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The initiative “underlines the will of the two Governments to continue to offer a peaceful option to Rwandais combatants who want it,” Alan Doss, Special Representative of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in the vast African country said.The two Governments have recently been engaged in an ongoing joint military operation in eastern DRC against the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), an armed Hutu group which has been in eastern DRC since the Rwandan genocide in 1994. According to the UN Mission in the DRC, known as MONUC, six members of an associated armed group called the Rally for Unity and Democracy (RUD) who arrived yesterday in the city of Goma accompanied by five dependants embarked today on a one-week visit in their country of origin.The visit was planned the week before, when the MONUC team responsible for disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) of ex-combatants spoke to a group of some 150 combatants and dependents of the RUD who had voluntarily given up their arms last July, the mission said.The ex-combatants accepted the offer of the Rwandan Government to send representatives on a visit to investigate conditions for their voluntary return.The UN mission said that the group crossed the border accompanied by the MONUC DDR team, members of the working group on the follow-up to recent talks in Nairobi on the continuing violence in the eastern DRC, representatives of the international facilitators of those talks and Congolese and Rwandan officials.The delegation was welcomed at the town of Rubavu, near the Congolese/Rwandan border, by the President of the Rwandan Commission on DDR. 26 January 2009A programme to allow Rwandans who have been fighting with militias in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to visit their home country and see whether conditions are conducive to returning is a positive way to reduce recurrent violence, the top United Nations envoy in the DRC said today. read more

As a result he says they are now in talks with the Government to extend support and will be given portfolios in the Government.However Premadasa insisted that those joining the Government from the joint opposition are not doing so for Ministerial posts but to serve the country. (Colombo Gazette) Housing Minister Sajith Premadasa confirmed that some joint opposition members are set to join the Government.He said some of those who had worked against the Government and President Maithripala Sirisena have now realised the joint opposition has no future. read more

Gunasinghe, son of the late politician Nanda Gunasinghe, said that he had filed a police complaint over the threats. Attempts to reach parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa for a comment over the allegations were futile. (Colombo Gazette) “I filed the complaint for my safety,” Gunasinghe said. Gunasinghe said that Namal Rajapaksa took him to a side during the reception and accused him of being part of moves to sideline former government members.Namal had then allegedly threatened him and had said that if former Government members return to power, they will crush him and those currently in the Government. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s son Namal Rajapaksa has been accused of threatening a young politician at a reception of a wedding.Sri Lanka Freedom Party youth wing member Thisara Gunasinghe told The Sunday Leader that Namal Rajapaksa had threatened him at the wedding reception held at a hotel in Hikkaduwa. read more

Uber launches campaign to gather public support ahead of Ottawa city vote OTTAWA – Uber Canada is launching a campaign to gain public support as Ottawa city council prepares for a vote on ride-booking services on April 13.The company has been operating in Ottawa since October 2014 and says it wants Ottawa’s citizens to share their stories about the service.It has set up the website to to collect the comments.Ottawa is one of several cities where the city council has grappled with complaints that drivers using the Uber ride-hailing technology have an unfair advantage over the conventional taxi industry, which is heavily regulated.In February, Ontario’s insurance regulator approved coverage for drivers using ride-hailing services such as Uber.However, the Toronto Taxi Alliance and Canadian Taxi Association challenged the regulator on Wednesday to require insurance firms to report the number of policies actually sold and other details. by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 30, 2016 5:32 am MDT Last Updated Mar 30, 2016 at 6:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

