‘Cherry’ ripe for captaincy

first_imgIt looked as though youngster Jake Trbojevic would assume the role on a permanent basis having already filled in at times in 2016 while Lyon was out injured. But Sea Eagles coach Trent Barrett opted for the more experienced Daly Cherry-Evans; a move that has been emphatically backed by his teammates. Prop forward Brenton Lawrence – who is a member of Manly’s leadership group – told NRL.com the halfback’s elevation to skipper made perfect sense given what he had already achieved at the club, as well as the fact he was locked in for life after signing an eight-year deal in 2015. “He’s got a great head on his shoulders and a big, strong neck to support that head,” Lawrence joked. “He’s an exceptional talent and I’m glad that he’s the captain because he’s going to be around at our club for a long while. “I think with Blake Green coming in to join him in the halves, it gives him more opportunity to balance both the captaincy as well as being the halfback of the side, which are two rather large responsibilities. “He leads by example, but when it’s time to say something he’ll say the right things. He’s played Origin, he’s played for Australia and he’s won a grand final and is still relatively young. He brings that experience that a lot of people don’t have, and it’s something for the younger guys to aspire to.”Cherry-Evans will receive plenty of support from his leadership group, especially Trbojevic who was named as his deputy for 2017. The 22-year-old is seen as the future of the club, along with his brother Tom, and gained valuable experience in the captaincy role throughout 2016.Lawrence said he was impressed with how his teammate had matured over the past 12 months, paying special tribute to the swagger he brought back after his time with the Kangaroos on the Four Nations trip at the end of last season.    “Jake is going to be at the club for a long time and I think that having positive people like Daly and Nate Myles and a few others is going to help Jake over the long run,” he said. “Jake came back from the Kangaroos tour a different man. He picked up a lot of experience and learnt a lot from some of the greats over there. That trip was good for Jake and I’d like to see him around more representative teams for the benefit of our team.”last_img read more

Williams withdraws from Hopman Cup with knee problem

first_imgPERTH, Australia (AP):Serena Williams withdrew from the Hopman Cup yesterday because of inflammation in her left knee, a setback in her preparations for the Australian Open.Williams has been replaced by Vicky Duval in the US team for the last Group A match against the Czech Republic today. Williams withdrew ahead of her season-opening match against Ukraine on Monday, with Duval filling in for her and retired in the second set against Australia’s Jarmila Wolfe on Tuesday.Hopman Cup organisers confirmed Williams’ withdrawal yesterday. The US team is 0-2 and cannot reach the final of the international mixed team competition at Perth Arena.Williams, who won the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon and got within two victories of a season Grand Slam in 2015 before losing in the US Open semi-finals, had initially been confident of returning to action in Perth.”It’s not even a bump – just a really minor thing in the road and I’ll fly over it,” Williams said after retiring against Wolfe. “I just have some inflammation that’s been going away very slowly – it’s going away but it needs a little more time.”Mainly I was afraid to move and I need to get in the space where I’m not afraid to move. Maybe a day off or two will really make the world of difference.”Williams is expected to travel to Melbourne to continue preparations for the Australian Open, which begins on January 18.- APlast_img read more

