The Haka sets the scene nicely for day twoA stirring rendition of the Haka from the invitational New Zealand Under 16â€™s side set the tone and scene for day two nicely. Up against the strong Central Queensland (B) team, the Kiwis delivered also on the scoreboard with an outstanding 8-7 victory in the dying stages against their Queensland and older counterparts.The young Kiwis will be buoyed by that success following some lopsided results on the opening day. The NZ girls 16â€™s team showed great composure earlier in the day against the SW-Qld Swans, only to go down 4-8. The 2017 Trans-Tasman at the Sunshine Coast a little early for these future stars to bloom, but certainly showing some promise for the future and perhaps a preview to the Youth Trans-Tasman in Auckland next January.Pool A and B blockbusters in the boys â€“ Pool A match one to behold!Going into this Pool B leadersâ€™ match both NSWCCC and Central Queensland (A) team were almost level pegging with tries for and against with a near thirty-point differential apiece such was the closeness between both sides.And the match of the day at that point played out accordingly with not a struck match between both sides for most of the game. At the half-time break the rain tumbled down and seemingly so too though NSWCCCâ€™s chances in this match, eventually going down 4-10 to the stubborn and sublime Bulls outfit. While stopping short of a clinic it was certainly clinical by the Bulls.For those tuning in via live streaming or at the packed Sunshine Coast grandstand across in Pool A, they certainly got full value for what they witnessed. It was the NSW Development team who started and finished well against the Pool leaders, North Queensland Cyclones, and seemingly took a bit of wind out of the Cyclonesâ€™ hitherto dominant force, while also turbo charging their own claims to the title.In one of the best matches of the tournament and of the highest quality, the â€˜NSW Devâ€™ showed true grit to somehow pull back the game from the mire and a late NQ lead to secure the win, 7-6. For team mentor and TFA-BLK Ambassador, Sam Brisby, it was a very pleasing and entertaining win: â€œThe boys really dug deep and hung in till the end. I actually got up the boys a bit at half-time and it was good to see them respond (and to the Coaches) and hang in, keep to the structures and especially at that age.â€ The match was notable too for the officiating by SAâ€™s Amanda Sheeky who controlled the match with aplomb along with her male colleagues.The CHS boys jostling for position wellIn Pool C, NSW CHS boys asserted their dominance and credentials for the title outclassing the South Queensland Sharks, 6-4 in another game of the day. The NSW CHS boys survived an earlier scare against the South-West Queensland Swans pipping them at the post 5-4, ahead of their encounter against the Sharks mid-afternoon.For the NSW CHS boys Assistant Coach and Australian Menâ€™s Open star and stalwart, Scott Buckley the side is quietly confident of their chances, despite the close scorelines today. â€œWe have a lot of boys from the country in this team and only one from the city, so it has been a bit of a challenge to get the group together but theyâ€™re going great,â€ he said. â€œTheyâ€™re a great bunch of boys here and while we are led well by a couple of key players, including Jesse Curtis and Jack Flanagan, we are really forging ahead as one and building in confidence this week with everyone contributing. The key is there is no one star or stars though; itâ€™s a real team effort but Jesse is leading well from the front and organising the boys on the field equally so.â€Quality with a Capital Q-SSTBoth QSST boys and girls teams again sent a reminder and served notice to all competitors. The girls saluted first with a 6-1 victory over the strong South Queensland Sharks to go along with the 10-0 QSST victory over the Sunshine Coast boys to close out the morningâ€™s proceedings. The boys then followed up with a 14-3 win over SA while the girls got their finals campaign purring early with a win over South-West Queensland Swans late in the day. With both sides sitting comfortably atop respective ladders, they wonâ€™t be looking into the rear view mirror from here, rather, straight ahead to finals day.Cobras girls closeâ€“out Catholic CollegesBrisbane Cobras and NSWCCC girls played out an epic under lights in the dayâ€™s penultimate match. Three tries apiece with three minutes to go, it was the spilt chance at one end by NSWCCC that gave Cobras the ascendancy and ultimately the win via an outstretched dive with a minute to play. Australian Womenâ€™s player, Emma Sykes was instrumental along with a number of her Cobras team-mates in the win. Fair to say though the NSW CCC side were very impressive against a highly fancied Cobras outfit and both look finalsâ€™ ready on top of their Pool B ladder.