RSS functionary and Dainik Jagran journalist shot dead in Uttar Pradesh

first_imgA journalist with the Hindi daily Dainik Jagran and member of the RSS Rajesh Mishra was shot dead in Ghazipur district of Uttar Pradesh on Saturday. His brother was also shot at and critically injured.Unidentified motorbike-borne assailants fired several rounds at Mishra while he was sitting at a building materials shop run by his family at the Brahmanpura Chauraha at Karanda in Ghazipur at 7 a.m.The police said there were three assailants, while locals spoke of only two men, one of whom was masked.Mr. Mishra, 38, worked as a block-level stringer with Dainik Jagran and was also a block in-charge of the RSS. His brother, Amitabh Mishra, was rushed to the district hospital in Ghazipur and then referred to a hospital in Varanasi.Brother also injured“On hearing the sound of bullets, Mr. Amitabh Mishra, who was working in the fields behind the shop, came to his brother’s rescue. The assailants shot at him too and fled the spot,” a police spokesperson said.Following the incident, protesters blocked the roads and attacked vehicles. The police later intervened to pacify the crowd and restore traffic. While the motive for the attack is not known, the police suspect that it could be the result of personal enmity.“Suspected enmity is probably the reason…two suspects identified…arrest should happen soon,” said Anand Kumar, Additional Director General-Law and Order. He said the police had already found clues.Family members and colleagues believe the murder could be due to Rajesh Mishra’s RSS background or journalistic work. Mishra had recently organised a week-long RSS camp in Karanda. Manoj, a friend of the victim and fellow RSS worker, also suspects that Mishra’s journalistic work had sparked the attack. “Some people were irritated by his work. Writing news against the wrong people became a cause for his death,” Manoj said.The content of Rajesh Mishra’s reports or journalistic work could not be independently verified, however.last_img read more

Uyloan says D-League stint with Cignal ‘rejuvenated’ his career

first_imgJonathan Uyloan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netFor Jonathan Uyloan playing somewhere else is better than not playing at all.With Meralco set to put him in the reserve list, the sharpshooting guard made the bold decision and asked the management to allow him to play for Cignal HD in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup.ADVERTISEMENT “I asked Meralco if I could play with Cignal and everything worked out well. Some people may think it’s a demotion, but for me, it’s a blessing. I have a contract with Meralco and I have a contract with Cignal. I was pretty much working two jobs,” he said.Turns out, it was the right move with Uyloan going as far as citing this stint with the Hawkeyes as one of the best decisions he’s ever made.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“It was probably the best move of my career. It made me love basketball more,” he said. “I came from the PBL before, and I was a practice player for Rain or Shine. The move helped me go back to where I came from. I wasn’t the superstar, I had to work my way up, so going back to Cignal rejuvenated my basketball career.”Suiting up in time for the playoffs, Uyloan averaged 8.0 points on a 39 percent shooting from threes, 3.5 rebounds, and 4.5 assists as he became a valuable contributor for Cignal’s back-to-back title wins in the developmental ranks. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games But more than anything, what the Fil-Am guard treasures more is the chance to be with this group of guys, a mix of veteran campaigners and aspiring amateurs, all seeking to make it to the PBA.“It was great, being around with guys who are hungry to get better in basketball and are trying to make it to the PBA. I’m happy to help out and show that it all starts with integrity and hardwork first. And it all paid off,” he said.With this short stint now over, Uyloan is positive that he has made a good account of himself as he returns to the Bolts.“I just hope that they see that wherever I’m at, I’ll work hard. With Rain or Shine, I was able to win a championship for the first time. And then, when I was with GlobalPort, that team went to the semifinals for the first time. With Meralco, we made it to the Finals for the first time. Then here in Cignal, we became back-to-back champions. Every team I’ve been on, it’s been a blessing,” he said.“I don’t know what it is. But I just know that where I come from, it’s all hard work and you got to show it in every team you go. Every part of the team is valuable and whatever they bring individually, collectively, it’s going to be great.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side MOST READcenter_img Emotional Morrison wins gold in taekwondo, avenges teammate’s loss View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelolast_img read more

Swiss female cyclist forced to ‘pause’ in a race after catching up with men’s pack

first_img“After the neutralization, I was caught up again and finished the race on the 74th place,” she said.The racing event also reported in its Twitter account the “neutralization of our women race” because of “very slow men’s race.”Neutralisation of our women race at railroad crossing in Sint-Denijs-Boekel in #OHNWomen #ohn19 due to a very slow mens race. riders will restart with same timings— OmloopHetNieuwsblad (@OmloopHNB) March 2, 2019“Neutralisation of our women race at the railroad crossing in Sint-Denijs-Boekel in #OHNWomen #ohn19 due to a very slow men’s race. riders will restart with same timings,” it said. /jpvSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss For this female athlete, this bizarre incident was an “awkward moment.”A breakaway female cyclist said she was forced to stop during a prestigious one-day cycling race in Belgium on Saturday after catching up the tail end of the pack for the men’s cycling event, which kicked off 10 minutes earlier.ADVERTISEMENT P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img “Today was the first spring classic in Belgium. I attacked after 7km, and was alone in the break for around 30 km…,” Hanselmann wrote on Instagram.“But then an awkward moment happened and I almost saw the back of the men’s peloton… May the other women and me were [too] fast or the men [too] slow,” she added.Hanselmann continued that she was given a headstart and allowed to resume after a five-minute pause but fell back and eventually finished the contest in the 74th place.ADVERTISEMENT Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Swiss Nicole Hanselmann, a professional cyclist from Bigla Team, said she was halted during the annual Omloop Het Nieuwsblad race after establishing an early sizeable lead in the women’s pack and was in danger of being impeded by the men’s support vehicles. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Now the hard part P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed View commentslast_img read more

