BJP will win 65 seats in 2018 Assembly polls: Amit Shah

first_imgBJP national president Amit Shah on Saturday claimed that even a “conservative assessment” of his party’s organisational preparedness in Chhattisgarh indicated that it would register a fourth consecutive win during the Assembly elections in the State next year and secure more than 65 seats out of total 90 seats.Addressing a press conference after concluding his three-day long tour of Chhattisgarh, Mr. Shah said his tour was an “organisational one.”“I tried to reach out to our organisational structure in almost every corner of Chhattisgarh [during this tour]. I sat with almost every officer-bearer of the party, party workers from various divisions and the core group members. I also had a detailed discussion with all our MLAs and MPs along with Chief Minister Raman Singh and the State BJP President. Since Chhattisgarh is going to polls next year, we have tried to touch upon every minute detail regarding the election. From the analysis we got from our booth-level workers, we will again form the government in the State next year. We aim to win 65 seats. But I am confident that our workers and the leaders will cross our conservative estimate,” he told reporters.Mr. Shah said his party needed to strengthen itself at 1,300 polling booths and that 400 workers would work full time towards it.Showering praises on the Narendra Modi government at the Centre and the Raman Singh government in Chhattisgarh, Mr. Shah claimed that India’s GDP crossed 7% under the Modi government.“We had inherited 4.4% GDP from the UPA, but India is the fastest growing economy today. The Modi government has brought overall development in the country. The BJP has fared better in every election since 2014 and won most of the elections. This shows people’s love for us. The Chhattisgarh government has also done a lot of work in the last 13 years. When we came to power in Chhattisgarh, the State’s budget was ₹7,328 crores. Now, it is ₹70,000 crores. Revenue districts have increased to 27 from 16 and electricity production has increased five times. Chhattisgarh’s share in central tax has also increased,” he claimed.On a question about poor representation from Chhattisgarh in the Union Cabinet, Mr. Shah pointed out that a leader from the State was recently appointed as the President of the National ST commission. He assured that there would be no injustice with the State.The BJP leader also said the State government was buying every grain of paddy, and the question of bonus to farmers was under consideration.Reacting to the allegations of corruption against the Raman Singh government, Mr. Shah said it was easier to ask questions but difficult to increase the State’s budget 10 times.“Just take a vehicle and travel in Chhattisgarh and you will see the development with your own eyes. Chhattisgarh was in the list of BIMARU States during the Congress rule but now it is a developed one,” he said.last_img read more

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Social media helps ease U.P. policewoman’s burden

first_imgFor police personnel, there is no running away from stress. But if we add to that the pressure and responsibilities that come with motherhood, day-to-day routine becomes even more demanding.This was true for Archana Jain, a woman constable in the Uttar Pradesh police. However, on Sunday life took a positive turn for her, primarily due to the power of social media.Posted at the Kotwali police station in Jhansi, Ms. Jain was transferred closer home to Agra after higher officials came to know of her situation. The two cities are separated by over 230 km.Ms. Jain caught the attention of her seniors after photos of her working at her desk with her six-month-old daughter sleeping on the table were widely shared on social media. As there was nobody else to take care of the child in Jhansi, where she lives in a rented apartment, the constable was forced to carry the infant to her workplace daily. “This child is dependent on me. She is only six months old and requires breastfeeding,” said Ms. Jain, whose husband works in a private firm near Delhi.She also has an elder daughter, who studies in standard four and lives with her grandparents in Agra.Taking cognisance of her case, U.P. Director General of Police O.P. Singh promptly ordered her transfer and even spoke to her. Mr. Singh said Ms. Archana’s situation had inspired the force to “explore creche options at every police line.” “The quintessential 21st century woman, an ace at any responsibility she is trusted with!” the top cop tweeted about her.DIG Jhansi Range Subhash Singh Baghel acknowledged Ms. Archana’s dedication to her duty and child, and announced a cash reward of ₹1,000.“She has carried out her duties as a mother very well and at the same time not allowed it to affect her duties as a police personnel which she has been carrying out with similar dedication,” Mr. Baghel said.last_img read more

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PCB to seek details of ICC’s decision on Pak trio

