No cricket series with Pak unless it ends sponsoring terror:

first_imgGoelBy K J M VarmaBeijing, Jun 10 (PTI) India cannot have a bilateral cricket series with Pakistan as it has crossed the “Lakshmana Rekha” by sponsoring terrorism in the country, Sports Minister Vijay Goel said today.”For everything there is a Lakshmana Rekha,” Goel, who is leading a 200-member Indian youth delegation to China, told the media.”But when the line is crossed then a message has to be given. This (boycott) is a message,” he said defending the policy not to have bilateral cricket series with Pakistan.”We have clearly stated terrorism and sports cannot go side-by-side. As long as Pakistan doesnt stop cross border terror and (instigating) trouble in Kashmir..then there is no chance for bilateral series and also the national mood doesn?t support it,” Goel said.He declined to comment on the letter written by Ramachandra Guha, one of the four members of Supreme Court- appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA), to implement the recommendations of the Justice R M Lodha panel to reform the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).Goel said the cricket is managed by the BCCI as well as the apex court and he would not like comment on the cricket- related issues.He, however, referred to his ministrys proposal to have a sports code in India which should include cricket too.He outlined numerous programmes initiated by his ministry to improve sports on all fronts by expanding the sports infrastructure.It included a new App through which children above the age of eight years can highlight their talents in sports for his ministry to initiate follow up action.advertisementThe Indian delegation is in China as part of an annual exchange programme.Both countries have been conducting youth exchanges since 2006. Last year a Chinese delegation visited India.The last bilateral series between India and Pakistan was played in 2012-13. PTI KJV NSAlast_img read more

Jamaica to Host FAO Regional Conference March 5 to 8

first_img It will focus on four main areas – eradicating hunger, overweight and obesity; ending rural poverty; promoting climate resilient and sustainable agriculture; and creating a new FAO to move towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Jamaica will be hosting the 35th Session of the Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Regional Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean from March 5 to 8 at the Montego Bay Conference Centre in Rose Hall, St. James.The three-day event is expected to attract ministers of agriculture, social development, education, health and environment and other high-level officials from the 33 FAO member nations across the Americas to discuss challenges and priority matters related to food and agriculture.It will focus on four main areas – eradicating hunger, overweight and obesity; ending rural poverty; promoting climate resilient and sustainable agriculture; and creating a new FAO to move towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Karl Samuda said that Jamaica is happy to be hosting the regional conference.“I think this a signal honour to Jamaica, because Jamaica is on the right path and we have the measures that are important to move agriculture forward in our entire region,” he said at a briefing held on Tuesday (February 13) at his New Kingston offices in St. Andrew.“We welcome this opportunity, and we look forward to this tremendous exchange where the conference will give all of our colleague agricultural ministers and other very distinguished people from the Caribbean and Latin American region the opportunity to put on the agenda the concerns that they have, the ways in which they are approaching them, the strategies they think can assist, and the extent to which the FAO can be of help,” he added.FAO Representative for Jamaica, The Bahamas and Belize, Dr. Gillian Smith, said she is elated that Jamaica has agreed to host the regional conference.She noted that this year’s staging is particularly important, because the region is at a crossroads in terms of food security.Information provided by the FAO indicates that hunger has risen in Latin America and the Caribbean for the first time in decades, reaching 42.5 million, while obesity affects 96 million people.Dr. Smith said that in addition to the rise in hunger and chronic non-communicable diseases, “climate change is affecting and exacerbating the issues that are related to our agricultural productivity and our production, and affecting the diversity of rural livelihoods that are available to our people”.She noted that the organisation remains committed to collaborating with the people and the Government of Jamaica “to address fundamental issues relating to the country’s national development in the areas of food and nutrition, agriculture, rural development, fisheries, forestry, decent employment and social protection”.“The FAO looks forward to working closely with Jamaica in the areas of overweight, obesity, agricultural production and productivity, and also resilience of our agricultural food systems from farm to fork,” she added.The Regional Conference, convened every two years, helps to set the work priorities of the FAO in the region.It was last held in Jamaica 50 years ago and last held in the Caribbean in the Caribbean in 1998. “I think this a signal honour to Jamaica, because Jamaica is on the right path and we have the measures that are important to move agriculture forward in our entire region,” he said at a briefing held on Tuesday (February 13) at his New Kingston offices in St. Andrew. Story Highlights Jamaica will be hosting the 35th Session of the Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Regional Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean from March 5 to 8 at the Montego Bay Conference Centre in Rose Hall, St. James.last_img read more

