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first_imgMore than 30,000 people belonging to the Bru community, who fled from Mizoram to Tripura in 1997 in the wake of inter-community violence, are set to be repatriated to Mizoram, the Union Home Ministry said on Tuesday.As many as 32,876 people of the Reang tribe (known as Brus in Mizoram) will be repatriated from Tripura to Mizoram following a tripartite agreement signed by the two State governments and the Centre, the Ministry said. Home Minister Rajnath Singh described the agreement as a “major breakthrough in repatriation of displaced Bru persons.”Mizoram goes to polls later this year. Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb said the agreement was “historic”. “Each Bru family will be given one time financial assistance of ₹4 lakh to be kept in fixed deposit in name of head of the family within one month of repatriation. Each family will be given assistance of ₹5,000 per month along with free ration for two years. A house building assistance of ₹1.5 lakh is to be disbursed,” Mr. Deb said on Twitter.He also said that the government of Tripura would ensure that bank accounts and Aadhaar cards were issued to the families.Reangs are the second largest ethnic group in Mizoram. The exodus in 1997 was spurred by violent clashes in Mamith subdivision, a Reang-dominated area, when they demanded creation of an autonomous council. The demand was vehemently opposed by Mizo groups.Besides the Centre and the governments of Mizoram and Tripura, the pact was also signed by the Mizoram Bru Displaced People’s Forum (MBDPF) in the presence of Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Deb and Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla.The displaced people, belonging to 5,407 families, currently living in temporary camps in Tripura, will be repatriated before September 30, 2018, a Home Ministry spokesperson said.The Central government will provide financial assistance for rehabilitation of the Bru community members in Mizoram and address their issues of security, education, livelihood, etc. in consultation with the governments of Mizoram and Tripura.A committee under Special Secretary (Internal Security) in the Home Ministry, Rina Mitra, will coordinate the implementation of this agreement.last_img read more

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first_imgA farmers’ organisation in Madhya Pradesh has said that it will campaign against 112 legislators, who belong to various parties, for their “failure” to take up the issues of cultivators. Farmers would be asked to evaluate the works done by MLAs for their welfare, and cast votes “tactically” in the State Assembly elections due later this year, Aam Kisan Union leader Kedar Sirohi said. “We have identified 112 MLAs, who were elected from the rural areas but never asked a question on the issues of farmers in the Assembly,” he said. The strategy is to focus on those MLAs whose victory margin was less than 5,000 votes in the last State polls, he said. Of the 112 legislators identified by the organisation, 86 are of the BJP, 24 of the Congress and two are Independents, Mr. Sirohi said. “Our [union] leaders will not go to every village of the identified constituencies, but they will visit only 20 villages having sizeable farmers’ population in each Assembly segment. We will interact with the farmers and talk about their issues to convince them to vote tactically,” he said. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had last month said that his government deposited over ₹35,000 crore into the accounts of farmers as part of various State-run schemes over the past one year. Mr. Sirohi said their organisation was not against any government or political outfit. “Farmers from rural areas elect representatives to raise their problems in the Assembly. But, instead of raising the farmers’ problems, the legislators speak and talk at the behest of their party leadership,” he alleged. Farmers in the State have collectively lost ₹22,000 crore due to the ‘Bhavantar Bhugtan Yojana’ and there has been a loss of ₹33,000 crore due to damage of crops in natural calamities, Mr. Sirohi claimed. But, farmers across the State have been paid only ₹5,300 crore under the crop insurance scheme, he said. The Yojana is a direct benefit transfer scheme under which the farmers are paid the difference between the modal price (average market price for a particular commodity over a stipulated period) and the MSP of crops.Mr. Sirohi said they were not going to boycott the polls. “We will spread awareness among farmers to tactically vote in favour of those who would ensure the agri-loan waiver and sustainable income for cultivators.”last_img read more

