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‘RSS making political decisions for BJP’

first_imgThe RSS has become an “extraconstitutional” authority in the country and makes political decisions for the BJP, Congress leader Ashok Gehlot alleged on Saturday.The involvement of the RSS in government decisions is well-known, Mr. Gehlot told reporters, adding that it should come into open politics after merging with the BJP, instead of misleading people claiming itself to be a nationalist, cultural organisation.“The RSS has become an extra-Constitutional authority in the country that decides who would be the CM of States, who should be sent to Cabinet and who should go to corporations,” he said, without offering any evidence to support his allegations.The ex-Chief Minister said Congress leaders are capable of countering the RSS-BJP combine ideologically and politically. He asked the BJP to fight the Congress on policies and principles.‘BJP to lose polls’He also predicted that the people of Rajasthan will throw the BJP out of power in the State in the next Assembly elections.last_img read more


Locsin on Pacquiao victory: I’ll slap anyone who suggests he retires

first_imgGrace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “He is the purest of the finest qualities of our race and of humankind: courage, compassion, humility and flat out greatness,” he added.Dear Lord, thank you for giving our race its one and only champion in the field of honor. Thank you, Lord. He is the purest of the finest qualities of our race and of humankind: courage, compassion, humility and flat out greatness.— Teddy Locsin Jr. (@teddyboylocsin) January 20, 2019In a separate Twitter post, Locsin said that “nobody has given so much honor to our country” compared to what the boxing champ has given.Nobody but nobody has given so much honor to our country. Nobody but nobody comes even close.— Teddy Locsin Jr. (@teddyboylocsin) January 20, 2019 MANILA, Philippines — Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Locsin Jr. threatened to slap those who would again suggest that “eternal hero” Manny Pacquiao should retire from boxing.“I told you. The eternal hero. The purest example of the pure fighter. I will slap anyone who suggests again he retired,” Locsin said in a Twitter post on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT “Fighter never retire; fighting is their oxygen; they accept even permanent damage & blistering defeat as badges of honor. Fight, Manny, for country,” Locsin added.I told you. The eternal hero. The purest example of the pure fighter. I WILL SLAP ANYONE WHO SUGGESTS AGAIN HE RETIRED. Fighters never retire; fighting is their oxygen; they accept even permanent damage & blistering defeat as badges of honor. Fight, Manny, for country. STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars— Teddy Locsin Jr. (@teddyboylocsin) January 20, 2019 Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem LATEST STORIES The statement of Locsin was issued moments after Pacquiao’s 61st boxing career win over American Adrien Broner at MGM Grand Las Vegas.Pacquiao retained his WBA World welterweight title after garnering a unanimous decision with scores of 117-111, 116-112, and 116-112.READ: Still the champ: Manny Pacquiao keeps welterweight title, outpoints Adrien BronerHe also said that Pacquiao has the “purest of the finest qualities” of the Filipino race.“Dear Lord, thank you for giving our race its one and only champion in the field of honor. Thank you, Lord,” he said in another Twitter post.ADVERTISEMENT James Harden’s 48 as Rockets beat Lakers in OT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more



