Serena Williams will be ranked 700 if she plays men’s circuit, says John McEnroe

first_imgJohn McEnroe has claimed that Serena Williams, who is the best player of her gender, would be ranked 700 in the men’s circuit.The seven-time major champion, speaking as part of a tour to promote his new book ‘But Seriously’, said that while he has great respect for Serena, he would place the 23-time Grand Slam winner “like 700 in the world” on the men’s circuit.”Best female player ever – no question.””If she had to just play the circuit – the men’s circuit – that would be an entirely different story,” Sport24 quoted McEnroe as saying.McEnroe asserted that that Williams’ mental toughness would be one of the things that she would be having her way on the men’s tour.”The reality of what would happen on a given day is Serena could beat some players, I believe, because she is so incredibly strong mentally,” he said.”She could overcome some situations where players would choke because she’s been in it so many times, so many situations at Wimbledon, The US Open, etc,” he added.The American became the oldest woman to win a grand slam when he won the 2015 Wimbledon title at the age of 33.The 35-year-old tennis star has 23 grand slam singles crowns and 14 doubles titles in majors.Swiss maestro Roger Federer, by comparison, has 18 singles Slams and none in doubles.It should be noted that the ATP Tour Rankings go only to the top 500. At present, Andy Murray is the current top ranked ATP Tour player while Uzbekistan’ Temur Ismailov holds down the 500th spot.advertisementlast_img read more

Filson Turns to Smokey Bear for a Brand New Collection

first_img Patagonia Goes 100% Sustainable with New Line Called Shell, Yeah! Ever since it flung open its doors back in 1897, the Seattle-based retailer Filson has worked with a wide range of collaborators and partners on many esteemed collections. However, few (if any) releases were as deeply rooted in one of America’s most recognizable individuals as Filson’s latest venture: the Smokey Bear collection.Launched this past summer, the Smokey Bear collection is a smattering of any and all things — you guessed it — Smokey Bear related. From watches and blankets to various other accessories like hats and water bottles, the newest collection is yet another impressive feather in Filson’s ever expanding catalog.An homage to America’s great outdoors and a tribute to its symbolic kin, the Smokey Bear collection aims to celebrate all those who’ve safely embarked into the country’s wilderness for decades. Due in part to Filson’s long-standing affinity for producing rugged outdoor wear, the decision to link with Smokey Bear seems an absolute no-brainer. With years of developing U.S. Forest Service uniforms, as well as outfits for timber cruisers, under its belt, Filson’s no doubt the proper partner for such a release.While the entire collection is a sight to behold, the main attraction is none other than a limited edition Smokey Bear timepiece. Based on Filson’s 43mm Mackinaw Field watch, this special release boasts a new smooth top ring and a matte black velvet dial emblazoned with the Smokey Bear icon and his iconic “Only You Can Prevent Wildfires” slogan. Featuring a self-lined dark brown strap made of English Bridle leather, each watch also has its exclusive production number (only 1,000 were manufactured) engraved on the caseback.In addition to the limited watch, Filson also partnered with Pendleton to make a one-of-a-kind Smokey Bear blanket featuring 100 percent Virgin Wool. Other items in the collection include a forest green Smokey Bear T-shirt, a bright orange collection-themed water bottle, and an orange bandanna which lists steps on how to properly maintain and run a camp fire.The entire Smokey Bear Filson collection is available now via Filson’s website. 10 Top Shelf Vodka Brands that are Actually Worth a Damn Filson’s New Collection Honors Smokey Bear and the U.S. Fire Service The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date Editors’ Recommendations The Big List of Brands with Lifetime Warranties: Buy It Once, Have It Foreverlast_img read more

