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Sexuality education costeffective when mandatory and integrated – UN study

The cost per learner in well established programmes ranged from $6.90 in Nigeria to $32.80 in the Netherlands, while smaller pilot programmes in Kenya and Indonesia indicated significantly higher costs, according to the result of a six-country study released by the UN Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) at the meeting of the Inter-Agency Task Team (IATT) on Education of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).“We now have the data and analysis to make a stronger and better informed case for investing in school-based sexuality education programmes, particularly in those countries most affected by the [HIV/AIDS] epidemic and prioritized for attention in the new UNAIDS Strategy 2011-2015,” said Mark Richmond, UNESCO’s Global Coordinator for HIV and AIDS, in a statement announcing the findings of the study, whose full details will be released next month.“This landmark study gives an economic basis to our belief in sexuality education as a key platform for HIV prevention amongst children and young people in the years to come,” he added.According to UNESCO, fewer than 40 per cent of young men and women across the world are well informed about HIV/AIDS and how the disease in transmitted.Discussions at today’s symposium were based on the International Technical Guidance on Sexuality Education, first published by UNESCO in 2009 and developed jointly with other UN agencies. The document outlines the rationale for sexuality education and provides technical advice on the subjects to be covered and the intended goals. 27 April 2011Programmes to impart sexuality education to young people are more cost-effective when integrated and mandatory, according to the findings of a United Nations study released today at a symposium in New York. read more

Average US price of gas up by 10 cents per gallon to

CAMARILLO, Calif. — The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline has risen by 10 cents per gallon (3.8 litres) over the past three weeks to $2.83.Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey says Sunday that crude oil prices contributed to the increase at the pump. Additionally, gasoline tax hikes took effect in several states starting July 1.The price is 11 cents lower than what it was a year ago.The highest average price in the nation is $3.75 a gallon in the San Francisco Bay Area.The lowest average is $2.30 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.The average price of diesel is up by a penny since June 21, to $3.07 per gallon.The Associated Press read more

Wisconsin Energy buying Integrys for 58 billion to create a more diverse

MILWAUKEE – Wisconsin Energy Corp. is buying Integrys Energy Group Inc. for about $5.8 billion in cash and stock to form a more diverse Midwest electric and natural gas delivery company.The combined company will be called WEC Energy Group Inc. and serve more than 4.3 million total gas and electric customers across Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan and Minnesota.The transaction will combine Wisconsin Energy’s electric and gas utility, We Energies, with Integrys’ electric and gas utilities, Wisconsin Public Service, Peoples Gas, North Shore Gas, Minnesota Energy Resources and Michigan Gas Utilities.WEC Energy will hold a 60 per cent stake in American Transmission Co.Under the deal announced Monday, Integrys stockholders will receive 1.128 Wisconsin Energy shares and $18.58 in cash for each share they own. That amounts to $71.47 per Integrys share, a 17 per cent premium to the company’s Friday closing stock price of $60.95. The payout will be 74 per cent in stock and 26 per cent in cash.Wisconsin Energy and Integrys put the transaction’s total value at $9.1 billion including the assumption of $3.3 billion in debt.Shareholders of Chicago-based Integrys will own approximately 28 per cent of the combined company. Integrys shares surged $8.24, or 13.5 per cent, to $69.19 in morning trading. Wisconsin Energy shares slipped 86 cents, or 1.8 per cent, to $46.03.Wisconsin Energy Chairman and CEO Gale Klappa will serve in the same posts for the combined company. Integrys Chairman and CEO Charlie Schrock will stay in his current roles until the acquisition is complete. He will retire upon the closing.WEC Energy will be headquartered in metropolitan Milwaukee with operating headquarters in Chicago, Green Bay and Milwaukee. Wisconsin Energy is based in Milwaukee.Both companies’ boards unanimously approved the deal, which is targeted to close in the summer of 2015. It needs the approval of both companies’ shareholders, as well as approvals from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Federal Communications Commission, Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, Illinois Commerce Commission, Michigan Public Service Commission and the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. Wisconsin Energy buying Integrys for $5.8 billion to create a more diverse Midwest utility by The Associated Press Posted Jun 23, 2014 5:30 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Valeant shares plummet amid calls for congressional probe into its drug pricing

