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Trumps Kashmir mediation remarks to hit IndoUS tiesTrumps Kashmir mediation remarks to hit IndoUS ties

first_imgWashington: Donald Trump’s controversial remarks that Prime Minister Narendra Modi sought his mediation on resolving the Kashmir issue between India and Pakistan will “damage” bilateral ties, according to former diplomats and experts, with one of them saying the US president did not do his homework.India has already firmly rejected Trump’s claim, which he made on Monday during a meeting with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan at the White House, saying that New Delhi’s consistent position has been that all outstanding issues with Pakistan are discussed only bilaterally. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”I would like to categorically state that no such request has been made by the Prime Minister to the US President,” External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday. Reacting to Trump’s statement, former US Ambassador to India Richard Verma told PTI that “The President did a lot of damage today. His comments on Kashmir and Afghanistan were way off the mark.” According to Husain Haqqani, a former Pakistan Ambassador to the US, the President would soon learn the complexity of South Asian issues. “President Trump wants Pakistan’s help with a deal on Afghanistan and has dangled the prospect of help with what he thinks Pakistan wants,” he said. “He praised Imran Khan like he praised North Korea’s Kim Jong-un. This is his standard procedure in trying to get a deal,” he noted. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”Just as he has not got a deal on the Korean peninsula, he will soon learn that South Asia’s historical issues are also more complex than fashioning a real estate deal,” Haqqani said. Former State Department diplomat Alyssa Ayres, who is now with the Council for Foreign Relations think tank, said Trump did not come prepared for the meeting. “I am worried about the President’s lack of preparation for his meetings, and his impromptu statements. His statement on Kashmir today (that PM Modi sought mediation from Trump) was categorically denied by the Indian government within hours,” Ayres told PTI. “Diplomacy requires careful attention to detail, to language, and to the facts of history. We did not see that today,” she said in response to a question.Nicholas Burns, who served as under Secretary of State for Political Affairs under the Bush Administration and played a key role in the Indo-US civil nuclear deal, said the Indian government has been consistent for many years in rejecting the US as a mediator in the Kashmir dispute. The former diplomats and experts were responding to questions on President Trump’s remarks that he is ready to mediate between India and Pakistan on the contentious Kashmir issue. PTIlast_img read more

CM Kejriwal seeks Puris direction to initiate denotification of forest landCM Kejriwal seeks Puris direction to initiate denotification of forest land

first_imgNew Delhi: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal wrote to Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Wednesday, seeking a direction to the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to initiate the process of denotifying the forest land where Sant Ravidas temple stood.The temple in South Delhi’s Tughlaqabad area was demolished on August 10 by the DDA on the direction of the Supreme Court. In his letter to the Union housing and urban affairs minister, Kejriwal also offered to rebuild the temple on the same site once the land is denotified and made available to the temple society. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderKejriwal said demolition of the temple has caused “tremendous hurt” to the sentiments of crores of people as Sant Ravidas was a saint, revered not just by the Dalit community, but by all. Although the temple and all other property have been demolished, it is still possible to restore the temple, the Delhi chief minister said in the letter, adding since the land is under ownership of the DDA, only the Central government can initiate its denotification. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”The DDA will have to initiate the process. It will need to submit a proposal to the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change through the Government of NCT of Delhi, for notifying the diversion of the land,” he said. Kejriwal assured Puri that the AAP government will act in a time-bound manner on the proposal to denotify the land. “I will ensure that state government takes up the matter immediately and that it is decided in accordance with law in a time-bound manner,” he said. On the matter of reconstruction of the temple, Kejriwal wrote, “If the Government of India makes the land available to the society that was running the temple, with your support and blessings, the Delhi government will be pleased to carry out the reconstruction of the temple.” According to the Delhi government, Delhi Social Welfare Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam has already written to the DDA vice-chairman, this is for the DDA to initiate the proposal for denotification of the land on which the Sant Ravidas Temple existed.last_img read more

Failed rains may leave up to 25 million Kenyans dependent on foodFailed rains may leave up to 25 million Kenyans dependent on food

The lack of rainfall is likely to prompt a serious food security crisis over the first half of 2006, according to a group of UN agencies, including WFP, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), donors and government officials. The experts said the October to December short rains were extremely bad in northeastern pastoral districts and rainfall in eastern marginal agricultural areas was erratic, patchy and 30 per cent below normal overall. Significant livestock deaths have been reported because of a lack of water, pasture and other factors, WFP said. The deaths of large numbers of camels and donkeys in the north and east immediately after the short rains are a clear warning sign. “Until our field assessments are completed in January, we won’t know exactly how many more people will require emergency food aid, but in areas suffering from successive droughts, food security is already critical,” said WFP Country Director Tesema Negash. “We are sounding the alarm now because of what the early warning indicators are all showing – a rapidly deteriorating situation. We need immediate action to avoid the loss of people’s assets and their lives.” The agency faces a $46 million shortfall in its $127 million emergency operation to assist drought-affected people in Kenya through the middle of next year. “Now the numbers are bound only to go up,” said Mr. Negash. “We must receive donations as early as possible in 2006 or it will be too late for many people,” he added. read more

