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Cabinet reshuffle: Prime minister tweaks portfolios but sacks no minister

first_imgPrime Minister Manmohan Singh’s first Cabinet reshuffle was expected to address governance and image deficit in the wake of a string of scams and political crises. But the consensus in the political circles as President Pratibha Patil was swearing in new ministers was that the PM’s endeavour was mostly an exercise in futility.PM Manmohan Singh announces a new teamIncompetent ministers were shifted, not sacked; he failed to infuse young blood into the council of ministers; and there was no attempt to bridge the governance and image deficit.The much-anticipated rejig failed to send out a strong message against corruption to the people or to the political class.Ministers who presided over the Commonwealth Games (CWG) scams and management mess – urban development minister Jaipal Reddy and sports minister M. S. Gill – were not dropped but let off with only a change in their portfolios.Reddy’s transfer was, in fact, seen as a promotion because he was given charge of a more important portfolio – petroleum in place of urban development that went to Kamal Nath. All the more shocking was the transfer of Vilasrao Deshmukh, who figures in the Adarsh Society flat allotment scandal, to the crucial rural development and Panchayati Raj ministry.Deshmukh’s appointment to this ministry is questionable considering that in December 2010, the Supreme Court had imposed a fine of `10 lakh on the Maharashtra government on a complaint that Deshmukh, as chief minister, had influenced the police against registering an FIR against his brother, who was facing charges of money-lending irregularities by farmers in Maharashtra’s Buldhana district.advertisementMoreover, this ministry is closely monitored by Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her son and general secretary Rahul Gandhi. Both feel it has potential to empower the “aam aadmi”. Some in the Congress feel the suave Mumbaikar is a bad choice for rural development as his heart is in Mumbai.Meanwhile, there was no attempt to address issues of non-governance, or “governance-deficit” as the PM himself has admitted several times as known non-performers – C.P. Joshi, Kamal Nath, Virbhadra Singh – were simply transferred to different departments. Contrary to expectations, there was no infusion of young blood barring a 48-yearold K.C. Venugopal from Kerala as minister of state.The Opposition was quick to point out that the cabinet reshuffle has not addressed any issue concerning the people. “The PM has failed to punish the corrupt,” said BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain. “He has just effected a change in rooms for his non-performing and corrupt ministers.”The PM, however, tried to rekindle hopes of a major shake-up by promising a “more expansive” exercise after the budget session of Parliament which concludes in May.This is a minor reshuffle and after budget session of Parliament, we will do a more expansive exercise,” Singh told mediapersons. Ageing and ineffective ministers such as Virbhadra Singh and B.K. Handique were retained, while Beni Prasad Verma, who can barely walk, has been inducted as minister for steel. Similarly, Sushil Kumar Shinde was allowed to continue in the power ministry though the PM was apparently considering shifting him out.Compulsions of coalition politics were evident in the hands-off approach to two important departments – agriculture and railways. The PM left the allies untouched and despite persisting food inflation which is eating into Congress’s political space, the shuffle does not show any desire to arrest the price spiral. Sharad Pawar continues to occupy agriculture, the only token change being the food and public distribution being taken away from him.Gill, sports and youth affairs minister, and best known for his weak handling of the CWG mess and arm-twisting sports bodies, also escaped the axe as he was shifted to an obscure statistics and programme implementation ministry.None of the non-performing ministers holding an infrastructure portfolio was dropped. Instead they were merely shifted to other portfolios, as if these ministries are of no consequence. Another infrastructure minister Kamal Nath, who figured in the Nira Radia tapes and was considered wanting in performance, has been shifted to urban development from road transport and highways.Minister of state V. Narayanaswamy, who is articulate neither in Hindi nor in English, analysts said, was considered by many insiders to be a bad choice for the MoS slot in the PMO.The reshuffle did not convey any message to trouble-torn Andhra Pradesh, especially when the Telangana region is on the boil and state Congress leader Jaganmohan Reddy is threatening to split the party. Many party leaders from the state in private have expressed dismay over non-induction of any new face from the state.advertisementDespite sending 33 MPs, the state has only one cabinet minister in Jaipal Reddy. As against Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, which has only seven Congress MPs in the Lok Sabha, has three cabinet ministers.The re-jig does not show any strategy to bring Parliament back to normalcy. Many in the party hoped incumbent soft-spoken parliamentary affairs minister Pawan Kumar Bansal, may be replaced with someone more aggressive like Ghulam Nabi Azad to craft a strategy to take the Opposition parties on board. However, the PM opted for status quo even when the Opposition continues to remain adamant on a JPC to probe in the 2G scam threatening to cripple the Budget session.Ashwani Kumar’s appointment as parliamentary affairs minister is also circumspect. “We doubt if he can forge a compromise with the Opposition to break the deadlock over the JPC to look into the 2G scam,” a Congress leader said.last_img
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Salwa Eid Naser Rockets Into Athletics Limelight After Becoming 1st Asian to Win 400m Gold at Worlds