MONTREAL – Valeant Pharmaceuticals shares plunged Monday on news that the Canadian company is in the crosshairs of U.S. legislators as a result of steep price hikes on two heart drugs its sells.Valeant’s (TSX:VRX) shares closed down more than 16 per cent at $222.81 in trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange. More than $40 billion has been shaved off the company’s market capitalization since its shares peaked in August before the issue first surfaced.The latest drop came after Democrats on the House committee on oversight and government reform sent a letter to the committee’s Republican chairman seeking a subpoena that would force the company to turn over documents tied to the U.S. price hikes.They also wanted executives of the Quebec-based company to be invited to testify next week.A subpoena has not yet been issued, the Democrats said.Prescription drug prices in the United States have come under increasing scrutiny from patients and politicians, including Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.In their letter, the committee’s 18 Democrats asked that Valeant be compelled to turn over documents they say the company is withholding relating to “massive” price increases.They claim Valeant increased the price of congestive heart failure treatment Nitropress and another heart drug, Isuprel, by 212 and 525 per cent respectively on the day it purchased the rights to these drugs from Marathon Pharmaceuticals.The Democrats say Valeant is using the same business model as hedge fund manger Martin Shkreli, whose company increased the price of a medication called Daraprim to $750 from $13.50 after buying the company that owned the rights.“We believe it is critical to hold drug companies to account when they engage in a business strategy of buying old neglected drugs and turning them into high-price specialty drugs, ” the committee letter said.Valeant didn’t respond to requests for comment.In a letter to Democrats, the company’s vice-president of investor relations said the information was “highly proprietary and confidential.”Chief executive Michael Pearson told employees in a letter Monday that Valeant’s business model doesn’t rely on large price increases and that political pressure won’t harm the company.“Valeant is well-positioned for strong organic growth, even assuming little to no price increases,” he wrote in a letter, adding that products like these two in question have historically seen price increases.“We purchased these two assets earlier this year and we thought the best long-term commercial strategy was to reprice these brands.”Valeant analyst Vicki Bryan of Gimme Credit said the company is coming under fire for downplaying the importance of pricing in its growth strategy.“If Valeant is ultimately forced to reduce its excessive pricing we suspect the house of cards artificially fuelling its profits could collapse, leaving it also far less capable of servicing the massive mountain of debt it layered on to fund its spending spree,” she wrote in a report.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter. by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 28, 2015 2:42 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 28, 2015 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Valeant shares plummet amid calls for congressional probe into its drug pricing read more

Wave radar brings safer motoring for Lexus drivers

Lexus have introduced two new safety systems, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Pre-Crash System which can now be specified on LS430 models. Both use forward-facing wave radar technology to reduce the risk of accidents, a technology also employed in the firing systems fitted to Apache helicopters.ACC constantly maintains a safe distance from the vehicle in front, braking if a gap narrows and accelerating back to a set speed when safe. The radar, which is mounted in the grille, supplies information for throttle and brake adjustment via the Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) system. ACC also uses steering angle sensors to distinguish between cars moving in the same direction, parked cars and those approaching on the opposite side of the road. The Pre-Crash System uses the same radar technology. When sensors detect that an impact is inevitable VSC and air suspension are adjusted to maximise braking performance. At the same time, the seatbelt motors retract the front belts to ensure that driver and passenger are held securely in place.The new systems will be presented at the Paris Motor Show together with the launch of the new RX400h – the first performance hybrid SUV. The latest petrol-electric model from Lexus demonstrates that hybrid technology need not be a compromise between performance and economy. The RX400h can accelerate from rest to 62mph in 7.6 seconds, yet fuel consumption is equivalent to a typical family saloon with a four-cylinder petrol engine.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

