Congress yet to decide on poll pact in Punjab

first_imgPunjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday said a decision on any electoral alliance in Punjab for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections would be taken by the Congress high command at the appropriate time.He was replying to a media query about the possibility of a poll alliance on the lines of the one forged by Samajwadi Party with Bahujan Samaj Party and Congress in Uttar Pradesh.Talking to journalists on the sidelines of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation convention in Patiala, Capt. Amarinder Singh said any decision in this regard would be taken by the party’s central leadership.In response to another question, he hinted at a new Sports Minister being appointed in the State’s Cabinet expansion, which is expected to take place soon. “The new Sports Policy would be finalised thereafter,” he said.On the issue of alleged illegal mining in Patiala, he promised a thorough probe and action. “I won’t allow illegal mining to continue,” he said, pointing out that he had already issued stringent directives to the police and the concerned administrative departments to crack down against such activities taking place in any part of the State.On the report submitted by the Special Task Force (STF) in the drugs case, Capt. Singh said the matter was sub judice and he could, therefore, not comment on the same.last_img read more

Odisha villagers face a jumbo problem

first_imgVillagers along borders of Balasore and Mayurbhanj districts of Odisha have lost sleep for fear of 35 wild elephants that have been criss-crossing their localities. Though a dedicated trackers’ team is following the herd that strayed from the Dalma forest in neighbouring Jharkhand, villagers are apprehensive that the jumbos could veer towards their habitation.No casualityElephants in herds usually enter Odisha from Jharkhand and West Bengal during paddy harvesting season. Although no human injury has been reported from Balasore district, elephants have devoured paddy stored in backyards, trampled vegetable crops and fruits. Some thatched houses have also been damaged. As elephants move during evening hours, the district administration resorted to power cuts in order to prevent jumbos from coming in contact with live wire. It has added to the woes of people residing in the area. In some bordering villages, people are on vigil to ward off elephants.“We have been keeping tab on the herd. We have received information that the jumbos have entered the Kuldiha Sanctuary on Sunday. Now chances of elephants straying into human habitations have come down,” said Nilagiri forest ranger Sukumar Das.Elephants that migrate from Jharkhand annually use the forest patches of Nilagiri in Balasore district to enter the Similipal National Park. Sometime, they traverse through thickly populated areas keeping people on their toes.last_img read more

Woman named to head sports federation in Saudi first

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games UST claims 5th UAAP beach volleyball title Under the country’s guardianship system, a male family member — normally the father, husband or brother — must grant permission for a woman’s study, travel and other activities. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH A princess has been named to head a Saudi multi-sports federation, in a first for women in the conservative Muslim kingdom where men dominate all sports, an official said Saturday.The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told AFP that Princess Reema bint Bandar bin Sultan has become “the first woman to lead a federation” covering sporting activities for men and women.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City In August 2016, the princess scored another first for women in Saudi Arabia when she was named by the cabinet to a senior post in the kingdom’s equivalent of a sports ministry.A daughter of a former Saudi ambassador to Washington, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, Princess Reema is a graduate in museology from an American university.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSaudi Arabia does not allow women to practice sports in the public sphere and even the introduction of private sports centers for women has aroused criticism among religious conservatives in the Gulf state.Although the kingdom announced it will lift a ban on women drivers from next June as part of a reform push, it still retains tight restrictions on women and imposes a strict segregation of the sexes. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Read Next BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

18 days agoJack Grealish: Aston Villa so far away from struggling

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Jack Grealish: Aston Villa so far away from strugglingby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJack Grealish says Aston Villa are “so far away from struggling” in their return to the Premier League.The Villians recorded a 5-1 win over Norwich City at Carrow Road on Saturday, pushing them up to 15th on the Premier League table.Critics still believe Villa will be amongst the teams battling relegation, but Grealish begs to differ.”The manager told me before the game he wanted me to get a tap in, more than anything,” Grealish told the Birmingham Mail. “I told him after it wasn’t a tap in! It was actually a hard finish at the time.”I’m so happy to get the goal but the only thing I wanted was the win. It has been coming for a long time.”I sat down with Christian (Purslow) on Friday night and we had a chat. I was saying how sometimes you see things on social media and people talk about us, saying we are struggling. I think we are so far away from struggling. We have been unreal if anything”If you look at our games the only one we have struggled with is Spurs, where we should have lost. The rest of the games we have only lost by one goal. To get the win just tops it off.” last_img read more

