Ladakh MP gets PMs praise for LS speech on Art 370

first_imgNew Delhi: Till Jamyang Tsering Namgyal, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP from Ladakh, didn’t make a firing speech in Lok Sabha while participating in the debate on a government move to scrap the special status enjoyed by Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Indian Constitution, only a few were knowing about the political acumen of the young parliamentarian.After the remarkable speech, the whole world came to know about the political capabilities of the 34-year-old parliamentarian who celebrated his birthday on August 4. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Namgyal’s speech in Lok Sabha, which earned the praise of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was also hailed by most of the parliamentarians, including the members of Opposition leaders. PM Modi in a tweet said, “My young friend, Jamyang Tsering Namgyal, who is MP from Ladakh, delivered an outstanding speech in the Lok Sabha while discussing key bills on J&K. He coherently presents the aspirations of our sisters and brothers from Ladakh. It is a must-hear!” Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThough the young parliamentarian’s speech was mainly focused on the key issues such as education, employment, development, etc., the BJP MP attacked the Congress and past state governments and accused them of discriminating against the people of Ladakh in giving government jobs. Hailing the government move to grant Union Territory status to Ladakh, Namgyal said, “We have been demanding it for the last 70 years. Presentations were given to the then PM Jawaharlal Nehru. It became possible just because of PM Modi. Modi hai to sabkuch mumkin hai (Modi will make everything possible).” Attacking the Kashmir-centric J&K National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party, Namgyal said, “Members of two families are still intoxicated and think that Kashmir is their father’s property.” Here, the two families refer to the Muftis and Abdullahs whose members have been chief ministers of the state for most of the time. In his speech, Namgyal said, “Since yesterday, everyone has been talking about equality, saying that if Article 370 is removed, equality will cease to exist. I want to ask why is it that in the past when funds were collected for the development of entire J&K, the entire amount for Ladakh was transferred to Kashmir. Is this your equality?” “Where was the equality, when Ladakh didn’t get any Central university prior to PM Modi coming into power. No development has taken place in Ladakh when it was the part of J&K. We had requested previous governments to make Ladakh a part of Punjab, but not J&K,” Namgyal. The Ladakh parliamentarian further said, “In the Lok Sabha election, the people of Leh, Ladakh and Kargil voted for a Union territory. When the then Home Minister Rajnath Singh visited the region, majority of the people said they want Ladakh to be made a Union territory.” Blaming Congress of discriminating Ladakh, Namgyal said, “When Ghulam Nabi Azad was the chief minister in 2008, his government created eight new districts in J&K. Four were for Kashmir and the people of Jammu fought for an equal number, but Ladakh got nothing. Is this your equality?”last_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi: Till Jamyang Tsering Namgyal, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP from Ladakh, didn’t make a firing speech in Lok Sabha while participating in the debate on a government move to scrap the special status enjoyed by Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Indian Constitution, only a few were knowing about the political acumen of the young parliamentarian.After the remarkable speech, the whole world came to know about the political capabilities of the 34-year-old parliamentarian who celebrated his birthday on August 4. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Namgyal’s speech in Lok Sabha, which earned the praise of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was also hailed by most of the parliamentarians, including the members of Opposition leaders. PM Modi in a tweet said, “My young friend, Jamyang Tsering Namgyal, who is MP from Ladakh, delivered an outstanding speech in the Lok Sabha while discussing key bills on J&K. He coherently presents the aspirations of our sisters and brothers from Ladakh. It is a must-hear!” Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThough the young parliamentarian’s speech was mainly focused on the key issues such as education, employment, development, etc., the BJP MP attacked the Congress and past state governments and accused them of discriminating against the people of Ladakh in giving government jobs. Hailing the government move to grant Union Territory status to Ladakh, Namgyal said, “We have been demanding it for the last 70 years. Presentations were given to the then PM Jawaharlal Nehru. It became possible just because of PM Modi. Modi hai to sabkuch mumkin hai (Modi will make everything possible).” Attacking the Kashmir-centric J&K National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party, Namgyal said, “Members of two families are still intoxicated and think that Kashmir is their father’s property.” Here, the two families refer to the Muftis and Abdullahs whose members have been chief ministers of the state for most of the time. In his speech, Namgyal said, “Since yesterday, everyone has been talking about equality, saying that if Article 370 is removed, equality will cease to exist. I want to ask why is it that in the past when funds were collected for the development of entire J&K, the entire amount for Ladakh was transferred to Kashmir. Is this your equality?” “Where was the equality, when Ladakh didn’t get any Central university prior to PM Modi coming into power. No development has taken place in Ladakh when it was the part of J&K. We had requested previous governments to make Ladakh a part of Punjab, but not J&K,” Namgyal. The Ladakh parliamentarian further said, “In the Lok Sabha election, the people of Leh, Ladakh and Kargil voted for a Union territory. When the then Home Minister Rajnath Singh visited the region, majority of the people said they want Ladakh to be made a Union territory.” Blaming Congress of discriminating Ladakh, Namgyal said, “When Ghulam Nabi Azad was the chief minister in 2008, his government created eight new districts in J&K. Four were for Kashmir and the people of Jammu fought for an equal number, but Ladakh got nothing. Is this your equality?”last_img read more

UP One teacher sacked another suspended for caning students

first_imgMuzaffarnagar: A teacher at a school here was sacked while another was suspended for allegedly resorting to corporal punishment to discipline students, officials said on Saturday. The school principal also had an adverse entry recorded in his service book for failing to take action against the teachers. Students of Maharishi Sukhdev Inter College in Morna village under Bhopa Police Station here were caned and made to sit in a ‘murga’ pose (a stress position used as a corporal punishment where sit-ups are done holding the ears) for coming late to school on August 20, officials said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ A video of the incident had gone viral on social media prompting authorities to take action. While one of the teachers– Sanju Choudhry was dismissed, his colleague Ravi Kumar was sacked. Principal Phul Singh got an adverse entry in his service book, they said. According to District Magistrate Selva Kumari J, around 50 children had come late to the school and were subjected to the punishment.last_img read more

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first_imgMuzaffarnagar: A teacher at a school here was sacked while another was suspended for allegedly resorting to corporal punishment to discipline students, officials said on Saturday. The school principal also had an adverse entry recorded in his service book for failing to take action against the teachers. Students of Maharishi Sukhdev Inter College in Morna village under Bhopa Police Station here were caned and made to sit in a ‘murga’ pose (a stress position used as a corporal punishment where sit-ups are done holding the ears) for coming late to school on August 20, officials said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ A video of the incident had gone viral on social media prompting authorities to take action. While one of the teachers– Sanju Choudhry was dismissed, his colleague Ravi Kumar was sacked. Principal Phul Singh got an adverse entry in his service book, they said. According to District Magistrate Selva Kumari J, around 50 children had come late to the school and were subjected to the punishment.last_img read more

Alberta Appeal Court rejects antiabortion groups bid for bus ad

first_imgEDMONTON – Alberta’s top court has dismissed the appeal of a group that wanted to run a graphic anti-abortion ad on transit buses in northwestern Alberta.The Court of Appeal sided with a lower court ruling that said the City of Grande Prairie has the right to refuse the ad.The ad proposed by the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform in 2015 included pictures of fetuses with the phrases “abortion kills children” and “end the killing.”The group applied to have the city’s decision quashed and argued it’s right to freedom of expression, but a Court of Queen’s Bench judge dismissed the application.The judge ruled the city’s decision was reasonable because the ad would have been likely to cause fear and confusion among children and psychological harm to women.Three appeal judges agreed to dismiss the group’s challenge.“No reviewable error has been shown in the decision of the reviewing judge,” said the ruling released Wednesday.The court called the ad sufficiently disturbing.“The respondent’s decision to reject the appellant’s advertisement was reasonable, was a proportional balancing of interests and minimally impaired the protected charter right,” it said.A Vancouver court ruled last year that the South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority had the right to refuse a similar ad from the group.Earlier this month, the City of Lethbridge removed bus ads by a different anti-abortion organization after receiving complaints.last_img read more

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first_imgEDMONTON – Alberta’s top court has dismissed the appeal of a group that wanted to run a graphic anti-abortion ad on transit buses in northwestern Alberta.The Court of Appeal sided with a lower court ruling that said the City of Grande Prairie has the right to refuse the ad.The ad proposed by the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform in 2015 included pictures of fetuses with the phrases “abortion kills children” and “end the killing.”The group applied to have the city’s decision quashed and argued it’s right to freedom of expression, but a Court of Queen’s Bench judge dismissed the application.The judge ruled the city’s decision was reasonable because the ad would have been likely to cause fear and confusion among children and psychological harm to women.Three appeal judges agreed to dismiss the group’s challenge.“No reviewable error has been shown in the decision of the reviewing judge,” said the ruling released Wednesday.The court called the ad sufficiently disturbing.“The respondent’s decision to reject the appellant’s advertisement was reasonable, was a proportional balancing of interests and minimally impaired the protected charter right,” it said.A Vancouver court ruled last year that the South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority had the right to refuse a similar ad from the group.Earlier this month, the City of Lethbridge removed bus ads by a different anti-abortion organization after receiving complaints.last_img read more