IMT adds further innovations to mining service trucks

first_imgIowa Mold Tooling Co Inc (IMT), an Oshkosh Corporation company, has announced three new enhancements to its Dominator line of mining service trucks. “Innovative improvements to the boom support, master lock system and rear access package build upon the best-in-class quality and dependability IMT is known for, while streamlining the Dominator truck user experience.”“We listened to our customer’s needs, and developed these three enhancements to improve upon the Dominator’s ease of use,” said Jim Hasty, General Manager of IMT. “The upgraded boom support, master lock system and rear access package work together to ensure the Dominator’s position as a top-of-the-line service truck, where every detail matters.”The boom support will now be built standard with molded urethane in place of rubber. The shock absorbing, weatherproof urethane is formed over sheet metal, which provides dependable support.“As a company always on the lookout for ways to innovate, IMT is proud of its new, optional master lock system. The new master lock is a spring-loaded system with a push-pull operation that ensures a secure lock every time. Users will have peace of mind with the new master lock system.”IMT says convenient access has always been a priority in the Dominator line, which inspired the improvements to the upgraded rear access package. “Keeping the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s three points of contact guidelines in mind, IMT equipped the Dominator with an extended handle and an extra step. The handle provides more surface for two hands to make contact, while the extra step reduces the height of the initial step as well as the distance between steps. This access package is now standard across the Dominator product line. These three improvements ensure exceptional performance, safety and convenience across IMT’s Dominator line.”IMT continues to develop innovative features for its service trucks. Further enhancements specific to the Dominator line will be announced at CONEXPO in March 2017.last_img read more

Two inmates dangerous beyond description on the run after killing guards

first_img Image: Georgia Department of Corrections via AP Ricky Dubose, left, and Donnie Russell Rowe Jun 14th 2017, 9:03 AM TWO INMATES SERVING serving long prison sentences in Georgia in the US overpowered and killed two guards on a prison bus before fleeing in a stolen car, authorities have said.The men have been described as “dangerous beyond description”.The deadly escape happened at about 6:45am yesterday as the guards drove 33 inmates between prisons, and it set off a massive manhunt involving local, state and federal officers, Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills said.“I saw two brutally murdered corrections officers, that’s what I saw,” he said. “I have their blood on my shoes.”Donnie Russell Rowe, serving life without parole, and Ricky Dubose, doing a 20-year sentence, overpowered, disarmed and killed Sergeant Christopher Monica and Sergeant Curtis Billue and then carjacked a driver who happened to pull up behind the bus on a rural motorway, Sills said.They got into the green four-door 2004 Honda Civic and drove west on Highway 16 towards Eatonton, southeast of Atlanta.“We are still desperately looking for these two individuals. They are armed with 9mm pistols that were taken from these correctional officers. They are dangerous beyond description. If anyone sees them or comes into contact, they need to call 911 immediately,” the sheriff said.Worried they’ll kill again The two inmates got a head start by throwing away the Honda driver’s mobile phone and leaving the other 31 prisoners locked inside the bus, Sills said.“My biggest worry is they’re going to kill somebody else,” Sills said.Later yesterday, the manhunt shifted about 40 kilometers north to the city of Madison, where Sills said the two men burgled a house and then two men fitting their descriptions were reportedly seen in a shop less than a mile away. Authorities had no further signs of the inmates and had no reason to believe they had split up, Sills said.Multiple agencies contributed to a reward of $60,000 for information leading to the arrests of the two inmates, Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Nelly Miles said.Monica and Billue were both transfer sergeants at Baldwin State Prison. Monica had been with the Georgia Department of Corrections since October 2009 and Billue since July 2007. How the two inmates managed to reach and overpower the guards remains under investigation, Sills said.“They were inside the caged area of the bus,” he said. “How they got through the locks and things up to that area I do not know.”Victims’ families Protocol is to have two armed officers on the bus, but they don’t wear bulletproof vests during transfers, Corrections Commissioner Greg Dozier said.“We lost two of our fellow officers, two of our kin. We see our officers as our family,” Dozier said.Monica was 42 and leaves behind a wife, Dozier said. Billue was 58 and is survived by his father, five sisters, two brothers and two sons, Jim Green, a lawyer who’s speaking for the Billue family, said.“Officer Billue’s family asks for prayers for all of those who are now placing their own lives at risk to bring these men to justice and asks anyone who has information that may assist in apprehending these perpetrators to please contact law enforcement,” Green said.The guards were moving the inmates to a diagnostic prison in Jackson, where their next placement was to be determined, Dozier said, adding that inmates do not know their transfer dates ahead of time.Georgia Governor Nathan Deal pledged every state resource necessary to catch the pair. “The selflessness and courage of these two brave souls will not be forgotten, nor will their sacrifice and service,” Deal said in a statement.US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said federal resources are being committed to help catch the fugitives. The FBI and US Marshals have joined the investigation, Sills said.“An attack on any American law enforcement officer is an attack on every American law enforcement officer and the principles we all believe in,” Rosenstein told a Senate budget panel in Washington yesterday.Both escaped inmates were serving long sentences for armed robbery and other crimes. The Department of Corrections said Rowe, 43, has been serving life without parole since 2002, and Dubose, 24, began a 20-year sentence in 2015.“They need to surrender before we find them,” Sills said.Read: There have been ‘a number of fatalities’ as massive fire engulfs west London tower blockRead: Ariana Grande to receive honorary citizenship of Manchester http://jrnl.ie/3443033 Short URL 31,886 Views 19 Comments center_img Two inmates ‘dangerous beyond description’ on the run after killing guards “My biggest worry is they’re going to kill somebody else.” Share44 Tweet Email Wednesday 14 Jun 2017, 9:03 AM Ricky Dubose, left, and Donnie Russell Rowe Image: Georgia Department of Corrections via AP By Associated Press Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

