Horseriding on Digha beach to be banned soon

first_imgKolkata: Digha Sankarpur Development Authority (DSDA) has decided to ban horse-riding on Digha sea beach. Those who used to ply their horses on the beach have been asked to withdraw the animals from there.Horse-riding has been one of the most common joyrides for tourists, especially children, in Digha. The decision has been taken after the DSDA found that the area is being polluted by the animals. There have also been instances where people were injured after being hit by moving horses. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe battery-driven toy cars which are also used as joyrides for the children will also be banned, as many of the car owners are allegedly charging exorbitant fares and hoodwinking the tourists. The district administration and police on Saturday conducted a campaign along the beach in Digha, urging the horse owners to stop plying the animals on the beach. They have also been given a deadline for the same. The decision was taken after the local administrations received various complaints against the horses on the beach, which often remains crowded with tourists. There were complaints against the battery-driven car owners as well. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayMeanwhile, Abir Dhadra (5) went missing from Jagannath Ghat in Digha on Saturday morning. The family of the missing boy has lodged a missing diary at Digha police station. The boy’s father said Abir was playing with his sisters in the sea beach. His parents had gone into the sea to take bath and when they came back, they found that Abir had gone missing. The victim’s family members had come to Digha from Jalangipara in Hooghly district a few days ago. A probe has been initiated in this regard. Police are investigating to ascertain if the victim had gone into the sea or if he has been abducted from the beach.last_img read more

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Liberal MP fighting to save committee into missing and murdered Indigenous women

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe fate of a special parliamentary committee looking into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls is in jeopardy.Prime Minister Stephen Harper recently announced his intentions to prorogue Parliament.That would mean the end of many bills and possibly the of the special committee.Liberal MP, and Aboriginal Affairs critic, Carolyn Bennett says the committee will have to be reconstituted or resurrected when Parliament returns.last_img

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Sen Beyaks residential school comments hit close to home in northern Ontario

first_imgWillow FiddlerAPTN National NewsSen. Lynn Beyak is from Dryden, Ontario.It’s a small town in the northwestern part of the province – an area with the scars of residential schools.When Beyak said last week in the Senate that it was important not to forget the good that the schools accomplished the scars opened up again for some.“In many ways (I was) hurt again in terms of opening up old wounds,” said Garnet Angeconeb, a residential school survivor.Angeconeb went to Pelican Falls Indian Residential School near Sioux Lookout.“Those kinds of views and comments coming from somebody at that level is why I was disappointed and, quite frankly, surprised,” said Angeconeb.But not everyone in the area thinks Beyak was wrong.wfiddler@aptn.calast_img read more

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Dembele in Barca squad for United CL match

first_imgBarcelona: French striker Ousmane Dembele is close to shaking off a thigh strain and was named in Ernesto Valverde’s Barcelona squad on Monday for the Champions League quarter-finals first-leg at Manchester United. The 21-year-old World Cup winner has excelled on both flanks this season after a slow bedding in process at Barcelona, but has been on the sidelines since March 16 with a thigh muscle problem. Valverde said he had chosen the still-struggling winger in his squad for Wednesday’s game because he needed all hands on deck. “Dembele is on the list despite not yet being fully fit,” said Valverde, who added that Dembele had taken part in full training on Monday. Dembele, who scored in Barcelona’s 5-1 victory over Lyon in his last Champions League outing, had originally been expected to miss four weeks. The former Dortmund and Rennes forward missed Barca’s 2-0 win at Atletico Madrid on Saturday as the club target a La Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League treble they achieved in both 2009 and 2015.last_img read more

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Picture Shows Princess Lalla Soukaina Celebrating Her Twins Birthday

Rabat – A new photo of princess Lalla Soukaina celebrating her birthday with her two children has been making the rounds on social media. In the photo, originally posted on Instagram by the account “lool196”, the princess is holding little Hassan and Aya tightly as they rest on her shoulders. Both are sporting tiny jean jackets.The photo appears to have been taken at a pool in a Moroccan hotel, but the precise location could not be determined at press time. The poster, an apparent “friend of the princess,” writes in the caption, “Happy birthday to my good friend Lalla Soukaina. [party emoji] May you always be surrounded with the most precious love of all. Your angels [angel emoji] I love you all,” followed by a number of affectionate hashtags. read more