Women put on big show on CPL stage

first_imgHero Caribbean Premier League 2019…ꟷ Taylor seals easy win for RevellersHero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) broke another barrier with the introduction of women’s cricket to the marque tournament when the inaugural National Lotteries Control Board (NLCB) Women’s T10 Challenge was played on Thursday, October 10 at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba, Trinidad and Tobago.West Indies Women’s Captain Stafanie Taylor, who was also the captain of the NLCB Revellers, won the toss after a rain delay and opted to bowl in cool afternoon conditions on the big outfield against Courts Gladiators. The game was played on the same pitch that was later used by Trinbago Knight Riders and Barbados Tridents in the men’s second qualifier and proved to be a good strip for batting.Hayley Matthew of Courts Gladiators hits four during her unbeaten innings of 46The Gladiators were off to a bad start when Sheneta Grimmond was clean bowled by seamer Caneisha Isaac at the end of the second over for a duck at 7-1. Opener Hayley Matthews was then joined by Kycia Knight for the partnership of the match. The Barbadian pair put on 54 for the second wicket before left-hander Knight was caught low down by Britany Cooper at long on for 24 (20 balls; 1 x4; 1 x6) in the ninth over with the score at 61-2.Matthews, who hit seven boundaries from 33 balls, carried her bat for a game-high 46 not out as the Gladiators ended on 74 for 2 from their 10 overs with Quiana Joseph not out on one at the end. Right-arm medium pacers, Isaac (1-13) and Chinelle Henry (1-13) were the successful bowlers while off-spinners Taylor (0-11), Anisa Mohammed (0-13) and Karishma Ramharack (0-9) and left-arm seamer Stacy-Ann King (0-15) were wicketless.Player-of-the-match Stafanie Taylor goes through the onsideIn reply, the Revellers raced to 28-1 half-way through the fourth over before King was adjudged lbw to Gladiators skipper Afy Fletcher for 15 (12 balls; 3x4s). Taylor, who was having a good day at the office, then went to work and blasted an 18-ball 36 (6×4’s) to hasten the run chase which ended at 78 for 2 in 9.2 overs. With opener Britany Cooper, Taylor put on 46 from 31 balls before she was taken at backward point by Akeira Peters off Matthews in the ninth over at 74-2 when scores were levelled.Cooper then easily dispatched medium pacer Shakiba Gajnabi for a four back over her head to end the game on 22 not out from 25 balls. It was victory for the Revellers by eight wickets with four balls to spare, but women’s cricket is the bigger winner having made its debut on the CPL stage.Off-spinner Matthews (5-1) and leg-spinner Fletcher (26-1) were the wicket-takers for the Gladiators, who will have another opportunity to level the series on Saturday when the teams meet again ahead of the men’s final.At the end of the match, Taylor welcomed women’s cricket at CPL while Fletcher is optimistic that young girls and more spectators will come out and support their game.Four of the five Guyanese players – Grimmond, Erva Giddings, Gajnabi, Kaysia Shultz made their debut while Cherry-Ann Fraser will look to break in to the team on Saturday.Saturday’s game is dubbed Courts Invitational and will bowl off at 12:30h at the same venue. (John Ramsingh)last_img read more

