Rebel PDP MLAs criticise Mehbooba for saying Centre ‘engineering’ split in party

first_imgFive rebel PDP legislators on Friday accused party president Mehbooba Mufti of putting them and their families at risk by claiming that the internal rumblings in the party was done at the behest of Delhi.The rebels also said that they considered the “accession of Jammu and Kashmir with India as final”. “One she (Mehbooba) has tried to give an impression that the institution is up for sale that anyone can buy them. Second, she has tried to label us that we are dancing to someone’s tunes. This is like putting us before the lynch mob, this can put our families and workers at risk,” MLA Baramulla Javaid Hassan Beg told reporters here. Mr. Beg was accompanied by MLA Pattan Imran Ansari, MLA Noorabad Abdul Majid Padder and two MLCs at the press conference. Ansari’s uncle — MLA Zadibal Abid Ansari — and MLA Tangmarg Abbas Wani are the other two PDP legislators who have openly rebelled against the leadership of Mehbooba Mufti. Mr. Beg said they condemned Mehbooba’s statement in which she claimed that any attempt to break the PDP would lead to 1987-like situation and have dangerous consequences.“Does she think that the MLAs would commit a sell-out of the nation? She has created a situation as if we are separatists and our supporters and voters are like Hurriyat or militants. There is nothing like that. We consider the accession of Jammu and Kashmir with India as final,” he said. Mr. Ansari said the rebels had woken up to the reality and want to fight the “two-family rule” in Jammu and Kashmir. “We don’t believe in two family rule. These two families (Abdullahs and Muftis) have always believed that they are indispensable,” he said. The rebels emphasized that they were still part of the PDP and were making efforts to set the house in order but they had no faith in the leadership of Ms. Muftii. Asked about the future course of action, they said they would think about it if their demands are not considered. “We have categorically said that we do not have any faith in Mehbooba Mufti’s leadership,” Mr. Ansari said. Asked if the demands of rebels also included that Ms. Mufti step down as the party president, Mr. Ansari said the “writing is clearly on the wall”.The rebels also rubbished any suggestion that the rebellion with the PDP had anything to do with government formation with BJP. Earlier today, Ms. Mufti, in her first public appearance after resigning as Jammu and Kashmir chief minister, said any attempt by the Centre to “engineer” a split in her party will have “extremely dangerous” consequences.“My party is strong, there are differences which can be resolved. However, if there are any attempts to engineer a split in the PDP like it was done in 1987 to commit robbery on people’s vote and to crush the MUF (Muslim United Front), the results will be extremely dangerous,” she told reporters here.last_img read more

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Top stories: Fake marijuana, a butterfly backfire, and why you can’t hide from your computer

first_imgPlan to save monarch butterflies backfiresWant to help save monarch butterflies? Make sure you’re planting the right kind of milkweed. 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Odisha training tribal women to make jackfruit chips

first_imgThe Odisha Rural Development and Marketing Society, with the support of several other organisations, has started a project to provide income to women in the tribal-dominated Koraput district. Since July, over 1,000 tribal women have been trained to prepare tasty, marketable and hygienically prepared jackfruit chips.“The aim is to start mass production during summer months next year,” said ORMAS Deputy CEO Roshan Kumar Kartik. Out of the 14 blocks of the district, 12 have a large number of jackfruit trees, but only 10% of the produce is consumed locally. Usually tribals sell these at ₹5 to ₹10 per fruit to middlemen who send it outside. A large number gets wasted. However, fried jackfruit chips fetch ₹250 to ₹350 per kg. According to ORMAS, each kilogram of jackfruit chips can provide at least ₹100 profit to these women.Apart from providing training in chips making and packaging, it has been decided to establish three large scale production and packaging units at Sunabeda, Jeypore and Laxmipur. The units will be managed by Koraput Agro Products Producers’ Company, an organisation of women farmers promoted by ORMAS and the Odisha Livelihood Mission. Forest and Agriculture Departments are also supporting the project.last_img read more

