Lucknow: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Uttar Pradesh has achieved its target of enrolling 50 lakh new members, ahead of the August 20 deadline. The party is now aiming to enrol a total of 80 lakh members by the deadline. According to party’s organising secretary, Sunil Bansal, the party’s state unit now ranks first in the country on the membership drive. The party’s membership drive was launched on July 6 and the BJP in Uttar Pradesh now has a total of 1.36 crore members. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Bansal said the party has managed to make 60 to 70 per cent members in booths where the party did not have any members. “We have made about three lakh members per day and this number reached 6 to 7 lakh per day after the scrapping of Article 370. We had set a target of having more than 50 per cent members at every booth,” he said. The BJP leader said that from August 16 to 25, a campaign for verification of members would be done. The process of organisational elections would be launched from September 1, beginning at the booth level. Uttar Pradesh minister Ashutosh Tandon has already been appointed in-charge of organisational polls in the state. The BJP is also preparing to launch a campaign to spread awareness about the scrapping of Article 370 and the ‘freedom’ of Kashmir in the true sense of the term.
OTTAWA – Style experts who have been eager to pit the fashion selections of Sophie Gregoire Trudeau against those of Melania Trump at this week’s G7 summit are going to be sorely disappointed.The American first lady is sending her regrets.Melania’s spokeswoman confirmed she will not travel to either Quebec for the G7 or Singapore later this month for the meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.Jean Harris, a politics professor at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania, says skipping Singapore makes some sense because there is no clear social role for a spouse amid the tensions of that meeting. However, there are always partner programs at summits like the G7 to help showcase the local region and build additional relationships between the leaders of the world’s biggest democracies.“You do expect spouses at the G7,” said Harris. “There’s lots of media attention.”The first lady’s absence is adding fodder to the Trump critics and online conspiracy theorists who say Melania Trump has not been seen publicly since May 10 and wonder if it’s because she’s no longer willing to play the pretty spouse role on the president’s arm in the wake of revelations about his payoffs to women with whom he allegedly had affairs since marrying Melania.The more likely reason, said Harris, is that Melania underwent surgery for a benign kidney condition on May 14th.She did attend the G7 summit last year in Italy and also travelled to Germany in July for the G20, although she spent part of that trip trapped in her hotel suite while violent protests raged outside. Her security guards didn’t feel it was safe for her to go out.The first lady has been to Canada once before, travelling to Toronto for her first solo foreign trip last September for the Invictus Games, where she represented her husband and met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, his wife and their two eldest children.Melania and Gregoire Trudeau also participated in the meeting between their husbands at the White House last October.While Melania has been on most of her husband’s foreign trips to date, she did cancel plans to join him at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland in January just days before Trump’s departure, citing scheduling conflicts. She also skipped the last two stops on his Asian trip in November, going with him to Japan, South Korea and China but staying behind in Beijing when her husband went on to Vietnam and the Philippines.Canadian officials working on the G7 summit did not respond to requests Monday about what will be on this year’s spouses’ agenda. It’s possible a boat trip on the St. Lawrence, tours of the local art galleries and a presentation of regional cuisine will highlight the agenda.Last year at the G7 in Sicily, the spouses flew over Mount Etna in a helicopter and visited city hall. In Japan in 2016, the spouses visited a Shinto shrine and watched divers extract pearls.
TOKYO — Asian shares rose Wednesday amid hopes for progress in U.S.-China trade talks.ASIA’S DAY: Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 jumped 2.2 per cent to 21,602.75. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 edged up 1.4 per cent to 5,653.50. South Korea’s Kospi was up 1.4 per cent at 2,082.57. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng added 1.7 per cent to 26,216.08, while the Shanghai Composite index rose 0.3 per cent to 2,602.15. Shares also rose in Taiwan, India and most Southeast Asian markets.TRADE TALKS: Recent media reports say China has agreed to reduce tariffs on U.S. autos. That has raised hopes the two countries can make progress on their trade dispute. Investors worry weaker global trade would dent economic growth and corporate profits around the world.WALL STREET: The S&P 500 dipped by 0.94 points, or less than 0.1 per cent, to 2,636.78, while the Dow Jones industrial average fell 53.02, or 0.2 per cent, to 24,370.24, and the Nasdaq composite rose 11.31, or 0.2 per cent, to 7,031.83. Slightly more stocks fell on the New York Stock Exchange than rose.THE QUOTE: “U.S.-China trade developments appear to be the outstanding item set to aid Asia markets,” said Jingyi Pan, market strategist at IG in Singapore. “Much needed positive news in the form of auto tariff reduction underpinned the early optimism.”ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude oil gained 45 cents to $52.10 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It rose 65 cents to settle at $51.65 per barrel Tuesday. Brent crude, the international standard, gained 57 cents to $60.77 per barrel.CURRENCIES: The dollar rose to 113.41 Japanese yen from 113.08 yen late Tuesday. The euro slipped to $1.1329 from $1.1384.___Yuri Kageyama is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/yurikageyamaOn Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/yurikageyama/?hl=enYuri Kageyama, The Associated Press
BEIJING — The Latest on China-U.S. trade talks in Beijing (all times local):5:45 p.m.Two days of U.S.-Chinese trade talks have ended with no immediate indication whether they made progress on a battle over Beijing’s technology ambitions.Delegations led by U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and his Chinese counterpart, Vice Premier Liu He, met at a government guesthouse. They left without talking to reporters.Earlier, President Donald Trump’s top economic adviser said he has yet to decide whether to go ahead with a March 2 tariff increase on Chinese imports from China. Companies and investors worry the fight between the two biggest global economies could drag on weakening world growth.___12:00 a.m.U.S. and Chinese envoys are holding a second day of trade talks after the top economic adviser to President Donald Trump said he has yet to decide whether to go ahead with a March 2 tariff increase on imports from China.Business groups and economists say the two days of negotiations due to run through Friday are too brief to resolve a sprawling dispute over Beijing’s technology ambitions. They say China’s goal is to persuade Trump to push back the March 2 deadline.Trump’s economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, told reporters in Washington the “vibe is good” in the talks, but he said Trump has made no decision on whether to escalate the dispute by letting the March 2 tariff hike go ahead.Both sides have expressed optimism without releasing details.The Associated Press
