‘UNMIL Total Withdrawal Unprecedented’

first_imgLofa County Representative Eugene Fallah Kparkar has described as unprecedented the United Nations Mission in Liberia’s (UNMIL) total withdrawal in June, especially in the wake of the mysterious deaths of citizens, coupled with the current global socioeconomic downturn.Representative Kparkar who recently returned to the country from attending the Pan African Parliament Union warned that the unwholesome act of taking the lives of innocent people has the propensity to undermine peace and democracy, which he said Liberians have enjoyed over the last decade, and possibly threatens the 2017 general and presidential elections.The Lofa Lawmaker called on the United Nations to see the need to at least keep a residual unit to help beef up the strength of the national security sector.Rep. Kparkar challenged the government to remain vigilant and clampdown on perpetrators of the heinous crimes of ritualistic killings, armed robberies and gang-rapes, among other crimes.Commenting on his recent mission to South Africa, Kparkar said ECOWAS and the Pan African Parliamentary Union recently hosted briefing sessions which successfully dealt with illicit financial plots that threaten the entire world, especially Africa, as it relates to money laundering.He said as head of the Central Executive Parliamentary Committee of PANU he organized a two-day briefing with former South African President Thabo Mbeki serving as chief panelist, where African countries were praised for ratifying charters on economy and elections. Rep. Kparkar, who represents Liberia through the House of Representatives at the Pan African Parliamentary Union, disclosed that following the briefing session, his Liberian delegation visited the troubled Darfur Region in Sudan on a peace mission, Southern Sudan and other electoral missions in Tanzania, Guinea Bissau, Algeria, Zimbabwe, and Swaziland.“On these missions we gained vast experience, which when introduced here will be of great help with our fledging peace and democracy,” the Lofa lawmaker concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

MS Dhoni’s lucky escape, Sri Lanka’s heartbreak

first_imgIndia must have had their heart in their mouth for a moment in the 35th over when their last hope MS Dhoni survived a scare in their tense chase during the rain-curtailed second ODI against Sri Lanka at Pallekele.India looked in firm control of the match when Rohit Sharma departed after scoring a brisk 54 off 45 balls in the 16th over. However, it opened the floodgates and in no time the visitors were reduced to 131/7 in the 22nd over thanks to Akila Dhananjaya’s career-best six for 54.Dhoni was then joined by Bhuvneshwar Kumar who emerged India’s unlikely hero in their three-wicket victory. The duo kept their calm and slowly but steadily played risk-free cricket to stitch together a record eighth-wicket partnership of 100 runs to see India home.FORTUNE FAVOURS THE BRAVEDhoni found himself fortunate in the 34.3 overs when right-arm fast bowler Vishwa Fernando’s hit his pads, rolled back to the stumps but much to Sri Lanka’s disappointment bails didn’t come off.Witnessed a jail break in Kandy exactly half an hour to midnight #TeamIndia #SLvIND pic.twitter.com/JwyT6eUQ31- Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) 24 August 2017At that time Dhoni, was batting on 29 with India on 172/7, still requiring another 59 runs.Dhoni went on to score 45 off 68 balls with the help of just one boundary while his partner Bhuvneshwar struck his maiden half-century and remained not out on 53 off 80 balls.last_img read more

Oars and the Man | The Sports Stars

first_imgDattu Bhokanal has dug wells, sold onions, waited tables, even worked at a petrol pump to provide for his family. He studied during the day and spent nights working to bring in a monthly salary of Rs 3,000, barely enough to make ends meet. After his father’s death in December,Dattu Bhokanal has dug wells, sold onions, waited tables, even worked at a petrol pump to provide for his family. He studied during the day and spent nights working to bring in a monthly salary of Rs 3,000, barely enough to make ends meet. After his father’s death in December 2011, Bhokanal had to take on the responsibility of looking after his two younger brothers (both farmers) and ailing mother. His athletic skills landed him a job with the Indian army in 2012. Here, he was introduced to rowing by coach Kudrat Ali. Impressed with his efforts, the Army Rowing Node in Pune selected him for intensive training in 2013.Bhokanal made an instant impact, bagging gold medals at the national championships in 2014. While he was in the US for training in 2016, he participated in the US national championship and secured a gold there too. At the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, he competed with a high fever to win gold as part of the 2 km quadruple scull race team.Success has turned the soft-spoken man into a confident athlete, but there have been a hundred blows on the way. In 2014, his dream of flying came true when he travelled to the Asian Games in South Korea, but the pressure of performing at the international level got to him. He fell unconscious and failed to compete.A back injury later would hinder his progress followed by a personal tragedy-his mother was left comatose after an accident in early 2016. She would pass away the same year.advertisementPast obstacles have only made him stronger, he says, and helped him stay composed at the Rio Olympics in 2016. He was the only Indian to qualify in rowing. Prior to his participation, India’s international rank was No. 19. Bhokanal has helped improve it to 13 with his performance in single sculls.Hitting the waters with his oars is one way he gets over his emotional scars. Training under coach Paul Mokha has infused new energy into him. The gold medal in Jakarta was a timely reward. Apart from rowing, the kitchen is Bhokanal’s favourite place to spend time. He likes to personally make coffee for his guests. His diet too has its compulsions-desi ghee is a must with every meal.”Rowing requires a lot of investment, moneywise and good physical ability,” Bhokanal says. “Unfortunately, in our country the rich are physically weak while the poor are physically strong but have no money.”last_img read more