Ohio State inducts 14 new members into Athletics Hall of FameOhio State inducts 14 new members into Athletics Hall of Fame

Former OSU football coach Jim Tressel speaks to the media before the Athletics Hall of Fame banquet on Sept. 18.Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis / Lantern reporterThe Ohio State football team will try to add to its role in school history when it takes the field against Northern Illinois on Saturday, but halftime will honor those who have already cemented their place in it.The OSU Athletics Hall of Fame inducted 14 new members at a banquet Friday night. Included among the inductees were 12 former student athletes and two coaches.The 2015 class is headlined by former football head coach Jim Tressel, who coached the team from 2001-2010. In his time as coach, Tressel accumulated a 106-22 record and won a national championship in 2002.Tressel said he views his induction as a coach as something bigger than himself.“When there’s a coach in the Hall of Fame, it’s totally different than a participant. You reflect about all 10 teams and all the people who make up the entire fabric of what Ohio State is about,” he said. “This is just thousands of people being recognized for the 10 years they spent together.”Tressel’s time at OSU ended in controversy, but he said he is proud of what the team accomplished over his tenure and is honored that it is being recognized.“Our 10-year block in the extraordinary structure of Ohio State athletics and Ohio State football I’m very proud of,” he said. “It’s humbling that the Varsity O and the Hall of Fame felt that this era should be recognized.”Now the president of Youngstown State University, Tressel said the most important lesson he’s applied from his time as a coach is the understanding that every position is important.“Until you know that you are insignificant without every single other person, you can’t reach your potential. Those are great lessons you learn in sports,” the former coach said.Two other inductees were part of OSU football; defensive back Tim Anderson, who was with the team from 1968-1970, and wide receiver Joey Galloway. Galloway played 15 years in the NFL and is currently an analyst for ESPN.Former OSU basketball player Terence Dials speaks before the 2015 Athletics Hall of Fame banquet.Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis / Lantern reporterFormer basketball captain Terence Dials was also among the inductees. At only 32 years old, he said he was surprised but grateful to be inducted so young.“It was very shocking to get the call, something I didn’t expect,” he said. “I definitely didn’t play basketball for this; I played it because I love the game. Everything that comes with it is just a bonus.”Dials attributes much of his success to current basketball coach Thad Matta. “If he didn’t come, we probably wouldn’t be looked at the same,” Dials said. “People come up to me and they thank me for the last couple of big years that we had at Ohio State, and it wouldn’t have been able to happen without coach Matta.”Within the class of 2015, two members are still active within the university. Women’s golf coach Therese Hession has been with the team for 24 years. She is the seventh coach of a women’s team to be inducted.Current wrestling assistant coach J Jaggers was also inducted for his time as a student athlete from 2006-2009.Only six years removed from graduation, Jaggers is the youngest member of the 2015 class.“It’s an honor that I’d be considered that quickly. I was very blessed to have the career that I had and the support that I had from my coaches and my family,” he said. “Maybe if I thought about this day, I’d be a bit older, but I welcome it and it’s fun.”Jaggers is one of four Buckeyes to win multiple NCAA wrestling championship titles. Also among the four is Logan Stieber, who Jaggers coached.Jaggers said that the emotions following a win are alike whether he’s a student-athlete or a coach.“The feelings are very similar. Watching somebody seize their dream, and to even be just the smallest part of it is pretty special,” he said.The other members of the class of 2015 are Justin Cook (men’s soccer), Lara Dickenmann (women’s soccer), Natalia Diea (women’s diving), Annabelle Fago (rowing), Perry Martter (wrestling), Teresa Meyer (pistol), Dan Seimetz (baseball) and Paul Tilley (men’s hockey).The OSU Athletics Hall of Fame can be viewed inside of the Schottenstein Center. read more

The US House of Representatives voted to sue ObamaThe US House of Representatives voted to sue Obama