SpiderMan Silver Lining DLC Leaves Us Wanting More

first_imgStay on target Jake Gyllenhaal Avoids Questions About Mysterio in Sinister SixSony Pictures CEO Says ‘Door Is Closed’ for Now on Spider-Man Split The end of 2018 brings us the final chapter of Spider-Man’s The City That Never Sleeps DLC trilogy, Silver Lining. Like the previous DLC, this installment not only continues the story of its predecessors, but also has additional quests. Though its conclusion isn’t exactly satisfactory, it’s still a fair amount of extra content for folks who enjoyed one of the year’s most exceptional games.This entry sees the return of the mercenary Silver Sable. She’s back in Manhattan to stop Hammerhead’s minions, who are using her technology to terrorize the city. Silver Sable doesn’t exactly care about causing collateral damage, so it’s up to Spider-Man to aid her and keep her in check. On top of that, Spidey has to figure out what to do about his ally, Captain Watanabe, who now wants to deal with criminals in a more ruthless manner.The Yuri Watanabe quest line is one of two optional side missions for players to partake in. The other is the returning Screwball challenges. The Watanabe subplot tasks users with searching the city for audio tapes. These tapes give further insight into Watanabe’s current state of mind and what her endgame is. As before, the Screwball challenges have players completing a series of different challenges. Interestingly enough, there are no stealth challenges this time around. Users can also stop random crimes in lower Manhattan. None of these quests are mandatory, but they’re a good way to give people more for their money.Unlike the last two DLC, Silver Lining doesn’t have any new enemy types. Instead, every single enemy is now wearing Silver Sable tech, which makes them harder to take out. Toss in the two new enemy variants from the last add-ons (the chaingun brute and jetpack foe), and you get some rough characters to face off against. This DLC is just as action-focused as the last one, so you’ll need to be at the top of your game in order to survive. Combat-wise, this DLC is harder than the main game, even on Normal difficulty.While Silver Lining is overall enjoyable, it comes up somewhat lacking in the story department. The Miles Morales, Yuri Watanabe, and Black Cat subplots don’t come to meaningful conclusions. We don’t even get to fight any new iconic Spider-Man villains. In a lot of ways, this DLC feels like it’s setting things up for the inevitable Spider-Man sequel. That’s all well and good, but it would have been nice if The City That Never Sleeps storyline came to its own proper end.While Silver Lining doesn’t live up to its potential, it’s still a worthy add-on to and already spectacular game. We have to give Insomniac props for the way it released this DLC. Getting new content each month is like getting a new issue of a comic book. This is appropriate given Spider-Man’s origins. I doubt we’ll see more add-ons for Spider-Man, which means we have to hold tight until the sequel drops. That won’t be any time soon, and likely won’t be for this console generation. Knowing that is a bummer, but I’m sure the wait will be more than worth it.Marvel’s Spider-Man: Silver Lining at PlayStation StoreMore on Geek.com:Sam Raimi Suit Finally Comes to ‘Spider-Man’ PS4‘Spider-Man: The Heist’ DLC Is a Fancy FeastGeeksplainer: The Spider-Verselast_img read more