â€˜Devâ€™ downs CHSIn what shaped as an intra-state special to close out the day, it was the NSW development girlsâ€™ team that staked its claim for the game against CHS and for later honours, going into the break 4-1 and finishing the job strongly running out 6-3 victors. The top of the table clash in Pool C was willing with both teams fighting hard for territory in the rain with the handling very good considering the conditions. NSW Dev Team mentor, Danni Davis joined her co-coaches in celebrating the win, post-match. â€œThey played absolutely outstanding, I’m really really proud of them. Credit to NSWCHS they didn’t give it to us easy, it was a grinding game, but we got up and it was a really good game.”To view more highlights from Day 2 of 2016 NYC, visit the NYC website. Related Filesss-packages-pdfss-packages_01-pdfRelated LinksWrap up of day 2
Bengaluru: Limited to a couple of constituencies in the old Mysuru region in the successive Lok Sabha polls since its formation in 1999, the JD(S) in Karnataka is aiming to break new ground in the coming parliamentary elections capitalising on the party being in power. After the Janata Dal split in 1999, former prime minister H D Deve Gowda’s JD(S) has been winning two to three Lok Sabha seats in the old Mysuru region, largely from party bastions of Hassan and Mandya, dominated by the Vokkaliga community, its solid vote base, as also from Bangalore Rural and Chamarajanagara once. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day The JD(S), the lone surviving active offshoot of the erstwhile Janata Dal in the state, which has seen a revival with it coming to power in Karnataka in alliance with the Congress after the May 2018 assembly polls, wants to use the opportunity to expand its horizons. The party’s presence in the coalition government with the Congress and H D Kumaraswamy’s stature as chief minister will help the party in increasing its tally in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, senior JD(S) leader Y S V Datta told PTI. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents on Reliance penalty “It is true, if we were not in government and if there was no coalition, then our strength would have been limited to two or three seats in the old Mysuru region, but now that we are in the government and since our leader Kumaraswamy is chief minister, we can capitalise on his stature across the state,” he said. Datta, who is party’s campaign committee chief, said as per the understanding, the Congress will not field its candidates where the JD(S) is contesting, so minorities, backward class and SC/ST votes that were traditionally with the grand old party in those constituencies, will get transferred to the party. However, he also conceded that the JD(S) should have a base in those constituencies, as one cannot bat on a dead pitch. The Congress will contest 20 seats and the JD(S) eight in the Lok Sabha polls in Karnataka under a deal finalised by the two partners of the ruling coalition on Wednesday after weeks of haggling and uncertainty. The Lok Sabha constituencies that the JD(S) will contest in are Uttara Kannada, Chikmagalur, Shimoga, Tumkur, Hassan, Mandya, Bangalore North and Bijapur. However, political analysts don’t see JD(S) gaining much in this election. “It is a bit unlikely… The JD(S) can improve its performance only if the Congress supports it wholeheartedly, which seems unlikely, because the sentiment that both parties should come together to forge an alliance against the BJP is not shared among the party’s rank and file,” Narayana A, a professor at Azim Premji University, told PTI. The kind of signals that have been going out ever since the formation of