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6 militants killed in Kashmir

first_imgThe security forces on Thursday killed six militants in twin operations in south and north Kashmir, as the death toll for October crossed 50 in the Valley.A police spokesman said two militants were killed in the Authoora village of Baramulla’s Kreeri in a pre-dawn operation. “The police made all efforts to make the hiding militants surrender. Instead, they fired on the search party. In the ensuing encounter, two militants were neutralised in Kreeri. The identity of the terrorists is being ascertained,” said the spokesman. Initial investigations suggested they belonged to the Lashkar-e-Taiba.In another operation in Anantnag’s Arwani, four militants were killed.last_img read more

J&K administration amends reservation rule for border dwellers, backwards areas category

first_imgThe Jammu and Kashmir administration has amended reservation rules for border dwellers and backward areas category, officials said here Tuesday. The amendment was carried out through a notification issued late Monday night by the Social Welfare Department, the officials said. They said the department amended the rules for “person claiming reservation on backward area or an area near the Line of Actual Control/International Border Jammu and Kashmir.”“In exercise of the powers conferred by Section 23 of the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation Act 2004 and all other relevant provisions of law in this behalf, the Government of Jammu and Kashmir hereby directs that clause (III) of Rule 21 of the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation Rules, 2005 shall be substituted by the following namely.“A person claiming the benefit on the grounds that he/she belongs to an identified backward area or an area near the Line of Actual Control/International Border, must establish that he/she has resided in the area for a period of not less than 15 years prior to the date of application and is actually residing in the said area,” the Statutory Regulatory Order (SRO) 321 read. It said a person shall not be disentitled from claiming this benefit only on the ground that his or her father or the person on whom he or she is dependent is living in a place which is not identified as backward or area near the Line of Actual Control or IB on account of his employment, business, other professional or vocational reasons and migration from one place to another place within the respective division due to security reasons.last_img read more

Yuvraj Singh ruled out of ICC World Twenty20, India call up Manish Pandey

first_imgIndia all-rounder Yuvraj Singh has been ruled of the ongoing ICC World Twenty20, meaning he will miss the second semi-final against the West Indies on Thursday. Yuvraj sustained an ankle injury against Australia on Sunday.Batsman Manish Pandey has been called in as cover for the injured all-rounder. However a final call on the playing XI will be taken prior to the start of the match.Team director Ravi Shastri said, “scans have revealed that Yuvraj has not not suffered any fractures and the team will miss his services.”Meanwhile, Shastri wants batsman Ajinkya Rahane to replace Yuvraj against West Indies tomorrow. Skipper MS Dhoni is reportedly keen on all-rounder Pawan Negi.Pandey could be the dark horse because of his heroic hundred that helped India beat Australia in the last of a five-match ODI series at the Sydney Cricket Ground earlier this year. Rahane has not found favour with Dhoni in limited-overs cricket and while the captain had spoken highly of Negi, who is an able batsman down the order and is more than handy with his slow left-arm spin.last_img read more

