‘Modi, Shah must spell out their stand on quota’

first_imgAnswers must be sought from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah on RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s comments that there is a need to debate the reservation issue, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel said on Sunday. “If Bhagwat ji says reservation needs an honest review after a dialogue with all stakeholders, let Narendra Modi and Amit Shah tell us whether they too hold a similar view. We need to ask them for answers,” Mr. Baghel said. He was attending a function organised by the Samwidhan Bachao Sangharsh Samiti on the birth anniversary of B.P. Mandal to felicitate him on his government’s decision to increase reservation for the other backward classes from 14% to 27% and Scheduled Caste quota from 12% to 13%. Mr. Baghel said reservation alone will not solve all problems but it is a symbolic move towards ensuring that each section of society gets representation according to its strength. Attacking the Sangh and its stand on cow slaughter, Mr. Baghel said, “Mr. Bhagwat doesn’t discuss cow slaughter in Chhattisgarh, because he is aware of the condition of the cow shelters under the 15-year-long BJP regime and how cows starved to death there.”Critics claim that the announcement to hike the OBC quota has been made with an eye on the upcoming municipal polls and especially after Congress’ defeat in the Lok Sabha poll in the State. The Congress won only one of the 11 Lok Sabha seats in the State. Rejecting any political motive behind the move, Chhattisgarh Congress secretary in-charge Chandan Yadav said, “The Congress government in Chhattisgarh is committed to social justice.”last_img read more

Lakers fined $50k after Johnson praises Antetokounmpo

first_imgModest goal Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Giannis Antetokounmpo (left) and Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson. AFPLOS ANGELES, United States — The Los Angeles Lakers have been fined $50,000 after team president Earvin “Magic” Johnson showered praise on Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo, the NBA said Tuesday.The league said in a statement Johnson had breached the NBA’s anti-tampering rule in remarks about Antetokounmpo made in an interview with ESPN last week.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding SPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I’m just happy he’s starting in the All-Star game because he deserves that. And he’s going to be like an MVP, a champion, this dude he’s going to put Milwaukee on the map. And I think he’s going to bring them a championship one day.“He’s special. A man that can handle the basketball like he can and be a great — he’s probably the greatest athlete we have in the league today. And then his understanding, his basketball IQ is off the chart.” View comments Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH MOST READ Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Antetokounmpo, who is averaging 28 points per game this season, was delighted by Johnson’s lavish praise.“A compliment like that coming from Magic, that’s huge,” he said.“But for me, I just got to stay focused, keep working on my game and try to get better.” /cbbADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting LATEST STORIES In the interview, Johnson spoke glowingly about Antetokounmpo, saying he saw parallels between the 23-year-old and his own Hall of Fame career.“In his understanding of the game, his basketball IQ, his creativity of shots for his teammates. That’s where we [have the] same thing,” Johnson was quoted as saying.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over Thunder AFP official booed out of forumlast_img read more

