first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. New Delhi: Olympic medallist Sakshi Malik has been reinstated to the national camp at the SAI Centre in Lucknow after she replied to the show cause notice issued by the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) for leaving the camp without permission. Sakshi (62kg), Seema Bisla (50kg) and Kiran (76kg), all of whom have qualified for the upcoming World Wrestling Championships, were three of the 25 wrestlers who were suspended from the national camp by the WFI for the same reason.WFI Assistant Secretary Vinod Tomar on Monday told IANS that all three wrestlers told the Federation that they had gone home for the festival of Rakshabandhan. “Sakshi said that she had gone home for the festival and admitted that she made a mistake by not taking due permission for it. Seema and Kiran also gave the same reasons. They have replied to the show cause notices and apologised. So now they are back in the camp,” he said. The trio’s participation at the Worlds is no longer in doubt. It had emerged on Saturday that 25 of the 45 wrestlers in the camp were barred by the WFI. They were supposed to assemble on August 16 after the Alexandre Medved event in Minsk, Belarus, but when the attendance was taken only 13 were present. Those who had taken exemptions from the camp had not been barred. Tomar said that all the wrestlers have replied to the federation and have been told that they can re-join the camp. However, those who had their World Championships trials on Monday were not allowed to participate in the same. While the trials for the Olympic weight categories were held on July 28 in Lucknow, those for the non-Olympic categories were held on Monday.The World Championships will be held in Kazakhstan from September 14 to 22. sakshi malikworld championshipswrestlingwrestling federation of India First Published: August 19, 2019, 6:57 PM ISTlast_img read more

first_img“I met one Rajaram Rege inside Shiv Sena Bhawan in Dadar”I met one Rajaram Rege inside Shiv Sena Bhawan in Dadar during 2006-2007. I attempted to develop closer relation with him. I was interested in accessing that building (Shiv Sena Bhawan) at that time.”I thought LeT would be interested in the future to either attack the Shiv Sena Bhawan or assassinate its head,” he said answering questions put to him by Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam regarding all those people in Mumbai with whom he had developed friendly relation.Continuing to spill beans on the brazen terror attack, he said “for the 26/11 terror attack, LeT handler Sajid Mir and Abu Kahfa, on instructions from Zaki Sahab, decided to go with the stronghold option which means stay put in the place of the target and keep on fighting.”The second option was to leave the place of target and go to Kashmir and continue fighting with the troops there, he said.Headley said Kahfa told him that the second option was discarded “as if it was in the mind of the person (attacker) that he has to leave then he will not fight well”.Headley told the court that Sajid Mir had got the ten attackers Indian cellphones so that they could guide them during the terror attack.”I tested one of the phones. Sajid Mir asked me to go to Wagah border if the signal was working in the phone. I did so and informed Sajid Mir that the signals were working,” he said.advertisementHeadley also told the court that they got to know from Indian media that one of the ten terrorists, Ajmal Kasab, was captured after the attack.”Sajid Mir and everybody in LeT were saddened by this,” he said.When Nikam showed a photograph of Kasab, Headley identified him and said, “Yes this is Ajmal Kasab… Rehmatullah…this means God bless him or God forgive him.”When asked about the control room in Karachi from where the LeT handlers were giving instructions to the ten attackers during the terror attack, Headley said he “never visited the control room and did not meet any other handler, apart from Sajid Mir, Abu Kahfa and Abu-al-Kama”.He disclosed that during his last visit to Mumbai in July 2008, he had also gone to Siddhivinayak temple and made a video of it.”I purchased the red and yellow wrist bands…. I forget the name of it. I thought that the ten youths could wear it as a cover so that people would think they were Indians.”Nobody asked me to do so. I saw a man selling it outside the temple, so the thought occurred to me. After I returned to Pakistan, I gave those wrist bands to Sajid Mir and explained to him that practising Hindus in India wear this and hence, it would be a good idea if the ten gentlemen (attackers) also wear it as it would look like they are Hindus,” he said. MORE PTI SP VI GK NM RTlast_img read more

first_imgOnePlus 5 is coming this summer, this the company confirmed it already. Now, the company officials accidentally confirmed a few more features that the upcoming claimed to the ‘best’ phone by the company will sport. OnePlus’ key officials, confirmed that the flagship phone will not ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack. Further, another official states that the OnePlus 5 will come with a fingerprint sensor, which will be placed at the front.Just the other day, a leak suggested that OnePlus 5 will be announced in several colour variants. This is till not confirmed as the company is yet to announce the same. However, amidst all the rumors, the OnePlus CEO on one of his Weibo post confirmed that the upcoming phone will launch with a fingerprint scanner. He further highlights that the scanner will be placed on the front panel, which possibly means that the fingerprint scanner might replace the physical home button. Lau Pete (weibo username: Liu Zonto) notes to a user who asked, “Is the fingerprint scanner? The..” to which Lau replies with a “yes”. This clearly indicates the coming of the OnePlus 5 with fingerprint scanner.Also Read: OnePlus 5: Confirmed specs, rumoured features and everything else we know so farAfter OnePlus CEO confirmed the coming of a fingerprint scanner, company Co-founder Carl Pie confirmed that the upcoming OnePlys 5 will not ditch the 3.3mm headphone jack like rumours stated. He confirmed the same on his twitter handle. He writes, “Why did the headphone jack cross the road?”. Further, he also highlights that the headphone jack on the OnePlus 5 will be placed at the top, unlike the OnePlus 3T will have the audio jack on the bottom edge of the handset.advertisementWhy did the headphone jack cross the road? https://t.co/8sSXI8zB8y- Carl Pei (@getpeid) May 19, 2017Further, we at India Today Tech also confirmed it that the OnePlus 5 will come with dual cameras on the rear panel. Adding onto which another leak suggests that the OnePlus 5’s primary camera set up will have a horizontal placement, and not vertical like stated earlier.Also Read: OnePlus 5 hiding in plain sight, dual-selfie camera, funky colours, thin bezels teased in videos?Reports are also such that OnePlus has entered into a partnership with DxO – popular for creating the photography benchmark test – DxOMark. The collaborative partnership is expected to enhance the photography experience on the OnePlus 5.OnePlus 5 is expected to be the best from almost all aspects. The smartphone will sport a much bigger battery as compared to the previously announced OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T. Also, the smartphone is expected to come in two variants one with 6G RAM and the second one with 8GB of RAM. OnePlus 5 is also tipped to come with two storage variants – 64GB and 128GB internal storage.In terms of specifications, the upcoming OnePlus 5 is rumoured to be powered by Qualcomm’s latest processor Snapdragon 835, which also powers the recently launched Samsung Galaxy S8, S8 Plus, Xiaomi Mi 6 and also the HTC U11. Furthermore, the device is expected to run on Android Nougat, and sport a 5.5-inch full HD display. OnePlus announced the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T last year, and with no doubt, both the devices gained wide popularity worldwide. After these, the company was expected to launch a device called – OnePlus 4, but that’s not what’s happening, instead OnePlus 5 is coming. OnePlus is reportedly skipping the OnePlus 4, because of some superstitious belief and also not to forget that OnePlus 5 is the fifth phone by the company.last_img read more

