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first_imgThe Chevrolet Brasil Global Tour will close out 2018 on Tuesday when the Selecao meet Cameroon at Stadiu MK in Milton Keynes.Opened in 2007, the venue is home to League Two club MK Dons and seats over 30,00 spectators.Stadium MK Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! It hosted a number of games at the 2015 Rugby World Cup and also provided a temporary home to Tottenham Hostpur for their League Cup match against Watford this season.A number of high-profile musicians have also used Stadium MK as a concert venue, including English pop star Olly Murs.Stadium MK Tottenham HotspurThe stadium also has an in-built Hilton hotel, which is where the players are staying this week ahead of the match with Cameroon, providing them with the shortest gameday commute the Brasil Global Tour has ever seen.Indeed, a number of the rooms actually offer a direct view of the pitch.#Brasil vs #Cameroon Only 10 days away  https://t.co/5sAbK7umm5 pic.twitter.com/MNmY9KjL7J— Brasil Global Tour (@BGT_ENG) November 10, 2018Brazil take on Cameroon in the Brasil Global Tour at Stadium MK, Milton Keynes on 20 November (KO 7:30pm).last_img read more

first_img Australia head west and into the unknown for second Test against India Share on Twitter Share via Email Read more But there is a difference. Usually, it is the home side talking about pulling the lever in order to cause maximum physical and mental duress for their visitors. Instead, it is Virat Kohli who is set to go all-out, and not without justification on a pitch greener than any seen in this country since Australia were bowled out for 80 by South Africa two summers ago in Hobart.That Perth Stadium is becoming only the 10th Test venue used in Australia since 1877 would typically be enough of a talking point. But this week, with curators and administrators alike foreshadowing a pitch that takes us back to the days when the West Australian mythology was born, the 22 yards in the middle are the primary point of fascination.The decision for India is helped by the fact that R Ashwin, their champion spinner, has been ruled out of the Test due to an abdominal strain acquired during his heavy workload in Adelaide. It speaks volumes about the strength of India’s existing attack that from the bench Kohli can choose from Ravindra Jadeja, the world’s No 5 ranked spinner, or Bhuvneshwar Kumar, a seamer at the very peak of his powers.The Indian camp elected not to reveal the news about Ashwin before Kohli addressed the media, but the language the Indian skipper used when discussing the surface suggests that he will hand over a team sheet with four quicks as he did in Johannesburg in February. Then, his side knocked over the hosts for 194 and 177 to record a wonderful 63-run victory with Jasprit Bumrah taking five wickets in the first innings, Mohommed Shami five in the second, with Ishant Sharma and Bhuvneshwar doing the rest.“I was pretty happy to see the pitch the way it is,” Kohli said. “I hope that no more grass is taken off the pitch because that will mean the first three days will be obviously very lively and we as a team are happy with that. The pitch is going to offer significantly more to the bowler than Adelaide did and that’s something we’re very excited about to be honest. I’m just lucky they [India’s fast bowlers] are at their peak when I’m captain.” Read more Australia cricket team Share on Facebook features Support The Guardian “Four quicks?” Of all the familiar Waca Ground tropes, that this question would always be asked in the lead up to a Test was one of the most consistent. Sure, it may have been well over a decade since the surface was re-laid changing the characteristics considerably, but the reputation for fire and fury lived on.With the move across the Swan River to the clean and pristine multi-purpose stadium by the casino, the consensus was that those days were over. Drop-in pitches, known for their relative tranquility, would take care of that. Except that now, four quicks are precisely what are being discussed ahead of this second Test between Australia and India on Friday. Australia sport Sign up to the Spin – our weekly cricket round-upcenter_img Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Since you’re here… India cricket team Reuse this content Topics Share on LinkedIn … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Cricket Share on Messenger Instructive of India’s broader mindset was Kohli saying that they are “more excited than nervous” about taking on lively wickets – a far cry from subcontinental touring teams of seasons past who have been routinely blown out of the water when pace and bounce prevailed. “I have played all around the world for 10 years now and I’ve not played on a wicket like Johannesburg,” he continued. “We’re not alien to pitches like these, we’ve played many times on these kind of wickets. It’s nothing new for us. We know what to expect.”After having his own press conference delayed by two hours, Tim Paine confirmed that Australia will go in with the same XI that lost by 31 runs in Adelaide. The home captain also revealed Aaron Finch would remain in the opening position rather than dropping down the order, as coach Justin Langer said would be considered between Tests.last_img read more