‘German Messi’ Meyer needs to prove worth at Palace

first_imgThe little 5’8″ (1.7m) kid had the world at his feet. He made his debut as a 17-year-old, proving that despite his height, he had all the ball skills to prove himself in a man’s game. A product of the club’s academy, he was seen as a future superstar for title contenders, someone who could become world class and help them compete with the best teams in Europe.In his first season after that debut, he played less than 10 league games, but had shown enough promise and enough talent to earn a more regular spot the following season. Here was a gifted playmaker, someone who could see the action before it happened, capable of taking an eternity on the ball before picking out a team-mate with a perfectly placed pass. In his second campaign, his first full season with the senior side, he finished with six league goals and even became a regular in the Champions League. All this before he was even old enough to drink.This is the story of Lionel Messi. But also the story of Max Meyer, Schalke’s great hope, who was handed the number 7 jersey previously occupied by Raul when he was just 18. Born eight years after his idol, Meyer admitted in 2013 that he could follow Messi’s example on and off the field as pundits started to compare the short tricky attacking midfielder to the Argentine sensation. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “He is my role model. I can learn a lot from him,” Meyer said. “He is the best player in the world and always remains humble.”While Messi often shunned the limelight and played down discussions of being the best in the world and even the greatest of all time, Meyer embraced his status as Germany’s wonderkid. After helping Schalke qualify for the Champions League group stage in 2013-14, Meyer’s brief contribution to set up Julian Draxler in the play-off victory over PAOK was given the title “€20 million pass” by German media.Even after turning 18, Meyer continued to live with his parents, claiming he was happy there and did not yet need to find his own apartment due to the fact his parents handled the aspects of his life he had no time for.”I’m happy here because my parents take care of everything for me,” Meyer told Der Westen. “I never tidy my room and my mother moans about it all the time, but she’s got to come to terms with it if she wants me to stay at home.”Having played as an attacking midfielder for Schalke in his first few seasons at the club, he found himself often watching from the bench and rarely playing full games in 2016-17. New coach Domenico Tedesco arrived in June 2017 and was immediately impressed with Meyer’s workrate in training. However, with Leon Goretzka, Amine Harit and a host of other options ahead of him in a more attacking role, the young coach could not accommodate Meyer in his preferred No. 10 role.Max Meyer Schalke Champions LeagueLike his predecessors, Tedesco used Meyer sparingly, even trying him as a false nine against Stuttgart in the third game of the season, only to remove him at half-time with the score level at 1-1. Schalke went on to win the game 3-1 and Meyer returned to the bench for the next two games, not even making a brief cameo as he had in the opening day win over RB Leipzig where he was an 89th minute substitute. Meyer was determined to force himself into the side was looked to prove himself in training, a method which paid dividends as Tedesco looked to find a way to fit the 22-year-old into his XI.“When the reaction is like Max’s, you think as a coach and say to yourself, ‘Man, I have to reward him,’” Tedesco told reporters. “‘It can’t be that he runs four or five miles in training and then misses the games.’ Then, as a coach, you’re forced to be creative.”Tedesco’s creativity saw Meyer reborn as a defensive midfielder. Here, he was able to use his fantastic ability to read the game to create attacks for Schalke by picking out team-mates in good positions while unlocking opposition defences with pinpoint passing accuracy. Of the midfielders who attempted over 1000 passes last season, only Bayern Munich’s Thiago, Corentin Tolisso and James Rodriguez had better passing accuracy scores than Meyer’s 89 per cent completion rate.Meyer was reborn under Tedesco, with the Schalke coach claiming, “I don’t believe he’s ever played as well as he currently is” when discussing how big of a loss it would be were the midfielder not to sign a new deal at the club. As a product of their academy, Schalke wanted Meyer to extend his stay at the Veltins Arena, but saw director of sport Christian Heidel come to blows with agent Roger Wittman, who was angry that they would not pay his client what he was worth.Max Meyer Schalke“After the talks with Max Meyer, I got into contact with Roger Wittmann,” Heidel said on Sky90. “Wittmann said ‘Christian, we first must determine if we’re talking about the same player.’ I said, ‘What does that mean?’ This is what Roger Wittmann told me: ‘I’m talking about the world-class player Max Meyer, who would start in every European squad. And he should be going to the World Cup in Russia. If we’re talking about the same player, you can send me an offer. If we’re talking about different players, don’t send me an offer.'”I was of a different opinion, when I saw the performances of Max Meyer, I sent the offer nevertheless. But not for the world-class player Max Meyer, rather a very very good Bundesliga player Max Meyer, who has quite a lot of potential and can still get better.”Both player and agent were unhappy with the offer for ‘very, very good Bundesliga player Max Meyer’ and the midfielder decided to test the market by announcing his decision to leave Schalke at the end of his contract on June 30. Former team-mate Goretzka agreed a deal with Bayern Munich in January, joining the Bundesliga champions on July 1, but Meyer took over four weeks to find a club after his contract expired, with many teams not prepared to pay his wage demands until Crystal Palace finally decided they believed he was worth the amount he was asking.Meyer denied the reason he left Schalke was for money, telling Bild: “I simply did not want to stay with Schalke and work under Heidel. It’s all about this. It just feels like bullying to me.” However, despite being linked with numerous clubs during the transfer window, Meyer’s wage demands remained a stumbling block. Despite not having to pay a transfer fee for him, clubs were put off by Meyer’s desire for a wage of around £77,000 a week ($100k), with Arsenal and Liverpool not willing to pay that much for the midfielder.Those bigger clubs, as well as Atletico Madrid and AC Milan, rejected his advances, with Hoffenheim then forced to issue a denial before Crystal Palace announced his signing as the new ‘Meyer of London’ on Thursday.Now that Meyer has finally found a suitor, football fans can finally see if he is worth the money. He was once the German Messi, but after a four-week ordeal, his parents might finally be free of his messy bedroom as he leaves for London.last_img read more

Fisher’s Knick Debut Stinkaroo

first_imgHARTFORD, Conn. — Derek Fisher lost his coaching debut with the New York Knicks when Jared Sullinger scored 23 points to lead the Boston Celtics to a 106-86 preseason win on Oct. 18.Fisher played 18 seasons in the NBA before he replaced the fired Mike Woodson in June. The Knicks went 37-45 last season and missed the playoffs, just a year after winning the Atlantic Division and advancing to the Eastern Conference semifinals.Tim Hardaway Jr. led the Knicks with 18 points. Carmelo Anthony added 10 points on 3-for-9 shooting.Kelly Olynyk and Marcus Thornton had 12 points apiece for the Celtics, who beat Philadelphia 98-78 on Oct. 6 in their preseason opener. Avery Bradley and Marcus Smart each scored 11.Boston shot 48 percent from the field and made 11 of 22 3-point attempts. Sullinger scored eight points in the fourth period as the Celtics pushed their lead as many as 27.Smart, who missed all eight of his field-goal attempts in his team’s preseason opener, was 4-for-8 from the field and had six assists. He was selected by Boston with the sixth overall pick in this year’s draft.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

There Are 3 Bowl Games Today – Here’s The Schedule

first_imgGeneric photo of footballs in an end zone.(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The college football bowl season continues Friday afternoon with a handful of solid contests. Three match-ups highlight the action today including four ranked programs that hope to finish the season on a high note.There are four ranked programs in action today, the most of the bowl season thus far. Here is the three-game schedule coming up Friday afternoon and night:Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl: Purdue vs. Auburn at 1:30 p.m. ET on ESPNCamping World Bowl: No. 16 West Virginia vs. No. 20 Syracuse at 5:15 p.m. ET on ESPNValero Alamo Bowl: No. 24 Iowa State vs. No. 13 Washington State at 9:00 p.m. ET on ESPNThe College Football Playoff kicks off in just over 24 hours. These three games will give a good primer for the action yet to come.There’s plenty to watch today and tomorrow afternoon ahead of the playoff. Three games are on the docket for tomorrow ahead of the playoff as well.last_img read more