Italy Beats Greece, Qualifies for Euros with 3 Games to Spare

first_imgROME (AP) — Two years after failing to qualify for the World Cup, Italy’s turnaround could not be more emphatic.The Azzurri overcame Greece’s defensive tactics for a 2-0 win Saturday and qualified for the 2020 European Championship with three matches to spare.And qualification comes with quite a bonus: Italy is now assured of playing in the opening match of next year’s tournament at home in Rome in June.“We haven’t really achieved anything yet but let’s enjoy this moment,” coach Roberto Mancini said. “We should be happy with the way the squad is playing. Italy still needs to work a lot to improve. But there’s not such a big gap from the big European squads.”Brazilian-born midfielder Jorginho converted a penalty after the hour mark after a blatant handball by Andreas Bouchalakis. Then substitute Federico Bernardeschi scored from outside the area with a low, bouncing shot that was deflected.Italy extended its perfect record in Group J to seven wins in seven matches. Add in a friendly victory over the United States last year and the Azzurri are in position to match the national team’s record of nine straight wins set under Vittorio Pozzo in the 1930s by beating Liechtenstein on Tuesday.Italy’s Frederico Bernardeschi, right celebrates with teammates after scoring his side second gaol during the Euro 2020 group J qualifying soccer match between Italy and Greece in Rome, Italy, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)“I appreciate the comparison but Pozzo is a legend because he won two World Cups, not for a run of nine straight wins,” Mancini said. “It was great to see the (Stadio) Olimpico full like this and we hope it will be even more magical next June.”It was nearly two years ago that Italy lost a playoff to Sweden and failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup — leaving the four-time champion out of soccer’s biggest tournament for the first time in 54 years.“The most important thing is that the fans have rediscovered their enthusiasm for the Azzurri,” Italian soccer federation president Gabriele Gravina said. “We’re definitely on the right track toward recovering what was lost in recent years.”Italy has a full 21 points, nine more than second-place Finland. The top two teams of each group advance.Greece, which has five points, had already lost hope of qualifying.There were nearly 60,000 fans at the Stadio Olimpico in anticipation of the qualifying celebration but they were kept quiet for much of the night as Greece defended in large numbers.The visitors produced the only shot on goal of the first half while Italy was temporarily playing with 10 men due to a knock to left back Danilo D’Ambrosio. Goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma made a one-handed reflex save on a dangerous effort from Dimitris Limnios.Things got worse for Italy when winger Federico Chiesa, perhaps the Azzurri’s best performer over the course of qualifying, limped off before the break with an apparent thigh issue. Chiesa was replaced by Bernardeschi.“It’s always tough when squads pull everyone back to defend,” Mancini said. “We were too frenetic in the first half. We should have patiently moved the ball around to open up spaces. Instead, we attempted long balls and that’s no good. It was a much more relaxed second half. We kept focused and achieved our goal.”Italy began to threaten more after the break and earned a penalty when Bouchalakis stuck out his arm to block a shot from Lorenzo Insigne that appeared on target.Italy’s Jorginho celebrates after he scores the opening goal of the game from the penalty spot during the Euro 2020 group J qualifying soccer match between Italy and Greece in Rome, Italy, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)Jorginho, who holds dual citizenship, sent goalkeeper Alexandros Paschalakis the wrong way after a nervous buildup to the spot kick as the referee took his time putting the players in order.Fifteen minutes later, Bernardeschi took a pass from captain Leonardo Bonucci and scored his first Italy goal in more than a year.Then it wasn’t long before the Stadio Olimpico was rocking to the White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army” — the soundtrack to Italy’s last title at the 2006 World Cup.___By ANDREW DAMPF AP Sports WriterNorway ends Spain’s perfect record; Italy at Euro 2020Sergio Ramos was seconds away from celebrating his record for most appearances for Spain with a victory that would have ensured his country a spot at next year’s European Championship.But Norway’s last-gasp push for an equalizer paid off in their evenly fought qualifier on Saturday which finished 1-1.That ended Spain’s perfect run of six wins in six matches. Italy did stay perfect by overcoming Greece’s defensive tactics in a 2-0 victory and qualified for next year’s continent-wide tournament.Spain slipped up after goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga gave away a penalty by fouling Omar Elabdellaoui in stoppage time, allowing Joshua King to step up and equalize from the spot just before the final whistle in Oslo.Spain will have another chance to advance on Tuesday at Sweden, but it will do so without Ramos, who will be suspended for an accumulation of yellow cards.Saúl Ñíguez had put Spain ahead with a long-range goal only two minutes after halftime, and Fabián Ruíz went close to sealing the win when he hit the post on two occasions.The 33-year-old Ramos surpassed Casillas’ mark by making his 168th appearance for “La Roja.”“I would trade (the record) for a win,” Ramos said. “But it is a reward for all these years of sacrifice. It is an honor. Every time I put on this shirt I am moved with emotion.”Ramos and Sergio Busquets are the last remaining members of the great Spain teams that won the 2010 World Cup and European Championships in 2008 and 2012.Spain leads Group F with 19 points. Sweden has 14 points after beating Malta 4-0 with Sebastian Larsson scoring twice from the penalty spot in the second half.Romania beat the Faroe Islands 3-0 and has 13 points, three more than Norway.SWISS AT RISKDenmark beat Switzerland 1-0 to take the joint lead of Group D with Ireland.The Irish were held to a 0-0 draw at Georgia.Denmark and Ireland have 12 points. Switzerland, which has eight points and a game in hand, hosts Ireland on Tuesday.The top two teams of each group advance. The other four qualifiers will come through four tiers of playoffs in March.___By JOSEPH WILSON Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Report: West Ham 1 Bournemouth 1

