Leguan villages under water after koker door collapses

first_imgSeveral villages in Leguan Island, Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) are under water after the koker door in those areas collapsed during the unusual high tides on Tuesday.Two houses that were severely affectedBased on reports received, residents of Endeavour and Amsterdam were forced to move to higher grounds after the murky water flowed into their homes. In light of the flooding, representatives from the Public Infrastructure Ministry (MoPI) and the Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) were deployed to the affected communities to conduct assessments and determine what were the immediate needs.According to a statement by the Civil Defence Commission (CDC), the initial assessment indicated that approximately 30 homes have been inundated with water ranging from six inches to nine inches.As such, the CDC has mobilised and is on standby to support the response efforts. The situation is being monitored through the 24-hour National Emergency Monitoring System (NEMS).Up to late Tuesday evening, a team from the MoPI was on the ground, waiting on the water to recede to install a Stop Log Door before the next high tide to prevent further impact.Earlier this month, several villages along the Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) were underwater following a heavy downpour.It was reported that residents were awakened to high levels of water in their homes and surroundings. Residents have since blamed the inadequate drainage systems in the region.Since there was no place for the water to recede, homes, schools, businesses and others were affected.last_img read more

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Ramirez comes up big for Oilers

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa AnitaRather, he stunned the Moors, lacing a laser from about 30 feet out on the right side of the field into the upper left corner of the goal and past a diving Moors goalie Israel Nery. “It was a shot,” Ramirez said. “I think they thought I was trying to pass the ball to someone and I might have surprised them.” The goal was the second scored by Montebello (8-5-2, 2-1) in a two-minute span, and proved to be enough. “Alhambra usually gives us a good fight,” Montebello coach Jesus Garcia said. “They played hard and stayed close for a while.” Alhambra (3-11-1, 1-2), about four minutes after Ramirez’s goal, caught its first break when senior Juan Frias was pulled down just as he entered the penalty area with possession of the ball. ALHAMBRA – Montebello High School sophomore Ernesto Ramirez was in no mood Tuesday afternoon to stand idly by and watch his Oilers boys soccer team struggle. The forward responded to the team’s sluggish play by scoring two important goals, including the game winner, in a 4-1 win over Almont League rival Alhambra on the road. The blatant tackle merited a yellow card and a penalty-kick goal for Frias, who cut the lead to 2-1. “Our guys never gave up, they never hung their heads,” Alhambra coach Netza Bravo said. “They kept on playing.” While the Moors were only down one throughout most of the contest, Ramirez made any rally difficult. The sophomore extinguished the Moors’ fading hopes when he connected on a 12-footer from just outside the penalty area in the 64th minute for a 3-1 advantage. “This was a pretty important win,” Ramirez said. “It’s league play, so every game is big.” The importance of the game, at times, got the better of both squads as the Oilers were tagged with a red card and the Moors received two yellow cards, one of which was attributed to an unruly crowd. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Senior Javier Ceja set up Ramirez in the 17th minute of the first half when the midfielder redirected a high pass to a perfectly positioned Ramirez. With two Moors defenders nearby, Ramirez chose not to drive into the teeth of the Alhambra defense. last_img read more

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Bush to reassess American troop needs under new Iraqi government

first_imgWASHINGTON – President George W. Bush, facing political pressure for troop cutbacks, said Tuesday he would make a fresh assessment about Iraq’s needs for U.S. military help now that a new government has taken office in Baghdad. Bush also said Americans should not judge what’s happening in Iraq solely on the basis of the unrelenting violence. “It is a difficult task to stop suicide bombers,” Bush said at a news conference. Bush said progress was being achieved on the military and political fronts – as Iraqis are trained to handle their own security force and a new unity government begins works. Iraq’s government will assess its security needs and its security forces and work with U.S. commanders, Bush said. Bush said Americans should look beyond the daily scenes of violence. “If one were to measure progress on the number of suiciders, if that’s your definition of success, I think it obscures the steady, incremental march toward democracy we’re seeing,” the president said in the East Room, standing alongside Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. “But that’s the main weapon of the enemy, the capacity to destroy innocent life with a suicider,” Bush said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“We haven’t gotten to the point yet where the new government is sitting down with our commanders to come up with a joint way forward,” the president said. “However, having said that, this is a new chapter in our relationship. In other words, we’re now able to take a new assessment about the needs necessary for the Iraqis.” One of Bush’s top aides said the role of U.S. military in Iraq will change as the new government takes place. “This is a new, permanent government that will chart a new path for Iraq,” said White House counselor Dan Bartlett. “Obviously, we will play an instrumental role in security operations, but as their capability grows and they centralize authority of Iraqi forces, our role will change.” Iraq hangs heavily over Bush’s presidency. More than 2,450 members of the U.S. military have died since Bush ordered an invasion of Iraq more than three years ago. The war is a major factor in Bush’s slump in the polls to the lowest point of his presidency. There are 132,000 U.S. troops in Iraq, and election-year pressure is building to begin troop withdrawals. At least 40 people were killed Tuesday in attacks across Iraq. In Baghdad, a bomb exploded in the courtyard of a Shiite mosque and killed no fewer than 11 while wounding at least nine others. last_img read more