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South Sudan UN urges redoubling of efforts to end cycle of deadly

19 January 2012The top United Nations envoy in South Sudan today urged an immediate end to the cycle of ethnic violence in the newly independent nation, and called on the Government to hold the perpetrators to account and to deploy more forces to key areas to avert further bloodshed. “The ongoing security crisis in Jonglei state is a test for all of us,” Hilde Johnson, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), told a press conference in the capital, Juba.“All concerned should redouble their efforts to put an immediate end to the cycle of violence, which is putting thousands of lives at risk and threatening the stability of the whole area,” she added.Deadly clashes between the Lou Nuer and Murle communities in recent weeks have displaced tens of thousands of civilians and led to UN agencies launching a major humanitarian operation to assist those in need. Ms. Johnson noted that UNMISS has in recent months consistently deployed its limited resources to reinforce efforts to prevent and mitigate conflict in Jonglei state, including to the Lou Nuer, Dinka and Murle communities.“However, more Government forces are urgently needed in key locations, as well as to patrol in the buffer zones between the communities to de-escalate tensions between the communities and avert further violence,” she stated. “I urge the Government to deploy additional forces and further strengthen its forces in the key areas to stop further violence.”She voiced deep concern about hate messages delivered by some individuals and groups, which she said could incite systematic ethnic violence. “Any statements that could incite ethnically based violence are totally unacceptable.“I urge the leaders of all communities at all levels in Jonglei state, and nationally, to call for a halt to any such rhetoric. I also call on the Government to bring the full force of the law to bear against those responsible for inciting violence,” Ms. Johnson stated.“UNMISS strongly condemns the use of violence by communities and urges their political, traditional and youth leaders to do their utmost to end killings and confrontations in an area that has suffered far too many casualties,” she added.UN peacekeepers have been deployed to the area in recent weeks to support the efforts of Government forces to restore peace and security, and daily air and land patrols have been stepped up to deter further attacks. However, the Mission has a shortfall of operational helicopters, seriously affecting its ability to carry out its mandate.Ms. Johnson pointed out that the Mission took “decisive” measures, including committing around half of its combat-ready personnel to the heavily-populated areas of Pibor and Likuongole.“We moved our forces to where civilians were under greatest threat. These actions combined with the presence of Government troops helped save many lives,” she said.The Mission’s preliminary findings have confirmed evidence of a number of civilians killed and injured, however, the findings so far do not provide the basis for the scale of casualties claimed by some media, Ms. Johnson stated.“We urge leaders and the public to avoid jumping to conclusions based on unverified human rights violations,” she said, adding that UNMISS commended the Government’s decision to conduct an investigation into the events and the numbers and who may have been responsible.Retaliatory violence has continued, with a number of attacks in the past few days on Lou Nuer and Dinka communities, she reported.“The cycle of violence in Jonglei has caused huge suffering to all the people in the area. It has to end,” stated Ms. Johnson.UNMISS remained very concerned about the deterioration of the humanitarian situation and reiterated its call on the international community to respond generously and rapidly to humanitarian needs. The UN humanitarian community has launched one of the most complex and expensive emergency operations in South Sudan, aimed at assisting 60,000 people in the affected area. UNMISS will continue to assist in delivering vital supplies, particularly in remote areas where some of the most vulnerable people are located.The Special Representative also noted that South Sudan is moving with determination towards consolidating its independence on the national and international scenes. At the national level, political reforms and security are among the major challenges that the new State is facing.“However, the Government’s introduction of political and security reforms show strong commitment to establishing a stable and democratic state worthy of the people of South Sudan,” she stated. read more

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Norwegian PM to undertake official visit while in Sri Lanka

The Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg who is presently in Sri Lanka on a private visit, will have an official Programme, at the invitation of the Government, on 12 and 13 August 2016, the Foreign Ministry said today.Prime Minister Erna Solberg will be received at the Presidential Secretariat on Friday 12 August and accorded a guard of honour and gun salute, following which she will hold bilateral discussions with President Maithripala Sirisena. On 13 August, Prime Minister Solberg will visit a Fisheries Harbour project in Mirissa and meet representatives of a Harbour development committee. She will also visit the Galle Fort. (Colombo Gazette) Prime Minister Solberg will also meet Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera and Leader of the Opposition R. Sampanthan.  On Friday 12 August evening, Prime Minister Solberg will deliver the 2016 Lakshman Kadirgamar Memorial Lecture at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute of International Relations and Strategic Studies (LKIIRSS), at the invitation of the Chairperson and Board of the Institute. This Lecture will be for invited guests. read more