Triple H provides update postsurgery on Tuesday Interviews following Smackdown Live

first_img Triple H Talks Neville On NXT Conference Call Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest WhatsApp Paul “Triple H” Levesque took to Twitter on Tuesday afternoon to give an update on his scheduled surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle.As reported earlier, Triple H suffered the injury during the main event of Crown Jewel last Friday when he took a bump in the corner and flipped over the top rope.Triple H noted he is now on the road to recovery and thanked Dr. Dugas and his team.Out of surgery, happy to report all is well. Thanks to excellent medical care of Dr. Dugas and his team and all the well wishes, messages, tweets, and texts I got over the weekend. Road to recovery starts… NOW. #GameTime pic.twitter.com/cfEmocnDxi— Triple H (@TripleH) November 6, 2018Interviews following Smackdown LiveWWE posted these interviews following this week’s Smackdown Live in Manchester. Facebook Now Playing Up Next Big changes reportedly made to WWE RAW and Smackdown Live writing teams WWE announces Elias will withdraw from the King of the Ring tournament due to injury Google+ Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Twitter Triple H Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Now Playing Up Next FOX to reportedly air WWE “Smackdown’s Greatest Hits” special Friday, September 27 Dave Bautista Announces His Retirement From WWE Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Rescheduling San Jose NXTVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:38/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:36 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the listlast_img read more

Morning Press Eagle Creek Fire poor air quality robbery retrial

first_imgCooling down? Heating up? Find out what’s in store for the weekend with our local weather coverage.Here are some of the stories that grabbed our readers’ attention this week.Eagle Creek Fire jumps Columbia River, evacuations in Skamania CountyForty homes were evacuated in Skamania County after the Eagle Creek Fire in Oregon apparently jumped the Columbia River and prompted evacuations.The fire in Washington was reported about 2 a.m. Tuesday, and in a few hours had burned about 25 acres on the south side of Archer Mountain, west of Skamania and nearly directly across the Columbia River from Multnomah Falls.The fire was zero percent contained as of early Tuesday.Vancouver teen suspected of causing Eagle Creek FireGorge fires, heat bring bad air to Clark CountyWildfires in the Columbia River Gorge continued to blaze Monday, blanketing the region in a haze as temperatures hit the 90s for the fourth consecutive day.The combination of heat, smoke and dry conditions led to three separate weather advisories: one for air pollution, one for extreme heat and another warning of potential fire danger.last_img read more

Audi recalls 1644 ETron electric SUVs for wiring gremlins

first_img More From Roadshow 2019 Mazda CX-5 Diesel review: Was it really worth the wait? Hit the road in the 2019 Audi E-tron electric SUV 8:58 Audi Recalls Tags Now playing: Watch this: Electric Cars Luxury cars Car Industry SUVs 30 Photos News • 2019 Audi E-Tron SUV range and on-sale date released The Audi E-Tron shows us the future, underwhelms on the…center_img 2019 Porsche Cayenne Turbo review: The performance SUV par excellence Enlarge ImageMost of the vehicles subject to recall are still with or en route to dealers. New vehicles with active recalls must be fixed before being sold to consumers. Audi The all-new Audi E-Tron electric SUV hasn’t been out for very long, but its first recall is just about to commence.Audi told Roadshow on Monday that it will recall 1,644 examples of the Audi E-Tron EV crossover. Approximately 540 of the recalled vehicles are already in customer hands, while the remainder are already at dealers or in transit to dealerships. It’s worth noting that this is not a stop-sale; Audi will continue E-Tron sales during the recall.The problem stems from the vehicle’s wiring — specifically, a grommet on the wiring assembly between the charging plug port and the battery. The grommet may allow moisture buildup, and if too much moisture accumulates, the vehicle may throw a warning light or, in a worst-case scenario, start a fire. Audi was quick to note that no “thermal events” have been discovered since the car’s introduction, but moisture sensors in the wiring harness have detected buildup in five cases globally since the model’s debut.The automaker said it’s already contacting customers. They will have the option of continuing to drive the vehicle until a warning light illuminates, at which point owners will be instructed to turn off the car and park it in an open space, where Audi will retrieve the vehicle and take it to the dealership. Owners will receive a service loaner from the dealer, in addition to a gift card worth $800 to cover gas costs. Vehicle pickup and delivery are included as well. Audi will also offer complementary AudiCare maintenance — or offer reimbursements, for those who paid for service upfront.Audi is currently working on a fix, which the automaker said will be available in August. The fix may be either a replacement of the grommet in question or the actual wiring harness, but it’s unclear as of this writing. In following US regulations, owners should also receive a recall notification in the mail, in addition to Audi reaching out directly by phone. Share your voice More about 2019 Audi E-Tron Post a comment 0 Preview • 2019 Audi E-Tron: A worry-free, all-EV SUV 2019 Jaguar XE SV Project 8 review: The lovable lunatic Audilast_img read more

