I could not believe it when I got India cap says Saini

first_imgLauderhill (USA): An impressive India debut under his belt, fast bowler Navdeep Saini said he could not believe himself when he was handed the India cap to play in the first T20 International against the West Indies here. The 26-year-old Saini starred in India’s 4-wicket win by taking three wickets for 17 runs on Saturday. He was adjudged man-of-the-match for his impressive bowling display which saw India restrict West Indies to 95 for 9. India made a heavy weather of the modest run chase before pulling off a 4-wicket win with 2.4 over to spare. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”When I received the India cap (on Saturday morning), I could not believe that today is the day which I was waiting for. I am very happy to make the debut for India,” Saini told his senior pace colleague Bhuvneshwar Kumar in an interview posted on BCCI Twitter handle. Saini got two of his three wickets — that of Nicholas Puran and Shimron Hetmyer — in two balls in the fifth over of the West Indies innings. But he could not get a hat-trick as Rovman Powell left alone Saini’s next delivery. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterAsked what was in his mind while bowling the hat-trick ball, Saini said, “My confidence was low initially as I was having pressure of making the debut. The first wicket released the pressure. Then, when I got the second wicket my confidence increased and I felt like I was playing a normal match. “When I was to bowl the hat-trick ball, I felt like ‘it is something which I have been seeing others do, it is happening to me’. Then, I was focussing on how to take the wicket,” said the Haryana-born Saini who plays for Delhi in domestic circuit. Saini’s third wicket — that of Kieron Pollard (LBW) in the final over of West Indies innings — came from a review on the insistence of wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant after the umpire said not out. Asked about it, he said, “I thought it was not out and on appeal the umpire also said not out. But Virat paji took the review, he said ‘there is a review left for us and why waste it, you never know it may be out also’. “I was not sure whether I will get that wicket. But I was so happy when Pollard was adjudged out after the review.” Asked about the tatoo on his left hand which depicted a wolf, Saini said, “During my childhood, I and my big brother used to watch a lot of movies on wolves. So I like wolves. “Moreover, wolves do not perform in circus and thinking that I made these tatoos.”last_img read more

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What you need to know before markets open

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market headed for a flat open Friday amid little in the way of economic and corporate news.The Canadian dollar continued to slide, down another 0.36 of a cent to 94.73 cents US. The loonie has tumbled about two U.S. cents this past week as the U.S. currency rose against other currencies amid growing conviction that the U.S. Federal Reserve will move this year to cut back on its monetary stimulus.The Fed has been buying US$85 billion of bonds every month to keep rates low and encourge investment. There is still a great deal of doubt about when the Fed might embark on tapering its asset purchases and the pace of such a cutback.U.S. futures were little changed ahead of data on new home sales coming out mid-morning. The Dow Jones industrial futures were five points lower to 14.934, the Nasdaq futures rose 2.2 points to 3,104 while the S&P 500 futures were unchanged at 1,654.75.Economists expect July home sales to slip 1.4% from June to an annualized rate of 490,000. But June new home sales surged by over eight%.There seemed little enthusiasm to build on a solid gain on North American markets Thursday after data from HSBC Corp. showed an expansion in China’s manufacturing in August. Traders took that as evidence that the world’s second-largest economy may be over its recent weakness. HSBC’s preliminary purchasing managers index rose to 50.1 from July’s 47.7, crossing the critical 50 threshold to indicate an expansion in activity.Meanwhile, the monthly composite PMI, which includes both manufacturing and services, for the 17-country eurozone rose to 51.7 in August from 50.4. The index, published by financial information company Markit, is now at its highest level since June 2011 and provides further evidence that the eurozone recovery from recession is gathering pace.Traders were also encouraged by other data showing gains in the eurozone’s monthly composite PMI, which includes both manufacturing and services which provided further evidence that the region’s recovery from recession is gathering momentum.Speculation about what the Fed may do about its asset purchases continued to drive bond yields higher with the benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury up 0.02 of a point from late Thursday afternoon to 2.92%.Bond yields are up about 120 basis points since Fed chairman Ben Bernanke first mentioned the possibility of the Fed tapering its bond purchases in May.Those rising bond yields have particularly impacted interest sensitive stocks including utilities and telecoms. The utilities sector is down almost 3% this week alone and more than 8% this month. Telecoms have also retreated, down about 1.75% this week although the sector has also been pressured recently by the prospect of American telco giant Verizon entering the Canadian wireless market.U.S. markets have also softened this month following a strong runup that saw the Dow up as much as 20% year to date at the beginning of August.European bourses were mixed and London’s FTSE 100 index gained 0.45%, Frankfurt’s DAX rose 0.16% while the Paris CAC 40 declined 0.12%.Asian stocks rebounded Friday on encouraging economic data from China and Europe.Japan’s Nikkei 225 index jumped 2.2%, Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 advanced 0.9%, South Korea’s Kospi added 1.1% and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng reversed early gains to close 0.2% down. read more

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UN concerned over forced displacement of Palestinians by Israeli authorities

“These are already some of the most vulnerable families in the West Bank – forcibly displacing them from their homes and lands would have a serious immediate and long-term impact on their physical, socio-economic and emotional welfare” said UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory Maxwell Gaylard.Approximately 18 per cent of the West Bank has been designated by the Israeli authorities as a “firing zone.” Most of these areas are located in Area C, over which Israel retains full control of security and planning. Some 5,000 Palestinians, mostly Bedouin and herders, live in localities now designated as firing zones and many face serious restrictions on their freedom of movement, on their access to basic services including health and education, and are also subject to violence and harassment by soldiers. “The humanitarian community reiterates its call to the Government of Israel to immediately halt demolitions of Palestinian homes and property and to establish a fair and equitable zoning and planning system,” Mr. Gaylard said.“Israel, as an occupying power, has an obligation under international law to protect Palestinian civilians and to administer the territory in a manner that ensures their welfare and basic needs,” he added. Since 2010, over 800 Palestinian civilians have been displaced from these areas by demolitions of their homes and property. Humanitarian organizations have also faced serious difficulties in providing assistance to these communities, with relief items confiscated and demolition orders issued against humanitarian donor-funded structures. read more

