subsequently opened a much needed library at their London-based music therapy centre in 1993 thanks to the funds raised. The band have since been staunch supporters and have decided to mark the longevity of their relationship with Nordoff Robbins with this very special show.Marti Pellow, lead singer of Wet Wet Wet said: “We get to do two things we love – play live to our fans and support a charity we have believed in since day one. The work Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy does is special and it works. They are so dedicated and we wanted to wish them happy birthday by putting on this show.”Drummer Tommy Cunningham added “Music has given us a lot in life, and it’s great to be able to use music to give something back, we are very proud of our association with Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy.”The band are a renowned live act having played to over four million people across 25 countries and although they are normally seen performing in massive arenas, the smaller surroundings of the Koko gig will allow fans to get a lot closer than normal. With a massive catalogue of much loved songs including Julia Says, Somewhere Somehow, Sweet Little Mystery and Goodnight Girl, this is a chance to see how the band earned their reputation as one of the most powerful live artists around.To book your tickets, visit www.kililive.com.
Marrakech is one of the most unique places I have ever been to. Walking the streets of Marrakech makes you feel like you are back in time. It’s all a bit chaotic at first and definitely overwhelming, but the more time you spend in Marrakech, the more you realize that everything here has a mystical flow, and you become part of it.
Rabat – With King Mohammed’s VI current tour of African countries and the ongoing reverberations from Morocco’s re-admission to the African Union (AU) in late January, Morocco’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation revealed on February 24 that Morocco has sent a request to the current President of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), informing her of Morocco’s interest in joining the organization as a full-fledged member.Founded in 1975 following the Treaty of Lagos in Nigeria, ECOWAS is a 15-member regional group, including Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cote d’ Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Senegal and Togo.Promoting the “ideal of collective self-sufficiency for its member states,” the overriding concern of ECOWAS is to create a single, large trading bloc through economic cooperation. This will have the effect of reinforcing security and peace on the continent by creating a borderless region, whereby African citizens will benefit from the abundant resources of the continent. ECOWAS aims to offer stable commercial activities so that Africans will be able to live in dignity and peace. This goal echoes the statement of Moroccan Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Minister, Salaheddine Mezouar who said, prior to Morocco’s return to the AU, that the Kingdom’s helping hand is outstretched to everyone. Morocco’s goal as a leading nation is for each African citizen to be able to hold his or her head high, free of the insults and injustice they now experience.Morocco’s Pragmatic DiplomacyFollowing Morocco’s decision to join ECOWAS, Moroccan Professor-Researcher at Mohammed VI’s Institute of African Studies in Rabat, El Moussaoui Ajlaoui, told Morocco World News that the decision goes hand in hand with Morocco’s return to the AU. “Morocco’s diplomacy [in Africa] attempts to penetrate all of Africa’s geographic and economic bloc,” which includes the ECOWAS in the west of Africa.Ajlaoui went on to say that the current list of African nations forming Morocco’s core social and economic relationships is located in the west due to the “difficult” status quo the Maghreb and North Africa are experiencing.RIP Maghreb Arab Union Ajlaoui sees that the “death of the Maghreb Union” (AMU/UMA), which was created to unify north African countries including Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco and Mauritania, has pushed Morocco to consolidate its relationships with west African countries.“The issues in the north of Africa might not be over within the upcoming ten years,” Ajlaoui said. “The political future in Algeria is at stake,– no one can predict what will happen, not to mention the difficulties that Tunisia faces to reach a democratic transition – while Libya has become a black hole.”“North-West Africa”: Earthquake in AfricaNigeria, Ghana, and Guinea represent three of the 15 member countries currently making up ECOWAS. Over the course of three months, King Mohammed paid official visits to each of these nations.During his visit to Nigeria’s Abuja, the King and President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, signed a bilateral cooperative gas pipeline project, which represents one the most important bilateral agreements to have been signed between the two countries yet.While in Ghana, a longtime supporter of the Polisario, the King turned his visit into a springboard for Morocco to court the nation and to further strengthen a South-South partnership. This will be achieved by revamping ties with the rest of the continent and by tightening the grip on the self-proclaimed Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).Overall, Morocco and Ghana signed 25 governmental and public-private partnership agreements in different sectors of cooperation.This forward expansion of Morocco’s diplomacy into the rest of the African continent and into ECOWAS, is viewed by Ajlaoui as efforts which will create a new “North-West Africa” geographical bloc.“This bloc follows several factors, including geopolitical bilateral cooperative relations with the member states of ECOWAS,” Ajlaoui told MWN. “Morocco’s entry into ECOWAS will be an earthquake in the African continent.”Morocco’s Leadership in AfricaWhen asked if Morocco could curb South Africa’s influence on the rest of the continent, Ajlaoui brought up the outbreak of xenophobic and violent attacks against Nigerian communities in South Africa.Ajlaoui stressed that “Morocco’s dominance in Africa will follow its adherence to all the African blocs,” including the Southern African Development Community in Africa’s south, the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, the Economic Community of Central African States and the Community of Sahel-Saharan States, in addition to the East African Community and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development.“If Morocco wants to be strong and a leader in Africa, it should become part of [the continent’s] communities,” Ajlaoui underlined. “Therefore, its request to join ECOWAS is a future preparation to join other communities.”