Chlorine gas tanks detonated in Iraq

first_imgAnother suicide bomber detonated a dump truck containing a 200-gallon chlorine tank rigged with explosives at 7:13 p.m. three miles south of Fallujah in the Albu Issa tribal region, the military said. U.S. forces found about 250 local civilians, including seven children, suffering from symptoms related to chlorine exposure, according to the statement. Police said the bomb targeted the reception center of a tribal sheik who has denounced al-Qaida. Four other bombings have released chlorine gas since Jan. 28, when a suicide bomber driving a dump truck filled with explosives and a chlorine tank struck a quick-reaction force and Iraqi police in Ramadi, killing 16 people. The U.S. military has warned that insurgents are adopting new tactics in a campaign to spread panic. The most recent such attack occurred Feb. 21 in Baghdad, killing five people and sending more than 55 to hospitals, a day after a bomb planted on a chlorine tanker left more than 150 villagers stricken near Taji, 12 miles north of the capital. A previously unannounced suicide car bombing in Ramadi involving chlorine killed two Iraqi security officers and wounded 16 other people, including 13 civilians, on Feb. 19, the military said Saturday. The military said last month that U.S. troops found a car bomb factory near Fallujah with about 65 propane tanks and ordinary chemicals it believed the insurgents were going to try to mix with explosives. Maj. Gen. William Caldwell, the chief U.S. military spokesman, called it a “crude attempt to raise the terror level.” Chlorine, which irritates the respiratory system, eyes and skin at low exposure and can cause death in heavier concentrations, is easily accessible. It is used for water purification plants, bleaches and disinfectants. The primary effect of the chlorine attacks has been to spread panic. Although chlorine gas can be fatal, the heat from the explosions can render the gas nontoxic. Victims in the recent chlorine blasts died from the explosions, not effects of the gas. Friday’s strikes underscore the increasingly violent struggle for control of Anbar – a center for anti-U.S. guerrillas since the uprising in Fallujah in 2004 that galvanized the insurgency. In the past year, some major Sunni tribes have broken with the al-Qaida-linked insurgents – a move that has led to a new sense of optimism among U.S. officials in Anbar. Al-Maliki on Tuesday made his first trip to Anbar province, meeting with influential clan chiefs whom the U.S. and the Iraqi government are cultivating. He expressed optimism the violence could be stopped and promised the area would not be forgotten as U.S. and Iraqi forces focus on a security sweep to stop the sectarian violence in Baghdad. Bombings and shootings Saturday targeted police patrols elsewhere in Iraq, killing five policemen, including two who died after a suicide car bomber struck the checkpoint they were manning near a Sunni mosque in western Baghdad. At least 34 other Iraqis were killed or found dead in attacks throughout the country, including five civilians shot to death in separate attacks in Diyala province northeast of the capital. Officials also said the director of the Sunni Endowment for mosques in Diyala, Fouad Mahmoud Attaya, was abducted earlier this past week by gunmen in Baqouba and an investigation was under way. A U.S. soldier was shot to death in fighting in the provincial capital of Baqouba, the military said. On Friday, a roadside bomb killed a soldier and wounded three others on a foot patrol south of Baghdad, the military said. Gunmen abducted a radio newscaster and his driver in a predominantly Sunni neighborhood in western Baghdad, the station’s director said. Karim Manhal, a newscaster with Radio Dijla, and his driver were seized by four masked men in the Jami’a neighborhood near the station’s headquarters, director Karim Yousif said. A female staffer who was with them in the car was released, he said. Radio Dijla, named after the Arabic name for the Tigris River, was created in 2004 as Iraq’s first independent talk radio station. Meantime, Australian Prime Minister John Howard declined to commit to a timeline for withdrawing the country’s 1,400 troops from Iraq. “Great progress has been achieved, but there is still work to be done,” Howard said during a news conference with al-Maliki. “As you know, I don’t set speculative dates. There is nothing to be achieved by that.” Howard, a staunch U.S. ally, arrived in Baghdad after his plane was forced to make an emergency landing in southeastern Iraq because it filled with smoke, according to the Australian Associated Press. No one was injured. On Saturday, protesters angry about U.S. policy in Iraq marched by the thousands in Washington, D.C., and in smaller numbers in other U.S. cities and overseas. Tuesday marks the four-year anniversary of the Iraq invasion. “Too many people have died and it doesn’t solve anything,” said Ann Bonner, who drove to Washington through snow with her family from Ohio. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BAGHDAD – Three suicide bombers driving trucks rigged with tanks of toxic chlorine gas struck targets in heavily Sunni Anbar province, including the office of a Sunni tribal leader opposed to al-Qaida. The attacks killed at least two people and sickened 350 Iraqi civilians and six U.S. military personnel, the U.S. military said Saturday. A power struggle is mounting between insurgents and the growing number of Sunnis who oppose them in Anbar, the center of the Sunni insurgency, which stretches from Baghdad to the borders with Syria, Saudi Arabia and Jordan. The Anbar assaults came three days after Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, a Shiite, traveled there to reach out to Sunni clan chiefs in a bid to undermine tribal support for the insurgency. The violence started about 4:11 p.m. Friday when a driver detonated explosives in a pickup truck carrying chlorine at a checkpoint northeast of the provincial capital of Ramadi, wounding one U.S. service member and one Iraqi civilian, the military said in a statement. Two hours later a dump truck exploded in Amiriyah, south of Fallujah, killing two policemen and leaving as many as 100 residents with symptoms of chlorine exposure ranging from minor skin and lung irritations to vomiting, the military said. Iraqi authorities said at least six people were killed and dozens wounded when the truck blew up in a line of cars waiting at a checkpoint. The U.S. did not confirm the Iraqi report. Ahmed Kuhdier, a 32-year-old taxi driver, said the blast sent up a plume of white smoke that turned black and blue. “Minutes later, we started to smell nasty smells. I saw people coming from the explosion site and they were coughing and having trouble breathing,” he said. last_img read more

