Dera violence: Haryana Police releases wanted list, Honeypreet on top

first_imgHaryana Police has released a list of over forty people, who are wanted in connection with the violence that shook Panchkula on August 25, after Sirsa based Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim was convicted in two counts of rape of female followers.The list of 43 accused released along with their photographs by the Police has the name of Dera chief’s adopted daughter Honeypreet on the top, besides the name of Aditya Insan, Dera’s spokesperson, as the hunt for these accused continue.Haryana witnessed deadly violence by Dera Sacha Sauda followers after Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was convicted in the rape cases by the special CBI court on August 25, leaving 41 people dead and injuring over 250 people in Haryana.While appealing the public to share information regarding the accused, the police has assured that identity of those sharing the information will be kept secret.The list of accused, which has been put on the website of Haryana police mentions pictures and names of Honeypreet and Aditya Insan, while photographs of all other accused are without name as police has yet to identify them.Meanwhile a special CBI court in Panchkula will continue to hear the arguments in a murder case against the Gurmeet Ram Rahim on Monday.While the hearing in Ranjit Singh murder will be held on Monday, the hearing of murder case in journalist journalist Ram Chander Chhatrapati has been slated for September 22.last_img read more

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Floods paralyse Kolhapur, Sangli; 1.32 lakh evacuated

first_imgOver one lakh people from 20,000 families have been moved to safety as local residents, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), and the Armed forces are pulling out all the stops to rescue those stuck in waterlogged areas in Kolhapur and Sangli districts. The districts are experiencing the worst deluge since 2005.Sixteen people in five districts — Pune, Kolhapur, Satara, Sangli and Solapur — in western Maharashtra have lost their lives over the past week, while 1.32 lakh people from these districts were evacuated till Wednesday, Pune Divisional Commissioner Deepak Mhaisekar said. “As many as 51,785 people were moved to safe areas in Kolhapur, while 53,228 were shifted in Sangli district. In addition, 13,336 from Pune, 7,749 from Solapur district, and 6,262 from Satara district have been evacuated,” Mr. Mhaisekar said. A total of 201 medical teams are working in the three most-afflicted districts of Kolhapur, Satara and Sangli.Chairing an emergency meeting in Mumbai, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said rescuing women, children and patients is the priority, and directed the administration of the flood-hit districts to make alternative arrangements for food, essential items, and drinking water.“I have directed for an immediate survey of crop damage. We will expand relief operations as and when required. At present, we are trying to mobilise maximum number of NDRF teams and those from the Armed forces. We have brought in NDRF teams from Gujarat and Odisha to focus on Kolhapur district where the situation is critical, while the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard teams are doing their best to rescue those stranded,” Mr. Fadnavis said.Mr. Mhaisekar said four teams of the Territorial Army are engaged in rescue operations in Kolhapur and one team has reached Sangli. While six NDRF teams are already in action in Kolhapur, six more are on their way by road. One Navy team is in operation in Kolhapur.“Air connectivity has been established over Kolhapur since Wednesday morning with five more Navy teams to be dispatched via air over the district. In addition, three NDRF teams have reached Sangli while three more are en route. As of now, 29 boats in Kolhapur, 43 in Sangli, and 17 in Satara have been pressed into service to evacuate people,” he said, adding Pune divisional officials are in touch with the administration of the afflicted districts and the neighbouring Karnataka.The deluge has completely thrown State Transport bus services in Kolhapur and Sangli out of gear. With 89 roads in Kolhapur under water, the district is completely cut off from the rest of Maharashtra. “We have had to shut down traffic along the Pune-Bengaluru Highway owing to excess flooding in at least three places between Pune and Kolhapur. Likewise, we have lost contact with the Belagavi side owing to the deluge. Bus services to Kolhapur and Sangli have been suspended due to flooding with the bus stand in Sangli submerged,” Mr. Mhaisekar said.With the Panchganga river touching 54 feet mark and the Krishna waters wreaking havoc in Sangli, residential and government buildings, including commissionerates, collectors’ residences, and jails, are half-submerged.Rescue operations are under way in urban and the backwater areas of Kolhapur and Sangli. Video clips of a courageous ambulance driver wading through the floodwater in Kolhapur to rescue a man in need of medical attention went viral, as did one of a boat ferrying some women which capsized near the Venus Corner roundabout in Kolhapur city. There were no casualties in either case.While Satara district got temporary relief from the rain, the discharge from the Koyna dam was lowered by around 20,000 cusecs. The discharge from the Radhanagari dam in Kolhapur was briefly stopped.Dairy business in the region is severely hit while a number of poultry farms have gone under water in some places. With major dairy operators like Gokul, Warana and Chitale being compelled to shut operations, western Maharashtra is expected to face a severe milk shortage in the coming days.The condition of the livestock is appalling with no fodder for those stranded. However, authorities said a number of farmers, anticipating the crisis and anxious to prevent a repeat of the massive loss of livestock in the 2005 floods, had already begun to shift animals before Kolhapur and Sangli being flooded.“As per data, 16,633 livestock in Sangli have been moved to safe zones,” Abhijeet Chaudhari , Collector, Sangli, said.Authorities said more people started coming out of their houses as water levels began rising dangerously after Tuesday evening, even exceeding 10 feet in a number of places near the Krishna riverbank in Sangli.The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast heavy rain for Kolhapur in the next 48 hours. “From Wednesday night till forenoon of August 9, we expect heavy to very heavy showers to hit the ghat areas, including Kolhapur. The rain over Sangli has relaxed in contrast, with light to moderate rain expected on Thursday,” Anupam Kashyapi, head, weather and air pollution monitoring unit, IMD, said.Warning for PuneHowever, Mr. Kashyapi said Pune district will again witness heavy rain in some parts, especially in the ghat areas from August, and that a high alert has been issued in this regard.“We expect extremely heavy, record breaking rainfall of 20.5 cm a day, in the ghat areas of Pune district over the next 48 hours. This may prompt a discharge from the dams yet again,” he said, adding the situation will improve from August 11.last_img read more