first_imgBARC India to expand meter homes to 44k by this fiscalMumbai, Jul 15 (PTI) Television rating agencyBroadcast Audience Research Council India (BARC) plans toexpand its meter homes to 44,000 by this financial year, a topofficial has said.”When we first started measuring TV viewership habits,30 per cent of our sample TV homes were in rural India. Thiswent up to 33 per cent when we expanded our meters to 33,000.This will further go up to 38 per cent, when we expand themeter homes to 44,000 by end of this financial year. This is a153 per cent growth in the rural sample, BARC India CEOPartho Dasgupta told PTI.It currently has 33,000 sample TV homes in itsmeasurement universe which will go up to 55,000 in thecoming years.”With return path data (RPD), we plan to scale up thisnumber to over 200,000,” he said adding that RPD will help tocurb panel home tampering.BARC has tied up with DEN Networks and Airtel DigitalTV for RPD and Dasgupta said they are in talks with all theother players.The daily tune-ins on TV currently stands at 557million and the daily average time spent per viewer watchingTV is 3 hour 44 minutes.Since BARC started rolling out its data in 2015, someinteresting trends have emerged like contrary to popularperception, TV Viewership is highest among youth (15-30 years)even in the digital age.The total TV viewership has gone up from 20.4 billionimpressions to 28.3 billion impressions, up by 39 per cent.Key hindi genres like hindi GEC, hindi movies andhindi news have gone up by 6 per cent, 87 per cent and 13 percent respectively since 2015.advertisementViewership for english channels has also gone up from115 million impressions to 122 million impressions, a growthof 6 per cent.HD Viewership has seen a 5.5 times growth in the lastthree years. Sports that in 2015 contributed to 1.8 per centto total TV viewership, has grown to 3 per cent in 2018.In the sports genre, while cricket still remains themost popular on TV, viewership of local sport kabaddihas grown by 83 per cent.”Also, trends like increase in temperature leads todrop in primetime viewership and total TV viewership in Southspikes during festival holidays have come up,” Dasgupta said.BARC recently started measuring out of home televisionconsumption and he said its aim is to measure all the screensbeing used to consume content. It has recently startedmeasuring OOH TV consumptions in Mumbai, Delhi and Bengalurufor restaurants,pubs,lounges.The biggest focus area for BARC India this year willbe to move from being a mere data company to an insightscompany. With new products and services to be launched forsubscribers.It is also preparing for its digital measurementservice Ekam. “One reason it is taking longer than estimatedto launch Ekam is that we are working to build that consensusto get all key stakeholders onboard and aligned to thebuilding blocks of Ekam. This will ensure all-round acceptanceof the data. We also underwent a similar journey beforelaunching TV viewership measurement, he added. PTI DS DSKDSK DSK DSKlast_img read more


When the Kop worshipped a saint

first_imgRoad transport Share on Twitter Topics Share on Facebook letters Scotland Sign up for Bookmarks: discover new books in our weekly email Share on WhatsApp Vegan food and drink Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn • How sad that Dave Collins (Letters, 13 June) felt the need to trot out the trope about vegans and meat-free versions of sausages and burgers. It’s the animal cruelty inherent in the consumption of meat that we abhor. We’ll eat our plant-based diet in whatever form we choose, thanks. And if we want to get more youngsters to sit at the vegan table, then “fake” bangers and burgers offer a great introduction.Ian PickfordGlasgow• Vic Marks claims that Scotland’s victory over England in the one-day cricket match in Edinburgh (Report, Sport, June 13) “could be appreciated on either side of Hadrian’s Wall”. I doubt it, as both sides of the wall are in England.Harry WatsonEdinburgh• Kenny Dalglish may be the first to be knighted but Liverpool FC has a long history of honoured players – St John played centre-forward for the club (Letters, 13 June; Report, 9 June).Steve ElliotLondon• My father owned a Morris Minor and one day pulled up at a set of traffic lights next to a Bentley (Letters, 12 June). The owner of the Bentley lowered his passenger side window and called to my father: “That, sir, is a real car!”Richard BartleyHenllan, Denbighshire• Join the debate – email• Read more Guardian letters – click here to visit Veganism Read more Liverpool Share via Email Brief letters Share on Pinterest Arthur C Clarke As with so many things, Arthur C Clarke foresaw the contamination of other worlds (Letters, 14 June) in his short story Before Eden, published in Amazing (June 1961), which relates the arrival and departure of an Earth spaceship to Venus, and its consequences. He also foresaw the rise of internet pornography in I Remember Babylon, published in Playboy (March 1960).Tom DawkesDinas Powys, Vale of Glamorgan Reuse this contentlast_img read more