Alberta wildlife expert says animals well adapted to survive wildfires

first_imgWATERTON, Alta. – A wildlife official says animals are well-adapted to survive a wildfire like the one burning in southwestern Alberta.Matt Besko, who is director of wildlife policy at Alberta Environment and Parks, says many critters around Waterton Lakes National Park would likely have been able to flee the flames.Birds probably fared well because the fire did not sweep through during nesting season and the young would have fledged by now.Besko says amphibians may have been able to protect themselves by burrowing under the dirt.But some species like squirrels and porcupines are more vulnerable because they can’t run as fast.Besko says wildfires are actually good for the ecosystem in the long term because they encourage new growth.last_img

Pitchfork Hits Record Views Following Grammy Coverage

first_img While the increase in Pitchfork readers is clearly linked to the coverage, the audience came organically, free from marketing outside of the normal headline/link drill of social media posts. While Pitchfork has only covered the Grammys “in earnest” for half a decade, Richardson believes most of Pitchfork’s Grammy readers came for the publication’s curated take on the four hour award ceremony. “It’s not about being a companion to the people who are watching it. It’s a way of getting information to people who are interested in what’s going on but probably aren’t in front of the TV themselves,” he says. It’s also possible that there was just more interest in the Grammys this year. CBS reports that it delivered 14.3/25 in households, for a total of 26.07 million viewers tuned into the broadcast. This is a 5 percent increase YoY, and the largest audience since 2014. The success, says executive editor Mark Richardson, can be attributed to a mix of factors, including the high number of resources devoted to coverage, as well as an expansion of genre by both the publication and the Grammys. Thanks in part to weeks of planning and a dedicated weekend team, readership was up 383 percent from Pitchfork’s 2016 Grammy coverage, which netted only 290,000 unique views. This year, however, the publication wrote real-time posts the day of the event, followed by several pieces of analysis spanning popular topics like artist tributes and race at the Grammys — coverage which brought the site up to 3.6 million page views on Monday alone.center_img It’s a big reward for the small site, which was acquired by Condé Nast in October 2015. With a reputation for covering independent artists with more edge than sparkle, Pitchfork never had much reason to cover the recording industry’s highest-profile award ceremony. Accounting for the effectiveness of planning and speed, Richardson says a total of eight people worked in shifts on the day of the event, and that preparation weeks in advance — including shell stories for various winner outcomes — allowed the team to write a lot of stories, fast. “You can’t do that all the time, because you only have so many people and so much time,” Richardson says of the group effort. “It’s a matter of coordination — you might have five people at one time, and one person is creating images, while one person is doing screencaps. It’s really a question of planning and thinking how much you want to throw behind it. Of course, next year we’ll do the same thing.” Pitchfork’s coverage of the 59th annual Grammy Awards yielded the music site’s highest traffic day ever last Monday. With 1.5 million unique viewers, the music site saw a 275 percent increase over its 400,000 average daily unique views. “More artists are performing at the show who are in our wheelhouse, like Chance the Rapper. We’ve covered him very closely since his first mixtape,” Richardson says of the triple Grammy winner. “He’s both a Chicago-based rapper who’s an independent musician, and a big star. There’s more people like that [at the Grammys] than there used to be.”last_img read more

