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‘Goa priest molested us inside temple premises’

first_imgA priest at Shree Mangueshi temple in south Goa has been accused of allegedly molesting two women, both of Goan origin, in separate incidents, while they were on a visit to the temple along with their parents, last month.In the first case, a medical student of Goan origin, currently studying in the U.S., has complained to the management committee that the incident happened while she was on a visit to the temple on June 22 along with her parents.CCTV footageIn the second complaint, another Mimbai-based girl of Goan origin, has said that she was molested inside the temple by the priest (named same accused) on June 14 this year, “who is our Purohit for generations, before him his Dad was our Purohit.”She has also narrated her alleged molestation and demanded that the management committee probe the same based on evidence of the CCTV camera footage inside the premises.Secretary of Managing committee Anil Kenkre told The Hindu that they had received the complaints and he had replied to them.The Mangesh Temple Management Committee, in a letter to the U.S.-based victim on July 11, has expressed its inability to deal with the complaint as it could not “lay its hand on any dependable evidence to establish a prima facie case” against the priest.In her complaint to the managing committee of the temple, which has gone  viral on social media platforms, the US-based girl victim has said that she had visited the temple premises on June 22 to perform puja along with her parents, when the priest tried to “inappropriately touch” her just outside the sanctum sanctorum, while her parents were busy in pooja inside the sanctum sanctorum. “He was also in the temple and came to the locker area (outside the sanctum and near the well) and on the pretext of asking me to take “pradakshina”, he beckoned me to come near the lockers and molested me,” the victim has said (giving details of action of the accused), in a letter to temple committee. She has said that she was “traumatised and repulsed” by the alleged disturbing behaviour of the priest. She has demanded that as part of the investigation, the management  committee must review the footage of the CCTV cameras installed in various parts of the temple including  in and around that area, of June 22. The second victim has also narrated her incident which, according to her complaint to management, happened in same area on June 14. The victim states in her complaint, “ My father was doing “abhishek and me and my Mom were about to start “pradakshina”. As we started towards the “gabhara,”  the accused stopped us saying ,”don’t go together”,and asked my Mom to go first”. She then goes on to narrate the alleged molestation incident and demands action from committee. She further says that they failed to get any response from the management of the temple to her complaint. Responding to the complaint of US-based victim, Secretary of management committee Anil Kenkre on July 11, has said in a letter to the victim, that her complaint was discussed at an emergency meeting of the temple’s managing committee on July 4, when it was decided to obtain comments from the accused priest. “During the enquiry the committee could not lay its hand on any dependable evidence to establish a prima facie case…” Mr. Kenkre said in the letter and advised the victim to take her grievance to an “appropriate authority”. Mr. Kenkre told The Hindu that he, on behalf of the temple committee, had replied to both the alleged victim girls by emails. Mr. Kenkre said, “I have responded to both the complaints by mails after taking cognisance of  the complaints and trying to investigate the matter. However, we could not get any dependable evidence in both the cases to establish prima facie case and as such wrote to them to approach appropriate authority.” In November last year, the temple management had come into controversy over alleged denial of entry to the temple to a Mumbai-based disabled minor girl on her wheelchair.last_img read more

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Gambhir says that playing for India will always remain on top of agenda

first_imgEver since Gautam Gambhir took the field for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Indian Premier League with a shoulder injury, there has been a raging debate about whether the current crop of Indian cricketers value playing for their franchise more than their country.However, for Gambhir himself, the club versus country debate means nothing and answering the critics is not his concern.”I don’t want to answer anyone. It is all about being clear to your own conscience. The passion of playing for the country and the joy of representing every Indian across the world can never be replicated. Wearing the blue jerseys means a lot,” he told MAIL TODAY on the sidelines of the India Today Youth Summit.Referring to his decision to make himself unavailable for the Champions League T20 qualifiers, Gambhir said: “It was purely a medical call taken by my doctor. If he had given me the green signal to play, I would have been out their leading KKR.””All the talk about players being ready to fulfil club commitments doesn’t hold true in this case as I will not get any extra money for playing in the Champions League.”Not for once did it occur to me that I should skip the Champions League to please the critics. My doctor feels that I am still not ready to play a match. If we qualify for the main stages and I am allowed to play by my doctor, I will definitely take the field.”Gambhir feels that player management is a must in the modern scenario where teams are playing round the year. “As players we want to play as much as possible when we are doing well, but it is important that players who play in all the three formats are preserved well so that they can play longer and are fresh physically as well as mentally.advertisement”In the modern game, mental fatigue also needs to be avoided. It is important that every country has a pool of 25 players who are talented enough to play at the international level,” he said.No Indian fan can forget Gambhir’s knock of 97 in the final of the World Cup – a pressure cooker situation.Re-living the experience, Gambhir said: “It is every cricketer’s dream to win the biggest prize in the 50-over format of the game. I still believe I should have been a part of the squad in the 2007 World Cup.”But after the disappointment of not getting picked for the World Cup, came the high of winning the 2007 World T20. So that brought about a belief that everything is destined. “After the first few matches of the 2011 edition, came an article by Ian Chappell that I should be dropped and that egged me on and the rest is history.”After the purple patch under ex-coach Gary Kirsten, the drubbing against England under new coach Duncan Fletcher has come as a rude shock for fans.”Every captain and coach is as good as the team. Gary was a very hardworking person and he made us believe in ourselves. He reaped the rewards of the efforts he had put in with the team and deserved every bit of the success.”And after three years, you would obviously miss the person. But life goes on and we must respect his decision to quit and spend time with his family.”As far as the comparison is concerned, it is too early to judge Fletcher and we need to give him time to adapt,” said Gambhir.last_img read more

