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3-Star DE Lashawn Paulino-Bell Drops Top 10 Via Twitter

first_imgThree-star defensive end Lashawn Paulino-Bell, a class of 2017 prospect, has narrowed his list of potential collegiate programs down to 10. Paulino-Bell, who has offers from dozens of schools, has an interesting mix in his group. Paulino is looking at Notre Dame, Kentucky, Georgia, Cal, Illinois, Indiana, Colorado, Michigan State, Mississippi State and UNC.He noted that his recruitment is still open, and that his list is not in any kind of order. He thanked everyone who’s helped him along the way too.I Want To Thank All The People Who Was There For Me On This .Edit Credit – @Hayesfawcett3 pic.twitter.com/m7UOzVASjM— T.Ⓜ️oney (@Legendary__8) June 7, 2016Paulino-Bell hails from Pompano Beach, Florida. He’s the 43rd-best defensive end in the country, per 247 Sports.last_img read more

BC set to introduce pot laws but years of fine tuning likely

first_imgVICTORIA – Incoming marijuana legislation heralds momentous change for the approach to pot, but British Columbia Premier John Horgan questions if everyone will buy into the new legal system this summer.Legislation regulating recreational marijuana in B.C. is expected to be introduced Thursday. The province is one of the last in Canada to table its marijuana rules as the country adapts to legalized pot.Horgan said he expects the country to go through an extensive marijuana learning curve that will see some embracing the ability to purchase pot legally at private or government stores while others may stick to illegal suppliers.“This is a massive change in how the people of B.C. and the people of Canada, in this case, interact with what has been to this point in time a controlled substance,” said Horgan.He said he expects the government will have to amend and modify its regulations as people get used to the new legal marijuana market.Horgan said he’s curious to see if people accept the new regulations and buy from government-sanctioned suppliers or if they continue to seek out local dealers, making a reference to a fictional character who sells pot named Betty.He said some people may say “I’d prefer to support Betty rather than Shoppers Drug Mart or the dispensary X or Y. There are going to be people who hold fast to their traditional ways.”Solicitor General Mike Farnworth said the province’s legislation will not be set in stone.“This is not something that is going to end with the introduction and passage of legislation, but rather is going to be an ongoing evolutionary issue for quite some time to come,” he said.Farnworth said the marijuana regulations will require periods of fine tuning.The B.C. government has already announced that marijuana sales will be allowed through both public and private stores to buyers who are at least 19 years old. Retailers will be prohibited from selling marijuana in stores that also sell alcohol and cigarettes.Farnworth said the legislation in B.C. will not include a definitive pricing policy.last_img read more