first_img Former Ohio State WR coach Zach Smith was arrested today for violating a Civil Protection Order. According to the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, Smith became confrontational with staff at Scioto Ridge Elementary when they did not allow him to pick up his children.— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) May 9, 2019Smith was part of the coaching staff for Ohio State from 2012 until July of 2018. He was also part of Urban Meyer’s staff at Florida from 2005 through 2009.His history of domestic violence allegations ultimately led to his departure from the Buckeyes.Before Urban Meyer’s departure from Ohio State, Smith was embroiled in a scandal in which he allegedly assaulted his ex-wife. Smith denied the allegations, but he was removed from the university.Now it appears Smith has violated part of his agreement with the court.Just over a month ago, Smith revealed was starting a podcast called “Menace 2 Society.” Smith said “So, I’ve been held accountable for the things that I did. I have also been held accountable for things that I didn’t do.”Stay tuned for the latest on the developing situation. zach smith gives an interview on espnFormer Ohio State assistant football coach Zach Smith is back in the headlines for all the wrong reasons.According to a report from Ohio State insider Kyle Rowland, police arrested Smith for violating his Civil Protection Order.Per the report, Smith became confrontational with the staff at Scioto Ridge Elementary when they did not allow him to pick up his children from the school.Here’s the report from Rowland.last_img read more

first_imgClients of Shelter Nova Scotia are benefiting from an investment in new housing by the provincial and federal governments. Called The Rebuilding, the apartment building helps men make the transition from shelter living to community living. Nineteen men formerly residing at Metro Turning Point will have the opportunity for a fresh start in their own rental apartment, complete with individualized support. Joanne Bernard, Minister of Community Services and Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, on behalf of the Candice Bergen, Minister of State (Social Development), visited the new apartment complex today, Nov. 18, to recognize the continued commitment of Shelter Nova Scotia to help those in need of housing solutions in Halifax. “This is a unique and inspirational housing option that will help more Nova Scotians in need begin new lives,” said Ms. Bernard. “This partnership helps us build stronger, more vibrant and inclusive communities, create jobs, and grow our economy which in turn makes for a stronger, more prosperous province.” Through Affordable Housing programs, the federal and provincial governments provided $475,000 to help Shelter Nova Scotia develop this project. This investment will help ensure vulnerable individuals can access the housing and services they need. Since 2003, the province, in partnership with the federal government, has created or preserved over 1,900 affordable homes in Nova Scotia. “Government is giving a hand up to vulnerable Canadians to help them meet certain basic needs and break free from the cycle of homelessness and poverty. We are pleased to support Shelter Nova Scotia in its efforts to find local solutions to local problems,” said Mr. MacKay. “By partnering with local organizations to provide essential services to people in need, we are doing our part to prevent and address homelessness in Halifax.” Shelter Nova Scotia received over $1.24 million to build an apartment complex with 19 fully furnished units. These units provide homeless men with safe and affordable housing and better access to community-based supports and services. The building is also designed to accommodate retail businesses to help provide income and improve the sustainability of the project. “Our supportive housing apartment building for men transitioning from shelter back to community has proven to be a success,” said Don Spicer, executive director of Shelter Nova Scotia. “This building would never have materialized without the generous support of the government of Canada.” “I am 50 years-old,” said one tenant of Rebuilding, who asked not to be named. “Now I have my own place I can concentrate on learning to read and write.” The province, through the Department of Community Services and Housing Nova Scotia, helps Nova Scotians secure affordable housing that meets their needs. More information on Housing Nova Scotia is available at www.housingns.ca . For more information on the Department of Community Services visit www.novascotia.ca/coms . The government of Canada’s Economic Action Plan 2013 committed $119 million per year over five years for the Homelessness Partnering Strategy using a “housing first” approach as an effective way to reduce homelessness.last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – The country’s plastics makers have set their own targets for keeping all plastic out of Canadian landfills by 2030.The announcement comes just days before the federal government asks other G7 nations to sign an international commitment to get the world on the same page on plastic pollution that harms marine life and forms islands of garbage in the oceans that can be larger than many countries.Isabelle Des Chenes, an executive vice-president at the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada, says the targets are in part designed to get ahead of government regulation, since Canada is in the consultation phase of a national strategy to curb plastic pollution.“I think it demonstrates as responsible care companies we have to continually strive to do better,” she said.Together with the Canadian Plastics Industry Association, the chemistry association has set 2030 as the deadline for ensuring all plastics produced in Canada can be recycled into new products, or recovered.The two organizations jointly released their own targets to make all plastics recyclable or recoverable by 2030. By 2040, they want all plastics reusable, recyclable or recoverable.Reusable plastics are those that can be cleaned and reused for their original purpose. Most single-use plastic bottles cannot now be reused because they break down or degrade easily and bacteria can’t be properly cleaned from them.Recyclable plastics are those that can be melted down and blended with raw materials to make new products, like clothing, sleeping bags, carpeting and decking materials.Recoverable plastics are those that are broken down into parts and often used as feedstock to create energy.The 2030 goal set by the plastics industry is five years longer than the 2025 zero plastics waste request proposed Monday by more than 40 environment groups and other non-governmental organizations. Those groups, including Environmental Defence, the Sierra Club of Canada and the David Suzuki Foundation, outlined a number of steps Canada should take in a national plastics plan, including aiming to have no plastic going into landfills within seven years.Canada wants to get the weight of the G7 behind a global push to eliminate plastic pollution and this week will present a plastics charter to G7 leaders at the summit in Quebec. Environment Minister Catherine McKenna has previously said the charter would have four main components: targets for reducing the amount of plastic waste produced, domestic strategies to meet those targets, working with industry to develop better products to replace plastic or make plastics more easily recyclable and assistance for the developing world to adapt better waste management.McKenna says the plastic waste Canadians discard each year is worth money, over $100 million each year that just ends up in the garbage dump.A number of private companies including Pepsi and McDonald’s, have already released plans to cut their own plastics use and countries like Britain and France have taken steps to ban certain single-use plastics like straws and cutlery.In April Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was criticized for not introducing any such bans in Canada ahead of his G7 plastics charter plan.Des Chenes said banning plastics straws would not actually do a lot to cut plastics pollution, but would help draw public attention to their own role in reducing plastic waste.Aiming not to put any plastic in landfills by 2030 is “ambitious” but is realistic if governments of all levels provide enabling policies and funding supports to help develop new technologies and more innovative products.There are some barriers to the goal, because many plastics now cannot easily be recycled and municipal recycling programs often refuse many types of plastic because they are too hard to recycle or recover.last_img read more