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Manny’s worth

first_imgManny Pacquiao celebrates his win against Adrien Broner in the WBA welterweight title boxing match Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)The pay-per-view numbers are in and after initial reports that the buys would be weak owing to the steep price, it looks like there will be enough for a huge bonus for Sen. Manny Pacquiao.The eight-division champion, guaranteed $10 million for his title defense against American Adrien Broner, will get a huge cut of the PPV earnings, which reached 400,000 buys, reports said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations MOST READ Oil plant explodes in Pampanga towncenter_img Priced at $75, the PPV gross has been pegged at $30 million.The buys for Pacquiao’s lopsided victory over Broner surpassed the 300,000 buys generated by the Filipino ring icon in his last US bout, against Jessie Vargas, in 2016.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsIt’s still a far cry from the buys generated by his 2015 match against undefeated American Floyd Mayweather Jr., but it proves Pacquiao still  has drawing power even at 40 years old.That should be financially handy should Pacquiao earn a rematch with Mayweather. Their showdown, the richest fight in boxing history, generated 4.6 million PPV buys. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem But while Pacquiao was vocal about wanting to do another fight, Mayweather, who is turning 42 next month, has been noncommittal after an initial declaration last year that he was willing to come out of retirement to face the Filipino anew.“I will ask my promoters who’s next and we will announce that in proper time,” promised Pacquiao, who said his sights are fixed on Mayweather.“Tell him to come back to the ring and we will fight,” Pacquiao said.The two boxing superstars have run into each other four times already, causing a substantial buzz about an impending rematch.ADVERTISEMENT Jarencio, NorthPort shoot for best all-Filipino start View comments 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 Krausslast_img read more

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SPORT-ATH 3 LAST

first_imgResults: Results: Men: 100m Race: 1. JYOTISANKAR DEBNATH (BIH) 10.41secs; 2. KRISHNAKUMAR RANE (MAH) 10.44secs; 3 MD ABDUL QURESHI (ONGC) 10.50secs. 5000m Race: 1. G LAKSHMANAN (TN) 13:51.29; 2. SURESH KUMAR (ONGC) 13:52.83; 3. YUNUS MOHAMMED (UP) 14:11.55. Pole Vault: 1. J PREETH (TN) 4.95m; 2. ANUJ SINGH (ONGC) 4.70m; 3. SONU SAINI (ONGC) 4.70m; 3. PRADHYUMN NARBAR (DEL) 4.70m. 110m Hurdles: 1. SURESH ARUMUGAM (TN) 14.33secs; 2 ANUPENDRA KUMAR (CRPF) 14.70secs; 3. T BALAMURUGAN (TN) 14.72secs. Javelin Throw: 1. VIPIN KASANA (UP) 76.42m; 2. SHIVPAL SINGH (AIR) 76.38m; 3. DAVINDER SINGH (PUN) 76.26m. Shot Put: 1. TAJINDERPAL SINGH TOOR (ONGC) 19.93m; 2. INDERJEET SINGH (HAR) 19.17m; 3. JASDEEP SINGH (PUN) 18.36m Womens: 100m Race: 1. DUTEE CHAND (ORI) 11.33secs; 2. SRABANI NANDA (ORI) 11.45; 3. HM JYOTHI (CANARA BANK) 11.46secs. 5000m Race: 1. L SURIYA (TN) 15:39.59; 2. SWATI HARIDAS GADHAWE (MAH) 15:44.00; 3. SANJEEVANI BABURAO JADHAV (ONGC) 16:36.92. 100m Hurdles: 1. PINKI RANI (HAR) 15.41secs; 2. PRIYANKA (HAR) 18.39secs. Hammer Throw: 1. SARITA PRAKASH SINGH (UP) 61.81m; 2. GUNJAN SINGH (UP) 55.38m; 3. RITU DHIMAN (ONGC) 54.91m. Long Jump: 1. M A PRAJUSHA (KER) 6.30m; 2. V NEENA (KER) 6.24m; 3. SHRADDHA GHULE (MAH) 6.21m. PTI PDS AHlast_img read more

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Yuvraj Singh to lead Punjab in first Ranji game

first_imgIn Harbhajan Singh’s absence, Yuvraj Singh will lead Punjab in their opening Ranji Trophy match against Railways, to be played at the Palam Ground from October 6 to 9.Off-spinner Harbhajan, who was named the skipper, is not available for the first match, PCA spokesperson Sushil Kapoor said on Monday.”Off spinner Arpit Pannu will be replacing Harbhajan in the match,” Kapoor said. (Also read: Gautam Gambhir’s fitness test over, Yuvraj Singh in line for ODI comeback?)The other members of the team are Jeevanjot Singh, Manan Vohra, Uday Kaul, Mandeep Singh, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Gitansh Khera (wicket keeper), Vinay Chaudhary, Siddharth Kaul, Sandeep Sharma, Manpreet Singh Grewal, Mayank Sidana, Rajwinder Singh, Subek Gill and Arpit Singh Pannu.last_img read more