NLNG to Take Delivery of Its Newbuild Quartet by Year-End

first_imgzoom The fleet of Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Company (NLNG) is about to be joined by four LNG carriers before year-end and another two next year, the company’s CEO Babs Omotowa is quoted by Reuters as saying.The six tankers were ordered in 2013 from Korean shipbuilders Samsung Heavy Industries and Hyundai Heavy Industries within a USD 1.6 billion deal.SHI has been entrusted with construction of four ships, whereas HHI will build the remaining two.NLNG has a total of 23 ships on long-term charter for its six-train operation which load at NLNG Terminal in Bonny, Nigeria.The fleet expansion plan was driven by the expected growth of the global LNG market which is predicted to reach 430 million tonnes per year, almost doubling its current capacity.At the moment the NLNG plant, in Finima on Bonny island, in the oil and gas-rich southern Rivers state, has six operational production units. Plans are being implemented for building train 7 and train 8, boosting the plant’s capacity by 40 percent, Omotowa said in an interview in Lagos, adding that this would take the company back to over 10 percent.Nigeria currently exports 22 million metric tons of LNG, making it the world’s fourth largest LNG exporter.NLNG is owned by the Federal Government of Nigeria, represented by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC (49%), Shell Gas BV, SGBV, (25.6%), Total LNG Nigeria Limited (15%), and Eni International (10.4%).World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Sorrow On Loss Of Chataway

first_imgPremier John Hamm expressed sorrow on the passing of MLA JohnChataway. The 57-year-old former provincial cabinet minister died thismorning, Dec. 31, at a Toronto area hospital as a result ofcomplications from a stroke suffered earlier this week. Mr. Chataway taught for 29 years prior to his election as MLA forChester-St. Margaret’s in 1999. He also served 14 years as amunicipal councillor and was active in many volunteerorganizations. His extensive work for the Chester HeritageSociety garnered provincial recognition. He served terms asminister of human resources, environment and labour from 1999 to2001. Re-elected in 2003, Mr. Chataway served as a member of thelegislature’s public accounts, law amendments and veteransaffairs committees. “John Chataway was truly a man for all seasons – longtimeeducator, heritage enthusiast and dedicated public servant,” saidPremier Hamm. “Whether it was championing the preservation of OakIsland or helping a charity raise money as a volunteerauctioneer, John’s talents will be missed by many. “On behalf of all Nova Scotians, Genesta and I would like toextend our deepest condolences to John’s family and friends,particularly his brothers Rick and Chuck and his sister Joan.”last_img read more

Agreement Reached in Insurance Case

first_imgThe province has reached an agreement in the case of a young Nova Scotian woman living in long-term care who received an insurance settlement. The insurance money was awarded for the young woman’s care after she was permanently disabled in a car crash. The agreement is the result of ongoing discussion with the woman’s family, legal representatives and Community Services. The details of the agreement are confidential. “This case has weighed heavily on my mind and the minds of staff,” said Joanne Bernard, Minister of Community Services. “We are pleased to have a settlement, and we’ll continue to partner with the family in caring for their daughter’s long-term needs.” The department is reviewing policies to provide more clarity for these rare cases so other families don’t have to go through a drawn-out legal process.last_img read more

King Mohammed VI to Revive Role of alQarawiyyin University in Spreading

Rabat – The University of al-Qarawiyyin in Fez, the oldest educational institution in the world, has gained the patronage of King Mohammed VI. According to a new royal Dahir (decree) 1.15.71 dated June 24, published by the Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs, the University of al-Qarawiyyin will now be under the high royal patronage of King Mohammed VI, starting on August 20th.The university is currently under the supervision of the ministry of education and the Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs. Under the new royal decree, the university will remain financially and academically independent, but a number of structural reforms will be implemented to ‘promote Islamic thought and scientific research’ and to give a new impetus to religious training, the same source added.The university will have, among other responsibilities, to offer training to imams, develop scientific research on Quranic studies, and promote the history of Morocco and the Maliki doctrine.Several institutions will be affiliated with the University of al-Qarawiyyin, including the Mohammed VI Institute for the training of imams, the Mohammed VI Institute for Qur’anic readings and studies, Dar Al Hadith Al Hassania, the Royal Institute for the study of the history of Morocco and the Institute of Islamic thought and civilization.The University of al-Qarawiyyin in Fez, the first degree awarding educational institution in the world according to UNESCO, was founded by Fatima al-Fihri in 859. Students from all over Morocco and the Islamic World attend the university to learn about Islamic, religious and legal sciences. read more

