Snowfall shuts Jammu-Srinagar highway

first_imgFresh snowfall was on Monday recorded in many areas of Jammu and Kashmir, leading to the closure of the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway for vehicular traffic.The snowfall, however, snapped Kashmir’s links with the rest of the country as the arterial Jammu-Srinagar National Highway was closed due to the accumulation of snow around Jawahar Tunnel in the Qazigund area. “Due to slippery road conditions and fresh snowfall at the Jawahar tunnel and other areas, the highway has been closed,” a senior traffic department official said.The traffic authorities have stopped vehicular movement at the Nagrota check post in Jammu and Qazigund.The snowfall also led to poor visibility at the Srinagar airport, disrupting the air traffic. “Current visibility is 600 metres and the runway is not available up to 10.30 am due snowfall. The situation will be reviewed after that,” an official of the Airport Authority of India (AAI) here said.This is the first major snowfall in Kashmir this winter, which was largely dry so far.There was some snowfall in early December last year and since then the weather has been mostly dry.According to the Meteorological (MeT) Department officials, the month of January was the driest in terms of rainfall in Kashmir in the past 38 years.The snowfall has led traffic snarls on all major roads as continuous snowfall has hampered the efforts of the authorities to clear the snow from roads, officials said.Meanwhile, the minimum temperature across the Valley stayed around the freezing point, except for Gulmarg, the skiing resort in north Kashmir where the mercury settled at minus 4.6 degrees Celsius.Kargil in the Ladakh region continued to be the coldest place in the state at minus 14 degrees Celsius, while nearby Leh town was also freezing at minus 11.3 degrees Celsius last night, the MeT officials said.last_img read more

Philippines, Myanmar set semis target for football

first_imgMyla Pablo earns PVL MVP SEPANG—The Philippines and Myanmar Under-23 football teams have arrived with similar targets – to reach the semi-finals of the KL SEA Games.Myanmar head coach Gerd Zeise believes his team can achieve the target based on their silver-medal finish at Singapore 2015, when they lost 3-0 to Thailand in the final.ADVERTISEMENT The Philippines head coach, Marlon Maro, boldly predicted that Malaysia would win the gold medal.Thailand are the favourites to retain the gold after winning the last two editions but Maro, 52, feels that Malaysia could nick it based on the improvement shown by Datuk Ong Kim Swee’s charges.“Thailand are a good team, but I pick Malaysia as favourites for the gold medal. If you look back at history, Malaysia have a good record as hosts, having reached won gold in 1989 and silver in 2001,” said Maro.He also said that his players were better prepared this time compared to Singapore 2015 as “we have played a series of friendlies in Japan and Cambodia”.“We all know that we have two strong teams in our group – Thailand and Vietnam. So, we will take it one game at a time.ADVERTISEMENT Read Nextcenter_img “We must first clear the preliminary hurdles before thinking about the semi-finals. I’m confident my boys will be ready for the challenge,” Zeise told reporters after the team’s arrival at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) here Saturday.The 64-year-old German, however, warned his men not to underestimate the other teams in Group A, including hosts Malaysia, Singapore, Laos and Brunei.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Malaysia are certainly the favourites to reach the semi-finals as hosts,” said Zeise, who was previously in charge of Myanmar’s senior team.Myanmar will kick off their campaign against Singapore at the Selayang Municipal Council Stadium on Monday. “Our main objective is to reach the semi-finals,” said Maro.The Philippines, who failed to advance to the knockout stage in 2015, are in Group B with Indonesia, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam and Timor Leste.They will open their campaign against Cambodia at the Selayang Municipal Council Stadium on Aug 15.last_img read more

BJP on mission Rajya Sabha now

first_imgThe BJP, which has a comfortable majority in the Lok Sabha with 282 MPs, is eyeing the support of parties like the AIADMK and BJD to shore up its numbers in the Rajya Sabha, where it is in a minority. Amid speculation that the BJP is trying to lure the AIADMK into the NDA fold, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa is expected to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Tuesday. Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik met Modi on Monday and demanded special category status for his state and other central aid but remained evasive on allying with NDA.Number gameBJP needs the AIADMK’s support to push through around 60 bills pending in the Upper House of Parliament. According to data compiled by PRS Legislative Research, 18 of these bills were introduced before 2009.The BJP has only 42 members in the Rajya Sabha, which has a total strength of 245 and this figure falls short of the halfway mark of 123. While the AIADMK has 10 members in the Upper House, the BJD has four. Both can help the NDA, political observers said.The Congress, which is in the opposition in the Lok Sabha, has 67 members in the Rajya Sabha and may prove to be tough on the government’s efforts to get key bills passed.Patnaik said Modi responded quite positively to his demands and hoped that the NDA government would treat Odisha better than the previous UPA regime. When asked if his party would join the NDA and the BJD’s stance in the Rajya Sabha, Patnaik said his party would play a constructive role.advertisementJayalalithaa is expected to bargain for a better deal from the centre in return for possible backing to the NDA. She is likely to raise the issues of allocation of additional power to Tamil Nadu, which is facing an energy shortage, and of fishermen facing trouble from Sri Lankan authorities.Law Minister Ravishankar Prasad and Minister of State for Commerce Nirmala Sitharaman are likely to meet Jayalalithaa when she arrives in Delhi, sources said.Of the bills pending in parliament, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare tops the list with 11 bills. These include The Mental Health Care Bill of 2013, The Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill of 2013, The Drugs and Cosmetics (Amendment) Bill of 2013, The Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (Prevention And Control) Bill of 2014. With eight bills pending, the Ministry of Law and Justice is next. These include the Judicial Appointments Commission Bill of 2013 and the Readjustment of Representation of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in Parliamentary and Assembly Constituencies (3rd) Bill of 2013.The Ministry of Labour and Employment has seven bills pending. Some of them are the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Amendment Act of 2012, the Building and Other Construction Workers Related Laws (Amendment) Bill of 2013 and the Mines (Amendment) Bill of 2011.last_img read more