Memphis eyes ‘beautiful’ Netherlands future

first_imgMemphis Depay Memphis eyes key role in ‘beautiful’ Netherlands future despite World Cup failure Goal Last updated 2 years ago 19:31 10/18/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Memphis Depay, Netherlands Getty Memphis Depay Netherlands Olympique Lyonnais WC Qualification Europe Ligue 1 The 23-year-old hopes to assume the role of the star of Oranje after Arjen Robben bowed out, while he also hit back at claims he lacks commitment Memphis Depay hopes to become a key player for Netherlands in the wake of Arjen Robben’s international retirement and remains optimistic about the country’s future.The Dutch missed out on a World Cup qualifying playoff place as they finished behind second-placed Sweden on goal difference in their group, despite beating Janne Andersson’s side 2-0 in their final game.Robben scored both goals in what proved to be his final game with Oranje, leaving the country looking for another world-class player to become the star of the team. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Lyon 4/6 to beat TroyesLyon winger Memphis was hyped as the most likely to take on that responsibility, but he continues to face criticism for a perceived attitude problem, which confuses the 23-year-old.”Sometimes I wonder if people realise how beautiful and honourable I find it to play for my country,” he told Voetbal International. “I want to be important in the new phase with Oranje. That’s my goal. I really hope that we can all create a more positive atmosphere around the Dutch team.”We’re currently going through a difficult period, we’re no longer the Dutch team of a couple of years ago. We now have many young players and need support.”Looking at the future of Orange, I have good hope. We will have to be strong as a team, preferably with the whole country behind us. So we can go back to something beautiful.”Memphis’ fascination with music and fashion has prompted many fans and media to question his commitment to football. He famously made headlines in his homeland for turning up to national team duty wearing a hat and scarf.But the former PSV and Manchester United player says footballers are not one-dimensional figures and believes his other interests help him in his career.Memphis Depay Presnel Kimpembe PSG Lyon Ligue 1 17092017Memphis Depay Lyon“You know, there is often some bad talk about me,” he said. “Usually, it’s about my behaviour. But what exactly is wrong with what I do? I’m a 23-year-old man, someone who is also developing as a person. We are all developing that way, right?”Apparently, the things I do outside of the football are not taken as positives. I don’t care, but sometimes it amazes me. I’m focused on football and my career. No one really has to doubt that. Outside, I do other things that make me happy. I’m not a football player 24 hours a day. There is an idea of ​​how professional football players should live.”If I lock myself at home after training, I become unhappy. That will eventually have a negative effect on my football. I’ve noticed it in practice.”I feel blessed with my life. Happy with who I am. I hope you are, too, I hope everyone is. I’m grateful for what I’ve achieved so far and what’s going on in my life.”last_img read more

Trekking: The inflatable NIAS is the Tent to Pitch in a Pinch

first_img Zach Klein Is the Reason We’re All Obsessed with Cabin Porn The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities A Pop-Up Hotel Is Coming to the North Pole in 2020 9 Best Backpacking Tents for Your Next Adventure, from Budget to Ultralight Editors’ Recommendations Man isn’t meant to stay indoors — our weekly “Trekking” column can attest to that. It’s a column dedicated to the adventurer inside of all of us, the one pining to ditch the office humdrum for a quick surf session or seven-week jaunt in the Grand Tetons. One day we may highlight an ultra-light stove and the next a set of handmade canoe paddles. Life doesn’t just happen inside the workplace, so get outside and live it.Heimplanet is not your typical manufacturer, nor does it make your typical tent. Whereas other tent makers concern themselves with sleek, aluminum poles and ultra-packable components, Heimplanet is German manufacturer that prefers to produce shelters with a penchant for flexible stability and naturalistic design. Many of the company’s wares — which include dopp kits, duffles, tents, and an assortment of other items — are built for rugged landscapes–areas where quick-pitching is a must. The Heimplanet NIAS ($1,200), the company’s latest innovation, is just another example.Unlike traditional tents, the unique NIAS utilizes a network of inflatable tubes that act as support beams (no poles included). The main structure consists of two identical cabins, with a protective vestibule in the center. The latter components provides ample space for cooking and storing equipment such as packs and bicycles, while serving as a communal gateway for the quickly accessing the opposing cabins. The nylon tent, polyester fly, and inflatable diamond frame capitalize on a geodesic design, too, a facet that keeps construction materials to a minimum and grants the NIAS greater stability once erected in the wild.As for capacity, Heimplanet built each cabin to accommodate two or three people, with the aforementioned bridge in between and four closeable vents for added airflow. The best part of the NIAS, however, is the setup process — all you need to do is roll it out, affix the hand pump, and push the handle.Check out Heimplanet online to make a purchase, or to peruse the company’s limited array of tents, bags, groundsheets, and outdoor accessories. The Opus OP15′ Is a Tricked-Out, Off-Road-Ready Travel Trailer last_img read more

