18 days agoAston Villa skipper Grealish feels England call within reach

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Aston Villa skipper Grealish feels England call within reachby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa skipper Jack Grealish feels an England call-up is within reach.The 24-year-old responded to missing out on the latest Three Lions squad by producing his best performance of the season as Villa thumped Norwich 5-1 at Carrow Road on Saturday. Asked if he had expected a call-up for the forthcoming qualifiers with the Czech Republic and Bulgaria, Grealish replied: “No, not really. Not at the moment.“I know for a fact if I play to the best of my ability, then I can get in there. But this time, truthfully, I did not expect to get in.“I did well on Saturday, or I like to think I did well. If I keep performing to the way I know I can, hopefully this will give me a big lift and hopefully (I will get in) soon.” last_img read more

The CFB Programs Expected To Have The Most 1st Rounders In 2017 NFL Draft

first_imgLogos of the major college football programs and the NFL Draft.NFL Draft 2017The 2016 NFL Draft’s first round was dominated by Ohio State, Ole Miss, Notre Dame and Florida. Those four were the only college football programs to have multiple players selected during the draft’s first day. Ohio State had five, Ole Miss had three and Notre Dame and Florida had two. Which programs are expected to have the most first rounders in 2017? Using Walter Football’s 2017 mock draft, here are the programs projected to have the best first round next year. LSU lsuExpected total: 7RB Leonard FournetteS Jamal AdamsCB Tre’Davious WhiteOL Ethan PocicDE Lewis NealWR Malachi DupreDL Davon GodchauxClemson clemson logoExpected total: 2QB Deshaun WatsonWR Mike WilliamsFlorida florida logoExpected total: 2LB Jarrad DavisCB Jalen TaborFlorida State floridastateExpected total: 2RB Dalvin CookOT Roderick JohnsonGeorgia uga logoExpected total: 2RB Nick ChubbOL Greg PykeOhio State ohio state logoExpected total: 2LB Raekwon McMillanOL Pat ElfleinTennessee tennessee logoExpected total: 2DE Derek BarnettLB Jalen Reeves-MaybinTexas A&M texas a&MExpected total: 2DE Myles GarrettDB Armani WattsUSC uscExpected total: 2Juju Smith-SchusterAdoree Jackson[Walter Football]last_img read more

Armed Forces soldier acquitted of sexually assaulting subordinate to face new trial

first_imgOTTAWA – An Armed Forces soldier acquitted of sexually assaulting a female subordinate has been ordered to stand trial again.Andre Gagnon was charged following an allegation by Stephanie Raymond, who said she was assaulted following a 2011 party near Quebec City.At Gagnon’s court martial, the military judge told the five-man jury it could consider Gagnon’s defence that he had a “sincere but erroneous” belief Raymond had agreed to sex.The Defence Department challenged the verdict and requested a new trial, stating the military judge committed an error in his instructions to the jury.In a unanimous decision delivered from the bench Tuesday, the Supreme Court of Canada sided with the Defence Department, saying the defence of a “sincere but erroneous” belief should never have been allowed.Gagnon, a warrant officer, claimed at his court martial that the sex was consensual. The prosecution argued that he used his superior rank to coerce Raymond, a corporal at the time, into the acts. Raymond requested at the proceedings that her identity not be shielded by a publication ban.It is not the first time the case has made it to the country’s highest court. In 2016, the court rejected a motion by Gagnon arguing that courts martial held under the National Defence Act violate the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantee of prosecutorial independence.Raymond first filed a complaint in 2012. Gagnon was acquitted following a court martial two years later.Raymond’s case is considered one of the catalysts that led to the launch of Operation Honour by the Canadian Armed Forces in July 2016 to combat sexual misconduct.last_img read more

Ireland Baldwin Says Adopt Dont Shop

first_imgModel Ireland Baldwin has teamed up with The Humane Society of the United States to urge her fans to adopt a shelter pet this holiday season.Ireland Baldwin for HSUSIn a colorful new Christmas-themed ad Baldwin is shown planting a kiss on her rescued pup Kota.“I’ve seen firsthand how dogs are treated in puppy mills, I’ve seen videos and have gone on crazy expeditions with my mom. It’s always been a soft subject for me and something I’m very, very passionate about,” says Baldwin on her participation in the campaign. “We’ve rescued and saved all kinds of animals since I was a little girl…. Nothing affected me more than seeing animals suffer and I wanted to do whatever to change [it].”A passionate advocate for animals, Baldwin is asking her fans to consider adopting a pet, as most pet store puppies come from puppy mills, and puppy millers pose as small, local breeders online. Puppy mills are inhumane, commercial dog-breeding facilities where dogs are typically kept in small wire cages for their entire lives, are given very little food and water and often do not receive veterinary care. They are usually bred continuously and are discarded or killed when they can no longer breed anymore.Baldwin is part of a long list of celebrities—including Ian Somerhalder, Kaley Cuoco, Kesha, and Jenna Dewan Tatum — who have teamed up with The Humane Society of the United States to promote animal protection. Visit StopPuppyMills.org for more information.last_img read more

RCMP conducts six searches in Toronto area in syndicated mortgages probe

first_imgTORONTO – The RCMP says it has carried out six search warrants in the Greater Toronto Area related to an investigation into syndicated mortgage frauds.Royal Canadian Mounted Police sergeant Penny Hermann says the searches were carried out this morning by its Integrated Market Enforcement Team, but would not provide further details or confirm which companies were targeted.However, media reports say RCMP officers searched the head office of real estate firm Fortress Real Developments Inc. on Friday. Fortress could not be immediately reached for comment.In February, the Ontario’s securities regulator issued $1.1 million in fines against four parties that were involved with syndicated mortgages for real estate development projects in which Fortress was a developer or development consultant.And in March, Canadian securities regulators in proposed regulatory changes to address the associated risks of investing in syndicated mortgages — private mortgages that are sold to a group of investors to finance real estate developments.The Canadian Securities Administrators proposed several changes, including heightened disclosure from issuers of syndicated mortgages. Some companies or individuals offering these investment opportunities may advertise these products as fully secured or guaranteed as high return.last_img read more

