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Dalit father in U.P. protests with children against their expulsion from school

first_imgA Dalit man on September 26 staged a sit-in along with his four children at the Siddharth Nagar district magistrate’s office, protesting against the alleged ouster of his children from the school for his inability to pay fees.The father, Shiv Kumar, told reporters that the Saraswati Shishu Vidya Mandir at Shohratgarh area in Siddharth Nagar ousted his children, Viraj (4), Yuvraj (8), Jyoti (10) and Chanchal (14) on August 30 for not paying the school fees. He said the school principal even made casteist remarks against him when he met him to explain his inability to pay the fees.“I also went to the police but my they did not register my complaint,” he said, adding he also wrote to the district magistrate and to Basic Education Minister Satish Dwivedi apprising them of the cancellation of his children’s admission from the school.“If my children do not get justice, I will sit on fast unto death,” he saidAsked about the incident, Basic Education Minister Satish Dwivedi told reporters that he would speak to the district magistrate on the issue and take requisite action, if the school administration is found guilty.last_img read more

Migrants weigh whether to stay in Mexico, resume trek to US

first_imgMexico City, Nov 7 (AP) Thousands of Central American migrants will take at least a couple of days to rest in a Mexico City stadium as they debate whether to accept offers to stay in Mexico or continue their trek to the US border.Humanitarian aid stepped up Tuesday for the roughly 4,500 Central American migrants gathered at the Jesus Martinez stadium after an arduous journey that has taken them through three countries in three weeks.Mexico City officials said they are bracing as many as 5,500 migrants at the sports complex as more trickle in.Members of the caravans of migrants, which President Donald Trump made a central issue in US midterm elections, declined to take an immediate decision Tuesday night on whether to definitively stay in Mexico or continue north, opting to remain in the capital at least a couple more days.”Nobody is in more of a hurry than me to get going (to the US border), but we have to go all together,” said Sara Rodriguez of Colon, Honduras.Rodriguez, 34, fled her country with her 16-year-old daughter Emily, after the girl began to draw unwanted attention from a drug trafficker.Mexico is offering refugee, asylum or work visas to the migrants.The government said 2,697 temporary visas had been issued to individuals and families to cover them while they waited for the 45-day application process for a more permanent status.Rina Valenzuela, who is from El Salvdor, listened attentively to aid workers from the nonprofit Institute for Women in Migration as they explained the difficulties of applying for and securing asylum in the US Valenzuela decided she would better off applying for refuge in Mexico.advertisement”Why go fight there, with as much effort and as much suffering as we have gone through, just for them to turn me back? Well, no,” she said.Meanwhile, hundreds of city employees and even more volunteers were on hand Tuesday to sort donations and direct migrants toward food, water, diapers and other basics.Migrants searched through piles of donated clothes, grabbed boxes of milk for children and lined up to make quick calls home at a stand set up by the Red Cross.Employees from the capital’s human rights commission registered new arrivals with biographical data –such as age and country of origin– and placed yellow bracelets on wrists to keep count.The atmosphere at the stadium in Mexico City was more institutional and organised than what migrants encountered on the road, where townspeople pushed bags of drinking water, tacos and fruit into their hands as they passed through tiny hamlets in southern Mexico.But there were signs that the stadium was already nearing its capacity to hold 6,000 people.Maria Yesenia Perez, 41, said there was no space in the stadium when she and her 8-year-old daughter arrived during the night, so the two from Honduras slept on the grass outside.Migrants pitched tents in the parking lot and constructed makeshift shelters from plywood covered with blankets and tarps.Forty portable toilets were scattered across the grass.The stadium’s enclosed space and government intervention makes it difficult for aid workers to reach the migrants, said Nancy Rojas, an Oxfam charity worker who has accompanied the migrants for weeks.Four big tents have been set up for women and children to sleep under with thin mattresses and blankets, while men were relegated Monday night to concrete bleachers.Temperatures dropped below 52 degrees Fahrenheit (11 Celsius) during the night in a city some 7,300 feet (2,240 meters) above sea level and still hundreds of miles from the US border.Several smaller groups were trailing hundreds of miles to the south.Mexico City Mayor Ramon Amieva said the city needs to “reinforce” to meet the needs of the migrants, especially vulnerable children and pregnant women.Mexico City’s central market supplied 3.5 tons of bananas and guavas to refuel the crowd, plus 600 bottles of water.The human rights commission said it planned to set up more tents and eating areas.Many of the migrants sought treatment for blistered and aching feet, respiratory infections, diarrhea and other maladies.Trump has seized on the caravan as an election issue and portrayed it as a major threat, though such caravans have sprung up regularly over the years and largely passed unnoticed.He ordered thousands of troops to the US-Mexico border, vowed to detain asylum seekers in tents cities and insinuated without proof that there are criminals or even terrorists in the group.In dozens of interviews since the initial caravan set out from Honduras more than three weeks ago, migrants have said they are escaping poverty and rampant violence.advertisementMany are families travelling with small children. Some say they left because they were threatened by gang members or had lost relatives to gang violence.Others say they hope to find work and send money to support relatives back home.Organisers are urging members of the caravan already in Mexico City to await the arrival of stragglers and perhaps even the other caravans further back.The idea is to find strength in numbers. The outpouring of support for the caravan that first set out from Honduras on October 13 has inspired thousands of others to march north from Central America.Former Honduran lawmaker Bartolo Fuentes, blamed by some for starting the caravan, re-joined the group in Mexico after being detained in Guatemala and deported to Honduras.Fuentes denied leading the movement, saying it was a natural response “to a situation more terrible than war.”He said about 300 to 400 Hondurans leave their country on an average day.”What do we have here then? The accumulation of 20 days” of normal emigration, he said. 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Bilic wants more from wide players