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Kemba Walker: Michael Jordan will always be ‘special guy in my life’

first_imgBoston Celtics’ Kemba Walker, a former Charlotte Hornet, hugs old friends before an NBA basketball game between the teams in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kemba Walker says he holds no ill feelings toward Michael Jordan, even though the Hornets owner and six-time NBA champion decided not to keep him in Charlotte by paying him a $221 million supermax contract.In fact, Walker only has love for Jordan.ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ View comments “MJ is always going to be a special guy in my life,” Walker said Thursday night after his return to Charlotte as a member of the Boston Celtics. “He’s one of the reasons I am where I am today.”Jordan drafted Walker with the ninth pick in the 2011 NBA draft, and Walker took it from there. He beat out DJ Augustin for the starting point guard spot and flourished into a three-time All-Star despite being undersized — he’s listed at 6-foot — for his position.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceAlong the way, he became tight with Jordan, and the two still talk regularly. Although Walker said they didn’t have a chance to catch up Thursday, he said he feels like he can talk with Jordan anytime.“He gave me the opportunity to flourish as a basketball player,” Walker said. “He gave me the opportunity to grow as a man in this community. So, MJ definitely has a special place in my heart for sure.” LATEST STORIES Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Aldridge’s season-high 39 lead Spurs past Thunder Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’center_img What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? MOST READ Rice industry paralysis Walker scored 14 points and had six assists as the Celtics beat the Hornets for their sixth straight win.Walker’s mother, who still lives in Charlotte, was in the stands.It was an emotional night for Walker.The Hornets showed a highlight video of Walker during pre-game introductions, which brought tears to his eyes.After that, the crowd gave Walker a loud, one-minute standing ovation.ADVERTISEMENT “It was amazing,” Walker said after the game . “Just a great feeling to know that they still have love for me even though I left. But you know, to be back and to get the reception I got was really cool.”It was clear Walker was missed.His longtime friend Cody Zeller honored him with a pair of sneakers that had the Charlotte skyline graphic reading “We Miss You Kemba.” Walker said he misses Zeller and some of the young players he was mentoring on the team like Devonte Graham, Dwayne Bacon and Miles Bridges.He joked that Graham has stolen some of his moves.“For sure! Definitely stole some of them. Definitely,” Graham said with a laugh. “When you’ve got a great guy like that, great point guard in this league you watch him, got to watch him the whole year so I definitely take some of his stuff from him.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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IPL 2019, KXIP vs CSK: KL Rahul attacks Harbhajan Singh to hit 19-ball fifty

first_imgKings XI Punjab opener KL Rahul continued his fine form, posting the third-fastest half-century in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 in their last match of the season against Chennai Super Kings in Mohali on Sunday.Rahul already holds the record for the fastest half-century in IPL cricket — a 14-ball fifty in IPL 2018 for Kings XI Punjab. Hardik Pandya holds the record for the fastest fifty in the ongoing season as he had smashed a 17-ball fifty against Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden Gardens while Rishabh Pant is second on the list with his 18-ball fifty against Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium.Chasing a par score of 171, Rahul smashed a half-century from just 19 balls and gave Kings XI Punjab a flying start at the Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium.Rahul was ruthless against Chennai Super Kings premier off-spinner Harbhajan Singh as he took the veteran to the cleaners. Rahul welcomed Harbhajan into the attack with two back-to-back sixes as early as the second over in the powerplay.He began the brutal assault with brilliantly-timed inside-out shot against Harbhajan that sailed over the boundary ropes. Rahul didn’t stop there as he launched into Harbhajan in the off-spinner’s second over which also came inside the powerplay.Harbhajan had leaked 18 runs in his first over but CSK captain MS Dhoni persisted with the off-spinner for another over in the powerplay. The move backfired as Rahul tamed Harbhajan, smashing 24 runs in the fourth over of their chase.Where did it come from? Where did it go? #SaddaPunjab #KXIPvCSK #VIVOIPL @klrahul11 pic.twitter.com/lR4UkLqzs3advertisement Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) May 5, 2019Rahul began the over with a hat-trick of boundaries before ending it with back-to-back sixes.Following the power-hitting against Harbhajan Singh, KL Rahul completed the third fastest fifty of the season inside the fourth over of Kings XI Punjab’s chase.Rahul became only the second batsman after Sunil Narine to hit two half-centuries in less than 20 balls in the IPL as the KXIP opener struck his latest fifty in just 19 balls.However, Harbhajan Singh got his revenge as the CSK off-spinner got the big wicket of KL Rahul for 71 (26 balls) in his second spell.Rahul has been in fine form for Kings XI Punjab despite the team’s inconsistent performances in IPL 2019. Rahul scored his maiden IPL century earlier this season and has six fifties as well.Rahul is certain to finish the league stages as the second-highest run-getter only behind David Warner, who amassed 692 runs in 12 matches.Also Read | Faf du Plessis hits career-best 96 as CSK batsmen peak at the right timeAlso See:last_img read more