first_imgTHE REPUBLICAN-LED House of Representatives has voted to sue President Barack Obama for allegedly overstepping his powers, a move swiftly denounced by his Democratic allies as a cynical election-year stunt.By a party-line vote of 225 to 201, the House voted yesterday to resort to the unprecedented move of taking the president to court for not having stringently followed the letter of the law while implementing his signature “Obamacare” health care reform bill.The measure, which would empower House Speaker John Boehner to start the legal proceedings, is meant to rein in a president besotted by power, the top House Republican said from the floor of the chamber.“This isn’t about Republicans or Democrats. It’s about defending the Constitution that we swore an oath to uphold, and acting decisively when it may be compromised,” Boehner said. Source: AP/Press Association Images“Are you willing to let any president choose what laws to execute, and what laws to change?”Boehner told his fellow lawmakers that Obama violated the country’s founding document by not adhering rigidly to the wording of the law when implementing the health reform law. Source: Associated Press/YouTubeObama, for his part, has been derisive in dismissing the suit, making it a punchline again during a speech in Kansas City, Missouri.“Instead of suing me for doing my job, I want Congress to do its job and make life a little better for the Americans who sent them there in the first place,” he said to cheers and applause from a supportive crowd.“And by the way,” he added, “you know who’s paying for this suit they’re going to file? You.” Source: The White House/Twitter Source: Nancy Pelosi/Twitter ‘Sickening’ vote Lawmakers in Obama’s Democratic party wasted no time decrying the vote.Top House Democrat Nancy Pelosi invoked her outrage over the vote, in a fundraising email sent to supporters late last night.“Just now, I watched Republicans vote for the first lawsuit against a President in US history,” she wrote, in her appeal for donations.“House Republicans took to the floor of the House and compared President Obama to a tyrant,” Pelosi said.“It’s sickening. This is nothing but disgraceful politics – and total disrespect for our president.” #DoYourJobHouseGOP Instead of playing political games with a taxpayer funded lawsuit, join Dems to jumpstart economy.— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) July 30, 2014 Instead of acting to help millions of Americans, House Republicans are suing the President today. #DoYourJobHouseGOP— White House Archived (@ObamaWhiteHouse) July 30, 2014 The language of the measure accuses Obama of “executive overreach,” and charges him with “failing to faithfully execute the law with respect to the implementation” of the law popularly known as “Obamacare.”“This resolution seeks to protect Congress’s constitutional prerogative and asks the court to fulfill its duty to guard the lines of separation” between the executive and legislative branches of government, it adds.The move toward a lawsuit is the latest sign of extreme gridlock and discord in Washington, with the two major political parties constantly at loggerheads, and Obama and his congressional opponents unable to work together to pass and enact legislation.The discord is heightened by the fact that mid-term elections to replace the entire House and a third of the US Senate are just a few months away.The suit is seen by some analysts as a Republican strategy to pique the interest of voters who might otherwise be be unmotivated to go to the polls during November’s legislative vote.- © AFP 2014.Read: Obamacare on the rocks? Controversial law hits major court setback>Read: Late surge in enrollment for Obamacare as deadline hits>last_img read more

itablet launches in a few days with first deliveries expected in Marchitablet launches in a few days with first deliveries expected in March

first_imgWe last reported about the itablet back in February 2010 but it looks like this one might actually happen. The company has announced that the Windows 7 tablet is going to be launched in a few days (and ready for delivery in March). It’s an exciting prospect for people looking for a Windows tablet.Technically its spec out-guns the iPad, excelling in terms of its screen size with a larger 10.1-inch widescreen capacitive touchscreen display and an integrated graphics processor that can deliver high-res images up to 1024×600 resolution in either landscape or portrait formats. The large screen also makes for an easier typing experience and it backs this up with plenty of storage, with 32GB on-board. Additional storage can be added via the integrated SD card reader and its HDMI output allows you to pump out HD video and pictures through to a larger TV screen.The itablet is also preloaded with Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium and a trial version of Microsoft Office 2010. Processing wise it has the power saving Intel Atom Z530 1.6GHz processor on-board with 2GB DDR2 SDRAM, a 2MP web cam, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and unlike the iPad has two integrated USB 2.0 ports, allowing you to plug in a range of peripheral devices including external hard drives, keyboards, printers, scanners, cameras and mice.The company behind itablet is AHX Global and Francis Davis, CEO, AHX Global has this to say:itablet is the hardest working tablet computer on the market today and will revolutionize the way that Windows users can access and use data on the move. It is a genuine tablet computer that is both familiar and intuitive to use with existing Windows applications and meets the needs of users to gather, create, process, share and act on data around the clock regardless of location. itablet also fills the gap in the market for business and lifestyle users for whom connectivity to Wi-Fi networks is a key requirement. What’s even better is that AHX Global has the flexibility to offer retailers a choice of either branded or own brand tablet computers. They can also offer a choice of Windows 7 or Android 2.2 operating systems and a range of different screen sizes to meet any specific requirements.AHX Global is also simultaneously launching a cut down version of the tablet which is powered by an Intel Atom Z510 1.3GHz processor with 1GB DDR2 SDRAM running Windows 7 Starter Edition. It shares the same features as the flagship device but does not have a webcam or HDMI output.Read more at itabletlast_img read more

New board at St Johns CollegeNew board at St Johns College

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram St John’s Greek Orthodox College has elected its new board of directors. The first bilingual Greek Day School in Australia, established in 1979 in Carlton, Melbourne, announced the appointment of the new board, with the co-chairs of the school being Bishop Ezekiel of Dervis and Bishop Iakovos of Miletoupolis, while the secretary and director position went to Presvytera Stavroula Zoumboulis. Director of finance is Christos Batzios, while director of risk management is Chris Koniditsiotis. Vasilis (Bill) Giavris is the director of legal and compliance and Assistant Finance Director is George Souris. The College’s director is Andreas Georgiou.The new Board is in the process of undertaking a series of initiatives and reviews which will be announced in the next few weeks. The aim of these initiatives will be to ensure growth, improved outcomes, excellence in education and student success.last_img read more

