IPS officers condemn Sadhvi Pragyas remark on Karkare

first_imgMumbai: Associations of serving as well as former IPS officers on Friday condemned BJP candidate Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur’s remark that then Maharashtra ATS chief Hemant Karkare died in a terrorist attack because she had cursed him.The Indian Police Service (Central) Association tweeted from its official handle, `IPS Association’, that Karkare had made the “supreme sacrifice”. “Ashok Chakra awardee late Sri Hemant Karkare, IPS made the supreme sacrifice fighting terrorists. Those of us in uniform condemn the insulting statement made by a candidate and demand that sacrifices of all our martyrs be respected,” the association said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Julio Ribeiro, chairman of the Retired IPS Association, termed Thakur’s statement as unfortunate. Ribeiro said, “Karkare was one of the finest IPS officers who worked almost everywhere in Maharashtra during his stint and there was not a single complaint against him. He would never do anything wrong. “When other officers who have worked with Karkare would come across Pragya’s remark, they will think what kind of people are being put up (as candidates),” he said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KKarkare, along with Ashok Kamte and Vijay Salaskar, was among the police officers who were killed during the 2008 Mumbai terror attack. Before that, the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad had cracked the September 2008 Malegaon blast case and arrested Thakur and others. Thakur later got bail, but she is still facing trial for the blast in which six persons were killed. Addressing BJP workers in Bhopal — from where the party has fielded her for the Lok Sabha poll — she alleged that Karkare “tortured” her during the probe. “I told him he will be destroyed. A little over a month later ‘sutak’ (ritual observed after death of a family member) was going to start…just over a month later, he was shot dead by terrorists and the inauspicious period ended,” she said.last_img

Oregon OKs 1st statewide US mandatory rent control law

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has signed the first mandatory statewide rent control bill for the U.S. as the economically booming state struggles to control a spiraling housing crisis.The Democratic governor at a signing ceremony Thursday said the measure will “provide some immediate relief to Oregonians struggling to keep up with rising rents.”The law will limit rent increases to 7 per cent each year plus inflation. Landlords must also provide just cause before evicting tenants after the first year of occupancy.The law takes effect immediately because Democrats who control the Legislature say the housing crisis is an emergency.New York has a statewide rent control law, but cities can choose whether to participate.Sarah Zimmerman, The Associated Press

UN war crimes court denies Milosevic request for more time to argue

Seeking to expedite the judicial process, the United Nations International Criminal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) at The Hague today decided to deny former President Slobodan Milosevic’s request for more time to argue his case.In a related decision, the court also denied a request by its most notorious suspect to sever the Kosovo indictment from the other charges, which deal with genocide, crimes against humanity and other war crimes committed in Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as Croatia during the Balkan wars of the 1990s.Citing the advice of medical experts, the ICTY also granted a request by Mr. Milosevic for a six-week rest and adjourned his case until 23 January 2006. In making its decisions, the court noted that Mr. Milosevic has spent three-quarters of his time almost entirely on Kosovo-related evidence despite being warned that he needed to use it to address evidence in relation to all three indictments.Mr. Milosevic, the ICTY said, had deliberately avoided addressing evidence on the Croatia and Bosnia parts of the case, “thus seeking to provide a foundation for a request for additional time.”Anticipating that the conclusion of his allotted time will take the trial well into March 2006, the judges said rebuttal and rejoinder cases as well as concluding arguments would cause the trial hearings to continue until the middle of 2006. That would be followed by a “substantial” period of time to draft the judgment. “The Trial Chamber’s fundamental obligation is to bring this trial to a fair and expeditious conclusion,” the court said, urging the former President of Yugoslavia to begin dealing with the Bosnia and Croatia indictments. read more

IMF warns of negative and substantial impact of Brexit

IMF warns of ‘negative and substantial’ impact of Brexit by Maria Danilova, The Associated Press Posted Jun 17, 2016 5:03 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 17, 2016 at 6:41 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – A U.K. vote to leave the European Union would seriously hurt the British economy and possibly lead to a recession next year, the International Monetary Fund warned Friday.An IMF report estimated that were Britain to leave the EU, its economy could contract by as much as 0.8 per cent in 2017. In 2019, economic output could be up to 5.5 per cent lower to what it would be if the country remains in the 28-member EU.While the Washington-based IMF cautioned that the decision was for the British voters to make, IMF experts believe that “the net economic effects of leaving the EU would likely be negative and substantial.”An exit by Britain, referred to as “Brexit,” would likely lead to reduced trade and financial flows with other EU members, lower investment and consumer confidence and higher financial market volatility. All this could prompt major financial firms to relocate from London.“Such effects could over time erode London’s status as Europe’s preeminent financial centre,” the IMF said.British voters go to the polls on June 23.If the UK leaves, it would no longer be obligated to make mandatory financial contributions to the EU. But those savings will likely be offset by losses triggered by a decline in trade and investment, the report said.The IMF also said that leaving the EU will trigger a lengthy, complicated and uncertain process of negotiating new trade terms with EU members and Britain’s other trading partners, which in itself could decrease investor confidence and shake markets.On the other hand, were Britain to remain the EU, that would help dissipate uncertainty and could support a rebound in growth of some 1.9 per cent this year, according to the Fund.Matthew Elliot, the chief executive of Vote Leave dismissed the IMF report as its “latest intervention in the referendum debate” and said it ignores the positive aspects of leaving the EU, such as job creation and saving government funds.“If we Vote Leave we can create 300,000 jobs by doing trade deals with fast growing economies across the globe,” Elliot said in a statement. “We can stop sending the £350 million we pay Brussels every week. That is why it is safer to Vote Leave.” read more

