Real, Atletico in Final Calderon Derby

first_imgBreaking Atletico Madrid’s recent stranglehold on a fixture that used to be a foregone conclusion for Real Madrid is the challenge facing coach Zinedine Zidane ahead of Saturday’s Madrid derby, the last at the Vicente Calderon stadium.Real enjoyed utter domination over their rivals for 14 years but the tables have turned and they have not won a league derby since Jose Mourinho oversaw a 2-1 win at the Calderon in 2013.Atletico have won four and drawn two of the last six league derbies, just one demonstration of how charismatic Argentine coach Diego Simeone has transformed the fortunes of the sleeping giant he took over in December 2011.“He is a coach with a unique capacity to communicate, that’s why he has got where he is and why he was able to dig us out of the trouble we were in,” said Atletico captain Gabi, who has won the La Liga title, King’s Cup and reached two Champions League finals under Simeone. “With one look or gesture he’s able to speak to any player, and that’s why at the moment the most important thing for this club is the fact we have Simeone with us.”Real still have the upper hand on their neighbours in European competition and Saturday’s game is the first meeting between the teams since Real’s penalty shootout victory in the Champions League final last May.The game takes on extra significance for being the last league derby at the Vicente Calderon stadium with Atletico due to move from the 50-year-old ground to a new 67 000 capacity arena next year.“That it will be the last derby at the Calderon makes it exciting and special. It will be strange not to experience it there again, as we have had unforgettable moments there,” Gabi added.The game will have plenty of significance in the title race. Real top the La Liga standings on 27 points, two above Barcelona in second and six clear of Atletico in fourth.A Real victory would stretch their advantage over their city rivals to nine points and severely dent Atletico’s hopes of repeating their La Liga triumph of 2014.Atletico are hopeful top scorer Antoine Griezmann will be able to start despite returning early from international duty with France due to a foot injury,Real welcome back captain Sergio Ramos after five weeks out with a knee problem but the European champions will be without midfielders Toni Kroos and Casemiro and striker Alvaro Morata due to injury.Champions Barcelona host Malaga hours before the derby and will be looking to capitalise on any slip from Real.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Emmanuel-Thomas has real talent and can be an asset for QPR

first_imgSo JET is a Ranger. And Bristol City fans – I’m one of them, for my sins – are sad to see him go.Jay Emmanuel-Thomas is arguably comparable with some of the mavericks who have graced the hooped shirt in the past. This is a man blessed with a silky touch that belies his bulk.But QPR fans know there is no such thing as a gift horse and they will be closely inspecting the teeth in the months ahead to see if they really have landed a thoroughbred.They will also wonder what it was that made Bristol City discard him so readily.At times, his form was so sublime for runaway League One champions City that there was some debate in the West Country about whether he might be the most skilful player the club have had since ex-Poland and Celtic forward Jacki Dziekanowski turned up at Ashton Gate in the early 1990s.But Emmanuel-Thomas began the season as an impact substitute and pretty much ended it that way.In between, he was given a starting role alongside Matt Smith, who was on loan from Fulham, because of injuries to the no-frills pairing of Kieran Agard and Aaron Wilbraham.“QPR is a great platform for him to take his game to the next level.”Rangers director of football Les Ferdinand on Emmanuel-ThomasHe was so good during those winter months – and so entertaining – that any thought that he might be ending his two-year association with the club by the end of the season, when still only 24 and seemingly at the height of his powers, would have seemed absurd.JET unpicked defences at will and lit up some humdrum afternoons with audacious touches, dribbles, nutmegs and wonderful goals.One in particular, against Doncaster in the FA Cup, typified his eye-catching qualities – a waltz through a despairing defence that evoked memories of Kanu at his finest for Arsenal.“JET will tear you apart!’ the City fans would sing to the tune of that great Joy Division anthem. At times he was unplayable.Already a cult hero and forever adored for scoring a stunning winner in a Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie against rivals Bristol Rovers the season before, the man could do no wrong.And yet, no sooner were Agard and Wilbraham fit again after lengthy lay-offs, than JET was once again sidelined, reverting back to the role of impact sub.In truth, he was hardly needed as City’s well-oiled machine cranked up another gear to get the job done. But what did Steve Cotterill’s treatment of him tell us?A clue came early in the season when the Bristol City boss voiced concerns he had about Emmanuel-Thomas “getting his huge frame moving”.Arsene Wenger, another former boss, once said: “When his fitness is right, Jay will be not only a good player, but a great player.”It seemed to find an echo at Ashton Gate. The languid style may have been easy on the eye for City fans, but Cotterill’s work ethic demanded more. Call it the Dimitar Berbatov conundrum if you like.That said, JET carries none of that Berbatov attitude, and that may just be another problem identified by the manager. He is laid back to such a degree that not starting matches hardly seems to trouble him. Or if it does, he hides it well.“I’ve always admired Jay from afar. We’ll give him a platform to play and express himself.”QPR head coach Chris RamseyBy rights, he should have been demanding a starting role at City every week, such was his star quality and the success he was achieving on the pitch.Fans felt for him when he missed out on a starting berth for the JPT final at Wembley, but he seemed happy enough just to play out a cameo of no real consequence late on and to concentrate his energies on leading the post-patch revelries – splashing the champagne around and playing a lead role in the outpouring of selfies on Twitter and Instagram.He was at it again in the promotion and title-winning matches – seemingly happy on the fringes.JET is a lively character and is great for the dressing room, which will be very welcome at Loftus Road, but who maybe lacks that little bit of extra ambition that might have seen him break through at Arsenal before he embarked on what already looks like a typical journeyman career.With the extra pace and demands of Championship football, maybe Cotterill figured he would be even less likely to turn to his popular striker to earn him points next season. Wages were probably a factor too, though that was never publicly aired.Only time will tell whether Cotterill was right, or whether he has missed a trick. Rangers are gambling on the latter. If they’ve got it right, there is no question the W12 faithful will be in for a treat.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Giants’ new catcher Kratz taking trade to 8th team in stride

