10 months agoTottenham announce stadium delay until February

first_imgTottenham announce stadium delay until Februaryby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham have announced another delay for their new stadium moving date.Spurs chief Daniel Levy has apologised to fans on Wednesday after he revealed the club would play all their February fixtures at Wembley.”We have now received a post-Christmas/New Year update from the contractors involved in the critical safety systems at our new stadium.”The past month has seen remedial works take place, software issues resolved and corrected safety equipment installations increase. Testing has also continued.”We are now liaising with the contractors and building control at Haringey Council to determine a schedule of commissioning, building test dates and building control sign-offs, along with formal test event dates.”Given the time required to deliver these and the test events, we can confirm that our Premier League matches against Watford (30 January), Newcastle United (2 February) and Leicester City (10 February) – and our Champions League match against Borussia Dortmund (13 February) – will take place at Wembley Stadium.”Should we continue to progress to the fifth round of the FA Cup and have a home draw, this too would be played at Wembley Stadium (weekend of 16/17 February).” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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NHT to Introduce Intergenerational Mortgage

first_imgStory Highlights This initiative, he said, will allow flexibility in how a family member can support a beneficiary in acquiring an NHT property. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the National Housing Trust (NHT) will be introducing an intergenerational mortgage programme in the upcoming fiscal year. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the National Housing Trust (NHT) will be introducing an intergenerational mortgage programme in the upcoming fiscal year.This initiative, he said, will allow flexibility in how a family member can support a beneficiary in acquiring an NHT property.“The aim is for a younger sibling or child to agree to carry the mortgage obligation, subject to affordability, when the older mortgagor retires or dies,” Mr. Holness said.The Prime Minister was making his contribution to the 2019/20 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (March 19).He explained that under this programme, the beneficiary’s loan will be scheduled to retirement over a 60-year period, and will include the portion of the costs to be covered during the period from the date of the loan to retirement.“For example, if the beneficiary has 20 years to retirement, then it would be a 20/60 or 1/3 ratio of the cost of the solution, which will be factored into the required payment,” he noted.The Prime Minister said the beneficiary will be required to present an “heir” to the NHT – a younger sibling or child – who will consent to repaying the outstanding amounts on the cost of the asset, which will be adjusted to current values.“That sibling will be allowed to take over the asset if they agree to various terms, including allowing the beneficiary to occupy the premises for (an agreed period) of time. The cycle may be repeated for a second heir to take over the housing solution,” he indicated.The Prime Minister said this initiative is meant to support capital accumulation “in really poor families, because now you can pool your wealth, which is not always possible. This is a practical way of ensuring that we give everybody a shot at homeownership”.A maximum of 10 per cent of NHT’s constructed solutions will be accessible under this programme in the initial stages and selection will be based on the age of the applicant, the number of years the applicant has contributed to the NHT and the assessed ability of the heir to carry the mortgage when the obligation passes. “The aim is for a younger sibling or child to agree to carry the mortgage obligation, subject to affordability, when the older mortgagor retires or dies,” Mr. Holness said.last_img read more

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Haryana CM addresses election rally in Gurugram

first_imgGururgam: Haryana Chief Minister M L Khattar on Monday addressed the election rally along with Rao Inderjit Singh who is now certain to be the LS candidate for BJP. The election rally was held at Kukrola village in Panchgaon along the KMP expressway. Speaking at BJP’s Vijay Sankalp Sabha Haryana CM said, “We are taking our achievements of the past & plans for the future to the people, but the opposition has no achievements to speak of, so they can only criticise.” Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe Chief Minister emphasised on his government had ensured that there was balance development in all the regions of the state. Hoping to win from Guugram for the record fifth time Rao Inderjit Singh also highlighted how the Central Government had ensured holistic development in Gurugram by ensuring huge investment in road infrastructure, connectivity and transportation. In an area that has also given a lot of soldiers who have served Indian Army Rao Indrajit also raised the issue of national security. Even as no candidates have been announced by either party, it is widely expected that Congress is planning to put up a strong candidate against Rao Inderjit who is almost certain to get the candidature again.last_img read more

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Gender equality womens empowerment central to Colombian peace process – UN officials

On 24 July, the two sides committed to ensure that one of the agreement’s fundamental objectives will be to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women. Since 2012, the FARC and the Colombian Government have been in talks hosted in Havana, seeking to end a 51-year conflict. Throughout the discussions, negotiators have reached agreement on key issues such as political participation, land rights, illicit drugs and victims’ rights and transitional justice.“This is a moment of great hope,” said Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), and Zainab Hawa Bangura, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, in a joint statement.“It renews our confidence in diplomacy, and strengthens our belief that other long-standing conflicts, no matter how complex and protracted, can follow Colombia’s example and ‘sign up’ for peace,” they added.They hailed the work of the Havana Peace Talks Table and its Gender sub-Commission, a unique mechanism in the history of conflict resolution and composed of representatives of the Government and the FARC, which has brought women’s voices into the peace process.The gender provisions of the agreement ensure that women’s participation and empowerment are key to main aspects like rural development, political participation and eradication of illicit drugs. The Gender sub-Commission has also addressed the rights of women victims of the conflict to truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-repetition, as well as their rights in provisions for the end of the conflict.Highlighting, in particular, the plight of the victims of sexual violence, Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka and Ms. Bangura said: “In Colombia, the silence around sexual violence in the conflict has been broken, with a firm commitment to afford survivors the justice and support that they deserve.”They added that they looked forward to the institutionalization of the Gender sub-Commission in post-conflict arrangements, as a guarantor for implementation of the commitments that have been made.“This peace process represents an historic opportunity to transform the status of women in Colombian society through fundamental structural change,” they said while stressing that, “We must now ensure that women are included in all aspects of decision-making, with specific provisions for gender balance, and in power-sharing arrangements.”Noting that the peace process had already reduced the humanitarian impact of the armed conflict, they said that the dividends of the peace negotiations will help to build crucial momentum for the vote through which the Colombian people will decide on the agreement’s ratification.“For transformational change, and for peace to take root, it will be essential to secure the broad participation of women and men, and of all civil society,” they concluded, reaffirming their commitment to continue stand with and support Colombia and its people on their journey toward lasting peace. read more

