Ouster chorus grows against BJD’s Rout

first_imgGoing by the recent developments in the ruling Biju Janata Dal, it appears that the party’s legislator from Paradip, Damodar Rout, may face the same fate as former Lok Sabha member Baijayant Panda. In the backdrop of Mr. Rout’s diatribe against the State government over the past few weeks, hundreds of party workers from his home district Jagatsinghpur met Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik at his residence on Tuesday morning, demanding that the senior leader be expelled for “anti-party activities”.Patnaik’s assuranceThe aggrieved party workers were accompanied by the party’s Jagatsinghpur district president Bishnu Das and Balikuda-Erasama legislator Prashant Muduli. They handed over complaints against Mr. Rout to the Chief Minister following which the latter assured them to look into the matter and take appropriate action.Mr. Das and Mr. Muduli had met Mr. Patnaik on Monday too and submitted separate written complaints alleging that Mr. Rout was working in a pre-planned manner to weaken the BJD in their area.They alleged that Mr. Rout had recently organised a meeting at Erasama where leaders of the Opposition Congress and BJP were invited as speakers. The senior BJD leader has been critical of the Odisha government since Mr. Patnaik sacked him from his Ministry last year in the wake of his derogatory remarks against the Brahmin community.Allegations galoreIn his interactions with the media over the past few weeks, Mr. Rout has been making serious allegations of irregularities in various departments and schemes of the State government, evoking strong criticism from party workers against him.According to political analysts, Mr. Rout has been making statements against the government as he suspects he may not be given the party ticket to contest the Assembly elections next year. If disciplinary action is taken against him for anti-party activities, Mr. Rout may launch a new political outfit along with other leaders who are already out of the party and have no chance of returning before the coming polls.Mr. Rout is the second senior leader from the BJD to have been accused of anti-party activities. Earlier this year, former Kendrapara MP Baijayant Panda had resigned from the BJD after the party suspended him from primary membership over “anti-party” activities.The dissident MP, who remained a Rajya Sabha member of the BJD from 2000 to 2006 and again from 2006 to 2009, had won from the Kendrapara Lok Sabha constituency twice as a BJD nominee — first in 2009 elections and again in 2014.last_img read more

Kyle Busch leads Gibbs trio to win 2nd NASCAR championship

first_imgDrilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ “I do remember taking the white flag and crossing underneath that — I had some tears rolling down my eyes for the last lap and I was just like, ‘Come on, man, we’ve still got to finish this damn thing. Don’t be such a siss,’” Busch said. “Emotions were starting to set in. I probably didn’t know where the hell my mind was at. I knew we had won and won big and were being a big more subdued about it.”Busch emerged from the Joe Gibbs Racing juggernaut as NASCAR’s latest champion, winning his second title Sunday after teammates Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr. were slowed by pit-road gaffes. He snapped a 21-race losing streak and beat Hamlin, Truex and rival Kevin Harvick for the Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceBusch joined seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson as the only active drivers with multiple titles. He’s the 16th driver in NASCAR history to win multiple championships, and one of only five to win titles in both the Cup Series and the second-tier Xfinity Series.The No. 18 crew climbed the pit wall and handed Busch the championship flag for his post-race celebration, and he was met on the frontstretch by son Brexton, who immediately asked: “Dad, are you going to throw me in the air again?” about their celebratory tradition. He also asked to join his father for the final ride into victory lane. What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Kyle Busch celebrates in Victory Lane after winning a NASCAR Cup Series auto racing season championship on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019, at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)HOMESTEAD, Fla. — Kyle Busch casually collected the championship flag from his team and did a slow, subdued celebratory lap. The most polarizing driver in NASCAR had just won his second Cup title and wanted to soak in the moment with his true fans.He didn’t do his customary bow to the crowd, asked NASCAR for permission to take his 4-year-old son along for the ride to victory lane, and when the duo finally got there it was then that Busch remembered he’d just won both Sunday’s season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway and his second NASCAR title.ADVERTISEMENT Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’ PLAY LIST 02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Harvick, the only Ford driver in the championship field, never had anything on long runs for the Gibbs cars and finished fourth.“On the restarts I could do what I wanted to do and hold them off for 15 or 20 laps,” Harvick said. “This race has come down to that every year. You kind of play toward that and they were quite a bit better than us on the long run. We had a really good car for those first 15 to 20 laps on the restarts and had a lot of speed, we just never got to try to race for it there.”The finale pitted a trio of Toyota drivers from Hall of Fame owner Gibbs against Harvick, the hand-picked driver of former Gibbs protege Tony Stewart at Stewart-Haas Racing. The Gibbs group had the edge based on its tremendous season — Busch’s win was the 19th out of 36 races for the organization — and the trio insisted it would continue its note-sharing all weekend.Las Vegas couldn’t chose a title favorite and the four had essentially even odds at the start of the race, even though Busch was probably the least likely contender of the group. Although he won the regular season crown, his last Cup win was at Pocono in June, his playoffs leading into Homestead had been mediocre at best and his mood soured with every missed victory lane.“We had a cold spell there. It’s been well documented,” crew chief Adam Stevens said. “Quite a few questions about it. We’re in such a unique situation, as a competitive team that runs up front with the goal of winning the championship every year, everything we do is to make that happen, right? To win the regular season points championship, then try to maintain that and get to Homestead, that’s what it’s all about.”Hamlin, Harvick and Truex had all won playoff races, and Hamlin’s win at Phoenix last week gave him all the momentum. But with friend and fan Michael Jordan in attendance, Hamlin failed to win his first championship in his third try. Hamlin is the only driver in the final four without a Cup title.“Our year was fantastic in every way you can think of, and it just didn’t pan out in one race in our favor,” said Hamlin, who won the Daytona 500 and five other races a year removed from a winless season.Busch, ironically, had one of his worst races in the pits in last year’s finale as his front-tire changer had hiccups on two stops. But he was flawless Sunday night and led a race-high 120 laps.“Everybody always says you never give up. We’re no different. We just do what we can do each and every week,” Busch said. “Sometimes we may not be the best, sometimes we may not have the right track position. We had a really good car and I could race around and move around. That’s what’s so special about Homestead Miami Speedway, is the ability to put on a show.“I felt like we did that there racing those guys. I know it kind of dulled out toward the end. It was exciting enough from my seat. It was a lot of fun to cap off such an amazing year.” LATEST STORIES Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Busch gave Gibbs his fifth Cup title and bookended a season in which the Gibbs cars opened the year 1-2-3 at the Daytona 500. Gibbs this entire year has been mourning the death of his son, JGR co-chairman J.D. Gibbs, and the organization promoted a “Do it for J.D.” theme the entire weekend.The season ended with a 1-2-3 finish in the finale as it was Busch, Truex and Erik Jones across the finish line for Gibbs.“I know J.D. was looking down on us all year long,” Busch said. “I mean, damn, what a season Joe Gibbs Racing put together.”Busch gave Toyota its third drivers’ championship in five seasons. MOST READ Busch had raced for a second championship in each of the last three seasons and fell short a year ago in part because of his crew’s own pit error. This time, it was Truex and Hamlin bitten by silly mistakes. Truex dominated early but fell a lap back after his crew put tires on the wrong side of his Toyota.“You’ve got to be perfect, one mistake probably cost us the championship,” Truex said. “I’ve never had that happen. I don’t even know what to say. It doesn’t drive good with the left front on the right front, though, I can tell you that. It’s very tight.”Hamlin fell out of contention when an aggressive aerodynamic gamble backfired because a large piece of tape placed across the front of his car caused his engine to overheat. Hamlin had to make an unscheduled pit stop to remove the tape.Truex recovered to finish second, but Hamlin didn’t have enough time to overcome the miscue and was a disappointing 10th.“I feel like I did all I could. I don’t feel I could have done a better job. I didn’t leave anything out there,” Hamlin said. “I was thinking we got a chance and it just didn’t work out. We got a little aggressive there and it cost us.”ADVERTISEMENT Rice industry paralysis NFL looking for next generation of stars ages 9-12 Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? View commentslast_img read more

