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In Meghalaya, where it took 15 deaths for the reality of illegal mining to hit hard

first_img What is rat-hole mining?Coal mining in Meghalaya, financed by businessmen from outside, took off commercially in the 1980s. Since much of the State’s land is community-owned, it was easy for the moneyed locals to purchase land and employ non-tribal labourers to burrow for maximum profit. Rat-hole mining, involving digging of tunnels 3-4 feet high, was the most preferred to strike at narrow coal seams deeper inside the hills.The less dangerous of two methods of digging tunnels is side-cutting on the slopes. The other method entails digging a rectangular pit vertically to a depth of up to 400 metres. Rat-hole-sized tunnels are dug horizontally wherever the coal seams are found for the workers to crawl in and out. The NGT found these techniques unscientific and unsafe for workers.Why does it continue?Many who matter in Meghalaya own a coal mine or are associated with the trade. They include politicians, bureaucrats, police officers and extremists. In 2015, the State government said the ban would cost it ₹600 crore in revenue. The high stakes involved had made political parties promise reopen coal mines during the February Assembly election.Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, earlier in denial mode, has admitted after the accident that illegal mining does happen. He has promised appropriate action but at the same time said mining activities are spread across too vast an area to monitor.Activists are sceptical; on Thursday, an affidavit in the Meghalaya High Court pointed out that the prime accused in the mob attack on Ms. Kharshiing and her associate Amita Sangma was a leader of the ruling National People’s Party and there was no hope of a “meaningful investigation” because of a nexus among the coal mafia, the police and politicians. An ‘underground economy’ has for long been known to fuel Meghalaya’s politics. It has taken the collapse of a coal mine and – in all probability – the death of at least 15 miners for the reality of illegal mining to hit hard.The accident on December 13, when the miners struck an aquifer leading to the flooding of a 370-foot mine, was the first after the National Green Tribunal (NGT) banned unscientific ‘rat-hole mining’ in the State on April 17, 2014.Where is the mine?The mine, about 130 km from the capital Shillong, is at Ksan near the river Lytein in the Saipung area of East Jaintia Hills, one of eight mining districts of the State.The site is 48 km from where rights and anti-mining activist Agnes Kharshiing was assaulted a month ago for her campaign against illegal mining. East Jaintia Hills has a major share of an estimated coal reserve of 576 million tonnes in the State, which also has substantial deposits of limestone and other minerals. Much of the coal sent out of Meghalaya before the NGT ban was from this district. An assessment by a committee, constituted by the NGT, recorded the highest amount of extracted coal — 3.7 million tonnes of a total 6.5 million tonnes — in the State in September 2014.What prompted the NGT ban?The NGT ban, retained in 2015, followed a petition filed by the All Dimasa Students’ Union in Assam. The union had cited a study by O.P. Singh of the North Eastern Hill University that said mining in the coal belts and coal stockpiles in the Jaintia Hills areas were polluting rivers and streams flowing down to Assam’s Dima Hasao district, killing aquatic life and rendering the water unfit for drinking or irrigation. Apart from the ecological impact, the NGT observed that “there is umpteen number of cases where by virtue of rat-hole mining, during the rainy season, water flooded into the mining areas resulting in the death of many.” The trigger for the ban was the case of 15 miners trapped fatally inside a flooded mine in the South Garo Hills in July 2012. In between, a Shillong-based NGO filed a public interest litigation petition against illegal coal mining, claiming the rat-hole mines employed 70,000 child labourers. The government later said only 222 children were found working in the mines.last_img read more

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Advertisements to two J&K newspapers stopped: Kashmir Editors Guild

first_imgThe Kashmir Editors Guild, a body of Valley-based editors, on Friday said the Governor’s administration, has stopped advertisements to the largest circulated local daily, Greater Kashmir, and another daily, Kashmir Reader, “without an formal order.”“Interestingly, the strangulation bid came at a time when media in general and the Kashmir media in particular is putting up a huge and costly battle with social media set-ups to ensure the truth is cleanly and clearly separated and reported from mass rumour mongering. Kashmir is quite prone to rumours, which routinely overtake facts,” the Guild’s said in a statement.The statement said the Guild regrets that the administration had stopped government advertisements and had decided “to fight the deliberate strangulation and subversion of the institution of media in the State.”The Guild has sought the attention of the the Press Council of India and the Editors Guild of India to exercise their legal, ethical and professional mandate to intervene in the issue. “The media in Kashmir is professional and has retained its neutrality even at the cost of lives. It will continue to do so,” said the statement.last_img read more