Bank of Canada raises qualifying mortgage rate after Big Six banks hike

OTTAWA — The bar is now higher for homebuyers to qualify for mortgages in Canada after the central bank raised a key metric used in stress tests that determine borrowers’ eligibility.The Bank of Canada raised the conventional five-year mortgage rate from 5.14 per cent to 5.34 per cent after all Big Six banks raised their posted five-year fixed mortgage rates in recent weeks.The central bank qualifying rate is separate from the actual mortgage rates offered by banks to borrowers, but is used to assess homebuyers who are seeking loans.Homebuyers with less than a 20 per cent down payment seeking an insured mortgage must qualify at the central bank’s benchmark five-year mortgage rate.And as of Jan. 1, buyers who don’t need mortgage insurance are required to prove they can handle payments at a qualifying rate of the greater of the central bank’s five-year benchmark rate or two percentage points higher than the contractual mortgage rate.“Mortgage borrowers will be qualifying for less than they were able to earlier this year,” mortgage broker Samantha Brookes said in an email. “With all the new rule changes, we’ve definitely noticed the effect on the market with home purchases, renewals and refinances.”The higher rates come as an estimated 47 per cent of all existing mortgages will need to be refinanced in 2018, up from the 25 to 35 per cent range in a typical year, according to a recent CIBC Capital Markets report.The increase is an unintended consequence of various rounds of regulatory changes in the past few years aimed at reducing risk coupled with rising house prices that made it harder for homebuyers to qualify.Borrowers who find the bar too high for the home they want can make some adjustments in order to make a purchase, she said. Those options include purchasing a smaller home and taking on less mortgage, or purchasing where prices are lower, added Brookes, who is founder of Mortgages of Canada.The jump in the mortgage qualifying rate comes after Canada’s largest lenders raised their benchmark posted five-year fixed mortgage rates in recent weeks as the cost of borrowing rises.In late April, TD Bank was the first of the Big Five lenders to raise the benchmark rate, increasing it from 5.14 per cent to 5.59 per cent, due to factors including the “competitive landscape, the cost of lending and managing risk.” Royal Bank of Canada, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, National Bank of Canada, Bank of Montreal and the Bank of Nova Scotia followed suit, but with smaller increases.The slew of bank moves was preceded by a rise in government bond yields. The yield on the Government of Canada benchmark five-year bond was 2.16 per cent on Tuesday, compared to 1.01 per cent a year earlier. Fixed-rate mortgages tend to move with government bond yields of a similar term, reflecting the change in borrowing costs. read more