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India and Bangladesh renew rivalry at the ICC Champions Trophy

first_imgIndia lead Bangladesh 5-1 in the ICC events but Virat Kohli’s team will not underestimate the Tigers when the two sides renew their rivalry in the semi-finals of the ICC Champions Trophy in Birmingham on Thursday.India captain Kohli is not taking Bangladesh lightly given their opposition’s recent history in world cricket. The Mashrafe Mortaza-led side has improved dramatically over the past few years and are now one game away from reaching their first-ever final at an ICC event.They reached the quarter-final of the 2015 ICC World Cup for the first time and advanced to the semi-final of the ICC Champions Trophy this time.The mind games have begun and once Bangladesh have started it in an ugly way. An image has started circulating on social media (obviously from a Bangladesh fan) which shows a tiger draped in a Bangladesh flag pouncing on a dog wearing an India flag.Here’s a look at how India have performed against Bangladesh in ICC tournaments:2016 WORLD TWENTY20India pulled off a sensational last-ball win against Bangladesh in the 2016 ICC World Twenty20.Bangladesh had restricted India to 146/7 on a slow pitch and were cruising along in their chase before a late fightback by the hosts took the game down to the wire. With 11 needed off the last over bowled by Hardik Pandya, Mushfiqur Rahim clobbered two boundaries before holding out in the deep. In the very next ball, Mahumudullah played another rash shot, leaving the visitors to get two off two.Hardik Pandya held his nerves in the final over to bowl two top deliveries as India snatched ‘victory from the jaws of defeat.’advertisement2015 WORLD CUPFirst, centurion Rohit Sharma (137) got a reprieve on his individual score of 90 with the team total at 196 in the 40th over bowled by Rubel Hossain when a marginal ‘no-ball’ call went in favour of the Indian opener.Ian Gould was the umpire who adjudged Rubel’s full-toss as a waist high ‘no-ball’ with Rohit being holed out at deep mid-wicket boundary.However, the TV replays showed that it was a real touch-and-go situation which could have gone either way.Next, Shikhar Dhawan seemed to touch the boundary rope while taking a catch to dismiss in-form batsman Mohammad Mahmudullah for 21 in the 17th over. Even though replays were inconclusive, the third umpire gave the decision in India’s favour.India won that match by 109 runs while many Bangladesh fans burnt an effigy of Pakistani umpire Aleem Dar.2014 WORLD TWENTY20India maintained their dominance over Bangladesh once again when their outclassed the hosts by 8 wickets. Put into bat, Bangladesh were restricted to a paltry 138 for seven. In response, India overhauled the target in 18.3 overs thanks to quick fifties by Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma.2011 WORLD CUPBangladesh, who had knocked India out of the 2007 World Cup, had hoped for a repeat in the opening match of the 2011 World Cup. However, Virender Sehwag’s 175 and Virat Kohli’s 100 dashed their hopes of causing an upset.Put into bat, India toyed with Bangladesh bowlers to post a mammoth 370 for four in their 50 overs. In reply, India bowlers bowled with precision to restrict the hosts to 283 for nine and hand India a massive 87-run win.2009 WORLD TWENTY20India and Bangladesh faced off each other in their first-ever match at the World Twenty. However, India eased to a comfortable 25-run win with the help of Gautam Gambhir 50 and Pragyan Ojha 4/21.2007 WORLD CUPPlaying their first ever match against India at a World Cup, Bangladesh came out all guns blazing to beat India by seven wickets.Batting first India were bundled out for only 191 with Sourav Ganguly top scoring with 66. In reply, Bangladesh rode on Tamim Iqbal’s explosive 51 to down the mighty Indians.last_img read more

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American Pharoah Wins Triple Crown

