3 Northeastern States on alert after Myanmar raids

first_imgAssam Director General of Police (DGP) Kuladhar Saikia on Friday said the district police chiefs have been alerted for the possible entry of State-based extremists flushed out of Myanmar during an extensive raid on their bases in that country.Mr. Saikia also said the fallout of the operation in the neighbouring country has been discussed with his counterparts in Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland.Indian security forces had stepped up vigil along the 1,643 km border with Myanmar — specifically the Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland stretch adjoining Myanmar’s Sagaing Division, where the National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang (NSCN-K) is based — after the Tatmadaw’s crackdown on the bases of the extremists since January 29. The Myanmar Army is called Tatmadaw.“We have taken note of the development in Myanmar and have asked the district police to be vigilant,” Mr. Saikia said.Safe havenMost extremist groups of the Northeast — United Liberation Front of Assam-Independent (ULFA-I), the B. Saoraigwra faction of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB), and the Kamatapur Liberation Organisation (KLO), for instance — have their camps around the NSCN-K’s base in the Naga Self-Administered Zone of the Sagaing region.According to reports in the Myanmar-based The Irrawaddy, the Tatmadaw took control of the extremists’ camps in a bloodless operation. The reports said a ULFA-I member was killed in the encounter while all extremists fled as some 400 soldiers raided the area.‘Not reading much’The Irrawaddy quoted NSCN-K leader Kyaw Wan Sein as saying that their cadre had withdrawn to let the Tatmadaw occupy its headquarters in the Taga village on January 29 in order not to disrupt the ongoing peace process. Members of other extremist groups from the Northeast were also flushed out from nearby camps.“The Myanmar Army has carried out the raids, but we are not reading much into it as they conducted such operations earlier, too,” an officer of one of the Armed Forces in the Arunachal Pradesh sector said. “Since the extremists keep using the dense jungles and hills for hit-and-run operations from their illegal bases in Myanmar, we cannot rule out the possibility of their trying to cross over to escape being captured by the Tatmadaw,” the officer said, explaining the watch along the border.The NSCN-K, formed by S.S. Khaplang in 1988, has been the mentor of other Northeast outfits. It had signed a peace deal with the Myanmar government in 2012, three years before junking a 14-year truce with the Indian government.There had not been any confrontation between the NSCN-K, which was allowed to set up a liaison office in the town of Hkamti, and the Tatmadaw, until last week.last_img read more

Indian Boxing: Teen heavyweight sensation Naman Tanwar mimics fight with a middleweight!

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementThis year has been really good for Indian Boxing, as Indian Boxers have roped in numerous international medals and with the support of BFI, the boxers are getting the best possible facilities. This Year Indian Boxers won a total of 9 medals in Commonwealth Games, Goldcoast which includes 3 Gold, 3 Silver and 3 Bronze.The Boxers are training tirelessly under the guidance of strict coach Mr. Santiago Nieva, even though the boxers train hard, they do have their fair share of funny moments.One such funny moment took place when Teen Boxing sensation Naman Tanwar who won a Bronze Medal at the Heavyweight category of the CWG shared a video on his Facebook page where he mimics to fight fellow Indian Boxer Vikas Krishnan who won a Gold Medal at the CWG with Coach Santiago Nieva playing the role of referee and was seen telling instructions to both the boxers about keeping the fight neat and clean. Naman Tanwar is without a doubt the most charismatic Boxer in the Indian Squad and with his low guard style, he is only going to make more fans throughout his Boxing career.last_img read more

