Pumps to remove water from Meghalaya mine on Tuesday

first_imgPersonnel of multiple agencies engaged in the search and rescue operation for at least 13 miners trapped in a coal mine at Ksan in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills, found a wooden structure, coal and mud near the bottom of the pit on Monday.Six divers of the Indian Navy and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) had on Sunday detected a few rat-holes – narrow tunnels where miners have to crawl into to extract coal.Ready for dewateringR. Susngi, spokesperson for the district administration, said the site had been cleared for the Odisha Fire Service to start pumping out water from the main shaft measuring about 150 sq ft in area and about 350 ft deep. Other shafts were being prepared to keep at least three of the 10 high-power pumps brought from Odisha operating for longer durations, he said.“The Navy divers entered the main shaft to survey the bottom using Under Water Remotely Operated Vehicle (UWROV). In three hours of their scan under water, they found some wooden structure, coal and mud other than a rat-hole with coal at its mouth. The visibility was poor, about one foot at the bottom,” Mr. Susngi said.A member of the Navy team, which was flown in last week from Vishakhapatnam, said the search for the trapped miners would be feasible when the level of the water goes down.The Navy requested the district authorities to assist in dewatering so that the level comes down to 30 metres or within a safe diving limit. The safety measures before commencing diving were being taken to rule out decompression sickness, officials said.Two teams of the NDRF have been providing all logistics and human resources to the other agencies including the Navy, Coal India Limited, the State Disaster Response Force and a team of firefighters from Odisha .200 personnel About 200 personnel from these agencies are involved in the exercise.Mining expert Jaswant Singh Gill, who is monitoring the rescue operation, said there are chances of survival of the miners despite the odds.Officials are not sure of the exact number of miners trapped in the coal mine. Saheb Ali, one of the five survivors of the disaster, claimed there were 22 miners who had entered the mine on that fateful day.Mr. Ali and the four others were closer to the entrance of the mine, positioned to relay the coal extracted by those below to the surface. They had escaped by climbing up ropes used by the miners, even as the shaft got flooded.last_img read more

Pep Guardiola will be returning to Barcelona in Champions League

first_imgPep Guardiola will return to the Nou Camp in the Champions League group stage after his new club Manchester City were drawn against his former Barcelona team on Thursday.The two sides were drawn in Group C alongside Borussia Moenchengladbach and former European champions Celtic in one of the toughest of the eight sections. (Also read: Ajax keeper Jasper Cillessen joins Barcelona)Spanish coach Guardiola, who won the Champions League twice with Barca, faced the Catalans when he was in charge of Bayern Munich two seasons ago and suffered a 5-3 defeat in the semi-finals.It was one of three successive semi-final eliminations that Guardiola suffered in as many seasons at Bayern.Bayern, now under triple Champions League winner Carlo Ancelotti, will have a quick chance to avenge last season’s semi-final defeat by Atletico Madrid after they were paired together in Group D along with PSV Eindhoven and group stage debutants Rostov.Holders and 11-times winners Real Madrid will have a tough pair of matches against Borussia Dortmund in Group F although both teams should progress from a section that also contains Sporting Lisbon and Legia Warsaw. (Also read: Joe Hart hopeful for a solution surrounding his City future)The Polish team are back in the group stage after a 20-year absence.English Premier League winners Leicester City, the only other newcomers among the 32 teams, will face Porto, Club Bruges and FC Copenhagen in Group G. (Also read: Danny Drinkwater signs new five-year deal with Leicester)Porto are taking part in the group stage for the 21st time, a record they share with Real and Barca. The double champions from Portugal have won only three of their last 16 ties against English teams in the competition. advertisementParis St Germain and Arsenal, who are attempting to reach the round of 16 for the 17th time in a row, were drawn in Group A alongside dark horses Basel and rank Bulgarian outsiders Ludogorets.Juventus, Serie A winners for the last five seasons, face Sevilla, Olympique Lyonnais and Dinamo Zagreb in Group H.For the third season running Serie A has only two teams in the group stage. The other side, Napoli, will meet Benfica, Besiktas and Dynamo Kiev in Group B.Group E is arguably the most evenly-balanced with CSKA Moscow, Bayer Leverkusen, Tottenham Hotspur and Monaco.The official result of the #UCLdraw pic.twitter.com/WxbnD5tLEP Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) August 25, 2016last_img read more