As part of this year’s WHD commemorations, the UN and partners are launching the #WomenHumanitarians global campaign to pay special tribute to and raise support for the work women do to save lives and alleviate human suffering.  The campaign tells the stories of 24 women over 24 hours, to show the range and diversity of their roles in humanitarian action. They include a driver in the Central African Republic who brings food to people in need; a woman who provides legal advice to refugee women and children from Somalia; and a midwife in Liberia who has cared for mothers and babies for three decades and has more than 800 girls named after her. “This World Humanitarian Day, we showcase the commitment and drive of some truly amazing women in the humanitarian community”, said UN humanitarian chief and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock.  “The dedication of these women to help the world’s most vulnerable people is admirable, particularly those women who are often the first to respond in their communities when faced with a crisis,” Today, and for the rest of this month, Mr. Guterres invites everyone to share through their online and social media platforms their own “powerful stories” of humanitarian aid workers to “reaffirm our common commitment to strengthening the role of women in humanitarian operations”. “On World Humanitarian Day and every day, we stand up for humanitarian workers around the world”, concluded the Secretary-General.  The attack sixteen years ago on UN Headquarters in Iraq was one of the most lethal in the Organization’s history, and marked a turning point in how the UN and aid groups operate in the field. Here are hear first-hand accounts from some of the survivors.‘Important lessons’: Deputy Secretary-GeneralAt a wreath-laying ceremony at UN Headquarters in New York on Monday, which observed a minute of silence in honour of those who died in the Canal Hotel bombing in Baghdad, and “so many others who have perished in the line of duty”, Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed said that these losses “have seared our awareness as members of a close-knit” UN family, and also  “brought important lessons”. “We are changing the way we operate around the world, with strengthened safety and security measures, preparedness training programmes, integrated rapid response, increased counselling and mental health support”, she said. “We are doing more to address the needs of surviving staff, as well as families of the victims in their long journey of healing”.  Since August 2003, more than 4,500 aid workers of all genders have been killed, injured, detained, assaulted or kidnapped while carrying out their work. That averages out to five attacks per week. Moreover, women humanitarians are at particularly high risk of robbery, sexual assault and other violence.  Protect humanitarians The UN emphasizes that under international law, all humanitarian workers must be safeguarded.“World leaders, and all parties to conflict, must ensure that humanitarians are protected from harm, as required under international law”, Mr. Guterres stressed. And yet, serious violations of international humanitarian and human rights law continue around the world, which “must be investigated and prosecuted” always, he added. The UN held a wreath-laying ceremony to honour the memory of UN staff killed in the 2003 attack on the UN headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq. The day of the attack, 19 August, is now observed annually as World Humanitarian Day, by UN Photo/Loey FelipeSince 19 August 2003, more than 4,500 humanitarians have been killed, injured, detained, kidnapped or otherwise prevented from carrying out their life-saving duties. “That is an average of 280 humanitarians attacked in a year, or five every single week”, underscored the UN deputy chief. “Last year saw the second highest number of attacks on aid workers on record, with 405 aid workers attacked, 131 killed, 144 wounded and 130 kidnapped in a total of 226 separate incidents”. Every day, over half a million humanitarian workers around the world stand on the front lines of war and disaster, braving dangers and difficulties to deliver assistance to people in crises, she noted. About 40 per cent of them are women, many of whom work in some of the most dangerous corners of the globe.  “Their presence makes our efforts more effective, from addressing health epidemics to providing support to victims of gender-based violence”, maintained Ms. Mohammed.  “Thanks to their efforts millions of people have found protection from conflict and had hope itself rekindled”.UN family unitedOver the course of 24 hours, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, OCHA, is recounting the stories of 24 incredible women, showing the range and diversity of their roles in humanitarian action – from an international model who established a school for girls in her native Democratic Republic of the Congo, to a volunteer in Lebanon who provides thousands of free meals to refugees and other people in need.Meanwhile at an event in Gaza, UN Humanitarian Coordinator Jamie McGoldrick spelled out: “Women across Palestine are leading vital humanitarian work, but they continue to be under-represented and face ongoing obstacles in carrying out their work because of their gender”. “Today”, he continued, “we not only honour their contribution, but we commit to doing more to support their work.”Other special events took place across the world, including in Burundi, Ethiopia, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, occupied Palestinian territory, the Philippines, Senegal, Somalia, South Sudan, Thailand and Ukraine.On Twitter, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) offered “a special thank you” to women humanitarians on the ground “helping people rebuild their livelihoods and boost their resilience”.“Our thoughts go to all IOM [International Organization for Migration] staff who have lost their lives while working towards a better world”, tweeted the migration agency. “Today, we honor their memory, strength, and resilience”. As it joins the international community in celebrating “the lifesaving work of women humanitarians”, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) tweeted: “We also recognize the millions of women caught in conflicts and crises”.In its tweet, the Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) recalled that during the past 20 years, over 90 per cent of disasters requiring humanitarian aid were climate-related and that their number and severity is rising. Listen to an interview with Silvia Risi from the Food and Agriculture Organization. She talks about her humanitarian work in DR Congo and what it means to be a woman humanitarian: Marking the official day’s tenth anniversary on Monday, the UN is honouring the contribution of tens of thousands of women humanitarian aid workers who provide life-saving support to vulnerable people caught up in crises in some of the world’s most dangerous places. The day is commemorated each year on 19 August, the date back in 2003 when the UN headquarters in Baghdad was targeted by a large terrorist truck bomb, killing 22 people, including Sergio Vieira de Mello, the UN’s top representative in Iraq.19 August is the 🔟th anniversary of World Humanitarian Day. To mark the day, hour by hour, we will be sharing 24 stories of incredible #WomenHumanitarians working to make a difference in the 🌍.👩🏿👩🏾👩🏽👩🏼👩🏻Watch this space!!#WHD2019— UN Humanitarian (@UNOCHA) August 16, 2019 This year’s focus salutes the efforts of women humanitarian workers across the world who rally to people in need and are often the first to respond and the last to leave.“From supporting civilians caught up in crisis to addressing disease outbreaks, women humanitarians are on the front lines”, said Secretary-General António Guterres.These unsung heroes have long been working in their own communities in some of the most difficult terrains – from the war-wounded in Afghanistan, to the food insecure in the Sahel, to those who have lost their homes and livelihoods in places such as Central African Republic, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen. “Their presence makes aid operations more effective by increasing their reach”, said the UN chief. “It also improves the humanitarian response to gender-based violence, which increases during emergencies”. Across the globe, 250,000 aid workers are women – a figure that amounts to more than 40 per cent of the humanitarian workforce. But aid work is becoming increasingly dangerous.Listen to or download an interview with Melissa Fleming, currently the communications chief for refugee agency UNHCR, and Adiba Qasim, Yazidi survivor and refugee:  read more