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Awardwinning professor wants students to answer the big questions

For Associate Professor of Political Science Livianna Tossutti, teaching is about much more than talking to a room full of students.Tossutti, who came to Brock in 2003, received the 2018 Faculty of Social Sciences Award for Excellence in Teaching at Brock’s Spring Convocation on Tuesday. It’s her third teaching award and sixth nomination over an illustrious career, which now includes awards from every institution at which she has taught since 1996.Paul Hamilton, Chair of the Department of Political Science, believes the award is very well-deserved.“Livianna’s teaching evaluations are outstanding and she has constantly looked for ways to improve and innovate her already excellent classroom performance,” he said. “She is a leader at Brock in the use of experiential pedagogy and an inspiration to our students.”Though the Award for Excellence in Teaching is granted by her peers, who understand the amount of time and energy required to make course material accessible and relevant, Tossutti’s undergraduate and graduate students are also quick to praise her engaging and insightful lectures, lively and inclusive seminar discussions, and productive one-on-one meetings.Tossutti said her pedagogy revolves around three key goals.First, she wants her students to “appreciate the diversity of worldviews about politics and society.”Next, she makes it a top priority to create opportunities for students “to engage in applied research and experiential learning,” which are two important paths toward “understanding and proposing solutions to the big political questions in their local communities and across Canada.”Finally, she uses her teaching and course design to encourage students to find ways in which they can “contribute to public discourse and affairs through both formal and less-structured forms of engagement.”Tossutti has devoted countless hours to expanding experiential education opportunities for students in her department, preparing them to apply their theoretical understandings to real-world situations and developing partnerships locally and across the province to assure mutually beneficial placements.She emphasizes practical applications of theory within the classroom, regularly inviting high-profile guest speakers from government and non-governmental organizations to show students the implications of what they’re studying, as well as organizing detailed simulations in class to help students recognize how their learning at Brock will carry them forward as engaged citizens beyond graduation.“I am delighted to congratulate Professor Tossutti on her accomplishment in winning this significant award,” said Ingrid Makus, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences. “Her dedication to student success, innovative pedagogy, and experiential learning that reaches out to the wider community exemplifies our commitment to excellence in teaching within the Faculty and at Brock University.”In addition to crediting her students and colleagues with creating a positive teaching environment, Tossutti also recognizes the importance of the people closest to her giving her the time and space to refine and improve her teaching. She said support from her family — especially her father and husband, who are proud of her many achievements — has helped her dedicate herself to the experience of her students.Tossutti’s said she wishes her mother could have seen her collect the award Tuesday.“She had a profound influence on my educational development,” Tossutti said of her mother, who died in 2007. “This one is for her.”In addition to the recognition for Tossutti, recipients of the Board of Trustees Spirit of Brock Medals and the Dean’s Medals were also awarded on Tuesday.The Spirit of Brock medals are awarded to one undergraduate student and one graduate student in each Faculty who best exemplify the spirit of Maj.-Gen. Sir Isaac Brock. Chipewyan McCrimmon (Political Science) received the undergrad award and Jonathan Valencourt (Pop Culture) received the graduate award.Receiving the Dean’s medals, for achieving the highest academic standing in their Faculty, were Alanna Kozak in Speech and Language Sciences and Terra Lee Yot in Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies.Mark Arthur presents Chipewyan McCrimmon, left, and Jonathan Valencourt, centre, with the Spirit of Brock medals Tuesday, June 5 during Spring Convocation. read more

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Football Tuesday Take A look at the top 2017 position battles