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African Heritage Month is back at Brock

The Brock African Heritage Recognition Committee is once again teaming up with its partners at Brock University and in the community to celebrate African Heritage Month this February 2015.The month-long celebration provides opportunities to recognize, learn about and appreciate African cultures and African-made contributions in Canada and around the world.Co-Chair of the Brock African Heritage Recognition Committee Tamari Kitossa took some time to explain and reflect on the importance of African Heritage Month and the significance of the theme that was chosen.TBN: Why do you feel it’s important to celebrate African heritage?TK: There continues to be a lot of misconceptions and stereotypes around African contributions to Canada and the world in general. Part of dispelling those myths and stereotypes is to take time where we can to demonstrate, showcase and have conversations around the contributions that African people have made.For example, the Queen Charlotte Islands and Charlottetown were named after Queen Charlotte Sophia of England whose father was the Duke of Florence, and he was mixed. So we have British royalty and places in Canada that are named after people who today would be defined as Black, but we don’t know that. It’s important to make it very clear that African history and heritage is world heritage; it’s also important to dispel myths and stereotypes so as to promote a stronger sense of self-esteem for African youth.HM: Is there a difference between African Heritage Month and Black History Month?TK: The difference between the two is in some ways a continuation of an idea. Carter G. Woodson, who started Negro History Week back in the 1920s, focused on trying to recognize the contributions that African people made to the history of the United States. The historians at the time generally excluded African contributions, so it was part of a move to counter racism at the time.Negro History Week morphed into Black History Month and people began to think about African liberation as well, which considers the past, the present, as well as prospects for the future. African Heritage Month is about looking at all dimensions of African history and African heritage and publicizing the roles that Africans and Africa have played in human history.HM: What kinds of events are happening around campus in honor of African Heritage Month?TK: There are two events being put on by the African Heritage Recognition Committee. One of them is a health symposium that looks at the panic around Ebola and the contributions of the Cuban government in dealing with the Ebola outbreak. We also have a specialist on HIV/AIDS in the African Canadian community who is talking about the politics of HIV and how that has impacted the community.Then we are going to have a really dynamic lecture by Horace Campbell, who is looking at Canada’s changing role as a “warrior state.” Canada used to be perceived as a peace-keeping nation, but it is now more on the footing of a warrior nation that intervenes and engages in global conflicts. So both of these conversations are really important for us to have.HM: Is there a particular focus for this year’s African Heritage Month events?TK: The coherent theme is “communication and healing.” This is a play on words because we understand that diseases and war both need healing, but this is only possible if we have conversations about them. The theme is really about how we might understand problems such as illness and war, and how we might find effective means of healing both of those.*Wednesday, Feb. 25: Healing Through Communication Symposium: HIV/AIDS, Sexualities and Anti-African Racism*Friday Feb.27: third annual Dr. Wilma Morrison African Heritage LectureFor more information on BAHRC’s events, contact Tamari Kitossa at tkitossa@brocku.ca, or Richard Ndayizigamiye at rndayizigamiye@brocku.ca. read more

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Passengers on flight from Middle East sought after patient diagnosed with deadly

PHE said: “As a precautionary measure, PHE experts are working closely with NHS colleagues to advise them on infection control measures. They will be contacting people who might have been in close contact with the individual to monitor their symptoms and provide health advice. This will include contacting a number of passengers who travelled in close proximity to the patient on the same flight to the UK.Dr Jenny Harries, Deputy Medical Director at Public Health England, said: “A patient in hospital in Liverpool is being treated for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (Mers-CoV) infection. The patient is thought to have contracted the infection whilst in the Middle East before travelling to the UK.  “Public Health England is following up those who have had close and sustained contact with the patient to offer advice and to monitor them as necessary.“It is important to emphasise that although a case has been identified, the overall risk of disease transmission to the public is very low.“As we’ve seen in previous cases, we have well established and robust infection control procedures for dealing with cases of imported infectious disease and these will be strictly followed to minimise the risk of transmission.” Public Health England is following up those who have had close and sustained contact with the patient to offer advice and to monitor them as necessaryDr Jenny Harries PHE said those who show symptoms of MERS after travelling to the Middle East, should contact health services through the usual routes – by calling their GP or NHS 111. MERS-CoV (the virus that causes MERS) can be spread when someone is in close contact with a patient for a sustained period of time, officials said. They said this means there is a very low risk to the general population of becoming ill. Richard Hatchett, chief executive of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, which is funding the development of a vaccine into the disease, said: “Emerging infectious diseases, like MERS-CoV, are spreading faster and emerging more frequently than ever before due to ecological changes, urbanisation, and increased mobility within and between countries.In view of its epidemic potential, CEPI has prioritised development of a vaccine against MERS-CoV, in addition to Lassa and Nipah viruses. So far, we have awarded funding to three companies—Themis, Inovio, and IDT Biologika—to develop vaccine candidates against MERS-CoV. We will also be announcing funding for additional MERS vaccine development soon.” Healthcare professionals are advised to remain vigilant for severe unexplained respiratory illness occurring in anyone who has recently travelled in to the UK from the Middle East, particularly in light of increased travel associated with the Hajj. First identified in Saudi Arabia in 2012, MERS is a viral respiratory disease caused by a coronavirus (Mers-CoV) that was dubbed Middle East Respiratory Syndrome because of the origin of the first cases.Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can cause diseases ranging from the common cold to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). A man has been diagnosed with the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome in England – the first such diagnosis in this country since 2013.Health officials said the case involves a patient who was initially admitted to a hospital in Leeds before being transferred to Royal Liverpool Hospital, which treats respiratory infectious diseases.The man is believed to have fallen ill after flying to Britain from the Middle East, where he lives. Officials are now attempting to contact a number of passengers who sat near the man on his flight to the UK.Public Health England (PHE) said the risk of transmission to the general population from this case is very low. Typically MERS symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Around a third of reported patients with MERS worldwide have died.People without symptoms are not considered infectious but, as a precaution, those who have been in close proximity will be contacted and monitored to ensure that if they do become unwell they can be treated quickly, officials said.The virus has been dubbed “camel flu” because of evidence that humans could contract it from infected camels.  However, there are concerns that it can also be spread betwen humans and via airborne transmission. However, more than 80 per cent of these cases have so far occurred in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, according to the World Health Organisation.More recently, there have been outbreaks of MERS in South Korea and China.A spokesman for the Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospitals Trust said: “We are treating a patient who has Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). The patient is being cared for on our specialist infectious and tropical diseases unit, by specialist and highly trained staff who are experienced in dealing with a variety of infectious diseases.”There is no risk to other patients or visitors.We ask that people continue to use our services as normal and that people only come to our emergency department if their condition is serious and/or an emergency,” he added.  Protect yourself and your family by learning more about Global Health Security  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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Number of children vaping doubles in five years new research shows