OSU freshman running back J.K. Dobbins (2) runs a play during the 2017 season opener vs Indiana. OSU won 49-21. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOut with the old and in with the new.As redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett prepares for his final trip through the Big Ten, freshman running back J.K. Dobbins is set to establish his presence in the conference as the catalyst of Ohio State’s offense for years to come.And the Ohio State coaching staff couldn’t be more excited about the future of the first-year running back.“I kind of tempered my emotions with you guys early on because we’ve seen that since spring practice. He’s had a hell of a camp,” Meyer said after the Indiana game. “Not surprised at all [with his performance].”Dobbins’ career began in an almost storybook fashion. With Ohio State traveling to Bloomington, Indiana, to open up its season against Indiana, Dobbins was assigned the start at the last minute with redshirt sophomore Mike Weber dealing with a lingering hamstring injury that kept him out of the starting lineup. The game could not have gone much better for the freshman. He set an Ohio State record for most rushing yards by a true freshman in his debut with 181 rushing yards on 29 carries, adding 24 receiving yards on two catches. “I felt like I was going to do things that I did because I practiced against the best defense in college football every day and then I got a great offensive line,” Dobbins said after the game.Now just two weeks away from kicking off the remainder of the Big Ten season, Dobbins is one of the only offensive weapons the team can count on in conference play. He has undoubtedly been the most consistent performer for Ohio State’s offense this season as Barrett, the wide receivers, the tight ends and the backup running backs have been shaky in their first two games.Despite being so young, Dobbins has been hyped up by members of the coaching staff since his arrival in Columbus and expectations have been placed quite high for him.“This guy has picked it up faster than anybody I’ve ever been around in my 22 years as a true freshman,” running backs coach Tony Alford said on Aug. 18. “He’s picked it up, he understands the offense — the nuances of it — very, very quickly and he plays hard. He goes so hard at everything he does which is part of the culture of this program.”The coaches have praised all aspects of Dobbins’ game, citing his explosive speed, toughness barreling through the defensive line and ability to catch passes. But what has set Dobbins apart from other young running backs in the past is his ability to block.“I would like to think that the hardest thing for incoming freshmen running backs is pass protection,” Alford said. “Not only to protect it but where to go and where they fit and all the different protection schemes and understanding fronts and different blitzes.”So far this season, Dobbins has lived up to the hype. He is second on the team behind Barrett with his 276 all-purpose yards this year and has recorded more rushing yards (253) than the rest of the team combined. He has also accounted for 32 percent of the team’s chunk plays (15-plus yard pass or 10-plus yard rush) to this point, catching an 18-yard wheel route on the second play of his career and rushing seven times for more than 10 yards and gaining 20-plus yards on three occasions. With one loss already in the standings for Ohio State, the Buckeyes will need Dobbins to live up to the hype in his inaugural campaign if the offense is going to put up the points necessary to reach the College Football Playoff. read more

The EHF Court of Handball has released a decision in the case regarding the withdrawal of BM Atlético Madrid from the VELUX EHF Champions League 2013/14.The club registered to participate in the VELUX EHF Champions League 2013/14 and was drawn in Group B. However, in July 2013, due to financial difficulties leading to their bankruptcy, the Spanish club withdrew from the competition.Pursuant to articles 2.6 and 2.6.2 of the VELUX EHF Champions League 2013/14 Regulations and article C.1 of the EHF List of Penalties, BM Atlético Madrid is fined 25,000 € for withdrawing from the VELUX EHF Champions League and is excluded from participating in any handball club competition organised or authorised by the EHF for the 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16 seasons.Furthermore, the club shall pay the entry fees for the 2013/14 VELUX EHF Champions League Group Phase according to the Regulations as they registered for the competition.The club has the right to appeal to the Court of Appeal within seven days.SOURCE: EHF BM Atletico MadridEHF ← Previous Story IHF president Hassan Moustafa: “Brazil to pay debt with organizing Beach and Junior WCh” Next Story → HBC Nantes with Thierry Anti until 2018: “My ambition – Championship title” read more

first_img PewDiePie Pulls $50,000 Pledge to Anti-Hate Group After Fan BacklashPolice Arrest Dutch YouTubers for Trespassing Area 51 Site McDonald’s is the latest fast food joint to announce some disappointing news, and people are not “Lovin’ It.”According to Brand Eating, McDonald’s is dropping the Happy Meal from its $1 $2 $3 Dollar Menu. Prior to this change, Happy Meals cost $3 on the $1 $2 $3 Dollar Menu and were discounted approximately 25 percent or more for customers.For those that want to enjoy one last cheap Happy Meal, it might be too late. Brand Eating reported that some Los Angeles-based McDonald’s stores have already updated their $1 $2 $3 Dollar Menu lineup: a 4-piece Chicken McNugget Happy Meal now costs $4.59 and a Hamburger Happy Meal went up to $3.99.  Fortunately, other $1 $2 $3 Dollar Menu items, including the Cheeseburger, McChicken, and Bacon McDouble, are still priced at $2 or less at McDonald’s locations.Some members of the Twitter community are not thrilled about the Happy Meal price increase. They’ve expressed their frustrations with the #NotAsHappyMeals hashtag:They don’t say bye bye at all. They simply took the Happy Meals off the value menu. The meals will no longer be $3, which was 25% off. #NotAsHappyMeals— SR (@heartsandparts) October 24, 2018 Literally the only reason I bring my two year-old, and my business, to McDonald’s.— drnimrod (@drnimrod) October 24, 2018On a better note though, McDonald’s recently announced improvements to some of its meat products. In September, the fast food joint announced that its classic burgers will be free from artificial preservatives, artificial flavors, and artificial colors.We’re excited to announce our classic burgers have no artificial preservatives, no artificial flavors and no added colors from artificial sources! Our pickle contains an artificial preservative, so skip it if you like. Changes you can feel good about! — McDonald’s (@McDonalds) September 26, 2018“We understand that now more than ever, people care about their food – where it comes from, what goes into it and how it is prepared – and we are committed to make changes to our menu our guests feel good about,” said Linda VanGosen, McDonald’s vice president of menu innovation.More on Wednesday: 10 Wackiest Pumpkin Spice Flavors You Can BuyNational Pizza Month: Feast Your Eyes on the 10 Weirdest Pizza FlavorsIf You Want Food Delivery Fast, Avoid Ordering at These Timescenter_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

