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Cong questions lack of flood relief for Rajasthan

first_imgThe Opposition Congress in Rajasthan has questioned the lack of any Central assistance for the State’s flood-affected people, the majority of whom are yet to be rehabilitated, and absence of support to farmers reeling under a heavy debt burden. The people who had high expectations from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Udaipur had been left disappointed, said the party.The Congress also took exception to “relaunching” of the projects which were started by the previous government and said their inauguration by Mr. Modi in Udaipur on Tuesday was an attempt to win “false acclaim”. Former Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot asked why Mr. Modi could not get time to visit the State during the recent floods.Cong bastionThe Congress, which has traditionally been in a strong position in the Udaipur’s Mewar region, reacted to Mr. Modi’s address at a public meeting with scepticism, while pointing out that unlike for six other States, the Prime Minister had refrained from announcing any flood relief for Rajasthan. Mr. Modi only made a reference to the State government’s demand and the visit of a Central team.Suicide by farmersPradesh Congress president Sachin Pilot said here on Wednesday that over 70 farmers had committed suicide in Rajasthan after they incurred heavy losses in agriculture. The Bharatiya Janata Party government failed to take up their case with the Centre and convince the Prime Minister for announcing a loan waiver for farmers,” he said.‘BJP has failed’“Mr. Modi has been praising the governments in the BJP-ruled States during his visits, but he did not underline any achievement of the Rajasthan government in his Udaipur speech. This is a clear indication that the BJP here has failed on all fronts and is in fact working against people’s interest,” said Mr. Pilot.Assembly electionMr. Modi also did not make any clear declaration that the 2018 Assembly elections would be fought under Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje’s leadership, he said. “This is also unlike other BJP-ruled States, where the choice for Chief Minister is clear. It goes to prove that Mr. Modi has no confidence in the ability and leadership qualities of Ms. Raje,” said Mr. Pilot.last_img read more

Dushyant Chautala floats new party

first_imgAfter being expelled from the Indian National Lok Dal, Dushyant Chautala on Sunday floated a new political outfit – the Jannayak Janata Party (JJP).Nearly a month after Ajay Chautala announced that he would launch a new party, after he and his sons, Dushyant and Digvijay, were expelled from the party, Dushyant Chautala addressed a rally in Jind’s Pandu Pindra to announce the launch of the new party.Devi Lal principlesMr. Chautala said the new political party will take forward the principles of Chaudhary Devi Lal and would provide an alternative to the INLD-BSP, the Congress and the BJP in State politics.Ajay Chautala and his younger brother Abhay Singh Chautala, who is currently Leader of the Opposition in the Haryana Assembly had been at loggerheads amid a fight for supremacy within the INLD.Sacked for ‘indiscipline’ Dushyant Chautala and Digvijay Singh were expelled from the primary membership of the party for indulging in “indiscipline” during the birthday celebrations of Chaudhary Devi Lal on October 7 at a rally in Gohana. Later, Ajay Chautala was also expelled from the party. INLD meetMeanwhile in Chandigarh, INLD held its State working committee meeting. Addressing the party, Leader of the Opposition Abhay Singh Chautala accused the Congress of running away from the upcoming elections for the municipal corporations and municipal committees by deciding not to contest on the party symbol.“The ruling BJP on the other hand is finding it difficult to get its candidates from within the party and hence eyeing candidates form other parties,” alleged Mr. Abhay.last_img read more

Some hearts still beat for hockey here

first_imgToday, the success of a sport seems to lie in attractive packaging and razzmatazz, as the Indian Premier League (IPL) has shown. Even investors turn their backs on sports that are not glamorous enough. At least, that’s the case with Indian hockey.But a few dedicated people are burning midnight oil off the field to provide a ray of hope to Indian hockey followers, even as the Indian team leaves for Malaysia to defend the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, which begins on May 5. Several hockey enthusiasts, including renowned coach Ajay Kumar Bansal, are doing research on various aspects of the beautiful game. From the tribal players of Chota Nagpur in Jharkhand to the bio-mechanics of drag flick, the scope of the research work is vast, varied and fascinating. In Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) alone, four students are currently involved in research on hockey, says Prof. Ikram Hussain, chairman, Deptt. of Physical Health and Sports Education.Dronacharya Award winner Bansal, under whose guidance various Indian teams have won several titles, is just days away from completing his Ph. D. on the tribal players of Chota Nagpur, an area that has produce some of the best known players – from Jaipal Singh Munda, captain of the team that won the first Olympic gold in 1928, to Dilip Tirkey, an ex- India captain and a solid defender. In between, players like Michael Kindo and Manohar Topno emerged from this belt to become household names.Bansal’s love affair with the tribal players began during his posting in Sundargarh. ” I spent five years, from 1987 to 1992, there as a Sports Authority of India coach. They played without proper infrastructure then,” Bansal told M AIL T ODAY . ” I will soon submit my theses to Prof. Popinder Singh Kullar – brother of former India player Col. Balbir Singh – under whom I’ve done the research,” he says.advertisementPopinder is glad that people are doing research on a game that has now gone downhill. He comes from Sansarpur village that has produced many outstanding players. Little surprise then that his own research was titled ‘ Social cultural and educational ethos of sports: A case study of Sansarpur village in Punjab’. ” Sansarpur has produced 14 Olympians, 19 internationals who represented India and other countries, 110 nationallevel players who turned out for 20 states, and another 132 who represented various military teams,” says the professor with the Deptt. of Education, Jamia Millia Islamia in New Delhi.In the quiet environs of Aligarh, the four students are earnestly engrossed in exploring different angles of the game, hoping that their work would one day help the game. AMU itself has produced the likes of wizard Dhayan Chand and Zafar Iqbal.Saleem Ahmad, a research fellow at AMU, is working on the drag flick that was made popular in India by Jugraj Singh and then by Sandeep Singh. Ahmad is currently collecting data for his work titled ‘ Bio- mechanical analysis of drag flick in field hockey’. ” I want to explore which technique is best suited for drag flick,” he said. ” I have received immense encouragment from coach Clarence Lobo. Once complete, I plan to give copies of my work to coaches to help the game.”last_img read more