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Move Over Sriracha! There’s a New Hot Sauce in Town

first_img What’s Amphora Wine? A Primer on One of the Oldest Ways to Make Wine Mustard is the Weirdest and Tastiest Cocktail Ingredient Editors’ Recommendations How to Make a Whiskey Sour Sriracha has been the hottest hot sauce on the market for some time and with a recent “shutdown,” lovers of spicy condiments have been left wanting. But fear not. Small-batch hot sauce purveyors across the country have answered the call of spice lovers everywhere. Here are four of the best from around the nation:Bat’s Brew Hot SauceLouisianaLousiana is the birthplace of American hot sauces so no best-of list would be complete without a sauce from the bayou. Everyone’s heard of Tabasco but the Panola Pepper Corporation, launched in 1983 in Lake Providence, Louisiana, also makes quite a few unique hot sauces, from basic varieties to mango and Cajun-spiced versions. The best of the bunch is Bat’s Brew. A blend of habanero and jalapeno peppers with the requisite vinegar and a hint of lemon, this super spicy sauce packs a big kick. It works great on catfish and poultry.Volcano SauceMichiganMidwesterners love their condiments, especially hot sauce. Volcano Sauce from the tiny town of Kingsley in Northern Michigan has a loyal following and with good reason. Owners Jeff and Jean Ackerman, who bought the business from restaurateur Tom Tiberii, recently converted an outbuilding at their farm into a new production facility to accommodate the growing demand for their homegrown sauce. The Ackermans prefer using Thai chiles instead of Stateside versions. Garlic, sugar, vinegar, salt and other spices are added to counter the spiciness. It’s a sauce that works on all types of meat and fish.Sancto Scorpio Hot SauceNew MexicoIn New Mexico, spiciness is a religion, according to state lore. You’d be hard pressed to argue with that statement when you spy the sheer number of homegrown hot sauces on supermarket shelves. Narrowing down a favorite is difficult but the Sancto Scorpio hot sauce by CaJohn’s is hard to beat. A ZestFest winner, the Sancto Scorpio sauce is not for the faint of heart. It contains the feared Trinidad Moruga Scorpion Pepper, considered the hottest on earth. The spiciness of the pepper is cut with the help of sugar and lemon. But it still packs a flavor wallop so beware.Da Sauce Original Cambodian Dipping SauceOregonOregonians have a passion for hot sauces and it seems every local restaurateur and food truck in Portland wants to get in on the act. If you love Sriracha but want a more unique sauce, try Da Sauce. Much like Sriracha, it has a garlic and peppery spiciness but, unlike the more popular sauce, it uses fish sauce as a base, with lime juice and ginger added. Sweet and fiery, it will leave you wanting more. Pour it on poultry, fish and appetizers to jazz up your dishes.center_img 1. Bat’s Brew, like most Louisiana hot sauces, has a strong vinegar base. 2. Volcano hot sauce is a homegrown fan favorite in Michigan. 3. Sancto Scorpio hot sauce is a New Mexican favorite for its intense heat. 4. Da Sauce is an Asian sauce made in Portland that works well on meat and poultry. 8 Best Rums for Piña Coladas A Brief History of the Tervis Tumbler and Why You Need One last_img read more

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Restructuring Will Enhance Work Of Coffee Board – Clarke

first_imgMinister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Roger Clarke, says restructuring of the Coffee Industry Board (CIB), now underway, is to improve its effectiveness in addressing the needs of the industry.“We have sought to separate the board in terms of administration from the business aspect of it. Things are changing and we will have to change with the times,” Mr. Clarke said.The Minister was speaking at the CIB long service awards function held on December 19 at the Pollyanna Caterers and Banqueters on Stanton Terrace.Mr. Clarke said that a team has been put in place “to work to see how the industry can be improved.” “It is not just about regulation but how we can do many things to lift the profile of the Jamaican coffee. There are many problems, not the least of these, your problem with roads and we have to deal with that because there are farmers, who probably cannot reach their farms because of the bad roads. As Government, we have to concentrate where we ought to concentrate and those are some of the things we will commit ourselves to,” the Agriculture Minister said.He added that research and development is also important in the development of the industry.Mr. Clarke noted also that the price for coffee has increased on the market, and if the country does not increase its production “we cannot be in the business.”“There are many places trying to copy us and trying to tell the world that they have as good a coffee as we have but they cannot outclass us. The CIB must be there to ensure that the integrity of Jamaica’s coffee remains a top priority,” Mr. Clarke said.“Too many fly by night people like to invade the territory and do all kinds of things,” he added.The CIB principal role is to promote, regulate, monitor and guide the development of the coffee industry and to assure the quality of Jamaican coffee.The board owns the Jamaica Blue Mountain® and Jamaican High Mountain Supreme® coffee trademarks and is responsible for the integrity of the brand.The management of the CIB recognised and awarded 38 employees both past and present who have over the years contributed to the success of the board.last_img read more