54 people arrested by excise department in Jammu & Kashmir

first_imgJammu, Sep 20 (PTI) 54 people have been arrested this year in raids conducted by the Jammu and Kashmirs Excise Department for alleged involvement in bootlegging and illegal cultivation of poppy, officials said.”Till August 2016, about 1814 raids were conducted in Jammu division and four in Kashmir division. 54 persons were arrested during such raids in J&K,” Excise Commissioner, Tsering Angchok said.Around 63,145 kg of lahan (dry liquor), 42 working stills (used in the illicit manufacturing of liquor) and bhang (buds and leaves of cannabis), grown over 16.15 kanals of land, was destroyed during the raid in Jammu division.In addition, about 20,100 kgs of polythene was also seized, the Commissioner said, adding, a fine of Rs 12.75 lakh was realised by the department.In Kashmir division, poppy grown on about 2678 kanals (244.74 acres) was destroyed during the raids, he said. PTI AB RCB DV RCBlast_img read more

Hardik Pandya responds to BCCI show-cause notice and apologises to India teammates

first_imgIndian cricketer Hardik Pandya Wednesday responded to the BCCI show cause notice by saying that he was “sincerely regretful” for the comments he made on a TV show, which were slammed as sexist and misogynistic.In his response to the notice, which gave him 24 hours to explain himself, Pandya said he did not realise that his comments would be found offensive.”I made an appearance on the chat show where I have made certain statements without realising that these could be disrespectful and offend sensitivities of viewers for which I am sincerely regretful,” he wrote in his response, which is in PTI’s possession.”I would like to assure you that there was no malice or any sort of ill-intent on my part to offend anyone or portray any section of the society in bad light. I made these statements in the flow of the show and had not comprehended the extent to which my statements would be found offensive,” he added.The 25-year-old, who is here for the ongoing series against Australia, vowed never to repeat the behaviour.”Rest assured I hold the BCCI in highest regard and will exercise complete discretion and prudence to ensure that such incidents are never repeated in future,” he said.Pandya appeared on the show with teammate K L Rahul, who was a lot more restrained in his responses to questions on women and relationships.It is learnt that Pandya has unreservedly apologised to the Indian team management and his teammates here.Although seen in high spirits in celebratory videos circulating on social media after India’s 2-1 series’ win over Australia, Pandya has since laid low. He wasn’t part of the optional practice session at the SCG on Wednesday.advertisementHe is said to have spoken with coach Ravi Shastri and other senior members of the Indian ODI team, expressing his regret over those remarks made on “Koffee with Karan”, a chat show hosted by film-maker Karan Johar.A source, close to the player, told PTI that Pandya was “drawn into making those comments as the show producers coaxed a carefree attitude” from him and Rahul.Also Read | Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul asked to explain controversial remarks on TV show within 24 hoursAlso Read | BCCI considers barring players from non-cricket shows after Hardik Pandya controversyAlso Read | Hardik Pandya draws BCCI ire after making sexist remarks on Koffee with KaranAlso Read | Hardik Pandya apologises for misogynistic comments on Koffee with Karan: Got carried awaylast_img read more


first_imgPower was restored in the Woodbury County town of Hornick Monday as residents return to their flood damaged town.Mayor Scott Mitchell says he’s worried some of them won’t want to stay and the town will lose people.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/HORNBYE1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC….ONE OF US :12Hornick residents have been asked to avoid using their toilets, sinks and showers as officials work to get the city’s sewer system functional.Mitchell says people have already started cleaning up their properties.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/HORNBYE2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC….NORMAL LIFE :11Mitchell says his own basement had about five feet of water when he first got back in Monday.Flooding took out his furnace, washer and dryer.last_img read more