Rabat – Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Investigations (BCIJ) dismantled on Monday, June 3, a three-member terrorist cell in Morocco operating in Moroccan cities of Errachidia and Tinghir, in the region of Drâa-Tafilalet.  According to the  BCIJ statement, the three members had links to the terrorist organization of the Islamic State (ISIS). The “extremists,” according to the statement are aged between 26 and 28. They were planning to carry out terrorist attacks across the country, said the statement. Read also: Moroccan Police Seize 568,000 of Ecstasy Tablets in TangierPreliminary investigations show that the cell was propagating extremist rhetoric.The BCIJ added that they were involved in preaching activities, seeking to recruit new members, and mobilize them for potential future attacks.The suspects were placed in custody for further investigation. The latest raid was in last April, when Moroccan authorities arrested a suspect in the city of Dakhla for his connection to a six-member terrorist cell that operated in Salé, Rabat’s twin city, which police dismantled the same day. read more

Yesterday Mr. Ban transmitted a summary of the report prepared by the four-member Board to the Security Council, and is currently reviewing its recommendations.UN spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters that the Secretary-General and Mr. Peres also discussed Ghajar, a town that straddles across the Blue Line between Israel and Lebanon, as well as the anti-racism Durban Review Conference held last month in Geneva. In a related development, Mr. Ban today called for Israel and the Palestinians to return to the negotiating table, as he pledged his sustained commitment to helping achieve a negotiated political settlement of their long-running conflict.“Israeli-Palestinian negotiations must be resumed on all core issues without exception,” he said in a message to the UN International Meeting in Support of Israeli-Palestinian Peace, held in Nicosia under the auspices of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People.In the message, delivered by Special Representative in Cyprus Tayé-Brook Zerihoun, Mr. Ban stated that the parameters for peace remain unchanged: the establishment of two States living side by side in peace and security on the basis of the principle of land for peace and a just and comprehensive regional peace consistent with Security Council resolutions. The Secretary-General said he was “very disturbed” by the situation in Gaza, more than three months since the end of hostilities there. “Measures that increase hardship and suffering are unacceptable and must stop immediately,” he stressed. He called on Israel to provide adequate entry of fuel, cash and materials that were urgently needed to repair schools, clinics, sanitation networks and shelters. Much needs to be done to stabilize Gaza, he added, including a durable and fully respected cease fire, including open crossings; the prevention of illicit supply of weapons; and reunification of Gaza and the West Bank within the framework of the legitimate Palestinian authority.Voicing strong support for the continued efforts of Egypt to promote Palestinian reconciliation through dialogue, Mr. Ban urged participants in this process to redouble their efforts to overcome their differences.On the West Bank, he warned that the persistence of Israeli settlement activities would make it virtually impossible for peace talks to produce tangible results.Noting that the meeting was taking place as the international community strives to reinvigorate the political process towards Israeli-Palestinian peace, he expressed his strong support for a reinforced role for the Middle East Quartet – composed of the UN, the European Union, Russia and the United States. He also commended President Barack Obama’s stated commitment to strengthening and deepening partnerships between the US, the parties and international partners to help achieve peace between Israelis and Palestinians and between Israel and the Arab States. 6 May 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Israeli President Shimon Peres discussed the report of the United Nations Board of Inquiry into incidents affecting the world body’s personnel, premises and operations during the recent conflict in Gaza at a meeting today in New York. read more