Where did that come from Saskatchewan man finds new house in his

first_imgPILOT BUTTE, Sask. – Patrick Maze is used to seeing flax and weeds on his farm field east of Regina, but where did the brand-new beautiful house come from?Maze was driving by his land last week and noticed the home sitting on a big trailer where there should have been nothing but rolling prairie.After doing a double take, Maze came back later with his border collie, Scarlett, to investigate.“I thought it was strange,” he said. “Seeing a house was quite shocking.”Maze figured either a moving company delivered the home to the property by mistake or the rig that was hauling it had mechanical problems.In the hope of solving the mystery, he posted some pictures on Facebook and asked his online friends for advice.Some neighbours also came by who were just as puzzled.It turns out the house was being transported from Winnipeg to the owners who live just outside of Lumsden, Sask., but there was a problem with permits.The moving company left the house in the field until the paperwork could be sorted out.“I know I don’t get to keep it,’” Maze laughed. “It is no big deal.”Brenda Robertson, who owns the house with her husband, said it finally showed up on Thursday around noon at their rural property and was being set to be placed on its foundation.Robertson said the house was originally supposed to arrive in September, but there were delays because of highway construction in Manitoba.She and her husband are relieved their new home wasn’t damaged as it sat in Maze’s field for a week, unattended, including on Halloween night.“I was really excited to get it,” she said. “The house is all fine and there was no vandalism.”Robertson said she and Maze have not spoken to each other but are now neighbours in a sense, even though they live about 40 kilometres away from each other.“It all worked out.”— By John Cotter in Edmontonlast_img read more

Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the

first_imgTORONTO – Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week:RBI earningsRestaurant Brands International Inc., the parent company of Burger King and Tim Hortons, discusses second-quarter results on Wednesday. A group of U.S. Tim Hortons franchisees filed a lawsuit on July 24 alleging their parent company engaged in price gouging and equity theft.Point takenAimia Inc. releases second-quarter results on Friday. The Montreal-based company is coming off a week in which an Air Canada-led consortium proposed buying its Aeroplan loyalty rewards asset at a heavily discounted price, and it rejected an unsolicited US$180-million bid by Grupo Aeromexico to buy its stake in their joint loyalty program PLM.BCE earningsTelecom and media giant BCE Inc. discusses second-quarter results on Thursday. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has invited Canadian consumers to tell the federal regulator about their personal experience with misleading or abusive sales practices at the country’s telecommunications companies.Economic updateStatistics Canada releases the gross domestic product by industry for May on Tuesday. Real GDP for the previous month edged up 0.1 per cent, slightly above economists’ expectations, as gains in the manufacturing and utilities sectors more than offset declines in construction and in mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction.Bombardier earningsAircraft and train builder Bombardier Inc. discusses second-quarter results on Thursday. One of the founders of WestJet Airlines Ltd. and JetBlue Airways Corp. committed on July 17 to buy 60 Airbus A220-300 (formerly Bombardier’s C Series) aircraft for a new U.S. airline he is launching.last_img read more

Peladeau says Habs failure to make playoffs delivered a body check to

first_imgQuebecor Inc.’s CEO blamed the failure of the Montreal Canadiens to make the playoffs for a major hit to its media ad revenues, a “disappointing” dent in a quarter that nonetheless saw the company skate to $1.04 billion in overall revenue.The Montreal-based communications giant’s second-quarter revenue edged up 0.50 per cent from the same time last year, largely due to growth at its telecommunications arm as revenue at its media arm fell six per cent.“The results of our media operations were heavily impacted by TVA Sports, which…suffered from the absence of the Montreal Canadiens in the NHL playoffs,” Pierre Karl Peladeau said on a conference call with investors Thursday.Revenue from the sports and entertainment division was relatively unchanged at $36.9 million.With playoffs spanning the bulk of the quarter, advertising revenue from the TVA Sports specialty channel plunged 36 per cent from the year-earlier period, when the 101-year-old team made the first playoff round, said TVA Group president and CEO France Lauziere.Growth at Quebecor’s Videotron cable, internet and wireless business boosted revenue from telecommunications to $847.2 million, up from $826.6 million last year.Quebecor had $41.3 million of net income attributable to shareholders in the second quarter, amounting to 18 cents per share.That was down from $137.8 million or 57 cents per share in the second quarter of 2017, when Quebecor’s profit was boosted by a gain from the sale of a spectrum licence.Adjusted income from continuing operating activities, which excludes the spectrum sale and other items, was $106.2 million or 45 cents per share, up from $88.6 million or 37 cents per share the year prior.Peladeau said the company achieved a major milestone in the second quarter when it became 100-per-cent owner of Quebecor Media, after buying out its strategic partner — the Caisse de depot.“With access to all the cash flows generated by the subsidiary, the corporation will now be better equipped to seize business opportunities as they arise, to achieve its objectives with respect to its dividend payment policy, and to take full control of its development projects,” Peladeau said Thursday in a statement.Strong telecommunications sales yielded revenues that slightly exceeded analyst expectations in a “seasonally weaker quarter,” said RBC Dominion Securities Inc. analyst Drew McReynolds.Roughly 32,000 net new wireless subscribers outweighed a drop in television subscriptions — a decrease typical of the lead-up to Quebec’s traditional moving season, which sees most leases expire July 1, said Videotron president and CEO Manon Brouillette.Quebecor’s stock price jumped more than five per cent Thursday, ending the trading session at $28.40, its highest closing price in at least ten years.Peladeau said in a Facebook post earlier this week that Quebecor’s ability to do business with the Quebec government was jeopardized because he had pleaded guilty on July 10 to violating the province’s election act by personally reimbursing a $137,000 debt accumulated by his campaign to become leader of the Parti Quebecois.He said the province’s treasury board and premier have the power to declare an exception to the act’s automatic penalties and a Quebecor statement on Tuesday said it was confident that the matter “will be settled in the near future without restricting the corporation’s activities or its public sector clients.”Companies in this story: (TSX:QBR.B)last_img read more

