Cyclone Fani damage assessment set to begin in Odisha from May 14

first_imgWith a month left for the Southwest monsoon to hit Odisha, the State government on Monday said it would begin a door-to-door house damage survey from May 14 and issue work orders for the construction of houses on June 1 in cyclone-affected areas.11-member teamAn 11-member Central team, split into two groups led by Vivek Bharadwaj, Additional Secretary in the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, and Ajay Kumar, Director in the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, visited Puri and parts of Khurdha district.The Central team was apprised of the devastation wrought by Cyclone Fani by the Special Relief Commissioner Bishnupada Sethi, before going for a field visit. Earlier, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik shot off a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanking him for the support rendered to Odisha by the Union government.‘Devastating experience’“While the people of the affected districts have gone through immense hardship, the loss of shelter has been a devastating experience The State government is undertaking a detailed house damage assessment which would be completed shortly. The exact number of houses damaged completely or substantially will be arrived at after the survey,” Mr. Patnaik noted in the letter.“However, according to preliminary estimation, about 5 lakh houses have been completely or substantially damaged across 14 districts with the major loss occurring in Puri district,” he observed.Mr. Modi had undertaken aerial survey of the cyclone-affected areas during his visit to the State on May 6. ‘Dire need’“A presentation on the extent of damage was also made by the State administration, highlighting the dire need for building disaster resilient housing along the coastal belt of Odisha, vulnerable to cyclonic storms,” Mr. Patnaik said, requesting the Centre to sanction 5 lakh Prime Minister Awas Yojna (PMAY) houses initially. Emphasising the need for waiver of the Permanent Wait List (PWL) criterion for this particular allocation, Mr. Patnaik also urged Mr. Modi to consider a Centre-State fund sharing pattern of 90:10 as a special case.last_img read more

Book review: Peter Murray and Ashish Shukla’s ‘Sachin Tendulkar: Masterful’

first_imgSachin Tendulkar: Masterful By Peter Murray & Ashish Shukla Rupa There are sporting biographies that are, with the help of research, legwork and the power of the intellect, able to draw back the curtain on towering personalities and let the reader into their inner spaces. Let it be said the,Sachin Tendulkar: Masterful By Peter Murray & Ashish Shukla Rupa There are sporting biographies that are, with the help of research, legwork and the power of the intellect, able to draw back the curtain on towering personalities and let the reader into their inner spaces. Let it be said the latest offering on India’s biggest sporting superstar Sachin Tendulkar is not one of those.Tendulkar is a difficult subject, his private persona at complete odds with his gigantic, explosive game. He is in his 13th year with the Indian team and will be 30 next year. He has gone from schoolboy to icon in front of all of India and found himself saddled with labels-apna Bradman, national mood elevator, hot commercial property.In a country that cannot have enough of him, Tendulkar figured out quickly how much he would allow the world to see. Like most great athletes what you see is not what you get: what you get is an aura, not an interplay of light and shade. There has been only one truly insightful book on the man: written by brother and mentor Ajit.But it too stopped with 1989, the year Sachin made his Test debut. Peter Murray, an India-born, Australia-based journalist with a background in sports writing, and Ashish Shukla, a cricket journalist who travels with the Indian team, have taken their crack at the man and his myth.MOOD ELEVATOR: Tendulkar, India’s own BradmanUnfortunately, unlike its subject, Masterful it is not. It is littered with errors, factual and typographical, that committed chroniclers would consider heresy. To pick a few nits, Tendulkar was born in 1973, not 1974, his sister’s name is Savita, not Sampada, his first first-class captain was Lalchand Rajput, not Dilip Vengsarkar, and the reasons his close-knit family is described as a “klan” (what, like Ku Klux?) remain mysterious.While Tendulkar may have the detachment of a “karmic sadhu”, his lack of “meglamania” is hardly reassuring; it’s a slippery word, elusive even in the dictionary. There are breathless accounts of his great innings, approvals for his unflagging commitment, paeans for his family values and eight pages of tributes from the greats of world cricket. But it’s like revisiting a neighbourhood church: been there, done that, sung the hosannas. If Tendulkar is the presiding deity, the “God” of Indian cricket, then where are his details?Locked up in the hero’s own head no doubt, and in the memories of the few people who really know him. That is the whole point, because Tendulkar could not survive any other way in the mad marketplace that is Indian cricket. American sportswriter Robert Lipsyte said, “The healthiest (sporting geniuses) will never let us find out what makes them tick because then we will try to take them apart to see for ourselves.”advertisementSachin Tendulkar need not worry. We still struggle to put him together, let alone bother about taking him apart.last_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp: We’re ignoring Man City