Shake, Stir, and Swish: Championship-Worthy Final Four Cocktails

first_imgJust as with every year, March Madness has been filled with twists and turns, buzzer beaters and heartbreak. If you’re one of the few whose bracket isn’t busted, you’re probably feeling pret-ty good right about now. If you’re one of the thousands that didn’t see South Carolina taking down the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th seeds, well, we feel ya. Really. You’re in the right place, though.In order to celebrate the Final Four (or salve the wounds of a broken bracket), we’ve put together some final four cocktails to mix up this weekend for what’s likely to be an exciting set of games.New Amsterdam Russian Coffee 6 Essential Scotch Cocktails That You Need to Know 10 Classic Vodka Cocktail Recipes You Can Mix at Home 5 parts Svedka Strawberry Lemonade 1 part fresh lemon juice1 part orange juice5 parts simple syrup1 part seltzer2 parts champagne Method: Pour ingredients into a pitcher, and stir. Garnish with orange and grapefruit slices. Nolet’s Silver Players Punch 2 parts New Amsterdam Vodka1 part strong coffee½ part Triple Sec1 part milkMethod: Stir vodka, coffee, and Triple Sec in a rocks glass with ice. Top with milk.The Three Pointer 1 oz 1800 Añejo Tequila2 oz Blood Orange JuiceSplash of Agave1 ChiliMethod: Combine ingredients over ice, garnish with chili.Svedka’s Buzzer Beater 5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Make Editors’ Recommendations 1.25 oz Nolet’s Silver Dry Gin.5 oz Lime Juice.5 oz Simple Syrup3 RaspberriesSoda WaterMethod: Combine first 4 ingredients over ice in a cocktail shaker.  Shake vigorously.  Pour (do not strain) all contents into a rocks glass.  Top with Soda Water. Add extra ice if needed. Garnish with 2 raspberries.And one more, because who doesn’t like an extra cocktail?3 Pointer Punch(Created by Flinn Pomroy, Sweetwater Social, NYC)125 oz Jagermeister5 oz Fresh Lime Juice5 oz Ginger Syrup35 oz Bigelow Orange & Spice Tea60 oz Soda Water (add to taste)2 whole oranges sliced into very thin discs.Method: Combine Jägermeister, Lime Juice, and Ginger Syrup to punch bowl. Bring 5 cups of water to a boil and add 5 tea bags of Bigelow Orange & Spice. Remove water from heat and allow to steep for 6 minutes (You will have more tea brewed than you are actually going to use.) Add 35oz of Bigelow Orange and Spice tea to the punch bowl. Stir punch vigorously. Add soda to taste. Top entire punch with sliced orange discs. Serve over ice in traditional Mule Tins or in another receptacle of your choosing. Garnish with your teams assigned garnish – and enjoy responsibly. The Best American Gin The Lazy Man’s Guide on How to Make Hard Apple Ciderlast_img read more

In the news today Oct 18

first_imgFive stories in the news for Thursday, Oct. 18———SOME POT SMOKERS STILL PREFER BLACK MARKETA short drive away from British Columbia’s first and only legal marijuana store, Bill Semeniuk inhaled deeply from a joint outside an illegal cannabis dispensary. The dispensary, Canadian Safe Cannabis Services, has been open in Kamloops for the better part of a decade, and Semeniuk doesn’t plan to switch to the swanky government-run shop — regardless of its legality. The owner of the dispensary declined comment, but his outlet was among those illegal pot shops that remained open across Canada on Wednesday, despite not holding the appropriate licences. Advocates say the black market will continue to thrive until small retail shops and craft growers are included in the regime.———PAYETTE TO MAKE FIRST OFFICIAL VISIT TO SKGov. Gen. Julie Payette is to make her first official visit to Saskatchewan, where she’ll meet with Premier Scott Moe today and take in a Humboldt Broncos hockey game this weekend. On Friday, the former astronaut will tour a Canadian Forces Base in Moose Jaw — the same base where she obtained her military pilot captaincy in the 1990s. On Saturday, the plan is for Payette to walk through the Humboldt Broncos Memorial Exhibit before watching the junior hockey team in action.———JURY TO GET INSTRUCTIONS IN CALGARY CHILD DEATH TRIALA jury is expected to begin deliberating today about whether a Calgary couple is responsible for their 14-month-old son’s death. Jennifer and Jeromie Clark have pleaded not guilty to criminal negligence causing death and failure to provide the necessaries of life for their son John. Queen’s Bench Justice Paul Jeffrey is to instruct jurors this morning on how to reach a verdict, after which they are to be sequestered. The Crown says John was on the verge of death when he arrived in hospital on the afternoon of Nov. 28, 2013, and that his parents played with his life by not seeking treatment sooner. The Clarks’ lawyers say doctors at the Alberta Children’s Hospital are to blame.———WINNIPEG POLICE ISSUE TICKET ON DAY ONE OF LEGAL POTWinnipeg police issued a ticket on the first day of cannabis legalization. Police posted a picture of a ticket for consuming cannabis in a motor vehicle on Twitter. The ticket carries a $672 fine. Police say the ticket was issued in the morning and they reminded people that while consuming cannabis is now legal — just like alcohol — consuming it in your car is not. In other parts of the country, police didn’t report any other violations for pot use.———TWO CHARGED FOR ALLEGEDLY FEEDING BEARSTwo people have been charged after British Columbia’s Conservation Officer Service says they posted photos of themselves on social media hand feeding Timbits and hot dogs to bears. Conservation officer Sam Harris says it’s alleged the man and woman were feeding bears from their vehicle as they drove along the Alaska Highway. The pair are due to appear in a Fort Nelson court next month. A photo tweeted by the service shows what Harris says is a young grizzly being hand fed a doughnut hole. Harris says someone tipped the service to the photos posted on social media, which led to the charge.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Final submissions will be made in the sex assault trial of a British sailor in Halifax.— Sophie Gregoire Trudeau will address this year’s Canadian Association of Midwives conference in Gatineau, Que.— Environment Minister Catherine McKenna will announce new regulations prohibiting asbestos and asbestos-containing products— Yu Chieh (Diana) Liao, accused in connection to a series of July 2017 homicides, has a bail hearing in Calgary.— Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2018 will be formally inducted during an evening gala and ceremony.last_img read more