Goals galore? How Liverpool could line-up with Marco Reus

first_img1 Marco Reus has been linked with a move to England Liverpool fans, how do you think Marco Reus could fit in at Anfield? Do you need him? Comment below… 1 It seems as though the battle for Marco Reus’ signature is set to heat up, after it was reported that he has rejected a new contract with Borussia Dortmund.The German star is currently one of the hottest properties in football, and interest in him will only increase after it was revealed that he has a £20m buy-out clause that will come into effect in the summer of 2015, despite the 25-year-old’s contract lasting until 2017.Naturally, some of the biggest clubs in the world have been linked with the attacker, but it is the potential switch to Liverpool that intrigues most.The Reds have endured a mixed start to the new season, with boss Brendan Rodgers having been shackled by injuries to his squad and trying to find formations that accommodate his star-studded squad.Should Liverpool manage to land Reus though, how would that affect the Reds’ line-up? Here’s how we think he could fit in.4-2-3-1Purely for the purposes of a team-sheet, this seems a sensible way to utilise the German, while also ensuring that Liverpool maintain balance and attacking venom.While he has shown more of a tendency to play in the centre over the past 18 months, Reus is equally threatening wherever he features, so he would theoretically thrive in an attacking three, behind a target-man striker.In this scenario, he is deployed on the right – a position he frequently played for former club Borussia Mochengladbach. This would allow Raheem Sterling the freedom he craves, and could be balanced by Adam Lallana offering a similar width on the opposite flank. 4-2-2-2By sticking with one striker, it would mean that someone would have to drop to the bench leaving Rodgers with a difficult decision. In the previous formation, that man is Mario Balotelli, but the Kop boss could always utilise a system that allowed two strikers.Taking a leaf out of Manuel Pellegrini’s book, Liverpool could quite feasibly play in a 4-2-2-2 line-up, meaning that Reus and Sterling would operate in slightly more withdrawn roles.However, Reus’ experience at playing a workman-like wide role – something he has done before with the German national team – is one that could perhaps suit Liverpool’s style, without disrupting his own game too much. 1last_img read more

Mukangula late strike lifts Thika over Wazito

first_imgThe first half was devoid of chances as the two teams sized each other in midfield. Wazito came close to opening the scoring in the 14th minute, but Thika’s Collins Okumu made a superb goal-line clearance to thwart Piston Mutamba’s effort after the lanky forward had lifted the ball over the keeper.Three minutes later, Thika had their first chance when Dennis Odhiambo’s long ball landed behind the defense, but a chasing Eugene Mukangula had a weak connection with the keeper off his line to easily pick the ball.Two minutes later the visitors tried the same move to plant the ball behind the defense but Hansel Ochieng’s control inside the box from a Michael Mutinda pass was poor, the keeper coming off to pick the ball.Emmanuel Tienan had a great chance with 10 minutes left before halftime when Kennedy Ayacko’s freekick from the right landed on his path unmarked at the edge of the six yard box but his header was wid.Five minutes to the break the hosts thought they should have had a stone wall penalty after Mutamba was hacked into the box but the ref waved play on much to the chagrin of the players and technical bench officials.The pace picked up an inch in the second half and six minutes in but Samson Ndegwa saw his shot from the right one on one with the keeper saved and from the resultant corner, Mutamba headed wide.The hosts had another great opportunity with a free kick in the 57th minute from a good goal scoring range but Mutamba’s curling effort was fisted away by keeper Eliud Emase.On the other Thika had a chance from similar circumstances and Mukangula’s effort evaded the target by a few inches with keeper Peter Odhiambo left rooted to his spot.Wazito continued pressuring for a goal and they almost got it in the 65th minute when Marvin Onyango’s shot from range deflected off Dennis Odhiambo, but the ball came against the crossbar with the keeper beaten.Thika were soaking in the pressure and they had an opportunity 15 minutes from time when Shami Kibwana’s shot from range attracted a full stretched save from Odhiambo.They picked the all important goal in the 88th minute when Mukangula headed home from Shami Kibwana’s cross after his initial effort was saved by the keeper.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Thika United forward Eugene Mukangula vies for the ball against Wazito FC’s Mark Odhiambo during a Kenyan Premier League clash at the Camp Toyoyo on May 6, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, May 6- Eugene Mukangula struck two minutes from time as Thika United picked a massive result beating Wazito FC 1-0 at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on Sunday afternoon to ease their relegation fears barely five days after their head coach Nicholas Muyoti resigned.Goalkeeper trainer Joseph Rutto picked up on interim basis and he inspired the side as they won only their second match this season.last_img read more


first_imgLetterkenny Golf News:The ladies club are delighted to announce the results of the first club competition of 2015. Played over 13-holes on February 9th in fine conditions.Winner Kay Kelly (27) with 28 pts on bot. Runner-up President Anne Condon (21) 28pts and in third place Eileen Williamson (21) 26pts. Presentation of prizes will take place on date to be announced. The Drive- In is scheduled for February 22nd at 11.am. Coffee/tea and goodies in Bar from 10.30 Do try and come along to start the ball rolling(we hope flying) for the Captains and President and all who participate. Format details will be announced next week.It’s almost that time again, Bingo Sunday will take place on March 1st at 4pm, so tell all your friends and family to keep that date free.There is a campaign afoot to encourage lady beginners to try out this wonderful game, so if you read this and feel you would like to give it a go, or if you already play and know of someone who might be interested please call 0879677673, lessons will be arranged.GOLF NEWS: KAY KELLY WINS THE FIRST LADIES COMPETITION OF THE YEAR AT BARNHILL was last modified: February 10th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:golfLadiesletterkennyNoticesSportlast_img read more