Hyundai Motor recalls cars over airbag problems in US

first_imgHyundai Motor Co , South Korea’s top automaker, has decided to recall more than 200,000 units of its Santa Fe sport utility vehicle model and popular Sonata cars in the United States due to problems with their airbags, a report said.According to reports, Hyundai’s US dealers will recall 199,118 Santa Fe SUVs built between April 19, 2006 and July 7, 2008 and 22,512 units of Sonata sedans manufactured from January 24 to June 21 this year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a report released on its website that US state safety agency stated this.The front passenger airbags of the Santa Fe models reportedly appeared to have improper occupant classification system, putting small-bodied people at risk, the US agency said.It added, “The occupant classification system (OCS) may need recalibration to accurately detect small statured adults.”Sensors for the side airbags of the Sonatas are needed to be reprogrammed because they may inflate without receiving a signal, increasing injury risks, the agency said. Meanwhile, Hyundai said it has received complaints from some adults under 60 kilograms whose air bags didn’t deploy. No injuries have been reported. The air bags were originally programmed not to go off to protect children.The company is reportedly also recalling 22,500 Sonata sedans from the 2012 and 2013 model years because their side air bags could go off without warning.Hyundai says it has received 16 complaints about the Sonata’s air bags, but no injuries have been reported.With Agency inputslast_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2014: ‘Two hot’ Chile send sorry Spain packing

first_imgEduardo Vargas and Charles Aranguiz scored the goals in Chile’s 2-0 win over Spain in Group B tieWelcome to the coverage of the FIFA World Cup 2014, Group B clash between Spain vs Chile from Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Defending champion Spain, the dominant global football power for the past six years, was eliminated from World Cup contention Wednesday with a 2-0 loss to Chile.Spain’s famed passing game failed against a high-tempo, tenacious Chile team. Eduardo Vargas tricked goalkeeper Iker Casillas into diving the wrong way, then shot into an unguarded goal in the 20th minute. Charles Aranguiz scored in the 43rd when the ball landed at his feet after Casillas punched out a free kick. Spain’s second loss, after a 5-1 rout by the Netherlands, ended any hope of advancing. Chile and the Netherlands will both advance, regardless of who wins the game between them.Spain won the European Championships in 2008 and 2012, in addition to the 2010 World Cup. The Chileans opened with a 3-1 win over Australia, and a second straight victory by the South Americans has knocked Spain out of the competition.Probable Line-ups(from):Spain: Casillas; Azpilicueta, Pique, Ramos, Alba; Busquets, Alonso, Xavi; Silva, Torres, IniestaChile: Bravo; Isla, Mena, Diaz; Medel, Jara, Aranguiz, Vidal, Vargas; Sanchez, Valdivialast_img read more

UEFA Champions League: Mats Hummels Says Belief Helped Borussia Dortmund Seal Stunning Win over Inter Milan

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow 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. Dortmund: Mats Hummels said a frank half-time team talk helped Borussia Dortmund come from two goals down to beat Inter Milan 3-2 in the Champions League on Tuesday thanks to Achraf Hakimi second-half double.Antonio Conte’s Inter dominated the first-half at Signal Iduna Park as Lautaro Martinez put the Italians ahead after just five minutes before Matias Vecino added a second just before the break. However, Dortmund made their superior possession count after the break as Hakimi, who turned 21 on Monday, led the charge with two second-half goals either side of Julian Brandt’s equaliser.”Inter were very clinical in the first half. They scored twice from two chances, unlike us,” said Hummels, who was beaten for pace by Martinez for the opening goal.”We left them little room to breathe after the break and were really strong in the second half.”At the interval, we said that we needed to continue with the ball the way we had done so before, but we had to create more chances.”‘ANYTHING WAS POSSIBLE’However, the veteran centre-back admitted being surprised by the scale of the fight-back which boosts Dortmund’s last 16 chances, “I didn’t expect that things would turn out quite this well”.The result leaves Dortmund second in Group F, a point behind leaders Barcelona, who they face at the Camp Nou in three weeks’ time, and on course for the last 16.Inter are now third in the group, three points behind Dortmund, before their next game at Slavia Prague.Dortmund head coach Lucien Favre, who was heavily criticised in the German media after they lost 2-0 in Milan a fortnight ago, said he made it clear at half-time a fight-back was still on.”I told them that if we got back to 2-1, anything was possible,” said the Swiss.”At the break, there wasn’t much to change.”I had seen some positive things in the first half, we created chances for ourselves, but unfortunately conceded two goals.”We had a lot of possession, put a lot of tempo into our game, prevented them from counter-attacking and that was the key.”It was a crazy match to watch.”CONTE LEFT FUMINGFavre singled out match-winner Hakimi, who “was everywhere, he’s a right back, but might as well have played as a striker.”He added: “But I have to pay the whole team a compliment, there were a lot of good performances out there tonight.”Antonio Conte in the opposite dugout, who had predicted his side would face a test of character, was furious to see them throw away a comfortable lead as Dortmund attacked at will after the break.”The same thing happened in Barcelona,” he said after Inter lost their second group game 2-1 at the Camp Nou in early October after Martinez had given Milan an early lead.”I don’t feel like commenting on the second half, I don’t want to find excuses.”We are sorry for this defeat but I cannot ask much more of my players because they are working really hard.”We made some mistakes in planning because we cannot play in two competitions with such a small squad,” he added with Inter second to Juventus in Serie A. borussia dortmundinter milanMats HummelsUCL First Published: November 6, 2019, 10:12 AM ISTlast_img read more