RCMP investigating attempted abduction of construction flagger

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The RCMP are looking for the public’s help after two people allegedly tried to abduct a flagger working on Highway 29.On August 4, 2019, at 9:30 a.m., the RCMP were called about the attempted abduction.  The RCMP say a dark blue van with silver striping approached a road flagger on Highway 29 near the Szoo Road at around 9 a.m.  The van came to a stop near the lone female flagger, and a caucasian male opened the van’s rear doors.  The male exited the van and attempted to pull the woman inside.The flagger struggled with the unknown male, who eventually got back in the van and drove off toward Hudson’s Hope. The male appeared to be caucasian, and the victim did not recognize this person. The Fort St. John RCMP are asking anyone who may have been in this area at the time of this incident and may recognize this van, the suspect or have dashcam video footage to contact the Fort St. John RCMP at 250-787-8140. Currently, Fort St John RCMP Frontline members are partnering with RCMP members from Hudson Hope, Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, Fort Nelson and Grande Prairie in an attempt to identify the suspect or the vehicle in this incident.RCMP members are currently canvassing neighbouring properties to speak with witnesses, or to obtain any video surveillance they may have.Traffic Services members in North District have been made aware and are currently looking for any vehicles that match the description.The van is described as;dark blue with silver stripingchrome on the front grillebarn style rear doorsThe suspect is described as;caucasian maleapproximately 5’9no accent when he spoke“We’re asking for anyone who was in the Charlie Lake area to try to remember if they saw a vehicle matching this description to call the RCMP,” says Sgt Joelle LaChance, A/Operations NCO of the Fort St John RCMP. “Your dashcam footage may be able to help us identify the suspect in this crime”.last_img read more

Softball Ohio State opens season 31 over the weekend

OSU then-junior Alex Bayne (2) is welcomed by her teammates at home plate after hitting a home run during a game against Penn State on April 6 at Buckeye Field. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe Ohio State softball team opened its season with three wins and a loss at the Aggie Classic in College Station, Texas, over the weekend.The Buckeyes came out hot in their season opener, scoring 10 runs on seven hits while senior pitcher Shelby Hursh struck out six batters and allowed just two hits in five shutout innings. Senior infielder Anna Kirk went two-for-two with a home run, while sophomore shortstop Lilli Piper, a transfer from the University of Akron, made her OSU debut by driving in three runs with a triple and a home run.In the second game of the weekend, the Buckeyes fell 9-1 to No. 19 Texas A&M on Saturday, despite scoring the game’s first run thanks to a first-inning home run by senior right fielder Alex Bayne. The Aggies responded immediately, scoring three runs in the first two innings before putting the game out of reach with a five-run third inning.The Buckeyes responded to the loss with a 4-3 walk-off win over Lamar later in the day. Lamar held a 2-0 lead heading into the sixth inning, but OSU rallied, scoring three runs in the sixth thanks to a two-run home run from Bayne and an RBI from junior infielder Ashley Goodwin. Lamar tied the game with a run at the top of the seventh inning, but the Buckeyes got the 4-3 win in extra innings thanks to a walk-off single from Piper that scored Bayne in the bottom of the eighth.In the final game of the weekend, OSU used a late-game rally to topple Central Michigan 5-1 on Sunday. The Buckeyes managed just one run in the first seven innings of the game, but OSU exploded in extra innings, scoring four runs on RBIs from junior outfielder Bailee Sturgeon, sophomore infielder Emily Clark, Kirk and Piper. Hursh closed the game with a scoreless eighth inning.The Buckeyes head to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, next weekend for the ACC-Big Ten Challenge where they have two game against North Carolina and Louisville in a three day span. read more

