Prayer should be offered in mosques instead of public places, Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar

first_imgFollowing instances of disruption while namaz (prayer) was being offered in open spaces in the National Capital Region over the past few days, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said on Sunday that it should be offered in mosques or ‘eidgahs’ instead of public places.“We are of the view that namaz should be offered at mosques or ‘eidgahs’… In case of shortage of space, it should be offered at a personal place. These are issues which should not be put for public display… It should be avoided at public places for the convenience of all,” he told journalists here.Mr. Khattar said directions had been issued to officials to take precautionary measures to ensure harmony. Some organisations had submitted complaints regarding namaz at public places, he added.Mr. Khattar said his government ensured law and order in the State so that the people could live peacefully. “…no criminal can escape after committing any crime.”The Chief Minister said Haryana Police Cadet Corps, on the lines of the National Cadet Corps, was being set up, involving students from Class XI to graduation.Mr. Khattar urged the Punjab government to join hands with Haryana to check wasteful flow of Ravi waters to Pakistan because of the unprecedented water crisis looming in both States.“I have written to Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh to direct the officers concerned to take up the proposal in right earnest. Quoting from the letter, he said: “More and more blocks of Haryana and Punjab have anyway been slipping into the category of over-exploited blocks even as our hard-working farmers toil in the face of a stressed farm sector. I think the time has come when we must join hands in checking the wasteful flow of Ravi waters to Pakistan.”Khattar’s statementIn a late evening statement, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar clarified that in his statement regarding offering Namaz at public places, he had never said anything regarding stopping anyone from offering Namaz.He said if anyone had any problem regarding offering Namaz at public places, he/she could inform the administration and the police. “It is the responsibility of the administration and police to maintain law and order and the state government is bound to maintain peace,” he added.PTI adds:Hindutva organisations have been trying to stop Friday prayers in Gurgaon over the last two weeks alleging that some people were trying to grab land in a bid to merge it with a mosque. There were disruptions caused at Wazirabad, Atul Kataria Chowk, Cyber Park, Bakhtawar Chowk and at South City, the police said.last_img read more

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Japan’s Latest Stem Cell Apology

first_imgNobel Prize winner Shinya Yamanaka today joined a growing crowd of Japanese stem cell scientists who have held press conferences in recent weeks to apologize for mistakes in published papers. Yamanaka discovered in 2006 a way to reprogram adult cells into embryolike ones, called induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells, a find that has revolutionized the stem cell field. He was honored in 2012 with the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine and is one of Japan’s most famous researchers. The iPS cell research is not in question, but a frenzy of anonymous bloggers searching for flaws in prominent researchers’ papers did find fault with one of his older publications.At a press conference today, he said that a paper published in 2000 contains an image that may be incorrect. Anonymous online posts first raised questions about the image, and Kyoto University has investigated the paper at Yamanaka’s request, The Wall Street Journal reports. The university found no problems with the paper’s conclusions, but Yamanaka says he no longer has the records needed to verify the image, because the experiment was done by collaborators. 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I apologize from the bottom of my heart.”  He then stood and made a ritual bow of apology.Yamanaka was referring to a recent string of public apologies by stem cell scientists in Japan, triggered by two high-profile papers published earlier this year that claim to have found an alternate way to reprogram adult cells into embryolike ones—called STAP (stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency) cells. Other labs have not been able to replicate that work, and an investigating committee found evidence of misconduct by lead author Haruko Obokata. The leaders of the RIKEN institute where Obokata works, several of Obokata’s co-authors, and Obokata herself have all publicly apologized for the mistakes and the confusion they have caused. Last week, the saga took a new twist when the chair of the investigating committee, Shunsuke Ishii, resigned after evidence surfaced of problems in publications he had co-authored. (An investigation is ongoing.) He apologized as well.Yamanaka was not involved in the STAP cell research. His reprogramming methods were quickly replicated by other scientists and are now widely used around the world.With reporting by Dennis Normile.last_img read more