Stocks sink again as job gains send bond yields higher

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – U.S. stock and bond prices fell again Friday after the Labor Department said the economy continues to add jobs at a strong pace, and investors worried about a three-day surge in yields.The Department of Labor said employers added significantly more jobs in July and August than it previously thought, which made up for a slightly disappointing gain in September. That was another sign economic growth is likely to continue.While that’s usually good news for stocks, the market stumbled this week as investors sold government bonds at a rapid pace. That pushed yields to their highest levels in more than seven years, a sign that investors are unsure how high and fast interest rates will rise.Kate Nixon, the chief investment strategist for Northern Trust Wealth Management, said the decline in stock and bond prices started with comments by Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell on Wednesday.In a moderated discussion, Powell expressed confidence in the economy and said rising interest rates are a “long way” from holding back growth. Nixon said that means the Fed is intent on raising rates further, and investors aren’t sure when it intends to stop.“The Fed is clearly no longer in the business of being accommodative and now the burden of proof is on the data to prove them wrong,” she said. Until last month, the Fed had described its policies as “accommodative,” or encouraging faster growth, since the Great Recession.The S&P 500 index lost 16.04 points, or 0.6 per cent, to 2,885.57. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dipped 180.43 points, or 0.7 per cent, to 26,447.05.Technology and internet companies and smaller, more U.S.-focused companies continued to suffer steep losses. The Nasdaq composite skidded 91.06 points, or 1.2 per cent, to 7,788.45. The Russell 2000 index lost 14.80 points, or 0.9 per cent, to 1,632.11.The Nasdaq dropped 3.2 per cent this week and the Russell tumbled 3.8 per cent. That was both indexes worst weekly loss in more than six months. The Russell index finished at its lowest level since late May.The yield on the 10-year Treasury note jumped to 3.23 per cent, its highest since May 2011, from 3.19 per cent.“It’s so unusual to see these kinds of dramatic moves in the U.S. Treasury market without there being some kind of Big Bang event,” said Nixon, of Northern Trust. “We haven’t seen anything like it since the (2016 presidential) election.”While technology companies and retailers have been the biggest gainers on the S&P this year, they took steep losses this week. Banks and industrial and energy companies, which have struggled for most of 2018, changed place and finished with strong gains.Among technology companies, chipmaker Nvidia lost 3.4 per cent to $269.86 and Apple slipped 1.6 per cent to $224.29. Among internet and communications companies, Netflix slumped 3.4 per cent to $351.35. Retailers also declined and Amazon gave up 1 per cent to $1,889.65.Several major banks will report their third-quarter results late next week as the next round of company earnings begins.Tesla stock fell 7.1 per cent to $261.95 to end a particularly wild week for the electric car maker. Thursday evening, CEO Elon Musk taunted the Securities and Exchange Commission on Twitter just days after he agreed to settle an SEC lawsuit triggered by a tweet he sent in August.As part of that settlement, Musk agreed to step down as chairman and submit to oversight when he’s communicating company news. His criticisms of the SEC don’t appear to be company news, but they may have worried investors who hoped his feed would be a little more boring from now on.According to media reports, financier David Einhorn also criticized Tesla, comparing it to Lehman Brothers, which went bankrupt during the financial crisis. Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Musk and Tesla are also paying $20 million each to end the lawsuit over his false tweet that he had secured funding to take Tesla private.Wholesale club operator Costco gave up 5.6 per cent to $218.82 after it said it discovered technology problems related to its financial reporting processes. Costco said it hasn’t found any mistakes in its earnings reports so far.European stocks fell for the second day in a row. Germany’s DAX lost 1.1 per cent and the CAC 40 in France dropped 1 per cent. Britain’s FTSE 100 fell 1.3 per cent. Bond prices in all three countries fell again sending yields higher.Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 fell 0.8 per cent and the Kospi in South Korea dropped 0.3 per cent. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng fell 0.2 per cent.Benchmark U.S. crude was little changed at $74.34 a barrel in New York and Brent crude, the standard for international oil futures, fell 0.5 per cent to $84.16 a barrel in London.Wholesale gasoline slipped 0.7 per cent to $2.09 a gallon. Heating oil dipped 0.3 per cent to $2.39 a gallon. Natural gas fell 0.7 per cent to $3.14 per 1,000 cubic feet.Gold rose 0.3 per cent to $1,205.60 an ounce. Silver added 0.4 per cent to $14.65 an ounce. Copper fell 0.5 per cent to $2.76 a pound.The dollar slipped to 113.73 yen from 113.86 yen. The euro rose to $1.1525 from $1.1515.____AP Markets Writer Marley Jay can be reached at http://twitter.com/MarleyJayAP His work can be found at https://apnews.com/search/marley%20jaylast_img read more

Bluegreen algae blooms popping up in Charlie Lake

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Residents in the North Peace are being advised about the presence of algae blooms that have appeared in Charlie Lake.Blooms of algae were photographed earlier this week by staff members at Poor Boy Trucking, who spotted a turquoise-coloured slime on the lake’s surface.A photo of a blue-green algae bloom taken by Tim Toews of Poor Boy Trucking. Submitted photo Blue-green algae – or cyanobacteria – is naturally occurring and can look like scum, grass clippings, fuzz or globs on the surface of the water.The blooms can be blue-green, greenish-brown, brown, or pinkish-red, and often smell musty or grassy.Bruce Kosugi, who is a director on the Board of the Charlie Lake Conservation Society, said that algal blooms are an annual occurrence on the surface of Charlie Lake since the lake’s hydrology is well-suited for the algae to thrive.“It’s nothing new. There’s evidence of it going back hundreds of years from the sediment studies that have been done. It’s a shallow lake and it’s nutrient-rich. The summer conditions lend to the formation of different algae, but at this time of year, the blue-green algae does start to bloom.”At the beginning of July, Northern Health issued a bulletin reminding residents of precautions they need to take if they encounter blue-green algae.Kosugi said that the main issue with the algae occurs when it begins to die off, during which some species of the algae releases toxins as the algae’s cells break down. People who come in contact with visible blue-green algae, or who ingest water containing blue-green algae, may experience skin irritation, a rash, a sore throat, sore red eyes, swollen lips, and potentially develop a fever, nausea and vomiting, or diarrhea. Symptoms usually appear within one to three hours and resolve in one to two days.“You can still boat in it, but you don’t want to swim where there are these obviously thick blooms of algae, and you want to keep your pets out of there,” added Kosugi.Residents living near the shores of lakes, as well as visitors and those making day-use of lakes, are advised to take the following precautions:Avoid all contact with blue-green algae blooms. If contact occurs, wash with tap water as soon as possible.Do not swim or wade (or allow your pets to swim or wade) in any areas where blue-green algae are visible.As a reminder, Northern Health recommends that visitors and residents do not drink or cook with untreated water directly from any lake at any time. Boiling lake water will not remove the toxins produced by blue-green algae.An alternate source of drinking water should also be provided for pets and livestock.  Pet owners should be wary of allowing pets to walk off-leash where they may be able to drink lake water – illnesses are a common outcome.Anyone who suspects a problem related to blue-green algae can connect with the Ministry of Environment at EnvironmentalComplaints@gov.bc.ca. If you require further information on health concerns, please call Environmental Health at 250-565-2150. Additional information is also available at http://www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthfiles/hfile47.stm.last_img read more