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp: We’re ignoring Man Cityby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is happy to be top of the table again after victory over Manchester United.Klopp insists he wasn’t bothered by Manchester City returning to the summit before Liverpool kicked off.He said, “We ignored it completely. I cannot say we passed [the test of winning after City won] because we didn’t think about it. I didn’t mention it one time. We are not silly, we know the table. Are you focused on it or not? I said it before, we played tonight Man United – and not against United and City. “That’s the only way I know and we really didn’t speak about it. I think that already helps. It’s not that they win and then we come together, train and say: ‘Did you see what City did?’ We are focused on our game and we will see where it leads us to. “If there is a moment in the end of the season when we’re still around them and we have to think about [them] and start hoping they drop points, maybe – I don’t know today. In the moment we respect them a lot, they respect us, and we have to win football games against all the others. Then we meet on January 3 again and then we think about City a lot.” last_img read more

17 days agoNakhi Wells keen on QPR stay

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Nakhi Wells keen on QPR stayby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNahki Wells would welcome a permanent switch to Queens Park Rangers.The Burnley striker has excelled during his second loan spell with West London, having scored seven goals this season.Asked about joining QPR permanently, Wells said: “That’s all stuff that’s beyond any of my decision-making of course.”But I think the club, the fans, the board – everyone knows what my decision would be.”I love it here, it feels like home to me.”Of course football is a business though and there’s a lot more that goes into it than just me saying I’d like to stay here.”But if it was possible I wouldn’t hesitate one bit.” last_img read more

PCTC Liberty Joins ARCs Fleet

first_imgNew Jersey-based carrier American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier (ARC) has added M/V Liberty, a 2006-built pure car and truck carrier (PCTC) to its fleet. A naming ceremony will be held in the port of Charleston, South Carolina, in June 2017, according to the company.Previously known as M/V Topeka, the 6,350 car equivalent units (CEU) ship was re-flagged to American registry on January 31, 2017. The re-flagging was conducted by the US Coast Guard (USCG) in the port of Bremenhaven, Germany, the firm said.VesselsValue’s data shows that M/V Liberty was owned by Norway-based RoRo shipping company Wilh. Wilhelmsen ASA.Being the eight RoRo vessel in ARC’s fleet, the vessel has a length of 200 meters and a beam of 32.2 meters.M/V Liberty is able to carry tracked vehicles, helicopters, trucks and other military and high and heavy project cargoes and will be enrolled in the Maritime Security Program (MSP) and the Voluntary Intermodal Sealift Agreement (VISA), ARC said.Founded in 1990, ARC is owned 50/50 by Wilh. Wilhelmsen ASA and Wallenius.last_img read more

Rates of syphilis increase in Alberta

first_imgSouth Zone: 31 cases, an increase of 138.5 percent compared to 2017Calgary Zone: 206 cases, an increase of 7.3 percent compared to 2017Central Zone: 88 cases, an increase of 266.7 percent compared to 2017Edmonton Zone: 977 cases, an increase of 305.4 percent compared to 2017North Zone: 208 cases, an increase of 324.5 percent compared to 2017 In 2018, a total of 1,536 cases of infectious syphilis were reported compared to 161 in 2014, almost a tenfold increase. The government shares this rate of infectious syphilis has not been this high in Alberta since 1948.While congenital syphilis cases were rare before the outbreak, There were 22 congenital syphilis cases between 2014 and 2018, one of which was stillborn. Congenital syphilis, which occurs when a child is born to a mother with syphilis, is a severe, disabling and life-threatening disease.Consistent and correct condom use is an important protection against STIs such as syphilis.As with other STIs, the symptoms of syphilis may not be obvious.Health experts recommend sexually active people, regardless of gender, age or sexual orientation, get tested every three to six months if they:have a sexual partner with a known STIhave a new sexual partner or multiple or anonymous sexual partnershave a previous history of an STI diagnosishave been sexually assaultedIt is critical that anyone who is pregnant seeks early prenatal care and testing for syphilis during pregnancy.Anyone experiencing STI-related symptoms should seek testing and speak to a family doctor to find testing and treatment options.In the 2018 case counts for infectious syphilis by AHS zone: EDMONTON, AB – Infectious and congenital syphilis rates have escalated across the province over the past five years, with a sharp increase in 2018.Due to the rapid increase in syphilis cases, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, has declared a provincial outbreak and is encouraging Albertans to get tested and protect themselves.“We need to emphasize for all Albertans: Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are a risk to anyone who is sexually active, particularly people who have new sex partners and are not using protection. I encourage anyone who is sexually active to get tested regularly. Anyone in Alberta can access STI testing and treatment for free,” said Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Chief Medical Officer of Health.last_img read more

World Jet Boat Championships wrap up in Taylor

first_imgTAYLOR, B.C. – The World Jet Boat Championships wrapped up on Sunday in Taylor.The team from the US, Bat outta Hell, ended up winning in the unlimited division.  Fort St. John’s Gord Humphrey and his navigator Jason Palfy ended up on 5th.In the CX division, Fort St. John Stacy Kelm and navigator Ty Wheat in the boat Xcalibur finished in sixth place followed by racers Trapper Wolsey and navigator Jimmy Jackson in eighth.  In the same division in twelfth place was the Fort St. John boat of Clayton Wolsey and navigator Ryley Tschiedel. While the racing caused most of the excitement, there was a scary moment on Sunday afternoon as one of the boats caught fire.  A team from New Zealand lost a boat, but everyone was able to escape the fire without injury.The Peace Country River Rats would like to thank all their sponsors, volunteers and fans for helping to make this event a success.On top of the racing, the club also drew for the grand prize winners for their $10,000 raffle.  Below are the winners:Angela Prevost $10,000Leanne Humphrey $3,000Brad Small $2,000last_img read more

