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first_imgI recently returned from a trip Down Under to Australia and New Zealand. Initially hesitant, my brother’s insistence, encouragement and diligent efforts convinced me to hop on the tour. My nephew, his wife and son, who now live in Australia, were more than eager to host us. My children and grandchildren were also overjoyed at my decision to go. I am an avid sports lover. In my youth, I had spent significant time watching and playing various forms of sports. Though I primarily played Table Tennis and Badminton, I did enjoy cricket as well. Now, I enjoy watching cricket the most, no matter its format – one day, T20 or test match. Also Read – Oman – Beauty with an addressWhen we landed in Sydney, the first thought that crossed my mind was that I have now reached the land of Sir Don Bradman! And, naturally, my first enquiry to our cabbie and my nephew was – “Where is the Sydney Cricket Ground!” My nephew reminded us that we will be staying in Sydney primarily but we will take a trip to Melbourne in the following week. I immediately thought, “Ah MCG – I shall step on the ground where history has been made.” Australia is a land of opulence and magnitude. The country is spotless and the Darling Harbour indeed transcends description, buzzing with activity while standing captivating in its grandeur. The road sides have an abundance of bars and eateries in this land of plenty. There was a sharp chill in the air at this time of the year but the warmth of being with loved ones and having our little grandson as our tour guide along the Parramatta river, was indeed enough to counter the cold. Also Read – CANADA: A traveller’s delightWe visited Melbourne in the coming week and stayed in a service apartment. It was indeed gratifying to see the four light posts of the legendary Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) – to my delight, MCG was visible from where we stayed beside the Yarra river. On the next day, we took a conducted tour to MCG. The chills that I felt when I stepped on the emerald green grass of MCG is tough to depict in language. It was a strange kind of thrill! It was overwhelming to touch the annals of cricket history made there. I was now a part of all the unforgettable moments that have played out on this ground. It was a sublime experience of looking back on the visuals of unforgettable moments crafted by legendary players that are etched in my mind forever, alongside the present that is proudly carrying that history forward. MCG is spectacular indeed. I was inadvertently looking for memories of Sir Don Bradman. However, there wasn’t much except a stand dedicated to him, a bat used by him, some pictures and mementos. This absence, I realised, could be because Melbourne is under the state of Victoria and Sydney is under New South Wales. And, I guess, in Melbourne, players hailing from Victoria would gain more prominence. Sir Don, of course, in my mind, is an exception that transcends all boundaries. MCG is a magnificent well organised structure. It was also pleasant to see the multitude of well-stocked bars in the ground; I have not seen such a set-up in any cricket ground in India. I saw just two statues of cricketers on the ground; one belonged to Dennis Lillee and the other was of Shane Warne. I saw no other statue though there were several photographs and memorabilia. There was the legendary picture of Sir Don meeting our own cricket maestro Sachin Tendulkar. Sachin had gone to meet Sir Don to fulfill his desire of meeting him. On a wall, exceptional feats performed by some cricketers were engraved – such as 300 runs by Bob Cowper, 250 runs by Alastair Cook of England, 9 or 10 wickets taken by Sarfaraz Nawaz of Pakistan and so on. The craftsmanship of the statues was also a marvel! It seemed that the players were frozen in their bowling action. In fact, Dennis Lillee seemed to be balanced on his toe ready to pitch the ball in his signature style with his left foot forward. What was disappointing was the lack of awareness about some greats. The person who was conducting the tour was oblivious about Richie Benaud’s contribution as a player and dismissed him as just a commentator! The tour guide then took us right up to the boundary line of the cricket ground. This was a thrilling experience indeed to stand on the field at the boundary which has witnessed such uncountable marvelous knocks. The tour was quite strenuous but the excitement kept me going. We were then taken up to the fourth tier of the stadium using escalators and elevators. We visited the players’ changing rooms, gym etc., which are all maintained with precision and care. When we were returning to our apartment, the cab driver asked us where we had been. On hearing that we had been to MCG, he was overjoyed and said that someone from India or Pakistan had told him that MCG is the Mecca of cricket. I don’t agree with this; for me, Lords remains the Mecca of cricket. Nevertheless, visiting MCG was an exhilarating experience. Two weeks after this, we went to the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). It has around 40 per cent less capacity than MCG and is much smaller – but the ground is magnificent in its own right. Also, SCG seemed more compact, better organised and evoked more nostalgia as the structure was deeply reminiscent of colonial architecture and Victorian style left behind by the British in Calcutta; this was particularly noticeable in the members’ stand which brings an old world charm. The facilities in SCG seemed even better planned, especially the changing rooms, gym and other amenities. We were taken for a conducted tour right from the ground boundary line to the upper tiers of the structure. Here, it was somewhat salvaging to see a huge statue of Richie Benaud with his shirt unbuttoned halfway in his usual style while bowling leg break deliveries. There was also a statue of Steve Waugh. However, even here, there was no statue of Bradman. Maybe there