Wildfire smoke from BC gets in the way of mountain scenery for

first_imgJASPER, Alta. – Smoke from wildfires that’s blanketing parts of Alberta does more than just irritate the eyes and throats of visitors to the province’s mountain parks — it obscures the spectacular scenery that many have travelled thousands of kilometres to see.“I did have a couple the other day that were quite disappointed. They were looking at the photographs on the wall and kind of complained, ‘We can’t see any of this stuff,’” said Jeremy Salisbury at Tekarra Color Lab, which sells cameras supplies, photos and art in Jasper.His co-worker Matt Quiring, who also works part time at the Jasper Planetarium, said the smoke has made photographing the night sky particularly challenging.Jasper is designated a dark sky preserve due to its limited light pollution and the planetarium typically has telescopes set up on summer nights. But the universe is obscured by thick haze these days.“Even those stars that are visible, the smoke lowers the contrast so you don’t get black, black skies,” Quiring lamented.The thick smoke from hundreds of wildfires that continue to burn through British Columbia’s forests and brush is also creating air-quality problems for much of Alberta, Saskatchewan and southwestern Manitoba as winds drive it eastward from B.C.In Calgary and Edmonton, the tops of downtown highrises get fuzzier the higher up you look.Quiring said mountains in Jasper that are usually beautifully detailed with trees on the ridgelines have turned into silhouettes.Further south in Banff, a live webcam from the summit of Sulphur Mountain — accessible by gondola — shows mostly grey.Tanya Otis, a spokeswoman for the company that operates the gondola, said people are still going up but visibility varies depending on wind direction.“It really depends on the time of day for what they can see,” Otis said.Mike Gere, who operates Jasper Photography Tours, said tourists are still booking. They understand the poor visibility isn’t anyone’s fault, but it’s still disappointing for them, he said.Gere said the Perseids meteor shower, which peaked last weekend and coincided with a new moon, was a bit of a bust for the second year in a row due to smoke.“Some days we can’t even see the mountains that everyone has travelled from all over the country and all over the world to see.”It isn’t all bad for shutterbugs, however.Salisbury said photographers can still get good close-up shots at attractions such as Athabasca Falls. And Quiring pointed out there are opportunities for shots he wouldn’t otherwise get.Last year, when smoke was also bad, Quiring posted a sunset pic to Instagram that was “other worldly.”“The mountains were just barely visible in silhouette. The sun was like a rosy globe going down and the whole sky was awash in a peachy colour … draped over the landscape. It was quite beautiful,” he said. “I very much enjoyed that moment.”The smoke allows photographers to get shots they would normally only get if it were foggy or misty, Gere added.“You get ridges of trees that are stacked up on one another in the distance. You kind of get a graduated effect where the trees that are closer to you look like black in one corner of the photo and it keeps stepping up and up and up until they’re white in the distance.“It gives it a unique layered effect.”It was surreal last week when smoke rolled in at Maligne Lake, he said.“Everything looked really, really orange. It was like a perpetual sunset.”He wishes the smoke would go away, but realizes it could be a lot worse.“Hey, at least we’re not on fire. I think of the people in British Columbia who are suffering more than we are.”— By Rob Drinkwater in Edmonton.last_img read more

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first_imgJASPER, Alta. – Smoke from wildfires that’s blanketing parts of Alberta does more than just irritate the eyes and throats of visitors to the province’s mountain parks — it obscures the spectacular scenery that many have travelled thousands of kilometres to see.“I did have a couple the other day that were quite disappointed. They were looking at the photographs on the wall and kind of complained, ‘We can’t see any of this stuff,’” said Jeremy Salisbury at Tekarra Color Lab, which sells cameras supplies, photos and art in Jasper.His co-worker Matt Quiring, who also works part time at the Jasper Planetarium, said the smoke has made photographing the night sky particularly challenging.Jasper is designated a dark sky preserve due to its limited light pollution and the planetarium typically has telescopes set up on summer nights. But the universe is obscured by thick haze these days.“Even those stars that are visible, the smoke lowers the contrast so you don’t get black, black skies,” Quiring lamented.The thick smoke from hundreds of wildfires that continue to burn through British Columbia’s forests and brush is also creating air-quality problems for much of Alberta, Saskatchewan and southwestern Manitoba as winds drive it eastward from B.C.In Calgary and Edmonton, the tops of downtown highrises get fuzzier the higher up you look.Quiring said mountains in Jasper that are usually beautifully detailed with trees on the ridgelines have turned into silhouettes.Further south in Banff, a live webcam from the summit of Sulphur Mountain — accessible by gondola — shows mostly grey.Tanya Otis, a spokeswoman for the company that operates the gondola, said people are still going up but visibility varies depending on wind direction.“It really depends on the time of day for what they can see,” Otis said.Mike Gere, who operates Jasper Photography Tours, said tourists are still booking. They understand the poor visibility isn’t anyone’s fault, but it’s still disappointing for them, he said.Gere said the Perseids meteor shower, which peaked last weekend and coincided with a new moon, was a bit of a bust for the second year in a row due to smoke.“Some days we can’t even see the mountains that everyone has travelled from all over the country and all over the world to see.”It isn’t all bad for shutterbugs, however.Salisbury said photographers can still get good close-up shots at attractions such as Athabasca Falls. And Quiring pointed out there are opportunities for shots he wouldn’t otherwise get.Last year, when smoke was also bad, Quiring posted a sunset pic to Instagram that was “other worldly.”“The mountains were just barely visible in silhouette. The sun was like a rosy globe going down and the whole sky was awash in a peachy colour … draped over the landscape. It was quite beautiful,” he said. “I very much enjoyed that moment.”The smoke allows photographers to get shots they would normally only get if it were foggy or misty, Gere added.“You get ridges of trees that are stacked up on one another in the distance. You kind of get a graduated effect where the trees that are closer to you look like black in one corner of the photo and it keeps stepping up and up and up until they’re white in the distance.“It gives it a unique layered effect.”It was surreal last week when smoke rolled in at Maligne Lake, he said.“Everything looked really, really orange. It was like a perpetual sunset.”He wishes the smoke would go away, but realizes it could be a lot worse.“Hey, at least we’re not on fire. I think of the people in British Columbia who are suffering more than we are.”— By Rob Drinkwater in Edmonton.last_img read more

Former CAMH psychologist defends his work at youth gender identity clinic

first_imgTORONTO – The former head of a youth gender identity clinic at Canada’s largest mental health centre is defending the work he performed at the now-shuttered facility, including encouraging patients to be comfortable with their biological sex and assigned gender at birth.Dr. Kenneth Zucker defended himself against criticisms of the clinic at the Toronto-based Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, which was the subject of an external review that led to his dismissal in 2015.The review was sparked by assertions that the clinic, which Zucker led for some 35 years, was practising a form of conversion therapy on transgender youth. The controversial practice, which has been banned in a handful of Canadian provinces, essentially works to forcibly change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.Zucker said the clinic actively tried to encourage young patients to accept their biological sex in a bid to “reduce a child’s gender dysphoria,” but rejected the notion that this approach amounted to conversion therapy.“The term has been inappropriately expropriated from the way the term was used to critique clinicians who were treating mainly adult homosexual men who didn’t want to be gay — and it was also used coercively in some instances,” he said in an interview with The Canadian Press.“So I object strenuously to using that term when we’re talking about young children who have gender dysphoria.”The independent reviewers said in their report that they were unable to ascertain whether the clinic was in fact practising conversion therapy.Reviewers did find, however, that the clinic focused on intensive assessment and treatment in lieu of more modern approaches. It said today’s best practices favour watchful waiting, as well as educating and supporting parents to accept a child’s gender expression.After the review was published, CAMH announced it was “winding down” the clinic’s services. Zucker said he was “fired” about an hour before the review was made public.Years later, the Centre acknowledged errors in its handling of the review.In a settlement announced last week, CAMH apologized to Zucker and agreed to pay him more than half a million dollars. The centre acknowledged that the external review erroneously described his interactions with patients and noted that the report was made public without his review or comment.Conversion therapy, sometimes called reparative therapy, has been used by some practitioners to encourage heterosexuality and to discourage those who identify as transgender from embracing the gender they identify with.Zucker said the method he practised at the clinic attempted to make a child feel comfortable with their sex and gender identity assigned at birth. It included urging the child to form “stronger friendships with same-sex peers” and “play therapy, where one can understand better a child’s internal world and why they might feel that it’s better to be of the other gender,” he said.Zucker contested the idea that there is a “best practice” approach to treating kids with gender dysphoria, asserting there is limited data and research on the topic — specifically on whether the dysphoria will persist into adolescence and adulthood.Several major international medical and human rights bodies, including an arm of the World Health Organization, have said there is considerable evidence to support the notion that conversion therapy is harmful.Organizations that roundly denounce the practice, such as the Canadian Psychological Association, have decried conversion therapy as an unethical approach that can inflict long-term damage on those who go through it.“Scientific research does not support the efficacy of conversion or reparative therapy,” the association said in its 2015 policy statement on the issue. “(It) can result in negative outcomes such as distress, anxiety, depression, negative self-image, a feeling of personal failure, difficulty sustaining relationships, and sexual dysfunction. There is no evidence that the negative effects of conversion or reparative therapy counterbalance any distress caused by the social stigma and prejudice these individuals may experience.”Canada’s approach to conversion therapy has been piecemeal, with laws and regulations varying widely by jurisdiction.Ontario’s 2015 law, for instance, slapped an outright ban on doctors performing such treatments on those under 18 and struck it from the list of insurable services covered for adults.Nova Scotia’s recently tabled bill, meanwhile, allows a provision for “mature minors” between 16 and 18 to consent to conversion therapy. Manitoba is the only other province to have explicit legislation dealing with the issue.Zucker said that while he tried to encourage children to accept their birth sex, he supports people making the transition to the gender they identify with if they continue to experience gender dysphoria into adolescence.He said he believes it’s best for a patient to start medical treatments, such as hormonal treatments and sex-reassignment surgery, if gender dysphoria continues past childhood.“I’m supportive, when they’re older, of gender-confirming surgery,” he said.Zucker said the clinic also used other approaches with young patients — aged two to 12 years old — experiencing gender dysphoria, including watchful waiting and a “social transition” where children changed their names and pronouns.“There wasn’t a one-size-fits-all policy,” said Zucker. “I’ve always accepted where parents are at and what’s in the best interest of their child.”last_img read more