I Am Working Towards a ‘Miracle’: Gagan Narang on Fifth Olympic Appearance

first_imgNew Delhi: The unassuming Gagan Narang on Wednesday put down the prospects of a fifth Olympic appearance to a “miracle”, one that he is relentlessly “working towards” by training on and off the range.For one of India’s finest practitioners of rifle shooting, securing a fifth Olympic berth is not beyond the bounds of possibility, but the 36-year-old was modesty personified when discussions turned to the 2020 Tokyo Games. “I have started training, Tokyo will happen or not, only the upcoming competitions will tell me,” Narang, a bronze-medallist in the 2012 London edition, said during an interaction.”Next month we have the selection trials and if a miracle happens I will get selected for the Asian Championships. From thereon we will take a different route altogether. I am working for a miracle to happen,” he added.Narang preferred to remain practical as far as another shot at the Olympics is concerned.”There are a few things that I am working on. There are a few competitions lined up over the next few months or so. My participation at the Tokyo Games will depend on the kind of results I have at these events,” he said.He has set up many training centres across the country as part of the Gagan Narang Sports Promotion Foundation (GNSPF) to teach and promote shooting to young aspirants.His efforts will be recognised on Thursday when President Ram Nath Kovind presents him the Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puraskar on the National Sports Day.He said mentoring aspiring shooters doesn’t come in the way of his personal goals, rather the whole process helps him.”I don’t think that affects my personal shooting. Take for example the case of Ela (Elavenil Valarivan, one of his best trainees) or Shreya (Agarwal), sometimes they shoot 28 and tell me that ‘sir I have shot 28’. Then my challenge is to shoot 29. So it kind of keeps you focussed.”I can’t be more happy when kids from the academy shoot better than me. Each day is a learning curve.”As talks turned to the Indian Olympic Association’s (IOA) proposal to boycott the 2022 Commonwealth Games for excluding shooting from the roster, Narang said it would be “unfair” on other disciplines.But he is glad that the Sports Ministry, the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) and the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) are working towards getting the ‘optional sport’ back in the programme.”If it happens then great,” he said. 2020 tokyo olympicsgagan narangshooting First Published: August 28, 2019, 7:31 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

AEW Dynamite Results: Chris Jericho Forms ‘The Inner Circle’, Jon Moxley Defeats Shawn Spears

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. AEWAEW DynamiteChris JerichoJack Hager First Published: October 10, 2019, 7:06 PM IST This week’s AEW Dynamite saw Chris Jericho cut a promo in Boston while introducing his new faction. Addressing the actions of the new faction created at the end of the debut episode of Dynamite, Jericho declared himself, Sammy Guevara, Jake Hager, Santana & Ortiz – “The Inner Circle”. The evening also saw Chris Jericho and Sammy Guevara defeat Dustin Rhodes and Adam “Hangman” Page via pinfall when Jericho hit Rhodes with the Judas Effect.While Rhodes and Page seemed to have gained the upper hand, Hager snuck in and attacked Rhodes, allowing Jericho to score the victory. As the Inner Circle started on a beatdown on the fallen wrestlers Cody Rhodes rushed in to save the day, only to be taken out by Santana and Ortiz. MJF ran in with a char and briefly teasing a turn on Cody, took out Santana, Ortiz and Jericho with a chair. Unfortunately for them, Jericho was able to layout MJF before The Young Bucks made the final save. But before Jericho could do any more damage, Darby Allin rode a skateboard down before using it to smash Jericho and enter the ring and stand tall with the faces to end the show.Here’s what else happened on AEW Dynamite:AEW tag team championship tournament first-round — Private Party defeated The Young Bucks via pinfall after a rollup.Darby Allin defeated Jimmy Havoc to become No. 1 contender to the AEW world championship.Britt Baker and Riho defeated Bea Priestly and Emi Sakura via submission when Baker submitted Sakura with a mandible claw.The evening also saw Best Friends cut a promo from ringside talking about their upcoming match with SCU. Finally, Jon Moxley defeated Shawn Spears via pinfall after hitting the Deathrider. The match also saw Tully Blanchard getting involved at ringside, continuing with his role as a very involved manager. While he did manage to create some distractions, Moxley at the end, hit his finisher for the win.Post-match, Kenny Omega made his way to the entryway with a barbed wire baseball bat and wire-wrapped broom. He tossed the bat to Moxley, encouraging him to pick it up, but PAC, who was on commentary, blindsided him with a chair. Moxley on his part chose to toss the bat away and leave. last_img read more

