Congress Working Committee meet in Gujarat to firm up alliances

first_imgThe Congress Working Committee (CWC) is set to meet on February 26 in Ahmedabad and possible alliances across the States will be top on the agenda for the meeting. The meeting comes less than 100 days before the general elections, where the Congress is fighting an all-out battle. The Congress is working towards an alliance in Bihar, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, West Bengal and Jharkhand. “It is easier to declare alliances in Delhi and difficult to work it out at the ground level. For example, in West Bengal Raiganj is CPI (M) leader Mohd. Salim’s constituency and he will be contesting from there. It is also the constituency of our prime candidate Deepa Das Munshi,” a senior party leader said.  The alliance with Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and other parties in Maharashtra has been almost sealed barring a few details that need to be ironed out. The Congress president Rahul Gandhi had a meeting with NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Wednesday once again to clear the issues. In Bihar, where Congress is part of the ‘Mahagatbandhan’, the six constituents – RJD, Sharad Yadav’s Jan Loktantrik Party, Upendra Kushwaha’s Rashtriya Lok Samata Party, Jitan Ram Manjhi’s Hindustan Awam Party and the Left parties have not been able to reach an amicable seat arrangement. The Congress has been demanding that they should have equal share of seats with the RJD. The RJD however have overtly and covertly sending out messages that the Congress should be generous towards its regional parties. It will be the first CWC meeting after Priyanka Gandhi was formally inducted in the Congress’s highest decision-making body after she was appointed general secretary in-charge of Eastern Uttar Pradesh.According to sources, Gujarat has been chosen as the venue for the meeting to kickstart Congress’s campaign for Lok Sabha polls. This will be the second meeting of the CWC outside New Delhi. The last meeting was in Wardha, Maharashtra, at Sevagram Ashram to mark the 150 birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.last_img read more

Lodha type recommendations must for other sports: Azad

first_imgNagpur, Dec 4 (PTI) Hailing the recommendations by the Supreme Court appointed Justice RMLodha committee for the BCCI, suspended BJP MP Kirti Azad has suggested that such proposal should also come in for other sports bodies in the country.”BCCI is like a spoiled brat obsessed with a toy that is cricket and unwilling to let it go,” said Azad at a meet the press programme organised by Bankers Sports Club of Nagpur at a city hotel today. “Why are they opposing Lodha committee recommendations?” questioned Azad.The high powered Lodha committee was appointed by the Supreme Court for overhaul of Indian cricket.Referring to the IPL mess, Azad said, it was not proper to single out Lalit Modi for the entire set of problems. “All members of the then 2009 Indian Premier League (IPL) governing council are equally responsible for the mess created in the league and singling out Lalit Modi is improper,” said the former cricketer.”Why didnt anyone (members of the governing council) show any dissent then?” asked Azad.On shifting of IPL games to South Africa and the mess that followed, Azad said, office-bearers of then BCCI at that time should have been aware of the law of the land. They unite for corruption and align for position.”Cricket is popular because of players and not because of administrators and why are the officials then clinging to power,” Azad said.On the issue of age and one state one vote, Azad said, that none of the north-eastern states and Bihar are having any votes or cricket development and the BCCI officials are silent for so long.advertisementDDCA is habitual offender and used, misused and abused government departments for their benefits and were illegal squatters of its premises, Azad alleged.Penalty should be levied for sub-standard wickets prepared, said Azad while replying on the neutral venue experiment by BCCI.Later in the evening Azad was the chief guest at the function to mark golden jubilee of the club. PTI COR RMT KHS KHS SRElast_img read more