Huddersfield v Spurs: Team news & TV

first_imgPremier League Huddersfield vs Tottenham: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview Harry Sherlock Last updated 2 years ago 15:30 30/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Dele Alli Harry Kane Tottenham West Ham 230917 Getty Premier League Huddersfield Town v Tottenham Hotspur Huddersfield Town Tottenham Hotspur Mauricio Pochettino’s side will hope to continue their unbeaten away run against the newly-promoted outfit this weekend Tottenham will aim to continue their flawless away record when they face Huddersfield Town in Saturday’s early kick-off.Mauricio Pochettino’s men have won at Newcastle United, Everton and West Ham thus far this campaign, though they have failed to take maximum points from a home game, losing to Chelsea and drawing with both Burnley and Swansea City.Huddersfield, meanwhile, have enjoyed a stellar start to their Premier League campaign following promotion, beating Crystal Palace and Newcastle, and earning draws with Southampton, Leicester City and Burnley. A 2-0 defeat to West Ham is the only blot on their copybook. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Game Huddersfield Town vs Tottenham Hotspur Date Saturday, September 30 Time 12:30 BST / 07:30 ET TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM Mauricio Pochettino TottenhamIn the UK, the game will be available to watch live on television on Sky Sports Main Event, as well as Sky Sports Premier League. It will be available to stream live on the Sky Go app. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports F Sky Go app In the US, viewers can watch the game live on television on NBCSN and it will also be available to stream online using the NBC Sports app. It can also be followed on the Spanish-language channel NBC Universo. US TV channel Online stream NBCSN / Universo NBC Sports app SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Huddersfield players Goalkeepers Lossl, Coleman, Green Defenders Smith, Cranie, Lowe, Schindler, Stankovic, Hefele, Malone, Zanka, Hadergjonaj Midfielders Mooy, Whitehead, Hogg, Billing, Van La Parra, Williams, Ince, Palmer, Sabiri Forwards Depoitre, Kachunga, Lolley, Quaner, Mounie Striker and top scorer Steve Mounie is out of this weekend’s clash, as he continues his recovery from a heel injury, while fellow striker Collin Quaner is nursing a calf strain.Danny Williams continues to struggle with a fractured foot, and will miss the visit of Spurs, along with long-term absentees Kasey Palmer and Jon Gorenc Stankovic.Potential Huddersfield starting XI: Lossl; Smith, Jorgensen, Schindler, Lowe; Mooy, Hogg; Kachunga, Sabiri; Ince; Depoitre. Position Tottenham players Goalkeepers Lloris, Vorm, Gazzaniga Defenders Aurier, Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Sanchez, Foyth, Davies, Rose Midfielders Dembele, Dier, Eriksen, Lamela, Nkoudou, Sissoko, Wanyama Forwards Kane, Llorente, Son Christian Eriksen missed Spurs’ 3-0 win over APOEL Nicosia in the Champions League in midweek with illness, but could return against Huddersfield, though Mousa Dembele remains out with an ankle injury.Victor Wanyama is also sidelined until October, while Danny Rose and Erik Lamela remain on the long-term injury list.Potential Spurs starting XI: Lloris; Alderweireld, Sanchez, Vertonghen; Trippier, Winks, Dier, Davies; Alli, Eriksen; Kane.BETTING & MATCH ODDS Aaron Mooy Huddersfield SouthamptonSpurs are massive favourites to win at 2/5, according to dabblebet, with Huddersfield rated at 15/2 outsider to cause an upset. The draw is priced at 10/3.Click here to see all the related odds and markets, including goalscorers and more.GAME PREVIEW Harry Kane TottenhamSpurs have endured something of a Jekyll and Hyde season thus far. Pedestrian and lacking in attacking intelligence at Wembley in the Premier League, Pochettino’s men have been irrepressible on the road, and have yet to drop points on their travels.They have lost just once this season, to Chelsea, but Huddersfield boast a similar record and they have only been beaten by West Ham.Managed by David Wagner, the Terriers are on course to be one of the fairytale stories of the season, but they have yet to face a top-six team, and Spurs will test their top-flight mettle.Fresh from a 3-0 win over APOEL Nicosia in the Champions League, Tottenham will expect to claim another three points on Saturday. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Rapport final publié

first_imgLa Commission de délimitation des circonscriptions électorales, une commission indépendante, a publié son rapport final aujourd’hui 15 avril. Les membres de la Commission ont été nommés en juillet 2018 par un comité spécial multipartite de l’Assemblée législative et ont reçu un mandat général, tiré en grande partie du rapport de la Commission Keefe. « Les enjeux clés auxquels fait face la Commission aujourd’hui sont essentiellement les mêmes auxquels ont fait face les commissions précédentes, a dit Colin Dodds, président de la Commission. Il s’agit de trouver un équilibre entre la représentation effective des électeurs afro-néo-écossais et acadiens et la parité électorale, et de s’adapter au changement continu de la population dans les régions rurales, tout en tenant compte de la géographie et des communautés d’intérêt de la province. » Dans son rapport préliminaire publié en novembre à la suite d’un processus de consultation à l’échelle de la province, la Commission a présenté quatre options. Ces options sont les suivantes : conserver les 51 circonscriptions actuelles, créer 55 circonscriptions électorales, créer 55 circonscriptions électorales avec la double représentation pour le comté d’Inverness, ou encore créer 56 circonscriptions pour inclure Chéticamp à titre de circonscription électorale exceptionnelle. Ces quatre options ont été considérées par le public dans le cadre d’autres rencontres publiques qui ont eu lieu en janvier. Le mandat de la Commission exigeait qu’une seule option soit recommandée dans son rapport final. Selon les renseignements recueillis lors des rencontres publiques et auprès d’Élections Nouvelle-Écosse, la Commission, par voix de majorité, recommande une Assemblée législative formée de 55 sièges. Une voix minoritaire recommandait que Chéticamp soit établie comme une circonscription exceptionnelle, et la raison d’être de cette recommandation est présentée dans une lettre d’opposition. Toutefois, le rapport est signé par les neuf commissaires. L’Assemblée législative proposée inclut deux sièges supplémentaires dans la Municipalité régionale d’Halifax ainsi que le rétablissement de la circonscription électorale de Preston et des circonscriptions électorales acadiennes de Clare, d’Argyle et de Richmond. La Commission a apporté des changements aux limites de nombreuses circonscriptions actuelles qui sont en place depuis 2012, mais elle a tenté de respecter les limites municipales et les intérêts des communautés qui ont été exprimés dans le cadre des consultations publiques. Le rapport final peut être consulté en ligne à l’adresse https://nselectoralboundaries.ca/fr .last_img read more