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TN-CM-WARNING

first_imgTN CM blames outfits for wantonly instigating protestsChennai, Jun 26 (PTI) Tamil Nadu Chief MinisterK Palaniswami today blamed some outfits for deliberatelyinstigating agitations and warned that tough action would betaken if the law and order situation was disrupted.”Some problems are occurring as a few outfits arewantonly instigating protests with an intention to gain a namefor themselves,” he told the Assembly.Palaniswami’s assertion came following Leader ofOpposition M K Stalin’s reference to Union Minister forFinance and Shipping, Pon Radhakrishnan’s allegation overpresence of extremists in Tamil Nadu and seeking thegovernment’s response over it.On June 22, Radhakrishnan had stuck to his charge thatthere are terrorists in Tamil Nadu, and said the Centre wasready to extend help if the state sought its support to reinin such elements.The chief minister said when compared to other states,crimes were less in Tamil Nadu and law and order was beingmaintained well.He warned that tough action would be taken if protestswere held inconveniencing the general public and if law andorder situation was disrupted.”If anyone attempted to act in a way disrupting thelaw and order situation, the government will take toughaction, the government will not hesitate,” he said.Stalin listed several protests on issues includingKathiramangalam and Neduvasal (against ONGC over alleged bidto explore methane and in connection with some existing oilwells vis-a-vis leakage) and the proposed Chennai-Salem eightlane expressway, adding, these were not a good sign.advertisementAlleging that Tamil Nadu was on the “boiling stage,”over agitations on such issues, the Leader of Opposition alsoreferred to arrest of some people in connection with theprotests over the proposed eight lane expressway.Intervening, Palaniswami referred to last month’santi-Sterlite stir and wondered what was the need for it whenthe government had acted ahead.Such action against the plant was taken through stepsincluding not renewing pollution control board’s consent tooperate, he said. However, the protests took place.”Fearing that the government will get a good name, Ifeel that some party leaders were deliberately doing it(instigating agitations),” he said.Such things were aimed at gaining political mileage,the chief minister said.When Stalin reiterated his party demand for a Cabinetresolution against the Sterlite unit, the chief minister saidthere was no need for it. The closure of the copper plant was valid and compliedwith legalities, he added.The chief minister, speaking on arrest vis-a-visprotest, referred to an actor’s remarks against the proposedexpressway and wondered if it did not amount to instigation ofviolence.”No farmer or landowners were arrested,” he said. Actor Mansoor Ali Khan was arrested by Salem policedays ago following his remarks that he would hack eightpersons to death if the eight-lane highway project was takenup.Tamil Nadu last month witnessed anti-Sterlite protestsand in the violence and police firing 13 people died.In recent years, the state has also been witnessingprotests over other issues including last year’s stirseeking approval for the bull taming sport of Jallikattu. PTIVGNBN BN BNlast_img read more

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Jasprit Bumrah, Rishabh Pant selection was a masterstroke, says Vengsarkar

first_imgThe Trent Bridge Test victory will go down as one of Indian cricket’s famous wins. But is this the beginning of a historic turnaround with India repeating the dose in the last two Tests?Former captain and chief selector Dilip Vengsarkar certainly thinks so.”If they do well in the next Test match and win it they will go on to win the series. After this win, they will be high on confidence. The team is gelling well and they have been in England for two months now,” Vengsarkar told India Today.Murali Vijay dropped, Prithvi Shaw in India squad for final 2 Tests vs EnglandOne of Virat Kohli’s criticisms as captain has been his propensity to ring in frequent team changes. On this occasion, Kohli got that right too.India complete historic Test triumph in England: Recapping all seven victoriesVengsarkar credits the positive playing eleven changes to have made the difference. “At Lords, they were disheartened. In the third Test match, Virat did extremely well not just as a batsman but also as captain. I would say Bumrah and Rishab Pant’s inclusion was a masterstroke,” he says.Virat Kohli breaks Sourav Ganguly’s record as Test captainOnce back from injury, Bumrah’s return to the side was a certainty, after the impact he had on his debut series in South Africa.Virat Kohli dedicates historic Test triumph to Kerala flood victims”For someone playing his first ever Test in England, Bumrah bowled extremely well. He has pace and his peculiar action where he seems to slant the ball in and it straightens and goes outside is very important.advertisement”He did well with the first new ball but his second new spell was outstanding,” Vengsarkar said about Bumrah’s lethal second innings spell that sealed the issue in India’s favour.Anushka Sharma keeps me motivated, I dedicate my innings to her: Virat KohliThe other positive according to Vengsarkar is the promise that swashbuckling wicketkeeper-batsman Rishab Pant showed with the bat and gloves.”He kept well and got a lot of catches also. The good thing about his batting was he played without any baggage. He brought energy to the team. He has started off extremely well,” Vengsarkar stated.Kohli’s dominance in England burying the ghosts of 2014 does not surprise the former selection chief. Vengsarkar now hopes “the best batsman in the world can repeat the dose in the two Tests to come”.last_img read more

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Hockey World Cup 2018: Belgium beat Germany to reach semi-finals