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The day after: Pyeongchang breathes, bids Olympics farewell

first_imgBut for a few days, at least, with traffic cones down and most Olympic checkpoints removed, Pyeongchang can take a breather as the eyes of the world shift somewhere else. Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City The Korean women’s hockey team did that for sure.Thrown together a just few weeks before the games, players from North and South were thrust together to make a go of it. With the help of their Canadian coach, they came together as a competent, if not particularly effective, team that captured the attention of many Olympics watchers.Along the way, they developed what they uniformly say was camaraderie, and even great affection. On Monday morning, at the athletes’ village, they said their goodbyes with tears and extended hands.“I feel really strange,” said South Korean hockey player Choi Ji-yeon. “I told them to take care and not get sick and meet again later.”She added: “If they were people whom we can continue to keep in touch and meet again, then I would feel better, but I might never be able to meet them again.”ADVERTISEMENT Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving North Korean women’s hockey team players in a bus reach out to hold hands with their South Korean teammates as they rerun to North Korea, at Olympic Village in Gangneung, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 26, 2018. (Yun Dong-jin/Yonhap via AP)PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — From volunteers to support staff to the joint Korea women’s hockey team, people from many cultures bid farewell to each other and to the 2018 Winter Olympics on Monday as a swath of the eastern Korean Peninsula readied itself for something novel: relative normalcy.Seven years after a successful Olympic bid that changed its people and its landscape forever, Pyeongchang exhaled.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next “Farewell! Bye bye! Gamsahamnida!” volunteers using the Korean word for “thank you” shouted to departing buses in Gangneung, the coastal city near Pyeongchang where many events were held.Workers yanked down paper signs by the hundreds and busloads of Olympians, journalists and support workers rolled toward train stations and highways Monday in the aftermath of a Winter Games that was as political as it was athletic.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutInternational Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach echoed that sentiment in the closing ceremony Sunday night, saying that the centerpiece political event of the games — a joint Koreas team marching together and, in some cases, competing together was a beacon for a troubled world.“With your joint march you have shared your faith in a peaceful future with all of us,” Bach said. “You have shown our sport brings people together in our very fragile world. You have shown how sport builds bridges.” Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosacenter_img LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Their governmental counterparts were showing signs of communication as well. The detente achieved through the Olympic connections between North and South Korea fits the longtime goals of the South’s president, Moon Jae-in, who has advocated engagement with Kim Jong Un’s Pyongyang regime.That happened at the opening and closing ceremonies, both with U.S. representatives looking on from nearby — Vice President Mike Pence for the opening, first daughter and presidential adviser Ivanka Trump for the closing Sunday night.U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration, a patron of South Korea and a loud opponent of the North’s nuclear program, is watching the contacts closely, particularly after South Korea’s presidential office said during the closing ceremony that the North was willing to hold talks with the United States.Washington viewed that development warily. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, with Ivanka Trump on her South Korea Olympic trip, issued a written statement to that effect after the closing ceremony.“We will see if Pyongyang’s message today, that it is willing to hold talks, represents the first steps along the path to denuclearization,” she said. “In the meantime, the United States and the world must continue to make clear that North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs are a dead end.”North Korea’s official news agency, KCNA, known for its invective toward the United States and the Seoul government, has been playing it low key when it comes to these Olympics. On Monday, it issued a synopsis of the games that was notable for its anodyne tone.“When the players of the north and south of Korea participating in the 23rd Winter Olympics and other players and agents of different countries and region from across the world entered the stadium, the spectators welcomed them with applause,” it practically whispered.Contrast that with this dispatch hours earlier about the United States: “We will never have face-to-face talks with them even after 100 years or 200 years. This is neither an empty talk nor any threat. The U.S. will have to pay dearly for stupid and wild vituperation.”Twelve hours later, news of its willingness to talk emerged from Seoul.As for the Olympics and the attention and people they bring to this relatively remote plateau of northeastern South Korea, it’s not quite finished yet. The Paralympic Games, held immediately after the Olympics using the same facilities, will be staged from March 9 to 18, albeit with a lower profile and attendance. Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH AFP official booed out of forum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Popovich praises LeBron’s courage to speak on social issueslast_img read more

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Japanese top countrys maiden Sports Climbing World Cup

first_imgMumbai, May 16 (PTI) Japanese climbers dominated at the maiden Sports Climbing World Cup held in Navi Mumbai over the weekend, accounting for four of the six podium slots. Japanese national Kokoro Fujii finished first in the mens bouldering category, while his compatriot Miho Nonaka bagged the top honours in womens bouldering. This was the first time that the International Federation of Sports Climbings World Cup (IFSC) was hosted in the country, which has a very nascent climbing scene at present. Supported by an enthusiastic crowd that cheered at every move, Fujii completed three of the four routes, while Nonaka cleared two of the womens routes. Other podium finishers from Japan included Tomoa Narasaki (second in mens category) and Akiyo Noguchi (third in womens category). A total of 80 athletes from countries like the US, Canada, France, Russia, Slovakia, South Korea and Iran, among others competed for the top honours. It also included 18 Indians but none of them could qualify beyond the first round.Elimination rounds were held on Saturday and it was wrapped up yesterday with the semi-finals and finals. The routes became difficult with every round and there were a lot of overhangs that made the climbers defy gravity with sheer power that was appreciated by a cheering crowd.The world cup was organised by the city-based Girivihar Adventure Club and hosted by the apex Indian Mountaineering Foundation.Sports climbing is set to be included in the 2018 Jakarta Asian Games and possibly in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as well.”Climbing is a growing sport in the country and we would like to encourage more people to take up the sport and also come and watch such events. We will be looking to build on this platform,” Girivihars Franco Linhares said.advertisement”I know that it was not an easy journey but all credit to them (organisers) for pulling off a very well conducted world cup. I hope that this is only the beginning and we are able to bring many more such events to our country,” IFSC president Marco Maria Scolaris said. PTI AA BEN NRB AH AH EDMlast_img read more