3 October 2007The international community should step up its efforts aimed at tackling the root causes of terrorism, from combating extremist ideology to eliminating poverty, Tajikistan’s Permanent Representative told the General Assembly today in New York. The international community should step up its efforts aimed at tackling the root causes of terrorism, from combating extremist ideology to eliminating poverty, Tajikistan’s Permanent Representative told the General Assembly today in New York.Speaking at the annual high-level debate, Ambassador Sirodjidin Aslov said “power actions alone will not be able to uproot terrorism” and experience showed that more lateral ways of dealing with the problem are needed.“We believe that long-term success in combating terrorism and religious extremism depends on dealing with the root causes of these negative phenomena associated with social and economic problems within society,” Mr. Aslov said.“It is essential to jointly search for ways of addressing poverty issues, overcoming negative consequences of globalization, and for the ways of resolving internal and regional conflicts.”More resources should also be devoted to defeating the ideology behind many terrorist acts, he said, calling on regional organizations to play a greater role in this fight.“The international community should intensify its efforts aimed at counteracting instigation of acts of terror, proliferation of ideology of terrorism, extremism and separatism, interreligious and inter-ethnic intolerance and hostility, and should enhance its struggle against financial terrorism.”The ambassador also spotlighted the increasingly close links between terrorism, transnational organized crime and the trade in illegal narcotics.“Prevention of illicit drug trafficking, which to a certain extent is the breeding ground for terrorism and international crime, should become part and parcel of our common struggle against terrorism,” he said.
The most prestigious trophy in Ontario university women’s basketball is being renamed to honour a Brock University and Canadian basketball legend.The Ontario University Athletics championship trophy will be renamed the Critelli Cup in recognition of Brock’s Assistant Athletic Director Chris Critelli during a ceremony at the St. Catharines University on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016.The official announcement will take place at 7:45 p.m. Wednesday in the Bob Davis Gym where the Brock Badgers women’s and men’s basketball teams are playing Western. The ceremony will take place between the two games.Wednesday’s matchups are part of the Annual President’s Game festivities. In attendance will be Brock President Jack Lightstone, along with OUA President Peter Baxter and OUA CEO Gord Grace, who will together make the presentation to Critelli.The 59-year-old former Olympian calls it an “amazing honour.”“I can’t believe it because there are so many great people out there who have done so much in the game and for the OUA. So to have them choose me is really neat. I’m honoured and surprised,” she said.The Niagara-born Critelli is a member of the Canada Basketball, Ontario Basketball and St. Catharines Sports halls of fame. She will also be a first-ballot Brock University Athletics Hall of Famer when she retires.As a player, Critelli went to the Olympics in 1976 and won three international bronze medals. She is the only player in history to have won both an NCAA and CIS championship, the former twice with Old Dominion and the latter twice with Laurentian.She has been at Brock University for the past 33 years, serving as Athletic Director, Assistant Athletic Director, Assistant Coach and Head Coach of the women’s basketball team, a title she held for 25 years. She retired from coaching with 393 wins, six divisional titles and an OUA championship to her name.Critelli said she plans to retire from her Assistant Athletic Director role at Brock in the next year or two and hopes to pen a book about a basketball career that started when she was a child.“Life is too short. There are things I want to do while I’m young and healthy,” she said.Asked what moment stands out as a highlight of her career, Critelli said it was representing Canada as an 18 year old at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal.“That was an unbelievable journey. And it wasn’t so much the games that stood out as the opening ceremonies in your own home country,” she said, adding winning the NCAA championships while at Old Dominion in 1978-79 and 1979-80 also stood out.
OSU junior forward David Gust attempts a shot during a shootout in a game against Michigan on Jan. 15 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won in the shootout. Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz | Asst. Sports EditorThe Ohio State men’s ice hockey team went to Happy Valley this weekend for a two-game series, but it is heading home feeling nothing more than content after an up-and-down weekend.The Buckeyes were thoroughly defeated on Friday, losing 6-1, but they were able to recover the following day, taking care of the Nittany Lions 7-4.In Game 1, the Nittany Lions struck first after junior forward David Goodwin dispossessed the Buckeye defense behind the goal and laid off the puck for senior forward David Glenn, who fired it behind junior netminder Christian Frey.The first period was quite physical, as both teams were handed penalties. At two points, the teams played four-on-four hockey. Penn State junior goaltender Eamon McAdam demonstrated why he leads the Big Ten in save percentage, stopping a flurry of shots from sophomore forward Luke Stork and senior forward Anthony Greco. The Buckeyes appeared to be knocking on the door after a strong finish to the first period. That, however, would not be the case, as Penn State illustrated why it has the nation’s fifth-ranked offense.Penn State would double its lead with a long shot from freshman defenseman Vince Pedrie. Redshirt senior forward Eric Scheid brought the puck up the right side of the rink and completed a cross-ice pass, which Pedrie collected and converted. Goodwin made it 3-0 with just over six and a half minutes left in the period after some nifty build-up play with freshman forward Andrew Sturtz. This forced OSU coach Steve Rohlik to make a switch inside the pipes. He replaced Frey with junior goalie Matt Tomkins, marking Tomkins’ first appearance in seven games. The substitution would not make any difference.Just three minutes later, Penn State senior defenseman Luke Juha made it 4-0. The nightmare continued for the Buckeyes just over a minute later when freshman forward Alec Marsh pushed the puck under Tomkins’ right skate, making it 5-0. Junior forward and co-captain Nick Schilkey broke McAdam’s shutout with a power-play goal just over two minutes into the third period. The goal, however, did little to turn the tide, as Penn State coasted to the victory. Junior forward