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — By mid-stretch, Bob Baffert knew it. American Pharoah was going to win the Triple Crown.He took his eyes off the horse to soak in the crazed scene of the packed grandstand. Fans jumped up and down, hugged, and tossed drinks in the air.The race wasn’t even over yet, and the crowd knew it, too. Thirty-seven years of waiting to see one of the rarest feats in sports was almost over.“The crowd was just thundering and I was just enjoying the crowd and the noise and everything happening,” the white-haired trainer said. “What a feeling.”Finally, a Triple Crown winner. And this one was never in doubt.American Pharoah led all the way to win the Belmont Stakes by 5 ½ lengths on June 5, becoming the first horse since 1978 to sweep the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes — one of the sporting world’s rarest feats.“Wow! Wow!” jockey Victor Espinoza said moments after crossing the finish line. “I can only tell you it is just an amazing thing.”The bay colt with the unusually short tail easily defeated seven rivals in the grueling 1 1/2-mile race, covering the distance in 2:26.65 — sixth-fastest in Belmont history — to end the longest stretch without a Triple Crown champion in history.“That little horse, he deserved it,” said Baffert, who at 62 is the second-oldest trainer of a Triple Crown winner. “He’s the one that did it. We were basically just passengers.”American Pharoah is the 12th horse and first since Affirmed in 1978 to win three races on different tracks at varying distances over a five-week span. He won the Derby by one length on May 2 and then romped to a seven-length victory in the rainy Preakness two weeks later before demolishing his rivals.Baffert and Espinoza ended their own frustrating histories in the Triple Crown. Baffert finally won on his record fourth Triple try, having lost in 1997, 1998 (by a nose) and in 2002. Espinoza got it done with his record third shot after failing to win in 2002 and last year on California Chrome.“I was prepared for somebody coming because I’ve been through this so many times,” Baffert said. Nobody did.Espinoza hustled American Pharoah to the lead leaving the No. 5 post and quickly got him over to the rail. Materiality was on his outside in second, but never applied any serious pressure traveling along the backstretch before falling away on the second turn.American Pharoah started kicking away heading into the final turn. He opened up on the field as he powered through the 1,097-yard stretch, displaying his fluid, springloaded stride in which he appears to float over the ground.“It’s just an amazing feeling that you have when you’re 20 yards from the wire,” Espinoza said. “And then at the wire I was like, ‘I cannot believe I did it.’”American Pharoah ran the final quarter-mile — a stretch that has dashed numerous Triple Crown dreams — in 24.32 seconds, faster than Secretariat’s time of 25 seconds in winning the 1973 Belmont.“That’s a hell of a horse,” said Gary Stevens, who finished seventh aboard Tale of Verve. “The race was over in the third jump from the gate.”After making his way back to the crowd, Espinoza took American Pharoah nearly the length of the sprawling grandstand so fans could pay their respects to the champion.As the horses were heading to the starting gate, owner Ahmed Zayat was overflowing with confidence and turned to his wife. “I told her, ‘Get ready to be the owner of the 12th Triple Crown winner,’” he said.Baffert felt equally good, sensing American Pharoah was on the verge of a winning performance when he saddled the horse in the shady paddock.“I said to put him on the lead and go for it, and if he doesn’t make it, don’t worry about it,” the trainer said, “but he just kept on rocking and rolling.”Sent off as the overwhelming 3-5 favorite, American Pharoah paid $3.50, $2.80 and $2.50.Frosted returned $3.50 and $2.90, while Keen Ice was another two lengths back in third and paid $4.60 to show.Mubtaahij was fourth, followed by Frammento, Madefromlucky, Tale of Verve and Materiality.American Pharoah delivered a victory for the Egyptian-born Zayat, who bred the colt and put him up for sale before buying him back for $300,000.His name came from the family’s online contest, in which a woman from Missouri submitted the winning moniker, but the misspelling — it should be pharaoh — wasn’t noticed until the name was already official.American Pharoah joined the exclusive club of Triple Crown winners Sir Barton (1919), Gallant Fox (1930), Omaha (1935), War Admiral (1937), Whirlaway (1941), Count Fleet (1943), Assault (1946), Citation (1948), Secretariat (1973), Seattle Slew (1977) and Affirmed.A sign with American Pharoah’s name and silks was quickly put up in the infield next to the 11 other Triple Crown winners.The crowd of 90,000 — capped to avoid overcrowding and long lines from last year’s total of 102,199 — roared as American Pharoah turned for home.It’s unlikely the champion heard them since American Pharoah wears ear plugs to block noise that might get him worked up.Since 1978, the rigors of the Triple Crown had done in 13 other horses who won the Derby and the Preakness — with 12 losing the third leg and I’ll Have Another scratched with a leg injury in 2012. Their failures left the sport and its fans craving a worthy successor to the 11 previous champions.American Pharoah — his tail shortened after being bitten off on a farm when he was a youngster — turned out to be that horse.“I was really getting to dislike this trophy — it’s come with a lot of misery,” Baffert said of the sterling silver Triple Crown trophy housed for the last 37 years in the Kentucky Derby museum.“But it’s owed to the fans of New York that kept paying their money, showing up, hoping. They finally got it.”Unlike Affirmed, who dueled Alydar in all three races, American Pharoah didn’t have a specific rival since he was the only horse to run in all three Triple Crown races. Going into the Belmont, American Pharoah had beaten all of his seven challengers before.And when the race known as “The Test of the Champion” came? He passed, with flying colors.(BETH HARRIS, AP Racing Writer)last_img read more