Minnesota Vikings Chris Kluwe Why cant a gay player be who they

With the Supreme Court currently debating the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8, both of which define marriage as only between a man and a woman, the national debate regarding same-sex marriage is as intense as it has ever been. Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe may be one of same-sex marriage’s most well-known supporters, at least among football fans. He visited Ohio State Monday to discuss his point of view in an event sponsored by the Moritz College of Law. Kluwe has been playing an active role in the fight against Proposition 8, as the co-author of an amicus brief titled “Athletes’ Brief,” along with NFL linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, who most recently played for the Baltimore Ravens. The brief has been signed by a number of professional athletes and sports-related figures who also support same-sex marriage, including NFL Players’ Association executive director DeMaurice Smith and former Columbus Crew soccer player Robbie Rogers, who simultaneously came out as gay and retired from soccer in February. “I figured that athletes signing on for an amicus brief would have an effect on the Supreme Court … because that’s not generally an issue of the population that weighs in on political matters,” Kluwe said of the brief. “We did that, got a bunch of other athletes to sign on and hopefully make the court think about the fact that what they do has an impact. “What they do is where people are going to draw their inspiration from,” Kluwe added. “This is a case where they can literally make history.” Kluwe said that inside NFL front offices, the biggest concern about a player coming out is the potential distraction that it could cause for the team. “There is kind of this unwritten idea that gay players cannot come out because it would create a media firestorm around that, which in turn might distract the team from focusing on football,” Kluwe said. “My response to that would be there is tons of distractions that go on on any given year … It’s not like there’s a shortage of distractions already. Why can’t a gay player be who they are?” Not everyone in the NFL agrees with Kluwe’s point of view about the distraction blowing over. Seattle Seahawks defensive end Chris Clemons tweeted from his Twitter handle @chrisclemons91 on March 26 that he thinks gay NFL players should keep their sexuality private, saying a player coming out would “make themselves bigger than the team.” Kluwe said he thinks the issue will “blow over in a month or two” once a first active NFL player comes out as homosexual. “The first guy or guys that come out, yeah, there’s going to be some attention, but after that, no one will care,” Kluwe said. “Then it becomes, how well can you play football, which is the way it should be.” Kluwe said he thinks it would be “easier” for a well-known player to come out than a lesser-known player, because of their established success. “Another player, it could be harder because they may be on the verge of getting cut anyways,” Kluwe said. “Then people are going to ask, ‘well, did he get cut because of his performance? did he get cut because he was gay?’ That being said, I think any player that comes out as openly gay will have done the right thing for themselves because no one should have to hide who they are.” Kluwe said he does not know whether any of his current or former teammates are gay, but said statistics indicate that there are numerous homosexual players in the NFL. “I know that I’ve played with gay players before, I do not know who they are,” Kluwe said. “Honestly, it’s about can you play on the field on Sunday, that’s all I’m concerned about when I’m on the football field.” Kluwe said in a post-event interview that it was “awesome to be able to talk about tolerance and respect and equality” at OSU, and he thinks sports can spread that message to a new audience. “Traditionally, a lot of sports fans don’t necessarily worry about other political issues, about social issues, they look at sports as pure entertainment,” Kluwe told The Lantern. “That’s why when sports does take a stand on an issue, it’s so powerful because you reach an audience that might not otherwise be reached.” Grant Stancliff, communications manager for LGBT-advocacy group Equality Ohio, also spoke at the event prior to Kluwe. Stancliff said he thought the event was “fantastic.” “Hearing him … taking the long view about how we want to be a society that is empathetic, and that can grow together and that can function together, I really enjoyed it,” Stancliff said. Naman Mody, a first-year graduate student in computer science, attended the event and said he enjoyed hearing a different perspective on the issue of same-sex marriage rights. “When somebody of his fame and stature comes out and talks about this issue, it makes people think and reflect upon these ideas,” Mody said. Kluwe said he views the issue of same-sex marriage bans as an issue of people being “denied the freedom to live their own lives.” A political science and history major while playing football at UCLA, he compared the same-sex marriage debate to previous issues in U.S. history. “We’ve fought this fight before: it’s been segregation, suffrage and slavery,” Kluwe said. “There really has been the same fight over controlling other people’s lives, and if you can present it to people in that way and make them think about the fact that this is not freedom, this is about controlling someone, then they start to figure it out.” Same-sex marriage is currently legal in only nine U.S. states, plus the District of Columbia. The Ohio Revised Code defines that marriage “may only be entered into by one man and one woman.” read more