Elites and their fakery

first_imgIn his provocative tract “Has the West Lost It”, thinker-diplomat Kishore Mahbubani makes a very interesting observation regarding Western elites and the carriers of their thoughts and articulation in the West. Mahbubani writes, “Western elites, who remain the most globally influential elites, believe that they understand the world better than anyone else. They display little humility when they write in the pages of the New York Times or the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal or the Economist or when they speak on the BBC and CNN. Most of these elites remain convinced that they are right. Yet they are now distrusted by their masses, who sense in their daily lives the emergence of a new world that the elites either pretend is not happening or dismiss…” Also Read – A special kind of bondThere could not have been a better description of the predicament of the elites and of their instruments for propagating a certain biased world view. The elites, both in the west and in the east, largely lead a deracinated existence and the lines that they espouse, most often fail to reflect realities of their surroundings and aspirations of the majority of the people of their society. They are clearly delinked from the subaltern thought, emotion and yearnings. Also Read – Insider threat managementThis same set of western elites and their extension groups in India had decried the advent of Modi as heralding the end of democracy in India. They had failed to read or had deliberately ignored the fact that the “masses” had voted Modi in the first term because they thought that the narrative and plan he presented would credibly alter their lives. The same set of elites across continents then predicted in 2019 that Modi would be routed, that his rout was necessary for the future of Indian democracy. Again they had pathetically misread the mood of the masses, who had clearly sensed in their daily lives, in the five years that Modi led, the “emergence of a new world.” As they had done in 2014 – displaying the bad spirit of a loser – in 2019 too, they blamed the people of India for choosing Modi and for displaying an immature political sense. They think it fit to castigate the voters of the world’s largest democracy on their electoral choice and their preference of their leader! Mahbubani has a word of advice for the Western elites, but it applies equally to the Indian elite, he says that they “need to develop a good understanding of this new era that is emerging forcefully, and work with their own populations to formulate thoughtful and pragmatic policy responses that will help everyone prepare for the great changes that have begun, and which will only gain further momentum through the twenty-first century…” Both, the Western elites and the Indian elites are incapable of doing this because they have already condemned their populations on the electoral choices that they have made. The Indian elites, in this respect, are completely disconnected from the reality and are incapable of accepting the fact that a new era is emerging forcefully and that Modi has already been firmly designated as the symbol of that era. This is their dilemma, they are unable to read the subaltern narrative, are incapable of identifying with it and are repeatedly failing to evolve a counter narrative to Modi. All that they have been reduced to doing is to peddle fake stories, to push subversive elements and to scatter untruths with the hope that some of it will someday gain winds in some international quarters! Coming to Kashmir and the abrogation of the vexatious Article 370, one clearly sees how the Western elites and their megaphones such as the BBC, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Al Jazeera, Reuters, have been repeatedly indulging in fakery and peddling a narrative that is patently dishonest, while being soft, supportive of and sympathetic to the narrative of terror and of separatism. These Western elite mouthpieces and their counterparts in India refuse to realise that a new era is forcefully emerging in Kashmir, it is an era in which the narrative of the region will finally be shaped and directed by the common population of the area and not by the political oligarchs, the separatists cohorts and their agents who alone had been the beneficiaries of this separating article in the Constitution. It is was indeed astounding to see how the Wall Street Journal in a fake story on August 28, propounded that ‘clampdown’ in Kashmir had turned hospitals into ‘graveyards.’ The story was promptly tweeted and circulated on social media by that other Western elite-driven organisation – Human Rights Watch and its director, one Ken Roth, with the aim of trying to reinforce a fake narrative which has repeatedly tried to prove that Modi’s government has unleashed repression on the people of Jammu-Kashmir. Primarily because of social media again, and because of conscientious journalists and impartial and yet dynamic civil administrators in the state, the myth of the hospital turning into ‘graveyards’ was soon exposed. That the healthcare system is running well and hospitals in the state are functioning normally and benefitting a large number of ordinary citizens was soon demonstrated with adequate evidence from the ground. This is but one instance. In the last month, ever since Article 370 was neutralised, there has been a deluge of fake stories, with both the BBC and Al Jazeera sharing images and stories which are concocted. It, however, augurs well that these have been repeatedly exposed. These Western media platforms have now emerged as the foremost champions of the separatist narrative. It almost seems as if they are competing with Pakistan’s fake news units which have been working overtime, trying to reinforce a diabolic narrative of Kashmir. There is essentially no difference between these media centres purportedly running from free democracies and the propaganda machines of a rogue state like Pakistan. This in itself ought to make us reflect on the nature of these platforms. Interestingly, records show that some of them have always played a dubious role when it came to Kashmir, the New York Times, for example, on July 5, 1953, “published a map, hinting at independent status for the Valley…”. Around that time Clement Attlee too had publicly stated, that “Kashmir should neither belong to India nor to Pakistan but should be independent.” A section of the Western elites and their mouthpieces, thus, have almost always adopted a motivated stance when it came to Kashmir. In the historic debate in the Lok Sabha in 1964, on the private member’s bill for the abrogation of Article 370 brought in by Prakash Vir Shastri and which saw support for the move from across the political spectrum, K Hanumanthaia, legendary leader from Karnataka, the state’s second chief minister and sometime Union minister, made a very forceful intervention. He argued that, “Even if the top leadership is nervous about the opinion that exists [on abrogation of 370] in the west or east, they are not our masters. It is not they who have to dictate what is to be done by this Government. It is the responsibility of this House to direct this Government as to what to do and what not to do. If you escape from this responsibility [of removing 370] it will not be in the democratic traditions.” While the great Hanumanthaia’s party has been taking a stand on 370 which only aids India’s adversaries, Narendra Modi not only took the historic decision of abrogating the Article without any fear of international opinion, not only did he not come under any international pressure but after the decision was taken, he displayed an astute international sense of diplomacy and balance and veered round international opinion in support of India’s move. While Pakistan, the Congress party, Western and Indian elites continue to find themselves increasingly isolated on this issue. (The author is Director, Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Hot dry conditions see 28 new wildfire starts in less than two