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first_imgKashmiri youths have now found a new passion that is motivating them to aim for the peak and conquer the mountains. Hundreds of youths go for trekking in summers as security scenario improves in the Valley.Riyaz Ahmad Lone, who resides in picturesque Pahalgam valley, prefers to trek along with his friends to Kolahoi Peak, 17,799 ft, in Anantnag district of South Kashmir.This peak is part of the Himalaya Range. “We use old trekking routes. As I am a local and know the terrain well, I lead the team,” Lone, a hotelier and an environment activist, said. Rauf Tramboo, who is the president of Adventure Travel Consultant, cannot do without trekking. For past 30 years, he has been trekking in the Valley and Ladakh.But, nowadays, he says, there is a change in the perception regarding trekking and mountaineering. “More and more youngsters, including college students, government employees, have started joining in, thanks to the internet and the conducive atmosphere,” Tramboo said.Mahmood Ahmad Shah, an avid trekker who is heading Jammu and Kashmir Mountaineering and Hiking Club, established by educationist Tyndale Biscoe in 19th century in Srinagar, has set high goals for the youngsters. Last year his club took an initiative of starting a Facebook page inviting youngsters for trekking. The invite elicited huge response. “We took youngsters for trekking to hills in Srinagar and subsequently guided them towards mountains in different parts of the Valley,” he says.Every Sunday the club takes youngsters to trekking. However, Shah’s ultimate aim is that these youngsters should become mountaineers. “We want to open up Kashmir for Kashmiris,” Shah said. This year his club sent four boys to Jawahar Institute of Mountaineering and Winter Sports at Nunwan, Pahalgam. The institute is a joint venture between Ministry of Defence and state government’s Department of Tourism.advertisement”Youngsters don’t know about the institute. Its training fee is around `4,500. We hope in coming days youths who are part of our trekking programmes would move to mountaineering after proper training,” Shah said. “We want our boys to make it to the top. Scale Mount Everest one day,” he added. He conceded that most of the trekking initiatives taking place in the Valley are private adventures with youths taking local guides or local boys along to go for trekking.last_img
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first_imgMOST READ UP NEXTBucks: Visit the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday nightNets: Host the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “You can’t place pressure on yourself. These games are fun,” LeVert said.“It’s what we worked for all year. It’s what we worked for it all summer, for these moments right here. Super fun for us, especially because we control our own destiny at this point.”Milwaukee got off to a quick start and led 35-13 lead with 1:39 left to play in the first quarter. But Brooklyn stormed back with a 28-6 spurt to go up 42-41 on DeMarre Carroll’s layup with 5:53 remaining in the half.There were 16 lead changes in the third and for a while it seemed like the short-handed Bucks, who only dressed nine players, could be facing another loss after falling Sunday in overtime.“Character is something we talk a lot about and something we really value,” Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer said.“Your character comes out when you face a little bit of adversity, which I think we did tonight. I don’t think we always had the best response to it, but ultimately I think the character does come through and we were able to get a little bit of separation and win the game.”Antetokounmpo, who had 14 points in the final period, put the Bucks ahead 101-91 with a three-point play with 10:21 to go.Brooklyn cut it to four after LeVert scooped up a loose ball for a layup before Antetokounmpo led a 7-0 run with a pair of baskets to increase the lead to 121-110 with 4:11 to play.“They got into us. They looked fresh and rested,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said.“If you really look at it though, it was all about the first quarter. They overwhelmed us.” Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo reacts during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets, Monday, April 1, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Michael Owens)NEW YORK — Giannis Antetokounmpo forgot for a moment that Milwaukee had reduced its magic number to one for clinching the NBA’s best record.Once the Bucks have it secured, Antetokounmpo can get some extra rest before the playoffs.ADVERTISEMENT NBA-worst Knicks overcome Bulls to snap 6-game losing streak Eric Bledsoe added 29 points, reserve guard George Hill chipped in 22, and Brook Lopez and Sterling Brown each scored 14 for the Bucks, who played without All-Star forward Khris Middleton because of soreness in his left groin.Milwaukee was unable to clinch the best record because Toronto won earlier Monday.D’Angelo Russell had 28 points and 10 rebounds for the Nets, who remained seventh in the East after losses by Detroit and Miami.Their defeats took away some of the sting for Caris LeVert, who went 8 for 15 from the field with 24 points off the bench.The Nets host Toronto on Wednesday followed by a visit to Milwaukee on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss He isn’t interested.“Because I love playing basketball. I just love playing basketball,” Antetokounmpo said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Rest is not in my dictionary. I just love playing basketball. If I am healthy and I can play and I can help my teammates, I am always going to play and help my team.”That’s what he did Monday night, finishing with 28 points and 11 rebounds in his return from an ankle injury to help the Bucks beat the Brooklyn Nets 131-121.center_img Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag TIP-INS:Bucks: The Bucks earned their 26th road win, tying the 1980-81 team for the third-highest total in franchise history. … The Bucks improved to 3-0 against the Nets this season to clinch the season series. They have won the last five season series.Nets: DeMarre Carroll scored 20 points. . Joe Harris had 17 points, going 5 for 7 on 3s. He’s averaged 18.2 points and 5.6 rebounds over his last five gamesMUTUAL ADMIRATIONBefore taking the Brooklyn coaching job, Atkinson spent three years as an assistant in Atlanta for Budenholzer, Milwaukee’s first-year coach.Now both are considered candidates for the Coach of the Year award.Budenholzer, who won the award in 2015 after leading the Hawks to a franchise-record 60 wins, isn’t surprised at the job Atkinson has done and enjoys watching the Nets from afar.“I would love for Kenny to be Coach of the Year,” Budenholzer said.“I think he’s very deserving, and what he’s done here the two or three years — three years — he’s been (here), the culture, the way they compete, the way they play both ends of the floor.“He’s incredibly deserving.” Google Philippines names new country director Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon eventlast_img read more