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On NonViolence Day Ban highlights link between peace and nature

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed the link between non-violence, peace and nature as he observed the International Day of Non-Violence.“Every year on the International Day of Non-Violence, we re-commit ourselves to the cause of peace, as exemplified by the life of Mahatma Gandhi who was born on this day 147 years ago,” Mr. Ban said in his message for the Day.The UN General Assembly, through a resolution in 2007, designated 2 October as the International Day of Non-Violence to coincide with the birthday of Gandhi, who led the country’s independence movement and pioneered the philosophy and strategy of non-violence. We know that a culture of non-violence begins with respect for others, but it does not end there. To nurture peace, we must respect nature“We know that a culture of non-violence begins with respect for others, but it does not end there. To nurture peace, we must respect nature. I am pleased this year’s International Day of Non-Violence puts the focus on sustainability and the environment,” Mr. Ban said.“In all he did, Gandhi honoured our obligation to all living things. He reminded us that ‘Earth provides enough to satisfy everyone’s needs, but not everyone’s greed.’ Gandhi also challenged us to ‘be the change we wish to see in the world,’” the Secretary-General noted.Today India’s commitment is reflected in a momentous way, the UN chief said, as its government is depositing its instrument of ratification for the Paris Agreement on climate change. There is no better way to commemorate Gandhi and his legacy for people and planet, he said, urging all countries to complete their domestic processes for ratification and also strive in all activities to achieve progress through non-violence. The Day is annually observed worldwide with commemorative events.At the UN Headquarters, it was celebrated with a programme that included, besides India’s ratification of the Paris Agreement, performance by renowned Indian classical music singer Sudha Raghunathan as well as the unveiling of a commemorative UN postage stamp of Indian music legend M.S. Subbulakshmi.The speakers included UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, General Assembly President Peter Thomson, and Professor Barry L. Gan, Director of Center of Non-Violence, St. Bonaventure University, New York. read more

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EuroMillions draw Lucky Brits numbers come in to scoop third highest UK

CHECK YOUR TICKETS!!! We have a UK winner of tonight’s EuroMillions jackpot! pic.twitter.com/IamD8lZY55— The National Lottery (@TNLUK) April 24, 2018 The total jackpot was £121,328,187, Camelot said. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A British ticket holder has scooped the entire £121.3m EuroMillions jackpot – the third highest total ever won in the UK.Camelot urged players to check their tickets as Andy Carter, senior winners’ advisor at The National Lottery, said: “Wow – what a night for UK EuroMillions players.”The total is still some distance shy of the amount won by Scottish couple Colin and Chris Weir, whose ticket helped them scoop over £160m in 2011.Mr Carter added last night: “Rest assured, we have plenty of champagne on ice ready to help The National Lottery’s newest multi-millionaire celebrateThe winning main numbers were 20, 23, 28, 30, 44, and the lucky stars were 03, 07. Adrian and Gillian Bayford, from Suffolk, also took home more than £148 million in August 2012. read more

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Surprising study suggests exercise may make dementia worse