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first_imgTORONTO – The former head of a youth gender identity clinic at Canada’s largest mental health centre is defending the work he performed at the now-shuttered facility, including encouraging patients to be comfortable with their biological sex and assigned gender at birth.Dr. Kenneth Zucker defended himself against criticisms of the clinic at the Toronto-based Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, which was the subject of an external review that led to his dismissal in 2015.The review was sparked by assertions that the clinic, which Zucker led for some 35 years, was practising a form of conversion therapy on transgender youth. The controversial practice, which has been banned in a handful of Canadian provinces, essentially works to forcibly change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.Zucker said the clinic actively tried to encourage young patients to accept their biological sex in a bid to “reduce a child’s gender dysphoria,” but rejected the notion that this approach amounted to conversion therapy.“The term has been inappropriately expropriated from the way the term was used to critique clinicians who were treating mainly adult homosexual men who didn’t want to be gay — and it was also used coercively in some instances,” he said in an interview with The Canadian Press.“So I object strenuously to using that term when we’re talking about young children who have gender dysphoria.”The independent reviewers said in their report that they were unable to ascertain whether the clinic was in fact practising conversion therapy.Reviewers did find, however, that the clinic focused on intensive assessment and treatment in lieu of more modern approaches. It said today’s best practices favour watchful waiting, as well as educating and supporting parents to accept a child’s gender expression.After the review was published, CAMH announced it was “winding down” the clinic’s services. Zucker said he was “fired” about an hour before the review was made public.Years later, the Centre acknowledged errors in its handling of the review.In a settlement announced last week, CAMH apologized to Zucker and agreed to pay him more than half a million dollars. The centre acknowledged that the external review erroneously described his interactions with patients and noted that the report was made public without his review or comment.Conversion therapy, sometimes called reparative therapy, has been used by some practitioners to encourage heterosexuality and to discourage those who identify as transgender from embracing the gender they identify with.Zucker said the method he practised at the clinic attempted to make a child feel comfortable with their sex and gender identity assigned at birth. It included urging the child to form “stronger friendships with same-sex peers” and “play therapy, where one can understand better a child’s internal world and why they might feel that it’s better to be of the other gender,” he said.Zucker contested the idea that there is a “best practice” approach to treating kids with gender dysphoria, asserting there is limited data and research on the topic — specifically on whether the dysphoria will persist into adolescence and adulthood.Several major international medical and human rights bodies, including an arm of the World Health Organization, have said there is considerable evidence to support the notion that conversion therapy is harmful.Organizations that roundly denounce the practice, such as the Canadian Psychological Association, have decried conversion therapy as an unethical approach that can inflict long-term damage on those who go through it.“Scientific research does not support the efficacy of conversion or reparative therapy,” the association said in its 2015 policy statement on the issue. “(It) can result in negative outcomes such as distress, anxiety, depression, negative self-image, a feeling of personal failure, difficulty sustaining relationships, and sexual dysfunction. There is no evidence that the negative effects of conversion or reparative therapy counterbalance any distress caused by the social stigma and prejudice these individuals may experience.”Canada’s approach to conversion therapy has been piecemeal, with laws and regulations varying widely by jurisdiction.Ontario’s 2015 law, for instance, slapped an outright ban on doctors performing such treatments on those under 18 and struck it from the list of insurable services covered for adults.Nova Scotia’s recently tabled bill, meanwhile, allows a provision for “mature minors” between 16 and 18 to consent to conversion therapy. Manitoba is the only other province to have explicit legislation dealing with the issue.Zucker said that while he tried to encourage children to accept their birth sex, he supports people making the transition to the gender they identify with if they continue to experience gender dysphoria into adolescence.He said he believes it’s best for a patient to start medical treatments, such as hormonal treatments and sex-reassignment surgery, if gender dysphoria continues past childhood.“I’m supportive, when they’re older, of gender-confirming surgery,” he said.Zucker said the clinic also used other approaches with young patients — aged two to 12 years old — experiencing gender dysphoria, including watchful waiting and a “social transition” where children changed their names and pronouns.“There wasn’t a one-size-fits-all policy,” said Zucker. “I’ve always accepted where parents are at and what’s in the best interest of their child.”last_img read more

Sea reefs and sunsets Living Coral is colour of the year

first_imgNEW YORK — The Pantone Color Institute has chosen Living Coral as its 2019 colour of the year.Company vice-president Laurie Pressman told The Associated Press ahead of Wednesday’s announcement that Living Coral has a saturated orange base with a golden undertone. She calls the colour “convivial,” warm, welcoming, versatile and life-affirming. Last year’s pick was the vivacious Ultra Violet.Pantone’s colour experts scour the globe in search of colour trends leading to its top choice. Living Coral is Pantone’s 20th colour of the year.Leanne Italie, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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first_imgNEW YORK — The Pantone Color Institute has chosen Living Coral as its 2019 colour of the year.Company vice-president Laurie Pressman told The Associated Press ahead of Wednesday’s announcement that Living Coral has a saturated orange base with a golden undertone. She calls the colour “convivial,” warm, welcoming, versatile and life-affirming. Last year’s pick was the vivacious Ultra Violet.Pantone’s colour experts scour the globe in search of colour trends leading to its top choice. Living Coral is Pantone’s 20th colour of the year.Leanne Italie, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Feds mull competitiveness changes this fall after easing carbon tax thresholds

first_imgMorneau’s office has been studying a number of different options – but it has yet to promise that it will make any changes at all.Last week, following months of consultations, Ottawa scaled down its carbon pricing plan for heavy industrial emitters with the aim of reducing greenhouse gas production without driving firms from Canada altogether.Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says companies told Ottawa the initial plan announced last winter was too onerous.Business associations have called on Ottawa to cut corporate taxes in Canada. They’ve argued the U.S. tax changes could end up inflicting more damage on the Canadian economy than would the possible termination of North American Free Trade Agreement. OTTAWA, O.N. – The federal Finance Department says changes could be on the way this fall to address Corporate Canada’s competitiveness fears in a week that has already seen Ottawa take steps to help some businesses avoid losing an edge due to the Liberals’ controversial carbon pricing plan.A spokeswoman for Bill Morneau says the finance minister been spending the summer listening to a wide range of perspectives on Canada’s competitiveness challenges and, if he is to make any adjustments, they would be announced in his fall economic statement.For months, the business community has fired off numerous warnings to Ottawa that recent changes _ such as major corporate tax reforms in the United States – have put the country at a deep disadvantage.last_img read more

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first_imgMorneau’s office has been studying a number of different options – but it has yet to promise that it will make any changes at all.Last week, following months of consultations, Ottawa scaled down its carbon pricing plan for heavy industrial emitters with the aim of reducing greenhouse gas production without driving firms from Canada altogether.Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says companies told Ottawa the initial plan announced last winter was too onerous.Business associations have called on Ottawa to cut corporate taxes in Canada. They’ve argued the U.S. tax changes could end up inflicting more damage on the Canadian economy than would the possible termination of North American Free Trade Agreement. OTTAWA, O.N. – The federal Finance Department says changes could be on the way this fall to address Corporate Canada’s competitiveness fears in a week that has already seen Ottawa take steps to help some businesses avoid losing an edge due to the Liberals’ controversial carbon pricing plan.A spokeswoman for Bill Morneau says the finance minister been spending the summer listening to a wide range of perspectives on Canada’s competitiveness challenges and, if he is to make any adjustments, they would be announced in his fall economic statement.For months, the business community has fired off numerous warnings to Ottawa that recent changes _ such as major corporate tax reforms in the United States – have put the country at a deep disadvantage.last_img read more