first_imgBeijing, Aug 22 (PTI) US auto major Ford will recall over 37,000 imported SUVs in China due to a fault in steerings, authorities said here today.The steering gear dust cover may become blocked after continuous low-speed driving in dusty conditions, which could lead to contaminants getting into the steering gear unit if the dust cover becomes damaged, the company said.Ford China has filed the plan to recall Explorer Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) manufactured between November 2012 and June 2016 with the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine.The Michigan-headquartered automaker will begin recalling the 37,734 vehicles from November 30, Chinas consumer quality authority said.There could also be abnormal noise or a steering booster power decline when the wheel is turned, and in some cases the steering booster may fail to work, it said.The company will check the dust covers on affected vehicles and replace faulty parts, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. PTI KJV CPSlast_img read more

first_imgNizhny Novgorod, Jul 5 (AFP) Last weekend, Didier Deschamps chalked up another significant achievement in a remarkable career. He became the longest-serving coach of France when he oversaw his 80th game as Les Bleus beat Argentina 4-3 in a thriller to go through to tomorrow’s World Cup quarter-final against Uruguay. Six years have passed since he replaced Laurent Blanc, but how long he carries on could come down to what happens in Nizhny Novgorod tomorrow, when France and their fearsome attack come up against the formidable Uruguayan defence. The French Football Federation set a semi-final place as their target coming to Russia, and a last-eight exit would leave a sense of potential unfulfilled in the Deschamps era. The FFF have said that the coach, who turns 50 this year, will stay around until 2020, when his contract expires. Nevertheless, a disappointing exit and his position will look rather fragile at a time when Zinedine Zidane is a free man having left Real Madrid. Many France fans will have longed for Zidane as they watched their national team’s performances in the group stage, especially in the insipid 0-0 draw with Denmark. The display against Argentina was what the public had been crying out for, with the explosive Kylian Mbappe eclipsing Lionel Messi as the French tore apart a fragile defence. “There has been criticism, and there always will be. But the truth comes with what happens on the pitch,” Deschamps told French television after that game. Diego Godin and co. will not leave the same kind of space to exploit in the quarter-finals, though, as the coach looks to avoid falling at the same hurdle as four years ago, when they lost to Germany.advertisement Since then, France have lost the Euro 2016 final on home soil to Portugal. Despite topping their qualifying group for this World Cup, the lowlights included a 0-0 draw with minnows Luxembourg. Deschamps has Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembele, Olivier Giroud and Nabil Fekir in his squad. Yet he has struggled to settle on the perfect system to accommodate his attacking talents, and get the best out of Paul Pogba. Observers outside France are especially baffled how a team with such an embarrassment of riches in attack cannot play like they did against Argentina more often.- ‘A leader of men’ -===================== But as Spain great Xavi Hernandez pointed out in a recent interview with French newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche, it is simply that Deschamps has a style more akin to Diego Simeone than Pep Guardiola. “He has not changed his ideas on becoming a coach: defensive solidity and counter-attack,” Xavi said. And if anyone doubts the credentials of the coach now, then more fool them. This is the man from the Basque Country who won everything as a player, including captaining France to glory at the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000. As a coach he took Monaco to the Champions League final in 2004 and ended Marseille’s long wait to win a French title. “Deschamps is a living legend in France. His record as a player and a manager is astonishing,” says Matthew Spiro, a British football broadcaster for beIN Sports who is based in Paris. Spiro says he understands “the clamour for more excitement”, but points out that “in six years he has picked the team up from the depths of despair and reached the World Cup quarter-finals as well as the final of the Euro.” Calls for more flair are inevitable when Deschamps has so many brilliant players at his disposal, and his lack of charisma when he appears before the media can be frustrating. However, the end will always justify the means, as long as he keeps on winning. “He is a manager, a leader of men. He is a winner,” says Guy Stephan, his loyal assistant for almost a decade now. (AFP) ATKATKlast_img read more