Jet Airways collapses ends all flights

With many of its aircraft repossessed and difficulties paying for fuel over the last days and weeks, Jet Airways has been operating fewer and fewer flights. But in the event that you’re booked on one of the airline’s final flights, be prepared for it not to go ahead. Use Google or another search engine to find the best number for that airline where you are — “Air France telephone number India” for example — but you may want to get yourself an international calling card or voice-over-IP service like Skype and others offer if you have to call international.Jet Airways has, or used to have, a huge range of partners across all three of the major global alliance groupings, including Aeromexico, Air Canada, Air France, Air Seychelles, ANA All Nippon Airways, Bangkok Airways, China Eastern Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Etihad Airways, Fiji Airways, Flynas, Garuda Indonesia, Jetstar Asia, Kenya Airways, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Korean Air, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Vietnam Airlines and Virgin Atlantic, so if you booked with any of them to or from India it’s well worth checking you’re on their flights. (Courtesy Lonely Planet) India’s second-largest airline Jet Airways has suspended all its flight operations after failing to secure emergency funding. It’s the end of a months-long trickle of aircraft repossessions, flight cancellations and growing financial problems that became a flood.“Consequently,” the airline says, “with immediate effect, Jet Airways is compelled to cancel all its international and domestic flights. The last flight will operate today. The airline will inform all guests about the temporary suspension of flight operations via text message or email to the contact details listed in their bookings,” it says, and if you’re booked to travel with Jet then you’re very likely not going to be flying. One of the few exceptions may well be if you booked with Jet a codeshare flight operated by one of Jet Airways’ partners. Check your booking carefully to see whether it says “operated by” another airline, or if the code at the beginning of the flight number is Jet’s 9W or another airline’s code (like EY for Etihad or AF for Air France). If, say, you’re on an Etihad-operated flight with a Jet Airways ticket, call Etihad immediately in order to confirm that your booking is still valid, but be prepared for the answer to be a no.Conversely, if you booked with one of the airline’s codeshare partners to fly to or through India, you’ll want to doublecheck (and possibly call that airline) lickety-split to make sure you’re not booked on one of their codeshares operated by Jet Airways. Again, the key is in the details, including “operated by” small print and whether the two-character code is 9W or not. If you booked with one of their partners, that airline has the responsibility to reroute you. The airline says it’s “temporary” and that “we hope to bring the flying sun back into the skies”, but until further notice this looks to be the end of the line for Jet Airways. read more

Hamilton men arrested in drug investigation

Two Hamilton men have been arrested in a drug investigation that’s currently underway at a home on New Street.The OPP began investigating the home this morning. New Street between King and Dundurn is currently closed off. Police say it is related to a suspected steroid lab at a home on the mountain that was busted last month.A man and woman were arrested in that case. Police say they are not letting anyone through the area at this time, and expect to be there for most of the day, but they have scaled back the operation.