Thanks to Clam Design, Stronger Materials Are Coming

first_imgScientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Labs have produced a lightweight composite material 300 times stronger than its constituents.  How?  By taking inspiration from clams.    The team, writing in Science,1 described nacre, the shiny mother-of-pearl found inside clam shells.  Because of the way it sandwiches crystalline aragonite with layers of protein (07/26/2004), nacre resists cracks more and more as strain is applied.  Here’s how the scientists marveled at this amazing material:A prime example is nacre, which consists of 95 vol. % of layered aragonite (CaCO3) platelets bonded by a thin layer of organic material, yet exhibits a toughness (in energy terms) some three orders of magnitude higher than that of calcium carbonate.  The hard aragonite provides strength, but without a means to dissipate strain, nacre would be brittle; however, large inelastic deformation generated by interlayer shearing through the organic phase allows for such strain redistribution, so that toughness is achieved through viscoplastic energy dissipation in the organic layer associated with the controlled, yet limited, sliding of the aragonite layers over each other.  Although there is controversy over the mechanisms that restrain sliding—resistance from the lamellae nanoroughness, plastic deformation of the aragonite at the nanolevel, the organic layer acting as a viscoelastic glue, or from the presence of mineral bridges—the resulting toughness is remarkable.Previous attempts to mimic this structure have only yielded strength increases about two orders of magnitude (07/05/2007).  The Berkeley team applied “this natural concept of hierarchical design” to ceramics with new techniques that employ controlled freezing of seawater ice crystals in the layering process.  The Lawrence Berkeley press release explained the process and has a picture of the roughened surface of the hybrid ceramic used in the manufacture.  They not only mimicked nacre’s natural lubricant between layers, but its brick-and-mortar structure, as shown in a second picture.  Of nacre, the press release said, “No human-synthesized composite outperforms its constituent materials by such a wide margin.”    Everything they did was an “an attempt to replicate the microstructural design of nacre,” they said.  Nacre is “the often cited ‘gold standard’ in biomimetic design.”  Using ceramic alumina, they actually exceeded the toughness of nacre.  “We believe that this result illustrates the importance of hierarchical design in promoting toughening mechanisms at multiple length scales as a way to create materials with unique combinations of strength and fracture resistance.”  Nevertheless, they still respect the natural standard: “We believe that of the various hybrid materials that we have fabricated, this structure best mimics nacre.”  They succeeded in sandwiching tough ceramics between microscopic deformable layers with limited shear.  “The result is synthetic materials that, like nacre and bone, are far tougher than what could be expected from the simple mixture of their constituents.”  Even so, natural nacre still has some unsurpassed qualities: “At present, our materials contain too much of the soft phase, and our ceramic layer thicknesses are still somewhat coarse in comparison to nacre,” they said; “indeed, a reduction in the polymer content and refinement of the ceramic layers should improve strength and provide additional nanoscale toughening mechanisms similar to those acting in natural materials.”    How did they feel about biomimetics in general?  “These results highlight the tremendous potential of the biomimetic approach and suggest promising strategies for structural optimization.”  Materials science will continue to improve – thanks to the lowly clam.    See also the 07/08/2005 entry.  On a related subject, scientists found, to their surprise, that bone growth is regulated by a neurotransmitter, serotonin, in the small intestine.  The story is told by Science Daily.1.  Munch, Launey, Alsem, Saiz, Tomsia and Ritchie, “Tough, Bio-Inspired Hybrid Materials,” Science, 5 December 2008: Vol. 322. no. 5907, pp. 1516-1520, DOI: 10.1126/science.1164865Time for the quiz.  (1) How many times was biological evolution mentioned in these articles?  (2) How many times was the word design used?*    The enamel in your teeth and the bones in your skeleton are constructed in a similar way.  Think about what might be possible with artificial nacre-imitating materials: ultra-tough lightweight aircraft, bringing more fuel economy without sacrificing safety; lightweight armor; new dental ceramics for oral surgery; better energy-absorbing yet lightweight auto exteriors.  The future looks bright for intelligent design science; tune in, turn on, drop out.  Drop out of the Darwin Party.  Turn on the engine of your new super-fuel-efficient biomimetically-inspired sports car.  Tune in to ID the Future.*0, 7.(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part shortlisted for international award