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. DohaIAAF World Athletics ChampionshipsSalwa Eid NaserWorld Athletics Championships First Published: October 4, 2019, 9:23 PM IST Doha: Salwa Eid Naser says she “dreams big” eyeing the 400 metres world record but her astonishing winning time of 48.14sec at the World Championships rekindled memories of an era three decades ago dominated by Communist eastern Europe.The engaging 21-year-old — born Ebelechukwu Agbapuonwu in Nigeria to a Nigerian mother and Bahraini father — pulled off a shock defeat of reigning Olympic champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo on Thursday, who had not lost a race since August 2017. However, it was the time — the third fastest of all time — that took many people’s breath away.Only those over 40 would recall watching the two women who have run faster than her, world record holder Marita Koch of what was then East Germany, who recorded 47.60sec in 1985, and the former Czechoslovakia’s Jarmila Kratochvilova (47.99sec in 1983).Theirs was an era when the Cold War was ongoing and the Berlin Wall separated East and West Berlin.Neither Koch nor Kratochvilova failed a doping test but their countries are known to have operated state-sponsored programmes as athletic supremacy was viewed by their rulers as a weapon in the battle between east and west.Naser, who switched to Bahrain aged 16, played coy as to whether she considered her time in Doha the fastest clean one in history.”You tell me,” she replied.Miller-Uibo — who herself ran the sixth fastest time ever in the final only to have to settle for silver — believes the world record will fall in the event she considers “her baby”.But when asked if she believed Naser’s time was the fastest untainted run ever, the Bahamian also refused to be drawn on the past.”I would prefer not to comment,” she replied.Naser’s victory — which also saw three other finalists record personal bests — may have shocked many but her championship record in the past two years suggested she was a genuine title contender.’I CRIED ALL NIGHT’A second-place finish at the last world championships in 2017 aged 19 — her idol Allyson Felix and Miller-Uibo were behind her — heralded her talent as she became the youngest ever medallist in the event.Her Asian Games success last year also showed she has extraordinary resilience.Having run two relay finals at the end of that competition she flew for 14 hours from Jakarta to Brussels and the next day won the 400m Diamond League title.That sort of determination is a characteristc that US veteran Felix — who won a mixed relay gold earlier in the week as she returned to global competition following the birth of her baby last November — would admire.Naser believes she and the 33-year-old Felix, whose world gold medal tally of 12 now outstrips that of retired Jamaican legend Usain Bolt, share common ground.”Allyson Felix is my role model as I see similarities,” said Naser.”I was really looking up to her and I still look up to her, she’s an amazing athlete.”Naser was previously coached by Bulgarian Yanko Bratanov, one of whose athletes Kemi Adekoya was banned for four years earlier this year. She is now under the tutelage of Jose Rubio, who is head coach for Bahrain’s sprinters and hurdlers.The new one-lap sensation has been dogged by a fragile left ankle due to an accident she had aged six.”My ankle was first weakened after I was struck by a car,” she told iaaf.org last year.”I recall I had bought an ice cream but I had forgotten my change and as I ran across the road to retrieve it, that’s when the car hit me.”This old injury came back to haunt her when she twisted her ankle — “it opened up a fracture” — a week before the 2016 Rio Olympics.Showing typical obstinacy, she refuted medical advice and competed before bowing out in the semi-finals with a new personal best time.”I cried all night and I remember my mum had to say some nice and sweet words to make me feel better,” she said.”Thankfully, it did not take too long for me to recover from the disappointment.”I am a Gemini so I adapt to things quickly and take on an attitude of whatever happens, happens.” last_img read more

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Mets’ Big Bats Pummel Phils, 16-7

first_imgPHILADELPHIA — Jacob deGrom’s early exit turned out to be just a brief highlight for the Philadelphia Phillies.David Wright hit a long home run on his first major league swing in 133 days, Wilmer Flores went deep twice and the New York Mets set a franchise record with eight homers in a 16-7 victory over the Phillies on Aug. 24.“Every once in a while you run into these lopsided games, but this was disappointing,” Philadelphia interim manager Pete Mackanin said. “Jumping on deGrom for seven runs was special. Seven runs, 11 hits, you should win most games like that.”Yoenis Cespedes, Juan Lagares, Travis d’Arnaud, Daniel Murphy and Michael Cuddyer also connected for the NL East leaders. New York set a franchise record with 15 extra-base hits — seven doubles and eight homers. The teams tied an NL record with 11 combined homers.“Seven different players hit homers. That was unusual, to say the least,” Mackanin said. “It was embarrassing.”Fresh off scoring 33 runs in a three-game sweep at Colorado, the Mets slugged their way back from a 7-2 deficit after deGrom’s shortest career outing.The 2014 NL Rookie of the Year lasted just 2 2-3 innings and allowed a career-high seven runs on eight hits. His ERA rose from 1.98 to 2.29.Sean Gilmartin (3-1) had four strikeouts in 3 1-3 scoreless innings to earn the win.Ryan Howard and Domonic Brown each hit a three-run homer, and Cameron Rupp also took deGrom deep. But the Mets chased starter Adam Morgan and rallied against Hector Neris (2-1).Morgan gave up five runs and seven hits in 3 2-3 innings. “He made a lot of bad pitches,” Mackanin said. “He had been pitching well. He didn’t have his good stuff.”The Mets continued their dominance over the Phillies with their ninth win in 10 games this year and 21st in the last 26 meetings. They are 11-3 in Philadelphia the last two seasons.“We just couldn’t keep the ball in the yard. It’s definitely frustrating,” said reliever Justin De Fratus, who allowed five runs in two innings.Howard hit a three-run shot the opposite way to left field to give the Phillies a 3-0 lead in the first.After Wright hit a 435-foot homer, Rupp drove one 460 feet to straightaway center for his fifth homer in his last 12 games and a 4-1 lead.Lagares golfed an 0-2 pitch out to left in the third to cut it to 4-2. Brown answered in the bottom half to extend the lead to 7-2. Flores hit a two-run shot in the fourth and d’Arnaud followed with a homer.“The ball was jumping, for sure. In this ballpark, the ball is gonna fly,” Brown said.Flores’ three-run drive to left gave the Mets an 8-7 lead in the fifth. Cuddyer then went deep to make it 9-7. Cespedes connected with one out in the ninth, a shot off the facing of the second deck in left field for New York’s eighth homer.Flores made an excellent defensive play to end the eighth, a diving, backhanded stop on Howard’s liner to shallow right.Howard stopped running and had turned toward the dugout when he realized Flores didn’t make a clean catch, and was thrown out trying to beat it out.The Mets hit seven homers in Philadelphia on April 19, 2005. They had 13 extra-base hits at Arizona on Aug. 24, 2005.NL teams combined for 11 homers five other times. It last happened on May 17, 1979, at Wrigley Field when the Phillies hit five and the Cubs had six.The major league record for most homers combined is 12.(ROB MAADDI, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Ronaldo on Portugal’s World Cup 2018 exit: We leave with heads held high