is one in Adelaide, I told myself. In fact I told myself that even if his statue isn’t there, his aura, reverence for him, and his legend pervades every cricket lovers’ mind. He played for New South Wales and had scored 400 plus runs against Victoria. There is a chair dedicated to Sir Don. There was his gloves and bat as memorabilia. There were also objects used by cricketers from India. There were gloves used by Ravi Shastri, a bat signed by Sunil Gavaskar. Overall, the experience of touring SCG was more memorable as it lent more historical evocations. This is not to belittle MCG is any way. Both were life time experiences to cherish forever. During the conducted tours of both grounds, a few names of famous Australian cricketers came to my mind like Lindwall, Miller who I have not seen playing and others like Davidson, Harvey, O’Neil and the like, who I have seen in action. I don’t recall seeing any mementos of these greats either. I wish to sign off with an indelible memory created in SCG. I met with an accident during the SCG tour, falling straight on my face – it could have been hazardous but I got away with some bruises and a broken front tooth. Every time I watch a match at SCG, I will now remember the tiny bit of me I have left behind there on the grounds.last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA — A lawyer for a federal public servant accused of leaking cabinet secrets about a $700-million shipbuilding project is asking for a delay in the case until next year.Matthew Matchett was charged with one count of breach of trust in February for allegedly leaking cabinet documents to a lobbyist representing Quebec’s Davie shipyard, and was supposed to have a preliminary inquiry in October.At a court hearing this morning, Matchett’s lawyer, Matthew Day, is instead asking for delay the preliminary inquiry until next March because he needs more time to go through thousands of documents related to the case.Many of those documents were seized during the RCMP investigation dubbed Project Anchor that led to charges against Matchett and retired vice-admiral Mark Norman, while others were provided to Norman’s lawyers before his case was dropped in May.Crown prosecutor Mark Covan, however, is resisting a delay in part because he says the scope of the Crown’s case against Matchett — and the preliminary inquiry itself — is relatively narrow in scope.There are also concerns delaying the inquiry could eventually see Matchett’s case bump up against the Supreme Court’s Jordan decision from 2016, which imposed time limits on how long it can take for a criminal case to go to trial before it is deemed unreasonably delayed and tossed.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Al-Qaeda operations are not characterized by high cost and only the 11 September 2001, attacks against the United States required significant funding of over six figures, the Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team says in its report released today.The threat from the group is as real today as it has been at any time since October 1999, it adds.What has changed is that al-Qaeda’s key leadership is too preoccupied with its own immediate problems of survival to offer more than general guidance since the United States invaded Afghanistan, ousted the Taliban and sought to hunt down the terrorist group.The findings in part echo a study by an earlier monitoring group last year which reported that al-Qaeda still posed a significant threat to international peace and security, including possible use of weapons of mass destruction. read more

Then redshirt sophomore defensive end Tyquan Lewis (59) drags down Maryland redshirt junior quarterback Perry Hills on Oct. 10. OSU won 49-28.Credit: Lantern file photoWith the dominant force of Joey Bosa now departed for the NFL, the duties of putting pressure on the quarterback and stopping the run from the edge now lie on the shoulders of Sam Hubbard and Tyquan Lewis.Hubbard, a redshirt sophomore from Cincinnati, and Lewis, a junior from Tarboro, North Carolina, combined for 14.5 sacks last season. With extra attention given to Bosa, both Buckeyes benefitted from one-on-one scenarios, giving them ample opportunities to hunt down the opposing quarterback.But now, all eyes will be on Hubbard and Lewis as they try to reproduce their 2015 production with the absence of the third overall pick in the NFL draft from this year. With a season-ending injury sustained by Darius Slade announced at OSU’s media day on Sunday, depth at defensive end for the Scarlet and Gray is uncertain.Regardless of the expectations placed on the duo, neither player is backing down from the task at hand.“We don’t feel any pressure,” Hubbard said. “Preparations (have) been year-round, and we are ready to meet any challenge we experience this year and put in a lot of work.”Hubbard said he learned a multitude of skills in his past two years from the players before him, namely Bosa. After arriving in Columbus as a lacrosse player, he become a safety, then a tight end, before finally winding up as a defensive end. He said the whole experience has been humbling and has taught him how to remained focused on the task at hand.With such major transitions for Hubbard in his playing career, the work never stops for the 6-foot-5 end. This year, he said he has been working tirelessly to ensure his production does not fall off.“I’ve worked on every aspect of my game this whole offseason,” Hubbard said. “From the weight room with coach Mick (Marotti) getting stronger to becoming a more efficient pass rusher with coach (Larry) Johnson, I’ve done everything in my power to improve my game, and I’m only getting started.”Lewis started at end last season for the Buckeyes, ending the year with 54 total tackles and eight sacks. The former four-star recruit solidified his spot as a starter and leader of the Silver Bullets.The equation to success for Lewis this year is far from complex in his eyes. He said he feels being the same player as last year will do wonders for his production.“I just try to be a great leader and set an example for the young guys,” Lewis said. “I just want to play hard and be a great leader.”The Buckeyes start their season on Sept. 3 against Bowling Green at Ohio Stadium. Kick off is scheduled for noon. read more