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Harbhajan Singh to debut as singer

first_imgVeteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh is breaking into a new field. He will tweak his vocal chords for a single composed by Mithoon. The song will celebrate the contribution of real life heroes who have striven towards the welfare of the nation.”It’s actually a thought that Harbhajan shared with me. We have been close friends since a while now and he has always expressed his interest in music. He wanted to do something to celebrate our national heritage and culture,” Mithoon said in a statement.He added, “We were always contemplating on working together and were in talks of collaborating on a single since over a year now. This concept cropped up on his birthday and while there were many ideas exchanged, this particular idea appealed to us the most.””I always believe music should address a higher purpose and collaborations of ideas should bring meaning to the fore.”The video will be shot across different states of India and will feature the real lives of common men who can be counted as the driving force of the country.The single will be sung in Hindi and English combined, and will premiere in December this year.last_img read more

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Stats: Ravichandran Ashwin overtakes Harbhajan Singh with 26th Test five-wicket haul

first_imgIndia off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin reached yet another milestone on Saturday as he bagged his 26th five-wicket haul in the ongoing second Test against Sri Lanka at Colombo.In reply to India’s first innings total of 622-9 declared, Sri Lanka resumed on 50-2 and lost their remaining eight wickets in the extended morning session to concede a 439-run first innings lead. Niroshan Dickwella top-scored for the hosts with a breezy 51.Ashwin ended up with figures of 5/69 in 16.4 overs. Fast bowler Mohammed Shami bowled superbly for figures of 2/13 while left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja returned 2/84. Fast bowler Umesh Yadav also bagged a wicket.Most 5 wkt hauls after 51 Tests26 R Ashwin20 Waqar Younis19 Ian Botham#SLvInd- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 5, 2017Most wickets after 51 Tests284* – R Ashwinnext best: 269 – Dennis Lillee* one more inns remain#SLvInd- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 5, 2017It was Ashwin’s 26th five-wicket haul in his 51st Test match and he has now gone past compatriot Harbhajan Singh, who took 103 Tests to complete 25 five-fors. Anil Kumble, with 35 five-wicket hauls, leads the list of Indian bowlers.Ashwin has most number of five-wicket hauls and also has more wickets (284) than any other bowler after 51 Tests.Most times 5 wkt hauls for India in Tests35 Anil Kumble (132 Tests)26 R Ashwin (51)25 Harbhajan Singh (103)23 Kapil Dev (131)#SLvInd- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 5, 2017Ashwin’s spin-bowling partner Jadeja also went past a significant milestone in this match as he took his 150th wicket in the longest format when he dismissed Dhananjaya de Silva in the 35th over. The left-arm spinner is the second quickest to reach the landmark behind Ashwin. Jadeja is playing in his 32nd Test match while Ashwin achieved the feat in just 29 matches.advertisementFastest to 150 Test wkts by spinners28 – C Grimmett29 – H Tayfield/S Ajmal/R Ashwin31 – S McGill/S Warne32 – Ravindra Jadeja#SLvInd- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 5, 2017Fewest Tests to 150 wktsby Indian left arm spinners…32 Ravindra Jadeja40 Vinoo Mankad41 Bishan Bedi78 Ravi Shastri#SLvInd- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 5, 2017Overall Jadeja is the fourth quickest bowler to take 150 scalps while Ashwin is joint-second with Pakistan’s Saeed Ajmal and South Africa Hugh Tayfield. But Jadeja is the quickest to reach the mark among left-arm bowlers.150 wickets for Ravindra Jadeja in Tests. Among ALL left-arm bowlers Jadeja is the quickest to reach this mark (in 32 Tests).#SLvIND- Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) August 5, 2017Jadeja’s first wicket of Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal was his 100th under (in 19 Tests) Virat Kohli’s captaincy. Ashwin has taken 163 wickets in 27 matches with Kohli as skipper.last_img read more