POLICE LOG for July 12 Coyote Pup Dies Solicitor Complaints Keolis Issues

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Thursday, July 12, 2018:A caller reported the railroad gates are up on Clark Street, but the lights are flashing. Keolis responded. (4:18am)Manager of Shell Gas Station on Main Street reported yesterday a patron drove away with the gas hose still attached to the car, causing damage to the pump. (6:29am)Police received report of a truck that struck a couple of town barrels on Salem Street. (1:58pm)Police received a deceased coyote pup on Woburn Street. (2:42pm)Police received complaints of a solicitor from Insight Pest Control going door-to-door on a segway on Burlington Avenue and Jacquith Road. Police were unable to locate. (7:59pm)5-ton weight limit signs just before Butters Row Bridge are blocked by tree limbs. Police notified Mass Highway. (9:12pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for July 13: Teens Take Off From Group Home; Door-To-Door Solicitor Using SegwayIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 21: Driver Issued Summons; Solicitors Going Door To Door Without Required PermitIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 25: Wilmington Man Arrested For OUI; Men Carrying Sledgehammers Down Street; Turkeys Causing TrafficIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Law minister says meets CJ Sinha

first_imgChief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha and Law minister Anisul HuqLaw minister Anisul Huq on Thursday said he visited chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha at his Hare Road official residence and inquired about Sinha’s health.”I visited him (the chief justice). He’s taking rest,” Anisul Huq told Prothom Alo.Asked about reports of the CJ’s visa application for going to Australia, Anisul said, “I had no talks with him over this and asked him nothing in this connection.”A source close to the minister said he entered the CJ’s Hare Road house around 4:00pm and stayed there for around half an hour.Anisul Huq told the media on Sunday that the chief justice went on a one-month leave beginning on Monday on health grounds.On Thursday noon, Anisul had a meeting with the acting chief justice, Md Abdul Wahhab Miah, for around an hour.About that meeting, Anisul said, “It’s a courtesy meeting. I assured him of my full cooperation.”The chief justice was vehemently criticised by the ministers and the ruling party leaders for his observations made in the verdict that had annulled the 16th amendment to the constitution.Sinha assumed office on 17 January, 2015 as the country’s 21st chief justice. He is scheduled to go on retirement on 31 January next.last_img read more

2 Rohingya men killed in alleged gunfight with BGB

first_imgA Prothom Alo IllustrationTwo Rohingya men were killed in what the members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) called gunfight with them at Hoaikhyang Urubunia Katakhal in Teknaf upazila of Cox’s Bazar early Thursday, reports UNB.The deceased identified as Sarker, 22, from Kutupalong Rohingya camp and Nur Alam, 30, from Muchni Rohingya camp in Teknaf, were drug peddlers, claims the law enforcement.A BGB-2 team raided the area after being tipped-off about smuggling of a large amount of yaba, said its deputy commander major Shariful Islam Jamaddar.The border guard members signalled a boat to stop on the Naf river. But those who were on the boat ignored the signal and opened fire, triggering a gunfight, he said.“Alam and Sarker were killed in the gunfight,” the BGB officer said.BGB members recovered the bodies and sent them to the Sadar Hospital for autopsy.Around 50,000 yaba pills, a gun, three cartridges and two sharp weapons were reportedly recovered from the spot.According to the human rights body, Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK), at least 421 people were killed in alleged gunfights, crossfires or shootouts with the law enforcement agencies including police, RAB, BGB in 2018.In the first six months of 2019, the number of such killing was at least 200, the rights body said on its website.last_img read more