Guns snares bulldozers

first_imgThe biggest killers of wildlife globally are unsustainable hunting and harvesting, and the conversion of huge swathes of natural habitat into farms, housing estates, roads, and other industrial activities. There is little doubt that these threats are driving the current mass extinction crisis. Yet our understanding of where these threats overlap with the locations of sensitive species has been poor. This limits our ability to target conservation efforts to the most important places. Also Read – A special kind of bondIn our new study, published today in Plos Biology, we mapped 15 of the most harmful human threats – including hunting and land clearing – within the locations of 5,457 threatened mammals, birds and amphibians globally. We found that 1,237 species – a quarter of those assessed – are impacted by threats that cover more than 90 per cent of their distributions. These species include many large, charismatic mammals such as lions and elephants. Most concerningly of all, we identified 395 species that are impacted by threats across 100 per cent of their range. Also Read – Insider threat management Mapping the risks We only mapped threats within a species location if those threats are known to specifically endanger that species. For example, the African lion is threatened by urbanisation, hunting and trapping, so we only quantified the overlap of those specific hazards for this species. This allowed us to determine the parts of a species’ home range that are impacted by threats and, conversely, the parts that are free of threats and therefore serve as refuges. We could then identify global hotspots of human impacts on threatened species, as well as “coolspots” where species are largely threat-free. The fact that so many species face threats across almost all of their range has grave consequences. These species are likely to continue to decline and possibly die out in the impacted parts of their ranges. Completely impacted species certainly face extinction without targeted conservation action. Conversely, we found more than 1,000 species that were not impacted by human threats at all. Although this is positive news, it is important to note that we have not mapped every possible threat, so our results likely underestimate the true impact. For example, we didn’t account for diseases, which are a major threat to amphibians, or climate change, which is a major threat to virtually all species. Hotspots and coolspots We produced the first global map of human impacts on threatened species by combining the parts of each species range that are exposed to threats. The overwhelmingly dominant global hotspot for human impacts on threatened species is Southeast Asia. This region contains the top five countries with the most threats to species. These include Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, Indonesia, and Myanmar. The most impacted ecosystems include mangroves and tropical forests, which concerningly are home to the greatest diversity of life on Earth. We also created a global map of coolspots by combining the parts of species ranges that are free from human threats. This map identifies the last vestiges of wild places where threatened species have shelter from the ravages of guns, snares, and bulldozers. As such, these are crucial conservation strongholds. Coolspots include parts of the Amazon rainforest, the Andes, the eastern Himalayas, and the forests of Liberia in West Africa. In many places, coolspots are located near hotspots. This makes sense because in species-rich areas it is likely that many animals are impacted whereas many others are not, due to their varying sensitivity to different threats. What next? There is room for optimism because all the threats we map can be stopped by conservation action. But we need to make sure this action is directed to priority areas, and that it has enough financial and political support. An obvious first step is to secure threat-free refuges for particular species, via actions such as protected areas, which are paramount for their survival. To ensure the survival of highly impacted species with little or no access to refuges, “active threat management” is needed to open enough viable habitat for them to survive. For example, tiger numbers in Nepal have doubled since 2009, mainly as a result of targeted anti-poaching efforts. Tackling threats and protecting refuges are complementary approaches that will be most effective if carried out simultaneously. Our study provides information that can help guide these efforts and help to make national and global conservation plans as successful as possible. (The authors of this article are James Allan, Christopher O’Bryan, and James Watson. They acknowledge the contributions of Hugh Possingham, Oscar Venter, Moreno Di Marco and Scott Consaul Atkinson to the research on which this article is based. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Views are personal)last_img read more

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first_imgThe biggest killers of wildlife globally are unsustainable hunting and harvesting, and the conversion of huge swathes of natural habitat into farms, housing estates, roads, and other industrial activities. There is little doubt that these threats are driving the current mass extinction crisis. Yet our understanding of where these threats overlap with the locations of sensitive species has been poor. This limits our ability to target conservation efforts to the most important places. Also Read – A special kind of bondIn our new study, published today in Plos Biology, we mapped 15 of the most harmful human threats – including hunting and land clearing – within the locations of 5,457 threatened mammals, birds and amphibians globally. We found that 1,237 species – a quarter of those assessed – are impacted by threats that cover more than 90 per cent of their distributions. These species include many large, charismatic mammals such as lions and elephants. Most concerningly of all, we identified 395 species that are impacted by threats across 100 per cent of their range. Also Read – Insider threat management Mapping the risks We only mapped threats within a species location if those threats are known to specifically endanger that species. For example, the African lion is threatened by urbanisation, hunting and trapping, so we only quantified the overlap of those specific hazards for this species. This allowed us to determine the parts of a species’ home range that are impacted by threats and, conversely, the parts that are free of threats and therefore serve as refuges. We could then identify global hotspots of human impacts on threatened species, as well as “coolspots” where species are largely threat-free. The fact that so many species face threats across almost all of their range has grave consequences. These species are likely to continue to decline and possibly die out in the impacted parts of their ranges. Completely impacted species certainly face extinction without targeted conservation action. Conversely, we found more than 1,000 species that were not impacted by human threats at all. Although this is positive news, it is important to note that we have not mapped every possible threat, so our results likely underestimate the true impact. For example, we didn’t account for diseases, which are a major threat to amphibians, or climate change, which is a major threat to virtually all species. Hotspots and coolspots We produced the first global map of human impacts on threatened species by combining the parts of each species range that are exposed to threats. The overwhelmingly dominant global hotspot for human impacts on threatened species is Southeast Asia. This region contains the top five countries with the most threats to species. These include Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, Indonesia, and Myanmar. The most impacted ecosystems include mangroves and tropical forests, which concerningly are home to the greatest diversity of life on Earth. We also created a global map of coolspots by combining the parts of species ranges that are free from human threats. This map identifies the last vestiges of wild places where threatened species have shelter from the ravages of guns, snares, and bulldozers. As such, these are crucial conservation strongholds. Coolspots include parts of the Amazon rainforest, the Andes, the eastern Himalayas, and the forests of Liberia in West Africa. In many places, coolspots are located near hotspots. This makes sense because in species-rich areas it is likely that many animals are impacted whereas many others are not, due to their varying sensitivity to different threats. What next? There is room for optimism because all the threats we map can be stopped by conservation action. But we need to make sure this action is directed to priority areas, and that it has enough financial and political support. An obvious first step is to secure threat-free refuges for particular species, via actions such as protected areas, which are paramount for their survival. To ensure the survival of highly impacted species with little or no access to refuges, “active threat management” is needed to open enough viable habitat for them to survive. For example, tiger numbers in Nepal have doubled since 2009, mainly as a result of targeted anti-poaching efforts. Tackling threats and protecting refuges are complementary approaches that will be most effective if carried out simultaneously. Our study provides information that can help guide these efforts and help to make national and global conservation plans as successful as possible. (The authors of this article are James Allan, Christopher O’Bryan, and James Watson. They acknowledge the contributions of Hugh Possingham, Oscar Venter, Moreno Di Marco and Scott Consaul Atkinson to the research on which this article is based. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Views are personal)last_img read more

Head of UN anticrime agency lauds Russias efforts to stem money laundering

Pino Arlacchi, the Executive Director of the UN Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention (UNDCP), made his comments at the International Conference on Illegal Economy and Money Laundering, organized jointly by the Government of Russia and UNDCP. The meeting brought together experts from Interpol, Financial Actions Task Force, the World Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and law enforcement practitioners from more than 20 countries.Russia, which in 1999 saw some $7 billion transferred to the Bank of New York in just one case of suspected money laundering, is particularly concerned about the problem. Although — as in other countries — figures are difficult to obtain, Russian government institutions talk of sums in the tens of billions of dollars per year in criminal funds leaving the country to international financial centres, according to UNDCP. “Laws against money laundering are not inconsistent with respect for human rights,” Mr. Arlacchi said at the conference. “They can go a long way in protecting personal freedoms and safeguarding potential victims from profit motivated crimes.”During the meeting’s first day, participants considered the nature and estimated size of the illegal economy, its impact on political and economic developments and crime trends. The second day was devoted to discussions about international cooperation in combating money laundering, usage of international agreements and mutual legal assistance treaties and the role of international organizations in promoting the repatriation of illegally transferred assets.Participants also discussed attempts to estimate the magnitude of criminal assets that are being moved internationally, which some banking experts say range from $1 to 3 trillion annually, not counting funds generated through tax evasion and corruption. Even the lower figure, says Mr. Arlacchi, exceeds the GDP of all but the world’s largest economies. read more

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Pino Arlacchi, the Executive Director of the UN Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention (UNDCP), made his comments at the International Conference on Illegal Economy and Money Laundering, organized jointly by the Government of Russia and UNDCP. The meeting brought together experts from Interpol, Financial Actions Task Force, the World Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and law enforcement practitioners from more than 20 countries.Russia, which in 1999 saw some $7 billion transferred to the Bank of New York in just one case of suspected money laundering, is particularly concerned about the problem. Although — as in other countries — figures are difficult to obtain, Russian government institutions talk of sums in the tens of billions of dollars per year in criminal funds leaving the country to international financial centres, according to UNDCP. “Laws against money laundering are not inconsistent with respect for human rights,” Mr. Arlacchi said at the conference. “They can go a long way in protecting personal freedoms and safeguarding potential victims from profit motivated crimes.”During the meeting’s first day, participants considered the nature and estimated size of the illegal economy, its impact on political and economic developments and crime trends. The second day was devoted to discussions about international cooperation in combating money laundering, usage of international agreements and mutual legal assistance treaties and the role of international organizations in promoting the repatriation of illegally transferred assets.Participants also discussed attempts to estimate the magnitude of criminal assets that are being moved internationally, which some banking experts say range from $1 to 3 trillion annually, not counting funds generated through tax evasion and corruption. Even the lower figure, says Mr. Arlacchi, exceeds the GDP of all but the world’s largest economies. read more

