Six Youth Congress members were arrested on Sunday for allegedly tearing down the poster of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a petrol pump here while protesting against the high fuel prices.Shouting “BJP, down down”, the Youth Congress activists tore down the poster at a fuel station in Delta Square. “The BJD had come to power pledging to bring ‘Achche Din’. But now the action of the government is just the opposite. Prices of petrol and diesel have become unaffordable. We will not let posters of the Prime Minister to be displayed at any fuel station in the State till the prices do not come down,” said State Youth Congress president Loknath Maharathy, who was leading the agitation.The Youth Congress members also took out rallies on motorcycles shouting slogans against the price hike. The protesters also asked petrol pump owners in the city to remove Mr. Modi’s posters.‘Partisan role’ Slamming the BJD government after the arrest of the youth leaders, Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee president Prasad Harichandan alleged that the police played a partisan and discriminatory role while dealing with the Congress protesters.The BJP, on the other hand, accused the ruling BJD in the State of using the Congress for its benefit. State BJP vice-president Sameer Mohanty alleged that both the BJD and the Congress were working together against the Narendra Modi government.Refuting the allegation, BJD spokesperson Amar Satpathy said the BJD had organised its protest against fuel price hike earlier and there was no question of joining hands with the Congress. (With PTI inputs)
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. BOX SCOREWell, I didn’t erase all my preseason posts and predictions yet. And we’re also 1-0. I thought the okstate.com summary headline said it best. OSU isn’t long on conservative headlines but on Thursday it said “Cowboys control Central Michigan 24-13” which is the equivalent of saying “we sucked but we’re 1-0 and only have four road games left the rest of the season.”Here are my 10 thoughts on OSU’s season-opening win on Thursday in Mount Pleasant, Michigan.1. I’m not disheartened by the winAdChoices广告OK, let’s all take a deep breath. On paper, a 24-13 win over Central Michigan doesn’t look great. Nobody is arguing that. But all of a sudden you have four road games left before opening weekend for college football and will get to the Texas game assured of a 3-0 record with Central Arkansas and UTSA at home in the next few weeks.OSU’s defense was pretty average and its offense a little below it. Sure, it’s not the 30-point thrashing I was hoping for, but I have a couple of reasons I’m not that concerned.The main one is that I’ve watched this team — I mean this very team, this QB, these receivers and a worse version of this defense — beat OU in Norman (never a joke) and win a bowl game. You can say, “well, those were almost a year ago” and you aren’t wrong. But the reality is they’ve been there before. They’ve done it in the heat of big moments.We aren’t wishing upon some hypothetical like we have so many times in the past. You can let this game project what this team is going to be or you can take an ugly punch in the opener and say, “I know what this team is. It didn’t play to its potential in game one on Thursday, but I’d rather it happen then and not against TCU or Baylor or, even worse, at West Virginia.”There are (several) kinks to be worked out, but this isn’t a “jump off the bandwagon and try to land on your feet while you still can” game, either.2. Ugly mashup of 2014 and 2007The most discouraging thing about this game was that it was like we took the worst parts of the 2014 team (bad offensive line and egregious run game) and mashed them up with the worst parts of those mid-2000s teams (allowing what seemed like every third and long to be picked up with ease and throwing bubble screens to our Playstation’s delight).The defense was good but not dominant and the offense wasn’t even that good (outside of flashes from Carson and Rudolph) for most of the night. OSU with the sideline bubble screen is like the 6th-grade kid who just learned a new cuss word and uses it to the point that you’re like, “OK, we get it, we’re fully aware that you know what this is.” And this is despite the fact that we have like 29 receivers who can stretch the field! I’m not a football savant (my wife would argue that I don’t really excel intellectually in many areas), but this doesn’t seem like a super difficult concept. I don’t know. Maybe I just don’t get it.As a bit of positivity, it seems like a good spot to mention that we have two running QBs, you guys.3. J.W. Walsh is being used perfectlyI’m not normally a fan of the platoon QB play, but I thought OSU used it brilliantly on Thursday night. The problem is that if you never throw with Walsh, that’s not going to work for that long, but Walsh out of the diamond is absolute perfection. He ran it multiple times on Thursday and it worked to the tune of a TD and one other huge run.I’m in on spot cameos from No. 4 as long as Gundy doesn’t get carried away with it.4. OSU’s kicking game is not chillBen Grogan missed two of three and one of them was under 30 yards. Not ideal! For a team that has had such elite offenses in the last decade, Gundy is really big on executing on special teams. Grogan has to be better than that (and I believe he is). I’m choosing to believe he’s emptying the misses in the first quarter of the season.Speaking of Grogan, does anyone else think he could be Mike Yurcich’s son??5. Open field tackling, where is it?I’m really hoping Ramon Richards isn’t the next Jacob Lacey/Marcell Ateman where I’m continually told about how good he’s going to be and it never materializes. No. 18 looked atrocious on Thursday and he played a lot as Kevin Peterson was held out to, apparently, a still-recovering knee.And he wasn’t the only one. Pretty much everyone beyond the defensive line got caught trying to strip and punch the ball out while being dragged for a half dozen yards by Central Michigan’s 105-lb. receivers. That’s embarrassing against CMU. It will lose you games against TCU and Texas.6. Marcell Ateman stepped upTonight’s performance from Ateman (4 rec. for 75 yards and a TD) was less about Ateman having a coming out party and more about what this receiving corps. is going to be all season. OSU had 11 players catch a pass on Thursday and that doesn’t feel like an anomaly. You’re going to have one guy stand out most games (Ateman, Sheperd and Washington are the leading candidates) and a lineup deeper than Gundy’s savings account.While we’re here … despite the fact that he’s not likely to ever lead the Pokes in receptions, yards or TDs, I think David Glidden might be OSU’s most important receiver. Rudolph went to him late when he needed him (namely, on the drive after OSU went