Zach Saar took advantage of an empty net with less than 30 seconds remaining, ending the match 6-1. Tomkins would remain in goal for the Scarlet and Gray for Game 2 on Saturday. Senior goaltender Matthew Skoff took over for McAdam in the Nittany Lions’ goal. It became quite clear early on that the Buckeyes were not going to allow a repeat of the previous night’s performance.Just a minute and a half into the first period, Schilkey laid the puck off to junior forward David Gust, who converted for the power-play score. It was Gust’s 17th point in 17 games, although his 15-game point streak ended the night before.The Buckeyes doubled their lead just six minutes later after freshman defenseman Tommy Parran netted his first career goal for the Buckeyes. Another freshman, forward Freddy Gerard, made it 3-0 for the Buckeyes less than halfway through the period. With just over two minutes remaining in the period, Penn State got on the board. Scheid centered a pass for freshman forward Chase Berger, whose shot was deflected in by Tomkins. Sturtz cut the lead to one goal just past the halfway point in the second period after a great solo effort from the Penn State defensive zone. Emotions began to run high after a few altercations between the two sides. One conflict behind the Buckeyes’ net resulted in junior defenseman Drew Brevig and junior forward Ricky DeRosa being sent to the box, resulting in some four-on-four hockey similar to the night before. An interference call on Parran resulted in a four-on-three advantage for the Nittany Lions, and they would swiftly take advantage with an equalizing goal from Goodwin. Penn State would then grab its first lead of the afternoon when Kevin Kerr fired a shot from long range above Tomkins’ glove just under three minutes into the third period. The Buckeyes finally responded after Penn State’s four straight goals, courtesy of sophomore forward Matthew Weis’ eighth goal of the season. Then, just 42 seconds later, a shot from senior defenseman and co-captain Craig Dalrymple trickled underneath Skoff, which left freshman forward John Wiitala with an easy empty-net goal to put the Buckeyes back in front 5-4. Weis would grab his second goal of the game after a two-on-one breakaway and doubled the Buckeyes’ lead with just over five minutes remaining in the encounter. Senior forward and Co-captain Anthony Greco put the game to rest with just under 30 seconds left with an empty-net score, ending the match at 7-4. OSU is set to get back in action on Friday against Wisconsin at the Schottenstein Center. Puck drop is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
OSU’s defense watches a tipped ball that would then be intercepted by redshirt freshman cornerback Damon Arnette (3) during the first half of the Buckeyes game against Northwestern on Oct. 29. The Buckeyes won 24-20. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo Editor“Defenses win championships” has been the motto adopted by numerous teams throughout sports that defines the winning attitude of a team. Ohio State is notorious for its own catch phrases to capture that final missing piece of motivation during its journey to a national title run.In 2014, it was “The Chase.” 2015 was “The Grind.” This season OSU has lived off of “The Edge,” which is where average stops and elite begins, coach Urban Meyer said in August. To defend and limit an offense as potent as Clemson’s, OSU defense has to surpass that edge on Dec. 31 in the Playstation Fiesta Bowl.OSU defense has already set a school record this season with seven interceptions returned for touchdowns. Co-defensive coordinator and associate head coach Greg Schiano implemented the “sideline return” play that has seized momentum-changing opportunities time and time again. Redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker has become one of the most dominant safeties in the country in his first season of significant playing time. He is responsible for three of the team’s seven pick-sixes this season, which is an individual school record.But it’s not necessarily just Hooker. Sophomore linebacker Jerome Baker has arguably been the most improved player this season, considering he didn’t start at the beginning of the year. An injury to junior linebacker Dante Booker put Baker in the lineup. Redshirt sophomore Marshon Lattimore has also excelled in his first season starting at cornerback. Schiano said when talking about Hooker, Baker and Lattimore, you’re talking about three elite athletes at their positions.Schiano and co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell have shared defensive play-calling duties this season that have led to the Silver Bullets being in the top 10 in the nation in several defensive categories, including third in total defense and scoring defense. The play of OSU’s secondary has been its saving grace at times this year. Hooker, Lattimore and company might have to be that safety blanket again up against a Clemson team that completes 27.9 passes and throws for 333 yards per game.“I’ve never coached a secondary as talented as this, and I’ve been doing this for 30 years,” Schiano said. “We had some talented ones in Miami (Florida), but this, to me, is the best.”It’s well known that Clemson junior quarterback Deshaun Watson is the keyholder to coach Dabo Swinney’s offense. Watson, a 2015 and 2016 Heisman finalist, is 30-2 as a starter when he finishes the game healthy. He has completed 67.6 percent of his passes for 3,914 yards with 37 passing touchdowns, which all rank in the top 10 in the country.Watson is without question the leader of the offense, but having wide receivers like Artavis Scott, Mike Williams, tight end Jordan Leggett and running back Wayne Gallman make the Clemson offense that much more terrifyingly difficult to defend. Scott, currently sitting at 592 receiving yards, likely needs just one catch to join Williams, Leggett and Deon Cain as the fourth Tiger receiver with 600 yards or more.To give some perspective on just how talented the Clemson receiving corps is, Clemson only had two receivers with at least 600 yards in 2011 when All-American quarterback Tajh Boyd had five NFL players — Sammy Watkins, DeAndre Hopkins, Dwayne Allen, Martavis Bryant and Jaron Brown — to throw to. Boyd accumulated over 3,800 passing yards in 2011 compared to Watson’s almost 4,000 yards this season.“They have athletes all around the field,” Baker said. “Great athletes, great quarterback, great running back, great receivers. They definitely have athletes pretty much everywhere at every position.”OSU allowed 226 yards against Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield, the nation’s leading passers in quarterback rating. During that game, OSU also shut down the other Oklahoma Heisman finalist Dede Westbrook who racked up just 51 yards on five catches against the Buckeye defense.Coach Meyer said his team wasn’t young anymore following the 42-24 victory at Oklahoma in September. He said his team was experienced. Schiano still believes his team is young, but thus far the defense has stood the test and he doesn’t have any reason to believe his playmakers won’t step up to the task at hand against the No. 2 Tigers.“I just look at (the defense) as we have a chance to keep getting better,” Schiano said. “If you get better every day, hopefully at the end you’re playing for it all.”