US unemployment applications tick up to 336K but monthly average falls to

US unemployment applications tick up to 336K, but monthly average falls to 5-year low by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Mar 21, 2013 8:46 am MDT WASHINGTON – The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid barely changed last week, while the average over the past month fell to a fresh five-year low. The decline in layoffs is helping strengthen the job market.Weekly unemployment benefit applications rose just 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 336,000, the Labor Department said Thursday.Over the past four weeks, applications have dropped by 7,500 to 339,750. That’s the lowest since February 2008, just three months into the recession.Economists pay close attention to the four-week average because it can smooth out week to week fluctuations. The steady decline in unemployment claims signals that companies are laying off fewer workers. That suggests many aren’t worried about economic conditions in the near future.“Improvement in labour market conditions continues,” Julia Coronado, an economist at BNP Paribas, said in a note to clients.The four-week average has fallen nearly 15 per cent since November. The trend has coincided with acceleration in the job market.Employers have added an average of 200,000 jobs per month since November. That’s nearly double the average from last spring.And in February, the unemployment rate fell to a four-year low of 7.7 per cent.Jennifer Lee, an economist at BMO Capital Markets, said the drop in the average number of unemployment applications over the past month suggests job gains in March could top 200,000.Nearly 5.4 million people were receiving unemployment aid as of the week ended March 2, the latest data available. That was about 250,000 fewer than the previous week. The data on total unemployment benefit recipients are not seasonally adjusted and is volatile.The job market is benefiting from stronger auto sales and a healthy recovery in housing. Homebuilding permits jumped to their highest level in 4 1/2 years in February, suggesting that recent strong gains in home construction will continue. New-home sales jumped 16 per cent in January to the highest level since July 2008. Auto sales, meanwhile, rose in January and February after hitting a five-year high in 2012.The housing and auto sectors are being helped by the Federal Reserve’s efforts to keep interest rates low, policies the Fed stood by Wednesday after a two-day meeting.The Fed reinforced its plan to keep short-term interest rates at record lows at least until unemployment falls to 6.5 per cent, as long as the inflation outlook remains mild. And it said it would continue buying $85 billion a month in bonds indefinitely to keep long-term borrowing costs down.During a news conference after the meeting, Chairman Ben Bernanke acknowledged the job market has accelerated but said the Fed wants to see sustained improvement before altering its stimulus policies. Unemployment benefit applications are one of the measures Bernanke said the Fed is closely monitoring. read more

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US unemployment applications tick up to 336K, but monthly average falls to 5-year low by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Mar 21, 2013 8:46 am MDT WASHINGTON – The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid barely changed last week, while the average over the past month fell to a fresh five-year low. The decline in layoffs is helping strengthen the job market.Weekly unemployment benefit applications rose just 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 336,000, the Labor Department said Thursday.Over the past four weeks, applications have dropped by 7,500 to 339,750. That’s the lowest since February 2008, just three months into the recession.Economists pay close attention to the four-week average because it can smooth out week to week fluctuations. The steady decline in unemployment claims signals that companies are laying off fewer workers. That suggests many aren’t worried about economic conditions in the near future.“Improvement in labour market conditions continues,” Julia Coronado, an economist at BNP Paribas, said in a note to clients.The four-week average has fallen nearly 15 per cent since November. The trend has coincided with acceleration in the job market.Employers have added an average of 200,000 jobs per month since November. That’s nearly double the average from last spring.And in February, the unemployment rate fell to a four-year low of 7.7 per cent.Jennifer Lee, an economist at BMO Capital Markets, said the drop in the average number of unemployment applications over the past month suggests job gains in March could top 200,000.Nearly 5.4 million people were receiving unemployment aid as of the week ended March 2, the latest data available. That was about 250,000 fewer than the previous week. The data on total unemployment benefit recipients are not seasonally adjusted and is volatile.The job market is benefiting from stronger auto sales and a healthy recovery in housing. Homebuilding permits jumped to their highest level in 4 1/2 years in February, suggesting that recent strong gains in home construction will continue. New-home sales jumped 16 per cent in January to the highest level since July 2008. Auto sales, meanwhile, rose in January and February after hitting a five-year high in 2012.The housing and auto sectors are being helped by the Federal Reserve’s efforts to keep interest rates low, policies the Fed stood by Wednesday after a two-day meeting.The Fed reinforced its plan to keep short-term interest rates at record lows at least until unemployment falls to 6.5 per cent, as long as the inflation outlook remains mild. And it said it would continue buying $85 billion a month in bonds indefinitely to keep long-term borrowing costs down.During a news conference after the meeting, Chairman Ben Bernanke acknowledged the job market has accelerated but said the Fed wants to see sustained improvement before altering its stimulus policies. Unemployment benefit applications are one of the measures Bernanke said the Fed is closely monitoring. read more

Obamacare heading back to Supreme Court Case challenges the health laws crucial

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ‘Obamacare’ heading back to Supreme Court: Case challenges the health law’s crucial subsidies by Mark Sherman, The Associated Press Posted Nov 7, 2014 10:52 am MDT WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court agreed Friday to hear a new challenge to President Barack Obama’s health care law — a case that threatens subsidies that help millions of low- and middle-income people afford their health insurance premiums.The justices said they will review a federal appeals court ruling that upheld IRS regulations that allow health-insurance tax credits under the Affordable Care Act for consumers in all 50 states. Opponents argue that most of the subsidies are illegal.The long-running political and legal campaign to overturn or limit the 2010 health overhaul will be making its second appearance at the Supreme Court. The justices upheld the heart of the law in a 5-4 decision in 2012 in which Chief Justice John Roberts provided the decisive vote.The case probably will be argued the first week in March, with a decision expected by late June.White House press secretary Josh Earnest promised a vigorous defence before the high court.“This lawsuit reflects just another partisan attempt to undermine the Affordable Care Act and to strip millions of American families of tax credits that Congress intended for them to have,” Earnest said.In the appeal accepted Friday, opponents of the subsidies argue that the court should resolve the issue soon because it involves billions of dollars in public money.“The need for a quick and final resolution of this question is undeniable. This ‘subsidies-for-everyone’ rule affects nearly every person across the country, health insurance policyholders, workers and employers, taxpayers, and state and local governments,” said Sam Kazman, general counsel of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, which is paying for the legal challenges to the health care law.The health care law provides taxpayer-subsidized private health insurance for people who don’t have access to coverage on the job. More than 7 million people are currently enrolled and most are getting help, which is keyed to household income and the cost of a benchmark plan.The issue at the Supreme Court is whether the wording of the law limits insurance tax credits only to consumers who live in states that have set up their own insurance markets, known as exchanges.Only 16 states have set up their own exchanges, the Obama administration said in court papers. In the other 34 states, more than 4.5 million people are receiving subsidies to pay their insurance premiums. And the aid is considerable, covering an average of 76 per cent of the premiums.Customers now pay an average of $82 on total monthly premiums averaging $346. The federal subsidy of $264 a month makes up the difference.What made the court’s intervention on Friday surprising was the lack of disagreement among federal appeals courts that typically is a requirement for Supreme Court review. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg cited the absence of conflicting rulings when the justices rejected gay marriage appeals last month.But at least four justices, needed to grant review, apparently agreed with the challengers that the issue is important enough to decide now.Supporters of the health care law were flabbergasted and accused the court of veering into politics. The news came a week ahead of the second open enrolment season for subsidized private health insurance under the law.“All of the general guidelines that the court traditionally uses in determining whether it should schedule an appeal are totally absent in this case,” said Ron Pollack, executive director of Families USA, an advocacy group that supported Obama’s health overhaul from its inception. Pollack called the court’s action “an unusual political act.”The legal challenge to the subsidies is “the most serious existential threat” facing the Affordable Care Act, said Pollack.When the court upheld the law in 2012, it still made a major change by ruling that the law’s Medicaid expansion for low-income people was optional for states. So far 27 states and the District of Columbia have accepted it. This week’s Republican election success makes it unlikely that the remaining 23 states will move any time soon.The subsidies issue is being fought in several courts. In July, the Richmond, Virginia-based appeals court upheld Internal Revenue Service regulations that allow health-insurance tax credits under the law for consumers in all 50 states.On that same July day, a panel of appellate judges in the District of Columbia, sided with the challengers in striking down the IRS regulations. The Washington court held that under the law, financial aid can be provided only in states that have set up their own exchanges.In October, the entire Washington appeals court voted to rehear the case and threw out the panel’s ruling, eliminating the so-called circuit split. The appeals argument has been scheduled for Dec. 17, but that case now recedes in importance with the Supreme Court’s decision to step in.The case is King v. Burwell, 14-114.___Associated Press writers Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Darlene Superville contributed to this report.___Follow Mark Sherman on Twitter at: http://www.twitter.com/shermancourt read more