Brock in the News – April 1622

Labour Studies Professor releases report on gender wage gap in retailAssociate Professor Dr. Kendra Coulter of the Centre for Labour Studies released a report on April 18, the day before Gender Wage Gap Day in Ontario, that determined men are being paid more than women in every occupational category within Ontario’s retail sector. Her research received widespread attention this week from the Toronto Star, CBC, The Hamilton Spectator, St. Catharines Standard, CHCH News, 680 News Toronto, 570 News Kitchener, Niagara Falls Review, Metro News and Yahoo! Canada.Dr. Coulter’s televised interview with CBC The Exchange was viewed nearly 15,000 times on their Facebook page as of April 22.Brock University Twitter account ‘Best in Canada’For the second straight year, Brock has been recognized as having the best Twitter account among all Canadian colleges and universities. Analytics firm Engagement labs noted Brock’s responsiveness in making it a leader on Twitter: 1057 EZ Rock, 610 CKTB, Giant FM 91.7 Niagara, Marketwired, and Engagement Labs.Ceremony sends hope and love to First Nations communities in crisisThe Indigenous Solidarity Coalition at Brock University gathered for a tobacco ceremony and prayer vigil in front of the Schmon Tower on April 21. The ceremony was in response to the suicide epidemics facing the northern First Nations communities of Attawapiskat, Ont. And Cross Lake, Man. The event was attended by several local media outlets including St. Catharines Standard, CHCH News, and 610 CKTB. read more

How The Mystics Can Pull Off An Upset In The WNBA Finals

It seemed easy enough to count out the Washington Mystics at different junctures during the WNBA playoffs.Elena Delle Donne’s knee injury looked flat-out brutal — and potentially season-ending — when it happened in Game 2 of the semifinals last week. Things appeared bleak when the Mystics were pushed to the brink of elimination after a Game 3 loss in which Delle Donne sat out to rest the bone bruise. And with the Atlanta Dream hosting the decisive Game 5 on Tuesday, and Delle Donne hobbled but playing, Washington still didn’t seem to be in the driver’s seat.Nonetheless, here the Mystics are, in their first WNBA Finals, a stage on which they’ll again be underdogs — this time against a skilled Seattle club that had the league’s best record. Yet despite what figures to be an uphill battle for Washington, the Mystics have something of a blueprint to work off of in hopes of winning the title when the finals begin Friday night. Above all else, they’ll need to grind the games to a halt as best they can to maximize their chances.Yes, some of that slowdown would be aimed at helping out former league MVP Delle Donne, who worked tirelessly to make it back from the knee injury last round. But the Mystics’ offense thrives while playing at one of the slowest paces in the WNBA — a contrast from Seattle, which likes to push the tempo when possible.Washington takes more possessions into the last four seconds of the shot clock than any team, and it’s found success that way. In fact, according to data from Synergy Sports Technology, the Mystics lead the WNBA in efficiency when the clock is down to its last four seconds — not only in terms of points per possession but also in score-frequency rate and free-throw rate.1There is some risk involved in taking possessions that deep into the clock — particularly for Washington, which had the league’s most efficient offense after a defensive rebound, according to Inpredictable. But the numbers paint a compelling picture that the team would be best served by not engaging in a track meet, which is probably what Seattle wants. That could come in handy given that the team’s already-slow attack has been even more tortoise-like since Delle Donne returned. (While her presence is huge for this offense, her scoring is down in the two games since her injury — 14.5 points per game, off from the 21 she averaged in the regular season. Delle Donne also averaged 30 points per game against Seattle during the regular season.)The Mystics and Storm have faced off three times this year. Seattle took the first two, while Washington won the August game, which featured the slowest pace of the three, at just 73 possessions per 40 minutes. For context, Seattle’s offense — arguably the best in the NBA — usually is far faster than that (it averaged 83 possessions per 40 minutes during the regular season). Also noteworthy: The Mystics grabbed an eye-popping 35 percent of their own misses that night — up from a season average of 26 percent — giving them ample second chances and allowing them to win the time-of-possession battle with the Storm, who would prefer to get up and down. Given all this, taking care of the ball and limiting the number of possessions against the perceived on-paper favorite — which will host the first two games of the series at KeyArena — would be ideal for the Mystics.Still, there are a couple of unusual factors that could make the matchup tougher to call one way or the other. For starters, there wasn’t a whole lot of playoff experience on either of these teams entering this postseason — let alone WNBA Finals experience. So there could be some initial jitters. The Mystics, who played their entire regular season home slate at Capital One Arena in D.C., had to host their semifinal round home games at George Washington University because of renovations at their normal home, and now scheduling conflicts will push them to George Mason University — which is in Virginia — for the WNBA Finals.If there’s a safe bet to be made in these finals, though, it’s that the 3-point shooting will be plentiful. Nine of the league’s top 25 3-point shooters this season, in terms of accuracy, are represented by these two teams alone.2Minimum of 25 threes made to qualify.Another: To have a chance of winning the series, Washington must find a way to at least contain 2018 MVP Breanna Stewart. She scored 25 points in each of the Storm’s first two games against the Mystics this season, but she was held to just 10 — tied for her second-lowest total of the season — during Seattle’s loss in D.C. last month. The 24-year-old, who ranked in the 99th percentile of offensive efficiency this season, according to Synergy, is almost unstoppable. But the Mystics found some success in double-teaming Stewart in the post, a scenario in which the Storm scored only a third of the time — and committed a turnover 17 percent of the time.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/StewartDouble2.mp400:0000:0000:13Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/StewartDouble.mp400:0000:0000:07Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.With Delle Donne at less than 100 percent, Kristi Toliver (who scored 38 points combined in the first two games against Seattle) and Ariel Atkins (who averaged 16 points against Seattle this season while shooting 47 percent) will likely need to shoulder more of the offensive burden against the Storm. Meanwhile, Sue Bird — who’s won two WNBA titles already with Seattle, the most recent in 2010 — will almost certainly stretch Washington’s defense after her late, ice-in-veins showing in Tuesday’s Game 5, marking Diana Taurasi’s first loss in a winner-take-all game.With all the spacing on the court in these finals, both teams could find it difficult to truly settle in on the defensive end. And against an uptempo team like Seattle, that wants to push the other way in transition, Washington taking every possession to the end of the clock could throw the Storm even more out of rhythm. It could be Washington’s best bet here, as the Mystics and Delle Donne vie to overcome their last, and most daunting, hurdle. read more