TORONTO – Falling mining stocks helped push the Toronto stock market lower Tuesday, but the TSX found some lift from financials after Scotiabank posted earnings that beat forecasts.The S&P/TSX composite index lost 57.67 points to 14,658.02 as Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) boosted its second-quarter net profit by 14 per cent to $1.8 billion.Adjusted diluted earnings per share were $1.40, beating analysts’ estimates of $1.31 a share. However, the provision for credit losses was up $32 million to $375 million in the quarter, primarily due to higher provisions in its international banking segment. Scotiabank shares were up 77 cents to $68.77.The strong showing followed reports last week from Royal Bank (TSX:RY) and TD Bank (TSX:TD), which also beat expectations.“All three of them had really strong beats, so we’re batting 1,000 so far for banks,” said Ben Jang, portfolio manager at Nicola Wealth Management in Vancouver.After markets closed, National Bank (TSX:NA) said it would increase its quarterly dividend two cents to 48 cents per share despite reporting a decrease in second-quarter net income to $362 million or $1.01 per diluted share from $417 million or $1.20 per share in the second quarter of fiscal 2013.However, excluding certain items, the bank said profit would have been $375 million or $1.05 per share, up from $352 million or $1 per share a year earlier. That beat analyst expections of $1.04 per share in adjusted earnings, although revenue of $1.276 billion came in below estimates of $1.34 billion.Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO) reports on Wednesday, while the last of the big banks, CIBC (TSX:CM), reports on Thursday.The Canadian dollar drifted 0.01 of a cent lower to 92.07 cents US.U.S. indexes were higher amid a mixed reading on U.S. durable goods orders as traders got back to work following the Memorial Day holiday weekend.The Dow Jones industrials was ahead 69.23 points to 16,675.5, the Nasdaq ran up 51.26 points to 4,237.07 and the S&P 500 index gained 11.38 points to a record-high close of 1,911.91.The U.S. Commerce Department reported Tuesday that orders for durable manufactured goods rose 0.8 per cent after a 3.6 per cent gain in March. But the April strength came from a big jump in demand for defence goods, including airplanes. Excluding defence, orders would have fallen 0.8 per cent in April.Orders for core capital goods, a category viewed as a good proxy for business investment plans, fell 1.2 per cent in April.Meanwhile, the Case-Shiller house price index showed that prices rose 0.9 per cent in March.And there has been a slight uptick in U.S. consumer confidence in May. The Conference Board’s measure of sentiment edged up marginally to 83 from a downwardly revised 81.7 in April.The gold sector was the biggest drag, down about four per cent as June bullion fell $26.20 to US$1,265.50 an ounce — its lowest close since Feb. 7 — as risk concerns about Ukraine abated somewhat after elections over the weekend yielded a clear winner.“We’re pretty much range-bound from here and, from the equities’ perspective, we still need to see higher sustained gold prices because the marginal cost of production of gold is very high relative to the price of gold today,” Jang said.Further, gold failed to find lift from news of increased violence as fighting between Ukrainian troops and separatist rebels reportedly killed dozens in the eastern city of Donetsk.An easing of Ukraine concerns also pushed July crude oil in New York down 24 cents to US$104.11 a barrel and the energy sector dropped 0.84 per cent.The base metals sector gave back some of last week’s 3.3 per cent run-up, down 0.49 per cent even as July copper was up a penny at US$3.18 a pound.There was also major buying activity in the food business as poultry producer Pilgrim’s Pride offered to acquire meat producer Hillshire Brands in a deal worth about US$5.58 billion. Pilgrim’s Pride says the deal is a better offer than Hillshire’s plan to buy Pinnacle Foods for $4.23 billion. Pinnacle makes Birds Eye frozen vegetables and Duncan Hines cake mixes. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted May 27, 2014 7:40 am MDT Gold stocks push TSX lower, financials rise as Scotiabank beats expectations read more

“Weaknesses in the education system, poverty, socioeconomic disparities, insecurity and violence all contribute to children’s vulnerability to multiple forms of economic and/or sexual exploitation,” said the Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography, Najat Maalla M’jid, in the wake of a ten-day visit to the Central American country. In a news release, Ms. Maalla M’jid warned that the rate of girls that are sexually exploited is “extremely worrying,” as is the large number of young women who are pregnant due to abuse by relatives. She noted that the lack of sex education does not allow children to be aware of the inherent risks of sexual relations and early pregnancies. “The scope of the sale and sexual exploitation continues to be difficult to determine due to the lack of systematic denunciation caused by fear of retaliation and stigmatization, as well as social tolerance for violence and the difficulty in accessing mechanisms to guarantee rapid protection and security of children,” the expert said. During her visit, which ended on Friday, Ms. Maalla M’jid met various Government officials as well as representatives of civil society and the private sector. She also visited centres dedicated to the protection of children who have been victims of violence and abuse, where she spoke to children and teenagers about their experiences. Ms. Maalla M’jid noted that reforms at a national and local level have not been effective due to a lack of coordination among institutions, limited resources, and slow judicial investigations, which do not ensure protection to victims and witnesses. The Special Rapporteur called on the Government to adopt a unified and integrated approach to address the issue, and to reinforce its police and justice mechanisms so they effectively sanction perpetrators as quickly as possible. She also stressed that progress will not be achieved without strong political will and support from UN agencies and the international community. Independent experts, or special rapporteurs, are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back, in an unpaid capacity, on specific human rights themes. read more