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AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ‘Obamacare’ heading back to Supreme Court: Case challenges the health law’s crucial subsidies by Mark Sherman, The Associated Press Posted Nov 7, 2014 10:52 am MDT WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court agreed Friday to hear a new challenge to President Barack Obama’s health care law — a case that threatens subsidies that help millions of low- and middle-income people afford their health insurance premiums.The justices said they will review a federal appeals court ruling that upheld IRS regulations that allow health-insurance tax credits under the Affordable Care Act for consumers in all 50 states. Opponents argue that most of the subsidies are illegal.The long-running political and legal campaign to overturn or limit the 2010 health overhaul will be making its second appearance at the Supreme Court. The justices upheld the heart of the law in a 5-4 decision in 2012 in which Chief Justice John Roberts provided the decisive vote.The case probably will be argued the first week in March, with a decision expected by late June.White House press secretary Josh Earnest promised a vigorous defence before the high court.“This lawsuit reflects just another partisan attempt to undermine the Affordable Care Act and to strip millions of American families of tax credits that Congress intended for them to have,” Earnest said.In the appeal accepted Friday, opponents of the subsidies argue that the court should resolve the issue soon because it involves billions of dollars in public money.“The need for a quick and final resolution of this question is undeniable. This ‘subsidies-for-everyone’ rule affects nearly every person across the country, health insurance policyholders, workers and employers, taxpayers, and state and local governments,” said Sam Kazman, general counsel of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, which is paying for the legal challenges to the health care law.The health care law provides taxpayer-subsidized private health insurance for people who don’t have access to coverage on the job. More than 7 million people are currently enrolled and most are getting help, which is keyed to household income and the cost of a benchmark plan.The issue at the Supreme Court is whether the wording of the law limits insurance tax credits only to consumers who live in states that have set up their own insurance markets, known as exchanges.Only 16 states have set up their own exchanges, the Obama administration said in court papers. In the other 34 states, more than 4.5 million people are receiving subsidies to pay their insurance premiums. And the aid is considerable, covering an average of 76 per cent of the premiums.Customers now pay an average of $82 on total monthly premiums averaging $346. The federal subsidy of $264 a month makes up the difference.What made the court’s intervention on Friday surprising was the lack of disagreement among federal appeals courts that typically is a requirement for Supreme Court review. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg cited the absence of conflicting rulings when the justices rejected gay marriage appeals last month.But at least four justices, needed to grant review, apparently agreed with the challengers that the issue is important enough to decide now.Supporters of the health care law were flabbergasted and accused the court of veering into politics. The news came a week ahead of the second open enrolment season for subsidized private health insurance under the law.“All of the general guidelines that the court traditionally uses in determining whether it should schedule an appeal are totally absent in this case,” said Ron Pollack, executive director of Families USA, an advocacy group that supported Obama’s health overhaul from its inception. Pollack called the court’s action “an unusual political act.”The legal challenge to the subsidies is “the most serious existential threat” facing the Affordable Care Act, said Pollack.When the court upheld the law in 2012, it still made a major change by ruling that the law’s Medicaid expansion for low-income people was optional for states. So far 27 states and the District of Columbia have accepted it. This week’s Republican election success makes it unlikely that the remaining 23 states will move any time soon.The subsidies issue is being fought in several courts. In July, the Richmond, Virginia-based appeals court upheld Internal Revenue Service regulations that allow health-insurance tax credits under the law for consumers in all 50 states.On that same July day, a panel of appellate judges in the District of Columbia, sided with the challengers in striking down the IRS regulations. The Washington court held that under the law, financial aid can be provided only in states that have set up their own exchanges.In October, the entire Washington appeals court voted to rehear the case and threw out the panel’s ruling, eliminating the so-called circuit split. The appeals argument has been scheduled for Dec. 17, but that case now recedes in importance with the Supreme Court’s decision to step in.The case is King v. Burwell, 14-114.___Associated Press writers Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Darlene Superville contributed to this report.___Follow Mark Sherman on Twitter at: http://www.twitter.com/shermancourt read more

Not Even Sam Hinkie Could Outsmart The NBA Draft

Hot Takedown Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (April 12, 2016), we explore the pain of Jordan Spieth’s collapse in the final round of the 2016 Masters with Golf Digest’s Shane Ryan, we argue about Sam Hinkie’s legacy with the Philadelphia 76ers and ask whether his resignation is a referendum on tanking in the NBA, and we preview the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Plus, a significant digit on the Detroit Tigers fan who caught five foul balls at a home game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above. Links to what we discuss are here:ESPN’s Ian O’Connor says Jordan Spieth’s collapse was the most shocking in golf’s history.Neil Paine explains why Spieth’s choke also required a great comeback from Englishman Danny Willett.Here is Sam Hinkie’s 13-page letter to the Philadelphia 76ers’ investors.And here’s Albert Burneko of Deadspin telling us why Hinkie’s words are self-congratulatory and borderline incoherent.On the other side, 76ers’ blogger Andrew Unterberger says Hinkie gave Philly hope.The Washington Post’s Fancy Stats blog outlines the fatal flaws of this year’s NHL playoff teams.And Kevin Allen in USA Today says there are no favorites on the way to the Stanley Cup.Significant Digit: about 1 in 262 trillion. That’s the estimated likelihood of catching five foul balls at the home of the Detroit Tigers, Comerica Park — a feat achieved by Tigers’ fan Bill Dugan at a game on Monday. Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. read more

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Hot Takedown Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (April 12, 2016), we explore the pain of Jordan Spieth’s collapse in the final round of the 2016 Masters with Golf Digest’s Shane Ryan, we argue about Sam Hinkie’s legacy with the Philadelphia 76ers and ask whether his resignation is a referendum on tanking in the NBA, and we preview the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Plus, a significant digit on the Detroit Tigers fan who caught five foul balls at a home game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above. Links to what we discuss are here:ESPN’s Ian O’Connor says Jordan Spieth’s collapse was the most shocking in golf’s history.Neil Paine explains why Spieth’s choke also required a great comeback from Englishman Danny Willett.Here is Sam Hinkie’s 13-page letter to the Philadelphia 76ers’ investors.And here’s Albert Burneko of Deadspin telling us why Hinkie’s words are self-congratulatory and borderline incoherent.On the other side, 76ers’ blogger Andrew Unterberger says Hinkie gave Philly hope.The Washington Post’s Fancy Stats blog outlines the fatal flaws of this year’s NHL playoff teams.And Kevin Allen in USA Today says there are no favorites on the way to the Stanley Cup.Significant Digit: about 1 in 262 trillion. That’s the estimated likelihood of catching five foul balls at the home of the Detroit Tigers, Comerica Park — a feat achieved by Tigers’ fan Bill Dugan at a game on Monday. Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. read more

Microsoft next update to Windows Phone 7 will be cutandpaste only

first_imgA couple days ago, Chris Walsh, one of the hackers behind the fantastic ChevronWP7 jailbreak hack for Windows Phone 7, hinted that he had it on good authority that the upcoming update to WP7 would be “massive” and “do what Apple did in 3 years” in just three months, and that they “could have called it Windows Phone 7.”Looks like Walsh might have been a tad optimistic, because Microsoft themselves have now released a statement saying not to expect anything so aggressive from them in the next update, which will be limited to cut-and-paste support.AdChoices广告“Microsoft is committed to delivering regular updates to the Windows Phone experience. Our first update will make copy & paste available in early 2011. In addition to this first update, all Windows Phone 7 users should expect to see additional updates delivered in the future as part of Microsoft’s ongoing update process.” It’s pretty clear from the wording here that more updates are coming to WP7 soon, but any statement that Microsoft is already on the verge of outpacing iOS are premature, to say the least. Copy-and-paste is the first baby step to a more robust mobile operating system, and they need to get that 100 percent right first.Read more at WP Centrallast_img read more

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first_imgA couple days ago, Chris Walsh, one of the hackers behind the fantastic ChevronWP7 jailbreak hack for Windows Phone 7, hinted that he had it on good authority that the upcoming update to WP7 would be “massive” and “do what Apple did in 3 years” in just three months, and that they “could have called it Windows Phone 7.”Looks like Walsh might have been a tad optimistic, because Microsoft themselves have now released a statement saying not to expect anything so aggressive from them in the next update, which will be limited to cut-and-paste support.AdChoices广告“Microsoft is committed to delivering regular updates to the Windows Phone experience. Our first update will make copy & paste available in early 2011. In addition to this first update, all Windows Phone 7 users should expect to see additional updates delivered in the future as part of Microsoft’s ongoing update process.” It’s pretty clear from the wording here that more updates are coming to WP7 soon, but any statement that Microsoft is already on the verge of outpacing iOS are premature, to say the least. Copy-and-paste is the first baby step to a more robust mobile operating system, and they need to get that 100 percent right first.Read more at WP Centrallast_img read more

Its just total devastation Louth community reels from tragic road deaths of

first_img“It’s just total devastation” – Louth community reels from tragic road deaths of two women The two women have since been named locally as Josie Duff and Kathy McDonald, who were first cousins aged in their 70s. Tuesday 17 Jan 2017, 8:42 AM Short URL 29,954 Views The two women have since been named locally as Josie Duff (79) and Kathy McDonald (70). The two women were first cousins.The collision occurred at about 6.30pm yesterday evening at Hunterstown, just south of Ardee.Local councillor Jim Tenanty said that “everybody is just shocked” in the aftermath of accident.“It’s just total devastation and shock, the news has gone around the community,” he said.I called down to the scene myself but the gardaí had it blocked off. It’s terrible.The two women had been crossing the road in order to reach their own vehicle when they were hit by an oncoming car.The bodies of the two women were taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital where a post-mortem is scheduled to take place today. The driver of the car was uninjured.A forensic examination by Garda collision investigators is ongoing.Gardaí have appealed for witnesses to contact them either at Ardee Garda Station on 041 6871130, on the Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666111, or at any Garda station.Read: Ireland has the worst rates in the world for drinking during pregnancyRead: Search for missing flight MH370 called off after 2 years 8 Comments Source: Google MapsUpdated 08.40THE N2 ROAD near Ardee, Co Louth, remains closed this morning after two women, both aged in their 70s, were struck and killed as they exited a bus yesterday evening.Gardaí have confirmed the road remains closed. It is expected to reopen at 10am this morning. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img LOUTH: The N2 Dublin/ Monaghan Rd remains closed this morning south of Ardee at Hunterstown due to a collision. https://t.co/qvBPcgxUj8— AA Roadwatch (@aaroadwatch) January 17, 2017 http://jrnl.ie/3190362 Share132 Tweet Email2 By Cianan Brennan Source: AA Roadwatch/Twitter Jan 17th 2017, 8:42 AM last_img read more