first_imgWest Ham United Bilic wants wide players to ‘do a bit better’ after Hammers fire blanks against West Brom Stephen Creek Last updated 2 years ago 04:54 17/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) SlavenBilicCropped Getty Images West Ham United West Bromwich Albion v West Ham United West Bromwich Albion Premier League The club’s wide players did not do enough to create chances in their 0-0 draw on Saturday according to their manager Slaven Bilic wanted more from his wide players after West Ham registered just one shot on target in their 0-0 draw with West Brom.Despite lining up with a strong front three of Andy Carroll, Javier Hernandez and Michail Antonio, the Hammers found the hosts difficult to break down and Bilic admitted his side lacked quality in the final third.West Ham 4/1 to beat Spurs Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing The result at The Hawthorns means West Ham have won just one, drawn four and lost six of their last 11 away games in the league, while they also have only one victory from five Premier League matches this season.Bilic did praise his defence for keeping West Brom at bay, telling the West Ham website: “It has not been a great game of football, but we were solid again and limited them to one chance in the game.”Especially in the second half, we were dominant and much better than them and coming into those really good areas, still keeping the shape and all that.”To be fair, we looked to get more and that was three points and you have to say the quality in the last third was missing, either with a cross or a reaction from a cross or something, or when we had good one-on-ones in the last 20 minutes, when they opened a little bit.”We needed one of our players, especially our wide players one-against-one in wide positions, to do a bit better.”A hard-earned away point and another clean sheet.#COYI pic.twitter.com/SlVV0sjO3I— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) September 16, 2017Bilic agreed with referee Paul Tierney’s decision not to show West Brom’s Ben Foster a red card for a lunging challenge on Hernandez in the second half.”To be fair, it looked to me to be a red card, but when I saw it again I can’t blame the referee,” he said.”He didn’t do anything wrong there because of two things – one, Foster wasn’t last man because two players came behind, and second, that challenge was mistimed and it wasn’t that brutal, so fair enough.”Fair enough, it didn’t have to be red, but a lot of times I’ve seen red for that, especially when you play at home, to be fair.”Bilic said the result, along with a 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town in their previous game, represented an upturn in form going into the EFL Cup tie at home to Bolton Wanderers.”It’s been a good week for us,” he said. “We were hoping we would get three points, but to get another clean sheet and a point away from home, you can’t be too negative about it.”last_img read more

THE SECRET LIVES OF OUR NATIONAL PLAYERS

first_imgEver wondered about the deep dark secrets of our National Training Squad members? Ever wondered what TV shows they watch? What books they read? Their most embarrassing moment in Touch? Their heroes? You can find all of this information and a picture of each member under their player profile. These are found at `Team Profiles’ and then Mens, Womens or Mixed Open, or by using the following links: MENS OPEN PLAYER PROFILES WOMENS OPEN PLAYER PROFILES MIXED OPEN PLAYER PROFILESlast_img