Hockey World Cup 2018: India hope to end Australia, European dominance in Bhubaneswar

first_imgThere has always been quite a lot of hype surrounding the Indian men’s hockey team in the lead-up to major multi-nation tournaments. Expectations have been sky high but all that was based on India’s dominant past in the sport.However, ahead of the much-anticipated 14th edition of Hockey World Cup, starting November 28 at home, the hockey fraternity, including fans and pundits are unwilling to play into the hype.Let alone recent form, history certainly doesn’t favour India. Ajit Pal Singh and his men gave the Asian giants its only world title in the third edition of the global spectacle. India’s performances in the recent past at the Hockey World Cup have been far from impressive.India’s best performance since the start of the 21st century has been an eighth-place finish that they clinched during the 2010 edition of the tournament, which was held in New Delhi. India finished ninth in the last edition at The Hague, Netherlands.Hockey World Cup 2018: Full Squads | ScheduleOn the other hand, the European nations and Australia have soared higher and higher at a time when Asian giants India and the most successful team at the World Cup, Pakistan are struggling to recreate their glorious past. The Aussies are heading into the upcoming edition in Bhubaneswar, bidding to win an unprecedented third straight title.Champions Trophy 2018 winners Australia, who have been drawn alongside England, Ireland and China in Pool B start as favourites while former champions and runners-up from the last edition, Netherlands will be hoping to make an impact after being drawn in the Group of death alongside two-time champions Germany, Pakistan and the impressive Malaysian side.advertisementReigning Olympic champions Argentina will also be the ones to watch out for as the second-ranked side will be hoping to make for their poor showing at the Champions Trophy in Breda earlier this year.Also Read – India took their eye off the ball: Ric Charlesworth on decline of Indian hockey in 1990sIndia will be facing an uphill task but their immediate concern will be to qualify for the knockout stages of the 16-team tournament.Coach Harendra Singh is under some considerable pressure after the heartbreak at Asian Games wherein favourites India lost to lower-ranked Malaysia in the semi-final before settling for a bronze medal.Harendra had taken over from former coach Sjoerd Marijne after India finished a disappointing fourth. The former women’s team head coach impressed in his first assignment by leading India to a runner-up finish at the Champions Trophy wherein they beat Argentina and clinched spirited draws against Belgium and the Netherlands.However, the Asian Games disappointment has come as a hard pill to swallow.India’s inability to survive knockout games after dominating round-robin stages has been a cause of concern. In both the Champions Trophy final and the Asian Games semi-final, India were undone by their ordinary performances in the shootouts.While coach Harendra has insisted the team has worked on shootouts, it remains to be seen how India are able to handle the pressure, especially playing in front of the home crowd, which will be expecting great things from Manpreet Singh’s side.Harendra, as a coach, tasted World Cup success when he led India to the junior World Cup glory in 2016 at home – in Lucknow.To recreate the magic in Bhubaneswar, the seasoned tactician has drafted seven members from the World Cup-winning squad in India’s 18 member squad. In the absence of two of India’s most crucial senior pros – Rupinder Pal Singh and SV Sunil – India have gone in with a squad that has a good mix of experience and youth.Fifth-ranked India begin their campaign on Wednesday against lower-ranked South Africa but their first big test will be against Belgium on December 2.Harendra and his men will be eager to lay down an early marker with a win against the European heavyweights. Securing the top spot in Pool B and thereby a direct entry to quarter-finals will be the hosts top priority but it’s easier said than done.last_img read more

Roy Hodgson becomes oldest-ever Premier League manager, marks occasion with Crystal Palace win