OSU sophomore offensive lineman Isaiah Prince (59) walks off the field following the Buckeyes 31-0 loss to Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 31. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorThe 2016 Fiesta Bowl highlighted major needs for Ohio State’s coaching staff. OSU coach Urban Meyer made those changes. But because of Meyer, the Buckeyes will have to make more difficult alterations to its starting roster.When a program has a coach with the national prowess Meyer possesses, that program is blessed with four- and five-star recruits continually flooding into its facilities. In the same breath, those recruits can develop more rapidly than others and leave the program early, creating a hole to be filled before next fall. Meyer had this problem in 2016 and has it once again in 2017. But, per usual, he has the class to replace standouts.Either generated from early departures or under development, here are three positions to keep an eye on heading into spring practice on March 7.CornerbackEach year at OSU, Meyer has had to replace at least one starter at cornerback. This year, he will have to replace both starters. However, the way he and the defensive coaches treated the cornerback position last year and on the recruiting trail has set the Buckeyes up for success.One-year starter Marshon Lattimore and two-year starter Gareon Conley were menacing throughout the season defending opposing wide receivers — there’s no denying that. But what many casual observers of the Buckeyes might forget from 2016 is that the rotation at cornerback included now-junior cornerback Denzel Ward. Ward played in several crucial moments for the Buckeyes, including overtime against Michigan and Wisconsin.He had 23 tackles and nine pass break-ups.Aside from Ward, the 2017 cornerback class will make an impact, likely having at least one starter. Former junior college and Alabama transfer Kendall Sheffield is expected to be the leader of the pack, having experience already at a Division I school. The top-two cornerback recruits in the country, freshmen Jeffrey Okudah and Shaun Wade, also will be in major contention for the starting gig opposite Ward.Right tackle2016 was perhaps the most underwhelming season the offensive line has had with Meyer as head coach. There was plenty of finger-pointing to go around, and much of that went to junior Isaiah Prince at right tackle.The OSU offensive line struggled in games that trotted out NFL talent on the defensive front. Against Penn State, Michigan and Clemson, the OSU offensive line allowed a combined average of more than 5.5 sacks and more than 11.5 tackles for loss per game. Prince had difficulties in all those games and opponents noticed.Prince and freshman right guard Michael Jordan won their respective jobs on the offensive line not because of excellent performance, but out of necessity because of a lack of development.In 2017, Meyer has more depth on the offensive line with the arrivals of prestigious offensive line recruits Josh Myers, Wyatt Davis and Thayer Munford.Davis and Myers are the more likely of the three freshman to play immediately, but junior college redshirt junior lineman Malcolm Pridgeon will certainly be in front of those two, given he might have started at right tackle before suffering a knee injury in fall camp.Pridgeon, Davis and Myers are three among others who are in contention for the opening at right tackle (and right guard), however don’t count out Prince as the incumbent despite his lackluster performances. Even the harshest of Buckeye critics would likely agree that camaraderie on the offensive line is more valuable than any other position.Wide receiverOSU wanted to be better in the passing game in 2016 even without now-New Orleans Saints wideout Michael Thomas. The passing offense was likely the complete opposite of what the coaching staff envisioned at the beginning of the season. Now it’s the vision of a new offensive staff that will have to adjust without Curtis Samuel and Noah Brown, the team’s top two receivers.Redshirt sophomore K.J. Hill and sophomore Binjimen Victor are likely the lead candidates to start on the outside and receive the majority of passes from redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett with sophomore Demario McCall, who will likely replace Samuel at H-back. But after that, the competition is fierce, intensified by top freshman wideouts Trevon Grimes and Jaylen Harris, who are listed at 6-foot-4 and 6-foot-5, respectively.New offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson has proved at his other positions that he likes to throw the football downfield — something OSU hasn’t done much the last two seasons. In 2017, wide receivers will prove their worth on receptions 40-plus yards from the line of scrimmage.Redshirt junior Terry McLaurin, redshirt senior James Clark, sophomore Austin Mack and redshirt junior Parris Campbell also will be in the mix for a by-committee approach at receiver for the Buckeyes. read more

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Hamerton Zoo evacuated after serious incident

first_imgHe told the Press Association: “We had been in the zoo since about 10.30am and heard/seen nothing until asked to leave about 11.45am.”Staff were very calm and professional. All visitors around us were leaving in a very calm manner – no running, shouting or anything similar.”The Hamerton Zoo Park hit the headlines nearly a decade ago after a cheetah escaped from its enclosure.Toby Taylor, then nine, encountered the escaped animal in his back garden. Toby, who lived with his family near Hamerton Zoo at the time, immediately ran indoors when he saw the animal.The three-year-old cheetah, thought to have escaped through a faulty electric fence, was collected by its keepers, accompanied by the police a short time later. A keeper killed in a “freak accident” after a tiger entered the enclosure she was in has been described as the “shining light” of the zoo where she worked.Rosa King, who has been named as the Hamerton Zoo Park keeper who died on Monday, was a “lovely lady” who was “absolutely passionate” about the animals in her care, a friend said.Garry Chisholm, 59, a wildlife photographer in his spare time who knew Ms King through visiting the attraction in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, said the zoo revolved around the keeper. I shouldn’t leave the house… Try to go to @HamertonZoo and all hell breaks loose. Evacuated and air ambulance/police/ambulances. pic.twitter.com/Kgusnwqm0f— Jessica Russell (@jesscakatie) May 29, 2017 Police were called at 11.15am on Monday to reports of a serious incident at the zoo.A Magpas air ambulance was on the scene 20 minutes later and visitors were evacuated from the attraction just before midday on Monday.Witnesses recalled hearing screams and keepers desperately trying to distract tigers with pieces of meat as Bank Holiday visitors were evacuated from the zoo. Rosa King with the tigers at Hamerton Zoo Park Another witness, Victoria Northover Holmes, said on Facebook that she had had been visiting when staff told her to run. She said she fled thinking a tiger was on the loose, but believed “something has gone wrong with a keeper and a tiger”. Rosa King with the tigers at Hamerton Zoo ParkCredit:SWNS Members of staff at Hamerton Zoo in Cambridgeshire leave after a keeper died in a tiger incidentCredit:Terry Harris/Bav Media Cambridgeshire Constabulary said the tiger involved was believed to be fine, as Twitter users expressed fears over what would happen to the animal.Witness Jeff Knott, 32, from Cambridgeshire, said staff had been “a real credit” to the zoo during the evacuation. In a Facebook post she said she had been taking photographs of tigers when keepers ran up to a neighbouring enclosure.She wrote: “We didn’t know what was happening but they looked worried. I carried on walking down the hill towards the next enclosure when someone shouted run.“A group of us ran into the keepers’ rooms for about 10 minutes until a keeper said we could leave . “At this point we understood by the reactions of the staff that something was going on inside the enclosure. We could see staff members on the other side of the fence with pieces of meat trying to get whatever s attention . It was heart-breaking seeing them trying to help.”Witnesses posted pictures online of the emergency services at the scene.Jessica Russell tweeted: “I shouldn’t leave the house … Try to go to Hamerton zoo and all hell breaks loose. Evacuated and air ambulance/police/ambulances.”center_img The statement gave no more details, but said said at no point had any of the animals escaped and the public had not been in danger.Pete Davis, who had been visiting the 25-acre zoo with his family, said he had seen a young female keeper run into a tiger enclosure to help a colleague who was shouting. Soon after she entered, Mr Davis said he heard screams. A statement from the zoo released on Monday evening said staff were too upset to talk because “one of our colleagues was killed in a freak accident”. Mr Davis, 55, said: “There’s no doubting it was a girl’s scream and something terrible had happened. It sounds like a tiger turned on her.”Another keeper then ran out and ordered visitors to run.He said: “It was a case of total panic. There were keepers rushing about throwing about buckets of meat to try and get the tigers under control.”They ushered us away to another building where they made us stay for around ten minutes but you could see the keepers with their heads in their hands.”People were really scared, they asked us to leave straight after that and closed the park.” Mr Chisholm, from Irchester, Northamptonshire, said “Rosa wasn’t just a keeper at Hamerton Zoo – she was Hamerton Zoo.”She was the absolute central point of it, the focal point of it. She was the shining light of it. It revolved around her.” Police at Hamerton Zoo in Cambridgeshire after the death of a keeperCredit:Bav Media/Terry Harris Police at Hamerton Zoo in Cambridgeshire after the death of a keeper Another witness Kevin Fernandez earlier wrote on Facebook: “Never run so fast in my life… they closed the zoo ambulance turned up I think someone got bitten.”The zoo near Sawtry, Cambs, has tigers, cheetahs and a number of other wild cats, including lynxes, servals and oncillas. The zoo also has wolves. Members of staff at Hamerton Zoo in Cambridgeshire leave after a keeper died in a tiger incident Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Osborn wins crusher orders for Russian ferrochrome