first_imgKAMLOOPS, B.C. – A combination of lightning and tinder-dry conditions has led to more than two dozen new wildfires starting in British Columbia over a two-day period.Kevin Skrepnek of the BC Wildfire Service said the majority of the 17 fires that started Monday were the result of lightning.Another 11 fires had started by midday Tuesday, bringing the total number of fires currently burning in the province to 146.Since April, there have been 928 fires and just over 500 of them have been confirmed to be naturally caused while another 364 were human caused.Skrepnek said the numbers are consistent with previous years where roughly 60 per cent of fires are natural and 40 per cent are caused by people.Bans on campfires for most of the province as well as the use of off-road vehicles on public lands in the Cariboo, Kamloops and Southeast fire centres remain in place as preventative measures.“We remind everyone to remain vigilant … and just (be) extremely careful with any activity that could potentially spark a wildfire,” Skrepnek said.Brent Barclay of the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture said an estimated 30,000 farm animals are within the fire-affected areas, and losses have not yet been tallied.Roughly 500 ranchers have received support or information through emergency response crews and the province is spending $6 million on rebuilding fences along highways and Crown ranges to protect livestock and drivers.Other efforts to support ranchers include relocating livestock or delivering feed, but Barclay said it’s unclear when ranchers and other agriculture workers can expect any financial compensation.“The province is in negotiations or discussions with the Government of Canada around an agri-recovery program,” Barclay said. “I do not know when that will be completed but that is one of the first steps in the whole process to receive funding and that was initiated several weeks ago.”Wildfires are also causing havoc for travellers through several areas of province and it threatens a main route between Alberta and British Columbia through Kootenay National Park.Parks incident commander Jane Park said people should expect the Highway 93 to continue to be affected by the fire that has burned about 130 square kilometres of forest and brush.Highways 97 and 99 in B.C.’s Cariboo region have also been closed off and on for weeks because of the wildfires.A B.C. Ministry of Transportation spokesman is encouraging travellers to look for updates about the closures through DriveBC’s website or Twitter account.People are also warned heavy smoke is causing poor visibility on roads that are remaining open and drivers should have their headlights on and watch out for any wildlife.The smoke continues to pose a health risk for infants, the elderly and people with chronic health conditions as well.An air quality advisory from Environment Canada that already covered the southern half of the province has now expanded north past Smithers in northwestern B.C.Deputy provincial health officer Bonnie Henry said people with medical conditions are advised to stay in well-ventilated and air conditioned environments, keep necessary medication handy and have a plan to get treatment if they experience complications.While there is still no significant rain in the forecast to douse the fires, Skrepnek said inflow winds from the ocean are expected to roll in by Friday and clear the smoke hanging over the south coast.The change in weather could bring cooler temperatures and rain, but he said it could also cause fire-fuelling winds to pick up.last_img read more

Moroccan Government Withdrawals of SADR Recognition Will Continue

Rabat – Spokesperson of the Moroccan Government Mustapha El Khalfi expressed the government’s satisfaction with El Salvador and Barbados’ decision to withdraw recognition of self-proclaimed Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).In the press conference, El Khalfi said that Morocco’s government  is committed to addressing any provocative action that h seeks to undermine Morocco’s territorial integrity. The government’s stance is complemented by the newly adopted “vigilance system,” he said.  El Khalfi highlighted how Morocco responded  after the organizing committee of the 2019 African Cup of Nations in Egypt posted a video featuring the flag of the the Polisario Front’s self-styled SADR.  “All the stakeholders s intervened, including the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Sports, the Royal Football Federation, and the Moroccan embassy [in Egypt].”Morocco’s quick reaction resulted in an official apology from the organizing committee, as well as  the Egyptian government.Morocco’s position on the conflict is gaining traction. “The best proof of this,  is the decision of El Salvador and Barbados to withdraw their recognition of the self-proclaimed SADR, he added. “The number of countries that support the Polisario Front decreased from 80 countries to 50 countries. It is a limited number of countries,” said El Khalfi, adding that the number of withdrawals will increase.El Khalfi pointed out that there will be no “empty chair” policy anymore as Morocco’s government is mobilizing all its resources to combat any hostile moves that seeks to  undermine its territorial integrity and its sovereignty over the southern provinces in Western Sahara.Read Also: Morocco Satisfied with Barbados’ Decision to Withdraw Recognition of Self-proclaimed ‘SADR’The spokesperson of the Moroccan government  recalled Morocco’s participation in the 41st session of the Human Rights Council held in Geneva this week.During the Council session, a group of states sympathetic to Morocco’s position  expressed support for Morocco’s territorial integrity and its Autonomy Plan.The group also reiterated their full support for the UN-led political process to end the conflict, saying that the “issue of the Sahara is a political dispute managed in New York where the Security Council is making efforts to facilitate the achievement of a mutually acceptable political solution.”The group, which includes, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE, reiterated  that the Moroccan Autonomy initiative has been recognized by the UN Security Council as the “unique and exclusive way to resolve” the decades-long regional conflict. read more

UPFA polls manifesto to protect national sovereignty

5. Housing6. Education7. Healthcare 4. Foreign Policy The United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) election manifesto launched today, looks to protect Sri Lanka’s national sovereignty.The manifesto was launched by Prime Ministerial candidate Mahinda Rajapaksa in the presence of UPFA members and others. The Manifesto titled “Reincarnate the nation and start over” looks at many ambitious goals for Sri Lanka over the next 5 years. Increasing the salaries of government employees to a minimum of Rs. 25,000, increasing the cost of living allowance to Rs. 10,000, presenting each State University student with a stationary allowance of Rs.10,000, and increasing the Mahapola scholarship to Rs. 6000 are interesting highlights of the manifesto.The UPFA election manifesto has 12 main focal points. 1. National unity and sustainable reconciliation2. Anti-corruption mechanism and maintaining the autonomy of the Supreme Court3. Economic management Earlier in the day a copy of the manifesto was handed over to President Maithripala Sirisena, who is the President of the UPFA, by a UPFA delegation which included UPFA General Secretary Susil Premajayantha and Sri Lanka Freedom Party General Secretary Anura Priyadharshana Yapa. Themed as ‘Assurance for the Future’ the election manifesto describes how a UPFA government would implement plans and programmes for socio-economic development of the country during the next five years. The UPFA leaders held a lengthy discussion with the President about the ways and means of plan implementation. 8. Environment and wildlife9. Culture, Arts and Communication10. Sports and Youth11. Women and childcare12. Investment and infrastructure developmentThe manifesto states further that these projects under focal points will be done following three main factors in mind: national identity, innovation and societal unity. read more