Norfolk beach rescue Safety fears raised about manmade sea defences where holidaymaker

Mr Cox said: “He was just grateful to be out and for the first two minutes he didn’t realise he was out – the critical care paramedic gave him a really good dose of drugs because the pain was so immense.”The man was taken to hospital with a serious injury to his left leg. The rock armour juts out of the Sheringham seafront to protect it from storms and coastal erosion A spokesman said: “We are of course aware of an incident on Sheringham beach’s East Promenade that took place last night in which a gentleman became trapped in the rocks used as sea defences.”As a result, we have conducted a health and safety inspection of the area this morning to assess if there are additional measures that can be put in place to prevent this from happening again.”There is signage along that part of the beach urging people to be cautious of the hazards that the rocks can present.”We encourage all visitors to the beach to exercise caution when enjoying the seaside, to be aware of their surroundings and to be mindful of how quickly conditions may change.”The council also praised the “the swift and professional response” of the emergency services in freeing the man, who they wished a “speedy recovery”. Witnesses described how the father had remained calm throughout his ordeal – even managing to exchange banter with one rescuer about his team Tottenham Hotspur.“Because he was so positive all the way through, that gave us a bit of a lift and we all really wanted to do our best for him,” Mr Cox continued. Eventually, a firefighter managed to get into a crack in the rocks to help free the man’s leg.  North Norfolk District Council was facing questions over the safety of the rock armour barriers which jut out at intervals along the seafront in Sheringham.While signs warn tourists not to climb on the rocks, there is little to protect those who fall or slip on to them by accident.Mr Cox said: “(The rock armour) is very, very dangerous. They have been there a long while and we haven’t had many incidents with them, but the problem you get is the rescue effort if you get trapped in them. “They are solid granite so the logistics we have to figure out when people are trapped in them are an absolute nightmare.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A holidaymaker who became trapped in high tide on a Norfolk beach caught his foot in “very dangerous” rock armour, fuelling safety concerns about the man-made sea defences. The father, from Southend, Essex, had been bring one of his two children in from the sea in Sheringham when he slipped off steps to the promenade on Sunday evening.He had a plastic cast on his foot from a previous accident, which became wedged in the rock formations installed on the beach to protect it from erosion and storms. With the tide quickly coming in, the man, in his 20s, soon found he was up to his neck in the freezing surf as rescue crews launched a frantic effort to get him loose. Russell Cox was in charge of the first fire appliance on the scene and described how the fire, coastguard and RNLI crews were being battered by “relentless” waves.The trapped man’s children were taken away as fears grew that he may not survive the ordeal, which lasted for four hours. Mr Cox told The Telegraph: “I’m not going to lie, it was blind panic, we were doing anything to try and rescue him. It was the most dreadful incident I have been to in 25 years.” The rock armour juts out of the Sheringham seafront to protect it from storms and coastal erosionCredit:PA The tide-battered coastal defences have also accrued algae over the years, meaning they are extremely slippery to walk across.Stuart Facey, a retired manager of the town’s coastguard station, claimed he could see the rock armour was the underlying issue when he arrived at the scene.He said: “It is not the sort of place you want to get close to or climb on. I wasn’t optimistic at all.” A health and safety inspection has since been carried out in the area where the man became trapped, North Norfolk District Council told The Telegraph. read more