Tony Cozier, voice of cricket, will be missed: Wasim Akram

first_imgTributes poured in from the likes of Wasim Akram, Kapil Dev, Michael Holding and Virender Sehwag a day after veteran cricket commentator and writer Tony Cozier breathed his last in Bridgetown.Known as the voice of West Indies cricket, Cozier passed away yesterday at the age of 75 following a long illness.He covered almost every West Indies series since 1962, and is one of the most respected cricket writer, broadcaster and historian to have come out of the Caribbean. He had been hospitalised on May 3 for tests related to infections in the neck and legs.”First of all we have to appreciate that this is a very, very sad day. Not just for West Indian cricket, but for Tony’s entire family,” said Michael Holding, whose autobiography ‘Whispering Death’ was co-authored by Cozier.He covered almost every West Indies series since 1962, and is one of the most respected cricket writer, broadcaster and historian to have come out of the Caribbean. He had been hospitalised on May 3 for tests related to infections in the neck and legs.”First of all we have to appreciate that this is a very, very sad day. Not just for West Indian cricket, but for Tony’s entire family,” said Michael Holding, whose autobiography ‘Whispering Death’ was co-authored by Cozier.South African speedster Dale Steyn took to Twitter to express his condolences. His voice will echo in my mind forever! Condolences to the Cozier family https://t.co/8bbVOJ7gds Dale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) May 11, 2016Darren Sammy, who led West Indies to their second T20 World triumph, said, “Condolences go out to the families and friends of #TonyCozier That voice will forever be in my head #RIPTonyCozier.”advertisementOnce a teammate and captain of Steyn, Graeme Smith said, “I’m really upset about the passing of Tony Cozier. He was one of the finest the comm box has ever been blessed with and a good friend. RIP.”Former India opener Virender Sehwag also had his message.Tony Cozier for me you were champagne on air .. #SmoothVoiceRIP #TonyCozier pic.twitter.com/cD9XURRsN0 Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) May 11, 2016Saddened to hear about the passing away of Tony Cozier.He was the voice of WI cricket and was deeply in love with the game.May his soul RIP VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) May 12, 2016Sad news to lose one of the finest cricket commentator TONY COZIER. They live in our memory for https://t.co/b6REkrSGr5 my friend. Kapil Dev (@therealkapildev) May 12, 2016Cozier, whose father Jimmy was also a cricket writer, began his commentary career with the Australia tour of the West Indies in 1965.Born in Bridgetown, Barbados in 1940, Cozier began a 50-year media career with his father Jimmy, who was managing editor of the St Lucia Voice and Barbados Daily.Henry Blofeld, who has done commentary with Cozier, wrote on twitter, “How desperately sad. Tony Cozier was a brilliant commentator & a truly great man. West Indies cricket has lost a man it will never replace.”Tony Cozier was only commentator able to walk seamlessly & brilliantly from the TV to the radio com box – two vastly different disciplines.”Former India cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar said, “Deeply saddened that one of my favourite person in the world of cricket media has passed away. RIP Tony Cozier.”Cozier’s commentary added colour to the game Cricket Australia also paid tribute to the veteran West Indian commentator.CA Chief Executive James Sutherland said in a statement: “Like generations before me I had the great privilege of listening to Tony Cozier bring Caribbean cricket to millions of Australians. His mellow West Indian accent, astute observations and clever turn of phrase added to the colour and excitement of Caribbean tours to Australia.”Tony was also a pioneer as a founding commentator of World Series Cricket, when the game lit up with day-night matches, changing cricket forever.”As an informative and colourful journalist he kept the cricket world abreast of a diverse and exotic region which has so embraced the game.”last_img read more

FIFA fines Hong Kong football body for China anthem protest

first_imgBecoming his own man The game took place amid ongoing pro-democracy protests against China’s rule of Hong Kong, which was under British rule until 1997.FIFA said Wednesday the charge against Hong Kong was “disturbance during national anthems; use of objects to transmit a message that is not appropriate for a sports event.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own manHong Kong, which lost 2-0 to Iran, has its next home game on Nov. 14 against Bahrain.Also, FIFA fined Indonesia 45,000 Swiss francs ($45,300) for fan disorder in a home qualifier against neighboring Malaysia. This jewelry designer is also an architect The game was suspended for several minutes late in the second half because of clashes between fans. Malaysia won 3-2 with a goal in the seventh minute of stoppage time.FIFA warned Malaysia a first time for its fans’ lack of discipline and throwing objects, and again for lack of order in its own stadium days later when hosting a qualifier against the United Arab Emirates.After crowd disturbances at Sierra Leone’s home qualifier against Liberia last month, FIFA imposed a 50,000 Swiss francs ($50,250) fine and ordered a home game to be played in an empty stadium.Sierra Leone was eliminated and the punishment should be served at a qualifying game for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.Sudan’s soccer federation was fined 30,000 Swiss francs ($30,150) for a pitch invasion by fans at a game against Chad.ADVERTISEMENT Hidden healers treat Hong Kong protesters PLAY LIST 02:20Hidden healers treat Hong Kong protesters01:44Opposition heckles lead Hong Kong leader to abandon policy speech01:10Hong Kong’s leader rejects ‘police state’ label02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics LATEST STORIES MOST READ Hong Kong’s players jump to head the ball during the second round Group C qualification football match for the 2022 Qatar FIFA World Cup between Hong Kong and Iran at the Hong Kong Stadium in Hong Kong on September 10, 2019. (Photo by Anthony WALLACE / AFP)ZURICH — FIFA has fined Hong Kong’s soccer federation 15,000 Swiss francs ($15,100) for fans disrespecting the Chinese national anthem before a World Cup qualifying game last month.Hong Kong fans booed and turned their backs when the anthem was played for their team before a Sept. 10 qualifier at home against Iran.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ View comments Pumaren rejoins Adamson a day after surgery: I’ won’t leave them in heat of battle’last_img read more