Brock grad recognized for cider success

In the basement lab of Brickworks Ciderhouse, among the shiny fermenters and wine barrels, you can often find Emily Gillard eagerly testing new recipes.The 25-year-old Brock alumna (BSc ’15) is always in search of the next great mixture, having created 40 different ciders for the downtown Toronto cidery last year alone.Gillard’s passion for the industry has not gone unnoticed. In February, she was honoured at the annual CiderCon conference in Chicago, where Brock University joined other Cider Institute of North America (CINA) program providers to announce new advanced-level courses.Brock alumna Emily Gillard, assistant cider maker at Brickworks Ciderhouse, pours cider from taps at the cidery’s downtown Toronto restaurant.Gilliard received the inaugural Peter Mitchell award for educational excellence in cider production for her achievements in the CINA foundation-level certification course as well has her work at Brickworks. The foundation course was developed by Mitchell, an internationally recognized authority in cider who will teach an advanced course at Brock in June.“It was an honour just to be nominated, then to win is pretty crazy,” Gillard said. “There are so many talented people in the cider industry, and everyone is very supportive of each other. I am very happy to work for a company that values education and wants me to keep learning and growing.”The creativity of Brickworks staff is apparent in the 10 taps behind the bar of the cidery’s 3,000-square-foot restaurant, which pour interesting flavours such as Mint Basil, Tequila Mockingbird and Wild Thing.“We experiment with lots of herbs, spice and different fruits. We have also done very traditional ciders using Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Franc, tequila, rum and bourbon barrels,” said Gillard. “There are endless possibilities. If you can imagine it, then you can make it and hopefully you can make it taste good.”That innovation has cider makers creating a range of products that appeal to a large and growing consumer base. Brock’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) is helping apple growers and hard cider producers meet the demands of this rapidly growing market.Brock is the only program provider in Canada to offer professional development courses at two levels of certification in cider production through CINA, and also provides analytical testing services to help cider makers deliver the best product possible.“I just think you can never stop learning in this industry. Ontario is growing and growing in terms of craft cider,” said Gillard, who has been the assistant cider maker for Brickworks since January 2018.Cider wasn’t always her focus, as she began her career in the wine industry.After graduating from Brock’s Oenology and Viticulture program (OEVI), Gillard travelled to New Zealand to learn about winemaking there, and also worked in California.“When I got back to Ontario, I realized there had been a huge cider boom. Orchards were being planted and more wineries were starting to produce cider,” she said. “I was really excited to learn more and wanted a new challenge.”A little more than five years ago, there was only a handful of cider producers in Ontario, but that number now sits at more than 60.Gillard took what she learned at Brock’s CCOVI and the hands-on co-op experience she gained while she was a student in OEVI and applied it to making cider.“Cider is essentially the same process, you are taking fruit and fermenting it,” Gillard said.  “A big part of cider making is blending and having things work together, which is similar for winemaking.”It takes about six weeks to complete a micro batch of cider, which is then put into a keg and sent up to the Brickworks restaurant for guests to enjoy.“There have been quite a few ciders where we have actually gone out and picked the fruit ourselves. We have spent a day picking mulberries or crab apples,” Gillard said. “For one of our batches, Second Chronicles of Hop, we used fresh hop buds. We went up to the hopyard, which looks like a jungle, got up on the back of a tractor with machetes and chopped down the hops. We brought them back, put them in a mesh bag and immersed them in the cider.”With her innovative ideas supported by a strong educational foundation, Gillard is a “great example of how Brock students and alumni are in a position to be leaders in the growing Canadian cider industry,” said Steven Trussler, the CINA-certified instructor in CCOVI’s cider program.“The advanced-level courses at Brock, two of which will be offered this summer, will play a key role in helping cider makers develop their technical skills and gain industry-recognized qualifications.”Later this month a new batch of 25 students will attend CCOVI’s Cider and Perry Production foundation program, with another offering in August. In June, the advanced certification science and practice course is being offered and will be taught by Mitchell.For more information about CCOVI’s cider programs and to register visit brocku.ca/ccovi. read more

Axe to grind Gophers and Badgers renew Midwest grudge match

MADISON, Wis. — If given the chance to deliver an inspirational talk to teammates this week, Wisconsin offensive lineman Beau Benzschawel would keep it short and get right to the point.The exact two-word phrase is best left said in the privacy of the locker room, though it might go along the lines of “Beat Minnesota.”Welcome to the 128th edition of annual upper Midwest grudge match for Paul Bunyan’s Axe between the Golden Gophers and Badgers, major college football’s most played rivalry. The Badgers (7-4, 5-3 Big Ten) have won 14 straight in the series, and they have no intention of giving the Axe up on Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium.“It’s special, you think about the guys before you that have played in this game and have won the trophy. It’s kind of like a piece of history you get to be a part of,” Benzschawel said.As far he knew earlier in the week, the senior wasn’t one of the players who would give a brief pregame pep talk.“If I did, it would be a pretty easy, two-word sentence,” the standout right guard said. “That’s all the motivation … I need really.”The Badgers have the edge over Minnesota (5-6, 2-6) in several key statistical categories, including rushing offence and turnover margin. But this is a game in which players and coaches usually get asked more about emotions than matchups.For Minnesota, seniors have one last chance to break the losing streak and secure the bonus of becoming bowl eligible with the upset.“It’s everything. It’s what everybody talks about all year. It’s always the game of the year, I think,” senior linebacker Blake Cashman said. “Personally for me, I can’t even remember the Gophers ever having it, I was so young.”Minnesota’s last win came in 2003; its last victory in Madison was in 1994.“That’s what we keep talking about. Sooner or later, our group is going to end that,” second-year coach P.J. Fleck said.TAYLOR TIMEWisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor averages 169.9 yards per game and is just 131 yards shy of his first 2,000-yard season with two games still left on the schedule. Another big game and Taylor might strengthen his case to at least get an invite to New York as a Heisman Trophy finalist. Taylor is more concerned with sending Wisconsin’s seniors off with a victory in their final home game.“I’m glad he’s on our team and yet I love his approach because it has nothing to do with what’s next for him,” coach Paul Chryst said.SENIOR SURGECashman gives the Gophers a formidable foe versus the Badgers’ vaunted ground game, coming off a 20-tackle performance against Northwestern that earned the former walk-on the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week award. The 20 tackles were the most by a Big Ten player in a non-overtime game since Ohio State’s Ryan Shazier had 20 against Indiana in 2013 and the most by a Minnesota player since Eli Ward’s 22 stops against Wisconsin in 2002.“He’s instinctual. He’s tough,” Fleck said. “I wish I had 130 of Blake Cashman.”MINNESOTA MANWisconsin’s Ryan Connelly is from Eden Prairie, Minnesota, but didn’t take sides in this rivalry while growing up. Connelly said he was actually an Iowa fan. There is no question about his allegiance now. Connelly forms one of the best inside linebacker duos in the country with fellow senior T.J. Edwards. They have been the rocks on a defence that has been hit by injuries at other positions.TERRIFIC TYLERMinnesota junior Tyler Johnson leads the Big Ten with 1,036 receiving yards and is tied for the lead with 10 receiving touchdowns. He’s also second in the league with 70 receptions. Johnson is 90 yards short of setting the program’s all-time single season record, set by Ron Johnson in 2000. Two more touchdowns would also give Tyler Johnson the all-time Gophers record.BEHIND CENTERWisconsin sophomore quarterback Jack Coan could make his fourth start and play his fifth game overall if Alex Hornibrook misses another game while in the concussion protocol. Hornibrook was questionable this week. After struggling at Northwestern and Penn State, Coan showed some improvement in the 47-44 win last week over Purdue after going 16 of 24 for 160 yards. If he plays, Coan would be ineligible to take a redshirt year this season.___AP Sports Writer Dave Campbell in Minneapolis contributed to this story.___More AP college football coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25Genaro C. Armas, The Associated Press read more