Amazon un chiffre daffaires en hausse de 51Amazon un chiffre daffaires en hausse de 51

first_imgAmazon : un chiffre d’affaires en hausse de 51%Amazon vient de dévoiler ses chiffres pour le second trimestre achevé le 30 juin. Le géant de la vente en ligne s’offre avec un chiffre d’affaires de 9,91 milliards de dollars, une croissance de 51% par rapport à la même période l’année dernière. Un résultat supérieur aux prévisions des analystes.Décidément, ces derniers mois se sont révélés plutôt profitables dans le secteur des nouvelles technologies. Après Apple et Microsoft, Amazon a également annoncé un important bond de son chiffre d’affaires au second trimestre 2011, par rapport à celui de 2010. Comme il l’indique dans un communiqué publié hier, le géant de la vente sur Internet a enregistré à 9,91 milliards de dollars, une hausse de 51%. A l’issue du second trimestre 2010, Amazon affichait un chiffre d’affaires de 6,57 milliards de dollars.À lire aussiL’App-Shop d’Amazon enfin disponible en FranceToutefois, le bénéfice net de la firme, 191 millions de dollars, est en baisse de 8%, tandis que son bénéfice par action a chuté de 45 à 41%, suite aux récents investissements réalisés par Amazon, note LeMonde, avant de préciser qu’après l’annonce de ces chiffres, l’action de la firme a gagné 6% en Bourse. Ces résultats, Jeff Bezos, le PDG d’Amazon, les attribue à une hausse des ventes liée aux “prix bas, à l’augmentation de l’offre, à la livraison rapide et à l’innovation” proposés par le site de vente en ligne. Jeff Bezos évoque notamment les ventes de sa liseuse Kindle 3G vendue 139 euros, “qui est rapidement devenue notre meilleure vente de Kindle” souligne-t-il. Au regard de ces résultats, Amazon table pour le troisième trimestre 2011 sur des ventes nettes de 10,3 à 11,3 milliards de dollars, soit une augmentation comprise entre 36% et 47% par rapport au troisième trimestre de l’année dernière. Le 27 juillet 2011 à 19:31 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Geek Pick AmazonBasics Microwave Cooks A Smart DinnerGeek Pick AmazonBasics Microwave Cooks A Smart Dinner

first_img Geek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone KitGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls Stay on target Geek Pick: Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ Is a Cute ComputerGeek Pick: JBL Charge 4 Takes the Party Wherever You GoGeek Pick: Sonos One (Gen 2) Is a Sleek Smart Speaker for Tech Loverscenter_img The evil genius of Amazon’s Alexa-powered internet and things initiative is realizing that instead of creating one ultra-powerful smart device to controls homes (and therefore people) they can just release legions of only moderately intelligent devices that do one thing really well and connect with each other. So by the time customers have realized their house is packed full of Amazon products it’s too late.That was the case with the Amazon Echo Wall Clock, not much more than a clock with some lights counting down timers you set with your voice. And that’s still true with the AmazonBasics Microwave, a device that offers the same convenience when it comes to reheating food.Like the Wall Clock, the AmazonBasics Microwave is just a regular microwave until you tether it to another Echo device. And you have to speak into that other device in order for Alexa to control the oven with your voice. But once you do the dumb joys of voice-powered cooking open up to you. Having one less thing for your hands to worry about is a chef’s dream.There are built-in presets for cooking specific types of food like coffee or soup. Imagine shouting “Cook potato!” at an appliance and then it actually cooks the potato. Along with telling Alexa to cook for different amounts of time at different power levels you can also give it instructions based on the type of cooking you need like defrosting or reheating. You have to phrase your commands with the right syntax Alexa understands, though. That can feel a little unnatural.Fortunately, this smart functionality is paired with some pretty solid overall microwave hardware. It’s a little small, especially for families, and could be a bit more powerful, to cook denser frozen food in fewer cycles. But the specs are totally in line with other microwaves at this $60 price point. And those microwaves don’t even have Bezos’ blessing.For more on the AmazonBasics Microwave check out the extensive review on our sister site And for more on food tech check out this Whirlpool oven from CES and this fridge/dating service.More on read more

Police Command Centre construction picks up pacePolice Command Centre construction picks up pace

first_imgHyderabad: The construction works of Police Command Control Centre at Banjara Hills, Road No 12 picked up pace. The centre is being constructed as four blocks namely A, B, C and D. Director General of Police M Mahender Reddy performed puja for 425 tonnes lifting of the Sky Bridge from A block to D block on Saturday. Mahender Reddy addressing the press said this command control centre has been taken up as a prestigious project of the State and with the co-operation of different departments like Finance, Roads and Buildings etc, the process has been going smooth. In the very soon this building will be ready for the public. Also Read – GHMC assures solution to drainage problem Advertise With Us K Ramakrishna Rao, Principal Secretary to Government of Telangana, Finance Department said Sky Bridge which is a key aspect in this command and control centre has been started on Saturday. Every city will be having an iconic building and this building will the iconic building of the State. Hyderabad Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar said this construction shows how Telangana government is ensuring safety and security among the community. Also Read – Kukatpally: Compound wall collapses; damages 4 parked cars Advertise With Us It is also a message that every dollar of foreign investment will be in safe hands. He also praised the construction partner Shapoorji Pallonji Group for the efforts they have put into the work. This centre would be linked to all the 31-district headquarters, which keeps better vigil on law and order situation and effective control of crime. The hi-tech Command and Control Centre would befit the image of Hyderabad as global city. The command and control centre being built with international standards at Banjara Hills on seven-acre land. The centre would have buildings with 20 floors with built up area of five lakh square feet.last_img read more