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Leucoderma patients pin hope on ayurvedic drug

first_imgNew Delhi: As the country is gearing up to observe International Vitiligo Day on June 25, the patients of leucoderma pinning hope on herbal drugs to manage the disease as Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) developed ayurvedic medicine is finding greater acceptance among patients suffering from the skin ailment of white patches – a social stigma in the country.The herbal drug Lukoskin has also brought accolades to DRDO’s scientist Hemant Pande, who was conferred with prestigious ‘science award’ on National Technology Day by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for developing the ayurvedic medicine. While talking about lukoskin, Pande, who heads herbal medicine division of the DRDO’s Defence Institute of Bio-energy Research (DIBER), Pithoragarh, said, “Presently, there are various remedies of vitiligo such as allopathic, surgical and adjunctive, but none of these therapies has satisfactorily cure of this disease.” “The other remedies are either costly or single molecule based with very low efficacy. As it develops side-effects like blister, edema, irritation in the skin, most of the patients discontinue the treatment,” said Pande. The herbal drug, which is manufactured by AIMIL Pharma, is developed using Himalayan herbs by exhaustive scientific studies and the medicine is available in the form of ointment and oral liquid. Incidences of leucoderma in India is around 4-5 per cent in some parts of Rajasthan and in Gujarat it’s more than 5-8 per cent.last_img read more

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Emergency crushed Indias soul PM Modi

first_imgNew Delhi: Accused by the Congress of not recognising its leaders’ contribution, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday launched a stinging counter-attack, saying the party cannot see beyond the Gandhi family and it began “flying so high” that it was disconnected from the country’s roots.Modi said the Congress members did not mention even former prime minister Manmohan Singh’s work in their speeches in Lok Sabha. In his hour-long replying to a two-day debate on the Motion of Thanks to the President’s Address in the House, which was later passed by a voice vote, Modi also called upon lawmakers to rise above partisan politics. Also Read – Rajnath Singh arrives for Rafale handover ceremony in FranceHe was, however, scathing in his criticism of the Congress, targeting the party for not recognising the contributions of leaders outside its ruling Gandhi-Nehru family, missing opportunities to empower Muslim women and “crushing India’s soul” by imposing Emergency, whose anniversary fell on Tuesday. His government’s fight against corruption will continue, he said but asserted that it will not work with a vendetta and it was for courts to send the accused to jail. Also Read – Cosmology trio win Nobel Physics PrizeTargeting the Congress for repeatedly saying that his government does not recognise the contributions of its leaders, he said his dispensation gave Bharat Ratna to a veteran Congress leader like former president Pranab Mukherjee but the opposition party could not think about bestowing the same honour to former prime ministers and its leaders like P V Narasimha Rao and Manmohan Singh. Talking about the Emergency declared by former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, Modi said: “on the night of June 25, India’s soul was crushed”. June 25 marks the day former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi declared a state of Emergency in the country for a 21-month period from 1975 to 1977. The PM said, “A few people were constantly asking during the debate- Who did it? Who did it? I want to ask them- today is 25th June. Who imposed the Emergency? Who trampled over the spirit of the Constitution, gagged the media and bullied the judiciary? We can’t forget those dark days.”last_img read more

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Federal government adds millions for essential harm reduction in opioid crisis

first_imgThe Canadian Press SURREY, B.C. — The federal government is putting more money into fighting the opioid crisis and addressing what Canada’s health minister says is the “alarming growth of methamphetamine use.”Health Minister Ginette Petipas Taylor announced to a group at a recreational centre in Surrey, B.C., that the government will invest $76.2 million to bring more life-saving measures to underserved communities to mitigate the impact on the illegal drug supply and to identify emergency drug threats.Petipas Taylor says people often frame the opioid crisis as being a big-city problem but many of Canada’s mid-sized cities are some of the hardest hit.The minister says some cities suffer from provincial governments turning their backs on harm reduction, resulting in uneven access to services across Canada.Petipas Taylor and her staff have recently been trained to use the overdose-reversing mediation naloxone and she says it’s a training session she would recommend to all Canadians.Part of the funding is provided for evaluation and increased access to pharmaceutical-grade medications as safer alternatives to the contaminated illegal drug supply.“Harm reduction means treating substance use not as a moral failure but rather as a medical one,” she said Wednesday. “While some might see harm reduction as controversial, I see it as truly essential.”The money will also be used to build knowledge of effective interventions and to break down barriers that prevent people who use drugs from seeking help.Petipas Taylor says $22.3 million from the recent federal budget will be used to get naloxone kits and overdose training sessions to underserved communities so more Canadians can save lives.“In my mind their is no reason, and I stress absolutely no reason, why naloxone can’t be easily available all across Canada and training sessions can’t be accessible to everyone.”last_img read more