Myneni is no less deserving than Bopanna: Injeti Srinivas

first_imgBy Kushan Sarkar New Delhi, Aug 19 (PTI) The Union Sports Secretary Injeti Srinivas today made it clear that Saketh Myneni is “no less deserving” than Rohan Bopanna for the prestigious Arjuna award despite questions being raised about his merit. There has been some controversy after Bopannas name was not sent by the All India Tennis Association for the honour. The reigning French Open Mixed Doubles champion felt slighted as Mynenis gold and silver at the Incheon Asian Games got more weightage. “In tennis, we already had an application (Myneni), who is by no means less deserving and you cant make your own judgement (as to who is deserving and whos not). The applicant (Myneni) has made India proud at the Asian Games. That performance got him marks and his case was entitled to be considered,” Srinivas told PTI during an interaction. Srinivas, who is also the Sports Authority of India (SAI) DG, admitted that Bopannas achievements cant be ignored but a due process needs to be followed. “Rohan Bopannas achievements, nobody can ignore that. He has had the highest achievements but there is a process. So somebody has to nominate you, you need to sign an application, whether that system is best, is debatable,” Srinivas observed. “For example, in case of Padma awards, you dont send applications. Its more by selection and here you make an application, give evidence of your achievements, that gets examined very carefully and a decision is taken. So in Bopannas case, there was no nomination and there was no application,” Srinivas clarified. The senior bureaucrat admitted that “no system can be fully objective” but there is always room for improvement. “As much as we try but it is practically impossible to make the current system totally objective. If we could have such a system, then you would not need a committee. You would just rank them on the basis of marks assigned to them and declare the winners,” he said. “Do you know any award (Arjuna, Dronacharya, Dhyan Chand) that was given by government and withdrawn by the court? If not, which is the case, then its a good enough proof that we have a robust and fair system in place.” Yesterday, Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Akhil Kumar raised questions about the credibility of Dronacharya Awards with one athlete giving multiple recommendations. Srinivas tried to put things in perspective. “Look, the rule that we have for Dronacharya award is that any national coach, who spends 240 days a year in any national camp, is eligible for Dronacharya Award nomination. “Now, in a career span of an athlete, he comes across various coaches at various points in his career. Now it also becomes a moral and social obligation for that sportsperson and he/she ends up recommending multiple names. Am I saying thats correct? Certainly not,” said Srinivas said. On the Prime Minister-appointed Olympic Task Forces recommendation of having more professionals in the system rather than bureaucrats, Srinivas, a career bureaucrat, aired a contrarian view. “Certainly, you need to professionals. But then who is a professional? A professional is a person, who has the domain expertise, who is capable of delivering what he has to deliver. Theres no argument on that. “But to generalise on bureaucrats and professionals, I will not be able to answer that. There could be lot of bureaucrats with domain expertise, who know what they are supposed to do and deliver,” he signed off. PTI KHS PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

Mets Gaff The Blue Jays, 3-2

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — Matt Harvey was gone and the Toronto Blue Jays were building a rally against the New York Mets’ short-handed bullpen when Kevin Pillar ran right into an easy out in the eighth inning.“I made a mistake by not picking up the third base coach,” Pillar said after Toronto’s 3-2 loss June 16. “It’s as embarrassing as it gets. We are paid to go out there and perform and not make dumb mistakes, especially late in the game.”Harvey returned to form with seven spotless innings and an RBI double before the Mets held on without their top late relievers — thanks in part to Pillar’s baserunning blunder.Bobby Parnell earned a five-out save in his third outing since Tommy John surgery.One night after ending Toronto’s 11-game winning streak, the NL East leaders rested heavily used closer Jeurys Familia and hard-throwing rookie Hansel Robles. So it was Carlos Torres who entered to start the eighth, and he quickly got in trouble.Torres issued a lead-off walk and gave up a single to Pillar before former Mets star Jose Reyes singled to right field for his only hit in nine at-bats during his return to Citi Field this week.Ryan Goins was held at third base — but Pillar didn’t realize it. He went tearing around second and, with third already occupied, was a sitting duck to be tagged out after Curtis Granderson’s throw was cut off.“He’s was running with his head down and never really looked up,” Blue Jays Manager John Gibbons said. “We gave them an out right there when we really had them on the ropes. But it’s over with and we move on.”Torres walked Josh Donaldson to load the bases before Parnell gave up a sacrifice fly to Jose Bautista and a run-scoring single to Edwin Encarnacion.But the right-hander, who saved 22 games for the Mets in 2013 before missing the final two months with a herniated disk in his neck, struck out Chris Colabello on a ball in the dirt.“Sometimes to swim you’ve got to jump in the deep end, right?” Parnell said.In his third outing of the year, Parnell then worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his first save since July 30, 2013. After getting the final out, he breathed a sigh of relief and flashed a smile on the mound.“That was a big milestone,” Parnell said. “Finally had some weight off my shoulders.”New York won for the fifth time in six games and improved to 11-0 at home against Toronto.Wilmer Flores and Ruben Tejada each knocked in a run and scored another to help the Mets build a 3-0 cushion. Harvey (7-4), who was 1-3 with a 7.20 ERA in his previous four starts, allowed four hits against the best offense in baseball and gave a huge fist pump after working a perfect seventh.The ace right-hander, also back from Tommy John surgery this season, struck out six, walked none and was lifted after 107 pitches.“When you run into good pitching, I don’t care how good your hitting is,” Gibbons said. “That’s what happens sometimes. That’s some great pitching.”Flores hit a leadoff double in the second against Scott Copeland (1-1) and scored on Tejada’s single. With two outs, Harvey lashed a ringing double to left-center to make it 2-0.Mets pitchers have 22 hits this season, most of any staff in the majors.Flores added a sacrifice fly in the third. Making his second major league start, the 27-year-old Copeland was pulled for a pinch hitter in the fifth.“Everything was up in the zone a bit and I was just trying to keep the team in the game still,” he said.Copeland pitched again in place of right-hander Aaron Sanchez, put on the 15-day disabled list Monday with a mild lat muscle strain.“He wasn’t sharp. I thought the ball was up more. It didn’t have that good life that he gets when he’s down,” Gibbons said. “I don’t think it’s fair to the kid after two outings to make a judgment on him. … I think he’ll be fine the next go around.(MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Baseball Writer)last_img read more

