Officials in India rescue tourist living in a cave

first_imgPolice in India are reporting that they have rescued six tourist who were found living in cave as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.The foreign nationals were located earlier this week, almost a month after the country went into a lockdown and prevented several forms of public travel.Officials say, the four men and two women were living in private hotels but decided to move into the cave together when they realized they were running out of money and could not leave the country.According to the report, the foreign nationals are from the US, Ukraine, Turkey, France, and Nepal and all arrived in the area separately last year. and had been living in hotels.The report also noted that the tourist were living in the cave for around 25 days before locals noticed them and contacted authorities:” After receiving the information, we went to the cave and found the six foreigners. They told us that they decided to move into the cave because they were running out of money. We did their medical tests and sent the to a quarantine centre,” Police official Rakendra Singh Kathait told journalist Raju Gusain.At least one of the rescued spoke the local language and was able to secure food for the group with the little money they did have.The tourist have since been sent to a private religious retreat where their accommodations and food have been paid for by the government.last_img read more

England storm to impressive Under 16 victory against Wales

first_img22 Sep 2019 England storm to impressive Under 16 victory against Wales JACK INGHAM led the way with a clean sweep of points as England claimed the scalp of Wales in this weekend’s Under 16 challenge match.Ingham – who is based in the Dutch city of Eindhoven – won a foursomes and his two singles matches as England claimed a resounding 13-7 victory after two days of competition at Newport GC.England won all three sessions – the 5-3 victory in the Sunday singles following up 5.5-2.5 success in the Saturday singles and a 2.5-1.5 win in the foursomes.Although, Ingham blazed a trail with a 100% points tally, every single member of the side contributed at least a point to highlight a real team effort over the weekend.Hertfordshire’s Jack Bigham and Dubai-based Josh Hill also ended the weekend undefeated with 2.5 points apiece.With the team – coached and managed by Rob Watts and Stephen Burnett – needing just two and a half points from the eight singles matches to secure the victory, Reis Suart put the first on the board with a thumping 7&6 win against Coalan Burford.Ingham’s 4&3 win against Dylan Thomas took England to the brink of victory – none of his three games over the weekend going beyond the 15th hole.Bigham guaranteed the win beating Connor Owen by one hole and the icing on the cake was provided when there were further singles successes for Hill and Hugh Adams.England’s next test at this age level will be a combined girls/boys event against Ireland on October 12-13 at Hunstanton GC.last_img read more

Liar, liar, souls on fire

first_imgWe have such a “corporation” in our midst, making mad, mad, money and are paying few taxes. And get this; this corporation gets most of its labor for free. This “entity” is none other than the NCAA, (if you don’t know the meaning, look it up), who’s catchphrase is “what’s yours is mine, what’s mine is mine and what’s ours is mine.”They practice a new form of economic servitude that is not only endured by African-Americans but by many Americans. It is a system that has been firmly cemented in place for decades. This system of “policing” athletes and schools is fueled and driven by years of perverted and insidious rules of entitlement. Take the case of Ohio State star quarterback, Terrelle Pryor. The university that he performs for can sell any likeness of him and the institution is not obligated to give him one red cent from the proceeds. Now hear this. He and four teammates have been “suspended without pay’’ (just kidding) by the NCAA for the first five games of next season for supposedly selling championship rings, jerseys and awards. They also allegedly received improper benefits from the tattoo parlor over two years. The NCAA said all of the “accused” athletes may still play in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 4, 2011. Well, well, well, you can play in the BCS Bowl game meaning; you are going to be suspended but not before we get ours.The NCAA has no right to dictate what personal property an athlete may sell to help subsidize their meager existence. If the NCAA continues not to compensate performers, athletes should be permitted to sell, jewelry, jockstraps, awards, autographs, sweaty underwear or whatever they can generate income from. All should be fair in love or war, well in this case, war in the love of money. With relentless pressure, former Heisman winner Reggie Bush had to “return” his award but in the NFL, where; sex, lies and “videotapes” are the “green grocers” tip for the day, all is well at “Loot University.” They all but tried to snatch the 2010 Heisman from Cam Newton at Auburn because his father allegedly tried to get paid. How much loot do you suppose Newton’s agent is going to rake in when he signs the young man up to play on Sundays?If the NCAA was about the education and the purity of collegiate sports, then why do certain walk-ons have to prove themselves before they are rewarded with a scholarship? Any student-athlete who makes the team should be awarded a “scholarship” if that is what it is truly about but no; schools are only permitted to award a certain amount of scholarships per year, so why would a free pass be given to an athlete that will not put people in the stands and hot dogs in their mouths. The NCAA is telling America “straight with no chaser” that schools may issue “limited” scholarships for our sons’ or daughters’ to play for them but if they are not good enough the parents have to pay their tuition while the kids still play for free. How many parents of young White athletes are proud that their son or daughter just made the team? However, these same middle class parents remain obligated to scrounge around in order to find grants and/or loans just to finance the education of their children. Are you getting this, US of A?Turn off your radios and television sets and revolt America; red, black, white, blue, yellow and green. Turn “March madness” into “March sadness,” at least for the poisoned coffers of the NCAA. This corrupt and crafty organization has at times been called the “silver lining” for the dreams of young America but the only thing they are doing with the silver “notes” they are collecting is lining their own bottomless pockets. Athletics, at least for a certain percentage of the population is supposed to represent the light at the end of the tunnel, you know, a way out. But these perverted purveyors of flesh have found a way in but along the road of greed to tie and bind young student-athletes to the “whipping post of public opinion” as a smokescreen to cover their blood stained tracks.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: abruce@newpittsburghcourier.com) I am going to begin this communiqué with a hypothetical question. Would you, I or anyone else who was slightly less than 10 minutes shy of being forcefully escorted to the “esteemed” Western Psychiatric Institute in Pittsburgh for “restoration,” accept employment based on putting in eight hours or better daily just to be informed that any invention or concept that was personally developed would remain the property of the employer, forever? However, your boss and his cronies, being of a “benevolent” nature, poke out their chests and inform the world that hey; at least we will pay your rent, and provide three “squares” a day. Well, from what I can discern, if most working stiffs were faced with such a choice, we probably would not have to fret about traffic jams on any freeway, any morning, anywhere. last_img read more