2017 Big Ten football preview Purdue Boilermakers

Purdue senior linebacker T.J. McCollum (6) attempts a to sack Ohio University running back A.J. Ouellette (45). Credit: Courtesy of Purdue AthleticsLocation: West Lafayette, Indiana2016 Record: 3-9 (1-8 Big Ten)Head Coach: Jeff Brohm2017 record so far: 1-1All time record vs. OSU: 14-39What has happened thus far in 2017:Purdue was defeated 35-28 in its season opener by No. 16 Louisville and 2016 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Lamar Jackson. The Boilermakers were led by their defense, which forced three turnovers in this game, but were ultimately overmatched by the Cardinals’ high-powered offense. They went on to face the Ohio Bobcats Friday, winning 44-21. Running back Tario Fuller led the team to victory with 142 rushing yards on 16 carries and a touchdown. This marked the first win of the Jeff Brohm era in West Lafayette, Indiana.Impact PlayerRedshirt senior linebacker T.J. McCollum could have a major impact on the Boilermaker defense this season. He had 120 solo tackles — including 16 for a loss — in his three seasons prior to joining Purdue. The linebacker’s 18 tackles in his first two games lead the team. McCollum transferred from Western Kentucky with Brohm.StrengthsPurdue’s strength will be the linebackers. The Boilermakers added McCollum to a linebacker core of sophomore Markus Bailey and senior Ja’Whaun Bentley. Bailey led the team in tackles last season with 97 while Bentley had 50 tackles last season, including seven for loss. Tight end is also emerging as a position of strength for Purdue. Junior Cole Herdman leads the team in receiving yards this season with 146 yards on six receptions and a touchdown, while backup tight end Brycen Hopkins has seven receptions for 119 yards and two touchdowns. WeaknessesPurdue’s pass defense must improve if the team is going to contend against some of the better teams in the Big Ten like Michigan and Wisconsin, which it will face on Sept. 23 and Oct. 14, respectively. The pass defense has given up 602 yards and three touchdowns so far this season. The secondary added transfer safety T.J. Jallow, yet the starters in the secondary only had one interception last season. Overall, the defense looks improved from last season, but its ability to slow down the passing game could determine how far the team will go. read more

Ronaldo insists penalty call was correct

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo has defended referee Michael Oliver’s decision to award Real Madrid an injury-time penalty, which he scored to send the club to the semi-finals of the Champions LeagueJuventus had produced a stunning comeback against the title-holders at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday night and had leveled the aggregate scoreline at 3-3 between the two sides, after a Mario Mandzukic brace and a Blaise Matuidi second-half goal.Yet all that was undone in the final moments of the second leg, when Oliver awarded the hosts a late penalty after Lucas Vazquez was fouled by Mehdi Benatia in the third minute of added time.After Gianluigi Buffon had been sent off for strongly protesting the decision, Ronaldo held his nerve and fired past the helpless substitute Wojciech Szczesny to send Real into Friday’s semi-final draw.“I don’t understand why they are protesting,” said Ronaldo, according to Marca.“Lucas was tackled from behind and if they don’t give him the penalty, it’s a goal.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“The pulse increased, but I calmed down, and I knew I’d be decisive.”The Portuguese star acknowledged the threat that Juventus had been for Real and revealed his gratitude that they had managed to reach the semi-finals, despite a 3-1 defeat on the night.“We have suffered, but it helps us to learn,” admitted Ronaldo.“In football, nothing is given away, you have to fight until the end.“Madrid could’ve scored more goals but Juve and Buffon were good.”last_img read more

Nacho talks about Lopeteguis sadness at Real Madrid

first_imgReal Madrid defender Nacho, spoke to the media after the match against Viktoria Plzen about the bad moment that Julen Lopetegui is going through.Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui is going through the most difficult moments of his career, players like Nacho Fernandez are very aware of how much the boss is suffering and always try to express their support for their boss.Sometimes in the top clubs in European football, it’s complicated to convince the players to keep winning trophies, especially if they are coming from winning four out of the last five Champions League titles.It was quite evident that this dip in form was eventually going to happen, it’s unfortunate that this is happening in the same moment that Julen Lopetegui took control of the squad.Real Madrid defender Nacho Fernandez attended a public event this Wednesday and he was questioned by the press about the manager.“I see a hurt Julen, he’s just like every one of us. We are all professionals and all we think about is winning,” said Nacho via Cadena Cope. “We have to get through these complicated moments and now we have to hold the pressure and try to win El Clasico.”Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“El Clasico is a very special match, it’s a beautiful game that everybody wants to play. We have been through regular matches and we got back some good feelings with yesterday’s victory. We will get to this match very eager to play.”“Julen staying in Real Madrid is not my decision, all I care as his player is to win next Sunday and I want Julen to stay in the club.”“We are all to blame for this situation because we are a team. We can’t be looking out for what the press has to say about this situation, we have to remain focused on winning matches,” he concluded.📹VÍDEO | @nachofi1990: “A Julen le veo dolido como a todos los jugadores por la situación que estamos pasando”https://t.co/JvL5mREIGI pic.twitter.com/zAkz4g8zNz— Tiempo de Juego (@tjcope) October 24, 2018last_img read more