the coalition government has created some kind of confusion among the workers as to whether they are really in alliance, he said. “So it is unlikely that one can expect the kind of support from the the Congress that the JD(S) needs to win,” he said. In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, the vote share of the JD(S) in the seven constituencies was — Chikmagalur 1.44 per cent, Shimoga 21.29 per cent, Tumkur 23.47 per cent, Hassan 44.43 per cent, Mandya 43.95 per cent, Bangalore North 6.83 per cent and Bijapur 5.95 per cent. The party had not fielded any candidate from Uttara Kannada. The JD(S) had won the Hassan and Mandya seats in the last general elections. The Congress had bagged nine and the BJP 17 seats. However in the by-polls, the BJP yielded the Bellary seat to the Congress. Among the eight seats that the JD(S) is contesting this time, it has its sitting MPs in two. Tumkuru is with the Congress and the rest five constituencies are represented by the BJP. According to sources, during seat negotiations, the JD(S) got the Tumkur seat, dominated by the Vokkaliga community, after a hard bargain as the Congress had decided not to cede those constituencies to the regional partner where it has a sitting MP. Mysore-Kodagu was another constituency that the JD(S) had demanded from the old Mysuru region, but could not bag it due to opposition from Siddaramaiah, as the seat is in his home turf, sources said. Narayana also feels that despite the JD(S) fielding Deve Gowda’s grandson Nikhil Kumaraswamy in their bastion of Mandya, it will not be a cakewalk for the party this time. “I’m not too sure that the party workers will have the same kind of feelings towards him, as they had towards, Deve Gowda or Kumaraswamy,” he said. He however said, Hassan should not be much of a problem for the JD(S), where Gowda’s other grandson Prajwal Revanna is the candidate, as he has been associated with the party affairs there for some time now. There is opposition to Nikhil Kumaraswamy’s candidature in Mandya, as many who claim to be JD(S) supporters have hit out at the party leadership for sidelining loyal party workers to favour some one from their family, despite not being actively involved in party activities in the district. Nikhil is likely to be pitted against Sumalatha Ambareesh, wife of late actor-turned-politician Ambareesh in Mandya.
NEW DELHI: The Election Commission Tuesday turned down the AAP government’s request to release advertisements about summer camps in government schools prompting Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia to write a letter to the poll body to reconsider its decision.The EC has pointed out that it has no objection to running summer camps which is part of AAP government’s Mission Buniyad Programme, subject to the condition that the appeal to send their wards to the camp has to be made to the parents through schools and not through print, TV or radio advertisements. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderSisodia, who is also Delhi’s Education Minister, questioned the “basis” on which the request has been rejected. “I feel extremely disappointed that the ECI chose to look at this issue from a very narrow political lens, completely ignoring the interest of lakhs of children largely from marginalised section of society. The success of the camp is contingent upon support of parents which is ensured through regular reach out to them by government using print media, TV and radio,” Sisodia said in a letter to the ECI. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsHe said by exercising your power to stop a simple message to the poor parents asking them to send their children to school during summer vacation, do you really think you are aiding in conducting free and fair elections? “The elections will be over in the next one month but the loss to lakhs of children cannot be compensated if you allow your unjustified decision to stay on,” he added. During a press conference, Sisodia said,”Did the EC even think for a while as to what mode to be adopted by the school to ask the poor parents to come to school in the first place?” The summer camps in Delhi government’s school, an initiative of the AAP dispensation will be organised from May 16 to June 9 for classes 3 to 8.