first_img 13,562 Views May 11th 2019, 12:01 PM THE ICONIC DUBLIN landmark Saint Patrick’s Cathedral is undertaking its biggest building project since the 1860s.Taking two years to complete and at a cost of €9 million, the conservation project will see the entire roof of the over 700-year-old building replaced.We spoke to Dr William Morton, Dean of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral about the fund raising programme and the appeal to the public for support.Watch the video for full report. Subscribe for more videos 23 Comments Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTube Short URL Share5 Tweet Email By Andrew Roberts Dublin landmark Saint Patrick’s Cathedral is embarking on its biggest building project in 150 years The iconic building – which is over 700 years old – needs its entire roof replaced. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://jrnl.ie/4628192 Saturday 11 May 2019, 12:00 PMlast_img read more

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first_imgFacebook Twitter Dolph Ziggler Comments On His WWE Status Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns WhatsApp Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Mike Tedesco RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Xavier Woods Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reignscenter_img Rumored Plans For Rey Mysterio Upon WWE Return Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Triple H The Miz Google+ Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte WWE Smackdown will be live tonight from Manchester, New Hampshire.Tonight’s show will see Kevin Owens take on Dolph Ziggler. After losing an opportunity at the Smackdown Tag Team Championships on last week’s Smackdown, Owens hit Ziggler with a Stunner. Ziggler will be seeking retribution.We’ll also see WWE Intercontinental Champion Finn Balor take on Shinsuke Nakamura in a non-title match. Aleister Black’s Extreme Rules opponent will also be revealed, as well as a Smackdown Tag Team Championship Summit taking place. Finally, we’ll see the final build to the WWE Championship match at Extreme Rules with Kofi Kingston and Samoa Joe.We will have live Smackdown results tonight at 8:00 p.m. Eastern/7:00 Central.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipMadison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman ReignsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:30 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Video: Watch the live WWE Clash of Champions Kickoff Show from Charlotte tonight WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) WWE Announces Rey Mysterio Match For SmackDown 1000last_img read more

first_imgMarykay Lamoureaux, 49, was hired as the first ever executive director for Ridgefield Main Street, a nonprofit focusing on downtown revitalization.First up on her plate is telling people what exactly Ridgefield Main Street is. (What it’s not is a street name; in Ridgefield, it’s Main Avenue.)“This is a private nonprofit organization,” Lamoureaux said. “We partner with the city. We partner with the school district and the port. I am not employed by the city.”The organization is also not a chamber of commerce for the city, Lamoureaux said.“The Ridgefield Business Association extends far beyond downtown and has a more business to business focus,” she said. “We focus on a 12-block by 12-block radius. We’re a community for downtown. We are focused on a thriving downtown, and why that’s good for the overall community, the downtown merchants and the downtown residents.”Lamoureaux said a focus of hers will be figuring out how to get people to stay in downtown Ridgefield, especially with a few projects coming up that could bring more people to the area.Construction is coming up on the Port of Ridgefield’s overpass above the railroad tracks connecting Pioneer Street to the port’s property. That will make it easier to get from downtown to the waterfront area, where the port owns about 43 acres of property it’s getting ready to develop.last_img read more

first_imgJim Frahm knows what it’s like to serve others with everything at stake. He’s a retired pharmacist.“Mistakes could be life-threatening,” he said. “Nobody’s perfect, but you needed to pay very close attention to detail.”Same goes for Frahm’s current pastime: volunteering to figure out other people’s taxes. Frahm is the Vancouver Community Library site supervisor for AARP Tax Aides, an all-volunteer army of beings who actually like doing taxes. (Maybe not paying them, but definitely doing them.) Yes, they do exist.“I myself have always done my own taxes and taxes for my friends and family. I enjoy it,” said volunteer and Tax Aide spokeswoman Terry Jones, a former business manager. “I enjoy the numbers side of things, and I enjoy the people side of things.”That’s what Frahm said you need, in addition to a mind for math: a “good personality.” That means enjoying helping people and showing patience with ethnic, economic and age diversity. Many of the people who turn up for tax help are low-income, elderly, and speak Russian or Spanish as their first language, he said.But not everyone, Jones said. “While we like to pay special attention to people over 60, we’ll serve anybody and everybody. There is no income limit or age limit,” she said.Frahm watches over the shoulders of seven other “returners,” he said, as they put in four-hour shifts at the Vancouver Community Library. It usually takes about one hour to do somebody’s taxes, he said.last_img read more

