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first_img The custodians of Jagannath say they are dealing with their own worries. Fani didn’t spare the Jagannath temple in Puri, the mainstay of the town. One of the key idols is damaged and losses to some of the temple’s property amount to ₹5 crore, reckons S. Chatterjee, a temple administration official. However, the temple itself is not participating in any relief work or donating any of its corpus to the State to help with rehabilitation. The temple administration receives, on average, ₹2 lakh per day as donation but was expecting help from the government and individuals to prepare for the annual Rath Yatra in July. The long stretch of road, where the idols are carted, is largely clear. “Since the cyclone hit, daily offerings have plummeted. In the first two days, after the storm we barely got ₹700 on an average,” Chatterjee says.In the artisanal village of Raghurajpur, on the outskirts of Puri, the 100-odd families skilled in the art of pattachitra (painting on palm leaf) while away their time. In their part of town, Cyclone Fani brought rain and destroyed some of the paintings. Each painting takes about a day to make, says Gauranga Maharana, an artist who is in the midst of painting a wood-carved swan when we meet him. “The winds and the rain were so strong that my paintings got soaked. Paintings worth nearly ₹20,000 have been damaged,” he says. Maharana, who traces his artistry to “several generations”, estimates that a usual summer day brings in close to a thousand tourists (Raghurajpur is a heritage village), but now with the State battered, the number of tourists, both Indians and foreigners, has dwindled.Also Read Cyclone Fani’s fury creates four new mouths in Odisha’s Chilika Lake  Capital without powerSince Bhubaneswar is bald without tree cover after Fani, the heat and humidity are more palpable than before. There is no power, to add to the woes, so the city after dusk is both dark and uncomfortable. While city-specific figures aren’t available, the State Disaster Management Authority estimates that at least 45,000 km of power lines and 11,000 distribution transformers have been destroyed by the cyclone.Sarath Chandra, a hotel manager, says that normally in early May, when the tourist season is just beginning, his hotel is only about 60% full. “This time we’re nearly 85% full,” he says. “There are no outstation tourists. All of them are locals escaping the heat of their homes.” Chandra’s hotel is among those equipped with a diesel-generation set, which means that there is a steady supply of water and electricity.Also Read Shattered windowpanes, sturdy trees lying flat on the roads, and downed power lines are the prominent markers of Cyclone Fani, which pounded Puri and Bhubaneswar in Odisha on May 3. Three days after Fani, categorised as an ‘extremely severe cyclonic storm’, ploughed through the State killing at least 40 people and injuring 160, the streets of Bhubaneswar are filled with workers of the National Disaster Response Force, dressed in bright orange. Senthil Rao, 28, and five others have spent all morning trying to remove an uprooted banyan tree. “It is an old tree and has blocked an entire stretch of the main road. My work seems interminable,” Rao groans during a tea break.Also Read Cyclone Fani: Naveen Patnaik seeks more kerosene for Odisha  Anger in PuriIts stature as a capital city and the prevalence of concrete houses may have contributed to zero casualties, according to official figures, in Bhubaneswar, but the temple town of Puri, which is about 60 km away, presents a vastly different picture.National Highway 316 that connects the two cities is smooth; it was spared Fani’s wrath. However, on both sides of the highway lie uprooted coconut trees and houses with holes in their tiled roofs. At least 21 deaths have been reported in Puri district.Also Read Long wait for power in Odisha after Cyclone Fani snaps transmission lines Cyclone Fani tears down artists’ village in Odisha A girl from Chandrabhaga village feeding her sister at a shelter in Puri.  The problem of communicationWith mobile phone connection down, the Collectorate, with its compound walls and plantations hit, is relying on a ham radio network. Ramesh Kuthumbaka, a Hyderabad-based advocate and an amateur ham operator, says he was called by OSDMA on May 1. “Two ham radio colleagues and I left Hyderabad and travelled 1,200 km by road in a Qualis to reach OSDMA and set up a ham network. We struggled to come here, there were strong winds. We reached on May 3,” he recounts. Another team of ham operators from Kolkata reached the Puri Collectorate and installed a radio station. “Since then we’ve been helping the State authorities with transmitting and receiving instructions. The Chief Secretary relied on our network. There was nothing else,” he claims. Kuthumbaka has skipped many meals. He complains of the lack of support from the district administration. “There doesn’t seem to be a well-thought-out plan. For instance, in spite of knowing fairly reliably by April 27 that Odisha would be hit, we were told only on the 1st,” he says. However, he will be present in Puri “as long as he is needed”.Sethi points out that the “operational difficulties” and the sheer magnitude of the devastation would mean that returning to normalcy will take weeks. Nearly 100 million kg of rice was readied beforehand, yet distribution is tardy, he says. “We had to evacuate about 1.4 million people within 12 hours. Nearly 200 lakh SMSes were sent to various levels of administration — right down to the village heads of 14 districts,” he says. He explains why people were mobilised into action only by May 1: “Remember, this was after the election exercise, itself an arduous task, had just concluded on April 29. Officers and the administration are human too.” Cyclone Fani: Food distribution on track in Puri center_img This is Rao’s tenth tree since early morning. It’s largely due to the efforts of 600 teams of the State and Central disaster response forces that the city roads are navigable now. Tree trunks and branches have been swept into mounds and line the sidewalks and street corners. There are so many of them that the government has permitted anyone, with the means and the men, to cart them away and use them as fit without the usual tendering and bureaucracy.There is little public and private transport on the streets; only the bulky JCBs can be seen in corners and inner streets. They are clawing out crumbled billboards and the remnants of carts and tyres from the rubble, and lifting logs. Santosh Rout, who manages a fleet of JCBs, says that he has been charging a 30% premium for the use of his machines. “The demand is very high. However, I hear there are nearly 30 teams of JCBs commissioned, so it looks like things will be normal in less than a week,” he says.Also Read  “The air conditioner in the room doesn’t cool but being here is better than being at home,” says Dolly Patra, who is staying with her family at Chandra’s hotel. Her second floor flat, barely 3 km from the hotel, is a cauldron, she explains. Power is expected to return only after a fortnight, and water supply is irregular. When the cyclone howled through her apartment complex, she was scared for herself and her infant. “I was terrified that the asbestos sheets nearby would smash into my bedroom,” she says. After the storm she stayed put at home, but mosquitoes entered her home in droves and she was afraid that her child would fall sick. “I hope to get back home soon or move to a relative’s place. Staying in a hotel is expensive for us,” she says.At the Secretariat of the Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA), Bishnupada Sethi presides over a crew of officers who compile and coordinate information with district centres and the IMD. Details of damage, relief dispensed and lacunae are continually wired to Sethi’s office. While the unit’s coordination has earned plaudits — from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the United Nations — Sethi says that in spite of the preparation and the “memories of 1999”, citizens were “mentally unprepared” for the impending disaster. “This is a State where cyclones recur. At the State level, there are plans and a standard operating procedure to deal with the eventuality. However, many were unprepared. In fact, many people refused to leave their thatched houses and go to shelters,” he notes.  