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first_imgAfter nutmegging Roberto Firmino in the build-up, Hazard swapped passes with Cesar Azpilicueta, cut inside off the right, dashed past a static defence and lashed an unstoppable drive across Simon Mignolet.King @hazardeden10 🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/6vhBQ2CTO5— Elijah Kuria (@Elijah97Kuria) September 27, 2018Read Also: Hazard turns on the magic as Chelsea edge out Liverpool If Salah could win Puskas for that shit goal against Everton, this Hazard goal deserves a Puskas too. Because it’s even better— Mr. Jack Robinson (@jackdre02) September 26, 2018 At least Liverpool fans have finally got a chance to see a goal *worthy* of winning the Puskas Award. #Hazard #CFC— Robin Bairner (@RBairner) September 26, 2018 Eden HazardWhat. A. Player pic.twitter.com/9Cvu4DcbOl— Aysha Ridzuan (@ayshardzn) September 27, 2018 Emerson with his first goal for Chelsea, Eden Hazard with his 95th goal for the club! #CFC— CarefreeYouth (@CarefreeYouth) September 26, 2018 REPORT: A goal-of-the-season contender from Eden Hazard gave Chelsea a 2-1 comeback win over Liverpool in the Carabao Cup third round at Anfield.📲 https://t.co/TpBVIyM1Zh pic.twitter.com/0U5CNa6nOi— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) September 26, 2018 Chelsea have won at Anfield in any competition for the first time since November 2014.Eden Hazard’s solo goal seals it in style. 🔥 pic.twitter.com/Vw1ihst2c5— Squawka Football (@Squawka) September 26, 2018 Jamie Carragher (Ex Liverpool player & life long Liverpool fan)”Eden Hazard was the BEST player at the World Cup and the BEST player in the Premier league”Don’t ever compare Salah to the goat again..— . (@OfficialCheIs) September 26, 2018 Great to go through to the next round. What a goal to win the game from @hazardeden10 .Well done lads 🙌👌. pic.twitter.com/rxzBakixkm— Gary Cahill (@GaryJCahill) September 26, 2018center_img Hazard came on and literally took the piss out of us for 20 minutes. Sound.— Matthew Ordish (@MattOrdish) September 26, 2018 EDEN HAZARD YOU BEAUTIFUL MAN 😍 #CFC #LIVCHE pic.twitter.com/OdiR2roTZi— Cam (@Cam_Watters) September 26, 2018 Hazard asked by Sky what went through his mind for the goal: “I spoke with N’Golo on the bench & he told me he didn’t want to take a penalty, so the only solution was to score!” #cfc— Liam Twomey (@liam_twomey) September 26, 2018 Just give Hazard what ever he wants #cfc— Bryan (@middleoftheshed) September 26, 2018 AdvertisementEden Hazard is probably the best forward in the Premier League right now and his stunner against Liverpool last night in the Carabao Cup just validated the point.Liverpool were enjoying a winning streak from the start of the season and it all came to an end at the behest of Hazard.Hazard celebrates after scoring the wondergoal.The latest addition to the FIFPro World XI, the Belgian dribbled past three Liverpool players to shoot the ball in the far post of his fellow Belgian national team-mate Simon Mignolet in the 86th minute.Here’s the goal:You need to see that @hazardeden10 goal from all angles! 🔥 pic.twitter.com/Ucmq7I4RCA— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) September 27, 2018Twitter users lost their mind when Hazard scored the goal against Liverpool and here’s a glimpse of some of the best tweets from fans and former footballers:Magic, @hazardeden10 ✨ pic.twitter.com/LIWLPKYCyz— B/R Football (@brfootball) September 26, 2018 What a win last night. Half the team didn’t play at all this season yet showed great spirit and determination. Played in a new position and 150 start for @chelseafc What a goal from this brilliant player @hazardeden10 more of it Saturday guys please. 🙏🏻💪🏻 pic.twitter.com/D4AADDFpYe— Cesc Fàbregas Soler (@cesc4official) September 27, 2018 Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgFerrari is gearing up to launch the 488GTB in India. Ferrari has only recently come back to India with a new dealership network.The 488 GTB will be launched at the Ferrari dealership on Mathura Road in New Delhi. International Sales Director – Ferrari Middle East & Africa Aurelien Sauvard, Yadur Kapur, Director Select Cars Private Limited will be present at the launch.The 488 GTB is powered by a 4-litre turbocharged V8 engine mated to a seven-speed dual clutch transmission. The V8 under the hood can produce 660 bhp and 70 Nm of torque.The top speed of the car has been electronically limited to 330kmph. This will be Ferrari’s second launch in the country since coming back.last_img