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Bench time helps Cobb measure FEU

first_imgGlobe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Garvo Lanete gives ailing Meralco a boost LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers View commentscenter_img AFP official booed out of forum Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Cobb did just that as she found Desiree Cheng for the final point of the five-set win for La Salle, 24-22, 25-17, 24-26, 23-25, 15-7.Then sophomore setter, who once played heroine in La Salle’s sweep of University of the Philippines in the team’s second game, said they ramped up the aggressiveness come the fifth set in order to forget about what happened in the sets they lost.“We became more aggressive in the fifth set because we wanted to forget about the third and fourth sets,” said Cobb who had 49 excellent sets. “We just had to focus on the fifth set that we will kill it and take the lead because once you take the lead in the fifth set it’s really difficult to be caught.”“When I got back on the floor, I told myself that we will finish this game and find the hitter that will score.”ADVERTISEMENT La Salle head coach Ramil De Jesus opted to sit his setter down midway through the fifth set in the Lady Spikers’ match against Far Eastern University in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament.And as veteran CJ Saga took up Cobb’s place on the floor, the 18-year-old playmaker took the time to study FEU’s movements and listen to what head coach Ramil De Jesus observed on the Lady Tamaraws.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Coach told me the possibilities of what could happen on the floor, and most of the time it really did happen,” said Cobb in Filipino Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre. “So what he said became really big and he also instructed me while I was on the bench.”And when Cobb finally made it back to the floor in the final third of the fifth set, the ember within her grew into a fire and her sole mission was to orchestrate her team’s offense and dispatch FEU. Michelle Cobb may not have played the entie fifth set, but she made sure to make her time on the bench worthwhile as she once again proved her closing capabilities for De La Salle.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena stinglast_img read more

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CWG scam: Court awards jail term to two directors of pvt firm

first_imgNew Delhi, May 25 (PTI) A special court has awarded two- and-a-half year jail term to two directors of a Mumbai-based firm for cheating and criminal conspiracy while securing the contract to renovate Talkatora and Shivaji Stadiums during 2010 Commonwealth Games (CWG) here.Special CBI Judge Arvind Kumar imposed a fine of Rs 10 lakh on M/s Raja Aederi Consultants Pvt Ltd while handing over the jail term to its directors — 86 year-old Raja Aederi and 59-year-old Uday Shankar Bhat, saying it was not a fit case to award maximum sentence considering their conduct and medical condition.While seeking leniency from the court, the convicts had submitted that they were suffering from serious ailments and other age-related diseases.The court also slapped a fine of Rs five lakh on both.It, however, acquitted the then Superintending Engineer R S Thakur and Executive Engineer V K Gulati of NDMC.”The prosecution has failed to bring home guilt of accused Thakur and Gulati beyond the shadow of all reasonable doubt. Accordingly, I hereby acquit them from all the charges,” it said.The court had in September 2014 framed charges against the accused who had pleaded not guilty and claimed trial.The CBI had claimed in its charge sheet that all the five accused had, in a criminal conspiracy, cheated the government in securing the contract to renovate Talkatora and Shivaji Stadium which were selected as Boxing Sports Venue and the Competition and Training Venue for Hockey respectively.It had claimed that the firm and its two officials had dishonestly and fraudulently submitted false information in its bid regarding stadium project. PTI UK RKS ARCadvertisementlast_img read more

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Harry Kane keen to see if Tottenham Hotspur F.C. are the Real deal in Europe

first_imgTottenham Hotspur F.C. are looking forward to seeing how they measure up against Champions League holders Real Madrid in the group stages of this season’s tournament, the Premier League side’s striker Harry Kane has said.Tottenham Hotspur F.C. were handed a tough Group H draw against 11-time winners Real, German side Borussia Dortmund and Apoel Nicosia from Cyprus, and Kane says the North London team cannot wait to prove themselves in the continent’s elite competition.”It’s a great draw. You expect to play the best in Europe in the UEFA Champions League and it’s exciting for us,” Kane told the club’s website. (www.tottenhamhotspur.com)”We look forward to these games. You want to test yourself against the best and Real Madrid C.F. are the best at the moment.Great #UCLDraw! Some huge games in there. #COYS pic.twitter.com/z4tgfPDRt4- Harry Kane (@HKane) August 24, 2017??? @HKane: “Our aim is to win every game and this will be a good test to see where we’re at and how far we’ve come.” #UCLdraw #COYS pic.twitter.com/cSYlVZR9OF- Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 24, 2017On this day in 2011 an 18-year-old @HKane made his #THFC debut. ???It hasn’t been a bad 6?? years since… #OneOfOurOwn pic.twitter.com/fSWAR3D9Ql- Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 25, 2017″I remember the game against Real Madrid at the (White Hart Lane in 2011. I’m sure Wembley will be packed for the matches… Our aim is to win every game and this will be a good test to see where we’re at and how far we’ve come.”advertisementThe Spanish champions beat Tottenham 5-0 on aggregate when the two sides met in the quarter-finals of the Champions League in 2011. Spurs will host Real at Wembley this time, however, their temporary home until the completion of their new stadium.Tottenham returned to Europe’s elite competition last season after a five-year absence but failed to progress to the knockout stages, finishing third in their group, and defensive midfielder Eric Dier believes that experience can help them this campaign.A tough group and some huge games ahead! What do you think??? @realmadrid ?? @BVB ?? @apoelfcofficial #UCLdraw #COYS pic.twitter.com/kancfIj0ov- Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 24, 2017 “It’s a very exciting group and from last season’s experience, we know there are no easy games in the Champions League,” Dier said.”Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, who we played in the UEFA Europa League a couple of years ago — our styles will make for a great game in that one. Apoel will be tough as well.”We respect every opponent and we’ll give everything against every opponent as well and try to beat them. It’s exciting for our fans, a really exciting group and we’re all looking forward to it.”??? @ericdier: “That’s what the @ChampionsLeague is all about, pitting yourselves against the best teams in Europe.” #UCLdraw #COYS pic.twitter.com/6HKRL958QU- Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 24, 2017The Champions League group stage kicks off next month so Tottenham’s immediate attention will switch to domestic matters, starting with a home Premier League fixture against Burnley F.C. at Wembley on Sunday.last_img read more