Malone seeking career as a doctor after football

As a senior at Gahanna Lincoln High School in 2005, Chris Malone earned all-district and second team all-Ohio Capital Conference as an offensive lineman. After receiving scholarship offers from some Football Championship Subdivision schools, Malone instead decided to join Ohio State as a walk-on. “I grew up loving the Buckeyes and I knew that if I didn’t give this a shot that I was always going to wonder ‘what if?’” Malone said. Malone redshirted in 2006 and then worked with the scout team as a freshman and sophomore. In his junior season, Malone’s perseverance paid off as he received scout team workhorse honors for the Navy and Iowa games and earned a little bit of playing time. “Even though we don’t make the highlights on ESPN, we know we do make a difference,” Malone said. “We get a chance to make our defense better every day by just playing our hardest during practice and challenging them.” As a senior, Malone continues working hard and earned playing time against Ohio University. Malone is majoring in biology at OSU and wants to pursue medical school after he graduates. “I would love to be a doctor, that’s always been my goal, that’s always been my dream,” Malone said. read more

Mens lacrosse Ohio State to square off against familiar face in NCAA

Ohio State senior attack Eric Fannell scored five goals in the Buckeyes dramatic comeback 11-10 overtime victory over Maryland on April 22 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsWHAT: NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship – No. 3 Ohio State vs. No. 1 Maryland at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.HOW TO WATCH: ESPN2 at 1 p.m. Streaming on WatchESPN app and ESPN3.comIt all comes down to this. A matchup of Big Ten rivals who have battled neck-and-neck all season will determine the next NCAA men’s lacrosse champion.The No. 3 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (16-4) has battled No. 1 Maryland (15-3) twice this season, edging out the Terrapins at home in an 11-10 overtime thriller on April 22, and losing 10-9 in the finals of the Big Ten tournament in Columbus.After the team lost to Maryland in the tournament finals, coach Nick Myers and the rest of his unit believed that if they played to the level they were capable of, this season would end in a matchup between them and their East Coast rivals.“We have a ton of respect for Maryland,” Myers said. “We felt that night, we looked at each other and without knowing how this was going to turn out, ‘Hey, we’re going to see these guys again if we take care of business.’”Though the teams have built up a rivalry through their close, competitive games this season, Myers said that contempt for the opposition will not be the driving factor behind their play on Monday. Instead, respect for the opposition and the desire to play their best possible lacrosse would be what pushes the Buckeyes to play well.“You have to play your best lacrosse if you want to try to go out there and beat Maryland,” Myers said. “I think that that, more than contempt, is what it brings out.”The players echoed Myers’ sentiment.“The whole team is excited to play Maryland again,” senior attackman Eric Fannell said. “They’re a very, very good team, as coach Myers said. We have a lot of respect for them. And every time we play them, we play to our best ability and so do they. Big Ten matchup again. Grudge match.”The two teams will enter the game coming off a pair of narrow victories in the semifinals. OSU edged out Towson 11-10, and Maryland hung on late against fifth-seeded Denver to win 9-8.Though both games were close, and relatively low-scoring, the Buckeyes are prepared for a game that could be more of an offensive show, taking on a team that averaged the 10th-most goals per game in the NCAA this past season (12.67 goals per game).“They play a good team offense,” Myers said. “They’ve got a good front six — as good a front six as there is in lacrosse. We feel strongly in ours, and I think you’re going to see a collision tomorrow as you did in the first couple games.”The matchup in the Big Ten tournament championship game did not prove to be quite the offensive show many expected, until late in the game when a total of nine goals were scored in the fourth quarter in an eventual 10-9 Maryland victory.Myers believes that for the Buckeyes to find success against the Terrapins on Monday, the Buckeyes will need to put together an offensive effort capable of keeping up with their opponents.“That was a heavyweight slugfest that you saw in the Big Ten championship,” Myers said. “We’re chasing our best offense, and for us to accomplish the ultimate goal, we’ll have to do that. I think Maryland’s going to bring that out in us.”But this time, the stakes are a bit higher than they were the last time these two teams met. It is no longer a Big Ten title on the line. Now it’s for the NCAA championship.In the history of OSU lacrosse, the team has never made it to this point. It had never even made it to the semifinals before this season. And now, on the doorstep of history for the program, seniors like midfielder Jake Withers believe that while the program has vastly surpassed expectation in their tenure, the end goal has still not yet been reached.“We came a long way since my freshman year four years ago, and we’ve stumbled and we’ve made some steps. I feel like this year, you know, the progression that we’ve made to championship weekend is a culmination of all those things together,” Withers said. “With that said, we’re not done. Although we made a championship weekend and championship game, we want to make history and be the first Buckeye lacrosse team to bring the trophy back to Columbus.” read more