Van Dijk: City feared Liverpool’s attacking threat

first_imgLiverpool defender Virgil van Dijk believes Manchester City’s approach in Sunday’s goalless draw demonstrates the respect they have for their Premier League rivals.Pep Guardiola’s side suffered three defeats to the Reds last season in the league and Champions League and, as a result, took a more cautious approach than normal at Anfield.Van Dijk – who conceded an 86th-minute penalty that was missed by Riyad Mahrez – believes City’s more conservative approach was a testament to the potency of Liverpool’s attack and the damage it could do to them. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “Obviously they were a bit cautious of the way we played and I think we have earned that respect,” he told reporters.”We made it difficult for them and they made it difficult for us at times but that’s how it is.”While a point against City could yet prove crucial at the end of the season, Van Dijk believes the key to a successful title challenge is dispatching the league’s less illustrious sides. pic.twitter.com/JeqdkpV4Yn— Virgil van Dijk (@VirgilvDijk) October 8, 2018″But I think it is not about these games, it is all about the other games, the difficult games which we have against mid-table and lower teams,” he added.”We want to get as close as possible and do as well as we can but we know it is going to be hard.”We’ve had a great start to the season and we want to keep it going.”Van Dijk has joined up with the Netherlands squad ahead of their Nations League clash with Germany on Saturday and friendly with Belgium three days later.Liverpool will return to Premier League action in two weeks time against Huddersfield at the John Smiths Stadium, where they will look to extend their unbeaten domestic run to nine matches. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

IPL 2019 Final: Deepak Chahar dismisses brother Rahul in grand title clash

first_imgDeepak Chahar and Rahul Chahar are cousins but their familial bond was not going to get in the way when the two faced off against each other in the IPL 2019 final between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians in Hyderabad on Sunday.Deepak Chahar plays for Chennai Super Kings and has enjoyed his best ever stint in an IPL season this year. He finished with 22 wickets from 17 matches for CSK in IPL 2019 and picked figures of 3 for 26 off 4 overs to rock Mumbai Indians in the title clash on Sunday.Deepak Chahar was a little expensive to start with when Quinton de Kock hit him for 3 sixes. However, he came back strongly to pick the wickets of Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya and his brother Rahul.Deepak and Rahul Chahar are key for CSK and MI respectively. While Deepak bowls pace and has done a commendable job for the Super Kings in the powerplay this year, young leg-spinner Rahul Chahar has been a revelation for Mumbai Indians.Several brothers – Pathans, Pandyas and the McCullums – have made an impact on the Indian Premier League.In fact in the final, 2 pairs of brothers had taken the field. While Hardik and Krunal Pandya turned up for Mumbai Indians, Deepak and Rahul Chahar, cousins, faced off against each other.Rahul Chahar walked out to bat after the fall of Hardik Pandya’s wicket. However, he lasted only 2 balls after he hit a fullish ball to Faf du Plessis at mid-off.Deepak and Rahul Chahar played together in Agra before moving out to puruse cricket professionallly. While Deepak has already played for India, Rahul Chahar continues to impress with every opportunity he has got with Mumbai Indians.advertisementAlso Read | IPL Final: MI vs CSK in 2015 to MI vs CSK 2019: What has changed in 4 yearsAlso Read | IPL final win in 2015 very special: Rohit Sharma recalls celebration with Ritika SajdehAlso Seelast_img read more

Urban Meyer Has Extreme Praise For Nebraska Football Fans

first_img “I remember when I first got there I walked around a little bit. I just have some much admiration for that place,” Meyer said. “Those are as good of fans as there are in America. Ryan Day and I had a little chat about what it’s going to be like. That’s going to be one of the top atmospheres in the Big Ten.”You can hear Meyer’s take on Nebraska’s fan base here:”Those are as good of fans as there are in America. Ryan Day and I had a little chat about what it’s going to be like.”– @CoachUrbanMeyer shared what Ohio State should be prepared for in a road matchup at Nebraska: pic.twitter.com/GrmDVwaS52— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) September 26, 2019The fans at Memorial Stadium should be fired up for Saturday’s game.Nebraska has been waiting several years to pick up a statement win. Knocking off Ohio State in September would be the type of victory that elevates the program.All that being said, the Buckeyes enter this weekend as overwhelming favorites against the Cornhuskers. A closeup of Urban Meyer on Ohio State's sideline.INDIANAPOLIS, IN – DECEMBER 02: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on as they play the Wisconsin Badgers during the first half of the the Big Ten Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)On Saturday, the Ohio State Buckeyes will face their biggest test of the season against the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Former head coach Urban Meyer gave his preview of the matchup and had nothing but praise for the fans in Lincoln.Meyer has experience going up against Nebraska. He led Ohio State to a blowout victory over Nebraska on the road in 2017.The circumstances this time around will be different. Ryan Day is now the coach of the Buckeyes, meanwhile the Cornhuskers are suddenly finding their rhythm under Scott Frost.When talking about this upcoming game between Ohio State and Nebraska on the Big Ten Network, Meyer showed his appreciation for the Cornhuskers’ fan base.last_img read more

