BJP puts on hold names of councillors as leaders of House in

first_imgMCDsNew Delhi, May 20 (PTI) The BJP has put on hold the names of its councillors who were to be appointed as leaders of House in three municipal corporations, owing to the “cold war” between Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari and Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel.The three BJP councillors who were considered for the posts of leaders of House in South, North and East Delhi Municipal Corporations have been “punished” for attending a felicitation function hosted by Goel on May 16, a senior party leader said.”Shikha Rai (SDMC), Jai Prakash (NDMC) and Santosh Pal (EDMC) were considered for the posts of leaders of House but the party has put on hold their names as they attended Goels function despite being instructed to avoid it,” he said.Tiwari was also invited to the function but he chose to give it a miss, while around 40-50 councillors took part in it.With the BJPs massive victory in the MCD polls last month, the party leaders are now focusing on the next assembly elections. This has led to a competition between Goel and Tiwari for the post of chief minister, sources said.”Goel being an old-timer well embedded in Delhi politics is asserting himself as Tiwari has pulled off a stunning victory in the MCD polls barely six months after being appointed as the Delhi unit chief,” a source said.Goel said he is not engaged in a “tussle” with anyone and the function he hosted was part of a “slum movement” to promote sports among the youth.advertisement”I do not know what people are talking of but the function was held by my ministry to engage Nehru Yuva Kendra youths in our slum movement. I have no tussle with anyone,” the Youth Affairs and Sports minister said.The Delhi BJP denied claims that the three councillors names were withdrawn as a punishment for attending Goels function.”The BJP has announced Shikha Rais name as the Leader of House in SDMC and we stand by it. No names were announced for the posts of leaders of House in North and East corporations,” said Delhi BJP media in-charge Pravin Shankar Kapoor.Tiwari was not available for comments on the issue. PTI VIT GVSlast_img read more

I don’t think he’ll really be proud of what he said: Aakash Chopra on Virat Kohli’s comment

first_imgFormer India batsman Aakash Chopra has defended Virat Kohli but said he “could have done better” after India captain’s “leave India” comment to a cricket fan courted a massive controversy.Kohli was in the eye of a storm during the launch of his mobile application when he told a fan that he should not be living in India if he cannot like Indian cricketers.Chopra, however, said he was “surprised” by Kohli’s remark.”I don’t think this is what Virat Kohli is or this is what he actually thinks. In the last 18-24 months we have seen a lot of maturity with regard to how he speaks, what he actually portrays in the public domain…in all the post match interviews he’s someone who’s is not happy to take credit himself. But he’s happy to be very, very modest and humble.”It does surprise me. What he has said is something, yes, disappointing, unacceptable but then freedom of expression allows us to say what we want and I also feel social media at times gets the worst out of us. He was trying to address a mean tweet perhaps he had gone through a multiple mean tweets before reacting or choosing to react to one…he could have done better. When he’ll look back at it, I don’t think he’ll really be proud of what he said,” Chopra told India Today.Kohli launched his mobile app on his 30th birthday on November 5. He read out social media messages and reacted after reading a particular tweet on his app.advertisement”Over-rated batsman and personally I see nothing special in his batting. I enjoy watching English and Australian batsmen more than these Indians,” Kohli read out the tweet from a fan during his app launch.It was his reaction to the comment that sparked a major uproar.”Okay, I don’t think you should live in India then…you should go and live somewhere else, no? Why are you living in our country and loving other countries? I don’t mind you not liking me but I don’t think you should live in our country and like other things. Get your priorities right,” Kohli replied.Is #Kohli asking his non-Indian fans to leave their country and come to India????.. Or to sort their priorities? #WTF (@Hramblings) November 6, 2018However, Kohli on Thursday took to Twitter to clarify why he made that comment.”I guess trolling isn’t for me guys, I’ll stick to getting trolled! I spoke about how “these Indians” was mentioned in the comment and that’s all. I’m all for freedom of choice. Keep it light guys and enjoy the festive season. Love and peace to all,” Kohli tweeted.I guess trolling isn’t for me guys, I’ll stick to getting trolled! ??I spoke about how “these Indians” was mentioned in the comment and that’s all. I’m all for freedom of choice. ?? Keep it light guys and enjoy the festive season. Love and peace to all. ???Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) November 8, 2018Since Kohli’s video went viral, fans have expressed their staunch views over the 30-year-old’s statements calling him arrogant and obnoxious. One fan said Kohli may have had a brain fade moment and shouldn’t be attacked.Rang De Basanti actor Siddharth called the Indian skipper’s comment “an idiotic set of words”.”If you want to remain #KingKohli it may be time to teach yourself to think ‘What would Dravid say?’ before speaking in future. What an idiotic set of words to come from an #India #captain!” Siddharth tweeted.If you want to remain #KingKohli it may be time to teach yourself to think ‘What would Dravid say?’ before speaking in future. What an idiotic set of words to come from an #India #captain! (@Actor_Siddharth) November 8, 2018Kohli has a huge following on social media with most of his posts showing him sweating it out at the gym, which strikes a chord with the youth of the country. He is well aware of his influence on the youth of the country and that he is closely followed not only by the media but millions who profess him their hero.Cricket fans on social media have now started to dig out some old tweets of Kohli and have begun targetting him based on his own words.According to your logic.sir @imVkohliIf you like German made Audi more than Indian TATA or Mahendra then…………?#ViratKohli (@faraz412) November 7, 2018advertisement”Don’t live in India if you love batsmen from other countries” This coming from someone who had his wedding in Italy.??Once Virat said he loves ABD’s batting, he also dated a Brazilian. Then he is also not eligible to live in India?? #ViratKohli is a different level hypocrite! Gaur (@NADEEMGOUR786) November 7, 2018#ViratKohli @imVkohli please leave to GERMANY shihabuddin (@Sayyad62711954) November 7, 2018If you don’t like Indian Tennis Player then you should leave India and go somewhere else.@imVkohli kindly decide your priorities. #ViratKohli Jaiswal (@Shubham4Swaraj) November 8, 2018If you don’t like Indian company bags don’t live here #SayItLikeVIRAT #ViratKohli #RYP (@Kepler___22) November 7, 2018#Kohli #ViratKohli #Germany Where did your marriage held?$akthi Msd (@SakthiMsd3) November 8, 2018last_img read more