Landslide win for Indias opposition party as voters hope for stronger economy

NEW DELHI – India’s opposition leader, Narendra Modi, will become the next prime minister of the world’s largest democracy, winning the most decisive election victory the country has seen in three decades and sweeping the long-dominant Congress party from power.Modi, a career politician whose campaign promised a revival of economic growth, will have a strong mandate to govern at a time of profound changes in Indian society. He also has said he wants to strengthen India’s strategic partnership with the United States. But critics worry the ascendance of his Hindu nationalist party could worsen sectarian tensions with India’s minority 138 million Muslims.The results were a crushing defeat for the Congress party, which is deeply entwined with the Nehru-Gandhi political dynasty that has been at the centre of Indian politics for most of the country’s post-independence history. The government, led by outgoing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, has been plagued by repeated corruption scandals and a poor economy.As his overwhelming win became clear Friday, Modi appeared before a crowd of cheering supporters and tried to strike a conciliatory note.“I have always said that to govern the nation it is our responsibility to take everyone with us,” Modi said after a lengthy and punishing race. “I want your blessings so that we can run a government that carries everyone with it.”Nevertheless, Modi remains a divisive figure in the country of 1.2 billion people, in large part because he, as chief minister of Gujarat state, was in command in 2002 when communal rioting there killed more than 1,000 people — most of them Muslims.Modi was accused of doing little to stop the rampage, though he denies any wrongdoing and has never been charged with a crime. He was denied a U.S. visa in 2005 for alleged complicity in the riots, although as prime minister he would be virtually assured a visa.On Friday, President Barack Obama called Modi to congratulate him on his victory and invited him “to visit Washington at a mutually agreeable time to further strengthen our bilateral relationship,” the White House said in a statement. The U.S. administration had watched Modi’s rise carefully, and in February, for the first time in Modi’s decade-long tenure as the top official in Gujarat state, the American ambassador met with him.In India, the question now is whether Modi can be a truly secular leader in a country with many faiths. The Congress party tried to highlight the 2002 riots during the campaign, but Modi’s momentum — and laser focus on the ailing economy — carried him to victory.By Friday night, Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party was winning in enough seats in the lower house of Parliament to exceed the 272-seat majority needed to create a government without forming a coalition with smaller parties, the Election Commission said. Of the 512 seats declared, the BJP had won 278 and was leading in another four.The Congress party had won 43 seats and was leading in another one. Full results were expected Saturday, but Modi’s win was all but assured.There was a record turnout in the election, with 66.38 per cent of India’s 814 million eligible voters casting ballots during the six-week contest, which began April 7 and was held in stages across the country. Turnout in the 2009 general election was 58.13 per cent.The last time any single party won a majority in India was in 1984, when an emotional nation gave the Congress party a staggering victory of more than 400 seats following the assassination of then-Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.But 30 years later, India is now in the throes of rapid urbanization and globalization just as the youth population is skyrocketing. Many new voters are far less deferential to traditional voting patterns focused on family lineage and caste. For the young Indian voters, the priorities are jobs and development, which Modi put at the forefront of his campaign.Sreeram Chaulia, a political analyst and dean of the Jindal School of International Affairs, said the BJP’s image as a purely capitalist, pro-business party resonated across India. That image contrasts with Congress, which is considered more of a welfare party, mixing capitalist reforms with handouts for the poor.“A lot of ordinary people believed in (Modi’s) message and wanted to give him the strong mandate he was seeking, to see if he could really change things in India,” Chaulia said. “There has been growth in the middle class, so of course why have they punished the incumbents? Because they want more, obviously, something more than subsistence. They want upward mobility.”The BJP has promised to change tough labour laws that make foreign manufacturers reluctant to set up factories in India. Manufacturing makes up only 15 per cent of India’s economy, compared to 31 per cent in China. Attracting manufacturing investment is key to creating jobs for the 13 million young Indians entering the workforce each year, and foreign investors have been pouring billions of dollars into Indian stocks and bonds in anticipation of a Modi victory.Although he focused strongly on the economy, Modi has given some hints of his foreign policy leanings, saying the BJP wants to build on the foundations laid by Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the last BJP prime minister. Vajpayee, who governed from 1998 to 2004, rode a bus across the border to Pakistan in what was seen as a bold step in trying to mend ties with India’s longtime enemy.Modi said during the campaign that India did not want a war with regional giant China but that his government would be prepared to deal with what he called Beijing’s possible expansionist designs.The election came at a low ebb for the Congress party, which has been in power for all but 10 years of the country’s history since independence in 1947. Friday’s partial results showed Congress winning only about 45 seats, its worst showing ever.The leader of the Congress campaign, 43-year-old Rahul Gandhi, failed to inspire public confidence. He was seen as ambivalent at best over winning a job held previously by his father, grandmother and great-grandfather.“I wish the new government all the best,” Gandhi told reporters Friday afternoon, adding that he held himself responsible for the party’s losses.Immediately after his appearance, his mother, Sonia Gandhi, the president of the party, took the microphone and said she assumes responsibility.The two took no questions after their brief remarks, and Rahul trailed his mother off the stage.Rahul Gandhi, who first won a seat in Parliament in 2004, has been viewed as prime-minister-in-waiting for his entire political career, though he never appeared comfortable in the role. When he finally gave the first television interview earlier this year, it made for dull, uninspiring viewing full of vague promises.In sharp contrast to the street parties outside the BJP office, a sober scene played out in front of the Congress headquarters, where few showed up despite barricades erected to protect supporters from passing road traffic.Modi, 63, promised a fresh start in India on Friday, noting that he is the first Indian prime minister born after independence from Britain in 1947.“I would like to reassure the nation that while we did not get to fight and die for independence, we have the honour of living for this nation,” Modi said. “Now is not the time to die for the nation but to live for it.”___Associated Press writers Ashok Sharma and Katy Daigle contributed to this report. by Muneeza Naqvi And Elizabeth A. Kennedy, The Associated Press Posted May 15, 2014 9:03 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and India’s next prime minister Narendra Modi addresses a gathering of supporters after his landslide victory in Vadodara, in the western Indian state of Gujarat, Friday, May 16, 2014. Modi will be India’s next prime minister, winning the most decisive victory the country has seen in more than a quarter century and sweeping the long-dominant Congress party from power, partial results showed Friday. (AP Photo/ Dharmesh Jobanputra) Landslide win for India’s opposition party as voters hope for stronger economy and more jobs read more

Commentary Cincinnati Bengals play to their strengths in victory against the New

Cleveland Browns defensive back Buster Skrine, right, trips up Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Jermaine Gresham at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland Sept. 29. The Browns won, 17-6.Credit: Courtesy of MCTThe Cincinnati Bengals managed to escape with a victory, 13-6, over the previously undefeated New England Patriots in Paul Brown Stadium Sunday.Cincinnati’s coaching staff decided to play to quarterback Andy Dalton’s strengths in order to limit turnovers. Their plan worked.The Bengals (3-2) won thanks to a solid defense and a strong rushing attack. Cincinnati ran for 162 yards, sacked New England quarterback Tom Brady four times and held the Patriots (4-1) to only 248 total yards of offense.During the game, there were signs that head coach Marvin Lewis has lost some faith in the Bengal signal caller. On Cincinnati’s first drive, the Bengals handed off four straight times before punting and instead of trying to score quickly before halftime, they attempted to run the clock out. The Patriots would end up getting the ball back, kicking a field goal to even the score 3-3.It was an impressive showing for Cincinnati’s secondary as Brady was held without a touchdown pass for the first time since 2010, a record of 52 straight games. Brady was harassed all day by the Bengals’ fierce defensive line which allowed the defensive backfield to make plays and limit New England’s inexperienced receivers. Perhaps the biggest play was made by cornerback Adam Jones who intercepted Brady near the end zone with under a minute left to seal the game.The Bengals defended the pass well against another premiere NFL quarterback, but the question is whether they can carry the momentum of wins like the one against the Patriots over to their next road game against the Buffalo Bills. It is clear that Dalton is nothing more than a game manager and cannot be asked to carry Cincinnati’s offense. Since the Bengals do not have any other feasible options at quarterback at this point in the season, they must work around Dalton’s weaknesses and allow the defense to continue to dominate and win games as they did Sunday. After a solid victory against a true contender in the Patriots, it seems that Cincinnati has found a formula that works and must stick to it. read more