first_imgPortugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo’s dream of lifting the World Cup came to an unfortunate end on Saturday as his team lost 2-1 in the round of 16 against Uruguay in Sochi.The superstar footballer, who scored four goals in the tournament, failed to find the back of the net in the decisive game as Edinson Cavani’s brace saw Uruguay reach the quarterfinals where they will meet France.Ronaldo however, is proud of the way his team played in the World Cup and feels that his team should leave Russia with their heads held high.World Cup 2018: Edinson Cavani brace sends Ronaldo’s Portugal crashing out”We must congratulate Uruguay because they are the national team that are in the quarter-final. I think we played a good game and maybe we deserved more, but in football, the ones that score the most goals win and they scored two, so congratulations,” Marca.com quoted Ronaldo, as saying.Not a fair result. Portugal coach can’t come to terms with World Cup exit”We leave with our heads held high. As the captain of Portugal, I know how hard we have worked and we must be proud of the team,” he added.World Cup 2018: Cavani speechless after destroying Ronaldo’s dreamThe Real Madrid playmaker further said that he is happy with kind of efforts put in by the players and asserted that this team will continue to win in the future.World Cup 2018: Messi, Ronaldo dreams dashed as Argentina, Portugal bow out”We go with our heads held high and we are sure that this team will continue to win things,” he said.advertisement”This team will continue to be one of the best in the world, with quality players, a young group, united. I am confident and happy because this team will always fight with all their strength,” he added.World Cup 2018: Cristiano Ronaldo’s class act in defeat wins heartsCavani scored in the seventh minute and then again in the 62nd minute to seal victory for the South Americans.It was a dream start to the match for Uruguay. Luis Suarez produced a pinpoint cross from the left and Cavani evaded the Portugal defence to power home a header at the far post.World Cup 2018: Coach Oscar Tabarez hails Uruguay’s mental strengthPepe headed Portugal level in the 55th minute, the first goal Uruguay have conceded in the tournament, but Uruguay regained the lead seven minutes later when Rodrigo Bentancur found Cavani and he curled a brilliant first-time shot past Rui Patricio from the edge of the penalty area.Portugal dominated possession but their attack did not have enough bite to break through the Uruguay defence twice, leaving Ronaldo a frustrated figure throughout the match.Ronaldo could not add to his four goals in the first two matches, failing to improve his record of failing to score in all six World Cup knockout matches he has played.Ronaldo had an opportunity around the half-hour mark to score from a free kick 30 metres out but could only hit the wall.Earlier, Lionel Messi was sent home in Argentina’s loss, the other “GOAT” at this tournament was also eliminated. It was two weeks ago that Ronaldo scored a hat-trick in the same stadium against Spain, stroking his chin after the first goal to imply he was the “greatest of all time.”There was no goal from Ronaldo this time. Everywhere he went, the Portugal great was hounded by two or three Uruguayan defenders.Uruguay will play France on June 6 at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.last_img read more

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I wasn’t very practical, my wife changed me a lot: Virat Kohli

first_imgIndia captain Virat Kohli once again reflected on how his wife Anushka Sharma has helped him grow as a person.Kohli and Anushka are celebrating their first wedding anniversary today. They both got married in an intimate ceremony on 11 December last year in Tuscany, Italy.Kohli has time and again stated how his life has changed for the good since he met Anushka.The Bollywood actress is currently in Australia where the Indian team is playing a series of four Test matches.”Since the time I met my wife, is the time I started changing a lot. I came from a very typical background from North India. I did not have any idea about what happens in any other sphere of the society or anyone else’s life.”Her life was very different, came with her own challenges and her own perspective of things and it was amazing to see myself… how much different things are to the way I think. I was not a very practical person before that.”But she’s changed me a lot and I’ve learnt so much from her. You’re supposed to help each other grow and she’s helped me grow a lot,” Kohli told Adam Gilchrist in an interview for Fox Sports.India took a 1-0 lead for the first time in a Test series in Australia on Monday after beating the home side by 31 runs in the first Test in Adelaide.Chasing 323 for victory, Australia got bowled out for 291 in their second innings with Jasprit Bumrah, R Ashwin and Mohammed Shami finishing with 3 wickets each while Ishant Sharma picked up a wicket.advertisementWith the famous victory in Adelaide, Kohli became the first Asian captain to win Tests in Australia, South Africa, and England.India had won the Johannesburg Test against the Proteas in January this year following which they defeated England in the fourth Test of a five-match series at Southampton later in August-September.India also became the first team to win a Test match in Australia, England and South Africa in the same calendar year. Exactly 10 years ago India had won a Test in Australia in Perth on their 2007-08 tour.Also Read | Anushka Sharma joins Virat Kohli and Team India in EnglandAlso Read | Watch: Anushka Sharma, Virat Kohli hug after India clinch series winAlso Read | Virat Kohli wants wives to be allowed to accompany players on full overseas tours: Reportslast_img read more

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Women’s Ashes Test: Ellyse Perry finally gets dismissed before rain plays spoilsport on Day 2