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Police looking for convicted murderer who left minimum security unit

first_imgDORCHESTER, N.B. — Police in New Brunswick are looking for a convicted murderer from Dorchester Penitentiary who failed to return to a minimum-security unit after he was granted an unescorted temporary absence.The Correctional Service of Canada says 66-year-old Jack Woods is serving an indeterminate sentence for manslaughter and second-degree murder.The agency says Woods was staying at a community-based residential facility in Moncton when he left and didn’t come back Thursday.Woods stands 5-7, weighs 223 pounds and has a fair complexion, blue eyes, brown hair and is missing both of his little fingers.He also has a leopard tattoo on his right upper arm and skull tattoos on his left forearm and upper arm.A warrant has been issued for his arrest and the RCMP have been called in.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Alicia Keys Joins The Stars At Childrens Rights Benefit

first_imgChildren’s Rights, the non-profit organization that protects the rights of abused and neglected children in foster care throughout the U.S., hosted their 8th Annual Benefit on Monday.Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz at 8th Annual Children’s Rights BenefitEmmy Award-Winning casting director Sheila Jaffe, actor, philanthropist and community activist Rosie Perez and Frederic Dorwart, founder of Oklahoma-based Frederic Dowart, Lawyers, were each honored with the Children’s Rights’ Champion Award. Grammy Award-Winning producer Swizz Beatz hosted and deejayed the after-party.Alicia Keys at the Children’s Rights BenefitAlicia Keys, Lorraine Bracco and Vincent Pastore also attended the event.Lorraine Bracco and Darryl DMC McDaniels at the Children’s Rights BenefitThe evening served as a fundraising event highlighting the life-changing results CR has achieved over the past year, and helped the organization make a difference in the lives of thousands more children in foster care. Former foster youth, adoptive parents, child advocates and attorneys were on hand to talk about why they support CR. The evening also included a live auction, conducted by Hugh Hildesley, executive vice president of Sotheby’s.Rosie Perez at the Children’s Rights BenefitCR Board Member Darryl “DMC” McDaniels – hip hop icon from the groundbreaking group Run DMC – presented awards to Sheila Jaffe and Rosie Perez. Along with McDaniels, Jaffe founded the Felix Organization, which works to enrich the lives of children in foster care. Perez has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of kids through the Urban Arts Partnership, the We Are Family Foundation and other initiatives. CR Executive Director Marcia Robinson Lowry presented the award to Frederic Dowart, pro-bono counsel in CR’s campaign to transform Oklahoma’s dangerous child welfare system.Children’s Rights, a 501c3 non-profit, advocates for the reform of overburdened child welfare systems across the U.S. For almost 20 years, CR has used the law to hold governments accountable and defend thousands of kids when foster care systems fail. The organization has secured court orders mandating top-to-bottom child welfare reforms in more than a dozen states. As a result, kids are safer. They get the education and healthcare they need. They have better foster homes. And best of all, children find permanent, loving families more quickly, ensuring they have the brightest possible futures.For more information about Children’s Rights, click here.last_img read more

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FAA puts out a call for pilots to test changes in Boeing

DALLAS — Federal safety officials are recruiting pilots from airlines around the world to test changes that Boeing is making to the flight-control software on the grounded 737 Max jet, according to two people briefed on the situation.The Federal Aviation Administration is asking that some of the pilots have relatively little experience on the Boeing 737, according to the people, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the testing plan hasn’t been announced.Testing will happen in flight simulators — not on actual Max jets, which remain grounded — and is designed to determine how pilots handle the software. Exact timing and details about the testing are unclear, but it will be done before the FAA recertifies the plane, according to one of the people.Boeing declined to comment.Boeing is rewriting the Max’s flight-control software after faulty sensor readings caused automated systems to push down the noses of planes that crashed in Indonesia and Ethiopia, killing 346 people.The changes will make automated nose-down movements less powerful and easier for pilots to overcome. The flight-control software, called MCAS, will also rely on two sensors instead of one. Boeing is also working to fix a separate problem that FAA test pilots discovered in June and that could also push the plane into a dive.Nearly 400 Max jets that were being flown by airlines around the world have been grounded since March, shortly after the second crash. Boeing hopes to submit all changes to the FAA in September and get the plane approved to fly in November.Chicago-based Boeing Co.’s stock rose Thursday after an analyst for financial-services firm Cowen said an FAA certification flight for the Max — a key milestone — could happen within six weeks.The shares rose $14.42, or 4.2%, to $354.41. They are up 10% this year, but that trails the 17% gain in the Standard & Poor’s 500 index. The shares are down 16% since the second crash, in March.The Max has damaged Boeing’s reputation and finances. Dozens of families of passengers killed in the accidents have sued the company.In July, Boeing reported a record loss of nearly $3 billion for the second quarter due to a $4.9 billion after-tax charge to cover the cost of compensating airlines that have been forced to cancel thousands of flights because of the grounding.___David Koenig can be reached at http://twitter.com/airlinewriterDavid Koenig, The Associated Press read more