BJP membership drive is to strengthen democracy in Karimnagar

first_imgKarimnagar: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is conducting membership drive to strengthen democracy in the State and at the Centre with involving the people in various developmental activities, said Kotte Murali Krishna, BJP State executive member. He launched the membership registration programme in Kothapalli village in Karimnagar district on Monday.Speaking on the occasion, K Murali Krishna said that the BJP with just 19 per cent polling percentage had won four Parliament seats in the recently held Lok Sabha elections. The increase of voting percentage to 19 is the clear indication that the saffron party is going to form government in 2024. With the target of joining as many as 20 lakh new members in the party, the membership programme is being conducted widely across the State. The people of all sections are eagerly waiting for the programme and are voluntarily taking membership of the BJP, he stated. Also Read – TSBB, NGC promotes eco-friendly Ganeshas Advertise With Us Murali Krishna appealed the party activists, along with conducting membership drive, to implement Swachh Bharat programme at every booth-level and to plant at least five saplings each to increase the green cover. They were also told to explain the people about the several welfare schemes that were introduced by the Central government for the wellbeing of all sections of people, he told. India under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is going to emerge as a powerful economic country after America and China. Before BJP came to power, the economic status of India is 11th position among the world countries but under the leadership of Modi it occupied 6th position, he informed. BJP leaders Kanche Shekar, M Ramana Reddy, G Ramulu, Amarendar Reddy, M Harish, Pradeep Kumar, Ramachandram, Prashanth and Srikanth were present along with others.last_img read more

Our heart almost stopped says ISRO Chief Sivan on

first_imgBengaluru: “Our heart was almost stopping”, was how ISRO Chairman K Sivan described the tense moments when team Chadrayaan-2 attempted to inject the spacecraft into the lunar orbit on Tuesday. As ISRO scientists started firing Chandrayaan-2’s onboard liquid engine to put the spacecraft in an orbit around the Moon, Sivan said, “our heartbeat increased”. Also Read – One arrested for firing outside Satna college in Madhya Pradesh Advertise With Us “For 30 minutes, our heart was almost stopping,” he said after the Lunar Orbit Insertion (LOI) manoeuvre was completed successfully at 09:02 am as planned, using the onboard propulsion system.But Sivan said the proposed soft-landing on the Moon on September 7 would be a “terrifying” moment as it is something ISRO has not done before, whereas LOI manoeuvre had been carried out successfully during the Chandrayaan-1 mission also. “Now the tension has only increased, not reduced,” he said while addressing a press conference.last_img read more