first_imgFormer Brazil and Real Madrid great Ronaldo Nazario said on Sunday he is recovering from flu in an Ibiza hospital and expects to be discharged on Monday.”Friends, I had a strong bout of flu in Ibiza and had to be taken to hospital on Friday but everything is ok,” the 41-year-old said in a message on his official Twitter account.”Tomorrow I will be allowed to leave hospital and I will return home. Thanks for all your support and your messages.”Ronaldo admitted in hospital with pneumonia: ReportsLocal newspaper Diario de Ibiza reported that Ronaldo had been taken to hospital with pneumonia. The hospital where Ronaldo is recovering could not be reached by Reuters for comment.Ronaldo, who was on holiday in Ibiza when he was taken ill, retired from football in 2011 following a hugely successful career which featured stints at PSV Eindhoven, Barcelona, Inter Milan, AC Milan, Brazilian sides Corinthians and Cruzeiro as well as Real Madrid, where he is a club ambassador.He won two La Liga titles with Real, the UEFA Cup with Inter and lifted the World Cup in 1994 and 2002 with Brazil, also reaching the tournaments final in 1998, and picked up the Ballon dOr award for the best player in the world in 1997 and 2002.(With Reuters Photo)last_img read more

first_imgSoccer punchAcademey of Women’s Football v/s Sporting ArenaIf you prefer to play a sport rather than sweat it out in a gym, here is your chance to try something new. Shatadru Dutt, 26, coach and coowner of VS Sports Arena coaches a women’s football team thrice a week with no,Soccer punchAcademey of Women’s Football v/s Sporting ArenaIf you prefer to play a sport rather than sweat it out in a gym, here is your chance to try something new. Shatadru Dutt, 26, coach and coowner of VS Sports Arena coaches a women’s football team thrice a week with no restrictions of age, fitness or qualifications. Also coaching them is Ria Rao, 23, a young footballer who represented West Bengal in national competitions in the under 17 and under 19 category. A motley crew made up of homemakers, national rowing champions, marathon runners, basketball players and young corporates, have now made it a point to play the sport religiously for two hours thrice a week. More are following suit. “The batch is expanding so we might just start another one soon,” says Dutt.The idea behind the academy was two-fold. One was for people like Ria Rao who loved the sport and played it in school and college but had nowhere to keep playing football as a working adult. The second was to develop the game further. Dutt who coached Rao in St Xavier’s College spotted the gap when he met more women like her. “The Calcutta Football League which is a fifth division football league has one of the oldest women’s football team and not many know about it. My aim is to build interest in the sport from the ground up so that more can play those leagues,” says Dutt.The results of their experiment speaks for itself. Barely a couple of months since the start of the Academy, Dutt says that “the girls are already fitter and have greater stamina and endurance, better technique.” Rao believes that football can transform your mind body and soul. “I am a different person when I am playing. I eat better and sleep better,” says Rao. At VS Sports Arena, 5A Sarat Bose Road, Lane beside Chandrani Pearls, Opposite Ashok Hall Girls Tel 7980116259 Price Rs 1,000 a month Email rohan.dutt@germinatysportz.comadvertisementEat out healthySienna cafe and store Sulagna Ghosh, co-founder, SiennaSienna Cafe and Store started as a space to promote the brand’s range of ceramic tableware and handicrafts from their workshop in Shantiniketan. The food and the menu became something of an accidental success. “We started with some of the things that were made in our own family kitchen,” says Sulagna Ghosh, 32, co-founder, Sienna.Its roots in a family kitchen may explain the menu’s light wholesome vibe. “People were sceptical when they found light salads in a Kolkata cafe menu. People in this city generally like deep fried, cheesy dishes,” says Ghosh. But the avocado tortilla salad turned out to be a dish that has been there since inception and lasted through at least two new menus. Also on the salad menu is the black rice salad with an Asian dressing with sesame and peanuts.”This used to be an Asian salad before. Later we added black rice to it and the flavours ended up working well together,” says Anindita Rawat who is consultant for the Sienna menu. Rawat is a home cook and has also introduced the popular Aubergine pesto crostini on the menu. “Ingredients like oyster mushroom and basil come from Rawat’s family farm and a lot of vegetables from the Ghosh’s vegetable patch in their Shantiniketan workshop.” If you are down with a cold, Ghosh promises that the clear chicken soup with bok choy, carrot, baby corn and mushroom is an instant pick-me-up.Their focus is not so much on calories as much as on freshness and authenticity. Their breads, cakes and pesto are made in-house and everything, if not low calorie, is at least nutrient or fibre rich such as the date almond walnut cake. “Its decadent but also loaded with micro-nutrients,” says Ghosh. Meal for two Rs 600 onwards At Sienna, 49/1 Hindustan Park.Veggie havenWabi Sabi Saroj Sharma, co-owner, Wabi SabiCafe-store Wabi Sabi is inspired by the idea of “finding joy and acceptance in imperfections”. The store stocks a number of organic or nutritious cereals like black and red rice and organic pulses. The cafe on the other hand serves all kinds of vegetarian and Jain friendly contemporary global cuisine. “The menu is designed in such a way that none of the dishes will make you feel uncomfortably full. Most of our dishes are very light and fresh,” says co-owner, Saroj Sharma, 45.If eating healthy means having hearty salads, check out their couscous salad or chickpea salad. “Both have very light vinaigrette-based dressing and are rich in dietary fibre. Our watermelon salad is another option that is so delicious that you don’t even think of it as eating healthy,” she says.advertisementThe gluten-free momos are made with potato starch and are another light option that will spare you the bloating caused by flour-based dishes. Want your meal to pack in vegetables and proteins? Try the zucchini roll up which is a cold dish made up of zucchini slices filled with crumbly cottage cheese and asparagus.Most of their rice-based mains use black or Bhutanese red rice so it is possible to have a full meal here without feeling too guilty. “Even our pastas come with an option of whole wheat, and we do not use flour or corn flour to thicken our sauces,” adds Sharma. Price Rs 800 for two At Wabi Sabi, 10 Sarat Banerjee Road.Choose