Franfield humbles Seeking My Dream

first_imgThe 2015 Superstakes winner FRANFIELD produced a terrific stretch run to catch and beat the howling 2-5 favourite SEEKING MY DREAM in yesterday’s grade one feature for the Chairman’s Trophy over 1500 metres at Caymanas Park.FRANFIELD, running at odds of 4-1 with three-time champion jockey Dane Nelson, riding for trainer Richard Azan, won by 11/4 lengths from the Wayne DaCosta-trained SEEKING MY DREAM in a fast 1:31.0.It was FRANFIELD’S first race since December 5, when he finished fifth to SEEKING MY DREAM in the inaugural running of the $6.5 million Diamond Mile.UPPA TUNE (7-2) showed superior speed to lead comfortably from SEEKING MY DREAM and CAMPESINO, passing the half mile, at which stage FRANFIELD was taken off the pace to settle in fourth by Nelson.SEEKING MY DREAM, ridden by Omar Walker, disposed of the American-bred horse UPPA TUNE on entering the straight, but although looking the likely winner when two lengths clear of CAMPESINO a furlong out, proved no match for the fast-finishing FRANFIELD in the last 100 metres.Azan, who co-owns FRANFIELD with champion owners the Elite Bloodstock Limited, was elated to win in this quality field following a three-month layoff.”He had been working very well for the race and, racing from the convenient mark of 52.5kg, I thought his chances were as good as any.”As it turned out, Nelson rode a perfect race from off the pace, and with this victory, Franfield should impact on the big grade one races this season with a view of winning a second Superstakes in November,” he said.In-form jockey Aaron Chatrie highlighted the 10-race programme with three winners, while Wayne DaCosta and Gary Subratie shared the training honours with two each. Next Saturday’s programme will feature the Guineas trials – the Prince Consort Stakes for 3-y-o colts and the Thornbird Stakes for the fillies, both over 1400 metres.last_img read more

Kiwis level ODI series

first_imgNEW DELHI, (AP):India fell short in the last over as New Zealand won the second one-day international yesterday by six runs to level the five-match series at 1-1.Chasing 243 to win, India were bowled out for 236 in 49.3 overs with Kedar Jadhav scoring 41, including two fours and two sixes. MS Dhoni struck 39.Earlier, Kane Williamson scored his eighth ODI century as New Zealand finished on 242 for nine. Williamson hit 118 off 128 balls, with 14 fours and a six, after the Black Caps had been put into bat.India made a sedate start in its run chase when Rohit Sharma (15) and Ajinkya Rahane (28) put on 21 runs off 7.1 overs for the first wicket. Sharma had tried to increase the scoring rate and perished in the process, caught behind off Trent Boult, who finished with 2-25.Virat Kohli had a rare failure as he too was caught behind for nine, while trying to play a leg glance off Mitchell Santner. Rahane was then deemed out, caught at square leg off Tim Southee. The decision appeared controversial as replays suggested that the ball might have bounced before Corey Anderson caught it. However, the third umpire didn’t have sufficient evidence to overturn the onfield decision. Southee ended on three for 52.LEFT STRUGGLINGIndia were left struggling at 72 for three and then Manish Pandey (19) was run out while going for a tight second run, leaving the hosts reeling further at 73-4.Dhoni and Jadhav came to the rescue by adding 66 runs for the fifth wicket.The partnership revived the Indian innings but Jadhav’s 37-ball stay ended when he was caught behind off Matt Henry just as the match seemed to be turning.Dhoni put on 33 runs with Axar Patel (17). The match turned decisively when Southee pulled off a stunning reflex return catch off Dhoni in the 40th over. Patel fell shortly after, caught in the deep off Guptill, who finished with two for six.Guptill struck twice in that 41st over as Amit Mishra holed out off a skier as India collapsed from 172-6.A surprising 49-run partnership off 48 balls for the ninth wicket between Hardik Pandya (36) and Umesh Yadav (18 not out) provided a thrilling twist.Pandya holed out off Boult with a miscued shot in the penultimate over. With 10 runs needed off the last six balls, Southee bowled Jasprit Bumrah to seal a tight win with three balls to spare.India won the first ODI by six wickets.The third ODI is in Mohali on Sunday.last_img read more