VELUX EHF CL Veszprem stay only undefeated team

6. TATRAN Presov5104118:148(-30)2 7. RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko5104125:135(-10)2 6. Elverum Handball Herrer5113130:147(-17)3 3. Rhein-Neckar Löwen5311133:121(12)7 4. SG Flensburg-Handewitt5302149:132(17)6 4. KS Vive Tauron Kielce5221157:143(14)6 Hungarian Veszprem stayed the only team undefeated after five rounds of the VELUX EHF Champions League 2015/2016. RK Vardar lost in Kolding 33:31 as the last team who were on 100% until last weeekend.Here are the complete results:SG Flensburg – Besiktas MOGAZ 33:25MVM Veszprem – THW Kiel 29:27RK PPD Zagreb – Orlen Wisla Plock 29:25RK Celje PL – PSG Handball 30:32 6. Montpellier HB5203135:148(-13)4 2. Futebol Clube do Porto5401143:131(12)8 5. Chekhovskie Medvedi5104126:143(-17)2 5. MOL-Pick Szeged5203134:139(-5)4 8. KIF Kolding Kobenhavn5104124:151(-27)2 2. FC Barcelona Lassa5311152:139(13)7 3. HC Meshkov Brest5302156:131(25)6 5. Kadetten Schaffhausen5113139:147(-8)3 2. Paris Saint-Germain Handba…5401167:146(21)8 6. Orlen Wisla Plock5113127:147(-20)3 5. HC Prvo plinarsko drustvo …5302122:122(0)6 Velux EHF Champions League GROUP C:FC Porto – Meshkov Brest 29:28RK Vojvodina Novi Sad – Naturhouse La Rioja 26:31Tatran Prešov – Chekhovskie Medvedi 27:21 7. IFK Kristianstad5104143:155(-12)2 3. THW Kiel5302145:125(20)6 4. Vojvodina5203124:135(-11)4 2. HC Motor Zaporozhye5302148:144(4)6 1. MVM Veszprém5410138:123(15)9 1. HC Vardar5401143:125(18)8 1. Skjern Handbold5401145:125(20)8 4. HC Metalurg5203113:114(-1)4 3. HCM Baia Mare5221143:141(2)6 GROUP B:Montpellier – IF Kristianstad 30:26Rhein Neckar Lowen – PICK SZEGED 30:25Vive Tauron Kielce – FC Barcelona 30:30KIF Kolding – RK Vardar Skopje 33:31 1. Naturhouse La Rioja5401157:136(21)8 GROUP D:Kadetten Schaffhausen – Skjern 24:30Minaur Baia Mare – RK Metalurg 21:20Elverum Handball – Motor Zaporozhye 29:30 8. Besiktas Jimnastik Kulubu5005125:168(-43)0 ← Previous Story EHF CL: KIF Kolding beat Vardar – Karabatić saves PSG in Celje! Next Story → Nikola Karabatić receives WORLD HANDBALL PLAYER 2014 trophy! read more

School districts craft budgets with uncertainty

first_imgWith uncertainty looming over how the state and federal budgets will affect local schools, school district officials said developing their own budgets will likely come down to the last minute.It’s not a new story for local school districts, which have had to compile and approve their budgets in the weeks following special overtime sessions in Olympia before. Districts are supposed to put out their budgets for public comment by July 10, with adoption in August. The 2015 legislative session broke a record for the longest in a year with three special sessions dragging work into July, and the session adjourned at the end of June in 2013. Both occasions left few days and limited staff working at district offices to complete school budgets.“There is a statutory need for the budget to be available by July 10, but they’ve kicked that down the road,” said Brett Blechschmidt, chief financial officer for Vancouver Public Schools. That district’s general fund budget was about $285 million this year.But there’s extra uncertainty this year as the state grapples with how to fully fund K-12 education under the 2012 McCleary decision, and administration changes at the federal level with the appointment of school choice advocate Betsy DeVos to lead the Department of Education.“It’s a very crazy time,” said Mike Merlino, chief operating officer for Evergreen Public Schools. Evergreen has a $329 million budget this year.If the state’s budget makes significant changes to the way schools are funded, that could pose fundamental changes to the way the district compiles its own budget, Merlino said. What if, for example, the Legislature opts to have districts develop their own salary schedules for teachers rather than a standardized state schedule? What if changes are made to the ways districts provide Time, Responsibility and Incentive Pay, time paid for teachers to work outside the classroom? And what if the state shrinks class sizes, forcing the district to hire with weeks before school starts?last_img read more

Ministry of Health asks for more money for Blood test machine

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Consultations on Health & Agriculture launched Related Items:appropriations committee, blood test machine, hon. john phillips, interhealth canada, ministry of health Exercise Design Training Workshop 22nd – 26th February 2016 HOA Opens, slew of Health Bills on Agenda; Key questions to Border Control Minister Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 10 Aug 2015 – Ministry of Health wants to tap into the contingency fund to buy a machine for the Blood Bank. During the Appropriations Committee meeting last week, it seems legislators on that Committee are poised to authorize the funding for the purchase of an immunoassay analyzer which will be set up in Providenciales and will be owned by the public. Currently, the Ministry of Health and Human Services says it is reliant upon and has access to the one blood testing machine at the TCI Hospitals ran by Interhealth Canada. Health officials are asking for $80,000 more in the health budget to buy the immunoassay machine. Among the questions put to the team from the Ministry making the request was one from Appropriations Committee member, Hon. John Philips who enquired about trained personnel; it was assured there is trained staff but that there would be a special session run on the specific machine when it is being installed after being purchased. last_img read more