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Girtzikis Fighting in his FINAL Days

first_imgGiorgos Girtzikis’s Presidency of the Hellenic Football Federation (EPO) is slowly coming to an end. Girtzikis and his associates will face felony charges on the “Health Card” Case and will be forced to resign from their positions. However, the current administration is not going down without a fight.Earlier this week, the Appeals Council announced that the defendants of the “Health Card” Case, involving high ranking officials of EPO, will face trial on felony charges. The Appeals Council decision is final and the defendants will have no right to appeal to the Supreme Court. The “Health Card” Case involves a scandal where EPO lost over €29 Million, causing major financial problems to the Federation.After the Appeals Council’s decision, the Deputy Minister of Athletics, Stavros Kontonis, stated that the current members of EPO facing felony charges must step down within 15 days. He went on to say that if the EPO’s Board of Directors does not replace the current members facing charges, he has the right to replace everyone in the current EPO administration. The high ranking officials facing charges include the President (Giorgos Girtzikis), the substitute president (Vaggelis Topoliatis), 2nd Vice president (Vaggelis Mazarakis), President of KED (Giorgos Karamelidis), Giannis Oikonomidis (member), Nikos Prountzos (member), and Spyros Kalogiannis (member and recent President of the Football League), among others.The Courts and Kontonis’ decisions mean that the current members facing felony charges will serve a lifetime ban from the sport. Additionally, Girtzikis will not be allowed to partake in the upcoming Presidential elections on October 1st in Chania.Despite the decision of the Greek Justice System, Girtzikis and his associates announced that they will not abide by the Court’s’ law and will act according to their own book of regulations! They scheduled an emergency meeting with the EPO’s Board of Directors (Tuesday) to “replace the current presidential positions” on the Executive Committee with members from their “party,” who are not accused of criminal activity. With this move, Giorgos Girtzikis and the others are still expected to continue controlling EPO, but now in an unofficial manner. Additionally, Girtzikis has another plan to “save” his current position. In Monday’s meeting with FIFA’s representatives, Girtzikis will ask to remain in their (and his associates) positions until EPO’s elections on October 1 and even be candidates at them, under the supervision of the International Association! Unbelievable…In the end, the many members of the current EPO, including Girtzikis, will soon be removed from their positions in the Federation. The poison that caused so many problems in Greek soccer over the years, on all levels (National Team, Domestic, etc), will soon be BANNED FOR LIFE from the sport. Source: www.agonasport.com (Facebook – Instagram)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Laird: Web-based Thermal Wizard tool simulates cooling applications

first_img Continue Reading Previous NetSpeed and Esperanto partner to power SoCs for artificial intelligenceNext EUROS offers complete Industrial IoT Suite Laird has launched a comprehensive thermal management tool that helps engineers quickly select the optimum solution for their application. The Web-based Thermal Wizard employs proprietary application calculators to determine the optimal thermal management solutions at the thermoelectric module, thermoelectric assembly or liquid cooling system level. Building upon Laird’s popular AZTEC thermoelectric module) simulation software, the Thermal Wizard enables thermal designers to input their known cooling requirement. If the cooling requirement is unknown, the Thermal Wizard can calculate the Qc based on the defined application: device cooling, enclosure cooling, air cooling, or liquid cooling.The Wizard enables easy comparison for integration into customer applications and also provides quick access to product availability, request-for-quotation form, and how to order samples. Once a standard product series is selected, the thermal designer has access to multiple input fields for fine tuning electrical and thermal performance curves to produce the optimum solution. If a standard solution doesn’t exactly match an application requirement, the Thermal Wizard captures the user’s requirements to enable the customization of a standard product or to request a custom solution from Laird’s thermal experts.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more

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Neuer: Every game is now a final

first_imgGermany ‘From this point on, we only have finals’ – Neuer demands focus from Germany Ronan Murphy 23:15 6/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Manuel Neuer 2 Germany Deutschland Mexico WC 2018 Getty Images Germany Germany v Sweden Sweden World Cup The Bayern Munich goalkeeper has urged his team-mates to raise their games for the remainder of the World Cup after their dismal start Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer says that all of his side’s upcoming World Cup games will be like finals following their shock opening game defeat to Mexico.A goal from Hirving Lozano saw the CONCACAF side stun the world champions in their opening Group F encounter. Germany had the majority of the possession, but could not find a way through a determined Mexico defence, being undone by a quick counter-attack which left defenders exposed.The 2014 World Cup winners were heavily criticised following the defeat, with ex-players slamming their performance, while many of the squad members admitted that they had not been good enough. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move The result leaves Germany three points behind Mexico and Sweden in the table, with their upcoming clash with Sweden on June 23 now a must-win game.Neuer has urged his team-mates to step up for the game, believing that they must treat the rest of their games like finals.”From this point on, we only have finals,” Neuer told reporters. “Now something has to come from us players. We must show what made us so strong in the past.”We are convinced that we can do it. We will show that in the next match against Sweden.”The Bayern Munich goalkeeper revealed that the players were missing the belief that saw them lift the title in Brazil four years ago and wants the team to put forward a more unified approach.He also denied accusations that there was a divide in the squad between the 2014 World Cup winners and the younger players who had helped Die Mannschaft lift the 2017 Confederations Cup.”We need that courage and self-confidence. It was missing,” he continued. “I cannot answer why it was missing but you could see it in our body language. We need to come back together again, and this cannot happen again.”There are not two separate camps. We talk to one another, we give our experience to the young players and we know that the young players from the Confed Cup are part of the team and very important.”last_img read more