Mahason Balakaya leader Amith Weerasinghe, who was arrested by the Police yesterday, was today ordered to be remanded till May 28.Weerasinghe was arrested over an incident reported from Theldeniya. Amith Weerasinghe had instigated attacks on Muslims in parts of Kandy last year.He had also attempted to stage a protest in Kandy on Saturday but a court order was issued against the protest. (Colombo Gazette)
Updated, 18:30IT’S NOW VIRTUALLY certain that national bus services will be disrupted tomorrow, as a result of strike action of members of a union which represents nearly half of its entire workforce.Bus Éireann said this evening it was “highly unlikely” that it would be able to enter meaningful talks with the National Bus and Rail Union before its members begin an all-out strike at midnight.Members of that union, which represents around 1,100 of Bus Éireann’s 2,500 staff, are disputing plans to increase working hours and refuse some shift payments – measures recommended by the Labour Court and aimed at saving €5 million this year at the loss-making bus operator.While Bus Éireann said it remained available for talks, to date it had “not received any credible and viable alternatives from the trade unions that will provide the same level of savings as outlined in the Labour Court recommendation.”The operator said it could not predict how many services would be disrupted, as it was prepared for the prospect of members of other unions refusing to pass picket lines mounted by their colleagues.“Bus Éireann will do its upmost to maintain as many services as it can on Sunday as long as it is safe to do so,” it said, advising passengers intending to travel tomorrow to check its website in the morning for updates, and apologising for any inconvenience caused.While the operator lost €6 million last year, and continues to lose €500,000 a month, workers have argued that the plans would see them lose between €3,000 and €4,000 each every year – though Bus Éireann itself claims the measures would protect jobs and core pay.SIPTU organiser Willie Noone had not responded to requests for comment on whether SIPTU workers, who represent the bulk of the remaining staff, would present for work tomorrow.Additional reporting by Hugh O’ConnellRead: Bus Éireann workers to strike from SundayBus Éireann warns: Bring in pay cuts or we could end up breaking the law
Jürgen Klopp believes Mohamed Salah’s game has improved tremendously as he’s adapted to playing in a slightly different position for Liverpool this season.Salah has notched in 14 goals this season and remains the club’s top scorer with the latest coming against Wolves.The Egyptian forward played as a lone striker at Molineux where he scored and assisted Virgil van Dijk’s second-half goal.“It’s good,” Klopp told reporters at Melwood on Monday morning, when asked about the Egyptian’s development. “He had to adapt a bit to the slightly different positions; it’s not that much different, but it is different from time to time.Report: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“We need him as a link-up player as well and that’s a very important part of our game, but he is still with the desire and with his speed. His speed in the first few yards is just impressive. He is a very important part of our finishing situation in general, how we prepare them, how we come into the situations.“Of course, he is young enough to involve a lot more things in his style of play. It is not just speed, it is not just finishing, it is between the lines, there are a lot of things, there is keeping the ball, but you need your body for that. That was the only problem Mo had a little bit at the beginning of the season, a part of his body was not perfect.“If you work in an office and your shoulder is not 100 percent, if it is not your writing hand then it should be OK, but if you are a professional football player in this moment it just keeps 10 or 15 percent away.“He is a world-class player, but we all knew we had to wait for the moment when everything is fine – that is already a few weeks ago and so it’s all good.”