Naomi Osaka, Venus Williams and Simona Halep in China Open round 2

first_img Associated Press BeijingSeptember 29, 2019UPDATED: September 29, 2019 19:14 IST China Open: Naomi Osaka of Japan in action against Jessica Pegula (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSNaomi Osaka won 76 percent of first serves and hit 26 winners in her 6-3, 7-6 (5) winVenus Williams defeated Barbora Strycova 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 in two hours and thirty-three minutesSimona Halep also advanced, beating Rebecca Peterson of Sweden 6-1, 6-1 in an hour and 11 minutesNaomi Osaka and Venus Williams both advanced to the second round of the China Open on Sunday.The No. 4-seeded Osaka won 76 percent of first serves and hit 26 winners in her 6-3, 7-6 (5) win over unseeded American Jessica Pegula.”I just felt like this match, I was kind of living in the moment every point. I wasn’t really thinking too much in the future, too much in the past,” said Osaka.The reigning Australian Open champion won the fourth title of her career in Osaka last week. She will next play qualifier Andrea Petkovic of Germany, who beat Jil Teichmann 7-6 (4), 6-3 to advance.Williams defeated Barbora Strycova 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 in two hours and thirty-three minutes to reach the round of 32.The seven-time major winner converted three of four break points and rallied back from 3-5 down in the third set for the win.”My strategy is always basically to dominate. Basically, whoever does that usually wins,” William said.It was a promising start for Williams, who had managed just four wins in her previous six China Open appearances. Williams will face Belinda Bencic of Switzerland next.Wimbledon champion Simona Halep also advanced, beating Rebecca Peterson of Sweden 6-1, 6-1 in just an hour and 11 minutes.Halep was forced to withdraw from Wuhan last week due to a back injury, the same issue that sidelined her at the end of 2018.”I was a little bit down before this tournament because it’s happening again, like last year,” said Halep. “I’m really happy I could win. The way I played makes me happier.”advertisementNo. 3-seeded Elina Svitolina came back from a set down to beat Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova 6-7 (4), 6-1, 6-2, while American Sloane Stephens beat Magda Linette 7-5, 6-3.Also Read | Daniil Medvedev won hearts with humility and simplicity: PM ModiAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Naomi OsakaFollow Venus WilliamsFollow Simona HalepFollow China Open Next Naomi Osaka, Venus Williams and Simona Halep in China Open round 2Japan’s two-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka defeated Jessica Pegula, Venus Williams defeated Barbora Strycova and Simona Halep also advanced, beating Rebecca Peterson to reach in second round at the China Open on Sunday.advertisementlast_img read more

Mal Barritt Appointed as New CEO of Traveltek

first_imgTraveltek Ltd has appointed accomplished travel industry expert Mal Barritt to take the reigns as the company looks to strengthen its product and service offering and expand into new markets.   East Kilbride, United Kingdom, 4th June, 2019: Mal will join from luxury travel company ITC Travel Group and take up post in August. A seasoned travel professional, Mal boasts over 26 years in the industry. Prior to ITC, he co-founded WTH UK Ltd which operates well-known travel brands Cruise118.com, SixStarCruises.co.uk and RiverVoyages.com. He’s also held senior leadership roles at Destinology, Thomas Cook/MyTravel and Gold Medal, and has forged a formidable reputation as a results-driven, client-focused leader with strong strategic insight. Traveltek already has an impressive client roster, with some of the industry’s biggest names utilising its award-winning reservation platform to manage their travel portfolios. And while it’s still pursuing an ambitious global expansion plan, the focus at HQ is currently on improving its core product, enhancing the service and support offered to clients and on the development of a new, industry-first solution, due to launch later this year; all things which Mal will now take forward. “I’m absolutely delighted to be joining Traveltek at what is undoubtedly a crucial time in the company’s development,” Mal commented. “Traveltek is renowned for its product, which revolutionised the way that travel is sold. “In fact, the platform in itself was one of the main draws for me in taking up the post. The company managed to capitalise on an early mover advantage and the journey it’s been on since then is extremely impressive. The team that came before me – many of whom are still there – have built up a really strong foundation. The job for me now is to build on that and to help grow the business by bringing this technology to a wider, global audience. “That said, it’s not only about growth. It’s about improving things for our existing customers too. I’m deeply passionate about service delivery. I firmly believe that customers should be at the heart of everything we do. So, one of my key focusses initially will be to ensure that we’re delivering consistently high levels of service and support and on improving the deployment of the product, wherever possible, too. I have a great team around me and I’m really looking forward to taking up the mantle and being part of the company’s next chapter.” Traveltek has undergone a sizeable transformation in the last twelve months, firstly with the appointment of new Chief Commercial Officer, Cressida Sergeant, followed by a new Chief Operating Officer, Phil Astall. The company also welcomed aboard a new Chairman, Chris Noblet, who has a wealth of experience in scaling software businesses. Mal’s appointment completes this management re-structure and the company is now fully armed with a new and formidable driving force. “I’m delighted that Mal is joining us,” said Chris Noblet, Chairman. “Given his extensive industry experience and proven track record, he makes an excellent addition to what is now an extremely solid team.”last_img read more

Heres a list May inflation rates for Canadian provinces territories

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s national annual inflation rate was 2.2 per cent in May, Statistics Canada says. Here’s what happened in the provinces (previous month in brackets):— Newfoundland and Labrador: 1.8 per cent (1.5)— Prince Edward Island: 2.4 (2.2)— Nova Scotia: 2.3 (2.8)— New Brunswick: 2.1 (2.2)— Quebec: 1.7 (1.7)— Ontario: 2.3 (2.1)— Manitoba: 2.7 (2.9)— Saskatchewan: 3.0 (2.5)— Alberta: 2.6 (2.3)— British Columbia: 2.7 (2.7)last_img