Fans camp out at store in anticipation of Apple WatchFans camp out at store in anticipation of Apple Watch

first_img The Apple Watch launched globally on 24 April with a small queue of Japanese tech-addicts lining up in Tokyo for Apples first wearable gadget, but there was no sign of the excitement usually attached to the companys product rollouts.Buyers can take the smartwatch home from a handful of upscale boutiques and department stores, including The Corner in Berlin, Maxfield in Los Angeles and Dover Street Market in Tokyo and London, which Apple courted to help position the watch as a fashion item.People gathered outside Maxfield in Hollywood early Thursday to secure their chance for one of the small number of Apple Watches. Richard Ryan said he arrived at the store at 8.00am local time to make sure he was the first person in line.You could pre-order it online but unfortunately some of the delivery times were really long for some people and getting the steel or the edition watch, different versions, were online till June or July and given this is the only place in America that was selling them on launch day we decided to come here, Ryan said.The gadget will not be sold at Apple stores on Friday. The company is directing people to order online instead, which should prevent the lines of Apple devotees who typically flock to iPhone and iPad launches.The lack of queues at Apple stores will make it hard to judge popular demand for the watch, which comes in 38 variations.Apple has not released any numbers since it opened for pre-orders on 10 April, although many buyers were told their watches would not arrive for a month or more as supply appeared to dry up.Wall Street estimates of Apple Watch sales vary widely. FBR Capital Markets analyst Daniel Ives raised his sales estimate this week to 20m watches from 17m, based in part on online order backlogs.Apple itself said on Wednesday that some customers will get watches faster than promised. The Cupertino, California company previously predicted that demand would exceed supply at product launch. Closelast_img read more

Realme 5 series price in India revealed Everything we know about 48MPRealme 5 series price in India revealed Everything we know about 48MP

first_imgRealme LogoWikimedia CommonsRealme is leading the Indian market with its sales of mid-range smartphones after competing head-on with Redmi K20. Realme has created a benchmark in the smartphone manufacturing industry by providing its customers with the latest and high-end technology packed within a minimal price quote.Realme X, the latest unveiling by the company had been kicking all the manufacturers off their track with its impeccable price and spec offerings. Realme with its peak level sales is still greedy to obtain newer heights. Quad camera by RealmeFlipkartThe recent revelations by Flipkart confirmed that the Chinese giant is all set to launch its new device sporting quad rear camera on August 20, in India. Flipkart teased the first look of the quad-camera sensors through a microsite that is planned to be launched under the Realme 5-series.Ahead of the China launch on August 15, the specifications of Realme 5 were revealed in the Geekbench listing. The listing states that the device will host the Snapdragon 665 chipset and will be driven by 4GB of RAM on an Android Pie operating system.The device is expected to launch in India at Rs 8,999, reported 91mobiles.The Geekbench listing also provides information that Realme 5 will host a quad-camera with a 16-megapixel primary shooter, an ultra-wide-angle sensor, a microlens with a microscopic focal length of 4 cm and a depth sensor for a portrait shot. Realme XChetan PriyadarshanThe information about Realme’s new phone circulated the internet just after the company revealed its first 64-megapixel camera technology packed with the latest Samsung ISOCELL Bright GW1 image sensor. 91mobiles also threw light on the microsite’s claims on the launch of the 48 -megapixel camera by validating the related specs to be of Realme 5 Pro. The Pro model will feature the 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 primary camera. The device will be boosted by the Snapdragon 712 SoC running on an Android Pie operating system.The Chinese giant has kept additional information under wraps and the unveiling of the device in the domestic market will give a proper view of what the company will be bringing for the Indian pockets.last_img read more