Misconceptions about Marijuana Must be Dispelled- Dr. Tufton

first_imgStory Highlights Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton says misconceptions about marijuana (ganja) must be dispelled to stem misuse of the drug, especially by children.“Dispelling those perceptions means all hands on deck. It means public education, it means (those) in the court system or are providing counselling, being aware. You have to give that lecture almost every time you have to deal with that problem, until it seeps through, until it gets into the minds and the mind set and the psyche of the society,” he said.He was speaking at a Children’s Drug Treatment Programme seminar at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston on Saturday (June 17).The Minister noted however, that he is mindful, given cultural practices and other factors, that it will be difficult to change persons’ views about the substance.“In Jamaica, we have culturally accepted as a norm, the consumption of certain types of substances, marijuana of course, being almost a part of us in terms of general acceptance, availability and so on,” he said.Dr. Tufton said the administration is concerned about the health of the public who use such substances which has the capacity to create negative side effects on the person and the society in general.He noted that by “relaxing” the regulations under the Dangerous Drugs Act, which allowed for the decriminalization of ganja for medicinal, religious, scientific and therapeutic purposes, persons interpreted that as a “free for all” where it is now acceptable to have it in their possession, as well as smoke it freely.Under the Act, the use of ganja is not legal. It is now a non-arrestable but ticketable offence to possess small quantities of ganja, amounting to two ounces or less. This attracts a fine payable outside of the court, but will not result in the person having a criminal record.The legislation also prohibits the smoking of ganja in public spaces, subject to specified exemptions.The Health Minister lamented that under existing local and international regulations, there is no clear distinction between those who smoke for pleasure and those who are seeking medical relief, and is a concern Jamaica has voiced to the World Health Organization (WHO).“WHO classifies marijuana as a narcotic and we have said to them, you need to reclassify with the evidence that is supporting it as a medicinal raw material and establish clear guidelines to guide the global health fraternity as to how we go about relaxing laws to benefit from what benefits there are, but at the same time, protect our society from the obvious challenges particularly among the most vulnerable – children,” he said.Dr. Tufton therefore welcomed the staff seminar for the Children’s Drug Treatment programme which will help to provide information and to support the enforcement of the law.State Minister for National Security, Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., also highlighted the importance of the seminar in “advancing us forward in building the capacity and exposing ourselves to the kind of information and training that will allow us to properly put together a strategy to solve the problems (relating to drug abuse)”.For her part, Chief Justice Zaila McCalla noted that the Drug Treatment Court for children which started as a pilot in September 2014, at the Kingston and St. Andrew Family Court is “one of the many success stories that have emerged from our court system”.She noted that previously, the drug treatment programme only catered to adults from its inception in 2001, but was extended to children after the Kingston and St. Andrew Court expressed the need for such a programme.This, as it was found that children who come before the court, whether for criminal activities, in need of care and protection or are uncontrollable, are sometimes addicted to drugs.“(There was) a recognition of awareness that some of our youths are at risk of becoming hardened criminals and drug addicts at younger and younger ages unless there is some urgent and fundamental intervention,” she said.Mrs. McCalla further informed that so far, eight children graduated from the first programme and there are now some 30 participants in that system.“St. James has also established a children’s drug treatment programme and that is ongoing,” she said.Additionally, five adult Drug Treatment Courts have been established across the island to date.The Drug Treatment Courts were designed to provide judicial supervision to drug dependent offenders who have consented to participate in the programme. They benefit from a course of treatment and regular monitoring by the court to ensure that they abstain from drugs.The courts also receive assistance with evaluation of the offenders under the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Community Empowerment and Transformation Project, Phase 2 (Comet II).The Children’s Drug Treatment Programme Seminar was intended to engage and equip individuals and agencies affiliated with the well-being of children, especially court practitioners from the family courts and children’s courts from across Jamaica. Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton says misconceptions about marijuana (ganja) must be dispelled to stem misuse of the drug, especially by children. Under the Act, the use of ganja is not legal. It is now a non-arrestable but ticketable offence to possess small quantities of ganja, amounting to two ounces or less. This attracts a fine payable outside of the court, but will not result in the person having a criminal record. He noted that by “relaxing” the regulations under the Dangerous Drugs Act, which allowed for the decriminalization of ganja for medicinal, religious, scientific and therapeutic purposes, persons interpreted that as a “free for all” where it is now acceptable to have it in their possession, as well as smoke it freely.last_img read more

TV umpires to call noballs for overstepping on trial basis

first_imgDubai: ICC is planning to empower TV umpires become the sole adjudicators of front-foot no-balls in cricket matches and for this it will be conducting trials in the coming days. Over the period of next six months, the world cricket body will identify number of limited-overs series in which it can implement a system where the TV umpire — instead of on-field umpires — will call no-balls for overstepping. In the 2016 ODI series between England and Pakistan, the system was put into trial but it will be rolled out on a much broader scale this time. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh “Broadly, yes (the same technology as 2016 will be used),” Geoff Allardice, the ICC’s general manager cricket operations told ESPNcricinfo. “The idea is the third umpire will be presented an image of the front-foot landing within a few seconds. He would communicate to the on-field umpire that a no ball has been delivered, so every delivery on the field would be played as a fair delivery until called otherwise.” During the previous trial in 2016, a Hawkeye operator was used who presented a still image to the third umpire independent of the normal broadcast. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later “The footage is shown on a slight delay, it goes to super slo-mo as the foot approaches the point of landing and then it freezes,” Allardice said. “The routine works well, with the third umpire judging the no-ball off a picture that is not always shown on the broadcast.” The move to conduct this trial has come after the ICC’s Cricket Committee wants this system to be used in as many limited overs matches as possible. “The Cricket Committee recommended that we do it in all ODIs and T20Is. In 2018 there were about 84,000 balls delivered around the world in those formats in men’s international cricket. So to monitor the no-ball on each of those deliveries at all of the different venues is a big exercise,” said Allardice. “We just need to understand all the challenges before implementing this across all matches. “Can this technology be implemented consistently across the 80 venues that hosted ODIs and T20Is last year? There are different levels of television coverage across these matches, so it will be easier to implement at some matches than at others. “We now have 104 members who play T20I cricket and many of their matches are not televised, so what do we there? Thinking through all of the implications of introducing this is the exercise for us over the next six months,” he added. There have been many incidents in the recent past where on-field umpires have failed to spot a front-foot no-ball. The most noticeable one came in this year’s IPL edition when umpire S. Ravi missed Lasith Malinga overstepping in a game between Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore.last_img read more