Logic Technology: Insyde speeds BIOS development for new platforms

first_img Continue Reading Previous Addressing functional safety in automotive human machine interfacesNext GeneSys: ADMA driver integrated in CANape measurement and calibration tool Insyde Software announced the addition of Intel’s PCT (Platform Configuration Tool) technology into H2OIDE, Insyde’s UEFI BIOS integrated development environment, which will allow their customers to dramatically speed up BIOS development for new platforms.Leveraging both the hardware schematics and an extensive catalog of components, the PCT technology detects how GPIOs are connected and automatically configures the BIOS based on the devices being used. This technology is integrated into Insyde Software’s comprehensive H2OIDE development tool, which also provides benefits such as in-depth code views, advanced editing and code search functions, set up of power-on settings and much more.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more

Galaxy Watch Active, Galaxy Buds, Galaxy Fit listed on Samsung’s own app after update

first_imgAhead of the Unpacked event on February 20, Samsung seems to have unwittingly confirmed the launch of the Galaxy Watch Active smartwatch, Galaxy Buds truly wireless earbuds and Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Fit e fitness bands. The wearables have been listed on Samsung’s official Galaxy Wearable app for Android. The product names and images have been put up, pretty much confirming their designs.The wearables have been listed after a new update to the Galaxy Wearable app for Android, and was first spotted by Twitter account SamCentralTech. The Galaxy Watch Active has the same image that has been seen in leaked renders recently. According to the app, the Galaxy Watch Active will come in a 40mm case and at least two colours. The image once again confirms that Galaxy Watch Active will come without Samsung’s trademark rotating bezel.The Galaxy Watch Active is said to run on Samsung’s new One UI. The new software is expected to bring a Dark Mode that will darken the background for watch faces, which will help conserve battery life. The smartwatch is tipped to come with an Exynos 9110 chip with 768MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage. It may also get a smaller battery at 230mAh compared to the 300mAh battery inside the Gear Sport. Next up, we see the Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Fit e fitness bands listed. This is the first time we are getting a look at the fitness band, and it seems pretty traditional with a rubber strap and a possible AMOLED display. It is still unclear how the Galaxy Fit and Fit e differ from each other, but it might have something to do with some additional health related features for one of them.advertisement Lastly, we have the Galaxy Buds, which has been talked about in recent days with rumours saying that Samsung will bundle the wireless earbuds with the Galaxy S10 for preorders. The image keeps in line with past renders and leaked official images. The tiny earbuds will come in a charging case that can wirelessly charge by placing it on the back of the Galaxy S10 since the flagship smartphone will support reverse wireless charging. The Galaxy Buds are said to come with 58mAh batteries, while the case will hold a 252mAh capacity.With these wearables showing up on the Galaxy Wearable app, it is pretty much a surety now that Samsung will announce them at its Unpacked event on February 20. The event will also see the launch of the Galaxy S10, S10e and S10+ and possibly the foldable smartphone as well.ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy Watch Active, Galaxy Buds images show off design, expected specs detailedALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy S10 full specs leak out revealing everything ahead of February 20 launchlast_img read more