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SMMT supports £250000 plastics recycling research

Dr Oana Ghita, of the University of Exeter School of Engineering, Computer Sciences and Mathematics said, ‘Conventional plastics, such as those used in drinks bottles or packaging can easily be melted and re-used, but this is not the case for some of the plastics used in cars. The aim is to understand how exactly they need to be ground down to enable them to be made into new substances that compete with virgin material in engineering specification and price.’ For more information, please contact Steve Franklin, SMMT environment manager on 020 7344 1639. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) As part of its commitment to meeting ELV recycling and re-use obligations, SMMT is to play a key role in a new study into the re-use of plastics in car making. The DTI Technology Programme has awarded a £250,000 grant to fund a team of researchers and engineers at the University of Exeter which will lead a consortium of industry and academia. The study will investigate the best way to re-use plastics, which make up nine to 12 per cent of every vehicle. Many types of plastics are ideal for car manufacturing being strong, durable and light, but these specialist plastics are often difficult to recycle in the conventional way. Making car recycling greener – SMMT to support £250,000 University of Exeter plastics recycling research By 2006, EU legislation requires that 85 per cent of a vehicle is either recycled or re-used. By 2015 that will rise to 95 per cent. As recyclable metals only make up 76 per cent of the average passenger car, the challenge is to make the recycling of other components technically feasible and economically viable. Other partners in the Exeter University study include SIMS Metals, Menzolit, Mitras Automotive, The British Plastics Federation, Brunel University, SP Technologies Ltd and European Friction Industries. read more

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Football Race for backup quarterback heating up two weeks before the start

Ohio State quarterbacks redshirt senior J.T. Barrett, redshirt sophomore Joe Burrow, redshirt freshman Dwayne Haskins and freshman Tate Martell stretch prior to practice on July 27. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorTwo weeks away from the season opener against Indiana, it is clear who will be under center for the Ohio State football team on the first offensive snap of the season: redshirt senior J.T. Barrett.But one quarterback race remains contested, and it is for the player who would take the snap should Barrett be unable to play. For a team that won its only national championship in the past 10 years on the strength of a pair of backup quarterbacks, it’s obvious for those competing for the backup spot to see its significance.However, redshirt sophomore Joe Burrow — one of the two leading candidates for backup quarterback along with redshirt freshman Dwayne Haskins — said they understand the role that No. 2 spot played back in 2014, but aren’t letting the potential of being one injury away from the starting role drive them. “I don’t know if it really motivates us, but it makes us understand that we have to be ready when our number is called and whenever the time comes,” Burrow said. Haskins added neither expect the same situation as the 2014 season to occur, and said it is important to keep that championship-winning season in mind as any player along the depth chart could be called on at any time to take over behind center.“(The coaches) always preach about 2014 and just how everybody was ready to play whether it was Braxton or J.T. or Cardale,” Haskins said. “And I mean, all three of us (freshman Tate Martell, Burrow and Haskins) are competing really hard, and if one of us goes in, we are going to root for each other. But the ultimate goal is to be a starter one day so that’s what we’re all competing to be.”Co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Ryan Day said the coaching staff evaluates them as if they were going to be the starter this season.“You want to find the best guy to go on the field whenever that opportunity presents itself, so yeah, you’re using the same criteria,” Day said. The coaching staff has yet to determine who is going to head into the opener as the backup. Coach Urban Meyer has narrowed the position down to two names, but there is still no clear frontrunner between the pair, he said.“I’d say the true backup right now is between Joe (Burrow) and Dwayne (Haskins),” Meyer said. “We have a big scrimmage coming up this Saturday, and that’s going to be a huge part of (the decision process).”Meyer added though Martell has looked the part of a potentially electric quarterback, he is still learning more about Ohio State’s offense and is currently behind Burrow and Haskins.A season ago, Burrow ran away with the job seemingly uncontested as Haskins redshirted his true freshman campaign.Burrow made appearances in six games over the year, connecting on 22-of-28 pass attempts and finishing with 226 passing yards and two touchdown passes. He also had 12 carries, compiling 66 yards including a rushing touchdown.Burrow said last season gave him a chance to learn more about the offense. However, he added he does not expect his experience in the role to be a major factor in his competition with Haskins to play a major role in the race for the backup quarterback.“I didn’t play that much; threw 28 passes,” Burrow said. “Really just scrimmages and practices from camp will determine it, I think.”The two have seemingly been locked in a battle against one another since the end of the 2016 season. Haskins and Burrow were the two starters in the spring game where both made their case to be Barrett’s backup. Burrow finished 14-for-22 passing with 262 yards and three touchdowns, while Haskins accumulated 293 yards on 26-of-37 passes with three touchdowns.The spring game is certainly not the end-all-be-all for evaluating talent, yet those performances yielded an intriguing story line entering Barrett’s final season.“What we’re doing is competing with J.T. every day,” Haskins said. “So I mean you go to Ohio State and you think about (2006 Heisman Trophy winner) Troy Smith and everybody else that played quarterback here. It’s like what’s the standard, and that’s what you try to compete with everyday.”Because at the end of the day, no quarterback joins a school hoping to play second fiddle their entire career. Neither Burrow nor Haskins would like to be a backup for the rest of their playing days at Ohio State, and at least one of the two could get a chance as the starter as early as next season.While the winner of the backup battle in 2017 could emerge as the frontrunner for the starting gig in 2018, the two said their eyes are fixed solely on the season ahead of them.“I’m not even thinking about next year right now,” Haskins said. “This is important for this season to be ready when my number is called when coach Meyers says to be prepared.” read more