Ian Somerhalder And Nikki Reed To Receive Humanitarian Award At Napa Valley

first_imgThe Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) is pleased to announce its collaboration with Napa based non-profit, Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch (JARR), a new partner of the upcoming 7th annual event, taking place November 8-12.JARR is giving the Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch Humanitarian Award to Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reed at the Celebrity Tributes on Thursday, November 9, at the Lincoln Theater in Yountville.The Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch Humanitarian Award celebrates those individuals who have shown outstanding compassion, advocacy and dedication to animal protection issues. The recipients, actors Ian Somerhalder (Vampire Diaries, Lost) and Nikki Reed (The Twilight Saga, Twilight, Thirteen), exemplify JARR’s mission to show compassion to all animals in need and by using their unique platform to bring a spotlight to animal welfare issues help further the work to end animal cruelty in all it’s forms.“I am delighted to dedicate the 2017 JARR Humanitarian Award to Ian and Nikki for their outstanding animal advocacy work,” said Monica Stevens, Co-founder Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch, “They not only bring inspiration to their fans by promoting a cruelty free lifestyle but have shown incredible dedication and compassion in their work to educate people and youth to make a positive change for the planet and the animals.”“We are thrilled to work with the Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch team, and to open the eyes of our intelligent film loving audiences to the actors and filmmakers who use their celebrity and resources to inspire us and make a difference in the world,” commented Brenda Lhormer, NVFF Co-Founder/Director. “JARR is special organization that deserves support and recognition, and we are thrilled to work with them as a sponsor of our festival that recognizes extraordinary achievement by amazing individuals and teams.”Access Hollywood’s Natalie Morales will host the Celebrity Tributes, and will conduct intimate on-stage conversations with the honorees. Joining Nikki and Ian will be iconic film director Nancy Meyers (The Intern,The Holiday; It’s Complicated), who will receive the Charles Krug Legendary Director Award; Raymond Vineyards Trailblazer recipient Michael Shannon (The Current War, The Shape of Water, Nocturnal Animals, Elvis and Nixon); and Michael Stuhlbarg (Call Me By Your Name, The Shape of Water, The Current War). Caldwell Vineyards Maverick Tribute honoree Will Ferrell will be honored the next day on Friday, November 10 before a special retrospective screening of Stranger Than Fiction. The new Rising Star Showcase at Materra | Cunat Vineyards on Saturday, November 11 will honor a handful of young talent including Ana de Armas (War Dogs; Blade Runner 2049), Odeya Rush (Coup d’Etat, Goosebumps, The Giver); Alex Wolff (My Friend Dahmer; Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle) and Gregg Sulkin (Runaways, Faking It).Other notable celebrities expected to attend the festival include David Arquette, Zoey Deutch, Thomas Middleditch, Haley Joel Osmet, Jim Rash, Elijah Wood, Eric Stoltz, Lea Thompson, and many more.Visit for information on the full program line up, Passes, individual tickets to select films and special events.last_img read more

Canadian Vine stars pay tribute to fleeting life of video platform

first_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Reynolds, known on Vine as “Brittlestar,” spent plenty of time playing around with the video tool over the past few years, amassing over a million followers along the way. He now makes a living off of brand sponsorships while producing videos starring his cast with family members.“Vine changed my life and my family’s life tremendously,” Reynolds says. “We’ve been able to experience and do things that we would never have been able to without it.”Admittedly, he heard the death-knell of Vine coming months ago. Its popularity seemed to be on a downward spiral ever since Twitter acquired the technology company in 2013 and became dissatisfied with its growth.Some of Vine’s most loyal creators shifted their attention to other platforms, including Facebook and Instagram.But Reynolds still can’t help but feel a sense of loss for himself and many other Canadian entertainers who used Vine to share jokes, poke fun at celebrity, and perform covers of pop songs.Singer Shawn Mendes used Vine while living in Pickering, Ont., playing covers of songs by Justin Bieber and other pop artists. Over time he became one of Vine’s most popular users, which helped him launch a chart-topping music career. Twitter When comedian Stewart Reynolds heard that Twitter was pulling the plug on Vine, he thought it best to give the video platform, which hosts short looping clips, a suitable moment of silence.“It was only six-and-a-half seconds,” the Stratford, Ont.-based family man jokes.“It’s done now.” Advertisement Facebooklast_img read more