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No. 2 Georgia Trails No. 13 LSU 19-9 Entering The Fourth Quarter

first_imgLSU Tigers huddle before gameBATON ROUGE, LA – OCTOBER 13: LSU Tigers huddles up before a game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Tiger Stadium on October 13, 2018 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)The Georgia Bulldogs, the No. 2 team in the country and last year’s runner-up in the College Football Playoff, are officially on the ropes. LSU is giving the Bulldogs all they can handle in Baton Rouge on Saturday afternoon.LSU, coming off a tough loss to Florida, dominated the first half to build up a 16-0 lead at the break. Heading into the fourth quarter, it’s now 19-9. Georgia is going to have to score twice and get stops to have a shot to stay undefeated.LSU quarterback Joe Burrow hasn’t played his best game, but he is 13-of-28 for 154 yards with no turnovers. He also has a rushing touchdown.Georgia signal-caller Jake Fromm has struggled as well – he’s just 11-of-27 for 123 yards with an interception.Holyfield scores the touchdown … but the failed two-pointer still leaves Georgia down by two scores.#LSU 19, #UGA 9 #UGAvsLSU (Start of the 4th quarter)— 11Alive Sports (@11AliveSports) October 13, 2018LSU’s lone touchdown came on a 1-yard run from Burrow. Georgia’s score came from Elijah Holyfield on a 10-yard run. The Bulldogs were unable to convert a two-point try after their touchdown.Georgia is 6-0 on the season, and obviously, a loss would do a lot of damage to their College Football Playoff resume.You can watch the final period on CBS.last_img read more

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ASRY Pens Major Maintenance Deal with KOTC

first_imgzoom Kuwait Oil Tankers Company (KOTC) has inked a deal with Bahrain-based Arab Shipbuilding & Repair Yard Company (ASRY) for dry-docking of record number of 19 tankers over three years. The value of the agreement is approximately USD 33 million, making it the largest of its kind made with shipyards across the Arabian Gulf region.​ KOTC CEO Sheikh Talal Khaled Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah said that ASRY will carry out repairs and dry docking operations for 19 tankers including 12 oil product tankers, 4 LPG tankers and 2 replenishment oilers in addition to support boats at its yards and perform comprehensive maintenance thereon covering hull, tank cleaning, painting and periodic maintenance activities for engines and various navigation instruments.Sheikh Talal pointed out that the recently signed agreement shall come into force with immediate effect where the first tanker (Jabriya 2) is set to be received at ASRY this February.Eight tankers will undergo maintenance in 2015 while nine tankers are scheduled in 2016 and 2 tankers in 2017.In addition, KOTC said that the deal will enable it to obtain favorable price as a result of prior commitment under such agreement and to have priority for booking dry-docking periods and planning of the scope of work.last_img read more

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Traffic Advisories Digby Shelburne and Yarmouth Counties

first_img Shelburne County: The following roads are closed because of flooding or storm damage: Digby County: Tinkham Road Route 308(Quinan) Saunders Road Polly Road Spinney Road Gray Road Minor Road Raynardton Road, including Raynardton Bridge Depot Road Crosby Road (Leonard Sabean Road) North Kempt Road Captain Landers Court Hardwood Hills Road Lake Vaughn Road Chemin de la Pre Valley Crescent Dayton Road MacCormack Road Mood Road Perry Road Belleville Canaan Road Upper Clyde Road West Upper Clyde Road East (Local traffic only at the Hemlock Branch Bridge) Back Lake Road Bowers Road Welshtown Road Bonnie Road, Municipality of Clare Motorists should continue to use caution. Drivers should slow down and watch for areas that are passable, but may have significant water on them. -30- Yarmouth County:last_img read more

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BC man acquitted on terror charges is security risk RCMP officer

