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Shun Chinese goods, says RSS wing

first_imgThe late evening calm on rain-washed Trilokinath Marg, barely 100 m away from the Uttar Pradesh Vidhan Sabha, is shattered by a Bhojpuri jingle played full blast from loudspeakers mounted on a gold-painted bus.“Gaonwa khushaal hoi apne karigari se, Chinwa dhahal jayi samaan bahishkaari se, Bhagawa apni desh se Cheen ke samanwa. (The villages will prosper with help of local craft. China will be rocked by the boycott of its products. Chase out Chinese products from our country),” urges the jingle in the earthy dialect.Termed the Swadeshi Sankalp Rath Yatra, the bus is part of the RSS’s campaign against Chinese products, led by its economic wing the Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM). It has just arrived in Lucknow from Rae Bareli after passing through the southern parts of Purvanchal and Awadh. The SJM yatra, which began from the Bharat Mata Mandir in Varanasi on June 28, will end in Ballia on September 25 after passing through 28 districts of eastern U.P. and Awadh regions. “We are holding small meetings in other parts of the State as well. After U.P., it will move to other states,” said Lalkeshwar Tripathi, an SJM activist in-charge of its programme in Lucknow.The campaign involves street plays, signature campaigns, public meetings and burning of effigies personifying China. Pamphlets are also being distributed. One pamphlet claims that the Chinese feel threatened that a “developing, young India” might challenge its economic might.last_img read more

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Immigration Deform

first_imgSince 2000, India has been the second largest source of immigrants to the United States, after only Mexico. You would not know that from the debate in the Senate as the most dramatic change in immigration law in 20 years is railroaded through Congress.In fact, the immigration discussion is shaped almost entirely around the “crisis” of illegal immigration and the “solution” of the guest worker program, both of which principally center around agricultural, construction and unskilled laborers from Mexico. But issues for immigrants of virtually all countries other than Mexico are markedly different. Mexico accounts for a sixth of all legal migration to the United States and to shake up the infrastructure of legal immigration for 85 percent of the rest of the world by focusing solely on 15 percent would be naïve, however urgent and politically sensitive the issues.Tragically those impacted most by the policies – immigrants, including Mexican – are peripheral to the debate. We will all be impacted by the resulting policies, but we have no role in shaping the discussion. Come to think of it, even the American public is pretty much excluded as the comprehensive immigration reform bill is bamboozled through Congress without full public disclosure, much less debate. Many of the terms of the bill are still unknown or unclear. It continues to be amended, so there is no knowing its final shape – if it doesn’t self-destruct along the way.The broad contours of the bill are known: a path to legalization for the estimated 12 million illegal aliens in the country, although the onerous conditions and costs might make it impractical for most of them; a guest worker program for seasonal laborers, already halved by an amendment from 400,000 to 200,000 annually; and a major overhaul of immigration laws currently favoring family reunification to one deferential to professional skills. As currently drafted, the law would also double the number of H1B visas, almost half of which are snapped up by Indians every year, from 65,000 to 115,000.But the devil is not just in the details of these provisions, but equally in the hundreds of lesser-known revisions to immigration laws in the 1,000-page bill. By far the most dramatic shift will occur in family based immigration, which currently enables immigrants and naturalized Americans to sponsor family members, such as parents and siblings. In its place, the new law will create a point-based system, similar to one in Canada, favoring skilled workers and professionals. Last year, only a sixth of all immigrant visas were employment based. Almost three-quarters were for family reunification. The point system will overturn the country’s immigration ethos on its head and while that may well prove meritorious, there has been no debate or serious research on its implications.The American public, as well as the immigrants impacted by it, deserve thorough public disclosure and substantive deliberations. Anything less will be disastrous both for the country and for immigrants.  Related Itemslast_img read more

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World Gymnastics Championships: Russia Win 1st men’s team Gold as China Slip

first_imgStuttgart: Russia grabbed the men’s team gold at the World gymnastics championships here after China’s Sun Wei fell off the high bars in the closing routines on Wednesday.Russia finished with a huge score of 261.726, with China second on 260.729. Japan were third, just over 2.5 behind China but more than 3.5 ahead of the United States. Great Britain was fifth. It was Russia’s first world team title, although the Soviet Union collected the last of its eight golds in 1991.Less than a year before the Tokyo Olympics, Russia also took revenge for a narrow defeat at last year’s worlds in Doha, when China won by 0.049 of a point.China, Russia and Japan had exchanged the lead as the teams rotated through the six different elements.China seemed to have seized control on their penultimate challenge, the parallel bars.Their third and final man on the apparatus, Zou Jingyuan, delivered an imaginative and technically perfect routine to score a huge 16.383, by far the highest mark by any man in any discipline all afternoon. The second best was the 15.3 by Russian Nikita Nagornyy, also on the bars.Zou’s score also gave his team a total of 45.141 on the bars, the most by any of the eight finalists in any discipline.That meant China led Russia by 1.4 points going into the last routine, when the two nations met at the high bars for a final showdown.Japan meanwhile finished with the floor exercises and a series of errors ended their chances of finishing in the top two.As China went first, Sun immediately handed the initiative back to Russia as he slid off the bar to finish with just 12.766.Even though the last Chinese competitor Lin Chaopan scored 14.5, the final Russian Nagornyy held his nerve and scored 14.46.As the top two teams embraced, Sun turned away and covered his face with his hands. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. ChinaGoldgymnasticsmen’s team First Published: October 9, 2019, 10:28 PM ISTlast_img read more