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first_imgStar Indian shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth and H.S. Prannoy set up an all-Indian men’s singles semi-final in the $325,000 French Open Superseries after winning their respective quarter-final matches even as second seed P.V. Sindhu reached her maiden women’s singles semi-finals here on Friday.Prannoy consumed 47 minutes in ousting South Korea’s Jeon Hyeok Jin 21-16, 21-16 while Srikanth bounced back from a game down to beat Chinese No. 4 seed, Shi Yuqi 8-21, 21-19, 21-9 in a match that lasted exactly an hour.Rio Olympics silver medallist Sindhu outclassed Chinese rising star Chen Yufei in straight games 21-14, 21-14 in a match that lasted for 42 minutes. This is Sindhu’s maiden last-four appearance in the tournament.In the men’s singles match, Prannoy hardly lost any sweat in the first game and held a comfortable lead throughout.In the second game, Hyeok Jin upped his game and caused the Indian some problems. However, Prannoy was quick to overcome the difficult period and clinch the tie without any hiccups.The other men’s singles quarter-final witnessed a dramatic comeback from the eighth-seeded Srikanth, who rose four spots to the fourth position after clinching the Denmark Open last week.Srikanth failed to find the momentum in the first game and was easily overpowered by the Chinese shuttler.The Indian opened up with a good lead in the second game before the breather but the Chinese clawed his way back to go neck and neck until the Guntur-born shuttler used all his experience to take the final two points.advertisementSrikanth, however, totally dominated the proceedings in the decider to seal the match in his favour.In women’s singles, Sindhu dominated the match throughout, except for a brief period in the second game, against her world No.10 Chinese rival.It also turned out to be a sweet revenge for the Indian star, who now enjoys a 3-2 head-to-head record against Chen.In the semi-finals on Saturday, Sindhu will face the winner of the match between third seed Sung Ju Hyun of South Korea and fifth seed Akane Yamaguchi of Japan.Akane had defeated another Indian Saina Nehwal in the second round.In men’s doubles, the young Indian pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty crashed out after losing 5-21, 21-17, 17-21 to world’s top ranked combo of Denmark’s Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen in the quarter-finals.last_img read more