AUSTRIA Over 3000 tickets sold for the PlayOff Showdown against Norway

Austrian Handball Federation announced that 3.000 tickets are already sold for the upcoming “handbal Saturday” in Vienna – June 7, when both national teams will play their home matches in Qualifications for the Women’s EURO 2014 and Men’s WCh 2015 in Qatar. Icelandic coach on Austrian bench, Patrekur Johannesson is aware in the quality of Norway, the rival of his team in the battle for Qatar:– Chances are 50-50. Every match has start with 0:0 and both rivals could play good. Norwegians are psyschically very strong. New head-coach Christian Berge will bring something new in the team. They are playing 6:0 defense with Borge Lund as defensive commander. They have world-class players asa Bjarte Myrhol or Espen Hansen, Kent Robin Tonnesen, Harald Reinkind in back line, but also one of the biggest talents in Europe, Sander Sagosen. We know that we have to play our best handball – said Johannesson. PLAY-OFF SHOWDOWN in Vienna:Saturday 7. June 201417:15 : Austria – Denmark (w – live ORF Sport+)19:45 : Austria – NorwaySaturday, 14. June 201415:00 : Norway – Austria (live ORF Sport+)Sunday, 15. June 201420:20: Ukraine vs. Austria (live ORF Sport+) ← Previous Story Nemanja Zelenovic to Orlen Wisla Plock! Next Story → Momir Ilic before trip to F4: We want more! Austria handball read more

A farewell to Discovery and its payload of urine

first_imgConsidering last week marked the end of the final flight for the Space Shuttle Discovery, it is not surprising that many space enthusiasts looked up to catch a glimpse of the spacecraft on its final mission.Discovery launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida on February 24th. Shortly before its landing on March 9th, one of the most beautiful videos captured was done so by Jens Hackmann of Germany who filmed the night sky as Discovery was passing overhead. What Hackmann captured looked like a comet with a curved tail.What many believe was captured is something that wouldn’t be as breathtaking if viewed up close. In fact, when most of us see it we tend to flush the toilet. That’s right, it is believed that Hackmann captured a water dump by Discovery which included frozen, crystallized urine and waste water. Water dumps are a normal event for Space Shuttles shortly before returning to Earth.A similar sight was captured in September 2009 during an earlier mission involving Discovery (STS-128). In addition to urine and waster water, it is also possible the water being seen is excess coming off the spacecraft’s fuel cells.The view captured is the result of the jettisoned water immediately turning into ice droplets. They then quickly turn into water vapor due to the heat from the sun hitting them. A similar reaction happens to comets approaching the sun.Who could have possibly thought that urine and water could be so beautiful? Little did the astronauts of Discovery know that in using the bathroom they were fueling a spectacular view from Earth as a reminder of Discovery’s final voyage.Read more at Space.comlast_img read more

LEFSA confirme que des pesticides tuent les abeilles

first_imgL’EFSA confirme que des pesticides tuent les abeillesSelon l’Autorité européenne de sécurité des aliments (Efsa), certains pesticides entraînent bel et bien la mort des abeilles.Depuis plusieurs années, les études scientifiques ont montré que les pesticides “systémiques” ou “néonicotinoïdes” désorientent les abeilles. En affectant le système nerveux des butineuses, ces substances chimiques ont tué 30 % d’abeilles soit 25 % de plus qu’il y a 15 ans. À lire aussiQuand 30 frelons japonais s’en prennent à un essaim de 30.000 abeilles (Vidéo)L’EFSA s’est penchée sur la question et a rendu mercredi ses conclusions. Selon elle, trois produits ont un impact sur le nectar et le pollen, a expliqué Frédéric Vincent, porte-parole de Tonio Borg, commissaire européen en charge de la Santé et des Consommateurs. Produits par les groupes allemand Bayer et suisse Syngenta, les pesticides incriminés contiennent trois néonicotinoïdes : le clothianidin, l’imidacloprid et le thiamethoxam.Les groupes auront jusqu’au 25 janvier pour répondre au rapport et à la lettre que l’EFSA va leur adresser cette semaine.La Commission européenne prend le taureau par les cornes et a décidé d’inscrire le sujet à l’ordre du jour de la réunion du 31 janvier. Pour l’heure, la France a déjà retiré le 29 juillet dernier l’autorisation de mise sur le marché du Cruiser OSR utilisé pour traiter le colza (son usage pour le maïs reste autorisé pour l’instant) tandis que l’Italie et l’Allemagne interdisent l’usage des pesticides incriminés seulement pour le maïs. De leur côté, les Pays-Bas les interdits pour traiter les plantes qui attirent les abeilles et la Slovénie pour toutes les plantes.L’EFSA pourrait bien interdire les pesticides en cause et ce malgré la pression des fabricants qui insistent sur l’impact économique de la suppression de leurs produits. Le 18 janvier 2013 à 10:31 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Spalleti adamant penalty decision was spot on

first_imgLuciano Spalletti insists Inter Milan deserved victory despite an improved performance by Fiorentina and a debatable penalty in their 2-1 win at the San Siro.Goals from Mauro Icardi and Danilo D’Ambrosio ensured a win for Spalleti’s men with Federico Chiesa grabbing one for Fiorentina.“In terms of belief, character and fitness levels has improved a great deal. It’s true we were too deep at the start, but then we couldn’t do anything else.“We’ve not put together some results that improve our position in the Serie A standings,” Spalletti told Sky Sports Italia.Keita Balde Diao seemed very upset after Spalletti shouted at him at the final whistle and had to be consoled by his teammates.Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“I know you like to cause controversy, but I told Politano and Keita at the final whistle. As Fiorentina were pressing us, we had all three forwards wide, but I wanted both Politano and Keita to track back more.“When Keita came on as a support striker, he helped out a lot, as he kept the ball to feet and took men on, putting us in the opposition half by himself.“When he moved out wide, he couldn’t figure out what I wanted, and we tried to get the message to him. Communication isn’t easy when you’re on the bench, but it’s a way of talking you do in the tension of the moment.“We can bite each other in the locker room if we have to, but that’s what happens in football.”last_img read more

