Two journalists chased by neo-Nazis

first_img September 17, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two journalists chased by neo-Nazis Follow the news on Sweden Help by sharing this information June 2, 2021 Find out more SwedenEurope – Central Asia Reporters Without Borders today condemned the harassment of two Swedish journalists investigating neo-Nazi activities and called on the authorities to take action.Documentary filmmaker Bjoern Lockstroem and Olof Abrahamsson, a photographer with the newspaper Kvals Posten, were covering municipal elections in the southern town of Karlskrona where candidates of the neo-Nazi National Socialist Front were standing.  As they were parked near a group of neo-Nazis on 15 September, Lockstroem was recognised and the journalists were chased through the town by neo-Nazis in six cars.  They managed to escape.”Lockstroem has been threatened several times before in his reporting of illegal neo-Nazi activities,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard.  “They know him and he takes a risk every time he covers their activities.  We urge the authorities to be more vigilant about neo-Nazi threats against the media.”Five neo-Nazis smashed the windows of Lockstroem’s house in Motala (245 km southwest of Stockholm) on 19 May.  The attackers were arrested soon afterwards at a roadblock carrying clubs and teargas grenades. RSF_en Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU to go further Receive email alerts Swedish Reporters Without Borders awards press freedom prize to a Hungarian news sitecenter_img News April 14, 2021 Find out more News SwedenEurope – Central Asia News RSF urges Swedish judicial authorities to reverse Dawit Isaak decision Organisation News May 4, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Indiana’s Connection in the NBA Playoffs

first_imgBelow is a list of individuals with Indiana connections whose teams are in this year’s NBA playoffs.  Brad Stevens, a former Butler coach, now coaches the Boston Celtics; Jeff Teague, a Pike High School graduate, is with the Atlanta Hawks; Sheldon Mack of Butler University is also with Atlanta.Other pros include Zach Rudolf of Marion High School.  He and Mike Conley of Lawrence North are both starters for the Memphis Grizzlies.  A sub with Memphis is Courtney Lee from Pike High School.  Eric Gordon of North Central High School is with New Orleans.  Tyler Zeller, who Batesville had to battle at the high school level while playing Washington High School, is with Boston.  E’twaun Moore of Purdue University plays for the Chicago Bulls.This is quite a list of pros from the state of Indiana!last_img read more

Munster looking to get back to winning ways

first_imgRassie Erasmus’s side – with Nenagh man Donnacha Ryan making his first start of the campaign – take on the Newport Gwent Dragons in Wales at 5.15.Ten minutes before that defending champions Connacht begin their encounter with Zebre in Italy.last_img

‘Doc’ Khumalo shines for Bafana Legends

first_img12 November 2012Coach Clive Barker heaped praise on his squad at the end of a pulsating game in which South Africa’s 1996 Legends defeated the visiting German Legends 2-1 at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane on Saturday night.Admittedly some of the players could no longer tackle, run or track back like they used to during their playing days, but German coach Eric Rutemoller confessed that the South Africans were worthy winners of the game, which was played in honor of the late former Bafana Bafana coach Thomas Madigage.“We knew that the South Africans were technically good and very, very skillful,” said Rutemoller. “We aimed to close them down, but it proved simply too impossible, especially their number 15 [‘Doctor’ Khumalo] who really had a fantastic match as he controlled the pace of the game.”Opening goalThe opening goal came from Jerry Sikhosana, who came off the bench for Phil Masinga and curled in a beauty past German goalkeeper Oliver Reck in the 47th minute.The heart and soul of the team, “Doctor” Khumalo, crowned a near faultless performance by slipping the ball under the diving Reck following a great through ball from Zane Moosa in the 57th minute for the second South African strike.“We showed a lot of character out there,” said Barker. “We showed that we can still play a bit, and Zane and Doc reminded me of those glory days. I think they were brilliant and I have said this in the past, but Mark Fish was phenomenal as well.‘Football is entertainment’“I thought Jerry [Sikhosana] took his goal very well and Doc had the crowd on their feet. Football is entertainment, and I’d like to believe we gave the spectators what they wanted. I did the airplane celebration, a bit slow yes, but one nonetheless.”Some have certainly bulked up considerably, others are sporting grey hair, while some have none, yet they still command a lot of respect among the South African public which cheered them throughout the match.Khumalo, in particular, might have missed his 1996 partner in crime in Lesiba Moshoeu as they mesmerized the opposition to lead Bafana to triumph, but on Saturday night he had Zane Moosa alongside him to rekindle memories of those heady days with “Shoes”.MidfieldWith former midfield hardmen Linda Buthelezi and Eric Tinkler missing, it was up to Mark Fish and Helman Mkhalele to steady things up in the middle. Their work allowed Khumalo and Moosa the freedom of the Peter Mokaba field.Khumalo must have wondered if he was jinxed when twice from point blank range the German goalkeeper Oliver Reck thwarted him with incredible reflex saves, first using his feet to keep “Mtungwa” out and then diving strongly to his right to deny the South African legend.Captain Neil Tovey’s legs were the first to give in and he was substituted by Andrew Tucker in the 19th minute. Five minutes later, Helman Mkhalele had a great chance to give the hosts the lead, but his shot flew high and wide.‘Legs of Thunder’Barker was forced to send on Jerry “Legs of Thunder” Sikhosana in the 33rd minute for Masinga, who showed visible signs of having had enough of the physical demands of a match in which the Germans were not prepared to give an inch, with Thomas Doll in particular proving to be a menace.In the end, Germany pulled one goal back – a soft penalty in which David Nyathi was adjudged to have brought down Doll was converted by Marko Rehmer, but it was too little too late.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