to grow organicHari Mitti Founder Surhid Chandra with chief knowledge officer Suvendu Sekhar Das, at the Hari Mitti nurseryFarm-to-table or garden to table are concepts that may have seemed unattainable for city dwellers with busy lives till now, but Hari Mitti will make it possible for you. The New Town-based start-up grows over 40 varieties of vegetables, fruits and herbs and air purifying plants that you can plant in your own homes.If you do not have a green thumb, do not worry. Hari Mitti provides soilfree mulch lined crates that are loaded with vermicompost and cocoa peat and only bring plants to you once they are “hardy enough to survive beyond the nursery.” “Most plants need a lot of care during the seedling stage. Our aim is to take away the hassle of urban gardening. All you need to do is water them,” says founder Surhid Chandra. Maintenance of the plants is all natural and free of harmful chemicals.”You may even call it organic but we avoid the label since there is no accounting for acid rain or even groundwater,” says Chandra. What he can vouch for is the potency of the nutrient rich greens. “We have had clients who say they cannot stomach coriander and tomatoes from the vegetable seller after growing their own,” he says.From your garden variety beans to “exotic vegetables like bell peppers broccoli and oyster mushrooms” they grow it all. “We have studied that if one opts for about 30 to 35 crates, then a family of three can sunstain on what they grow and need to only buy potatoes and onions,” says Chandra.If you want to pass on the gift of growing to friends and family, Hari Mitti has also designed pinewood boxes of herbs. “These small pots already come packed with enough nutrients that they continue to grow without needing extra maintenance,” says Chandra. Price Rs 500 per crate or box plus installation cost Details harimitti.comKettle callingSamrat Sen, Corefit Samrat Sen, owner, CorefitSamrat Sen, 32, a former PR professional, was always passionate about fitness.”I was into kickboxing and martial arts and using the kettlebell as well. However, I started taking it more seriously as a sport when I began to benefit from kettlebell training,” said Sen. Kettlebell lifting as a sport is a test of “endurance since it relies on an equal mix of strength, endurance, flexibility and cardiovascular stamina.advertisementAlso called endurance lifting, the sport requires lifters to complete as many repetitions as possible within 10 minutes. Sen has represented the country in this sport in Thailand and Malaysia. But Sen is not just a kettleball athlete. He is also a Master Kettlebell Coach as well as a certified animal flow coach and a functional trainer. If he were to have a fitness mantra it would be “lengthen your front and strengthen your back.” His outfit is called Corefit, which as the name suggests, is about focusing on the core.Sen believes in a completely personalised approach where he designs different programmes for people of different fitness levels and different targets. His biggest success? “One of my students, a 53 kg mother of one, who couldn’t lift 12 kg kettlebells, recently represented India and lifted two 16 kg kettlebells in tandem,” says Sen. Price On request At corefit.co.inAu NaturalAuli Lifestyle Aishwarya Biswas, founder and MD, Auli LifestyleIf you are eating organic, then it goes without saying that you should opt for “natural” when it comes to skincare as well. Auli Lifestyle, a homegrown Kolkata-based company, makes a variety of skin and haircare products that are completely natural, paraben and chemical free. Founder and MD Aishwarya Biswas, 35, started using honey and beeswax from her country farm in suburban south Kolkata to formulate her products, and slowly expanded to use “only the best organic and natural ingredients she can from across the country.”She gets glowing reviews about her products online- which is her primary market. An ex-model-turned-entreprenuer, she is a firm believer in her own products and it is easy to see why. Her bestsellers include Magic Potion, an aloe-vera massage gel that she says helps tackle a variety of problems such as cuts, burns, acne, tanning and rashes and can also be used as a make-up primer and sunscreen. “In fact I did not know it could be so successful until I heard praise from my buyers who cannot get enough of it,” she says. Also popular is Luminous, a fragrant all-natural shampoo that is good for all hair types. “It is packed with ingredients that are great for hair, such as brahmi, olive oil, aloe vera, essential oils and other ayurvedic extracts,” says Biswas.Even if you don’t have a beauty regimen, Auli has starter kits for men and women, anti ageing skin rituals and rituals for dry oily and combination skin, facial kits, hair kits, pamper bath rituals, de-tanning kit and the ultimate indulgence in the form of a bridal kit. They also make honey-based snack boxes that include green tea, a small pot of honey and honey roasted almonds. Price Rs 300 onwards At aulilifestyle.comBreathe FreeYoga Yoga exponent, Mrinalika BhanjdeoEntrepreneur and director of The Belgadia Palace and princess from the Royal Family of Mayurbhanj, Mrinalika Bhanjdeo, 28, started practicing yoga seven years ago and three years ago, she started teaching it too. It seeped into my everyday life and even though I did not enter the practice of yoga with the intention of making changes in my lifestyle, it made me aware of how I live my life-from what and how I eat, to having a phone-life balance,” says Bhanjdeo.The stress caused by the digital medium is one of the main things yoga helps address, says the hatha yoga exponent. “The practice of yoga helped me mastermybreath, whichwasthefirststepto learning how to control my mind. We are bombarded with external stimulation which throws us off balance, especially as we live in the digital age where our biggest health concerns are related to poor lifestyle choices,” she says. Those choices are what you can address with mindfulness.Bhanjdeo especially recommends “meditation to relax the body and mind” with nadi shodhana (alternate nostril cleansing) and sheetal pranayama which helps improve the flow of oxygen into the body, lowers blood pressure, and calms the mind and body. For common ailments and problems she suggests cat/cow poses to improve circulation through spine and core and the cobra pose to “open up the chest and improve lung capacity” as well as alleviate lower back pain. She also advocates popular and relatively simpler poses like the standing forward bend and tree pose that help improve flexibility and balance. At Calorie Burn Centre, 3B Lovelock Place; The Salt House, 40 Shakespeare Sarani Tel 9830290530last_img read more