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Gionee’s Elife S8 leaked in benchmark testing

first_imgAccording to a recent leak from GFXBenchmark, Gionee’s nextgeneration Elife handset is all set to release next month at the MWC. Thedevice with model name GN-90011 has surfaced on the benchmarking site. The leakfalls in time with the suspected launch of the device during the MWC event. Thecompany has already put out invites for the same.If the benchmark test is to be trusted, the Gionee Elife S8will come with an octa core 1.9GHz MediaTek MT6755 (Cortex A53 – ARMv8)processor along with ARM Mali-T860 GPU. The device will sport a 4.6 inch FullHDscreen. The processor will be assisted by 4GB RAM and will operate on Android6.0 Marshmallow out of the box.On the camera front, the device comes equipped with a16Megapixel primary camera coupled with an 8Megapixel front facing camera. Thedevice is expected to launch at the MWC on February 22. There are rumourspointing towards the use of a force touch screen which can sense the pressureon the screen, like Apple’s new iPhone 6S with 3D touch.last_img read more

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Neeraj Chopra wins India’s first javelin gold medal in Asian Games history

first_imgNeeraj Chopra continued his impressive run in 2018 as he bagged gold in men’s javelin throw at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang on Monday.Chopra managed a personal best throw of 88.06 to win the top prize in javelin throw while China’s Liu Qizhen and Pakistan’s Arshad Nadeem came second and third with throws of 82.22 and 80.75 respectively.This was also India’s first-ever gold medal in javelin throw at the Asian Games and the first medal in the sport since 1982, where India bagged bronze.Overall, he became the third Indian to win a medal in javelin throw. Parsa Singh was the first Indian to achieve the feat when he won a silver medal at the 1951 New Delhi Asian Games.ASIAN GAMES 2018 – FULL COVERAGE | MEDALS TALLYThis is India’s 41st medal at the Asian Games this year and India now have 8 gold, 13 silver and 20 bronze.Chopra has been in fine form coming into the 18th edition of the Asiads and was named the flag bearer of the nation as well. In 2018, Neeraj has won three gold medals for India, including one at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast. Sotteville Athletics Meet and the Savo Games are the other two competitions, where he bagged the top prize.The throw was also his personal best, overshadowing his previous best distance of 87.43 metres at the IAAF Diamond League in Doha.Neeraj, 20, has been in fine form this year and has consistently thrown the javelin beyond the 85m mark. His throw in Doha was also a new national record.advertisementIn fact, the five best throws by an Asian athlete this year are all in his name. His gold medal at Gold Coast in Australia made Neeraj the first Indian javelin thrower to win that competition.While Neeraj won gold, his compatriot Shivpal Singh finished 8th.Singh, who qualified for the Asian Games with a throw of 82.28m at the Inter State Championships, threw 74.11 to finish on eight.last_img read more

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The 10 Best OSU Rushing Performances Against Texas of the Gundy Era