Californias latest gas tax increase goes into effect in July

first_img KUSI Newsroom Categories: California News, Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 8:36 AM KUSI Newsroom, June 19, 2019center_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Richard Rider, Chairman San Diego Tax Fighters joined Good Morning San Diego to discuss the new gas tax increase going into effect on July 1st.The increase will go from 41.7 cents to 47.3 cents per gallon, a 5.6 cent increase in the price of fuel. Posted: June 19, 2019 California’s latest gas tax increase goes into effect in Julylast_img read more

MFP Payments on Unharvested Soybeans

first_imgASA is aware of soybean storage issues around the country and that many growers are not harvesting their crop, leading to questions about eligibility for Market Facilitation Program payments.ASA has confirmed with FSA that MFP payments will be made on bushels that are mechanically harvested.  Crops do not need to be stored in bins or a local elevator for farmers to estimate production. FSA will accept a producer’s record of bushels harvested. Also, severe quality loss is not a factor in determining eligibility for the payment, just the volume of production.Background:On August 27, USDA announced that, producers of soybeans and six other farm commodities with prices impacted by China’s 25 percent tariff on U.S. soybeans could apply for payments under the Market Facilitation Program (MFP). The initial payment of $1.65 per bushel for soybeans is available on one-half of 2018 production.  Producers should not apply until they finish harvesting their crop.  The deadline for applying for this initial payment is January 15, 2019.  There will be no pro ration of payments based on the number or volume of total applications.  One-half of every farmer’s 2018 production will receive the $1.65 payment.Eligible growers can apply in person at local USDA service centers, or download a PDF form here.USDA is expected to announce whether an MFP payment will be made on the second half of 2018 production by December 3.  If a payment is made, producers who have already applied at FSA will not need to do so again.Please pass this information along to growers as you see fit.last_img read more

CEILI STRONG Music Bingo Fundraiser In Memory Of Ceili Kinneen Set For

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedRaffle To Benefit Boston Children’s Hospital, In Honor Of Wilmington’s Ceili Kinneen, Set For Nov. 8 At TremezzoIn “Community”NEW RESTAURANT ALERT: Tremezzo Pizzeria To Open Soon In WilmingtonIn “Business”OBITUARY: Ceili Ann Kinneen, 12In “Obituaries” WILMINGTON, MA — In 2017, Wilmington 12-year-old Ceili Kinneen passed away after a courageous battle with cancer.To honor Ceili, her family is hosting a Music Bingo Night on Thursday, October 24, 2019 at Tremezzo Ristorante (2 Lowell Street).“Together with friends, family and the community, we will celebrate the life of our sweet Ceili with three things she enjoyed so very much: love, laughter and music!,” said Kristen Wiercinski, Ceili’s aunt and one of the event’s organizers. “Our Music Bingo event will have several big music bingo games with fantastic prizes from local businesses as well as many raffles with wonderful items to win.”Tickets cost $35. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the One Mission Resource Room at Boston Children’s Hospital.“My brother and sister-in-law have requested that the funds raised go specifically to the One Mission Resource Room at Children’s,” added Wiercinski. “Their little family received compassionate care and support through the Resource Room when Ceili was a patient at Children’s and they would like to use this fundraiser as a way to give back to other families of sick children.”The One Mission Resource Room allocates funding to programs and services that help families to cope on a daily basis with the many emotional and financial challenges that childhood cancer brings. These include family-centered care initiatives that:Make the journey easier during treatment and hospitalization.Provide emotional support to patients, parents and siblings.Make the hospital experience less scary and stressful.Provide financial relief to families in need.Help to ease the daily toll of hospitalization.Bring smiles to the faces of sick children.If you cannot attend the fundraiser, but would like to support the One Mission Resource Room in honor of Ceili, make a donation to the CeiliStrong page HERE.Event organizers are also asking local businesses to consider making a prize donation to the event’s raffle table.“No donation would be considered too small as we endeavor to raise funds to support families faced with the unthinkable: the fear and uncertainty of childhood illness,” said Wiercinski.To purchase a ticket, make a donation, or ask a question, email Wiercinski at Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email read more

