Rio’s Olympics 1 year later: The good, the bad and the ugly

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ TNT sends Kia to 3rd straight loss in its Govs’ Cup opener Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Save for minor cosmetic changes, a city fractured by mountains and searing inequality remains as it was. Violent crime mostly concealed during the Olympics is soaring, tied to Brazil’s deepest economic downturn in 100 years and unpaid policemen leaving in droves. Brazil’s military has been called in to quell Rio’s untethered violence.Rio barely managed to keep it together for the Olympics, needed a government bailout to hold the Paralympics and then collapsed under a grinding recession and sprawling corruption scandals.The games took place mostly in the south and west of the city, which remains white and wealthy. The rest is still a hodgepodge of dilapidated factories and hillside slums of cinderblocks, tin roofs and open troughs of raw sewage.Brazil says it spent $13 billion in public and private money to organize the Olympics — some estimates suggest $20 billion — and many games-related projects since then have been tied to corruption scandals that marred the games and drove up costs. Federal police and prosecutors have linked overpriced projects to graft between politicians and construction companies.A look at the fallout since the Olympics opened on Aug. 5:ADVERTISEMENT Carlos Nuzman, president of the organizing committee, was defeated earlier this year in an election to lead the Pan American Sports Organization. He ran on his record leading the Rio Olympics and finished third in a three-man race.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ “People have no dignity using public transportation in Rio de Janeiro,” she said.THE BADIn this July 16, 2017 photo, an empty parking lot is seen in front of the Athlete’s Village, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. More than 3,600 apartments remain unoccupied. (AP Photo/Renata Brito)The Olympics left a half-dozen vacant sports arenas in the Olympic Park and 3,600 empty apartments in the boarded-up Olympic Village. Deodoro, a major complex of venues in the impoverished north, is shuttered behind iron gates.Standing across the street, Jose Mauricio Pehna de Souza was asked if Rio benefited from the Olympics.“I don’t think so, not us in Brazil,” he said.A $20 million golf course is struggling to find players and financing.A few dozen were on the course on a recent, sunny Saturday. The clubhouse is mostly unfurnished, and it costs non-Brazilians 560 reals ($180) for 18 holes and a cart.File – In this July 4, 2016 file photo, the Olympic Park of the 2016 Olympics is seen from the air, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Olympics left half-dozen vacant sports arenas in the Olympic Park, and 3,600 empty apartments in the vast, boarded-up Olympic Village. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)Organizers and the International Olympic Committee say Rio needs time to develop these venues, and faults Brazil’s deep recession for most of the problems.A prosecutor several months ago disputed this, saying the Olympic Park “lacked planning how to use white elephant” sports venues. Many were built as part of real estate deals that have yet to pan out.Juliana Solaira, a 30-year-old pharmacist who lives across from the park, called the space “an excellent legacy” but said “few people use it.” Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant “Here we see all this money spent,” she said. “Unfortunately, we see most of the arenas are closed. So I think it could have been used in a better way.”The park offers few amenities: no restaurants, no shade and nothing much to do except gawk at deserted arenas. City hall officials and the federal government say they’re planning an event for Aug. 5 to “fill all the arenas” for the day.THE UGLYIn this July 27, 2017 photo, trash lays on the coast of Guanabara bay, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Rio organizers promised to clean up polluted Guanabara Bay in their winning bid in 2009. During the Olympics, officials used stop-gap measures to keep floating sofas, logs, and dead animals from crashing into boats during the sailing events. Since the Olympics, the bankrupt state of Rio de Janeiro has ceased major efforts to clean the bay, with the unwelcome stench usually drifting along the highway from the international airport. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)Rio organizers promised to clean up polluted Guanabara Bay in their winning bid in 2009. During the Olympics, officials used stop-gap measures to keep floating sofas, logs and dead animals from crashing into boats during the sailing events.Since the Olympics, the bankrupt state of Rio de Janeiro has ceased major efforts to clean the bay, its unwelcome stench often drifting along the highway from the international airport.“I think it’s gotten worse,” Brazil’s gold-medal sailor Kahena Kunze said in a recent interview. “There was always floating trash, but I see more and more. It’s no use hiding the trash because it comes back. I figured it would get worse because I haven’t seen anything concrete being done.”Avenida Brasil, the main north-south artery through the city, is a snarl of unfinished roads and express bus lanes, viaducts to nowhere and detours through miles (kilometers) of traffic cones.In this July 27, 2017 photo, children play with a foam board in the polluted Guanabara bay, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Rio organizers promised to clean up polluted Guanabara Bay in their winning bid in 2009. During the Olympics, officials used stop-gap measures to keep floating sofas, logs, and dead animals from crashing into boats during the sailing events. Since the Olympics, the bankrupt state of Rio de Janeiro has ceased major efforts to clean the bay, with the unwelcome stench usually drifting along the highway from the international airport. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)Some of the politicians behind the Olympics have been accused of graft, and organizers still owe creditors about $30 million to 40 million.Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who wept when Rio was awarded the games, was convicted last month on corruption charges and faces a 9 1/2-year prison term. He is appealing.Former Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes , the local moving force behind the Olympics, is being investigated for allegedly accepting at least 15 million reals ($5 million) in payments to facilitate construction projects tied to the games. He denies wrongdoing.Another early booster, former Rio state governor Sergio Cabral, is in jail on corruption charges. FILE – In this Aug. 20, 2016 file photo, Brazil’s Neymar kisses the ball before scoring the decisive penalty kick during the final match of the mens’s Olympic football tournament at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. As Rio de Janeiro reels from corruption, rising crime and unfinished infrastructure, its residents can look no further than the iconic image of Neymar to remind them of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics that took place one year ago and the price they payed for hosting the games. (AP Photo/Leo Correa, File)RIO DE JANEIRO — Neymar kissed the ball, delivered a gold medal and then wept with other Brazilians.Look no further if you’re searching for an iconic image of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress View comments FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ THE GOODIn this July 17, 2017 photo, a commuter waits for the next car at the Jardim Oceanico subway station, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Olympics left behind a new subway line extension, high-speed bus service, and an urban jewel: a renovated port area filled with food stands, musicians, and safe street life in city rife with crime. These probably would not have been built without the prestige of the Olympics. But the games also imposed deadlines and drove up the price. A state auditor’s report said the 9.7 billion real ($3 billion) subway was overbilled by 25 percent. (AP Photo/Renata Brito)The Olympics left behind a new subway line extension, high-speed bus service and an urban jewel: a renovated port area filled with food stands, musicians and safe street life in a city rife with crime.These probably would not have been built without the prestige of the Olympics. But the games also imposed deadlines and drove up the price. A state auditor’s report said the 9.7 billion real ($3 billion) subway was overbilled by 25 percent.Igor Silverio lives nearby the port in a favela — or shanytown — and came the other day to kick around a soccer ball with his two young boys. The area in his youth was known for decay and drunkenness.In this July 16, 2017 photo, Igor Silverio poses for a photo at Praca Maua in the renovated port area, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Before the Olympic Games the area was known for decay and drunkenness. Igor Silverio lives nearby the port in a favela, or shanytown, and came the other day to kick around a soccer ball with his two young boys. “For sure it’s better,” he said. But he added he “expected more from the Olympics.” (AP Photo/Renata Brito)“For sure it’s better,” he said. But, he added, he “expected more from the Olympics.”“From my point of view, the Olympics only benefited the foreigners. Local people themselves didn’t get much. The security situation isn’t good, the hospitals. I think these are investments that didn’t benefit many local people.”He said he skipped the Olympics because they were “too expensive” and located far away in the suburbs.Standing outside the new subway line, 57-year-old domestic worker Isa Trajano Fernandes said public transportation had improved but was still deficient.“When the Olympics were going on it was better, but then they let it slide,” she said.She complained about crowding on the new express buses and the lack of security. Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes “It’s the only medal that really mattered,” Salvador Gaeta said recently while cycling in the deserted Olympic Park. “Every Brazilian will remember it.”Other memories have faded at home since the Olympics opened a year ago. A few expectations were met, but many fell short of those promised by IOC President Thomas Bach and organizing committee head Carlos Nuzman.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 starsBach boasted at the closing ceremony of “a Rio de Janeiro before, and a much better Rio de Janeiro after the Olympic Games.”Nuzman called Rio the next Barcelona, one of the cities clearly transformed by the games. 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first_imgAbout the Victorian Government Business Office in About the Victorian Government Business Office in India The Victorian Government Business Office in Bangalore provides an extensive range of support services for Indian companies looking to do business in Victoria. The office, established in 2005, promotes trade and investment in a number of key sectors including information and communication technology, tourism and associated direct air access, as well as the promotion of international education services, financial services and life sciences. Other priorities include promoting Victorias capabilities in infrastructure and construction, aviation and commercial aerospace, food, sports and events and life sciences sectors. Media Contact Sonika Damania +91-9821867826 GolinOpinion Source: The State Government of Victoria PRNewswire GSVlast_img read more