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I DON’T NEED TWO GAA TICKETS FOR CROKE PARK SAYS WHEELCHAIR-BOUND FAN

first_imgA wheelchair-bound GAA fan has slammed the GAA for making him take TWO tickets for the All Ireland semi-final between Dublin and Donegal.Frank Larkin from Letterkenny has been a huge GAA fan all his life and travels to many of Donegal’s games.However the well-known 40 year old says he feels so patronised by Croke Park authorities because they insist on sending him TWO tickets for every game at GAA headquarters. One of the tickets is free but a second is for a companion who can sit with him in the designated area for people with disabilities at Croke Park – but must be paid for.But Frank says he would much prefer to travel on his own and pay for his own ticket each time.“It is a nice gesture and I appreciate that some people with disabilities cannot travel on their own.“But I and many other people with disabilities do not need people to travel with. “The GAA will allow me to go to Croke Park on my own.“However they insist on sending me TWO tickets for every game at Croke Park.“I have to say I do feel patronised and I feel I should have the right to receive just one ticket if I request it,” he said.Frank said he would even be prepared to pay for ONE ticket for himself.“That’s how strongly I feel about it. People might say I am lucky getting free tickets and I know I would have no shortage of people wanting to take me. “Thankfully I don’t need anyone. But I want to make the point to the GAA that I should have the right just to receive one ticket,” he said.On the field Frank reckons Donegal could just have a big surprise in store for the Dubs at Croker on Sunday week next, August 28th.“Everyone thinks it’s only a matter of Dublin turning up and walking into the final.“But I can tell you that people up here feel a lot different than that. “I think Dublin could be in for a real fight and much more on the day,” he said.EndsI DON’T NEED TWO GAA TICKETS FOR CROKE PARK SAYS WHEELCHAIR-BOUND FAN was last modified: August 18th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Croke ParkFrank LarkinGAAletterkennylast_img read more

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Essentials for Your Geocaching Adventure

first_imgShare with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedGeocaching on the Go – Geocaching.com Weekly NewsletterAugust 15, 2012In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”Top 10 geocaching essentialsMay 25, 2017In “Community”Geocachers are the nicest people: My trip to the 12th Annual GCHR Picnic Mega-EventSeptember 23, 2014In “Community” The great explorers who charted the globe knew a thing or two about being prepared. They crafted a checklist of essentials before they even thought about leaving homeport. You’re now among the newest generation of explorers, but your checklist still needs the same essentials and a few brilliant new innovations (like bug spray).A geocaching adventure begins with a plan and then a backup plan. Make sure you tell someone where your journey is taking you, just in case you’re late returning.Bring water, extra batteries, a cell phone, the correct clothes for the climate, and the aforementioned bug spray.Now the fun begins. Get ready to pack your geocaching tools-of-the-trade. Some geocachers only pack their GPS or smartphone and a pen and call it good. But what about packing something Columbus could have only dreamt about, like a “Trackable Leatherman Micra Tool”? Or even an Ultra-Violet flashlight for deciphering geocache clues? Visit Shop Geocaching for even more ideas. If you’re outside the United States, check out our International Geocaching Retailers.Share tips on what to carry in your Geocaching pack below in comments!last_img read more