first_imgOAKLAND – Suspense regarding the Giants’ final roster spots didn’t subside one bit Sunday upon the team’s return to the Bay Area. In fact, final decision-making took on new elements of uncertainty and angst with the acquisition of veteran catcher Erik Kratz in the morning hours.The Giants broke camp in Arizona looking as if they’d at least settled the catching situation: Buster Posey the starter and Aramis Garcia the backup. But Kratz, acquired from Milwaukee for minor league infielder C.J. …last_img

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Remembering Boutros Boutros-Ghali

first_imgIt was a tricky global environment when Boutros Boutros-Ghali became the secretary-general of the United Nations in 1992. The world was emerging from the Cold War and countries were redefining relationships with each other. He navigated a new path for the organisation.United Nations Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali addresses the International Conference on Population and Developments in Cairo on 5 September 1994 to produce a Programme of Action. (Image: UN Photo, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0, via Flickr) • Connecting women to technology  • South Africa’s competitive advantage in the developing world  • South African feminist a global voice for women  • UN launches Mandela Rules for prisoners • UN awards first Nelson Mandela prize Priya PitamberBoutros Boutros-Ghali became the sixth secretary-general of the United Nations (UN) on 1 January 1992, when he began his five-year term at the helm of the global organisation. He died on 16 February 2016 at the age of 93.“We pay tribute to the former UN secretary-general and wish to convey our deepest condolences to his family and his country, Egypt,” said President Jacob Zuma on his death. “May his soul rest in peace.”Born in Cairo, Boutros-Ghali was the first African to hold the position of secretary-general of the UN. During his tenure, the world was in a “critical post-Cold War period when the world body was redefining itself and engaging in more international peacekeeping operations that often received criticism for its efforts”, said the Presidency.Time of promise and perilAddressing the General Assembly’s special tribute at UN Headquarters in New York, current Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Boutros-Ghali had both the fortune and the misfortune to serve as the first post-Cold War UN chief.“While the United Nations was never as paralysed during the Cold War as many have portrayed, the new dynamic gave the organisation new leeway to act,” Ban said. “This brought promise and peril – and Mr Boutros-Ghali experienced both.Memory of former Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali honoured at the UN, see more: https://t.co/TPqYWDcec1 pic.twitter.com/Wci00qhHbE — United Nations (@UN) February 18, 2016“Perhaps he was too direct for some; he might have been too professorial for others. Some definitely found him too independent – a goal that he considered among the highest virtues for any secretary-general of the United Nations,” said Ban.He described Boutros-Ghali as relentless in defending the organisation and its charter, and quoted the former secretary-general:“With all the convulsions in global society, only one power is left that can impose order on incipient chaos: it is the power of principles transcending changing perceptions of expediency.”Boutros-Ghali broke barriers & new ground – @UN_Radio covers Friday’s #UNGA tribute https://t.co/LJJ6fo4jh6 pic.twitter.com/ldpRS4uXMM — United Nations (@UN) February 19, 2016Career highlightsSoon after Boutros-Ghali was inaugurated, the UN Security Council met in it’s first-ever summit of Heads of State and requested a report on the way the organisation could strengthen capacity for preventive diplomacy, peace-making and peacekeeping. It resulted in a report, penned by Boutros-Ghali, called An Agenda for Peace.