56 Delhiites think BJP will suffer losses due to postPulwama conduct CM

first_imgNEW DELHI: In an internal survey, the Aam Admi Party found out that in Delhi the conduct of BJP in the post-Pulwama situation had a negative effect among the citizens. Citing the results CM Arvind Kejriwal said that nearly 56 per cent of the Delhiites in the survey said that BJP will suffer due to such conduct.The survey also reportedly showed that people have accepted that the Congress preferred party politics over the country by refusing to have the alliance to avoid split in anti-BJP votes. Minority voters were in doubt earlier about the vote split, but the flat Congress refusal has helped the minorities in forming a clear opinion in favour of the AAP in Delhi. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said, “The people of Delhi have fully understood that BJP and Congress till today deceived them on full statehood despite having put it in their manifestoes for decades. It is only the AAP which is extremely sincere and serious on statehood for Delhi, therefore people are supporting the party.” Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsThe survey reportedly observed that the Congress vote share would come down to less than 10 per cent which the party leaders have taken as a big blow to Congress. “The vote share of the Congress should get affected as they have chosen not to form an alliance. People wanted to see us together fighting against BJP but the Congress is now acting as BJP’s B team and people have realised that,” said a leader. On Monday the top leadership of AAP huddled into a meeting at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence to discuss preparations for Lok Sabha polls, on Monday, as a senior party leader claimed chances of party’s alliance are now nil. During the meeting, CM Kejriwal, the AAP national convener, asked party leaders to keep Lok Sabha campaign centred around the full statehood demand for Delhi, instead of getting into the question of the next prime minister of the country. Party MP Sanjay Singh, after the meeting, said “there are no chances of the alliance now,” when asked if the issue was discussed during the meeting. He said the party leaders discussed how to take the issue of full statehood to every home in Delhi in the run-up to voting in Delhi for seven Lok Sabha constituencies on May 12.last_img read more

Jadejas father sister join Cong

first_imgJamnagar (Gujarat): A month after Ravindra Jadeja’s wife joined the BJP, the cricketer’s father and sister joined the Congress in Gujarat on Sunday in the presence of party leader and Patidar quota spearhead Hardik Patel. Jadeja’s father, Anirudhsinh, and sister, Nainaba, joined the Congress at an election rally in Kalavad city of Jamnagar district. Jadeja hails from Jamnagar and the Congress candidate for Jamnagar Lok Sabha seat, Mulu Kandoriya, was also present. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The Chennai Super Kings all-rounder’s wife, Rivaba, had joined the Bharatiya Janata Party on March 3 in Jamnagar in the presence sitting MP Poonamben Maadam, who was renominated by the saffron party. Hardik Patel was expected to be fielded by the Congress from Jamnagar, but the Patidar leader’s chances were scuttled after the Supreme Court had on April 2 rejected the plea to stay his conviction in a case in which he was sentenced to two years in jail. Polls to all the 26 Lok Sabha seats in the state will be held in the third phase of the general election on April 23.last_img read more

Ham radio helps tribal woman return to native village after a decade

first_imgKolkata: The West Bengal Radio Club (WBRC) – an organisation of ham radio enthusiasts in the state, has been instrumental in sending a tribal woman from Jharkhand to her native village.The lady had been estranged from her family for at least ten years and was languishing at Behala Vidyasagar Hospital for more than 45 days. “I received a call a few days ago from the superintendent of Vidyasagar State General Hospital, seeking our assistance in uniting a tribal woman with her family. They informed us that all their efforts to understand the language of the woman have gone in vain and so they have been unable to ascertain her identity,” said Amabarish Nag Biswas, secretary of WBRC. The lady was admitted at the hospital by Behala police in sick condition around 50 days ago. She was unable to walk and was suffering from a number of ailments. When she recovered after treatment for around 20 days, the hospital staff asked her about her identity and she spoke for at least five minutes in a language that could not be understood. Informed about the language barrier, a team from WBRC went to the hospital and recorded her speech. It was then circulated among the hams working in the tribal areas of Bengal and also in the tribal belt of the neighbouring Jharkhand and Bihar. Some days ago, a ham named Soumik Das working at Katrashgarh in Dhanbad passed on the information that tribals from village Araju, about 40 km from Jaridih police station area, speak a language similar to the lady. Soumik, along with his team, went to the village and showed the photograph of the woman. They were informed that the woman had gone missing 10-12 years ago and everybody in the village believed that she had died. Her husband and one son had died in the village itself. One of her sons and her daughter, who were staying in the village, had also gone untraced a few years ago. However, the village mukhiya and other villagers informed the team that they would be happy to welcome her back into the village. “We contacted the Superintendent of Police of Bokaro Steel City, under whose jurisdiction the village area falls and sought his help. We also informed him that the villagers had assured us that they would take care of the lady. He was kind enough to send a police team along with a written document that they would take responsibility of rehabilitating the woman. The woman, along with the police team, left the city on Sunday night after completing the formalities at the hospital,” said Subir Datta, president of WBRC.last_img read more