De Adder replacement says hes been caught up in social media backlash

first_imgThe Canadian Press An editorial cartoonist says his character has been maligned and career prospects damaged after he was caught up in the online backlash resulting from a New Brunswick newspaper group cutting ties with another artist.Greg Perry issued a statement to CBC News saying he has opted not to accept an offer from Brunswick News Inc. to replace Michael de Adder, who drew international support after his contract was terminated last week.Perry did not respond to repeated requests for comment from The Canadian Press.De Adder learned his 17-year arrangement with the New Brunswick media powerhouse was being scrapped a day after he posted a cartoon online showing U.S. President Donald Trump playing golf next to the bodies of two migrants who drowned trying to cross into Texas.De Adder says he was not given a reason for the termination, but says he believes his online presence, which includes strong anti-Trump opinions, played a role.Brunswick News has said it struck a deal to work with Perry weeks before de Adder was let go and noted that the decision had nothing to do with the Trump image, which it was never offered for publication.Perrry told CBC the use of his name in connection with the entire saga led social media users to “destroy” both his character and cartoon work.Brunswick News says it offers its full support to Perry, who it describes as a talented cartoonist who has been “unfairly maligned” by recent online commentary.De Adder has also expressed his support for Perry, issuing a tweet Tuesday that stressed that his fellow cartoonist found himself in a “situation that has nothing to do with him.”Perry told CBC he wouldn’t wish what had happened to him on anyone.last_img read more

Tony Robbins And Feeding America Launch New Partnership To Help Families In

first_imgAs a child raised in a food-insecure home, best-selling author, entrepreneur and philanthropist Tony Robbins has partnered with Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, to help provide 100 million meals to families in need.Launching this week, Robbins invites the public to help match his personal gift of 50 million meals to Feeding America so, together, 100 million meals can be provided through Feeding America and its network of 200 local food banks over the next year.All of the author’s profits of his recently published book, Money Master the Game, have been donated in advance by Robbins, which in conjunction with an additional personal donation, will provide 50 million meals to those facing hunger this year. Food will be distributed through Feeding America’s network of food banks that reaches every county in the United States.“Feeding America is deeply grateful to Tony Robbins for his incredibly generous gift,” said Bob Aiken, Chief Executive Officer for Feeding America. “Tony’s newest commitment to our organization is not only an extension of his long-time support for Feeding America, but also a tremendous expression of his 37-year passion for fighting hunger in our nation. Tony is taking his leadership in this cause to the next level by making this unprecedented gift, while at the same time inspiring countless others to join his efforts in the 100 Million Meals Challenge – a campaign that will provide nourishment and hope to millions of Americans struggling with hunger.”Tony Robbins faced food insecurity as a child and has supported the hunger cause for over three decades. In addition to several years’ worth of personal donations toward providing hunger relief across the country, Robbins made a gift of 1,000,000 meals to provide support to individuals affected by Superstorm Sandy.“It’s a tragedy that in the United States, the richest country in the world, 49 million people, including 16 million children, may go to bed unsure if they will have a meal tomorrow. I know that those are more than startling statistics – those numbers are human beings suffering – and I came from one of those families,” said Tony Robbins. “I’ve now worked with Feeding America for more than five years and I can tell you that their dedicated nationwide network serves every day to alleviate not only hunger but fear and uncertainty as well. I hope you’ll join us in this mission; together let’s create a deeper, lasting impact.”Now, Tony invites all hunger-relief supporters to help match his personal gift of 50 million meals to Feeding America so, together, we can provide 100 million meals to Americans who are supported by the Feeding America network. When combined with Tony’s gift, every $1 given to Feeding America helps secure and distribute 20 meals. To learn more about Tony Robbins and to get involved in the 100 Million Meals Challenge visit feedingamerica.org/100millionmeals.last_img read more

Empire Fans Can Help Music Charity

first_imgFans of Fox hit show Empire listen up.Join FOX PRESENTS EMPIRE Behind the Beat and music charity Notes for Notes to help elevate and inspire the next generation to create its own musical voice.Music is a universal language that has the power to transcend any socioeconomic barrier. Donate today to inspire a new generation with a powerful means of musical expression. With your help, Notes for Notes will establish FOX PRESENTS EMPIRE Behind the Beat music studios across the country. By raising $200,000, you can help build the first FOX PRESENTS EMPIRE Behind the Beat music studio in Chicago in Spring 2016.Empire stars Terrence Howard, Jussie Smollett and Taraji P. Henson.Find out more here.last_img

CPPIB earned 11 per cent in most recent quarter CPP Fund now

TORONTO — The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board says it earned a return of 1.1 per cent, net of its costs in its most recent quarter.Chief executive Mark Machin says the investments achieved solid net income in local-dollar terms, but the Canadian dollar strengthened in June and dampened the returns.The result for the quarter ended June 30 came as its net assets grew to $400.6 billion, up from $392.0 billion at the end of the previous quarter.The increase included $4.1 billion in net income after expenses and $4.5 billion in net Canada Pension Plan contributions.The fund, which includes the base CPP and additional CPP accounts, earned 10-year and five-year annualized net nominal returns of 10.5 per cent each.The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board invests the money not needed by the Canada Pension Plan to pay current benefits.The Canadian Press read more