UN aid partners appeal for 115 million help 650000 flood victims in

10 November 2008United Nations agencies and their humanitarian partners today called for $11.5 million to help some 650,000 victims of deadly floods in eastern Yemen to help with food, water and sanitation, health and shelter needs. Torrential rains last month claimed at least 73 lives and destroyed or damaged over 3,200 homes, mainly made of bricks, while hundreds of farms were inundated and their crops washed away. Up to 25,000 people are in need of shelter, and several health facilities and over 150 schools have been damaged.The Yemen Floods Response Plan, which will focus mainly on short-term humanitarian aid, will cover projects proposed by seven UN agencies, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and two non-governmental organizations (NGOs), in concert with the Arabian peninsula nation’s Government.The aid timeline will range from two to six months, and food assistance is expected to extend until the next harvest in April 2009.UN bodies – including the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Food Programme (WFP), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) – have set up a support hub in Sayun in Hadramout, one of the hardest-hit regions.The new centre seeks to coordinate relief distribution and support local authorities to help survivors of the floods, which have claimed at least 73 lives in Hadramout and Al-Mahara governorates in Yemen’s east.A UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team is helping Yemen track incoming international assistance.According to OCHA, the most affected areas in both Hadramout and Al-Mahara have passed the acute emergency phase, but there are still regions where needs have not been assessed, including the humanitarian situation of the 20,000 Bedouins living in the mountains. read more

New UN initiative seeks to help humanitarian operations go green

19 August 2010A new online resource centre developed by the United Nations seeks to help reduce the damage done to the environment during humanitarian and relief activities in the aftermath of natural disasters, conflicts and other crises. The Resource Centre for Mainstreaming Environment into Humanitarian Action features guidelines, training materials, case studies and other tools and is intended as a handbook for relief workers.The new website was launched today, on World Humanitarian Day, by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).“Making relief and recovery operations more environmentally-sound will ensure that both human welfare and the environment are protected and conserved in response to a disaster or conflict,” the agency stated in a news release.UNEP noted that despite the critical role relief work plays during a crisis, actions like cutting down trees to provide shelter and firewood and the inadequate management of medical waste can impact the success of humanitarian action. One example of this is in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where the size and density of settlements for internally displaced persons (IDPs) has led to severe degradation of wildlife populations, trees and other natural resources in some areas, even encroaching on the Virunga National Park, according to UNEP.Also, emergency food distribution following the devastating earthquake in Haiti in January resulted in a big increase in solid and liquid waste, mainly due to packaging.The agency pointed out that several best practices have proven that including environmental considerations in humanitarian operations is not only better for the environment but also cost-effective.These include sending supplies by ship rather than by air, as well as predictable and coordinated planning of logistical operations.More than 150 resources from over 20 organizations are already featured on the website, and UNEP is calling for contributions of resources in any language from non-governmental organizations (NGOs), governments, UN agencies, private sector and academic and research institutions. read more