Amaya, Buchanan to headline MLS Generation adidas class

first_imgThe 2019 MLS draft is little more than a week away and the league is putting the finishing touches on the class of college underclassmen who will headline the draft class, including one U.S. youth national team standout. U.S. Under-20 midfielder Frankie Amaya and Syracuse University forward Tajon Buchanan headline a class of seven players who have signed Generation adidas contracts, sources have confirmed to Goal. Amaya, who finished his freshman season at UCLA and started for the U.S. U-20s in their 2-0 win against Mexico in the Concaaf Championship final, heads into the draft as the highest-rated prospect available. The skilled central midfielder impressed at the Concacaf Championships, and is very much a possibility to go as the first overall selection in the 2019.  Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Canadian forward Buchanan is regarded as another one of the top prospects in the draft. The 19-year-old forward/winger was a first-team All-ACC selection, registering eight goals and four assists for Syracuse. University of Kentucky junior forward J.J. Williams will be in the running for the top pick in the draft as well. The American striker earned All-American honors for the Wildcats after scoring 18 goals and adding eight assists in 2018. University of Maryland goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair helped lead the Terrapins to an NCAA title and will be looking to follow in the professional footsteps of fellow Maryland goalkeeping alumnus Zack Steffen, who completed a transfer to Manchester City in December. A 6-foot-4 junior, St. Clair recorded 12 shutouts to help Maryland win its first NCAA title in a decade. University of North Carolina sophomore John Nelson has also signed a Generation adidas deal and should be one of the first defenders selected in the draft. The Tar Heels left back earned second-team All-ACC honors and is a former U.S. Under-17 World Cup player. Indiana University forward Griffin Dorsey was a teammate of Amaya’s on the U.S. Under-20 national team that won the Concacaf Championship in November and now joins Amaya as a Generation adidas signing. The sophomore earned first-team All-Big Ten honors on a Hoosiers team that reached the NCAA final four. Virginia Commonwealth midfielder Siad Haji is another player with a lengthy U.S. youth national team resume. The winger/attacking midfielder has played for the United States on the U-17 and U-19 level, and is expected to earn a call-up to the U.S. Under-20 team for its next camp. Hadji recorded five goals and 10 assists for VCU in 2018. The Generation adidas program is the MLS mechanism for signing top college underclassmen to go through the MLS draft. Clint Dempsey, Michael Bradley, Brad Guzan and Jack Harrison are some of the top players to pass through the program. MLS has succeeded in securing most of its top 2019 Generation adidas targets, but not all of them. U.S. Under-20 national team right back Manny Perez would be one of the highest-rated players in the 2019 draft if he signed with MLS, but is weighing transfer offers in Europe. Sources tell Goal that, as of Tuesday, signing a Generation adidas deal is still a possibility for the North Carolina State defender. UCLA forward Mohammed Kamara is another prospect who had been considered a candidate for a Generation adidas contract, but sources say he is weighing offers in Europe, with German club Paderborn a strong possibility. Akron University forward David Egbo is another player who has drawn consideration as a Generation adidas target after scoring 13 goals for a Zips squad that reached the NCAA final four, but as of Tuesday he has not signed a deal. The members of the Generation adidas class will join the top college seniors at the MLS combine, which kicks off on Saturday in Orlando, with the 2019 MLS draft set for January 10 in Chicago. Expansion side FC Cincinnati currently holds the first overall pick in the draft.last_img read more

Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma chill out together in Jamaica

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiSeptember 4, 2019UPDATED: September 4, 2019 19:05 IST Team India visited High Commissioner’s residence in Jamaica after series triumph. (Twitter/@hcikingston)HIGHLIGHTSAnushka Sharma joined Virat Kohli as Team India visited the High Commissioner’s residence in JamaicaTeam India clean swept the Test series 2-0 against West IndiesIt was also India’s 8th successive Test series win over the West IndiesAnushka Sharma joined husband Virat Kohli as the Indian team cricketers paid a visit to the High Commissioner’s residence in Jamaica during the course of the Test series against West Indies.The official Twitter page of Jamaica High Commission shared the pictures of the meeting. “A welcome reception was hosted by H.E Sevala Naik, High Commissioner and Mrs. Sunitha Naik in honour of visiting Indian Cricket Team led by Mr. Virat Kohli, Captain of the Indian National Team,” the official page tweeted out.India registered a resounding 318-run victory in the first Test and handed a mammoth 257-run defeat to West Indies in the final Test in Jamaica to go on the top of the World Championships points table with 120 points.It was also India’s 8th successive Test series win over the West Indies and their first series sweep in the Caribbean.A welcome reception was hosted by H.E Sevala Naik, High Commissioner and Mrs. Sunitha Naik in honour of visiting Indian Cricket Team led by Mr. Virat Kohli, Captain of the Indian National Team. in Jamaica (@hcikingston) August 29, 2019On the course, Virat Kohli also became the most successful Indian captain in Test cricket as he beat MS Dhoni’s record with his 28th win in the longest format.Virat Kohli has been joined by his wife Anushka Sharma since the start of the West Indies tour where India won the swept the 3-match T20I series, won the ODI series 2-0 and won the Test series 2-0.advertisementKL Rahul went alongside skipper Virat Kohli and his wife Anushka Sharma on a cruise on the high sea around the Caribbean Islands after India’s dominating win over West Indies in the 1st Test.Anushka Sharma was also seen enjoying her time with husband Virat Kohli and other Indian team players on a cruise on the high sea around the Caribbean Islands after India’s dominating win over West Indies in the 1st Test.Recently, a video went viral where Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma were caught off guard when a 7-year-old fan offered to give his autograph to them instead. Kohli and Anushka could be seen waiting patiently and smiling from ear to ear as the boy signed a piece of paper and handed it over to the cricketer.Captain Virat Kohli’s next challenged starts when India will take on South Africa in the three-match T20I series and same number of Test matches. The first T20I is to begin from September 15 in Dharamshala.Also Read | Steve Smith edges past Virat Kohli to become No.1 Test batsmanAlso Read | Virat Kohli: Is India’s most successful Test skipper necessarily the greatest?Also SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Team IndiaFollow Anushka Sharma Next Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma chill out together in JamaicaAnushka Sharma joined Virat Kohli as the Indian team was invited at the High Commissioner’s residence in Jamaica. India swept the Test series 2-0 against West Indies.advertisementlast_img read more