The number of children and teenagers trying vaping has doubled in five years, official figures show. A report from Public Health England (PHE) shows around one in six children aged between 11 and 18 has tried e-cigarettes, with many saying they liked the flavours.In total, 15.9 per cent of those in this age group reported having tried vaping, the data from 2018 shows – a rise from 8.1 per cent in 2014.Most had not continued with the habit, but 3.4 per cent classed themselves as current vapers, the research found – more than double the 1.6 per cent five years ago.“Experimentation and use of e-cigarettes has been increasing steadily over time,” the report said.When those who had tried an e-cigarette were asked why, 57.2 per cent said they wanted to give it a try, while 16.1 per cent said they liked the flavours.PHE has thrown its weight behind vaping, which it says is 95 per cent less harmful than smoking. Officials say any smoker trying to quit should be offered the devices, which should be offered by GPs on prescription.Prof John Newton, PHE health improvement director, last night said Britain was not seeing the kind of trends seen in the United States, where up to one in five young people are estimated to be regularly using e-cigarettes. “We will keep a close watch on young people’s vaping and smoking habits to ensure we stay on track to achieve our ambition of a smoke-free generation,” he added.Other health experts have expressed concern that the devices could be embraced as an “edgy lifestyle choice” rather than a way to quit smoking.The study, led by researchers at King’s College London and commissioned by PHE, shows that five years ago, 70 per cent of children and young people who tried vaping had previously tried a cigarette. Just 46 per cent of those experimenting with e-cigarettes last year had previously tried smoking, the poll of 2,000 youths found.Separate research by Coventry University published last year found that more than half of e-cigarette users aged between 11 and 16 had never smoked a tobacco cigarette.The academics expressed concern that rising numbers of young people may be trying vaping to experiment or because they think it is “cool”, and do not realise that e-cigarettes also contain nicotine. 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. “In contrast to recent media reports in the US, we are not seeing a surge in e-cigarette use among young people in Britain,” he said.“While more young people are experimenting with e-cigarettes, the crucial point is that regular use remains low and is very low indeed among those who have never smoked”. The new report said vaping among adults in Britain has remained stable since 2015, with between 5.4 per cent  to 6.2 per cent of adults estimated to vape in 2017/18, and between 14.9 per cent to 18.5 per cent of smokers vaping.Ann McNeill, professor of tobacco addiction at King’s College London and lead author of the report, said: “We are encouraged that regular vaping among young people in Britain who have never smoked remains low.“However, we need to stay vigilant and in particular closely monitor youth smoking,” she said.Professor Martin McKee, from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said: “Even though the numbers are still lower than in the USA, where teenage vaping has been described as a ‘public health emergency’ it surely must be a concern that there seems to have been a doubling in numbers of adolescents using e-cigarettes in such a short time.”Deborah Arnott, chief executive of Action on Smoking and Health, said there was a need to remain watchful, noting that future surveys would ask about use of Juul, a brand which only went on sale in the UK this summer, but is the most popular e-cigarette in the United States.She said:  “Although more young people are experimenting, regular youth vaping among never smokers remains rare. Only one in 500 of those aged 11-18 who’ve never smoked report using e-cigarettes once a week or more. However, we need to remain vigilant, the ASH annual survey of youth use in 2019 is about to start and this year we will be asking about Juul, which went on sale in the UK last summer.” read more