first_imgPakistan Cricket Board will soon seek full details of the judgment passed by the ICC anti-corruption tribunal against banned trio of Salman Butt, Muhammad Asif and Muhammad Amir for their involvement in the spot-fixing scandal.Pakistan cricket players Mohammad Amir, left, Salman Butt, right, and Mohammad Asif, centre rear.Sources in the board told PTI that PCB itself was now interested in obtaining details of the judgment as they wanted to know the full scope of the bans imposed on the three players.”One can only know the full impact of the bans when the full judgment comes and we should get the details soon,” one source said.He pointed out that the board wanted to know the details because there were some questions about the ban including whether the board could release the outstanding amount of the three players after their ban.”The financial aspect is very important because the code of conduct is very strict and bans the players from all cricket activities and they can only be associated with cricket by taking anti-corruption lectures that is all,” he said.The source referred to the life ban that was imposed on former captain Salim Malik in 2000.”Malik had to face a virtual isolation by society and perhaps these three players still don’t realize the consequences of the bans imposed on them,” the source said.The PCB has so far distanced itself from the players in the spot-fixing case and has been facing criticism from cricket quarters for not supporting the three players.advertisementThe source also said that the board would be meeting soon to discuss the criminal proceedings against the three players in London by the London Metropolitan Police.”Obviously the players have to ensure they appear in the crown prosecution court on March 17 and the board might have to play its role in ensuring they go to London for the case,” the source said.”It was on the assurance of the board and the government that the London Metropolitan Police had agreed to allow the three players to return from London last year while the case was going on.”-With PTI inputslast_img read more

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PCB not to support any move to change Test cricket format

first_imgKarachi, Jun 14 (PTI) The Pakistan Cricket Board will not support any move to change the existing format of Test matches and reduce them to four-day fixtures. The proposal to have four-day Tests has been floated by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and it could be deliberated upon when the International Cricket Council (ICC) holds its annual meet in London in last week of June. PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan made it clear that if such a proposal was discussed, Pakistan would not support it. “Our stance is clear that trying to have day and night Test matches is a good initiative as it does not change the traditional format. The beauty of Test cricket lies in five-day matches and if good pitches are prepared no reason why matches should finish early,” he said. The ECB has made the point that in recent times Test matches were finishing early causing financial losses to home boards and four-day Tests were more practical. Khan said that PCB, however, was in support of having a division two Test matches as it would help globalise the sport and make Test cricket more competitive. “Right now our priority lies in helping the Pakistan team prepare properly for its first day and night Test and in this regard captain Misbah-ul-Haq has also given us some constructive recommendations on how to use the pink ball,” he said. The PCB has decided to host a day and night Test against the West Indies in the UAE in October and will also play a day and night Test in Australia in December. Khan said Pakistan supported having a proper Test championship. Asked about proposals to have the World T20 again in 2018, Khan said when the matter came up for discussion at the ICC meeting, Pakistan would present its arguments. “Personally I have said before everyone needs to ensure people dont tire off T20 cricket,” he said. PTI Cor CM CMadvertisementlast_img read more

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Fury Probed for “Hate Crime”

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares MANCHESTER, England — World heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury struck trouble on two fronts, with a police investigation launched into his comments about homosexuality, and reports that he had been stripped of one of his belts for not facing the mandatory challenger.Greater Manchester Police said they have received a report of a “hate crime” regarding Fury’s comments, which were published in a newspaper interview before his victory over Wladimir Klitschko in a heavyweight title fight on Nov. 28.Fury, who is Catholic, said that among the things that need to happen “before the devil comes home … is homosexuality being legal in countries.”The Greater Manchester Police said they “take every allegation of hate crime extremely seriously and we will be attending the victim’s address to take a statement in due course.”The BBC reported that the International Boxing Federation has stripped Fury of his title less than two weeks after winning it, quoting Lindsey Tucker, championships Chairman at the IBF, as saying: “It’s true he’s been stripped of his IBF belt.”“Our challenger was Vyacheslav Glazkov, but instead Fury’s gone and signed a rematch clause with Wladimir Klitschko,” Tucker was quoted as saying.Fury’s profile has soared since his shock win over Klitschko to capture the WBA, IBF and WBO belts. Controversial remarks that previously went under the radar are now being seized on and questioned because of the added profile from being heavyweight champion of the world.Before the Klitschko fight, Fury also criticized abortion, and said doping should be legalized in all sports to make it “fully fair.” He was fined 3,000 pounds (around $4,500) in 2012 for a rant that included branding two fellow English boxers “gay lovers.”In the past week, he has been quoted as saying Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill “slaps up good,” before adding that “a woman’s best place is in the kitchen and on her back.”Fury’s remarks prompted more than 100,000 people to have signed a petition calling for him to be removed from the shortlist for the BBC’s sports personality of the year award.“Young people need sports personalities that they can look up to,” the petition says, “not people who express outrageous homophobic views, which can cause bullying and self-harm.”The BBC is refusing to deselect Fury from the 12-person shortlist.Asked by The Associated Press two days after beating Klitschko if he needs to keep his views to himself now he is heavyweight champion, the 27-year-old Fury said: “There’ll be no change in the champ.” Fury has also said he was “not bothered” about being a role model to kids.Fury is of Irish-Gypsy heritage — he calls himself “Gypsy King” on Twitter — and comes from a bloodline of bare-knuckle champions.He said he was the most charismatic boxer since Muhammad Ali, making headlines for dressing up as Batman in the run-up to the Klitschko fight.He sang Aerosmith’s I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing to his pregnant wife in the ring after the unanimous points win in Duesseldorf.“Let’s not try and make me out to be some evil person and I hate gays, because I don’t hate anybody,” Fury told the BBC. “I can actually say I don’t hate anybody.”(STEVE DOUGLAS, AP Sports Writer)last_img read more