Exercise does not slow down mental decline and may even make dementia worse, a new study suggests.Oxford University found that people with mild to moderate dementia who went to the gym twice a week for up to 90 minutes went downhill faster than those who abstained.Although the difference between the two groups was small, the researchers say exercise should not be recommended for people with dementia and called for future trials to ‘consider the possibility that some types of exercise intervention might worsen cognitive impairment.’Previous research had suggested that exercise could prevent mental decline, and stave off diseases like Alzheimer’s, so experts and charities said they were surprised by the findings.Commenting on the study, which was published in the BMJ,  Rob Howard, Professor of Old Age Psychiatry at University College London said: “Had this been instead an improvement in cognitive functioning with exercise we would all have been excited about finding something positive in the, so far, depressing fight against dementia.“On this basis, I don’t think we should ignore the possibility that exercise might actually be slightly harmful to people with dementia.”Dr James Pickett, Head of Research and Development at Alzheimer’s Society, added :“The results are somewhat surprising as we would anticipate that exercise would have positive effects.”Around 850,000 people in Britain currently suffer from dementia and there are currently no treatments to reverse or slow down the condition. The numbers are expected to rise as the population ages. Dementia and physical activity Credit:BMJ Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Hitting the gym once dementia has begun may not help the condition, scientists suspect Credit:Tao Ke for China Daily Hitting the gym once dementia has begun may not help the condition, scientists suspect  The new trial involved 494 people with an average age of 77 years who lived in England and all suffered from mild to moderate dementia.The participants were assigned to a supervised exercise and support programme or usual care. The programme consisted of 60-90 minute group sessions in a gym twice a week for four months, plus home exercises for one additional hour each week with ongoing support.All were tested using the Alzheimer’s disease assessment score at the beginning of the study and then at six and 12 months.After taking account of potentially influential factors, the researchers found that cognitive impairment declined over the 12-month follow-up in both groups. Dr Elizabeth Coulthard, Consultant Senior Lecturer in Dementia Neurology at the University of Bristol, said: “The findings here are in keeping with the thrust of current research that suggests dementia is hard to modify once it is well established.“There has been some promising work on exercise in people with milder symptoms such as those with Mild Cognitive Impairment. Physical activity still holds promise to delay dementia onset in people at risk of developing the disease.“Broadly, physical activity and healthy ageing go hand in hand. However, targeting physical activity as an intervention to improve specific disease processes is a challenge.”2330 The exercise group showed improved physical fitness in the short term, but higher ADAS-cog scores at 12 months (25.2 v 23.8) compared with the usual care group, indicating worse cognitive impairment.Commenting on the findings, Dr Brendon Stubbs, Post-doctoral Research Physiotherapist at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London, said: “Whilst previous smaller studies have suggested that exercise can prevent or improve cognitive decline in people with Alzheimer’s disease, this robust and very large study provides the most definitive answer we have on the role of exercise in mild-moderate Alzheimer’s disease.“The study finds that whilst it is possible for interested people with Alzheimer’s disease to engage in a robust supervised exercise program, this does not appear to delay cognitive decline and does not improve any other outcome besides physical fitness.  “The search for effective lifestyle interventions that can delay cognitive decline in dementia must continue.” Dementia and physical activity  read more

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RK Crvena zvezda win in Serbian eternal derby

8.Pozarevac302173:812 9.Jugovic310271:802 2.Zeleznicar321092:755 7.Metaloplastika310271:782 RK Crvena zvezda celebrated victory in the 84th “eternal Serbian derby” between two biggest sports clubs in the country. The team led by coach, former TOP handball star, Nenad Perunicic, beat the biggest rivals RK Partizan 23:22 (10:13) in front of 1.200 fans at Banjica hall in Belgrade.This was the third win for RK Crvena zvezda in the new season, which put them at the TOP of the table. The Serbian Super League is consisted from 12 teams. Four best will join RK Vojvodina Novi Sad and RK Dinamo Pancevo in Play Off. These two teams playing at SEHA GAZPROM League.PARTIZAN: Jokić, Živković 8, Radovanović 2, Pavlović, Milenković 3, Mikić, Stanojlović, Pižurica, Radivojević, Trnavac, Jugov, Stevanović 6, Ivanović 2, Glendža, Maksić 1, Milosavljev (14 saves). CRVENA ZVEZDA: Čolović, Šotić 5, Radisavljević, Mošić 1, A. Babić 4, Blečić, Palević, Pešić, Ljubenović (5 saves), Bugarinović 1, Milosavljević 1, Pejčinović (2 saves), Matičić 2, Mandić 4, D. Babić 4, Kljajić 1. STANDINGS: 10.Spartak Vojput201147:501 11.Samot200247:540 3.Rudar Kostolac321073:665 1.Crvena zvezda330070:596 5.Obilic Beograd312079:754 RK Crvena zvezdaRK PartizanSerbian handball derby 6.Partizan Belgrad311172:703 12.Mokra Gora300368:800 4.Sloga320175:704 ← Previous Story Cyril Dumoulin stays in Nantes until 2021: It was simply natural Next Story → Arena du Pays d’Aix – New handball house ready to open gates on October 11! read more