Authorities Hunt for 2nd Suspect in Georgia Police Shooting

first_imgBy The Associated PressSNELLVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Two teenage suspects, including one who is still being sought by police, are facing charges in connection with the fatal shooting of a Georgia police officer who was killed while responding to a suspicious vehicle parked near a school, authorities said Sunday.Authorities said they believe 18-year-old Tafahree Maynard fatally shot Officer Antwan Toney on Saturday afternoon in the Snellville area, Gwinnett County Police said in a statement. Maynard remained at large early Sunday and should be considered armed and dangerous, police said. He faces charges of aggravated assault and felony murder.This undated photo provided by the Gwinnett County Police Department on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018 shows Officer Antwan Toney. On Saturday, Toney was killed after being shot while responding to a suspicious vehicle parked near a middle school. (Gwinnett County Police Department via AP)“Tafahree Maynard needs to turn himself in,” Gwinnett County Police Chief Butch Ayers said at a press conference.Police said Maynard wasn’t found in a house in the county that was searched Sunday evening. Reports said a SWAT team had deployed to the house but few details were provided.A second suspect, 19-year-old Isaiah Pretlow, was charged with aggravated assault for allegedly pointing a firearm at an officer during the pursuit after Toney’s fatal shooting, police said.These undated photos provided by Gwinnett County Police Dept. shows Isaiah Pretlow (l) and Tafahree Maynard (r). Authorities say the two suspects, including one still being sought by police, have been charged in connection with the fatal shooting of Georgia police officer, Antwan Toney. (Gwinnett County Police Department via AP)Toney died at a hospital from his injuries, police said. The 30-year-old from Southern California had been with the Gwinnett County Police Department for nearly three years. It was his first police job.“The people that worked with Officer Toney on a daily basis recalled a very jovial person who was dedicated to his job and dedicated to his community,” Ayers said.Toney and other officers responded to a call about a suspicious vehicle near a school, police said. When the officers approached, someone in the vehicle opened fire and Toney was hit. Then the vehicle sped off.According to police, Pretlow drove the vehicle from the scene following the shooting, crashed a short distance away and fled along with other occupants. An officer who was searching the area later encountered Pretlow about 3 p.m. Pretlow pointed a gun at the officer, who fired shots. Pretlow was not hit and fled into a wooded area. He was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals about 11:30 p.m.The shooting happened near Shiloh Middle School, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) northeast of Atlanta.___This story corrects typo from George to Georgia in 1st paragraph. Adds additional information about initial shooting. Changes headline and summary.last_img read more