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Mighty Juan Martín del Potro scuppers hopes of Federer-Nadal clash at US Open

first_imgShare on Pinterest Rafael Nadal marches past Andrey Rublev into US Open semi-finals Support The Guardian … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Share via Email Juan Martín del Potro Read more Roger Federer Reuse this content Del Potro clipped the baseline with an ambitious forehand for 15-love. He aced for 30-love. He dumped a backhand volley: 30-15. At the end of an attritional rally, he hit long for 30-all. The crowd went crazy. Federer put an ambitious forehand volley madly wide: match point. A huge Del Petro serve forced Federer to block a set-up return and the Argentinian belted the gimme down the line, lifted his arms to the sky in exultation.As Federer slipped away, thwarted but valiant, the stage belonged to Del Potro.“It’s hearwarming, he’s an amazing young man,” John McEnroe told his ESPN audience, while simultaneously expressing regret that Federer and Nadal are unlikely to ever meet here.Del Potro said courtside: “I think I played my best match of the tournament. I did everything well. I served well and I deserved to win.”“I think it’s my court too,” he said, when asked about Federer’s dominance here in the distant past. Addressing the crowd, he said, “You make me feel happy every time I play here. I love to see you shouting for me. And I guess the crowd will be tough for me against Rafa. I think I got lucky in the tie-break, double fault at 6-all. But I made a good return. In the first set I played even better.”He then addressed the large and vocal Argentinian gathering in Spanish, which roughly translated as, “Thank you from the bottom of my heart.” That is a heart with almost bottomless reserves. From love-3 down in the third set, Federer found enough magic to get to a tie break. And this is where the match pivoted in Del Potro’s favour.A set apiece, Federer changed ends 4-2 up with the ball in hand. Del Potro challenged an ace and won the point. Del Potro’s right arm was grooving, but the net got in his way. Federer had the set on his racket at 5-4. Del Potro hit long; set point. Del Potro saved when Federer unwisely served to his forehand then levelled with a huge serve wide. Mirka smirked in the box, and smiled when Del Potro double-faulted. Husband stepped up – but he put a backhand wide for 7-all. He grabbed another set point. Del Potro crushed a forehand for 8-all, and was at the net to grab set point, his first, with a volley. Federer volleyed long on the backhand. Job done.As they slugged it out in the fourth set, it took del Potro five games to make the breakthrough. Federer’s racket oozed a weird mixture of familiar certainty and anxiety. He knows no other way but to go for his shots, and not enough of them stayed legal as Del Potro moved to within two holds from victory.As Federer served to stay in the tournament, Del Potro, 5-3 up, thrashed an outrageous forehand past Federer’s whiskers at the net before the Swiss held with a whizz-bang backhand that kissed the line. This was high-grade theatre.Now it was Del Potro’s match to lose. They had been playing two hours and 45 minutes. The crowd, remarkably, seemed to be equally divided. They wanted more drama, certainly, but the hunger for a denouement was greater. Share on Messenger Since you’re here… Tennis US Open tennis Riding an implausible wave of retro romance, Roger Federer, 36 and in sight of his third slam title of the year, foundered on the sharp rocks of hubris on day 10 of the US Open when Juan Martín del Potro ripped up his invitation to a semi-final against Rafael Nadal.Instead, the big man from Tandil will be Nadal’s opponent on Friday. The world No1 leads him 8-5 over their careers, but only a brave bookmaker would make either of them a clear favourite. Earlier, Nadal, a two-time New York champion, was at his commanding best in dismissing the limp but fevered challenge of the Russian teenager, Andrey Rublev, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2. That, though, was not a reliable guide to what awaits the Spanish clay-court supremo on Friday. American women fill US Open semi-final spots after Madison Keys victory Topics news Read more Read more Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn US sports Share on Twitter Del Potro, his mighty forehand clicking like a rifle, deserves to be there after winning 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (8), 6-4 in two hours and 50 minutes under the roof on Arthur Ashe, and Federer might one day regret his pre-match dismissal of the Argentinian’s victory over him in the 2009 final here. If it played any part in his downfall, only the winner will know but, from the outside, it did not look to help Federer’s cause.Del Potro was 20 back then and has done heroically well to beat wrist injuries and the usual fluctuations of form over the past few years to even be in the mix here. Eight years ago, the world was his. As Federer conceded this week, he might well have gone on to be No1. But he surprised many in his critique this week on their final that year.“I left that match with a lot of regrets,” Federer said, after both of them had reached the fourth round this time in vastly contrasting styles. “I should have been up maybe two sets to love or … two sets to one. The only time when he was really better, in my opinion, was the fifth set. Obviously that was good enough to beat me that day. I had a great run… but it ended my five-year reign here in New York. But Juan Martín did play extremely well. I felt like he deserved it at the end.”Rarely has someone been damned so completely with faint praise. And Del Potro, fresh – or at least reheated – from his efforts to come from two sets down in seeing off Dominic Thiem, was fired up from the start. If he needed an incentive, Federer had supplied it to him in words. He dug in to take the first set, and a tremor of concern rippled around the stadium among the Federer faithful – as well as those American TV pundits who were torn between craving a Federer-Nadal semi-final (in their first ever meeting here) or the extension of the Del Potro fairytale. US Open Tennis 2017last_img read more