Indian junior table tennis players end Bahrain Open with 12 medals

first_imgIndia’s young table tennis players completed their winning spree in the Bahrain Junior and Cadet Open on a high note, adding eight more medals to their kitty, including two gold, three silver and three bronze medals, late on Monday night in Manama, Bahrain.The medal rush for India started off with World No. 4 in the U-15 bracket, Payas Jain, steamrolling past his opponents to clinch the Cadet Boys’ Individual category crown. In the finals, he tamed Simon Belik of Czech Republic 3-1 to bag the gold medal.In the Cadet Girls’ category, five young Indian paddlers paved their way into the quarterfinals, but only two of them eventually made it to the last four stage.Anargya Manjunath and Yashaswini Ghorpade then registered easy 3-0 wins over Malamatenia Papadimitriou of Greece and Hana Goda of Egypt, to make the final clash an all-Indian affair.Karnataka’s Anargya proved to be the girl in form, beating Yashaswini 3-1 to clinch the gold.Brilliant performance by the Indian U-15 paddlers in the Bahrain Open. Kudos to all of you for your efforts. The future of Indian Table Tennis is definitely bright. Keep the Indian flag flying high. #TableTennis #TuesdayThoughts #BahrainOpen #YoungGuns #Sports #LetsGo Kamal (@sharathkamal1) February 12, 2019Suhana Saini and Swastika Ghosh fought valiantly in the Mini-Cadet Girls’ and Junior Girls’ category, respectively, but could only salvage a bronze medal each for their efforts.Suhana (U-15) went down to World No. 42 Hana Goda of Egypt in the semifinals to take the third spot. Swastika Ghosh too couldn’t put it past eventual winner Kristina Kazantseva of Russia and had to be content with a bronze too.advertisementIn the doubles section, the duos of Anargya Manjunath-Suhana Saini and Manushree Patil- Swastika Ghosh made it to the semifinals in the Junior Girls’ category. But the former pair’s journey was cut short by Kristina Kazantsev-Olga Vishniakova, the eventual winners from Russia.The pair of Swastika and Manushree seemed to be on course for a grand victory, getting off to a flying start. But the Russian girls bounced back from a two-game deficit to register a remarkable 3-2 win, giving the Indian pair only the silver.In the Junior Boys’ Doubles, Payas Jain and Deepit Patil also suffered the same fate as they went down to the Russian pair of Artem Tikhonov and Lev Katsman in the finals to settle for a silver medal.The Indian contingent had earlier clinched four medals in the team events and made it a fabulous sojourn in Manama, Bahrain by amassing a total tally of 12 medals.Also Read | Sathiyan highest ranked Indian, Manika Batra into top 50last_img read more

TCU Fumbles on Goal Line, Refs Award TD Anyway

first_imgLate in the third quarter, TCU drove the length of the field and tried to dive in from the 2-yard-line with Sewo Olonilua. He, well, he fumbled before he got in, but the referees awarded TCU a touchdown anyway to make it 34-17.That’s not a TD!— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 23, 2017It goes without saying, but Oklahoma State is officially in trouble.Yo!— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 23, 2017 If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Can TFC-Sounders be Lakers-Celtics of MLS?