“Not just for you but everybody else around you as well because you become a problem. I, through a lot of my twenties, was a problem and I didn’t know how to deal with it.”On eventually seeking help, the Prince said: “It’s all about timing. And for me personally, my brother, you know, bless him, he was a huge support to me. He kept saying this is not right, this is not normal, you need to talk to [someone] about stuff, it’s OK.“The timing wasn’t right. You need to feel it in yourself, you need to find the right person to talk to as well.” The Prince admitted that at times he had struggled with aggression and turned to boxing as an outlet for his frustration. Prince Harry Prince Harry leaving Public nightclub, London, Britain in 2011 Credit:Rex Features But he added: “I can’t encourage people enough to just have that conversation because you will be surprised firstly, how much support you get and secondly, how many people literally are longing for you to come out.”Confessing he was “a little nervous, a little tight in the chest” about the interview, the Prince said he was determined to make a difference while the younger members of the Royal family are “still interesting” to the public, doing his bit before Prince George, Princess Charlotte and any of his own future children step into the spotlight. Prince Harry with a picture of his mother Princess Diana, with staff and users of The Running Charity, which is the UK’s first running-orientated programme for homeless and vulnerable young people, in Willesden in north west London.Credit:Geoff Pugh Describing the “quite serious effect” that losing his mother had on his personal and professional life, he tells how living in the public eye left him feeling he could be “very close to a complete breakdown on numerous occasions”.The Prince, now 32, turned to counsellors and even took up boxing. He says he is now in “a good place”.Prince Harry has decided to give an unprecedented insight into his past in the hope it will encourage people to break the stigma surrounding mental health issues. Prince Harry speaks frankly about fighting his demons on the wake of his mother’s death and how he finally sought professional helpCredit: Getty Images Diana, Princess of Wales with Prince Harry who has said he regrets not opening up sooner about how his mother’s death affected himCredit: PA My brother, you know, bless him, he was a huge support to me. He kept saying this is not right, this is not normal Show more The 30-minute conversation is one of the most candid insights into the innermost thoughts of a modern young member of the Royal family. The Prince, together with his brother and sister-in-law, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, have set up Heads Together, a charity which promotes good mental well-being.Prince Harry, who was 12 when his mother died, says in the podcast that he spent his teenage years and twenties determined not to think about her.“I can safely say that losing my mum at the age of 12, and therefore shutting down all of my emotions for the last 20 years, has had a quite serious effect on not only my personal life but my work as well,” he said. “During those years I took up boxing, because everyone was saying boxing is good for you and it’s a really good way of letting out aggression,” he said.“And that really saved me because I was on the verge of punching someone, so being able to punch someone who had pads was certainly easier.”He eventually sought support with the encouragement of his brother and others close to him, who told him: “Look, you really need to deal with this. It is not normal to think that nothing has affected you.”Since learning to talk honestly about his feelings, he said, he now feels able to put “blood, sweat and tears” into making a difference for others.“The experience I have had is that once you start talking about it, you realise that actually you’re part of quite a big club,” he said. Later this year, the Prince and the Duke will commemorate the 20th anniversary of their mother’s death, commissioning a statue and presenting awards in her name to honour “kindness, compassion and service”. He has spoken to Bryony Gordon for the first episode of her podcast, Mad World, in which she will interview high-profile guests about their mental health experiences. Prince Harry said of his loss: “My way of dealing with it was sticking my head in the sand, refusing to ever think about my mum, because why would that help? “[I thought] it’s only going to make you sad, it’s not going to bring her back.“So from an emotional side, I was like ‘right, don’t ever let your emotions be part of anything’.“So I was a typical 20, 25, 28-year-old running around going ‘life is great’, or ‘life is fine’ and that was exactly it.“And then [I] started to have a few conversations and actually all of a sudden, all of this grief that I have never processed started to come to the forefront and I was like, there is actually a lot of stuff here that I need to deal with.”He said he now counts himself very lucky that it was “only two years … of total chaos” before he learnt how to talk about it. “I just couldn’t put my finger on it,” he said. “I just didn’t know what was wrong with me.” Prince Harry has disclosed that he sought counselling after enduring two years of “total chaos” while still struggling in his late twenties to come to terms with the death of his mother.The Prince says in an interview with The Telegraph that he “shut down all his emotions” for almost two decades after losing his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, despite his brother, Prince William, trying to persuade him to seek help.Disclosing that he has spoken to a professional about his mental health, he describes how he only began to address his grief when he was 28 after feeling “on the verge of punching someone” and facing anxiety during royal engagements. My way of dealing with it was sticking my head in the sand, refusing to ever think about my mum, because why would that help? Prince Harry left the British Army in May 2015 after 10 years’ service that saw him fight on the front line in Afghanistan twiceCredit: AFP/Getty Images “I can safely say it’s not Afghanistan-related. I’m not one of those guys that has had to see my best mate blown up next to me and have to apply a tourniquet to both their legs. Luckily, thank God, I wasn’t one of those people.”Prince Harry said his work with the personnel recovery unit, where he listened to wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women talk about serious mental health issues, had proved a turning point in his understanding.“I know there is huge merit in talking about your issues and the only thing about keeping it quiet is that it’s only ever going to make it worse,” he said. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. “I have probably been very close to a complete breakdown on numerous occasions when all sorts of grief and sort of lies and misconceptions and everything are coming to you from every angle.”Asked whether he had been to see a ‘shrink’ to offload his thoughts, he said: “I’ve done that a couple of times, more than a couple of times, but it’s great.” Even at royal engagements, he said, he had found himself battling a “flight or fight” reaction without properly understanding why. Once he started opening up to friends, he added, he found those same friends felt able to “unravel their own issues”.Dismissing previous speculation he may have suffered mental health issues because of his time in Afghanistan, he said he felt clear that coping with the death of his mother on a very public platform had the greatest impact. Of his current focus on mental health, he said: “What we are trying to do is normalise the conversation to the point where anyone can sit down and have a coffee and just go ‘you know what, I’ve had a really s— day, can I just tell about it? Because then you walk away and it’s done.” He is now in a “good place”.“Because of the process I have been through over the past two and a half years, I’ve now been able to take my work seriously, been able to take my private life seriously as well, and been able to put blood, sweat and tears into the things that really make a difference and things that I think will make a difference to everybody else.”