first_imgWest Ham 1 Bournemouth 1: Hernandez proves his worth to Hammers Tom Webber Last updated 1 year ago 00:57 1/21/18 JavierHernandez - cropped Getty Images Bournemouth salvaged a late point against West Ham on Boxing Day but the roles reversed on Saturday thanks to Javier Hernandez. Javier Hernandez may be heading for the exit at London Stadium but he proved his worth to West Ham by salvaging a 1-1 draw against Bournemouth on Saturday.Things have not gone to plan for Hernandez since a £16million move from Bayer Leverkusen in the off-season, but he scored just 64 seconds after Ryan Fraser put Bournemouth ahead in the 71st minute to earn the Hammers a point.The Mexican international replaced the injured Manuel Lanzini seven minutes prior to scoring and his first strike since October suggested he still has something to offer David Moyes with Andy Carroll and Andre Ayew still sidelined. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Hernandez’s strike meant the roles were reversed from when Callum Wilson’s stoppage-time equaliser earned Bournemouth a 3-3 draw against the Hammers when they met on Boxing Day.After experiencing the ecstasy of coming from behind to beat Arsenal last weekend, Bournemouth’s fortunes switched as they were unable to hold their lead in Eddie Howe’s 100th top-flight match as manager.Despite staving off defeat, West Ham failed to clinch back-to-back Premier League wins for the first time since January 21, 2017, while Bournemouth, dumped out of the FA Cup by Wigan Athletic on Wednesday, rise to 12th.Just 64 seconds between @afcbournemouth opening the scoring & @WestHamUtd netting the equaliser#WHUBOU pic.twitter.com/yJZLzCOO9u— Premier League (@premierleague) January 20, 2018West Ham wasted no time in taking control of proceedings, Aaron Cresswell and Mark Noble narrowly missing the target with efforts from outside the box in the opening 10 minutes.Marko Arnautovic had been involved in nine goals in his previous seven Premier League appearances and would have improved those figures had Asmir Begovic not tipped over his attempt to prod a teasing cross from Pablo Zabaleta home.The Hammers were unable to maintain that momentum and after the half-hour mark Lewis Cook curled just wide from the edge of the area following a lovely short-corner routine.Bournemouth ended the first half in the ascendancy but were perhaps fortunate not to concede a penalty shortly after the restart when Cheikhou Kouyate’s cross hit Nathan Ake’s arm, referee Martin Atkinson seemingly deeming the centre-back had no chance of getting out the way.Begovic again came to the Cherries’ rescue before the hour mark when he parried James Collins’ glanced header away from the chasing Lanzini, while Arnautovic failed to make the most of a one-on-one opportunity by getting the ball stuck under his feet, granting Steve Cook time to race in for a recovery challenge.Lanzini went off in the 64th minute to add to West Ham’s injury concerns and their problems worsened when Fraser drilled a fine through-ball from former Hammer Junior Stanislas beyond Adrian.Bournemouth’s lead did not last long, though, as a long ball forward from kick-off eventually fell for Hernandez to stab home an unexpected equalier after some shoddy defending from the visitors.Neither side was able to find a winner in the closing stages, but an injury to Cresswell in stoppage time meant he was replaced by Sam Byram and will provide cause for concern ahead of next weekend’s FA Cup fourth-round clash against Wigan. Key Opta stats:- West Ham are unbeaten in five Premier League games (W2 D3), their longest run without a league defeat since May (also 5).- Bournemouth are also unbeaten in five Premier League games (W2 D3) for the first time since May (also 5).- Eddie Howe oversaw his 100th Premier League game, making him the third youngest English manager to hit this milestone in the competition (40y 52d), after Glenn Hoddle (38y 36d) and Gareth Southgate (38y 150d).- Ryan Fraser has been directly involved in four goals in his last three Premier League games (3 goals, 1 assist), as many as in his previous 26.- Junior Stanislas registered his ninth Premier League assist, the joint-most by a Bournemouth player in the competition (also 9 for Charlie Daniels).- Javier Hernandez netted his 42nd Premier League goal, with all of them coming from inside the box. read morelast_img read more