Don’t Dread It: 5 Tips for Packing Your Suitcase

first_imgAs soon as you book your next trip, you’re likely going to start dreading the process of packing. Whether you’re leaving for a few days or a month-long vacation, packing is the least excitable part of any travel excursion. That being said, it doesn’t have to be a laborious, irritating process. Here are five tips for packing your suitcase efficiently without wanting to forget the trip altogether.1. Roll it.Sounds crazy, but don’t knock it ‘til you try it. Rolling your pants and shirts can save a substantial amount of space in your suitcase. Furthermore, it’s an effective way to make sure that your clothing doesn’t get (too) wrinkly when it’s squeezed into a tight compartment. Begin by folding the clothing item vertically to reduce its width, then roll it from the bottom, up. Once it’s compact, place it into the suitcase, and voila!2. Don’t say no to backpacks.A backpack may not be the most fashionable item to have on you while you travel, but it can be one of the most helpful ones as you look to pack efficiently.Related: Backpacks for All“My carry-on is a sturdy backpack (made to carry a computer),” says Bitsy Kelly, world traveler and vice president of Corporate Communications for Outrigger Hotel & Resorts. “This leaves my hands free to carry tickets/jackets/coffee when going through airports. It can also substitute as my ‘personal’ item thus allowing me to carry a larger carry-on bag when needed.”3. Pack disposable items.Think of items that you can possibly throw away once you’re finished using them – bottles of shampoo, soap or lotion.“This is a great weight saver on the way back if you pick up things on your trip,” says Jeremy Clement, founder of, an online travel marketplace.4. Use your shoes wisely.When you pack your shoes into your suitcase, don’t just forget about them – use them to your advantage. Place smaller items into your shoes, such as jewelry and charging cables, to save space in your suitcase. Fill them with socks and other accessories that would otherwise need another spot in your bag.5. Make a list.It sounds like a tedious task (and one that you might not want to do), but a list can end up saving you an ample amount of space at the end of the day. By making a list, you’ll have everything you need laid out in front of you. This can reduce the odds of over-packing and make sure that you don’t forget key items like undergarments. As an added bonus, list making can limit the amount of stress around your trip as a whole.Whether you’re traveling half way across the world or just a hundred miles away, your suitcase doesn’t have to be your worst enemy. These five tips can help you rethink the packing process and become a pro at traveling efficiently on a regular basis. Where to Find Artwork to Match Your Style How to Thrift Like a Pro: Tips for Making the Most of Secondhand Style 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United States How to Pack a Dopp Kit (aka Toiletry Bag) for When You Won’t be Sleeping at Home How to Use a French Press Coffee Maker Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

Prince Harry Attends Film Screening For Charity

first_imgPrince Harry attended a 50th anniversary screening of ‘Zulu’ this week to celebrate the work of three charities which help wounded soldiers and children in Africa.Prince Harry meets Shenkin, regimental mascot of the 3rd Battalion, as he attends the 50th anniversary screening of ZuluCredit/Copyright:

Arriving at the Odeon in London’s Leicester Square, His Royal Highness told Suzannah Endfield Olivier, the daughter of the film’s director Cy Endfield that it is one of his favourite films: “I watch this film every single year before Christmas time. Maybe once. Maybe twice.”

The film, which has been digitally enhanced to mark the anniversary, dramatises the events at Rorke’s Drift where the British Army famously battled Zulu battalions in January 1879.

It tells the story of the 150 British soldiers, many sick and wounded, who took on 4,000 Zulu warriors – with their efforts earning 11 Victoria Crosses.

Ms Endfield Olivier said Prince Harry’s attendance at the film was ‘a validation’ of the re-release and the film’s success. The release will benefit Walking With The Wounded, Sentebale and The David Rattray Memorial Trust.Prince Harry has been heavily involved with Walking with the Wounded, taking part in the charity’s South Pole expedition last year and supporting two previous expeditions as a Patron.He is also a founding Patron of Sentebale, which helps vulnerable children in Lesotho who face extreme poverty and an HIV and Aids epidemic.The David Rattray Memorial Trust helps to educate and care for children at a number of schools in Kwa-Zulu Natal.The release of the film, which will include never-before-seen footage, has been organised by Ms Endfield Olivier.Prince Harry also met people associated with the film and charity representatives before settling in to watch the classic film.Source:www.princehenryofwales.orglast_img read more


first_img Facebook Advertisement Admission has been selling for three consecutive days, but it seems that no matter how hard people tried, tickets for the L.A.-based comedians ultimately ended up on StubHub at jacked-up prices.We all know Toronto is obsessed with true crime, but the level of MFM dedication is insanity. Advertisement Toronto fans of the wildly popular true crime podcast My Favorite Murder are devastated after tickets for the live show sold out within minutes of going on sale on Wednesday.The way my heat broke when I saw that tickets are sold out for @MyFavMurder live show in Toronto read more