Madagascar UN food agency begins providing aid to cyclone victims

WFP has already handed out three-day rations of high-energy biscuits to 2,000 Malagasy living in tents in the capital, Antananarivo, after their homes were destroyed by the cyclonic winds, which reached speeds of about 190 kilometres per hour when it struck the country on 17 February.Later this week it expects to distribute corn-soya blend porridge to some of the tent camps, the agency said in a press statement, adding that general food distributions and food-for-work activities will also start in the coming days.WFP has also provided 500 kilograms of the biscuits along the east coast and on the small island of St. Marie, the regions worst affected by Cyclone Ivan, the latest in a series of storms this season to strike Madagascar.In anticipation of the annual cyclone season in the Indian Ocean country, WFP pre-positioned food in strategic locations, and it currently has about 3,000 tons of food – including rice, pulses, oil and biscuits – in its warehouse in the north-eastern port city of Toamasina.But with about 140,000 people estimated to need 2,000 tons of immediate food assistance, WFP said it expects to face a shortage of rice and vegetable oil by April. 27 February 2008The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has started distributing emergency food assistance to tens of thousands of people in Madagascar, where at least 73 people have died and almost 150,000 others have been left homeless after Cyclone Ivan battered the island nation last week. read more

Deloitte forecasts average 44 US per barrel this year

Deloitte believes it won’t be long before the price of oil starts to rise.However, spokesperson Andrew Botterill says there could be some big price swings over the next few months.“With all the activity in OPEC it would be naive to say there isn’t going to be some volatility in the coming months, but there certainly is more confidence in the sector now than there was a couple months ago as we’re starting to see evidence of us starting to chew through some of that oversupply. But it’s going to take more time,” he says.Deloitte expects oil prices will average $44 (US) per barrel this year and rise to just under $50 next year.While Canadian producers will be paid less than that, the low loonie is helping to soften the economic blow. Oversupply is expected for the next year.“That’s what’s really going to push down prices and continue them at these modest levels right now, but there is more confidence in the sector, there is more activity in people looking at buying and selling,” says Botterill.He also expects there will be more mergers and acquisitions announcements in the energy patch in the coming months. by Posted Apr 5, 2016 2:39 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Deloitte forecasts average $44 US per barrel this year (File Photo) read more

In recorded vote Security Council approves one year extension of UN mission

Calling upon all parties to cooperate fully with the MINURSO’s operations, the Council, by a vote of 10 in favour to two against (Venezuela and Uruguay), with three abstentions (Angola, New Zealand and Russia), extended the mission’s mandate until 30 April 2017.The colonial administration of Western Sahara by Spain ended in 1976. Fighting later broke out between Morocco and the Polisario Front. A ceasefire was signed in September 1991. MINURSO was deployed that year to monitor a ceasefire between the Government of Morocco and the Polisario Front and organizing, if the parties agree, a referendum on self-determination in Western Sahara.In the current text, the Council calls upon the parties to “continue negotiations under the auspices of the Secretary-General without preconditions and in good faith, taking into account the efforts made since 2006 and subsequent developments, with a view to achieving a just, lasting, and mutually acceptable political solution, which will provide for the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara,” in the context of arrangements consistent with the principles of the UN Charter.The Council’s action follows its consideration of the Secretary-General’s latest report, which notes that without a suitable and fully staffed international civilian component, the mission cannot fulfil a core component of its functions and will thus fail to meet the Council’s expectations. It warns that the inability of the mission to execute its mandated tasks would entail, in the short- to middle-term, “significant implications for the stability of the region as well as for the credibility of the Council and peacekeeping operations and political missions globally.”Regretting that MINURSO’s ability to fully carry out its mandate has been affected as the majority of its civilian component, including political personnel, cannot perform their duties, the Council, in its resolution, requested a briefing from the Secretary-General within 90 days on whether the mission has returned to full functionality and expressed “its intention, if MINURSO has not achieved full functionality, to consider how best to facilitate achievement of this goal.”Further by the resolution, Council members expressed their “firm support for the determined efforts of the Secretary-General and his Personal Envoy [for Western Sahara, Christopher Ross] for a solution is found to the question Western Sahara.”The Council also urged Member States to make voluntary contributions to fund confidence-building measures agreed by the parties, including those allowing separated members of the same family to visit, and food programmes to ensure that the humanitarian needs of refugees are adequately addressed. read more

Womens Basketball Kelsey Mitchell passes Brittney Griner to become third alltime scorer

Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell shoots a shot during the Buckeyes’ game against Washington on Nov. 19. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorOhio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell just keeps climbing the scoring record books.During the third quarter of Sunday’s win against Penn State, Mitchell hit a free throw to surpass former Baylor forward Brittney Griner to become the No. 3 all-time scorer in women’s college basketball. She finished the game with 22 points to give her 3,286 career points.Mitchell needs 108 points to pass former Southwest Missouri State guard Jackie Stiles, who sits in second with 3,393 career points. This season, Mitchell averages 24.4 points per game. If the Buckeyes make the Big Ten championship game, she will have three conference tournament games. Those contests combined, with their games in the NCAA tournament, should allow Mitchell to pass Stiles to become the second-leading scorer in NCAA history.However, Mitchell is unlikely to pass former Washington guard Kelsey Plum to become the all-time leading scorer in college basketball. She has a slim chance if the Buckeyes make an unexpected run to the Final Four, but would have to average more points per game than she has in any of her four collegiate seasons. Plum set the record last season when she ended her career with 3,527 points. Mitchell holds the NCAA records for most 3s made and most 3-pointers attempted. She also has the longest streak of games with at least one made 3-pointer in NCAA history, which is ongoing. The Mitchell-led Buckeyes will be back in action at noon Friday as the top seed in the Big Ten tournament. They will play the winner of the game between the No. 8 and No. 9 seeds. read more

Men perform better in bed when put under the spotlight study finds

first_imgLight therapy could improve male sexual performance, research suggests Credit:Alamy  Early each morning for two weeks the men spent half an hour in a room with a light box, a panel designed to emit bright white light.At the end of the trial tests showed that their testosterone levels had risen significantly. They also reported higher levels of self-rated sexual satisfaction.Similar effects were not seen in the other group of men whose light box was adapted to emit a low non-therapeutic level of light. For many, the art of seduction starts with dimming the lights. But a new study suggests that bright light may help men with flagging sex drives to shine in bed.Exposure to bright light – similar to daylight – boosts levels of the male hormone testosterone and can triple sexual satisfaction, the research found.Low sexual desire affects significant numbers of men after the age of 40.According to some studies, up to a quarter of men report problems depending on age and other factors.Because sexual interest varies with the seasons, scientists have suspected that it might be influenced by ambient light levels.To test the theory, researchers from the University of Siena in Italy recruited 38 men diagnosed with low libidos and treated half of them with daily doses of bright light. Lead researcher Professor Andrea Fagiolini said: “We found fairly significant differences between those who received the active light treatment, and the controls.”Before treatment, both groups averaged a sexual satisfaction score of around two out of 10, but after treatment the group exposed to the bright light was scoring sexual satisfaction scores of around 6.3 – a more than three-fold increase on the scale we used. In contrast, the control group only showed an average score of around 2.7 after treatment.”While average blood levels of testosterone in the “control” group remained at around 2.3 nanograms per millilitre (ng/ml) before and after the study, those of the men receiving active light treatment rose from 2.1 ng/ml to 3.6 ng/ml.”The increased levels of testosterone explain the greater reported sexual satisfaction,” said Prof Fagiolini. “In the northern hemisphere, the body’s testosterone production naturally declines from November through April, and then rises steadily through the spring and summer with a peak in October. You see the effect of this in reproductive rates, with the month of June showing the highest rate of conception. The use of the light box really mimics what nature does.”He added: “We believe that there may be several explanations to explain the underlying mechanism. For instance, light therapy inhibits the pineal gland in the centre of the brain and this may allow the production of more testosterone, and there are probably other hormonal effects.”The findings were presented at the annual meeting of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP) in Vienna.Prof Fagiolini said the research was at too early a stage to recommend light therapy as a clinical treatment for low libidos.  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. ‘Light therapy has been used successfully in the past to treat some forms of depression and this study suggests now that it may also work to treat low sexual desire in men’Professor Eduard Vieta, chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of Barcelona Hospital Cliniccenter_img “We’re not yet at the stage where we can recommend this as a clinical treatment. However, if this treatment can be shown to work in a larger study, then light therapy may offer a way forward,” he said. “It’s a small study, so for the moment we need to treat it with appropriate caution.”Treatment for low libidos includes testosterone injections, antidepressants, and other medications.  Scientists said light therapy may offer the benefits of medication, but with fewer side effects.Professor Eduard Vieta, chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of Barcelona Hospital Clinic, said: “Light therapy has been used successfully in the past to treat some forms of depression and this study suggests now that it may also work to treat low sexual desire in men. The mechanism of action appears to be related to the increase of testosterone levels.“Before this kind of treatment, which is likely to be better tolerated than pharmacological therapy, gets ready for its routine use, there are many steps to be implemented, including replication of the results in a larger, independent study, and verifying whether the results are long-lasting and not just short-term.”Previous studies have found lack of sleep can reduce the libido.  Sunshine and bright lights could fuel desire, research suggests Credit:Getty Couple in clinch sexlast_img read more