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Playable Google Doodle celebrates Frank Zambonis birthday

first_imgIt’s been a while since Google offered us a new Google Doodle that took the form of a game, but today we get one that includes a Zamboni.The Doodle is in celebration of what would have been Frank Zamboni’s 112th birthday, and while you may not of heard of the man himself, his last name is sure to be familiar.In 1940, Frank and his brother opened an ice rink in Los Angeles. Having run an ice making business previously, they had all the refrigeration equipment they needed and an expertise in dealing with the cold stuff. That lead to two very important breakthroughs in the world of ice rinks.The first, patented in 1946, was a method of eliminating ripples in the ice rink ice due to the pipes that lay underneath it to keep it frozen. The second, developed in 1949 and patented in 1953, was an ice resurfacer, which ended up being called a Zamboni.Before the Zamboni it took 3 people 90 minutes to smooth out an ice rink. But with the new machine a single person could do it in 10 minutes.Google has used the Zamboni as the basis for the Doodle game. You take control of one, with the aim being to resurface the ice after a number of skaters have used it. The main hurdle to your continued progression is an ever diminishing level of fuel, but you can top up the tank by collecting the fuel cans skaters occasionally drop. Also, watch out for obstacles on the ice and the odd banana that makes you spin.It’s a fitting tribute to a man and machine that continues to be an important invention. It’s also a pretty good game you could lose a good chunk of time playing today.Play the Frank Zamboni Google Doodle and let us know what you scoredlast_img read more

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Internautes et chercheurs sur la piste dune œuvre perdue de Léonard De

first_imgInternautes et chercheurs sur la piste d’une œuvre perdue de Léonard De VinciUn restaurateur d’œuvres d’Art a lancé récemment un appel aux internautes pour l’aider à financer un projet original : développer une caméra high-tech qui lui permettrait d’élucider un mystère archéologique : la présence – soupçonnée mais incertaine – d’une fresque de Léonard de Vinci derrière les murs d’un palais de Florence.À 73 ans, le restaurateur d’Art Maurizio Seracini n’en est pas à son coup d’essai dans l’utilisation de techniques de pointe pour découvrir ou remettre en état des œuvres  anciennes. Aujourd’hui, il lance, sur Internet, un appel aux dons pour financer la mise au point d’une caméra à rayons gamma capable de déceler une fresque qui, pense-t-il, se trouve sur la face cachée d’un mur du Palazzo Vecchio, à Florence. Une fresque signée… Léonard de Vinci !À lire aussiLe pharaon Toutânkhamon n’était sans doute pas celui que l’on croitUn peu d’Histoire. En 1505, le Maître compose une fresque, La bataille d’Anghiari, pour décorer les murs de la salle dite ‘des 500’, dans ce palais de la renaissance. En 1563, les Médicis y font alors faire d’importants travaux, et Vasari, un autre artiste, redécore la salle avec une autre fresque. Mais, connaissant le respect de ce dernier pour les œuvres de ses prédécesseurs, et la façon dont il les a parfois préservées en les couvrant d’un mur protecteur avant d’orner celui-ci, Maurizio Seracini, depuis longtemps, soupçonne que Vasari a agi de même pour la fresque léonardienne de la salle des 500. Peut-être à l’endroit où il a laissé une mystérieuse inscription : “Cerca Trova” (Cherchez et vous trouverez).Un flux de neutrons pour scruter le mur Avec l’aide du photographe David Yoder, le restaurateur a obtenu la collaboration du physicien atomiste américain Robert Smither pour mettre au point une caméra spéciale, capable d’envoyer, à travers le mur en question, un flux de neutrons qui, le cas échéant, percuteront les noyaux des pigments de la fresque, provoquant alors l’émission de rayons gamma traductibles en signal.Et, pour trouver les 240.000 dollars qui, malgré l’aide du National Geographic Magazine, manquent encore pour réaliser ce gadget high-tech, Seracini et Yoder font aujourd’hui appel à la générosité des amateurs d’art et de mystère, via un appel aux dons sur le site web Kickstarter (lien non disponible). Le 17 septembre 2011 à 13:01 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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AS Roma wish Salah good luck for final

first_imgAS Roma has wished their former player Mohamed Salah good luck for the final of the Champions League after they were eliminated from the competition by LiverpoolThe Egypt international left the Giallorossi last summer for a move to Liverpool and came back to haunt his old club in last week’s first leg at Anfield with Salah bagging a brace of goals and assists in a 5-2 defeat for Roma.Upon returning to the Stadio Olimpico on Wednesday night for the first time since his departure, Salah was ultimately unable to have much impact in Liverpool’s 4-2 defeat in the second leg. But the Reds were still able to progress to the final of the competition with an aggregate win of 7-6 across the two-legged encounter.After their defeat, Roma sent Salah heartfelt message and wished the 25-year-old good luck for the final.“It hurts so much that AS Roma’s incredible dream of going all the way to Kiev is over,” Roma wrote on Twitter.“But you’ll be there in your new colours. Good luck in the Champions League final, Mo Salah. #ForzaRoma #YNWA”divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…It hurts so much that #ASRoma’s incredible dream of going all the way to Kiev is over but you’ll be there in your new colours.Good luck in the #UCL final @MoSalah#ForzaRoma #YNWA pic.twitter.com/BOsVgoKLjI— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) 2 May 2018Liverpool will face Real Madrid in the final of the Champions League at Kiev on May 24.last_img read more

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Wenger to decide future before the start of the World Cup

first_imgArsene Wenger recently admitted that he is far from sure for his future after his departure from Arsenal, where he spent the last 22 years, but confirmed he will make up his mind before the World Cup starts.The manager claimed despite being physically well, he is unsure if he wants to stay in management as he thinks he should have complete influence on the club and not just on a couple of players.“I haven’t decided yet,” Wenger admitted, according to 101 Great Goals. “That’s a decision I have to make. I’m physically in quite good shape. I have to decide do I continue to manage.”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“I’m not decided completely unless I can have a huge influence on the club, how the club wants to be perceived, what is important to it, what kind of values does it want to represent.”“If I can have a complete influence on the club, I would consider it. I’ve given myself until the start of the World Cup to decide.”Currently, Mikel Arteta is considered the favourite as the now former Gunners manager himself backed the Spaniard for the position.last_img read more