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10 months ago​Belgian expert dismisses Carrasco links to Man Utd, Arsenal

first_img​Belgian expert dismisses Carrasco links to Man Utd, Arsenalby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveA Belgian football expert does not believe that Manchester United and Arsenal are interested in Yannick Carrasco.Kristof Terreur, who is a prominent Belgian journalist, suggests that reports of a move to the Premier League are bogus.Italian reports had claimed Carrasco was a target for the two Premier League clubs.But Terreur wrote on Twitter: “Yannick Carrasco linked with Arsenal by Sky Italia, just like in January 2018, before he moved to China.”Man United mentioned too – cheap name dropping.”A transfer will be expensive (wages & fee) and is he physically ready to make an immediate impact in the PL?”Terreur went on to tweet: “With heavy investment in new signings and contracts over the past year, Arsenal don’t have significant funds to spend in January.”Eyeing loan deals rather than permanent moves.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Hazard & Lukaku would welcome Henry Belgium return

first_imgEden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku have expressed their support for sacked Monaco boss Thierry Henry, with both admitting they would welcome him back to the Belgium fold with open arms.The 41-year-old left his post as the right-hand man to Roberto Martinez in the Red Devils set-up to take the reins at the Ligue 1 club in October.But following a disappointing three months in charge, the Frenchman was dismissed after mustering only four wins in 20 games, to be replaced by the man he himself succeeded, Leonardo Jardim. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Speaking in the wake of his exit however, Chelsea striker Hazard and Manchester United forward Lukaku, both of whom worked with Henry at last year’s World Cup in Russia, have offered high praise of the former Arsenal star’s coaching skills.Belgium defied expectations to finish third at the showpiece tournament, topping Group G before knocking out Japan and Brazil en route to the semi-finals.Though they suffered a slim defeat to eventual champions France in the last four, they rallied to claim the bronze position in the third-place play-off against England.Speaking to Eleven Sports after victory over Tottenham in the Carabao Cup semi-final, Hazard was effusive in his assessment of Henry’s abilities.“He did good [work with us] at Belgium,” the 28-year-old stated. “Monaco was not doing well this year, he was in trouble. He tried to get things right.Thierry Henry Monaco 2018-19“He did not succeed [but] he has my full support. I do not worry, I know he’ll be a great coach in the future.“We [would] welcome him. If he wants to come back, we’re here.”Manchester United striker Lukaku also expressed a desire to see Henry return to the Belgium set-up.“It’s a pity he lost his job in Monaco, but now I hope he’ll be back in the national team,” the 25-year-old told reporters.“He’ll come back, because we need him.”Belgium have only lost once since the World Cup, against Switzerland in the last match of their Nations League A Group 2 games – but that defeat cost them a place at this year’s finals in Portugal.They next begin their Euro 2020 qualification campaign in March, against Russia in Group I, with games against Scotland, Cyprus, Kazakhstan and San Marino also in the pipeline.last_img read more

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The Preseason Coaches’ Poll Likely Comes Out Thursday: Here’s What Think It’ll Look Like

first_imgAP Poll Week 9Sunday, the Associated Press gave us a heads up that this year’s Preseason AP Poll will be released on Monday, August 20. There hasn’t been an official announcement regarding the Preseason Coaches’ Poll, but based on what we’ve seen the past few years, it should actually be coming this week.Last year, the poll was released on Thursday, August 3. So it’s likely that this year’s will be coming this Thursday, August 2. It’s usually dropped a few weeks before the AP puts out its version.Of course, neither poll factors into the College Football Playoff rankings that come out later in the year. But fans still enjoy getting a look at the polls each week – they’re usually pretty indicative of how each team is performing during the season.This year, it’s widely expected that Alabama will be the No. 1 team in the country in both polls when they’re unveiled. The Crimson Tide won the national title last year with an overtime victory over Georgia.That said, Alabama does not yet have its starting quarterback determined. Jalen Hurts has been the team’s starter the past few years, but he was benched at halftime of the national title game for Tua Tagovailoa. Tagovailoa led Alabama to an incredible come-from-behind victory – leading many to believe that he’s actually the man who will get the job.Here’s what we think the top 25 will look like when it’s unveiled on Thursday. There are some familiar names in the top five, per usual. Clemson, Ohio State and Georgia are the teams best-positioned to take down the champs.AlabamaClemsonOhio StateGeorgiaOklahomaWashingtonWisconsinMiamiMichigan StatePenn StateAuburnWest VirginiaUSCMichiganVirginia TechStanfordTCUBoise StateNotre DameFlorida StateUCFLSUMississippi StateOklahoma StateSouth CarolinaThe Big Ten is expected to be a tight race – with Ohio State, Wisconsin, Michigan State and Michigan all ranked in the top 15 heading into the season.Again, the poll is likely to come out Thursday. It’ll be interesting to see if there are any surprises.last_img read more