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first_imgBERLIN  — Serbia finished the toughest group undefeated at the European basketball championship by beating Italy 101-82 and blasted organizers on Thursday.Guard Milos Teodosic had 26 points and eight assists as Serbia made sure of winning Group A with a perfect 5-0 record, with both teams heading to the knockout stage in Lille, France.Spain (3-2) edged Germany 77-76 to also advance from the group. Germany (1-4) was eliminated and gave a rousing standing ovation to Dirk Nowitzki, who may have played his last match for his homeland.Nemanja Bjelica had 19 points and eight rebounds for Serbia, which shut down Italy’s powerful front line for most of the match.Andrea Bargnani and Danilo Galinari scored a combined 21 points throughout the first three quarters. Bargnani finished with 17 points and Galinari 14, while Alessandro Gentile led Italy with 19.Italy (3-2) rested high-scoring guard Marco Belinelli, who has a sore groin muscle.“Defense is our greatest strength and we used our greatest strength,” Serbia coach Sasa Obradovic said.Obradovic also criticized the schedule – five group games in six days – with teams often getting less than 24 hours to rest.“It’s incredibly difficult, it’s not human,” he said.Sergio Llull made four free throws late against Germany to secure Spain’s victory. Dennis Schroeder could have sent the game into overtime but he made only two of three free throws with three seconds remaining.Spain had what seemed a safe 10-point lead until Germany rallied late.Nowitzki and Maodo Lo hit consecutive 3s to bring Germany within one with 23 seconds remaining.Llull then made two free throws, so did Schroeder, and Llull hit two again. Schroeder went for a 3-pointer and got the call, but missed the last shot from the foul line.Schroeder finished with a game-high 26 points, and had seven assists and six rebounds. Nowitzki finished with 10 points and seven rebounds. Tibor Pleiss had 10 points and 10 rebounds.Pau Gasol contributed 16 points and 11 rebounds for Spain, and Sergio Rodriguez added 19 points. Llull had 14.Serbia will take on Finland in the first knockout game on Sunday. Finland (2-3) finished fourth in Group A after losing 78-65 to Poland (3-2).Belgium (3-2) made sure of advancing from Group D by beating Ukraine 79-71. Latvia (3-2) also went through after beating Estonia 75-64.In Group C, Slovenia (3-2) defeated Macedonia 62-51 to make the Round of 16. Georgia (2-3) stunned Croatia 71-58, but host Croatia (3-2) will finish second to Greece, which played the Netherlands in the late match. Six Georgia players scored in double digits.In a Group A game between two already eliminated teams, Russia salvaged some pride by defeating Bosnia-Herzegovina 81-61.NESHA STARCEVIC, AP Sports Writer TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgBy Philem Dipak Singh New Delhi, Jul 26 (PTI) The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) has admitted to committing a mistake in giving the exact sample number of Sanjita Chanu in its report of her failed dope test, a development which has prompted the Commonwealth Games gold-medallist to demand an inquiry. The IWF has admitted to mentioning two different urine sample numbers in its communication of her dope flunk earlier this year, according to a letter that the world body sent to the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA). The communication conceding the “administrative mistake” is in possession of PTI. Sanjita has now written to the IWF, seeking a probe into how such a mistake could have taken place. While sending the dope result notification to Sanjita on May 15, the IWF mentioned sample code number 1599000 as the one collected on November 17 last year at Las Vegas while it mentioned sample code 1599176 in the results section. The admission from the IWF came after the issue reached the Prime Minister’s Office. The PMO had written to the Sports Ministry to look into the matter, which, in turn, directed the NADA to do so. The IWF’s admission, however, is unlikely to have any impact on the actual doping issue and interestingly, the NADA, in its reply to the Sports Ministry, has said that Sanjita “will need to explain before the International Weightlifting Federation hearing panel regarding the Anti-Doping Rule violation”. Sanjita’s urine ‘A’ sample, taken out-of-competition in the United States before the World Championships in November, tested positive for an anabolic steroid and she was immediately put under provisional suspension.advertisement In its reply to the Sports Ministry on the doping saga, the NADA said, “Sample bearing Code No. 1599000 was collected on Nov. 18, 2017 during out of competition at Las Vegas, Nevada, USA by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). “The lab results were reported on December 20 and the sample has been reported for Adverse Analytical Finding.” The USADA forwarded a communication of this dope result addressed to Sanjita (in her email) with a copy to the IWF and the WADA. On May 15, the IWF sent a notification of Adverse Analytical Finding for sample code number 1599000 to Sanjita and the Indian federation. “In the notification sent to the weightlifter by International Weightlifting Federation, there is a mention of sample code 1599176 at one place stating: ‘As indicated in USADA’s notification of Jan 9, 2018, IWF will be responsible for the Results Management related to the potential Anti-Doping Rule violations arising from the results returned by sample 1599176,” the NADA said in the letter to the Sports Ministry, a copy of which is with PTI. “In response to a NADA email, the IWF has clarified that sample code number 1599176 in the notification is due to an administrative mistake,” the NADA said. Sanjita, who has been claiming innocence from the beginning, has now written a letter to the international federation to institute an inquiry. “In one of your replies, you said ‘the second reference to another sample code in the notification letter is due to an administrative mistake. Would you please elaborate on this administrative mistake?” she asked. “How come such a highly responsible federation makes such a grievous mistake on such a highly important document? “I wish an inquiry be instituted to understand the reason behind this ‘unmistakable’ mistake,” added Sanjita, who earlier demanded that a DNA test be conducted to find out whether the urine sample was hers or not. PTI PDS PM PM PMlast_img read more

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first_imgThanks to the good folks over at OrangePower.com for digging up these threads from 1958.And as @carsonc5 pointed out, the old-timers need to stop complaining about how “gray isn’t a school color.” You guys invented it!If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img