first_imgHuddersfield Town manager David Wagner says Jurgen Klopp could be using his team’s injury scare as a smokescreen and expects a near full- strength Liverpool side on Saturdays Premier league clash.Despite the growing injury concerns in the Liverpool camp, David Wagner thinks his former teammate at German side Mainz in the 90’s is up to his old tricks again.‘I’ve known Jurgen long enough that I know he loves to use smokescreens,’ the Huddersfield Town manager told a news conference as reported by Reuters.‘Don’t believe everything you read – I expect that most of his players will be on the grass on Saturday.’Liverpool have stomped their feet on the ground as title contenders this season with 20 points from 8 matches and are third on the table as one of the unbeaten sides in their campaign so far. On the other hand, Huddersfield are seeking for their first win of the season to climb out of the relegation zone.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…Wagner’s side will be hoping to build on their 1-1 draw at Burnley.‘Now we have a great opportunity, a wonderful game in front of our fans against a very strong side, where we can hopefully perform at the same level (as our last game). That’s what we like to do,’ Wagner added.‘Every performance gives you belief and every win gives you belief – unfortunately we have no wins so far – but we have performed at a good level consistently over the last weeks and in training the guys look very good as well.’‘Sometimes football writes some great story and nobody knows what is going to happen on Saturday.’last_img read more

first_imgInternet advertising revenue set a new first quarter record this year, reaching a total of $8.4 billion for the period, according to an Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) report. This figure tops last year’s first quarter numbers by 15 percent, or $1.1 billion, despite a quarter-to-quarter dip of almost half a billion, from $8.97 billion in Q4 2011-an uptick likely caused, in part, by holiday advertising. Last year’s Q1 revenue was also topped by the previous quarter, by about $0.2 billion. Full-year revenue rose to a total of $31.7 billion in 2011, up from $26 billion in 2010.First quarter revenue this year is almost $7 billion higher than ten years ago, in first quarter 2002.This latest Internet Advertising Report is “a solid affirmation the Internet is delivering on its promise to attract consumers and the advertising dollars that follow,” according to David Silverman, partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).PwC’s New Media Group conducts the report, which is sponsored by IAB and issued twice yearly with full and half-year data, as well as in the first and third quarters with topline estimates.The following IAB chart presents first quarter ad revenue since 1996:last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is an announcement from the Wilmington Little League, written by President Jaret Butler:Wilmington Little League Opening Day has a different meaning for everyone.  For some it is the chance to see their sons and daughters play the sports they grew up playing.  For others it means spring is here and the kids get a chance to be outside.  And even for some, it is the hot dogs out in left field after the parade is over.  As a parent of two kids in the program, opening day for me was a little of everything above, but 2018 Opening Day was different, this was my first as Little League President.We were coming off a winter that we would all like to forget and I was nervous about the weather and the filed conditions.  With some good fortune we had decent weather on Friday and the DPW was able to perform their magic and get Rotary Field groomed and it looked fantastic.  We had a great group of volunteers from the board down at the fields crossing off tasks on our to-do list to ensure we would be ready for the parade on Saturday.  The weather for Saturday was forecasted to be partly cloudy and in the high 50’s, not great but you deal with what you get in New England.I am not sure how much I really slept that Friday night.  I reviewed my opening address several times, reconfirmed the guest list, ran through the checklist in my head of things that needed to be done Saturday morning before the kids marched down to the filed from the 4thof July Building and replayed the sequence of events I anticipated over and over.  I arrived at the field early on Saturday and with the help of others we began the final preparations of the field to get ready for the parade.  We were set to go and it was now just a matter of time before the kids were escorted to the field by the Police and Fire departments to the welcome sounds of the Wilmington Minutemen and their muskets.Around 9 AM Representative Miceli arrived at the field as he did each year for opening day.  I had never met him but having lived in Wilmington for the last 12 years he was certainly a name that was well known around town.  I walked over to his car to introduce myself and thank him for coming and to give him a schedule of events that were to happen that morning.  I did not know what to expect when meeting Mr. Miceli but what I did get was priceless.  Mr. Miceli shook my hand and immediately started telling me stories of past opening days and how he had enjoyed watching his own kids and grandkids play sports and how he especially looked forward to WLL opening day each year.  We spent about 10 or so minutes talking and during that time I felt like I was talking to a proud grandparent rather than a senior politician, it was a great conversation and one I don’t know I was expecting.The events that transpired shortly thereafter were surreal and the details forever engrained in my memory. While we decided to end the opening ceremonies immediately, a discussion with some senior members of the board led to a decision to play the games that day as we believed it would be something Representative Miceli would want us to do.During our next board meeting we discussed the events that transpired at opening day.  As in many cases of a tragic event you can slowly put aside the pain and start the remember the good memories.  While nobody claimed to know Mr. Miceli personally several board members shared stories about him, whether it was past opening days, time on the campaign trails, or field trips to the Statehouse with their children.  There was a common theme in all of the stories, Representative Miceli was a kind and friendly man who cared about the citizens of Wilmington.During subsequent meetings as we started to discuss opening day 2019 and how we could honor Mr. Miceli at opening day 2019.  Jay Kelley brought the idea of naming the Major League Championship trophy after Mr. Miceli.  With the blessing of the Miceli family we moved forward.  The trophy would be presented to the winner of the playoffs for the Majors Division each year and would be now known as the James R. Miceli Championship Trophy.  The trophy was presented to the 2018 Wilmington Orioles and manager Brian Kane as well as a few members of last years’ team at the WLL Pasta Dinner on Wednesday, April 24, 2019.  The trophy will remain on display at the Rotary Snack Shack until I have the privilege of presenting the James R. Miceli Championship Trophy to the 2019 winners!Coach Paul Poirier, Brendan Fitzgerald, Lukas Poirier, Bobby Cyr, Manager Brian KaneJames R. Miceli Championship TrophyLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBREAKING NEWS: State Rep. Jim Miceli Has Passed Away (UPDATED)In “Breaking News”A GREAT MAN WHO DID A GREAT JOB: Local & State Officials Remember Jim MiceliIn “Government”MAN OF THE HOUSE: A Tribute To State Rep. Jim MiceliIn “Government”,Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email read more