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Niyamgiri activist Lingaraj Azad arrested

first_imgLingaraj Azad, activist and adviser to Niyamgiri Suraksha Samiti, was arrested by the police in Kalahandi on Wednesday. The arrest of Mr. Azad, who happens to be the national vice president of Samajwadi Jan Parishad and national convener of National Alliance of People’s Movements, was confirmed by Kalahandi Superintendent of Police Battula Gangadhar. Mr. Gangadhar told The Hindu that a police team from Bijepur arrested the rights activist from Kesinga police station area of the district in a case relating to a protest demonstration outside the India Reserve Battalion camp at Trilochanpur village last month. Activist Prafulla Samantara, who has been involved in the agitation against proposed bauxite mining in the Niyamgiri hills, however, claimed that the villagers were opposing the IRB camp since the security personnel had occupied their gram panchayat office without the consent of its office-bearers. Mr. Azad has also been charged for staging a protest demonstration outside the Vedanta alumina refinery on the foothills of Niyamgiri; a case had been registered at Lanjigarh police station in April 2017 in this regard. He was later produced before a court at Bhawanipatna which remanded him in judicial custody. Activists demand release The development took many activists supporting the cause of the tribals living in the Niyamgiri hills by surprise. Terming Mr. Azad’s arrest illegal, SJP and NAPM activists demanded his immediate release.Activists also passed a resolution condemning the arrest. “We condemn Mr. Azad’s arrest ahead of the SJP’s proposed rally in Bhubaneswar on March 11 on the continued violations of rights in Niyamgiri hills,” said Aflatoon, all-India general secretary of the SJP.last_img read more

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India vs Sri Lanka World Cup final: Gambhir, Kohli up the tempo against Lanka

first_imgChasing 275, India are 86/2 in 16 overs with Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli at the crease against Sri Lanka in the World Cup final at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Live score | Latest match photos There was major disappointment in sort for the Indian fans as Lasith Malinga claimed Virender Sehwag on the second ball of the India innings trapping him leg-before.Post that wicket, Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir were trying to revive the innings and they were doing it at a good rate scoring in boundaries. But, as they say good things don’t last long and their partnership too ended early and again the man in question was Malinga. Tendulkar went for a cut but ended up giving an edge to keeper Sangakkara with 32/2 on board. He scored 18.Sri Lanka innings Mahela Jayawardene scored a ton as Sri Lanka put 274/6 in 50 overs against India in the World Cup final at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Saturday. Upul Tharanga and Tillakaratne Dilshan started of cautiously as India seamers S Sreesanth and Zaheer Khan got busy trying to keep a good line after Sri Lanka won the toss.Soon Zaheer got the man he wanted claiming opener Upul Tharanga on the first ball of the seventh over. The ball took the edge of Tharanga’s bat and Virender Sehwag took a fine catch in the first slip. Sri Lanka score at the stage 17/1.In the 17th over Harbhajan Singh accounted for the other opener Tillakaratne Dilshan with his turner. It was a soft dismissal that took away the batsman’s leg stump when he was trying to sweep the ball down the leg side. He fell for 33 and Lanka fell to 60/2.advertisementPost that wicket, captain Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene started off slowly dealing in singles but gradually upped the tempo. The duo had put 62 runs for the third wicket, when Yuvraj Singh got the man India wanted. An edge of Sangakkara’s bat was lapped up by skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni behind the stumps on 48 and Sri Lanka went down to 122/3 in the 28th over.Yuvraj Singh could have got another wicket in the form of Thilan Samaraweera, but the replays showed that ball had not touched the batsman’s gloves or the bat before landing in skipper Dhoni’s gloves. Soon Mahela Jayawardene and left-hand batsman Tilhan Samaraweera got on with a partnership. But as has been the case in this match whenever two batsmen got going Yuvraj got the breakthrough. Here too when the duo had put 57 runs for the fourth wicket Yuvraj Singh claimed Samaraweera on 21 with an LBW written against his name.  Sri Lanka were 179/4 at the stage.There was more to come as Zaheer Khan struck back and removed new man Chamara Kapugedera with a well disguised slower ball. Kapugedera ended up giving an easy catch to Suresh Raina at mid-wicket and Sri Lanka were reduced to 182/5.Jayawardene went on to complete his century and he did it in good time using just 85 ball to reach there. In the 48th over off Zaheer Khan, he hit consecutive fours to reach the milestone. But Zaheer proved to be a little lucky on the last ball of his over with Nuwan Kulasekara getting run out on 248/6.But, the drama was far from over as new man Thissara Perera plundered him in the last over helping the team put on 274/6. He hit two consecutive fours and then a massive six off the last ball nullified Zaheer Khan’s efforts that had seen him bowl three maiden overs at the start of the innings.In fact, Sri Lanka scored 54 runs in the last five overs – their highest total in Batting Powerplay in this World Cup.TeamsSri Lanka: Tillakaratne Dilshan, Upul Tharanga, Kumar Sangakkara(w/c), Mahela Jayawardene, Thilan Samaraweera, Chamara Kapugedera, Thissara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Suraj Randiv, Lasith Malinga, Muttiah Muralitharan  India: Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni(w/c), Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Munaf Patel, S Sreesanthlast_img read more