first_imgComing into Saturday’s game with the 1-2 Texas Longhorns, I spent a bit of time reflecting on Gundy’s first ten seasons versus the Horns. The relationship has been a tortured one, with Texas using a variety of methods to break Cowboy hearts. Never gets old, does it?With 2015 being the 11th installment of Gundy vs. Burnt Orange, I’m hoping for a heavy dose of Chris Carson and the Cowboy run game. That being said, I’ve taken a look at 2005-2014 to select the ten best rushing performances by Cowboy running backs versus Texas in the Gundy era.10. Desmond Roland – 2014 (5 carries, 21 yards, 0 touchdowns)An awful Texas team came into Stillwater last season and beat up on the equally awful (at that time) Cowboy squad. I’ve watched paint dry and found more reasons to cheer than I did during this one.Des Roland (USATSI)Des Roland (USATSI)Desmond Roland, as big/lumbering/powerful as he may have been, was entirely ineffective. The line did him no favors, either. The performance lands him in last place here. Longhorns won 21-7.9. Keith Toston – 2006 (7 carries, 48 yards, 0 touchdowns)This one featured the Cowboys going into Austin and playing the No. 4 Longhorns. As expected, it wasn’t close.Longhorns won 36-10 and the ground game was entirely ineffective.8. Keith Toston – 2009 (19 carries, 70 yards, 0 touchdowns)There was reason for Cowboy fans to hope going into this one. The boys from Stillwater were actually ranked No. 13 in the nation at the time.Alas, No. 3 Texas walked all over us to the tune of 41-14. Toston was given his opportunities, but it clearly didn’t work out.7. Dantrell Savage – 2007 (23 carries, 103 yards, 1 TD)This was one of those torture games I was referring to earlier. The Cowboys jumped out to a 14-0 lead just 3 minutes into the game and all was well in in the world.In true Texas fashion, the Longhorns marched all the way back and ended up squeaking out a 38-35 victory. Dantrell Savage was effective on the ground, the first instance of a Cowboy back getting anything going at all on this list.6. Clint Chelf – 2013 (10 carries, 95 yards, 2 touchdowns)I know, I know—Clint Chelf was not a running back. But his performance on the ground in 2013 was instrumental in the Cowboys winning 38-13.The Pokes were ranked No. 12 at the time and a win over the No. 24 Longhorns was a sweet one. Choo Choo left the station and ran buck wild.5. Mike Hamilton – 2005 (31 carries, 194 yards, 0 touchdowns)This one hurts to write and I remember it like it was yesterday. The Cowboys were up 28-9 at one point and lead 28-12 at half. As a young man, I was on top of the world.Enter Vince Young.VY ended up rushing for 267 (!) yards on the Cowboys and the Pokes didn’t score again after halftime. Texas went on to win by a score of 47-28, and later went on to win the national championship. Mike Hamilton doesn’t find himself higher on this list because (A) No touchdowns, and (B), I refuse to apply positive memories to this game.4. Kendall Hunter – 2008 (18 carries, 161 yards, 1 touchdown)More heartbreak is good for your soul, right? Kendall Hunter and the Cowboys hung tight with the No.1  Longhorns in this one, as he racked up big yardage and a score on the ground.Zach Robinson’s hail mary fell incomplete as the final seconds ticked away, and the Pokes were left with another near miss. Longhorns won 28-24.Screen Shot 2015-09-25 at 12.24.37 PM3. Kendall Hunter – 2010 (23 carries, 116 yards, 2 touchdowns)Coming in as the No. 10 team in the BCS, the Cowboys were expected to win this one. Thankfully, behind Kendall Hunter’s legs, they were able to do just that. The yardage fails to match some of the guys lower on the list, but this was a big time performance in a big game. Pokes win 33-16.2. Joseph Randle – 2012 (25 carries, 199 yards, 2 touchdowns)Joe Randle makes an appearance at No. 2, in what would have been the number one performance if not for a questionable call at the goal line.Joe Randle (USATSI)Joe Randle (USATSI)Randle ran buck wild. The Cowboys did what they needed to do. And then—AND THEN—Joe Bergeron fumbled at the goal line for Texas in what could have sealed the game for the Pokes. As the story goes, the fumble was never called; the Big XII apologized and then said they never apologized….and the Pokes walked out with a 41-36 loss.I’m not still bitter. 1. Jeremy Smith – 2011 (7 carries, 140 yards, 2 touchdowns)As if 2011 could have ever been anywhere other than number one on this list, Jeremy Smith had the game of his lifetime in this one. The yardage was great, sure, 140 yards is nothing to shake a stick at. But on seven carries? SEVEN?Dr. Biceps ran roughshod for 20 yards per carry, hit pay dirt twice and the #6 Cowboys won 38-26 in a game that wasn’t as close as the final score indicates. Oh, 2011. Oh how I love thee, yet you haunt me still.There you have it. Let me know your thoughts, complaints, ideas, etc. The comments section exists for a reason. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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Talking Touch – August