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Royal Marines cleared of mistreating subordinates at meetings when punishments were handed

first_imgThe hearing, at Portsmouth Military Court,was told the “kangaroo court” took place while the marines were guarding high security bases including Falsane and Coulport where the nation’s nuclear deterrent submarines and warheads are kept.They were said to have played a version of the game show Deal or No Deal to decide punishments, as one of them donned a fake beard and pretended to be Noel Edmonds.Cpl Foster denied three counts of ill-treatment of a subordinate and Cpl Beer denied two counts of the same charge.Both men were cleared of all charges by a board of senior officers at the court martial. “As a corporal, I tried to be as professional as possible,” he said.”I would sit at the back of family time to ensure the marines did not go too far.”I had done my time as a junior marine and been part of the forfeits, but now I wanted to just let the lads crack on.” Philip Beer arriving at Portsmouth Court Martial Philip Beer arriving at Portsmouth Court MartialCredit:Solent News & Photo Agencycenter_img Two Royal Marines accused of overseeing meetings at which “sinister” punishments were handed out did not mistreat colleagues, a court martial has ruled.Corporals Philip Beer, 34, and Danny Foster, 30, were said to have been complicit in the provision of forfeits such as being whipped and forced to shave off body hair.One of two alleged victims claimed he had even been made to perform a sex act while watching military-themed gay porn after he failed a map reading test.The punishments were said to have been handed out at a nightly gathering of 43 Commando troop known as “family time,” which was used to informally deal with professional failings.The alleged victims claimed the two corporals would oversee the meetings, dishing out punishments to people from the back of the room.However, the court heard the punishments were actually decided by the marines in the troop and Cpl Foster insisted he would “steer clear”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Steve the blue tit causes problems for police with his penchant for

first_imgAnother is a little more blurry as the wanted bird gets right in front of the camera and tries to stick his beak into the lens.”He must like his reflection in the lens,” one officer said.”He keeps getting in the way and is always blurred and out of focus because he’s so close.”The force announced that Steve was “back on his rounds again” on Monday, sharing an image of him peering into a camera.On Sunday, they appealed for information about the “movements and identity of the pictured subject”.Bluetits often peck at their own reflections in windows or glass believing that another bird if intruding near its nest site as they try to protect their breeding territory. Police appeal for information about feathered suspect Steve Police appeal for information about feathered suspect Steve An attention-seeking blue tit has been causing problems for police in Gloucester.The feathered suspect has taken a liking to CCTV cameras and has been blocking shots by sitting in front of various lenses.Officers have had their view of the streets obscured so often by the little fellow that they have appealed for information about him.The bird is described as “very small, quite roundly shaped, with blue and yellow plumage”.Gloucestershire Police Force Control Room has affectionately nicknamed him “Steve”.One piece of CCTV footage shows the blue tit hurtling towards the camera, high above a mobile cash machine. The birds are well adapted to gardens and towns.  In winter, they form flocks with other tits, roaming the countryside and visiting gardens in groupslast_img read more

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Ombudsman upholds complaint about article on parasitic Roma beggars

first_imgTHE PRESS OMBUDSMAN has upheld a complaint made by the European Network Against Racism in Ireland (ENAR) about an article in the Irish Independent which referred to Roma beggars as “a parasitic, ethnic underclass”.The article, written by columnist Ian O’Doherty, was published in September of last year and was entitled “Begging – but I thought it was freedom of expression?”.Shane O’Curry, director of ENAR claimed that the article advocated the expulsion of all unemployed Roma people from Ireland, because it said that Roma beggars formed “a parasitic, ethnic underclass who look on this country as a giant stupid cow to be milked whenever they see fit”.The article also claimed that many locals “found themselves surrounded by beggars – all of whom were Roma – and then had their belongings filched.”‘Criminal anti-social behaviour’In its defence, the newspaper argued that it commented honestly and legitimately upon a significant matter of public interest – the phenomenon of aggressive beggars – in Dublin, and that references to Roma beggars were based on the writer’s personal experience.“It said that the article’s comments were made on the basis of what it said were the identified criminal anti-social behaviour of some members of the Roma community, and not on the basis of their membership of that community,” the office of the Ombusman said in its decision.The Irish Independent also offered O’Curry the opportunity to write an article on the topic, in which he could air his grievances. However this was rejected as O’Curry said the offer did not include an apology or a retraction of the original article.GeneralisationsThe ombudsman found that the article contained “a number of emphatic generalisations about beggars of Roma origin that, in his opinion, were clearly capable of or intended to cause grave offence”.“Also, the article’s linking of complaints about the behaviour of members of the Roma community with a parenthetical comment about people who were described as ‘indigenous junkies’ did little to support the newspaper’s contention that the article was not primarily about those on whose behalf the complaint had been made,” the ombudsman said.Responding to the decision, O’Curry described it as “a victory for reason and informed debate”.“There is no place in the public sphere for racism,” he said. “Racism stifles informed discussion and silences minorities. Journalists in particular have a responsibility to the public to report in a fair and accurate manner.”Read: BAI upholds part of complaint about Newstalk ‘attack’ on Taoiseach>Read: Roma child incidents result of ‘pure, raw, naked, poisonous racism’>last_img read more