3 Major Programs Interested In West Virginia Coach Dana Holgorsen

first_imgDana Holgorsen celebrating against the Texas Longhorns.AUSTIN, TX – NOVEMBER 03: Head coach Dana Holgorsen of the West Virginia Mountaineers celebrates after the game against the Texas Longhorns at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on November 3, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)Dana Holgorsen has had a pretty great year at West Virginia, leading the Mountaineers to legitimate College Football Playoff and Big 12 championship contention. WVU ultimately ended up falling short of those marks, losing to Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, but the program still has a lot to be proud of.Will Holgorsen continue to lead the West Virginia program deep into the future?Other schools reportedly have interest in prying him away from Morgantown, West Virginia.The West Virginia head coach is reportedly “on the radar” of Louisville, Colorado and Texas Tech.From Metro News:Texas Tech officials reportedly are targeting West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen as a replacement for Kliff Kingsbury, who was fired Sunday after six seasons.Sources at West Virginia did not confirm Holgorsen’s mutual interest in the Red Raiders’ job, especially considering he’s also on the radar for vacancies at Colorado and Louisville.Holgorsen would owe the university $2.5 million if he leaves for another job before Dec. 31, and $1 million thereafter.It would be surprising if Holgorsen left West Virginia for one of those jobs, though it’s possible the Mountaineers’ head coach could be ready for a change.Stay tuned.last_img read more

Spanish Press Mocks Morocco’s National Football Team

New York – The Spanish press is mocking the extravagance of the Moroccan national football team in the African Cup of Nations for local players, known as CHAN, which is taking place in Rwanda.According to Spain’s Mundo Deportivo, the financial and logistical means the Moroccan Football Federation has put at the disposal of the Moroccan team are more in-line with the needs of “Hollywood celebrities” than football players.Spanish media reported that the Moroccan Football Federation pampered its players as if they were sure to win the African Championship, when in fact they are one match away from being eliminated. According to the same source, the Atlas Lions were given four tons of food, a private chef flown from Morocco, a luxury jet, and they booked all of the rooms at a Kigali hotel.The luxuries demanded by Moroccan players have stirred controversy, especially because the team’s standing in the competition does not justify such extravagances.The Moroccan team started the tournament with a disappointing draw with Gabon in their opening match.Moroccan fans hoped to see their team play its best football, but the Atlas Lions lost their second match to Ivory Coast (0-1) on Wednesday at Stade Amahoro in the Rwandan capital.The final Group A matches will be played on Sunday. Morocco will play Rwanda, and Ivory Coast will face Gabon.The odds of Morocco qualifying to the second round are nearly impossible. They will have to defeat Rwanda, the host nation, by at least two goals, and the Ivory Coast must lose to Gabon.“If the Moroccan selection does not win the last game, it will be automatically eliminated and will have to return with the plane, the cook, and tons of uneaten food,” the Mundo Deportivo said with an overtone of sarcasm.Update: the miracle did not happen for the Moroccans. Despite their win by 4-1 over Ruanda, the host nation, on Sunday, Morocco could not qualify to the second round after Cote D’Ivoire 4-1 win over Gabon. read more

Ban praises adoption of Peruvian law on consultation with indigenous peoples

21 September 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today commended Peru’s recent adoption of laws compelling governments and private companies to consult indigenous communities before going ahead with major projects such as mines that affect them. The law, adopted unanimously last month by the Andean country’s Congress and subsequently promulgated by President Ollanta Humala, was the subject of a tête-à-tête today at United Nations Headquarters in New York between Mr. Ban and Mr. Humala.The Secretary-General congratulated Mr. Humala on the adoption of the law and discussed the importance of social inclusion overall, according to information released by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.The new law has already been welcomed by James Anaya, the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples. read more

Canadian authorities must start meaningful dialogue with aboriginal leaders – UN expert