Islamic State claims Sri Lanka carnage toll is 321

first_imgColombo: The Islamic State on Tuesday claimed responsibility for the suicide bombings targeting churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka as the death toll in the Easter Sunday bloodbath touched 321, including 10 Indians, with over 500 injured. The Islamic State’s claim came as the country held a mass funeral for some of the victims at a sprawling grave near the St Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, around 40 km north of Colombo, where mourners struggled to hold back their tears. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details An Arabic language statement on the group’s official al-Amaq news agency made the claim on the encrypted messaging app, saying the suicide bombers were “fighters of the Islamic State”. “The perpetrators of the attack that targeted nationals of the crusader alliance (anti-IS US-led coalition) and Christians in Sri Lanka were Islamic State fighters,” the brief message said. Tuesday’s statement came after an unconfirmed video posted to social media by an affiliated group suggested that the Islamic State was behind the Easter horror. That video showed photos of three of the alleged suicide bombers. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The men, who are described as “assailants” rather than the more common “martyrs”, were named as Abul Barra, Abul Mukhtar and Abu Ubaida and featured in front of a black IS flag giving the one-finger salute, the news.com of Australia said. Authorities have so far named a Sri Lankan Muslim group, the National Thowheed Jamath (NJT), for the bombings but said the mayhem would not have been possible minus international support. Earlier in the day, Defence Minister Ruwan Wijewardene said the Easter attacks were a “retaliation” for last month’s Christchurch mosque shooting that left 50 Muslims dead and were blamed on a white supermacist from Australia. The Minister put the latest death toll in Sri Lanka at 321. The Islamic State’s and the Defence Minister’s claim give an international dimension to the Sunday carnage that killed mostly Sri Lankans but also some 35 foreigners, including from the US and other Western countries as well as 10 Indians. The Indian High Commission said that with the death of two more Indians, the Indian death toll had risen to 10. Also on Tuesday, Sri Lanka observed a day of national mourning, with the national flags on public buildings flying at half mast. The mourning started at 8.45 a.m. to coincide with the start of the deadly attacks on Easter worshipers at churches and guests at hotels in three Sri Lankan cities. Three minutes of silence were observed across Sri Lanka to honour the dead. The police have detained 40 suspects in connection with the attacks. Reports said they include a Syrian who was caught after the interrogation of local suspects. The government has suggested that seven suicide bombers were involved in the bombings. A CCTV video showed one of them, a young man wearing a sky blue shirt and jeans and carrying a backpack, casually walking into an Easter congregation in a church where he blew himself up. The series of attacks on Sunday began with six nearly simultaneous explosions targeting three luxury hotels in Colombo and three churches – one in Colombo, another in Negombo and the third in the Tamil-majority Batticaloa town in the island’s east. Hours later, a seventh blast took place in a small hotel near the Colombo zoo killing two persons. The last of the bombings occurred when police raided a residential complex in Dematagoda, a neighbourhood in Colombo, but a terrorist detonated himself killing three policemen and also the wife and sister of one of the suicide bombers. Sunday was the deadliest day in the country since the end of a civil war between Tamil Tigers and government forces that began in 1983 and ended in 2009. Meanwhile, police in Colombo issued an alert that a van or truck carrying explosives may be in Colombo following which security was stepped up at government buildings and police stations.last_img read more

JanMarch gold demand shines by 5 to 159 tonne

first_imgMumbai: India’s gold demand rose 5 per cent to 159 tonne during January-March period this year on fall in prices that boosted jewellery sales during wedding season, a World Gold Council (WGC) report says. Gold demand stood at 151.5 tonne in the first quarter of 2018, according to WGC’s Q1 Gold Demand Trends’ report. In terms of value, there was a 13 per cent growth during the quarter at Rs 47,010 crore compared to Rs 41,680 crore in the same period last year. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra”The strengthening of the rupee and the fall in local gold prices towards the later part of the quarter triggered a rise in Q1 gold demand to 159 tonne. Growth of 5 per cent in Indian jewellery demand to 125.4 tonne uplifted global demand and boosted retail sentiment. “The increase in auspicious wedding days during the quarter to 21 days from 8 in the same period of 2018 also played a crucial role in increase in demand,” WGC managing director, India, Somasundaram PR said here. Gold prices dropped to Rs 32,000 per 10 grams by the first week of March, he added. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysAlso, he said, there was a jump in volume following stringent checking during the ongoing elections controlled the grey market, which benefitted the organised retail industry. “Smuggling has come down, however structurally nothing has changed. Unless some policy decision is taken like reducing the Customs Duty to a reasonable level the grey market will bounce back after the elections,” he added. Total jewellery demand in the first quarter was up by 5 per cent at 125.4 tonne compared to 119.2 tonne in the corresponding period of 2018. In value, jewellery demand grew by 13 per cent to Rs 37,070 crore against Rs 32,790 crore in the same quarter of 2018. Total Investment demand for Q1 2019 was up by 4 per cent at 33.6 tonne from 32.3 tonne in the same period of 2018. In value terms, gold investment demand went up by 12 per cent to Rs 9,940 crore from Rs 8,890 crore in first quarter of 2018. The stronger rupee benefited investors, with demand for gold bars and coins in the first quarter, Somasundaram said. Total gold recycled in the country also grew by 14 per cent in the first quarter of 2019 to 16.1 tonne compared to 14.1 tonne in Q1 2018. Going forward, Somasundaram said, demand is likely to be boosted in second quarter due to traditional wedding season buying, the Akshaya Tritiya festival and rising crop prices. “In addition, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast of normal monsoon this year which augurs well for the rural economy and gold. The gold prices is also expected to remain attractive to boost consumer sentiment,” he added. Talking about import, Somasundaram said, the shipments into the country grew by 11 per cent to 175 tonne compared to 157 tonne in the same period of 2018. “Demand is likely to be more in the higher end of 750 to 850 tonne in 2019. But it may not be driven by imports. Further manufacturing will be way ahead of demand,” he added.last_img read more