The Queen is shown a typical 2019 shopping basketCredit:Reuters Before she left, she met a small selection of around 30 of Sainsbury’s 180,000 employees, including some of the 35,000 staff volunteering in their communities to celebrate the 150th anniversary, before unveiling a plaque and cutting a cake to mark the occasion. Lord Sainsbury, life president and former chief executive of the company, greeted the Queen and called her visit “very flattering”.He said: “I’m proud to say that what the company has contributed over the years has made it worthy of it.”Of course, it’s a great compliment.” She was shown how tastes have changed since her Coronation when one Sainsbury’s staff member, Lynn Bennett, showed her a typical shopping basket from 1953 and one from the present day. “I think if I had seen the Queen in one of my stores in the north east of England I would have made sure I had assisted her,” he said. As Queen, she has had little opportunity to get to grips with the mundane reality of modern supermarket shopping.So when she was taught to use a self-service scanner today, she only had one question on her mind: could it be tricked?The Queen, who was visiting a Sainsbury’s store to celebrate the chain’s 150th anniversary, was given a demonstration of a new till and weighing scale, asking: “And you can’t trick it? You can’t cheat then?”Reassured by Damien Corcoran, a regional manager for Sainsbury’s stores in the north east of England, that the weighing scale would catch out any unscrupulous shoppers, the Queen was told how people put items from their baskets on the scales, key in details, and normally pay with credit cards.When the manager claimed many people liked the convenience of being able to do it themselves, she replied: “I’m sure they do. Everybody wants to hurry.”Mr Corcoran also showed her how some shoppers now dispensed with tills altogether, choosing instead to pay via a mobile telephone app. “That’s an interesting tool,” the Queen, who is 93, replied. The Queen sees inside a replica of one of the original Sainsbury’s stores in Covent GardenCredit:Reuters Mr Corcoran, a former Captain in the Royal Signals, said that in his work for Sainsbury’s he generally found there were two types of customers: those who embraced new technology quickly and were keen to use it, and others who needed a bit more help from staff. Beside one counter, Lord Sainsbury of Preston Candover, the company’s 91-year-old life president, and his wife Lady Anya, reminisced with the Queen about ration books, which the company helped to introduce during the Second World War.She recalled her ration book – “it was very small” – and told the Sainsburys how the Royal Family used to supplement their rations with eggs and cheese from the farm at Windsor. “As a Sunday treat we had some sweeties. But we were lucky we had a farm,” the Queen said. Off duty, she is said to occasionally pop into shops in Ballater near Balmoral when she is staying on her Scottish estate. During her visit to Sainsbury’s in Covent Garden, the Queen was shown around mocked-up store fronts from history. The pop-up store, only a few hundred yards from where Sainsbury’s first set up in business on a stall at 173 Drury Lane in 1869, is open all week for the company’s 150th celebrations.During a half hour visit, the Queen saw a replica of the firm’s first delivery bike, used to take goods to customers in Croydon, south London, before seeing counters displaying the first three items the shops sold: butter, milk and eggs. The Queen had her suspicions about the self-service check outCredit:Reuters While the Queen is not a regular visitor to supermarkets, she has previously made official visits to shops including a 2016 trip to Waitrose in Poundbury with Prince Philip, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall. A mock-up of an original Sainbury’s storeCredit:Reuters One item that caught her eye from 1953 was an empty jar of bloater paste, a fish paste made from herring.“Ghastly,” the Queen said.“I was thinking the same,” said Ms Bennett. “Disgusting.”The Queen appeared surprised by some of the items in the modern day shopping basket, which included fish pie and curry ready meals.When Ms Bennett showed her a packet of sachets of porridge and explained people liked the sachets, the Queen said: “Porridge? Tastes have changed.” The Queen examines a ration bookCredit:Reuters
Ahead of the April issue report on the underground mine of tomorrow, Sandvik continues to develop and enhance its advanced automation offerings. Transparency of the mining operation has long been a challenge. Sandvik OptiMine® allows you to compare a mine model with the actual layout of your mine and enables continuous improvement in real time. Sandvik OptiMine is a modular information management solution that offers a real-time view of your underground mining operations. Suitable for all mining applications and the entire mobile fleet, including equipment supplied by other OEMs, the solution is designed to provide real-time tracking and production management tools for controlling both manual and automatic mining operations. Sandvik OptiMine modules can be combined as needed to build up the required functionality and to optimize your mining operations. With open interfaces, the solution can also be integrated to other mine IT systems. The two latest modules in the offering are the 3D Mine Visualizer and the Drill Plan Visualizer Based on the 3D scanning results, Sandvik OptiMine 3D Mine Visualizer brings a three-dimensional model of your mine layout directly to your office. 3D mine visualization significantly enhances comprehension of large mining environments. One of the key benefits of 3D mine visualization is how it enables users to more effectively communicate and interpret data around the current situation and future plans for the mining environment. Situational awareness is improved, as information about the mine can easily be studied and understood at a glance. 3D mine visualization is a valuable tool in operations planning, analyzing problematic areas and tracking mine development over time.Sandvik OptiMine Drill Plan Visualizer is an easy to use visualization tool for production and rock support drilling. In the Sandvik OptiMine Drill Plan Visualizer, drill plans and drilling results are visualized in a user-friendly and informative way, giving you the tools you need to compare drilling results to production drilling and bolting plans. Drilling plans and bolting scenarios can be easily created, modified and edited for the most optimal results. With a web-based user interface, information on the planned and actual drilling is available anywhere, anytime and with virtually any connected device.Drill plans are transferred to the drill automatically and actual, real-time drilling data is immediately available in the production control system. And, as per other Sandvik OptiMine modules, Drill Plan Visualizer data is available for other mine IT systems. For production drilling, Sandvik OptiMine Drill Plan Visualizer shows existing plans and actual drilling results in a 3D format, including measurement-while-drilling (MWD) data, when available. MWD data is also available in 2D graphs for more detailed, alternative analysis of the drilling results. The tool’s intuitive user interface ensures that the creation and editing of new drilling plans is convenient and quick.These two new modules complement the current offering of Sandvik OptiMine® Monitoring and Reporting, Scheduler and Task Management and Location Tracking, which are used in mines in Australia, North and South America, Africa and Europe.