first_imgEllyse Perry was dismissed after 329 runs, 655 balls, 3 years, 11 months and 6 days in Test cricket as the Australia star fell after making a hundred on Day 2 of the only Ashes Test against England at the County Ground in Taunton.Rain washed away play after Lunch on Friday in the Test but Ellyse Perry stole the show with her hundred. The Australia No. 4 hit 116 from 281 balls before England’s Laura Marsh got her wicket. Before Friday, Perry was last dismissed in a Test match in August 2015 as she had made an unbeaten 213 in the only Test she had played in the said period.Perry resumed on her overnight score of 84 and reached the 3-figure mark in the morning session of Day 2. With her hundred, the Australia star put her team in firm control of the only Test in the Ashes series.Perry stitched a 162-run stand with Rachael Haynes who was trapped in front for 87. Beth Mooney and Jess Jonassen were unbeaten on 7 and 4, respectively before rain played spoilsport in Taunton.Australia are on course to retain the Ashes as England need nothing less than a win in the only Test to keep their hopes alive. Australia already have 6 points in the Ashes series, thanks to their three successive wins in the ODI series.Women’s Ashes is a point-based series and the team that earns the most points at the end of the series will clinch the trophy. Australia are the current holders of the Ashes as they won it in the backyard of England in 2015 and then retained the trophy in Australia in 2017.advertisementA team will be entitled to earn two points on winning an ODI or T20I. If the match is tied or abandoned, both teams will receive a point each. The only Test consists of four points to grab, however, in case there is a draw, the teams will get two points each.Also Read | TNPL 2019: R Ashwin slams quickfire 37 after promoting himself to No. 3 for Dindigul DragonsAlso See:last_img read more

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An Introduction to the Most Fascinating Ghost Towns of America

first_img 12 Reasons South Dakota Deserves Your Attention The Quietest and Loneliest Roads in America The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities Editors’ Recommendations 11 Under-the-Radar Cities in Canada Worth Exploring There are abandoned towns all over the world. Some, like Pripyat and Chernobyl — the cities that were abandoned after the famed nuclear plant disaster in 1986 — are eerie reminders of a once bustling energy town that literally died overnight. But, few towns were abandoned as quickly as those surrounding the nuclear reactor. Most dwindle away slowly until residents are forced to relocate for economic reasons.During the 19th century, towns across the United States sprung up overnight with the discovery of gold and silver ore. Almost as quickly, these same towns were deserted and became the ghost towns that romanticize the culture of a bygone era. However, not all ghost towns across America were abandoned when the gold rush faded. Some suffered when production decreased dramatically in single economy towns, while others met similar fates when major highways bypassed once-thriving economic centers.Here’s an introduction to the most fascinating ghost towns of America.Thurmond, West VirginiabBobistraveling/FlickrAccording to the 2010 census, this once-booming coal mining town still had a population of five residents. Located within the New River Gorge, Thurmond occupies a narrow strip of land along the same train tracks that were also its only access to the outside world until 1921. Today, the town remains surprisingly the same as when it was largely abandoned in the 1950s. Thurmond is on the National Register of Historic Places and the restored train depot now serves as a visitor center for tourists.Cahawba, AlabamaThe first state capital of Alabama from 1820 to 1825, Cahawba (also spelled Cahaba) was located at the confluence of the Alabama and Cahaba Rivers. The capital was moved after a major flood in 1825. The town recovered and reestablished itself as an agricultural hub until after the Civil War where it also served as a prison for Union soldiers. The state legislature moved the county seat to nearby Selma and the town never recovered. The site is now a state historic landmark and tourists can explore the ruins of the former capital city along with its empty streets and cemeteries.Virginia City, MontanaDavid/FlickrNearly a year after its discovery in nearby Bannack, gold was also discovered along Alder Creek and a boomtown was born. By 1865, Virginia City was the new territorial capital. As with most boomtowns of the era, Virginia City was no exception. By 1875, the territorial capital was relocated to Helena, and Virginia City was largely abandoned. Virginia City was named a National Historic Landmark in 1961 and today it, along with neighboring Nevada City, is the top state-owned tourist attraction in Montana and is considered to be one of the best examples of Old West mining towns where hundreds of historic buildings still remain. Additionally, the town was home to famed frontierswoman, Calamity Jane.Kennecott, AlaskaLocated in the remote Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, Kennecott is one of the best-preserved examples of its kind in the world. Established in 1903, the copper mine and its town were home to miners and their families until 1938 when the copper ore was depleted and the town abandoned. Between 1911 and 1938, the mine processed more than $200 million in copper ore. The mine and its town are now a National Historic Landmark and the site has become one of Alaska’s most visited tourist destinations. A guide is required to explore the iconic red mill building that stands 14 stories tall and overlooks the Kennicott glacier.Bannack, MontanaFounded in 1862 when gold was discovered at Grasshopper Creek, Bannack became the first Territorial Capital of Montana in 1864. When gold was discovered in neighboring Virginia City, the stagecoach route between the two towns became the scene of many robberies and murders. The gang that plagued the route was discovered to be the town’s own sheriff who was later arrested and hanged. The town continued exploring its mining opportunities until the 1930s and the well-preserved town was declared a state park in 1954. Today, more than 60 structures remain and many can still be explored.Bodie, CaliforniaKatie Plies/Getty ImagesIn 1859, a mining camp was established along what is today California’s U.S. Route 395. By the 1870s, substantial gold deposits were discovered nearby and the town boomed for several decades. By the early 20th century, however, the town was in serious decline. The last railcars rolled out in 1918, after which the line was abandoned. Today, Bodie remains the best-preserved ghost town in the entire country. The 110 still-standing structures are managed as part of the California State Park system. Exploring the old post office, original homes (many with dishes and everyday wares still scattered about), and intact stamp mill is like walking through a century-old snapshot frozen in time.St. Elmo, ColoradoImages Etc Ltd/Getty ImagesLike most of the ghost towns on this list, St. Elmo’s rise and fall were sharp. By the late 19th century, more than 2,000 residents lived in the Colorado mining town. In the following decade, the quality of silver and gold ore dropped dramatically, taking much of the economy with it. A decade later, newly discovered ore deposits rekindled the town’s prospects, but the town was abandoned entirely by 1936. Today, many of its original buildings are largely intact, and it even boasts a few full-time residents.Castle Dome, ArizonaMaxPixelSituated in southwestern Arizona near the city of Yuma, Castle Dome was settled as a mining town in 1863. Over the decades, the quality of the town’s ore supply declined rapidly when it was discovered to be more lead than silver. That economic turn became a favorable one, however, during both World Wars when the town supplied much of the bullet lead to the U.S. government. In the 1990s, the entire town was privately purchased and reopened as Castle Dome City, Ghost Town and Museum. The new owners kept many of the original structures and added replicas well. Many are loaded with original artifacts from the mining days and staged Wild West shootouts and knife fights add a bit of retro cheesiness to the visitor experience.Centralia, PennsylvaniaWeible1980/Getty ImagesCentralia was yet another victim of the U.S. decline in mining, but not in the same way as the others on this list. A massive underground coal fire ignited beneath the town in 1962 and it’s been burning ever since. The town’s population plummeted from more than 1,000 in 1980 to less than 10 in 2013. Not surprisingly, the town was subsequently condemned. However, some (clearly insane) residents still call the town home. Due to the dangerous air toxicity and high potential for sinkholes, most of it is strictly off limits. However, that hasn’t stopped the hundreds of “ruin porn”-seeking visitors who visit its decaying streets each year.Article originally published by Clay Abney on June 15, 2017. Last updated by Mike Richard to include even more fascinating ghost towns. 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DLF transfers Rs 330 cr land to JV with GIC for settlement