2016 Market Lamb Sale

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 138-pound Reserve Suffolk shown by Matthew Wallen of St. Paris sold to Kroger for $1,500. The 123-pound Reserve Southdown shown by Ava Shroyer of DeGraff sold to Kroger for $2,100. The 137-pound Reserve Shropshire shown by Kendall Sattler of Defiance sold to Kroger for $1,500. The 138-pound Reserve Oxford shown by Lauren Ott of Norwalk sold to Shellhouse Livestock for $2,200. The 110-pound Reserve Brockle-Face shown by Justin Parke of Covington sold to Huffman’s Markets for $1,500. The 133-pound Reserve Hampshire shown by Paige Pence of New Carlisle sold to Shroyer Show Stock, Bambauer Fertilzer and Seed, Provico Farm and Show Supply, Hoge Lumber Company, Wagner Family Livestock, Show Stock Planet, Gene Check, Ketchum Sheep Equipment, Prime Time Ag Marketing Network, Buckeye Online Equipment, and Carney’s Feed Mill for $2,500. The 135-pound Reserve Montadale shown by Jackson Grimes of Lewistown sold to Umbarger Show Feeds, Hudawn Facility Solutions, Custom Cabs and Trailers, Reproduction Specialty Group, Shroyer Show Stock, and Buckeye online Equipment for $2,400. The 123-pound Reserve Natural Color shown by Addie DeLong of Mechanicsburg sold to Kroger for $1,750. The 131-pound Reserve AOB shown by Isaac Beal of Conover sold to Kroger for $1,600. The 120-pound Reserve Dorset shown by Matthew Wallen of St. Paris sold to Kroger for $1,700. The 128-pound Reserve Grand Champion Open Class Lamb shown by Lauren Ott of Norwalk was purchased by Kroger for $2,000. The 137-pound 2016 Grand Champion Open Class Lamb shown by Paige Pence of New Carlisle was purchased by Kroger for $2,700. The 138-pound Champion Suffolk shown by Hannah DeLong of Mechanicsburg sold to Kroger for $2,200. The 117-pound Champion Southdown shown by Matthew Wallen of St. Paris sold to United Producers, Inc. Credit Services, Ohio’s Country Journal and Ohio Ag Net, and Vorys, Sater, Seymour, and Pease LLP Law Firm for $1,500. The 130-pound Champion Hampshire shown by Clay Johnson of Dalton
 was purchased by Stitzlein Club Lambs for $2,700. The 132-pound Champion Montadale shown by Jackson Grimes of Lewistown sold to Huffman’s Markets for $1,600. The 138-pound Champion Oxford shown by Elizabeth Shatto of Ft. Loramie sold to Kroger for $1,750. The 132-pound Champion Shropshire shown by Olivia Seaburn of South Charleston was purchased by Kroger for $2,000. The 121-pound Champion AOB shown by Jacob Roeth of Troy sold to Kroger for $1,400. The 123-pound Champion Brockle-Face shown by Kendall Sattler of Defiance sold to Kroger for $2,250. The 133-pound Champion Dorset shown by Ava Shroyer of DeGraff 
sold to Kroger for $2,200.All exhibitors in the sale get an additional $100 from the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association and LEAD Council.last_img read more