He said that schools have been trying to do “everything possible” to get female role models into the classroom such as bringing back former female students who have gone on to study science subjects at university.There has been a 4.8 per cent increase in the number of entries for the double award science GCSE,  where pupils are awarded two GCSE grades after studying  Biology, Chemistry and Physics.Derek Richardson, vice president at Pearson, said this was down to the “Attenborough effect” which is encouraging young people’s interest in science.“We know that young people are increasingly concerned about the world around them and want to make a difference,” he said.“The ‘Attenborough effect’ is fuelling an interest in science, and young people are focusing their studies towards the world of work where there’s an increasing demand for STEM careers.”Programmes like Sir David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II have been credited with sparking  a renewed interest in the environment. Earlier this year the charity Keep Britain Tidy said that the ‘Attenborough effect’ led to a rise in the number of award-winning clean beaches.  Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said: “It would be nice to think that if schools are microcosms of society, maybe social attitudes are changing and things are not being narrowly defined in gender terms any more, with girls thinking these subjects are just as much my entitlement.” Girls are closing the gap on boys in Maths and Physics, the latest GCSE results show.This year 15.2 per cent of girls taking Maths were awarded top grades of either 7, 8 or 9 – equivalent to A or A* in the old qualifications – up from 14.7 per cent last year.Meanwhile, the proportion of boys scoring top grades fell from 16.8 per cent last year to 16.6, meaning that the gap between boys and girls has now narrowed from 2.1 to 1.4 percentage pointsGirls are catching up with boys in Physics, where the gap has narrowed from 5.7 to 3.9 percentage points.Boys are still winning a higher proportion of top grades (45.7 per cent) but girls increased their share of 7s, 8, and 9s from 39.6 per cent last year to 41.8  per cent this year.Girls already outperform boys at Chemistry and Biology GCSEs as well as Computing despite the fact that more than three times as many boys take the subject than girls.But Computing is increasing in popularity among girls, and this year the number of female entries for the subject increased by 14.5 per cent compared to a 5.9 per cent increase for boys. Students celebrate their GCSE results at Norwich School in Norwich, NorfolkCredit: Joe Giddens/PA Students celebrate their GCSE results at Norwich School in Norwich, Norfolk 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. read more

first_imgThis is a seminal moment for social housing in this country and if Labour allows this Bill to pass they have completely abandoned any pretence of social justice.‘A ridiculous ploy’Gwen Connell was homeless earlier this year but is currently living in a two-bedroom apartment with her three daughters. She said she was also evicted from her home due to rent hikes.Connell said the Bill is “just another ridiculous ploy by Labour and the government to reduce council lists”.It’s just tactics when nothing is really being done about the situation.”Connell added that the new HAP system means “people like myself can be thrown off council waiting lists”.“We will be passed over to private landlords where we can be evicted at any time and can never truly settle,” she said, adding: “Families don’t need to be put through this.”Utter failureSocialist TD Ruth Coppinger said that the Bill will “further decimate the Labour party” and “accelerate their extinction” as the party holds both the departments of social protection and housing.“It will completely and utterly fail. Have they learnt nothing?”Coppinger noted that 4,000 – 9,000 social houses were built annually during the 1970s, compared to just 300 last year.“The big big problem is people have nowhere to live.”The newly-elected Dublin West TD said that the new legislation also “makes it easier for councils to evict people” and allows housing authorities to deduct money from people’s social welfare payments if they fall behind in paying their rent.Nobody should be allowed to be evicted on the basis of a rent increase given the homeless epidemic.“I do question whether the government have leant anything from the hammering they got in the election,” she added.Related: New campaign launched to help families in danger of losing their homeRead: Social housing waiting list falls to almost 90,000 households A HOMELESS MOTHER has said that the Housing Bill set to be passed in the Dáil is an attempt to make the government “look better” without bringing about any real change.Tamara Kearns, who is living in emergency housing with her husband and two children, said that people in receipt of the new Housing Assistance Payment will be deemed as housed and taken off the social housing list.She said the government is “trying to slash the 90,000 waiting list and make it look better for themselves”.“My family became homeless because my husband’s wages were cut and we could not meet the spiralling rents in Dublin,” Kearns said.She is a member of the Housing Action Group who have called for rent controls to be introduced. The organisation will stage a protest outside the Dáil at 6pm today. The Bill will be debated in the chamber from 6 to 7.30 pm and 9 to 10.30 pm.A number of other TDs have also called for the Labour Party to reconsider its support for the Housing Bill with independent TD Catherine Murphy saying last week:last_img read more