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Klopp listens to Alexander-Arnold’s mother

first_imgLiverpool Klopp under orders to play Alexander-Arnold… from the full-back’s mother Jack Davies Last updated 1 year ago 05:22 12/27/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Trent Alexander Arnold Liverpool PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images Liverpool Jürgen Klopp Liverpool v Swansea City Swansea City Premier League The youngster’s mother appears to have played a role in persuading the Liverpool boss to start her son against Swansea City Jurgen Klopp has admitted bowing to external pressures to start Trent Alexander-Arnold in Tuesday’s 5-0 demolition of Swansea City, following a meeting with the full-back’s mother.Alexander-Arnold’s mum visited the club last week, when she explained to Klopp that the 19-year-old’s extended family would be over from the United States for the Boxing Day fixture.Klopp took the conversation as a hint to start the local prospect and the selection paid off, as Alexander-Arnold netted his first Premier League goal in front of the Kop. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “His mother was in the office of our sports director last week and she told me the whole family from America is over,” Klopp explained to Sky Sports. “So I asked if that was an order for him to be in the line-up and she said yes.”We are happy for him. It’s a fantastic story.”Not a fantastic first half for Trent as well [as the rest of the team], but second half he stepped up and played really well.”In training he’s made big steps in the last few weeks and months, so that’s really important for us.”Alexander-Arnold’s was one of four goals scored in the second half, as Roberto Firmino’s double and an Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain strike also added to Philippe Coutinho’s early opener. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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Liverpool’s Dominic Solanke admits disallowed goal did strike his arm

first_imgShare on Twitter Liverpool Jürgen Klopp brings back Liverpool’s top brass but West Brom leave with a point Topics Dominic Solanke has claimed he was “very unlucky” not to register his first Liverpool goal against West Bromwich Albion despite admitting the disallowed effort did strike his arm.The young striker’s 82nd-minute celebrations were cut short against Alan Pardew’s team when the referee Paul Tierney and assistant Constantine Hatzidakis penalised a handball offence. Jürgen Klopp, the Liverpool manager, said he was unsure Solanke had used both his chest and arm to convert Joe Gomez’s cross after watching several replays.“It was another moment where we had no luck,” said Klopp, who maintains Everton were wrongly awarded a late penalty in the Merseyside derby on Sunday. Share on Pinterest news Share on WhatsApp Reuse this content Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Solanke, however, confirmed: “It went on to my chest, I tried to chest it in and it has clipped my arm. The referee disallowed it but it’s very unlucky. I thought he had given it. I was celebrating. I don’t know what changed his mind but he did. I thought I’d won it. It’s not nice when you are celebrating and it gets disallowed.”Despite the frustration of another home draw and the wait for his first Liverpool goal, Solanke says he has been encouraged by his contribution and the feedback from Klopp since arriving from Chelsea in the summer. The 20-year-old made his first Premier League start at Anfield in the Merseyside derby and has made 14 appearances for Klopp’s side so far, vindicating his decision to leave Stamford Bridge in search of more regular first-team football.Solanke said: “The manager has made me feel welcome, he has showed a lot of faith in me and played me in some important games. He always gives me feedback and tells me if he thinks I should be doing something better, which you want from a manager. He does it game by game. If I’m playing and he sees things I can do better or I’m doing well he will always tell me. It is criticism and praise, it helps me a lot.“I’m happy here. It’s a great club, a great team and we’ve been doing well. We have to keep on trying to win games. At Liverpool there are a lot of young players, it’s a young squad and the manager has a lot of faith in the young players so it’s a good place to be.”Liverpool are unbeaten in 11 matches going into the game at Bournemouth on Sunday but, after scoring 12 goals in two games before the derby, have seen momentum stalled by successive home draws against Everton and West Brom. Klopp has rotated more than any other Premier League manager this season in an attempt to protect his players’ fitness and avoid a repeat of last winter’s slump. His goalkeeper, Loris Karius, maintains rotation has not affected Liverpool’s rhythm.“If you look at the starting XI [against West Bromwich] that is pretty much a starting XI that has played together before,” the German keeper said. “It is not as if there are six new, young players coming in – we are all professionals and have played a bunch of games so there is no excuse. The manager picks the strongest team and the fittest one and I think it was a strong team.“We have dropped points but we still believe in our ability. We did when we played well and we do when we drop points. It is a long season and there are so many games and so many points to get so I feel other teams will drop points. We saw it with Tottenham recently and the only team flying completely is [Manchester] City. I am still confident in us. We just have to focus on the next one and get the points there.”Karius made only his second start of the league season on Wednesday, with Simon Mignolet nursing a swollen ankle. Despite enduring a troubled afternoon at Bournemouth last season, the 24-year-old is hopeful of retaining his place against Eddie Howe’s team after impressing at Anfield. Mignolet, however, expects to return to the side on Sunday.Karius added: “I want to play every game and my favourite option would be to play again Sunday but I have to take it as it comes and perform well when I am in the squad. I think I did a decent job so the manager has trust in me otherwise he wouldn’t have thrown me in. I would prefer to play now every single game so we will just have to wait and see.” Share on Facebook Share on Messenger Read morelast_img read more