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Sports Illustrated Releases Week 9 Bowl Projections

first_imgA general view during the national anthem prior to the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers.TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: A general view during the national anthem prior to the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)We’re past the halfway point of the college football season. The bowl picture keeps changing based on weekly results.As of right now, Alabama, Clemson, LSU and Notre Dame would be in the College Football Playoff if it started today. However, that will likely all change next week after ‘Bama and LSU play each other.Sports Illustrated has put out its most recent projections for the College Football Playoff as well as every other bowl game.Here’s a look at SI’s picks for the major bowls heading into Week 9:CFB Playoff at the Orange Bowl – Clemson vs. Notre Dame A closeup look at the pylon at the Orange Bowl. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)CFB Playoff at the Cotton Bowl – Alabama vs. OklahomaThe center field logo for the Good Year Cotton BowlTexas Bowl – TCU vs. Houston Gary Patterson leading his TCU football team onto the field.(Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)Camping World Bowl – West Virginia vs. Miami A closeup of Will Grier dropping back for a pass.(Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)Gator Bowl – Auburn vs. Wisconsin Jarrett Stidham scrambles away from a Georgia Southern defender. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images)Fiesta Bowl – Georgia vs. UCF A general view of the Fiesta Bowl field for a game between Ohio State and Clemson. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Peach Bowl – Ohio State vs. Florida Urban Meyer interacting with Ohio State football team.(Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Outback Bowl – Michigan State vs. Kentucky (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Rose Bowl – Michigan vs. Washington An exterior view of the Rose Bowl.(Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)Sugar Bowl – LSU vs. Texas (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)Citrus Bowl – Texas A&M vs. Penn State  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)You can see all of SI’s bowl projections here.last_img read more

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EBH Namibia Celebrates Inauguration of Its Third …

first_img My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 zoom Elgin Brown & Hamer (EBH) Namibia today celebrates a watershed event in the company’s history with the inauguration of its third Panamax floating dock.The 195 metre floating dock, which represents the largest infrastructural investment that EBH Namibia has made to date, will increase the company’s dry docking capacity by 15 000 tons. This also heralds significant positive implications for the future of Namibia’s economy, according to EBH Namibia Chief Executive Officer, Hannes Uys.“By enhancing our docking capacity, the new floating dock will substantially increase our capacity to offer shipping clients a one-stop service of global standards. Moreover, the presence of the Panamax dock will enable us to further contribute to the growth of the local economy and establish Namibia as a ship repair destination of choice on the West African coast,” Uys says.To date, EBH Namibia has contributed an estimated N$2 billion to the economy of Namibia in terms of downstream revenue and job creation. The new floating dock, which arrived in the port of Walvis Bay on 5th July 2013, will create an estimated 150 new job opportunities.“As a company, we are strongly committed to developing and up-skilling our existing staff, as well as addressing unemployment in the local region. Our strategic aim is to work alongside our shareholders in creating a strong, motivated Namibian workforce dedicated to the future economic wellbeing of the country.”In the keynote address at the event, Minister of Works and Transport Erkki Nghimtima, speaking on behalf of Prime Minister, Dr Hage Geingob, reiterated this, saying: “EBH Namibia, along with its partnership with local government, has truly already placed Namibia on the move. The latest infrastructure investment, the impressive Pamamax floating dock, Namdock 3, now commissioned and installed here in the port of Walvis Bay, is a dramatic symbol of our vision for a prosperous, globally competitive Namibia coming to fruition.”For Bisey Uirab, Chief Executive Officer of EBH Namibia’s majority shareholder Namport, the partnership between government and private sector entities is a critical success factor in the growth and development of the economy of Namibia, and Africa as a whole.“Our strategic partnership with EBH Namibia has helped give the local shipping industry its competitive edge. Ours is a strong working relationship driven by a common vision for the future of Walvis Bay as a leading ship repair hub in Africa. The Panamax floating dock is a powerful symbol of the progress we are making in ensuring that this vision becomes a reality,” Uirab states.While the Namibian Ports Authority, Namport, remains the majority shareholder of EBH Namibia, its other shareholder is the South-African based DCD Group, which acquired its shareholding in 2012.“EBH Namibia has established itself as a highly competitive ship repair company of the highest integrity and standards,” says Rob King, managing director of the DCD Group. “We are thrilled to be a part of the new chapter in the history of EBH Namibia with the inauguration of its third floating dock and the possibilities this brings to the industry.”The installation of the Panamax floating dock, now known as ‘Namdock 3’, was the culmination of a number of challenges and preparatory work. The dock was moved from its country of origin, Australia, to Batam, Indonesia, where it underwent extensive upgrading before departing for Namibian shores on 18 April 2013.Commissioning of the dock in September entailed the placement of the mooring blocks, dredging, and moving Namdock 1. This was followed by the remobilisation of all requisite equipment, such as cranes, pumps and valves and the offloading of the floating crane.“The fact that the commissioning of the Panamax went smoothly and according to plan is testament to the calibre of EBH Namibia’s work force and our teamwork ethic. Sheer hard work and dedication ensured that all deadlines were met.This inauguration is a proud moment in our history, and we are looking forward to a future of sustainable long-term growth and generating increasing value to all our stakeholders,” Uys concludes. EBH, October 25, 2013 Print  Closelast_img read more