first_imgThough the snow may have stopped, the Department ofTransportation and Public Works’ crews are still on the jobtoday, Jan. 25, continuing to plow, salt and sand Nova Scotia’shighways and roads. Despite high winds and blowing snow, which often covered roadsalready plowed on both Sunday, Jan. 23, and Monday, Jan. 24, theprovince’s 100-series highways were cleared within eight hours ofthe end of the storm, meeting department guidelines. Transportation and Public Works Minister Ron Russell praised theefforts of highway workers who worked to open the roads for safetravel. “Our snowplow crews worked around the clock for two daysand did a great job under extreme conditions,” said the minister. The department halted snowplowing on Highway 101 Sunday night asblowing snow reduced visibility to zero. “Making the roads safefor motorists is our primary concern,” Mr. Russell said, “but theroad is the workplace for many of our crews and their safety isalso our concern.” All highways, trunks, routes and local paved roads throughout theprovince are passable but some are still snow-packed. Most gravelroads are open now and all roads should be clear by Wednesday,Jan. 26. Crews will be pushing back snowbanks in the coming days, somotorists are advised to use caution near intersections wherevisibility is reduced. Parents are asked to remind children notplay or tunnel in snowbanks along roads. The Department of Transportation and Public Works highwaysdivision manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in NovaScotia.last_img read more

first_img thousands of households carry out needed health and safety related home repairs hundreds of seniors or persons with disabilities to adapt or modify their homes so they can continue to live independently in their communities to create new affordable rental units through new construction or conversion of existing non-residential buildings developers preserve affordable rental units. Our efforts are making a difference in the lives of many Nova Scotians. Working closely with our housing partners, we know we can do even more to reduce housing poverty and provide more affordable and sustainable housing throughout the province. We recently heard from the people that lead the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada and they recognized our work with housing co-operatives to help protect, preserve and restore the valuable supply of mixed-income, affordable housing. In fact, Nova Scotia was one of the very few provinces to earmark funding for co-operative housing in its last budget. An innovative pilot project is targeting people living in shelters to help transition them to long-term, supportive housing. So far, this initiative has helped 200 people make the move into safe, long-term housing. While it is important to celebrate the progress we’ve made so far, we must now turn our attention to the challenges ahead. Later this fall, a series of public consultations will get underway that will help shape a bold and comprehensive long-term housing strategy. I encourage everyone to get involved so we can continue to build more prosperous and inclusive communities. For more information about affordable housing in Nova Scotia, visit www.gov.ns.ca/coms/affordablehousing . -30- Access to adequate, affordable housing is the foundation of our fight to end poverty. As Minister of Community Services, I am proud to say that more Nova Scotians today have a safe and affordable place to call home compared to previous years. In partnership with the federal government, the province has invested $145 million into affordable housing since 2009. On the first day of October, Nova Scotia is marking World Habitat Day by reflecting on recent accomplishments and focusing on the work ahead to address the housing needs of many Nova Scotians. Last year alone, the Nova Scotia Housing Development Corporation provided assistance to create or preserve thousands of homes across the province, helping:last_img read more

first_imgSHIMLA: Power Minster R K Singhon Thursday addressed the inaugural session of third Nepal Infrastructure Summit at Kathmandu, Nepal. During the visit, the Minister also inspected 900 MW Arun-3 Hydro Electric Project being executed by SJVN through its wholly owned subsidiary SJVN Arun-3 Power Development Company Pvt Ltd (SAPDC) on river Arun in Nepal. He was accompanied by S K G Rahate, Additional Secretary Power; Prabodh Saxena, Special Secretary Power (GoHP); Dr Ajay Kumar, Deputy Chief of Mission (Indian Mission); Nand Lal Sharma, CMD SJVN. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalDuring the visit, he also inaugurated the construction of intake works at dam site of Arun-3 HEP and executed the last blast of excavation of central gullet at Power House. Arun-3 HEP has generation capacity of 900 MW and has the potential to generate 3,924 million unit of electricity per annum. Besides, the project also involves erection of 217 km long 400 kV double circuit associated transmission line (up to Indo- Nepal Border). SJVN, aims to be a 5,000 MW company by 2023, 12,000 MW company by 2030 and 25,000 MW company by 2040.last_img read more

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement CBC Vancouver’s Musical Nooners is a free concert series and runs Monday – Friday, from noon to 1pm, at the CBC Broadcast Centre at 700 Hamilton Street (between Robson and Georgia) from July 5 – August 16.For more the full line-up or information on the Musical Nooners series and CBC in British Columbia, go to www.cbc.ca/musicalnooners or follow us on Twitter @CBCVancouver or #musicalnooners..About CBC/Radio-Canada:CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world. Facebook VANCOUVER, B.C. – Happy 10 year anniversary Musical Nooners! CBC Vancouver is ready to kick-off the tenth season of its popular free, outdoor summer-long concert series, Musical Nooners, on  Friday July 5, with a special performance by The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer with Dawn Pemberton. The whole community is invited to CBC Vancouver’s outdoor stage at 700 Hamilton Street to join in on the festivities.“I am really excited to have The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer with Dawn Pemberton kick off the 10th year of Musical Nooners. They are an incredible live band with electrifying energy,” remarks Jon Siddall, co-producer for the series. “Combined with Dawn’s bold funk sound, it is  the perfect way to kick off a summer of amazing concerts on the CBC Vancouver outdoor stage.”“This is the tenth year of Musical Nooners, I am very proud of the role CBC Vancouver has played in supporting and developing local musicians all these years,” says Johnny Michel, senior managing director, CBC British Columbia and Alberta. “Our outdoor stage has become a place for new talent to get discovered and a coveted gig for seasoned performers. This year’s programming is stronger than ever and celebrates Vancouver’s music scene in all its diversity.” Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