first_imgReflecting the inroads it is making into the Russian market, Johannesburg-based bulk materials handling and minerals processing specialist, Osborn (part of Astec Industries), has won an export order for three of its Hadfields double-toggle jaw crushers for at a ferrochrome crushing plant at Chelyabinsk.Marketing director Martin Botha elaborates: “This order for Osborn Hadfields Double Toggle Jaw Crushers is, potentially, the first order of four, for new ferrochrome plants in Chelyabinsk. The ferrochrome industry is a growth area for Osborn at the moment, and it’s very significant that the reputation of our tough, long-wearing machines is reaching as far a field as Russia.”The Osborn Hadfields double-toggle jaw crusher boasts high production capacity and is capable of accepting high compression strength feed material. Other features that are contributing to this heavy duty crusher’s growing popularity include its excellent nip angle, fabricated main frame, swing jaw with cast and pitman, the company reports. The reversible jaw dies provide for maximum use of liners. The crusher is available in a wide range of sizes.Botha says the rugged machine is increasingly the jaw crusher of choice in the arduous ferrochrome industry, with Osborn having shipped units to Chile and Zambia, in addition to the many units operating in South Africa.last_img read more

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Rey Mysterio was the Honorary Pace Car Driver at Sundays NASCAR Auto

first_img Oscar Mayer Car Returning To Daytona 500 With Roush Fenway Racing NASCAR Legend Glen Wood Passes Away NASCAR drivers dealing with weather conditions Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Current WWE Smackdown Live star Rey Mysterio was the Honorary Pace Car Driver at Sunday’s Auto Club 400 race held at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA.The Auto Club Speedway posted a picture to Twitter with Mysterio standing in front of the Toyota Camry Pace Car.Mysterio posted to his Instagram a picture of himself with NASCAR Driver Daniel Suárez holding one of Mysterio’s masks.  Suárez drove the No. 41 Ford Mustang on Sunday and came in at 13th place. We had previously reported WWE posted a video announcing he was set to drive the Pace Car for the 400-mile Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series stock car race.You can check out the Twitter and Instagram posts below:.@ReyMysterio is the Official @ToyotaRacing Camry Pace Car Driver. He is getting lessons before he leads the field today for the #AutoClub400 #FiveWideSalute pic.twitter.com/6xVBU6c2PK— Auto Club Speedway (@ACSupdates) March 17, 2019 Google+ Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Eight Cars Forced To The Back Of NASCAR Race Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Jerome Wilen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipOscar Mayer Car Returning To Daytona 500 With Roush Fenway RacingVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:50/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 98.25%0:04Remaining Time -0:46 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Ford bets on electric trucks to head off Tesla Facebook WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton)last_img read more

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Schools rethink mealdebt policies that humiliate kids

first_imgSANTA FE, N.M. — Teaching assistant Kelvin Holt watched as a preschool student fell to the back of a cafeteria line during breakfast in Killeen, Texas, as if trying to hide.“The cash register woman says to this 4-year-old girl, verbatim, ‘You have no money,’ ” said Holt, describing the incident last year. A milk carton was taken away, and the girl’s food was dumped in the trash. “She did not protest, other than to walk away in tears.”Holt has joined a chorus of outrage against lunchroom practices that can humiliate children as public school districts across the United States rethink how they cope with unpaid student lunch debts.The U.S. Agriculture Department is requiring districts to adopt policies this month for addressing meal debts and to inform parents at the start of the academic year.The agency is not specifically barring most of the embarrassing tactics, such as serving cheap sandwiches in place of hot meals or sending students home with conspicuous debt reminders, such as hand stamps. But it is encouraging schools to work more closely with parents to address delinquent accounts and ensure children don’t go hungry.last_img read more