first_imgThere was some fantastic media coverage of Touch Football in the month of August, including the NRL-TFA announcement as well as the announcement that Coffs Harbour will host the 2015 World Cup.To view the stories, please click on the links below.NRL and Touch Football Australia PartnershipThe National Rugby League and Touch Football Australia have today launched an historic sporting partnership.http://www.nrl.com/nrl-and-touch-football-australia-partnership/tabid/10874/newsid/74000/default.aspx NRL to grow via Touch Football: CEOWith Touch Football finally under its wing, rugby league is en route to being the game of the people.http://www.nrl.com/nrl-to-grow-via-touch-football-ceo/tabid/10874/newsid/74008/default.aspx Merger puts NRL in touch with 2m player baseThe NRL and Touch Football Australia launched a historic sporting partnership last week representing the biggest boost to participation and game development in the history of either sport.http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/merger-puts-nrl-in-touch-with–2m-player-base-20130813-2rujo.html Touch of skill shown to form partnershipThe NRL and Touch Football Australia launched a historic sporting partnership last week representing the biggest boost to participation and game development in the history of either sport. http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/touch-of-skill-shown-to-form-partnership-20130813-2ruje.html Touch Footy and NRL join forcesThey peg it as the “greatest game of all” and now it’s set to be the biggest game of all, with the announcement yesterday that NRL and Touch Football Australia will join forces.http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/nrl/touch-footy-and-nrl-join-forces/story-fni3fbgz-1226696613642 Touch Football and Rugby League join forcesTouch Football associations and rugby league clubs are expected to benefit from a new sporting partnership launched yesterday.http://www.maitlandmercury.com.au/story/1703210/touch-football-and-rugby-league-join-forces/?cs=12 NRL reminds ASADA it expects a fair goSmith was joined at Allianz Stadium yesterday along with a host of NRL stars including Sonny Bill Williams, Anthony Minichiello, Josh Morris, Matt King and Beau Champion to announce a partnership with TFA. The new agreement will bring more than 1.03 million participants together playing in competitions under a joint NRL-TFA banner.http://www.theaustralian.com.au/sport/nrl/nrl-reminds-asada-it-expects-a-fair-go/story-fnca0von-1226696609630NRL to grow via Touch Football: CEOWith Touch Football finally under its wing, rugby league is en route to being the game of the people.http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1800045/NRL-to-grow-via-touch-football-CEO  NRL, Touch merger merger must benefit allTaree Touch president Graham Goodwin hopes the agreement announced this week between the NRL and Touch Football Australia will benefit the game at all levels.http://www.manningrivertimes.com.au/story/1709782/nrl-touch-merger-must-benefit-all/ Nice touch boosts both codesTouch Football has unearthed some of the biggest names in the NRL.Wests Tigers star Benji Marshall represented Australia at touch footy, while Warriors halfback and Panthers fullback Matt Moylan were outstanding junior players.http://www.thechronicle.com.au/news/touch-football-unearthed-biggest-names/1983583/World Cup Coming to CoffsCoffs Harbour Council has won its bid to host the Touch Football World Cup in 2015.http://www.nbnnews.com.au/index.php/2013/08/07/world-cup-coming-to-coffs/Touch World Cup on the way (video)A Mid North Coast city has been chosen to host the 2015 Touch Football World Cup. http://au.prime7.yahoo.com/n1/news/a/-/national/18401870/touch-world-cup-on-the-way-video /Coffs Harbour selected as host city for 2015 Touch Football World CupHundreds of international Touch Football players will converge on the Coffs Coast in about two years time.http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-08-07/coffs-harbour-selected-as-host-city-for-2015-touch-football-wor/4871038Touch Football World Cup coming to Coffs Harbour in 2015Touch Football players from around the globe are coming as Coffs Harbour announced as host of 2015 FIT Touch Football World Cup.http://www.coffscoastadvocate.com.au/news/touch-football-world-cup-coming-coffs-harbour-2015/1975123/Glory for under 14’s girlsA special  group of friends battled to claim the NSW Touch Football under 14s title in February, and last night soared with the same tenacity to be crowned Junior Team of the Year when the Wagga Sports Awards were announced.http://www.dailyadvertiser.com.au/story/1738377/glory-for-under-14s-girls/?cs=149 Three decades of Touch: from humble beginnings to hosting international gamesWhat a year 1983 was. It was the year Star Wars: Return of the Jedi opened in cinemas, Australian Dick Smith completed his solo circumnavigation in a helicopter, Bob Hawke became Prime Minister then famously said: “Any boss who sacks anyone for not turning up today is a bum.” – after Australia II won the America’s Cup and touch football was born in Mudgee.Three decades on and the Mudgee Touch Association will celebrate their 30th anniversary tomorrow night with a special dinner at the Mudgee Golf Club.http://www.mudgeeguardian.com.au/story/1741878/three-decades-of-touch-from-humble-beginnings-to-hosting-international-games/?cs=1233 Rocky to host Junior State Touch Football Titles this weekendRiley Huggers and Tamika Upton will vie for Queensland team selection as the Junior State Touch Football Titles kick off in Rockhampton.Rockhampton’s Cyril Connell Touch Football fields will be alive with action this weekend as teams from all over the state battle it out in the junior championships.http://www.cqnews.com.au/news/rocky-to-hjunior-state-touch-football-titles/2003580/ Redlands players make national Touch finalsThree Redlands under-12 touch football players will represent Queensland at the national titles in October. Thornlands State School’s Manaia McIntyre, Birkdale South State School’s Bradley Russell and Sheldon College’s Drew Price were selected for the side after playing in the Metropolitan East team at the state competition in Caboolture.http://www.baysidebulletin.com.au/story/1694722/redlands-players-make-national-touch-finals/Summer fun for all agesCanberra Times, 16/08/2013Community: Touch football is a great way to keep fit and healthy, build confidence and make new friends.Touch Football ACT is set to begin its 2013 summer season.Junior competitions will be running in Gungahlin (Amaroo), Belconnen (Kippax), Canberra City (Southwell Park, Lyneham), Woden (Deakin), Tuggeranong (Wanniassa) and Narrabundah (Boomanulla Oval). All competitions are played in school years, so players can form a team with their friends from school and run around together.Costs per player are $65 for kindergarten to year 4 and $85 for years 5 to 10, with no further costs to be paid for the entire season. The summer season runs during term four, starting in week 1 (October 14). Nominations are now open, and close September 16.Touch Football ACT also runs adult competitions all year round, and will be launching its 2013/14 summer domestic season in October as well. Costs are $1200 per team to enter any competition in Gungahlin, Canberra City or Woden. Be quick – places fill very quickly in its competitions and nominations also close September 16.If refereeing is more your thing, Touch Football ACT pays its referees $20 per game for senior touch.For more information, phone 6212 2880 or visit www.acttouch.com.auState representation turns into family affairChronicle (Toowoomba), 21/08/2013Touch Football is a family affair for Chloe and Lachlan Watt.The siblings both play club football every week for Saints, along with their parents Kellie and Geoff Ryan.And now they will represent Queensland together at the National Schools Championships in Darwin in October.Chloe is the older sibling at 14 and she has played for Queensland once before.Chloe said she was determined make the team again after helping the Darling Downs under-15 girls finish fifth at the state titles.“I’ve made Darling Downs the last couple of years. I guess there was a little bit of pressure to make the Queensland team again but it’s exciting,” she said.“It’s an honour to play for Queensland.”Lachlan, 12, will make his Queensland debut at nationals.Despite only being in the under-12 school team, Lachlan has shown he can excel at the higher level, playing for the Saints A-grade men.He has also represented Darling Downs in rugby league but said he preferred the faster pace of touch.“They’re good sports, but they’re a lot different,” he said.“It’s more contact in rugby league but you need a bit more speed in touch and you’ve got to be fitter too.”Nationals will be a rare opportunity for the siblings to play at the same competition.Chloe said she could have some advice for her brother but admitted there was a bit of a friendly rivalry there so Lachlan probably wouldn’t listen.“I’d tell him just run hard and play well, but he’ll just do his own thing,” she said.“I’ve made two Queensland teams so there’s a bit of pressure on him,” she joked.Mum Kellie said Chloe and Lachlan always pushed one another to play their best.“They are competitive against each other and they push each other to their potential,” she said.If you see a story from your local area that you’d like to see on the Touch Football Australia website, please email media@austouch.com.au. Related LinksTalking Touchlast_img read more