first_imgBelgium advanced to the semi-finals of the 2018 Hockey World Cup by beating two-time champions Germany 2-1 in a thrilling quarter-final clash in Bhubaneswar on Thursday.Olympic silver medallist scored through Alexander Hendrickx (18th minute) and Tom Boon (50th) to register the come-from-behind win. World No. 6 Germany’s lone goal came from the stick of Dieter Linnekogel in the 14th minute.Belgium will now fight it out with England on Saturday for a place in the final.The Red Lions were by far the better side on display considering the amount of scoring chances they got the in the opening two quarters.Belgium got their first scoring chance in the seventh minute in the form of a penalty corner but they could not capitalise on that.”They played with their minds, and a little bit with the heart.”@BelRedLions’ Skipper @ThomasBriels is proud of his side’s performance and believes their disciplined approach helped them beat a tough opponent in @DHB_Hockey.#GERvBEL #IndiaKaGame #HWC2018 #DilHockey pic.twitter.com/k6Pg4LshXsHockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) December 13, 2018Germany, however, took the lead against the run of play in the 14th minute when an unmarked Linnekogel scored from top of the circle after receiving a pass from Tom Grambusch.Stunned by the goal, Belgium went for the offensive and secured three back-to-back penalty corners just at the stroke of first quarter but could convert none.Three minutes into the second quarter, Belgium secured their fifth penalty corner and Hendrickx scored with a grounded flick to level the scores.advertisementThe Red Lions earned two more penalty corners in the second quarter but again faltered as Germany defended in numbers.Four minutes after the change of ends, Germany came close to restoring their lead but Timm Herzbursch’s shot from close range was kept at bay by Belgium goalkeeper Vincent Vanasch..@TomBoon27 is proud of scoring the crucial goal for @BelRedLions which helped them edge past @DHB_hockey to move into the Semi-Finals of the OHMWC Bhubaneswar 2018.#DilHockey #IndiaKaGame #HWC2018 #GERvBEL pic.twitter.com/KPsEJJJRbbHockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) December 13, 2018Belgium secured their eighth penalty corner in the 37th minute but Hendrickx’s try was well defended by Tobias Hauke. Minutes later, Belgium earned their ninth penalty corner but once again Hendrickx’s effort was kept out of the target by the German defence.Ten minutes from the final hooter, Belgium got the all-important winner through Boon who scored from a rebound after skipper Thomas Briels’ initial try was saved by German keeper Tobias Walter.Thereafter, the Red Lions went into a defensive mode as they decided to sit back and deny and scoring opportunities to the Germans.Six minutes from time, Germany took out their goalkeeper for an extra player and tried to attack the Belgium goal in numbers in search of the equaliser but the winners defended well to make their first appearance in the semi-final of the quadrennial event.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

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Nick Saban Issues Major Injury Update For Tua Tagovailoa

first_imgTua Tagovailoa of the Alabama Crimson Tide warms up prior to the game against the Auburn Tigers.AUBURN, AL – NOVEMBER 25: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide warms up prior to the game against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)We’re less than two weeks away from the College Football Playoff semifinals. Alabama will take on Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl for the right to play for the national title.There is still no official word on if Tua Tagovailoa will be able to play in that game. Tagovailoa injured his ankle in the second half of the SEC Championship Game against Georgia.While Tagovailoa hasn’t been declared a full-go for the matchup against the Sooners, today’s update from Nick Saban is an encouraging one.Saban called his sophomore signal caller “ahead of schedule” in his recovery.Nick Saban on Tua: “He’s doing well. I think he’s ahead of schedule.”— Cecil Hurt (@CecilHurt) December 17, 2018If Tagovailoa can’t go, Jalen Hurts will fill in for him. As we saw against Georgia, that isn’t a bad thing at all. Hurts has plenty of experience and can hold his own in a spot like this.However, the Crimson Tide offense is at its best if Tagovailoa is at the helm. He is the better passer of the two, which allows Bama’s playmakers on the outside to take games over with the ball in their hands.We might not get a full update on Tagovailoa until right before game time, but it certainly appears he’s on the right track.Alabama and Oklahoma will kick off at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 29. ESPN will broadcast the game.last_img read more

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Major Marketing Drive to Attract Large Investments in Agriculture

first_img Portfolio Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, said this will be spearheaded through several of the Ministry’s agencies, including Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) and the Agro-Invest Corporation (AIC), utilising the Agricultural Incentive Programme as a catalyst. The Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries will be embarking on a major marketing and production drive during the 2019/20 fiscal year, in a bid to attract large-scale investments to the agricultural sector. He said the engagement is among several targeted focus areas for implementation, in recognition of the Ministry’s role as a key driver of economic growth. Story Highlights The Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries will be embarking on a major marketing and production drive during the 2019/20 fiscal year, in a bid to attract large-scale investments to the agricultural sector.Portfolio Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, said this will be spearheaded through several of the Ministry’s agencies, including Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) and the Agro-Invest Corporation (AIC), utilising the Agricultural Incentive Programme as a catalyst.He said the engagement is among several targeted focus areas for implementation, in recognition of the Ministry’s role as a key driver of economic growth.The Minister was speaking at the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) inaugural Economic Growth Forum, held at the Terra All-Suite Nova Hotel in St. Andrew, on Thursday (March 14).Mr. Shaw said the initiatives are being targeted within the context of the national agriculture development strategy, and will serve as catalysts to enhance production and productivity, improve infrastructure as well as support the expansion of businesses, particularly micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs).He said that although domestic crop production grew by 6.9 per cent during the October to December 2018 quarter, “it cannot be lost on us” that the overall sector grew by just over two per cent during the period.“Agriculture is the base of growth in our economy, and we have to really focus, in a substantial way, on boosting it,” he added.The forum featured research paper presentations and a panel discussion on the theme ‘From Elusive to Inclusive Growth’.It was also used to launch the PIOJ’s 2019 Growth Inducement Programme Research Report, a collection of eight research papers encompassing economic growth-related areas.These include financial inclusion, tertiary education, labour market developments, and social interventions.last_img read more