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Pictures Ireland celebrates Christmas clear skies with icy dips strolls on the

first_imgThanks to Emma Devlin for the photos — great work!Over on the southside, there was a good turnout for the traditional dip at the Forty Foot — including this celebrity bather:Let’s hope Santa was okay afterwards — all those tots of whiskey obviously had a certain effect on his (usually impeccable) diving skills. Thanks to Stephen Devine for the photo.This one was sent in from Don Donoghue at the Forty Foot. It landed in our inbox titled simply ‘The Powers’; we’re not entirely sure whether that refers to the subjects of the photo or their choice of post-swim beverage.Meanwhile, in the West: Eibhlín Seoighthe sent these in from the swim at Blackrock, where conditions have clearly been a little more challenging today.Read: Enjoy it while it lasts.. A fresh ‘orange alert’ storm warning’s just been issued AFTER DAYS OF stormy, rainy and just plain miserable December weather, most of the country’s been experiencing a clear, dry, sunny Christmas Day — perfect conditions for the thousands of hardy souls who’ve been planning their annual festive swim.This was how it looked in Malahide, north Dublin, as locals flocked to the strand to lend their support to those taking the plunge:last_img read more

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European Royals attend Greek wedding

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram European royalty gathered on the island of Spetses for the wedding of the second son of Greece’s former King Constantine on Wednesday. As you know, in all of these situations, even the last minute you are preparing.Prince Nicholas, the second son of former King Constantine of Greece, married Tatiana Blatnik, a 29-year-old event planner for fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg. The prince’s wedding to Tatiana Blatnik was held in a monastery near the old port of Stepses island. Hundreds of well wishers thronged to share the excitement at the monastery of Ayios Nikolaos, which was decked out with national flags. Blatnik arrived in a horse-drawn carriage and waved to a crowd of well wishers gathered outside. The 40-year-old Nikolaos arrived by boat. For her big day, the bride wore a strapless ivory gown, a full-length veil and a tiara belonging to her husband’s family. She was escorted up the aisle by her stepfather Attilio Brillembourg. More than 350 guest were at the wedding, including Elton John who is rumoured to have performed at the wedding reception. The Greek Orthodox service was attended by Spanish Queen Sofia – Constantine’s sister – Crown Prince Felipe and his wife, Letizia. Members of royal families from Norway, Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands also were present. Ahead of the ceremony, the groom’s parents, former King Constantine and former Queen Anne Marie, paid a last-minute visit to the church as trucks carried in ornaments and flowers. “As you know, in all of these situations, even the last minute you are preparing,” Constantine said.Yachts began gathering in the harbor as early as Monday. And pre-wedding parties drew a glittery international crowd to the isle, about three hours from Athens. The 70-year-old Constantine ascended to the throne in Greece in 1964, but he was formally deposed in 1973 during the country’s 1967-1974 military dictatorship. In 1974, after the restoration of democracy, Greeks voted to abolish the country’s monarchy.last_img read more

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Samaras turns to law and order as vote winner

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras turned his focus on the campaign trail on Tuesday toward law and order issues and will continue to tap into this theme this week as the conservatives believe it could help them win the June 17 elections.“Citizens’ safety is a precondition for any democracy,” said Samaras. “There is no city, in other words an organized society, if it cannot guarantee the security of its people, in other words its citizens,” said Samaras as he linked illegal immigration and criminal activity to the economy through issues such as the black market and illegal street trading.“So, if we want growth, if we really want to attract investment, to create jobs, to ensure there are opportunities in this country and a future for all, especially young people, then we have to take security seriously.”Samaras then set out a 12-point plan to increase citizens’ security. His proposals included a change in legislation to make it more straightforward to arrest and convict criminals, the reintroduction of neighborhood policemen, to strengthen units that fight organized crime, to target low-level crime, to improve border patrols, to create reception centers for illegal immigrants, to work with other southern members of the European Union to push for a united policy on political asylum and repatriations, and to strike at illegal trading.In terms of changes to legislation, Samaras proposed tougher rules against violence at street protests. This included the use of CCTV cameras and water cannons. He also suggested that more foreign inmates who are serving time in Greek jails should be repatriated.Samaras is due to hold a televised news conference on Wednesday before heading to Thessaloniki Thursday.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