down 13-10) and Glidden rarely lets him down.7. Defensive tackles were a bright spotMy dude, Darrion Daniels. He was all over the place on Thursday. In fact, Oklahoma State’s defensive tackles in general were one of the bright spots. Daniels, Eric Davis and Vincent Taylor all had moments in Mount Pleasant. Taylor and Daniels combined for three TFLs and 1.5 sacks.Vincent Taylor with a sack in the first quarter. Second frame coming up on ESPNU. #okstate pic.twitter.com/3P5tDLpS3o— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) September 3, 2015Daniels was especially encouraging. He’s built like [Googles highest mountains in Oklahoma] Sugar Loaf Mountain (can we call him that?) and was OSU’s most effective freshman (by far). It’s pretty clear that he’s going to be vital to Oklahoma State’s success this season (one of the minuscule preseason predictions I got correct).8. Mason Rudolph is the truthLet’s talk about No. 2 for a minute. He went 22/32 for 266 and a TD along with 5 rushes for 20 yards on the ground and a TD. That’s not great on paper. But the best thing about Rudolph for me is that I never doubted for a second that he would usher in the lead for good after CMU went up 13-10 in the third. Chris Carson for three yards, Rudolph to Glidden for 20, Rudolph to Seales for four, Rudolph to Glidden again for 26 (see above note on Glidden) and Rudolph runs it in for 21 yards. OSU wouldn’t trail again.It was a fourth-year drive, not a fourth-game drive. Sure, he missed some throws and took some sacks and wasn’t as sharp as you would have liked, but I have full confidence that he’s going to complete the job that needs to be completed. It always feels like he’s in complete control. Chelf with a bigger arm and more talent. He checked down like a pro (something Daxx never did), made monster throws in tough spots and didn’t make a mistake.This sounds weird after such a “meh” game, but I am all in.9. Chris Carson isn’t a thrill, but he’s really goodNo. 32 is deceiving. One look at him in that body with that uniform and that uniform and thoughts immediately rush to places they should not rush. The expectations on Carson are completely unfair, but he was terrific in the second half on Thursday night.In the first 30 minutes, he looked mildly overwhelmed, but I’m not sure he was taken down on a single first hit in the entire second half. I thought David Ubben nailed it with Carson here. Chris Carson looks as good as advertised by Gundy. I don’t know how often he’s going to wow you, but that’s a solid 1K guy.— David Ubben (@davidubben) September 3, 201510. In retrospect … let’s avoid #MACtionThis was not a great game for OSU in retrospect. On the road on a Thursday at a team that plays in a league which lives for upsetting Power Five squads.“Coach (Mike) Holder and I had several discussions about what day to play,” Gundy said in the spring. “When we looked at all the options, at some point, it really didn’t matter to me. There is an advantage in maybe playing a couple days earlier and he wanted to play it on that Thursday night, for a variety of reasons. One, the market and coverage … I think it’s better for Central Michigan and Oklahoma State.”Yeah, let’s not do that again. Either play a big boy like Florida State (please) or roll over and hire Baylor’s scheduler. There’s no advantage to scheduling teams like Central Michigan whatsoever.Next game: Central Arkansas at home next week (this Central squad should be much less of a challenge).
Share via Email Share on Facebook Read more Topics Neil Harris has stepped down as Millwall’s manager after more than four and a half years in charge. He leaves with the club 18th in the Championship, five points above the relegation zone.Harris, Millwall’s all-time leading scorer, oversaw the club’s promotion to the second tier in 2017 and led them to two FA Cup quarter-finals. His assistant, David Livermore, has also departed and the coach Adam Barrett will take charge of Saturday’s game at home to Leeds. Championship Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Neil Harris: ‘Being a Millwall manager who defies the odds is wonderful’ Share on WhatsApp Millwall’s chairman, John Berylson, said Harris was leaving “with the best wishes of everyone” connected with the club. Harris took charge in March 2015, initially on a caretaker basis, and was appointed on a permanent basis the following month, a day after relegation to League One. He was the seventh longest-serving manager across the Football League and Premier League.“I would like to place on record my sincere gratitude to Neil for all of his hard work, commitment, determination and inarguable success as manager of this great football club,” Berylson told Millwall’s website.“During his time in charge we have achieved so much and so many of his greatest moments as manager will live long in the memory of all Millwall fans fortunate to have seen and enjoyed them.“Neil’s achievements ensure that he is listed alongside some of the club’s greatest-ever managers, furthering his legendary standing at Millwall.” news Share on Messenger Millwall
7 Expert Karaoke Tips to Make You a Superstar How to Thrift Like a Pro: Tips for Making the Most of Secondhand Style Editors’ Recommendations As kids, our obsession with toys is socially acceptable behavior. We beg, whine, and cry until our parents either punish us or give in to our demands. As we mature, the tantrums stop (for the most part), but our fascination with toys never seems to go away. If anything, our desire for the latest and greatest gadgets only intensifies with age.At a certain point, the adult version of our self decides to indulge — to reward years of hard work with a contemporary treat. For those of us with oil pumping through our veins, the dream of owning a race car is sovereign. “Sure,” you think, “I can’t buy a Lamborghini to race in Super Trofeo, but I can afford a $15,000 Spec Miata.”Unfortunately, racing isn’t a one-time expense. Consumables like brakes and tires can total thousands of dollars over the course of a racing season. You’ll also need a truck and trailer to haul your race car to and from each event. If you’re a novice, there’s a chance you’ll bin the car at some point; how does $5-10K in repairs sound? Oh, and if you want to drive something with more than 100 horsepower, like, for example, a Porsche Cayman GT4, prepare to shell out $190 grand for a used model and $400-500K per IMSA GT3 race season.Now that I’ve sufficiently crushed your racing aspirations, may I suggest a different strategy?If you call yourself a surface dweller, there’s a good chance you’ve heard the term “racing simulator.” In fact, you may have even tried one for yourself – perhaps a friend has a Logitech G-Force wheel and a copy of Project CARS hooked up to his Xbox. You probably have a good time flinging a production sports car around a famous