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GG commends Spring Village on ‘I Believe’ Medical Centre

first_imgThe “I Believe? Initiative, a programme of Governor-General the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, has made good on a promise to assist the Spring Village Development Foundation with the construction of the “I Believe? Medical Centre. In April 2012 Sir Patrick visited the community and saw first-hand the work of the Foundation which was established as a direct response to high rates of unemployment, high school dropout and other prevailing socio-economic woes. He observed that the efforts of the community mirrored his ‘I Believe’ Initiative (IBI) which was launched in 2011. In July, 2012, the Governor-General declared Spring Village as the first “I Believe Village”. On April 23, the Governor-General and Lady Allen revisited the community and donated $200,000 dollars towards the completion of the clinic. The donation was made possible through contributions from three sponsors of the “I Believe? Initiative: Scotiabank Jamaica Limited, Maffessanti Builders and Contractors Limited and Fosrich Group of Companies. Sir Patrick commended the people of Spring Village who, having recognized their community’s problems and worked together to overcome the challenges. This was the true spirit of the IBI, which he hoped other communities would emulate. The “I Believe” Medical Centre is the brainchild of the Spring Village Development Foundation (SVDF) and marks the third collaboration with the IBI, the other initiatives being IBI’s sponsorship of a Teen Pageant and collaboration with LIME for the installation of free Wifi Internet access in the community. Sir Patrick also congratulated Mr. Robert Levy and Best Dressed Chicken for their heightened sense of corporate social responsibility which prompted their constant support of Spring Village. In addition to the I Believe Initiative, the project has received assistance from US-based Dr. Gayle Lumdeen and the Global Mission, as well as Food for the Poor. Executive Director of the SVDF, Mr. Randy Finikin, said that phase one of the project would provide medical services such as a Mother and Child Clinic and dental services by certified health professionals. Phase one is expected to be launched in May. Phase two will include expansion of the dental services, mental health and training in occupational health.last_img read more

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CWC will meet after Parliament session Surjewala

first_imgNew Delhi: The Congress Working Committee will meet after the current session of Parliament, the party said on Thursday, as speculation deepens about who will take Rahul Gandhi’s place as the party president. Gandhi is very much a part of the working committee and would attend its next meeting, Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said. “The CWC will meet after the current session of Parliament, but a date for the same has not been finalised yet,” he said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Surjewala said as and when a date is finalised for the meeting of the CWC, it will be made public. The CWC is the highest decision-making body of the Congress. The current session of Parliament is likely to end on August 7. Surjewala was speaking to reporters after a meeting of Congress general secretaries and leaders in-charge of various states. Congress leader P L Punia also said that during the meeting of party leaders, AICC general secretary organisation K C Venugopal proposed that a meeting of the CWC could be held after the Parliament session at the convenience of Gandhi. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Gandhi resigned as party president after taking full moral responsibility of the Lok Sabha poll debacle at a meeting of CWC on May 28. However, the CWC rejected his resignation and authorised him to restructure the party at all levels. Gandhi has made it clear he will not continue as president and neither will any member of the Gandhi family be the next president. A host of leaders holding party positions, a majority of them in the middle-level, have since resigned to enable restructuring of the party ever since Gandhi resigned. Top Congress leaders have been pondering over who could succeed Gandhi and several rounds of meetings have taken place, but a decision on his successor has not been taken yet. Many names have been doing the rounds as possible choice for Congress president, with a debate generated within by some party leaders to instal a young leader to lead the party. At Thursday’s meeting, which was to be held on Wednesday evening, party leaders discussed preparations for the 75th birth anniversary celebrations of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi later this month. The Congress plans to hold a big political event to commemorate the event.last_img read more

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Not a single illegal immigrant would be allowed in NE Shah

first_imgGuwahati: The Centre will “not touch” Article 371 of the Indian Constitution that is applicable to the Northeast and not a single illegal immigrant would be allowed in the region, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Sunday.After Article 370 was abrogated in Jammu and Kashmir, there were attempts to “misinform and misguide” the people of the Northeast that Article 371 would be scrapped by the Centre, the Home Minister said in his inaugural address at the 68th plenary session of the North East Council (NEC) here. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”I have clarified in Parliament that this is not going to happen and I am saying it again today in the presence of eight chief ministers of the Northeast that both the Articles are different and the Centre will not touch Article 371,” Shah said. The Constituent Assembly had framed Article 370 as a temporary provision but Article 371 is about special provisions in the Northeast and there is a vast difference between the two, Shah said. “I think it is important to clarify the difference between the two. Let me make it clear that the Prime Minister and the BJP government respects Article 371 and 371 (A),” he said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KMost of the States that have been accorded special provisions under Article 371 are in the Northeast and the special status aims to preserve their tribal culture. There was an attempt to give a wrong message that the BJP-led government would scrap Article 371 and this was done by people who did not want peace in the Northeast or the region to become an engine of development, Shah said. On the National Register of Citizens (NRC), the Home Minister said, “Questions are being raised about the NRC by different sections but today I just want to say this that the BJP-led government is committed to ensure that not a single illegal immigrant enters the region.” The NRC has also been completed within the stipulated time-frame, he added. Shah’s visit comes just days after the publication of the final NRC in the state on August 31. Pointing out that under Prime Minister Narendra Modi there has been a “drastic decline” in terrorism and militant activities, Shah said, “I do not want to quote statistics but the entire country and the world knows that we have been able to control it.”last_img read more