first_imgMLS Can TFC-Sounders be the Lakers-Celtics rivalry of MLS? Thomas Floyd @thomasfloyd10 Last updated 1 year ago 13:08 12/9/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Michael Bradley Nicolas Lodeiro Toronto FC Seattle Sounders Jennifer Buchanan MLS Toronto v Seattle Sounders Toronto Seattle Sounders Opinion Emerging as the league’s flagship franchises, Toronto FC and the Seattle Sounders have turned the MLS Cup final into a familiar clash TORONTO — From the Cascadia Cup and California Clasico to the Atlantic Cup and Texas Derby, MLS has found little trouble cultivating rivalries. But when it comes to the MLS Cup final, the nature of the playoffs means those intra-conference feuds can’t be featured on the league’s grandest stage.It’s why fans should relish the occasion that is Saturday’s MLS Cup final, with Toronto FC hosting the Seattle Sounders for the second straight year. Not only does it mark just the third time in league history the MLS Cup final has been a rematch — it’s a clash featuring two of the league’s marquee clubs, on and off the field.The MLS Cup has a unique opportunity to birth an organic rivalry, based not on geography but heated title clashes — a la the trio of famed NBA Finals between Larry Bird’s Boston Celtics and Magic Johnson’s Los Angeles Lakers in the 1980s. If MLS wants its model franchises front and center, there are few teams — if any — the league would rather serve up in its showcase event than Toronto and Seattle. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “You want a final like this each and every year,” Sounders midfielder Cristian Roldan said. “Obviously it’s nice to see the underdogs go at it, but I think it’s two powerhouse teams with fantastic quality.”Watch MLS live and On-Demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial)There are plenty of parallels to draw between the clubs’ respective ambitions. Both teams have burst onto the scene in the past decade, ushering in a new standard for MLS expansion. Both clubs boast passionate fan bases capable of filling stadiums designed to accommodate the other kind of football. They also went down similar roads to build MLS Cup contenders, spending big to bring U.S. national team stalwarts back to MLS and sign in-their-prime foreign stars.”For the league to have more and more clubs that are willing to spend in different areas, willing to do whatever it takes to make sure that on and off the field things are done at the highest level, that’s how the league gets moved forward,” Toronto captain Michael Bradley said. “It’s even more exciting when you have another season where the two teams standing at the end are two of those types of clubs, because I think it justifies everything that is being done and it encourages everyone else to do the same to try to keep pace.”Cristian Roldan quote gfxThe clubs’ trophy cases reflect those investments. In addition to last year’s MLS Cup triumph over TFC, the Sounders have claimed a Supporters’ Shield and four U.S. Open Cup titles since kicking off in 2009. Toronto, meanwhile, is on the verge of an unprecedented treble this season, having followed its Canadian Championship win in June with a record-breaking run to the Shield.”I think they’ve had plenty of motivation after losing a final here last year,” Seattle coach Brian Schmetzer said of TFC. “There’s a lot of accolades that Toronto should certainly be deserved of. At the same time, our club, we’re very proud of what we do. … We all set a standard for ourselves in whatever department we have and we set that bar very high, and it’s something that we will continue to do.”Although it’s tough to nurture this kind of rivalry when MLS teams only face opponents from the opposite conference once in the regular season, it’s safe to say Toronto remembers Seattle from the 2016 MLS Cup final all too well. After a controlling performance that held the Sounders to no shots on goal and forced Seattle goalkeeper Stefan Frei into historic heroics, TFC settled for a 0-0 draw through 120 minutes and fell on penalties before its frigid home crowd.”I talk about second chances and how that doesn’t come around so often for athletes, and in life in general,” TFC defender Justin Morrow said. “We’re looking forward to having a second chance and capitalizing on it.”If the league wants star power in its grand finale, star power it will get. Toronto playmaker Victor Vazquez and Seattle maestro Nicolas Lodeiro bring class and vision to the proceedings. TFC’s talismanic Italian star Sebastian Giovinco has played at a level perhaps unmatched in MLS history. In the wake of the U.S. national team’s failure to qualify for the World Cup, Seattle’s Clint Dempsey and the Toronto duo of Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore have plenty to prove.Whether Saturday’s matchup gives us an all-time MLS classic remains to be seen. But TFC and the Sounders have provided all of the necessary ingredients.”There will be a lot of eyes on it — there always is,” Toronto defender Drew Moor said. “MLS Cup is very important to this league, and to have two big-time teams in it should be great. I hope it’s not a 0-0 penalty kicks game — I would love to see some goals for both sides. I’m a fan of this league, and obviously I want to win the game ultimately, but to have two model franchises that seem to just do absolutely everything right, I think it’s great for the league.”last_img read more