Kumar Dharmasena makes shocking comment on umpiring mistake in World Cup final

first_imgDharmasena has finally spoken luckTwitterSri Lankan umpire Kumar Dharmasena has finally spoken out about the umpiring mistake he made during the World Cup final which may have cost New Zealand the world title. It was the retired Australian umpire Simon Taufel who pointed out that on the occasion of four overthrows being conceded by New Zealand when a throw from the deep got deflected off the bat of Ben Stokes, the umpires should have awarded only one of the two runs that the batsmen had run prior to the ball reaching the boundary.The rule says that Stokes and his partner Adil Rashid hadn’t crossed for the second run when the throw from Guptill commenced, hence, that run shouldn’t have been given. If the correct rule was applied, New Zealand would have not only conceded one run less, which in a tied match is decisive, but, more importantly, Stokes would have been off-strike.Dharmasena, speaking to the Sunday Times, a Sri Lankan newspaper, accepted the mistake but, shockingly, refused to even regret it. The ICC team of officials for the World Cup final”It’s easy for people to comment after seeing TV replays. I agree that there was a judgmental error when I see it on TV replays now. But we did not have the luxury of TV replays at the ground and I will never regret the decision I made. Beside the ICC praised me for the decision I made at that time.”This would sound very insensitive to New Zealand fans as this mistake which the umpire made, possibly, denied them their first-ever World Cup. A little apology or even expression of contrition wouldn’t have been out of place.The former Sri Lankan cricketer tried to explain his mistake by listing the difficulties of the task and the multiple responsibilities on the umpires.”One must understand that there were too many things on our plate. We had to watch the batsmen complete the first run, the ball being fielded, how it was handled by the fielder and whether the batsmen completed the second run. Dharmasena and Marais Erasmus were the umpires in the World Cup finalTwitter”And where the throw would come from, the striker’s end or non-striker’s end. In this case, we were all happy that the batsmen had completed the second run because the ball ricocheted off Stokes’s bat at the time of him completing the second run. So, we assumed that they had crossed each other at the time of fielder releasing the ball,” Dharmasena explained.He also brushed off the suggestion that the third umpire should have been consulted. “There is no provision in the law to refer this to the third umpire as no dismissal was involved. So, I did consult the leg umpire through the communication system which is heard by all other umpires and the match referee.And, while they cannot check TV replays, they all confirmed that the batsmen have completed the run. This is when I made my decision.” Dharmasena has been receiving a lot of criticismTwitterThis is a most unconvincing response from Dharmasena for various reasons. To begin with, he cannot complain about the pressures of umpiring since the ICC had, by picking him to officiate in this match, deigned him as one of the best umpires of the world. If he cannot deal with the pressure, then he shouldn’t have been chosen in the first place.Secondly, if this was an ordinary match, he could make the argument that consulting a TV umpire is not resorted to when a dismissal isn’t concerned. But this was the biggest match in the world. There was no reason for him to not take the aid of TV replays, especially when the fate of the World Cup depended upon it.This statement also shows the ICC in a very poor light. If they have picked an umpire for the World Cup final who is not aware of the rules and just ‘assumes’ certain things, even when the match is in such a crucial situation, they should really improve their selection methods for the officials. What happened in the final was a disgrace to ICC. The brazen comments by Dharmasena should embarrass them even more.last_img read more

Bengal govt set to observe Hul Divas today

first_imgKolkata: The Mamata Banerjee government will be observing Hul Divas on Saturday to commemorate the fight of Santhals against the British Raj in 1885.The state government holds the state-level Hul Divas every year. This year, the programme to observe Hul Divas will be organised at Jhargram, Bankura, Purulia, Birbhum and Kolkata.There will be two programmes in Jhargram and one each at the four other places.Senior ministers will be present at all the venues. Rajib Banerjee, the Backward Classes Welfare minister and minister of state for the Information and Cultural Affairs department Indranil Sen, will be present in the programme that will be held at Rabindra Sadan in Kolkata. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe event at Rabindra Sadan will begin at 5 pm and there will be different cultural programmes as part of the event.It may be recalled that last year, the Maoists who returned to mainstream life, were involved in performing different cultural activities in Hul Utsav.The state Backward Classes Welfare minister has taken steps to ensure fast disposal of certificates and at the same time, several projects have been taken to ensure that the people from the backward classes become self-dependent.It may be mentioned that in the past seven years, the Mamata Banerjee government has taken several steps for the benefit of the people from backward classes.last_img read more