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Borussia Dortmund thrash third tier FC Magdeburg in German Cup

first_imgBundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund made light work of FC Magdeburg as they cruised past the third tier side 5-0 in their German Cup second round tie on Tuesday.Hosts Magdeburg, who in their heyday won three East German league titles and the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1974, held out for 41 minutes before Gonzalo Castro gave Dortmund the lead, one minute after coming on as a substitute.Alexander Isek, Andriy Yarmolenko, with a penalty, Marc Bartra and Shinji Kagawa added further goals as the visitors ran riot in the second half.Schalke 04 forward Franco Di Santo scored his first competitive goal for more than 18 months to set his side on the way to a 3-1 win at third tier Wehen Wiesbaden.The former Wigan Athletic and Werder Bremen forward, who has suffered injury problems since his last goal against FC Cologne in March 2016, netted from close range after 27 minutes.Guido Burgstaller added a second three minutes later before Alf Mintzel put through his own goal in the 54th. David Blacha scored Wiesbaden’s consolation late in the game.Eintracht Frankfurt won 4-0 at fourth tier FC Schweinfurt with Sebastian Haller scoring the first two goals.Bayer Leverkusen thumped second tier Union Berlin 4-1, while a second-half Thorgan Hazard goal gave Borussia Moenchengladbach a 1-0 win at second division leaders Fortuna Duesseldorf.last_img read more

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Asia Cup 2018: Rahmat Shah, Rashid Khan shine as Afghanistan knock Sri Lanka out

first_imgSri Lanka suffered their second defeat in the Asia Cup 2018 on Monday and that ended their campaign in the tournament in Dubai.Chasing a challenging 250 to stay alive in the Asia Cup, Sri Lanka crumbled for 158 in 41.2 overs to hand Afghanistan a 91-run victory.The victory helps Afghanistan advance to the next round — Super Fours — along with Bangladesh from Group B.For Afghanistan, this was their first win over the Sri Lankans in One-day Internationals, with the Islanders already facing a must-win situation having come into this game on the back of a 137-run loss to Bangladesh in their tournament opener on Saturday.Riding on a fine half century from Rahmat Shah (72), and valuable contributions from the opening duo of Mohammad Shahzad (34) and Ihsanullah Janat (45), the Afghans batted confidently to deny the Sri Lankans any early inroads in their innings.Afghanistan were off to a strong 57-run opening start between Shahzad and Janat, before Shah joined Janat for another 50 runs for the second wicket.The departure of the opening duo, however, did not deter the minnows from taking the attack to the opposition as Shah forged together a 80-run fourth wicket stand with Hashmatullah Shahidi (37) to take the side to a comfortable position.Sri Lankan all-rounder Thisara Perera (5/55) managed to break the partnership before triggering a mini collapse of sort but by then the Afghans had neared the 250-run mark towards the end of their innings.In reply, the Islanders once again faltered with their batting and lost their first wicket in the opening over itself with teenaged off-spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman (2/32) packing back Kusal Mendis for a duck.advertisementUpul Tharanga (36) and Dhananjaya de Silva (23) put on a brave show to weather the storm with a 54-run second wicket stand before being separated, courtesy a silly run-out of the latter.Thereafter, wickets began to tumble one after the other as the Sri Lankans slipped from a comfortable 86/2A to lose half their side with just 108 runs from 27 overs.Skipper Angelo Matthews (22) and Thisara Perera (28) managed to get decent starts but the loss of partners at regular intervals dented their hopes, even as the Afghan spinners led by leggie Rashid Khan (2/26) kept dominating the proceedingsBesides Rashid and Mujeeb, veteran offie Mohammed Nabi and seamer Gulbadin Naib also contributed with two wickets apiece.Brief Scores: Afghanistan 249 (Rahmat Shah 72, Ihsanullah Janat 45, Hashmatullah Shahidi 37; Thisara Perera 5/55) beat Sri Lanka 158 (Upul Tharanga 36, Thisara Perera 28; Rashid Khan 2/26, Gulbadin Naib 2/29) by 91 runs.(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more

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Photo: Shelley Meyer Had A National Championship Ring Made Into A Necklace

first_imgurban meyer and his wife shelley meyer after the rose bowlPASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer and wife Shelley Meyer celebrate after the Ohio State Buckeyes win the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)Ohio State’s players and coaches weren’t the only ones to receive rings for the national championship. The coaches wives also received some “bling” for the win, and Shelley Meyer tweeted out a picture of her new jewelry yesterday. She had the ring turned into a necklace. There is probably no more sought after accessory in the state of Ohio right now.Buckeyes got their “ring bling”-Buckeye Coaches’ Wives got some championship bling of their own. #1 #natlchamps pic.twitter.com/jxOfYrwGsx— Shelley Meyer (@spinnershells) March 27, 2015Few college football coaches’ wives are as active as Shelley Meyer. She and the other Buckeye wives definitely earned this after a long season.last_img read more