first_imgNew Delhi: Realty major DLF has transferred a three acre land worth Rs 330 crore in Gurugram to its joint venture with Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC and is in process to hand over a Noida shopping mall to settle dues. DLF owed Rs 8,700 crore to DLF Cyber City Developers Ltd (DCCDL) as on December 31, 2018. In December 2017, the realty firm DLF entered into this joint venture with GIC when DLF promoters sold their entire 40 per cent stake in DCCDL for nearly Rs 12,000 crore. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documentsThis deal included sale of 33.34 per cent stake in the DCCDL to GIC for about Rs 9,000 crore and buyback of remaining shares worth about Rs 3,000 crore by the DCCDL. DLF holds 66.66 per cent while GIC holds 33.34 per cent stake in the JV firm DCCDL. In its latest analyst presentation, DLF has informed that the company has transferred 3.05 acre land parcel near Mall of India, Gurugram for Rs 330 crore. The 2 million sq ft Mall of India project at Noida in Uttar Pradesh is in process to be transferred to DCCDL at a valuation of Rs 2,950 crore, it added. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chiefPost this transaction, the outstanding amount would come down to around Rs 5,450 crore. To settle this balance amount by next year, DLF has proposed to sell its stake in its prime commercial project Horizon Centre in Gurugram, Haryana for about Rs 850 crore. That apart, it plans to transfer its mall at Saket in South Delhi at a valuation of Rs 1,050 crore. Another Rs 1,000 crore is proposed to be settled through transfer of DLF’s commercial land in Chennai, while Rs 1,100 crore would be settled as per the previous contract with group firm DLF Assets Ltd. DLF is in discussion with the DCCDL for identifying other assets to settle the remaining Rs 1,450 crore dues. DCCDL currently holds about 28 million sq ft of rent-yielding commercial assets, largely in Gurugram, with annual rental income of about Rs 2,800 crore.last_img read more

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Expastor charged in wifes death sedated her so he could continue affair

first_imgTORONTO — Prosecutors say a former pastor accused in the drowning death of his pregnant wife did not mean to kill her but wanted her incapacitated so he could carry on with his double life.Crown attorneys allege Philip Grandine either administered the sedative lorazepam to his wife or offered it to her so she would be less attentive while he continued a clandestine affair.In her closing arguments, prosecutor Donna Kellway said he then failed to prevent his wife from getting in the bathtub in her drugged state, putting her “directly into harm’s way.”Grandine has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter. His lawyer did not bring any evidence in the trial.Anna Karissa Grandine, 29, was 20 weeks pregnant when she was found in the bathtub of the couple’s bungalow on Oct. 17, 2011.Court has heard she was not prescribed lorazepam, also known under the brand name Ativan, but the drug was found in blood samples taken at her autopsy and three days before her death, when she went to the hospital after experiencing symptoms such as confusion and drowsiness.Lorazepam is a sedative that can cause drowsiness, reduced muscle control and impaired memory, among other things, court has heard.Jurors have been told this is Philip Grandine’s second trial in connection with his wife’s death but were instructed not to speculate why.The defence is expected to give its closing arguments Tuesday.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Solutions to interrelated global challenges spur sustainability says Ban

In his remarks yesterday to the Fifth Summit of the Americas in Port of Spain, the capital of Trinidad and Tobago, Mr. Ban emphasized the need to “safeguard people from hardship, not only the poorest and most vulnerable, but also the emerging middle class.” Today’s interrelated food, energy, climate and economic crises could spiral into social unrest, weakened governments and angry people losing faith in both their leaders and their futures, he stressed. “If we are smart about it, if we work at their inter-connections, solutions to each can be solutions to all,” the Secretary-General said. “We can get more value for our collective dollar, peso and real.” Leaders at the Group of 20 (G-20) summit earlier this month in London made strides towards a ‘green’ new deal, vowing to reach agreement on a new climate change pact at this December’s United Nations climate change conference in Copenhagen, Denmark. The Americas have been ravaged by climate change, with glaciers shrinking in Antarctica and the Andes, deforestation affecting the Brazilian Amazon, and sea level rises threatening the existence of some Caribbean nations, Mr. Ban said. “Bold, visionary leadership is needed to seal a deal in Copenhagen,” he said. “It must be ambitious, effective and fair. It must offer rich nations a way to cut emissions.” Equally importantly, poorer countries must receive support to adapt to climate change, he added, calling for the creation of green jobs to promote green growth. “Ultimately, solidarity and common cause must be our greatest strength,” Mr. Ban said, calling for a new form of multilateralism to serve as the foundation for a new and sustainable prosperity for all people, a vision he laid out on Friday in an address at Princeton University. 19 April 2009The interlinked challenges the world faces today can be addressed in a manner that will propel growth, inclusivity and sustainability, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said. read more

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Green industries essential to foster sustainable economic growth – UN agency