What made South African legend Dale Steyn apologise to Indian captain ViratWhat made South African legend Dale Steyn apologise to Indian captain Virat

first_imgVeteran South Africa seamer Dale Steyn has taken a dig at the South African selectors for giving him a snub for the upcoming T20I series in India. Also, the selectors named Quinton de Kock as captain of the T20I side as there is no Faf du Plessis in the side. There are also three newcomers in the squad for the three-match T20 International series. Along with  Temba Bavuma and Anrich Nortje, Bjorn Fortuin is also in line for an international debut.However, Steyn was not impressed with the selectors for not picking him and also not informing him about the decision. He then went on to apologise to Indian captain Virat Kohli and the Indian supporters in the country. “Apologies to Virat and a billion people for thinking they not,” he tweeted.Steyn retired from Tests in order to extend his career Dale SteynIt should be mentioned here that the champion fast bowler called it quits from Test cricket in order to prolong his career in the other formats and hence, this snub certainly came as a surprise for him, especially after he had made himself available.In his retirement statement, the fast bowler spoke highly of Test cricket, and confessed that he found it to be the “best version of the game”.”Today I walk away from a format of the game I love so much. In my opinion Test cricket is the best version of this game,” Steyn said.”It tests you mentally, physically, emotionally. It’s terrible to consider never playing another Test again but what’s more terrifying is the thought of never playing again at all. So I will be focusing on ODIs and T20s for the rest of my career to maximise my full potential and ensure my longevity in this sport,” he further added. Dale SteynReutersWhile naming the T20I side, the chief selector said that they have chosen a young group as it gave them the best chance to look at the leadership as well as batting options leading up to the next T20 World Cup.”The T20 series gives us the last chance to have a look at our leadership and batting options as the next edition of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup is now little more than a year away which is why we have gone with an inexperienced leadership group,” Zyl said.last_img read more

Coming Out As A Sexual Abuse SurvivorComing Out As A Sexual Abuse Survivor

first_img X Listen Dr. Gregory Williams was sexually abused by his father every day of his life from the ages of 4 to 17.In his new book, Shattered by the Darkness, Williams, who works as an administrator for Baylor College of Medicine, reveals the after effects of this abuse and shares the lessons he’s learned on a journey over 50 years as he sought to overcome his childhood trauma.He says it took him 35 years to ever tell anyone that he was abused. Now, in his 50s, he says that his life has been shattered. He deals with PTSD and OCD, among other effects of the trauma.In the audio above, he talks with Houston Matters producer Joshua Zinn about the lessons he wants to impart to victims — as well as those who interact with those victims — and how he came to find some sense of peace.MORE: Baylor Employee Shares Story of Childhood Trauma 00:00 /14:08center_img Baylor College of MedicineIn his book, Shattered by the Darkness, Greg Williams tells his story of surviving sexual abuse. Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

District Files Lawsuit in Providence Hospital Closure Nurses Applaud City for ActionDistrict Files Lawsuit in Providence Hospital Closure Nurses Applaud City for Action

first_imgBy Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, mgreen@afro.comWhen Providence Hospital announced it was shutting its doors for acute-care services on Dec. 14, there were mumbles around the city about the action as another form of gentrification and not providing care for District residents of color.“This impending closure further underscores how important it is for our city to understand and provide for the health needs of its residents,” Council member Kenyan McDuffie said in a statement earlier this year when the hospital made an announcement to close its doors.The District of Columbia sued Providence Hospital’s owners, Ascension Healthcare, on Dec. 14, the day the hospital was due to close, alleging the company was unlawfully shutting down the medical facility. (Courtesy Photo)So on Friday the 14th– the day the hospital was to shut it doors for acute-care services- the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit against Ascension Healthcare, the owner and operator of Providence Hospital.  The suit alleges that the nonprofit, Catholic-based company out of St. Louis, Mo., is violating D.C. law by shutting down operations.Per pressure from District officials, Ascension decided to extend emergency services until April of 2019.  However this temporary quick fix was not enough to stop the District from filing a suit.According to WAMU, the lawsuit says that Ascension did not get approval from the city to close.  Furthermore it states that the shutdown, “threatens the health and welfare of Providence’s patients as well as residents of the District that may rely on Providence for emergency or other health services,” WAMU reported.Further the lawsuit alleges that in shutting down the hospital it’s violating laws related to employees.“Providence, by reducing staff, limiting the patients it is willing to accept, and reducing, if not altogether eliminating, services, including acute-care services, is failing to comply,” with the District’s laws, “which require that it ‘maintain a sufficient number of staff with the qualifications, training and skills necessary to meet patient needs,” the lawsuit states.Now registered nurses from Providence and from the National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United (NNOC/NNU) are applauding the District for their efforts sue Ascension for the shutdown.“This move by Ascension follows a long pattern of ignoring the needs and well-being of the people of Washington, D.C. and instead following a road map laid out by executives elsewhere in the country, who don’t care what happens to the elderly, the poor and the vulnerable who receive care at our D.C. hospital,” said Elissa Curry, a registered nurse at Providence Hospital. “We know that Ascension and Providence Hospital executives have closed down units and limited patient admissions to engineer low patient volume in an effort to hide the true need that exists for a 238-bed hospital with a fully functioning emergency room and acute-care services, including surgery.”According to a press release from the NNOC/NNU, the emergency room that Providence promised to keep open until next April, will actually be more akin to an urgent care clinic- offering only 10 to 15 beds.“Ascension is trying to make it seem as if it is offering the same services it was prior to December 14, but what they are offering now is quite different, instead of a true emergency room, they are offering what is akin to an urgent care clinic,” Curry added. “It is not an emergency room if they do not have an operating room, or intensive care beds or any other of the acute-care services or staff. Under the current plan, the emergency room will not be able to handle an emergency such as a heart attack, or adequately treat someone critically ill with the flu, or even an older person with a broken leg.”To add fuel to the fire, Providence did not negotiate severance packages for the nurses who lost their jobs with the shutdown.  The nurses believe their lack of severance negotiations is because of their active voices in fighting to keep the hospital’s doors open and “claim this is a violation of the National Labor Relations Act,” according to a release from NNOC/NNU.last_img read more