Fani, which started out in the Bay of Bengal in the last week of April, was quite unlike the typical storms that Odisha is accustomed to. From 1965 to 2017, the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea collectively registered 46 ‘severe cyclonic storms’. More than half of them occurred between October and December. Seven of them occurred in May and only two (in 1966 and 1976) were recorded in April, according to data from the India Meteorological Department’s cyclone statistics unit. Before Fani, only one of them (in 1966) had actually made landfall over India.While modern, meteorological record-keeping dates furious cyclones in Odisha to as far as back to 1831, to the average citizen, in contemporary times 1999 marked the turning point for the State. The cyclone that hit that year was catastrophic: it killed thousands, obliterated homes, and left a trail of destruction. The State was cut off from the rest of the country, and it was weeks before the magnitude of the tragedy hit home. Since then, Odisha has prepared itself in various ways to face such cyclones — by building specially crafted storm shelters and commissioning electric poles that are designed to withstand strong gales.By May 1, the weather department was confident that Fani would be unforgiving, but not as powerful as BOB 06 (cyclones then didn’t have names) that had hit the port town of Paradip in 1999.  The cyclones of MayHoused in a single-storey building, the walls of which are plastered with charts describing El Nino, warming seas and other climate phenomena, the scientists at the State headquarters of the IMD are working in the corridors and verandahs to escape the stifling heat. Habibur Rehman Biswas, the chief scientist of the department, says he hadn’t left the office for 72 hours straight after May 1. “Initially, we thought it would be a typical summer cyclone of the Bay of Bengal. We thought it would go either towards Andhra Pradesh or turn towards Bangladesh and Myanmar and miss the Odisha coast. We were wrong.”Meteorologists note with worry that so-called recurving cyclones — ones that sharply turn eastwards — are becoming more frequent around the Indian Ocean. The IMD publicly disseminates information via a WhatsApp group that has senior district administration officials and media representatives. “We’re always getting inputs, but with power gone, it’s a bit slow. Still, there are other IMD agencies that pick up inputs and relay them. There will always be regular inputs, come what may,” he says.With Cyclone Fani gone, Rehman doesn’t rule out the possibility of another strong cyclone. “There’s nothing which says that such a strong storm won’t lead to another one in a few weeks, though there aren’t immediate indications yet. May is usually when there are many more cyclones.” Cyclone Fani causes extensive damage to power infrastructure, standing trees  Not far from the beach, where the sea is now placid, anger is growing at the government shelter near Talabaniya in Puri town. This pink building is one among the 879 constructed by the Odisha government across Puri, Cuttack and Khordha. The two-storey buildings, designed in 2004 with assistance from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, are low-cost and capable of accommodating about 3,000 people. They are resilient to wind speeds greater than 200 kmph. The Talabaniya shelter is also equipped with an alarm and a horn. In the event of an impending storm, instructions are relayed to those living in thatched houses, or the homeless, to come to the shelter.“There were warnings on the day before the cyclone struck and many of us came to the shelter,” says Pintu Pradhan, who works in a nearby hotel. “A day before the storm, we were given rice and dal. On the day of the storm we were given packed dry fruits, chuda (flattened rice) and gur (jaggery). There’s been no food ever since.” Pradhan’s house, along with the houses of about 700 others of the Biju Nagar slum, was reduced to rubble. Only those with “food security cards,” says Pradhan, were eligible for the Chief Minister’s relief package of ₹2,000 and 50 kg of rice per month as well as polythene sheets that could be used as roofs. There were families who lost everything in the storm and now have no food, water or jobs, he says.While Pradhan and several men, most of them daily wage labourers, rue the absence of primarily benefits, the women of Biju Nagar trek a kilometre to the grounds of the government technical training institute to collect fallen branches and twigs to use as firewood. The trunks are also useful to rebuild houses, one of them points out. Another group of women has congregated at the Puri Collectorate to protest against the unavailability of food and water. Due to the absence of an effective communication system, the promised welfare and supplies are not making their way to the people, says Shanti, one of the protesters. As part of relief measures, residents are eligible for up to ₹95,000 for ‘fully damaged’ structures and compensation for damage to agricultural and horticultural crop, and fisheries.Balwant Singh, the Puri District Collector, who assumed charge on May 7, says the lack of power and telecommunication has hampered access to supplies. “There’s a standard operating procedure in place. Setting up free kitchens near shelters and restoring road connectivity are our immediate priorities. For all that we need to have the communication system with Bhubaneswar running smoothly,” he adds.Also Read Cyclone Fani: Many families from Odisha flee to Visakhapatnam to escape havoc A view of the destruction caused by Cyclone Fani after its landfall, in Puri, Friday, May 3, 2019.  | Photo Credit: PTI  Another challenge, adds Sethi, was to convince people to leave their homes and rush to the shelters. “Often they wouldn’t listen. We have seen it here every time there has been a cyclone. People say they will weather the storm and then they all suffer.”In Brahmagiri town in Puri, a block-level official says that in the administrative block of Bhagawat Patna, nearly 27,289 people had to be evacuated. “Many of them refused to come, saying Lord Jagannath would keep them safe,” he recounts. “There were four deaths, but it’s not confirmed if they were specifically due to the cyclone.”Also Readlast_img read more