Norfolk told to act on Hastings Drive

LONG POINT – A property owner in Long Point has chided Norfolk County for being “a terrible neighbour.”Mary Weber owns cottages on Hastings Drive. At a time of record high water levels in Lake Erie, Weber says it is unacceptable that the county is doing nothing to protect its shoreline on Hastings from wave erosion.At the July 2 meeting of Norfolk council, Weber said private property owners on Hastings have buffered the shoreline and – as a result – are protecting their land from erosion. More importantly, Weber says their vigilance is keeping Hastings Drive passable for vehicular traffic.But the same can’t be said for Hastings Drive adjacent to county land. Norfolk has not maintained its breakwalls in these areas, Weber said, and as a result the road is at risk of eroding away.“Do we not deserve at least the same consideration as you’ve given species-at-risk – frogs, toads, snakes and fish?” Weber asked council.“This work can be done to the satisfaction of all species – including people.”At a minimum, Weber wants Norfolk to reset the stone and concrete barriers on its property to protect the beach and the road next to it.The 49 vacant lots Norfolk County owns on Hastings represent nearly a third of the waterfront in this part of Long Point. Norfolk has a permit from the Long Point Region Conservation Authority to protect its shoreline but county staff has not acted on it.At the July 9 meeting of Norfolk council, staff said shoreline protection is on hold because the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forests wants an engineering report on what the county has in mind.Chris Baird, Norfolk’s general manager of public works, says the ministry wants details because the county’s stake in the Hastings neighbourhood is so large. Baird said the county has to respect the fact that action on Hastings could have consequences for shoreline erosion elsewhere.“The last thing we want to do is send the problem downstream and create problems in other parts of Long Point,” Baird said. “This is an active process and we need a plan.”Mayor Kristal Chopp says it is time for Norfolk to stop neglecting its obligations on Hastings, especially with respect to the integrity of the road allowance. The road is unpaved and subject to erosion but Chopp says Hastings is a legal thoroughfare like any other.“Not only is Hastings Drive a public road in a registered subdivision, for a dead-end unmaintained road it sees an incredibly high volume of traffic,” the mayor said.“Private property owners have done their part, but it is the county-owned lots that have been neglected that are the problem.”Chopp added Norfolk needs to attend to shoreline protection as soon as possible. The longer the situation is neglected, she said, the more expensive it will be to restore Hastings as a viable road.Windham Coun. Chris Van Paassen feels the deterioration of any county asset is unfortunate. But Van Paassen wants to know how Hastings Drive is any different than any of the other infrastructure repairs on Norfolk’s to-do list.“I can show you bridges in (Port Dover) Ward 6 that have been closed for 10 years,” he told council. “The money is in the budget to fix them yet nothing has been done.“Just because we have a vocal group down there does that move it to the front of the line?”Hastings Drive property owner Randy Mawhiney, of St. Williams, also spoke to council about conditions in Long Point at the July 2 meeting. The erosion of Hastings coupled with periodic flooding throughout the resort community, Mawhiney said, represent “a disaster waiting to happen.”“Are we only protecting the turtles and frogs and to hell with the humans?” Mawhiney asked. “Why pay taxes? People are starting to wonder. There doesn’t seem to be much common sense in this roads department anymore. We need action down there.”Support for this was expressed by Port Rowan Coun. Tom Masschaele, Waterford Coun. Kim Huffman and Simcoe Coun. Ian Rabbitts.“This is a county asset we are allowing to deteriorate under water,” Rabbitts said.CAO Harry Schlange said staff will have a better idea of the way forward sometime this September.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

UN welcomes El Salvadors adoption of new legislation on status of refugees

“The passage of this legislation by the National Assembly is a very important step towards the institutionalization of refugee status determination in the region,” said agency spokesman Peter Kessler. “It is a clear sign of the will of El Salvador to fully comply with its commitment to refugee law and the human rights of asylum-seekers.”UNHCR has long been working with the Salvadoran Government to prepare the law, which is pending signature by the country’s President to take effect. The legislation establishes clear procedures for refugees to request asylum under international standards, and creates a commission for the determination of refugee status.During the late 1980s, UNHCR worked with El Salvador mainly on repatriating its own nationals – more than 32,000 since 1987 – and on protecting asylum-seekers arriving to the country. In recent years, the agency has focused on establishing local structures within El Salvador to deal with asylum-seekers and refugees arriving to the country from other parts of the world, particularly Colombians fleeing persecution. read more