Arsenal team news: Alexis and Ozil missing

first_imgArsenal Arsenal team news: No Alexis or Ozil at Bournemouth Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 20:31 1/14/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Alexis Sanchez 31122017 Getty Images Arsenal Premier League AFC Bournemouth v Arsenal AFC Bournemouth The Gunners face the Cherries without a win in four games across all competitions, with the absence of key men doing Arsene Wenger few favours Alexis Sanchez has been left out of Arsenal’s matchday squad for a meeting with Bournemouth amid mounting transfer talk, while Mesut Ozil is also missing.The German playmaker is absent through injury, but Jack Wilshere has shaken off a knock picked up in a Carabao Cup clash with Chelsea to make Arsene Wenger’s starting XI.Alex Iwobi is also included again despite struggling at Stamford Bridge in midweek. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Arsenal team: Cech, Chambers, Holding, Mustafi, Bellerín, Maitland-Niles, Wilshere, Xhaka, Iwobi, Welbeck, Lacazette.Subs: Ospina, Kolasinac, Mertesacker, Elneny, Ramsey, Walcott, Nketiah.Bournemouth team: Begovic, Francis, Steve Cook, Ake, Adam Smith, Lewis Cook, Gosling, Daniels, Ibe, Fraser, Callum Wilson.Subs: Boruc, Simpson, Surman, Arter, Pugh, Mousset, Afobe.Arsenal v Bournemouth 140118While without the services of two creative influences, Wenger is able to welcome back a couple of other senior stars.Sead Kolasinac is back on the bench, alongside Wales international midfielder Aaron Ramsey.They may be required to play a part at some stage, as the Gunners seek to snap a four-match winless run.Momentum needs to be found from somewhere, with Arsenal currently sat sixth in the Premier League table – five points adrift of the Premier League places. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more


Funding Supports Arts and Culture at Cape Breton University

first_imgThe province will provide additional funding to support two important arts and culture centres at Cape Breton University (CBU). Labour and Advanced Education Minister Labi Kousoulis announced $700,000 for the Beaton Institute and the Cape Breton University Art Gallery today, Sept. 26. “The Beaton Institute and the art gallery are not just important to the students and staff of Cape Breton University, but also to the broader community across the island,” says Mr. Kousoulis. “Both institutions are vital to the historical and cultural wellbeing of Nova Scotia.” The Beaton Institute is a repository for historically significant records of the university and Cape Breton. The Cape Breton University Art Gallery is the first and only full-time public art gallery on the island. Both institutions are used regularly by the public. “Cape Breton University is proud to be the home to both the Beaton Institute and the CBU Art Gallery,” says David C. Dingwall, president, Cape Breton University. “At CBU we celebrate culture and these culturally significant centres provide tremendous value to the entire Nova Scotia region and further enrich and enhance our communities. We are thrilled to see them recognized in this way.” This annual funding is in recognition of the importance the centres hold in the community. The investment supports the Culture Action Plan and the province’s vision of being a place known for its empowered, vibrant communities and a strong creative economy. The province is currently in discussions with universities about the next multi-year funding agreement, called the Memorandum of Understanding, which is expected to be reached in Spring 2019.last_img read more