first_imgRead Next Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village But more than the numbers, what the 23-year-old cherishes the most were the learnings he had from coach Eric Altamirano.“I’ve really learned a lot from this Flying V team. I’m very thankful for the management, to our bosses, and to coach Eric — especially coach Eric because I learned a lot from his system. He really helped me a lot to be prepared for the PBA,” he said.As he braces for bigger challenges ahead, Teng shared that he’s taking this time to hone his craft as he raises the possibility of making the leap and joining the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft.“The time I have right now, I’ll work with my individual skills. I consistently work on my outside shooting and continue improving my basic skills. I need to do that so that I’ll be more prepared when I come to the PBA,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Teng, the leading contender for the Conference MVP award, rued what could have been a dream run for Flying V as it already reached great heights after being only the fourth team to sweep the eliminations.“It’s unfortunate. We knew we could’ve achieved more. But we just don’t know what happened. But that’s basketball and those things happen and we just have to learn from it,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe failed championship campaign, though, does not diminish what Teng has achieved with the Thunder.Averaging a league-best 22.15 points, 6.85 rebounds, and 5.77 assists, Teng had a blast in one conference stay with Flying, recording the most triple-doubles in league history with three. JRU gets first streak, clobbers St. Benilde by 28center_img MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses View comments Jeron Teng. PBA IMAGESIt may have been a tough pill to swallow, but Jeron Teng acknowledged Centro Escolar University came out the better team against Flying V in their semifinals series.“I think they hit big shots in the late game. We also had open shots, but we just didn’t make it. It happens,” he said after the Thunder’s stunning exit in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup with a 72-67 Game 3 defeat to the Scorpions on Thursday.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netIn the end, coach Chot Reyes picked Jio Jalalon as the Star representative for Gilas Pilipinas.The outspoken mentor decided to pick Jalalon over Allein Maliksi for the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup roster but was asked to leave the lanky shooter out of the Southeast Asian Games rosters.ADVERTISEMENT El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes MOST READ Norwood excited to ‘have the flag back on my chest’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’center_img View comments The return of Gabe Norwood, meanwhile, helped Reyes seal the decision to pick the young guard for the continental meet.“For Fiba Asia, we had to make a decision between him and Jio. And we felt we needed Jio more especially since we’re getting Gabe Norwood in anyway.”Gilas Pilipinas will play in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup in Beirut, Lebanon from August 8 to 20, while the 2017 Sea Games will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from August 19 to 30.With Maliksi out of the question, the former UST gunner will be focused on the Hotshots’ campaign in the ongoing 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup, with the team set to play three games for the duration of the tournaments.Star will play San Miguel on August 4, Phoenix on August 23, and Rain or Shine on August 27.ADVERTISEMENT Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ This despite the PBA’s Board of Governors agreeing to lend veteran players to the national team.“We had to make a decision,” said Reyes after the team’s Thursday evening practice at Upper Deck Gym in Pasig.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“We wanted to put (Maliksi) in the Sea Games lineup, but we were asked not to put him in there first,” he added, without going into details on who he was pertaining to.Without Maliksi in the roster, most of Gilas’ outside shooting will now be vested on guards Jayson Castro and Terrence Romeo, as well as gunners Matthew Wright and Roger Pogoy.last_img read more

first_imgIt was a treat of ‘Dhokla’, ‘samosa’ and ‘pineapple halwa’ for Prince Charles and his wife Camilla Parker Bowles when they met President Pratibha Patil at Rashtrapati Bhavan.Prince Charles and his wife Duchess of Cornwall Bowles spent time with the President in her study who apprised the VIP couple about various projects including the “Roshni” under which eco-friendly measures like using solar energy to electrify the Rashtrapati Bhavan, officials said.They later took a stroll in the Mughal Garden and spent some time near the musical fountain where the couple showed their keenness in Ayurveda medicine.The Duchess of Cornwall also shared her experience at Bangalore with the President.The President told the visiting couple, who are here in connection with the opening ceremony of Commonwealth Games on Sunday, that there was a scope of surgery in Ayurveda for various ailments.They were later served with various Indian delicacies including Dhokla, Pineapple Halwa, fish finger, aloo-mattar ke samose.Prince Charles was very happy to eat Dhokla and pineapple halwa, a dish introduced in Rashtrapati Bhavan by the President herself.”Prince Charles and his wife informed the President that they loved to have vegetarian dishes,” an official said.The visiting VIP couple will be visiting other parts of the country including Jodhpur and Amritsar.Canada express serious concern about opening ceremonyCanada expressed serious concerns about their athltes’s “well-being being compromised” due to heat factor and logistic issues during Commonwealth Games opening ceremony and said the matter has been taken up at the level of CGF President Mike Fennell.advertisementCommonwealth Games Canada President Andrew Pipe told PTI that he and the officials here would not do anything which could affect the “well being” of the athletes though he said “as of now” his country would take part in the opening ceremony at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.”We are concerned of how long our athletes will be out of the Games Village, how long they will stand during the ceremony under this (high) temperature, what are the arrangements for food, drinks and public conveniences to be provided on them. These are very fundamental issues though it happened in every opening ceremony of any big sporting event,” he said.”We are also concerned that the shelter for so many athletes taking part in the ceremony before and after the march past ceremony is small as far as we gather. We have raised all these questions during the chefs de missions meeting today. Other countries, including England and Australia, have also raised the issue.”CGF chief Fennell has assured us that the issues will be sorted out by today itself. The Organising Committee has also assured us the matter will be sorted out,” he added.Pipe, however, denied that the Canadian contingent would not participate in the opening ceremony as has been reported in the British media.”As of now we are taking part in the opening ceremony. We don’t want to do anything which will bring peril to the Commonwealth Games as we consider Commonwealth Games as part of our sporting culture as Canada were among those countries which gave the idea of these Games and we hosted the first edition in Hamilton in 1930.”But at the same time the well being of the athletes are paramount and that cannot be compromised,” he added. Canada were one of the vocal critics over the “unlivable” conditions at the Athletes’ Village of the crisis-hit Games and Pope said the pressure by some countries had “influenced” the urgency shown by the Indian authorities in cleaning up the residential blocks and now the living condition in the Village is what it should be.”The pressure paid off. It influenced the urgency among the Indian politicians and the Organising Committee. We had been telling the CGF that there were some areas of concern and it was fortunate that lots of things have been left for the eleventh hour.”Having said that I am sure the Games will turn out out to be successful. At the end of the day, the Canadians will have happy memories of these Games in terms of the facilities, the people of India and the medals won by our athletes,” he said. .   