60yearold man dies in car accident on Hyde Road

first_imgKolkata: A 60-year-old-man was killed in a road accident on Hyde Road in the port area of the city on Friday morning.Police said the victim Gyanendra Tripathi was crossing the road when he was hit by a car. He received severe injuries and declared brought dead when taken to SSKM Hospital. Police have seized the car and are taking necessary steps to arrest the driver of the offending vehicle. Cops came to know after a preliminary investigation that the car was coming at a high speed from Brace Bridge side. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAfter speaking to locals, police feel that the driver failed to control the vehicle when he found the person in front of the car all of a sudden and hit him. They inspected the spot and felt that the driver had applied brakes to stop the car but it was too late and he couldn’t stop the car before hitting the person. Sources said police also came to know that there was a woman passenger in the rear seat of the car. Soon after the accident, both the woman and the driver fled. Police initiated a probe in this connection and trying to find out the driver of the vehicle.last_img read more

Jana Gana Mana united the country for years Mamata

first_imgSagar Island (WB): West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Thursday said the national anthem ‘Jana Gana Mana’ has united the people of the country and inspired them over the years. The song penned by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore and sung for the first time on this day in 1911, was a tribute to Bengals role in the countrys struggle for independence, she said. “Jana Gana Mana was first sung on this day in 1911. Our National Anthem has united us and inspired the nation over the years,” Banerjee tweeted. “A song composed by Rabindranath Tagore to be chosen as the National Anthem, is also a tribute to #Banglas leading role in the freedom movement,” she added. ‘Jana Gana Mana’ was officially adopted as the national anthem by the Constituent Assembly on January 24, 1950. The poem was translated into Hindi by Abid Ali.last_img read more

What an MLB source said about the Dbacks trade h

first_img What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke There can’t be much left to decide, can there? There was never any doubt for me that the Cardinals game against the Raiders boiled down to a referendum on Kevin Kolb. While there were certainly other issues that required attention (defense, running game), the focus was on Kolb. This was going to be his night to win it or lose it. And he would be given ample opportunity to do either.In the tradition of a November election, as the early precincts started to report, they did so in favor of Kolb. His first drive led to a touchdown and featured the 27-year-old quarterback completing all three of his passes, including a third down conversion. The fact that he hung in the pocket and took a hit did not go unnoticed. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ It offered a sliver of hope that perhaps he could make this a difficult decision. The sensation was short-lived. An intentional grounding. A safety. Incomplete pass. Another sack. Then another that included an unintentional pass to his offensive lineman. Kolb’s candidacy was crumbling before our eyes. Once John Skelton went 3-for-3 while calmly leading a short touchdown drive, I half expected Brian Williams to break in and declare Skelton the winner. When the second half started with Ryan Lindley at the helm, it felt over. Nothing left to see.Asked at halftime to assess the quarterbacks, coach Ken Whisenhunt said “we didn’t get a lot of plays with John so it’s hard to say.” After the game he elaborated that it was more about the offensive line. Whisenhunt didn’t want them to play the second half and he didn’t want Skelton to play behind the twos. Again, Friday was always going to be more about Kolb.Spin the white ball. Play the game of blame roulette. I’m not sure if it lands on Kolb or his offensive line. I don’t think it matters much.Perhaps this is an incredibly simplistic way of looking at it, but the offense just moves in a positive direction more often with Skelton than it does with Kolb. What else do you need to see or know? Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   Unless he implodes Thursday, John Skelton is the projected winner in the QB competition of 2012. – / 21 Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