Puppet Labs Goes for the Enterprise

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… alex williams Tags:#cloud#news 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Insuring configurations are deployed identically across servers. If you have ten web servers, how do you know that all ten are identical? (if you’re asking “why do I care if the servers are identical?” I have an upcoming post for you. Trust me, you want this.Insuring that your web servers continue to be identical over time, and that only “trusted” changes are deployed.Tracking changes over timeEnabling the ability to roll back configurations to a point in time, across your ten servers automatically.Reducing the amount of build and implementation time for each server. At a previous employer, we used Puppet to reduce build times from 2.5 hours with our in-house system to 10 minutes.Configuring Virtual MachinesThis is an interesting space to watch and has connections to the IT services market. Puppet has an advantage. They’ve commercialized the open source code, which they in essence helped create. Puppet has proven itself with a roster of companies. Now it’s the rest of the market that will need to define how to automate its data centers. Puppet is without a doubt, one of the most viable options.. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Puppet Labs is now officially a software company. The data center management technology company introduced Puppet for the Enterprise this week. The software is a major advancement for the company. It reflects on the cloud management space that is growing fast in concert with the move to virtualization, the need for data center efficiencies and automatic provisioning.Puppet provides a framework for managing data centers. It can be used for operations of most any size. Users include Match.com, Red Hat, Twitter, Zynga and thousands of other customers. Puppet automates the provisioning, patching and configuration of operating system and application components across enterprise and cloud infrastructures.Puppet for the Enterprise takes much of the manual work out of integrating by hand. For years, IT managers have used scripts and images to manage networks. But these days data centers may have tens of thousands of virtual machines. Puppet for the Enterprise allows system administrators to install the framework and use it manage the network as it grows in complexity.For example, let’s say you want to start using Amazon EC2. To do that you create a template or an Amazon Machine Instance (AMI). The AMI contains your applications, libraries, data and associated configuration settings.That’s fine and well. But it can be a task to update an AMI. It has to be done manually. Puppet takes the labor out of the equation. Rebuilding an AMI does not have to be done from scratch. Instead, the AMI becomes a base server with Puppert running on top of it. Puppet keeps the AMI updated with the correct configurations. As a result, scaling can be done far easier than if an AMI was rebuilt in the traditional manner.Puppet for the Enterprise is the paid version of the open-source framework. It is available via download. You can try a version at no cost. The original Puppet will continue to be free and open source. Puppet competes with services such as Opscode, which also provides cloud management technology.Rooflabs provides a decent overview of the two companies:last_img read more