Pipe said Commonwealth Games Canada would not have sent the athletes had the cleanliness issue of the Games Village had not been addressed by the Indian authorities.”We want to play a prominent role in the success of any Commonwealth Games but we could not compromise on the comfort of the athletes who, after all, are the focus of any Games.advertisement”Want cricket-like rivalry with India in CWG”Cricketing contest between India and Australia is considered to be the greatest rivalry after Ashes and the Aussie chef-de-mission wants to enjoy that kind of cut-throat competition at the Commonwealth Games.Steve Moneghetti, who is at the Games Village with the Australian contingent, said it would be interesting to watch Indians taking on Australians in various CWG disciplines such as hockey and shooting in the October 3-14 mega-event.”India and Australia cricket teams are always charged up. I hope other sports (CWG disciplines) also witness the same rivalry. We are very strong in swimming, shooting, hockey, netball, weightlifting and gymnastics. Last time, Indian shooters reigned supreme at Melbourne and this time we, the Australians, for sure (will dominate),” Moneghetti said on the sidelines of his country’s flag hoisting ceremony at Games Village.Asked whether Commonwealth Games will take the limelight away from the ongoing India-Australia series, he said, “May be, but with CWG being such a big event we are here to share the limelight.”The chef-de-mission hoped that the Australian contingent would be able to win over 200 medals in the Games.Games a great challenge but we are up to the task: Delhi PoliceMounting unprecedented security, Delhi Police expressed confidence of a trouble-free Commonwealth Games and asserted that security norms will be applicable to everyone without any discrimination.With “no stone left unturned” to secure Delhi, thousands of armed personnel have been deployed across 41 Games related infrastructure, including 12 competition venues, while Indian Air Force will provide air cover to thwart any terror attack like the 9/11 strikes in the US.”This is the security arrangement which has been laid down after considerable thought, re-thought, examination and re-examination looking for loopholes. It is a multi-layered, multi-dimensional arrangement,” Delhi Police Commissioner Y S Dadwal said.Noting that it was a “moment of great challenge” to ensure security for the event, Dadwal told a press conference, “We have a higher security matrix for the Games compared to other events held in the city.”He said there were no specific inputs about any terrorist attack on the Games but the police were keeping a strict vigil over the city.Dadwal said guidelines have been issued on security and the restrictions mentioned in the plan will be strictly followed.Avoid negative publicity, Games will be successful: DikshitCommonwealth Games Organising Committee member and Congress MP Sandeep Dikshit on Saturday asked people to avoid negative publicity and extend support to make the October 3-14 mega-event successful.”There have been a lot of negative publicity which needs to be avoided. People should not keep finding faults and criticizing, instead they should support the administration to make the event successful,” Sandeep, son of Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, told PTI.last_img read more

first_imgMILAN — Ajax is a team that many soccer fans around the world just love to love, especially when they win with flair in a competition like the Champions League.And this season’s Ajax team has oodles of flair.Much like the great “Total Football” squads from the early 1970s and the nearly unbeatable teams from the mid-1990s, Ajax and its latest homegrown side make watching soccer fun and exciting.Unless you’re a fan of Juventus, or Real Madrid, or any of the team’s rivals in the Dutch league.“Yyyeeeeaaaahhhhhhhhh,” former Ajax striker Patrick Kluivert wrote on Twitter, along with the final score in Ajax’s 2-1 victory over Cristiano Ronaldo and his Juventus teammates in the quarterfinals on Tuesday. “Come on guys.”Kluivert had plenty to be happy about. He was the one who scored the only goal in Ajax’s 1-0 win over AC Milan in the 1995 Champions League final, the last of the club’s four European Cup titles.FILE – In this June 2, 1971 file photo, Ajax striker Johan Cruyff, center, in action during the during the final of the European Cup against Greece’s Panathinaikos, at Wembley Stadium, in London. Ajax is a team that many soccer fans around the world just love to love, especially when they win with flair in a competition like the Champions League. Their victory against Juventus on Tuesday, April 16 – coming only a few weeks after the team eliminated three-time defending champion Real Madrid in the last 16 – put Ajax through to the semifinals 3-2 on aggregate. They will next face either Manchester City or Tottenham. (AP Photo/Laurence Harris, File)Ajax followed that victory with another trip to the final in 1996 and a spot in the semifinals in 1997. Both times they lost to Juventus.Tuesday’s victory — coming only a few weeks after the team eliminated three-time defending champion Real Madrid in the last 16 — put Ajax through to the semifinals 3-2 on aggregate. They will next face either Manchester City or Tottenham.“What a special @ChampionsLeague night in Turin,” former Ajax and Juventus goalkeeper and current Ajax CEO Edwin van der Sar wrote on Twitter. “Winning against @juventusfc and now we go to England for the semifinals.”Van der Sar’s tweet was accompanied by a short selfie video showing him in somewhat disbelief, laughing, screaming and pumping his fist in pure joy.That excitement around the team is just as palpable as the excitement they create on the field, with midfielder Frenkie de Jong and 19-year-old captain Matthijs de Ligt leading the way.But Ajax has gone through this before. The team’s highs and lows are well known and well documented.“For many years Dutch football kept getting worse, but now we’re coming back,” Ajax coach Erik ten Hag said. “In every country there are better periods and ones that aren’t as good.“We’re a small footballing country, it can happen that sometimes things don’t go well but now there are incredible talents and with them things can only get better.”The first great Ajax run started with Johann Cryuff and Rinus Michels in the early 1970s. Michels, who was the coach of the team, is widely credited with helping create “Total Football,” a flowing, attacking style of play which made Ajax the darlings of the game. Cruyff was the face of the project, becoming one of the greatest to ever play.But after winning the European Cup — the precursor to the Champions League — in 1971, Michels left for Barcelona. After winning the title again in 1972 and 1973, Cryuff left for Barcelona and the decline began.The team in the 1990s went through a similar fate, with players being sold off to make money for the club.And this year’s Ajax can expect the same with De Jong headed to Barcelona next season in a deal that could be worth up to 86 million euros ($98 million).“If we play well, it’s normal that players leave,” Ten Hag said. “We’re not Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester City or Juventus. It depends on the economy of football, but we’re creative in building the team, with balance.“We play with a philosophy and we will do so in the upcoming years, too. We will fight for every player, I hope to not lose too many.”The next step may be to go back to “The Future” — the name of the club’s storied youth academy.“Several players will leave but Ajax’s youth academy is strong,” Ten Hag said. “We also have a very good scouting system. If some players leave, we will bring in other strong ones to go forward and to grow.