PERVEZ MUSHARRAF WAS today disqualified from contesting Pakistani elections next month, crushing his ambition to ‘save’ the troubled nuclear-armed country just weeks after his return from exile.Pakistan goes to the polls on 11 May, marking the first time a civilian government has handed over power at the ballot box after completing a full term in office in a country used to extended periods of military rule.The Pakistan election campaign has got off to a lacklustre start and been marred by violence and Taliban threats. Earlier today, a bomb targeted a convoy of the main opposition Pakistan Muslim League-N (PMLN) party, killing four people.Election officials disqualified Musharraf just one day after he unveiled his All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) party manifesto at a press conference overshadowed by questions about a series of legal cases dating back to his nine years in power.BailThe retired general is on bail over the 2007 killing of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto and the 2006 death of a rebel leader from the region of Baluchistan, and for sacking judges when he imposed emergency rule in 2007.But he told reporters yesterday: “The only thing in my heart was to save Pakistan and now I am here I have the same commitment, that I will save Pakistan.”The Taliban threatened to assassinate him on the eve of his return to Pakistan on 24 March, where he was welcomed by only a few hundred ardent supporters.The 69-year-old applied to run for parliament in four seats but was rejected immediately from all but the northern district of Chitral, on the Afghan border.Violated the constitutionLawyers appealed against his approval in Chitral and today a court official said Musharraf’s nomination had been thrown out on the grounds that he violated the constitution in 2007.Musharraf’s team have vowed to appeal against the decision in the Supreme Court, which is also hearing a separate petition from lawyers demanding that Musharraf face trial for treason dating back to his 1999-2008 rule.Lawyer Ahmed Raza Kasuri said the decision was an insult to “an internationally known person” and would show the world “what democracy we have”.“Let us see what the Supreme Court decides. We are hopeful we will get justice,” close Musharraf aide and APML candidate in Islamabad, Mohammad Amjad, told AFP, denying that the decision would have any impact on the party’s campaign.Musharraf’s main rival in Chitral told AFP that he asked for him to be disqualified for violating the constitution, killing Bhutto, seizing power in 1999 and raiding an extremist mosque in Islamabad in 2007.“I also requested the tribunal to disqualify him on grounds of killing Akbar Bugti and allowing America to invade Afghanistan,” Maulana Abdul Akbar Chitrali, a candidate for the religious Jamaat-e-Islami party.Today’s attack in the Khuzdar district of southwestern province Baluchistan was the third deadly attack on politicians or political parties in as many days.Sanaullah Zehri, head of the PMLN in Baluchistan, survived but his son, brother, nephew and their guard were all killed, officials said.“An improvised explosive device went off as Zehri, leading a convoy of more than 20 vehicles, left his home to campaign in Khuzdar,” provincial home secretary Akbar Durrani told AFP.There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but the Pakistani Taliban have said they were behind two deadly roadside bomb attacks in the northwest on Sunday.Zehri survived a murder attempt two years ago that was claimed by the rebel Baluch Liberation Front.In Peshawar, a candidate for the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) which led the national government from 2008 told AFP he escaped a grenade attack at his home unhurt on Tuesday.Yesterday, gunmen killed two election campaigners for an independent candidate running in the lawless northwestern tribal regions, a day after a roadside bomb in the Swat valley killed a local leader of the Awami National Party (ANP).On Thursday a grocer standing in the polls for the secular Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) was shot dead in the southern city of Hyderabad, an attack also claimed by the Taliban.Pakistan’s caretaker interim prime minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso ordered an immediate tightening of security for all candidates in the wake of that shooting.- © AFP, 2013Read: Former president Musharraf returns to Pakistan, vows to ‘save’ country >Video: Pakistani lawyer throws shoe at Musharraf in court >
OLYMPIA — Authorities have identified the young man whose body was found last week in a state forest near Olympia.Thurston County Coroner’s Office says 18-year-old Dakota Walker, originally from Los Angeles, died of multiple gunshot wounds. The office says his body appears to have been put there by someone.His body was discovered Oct. 20 in the brush of Capitol State Forest, about 10 miles southwest of Olympia near the entrance to Margaret McKenny Campground.The Thurston County sheriff’s office is investigating.