Jaipur/Bhopal/Ahmedabad: Nearly 50 people were killed as rains coupled with thunderstorm and lightning hit several parts of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra overnight, officials said Wednesday. The unseasonal rains and storm also caused damage to property and crops in Gujarat and Rajasthan. Rajasthan witnessed the maximum casualties with 21 people killed in rain-related incidents following by Madhya Pradesh where 15 were killed. While 10 people were killed in Gujarat, three were killed in Maharashtra. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to twitter in the morning to express anguish over the loss of lives in the rains in Gujarat and announce relief. Soon afterwards Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath hit out at the prime minister, accusing him of being concerned only about his home state Gujarat. The PMO in a tweet later said,”PM @narendramodi has expressed grief at loss of lives due to unseasonal rains and storms in MP, Rajasthan, Manipur & various parts of the country”. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday “An ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each for the next of kin of those who lost their lives due to unseasonal rain & storms in MP, Rajasthan, Manipur & various parts of the country has been approved from the PM’s National Relief Fund. Rs 50,000 each for the injured has also been approved,” the PMO said. Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the government is closely monitoring the situation in rain-hit areas and is ready to provide all possible help to states affected by rains and thunderstorm. In Jaipur, Rajasthan Relief Secretary Ashutosh A T Pednekar said 21 people died due to unseasonal rains. “4 deaths were reported in Jhalawar, Udaipur and Jaipur each, two each in Jalore and Bundi and one each in Baran, Rajsamand, Bhilwara, Alwar and Hanumangarh, he said. Compensation of Rs. 4 lakh each has been announced to the families of victims. Another official said crops have suffered damage and the assessment is being done. Several cattle were also killed in rain-related incidents. Condoling the deaths, Chief minister Ashok Gehlot said in a tweet, “Deeply pained by loss of lives due to unseasonal rains and storms in various parts of the country including Rajasthan. My thoughts and prayers are with bereaved families. I pray for the speedy recovery of those injured”. Of the total 21 deaths, 7 are in Kota division.Heavy dust storm accompanied by moderate to heavy rains, thundershowers also lashed parts of Hadouti region (Kota division) on Tuesday causing damage to crops. Survey of crop damage is underway. BJP candidate from the constituency Om Birla demanded the state government declare compensation to farmers for crop damage. Birla also blamed the state government for not issuing alert and taking measures to prevent the crop damage. The department has predicted dust storm/thunderstorm accompanied with high velocity winds and lightning at a few places during the next 24 hours. Officials in Bhopal said unseasonal rain accompanied by thunderstorm and lightning hit various parts of Madhya Pradesh, leaving 15 people dead and injuring some others. Rains claimed three lives each in Indore, Dhar and Shajapur, two in Ratlam and one each in Alirajpur, Rajgarh, Sehore and Chhindwara districts. Nath expressed grief over the deaths and charged that Modi’s concerns were limited to his home state Gujarat. “Modiji, you are the PM of the country and not of Gujarat. In MP also, more than 10 persons were killed because of unseasonal rains, storm and lightning. But you have confined your feelings to Gujarat only. Though your party has no government here people live here also,” Nath said in a tweet. The BJP hit back, accusing Nath of doing politics over the loss caused by rains and storm. BJP media head and Rajya Sabha MP Anil Baluni said in Delhi that Nath is well aware of the procedure that the state government has to first inform the Centre about the damage in such a natural tragedy to get relief but instead of doing so, he was tweeting and doing politics. “Instead of informing the Centre, he chose to do politics over the tragedy,” Baluni charged. In Ahmedabad, Gujarat government’s director of relief G B Manglpara, told PTI that at least 10 people have died in the rain and dust storm reported from various areas including districts in North Gujarat and Saurashtra region. Also, a portion of a tent erected for Prime Minister Modi’s rally in Himmatnagar town of North Gujarat was also damaged in the dust storm, an official earlier said. Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani announced an aid of Rs 2 lakh each to the kin of the deceased in the western state. “While the PM has already announced ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh, the Gujarat government will also give Rs 2 lakh to kin of those who lost their lives,” Rupani told reporters in Dahod. “We will also conduct a survey to assess the damage to crops and pay accordingly to affected persons,” he added. Apart from rain, the storm also resulted in hailstorm in some parts of Rajkot district of Saurashtra and Banaskantha district of north Gujarat. In Mehsana, farm produce kept in the open in the agriculture produce market committee premises got damaged, an official said. Besides, officials in Banaskantha said the watermelon crop, mainly grown in and around Deesa, got damaged due to hailstorm and thunderstorm. In Maharashtra, a 71-year-old woman, a 32-year-old man and a temple priest died when lightning struck them in Nashik district during rains on Tuesday, police said.