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Theresa May officially steps down as Tory leader

first_imgLondon: Outgoing British Prime Minister Theresa May will officially step down as the leader of the Conservative Party on Friday, but will retain the post of premiership until her successor is chosen, which is expected to be at the end of July. The move will pave the way for a leadership battle for her successor who will try to deliver Brexit after May failed to get her deal through Parliament. May announced her resignation May 24, saying it was a matter of deep regret that she had been unable to deliver Brexit. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’Eleven Conservative MPs are vying to replace her, including former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, but some are likely to drop out before the June 10 deadline for nominations, the BBC reported. May remains acting party leader while the contest takes place. Her time as leader had been dominated by Brexit, with her party divided over the issue. Nominations for her successor will close on June 10, with the first round of voting by MPs taking place on June 13. Following a hustings involving the remaining candidates on June 17, the second ballot will take place on June 18. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in ChinaUp to five MPs’ ballots are expected to take place, with the two candidates left standing announced on June 20. They will then go forward to a ballot of Tory Party members, with the winner expected to be announced by July 22. The UK was originally meant to leave the European Union on March 29 but that was then postponed to April 12 and eventually to October 31. When May announced her resignation, she said it was time for a new Prime Minister to try to deliver Brexit.last_img read more

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Have not received any letter from PC Chacko says Sheila

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi Congress chief Sheila Dikshit on Thursday denied to have received any letter from PC Chacko, in-charge for the party’s city affairs. “I am not replying to his letters because I haven’t received any letter from him,” Dikshit said .Chacko had earlier said that he he has not received any reply from Dikshit for the four letters he wrote to her regarding the ongoing issues in the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC). “I have my own working style, which I will continue,” Dikshit added. Since Rahul Gandhi’s resignation from the post of Congress president, internal dispute in the party has increased. Chacko on Wednesday had told the state unit Congress chief Dikshit that three working presidents in the state would work independently. “As you are not keeping well, the three working presidents in the state will work independently and report to you the decisions taken,” Chacko’s letter to Dikshit read. Earlier this week, Chacko had written to Dikshit expressing his displeasure over her appointing 14 District Congress Committee observers and 280 Block Congress Committee observers without consulting him and the working presidents of the party’s city unit. Dikshit had on June 28 dissolved all 280 Block Congress Committees in the city with immediate effect, a decision which was later stayed by Chacko. According to sources, Chacko had asked Dikshit and the three working presidents to meet and resolve the issue.last_img read more

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Cohen Media Group purchases Landmark Theatre chain

first_imgLOS ANGELES — An Oscar-winning production and distribution company is getting into the movie theatre business.Representatives from the Cohen Media Group say Tuesday the company has purchased Landmark Theatres, the nation’s largest independent theatre chain.Landmark Theatres has 252 screens in 27 cities and has been under the ownership of Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban’s 2929 Entertainment since 2003.CMG has been behind such Oscar-nominated and winning films as “The Salesman” and “Faces Places.”CMG founder Charles S. Cohen said in a statement that he admired the way Landmark has evolved to fit the changing independent film landscape.Cohen said the theatrical chain is a good fit with the CMG business , one of which restores classic films like the Merchant Ivory collection and the Buster Keaton catalogue.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Volkswagen to build electric vehicles at Tennessee plant

first_imgGerman automaker Volkswagen says its factory in Tennessee will be the focus of an $800 million investment in its manufacturing of electric vehicles in North America.Volkswagen said in a news release Monday that it will expand its plant in Chattanooga and create 1,000 jobs there as the factory gears up for electric vehicle production beginning in 2022.The factory will produce a vehicle using a modular chassis the company has said will help build electric vehicles for the mass market. Volkswagen currently builds two vehicles in Chattanooga.Volkswagen said last week it posted an annual sales record in 2018. The company has paid more than more than $31 billion in fines and settlements after it was caught installing software that let cars cheat on U.S. emissions tests.Adrian Sainz, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Products made of threatened African wildlife sold at US expo