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Monument to the Stanley Cup unveiled in Ottawa on Saturday

first_imgOTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau predicts a monument in Ottawa to the 125th anniversary of the Stanley Cup will become a major attraction in the national capital.In an interview Saturday on Hockey Night in Canada, Trudeau said the Lord Stanley Gift Monument will be part of what people want to see when they visit Ottawa.The monument was formally unveiled on Saturday at a ceremony attended by Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson and local MP David McGuinty and members of the hockey community.The federal government provided $2.15 million toward the cost of erecting the monument to the Stanley Cup, which was given in 1892 as a gift by Lord Stanley, Canada’s sixth Governor General.The unveiling also coincides with Canada 150 celebrations and the 100th anniversary of the National Hockey League.In the Hockey Night in Canada interview that was done in advance of Saturday’s unveiling, Trudeau, wearing a No. 4 Jean Beliveau Montreal Canadiens jersey, said few symbols bring Canada together like the Stanley Cup.“It has a weight of symbolism and strength of binding our country together that very few material symbols do,” Trudeau said.Trudeau also said it would be great if there were more NHL teams in Canada but he added it’s not the federal government’s role to “push hard” on professional sports.Trudeau says his 10-year-old son Xavier has started playing hockey and loves it, so the prime minister says he is spending more time in arenas, but he never developed roots in hockey when he as a boy.“Much more a skiing family than a hockey family, my dad wasn’t a big fan of the arenas early in the morning on the weekends,” Trudeau joked.last_img read more

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Jewel To Help End Child Hunger With Country Music Awards Performance

first_imgThe Academy of Country Music announced today that Jewel will partner with ACM Lifting Lives to perform a live mash-up of her chart-topping hit “Hands” combined with “Fill a Heart,” an original song written by singer-songwriter Tori Kelly.This special musical moment, presented by ConAgra Foods’ Child Hunger Ends Here campaign, will be performed at the 48th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, to be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 8:00PM, live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. Kelly, who wrote “Fill a Heart” for the Child Hunger Ends Here campaign to bring the story of hunger to life, will introduce the powerful 2013 ACM Lifting Lives moment with Jewel to viewers. This year’s ACM Lifting Lives show moment with Jewel marks the fifth consecutive year of moving performances, which have highlighted worthy causes and provided support on behalf of their beneficiaries during the live Awards telecast.Jewel experienced significant hardship in her early years prior to embarking on a successful career as a singer-songwriter and selling over 27 million albums worldwide. Without a place to call home, there were times when she wasn’t sure where she would spend the night or find her next meal. This experience provided the inspiration for her hit song “Hands,” a song about desperate times and not losing hope.“I’m so honored to perform this year’s ACM Lifting Lives moment and support ConAgra Foods’ Child Hunger Ends Here campaign. It’s an important cause I hold near and dear to my heart, and this is a wonderful way to give back and raise awareness. Tori wrote such a beautiful song, and I hope it serves as a wakeup call to everyone about how widespread a problem this is in the United States,” said Jewel.“The Academy has been dedicated to improving lives through the power of music for forty years, and this is the fifth year we’ve included an ACM Lifting Lives moment in the ACM Awards. We are proud to partner once again with ConAgra Foods to bring together a memorable performance to viewers at home, and remind them about some serious issues that Americans face on a daily basis,” said Hannah Martin, Manager, ACM Lifting Lives. “It’s an honor to have Jewel and Tori contribute their talents to this cause, and to help raise awareness for the nearly 17 million children who live in food insecure homes today.”ACM Lifting Lives, the charitable arm of the Academy, is spotlighting the need to end child hunger in conjunction with ConAgra Foods, which in partnership with the ConAgra Foods Foundation has been fighting to end child hunger in America for 20 years. To participate in ConAgra’s Child Hunger Ends Here program, consumers can purchase specially-marked packages of select ConAgra Foods brands, including Banquet, Hunt’s, Marie Callender’s, PAM, Chef Boyardee, Orville Redenbacher’s, Manwich, Snack Pack, or Peter Pan Peanut Butter, and then visit www.ChildHungerEndsHere.com to enter the eight-digit code found on participating product packages. For each code entered through August 2013, ConAgra Foods will donate the monetary equivalent of one meal to Feeding America. Consumers can also download their favorite version of Tori Kelly’s “Fill a Heart” from Cody Simpson and Amber Riley on the website to share with others and inspire action for the cause.“Child hunger is a problem we cannot ignore,” said Chris Sinta, Director of Consumer Promotions at ConAgra Foods. “We’re excited to continue our partnership with the Academy of Country Music and we’re honored to have Jewel sing ‘Fill a Heart.’ Together, we can help make a difference.”For more information on how to join the fight against child hunger and how to participate in the ConAgra Foods’ Child Hunger Ends Here campaign, visit www.childhungerendshere.com.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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Morocco Cuts Irregular Migration Attempts to Spain by 70 in July