Lovett Looking Forward To Coaching Role

first_imgNine debutants will take to the field for Australia at an Open level for the Mixed side in the Trans Tasman Test Series against New Zealand which starts tonight at Mudgee’s Glen Willow Regional Sporting Complex. Despite only six players still in the side following Australia’s 2011 World Cup final defeat over New Zealand, Lovett is confident his team has what it takes to continue Australia’s recent strong record over the Kiwis in the Mixed division. “Most of them are coming out of our Youth program and our Youth program has been quite strong since it was rebuilt after the 2005 Youth World Cup that we lost.”“They are new to Open’s but they’ve played international Touch before and they’ve come from some very good programs in their regional level and even their club based stuff. It’s actually quite a very good balance for me, there are some young players that are coming through, probably the one that is really a debutant is Michael Law. He’s a bit of an excitement machine, he’s super fast, he’s very agile, he reads the game well. He’s going to be a player to watch once he finds his feet at that level,” Lovett said. Lovett started his coaching career close to 20 years ago and in recent times has coached the Australian 20’s Boys at the 2009 Youth Trans Tasman Series as well as being the Australian Women’s Open assistant coach for the 2009 and 2010 Trans Tasman events as well as the 2011 World Cup. Lovett says that it’s been a long pathway to get to where he has, but he can’t wait to take on the Kiwis from Thursday.“I’m pretty excited. Coming from a developing state (Victoria) it’s a massive honour, things are a little bit different when you don’t come from Queensland or New South Wales so you have to get up a little earlier and work a little bit harder to keep up on your skills and the modern trends of the sport because it’s not directly at your back door.”“I think both the roles I’ve had in the past four years have been pretty important, with the Men’s 20’s and the Women’s Open because obviously it’s a crossover between both the girls and guys and stepping into Mixed is a new arena for me.”“The Open’s Women’s was good exposure to the pointy end of the sport, I got to work with some really good athletes in the Women’s program and some coaches who have been around for a long period of time as well in Kerry (Norman) and Dean (Russell). Both of them have helped hone and develop my skills as I’ve come through as well as my other mentors, so it’s been good.”Mixed specialist Manu Wakely is Lovett’s assistant coach for the series, with Wakely’s experience  in the Mixed arena both as a player and as a coach to be invaluable for the side. “I’m looking forward to working with Manu Wakely, he’s been a very successful Mixed coach and loves the detail, he pretty much lives and breathes Touch so it’s great to work with Manu and see his passion for the game.”Lovett says he will be looking to the more experienced players in his team, including co-captain’s Kylie Hilder and Rohit Prasad as well as Jamie Chan and Sarah Spacie, to guide the debutants along the way in the Series. Seeing some of his Australian 20’s Boys side from the 2009 Youth Trans Tasman progress into the Mixed Open side will also be an exciting prospect for Lovett, as well as unleashing a few new faces against New Zealand for the first time. “I’m looking forward to building a new team together with the senior playing group and fostering some of the development of some of the 20’s Boys I’ve brought through and exposing some of the new players we have like Peter Watkins, it will be exciting.”“We’ve got a strong side that has a lot of potential, but we’ve got to live up to our potential and deliver on the park. It’s their opportunity now to basically come to the international stage and try to deliver, and some of the young kids, seeing someone like Michael Law getting his opportunity being able to apply his trade at this level and how he takes that into the Youth programs going forward is exciting.”There are plenty of ways to keep in touch with the 2012 Trans Tasman Series, which will be held at Mudgee’s Glen Willow Regional Sporting Complex from Thursday, 26 April to Saturday, 28 April 2012, including in the following ways: Websites: www.austouch.com.au www.transtasman.mytouchfooty.com Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #transtasman2012 in your tweets) YouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballauslast_img read more

John Calipari Has An Interesting Theory As To Why Kentucky Is A 4-Seed

first_imgJohn Calipari takes a selfie with Jamal Murray.Twitter/@UKCoachCalipariThe NCAA Tournament bracket, which was revealed last night, had a number of questionable inclusions and seedings. While many are focusing on Syracuse being a 10-seed, Tulsa being in the field at all, and the exclusions of popular mid-majors like Monmouth and St. Mary’s, the top of the bracket had some interesting team placements as well. One notable quirk: despite Kentucky beating Texas A&M in the SEC Championship on Sunday, the Aggies received a three seed while UK was bumped to the four line.John Calipari joined ESPN’s Bracketology show on Sunday night and delivered an epic rant about his team’s seed. Today, on his own radio show, he had a new theory.Calipari on selection committee: “They did not want us in Louisville … noooooo.”— TheCatsPause247 (@TheCatsPause247) March 14, 2016Calipari: They did not want us in Louisville. That’s why they stuck us with a 4 seed.— Jeff Drummond (@JDrumUK) March 14, 2016Kentucky Sports Radio transcribed the conspiratorial portion of Coach Cal’s show:“I had an idea who would be in our path. Like I said, I thought they’d try to ship us to Anchorage but there’s no regional up there, so they shipped us to Des Moines. (We’re) Playing on Thursday at midnight.” He later added: “They could explain the numbers however they want, they did not want us in Louisville.”We’re not sure we buy it, but Kentucky would have undoubtedly had a crazy home-court advantage in Louisville, so maybe there’s something to it. We’re sure #BBN will have a slight crowd advantage on Thursday night as is, unless there’s a big Stony Brook alumni base in Iowa that we don’t know about.More: Vote In Our “64 Most Annoying People In Sports” Bracket >>>last_img read more

January home sales in Greater Toronto Area down 22 per cent from

first_imgTORONTO – The number of homes sold in the Toronto region in January was down 22 per cent compared with a year ago, when the area was experiencing a short-term spike in prices that prompted the Ontario government to cool the market last spring.The Toronto Real Estate Board says Greater Toronto Area realtors reported 4,019 home sales for January through the Multiple Listings Service, compared with a record 5,155 sold a year ago.Last month’s average selling price was also down, falling by 4.1 per cent to $736,783 from $768,351 a year ago.“It is not surprising that home prices in some market segments were flat to down in January compared to last year. At this time last year, we were in the midst of a housing price spike driven by exceptionally low inventory in the marketplace,” said Jason Mercer, TREB’s director of market analysis.On a month-to-month basis, the number of GTA home sales was down 18 per cent from 4,904 in December but the average price improved somewhat from $735,088 in December — which was the second-lowest month in 2017.The number of new listings last month increased to 8,585, up 17.4 per cent from January 2017 but still the second-lowest in a decade for the month of January.The real estate board said Tuesday that it expects several measures taken at the provincial and federal level will have a smaller impact on the market as the year progresses.The Ontario government introduced a set of measures in April of last year aimed at cooling the market. Separately, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions introduced a new financial stress test for buyers that federally regulated lenders must apply as of Jan. 1.The real estate board’s 2018 outlook, released Jan. 30, anticipates the pace of sales will pick up in coming months — a message that was repeated Tuesday with the January report.“It is likely that market conditions will support a return to positive price growth for many home types in the second half of 2018,” Mercer said.“The condominium apartment segment will be the driver of this price growth.”In January, the number of condos sold in the region were down 21.9 per cent from last year but the average price for this housing category was up 14.6 per cent to $507,492.Meanwhile, sales volume and prices for townhouses, semi-detached and fully detached houses were all down.The biggest decline was in the average price of fully detached houses in the surrounding 905 area code, where the average price dropped by 12.0 per cent to $879,048. In the 416 area code, the average fell 3.9 per cent to $1,283,981.last_img read more