Flavours of punjab

first_imgTraditional wares from Punjab such as phulkari embroidery work, the Punjabi jutti, nate-parande, bangles, wooden furniture and inlay items are being sold here in various exhibitions held to mark the upcoming harvest festival of Baisakhi.At the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts whose lawns have been temporarily transformed into a mini Punjabi village for a Baisakhi Mela. Among the many stalls at the IGNCA lawns is one which features a hawker from Manipur which is stocked with items ranging from phulkari to khanda to funky t-shirts with Punjab style prints on it. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“We are selling stoles with Ura Era Iri print. This is the Punjabi alphabet,” says Awon Marei with a smile. “We generally don’t keep phulkari work in our shops in Chandigarh and Janpath but we have especially got it from the villages in Punjab to sell here. The phulkari work key-ring we have is from Sangrur where a part of the proceeds goes for the education of children there,” says Marei. The shop girl who sports a Punjabi ‘kada’ in her hand says she knows a lot about the Punjabi culture since she has been working with the shop for eight years now. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixJawahar Dhawan, secretary, Punjabi Academy which has organised the event, says that the aim of the event was to to showcase a mini-Punjab. “Even children belonging to Punjabi families in Delhi hardly know anything about their culture. So this event will help people know more about Punjab. We have traditional performances like giddha, bazi, gatka dhadi and bhangra here. Besides that we have called stars like Vatsala Mehra, Harshdeep Kaur, Hardy Sandhu and Ammy Virk,” says Dhawan. Food stall features cooks from Amritsar dishing out specialties like Amritsari kulche and Amritsari macchi fry. Another Baisakhi Mela is being organised by Delhi Tourism at the Garden of Five Senses which will include cultural performances by artists of Sahitya Kala Parishad and Punjabi Academy. Meanwhile, entertainment destination the Kingdom of Dreams has roped in a band of singers led by Bollywood singer Kanika Kapoor of Baby Doll fame for an evening of merriment and music.“I’ll sing my latest numbers as most of them are in Punjabi and if there is a dhol then we’ll try doing few songs with dhol as well. However, we haven’t still decided on the exact numbers and we prefer going with the flow,” Kapoor said. The ‘Punjab Pavilion’ in the Culture Gully of the Kingdom of Dreams is also hosting special offers.last_img read more