Super 30 Trailer Gets Big Thumbs Up Sushmita Sen Almost Lost Out

first_img Abhishek BachchanAbRam birthdayAishwarya RaiAlia Bhatt First Published: June 4, 2019, 9:22 PM IST With the trailer of Super 30, Hrithik Roshan unleashed a never-seen-before side of him on screen. Playing the genius mathematician Anand Kumar from Bihar has made Hrithik completely transform from a Bollywood hero to a deglam avatar with darkened skin, plain clothes, Bhojpuri accent. The makeover seems to have paid off for the actor, as the trailer received largely positive reviews from his fans and the film industry.Sushmita Sen, who recently celebrated 25 years of winning the Miss Universe pageant, has revealed many lesser known facts about her in a recent interview. The most shocking of all of them was probably the fact that she almost didn’t make it to the pageant in Philippines and the organisers were considering sending Aishwarya Rai, who was the first runner-up in the Miss India pageant that year, instead. Read on for more information on these and other entertainment news topics of the day.While fans love seeing Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas’ together in pictures on social media, the two do bear the brunt of being famous. The couple has been criticised for their love filled Instagram feed. While a user wrote, “This women know how to play the game” another called their wedding a “green card marriage” in the comment section. Several others targeted the 10 year age difference between them. But Priyanka isn’t bothered by negative comments.Read: Priyanka Chopra Shuts Down Trolls For Criticising Her Over Mushy Instagram PostsTo mark AbRam turning a year older, Shah Rukh on Tuesday tweeted adorable photos of his three children from the youngest one’s birthday party. In the pictures, Aryan is holding AbRam as the three of them stand close to each other to pose for the camera.Read: On AbRam’s Birthday, Shah Rukh Khan Shares Photo of his Three Children TogetherAfter the government tweaked the draft National Education Policy (NEP) 2019 to remove any references to Hindi, a Twitter user took the opportunity to express his own satirical views in the matter by citing the film Raanjhanaa (2013). He emphasised that actor Dhanush, who originally hails from Tamil Nadu, learnt Hindi for the sake of a girl in the romance-drama film but, sadly gave up his life in the end for love. That sparked off more users sharing similar Bollywood references, making it a hilarious thread.Read: This Funny Twitter Thread has Used Bollywood References to Make a Point About Hindi as Third LanguageSushmita Sen beat Aishwarya Rai to the Miss India title, and so became the rightful representative of India at the Miss Universe pageant in 1994. But there came a point when the Bengali beauty almost didn’t make it to the international pageant, and the organisers were planning to send Aishwarya instead.Read: Sushmita Sen Almost Lost Out on Miss Universe to Aishwarya Rai Because of THIS ReasonAs soon as Hrithik Roshan released the trailer of his upcoming film Super 30, fans of the Kaabil actor could not contain their excitement after seeing their favourite superstar back on the silver screen after 2017. Bollywood celebrities like Alia Bhatt and Abhishek Bachchan showered love and praise on Hrithik, for his dedicated performance that shows in the clip. Read: Super 30 Trailer: Alia Bhatt, Abhishek Bachchan React to Hrithik Roshan’s Look in the FilmHead back tomorrow for more news highlights from the showbiz world.Follow @News18Movies for morelast_img read more

Heres Why Taapsee Feeling Like Sandwich Stuffing Between Salman Khan and Chris

first_img While Bharat released on June 5, on the occasion of Eid and already running in the theatres successfully, Men In Black: International will be releasing on June 14, clashing the date with Taapsee’s film release.Therefore, the actress is going to face a tough competition at the box office with one Hollywood film and a big canvas Bollywood film.Game Over is releasing in three languages – Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and the Hindi release of the film will be presented by filmmaker Anurag Kashyap.Follow @News18Movies for more Anurag KashyapBharat movie releaseChris HemsworthGame Over First Published: June 9, 2019, 12:51 PM IST Bollywood actress Taapsee Pannu felt like a “sandwich stuffing” when she found the poster of her upcoming film Game Over between Bharat and Men In Black: International that features Salman Khan and Chris Hemsworth, respectively.As the film Game Over is releasing on June 14, director of the film Ashwin Saravanan shared a picture where the poster was placed between the two other film posters and wrote ‘Sight to behold!A #GameOver #GameOverFromJune14’. Replying to the tweet, Taapsee wrote, “I feel like a sandwich stuffing! And my expression on the poster shall validate that!”I feel like a sandwich stuffing! N my expression on the poster shall validate that! https://t.co/jEIK57phtw— taapsee pannu (@taapsee) June 8, 2019last_img read more