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Cabinet reshuffle announced

first_imgConstitution of The Gambia President Jammeh decided to relieve the secretary general and minister of presidential affairs, Dr Kalilu Bayo of his duties with effect from Thursday, 8 January 2015. The president relied on sections 71(1) and 71(3) of the Constitution of The Gambia to appoint Mr Lamin Nyabally as the new secretary general and minister of presidential affairs with immediate effect.In a similar vein President Jammeh relieved the attorney general and minister of justice, Mr Basiru Mahoney of his duties with effect from Thursday, 8 January 2015. The minister of higher education, research, science and technology, Mr Abubacarr Senghore will oversee the ministry of justice.]]>last_img read more

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Budget Impact Honda Hero Motocorp TwoWheeler Prices Slashed in India

first_imgHonda Motorcycle & Scooter India (HMSI) and Hero MotoCorp on Tuesday announced a price cut on all its models, after the proclamation of excise duty relief to the automobile industry in Interim Budget 2014-15.”Honda welcomes excise duty relief given to auto industry in the interim Budget… Honda has decided to pass the full benefit of 4 per cent excise duty reduction on two-wheelers to its valued customers across India with immediate effect,” PTI quoted HMSI.Finance minister P Chidambaram, presenting the budget on Monday said that the excise duty of small cars, motorcycles, scooter and commercial vehicles in India has been cut down to 8 percent from 12 per cent and the excise duty of Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) has gone down to 24 per cent from 30 per cent.With the latest price cut, Honda’s Dream Neo 110cc bike, which is currently priced at ₹43,150 and ₹47,289 will come cheaper by ₹1,600.  While the company’s CBR250R will benefit a reduction of up to₹7,600, Hero’s bikes like Karizma ZMR, Impulse, Splendor and Glamour will get a price cut of up to ₹4,500.”We have decided to pass on the entire benefit of the excise duty cut to our customers. We have judiciously spread out the price cut across our product portfolio ranging from 2 per cent going up to 5 per cent with the maximum reduction being Rs 4, 500,” Hero MotoCorp said in a statement.last_img read more

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Meet Hemanth Muddappa Bengaluru lad who became bike racing champ after doctors

first_imgHemanth MuddappaPR Handout”When your desires are strong enough, you will appear to possess superhuman powers to achieve.” This Bengaluru boy brings life out of this quote, riding for passion he says.After meeting with a life threatening accident few years back on a motorcycle, doctors told Hemanth Muddappa will hardly be able to walk again, let alone ride a motorcycle.After 6 months of bed rest, here comes the champion riding his way out of this with flying colours. At this crucial time, his family and friends helped him see the light he was missing and making him join gym to fight his depression of two long years. Later he started a special body training and then there was no looking back.All his superbikes are built/tuned by Mantra Racing, a dream of all motorbike enthusiasts and aspiring riders.Hemant’s achievements are 2 times Indian National Superbike Drag Racing Champion 2017-2018, 2018-2019, Indian National Superbike Drag Racing Champion 2017/2018, Indian National Superbike Drag champion 2018/2019, Triple Champion.last_img read more

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Bizarre Rules and Protocol of the Queens Royal Guard