APNUAFC incumbent will target PPPs next presidential candidate Jagdeo

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSelection of presidential candidate: PPP’s Central Executive meeting to initiate processDecember 18, 2018In “latest news”“The clock is ticking,” Jagdeo says as PPP gearing up for ElectionsJanuary 21, 2019In “latest news”PPP’s democratic system of electing a candidate for presidency will not change- JagdeoJune 28, 2018In “latest news” Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat JagdeoGeneral Secretary of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Dr Bharrat Jagdeo says he is convinced that the coalition Government will do all in its power to destroy the reputation of more PPP members but more so those who would contest for the potion of becoming the next presidential candidate.While providing an update on the process of selecting a presidential candidate for the PPP, Jagdeo said that he believes strongly that the coalition will go after whoever is chosen to represent the party.He told a press conference on Thursday that they have started going after the impeccable reputation of some of the most former senior government officials under the PPP that have served with distinction.“I won’t put it pass them…  They can charge anyone, make up any charge”, Jagdeo responded as he said that the party’s Central Executive Committee (CC) will have to decide on the way forward if such a situation does arise as it will cross that bridge when the times comes.His comments come at time when the Government has been accused of utilizing several independent agencies including the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU), State Assets Recovery Agency (SARA) and other senior persons to achieve political objectives by charging and arresting former PPP MPs, Ministers and other professionals perceived to be associated with the PPP.While on the subject of a presidential candidate, the PPP General Secretary explained that anyone from the party would be allowed to compete for the candidacy.However,  he noted that a prospective contender would first have to be nominated.He said that the presidential candidate for the PPP is usually elected through a secret ballot process that involves the 35-member Central Committee.Jagdeo refused to endorse any candidate or state who he supports or favours for the post as he said that it would be unethical for him to do so publicly and prematurely as there is a process to be followed internally.He also expressed the view that he would not be inclined to make any such pronouncements publicly as these are sensitive matters which must be determined and debated by the PPP and its leaders thoroughly internally.He did disclose however, that the party remains committed to the highest levels of transparency, accountability and democracy as it undertakes the process of selecting its next presidential nominee. read more

Here they are the best wave photos of the week

first_imgEACH AND EVERY one would be worthy of‘s ‘Pic of the Day’ slot. (We even cheated and had two on Monday).So, we decided to round up a compilation of the most awesome sights captured on film on the coastlines of Ireland, England, Wales and France over the past seven days and nights.With winds gusting at up to 120 km per hour, the waves being generated were mammoth. Behold the spectacular, and the scary:last_img

Hold on to your hat Gale force storm winds on all coasts

first_img(Map showing swell off the Atlantic coast) More details here. [Image: Magic Seaweed]VERY STRONG GALE force winds will impact on all coasts of Ireland, with Met Eireann warning of some severe gusts.Met Eireann has issued a warning of strong west to southwest gale force 8 to storm force 10 winds for today. Winds from 40-60 kilometres per hour will be felt on the west coast, with 30-40 kilometre winds on the east coast.They said there would be squally heavy showers of rain and hail today, with a risk of some thundery downpours. Highest temperatures of 6 to 9 degrees.Today ESB reports cluster disruptions in areas such as Westport, Thurles and Listowell.Further heavy showers are expected tonight but Met Eireann says the winds will ease down gradually, with lowest temperatures 2 to 5 degrees.Related: Orange alert: Coastal flood warning as 130km winds set to sweep country>last_img read more

Bakoyannis set to be investigated

first_imgThe Supreme Court prosecutor’s office asked parliament to lift the parliamentary immunity of Democratic Alliance president MP Dora Bakoyannis, in order to be investigated after it was established that she had submitted an inaccurate “source of income” statement. Bakoyannis has not included in her declaration the sum of 1 million euros, transferred to London by her husband Isidoros Kouvelos in 2011. In response, Bakoyannis spoke about a smear campaign targeting her and underlined that the parliament has formally informed her that it has received no such request from the Supreme Court. She pointed out that “the people understand what the purpose of this move was, a day after the dissolution of parliament” in view of the May 6 elections. She stressed that she will not make use of the parliamentary immunity, adding that her “fight against the illegal funding of political parties appears to be very annoying to many”. The transfer of the sum in question was revealed earlier in the year in the annual hearing of the head of the money-laundering watchdog Supreme Court prosecutor Panagiotis Nikoloudis before the parliamentary Special Permanent Committee on Institutions and Transparency. Source: AMNA Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