first_imgCrystal Palace piled further pressure on Leicester City manager Claude Puel on Saturday with a comprehensive 4-1 Premier League win over his team, who have now gone seven games without a victory.Two goals from Wilfried Zaha, another from Michy Batshuayi and a penalty from Luka Milivojevic inflicted a fourth consecutive league defeat on Leicester — their worst run since 2000.But it was the manner of the performance that will have most alarmed Puel, with two goals conceded late on to set sections of the crowd booing.By contrast, 71-year-old Roy Hodgson was in delighted mood as he officially became the oldest ever Premier League manager.Asked on BT Sport how old he felt, Hodgson laughed: “I stopped at 60, anyway – I shall be 60 until I stop working! Age is a number, and it’s really how you feel and how capable you are of doing the job.””I was very pleased with the defending throughout the game really.”https://t.co/t2cODIe3Vz pic.twitter.com/sxWaOQB1mKCrystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) February 23, 2019Leicester conceded the first goal for the 19th time this season when Batshuayi was hit by James McArthur’s shot, the ball ricocheting past Kasper Schmeichel at great pace. It was the Belgian’s first Premier League goal in 19 months.Although Evans responded with his first goal for Leicester, after 64 minutes, Palace quickly restored their lead with a finish from close-in by Zaha, who was returning from suspension.Milivojevic put the game beyond doubt with a spot kick after 81 minutes after Evans, making an eventful 250th appearance in the Premier League, fouled Jeffrey Schlupp.advertisementZaha added his second goal, and Palace’s fourth, late on after mistakes by Harry Maguire and Schmeichel.Interviewed on television immediately after the game, Zaha appeared surprised when James Tomkins was awarded the man-of-the-match award. Asked to present it, Zaha joked: “Oh wow, really? Okay.”The win put Palace six points clear of the relegation zone as they moved one place and two points behind 12th-placed Leicester.Also Read | Massive opportunity lost for us: Mauricio Pochettino disappointed with Tottenham lossAlso Read | Harry Kane scores on return but Tottenham Hotspur lose to Burnleylast_img read more

ERNST TO SEEK 2ND TERM IN U.S. SENATE

first_imgRepublican U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa says she will run for a second term in 2020.Ernst told reporters Friday that she would seek re-election.She also said she will support President Donald Trump for re-election in 2020.The 48-year-old military veteran from Red Oak was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2014 after serving four years in the Iowa Senate.She succeeded U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, a veteran Democrat, who retired from politics.last_img

Saracens’ Billy Vunipola bursts through to beat Leinster in Champions Cup final

first_img Read more Reuse this content Champions Cup match reports The Observer That made it 10-10 at the break. The second key moment came six minutes after the restart; Leinster started well after composing themselves in the dressing room. Scott Fardy went close, Tadhg Furlong, the scorer of their try after 32 minutes, knocked on a few metres out and Saracens were scrambling desperately. Leinster had looked to suck in the defence before going wide all match and they had worked an overlap when Garry Ringrose received the ball. He had his co-centre Robbie Henshaw unmarked outside him and a pass to hand would have restored Leinster’s lead. Greig Laidlaw kicks Clermont Auvergne to Challenge Cup win over La Rochelle Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest The unstoppable shifted the immovable. A meeting of the two leading clubs in Europe always threatened to come down to a few moments and two, either side of the interval, decided it in favour of Saracens who came from 10 points down against the holders to secure the Champions Cup for the third time in four years.The first came four minutes before the break and marked the game’s turning point. Leinster were 10-0 ahead and had a man advantage with Maro Itoje in the sin-bin for two counts of offside as Saracens defended a series of drives near their line. In addition, the Premiership champions had just lost their two props, including Mako Vunipola, to injury. They looked vulnerable and the European champions sensed their moment.Leinster moved the ball from their own half. The No 8, Jack Conan, took possession in midfield with the dangerous Jordan Larmour, who had caused Saracens more than one moment of anxiety with his pace and deception, lurking to his right. In front of Conan stood Alex Lozowski, the Saracens centre who, had it been a boxing match, would have been a few weights below. Lozowski lined up his target and as Conan was contemplating his options he found himself dumped on his back; he appeared to shake his head in disbelief. It brought to mind a tackle by another centre, Scott Gibbs, on the 1997 Lions tour to South Africa when he felled a prop, Os du Randt, an act that shattered the Springboks’ perception of physical superiority.So it was here. George Kruis followed up Lozowski’s tackle by nailing Johnny Sexton and when Vincent Koch, the replacement prop who made a significant difference when he came on, won a penalty after clamping his hands on the ball, Owen Farrell kicked the three points. The momentum had shifted to Saracens and, instead of playing out time and getting into the dressing room, Leinster went for another score and conceded a penalty.They soon found themselves defending a lineout in their 22. Saracens drove their way inexorably to the line and while Leinster made every tackle against a team containing so many big forwards, they could not protect the gainline. Even so Saracens could not batter their way over and it was only when Ben Spencer saw space wide on the left and found Farrell that the try came through Sean Maitland. Pinterest Leinster Topics Sign up for the Breakdown, our rugby union newsletter. Since you’re here… Share on Twittercenter_img Facebook Saracens beat Leinster 20-10 to win Champions Cup – as it happened Support The Guardian Read more … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Vunipola, who was to follow his brother off the field after injuring his left shoulder making the score, had been increasingly influential. Two second-half interceptions crushed Leinster’s comeback attempt and, having started the match in the outside channel as Saracens looked to attack Leinster from wider out, he became the gainline breaker.Leinster set out to thwart Saracens’ blitz defence by sniping around the fringes of the breakdown or attacking the blind-side but they struggled to recycle the ball quickly enough. They took an early lead with a Sexton penalty and their try followed Itoje’s sin-binning: opting for a scrum under the posts rather than a kick at goal they launched three drives that ended with Furlong scoring.Then came Lozowski’s tackle. He is one of the smaller units in a team containing the Vunipolas, Will Skelton, Jamie George, Koch and Itoje, but he tackles with the impact of his captain, Brad Barritt. He sums up Saracens, knowing what is expected and how to deliver. It will take a lot to stop them joining Leinster and Toulouse on four European victories next season. Twitter Rugby union Share on WhatsApp In flew Liam Williams. The Lion was playing on the wing but he showed the defensive skill of the full-back he is at international level. He not only tackled Ringrose and prevented him from offloading but immediately got back on his feet and forced a turnover with Kruis. Sarries went downfield; Leinster had breathed their last.Jackson Wray made a clean break and after Leinster defended their line Richard Barrington claimed he had grounded the ball on a post. The referee, Jérôme Garcès, watched a replay of the incident on a screen that was brought on to the pitch. Leinster’s captain Sexton, knowing Saracens had seized the initiative, asked him to look at a knock-on in the buildup but was shooed away.Barrington was denied his try but sent to the sin-bin for offside. Farrell kicked the penalty to put Saracens ahead for the first time and they took a grip on the game not even a team as accomplished as Leinster could weaken. The final quarter was a procession, victory sealed by Billy Vunipola who forced his way over the line from a scrum. The try captured the match in a moment, power and persistence prevailing. Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Share on Messenger Billy Vunipola forces his way over for the try that ended Leinster’s resistance. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho/Rex/Shutterstock Saracenslast_img read more