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Major Program’s AD Isn’t Happy With The College Football Playoff

first_imgOregon's players get ready to return a kick against Florida State in the Rose Bowl.PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Place kicker Roberto Aguayo #19 of the Florida State Seminoles kicks the ball off to the Oregon Ducks to start the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2015 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)For the second consecutive year, the UCF Knights went undefeated through the regular season and conference championship. However, the AAC powerhouse will find itself without an invitation to the College Football Playoff.Of course, the main argument against the Knights is the lack of strong opponents. Yet, it’s hard to overlook a program that has won 25 straight games.There was definitely outrage expected after the Knights were snubbed again, and this time it came from the Director of Athletics at UCF. In a fiery post on Twitter, Danny White made it obvious that he’s not happy with the committee’s decision.It’s not a playoff. It’s an invitational. I’m excited to see what invitational we get to be a part of, and once again show what our team is capable of, ON THE FIELD! Proud of our team. Can’t wait to go bowling with #KnightNation!!!— Danny White (@UCFDannyWhite) December 2, 2018White clearly feels his team deserves the opportunity to compete for a national championship.If the Knights want to really prove they belong with the elite programs, defeating another prestigious team in their bowl game might do the trick. Last season, UCF defeated Auburn in the Peach Bowl, but didn’t get enough respect for the victory.It’ll be interesting to see how UCF schedules its future seasons knowing that its current format doesn’t work in its favor.last_img read more

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USD 1.5 Billion Tema Port Upgrade Project Gets the All-Clear

first_imgzoom Meridian Port Services, a joint venture between APM Terminals, Bolloré Africa Logistics, and the Ghana Ports and Harbour Authority, has formally signed an agreement to invest USD 1.5 billion in a new deep-water 3.5 million TEU port and logistics hub in Tema, Ghana.Meridian Port Services will build four deep-water berths, a new breakwater and an access channel able to accommodate the world’s largest container ships.The new project consists of both a new greenfield port outside the present facility and a needed upgrade of the adjacent road network.”We are excited about how this port will contribute to Ghana’s future economy and emphasize APM Terminals’ strong commitment to Africa’s growth and development,” said APM Terminals CEO Kim Fejfer. ”Increased access to global markets is a key component of Africa’s ongoing economic growth, and the new, world-class port development which begins here today will help to put Ghana, and all of West Africa at the forefront of African global trade.” An initial Memorandum of Understanding for the expansion plans was signed by MPS and the GPHA in November 2014.During the past five months, MPS and the Ghanaian government representatives completed contractual details, and finalized preparations for the project’s required design and engineering studies. The joint venture share is comprised of APM Terminals 35%; Bolloré 35%; and Ghana Ports & Harbours Authority 30%.”This massive investment highlights the confidence of investors into the country. It is a sign that Ghana is moving in the right direction and the journey will not end there. Expanding the port using superior infrastructure and modern, advanced technology will allow Ghanaian companies to compete for business in the most cost effective way,” said Fejfer.Container throughput at MPS was 651,000 TEUs in 2014, and the existing container facility – operated by APM Terminals in partnership with Bollore since 2004 – is close to maximum utilization.last_img read more

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Online Sale of Props From Disneys Maleficent to Benefit Boys Girls Clubs

first_imgOne Kings Lane, a leading online destination for the home, will sell 150 props from the set of Disney’s live-action epic Maleficent and all the proceeds from the sale will be donated to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.The sale will offer one-of-a-kind items, including embroidered and lush cushions, ornate trunks, and pewter serveware from the film set. This marks the first time Walt Disney Studios has sold film set pieces from a new release. The online sale begins May 30 at 11 A.M. EDT/8 A.M. PDT exclusively on www.OneKingsLane.com.“Fans of the film and its exquisite interiors are in for a treat with these rare pieces, and we’re delighted to be the only retailer to offer them,” said Susan Feldman, One Kings Lane chief merchandising officer and co-founder. “The array of beautiful product truly captures the fantasy and marvel that is Maleficent.”The 150 products range from a petite jar with wishbone stick, $75, from Elle Fanning’s character Aurora’s cottage, to a pewter chalice, $165, and Indian chappati bowl, $325, from the majestic castle’s great hall. Additional pieces include a large tapestry with painted scene, $800, and baroque trunks and chests, starting from $1,000.“We formed an eccentric mix of chaos and fun,” said Lee Sandales, set decorator, Maleficent. “As set designers we tell a story with scenery. The bold vision of Maleficent has allowed us to imagine a whole fantastical world.”Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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Family of Brian Sinclair pull out of inquest so do Aboriginal organizations