On the edge

first_imgThe continuing high tension between the US and Iran in the Trump era has escalated substantially and could spiral out of control if not handled properly by both the countries. The reason for this escalation can be traced back to President Donald Trump’s withdrawal in May 2018 from the landmark nuclear deal Iran signed in 2015 with the US, EU, France, Germany, UK, Russia and China, saying it only paved Iran’s path to the bomb. However, Iran’s main European allies along with Russia and China disagree with the US stand. Also Read – Hijacking Bapu’s legacyUnder the deal, economic sanctions against Iran were relaxed and the country was permitted to resume oil exports, its main source of revenue, in return of a closer scrutiny of Teheran’s nuclear programme by giving free access to its nuclear facilities to monitors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the global nuclear watchdog, among other conditions. According to the US policy towards Iran, which involved withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), all countries were given six months till November 2018 to bring down oil imports to zero. In November, however, the US gave a six-month waiver to eight countries including India to bring down oil imports from Iran to zero. The waiver ended April this year. Also Read – The future is here!India is the world’s third-largest consumer of oil with 85 per cent of its crude oil and 34 per cent of its natural gas requirements being met by imports. In 2016 India imported 215 million tonnes crude oil and, at 13 per cent, Iran stood third among India’s biggest oil suppliers after Saudi Arabia and Iraq at 18 per cent each. India is likely to make a decision on how to handle the situation only after a fresh government takes charge after May 23. Iran and all other signatories to the historic deal have carried on regardless of US actions. The IAEA has repeatedly given Iran a clean chit with regard to adherence to the deal. Amid rising tensions in the region, Saudi Arabia, US’ closest Arab ally, said two Saudi oil tankers and two other vessels were targeted in a “sabotage attack” off the coast of the UAE, not far from the vital Strait of Hormuz. This has raised fears that the shipping lanes in the Persian Gulf could become flashpoints. An oil pipeline that runs across Saudi Arabia, west of capital Riyadh, was hit by drones, launched by Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen. Citing credible intelligence that Iran and groups it supports in the Middle East might attack US personnel based in the region, the US has strengthened its military presence in the region, including deploying a number of strategic B-52 bombers in response to Iran’s threat to block all exports through the Strait of Hormuz. It has also sent aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln to the Persian Gulf. The US has also designated the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), Iran’s hugely influential security and military organisation responsible for the protection and survival of the regime, as a ‘foreign terrorist organisation.’ This is perhaps the first time the US has declared any part of another government as terrorist. The US has also withdrawn all non-emergency staff in its embassy and consulate in Iraq. The US actions have triggered an economic meltdown in Iran and soaring inflation. Iran has responded by scaling back its commitment under the deal by suspending obligatory sales overseas of surplus enriched uranium and heavy water. Last week Iranian President Hassan Rouhani gave the five countries still party to the deal 60 days to meet their commitments and protect Iranian oil sales from the US sanctions, failing which Iran will resume enrichment of uranium and keep those stocks in the country rather than selling them abroad. Perhaps adopting a carrot and stick policy, President Donald Trump has urged Iranian leaders to sit down and talk with him about giving up their nuclear programme but did not rule out a military confrontation, given the heightened tensions. The powerful Revolutionary Guards declared that Iran would not negotiate with the US while hardliner Ayatollah Tabatabai-Nejad has warned that the US Navy fleet could be “destroyed with one missile”. Comments by hardliners appeared partly aimed at discouraging President Rouhani and his moderate allies in Teheran from taking up an offer of talks with the US. Thousands of Iranian took part in state-sponsored marches last week to show support for the government’s decision to scale back curbs on its nuclear programme agreed under the 2015 deal. Worried over the developments, some experts say that a delicate and dangerous situation is prevailing and could easily spiral out of control if not handled carefully by both the US and Iran. The pressure now is squarely upon the Europeans, particularly France, Germany, and the UK that had helped in negotiating the deal. They have to do something to ease the situation as well as to relieve the economic pressure on Iran. The international community has a stake in the warlike escalation between the two countries and must act to defuse the situation. (The author is a former Editor of PTI and served as West Asia Correspondent for PTI, based in Bahrain from 1988 to 1995. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Marcelo remains silent on Juventus links