first_img SpaceX is trying to buy a hamlet inside its Texas rocket-launch site because it ‘did not anticipate’ there’d be any ‘significant disruption’ to residents who live there SNAPCHAT HAS BEEN testing its geofilters feature for some time now, but now everyone can use the feature — if you’re physically in the right place.Geofilters let you add specific, location-based filters to your photos. For example, if you snap a picture in Manhattan, you’ll see different geofilters compared to if you were in Venice.None appear to be available in Ireland, yet.Some think Snapchat may eventually monetize geofilters by stuffing ads into them when you send snaps from certain locations.To see which geofilters your current location unlocks, all you have to do is swipe right on the preview screen before you send a snap.Here are a few examples. A car plowed through the main hall of Trump Plaza in New Rochelle, New York 16-year-old Greta Thunberg met with Obama and chided senators, saying they’re not trying hard enough to fight climate change center_img The US is building a case against Iran in the attacks on Saudi Arabia, but Trump is in no rush to act Source: SnapchatGeofilters require you to turn on location services to allow Snapchat to sense where you are, but Snapchat doesn’t store the location data.To enable geofilters, you’ll need to first head over to your phone settings. For iPhone users, go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services.Toggle Location Services on and then scroll down and make sure the individual Snapchat app is toggled “On” too.Next, open Snapchat and tap the settings cog in the top right corner.After choosing the “Manage” option, you can now toggle on Filters, which will enable geofilters.And you’re finished!You can now discover new geofilters just by walking around to new places, just remember to swipe right to cycle through the options. Source: Snapchat/YouTube- Steven TweedieRead: 17 hilarious times Snapchat and fine art were the perfect union >More: Rich Kids of Snapchat is exactly as horrifying as it sounds >last_img read more

first_img Image: Shutterstock/Monkey Business Images Apr 1st 2019, 2:14 PM One in 10 people spending over 60% of their income on rent in Ireland Meanwhile, one in 20 people are spending more than 75% of their income on rent. 38 Comments By Conor McCrave File Photo File Photo Image: Shutterstock/Monkey Business Imagescenter_img Share199 Tweet Email1 Monday 1 Apr 2019, 2:14 PM 13,910 Views ONE IN TEN renters in Ireland are spending over 60% of their income on housing costs, a new report has found.The National Social Monitor Report from Social Justice Ireland, which analysed the market rent across European countries, found that tenants here were spending a disproportionate amount of their income on rent.It comes a week after two new rental pressure zones, in Limerick and Meath, were introduced in a bid to slow the pace of rising rents around the country. In summary, it found one in five renters were spending 40% of their income, one in 10 were spending 60% of their income, and one in 20 were spending 75% of their income on rent.It warned that Ireland has a smaller population of renters compared to other EU countries and so the latest figures are a reality check on the state of the rental market. “While rates in Ireland are below the EU average in this regard, it should be noted that large-scale private renting is a relatively recent phenomenon for Ireland,” it said.“We have a relatively low proportion of the population in this tenure compared to the rest of Europe, and the lower proportion of tenants paying market rent in the EU-15.“It should be of concern that more than one in five tenants paying market rent in Ireland are paying over 40% of their disposable income in housing costs, with almost one in 10 paying over 60%.”In countries such as Greece, however – which is also facing a housing crisis – more than eight in 10 renters spend over 40% of their income on rent. The report also found that 12.6% of the population, or 611,982 people in Ireland, were living in substandard conditions in 2017.Financially, the level of difficulty in making ends meet is still higher in Ireland, as well as Croatia, France, Greece, Italy, Slovakia and Spain than it was before the economic crisis in 2007.Director of Social Justice Ireland, Sean Healy said “while economic growth has indeed led to improvements in living standards, and increased investment in infrastructure and public services, the benefits of these developments have been distributed in a grossly unequal fashion”.InequalityLast week, President Michael D Higgins warned that further divisions and inequality were inevitable across European countries if a fresh approach to EU policy and strategy was not developed.Higgins said there was a lack of “social cohesion” and a “narrow version of an economic union” in a speech delivered at the launch of the Jean Monnet centre at UCD.The National Social Monitor report also examined other pillars of society including healthcare and environmental sustainability.It concluded that Ireland along with nine other countries fell short in responding to healthcare needs of citizens, based upon self-reported medical care accessibility being  burdened by cost, waiting time, or distance.Meanwhile, Ireland, along with Cyprus, Portugal and Spain had the highest increase of emissions despite facing considerable fines for missing climate change targets.Ireland had the highest increase in emissions of the EU-15 countries examined in the report, between 2012 and 2016. Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_imgTwitter : moins de 1% de Français sur le réseauFrance – Le nombre d’utilisateurs français de Twitter représente moins de 1% de l’ensemble de la communauté. La France pointe en treizième position. Une récente étude montre que les Français n’adoptent pas Twitter. En effet, ils représentent moins de 1% de l’ensemble des internautes connectés au réseau social. La France se classe en treizième position, loin derrière les États-Unis, leader avec 50,88% de représentativité. En seconde position, le Brésil ne pèse que 8,79% des adeptes du tweet. Cependant, en comparaison aux chiffres de 2009 où Twitter reflétait un fort accent anglo-saxon avec plus de 62% d’internautes américains et près de 8% en provenance du Royaume-Uni, de nouvelles tendances se sont démarquées : le Brésil a réalisé la plus grosse progression alors qu’il ne représentait pas plus de 2% et la France a réalisé un timide bond de 0,08%. La chaîne privée TF1 a créé deux comptes sur Twitter, l’un sur la F1 et l’autre sur le football, où des informations sont régulièrement postées. Une pionnière ? Le 20 janvier 2010 à 12:12 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgFacebook ou la définition d’un “utilisateur actif”Le réseau social se vante d’avoir 845 millions utilisateurs actifs mensuels, dont 483 millions chaque jour… mais un “utilisateur actif” profite-t-il forcément à Facebook ? C’est la question que pose le New York Times.Dans son dossier d’entrée en bourse, la firme de Mark Zuckerberg annonce disposer de 845 millions d’utilisateurs actifs mensuels. Un total dont près de la moitié utiliseraient le réseau social au quotidien, soit 483 millions “d’utilisateurs actifs”. Seulement si ce chiffre suffit à placer Facebook en tête de tous les réseaux sociaux, que signifie-t-il ? Autrement dit, ces “utilisateurs actifs” sont-ils tous réellement rentables pour la firme ?D’après la définition de Facebook, membre actif comprend certes une personne se rendant sur le site en passant par le Web classique ou une plateforme mobile mais aussi tout ceux “partageant du contenu ou une activité avec un ou des amis sur Facebook, ou via un site tiers disposant d’une intégration Facebook”, rapporte Aimer une page ou partager un article par l’intermédiaire d’un bouton installé sur un site suffit donc pour devenir un “utilisateur actif”. Mais le New York Times cite encore d’autres exemples qui attestent tous d’une chose : être “utilisateur actif” ne signifie pas qu’on se rend directement sur le réseau social.  Suivant ces derniers exemples, certains utilisateurs ne seraient donc pas du tout rentables pour Facebook car il n’aurait même pas besoin de se connecter sur le site pour entretenir un contact avec. Or, le réseau social dont l’une des stratégies est le ciblage publicitaire via son site, ne toucherait pas quotidiennement ses 483 millions d’utilisateurs quotidiens de manière égale. Des utilisateurs qui ne peuvent être “commercialement ciblés”À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Pensez à ce que cela signifie en termes de monétisation des utilisateurs quotidiens. S’ils cliquent sur un bouton ‘j’aime’ sans aller sur Facebook ce jour-là, ils ne peuvent pas y être commercialement ciblés, ils ne voient pas la publicité et ne peuvent pas être sollicités par la vente de biens ou de services. Tout ce qu’ils ont fait, c’est dire à leurs amis sur Facebook qu’ils ont aimé quelque chose en ligne. Point barre”, souligne sur son blog l’analyste de Fusion IQ Barry Ritholtz repris par investisseurs pourraient donc être refroidis par ce raisonnement, dégonflant les chiffres annoncés par le géant du réseau social. Mais attendons de voir comment va réagir Facebook pour convaincre totalement avant son entrée en bourse.Le 10 février 2012 à 11:40 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_img Google+ Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Pinterest Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte WWE revealed the company’s 2018 second quarter financial results on Thursday morning, revealing “record revenue” figures for the company so far this year.A breakdown of the financials include:* Revenues increasing 31% to $281.6 million, the highest quarter revenue in WWE history.* Operating income “nearly doubled” to $21.2 million, up from $10.7 million last year.* WWE has completed new television agreements with NBC Universal and Fox Sports effective October 1, “which increase the average annual value (AAV) of WWE’s U.S. distribution to 3.6 times that of the prior deal with NBCU.”* WWE Network average paid subscribers increased 10% to 1.80 million.* Digital video views of WWE programming increased 58% to 14.4 billion, while hours consumed added up to 71% or 509 million across digital and social media platforms.Vince McMahon provided the following comments on the financials.“We’re pleased with our continued success in increasing the monetization of WWE content globally. This success is evidenced by the completion of our new U.S. distribution agreements with USA Network and Fox Sports, the staging of another record-breaking WrestleMania, and the development of a 10-year strategic partnership with the Saudi General Sports Authority.”center_img Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte WhatsApp Facebook WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton)last_img read more

first_img Share Evan Vucci/APPresident Donald Trump speaks with reporters as he arrives for a New Year’s Eve gala at his Mar-a-Lago resort, in Palm Beach, Fla., on Sunday.Pakistan says it is preparing a response to President Trump, who wrote in a New Year’s Day tweet that Islamabad was giving Washington only “lies & deceit” in exchange for billions of dollars in U.S. aid.In the tweet, Trump accused Pakistan – a key U.S. anti-terrorism ally — of taking American leaders for “fools” and providing terrorists from neighboring Afghanistan “safe haven.”In an apparent reference to the $33 billion in aid that Trump says the U.S. has “foolishly” given Pakistan over the past 15 years, he signed off his tweet: “No more!”The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools. They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 1, 2018Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif, in his own tweet, wrote that his government was preparing a response that “will let the world know the truth.”We will respond to President Trump’s tweet shortly inshallah…Will let the world know the truth..difference between facts & fiction..