“I am encouraged by reports that Prime Minister Steven Harper has agreed to meet with First Nations Chiefs and leadership on 11 January 2013 to discuss issues related to aboriginal and treaty rights as well as economic development,” said the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, James Anaya. He continued, “Both the Government of Canada and First Nations representatives must take full advantage of this opportunity to rebuild relationships in a true spirit of good faith and partnership.”For weeks, aboriginal leaders and activists carried out protests referred to as ‘Idle no more,’ according to a news release from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). It noted that the movement has been punctuated by the hunger strike of Chief Theresa Spence of the Attawapiskat First Nation, which began on 11 December. “I would like to add my voice to the concern expressed by many over the health condition of Chief Spence, who I understand will be joining indigenous leaders at this week’s meeting,” the Mr. Anaya said. The independent expert stressed that the dialogue between the Government and First Nations should proceed in accordance with standards expressed in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The Declaration states that indigenous peoples have the right to maintain their distinct identities and cultures as a basis of their development and place in the world, to pursue their own destinies under conditions of equality, and to have secure rights over lands and resources, with due regard for their traditional patterns of use and occupancy.In particular, Mr. Anaya highlighted one of the preambles in the Declaration which affirms that treaties, agreements and other arrangements are the basis for a strengthened partnership between indigenous peoples and States.The Government affirmed a “commitment to continue working in partnership with Aboriginal peoples and in accordance with a relationship based on good faith, partnership and mutual respect,” when it released a statement supporting the Declaration on 12 November 2010, said Mr. Anaya, who has asked the Canadian authorities to provide relevant information on this matter, in accordance with the terms of his mandate from the UN Human Rights Council. “I will continue to monitor developments as I hold out hope that the 11 January meeting will prompt meaningful and restorative action by the Government and First Nations leadership,” Mr. Anaya added.Independent experts, or special rapporteurs such as Mr. Anaya, are appointed by the Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

UN condemns Taliban attack on Afghan officials renews call for civilian protection

“The United Nations again calls on the Taliban to follow through on their previous public commitments to protect civilians,” said the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, Ján Kubiš.At least 41 people were killed in the 3 April attack, the majority of them Government officials, including two judges and six prosecutors. More than 100 other people were injured. The attack is the deadliest against Afghan civilians since December 2011.The 15-member Security Council also condemned the attack “in the strongest terms” in a statement read out to the press by Ambassador Eugène-Richard Gasana of Rwanda, which holds the rotating Council presidency for this month.“The members of the Security Council underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice,” the statement added.The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), which Mr. Kubiš heads, expressed “its deepest condolences to the victims of the attack and their families,” and wished a speedy recovery to those injured.The attack on the government compound was reportedly aimed at freeing 15 Taliban prisoners who were being transferred to the courthouse for trial.The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, stating they intended to target civilian workers in the courts and prosecutors’ offices.Mr. Kubiš pointed out that the Taliban had previously committed to protecting civilians, and that what constitutes a “civilian requiring protection” is defined by international law and not a matter of controversy. “International humanitarian law defines civilians as all those who do not take a direct part in hostilities and who are not combatants – such as civilian Government employees,” UNAMA noted in its statement. “Attacks against civilians are prohibited at all times and may amount to war crimes.” “With the onset of the spring fighting season, UNAMA again highlights the obligations of parties to take all necessary measures to protect civilians,” the Mission stated. As part of its UN Security Council mandate, UNAMA works with Government and civil society actors to increase protections for civilians. Senior officials, including Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, have expressed concern about civilians increasingly bearing the brunt of the conflict in Afghanistan. read more