“As secretary-general, he presided over a dramatic rise in UN peacekeeping,” Ban told reporters. “He also presided over a time when the world increasingly turned to the United Nations for solutions to its problems, in the immediate aftermath of the Cold War.”Boutros Boutros-Ghali, secretary-general of the United Nations, with President Nelson Mandela at the presidential residence in Pretoria on an official visit to South Africa on 26 April 1996. (Image: John Isaac, UN Photo, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0, via Flickr)In his article celebrating 70 years of the UN, Boutros-Ghali wrote that the invention of peacekeeping was one of the organisation’s proud moments.Another standout moment for him was the declaration of human rights and the World Conference on Human Rights held at Vienna in 1993. “There have been many conferences setting world agendas and goals before and after Vienna, but for the world to come together to define human rights, and to state clearly a global commitment to their achievement, was an important moment in history,” Boutros-Ghali wrote.See more from Boutros Boutros-Ghali’s tenure as Secretary-General in @UN_Photo gallery: https://t.co/fcoW75ZBqP pic.twitter.com/3CTQvjkMJu — United Nations (@UN) February 18, 2016Watch more on his appointment to the UN:About Boutros-GhaliBoutros-Ghali was born in Cairo on 14 November 1922. He received a Bachelor of Law degree from Cairo University in 1946 and diplomas from Paris University in subjects such as political science, economics and public law. He received his PhD in international law from Paris University in 1949.He became Professor of International Law and International Relations at Cairo University, and from 1974 to 1977, he was a member of the Central Committee and Political Bureau of the Arab Socialist Union.He “had a long association with international affairs as a diplomat, jurist, scholar and widely published author”, according to his profile on the UN website.He became a member of the Egyptian parliament in 1987 and was a member of the secretariat of the National Democratic Party from 1980. Until assuming the office of secretary-general of the UN, he was also vice-president of the Socialist International.Boutros-Ghali was also part of the Camp David Summit Conference in September 1978, which resulted in the Camp David Accords between Egypt and Israel, signed in 1979.“He led many delegations of his country to meetings of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) and the Movement of Non-Aligned Countries, as well as to the Summit Conference of the French and African Heads of State. He also headed Egypt’s delegation to the General Assembly sessions in 1979, 1982 and 1990.” Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali (third from right) visits with young residents of a UN-supported orphanage on 22 October 1993, operated by the Irish humanitarian organisation GOAL. To the left of the secretary-general is Brigadier General Maurice Quadri, commander of the French contingent of the Second United Nations Operation in Somalia (UNOSOM II). (Image: F Ribere, UN Photo, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0, via Flickr)In celebrating the 70th anniversary of the UN, Boutros-Ghali wished to build on past achievements and update it for a changing, modern world. “Just as the United Nations invented peacekeeping, we now need to modernise the practice, and the Security Council’s use of the instruments at its disposal to promote international peace and security. We need a new Agenda for Peace,” he wrote.last_img read more

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Best Small Cities to Live, According to CNNMoney & Gowalla

first_imgTags:#Location#mobile#web Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img We wrote before of “location as platform.” How much more rich can location-based apps make the mobile experience? CNNMoney and Gowalla are hoping, much. They’ve partnered to make Money’s yearly Best Places to Live list into a dynamic experience. Now, when Gowalla users check into a venue within a 25-mile radius of the list of Top 25 Best Places to Live, they will receive a notification. The Gowalla Best Places page features curated trips in a given area. When users complete one of these trips, by visiting all of the listed spots, they can add the Best Places Stamp to their Gowalla Passport.The top 10 places on this years list? 1. Eden Prairie, MN2. Columbia/Ellicott City, MD3. Newton, MA4. Bellevue, WA5. McKinney, TX6. Fort Collins, CO7. Overland Park, KS8. Fishers, IN9. Ames, IA10. Rogers, AROther elements of this campaign include “Hottest Spots,” which shows visitors which of Gowalla’s locations are trending for the Best Places to Live list. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces curt hopkinslast_img read more