Cyclone Vayu live updates: Western Railway cancels 40 trains to coastal Gujarat

first_img 11.30 amAirports to remain shutGujarat’s Rajkot, Porbandar and Bhuj airports will remain shut on Wednesday, June 12.“No flights have landed at the airport since 9.50 p.m.,” a Mumbai International Airport Pvt. Ltd. spokesperson said on June 10. A United Air flight from Newark scheduled to land in Mumbai was diverted to Delhi.All other incoming flights were put on a holding pattern and were circling Mumbai. Landings resumed at 10.45 p.m. with an Indigo flight from Hyderabad being the first to touch down. A Thai Airways flight hit a guard light and sign board, while vacating the runway. The runway remained closed for clearing of debris, adding to the delays.As per the information received from ATC, 22 flights (six international and 16 domestic) were diverted to Delhi, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad airports on June 10.11.15 amVayu brings temperatures downThere was heavy rain accompanied by thundershowers and lightning in Andheri, Malad, Thane, Mulund, Navi Mumbai, Borivali, Kandivali, Sion, Kurla, Vikhroli, Ghatkopar and Dadar on June 11.The eastern and western suburbs, especially, reported heavy rainfall between 10pm and 11pm. Malvani recorded 50 mm of rainfall, followed by Malad (44), Kandivali (49), Andheri (West) (41), Goregaon (37) and Mulund (31).11.00 am  The WR has also planned to run a special train each from Gandhidham, Bhavnagar Para, Porbandar, Veraval and Okha to evacuate people from those areas.Special trains with six to 10 coaches each will also be kept ready at the nearest safe location to be moved in emergency conditions, the WR said.The coaches currently available at depots and station yards located in coastal areas were being shifted to safer places, it said.“Arrangements have been made for round-the-clock manning of the railway emergency control offices,” it said.All rail authorities concerned have been instructed to keep adequate manpower, and machinery like JCBs, tree-cutters, water tanks, tractors and generators on standby for any assistance required, the WR said.8.15 p.m.Signal 9 warning at Saurashtra portsAll ports in Saurashtra have hoisted signal 9, a danger warning, which means the cyclone is now severe or very severe and is expected to move keeping the port to its right.8.10 p.m.Flights suspended in Porbandar, Diu, Bhavnagar, Keshod and KandlaAirports Authority of India (AAI), in a statement, has decided to suspend flight operations at AAI airports in Porbandar, Diu, Bhavnagar, Keshod and Kandla from 12 midnight IST on June 12 to 12 midnight June 13.”Equipment and heavy machinery has been moved to safety at respective airports and the Airport Directors of AAI’s Bhuj and Jamnagar Airports have been asked to write to the Indian Air Force to suspend operations of civil flights from these two airports also.  A decision in respect of suspending operations at AAI’s Surat Airport will be taken after analysing the weather,” the statement read.7:15 pmArmy, IAF teams on standbyAs the very severe cyclonic storm ‘Vayu’ is inching closer to Gujarat coast and expected to make a landfall on June 13, the Army, the Indian Air Force (IAF), and the NDRF teams are deployed and put on standby for rescue and relief operations along the coastal districts.The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has also deployed ships and aircraft to enable search and rescue post the landfall of the cyclonic storm.A total of ten columns of the Army each having a strength of about 70 persons — have been deployed in Jamnagar, Gir, Dwarka, Porbandar, Jamnagar, Somnath, Morbi, Bhavnagar, Rajkot and Amreli, while another 24 columns have been put on standby to carry out rescue and relief operations, a defence release said on June 11.Read more A fisherman looks at the giant waves lashing the shore at Worli village on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. Cyclone Vayu is set to make landfall on June 13. Read more | Photo Credit: Emmanual Yogini Giant waves crash on the famous Donapaula jetty in Goa, on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. The jetty is now closed for the tourists after being declared unsafe by the government. Parts of Gujarat are bracing for impact from strengthening Cyclone Vayu, which is expected to slam into the State on June 13, even as authorities shifted more than 2 lakh people on the coast to safer places. People from low-lying areas of Saurashtra and Kutch regions have been evacuated.Operations at ports and airports in these regions have been suspended as precautionary measure, officials said. Railways has cancelled 40 trains, and short-terminated 28 others.Cyclone Vayu, which has turned into a very severe cyclonic storm, is expected hit Gujarat coast anywhere between Veraval in the south and Dwarka in the west in the afternoon of June 13.Here are the latest updates:11 pm400 flights affected in Mumbai as cyclone Vayu approaches GujaratAir passengers to and from Mumbai had a tough time on June 12 as nearly 400 flights were affected due to bad weather caused by the cycle Vayu which hit the neighbouring Gujarat coast, according to an airport official.The city airport is one of the busiest in the country handling over 900 aircraft movements daily.The official said as many as 194 departing flights and 192 arrivals were delayed in the wake of the bad weather due to the cyclone Vayu.At least two flights were diverted from the city, the official said.10 pmChinese boats provided shelter at Ratnagiri portIndia has granted special permission to 10 Chinese boats to enter its waters and dock at Ratnagiri port with Cyclone Vayu expected to make landfall on the western coast on Thursday. The Coast Guard followed protocol and provided shelter to the boats. A Coast Guard official