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Vancouver USA Pride event attracts families

first_imgFor Vancouver mother Anjela Ford-Glueckert, Vancouver USA Pride is about two families.There’s hers — the four generations of women and children who sat in the shade at Esther Short Park on Saturday, eating pretzels and listening to music.Then there’s the one around her — the rainbow-clad crowd of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender people and their allies who milled in the park as they visited friends and checked out the booths.This is Ford-Glueckert’s fourth Vancouver USA Pride event, where she was joined by her 7-year-old son, Jalen, her 4-year-old daughter, Billie Kat, her mother, Renate Ford, 69, and her grandmother, Ilse Kahle, 89.She brought her family — absent her wife, who was at a meeting and could not attend this year — for the visibility, she said, and to see the LGBT community out celebrating.“There’s more people, a more diverse crowd, a lot more families,” Ford-Glueckert said of the event compared to years past. “There are folks outside of the rainbow community here, and that’s better.”last_img read more

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50 Years of Majority Rule marked controversially in The Bahamas

first_img Related Items:#50yearsMajorityRuleBahamas, #MagneticNewsMedia #MagneticNewsMedia#50yearsMajorityRuleBahamas Bahamas Police Commissioner Greenslade gone to UK, appointed as High Commissioner TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas, January 10, 2017 –  It is a public holiday today in The Bahamas to mark majority rule day; the day the black majority occupied the majority of the seats in the House of Assembly after decades of struggles to get every citizen, 18 years and older the right to vote and before women had the right to vote.  January 10, 1967 was a pivotal day in Bahamian politics and history.  In Nassau there will be two controversial gatherings… one led by the Progressive Liberal Party, which is the government today and was the government which ushered in majority rule under the late Sir Lynden Pindling; the other led by Renard Henfield and We March Bahamas which inspired hundreds of Bahamians, in November, to don black in protest of injustices they believe are perpetrated by successive governments.  There is criticism for the PLP, as it is widely stated that Majority Rule Day belongs to the people and should not be politicized by the PLP; the governing party denies this. There is push back too on the United People Day March which some say is overshadowing the historic event with negativity, but Henfield says his freedom movement is about upsetting the status quo and uniting those very people.   Meanwhile, the University of The Bahamas aims to take the 50 Year commemoration of Majority Rule Day to another level and will host two symposiums and a lecture; those begin on January 12.  center_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Nearly 30 Haitians caught following illegal landing in Nassau, says Defence Force Recommended for youlast_img read more

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Heavy rain flooding paralyse Mumbai

first_imgAn Indian boy pulls his bicycle through a flooded street during heavy rain showers in Mumbai on 29 August, 2017. Photo: AFPHeavy rain brought India’s financial capital Mumbai to a virtual standstill on Tuesday, flooding streets, causing transport chaos and prompting warnings to stay indoors.Dozens of flights and local train services were cancelled as rains lashed the coastal city of nearly 20 million people.Floods have killed more than 1,000 people in India, Nepal and Bangladesh in recent weeks and forced millions from their homes in the region’s worst monsoon disaster in recent years.As the meteorological department warned that the Mumbai rains would continue for the next 24 hours many offices sent staff home early, fearing a repeat of 2005 floods that killed more than 1,000 people.“I haven’t been able to travel and had to cancel all my plans,” said researcher Rajesh Prabhakar, who was stranded on the outskirts of the city after flooding forced the cancellation of rail services.“Many of my friends are stranded at railway stations… this is a reminder of the 2005 floods.”Environmentalists blame frequent flooding in Mumbai on unscrupulous development that blocks drains.Electricity, water supply, communication networks and public transportation were totally shut down during the 2005 catastrophe.India’s National Disaster Response Force said it was taking all precautionary measures.last_img read more

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Sports Monday Astros Retake First Place And Simone Biles Dominates in Return

first_img Listen X 00:00 /07:51 The Astros regained sole possession of first place Sunday, beating Oakland to take a one-game lead after the Athletics had pulled into a tie with Houston atop the AL West. And Justin Verlander earned his 200th career win. They face another key matchup with Seattle this week.Plus, Simone Biles dominated in her second competition of her comeback, winning her record fifth U.S. all-around title at the U.S. Gymnastic Championships. The Post Oak team continues play in the Little League World Series. The Texans beat the 49ers and are now 2-0 in the preseason. And the Rockets signed University of Houston star Rob Gray.We discuss those and other developments in Houston sports with Jeff Balke, who writes for Houston Press and Houstonia Magazine. Ben Margot/APWith a 9-4 win Sunday, Justin Verlander earned his 200th career victory and the Astros regained sole possession of first place in the AL West.center_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharelast_img read more

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Mayor RawlingsBlakes Law Enforcement Agenda Facing Strong Headwinds in Annapolis

first_imgMayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, seated next to Del. Curt Anderson (D-Baltimore City), testifies before the House Judiciary Committee on a bill that would create a new felony for police who commit crimes while on duty. (Photo by Roberto Alejandro)Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake faced down tough questions from lawmakers in Annapolis while testifying in favor of creating a new felony for police officers that commit crimes while on duty.House Bill 363, sponsored by Del. Curt Anderson (D-Baltimore City) on behalf of the mayor, creates a felony of’misconduct in office’ for any law enforcement officer who commits a misdemeanor or felony while on duty. This would carry possible sentences of over one year to 10 years, with sentence running consecutively to any other sentence received by the officer for her crimes.In her testimony before the House Judiciary Committee on March 12, Rawlings-Blake said that many in the Baltimore community feel police officers are held to a different standard than citizens when they commit crimes, and that this bill would fight that perception, improving public trust in the police.“House bill 363 is intended to provide a state’s attorney with the option to pursue new felony charges when a law enforcement officer has committed a misdemeanor or a felony . . . while acting in the course of the officer’s official duties,” said the mayor.Rawlings-Blake also noted that there is precedent in Maryland law for a statute of this nature, since a second-degree assault (a misdemeanor) committed against a law enforcement officer acting in her official capacity gives rise to a felony assault charge for citizens.Questioning from two former law enforcement officers on the committee, Del. John Cluster (R-Baltimore County) and Del. William Folden (R-Frederick County), showed concern that the bill would create a separate standard for police officers, and questioned whether the process established by Maryland’s Law Enforcement Officers Bill Of Rights already provided a sufficient mechanism for handling criminal conduct by officers.Cluster asked whether if public trust in officers of the state was the driving concern behind House Bill 363, should not the new felony also apply to legislators? “If the delegate is so inclined to feel that elected officials should be included, I would not oppose,” said Rawlings-Blake.Folden asked the mayor to provide the current number of Baltimore City police officers that would be impacted by this law if it were already on the books. Mayor Rawlings-Blake said she did not have the number in front of her but that her staff could provide the delegate with the requested information.While the mayor stood her ground, none of the questioning from the committee members suggested there was strong support for the proposed bill. One delegate asked if it wouldn’t be preferable for an official task force to study police-community relations issues and how to best address these issues.ralejandro@afro.comlast_img read more