“We start again from zero every season.”By: Daniella Matar, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgIndia hockey team goalkeeper, PR Sreejesh had to fly back home from Hockey World Cup 2018 action in Bhubaneshwar to check up on his ailing father, PV Raveendran who has been hospitalised due to a heart problem.Sreejesh’s departure comes at a time when the national hockey team, under coach Harendra Singh, are preparing for their final Pool C game against Canada, scheduled for December 8.Nonetheless, the seasoned goalkeeper, who has been brilliant between the sticks in the ongoing global spectacle, will return to Bhubaneswar from Kerala before the Canada tie. In fact, the star player from Thiruvananthapuram will join the Indian camp as early as on Wednesday night, according to The Times of India.Sreejesh missed the training session on Wednesday morning and was also absent from a felicitation meet organised by Odisha Police at the Fan Park at the Kalinga Stadium, which has been hosting the Hockey World Cup matches.Coach Harendra said Sreejesh was allowed to leave the Indian camp as there was a big gap between their second Pool C match against Belgium and the one against Canada. Notably, the fifth-ranked team came up with an inspired performance during their 2-2 draw against higher-ranked Red Lions on December 2.India are favourites to top the four-team pool and secure a direct quarter-final berth as consolidated their numero uno position after the stiff test against Belgium. Harendra’s men are tied on points with Belgium but are the Pool C toppers as they have a better goal difference than the highest ranked team in the group.advertisementWhile India are expected to win their match against Canada, Belgium will face South Africa, who were blanked 5-0 by the hosts in their opener, on December 8.Also Read | Indian team utilised crowd’s energy, says coach Harendra SinghAlso Read | Canada, South Africa keep knockout hopes alive after 1-1 drawlast_img read more

first_imgAll-rounder Moeen Ali has been left out of England’s squad for the second Ashes Test against Australia next week after a disappointing display during a crushing defeat in the opener.As expected, fast bowler Joffra Archer was included in the 12 and looks poised to make his test debut in the absence of England’s record wicket taker James Anderson.The veteran Anderson injured his calf again on the first day of the opening test at Edgbaston which Australia won by 251 runs.Moeen made only four runs in two innings at Edgbaston and his exclusion means left-hander Jack Leach, who batted impressively as a night watchman against Ireland the week before, will likely take over England’s spin bowling duties at Lord’s.Moeen has reached 50 only once in his last 16 Test innings and has also struggled to make an impact with the ball in the previous series against Australia.Somerset left-arm orthodox spinner Leach has taken 20 wickets in five tests.While the loss of Anderson is a major blow to England’s hopes of regaining the Ashes, the prospect of Archer steaming in to bowl his 90mph deliveries will excite England’s fans.The Barbados-born pace bowler made a huge impact at the World Cup when he was England’s leading wicket-taker and bowled the dramatic Super Over at Lord’s which sealed the title for the hosts over New Zealand.Olly Stone, who was included in the squad for the Edgbaston Test but did not play, is ruled out with a bad back.England squad: Joe Root (captain), Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Jack Leach, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes.advertisementAlso Read | Shane Warne eyes IPL-like success after appointmenet as coach of Lord’s Hundred teamAlso Read | Global T20 Canada: Shoaib Malik shatters glass window with huge sixesAlso See:last_img read more

first_img Get Acquainted With the Military-Approved Skincare Brand Bravo Sierra Editors’ Recommendations The Best New Men’s Grooming Brands You Need to Know About Sprint Through Airport Security With These TSA-Approved Men’s Grooming Kits How to Shave With a Straight Razor Sasha and Stoney are two very lucky husbands. Their wives, Mia and Laura, began worrying about their active (rowing, skiing, snowboarding, and cycling) husbands’ skin.Many grooming products were too expensive, had too many chemicals or were just plain girly, so the wives took charge of the situation and came up with their own men’s skincare line, Oars + Alps, a reference to their husbands love of the outdoors.Launching with just three simple products, they have incorporated the thrillingly named Alpine Caribou Moss into each. A lichen native to the Arctic tundra where it thrives amid nature’s harshest elements, Alpine Caribou Moss improves skin’s elasticity and contains powerful antioxidants that fight UV radiation and guard against environmental pollution.The three products include:Cleansing Stick ($14)One of the most fun products we have tested recently, this is a face wash in solid form. No more oozing bottles and soap in your eye, just rub this stick around your face and wash. Activated charcoal absorbs up to 200 times its weight in impurities. It also exfoliates, buffing away the dead skin. Great for all skin types and very travel friendly.2 in 1 Face Moisturizer and Eye Cream ($18)Dudes aren’t down with dabbing eye cream on in the morning, but boy do we need it. Squirt a dime size dose of this in your palms and rub it all over your face, neck and eyes to hydrate your face. Powerful ingredients like shea butter, safflower oil, jojoba oil and protective Alpine Caribou Moss help tough skin stay hydrated and protected.Natural Deodorant ($12)Made with all natural ingredients, this little anti-odor stick is great for travel and has a light scent that won’t overpower your favorite cologne. Alpine Caribou Moss is rich in antioxidants that allow it to thrive in the harshest elements of the Arctic Circle, so clearly it can shield your skin from irritation. And since this formula is alcohol and aluminum-free, sweat stains are a thing of the past.As you can see, purchasing all three won’t break the bank since these guys are direct to consumer. And to make you love Oars + Alps even more they believe in giving back and donate one percent of their proceeds to non-profit organizations fighting skin cancer. The Barbershop Renaissance and Men’s Grooming Revolution, According to Fellow Barber’s Sam Buffalast_img read more

“The conflict is undermining democracy and human rights and seriously hindering development activities,” said a statement issued by Mr. Annan’s spokesman.The statement also decried “very disturbing” reports that human rights defenders in Nepal face grave threats to their safety and security.”The safety and ability of the national human rights commission and all human rights activists to carry out their essential work should be guaranteed,” it stressed, welcoming the recent signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Government of Nepal and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.”The Secretary-General once again calls for an urgent cessation of fighting and the initiation of dialogue between the Government and the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) with the participation of all political and civil forces,” the statement added. “He stands ready to assist such a national effort.” read more