first_imgReal Madrid’s Marcelo has refused to comment on speculation linking him with a surprise reunion with Cristiano Ronaldo at JuventusThe Portuguese star made the shock decision last month to end his trophy-laden nine-year spell at Real in favour of a new challenge and fresh environment at Juventus for this season.But since Ronaldo begun his pre-season training program alongside his new teammates in Turin, reports have emerged in Italy suggesting that the 33-year-old has asked the club board to sign Marcelo.Together the duo won four Champions League titles at Real and formed a close friendship with each other.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.But speaking ahead to Real’s derby showdown with Atletico Madrid in today’s UEFA Super Cup, Marcelo remained silent on the subject.“I’m not going to comment on my future, I’m just here to talk about the UEFA Super Cup,” said the Brazilian on the club website.Juventus’ own left-back Alex Sandro has been linked himself with a €50m exit this summer.last_img read more

Man United owners have no plans to sell amid Saudi interest

first_imgThe Glazer family have no interest in selling Manchester United or even a stake in it for the near future, amid reports of a £4bn takeover bid from Saudi ArabiaThe Sunday Mirror had linked the Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, who is worth £850bn, with a stunning £4bn takeover of United over the weekend and suggested a formal meeting would take place in the next couple of weeks.This came after United’s share price skyrocketed over the past months that saw shares hit an all-time high on the New York Stock Exchange of $27.65 with Forbes valuing the club at around £3.2bn.This comes 13 years after the Glazer family completed their £790m takeover at Old Trafford, which left United heavily in debt afterwards.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.But the Guardian reports that United owners Joel and Avram Glazer have started no discussions nor do they have any real interest in selling the club.Had the Glazer family sold their shares of the 20-time English champions then they could have left with a massive profit of £2.2bn.United already have business interests in Saudi Arabia due to their partnership with the telecommunications firm Saudi Telecom.last_img read more

Benitez discusses details of meeting with Ashley

first_imgNewcastle United manager Rafael Benitez insists nothing has changed despite having a meeting with club owner Mike Ashley.Ashley met the former Real Madrid manager at St. James Park following last weekend’s 3-0 home win against Cardiff City.Benitez, who has refused to talk about potential addictions during this transfer window since admitting he was concerned after the Magpies loss to Liverpool last month, wouldn’t reveal much about his meeting with Ashley, who has been pushing the manager to sign a new contract for the past 12 months.However, the 58-year-old, who is expected to leave the club in the summer when his contract expires if the club refuse to invest in the squad, says the situation has not changed.Asked if he was happier after speaking to Ashley, Benitez said: “I’m exactly the same.”“I don’t need to talk about what we were talking about, because it was a private conversation.”“But, more or less, we’re in the same situation. We have to wait.”Steve Bruce: “Hopefully that’ll shut a few people up for a little bit” Stuart Heath – August 25, 2019 Newcastle boss Steve Bruce has expressed his delight at his side’s shock 1-0 away victory to Tottenham HotspursTyne-side boss Steve Bruce praised his staff…Asked by the Gazette if he was still worried, Benitez said:“We are where we are, so we will see.”Ashley, who put Newcastle up for sale 18 months ago, congratulated Benitez and the players on the Cardiff win.The result lifted the club out of the Premier League’s relegation zone.“We had a good conversation,” said Benitez.”“We were talking about Cardiff, the three points and everything. It’s fine, but still we are where we are.”last_img read more

Soldotna Looks At Purchasing 2019 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor

first_imgIn a letter to the council the city intends to purchase the vehicle from Kendall in Anchorage. The city appropriated the necessary funds to purchase the vehicle when establishing the budget for this fiscal year. According to the ordinance, the total cost for the purchase is $33,210; and the necessary funds were appropriated in the FY 2019 operating budget for this purchase. The resolution will be on the consent agenda at the meeting on Wednesday, September 12, at 6pm. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Soldotna City Council will introduce a resolution at their meeting on Wednesday to approve the purchase of a new 2019 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor.last_img read more