Dwayne Johnson tries to understand Indias cricket obsession

first_imgLos Angeles, Dec 25 (PTI) Hollywood star Dwayne Johnson gave a shot to understanding the world of cricket for his millions of Indian fans, referring to the sport as the countrys “national obsession”.The 45-year-old wrestler-turned-actor, whose film “Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle” is slated to be released in India on December 29, said in a video that he was going to deal with another “adventure” to reciprocate the love of his amazing fans here.In the funny clip, Johnson — The Rock — can be seen trying hard to guess the signals umpire give on the cricket field.When he was shown an umpire signalling out for the batsman, the actor answered, “You are number one”. After being told the right answer, he asked his fans to bear with him.When shown a third umpire signal, he said, it means, “It is impossible to fit your handsomeness and sexiness into one box.” For the no-ball, he replied, “Hey Rock, your millions and millions of your India fans are that way (while giving the signal).”When shown the signal for a six, according to Johnson, it meant, “Who loves The Rock? We do!” which he likened to the home run in baseball terminology, which is the national game of the US.The former WWE star then went on to play another game, Whats it called with Dwayne Johnson?.Interestingly, the actor got all the answers right.He was shown MS Dhonis helicopter shot, the ramp shot and a slow bouncer delivery.Johnson said, “Its a sport that I would love to try in the field at some point. I wish the Indian team all the best in their upcoming challenges and to all my amazing fans.”advertisementThe clip was played yesterday on Star Sports during the India versus Sri Lanka final T20 match.”Jumanji…” also stars Jack Black, Nick Jonas, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillian, among others. PTI RDS RDSlast_img read more