first_imgVANCOUVER – The Facebook posts of a British Columbia man acquitted of terrorism-related charges clearly show he wasn’t just a “couch jihadist” with a big mouth but someone who was becoming radicalized by the Islamic State group and advocating for lone wolf attacks, an RCMP officer has testified.Const. Tarek Mokdad of the force’s national security division told an Immigration and Refugee Board hearing Monday that he was involved in the investigation of Othman Hamdan before his arrest in Fort St. John, B.C., in 2015.Mokdad said he wrote a report in 2015 based on the history of Islamic extremism and jihad and another last year on 85 of Hamdan’s Facebook posts.He referenced both reports at the hearing and said he testified at Hamdan’s trial in B.C. Supreme Court, but the reports were not entered as evidence at the proceedings.Hamdan is a Jordanian national who was granted refugee status after moving from the United States following the September 2001 attacks. The Immigration and Refugee Board has already ruled Hamdan represents a security risk to Canada and is now trying to determine whether his refugee status should be revoked.Mokdad read numerous posts authored by Hamdan, who also used at least one alias on Facebook.“I get it from the horse’s mouth,” he said of Hamdan’s posts, adding the man was buying into the cause of the Islamic State with his unwavering support for the group using violence, versus someone who would simply be reading propaganda online and not acting on it.“They talk big but they don’t do anything,” said Mokdad, who was testifying via video from London, Ont.He read Arabic translations of two posts cited in the second report and said Hamdan discussed infrastructure in Canada, including a dam in Revelstoke, B.C., and the Nipigon River Bridge near Nipigon, Ont., suggesting they were weak targets.Mokdad said it’s common for Islamic State supporters to identify areas susceptible or open to attack.“This is something that they never bothered to talk about in court because they never bothered to look at the report,” he said.Mokdad said many of Hamdan’s posts used a flag adopted by the Islamic State in 2007 as well as a banner and other symbols the group, also known by other names, including Daesh, employs to try and legitimize its political and religious agenda.He said the Islamic State has used Facebook as a podium to spread its propaganda, which is “open literally to everyone on this planet” and often shared by attaching trending hashtags unrelated to the topic.“Islamic State supporters don’t need to go anywhere but their couch,” Mokdad said, calling the online practices of the Islamic State “the invasion of Facebook.”Hamdan’s posts clearly indicated he provided advice, support and how-to information on conducting lone wolf attacks by using various methods including a car, a knife and poison, though he didn’t author the post about weapons, Mokdad said.“He called for lone-wolf attacks. He called for them plainly and clearly.”Mokdad also suggested Hamdan became part of the Islamic State’s “media team” after he’d received an invitation to “migrate” to the group.Hamdan’s lawyer, Peter Edelmann, suggested it’s not uncommon for material promoting the Islamic State to be posted online and that it’s regularly featured on a site called Jihadology.net.However, Mokdad said the site is operated by a reputable think tank providing education and analysis on how to fight radical behaviour, not akin to what Hamdan posted on Facebook about wishing to be a soldier and martyr of the Islamic State.“This is not just nefarious. This says to me it’s somebody who’s got leanings towards the Islamic State,” he said.The Canadian government lists the Islamic State group as a terrorist entity, saying its tactics include suicide attacks, using vehicles and improvised explosive devices, armed attacks, hostage takings and videotaped beheadings.A B.C. Supreme Court judge who acquitted Hamdan last September said the man’s posts may have been offensive but they didn’t constitute terrorism. Hamdan has been detained since his acquittal after the Immigration and Refugee Board ruled his release would endanger the public.In January, Hamdan filed a lawsuit against the B.C. and federal governments, arguing his charter rights were violated through a malicious prosecution.Denise Reid, a lawyer representing Public Safety Canada, told the hearing sheriffs photographed drawings in Hamdan’s cell of a symbol used by the Islamic State group and one of several he’d included in his Facebook posts.— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story that moved April 16. An earlier version incorrectly said the Immigration and Refugee Board was determining whether Hamdan is a security risk. It has already made that ruling.last_img read more

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Military investigating Winnipeg reservist for participating in hate group

first_imgWINNIPEG — The Canadian Armed Forces says it is investigating a reserve member in Winnipeg for allegedly participating in a hate group.A statement says Master Cpl. Patrik Mathews, who joined the reserves in 2010, is a combat engineer with the 38 Canadian Brigade Group.Brigade commander Col. Gwen Bourque says Mathews last worked with the unit in May and was to return in September.She says he has no access to weapons or explosives through the military.She says racist behaviour, including participation in a hate group, is prohibited and an assessment is being done to see what work Mathews might return to in September.But Bourque says no military charges have yet been laid and Mathews should not be presumed guilty of any offence. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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India responds to Sri Lankan travel advice VIDEO

In certain instances, it has been noticed that important visits have taken place without prior intimation to the concerned authorities.I find it important to emphasise here that people-to-people contacts are an integral part of the close historical, cultural, ethnic and civilisational ties between India and Sri Lanka. Our High Commission in Colombo issued visas to nearly 200,000 Sri Lankan nationals to visit India last year, while approximately 175,000 Indian tourists visited Sri Lanka in 2011. It is this perspective that guides all our actions on such matters.” “We have noted the travel advisory that has been issued by the Government of Sri Lanka for its nationals visiting the state of Tamil Nadu. I wish to convey here that the Government of India, in close consultation with the concerned state governments, has taken and will continue to take all measures to ensure the safety, security and well-being of Sri Lankan dignitaries and visitors to India, including to Tamil Nadu. The Indian External Affairs Ministry today responded to the travel advice issued by Sri Lanka on Tamil Nadu.The official spokesperson of the External Affairs Ministry said: RELATED POST: http://colombogazette.com/travel-advice-issued-to-tamil-nadu/ read more

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Injured not serious following wasp attack

The police said that 27 children, 6 teachers, 7 parents and two monks were injured in the attack. The police said that the 42 people, including children and two monks, who were hospitalised following a wasp attack in Ratnapura last evening are not in a serious condition.Police media spokesman SSP Priyashantha Jayakody said that the injured people are receiving treatment at the Ratnapura hospital. He also said that investigations revealed the wasps had been disturbed by a boy who had thrown a stone at a hive. The people had gone to the Ratnapura ‘Pothgal’ Budhist Temple on a visit when the wasp attack took place. read more

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President assures security for Jaffna University