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US just misses victory ties Portugal 22

first_imgWith Cristiano Ronaldo on the field, a one-goal lead is never safe.The world player of the year rarely sparkled on a hot and humid night in the jungle, but his inch-perfect stoppage-time cross set up Varela for the equalizing goal Sunday in Portugal’s 2-2 draw against the United States at the World Cup.The Real Madrid winger, who has been playing despite a left knee injury, showed flashes of his best, but his impact was minimal until the final seconds of the match. He curled the ball in to a diving Varela, who headed past Tim Howard to give the Portuguese team a slim hope of advancing to the second round and deny the Americans instant advancement.“He made a great cross,” said Howard, Ronaldo’s former teammate from their days at Manchester United. “Football’s cruel sometimes.”The United States now has four points in Group G, the same as Germany. Both Portugal and Ghana have one point. The Americans will face Germany on Thursday in Recife, while Portugal takes on Ghana at the same time in Brasilia.“Obviously we’re disappointed, but at the end of the day you’ve got to look at the positives, we got a point,” said United States captain Clint Dempsey, who scored to give the Americans a 2-1 lead in the 81st. “It’s going down to the last game and hopefully we get the job done.”Nani scored first for Portugal, shooting past a sprawling Howard in the fifth minute. But the Americans responded in the second half as Portugal seemed to wilt in the stifling heat.last_img read more

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In an offer to take back rape case motherdaughter demand Rs 15

first_imgJaipur: Three women, including a mother-daughter duo, were arrested on Sunday for extorting money for settlement in a rape case lodged by one of the accused, officials said. Anuradha Kapoor, 43, had lodged a rape case against Rajendra Vyas and Anil Ahuja on July 16, they said, adding Kapoor was demanding Rs 15 lakh for changing her statement. Also Read – HC declines protection to Shivakumar from arrest Advertise With Us “She had already taken Rs 6.5 lakh from them and came to Jaipur to take the remaining amount of Rs 8.5 lakh. The woman was with her mother Moli Kapur, 67, and caretaker Chinki, 28. All of them were caught while taking the money in a hotel here,” said DCP East Rahul Jain. The accused women were arrested under section 384 of the Indian Penal Code (extortion). Officials said Vyas and Ahuja met senior police officials two days ago and told them of the alleged blackmailing by the woman, who are from Delhi, following which a trap was laid.last_img read more

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Sri Sri invokes Tagore in his keynote address for Clean Air Games

first_imgLiv Tørres, who CEO of the Nobel Peace Center, and international sports commentator, Knut Skeie Solberg were also present at the event.The importance of dynamism driven by inner peace for a sustainable future was emphasised on by the Art of Living founder and spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, in his keynote address at the Clean Air Games, hosted at Nobel Peace Center, Oslo. Sri Sri addressed the gathering, speaking on the topic ‘Sustainability as a mindset’.”The mindset of people is key in bringing any transformation to help us move forward,” Sri Sri said in his address.”We need to change the mindset from a consumerist one to one that looks out for the future too. And for change of mindset, one must listen. Listening is impossible if someone is stressed. Outer peace can come only if there’s inner peace. Someone who is stressed in the mind will be too tired and exhausted to care about anyone or any cause. So, care for the planet comes from a peaceful individual, where one begins to see the planet as part of oneself. This education has to be brought (to more people),” he added.Clean Air Games is a two-day international event that brings together the cause of environmental impact and sustainability with sports. Liv Tørres, who CEO of the Nobel Peace Center, and international sports commentator, Knut Skeie Solberg were also present at the event.Addressing a mix of sportspeople, change makers, statesmen, policymakers and other stakeholders, Sri Sri shared the Art of Living’s inside out approach to drive a social change. He said that it is people driven by inner spiritual peace and a calling to serve the society, who volunteer to make a significant impact.He said that The Art of Living volunteers, who are present in 156 countries, have successfully planted 80 million trees and have worked on reviving 41 rivers (that existed merely on papers) across India. Over 50 million people have benefitted from this effort.He also said that the volunteers reached out to 280000 farmers to discourage them from stubble burning which was one of the main causes of hazardous air quality and toxic pollutants being released in the air in and around Delhi region. Addressing a mix of sportspeople, change makers, statesmen, policy makers and other stakeholders, Sri Sri shared the Art of Living’s inside out approach to drive a social change.The farmers were instead trained in mulching practices to recycle the waste, also benefiting the farmers as it provided sufficient nitrogen fix that the soil needed, while keeping the air clean and breathable.He cited the example of Latur, which was one of the first towns to be hit by the fierce droughts in Maharashtra. The town had to get portable water transported from other cities.But the rejuvenation movement, driven by the civil society and led by The Art of Living, to revive the dead rivers and streams, harvest rainwater, build groundwater recharge structures and raise the water table helped increase the groundwater table, making a significant change in the lives of people of the town.”Environment doesn’t have any geographic or political boundaries. You cannot say we want clean air only in Norway. If there’s no clean air elsewhere we’re not going to have it here. We have one planet earth and we have one atmosphere. To care for that we need to create huge awareness throughout the world, for which spiritual tools need to be adopted,” said Sri Sri. Sri Sri also shared practical inputs that can reduce the burden of environmental pollution on the planet.Apart from the need for spirituality to create more environmentally conscious individuals and change mindsets, Sri Sri also shared practical inputs that can reduce the burden of environmental pollution on the planet.While referring to the global fireworks that go off during New Year’s Eve, creating massive air toxicity that makes air unbreathable, Gurudev instead suggested, the world community to adopt a possible environmental middle path of electronic (laser) fireworks.He also challenged the misnomer that organic farming was uneconomical and that chemicals and GMO seeds were needed in the soil for quicker output, without which the entire population will starve.”We’ve proved this is wrong. This is just a lobby trying to take money and power from poor people. So the poor farmers cannot maintain their seed banks. It pushes the poor farmer into dependence. We’ve demonstrated again and again in India that doing agriculture organically is sustainable,” Sri Sri said.During his interaction with Liv Tørres about courageous leadership needed for sustainable investments, invoking the Nobel Laureate-Rabindranath Tagore, Sri Sri shared, “You need the courage to face opposition from unknown corners when you are convinced that something needs to be done. Tagore gave a beautiful slogan-Ekla Chalo Re. You move alone even if there’s nobody with you. But then everyone will come together, when they see what you are doing, is much needed.”last_img read more