said, Coast Guard Inspector General K.R. Suresh said it is common practice for vessels to seek shelter at ports in nearby countries during a calamity.Police officials said the boats were brought in under a security cordon. The Maharashtra police, the Maharashtra Maritime Board and the Customs are monitoring the vessels in co-ordination with Indian Coast Guard. Most of the vessels are fishing boats. The District Collectorate said throughout Wednesday huge sea waves lashed Sindhudurg and Ratnagiri districts.The Maharashtra Maritime Board, which is authorised to issue permission to boat operators and fishing vessels, suspended services on June 12 after the India Meteorological Department issued Signal 3 cautionary advisory. Wind speeds of 40 knots or 70 kmph were reported while waves were above three metres.The Mumbai Port Trust and the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust have been directed to send reports every six hours to the Director General of Shipping. “We will be on watch on Thursday before taking a decision on resuming normal operations,” port officials said. — reports Aditya Anand from Mumbai8.35 pmWestern Railway cancels 40 trains to coastal GujaratThe Western Railway has decided to short-terminate or cancel some of its trains passing through areas of Gujarat that are likely to be affected by cyclone Vayu. All WR passenger and mail trains to Veraval, Okha, Porbandar, Bhavnagar, Bhuj and Gandhidham stations will be short-terminated or cancelled from 6 p.m. on June 12 till June 14 morning, said WR chief spokesperson Ravinder Bhakar.The WR has decided to cancel operation of 40 mainline trains while 28 similar trains will be short-terminated with partial cancellation as a precautionary measure. | Photo Credit: Vijay Soneji  The MHA also said that though cyclones generally weaken after landfall, Cyclone Vayu is expected to retain its strength even after 24 hours. ” It is expected to make the landfall tomorrow from 8am-12 am,” the Ministry said. – Vijaita Singh3.00 pmCyclone Vayu is moving northerly at a speed of 18 kmph, the Coast Guard has said, citing the IMD and ISRO model of tracking.Inspector General Rakesh Pal of the Coast Guard Region (NW) said that the cyclone was around 300 km south of Veraval. – Mahesh Langa2.30 pmOdisha offers help to GujaratOdisha government has offered all help to Gujarat in the wake of Cyclone Vayu.Gujarat Chief Secretary J.N. Singh called up his Odisha counterpart A.P. Padhi and sought Odisha’s advice on how to tackle the cyclonic storm on a war-footing, officials said on Wednesday.“Gujarat chief secretary had called me up and discussed the measures to be taken ahead of the landfall. We have offered all kind of help to Gujarat. However, the Gujarat chief secretary has said that they will seek further help if required keeping in view the situation,” Mr. Padhi told reporters here.The Gujarat government is in constant touch with Odisha in view of the eastern state’s successful handing of similar calamities like cyclone ‘Fani’ in May this year and cyclone ‘Titli’ last year, officials said.Read more Fishing boats being evacuated at Veraval Port in Gujarat on Wednesday June 12, 2019, with Cyclone Vayu expected to hit landfall the following day  1.45 pmTrains from coastal Gujarat cancelled, short terminatedWestern Railways has cancelled and short terminated trains from coastal Gujarat destinations like Veraval, Okha, Porbandar, Bhavnagar, Bhuj and Gandhidham from 6 pm in the evening on June 12 till the morning of June 14 in the wake of Cyclone Vayu.Bus services to pilgrim and tourist places, civil air connectivity to airports and operations at coastal ports have been suspended in the Saurashtra area, said Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani.”So far 1.2 lakh people already shifted to safer locations from vulnerable places,” he added.Twelve more NDRF teams are set to be airlifted from INS Rajali (Tamil Nadu) and Patna (Bihar) to Gujarat and Diu before, during and in the aftermath of Cyclone Vayu, he said. This is the first time that a total of 47 teams are arriving, said the Chief Minister. – Mahesh Langa1.15 pmMumbai experiences strong windsWith Cyclone Vayu being 280km away from Mumbai, the city has been experiencing strong winds since early morning on June 12.Mumbaikars have been advised to stay away from coastal areas.According to a bulletin issued by India Meteorological Department (IMD) early on the morning of June 12, Cyclone Vayu is about 280km South-west of Mumbai. Wind speeds are expected to be around 70kmph throughout the day on the Maharashtra coast. Mumbaikars have been experiencing strong, gusty winds, and sea conditions were rough along and off Maharashtra coast.Fishermen have already been advised not to venture into the sea.“In view of #CycloneVayu heading towards Gujarat coast, Mumbai is likely to experience very windy conditions from afternoon,” the Mumbai police commissioner’s Twitter handle tweeted.Read more  An alert has been sounded in 10 districts of Gujarat, after Cyclone Vayu was re-classified as ‘very severe’ and its impact expected to remain strong for 24 hours even after its landfall on Thursday, officials said.As many as 52 teams of the National Disaster Management Relief Force (NDRF), comprising around 45 rescuers each, have been moved to the State, while 10 columns of the Indian Army have been kept on stand-by.Warships and aircraft of the Indian Navy have been kept on standby as well.Meanwhile, Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba chaired a meeting of the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) where preparation for relief and rescue operations were discussed threadbare.The NCMC meeting took stock of the precautionary measures taken by the Gujarat government and Diu UT administration with a