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Northwestern Passage to Open by Early September

first_img此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 zoom Large areas of sea ice still remain in the Northwestern Passage along the Canadian coast. However, based on analysis of satellite images by the Global Ice Center (GIC), ice experts at Japan-based Weathernews predict this should melt away by early September, thus opening the passage for vessels.The Northern Sea Route bordering Russia is now open to commercial shipping traffic as of August 21st, 2014. This is two weeks earlier than last season when lower than average temperatures resulted inslow pace of melting in the Arctic Ocean. Last summer, the northeastern passage opened at the beginning of September.Sovcomflot Group’s (SCF) Anichkov Bridge was the first large capacity tanker to transit the Northern Sea Route this year. The 47,000 – dwt MR vessel completed her voyage along the route on August 18, 2014, the Russian shipping company said.The Northern Sea Route has been in use by vessels escorted by Russian icebreakers since late June. However, enough ice has melted north of the New Siberian Islands (Novosibirsk) to allow vessels to pass through the region with minimal risk of collision from now until early October, according to Weathernews’ Global Ice Center.Use of the NSR by the shipping industry as cost-saving alternative route continues to grow in recent years. My location Print  Close Press Release, August 28, 2014; Image: NATO/Canadalast_img read more

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AsiaEurope Trade to See Further Rate Turmoil

first_imgzoom The Asia-Europe trade route is bound to experience further rate turmoil during 2017 as carriers from three new alliances are set to phase additional vessel capacity into the trade starting from April, according to Alphaliner.The three new alliances, including 2M-HMM/HS, OCEAN and THE Alliance, will provide 17 weekly strings between Asia and North Europe, one more than currently offered by the four existing alliances 2M, G6, CKYE and O3.With these changes, the total weekly capacity to North Europe will increase by 9.6%, compared to the services offered now.Alphaliner said that the biggest increases are to come from the 2M, which will not only fully upgrade its existing loops to the 18,000-20,000 TEU scale, but also mount a sixth weekly string from April. The 2M carriers’ average capacity on the Asia-North Europe route will thus increase by some 23%, from 83,500 TEU to 103,000 TEU.The 2M’s capacity increase is partly motivated by the extra volumes to be brought by HMM and Hamburg Süd, who will take about 6,000 TEU and 4,000 TEU, respectively, of weekly slots on the alliance’s services from April 1. These slots account for 12% of the capacity increase, while Maersk and MSC will still see their net weekly capacity increase by some 11%.The two other new alliance groups – OCEAN and THE Alliance – will offer six and five weekly strings, respectively, with a combined weekly capacity of 155,000 TEU. They will provide the same total number of weekly sailings as that offered currently by the G6, CKYE and O3, while total weekly capacity is increased by about 9%.last_img read more