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Riverdale Retreats to the Lodges Lodge and Languishes

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Riverdale has been on hiatus for a month, and it’s been promising something big when it returns. Did it deliver? Not really. Instead, we got a series of entertaining, dramatic, truly Riverdale moments that all fizzled out and blended together. It’s a shame too, because the show started with a really great premise.Hiram wants Veronica out of town while some unsavory dealmakers are in Riverdale. He sends Archie and Veronica for a quiet weekend away in his getaway cabin. Betty and Jughead come too, and for a single solitary second, it looks like it’ll be a fun couples retreat. Then Cheryl, jealous that she wasn’t invited, calls Jughead and tells him that Betty and Archie kissed. This weekend is off to a great start. Fortunately, Jughead has about as cool as Veronica was about the whole thing. If anything, he’s just bothered that Betty didn’t tell him when he confessed his makeout session with Toni. What makes things more awkward is that Jughead isn’t just here to relax with his girlfriend. He’s here to investigate. He wants to know exactly what Hiram Lodge is planning for the south side.KJ Apa as Archie, Lili Reinhart as Betty, Camila Mendes as Veronica and Cole Spouse as Jughead (Photo: Katie Yu/The CW)Part of what makes the episode so entertaining despite its problems is that there’s palpable tension underneath each line. Veronica wants to make everything normal and OK when everything is very clearly not. You know what’s sure to make everything better? Sexy swimsuit hot tub time! Wait, did I say better? I mean way freaking worse. Especially once Veronica proposes that she and Jughead kiss to make up for Betty and Archie’s indiscretion. Jughead readily agrees despite the obvious discomfort of both Archie and Betty. Maybe he and Veronica aren’t as OK with the kiss as they’re letting on. Well, at least Betty has a solution. It involves a corset and her Dark Betty black wig. And yeah, the thing walls and squeaking beds make everything way more awkward. Especially with Archie suddenly feeling like he has to prove his masculinity. It also doesn’t help that he gets caught spying for Hiram. Because he’s an idiot who has no idea what subtlety is. Dude. Be loyal to your girl. It doesn’t matter if her dad likes you if she doesn’t.She explains as much, and everything seems back to normal, for a second. Every time a phone rings, it starts another fight, because this episode can’t find a conflict to carry the whole story. This time, it’s Jughead’s dad. It turns out Hiram bought the trailer park and told all the serpents they could stay. Ostensibly, it’s because of his article, but he doesn’t trust that for a second.Archie and Veronica try to convince him to take it as a win, and another fight ensues. Yeah, I’m with Jughead on this one. There’s no way Jughead is doing this out of the goodness of his heart. Even more damning, Betty gets a frantic call from her mom. It turns out Hiram Lodge bought the paper. He owns the land and he controls the media. That’s always a good combination. By this point, you realize that this is an episode based on moments, rather than a cohesive story. Each scene is perfectly tuned to elicit gasps from fans. It’s certainly entertaining, but watching a show spin its wheels gets boring after a while no matter how good it is at it.Camila Mendes as Veronica and KJ Apa as Archie (Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW)At least it leads to a decent confrontation. Everyone gets way too personal. Everything we’ve been making fun of these characters for since the show began, they call each other out for. Jughead calls Archie simple. Veronica brings up Betty’s dark wig roleplay. It’s petty and pointed and I am here for it. It’s the scene we’ve been waiting for all episode and the show pivots away from it as fast as possible. Rather than a climactic falling out, it’s just another moment nobody could figure out how to resolve, and that’s super disappointing.So instead, we have a robbery. Two men recognized Betty and Veronica during their shopping trip earlier and decide the lodge is the perfect target for a robbery. The scene that follows is legitimately scary. Partly because the hooded men give Archie flashbacks, but also the uncertainty and dread builds exponentially by the second. It’s so terrifying watching the thief follow Veronica into her room to get her wallet. It feels like a small triumph when she activates a silent alarm. Even if it does end with Hiram’s guard seemingly shooting the thief with Archie only a few feet away. Eh, what’s another dark secret in that big, dumb red head of his?Ashleigh Murray as Josie (Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW)Back in Riverdale, things are just as tense as they are at the Lodge lodge. We finally get some forward movement in Josie’s story. This season set up so much with her early on and delivered on absolutely none of it. It still isn’t, really, but the story it does tell at least goes somewhere. Josie figures out that her mother is having an affair with Sheriff Keller. She doesn’t handle it too well. She immediately tells Kevin what’s going on, causing a huge blow-up among both families. This whole subplot revolves around everyone left in town going to a screening of Love, Simon the teen rom-com that comes out this week. Yeah, it’s super obvious product placement, and it sucks. The entire episode grinds to a halt so it can hawk a movie.At least this part of the episode set up some decent storylines for the rest of the season. Kevin runs into Moose and Midge and it becomes very clear that their relationship isn’t as open as Moose implied. Midge is completely unaware that Moose and Kevin have been seeing each other, despite what Moose has been telling Kevin. She has no idea he’s gay, even when he comments on male actors’ bodies. He could not be making it more obvious, yet she remains his unwitting beard. It sucks for Kevin. You really do feel for him, but for us, it could be fun to watch this particular pot boil over.Casey Cott as Kevin (Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW)What’s more interesting is Cheryl’s story. Riverdale has finally decided to stop having her be a mean girl line delivery system and start treating her like a human being. As petty, mean and annoying as she can be sometimes, she’s had a hard life. It’s natural she’d lash out in some way. Now, we learn why she’s been so mean to Toni ever since she showed up. It turns out Cheryl had a best friend who would sleep over all the time. That friendship eventually grew into something more. Cheryl’s mom found them sleeping in the same bed and called Cheryl a deviant. That is some Blossom-ass homophobia right there. Toni immediately sees what’s going on and comforts her. We’re seeing the beginnings of another relationship, and it’s a promising sign that Toni’s “I’m more into girls anyway” line wasn’t just pure shock value. Turning it into a visible, hopefully supportive relationship is a step in the right direction if Riverdale handles it right. No matter how clunky and movie trailer-sounding the dialog in this scene was.So yes, this episode had some bright spots. You could argue that it was made up almost entirely of bright spots. They just combined to create an oddly dim whole.  Taken on their own, each scene was filled with exciting character drama and fun, brutal dialog. When put together in one episode, none of them come together the way you want. None of the good moments is explored enough to lead anywhere. The final scene at Pop’s is the show literally throwing all these disparate plot ideas into the same place and hoping some kind of conclusion comes out of it. It doesn’t, but at least it set up some promising stories for the rest of the season. The ingredients are all good, they just didn’t work as a stew. SDCC 2019: ‘Riverdale’ Cast Spills Details on Core ‘Mystery’ for Season 4Top Movies and TV Panels to Keep on Your Radar for SDCC 2019 center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Machine cuts workers thumb off