Rabat – The meeting is part of the King’s regular follow-up of the implementation of the renewable energy strategy, said a statement by the Royal Cabinet.This year, the objectives that the King set in April were achieved within the deadlines, Maghreb Arab Press reported.The objectives included beginning the operation of Noor Ouarzazate, a 580 megawatt solar energy complex. The Noor Ouarzazate III tower was successfully synchronized to the power grid, making it one of the largest solar multi-technology complexes in the world, according to the Royal Cabinet.Engineering and technology group Sener completed the first synchronization of the Noor III plant to the Moroccan grid in August. The company will start the final testing of Morocco’s Noor III solar power plant in Ouarzazate to prepare for commercial operation by the end of 2018, Sener wrote in a statement September 26.“Once operational, it will mark a turning point in the [solar power station] (CSP) sector worldwide,” said Anas Raisuni, Sener’s regional managing director in Morocco.According to the cabinet’s statement, the Noor Laayoune I and Noor Boujdour I solar power plants were also completed for “a combined capacity of 100 MW.” These two power plants were built under “an innovative financing plan that used the first green bond issue in the Kingdom.”The plants, which are part of a new development model, paved the way for further progress to benefit the local population and economic stakeholders in Western Sahara.At the meeting, the Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy (Masen) president, Mustapha Bakkoury, presented the King with the schedule for the implementation of the “Noor PV II program” and the construction of the Noor Midelt solar complex. The plant uses a mix of solar, thermal, and photovoltaic technologies.Wind farm projects ready for 2019Construction of the 180-megawatt Midelt wind farm and the 100-megawatt Taza wind farm will start in 2019.In 2019, a repowering project for the Koudia El-Baida wind farm, in the Tangier-Tetouan region, will be launched. The farm is the first wind project in Morocco and has been operating since 2000 through Morocco’s National Office of Electricity (ONEE). The repowering project will increase the farm’s capacity from 50 to 120 megawatts. The project will develop the wind energy resources in Morocco’s northern region.At the end of this meeting, King Mohammed VI gave his instructions “to increase the initial ambitions for renewable energy to exceed the current goal of 52 percent of the national electric mix by 2030.”Renewable energy for energy savingThe monarch directed Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani to use renewable energy in public buildings to maximize energy efficiency and achieve significant savings.The King also stressed the need “to adopt an additional integrated program to back all the scheduled water desalination plants with renewable energy production units to ensure their autonomy and energy saving.” The plans will rely primarily on the deposits available near the plants such as the wind power plant in Dakhla or through exploring new sources of energy, such as waste energy transformation in big cities.El Othmani and the King’s advisors, Fouad Ali El Himma and Yassir Zenagui, as well as Minister of Economy and Finance Mohamed Benchaaboun and Minister of Energy Aziz Rabbah attended the meeting. read more

12 July 2007The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees (UNHCR) announced today that it is doubling to $123 million its budget to help the hundreds of thousands of uprooted Iraqis who are either internally displaced or living in neighbouring states. The target has been revised to meet the spiralling number of Iraqi refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs), UNHCR António Guterres said. UN officials estimate that 2,000 Iraqis are now fleeing their homes every day, and about 2 million have become IDPs and another 2.2 million are refugees, mainly in Jordan and Syria, since the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime in 2003.“Host governments and communities [are] struggling to cope” with “the needs of the Iraqi refugees and internally displaced [that] are enormous and growing by the day,” Mr. Guterres said.The revised budget includes an earlier UNHCR appeal in January for $60 million, an amount already surpassed by donors. So far, the Office has received $67 million for its Iraq operations and another $10 million is pledged or in the pipeline. But the appeal notes that much more will need to be done in the future as, according to UNHCR spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis, “the situation continues to worsen.”The revised appeal focuses on supporting both the refugees themselves and those hosting them through addressing problems that are apparent domestically and outside of Iraq.In Iraq, the agency plans to boost its provision of aid supplies that includes makeshift shelter for up to 100,000 vulnerable people, and to promote the establishment of inter-agency humanitarian aid depots. Outside Iraq, UNHCR will focus on five areas of assistance – education, health, food, social and legal counselling and shelter. UNHCR already hopes to increase the number of Iraqi children in schools in the region from 60,000 to 200,000 by the end of the 2007-08 school year and to increase the number of refugee medical referrals from 10,000 a month to 20,000 by the end of this year by working closely with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP). read more

25 June 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon departs later today for Trieste, Italy, for a series of meetings with international partners focusing on the Middle East and Afghanistan, his spokesperson said today. On Friday, Mr. Ban will attend a meeting of the Middle East Quartet, which comprises the UN, European Union, Russia and the United States. Also in Trieste on Friday, the Secretary-General will meet with members of the League of Arab States’ follow-up committee on the Arab Peace Initiative, the Saudi plan for full Arab peace with Israel in return for full withdrawal from territory it seized in 1967.In addition, he will attend a meeting of the Group of Eight (G8) Foreign Ministers on Afghanistan. “That gathering will look at the situation in Afghanistan from a regional perspective. It will touch on themes such as cooperation in border management and countering illicit drug trafficking,” UN spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters. read more