Cost on families from feds carbon tax plan will be known in

first_imgOTTAWA – The Opposition Conservatives are pressuring the Trudeau government to divulge how much the federal carbon tax will cost Canadian households — but Finance Minister Bill Morneau says they’ll have to wait until September to find out.The Liberals’ controversial carbon pricing policy has been under regular attack by the Tories, who are hoping it will become a key campaign issue ahead of next year’s federal election.During a parliamentary committee hearing Thursday, Morneau was repeatedly pressed by Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre to disclose how much the carbon tax would cost Canadian families.In response, Morneau said the plan will be revenue neutral overall and that there will be no net increase in taxes.However, he added that details on how much people will pay will only be determined in September after each province reveals their individual approaches to applying the policy.Poilievre then suggested Morneau was asking MPs to pass budget legislation that would allow the government to impose the carbon tax before explaining how much it would cost their constituents.The Tories have attacked the Liberals’ carbon tax policy and have argued it will raise prices on almost everything — from gasoline and groceries — without actually cutting emissions.The carbon price is set to rise from $10 per tonne per year until it reaches $50 per tonne in 2022.The Liberal government has argued that putting a price on carbon has a low cost and a big impact.The government has said carbon pricing encourages the pursuit of innovative ways for reducing emissions and will help Canada meet its international commitment to reduce climate-changing emissions.last_img read more

Better fuel margins acquisitions drive Parkland Fuel profit revenue beats

first_imgCALGARY – Parkland Fuel Corp. shares closed eight per cent higher on Friday after it reported doubling revenue in the second quarter on higher profit margins for fuel and contributions from two major acquisitions completed last year.The gas station owner’s stock leaped to $37.93 after it reported net earnings of $60 million on revenue of $3.8 billion — well ahead of expectations of $49 million profit on $3.2 billion in revenue, as reported by Thomson Reuters Eikon.“Our record results in the second quarter continue to highlight the contribution of the Chevron and Ultramar acquisitions, the significance of the annual synergies we are realizing and the underlying strength of Parkland’s pre-acquisition operations,” said CEO Bob Espey.“Through these acquisitions, we have established a significant Canada-wide scale that enables strong opportunity for continued organic growth.”The Calgary-based company completed its $1.7-billion purchase of Chevron Canada’s Burnaby, B.C., refinery and Vancouver-area retail and aviation fuel businesses last October.Its $978-million deal for Ultramar stations in Quebec closed in June 2017.Parkland said its exceptional performance is expected to continue this year, noting it has adjusted its target for 2018 adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization up by $125 million to $775 million.It added annual cost savings from last year’s acquisitions are coming in better than expected and it bumped up its synergies target by $100 million to about $180 million per year by the end of 2020.Parkland is Canada’s largest independent fuel retailer, with 1,850 gas stations under brands including Esso, Chevron, Fas Gas and Pioneer, as well as convenience stores, bulk fuel locations and commercial fuel supply contracts.In a quarter marked by soaring gasoline prices across Canada, Parkland reported that gross profit from retail operations was 8.0 cents per litre, up from 5.78 cents per litre in the year-earlier quarter.Sales of fuel rose to 4.2 billion litres from 2.6 billion litres in the second quarter of 2017.Parkland reported same-store sales growth of 8.1 per cent at its convenience stores as it launched new private label product categories under its 59th Street Food Co. brand and retrofitted 41 On the Run/Marche Express locations.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Companies in this article: (TSX:PKI)last_img read more