racetrack, chuckling when you make a mistake and plow into a wall at 120 miles per hour. Who cares — it’s a game; it’s also nothing like a CXC Simulation.There’s another way to describe a racing simulator. At CXC Simulations in El Segundo, California, a racing simulator is an intricate combination of motion, vibration, audio, and software systems to recreate genuine racing experiences.In the words of CXC founder Chris Considine, “Comparing a force feedback wheel and pedal set, or really any other off-the-shelf simulator kit, to a CXC system is like comparing a Ford to a Ferrari.” Mass-production systems meet the minimum viable requirements of gamers, but a bespoke setup from CXC is built for the demands of real racing drivers – CXC’s core clientele. You read that correctly: some of the world’s finest racing teams and drivers use CXC Simulators to maintain and sharpen their skills.To find out how the best driving simulation compares to real racing, we went hands on with CXC’s Motion Pro II unit at the company’s headquarters.When you strap into a CXC chassis, slide into its bucket seat, secure a five-point harness, grip a Momo steering wheel, toy with hydraulic brake, throttle, and clutch pedals, and flip the wheel-mounted carbon fiber paddles, any notion you’ve had of a racing simulator until now becomes laughable. And that’s before you even hit the virtual track.Our first test uses iRacing software to stage a Radical SR3 racecar on Sebring Raceway’s Club track. This particular CXC rig uses a Cobra full-containment racing seat and three 75-inch high-definition screens to recreate the cockpit. As we take our warm-up laps, the first thing we notice is the lack of friction from cold tires. The operative word here is “notice,” because with a standard force feedback wheel, cold tires are simply something you register in the back of your mind, but the linear vibration motors in a Motion Pro II system let you feel the subtleties of traction.As momentum builds, so does the realism. G-force (via the direct drive steering wheel and seat motion) tricks our brain into believing we’re taking a corner at 110 mph or locking up the tires under hard braking. The lightweight CXC unit suffers zero delay in communicating the car’s unsettled chassis. With each lap, we lose more of ourselves to the experience.After what feels like 5 minutes but is really 30, Chris chimes in, “Ready to try VR?” Massive HD monitors are a great way to experience a racing sim, but virtual reality is the ultimate in immersion. As we secure our Oculus Rift headset, the Radical SR3 cockpit comes alive. Our initial laps introduce the same haptic feedback as before, but the sensation of speed is very different. We find ourselves taking corners slower and getting on the brakes earlier than before. We’re well acquainted with the track by now, yet the visceral nature of VR, combined with the accuracy of the CXC rig, amplifies the consequence of our actions. Getting on the throttle too early, or understeering onto the grass seems like a life-threatening error.After the trepidation subsides, however, things get really good. We’re hitting apexes more consistently, shifting more perfectly, and finding tenths of a second where we never thought to look for them. This is real racing.After 30 minutes in virtual bliss, we emerge — sweating, heart racing, and grinning from ear to ear. Our concept of simulated racing has changed forever, and now we have some advice for you.If you aspire to race, nothing is more valuable than practice. Even if you’re blessed with abundant time, the cost of real-world experience is tremendous. If you’ve done the math and don’t like the results, change the equation. 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Story Highlights Institutional Accreditation is the status granted to an institution that has been found to meet or exceed established standards for educational quality. Both universities were presented with the certification at an awards ceremony held during the UCJ symposium on quality assurance in higher education on March 12 at the Iberostar Hotel in Montego Bay, St. James. The University Council of Jamaica (UCJ) has officially presented formal certificates of Institutional Accreditation to the Northern Caribbean University (NCU) and the University of Technology Jamaica (UTech). The University Council of Jamaica (UCJ) has officially presented formal certificates of Institutional Accreditation to the Northern Caribbean University (NCU) and the University of Technology Jamaica (UTech).Both universities were presented with the certification at an awards ceremony held during the UCJ symposium on quality assurance in higher education on March 12 at the Iberostar Hotel in Montego Bay, St. James.Institutional Accreditation is the status granted to an institution that has been found to meet or exceed established standards for educational quality.In addition, the Caribbean Maritime University, The Mico University College, the University College of the Caribbean, and Excelsior Community College have been presented with certificates of candidacy for institutional accreditation by the UCJ.Director of Accreditation at the University Council of Jamaica Dr. Dottlyn Minot, stated that “these institutions have signalled their intention to apply for institutional accreditation’ in fact, they have submitted the requirements to become eligible for institutional accreditation”.The Excelsior Community College in Kingston also received programme accreditation status for five of its existing courses, while eight programmes offered by The Mico University College received accreditation from the UCJ.Also, a number of other colleges received accreditation for several Bachelor’s and Associate Degree programmes.Bethlehem Moravian College in St. Elizabeth received accreditation for its Associate of Science in Business Administration, and Hospitality and Tourism Management programmes; while the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in the Corporate Area received accreditation for five programmes, including its Bachelor of Arts in Education and Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Arts.The UCJ has also given the stamp of approval to the Moneague College in St. Ann by awarding accreditation status to seven of its programmes, while the Montego Bay Community College received accreditation for eight programme offerings.The Jamaica Stock Exchange, through its eCampus, received certificate of accreditation for its post-graduate Diploma in Financial Service Management; and the Jamaica Theology Seminary received accreditation for its Bachelor of Arts in Applied Behaviour Analysis and Bachelor of Arts in Applied Social and Professional Transformation.Vector Technology Institute also received programme accreditation for three of its courses, including the Bachelor of Science in Technology Management.