Islamabad: Pakistan’s seriousness to act against proscribed terror outfits and its efforts to curb money laundering and terror financing were questioned by members of a regional affiliate of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) at a meeting held in China, according to a media report. A 10-member delegation, led by Finance Secretary Mohammad Younas Dagha, attended the two-day meeting of the Asia-Pacific Group (APG) of the Paris-based FATF in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou where it defended Pakistan’s efforts against money laundering and terror financing. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report According to a Dawn report, some participants, particularly those from India, raised very tough questions about Pakistan’s seriousness to act against proscribed organisations and effectiveness of internal controls. On May 3, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said India will ask the FATF to put Pakistan on a blacklist of countries that fail to meet international standards in stopping financial crime. The APG will submit to the FATF its analysis of the compliance report submitted by Pakistan at the meeting, which concluded yesterday, and the progress made since the group’s on-site inspection in Islamabad and Karachi in March, the report said. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests The APG report will become the basis for the FATF to decide whether to exclude Pakistan from its grey list or not. The delegation briefed the meeting about Pakistan’s updated actions against currency smuggling, proscribed organisations and tightening of financial and corporate sector systems and operational effectiveness, the report said. Giving examples of the measures taken by it, Pakistan cited arrests of key operatives of some proscribed outfits, putting more such groups and their affiliates in the list of banned outfits, blocking their accounts and financial flows and taking control of their assets. In March, bowing down to international pressure, Pakistan launched a major crackdown on Jaish-e-Mohammad, Jamat-ud-Dawa, Falah-i-Insaniyat Foundation and other banned outfits and took over the control of their assets throughout the country. The Pakistan delegation said the country was very close to accomplish the milestones set under the FATF action plan well before the September deadline. It also said the government recently revised its national risk assessment of the corporate sector, strengthened customs procedures on borders and inland movement of funds and assets. Besides, internal control of the banking and non-banking financial institutions, insurance companies and stock exchanges has been strengthened to curb the possibility of money laundering and terror financing. The delegation cited the creation of a specialised directorate of Cross-Border Currency Movement (CBCM) in Islamabad to maintain a database of currency seizures. The APG had earlier flashed contradictory situations and poor coordination among stakeholders, including law enforcement agencies, in fighting money laundering and terror financing in Pakistan. Last month, it expressed serious reservations over insufficient physical actions on ground against proscribed organisations to block flow of funds and activities.
The competition that faces the La Liga champion with the Copa del Rey champion will be played once again outside of Spain.The Spanish Super Cup will continue to change as announced by the Spanish Football Federation today in the European nation.Last year the Super Cup was played for the first time using a single match format, and it was also the first time to be played outside Spain as it was played in Tanger, Morocco.But today the cup has received another modification, as it will be played for the first time in history between four teams, in a Final Four format.The two finalists of the Copa del Rey and the two top teams in the Spanish La Liga will play a small tournament outside of Spain to decide who is the biggest champion in the nation.The announcement was made by Spanish FA’s president Luis Rubiales.The tournament will be played between four or five days and will be a four-game celebration, with the winners of La Liga playing against the Copa del Rey runner-ups and vice-versa.The first edition in this new format will be played at the end of this season for the first time if the federation’s assembly agrees.La Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…According to Rubiales, the new format “does not break any rules and objectives of the competition.”“Neutral tournaments in the summer are not well supported for the clubs. We see this as a unique opportunity for the “Marca España” to grow without going against the principles of the sport.”Rubiales was one of the worst critics after La Liga decide to take one official game each year out of Spain, something that the Spanish Football Federation did not like.🗣 @LuisRubiales: “Propondré a la Asamblea que la #Supercopa se celebre en formato final four”🔗 https://t.co/NQM9nLYBCI pic.twitter.com/x640IaDOqU— RFEF (@rfef) February 19, 2019