Trudeau met by more anti pipeline protesters on his BC long weekend

first_img“Most importantly I’m standing here by myself saying he’s not welcome here and neither is his pipeline,” George said after Trudeau’s speech concluded.As the prime minister reached the midway point of his address to a crowd of hundreds gathered at the Didar Berry Farm, George began to sing and drum.At one point during George’s demonstration, a woman from the crowd turned around and screamed “shut up” loudly at George.As George’s demonstration intensified the prime minister spoke loudly through the microphone and asked the crowd to applaud the indigenous peoples who had gathered at the farm 25 kilometres south of Vancouver.Earlier in the day, the prime minister marched down Robson Street as a raucous crowd of thousands lined the streets for the annual Pride Parade and spoke at a breakfast in Vancouver’s Davie Village hosted by PFLAG Canada.The prime minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland spoke to reporters briefly before joining the parade and said that though there has been a lot of progress made for the LGBTQ community over the past two years, there was still much more to do. DELTA, B.C. – Drum beats and chanting followed Justin Trudeau to Delta, B.C., on Sunday, as anti-pipeline protesters attempted to disrupt the prime minister’s speech at a Liberal Party of Canada community barbecue.Like several other stops on the prime minister’s long weekend trip to B.C., the protesters appeared at a planned appearance by Trudeau with signs and placards denouncing the Trans Mountain pipeline.Tsleil-Waututh activist William George said he was excited to get access to the event and a chance to voice his opposition to the pipeline directly to the prime minister. Fifteen-year-old Layla Spies, adorned with two rainbow flags tucked into her hair, a rainbow neckband and strings of coloured beads draped around her neck, said she was excited to see Trudeau walk past her and her mother.Great time last night at the Richmond Night Market – it’s opened all weekend long to celebrate BC Day so be sure to stop by if you are in the area! For more information, check out their website: https://t.co/S6fQ8EYm12 pic.twitter.com/jTJTRKVJBS— Harjit Sajjan (@HarjitSajjan) August 5, 2018Spies said she thought it was a great sign for progress that the highest member of the Canadian government supports pride, noting that many places in the world do not tolerate homosexuality.“It just shows a lot about how far we’ve come, and a bit about how far we still need to go.”Trudeau told the audience gathered at the Junction Pub for breakfast that while many places in the world could do with more tolerance, Canada should move beyond simply tolerating the differences in its communities and choose to love them.“No religion in the world says ‘Tolerate thy neighbour,’ it’s love them, accept them, befriend them,” said Trudeau in front of a rainbow-coloured curtain.Trudeau was flanked onstage by longtime Vancouver Centre MP Hedy Fry and PFLAG Canada’s Vancouver chapter president Colin McKenna.Trudeau commended McKenna and the work PFLAG Canada does across the nation, saying their message of openness, respect, and compassion can impact society in a way the government cannot.“When you talk about social change, change in families and communities, we need more than just a government saying what you should be doing,” he said.The prime minister is expected to be in Penticton, B.C., for the B.C. Day Picnic at Gyro Park on Monday.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)center_img “ It’s really important to continue to march in pride. We know that far too many homeless youths are from the LGBT community, we know the rates of teenage suicide is four times as much as in other communities, and eight times as much where the kids don’t have supportive parents,” said the prime minister.Danny Romandan was marching with the float ahead of Trudeau, and said he was in awe that the prime minister would walk in the parade at all, let alone with him.He added coming to Canada had allowed him to truly be himself.“Here I find the prime minister of Canada is marching with me and it’s amazing, and beautiful, and means so much,” said a beaming Romandan before returning to his megaphone and rousing the crowd.last_img read more

Have come to Kerala to send a message that India is one

first_imgNew Delhi: Amid the opposition of the Left parties, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, who is fighting the Lok Sabha elections from his traditional bastion Amethi in Uttar Pradesh, on Thursday filed nomination from Wayanad — a Congress stronghold in South India.Gandhi, accompanied by his sister Priyanka Gandhi and senior Congress leaders KC Venugopal and Mukul Wasnik, submitted the papers before district collector AR Ajayakumar at Wayanad district headquarters. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Justifying his move to contest from a southern state, the Congress president said that he was fighting the polls from down south to send a message that India was one. “I have come to Kerala to send a message that India is one. South, north, east, west, centre… all are one… There is an assault taking place across the country by the RSS and BJP. I just want to send a message and I will stand from south India and north India. My aim was to give a message,” Gandhi said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”There is a feeling in south India that the way the Narendra Modi government is functioning, their (south) culture, language, history all are being attacked. So I wanted to give a message that I will fight from north and south,” the Congress chief said in response to Union Minister Smriti Irani’s allegations that his decision to fight from Wayanad was an insult to the people of Amethi. In reply to the ongoing tussle between CPM and Congress over him contesting from Wayanad, Rahul said, “I wouldn’t say any word against CPI(M). If they are saying, let them say.” “The CPI(M) and Congress have been locked in a fight in Kerala. This will go on. I understand that the CPI(M) has to fight me. But I am not going to say a word against them,” he said. Priyanka Gandhi took to Tweeter to appeal to the people of Wayanad to take care of her brother and assured that he would not let him down. “My brother, my truest friend, and by far the most courageous man I know. Take care of him Wayanad, he won’t let you down,” she tweeted after the roadshow. Party workers shouted that they would ensure a thumping victory for Gandhi. “We all are excited. All sections of people gathered here to greet our prime ministerial candidate. We will ensure a thumping victory for Rahul ji from the soil of Pazhassi Raja,” said Ashraf, a UDF worker, who came from Vandoor assembly constituency. Hundreds of workers of the Congress-led UDF assembled outside the district collectorate in Wayanad, a scenic hill area in the Western Ghats of Kerala, as Gandhi filed the nomination. Braving the scorching heat, thousands of party workers, including men, women and youth gathered in Kalpetta town and its suburbs to see the Congress’ prime ministerial candidate, who landed here to file his nomination from the constituency which has the presence of various ethnic tribal groups. After completing the nomination procedures at the collectorate, Rahul Gandhi along with Priyanka Gandhi and senior leaders of the Congress-led UDF in Kerala undertook a roadshow to greet the voters of this constituency. Attacking Modi on the issue of corruption, the Congress leader said, “The country had faith in the prime minister when he said he would be the Chowkidar. But the Chowkidar himself has given Anil Ambani Rs 30,000 crore of Air Force money.” “He (Modi) has stolen money and given it to Anil Ambani who has no experience. Anil Ambani is in Rs 45,000 crore debt,” Gandhi alleged, once again attacking the NDA government over the Rafale deal.last_img read more