Constantine will stay India coach despite rumours of rift with senior players

first_imgStephen Constantine will not face an abrupt axe and will continue as Indian national football teams coach at least till the 2019 Asian Cup, AIFF general secretary Kushal Das confirmed.There have been murmurs that some senior players have complained to the federation about Constantine but Das termed them all as hearsay circulating in the social media and said they dont see a reason to sack Constantine till the end of AFC Asian Cup.Constantines contract with the Indian national team expires at the end of the Asian Cup.Constantine is currently serving a second spell with the senior team and he has overseen a 13-match unbeaten run with India, which was ended when India lost 2-1 to Kyrgyzstan in an inconsequential away final group game of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifying campaign in March.Indias loss to Kyrgystan in Bishkek bore no consequence as the team had already qualified for the Asian Cup, which will be held in the UAE from January 5 to February 1.Also read – East Bengal sign World Cup star, forget to get translater for press conference”We don’t see any reason to remove him. He has delivered the results, and moreover, the SAFF Cup is coming up and then there is the Asian Cup. His contract expires on January 31 next year,” Das told PTI.When Das was specifically questioned if Constantine is going to guide the team in the Asian Cup, he responded positively.Apparently, after qualifying for the Asian Cup final rounds, some senior footballers met the AIFF general secretary during a national camp in Mumbai, expressing their grievances.advertisement”I do meet players, support staff on a regular basis. Players can have problems with the coach. I think these rumours picked up pace in the social media,” Das said without divulging any further.Also read – WAFF U-16 Championship: India thrash Yemen 3-0 to end tour on a highHaving joined in February 2016, when the national team was at a dismal 173 in the FIFA rankings, Constantine took it to the top 100, for the first time in more than 20 years.However, it was speculated that Constantine and captain Sunil Chhetri were not on the same page after the coach, responding to a question on the skipper’s impassioned plea to people to come and cheer the team in the Intercontinental Cup in June, said his boys have done enough to not “beg” fans to come and watch them play.”Look, I have said it before and I don’t feel that we should be begging people to come and watch the national team,” Constantine had said.Interestingly, the AIFF had acted quite swiftly when complaints were made against the under-17 coach Nicolai Adam. Adam was forced to resign in the wake of players’ complaints that the German was abusive.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

DDA to set up centres of excellence for sports; awards Asian Games medallists

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 17 (PTI) The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has set the ball rolling to set up infrastructure-rich centres of excellence in its sporting facilities to provide intensive training to talented sportspersons preparing for Olympics and other mega events, the urban body said Monday.DDA Vice-Chairman Tarun Kapoor said this after felicitating and awarding cash prizes — Rs 5 lakh (gold medal) and Rs 3 lakh (silver medal) — to Asian Games 2018 medallists, who had trained at its sports complexes.”We are very proud of their achievements and the fact that they brought laurels for the country after receiving training at DDA sports complexes. I also hope that more such achievers will emerge in the future,” he said.Interacting with reporters at the Vikas Sadan here, Kapoor said, the DDA has also planned to tie up with the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs and the Sports Authority of India (SAI) to make these centres of excellence valuable training grounds for talented players competing in the Olympics, the Commonwealth Games, the Asian Games and other big sporting events.The proposed centres will be developed at existing sporting facilities as well as in those coming up in the national capital, he said.The DDA currently has 15 main sports complexes, besides three minor facilities, officials said. The major facilities include the Siri Fort Sport Complex, Yamuna Sports Complex, Squash and Badminton Stadium, Commonwealth Games Village Sports Complex, Chilla Sports Complex and the Qutub Golf Course.”The centres of excellence proposed at the existing facilities are — for shooting (10 metre air rifle/pistol) and tennis at the Siri Fort complex, table tennis and hockey at the Yamuna complex, badminton and squash at the Squash and Badminton Stadium, athletics and swimming at the Commonwealth Games Village, wrestling, weightlifting, boxing and judo at the Chilla complex, and golf at the Qutub Golf Course,” Kapoor said.advertisementThe DDA vice-chairman said such centres of excellence have also been proposed to be set up at sites earmarked for new sporting facilities.New sports complexes are coming up in Dwarka and Rohini. A centre of excellence has been proposed for wrestling, weightlifting, boxing, judo and kabbadi at the 9.78-ha facility coming up in Dwarka’s Sector 8, the DDA said.Centres of excellence have been proposed for football and hockey, and aquatics at the new complexes planned at Dwarka’s Sector 23 and Rohini’s Sector 33, respectively, among others, the senior official said.The sportspersons felicitated by the DDA at its headquarters are — Divij Sharan, gold medallist (tennis- men’s doubles), and silver medallists Tanvi Khanna (squash-women’s team) and Aman Saini (archery- men’s compound team).Silver medallist Abhishek Verma (archery – men’s compound team) is currently in Rome for an event, so his mother accepted the prize on his behalf, a senior DDA official said. The Games were held early this year in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta.”These centres of excellence will have facilities of international standards, and we will also upgrade existing sports complexes where such centres would be developed so that players can get intensive and advanced training,” Kapoor said.”We also have many eminent coaches training players or running our facilities at some places. Besides existing set-ups, we will also tie up with the Sports Ministry and the SAI to get the best of the talent, who can be avail these facilities and make us proud in the world arena,” he added.Sharan (32), who has been trained and coached at the Siri Fort Sport Complex since 2005, said the facilities at the Siri complex was “up to global standards”.”I have been training for nearly 15 years, and the hard work and the good infrastructure can really make a player blossom. I hope these centres of excellence motivate sportspersons to give their best,” the ace tennis player told PTI.Kapoor said the DDA sought to address the shortcomings at its complexes, and the Sports department has already assessed the situation in one go for all the facilities.”In six months, these shortcomings will begin to be addressed and in one year, people will see the difference,” he said. PTI KND IJTlast_img read more