UN feeding agency suspends flights in western Côte dIvoire after shooting

The UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) warned that the incident, which occurred yesterday when the World Food Programme (WFP) plane landed at Man, risked compromising its humanitarian mission at the expense of the local population. “ONUCI strongly condemns all attacks on the rights of UN personnel and reminds Forces Nouvelles of their duty to respect such staff in the zone under their control as well as safeguard their physical integrity,” the mission said in a statement. The mission, set up in April to help implement peace accords between the Government and rebels signed in January 2003, has also reiterated its “profound concern” at credible reports of rape and other violence towards women as well as an increase in general human rights abuses in the West African country. In a communiqué yesterday marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, ONUCI noted that since the latest violence erupted at the beginning of the month, summary executions, extrajudicial killings, physical attacks and abductions have been committed in both government- and rebel-held areas. Meanwhile the number of Ivorians who have fled the recent violence into neighbouring Liberia, itself recovering from 14 years of civil war and violent anarchy, is now estimated to have reached 19,000, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said. The latest crisis began on 4 November when Government forces bombed rebel positions in the in the UN-patrolled Zone of Confidence (ZOC) separating the combatants. Two days later Government forces bombed French peacekeepers there, killing nine, and French troops destroyed the Government’s air force in retaliation, leading to widespread rioting, looting and harassment of foreigners. Apart from the Ivorian refugees in Liberia, thousands of expatriates, mainly French, were airlifted out of Abidjan, the country’s largest city. read more

Obama urging US lawmakers to get it done ahead of partial government

Obama urging U.S. lawmakers to “get it done,” ahead of partial government shutdown U.S. President Barack Obama has urged lawmakers to ‘get it done’, as politicians in the American capital continue to try to find some common ground ahead of a partial shutdown.Obama held a press conference Monday afternoon, saying a shutdown would be unnecessary and irresponsible, and disrupt the economy.“It does not have to happen. All of this is entirely preventable if the House chooses to do what the Senate has already done, and that’s the simple act of funding our government without making extraneous and controversial demands in the process,” he said.The demands Obama referred to centre around his health care law, which some Republicans have been talking about adding new conditions in exchange for a budget deal and keeping the government open.“You don’t get to extract a ransom for doing your job, or just because there’s a law there that you don’t like,” he added.Many non-essential services could be closed on Tuesday if there is no deal by midnight.MaryAnne Devenny, senior analyst at TD Wealth told 680News, this wouldn’t be the first time.“Government operations have been shut down 17 times since 1977,” she said. “Each one was between three and 21 days.”The previous government shutdown in the U.S. took place in 1996, under President Bill Clinton.How a shutdown could impact Canada:Finance Minister Jim Flaherty has expressed his concern over a possible U.S. Government shutdown, saying Canada is still vulnerable to uncertainties outside our borders. He released the following statement on Monday:“It is my hope that Congress and the White House come to a resolution regarding the current spending and debt limit impasse, and that they will also develop a plan that will put the US fiscal position on a long-run sustainable path.This is a reminder that while Canada’s economy remains strong, we are still vulnerable to uncertainties outside of our borders, especially in the US and Europe. In Canada, we are focused on the priorities of Canadians — jobs, growth and long term prosperity. Global uncertainty reminds us how important it is to maintain that focus.We will continue to monitor all global economic situations carefully.” by News Staff Posted Sep 30, 2013 5:02 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email budget|government shutdown|health care|President Barack Obama read more

Illinois judge rules states pension overhaul unconstitutional

Illinois judge rules state’s pension overhaul unconstitutional SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – An Illinois judge ruled Friday that a law intended to fix the nation’s worst state employee pension crisis violates the state constitution, deciding in favour of state employees and retirees who sued to block the landmark overhaul.The overhaul had been approved by lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn last year. Years of underfunding had put the state’s pension systems roughly $100 billion short of what they need to cover benefits promised to employees.Quinn’s office released a statement saying it anticipated legal challenges and would urge the Illinois Supreme Court to take up the matter quickly.“We’re confident the Illinois Supreme Court will uphold this urgently needed law that squarely addresses the most pressing fiscal crisis of our time,” Quinn spokesman Grant Klinzman said in a statement.If the ruling by Sangamon County Circuit Judge John Belz is upheld, lawmakers would have to go back and come up with another plan.That would be yet another financial challenge for the incoming Republican governor, Bruce Rauner, who takes office in January and opposes the current pension law.The overhaul reduces benefits for retirees to significantly cut the debt, but also reduces employee contributions. The lawsuit said the constitution prohibits reducing benefits or compensation once they’re promised.Illinois argued that pensions are a “contractual agreement,” which the government may modify, particularly in a crisis. In this case, it said the state faced a fiscal emergency.“The court held today, as our unions have long argued, that the state cannot simply choose to violate the constitution and diminish or impair retirement benefits if politicians find these commitments inconvenient to keep,” said a statement from We Are One Illinois, a coalition of unions opposed to the pension overhaul.While litigants initially didn’t think the case would be settled before 2015, Belz said in September he’d like to quickly move any challenge over the pension overhaul to the Supreme Court.His action follows a July Supreme Court ruling that requiring state retirees to pay more for health insurance was unconstitutional. Belz had called that ruling “an elephant in the room,” increasing speculation that the pension overhaul could suffer the same fate.___Contact John O’Connor at https://twitter.com/apoconnor AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by John O’Connor, The Associated Press Posted Nov 21, 2014 1:16 pm MDT read more