AEL deploys largest DigiShot Plus electronic blast at Optimum coal mine in

first_imgAEL Mining Services, a pioneer and leader in development and manufacturing of electronic detonators, recently completed a successful trial blast using the DigitShot Plus electronic initiating system at Optimum coal mine, situated some 40 km east of Middelburg in the Mpumalanga Province. The Digishot Plus system is the latest technology electronic delay detonator available today. The current Smartdet system in use at the mine has certain limitations which were addressed in the development of the new system. With the current system, logging cannot commence until after the Mobile Manufacturing Units (MMU) have left the bench (to prevent damage to the surface harness wire). With the new Digishot Plus system, logging of the holes can start while the MMUs are still busy charging resulting in less downtime for the earth moving equipment such as loaders and draglines.On 6 May 2010, a trial block on the Kwagga section, consisting of 345 holes with an average depth of 36 m, was allocated to AEL for a trial blast. Johan Duvenhage, AEL’s Regional Manager, Eastern Operations, of Coal Southern Africa, commented, “This block was broken down into decks presenting some challenges. AEL charged it up with its new E-Series MMUs, which are manufactured locally for South African mining conditions. These MMUs have an efficient charge speed of explosives down the hole and have the capacity to carry a 20 t payload on mine.“We initiated the blast on 22nd May 2010 using the DigiShot Plus system. Through this system, we tagged and assigned locations to each detonator at any time during the charging process, allowing miners to log the entire blast pattern before the MMUs left the bench. However, due to mining regulations, the MMUs were forced to only pump up to a certain distance from the drill rig before they had to stop. Despite the challenge posed by these regulations, the MMUs managed to pump an average of 80 t per MMU per day on site.”The AEL DigiShot Plus system is designed to set a blast off remotely, meaning that the blast can be set off in a range of 3.5 km with direct line of site. The mine was impressed with the new electronic system and realises the benefits in terms of risk and connecting time reduction. By setting off the blasts remotely, it has a much clearer view of the area being blasted, thus an additional safety measure. The mine is also able to clear the area without the risk of damaging any connecting wires from the Bench box to the blasting area which in turn also provides cost saving opportunities to the customer.The timing of the block can also be uploaded onto the Bench box beforehand, thereby saving even more time. By following this process, there is no risk of damage to the harness wire and the miner is in full control of the blast pattern. During the blast, time on the bench was significantly reduced, resulting in an efficiency improvement of the blasting process as well as the related earth moving equipment.From a post blast analysis done a significant improvement in fragmentation uniformity and size distribution was noted. Contributing factors to the improved results was the combination of the AEL Mining Services SD135E bulk formulation and the Digishot Plus electronic detonator system.“This was the largest blast ever done with the DigiShot Plus system to date. Negotiations are currently under way between mine personnel and AEL Mining Services to discuss a service offering on how we believe we could further contribute to the operation, with clear and proved benefits to the customer,” concluded Duvenhage.last_img read more

Hudson Entertainment Closing Report

first_imgMore sad news from the gaming world. After telling you about the end of the Guitar Hero series, it was brought to my attention that Hudson Soft will be shutting down its North American branch, Hudson Entertainment. News comes straight from Hudson Entertainment brand manager Morgan Haro, who wrote in a blog post, “that all of Hudson’s previously planned projects have been canceled and that our office will be closing it’s doors at the end of February.” AdChoices广告Hudson Entertainment has existed in this form since 2003. The previous US iteration of the game maker was Hudson Soft USA, which existed from 1988 through 1995. Hudson was subsequently purchased by Konami. Because of the purchase, “there apparently won’t be any need for the talents within the San Mateo offices of Hudson Entertainment,” said Haro.The post has since been removed from Haro’s site, with a note stating, “Out of respect for a person I hold in high regard, I have temporarily taken down the post that was here.”last_img read more

Greek restaurant owner hires bird shooers to deal with ibis problem

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram When Greek Street Grill owner, Theo Kostoglou approached the local council about the persistent issues he was facing at his establishment with pesky ibises, he was told it was his responsibility. So he has taken matters into his own hands, hiring ‘bird-shooers’ to deal with the issue. “We alternate it,” Mr Kostoglou said.“We put staff members on bird duty. They enjoy it,” Bird duty entails patrolling the area for six hours and using a spray bottle full of water and vinegar to shoo birds away.“Customers appreciate it,” he said.“They love it. It does become costly though because we always need an extra person working.”Mr Kostoglou opened the Greek restaurant in Surfers Paradise along the Esplanade some five years ago. While ibises have been an issue since day one, he says they only used to go for scraps of food but have since become less fearful.“They jump on tables, and they steal food,” Mr Kostoglou said.“People come to the restaurant to enjoy the view of the ocean. “It’s not as if we leave food outside. We take away scraps, but the birds are just too quick.”Meanwhile the council issued a statement stating that the ibises are protected under State Government legislation, meaning they cannot be removed from the area.“Importantly, even if we did, ibis fly up to 20 km daily from the hinterland to Surfers Paradise as they know there are food scraps left on dining tables,” the spokesperson said.“To physically relocate the 20 problem birds would only see them return within a day or so. So it is not a simple matter of relocating nuisance birds.”The spokesman added that the numbers of ibis on the Gold Coast and Tweed had already been reduced from 12,500 in 1998 to 2500 in 2017, and that there are less than 20 “problem birds” in the Surfers area.“The number one rule is don’t feed them, and don’t allow patrons to feed them. Council has ensured its public bins have lids and we do our daily bin collections pre-dawn seven days a week,” they said.“If café owners ensured any food plates were quickly removed from tables as diners departed, we are confident that in a short time, the birds would realise that there are no food scraps available and would move on naturally. “We feel for the café owners and have attended each café, with the Division Councillor, to explain to them their responsibility.”last_img read more