Japanese Rogue One trailer reveals new plot point has much cooler logoJapanese Rogue One trailer reveals new plot point has much cooler logo

first_imgWhen the official Rogue One trailer aired during the Olympics, you could hear the voices of Star Wars fans all over the world saying “Holy sh*t!” for roughly two minutes. Well, some of us did, others kept it PG but you get my point.Many of us played the trailer over and over, looking for clues, hints, new images, and any other bit of information that would help us learn more about the first Star Wars film ever to not be part of the Star Wars saga as we know it. This is new territory and people are all about exploring every inch.So when a new Japan-friendly trailer drops and reveals information that wasn’t in the official trailer, it’s news, baby!If you don’t want to know more, I suggest you stop here.Right there at the :24 mark, that’s new. Up until now, we’ve known that Jyn Erso has a father who’s made a scientific breakthrough of epic proportions and that the Empire has found a way to use it. We also know that Mads Mikkelson is playing Jyn’s father Galen. But the news that Galen is the one who sent the encoded transmission Mon Mothma and the rebels intercepted is, well, new.That opens up all sorts of interesting questions just ripe for speculation. Has Jyn been recruited because of her father? Are they expecting her to find him and discover more about this weapon test? Was she part of the rebellion prior to this? The change in music along with the additional dialogue by Saw Gerrera also paints something more universally understood –– the spectre of the Empire’s growing galactic takeover and what happens to people when they face those situations.Of the two, I think I like this international trailer better. Plus, the film’s title card looks amazing in Japanese. <>last_img read more

Parties join voice against BJPs divisive politics in AssamParties join voice against BJPs divisive politics in Assam

first_imgKolkata: The state Assembly on Tuesday made an all-party resolution accusing the BJP government at the Centre of divisive politics over the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, that has excluded the names of more than 40 lakh people in the final draft.Trinamool Congress, Congress and CPI-M unanimously slammed the Centre for turning so many people into ‘refugees in their own homeland’.It may be mentioned that the motion for a discussion on the issue was placed by state Parliamentary Affairs minister Partha Chatterjee and Speaker Biman Banerjee allowed it, taking into account the seriousness and sensitivity. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeUrging all the Opposition parties to raise their voice in unison, state Panchayat minister Subrata Mukherjee took the attack to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, for his indifference regarding the whole episode.Partha Chatterjee said: “They (BJP) are trying to use the Supreme Court verdict as a shield and the NRC as a mechanism to drive the Muslims and the Bengalis out of Assam. We are sending a team to Assam and if needed our Chief Minister will also go. Many people including the intellectuals are calling me. Everyone is worried”. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”Difference in political opinions will always remain in democracy. But that does not mean that you can push so many people towards anuncertain future for the sake of politics. The Prime Minister has assumed the position of Nirab (Silent) Modi. It is unprecedented and we strongly condemn the act,” Mukherjee said.Minister of state for Health Chandrima Bhattacharya questioned the modus of the NRC and said that the Supreme Court has not provided any such guideline on the basis of which the NRC has excluded the names of so many Assam citizens, the majority of them being Bengalis. “The NRC in December 2017 had the names of these citizens and now in the latest NRC draft their names have been omitted. It is clearly a tactic to segregate and isolate those people who do not belong to BJP’s votebank,” she said.She lashed out at the Centre for shifting the onus upon the deprived population to prove that they are residents of the state.”Most of them had cast their votes in 2014 and 2016. A good number of them have been residents there for 105 years and now they have to prove their identity. Why?” Bhattacharya questioned and alleged that the Centre has illegally not brought NRC under Right to Information Act.Trinamool Congress leader Tapas Roy termed the episode as the greatest crisis in the country post independence.CPI-M leader Sujan Chakraborty alleged that it is an attempt to create unrest in the whole country. “This act is against the culture and tradition of the state of Bengal and has opened up a Pandora’s box where all states will feel the NRC Assam effect in the days to come, if the voice of dissent is not raised,” Chakraborty said.Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Abdul Mannan also strongly condemned the issue and appealed to all Opposition parties to bring the state intellectuals under an apolitical umbrella and take the protest to the Centre.last_img read more