Opinion Ohio State should be on its way to becoming a hockey

Ohio State junior forward Dakota Joshua celebrates his second period goal against Denver in the NCAA Tournament on March 25, 2018. Credit: Nick Hudak | Lantern photographerBoston College. Minnesota. Wisconsin. Three established hockey programs, three established “hockey schools” and the only three programs to have both a men’s and women’s team in the Frozen Four in the same season.The only three, that is, until last Sunday, when Ohio State joined the list.This season, the women’s hockey team swept the No. 1 team in the country in Wisconsin, and the men’s hockey team beat Michigan five times, more than any team in the program’s history.The teams are performing as the school’s top programs, and they both should only get better next year. So, with football and basketball usually in the spotlight, how can Ohio State build on its success and become a hockey school?Success in the upcoming seasons will definitely help, however it only goes so far — as the pistol and synchronized swimming teams will tell you. It would take a shift in the culture for Ohio State to resemble anything of a “hockey school,” but it could be well on its way.Football will always be king at Ohio State. But there’s no reason to think Ohio State hockey should not be spoken in the same breathe as Boston College, Minnesota and Wisconsin.There are already plans on the table for a new hockey arena that would allow Ohio State’s attendance — which finished eighth in the NCAA, but bottom five in percent of arena capacity — to create more of a fan-friendly atmosphere than it does in the massive Schottenstein Center where it plays now.On the other side, the proposed capacity of 4,000 and the ability to have an established hockey-specific location would help the women’s hockey team, which plays in one of the smallest and most outdated venues in the nation.And with hype around the two programs at a high level, it’s convenient a new arena is on the horizon.When the project is completed, it will be up to the respective teams to continue the success they have shown this season.Fortunately for Ohio State, both teams look to be strong in both depth and coaching. Steve Rohlik and Nadine Muzerall both earned coach of the year honors in their respective conferences, and both teams were led in points by underclassmen. The women’s hockey team has two freshmen stars in Emma Maltais and Tatum Skaggs and still has redshirt junior goalie Kassidy Sauve for another season.The accolades don’t stop at the college level. Eleven players from Ohio State are currently playing in the NHL, which only helps to shift attention to a program that has made only two Frozen Fours.The future is more than bright for the hockey programs — it’s glowing, and a new hockey arena would bring more attention to a sport that is undeservedly flying under the radar. Even with the most successful year of hockey Ohio State — and Columbus, for that matter — has ever seen, it takes more than good seasons to shine at a school with a football team that is expected to contend for a title every season. Oh yeah, a basketball team rising faster than anyone predicted doesn’t help shifting focus toward the hockey programs and getting students into seats, either.You know what does help? A national championship, a new arena, a new reason to care and a new sense of consistency that’s never been there before. The talent is there for the future, but if the men’s hockey team can make history on April 7 with a national championship, the establishment of Ohio State as a hockey powerhouse might be coming sooner rather than later. read more

Harley Street doctor faces being struck off over relationship with  former patient

Dr Bogatcheva and Patient A are due to marry later this year, the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service in Manchester heard.The GP admits getting into a relationship with Patient A, but told the tribunal that she denies it happened during the time he was her patient.She referred General Medical Council on the advice of NHS England and could be struck off if found guilty.The pair met in 2016 after Patient A became a patient of Dr Romete six years earlier. He and Dr Bogatcheva had various medical consultations between February 25 and May 19 2016 after Dr Romete temporarily left the practice.Patient A told the hearing he met Dr Bogatcheva through Dr Romete who invited him to several social events where he obtained Dr Bogatcheva’s mobile number and asked her out for coffee.He said: “My sexual relationship with Natalia commenced after her birthday week in August. Our relationship naturally developed. We saw each other one or twice a week. It wasn’t teen lust. I believe Dr Romete knew about our sexual relationship. In September 2016 we went on holiday to Sicily.“I don’t think it was inappropriate for her to be looking at my medical records, it’s an attachment thing, or a reminder. There was no issue. When Natalia became pregnant with my son, it was the most fantastic thing that could have happened to me. It’s a wonderful thing although I think at the time I found out I was in shock. “Since then my relationship with Natalie has flourished my life has flourished and my work life has been getting better and better. I didn’t feel trapped by it, I was accepting of it. We are going to get married this year and I plan to remain together until I die.”A lawyer for the General Medical Council (GMC) claims Bogatcheva started a relationship with Patient A six weeks after her last consultation.Emma Gilsenan said: ‘It is the GMC case that she began an inappropriate emotional relationship which developed into a sexual relationship in or around August 2016. Less than three months after her last consultation with patient A, she accessed Patient A’s medical records inappropriately on three separate occasions.’Dr Bogatcheva, of Crouch End, North London, denies misconduct. The hearing continues. A Harley Street doctor faces being struck off over a relationship with her future husband while he was a patient at her private practice.Dr Natalia Bogatcheva, 40, started a romance with the property developer in February 2016 after she met him through her manager who had invited him to “soirees.” The pair later had a son, moved in together and got engaged.But the General Medical Council (GMC) launched an investigation after Dr Bogatcheva was caught by colleagues illicitly accessing her boyfriend’s medical records in November 2016.She had reportedly become suspicious after her former patient’s ex-girlfriend moved into one of his apartments.Her manager at the Roc Clinic in London, Dr Cristiana Romete, discovered the checks, which had been carried out in the early hours of the morning, and raised concerns after an “analysis of electoral records” revealed Dr Bogatcheva was living with the former patient, known only as Patient A.Dr Bogatcheva faces a misconduct case accusing her of having an “improper emotional relationship” with her fiancee who was known only as Patient A. She is also alleged to have written a referral letter for Patient A while the two were in a sexual relationship, in breach of GMC rules. 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