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The Best GoPro Alternatives in 2016

first_imgPolaroid Cube HDImage via PolaroidGeared more towards casual, on-the-fly videography, the Polaroid Cube is one of the simplest action cameras on the market. It covers the basics, like photography and 1080P video, but doesn’t offer much beyond that.Not factory-waterproof, nor built to sustain heavy impacts, the Cube is best for capturing risk-free moments. With a 124-degree lens (significantly narrower than the Xiaomi) it provides a flatter, more honest image than other similar cameras. Possibly the coolest feature of the Cube is the magnetic base. If you’re looking for a pocket-sized device that you can instantly shoot with at any moment, the Polaroid Cube is likely what you need.Price: $80-$100 USDBattery Life: 1.5 hours of recordingVideo Quality: 1080P [30FPS]Maximum Card Size: 32GBImage Stabilization: NoExternal Audio: NoWiFi: NoMegapixels: 6MPPROS:Magnetic mountCan record indefinitely when chargingEasy to useCONS:Records .MOV formatNo burst photosVideo clips are broken into 5-minute segments1080P compresses audio more than 720P Sony FDR-X1000V/WImage via SonyBy far the most popular alternative to the GoPro, Sony’s camera is built like many action cameras were prior to the success of GoPro. The cylindrical shape makes it a bit more flexible in many mounting situations (especially on helmets), and with the help of a Zeiss lens and Sony’s fantastic sensor technology, it produces stunning, wide-angle video quality that in many ways even trumps that of the GoPro Hero 4 Black. Despite occasional complaints regarding the clunky software and the camera’s limitations in 4K (e.g. no image stabilization and halved battery life), the camera has received overall positive feedback.It includes GPS functionality, but only records basic data like speed and timing. Though it isn’t built quite as tough as its competitors, it compensates for it with high-fidelity images, multiple accessory bundle options, and its notable WiFi capabilities (multi-camera control and live streaming). If you’re more concerned about how your footage looks than the conditions under which it is shot, this is probably the best choice for you.Price: $398 USDBattery Life: 50 minutes to 2 hours of recordingVideo Quality: 4K [30FPS], 1080P [120FPS], 720P [240FPS]Maximum Card Size: 64GBImage Stabilization: Yes [Digital]External Audio: YesWiFi: YesMegapixels: 12.8MP [10FPS burst]PROS:Accessory bundle optionsExcellent video qualityZeiss LensBuilt-in tripod mountMulti-camera simultaneous WiFi supportMany recording modesWide Field of ViewLivestream capabilitiesIn-Camera editingVersatile ShapeCONS:Only waterproof up to 3 metersFisheye distortionLess durable than competitorsClunky softwareLow photo resolutionDoes not support cards over 64GB The GoPro Hero has established itself as the preferred action camera for everyone from adrenaline junkies to budget filmmakers — but there are other options. Here are a few of the best GoPro alternatives.Top image via PolaroidGoPro rules the action camera marketplace, but there are plenty of reasonably priced alternatives to be found. Let’s take a look at some of the best GoPro alternatives available in 2016.Xiaomi YiImage via XiaoyiArguably the best bang for your buck on this list, the Xiaomi Yi is a Chinese GoPro lookalike with surprisingly impressive performance considering the price.Unfortunately, it doesn’t include any accessories, and it is only compatible with Android phones. Featuring a f2.8, 155-degree lens and a plethora of video modes to choose from, this is still a better option than, say, the Polaroid Cube for those who want a little more control over their camera or shoot primarily first-person footage.Price: $78 USD ($89 USD with housing)Battery Life: 45 minutes to 2 hours of recordingVideo Quality: 2.7K [30FPS], 1080P [60FPS], 720P [240FPS]Maximum Card Size: 64GBImage Stabilization: NoExternal Audio: NoWiFi: YesMegapixels: 16MP [7FPS burst]PROS:Lots of recording modesPriceSimple designWide angle is great for first-person viewCONS:Only supports Android phonesChinese instructions and supportNo accessories includedPoor battery lifeFish-eye distortion Regardless of what you plan to shoot, at least one of these action cameras should meet your budget and technical needs.Do you think the GoPro will continue to dominate this increasingly saturated market? Let us know in the comments below. Garmin Virb XEImage via GarminGarmin, a leading name in the GPS Navigation industry, presents