Posted: June 19, 2019 June 19, 2019 KUSI Newsroom OCEANSIDE ( KUSI ) – A possible arson fire scorched about an acre Wednesday on the outskirts of Mission San Luis Rey, spreading onto the grounds of a cemetery at the landmark 19th century church complex but causing no reported structural damage or injuries.The blaze erupted near the intersection of state Route 76 and Rancho del Oro Drive shortly before noon, according to the Oceanside Fire Department.It took firefighters about 15 minutes to fully extinguish the flames, OFD Battalion Chief Scott Stein said.A man found near the origin point of the blaze was taken into custody on suspicion of igniting it, Oceanside police Lt. Kedrick Sadler said.The suspect, whose name was not immediately released, was still being questioned in the late afternoon, the lieutenant said.The cause of the fire was under investigation, Stein said. KUSI Newsroom, Alleged arson fire spreads onto cemetery at Mission San Luis Rey Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
If you go• What: Fire, Heart Health and Water Safety Fair. The event includes opportunities to check out Discovery, plus learn about water safety, fire prevention and “hands only” CPR.o When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.o Where: Vancouver Landing on the Columbia River, west of 110 Columbia St. and the Red Lion Hotel Vancouver at The Quay.o Cost: Free.The Vancouver Fire Department’s new $1.59 million quick response boat, Discovery, was dedicated Friday during a celebration that included speeches from U.S. Sen. Patty Murray and U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Bruce Jones.Discovery was one of three boats purchased with a $2.66 million Federal Emergency Management Agency port security grant. The other, smaller, boats belong to Clark County Fire and Rescue and the Port of Astoria, Ore.Discovery, a 46-foot-long boat named after Capt. George Vancouver’s vessel, is equipped to respond not only to fires but medical calls, chemical spills and search-and-rescue missions. It will also play a critical role in supporting port security, Jones said.“Our communities are safer, thanks to the Discovery,” Jones said.Discovery will routinely respond to incidents between Caterpillar Island and Camas. Because it was paid for by a federal grant, it could be called to help anywhere from Astoria, Ore., to Lewiston, Idaho, he said.
Rescuers are still looking for 15 missing crew members in the Sea of Okhotsk. (Credit: Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations)More than 50 fishermen have died after a Russian factory trawler sank in the Sea of Okhotsk on Wednesday.Download AudioThe Dalny Vostok was hauling in a load of pollock when it started to capsize,according to maritime and government officials. Within 15 minutes, the vessel was totally submerged.Good Samaritans and rescue teams managed to save about half of the ship’s crew. There were 132 fishermen on board at the time of accident — almost twice as many as the vessel had when it left port in Russia.A provincial governor told Agence France Presse that many of the crew members were foreign and not wearing life jackets or wetsuits when the ship sank.Russian officials have started interviewing some of those survivors and the vessel’s owner. According to a state-run news agency, they’re investigating whether the 338-foot trawler was overloaded — and whether it hit a patch of sea ice, damaging the hull.Russia’s pollock industry has seen big changes in the last few years. The Sea of Okhotsk was named a sustainable fishery by the Marine Stewardship Council — putting it in the same category as pollock from the Bering Sea.That used to be a popular import into Russia. But it’s been banned ever since the government ordered an embargo on foreign seafood last summer. As a result, Russians have been seeking out more pollock fished off the coast of their country.
In the view of Ujjaini Mahankali Bonalu, the Traffic police restricted the movement of vehicles around Secunderabad from 4 am on July 21 to 10 pm on July 22. No vehicles are allowed from Tobacco Bazar to General Bazar, Ramgopalpet police station to Bata crossroads and Mahankali temple to Adivaiah crossroads and General Bazar. Commuters are advised to avoid the below areas and take alternate routes… Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us Vehicles coming from Karbala Maidan towards Secunderabad should pass through Ranigunj crossroads via minister road-Rasoolpura-CTO-YMCA crossroads-Saint Johns Rotary-Gopalapuram Vehicles heading to tank bund should pass through Alpha hotel-Gandhi crossroads-Sajjanlal street-Ghasmandi-Bible house-Karbala Maidan Vehicles from Bible House should take Ghasmandi road towards Hill street Also Read – Parts of Hyderabad witness heavy rainfall Advertise With Us Traffic from SBH crossroads heading to clock tower have to take paradise route via RP road and Patny crossroads Vehicles heading to MG Road from CTO have to take Sindhi Colony-minister road-Rani Gunj-Karbala maidan. Vehicle Parking Devotees coming from Saint Johns rotary, Swikar Upakar and SBH should park their vehicles at Harihara Kala Bhavan, Mahabubia college Advertise With Us And the devotees from Karbala Maidan, Bible House, Ghasmandi have to park the vehicles at Islamia high school People from Rani Gunj should park the vehicles at government school at Adavaiah crossroads Vehicles coming from Subhash Road have to be parked at Old Gymkhana grounds and from Manju theatre, the vehicles should be parked at Anjali theatre.