Jim McMahon To Host Hearts and Helmets Celebrity Poker Tournament

first_imgDozens of celebrities and athletes are going to be hitting the gaming tables to raise public awareness and funds to support Every Kid Counts.The charity poker tournament and casino event kicks off at noon, Saturday, January 31st at a private residence in Scottsdale, AZ. This exclusive event leading up to the big game is produced by Dream Dealers and Pro Player Insiders.NFL Icon Jim McMahon and 2003 World Series of Poker Champion (WSOP) Chris Moneymaker are hosting the celebrity filled Hearts and Helmets Charity Poker Tournament.Three time Super Bowl champion former Oakland/LA Raider, Henry Lawrence will perform during the VIP reception.This fun-filled, interactive fundraiser will also provide an unforgettable evening of charitable casino gaming, silent and live auctions, raffles, premium cocktails, and delicious cuisine. Prizes include tickets to the Big Game at the University of Phoenix Stadium, WSOP entries, cruise vacations, dinners with celebrities, autographed memorabilia, plasma TV’s and invitations to exclusive events. The real winners of the night will be the designated charities and causes.Among those confirmed to participate, subject to availability, are Warren Sapp (former NFL), Darnell Dockett (Cardinals), Jay Novacek (former NFL), Andre Reed (NFL Hall of Famer), CeCe Peniston (award winning singer), Tim Brown (former NFL), Marcellus Wiley (NFL/ESPN), Calais Campbell (Cardinals), Shelly Duncan (MLB), Chris Duncan (MLB), Jeni Summers (model), Miss Black USA Arizona (2015), Marvin “Young MC” Young (Grammy Winner), Will Lowery (Golf Channel), Steve Weatherford (Giants), Demetrius McCray (Jaguars), Kenny Stills (Saints), Tony Jefferson (Cardinals), Major Wright (Buccaneers), Sean Baker (Falcons), Kevin “Special K” Daley (Harlem Globetrotters), and more.Every poker table will feature a celebrity and/or athlete. Poker players begin with $10,000 in chips and the Texas Hold’em tournament is structured with gradual 25 minute blind increases which should appease all poker fans. Seating for the poker tournament is limited and those who want to participate should pre-register here.VIP admission tickets are $250 and include access to the 12 p.m. celebrity reception, a seat in the tournament with $10,000 in poker chips, and a $500 voucher to play the casino games. General admission is $120 and opens at 6 p.m. General admission includes a $500 voucher to play blackjack, craps, and roulette from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. All tickets include catered meals and a hosted bar.“We are really excited to work with Dream Dealers on this event as their status among athletes and celebrities for hosting top-notch poker events is second to none,” said Melissa Mahler, Founder and CEO of Pro Player Insiders. “Every Kid Counts Children’s Charity is an amazing organization and we are proud to advocate for such a great cause.”“Teaming up with Pro Player Insiders is the perfect combination to me. We have a reputation for executing the best poker tournaments and Pro Player Insiders is the media leader in sports and philanthropy and host many celebrity charitable events,” said Jeff Geller, President of Dream Dealers. “As partners, we are producing an awesome event before the big game.”Jim McMahon spent 12 years in the NFL and is best known for leading the 1985 Chicago Bears to a Super Bowl Championship. After football, McMahon has dedicated a lot of his time to his two favorite charities – the Linda McMahon Foundation for Literacy and Players Against Concussions (PAC).Chris Moneymaker revolutionized poker by being the first amateur to win the WSOP Main Event. Chris Moneymaker is considered the figurehead for kickstarting poker’s popularity into mainstream life as we know it today.Henry Lawrence is a versatile performer of stage and screen who has appeared across the U.S., Asia, and Europe. He has been a featured singer at major athletic events such as Super Bowl parties and John Madden’s NFL Hall of Fame Induction. Henry was an All-Pro offensive tackle for the Oakland/LA Raiders with two Super Bowl victories in his 13-year career.Event sponsors include FelCor Lodging Trust, National Football Players Women Association, and Financial Literary Project.Source:PR Weblast_img read more


Boughaleb El Attar SpanishSpeaking Journalist Becomes Moroccos First Ambassador to Cuba

Rabat – Boughaleb El Atar made history on Sunday when he was elected the first Moroccan ambassador to Cuba after almost four decades of severed ties between the two countriesThe Spanish-speaking journalist has over four decades of experience in journalism and literary and political writing including a  1981 book about the history of the Spanish enclaves, Ceuta and Melilla.El Atar’s appointment highlights a shift in Moroccan diplomacy over recent years, that has seen the kingdom extend its hand to its former foes and countries known for their strong support of the Polisario Front and its self-proclaimed Sahrawi Republic. The King and his family’s vacation to Cuba in April was highly symbolic given that in the country is one of Polisario’s staunchest supporters.Cuba has for decades been a strong ally of both Algeria and Polisario. In 1980 Morocco cut ties with Cuba when the latter recognized the separatist group.Shortly after the King’s visit, Morocco and Cuba’s United Nations representatives Omar Hilale and Aynansi Rodriguez Camejo signed an agreement in April to reestablish bilateral relations.The death of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro was one of the reasons that prompted the kingdom to try to regain ties with the Caribbean nation. During the 1963 so-called “Sand War” between Morocco and the newly independent state Algeria when tension over the borders drawn by French colonization escalated into direct confrontation, Castro took the side of the latter. When he died in November 2016, Algeria announced eight days of mourning out of respect for the man Algerians saw as a friend and strong ally.The Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Relations explained the move to be part of the kingdom’s new “proactive” foreign policy.This policy has so far proved fruitful, as King Mohammed VI this year managed to regain admission for Morocco to the African Union (AU) after 33 years of absence. Morocco originally left the AU in 1984 , after the so-called Sahrawi Republic was accepted as a member state.Morocco was eager to rejoin the union contain Polisarion inside the continental bloc , and finally did so at the end of January.The kingdom’s new foreign policy is also based on gradually building up strong relations with African countries from across the continent’s different regions, even those with former or current pro-Polisario stances.While it is too early to expect a dramatic change in Cuba’s position vis-à-vis the issue of Western Sahara, reestablishing relations is clearly a first step in Morocco’s attempts to gain a diplomatic foothold in a country that has long been one of Polisario’ strongholds. read more