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe family of Brian Sinclair and multiple Aboriginal organizations have withdrew from an inquest into the Aboriginal man’s death because the courts have refused to address “systemic racism” in the Manitoba healthcare system according a statement released Tuesday.Sinclair’s family said they’ll sit out “Phase 2” as they have lost confidence in the process, but will still submit closing submissions.While, Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto and Ka Ni Kanichihk both said Tuesday they will no longer be part of the inquest at all according to a statement issued by ALST.“ALST did not make this decision lightly. ALST got involved in this case because we thought it was important to provide an Aboriginal perspective and to share expertise about the experiences of Aboriginal patients to address best practices for providing care to our community. Unfortunately the inquest is now focused on patient flow,” said Christa Big Canoe, legal advocacy director of ALST.Sinclair, 45, died in a Manitoba hospital waiting room after being ignored for 34 hours in September 2008.The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs are also expected to pull out of the inquest that begins the second phase Tuesday.Big Canoe said witnesses have testified that staff at the Health Sciences Center assumed Sinclair was intoxicated and homeless.Nurses testified they didn’t see Sinclair but video evidence shows them walking by the dying man sitting in a wheelchair.To prevent similar deaths from happening Judge Raymond Wyant ruled in 2009 that racism, poverty and disability would play a large role in the inquest.Big Canoe said that changed last month when the presiding judge on the inquest made a ruling that “significantly narrowed the scope of the next phase of the inquest” by determining one witness would be address Aboriginal peoples in the Manitoba health care system.news@aptn.calast_img read more

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Algeria desperately needs change The Economist

first_imgBordeaux – British magazine The Economist stated Algeria is in “desperate need of change in an article posted on Friday.”According to the magazine, Algerians are eager for change from their leaders, but afraid to ask for it. Many of them complain about the “lamentable lack of development” in the country and the frustration is wide-spread since the population does not benefit from the money generated by oil exports. Indeed, the unemployment rate remains exceptionally high, affecting almost 40 percent of the population, according to the same source.The young generation is desperate to leave the country. The Economist estimates most of the country’s 1.5 million students will struggle to find a job. Corruption is also weighing on the population who sees the richest families get away with fraud while they struggle to make ends meet. According to the same source, Algerians realize their opinion is not taken into account. When President Abdelaziz Bouteflika went to France between April and July to get treatment after his stroke, the civil society thought he was done and would never come back to the political scene. He did, however, come back and tightened security, granting even more powers to the army.If the population does suffer from the situation, Algerians seem wary of demanding change too loudly, even after seeing the political awakening across the Arab world in the past three years.According to the magazine, Algerians are grateful to Mr. Bouteflika for restoring calm to Algeria after the black decade of the 1990s. It states the media have become pretty free and the political space has slightly widened. It must be remembered, however, that the opposition, because of the great number of parties, is too weak to force the changes the population yearns for.The Economist’s analysis of the situation is that Algerians remain patient and wait for the ageing leaders to retire. Eventually, a new generation will come to power, loosen up politics and the economy, and bring in a more genuine multiparty system.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

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India could have saved Lankan lives

Strong and early objections by the Indian government to the Sri Lankan government’s conduct of the war might have saved civilian lives, Human Rights Watch said.Meenakshi Ganguly, the South Asia director at Human Rights Watch said that in Sri Lanka, India chose private diplomacy to address concerns about risks to civilians during the brutal conclusion to the fighting between the military and the LTTE. However she says after several years of ‘quiet diplomacy’ which had no impact, India joined others at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to call for accountability for war crimes committed by both the government and the LTTE. A United Nations Panel of Experts report found that 40,000 civilians may have died in the last months of the war, largely from indiscriminate government shelling. It has supported Human Rights Council resolutions on Sri Lanka in 2012 and 2013.Gangul recalls that in his 2013 statement in support of the resolution, the Indian envoy at the UNHRC noted “the inadequate progress by Sri Lanka,” and called “for an independent and credible investigation into allegations of human rights violations and loss of civilian lives.” read more

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Garages and refuse plants wrongly designated green belt land MP warns

Garages, wasteland and refuse plants are being wrongly designated “green belt” land, a Labour MP has warned. She argues that if such land was developed, it would go some way towards solving the housing crisis as well as preserving areas of natural beauty. “In Durham, there… “There’s a garage site a stone’s throw away from Tottenham Hale Station in London that is designated as green belt, but there is not a blade of grass to be seen,” she said. Siobhain McDonagh, MP for Morden, has found multiple examples of scrappy wasteland sitting empty and unused within minutes of the nation’s busiest railway stations. “In fact, apart from a green car parked in the garage, there is no green to be seen anywhere. read more