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Birmingham City fan jailed for Jack Grealish attack

first_imgBirmingham City Football Club welcomes the sentence handed down to Paul Mitchell by Birmingham magistrates today. What he did was unacceptable and has no place in football,” a club statement read.“The club can confirm that Mr Mitchell is banned from our home ground, the St. Andrew’s Trillion Trophy Stadium, for life. And nor will he have access to purchase tickets for away games involving Birmingham City Football Club, or have tickets purchased on his behalf.“The club has also banned another supporter for life for a series of vile and malicious tweets on social media, relating to Jack Grealish and his family.“The individual in question remains the subject of an ongoing investigation by West Midlands Police.“Birmingham City FC rejects all forms of anti-social behaviour. We will not tolerate the kind of incidents we have seen during and since Sunday’s derby fixture against Aston Villa Football Club.”- © AFP 2019  Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article A fan is held is held after attacking Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish (left). Mar 11th 2019, 4:21 PM 57 Comments A fan is held is held after attacking Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish (left). Image: David Davies https://the42.ie/4535370 Subscribe By AFPcenter_img Monday 11 Mar 2019, 5:16 PM A BIRMINGHAM FAN who punched Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish during a highly-charged derby in the English Championship was jailed for 14 weeks and banned from football stadiums for 10 years on Monday.Grealish was attacked by Paul Mitchell in a shocking incident during Sunday’s clash between the bitter local rivals at St Andrew’s.Mitchell sprinted onto the pitch in the 10th minute of the derby, punching Grealish from behind and sending him sprawling to the turf.The 27-year-old was eventually led away by stewards, while the visibly shaken Grealish was able to continue playing and eventually scored Villa’s second-half winner.On Monday, Mitchell pleaded guilty to assault and invading the pitch when he appeared at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court.As well as his prison sentence and stadium ban, Mitchell was ordered to pay £100 ($130) to Grealish as compensation for the pain, discomfort and shock caused by the assault.Passing sentence, magistrate Alison Fisher told Mitchell: “This type of behaviour is completely unacceptable — a view shared by your own football club.“Mr Grealish has stated that he was shocked and scared and feels lucky that it wasn’t worse. Players such as Mr Grealish are entitled to protection. We have therefore gone outside of our guidelines in the interests of justice.”Birmingham welcomed Mitchell’s sentencing and confirmed he has been banned from their stadium, and from buying tickets for away games, for life.Another Birmingham fan who tweeted abuse at Grealish has also been banned. Short URL Image: David Davies Share24 Tweet Email Birmingham City fan jailed for Jack Grealish attack Paul Mitchell has been handed a 14-week prison sentence as a result of his actions. 54,307 Views last_img read more

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Exhibition honours our women

first_imgThe long-standing contribution by The Hellenic Women’s Cultural Association – Estia, was celebrated by an exhibition entitled Hellenic Women of Australia – Over a Century of Contribution this week. Over 70 people attended the event at the Queens Hall, Parliament House of Victoria, on Tuesday night and enjoyed the exhibition until Thursday when it closed. The exhibition was officially launched by Craig Ondachi Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier, who represented Nicholas Kotsiras, Minister for Multiculturalism and Citizenship who was ill on the evening. Consul General of Greece in Melbourne, Eleini Lianidou was there and made a speech honouring the women in our community and the extensive work they have done for all Greek Australians. Angela Velos, President of The Hellenic Women’s Cultural Association – Estia, also made a speech about the long-standing contribution of the organisation and the women involved. Patricia Drivas, who developed the exhibition after being inspired by her mother’s journey through Bonegilla migrant camp, with a few photos in an old box – now eleven years on – continues to grow. “That’s one great thing about this exhibition – it just keeps growing,” Ms Drivas tells Neos Kosmos, saying that since Tuesday’s launch, she has received some images from members of the Greek Australian community to add to the collection.Another important aspect of such an exhibition is the dialogue it creates within the community and reminds you of a time that was, and also connects you to your family in more ways than one. People move past the images, recognise themselves, their family, past teachers, friends, and colleagues. “One lady recognised her mother and she didn’t even know that that photo of her mother existed,” says Ms Drivas who made her a copy of a photo of her mother as a child – a rare and beautiful image – circa 1921.“It’s opened a lot of dialogue between the Greek community such as the Greek school photos, or images of Bonegilla – people talk about their experiences through this exhibition,” she says.The feedback that Ms Drivas has received following the exhibition has been very positive, with many quite taken aback by the progress that’s been made since the initial exhibition in 2002, with the promise of many more exhibitions to come. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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