Peggy’s Cove – $2 million Halifax waterfront – $ 1.5 million Cabot Trail – $1 million Bay of Fundy, including Annapolis Royal – $750,000 Lunenburg Waterfront – $750,000 The province will invest in five iconic tourism sites to enhance visitor access and experiences, and help motivate people to travel to Nova Scotia. Business Minister Geoff MacLellan announced today, July 25, that Peggy’s Cove, Bay of Fundy, including Annapolis Royal, the Cabot Trail, the Halifax waterfront and the Lunenburg waterfront will receive funding through the new Tourism Revitalization of Icons Program for significant tourism infrastructure projects. The province has committed $6 million over three years. “These iconic tourism sites attract travellers from around the world and it’s important we do all that we can to ensure they have exceptional experiences once they are here,” said Mr. MacLellan. “These investments will create more opportunities for private sector tourism operators and help keep our sector growing.” The program will be administered by Tourism Nova Scotia, the Crown corporation responsible for marketing the province and maximizing the value of tourism to the provincial economy. “These tourism icons help differentiate Nova Scotia from other travel destinations,” said Michele Saran, CEO of Tourism Nova Scotia. “They are recognized nationally and internationally and deliver the unique and authentic Nova Scotia experiences visitors look for.” Tourism Nova Scotia will quickly begin working with partners to identify the best plan for each icon site. Develop Nova Scotia will lead the planning and implementation of tourism infrastructure enhancements at Peggy’s Cove, which will include consultation with community and business stakeholders. Additional program partners and projects will be announced once confirmed. The following amounts have been earmarked for each site over the next three years, starting in 2018-19:
APTN InFocus It’s been over a year since the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls began its mandate.But it hasn’t come without much criticism and controversy.In this episode of InFocus, we talk about some of those issues such as how many staff have left or been let go, the lack of after-care for families testifying and the anticipation to a request for an extension.Our panel include Hilda Anderson-Pryz, she is a Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Liaison in northern Manitoba, APTN reporter Kathleen Martens and women’s advocate Lorelei Williams.We also talk about our hope for the Inquiry to serve families affected by losing a loved one to this national tragedy.Subscribe to the APTN InFocus podcast below:
WASHINGTON — U.S. home prices increased more slowly in September from a year ago as higher mortgage rates weighed on sales.The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 5.1 per cent from a year earlier. That’s down from a 5.5 per cent yearly gain in the previous month. It was the sixth straight month that home price increases have slowed.The weaker price gains reflect a broader slowdown in the nation’s housing market. Sales of existing homes rose modestly in October, snapping a six-month streak of declines. But sales are still 5.1 per cent lower than they were a year ago. New home sales have fallen for four straight months. Mortgage rates have jumped in the past year, reaching 4.8 per cent last week, up from 3.9 per cent a year ago.Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A cultural group says Facebook is continuing remove posts by an Alaska Native artist selling items made of sea otter fur despite the social media company stating the problem had been fixed.The Anchorage Daily News reports the Sealaska Heritage Institute and Republican U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan issued a statement last week, urging Facebook to restore the posts by Tlingit artist Robert Miller.Miller’s online posts advertising a sea otter fur hat for sale had been removed. The institute says the sea otter was legally harvested.Facebook issued an apology last week and said the posts were restored.The institute’s chief operating officer, Lee Kadinger, says Miller’s posts were still being rejected as of Wednesday.A Facebook spokesperson said Wednesday the company is “reviewing the issue.”___Information from: Anchorage Daily News, http://www.adn.comThe Associated Press
Sri Lanka is a multi-ethnic and multi-religious community in which religious acceptance and protection of religious and cultural rights and the freedom to practice their religion anywhere in the country is a basic tenet of the Constitution and a protection assured to all citizens. Meanwhile the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama and the Muslim Council of Sri Lanka urged the Muslim community not to take part in violent protests or demonstrations over the Dambulla mosque issue. “The Holy Quran has prescribed solutions to every threat or disaster through prayers,” the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama and the Muslim Council of Sri Lanka said in a statement. 1. Affected Women’s Forum (Akkaraippattu)2. Association of War-Affected Women3. Centre for Human Resource Development (Viluthu)4. Centre for Human Rights and Development5. Centre for Mass Communication and Media (Mannar)6. Centre for Policy Alternatives7. Equal Ground8. Families of the Disappeared9. Human Rights office Kandy10. IMADR- Asia11. INFORM12. Jaffna Civil Society for Equality13. Lawyers for Democracy14. Mannar Women’s Development Federation15. Mothers and Daughters of Lanka16. Mullaitheevu Women Development and Rehabilitation Trust17. Muslim Women’s Trust – Puttalum18. Muslim Women’s Research and Action Forum19. National Peace Council20. Red Flag Movement21. Right to Life Human Rights Center22. Rights Now Collective for Democracy23. Sakhi Collaboration24. Stand Up Movement25. Voluntary Service Development Organization26. Women’s Action Network27. Women and Media Collective28. A.L.M Bashir- NESAM, Nindavaur29. A.Perinpanayagam30. A.Rajasingam31. A.S.Mohamed Rayees32. Ashila Dandeniya33. A.W.A. Jihad (Muthur People’s Forum)34. Aliyar Hazarat (Sammanthurai)35. Ameena Hussein36. Anberiya