first_imgOne of the iconic images of London and the United Kingdom, the Queen’s Guard adorn everything from tourist photos, to postcards, to biscuit tins. For decades they’ve captivated visitors from across the globe to become a tourist attraction in their own right as they present arms, march to and fro, or stand guard outside Buckingham Palace. Here are nine things you might not know about the Queen’s Guard:The Queen’s Guard are a combat troopLondon, England – June 16, 2012: Queens Guard marching band passing Buckingham Palace as part of the Trooping the Colour ceremonyTraditionally the protection of Queen Elizabeth II and her London residence, Buckingham Palace, is the duty of the Queen’s Guard. Rather than being a ceremonial regiment like the pike-wielding Yeomen of the Guard or the feathered Royal Company of Archers (the UK has no shortage of this sort of thing), this is a designation given to combat troops who perform this role as just another operation, much like deployments overseas or combat operations.Though the role is traditionally fulfilled by the Horse Guards and the Foot Guards, mounted and infantry regiments who have been awarded special guards status in the past, other regiments are now often called upon for this special duty. In 2007, for the first time, seamen of the Royal Navy served as the Queen’s Guard, rather than being represented by the elite Royal Marines.Queen Elizabeth II at the Trooping the Colour on her Official BirthdayThe regiments of the Foot Guards are the Grenadier Guards, Coldstream Guards, Scots Guards, Irish Guards, and Welsh Guards, and the Horse Guards, or Household Cavalry (as in the ‘royal household’) are the Life Guards and the Blues and Royals (Royal Horse Guards and 1st Dragoons). At the 2017 wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, both Harry and Prince William wore the dress uniform of the Blues and Royals.Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex leave Windsor CastleThe crimson-clad men who took pride of place in last year’s tourist selfie might well be in battledress today. Though in real terms the protection of the Royal Family and their residence is the responsibility of a special armed unit of London’s Metropolitan Police called Royalty and Specialist Protection (RaSP), the Queen’s Guard are still soldiers and although their guns are most likely unloaded, they will still respond to threats as best they can.Speaking anonymously on a Reddit AMA, one veteran revealed “You only carry live rounds if there is a high threat level that someone will attack. But I have never carried any.”“We are legally allowed to attack and kill people that pose a threat to the life of myself or others.”The Queen’s Guard don’t just protect Buckingham PalaceBuckingham Palace, London residence of the British Monarch, from the Victoria Memorial on The MallThe duty of the Queen’s Guard is to protect all the residences of the British monarch, so while they’re mostly associated with Buckingham Palace in Central London, they can also be seen at Windsor Castle, St James’s Palace, or the Tower of London.Tower of LondonIn Scotland’s capital Edinburgh, the Queen’s Guard can be found at Palace of Holyroodhouse and Edinburgh Castle, but unlike the London locations where they are on duty all year round, they only stand guard when Her Majesty is actually in residence.The Queen’s Guard aren’t always BritishLondon, England, UK, 1973: Changing of the Guards. Members of the Queens Guard regiment marching in front of Buckingham Palace.Although Queen Elizabeth II is the head of state of the United Kingdom, she fulfills the same constitutional role for 15 other counties — called Commonwealth Realms — including Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Oaths of Allegiance taken by servicemen in the Commonwealth Realms are often sworn not to serve the government of the day, but to serve the monarch. As a result, it makes perfect sense for these loyal troops to serve in the Queen’s Guard. After all, she’s their queen too!Some recent “foreign” regiments to have served as the Queen’s Guard are the Royal Canadian Regiment (October to November 2018), the Royal Malay Regiment (April 2008) and 1st Battalion, Jamaica Regiment (July 2007).It’s also common for Commonwealth citizens to serve in the British Army under the same principle, as the opportunities and pay are often better than those of their sometimes smaller and less prestigious armies, particularly in places like the Caribbean. As of 2018, an estimated 4,500 Commonwealth citizens were serving in the British Armed Forces — most of them in the army.The Queen’s Guard are punished if they smileQueens Guard on duty at the Tower of London, EnglandIt’s something of cliche to take a grinning selfie next to an expressionless guardsman — but while they look like a living, breathing visitor’s attraction, these are active duty servicemen and they are expected to comport themselves with absolute discipline. If they are caught laughing or smiling by a superior officer they are fined around ₤200 (approximately $260) from their pay.Related Video: 13 Victorian Vulgarities Everyone Should KnowThe Queen’s Guard “fall with style”Shift change of the Queens Guard guarding gate to Buckingham Palace. They protect royal residences in London and the whole monarchs family.It’s not often you get an opportunity to quote Toy Story when writing about military discipline, but the demands of standing to attention in the sweltering summer sun whilst wearing a heavy bearskin helmet are so likely to result in fainting