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No relief from sultry weather till Sept 13

first_imgNew Delhi: Muggy weather continued to cause inconvenience to residents of the national capital on Monday and similar conditions are likely to prevail for another three to four days. The city recorded a high of 36.4 degrees Celsius, three notches more than the normal, and a low of 28.3 degrees. Humidity levels shot up to 81 per cent. Mahesh Palwat of Skymet Weather, a private forecaster, said the capital will have to wait for another three to four days for rains. Sultry weather will persist till September 13. Thereafter, rains are likely. Though these showers won’t be heavy, the precipitation will bring the temperatures down slightly, he said. The weatherman has predicted generally cloudy skies for Tuesday. The maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to settle around 37 and 29 degrees Celsius, respectively.last_img read more

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Soulpepper loses 375K of planned federal funding in wake of sexual harassment

first_img Twitter Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment A planned increase in federal funding for Soulpepper Theatre has been voted down by the Canada Council for the Arts’ board of directors.On Thursday, the council’s board voted to rescind an increase of $375,500 the theatre company was set to receive. That was on top of a $184,500 “core grant” which the company will still collect this year and again next year, Canada Council said in a statement sent to CBC Toronto.After four civil suits were launched against former artistic director Albert Schultz in January, the granting agency placed Soulpepper on “concerned status” and conducted a review. READ MORE Advertisement Login/Register With: Soulpepper loses $375,000 from grant over Schultz sexual harassment allegationsSoulpepper Theatre Company will not receive $375,000 from a half-million dollar grant previously promised by the Canada Council for the Arts following allegations of sexual harassment against one of its founding members.Albert Schultz, the group’s founding artistic director, was accused in January by four women of sexually harassing them repeatedly during their time at Soulpepper. Schultz resigned in early January as a result of the allegations.“It’s very important to the Canada Council, as a public arts funder, that the organizations we fund provide a work environment that’s free of harassment, sexual misconduct or abuse of power,” the Canada Council for the Arts said in a statement provided to the Star Friday night. READ MORECanada Council for the Arts rescinds planned grant increase for SoulpepperThe Canada Council for the Arts has rescinded a planned $375,000 raise in its annual grant to Soulpepper, an exceptional increase that would have tripled what the embattled theatre company received from the federal arts funding agency and transformed it into the best-funded not-for-profit theatre in Toronto.On Thursday, Canada Council’s board of directors voted to keep the base grant of the theatre company – currently being sued by four past employees alleging sexual harassment – at its previous level of $184,500 this year and next, instead of the $559,500 a peer-assessment committee had recommended in the fall.As with all grants over half-a-million dollars, Soulpepper’s had to be voted on by Canada Council’s board, and the funding agency had put its earlier decision regarding the theatre company under review as soon as four civil lawsuits were filed on Jan. 3 against it and founding artistic director Albert Schultz, alleging that Mr. Schultz was a “serial sexual predator.” READ MORE Facebooklast_img read more

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Morocco’s will to foster cooperation with Qatar underlined in Doha

Doha  –  There is a genuine will by the Moroccan government and private sector to foster their cooperation with Qatar, said on Wednesday Saleh Al Sharqi, member of secretariat of the federation of GCC’s chambers and deputy managing director of Qatar’s trade and industry chamber.Al Sharqi, who was quoted by several local media outlets, said that he noticed, during recent meetings in Morocco, a real will by the Moroccan government and private sector to reinforce cooperation and partnership for the benefit of the two parties.He announced that the Moroccan-Qatari Business Council will convene next November in Casablanca, on the sidelines of the 4th Morocco-GCC Investment Forum. He added that Qatar’s trade and industry chamber will present during the event documents on sectors that might be the object of cooperation with Morocco as agriculture, energy, renewable energy and the financial sector. read more

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Mississippi tornado kills 4 and flattens homes overnight