Police arrest 7 persons seize weapons ammoPolice arrest 7 persons seize weapons ammo

first_imgKolkata: Howrah City Police have nabbed seven persons and seized many weapons on Monday night from two separate places.Two cases have been initiated at the Nischinda police station and Chatterjeehat police station in this regard. According to the police, on Tuesday night sleuths from Nischinda police station got a tip-off about a few persons, who were seen roaming suspiciously in the area. The police approached them, these persons tried to escape from the area on a yellow taxi and a private car. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataBut, before they could give a slip to the police, sleuths surrounded them. All of them were immediately detained. During frisking of their vehicles, police found like one sword, bamboo sticks, one dagger, one country-made shooter firearm and two live ammunition mark 8 mm. All six of them immediately arrested under IPC Sections 399 (making preparation to commit dacoity), 402 (assembling for purpose of committing dacoity), and 25 (possessing of fire arms) and 27 of the Arms Act (punishment for using arms). Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateIn another case on Monday, sleuths from Chatterjeehat police station arrested a person identified as Saniar Hossain Khan alias Lalu from Dumurjala Ring Road area and seized one firearm loaded with one round of live ammunition. It is suspected that he might have been targeting someone over some issues. He has been booked under IPC sections of 25(i)(a) Arms Act (manufactures, sells, or exposes or offers for sale or transfer, or has in his possession for sale any arms or ammunition) and 27 Arms Act (punishment for using arms).last_img read more

Mexicans celebrate Olympic soccer gold medalMexicans celebrate Olympic soccer gold medal

first_img More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Associated PressMEXICO CITY (AP) – Jubilant Mexicans celebrated their 2-1 Olympic gold medal soccer win over powerhouse Brazil Saturday, waving flags and chanting in plazas and streets across the country.Crowds began gathering not long after the Mexican team scored its first goal in the first minute of play, with shouts of “Goal!” ringing out from bars and homes. Fans erupted in massive celebration as the game ended, marking Mexico’s first ever Olympic soccer gold medal. The mood was notably more somber in Brazil, a country known for its elegant form of soccer but still awaiting its first-ever Olympic gold medal in the sport. Brazil has won more World Cup titles than any other country.Sadness and frustration were clearly etched on the faces of the nearly 100 beer-drinking fans that packed the Prainha Paulista bar in the country’s biggest city, Sao Paulo.“Brazil played horribly,” chemical engineering student Leoncio Martinez said, turning away from the TV screen. “The team deserved to lose, and the Mexicans more than deserved to win.”In Rio de Janeiro, fans in surfer shorts and bikinis gathered on the seaside city’s white-sand beaches to watch the game.People dressed like Brazilian soccer star Neymar posed with other fans to take pictures before the match, while the Beija-Flor samba group’s drummers pounded out heavy Carnival rhythms, stoking the festive atmosphere.The party didn’t last long.Mexico’s first goal immediately silenced the crowd and sent the few Mexican fans on the beach into delirium.Brazilian fan Rosemary de Oliveira put the best face she could on the loss.“I wanted it to be gold, but it doesn’t matter, the most important is to participate,” she said after the match. “We won the silver! Go Brazil!” Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Top Stories 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates ___Associated Press writers Stan Lehman in Sao Paulo and Renata Brito in Rio de Janeiro contributed to this report.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)center_img Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Comments   Share   Cheering Mexicans turned the downtowns of Mexico City, Guadalajara and other cities into street parties. Hundreds of fans waving the country’s red, white and green flag took a victory lap around the capital’s landmark Angel of Independence statue, with traffic shut down on the city’s main boulevard.“Mexico didn’t let up in the match,” said law student Arturo Castellanos, who watched in Mexico City’s chic Condesa neighborhood. “Even though I was embarrassing myself, I was screaming all kinds of rude things.”Ignacio Villegas, 18, took the risk of wearing Brazil’s yellow jersey while walking through the neighborhood. He said he admired Brazil’s style of soccer and his grandfather was Brazilian. But he couldn’t help celebrating his country’s victory.“Brazil didn’t play as a team although they have nothing but stars,” he said. “And Mexico played excellently.”Mexican President Felipe Calderon called the team’s coach, Luis Fernando Tena, by telephone to congratulate him on the win.“I think this is the best period of football that we have had in a long time: two Under-17 championships, the Pan American championship and now the Olympic championship,” he told Fernando according to a transcript of the call released by the presidency. Sponsored Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Centerlast_img read more

Virgin Blue to fly CairnsAuckland next yearVirgin Blue to fly CairnsAuckland next year

first_imgVirgin Blue will fly between Cairns and Auckland next year, announced the airline on Wednesday.From 23 March 2010, Pacific Blue will operate the twice weekly flight with a Boeing 737-800 – effectively increasing the number of seats available on the route by 79 percent.Virgin Blue Chief Executive Brett Godfrey said the services would provide passengers with another option and help grow the market.“We know that by putting more seats into the market and creating more competition we will be helping to stimulate tourism to the popular Far North Queensland region” he said.The carrier has now launched a 7-day ‘Happy New Year Sale’, offering special one way fares from $249 on the Cairns and Auckland route.Fares are now available on the internet until midnight 5 January 2010 and are for travel from 23 March 2010 to 22 June 2010 and 20 July 2010 to 14 September 2010.Regular lead-in fares will start from $349, the carrier said. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: J.L <a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a>last_img read more