Restored Neo-Gothic Metropolitan Building to Become First Michigan Element Hotel

first_imgLocated in the Heart of Detroit’s Entertainment District, Element Detroit at the Metropolitan brings new life to one of the city’s most iconic buildings that has sat vacant for 40 years and was destined for demolition Element Hotels, part of Marriott International, along with Detroit-based Roxbury Group and Means Group, announce today the opening of Element Detroit at the Metropolitan, marking the debut of the stylish and eco-focused hotel brand in Michigan. The hotel, which has been incorporated into a renovated 92-year-old neo-Gothic building in the heart of Detroit’s entertainment district, aims to fuel a balanced life for travelers on the road. Designed for today’s healthy, active traveler, Element Hotels has redefined the longer stay experience with a nature-inspired design philosophy that is clean, modern and bright. “We are thrilled to be bringing Element Hotels to Michigan for the first time with the opening of this property that is steeped in so much history,” said Toni Stoeckl, Vice President, Distinctive Select Service Brands, Marriott International. “The Metropolitan has sat vacant for nearly 40 years and was destined for demolition, making the opening particularly special for us – we’re so excited to have played a role in bringing this iconic building back to life for the city of Detroit.” The Metropolitan Building, was originally opened in 1925 and previously was a destination for jewelers and shoppers alike. The Element Detroit at the Metropolitan boasts 110 studio and one-bedroom guest rooms. The hotel will also be home to a rooftop bar and patio, The Monarch Club at The Metropolitan, with private event space and unparalleled views of downtown Detroit and Comerica Park, the home of the Detroit Tigers. The Monarch Club will be the first of three food and beverage venues to open in the building, and is slated to debut in the first quarter of this year. The property is being managed by Azul Hospitality of San Diego, Calif. Care was taken throughout the renovation process to preserve as many of the original features of the building as possible, including the exterior façade, an ornate vaulted ceiling in the interior lobby, interior decorative stair cases, and original terrazzo flooring on the guest corridors. The original storefronts of the jewelry stores have also been preserved on the second floor and repurposed as meeting rooms. “The restoration and rebirth of this building with the Element Detroit at the Metropolitan as its centerpiece is a testament to the resilient spirit of Detroit,“ said David Di Rita, co-founder and principal of The Roxbury Group. “When the building closed 40 years ago, it would have been hard for Detroiters of that era to have imagined that it would come back to life in this way, particularly with so many of its beautiful original features still in tact. We’re delighted to be able to offer Detroit’s first extended-stay hotel to the city’s residents and visitors, and look forward to adding some fantastic social destinations to our increasingly vibrant Theatre District soon.” The new hotel provides guests with many eco-friendly amenities that are an important part of the Element Hotels experience. It features decor and artwork from repurposed and recycled materials, low VOC paint, and every light bulb in the building is LED. All guest rooms provide travelers with a filtered water system within each room. In the bathroom, guests will find low-flow faucets and toilets, as well as environmentally conscious body lotion, shampoo, conditioner and soap, containing certified organic ingredients by Pharmacopia, an all-natural vegan and cruelty-free brand. The hotel’s standard rooms are outfitted with a mini-fridge, microwave and sink, while the studios and one-bedroom guest rooms are outfitted with a refrigerator, sink, microwave, dishwasher and two burner cooktops. The hotel also features more than 5,000 square feet of meeting space, including three event rooms for conferences and gatherings, and 7,000 square feet of ground floor and lower level retail space. Element Hotels aim to allow guests to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle while on the road by offering a complimentary RISE breakfast every morning featuring a yogurt station, a fresh range of whole fruits, and more. Those looking to keep up with their fitness routine can enjoy the 830-square-foot Motion Fitness center, open 24/7. Guests can also take their workout offsite while enjoying the local scenery via Element’s Bikes to Borrow program, which is run in partnership with Priority Bicycles. Complimentary bikes are available upon request for guests to enjoy during their stay. Notable nearby attractions include Campus Martius Park, Ford Field, the Fox Theatre, the Fillmore Detroit, Little Caesars Arena, Beacon Park, the Detroit RiverWalk and Eastern Market. For those looking to unwind after a long day, the hotel offers Element’s signature RELAX reception hour, where guests can enjoy complimentary organic beer, wine, soft drinks and appetizers. Nightly rates start at $189. For more information or to make a reservation, please call 877-353-6368 or go to  About Element by Westin®Element by Westin®, part of Marriott International, Inc., defies convention through its stylish and sustainable design. The brand’s longer stay comfort empowers guests to ‘Stay in their Element’ through signature amenities including its complimentary healthy Rise breakfast and Relax evening reception, saline swimming pools, spacious fitness centers, Bikes to Borrow program and electric vehicle charging stations. Element made history in 2008 as the only major hotel brand to pursue LEED certification for high-performance buildings brand-wide. For more information, visit or connect on Facebook and Instagram. Element is proud to participate in the company’s award-winning loyalty programs – Marriott Rewards®, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG). The programs, operating under one set of unparalleled benefits, enable members to earn points toward free hotel stays, achieve Elite status faster than ever, and seamlessly book or redeem points for stays throughout our loyalty portfolio of 29 brands and more than 6,900 participating hotels in 130 countries & territories. To enroll for free or for more information about the programs, visit About The Roxbury GroupThe Roxbury Group is a real estate development and consulting firm founded in 2005. The firm specializes in complex real estate and economic development projects. Since its founding, the Roxbury Group has developed projects for its own account and others totaling more than $125 million in total project value with $75 million of projects in the pipeline. Most recently, they completed construction on The Griswold, a $24 million, 80-unit apartment building atop a 10-story parking and retail building in Detroit’s Capitol Park and the Plaza, a 74-unit apartment conversion of a former office building in Detroit’s Midtown district. In 2014, they reopened the historic David Whitney Building in downtown’s Grand Circus Park to much fanfare, following a $94 million redevelopment into an Aloft hotel and 105 apartments with first-floor restaurants and retail. About Means Group Inc.Means Group Inc. is a Detroit-based creative land solutions company with more than 40 years of combined experience in various sectors of construction and facilities management. With a main focus on the adaptive reuse of buildings and over 1 million square feet of property development and management experience, Means Group has transformed existing buildings to create vibrant communities and experiences. The most recent example was their redevelopment of the Woodward Garden Development, which the renovation of the historic Garden Theater. Other clients include the Kresge Foundation, Ford Motor Co., Wayne State University, Detroit Public Schools, and Marriott Hotels. About AZUL Hospitality GroupAzul Hospitality Group has a robust infrastructure of industry professionals with extensive experience in all aspects of hotel operations and development services. The company’s primary focus is on lifestyle hotels and resorts, with unique destination and product attributes. Other recent Marriott-branded Azul projects include Koloa Landing Resort Autograph Collection, The Guild San Diego Tribute Collection, Westin Carlsbad Resort & Spa, Sheraton Redding at Sundial Bridge, Moxy San Diego, and the AC Hotel Phoenix Biltmore. For additional information, go to read more

People who smoke marijuana weigh less

first_imgPeople who smoke marijuana or cannabis weigh less as compared to adults who don’t, a new study suggests. The findings are contrary to the belief that marijuana users who have a serious case of the munchies that will ultimately lead to weight gain. “Over a three-year period, all participants showed a weight increase, but interestingly, those who used marijuana had less of an increase compared to those that never used,” said lead author Omayma Alshaarawy from the Michigan State University. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainFor the study, published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, the research team looked at the Body Mass Index (BMI) of 33,000 participants, aged 18 and older, then compared the numbers. While the actual weight difference among users and non-users was modest, around two pounds for a 5-foot-7-inch participant weighing about 200 pounds at the start of the study, the variance was prevalent among the entire sample size. “An average two-pound difference doesn’t seem like much, but we found it in more than 30,000 people with all different kinds of behaviours and still got this result,” Alshaarawy said. The researcher cautions that marijuana should not be considered a diet aid. “There’s too many health concerns around cannabis that far outweigh the potential positive, yet modest, effects it has on weight gain,” Alshaarawy said. “People shouldn’t consider it as a way to maintain or even lose weight.”last_img read more

World famous star Céline Dion Criticizes Muslims living in Québec

first_imgBordeaux- In an interview with Maclean’s magazine, Celine Dion mentioned the charter of Quebec values which is currently being discussed in the Canadian province. The world-famous singer slipped, taking advantage of this debate to speak directly to Muslims in Quebec.During the interview, the Canadian singer stated, with a sententious tone: “I’m not against what people wear but if you go to the hospital, and you are in Quebec and we have embraced you and opened our country for you to live in a better world, you have to adapt to our rules.”“If the doctor is a boy or a girl, you’re gonna see the doctor that [is] sent to [treat] you. You can’t just say, “My religion doesn’t permit me to see a woman or a male doctor.” That’s the problem for me. If I’m going to see a doctor and he is gay, I’m not going to have a problem with that. It should not be an issue.” She added. With this comment, she implied that all Muslims come from backward countries while questioning their beliefs and way of life.Celine Dion also referred to the veil, the main object of controversy among the strongest advocates of absolute secularism and human free will. She implied that this religious symbol prevents the integration of Muslim women and those who come to Quebec have to adapt to the province’s values and do without it.“It’s just that these women who practice the things they believe in have to adapt to our country. They have to not change our law,” she noted.“Because you have a lot of Anglican or veiled women in a school—you can’t just take off the [Catholic] cross from the walls, or take down Christmas trees. If I go live in their country and have to be veiled, I will,” she added.If passed, Bill 60 would ban all public sector employees from wearing overtly religious symbols. Previously referred to as the charter of Quebec values, the government has renamed the bill the “charter affirming the values of state secularism and religious neutrality and of equality between women and men, and providing a framework for accommodation requests.” The public opinion and political class of the province is highly divided on whether or not the charter should be implemented.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