These Aren’t Your Grandma’s Rocking Chairs

first_img Why Your Desk Chair Matters and the 9 Best Ones to Boost Your Productivity Editors’ Recommendations How to Cultivate Mid-Century Modern Style in Your Own Home 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know A rocking chair may not be the first piece that come to mind when you’re looking to furnish your home. While your grandmother may love her Windsor rocker — as cozy as it may be — those chairs don’t exactly scream “stylish”. Finding a rocking chair that is as sleek as it is comfortable is easier than you think. You just have to know where to look. These three companies are leading a rocking chair revolution that will have you itching to add one to your home.Ikea Gronadal, $249When Ikea released its fall catalog over the summer, the design world did a collective gasp. The company has built an iconic style at affordable prices — which isn’t necessarily a good thing. While nice to look at, the furniture wasn’t always regarded as the best quality. And then came the autumn collection. It’s full of fresh ideas, high-quality materials, and pieces that are making us rethink just what the “Ikea look” means. The Gronadal rocking chair is an ideal example of the new image. Stylish natural materials, a touch of brushed metal, and the Scandinavian simplicity that minimalist homes crave — the Gronadal is quickly going to become this generation’s front porch rocker.Mexa Ixtapa, $500Does a rocking chair have a place in an urban industrial space? It does if it’s the handmade Ixtapa Leather Rocking Chair from Mexa. The powder-coated steel frame is made by certified welders. From there, artisan weavers skillfully form the soft leather seat. The finishing touch is the solid walnut wood rockers. All come together to create a masculine, slightly gritty chair that is sure to be your favorite seat in the house.Joybird Paley, $719Joybird has secured itself as the source for contemporary mid-century modern furniture. From seating to storage to decor, they have everything you need to create a stylish, mid-century-inspired home. The Paley rocking chair is no exception. The simple lines of the handmade beech wood frame are reminiscent of the early designs of the 1950s. The cushions are customizable and available in a variety of classic and contemporary colors. It’s the perfect blend of old meets new. How to Pick the Right Suit for Your Body Type Ain’t That American: 7 Great Home Decor Brands Based in the U.S.A.last_img read more

Gov’t Making Use of ICT in Fighting Crime

first_imgMinister of National Security, Hon. Peter Bunting, says the Ministry is taking full advantage of the offerings of Information Communication Technology (ICT) in combating crime across the island.Making his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on June 19, Mr. Bunting noted that a number of crime control and prevention initiatives have been implemented with the use of modern technology.Among these is the recent upgrading of the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s (JCF) Automated Palm and Fingerprint Identification System (APFIS) at a cost of $260 million.Mr. Bunting noted that the modernisation exercise involves, in part, the conversion of the remaining paper-based fingerprint records to digital format.In addition, the Blackberry (smart phone) law enforcement database has been installed on some 550 handsets of traffic and operational personnel across the island and the smart phone application has been used to check the authenticity of drivers’ licences and motor vehicle documents.The analogue police radio system will be converted to a digital system with enhanced capabilities at a cost of $240 million.Mr. Bunting further informed that the JCF will be expanding surveillance via closed circuit television (CCTV) during the next financial year to detect criminal offences in public spaces.He said the necessary equipment has already been installed in several towns including Mandeville, May Pen, Montego Bay, and Half-Way-Tree.“We will be expanding the use of this facility by increasing the number of cameras in existing towns and, will also expand the surveillance to include areas of Spanish Town,” he said.Contact: Athaliah Reynolds-Bakerlast_img read more