Tensions escalating between Morocco and Algeria over the Sahara

first_imgBordeaux- Morocco replied to Algeria’s latest verbal attack stating President Bouteflika is trying to hide his country’s domestic trouble.Moroccan officials didn’t appreciate Algeria’s tone when addressing the issue of Western Sahara. MAP, the Kingdom’s official press agency, released a wire today stating the Algerian declarations are “yet another diversion to hide a precarious internal situation.”In a speech read on his behalf by the justice minister, Algeria’s ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika had said an international mechanism to monitor human rights in the disputed territory was needed “more than ever.” Bouteflika referred to what he called “the massive and systematic human rights violations that take place inside the occupied territories to suppress the peaceful struggle” of the Sahrawis for freedom of expression and association.“The affirmations of the Algerian President show (…) the great weakness of a regime that is conscious of the unsustainability of its anachronistic position on the Sahara issue,” said MAP on Tuesday.On Saturday, the Istiqlal Party had provoked Algeria, which backs the  pro-independence Polisario Front, by asking the government to officially retrieve Eastern Saharan territories, including Tindouf and Colomb Bechare, which before the French colonization belonged to Morocco. It also asked for the issue to be on the agenda of the UN’s Fourth Committee in charge of decolonization.On Tuesday, Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra called on Morocco to show  restraint, saying “this incident, as well as the outrageously expansionist  statement by the leader of a Moroccan political party, are totally unacceptable and irresponsible.”On his part, Algerian Ministry Foreign Affairs Spokesman Amar Belani referred to this altercation by saying: “Algeria will not react to the frivolous and irresponsible provocations. We keep all the serenity that comes with defending just causes and international law, far from this medieval Moroccan party’s schizophrenic and unacceptable belching, and whose platform is inspired by a totally obsolete expansionism.” He reaffirmed his country’s will to lobby for a UN mechanism to monitor human rights in the region.The harsh words exchanged by the North African arch-rivals indicate that the neighbors’ relationship is far from being that of brotherly countries that share not only borders, but a common history, culture, religion and language.In his first address before the parliament since he was appointed Morocco’s Foreign Minister, Salah Eddine Mezaouar said on Tuesday that “Algeria tries its best to stall the negotiation process advocated by the United Nations and focuses on marginal elements by means of using human rights in international fora.”© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Ohio State womens soccer draws rival No 24 Michigan 22

Then-freshman Nichelle Prince (7) avoids a defender during a game against Pittsburgh Aug. 28, 2013. OSU won 2-0.Credit: Lantern file photoWith time running out, the Ohio State women’s soccer team made a big play at the end of regulation to tie with No. 24 Michigan.There wasn’t a lot of action in the first half as neither team was able to get much going. Both sides were unable to convert on opportunities as the match entered halftime scoreless.The Wolverines held an 8-4 lead in shots and 3-1 lead in shots on goal for the first half.Sophomore forward Nichelle Prince gave the Buckeyes a chance to take the lead in the 63rd minute but freshman goalkeeper Megan Hinz made a diving save to keep the score tied.Sophomore forward Nicky Waldeck gave the Wolverines the lead in the 70th minute with a header off a corner kick from freshman forward Taylor Timko.OSU responded with a header from senior midfielder Ellyn Gruber off a cross from senior forward Kayla Varner in the 75th minute to tie the game.With two minutes remaining, Varner had a chance to give the Buckeyes the lead with a header but the shot was saved by Hinz to keep the game tied.In the final minute, freshman forward Danielle Hogarth gave the Wolverines the lead with a header off a cross from sophomore midfielder Anna Soccorsi.Just a few seconds later, sophomore defender Nicole Miyashiro tied the game again off an assist from freshman forward Sammy Edwards. The late goal was the last of regulation, sending the game into overtime with the score tied, 2-2.Michigan ended regulation with a 22-18 lead in shots while both teams managed seven shots on goal.Redshirt-freshman midfielder Ani Sarkisian gave Michigan a shot in the 93rd minute but redshirt-freshman goalkeeper Megan Geldernick was there to make the save.Both teams were unable to score and so the game was sent into a second overtime.Both teams struggled for chances in the second overtime, but sophomore midfielder Jessica Heifetz had a chance to give the Wolverines the win in the 107th minute but Geldernick was able to make another save for OSU.The rest of overtime played out and the game ended in a 2-2 draw.OSU moved to 5-8-3 overall and 2-5-3 in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes also handed Michigan (11-4-1, 7-2-1) its first draw of the season.Up next, the Buckeyes are scheduled to face Iowa on Friday at 7 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium and Nebraska on Sunday at 1 p.m. read more