view to ensure that no human life is lost, damage to vital infrastructure is minimised and to ensure early recovery of all essential services post-cyclone landfall.Diving and rescue teams and relief materials have been kept on standby for rendering assistance to civil authorities, as required, another official said.Medical teams and facilities at Indian Naval hospital in Mumbai are on standby to handle medical emergencies. – PTI4.00 pmSpecial trainsIn view of Cyclone Vayu, dirst evacuation special train will run from Okha at 5.45 p.m. today (12/06/19) for Rajkot. The second evacuation special train will run from Okha at 8.05 p.m. today (12/6/19) for Ahmedabad with 21 coaches. – Ajeet Mahale3.30 pmNDRF, other agencies working round the clock: PM ModiPrime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday tweeted saying the Central Government was closely monitoring the situation in Gujarat and other parts of India.”I have been constantly in touch with State Governments. NDRF and other agencies are working round the clock to provide all possible assistance,” he tweeted.”Praying for the safety and wellbeing of all those affected by Cyclone Vayu. The Government and local agencies are providing real-team information, which I urge those in affected areas to closely follow,” he further tweeted.3.10 pmVayu expected to make the landfall tomorrow from 8am-12 am: MHAThe Ministry of Home Affairs on June 12 said that the “severe” cyclonic storm has sturned into “very severe” and that wind speeds are expected to increase to a gusting of 155-170 kmph, becoming deadly.”Home secretary Rajiv Gauba chaired a meeting of National Crisis Management Committee, Gujarat chief secretary J.N Singh joined through video conferencing,” the MHA added. Waves crash against the jetty at a fishing harbour ahead of the expected landfall of Cyclone Vayu at Veraval in Gujarat on June 12, 2019.  | Photo Credit: Reuters Fishermen pull their boats out of the sea at Worli village on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. Cyclone Vayu is set to make landfall on June 13.  5.30 pmAlert sounded in 10 Gujarat districts | Photo Credit: Atish Pomburfekar 6.30 pmLandfall likely to be delayedLandfall of cyclone Vayu is expected to be delayed. It’s likely to hit around noon on June 13 between Veraval and Dwarka, according to IMD. Earlier, it was expected to hit the coast early morning on Thursday.46 NDRF teams, 11 SDRF teams, 13 SRP companies, 11 columns of Army, 2 BSF company, and 300 Marine Commandos have been deployed so far in Gujarat.6.15 pmOver 2.15 lakh people shiftedThe Gujarat government has said that more than 2.15 lakh people have been shifted to safer places having proper facilities. Evacuation continues. | Photo Credit: Emmanual Yogini  10.30 amSpeed at 17 km per hourThe IMD has said the speed of “Vayu” had increased to 17 km per hour and was located in the Arabian Sea, about 350 km west-northwest of Goa, 410 km south-southwest of Mumbai and 530 km nearly south of Veraval (Gujarat).“It is very likely to move nearly northwards and cross Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva around Veraval and the Diu region as a severe cyclonic storm, with a wind speed of 110-120 kmph gusting to 135 kmph during early morning of June 13,” the IMD said.The cyclone will make a landfall near Veraval in Gir Somnath district on June 13 but it will be preceded by heavy rainfall in isolated places.Read more 10.00 amSchools, colleges and anganwadis in coastal districts to remain shut“June 13 and 14 are crucial for us. We have roped in the Army, the NDRF, the Coast Guard and other agencies for rescue and relief work. We will start shifting people living in coastal areas to safer locations,” Chief Minister Vijay Rupani told media persons on Tuesday.After a review meet with District Collectors and officials, Additional Chief Secretary (Revenue) Pankaj Kumar said schools, colleges and anganwadis in coastal districts would remain shut on June 12 and 13.“In all, 36 NDRF teams will be deployed for rescue operations. We have also roped in Army, Navy, Coast Guard and BSF units. If needed, we will also take the help of the Air Force. We have ordered schools, colleges and anganwadis in the districts which are likely to be hit by the cyclone to remain shut on June 12 and 13,” Mr. Kumar said.  12.30 pmRahul Gandhi urges party workers to helpCongress President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday prayed for the safety of people in Gujarat ahead of cyclone Vayu and appealed the Congress workers to be ready to help.“Cyclone Vayu is about to reach Gujarat coast. I appeal to all Gujarat Congress workers to be ready to help in all the areas that come in the way. I pray for the safety and well—being of all the people in the areas affected by the cyclone,” he tweeted. – IANS12 noonWind speeds at 145-155 kmph gusting to 170 kmphThe very severe cyclone Vayu is now 340 kms south of Veraval, the Gujarat Information Department has said.According to a statement, the cyclone is likely to move nearly northward and cross the Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva, around Veraval and Diu.”Wind speeds are at 145-155 kmph gusting to 170 kmph around morning on June 13, 2019,” the statement said.11.40 amEvacuation beginsState authorities have begun evacuation of people from low lying or vulnerable areas in the coastal districts.Around 3 lakh people from Gujarat and the Union Territory of Diu will be shifted to the more than 700 shelters set up by the authorities.“Evacuation of people from low lying/vulnerable areas in the coastal areas of Saurashtra and Kutch to safe shelters is going on since early morning. Urging people to cooperate with administration,” said Pankaj Kumar, Additional Chief Secretary (Revenue) in Gujarat.Read morelast_img read more