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first_img“It’s just total devastation” – Louth community reels from tragic road deaths of two women The two women have since been named locally as Josie Duff and Kathy McDonald, who were first cousins aged in their 70s. Tuesday 17 Jan 2017, 8:42 AM Short URL 29,954 Views The two women have since been named locally as Josie Duff (79) and Kathy McDonald (70). The two women were first cousins.The collision occurred at about 6.30pm yesterday evening at Hunterstown, just south of Ardee.Local councillor Jim Tenanty said that “everybody is just shocked” in the aftermath of accident.“It’s just total devastation and shock, the news has gone around the community,” he said.I called down to the scene myself but the gardaí had it blocked off. It’s terrible.The two women had been crossing the road in order to reach their own vehicle when they were hit by an oncoming car.The bodies of the two women were taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital where a post-mortem is scheduled to take place today. The driver of the car was uninjured.A forensic examination by Garda collision investigators is ongoing.Gardaí have appealed for witnesses to contact them either at Ardee Garda Station on 041 6871130, on the Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666111, or at any Garda station.Read: Ireland has the worst rates in the world for drinking during pregnancyRead: Search for missing flight MH370 called off after 2 years 8 Comments Source: Google MapsUpdated 08.40THE N2 ROAD near Ardee, Co Louth, remains closed this morning after two women, both aged in their 70s, were struck and killed as they exited a bus yesterday evening.Gardaí have confirmed the road remains closed. It is expected to reopen at 10am this morning. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img LOUTH: The N2 Dublin/ Monaghan Rd remains closed this morning south of Ardee at Hunterstown due to a collision. https://t.co/qvBPcgxUj8— AA Roadwatch (@aaroadwatch) January 17, 2017 http://jrnl.ie/3190362 Share132 Tweet Email2 By Cianan Brennan Source: AA Roadwatch/Twitter Jan 17th 2017, 8:42 AM last_img read more

Accenture spending 900 million to reskill and train its workforce

first_imgPeople enter an Accenture office in downtown HelsinkiJUSSI NUKARI/AFP/Getty ImagesWhile the Indian IT sector has been dogged by reports of mass layoffs in the last few weeks, mostly said to be due to the economic slowdown and automation, global IT brand Accenture has been focussing on training and re-skilling its employees. The firm is testing its senior executives on the basis of innovation and has reportedly spent about $900 million in FY16 in the training and development of employees globally.Through the training and re-skilling programme, Accenture aims to be in sync with newer technologies which in turn will help it land newer businesses.”For the past 18 months, we have been focusing on measuring innovation as a metric. We measure the end result for a client because it is all about tangible outcomes. Then with the training that we provide and the acquisitions we make, create a combination that keeps us ahead,” Mohan Sekhar, senior managing director, Technology -Delivery Centers for Technology in India, Accenture, told the Economic Times.Each employee in Accenture is allotted about 80 hours of classroom training in a year and they are also often encouraged to take up online courses to stay up-to-date with new technology and systems. Senior level employees reportedly even end up spending an entire week on classroom training.The IT giant has also been organising innovation competitions for employees for the past three years and said that it has already conducted about 250 co-innovation workshops in FY17.”In some cases, the innovation workshops result in a change request, which is an add-on to the contract. In other cases, they are part of the ongoing innovation that Accenture offers its clients,” Raghavan Iyer, innovation lead -Accenture Delivery Centers for Technology in India, told the business daily.Meanwhile, industry body Nasscom too had earlier said that the best way for employees to retain their jobs would be to “re-skill.” The body also explained how the world was moving towards automation and digital services and employees will have to “re-skill or perish.”Nasscom chairman Raman Roy also stressed the importance of re-skilling, especially at the time when the industry is embracing new technologies for cost optimisation and better efficiency. Visitors look at devices at Accenture stand at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, February 26, 2013.Reuters”The need for re-skilling talent is a reality that we have to address. To keep up in a fast-evolving technology environment, the IT industry must reinvent itself by re-skilling its employees in new and upcoming technologies,” he told PTI.Accenture too explained that digital services play a big role in the firm’s day to day operations, contributing to about 50 percent of its revenue and it has already trained 70 percent of its IT employees on newer technologies.last_img read more

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first_imgPeople enter an Accenture office in downtown HelsinkiJUSSI NUKARI/AFP/Getty ImagesWhile the Indian IT sector has been dogged by reports of mass layoffs in the last few weeks, mostly said to be due to the economic slowdown and automation, global IT brand Accenture has been focussing on training and re-skilling its employees. The firm is testing its senior executives on the basis of innovation and has reportedly spent about $900 million in FY16 in the training and development of employees globally.Through the training and re-skilling programme, Accenture aims to be in sync with newer technologies which in turn will help it land newer businesses.”For the past 18 months, we have been focusing on measuring innovation as a metric. We measure the end result for a client because it is all about tangible outcomes. Then with the training that we provide and the acquisitions we make, create a combination that keeps us ahead,” Mohan Sekhar, senior managing director, Technology -Delivery Centers for Technology in India, Accenture, told the Economic Times.Each employee in Accenture is allotted about 80 hours of classroom training in a year and they are also often encouraged to take up online courses to stay up-to-date with new technology and systems. Senior level employees reportedly even end up spending an entire week on classroom training.The IT giant has also been organising innovation competitions for employees for the past three years and said that it has already conducted about 250 co-innovation workshops in FY17.”In some cases, the innovation workshops result in a change request, which is an add-on to the contract. In other cases, they are part of the ongoing innovation that Accenture offers its clients,” Raghavan Iyer, innovation lead -Accenture Delivery Centers for Technology in India, told the business daily.Meanwhile, industry body Nasscom too had earlier said that the best way for employees to retain their jobs would be to “re-skill.” The body also explained how the world was moving towards automation and digital services and employees will have to “re-skill or perish.”Nasscom chairman Raman Roy also stressed the importance of re-skilling, especially at the time when the industry is embracing new technologies for cost optimisation and better efficiency. Visitors look at devices at Accenture stand at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, February 26, 2013.Reuters”The need for re-skilling talent is a reality that we have to address. To keep up in a fast-evolving technology environment, the IT industry must reinvent itself by re-skilling its employees in new and upcoming technologies,” he told PTI.Accenture too explained that digital services play a big role in the firm’s day to day operations, contributing to about 50 percent of its revenue and it has already trained 70 percent of its IT employees on newer technologies.last_img read more

US keen on defence deal with Bangladesh

first_imgThe United States is eager for a long-term defence deal with Bangladesh, considering the success of the two countries’ security partnership alongside combating violence and terrorism, officials have said.Officials said the US authorities has been raising the issue at different discussions since the beginning of this year.Although Bangladesh has not taken any decision so far, officials added, the country is looking into the US proposal.Diplomats and security analysts said Bangladesh should not strike a defence deal with US hurriedly. They said it should first weigh the pros and cons before making a long term commitment to the US.Diplomats in Dhaka and Washington said the US brought the issue of the defence deal to the fore when it made a proposal to sell arms in January this year.Sources in Washington said the US recently placed the issue of Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement (ACSA) and General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA) during security talks with Bangladesh.According to various relevant websites, Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement (ACSA) is negotiated on a bilateral basis with US allies or coalition partners that allow US forces to exchange most common types of support, including food, fuel, transportation, ammunition, and equipment. The US signed ACSA with South Asian country Sri Lanka in 2002.General Security of Military Information Agreements (GSOMIA) is one of the four foundational agreements that the US signs with allies and close partners to facilitate interoperability between militaries and sale of high end technology.It allows the sharing of classified information from the US government and American companies with the signatory government. The US government had signed the GSOMIA with India in 2002.United States secretary of state Mike Pompeo discussed ACSA with Bangladesh foreign minister Abdul Momen in Washington on 13 April.US elaborately discussed ACSA and GSOMIA in Dhaka security dialogue on 2 May. US foreign office officials pointed out the necessity of two agreements in line with enhancing security cooperation with Bangladesh among the South Asian countries.Diplomatic sources said a meeting on security cooperation was held between high officials of Bangladesh and US in the last week of May. In the one and half hours meeting, ACSA and GSOMIA were discussed, but ACSA mainly got priority. Both sides talked about the draft ACSA. US officials offered explanations when Bangladesh officials made queries on the matter.Bangladesh Institute of Peace and Security Studies (BIPSS) president and retired major general ANM Muniruzzaman said to Prothom Alo, “Safe transportation of food, fuel and ammunition for training and movement in this region has become very important for US due to Indo-Pacific Strategy (IPS). Supply of food, fuel and ammunition is necessary for the implementation of IPS. The US government is giving importance on the Indian Ocean region in a preparation to tackle disaster in the Indian Ocean and to carry out training there.”Security analysts and former senior defence officials said the matter has to be handled cautiously so that interest of others is not harmed while making the deal. Bangladesh is located to a sensitive region in the geostrategic perspective. So Bangladesh needs to maintain balanced diplomatic relations.Under the agreement, the supply of essentials for the military troops of specific country is included. There will be no economic loss under the agreement. Rather there is scope to be benefited in some cases. The countries with which US made the agreement get priority in receiving loans or grants. It must be taken into consideration whether the agreement goes against the interests of any powerful country or an alliance.The issue of defence deal was discussed at the Bangladesh-US partnership dialogue on 10 June, said officials who attended the meeting. A high official in the government said US placed the issue of ACSA and GSOMIA. The Bangladesh delegation told the partnership dialogue that the political leadership would take the final decision. This is not under the foreign ministry.Former Bangladesh ambassador to Washington, M Humayun Kabir, said the decision has to be taken cautiously while making long term commitment. It has to be kept in mind that there is a matter of ‘free of choice’ while making such deal with big countries like US. This may become harmful for foreign relation. So it needs to show strong stance while bargaining. It is better if the political leadership takes the final decision. Or it should be done in a balanced and professional manner.During the tenure of army-backed caretaker government in 2007 and 2008, US almost finalised the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) with Bangladesh. But the agreement was not signed at the end. Two former officials, who were involved with the agreement at that time, recently said Bangladesh backtracked from the agreement at one stage. There was an objection to the free entrance of troops and arms into an independent and sovereign country. None of the countries including US should be given such scope. The deal was not signed due to this objection.International affairs analyst and director of Centre for Genocide Studies at Dhaka University, Imtiaz Ahmed, said it has to be taken into consideration whether such agreement is conflicting with the interest of any other country before singing the deal.There is no problem to sign such deal to increase the capacity and technological skill of Bangladesh military, he said adding the way the country’s economic growth increasing, Bangladesh must be in strong position in bargaining during the agreement. Preparation is necessary for this, Imtiaz said.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islam.last_img read more