Should have gone to Specsavers branded car crashes into Liverpool lamppost

first_imgShould have gone to specsavers pic.twitter.com/iUJh7JwNxX— Tony Simons (@simons1878) January 16, 2018 Some joked that the driver of a Specsavers-branded car may need to pay a visit to the optician himself after it was seen crashed into a lamppost in Liverpool.The driver slammed into the pole with enough force to crush the bonnet after failing to see it in time.Liverpool City Council took a photograph of the accident and posted it on social media, appearing to see the funny side.The council wrote: “We’re ‘on sight’ fixing this street lamp on Menlove Avenue, which was damaged at lunchtime today. If you see any others, we’ll look into them… #shouldvegoneto.”Others on social media saw the strange scene and posted pictures with Specsavers jokes: We’re “on sight” fixing this street lamp on Menlove Avenue, which was damaged at lunchtime today. If you see any others, we’ll look into them… #shouldvegoneto pic.twitter.com/0u4U7XnLOx— Liverpool Council (@lpoolcouncil) January 16, 2018 The optician has been using the phrase “should’ve gone to Specsavers” since 2002. Despite some finding the sight amusing, the driver said she was “shaken” after the crash and had to go to hospital.She told the Liverpool Echo: “I’m used to hearing the phrase shouted out by kids, but I actually had to go to hospital after the crash, as I was so shaken.”Thankfully I’m fine now and safely back at home.”The optician said no one else was hurt in the crash. 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.last_img read more

Black armbands tributes as sports world pays tribute to Mandela

first_imgSouth African golf great Gary Player called Mandela “our beloved Father of the South African nation”.“Madiba we loved you,” he added, using Mandela’s clan name.Football superstars Cristiano Ronaldo and David Beckham sent tributes, while Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton posted a picture of himself with Mandela on his Facebook page.“One of the most special moments in my life was meeting the great Madiba,” Hamilton said. “One of the most inspirational human beings to have lived and without doubt the nicest man I ever met.”Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson called Mandela a “great man” and a “true fan” of boxing, which was a sport he pursued as a young man.And the International Cricket Council chief executive David Richardson, a former South Africa wicketkeeper, called Mandela a “hero”.“Mr. Mandela was celebrated for his unwavering dedication to human rights, equality and respect,” Richardson said. “He was and will forever remain a true hero.”- © AFP 2013A world mourns: Memories of Mandela grace the front pages>Nelson Mandela: A life in pictures> MUHAMMAD ALI PAID heartfelt tribute and Ashes cricketers donned black armbands Friday as the sports world united in respect and mourning after the death of Nelson Mandela.Heavyweight boxing legend Ali said Mandela “taught us forgiveness on a grand scale” as athletes and officials from Australia to Brazil expressed their sadness.FIFA chief Sepp Blatter called Mandela “one of the greatest humanists of our time” and Tiger Woods said he had been inspired by South Africa’s anti-apartheid hero.Australia and England held a minute’s silence before play in the second Ashes cricket Test in Adelaide, a scene replicated by New Zealand and West Indies in Dunedin. “What I will remember most about Mr. Mandela is that he was a man whose heart, soul and spirit could not be contained or restrained by racial and economic injustices, metal bars or the burden of hate and revenge.“He taught us forgiveness on a grand scale.”Blatter, who is attending the 2014 World Cup draw in Brazil, said he and Mandela had “shared an unwavering belief in the extraordinary power of football (and sport generally) to unite people in peace and friendship”.New Zealand’s rugby board hailed Mandela’s “far-reaching” influence on sport after he inspired South Africa to victory over the All Blacks in the 1995 World Cup final.Mandela famously appeared at the final in Johannesburg wearing a Springboks jersey — a stark symbol of white South Africa — in an act that electrified the stadium.“We have lost a champion for our game, a leader whose inspiration ensured the Rugby World Cup in 1995 was a remarkable time for our sport and whose influence on sport has been far-reaching,” said New Zealand Rugby Union chief executive Steve Tew.Woods, the world’s number one golfer, recalled having lunch with Mandela in 1998, the year after his first Masters triumph.“It was one of the most inspiring times I’ve ever had in my life,” said Woods. “I don’t think any of us probably here could have survived that and come out as humble and as dignified as he did.”center_img Ali, in a statement from the Ali Center in Louisville, Kentucky, paid tribute to South Africa’s first black president, who led the country peacefully out of apartheid rule after spending nearly three decades in prison.“He made us realise, we are our brother’s keeper and that our brothers come in all colours,” said Ali, a towering figure in America’s civil rights movement.last_img read more

High drama few results as Trump warns of long shutdown

first_imgWASHINGTON — Staring down the next deadline to pay federal workers, the White House shifted tactics Tuesday, trying to bypass House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to negotiate with rank-and-file lawmakers even as President Donald Trump dug in for a prolonged shutdown.The House and Senate announced they would stay in session, canceling an upcoming recess week at home if the shutdown continued, which seemed likely. On the shutdown’s 25th day, Trump did not move off his demand to have Congress provide $5.7 billion to build his promised border wall with Mexico. Democrats say they will discuss border security once the government has reopened, but Pelosi is refusing money for the wall they view as ineffective and immoral.The president, on a conference call with supporters, showed no signs of backing down.“We’re going to stay out for a long time, if we have to,” Trump said. “We’ll be out for a long time.”With some 800,000 federal employees furloughed or working without pay, Trump suggested the partial shutdown that has clogged airport security lines and shuttered federal agencies was going smoothly.“People are very impressed with how well government is working with the circumstances that we’re under,” Trump said.Behind the scenes, though, the administration — and its allies on Capitol Hill — are warily eyeing the next payday, hoping to reach a resolution before next week’s Tuesday deadline when they’ll need to prepare the next round of paychecks for workers who have been seeing zeros on their pay slips.last_img read more

Some stores hesitant to pull Corned Beef says sources are good

first_img Related Items:#cornedbeefbannedBahamas, #healthriskBraziliancornedbeef, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 22, 2017 – Nassau – Not all stores eager to comply with taking corned beef off their shelves.  Supermarkets say notice on the Brazilian meat ban was startling as they did not receive information right away despite announcement by the Ministry and Minister of Agriculture.Food stores interviewed said they trust their sources for the products and that they have never before had a problem.  Corned beef is a major staple in the Bahamian pantry, therefore a big seller. One owner said the issue with the Brazilian supplier, where tainted beef and poultry were found to be exported after a police investigation into government corruption, underscores the need for The Bahamas to be better at feeding itself.#MagneticMediaNews#cornedbeefbannedBahamas#healthriskBraziliancornedbeef Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more