The riot that took place on 25 January at the Uribana prison occurred in the context of an arms seizure, said Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). “This latest example reflects an alarming pattern of violence in Venezuelan prisons, which is a direct consequence of poor conditions,” he told a news conference in Geneva. “Chronic prison overcrowding, lack of access to basic services and the generalized presence of firearms are widespread in Venezuelan prisons. These conditions are further exacerbated by judicial delays and excessive resort to pre-trial detention.” Mr. Colville noted that States are guarantors of the lives and physical integrity of persons deprived of their liberty. “These persons are under State custody and therefore the relevant State authorities bear responsibility for what happens to them,” he stated. States must ensure that conditions of detention are compatible with the prohibition of torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, he added. “We call for prompt and effective investigations into this incident with a view, where applicable, to identifying those responsible and to obtain redress for the victims’ families,” he stated. “We also call on the Venezuelan Government to adopt urgent measures to ensure that conditions of detention comply with international human rights standards.” Such measures should include the adoption of a comprehensive prison policy, training of penitentiary staff and ratification of the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture, Mr. Colville said. read more

first_img Share Tweet Email4 4. Death is realMusician Phil Elverum’s wife Genevieve died of cancer in 2016, an incredibly short time after being diagnosed with the disease. Now he has an album out that explores the depth of pain he and his young daughter have experienced.(Pitchfork, approx 25 mins reading time)In the past, words usually came second for Elverum, but this time he sat down at a desk in the room where his wife had passed, across the hall from his daughter’s bedroom, and wrote lyrics out, longhand; some of them came directly from notes he had scribbled for himself in between hospital appointments or chemotherapy treatments. He recorded these songs in Geneviève’s room, too, mostly on acoustic guitar and with just one microphone and a laptop, at night when his daughter was sleeping or in stolen moments when she was at play dates with neighborhood friends.5. Stranger in the woods Source: Shutterstock/Poprotskiy AlexeyWould you – could you – ever abandon life as you know it? That’s what Christopher Knight did, living a hermetic life for 27 years. Here’s his story.(The Guardian, approx 22 mins reading time)Knight did not tell anyone where he was going. “I had no one to tell,” he says. “I didn’t have any friends. I had no interest in my co-workers.” He drove down the east coast of America, eating fast food and staying in cheap motels – “the cheapest I could find”. He travelled for days, alone, until he found himself deep into Florida, sticking mostly to major roads, watching the world go by.6. Is Trump trolling the White House press corps?We’ve all been fascinated with how Sean Spicer has conducted himself at the White House press briefings. And then there’s Trump’s own approach to the press and reporters. But is Trump… trolling people?(New Yorker, approx 39 mins reading time)A TV correspondent told me that calling on front-row reporters first isn’t just about appealing to their egos: “It’s also about maintaining a sense of predictability, a sense that eventually the substantive questions will be answered. Throwing that into chaos—‘Maybe you’ll get a question, if you shout loud enough, who knows?’—makes everyone desperate and competitive and makes us look like a bunch of braying jackals. Which I don’t think is an accident.”… AND A CLASSIC FROM THE ARCHIVES… Source: Globe PhotosChuck Berry died yesterday, aged 90. Here’s a look back at his influential and incomparable career.(Esquire, approx 17 mins reading time)His first single, “Maybellene,” was built out of an old white hillbilly country song, then fed through the blender of Berry’s guitar and Willie Dixon’s bass until something entirely new poured out. And whatever that was, that new sound, that white-black hybrid, Berry ran with it, and the rest of the world did, too.More: The best reads from every previous Sitdown Sunday> Mar 19th 2017, 9:00 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article IT’S A DAY of rest, and you may be in the mood for a quiet corner and a comfy chair.We’ve hand-picked the week’s best reads for you to savour.1. Winter and sadness Source: Shutterstock/KichiginWhen you live in some parts of the world, the sunlight can sometimes feel out of reach – or it can be dark for months at a time. This can lead to seasonal affective disorder – so how do countries tackle it? Here’s what they’re doing in parts of Scandinavia.(Mosaic Science, approx 22 mins reading time)When Anna’s pupils enter the classroom at 8.10am, the lights are a bright bluish-white to wake them up. They then grow gradually more intense as the morning progresses, dimming slightly in the run up to lunch to ease the transition to the gloomier light outside. Immediately after lunch the classroom is intense whitish-blue again – “to combat the post-lunch coma,” jokes Strandberg – but then the lights gradually dim and become more yellow as the afternoon progresses.2. Gardening is my therapyIn this moving extract from his memoir, Alan Jenkins writes about how gardening helped him deal with the aftermath of neglect and children’s homes.(The Guardian, approx 27 mins reading time)There is a photo of my brother and me with Lilian as young boys. Christopher is lopsidedly smiling, proudly holding his new ginger kitten. It almost matches his hair. Lilian is crouched with Tonka, her Siamese cat. I have my arm around her, looking a little warily into the camera. The boys’ clothes are comically big. Not “you will grow into them” big, but clothes bought while the intended children aren’t (have never been) there. We were small for our age. But these are new clothes for a new life in our new home with our new family.3. London Bridge is down A waxwork of Queen Elizabeth. Source: Shutterstock/BangkokhappinessA few months ago, rumours surfaced that the Queen of England was dead. She wasn’t – but here’s a look at the secret plans for when she does pass away.(The Guardian, approx 42 mins reading time)The last time a British monarch died, 65 years ago, the demise of George VI was conveyed in a code word, “Hyde Park Corner”, to Buckingham Palace, to prevent switchboard operators from finding out. For Elizabeth II, the plan for what happens next is known as “London Bridge.” The prime minister will be woken, if she is not already awake, and civil servants will say “London Bridge is down” on secure lines. Short URLcenter_img By Aoife Barry 12,056 Views No Comments Sitdown Sunday: How Chuck Berry invented rock n’roll Grab a comfy chair and sit back with some of the week’s best longreads Sunday 19 Mar 2017, 9:00 AMlast_img read more