WASHINGTON — Photos and video taken by an animal welfare activists at a recent trophy hunting convention show an array of products crafted from the body parts of threatened big-game animals, including boots, chaps, belts and furniture labeled as elephant leather.Vendors at the Safari Club International event held last week in Reno, Nevada, were also recorded hawking African vacations to shoot captive-bred lions raised in pens. The club has previously said it wouldn’t allow the sale of so-called canned hunts.The hidden camera footage was released Friday by the Humane Society of the United States. Both federal and state laws restrict the commercial sale of hides from African elephants, which are protected under the Endangered Species Act.A Safari Club spokeswoman did not respond to messages seeking comment.Michael Biesecker, The Associated Press read more

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UN mission spends 700000 for volcano relief effort in DR of Congo

The Mission has used its air and land transport assets to help relief aid and international experts to reach those affected by lava flows from Mount Nyiragongo, which erupted on 17 January, according to Amos Namanga Ngongi, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Briefing reporters in Kinshasa, Mr. Ngongi said the mission had dispatched four cargo planes in order to bring emergency aid to Goma through Kigali and Bukavu. The relief included 24 tonnes of humanitarian aid provided by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and 17 tonnes collected by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The UN estimates that about a quarter of a million people from Goma are homeless as a result of devastation wreaked by the volcano, while 40 per cent of all health centres and 70 per cent of all schools in the area have been destroyed by lava flows. read more

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Womens soccer OSU versus Michigan in Saturday showdown

Then-junior forward Nichelle Prince (7) dribbles with the ball during a game against Minnesota on Sept. 17. Credit: Sam Harris | For The LanternThe senior members of the Ohio State women’s soccer team will have a chip on their shoulder as they head north to Ann Arbor this Saturday.The Buckeyes (9-5-3, 3-3-3 Big Ten) face off versus the Michigan Wolverines (9-3-3, 5-2-2 Big Ten) at 7:30 p.m. in a rivalry game that has not been played in Columbus in four straight seasons. “This is unfortunate that this senior class has never been able to play Michigan at home in their four-year career,” coach Lori Walker said with a tone of slight frustration. “And that’s a little added feel for us. We’ll just go up there and play as if it’s our home game.”Coach Walker made it a point this week to not complain about the situation, move on and put the best foot forward to come home with a win. Michigan has been a solid team this season, though it has hit a bit of a slump in its past four games, with losses to Illinois and Northwestern and ties with Wisconsin and Minnesota. OSU’s focus in practice this week was centered around putting the pieces together both on defense and offense. Senior forward Nichelle Prince emphasized this focus during practice this week.“We’re not trying to change a lot of things,” Prince said. “We want to stick to our own game plan, but it’s just sharpening up a few of the small details.”Prince leads the Buckeyes with 53 total shots on the season, and plays a key role in the offensive attack for OSU. Prince emphasized her main goal for the matchup against Michigan as being to finish on opportunities presented during offensive attack. Coach Walker noted offensive and defensive tactics that are key to success versus Michigan Saturday night. “Having great offensive pressure and putting it on Michigan, as well as maintaining really good defensive shape and defensive transition, is the most important thing,” Walker said.Sophomore goalkeeper Devon Kerr had her first start of the season against Rutgers last Sunday, completing a shutout of the strong Rutgers offense. Kerr is set to start again Saturday, and with recognition of her growth in play and maturity coming from her coach. “Her ability to make saves is tremendous,” Walker said. “She is fearless catching crosses — there’s so many qualities about her that help us.”Kerr became the third goalkeeper for OSU to start a game this season, as redshirt senior Jillian McVicker’s early-season injury led to an opportunity for redshirt junior Megan Deldernick to step up. “Megan has done a fantastic job for us in stepping in in the situation with McVicker,” Walker said. “I don’t know that there’s another team in the country that has three goalkeepers as capable as we do, and that is something that I’m proud of.”Prince expressed excitement for the matchup against the Wolverines, keeping in the back of her mind that she has yet to mark a victory against Michigan, while focusing on postseason implications. “It is Ohio State and Michigan,” Prince said. “But it is also for our season and where we want to go for postseason. It’s going to be an intense game, but it will be fun.” read more

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Wrestling Kyle Snyder returns for senior year with fresh gold medal