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Review: Samsung fitness products offer the basics

first_imgSamsung’s latest gadgets try to tap into people’s passions for tracking fitness activities.The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo wristwatches, Gear Fit wristband and Galaxy S5 smartphone all come with heart rate monitors and software for tracking exercise and the number of steps you walk in a given day.Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone and Samsung Gear 2In April, I ran the Big Sur International Marathon in California sporting the Gear Fit, along with a Garmin GPS watch and activity trackers from Jawbone and Withings. I used the S5 and Gear 2 on other runs and as part of day-to-day living. I wanted to see how useful and accurate these devices are and how easy they are to use.The S5 phone sells in the U.S. for about $200 with a two-year service contract, or about $650 without one. The Gear 2 costs about $300, while Gear Fit and Gear 2 Neo cost about $200 each. The wrist devices must be paired with certain Samsung phones or tablets made in the past few years, though you can leave the device at home and sync the data after your workout.Samsung is trying to become the hub for all your health information, similar to what Apple is eyeing with its upcoming HealthKit tools for iPhones and iPads. The technology is rudimentary now, but apps might one day use all this data to warn you of problems before you notice symptoms.Samsung Gear 2Tracking heart rateThe Jawbone Up doesn’t track heart rate, while Withings’ new Pulse O2 needs to be removed from the wristband for readings – impractical during exercise. Optional heart rate monitors with GPS watches typically require wearing a separate sensor.advertisementWith Samsung’s products, that’s all built in and easily accessible.But I sometimes have to try several times to get a good reading, especially with the wrist devices on my sweaty arm.Readings are usually within several beats of the pulse I measure manually – good enough to gauge your heart rate, but no replacement for medical devices such as an EKG. Now and then, I get readings that are way off.Samsung has free phone apps to log past readings. The wrist devices continually track your heart rate during exercise, but you see only the average and maximum rates on the app.Tracking exerciseDedicated activity trackers such as Jawbone’s and Withings’ automatically detect when you’re exercising. By contrast, you must tell the Samsung device when you’re starting or finishing. The exception is with the pedometer, which counts daily steps.Some people will prefer having everything automated, but I like Samsung’s approach, as it offers more precision than guessing based on motion sensors. It’s similar to how GPS watches work. However, GPS watches also let you take splits – snapshots every mile in a race or every lap on a track. Samsung has just start and stop – not even pause.Accuracy on the phone is comparable to that of other GPS phone apps. Lacking GPS, the wrist devices calculate distance based on motion sensors and your height – a reflection of how far you travel per step. Distance tends to be off by the same amount each time. There’s no way to calibrate the devices, apart from lying about your height. I had to shave off about a foot to get it right.During the Big Sur marathon, the Gear Fit had me at 26.2 miles – finished – with some six miles still to go. How demotivating.Tracking sleepThe wrist devices can offer insights into your unconscious hours and tell you in the morning how much of your sleep was motionless.I found that neat, until I saw the Jawbone and Withings apps go further. Those devices tell you how often you get up to use the bathroom, how long it takes for you to fall asleep and how long you hit the snooze button before you actually get up. They also separate light and deep sleep.Tracking weight and nutritionThe S Health app for the S5 lets you log what you eat by searching for a specific product (such as a Big Mac from McDonald’s) or entering individual ingredients.There’s a lot of guess work, though. I have no clue what I pointed to when I ordered at the lunch counter the other day. I know rice was part of it, but what was the portion size?Another feature logs the weight you enter over time. You need your own scale.A mix of the basicsThink of these Samsung gadgets as fitness samplers. They offer a little bit of everything, without excelling at any one thing.advertisementPeople who are looking for more than the basics might get frustrated. If you need to track something specific regularly – in my case, distance and pace on runs – you’re better off with a device dedicated to that.But if you’re new to fitness tracking, these gadgets offer a good introduction.They also offer a peek into a future where your various health records are integrated and presented neatly in graphs and charts. We’re far from that day, but you see the first few steps here.Although I wouldn’t buy an S5 phone just for these fitness features, they could nudge you in that direction if you are already thinking about it. You get most of the functionality with just the phone, but the wrist devices are easier to carry and will also monitor your sleep.last_img read more