He was responding to the question on claims that there is rising fundamentalism in the Eastern Province, with funding from West Asian countries. Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) leader and Minister Rauff Hakeem insists Muslims have not been radicalised in the East.In an interview with The Hindu newspaper, Hakeem said that while there are different schools of thought in Islamic philosophy it is not a case of sectarian radical groups taking root. Hakeem says politicians like him monitor what is taking place and keep their ears to the ground and interact with all the people.“Sometimes when it is necessary we criticise the attitude of some of these people — the way they propagate their ideology because it can give a different perception to the outsider, that this community is becoming a bit introverted, very exclusivist and reducing interaction with the rest of the community — these are frowned upon by a majority of Muslims in this country. When it comes to religious practice, whether it is in Hinduism, Christianity, or Judaism, there are different strains, different ideologies being practised by fringe groups. I don’t think we need to worry about these fringe groups as long as they don’t resort to violence as a means to propagate their culture or ideology,” he added. Hakeem also noted that issues like women’s rights have come into focus and people tend to think Islam is very slow in embracing certain liberal values when it comes to women’s emancipation or their rights.“They are cultural issues and those reforms will have to come from within and that is happening now. Today one of the main issues is women’s participation in the labour force. In South Asia, we are far behind compared to other countries. There are several factors contributing to it. It is because we are more protective of women. But any religious taboo against women working has over time got de-escalated so much that a large number of Muslim women are freely working. But of course, the way in which they dress or behave will be dictated by cultural norms, and that you cannot prevent. That is the right of those people to practise their own culture. That accommodation needs to be there and it should not be perceived as “the other”. (Colombo Gazette) “You know, it’s very typical, this question after a lengthy interview of this nature. Not only you, several media people who have come to interview me end up asking this question. It is again a manifestation of an international mindset. But locally, I don’t see that Muslims have been radicalised to that extent so as to resort to violence. Whatever radicalisation has been happening, it is in the cultural domain — you see their dress, their attitude to observing their faith, you see a certain amount of this happening, they talk about Wahhabism, or the Salafi ideology being the cause for most of this radicalisation. Then there are various Jama’aths like Sri lanka Thawheed Jama’ath. It is not a case of sectarian radical groups coming and taking root, but these are different schools of thought in Islamic philosophy,” he said. read more

The Navy Commander, meanwhile, reiterated that from the first day the operation of the Hambantota Port was handed over to the China-Sri Lanka joint venture, the sole commercial use of the port has been clearly defined through legal forms.He said that recently, a warship of Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force smoothly berthed for supplies at the Hambantota Port, reflecting the openness and commercial nature of the port.The Chinese Embassy said that some foreign media irresponsibly hyped the question of militarization of the Hambantota Port out of their own hidden agenda. China has warned Sri Lanka over attempts to sour the relationship between both countries.The Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Cheng Xueyuan said that there are baseless claims being made that the Hambantota Port might be used for military purposes. The Chinese Ambassador had expressed this view at separate meetings he had with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Navy Commander, Vice Admiral Sirimevan Ranasinghe. The Embassy said that time will eventually prove that the Hambantota Port is destined to embrace a prosperous and bright future in business. “China and Sri Lanka should keep vigilant against such kind of rumors, and strengthen communication and coordination so as to prevent the China-Sri Lankan relations and cooperation from being disturbed or damaged,” the Chinese Embassy in Colombo quoted the Ambassador as saying. During his meeting with the Prime Minister, Ambassador Cheng said that China attaches great importance to the relations with Sri Lanka, and wishes to implement the important consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries to actively push forward the practical cooperation under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).The Chinese Embassy quoted Wickremesinghe as saying that the Sri Lankan Navy is the sole military force responsible for the security of the Hambantota Port and that there was no concern over a possible Chinese militarization of the port. read more