first_img Image: AP Share Tweet Email 7,798 Views 5 Comments Image: AP http://jrnl.ie/3198714 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Jan 21st 2017, 4:29 PM center_img By Associated Press Saturday 21 Jan 2017, 4:29 PM FOUR PEOPLE WERE killed and scores of homes were flattened early today when a tornado hitting in the dark of night ripped through a city in southern Mississippi, officials said.The city of Hattiesburg said via its Twitter account that four people had died after the twister blew through the city and surrounding area. The twister was part of a wall of stormy weather traveling across the region, bringing with it rain and unstable conditions.Mayor Johnny DuPree has signed an emergency declaration for the city, which reported “significant injuries” and structural damage.The city also said via Twitter that Hattiesburg firefighters and police are going door-to-door to try to rescue victims.Greg Flynn of the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency said rescuers are still searching the stricken area for more possible victims.Flynn said “massive damage” was reported in a three-county area that was struck by a tornado at around 4am. Hardly anything remains of the home of Jessie and Diana Mills of the Pine Grove Community near Magee, Mississippi. Source: Rogelio V. SolisPhotos and television images showed the intensity of the damage. Cars were flipped over, sometimes piled on top of each other while parts of houses were ripped into shards of wood and debris.Once tall trees were ripped from their roots and thrown across roads.As dawn rose over the city, rescue workers and residents walked down streets strewn with debris and still wet from the storm.The three counties affected are Forrest, Lamar and Perry counties. Flash flood warnings were also in effect for northern Forrest and Lamar counties, as well as southeastern Jones and Marion counties.The National Weather Service said three to five inches of rain have already fallen, raising the risk of flooding. More rain – one to two inches – is possible.The Mississippi Highway Patrol is reporting Interstate 59 north of Hattiesburg is closed due to debris. Downed power lines and debris have been reported over a wide area. The public is asked to avoid travelling.Flynn said the tornado touched down in Lamar, plowed through Forrest and then struck Perry before dissipating.Read: Seven arrested over $72 million Amsterdam diamond heist from 2005Read: ‘Yesterday, a new America. Today, a new Europe’: Right-wing buoyant after Trump’s inauguration Short URL Mississippi tornado kills 4 and flattens homes overnight Authorities have said that local firefighters and police are going door-to-door to try to rescue victims.last_img read more

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Weve given evidence and its been ignored

first_imgOne hundred and three former staff previously and currently employed in offshore processing centres on Manus Island and Nauru have issued a statement calling for all asylum seekers in both locations to be brought to Australia immediately. The workers are from a variety of professional and academic backgrounds, and believe that a senate inquiry is simply not enough to secure the safety of asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus Island. The decision to speak out publicly has been taken despite the risk for many of these professionals of two years imprisonment under the Border Force Act. Some of the professionals involved have requested their names not to be published. Among those who have already made submissions and given evidence to numerous inquiries, investigations and reviews are Save the Children teacher Connie Delfos, who was working in Nauru from March 2014 until September 2015, and unaccompanied minors residential worker Alex Cloumassis, who was also employed on Nauru between 2013 and 2015 for the Refugee Assistance Program, Save the Children and Salvation Army. Doctors, teachers, case workers, managers and social workers from Broadspectrum (formerly Transfield), IHMS and other contracted workers with first-hand experience across both Manus Island and Nauru Regional Processing Centres agree that the establishment of another Senate Inquiry in response to the release of the Nauru files is quite simply not enough. “This has reached crisis level and requires an immediate response,” said Toby O’Brien, a former child protection officer with Save the Children. “The evidence is already overwhelmingly clear. ”We’ve given evidence and it’s been ignored. No change has occurred for the men we worked with since the last Senate Inquiry. The camp is not safer, conditions have not improved, the physical and mental decline of those held continues,” said Natasha Reid, case manager with Broadspectrum until February 2015.“I watched these children’s lives being destroyed by these camps,” said Katie Price, a former child and youth recreation officer who was employed on Nauru with Save the Children for almost two years.“They went from energetic, cheeky, normal kids to completely devoid of all emotion. I recall one seven-year-old child towards the end having a complete breakdown. She collapsed, screaming and kicking and crying for 20 minutes, completely incoherent and would not let go of me.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Saints trio sign pro deals

first_imgSouthampton Football Club have announced that they have handed three Academy youngsters their first professional contracts.The Saints via their official website confirmed that Enzo Robise is joined by Kameron Ledwidge and Sean Brennan who put pen to paper on their first professional contracts expected to expire in June 2021.The three 17-year-olds were all signed by the south coast club in 2017 and have all had successful debut seasons in the Under-18s side.Academy Manager, Matt Hale commented: “Enzo, Kameron and Sean are talented young players with huge potential.Solskjaer slams Man United’s draw: “We should have won” Andrew Smyth – August 31, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was left to rue another missed opportunity as Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw against 10-man Southampton.“Being rewarded with a professional contract shows the faith we have in them and our programme to fulfil that potential.“It is also a reflection of the recruitment footprint we now have and the reputation the academy holds, in terms of attracting international youth players from across Europe.“We look forward to seeing how Enzo, Kameron and Sean progress over the coming months.”last_img read more

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Beth Ross Buckley on Good Morning San Diego

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – There’s a great concert coming up at the museum of photographic arts. One of the musicians set to perform, is renowned flautist Beth Ross Buckley, and she joined us Sunday on Good Morning San Diego. November 4, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Beth Ross Buckley, on Good Morning San Diego Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, Posted: November 4, 2018last_img read more

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Vancouvers average gas price dips

first_imgVancouver’s average gasoline price for a gallon of regular unleaded dropped by 1.3 cents for the week, to $4.27, while Oregon’s statewide average for a gallon of regular gasoline dropped 2.5 cents to $4.23, AAA Oregon/Idaho reported Tuesday.Meanwhile, wholesale gasoline prices have dropped significantly on the West Coast over the past week, AAA said, and those lower prices should cut prices at the pump soon.Nationally, the average for regular unleaded has already fallen 49 of the past 50 days, and it dropped another seven cents for the week to $3.57. Crude oil is trading around $84 per barrel, compared to $91 a week ago, AAA reported.last_img