Nebraska hospital Surgeon with Ebola has died

first_imgOMAHA, Neb. — A surgeon who contracted Ebola in his native Sierra Leone received aggressive treatment at a Nebraska hospital over the weekend but died Monday morning.Dr. Martin Salia’s death is a reminder of how deadly the Ebola virus is and how important it is to receive treatment early, said Dr. Jeff Gold, chancellor of the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.“In the very advanced stages, even the modern techniques we have at our disposal are not enough to help these patients once they reach a critical threshold,” Gold said at a news conference.Salia, 44, was diagnosed with the virus Nov. 6. By the time he arrived at the Omaha hospital on Saturday, he was in extremely critical condition with no kidney function and severe respiratory problems.He was placed on kidney dialysis and a ventilator, and was given several medications to support his organ systems, the hospital said in a statement. He was given the experimental Ebola drug ZMapp on Saturday and received a plasma transfusion from an Ebola survivor — a treatment that is believed to provide antibodies to fight the virus.last_img read more

RBI chiefs meeting with public sector banks Liquidity of economy to dominate

first_imgThe economy’s liquidity will be uppermost during the new Reserve Bank of India chief’s first meeting with public sector banks (PSB), banking sources feel.Shaktikanta Das’ remarks soon after assuming office on Wednesday give an inkling of the priorities he has set after succeeding Urjit Patel on the hot seat.The two major sticking points in the relations between the RBI under Patel and the North Block were the need for prompt corrective action by public sector banks and the capital adequacy norms. Both address the same issue of liquidity in the economy.Therefore, the Reserve Bank governor’s focus on the banking sector is imaginable considering the acrimony that its reforms generated between Patel and the finance ministry led by Arun Jaitley.Ahead of the key meeting, Das said the regulator needs to take more measures to revive the lenders. Observers say the focus on reviving the lenders is a dead giveaway on the likely drift of RBI action. The government has been pressing the regulator for steps that would revive the sector, which has been hit by mounting non-performing assets. The government reckons that the tight regulatory norms on capital adequacy and the Basel norms are squeezing liquidity from the market.The Narendra Modi government has bet heavily on employment generation and the micro, small and medium enterprises sector (MSME) ahead of the election year. For this, the government needs the RBI to give banks a longer rope to sustain the liquidity.A news report said citing banking sources that the RBI has not set any specific agenda for the meeting. But they think that the concerns over the prompt corrective action banks, stressed loans and capital adequacy are likely to come up for discussion. There could be no doubt about where Das stands with regard to the relationship between the central bank and the government. “We have to have stakeholder consultation with everybody. The government is not just a stakeholder, it also runs the economy and country. So, there has to be free, fair, objective and very frank discussions between the government and the RBI. I will like to believe that all issues, howsoever contentious, can be resolved through discussions.” The meeting with the PSB is the first of several crucial discussions Das would be undertaking with various stakeholders in the next few days. The meeting comes in the backdrop of rating agencies like Moody’s and Fitch flagging concerns over Patel’s sudden exit. It would be Das’ responsibility to ensure that such concerns are unfounded.last_img read more