Hanifa37. Ann Jabbar38. B. Skanthakumar39. B.Gowthaman40. B.F. A. Basnayake41. Beryl Perera42. Bhavani Fonseka (Attorney-at-Law)43. Bishop Kumara Illangasinghe44. Brito Fernando45. C.De Silva46. Cayathri Divakalala47. Chandragupta Thenuwera48. Chathurika Senanayake49. Chulani Kodikara50. Damaris Wickremesekera51. Darshana Liyanage52. Dayapala Thiranagama53. Dileepa Witharana54. Dishani Jayaweera (Attorney-at-Law)55. Divakalala Sundaram56. Dr. Camena Guneratne57. Dr. D. H. S. Maithripala58. Dr. Danesh Karunanayake59. Dr. Dharmasena Pathiraja60. Dr. Farzana Haniffa61. Dr. Harini Amarasuriya62. Dr. Kumar David63. Dr. Liyanage Amarakeerthi64. Dr. M. Vethannathan (University of Jaffna)65. Dr. Muttukrishna Sarvananthan (Point Pedro Institute of Development)66. Dr. Nishan de Mel67. Dr. Pakiasothy Saravanamuthu68. Dr. Philip Setunga69. Dr. Philip Setunga70. Dr. Ranil D. Guneratne71. Dr. Ruvan Weerasinghe72. Dr. Selvy Thiruchandran73. Dr. Shamala Kumar74. Dr. Sumathy Sivamohan75. Dr. T. Jayasingam76. Dushi Kanapathipillai77. Ethayarani78. Faizun Zackariya79. Francis Devarani (Ampara)80. Fr. Nandana Manatunga81. Fr. Jeyabalan Croos82. Fr. Nandana Manatunga ( Human Rights Office Kandy)83. Fr. S. Maria Anthony, S. J.84. Fr. T. S. Josuwa (Kavithalaya Kala Mandram)85. Fr. Terence Fernando86. Fr. V. Yogeswaran87. F. Solomantine88. Gamini Viyangoda89. Godfrey Yogarajah (General Secretary, National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka)90. Gowrie Ponniah91. Harean Hettiarachchi (Programme Manager)92. Harshana Rambukwella (Senior Lecturer- Open University)93. Hashintha Jayasinghe94. Himali Nawalage (Sales Manager)95. I.Malwatta96. J. C. Weliamuna (Attorney at Law)97. Jagath Weerasinghe (Artist)98. Jake Oorloff99. Jehan Mendis (Teacher)100. Jehan Perera101. Jensila Majeed102. Jeyasankar Sivagnanam103. Jezima Ismail104. Jovita Arulanantham105. Juweriya Mohideen106. K.Arulanandarajah (Kalmunai)107. K.Arumugam Asoka (Mahashakthi Foundation, Akkarappattu)108. K.E.Tharagowri, Kalmunai, Ampara109. K. L. Shafi Hatheem ( Kalmunai)110. K.Nihal Ahamed (Humanitarian Elevation Organisation, Addalaichenai)111. K.Niroshan (People’s Progressive Development Society, Akkaraippattu112. K.Praba (Thambiluvil)113. K. R. M. Wickremesinhe (Attorney at Law)114. K.S Ratnaval-(Attorney at Law)115. K.Sukirtha (Ampara)116. Kasun Pathiraja117. Krishna Velupillai118. Kumudini Samuel119. Kusal Perera120. L. Perinpanayagam121. Lakshan Dias122. L. Yaseen Bawa ( Bakary, Oluvil)123. Lal Wijenayaka (Lawyers for Democracy)124. M.A.C. Humaid ( Health Education, Social and Sports Organisation, Akkaraippattu)125. M.A.M. Rifaz (Addalaichchenai)126. M. Casim Kulanthahi Mararaikar ( Kalmunai)127. M.I. Haidar (Akkaraipattu)128. M.I. Rezard (Muthur Youth Social Development Organisation)129. M. M. Nazeer ( Oluvil)130. M.R.M Naufil (Mannar Grand Mosque)131. M. Thiruvarangan132. Mahaluxumi Kurushanthan (Mannar)133. Mahesh De Mel (Director, Waves of Hope)134. Mahinda Hattaka135. Mahisha Warusavitharana 136. Malcolm Peter (Alliance Development Trust)137. Manjula Gajanayake138. Mano Ganesan, (Civil Monitoring Commission)139. Manzoor A Cader. (Rtd Registrar Sammanthurai)140. Marisa de Silva141. Mawlavi Bazeer (Sammanturai)142. Melani Manel Perera (Christian Women Journalist)143. Melanie Perera (Alliance Development Trust)144. Melisha Yapa (Marketer/Banker)145. Menaha Kandasamy146. Minna Thaheer147. Mohammed Mahuruf148. Mohideen Bawa Parikari Ibralebbai. (Oluvil)149. Monroe Jayasuriya (National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka)150. Mujeeb Rahman151. N. L. Pakeer Ali (Oluvil)152. N.Shanthi (Akkaraipattu)153. Nadya Perera154. Mirak Raheem155. Nandala Maduranga Kalugampitiya156. Navin Weeraratne157. Nicola Perera158. Nimalka Fernando159. Niyanthini Kadirgamar160. Pala Pothupitiya (Artist)161. P. Thanbirajah162. P.N. Singham163. Padmini, Women’s Centre164. Peter Rezel165. Priya Thangarajah (Law Student)166. Prof. Jayantha Seneviratne167. Prof Maithree Wickramasinghe168. Prof. Priyan Dias169. Prof. S.H. Hasbulla170. R.M.B. Senanayake171. Raghu Balachandran (Methodist Church of Sri Lanka)172. Rajani Chandrasegaram173. Rajasingam174. Rajith Keerthi Tennakoon (Campaign for Free and Fair Elections)175. Rajiva Godagedara (Accountant)176. Ralston Weinman177. Ramyadarshanie Vithanage178. Rev. Daisy Aseervatham179. Rev. Oswald Firth180. Rifana Buhary181. Rohan Salgadoe182. Romola Rassool183. Rukaiya Mohideen184. Ruki Fernando185. Rukshani Attygalle Abeyeratne (Attorney at Law)186. Ruwani Botheju (Alliance Development Trust)187. S. Mohamed Rayees188. S.C.C.Elankovan189. S.N.S.Rizli (Addalaichchenai)190. S.Yoga (Ampara)191. S.Ziyath, (Addalaichchena)192. Sam Perera193. Sanathanan Thamotharampillai (Artist)194. Sandamali Herath (Marketer)195. Sanjaya Senenayake196. Sanjayan Rajasingham197. Santhasilan Kadirgamar198. Shafinaz Hassendeen199. Shanaka Cooray ( Lawyer)200. Sheik Thajudeen201. Shifan Ahmed202. Shreen Saroor203. Sr. Kathleen A.C.204. Sr. Rasika Pieris205. Sriya, Women’s Centre206. Sultan Mohamed Faizal (Mannar Mosque Federation)207. Surangi Ariyawansha (Center for Human Rights)208. Suren Raghavan209. T. Sivapalan210. T.Pakiyawathi, Aalaiyadivembu (Ampara)211. U.K. Abdul Raheem (Naleemi, Oluvil)212. U. P. S. A. Gafoor. (Rtd, RM Coconut Cultivation Board.