Rahul Dravid to retire from 15-year-old ODI career

first_imgFormer India cricket captain Rahul Dravid, who will be retiring from one-day internationals after the fifth ODI here Friday, said hard work in the shorter format of the game helped him to excel in Tests.”It does not feel like I’m finishing. I will still be doing the same things I have been doing in the last two and a half years. But I have had to work harder on my one-day cricket than in Tests,” said Dravid, who will be playing his 344th ODI, on the eve of the match here.Dravid, who will be ending his 15-year-old ODI career, said he does not dread quitting.”After such a long period of playing cricket, you don’t dread the day you will quit. You will recognise that when the time comes, you would have to move on. Retiring wouldn’t make much of a change in my life,” he said.”The Test series against West Indies is coming up. There will be a few days off, then it is back to fitness and practice. Nothing would really change. Nothing is going to be different from tomorrow onwards,” he said.On the feeling of retiring, Dravid said: “When you are away from home, you don’t get a sense how it’s been like. My wife did mention there are very nice things written about me back home. I feel humbled about the things being said and written about me in last few weeks.”Dravid, who is the seventh highest ODI scorer with 10,820 runs, said that when he started playing, he wasn’t considered suitable for ODI cricket but he worked hard to score more than 10,000 runs.advertisement”When I started playing, I wasn’t recognised as a one-day player. There was a lot more learning I had to do. I was dropped in the middle of my career, had to learn some lessons, and it helped free up my Test cricket as well. I ended up playing over 300 games for India,” he said.”It gives me a lot of satisfaction (to reflect) that I had a good Test and one-day career. At one stage, I probably wouldn’t have thought so myself. In many ways, it has been a very pleasing and satisfying career,” he said.Asked whether batting at various positions and keeping wickets helped him to become an all-round cricketer, Dravid said: “I have played in various positions, kept wickets, opened, batted at number three and five. It helped improve my versatility, being challenged to do different things, different positions, learn new skills, batting at 5-6, and facing different bowlers. Keeping and then batting as well as batting and then keeping helped me grow as a person and as a cricketer.”Asked if he was asked to lead the side in his final ODI, Dravid said: “I don’t think I would lead the side. M.S. Dhoni has led the side well. I have got enough respect and recognition for what I have done. It would be lovely to win though (tomorrow), irrespective of what happens.””We were very good at Lord’s, unfortunately, we couldn’t get over the line. Hopefully we can do so here tomorrow,” he said.Dravid said after he was dropped from the ODI side, he found it difficult to adjust to Test cricket.”Initially I found it difficult. I was used to playing continuously all the time. There were gaps as big as six months. When it was the off-season in Indian domestic circuit, I found it difficult. Going straight into Tests with no side games was a challenge for me. I had to learn to adjust to it, get fitter and work harder. It helped, and I was also able to iron out a few flaws in my game, as well as spend time with my family.”Dravid said making the final in the 2003 World Cup was one of the highs of his career and leading the team to a first round exit in the 2007 World Cup was the lowest.”Reaching the 2003 World Cup finals and getting so close was a high. Then watching India win the World Cup this year was extremely satisfying. I watched Kapil Dev lift the trophy as a 10-year-old, and now towards the end of my career, seeing another Indian team do it and realizing you have been a part of that journey has been satisfying,” he said.”Captaining the team in the 2007 World Cup was a big disappointment. I think we had a team which could have done better, but then we lost to Bangladesh and missed out,” he rued.advertisementDravid said that England, who humiliated India in the summer, are yet not ready to be compared along with the great Australian and the West Indies.”There’s no doubt when England comes to India in October, they would find different conditions. That would be a challenge for them. They have proved to be a good side in their home conditions. They have got the potential but it’s not easy,” said Dravid.”It’s unfair to compare them with the Australians and West Indies of the past. They were consistent for a long period of time and in various conditions. West Indies won in India and Australia in 2004. England need to go to various countries and win, in South Africa and in India,” he said.- With inputs from IANSlast_img read more