This Trump supporter criticizes the new lesbian Batwoman and Twitter is not

first_img‘I love how you use Roswell as if Liz wasn’t Latina in the Roswell High Book series the original show was based on,’ they wrote.Sabia replied dryly: ‘Latina not an illegal immigrant.’Sabia is a Trump supporter and an NRA memberAccording to his Twitter bio, Sabia is a ‘Christian conservative journalist and pundit’ and a National Rifle Association (NRA) member from New Jersey. He’s also a ‘Yankee fan’.Twitter users immediately criticized his political views.When being a Yankees fan is the least worst thing about you…I think that says enough.— Salim (@JordanDynasty) August 7, 2018‘When being a Yankees fan is the least worst thing about you… I think that says enough,’ one user wrote.Hey I looked through your feed but couldn’t find any examples of you being mad about the way this character was rebooted as a white dude pic.twitter.com/utpwI5uRdu— RABY (@JoshRaby) August 7, 2018‘Hey I looked through your feed but couldn’t find any examples of you being mad about the way this character was rebooted as a white dude,’ another tweeted, posting a picture of Jesus.Sabia defended himself in another tweet.Read the comments to this. These twits either believe or are pretending to believe that I said Batwoman should be a male. I mentioned other shows I mentioned the trend. They are either obtuse or pretending to be.— Carmine Sabia (@CarmineSabia) August 7, 2018‘Read the comment to this. These twits either believe or are pretending to believe that I said Batwoman should be a male,’ he said.‘I mentioned other shows I mentioned the trend,’ he explained.The new Batwoman is a lesbian of Jewish descentRose is an Australian actor, DJ, and model. She became popular for her portrayal of Stella in Orange Is The New Black. The Aussie will wear Batwoman’s costume in the CW Arrowverse Universe. The secret identity of Kate Kane, Batwoman will be the first openly lesbian superhero on TV. The fact Ruby Rose, who came out as a lesbian at the age of 12, will portray the iconic character just adds to the awesomeness. Batwoman will be introduced in a December crossover episode with its other DC Comics shows, including Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl.Read more from Gay Star News:Marvel producer on LGBTI characters in future films: ‘Stay tuned’ Orange Is The New Black actor Ruby Rose will also star in The Meg, the new sci-fi movie by Jon Turteltaub. | Photo: @rubyrose/Instagram GAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Despite this being a huge step forward in LGBTI representation onscreen, not everybody was happy.First created in 1956 as a love interest for Batman, Batwoman was brought back by DC in 2006 as an out lesbian superhero.‘Every new character has to be gay, female, black, Latino’Carmine Sabia, a Christian journalist, took to Twitter to lament the lack of straight, white male characters in 2018.Ruby Rose to star as the new lesbian Batwoman because you cannot have any straight, white male characters in 2018. Every new, or rebooted, character has to either be gay, female, black, Latino or more than one of those. Examples Magnum P.I., One Day At A Time, Roswell and more.— Carmine Sabia (@CarmineSabia) August 7, 2018‘Ruby Rose to star as the new lesbian Batwoman because you cannot have any straight, white male characters in 2018,’ he wrote.‘Every new, or rebooted, character has to either be gay, female, black, Latino or more than one of those,’ he also added.Then he went on to provide examples, such as the CBS reboot of Magnum P.I., which cast Perdita Weeks as Juliet Higgins, originally a man portrayed by John Hillerman.Furthermore, Sabia addressed the decision to reboot sit-com One Day At A Time. The new series will feature a Cuban-American family and a lesbian character.Finally, the pundit mentioned Roswell, whose reboot will have a Latino lead character.Twitter, of course, is not having itThe controversial, provocatory tweet caused a stir.I can only think of…..all of them.— Balok’s Decoy (@balokdecoy) August 7, 2018‘Good luck finding a superhero movie with [check notes] straight white male characters,’ one user wrote ironically.‘I can only think of… all of them,’ another replied.Someone even provided Stabia with a (long) list of all current white male superheroes.What are we gonna do?! We’ve only gotBatmanSupermanSpider-ManDeadpoolAnt ManCaptain America,ThorThe HulkStar LordWhite WolfDr. StrangeIron ManHawkeyeWolverineCyclopsProfessor XAndQuicksilverLeft!Ohhh Noooooos!!!!— The Waco Kid (@soopervillain) August 7, 2018Another user pointed out how some of the shows he mentioned originally had Latino characters.Latina not an illegal immigrant.— Carmine Sabia (@CarmineSabia) August 7, 2018 Ruby Rose leaves Twitter after fan backlashRuby Rose gets emotional over being cast as Batwoman: ‘I’m so thrilled’There’s a TV show about lesbian superhero Batwoman in the worksRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/trump-supporter-ruby-rose-batwoman-superhero/ Many DC fans and the LGBTI community rejoiced last night (7 July) at the decision to cast actor Ruby Rose in the role of the new lesbian Batwoman. New Doctor Who wows Comic Con crowd with gender fluid comments Less than 1% of characters in Hollywood movies last year were LGBT Got a news tip? 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US releases security alert but Mexican government says nothing yet verified

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — While the US releases a security alert for ferry use in Cozumel and Playa del Carmen, the Mexican government says that the devices found, which prompted the US alert, are still with investigators and have yet to be verified.In response to the US security alert, the Secretariat of Tourism of Quintana Roo issued a statement clarifying that the island of Cozumel is one of the most important destinations in the state and does not represent any risk to visitors arriving by sea or air.The State Attorney General’s Office continues to investigate the cause of the explosion of a Barcos Caribe ferry February 21. Since that explosion, the discovery of artifacts have been located on an out-of-service ferry that was anchored 500 meters from Cozumel shores for the last 10 months.Yet, the Embassy of the United States in Mexico City published an alert in their Travel Advisory for Mexico, stating:On March 1, undetonated explosive devices were found by Mexican law enforcement on a tourist ferry that operates between Cozumel-Playa del Carmen, Mexico.  On February 21, an explosive device detonated on a tourist ferry in Playa del Carmen resulting in injuries, including to U.S. citizens. U.S. Government employees are prohibited from using all tourist ferries on this route until further notice. Mexican and U.S. law enforcement continue to investigate.The Secretariat of Tourism of Quintana Roo released an official statement saying, “Although some incidents have been reported, all of which have been related to the same company and the last of which involving artifacts, it should be noted that this boat was outside of the commercial service for more than 10 months and was docked several hundred meters from any dock.“We are waiting for the results of official investigation. The incidents are related exclusively to the affected shipping line, which no longer provides commercial service.”The State Attorney General’s Office continues to work with the Ministry of the Navy and National Defense to determine what was found tied to the bottom of the anchored ferry. Government official Miguel Ángel Pech Cen explained, “Once the test data is released, we are able to rule out specific situations.”On March 1, a diver found two devices tied to the bottom of an out-of-service Barcos Caribe boat, a discovery that quickly spread through social media as being alleged explosives.According to a police report, employees of the Cozumel company knew nothing of the devices, but had read reports on social media claiming explosives were found. They then turned to local police to report what was being circulated through social media.Divers from the Mexican Navy have removed the two white tubes from the bottom of the ferry and handed them over to National Defense to determine whether or not the tubes are explosive devices. The state prosecutor said, “As far as we understand they are not. We have to discard the explosive term, however, it is up to the corresponding authorities to issue the final opinion.”However, other reactions have occurred including cruise ships cancelling shore excursions that require ferry service from Cozumel to Playa del Carmen.The March 1 US security alert posted on the US Embassy website is specifically aimed toward its employees, not its citizens.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