Kapil Sharma Show star Chinki Minki thank Vicky Kaushal for doing this

first_imgWhen Chinki Minki of The Kapil Sharma Show met Vicky KaushalInstagramThe popular Tik Tok twins stars, Surabhi Mehra and Samriddhi Mehra, who are now known as Chinki and Minki of The Kapil Sharma Show, had a fan girl moment when they recently met the National Film Award winner Vicky Kaushal at Mumbai’s Film City.Dressed in coordinating white shirt and blue jeans, the twin sisters were seen posing for a photograph with Vicky who looked all happy to meet them. “With the most humble, charming and versatile actor @vickykaushal09 PS- Thank you for matching height,” Surabhi and Samriddhi wrote on Instagram.Last month, Chinki and Minki had entered into The Kapil Sharma Show as Kapil’s new neighbours and stunned everyone with their unison talk. They stole the show with their short presence and even got a standing ovation from Archana Puran Singh and the audience for their brilliant performance on stage.Both Surabhi and Samriddhi are also popular on Instagram and have 197k followers and after appearing on The Kapil Sharma Show, their popularity witnessed a huge growth on social media. The TikTok twins have also been a part of modelling assignments and brand endorsements which you can easily get a glimpse of it on their respective Instagram handles.For the uninitiated, Vicky recently bagged a National Film Award for the Best Actor for Uri The Surgical Strike and shared the trophy with Ayushmann Khurrana who also won the Best Actor for Andhadhun.last_img read more

Houston Palestine Film Festival Addresses Provocative Cultural Issues

first_img X 00:00 /02:15 Listen Share Amy BishopDegrade, a film by Tarzan and Arab NasserA few of the films in this year’s Houston Palestine Film Festival will strike a chord with the audience, especially one titled, Sara 2014.“It discusses an appalling topic, which is honor killing,” says Khalil Abu Sharekh, president of the HPFF. This is the U.S. premiere for Sara 2014, a film by director Khalil al Mozian, whose work is regarded as being too controversial back home in Gaza.“Unfortunately, it was banned,” Sharekh says. “And Hamas refused to show his film on the big screen.”That’s why most of the films are easier to screen outside of West Bank and Gaza than inside. To the surprise of many, the director was granted a visa to the U.S. to attend the premiere in Houston and is giving a Q&A after the movie.Also in this year’s lineup is Degrade, a story of 13 women who find themselves stuck in a beauty salon as war breaks out in the street. It’s critical of Hamas government, which makes it edgy, Sharekh explains.HPFFScene from Speed Sisters, a film about the first all-female race car driving team in the Middle East.But some of the festival’s films are more lighthearted, such as Speed Sisters, about a team of all-female race car drivers who are competing head-to-head with Palestinian men in the West Bank.This is the HPFF’s largest festival in its ten-year history, spanning three weekends. They’re starting to put more effort into attracting a particular demographic in Houston that’s growing.  Specifically, Palestinians who are born and raised here, but struggling to shape and form their own identity as being American-Palestinians.But film has a unique way of breaking through cultural barriers while delivering powerful messages.“People want to share their stories,”  Sharekh says. “People want the world to hear their voices. And there’s no better way than through art.”The festival runs through May 28th at the Rice University Media Center. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

Looming DeVos Visit to UB Sparks Student Walk Outs

first_imgUniversity of Baltimore students and community members waved signs in Gordon Plaza on the school’s campus Sept. 11, in protest of the announcement that Betsy DeVos, the controversial U.S. Secretary of Education, will be the Fall commencement speaker at UB.Kurt Schmoke, UB President and former Baltimore Mayor, made the announcement last week, the same week DeVos announced an effort to roll back Obama-era Title IX protections across college campuses in the U.S., which in part protect students from sexual assault.Betsy DeVos, who has been a lightning rod for controversy as Donald Trump’s Secretary of Education, was invited to address the University of Baltimore’s fall commencement. (Courtesy Photo)“I’m graduating in December and I’m so proud of myself for the accomplishments that I have achieved here at UB and my graduation will not be the same for myself or any of the students here. She does not represent the ideals of what UB is or what Baltimore City has for the public education system at all,” graduate student Devon Washington, told the AFRO.According to the University of Baltimore Student Government Association (SGA), the student body had no say in the decision to invite Devos to speak at the school’s commencement. “The truth is we welcome Betsy Devos here to come on campus. This is not the right time or right atmosphere for her to come and speak on policies that we don’t truly represent,” Keanuu Smith-Brown Student Government Vice President said. “If she is going to come and stand in front of us and say that she is going to cut funding for public schools and she is going to stand in front of us and say that she is willing to cut funding for Pell grants and stand in front of us and say that she is not going to enforce Title IX on universities and campuses across the country then no, we are not going to back a woman like that.”Smith-Brown would prefer that Devos would come to the campus and address the issues he mentioned instead of promoting policies that do not represent the student body.A petition that requested President Schmoke rescind his invitation to DeVos has generated over 2,800 signatures so far.Schmoke issued a statement Sept. 11 that said, “I extended my invitation to Secretary DeVos in January of this year and she accepted shortly thereafter. In my letter of invitation, I afforded her the opportunity to use the event to not only congratulate our graduates but to also present her views on higher education issues on her choice…After reading about events at other universities where persons were denied the right to speak because some on campus opposed the views of the speaker, I became convinced that the University of Baltimore was the right institution to affirm the academy’s commitment to freedom of speech.”Ben Jealous, the former National President & CEO of the NAACP and current candidate for Maryland governor, also stood in solidarity with the students and spoke at the protest. He told the AFRO, “I teach at Princeton University and I’m a big supporter of bringing controversial speakers to campus on every day except for graduation day. Our graduation speakers traditionally are speakers who speak to the best values of the university and the highest aspirations of the students. Betsy Devos’s leadership is contrary to both,” Jealous said.This is not the first time DeVos has been met with criticism on a college campus. Last spring, many graduates at Bethune-Cookman University turned their backs on her as she spoke at the historically Black university’s Spring commencement.last_img read more