TimorLeste security situation remains volatile warns SecretaryGeneral

5 February 2007While the overall situation in Timor-Leste has improved over the past six months, the security situation remains volatile and the political climate is constantly changing, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, recommending that the United Nations mission in the impoverished nation be extended for another year. In his latest report to the Security Council, covering the period from last August to 26 January this year, Mr. Ban says that the UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) has made “substantial progress” towards improving law enforcement, preparing for this year’s planned elections and in other areas, although “much remains to be done.”“The overall situation in Timor-Leste has improved, although the security situation in the country remains volatile and the political climate fluid… The judicial sector, a key component of the rule of law, remains weak in a number of areas, and UNMIT, together with many partners in the wider international community, stands ready to assist in strengthening it,” he writes.“In my view, an extension of the UNMIT mandate for a period of 12 months would send an important signal of the willingness of the Security Council to sustain its commitment to Timor-Leste,” states Mr. Ban, adding that he also supports the Timorese Government’s request for more UN Police to be deployed during the electoral period.The Security Council created UNMIT in August to help restore order after fighting, attributed to differences between eastern and western regions, broke out in April and May and led to the deaths of at least 37 people and forced about 155,000 people – or 15 per cent of the population – to flee their homes. UNMIT’s present mandate expires on 25 February.As of 26 January, UNMIT consisted of a civilian component made up of 156 international staff members, 382 national staff and 1,313 police officers, as well as 33 military liaison and staff officers. UNPOL (UN Police) are implementing screening and mentoring programmes for the National Police of Timor-Leste (PNTL) under a deal signed last December in which the UN has full responsibility for policing.Low-level violence, much of it involving gangs in the capital Dili, has continued and last week more than 100 UNPOL officers, backed by troops from the International Security Forces (ISF), arrested around 50 gang members from two neighbourhoods in the capital, and confiscated homemade firearms, machetes, Molotov cocktails and other weapons.In his report, Mr. Ban writes that until the PNTL is “fully reconstituted and developed,” it will be important to maintain sufficient numbers of UNMIT police, but he also stressed the need for full involvement by the Timorese authorities in the security and other sectors, as he also called for international donors to keep up their support for the tiny nation.“In order to be sustainable in the long run, the efforts in the political and security sector spheres need to enjoy the full ownership and acceptance of the Timorese stakeholders. They also need to be underpinned by tangible progress and dividends in economic and social development.”“For the time being, however, the humanitarian challenge still exceeds the Government’s capacity. I welcome, therefore, the new consolidated appeal covering the first six months of 2007. The international donor community was generous in supporting humanitarian assistance to Timor-Leste in 2006. It is hoped that donors will consider contributing towards the 2007 appeal with the same generosity.” read more

After LacMégantic disaster rail companys plan to ship oil through Hudson Bay

WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government says a rail company’s plans to start transporting oil across hundreds of kilometres of remote rail line built on permafrost is too risky to the environment and the safety of those who live in the north.NDP Transportation Minister Steve Ashton said in light of the deadly train derailment in Lac-Mégantic, Que., earlier this year, Manitoba can’t support the shipment of crude oil through its fragile northern environment to the port in Churchill.“Lac-Mégantic was a wake-up call for all Canadians,” Ashton told The Canadian Press. “If there were concerns before, there are 10 times the concerns now. We have to make sure there is not a precipitous move — by Omnitrax or anyone else — (toward) shipment in this area.”Omnitrax Canada, the company that operates the only rail line up to Churchill, on Hudson Bay, was planning a trial shipment of crude oil next month. The company hopes to eventually transport millions of litres of light sweet crude oil a year up to the community where it can be loaded onto tankers.While Omnitrax says the plan is safe and will help create much-needed jobs in the north, environmentalists and First Nations worry it will jeopardize the livelihoods of aboriginal communities and pose a huge risk to wildlife. Churchill, known as the “polar bear capital of the world,” is an eco-tourism destination for polar bear, beluga whale and bird watching.“What are the risks if there is a derailment? What are the risks if there is a spill?” Ashton asked. “This is a highly sensitive area that goes from boreal forest through to the tundra. It’s important, both for traditional use but for economic use as well. Churchill is a major tourist destination … So there is heightened concern.”The province has chipped in some money to help upgrade the rail line over the years and supports diversifying the shipments that go through Churchill, Ashton said. But Manitoba can’t support any plan to ship oil through Churchill without further upgrades and complete transparency regarding the cargo carried by the trains.Figures from the Transportation Safety Board of Canada show there have been 63 accidents on the Hudson Bay rail line between 2003 and 2012. All but 10 were derailments.“Our advice to Omnitrax would be, go back to the drawing board on this,” Ashton said.Although the rail line runs through Manitoba, the track is under federal jurisdiction so Ashton said the province can do little to stop the shipment of oil. Transport Canada declined an interview request, but sent an emailed statement saying Omnitrax would be expected to comply with all federal regulations should it proceed with its plans.Omnitrax president Merv Tweed, the former MP for the Brandon-Souris riding, said the idea of hauling oil by rail is new and it will take time for people to get used to the concept. The shipment of crude oil by rail is perfectly safe and the tracks don’t require any additional upgrade, Tweed said.“When you aren’t aware of all the facts, it’s easy to misunderstand what’s being attempted or what we’re trying to do,” Tweed said in an interview. “We have to make sure that they understand that we know what we’re doing and what we’re trying to do and that we will do it with all the environmental and safety issues dealt with as regulated.”The company has been holding consultations in the north to try to quell public skepticism and ease concerns about the plan. A trial shipment of oil slated for next month is on hold while the company continues these consultations, Tweed said.Omnitrax is determined to grow the port of Churchill while bringing jobs and prosperity to northern Manitoba, he added.“We have to look at any and all ways of continuing to grow traffic through the port,” Tweed said. “The return on that is the fact that communities create jobs and opportunities … and young people get to stay where they want to live and enjoy a living.”But First Nations, who still rely on the wilderness for their living, are concerned moving crude oil through their traditional territory will threaten their way of life.Grand Chief Irvin Sinclair, with the Keewatin Tribal Council, said people still hunt and trap on the land. One derailment or spill is all it would take to destroy the livelihood of generations, Sinclair said.“There goes the wildlife,” he said. “There goes a way of life for everybody if something drastic happens … It would be devastating to the environment.” read more