Rabat –  Morocco’s help in managing border control and the abortion of irregular migration attempts resulted in a “significant decrease” in the migration pressure on Spanish coasts, reported Spanish news outlet ABC.ABC said that the month of July ended with a significant decrease in irregular migration. Quoting data from the International Organization of Migration, the Spanish news outlet said that security services intercepted 2,362 migrants and at sea compared to 7,885 in the same period in 2018.The number of aborted attempts in July represents a 70% decrease. Data also show a decrease in irregular migration attempts in Ceuta and Melilla. ABC said that 226 people managed to enter Spain through the fences of Ceuta and Melilla, against 1,085 in 2018. ABC added that as of July 25, operations against irregular migration detected reached 24,117 in 2018 against 15,851. The number represents a 34.2% decrease in irregular migration attempts.Read Also: Morocco Arrests Spanish National Suspected of Organizing Irregular MigrationIn March, Spanish Minister of Interior Fernando Grande-Marlaska  said that Morocco’s security services are “leading to a decline in the arrival of migrants to the Spanish coasts.”He added that “coordination with the countries of origin and transit in the fight against these networks has led, since February, to a decline in migrant arrivals that is being confirmed during this month of March.”Like Spain, the Moroccan government has also expressed satisfaction with the cooperation with Spain against organized crimes.Moroccan director of migration at the Ministry of Interior, Khalid Zerouali, explained in July in an interview with El Pais that border control “has helped to ease the migratory pressure, but we must continue to work to strengthen this.”“It is true that on the Spanish side, we feel that the migratory pressure has decreased, but on our side, it continues to increase,” he said, commenting on Morocco’s successful operations to decrease the flow of migrants entering Spain.Spokesperson of the government Mustapha El Khalfi said in May that the decrease reflects the “great” effort of Morocco’s law enforcement forces against the issue of undocumented migration and the trafficking networks active in this area.He added that the statistics “testify to the considerable efforts” made by Morocco to combat irregular migration networks, especially those active on the Morocco-Spain axis. read more

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AlJazeera America network shuts down Tuesday

by David Bauder, The Associated Press Posted Apr 11, 2016 1:50 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 11, 2016 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – This Aug. 20, 2013 file photo shows Al-Jazeera America editorial newsroom staff preparing for their first broadcast in New York. Al-Jazeera America signs off Tuesday night following a three-hour live farewell designed to highlight its work since a 2013 launch. The farewell begins at 6 p.m. EDT and will be repeated immediately before Al-Jazeera America goes dark. Local cable and satellite operators will decide what replaces the channel in their markets. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File) Al-Jazeera America network shuts down Tuesday NEW YORK, N.Y. – Al-Jazeera America, which couldn’t attract an audience to another cable news network in the United States, signs off Tuesday night following a three-hour live farewell designed to highlight its work since a 2013 launch.The farewell begins at 6 p.m. EDT and will be repeated immediately before Al-Jazeera America goes dark. Local cable and satellite operators will decide what replaces the channel in their markets.The Qatar-based Al-Jazeera network announced in January that it was shutting down the U.S.-based offshoot, calling it an economic decision. Backed by a deep-pocketed parent company, Al-Jazeera America began with lofty goals of offering serious-minded news and won some awards for its work. But when few people watched and oil prices plummeted, there was a limit to how much the company would spend.Al-Jazeera America aired a four-part documentary produced with the BBC, “The Limits of Hope: Inside Obama’s White House,” that wrapped up on Sunday.“We have time and time again given voices to those across America whose stories would not have been told in such depth without the attention of our reporters,” said Kate O’Brian, Al-Jazeera America president. “We are incredibly grateful to our audience in the U.S., and we are deeply proud of the coverage.”Its most attention-getting work included a December documentary linking professional athletes to performance-enhancing drugs. One player mentioned, quarterback Peyton Manning, called the report “complete garbage.”Between CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC, many viewers and cable operators believed the marketplace had enough news options. Al-Jazeera bought the Current TV network founded by Al Gore and closed it in order to get space on cable systems.The Al-Jazeera name had also proven an impediment for some viewers at a time the U.S. was entangled in conflicts in the Middle East. Last year, AJAM ousted its top executive amid charges of anti-Semitism and a culture of fear among employees.It was not immediately clear how many journalists are losing their jobs as a result of the shutdown. AJAM had brought in some TV journalists familiar to U.S. audiences, such as Antonio Mora and Ali Velshi. read more