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite A worker’s thumb was cut off this morning (September 20) at one of the factories in the industrial area.It is believed that, just before 8am, the worker was operating one of the machines at the factory when his thumb got caught in the whirling blades. The finger was severed by the machine.EMRS emergency personnel responded and stabilized the injured man before transporting him to hospital. DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

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Swoop extends key routes ahead of its full summer 2019 sked release

first_imgSwoop extends key routes ahead of its full summer 2019 sked release Posted by Travelweek Group CALGARY — Swoop is keeping its five key Canadian cities for summer 2019, and adding daily Las Vegas flights out of Edmonton.The low-cost carrier released its core summer 2019 schedule today, with flights available for booking from April 28, 2019 through to October 26, 2019.Swoop says the summer 2019 lineup extends many routes and sets the stage for its full summer schedule, which will be released in the next few months, which is expected to add both frequency and new markets.“The schedule released today confirms our commitment to serving our core airports through the summer of 2019,” said Karen McIsaac, Senior Advisor of Communications at Swoop. “Our ability to continue offering these routes substantiates our success and aids Swoop in acquiring the loyalty of our travellers in these markets.”In the coming months Swoop will finalize the remaining additions to the schedule including incorporating plans for its seventh aircraft, expected to be delivered in May 2019. Tags: Las Vegas, New Routes, Swoopcenter_img Tuesday, November 27, 2018 Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Count me in part III Carmen Miller and Costa Rican Sisterlocks