Contaminated surgical instruments could pass on Alzheimers protein UCL study finds

first_imgThey found that all four had undergone neurosurgery as children or teenagers, raising fears that they had contracted the protein through surgical instruments, in a similar way to Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, the human form of mad cow disease.  Sticky brain proteins which are thought to cause Alzheimer’s disease may have been passed to patients by contaminated surgical instruments, scientists believe. Amyloid beta is best known for being one of the hallmark proteins of Alzheimer’s disease,…center_img Researchers at University College London studied the medical records of four adults who had suffered brain bleeds because of a build-up of amyloid beta in the blood vessels of the brain, causing them to rupture.last_img read more

SPOILER: Report on plans for Smackdown 1000 in two weeks from Washington, DC

first_img Twitter Big changes reportedly made to WWE RAW and Smackdown Live writing teams Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Elias, Chad Gable advance to the Semifinals of the 2019 King of the Ring tournament Google+ WhatsAppcenter_img The official website for the Capital One Arena in Washington, DC is already starting to promote more names for the Smackdown 1000 taping on October 16.This includes The Undertaker, Michelle McCool, Teddy Long and Vickie Guerrero.WWE reported last Friday that Evolution would reunite, including Batista.PWInsider reports that Rey Mysterio and Edge are scheduled as surprises as well. FOX to reportedly air WWE “Smackdown’s Greatest Hits” special Friday, September 27 Facebook Pinterestlast_img read more

Luka Milivojevic dropped from Serbia squad

first_imgCrystal Palace captain Luka Milivojevic has been dropped from the Serbia squad after the comments he made about head coach Mladen KrstajicThe 27-year-old midfielder blamed Krstajic’s tactics for Serbia’s group-stage defeats to Brazil and Switzerland at the 2018 World Cup.“Our manager had his opinion, something he wanted to try, and in the end we lost,” said Milivojevic, according to the BBC.While the scoreline was at 1-1 against Switzerland in their second group game, Milivojevic was surprisingly replaced by 22-year-old forward Nemanja Radonjic late on.New Liverpool signing Xherdan Shaqiri then scored a 90th-minute winner for Switzerland.serbiaReport: Euro 2020 qualifying Group B George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group B sees Portugal and Serbia play catch up with Ukraine.While Cristiano Ronaldo broke records and his Portugal side ran out…“We tried to take risks where, in my opinion, we did not have to,” Milivojevic said at the time.“I think we should have been more experienced and played for a result in the last 15 minutes.”Goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic and defenders Branislav Ivanovic and Dusko Tosic have also been left out of the 23-man squad list published by the Serbian FA on Wednesday.Krstajic’s side will visit Lithuania on September 7 before returning home to host Romania three days later.last_img read more

Police search for missing Fort Lauderdale man last seen in Pompano Beach

first_img#FLPD Have You Seen Michael Babbit? Missing Adult Male since July 7th If you have seen Michael or know his whereabouts contact Detective J. Saint-Jean at 954-828-5570 FLPD case# 19-113826 @FLFR411— Fort Lauderdale PD (@FLPD411) August 12, 2019 FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are seeking the public’s help in locating a Fort Lauderdale man who went missing in Pompano Beach.According to Fort Lauderdale Police, 40-year-old Michael Babbit was last seen along the 2300 block of South Cypress Bend Drive on July 7.He stands 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighs approximately 168 pounds. Officials urge anyone with information on Babbit’s whereabouts to call Fort Lauderdale Police at 954-828-5570.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Wednesday Nov 25 2015

first_imgFeds say TAPS can’t raise rates to cover over-budget upgradesLiz Ruskin, APRN – Washington, D.C.A federal commission says the oil companies that own the trans-Alaska pipeline can’t raise rates to cover cost overruns for an upgrade that went horribly over budget.Memorandum to give Alaska bigger voice in transboundary mine permittingEd Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – JuneauAlaska and British Columbia on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding giving the state a larger role in transboundary mine permitting decisions.New rules may help small energy projects sell to the gridRachel Waldholz, APRN – AnchorageNew rules could make it easier to develop more renewable energy in Alaska, by making it easier for independent projects to sell their power to the grid.Court: Free flights for anti-Pebble candidates were a no-noHannah Colton, KDLG – DillinghamThe Alaska Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a lower court’s ruling that a private air service violated campaign finance laws when it offered flights to two Lake and Peninsula Borough assembly candidates in September of 2010.Alaska Republicans sue to loosen rules on campaign contributionsLori Townsend, APRN – AnchorageRepublicans in Alaska are suing in federal court to overturn the state’s strict limits on donations to political candidates and groups. The suit challenges the state’s $500 annual cap on individuals’ donations to candidates and as three other contribution limits.‘Gay’ book dispute erupts at Wasilla LibraryEllen Lockyer, KSKA – AnchorageWasilla city officials heard public testimony Monday night about a library book that is concerning some parents.Anchorage sees property tax hike as 2016 budget sails throughZachariah Hughes, KSKA – AnchorageAt its meeting Tuesday night, the Anchorage Assembly approved the city’s 2016 budget, which totals just under $481 million.Landing a lamprey: A bizarre fishery opens on YukonTim Bodony, KIYU – GalenaThe annual run of lamprey is headed up the Yukon River. Diverse commercial markets for the snake-like creature have opened up over the past few years…but actually catching them can be tricky.Recovering from addiction, helping others do the sameLisa Phu, KTOO – JuneauAlaska’s capital city is battling addiction. The Juneau community continues to face substance-related deaths and near deaths. Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @aprn.Download Audiolast_img read more