Durga puja festive fever grips Capital

first_imgMatri Mandir Sarbojanin Durga Puja Samiti, which organizes the Capital’s most prestigious and keenly awaited Durga Puja celebration at Safdarjung Enclave each year, enters its 52nd year of Puja festivities with new zeal and enthusiasm led by an All-Women managing committee that has led the mammoth organizational effort.”An integral part of the organizing committee, our women members have always led with great gumption and perseverance in ensuring seamless teamwork over the years. This year they have gone a step ahead and volunteered to take up this onerous task of leading and organizing the Durga Puja festivities end to end,” said Debashis Saha Chief Coordinator of Durga Puja 2018. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Though we do not claim for this to be a unique venture, it is very special for us, considering the magnitude and complexities of a large Puja like Matri Mandir at Safdarjung Enclave,” Saha added.President of Durga Puja Samiti Chandana Mukherjee said from traditional to contemporary, from pressing national and social issues to highlighting India’s great achievers, Durga Puja celebrations at Matri Mandir have stood out for their captivating decorations, majestic grandeur, and astounding splendor. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveGeneral Secretary of Durga Puja Samiti Indrani Bhattacharya and Gitashree Moitra said traditionally, it has been our endeavor to showcase various moods and shades of life, society and culture – ranging from the London Olympics, Middle-east architectural marvels, Opera House of Paris, Women Empowerment, etc. The pandal at Matri Mandir is designed and decorated according to various themes and cultures – a fine example of the rich culture.Chairperson Organizing committee Supriya Bhattacharya said this year we endeavor to showcase glimpses from the Dilwara Temples of Mount Abu as our Pandal decoration theme. The design and architecture of the temples are a venerable illustration of balance in grandeur and simplicity, reflecting Jain values of honesty and frugality. Chairperson Bhog and Prasad committee Amita Chakraborty said this year we are expecting at least 5000 devotes on each day- Saptami, Ashtami and Navami. Bhog at Matri mandir is a very special event as we all committee members take special care and ensure that all the devotees can enjoy the bhog and Prasad. This year we are preparing different menu on Saptami, Ashtami and Navami which will include Bengali delicacy Khichuri, Beguni, Laabra, Payesh, Shahi Paneer, Sweets, Halwa etc.Chairperson Cultural committee Tanushree Dasgupta Saha said the cultural functions at Matri Mandir are always special and keenly awaited by the enthusiasts. This year we have decided to stage some young and budding artists from Kolkata and Mumbai. Renowned singer of Zee Bangla Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Brishtilekha Nandini will be performing on MahaSasthi Day. Also, Indian Idol famous Amit Paul will be performing on Maha Ashtami day. Marking the grand closing ceremony on Navami this year will be popular Rock band group, the Indian Ocean.Assistant Secretary Sanghamitra Bhattacharya said we cannot miss the most integral and special aspect of Durga Puja celebrations – the food court. Over the years, it has carved a special and sought-after stature amongst the South Delhi foodies. And, this year will be no different, offering more choices of lip-smacking and delectable delicacies.Treasurer Sumitra Sarkar said that it’s a challenging task to maintain accounts and control finances. But we are enjoying our work and so far we are happy with our progress.Chairperson and secretary of collection and souvenir committee Smrity Moitraand Arpita Bhattacharya said, “We are working round the clock to ensure that we meet our targets. Though it’s a tedious job we are enjoying.”last_img read more