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Bradford Jrs death Questions Remain in Alabama Mall Shooting

first_imgBy KIM CHANDLER, Associated PressHOOVER, Ala. (AP) — The father of a Black man killed by a police officer during a shooting at an Alabama mall said his son had a permit to carry a gun for self-defense, adding it was hurtful police initially portrayed his son as the shooter.Emantic “EJ” Bradford Jr., 21, was fatally shot by the officer responding to the Thanksgiving night shooting that wounded an 18-year-old man and a 12-year-old girl bystander. Hoover police initially said they thought Bradford, who was carrying a handgun, was responsible but later retracted that statement. They subsequently said it was unlikely that Bradford had done the shooting.Protestors carry a sign reading “Justice for E.J.” during a protest at the Riverchase Galleria in Hoover, Ala., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Kim Chandler)Bradford’s father, Emantic Bradford Sr., speaking Saturday night with The Associated Press, said the family wants to know if there is police body camera footage from the shooting. Police have not confirmed to AP whether such footage exists.Hoover Police Captain Gregg Rector said investigators now believe that more than two people were involved in the initial fight ahead of the shooting, and that “at least one gunman” is still at large who could be responsible. Police said while Bradford Jr. “may have been involved in some aspect of the altercation, he likely did not fire the rounds that wounded the 18-year-old victim.”Rector said police regret that their initial statement about Bradford was not accurate and added the shooting remains under investigation.About 200 demonstrators marched Saturday evening through the Riverchase Galleria mall in suburban Birmingham and held a moment of silence for Bradford at the spot where he was killed.The slain man’s stepmother, Cynthia Bradford, described her stepson, who went by E.J., as a respectful young man whose father worked at a jail for the Birmingham Police Department. She also said of the initial police account: “We knew that was false.”The unanswered questions surrounding the shooting have stirred emotions in the suburb of the majority-Black city of Birmingham.Demonstrators on Saturday included several relatives, and they chanted “E.J” and “no justice, no peace” as they marched past Christmas shoppers at the mall.Family members described their horror of finding out from social media that Bradford was dead.Video circulated on social media of Bradford lying in a pool of blood on the mall floor.Bradford’s father called his son, “a good kid, a very good kid.”Bradford Sr. said his son had a permit to carry a weapon in self-defense. He said he doesn’t know exactly what happened at the mall but added: “They were so quick to rush to judgment. … I knew my son didn’t do that. People rushed to judgment. They shouldn’t have done that.”Carlos Chaverst, an activist in Birmingham who organized Saturday’s protest, said that when authorities acknowledged that the person killed was not the actual shooter, “that sent us in an uproar.”He said more protests will be held in the future to hold officials accountable.“When we found out about this incident, there were questions from the jump. People were upset because a man was shot and killed by police in our own backyard,” he said.The incident began Thanksgiving night with a fight and shooting at the Riverchase Galleria, a mall crowded with Black Friday bargain hunters, according to authorities. An 18-year-old man was shot twice and a 12-year-old female bystander was shot in the back. Hoover police said Friday morning that the girl was in stable condition.The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency is investigating the incident since it is an officer-involved shooting. The Hoover Police Department is conducting its own internal investigation.The officer who shot Bradford was placed on administrative leave while authorities investigate the shooting. The officer’s name was not released publicly. The officer was not hurt.Video posted on social media by shoppers showed a chaotic scene as shoppers fled.A witness, Lexi Joiner, told Al.com she was shopping with her mother when the gunfire started.Joiner said she heard six or seven shots and was ordered, along with some other shoppers, into a supply closet for cover.“It was terrifying,” Joiner said.___Associated Press writer Chevel Johnson in New Orleans contributed to this report.last_img read more

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The Next Bandersnatch Netflix to Debut Interactive Series You vs Wild Starring