Gears of War Ultimate pack planned for February

first_imgBoth Gears of War games have been available for quite some time now, and both have seen their price discounted multiple times in sales allowing all 360 owners to grab them cheap. But that hasn’t stopped Microsoft and Epic Games seeing a chance of boosting sales once more with a bundle pack.It’s not official yet, but a listing appeared and then promptly disappeared on GameStop’s website for Gears of War Ultimate. The contents of the pack wasn’t stated, but it cost $29.99 so we must assume it’s the first two games. We can also confidently guess that a new pack containing both games would also include all the DLC. The release date was listed as February 15.IGN suggests that this Ultimate pack may include Kinect support, which could give the motion peripheral an extra sales boost as we head towards the middle of the year.For now, the listing has gone, and Microsoft is only confirming it has nothing to do with Gears of War 3:We can confirm a forthcoming bundle SKU involving the Gears franchise, though this may not be the final SKU name. There are no specifics available at this time, except to say it will not involve Gears of War 3 or the beta. Read more at IGNlast_img read more

Coalition MPs push for compromise over president

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram There was growing pressure on the government on Thursday, even from within its own ranks, to come up with some kind of proposal that might bring the political parties together and avoid early elections.A number of coalition MPs expressed their support for common ground to be found after the government’s candidate for president, Stavros Dimas, gathered just 160 votes in Wednesday’s ballot. The threshold for electing Dimas was 200, as it will be in the second round on Tuesday. It will fall to 180 for the third vote on December 29.New Democracy’s Dora Bakoyannis called for a “broad framework of consensus” to be formed. “What I am suggesting is that we could agree on a date for early elections next fall, so it is after the tourism season,” said the lawmaker. “This initiative must come from Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and Deputy Prime Minister Evangelos Venizelos.”PASOK MP Leonidas Grigorakos also called for an agreement. “We have to move toward a climate of consensus,” he said. “We all need to water down our expectations.”“I firmly believe that the country does not need elections right now,” said New Democracy MP Nikitas Kaklamanis, who called for national polls to be held in a few months’ time.“A postponement [of general elections] would allow for the formation of a common front in negotiations with the troika,” said PASOK’s Costas Skandalidis. “If we hold elections now, there will be consequences.”The prime minister, however, does not seem willing to consider the idea of a compromise deal. So far he has backed the options of either electing a president or going to snap elections. During comments before the European Union leaders’ summit in Brussels on Thursday, there was no indication that Samaras is considering any other kind of plan.“[Greece’s] spectacular comeback is due to an unprecedented sacrifice of all the Greek people,” he said going into the European Council. “I am not going to allow – and the political system in Greece is not going to allow – anyone to gamble with these sacrifices, to gamble with these accomplishments. Therefore, I believe that political uncertainty in Greece will soon be resolved.”Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Kashmiri Americans organize to put a human face to the crisis in