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first_imgzoom Decommissioning of offshore installations is both a cost burden to operators and a potential job and profit machine to contractors and service providers.However, it has been a hot potato for offshore operators, who have been prolonging to deal with the issue for quite some time.During the technical session on decommissioning held on the second day of Offshore Energy Exhibition and Conference in Amsterdam this Wednesday, the key message was that the decommissioning of outdated and non-producing oil and gas platforms cannot be delayed any more.Speaking from an operator’s perspective, Peter Valkenier, Engineering and Construction Manager at Wintershall said that so far the best way to deal with decommissioning was to delay it as long as possible.However, as explained by Valkenier, further delays might mean higher costs as there is a threat that regulations would become more stringent.According to Aart Geurtsen, Project Coordinator at GDF Suez E&P, Nederland B.V., the main reason behind the continuous delays was the drive to fully exploit all the available opportunities a well or an oil field has to offer.“Before we start removing we must make sure we don’t miss any opportunities, ” Geurtsen said.However, constant delays and not planning ahead have caused numerous headaches as the process itself is very complex and requires in-depth analyses before it can be implemented.Simon Axon, Decommissioning Consultant, Centrica Energy E&P, explained the process itself, stressing the need for data collection and early planning, which can in the end save operators money.“Soon is not soon enough,” Axon said, adding that the more information it can be collected, the better.In conclusion, speakers agreed that decommissioning is here to stay and that it has to be done.Paul Yeats from Oceaneering said that the key thing when it comes to decommissioning is driving efficiencies. For this to be done in a cost effective way, stakeholders need to cooperate and consider pooling their resources through joint decommissioning campaigns to save money.“Decommissioning projects have to be done, there is no way around it,”  Eric van Ewijk, Asset Manager with EBN BV, who moderated the session said.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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first_imgGood food, good wine and good music are the focus of a tourism promotion in Ottawa that will encourage more visitors to Nova Scotia this year. The Ceilidh in the Capital promotion runs from today, June 13 to Friday, June 15. It features Celtic music and culinary experiences that visitors can enjoy in Nova Scotia. “Food, wine and music are among the many core experiences we have to offer that match our customers’ passions,” said Len Goucher, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “We’re using the theme of Nova Scotia’s excellent wines, delicious cuisine and talented musicians to promote the province as a vacation destination with great dining and entertainment opportunities.” Throughout the promotion, Nova Scotia musicians and members of the 78th Highlanders are attracting attention to Nova Scotia visitor information kiosks at Rideau Centre and Sparks Street Mall in the heart of Ottawa. Staff are handing out hundreds of foam lobsters and Nova Scotia travel information. Staff are also speaking about Nova Scotia wines and cuisine on numerous local radio programs and television cooking shows, and running radio trivia contests and promotions throughout the week. The Highlanders are storming radio stations to help staff promote Nova Scotia on air. An Irish pub, D’Arcy McGee’s, will host a Nova Scotia day today, June 13. The event features a Nova Scotia menu for lunch and dinner, and performances by two Acadian dancers and Nova Scotia musicians Wendy MacIsaac, Troy MacGillivray, Brian Doyle and John Ferguson throughout the day. There are also prizes such as lobster dinners and trips for two to the province. An up-scale kitchen party will be held at the Westin Hotel on Friday to kick off a month-long Nova Scotia Lobster Festival. The party will include a sommelier-led dinner featuring Nova Scotia cuisine and wines, and entertainment by Nova Scotia musicians. The event was promoted with the help of a local high-end wine association, Savvy Grapes, and is already sold out. The department is hosting media, guests of Destination Halifax, which is promoting Nova Scotia’s meetings and conventions facilities, and guests of Porter Air, which is adding a flight from Ottawa to Halifax and has donated tickets for prize packages. The event is the province’s second tourism promotion this month in a target city with direct air access to Nova Scotia. The Nova Scotia Connections event in Boston drew 8,600 potential tourists to listen to Celtic music and learn about the shared genealogy of Nova Scotia and Massachusetts.last_img read more