Related Items:canada, canadian flag, maple leaf Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 16 Feb 2015 – It is the 50th anniversary of the Canadian Flag… and while the design of the maple leaf is now a celebrated and iconic symbol for our friends north… today, those who were in Parliament when the vote was had for the final design reflected on the challenge to get that maple leaf, red and white design passed. Today, as Canada marked that 50th anniversary the 20th Prime Minister of Canada, John Chretien addressed an energetic, patriotic group of Canadians holding replicas of that flag… and he spoke: “You know, because it was very cold on parliament Hill, our hearts were very warm with pride as the new Canadian flag was raised for the first time. (CHEERING/APPLAUSE) I was there with my three colleagues; we were there for a very difficult debate that lasted for months. I was there when at the end of the vote, when those who had voted for the flag got up to sing Oh Canada, unfortunately they were booed… but politics creates changes, sometimes for the better, sometimes not for the better but that is democracy and democracy is there when we need it.” PanAm Junior Games countdown on Ex-Govt Consultant ordered to leave TCI Canada offers help in financial services sector to TCI Working Group
EUREKA, Calif. — A very strong earthquake that struck offshore rattled the Northern California coast and was widely felt across the region, but authorities said early Monday that there were no reports of any injuries or damage.The magnitude-6.9 quake struck at 10:18 p.m. PDT Sunday and was centered 50 miles west of Eureka and about 4 miles beneath the Pacific seabed, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It was followed by about a half-dozen aftershocks, including one of magnitude 4.6.The quake was felt widely across the region but both fire and sheriff’s officials in Humboldt County said early Monday that they had no reports of any damage or injuries. Humboldt County includes most of the populated areas closest to the epicenter.“We had some alarms go off and other than that we dodged a bullet,” Humboldt County Sheriff’s Lt. Steve Knight told The Times-Standard of Eureka (http://bit.ly/1fQ4u6y). The National Tsunami Warning Center said there was no tsunami danger for the region.“It was a big bump and then it rolled for about 30 seconds,” said Diana Harralson, 64, who lives in an apartment in Rio Dell, about 55 miles southeast of the earthquake’s epicenter. “It was a real good shaker.”
General view shows tourists on the sandy beach of Olhuveli island in Maldives.ReutersEarly retirement is not a very far-fetched idea anymore. In fact, more people are retiring early from their jobs and pursuing their dreams of travelling the world or simply spending more time with their loved ones.For instance, Doug Brown and Lisa Zandt, who were sales and marketing managers at major Fortune 500 companies in the US, decided to retire early and spent nine years sailing the world. We were doing well financially and had always been enamored with the sailing lifestyle,” Lisa told Bankrate. “We got to the point where the stress of the corporate life was too much.” The couple then sold their house and cars and bought a sailboat to live their dream. “Living on a boat outside of the US was much less expensive than living in the US,” she said, adding: “You don’t need $10 million to retire.” British author and scriptwriter Jonathan Clements once said: “Retirement is like a long vacation in Las Vegas. The goal is to enjoy it the fullest, but not so fully that you run out of money.” So how do you know it’s time to retire and you have enough money to last you a lifetime? A woman reacts as she reads a board showing the Real-U.S. dollar and several foreign currencies exchange ratesReutersThat is when you apply the 4 percent rule. The rule, first articulated by financial adviser William P Bengen, determines the amount of funds that one can withdraw from a retirement account each year – which is 4 percent of your savings — ensuring a steady flow of income where all the expenses are covered. Here’s how it works. Let’s peg your yearly spending at $40,000. That means that in order to retire, you’ll need to get your retirement portfolio to $1 million. Through the 4 percent rule, each year you can withdraw $40,000, which is usually the interest and dividends earned on the retirement account and investment portfolio. While the rule has been followed by many and there have even been a few success stories, many experts argue that the rule, also known as the Bengen rule, does not really apply to everyone. “Retirement experts have clustered around a 4 percent withdrawal rate, but there’s really no one size fits all that works for everyone,” Gerri Walsh, president of the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, told the Alert Investor. Experts believe that retirees should calculate their finances as per their needs and not blindly depend on the 4 percent rule. In fact, Bengen himself has said that the “4 percent rule is not a law of nature”.”I always warned people that the 4 percent rule is not a law of nature,” he told the New York Times. “It is entirely possible that at some time in the future there could be a worse case.”