first_imgThe announcement was made by Netflix original series VP Cindy Holland during a panel about the future of storytelling. Holland said interactive content was still a bit of an experiment for the company. “It’s still in the evaluation and growing stage,” she said.Netflix launched its first interactive shows in June of 2017, and at the time squarely targeted kids with “Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale” and “Buddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile.” The company followed up with an interactive “Minecraft” show produced by Telltale Games.It first veered into interactive content for grown-ups in late December: “Black Mirror: Bandersnatch” was a standalone movie based on the “Black Mirror” franchise that was a lot more complex than its previous kids interactives, complete with alternate endings, soundtracks and even loops that allowed viewers the chance of do-overs.VP of product Todd Yellin said Monday the company wasn’t sure what to expect from “Bandersnatch.” “We didn’t know how it would go,” he said. Ultimately, the response was overwhelmingly positive. “The internet exploded with conversation and delight,” Yellin said. Popular on Variety Netflix used a press event at its Los Angeles studio lot Monday morning to announce the launch of a new interactive family show. “You vs. Wild,” which will debut April 10, is an eight-episode show starring survival expert Bear Grylls.Viewers will be able to show Grylls on expeditions around the world, and have a chance to choose the course of the story in each episode. The show has been directed by Ben Simms, and counts Bear Grylls, Chris Grant, Drew Buckley, Ben Silverman, Howard Owens, Rob Buchta and Delbert Shoopman among its executive producers. Production companies for the show are Electus and Bear Grylls Ventures.“I’m so proud to deliver this first-of-its-kind live-action interactive series, really giving viewers an all access pass to explore the world and its landscapes in my boots,” Grylls said in a statement. “The stakes are high in this one!”center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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Missing Link Skeletons Finally Deciphered – Show New Path of Human Evolution

first_imgThanks to a nine-year-old boy who tripped over a rock while following his dog, scientists made a discovery that they are now convinced is the “missing link” in human evolution. The fossils of Australopithecus sediba were found in 2008 after the boy, Matthew Berger, stopped to examine the rock he tripped over in what is now called the Malapa Fossil Site in South Africa.It turned out it was a human bone and there were two partial skeletons there. The skeletons are now under the custodianship of the University of Witwatersrand.A view of the Malapa valley, Malapa Nature Reserve, South Africa in 2012. The Malapa site is in the valley below the hill. Photo by Profberger CC BY-SA 3.0Each partial skeleton is more complete than the famous “Lucy,” an early hominin species found in 1974 in Ethiopia.After 10 years of careful study, a new report has announced that the two skeletons are of the same hominin species and that species is likely to be the proverbial “missing link” – the transitional species that became the first humans.The study, which describes the new species’ anatomy in detail, found that Australopithecus sediba is unique, but shares similarities with its neighbor Australopithecus africanus and early members of the genus Homo, “suggesting a close evolutionary relationship.”The original complete skull (without upper teeth and mandible) of a 2.1 million year old Australopithecus africanus specimen so-called Mrs. Ples, discovered in South Africa. Collection of the Transvaal Museum, Northern Flagship Institute, Pretoria, South Africa. (catalogue number STS 5, Sterkfontein cave, hominid fossil number 5). Photo by José Braga CC BY-SA 4.0If it’s true, that transition occurred much later in history than previously believed. The partly fossilized 2-million-year-old bones were of an adult female and a juvenile male.“Researchers discovered that the Australopithecus sediba species is closely related to the Homo genus and fills a key gap in the chain of human evolution between early humans and our more apelike ancestors,” according to USA Today. “The fossils are distinctive yet similar to species along the same timeline, according to researchers.”The Malapa fossil site, viewed from the South, August 2011, Malapa Nature Reserve, South Africa Photo by Profberger CC BY-SA 3.0Australopithecus sediba was well adapted to terrestrial bipedalism–or walking on just two feet–but also spent “significant time climbing in trees, perhaps for foraging and protection from predators.”At the same time, Australopithecus sediba’s hands have grasping capabilities, which suggests that the species may also have used tools.“Our findings challenge a traditional, linear view of evolution. It was once thought that a fossil species a million years younger than Lucy would surely look more human-like,” explained Jeremy DeSilva, an associate professor of anthropology at Dartmouth and co-author of the study, in a press release.The cranium of Malapa hominid 1 (MH1) from South Africa, named “Karabo”. The combined fossil remains of this juvenile male is designated as the holotype for Australopithecus sediba.Photo by Brett Eloff. Courtesy Profberger and Wits University CC BY SA 4.0“The anatomies we are seeing in Australopithecus sediba are forcing us to reassess the pathway by which we became human,” said DeSilva.“Australopithecus” means “southern ape,” a genus of hominins which lived between around 4 and 2 million years ago.This discovery set off debate among scientists, with some rejecting the idea that they were from a previously undiscovered species with close links to the homo genus and others floating the idea that they were from two different species altogether.Australopithecus afarensis reconstruction. Displayed at Museum of Man, San Diego, California.Photo by Durova -CC BY-SA 4.0“Imagine for a moment that Matthew stumbled over the rock and continued following his dog without noticing the fossil,” the scientists wrote in their study. “If those events had occurred instead, science would not know about Au. sediba, but those fossils would still be there, still encased in calcified clastic sediments, still waiting to be discovered.”The Lucy skeleton finding was momentous to an earlier generation. Lucy was found on November 24, 1974, at the site of Hadar in Ethiopia. Two scientists had taken a Land Rover out that day to map in another locality. After a morning of surveying for fossils, they decided to head back to the vehicle.Johanson suggested taking an alternate route back to the Land Rover, through a nearby gully. Within moments, he spotted a right proximal ulna (forearm bone) and quickly identified it as a hominid. Shortly thereafter, he saw an occipital (skull) bone, then a femur, some ribs, a pelvis, and the lower jaw.Read another story from us: Lucy’s baby, the world oldest known child found in Ethiopia is 120,000 years older than LucyTwo weeks later, after many hours of excavation, screening, and sorting, several hundred fragments of bone had been recovered, representing 40 percent of a single hominid skeleton. named Lucy.last_img read more