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Wily Warren Gatland talks up England after naming unchanged Wales side

first_imgEngland rugby union team Rugby union Six Nations 2018 Show Six Nations Quick guide Wales XV to face England The invitation was to lob a grenade or two over the wall of England’s training base in Bagshot but Gatland preferred to garland the Six Nations champions – who are looking to equal their tournament record of five successive victories over Wales – with praise while permitting himself a couple of quips.Jones’s response to being asked questions about opponents is to reply: “I’m the coach of England, mate,” and move on. But Gatland fielded every one, with the subjects ranging from Jones and his ambition to get England to the top of the world rankings by next year’s World Cup to Owen Farrell and whether he noticed on last year’s Lions tour to New Zealand an improvement in the England players compared with his two previous tours.“I’m intrigued by watching Eddie,” said Gatland, “the way he prepares and how he goes about doing things. You learn as much as you possibly can from others as the game changes. He doesn’t need to nick anything from me. I’m the one learning from him. He’s done a great job so I’m watching him particularly closely.“You can’t argue with his ambition or their record in the past couple of seasons. Getting to No 1 has definitely been their target and we’ll know by the autumn [when New Zealand visit Twickenham]. That’s going to be interesting. You set yourself up for a big game and then you potentially become No 1 or someone pulls your pants down.”Asked whether he had noticed a greater confidence in the England Lions last summer compared to the previous tours he had been on, he answered: “I didn’t because it is the first time they’ve had a few English players!” And when the follow-up was whether he thought Jones would be interested in coaching the Lions in South Africa in 2021, he quickly shot back: “He’ll do a great job if he’s Lions coach: 3-0 will be expected. It’s probably the easiest of the three tours, isn’t it.”A couple of years ago, there was an edginess to Gatland as Wales struggled to repeat the success of his first five years. This time he had the calm assurance of a coach who expects his players to put themselves in a position to win on Saturday despite the absence of eight Lions.“England are a very good, rounded side,” he said. “We will be taking on an absolutely massive pack at Twickenham and it will be an incredible test. We will have to be at our best to stop them. They are very positive in the way they play and they have some serious speed and attacking threats out wide with creativeness at 10 and 12.“The only change we see is Jonathan Joseph coming back in at 13 and the key for us is to go there with confidence and self-belief and not be intimidated by the Twickenham factor. We trained against the England pack in Bristol in the autumn and that was good. We do not have any fear about going there, just excitement. Everyone talks about the dislike of the English, but I think the relationship between Wales and England has always been close. It’s a big brother-little brother thing, but it’s rugby that brings the two nations together.”Gatland named his first unchanged side since the last Six Nations visit to Twickenham two years ago. North, who on Friday started his first match for Northampton since October, returns to the bench, where he will cover the wing and centre, but Williams has returned to Saracens after recovering from an abdominal strain. The second-row Cory Hill, who left the field against Scotland for a head injury assessment and did not return, is expected to resume full training on Thursday.“The selection meeting took very little time as we felt the starting side against Scotland deserved another chance,” said Gatland. “We were very happy with Josh Adams’s debut [on the wing] and if we are going to find out about a player at the next level, it will be this weekend.” Share on Twitter Share via Email Hide Was this helpful? Share on Pinterest Thank you for your feedback. 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. Reuse this content Share on Messenger Six Nations: Ben Youngs ruled out for season with knee injury Wales rugby union team Photograph: Paul Harding/PA Since you’re here… Share on Facebook Topics Wales XV L Halfpenny (Scarlets, left); J Adams (Worcs), S Williams, H Parkes, S Evans; R Patchell, G Davies; R Evans, K Owens, S Lee (all Scarlets), C Hill (Dragons), AW Jones (Ospreys, capt), A Shingler (Scarlets), J Navidi (Cardiff Blues), R Moriarty (Gloucs). Replacements E Dee (Dragons), W Jones (Scarlets), T Francis (Exeter), B Davies (Ospreys), J Tipuric (Ospreys), A Davies (Scarlets), G Anscombe (Cardiff Blues), G North (Northampton). Share on LinkedIn If Wales show the same composure and quick thinking that Warren Gatland displayed during his team announcement for Saturday’s match at Twickenham, England’s six-year home unbeaten record in the tournament will come under threat.After the head coach had said the decision to keep faith with the side that had started the 34-7 victory over Scotland in the opening round took very little time despite the availability of two Lions in the back three, George North and Liam Williams, he was asked repeated questions about England and his opposite number, Eddie Jones. Share on WhatsApp Read more newslast_img read more