Two Ultramax Newbuilds to Join Belships Fleet

first_imgzoomIllustration. Source: Pxhere under CC0 Creative Commons license Norway’s shipping company Belships ASA has agreed seven-year bareboat charters for two 61,000 dwt Ultramax bulk carrier newbuilds.As informed, the vessels will be delivered by a Japanese shipyard during the fourth quarter of 2019 and the first quarter of 2020.The estimated cash breakeven for the bulkers upon delivery is about USD 11,000 per day including operational expenses, Belships said.Belships will pay a sum of USD 3 million per ship prior to delivery. The agreements come with purchase options below current market values and can be exercised as from the fourth year until the end of the charter, the company added.“We are very pleased to continue the growth and fleet renewal of the company with two vessels of the highest quality being delivered straight into a strong market,” Lars Christian Skarsgård, Belships CEO, commented.Following the transactions, the Belships fleet will count 22 Supramax/Ultramax bulk carriers, including the four newbuildings.last_img read more

Thousands of customers without power across NS after snow storm

first_imgHALIFAX – Thousands of Nova Scotians are without power today after a snowstorm battered the province.Nova Scotia Power says over 11,500 customers are still without electricity.That’s down from about 22,000 this morning.Power company officials say wet, heavy snow from a storm Friday is causing tree branches to touch or even pull down power lines.They say about 120 technicians are out across the province working to end the blackouts.Nova Scotia Power says they are aiming to have power restored to the vast majority of customers by the end of the day.The company says snow and high winds have made it difficult for repair crews to get to all the affected areas, and that it may take longer to bring power back to more remote parts of Nova Scotia.last_img

Praful Patel set to be first Indian to be elected in FIFA

first_imgNew Delhi: The All India Football Federation President Praful Patel is set to become first Indian to be elected as a member in the FIFA Executive Council for a four-year term. According to AIFF sources, Patel is all but sure to be a part of the five FIFA Council members from the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) when the regional body holds its elections in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on April 6. The election will be for the term 2019 to 2023 and will be held during the 29th AFC Congress. “Out of eight candidates, five will be selected and Patel is sure to be one of them. He has 90 per cent chance of becoming a FIFA Executive Council member. It will be the first time an Indian will be in the top committee of the world body,” a top AIFF official told PTI. December 6, 2018 was the deadline for the member associations to submit their nominations. The AFC Electoral Committee carried out eligibility checks on the candidates running for the positions and the FIFA Review Committee conducted eligibility checks on candidates running for FIFA Council positions. The AFC Electoral Committee will be responsible for all tasks relating to the organisation, running and supervision of the elections. The FIFA Governance Committee will nominate representatives to monitor the running of the elections for FIFA Council positions. FIFA Council Members Candidates: Saoud A.Aziz M A Al- Mohannadi (Qatar), Khalid Awad A. Althebity (Saudi Arabia), Mariano V. Araneta, Jr. (Philippines), Chung Mong Gyu (Korea Republic), Du Zhaocai (China PR), Praful Patel (India), Mehdi Taj (IR Iran), Kohzo Tashima (Japan).last_img read more

Two elephants killed on railway track

The railway track was also damaged forcing train services operating on the line to be temporarily suspended.Last month a train transporting fuel crashed into a herd of elephants killing four elephants along the Batticaloa railway line.The accident took place between Habarana and Palugaswewa on the Batticaloa line. Earlier this month three elephants were killed after being hit by a train along the Polonnaruwa-Batticaloa railway line. The elephants had been crossing the railway line when the train crashed into them. Two elephants were killed in two seperate train accidents last night and today.In one accident, a train crashed into two elephants killing one and injuring the other at Ambanpola. In the other accident, a train crashed into an elephant near Palugaswewa killing the animal. The train was travelling between Batticaloa and Colombo when the elephants had been on the track.At least three compartments of the train had derailed following the accident. The train derailed following the impact and some of the fuel tanks had overturned. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Afghanistan UN Mission condemns violence against election workers

With parliamentary, provincial and district elections in Afghanistan just months away, the United Nations mission in the country has condemned any type of violence aimed at derailing the electoral process.An Afghan election worker was killed last Friday in the province of Uruzgan – the first deadly incident involving such workers this year, according to the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).“By voting massively last year,” a UNAMA spokesman said, referring to 2004’s national elections, “the Afghan people have demonstrated how important it is for all of them to go and vote to rebuild – through elections – a democratic Afghanistan. This is the will of the people.”With UNAMA facilitation, Afghans are currently making preparations for parliamentary, provincial and district elections, scheduled for 18 September. read more