Realme 5, Realme 5 Pro launch on August 20: Quad cameras, 5,000mAh battery and everything we know so far

first_imgRealme 5, Realme 5 Pro launch on August 20: Quad cameras, 5,000mAh battery and everything we know so farRealme 5-series is set to launch in India on August 20. From expected price to hardware and quad camera setup, here’s a look at everything we know about the Realme 5 and Realme 5 Pro so far.advertisement Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiAugust 17, 2019UPDATED: August 20, 2019 08:39 IST HIGHLIGHTSRealme 5 and Realme 5 Pro will launch in India on August 20.Both Realme 5 phones will sport quad cameras.Realme 5 will also pack a 5,000mAh battery and will be priced under Rs 10,000.Realme is just a few days away from announcing the Realme 5 series. The company is holding an event in New Delhi on Tuesday, August 20 where it will launch the Realme 5 and Realme 5 Pro smartphones. They are expected to disrupt the market by being the first quad camera phones in their respective segments. The Realme 5 series will succeed to the Realme 3 series by offering upgraded cameras, better hardware and attractive designs.Realme has been revealing some key details about the Realme 5 phones in the days leading up to the launch event. We know that both the phones will feature quad camera systems and we also know that at least one of them will pack a large 5,000mAh battery, both of which are first-time features for Realme.Realme 5 series expected price in IndiaSince the Realme 5 series will succeed the still-fresh Realme 3 line, we expect the Realme 5 and Realme 5 Pro to be priced in and around the same ballpark as the Realme 3 and Realme 3 Pro.Realme India CEO Madhav Sheth has already confirmed that the Realme 5 will launch in India under Rs 10,000. Past reports suggest the Realme 5 will be priced starting at Rs 8,999, much like the Realme 3.There is no word on the pricing of the Realme 5 Pro, but we expect it to fall under Rs 15,000 for two reasons. Firstly, the Realme 3 Pro was launched at Rs 13,999, so we assume the Realme 5 Pro will be priced around the same figure. Realme says that the Realme 5 Pro will be the first 48MP quad camera phone in its segment.advertisementAs for its availability, Flipkart has already set up a page for the Realme 5 series, which means the phones will be available on the e-commerce platforms. They will also go on sale on and are expected to sell via Realme retail stores across India.Realme 5, Realme 5 Pro expected specsRealme has been careful to not reveal too much about the designs of the Realme 5 and Realme 5 Pro. We can’t talk about what the display will look like or the look of the phones, but we do know that they will get vertically stacked cameras and a rear-mounted fingerprint as made evident from the teasers.Cameras are, of course, the USP of the Realme 5 series. Both the Realme 5 and Realme 5 Pro will come with quad cameras. The Realme 5 will be the first phone with a quad camera system under Rs 10,000, while the Realme 5 Pro will be the first 48MP quad camera phone. With four rear cameras, the company wants to offer more options for consumers to capture a picture.We know that the Realme 5 Pro will get a 48MP Sony IMX586 main camera along with an ultra wide-angle sensor, 4cm macro lens and a portrait camera. The Realme 5 is rumoured to get a 16MP main camera while the other sensors are expected to be the same as the Pro model. While companies like Samsung have offered wide-angle cameras on affordable phones, the added macro lens will definitely give Realme a boost against the competition.The Realme 5 duo will also come with upgraded processors compared to the Realme 3 series. Realme has confirmed that the Realme 5 will be powered by a Qualcomm chipset that has not been launched in India yet. As per a Geekbench listing earlier, it seems the Realme 5 will be powered by a Snapdragon 665 SoC. This will be interesting to see as on August 21, Xiaomi will launch the Mi A3 in India with the same Snapdragon 665 chip.As for the Realme 5 Pro, we have little to no information about its processor. It may get the same Snapdragon 710 SoC that powers the Realme 3 Pro and Realme X or the company may upgrade it to a Snapdragon 712 or Snapdragon 730 SoC as some rumours suggest.Another USP of the Realme 5 is its battery. The company has revealed that the Realme 5 will pack a 5,000mAh battery, which is the biggest yet for a Realme phone. To recall, the Realme 3 comes with a 4,230mAh battery, which means the Realme 5 is getting 770mAh more battery, which should translate to an even longer battery life on a single charge.Coming to the Realme 5 Pro, the battery capacity has not been revealed yet, but the company has confirmed VOOC 3.0 fast charging support. Both Realme 3 and Realme X also come with VOOC 3.0, which can charge the phone to 100 per cent in about 80 minutes. Realme 5 and Realme 5 Pro will ship with Android 9 Pie based on ColorOS 6.ALSO READ: | Realme 5 price in India will be under Rs 10,000, Realme India CEO confirmsALSO READ: | Realme 3 Pro, Realme 3 and more on discount during Realme’s 73 hours sale on Flipkart, Realme online storeALSO READ: | Realme X, Galaxy A50, Oppo K3: Best phones to buy under Rs 20,000 in AugustadvertisementGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShweta Ganjoo Tags :Follow RealmeFollow Realme 5Follow Realme 5 Pro Nextlast_img read more