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Referee upgrades and finals appointments

first_imgCongratulations to the referees who received their upgrades and were appointed finals at the 2015 National Touch League.Level four upgrade:Peter CrampGeoffrey StockLevel five upgrade:Joseph AboudAnthony AlevrasJames AndersonJamie BanfieldChris BensteadTony CollinsRobert CooperPat CostiganAmanda DraperPeter FanAdam FlintHayden GreavesGrant HanrahanAdrian JamesPaul KhoudairMatt ManningRobert McKechnieTim MoloneyBarry NicholsDanielle NunnJason PatmanChris ReynoldsDavid RobertsonFrank ScarfoneKathleen SpenceJohn ViklundLevel six upgrade:Brian BlechyndenLeigh BryantDamon CupittJon HallKerrod HallAmberley KeatingStephen LaingMichael LittlefieldDavid LowthKai MarutaJohn MitchellRoderick MundrabyShane MurrellFiona QuinnJennifer RoeLuke SaldernAmanda SheekyAnthony SutersMatthew WatersFinals appointments:Men’s Elite Eight: Dale Lawrence, Dave Baggio, Luke McKenzie.Women’s Elite Eight: Brett Freshwater, Matt Lavery, Kim Skelly.Mixed open: Anthony Smith, Billy Greatbatch, Brad Smith.Men’s 30s: Rob Bowen, Luke Heckendorf, Damien Carlson.Men’s T-League: Tony Calabria, Josh Vernon, Chris Schwerdt.Women’s T-League: Samantha Hacon, Rebecca Ward, Matthew Prendergast.Men’s 40s: Justin Parsons, John Taylor, Bill Slade.Senior mixed: Bernie O’Donohue, Barry McNamara, Scott Marsh.Women’s 35s: Annabelle Connolly, Denise Weier, Amanda Single.Men’s 45s: Michael Watt, Timothy Pearson, Michael Landsberg.Men’s 50s: James Steinberg, Adam Vickery, Richard McIlroy.Women’s 40s: Jo Mason, Sally Melzer, Alanah Sinclair.Men’s 55s: Chris Murray, John Frost, Greg Taylor.You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2015 National Touch League in the following ways: Websites www.ntl.mytouchfooty.com www.touchfootball.com.au Social Media Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2015) Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia YouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus (live streaming of select games will occur, stay tuned to www.touchfootball.com.au for all of the links)Related LinksNTL Refereeslast_img read more

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Persol Launches The New Icons Collection

first_img The 12 Best Laptop Bags for Men Persol. You might not know the Italian luxury eyewear brand’s name by heart, but you’d certainly recognize its styles. Timeless, sophisticated and streamlined in that midcentury modern way, Persol sunglasses, particularly from the 1950 and 60s, had as much of that continental, je ne sais quoi quality about them as that sporty elegance channeled by the likes of Steve McQueen, who wore Persol’s 649 shades in “The Thomas Crown Affair” and turned it into one of the most desirable frames of all times. Even today vintage eyewear die-hards continue to seek out the iconic 649 and the 714, the first sunglass that could be folded in four to fit inside the breast pocket of a suit jacket.Thankfully, Persol continues to make these great shades, but what’s more, Persol is now offering updated versions of both, each lighter and sleeker in sunglass and now optic variations. It’s also reissuing the Cellor, first introduced in 1955 and named after its celluloid and gold tinted metal design. The new Cellor comes in sunglass and optic versions blending exclusive acetates in vintage colors and laser-engraved metals such as “Caffe” with green polarized lenses and a gold-colored bridge, “Terra di Siena” with green lenses and a gunmetal bridge, “Tabacco Virginia” with brown polarized lenses and a silver-colored bridge, and “Nero” with green and green polarized lenses with a silver-colored bridge. Each features Persol’s trademark mini supreme arrow on the temples and its “Meflecto” flex system, which allows glasses to adapt to any face shape.In a fitting tribute to the series, Persol’s new campaign features the renowned photographer, music video director and filmmaker Stéphane Sednaoui (above). Comprising three self-portraits of the artist wearing the new Icons Collection, the campaign channels Persol’s philosophy of individual expression. Unveiling the campaign alongside his latest film project titled “Clues” in New York City recently, Sednaoui praised the brand’s uber cool collaborative approach, but later laughed, “I definitely like to be on the other side of the camera.” 8 Best Outdoor Sport Sunglasses for the Adventurous Man 1. Persol Icons Collection 2. 9649 3. 9649 4. 9649 5. 9714 6. 9714 7. 9714 8. 9714 9. 9714 10. Cellor 11. Cellor 12. Cellor Save Your Eyes from the Scourge of the Screens with the Best Blue-Light-Blocking Glasses for Men center_img Editors’ Recommendations The New Fender Vintera Series Harkens Back to the Beginnings of Rock and Roll A Brief History of Aviator Sunglasses and Our 5 Favorite Pairs Right Nowlast_img read more