— Khawaja M. Asif (@KhawajaMAsif) January 1, 2018Later, Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua, summoned the U.S. ambassador to Pakistan, David Hale, to lodge a formal complaint.The U.S. has received “land and air communication, military bases and intelligence cooperation that decimated al-Qaida for 16 years,” Defense Minister Khurram Dastgir-Khan reportedly said, adding “but they have given us nothing but invective and mistrust.”And Pakistan’s prime minister, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, who assumed the premiership just five months ago, has called a meeting of his National Security Committee to discuss a future course of action with the U.S.Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper writes:“Mr Trump’s tweets come a few days after Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) chief Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor said Pakistan had done enough and it was time for the United States and Afghanistan to do more. He was referring to accusation by the US and Afghanistan regarding the presence of militant bases in Pakistan.… In an interview with a private news channel in the evening, [Asif] said Pakistan had already done enough. ‘We have already said no more [to the Americans] so Trump’s no more is of no importance now,’ he added.‘We are ready to publicly provide details of the US aid that has been received by the country,’ said the minister, adding that Mr Trump was disappointed with the US defeat in Afghanistan and was accusing Pakistan in retaliation.”According to Diaa Hadid, NPR’s correspondent in Islamabad, Pakistan, as senior ministers and military officials hold a national security committee meeting to assess the relationship with the United States, she says, “What we modestly expect them to say is that they are seeking out other foreign allies,” such as China and Russia.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit read more

first_imgBy Lisa Snowden-McCray, Special to the AFROLast week, as Dr. Christine Blasey Ford went before the Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington, D.C. to testify about allegations that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh assaulted her at a party in the 1980s, groups that help sexual assault victims reported that they had been especially busy.“We are experiencing unprecedented wait times for our online chat,” reads a message on the group Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)’s home page. According to RAINN, they saw a 338 percent increase in call traffic. They said that the Friday after the hearing was the busiest day in their 24-year history.The effects of the #MeToo movement, a reckoning that has prompted women from all walks of life to speak out about the ways powerful men have abused and harassed them, have been felt all over the country and in Baltimore, too.Women who are survivors of sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual abuse and their supporters protest during a#MeToo march in Hollywood, California on November 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)Delegate Curt Anderson was stripped of his leadership position and forced into anti-harassment training in August. Last month, an ethics panel found that Anderson had indeed made inappropriate sexual comments but couldn’t confirm the veracity of a sexual assault that allegedly happened 14 years ago. And last April, Quincey Gamble, a campaign advisor for Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, stepped down after charges that he harassed and assaulted two women he dated came to light.“We can’t ignore sexism and gender violence in our communities anymore,” says Brittany Oliver, one of the leaders of the Black women’s activist group Not Without Black Women (NWBW). “We can’t afford to ignore it. It’s something that we have to deal with.”Oliver says that as the #metoo movement moves more and more to the center of the national conversation, NWBW has seen a larger number of women seeking them out, looking for help.“There have been more and more Black women who have been reaching out for resources and support and information about how they deal with sexual harassment and abuse within their own spaces,” she says. “At work, at home, on the street and [in] public space, in community activist spaces; more and more women have come to this awakening if they haven’t before and finally realized what has happened to them in the past wasn’t OK.”Oliver says that #metoo means something especially different for Black women, who often must deal with the double burdens of racism and sexism. She says that 2018 March for Black Women, held Sept. 29 in Washington, D.C. many people discussed just that.“Anita Hill came up a lot during the march. Anita Hill testified against Clarence Thomas back in 1991…and we’re still here advocating against the same issues. The Civil Rights Movement turned their backs against Anita Hill because many of the leaders felt like she was a quote unquote race traitor,” Oliver says. “She made her voice heard.”Oliver says that, with the #metoo movement so prominently in the news, it is understandable that women who have been victims of sexual harassment might be feeling more on edge lately. She says that it’s important that women listen to themselves and not feel pressured to do anything they don’t want to do.“There is no limitation on what bravery looks like. There is no perfect way of dealing with the sexual trauma that one has experienced from dealing with sexual violence,” she says. “The first thing is just thinking about what your needs are and whatever those needs are, not being ashamed of it. Because there is no one size fits all approach around sexual violence. It’s all complex, it’s all multifaceted, and it looks especially different when you’re dealing with black women who are silenced.”She says that victims don’t have to speak out if they aren’t comfortable doing so.“You have to determine what works for you,” she says. “Really listen to what your body is telling you in that moment. Whatever response you have, whatever you do or don’t do, is absolutely valid.”Contact NWBW on Facebook or Twitter. You can also contact RAINN at 1-800-656-4673 or In Baltimore, people seeking more information about sexual harassment and assault can contact FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture at and anti-street harassment group Hollaback Baltimore at read more