first_img Facebook Comments Count me in: the natural hair revolution among Afro-Ticas “Loc” is the term I use (though others use “locks”) as is it signifies the process of what afro hair does organically; without combing, it locks into tight curls where there is continual new growth at the root.  I have had locs so lengthy that I could sit on them, and have cut them four times since I started locing for various spiritual reasons, and because of heaviness. Courtesy of Proud LocksIt was with sheer joy that I became friends with Afro-Tica historian Dr. Carmen Hutchinson-Miller, who is the only trained Sisterlocks consultant in Costa Rica, and the mentor of a soon-to-be second Afro-Tica consultant. Her story is truly fascinating. Born in Limón, Carmen always had long, thick natural hair. Her mother took prideful care of her hair, using Vaseline and other products from relatives who brought them from the United States. It was only on “special occasions” that Carmen was allowed to “press” and straighten her hair.Upon entering high school in Limón, Carmen had more freedom to take care of her own hair and became very creative with natural hair styles.  When Carmen moved to San José to attend university in the 1980s, the colder climate disagreed with her hair and it began falling out. She then began to chemically straighten her hair but ultimately decided to do the BC – big chop – as she balanced life as a student and a mother.When the opportunity came to complete a PhD at the University of the West Indies, Barbados, Carmen jumped at the chance. The politics of finding the right hair care professional to do her hair, alongside graduate work and acclimating culturally, proved challenging; Carmen decided to do another big chop, opting for a stylish “man cut” with a local “Bajan” barber. As her natural hair grew quickly, she alternated between twists and low cuts.It was in Barbados as a doctoral student that Carmen was first introduced to Sisterlocks. This unique hair locking technique was created by Dr. Joan Cornell, an African American scholar working on the subject of Afro-hair in the late 1990s. Sisterlocks are created using special tools and can only be started and maintained by licensed consultants globally. Certified consultants are placed on a global database, and those who need re-tightening services can set up appointments in advance. Carmen with newly installed Sisterlocks. Courtesy of Proud LocksSisterlocks is a specialized form of styling micro-locks that is highly versatile and stimulates fast hair growth. The locks are fashioned into precise sizes and most clients wear upwards of 200 locks in their hair, making the initial installation and re-tightening process time consuming, but worth it. Carmen as her Sisterlocks began to grow longer. Courtesy of Proud LocksCarmen is the first certified Sisterlocks consultant in Costa Rica and the first to wear the style in this country. Her Sisterlocks were installed in 2003 by Trinidadian consultant Valmy Gibson; Carmen received her formal certification as a consultant in 2008 in Barbados. Consultants work under the implicit agreement that they will not teach clients the locking techniques, but encourage them to pursue formal training and certification.What attracted Carmen to the hairstyle was the scholarly aspect of studying Afro-hair history and politics. As she works with clients, she shares this cultural and political history so that the knowledge is transmitted and the style has more meaning than just a fashion trend or fad.  The cost of installation is expensive – $400 in Costa Rica and about $700 and upwards in the United States. It takes two days, and there is always a hair consultation prior to beginning the Sisterlocks technique. The client must have only 4-6 inches of hair to begin.Carmen returned to Costa Rica after twenty years in Barbados in 2013 and began her Sisterlocks business, Proud Locks. As the only certified consultant in the country, she is frequently sought out by travelers who need hair maintenance. She also has local clients that are both Afro-Ticos and expats of African descent. The business has been slowly growing. Part of the commitment to the Sisterlocks hairstyle is to have the hair re-tightened once a month. Carmen charges a flat fee of 25,000 colones ($43 US) for this work as it is labor intensive.  Since many of her regular clients live in and around Limón, Carmen travels there once a month to maintain and install Sisterlocks. Proud Locks clients, 2014-2016 Courtesy of Proud LocksOne of the highlights of the Sisterlocks philosophy, beyond the celebration of natural afro hair, is the concept of legacy, mentoring the younger generations to become consultants. One of Carmen´s steady Afro-Tica clients, Nazhma Morris, is in the process of becoming a consultant through a training in New York starting in August 2017. Once certified, she will be the second Sisterlocks consultant in Costa Rica.In reflecting on her hair decisions, Carmen said that Sisterlocks have given her absolute hair freedom to style and be creative with her hair, while celebrating the fullness and healthy growth that is stimulated from the hairstyle.  In Costa Rica where “afro-hair” still faces many stigmas around representation and “professionalism,” Sisterlocks can be styled neatly and are always maintained for presentability.  One additional perk is that an abundance of hair care products are not needed to take care of the hair, which is one of the main issues for natural afro-hair wearers globally.Many have decided to create their own products, especially Afro-ticas, as access to products from the U.S. (packed with damaging chemicals), are difficult and expensive to get. In speaking with Carmen, it is clear that her personal and academic hair journey stands witness to the versatility of afro-hair and she should be celebrated as a pioneer in natural hair care in Costa Rica. Related posts:Count me in, part II: Natural Hair Sistahs 506 A graceful life: Jeannette Boyd Rodríguez and San José’s Afro-Costa Rican history Dr. Charles Gourzong: Costa Rica’s visionary medicine man Count me in: the natural hair revolution among Afro-Ticas For more information on Sisterlocks in Costa Rica, contact consultant Carmen Hutchinson Miller (tel 506-7009-0176, email proudlockscr@gmail.com).Read more from Natasha Gordon-Chipembere here.Natasha Gordon-Chipembere holds a PhD in English. She is a writer, professor and founder of the Tengo Sed Writers Retreats. In June 2014, she moved to Heredia, Costa Rica with her family from New York. She may be reached at indisunflower@gmail.com. Her column “Musings from an Afro-Costa Rican” is published monthly.center_img Desamparados, 1984 and Prince: A Tribute Third in a three-part series that focuses on making visible the thriving natural hair movement among Afro-descended Costa Ricans within the context of the larger natural hair revolution occurring throughout the Americas and the Caribbean. Read Part One and Part Two.As a person who has had “locs” for 23 years, I wondered what it would be like maintaining my look in Costa Rica. When I lived in New York, locs were commonplace and it was easy to walk into a hair salon to secure an appointment for a wash, re-twist and a style for under $100. I have lived in Costa Rica since June 2014 and have yet to find someone to re-twist my locs, so I do it myself, as well as maintain my husband´s hair.My go-to style for my very heavy, long locs is usually a pull-back ponytail or wrap up with a colored cloth or African print. I am in the habit of wearing my hair in this way because I have had very bad experiences with strangers putting their hands in my hair. It is not only frightening and violating, but also offensive. I was never cultured to believe that someone else´s body was mine to touch at random; I am always stunned by the “petting zoo” phenomenon.When I decided to loc in 1994, I understood the political and spiritual commitment to the hairstyle: I declared a lifelong celebration of my natural hair. I wondered about what stereotypes I would encounter in Costa Rica around my hair, as the global and general association is usually “dreadlocks = a marijuana smoker and a dirty, lazy person.” Of course, I am not described by any of these misnomers.Happily, most people in Costa Rica who engage with my hair feel my locs are “cool,” though they still hold many misconceptions. I often educate people on the language surrounding locs: “dread” is a label that colonizers applied to the hairstyle when it emerged in the Caribbean, especially Jamaica. There is nothing “dreadful” about my hair in its natural form, so I caution use of the word. Count me in, part II: Natural Hair Sistahs 506last_img read more

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