Thad Matta earns 300th win in Ohio State mens basketball season opener

OSU freshman forward Jae’Sean Tate in action during a game against Marquette on Nov. 18 in Columbus. Credit: Lantern File PhotoOhio State men’s basketball coach Thad Matta notched his 300th win as the Buckeyes defeated Mount St. Mary’s 76-54 in the team’s first game of the season.Matta, who is in his 12th season with the team, became OSU’s all-time winningest coach during last season’s Big Ten tournament. His OSU teams now have a record of 300-94.“I’ve always said that I’m very fortunate to have the opportunity to be here at Ohio State,” Matta said. “It goes back to (Alex Haley’s) old saying, ‘When you see a turtle on the fence post, you know it didn’t get there by itself.’ That’s definitely me on that fence post.”Sophomore forward Jae’Sean Tate said Matta is deserving of his record.“That’s just another stat to add to his résumé, he’s a wonderful coach, he’s a wonderful guy and hopefully we have many to come this year,” Tate said.Tate, who missed the Buckeyes’ exhibition game against Walsh with a sprained ankle, helped lead the Buckeyes to victory with an impressive offensive showing. His 21 points were one shy of tying his career-high, and his two 3-point field goals nearly equaled his season total from his freshman campaign (three). “It definitely boosts my confidence. I’m still not where I want to be, so I have to continue to work, I can’t rest on that,” Tate said.Matta said as a coach it was rewarding to see Tate’s hard work pay off.“Jae’Sean was good. It was so exciting when he let his first three go, to see it go down. I’ve seen that kid, how diligent he’s been in terms of his work ethic and developing that,” Matta said.Two of the more veteran players on the roster, junior forward Marc Loving and sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop, led the team in minutes with 35 and 38, respectively, but it was freshman center/forward Daniel Giddens who made one of the biggest impacts of the afternoon.The 6-foot-9 Mableton, Georgia, native made his presence known with 11 points in 26 minutes of hard play.“For myself individually, I just have to build on what I did today and just want to make this season a successful one,” Giddens said.Matta said he was impressed with Giddens’ play.“Daniel was everywhere. He was showing his chest, helping, getting back to his man,” Matta said. “The thing I love about Daniel is that effort is never going to be a problem for him. He’s a kid who cares, he is starving for extra work, he’s starving for finding ways to improve his game.” Giddens appeared to be calm on the court, but the freshman said he was “freaking out”  internally.“I’m not going to lie, I was nervous. I’m still nervous. This is new to me,” Giddens said.Other freshmen members of the Scarlet and Gray also made their presences known. Guard JaQuan Lyle put up 12 points, the third-highest of the team, and guard A.J. Harris came off the bench, showing off his publicized speed and energy. Meanwhile, guard Austin Grandstaff nailed a 3-point attempt, his first and only shot of his young career. The Buckeyes started the game strong going into the half with a 42-21 lead and a team field-goal percentage of 56.3 percent. The Mountaineers tried to mount a comeback in the second half, at one point cutting the deficit to 13 points.“I painted the picture at halftime, I said this is what could happen and it did. We got a little bit complacent,” Matta said. “We didn’t have the pace we needed in the second half.”Turnovers were an issue for the Buckeyes throughout the game, something Tate said will get better as the season goes along.“Having such a young team, being the first game I think that played a role in that. With two freshman point guards and so many young guys, we’ll mature as the season goes on,” Tate said.Matta said the turnovers were due to not making the simple play, and there’s still a lot of teaching needed for a young Buckeye team that has games both Tuesday and Friday. “I just told them after the game, ‘You guys want to play in the NBA? Well, you’ve got an NBA schedule this week,’” Matta said. “We’ve got to prepare for Grambling, but we also got to look at what we need to get better at.”The Buckeyes are set to take the court again at the Schottenstein Center on Tuesday at 7 p.m. against Grambling State. read more

ORANGE ARMY IN ZAGREB Five matches of EHF CL in Saturday

1. FC Barcelona Lassa111001324:276(48)20 1. Rhein-Neckar Löwen12813337:329(8)17 3. Telekom Veszprém11524288:285(3)12 4. SG Flensburg-Handewitt10514274:256(18)11 7. Bjerringbro-Silkeborg11209279:317(-38)4 Five matches of the VELUX EHF Champions League – Round 12 will be played on Saturday. There are strict favorites in four of five matches, only in Zagreb, two teams will fight directly for the placement among six best team in the Group, which takes to EHF CL knock-out stage.GROUP A:THW Kiel – Bjerringbro Silkeborg 17.30Telekom Veszprem – Orlen Wisla Plock 17PSG Handball – Kadetten Schaffhausen 20 6. Orlen Wisla Plock11326289:305(-16)8 7. IFK Kristianstad11227300:328(-28)6 2. HC Vardar11803319:289(30)16 8. Kadetten Schaffhausen10109259:310(-51)2 6. RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko11236311:335(-24)7 8. HC Prvo plinarsko drustvo …11218262:286(-24)5 5. THW Kiel11515281:283(-2)11 4. MOL-Pick Szeged11614296:277(19)13 Over 400 Danes are supporting Bjerringbro-Silkeborg in KielGROUP B:RK Vardar Skopje – RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko 17.30RK PPD Zagreb – IFK Kristianstad 20.00 5. HC Meshkov Brest12444326:324(2)12 3. KS Vive Tauron Kielce11704327:310(17)14 2. Paris Saint-Germain Handba…11902346:308(38)18 ← Previous Story RK Metalurg and Predrag Vejin together until summer 2017 Next Story → DANES WANT TOP 16: Bjerringbro Silkeborg win in Kiel! read more

Bioware developer pops the question in Minecraft

first_imgAlthough we are a few days past Valentine’s Day, here is a noteworthy wedding proposal that is sure to warm the hearts of female video game geeks everywhere.A Bioware developer decided to pop the “big question” to his sweetie who is also a Bioware developer. For him, though, getting down on one knee and whipping out a ring in a box was simply too cliche’ to be employed. So what is a game developer to do in this situation? Well, the answer is to propose marriage to his girlfriend in a video game of course.So using his Minecraft building skills, he decided to build a castle along with some special terrain to ask for her hand in marriage. And as you will see in the following video, it was all worth it.Read more at joystiq, via Geekologielast_img