Marijuana laws missing key language

first_imgMarijuana for sale at a dispensary in California. (Photo: Dank Depot via Flickr Creative Commons)Download Audio Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallott signed the state marijuana regulations into law last month (01-22-16) and the state will begin accepting license applications on February 24th. But there’s a wrench in the works: the original bill fails to properly authorize background checks.Before the Marijuana Control Board can issue licenses, the FBI requires a background check of each applicant. It’s a way of determining if the applicant has received a felony conviction in the last five years in another state. If the answer is yes, no license may be awarded. But the original bill is missing the enabling language that would allow the FBI to run names and fingerprints through their database.Cynthia Franklin, the director of the Marijuana Control Board, said that in order to award that power, it will take a state statute.“The FBI requires an enabling statute if you want to run a name through the national criminal history database and a regulation is not enough,” Franklin said.The Alaska Department of Public Safety notified the Marijuana Control Board of this oversight last fall. She explains the FBI-enabling language should have been inserted into HB 123, which created the Marijuana Control Board. It was brought during a floor amendment, but ultimately didn’t make it into the final language.“So it was discovered well after session,” Franklin said. “They missed a spot.Furthermore, the Department of Public Safety is missing it’s necessary authorization to do background checks, as it does for liquor licenses.Franklin says that in order for licenses to be issued in June, the legislature must fill these legal loopholes fast.“If those things do not happen this session, we will be in a very sticky place because we will have a statute that says we can’t issue licenses to individuals who have a felony conviction in the last five years. But we will only be able to check Alaska histories and not national histories,” she said.To close this security gap, the Senate Rules Committee is interested in rewriting HB 75, a marijuana “clean-up” bill from last session and folding in the necessary statutory language.The bill was originally drafted in House Community and Regional Affairs Standing Committee, chaired by Representative Cathy Tilton. An aid for Tilton, Heath Hilyard, told KCAW by e-mail that the bill may see movement on the Senate floor next week.last_img read more

Computer training for visuallychallenged in Vijayawada

first_imgVijayawada: Andhra Loyola College, Higher Education for the Persons with Special Needs (HEPSN) and Enable India, Bengaluru, jointly organised a two-month programme on ‘Computer Workshop for Students with Visual Impairment’ on Wednesday on the college premises. M A Kumar Raja, Deputy Director, Department of Differently Abled and Welfare of Senior Citizens, Government of Andhra Pradesh was the chief guest of the programme. Also Read – Rs 65.30lakhs Exgratia paid to deceased family Advertise With Us Speaking on the occasion, he said that Braille on voting machines, providing accessible devices like laptops to visually challenged, reservation in employment, self-employment opportunities for persons with disabilities and coaching for civil services are some of the initiatives taken by the AP government to provide more opportunities and inclusiveness. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us Principal Fr Victor Emmanuel appreciated the volunteers of HEPSN for supporting the visually-challenged students and for organising various activities like sports for the challenged, scribes’ assistance and arranging scholarships. Involving themselves in serving the persons with disabilities is inspiring and help them grow as men and women for others, which is the motto of the college, he said. Advertise With Us The two-month-long part-time course consists of basics of computer applications like MS Office as well as advanced tools like HTML. It is taught using the NVDA (non-visual desk top access) for the visually-challenged between 9 am to 5 pm. Students with visual impairments may make use of this o portunity to enhance their emplo able skills. Fr Rex Angelo, the vice-principal of PG section, Dr Sahaya Baskaran coordinator of HEPSN, volunteers of HEPSN, staff and the visually challenged students of ALC and SRR Colleges participated.last_img read more