Crisis of internal displacement as severe as eight years ago UN report

Francis Deng, the Secretary-General’s Representative on internally displaced persons, says in his fifth report to the General Assembly that significant progress has been made in protecting and assisting displaced people, particularly through the development and promotion of Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement, and efforts towards establishing a better coordinated international response. “At the same time, it would be tragically ironic if the international community were to view these developments, encouraging though they are, as grounds for complacency,” he writes. “On the contrary, the crisis of internal displacement is as acute now as it was eight years ago. Moreover, as an understanding of the issues has increased and deepened, so has the challenge of responding.” According to the report, some 20-25 million people worldwide in at least 40 countries have been uprooted from their homes, exposing them to physical and psychological dangers, and depriving them of basic needs. The Guiding Principles developed by Mr. Deng over a period of several years set forth the rights involved in all phases of displacement, providing protection against arbitrary displacement and assistance during both the movement itself and the return or resettlement and reintegration. The Principles provide guidance to all relevant actors – the Representative in carrying out his mandate, States when faced with the phenomenon of internal displacement, all others in their relations with internally displaced persons, as well as intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations.Since 1993, the Representative has visited 19 States – including five countries over the past year – to research the subject of internal displacement. read more

UN conference adopts treaty banning nuclear weapons

“The treaty represents an important step and contribution towards the common aspirations of a world without nuclear weapons,” the spokesperson for Secretary-General António Guterres said following its adoption. “The Secretary-General hopes that this new treaty will promote inclusive dialogue and renewed international cooperation aimed at achieving the long overdue objective of nuclear disarmament,” Stéphane Dujarric added. The treaty – adopted by a vote of 122 in favour to one against (Netherlands), with one abstention (Singapore) – prohibits a full range of nuclear-weapon-related activities, such as undertaking to develop, test, produce, manufacture, acquire, possess or stockpile nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices, as well as the use or threat of use of these weapons. “We feel emotional because we are responding to the hopes and dreams of the present and future generations,” said Ambassador Elayne Whyte Gómez of Costa Rica, who serves as the President of the conference that negotiated the treaty in response to a mandate given by the UN General Assembly. We feel emotional because we are responding to the hopes and dreams of the present and future generations President of the conferenceShe told a news conference at UN Headquarters that with the treaty the world is “one step closer” to a total elimination of nuclear weapons. The treaty will be open for signature to all States at UN Headquarters in New York on 20 September 2017, and enter into force 90 days after it has been ratified by at least 50 countries. However, a number of countries stayed out of the negotiations, including the United States, Russia and other nuclear-weapon States, as well as many of their allies. The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) did not join the talks either. In a joint press statement issued today, the delegations of the United States, United Kingdom and France said they “have not taken part in the negotiation of the treaty… and do not intend to sign, ratify or ever become party to it.”“This initiative clearly disregards the realities of the international security environment,” they said. “Accession to the ban treaty is incompatible with the policy of nuclear deterrence, which has been essential to keeping the peace in Europe and North Asia for over 70 years.” In response to questions on the joint statement, Ms. Whyte Gómez recalled that when the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) was adopted decades ago, it did not enjoy a large number of accessions. Opened for signature in 1968, the Treaty entered into force in 1970. Then in 1995, the Treaty was extended indefinitely. A total of 191 States have joined the Treaty, including the five nuclear-weapon States that are the permanent members of the UN Security Council – China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States. In the beginning, it was unimaginable that those States would be parties to the NPT, she noted. “But the world changes and the circumstances change.” She added that the hibakusha, survivors of nuclear bombs, have been the driving force in the creation of the nuclear weapons prohibition treaty. The experiences they have been sharing “touch the human soul,” she said, adding that the negotiations were a “combination of reason and heart.” read more