first_imgVarinder Chawla/TwitterBoth the fraternity of Indian cricket fans as well as that of Bollywood lovers are keenly awaiting the arrival of the movie ’83 on the silver screen. This movie, based on Indian cricket team’s memorable triumph in the 1983 cricket World Cup, will have the current Bollywood heartthrob Ranveer Singh essaying the role of Indian cricket legend and captain of that victorious team, Kapil Dev.The cast to play the entire Indian team has been finalised and the actors have appeared together on various occasions. But now, a new name has joined the group and he is bound to make the prospect of the movie even more appealing to the fans. According to movie critic Taran Adarsh, Boman Irani, known for playing memorable roles in movies such as ‘Munnabhai MBBS’ and ‘3 Idiots,’ would play the flamboyant former Indian wicketkeeper and batsman Farokh Engineer.Irani playing Engineer makes sense as both men belong to the Parsi community. The former cricketer had been a commentator for BBC during the 1983 World Cup. His character would, perhaps, provide a unique vantage point to India’s journey to the title.This movie, which is slated for release on April 10, 2020, is being produced by Sajid Nadiadwala and Madhu Mantena as well as the wife of the lead star and leading Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone. The director of the movie is Kabir Khan.Boman Irani to enact the part of Farokh Engineer in #83TheFilm… Stars Ranveer Singh as #KapilDev… Directed by Kabir Khan… 10 April 2020 release. #Relive83— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) August 27, 2019 Apart from Ranveer Singh, other actors in this cinematic adaptation of Indian cricket team’s triumph include Deepika herself as Kapil Dev’s wife Romi Bhatia, Tahir Raj Bhasin as Sunil Gavaskar, Saqib Saleem as Mohinder Amarnath and Sahil Khattar as Syed Kirmani.Other prominent actors in the movie are Pankaj Tripathi as Indian team’s PR manager Man Singh, Jiiva as Krishnamachari Srikanth, Ammy Virk as Balwinder Singh Sandhu, Harry Sandhu as Madan Lal, Chirag Patil as Sandeep Patil, Jatin Sarna as Yashpal Sharma and Adinath Kothare as Dilip Vengasarkar.While Farokh Engineer wasn’t part of the team that won the 1983 World Cup, his colourful personality would ensure that Irani has a lot to play with in the movie. Before retiring from the game, Engineer enjoyed considerable success as wicketkeeper-batsman in the Indian side.He played 46 Tests and scored 2611 runs at an average of 31.08. Many of his runs came while opening the innings. The last Parsi cricketer to represent India, Engineer scored two hundreds including a famous one against West Indies at Chennai (then Madras) in the 1966/67 season where he scored 94 runs in the first session itself.As wicket-keeper, Engineer effected 16 stumpings and took 66 catches. He also holds the distinction of being the first Indian to be chosen as a brand ambassador for Brylcreem and therefore become the first Indian ‘Brylcreem boy.’ Certainly, most fans can’t wait to see Boman Irani bring the character of young Engineer alive.last_img read more

first_imgResearch and Development Centre presented the survey findings at a hotel in Dhaka on Wednesday. Photo: CollectedRuling Bangladesh Awami League’s mahajote (grand alliance) will win 248 seats while the Jatiya Oikya Front (JOF) will bag 49 seats in the upcoming 11th parliamentary elections billed for 30 December, said a survey of the Research and Development Centre (RDC).The survey report was revealed at a hotel in the capital on 26 December.RDC’s survey was financed by private satellite television channel Independent Television and English newspaper The Independent, both owned by businessman and AL candidate for Dhaka-1 constituency Salman F Rahman, also the privatisation affairs advisor to the prime minister Sheikh Hasina.Impact PR, the institution that organised the media conference, confirmed the sources of funds to Prothom Alo on Thursday.The survey findings showed that the mahajote was supported by 60 per cent of the voters and the BNP and JOF by 22 per cent.Four per cent voted for the Jatiya Party while about 10 per cent voters were undecided, 3 per cent refused to answer, and less than 1 per cent did not intend to vote, the survey report said.RDC claimed the field work for this survey was carried out over the period between 9 and 16 December this year with a sample size of 2,249 from 51 constituencies.BSS adds: This finding compares with the 2008 parliamentary election where the mahajote received 57 per cent of the votes, the BNP-led grand alliance 37 per cent while others 6 per cent.Salman F Rahman. File PhotoThe survey findings revealed that voting intentions are the same for men and women and by age group. The youngest age group (age 18-29) is a large section of voters that will be participating in a parliamentary election for the first time.There is no difference in voting preferences of the young and older voters. Contrary to frequent views expressed, there is no evidence in any change of the political preferences of the young, according to BSS.Support for the mohajote is relatively weaker in small towns than in large cities and rural areas. Support for the JOF is relatively stronger in the rural areas and small towns than the big cities. Hindu voters overwhelmingly support the mahajote.This result is reached using a model based on the past voting records for every constituency and the total nation-wide vote as forecast from the national survey.The analysis takes into account changes in constituency boundaries over the past 27 years. An earlier version correctly predicted the outcome of the 2001 and 2008 elections.When asked, 98 per cent of the voters said that they intend to participate in the election. The sample for the survey was drawn using the 2011 population census to provide information on population of upazilas. Upazilas were randomly selected with probabilities determined from the census data.Once the upazilas were selected, a number of villages and urban localities were selected using the census data. For each village or urban locality, respondents were selected from the voter list for that location, the RDC claimed.last_img read more