EXCLUSIVE Fassis thoughts about Mexico and Argentina

first_imgInterview by Alejandro Ramirez, cameraman for Ronaldo.comPachuca’s vice-chairman Andres Fassi, spoke exclusively to about the similar process that Mexico and Argentina’s national teams have.With the first of two Mexico vs Argentina matches already in the can, had a presence in the Mario Alberto Kempes Stadium and had the chance to speak exclusively with Andres Fassi, Mexican Club Pachuca’s vice-chairman.During the short exchange we had with him, the board member revealed that he traveled to his country of origin to watch both national teams and agreed to talk to us about three specific topics related to both national teams.Naturally, being from Argentina, Fassi has a soft spot for his home country but he also feels a deep connection to Mexico as he’s lived in the country for a great part of his life.The most pressing questions we could ask him about were related to the future of both national teams, as well as the new manager for Mexico who is also from Argentina: Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino.Fassi was gracious enough to grant us a couple of minutes of his time outside of the stadium, where he painted us a hopeful picture of what lies in the future for Mexico in the next four years and what he thinks of Argentina’s recently ended process.Echenle un ojo al color del primer partido 🆚 🇦🇷El apoyo de nuestros Incondicionales no podía faltar. 🇲🇽🙋🏻‍♀🙋🏻‍♂#PasiónyOrgullo— Selección Nacional (@miseleccionmx) November 17, 2018The first matter of discussion was El Tri, where Fassi knows practically everybody and where he sends a few of his Pachuca players regularly.To those who may not know, Pachuca currently has the most prolific youth academy in the country and they have brought up players like Hirving Lozano, Erick Gutierrez, Hector Herrera, and many more who still play in Liga MX.“Very well, I think Mexico is right on the brink of having one of the best generations in Mexican football’s history,” said Fassi to“I believe that it’s been long or maybe never, that a process like this where you have between 15 and 18 players between 18 and 23 years old of such a high level.”“We are really very close to having an incredible generation of players, even six or seven of them who are very young and are already playing in Europe which allows you to trust in a process while thinking on the Qatar 2022 World Cup at the same time.”“But Mexico also has six or seven players who are very experienced, people like Ochoa, Guardado, Herrera, these are players with a lot of experience that can be combined with the young talents and put together a competitive side.”“I personally see a very optimistic process for Mexico in the future, that will start in January 2019,” he added.La nota de la #MLS sobre lo que reporta @FerCevallosF de la llegada del Tata a @miseleccionmx 🇲🇽— Patrick Meehan Nader (@Pixterrey) November 17, 2018Raheem Sterling, EnglandTop 5 best players from the international break weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 After a fresh international break just came to an end, we need to talk about the Top 5 best players during this whole weekend.We…When asked about the announcement of Gerardo Martino as the new manager for the Mexican National Team, Fassi didn’t sound too convinced but he still gave his impression on the now former DC United boss.“Frankly I didn’t know he was already confirmed but if you say so, I think Martino is a great manager because he is a great professional,” he continued.“When people ask me about his contractual situation, I always say I have no idea how it is but a manager with his personality would be very positive for Mexico.”“I know Martino very well as a person, as a professional and what he has generated both in football and with the trust that he bestows upon all the young talents.”“The process he has fills all the blanks that are needed for a manager to do well with Mexico.”#SelecciónMayor @nico_taglia fue el encargado de levantar la Copa Adidas 2018 luego del triunfo por 2-0 ante México.— Selección Argentina 🇦🇷 (@Argentina) November 17, 2018And lastly, we asked Fassi about the current situation with the Argentina National Team and he compared it with the same process that Mexico is going through.Where many players from an older generation just finished their tenure and a new wave with fresh blood is starting to step forward.“I believe Argentina is in a similar process compared to Mexico, where you have seven or eight players who are ending a very successful process that the major National Team has gone through over the last years,” said Fassi.“They reached the World Cup final in Brazil, they also reached the last two Copa America finals where they haven’t won the trophy but they have always remained on the limelight in every competition.”“I believe that today, it’s time that a younger structure and players who haven’t had more chances can also get their shot. I see two very similar processes between Argentina and Mexico and I feel very optimistic about both,” he concluded.Club Talleres de Cordoba president, Andres Fassi, believes former Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino would be a great manager for Mexico.Do you think this is a good next step for the ex-Blaugrana boss?— (@ronaldocomint) November 19, 2018Do you agree with Andres Fassi, do Mexico and Argentina have a similar process with their National Teams? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Dense Smoke Advisory Issued For Sterling Seward Highway