Opinion Time to start supporting the Columbus Blue Jackets after 7game win

The Columbus Blue Jackets celebrate a goal during a game against the Los Angeles Kings Jan. 21 at Nationwide Arena. The Blue Jackets won, 5-3.Courtesy of MCTWhile Ohio State’s men’s basketball team seems to have forgotten how to win games, Columbus’ professional hockey team has decided to stop losing.The Blue Jackets are the NHL’s hottest team, having tallied seven straight victories after a 5-3 win over the Los Angeles Kings in Columbus Tuesday night. They have risen from being a team that looked to be on its way to another underwhelming season following a 5-10-0 start all the way to becoming one that is currently in contention to make the playoffs after this franchise-best winning streak.It’s not completely luck, a beneficial schedule or even simply playing over their heads. They are doing it the old-fashioned way, using an excellent penalty kill, some of the best 5-on-5 offense in the NHL and fantastic goaltending to close out games.That goaltending comes courtesy of 2013 Vezina trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky, who has started six of the seven games on this winning streak. Bobrovsky got off to a mediocre start to the year by his standards, but since returning Jan. 6 from a groin injury to play against the New York Rangers — a game ending in the first of the seven wins comprising the streak — he has been a force in the crease.But it has been the offense that has truly been the Jackets’ strength in the new year. The continued offensive firepower of centers Ryan Johansen and Brandon Dubinsky is converging with the midseason resurgence of defenseman Jack Johnson at just the right time. Johnson, whose disappointing first few months to the season likely led to his being excluded from the United States’ Olympic roster, has been playing with a chip on his shoulder since the Sochi selections were announced. In addition to notching five points in his last five games, Johnson has also been playing improved defense in front of Bobrovsky.The main cog on offense, however, has been right wing Nathan Horton. Horton, who sat out the three months of the season with a shoulder injury, has been everything coach Todd Richards could have hoped for when he was signed to a seven-year $37.1 million contract in July. Since making his Jackets debut Jan. 2, the team is 8-1-0, with much of the credit going to the point production and leadership Horton brings.This dominant Jackets run has been a pleasant surprise. But it was not completely crazy to think a postseason appearance could be possible before this year’s campaign had even begun, given the team’s 24-17-7 performance in the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season that captured the attention of many fans. Now that they have thrust themselves into the playoff mix again, it is time for a franchise that has yet to win a playoff game since their 2000 inaugural season to start dreaming big.If the playoffs began today, the Jackets would be the second of two Eastern Conference wild card teams and would have a first-round date with the Pittsburgh Penguins, against whom they are 0-4-0 this season.That is why the Jackets must now set their sights on capturing one of the top three spots in the Metropolitan Division, which are currently occupied by the Penguins, the Rangers and the Philadelphia Flyers in that order. If they can take over one of those spots in the standings and secure a more favorable first round matchup, it is very possible that they could not only win their first playoff game but also emerge victorious from a series. As of Wednesday evening, the CBJ are just three points back of the Rangers and two behind the Flyers and are slated to play the latter at Nationwide Arena Thursday night.It is time for Columbus to start embracing the Jackets, the best sports team the city has going for it when football season is over. They currently rank 28th in average attendance, according to ESPN. While the fans at Nationwide Arena can be very loyal and passionate, nothing could top the atmosphere of a capacity sold-out crowd cheering on their team in a huge game.The Jackets appear to be going places this season, and I implore you to “Join the Battle” for these last 33 games and enjoy the ride. read more

The US and China to set up joint cybersecurity working group

first_imgCHINA AND THE US, which are embroiled in a bitter dispute over hacking, have agreed to set up a cybersecurity working group, US Secretary of State John Kerry said today.“All of us, every nation, has an interest in protecting its people, protecting its rights, protecting its infrastructure,” he told reporters on a visit to Beijing.“Cybersecurity affects everybody,” he said.It affects airplanes in the sky, trains on their tracks, it affects the flow of water through dams, it affects transportation networks, power plants, it affects the financial sector, banks, financial transactions. So we are going to work immediately on an accelerated basis on cyber.The world’s two largest economies have traded accusations this year over cyber attacks after US research company Mandiant said in February that a Chinese army unit had stolen hundreds of terabytes of data from at least 141 organisations, mostly based in the United States.China dismissed the report as “groundless”, saying its defence ministry websites were often subjected to hacking attacks originating in the US.Last month President Barack Obama said cyber threats affecting US firms and infrastructure were increasing and some were “state sponsored”.That prompted to Beijing to repeat an offer to hold international talks on hacking, with the foreign ministry saying it wanted “constructive dialogue and cooperation with the international community, including the US”.‘Major victim of cyber attacks’China’s new premier Li Keqiang last month used his first press conference after taking office to reject the US accusations, saying that Beijing did not support cyber spying and calling China a “major victim of cyber attacks”.Also last month, Obama signed a spending bill blocking government buying of information technology equipment “produced, manufactured or assembled” by firms “owned, directed or subsidised by the People’s Republic of China”.Federal government agencies could buy IT products from China if they passed an official assessment of risks involving “cyber-espionage or sabotage associated with the acquisition of such system”, the bill said.China criticised the bill as “biased”.The American Chamber of Commerce in China also said two weeks ago that more than a quarter of its members had experienced data theft.Beijing’s foreign ministry dismissed the report and called on the US to stop “hyping cybersecurity issues”.A US congressional report last year named China as “the most threatening actor in cyberspace”.- © AFP, 2013Read: Kerry tells China’s Xi that Korea situation is at ‘critical time’ >last_img read more