Hundreds more flights cancelled on day 3 of Lufthansa strike

by The Associated Press Posted Nov 25, 2016 2:20 am MDT Last Updated Nov 25, 2016 at 12:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Hundreds more flights cancelled on day 3 of Lufthansa strike A passenger stands in front of the departure board at the airport in Frankfurt, Germany, Friday, Nov. 25, 2016. The Lufthansa pilots want to continue their strike at least until Saturday. (Arne Dedert/dpa via AP) BERLIN – Germany’s largest airline, Lufthansa, cancelled 830 short- and medium-haul flights on Friday affecting 100,000 passengers after a pilots’ strike entered its third day in a long-running dispute over wages.The carrier also announced the cancellation of another 137 long-haul flights scheduled for Saturday, affecting 30,000 more passengers.Since the strikes started on Wednesday the airline has had to cancel 2,863 flights, affecting 345,000 passengers.It said most of its flights will be operating Saturday, and that other airlines in its group are not affected. Those include Eurowings, Germanwings, Swiss, and Austrian Airlines.The strikes called by the Cockpit union are their 14th since April 2014.The union has been announcing the continuation of the strike one day at a time, and Cockpit spokesman Joerg Handwerg told the dpa news agency that the union has made no decision on when the strikes may end.Cockpit is seeking retroactive raises of 3.66 per cent a year going back 5 1/2 years, a demand Lufthansa says is impossible as it faces increasing competition from Gulf airlines and European budget carriers.Still, the company increased its offer to pilots Friday in an effort to resume negotiations with the union. Lufthansa offered to increase pay by 4.4 per cent in two steps by mid-2018, and make a one-time payment of 1.8 monthly salaries in lieu of past increases.The airline also offered to hire about 1,000 new pilots in the coming five years and seek third-party mediation on other outstanding issues. read more

Syrian refugees straining health services in region UN warns in new report

The report, which covers the first three months of 2013 in Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon, shows that more than 1 million refugees need treatment for a wide range of both common and conflict-related conditions, Adrian Edwards, spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) told journalists in Geneva.Mr. Edwards explained that the situation is particularly challenging for those with chronic and other costly health conditions, such as diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular illnesses, as well as expensive referral care more commonly diagnosed and treated in middle-income countries. The report was primarily based on information from established refugee camps, except for data from Lebanon.He said that as of last night, 1,401,435 Syrians had registered as refugees in the region or were pending registration. This corresponds to 30 per cent more than the total envisaged under the current Regional Refugee Response Plan by end June 2013 – for which around 55 per cent of funding has so far been received. “An updated plan is due to be presented to donors in late May. UNHCR continues to roll out additional capacity as funding comes in,” he added.With nearly 2.5 million Syrian refugees throughout the entire region, the report cites two major problems facing the health system. First, with low funding for the refugee crisis, the challenge of providing access to quality health care for Syrian refugees is growing – particularly for people living outside of camps. Secondly, the increasing numbers of people needing medical help is straining existing health services in each of the affected countries.“Both issues are a matter of serious concern to UNHCR,” Mr. Edwards stressed, adding: “We continue, with our partners, to provide medical care for refugees in the camps in Jordan and Iraq. But for those refugees who live outside of camps, often in urban settings, the situation is more difficult.”In terms of the overall health situation of Syrian refugees, the UNHCR report shows a “mixed” picture. Syrian refugees are not reported to be suffering from high rates of mortality and acute malnutrition. Mortality at the Za’atri camp in Jordan, for example, is reported at 0.1 per 1,000 people per month, while global acute malnutrition in children below five years is less than 5.8 per cent – neither rate being outside norms seen in the region. This is in contrast to many other humanitarian situations in other parts of the world. “However, preventive services, chronic disease treatment and expensive referral care are not sufficiently provided at a cost that refugees, despite the support provided by governments and humanitarian agencies, can afford,” he said. Meanwhile, at a reception and concert in New York last night for Syrian children, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recalled his visit to Za’atari camp last December. He was struck by how many children there were, lining the road “cheering, running and full of fun and mischief.” Yet, he said, there was no disguising that their lives had been massively disrupted. “Most had fled with their families with only what they could carry. Many had witnessed or ensured unspeakable atrocities.” Almost 2 million children are internally displaced, and more than 600,000 have fled Syria as refugees, he added.With no end to the conflict in sight, the Secretary-General called on the Security Council and countries in the region to come up with a unified position that can persuade all actors to come to the negotiating table. “We risk an entire generation of children being scarred for life. The children of Syria are our children. They need our help,” he implored. read more