‘First Vote of Confidence after Ebola’

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has said that the latest economic and social investment of the ever present Coca-Cola Bottling Company in the country is the first vote of confidence after the eradication of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) from Liberia.President Sirleaf said the company was just one of the few that operated in the country throughout the crisis. “Therefore a huge investment of US$5.7 million in economic and social initiatives is a true testament that things are back on track for business and investment. This clearly speaks that the country is ready and safe for investment. This encourages those who left as a result of the virus to return and continue their investment,” she said.Coca-Cola has made the investment in its PET (plastic) bottling line, a new science and technology school and the Coca-Cola Africa Foundation’s five new Water Health Centers aimed at providing safe water access to over 61,000 Liberians.The President spoke at the official dedication ceremonies of these investments recently at the company’s operation site in Paynesville. According to her, she has always craved for Coca-Cola to make Liberia a hub for its operations in the Mano River and West African region – a move that is gradually coming to reality.She said it is now time for Liberians and other investors to think outside the box as the country currently undergoes a difficult time in regards to its traditional exports. The country’s economy is truly going through difficult times as many exports, such as rubber and iron ore, face depression globally.With the decline, President Sirleaf said Liberia must find other initiatives to be able to promote businesses to create these exports and the means whereby the gaps that now exist because of the global economic crisis can be filled by expansion into other areas.President Sirleaf indicated that though the environment has to be created by government policies and practices, it also has to be created by every Liberian who wants to see jobs, see businesses expand and wants to see where we, like neighboring countries, can export to other places.“The challenge is to every Liberian to make sure that what they do, how they act, how they support, how they join in creating this environment will enable us to achieve our development objectives,” she said.She noted that though there have been periods of interruption and contraction in Liberia, the Liberia Coca-Cola Bottling Company, like Firestone Liberia, has remained with Liberia despite these difficulties.She further urged the Coca-Cola Company to bring in a juice manufacturing plant that will produce juices made in Liberia for domestic consumption and possible export to other countries. “All these years for Liberia not to have a juice producing plant is totally unacceptable,” she said, adding that “now is the time to create a plant for the production of juices for us, too.”Coca-Cola Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Alex Cummings said, “Liberia may have been fractured by the tragedy of Ebola over the last year, but its spirit of optimism, ambition and progress will never be broken.”He pointed out that Coca-Cola has been ever-present in Liberia for over 65 years and its commitment to investing in economic and social initiatives remains as strong as ever as they increase their contribution to support sustainable growth of both their business and the communities they serve.The Coca-Cola Bottling Company’s first PET bottling line begins production at its Monrovia facility this month. It will also serve as a regional export hub for Sierra Leone and Guinea. An estimated 7,500 direct and indirect employment opportunities will be created over the next five years across Coca-Cola’s locally sourced supply-chain of distributors, retailers and material suppliers.Meanwhile, President Sirleaf used the occasion to warn Liberians against destructive tendencies that are gradually taking over the country. She said this trend has the propensity to scare investment from the country. “It will not work if people are going to destroy businesses. It’s not going to work with placards all over the place. It’s not going to work unless businesses know and have confidence in our policies, laws and in the way we do things,” she cautioned.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Struggling towns welcome ecotourism