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Google wants to replace your passwords with jewellery

first_img A 32-year-old CFO chose to stay at work instead of getting an MBA. Here’s how she made the decision — and why she doesn’t regret it. WITH DIGITAL SECURITY only becoming more important, it’s no surprise that Google has a novel idea up its sleeve – rings!MIT Technology Review has an in-depth look at how the company wants to use a ring to replace all your passwords for internet services.As a proof of concept, the company is currently experimenting with a USB key that “performs a cryptographic transaction with an online service to prove the key’s validity when it’s plugged into a computer”.The next step would be to condense this into a ring that can carry out the same function wirelessly. Pretty cool as long as you don’t lose it.- Dylan LoveVIDEO: How Google’s offices looked back in 1999> Most American CFOs expect a recession by the 2020 election Trump’s plan to revoke California’s power to set its own automotive-emissions standards isn’t about cars or California — it’s about Obama Inside the glitzy kickoff party for the world’s biggest horse sale, where 300 of the industry’s elite sipped on rare bourbons ahead of dropping millions on horses last_img read more

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Hermes rising

first_imgAs the crane hoisted the 220 kilo pane of glass depicting Hermes’ left cheek into place, passers-by in busy Dundas Place – the main strip of Melbourne’s affluent Albert Park suburb, looked up nervously entranced, before quickening their pace.And they weren’t the only ones whose pulses were racing that little bit faster. Emanuel Giorgio, Director of Melbourne’s Redesign Group – the developer behind the Hermes Apartment complex – was witnessing the penultimate chapter in an epic story.The lifting-in of the facade – made up of a translucent image of the Greek messenger God fused in between nine giant panes of glass – almost brings to an end a project that has had its trials and tribulations.Since the project began more than four years ago, Giorgio’s Hermes development has seen intense local debate, and at the 11th hour, the Paris retail fashion giant of the same name, weighing-in with threats to derail the project.Next weekend however, the last of the nine Hermes apartments goes under the hammer, and Melbourne-born Giorgio, whose family hails from Samos, has kept the best to last. The Hermes Penthouse apartment is an oasis of light, space and technical innovation in the heart of one of Melbourne’s most sought-after suburbs.With a Poggenpohi kitchen, Gaggenau appliances imported from Germany, spacious study and lounge, and three bedrooms, and a balcony with stunning panoramic views of the city, Hermes’ top floor is rightly promoted as “entertainer’s haven”.Lavished with exquisite Carrara marble, Mafi oak floors and the latest technology floor-to-ceiling windows, a Greek Glendi could be going-on downstairs and you wouldn’t notice.Stylish and sophisticated – it’s a space for a serious party – perhaps a celebration to mark parting with the more than $2.5m needed to own this highly desirable residence.Its creator, who was born in Footscray, started the Redesign Group in 1986. Beginning in construction, in the mid ’90s Emanuel Georgio began pushing the envelope with ever larger projects, moving into property development and concentrating on the Metro Melbourne area.With the business growing from strength to strength, and family and work connections in Germany, Georgio spends much of his time in Bonn. “I’m always working,” he says, wiping the perspiration from his brow as he peers up at his most ambitious project in the Victorian capital to date.Giorgo worked with fellow hellene and Melbourne architect George Metaxas to realise the apartments, though the Hermes concept is down to Emanuel’s wife Stella, whose idea it was to link the old Albert Park Post Office – above which the new building sits – to the messenger of the Gods in Greek mythology.Artist collaborator Kate Spencer ran with the idea, finding an image of one of the first ever Greek postage stamps produced in 1861 which bears the profile of the winged messenger. Between the 1860s and 1901 many editions of the ‘Hermes’ stamp were produced. The one used for the glass facade is based on the design for the pende lepta edition.Metaxas told Neos Kosmos that Hermes had been a challenging project, not least because of limitations imposed by the council on height and heritage considerations.“They built a standard government issue post office in the 1930s and it had always been a bit of a hole in the street with a 3-storey art deco hotel on one side, and a 2-storey Victorian terrace on the other. The challenge was how to fill the hole.“We came up with the idea of a folding abstract plane above the existing facade.”The project had its critics in the early days. Consultations with the Albert Park community produced heated debate over the development, with many local people unhappy that the post office would not be retained for its original purpose.After extensive discussions with the local council over almost four years, a trip to VCAT, and with the support of a heritage architect, finally the design met planning approval. Though the building was purchased in late 2007, construction began in 2011. The nine 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments were completed in less than twelve months.But as the final exquisite finishes were being put in place, one last potential spanner in the works presented itself, ironically in the form of a hand-delivered message to Georgio post-marked ‘Paris’.“Hermes the fashion brand sent me an extremely nasty letter,” says Emanuel. “It said if we didn’t stop using the Hermes brand within 48 hours then we’d be in all sorts of trouble.“It was worrying. We had to make them understand that we had nothing to do with fashion. “Our line was that if they wanted to pursue the matter legally, they wouldn’t be suing my company, they’d be suing Greek mythology.”With eight apartments sold with an entry level price of $700,000, upmarket food retailer Gumtree won the much sought-after lease for the ground-floor premises.The high-end food store says Georgio is the pefect fit. “We were approached by over 20 cafes when we put it out for lease, but we didn’t want the cooking facilities, the odours coming through, we wanted a high-end development.”And a high-end development is certainly what Hermes delivers. Emanuel Georgio and his team have transformed the Albert Park landscape. In Hermes – the god of transitions and boundaries who moved as an emissary between the worlds of the mortal and divine – there couldn’t be a richer symbol for a groundbreaking example of urban re-development.For those after the perfect Albert Park luxury hideaway – and who don’t expect much change from $3m – the Hermes Penthouse apartment 301/87-89 Dundas Place goes up for auction at midday on Saturday February 23. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Inondations le bilan salourdit au Vietnam