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Colombias FARC rebels announce unilateral ceasefire

first_img Top Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Comments   Share   Mesa family survives lightning strike to home 5 treatments for adult scoliosis HAVANA (AP) — Colombia’s largest guerrilla army on Wednesday announced a monthlong, unilateral cease-fire, seeking to ease tensions as it continues long-running peace talks with the government.Following a series of intensified attacks by both sides that have complicated the peace process, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, said it will halt hostilities as of July 20.“We came to Cuba to achieve a peace accord, to put an end to a war that has gone on for more than half a century,” said a rebel leader who was born Luciano Marin Arango and goes by the nom de guerre Ivan Marquez. 4 must play golf courses in Arizonacenter_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Parents, stop beating yourself up Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility “Nothing would please us more than definitively ending the confrontation,” he said in Havana, reading from a rebel statement.The guerrillas said they were responding to a call for restraint by both sides that was issued the previous day by Cuba and Norway, which are helping facilitate the negotiations in Havana.Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos responded with a tweet saying, “We value the unilateral cease-fire gesture by the FARC but more is needed, above all concrete commitments to accelerate negotiations.”On May 22, the FARC lifted a unilateral cease-fire that had been in place since December, after government troops bombed a guerrilla camp.Since then, at least 22 members of the security forces and 14 rebels have been killed.Government and FARC negotiators have been holding peace talks in a western Havana convention center since late 2012.So far, agreements have been reached on three of the six agenda points. Discussions currently center on reparations for victims of the conflict.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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How Did Fannies Q4 Numbers Fare

first_img Fannie Mae financial statement Q4 2017 Tax Reform Timothy Mayopoulos 2018-02-14 David Wharton in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, News February 14, 2018 526 Views How Did Fannie’s Q4 Numbers Fare?center_img On Wednesday, Fannie Mae released its Q4 2017 financial statement, and as expected, the GSE posted major losses for the quarter. It also posted an annual revenue in 2017 that was nearly $10 billion down from 2016.By the end of Q4, Fannie posted a drop of $3.7 billion in overall net worth and a loss of $6.5 billion. The GSE’s net income in 2017 was $2.5 billion, down from $12.3 billion the year before. Pre-tax, however, those numbers work out to $18.4 billion in 2017, compared to $18.3 billion in 2016.In a statement, Fannie President and CEO Timothy Mayopoulos said, “Our 2017 results demonstrate that the fundamentals of our business are strong. While the fourth quarter was affected by a one-time accounting charge, we expect to benefit from a lower tax rate going forward.”Mayopoulos’ optimism aside, Fannie still has nearly $4 billion to make up, and the agency is expected to ask for government assistance for the first time since 2012.Bloomberg reported Wednesday that Fanie’s shortfall is the “unintended but anticipated side effect of the corporate tax cut signed into law in December.” What that refers to is a drop in the value of the GSE’s assets, which became less valuable—and, therefore, less able to offset taxes—when Congress cut the corporate tax rate, “resulting in a $9.9 billion hit.”That’s almost exactly the amount Fannie dropped in net income last year.Mayopoulos told Bloomberg that he believed investors in the company’s mortgage bonds won’t be surprised by the draw of public funds.“Anybody who’s been paying attention to the situation has been entirely aware that this draw was likely,” Mayopoulos told Bloomberg.In reality, Fannie’s business, Mayopoulos said, is essentially stable. According to its Q4 statement, an agreement Fannie made with the Treasury in December increased the applicable capital reserve amount to $3 billion as of January 1 and reduced the dividend amount otherwise payable for the fourth quarter of 2017 by $2.4 billion.Fannie Mae also reported providing approximately $570 billion in liquidity to the mortgage market in 2017 and said it was the largest issuer of single-family mortgage-related securities in the secondary market in the fourth quarter and full year of 2017.The company’s estimated market share of new single-family mortgage-related securities issuances was 39 percent for the full year of 2017 and 37 percent for Q4 2017.“Our focus is on building a strong, stable housing finance system for the future,” Mayopoulos said. “We are doing this by delivering innovative solutions for our customers and demonstrating leadership on our country’s most persistent housing challenges.”He did not specify what those solutions would be. Sharelast_img read more

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Cities and States Working Together on Affordable Housing

first_imgCities and States Working Together on Affordable Housing Share April 8, 2019 917 Views Affordable Housing City Government New Homes state 2019-04-08 Seth Welborncenter_img In order to improve the state of affordable housing, constructive relationships between cities and states are necessary, according to Christiana K. McFarland, Research Director of the National League of Cities in a piece published on Government.com.“Given the great resources needed to make a dent in the problem, the cross-jurisdictional nature of housing markets, and the sometimes-fierce local opposition to increased density, state support of housing affordability is vital,” said McFarland. “However, the need to mitigate neighborhood impacts such as residential displacement, to engage communities in meaningful compromises, and to nurture cultural shifts toward acceptance of all housing types (and people) means that city leadership is also critical.”McFarland cites Seattle’s Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) ordinance. MHA offers zoning changes that increase capacity to build in designated growth areas, while under state law, cities can mandate affordable housing only if developers are granted something of equal value in return, such as a tax incentive or zoning changes to allow taller or larger structures.“This is a significant step that will have lasting impact, but it is not enough,” said Seattle City Council Member Teresa Mosqueda of MHA. “We will continue to acknowledge and dismantle the legacy of racist redlining and historical exclusionary land use and zoning policies.”Utah’s rapid population and economic growth prompted cities to work with the legislature and the state Commission on Housing Affordability to develop Affordable Housing Modifications legislation. The new law seeks to increase housing options for all incomes in high-growth areas while also promoting regional integration of housing and transportation.”Cities do not control the cost inputs of housing such as land, labor, materials and tariffs, or the profit that a developer can make from building one type of housing over another,” said Cameron Diehl, Executive Director of the Utah League of Cities and Towns. “The new legislation leverages the most powerful housing-affordability key that cities do hold — planning — while not punishing them for what they do not control.”Find more here. in Daily Dose, Government, Newslast_img read more

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