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Nisshin Places Order for Five Bulk Carriers with …

first_imgJiangsu Hantong, October 28, 2013 My location zoom China’s Jiangsu Hantong has signed shipbuilding contracts for five 82, 000 dwt bulk carriers with Japanese Shipowner Nisshin, a repeat customer of the shipyard.The vessels will be built in New Hantong with expected completion and delivery scheduled for around 30th November, 2016.Jiangsu Hantong Ship Heavy Industry Co. Ltd. (HTS) secured an order for the construction of another bulker duo of 38,800 DWT from the same owner. The vessels are slated for delivery in the second half of 2015.Prompted by a depressed market, Japanese shipowner Nisshin Shipping is pursuing an aggressive fleet expansion plan. Print  Close 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定last_img read more

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Ananyas focus is on films now

first_imgNew Delhi: “Ananya is a great student, but right now her focus is on films,” says actor Chunky Panday of his daughter Ananya Panday, who has just made her Bollywood debut with the film Student of the Year 2. Apart from her acting stint, Ananya recently got talked about when some girls who claimed to be Ananya’s schoolmates, shared on social media that the actress lied about her admission to international universities, stating she never applied for them. Also Read – ‘Will be acting till I die’The comments came earlier this month via an Instagram account after Ananya reportedly spoke about in an interview how she gave up admission abroad for Student Of The Year 2. “I was all set to go to college. I was going to USC (University of Southern California) to study, but wanted to give it one shot before I left. So I went and auditioned for the film. And luckily, I got it. This a dream come true,” Ananya was quoted as saying. Chunky told in an interview that he wasn’t aware about the social media buzz around his daughter’s education. “Yes, she got into two universities, but did not go because she got the film… I don’t think she will be going to the university now. She will be working in Bollywood now,” he said.last_img read more

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Matthew Morrison Honored At GLSENs Respect Awards

first_imgEarlier this week at GLSEN’s Respect Awards in New York City, Glee’s Matthew Morrison was honored with the Inspiration Award for portraying a shining example of the vital role a supportive educator can have in creating an affirming, positive and supportive school culture for LGBT students.Glee’s Matthew Morrison Honored At GLSEN Respect AwardsCredit/Copyright: Getty Images/Craig BarritOther honorees of the night included John Stryker, Desiree Raught and Johnson & Johnson.Raven-Symoné At GLSEN Respect AwardsCredit/Copyright: Getty Images/Craig BarritGuests in attendance included Raven-Symoné, Anneliese van der Pol, Maulik Pancholy, Sutton Crawford, Rain Dove, Rain Pryor, Kevin Thomas and Kimberly Reed.Glee’s Matthew Morrison At GLSEN Respect AwardsCredit/Copyright: Getty Images/Craig BarritThe GLSEN Respect Awards, introduced in 2004 and held annually in Los Angeles and New York, showcase the work of students, educators, individuals and corporations who serve as exemplary role models and have made a significant impact on the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth.GLSEN has led the way on LGBT issues in K-12 education since 1990. Through ground-breaking original research, innovative program development, student leadership and educator training, community organizing, and targeted state and federal advocacy, GLSEN has seen the impact of its work through the development of educational resources, direct engagement of youth and educators, and national programs like GLSEN’s Day of Silence, GLSEN’s No Name-Calling Week, GLSEN’s Ally Week.last_img read more