An SSC examinee allegedly addicted to online game ‘Blue Whale’ reportedly committed suicide in Kashiani upazila of Gopalganj on Monday.Police recovered the hanging body of Rafiqul Islam Partha, 15, from a building adjacent to Krishi Bank at Ramdia in the upazila around 2:00pm.Partha, son of Abul Hossain Talukdar of Chapta village of Kashiani, was a student of Ratoil Nayebunnesa Institution and used to live with his brother Shourabh Talukdar, a school teacher, in the building.Police found drawing of Whale and “F 57” on different parts of Partha’s body.A diary was also found where “FW” was written in blood and many other things were also written related to game “Blue Whale”, said officer-in-charge of Ramdia Police Camp Md Shafikul Islam.It is suspected that he might have committed suicide being addicted to the game, added the OC.Deceased’s brother Shourabh said Partha became depressed after failing in four subjects in test exam which might have caused him getting addicted to the game.The body was sent to hospital morgue.
file photo:UNBWhen quality of education remains a critical challenge for both policymakers and industries, unfair means in public examinations still remains a key problem.New education minister Dipu Moni on Tuesday said the main challenge of her ministry is to tackle the perennial problem of question paper leaks.She came up with the remark while talking to reporters after joining office at the Secretariat for the first time after taking the oath of office on Monday, reports UNB.”People have elected the government by casting their votes for Awami League with some expectations and we’ll try our best to fulfill that. The government will do whatever is necessary,” she said.The tenure of former education minister Nurul Islam Nahid in two stints since 2009 was plagued by allegations of question paper leaks not only in public examinations but also in enrolment test and examinations for hiring.The new minister urged all to work as a team and implement all the election pledges made by the government.Awami League president Sheikh Hasina along with her 46 cabinet members on Monday took oath following her party Awami League’s massive victory in the 11th national election on 30 December amid allegations of rigging, vote stuffing, filing of fictitious cases and violence.Apart from the prime minister, there are 24 ministers, 19 state ministers and three deputy ministers in the new cabinet.Of the 47-member cabinet, 27 are new faces who are picked in a bid to infuse dynamism into the cabinet activities to implement the election manifesto the ruling party placed before the nation.
UN warns of worsening humanitarian situation in LibyaFierce fighting for control of Libya’s capital that has already displaced tens of thousands of people threatens to bring a further worsening of humanitarian conditions, a senior UN official has warned.”As long as the situation continues, even if it just stagnates and continues like this, we can expect to see a continuing deterioration,” UN humanitarian coordinator for Libya Maria do Valle Ribeiro told AFP.Strongman Khalifa Haftar’s self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) launched an offensive against Tripoli, the seat of the internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA), on 4 April.”When we see the use of air power, the indiscriminate shelling of densely populated areas, it is very difficult to be optimistic,” do Valle Ribeiro, who is also the deputy UN envoy to Libya, said late Sunday.She was speaking after air raids by the LNA on Tripoli on Saturday killed four people and wounded 20 others, according to the GNA.”We continue to call for a respect of civilians, we continue to call for humanitarian pauses and most of all we continue to hope that the situation can return to a more peaceful settlement of the crisis,” she said.The fighting has killed at least 278 people and wounded more than 1,300, according to a toll released Wednesday by the World Health Organization.It has also forced 41,000 people to flee combat areas around Tripoli, do Valle Ribeiro said, while many remain trapped and in need of humanitarian assistance.Migrants at riskAmong the most vulnerable are about 3,500 migrants and refugees held in detention centres near the combat zone who are at “risk”, the UN official said.She said that 800 considered most in danger had been evacuated, after the UN and rights groups said gunmen attacked a detention centre south of Tripoli last week.Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said several migrants and refugees were shot and wounded in the attack.Libya has been mired in chaos since the NATO-backed uprising that deposed and killed dictator Moamer Kadhafi in 2011.People smugglers have taken advantage of the lawlessness, ferrying mostly sub-Saharan Africans from Libyan shores to Europe.According to the International Organization for Migration some 6,000 migrants are held in official detention centres in Libya. Hundreds more are held by armed groups elsewhere in the war-hit country.On Sunday Pope Francis called for “humanitarian corridors” to be opened to evacuate them.The UN official also voiced concern over a breakdown in basic services, including electricity and water supplies, and said more relief funds were needed for Libya.”We appealed for an additional 10.2 million (dollars) which doesn’t cover all that we foresee… but it covers at least the essential response for the first three, four weeks,” she said.During the first week of fighting, she said, “over a million schoolbooks” that were stored in a warehouse of the ministry of education were destroyed when the compound was hit.”Symbolically, it says a lot about the impact of such strife and clashes on not just the immediate survival of people but on the future of Tripoli children.”