first_img United Methodist Church scraps plans to host General Conference in the Philippines Aysha Khan ayshabkhan Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (RNS) – On Eid al-Adha, the Muslim festival of the sacrifice, Huma Dar began with a request for a prayer for her people.“Nobody knows the meaning of sacrifice more than the Kashmiri people,” she told the standing-room-only crowd gathered on Sunday (Aug. 11) in the Democracy Center, a meetinghouse in Harvard Square, to learn about new developments in the Kashmir crisis.Then Dar, who teaches South Asian studies at the University of California at Berkeley, raised her hands to her face in silent supplication: That her country might finally achieve azaadi, or “freedom” — its decades-long rallying cry for a fair referendum on its independence.Across the U.S., members of the Kashmiri diaspora are leading a solidarity movement called Stand With Kashmir to oppose the Indian government’s abrupt move on Aug. 3 to scrap the special semi-autonomous status granted the state of Jammu and Kashmir, which India and Pakistan both claim in full and currently rule in part.People attend a meeting about the Kashmiri crisis at the Democracy Center, a meetinghouse in Harvard Square, on Aug. 11, 2019, in Cambridge, Mass. RNS photo by Aysha KhanLast week, hundreds of Kashmiris and their supporters gathered outside India’s Consulates in New York and Chicago as well as the Indian Embassy in Washington in what activists called an “unprecedented” wave of support for the Kashmiri cause. More are joining the Justice for Muslims Collective in D.C. on Tuesday (Aug. 13) to learn about the region’s escalating tensions and how to support Kashmiris.Since India’s Hindu nationalist leadership abrogated its special status, Muslim-majority Kashmir, already one of the world’s most heavily militarized zones, has been living through a communications blockade and what the region’s Indian administrators called a “security lockdown.”“We urge people of conscience to come out and show support and solidarity for the people of Kashmir as authoritarianism and Islamophobia rise around the world, from India to the United States to Europe,” said activist Sameera Fazili, who organized a march Saturday in downtown Atlanta. “Come show your support for human rights, international law and democracy.”The disputed Jammu and Kashmir territory on the border of Pakistan, India and China. Map courtesy of Creative CommonsU.S. Muslim organizations, including the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Sound Vision, Burma Task Force and the Islamic Leadership Institute of America, are helping to lead the activism.Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi claimed the move would curb “terrorism” and bring stability and “development” to the region. Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan called it an illegal effort “to change (the) demography of Kashmir through ethnic cleansing” and said Pakistan – like India, a nuclear power – would “go to any extent” to fight against the changes.Article 370 and Article 35A of the Indian Constitution promised Kashmir its own constitution and decision-making powers outside the areas of foreign affairs, communications and defense. They also barred Indians from outside the state from buying land in Kashmir.But Dar argued that India’s oversight of Kashmir amounted to “a de facto colonial occupation,” she said in Cambridge. She and other speakers at the Democracy Center event, hosted by Aazaad Lab and the Coalition for a Democratic India, begged outsiders to focus on the growing human toll of the crisis, from mass graves to personal stories of trauma.“Everybody has the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” one woman in the audience said tearfully at the event. “Why not Kashmir?”Several speakers were quick to back up Dar’s characterization of India’s rule. Rashid Butt described finding his elderly father beaten by Indian security forces and left for dead in a paddy field. Anthropologist Ather Zia, founder of the Kashmir Lit journal, questioned the purpose of the lockdown and media blackout and agreed that the term “occupation” was accurate.Cardiologist Tariq Bhat spoke at the Kashmiri crisis informational meeting Aug. 11, 2019, in Cambridge, Mass. RNS photo by Aysha KhanTariq Bhat, a local cardiologist born in Kashmir, decried the Indian forces’ shoot-on-sight orders during the lockdown, recalling similar conditions growing up in Kashmir.“In my own childhood, I have seen more funerals, and taken more bodies to be buried, than I have seen babies born,” Bhat said. “At night when I was studying for exams I had to cover the windows with blankets so the army wouldn’t come to ask if I’m building bombs in the night.”With India’s escalation of the tensions, Bhat noted: “I think we’re in a juncture where we really may end up in genocide. And it’s going to burn everybody, not just Kashmir.”Hours before the event, many of the attendees had gathered with dozens of other activists in Boston’s Copley Square to show their support for Kashmir as Eid prayers were taking place across the city.Since the nationalist Modi’s election in 2014, U.S. South Asians have been increasingly divided, over Kashmir and other issues of race, religion and caste. The Hindu American Foundation has applauded Modi’s most recent move.“As a secular pluralistic democracy, it is vital that all citizens of India enjoy the same rights and are subject to the same laws, regardless of where in the country they reside,” the organization’s managing director, Samir Kalra.Kalra said the abrogation of Articles 370 and 35A “will help better integrate” the region’s residents and pave the way for resettlement of the Pandit community, native Brahman Hindus of the Kashmir Valley who were forced to flee their homeland after an insurgency against Indian rule in the mid-’90s.Speakers at the Cambridge event acknowledged the plight of the Pandits.Kashmiri engineer Arshad Iqbal speaks at the Kashmiri crisis informational meeting Aug. 11, 2019, in Cambridge, Mass. RNS photo by Aysha Khan“I don’t think you’ll find any Kashmiri who will say that was not a terrible tragedy, what happened to them,” said Arshad Iqbal, describing his friendship with local Hindu children and his Hindu neighbors in the city of Srinigar. “But when I talk to a Kashmiri Pandit today, they call me a ‘bloody effing jihadi.’ The level of hatred in India toward minorities, toward Muslims, toward Dalits, it is unacceptable.”The ongoing media blackout — no internet, cable TV or mobile phones, and no landlines except the scattered public telephones made available by the Indian government — leaves the potential for abuses against those minorities to go unreported, human rights advocates say.Since the blackout began, none of the U.S. Kashmiris gathered in the room had heard from their families. Eid al-Adha felt like a day of mourning instead of a one of celebration, several said.“This is probably the first Eid that I am not able to call my family on Eid,” Iqbal, an engineer who lived in Kashmir for 25 years, said. “This is the worst thing that can be done to us. Beyond this, they can only drop bombs over our heads.”Media reports indicate that Indian forces kept the region largely locked down on Eid in an effort to avert protests. Many major mosques and shops in Srinigar remained closed on a day that is usually filled with jubilant festivities, while officers in riot gear stood at checkpoints along the streets. Tens of thousands of additional Indian troops have also been deployed into the small region.Muslims walk past Indian paramilitary soldiers after offering prayers during Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of the Sacrifice, in Jammu, India, on Aug. 12, 2019. An uneasy calm prevailed in Indian-administered Kashmir on Monday as people celebrated a major Islamic festival during a severe crackdown after India moved to strip the disputed region of its constitutional autonomy and imposed an indefinite curfew. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)Ever since physician Manejeh Jahan moved to the U.S. 15 years ago, not a day has gone by that she has not spoken to her mother once in the morning and again in the evening. She and her husband took time off work and have spent days frantically dialing phone numbers and sending text messages over and over again to their parents, cousins, siblings and friends, all in vain.“I cannot sleep, I cannot eat, I have no idea what’s going on,” Jahan said. “I have no idea if my father is able to get to his dialysis twice a week. Of course I put my trust in Allah, but I have no idea whether my father is alive or not.”Jahan was in Kashmir for four weeks taking care of her elderly parents until just two days before Modi made his announcement. At that point, everything seemed normal – or at least normal for Kashmir, she said. But the sudden, “draconian” communication block has left her and the rest of the world feeling utterly in the dark.“Why would they cut them off and cage them?” she asked. “Maybe the Indian government is telling the truth and maybe everything is fine there. But then why don’t they show it to us so we can believe them?”Kashmir’s status as a nuclear flashpoint only amplifies her fears.“These terrifying prospects are going through my head day in and day out,” Jahan said. “Are we going towards another Rwanda or Bosnia? I don’t know.” News • Photos of the Week Share This! By: Aysha Khan ayshabkhan Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts News TagsBoston Hindu nationalism homepage featured India Kashmir lockdown Narendra Modi Pakistan Stand With Kashmir,You may also like By: Aysha Khan ayshabkhan Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email center_img As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! By: Aysha Khan ayshabkhan Aysha Khan Aysha Khan is a Boston-based journalist reporting on American Muslims and millennial faith for RNS. Her newsletter, Creeping Sharia, curates news coverage of Muslim communities in the U.S. Previously, she was the social media editor at RNS.,Add Comment Click here to post a comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,God, Netflix and the Family: A conversation with Jeff Sharlet and Jesse Moss Catholicism Share This! 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POLL What Is The Worst Hurricane Experience You Can Remember

first_imgHurricane Harvey is approaching and Houstonians are flocking to grocery stores to prepare. Hurricanes and bad weather are not a new phenomenon to the Bayou City, so we want to know what hurricane was the worst for you.Take our poll below: What has been the worst hurricane experience for you? (Poll Closed) Ike (2008)  47.06%  (24 votes)     Rita (2005)  27.45%  (14 votes)     Allison (2001)  17.65%  (9 votes)     Alicia (1983)  7.84%  (4 votes)       Total Votes: 51 Create Your Own Poll   What has been the worst hurricane experience for you? Sharelast_img