its answer to the GoPro Hero. The most similar to the Hero 4 in appearance and structure, the Garmin Virb XE is an especially appealing option to Garmin fans and lovers of the outdoors.While some customers have occasionally reported software bugs and battery decay, the Virb is generally a very durable camera, built to take anything you throw at it. With underwater resistance of up to 50 meters (far deeper than any of its competitors), a quick-record on/off toggle switch, GPS data logging, and support for wireless audio input, the Virb XE is an extremely versatile action camera. You can even control it wirelessly with other Garmin devices!Price: $333 USDBattery Life: 2 hours of recordingVideo Quality: 1440p [30FPS] 1080P [60FPS]Maximum Card Size: 128GBImage Stabilization: Yes [Mechanical]External Audio: YesWiFi: YesMegapixels: 12MP [30FPS burst]PROS:Accessory bundle optionsGPS DataWaterproof up to 50 metersManual exposure and white balanceQuick-Record toggle switchCompatible with most GoPro mountsWireless audio inputWeather-proof cableCONS:Battery lifePotential software bugsProprietary cableNo 4KNo tripod mountAwkward shape TomTom Bandit Polaroid Cube+Image via PolaroidA slightly beefed-up version of the successful Cube, the Cube+ brings higher resolution, higher frame rates, higher SD card capacity, and additional features like WiFi and image stabilization.Whether or not these extra features are worth the higher price is up to you, though compared to similarly priced competitors, it’s certainly lacking in included accessories. Regardless, the Cube+ is a very capable rugged action camera with a simple design and interface. It will get the job done.Price: $148 USDBattery Life: 107 minutes of recordingVideo Quality: 1440P [30FPS], 1080P [60FPS], 720P [120FPS]Maximum Card Size: 128GBImage Stabilization: Yes [Digital]External Audio: NoWiFi: YesMegapixels: 8MPPROS:Compact designEasy to useShockproof even without housingHigh SD card capacityMagnetic mountCan record indefinitely while chargingCONS:Prevalent audio issues in current modelFew accessories for the priceStill not factory waterproof Image via TomTomAn often overlooked option, the TomTom Bandit excels primarily in its convenience. With a 3-hour battery life, compact build, and built-in media server, it is designed to make your video sessions as productive as possible. Like the Garmin Virb XE, the Bandit records extensive data in tandem with video, such as speed, G-force, altitude, and even heartbeat! It has a cylindrical, but rather unique design with a built-in USB stick. The TomTom also features the ability to mark highlight points with a single button press while recording, so as to later locate your best moments instantly.Unfortunately, the TomTom struggles in low-light conditions, and only records 4K at 15 frames per second, making the 4K mode largely useless. With that being said, it’s worth noting that they at least pushed the hardware as far as they could and included 4K at all, even if the framerate voids its general use. It does still record 2.7K at 30 frames per second, which is still a step above the resolution abilities of the Garmin Virb. Despite its slight shortcomings in video quality, this little action camera has a lot to offer in convenience and data.Price: $396 USDBattery Life: 3 hours of recordingVideo Quality: 4K [15FPS], 2.7K [30FPS],1080P [60FPS]Maximum Card Size: 128GBImage Stabilization: NoExternal Audio: YesWiFi: YesMegapixels: 16MP [10FPS burst]PROS:GPS Data/Heartbeat BandCordless USBOn-the-fly highlight markersHigh resolution photosCONS:No PC/OS X software4K’s low framerate makes it mostly uselessPoor low-light performance Sony AZ1Image via SonyThe Sony AZ1 is designed mainly for the first-person perspective. With a field-of-view of up to 170 degrees, and crisp, high-bitrate video, the AZ1 holds its own against similar cameras like the mid-range GoPros. It even includes GPS functionality, a rare feature in this price range. While its battery life has its limits, it remains impressive how much technology Sony managed to cram into this little device.Price: $148 USDBattery Life: 1.5 hoursVideo Quality: 1080P [60FPS], 720P [120FPS]Maximum Card Size: 128GBImage Stabilization: Yes [Digital]External Audio: NoWiFi: YesMegapixels: 11.9MP [8FPS burst]PROS:Compact designMultiple field-of-view modeHigh-bitrate XAVC S CodecIncludes adequate accessoriesMultiple color modesCONS:No wireless file transferNarrow-angle modes automatically use stabilizationSuffers in low lightFisheye distortionlast_img read more