first_imgThe Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Gospel Service is scheduled to host an annual Keeper of the Community Black History Month celebration on Feb. 18 at 1 p.m. at the Memorial Chapel. Individuals and organizations recognized for their achievements and impact on the community. Rev. Dr. E. Gail Anderson Holness will be the guest speaker. The event is open to the public. For more information, contact Edgar Brookins at 202-320-0939.last_img

first_imgBy Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent@StacyBrownMediaCory Booker was so moved by the unanimous passage of a historic – and long overdue – bill to make lynching a federal crime that he was stirred to quote Maya Angelou.“History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again,” Booker said as he thanked the Senators who agreed in a historic moment to stand up as one and make lynching a federal crime.The effort was led by Democratic senators Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kamala Harris of California (Source: bill would require an enhanced sentence for those who commit such crimes and judges would now be able to hand down life sentences to perpetrators.“Gratitude,” Booker said as earlier, the New Jersey Democratic Senator joined with California Democrat Kamala Harris in seeking the Senate’s support.Introduced to the Senate in June, the legislation still needs House approval and, of course, the signature of President Donald Trump.Reportedly, there have been 200 previous attempts over the past century to pass similar legislation, but each had failed to this point. Between 1890 and 1952 in the United States, seven presidents petitioned Congress to end lynching, reads language in the bill.The bill defines a person guilty of lynching as “willfully, acting as part of any collection of people, assembled for the purpose and with the intention of … (causing) death to any person.”Between 1882 and 1968, the NAACP recorded 4,743 lynchings, 3,446 of which included victims who were black. In all, 73 percent of the people lynched were black, but the NAACP said not all lynchings were recorded at the time.“Lynching is a dark and despicable aspect of our nation’s history,” said Senator Harris, who along with Booker are the center of swirling speculation about a 2020 presidential run. “We must acknowledge that fact, lest we repeat it,” she said.As racial tension grew in the late 19th century, mostly in the South, lynchings became a popular way of resolving the anger whites had toward newly freed slaves in the middle of general economic problems.However, Newsweek reported that 27 percent – or 1,297 of the 4,743 total number of people lynched from 1882 to 1968 – were white. The NCAAP said many whites were lynched in retaliation for aiding blacks, expressing anti-lynching sentiments or committing domestic crimes.“This has been a long arc, a painful history and a shameful history in this body,” Booker said.“At the height of lynchings across this country, affecting thousands of people, this body did not act to make that a federal crime… at least now, the United States Senate has acted. One hundred senators, no objections,” he said.Just one day before the Senate passed the anti-lynching legislation, President Donald Trump signed “The First Step Act,” a bill that provides a measure of criminal justice reform.Booker co-sponsored The First Step Act.He appeared on the “Black Eagle” Joe Madison’s Sirius XM Radio Show to talk about that bill and to slow some of the rhetoric that it was a complete criminal justice reform overhaul.“I just want everybody to know it is just a first step and I know there will be some people heralding it as the reform of the criminal justice system. That’s a little a wrong and it’s a lot wrong and even offensive because we have a lot more work to do,” Booker said.“But this bill, think of it as doing about three major things: one is a lot of sentencing reform, giving judges more flexibility to not go around the mandatory minimum sentencing for low-level drug offenders, correcting one of the biggest disgraces around the crack cocaine powder cocaine disparity,” he said.The bill makes that retroactive, which means about 2,660 people, 90 percent of whom are black will now find justice and have pathways to liberation after the wallowing in jail for years, disproportionately and wrongly because of what was in effect a racist policy, Booker said.“It does a lot on the sentencing reform. Then it changes a lot of things inside prison that are just outrageous, from effectively ending juvenile solitary confinement on the federal level; ending the shackling of pregnant women and, when they’re in prison, even just like basic acts of dignity,” he said.The legislation also ensures that a woman’s feminine hygiene products are made available free to women in prison and the bill helps to prepare those who are leaving jail.“With allowing for everything from re-entry programs and efforts to helping people earn time, shave off months and years to help them, because if they’re participating in programs that will empower them when they get out,” Booker said. “And the fact the good time credit fix alone by making it a fairer system is going to help get rid of 33,000 years in prison alone with what they’re doing.“This is going to help a lot of people get pathways to liberation, sooner pathways to liberation immediately. It’s going to stop some awful things that go on to people in prison.“So, this is a good bill, but it is just a first step in a mile-long journey of criminal justice reforms we need to do from policing all the way through to re-entry.”last_img read more