Lingard hopeful of repeating Class of 92 with Pogba Rashford

first_imgManchester United’s Jesse Lingard is hopeful that he can repeat the achievements of the Class of 92 with with fellow graduates Paul Pogba and Marcus RashfordUnited’s Class of 92 represented the likes of Paul Scholes, David Beckham and Gary Neville graduating through the youth system at Old Trafford and going on to lead the club through a period of continued glory, which accumulated with their famous treble in 1999 under the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson.Like those former greats, both Lingard and Pogba played alongside each other at youth level. While Rashford has emerged, in recent seasons, as one of the most promising young talents to emerge at United.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“It is all about making new history but you see the team with Paul Scholes, David Beckham, Gary Neville etc and you see what they achieved and it is only right that the likes of me, Marcus and Paul try and emulate that and win trophies.” Lingard told BBC.“They came through the ranks together, but my (youth) team went their separate ways so to have another home lad like Marcus in the team and with Paul having been here since 16, we just want to try and emulate what they did.”Lingard scored his first England goal recently in their 1-0 win over the Netherlands, during the international break, and the 25 year-old will now return his focus to United’s Premier League and FA Cup campaigns.last_img read more

Lopez Beating Barcelona is a nice challenge for Levante

first_imgLevante UD manager Paco Lopez is relishing the challenge that awaits them at Barcelona tonight in the second leg of their last-16 Copa del Rey tieLopez’s side took full advantage of a Barcelona team without the likes of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez to claim a 2-1 win in the first leg last week on home soil.Although Philippe Coutinho’s late penalty for Barcelona was a blow for Levante, who must now find a way to hold off the Blaugrana with a slender lead at Camp Nou.Despite that though, Lopez believes the pressure is more on Barcelona than themselves and is looking forward to the game in which he hopes to see the hosts’ main stars.“We’ve earned the right to dream of going through to the next round, but Barca have an obligation. It’s a nice challenge for us,” said Lopez, according to Las Provincias.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“Once the game is over, we will return our focus to what’s really important, which is La Liga. But we are not going to throw away the cup and, with the tie in our favour, we will try to do it.“I hope to see Barcelona’s best team, although the other side we saw last time were capable of scoring. Regardless of who plays anyway, it will be very difficult.“But in a match, we’ve proved that we can go up against anyone and we will continue with that mentality.”The return leg between Barcelona and Levante will begin at 21:30 (CET) tonight.last_img read more

Man sets himself ablaze in Governors Harbour Eleuthera

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #mansetshimselfonfire Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, March 2, 2018 – Eleuthera – Unofficial reports are coming out of Governor’s Harbour,  Eleuthera of a man who set himself on fire, after failing to lure his ex-girlfriend out of a building.  Witnesses are saying that the unidentified man, went down to a laundry-mat, where he made attempts to try and get his ex-girlfriend to come outside of the said building.   After attempts were not successful, according to a voice note now spreading across social media, the man then doused himself with gasoline and lit himself ablaze;‘yeah the guy just gone up to the laundry by Sonia them, by Andre laundry, he was trying to get Fiona out the laundry must be to go burn Fiona up.  After she didn’t come out, the guy turned the guys on himself, light himself on fire, he is down in the clinic now, burn right up,’ according to the voice note spreading on social media.We will continue to give updates on this shocking situation as reports become available.#MagneticMediaNews#mansetshimselfonfirelast_img read more

School board and teachers union settle money issues

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – The Broward County School Board and their teachers union settled some money matters, Tuesday.The board voted to approve a 2.5 percent raise for all teachers, retroactive to the 2015-2016 academic year.In a move strongly opposed by teachers, the board eliminated a $2,600 supplement for high school instructors who have sixth period classes.Teachers complain the loss of that bonus will essentially cancel out their raise.The board said money is tight because Tallahassee continues to underfund education.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