Ohio State mens hockey sweeps Lake Superior State

The Ohio State men’s hockey team won two games at home this weekend against Lake Superior State. The Buckeyes posted a 6-1 win Saturday night at the Schottenstein Center following a 3-2 victory Friday. Early leads proved to be instrumental in each of the victories. The Buckeyes jumped out to a 5-0 lead on Saturday and a 3-0 lead Friday. OSU scored three goals in the first 4:02 of the game Saturday and a short-handed goal less than two minutes later. The Buckeyes were led by junior forward Alex Szczechura, who scored his fourth and fifth goals of the season less than four minutes apart. OSU coach Mark Osiecki said he was happy to see his players “on their toes” early and sticking together as a team after some bad luck last weekend. “No doubt we had some things go our way,” Osiecki said. “The players just needed to stick together as a team. That was our mentality going into it.” The Lakers (13-14-1, 8-11-1-1 CCHA) scored their only goal of the night with just 2:09 left in the first period, but the momentum from the score was not enough to close the gap with the Buckeyes. Sophomore forward Ryan Dzingel scored his team-leading 10th goal of the season on an empty net after LSSU coach Jim Roque pulled his goalie with 11:32 remaining to make it 6-1 in the third period. Roque said he was just trying to make something happen for his team and the play “pretty much summed up” his team’s weekend on the ice. Redshirt freshman forward Riley Simpson and junior defenseman Curtis Gedig scored their second goals of the season in the first period Friday with the latter coming on a power play. Gedig said he “blacked out” when he got in front of the net but was happy to feel enough contact as he swung his stick that the puck went in the net. OSU sophomore forward Tanner Fritz was credited with his fifth goal of the season after his shot deflected off the stick of Lake Superior State junior defenseman Zach Sternberg and found the back of the net. Fritz said it was nice to finally see a shot like that go his team’s way. “Last weekend in the first game we hit four posts, and in the second one we got a goal disallowed right at the start,” Fritz said. “(That shot) was a little bit of puck luck for us.” The score would remain 3-0 until Laker sophomore forward Chris Ciotti beat OSU senior goalie Brady Hjelle 48 seconds into the third period. LSSU senior forward Ben Power scored the game’s final goal with 9:38 remaining in the game to make the score 3-2. Despite two face-offs near the OSU goal in the final 43 seconds of the game, Hjelle was able to keep the Lakers out of the net. His 34 saves helped the Buckeyes earn the victory and three points in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association standings. The Buckeyes (10-11-5, 9-6-3-1 CCHA) improved to 4-3-2 at home after the games while the Lakers fell to 3-9-1 on the road. The series sweep of the Lakers earned OSU six points and puts them in a tie with Alaska for fifth in the CCHA standings. OSU is set to host Notre Dame Friday night at 7:05 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

James Holzhauer Broke Jeopardy But Is Broken So Bad

Life as a longtime “Jeopardy!” champion is a strange one, chronologically speaking. Holzhauer has been watching the world wonder when his streak will end, all the while knowing exactly when it would happen. On its taping dates, the show records five episodes back-to-back, with just a change of clothes in between. The episodes don’t air until much later. If he could alter time, maybe buy a time machine with that $2,462,216, would he have approached the game any differently?“The only things I would do differently from the start of my run: never wear a sport coat, which interfered a little with my buzzer form, and use gel insoles in my dress shoes,” Holzhauer said.“Both were fixed by the second taping day.” Note: This article discusses the results of the June 3, 2019, episode of “Jeopardy!”James Holzhauer claims not to remember many particulars of how he lost on “Jeopardy!” for the first time, other than that he blanked on a clue about the city of Albany and his opponent quickly took control of the board, landing a game-changing Daily Double. Before long, it was all over. Monday’s episode marked the end of Holzhauer’s two-month reign as one of the winningest, and certainly the most radical, champions in the decades-long history of the trivia game show “Jeopardy!”Holzhauer finished Monday’s game in second place with $24,799 behind Emma Boettcher’s $46,801. But during his 32-win run, he averaged about $77,000 per game — an average nearly identical to the record for the single richest game ever played before he took the podium in early April. In the process, he laid claim to the entirety of the top 10 highest-scoring games of all time, including one single half-hour haul of $131,127. It was a historic run driven by immaculate trivia knowledge, disciplined strategy and calculated aggression.But other records will forever remain just out of reach. Holzhauer’s streak ended with total winnings of $2,462,216 — less than $60,000 shy of Ken Jennings’s record $2,520,700 which was amassed over a nearly incomprehensible 74 straight wins in 2004. Holzhauer will sit second on the all-time money list until the arrival of some other great champion. (Or he might sit there forever, which seems more likely.)1These records are for the show’s “regular season” play, ignoring its occasional special tournaments.“I played every day exactly according to my game plan, so I have no regrets,” Holzhauer told FiveThirtyEight a few days before the fateful episode aired. Holzhauer rewrote swaths of the show’s record books. But his biggest contribution may be to “Jeopardy!” strategy. Holzhauer exploited the game’s Daily Doubles to their fullest, hunting them down and betting big on them. Over his 32 wins (and one loss), Holzhauer — a professional sports bettor from Vegas — not only got significantly richer but likely changed how the venerable game show will be played. Holzhauer was such an effective and alien force that opponents began to mimic his style out of desperation, like growling at a hungry lion in hopes of scaring it away. They hopped wildly around the game’s board whenever they could, picking big-dollar clues early, searching madly for the Daily Doubles and betting big when they found them — just the sort of unalloyed aggression that had quickly become Holzhauer’s trademark and the fuel for his success.“Many of my opponents played like I do, but I’m not sure they would have done so without provocation,” Holzhauer said. “You don’t want to inadvertently make your opponents play a better strategy. In a sense, I may have helped bring about my own downfall.” The insoles seem to have worked. Holzhauer has earned a spot in the pantheon of the “Jeopardy!” greats, and he gives himself prominent placement there. “I think there is a nebulous top three of Ken Jennings, Brad Rutter and me,” he said. “Ken’s 74-game streak remains the most impressive achievement in the show’s history.”Rutter is no slouch, either — he has won more money than any other “Jeopardy!” contestant, and he’s a man who has never lost to a human. Rutter’s initial winning streak was ended by the show’s rules at the time, which limited a defending champion to five appearances. But between those appearances and the show’s Tournament of Champions, Ultimate Tournament of Champions and Million Dollar Masters, Rutter won $4,688,436. (Here’s a free idea for the “Jeopardy!” producers: Holzhauer vs. Jennings vs. Rutter in the Ultimate Tournament of Ultimate Champions.)A couple of days after we first emailed, however, Holzhauer followed up to amend his initial assessment. “Amidst all the people comparing me to Ken and Brad, I totally forgot about the two greatest Jeopardy champions of all time: Cindy Stowell, who won six games while dying of cancer, and Eddie Timanus, who’s … blind and was an undefeated five-time champ in his initial run. It’s impossible for me to compare myself to them, so perhaps they should be in their own category.”Holzhauer’s plan for now is a return to normalcy. “The 19-year-old version of James would be thrilled by the opportunities” that the winning streak has brought his way, “but married parent James is hoping to keep his home life settled.”The game that made him famous, however, has been left unsettled. Lots of esteemed competitive pursuits have been “broken” lately. Baseball. Basketball. Even the spelling bee just last week. An innovative strategy or an outlier talent can deeply alter the games we’ve played for decades. In the process, the cadence or tenor of the game might be rendered unrecognizable for someone who hadn’t seen it in a few years. These innovative strategies are often driven by mathematical analysis, data and statistical rigor — things that a sports bettor from Vegas must embrace in order to eat. I asked Holzhauer if “Jeopardy!” now belonged in this category of sabermetrically altered pursuits.“I can see the parallels, for sure,” he said. “At its heart, all these shifts are just attempts to increase your chances of winning. Why would anyone not want to maximize their chances?”Plenty of outlets have written that, thanks to Holzhauer, “Jeopardy!” is now broken. But there’s art in that. While the game may look a bit different than it did before, it may also be closer to perfection — to an ideal expression of trivia game-show strategy. Broken is beautiful. 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Charlie Gard to be buried with his beloved cuddly toy monkeys parents