AlImdaad Foundation helps stroke victim

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Members of the Al-Imdaad Foundation recently went to the home of senior citizen Lionel Mc Todd to hand over a very needed piece of equipment.The 79-year-old had a stroke many years ago and one side of his body is paralysed.  He had another stroke on October 18 and fell down the stairs after going to the toilet, as the bathroom is upstairs.It thus became clear to his family that he needed a commode. After searching all through town with no success, the Ladysmith Gazette reached out to the Al-Imdaad Foundation to see if they would be willing to sponsor the family with a commode.There was a positive response within a week and Al-Imdaad members made their way to Mr Mc Todd’s residence to hand over the commode. He and his family were overjoyed on receiving it. Mr Mc Todd says the commode has really improved his quality of life and is saving him the pain and effort of going upstairs with the broken ribs he sustained in the fall. This will speed up the healing process.Thanks so much to the Al-Imdaad Foundation for their help and caring.DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

Travelsavers celebrates record year focus on preferred supplier growth

first_img TORONTO — In six months Travelsavers has added more than 20 agencies in Canada and now counts 275 locations in Canada including more than 40 locations in Quebec. The agency group celebrated a record year at an industry gathering in Toronto last night.Chief Marketing Officer Nicole Mazza welcomed some 50 suppliers to the Travelsavers Partner Appreciation event where the theme was ‘Grow with Us’.Technology solutions such as the agency website solution OnlineXpress and the reimagined tripXpress – an itinerary builder and booking platform – are producing actionable leads and increased booking values for agents, said Mazza. The group is predicting strong double-digit growth for 2017.Last year Travelsavers welcomed Linda Khanna as Director of New Business Development. Mazza said Khanna has been working with affiliates to maximize their preferred supplier growth, as well as assisting the group with strategic acquisition across Canada. She will continue to provide one-on-one assistance as the key person handling the integration and transition of new accounts.More news:  Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agencyEducational opportunities for Travelsavers agents include a series of Lunch n’ Learns in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. The group is also holding a ‘Boot Camp’ in Cancun/Riviera Maya this May and an Owners Focus Retreat in Quebec in September.Coming soon, the Travelsavers agency extranet has been redesigned with a new look and will be responsive and optimized for viewing on any mobile device. New in Q3, Distinctive Destination Weddings content will be available on OnlineXpress.In other tech developments for the company, Travelsavers’ reimagined tripXpress is now a leading booking tool and OnlineXpress (OXP) is creating “unprecedented leads and brand exposure for agents”, says Travelsavers. Agents are reporting strong leads and a 70% close rate. Travelsavers celebrates record year; focus on preferred supplier growth Posted by Share Travelweek Group center_img Tags: TRAVELSAVERS Tuesday, January 24, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

For unpopular president 4 months to go

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica’s Notary Administration investigates lawmaker Justo Orozco Evangelical lawmaker Justo Orozco to preside over commission studying IVF bill The happiness of Justo Orozco Crucitas Gold Mine Back on Hold Standing at the podium at Casa Presidencial Tuesday afternoon for her first press conference of 2014, Costa Rica’s President Laura Chinchilla seemed unusually guarded and – at times – a bit off her game.The typically animated and sometimes fiery president was subdued during the press conference, stopping to search for her words as she reflected on reporters’ questions about her legacy and the last remaining four months of her presidency.Chinchilla was cagey about her government’s plans for her final days in office.“I’m afraid to name them,” Chinchilla wryly told a reporter who asked her to narrow down the top three policies the administration hoped to accomplish in coming months, “because sometimes it seems people are waiting for me to say, ‘this is what I want,’ in order for them to say ‘no.’”One specific the president offered was a $270 million loan from the Central American Bank for Economic Integration for public hospital improvements and new construction. But beyond that she spoke broadly about roughly 25 possible projects to improve transportation infrastructure and education.Several of the president’s main legislative goals for 2013 remain in the wind. The Legislative Assembly again failed to take up a bill that would legalize in vitro fertilization, in accordance with a ruling by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. The Assembly also did not pass a capital control bill that would allow the Central Bank to take steps to prevent currency speculation from overheating the colón.Bringing the national debt under control was supposed to be a pillar of Chinchilla’s administration, but borrowing has continued to balloon, and she has been unable to wrangle lawmakers, who are in recess until after the Feb. 2 presidential and legislative elections, into taking action.While the brass ring of fiscal reform remained out of reach, Chinchilla was able to make progress in another area: “Public security will be the principle achievement of our administration,” Chinchilla said.The country’s homicide rate has continued to dip during the last two years, and Public Security Vice Minister Celso Gamboa said during a press conference on Monday that last year’s homicide rate fell below that of 2012, although he did not provide specific numbers.Chinchilla noted during her remarks that violence against women also had decreased during her administration, and she noted that no women were murdered during the month of December.Thanks in part to financial support from the United States and increased domestic security spending, Costa Rica has started to seriously address the international illicit drug trade that has been using the unarmed country as a transit point between South American producers and the United States, the world’s largest cocaine market.According to statistics provided to The Tico Times by the Public Security Ministry in late December, Costa Rica seized 21.8 tons of cocaine in 2013, more than any other Central American country. Law enforcement dismantled 116 drug trafficking operations last year.The ministry has seized more than 50 tons of cocaine during Chinchilla’s administration.Her government also started to take steps to address the country’s notorious reputation as a tax haven, passing tax transparency agreements with the U.S. and several Nordic countries, as part of her push to win Costa Rica’s admission into the elite Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.On July 8, 2013, the daily La Nación reported that Chinchilla had the worst approval rating in 20 years. Dissatisfaction with the government during the last year has brought Costa Ricans to the streets in record numbers in what the most recent State of the Nation report called a “prolonged period of social conflict.”Costa Rica’s gross domestic product has remained stagnant during the last several years while inequality continues to increase, according to the State of the Nation report and figures from the World Bank.Between national elections and an uncooperative legislature, the Chinchilla presidency could end on May 8 not with a bang – but a whimper. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