Morocco Condemns Terrorist Attacks Against Denmark

Rabat – Morocco condemned, on Monday, the terrorist attacks that hit the Danish capital this past Saturday and expressed its solidarity with Denmark. The terrorist act, which targeted a cultural center and synagogue claimed the lives of two people and injured four.“Following the armed attack that targeted on Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, a cultural center and a synagogue in the Danish capital, killing two and injuring four, the Kingdom of Morocco expresses its condemnation of this terrorist act, extends its condolences and compassion to the families of the two victims and wishes swift recovery to the wounded, while expressing its solidarity with the Kingdom, government and people of Denmark,” said a statement by the ministry of foreign affairs. “The Kingdom of Morocco reiterates its rejection of all forms of terrorism and acts of violence linked to religious extremism, regardless of the motives and parties behind them, and calls again for the need to avoid stirring tensions about tolerant heavenly religions, offending religious beliefs and despising prophets and messengers,” it concluded. read more

UN tribunal transfers Bosnian Serb convicted over Srebrenica massacre to Finland

Momir Nikolić, 52, became the 26th person to be transferred by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), which sits in The Hague in the Netherlands, to another European country to serve out the remainder of his custodial sentence. As a result of agreements signed by countries and the ICTY, men or women convicted by the Tribunal are now serving their sentence in Austria, Germany, Spain, Norway, Italy, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, France and the United Kingdom. Mr. Nikolić pleaded guilty in May 2003 to one count of crimes against humanity (persecutions on political, racial and religious grounds) after prosecutors agreed to drop other charges and Mr. Nikolić agreed to testify in other trials at the ICTY. The trial chamber later sentenced him to 27 years’ jail, but the term was reduced on appeal in March last year. A teacher by profession, Mr. Nikolić was mobilized into the Bosnian Serb forces and rose to become the Assistant Commander for Security and Intelligence in its Bratunac Brigade by 1995. At his trial, the judges found that Mr. Nikolić attended three meetings at which Bosnian Serb military leaders determined the fate of Muslim civilians from the eastern Bosnian town of Srebrenica, which had been previously declared a UN safe area. The enclave was overrun by the Bosnian Serb forces in July 1995 and at least 7,000 men and boys were murdered, while thousands of women and children were deported to other areas. The ICTY found that Mr. Nikolić recommended possible detention and execution sites, supervised some deportations and separations, and later coordinated the exhumation and reburial of Muslim bodies, this ensuring that key evidence was destroyed and many families still do not know the whereabouts of their murdered relatives. 11 April 2007A senior security and intelligence officer in the Bosnian Serb army who was sentenced to 20 years’ jail for his role in the 1995 massacre of more than 7,000 Muslim men and boys at Srebrenica will serve the rest of his sentence in Finland after being transferred today by the United Nations war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. read more

Liberian capital calm but situation in countryside precarious UN

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported that some families have started returning to their homes, businesses were slowly picking up and traffic increasing. More than 400 refugees have voluntarily moved out of the offices of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) – where they had been holed up for weeks as the battle for control of the city raged – opting either for repatriation to Sierra Leone or relocation to camps scattered around the Liberian capital.But information on the situation in the rest of the country is largely anecdotal, aside from the few towns reached in recent days by humanitarian missions. But some 3,000 to 4,000 people are reportedly on the road from Gbatala to displaced camps in central Liberia, amid reports of fresh fighting between Government and rebel forces.UN Assistant Emergency Relief Coordinator Ross Mountain has pursued discussions with the warring factions to promote safe and unhindered access to outlying areas. Since the signing of an agreement between the UN and the signatories to the peace agreement for the safe delivery of humanitarian aid, faction leaders have shown a greater willingness to cooperate with the relief agencies, although it remains to be seen if this message will trickle down to the forces in the countryside.UN assessment missions to several parts of Liberia have reported that an estimated 45,000 displaced people are present in the second-largest city, Buchanan, while the situation in Tubmanburg remains precarious.Meanwhile, rescue efforts are underway for a ship charted by UNHCR. The MV Overbeck, carrying186 people, including more than 150 Sierra Leonean refugees returning home to Freetown, has been adrift since Sunday. Engine trouble developed shortly after mid-day as the ship was sailing on high seas, causing it to stall and drift in the strong current. UNHCR is in constant contact with the crew, and despite the uncomfortable situation, food and water on board were reported to be still sufficient.Two other ships – the United States Navy’s USS Quarterhall and the UN World Food Programme’s (WFP) Martin – rushed to the site on Sunday afternoon but failed to repair the Overbeck’s engine. The WFP vessel started towing the stalled ship back towards Monrovia. In the meantime, UNHCR has chartered a third vessel, Sea Spring, from Sierra Leone, which is expected to tow the Overbeck to Freetown, where it is scheduled to arrive on Wednesday.In other news, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Liberia, Jacques Paul Klein, is headed to Guinea today as part of his series of talks with regional leaders on the situation in Liberia. read more

Smart Start leads new students through the halls of Brock

Heather Finn and Cooper Millard help guide students through the halls of Brock.It’s that time of year again – a time when tour guides in red shirts can be seen walking backward through the halls of Brock, giving parents and future students a glimpse of the next year.About 2,500 students will come through Brock’s halls this summer as part of Smart Start, a program operated through the Registrar’s office. It gives new students a preview of university life, guides them through the registration process and makes them feel at home.Many students bring their families to the one-day program. It is meant to make that first day of school in September a little less daunting, said Heather Finn, who with Cooper Millard acts as a Smart Start team leader.Finn, a fourth-year Recreation and Leisure Studies student, grew up in St. Catharines and still found Smart Start to be helpful.“I felt like I knew a lot about Brock. Then I realized there was so much more I needed to learn,” she said “I knew how to use the pool but not necessarily how to navigate Mackenzie Chown.”Millard, a fourth-year Political Science student, found Smart Start so helpful that he asked that day how to join the program staff.“The students were so knowledgeable and energetic, it was unreal,” he said. “It really eased my mind.”About 80 per cent of students in Smart Start are entering their first year. They arrive at Brock at 8:40 a.m. to get name tags, packages and program plans. Students and parents take separate campus tours. They gather together again to hear a talk from a professor about academic expectations and lunch at the Guernsey Market.In the afternoon, students register for courses while parents watch other presentations. There are also tours of residences, which are popular, Millard said.“A lot of people want to know what they bring and what they can fit in the rooms.”Smart Start runs from Monday to Friday from June 27 to Aug. 12. It also runs on three Saturdays in July.To register, visit read more