Fraud suit against bankrupt energy firm for which Pamela Wallin was a

CALGARY — A U.S. court has approved a multimillion-dollar settlement in a securities fraud class-action lawsuit against a bankrupt energy exploration company for which embattled Sen. Pamela Wallin was a director.Between June 2007 and December 2011, Wallin was a paid member of the board of Oilsands Quest Inc., a Calgary-based exploration company. As a director, the Saskatchewan senator was named in the lawsuit along with fellow board members, TD Securities and Calgary consulting firm McDaniel and Associates.The lawsuit, filed by investors in United States District Court in New York in 2011, alleged that Oilsands Quest and its directors overstated the value of the company’s assets by US$136 million.Defendants pumped up Oilsands Quest’s stock price by portraying the firm as the largest owner of valuable rights to bitumen in Saskatchewan’s oilsands“Through a series of false and misleading press releases, investor presentations and accounting manipulations, defendants fraudulently pumped up Oilsands Quest’s stock price by portraying Oilsands Quest as the largest owner of valuable rights to bitumen in Saskatchewan’s oilsands, creating a modern-day gold rush for what defendants knew to be largely worthless mining rights,” reads the original court document.It goes on to say company officials knew that the vast majority of the land contained no bitumen and “defendants engaged in contrived exploration and testing activities to justify the retention of worthless mining rights in order to mislead investors about the value of the company’s properties.”Handout/Oilsands Quest While most oil sands development is focused in the area around Fort McMurray in northern Alberta, Saskatchewan has significant oil sands deposits. But the oil is considerably more difficult to extract because the deposits are capped by a glacial till rather than the shale typically found in Alberta. Still, Oilsands Quest led a charge to develop on the eastern side of the boundary.The firm filed for bankruptcy protection in an Alberta court in November 2011 and for Chapter 15 protection in a U.S. bankruptcy court in February 2012. Its assets have been sold to Cenovus Energy.Earlier this month, United States District Judge Jed Rakoff signed off on a US$10.2-million settlement which gave claimants about 36 cents on the dollar.Rakoff is the judge who presided over a US$163-million settlement last year in the case of disgraced New York financier Bernard Madoff, whose Ponzi scheme defrauded investors of billions of dollars.Oilsands Quest has not admitted any wrong-doing and has denied all allegations. The firm decided it would be “desirable and beneficial” to settle because litigation could have dragged on.The settlement, by Canadian standards, is quite large, says a Calgary lawyer whose firm handled proceedings in Canada at the request of the U.S. lawyers representing the plaintiffs.It’s double digits. You don’t see a lot of those here“It’s double digits. You don’t see a lot of those here,” said Clint Docken of the firm Docken and Klym. “It’s more common in the U.S., but the fact they’re paying over $10 million I think is representative of something.“If you’re not liable, it’s not a nuisance lawsuit, so why would you settle?”It doesn’t appear that Wallin or the other directors will be out of pocket, Docken said.“It’s the directors’ and officers’ insurer who is paying this.”During her time as a director, Wallin earned nearly US$648,000 in cash and offered option awards, the court documents said. She resigned shortly after Oilsands Quest went into receivership.She did not answer a request for comment submitted last week by The Canadian Press.Wallin, who was appointed to the Senate in 2009, has also been on the board of Gluskin Sheff & Associates Inc., a wealth management firm with offices in Calgary and Toronto. She’s also served on the board for Porter Airlines. From 2007 to 2011 she was chancellor at the University of Guelph.Her finances have been under a microscope for weeks.The one-time journalist and former Conservative caucus member has been ordered to reimburse the Senate almost US$140,000 for ineligible travel expense claims. The order followed an independent audit of her travel expenses.A Senate committee alerted the RCMP to the results of the audit. The Mounties are already investigating living allowances claimed by senators Mike Duffy, Patrick Brazeau and Mac Harb. read more

Burlington man injured in rollover

A man in his mid 20s was injured Sunday after crashing his car into a median in Burlington.It happened on Lakeshore Road at around 5:00 p.m. The car flipped in the crash, and the driver was taken to Hamilton General with head injuries.Police say the man has since been released and is exected to recover.The road was closed for several hours this morning as the traffic reconstruction unit investigated.