Wendy Davis Announces Bid For Congress Will Challenge US Rep Chip Roy

first_imgSpencer Selvidge via The Texas TribuneFormer state Sen. Wendy Davis is running against U.S. Rep. Chip Roy.Former Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis is running for Congress.Early Monday morning, Davis announced her candidacy for the Democratic nomination in Central Texas’ 21st District. She is challenging U.S. Rep. Chip Roy, a freshman Republican from Austin.She made her intentions known in a biographical video, narrated in part with archival footage from her late father, Jerry Russell.“I’m running for Congress because people’s voices are still being silenced,” she said. “I’m running for our children and grandchildren, so they can live and love and fight for change themselves.”The potential Davis-Roy matchup is likely to be among the most polarizing races the state has seen in recent years. Davis is a fierce national advocate for abortion rights, while Roy has built his reputation in his first six months in Congress as a conservative firebrand.Davis lives in Austin but spent much of her adult life in Fort Worth, where she served on the City Council and in the state Senate. In 2013, Davis became a national figure when she filibustered an omnibus anti-abortion bill. Later that fall, she announced her campaign for Texas governor. Despite strong fundraising, she lost to Republican Greg Abbott by over 20 percentage points.“Even in losing, we helped shape the future,” she said in the video.After moving to Austin several years ago, she started an organization called Deeds Not Words, campaigned around the country for Hillary Clinton and remained involved in state and national politics. Earlier this year, she mulled a run for U.S. Senate. National Democrats anticipate she will be a powerhouse fundraiser.As for Roy, he had a healthy second fundraising quarter this year, raising over $400,000, and reported over $650,000 in cash on hand. He is a longtime fixture in Texas Republican politics, serving as a staffer to both U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and state Attorney General Ken Paxton. In his first six months in Congress, he has had a knack for upending legislative procedure.The 21st District begins in Austin, taking in neighborhoods on the south and southwest sides of town. It then runs south along the western side of Interstate 35 into San Antonio’s northern neighborhoods and into Alamo Heights. It then juts out west into the Hill Country, taking in Fredericksburg and Kerrville.The district’s previous incumbent, former U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, easily carried the seat to a Republican victory. In his final race in 2016, he won reelection by 21 points. But in that same year, Hillary Clinton outperformed President Barack Obama’s previous margins. In 2018, Democrat Joseph Kopser came within three points of Roy.Davis isn’t alone in seeking to challenge Roy. Llano County Democratic Chairwoman Jennie Lou Leeder and educator Bruce Boville are among Democratic candidates who have filed Federal Election Commission finance reports. But there is little doubt that Davis will have the backing of important state and national Democrats. On Tuesday, nearly every member of House Democratic leadership and nine members of the Texas delegation will host a reception in Washington, D.C., for the newly announced candidate.Inside Elections, a campaign analyst group, currently rates this race “likely Republican.”This piece was originally published in The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. Sharelast_img read more

DC Residents Contemplate New Figures for Famed Bens Chili Bowl Mural

first_imgOn Jan. 26, Ben’s Chili Bowl announced on its website that it painted over the mural that had long graced the side of the building, which featured Majic 102.3 radio host Donnie Simpson, comedian Bill Cosby, Barack Obama, and Go-go musician Chuck Brown.Ben’s Chili Bowl erases its famous mural to start a new year. (Courtesy Photo)“Now, after five years of braving the elements, it’s time to refresh and repaint the mural and we want your input!” the website reads.Ben’s Chili Bowl erases its famous mural to start a new year. (Courtesy Photo)Virginia Ali, who runs the business with her children, said the decision to paint over these famous men wasn’t personal. “It was looking bad,” she told the Washington Post, “and we figured it’s a new year, so why not get started.”The Ali’s are now taking suggestions from customers on who should be among the faces to grace the new wall. On its website, customers can vote from a list of people whom they would like to see on the next mural.“I am sad to see the old one go, but the new wall offers a great opportunity get some Black women on it. I always felt like Radio Raheem in Do the Right Thing – like, when can we get a sister up here on the wall,” Ward 6 resident Charles Medina told the AFRO. “It would be beautiful to get our mayor for life Marion Barry – and our first lady for life, Michelle Obama on the wall.”Ben’s Chili Bowl erases its famous mural to start a new year. (Courtesy Photo)Other suggestions from Ben’s customers as surveyed by the AFRO, include Oprah Winfrey, Dick Gregory and Shirley Chisolm. “We have got to turn this into our own local Mount Rushmore and it should include our local, homegrown heroes,” Ward 8 resident Michelle “Red” Bailey told the AFRO. “I want Dick Gregory on this wall because without him, our understanding of race, politics, and life, would be so much less than it is now. We need to honor him.”Ben’s Chili Bowl was established in 1958 and became a local landmark after the 1968 riots that followed the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. While much of the famed U Street corridor was destroyed in the aftermath of the riots, Ben’s was spared. In 2009, Mayor Adrian Fenty took then-President-elect Barack Obama to the restaurant, where he had a chili half-smoke and sweet tea.last_img read more