Arafura Games: Philippines hauls gold medals in swimming

first_imgMOST READ The 13-year-old Amogius finished with a time of one minute, 10.53 seconds in the 100m backstroke, around two seconds faster than Western Australia’s Taila Jane Wilkinson (1:12.19) who won the silver.Amogius then clocked in at 2:33.63 in the 200m IM, around three seconds faster than what Wilkinson tallied in the tiff that was held at Parap Swimming Pool.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsCabalo, meanwhile, cruised in the 400m run finishing the course at 50.73 seconds, two seconds ahead of Northern Territory’s Blair Andrews (52.08) who won the silver and bronze medalist Joseph Salmon (52.34).National University’s stalwart then teamed up with Joviane Calixto, Jason Buenacosa, and Romel Bautista to conquer the 4x100m relay with a time of 43.49 seconds blazing past Northern Territory and Malaysia. Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid “I’m really happy and I broke all my times. I’m very, very happy and honored to swim for the Philippines because it’s my country and I’m proud to be a Filipino,” said Amogius.“This is my dream to take a gold medal here in Australia because the competition here is something else,” said Cabalo.Other Filipino athletes who also won gold medals in Day 1 were Ivo Nikolai Enot (13-14 men’s 100m backstroke) in swimming, and Abigail Manzano (women’s 3,000m steeplechase), Nicko Caparoso (men’s 3,000m steeplechase), Bruce Fernia (men’s javelin throw), Jessel Lumapas (women’s 400m run), and Mark Anthony Casena (men’s triple jump) in athletics.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Top seed Ateneo braces for FEU as ‘real fight’ begins in Final 4 Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Photo from Team Phil – Arafura Games 2019 FacebookMANILA, Philippines—Lora Micah Amogius and John Lloyd spearheaded a massive gold medal haul for the Philippines after the pair became double gold winners in the Arafura Games late Saturday night in Darwin, Australia.Amogius captured the gold medals in the 13-14 100-meter backstroke and 200m individual medley in swimming while Cabalo ruled the men’s 400m run and the men’s 4x100m relay in athletics to lead the Philippines’ haul of 10 gold medals in Day 1.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

FAREWELL TO A TOUCH LEGEND AND FRIEND

first_imgThe Touch community is mourning the loss of a deeply loved friend and Touch legend. Michael Jonson passed away on Saturday after his battle with cancer. Michael was charismatic, loveable, much loved and respected by all lives he “touched”. He was passionate about his Touch Football, he loved to laugh, loved his horses and to have a bet, loved a beer and good wine. He owned a chemist shop in Maurobra for many years and first started playing Touch with South Sydney and then later played for Canterbury. As busy as Michael was he always found the time to travel to Port Macquarie for the NSW State Cup and he also took part in the inaugural Vawdon Cup. He was an experienced Australian representative, being capped eleven times for Australia in test matches as well as taking part in the 1987 Canadian Tour, 1988 FIT World Cup in Australia, 1991 FIT World Cup in New Zealand and the 2000 Masters Tour and the 2002 ATA Masters Tour to South Africa & UK as a member of the Mens Veterans Team. Within NSW Michael represented NSW Mens 35’s in 1983 & 1985, Mens 040s in 1986-1991 and the Mens 45s in 1994 & 1995 before playing in the inaugural NSW Mens 50’s side in 2002. He also represented NSW City in Mens 40’s in 1990 and the Mens 35’s in 93 and was Player /Coach in 1994. He continued on to play for the City Mens 45’s in 1995. At an NTL level he was a Sydney Mets and Sydney Rebels representative in the Mens 45’s and Mens 50’s and in the `early days’ he represented Region 7, which included Easts, Cronulla and South Sydney. Sadly Michael passed away last Saturday morning, he leaves behind four children, and loving family and relatives, and many many friends – we will miss his laughter and his humour. The funeral will be held on Thursday morning and any condolences can be sent to [email protected] or PO Box 276, Maroubra, NSW 2035.last_img