A view of the Al Noor Mosque on Deans Avenue in Christchurch. Photo: ReutersNew Zealand’s police commissioner said on Friday 49 people were killed in Christchurch at two mosques and one man of four people arrested had been charged with murder.As many as 41 people died at one mosque, seven at another and one person died in hospital, Mike Bush told reporters, describing the attack as a “very well-planned event”.The man charged with murder is in his late 20s and should appear in Christchurch court on Saturday, Bush added.
“Without knowledge, one cannot attain salvation,” said Dr Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (Independent Charge) while inaugurating the Noida-Greater Noida Book Fair recently. The book fair is being organised by National Book Trust, India at India Expo Centre, Greater Noida from September 12 – 18.Dr. Mahesh Sharma added that books open up the door for development. Therefore, it is important to spread the culture of reading good books across the society. He also appreciated National Book Trust, India’s role in promoting Indian culture through books. Reflecting upon the importance of books, Dr Mahesh Sharma said that books change the course of life and guide people in distress to take the right course. He urged people to be a part of this book fair to gain knowledge through books. NP Singh, District Magistrate, Gautam Buddha Nagar was the chief guest on the occasion. He observed that our ancient texts are the basis of our culture and knowledge. They have played a significant role in passing wisdom from generation to generation. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfEarlier, Baldeo Bhai Sharma, Chairman, NBT welcomed the guests. He opined that the habit of reading has not diminished as a large number of people enthusiastically participate in the book fairs and mobile exhibitions that are organised in different corners of the country. He also informed that NBT has come up with two new series namely ‘Veergatha’ series on Paramveer Chakra awardees and ‘Women Pioneer’ series on great women activists. More than 100 publishers, distributors and booksellers are participating in the book fair and are displaying books on all subjects and genres. A discount of 10% on the sale of all books, and special discount will be given on library purchases.
The approximate location of the accident (Image: Inrix/Google) Paramedics also attended an accident on the A52 in Swinscoe in the Staffordshire Moorlands following an accident on the road at around the same time earlier today. The road was partially blocked following the accident, which was affecting traffic between Leek and Ashbourne. Read MoreMan performs sex act at Staffordshire fishing pool No one was injured in that collision, West Midlands Ambulance Service confirmed. For the latest news from the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire and South Cheshire visit our dedicated traffic and travel channel here. For live updates from across the region each weekday, visit our live news service here. Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailTwo people have been taken to hospital after an accident on a busy North Staffordshire road this morning. The collision happened on the A51, near the Swan with Two Necks pub and the junction with the A53 in Blackbrook in Newcastle Borough at around 8am. A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said they had sent two ambulances and a paramedic officer to the scene. She said: “We transported two patients to Royal Stoke University Hospital. Firefighters were required to extricate the patients. “One had neck pain and the other had a hand injury.” A Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said firefighters from Newcastle and Loggerheads had been called at around 8.41am today. She said: “The incident was near the Swan with Two Necks pub and involved three vehicles. “We released one female casualty.” The A51 remains closed in both directions near the A53 and Wharmadine Lane, according to traffic data company INRIX. Recovery is understood to be under way as of publication, with the accident also having a knock-on effect on traffic on the nearby A53. Read MoreMenswear stolen after raiders target shop