DJ Summer Camp finds talent supports Youth

first_img Related Items:Caribbean House Evolution Experience, DJ summer camp, John Sivalas, Ted Baylet “Hi, my name is Faith, and I like performing because it was actually my first time d-jaying for real.  And it was actually very fun, i’ve never gotten an opportunity like that before.”   – Faith Somewhere Café on the Beach, was the grounds for the grand finale, where the junior DJ winner got to execute her skills; 10 year old Faith spoke to us at the cheque presentation.  It is a great story and you can see more of it in our new season of Turquoise Morning which begins in a few weeks.  Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Caribbean House Evolution Experience and John Sivalas hosted the event. It was a cheque for $7,500 and was presented to Roxanne Wake Forbes, Director of the Youth Center by Ted Bayley of Somewhere and on behalf of Caribbean House Evolution. “I want to thank the kids from the youth center for coming and participating each of the last two years, it’s been wonderful having them on board.   As Mr. Sivalas commented, Somewhere’s Cafe’s goal like his is to bring all communities together.”  – Ted Bayley Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, September 6, 2016 – Summer break is over for students as the first day back to school for many was marked yesterday and over the break, Magnetic Media met some really cool kids who participated in a DJ Summer camp which also reaped a pretty penny for the Edward Gartland Youth Center.  “I feel that everywhere I go I want to make it more accessible to everyone, but as a base of house music, that we can maybe mix it up and make our own Caribbean house music that doesn’t really exist anywhere.”  – John Sivalaslast_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 https://tinyurl.com/y3rsbkr5. The monitor in Sterling can be found at https://tinyurl.com/y5ens5fv.last_img read more

In Other News Connecticut Sub Base Marks Sesquicentennial

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR During its first 50 years, the Navy base in Groton, Conn., wasn’t particularly important. But over the past 100 years, Naval Submarine Base New London has grown in prominence, with the nation’s submarine fleet playing a significant role in projecting power. State and local leaders, along with Navy officials, gathered outside the Submarine Force Museum last week to recognize the base’s past as they celebrated the 150th anniversary of the deed of gift from the state and the city of New London establishing a naval yard and storage depot on the Thames River, reported the Day.Day photo by Tim Martinlast_img read more

VIDEO Watch Antique Fire Engine Parade Held In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Massachusetts Antique Fire Apparatus Association held its 42nd Anniversary Fire Apparatus Parade, Show, & Firematic Flea Market on Saturday, June 22, 2019 at the Shriners Auditorium (99 Fordham Road). This was the first time the event was held in Wilmington.The parade started Kitty’s Restaurant (123 Main Street) in North Reading and traveled through North Reading and Wilmington, ending at the Shriners Auditorium.Watch the parade, which lasts approximately six minutes, below, courtesy of YouTuber Firefighter_1775:——Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedCOMING TO THE SHRINERS: Antique Fire Engines Show On June 22In “Community”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, June 22, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”last_img read more