first_imgWALDEN, Colo. – People jostled cameras and squirmed on benches inside a trailer on a high-mountain meadow as the tour guide gently opened retractable doors, turning the bird blind into a window on one of nature’s most spectacular shows: Strutting, chest-puffing male sage grouse in the last throes of mating season. Dozens of greater sage grouse were first heard in the 5 a.m. darkness: Swishing sounds followed by pops, like a loud percolating coffee pot. Light gradually spread over the meadow, brightening the jagged, snowcapped peaks of the Mount Zirkel Wilderness and revealing the source of the sounds – two big white air sacs on the birds’ chests that repeatedly inflate and deflate. The brown-and-black birds, about 2 feet tall, fanned out their spiked tail feathers, trying to attract the two or three hens checking them out and charging at the other eager males. The prancing stopped an hour later when a golden eagle looking for food swooped down and the grouse flew away in one bunch. The abrupt end didn’t disappoint visitors who drove 100 miles or more to get to Walden, a town of nearly 700 in north-central Colorado. “That’s quite a show. I was really impressed,” said George Oetzel, a semiretired engineer from Boulder. Oetzel has traveled to Australia and Costa Rica to see exotic wildlife, but he’d never seen the greater sage grouse, the largest of chicken-like birds on the Great Plains and rolling, sagebrush-dotted hills of the West. “I think there’s a good chance we’ll go again next year,” he said. Like numerous small towns whose traditional economic foundations are crumbling and populations are plummeting, Walden is struggling to survive. And like other towns in Colorado and the West, it’s trying to capitalize on what’s in its own backyard by offering sage grouse tours. Monte Vista in south-central Colorado has a March celebration when thousands of sandhill cranes drop by the San Luis Valley on their northern migration. Wray, on the state’s eastern plains, draws visitors from across the country in late March to watch prairie chickens go through their mating ritual. Communities often team up with state and federal wildlife agencies and involve local residents and businesses to put on the festivals. In Wray, the town museum hosts a program and ranchers allow groups onto their land to see the prairie chickens’ lek, or mating ground. Walden’s chamber of commerce books sage grouse watchers in motels throughout town to spread the wealth. Chamber director Rea Redman estimates the grouse tours and birdwatchers out on their own provide up to 70 percent of the revenue in a “dead, slow month” for local restaurants and motels. “Ice fishing is at an end. Snowmobiling is winding down. They don’t really have anything going on too much before the summer tourist season comes along,” Redman said. The Moose Creek Cafe, where tour participants dined the night before rising at 3:30 a.m., would’ve been easy to find even without the life-size concrete moose out front. Several businesses on Walden’s Main Street are vacant or closed until the tourist season gears up. “This time of year, we have almost no business, so this gives us some weekends where there are people coming in,” said Bobbie Scott, owner of the Roundup Motel. Scott’s convinced that once people visit Walden, the largest community in remote North Park, they’ll return. A report by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimated that bird and wildlife watchers in 2001 spent $38.4 billion nationwide. Wildlife viewers in Colorado spent about $624 million 2001. The agency is expected to release updated figures later this year. “It is becoming more mainstream as a rural economic development tool as the Great Plains in particular have undergone significant social and economic change,” said Ted Eubanks, whose Austin, Texas-based Fermata Inc. works with communities nationwide to promote their natural resources, wildlife or cultural history. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Alberta Métis group suing B.C. Hydro over damage from Peace River dams

first_imgThe group says the W.A.C. Bennett and Peace Canyon Dams have significantly reduced water flow in both the Athabasca and Peace River, which both feed the large freshwater delta. As a result, Fred Fraser, president of the Fort Chipewyan chapter of the Métis Nation, says their way of life has been affected by the impact on wildlife and plants. He’s quoted as saying before the dams were built in 1968 and 1980 there were floods every three to five years that would overflow the delta’s banks meaning they were able to trap animals easily. Since then, there haven’t been any more floods. The lawsuit filed in November claims the federal government did not protect their Métis rights, wildlife, and waterways. Fraser also says his people were not consulted on either dam.\- Advertisement -To read the full CBC article, click here.last_img read more

Encana increases production in Montney shale drilling program

first_imgMichael McAllister, the company’s Chief Operating Officer says, by using what he calls somewhat of game changer in the Montney, Encana has significantly increased fracture intensity, cut inner frac-spacing in half, and kept sand concentration the same. Encana holds nearly 600 thousand net acres in the Montney shale formation, which covers an area in both Northeast B.C. and Northwest Alberta. This year its plans call for accelerating development of the oil and liquids-rich portions of the formation and eight rigs are expected to drill 80 to 85 net wells.  – Advertisement –last_img

Palermo move to tie down starlet amid growing interest from Tottenham and Arsenal

first_img Paulo Dybala 1 Palermo are ready to offer Paulo Dybala a lucrative new contract in order to ward off interest from Arsenal and Tottenham.The 21-year-old striker is quickly becoming one of the hottest properties in Europe after scoring seven goals in 14 games this season.talkSPORT told you yesterday about Tottenham’s eagerness to secure a deal for Dybala, who has been linked to his fellow countryman Sergio Aguero.Arsenal have also been circling and have been tipped to launch a £31million swoop for the Argentine in January.However, the north London rivals both look set to miss out on the striker after he revealed he is in talks to stay at the club.“With the director and with Zamparini we are talking about renewal, I think it will come to an agreement,” Dybala told Rai Sport.“The president said I’m worth 40 million? I do not think so, my duty is to take the field. To know that someone like that thinks highly of me fills me with pride.”last_img read more