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first_img The Nova Scotia Securities Commission is the provincial government agency responsible for regulating trading in securities in the province. To view the order visit www.gov.ns.ca/nssc/docs/OrderROI_Feb_01_%202013.pdf. -30- The Nova Scotia Securities Commission has approved a settlement agreement with the trustee and investment fund manager of four issuer investment funds. Return On Innovative Advisors Ltd. violated Nova Scotia securities laws by failing to file its Reports of Exempt Distribution within the required time. Between February, 2008 and February, 2011, the company did not file reports for 35 of the 65 sales of funds to investors in Nova Scotia. However, all of the investors did qualify for the exemptions for the sales. Return On Innovative Advisors Ltd. has since filed all reports. The company accepted responsibility for its conduct and was co-operative with commission staff. Since the violation, Return On Innovative Advisors Ltd. has reviewed its policies and procedures to ensure future filings will be submitted on time. “The lesson learned in this proceeding is that it’s important for those in the securities industry to make filing the reports required by securities law a part of their day-to-day business operations,” said Stephanie Atkinson, enforcement counsel for the Nova Scotia Securities Commission. The commission approved the settlement agreement and ordered Return On Innovative Advisors Ltd to: comply with Nova Scotia securities laws pay an administrative penalty of $10,000 pay costs in connection with the commission proceedings of $1,500last_img read more

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first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wrote a Facebook post on Sunday accusing the BJP of mixing religion with politics. She said the party was using “Jai Sri Ram”, which is a religious chant, as their party slogan in a misconceived manner and raising such slogans was a deliberate attempt to promote ideology of hatred through vandalism and violence and the practice should opposed by all.The Chief Minister wrote on her Facebook Page: “We do not respect this forcible enforcement of political slogans on others in the name of so-called RSS which Bengal never accepted. This is a deliberate attempt to sell hatred ideology through vandalism and violence which we must oppose together. One can fool some people sometimes, but cannot fool all the people all the time.” Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaBanerjee feels such activities could create chaos and confusion among people. “This is high time that proper action is taken to restrain political workers so that they don’t indulge in activities that lead to unrest, chaos, violence and disruption of normal life by taking recourse to misplaced ideologies in the so-called name of religion to create divide among the people. If all other political parties start resorting to these sorts of divisive and disruptive activities, then the whole environment would become highly vitiated and counterproductive,” she wrote. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersBanerjee called for opposing such moves of the BJP to keep the secular character of the country as enshrined in the Constitution. “I appeal to all the people of the country and the state to give a befitting reply to hatred politics and show respect to our country’s glorious culture and heritage. Let us all be proud of our culture and heritage,” she further said. Banerjee said she had no problem about slogans raised by political parties in their rallies. “Every political party has its own slogan. My party’s has “Jai Hind” and ‘Vande Mataram’. The Left has ‘Inquilab Zindabad’. Others have various slogans. We respect each other. ‘Jai Sia Ram’, ‘Jai Ram ji ki’, ‘Ram naam Satya hai’ etc have religious and social connotations. We respect these sentiments,” she said. She reiterated that from Ram Mohan Roy to Vidyasagar to other great social reformers, Bengal has been a seat of harmony, progress and forward thinking. “But now, the misconceived strategy of the BJP is targeting Bengal in a very negative manner,” she said. According to her post, some BJP supporters are trying to spread ideology of hatred through one section of media to create confusion and suppress truth.last_img read more

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first_imgCasablanca – The Court of Appeals of Casablanca has recently sentenced to death a murderer known as Mediouna’s serial killer. Some of his victims were his relatives, who he killed in order to acquire their possessions.The Court of Appeals of Casablanca sentenced serial killer, Abdelaziz Tijari, to death on Wednesday, according to Assabah and Al Ahdath  Al MaghribiyaAl Ahdath Al Maghribiya recalled how Tijari’s murders were discovered by chance, after he had been apprehended for a fraud case. Police interrogations subsequently revealed that Tijari was behind the murder of his cousin and neighbor. Their bodies were found in June 2009, at the bottom of a pit located in a café owned by the suspect. Tijari would also be behind the disappearance of three others including his uncle, who died in 1989, according to the same source.Yet, the crimes Tijari committed against his relatives were only the visible part of the iceberg, according to Al Ahdath Al Maghribiya. The suspect’s list of victims goes well beyond that.Assabah, on the other hand, explains that Tijari murdered his cousin after he threatened to divulge the truth about Tijari’s crimes. Tijari subsequently stitched a devilish plan to get his hands on his cousin’s house.The killer sent a letter to his cousin’s wife, in which he informed her, using the name of his victim, that he had left the country and that she needed to complete a transaction on his behalf about the house he obtained. To his dismay, Tijari made a spelling mistake when writing the name of the victim’s wife.This spelling mistake, along with the abrupt disappearance of the victim, stirred his wife’s suspicion about Tijari. She then informed the police of her suspicions, who subsequently apprehended the suspect. According to the same source, it took some time before Tijari admitted to his heinous crimes.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