first_imgCharlie, who was born on August 4 last year, had a form of mitochondrial disease, a condition that causes progressive muscle weakness and brain damage.Described as “perfectly healthy” when he was born, Charlie was admitted to hospital at eight weeks and his condition progressively deteriorated.His parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, said they wanted to take their son across the Atlantic for nucleoside bypass therapy, but specialists at GOSH in London, where Charlie was being cared for, said the treatment was experimental and would not help.He was taken to a hospice where life support was withdrawn and he died last week. Connie Yates and Chris Gard, the parents of Charlie Gard, arrive at the High Court with a toy monkey in Chris's jacket pocket Charlie’s plight saw hundreds of supporters – called Charlie’s Army – lending their voices and money for him to be given treatment, with £1.35 million raised on an online fund-raising site.The protracted legal battle saw the couple take their case to the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court – all of which ruled life support treatment should end and Charlie should be allowed to die with dignity.Judges at the European Court of Human Rights refused to intervene in the case – and the couple said they felt “let down” following the series of court hearings.Paying tribute to their son following the end of their legal challenge on Monday the couple, both in their 30s, of Bedfont, west London, described him as an “absolute warrior”. Show more Ms Yates is quoted in the Daily Mail as saying: “We should be planning Charlie’s first birthday, but instead we’re planning his funeral.” Charlie Gard will be buried with his cuddly toy monkeys, his family has said.The 11-month-old died on Friday just a week shy of his first birthday after suffering from a rare genetic condition.The youngster was at the centre of a legal battle between his parents – who wanted to take their son to the US for experimental treatment – and Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) that attracted worldwide attention.Speaking about Charlie’s funeral, family spokeswoman Alison Smith-Squire told The Sun: “They haven’t finalised any plans yet, but they have decided Charlie will be buried with his beloved toy monkeys.” Mr Gard gave an emotional speech on the steps of the High Court when he said: “Mummy and Daddy love you so much Charlie, we always have and we always will and we are so sorry that we couldn’t save you.”We had the chance but we weren’t allowed to give you that chance. Sweet dreams baby. Sleep tight our beautiful little boy.” Connie Yates and Chris Gard, the parents of Charlie Gard, arrive at the High Court with a toy monkey in Chris’s jacket pocketCredit:Matt Dunham/AP 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

VIDEO Vince McMahon appears at 1111 Smackdown tapings

first_img Now Playing Up Next Syracuse University Offering ‘Unofficial Pop-up Class’ To Become A YouTube Star Google+ Pinterest system.scripts.YouTube to pay fine for collecting data on kids Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Cesaro announces that he will make an appearance at NXT UK TakeOver: Cardiff Linda McMahon To Leave SBA Job To Head Trump Super PAC Fundraising SPOILERS: 7/19 NXT UK TV Tapings from Plymouth, England to air on the WWE Network YouTube to pay fine for collecting data on kids Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Twitter Vince McMahon Gave Roman Reigns Advice After Cancer Diagnosis Now Playing Up Next SPOILERS: 7/20 NXT UK TV Tapings from Plymouth, England to air on the WWE Network Now Playing Up Next Facebook Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSyracuse University Offering ‘Unofficial Pop-up Class’ To Become A YouTube StarVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:31/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:29 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list The following video was uploaded to YouTube yesterday of Vince McMahon appearing in a segment not taped for TV at yesterday’s 11/11 WWE Smackdown tapings in Liverpool, England. Live reports indicated the crowd was very quiet and McMahon made an attempt to get the crowd more lively and into the taping. You can view the video below.Update (11:35 a.m. ET): WWE has since blocked the video on YouTube. Thanks to Wrestleview reader Clinton Bowman for passing that along. last_img read more