- Oluvil)213. Udan Fernando214. V.K.Ranjani (Thandiyadi, Akkaraippattu)215. Vamadeva Kurukkal (Uduvil)216. Vasuki Jeyasankar217. Visaka Dharmadasa218. Wijith Rohan Fernando (Senior Lecturer, University of Kelaniya)219. Y. D. Ravindran (Attorney at Law) Muslims staged a hartal in the Eastern province today against the decision by the government to relocate the Dambulla mosque owing to pressure from some Buddhist monks.Most Muslim shops in Kattankudy, Batticaloa and in Ampara were shut while public transport was also affected as a result of the hartal. The statement said “We specifically condemn the recent violent attack on the Mosque in Dambulla by a group of anti social actors. The Hindu community has also been asked to move their temple from the vicinity. The Dambulla Khairya Jummah Mosque had been in existence for over 60 years and the mosque trustees have legal documents regarding its construction. On Friday the 20th of April 2012 a tense situation arose as regular Friday prayer at the Mosque was prevented by a gang led by Buddhist monks who claimed that it was an illegal construction. The group stated that both the Mosque and Hindu shrine were built on sacred Buddhist ground. It is further regrettable that law enforcement authorities could not take appropriate action to stop the forceful entry into the mosque and the intimidation of the community.On the 23rd after a discussion with the Buddhist monks deputy minister Hizbullah made a public announcement to the media that the monks have agreed to give three months to identify alternative land and relocate the Mosque. However the very affected members of the community have not been part of this discussion and are still unable to express their opinion freely. While we are in support of reaching a solution through negotiations with the Muslim community, we would like to stress that any decision taken on this issue should not be unjust towards the minority communities in the context of post-war Sri Lanka.The mosque has been in existence for over 60 years and the Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim persons in the region had been living together in a spirit of amity for decades, if not centuries. Yet, today we see that that religious intolerance is on the rise and the state has done little to check this. The incident in Dambulla is not an isolated one. Last year a Muslim shrine (Dargha) was destroyed in Anuradhapura. In Ashraf Nagar the military has taken over land that belongs to 69 Muslim families, including land that was allotted for a Muslim burial ground. In Illangaithurai Muhathuwaram (now renamed Lanka Patuna) a Shivan shrine was removed and a Buddhist statue was built in its place. A group of Buddhist monks and people attacked the four Square Gospel Church in Kaluthara North last year. The Police have prevented the church from functioning claiming that it would lead to a breach peace. In Ambalangoda the Assembly of God church was attacked in February this year. A pastor in Kalutara was attacked and a house belonging to a Christian was vandalized by Buddhist monks alleging that the church was engaged in conversions. The police failed to frame charges against Buddhist monks. Recently the government has also tried to pass the Town and Country Planning bill which allows for religious land to also been acquired in municipal and urban areas for economic, social, historical, environmental or religious purposes. Even though the bill has been challenged in court and withdrawn there is a move to bring the bill back as law through other avenues. Such acts increase the sense of insecurity that minorities in general feel in this as regards the practice of worship and co existence. Meanwhile several organizations including human rights groups in Sri Lanka and civil rights activists issued a joint statement today raising concerns over the decision to relocate the mosque.The statement said that it was with great concern that they were protesting against the growing trend of increasing religious intolerance in Sri Lanka with regard to minority religions. We appeal to the President, state institutions and officials, and those in the executive to take appropriate action on the incident in Dambulla that serves to build confidence among minority communities in the state structure and mechanisms. We strongly believe that the people of this country, Sinhala, Tamil, Muslim, Christian and Burgher wish to live in harmony with each other. We also strongly believe that it is a marginal amount of people who take to violence in riding rough shod over the rights of others. We strongly urge the state to take measures to curb the growing trend of intolerance and to do its utmost to make minorities feel in every way people of this country. In the post war context this is of the utmost importance for reconciliation and peaceful co-existence. We also appeal to religious and community leaders to initiate dialogue at all possible levels so that minority communities feel secure”. The statement was signed by:
(Update)A shocking attempt to rob an armoured truck has left a security guard gravely injured and led to the arrests of three Toronto teens. The overnight ambush on a truck owned by Garda World took place at a branch of the TD Bank on Avenue Road and there was a heavy exchange of gunfire between the bandits, and the guard.It could not have been more brazen, or violent commented Staff Inspector Mike Earl of the Toronto Police Service: “He was ambushed by three male individuals, and when I say ambushed, he was immediately fired upon by three males, with a handgun.”What followed was a wild-west shoot-out in the heart of Toronto says Mike Earl: “Forensic officers, officers on the scene here have located projectiles across the street, on the street, in poles –within the area. There was numerous shots fired in this incident that lasted aproximately less than a minute. (How many shots were fired?) In the double digits.”The 37-year old armoured car guard was hit four times. He’s alive, but in critical condition.The armoured car driver put the truck into lockdown, and stayed inside the vehicle. The suspects then fled on foot — empty handed.A short time later, police closed in on an area near Lawrence and Allan Road, and arrested three, 18-year old suspects. They also recovered a semi-automatic handgun.Charged with attempted murder, armed robbery, and several other offences — are Jaden Beckford, Nicholas Cross, and Rashid Clarke.Mike Earl: “All three individuals have never been dealt with by the police before.”But police believe this isn’t their first attempt to rob the same truck. The suspects are being linked to a similar type of ambush on June 5th.Mike Earl: “It’s the actual — the truck, or the company that’s being targetted.”The ambush shut down Avenue Road for several hours as investigators gathered evidence. Shell casings. Errant bullets, that hit a nearby apartment building, and blood samples from the scene. They also gathered pictures from security cameras in the area — and asked for anyone using such a camera, to come forward to police.