PM Hasina seeks Indias support for dev

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina and Indian prime minister Narendra Modi talk through videoconferencing on Tuesday. Photo: UNBPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday described Bangladesh-India relations a crucial factor for common development challenges as she jointly opened with her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi two railway projects and an oil pipeline scheme through a video conference.“We’ve to work collectively for the development and prosperity for the people of both countries in the new areas, including energy, power, road and rail communications,” she told the conference from her Ganabhaban official residence while Modi joined the event from his office in Delhi.The Bangladesh premier said Bangladesh-India bilateral cooperation has reached to a new height in the past few years while prospects for economic development would substantially be enhanced through such bilateral projects as “economic development is the biggest challenge for South Asian countries”.During the second such video conference between the two premiers, Modi said the two countries achieved tremendous success in several sectors through joint initiatives between the two countries so far and “I want to give credit to your able leadership”.“Geographically we are neighbouring countries. But from our way of thinking and values we share, we are family (and) helping each other is part of our family values,” the Indian premier said.The pipeline would carry petroleum from an oil refinery in India’s Siliguri to Bangladesh’s Parbatipur while the railway projects would yield the 3rd-4th Dual Gauge Line on Dhaka-Tongi section and Double line on Dhaka-Joydevpur section.Sheikh Hasina sought India’s continued support and cooperation for Bangladesh’s development pursuit after laying the foundation stone of the India-Bangladesh friendship pipeline and inaugurating the construction work of two rail projects in Bangladesh.The Indian premier said from today (Tuesday) the start of works for Bangladesh-India Friendship Pipeline “is going to add a new chapter in the friendship of the two countries”.“It would play a huge role in the mega project taken up by the Bangladesh government. This project would strengthen our relationship,” he said.The pipeline, Modi said, would specially contribute to fuel supply in a cheaper rate in Bangladesh’s northern part while after its construction with Indian financing, the infrastructure would be handed over to Bangladesh government.He said Dhaka-Tongi-Joydevpur Railway lines project would not only make the communication easier, but also generate revenues and “these projects would help meeting demand of 21st century”.“These projects are very important . . . I hope such cooperation between Bangladesh and India will continue,” Modi said.Sheikh Hasina, on the other hand, said the two countries were working in unity for development and prosperity and uplift of the people of both countries adding that an excellent environment of bilateral cooperation has been prevailing between us since her government assumed office in 2009.“We’ll continue it … I’m quite sure that we will get such many happy events in the days ahead for the welfare of the people of Bangladesh and India,” she added.Foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali joined the function from Dhaka, while Indian external affairs minister Sushama Swaraj and petroleum and natural gas minister Dharmendra Prodhan joined it from New Delhi.Sheikh Hasina said the mutual cooperation between the two countries enhanced many folds during the last nine and a half years in the fields of security, power and energy, trade, communication, infrastructure development, environment, renewable energy, education, culture, people-to-people contact, health and so on.The Bangladesh premier said the supply of 500 megawatt electricity and two railway projects were inaugurated on 10 September and “just after a week, today we are going to inaugurate another few important joint projects between the two countries”.She said Bangladesh and Indian people were always been good neighbours and “I am recalling with gratitude the sincere cooperation of the government of India and its people during our war of liberation in 1971 led by our Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman”.She said the railway projects would make faster Dhaka’s train communications with south and northwestern regions through Padma Bridge and Bangabandhu Jamuna Bridge and also would make easier railway links with northeastern and southeastern Sylhet and Chittagong regions.“A total of 96 kilometres of dual gauge tracks along with other necessary infrastructure will be constructed under the project that stretches from Kamlapur to Joydevpur railway station,” she said.Sheikh Hasina said the 130-kilometre India-Bangladesh friendship pipeline from Shiliguri of West Bengal to Parbatipur of Dinajpur in Bangladesh is a new milestone in the history of cooperation between the two countries.“This will be first such pipeline through which refined diesel will be nsupplied to Parbatipur Depot of Dinajpur of Bangladesh from Numaligarh of Assam in India,” she said.Initially, she said, Bangladesh will receive 250,000 tonnes of diesel per annum and it will gradually be increased to 400,000 metric tonnes.The premier said the first consignment of diesel from India reached Bangladesh in March 2016 through rail wagon.“I would like to express my gratitude to the Indian prime minister for his active role in implementing these projects. I also extend my thanks to all concerned associated with the projects in both Bangladesh and India,” she said.The prime minister greeted Narendra Modi on the occasion of his birthday that was celebrated yesterday (Monday).Finance minister AMA Muhith, railways minister Md Mazibul Haque, the PM’s adviser HT Imam, state minister for foreign affairs Md Shahriar Alam, Indian high commissioner Harsh Vardhan Shringla, parliament members, secretaries concerned and senior officials of the PMO were present at the function.Two short videos on the two projects were presented at the function.Officials familiar with the pipeline project said it was expected to strengthen Bangladesh’s energy security.Currently, they said, imported oil by ships is stored in Chattogram depot after unloading in the port there to be brought carried later to Khulna’s Doulatpur Depot through coastal tanks.“Again we have to use railway wagons to carry the oil to Parbatipur,” one official told BSS on the sidelines of the conference adding that this protracted process cost extra time and money alongside transport related hazards. Bangladesh and India signed an MoU here on 9 April last to set up the 130km oil pipeline aimed at pumping Indian oil to Bangladesh with a capacity of 1 million tonnes per annum.Earlier, Bangladesh inked a sale and purchase agreement with India on importing diesel through the pipeline on 22 Oct in 2017.Through the cross-border pipeline, India will supply fuel oil from its Numaligarh Refinery Ltd (NRL), located at Golaghat in the north-eastern state of Assam, while Bangladesh will receive the oil at Parbatipur Depot of Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) in north-western district of Dinajpur.The cost of the 30-month project is Tk 5.20 billion and of the amount India would provide Rupees 3.03 billion under the Grant in Aid Program, while the BPC will give Tk 1.50 billion.Of the 130-km pipeline, 125-km will be installed at Bangladesh part and the remaining five-km will be set up at India part.India will supply 250,000 tonnes of diesel for the first three years through the pipeline and the amount will be increased to 400,000 MT in the last five years.The import of fuel will be further raised in future through the pipeline as per the requirements of Bangladesh. The NRL will distribute diesel for 15 years through the pipeline and the time could be expanded following the consent of both sides, BPC officials said.The Parbatipur Depot formally received the first consignment of 2,268 MT diesels from the NRL through rail wagons on 19 March 2016.Through the rail wagons, Bangladesh so far imported 57,000 MT diesel from India till July 2018 and it is expected that 50,000 more diesel will be brought from India in August-December 2018 through the same way.Railway officials said over Tk 11.06 billion under Indian Line of Credit (LoC) would be spent for implementing the construction work of the two rail projects.Under the two schemes, the sources said, 48.80 kilometre two new dual gauge rail lines on Dhaka -Tongi route, while a 12.28-KM new dual gauge railway double line on Tongi-Joydevpur route would be constructed in parallel with the existing rail tracks.Joint venture company RV Engineers Associate Architectures Pvt Limited and Ayesha Engineering will work as consultant organisations for the projects.On completion of the schemes, rail communication of Gazipur, Tangail, Narsingdi, Bramhanbaria, Cumilla, Mymensingh and Jamalpur with Dhaka would be improved to a great extent.As a result, travel time would be reduced on these routes, while the trains could run maintaining schedule set by the Railway authority.last_img read more