first_imgThe global butterfly valves market size is expected to reach $13,667.0 million by 2025 from $8,282.61 million in 2017, growing at a CAGR of 6.3% from 2018 to 2025.Butterfly valve is used in industrial application for isolating and regulating the flow of fluid. These valves exhibit simple construction, consume less space, and are lightweight as compared to other valves. In addition, cost of butterfly valve is very less than other isolation valves. Companies such as Emerson, Flowserve Corporation, AVK Group, and others are some of the leading players in the global butterfly valves market.Download Sample Copy @ Market Players: Emerson Electric Co., Flowserve Corporation, Cameron, Alfa-Laval Corporate AB, AVK Group, Crane Co., Weir Group, Curtiss-Wright Corporation, KSB Group, and Velan Inc.Increase in demand from the oil & gas industry, rise in number of industrial infrastructures, surge in usage of power in industrial processes, and growth in demand for need for automation in the process industries are expected to drive the market growth. However, increase in competition from domestic players and high threat of corrosion and choke are expected to hinder the growth of the butterfly valves market.The global butterfly valves market is segmented on based on type, mechanism, function, end user, and region. Based on type, the market is bifurcated into high performance butterfly valves and lined butterfly valves. The mechanism segment is further classified into centric butterfly valves and eccentric butterfly valves. The end user segment is divided into oil & gas, electric power, water & wastewater, chemical, and other industries. Based on region, the global butterfly valves market is analyzed across North America (U.S., Canada, and Mexico), Europe (UK, Germany, Russia, France, and others), Asia-Pacific (China, India, Japan, Korea, and others), and LAMEA (Latin America, Middle East, and Africa).Table of ContentsChapter 1: introductionChapter 2: executive summaryChapter 3: market overviewChapter 4: Butterfly Valve market, by componentChapter 5: Butterfly Valve market, by type of Butterfly ValveChapter 6: Butterfly Valve market, by functionChapter 7: Butterfly Valve market, by end userChapter 8: Butterfly Valve market, by regionChapter 9: company profilesAvail Discount on Report @ Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various publishers across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.We are instrumental in providing quantitative and qualitative insights on your area of interest by bringing reports from various publishers at one place to save your time and money. A lot of organizations across the world are gaining profits and great benefits from information gained through reports sourced by us.Contact us:Mr. Abhishek Paliwal5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail: help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