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Iranian judge summons Facebooks Mark Zuckerberg over privacy complaints

first_imgA JUDGE IN southern Iran has ordered Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg to appear court to answer complaints by individuals who say Facebook-owned applications Instagram and Whatsapp violate their privacy, news agency ISNA has reported.It quoted Ruhollah Momen Nasab, an official with the paramilitary Basij force, as saying that the judge also ordered the two apps blocked.It is highly unlikely that Zuckerberg would appear in an Iranian court since there is no extradition treaty between Iran and the United States.Some Iranian courts have in recent years issued similar rulings that could not be carried out.Another Iranian court last week had ordered Instagram blocked over privacy concerns. However, users in the capital, Tehran, still could access both applications around noon Tuesday. In Iran, websites and Internet applications have sometimes been reported blocked but remained operational.Facebook is already banned in the country, along with other social websites like Twitter and YouTube. However some senior leaders like Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif are active on Twitter.While top officials have unfettered access to social media, Iran’s youth and technological-savvy citizens use proxy servers or other workarounds to bypass the controls.The administration of moderate President Hassan Rouhani is opposed to blocking such websites before authorities create local alternatives. Social media has offered a new way for him and his administration to reach out to the West as it negotiates with world powers over the country’s contested nuclear program.“We should see the cyber world as an opportunity,” Rouhani said last week, according to the official IRNA news agency. “Why are we so shaky? Why don’t we trust our youth?”Hard-liners, meanwhile, accuse Rouhani of failing to stop the spread of what they deem as “decadent” Western culture in Iran.Read: Facebook to offer its 1.28 billion users a privacy check-up >last_img read more

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My boyfriends gambling I loved two people One was a compulsive liar

first_img Share Tweet Email12 Saturday 18 Mar 2017, 7:30 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Mar 18th 2017, 7:30 PM 33 Comments By Anonymouscenter_img https://jrnl.ie/3291890 Anonymous I WRITE THIS as the Cheltenham races are on and while people chat about odds. But I am immediately transported back to a state of anxiety. I think of my ex boyfriend and get upset at the thoughts that he is most likely gambling on the races.It brings me back to driving him to work this time last year, with ads on the radio encouraging betting. My stomach used to sink as the elephant in the room grew and grew, and I longed for a day where gambling addiction didn’t ruin a pleasant car journey.I play out various scenarios in my head of how he is coping these days, each ending with a state of unknown. We no longer speak.That’s the reality of ending a relationship with someone who has a gambling addiction. I spent three years of my life all consumed by him. Now I no longer know if he is dead or alive. It may seem drastic but the high rate of suicide in addiction is a reality I have to acknowledge.Love’s price was too highI met my boyfriend and fell in love, but loving him came with a price. I did not understand gambling addiction and I was naive in thinking that the addiction was present within the four walls of a bookies or a screen.What I would soon come to realise is that gambling addiction comes with a wide range of behaviours and the act of placing the bet is only the beginning.I felt like I loved two people. One of whom was kind, hilarious, intelligent, charming, gentle and caring. The other a compulsive liar, manipulative, disrespectful and emotionally unavailable. Source: Shutterstock/REDPIXEL.PLThere were days when I would be with the love of my life, we would laugh to the point of tears and plan our future, completely oblivious before hitting reality with a bang. He would go missing for days on end, having gambled money that was his, mine or stolen.I would call his phone hundreds of times and drive around searching for him. Eventually, he would show up, engulfed in the shame and guilt that follows the original high of gambling.Sometimes I would hug him in tears, begging him to get help. Other days I would be so angry that here we were yet again, money gone, lies told, relationship destroyed.I began to isolate myselfI began to isolate myself as the only time I knew he was okay was when he was with me. My world quickly revolved around him, something that was not healthy for me. I didn’t tell anyone about his addiction for more than a year and to this day only a handful of people know.When he stole from work I had no choice but to tell my parents as he continuously rang me in desperation to replace the money. Why am I being put in this position I asked, yet if I don’t help him he will be arrested. He knew that I would have this dilemma, and the manipulative gambling addict I referred to earlier used this to his advantage.I eventually decided I needed support and began attending counselling. My whole life had become consumed by gambling addiction and I finally had a safe space where I could decide to end the relationship after years of failed interventions.A safe space to make the most heartbreaking decision to leave someone I loved in the hope that it would be a trigger for recovery. I also had to acknowledge to myself that the relationship was not healthy.I wanted him without the addictionAll I wanted was him without the addiction, however the sad reality is there is no choice in addiction. There were rare, beautiful moments when I felt like it was just us, and that I was the luckiest person in the world to have met someone so special. But addiction was always in the room.It hasn’t been clear cut, he made every promise under the sun to get better before admitting defeat and telling me that I’m better off without him. I felt like a mouse when a cat has just caught it, letting it go and reeling it back in repeatedly. Just when I felt I was keeping my head above water I used to get reeled back in, believing with every bone in my body that we could have a life together, free from gambling.To my ex-boyfriend and best friend, I want to give you a quote from John O’Donoghue, like my mum gave to me when our relationship crumbled: “And so may a slow wind work these words of love around you, an invisible cloak to mind your life.”The author of this piece has requested to remain anonymous. Support groups such as Gamblers Anonymous are available if you need to talk to someone.Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: ‘It’s time Irish people stood up against racism. We were the terrorists at one time’>‘Syrians are increasingly likely to opt for a strongman like Assad, capable of bringing stability’> 11,764 Views My boyfriend’s gambling: ‘I loved two people. One was a compulsive liar and emotionally unavailable’ My whole life used to be consumed by my ex boyfriend’s gambling addiction.last_img read more