Ohio State womens basketball set for matchup with No 22 West Virginia

OSU junior guard Ameryst Alston goes for a 2-point shot while VCU freshman guard #13 Brittani Burgess and sophomore guard #14 Adaeze Alaeze try to intercede in the first half of the OSU Women’s basketball game against VCU November 23, 2014. OSU went on to win 96-86.With the Big Ten season around the corner, the Ohio State women’s basketball team is set to end its non-conference season on a high note against No. 22 West Virginia.The Buckeyes (7-4) and Mountaineers (9-1) are set to complete a home-and-home series dating back to last season, in which the Buckeyes won in Morgantown, W.Va., 70-61. Following that game, the Mountaineers would go on to win 17 of their next 18 games.Sophomore forward Shayla Cooper said she hopes to make a big impact in her first game for the Buckeyes.“I’m looking to bring a lot of energy, a lot more rebounding,” Cooper said.Cooper, a transfer from Georgetown, had to sit out until the end of fall semester due to NCAA transfer rules. In the two games she played for the Hoyas in 2013, she totaled 32 points and 17 rebounds.She spoke highly of her own defense, which will likely be needed against a deep Mountaineer frontcourt.“I’m more like the muscle of the team,” Cooper said. “I’m the one that’s going to get those rebounds, like when we played Pitt and we needed that one rebound.”The Mountaineers frontcourt starts with 6-foot-5 redshirt sophomore center Lanay Montgomery, who has totaled 66 rebounds in 10 starts this season.OSU coach Kevin McGuff said he was glad to have Cooper as an eligible player on the team.“It’s good to have her now,” McGuff said. “It’s good to have another body.”At 6-foot-2, Cooper provides depth, especially since the Buckeyes starting lineup is currently comprised of four guards and only one forward.One of those guards, junior Ameryst Alston, is looking forward to playing with Cooper for the first time.“Definitely, really excited to have her back,” Alston said.  “I’m really looking forward to playing with her finally, like in an actual game.”Alston said that Cooper’s presence is also important both offensively and defensively.“She’s definitely going to bring energy, for sure,” she said. “She’s such a physical player, so that’s definitely something that we need, as far as rebounding.”In addition to Cooper’s eligibility, freshman forward Alexa Hart was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week, her first weekly award. Alston was also named to the Big Ten Honor Roll.With a win, the Buckeyes would be on a four-game winning streak heading into conference play. That would be the longest of the season and would be a tie for the longest in the past two seasons under McGuff.The game against the Mountaineers is scheduled for a 2 p.m. start on Monday at the Schottenstein Center. read more

Councilmember Chris Wards budget priorities for District 3 and the City of

first_img Posted: April 30, 2018 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 Mayor Kevin Faulconer has released his proposed budget for the 2019 fiscal year. The budgetary process will begin in just a couple days.Councilmember Chris Ward was in studio to outline some of his priorities for the City of San Diego and for District 3. KUSI Newsroom, Carlos Amezcua, April 30, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Carlos Amezcua Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News Tags: Chris Ward FacebookTwitter Councilmember Chris Ward’s budget priorities for District 3 and the City of San Diegolast_img read more

Ban On Distilleries Serving Cocktails Approved By Board

first_imgThe board received over 540 letters from residents during the open public comment period including Senator Peter Micciche (R-K-Pen) that in a letter along with other state legislators states: “I am writing to urge you to support Alaska’s 10 distilleries’ efforts to continue to produce value-added Alaskan products by serving drinks in their respective tasting rooms.”   The ABC Board approved the proposal at its meeting on January 24, the proposal defines “the distillerys product” as a distilled spirit made or distilled in the licensed facility, and also clarifies that a licensee may provide other non-alcoholic products (mixers and garnishes) but may not combine them with a distilled spirit. The two-drink limit at all distilleries will remain in effect. The new rule goes in effect 30 days after Lt. Governor Byron Mallot signs the new regulation. However, under the new proposal, licensed distilleries may provide mixers, and they may sell alcohol distilled on site, but it will be up to the customer to mix them into a single drink. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Last updated on January 25th, 2018 at 10:49 amThe Alaska Alcoholic Beverage Control Board approved a proposal that forbids distilleries from serving mixed drinks. The state of Alaska has 10 licensed distilleries, all of which have previously testified that mixed drinks served in approved tasting rooms are key parts of their individual business plans. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-ABS-distillary-ruling-1.mp3VmJennifer-on-ABS-distillary-ruling-1.mp300:00RPdlast_img read more

PVR on an expansion spree eyes 1000 screens

first_imgMultiple chain operator PVR is all set to take its screen count to 500 this financial year from the current 477, and eventually reach 1,000, apparently buoyed by the ever-increasing number of films being released.The company, whose 477 screens are spread across 44 cities, had seen a fourfold jump in its second-quarter net profit at Rs 41.05 crore, up from Rs 9.20 crore in the corresponding period last year. Revenues had gone up from Rs 398.92 crore in the September 2014 quarter to Rs 474.60 crore in the second quarter of 2015-16.Its current chain of screens consists of four brands — PVR Talkies, PVR Cinemas, PVR Premium and the newly-launched PVR Icon.The expansion will mainly be in the PVR Cinemas and PVR Premium categories.”Our target is to reach 1,000 screens quickly. The shorter target is to get to 500 screens in this financial year and then look at going to 1,000 screens,” PVR Cinemas Chief Executive Officer Gautam Dutta told PTI.The company will embark on both bringing up new screens and renovation of the existing ones.PVR has an occupancy rate of about 35-37%, with a reported footfall of 6.6 crore. In terms of revenue split, food and beverages contribute 25%, while advertising accounts for about 12%, with the rest coming from ticket sales, of which online sales contribute 35%, according to brokerage Angel Broking.With movie buffs thronging cinema halls to watch their favourite films such as “Tamasha”, “Spectre”, “Prem Ratan Dhan Payo”, multiplexes are apparently bullish on growth prospects. The PVR stock closed at Rs 843.35, down 0.02%, on Monday on the BSE.last_img read more