Geek deals 599 for HP Envy dv6t quadcore laptop 329 37inch LCD

first_imgWhile the HP Envy line of laptops may be relatively new, the more mainstream versions we see in the dv6t and dv7t models have a long lineage in HP’s Pavilion lineup. Recently revamped with a sleeker, thinner design like the more premium Envy models, these laptops have long been an excellent choice for any PC shopper.Even back as far as the AMD Athlon XP days, HP’s Pavilion laptops have always offered a great mix of quality and features at a very competitive price point. That’s probably why they’re still, ever so barely, clinging onto the #1 spot of computer manufacturers. Of late, the Pavilion (and now Envy) machines sported a solid design that one would be hard to criticize and for the most part allowed you to fully customize any PC you bought from them. As part of the bid to be more efficient, Lenovo and Dell typically offer specials on a variety of pre-configured consumer laptops, HP does not.Today’s offer is a new low price on the dv6t Quad Edition which — as you guessed — comes with a quad-core Core i7 processor. While this is a fully customizable model, it still comes with a very impressive base configuration including 8GB of RAM and a 750GB hard drive. The customization is where things really get impressive, with options like a 1080p screen, high-end Nvidia graphics, SSDs, and more.The dv6t’s design is simple, but pleasing. A brushed metal finish across the entire machine looks sleek in black, while the silver trim around the edges gives a nice contrast. Its size is in the middle of the spectrum for a 15-inch machine, coming in at 1.16-inches thin and 5.66 lbs. You won’t want for connectivity with three USB 3.0 ports, one USB 2.0, both VGA and HDMi video output, media card reader, 802.11n WiFi, and more.Most of the time when we see a quad-core Core i7 laptop, it’s priced starting at $650-700, but lacks the customization and standard features we see in the Envydv6t. This is the lowest price we have seen on the dv6t yet and an overall bargain for such a powerful laptop.HP Envy dv6t-7300 15.6-inch Quad Edition laptop for $599.99 + free shipping (reg. $799.99 | use coupon MU1743) Update: This deal has ended, but you can find the latest HP Envy dv6t deals & coupons from our friends at LogicBuy.Our other top deals:LG 37CS560 37-inch 1080p HDTV for $329.99 + free shipping (reg. $449.99)SOUL by Ludacris SL300WB High Def Noise Canceling Headphones for $99.99 + free shipping (reg. $299.95 | ends TODAY)BenQ 27-inch Widescreen LED-Backlit HD Monitor (GW2750HM) for $209.99 + free shipping (reg. $359.99 | use coupon EMCXSWW78)last_img read more

Ethnic broadcasters rights at stake

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Community Broadcasting Foundation (CBF) is determined to introduce qualitative criteria to the funds distribution for ethnic broadcasting media.The CBF is attempting to create two different kinds of grants for ‘content’ and ‘development’ respectively, a move that has resulted in confusion, frustration and outrage. Up until now, funding is distributed on an ‘hourly rate’ method, according to the number of eligible programming hours and the size of the funding pool. Moreover, a suggestion has been made to change the way ethnic broadcasters elect their representatives to the CBF and the committees that administer funding. The National Conference of Ethnic Broadcasters, which was held in Melbourne from 27 to 29 November, shunned the proposals.Just as adamant was the Greek Community of Melbourne and Victoria (GOCMV), expressing concerns about the rights of ethnic communities broadcasters jeopardised by the Community Broadcasting Foundation.GOCMV, which has played a leading role in ensuring access to the media by ethnic minority Australians, unanimously rejected the proposal during its annual meeting (AGM) held on 13 December 2015. The AGM called upon the federal government to fund ethnic broadcasting directly through the democratically-elected National Ethnic and Multicultural Broadcasters Council (NEMBC) – as it does for indigenous broadcasting.Mr Bill Papastergiadis, president of the Greek Community, emphasised the importance of the ethnic media in general and community media in particular in serving their communities and playing an irreplaceable role with respect to language and culture maintenance. The meeting also called upon SBS, in light of the federal government’s decision not to extend the Free to Air licences to community television broadcasters beyond the end of 2016, that one of SBS’s four channels be dedicated after 2016 to broadcasting programs produced by ethnic minorities and other community volunteers.A letter to the Minister for Communications, the Hon. Mitch Fifield, was also sent, outlining the organisation’s concern in regard to the recent developments in the area of ethnic broadcasting.last_img read more

Des sénateurs américains inscrits sur Megaupload

first_imgDes sénateurs américains inscrits sur Megaupload ?Kim Dotcom, le fondateur de Megaupload aujourd’hui libéré sous caution, affirme dans un entretien que des sénateurs et juges américains auraient enregistré un compte sur le site de téléchargement.Kim Dotcom aurait trouvé un nouvel axe de défense concernant la plainte engagée contre lui par les Etats-Unis à propos de son site Megaupload, et le téléchargement massif et illégal d’œuvres protégées par le droit d’auteur.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Ce dernier a indiqué dans un entretien accordé au site Torrent Freak avoir trouvé la trace de comptes enregistrés sur le site par des sénateurs et des juges américains. Ainsi, Kim Dotcom compte prouver que Megaupload servait bien à héberger des fichiers légaux et compte mettre le doigt sur la difficulté pour ses équipes à gérer et distinguer ce qui relève de la contrefaçon ou de la copie privée.Le fondateur de Megaupload négocie actuellement avec les autorités américaines afin que les liens de téléchargement soient remis en place afin que les utilisateurs puissent récupérer les fichiers qu’ils ont stocké au préalable, comme des packs de photos privées ou d’autres documents privés.Kim Dotcom s’avère confiant à ce sujet, indiquant que “l’équipe de Megaupload travaille dur pour permettre à nos utilisateurs de retrouver leurs données.” Pour rappel, l’homme est toujours accusé de blanchiment d’argent et de contrefaçon.Le 13 mars 2012 à 18:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Kickstart These Adorable PlantBased Cyborgs