Several new craters found in Siberia

first_img Citation: Several “new” craters found in Siberia (2015, February 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-02-craters-siberia.html © 2015 Phys.org In addition to debating the cause of the creation of the craters, debate has also begun about the term used to describe them—the term crater is usually associated with surface blasts or even more often with collisions between celestial bodies. For that reason, many researchers have begun referring to the craters as funnels.Thus far, it appears that research regarding the craters is being led by Vasily Bogoyavlensky—a professor affiliated with the Russian Academy of Sciences. In an interview with the Russian press he has indicated that he believes that there are far more craters in and around the Yamal and Taimyr peninsulas and that it appears likely that going forward they may present a health hazard. He claims that residents from one nearby town actually witnessed the creation of one of the craters, from a distance—they say they saw a flash and felt the ground shake.Bogoyavlensky also said that he believes that many of the small lakes in the area likely came about due to the same process as the craters. He added that at one site, a large crater appears to be surrounded by several smaller craters and satellite photos have shown the existence of pingos (mounds that develop on the surface due to ice melting and seeping and then refreezing) in the spots where the craters later formed, suggesting a link. He is calling for more investigation to protect those who may venture into harm’s way. Hampering the investigation is the absence of charred rock on the rim of some of the craters, or even a parapet, which should form if a blast came from below. Some have suggested such examples can be explained by noting that evidence may have been left on ice that has since melted. n 80-meter-wide crater recently discovered in northern Siberia (video screenshot) Amazing impact crater where a triple asteroid smashed into Marscenter_img At least seven newly created mysterious craters have now been officially discovered in Siberia, though satellite imagery suggests there may be as many as 20. The discovery of the first three last year caused a small media storm as no one had any idea how the craters had come about. Since that time, one team of researchers actually went down inside one of the craters to see what might have caused it to come about. That expedition did not reveal any hard facts, but most geologists now suspect that the craters came about due to warming in Siberia, leading to melting permafrost, which led to underground gases filling underground cavities, which led, eventually, to blasts that caused the creation of the craters. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore furtherlast_img read more

Google tests horizontal tab switcher in Chrome mobile

first_imgGoogle tests horizontal tab switcher in Chrome mobile by Martin Brinkmann on May 27, 2018 in Google Chrome – 4 commentsGoogle is testing a new feature in Chrome mobile for Android right now that changes the tab switcher from a vertical layout to a horizontal one.When you open the list of all tabs in Google Chrome mobile right now on Android, you get the list of open tabs and the sites loaded in those tabs. The sites are stacked vertically with one site displayed fully and others in front or behind the active tab.Touch controls are provided to scroll though the list of open tabs and to load any tab that is open using the tab switcher.Note: Experimental features may come and go unannounced. While many make it into the stable version of Chrome eventually, the past has shown that some are removed again without being implemented at all.The most recent version of Google Chrome Canary for Android includes an experimental feature that changes the tab switching interface of the mobile browser.The following screenshot shows Chrome’s current tab switching interface on the left and the new interface after it has been enabled in the most recent version of Chrome Canary on the right.Here is what you need to do right now to enable the new horizontal tab switcher in Chrome Canary:Make sure you have the most recent version of Chrome Canary for Android installed on your device. You can run the browser next to the stable version of Chrome or any other browser.Start Google Chrome Canary on the device.Load chrome://flags in the browser’s address bar.Search for enable horizontal tab switcher, or go to chrome://flags/#enable-horizontal-tab-switcher to jump directly to it.Flip the preference from “default” to “enabled”.Restart the mobile browser with a tap on the relaunch now button.You will notice that the display of open tabs changed when you open the list of open tabs after the restart.The open tabs are displayed horizontally after the change; this has advantages but also disadvantages. The main advantages are that the interface looks a lot cleaner and that you see the full page content for each tab. The main disadvantage is that you see fewer tabs on the screen in the tab switcher.I saw only one and a quarter or so tabs on the screen after switching to the new interface; if you open lots of tabs, you may need to use more swipe motions to find and switch to a tab open in the browser.Closing WordsI try to keep the number of open sites to a minimum on mobile devices to preserve memory. That’s the main reason why I don’t mind the change. Chrome users who open a dozen or more tabs in Chrome for Android may not like the change as much as provides less of an overview of open tabs and requires more touch actions to find and open tabs open in Chrome.Now You: What is your take on the horizontal layout of open tabs in Chrome mobile?SummaryArticle NameGoogle tests horizontal tab switcher in Chrome mobileDescriptionGoogle is testing a new feature in Chrome mobile for Android right now that changes the tab switcher from a vertical layout to a horizontal one.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Ladysmith Gazettes pick of the top 5 local and international news stories

first_img1. Update: Suspected cannibals withdraw bail application in court appearance todayAfter going on a march, a crowd of people gathered outside the court to show their outrage at the alleged cannibalism being practiced by the men who were arrested.Read full story: Update: Suspected cannibals withdraw bail application in court appearance today2. Help find missing teenager in LadysmithNo family member has seen or heard from him since the night of Monday, August 14.Read full story: Help find missing teenager in Ladysmith 3. Few more days to go until Ladies Night, so get your tickets nowFor more ticket information, contact Algene on 0828086532, Arlene on 0720377278 or the Ladysmith Gazette offices on 0366376801Read full story: Few more days to go until Ladies Night, so get your tickets now4. German killer nurse murdered ‘at least 90 patients’: police WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite A male nurse jailed for life two years ago for killing two patients with lethal drug overdoses murdered at least 90 patients in total, police said Monday, calling it post-war Germany’s worst killing spree.Read full story: German killer nurse murdered ‘at least 90 patients’: police5. Human chains and jet skis: Texans come to the rescue in Houston floodsBryan Curtis normally rides his jet ski for fun. On Sunday, he turned it into an emergency rescue vehicle.Read full story: Human chains and jet skis: Texans come to the rescue in Houston floodsClick to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more