12 October 2011Industries should take into account green measures for every aspect of what they do to be able to ensure their sustainable future, the United Nations agency entrusted with accelerating industrial development in poorer States said today. Speaking at the Global Green Growth Forum (3GF) in Copenhagen, the Director-General of the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Kandeh K. Yumkella said the only way to ensure an economically viable future is to ensure that industries do not harm the environment.In addition, he said that UNIDO’s Green Industry concept will prove crucial as a catalyst for green growth in country’s economies. The concept asks industries – regardless of their scope or location – to continuously improve their environmental performance through measures such as phasing out toxic substances, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and strengthening occupational health and safety.The concept also entails implementing public policy initiatives that encourage environmentally responsible private investment.“Green Industry and the Greening of Industries, concepts coined by UNIDO in the last few years, are helping place sustainable industrial development in the context of new global sustainability challenges. Together we can make the global transition to a green growth pathway work,” he said.Mr. Yumkella added that his agency is currently providing assistance to developing countries to facilitate their transition to greener measures: “UNIDO is helping developing countries secure resource-efficient low-carbon growth, create new green jobs while at the same time protecting the environment. We also help developing countries move to clean technologies and implement environmental agreements, including the Montreal Protocol,” he told forum participants.The 3GF Forum, established by Denmark and the Republic of Korea (ROK) in association with the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), brought together 200 global leaders from government, business, finance and civil society.During the two-day event, which ends today, leaders discussed green issues and designed the structure for a green economy. read more

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Vasu to seek crackdown on BBS

“Under our constitution anyone can follow any religion they want. If people feel threatened then they should complain to the police and the police must take action or they can go to Court,” he said.His comments came in the wake of the recent attack on the Fashion Bug store at Pepiliyana and hate campaigns targeting other Muslim establishments.The Bodu Bala Sena denied any involvement in the Pepiliyana incident but the monks had openly spoken against the clothes store at a public rally recently. Minister Hakeem has also contacted all the Muslim parliamentarians including Senior Minister M. H. M. Fowzie (who is currently out of the country) and Ministers Rishard Bathiutheen and A. L. M. Athaullah for the meeting in this regard.An SLMC statement on Friday said that the Minister had expressed his displeasure and had condemned the attack on a private business site. He believes that this was seemingly carried out as a sequel to the ongoing attacks on the religious places and hate campaigns against Muslims and other religious minority communities in the country.Minister Hakeem also said he was dismayed at the ineffective response of the law and order machinery in containing the spread of such violence and unrest that fuels insecurity and peace of all minority communities in Sri Lanka. Minister of National Language and Social Integration Vasudeva Nanayakara is to submit a Cabinet paper seeking a crackdown on extremist groups, including the Bodu Bala Sena, Ravana Balaya and Sinhala Ravaya.The Minister told The Sunday Leader that the Cabinet paper is being drafted and will be submitted in two weeks time. He also accused the police of failing to take action against such groups despite them openly advocating hatred.Nanayakkara also said that he had written to President Mahinda Rajapaksa regarding the hate campaigns targeting Muslims in the country. The latest incident led to Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) leader and Minister of Justice, Rauff Hakeem requesting President Mahinda Rajapaksa to convene a cabinet meeting to discuss the rising religious unrest and civil disturbance in the country. He said that the Cabinet paper will seek to bring in new laws to crack down on such groups in the wake of the recent religious tensions in the country. Nanayakkara accused the Bodu Bala Sena, Ravana Balaya and Sinhala Ravaya of spreading hatred and disharmony among religions and other communities. read more

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Offensive struggles from Tulsa an anomaly according to Buckeyes

OSU redshirt senior offensive linesman Pat Elflein (65) blocks a pass rusher from OSU redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) during the fourth quarter of the Buckeye’s game against Tulsa on Sept. 10. The Buckeyes won 48-3. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorIn the first two games for the Ohio State football team, the offensive attack from coach Urban Meyer’s squad has been a night and day difference. After producing 776 yards against Bowling Green, the Buckeyes were only able to crank out 402 total yards against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane, many of which came after an hour-long weather delay.Redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett scored at will in Week 1, putting seven total touchdowns on the board while completing just under 68 percent of his passes and picking up 349 yards. Against Tulsa, the story was very different. Barrett only picked up 149 yards and failed to find the endzone through the air.Defense was the biggest component of the Buckeyes scoring, picking up two scores and providing the offense with a short field on multiple occasions. On offense, the scoring came from the ground, with Barrett picking up two touchdowns and redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber and senior H-back Dontre Wilson each crossing the goal line.In each of the first two weeks, Meyer has graded out three champions on the offensive line — redshirt senior center Pat Elflein twice and redshirt junior guard Billy Price against Tulsa. The rest of the unit has failed to gain this recognition, and the lack of experience of the new starters has been apparent to fans, as well as their coach.“I’m concerned about everything. I have a lot of confidence we are getting better and better each day, and that’s growing pains with five guys that have to work together,” Meyer said. “So, yeah, a little bit concerned. But I think we’re further ahead than I thought we would be at this point.”So far this year, the Buckeyes have allowed just one sack through two games, provided by Tulsa junior defensive end Jeremy Smith in the second quarter of last Saturday’s game. Oklahoma, OSU’s next opponent, has picked up four sacks in two games.The position change of former guard-turned-center Elflein, and the introduction of three new starters along the offensive front have caused some of the worry for Meyer. Against Tulsa, the Buckeyes were able to gain only 268 yards rushing, which might seem to be an impressive total. However, OSU could only muster 89 yards rushing in the first half.Elflein said the young offensive linemen are working this week to right the wrongs of the first half against the Golden Hurricane.“I’m not worried by any means. We are getting better. We had a lot of stuff thrown at us last week,” Elflein said. “I think it was good to get some experience with that stuff. I’m sure, at Oklahoma, we’ll see that too.”Elflein went on to say the offensive line is still a work in progress. Much like the offensive line, the wide receivers are still trying to grow and produce at a higher level.Wide receivers struggled last Saturday, which resulted in a poor pass attack against the Golden Hurricane. In all, the wide receivers have been targeted 20 times this year, while the combination of H-backs, running backs and tight ends have been thrown to 32 times.Although the Buckeye coaching staff expected some struggles from the unit with the loss of three of its top receivers to the NFL, there has been a distinct lack of production from the pass catchers. The leading receiver, redshirt sophomore Noah Brown, has only four receptions for 64 yards and one touchdown.The two leading pass catchers have been junior Curtis Samuel and senior Dontre Wilson, both H-backs.Even with the struggles against Tulsa, Barrett said the team can have a much better performance against Oklahoma by focusing on the task at hand and arriving at the game better prepared than the team was last week.“In high school, you know, I had lucky socks. I thought that was the key to my success. Wearing my socks,” Barrett said. “As far as now, understanding Coach Meyer’s approach, it just makes a lot of sense now that it doesn’t matter what socks you wear or if you’ve got lucky drawers or anything like that. That doesn’t matter. It’s that you’re prepared. And I think that’s the main thing.” read more