Inter Milan goalkeeper Samir Handanović is looking ahead after their Champions League exit on Tuesday night.Inter Milan were knocked out of the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday night after failing to beat PSV at San Siro, and Handanovic has called on his teammates to bounce back from the disappointing result as soon as possible.“Today is a new day and we’re now looking ahead. We’re back in action on Saturday, and playing and winning is the best medicine in situations like this,” Handanovic told the club’s website.We knew we had to win our game without thinking about what was going on elsewhere, but unfortunately, we didn’t manage to do so.Lukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“We have missed out on our objective, but come February we’ll be treating the Europa League as a new opportunity, as will the other teams with a chance of winning it.“We have a team that can go all the way. We haven’t even reached the halfway stage of the season and we’ve still got targets we want to achieve.“We’ve played well in recent games, but unfortunately, we haven’t managed to pick up the results we wanted. We need to find that spark again.”
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMONTEGO BAY, Nov. 16 (JIS): Chairman of the Cannabis Licensing Authority, Dr. Andre Gordon, says the organisation will operate in a completely transparent manner, as it seeks to regulate the local marijuana industry.Addressing a conference on Jamaica’s Cannabis Reforms, at the Swept Away Resort in Negril, on November 14, Dr. Gordon said stakeholders in the industry will be kept abreast of all discussions and decisions, to ensure that there are no grey areas.“Whatever we do that is not sensitive at the moment of discussion or decision will not be kept away from the stakeholders. We don’t expect and will not give anyone the opportunity to have any doubts about how licences are issued and who get licences,” he said.Dr. Gordon emphasised that the guidelines which are used to govern the Authority will be made available to players in the industry, in an effort to keep everyone in the loop.He reiterated that the main function of the Authority is to foster the sector’s growth and development, and regulate the legal marijuana and hemp industry in Jamaica.“This will be done in a manner that is consistent with Jamaica’s international treaty obligations regarding the use and export of narcotic substances. Nothing that we do will contravene our international obligations,” Dr. Gordon assured.The Chairman pointed out that under the amendments to the Dangerous Drugs Act, the Authority has been given the power to issue licences, permits and authorisations for the handling of hemp and marijuana for medical, therapeutic or scientific purposes.Dr. Gordon added that while the organisation has no authority over the religious or sacramental use of marijuana, it will ensure that persons from that sector are given a level playing field on which to participate in a regulated and legal industry.Dr. Gordon informed that three Orders have been issued by the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining for the use of marijuana for research purposes and the Authority, by law, will maintain jurisdiction over the drug that is used for research.Meanwhile, the Chairman said it is expected that the final regulations of the Authority are expected to be in place during the first quarter of 2016.“The drafting of the regulations will start this month (November). We have agreed that we will have interim regulations to facilitate research and development work…for the Minister to take to Cabinet before the end of 2015. We expect to have at least the first set of final regulations in place by the end of the first quarter of 2016,” Dr. Gordon said. Related Items:Chairman of the Cannabis Licensing Authority, Dr. Andre Gordon, Negril, Swept Away Resort
Quick thinking helped limit damage Tuesday when fire broke out on the deck behind an adult foster home near Pacific Middle School, according to the Vancouver Fire Department.The fire was reported at 10:46 a.m. at Hope Care Adult Foster Home, 17702 N.E. 31st St., said Capt. Dave James.A caretaker evacuated five residents from the home while another man used a garden hose to attack the blaze before firefighters arrived. The man suffered from smoke inhalation but refused treatment. American Medical Response personnel said the man, who was presumably a neighbor, walked away from the scene after the fire. His name was not available.Firefighters arrived and put a fan in the door to ventilate smoke. They also cut siding off the rear of the home to make sure fire hadn’t spread inside the walls, James said.James said that the fire likely would have spread to neighboring homes and a greenway behind the house had the man not immediately attacked the flames with the hose. Access to the greenway was limited and would have made the firefighting effort difficult, he said.Clark County Deputy Fire Marshal Richard Martin said the fire caused an estimated $15,000 in damage. There was extensive damage to the back deck and a back wall, and some heat damage to a window, VFD spokesman James said.
With a new CEO and a new set of titles, it’s been a busy week (in the midst of a busy year) for Time Inc. The company’s flagship title is also undergoing significant changes with an incoming round of new digital hires and a website relaunch scheduled for the fall.They’ll be going through it with out Managing Editor Richard Stengel though.Stengel, Time’s ME since 2006, plans to leave his post at the magazine, sources with knowledge of the situation say. As Capital New York first reported, he plans to accept a position in the U.S. Department of State, pending confirmation. No timeline has been announced for his departure, but Nancy Gibbs, deputy managing editor of Time, is expected to replace Stengel.Gibbs—along with Tina Brown’s former No. 2 and current Time.com ME, Edward Felsenthal—is overseeing the hiring of nearly two-dozen staffers as the brand prepares to unveil a redesigned website. Stengel’s move won’t affect that schedule, a source says.They add that Stengel had been on a leave of absence from the magazine since July, working with Time Inc. Editor-in-Chief Martha Nelson on corporate editorial projects.Stengel’s parting follows last week’s story that Douglas Frantz, national security editor for The Washington Post, had also left his position for a job in the State Department.To stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, become a Facebook fan and follow us on Twitter!