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Police Former NBA player breaks into 2 Pembroke Pines homes to fondle

first_imgGreene attended the University of Florida and played in the NBA with the Boston Celtics after being drafted in 2005. He was later suspended and waived from the team.After leaving the Celtics, he signed with the Indiana Pacers. He has since been playing for various international teams.Greene is being held on $30,000 bond. After paying his bond, he has to wear an ankle monitor.The judge also ordered Greene to not have any contact with the two alleged victims.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police arrested a former NBA player, Monday, for allegedly breaking into two Pembroke Pines homes and sexually harassing two women.Orien Greene once had a promising professional basketball career, but now he’s defending himself on a different kind of court after, Pembroke Pines Police said, he walked into unlocked homes before inappropriately touching two women.The 34-year-old later faced a judge at the Broward County courthouse on Monday.Police said Greene admitted to entering the houses of two different women, who are now in fear for their life and wish to prosecute.He is charged with two counts of felony and burglary and misdemeanor battery.Police said both women were sleeping at the time of the intrusion. One of the women Greene violated, police said, cried out, startling Greene. He then ran to his girlfriend’s house, which is located in the same neighborhood as that victim, near Pembroke Falls Boulevard and Flamingo West Drive.Those who live in the neighborhood have been left rattled by the situation. “It’s ridiculous because I feel bad. We even pay for our guards and everything,” said one neighbor. “I’m sorry to say that, but if it’s like that, how can we feel safe anymore? It’s really scary.” last_img read more

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Yahoos New Warning Upgrade and Get Email Scanned or Delete Account

first_imgIs Yahoo’s latest move to upgrade mail a privacy infringement? This may be quite true.The website had earlier warned its Classic mail users via email that they would no longer be able to access the mail after 3 June, if they are not upgrading to its latest version. It said “Beginning the week of June 3, 2013, older versions of Yahoo! Mail (including Yahoo! Mail Classic) will no longer be available. After that, you can access your Mail only if you upgrade to the new version.”At first, it may seem like a very good decision for Yahoo to regain its user base. But the upgradation notice comes with quite an annoying ‘veiled’ prerequisite.It tells users only upon a help centre entry that “when you upgrade, you will be accepting our Communications Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. This includes the acceptance of automated content scanning and analyzing of your communications content, which Yahoo! Uses to deliver product features, relevant advertising and abuse protection.” It gives users the option to upgrade their mail and receive ads related to eight categories including automotive, consumer packaged goods, entertainment etc.Yahoo had launched the new mail in December and assured that the new facet is to offer users a unique experience with fewer distractions, but nowhere had it mentioned that the emails will get scanned. Most of the users opted for the new version unaware, as the company has not released its ‘new terms’ of getting the upgraded. Only Classic mail users received the warning regarding the switch and only a help centre entry revealed its prime motive behind the switch.The advertisement will reach the current users’ mail through the default ‘opt in’ for the receipt of such ads. However, the company said that its Ad Interest Manager could aid users to opt out of some or all of the interest-based and contextual-based advertising resulting from scanned and analyzed communications content. This means one would not receive the product promotion mails if opted, but there is no option given to wriggle out from the scanning of one’s communication via the mail.Yahoo tells its users that those who decline its new policies are left with two options: to either download the mail to another IMAP client, or close the account. Premium Mail plus users are offered a refund too. So the company is bluntly saying that the only option to avoid getting their email scanned is to ditch Yahoo. This may seem like a great move from Yahoo which is being alienated from all corners due to increased hacking threats on its accounts.last_img read more

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Schmitt Named to Scholar AllAmerica First Team

first_img 2018 United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-America Team LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville senior forward Tate Schmitt was named Tuesday to the United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-America Team as a First Team selection.A native of Phoenix, Arizona, Schmitt had a 3.36 GPA in marketing while leading the Cardinals with five goals and eight assists in 19 matches this season. Schmitt was an All-ACC First Team honoree while also earning United Soccer Coaches All-South Region First Team recognition. The 2018 ACC Championship Tournament MVP, Schmitt capped his collegiate career ranked fourth in school history in career points with 69 and sixth in career goals with 26. Schmitt, who was a two-time All-ACC honoree and an ACC All-Freshman Team member during his career, totaled 11 game-winning goals in his four seasons with the Cardinals, including four in the NCAA Championship.The Cardinals ended their season with an 11-5-3 record overall following a second round loss to Michigan State in the 2018 NCAA Championship. The 2018 season was a successful one for Louisville, which earned the program’s first ACC Championship title with victories over Notre Dame, Wake Forest and North Carolina in a span of eight days.Fans can follow Louisville men’s soccer on Twitter at @UofLmenssoccer and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/UofLmenssoccer. Print Friendly Version Story Linkslast_img read more

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