President Maithripala Sirisena today requested the students of the University of Jaffna to engage in studies without any fear and suspicion as the security and safety of the university has been assured.The President made this request when the Vice Chancellor, the academic staff and a group of parents of the students of the University of Jaffna met him at the Presidential Secretariat today. They discussed about the situation which arose at the university recently, and the program carried out for the security of the students. The President said that the Government is fully responsible for the security and safety of the students. “The police and other security sections have been informed to act sensitively towards such incidents”, he said.They decided to appoint a committee consisting of the students and the staff of the university to work for the safety of the students in the university. Vice Chancellor Vasanthi Arsarathnam stated that actions have been taken to prevent such an incident in the university again. Minister of Higher Education Lakshaman Kiriella, State Minister Mohan Lal Grero, Governor of the Northern Province Reginald Corey and the President of the University Grant Commission were among those who participated in this discussion. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Security Council voices concern at worsening humanitarian situation in Afghanistan

“The tragedy of the Afghan people has deep roots, more than two decades of conflict and three years of drought, but the fast deteriorating situation today was basically the result of decisions taken by the Taliban,” said Ambassador Jean-David Levitte of France, which this month holds the rotating presidency of the 15-member UN body. “Members of the Council called on the Taliban immediately to remove all restrictions on the supply of desperately needed humanitarian aid, including those on food supplies and humanitarian relief workers,” Ambassador Levitte said. “These restrictions have one result: the humanitarian assistance cannot be provided inside the country. The Taliban will be held responsible for the consequences of their own decision.” Council members said that the international community stood “ready and determined” to respond urgently and generously to the repeated calls by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and UN agencies for assistance for the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan and its neighbouring countries. The statement recognized “the particular pressures” of potential refugee flows on Afghanistan’s neighbours, especially Pakistan and Iran, and said specific help for those countries was needed. Ambassador Levitte said that in addition to Mr. Annan’s briefing on different aspects of the current situation in and around Afghanistan, Council Members also discussed the political situation. They reaffirmed the relevant resolutions on Afghanistan, particularly the ones calling for the Taliban to turn over Usama bin Laden, and welcomed the recent commitment by countries like Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and especially Pakistan. read more

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Special prosecutor Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton indicted for securities fraud charges

Special prosecutor: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton indicted for securities fraud charges FILE – In this Wednesday, July 29, 2015 file photo, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks during a hearing in Austin, Texas. On Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, Kent Schaffer, a special prosecutor, told the New York Times that Paxton has been indicted on felony charges that accuse the Republican of misleading investors before taking over as the state’s top law enforcement officer. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) by The Associated Press Posted Aug 1, 2015 7:58 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 1, 2015 at 10:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email AUSTIN, Texas – A grand jury has indicted Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on felony securities fraud charges that accuse the Republican of misleading investors before he took over as the state’s top law enforcement officer, a special prosecutor said Saturday.Kent Schaffer, a Houston defence attorney appointed by a judge to the case, told The New York Times that a Texas grand jury indicted Paxton on two counts of first-degree securities fraud and a lesser charge of not registering.The most serious allegation is that he encouraged investment in McKinney-based tech startup company Servergy Inc., which is now under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Associated Press reported Paxton’s involvement with the company — and that a federal investigation was under way — last month.Paxton also was fined last year for not disclosing to Texas securities regulators that he was getting commissions for soliciting investors.Paxton’s lawyer, Joe Kendall, issued a statement Saturday night saying the judge overseeing the case “has specifically instructed both parties to refrain from public comment on this matter and we are honouring the judge’s instructions.”That came after Schaffer and his co-special prosecutor in the case, Brian Wice, issued a statement that only hinted at the indictment. The defence attorneys said they were dedicated to ensuring that anyone accused of a crime is guaranteed a presumption of innocence and a fair trial.“Because our statutory mandate as special prosecutors is not to convict, but to see that justice is done, our commitment to these bedrock principles remains inviolate,” they said.Paxton’s aides have said the investigation in Collin County, home to McKinney, was politically motivated. That allegation has been rebuffed by Schaffer and Wice, the lead attorney in former Republican U.S. House Majority Leader Tom Delay’s successful appeal of his money laundering conviction.Schaffer told The New York Times that the allegations regarding Servergy are first-degree securities fraud. He said Paxton is accused of encouraging investors in 2011 to put more than $600,000 into Servergy, while not telling them he was making a commission on their investment and misrepresenting himself as an investor.He said Paxton is expected to turn himself in Monday, the same day the new indictment is expected to be unsealed.Conviction of a first-degree felony in Texas carries a punishment ranging from five years to life in prison.Paxton is also accused of failing to register as a solicitor while taking commissions for referring law clients to a financial investor. That charge, a third-degree felony, could bring two to 10 years in prison if convicted.Paxton accepted a $1,000 fine from the Texas State Securities board last year. At the time, the state board declined to pursue criminal charges. But the matter was revived after a complaint by the left-leaning watchdog group Texans for Public Justice, and a judge ultimately appointed the two special prosecutors.“It is time for Paxton to face the consequences. This is yet another example of the corrupt culture that fester with one-party, unchecked Republican power,” Texas Democratic Party Executive Director Manny Garcia said.The cloud of a criminal investigation has shadowed Paxton while he emerged as a national Republican figure during his first six months as Texas’ attorney general.A tea party star in Texas, Paxton recently advised county clerks they could refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples on religious grounds after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized the unions nationwide. read more

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