Sarbanes Calls InsulinPricing System Hocus Pocus

first_imgBy BRIAN ABATE and EUGENE “JESSE” NASH IV, Capital News ServiceWASHINGTON – Maryland Democratic Rep. John Sarbanes on Wednesday criticized insulin producers for their lack of transparency in setting prices.“I do not buy the argument that the patient is going to be worse off, the consumer is going to be worse off, if we have complete transparency,” the Towson congressman said at a hearing by the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s oversight and reform subcommittee. “I think the lack of transparency is allowing for a lot of manipulation.”WASHINGTON – Maryland Democratic Rep. John Sarbanes criticizes the secret pricing process for insulin at a House hearing Wednesday. (Eugene “Jesse” Nash IV/Capital News Service)Nearly 10 percent of the U.S. population has diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of those, around 10 million have chronic kidney failure and require a kidney transplant in addition to regular insulin treatment to stay alive.But it’s hard to depend on insulin when the price of the drug for dependent patients is increasing every year, the committee’s chairwoman, Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colorado, said in her opening statement.One bottle of the brand of Insulin, Humalog, cost $35 in 2001. Today, it costs $275, said DeGette, whose daughter requires insulin every day.Of the six executives who testified before the subcommittee, three said they also had family members or friends with diabetes and said they knew about the effects of the cost of insulin firsthand.“Often our phone calls and visits turned to diabetes,” said Mike Mason, an executive of insulin-producer Eli Lilly and Company, about talks with four immediate family members.“Over the years we focused on these conversations of how they were managing diabetes but within the last two or three years the conversations have changed,” he added. “We now spend more and more time talking about how much they pay out-of-pocket for insulin.”Last week, the committee heard testimony from a diabetic patient who rationed her insulin to make it last longer because she couldn’t afford her next bottle. Also at that hearing, the committee explored the influence of pharmacy benefit managers, companies that negotiate prices for insulin with insurance companies and uninsured consumers.The testimony led Sarbanes to question whether witnesses were optimistic that businesses could be transparent in their negotiations for the drug.On Wednesday, Sarbanes asked why the general public does not have access to information about how the net price of the drug is often negotiated to a significantly higher cost for the patient through price benefit managers.“Should it be a trade secret? is that the problem? Like proprietary?” Sarbanes asked one pharmacy benefit manager company executive.“The reason I am able to get the discounts that I can from the manufacturer is because…,” Amy Bricker, senior vice president of Express Scripts, started.The congressman cut her off: “It’s a secret.”“Because it’s confidential,” Bricker responded.“Yeah, because it’s a secret,” Sarbanes said.Sarbanes then asked if the executives would support Congress taking steps to make the process transparent.“We would support transparency along the entire chain,” responded Kathleen Tregoning, an executive of insulin manufacturer Sanofi. “That’s the important thing, is if we have transparency all along, from the list price all the way through to patients.”Bricker said she would not support that kind of transparency because “it will hurt the consumer, congressman, because the price will be held high.”The Maryland lawmaker condemned what he called “hocus pocus” negotiations going on behind closed doors, saying that the whole price-setting system for insulin is “screwed up.”“They’ve managed to figure out a way to structure the system so they can be negotiating at a level that always protects, it appears to me, the profits of the companies and PBMs at the expense of the patients,” Sarbanes said.Although no one responded to the congressmen’s claims, Mason said that his firm is open to change if it is initiated by Congress.“We are open for transparency to help patients,” Mason said. “We are not defending the system.We are just explaining the system. We want reform, we want anything that provides better access to patients.”The hearing came amidst a larger Democratic effort to work with the Trump administration to cut prescription drug costs.“Together we must hold the president accountable to his campaign promises to ensure that he signs this legislation when it reaches his desk.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, saidTuesday in a speech to the American Hospital Association. “Every time I speak to him he says,‘Yes, yes. We’ve got to lower the cost of prescription drugs.’ We want to enable him to do that.”last_img read more

Bethea Starts Season with NY Giants

first_imgBy Mark F. Gray, Special to the AFRO, mgray@afro.comNew York Giants safety Antoine Bethea is getting a chance to live out his dreams.  In 2015 Bethea went undrafted and signed as a free agent with the Indianapolis Colts.  After 13 years,183 games, and a Super Bowl victory, the former Howard University safety heads to training camp again with no apparent end in sight.Bethea, now with his fourth NFL franchise, was overlooked on both ends of the BW Parkway.  Despite a stellar career, neither the Ravens nor Washington’s NFL franchise brought the future Black College Hall of Famer to camp.  However, the Bison legend heads to his 14th season still playing with a chip on his shoulder that drives him into the twilight of his career.Howard University football star Antoine Bethea is entering into his 14th NFL season with the New York Giants. (AP Photo)“My path was my path and I embraced it,” Bethea said to the Shadow League Radio’s “Bring It Home” podcast.  “The Indianapolis Colts gave me the chance and all I knew was that it gave me a shot to compete. Once I got in the playbook and stayed out of trouble I made the team and started from game one. When I was given that opportunity in my mind never let go of this opportunity.”That Bethea has played more than a decade without having his name called is what makes him a dream for NFL franchises.  Undrafted players aren’t guaranteed anything but an opportunity to compete in training camp. Most don’t last beyond the final days of camp and some end up on practice squads where they infrequently are relegated to special teams, which allow them to find work on other teams when the inevitability of injuries lead to roster spots opening around the league. However, Bethea had other ideas.  His work ethic that was carved in the Tidewater region of Virginia as a youngster, was honed on the “ghetto turf” of Greene Stadium at Howard.  Just having the opportunity to earn that HBCU Ivy League education was already a win in life, but football gave him the chance for something more. He dedicated a performance and training center for student-athletes that bears his name inside Burr Gymnasium.“The game has been good to me because I’ve been good to the game,” Bethea said. “My time at Howard were some of the best years of my life.  It was a chance to learn about my culture and develop who I am as a person.”Bethea remains low key as a new generation of players have taken off its mask.  He doesn’t run away from the attention but doesn’t seek it either. There is no commitment to personal branding other than to play the best he can on the field.  By no means is he the most active player on his Madden 2019 video game rating, but he still has a different resolve.“When the Giants posted it, I was like ‘77?’ But that’s all good,” Bethea said. All time I should probably have a rating high 80’s to low 90s if you look at my body of work.”As camp opened for the Giants, Bethea arrived without any fanfare while the outside conversation was about his former teammate and now Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr.  The soft spoken safety still carries a big stick on the field. His contract negotiations have never played out in the media, though New York is the biggest market he’s played in since college which presents opportunities potentially masking themselves as distractions. “You’ve got to make an effort to use social media in a positive way,” Bethea said.  “Once it’s [posted], it’s up there and what you must decide what you want people to take from that.”last_img read more

The Future According to Elon Musk Infographic

first_img 1 min read Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global The businesses under Elon Musk’s belt, from Tesla to SpaceX to SolarCity, incubate some of the most progressive ideas in their fields, and Musk is not shy to show his confidence in the at-first seemingly outlandish ventures. Yet Musk has proven his entrepreneurial prowess and foresight time and again.Related: 21 Weird Things We’ve Learned About Elon MuskBeginning in 2018, he outlined events from the beginning of commercialized space travel to the colonization of Mars. Perhaps his ideas are less science fiction and more grounded in reality than we may think.Check out the RS Components infographic below for the timeline of the future according to Elon Musk, from an AI takeover to settlements on Mars, and what to expect within our lifetimes.center_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. October 14, 2017last_img read more