that the Queen’s Guard are instructed to faint in a certain way. As soon as they feel light-headed, they are expected to maintain their impeccable composure and “faint to attention,” which is why you sometimes see photographs of fallen guardsmen lying face down and ramrod straight.Now that, as Woody would say, is “falling with style!” Queen’s Guards can’t take a toilet breakQueens Guard on duty at the entrance to Clarence House, London, EnglandWhile their discipline may prevent them from leaving their posts, the bladder discipline of the Queen’s Guard can leave a lot to be desired.The guardsman posting on Reddit recalled: “On a parade in front of a large crowd, one of my fellow guardsmen needed to relieve himself and couldn’t hold it any longer. He was on the front row and left a huge obvious puddle where he was. Some of the crowd noticed and started laughing.”The Queen’s Guard can reactLondon, England – June 16, 2012: Heavily armed Queens Guard marching past Buckingham Palace as part of the Trooping the Colour ceremonyThough they’d prefer to ignore you and remain totally expressionless, they are permitted to react if they need to. If members of the public are obstructing them in their duties, the Queen’s Guard are allowed to shout commands — such as “Make way for the Queen’s Guard!” — or even shove people out of the way if they’re not paying attention.If someone is perceived as being aggressive or threatening, they are allowed to point their rifles in warning — they might not be loaded, but the bayonet is still wickedly sharp, and you don’t want to test the patience of a highly trained British Army infantryman.The Guardsman on Reddit confirmed from his own experience that a little movement can go a long way:“Some drunk Frenchmen who thought it would be funny to run past me and climb the fence […] I presented my bayonet at them. I think they were more shocked that I moved than the fact that a weapon was pointing at them. They were arrested and charged with trespassing on the Queen’s property.”Bearskins have a practical purposeLondon – June 9, 2018: A view of some of the drummers during the Queens birthday celebrations of Trooping the ColourNot all of the Queen’s Guard wear the iconic black bearskins. These are part of the ceremonial uniforms of the Guards Regiments and other regiments serving as Queen’s Guard may have different ceremonial uniforms, so try not to be too disappointed if you come across a Scottish Glengarry bonnet, shorter fur busby, or peaked cap instead.The 18-inch tall bearskins may look impractical, but that’s because they’re designed to intimidate by adding to the soldier’s height. Traditionally worn by French grenadiers, they were adopted by the British Grenadier Guards following their victory over the French in 1815 and soon spread to other Guards Regiments.Illustration of a Grenadier Guard, 1889Traditionally made from the fur of the Canadian black bear, the bearskins last for decades so replacing them is infrequent. Due to ethical concerns, new helmets are made with fake fur.The weight of the bearskin can present a risk, however. They make a tempting target and they’re so heavy that they could easily break the guard’s neck if shot or struck, so in combat situations, the soldiers are instructed to fit the chinstrap below their nose. Better a broken nose than a broken neck, right?The Queen’s Guard do have a sense of humor after allGuards and military bands march up the Mall in London in the Queen’s annual birthday parade of Trooping the ColourThey may not smile, but the Queen’s Guard can still enjoy a lighter moment. The regiment on duty are always joined by their regimental band to take part in the larger ceremonies such as the changing of the guard, and it’s not uncommon for them to play something other than patriotic songs and regimental marches.“They sometimes throw out funny songs […] every now and then,” said the anonymous Redditer. “The best one I’ve heard was the Darth Vader theme tune [the Imperial March] and then Indiana Jones.”Read another story from us: The Contents of Queen Victoria’s Coffin Showed Her True Love for Prince AlbertThe Guardsman also revealed one of the many ways he has of keeping himself entertained: “When I’m really bored I like to mess people’s pictures up. When a load of Asian tourists came and set up a huge picture, I waited until the cameraman was counting down to take the pic then marched up and down my post until they all left. A little evil I know…”last_img read more

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VIDEO Saquon Barkleys NFL Combine 40 441 Vertical 41″ and Bench Press

first_imgPenn State’s Saquon Barkley didn’t have anything to prove at the NFL Combine, but he still showed up and is showing out. So far, Barkley has measured in at 6′ 0”, 223 lbs, and has gone through the bench press, vertical and the 40-yard dash. Here’s how it went:40 (1st attempt): 4.41 seconds – Currently 2nd among running backs.Saquon Barkley runs a 4.41 40-yard dashpic.twitter.com/1wYC3g8P6t— 2018 NFL Draft (@DraftRT) March 2, 2018 Bench Press: 29 reps at 225 lbs  – Tied for 1st with Georgia’s Nick Chubb.Saquon Barkley just throwing weight around on the bench for 29 reps 👀💪🏾 pic.twitter.com/ocXBheNWLr— Football Central™ (@FootbalICentral) March 2, 2018 Advertisementcenter_img Vertical Jump: 41” – Official rankings aren’t posted.😱😱😱@saquonb21 with the 41″ vertical jump! @PennStateFball #NFLCombine pic.twitter.com/OlpmMGYSV7— NFL (@NFL) March 2, 2018last_img read more

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