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And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive . 22:47End of live reporting22:32A500 overnight closure21:15Fire stationsNone of the city’s main fire stations have reported any major incidents this evening. 21:04M6 overnight20:13Sandon trafficTraffic easing on A51 Lichfield Road at B5066. Temporary traffic lights are in place to assist with telecoms works.18:52Chell traffic A527 Biddulph Road coming from Brindley Ford Southbound busy but moving at A5272 High Lane roundabout. 17:59Moorland Road busyMoorland Road busy but moving at A5272 High Lane / A5272 Hanley Road / Bank Hall Road (Smallthorne Roundabout).17:44Sandon temporary lights Slow traffic on A51 Lichfield Road at B5066. In the roadworks area. Temporary traffic lights are in place to assist with telecoms works. 17:21Chell traffic A527 Biddulph Road coming from Brindley Ford Southbound busy but moving at A5272 High Lane roundabout. 16:58Leek Road slowSlow traffic on A52 Leek Road at A50 Victoria Road (Joiner’s Square). Traffic is slow in all directions.16:57M6 reopen All lanes open and traffic easing, broken down vehicle removed on M6 Southbound between J16 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent / Crewe) and J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent). Lane one (of three) is closed.16:54Oil spill in NewcastleA34 Liverpool Road Northbound partially blocked, very slow traffic due to broken down vehicle and oil spillage at Brymbo Road.Near Lymedale Bar and Restaurant.16:40A50 westboundHeavy traffic on A50 Westbound from Meir Tunnel towards the A500 D Road (Sideway Roundabout).16:23A500 traffic Heavy traffic on A500 D Road at A53 Etruria Road / Etruria Way (Basford Roundabout). 16:23Porthill Road busyA527 Porthill Road busy but moving at A500 D Road / Longbridge Hayes Road / Longbridge Hayes Road (Porthill Bank).16:17M6 StaffordshireOne lane closed and heavy traffic due to broken down vehicle on M6 Southbound between J16 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent / Crewe) and J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent). Lane one (of three) is closed.16:15Demolition of East-West Precinct continues (and look at it now) (Image: Daniel Jellyman)Stoke-on-Trent’s dilapidated East-West Precinct has undergone a transformation after bulldozers moved in just under two weeks ago.The builders at the Hanley eyesore started by disconnecting the gas mains and electricity before pulling down the eastern side of the building, just off Charles Street.Read more.16:03Werrington Road clearedRoad cleared and traffic returned to normal, accident cleared on A52 Werrington Road in both directions near Ruxley Road.The accident is near to Bucknall Fish Bar and Kebab House.15:57Werrington Road accidentA52 Werrington Road in both directions partially blocked, slow traffic due to accident near Ruxley Road.The accident is near to Bucknall Fish Bar and Kebab House.15:19A500 congestionUsual congestion on A500 D Road Southbound before M6 J15. 15:02A34 Stone Road One lane closed and heavy traffic due to accident on A34 Stone Road Northbound near A5035 Longton Road. Affecting traffic heading towards Hanford.14:59Bucknall RoadBucknall Road inbound busy but moving from A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights) to Hanley Town centre.14:53Chell trafficA527 Biddulph Road coming from Brindley Ford Southbound busy but moving at A5272 High Lane roundabout. 13:17Accident on M6 “Lane 1 (of 4) blocked on the M6 southbound between J13 Dunston and J14 Gailey due to a collision. Traffic Officers on the way.”13:01Police alert as ‘suspicious man in black car’ approaches boy on his way home from schoolOfficers are now appealing for witnesses. More here.12:12Police release CCTV after laptop and wallet stolen from house in broad daylightA bank card from the wallet was then used in Nantwich and Birmingham. More here.11:45Firefighters called to fuel spillage at petrol stationAround ten litres of fuel had spilt at the garage. More here.10:30Latest on the A50A50 Eastbound partially blocked, queueing traffic due to broken down vehicle from A500 D Road (Sideway Roundabout) to A5007 Victoria Place Link (Heron Cross / Fenton).The road remains partially blocked whilst Highways attend after a vehicle has been left unattended. 09:54Accident on A50 Eastbound near Blythe BridgeA50 Eastbound partially blocked, queueing traffic due to accident at A521 (Blythe Bridge Roundabout / Draycott).Police on site. 09:18Police warning after ‘laughing gas’ canisters seizedCanisters have been seized in the Staffordshire Moorlands this month – with police warning of the dangers of inhaling the gas. More here.