Starting over in a new country

first_imgI met Thomas Nianiakos shortly after he finished his shift. Although he had just spent eight hours cooking breakfast and a three-course lunch for over 100 residents at Fronditha Care’s residential facility in Clayton, he looked rather vibrant and relaxed.If I hadn’t known about the 49-year-old, I would have said that he loves his job and has no other obligations to think about. However, the reality is quite different.Thomas is a new migrant; although he was born in Australia, he moved to Greece when he was 12 and moved back to Australia five years ago.For most new migrants, Greece’s financial hardships were enough to make them pack their suitcases and seek their fortune elsewhere. Thomas though had much more to consider.“My life changed in 2011, when my wife, Persephone, was diagnosed with leukaemia,” he says.Persephone had not been feeling well for a couple of weeks, he explains. Having three kids was excuse enough for feeling exhausted. She decided to have a blood test. As a microbiologist, she did the analysis herself. The news dropped like a bomb.“I was doing some housework when she called and told me the news,” Thomas remembers.“I could not believe it. You think about cancer as something foreign, that it won’t affect you.”The next year-and-a-half was tormentous for the family. From their home in Lamia, they had to move to Athens for bone marrow surgery. Although there were glimpses of hope, less than two years after the initial diagnosis, Persephone passed.“While you are prepared for it, the reality definitely shocks you,” he says.MOVING TO AUSTRALIAAfter Persephone’s passing, Thomas wanted a fresh start. On every level. He had to consider the well-being of his three young children, Despoina, 13, Athina, 11 and Christos, 3.“Before she died, Persephone urged me to move to Australia.“I felt we really needed this, both my children and I. It would be a fresh start for each one of us, in a county where opportunities for the future would be more plentiful.”His relatives in Australia helped him settle and offered the family a place to stay.However, the family wanted their own space and to really find their footing.Thomas, who had been working as a hotel manager in Lamia, took a course to become a chef and worked part-time to make ends meet.“It was a very challenging period. Looking back, I do not know how I did it. On many occasions, I had to leave my children home alone due to work commitments.“Thankfully, my eldest daughter ‘became’ the mother of the family. She was responsible enough to look after her siblings when I was at work. We didn’t even have to discuss it; she understood that things had changed and she had to take a more grown up role.”I wondered why he chose to change his career path in his 40s.“One of the lessons I learned throughout my experience with Persephone’s illness was that life is too short to do things that you do not like and enjoy,” he says.“I always liked cooking, but never did it professionally. I did not want to lose another day, so I grabbed the bull by the horns.”Thomas has been working at Fronditha Care for almost two years now. A job that fills him with joy and has already led thim to gain two awards for his cooking and leadership skills.“When I applied to work at Fronditha Care I thought it was another job to pay the bills. However, seeing and interacting with the elderly every day, listening to their needs and trying to please them with my food, created a completely different environment. It makes me feel that every day I come to work with my second family.”Thomas Nianiakos with the CEO of Fronditha Care, George Lekakis AO.But what about his first family? I asked him what has changed in the last five years, knowing that he recently got married for the second time, to Lydia, a teacher of Italian heritage.“You can never replace your loved one. I do not want to do that either.“When I met Lydia, I told her that I am not alone; I have three kids that I have to take care of. As a teacher who interacts with kids daily, she told me she had no problem with children. And the rest is history”.Thomas and Lydia have recently taken part in the World’s Greatest Shave, a long-running fundraising initiative by the Leukaemia Foundation, where people of all ages shave, colour or wax their hair, cut pony tails, banish beards, and trim top knots for charity.“We did it to help Leukaemia research, but also as a tribute to Persephone.”Just before we finished our longer than scheduled discussion, I asked Thomas, “All good now?”“All good, God bless,” he answers.I do not like clichés but I honestly think that it was the first time I heard someone saying that and meaning it. A grateful person that counts his blessings every day.What about the rest of his social circle; how did they react to the new start of Thomas?“All of us, we went to Greece a few months ago where we met also Persephone’s mum. She was very welcoming and understood that our new life in Australia is much better than what would have been in Greece. I invited her to come here and see with her own eyes how I and the children develop,” he says. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Méditérranée Avant de partir en vacances les touristes parisiens sensibilisés