McDonalds US sales jump boosted by allday breakfast

by The Associated Press Posted Apr 22, 2016 6:31 am MDT Last Updated Apr 22, 2016 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email This Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, photo shows the sign on the McDonalds on 42nd Street near Times Square in New York. McDonald’s reports financial results Friday, April 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) McDonald’s US sales jump, boosted by all-day breakfast NEW YORK, N.Y. – McDonald’s said U.S. sales jumped in the first quarter as it raised prices, worked on improving service and benefited from the popularity of its all-day breakfast menu.Sales rose 5.4 per cent at established U.S. locations, marking the third straight quarter the figure has climbed.As part of its push to stage a comeback, McDonald’s CEO Steve Easterbrook said the company is sparing no detail in looking at ways to step up operations. He noted the company is even increasing the font size on receipts for special requests to ensure the orders are accurate.The most notable change, however, has been the company’s launch of an all-day breakfast menu in the U.S. last fall. The company also introduced a “McPick 2” value deal this year to draw the price-conscious customers it had lost after abandoning the Dollar Menu.The shake-up in its flagship U.S. market comes after McDonald’s conceded that it failed to keep up with changing tastes, and saw customer visits decline.Still, the chain is under pressure from intensifying competition. Burger King, Wendy’s and Taco Bell are introducing new menu items and deals, while Subway is going back to playing up the freshness of its sandwiches.McDonald’s also did not provide details on how much of its sales increase came from higher spending, versus an uptick in customer visits. The latter measure is considered a key indicator of a restaurant chain’s health.Easterbrook said only that customer visits were “positive,” but that he’d “like to see greater strength there.”The company, based in Oak Brook, Illinois, said it lifted pricing by more than 3 per cent in the U.S during the quarter.The company’s results also benefited from the closure of underperforming stores. That means those stores no longer drag down sales at established locations, a closely watched gauge. The figure measures only sales at stores open at least 13 months to strip out the impact of store openings and closings.The shuttering of underperforming locations also means McDonald’s domestic store base of more than 14,200 locations is set to shrink for the second straight year, following decades of expansion.For the quarter, McDonald’s said global sales rose 6.2 per cent at established locations. The International Lead unit, which includes established markets such as the U.K. and Australia, saw growth of 5.2 per cent.The High Growth unit, which includes China, saw sales increase 3.6 per cent.Profit rose to $1.1 billion, or $1.23 per share. That’s 7 cents better than analysts had expected for per-share earnings.Revenue was $5.9 billion, also topping Wall Street expectations.McDonald’s shares were up 38 cents at $126.17 in midday trading. read more

Mens basketball Ohio States Big Ten championship hopes fading in final stretch

Ohio State redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop shot 5-of-17 from the field in the Buckeyes’ 74-62 loss to Michigan on Feb. 18 in Ann Arbor. Credit: Jacob Myers | Managing Editor for ContentANN ARBOR, Mich. — The path to a Big Ten championship always seems to go through Michigan for Ohio State. The 2011-12 and 2012-13 teams suffered losses in Ann Arbor, Michigan, that ultimately dashed any outright regular-season conference title hopes.The same likely happened Sunday at the Crisler Center.After vanquishing the Wolverines in a 20-point comeback at home on Dec. 4, the eighth-ranked Buckeyes didn’t have the same formula for a victory against their rival the second time around, losing 74-62 to No. 20 Michigan, therefore falling a game behind first-place Michigan State in the Big Ten standings.In October, it isn’t likely many people predicted back-to-back road games against Penn State and Michigan in February to be the most challenging stretch of conference play for the Buckeyes. It was equally difficult at the time to foresee the position in which the team was in coming into this stretch — leading the Big Ten with four games to play.However small those odds were, that was Ohio State’s reality. But it has proved a burden for one of college basketball’s biggest surprise teams of the season.“If you’re a college player and you go into a couple games on the road against good teams, and you expect it to be easy, or you expect not to deal with some adversity — we haven’t had a whole lot of that through the Big Ten season, but everybody goes through that,” Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann said. “This is what we’ve signed up for. That’s what they signed up for when they signed up to play in the Big Ten. This is what we signed up for to coach in.”Back-to-back, double-digit losses in the home stretch of the season has put Ohio State in a position where winning its final games against Rutgers and at Indiana would not be enough to win the outright conference crown without a pair of losses from the Spartans and a loss by Purdue.Holtmann continued to stay quiet about the team’s prospects of winning the conference following his team’s latest defeat. But it’s clear there have to be adjustments moving forward when opponents get their second or third look at an Ohio State team that doesn’t overwhelm any team with athleticism, size or shooting.“If this beats us down, shame on us,” Holtmann added. “We’ve had a heck of a start and we got to figure out a way to make steps toward playing better.”Michigan is a sound defensive team with enough offense to possibly win the conference tournament in two weeks in New York, as well as make it past the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament. And Penn State has multiple NBA-caliber players, including potential Big Ten Player of the Year Tony Carr, and a legitimate shot to sneak into the field of 68 in March.Those losses are explainable, but they hurt nonetheless.“Like I said last [game] when we played Penn State, we’re either going to learn from it or it’s going to keep happening, and tonight it did,” senior forward Jae’Sean Tate said. “They came out more physical. They made the right plays and they got the win. It’s the same thing. We got to learn from this one.”Ohio State last swept Michigan in the regular season in the 2010-11 season, which featured arguably the best team the program has ever had and the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. This season, everything had been going right for the Buckeyes. To think they were possibly about to achieve something that hadn’t been done since that team would’ve added to the lunacy of trying to explain this team’s successes.But there is a feeling that reality is now setting in for Ohio State.Teams are beginning to pressure junior C.J. Jackson and redshirt senior Andrew Dakich at point guard, a known weakness for the Buckeyes. With the exception of Tate, Holtmann said the team is struggling to play through physicality in the half-court offense, which starts with Big Ten Player of the Year contender Keita Bates-Diop, who has shot 9-of-28 from the field the past two games.It’s not the end of the road for Ohio State. It remains one of the best teams in the conference and deserving of a strong seed in the NCAA Tournament, but this stretch has been realized as a potential killer to a regular-season title.“We got to continue to have the same mindset,” Tate said. “Hope it works out. If it don’t, it doesn’t. At the end of the day, we’re just trying to look at the game in front of us.” read more