first_imgInondations : le bilan s’alourdit au VietnamVietnam – Le bilan des inondations qui ravagent depuis plusieurs jours le centre du Vietnam s’est alourdi. Ce sont aujourd’hui 49 victimes qui ont été recensées, tandis qu’une quinzaine d’autres personnes sont portées disparues.C’estla province de Quang Binh qui a été la plus touchée par les pluies diluviennes qui se sont abattues ces derniers jours sur la région. Trente-trois personnes sont mortes, et quatorze autres sont portées disparues, a annoncé Nguyen Truong Giang du département provincial du contrôle des tempêtes et des inondations. Aujourd’hui, le climat s’améliore et les eaux ont commencé à se retirer, a-t-il ajouté.À lire aussiLe syndrome de Cotard, l’étrange maladie qui fait croire à une personne qu’elle est morteLes seize autres victimes ont été déplorées dans les provinces de Ha Tinh, Nghe An et Quang Tri. A Ha Tinh, sept personnes sont mortes, tandis que 8.400 hectares de cultures ont été dévastés, comme près de 27.000 maisons. Alors que des centaines de militaires ont été mobilisés pour évacuer les habitants menacés par les eaux, cette province a lancé un appel urgent réclamant 60 tonnes de pâtes instantanées, 8.000 canettes d’eau minérale et une tonne de produits chimiques pour stériliser l’eau. Mardi, l’armée a envoyé des vivres par parachutes dans les régions touchées.A l’instar du trafic ferroviaire perturbé, de nombreuses routes sont paralysées. Des milliers de voitures et de camions sont notamment immobilisés sur la Route nationale 1, touchée par les inondations. Le 7 octobre 2010 à 16:03 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Body of man found submerged in water

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, May 31, 2017 – Nassau – Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the discovery of a man found dead in waters off Prince George wharf on Tuesday 30th May 2017. According to reports shortly after 8:30am, police received a report from concern citizen of a body of a male submerged in waters off Prince George Wharf.   When police arrived on the scene they met a male body submerged in the water. T  he lifeless body of a male was retrieved from the water and taken to shore where he was pronounced dead. An autopsy will be conducted to determine the exact cost of death. POLICE ARE APPEALING TO ANYONE WITH INFORMATION REGARDING THIS INCIDENT, NO MATTER HOW SMALL OR INSIGNIFICANT (THE TIP) MAY SEEM, IS URGED TO ANONYMOUSLY CONTACT THE POLICE AT 919 OR CRIME STOPPERS AT 328-TIPS (8477) (NEW PROVIDENCE) OR 1-242-300-8476 (FAMILY ISLANDS)#MagneticMediaNews#bodyofmanfoundsubmergedinwater Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#bodyofmanfoundsubmergedinwater, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more

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PM Modi to address students at Royal University of Bhutan on

first_imgTHIMPHU: Preparations to welcome Prime Minister Narendra Modi are currently underway in Bhutan, as the Himalayan nation gears to welcome the leader for an official two-day visit from August 17 to 18. 10 MoUs are slated to be signed between the two close neighbours in fields like education amongst others. Five inaugurations are also expected to take place, including the Mangdechhu hydroelectric power plant and the ISRO-built earth station in Thimphu. Also Read – Watch: Donald Trump says Florida faces absolute monster hurricane Advertise With Us On August 17, Prime Minister Modi will arrive at the Paro International Airport following which he shall head to the Semtokha Dzong. He shall also be accorded the guard of honour when he visits the Tashichhodzong on the same day. At the Dzong, the Prime Minister shall be meeting the King of Bhutan, or the ‘Druk Gyalpo’, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck. The Children Procession will also take place in honour of Prime Minister Modi. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us Meetings are scheduled to be held at the Gyalyong Tshokhang, following which the MoUs will be signed. He is also slated to meet the 4th king of Bhutan, Jigme Singye Wangchuk, on Saturday. On the second day of his visit, he shall be addressing the students at the Royal University of Bhutan. “With the upcoming visit, the stem sector is, particularly in focus. The Royal University of Bhutan shall be signing four MoUs, one each with IIT Delhi, Bombay and Kanpur and with NIIT Silchar…This is a very positive development in the stem subjects,” the Indian ambassador to Bhutan, Ruchira Kamboj told ANI in Thimphu. Prime Minister Modi shall also be visiting the National Memorial Chorten. At Tashichhodzong, a cultural performance is slated to take place in honour of the visiting leader. Wrapping up his visit, he is supposed to depart for New Delhi from Paro on Sunday.last_img read more

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