BJP never said Rs15L will come to your account, says Rajnath Singh

first_imgNew Delhi: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) never made promises of transferring Rs 15 lakh into bank accounts of the people. “Never said Rs 15 lakh will come (to accounts of people). We had said that we will take action (karyawahi) against black money. Action is being taken against black money. It was our government which made SIT on the topic of black money,” a news agency quoted Rajnath Singh as saying. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The statement of the Union minister comes in the backdrop of opposition parties slamming the BJP for making false promises to woo the people of India ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections and repeating it yet again in 2019. Bringing black money was one of the key issues for the 2014 elections. In this year’s manifesto of the BJP, there is a mention of cracking down on parallel economy but it doesn’t occupy pride of place in speeches by political leaders. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe opposition, especially the Congress, has been quick to point out that the BJP has not delivered on ‘bringing back home illegal wealth stashed abroad’ as was promised. Refuting allegations of political vendetta behind Income Tax Department and Enforcement Directorate raids on opposition leaders and their aides, home minister Rajnath Singh said the agencies are autonomous bodies and they are acting on their inputs. In an interview to ANI, Singh said, “The agencies which are conducting raids are autonomous bodies. Model Code of Conduct does not apply to them. They are acting on their inputs. How can we stop them?”last_img read more

Urban Meyer issues statement asking for help in search for Ohio States

OSU redshirt-senior defensive lineman Kosta KarageorgeCredit: OSU AthleticsOhio State football coach Urban Meyer released a statement Friday afternoon praising the hard work of senior defensive lineman Kosta Karageorge — who was reported missing Thursday morning — and asking for anyone with knowledge of his whereabouts to come forward.“Our thoughts continue to be with the family of Kosta Karageorge and we pray that he is safe and that he is found soon,” Meyer said in his statement. “He is a young man who joined the football team in August and was a hard worker on the field and pleasant off the field. He has been an important player in practice for us, right up until the time he was reported missing. If anyone knows anything about his whereabouts, please help his family and contact the authorities.”According to a Facebook post from Karageorge’s mother, the player — who also wrestled at OSU — was last seen at about 2 a.m. on Wednesday. The post explained that Karageorge’s family had traced his phone to the Grandview area of Columbus.The OSU release containing Meyer’s statement also had a statement from team physician Dr. Jim Borchers.According to a report by The Columbus Dispatch, Karageorge’s sister, Sophia Karageorge, said the family was concerned he might have been suffering from symptoms  related to concussions.In his statement, Borchers said he was unable to comment on Kosta Karageorge’s health, but reinforced his confidence in OSU’s medical practices.“First and foremost, our primary concern is for health, safety and welfare of Kosta,” Borchers said in his statement. “While we are not able to discuss or comment about the medical care regarding our student-athletes, we are confident in our medical procedures and policies to return athletes to participation following injury or illness.”A tweet sent from Karageorge’s personal Twitter account (@kostadinos81) provided a number to contact with any information about where he might be.“Kosta was last seen around 2 am November 26. His family is asking for prayers & any info regarding his whereabouts.Please call: 614-747-1729,” the tweet said.Karageorge was listed by OSU among 24 seniors set to be honored during the Buckeyes’ matchup with Michigan on Saturday, marking the last game of their regular season and their last game of the season at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for noon. read more

Ronaldo is advising Neymar in Russia

first_imgNeymar is under heavy pressure to impress his nation by bringing the 2018 World Cup trophy home and, in order to help him cope with this burden, he has been receiving advice from Ronaldo Nazario.Ronaldo who understands what it’s like to be in Neymar’s position, because he went through similar experiences in 1998 and in 2002, experiencing tremendous heartbreak in France and then incredible joy in South Korea and Japan. Neymar and Ronaldo have been friends for several years and are regularly talking to each other during this World Cup.Ronaldo’s visits to the Brazil camp have become regular, with the legendary striker greeting the whole squad and then spending some private time with Neymar.As well as this, Ronaldo has been publically backing the PSG star during his appearances as a pundit for O’Globo.“We cannot forget that Neymar is just back from a very significant foot injury and that he is regaining his confidence right now,” he said at the end of the Costa Rica win via Marca.Neymar responds to PSG criticism with a stunning winner Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Despite all the backlash he got today at Parc des Princes, Neymar responded by scoring a stunning winner vs Strasbourg.We all knew that Neymar’s…“I am sure that his goal will help to boost his morale and that things will go better for him now.“He is trying everything, as he dribbles, runs, fights and looks for solutions.“His goal will give him a lot of strength to be the leader of the Selecao.”Also, Neymar’s father is also offering support to the player and has regularly been visiting the hotel.last_img read more