Turner Says Firefighter Layoffs Arent Punishment For Confrontation Over Pay Raises Harris

first_imgTuesday, March 12, 2019Top afternoon stories:Alex Broussard/Houston Public MediaMayor Sylvester Turner (right) was interviewed by Houston Matters host Craig Cohen (left) on March 12, 2019.Turner Says Firefighter Layoffs Aren’t Punishment For Confrontation Over Pay RaisesHouston Mayor Sylvester Turner told Houston Matters on Tuesday that the hundreds of potential layoffs the City would execute in order to implement pay parity between the fire and police department is not a “punitive” or “vindictive” measure against the firefighters’ union. The city is expected to cut as many as 400 firefighters, and 100 municipal employees in the coming weeks.The pay raises, which Houstonians approved under Proposition B in last year’s election, would equate to a 29 percent pay raise for firefighters and will cost the city approximately $100 million a year.“I’m not against firefighters,” Turner told host Craig Cohen and added: “We have to operate within our means, we have to balance our books.”The mayor noted that Proposition B didn’t specify a revenue source to pay for the raises, and said that “it’s a matter of we have more obligations than we have revenue to pay for it and we’re trying to balance the two.” Turner said the firefighters will get the first raise in May, with retroactive pay to January 1, and the first six months of raises will cost around $31 million. That amount will be taken from the city’s Fund Balance, which increases the financial gap for next year. That’s why Turner’s administration says the layoffs are necessary.Al Ortiz/Houston Public MediaA Harris County election clerk works at the polling location at McNabb Elementary School, in Spring, on election day.Harris County Settles DOJ Lawsuit Over Polling LocationsHarris County has been facing a lawsuit by the U.S. Justice Department over polling stations that don’t comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Now, the federal government is dropping the suit under a settlement with the county.The Justice Department investigated Harris County polling locations in both 2014 and 2016. In each case, it found multiple sites with architectural barriers violating the ADA, ranging from steep curb ramps to locked gates.“For a period of four years, there will be regular inspections made, and the Department of Justice will work with Harris County and Harris County will work with the Department of Justice to make sure that these goals are being met,” said First Assistant County Attorney Robert Soard.The settlement requires Harris County to re-survey all of its polling locations, in order to ensure the sites are accessible to voters with disabilities.156 Parole Violators Arrested In Houston Region This year’s operation was conducted from February 11 to February 24. “We have saved lives as a result of this effort. We’re going to save lives as a result of this effort,” said Acevedo during a news conference held at HPD’s headquarters.As part of the ongoing collaboration, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice is sending more information about parole violators to HPD’s command center, particularly about those who are deemed the most dangerous and have cut their ankle monitors.Acevedo said the plan is to conduct these special operations every three months.Here is a breakdown of the arrests: The Houston Police Department and other law enforcement agencies from the region arrested 156 parole violators during a two-week special operation conducted in February. The operation is the second since HPD Chief Art Acevedo announced a multi-agency initiative to focus on felons who have violated the terms of their parole.center_img Sharelast_img read more

first_imgStay on target Just when I finished my predictions for what to expect at E3 2019, Microsoft surprises us with a new gaming announcement that no one could’ve seen, or smelled, coming. Tired of decades-long stereotypes smearing nerds as gross people who need showers, finally here’s a way to maintain your personal hygiene while still announcing your #gamer identity. Finally, you can buy Xbox body wash.If the first place your mind wanders to when hearing about absurd body wash is “Axe” you’re right to do so because this Xbox body wash is actually a collaboration between Microsoft and that popular hardcore body spray according to GameSpot. It’s not quite meme-able enough for Old Spice. Exclusive for Australian and New Zealand markets, these products come courtesy of Axe’s regional brand Lynx.It’s actually three products: Xbox body spray, Xbox shower gel, and Xbox deodorant. This way you can get a complete cleansing with this neon green goo while committing yourself to Master Chief. And what on Earth does Xbox body wash smell like? We’ll let Lynx describe it for themselves, with surprisingly flowery language.“Lynx Xbox is a fresh scent of pulsing green citrus, featuring top notes of kaffir lime and winter lemon, aromatic herbal middle notes of mint and sage, and woody bottom notes of patchouli and clearwood. Containing a range of natural essential oils, the Xbox Lynx range comes with a sleek new look and features a body spray, deodorant, and shower gel.” Xbox body wash launches this July. A great place to test out its effectiveness would be at EVO 2019 in August, an entire arena of anxious top-tier fighting game players sweating in the Las Vegas heat. For more absurd gamer products check out this handheld game system with a crank on it and Razer’s upcoming gaming toaster. Hands-On: ‘New Super Lucky’s Tale’ Is Your Next Xbox Game on SwitchPlayStation 5 vs. Xbox Project Scarlett: Everything We Know last_img read more