first_imgSmoke from the Swan Lake fire will reduce visibilities to one quarter mile or less at times, according to the advisory. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享8/21/19 – 6:00am Sean Baines with the National Weather Service: “Smoke will likely be dense along the highway along Cooper Landing to Sterling along the highway. Not only should be people driving be careful, but those with respiratory problems may have difficulty breathing when outside and are advised to use caution.” In addition, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Division of Air Quality has issued an Air Quality Advisory that includes the Kenai Peninsula due to wildfire smoke from the Swan Lake fire. The National Weather Service in Anchorage has issued a Dense Smoke Advisory, which is in effect until 10pm Wednesday. The advisory stretches from the Sterling and Seward Highway junction southward to Seward.center_img Generally, worse conditions occur overnight and during the early morning hours, as the atmosphere cools and brings smoke to the surface. During the day, surface heating will generally cause the smoke to lift, temporarily improving air quality, according to the release. A dense smoke advisory means fires will create widespread smoke, limiting visibilities. If driving, slow down, use your headlights, and leave plenty of distance ahead of you in case a sudden stop is needed. Air quality monitors have been set up near the fire area. Data from monitors in Cooper Landing can be viewed at The monitor in Sterling can be found at read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Tuesday August 9

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From 5-7 P.M.
A discussion on Baltimore City Council’s passage of a $15 hour minimum wage with Councilman Carl Stokes and others. Plus, funding for the successful crime prevention program, “Operation Safe Streets,” may be in jeopardy. Our panel will discuss the plight of Safe Streets and violence in Baltimore.
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Anytime is good for political satire Shekhar Suman

first_imgAnytime is good for political satire, according to actor-director Shekhar Suman, who had become a household name in the 1990s with his television shows like Movers and Shakers and Poll Khol that took a dig on politics among other social issues.Shekhar, considered the pioneer of political satire on Indian television and performed in a play Ek Mulaqaat staged here recently in the national Capital, says one can find a lot of issues, today as in the days gone by, that can add fodder to the craft. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“It’s always a great time for political satire. But, then in late 90s, there was a time when I had two great characters (former Prime Minister Atal Bihari) Vajpayee sahab and Lalu Prasad Yadav. Both diametrically opposite at different spectrums but were interesting characters. So I consider it was the most appropriate time, the ideal time for doing political satire. Even today there is so much to talk about. But as I said it becomes a full time job. When I start doing it I have to get completely into it — writing and doing it,” says Suman. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“I remember during Movers and Shakers people would meet me at the airport and be surprised that nobody shot me yet for the kind of stuff that I talked about?’ I got away with blue murder! But I guess people were more tolerant then and probably they had a better sense of humour,” says Suman, who had interviewed and derided many celebrities including politicians with his wit in his late-night talk show. Having donned many hats including that of an actor, film director, theatre artiste, singer, politician and TV, the senior actor, however, is not keen on reviving his popular image of a political satirist because he does not want to repeat himself. “Bas bas wahi to problem hai. Yehi to baat hai. Yahin pareshani aa jaati hai dikkat hoti hai. (This is it! This is where the problem arises.) I have been running away. I had a 20 year contract for Movers and Shakers which I left because I thought it was killing the actor in me. Still when people meet me they ask why not? Do the show again and I say because I have done that I would probably do it some other time but not now.“Political satire is a nice craft, it is something that I like. But that is something that I have visited, I did and moved on. I could have done it all my life and made huge amount of money and become iconic just doing that, but I guess I am a wanderer. I cannot be straight jacketed and need to move out quickly. That is why I took up Direction and that has given me immense satisfaction. It’s terribly creative,” says Suman. .The actor had last year helmed Hindi film Heartless featuring his son Adhyayan and is soon to announce two other film projects – Bombay Dyeing based on a love story in the backdrop of the 1993 Bombay riots while the other is also a love story with underworld in the background. Transitioning through different creative mediums over more than past thirty-years, the actor who shot to fame with the Girish Karnad-directed 1984-released Utsav, acknowledged having made some wrong choices in his career but insisted that happiness and not number game should be the pursuit for an actor.“Yeah, so many times. I think we all are prone to making wrong choices. Sometimes we know sometimes we don’t. It’s all part of the going. There is no such thing as wrong or right. I think it’s just experience,” says Suman.“The journey has been fantastic. If you set out to become number 1 or 2 or in the hierarchy, you are in trouble. I am happy being wherever I am. What do people leave behind? They forget your legacy within 24 hours. All the best of heroes from Napoleon to Alexander, have come and gone nobody cares a damn. So I guess as long as you are living you should enjoy what you are doing. One should not get delusional to become the best. I do a lot of things that keep me happy and when I am catering to the audiences I feel terribly happy when they appreciate it. They just come and give a pat and a smile,” he says.Having ventured into the political territory as well, Suman, who contested against veteran actor and MP Shatrughan Sinha in last Lok Sabha elections in Bihar’s Patna Sahib, has for the time being shut doors on politics but hasn’t completely ruled out making a foray again. “I don’t plan my life…Politics is as good as anything and I keep my doors open. Tomorrow if politics helps me to be a better person or do something good for society or country, though they all sound so cliched, but definitely you need a platform to work and when politics elevates you that level when you can serve people, then why not, yes.last_img read more