Former Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez Serving a Life Sentence

Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was serving a life sentence for murder. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, Pool, Fil)BOSTON (AP) — Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez, who was serving a life sentence for a murder conviction and just days ago was acquitted of a double murder, died after hanging himself in his prison cell early Wednesday, Massachusetts prisons officials said.Hernandez, 27, was found by guards in his cell at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley just after 3 a.m., Department of Correction spokesman Christopher Fallon said in a statement.The former New England Patriots tight end was pronounced dead at UMass Memorial-HealthAlliance Hospital in Leominster about an hour later.Hernandez’s death comes the same day the Patriots are making their visit to the White House to mark their Super Bowl win. Team spokesman Stacey James said the Patriots were aware of the reports of Hernandez’s death but didn’t anticipate the club commenting Wednesday.Hernandez was in a single cell in a general population housing unit in the maximum-security state prison. He hanged himself using a bed sheet that he attached to a cell window, Fallon said.Hernandez tried to block the cell door from the inside by jamming the door with various items, Fallon said.Fallon said he’s not aware of any suicide note written by Hernandez and stressed that an investigation is ongoing. He said that officials had no concern that Hernandez was planning on taking his own life, and if there was a concern about his well-being, Hernandez would have been transferred to a mental health unit.Hernandez was moved to tears on Friday after he was acquitted of the 2012 fatal shootings of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado in Boston. Just before his acquittal, Hernandez was seen blowing kisses to the little girl he fathered with fiancée Shayanna Jenkins. Cameras captured the tender exchange.But, Hernandez was still serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for his conviction in the 2013 shooting of Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player who was dating his fiancée’s sister.He was tried but acquitted in the slayings of de Abreu and Furtado, whom prosecutors contended were gunned down after one of the men accidentally spilled a drink on Hernandez in a Boston nightclub. The jury in that case found Hernandez not guilty of first-degree murder but convicted him of unlawful possession of a gun, and the judge sentenced him to an additional four to five years in prison — separate from his existing life sentence.Hernandez’s lawyers did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Massachusetts State Police remain on the scene investigating the death.Hernandez grew up in Connecticut and played for the Patriots from 2010 to 2012. The team released him in June 2013, shortly after he was arrested in Lloyd’s killing. read more

Ohio State mens lacrosse falls to Hofstra in defensive battle

OSU junior attacker J.T. Blubaugh (9) during a game against Detroit on Feb. 13 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.Credit: Miles McQuinn | Lantern PhotographerThe offense came a little too late for the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team on Saturday, as the Buckeyes fell to No. 13 Hofstra by a score of 8-5.After a defensive struggle throughout the first three quarters, the OSU offense came alive in the fourth with three goals. However, the Pride matched them goal for goal in the period, handing the Scarlet and Gray their second loss of the season to bring their record to 5-2.The Buckeyes’ only two goals in the first three periods came from freshman attacker Jack Jasinski in the first quarter on an assist from junior attacker Austin Shanks and senior attacker Ryan Hunter in the second quarter on an assist from Jasinski.OSU was only able to attempt 10 shots in the first two quarters combined. Although the Buckeyes were able to match that number in the third quarter alone, they were unable to find the back of the net in the period.Much of that was because of the play of Hofstra goalie Jack Concannon. The sophomore, who came into Saturday’s game ranked fifth in the nation with a save percentage of 62.8 percent, had 14 saves on the day and stifled the OSU offense for much of the game.The play of the defense was a bright spot for the Buckeyes.Hofstra senior attacker and 2016 Colonial Athletic Association Preseason Player of the Year Sam Llinares was held scoreless on the day on four shot attempts. OSU senior defenseman Robby Haus was able to limit Llinares’ impact on the game, usually with the help of a double team.Though Llinares was held in check, Hofstra junior attacker Josh Byrne scored two goals to bring his team-high number of goals on the year to 16. Junior midfielder Brian von Bargen scored three goals and senior midfielder Korey Hendrickson added two more, in large part due to the increased attention paid to Llinares and Byrne.Hunter added his second goal of the game for OSU with 11:06 left in the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to 6-4, but a pair of Hofstra goals sealed the game for the Pride.OSU is set to get a chance to bounce back on Tuesday after a few days’ rest, but things don’t appear to get any easier. The Buckeyes are slated to play the No. 6 Towson Tigers at Ohio Stadium at 7 p.m., before traveling to Colorado to take on the No. 2 Denver Pioneers on March 12. read more