first_imgJohannesburg, Tuesday 22 September 2015 – Brand South Africa’s flagship domestic programme aimed at building pride and patriotism, Play Your Part, has been shortlisted for the internationally distinguished City Nation Place Awards within the Citizen Engagement category.Speaking about this nomination, Brand South Africa’s Chief Marketing Officer, Ms Sithembile Ntombela said, “Citizens are a critical driver of a country’s reputation and this is manifest in, amongst others, their pride and patriotism in promoting the nation brand. Brand South Africa therefore prioritises citizens as a pillar of our national engagement strategy and we therefore welcome this nomination.”The City Nation Place Awards were launched to celebrate and benchmark excellence in place branding with shortlisted entries have demonstrated a combination of creativity, intelligence and effective strategic planning to deliver results in each of the categories. Brand South Africa is competing against 5 other participants from the United Kingdom, Ireland and the United States of America in the Citizen Engagement category.The City Nation Place awards consist of 4 main categories namely, the Best Citizen Engagement Awards; the Best Communication Strategy; the Best Use of Social Media; as well as the Place Brand of the Year. The final judging for the Awards will take place at the City Nation Place Forum in November, which will bring together delegates from around the world to focus on the challenges they face as they work to build a competitive identity for their place.Why Play Your Part?Brand South Africa, is mandated to position South Africa as a globally competitive inward destination. This cannot be achieved without the collective efforts of all citizens in the country. Brand South Africa therefore needed to find efficient and impactful ways to drive meaningful engagement with South African communities in the quest towards nation-building and social cohesion.To achieve this, Brand South Africa launched the Play Your Part programme – a nationwide social movement created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa. The campaign is targeted at all South Africans – from corporates to individuals, non-profit organisations, to government, youth platforms and young to not so young.The Play Your Part initiative aims to encourage South Africans to use some of their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all. Ultimately the end result is for every South African to do what is within their capacity to make a positive difference in the communities in which they live and operate. This kind of active citizenship, aligned to the country’s national priorities as outlined in the National Development Plan, will drive the implementation of the nation’s Vision 2030.Follow the conversation on @Brand_SA #CompetitiveSAlast_img read more

Internet suspended, schools closed for Narendra Modi’s J&K visit

first_imgHigh-speed mobile telephony were suspended, educational institutes closed and restrictions imposed in parts of the Valley ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday.The authorities have sounded a red alert in the entire State. All routes leading to the Sher-i-Kashmir International Convention Centre (SKICC) in Srinagar, the venue where Mr. Modi will inaugurate development projects, have been sealed. Three-tier security arrangements have been put in place.Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Khan, who chaired a meeting on Friday evening, decided to close down all educational institutes and impose restrictions in Srinagar’s old city “as a precautionary measure”.Separatists have called for a shutdown and demanded to be allowed to hold a rally during the Prime Minister’s visit. “The problem in Kashmir is not related to roads, inaugurating of tunnels, power projects or jobs. It’s a dispute directly linked to the political future of tens of millions of citizens of Jammu and Kashmir and it needs to be resolved as per the will and aspirations of these people,” said the Mirwaiz.He said people of Kashmir should be given a chance to say their “mann ki baat” to Mr. Modi peacefully at Lal Chowk Srinagar on Saturday. “People of Kashmir want the fulfillment of the promise made by the predecessors of PM Modi not only in Lal Chowk but in the Indian parliament,” he added.Meanwhile, police sources said all separatist leaders will either be arrested or detained in their houses on the occasion.The Prime Minister’s visit also comes in the backdrop of the Centre’s announcement to halt operations during the month of Ramzan.Modi’s agendaPM Modi is scheduled to attend the commencement of work on Zojila Tunnel on the Srinagar-Leh National Highway at Leh first. The 14-km long Zojila tunnel will be India’s longest road tunnel and Asia’s longest bi-directional tunnel. It will provide all- weather connectivity between Srinagar, Kargil and Leh and reduce travel time from the present 3.5 hours to just 15 minutes.He will also lay the foundation stone for Srinagar Ring Road and Jammu Ring Road at separate events at SKICC, Srinagar and at General Zorawar Singh Auditorium in Jammu the same day.Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Shipping, Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Nitin Gadkari will also be present at the events.last_img read more