Note that Exchange, SharePoint, OneDrive, and Stream store data in the geographic region associated with your Office 365 tenant. To see which region houses data for your tenant, go to the Microsoft 365 admin center > Settings > Organization profile and scroll down to Data location. Moving to Teams: Upgrade Paths, Untangled Kevin Kieller and Dino Caputo July 01, 2019 Everything you wanted to know about Teams upgrade modes but were afraid to ask The following table provides additional details related to Teams data storage. Data noted as stored in the Azure substrate is most often, but not always, stored within the geographic region of the user (or users) who are interacting and may, for performance reasons, also be cached across all the geographical regions where users are located. The Teams application uses specific Azure blob, table, and queue storage (collectively referred to as the Teams substrate). Files are stored in SharePoint and OneDrive for Business, and meeting recordings are stored in Stream, all of which in turn use Azure storage. To support eDiscovery, copies of conversations and chat messages are copied to Exchange Online, which also uses Azure storage. 1:1 chat messagesYesIn a hidden folder within user mailbox, only accessible via eDiscovery; each user maintains separate copy of chat transcript For example, in the case illustrated below, Teams data would be stored both in “North America” (which actually means the U.S.) and “Canada” (which indeed means Canada). TamingTeams-datalocation.png Chat during a meetingYesHidden folder within users’ mailboxes, only accessible via eDiscovery; each user maintains separate copy of chat transcript Slack Debuts New Enterprise Security Controls Beth Schultz August 06, 2019 Enhancements aim to provide the ability to deploy Slack at enterprise scale in “safe, secure, and centralized way.” Channel conversationsYesA process also saves a copy in hidden Exchange group mailbox for compliance purposes Files shared during a meeting chatYesUser’s OneDrive for Business, in a folder called “Microsoft Teams Chat Files” Microsoft stores Teams data in Azure. This is a good thing. Azure is a global set of cloud services enabling massive hyperscale deployments that, according to Microsoft, 95% of the Fortune 500 use. It delivers Azure through data centers in 54 global regions and supports hybrid deployments via Azure Stack (although this isn’t applicable to Teams). Microsoft contends that “Azure is the only consistent hybrid cloud, has more regions than any cloud provider, delivers unparalleled developer productivity, and offers more comprehensive compliance coverage—including meeting the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).” ConclusionFor a multinational organization, ensuring Teams stores all relevant user information within the user’s primary geography is virtually impossible. While many organizations have a theoretical issue with this, and some client-related contractual issues, I’d argue that data stored in the Microsoft cloud is most often better managed and more secure than data stored in private customer data centers. As Timothy Chou writes in this seminal book “Cloud: Seven Clear Business Models”: “Anyone delivering services in [cloud-based] Models Four through Model Seven can make investments in security on behalf of many customers and, as a result, can arguably provide higher levels of service than any one customer could on their own.”Discussing and understanding your organization’s real requirements related to data residency is important. Mandatory security and compliance obligations are complicated and often take extensive amounts of time to understand completely; however, you shouldn’t dismiss the unique benefits available from global public cloud offerings, such as Teams, simply because your IT team is unwilling to sort through these important details. Emails sent to channelsReference to emailAny emails sent to the channel email are stored in a folder called “Email Messages” within the channels document library Slack Modernizes Desktop Client Beth Schultz July 22, 2019 Touts greater efficiency, responsiveness, and reliability… all of which should help workers be more productive. Group chat messagesYesIn a hidden folder within user mailbox, only accessible via eDiscovery; each user maintains separate copy of chat transcript Notes in WikiYesUser’s OneDrive for Business, in a folder called “Wiki” within the “Microsoft Teams Data” folder Taming Teams: Microsoft Looks to Inspire Partners Kevin Kieller July 16, 2019 Pushes the multiplier effect of the cloud, and highlights embedded Teams capabilities Files shared during 1:1 and group chatsReference to fileUsers’ OneDrive for Business, in a folder called “Microsoft Teams Chat Files” Meeting recordingsReference to meeting recordingStored in Stream, in meeting organizer’s account and content automatically shared with all invited people; videos and meeting recordings in Stream are stored within the Stream service, itself an Azure-based service on top of Azure SQL, Blob, and Azure Media Services Call detail recordsYesHidden folder within user mailbox; a record is generated for each call and meeting in Teams. For each call or meeting, the following is captured:Meeting or call start and end time, and durationCall/Meeting join and leave events for each participantVoIP join/callsPSTN join/dial-in eventsAnonymous joinFederated user joinGuest user joinCalls to voicemailMissed or unanswered callsCall transfers (represented as two separate calls) cloud-computing_TT-774.png Why Slack Should Be Concerned about Microsoft Teams Kevin Kieller July 25, 2019 Likable though he may be, Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield is missing the point about his company’s chief competition. Information sources:Overview of Microsoft Teams architectureSurprising Places Where Your Microsoft Teams Data Is StoredMicrosoft Teams launches eDiscovery for Calling and MeetingsLocation of data in Microsoft TeamsOverview of security and compliance in Microsoft TeamsWhere is your data located? While Teams leverages underlying capabilities and inherits the storage profile from many of the underlying Office 365 services, it also creates application-specific data that’s stored directly within Teams. Team and channel structure informationYesNot applicable See All in Team Collaboration Tools & Workspaces » Wherever Teams stores your data, the application is Tier D-compliant based on Microsoft’s rating scale. This rating includes compliance with the many international standards, including, but not limited to, ISO 27001, ISO 27018, SSAE16 SOC 1 and SOC 2, HIPAA, and EU Model Clauses (EUMC). Files shared during channel conversationsReference to fileA SharePoint site is created for each team. A document library is created for each channel and files are stored here When using Microsoft Skype for Business Server, all your communication data and metadata, such as call logs, is stored within your data center. For many larger or multinational organizations considering transitioning to Teams, that makes “where does Teams store my data?” an important question. A simple question with a complex answer. Voicemail messagesReference to voicemail messageIn user’s mailbox, this includes transcript of voicemail Log in or register to post comments Images shared during chatsYesStored in separate media store on Azure TabsYesVaries by type of tab; a tab that includes information from a third party will store the data directly in the system used by that party and only present a view of it Teams ItemIn Teams Azure Substrate?Additional Storage Location/Notes Tags:News & ViewsTaming TeamsMicrosoft Teamscloud storageTeam Collaboration Tools & WorkspacesCloud CommunicationsNews & ViewsTeam Collaboration Articles You Might Like read more

“The world must be considered vulnerable to a return of SARS pending better understanding of the origins of the virus and the circumstances that allowed it to jump from an animal host or environmental source to infect humans,” the UN World Health Organization (WHO) said. “Without such an understanding, predictions of the future evolution of the outbreak – including its end – cannot be made with certainty.”Further progress in the scientific understanding of SARS will depend on continued international collaboration. WHO is establishing an additional network to expedite much-needed animal studies.As SARS has clearly demonstrated, the appearance of a new disease in a highly mobile, interconnected and interdependent world can have serious repercussions outside the health sector and far beyond the areas worst hit by the outbreak, WHO noted. This sense of shared vulnerability is considered a strong motivation for continued international collaboration. read more

Byron Scott Fired as Coach of Cavaliers

Byron Scott, the former Los Angeles Lakers guard who coached a depleted Cleveland team, was fired by the Cavaliers Thursday morning.Playing mostly without all-star guard Kyrie Irving, the Cavs lost 16 of their final 18 games to finish at 24-58, the third-worst record in the NBA. The team blew several large leads, including a 27-point home lead against the Miami Heat in the final weeks of the season.Still, Scott’s tenure with the Cavs has been marred first by LeBron James’ exit to Miami just after he accepted the job, an inferior roster, and injury to key players.“I have tremendous respect for Byron professionally and a great deal of admiration for him personally,” Cavaliers general manager Chris Grant said. “At the same time, it is critical for where we are as a team to ensure that we capitalize on every opportunity for development and success and we have fallen short of that on the court. I believe we needed to make this change in order to get to a better position to achieve our goals.”The Cavs ranked 26th in defensive efficiency in each of the last two seasons and 29th in Scott’s first year in 2010-11.During training camp the Cavs picked up the option in Scott’s contract for next season, which was valued at more than $4 million. He had a record of 64-166 in three seasons. His overall record as coach is 416-521 with the New Jersey Nets, who he took twice led to the NBA Finals, New Orleans Hornets and Cavaliers. read more