It is just starting of digital marketing in India Manish Singh

first_imgManish SinghPR HandoutEntrepreneur Manish Singh says that is just the beginning of digital marketing in India. In the coming days, it would grow to such an extent where government will consider introducing a courseManish Singh is currently pursuing his college studies at the Delhi Technical Campus – IP University. But it is unbelievable that the 20-year-old student is earning in eight-figures. He was inspired by Neil Patel and Garyvee who are the prominent names in digital marketing and counted as legends of this field.Learning from their footsteps, Manish Singh has come a long way in three years and he has mastered himself in digital marketing. He has emerged as a youngest digital marketing entrepreneur of the world.Manish Singh started as a freelancer and then slowly he began to get useful clients, so, he didn’t waste time and create his own company called ZZED Media. Right now, ZZED Media has become the first choice in Digital Marketing. Manish Singh has worked to achieve this tag of Youngest Digital Marketing Entrepreneur, and it is not simple to accomplish.Manish Singh is completing his studies in B Tech from Electronics and Communication. He understands the importance of studies. So he has not left his studies even after achieving success in his business. He also gives his expert advice. His consulting work has helped many people in recent times. His company ZZED Media also provides an essential course for digital marketing.Manish Singh says, it is just starting of digital marketing in India. We will see lot more new things with the growth of the Internet in India. More companies will try digital marketing to survive in this competitive world. There will be no space for the business people who don’t attempt digital marketing in the coming years. It will be part of the business routine process.Manish Singh even feels you will see government will start digital marketing courses or include in studies in coming years.last_img read more

UN rights chief slams Bangladesh drug war

first_imgUN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra`ad Al HusseinThe UN rights chief on Wednesday condemned the recent killing of more than 100 alleged drug dealers in Bangladesh, insisting that extra-judicial killings cannot be justified in the fight against narcotics.Some 130 people have reportedly been shot dead by Bangladeshi security forces since 15 May and another 15,000 arrested in the Philippines-style crackdown aimed to halt the spread of methamphetamine and other illegal drugs.”I am gravely concerned that such a large number of people have been killed,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said in a statement.He also voiced concern about government reaction, which “has been to assure the public that none of these individuals were ‘innocent’.”Such statements are dangerous and indicative of a total disregard for the rule of law,” he said.”People do not lose their human rights because they use or sell drugs.”Bangladesh has been struggling to contain a surging drug trade.Police have vowed to stamp out “yaba”, a very popular street pill made of caffeine and methamphetamine.Authorities last year seized a record 40 million yaba tablets, but said an estimated 250-300 million others entered the market, due in part to large quantities coming across the border from major producer Myanmar.Nine million yaba tablets were seized in less than three months earlier this year, including nearly two million in a single haul.The rights commissioner stressed that “the presumption of innocence and the right to due process must be at the forefront of any efforts to tackle crime.””Given the large number of people arrested, there is a high likelihood that many people may have been arbitrarily detained, without due regard for their rights.”Urging Bangladesh to investigate reports of extra-judicial killings and hold the perpetrators to account, he also voiced concern that already vulnerable slum communities were particular targets and that the crackdown appeared to be hampering drug users from accessing health services.The alleged dealers killed in Bangladesh mainly died in what authorities described as shootouts, but parallels have been drawn to the Philippines where police have been accused of executing suspects.”There is no doubt that the trafficking and sale of illegal narcotics leads to tremendous suffering,” the rights chief added.”But extra-judicial killings, arbitrary arrests and the stigmatisation of people who use drugs cannot be the answer.”last_img

Cop closed for torturing woman in police station

first_imgAn assistant sub-inspector of police was closed on Friday for physically torturing a woman at Dhunat police station over dues.The action was taken against Shahnur Rahman after the allegation was found to be true in primary investigation, said officer-in-charge of the police station Ismail Hossain.The victim, Kohinoor Khatun, 42, of Nightpara Boubazar in the district town, is now undergoing treatment at Dhunat Upazila Health Complex.Kohinoor said she used to run a food shop in front of the Judge’s Court in the town and ASI Shahanur used to take food from it. She also claimed that he took Tk 60,000 from her as loan.When she asked for money, the official proposed that she entered an illicit relation with her, she said, adding that she later served a legal notice on him.The police officer called the victim to Dhunat police station on Friday morning in the name of returning her money. At one stage, they locked into an altercation and he beat her mercilessly and drove her out of the police station.Contacted, Shahanur claimed that Kohinoor had long been demanding money to him threatening to implicate him in false cases. “To avoid harassment, I had given her Tk 60,000 through a settlement. Even after that, she came to the police station again and threatened to file a case against me. Being angered, I slapped her.”The OC said the superintendent of police was informed of the matter and later an additional superintendent of police found the allegation to be true after primary investigation and ordered action against the ASI.Departmental action will be taken against him after further investigation, he said.last_img read more