first_imgWe don’t all have that parental instinct required to keep house plants alive (my windowsill cactus has been shriveling up for months).Green thumbs be damned, though: Citizen Scientific Workshop (CSW) is crowdfunding the production of 100 Plantoid Robotics kits.The plant-brained cyborgs (essentially weeds on wheels) gravitate toward fresh air, water, and sunlight—ideal for the accidental plant killer in your life.Or, according to creator David Ultis’s vision, for “first-time robot builders of all ages.”“I came up with the concept for Plantoids when I noticed a lot of educational robotics kits taught very similar lessons,” Citizen Scientific Workshop President Ultis said in a statement.But the abstract models never expanded beyond artificial logic or intelligence, denying a level of connection between human and machine.“I wanted to incorporate something real and alive into a robot in order to affect its motivations and behaviors,” Ultis continued. “Now the plant organism’s life is elevated by abilities it never had before by being incorporated into a robot.”Only 16 days left in the all-or-nothing campaign (via Citizen Scientific Workshop)The key, according to CSW’s Kickstarter campaign, is using sensors and data to “expand and support the survival of the plant specimen.”Each kit comes with an Arduino-based microcontroller and sensor pack for determining soil moisture, air temperature and humidity, ambient light, and air quality.Designed for indoor and (some) outdoor terrain, the robot—shipping with tractor-wheel and treads kits—can communicate its current condition or sound an alarm using built-in LEDs and speaker.The DIY pack also includes a terrarium, live carnivorous plant specimen, and 3D-printed parts for at-home construction of your own roving Plantoid.CSW has so far collected more than $2,000 from 35 backers. But with 16 days left in its campaign, the organization is still chasing its $5,000 all-or-nothing goal.A full Plantoid robot kit, expected for global delivery in February, is available at an early-bird price of $64, or $139 for a two-pack.Supporters can also “adopt a garden” by pledging $389 or more: Choose a local botanical or community garden to receive six Plantoid kids and host a workshop. (Oh, and you get a laser-cut keychain and handwritten “thank you” card.)“With Plantoid Robots, we are bringing new educational activities to homes, classrooms, and gardens across the world,” the project page said. “The key is science, and through all experiments in science, something can be learned.”Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Betting Who will win La Liga

first_imgThe 2018/2019 La Liga campaign is now just two weeks away from starting and the question everyone will be asking is if a Real Madrid side without Cristiano Ronaldo be able to take the fight to Barcelona this season?  Or will it be city rivals Atletico Madrid doing the honours instead?It was Barcelona who dethroned reigning champions Real last season in dominant fashion with the Catalan club, under the newly-appointed Ernesto Valverde, going on to clinch their 25th title with an incredible 93 points and 99 goals.Valverde’s men will be gunning for a repeat of the last term with Lionel Messi leading the charge but, even with Ronaldo no longer at Real, the defending champions will have to contend with threats of Los Blancos’ signing of the summer in Vinícius Júnior and Ballon d’Or contender Antoine Griezmann of Atletico Madrid with new €70m teammate Thomas Lemar.One thing that is certain is that this season promises to be just as exciting as ever with three major contenders fighting it out to be Spain’s best.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.But WHO will win?Easyodds have gathered the best odds from leading online bookmakers and betting exchanges to help us better understand how things are shaping up for the new season:The predicted 2018/19 La Liga tableBarcelonaReal MadridAtletico MadridValenciaSevillaVillarrealReal SociedadCelta VigoAthletic BilbaoReal BetisRayo VallecanoEibarEspanyolGetafeGironaLevanteLeganesAlavesHuescaReal ValladolidLa Liga will begin on Friday August 17 with Girona set to take on the newly-promoted Real Valladolid at Estadio Jose Zorrilla.last_img read more

More Marketing in TCI for Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival

first_imgProvidenciales, 19 Mar 2015 – Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival contingent from the Ministry of Tourism today arrived in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos. It is the second group into the TCI in under a week to promote the upcoming, inaugural Bahamas Carnival festival: In the Spirit of Junkanoo set for April 17-18 in Grand Bahama and May 7-9 in Nassau.The one day visit will include a press conference today at Blue Haven Resort & Marina and a showcase tonight at the Island Fish Fry at 8pm; where the notion of the Bahamas Junkanoo carnival will be pitched and yes, performed.It is believed, Bahamas Tourism Minister, Hon Obie Wilchcombe is leading the delegation. Related Items:bahamas, bahamas junkanoo festival, ministry of tourism, Obie Wilchcombe Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Hurricane Jose Not A Threat to The Bahamas, For Nowcenter_img Bahamian music legend gunned down at home in Turks and Caicos Bi-lateral talks with Bahamas to resume, UK gives green light to high-level TCI delegation Recommended for youlast_img read more