What is Siri

first_img Preview • Hey Siri, beat Amazon, Google and Sonos: Apple HomePod hits Feb. 9 $299 See also You can also get Siri’s attention by holding down a button on attached headphones or saying “Hey, Siri” while wearing AirPods or if your Apple device is plugged in. Here’s a list of all the ways to get Siri’s attention and almost everything you can ask Apple’s assistant.  See It See All $299 See It 34 Photos Review • Apple HomePod review: Great sound, but it’s trapped in Apple’s world Apple iOS 13: New Siri voice, camera tools, Dark Mode for iPhone New Mac Pro makes its debut, starts at $5,999 Apple gives the iPad its own OS Returning to Apple’s WWDC after 20 years, now with 5 OSes instead of 1 Get all the latest from WWDC Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it See it $299 Best Buy CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $299 Apple Hold down the home button on your Apple iPhone, and you can ask a question of Siri — Apple’s version of what we generically call a “virtual assistant.” Talk to Siri, and you can search the internet, make a call, set a reminder and even command certain smart home devices to turn on lights, lock doors and trigger scenes.  3 See It Mentioned Above Apple HomePod (White) Adorama Siri runs the smart home with these Apple HomeKit gadgets 7:52 Comments News • Get a refurbished Apple HomePod for $194 Tags reading • What is Siri? Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? • Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Mobile Smart Home Smart Speakers & Displays Siri is built into all modern iPhones and iPads, as well as Apple’s Mac computers and smart watches. Siri is also built into Apple’s HomePod — a smart speaker that responds to your voice commands akin to the Amazon Echo and Google Home. Apple might be following Amazon’s lead with the HomePod, but Siri helped popularize the concept that gave rise to the Google Assistant as well as the voice assistant in the Echo, Amazon’s Alexa. Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Apple HomePod Apple iOS 13 leaks hint at future products and the latest iPhone… Amazon Siri Apple Apple HomeKitlast_img read more

The 75 Million Obamacare Number Only Part Of The Story

first_imgWant to know how many people have signed up for private insurance under Obamacare? Like the law itself, the answer is exceedingly complicated. The administration is tracking the number of plans purchased on healthcare.gov and on the state exchanges. But the federal government isn’t counting the number of people buying plans directly from insurance carriers.Download AudioWhen insurance broker Joshua Weinstein wanted to sign someone up for health insurance this year, he asked one key question – would they qualify for a federal subsidy? If the client didn’t, he steered them away from healthcare.gov:“If you can avoid that whole level of bureaucracy and get a good plan, not necessarily at a good price, but at the same price and they’re not subsidy eligible, we’re going off the marketplace,” Weinstein said.One of those clients is Oliver Korshin, a doctor who lives in Anchorage. Weinstein and Korshin worked together to enroll Korshin’s wife Rachel in a new health plan. They didn’t qualify for a subsidy so they went directly to Premera Alaska, says Korshin.“The actual enrolling wasn’t difficult at all,” Korshin said.Weinstein, their broker, estimates about 15 percent of his clients are signing up for insurance outside the exchanges. He says enrolling directly is easier because insurers don’t have to deal with the financial information required on healthcare.gov.“It’s basically gathering demographic information, name, address, phone number, social security number, which plan do you want, sign up for how you want to pay your bill, monthly via statement or auto-draft and sign and off you go,” Weinstein said.Weinstein does counsel people who are close to qualifying for a subsidy, to sign up on healthcare.gov, in case their income fluctuates during the year.Alaska’s two main insurers report 1/5th of their customers bought plans directly from them. But these customers aren’t being counted by the Obama administration.“That’s the big mystery,” Larry Levitt, an insurance expert with the Kaiser Family Foundation, said.Levitt says there’s a lot of focus on the 7.5 million people who signed up through the 14 state exchanges or healthcare.gov. But he says the off-exchange number is just as essential to gauge how well the law is working:“Oh I think it’s quite important,” Levitt said. “I think it’s probably the case that there are more people insured in the individual market off the exchange than on the exchange right now.”In fact, a new survey from the RAND Corporation estimates 7.8 million people nationwide bought health insurance this year directly from a carrier.last_img read more