Diamond the size of a tennis ball found in Canadianowned mine could

Diamond the size of a tennis ball found in Canadian-owned mine could fetch C$90M A three-billion-year-old diamond the size of a tennis ball could fetch more than C$90 million when the Canadian mining company that unearthed it puts the rock up for auction this summer.But the first person to lay eyes on the whopping gem barely gave it a glance, the CEO of Vancouver-based Lucara Diamond Corp. recalled Wednesday, as the eye-popping estimate for the precious stone was issued by auctioneer Sotheby’s.“He’d only been working for us for two weeks, so he sees the thousand carats and goes ‘oh, this must be normal,’” William Lamb told The Canadian Press. “He didn’t tell anybody. It was only when the chief saw it that there was this huge commotion on site.”The diamond was unearthed in November, at the Karowe mine in Botswana that’s owned by Lucara (TSX:LUC).After being closely examined, it was found to measure 1,109 carats, making it the second-largest gem-quality rough diamond ever discovered.The only bigger diamond found to date was the 3,106-carat Cullinan diamond, unearthed in South Africa in 1905. It was cut into nine pieces that form part of the U.K. Crown Jewels.The Cullinan diamond, however, was found when a mine worker noticed something glinting in the side of a pit, grabbed a ladder and started chipping around it with a pen knife, said Lamb.The diamond found at the Lucara mine, in contrast, managed to survive a modern mining process which included drilling, blasting, excavation, crushing and mechanized sorting, he said.“Our stone actually went through an entire processing facility before it was recovered,” Lamb explained. “We were very lucky.”The diamond has been named Lesedi la Rona, meaning “our light” in the local Tswana language.The name came from a local contest which drew some 11,000 entries, Lamb said, and carries a special meaning for Botswana, whose economy has benefited greatly from diamond mining.The Lesedi la Rona is currently on a world tour ahead of an auction in London this summer.It has already been displayed in Singapore, Hong Kong and Dubai, and will be shown in New York this weekend before heading to locations in Europe, said Lamb.“We’re trying to get access to people who may want it as a collector’s item,” he said. “We’re looking at people who have the financial resources, but also see the uniqueness, the rarity and the beauty in the stone.”Auctioneer Sotheby’s has estimated the diamond could sell for more than C$90 million, but Lamb said just how much the rock will ultimately go for is hard to say.“This is historic,” he said. “It is the only plus thousand carat stone in existence.”Whoever acquires the diamond will have to decide whether to cut and polish the stone, possibly splitting it into smaller pieces, or keep it in its rough form.“If you ask me, I wouldn’t cut it. It is unique,” said Lamb, who remembered feeling “shock and awe” when he first held the diamond.“It automatically draws you to it. I’d say the stone has an addictive quality to it.”Sotheby’s has said the rough gemstone “of exceptional transparency” could yield the largest top-quality diamond ever cut and polished, if the buyer decides to go that route.David Bennett, chairman of Sotheby’s jewelry division, called the discovery “the find of a lifetime” and the auction unprecedented, because no rough diamond of this size has ever been auctioned.The Lesedi la Rona could smash the record price for a diamond of US$48.5 million, paid at a Geneva sale last year for the 12.03-carat polished “Blue Moon” diamond. Hong Kong billionaire Joseph Lau picked it up as a gift for his 7-year-old daughter.The Lesedi la Rona diamond will be offered at auction on June 29.— With files from The Associated Press by Diana Mehta, The Canadian Press Posted May 4, 2016 9:42 am MDT Last Updated May 4, 2016 at 3:01 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email A model displays a large diamond at Sotheby’s in New York, Wednesday, May 4, 2016. The auction house plans to offer the Lesedi la Rona diamond in London on June 29. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) read more

UN ready to discuss possible forms of support to further interKorean peace

That call for support includes UN assistance in verifying the imminent closure of a nuclear test site in the north, and transforming the buffer zone separating the two nations into a “peace zone.”The UN confirmed Tuesday evening that Mr. Guterres and the Republic of Korea’s President Moon Jae-in spoke by phone on Monday, in which the latter sought “the support of the United Nations” to verify the shutting down of the nuclear test site in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).Mr. Moon also asked the UN to help implement the recent agreement by the two nations to transform the demilitarized zone.In response, the Secretary-General “reiterated the full support of the United Nations to furthering the inter-Korean dialogue and in this regard pledged that the United Nations stands ready to discuss possible forms of support,” according to a read-out issued by the world body.On 27 April, the leaders of the two nations agreed on a number of measures, including realizing the common goal of “complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” and pursuing talks to declare an official end to the Korean War, which devastated the Peninsula, beginning in June 1950.An armistice brought about a ceasefire in 1953, but the conflict never officially ended because the parties failed to reach agreement over a formal peace treaty.Prior to last week’s historic inter-Korean summit, DPRK leader Kim Jong Un had announced his intention to suspend nuclear tests and intercontinental ballistic missile launches,  including the closure of the country’s nuclear test site, according to news reports.The DPRK has conducted six nuclear tests since 2006, and in recent years launched numerous test missiles, in violation of UN Security Council resolutions.  The 15-member body has regularly reacted to these violations through punitive measures.The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) monitors the DPRK nuclear programme, including through the use of satellite imagery, but its inspectors have not had access to the country’s nuclear facilities since April 2009. read more