Mens hockey team lets potential sweep slip away

With a 2-1 lead after two periods, the Ohio State men’s ice hockey team (5-7-1, 2-5-1-1 CCHA) seemed poised to “sweep” a two-game series with the No. 14-ranked University of Alaska-Fairbanks (8-5-3, 5-4-3-2 CCHA) Saturday at Nationwide Arena. But the Buckeyes quickly lost control of the game and gave up four third-period goals, including three in the final 5:30 of play, as Alaska skated to a 5-2 win. “It was a good team effort tonight,” Alaska coach Dallas Ferguson said. “We were missing a couple of guys but we feel like we have good depth at our positions. The guys did what they had to do to be successful.” OSU senior forward John Albert gave OSU a 1-0 lead with his wrap-around goal just 2:16 into the first period. Freshman forward Alex Lippincott gave the Buckeyes a 2-0 lead in the second period, and OSU appeared to be in control of the game. Momentum quickly shifted to Alaska’s favor when OSU junior forward Danny Dries received a major penalty for hitting an Alaska player from behind. The Buckeyes had to play a man down for five minutes. Alaska scored on the power play, the start of a 5-0 run. After the goal, OSU senior defenseman Corey Toy had to sit two minutes for a slashing penalty, giving Alaska a 5-3 man advantage. OSU coach Mark Osiecki said the two penalties in the second period changed the game in Alaska’s favor. “The difference in the game was the five-minute major and the two-minute minor in the first 40 minutes,” he said. “The penalties killed us. We wasted so much energy killing the penalties that it wore on us the rest of the game.” Despite the disappointing loss, OSU did not leave the series empty-handed. In the first game of the series Friday, the teams skated to a 3-3 tie, and OSU won in a shootout. OSU trailed 3-2 into the final minute of the game, but with just 10 seconds remaining, Dries scored for the Buckeyes to force overtime. Neither team scored in the five-minute overtime period, so the teams went into a shootout. OSU goalie Cal Heeter stopped all three of Alaska’s shootout attempts as Dries scored for OSU, giving the Buckeyes a shootout victory, 1-0. The game is considered a tie in the NCAA standings, but the shootout win benefits OSU in the CCHA conference standings. The Buckeyes will now turn their attention to Michigan as OSU starts a two-game series with the Wolverines on Friday. Michigan is second in the CCHA, but Albert said OSU will be up to the challenge if the Buckeyes play as one unit. “We have to play as a team. We can’t play as individuals,” he said. “If we do that, I hope we can get two wins next weekend.” read more

Season preview Boom or bust for Columbus Blue Jackets in 201718

The Columbus Blue Jackets’ Cam Atkinson (13) is congratulated on his goal in the first period against the Edmonton Oilers at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017. Credit: Courtesy of TNSAnticipation has reached an apex and optimism is high, but this isn’t unknown territory. The Columbus Blue Jackets had a franchise record 50-24-8 (108 points) and made the Stanley Cup Playoffs for only the third time franchise history last season. For all the firsts the 2016-17 season held, the Blue Jackets have been in this situation before, with thoughts of the previous season blasting the team toward a chain of success. But that has never happened. The team has never won a playoff series or even made back-to-back playoff appearances. The beginning of an 82-game regular-season journey to those goals begins Friday.The Blue Jackets open the 2017-18 NHL season Friday night at Nationwide Arena against the New York Islanders with hopes of a breakthrough and expectations to compete with the league’s elite teams, such as division rivals Washington and back-to-back Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh.Before the puck drops at 7 p.m. Friday, here’s what to look for ahead of the 2017-18 season.Storylines:Artemi Panarin: How does a front office address goal-scoring concerns on its offense? By trading for one of the top power-play forwards.The Blue Jackets acquired Blackhawks winger Artemi Panarin in a four-player deal, which included Brandon Saad and two draft picks. Panarin played on Chicago’s second line the last two seasons with superstar Patrick Kane and has been credited with a couple of Kane’s best career years, while accumulating 60 goals, 91 assists, 151 points in two seasons himself.He will likely join center Alexander Wennberg and right wing Cam Atkinson on the first line adding elite passing ability, a right-handed shot from the left wing and one of the most feared one-timers in the NHL.Foligno at center: After a down year in 2015, Foligno returned to normalcy in 2016, proving his captain status to Tortorella, who doubted the 29-year-old in his first season in Columbus. Now in 2017, Foligno will be asked to put up a similar 26-25-51 line at the center position for the first time in his 10-year NHL career.Foligno unexpectedly made the Ottawa Senators roster in 2007 and was placed at left wing because of a loaded center position. Now the captain is moving back to his original spot due to an absence of ready talent at the moment.Rookie Pierre Luc-Dubois, who was expected to fill the No. 3 center spot following the departure of center William Karlsson to Vegas in this summer’s expansion draft, will play left wing in a move to alleviate some growing pains the 2016 No. 3 overall pick might have in his first NHL season. Can Jackets have top-10 defense: With Bobrovsky between the pipes, the Blue Jackets will nearly always have a chance to win the game. He was 41-17-5 with a .931 save percentage and 2.06 goals allowed average last season, but it’s difficult to expect those numbers again from the league’s only active two-time Vezina winner without the continued emergence of a young defense.Zach Werenski, 20, and Seth Jones, 23, are two of the best young defensemen in the league and anchor the Jackets’ top defensive pair. Jack Johnson and David Savard will likely man the second pair again, but Gabriel Carlsson is probable to start on the third pair with Ryan Murray with Scott Harrington as the seventh man. Markus Nutivaara, who played in 66 games during his rookie season in 2016-17, will begin the season in Cleveland with the team’s American Hockey League affiliate following offseason hip surgery.Carlsson, 20, played in just two regular-season games last season before being thrown into the playoff series against Pittsburgh. Still qualified as a rookie, the 6-foot-5 Carlsson will become a fixture in Tortorella’s lineup if he can be a factor in the Jackets’ own zone.Josh Anderson, Boone Jenner injury: After missing all of training camp with a lengthy contract dispute as a restricted free agent, right winger Josh Anderson inked a three-year deal Tuesday, but will begin the season with Cleveland. He recorded 17-12-29 in last year’s rookie campaign.Left winger Boone Jenner will miss the season opener and likely longer than that as he is dealing with a back injury. Sonny Milano will likely start in place of Jenner Friday as Milano, a 2014 first-round pick, tries to play a full season in Columbus for the first time in his career.Schedule Outlook:The Blue Jackets being with a division opponent in the Islanders, then head on the road to face Chicago Saturday. Columbus’ first month has the potential for a fast start with seven of 12 games at home and only five of those 12 games are against playoff teams from last year.Forwards: Cam Atkinson, Oliver Bjorkstrand, Matt Calvert, Zac Dalpe, Brandon Dubinsky, Pierre-Luc Dubois, Nick Foligno, Markus Hannikainen, Boone Jenner*, Sonny Milano, Artemi Panarin, Lukas Sedlak, Alexander WennbergDefensemen: Gabriel Carlsson, Scott Harrington, Jack Johnson, Seth Jones, Ryan Murray, David Savard, Zach WerenskiGoaltenders: Sergei Bobrovsky, Joonas KorpisaloThe Lantern will post an article at the beginning of each week summing up all the Blue Jackets action and storylines that took place on the ice during the week. It will analyze the significance of the week’s action, a look ahead to the upcoming week and often include quotes from coaches and players. read more