Real Madrid striker Gareth Bale sidelined with calf injury

first_img Reuters MadridJanuary 5, 2019UPDATED: January 5, 2019 19:58 IST The injury rules Gareth Bale out of Madrid’s Liga games against Real Sociedad and Real Betis (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSGareth Bale sustained a calf injury during Real Madrid’s 2-2 draw at Villarreal in La Liga on ThursdayBale has been injured over 20 times since he joined Real Madrid in 2013Bale has scored only four goals in the league this seasonReal Madrid forward Gareth Bale’s rotten run of injuries has continued with the club confirming in a medical report on Saturday that the Wales international had suffered a calf strain which is set to rule him out of action for up to a month.The 29-yer-old Bale, Real’s record signing, sustained the injury during Madrid’s 2-2 draw at Villarreal in La Liga on Thursday and asked to be substituted at half-time.Real’s statement on their website said Bale had a grade one injury but did not give details on when they expected him to return to action, although reports in the Spanish media said he would be out for between two and four weeks.The injury definitely rules Bale out of Madrid’s Liga games against Real Sociedad and Real Betis in addition to the two Copa del Rey last-16 games against Leganes this month.He also risks missing a crunch match on Jan. 19 at home to high-flying Sevilla, who are two points above Real in the table.Bale has enjoyed better fortune with injuries than in previous campaigns since joining Real from Tottenham Hotspur for a then world record fee of 100 million euros ($113.93 million).He has been widely criticised in the Spanish media for his meagre goal tally, though, with four strikes in 15 Liga games, and for failing to fill the void left in Madrid’s attack by all-time top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure to Juventus.Also Read | Predrag Mijatovic criticises Gareth Bale for lacking leadership qualitiesAlso Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Gareth BaleFollow Real Madrid Real Madrid striker Gareth Bale sidelined with calf injuryGareth Bale sustained a calf injury during Real Madrid’s 2-2 draw at Villarreal in La Liga on Thursday and asked to be substituted at half-time.advertisementlast_img read more