Croydon attack Up to 20 people watched teenage asylum seeker beaten by

first_imgHate crime has no place in London, Britain or anywhere else. The perpetrators of Friday’s attack in Croydon will be brought to justice.— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) April 2, 2017 “He has sustained serious head and facial injuries as a result of this attack, which included repeated blows to the head by a large group of attackers.”Chief Supt Jeff Boothe, Croydon’s borough commander, called it a “savage attack” and said it was only the intervention of passers-by and the arrival of police that stopped it being worse.He said: “A number of bystanders and eyewitnesses tried to intervene and say to the attackers that enough is enough.”By all accounts they didn’t actually stop until the sound of police sirens were heard in the background.”The Refugee Council said it was “disgusted” by the assault.Dr Lisa Doyle, its director of advocacy, said: “We hope the perpetrators of this appalling attack are swiftly brought to justice and we wish the victim a full and speedy recovery.”Mayor of London Sadiq Khan also condemned the attack: 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. Three 20-year-old men, a 20-year-old woman and a man and woman both aged 24 were arrested at addresses in Croydon late on Saturday on suspicion of attempted murder and violent disorder. Six people have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder over a “savage” attack that left a teenage asylum seeker with a fractured skull and a blood clot on the brain.Four men and two women in their 20s are being held at a south London police station for questioning, Scotland Yard said.Neighbours claimed a group of up to 20 people watched on as the young man was punched and kicked.Government minister Gavin Barwell, an MP for Croydon, condemned the “appalling” attack, whichpolice are treating as a suspected hate crime. Mr Boothe said it was “only going to be a matter of time” before all the attackers were arrested. Police believe he was approached by about eight suspects shortly before the attack in Shrublands Avenue at 11.40pm on Friday.Det Sgt Kris Blamires from Croydon CID said: “It is understood that the suspects asked the victim where he was from and when they established that he was an asylum seeker they chased him and launched a brutal attack. When they established that he was an asylum seeker they chased him and launched a brutal attackDet Sgt Kris Blamires The attack happened outside The Goat pub in Croydon, south LondonHousing minister Mr Barwell, MP for Croydon Central, said: “I think most people in Croydon will be as appalled as I am that what appears to have happened is a young man who came to this country seeking sanctuary has apparently been targeted because of his ethnic background.”It’s an appalling crime and I hope the people responsible are caught quickly and receive the full force of British justice.”Diane Abbott, the shadow home secretary, suggested the Conservatives had failed to get to grips with hate crime.She said: “Sadly this is not an isolated incident but part of a sustained increase in hate crimes that this Tory Government is yet to offer any effective response to.” The 17-year-old victim, a Kurdish Iranian, was waiting at a bus stop with two friends outside The Goat pub in Croydon, south-east London, when a group approached them.After discovering he was an asylum seeker they chased him and launched a vicious assault, repeatedly kicking him on the floor and aiming blows to his head.The teenager suffered serious head and facial injuries, including a fractured skull and a blood clot on his brain, and remains in hospital in a serious but stable condition.His two friends escaped with minor injuries, Scotland Yard said, as officers were in the process of contacting the teenager’s next of kin. Detectives are investigating whether some of those involved had been drinking in the Goat, Mr Boothe said.The “close-knit community” has been left shocked by the ferocity of the attack, he added, and extra officers have been out and about to reassure people.He said: “This is not usual for the area, it is out of the norm. This is not Croydon, Croydon is a very diverse community – they celebrate their diversity.”He added: “Hate crime is something which we understand can be very, very divisive. Croydon is culturally diverse and we need to continue to celebrate that.”We are appealing to all decent people from whatever background they come from to help us identify the individuals that are involved in this isolated attack.”last_img read more