first_imgPLAYA TAMARINDO, Guanacaste – Surf instructor Luis Sequeira had just taken his students out into the mild waves of Playa Tamarindo on Sunday when he heard a man scream.“Auxilio! Auxilio! Help! Help me!”Then came the voice of a woman. “Somebody, help him! Please!”Sequeira quickly sent his students – a mother and her 7-year-old daughter – to shore, but held on to one surfboard. He then turned to face the flailing couple, who turned out to be Spainards Adán Rivera and Natalia Latite. He was shocked and horrified by what he saw.An American crocodile was chasing Rivera. It looked huge, around 7 feet long. In the distance, a smaller crocodile circled ominously.Good God, Sequeira remembers thinking. What can I do?“In Tamarindo we don’t have lifeguards watching over people,” he said. “Sometimes it’s up to the locals to step up.”Sequeira advised Rivera to turn and face the croc head on, hoping he might intimidate it. That didn’t work.The croc closed the distance and connected first with its claw, scratching Rivera’s left shoulder and leaving several gashes. Then the croc opened its mouth and chomped down. As the jaws shut, Rivera tried to push the crocodile away, and from Sequeira’s vantage point, it looked as if the man’s middle and index fingertips were bitten clean off.Sequeira began slamming his surfboard against the water, splashing and making as much noise as possible. “I knew I had to confront it, to intimidate it, and to let it know who was boss,” he said.The crocodile retreated, spooked, and Rivera and Latite headed for shore. But the reptile wasn’t finished. It made a wide turn and headed south – away from the estuary and toward some rocks, where two other people were surfing. When Sequeira realized the creature was making a beeline for a pair of Swiss tourists, he jumped on his surfboard and raced to get between the croc and the surfers. He screamed to them in English, warning them of danger. “Swim away from me! Swim left! Let the current take you in!”Sequeira says he managed to propel the woman, who was paddling atop her board, to shore, and the man also made it back safely. The moment the woman touched the sand, she began to run, full speed. When she later came back to thank Sequeira, tears were streaming down her face.Meanwhile, the Spanish couple was still on the beach. Rivera was bleeding and Latite was in hysterics. “She was trembling, sobbing, and had no idea where she was or what she was saying,” Sequeira said. “I sent them immediately to the hospital, because who knows what kind of bacteria are in the mouths of crocodiles. It might get infected and he could lose his fingers.”Yamileth Álvarez, owner of Clínica San Gabriel en Villa Real, checked Rivera in. “Luckily it didn’t rip off his whole finger,” Álvarez said. “Just the nail. … His girlfriend was still in shock, so I didn’t ask too many questions.”The Tico Times tried to track down Rivera and Latite at their hostel, Botella de Leche, but less than 24 hours after the attack, they had already checked out.“The man wanted to stay here and keep surfing, but his girlfriend was very nervous and wanted to leave,” receptionist Socorro Urbina said. Urbina didn’t know where they were going, but she guessed somewhere away from the beach.The next day, Sequeira marveled at how fortunate Rivera was to have walked away from the encounter.“[Rivera] was super, super lucky,” he said. “[The crocodile] didn’t grasp onto his shoulder, or get his whole hand or arm in its mouth. Crocs don’t just bite and let go. They chomp down, hold on, and spin and spin in the water until the prey is ripped to pieces.”Although crocodiles aren’t known to attack humans in Costa Rica very often, Sequeira is correct. In 2008, a crocodile attacked 13-year-old Dakota Kilbride, who was surfing at Playa Hermosa on the Central Pacific Coast. The boy’s leg was ripped to shreds.  In March of this year, a crocodile lunged at a photographer near the infamous “Crocodile Bridge” near Jacó, but the man walked away unscathed. (See video below.)The American crocodile’s preferred habitat is fresh or slightly salty waters of river mouths and mangroves, and it can grow up to 20 feet long. It is listed as endangered in nearly all parts of North, Central and South America.Costa Rica’s American crocodiles normally stay by the river mouths, but during rainy season the brackish water expands. The animals sometimes get confused and venture farther away from the estuary.Tamarindo’s crocodiles are well fed, with plenty of birds, crabs, fish and insects to feast on. It’s unusual for them to be aggressive toward humans. “I think the reason they are so confrontational right now is because October is their egg-laying season,” said Rafael Sandoval, manager of Kelly’s Surf Shop. “The females don’t tolerate people getting too close.”Sequeira said he will inform the Environment Ministry about what happened, so its employees can evaluate whether the crocodile needs to be removed from the area. Related posts:7-foot crocodile that attacked surfer in Costa Rica was ‘just confused,’ says victim Crocodiles Run but Can’t Hide from Lagarteros Search continues for missing man eaten by crocodiles in Costa Rica Body found floating in Tempisque River, apparently mutilated by crocodile This crocodile attacked a surfer in Tamarindo on Sunday. 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first_img 2019 Housing Market Affordability Metro National Association of Realtors 2019-05-20 Mike Albanese Speakers at the 2019 REALTORS Legislative Meetings and Trade Expo voiced strong expectations for the remainder of 2019, including continued economic expansion, rising home sales, and an increase in wages that are on par with the growth of home prices.Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist at the National Association of Realtors, predicted changing future migration patterns in his 2019 midyear forecast, adding buyers search for more affordable markets. The report states inventory in the U.S. has grown for eight-consecutive months on a year-over-year basis, which Yun expects to continue.Diverting from the recent trend, wage growth and home price growth are more closely aligned as average hourly wages continue to grow.”With strong job creation, wages are growing at a faster pace. Finally, wages and home prices are aligning,” Yun said. “This is good news for employees.”Yun added that this shift is a healthy development toward keeping housing affordability stable.Price differences in the metro markets could cause a shift in relocation, as people and companies will seek more affordable regions of the country, Yun said.”While affordability has been sliding, it is still better than we saw in the year 2000. This is due to much lower mortgage interest rates today,” Yun said.A report earlier this month from found that while home prices in suburban areas have increased 57.3% since 2013, they pale in comparison to the 93.4% increase found within major cities.”As more people look to the suburbs for affordability, homes are harder to find there, too,” said Danielle Hale, Chief Economist at “Buyers not willing to go farther out may have to make other trade-offs such as accepting a smaller home or buying a home in need of renovation.”Hale said at the Expo that year-over-year inventory growth will be moderate nationwide, and the company has been listing prices up 6.9% year-over-year in April.”We used to see home price growth only around the coasts, but now we’re seeing it throughout the country. Nationwide there are not enough affordable homes on the market, and those numbers have been declining,” Hale said. Housing Outlook—Where Is the Market Headed in 2019? May 20, 2019 671 Views center_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Sharelast_img read more

first_imgTo get the blood pumping:This is incredible#SamHoustonState has a chance this season to have three 1,000-yard receivers, two 1,000-yard rushers and a 5,000-yard passer.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) November 20, 2016 This is such a small thing, but it speaks so loudlyIt’s the little things that matter y’all. @dak is clearly a great person. #CowboysNation— Trip Lee (@TripLee) November 20, 2016Tailgating means more in TexasThere’s tailgating…and there’s Texas tailgating— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) November 20, 2016Really, really good picture from The Big House this weekendCongratulations to the great men of the Michigan Football Team!I am honored to photograph you each week @DavidTurnley— David Turnley (@DavidTurnley) November 20, 2016Texas Men’s Basketball coach Shaka Smart perfectly sums up The Process and the importance of the components of winningThe Importance of the Process (Shaka Smart, Texas Basketball)— Coaching Clipboard (@CoachClipboard) November 20, 2016Something I overheard on a movie this weekend is the quote of the day”It is how we repair our mistakes that defines us”— Doug Samuels (@CoachSamz) November 20, 2016BravoMaybe the world should have as high expectations of regular everyday jobs as everyone does for coaches.— Jason Smelser (@CoachSmelser) November 20, 2016When a halftime performance doesn’t go as planned…all that is good in this world is now lost RED PANDA DROPPED BOWLS— Rob Perez (@World_Wide_Wob) November 20, 2016The best from the weekend:Texas to reportedly fire Charlie Strong, school says no decision until after Friday#Nuggets: Week 12 provides a Separation Saturday as the season hits the stretch run“Do you know what this means for your future?”FCS Playoff Bracket – 2016 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatixlast_img read more