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Jayakody said the 100 Chinese nationals were arrested for crimes committed in China and not in Sri Lanka. In May over 400 Chinese were arrested from several countries over a transnational telephone fraud which included 17 arrests in Sri Lanka.Chinese mainland police, assisted by Taiwan police, worked with their counterparts in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia, Sri Lanka and Fiji to bust the large cross-border telephone scam gang. By Easwaran Rutnam “The Chinese police sought our help to arrest these people. We got a court order yesterday and arrested them after we identified where they were staying,” the police spokesman said. The CID in Colombo arrested 17 Chinese in Rajagiriya over the scam.Telephone fraud has become a major social security problem on the Chinese mainland, but suspects often use overseas servers and make phone calls from overseas, making it more difficult for mainland police to trace them.Chinese police had said that the swindlers frequently change their crime methods and shift their fraud dens to avoid the police, and the fraud shelters have been spreading to countries in South Asia and Oceania rather than traditional destinations such as Chinese mainland, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia and Cambodia. The police, in a coordinated effort with the Chinese police, arrested 100 Chinese nationals in Colombo and the suburbs yesterday over telephone fraud.Police spokesman SSP Priyashantha Jayakody told the Colombo Gazette the arrests were made based on information provided by the Chinese police. read more

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Since Maithirpala Sirisena became President in January last year, 2,175.5 acres in the North and 1,055 acres in the East have been returned to owners or made available for resettlement. Giving an account of the government’s plan on resettlement of internally displaced persons (IDPs), the official said that 65 hectares have been identified in Kankesanthurai to resettle landless people. The President has been “closely monitoring” the situation and “accelerating” the process of return, he added. Chairing a meeting with senior officials of the Ministries of Defence and Lands on Sunday, Mr. Sirisena asked them to complete, by Friday (June 3), the identification of land for resettlement of the IDPs in the North. Recently, the Resettlement Ministry made public the final draft of national policy on durable solutions for conflict-affected displacement, which has emphasised the release and return of land occupied by the security forces and the police to original owners or former occupants. It underscored the need for the release and return of all land, particularly private, “urgently unless the State determines that it is required for public purpose”. (Colombo Gazette) The Sri Lankan Army is planning to return shortly 400 acres of land in the Northern Province to its owners, according to a senior government official, The Hindu newspaper reported.This includes 200 acres in Tellipalai, Jaffna. Asked how soon the release of lands will take place, the official at the Resettlement Ministry said:“It may be in a few weeks.” read more

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Over the last week, $158 million of Iraqi oil was sold under the oil-for-food programme, which allows Baghdad to use a portion of its petroleum revenue to purchase humanitarian relief, according to the United Nations office running the effort.The Office of the Iraq Programme reported today that over the past week, Iraqi crude was sold at market prices of $16.3 per barrel. Since the current phase of the programme began earlier this month, Baghdad’s total revenue has reached approximately $324 million.Currently, 72 per cent of Iraq’s oil proceeds fund the humanitarian programme in the country, with 59 per cent going to the 15 central and southern governorates – where the Government is responsible for the purchase and distribution of supplies – and 13 per cent for the three northern governorates of Dahuk, Sulaymaniyah and Erbil, where the UN implements the programme on Baghdad’s behalf.The remainder is used to fund other activities related to the ceasefire resolution which ended the Persian Gulf war. Twenty-five per cent goes to the Compensation Commission in Geneva which pays out damages arising from Iraq’s invasion and subsequent occupation of Kuwait, while 2.2 per cent covers UN costs for administering the programme and 0.8 per cent for the administration of the UN Monitoring and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC). read more

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AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says she’s looking for some action from Premier Kathleen Wynne to make Ontario’s minority parliament work.Horwath, who met with Wynne today, says she laid out her “expectations” about the upcoming budget.The list of demands include a 15 per cent cut in auto insurance premiums and $30 million in funding for home care.Wynne has said she’s willing to listen to the NDP on auto insurance, but she’s more interested in tackling fraud in the system.The governing Liberals need the support of at least one of the opposition parties to pass the budget and avoid an election.Horwath wouldn’t say whether the NDP would vote against the budget if it doesn’t meet all of their demands. NDP looking for ‘action’ from Wynne ahead of spring budget by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 14, 2013 3:39 pm MDT read more

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