Government to extend Southern highway

The Government has decided to go ahead with the initial plan to extend the Southern Highway to Hambantota.Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, speaking in Kandy today, said that the Government is having talks with China to fund the project to extend the Southern Highway to Hambantota. Once completed, the Outer Circular Highway will interconnect the major highways in Sri Lanka.The Prime Minister said that the Government has also decided to commence work on the Colombo – Kandy highway and as the first stage the highway will be constructed between Colombo and Kurunegala with funding from Japan and the Asian Development Bank (ADB).He also said that the Government has identified several other road networks to be developed. However the new Government which took office in January this year had decided to review some of the Chinese funded projects following allegations of corruption and lack of transparency when the deals were originally signed. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe however said that the highway projects will continue, with proper procedures being followed.He said that talks will be held with a Chinese company to go ahead with the third stage of the Outer Circular Highway (OCH 3). The Prime Minister also rejected allegations that the new Government is taking political revenge on the former Government by launching investigations into some of the projects. The Southern Highway which connects Colombo to Galle and Colombo to Matara was to be extended to Hambantota as part of the project plan of the former Government. He said that the investigations are purely to expose corruption in some of the deals and not take political revenge. (Colombo Gazette) read more


Alberta awards 13M to researchers and companies for biomass development

EDMONTON – The Alberta government says it is providing nearly $13 million in funding to help create new uses for agricultural and forestry products through the Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions agency.The funding is to go to 61 researchers and companies looking to develop industrial bioproducts or technologies that use plant materials known as biomass.The government says the program is meant to help diversify and strengthen the economy by adding value to the province’s renewable resources.Projects ranging from early research to commercial applications will receive funding, including ones developing smart windows, fire retardants and building materials.Many of the proposals involve news ways of using the cellulose material found in plants that is processed into a crystal-like form known as cellulose nanocrystals.Canada’s forestry industry has for years been trying to develop uses for the processed cellulose, with limited success. Alberta awards $13M to researchers and companies for biomass development by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 27, 2016 12:00 am MDT Last Updated Jul 27, 2016 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more


Chancellor Cheechoo delivers heartfelt daily messages to students

Chancellor Shirley Cheechoo knows what it’s like to struggle for success. Growing up in residential schools, Cheechoo has survived abuse, poverty and racism.Through it all, she managed to persevere, heal and follow her passions. She’s become a world-renowned filmmaker, actor and visual artist.As Brock University’s Chancellor, she is embracing the opportunity to share what she’s learned with graduating students.I have fears that I will destroy this opportunity, but I trust that this University will back me up and you shall hear more of me.“For the first time in my life, I feel I have been given back my voice,” she told a group of graduating students from the Faculties of Humanities and Math and Science.“I have fears that I will destroy this opportunity, but I trust that this University will back me up and you shall hear more of me.”Cheechoo said she sometimes worries about offending people with her comments.“Fear is one of the most self-destructive, sabotaging behaviours you’ll face on a daily basis,” she told the grads. “No one prepares you for it and it will sneak up on you. You are the master of your own destiny. Don’t let fear control your life.”As Chancellor, it’s Cheechoo’s role to stand in front of each convocation ceremony and deliver a message to the graduating students. For someone who typically works at a film school with a dozen or so graduates a year, inspiring more than 3,500 students has been somewhat intimidating.The acclaimed Indigenous artist is overseeing her first Spring Convocation as the University’s Chancellor, and has inspired the Brock grads with her twice-daily addresses.Other than common introductions, Cheechoo has written eight unique convocation addresses.“Every day is a new day so I believe in giving new things each day. I prepared them using my experience with education and working with youth all my life.”At the Goodman School of Business Convocation Thursday morning, Cheechoo told the crowd that every single one of them has an equal chance to succeed.“All my life I have been judged because of the colour of my skin, the fact I was a woman and because I was Indigenous,” she said. “Never give up. Never say I can’t do it.“Everyone sitting in this room is equal. Remember that when you go into your first interview, no one is better than you. We’re all equal.”Chancellor Shirley Cheechoo confers graduates Thursday. read more