France to double the number of troops in Central African Republic

first_imgColumn: What’s happening in the Central African Republic?>Read: Central African Republic is ‘on verge of genocide’> FIGHTING SWEPT THROUGH the capital of Central African Republic today, leaving nearly one hundred people dead and posing the biggest threat yet to the country’s new government.The UN Security Council authorised an intervention force to prevent a bloodbath between Christians and Muslims.Speaking from the Elysee Palace in Paris, French President Francois Hollande promised that the 600 hundred troops in the country will be doubled “within a few days, even a few hours”. He said the Central African Republic was “calling us for help,” and he “decided to act immediately.”The country’s prime minister welcomed the intervention while in Paris for a summit of dozens of African leaders hosted by Hollande.Witnesses and aid workers say at least 98 people are dead in Bangui after a day of clashes between the Muslim armed fighters who rule the country and a Christian militia who opposes them.Shrouded bodies lay in a mosque in Bangui, Central African Republic today. (AP Photo)An Associated Press journalist counted 48 bodies at a mosque in a northern neighborhood today. Separately, Doctors Without Borders confirmed at least 50 people were dead at hospitals they are running.The armed Christian fighters attacked the capital before dawn, in the most serious violence to hit Bangui since a March coup brought the Seleka rebel coalition to power. The former rebels are accused of committing scores of human rights abuses. The Christian militias who support the deposed president are implicated in massacres on Muslim communities.In Bangui, people scurried indoors, some seeking sanctuary in a church. Inside a Bangui hospital, dozens of people with gunshot wounds lay on the floor or on wooden benches, waiting for hours to see a physician. Underscoring the chaos, even the president’s and prime minister’s homes were looted.Seleka soldiers race through Bangui, Central African Republic. (AP Photo)The UN Security Council unanimously authorised increased military action by France and African troops aimed at restoring security and protecting civilians in the volatile former French colony.The Prime Minister Nicolas Tiangaye told The Associated Press that he sees France’s intervention as “very positively” and that he had wanted a “firm reaction from France”. He called for fast action “to put an end to this violence and these atrocities”.Tiangaye confirmed his house had been looted, describing the attackers as a group of Seleka who arrived in three pickup trucks.“It’s true, my house was attacked and pillaged,” he said, adding that his family was evacuated beforehand and were safe.The UN Security Council resolution authorises the deployment of an African Union-led force to Central African Republic for a year to protect civilians and restore security and public order. The AU force is replacing a regional peacekeeping mission whose presence has been mainly limited to the capital and a few northern cities.The UN resolution also authorises French forces, for a temporary period, “to take all necessary measures” to support the AU-led force known as MISCA, whose troop numbers are expected to rise from about 2,500 to 3,500.last_img read more

RIM et Samsung attaqués pour un accès à des émoticônes

first_imgRIM et Samsung attaqués pour un accès à des émoticônes…Varia Holdings accuse les fabricants de smartphones RIM et Samsung de violation de brevet. Plus précisément, c’est un raccourci offrant l’accès rapide aux émoticônes qui est en cause…Les firmes Research In Motion, Samsung et Varia Holdings vont se livrer à un procès pour des motifs insolites. En effet, Varia Holdings accuse Samsung et RIM d’avoir violé un brevet en faisant un raccourci vers ses émoticônes (ou smileys). Il n’y a donc pas de quoi donner le sourire ni à Samsung, ni à RIM…Varia Holdings compte bien se défendre devant le tribunal de Seattle au sujet d’une violation de brevet qui “entraîne l’affichage d’une liste d’émoticônes permettant une sélection par l’utilisateur”. Le raccourci en question, permettant de faire défiler les smileys à l’écran, serait donc utilisé par les smartphones BlackBerry, les Nexus Galaxy et Droid mais d’autres pourraient vraisemblablement rejoindre la liste… Enfin, Varia Holdings réclame (pour l’instant) le retrait de la vente de ces appareils. Mais pour l’heure, les firmes incriminées n’ont pas encore réagi.Le 22 mars 2012 à 09:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Quantum Physics Allows for Chicken AND Egg to Come First

first_imgStay on target Which came first: the chicken or the egg?This causality dilemma—representative of an ancient folk paradox—has stumped scientists and philosophers for ages.Aristotle tackled the problem in the fourth century B.C.; Plutarch highlighted the question 400 years later; in the fifth century, Macrobius deemed the trivial query “one of importance.” Evolutionary biologists are still trying to settle on an answer today.According to new research from the University of Queensland and the NÉEL Institute, as far as quantum physics is concerned, the chicken and the egg can each come first.“The weirdness of quantum mechanics means that events can happen without a set order,” Jacqui Romero, of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems, said in a statement.“Take the example of your daily trip to work, where you travel partly by bus and partly by train,” she continued. “Normally, you would take the bus then the train, or the other way round. In our experiment, both of these events can happen first.”It’s called “indefinite causal order,” and it isn’t something we can observe in everyday life. To test their theory, lab-based researchers used a photonic quantum switch (which sounds like something the S.T.A.R. Labs team would think up).“By measuring the polarization of the photons at the output of the quantum switch, we were able to show the order of transformations on the shape of light was not set,” University of Queensland’s Fabio Costa explained.(Paging Barry Allen for clarification.)The most important thing to remember is that in quantum physics, cause and effect is not always as straightforward at one event leading to another.“This is just a first proof of principle,” Costa said. “But on a larger scale indefinite causal order can have real practical applications, like making computers more efficient or improving communication.”Their research was published in Physical Reviews Letters by the American Physical Society.Animals have a long history with physics—dating back to a 1975 paper “co-authored” by a cat. Check out these scientific breakthroughs that turned out to be totally bogus, and read more here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Scientists Pull a ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘Reverse Time’ With Quantum ComputerHow to Cook Perfectly Fried Rice, According to Scientists last_img read more

Surveillance captures man stealing truck from Miami home

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Surveillance video captured the moment a man stole a truck from a Miami home.The video shows a man as he broke into a Ford pick-up truck before driving off, early Thursday morning.The owners were asleep inside the home on Northwest 32nd Place and Sixth Street at the time of the theft.If you have any information on this theft, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img