Smartphone manufacturers seem to be obsessed with making their handsets ever thinner and bragging about it in the form of marketing, only to be beaten the following week/month by a competitor. Now it looks as though the thin-frenzy is migrating over to the tablet market, too.Toshiba has used the Mobile World Congress this week to unveil the 10.1-inch Excite X10 LE tablet. It stands out from the crowd because Toshiba claims it is the world’s thinnest and lightest tablet. It’s a fair claim as the X10 LE measures just 7.7mm thick and weighs 535 grams. Compare that to the iPad 2, which is 8.8mm thick and 601 grams. That’s a whole 1.1mm thinner than Apple could achieve, and only 0.6mm thicker than the Droid Razr. Impressive.Just because it’s super-thin doesn’t mean the X10 skimps on features. Although the use of Android 3.2 is a bit disappointing, Toshiba promise it will get Ice Cream Sandwich before spring is over. Inside you’ll find an OMAP 4430 dual-core Cortex-A9 chip running at 1.2GHz, 1GB RAM, 5MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera, and the tablet comes in 16GB and 32GB configurations. As for the display, it’s a 10.1-inch panel with a 1280 x 800 resolution.The Excite X10 LE will officially go on sale March 6. The 16GB unit will set you back $529.99, while the 32GB unit takes that up to $599. It’s therefore $30 more expensive than the iPad 2 16GB, but manages to match the 32GB on price. March 6 isn’t the best date to launch seeing as we have the small issue of an Apple event the following day. Toshiba may hold the world’s thinnest crown for exactly 24 hours depending on what Apple have achieved with the iPad 3. The Verge got some hands-on with the X10 back in January and posted this video:via TechCrunch and The Verge
A modelling on Greek population came up with some disturbing estimates about the future of the country. According to a report by the Berlin Institute for Population and Development, Greece has lost 3 per cent of its population during the ongoing crisis and the trend is not in a route of reversal. From 2011 to 2016 the Greek population has been diminishing, both due to migration but, more importantly because births have been in decline, for financial reasons. In 2016, Greece had a population of 10.8 million, and according to the Institute’s modelling, the decline will continue for decades. It is estimated to fall to 9.9 million by 2030, reaching 8.9 million by 2050. This 18 per cent fall is due to the fact that Greece has the lowest fertility rate within the EU, with only 1.3 children for every woman. Only 90,000 children are born in Greece annually, which makes the country one of the fastest-ageing countries in Europe with 21 per cent of the citizens being over 65 years old. By 2050, Greece will probably have the worst worker-to-pensioner ratio within the continent, experts estimate. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Vancouver – The Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council is looking for public comment on projects to fund through the federal Transportation Alternatives program within Clark, Skamania, and Klickitat counties.Projects that can be considered include bicycle and pedestrian facilities, safe routes for nondrivers, rails-to-trails, scenic viewpoints, community improvements and environmental mitigation.The public comment and review period will last until May 31. Proposed project applications are available for viewing and comment at http://rtc.wa.gov/programs/tap/projects.
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Impossible Foods initially focused on burgers because they’re one of the most popular meat products. Brown said half of all beef sold in the US is ground beef. But that doesn’t mean the company isn’t exploring other animal products.”It was a natural choice for us to start with ground beef, but in no way is that really our focus,” Brown said. “We have ongoing R & D efforts to make a much wider range of products.”Proof of that? Impossible Food now has 110 scientists working in its labs at its Redwood City, California, headquarters. In the next 12 to 18 months, Brown said that number will increase by about 50%.Originally published June 10, 3 a.m. PT. Update, 11:11 a.m.: Adds additional information. Now playing: Watch this: Impossible Burger 2.0 tastes like beef. Really Burger King made a meat-free Impossible Whopper and it tasted like real burger Meet Impossible Foods’ lab-grown veggie burger. It bleeds Burger King’s Impossible Whopper: see the technology… 7:19 Culture Healthy eating Meatless meat Share your voice 9 Comments Tags Impossible Foods says its team spent an inordinate amount of time getting its Impossible Whopper to survive the “death-defying drop” at the end of the Burger King’s broiler-conveyor without breaking. CNET As expected, the expansion has begun.Burger King’s vegetarian Impossible Whopper debuts Monday in more than 100 stores across the San Francisco Bay Area. Before today, people who wanted to eat the fast food chain’s version of the plant-based flame-grilled burger had to travel to Miami, Columbus or Montgomery.The Impossible Whopper is made by Impossible Foods, which is known for its vegan burger that tastes a lot like real beef. Founded in 2011, the company was first to use a key ingredient called heme, a blood-like compound found in all living things and that can replicate the taste, color and aroma of meat. Other ingredients include plant-based products like soy, potato protein and coconut oil. Companies making similar meatless meat products include Beyond Meat, New Wave Foods and even Nestle. Burger King’s goal is to offer the plant-based protein Impossible Whopper nationwide by the end of the year. The partnership between the two companies makes sense, Impossible Foods’ CEO Pat Brown said in an interview. Seeing as Burger King’s massive reach with more than 17,000 locations in more than 100 countries should help him achieve his goal to “replace animals in the food system by 2035.” “Anywhere any meat product is sold globally, we want to have better products,” Brown said. “A nontrivial fraction of meat sales overall are in fast food restaurants.”Impossible Burgers are now sold in more than 9,000 restaurants and chains across the US, including Umami Burger, Red Robin and White Castle. And it debuted its first meatless sausage product in select Little Caesars locations in May. The company plans to start selling its ground “beef” directly to consumers in grocery stores by the end of the year.