Coalition within three votes of victory

first_imgPundits including Australia’s most respected election analyst, the ABC’s Antony Green, said on Wednesday that after the latest counting, the Coalition would definitely win at least 73 seats and could secure the 76 seats needed to form a majority government.With postal and absentee votes still being painstakingly counted, a final result in the Australian federal election is dependent on a handful of seats where the count has been too close to call.Latest reports predict two of those seats – Petrie and Grey will fall to the Coalition and that the Government has a very strong chance of picking up Chisholm, Dunkley and Gilmore. If that is the case, it is likely that Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will have gathered enough votes to be in poll position to broker a deal with independents to form a minority government at the least, if not form a majority government.By Wednesday morning with 80.6 per cent of the votes counted Labor remains on 67 seats with the Coalition on 70. Swings and roundabouts for Greek Australian candidates. Latest update: Julia Banks tightens hold on ChisholmWith 74 per cent of the votes counted in the Melbourne marginal seat of Chisholm, Julia Banks, the Liberal’s Greek Australian candidate, by late Tuesday had extended her lead to 360 votes over her Labor opponent Stefanie Perri. Enrolment for the Chisholm seat, which stretches from Box Hill to Clayton, is more than 97,000. The latest figures show Ms Banks on 33,354 votes compared to Ms Perrie on 32,994 votes. Chisholm looks likely to be one of the only seats in the country to go to the Coalition from Labor.Georganas neck and neck in Hindmarsh With a 2 per cent swing to Labor by Wednesady, and 83 per cent of the votes counted, former Labor MP Steve Georganas is banking on absentee votes votes to get him over the line against the Liberal’s Matt Williams. Speaking to Neos Kosmos, Mr Georganas, who led by 347 seats on Tuesday said: “”We’re still in front, and while the postal votes don’t usually favour us the absentee votes should counteract that, I’m in a good position.” With the vote so close, a final result might not be declared in Hindmarsh until next week.Bye bye Nic Varvaris A 4 per cent swing against Liberal incumbent Nicolas Varvaris has ended his one term as Barton’s MP in south Sydney, with Linda Burney, the first the Indigenous lower house MP winning for Labor.No way back for Mirabella Sophie Mirabella’s political career may have finally run its course, with ¬independent MP Cathy Mc¬Gowan -strengthening her hold on the former Liberal frontbencher’s seat of Indi. Ms McGowan scored a 4.5 per cent swing against her, according to the 82 per cent of votes counted.Team Xenophon set for Senate threesome Nick Xenophon’s NXT party is now expected to pick up three seats on the Senate crossbench and in the Lower House, NXT’s Rebekha Sharkie has unseated former Liberal minister Jamie Briggs in the seat of Mayo. Meanwhile talk of NXT holding the balance of power in the next government may be premature. Downplaying earlier expectations Senator Xenophon said yesterday: “There will hopefully be three senators from the Nick Xenophon Team, as well as Rebekha Sharkie in the seat of Mayo, and that’s a pretty good set of numbers for (me) to have a fairly powerful say (in parliament).” Vamvakinou retains Calwell Veteran Labor MP Maria Vamvakinou has easily retained her seat of Calwell with a 4.5 per cent swing. By Wednesday with 75 per cent of the vote counted Ms Vamvakinou held 69.1 per cent of the preference count compared to the Liberal’s John Hsu on 30.9 per cent. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more