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GP ordered Chechen hitman to kill his financial adviser after losing £300000

A retired GP ordered the contract killing of his financial adviser after blaming him for losing £300,000 from his pension pot, a court has heard.David Crichton, a respected doctor from Bournemouth allegedly contacted Chechen mobsters via the dark web and paid them £3,800 in bitcoins to murder banker Andrew Bolden.Winchester Crown Court heard that Dr Crichton, 64, had pursued a five year vendetta against Mr Bolden after accusing him of providing disastrous financial investment advice.In February last year he is accused of accessing the encrypted website of the “Chechen mob” where he selected from an online menu of options to “kill the b******”.Simon Jones, prosecuting, said Dr Crichton’s actions were discovered by officers with the National Crime Agency (NCA) who had been monitoring a dark web page called “Crime Bay by Chechen Mob” and found the order made for a hitman to kill Mr Bolden.Mr Jones said the defendant had used a special browser on his computer and created an account on the website before he selected murder from the menu.Other options offered by the hitmen included “beat the s*** out of him”, “set his car on fire”, and “set his house on fire”. The court heard that Dr Crichton sent hundreds of emails, prompting his address to be blocked, then sent a text message to Mr Bolden on February 4 2017, saying: “I am contacting you out of desperation, I believe you are the only person who can help save my life.”Mr Jones said Dr Crichton then called Mr Bolden saying his “life is at risk” before sending another message on March 4, saying: “I remain desperate to speak to you and since you know my life is at risk I can’t believe you are obstructing me in this.”The prosecutor said Dr Crichton told police in interview that he had been “drunk and feeling suicidal” when he accessed the dark web site, and had become obsessed with hitmen but had “thought it was a game and it wasn’t real”.Dr Crichton denies one count of attempting to solicit murder and three of sending malicious communications and the trial continues. Dr Chrichton is accused of trying to hire a Chechen hitman from the dark web Dr Chrichton was arrested at home in Bournemouth The prosecutor said Dr Crichton had made a complaint to the financial regulator but Mr Bolden was found to have given correct advice. Dr Chrichton was arrested at home in Bournemouth Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Dr Chrichton is accused of trying to hire a Chechen hitman from the dark web Dr Crichton is also accused of three charges of sending a malicious communication made up of two text messages and one phone call with the aim of making Mr Bolden fear that he was about to commit suicide.The court heard that Dr Crichton had met Mr Bolden when he was running a seminar in Bournemouth in September 2011 on NHS pensions.The GP, who was coming up for retirement paid-for financial advice on how to invest his £1.8 million pension pot, with an agreement for further advice to be given.But he lost around £300,000 after failing to comply with tax laws resulting in fines.In a statement, read to the court, Mr Bolden, who works for the London based private bank, Shipley Brown, said: “Dr Crichton claimed the advise had caused him to lose money in the region of six figures.“He delayed and missed tax deadlines, incurring a penalty. He sent me dozens of messages, he would not accept we were not at fault.”I was told by police about a threat that had been made to my life online. It was a total shock to me and to my family.”The messages he sent were desperate, rather than outright threatening. They were more an indication of a deteriorating mental state.” The prosecutor said: “The defendant’s intention could not be clearer. The steps he took were very clearly an attempt to solicit, ask for, request, seek a murder.” read more

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Alphamin reports detailed design and budget estimates

first_imgCanadian tin mine developer Alphamin Resources has announced the results of detailed design work and budget estimates for its 80.75% owned Bisie tin project in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The work has resulted in an improvement in several operational parameters as well as an increase in proven and probable reserves to 4.67 Mt at 3.58% Sn.The report explains that while the fundamental mining method has not changed, the layout and mine design parameters have improved since the updated feasibility study published in June 2016. The increase in tin price has enabled a reduction in cutoff grade from 1.8% to 1.4%. This has enabled a 10% increase in mined tonnage and a 2.5-year increase in the life of the mine to 12.5 years. Thanks to these changes, the average annual production has changed to 9,642 t, while the cash cost of production has risen 19% to $8,837/t of tin produced. The all-in capital cost has also increased to $151.4 million from $124.4 million. The report states that construction of the mine and associated infrastructure is targeted to take place prior to December 2018.Alphamin CEO, Boris Kamstra, stated: “The completion of the FEED and CBE phase marks another important and exciting milestone as Alphamin advances the Project towards becoming the first industrial mine in DRC’s North Kivu Province.”The ITRI view is the “project is globally competitive and significant both in terms of its high tin grades, low-operating costs and projected output. The project’s main barrier to development has always been the perceived investment risk in DRC, where the project is located. However, the company is taking positive steps to mitigate security risks, with an artisanal and small scale miner (ASM) strategy currently being implemented so that ASM miners are able to work legally off the Alphamin concession.last_img read more