Only the seeds have been sown

first_imgSri M’s spiritual journey from a curious young Pathan to a yogi, has already been detailed in his autobiography titled- ‘Apprenticed to a Himalayan Master- a Yogi’s Autobiography’, as he continues to inspire people with his endeavour to achieve communal harmony. Born as Mumtaz Ali Khan in Kerala, Sri Madhukarnath began his spiritual journey at the age of 19 as he fled to the Himalayas. After the demise of his master, he started to share his experiences and knowledge with the mass. Sri M is married, has two children and spends his time teaching and heading Satsang Foundation. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’You began your journey to become a Yogi at a very young age…I happen to be the only child of my parents who were Pathans following Islam in Kerala. Seeing me go in a different direction definitely upset them. Even though there were some problems, it did not escalate much… they understood me as they were educated people. Somehow I sailed through (laughs). I ran away from home at the age of 19, and wandered in the Himalayas for three years. I made no contact with my family, thinking that if they came to know  of my existence, they might take me back! I had to face a lot of difficulty as at times I had to starve, or suffer otherwise. There was a time when people thought of me as a loafer. But whenever I entered an ashram, nobody objected because I belonged to a different religion, rather they were interested because I was serious about my journey… Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHow far did you undergo formal education?I went to one of the best schools in Thiruvananthapuram, and then I studied English at college. But before completing it, I ran away. At one point I realised that one can survive without any formal education, so I rolled all my degrees up and threw them into the Ganga at Uttar Kashi and I never went back looking for a duplicate copy. I have survived throughout without my degrees.Post your autobiography, are we expecting a new book based on the ‘Walk of Hope’? Yes, definitely. There are three books in the pipeline. I want to finish the second part of my autobiography where every chapter will be independent. I’ll write another book on Neurology and spiritual experience, based on my personal experiences and the research I have done on Psychiatry and Psychology. The third will surely be on the ‘padyatra’. It would not be a travelogue, but more like the journey of life.Unlike all the other spiritual guides you lead a different lifestyle, why?It is a need for the art that spiritual development goes simultaneously with a normal life. It was also Babaji’s (Mahavatar Babaji) wish that spiritual teachings should be for everyone. Besides I think it puts an end to a frank discussion when the concept of godman comes in. ‘Atmano mokshartham jagat hitaya cha’, ‘Moksha’, for the soul and welfare for the earth, this was what I have learned.What did you aim to achieve through this walk?One of our major objectives is communal unity, and I think I am qualified to talk about it as I have seen and studied many religions and their essence is not very different. Apart from that I feel very sorry when women are considered subordinates, or are discriminated. Swami Vivekananda said that any nation that discriminates against women cannot develop. I wanted to walk and disseminate these messages to the common people. We used to meet new people every day in the evening and discuss these matters with them to spread our objectives.How far do you think the walk has been successful?Only the seeds have been sown, it requires a lot of follow up. Now it is time for us to rest for a while. During this resting period, we’ll gather everyone involved, for a conference and have a brain-storming session on how to continue this and how to nourish the seeds we have sown. The walk has not ended, it has just started. When I die somebody has to take over. My wife and my children did not object to the walk. If they had not supported me emotionally, I couldn’t have done it.It was also beautiful to see how people from different religions welcomed us into different religious places without any disruption. Not a single Gurudwara, Mosque, Temple or Church stopped us. That gives us hope that there is communal harmony in the country. I refuse to believe that there are communal problems, it is a facade behind which there are vested interests and political compulsions.last_img read more

Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “I know that we’re capable of putting a lot better performance offensively,” receiver Larry Fitzgerald said Thursday. “Our defense kept us in the game well into the third quarter.“And we didn’t carry our water.”No, they didn’t, and many of the team’s issues Sunday were similar to those it faced last season. Shaky play along the offensive line afforded the quarterback little time to make his reads, which then led to mistakes and missed opportunities. “You’ve got to do a better job of protecting the quarterback,” offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin said. “Because you know, when he’s protected, the ball gets delivered.”That quarterback, Carson Palmer, has completed 57.9 percent of his passes for 762 yards with three touchdowns and four interceptions. Sunday’s effort in New Orleans was by far his worst of the young season, but his struggles have been attributed largely to the line’s inability to keep him upright.Goodwin believes if that can change, the offense can get back on track.But as Fitzgerald sees it, there are plenty of reasons why the offense has not quite fired on all cylinders. Top Stories If nothing else, the Arizona Cardinals were supposed to at least be improved on the offensive side of the ball.Last season, the team topped the 20-point mark just once over its final 12 games. Through the first two games of this season, it appeared the changes the team made at head coach and quarterback were paying off, as the Cardinals had scored 24 and 25 points, respectively.However, the Cardinals mustered just seven points in a Week 3 loss to the Saints. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “It’s blown assignments to missed blocks to occasional dropped passes,” he said. “It’s a lot of guys making mistakes, but it’s encouraging that there’s things we can clean up. It’s not something that you want to be discouraged about because I know we can improve on it.“We’re going to improve on it — we have to.”The Arizona Cardinals Broadcast Department contributed to this report Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more