Titanic soundtrack named as bestselling classical music album but composer did not

first_imgThe Titanic soundtrack has been named as the best-selling classical music album of the last 25 years, even though the composer did not think it was his best work.The Oscar-winning score, composed by James Horner, sold more than one million copies in the UK and has come number one on the Ultimate Classic FM Chart, the biggest countdown of classical music album sales.It beat Russell Watson’s albums The Voice and Encore, which came in second and third place respectively. Katherine Jenkins James Horner died in a plane crash two years ago Credit:Reed Saxon /AP  Watson is the most popular male artist, with 2.5 million albums sales in the chart and Andre Rieu is the biggest international classical artist, with 2.3 million album sales.Seven of the top 20 albums are by singers and composers from Wales, while six of the top 20 best-selling artists are Welsh.Jenkins is joined on the list by Charlotte Church, the Fron Male Voice Choir, Bryn Terfel, Aled Jones and Sir Karl Jenkins.Howard Shore, who wrote the score to the Lord of the Rings trilogy, is the best-selling living composer – while John Williams, who composed the music for Star Wars, Jurassic Park and Harry Potter is third.The Italian pianist and composer Ludovico Einaudi came second on the list.Music from the top 300 albums in the Ultimate Classic FM Chart were played on-air between August 26 and 28 and the full list is published at The album was one of 26 film soundtracks on the list. “Touching the inner world of the audience was what most composers wish to do, and when he was successful at doing that, I think James felt like he had fulfilled his destiny.” Jenkins said: “I was 12 when Classic FM was launched and I feel like we have grown up together. I listened as a child, so it was a huge moment for me when they first played my song on the radio – and when they announced my first number one, I remember bursting into tears!”With so many friends and colleagues on the list, to be named the number one artist over Classic FM’s 25 years is something I will treasure always. I hope you can hear the cheering all the way from Neath!” James Horner James Horner won an Oscar for the scoreCredit:Dave Hogan /Gettycenter_img James Horner wrote the score for many filmsCredit:Jun Sato /WireImage Mezzo-Soprano Katherine Jenkins has been named the number one classical music artist of the past 25 years, selling more than 2.7 million albums on the Classic FM chart.Her record Second Nature was the most popular classical album released in 2004, while Living A Dream was the most popular of 2005.Both feature in the top 10, while another seven of her albums are on the list of the top 300 records released since September 7 1992 – which has been compiled by the Official Charts Company to mark the radio station’s 25th birthday next month. James Horner James Horner Katherine Jenkins was the best-selling classical singer Credit:Dave J Hogan /Getty 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. But Sarah Horner, the widow of the composer who was killed in a plane crash in 2015, told the radio station: “He [James] was a very individualistic thinker, so I don’t know if he would feel like that was his best work.”Certainly, the public loved it, but what I would say is – and I think this is true for all the composers I know – is that their relationship with the audience was where they felt most emotionally connected in the world and was probably where they could honestly feel loved.last_img read more

Hedgerows should not be trimmed for a decade to help Britains bats

The study recommends that in future farmers are encouraged to keep hedgerows untrimmed for longer periods (>3 up to 10 years). The National Farmers’ Union disagreed that farmers should have to keep hedges untrimmed for a decade.A spokesperson added:  “British farmers are custodians of the countryside. Many are in voluntary agri-environment schemes that help deliver an array of environmental benefits including increased wildlife. Some farmers who enter these schemes manage the landscape to support insect populations which provides a food source for bat species. Woodland creation and management on farm also provide homes to bat species.”A Defra spokesperson said: “We take the protection and conservation of bats very seriously – which is why we are clear that countryside hedgerows cannot be removed without approval from the local planning authority first.“Once we leave the EU, we have also committed to move to a new Environmental Land Management system based on paying public money for public goods, and this includes rewarding farmers for protecting hedgerows and enabling wildlife to thrive.” Hedgerows should be left untrimmed for up to ten years in order to help the bat population, a new study has found.The research, by the University of Bristol and the Bat Conservation Society, found that three of Britain’s rarest bat species – the Greater Horseshoe, Lesser Horseshoe and Plecotus – were found more abundantly in untrimmed hedges, as were their insect prey.Currently, the law states that hedgerows should be trimmed only one year in three, unless permission is sought from the local council.In the study, scientists monitored 64 hedges in various states of trim, and surveyed the wildlife they found in and around them over the summer of 2016.They found that insect and bat species richness significantly increased with time since last trimming.Taller hedgerows had more space for bat and insect life, and leaving them untrimmed creates a complex branch structure, perfect for wildlife to hide in.Researcher  Jérémy Froidevaux said: “While the less severe trimming regime prescribed by previous and current AESs in England encourages farmers to trim hedgerows only one year in three, our study largely supports the longer term benefits of non‐trimming on bats and their insect prey.”Keeping some hedgerows untrimmed for up to 10 years would enhance bat species richness and insect family diversity. Overall, this study shines a light on the success of targeted agri-environment schemes for promoting some of the most threatened bat species in Western Europe”. 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. read more