first_img Advertisement While all the discussion over the last two games of the Eastern Conference Finals has focused on the Cavs and LeBron James, Colin has come away with a different opinion about the Celtics in the two games since Isaiah Thomas exited the series with a hip injury.He doesn’t think that Boston is better, right now, without Thomas, but it’s clear that having the ball dominant guard on the sidelines has allowed them to play a style focused on ball movement and floor spacing, rather than volume shooting by a score-first point guard.It’s also clear that the Celtics match up better with the Cavs defensively because they don’t have to constantly camouflage Thomas’ deficiencies.He thinks Boston would be better served by moving on from Thomas, and drafting the pass-first Lonzo Ball with the #1 overall pick to elevate the roster. If they can acquire two more scorers, starting with Gordon Hayward in free agency, they can seriously compete for the Eastern Conference. With Ball distributing in the flow of an offense designed by Brad Stevens, the Celtics would have enough fire power to match the aging Cavs in the coming years.Boston could also use the Thomas money to re-sign Avery Bradley who will be considerably better than Markelle Fultz for at least the next 2-3 years.The other option is extend Thomas, draft Markelle Fultz with the #1 pick and wait for LeBron to deteriorate before making a title push. That’s a losing philosophy. The Celtics aren’t a losing franchise.“If I’m Boston, Lonzo Ball is really attractive.”Listen to Colin’s full rant:If the Celtics don’t trade the No. 1 pick, they should draft Lonzo Ball over Markelle Fultz— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) May 24, 2017last_img read more

first_imgTIME Hotels appoints new Corporate Director of RevenueTIME Hotels appoints new Corporate Director of RevenueUAE-headquartered TIME Hotels has announced the appointment of Laurent Barelier as its new Corporate Director of Revenue Management and E-distribution as the company looks to develop its strategy and implement growth plans.A graduate of the American College of Greece and holder of an MBA in International Hospitality Management from Cornell University, Paris, French national Barelier has over 17 years’ corporate hospitality experience having worked for a number of successful international hospitality chains both in the Middle East and globally.His career includes senior management roles with Intercontinental in Athens, Greece, Accor Hotels, Dubai, Wyndham Hotel group, Dubai and latterly as a management consultant for the Majestic Tower Hotel, Dubai.“Laurent has a wealth of experience and an in-depth understanding of the requirements of a hotel chain of TIME Hotels stature combined the technical ability from a corporate revenue perspective. These skills, paired with good knowledge of pre-opening strategies and implementation, will be crucial as we look to add to promote our business in Q4 2016 and throughout 2017,” said Mohamed Awadalla, CEO, TIME Hotels. “It’s an extremely exciting time to join the TIME Hotels team as growth plans for the region are gaining momentum as the company looks to expand into new markets. In line with the aspirations of the CEO, I want to support our goals of becoming a major player within the hospitality industry by making the transition into new key gateway destinations in the UAE and across the Middle East easier,” said Barelier.In his spare time Barelier is an active member of AIESEC, the world’s leading youth leadership development organisation, and the Dubai chapter of the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI). He is also a member of the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF). TIME Hotelsbook your room hereSource = TIME Hotelslast_img read more

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo So, when asked by Arizona Sports 620’s Paul Calvisi about where his team’s focus will be going into a Week 4 matchup with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next Sunday, Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians didn’t talk X’s and O’s. Instead, he turned his attention to the health of his players.“The biggest thing will be to overcome the injuries and to get young players ready to play and the replacements that are now starters,” Arians said. “I’m pretty sure we’re going to lose a couple of guys probably for the season. “We’ll wait until Wednesday to see how that goes with the X-rays and everything.”Arians didn’t specify which starters could be lost for the season, but any of the three could significantly alter their respective units.Alexander, a Pro Bowler in 2012, has four tackles and a pass deflection in 2013. Acho also has four tackles and added a sack in Sunday’s loss.Johnson, a first-year starter, has 13 tackles this season.“We have to regroup. Change has not been good to us,” said Arians. “I’ve already challenged our guys to accept the change of this week, being in Florida practicing and dedicating everything they’ve got to come out of here 2-2. We can still reach our goals.” 0 Comments   Share   – / 30 As if getting trounced 31-7 on the road by the New Orleans Saints wasn’t bad enough, the Arizona Cardinals might be facing an ever tougher week ahead given the notable injuries sustained Sunday afternoon.Both special teams standout/outside linebacker Lorenzo Alexander (right foot) and safety Rashad Johnson (finger) left the contest in the first half. And, outside linebacker Sam Acho had to be carted back to the locker room with an ankle injury in the third quarter. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories last_img read more