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Young People in Eastern St. Catherine to Benefit from Skills Training

first_imgApproximately 250 young people from communities in Eastern St. Catherine are to benefit from skills training and certification through the HEART Trust/NTA and private institutions.The training will be provided in areas such as plumbing, masonry, carpentry, electrical, information technology, and hospitality.“This will create greater opportunity for them to become employable, even outside of Jamaica,” said Member of Parliament for the area, Denise Daley, during her contribution to the 2013/2014 Sectoral Debate on Wednesday, June 26, in the House of Representatives.The training will be conducted at the Windsor Heights Centre, which was renovated with resources from the Constituency Development Fund (CDF). Miss Daley informed that the centre was equipped with 25 computers through collaboration with private partners.Meanwhile, three early childhood institutions were outfitted with items of furniture, stoves, and notice boards, while 300 students from primary and secondary schools are benefitting from four homework centres set up in the constituency.The centres are located at Jones Avenue in Twickenham Park, the old Railway Station, Dela Vega City and Greendale.“A total of 56 computers were supplied to these centres. I must thank the private donors, who work in partnership with us,” Miss Daley said.Also under the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP), a computer laboratory will be built in Greendale at a cost of $3 million, for which ground breaking will take place shortly.Contact: Latonya Lintonlast_img read more

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Registration nearing a close for Tour of the Peace Charity Bike Ride

first_imgOrganizers realized that not everyone can bike 150 kilometres, so they added a 75 km bike race, a 10 km run, and a 5 km walk to this year’s program. In 2016 and 2017 the event had 18 riders and collectively raised $38,000 for the Foundation.To register for the Tour of the Peace Charity Bike Ride click here. The deadline for residents to register is July 23rd. TAYLOR, B.C. – The Tour of the Peace Charity Bike Ride is weeks away from closing registration.Tour of the Peace is a charity bike ride that aims to raise funds and awareness for children living with type-1 diabetes. The event teams up with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation every year in hopes of one day finding a cure.The event includes a 150km bike ride as well as a family-friendly barbecue at the end of the race. The bike ride starts at Peace Island Park and follows highway 97 and 29 all the way to Hudson’s Hope. The bike route is shown below:bike route. photo by Joanna Webster.last_img read more

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DHR joyride derails near Darjeeling after brushing against vehicle, no one injured

first_imgDarjeeling: The 52596 Darjeeling Himalayan Railway steam loco joyride brushed against a vehicle and got derailed. This resulted in multiple services of the DHR being cancelled on Monday.The joy ride was returning from Ghoom to Darjeeling. At Dali, around 4 km from Darjeeling, a vehicle was moving out of a garage located next to the tracks. The engine brushed against the vehicle, dragged it along and got derailed in the process. There was no report of any injury to the 27 passengers in the two coaches of the derailed train. The Railway Protection Force has lodged an FIR against the owner of the vehicle. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe single line was blocked owing to this. Subsequently, the 4:20 pm steam joyride was cancelled along with the 4:30 pm diesel joyride. The passenger train to Kurseong from Darjeeling was also cancelled. A diesel joyride returning from Ghoom was stuck, along with the train to Darjeeling from New Jalpaiguri. “We will return the full fare for the cancelled services. We will also ensure that the passengers booked in the cancelled services get a chance to take the ride on Tuesday or any other day if they desire. Owing to the ongoing tourist rush, we will provide additional coaches to accommodate the tourists,” stated a DHR authority. The cancellation of service came as a major damper for the tourists. “I returned to Darjeeling after 20 years and extended my stay as I did not get tickets for the joyride. On Tuesday I have a return train from NJP but I will avail a joyride before I depart from Darjeeling,” stated Asish, a tourist from Hyderabad.last_img read more

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Repoll in 168 polling stations of West Tripura LS seat: EC

first_imgAgartala: The Election Commission has ordered a repoll at 168 polling stations out of 1,679 polling stations in West Tripura Lok Sabha constituency, an election official said Wednesday.Repoll in polling stations spread over 26 of the 30 assembly segments of the Lok Sabha constituency will be held on May 12, Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Sriram Taranikanti said. Polling in the constituency was held on April 11 last and opposition CPI-M and the Congress had demanded repoll in the entire constituency, alleging large-scale rigging by the BJP during voting on April 11. Expressing dissatisfaction over the EC’s decision, Congress vice-president Tapas Dey said, “We were surprised to find that repoll was ordered only in few polling stations. We have no other alternative but to move the Supreme Court.”last_img read more

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