25 dead 100 injured in Myanmar train blast

first_imgAssociated PressYANGON, Myanmar (AP) – Authorities said Saturday that casualties from a fiery train accident had reached 25 dead and almost 100 injured. The report raised the number of injured after a carriage full of fuel burst into flames.State television had said Friday that 64 people were injured in an explosion and fire after dozens of people rushed to skim fuel from a derailed tanker train’s overturned carriages. Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement An official from the Myanma Railways department said Saturday that engineers are trying to clear the track to resume rail service after Friday morning’s accident near Kantbalu, about 800 kilometers (500 miles) north of Yangon. He also said the injury toll had increased to 93.The train was travelling from Yangon to the Kachin state capital of Myitkyina. The official refused to give his name because he was not authorized to speak to the press.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)center_img Top Stories Men’s health affects baby’s health too Sponsored Stories 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Comments   Share   last_img read more

Silk Air to delink all Cairns and Darwin services

first_imgMI822 Darwin 1545hrs/ Singapore 1900hrs # Cairns 1245hrs/ Singapore 1720hrs Days of Operation MI822 Singapore-Darwin Singapore 1955hrs/ Darwin 0205hrs (+1) Flight Routing Singapore-Cairns Mon, Thu Cairns-Singapore MI802 Singapore 0145hrs/ Cairns 1155hrs Tue, Fri Darwin-Cairns-Singapore Singapore-Darwin Schedule for Darwin MI811 MI803* From 30 May:Schedule for Cairns: Singapore 0145hrs/ Cairns 1025hrs Darwin- Singapore Silk Air, the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, will be de-linking all of its Cairns and Darwin services from 30 May 2016.The current circular flight, MI 822 will be operated as two separate flights MI 812/ 811 from Cairns and MI 804/803 from Darwin.This will not only shorten travel times for passengers travelling between Singapore and these two cities but also signifies an increase in capacity on these routes.SilkAir operates flights between Singapore and Cairns on Monday, Thursday and Saturday. At present, passengers who opt to fly on either the Monday or Thursday Singapore-Cairns service will have to do a stopover in Darwin.From 30 May, passengers will no longer have to do this stopover in Darwin when they travel from Singapore to Cairns. Currently, direct flights between Singapore and Cairns are only operated on Saturdays.Likewise, passengers flying from Darwin on Mondays and Thursdays currently have to do a stopover in Cairns on the way to Singapore.With the de-linking of flights, they will now be able to fly non-stop from Darwin to Singapore. The airline also flies direct from and to Darwin on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.SilkAir, together with parent airline, Singapore Airlines operates to 7 cities in Australia-  Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, and will add an eighth city to its network, when Singapore Airlines launches its new service to Canberra on 20 September 2016.The detailed flight timetables are as follows (affected flights are highlighted in bold):Current:Schedule for Cairns: Flight Routing Darwin 0850hrs/ Singapore 1720hrs Flight Flight Routing Mon, Thu Darwin 1550hrs/ Singapore 1900hrs MI801 Sat Departure/Arrival Flight Cairns-Singapore Mon, Thu Singapore 0830hrs/ Darwin 1445hrs Wed, Fri, Sun MI822 Flight Flight Mon, Thu Mon, Thu Singapore-Cairns Singapore-Darwin MI822 Departure/Arrival Singapore 0145hrs/ Darwin 0800hrs Days of Operation Departure/ Arrival Cairns 1115hrs/  Singapore 1550hrs MI804* MI811* Darwin 0255hrs/ Singapore 0615hrs Wed, Fri, Sun MI812* Mon, Thu Singapore-Darwin-Cairns Singapore 0140hrs/  Cairns 1025hrs Cairns 1115hrs/ Singapore 1550hrs Darwin-Singapore Wed, Fri, Sun Wed, Fri, Sun Darwin- Singapore #Arrival time into Singapore is 1840hrs on Sundays. *Direct flight operated as a result of the delinking of circular flight, MI 822 Fly Silk AirSource = SilkAir Singapore-Cairns MI812 Days of Operation Departure/ Arrival Cairns 1240hrs/ Singapore 1710hrs Sat MI812 Singapore 0830hrs/ Darwin 1450hrs MI801 Mon, Thu MI811 Sat Flight Routing Sat Days of Operation MI802 Cairns-Singapore Singapore-Darwin Cairns-Singapore Singapore 0140hrs/ Cairns 1025hrs Schedule for Darwin:last_img read more