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IT dept ropes in CRPF during searches against people linked to Kamal

first_imgIndore: For the pre-dawn searches conducted against people linked to MP CM Kamal Nath on Sunday, the Income Tax department had roped in the armed personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) to keep a vigil. Generally, the I-T department takes the help of the local police during such operations. According to eyewitnesses, during the I-T searches conducted at the residence of Praveen Kakkad, former Officer on Special Duty (OSD) to Nath, in the Vijay Nagar area of the city, armed CRPF personnel were seen posted outside the house. Sources said a team of the local police was seen deployed about 200 metres from Kakkad’s house during the raid. Officials said the entire operation was carried out by the Delhi unit of the I-T department in a very secretive manner. Besides Kakkad’s house, at least five other premises were also raided, including Kakkad’s office and premises of his close aides, they added. During the operation conducted ahead of the LS polls, a huge amount of cash and several documents related to dubious investments were reportedly recovered. However, local I-T officials said they were unable to disclose the details yet. They said since the operation was carried out by the Delhi unit of the I-T department, only it could provide the official information about the recovery and seizure. Kakkad’s family is associated with a number of businesses, including hospitality. A former MP police officer, Kakkad was appointed the OSD to Nath after the Congress-led government came to power in the state last year.last_img read more

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Recent and worrying security incidents in Mali important wakeup call says

first_imgUNITED NATIONS – UN’s special envoy to Mali Koenders urged the Security Council to enable rapid deployment to ensure protection of civilians in the country.The “recent and worrying” security incidents in Mali are an important ‘wake-up call, said Special Representative and Head of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), Bert Koenders on Wednesday.Koenders told the UN Security Council that it was necessary to facilitate rapid deployment and access to remote areas to ensure the protection of civilians.Important steps have been taken recently to help restore constitutional order and stability in Mali, including successful presidential elections, Koenders said.However, serious threats to peace and security remain, including  a suicide bomb attack, which hit the northern city of Timbuktu on 28 September and attacks in Gao on  October 7.He noted that he remained concerned about the fragile security situation, notably in the north of the country.“The new authorities are confronted with numerous challenges that need to be addressed urgently to enable Malian men, women and children to live in security and to benefit from peace dividends,” he said.“I call on the members of this council, and troop and police of contributing countries, to do their utmost to enable the rapid deployment of additional enablers and battalions to Mali in order for MINUSMA to effectively and timely discharge its mandate,” Koenders added.The UN stabilization mission in Mali began on July 1.last_img read more

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Man succumbs to burn injuries after being set on fire

A man succumbed to burn injuries after being set on fire allegedly by his wife in Hambantota.The police said that the 67 year old man suffered extensive burn injuries in the incident. The wife of the victim was arrested.

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Women in Tech Seeing Is Believing

See All in Women in Communications » The panel comprises Erin Leary, end user services agile transformation leader at Boeing; Jeanne Spinosa, manager of telecommunications at Brown University; and Gauri Bhalerao, senior manager of collaboration, networking strategy, and engineering at Yum! Brands. The gender gap in the technology industry is hardly a secret. Any one walking the halls of a tech conference will have to try not to notice the disproportionate ratio of men to women. And the abundance of organizations and non-profits focused on closing that gender gap highlight the need to do something about this disparity rather than waiting for time to close the gap on its own. WICLuncheon_speakers_names_665.png My hope is that by hearing how these women have overcome workplace challenges, attendees will walk away inspired to promote change in their own corners of the world. Words of Wisdom from 3 Women in Communications Michelle Burbick May 06, 2019 Women enterprise IT professionals open up about their experiences working in a male-dominated field and offer valuable advice. The Women in Communications Luncheon at Enterprise Connect has limited seating and requires an RSVP. You can register here to attend and contribute to the discussion around how we can support women’s advancement in communications. (And if you’d like to share your experiences as a woman in IT with No Jitter, let us know!) One of the upcoming event functions that I’m most looking forward to is our Women in Communications Luncheon, taking place at noon on Monday, March 18. Not only will women have an excellent opportunity to network, but the luncheon will feature a panel of women IT professionals who are set to share their experiences in navigating careers in a male-dominated industry. womenintech_774.png Shining a Light on Women in Communications Michelle Burbick March 11, 2019 Three Enterprise Connect keynoters speak out on their experiences being women executives in a male-dominated field. And when you ask girls what a computer scientist looks like, they say they picture “a dude with a hoodie sitting in a basement somewhere,” Saujani said. “You can’t be what you can’t see.” This comment really struck a chord with me, and encompasses one of the big reasons I’m excited that we’re putting a spotlight on women at the upcoming Enterprise Connect Orlando conference and exhibition. If you can’t be what you can’t see, then let’s get some women IT professionals front and center! If you haven’t yet gotten your pass for Enterprise Connect, coming to Orlando, Fla., the week of March 18, you still have time! Register now with code NJPOSTS to get an extra $200 off!Tags:News & Viewswomen in techGirls Who Codewomen IT professionalsKeynoteWomen in CommunicationsOrganization & Management Articles You Might Like Not only does our keynote lineup feature three women headliners, but we’ve put together a number of panels and networking opportunities focused on promoting the necessary dialogue around working toward a more inclusive and diverse industry. Reshma Saujani, the founder of Girls Who Code, believes that businesses need to be part of the solution and can do more to promote diversity, as she shared in a recent Harvard Business Review IdeaCast interview. To back up her assertion, she cited national statistics showing that even while women earn about half of all science and engineering degrees, they account for less than one-third of people employed in those fields. Corporate hiring practices are only part of the problem. Culture, upbringing, and stereotypes are at play, too, Saujani said. “[W]e started creating the caricature of what it looked like to be a computer scientist and girls didn’t see themselves in it,” she said. She pointed to the character she calls the “brogrammer,” a stereotype popularized in films like Weird Science and Revenge of the Nerds from the ‘80s. Log in or register to post comments read more