Found Oxford oarsmans Boat Race medal lost in River Thames is discovered floating

first_imgOliver Cook, right, with brother Jamie Roots has known Ollie’s family for years, having coached at University of London while the brothers were students there.   Ollie Cook, right, with brother JamieCredit:Geoff Pugh for The Telegraph In 2014, he and both Cooks took part in the Moon Row, coincidentally also supported by Parmigiani, when a team braved crocodiles and hippos to scull the length of Lake Kariba and the lower Zambezi for charity.  “It was as if it was meant to be,” said Roots of finding the medal.  “It already had a bit of silt on it, was beginning to be obscured, if I’d left it another day or two it would have been covered completely unless someone else had pilfered it.” “I was on the way to a job, and knowing that stretch like the back of my hand, thought there was a small chance the tide might be low enough,” said Roots, who rowed at University of London Boat Club several years before Cook and his brother Jamie. “I wasn’t specially hopeful but the tide was going down and straight away there it was, a foot from the water, at my feet.  First a little black strip of ribbon wafting around and then the medal, glinting silver in the mud.”Roots, snapping the Boat Race for timing sponsors Parmigiani Fleurier, had already captured the unfortunate loss on film. Following Ollie and Jamie’s defeat of Cambridge in an epic race on Sunday, Ollie swallow-dived into the water and came up clutching his medal, only to drop it moments later as he hugged his brother in ecstasy.   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. Oxford’s Boat Race-winning oarsman Ollie Cook is no longer feeling blue, after the victor’s medal he lost in the murky depths of the Thames on Sunday has been returned to him by a clubmate. Former rower and photographer Hamish Roots was passing Mortlake on Monday morning and went to look, in the vain hope that the medal might be visible.  To Root’s astonishment, he found it straight away, and dropped it in to Cook’s parent’s house in Windsor later that afternoon. Cook himself, a 2016 world champion, had already left to join the GB Rowing team in Portugal on training camp.last_img read more

President Taoiseach and Tánaiste extend sympathies to Boston

first_imgSo far, fortunately, all have been safely accounted for.  However, the situation is still developing and I would ask any family who may be concerned for loved ones that they have not heard from and who might have been present in the area to contact my Department at 01-408 2000.In a short statement issued from Áras an Uachtaráin tonight, the President said: “I am deeply sorry to learn of the explosions in Boston earlier today that have resulted in fatalities and injuries.The occurrence of the explosions during the course of the Boston Marathon is deeply shocking and is a very sad end to what should have been a day of great joy and achievement for the thousands, including many Irish citizens, who participate in and watch this widely supported annual event.My thoughts and those of many Irish people, who feel a deep affinity with Boston are with Governor Patrick, Mayor Menino, the emergency services, and the people of this wonderful city, as they seek to respond to this tragedy. “Having visited Boston last year, I know that its civic spirit will be a great resource in responding to today’s dreadful events.”Kenny also sent his sympathies to the Governor, Mayor and the people of Boston.On behalf of the Irish people, I am sending our sympathy and support to Mayor Menino and Governor Patrick and to the people of Boston who have been devastated by this senseless and terrible event. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.-Additional reporting by Sinéad O’CarrollUpdated: So far no reports of Irish caught up in marathon blastsObama: ‘We will find out who did this and we will hold them accountable’Read’s full coverage of the Boston Marathon explosions > Updated 00.30PRESIDENT MICHAEL D Higgins, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore have responded to the explosions at the Boston Marathon today by extending their thoughts to those affected by today’s shocking events in the city.So far no Irish people are reported to have been caught up in the two blasts which have left dozens injured and at least two dead.Foreign Affairs Minister Eamon Gilmore said his department “is doing all that it can to make contact with our nationals to check on their situation”.In a statement, he said:My thoughts are with the people and the authorities in Boston as they continue to deal with this tragic situation. I know that there were a significant number of Irish participating or involved in the Marathon, and my Department – in particular the Irish Consulate in Boston –  is doing all that it can to make contact with our nationals to check on their situation.last_img read more

Man accused of threatening Torrey Pines HS to remain in hospital

first_imgMan accused of threatening Torrey Pines HS to remain in hospital June 13, 2018 Posted: June 13, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom Kevin Matlak from 2015SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A 21-year-old former Torrey Pines High School student accused of posting threats targeting the school on his Instagram account can remain at a county psychiatric hospital where he is being treated for mental health issues, a judge ruled Wednesday.Kevin Gregory Matlak — charged with making criminal threats and identity theft — appeared at his arraignment in a wheelchair, accompanied by two health care workers. Matlak had a blanket pulled up to his face and didn’t say anything during the hearing.Judge Jay Bloom entered a not guilty plea on behalf of the defendant and set bail at $525,000, saying Matlak was a danger to the community.The judge ordered the San Diego County Psychiatric Hospital to give the court 48 hours notice if Matlak was to be released, noting concern for the safety of Torrey Pines students graduating on Friday.Classmates of Matlak who graduated in 2015 reported the threats to law enforcement on May 30, leading to his arrest.Matlak bailed out of jail and voluntarily checked himself into the mental health facility June 4, defense attorney Brian Watkins said.The attorney said Matlak is a danger to himself, but not to others.Watkins said Matlak didn’t threaten anyone directly, but three former classmates read his posts on Instagram and felt threatened by them. The attorney said the threats were “not very clear” and “ambiguous.”Deputy District Attorney Matthew Greco said one of Matlak’s posts read “Rest in Peace Torrey Pines High School.”“I hate all of you,” another post read, according to the prosecutor.Matlak also posted a photo of him holding an AR-15 rifle in one hand and giving the middle finger with the other hand, Greco said.Matlak faces four years and four months in state prison if convicted. last_img read more