Congress party leader and workers perform a religious ritual to pay tribute to the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel killed on February 14 during an attack on a CRPF convoy in the Lethpora area of Kashmir, at a temple in Amritsar on 19 February 2019. Photo: AFPJunaid Ayub Rather cowered alongside 30 other students in a small room for two nights while mobs chanted for their blood outside, before finally escaping the rage sweeping India after last week’s suicide bombing in Kashmir.Similar scenes have played out across the nation as Kashmiris living away from home flee violent reprisals following the latest attack in the restive Himalayan region, which killed at least 40 Indian paramilitary soldiers.Rather said angry crowds gathered outside hostels and apartments rented by Kashmiri students in Dehradun, north of New Delhi, shouting for the “traitors” and “terrorists” hiding inside to be shot.”It took us four days to reach home in Kashmir with some help from police and a Muslim businessman,” Rather, who had lived in the northern city for two years, told AFP after reaching his home south of Srinagar.”Thirty of us slept in one room for two nights before we could mobilise help to flee.”The businessman let them take refuge in his home until buses could be organised to get them to safety.Around 11,000 Kashmiri students enrol at Indian universities outside their home state each year.Many are now clamouring to return home to a region battle-scarred by 30 years of civil war, fearing violent attacks if they stay.Video footage of Kashmiris being beaten and taunted in Indian cities has been widely shared on social media, while rightwing Hindu groups and pundits on TV news channels have encouraged reprisals.A professor from New Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University this week publicly called for the execution of 40 Kashmiris to avenge the suicide bombing, while two other colleges announced they would no longer accept students from the territory.Distress callsMore than 500 students, along with 100 businessmen, have already arrived back in Kashmir to flee a “climate of fear and intimidation across India”, said Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation chief Mohammad Yasin Khan.More were on their way, he told AFP.”We are continuously receiving distress calls from all kinds of people asking for help,” Khan said.Some Kashmiri students have also been suspended by Indian universities for allegedly posting insensitive comments on social media about the suicide attack, while others have been arrested on sedition charges.India’s interior ministry has ordered state governments to protect Kashmiri students — but several political leaders have also stoked aggressive anti-Kashmir sentiment since the bombing.”Don’t visit Kashmir … Boycott everything Kashmiri,” Meghalaya state governor Tathagata Roy wrote on Twitter.More than 500,000 Indian troops are stationed in Kashmir, a territory administered by New Delhi but also claimed by neighbouring Pakistan.The two countries have battled three wars for control of the region, while an assortment of local insurgent groups have fought for a merger with Pakistan or outright independence.Last week’s suicide attack was claimed by the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militant group, based in Pakistan.India has long accused Islamabad of giving official backing to Kashmiri rebel groups.Prime minister Narendra Modi, who faces an election in the coming months and is under pressure to take a tough stand on militants, has promised those responsible for the bombing “will pay a heavy price”.His Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan promised retaliation against any Indian attack on his country’s soil.
Texas Urban Forest Strike TeamA member of the Urban Forest Strike Team checks a map in Rockport, Texas in September 2017.The list of Hurricane Harvey’s impacts on the Houston area only seems to grow, even almost a year out from the storm. One of the latest additions to that list is the potential of a widespread tree die-off.Even though Houston floods regularly, Paul Johnson with the Texas A&M Forest Service said Harvey was particularly harmful, given the amount sheer amount of water Harvey dumped on Houston, and how long it took to drain.“Trees that are flooded for just a few hours can often withstand that,” Johnson said. “Those that are under water for days, weeks, months, the longer that time period, the more severe the damage usually is.”Johnson said the beginning signs of a tree dying — losing leaves and branches — can take a while to show up. It’s only now, ten months later, that The Texas A&M Urban Forest Strike Team is touring the Gulf Coast to assess the damage.“A lot of the trees that were damaged by the flooding last year went ahead and leafed out this spring and so they looked like they were just fine, Johnson said. “Now that it’s getting hotter and the rainfall is less common we’re starting to see those ill effects.”Johnson said his group is most concerned with older trees dying off and losing limbs. He said the older plants clean more air than younger ones and lose heavier branches which can fall on people, homes, and cars. Share
Ubiquity6, an augmented-reality startup building a platform for people to create and interact in shared AR spaces connected to the real world, announced $27 million in Series B funding.The latest round was led by VC firms Benchmark and Index Ventures. Ubiquity6 previously raised $10.5 million round in March from investors including Jeffrey Katzenberg-led holding company WndrCo, Index Ventures, First Round Capital, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and Gradient Ventures.Ubiquity6 says its secret sauce is providing a way to enable a massively shared AR experience that persists over time. The startup’s engineering team built the platform using advanced machine-learning techniques to locate a user’s phone and its physical surroundings.The San Francisco-based company was founded in July 2017 by CEO Anjney Midha and CTO Ankit Kumar. “Augmented reality could be one of the greatest inventions of our time, but there is no clear path to mass adoption,” Midha said in a statement. “We believe that leveraging the millions of smartphones already in consumers’ hands to create a meaningful shared experience is how we will unlock AR’s full potential.”Previously, Midha was an investing partner at Kleiner Perkins, where he founded the firm’s dedicated seed fund KPCB Edge and worked with AR, VR and computer vision companies including Magic Leap and TheWaveVR. Kumar has a background in deep learning, computer vision, and high-scale distributed systems, having received an undergraduate degree in mathematics from Stanford University.On Aug. 9, Ubiquity6 demonstrated a beta preview of its technology for the first time at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art through PlaySFMOMA, the museum’s initiative to encourage development of experimental games. More than 100 attendees stepped into the surrealist world of René Magritte to see his signature green apple and bowler hat through the Ubiquity6 app on their phones and build a virtual world with others at the event. Watch video of the SFMOMA event below (and at this link):Users interested in participating in Ubiquity6’s public beta can sign up on its website at ubiquity6.com.With the funding, Benchmark general partner Mitch Lasky, previously an exec with Disney, Activision and Electronic Arts, will join the Ubiquity6 board. According to Lasky, Ubiquity6 has stood out from other AR and VR companies “both for the boldness of their vision and for the broad applicability of their technology.”“Not only has the team tackled complex technical hurdles, they’ve identified a business opportunity to create shared experiences easily from a mobile phone, making augmented reality a platform for creation, not simply consumption,” Lasky said. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15