OCR Warns Prank Callers

first_imgPersons, who knowingly report false information regarding the well-being of children to the Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR), could face criminal sanctions.The warning came from OCR Registrar, Greig Smith, during the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at enhancing the Ananda Alert System, held at the Courtleigh Hotel and Suites, New Kingston on Tuesday, May 14.Mr. Smith informed that apart from the Child Care and Protection Act, there are various other legislation, which can be enforced to deal with persons, who make prank calls to the agency.Children’s Advocate, Diahann Gordon Harrison, who is an attorney by profession, informed that such individuals can be charged for creating public mischief.“If you knowingly make a false report, that is in fact a criminal offence and can be punishable under the law and even outside of the Child Care and Protection Act at common-law, there is the Offence of Public Mischief (for) burdening the state’s resources, knowing that it is in fact just mischief,” she said.The MoU, which was signed by various stakeholders is aimed at raising public awareness concerning missing children and also seeks to strengthen rescue, recovery and intervention measures that are vital to the welfare of child victims and their families.Signatories included representatives from the Child Development Agency (CDA); Jamaica Information Service (JIS); Office of the Children’s Advocate; Creative Production and Training Centre (CPTC); Public Broadcasting Corporation of Jamaica (PBCJ); and Ministries of Youth and Culture, Health, Education, Justice, Local Government and Community Development, National Security, and Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade.Ananda Alert is a nationwide system designed to ensure a speedy and safe recovery of a child in the unfortunate event that he/she is missing or abducted.It involves the mobilisation of stakeholders to get the message of a missing child into the public domain the moment the matter is reported to the police.The aim is to create a rapid response from law enforcement and communities to help bring the matter to public attention with the aim of increasing the chances of a safe recovery and return to family, guardian and/or place of safety.The management of the Ananda Alert System, previously the ambit of the Local Government Ministry, was transferred to the OCR, which is an agency of the Ministry of Youth and Culture, on March 1, 2013.Contact: Chris Pattersonlast_img read more

Farm groups say they cant get grain transport meeting with transport minister

by John Cotter, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 3, 2016 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Oct 3, 2016 at 5:42 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Farm groups say they can’t get grain transport meeting with transport minister EDMONTON – The Canadian Federation of Agriculture says the federal government isn’t paying enough attention to concerns from farmers about a report that calls for major changes to grain rail transportation.President Ron Bonnett says another bumper crop is on the way and farmers are worried about a repeat of a rail bottleneck in 2013-2014 that cost the economy billions of dollars.The federation says it wants Transport Minister Marc Garneau to consider the input of farmers as he reviews the report that calls for overhauling the Canada Transportation Act.Bonnett says he has been asking for a meeting with Garneau since April that would include farm leaders from Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta, but nothing is in the works.“We are just getting ‘not available.’ Frustration would be the mild word,” Bonnett said in an interview.“He met with some grain companies, but the reality is, it is the farmers who pay the freight on that grain.”Bonnett said farmers are worried about a recommendation in the report to eliminate a policy within seven years that limits the amount of money that can be earned by Canadian National (TSX:CNR) and Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) for shipping western grain.The federation wants the Liberal government to keep the program and update it, including the way that freight rates are calculated. The current rates were set almost 25 years ago.Bonnett said western farmers who ship up to 40 million tonnes of grain a year rely on what is essentially a rail monopoly and last year paid $1.4 billion in freight charges to export their crops.The federation would like Garneau to review the system to ensure that railways are not abusing their position — a promise the Liberals made during the 2015 election campaign.Bonnett said he has met with Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay, but decisions on the Transportation Act rest with Garneau.The minister and department officials were not available for comment.Norm Hall, president of the Agriculture Producers Association of Saskatchewan, said his organization wrote Garneau’s office last winter asking for a meeting.“It took until July to get a reply just saying, ‘Yes, we received your letter. Sorry we are too busy,’” Hall said.“Our membership is concerned. What I’ve heard from them is, ‘Here we go again. Another review and they are not listening to agriculture.’ We know that he has met with the railroads a number of times. Are they going to get their way again?”Lynn Jacobson, president of the Alberta Federation of Agriculture, said the railways have the ear of Transport Canada. Farm groups want to meet with Garneau to ensure their concerns aren’t being filtered by officials.“We want to have a face-to-face so we can clarify our position quite strongly,” he said.“It is troubling. We thought we would have better access with this government and to the minister. It isn’t turning out that way at all.”Dan Mazier, president of Keystone Agricultural Producers in Manitoba, also said a direct meeting with Garneau is a must. read more