12 Startups Utilizing Blockchain Technology in New Ways

first_imgMarch 15, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Cryptocurrency created quite the buzz this past year. Although the technology has been around for a few years, 2017 was the year it really took off. Bitcoin, the first application of cryptocurrency technology, hit $20,000 a coin, while coins like Ethereum also saw their prices increase. However, the technology behind these tokens, blockchain, has far more applications than just cryptocurrencies.Through a network of smart contracts that operate utilizing decentralized information on a ledger, blockchain is able to provide unmatched security and speed for data transfers. This means that blockchain technology has an application in nearly every industry where value is exchanged.For this reason, many startups have started to explore how this technology can change the way the world works. Here are twelve of those startups, each of which are utilizing blockchain technology in new ways.Related: 10 Reasons Why Good Customer Service Is Your Most Important Metric1. Fr8Fr8’s blockchain network facilitates the digitization of record-keeping related to the trade of assets, even in scenarios where intermediaries and brokers are incentivized to resist change. Last year, trucks drove 29 billion empty miles in the U.S. alone. By applying blockchain, Fr8 helps to streamline and organize the industry in a trustworthy manner.2. IOSTThe internet of Services (IOST) is a new cryptocurrency that is attempting to solve scalability problems. A technological descendant of Ethereum, IOST is a blockchain with the purpose of serving as infrastructure for developers to create decentralized applications. Building on top of a blockchain allows businesses to cut out intermediaries, and also gives them peace of mind in terms of data safety, as blockchain networks are notoriously secure.3. ImpactPPAImpactPPA is creating the SmartPPA (PPA stands for power purchase agreement), a platform that connects the blockchain community with environmentally concerned and socially impactful projects that fuel the development of sustainable solutions. The platform is designed to manage renewable energy resources from generation to distribution to payment. Its aim is solving the globe’s most pressing environmental and humanitarian issues.Related: Steal These 4 Proven Customer-Retention Strategies4. ShipChainShipChain is a freight and logistics platform built on blockchain. The platform focuses on an end-to-end track and trace, which allows for unification across the entire supply chain, among all carriers. ShipChain is member of the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA) alongside Microsoft, and the Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA), alongside UPS and DHL. The company recently announced a pilot program with Perdue Farms.5. Nano VisionNano Vision is empowering global citizens to step up and lend their efforts to furthering disease-prevention research and development. Through blockchain’s inherently decentralized solution, anyone, whether they are scientists, doctors or simply engaged civilians, will have access to the data that has been collected and the research that has been recorded on Nano Vision’s platform. The initiative anticipates that this will fuel new steps in the research process, thus sparking faster innovation.Related: 25 Tips for Earning Customer Loyalty6. InveniamInveniam is the first organization to successfully structure and tokenize a debt instrument that is capable of being listed on a public market. Equipped with a working product, Inveniam uses Decentralized Ledger Technology (DLT) and “regulated” contracts and tokens to transform structuring, clearing, custody and settlement of fixed-income instruments. This “regulated” token acts as the passkey for all of the underlying documentation associated with the debt, which trades with the token for the life of the instrument.7. BuzzShowBuzzShow is a platform that incorporates proof of contribution to reward online video users. It focuses on creating a decentralized social video ecosystem with a full economic cycle and rewards for creating, curating, viewing and sharing videos. Users retain full privacy and control over their video within the social media space. The platform currently has over 15,000 users.Related: 5 Ways to Build Killer Relationships With Customers8. PatronPatron is a global influencer marketing platform built with blockchain technology. Started by Atsushi Hisatsumi, a Japanese influencer and entrepreneur, the company seeks to connect global influencers with brands in a secure and transparent ecosystem. Benefits of the platform include the elimination of most common intermediary fees, incentivization and voting using tokens to match parties. The company has raised over $10 million to date.9. PhotochainPhotochain is a decentralized stock photography platform built on the blockchain. Using the Photochain marketplace, photographers can retain up to 95 percent of their potential earnings, while ensuring all copyrights and protections are in place using the company’s Digital Copyright Chain (DCC) solution. The marketplace will also connect buyers for a fair and seamless experience, eliminating most of the fees and copyright problems currently found in the stock photography market.10. ODEMODEM is the world’s first decentralized on-demand education marketplace. Using the power of blockchain technology and its smart contract-based payment platform, ODEM will enable students and professors to interact directly and participate in the exchange of education and learning, without the involvement of intermediaries. This means greater access to quality education at a lower cost, helping bridge the educational gap for millions of students globally.11. MEvUMEvU is a decentralized P2P (peer-to-peer) betting application that allows people to bet on anything, at any time and against anyone. MEvU uses smart contracts on the Ethereum blockchain to store players’ funds and information, providing players with confidence that their wagers will be executed securely and quickly. The goal is to reduce black market gaming, while promoting fun and transparent gaming between parties.12. Boon TechBoon Tech is an artificial intelligence-powered micro-job platform on blockchain. With a technology developed to eliminate cryptocurrency volatility in their platform, Boon Tech has the potential to revolutionize the freelance economy. As an IBM business partner, Boon Tech uses IBM’s Watson AI algorithms in its ranking and review systems available on the platform. Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more