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Environment concerns add new species to US overfished list

The federal government is adding several stocks of fish to its list of overfished species, including a pair of salmon that is popular with seafood fans.The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its annual Report to Congress on the Status of U.S. Fisheries on Friday. The report says two populations of Chinook salmon and three populations of coho salmon will be added to the list.When a stock is listed as “overfished,” officials will suggest measures to rebuild its population. That could involve fishing restrictions.NOAA says several stocks added to the list were affected by factors that fisheries managers can’t control. The three coho stocks are in Washington state, where warmer water, drought and degraded habitat made spawning difficult.The agency says the vast majority of U.S. fish stocks remain at sustainable levels.The Associated Press read more

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Yemens food situation on verge of humanitarian disaster – UN

Around 14.4 million people – over half of Yemen’s population – urgently need food security and livelihood assistance, FAO reported earlier this week. The volume of food required in Yemen is far greater than humanitarian actors can provide. Agriculture must be an integral part of the humanitarian response to prevent Yemen’s dire food security situation from worsening.Increasing households’ resilience to food security threats will contribute to saving many lives. Emergency agricultural interventions are critical to preserving household. Food production and income generation are especially vital in hard-to-reach areas where aid access is limited.The factors negatively affecting the food security include a reported desert locust outbreak, which threatens the livelihoods of more than 100,000 farmers, beekeepers and herders in five governorates, and the April flooding, which put 49,000 people in need of urgent assistance, the FAO said. read more

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Outraged UN Member States demand immediate halt to attacks against civilians in

A wide view of the General Assembly. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas (file) In a resolution adopted by a vote of 122 in favour, 13 against and 36 abstentions, the Assembly also expressed grave concern at the continued deterioration of the devastating humanitarian situation in the country and demanded “rapid, safe, sustained, unhindered and unconditional humanitarian access throughout the country for UN […] and all humanitarian actors.”Action in the Assembly comes just days after the UN Security Council failed to adopt a similar resolution demanding a ceasefire in Aleppo, as two of its permanent members, China and Russia, casts their vetoes.Earlier today, the UN human rights wing warned that there may currently be around 100,000 civilians in areas under the control of armed opposition groups in eastern Aleppo, with another 30,000 believed to have fled heavy bombardment to areas under Government control.The Assembly’s measure stressed the need that all parties to the conflict fully and immediately implement all provisions of various Security Council resolutions concerning the situation in the country, and underscored that all parties must “take all appropriate steps to protect civilians and persons hors de combat, including members of ethnic, religious and confessional communities.”To that end, it noted “the primary responsibility to protect [Syria’s] population lies with the Syrian authorities.” In the resolution, led by Canada, the General Assembly expressed outrage at extensive and persistent violations of international humanitarian and international human rights laws, especially through shelling and aerial bombardment, use of chemical and other prohibited weapons, and use of siege and starvation of civilians as a method of warfare, that have caused profound suffering and loss of life and created conditions “conducive to the rise and spread of terrorism.”It also expressed deep concerns at presence of terrorist organizations in the country and condemned attacks and violations of human rights and humanitarian law perpetrated by them.“Terrorism in all its forms constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security and that any acts of terrorism are unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed,” it reaffirmed.Further, highlighting that the only sustainable solution to the current crisis in the country is through an inclusive and Syrian-led political process that meets the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people, the General Assembly reaffirmed its support for a credible, inclusive and non-sectarian Syrian-led political process, involving women and civil society.The Assembly also emphasized the need to “ensure accountability for crimes involving violations of international law […] some of which may constitute war crimes or crimes against humanity, committed in Syria since March 2011, through appropriate, fair and independent investigations and prosecutions at the domestic or international level.”It further urged the Security Council to “exercise its responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security by taking additional measures to address the crisis in the Syria, in particular the devastating humanitarian crisis, and stresses in this regard Article 11 of the UN Charter.”Since the crisis erupted in 2011, the humanitarian situation in the country has taken a downward spiral with more than 13.5 million Syrians now in need to humanitarian assistance and nearly 6.3 million people internally displaced.More than four million Syrians have been driven out of the country as refugees, including hundreds of thousands in Europe.The conflict has also killed hundreds of thousands of people, including many children. Almost a million people (974,080) remain trapped in besieged areas and nearly 3.9 million people in hard-to-reach areas. read more

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