The next interim chancellor of the University of Alaska Fairbanks will be either a current or former UAF employee.Download AudioThat’s according to UA President Jim Johnsen. He says it’s critical that the next hire is already familiar with the university system.“Someone who knows us; someone who’s from here; someone people know,” Johnsen said. “We’ve got some very serious stuff to do and there’s not much time to learn.”This comes on the heels of last week’s announcement that the university would abandon its search for a new, permanent appointment to the Fairbanks campus’ chancellor position.Johnsen says the decision not to fill the job on a permanent basis is due to looming state budget cuts and potential changes to the university’s administrative structure.The University of Alaska faces up to a $75 million budget gap next fiscal year.Three finalists for the interim UAF chancellor position will be selected by June 6, with an appointment announced no later than June 30.The appointment will last for at least one year.
Tirupati: One building worker died and another three were injured in an under-construction water tank slab collapsed incident on Saturday here at Municipal Park. Slab was collapsed when the workers putting concrete. In the incident, Bachu (20) hailing from West Bengal state died on the spot and another three workers were injured. After receiving the information immediately rescue team rushed to spot and rescued three workers from under the collapsed building materials. Deceased worker body sent to postmortem. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us The incident took place when the centering sticks were slipped from its standing position. Tirupati Alipiri Police has registered an accident case. Municipal Commissioner PS Girisha has also order for departmental probe on this incident. According to officials information this water tank is constructing under AMRUTH scheme. While District Administration has announced Rs three lakhs compensation to deceased Bachu family. In rescue activities, YSRCP MLA Buman Karunakar Reddy son Buman Abhinaya Reddy and other locals were actively involved.
Indian Meteorological DepartmentMonsoon rains will retreat next week from India’s grain bowl in the northwest, although possible rainfall in its central and southern regions could still help summer crops.Grain output from the harvest of summer crops in one of the world’s leading consumers and producers is forecast to be lower than last year’s due to a weak start of the June-September rainy season.But the harvest will be adequate to allow the government to continue a policy of unrestricted rice exports and to rein in food prices in the world’s second most populous country.Monsoon rains are vital because the farm sector accounts for around 14 percent of the national economy and half of India’s farmland lacks irrigation.The monsoon is the main determinant of rural spending on consumer goods ranging from lipstick to cars as two-thirds of India’s 1.2 billion people live in villages as well as affecting food prices.The monsoon started retreating from western India last week, reflecting a fortnight’s delay in the withdrawal of this year’s annual summer rains.”No monsoon activities are expected in plain areas of north India in the next couple of days,” said B.P. Yadav, head of the National Weather Forecasting Centre at the India Meteorological Department (IMD).The delayed withdrawal is expected to aid sowing prospects next month for winter crops such as wheat and rapeseed by improving soil moisture content.Summer crops such as rice, corn, sugarcane, soybeans and cotton no longer need downpours, though sporadic rains can aid their growth.ReutersThe rains were 9 percent below average in the week to Sept. 24, compared with 25 percent below average rainfall in the previous week, the weather office said on Thursday.Weather officials said there still could be rain in the sugarcane, rubber and tea-growing areas of south India over the next couple of days and that rain is also likely over soybean-growing areas of central India and rice areas of its eastern region.Rains at the end of the summer are seen as boosting 2014/15 rice yields after patchy rains during the first half and flash floods in the second half led farm ministry to forecast a 4 percent year-on-year drop in output to 88 million tonnes.Floods in Assam and Meghalaya have killed at least 71 people in the retreating monsoon phase.Rains have been 11 percent below average overall since the start of the monsoon season on June 1, reflecting a sharp improvement from June, when the level was down 43 percent, the weakest start in five years.
Andrew Dampf/APIn this July 10, 2018 image, Lawson Craddock of the U.S. talks to reporters in La Baule, France, prior to the start of the fourth stage of the Tour de France cycling race. After breaking his shoulder and bloodying his face in an unfortunate crash during the first stage of the Tour de France, American rider Lawson Craddock has soldiered through six more grueling days of the world’s biggest bike race.Houston’s Alkek Velodrome was chosen to host USA Cycling’s new Olympic development program. It aims to support young cyclists and prepare them for racing at the highest level.Houston is one of only three locations to start the program.And that’s not the only good news for the velodrome right by the Addicks Reservoir in west Houston.Houston native Lawson Craddock was able to raise nearly $280,000 in the three weeks of racing in the Tour de France. It’s for improvements after the track was damaged by Harvey.In a phone interview with Houston Public Media, Craddock said the fundraising campaign is what kept him in the race after he broke his shoulder blade in only the first stage.“It was always in the back of my mind that we were doing it for something bigger than just a bike race and just the Tour de France,” he said.Craddock placed last in the Tour de France, but his willpower after the crash and his fundraising gained him international attention.It was the Texan’s second Tour de France after 2016, but he said the feeling of riding into Paris this time was extra special.“This year, especially with just kind of what I went through to get there,” he said “it was a pretty emotional moment for me.”Craddock hasn’t slowed down much after the tour, racing at an international event in Hamburg, Germany, last week. He plans on going to Canada and Austria in the next few weeks for more races.Craddock will be at the Alkek Velodrome on Friday night (Aug. 24) for a celebration and to present the $280,000 check. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Listen Share 00:00 /00:49