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Former Education Minister calls for Premier to reveal all about her termination

first_img Related Items:#JosephineConnolly, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI: Connolly says, inquiring minds want to know Recommended for you TCI: Independent House member Connolly says PDM Government too inexperienced to manage the country Turks and Caicos Opposition walks out of Budget Debate, cites HOA Speaker as biased Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, June 26th 2017 – Providenciales – People who voted for Josephine Connolly are not satisfied with the answer given by Premier Sharlene Robinson on why she was terminated as the Minister of Education. Connolly on Friday held a press conference and in the room at her office in Tropicana Plaza were supporters expressing concern at how the revocation was done, including Football Association president, Sonia BienAime who felt satisfied with Mrs. Connolly’s work so far as Sports minister. BienAime said, “I’m talking about everything that you have done. If you are going to be given the opportunity to officially abreast Hon. Malcolm Evadne who the public has a right to know.”The Premier on Tuesday said confidentiality statutes in both the PDM and the Cabinet are why she cannot detail her reason for revoking the ministerial portfolio of Connolly and while Connolly was also tight lipped about what happened at the NGC meeting of the People’s Democratic Movement a week ago today. However Connolly urged the Premier to reveal the evidence and that included any tapes or recordings of what may or may not have been offensively said about the Premier, saying, “If there are tapes out there, bring the tapes.”We asked Mrs. Connolly again if she cussed out the Premier during the ordeal about relatives’ arguments on access to medical care abroad, she said no… again. “I did not cuss out the Premier. I am a professional and I understand the sensitivity of the situation at the hospital so nothing was said.”Hon Connolly offered that she believes she was fired because the Premier has a personal problem with her, used her to win the General Election and picked on her and her Ministry during these first six months in office.  Connolly added, “There seemed to be a focus by the Premier on my Ministry that did not seem to apply to any other ministry. Every step was highlighted, every success ignored.”Josephine Connolly said she remains on the PDM side, that she can work with her party and enjoys a good relationship with her other PDM colleagues.#MagneticMediaNews#JosephineConnollylast_img read more

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Portland City Council to tax organisations that pay CEO 100 times more

first_imgPortland City Council, Oregon, US, is to impose a surtax on publicly-traded organisations that pay chief executive officers (CEOs) 100 times more than the median employee.The pay ratio surtax is applicable for publicly-traded organisations that operate in Portland, and are subject to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) pay ratio reporting requirements, effective from 1 January 2017. The new tax will also come into effect from this date and be based on the information provided in the pay ratio reports.The SEC pay ratio disclosure rule requires public organisations to report on the ratio of compensation of the organisation’s CEO to that of the compensation received by the median employee.The pay ratio tax, which will be paid in addition to Portland’s current 2.2% business license tax, will see a surtax of 10% of base tax liability imposed on an organisation that reports a pay ratio where the CEO earns between 100 and 250 times more than that of the median employee.If the organisation discloses a pay ratio of 250:1 or more then a surtax of 25% of base tax liability will be imposed.The revenue from the pay ratio tax, which is expected be between $2.5 million and $3.5 million annually, will accrue to Portland’s general fund, increasing funding for the services provided by the Joint Office of Homeless Services.The new tax regime could impact on 550 publicly-traded organisations that currently pay the city’s business license tax.Steve Novick, City of Portland commissioner, said: “When I first read about the idea of applying a higher tax rate to [organisations] with extreme ratios of CEO pay to typical [employee] pay, I thought it was a fascinating idea, the closest thing I’d seen to a tax on inequality itself.“Extreme economic inequality is, next to global warming, the biggest problem we have in our society. The top 1%, and especially the top one-tenth of 1%, have a far larger share of wealth and income than they did 40 years ago.”last_img read more

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Pair of manatees sent home after months of rehab

first_imgVIRGINIA KEY, FLA. (WSVN) – A pair of manatees have returned to the wild after recovering from injuries suffered in a boating accident.Both Reya and Leia spent the last eight months in Virgina Key’s Miami Seaquarium. The manatees underwent rehabilitation that proved to be successful.“Both of them suffered severe boat strikes,” said Miami Seaquarium’s Animal Care Supervisor Jessica Schiffhauer. “Reya was what we call a floater, so she had an air packet making it hard for her to navigate the water column.”Leia, meanwhile, is what Schiffhauer called a “sinker” as a result of puss and broken ribs.Back in March, both manatees were rescued and began their rehabilitation within days of one another. “Reya is about two years old and Leia is about a year and a half,” said Schiffhauer.Both manatees have doubled in weight since their initial arrival to the Seaquarium, said Schiffhauer.November is Manatee Awareness Month, and Miami Seaquarium has emphasized that the Florida manatee is endangered due in part to natural and man-made causes. According to officials, boat strikes are what harm manatees the most. “Please, please be aware of the speed limit zones,” said Schiffhauer. “I know yesterday was a big day for us because they started the speed limit zones again.”Schiffhauer added tips for spotting manatees while out on the water. “You can look for their noses coming up for breathing, and there’s also a very distinct circle you’ll see at the top of the water. You’ll see it from their tail.”Reya headed back home to Stuart. Leia, meanwhile, made her way to Fort Pierce, where she was released back into the water.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Making Responsive Design Their Own

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READ The Full Mueller Report With Redactions

first_img Share Jon Elswick/APSpecial counsel Robert Mueller’s redacted report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election as released on Thursday, April 18, 2019, is photographed in Washington.Attorney General William Barr has released a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference to Congress and the public.» Read the nearly 400-page report.The special counsel spent nearly two years investigating attacks on the 2016 presidential election and whether the Trump campaign coordinated with the Russians behind it.Mueller also was tasked with looking into “any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation.”Democrats have been calling for the Justice Department to immediately release the entire report — without redactions — to lawmakers, but Barr has said that certain information must be removed to protect grand jury material, intelligence sources and methods and ongoing investigations.Barr has had the report since Mueller submitted it on March 22.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

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