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Pullela Gopichand Rubbishes Reports of Park Tae Sang Replacing Kim Ji Hyun as PV Sindhu’s Coach

first_imgNew Delhi: India national badminton chief coach Pullela Gopichand has refuted reports of Park Tae Sang being in line to replace South Korean Kim Ji Hyun as the women’s singles coach of the national team.”I have no clue about anything like that. No idea where these things come from. As far as I know, there have been no movement on that front,” Gopichand told IANS. Hyun, who played a pivotal role in PV Sindhu’s march to the world title recently, last week resigned as India’s women’s singles coach citing personal reasons.After that, reports came in that the men’s singles coach Sang will step into Hyun’s shoes to train Sindhu.Following her maiden victory at the World Championships in Basel where she defeated Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara 21-7 21-7 in the summit clash, Sindhu made early exits at China Open and Korea Open thereafter.Last week, the 24-year-old crashed out of the China Open World Tour Super 1000 badminton tournament as she went down fighting to Thailand’s Pornpawee Chochuwong.And on Wednesday, she squandered a first-game advantage and went down 21-7, 22-24, 15-21 to Zhang Beiwen of the US in the first round of Korea Open. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. badmintoncoachIndiaindian badminton First Published: September 26, 2019, 3:38 PM ISTlast_img read more

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Virat Kohli bags another Rs 100 crore deal, experts call it undervalued

first_imgTwenty years back Mark Mascarenhas redefined the sports endorsement market in India making Sachin Tendulkar the first-ever cricketer to bag a 100 crore deal. Although the numbers have multiplied manifold now, a 100 crore contract, still rings a bell.India’s captain and arguably the biggest ever brand since Sachin, Virat Kohli has reportedly just signed an eight-year Rs 100 crore deal to have MRF on his bat; which translates to more than Rs 12 crore a year. His previous three-year deal with MRF was for Rs 8 crore. In the cricket bat sponsorship space, the new numbers are unprecedented.The next in line when it comes to bat sponsorships amongst Indian cricketers is MS Dhoni who it is learnt bags Rs 4 crore a year. Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan reportedly take home Rs 3 crore a year while Suresh Raina’s bat deal is worth Rs 2.5 crore. Ajinkya Rahane’s bat deal is worth Rs 2 crore per year.Although the gap between Virat and the rest is yawning, some industry experts opine Brand Virat is so strong and sustainable that his managers may actually be short selling him.”I am not sure of the value. Going by the current position of finding a celebrity in sports and the gap between Virat and rest being 15 steps, I would have priced him higher. We still think in India that 100 crore are great. It’s not. It’s not even $ 2 million. Maybe he could have demanded more; knowing his position, track record and success,” said Shailendra Singh, one of the pioneering names in the cricket brand endorsement space. This is Virat’s second 100 crore plus deal after signing up with sports manufacturing major Puma only a few months ago.advertisementAnother old hand in the industry, Pralhad Kakkar, who closely worked on many commercials with Tendulkar says Virat’s managers are failing to understand that unlike Sachin at the time, Virat is risk free now as he has already made it. For the record, Sachin’s MRF deal was worth 3 crore a year in the early 2000’s.”His representatives are not selling him properly. He is being undersold. They are not doing their job. He is much more than what Sachin was at that time. Guaranteeing 100 crore to Sachin was a risk and he proved every paisa they paid him. Virat is a horse that has already reached the stable,” he said.Shailendra concurs and goes a step further. “Virat is a bigger package than Sachin and Dhoni ever were. Sachin was a great performer, no controversy etc. Dhoni is similar. But both were silent. Virat is aggressive, a captain, has a point of opinion, has tattoos, a known Bollywood girlfriend. He seems to be a complete package for youth. There is no other Virat and the next one is 50 miles away,” he added.But other industry insiders suggest while Virat’s Puma deal can be called undervalued, the MRF contract isn’t a bad one in the current bat sponsorship scenario. “The bat sponsorship space has dried up somewhat. Nike which sponsored bats of half the Indian team has moved away. Only Ceat and MRF are major players,” said a competing insider.Virat’s 8 year deal simply means both the player and the sponsor are counting on him playing at least 8 years more till 2025 by when he would be aged 36. Going by his cricketing exploits across formats and successful start to his India captainy reign, sponsors are unlikely to lose money. Seasoned sponsors understand ROI better than anyone else.Shailendra spoke with authority. “Understand the subject (Virat). Demand 1000 crore and you might get them.”last_img read more

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