VoterRegistration Snafu Sows Confusion in Maryland Primary

first_imgBy The Associated PressA major voter-registration snafu was sowing confusion in an important primary June 26 as officials prepared for as many as 80,000 voters to cast provisional ballots that won’t be counted until next week.State officials were still assessing the fallout from a computer error at the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration.Former NAACP President Ben Jealous and Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker lead a crowded Democratic gubernatorial primary field to win a nomination to face popular Republican Gov. Larry Hogan in the fall. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)The problem relates to changes voters made in address and party affiliation on the administration’s website or self-service kiosks, information that failed to be sent to the state elections board.“As far as we know it was a failure of MVA to transfer data to us. That is what they are telling us,” said Nikki Charlson, the state elections deputy administrator. “They told us it was a computer-programming error that failed to transfer that subset of data.”She added that elections officials had not heard of any problems relating to the programing error during the first several hours of voting on Tuesday.“We haven’t heard of any great push for provisionals today,” Charlson said.The error comes in a big election year for Maryland. Voters were choosing candidates for all 188 state legislative seats in Tuesday’s primary, as well as the Democratic nominee for governor in a crowded primary. Polls have shown it to be a close contest between former NAACP President Ben Jealous and Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker. Republican Gov. Larry Hogan is unchallenged in the GOP primary.“Our administration is obviously incredibly disappointed that this happened,” said Amelia Chasse, Hogan’s spokeswoman. “What matters most is that every eligible voter will be able to vote, and every vote will be counted. The governor has directed the auditor for the Maryland Department of Transportation to conduct a comprehensive review of the situation and ordered MVA leadership to make themselves available for any legislative hearings.”The problem was discovered Friday when a state board of elections employee who changed her address realized she never received a voter notification card, said state elections administrator Linda Lamone.“And that’s why I picked up the phone and called the Motor Vehicle Administration and said, ‘What’s going on here? Why didn’t she get this notification card, and then we checked our database and it hadn’t been changed,” Lamone said Tuesday.Asked how things were going Tuesday, Lamone said, “so far so good.”State officials first said Saturday night that about 18,760 people were affected. On Sunday, state Sen. Joan Carter Conway said the Senate committee she chairs would hold a hearing. After Monday’s announcement, Conway and Del. Anne Kaiser, who chairs the House Ways and Means Committee, called for MVA Administrator Christine Nizer’s resignation.Affected voters are encouraged to verify their registration information using the state elections board’s voter look-up website. If the website doesn’t show the voter’s current address, a voter can use the board’s polling place locator to find the right voting location for the voter’s new address. Then, the voter can use the provisional voting process to cast a ballot on Tuesday.Provisional ballots won’t be counted until July 5.Lamone, the state elections administrator, said the timing was set long ago in regulations.“You need the time. You have to research every one of the provisionals,” she said.last_img read more

Make your balcony garden more attractive

first_imgPlants are essential when it comes to decorating a small balcony. Avoid using too much floor space of your balcony, do not overcrowd it, says an expert.Below are some smart ideas to have a small outdoor paradise that is full of life.Plants are essential things you’ll need to have to decorate a small balcony. Hang potted plants behind the railings and on the walls.Avoid using too much floor space of your balcony, do not overcrowd it. Instead, devise ways to utilise vertical space to double up your space. It’s the best space savvy solution that will allow you to have more plants in your limited space. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfEast-facing balcony receives almost six hours of sun, often between 8 am and 1 pm, and the major benefit of having such a balcony is that you can save your plants from the harsh afternoon sun.West-facing balcony garden is quite similar to south-facing balcony – here the sun shines at its peak for about six-to-eight hours and except tender shade-loving plants, you can plant almost anything.Themed plant and flower garden are also viral these days. People living in apartments and penthouses prefer to indulge themselves in kitchen gardening and low-space gardening with small pots and planters in their balcony area. Small coloured pots with different shapes and sizes are in trend. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveOne can also place vines and planters in bottles too. Like growing creeper plants like money plant in a bottle will surely use less space and will also enhance the aura of your balcony. Waste bottles of soft drinks can be decorated and painted as per the colour scheme of your interior and can be used to grow such plants.Growing flowers of bright shades and exotic fragrance will surely attract butterflies to your flowerbeds. It will ultimately lead you to defining a budget-friendly butterfly garden in your balcony making it a centre of attraction.last_img read more