first_img EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Even severe weather couldn’t stop Beyonce and Jay-Z from performing an explosive two-hour-plus concert for their feverish fans.After bad weather forced concertgoers at the MetLife Stadium inside for close to an hour Thursday night, Beyonce and Jay-Z hit the stage at 11:08 p.m. and played into Friday morning, wrapping the energetic show at 1:29 a.m.Beyonce thanked the audience at the end of the show in East Rutherford, New Jersey, for not “letting the rain stop the night.”“Thank y’all for riding. It’s like 1 something in the morning,” she said. “God bless you. We appreciate you. We love you.”Fans were anxious when officials told the audience a thunderstorm was on its way and people had to head indoors. But Beyonce and Jay-Z made up for the lag, performing back-to-back hits on a large stage that included fire blasts and fireworks during their On the Run II Tour.The duo kicked off the show with “Holy Grail” and “Part II (On the Run),” as Jay-Z held Beyonce’s hips while she sang in front of him. They went on to perform more of their collaborative hits, from “Crazy In Love” to “Drunk In Love” to “Apes–t.”“Y’all came to party here tonight?” Beyonce asked before she performed “Formation,” which featured her tight and skilled choreography. She ran through a number of her songs, including “Run the World (Girls),” ”Flawless” and “Sorry.”Artsy videos of the power couple played throughout the night on the large screens, including clips of them running on the beach and swimming in a pool. Footage of them enjoying family life with their children was also displayed, including video of Beyonce pregnant with her twins and Jay-Z painting Blue Ivy’s toes.Jay-Z, who performed his well-known anthems like “Big Pimpin’” and “99 Problems,” told the crowd: “Thank you for allowing us to share.”The duo, who changed several times, were backed by a full band — all of its members in bright red — and several dancers.DJ Khaled also performed Thursday, bringing Fabolous, Jim Jones, Bazzi and Freeway onstage. The duo Chloe x Halle, who are signed to Beyoncé’s Parkwood Entertainment, also hit the stage.Beyonce and Jay-Z will also perform Friday at MetLife, home to the New York Giants and New York Jets. Despite bad weather, Beyonce and Jay-Z headline fiery show FILE- In this May 4, 2015, file photo, Jay Z, left, and Beyonce arrive at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating “China: Through the Looking Glass” in New York. After bad weather forced concertgoers at the MetLife Stadium inside for close to an hour Thursday night, Aug. 2, 2018, Beyonce and Jay-Z hit the stage at 11:08 p.m. and played into Friday morning, wrapping the energetic show at 1:29 a.m. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File) center_img by Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press Posted Aug 2, 2018 7:24 pm PDT Last Updated Aug 6, 2018 at 11:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

first_imgPresident Nicos Anastasiades on Tuesday received the annual reports for 2017 from the commissioners for the protection of personal data, for agricultural payments and for gender equality, recognising each sector’s contribution to Cyprus society.The public is starting to feel that their personal data is being protected sufficiently, the president said upon receiving the annual report for 2017 from commissioner for the protection of personal data Irene Loizidou Nikolaidou.The commissioner noted that the report covers the period before the implementation of the general data protection regulation, and so 2017 constituted a year of preparation for the regulation, consisting of many presentations, speeches, as well as complaints by the public, “which we have been very responsive to,” she said.Anastasiades also received the annual report for 2017 from the commissioner for agricultural payments Timis Efthymiou, who assured the president that 95.8 per cent of beneficiaries of the per-hectare subsidy have already been paid, while the remainder will receive funds by Christmas at the latest.Efthymiou noted that through agricultural payments this year, around €50m will be pumped into the Cyprus economy, while a total of around €1.6bn has been given to the agricultural population since the establishment of the Cyprus Agricultural Payments Organisation (CAPO).CAPO’s contribution was recognised by the president, who said that during the period when the organisation was first set up, “we had a series of problems with the timely payment of compensations and subsidies to farmers, resulting in their financial inability to fulfil their obligations to the cooperative institutions that existed, or to the banks.”During recent years, Anastasiades added, the organisation has been properly organised and all beneficiaries have been registered, in this way successfully achieving their payment before the Christmas period.As such “our farmers benefit, our economy benefits, and we build a smooth relationship with the agricultural population that continues to be one of the pillars of the Cyprus economy,” the president said, adding that recent years have seen diminishing complaints and demonstrations by farmers, enhancing the functioning of the state.The gender equality report for 2017 was the third annual report received by Anastasiades, from commissioner Iosifina Antoniou.Anastasiades said that at the moment there are seven different ministerial departments working towards gender equality.“At some point, these seven gender equality departments must be integrated and made independent of their respective ministries… so as to bring about more effective policies and results,” Anastasiades said, adding that he will be instructing the relevant authorities towards this direction.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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