Budget Differences Put Military at Risk Top Pentagon Officials Testify

first_imgDefense Secretary Ash Carter reiterated the administration’s threat to veto legislation that adds $38 billion to DOD’s war account to get around the Budget Control Act spending caps, during a hearing Wednesday of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. “While this approach clearly recognizes that the budget total we’ve requested is needed, the avenue it takes is just as clearly a road to nowhere,” Carter told the panel.If lawmakers stick to the path outlined in the compromise budget resolution adopted by both chambers over the past week, he said, the department again will need to make hasty and drastic decisions by Oct. 1, reported DOD News. President Obama has said he would not accept fiscal 2016 spending bills that stick to the spending caps and don’t provide any budgetary relief to domestic agencies.“The Joint Chiefs and I are concerned that if our congressional committees continue to advance this idea and don’t explore alternatives we’ll all be left holding the bag,” Carter said.The secretary also criticized Congress for blocking the department’s cost-saving reforms, such as retiring the A-10 fleet, raising contributions for participants in Tricare and holding another BRAC round. The combination of the spending caps and congressional restrictions on belt-tightening reforms amounts to a “double whammy,” he said.“If confronted with sequestration-level budgets and continued obstacles to reform, I do not believe that we can simply keep making incremental cuts,” Carter said.Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, warned the panel that imposing the full burden of the budget caps will jeopardize national security.“Sequestration would fundamentally and significantly change the way we deploy the force, and in so doing [would] affect the way we can shape the security environment,” Dempsey said, reported DOD News. “We’ll probably be almost 20 percent smaller from where we started when I became the chairman, and our forward presence will be reduced by more than a third. We’ll have less influence, and we’ll be less responsive. Conflict will take longer to resolve and will be more costly in terms of dollars and casualties.”While the world is less certain, the one certainty is that whatever will happen will happen quickly. Under sequestration, the chairman said, American forces “will be further away and less ready than we need to be.” Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more


Costa Rica National Police seize 7000 bottles of illegal hooch

first_imgNational Police officers in the Caribbean canton of Pococí, Limón, over the weekend seized 7,000 bottles of adulterated liquor and shut down two local bars that sold them.The liquor was fabricated from non-distilled alcohol, it had no indication of its alcoholic volume and many impurities were visible inside the bottles, “likely due to lack of appropriate hygiene during its preparation,” a police report stated.The joint operation was carried out by officials from the Health Ministry, Labor Ministry, the Pococí Municipality, the National Liquor Factory, National Production Council, the Tax Administration, Fiscal Control Police, and agents of the Judicial Investigation Police.Police officers said that the operation was conducted after receiving reports of various shipments of smuggled liquor in the area. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rican cops confiscate tanker truck loaded … with boozelast_img read more


AP PHOTOS In Iran female motocross racer jumps barriers

first_img 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies In this photo taken Friday, June 5, 2015, Behnaz Shafiei rides her motocross bike during her training session while fans watch riders at a racetrack near the village of Baraghan, some 19 miles (30 kilometers) west of the capital Tehran, Iran. For motocross rider Shafiei, she only set out to fly over the dirt hills of race tracks, but instead found herself jumping over the cultural and legal barriers woman face in the Islamic Republic. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi) BARAGHAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian motocross rider Behnaz Shafiei’s passion for hurdling over dirt hills has led her to leap cultural and legal barriers in Iran, where women are banned from riding motorcycles in public.“When two days pass and I do not ride my motorcycle, I get really ill. Even the thought of not having a motorcycle someday gives me an awful feeling,” Shafiei said on the outskirts of Iran’s capital, Tehran. “Sometimes, I think to myself, ‘How did people in the past live without a motorbike?’ Is life without a motorcycle possible?” Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Here are a series of images by Associated Press photographer Vahid Salemi of female Iranian motocross racer Behnaz Shafiei.___Associated Press photographers and photo editors on Twitter: © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. It almost became a reality for 26-year-old. In Iran it remains illegal for women to ride motorcycles in public. Conservative clerics also denounce the idea of women attending men’s sporting events.But Shafiei and five other women worked hard to get official identifications from Iran’s Motorcycle and Automobile Federation to allow them to race on amateur tracks. They still don’t have access to Iran’s only standard motocross track at the Azadi Sports Complex in Tehran, so they often race on the capital’s outskirts.On a recent weekend, Shafiei drew a crowd when she took off her helmet, part of gear received from international sponsors. Women crowded around to take snapshots with her.“I did not know that it was a woman riding until I noticed her hair,” housewife Mahnaz Rahimi said. “It took me by surprise that a woman can be so courageous. I don’t have the guts to do such a thing.”Shafiei fell in love with motorcycles 11 years ago when she saw a woman in the country running errands on a small bike.“My goal is to be a pioneer to inspire other women,” she said. “Together, we can convince authorities to recognize women’s motorcycle racing.”center_img The vital role family plays in society Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Sponsored Stories last_img read more


Royal Caribbean releases new sustainability report

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