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After WifeKidnapping Scam Targeted Kenai Families DPS Says Verify And Report

first_imgDepartment of Public Safety Communications Director Johnathon Taylor says the first step for people if they receive a call like this is to verify what the caller is saying. The scams reported, in which the caller contacted close family members of one Kenai woman and threatened sexual assault and death to her if a ransom was not met, have been experienced across Alaska this year. DPS Comm Dir. Taylor: “Individuals who are utilizing these types of scams are often trained to prey on the feeling of helplessness and concern and panic that people have and can convince people to do things that they would not otherwise do. So first is to verify, to try and see whether or not it’s suspicious.” DPS Comm Dir. Taylor: “If the scammers are not actually calling from the state of Alaska, the Alaska State Troopers or local police departments might not actually have jurisdiction. So reporting it to the FBI is always the first step. If folks do want to contact the local law enforcement agency, whether that’s our local police department or Troopers and let them know, they can absolutely do that.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享After a scam targeted multiple Kenai Peninsula families this weekend, the Department of Public Safety is telling community members to verify first and then report the scam activity to authorities. Taylor says if families are or have been targeted in this sort of scam, the best step after verification that your family is safe is to report the incident to the FBI through their Internet Crime Complaint Center. The Kenai woman did report her incident to the FBI. Communications Director Staci Feger-Pellessier in the FBI’s  Anchorage Office says they are looking into the incident.last_img read more

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Corruption can be stamped out only if politicians want

first_imgDiscussants at the seminar styled ‘Accountable administration a key to prevent corruption’ organised by Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) held at its office in the capital Photo Courtesy : ACCA group of anti-corruption activist, academic and politician on Sunday observed that corruption can be stamped out in the country only if the politicians want it.Addressing a seminar styled ‘Accountable administration a key to prevent corruption’ organised by Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) at its office, they also said corruption takes place in collusion between the politicians and the bureaucrats. Former rector of Bangladesh Public Administration Training Centre (BPATC) AZM Shafiqul Alam presented the keynote speech in the seminar in which he underscored the need for ensuring accountability in the administration to prevent corruption.Outlining various types of corruption, the keynote speaker said, “Apart from ensuring accountability in the administration, the accountability of the ACC officials and democratic accountability should be ensured.”He also alleged that large-scale corruption takes place at the behest of political patronisation or at the behest of the top policymakers and political parties’ deviation from ideology is the primary reason behind the political corruption.Speaking as the chief guest, former advisor of a past caretaker government professor Jamilur Reza Choudhury said, “Corruption can never be stopped if we can’t break unholy nexus between the politicians and the bureaucrats.”He also asked ACC officials to take stringent actions against the corrupt people. Another former advisor of a caretaker government M Hafiz Uddin Khan said there should be a transparent policy regarding recruitment, training, transfer, posting and promotion in the public service to ensure accountability in the administration.Citizens’ for Good Governance secretary Badiul Alam Majumder was of the opinion that ACC should give priority to controlling electoral corruption.“The wealth of many politicians swells once they are elected,” said Badiul Alam adding, “ACC will be deemed to be a dysfunctional organisation if it fails to take actions against large-scale corruption.”While presiding over the seminar, ACC chairman Iqbal Mahmud said corruption can never take place without an unholy nexus. “There is no easy way to stop corruption by bureaucracy without bringing necessary reforms in the administration.”The anti-corruption watchdog chief said all types of corruption are not included in the scheduled crime of the ACC and that’s why they cannot take action in all cases of corruption.last_img read more

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