Venezuela opposition leader puts more pressure on Maduro

first_imgVenezuela`s opposition leader Juan Guaido speaks during a news conference in Caracas, Venezuela, on 25 January 2019. Photo: ReutersVenezuela’s opposition leader stepped up his campaign to oust president Nicolas Maduro on Friday, calling for a “major demonstration” and rejecting an offer of talks with the socialist leader.National Assembly head Juan Guaido, who proclaimed himself acting president during street rallies by tens of thousands on Wednesday, said he wouldn’t attend a “fake dialogue” on a crisis that has left 26 dead this week in clashes between anti-Maduro activists and security forces.After four years of economic pain that has left Venezuelans short of food and medicine and driven more than two million to flee the country — which sits on the world’s largest oil reserves — the opposition found its voice this month in Guaido after Maduro was sworn in for a second presidential term following controversial elections.Mexico had offered to host talks between the rival leaders, and Maduro professed he was ready to go “wherever I have to.” But Guaido, who is backed by the US and several Latin American countries, told supporters in Caracas the public would remain in the streets “until we achieve an end to the usurpation, a transitional government and free elections.”He accused Maduro’s regime of only offering talks after “repression” failed to achieve its objectives.The European Union and US have ratcheted up the pressure on Maduro to agree to a new vote. An EU diplomat told AFP the bloc wanted “an immediate call for elections in the near future.”US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will underline US support for the Venezuelan people at a UN Security Council meeting Saturday and urge members to recognise Guaido as interim president, the State Department said.US issues economic warningPresident Donald Trump’s administration has spearheaded the international pressure on Maduro, who accuses Washington of being behind an attempted “coup,” by declaring his regime “illegitimate.”On Friday, Pompeo announced the US was naming a new envoy to lead efforts to help Venezuela “in achieving democracy.” Elliot Abrams was a central figure in former president Ronald Reagan’s controversial anti-communist campaigns in Central America during the 1980s.Washington’s immediate support for Guaido led to Maduro, who retains the powerful military’s backing, closing his country’s embassy and consulates in the US and breaking off diplomatic ties, giving US diplomatic staff until Saturday to leave the country.Guaido, though, urged the US diplomats to stay and keep the embassy’s doors open.Maduro’s deadline runs out on Saturday but even though it ordered non-emergency staff to leave Venezuela, the US has refused to comply fully with the order.Despite the diplomatic sparring, Maduro on Friday said his country will continue to sell oil to the United States, which private consultants say provides the largest source of cash to Venezuelan coffers.”If they buy our oil, we will sell oil,” Maduro said.But the US Treasury Department warned that “commercial transactions by the Venezuelan government, including those involving its state-owned enterprises and international reserves” must be consistent with Washington’s recognition of Guaido.Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov — whose country is Venezuela’s second-largest creditor and a military ally — denounced US policy on Venezuela as “destructive.”Spain pushed the EU to recognize Guaido’s claims to the presidency if no new elections are held, while Germany said it may follow suit.France warned Maduro against “any form of repression” of the opposition as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said more than 350 people were arrested this week during the protests.Maduro’s re-election last year was boycotted by the opposition and rejected by the US, EU and UN as a sham — but the military has repeatedly reiterated its loyalty to the socialist leader.Galvanised oppositionGuaido, 35, has galvanised a previously divided opposition and even attempted to attract military support by offering an amnesty to anyone who disavows Maduro.In a Skype interview with Univision late Thursday he went one step further by suggesting Maduro could also be offered amnesty if he agrees to step down.But such an option would have to be evaluated, he said, because Maduro is responsible for the deaths of protesters.Guaido continues to seek military support, though, and has tasked his supporters with handing out copies of the amnesty law parliament is working on to soldiers on Sunday.Analysts at the Eurasia Group consultancy noted that while international recognition of Guaido as interim president cemented his position as the main opposition leader, his failure to win over the military meant Maduro’s fall “does not appear imminent.”Venezuela’s political crisis rapidly escalated after a group of soldiers rose up against Maduro this week and sparked a number of protests leading up to Wednesday’s rival rallies of pro and anti-Maduro groups.Guaido’s proclamation of himself as acting president drew recognition from major regional players including Brazil and Argentina, as well as the US.Trump has openly mused about military intervention in Venezuela, saying “all options are on the table,” but Russia said that “violates the fundamental norms of international law.”Maduro came to power in 2013 as the designated heir to the hugely-popular Hugo Chavez.last_img

Hornberger named to four House committees

first_img Categories: Hornberger News 26Jan Hornberger named to four House committees Representative will help lead Education Reform as vice chair State Rep. Pamela Hornberger, of Chesterfield Township, was named vice chair of the House Education Reform Committee and to three additional House committees, Speaker Tom Leonard announced today.Hornberger has a master’s degree in education administration and taught at East China School District in St. Clair County for 23 years before being elected to the Michigan House.“Our children’s education is a top priority for their success and the future success of our state,” Hornberger said. “It’s well recognized that across the state many school districts are struggling and students’ results need improvement. I’m looking forward to fine tuning what is already working and reviewing the many proposals and ideas out there to meet the goal of delivering the quality education our children and their parents deserve.”In addition, Hornberger was appointed to the Commerce and Trade, Judiciary, and Health Policy committees.People can contact her office by calling 517-373-8931; by email, PamelaHornberger@house.mi.gov., or addressing letters to N-796 House Office Building, Lansing, MI 48933.#####last_img read more