Rep Poleski welcomes local lieutenant to Capitol for 911 ceremony

first_img08Sep Rep. Poleski welcomes local lieutenant to Capitol for 9-11 ceremony Categories: News First Lt. Kyle Bowman (left), post commander of Jackson Michigan State Police joins state Rep. Earl Poleski (right) in the Capitol rotunda as his guest during the annual House of Representatives 9-11 Memorial Ceremony. House members invited first responders and members of the military from their communities to be their guests for the service. The ceremony included the ringing of a fire bell for those who died in the line of duty since Sept. 11, 2015 throughout Michigan. “I’m incredibly thankful for the first responders in our community,” said Rep. Poleski, R-Jackson. “Lt. Bowman and his department deserve to be recognized for their selfless service.”State Rep. Earl Poleski (center) introduces First Lt. Kyle Bowman (left) to House Speaker Kevin Cotter (right) prior to the House of Representatives’ annual 9/11 Memorial Ceremony on Thursday.###last_img read more

Rep Whiteford Michigan must learn from Nassar case

first_img30Apr Rep. Whiteford: Michigan must learn from Nassar case Plan establishes clear guidelines for sensitive medical treatmentsState Rep. Mary Whiteford, right, testifies before the House Judiciary Committee in support of her plan to better protect patients who receive sensitive medical procedures. She is joined by state Rep. LaTanya Garrett (D-Detroit).State Rep. Mary Whiteford today testified before the House Judiciary Committee, saying Michigan’s laws must be updated to fix deficiencies brought to light during the House’s inquiry into the handling of the Larry Nassar sexual assault case at Michigan State University.A plan introduced by Whiteford, a registered nurse from Allegan County’s Casco Township, would establish clear standards for sensitive medical procedures.“We can’t fix the awful things that happened to the survivors in the Larry Nassar case, but we can learn from this horrible situation and make policy changes to better protect the people of Michigan,” Whiteford said. “We must work together to improve patient safety and ensure our citizens are properly cared for when they seek the help of medical professionals.”Whiteford said the House’s 2018 inquiry found that medical records were never kept for many of Nassar’s “treatments” and numerous records that were kept lacked any reference to the sensitive nature of the treatments. Additionally, no polices were in place to prohibit such conduct.Whiteford’s plan would:Require state medical boards to establish guidance material on treatments involving vaginal or anal penetration, and make the information available to the public;Require medical treatments involving vaginal or anal penetration to be referenced on the patient’s medical record;Require all medical records that reference vaginal or anal penetration to be retained for at least 15 years; andRequire health care facilities to preserve a patient’s medical record for at least 15 years if the patient files a sexual misconduct complaint against an employee.“This solution will set very clear standards so the medical community, as well as patients and their families, know what procedures are acceptable,” Whiteford said. “It will also ensure sensitive medical procedures are thoroughly documented in case clarification is needed in the future.”The plan has bipartisan support, with a large number of both Republicans and Democrats co-sponsoring the legislation.House Bill 4370 remains under consideration by the House Judiciary Committee.### Categories: Whiteford Newslast_img read more

South Africabased pay TV content provider MNet h

first_imgSouth Africa-based pay TV content provider M-Net has named Mandy Roger as sales and business development manager.Roger, who will be responsible for sales across all platforms as well as pushing new business development and strategy in new ventures including formats and channel sales, was previously senior sales executive covering UK and Ireland TV sales with BBC Worldwide.last_img

BBC America has signed a deal with Twitter to offe

first_imgBBC America has signed a deal with Twitter to offer branded videos on the site, tied-in with its entertainment series. Announcing the agreement on Twitter, BBC America, which is the US home to many popular BBC shows like Top Gear and Doctor Who said that through the deal it would offer the first “in-Tweet branded video synced to entertainment TV series.”No other details were given, though the news follows reports a report earlier this week, claiming that  Twitter close to signing deals with TV networks in a bid to bring more TV content and clips to the site.According to a Bloomberg report, the social network has also held talks with Viacom about hosting clips on its site and selling ads alongside them, and held content partnership discussions with NBCUniversal.last_img read more