first_imgArchbishop Stylianos, the Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church of Australia for the last forty-four years, was laid to rest on at Sydney’s Rookwood Cemetery on Saturday after funeral rites were conducted at the Archdiocese Cathedral of the Assumption.Thousands of faithful gathered from across the country and joined dozens of priests, officials and dignitaries – including the Premier of New South Wales, Gladys Berejiklian – in farewelling the long-time leader, distinguished poet and spiritual father of Australia’s Greek Orthodox believers.Following from Friday’s arrival and public veneration, the Cathedral remained open overnight for prayers and for the public to pay their final respects. Among the constant exchange of people was Eleni Emvalomas, who attended from after 1:30am on Saturday morning with her father.“My dad and I both wanted to attend the Trisagion service, but both didn’t get a chance,” Eleni, a 2015 graduate of All Saints Greek Orthodox Grammar School said.“To be in the midst of the Archbishop during those intimate hours was humbling.”READ MORE: 50 photographs depicting scenes from the funeral and burial of Archbishop StylianosAfter the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy began the Funeral service proper at 11:30am, albeit delayed by ten minutes as Premier Berejiklian arrived and took her place in the prominent front pew of the Cathedral, alongside Federal Liberal Senator Arthur Sinodinos, representing the Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, Federal Labor MP, Anthony Albanese and the former Father of the House, Philip Ruddock.Premier Gladys Berejiklian arriving at the Cathedral. Photo: George MpliokasMetropolitan Panteleimon of Vryoula, who had been sent by the Ecumenical Patriarchate as its official representative, was joined by Bishops Seraphim and Ezekiel, priests and the choir, but also by many within the congregation, in chanting ‘May His Memory be eternal’ before concluding the service at the Cathedral with an address read on behalf of the Patriarch.READ MORE: Scenes from the funeral and burial of Archbishop StylianosChartered buses were loaded with schoolchildren and clergy as Cleveland Street was sectioned off, and a mounted police escort accompanied the hearse carrying the Archbishop’s coffin through busy Saturday midday traffic as church bells rung and pedestrians looked on.Paul Kalabalikis, a member of St. Nicholas’ Church youth group, was one of the onlookers and described paying his final respects to the fallen leader.“Our Captain has left his ship,” he said.“Seeing how much he’s done as an Archbishop of our Church throughout all these years is amazing.”Over half an hour’s drive away, Stylianos was buried behind the eastern end of St. Athanasius’ Chapel in Rookwood cemetery. Several thousand people made the journey from the Cathedral to the final resting place of the Archbishop, where more than thirty priests collectively chanted ‘Christ is Risen’ at his grave.The grave was flanked by a number of young men and women from the local Cretan Association, dressed in the Archbishop’s native costume and paying their respects by standing watch and singing lamentations in Cretan dialect while the congregation offered roses and said their last goodbyes.Aris Paraskakis was proud to be in Cretan costume, paying costume to the Archbishop’s own roots. Photo: George Mpliokas“Being in costume made me feel privileged and honoured,” Ari Paraskakis, a member of the Sydney-based group, said.“I may not see another Greek Archbishop who is also a Cretan, so today and having him over the years made me feel a connection with him and a sense of patriotism.”READ MORE: The life and times of Archbishop Stylianos in 12 photosAlexander Vounisios, a member of the Cretan Brotherhood of Melbourne and Victoria who flew to Sydney and also wore traditional costume, concurred with Paraskakis’ sentiments.“It brought the Greek community of Australia together, as many of us travelled from interstate to pay our respects to this spiritual leader,” he said.“We wanted to honour His Eminence’s Cretan heritage and show our support to the wider Greek community.”Having said their final prayers, the dozens of priests departed and allowed for the last of the congregation to pass by Stylianos’ grave, which continued past 4 o’clock in the afternoon.Father Athanasios Giatsios, parish priest of St. Catherine’s Church in Mascot, admitted that Saturday in particular had been “very emotionally draining” and reflected on his time under the Archbishop’s stewardship, both as a clergyman and as a student of St. Andrew’s Theological College, which Stylianos had established back in 1986.“As a graduate of [the College], I feel extremely honoured to have been taught by His Eminence,” he said.“He loved the College since it was his creation, his dream. He treated us – the students – like his own children, striving always to instil in us a sense of awe and true fear of God through the path of humility and honesty. His pastoral sensitivity in certain matters made me appreciate the depth of his spiritual discernment.“I thank God for giving me the blessing of having His Eminence as my Shepherd and Father.”After more than four decades as the leader of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, Archbishop Stylianos was the first Church leader to be buried in Australia since Theophylactos, Metropolitan of Australia and New Zealand, was laid to rest in 1958.“I am certain that his Eminence is how with God,” continued Father Athanasios, “and that he will always be praying for the wellbeing of his spiritual children here in Australia.“May His Memory be eternal!” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgYouTube crée une plate-forme de vente en ligne YouTube s’apprête à s’enrichir d’une plate-forme de commerce en ligne qui permettra aux artistes de vendre des morceaux de musique ou des billets pour leurs concerts. Baptisé Merch Store, ce service pourra être intégré aux pages des partenaires musique du site de partage de vidéos de Google.Sur son blog officiel (lien non disponible) YouTube annonce la mise en ligne prochaine d’une nouvelle plate-forme. Un service de commerce en ligne baptisé Merch Store, qui permettra aux artistes de vendre des téléchargements de musique, des t-shirts, et toutes sortes de produits dérivés.À lire aussiQuand Facebook commente Youtube…Le service s’intégrera directement sur les chaînes YouTube des partenaires musique du site de partage de vidéos, qui peut se targuer d’attirer chaque mois quelque 800 millions d’internautes. Pour créer cette plate-forme commerciale,  YouTube s’est associé à plusieurs acteurs, comme Topspin pour les concerts et produits dérivés, Songkick, là aussi pour les billets de concerts, et iTunes et Amazon pour les téléchargements de morceaux.Comme le rapporte TechCrunch, YouTube touchera une petite commission sur les ventes afin de financer son service. Le montant de cette part n’est toutefois pas précisé. “Nous voulons vous offrir la chance de trouver votre public et de faire carrière dans la musique sur YouTube” se félicite le site de partage de vidéos dont Google est propriétaire depuis près de cinq ans.Le 17 octobre 2011 à 20:29 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_img The Next ‘Assassin’s Creed’ Is Probably About VikingsAll the Trailers You Might Have Missed from SDCC The Vikings were rather famed explorers. They were able to settle some of the toughest lands, like Iceland, braving the frigid oceans many thousands of miles from home. And this was all centuries before just about anything that would resemble modern navigational equipment like a GPS, accurate maps, or even a simple compass. Worse still is the region’s notoriously rough seas, often blanketed in dense fog and cloud cover. Such conditions would doom many of history’s greatest explorers, and yet the Nordic peoples managed. But why?For years researchers weren’t sure, though legends have long told of “sunstones,” objects that would show the viewer where the sun was, even on a cloudy day. It sounds impossible, but a number of crystals are known to have such properties, but typically they need to be extremely high quality and very well cut — not something you’d a pre-industrial civilization would capable of producing. Unfortunately, exactly what the Vikings used remains a mystery, but a new paper demonstrates that such navigation would work quite well — a critical step, at least, to understanding how these ancient seafarers made their way.To study this, Gábor Horváth and Eötvös Loránd, biophysicists at the University of Budapest, conducted many thousands of computer simulations, tracking the likely routes of the Vikings during the best sailing seasons. The simulations varied cloud cover and how often navigators checked their crystals. To cover all their bases, the pair also simulated different types of crystals, which have varying degrees of accuracy. The results showed that the success of voyages depended dramatically on how often the sailors consulted their stones. If they checked and adjusted course accordingly every three hours, the voyages would succeed almost every time. While it’s certainly not proof positive that this was how the Vikings managed their feats, it is pretty wild to think that the best hypothesis — and the one with the most evidence — suggests that Vikings trusted their lives with special rocks I thought only existed in Pokemon games. Stay on targetcenter_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