Red Hat releases OpenShift 4 with adaptability Enterprise Kubernetes and more

first_imgThe 3-day Red Hat Summit 2019 has kicked off at Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, United States.Yesterday, Red Hat announced a major release, Red Hat OpenShift 4, the next generation of its trusted enterprise Kubernetes platform, re-engineered to address the complex realities of container orchestration in production systems. Red Hat OpenShift 4 simplifies hybrid and multicloud deployments to help IT organizations utilize new applications, help businesses to thrive and gain momentum in an ever-increasing set of competitive markets. Features of Red Hat OpenShift 4 Simplify and automate the cloud everywhere Red Hat OpenShift 4 will help in automating and operationalize the best practices for modern application platforms. It will operate as a unified cloud experience for the hybrid world, and enable an automation-first approach including Self-managing platform for hybrid cloud: This provides a cloud-like experience via automatic software updates and lifecycle management across the hybrid cloud which enables greater security, auditability, repeatability, ease of management and user experience. Adaptability and heterogeneous support: It will be available in the coming months across major public cloud vendors including Alibaba, Amazon Web Services ( AWS), Google Cloud, IBM Cloud, Microsoft Azure, private cloud technologies like OpenStack, virtualization platforms and bare-metal servers. Streamlined full stack installation:When streamlined full stack installation is used along with an automated process, it will make it easier to get started with enterprise Kubernetes. Simplified application deployments and lifecycle management: Red Hat helped stateful and complex applications on Kubernetes with Operators which will helps in self operating application maintenance, scaling and failover. Trusted enterprise Kubernetes The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) has certified the Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, in accordance with Kubernetes. It offers built on the backbone of the world’s leading enterprise Linux platform backed by the open source expertise, compatible ecosystem, and leadership of Red Hat. It also provides codebase which will help in securing key innovations from upstream communities. Empowering developers to innovate OpenShift 4 supports the evolving needs of application development as a consistent platform to optimize developer productivity with: Self-service, automation and application services that will help developers to extend their application by on-demand provisioning of application services. Red Hat CodeReady Workspaces enables developers to hold the power of containers and Kubernetes, while working with familiar Integrated Development Environment (IDE) tools that they use day-to-day. OpenShift Service Mesh combines Istio, Jaeger, and Kiali projects as a single capability that encodes communication logic for microservices-based application architectures. Knative for building serverless applications in Developer Preview makes Kubernetes an ideal platform for building, deploying and managing serverless or function-as-a-service (FaaS) workloads. KEDA (Kubernetes-based Event-Driven Autoscaling), a collaboration between Microsoft and Red Hat supports deployment of serverless event-driven containers on Kubernetes, enabling Azure Functions in OpenShift, in Developer Preview. This allows accelerated development of event-driven, serverless functions across hybrid cloud and on-premises with Red Hat OpenShift. Red Hat mentioned that OpenShift 4 will be available in the coming months. To read more details about Openshift 4, head over to the official press release on Red Hat. To know about the other major announcements at the Red Hat Summit 2019 like Microsoft collaboration, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 (RHEL 8), visit our coverage on Red Hat Summit 2019 Highlights. Read Next Red Hat rebrands logo after 20 years; drops Shadowman Red Hat team announces updates to the Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) program Red Hat Satellite to drop MongoDB and will support only PostgreSQL backendlast_img read more

Star Clippers sends a ship to postIrma St Maarten for 13 departures

first_img Travelweek Group Posted by Star Clippers sends a ship to post-Irma St. Maarten for 13 departures << Previous PostNext Post >> Sharecenter_img Thursday, August 9, 2018 Tags: Royal Clipper, St. Maarten, Star Clipper, Star Flyer MIAMI — Star Clippers says one of its ships will spend the entire 2019-2020 season sailing out of St. Maarten, “to show our support for the island’s economic recovery as well as to educate travellers that these islands are open and ready to receive visitors.”The 170-passenger Star Flyer will offer 13 departures out of St. Maarten between December 2019 and March 2020.“Tourism plays a crucial role in the Caribbean’s economy, and we’re encourage by the reports that St. Maarten, as well as so many of the islands affected by last year’s hurricane season, are well on the road to recovery,” says Star Clippers America President Mirell Reyes.Star Flyer’s itineraries offer seven, 11 and 14 night durations out of St. Maarten.For clients looking to sail the Caribbean sooner, Star Clippers’ upcoming season runs from December 2018 through March 2019 with 37 departures ranging from seven to 14 nights.More news:  AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsTwo ships, Royal Clipper and Star Flyer, call on multiple islands that were affected in last year’s storms, including St. Maarten, Dominica, St. Kitts, Guadeloupe, St. Barts, BVI and Anguilla.Promotions include free two-night hotel stays plus breakfast and transfers in either Barbados or St. Maarten on select 2018 and 2019 departures.Guests booking select 11-night Montego Bay to Barbados and seven-night Windward and Grenadine Islands itineraries will receive two complimentary nights at the Accra Beach Hotel & Spa, a full service resort in Christchurch, Barbados.Guests booking select 14-night Panama and seven-night Treasure and Leeward Island sailings will receive a two-night stay at the charming Holland House beach hotel in downtown Philipsburg, St. Maarten.Solo travelers can take advantage of waived single supplements on select Caribbean sailings on the Star Flyer or the 227-passenger Royal Clipper between December 2018 and March 2019, with rates starting at US$600 per person for a three-night sailing.More news:  Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochureAll three of the tall ships – Star Clipper, Star Flyer and Royal Clipper have expansive teak decks, swimming pools, informal dining, convivial tropical bars on deck and piano lounges.The brand’s newest vessel, Flying Clipper, is scheduled to debut in late 2018.last_img read more