Then-junior Kyle Snyder lifts Penn State’s Nick Nevills for a takedown on Feb. 3, 2017 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 32-12. Credit: Nicholas McWilliams | Former Sports EditorKyle Snyder didn’t have to return for his senior season at Ohio State. The decorated heavyweight has accomplished virtually everything in his time as a Buckeye, winning a team national championship as a freshman, two individual national championships in 2016 and 2017, an Olympic gold medal in 2016, two world championships in 2015 and 2017, two Big Ten individual titles and owning three All-American seasons. Competing professionally internationally will likely be fruitful for the Olympic gold medalist and world champion once he graduates, both in terms of success on the mat and financially. So, why did he return for his senior season?“The only reason why I wouldn’t come back is because of the financial opportunities that I could be potentially missing out on,” Snyder said. “I just talked with the coaches and my parents and decided that that stuff can wait and I’m just going to finish out my career here and then pursue international wrestling.”The heavyweight said he made the decision to return during the spring. Snyder added he was able to receive “all of the operation gold money” from his wins in the Olympics in world championships, but couldn’t pull in any sponsorship money. He thought long and hard about forgoing his amateur status and pursuing compensation beyond what he was able to receive from the Olympics and world championships. “They were pretty tempting,” Snyder said. “It would’ve been cool to be able to start making money earlier, but it’s only a couple years and the opportunities that were there last year will be there this year coming up.” Snyder recently captured gold at the World Wrestling Championships in Paris on Aug. 26. His 6-5 upset victory in the finals against Russia’s Abdulrashid Sadulaev sent waves through the wrestling world and taught Snyder a few lessons he can carry into his senior season. “I learned that mentally I’m getting stronger,” Snyder said. “I’m becoming more rigid in my mentality to where I can get more out of myself when I’m competing. I learned that there’s still some things that I can improve on. I see that in my wrestling, so that’s always good.”What Snyder and the Buckeyes will accomplish in his senior season remains to be seen. What is clear, however, is that Ohio State — with a roster housing seven returning All-Americans, including 2015 NCAA champion Nathan Tomasello and 2016 NCAA champion Myles Martin — is poised to make another run at a national championship this season.Snyder said the opportunity to compete alongside a striking amount of talent was attractive in his decision to return, and that there is nothing quite like wrestling on a team.“This year, we have a really special team,” Snyder said. “I think we have the potential to be one of the greatest wrestling teams in the history of NCAA sports, in the history of NCAA wrestling. That’s exciting.”Coach Tom Ryan said Snyder’s dedication to his team has become clear in the past three years.“I mean the thing about Kyle that has always impressed me is that, despite the accolades, he doesn’t change,” Ryan said. “He came in here full of fire, he’s still full of fire. He loves this sport. He loves this program. He loves his teammates.”Ryan suspects that leading the Buckeyes to a team national championship was the main goal in Snyder’s plan to return. “He helped the team win nationals as a freshman and I think there’s certainly an element of him now, he wants to leave leading the team to another national championship,” Ryan said. Snyder said that’s precisely why he’s staying around.“The perfect end? A team title,” Snyder said. “We’re in Cleveland, so a team title at the [Quicken Loans Arena] would be awesome. And when I started my freshman year here we won a team title and then we took third and then second, so finishing off my career here with another team NCAA title would be awesome.” read more

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Bucks earn tournament berth after sweeping through conference rivals

The women’s volleyball team finished big at home this weekend, upsetting No. 12 Michigan and defeating Michigan State en route to an NCAA Tournament berth.A 3-0 sweep of Michigan earned the Buckeyes their second win over a ranked opponent this season. OSU won the three sets 25-20, 25-22 and 25-22.The Buckeyes had the edge over Michigan in hitting. They had four ace serves, two of which came from the hands of Kelli Barhorst. Several players shared match-highs against Michigan, including Katie Dull’s 16.5 points and three blocks.  The Buckeyes entered their last regular season match at St. John Arena on Saturday evening.With the momentum from blowing past Michigan and the Big Ten tournament on the horizon, the Buckeyes were on the attack.The Buckeyes took an early 17-12 lead in the first set but got stuck behind a five-point run by Michigan State. Holding a 24-20 lead, the Buckeyes took the set off a Michigan State error.  In the second set, senior Ashley Hughes began to rack up the 25 assists, five blocks, five kills and four digs she earned across the match.   Dull added to her match-highs on the weekend with 17.5 points, 13 kills, and a career-tying three solo blocks.    The Buckeyes added another 3-0 sweep to their weekend, winning all three sets against MSU, 25-21, 25-20 and 25-15.  Following two big wins to close the season, seniors Kristen Dozier, Ashley Hughes and Chelsea Noble were joined by their families on the court.  Dozier and Hughes played for the Buckeyes for four seasons, and Noble has contributed for two seasons.  Each player was recognized for her career achievements and received her own framed jersey.    In their final singing of “Carmen Ohio” in St. John Arena, the seniors joined arms with their families to remember every match played on their home court.  The Buckeyes finished the season 23-9 overall and 12-8 in Big Ten play. The Buckeyes finished tied for fourth in the Big Ten with Michigan.    OSU concluded its perfect weekend by earning an NCAA Tournament berth Sunday. The Bucks will host Cincinnati in a first-round matchup Friday at St. John Arena. If OSU beats the Bearcats, it will advance to face the winner of Lipscomb-California at home Saturday. read more

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