first_img KUSI Newsroom Categories: Entertainment, Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: February 21, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego Girl Scouts are inviting people to enjoy craft beer paired with Girl Scout Cookies during National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend.AleSmith Brewing Company, Mike Hess Brewing, and Stone Brewing return as official partners for the popular, fifth-annual Cookies on Tap event.The event happens Friday Feb. 23 through Sunday at all three Mike Hess Brewing tasting rooms. The $15 flight include five craft beers samples paired with five Girl Scout cookies. KUSI Newsroom, February 21, 2019 Local breweries pairing beer with Girl Scout Cookieslast_img read more

first_imgBusinesses are charged a fee and must pre-register with NRC Alaska. Households are free unless the haul contains more than 55 gallons of waste in which case they must also pre-register. The Boroughs hazardous waste disposal program gives households and small businesses the opportunity to properly dispose of hazardous wastes and chemicals. To pre-register and for specific waste disposal questions, call NRC Alaska at (877) 375-5040. For general questions, call the Kenai Peninsula Borough Solid Waste Department at (907) 262-9667. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Central Peninsula Landfill in Soldotna will be hosting the final hazardous household waste day of the year on Saturday, November 10.center_img There is a 3 drum limit per household per year. The Central Peninsula Landfill will take those items from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, on Saturday, November 10.last_img read more

first_img ADC AUTHOR Kay Ivey, Governor of Alabama, has been recognized as the recipient of the Association of Defense Community’s 2019 State Leadership Award.Ivey and other ADC Award honorees were recognized Monday during a lunch ceremony at the 2019 Defense Communities Annual Summit.Known as a champion for her state’s installations, defense communities and military service population, Gov. Ivey has championed wide-ranging legislation to improve the quality of life for service members and their families since 2017.In May 2018, Ivey signed several service-related quality of life bills, including the Military Family Jobs Opportunity Act, which provides professional licensure reciprocity for military spouses across numerous state agencies. She also signed the Parks for Patriots bill, which grants free state parks admission to active or retired Alabama service members.Ivey was also an integral part of the state’s campaign to secure the fifth-generation F-35 Fighter mission for the 187th Fighter Wing at Maxwell Air Force Base.“While many people were involved in the multi-year selection process for the F-35 Fighter Wing, the governor led our state through this journey with distinction, and she was instrumental in bringing this next-generation aircraft to Montgomery,” U.S. Rep. Martha Roby (R-Ala.) said. “I am incredibly proud of Gov. Ivey’s leadership and commitment to Alabama’s military footprint,” Roby added.Army photo by Sgt. William Fryelast_img read more

first_imgShares of Sun Pharmaceutical Industries rose by more than Rs 23 on the BSE on Tuesday morning and were trading at Rs 762 at about 1:45 pm responding to reports that the company was planning to buy Intas Pharmaceuticals for Rs 15,000 crore.The share had plunged about 4.5% on Monday after it said the US FDA issued a warning letter on its Halol plant in Gujarat after an inspection in September 2014 during which it found possible deviations from good manufacturing practices.If the deal goes through, it will mark the second-biggest acquisition for Sun Pharma after Ranbaxy, which was acquired for $4.5 billion in a stock deal.The proposed deal to acquire Intas Pharmaceuticals will entail a cash outgo of Rs 7,500 crore and the rest by way of stock,  DealStreetAsia quoted a source familiar with the development as saying. Ahmedabad-based Intas Pharma manufactures tablets, capsules, parenterals and cytotoxic formulations for the central nervous system (CNS), cardiovascular system, diabetology, gastroenterology, urology, pain management, animal health care, oncology and biotechnology, DealStreetAsia added.Sun Pharma has been acquiring and selling units over the past few weeks. Last week, it sold its manufacturing facility in Ohio, the US, to Nostrum Laboratories and in November this year, it bought American eyecare firm InSite Vision. Sun Pharma did not disclose the deal value for the sale of its Ohio facility, while saying the “financial impact” on the company was “negligible”.The company said it would cooperate with the US FDA for possible remedial measures at its Halol plant. “We will continue to cooperate with the US FDA and undertake any additional steps necessary to ensure that the US Agency is completely satisfied with our remediation of the Halol facility,” said Dilip Sanghvi, managing director, Sun Pharma, in a regulatory filing on 19 December. Meanwhile, Intas Pharmaceuticals is likely to come up with an IPO, having got market regulator Sebi’s nod for it. The IPO will give an opportunity for ChrysCapital to exit partially, after having failed twice, in 2011 and 2013, due to poor market conditions, said DealStreetAsia.last_img read more

first_imgInfosys, Wipro, TCS, Oracle and HP are reportedly in the race to bag the Rs 125-crore technology outsourcing contracts to be finalised shortly by Indian e-commerce shopping website Paytm, which was given a licence last year by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to set up a payments bank. The contracts envisage core-banking, security and fraud detection and are expected to be awarded in a week, Paytm co-founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma was quoted as saying by The Economic Times.One97 Communications Ltd, which owns Paytm, is planning to open a physical payments bank in August 2016.”Internally, we were changing the launch date with the intention that by June (2016) we should pull it off, but July will also get covered because there is so much technology implementation happening,” Sharma told ET.Infosys, Oracle and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) are in the race to offer core-banking services solutions for payments while Wipro and TCS have bid to sell their system-integration solutions, Sharma said.Shinjini Kumar, former central banker and PwC executive, will head the company’s payments bank as its CEO, according to an earlier ET report.Former Airtel executive Saurabh Sharma will head the merchant and agent acquisition business while ex-Amazon India executive Vikas Purohit will lead Paytm’s banking operations, ET reported.Demand deposits from small businesses and individuals up to Rs 1 lakh maximum will be accepted by payments banks. However, NRIs cannot conduct business with such banks. [1 lakh = 100,000 | 1 crore = 10 million | 100 crore = 1 billion]last_img read more