first_imgMéditérranée: Avant de partir en vacances, les touristes parisiens sensibilisésPour alerter les vacanciers, l’Aquarium de Paris présente une exposition de photos mettant en avant la biodiversité des îles de Méditérranée. D’autres images paradisiaques montrent des scènes désolantes d’amas de bouteilles en plastique sur les fonds marins. Une initiative pour les petites îles de Méditerranée (PIM) pilotée par le Conservatoire du littoral.Durant tout l’été, l’Aquarium de Paris – Cinéaqua présente une exposition de photos réalisées dans le cadre de l’Initiative pour les petites îles de Méditerranée (PIM). Mise en place depuis 2005, cette exposition donne à voir des images d’îles paradisiaques aux côtés de scènes d’amas de bouteilles en plastique sur les fonds marins.À lire aussiBiodiversité, Game of Thrones et Mars, les 8 actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 8 maiLes photographies prises par Louis-Marie Préau et Laurent Ballesta illustrent la biodiversité des îles méditerranéennes tout en alertant sur la nécessité de les protéger. “Nous ne  voulons pas culpabiliser les gens mais montrer aux gens qui y vont l’été, au moment où la flore n’est pas la plus belle et peut donner l’impression qu’il n’y a pas grand-chose, qu’en réalité il y a encore des trésors que l’on peut protéger en changeant nos comportements”, précise Sébastien Renou au site 20minutes.fr , chargé de mission au Conservatoire du littoral.Outre les bouteilles jetées et les restes de pique-nique qui traînent,  “le réchauffement de la Méditerranée favorise l’apparition d’espèces invasives qui dérèglent l’équilibre écologique” déplore Sébastien Renou. “La sur-fréquentation touristique entraîne la destruction des habitats naturels des espèces avec l’artificialisation du littoral “. La mission de l’exposition est donc éducative. Comme l’explique M. Renou, “lorsque le Conservatoire du littoral achète des terrains pour les protéger de l’urbanisation, nous les laissons ouverts au public pour que les visiteurs se rendent compte du patrimoine que cela représente et qu’ils respectent la faune et la flore”. “Les petites îles sont un refuge pour de nombreuses espèces menacées sur le littoral car la présence humaine y est moins forte”, explique-t-il. “Ce sont aussi des sites importants car leur isolement a donné naissance à de nouvelles espèces uniques”. Oiseaux marins, flore terrestre et marine s’épanouissent sur ces refuges en pleine mer. “Par exemple, les îlots périphériques de Corse ne représentent que 0,025 % du territoire de l’île mais regroupent 20 % de la flore”.La mission PIM a été menée sur les 1.100 petites îles du bassin occidental de la Méditerranée (de Gibraltar au détroit de Messine) et a permis de recenser certaines espèces et de mettre en place des programmes de protection. Les puffins cendrés nichant sur l’île de Zembra, au nord-est de la baie de Tunis, par exemple, se sont révélés bien plus nombreux que ne le pensaient les scientifiques. En effet, pas moins de 140.000 couples vivent sur la petite île tunisienne, déjà protégée par le statut de parc national. “Nous allons continuer à suivre cette population d’oiseaux pour mieux comprendre comment ils se nourrissent et quels endroits il faut protéger”, explique Sébastien Renou.Le 11 juillet 2012 à 10:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

IEC URGES POLITICAL PARTIES TO REGULARISE THEIR STATUS

first_imgregularise their status to meet the requirements of the recent amendment of the Elections Act 2009, especially the amendments made to section 105.All political parties are to ensure that all their executive members are resident in the country and that all political parties have a secretariat in each administrative region and that the constitution of the party requires it to hold a biennial congress.Furthermore, the political parties are asked to take note that “in accordance with the said laws, each existing party shall write an undertaking that it shall submit its yearly audited accounts to the Commission.”The press release concludes: “The above criteria and any other as enshrined in the electoral laws of The Gambia shall be met by all existing political parties latest 31st March 2016, as per the Elections(Amendment) Act 2015.”]]>last_img read more

Nominations open for 2019 G2E Asia Awards

first_img RelatedPosts Macau GGR tumbles 8.6% in August Load More JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner Inside Asian Gaming named Lead Media Partner of G2E Asia @ the Philippines The co-organizers of the 2019 G2E Asia Awards, Inside Asian Gaming and Reed Exhibitions, have announced that the nomination period for the awards has opened.The nomination period will run until Friday 5 April 2019. Any member of the public may submit nominations by visiting G2EAsiaAwards.com. Companies are welcome to nominate themselves. The G2E Asia Awards judging panel, which will be announced later this month, will select the official award nominees after the nomination period has closed. Award winners will be announced at the 2019 G2E Asia Awards gala dinner on Tuesday 21 May 2019.The 12 categories for the 2019 G2E Asia Awards are:1. Best IR Non-Gaming Attraction2. Best B2B Digital Product Solution3. Best Electronic Gaming Solution (Slots and ETGs)4. Best Table Game Solution5. Best Industry Innovation6. Best Gaming Floor7. Best Industry Rising Stars (Maximum of 5 Winners)8. Best Corporate Social Responsibility Contribution9. Best VIP Gaming Promoter10. Best Industry Supplier11. Best Regional Asian IR (Outside Macau or Singapore)12. Best Integrated ResortSeats at the G2E Asia Awards can be purchased at G2EAsiaAwards.com and a variety of sponsorship packages are also available.For more information on sponsorship packages or tickets to the G2E Asia Awards, contact:Reed ExhibitionsVera Ng+852 6102 3102vera.ng@reedexpo.com.hkInside Asian GamingJadeson Ho+853 2875 2959jh@asgam.comlast_img read more

High school student awarded 20K scholarship by FPL

first_imgPEMBROKE PINES, FLA. (WSVN) – A student from West Broward High School has been awarded a $20,000 college scholarship, Thursday morning.Florida Power and Light surprised Luis Andreu with the robotics scholarship, which helps students get involved with STEM education programs.“I knew that there were so many other good candidates for this because, first, robotics is such a great program, and there’s tons of great kids that go through it,” said Andreu. “I just feel really, really lucky to get it.”Andreu has been involved in robotics for the last four years at his school. His robotics team, BOTCATS, won the Orlando Regional competition this past March.The teen is ranked second in his class of 630 students and will continue his education next year at Georgia Institute of Technology.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more