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first_imgThe United States is eager for a long-term defence deal with Bangladesh, considering the success of the two countries’ security partnership alongside combating violence and terrorism, officials have said.Officials said the US authorities has been raising the issue at different discussions since the beginning of this year.Although Bangladesh has not taken any decision so far, officials added, the country is looking into the US proposal.Diplomats and security analysts said Bangladesh should not strike a defence deal with US hurriedly. They said it should first weigh the pros and cons before making a long term commitment to the US.Diplomats in Dhaka and Washington said the US brought the issue of the defence deal to the fore when it made a proposal to sell arms in January this year.Sources in Washington said the US recently placed the issue of Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement (ACSA) and General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA) during security talks with Bangladesh.According to various relevant websites, Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement (ACSA) is negotiated on a bilateral basis with US allies or coalition partners that allow US forces to exchange most common types of support, including food, fuel, transportation, ammunition, and equipment. The US signed ACSA with South Asian country Sri Lanka in 2002.General Security of Military Information Agreements (GSOMIA) is one of the four foundational agreements that the US signs with allies and close partners to facilitate interoperability between militaries and sale of high end technology.It allows the sharing of classified information from the US government and American companies with the signatory government. The US government had signed the GSOMIA with India in 2002.United States secretary of state Mike Pompeo discussed ACSA with Bangladesh foreign minister Abdul Momen in Washington on 13 April.US elaborately discussed ACSA and GSOMIA in Dhaka security dialogue on 2 May. US foreign office officials pointed out the necessity of two agreements in line with enhancing security cooperation with Bangladesh among the South Asian countries.Diplomatic sources said a meeting on security cooperation was held between high officials of Bangladesh and US in the last week of May. In the one and half hours meeting, ACSA and GSOMIA were discussed, but ACSA mainly got priority. Both sides talked about the draft ACSA. US officials offered explanations when Bangladesh officials made queries on the matter.Bangladesh Institute of Peace and Security Studies (BIPSS) president and retired major general ANM Muniruzzaman said to Prothom Alo, “Safe transportation of food, fuel and ammunition for training and movement in this region has become very important for US due to Indo-Pacific Strategy (IPS). Supply of food, fuel and ammunition is necessary for the implementation of IPS. The US government is giving importance on the Indian Ocean region in a preparation to tackle disaster in the Indian Ocean and to carry out training there.”Security analysts and former senior defence officials said the matter has to be handled cautiously so that interest of others is not harmed while making the deal. Bangladesh is located to a sensitive region in the geostrategic perspective. So Bangladesh needs to maintain balanced diplomatic relations.Under the agreement, the supply of essentials for the military troops of specific country is included. There will be no economic loss under the agreement. Rather there is scope to be benefited in some cases. The countries with which US made the agreement get priority in receiving loans or grants. It must be taken into consideration whether the agreement goes against the interests of any powerful country or an alliance.The issue of defence deal was discussed at the Bangladesh-US partnership dialogue on 10 June, said officials who attended the meeting. A high official in the government said US placed the issue of ACSA and GSOMIA. The Bangladesh delegation told the partnership dialogue that the political leadership would take the final decision. This is not under the foreign ministry.Former Bangladesh ambassador to Washington, M Humayun Kabir, said the decision has to be taken cautiously while making long term commitment. It has to be kept in mind that there is a matter of ‘free of choice’ while making such deal with big countries like US. This may become harmful for foreign relation. So it needs to show strong stance while bargaining. It is better if the political leadership takes the final decision. Or it should be done in a balanced and professional manner.During the tenure of army-backed caretaker government in 2007 and 2008, US almost finalised the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) with Bangladesh. But the agreement was not signed at the end. Two former officials, who were involved with the agreement at that time, recently said Bangladesh backtracked from the agreement at one stage. There was an objection to the free entrance of troops and arms into an independent and sovereign country. None of the countries including US should be given such scope. The deal was not signed due to this objection.International affairs analyst and director of Centre for Genocide Studies at Dhaka University, Imtiaz Ahmed, said it has to be taken into consideration whether such agreement is conflicting with the interest of any other country before singing the deal.There is no problem to sign such deal to increase the capacity and technological skill of Bangladesh military, he said adding the way the country’s economic growth increasing, Bangladesh must be in strong position in bargaining during the agreement. Preparation is necessary for this, Imtiaz said.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islam.last_img read more

Ankers Holiday Sale Includes Portable Solar Chargers Smart Scales Robo Vacuums More

first_imgAnker’s round two of its weekly sale has gone live and you can end up saving quite a bit of money on useful tech including a robotic vacuum cleaner.Get Great Discount on Amazing Anker Tech Products for a Limited Period of TimeAnker kicked off its holiday sale earlier this week and today the company is taking things up a notch with more products on discount. Today you’ll find a good assortment of products which includes everything which you’ll find handy. This includes portable solar chargers, a smart scale, power banks, robotic vacuum cleaners as well as the company’s famous Nebula Mars portable projector.Buy PowerLine Micro-USB Nylon 6-feet, 2-pack – Was $10.99, Now just $7.99Buy PowerPort Solar 21W – Was $59.99, Now just $46.99Buy Eufy Smart Scale with Bluetooth 4.0 – Was $44.99, Now just $32.49Buy Nebula Mars – Was $599.99, Now just $489.99Buy Soundcore Spirit Pro – Was $49.99, Now just $34.99Buy PowerPort Solar 15W – Was $49.99, Now just $39.99Buy Roav SmartCharge F3 – Was $35.59, Now just $29.99Buy Anker PowerHouse – Was $499.99, Now just $379.99Buy Eufy RoboVac 11S – Was $219.99, Now just $169.99Buy PowerCore 15600 – Was $39.99, Now just $31.99All of the above mentioned deals are good for a few days, therefore giving you an ample amount of time to pick up something you like. Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

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first_imgAnker’s round two of its weekly sale has gone live and you can end up saving quite a bit of money on useful tech including a robotic vacuum cleaner.Get Great Discount on Amazing Anker Tech Products for a Limited Period of TimeAnker kicked off its holiday sale earlier this week and today the company is taking things up a notch with more products on discount. Today you’ll find a good assortment of products which includes everything which you’ll find handy. This includes portable solar chargers, a smart scale, power banks, robotic vacuum cleaners as well as the company’s famous Nebula Mars portable projector.Buy PowerLine Micro-USB Nylon 6-feet, 2-pack – Was $10.99, Now just $7.99Buy PowerPort Solar 21W – Was $59.99, Now just $46.99Buy Eufy Smart Scale with Bluetooth 4.0 – Was $44.99, Now just $32.49Buy Nebula Mars – Was $599.99, Now just $489.99Buy Soundcore Spirit Pro – Was $49.99, Now just $34.99Buy PowerPort Solar 15W – Was $49.99, Now just $39.99Buy Roav SmartCharge F3 – Was $35.59, Now just $29.99Buy Anker PowerHouse – Was $499.99, Now just $379.99Buy Eufy RoboVac 11S – Was $219.99, Now just $169.99Buy PowerCore 15600 – Was $39.99, Now just $31.99All of the above mentioned deals are good for a few days, therefore giving you an ample amount of time to pick up something you like. Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

ShangriLa Sydneys new look Horizon Club Lounge and rooms

first_imgSource = ETB Travel News: Lana Bogunovich Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney held a lavish cocktail function at its newly refurbished Horizon Club Lounge last night, unveiling its fresh, sophisticated new look which also included ninety Horizon Club hotel rooms and suites and the addition of two new rooms.At 335 square meters and a cost of AUD $8 million, the refurbishment has turned the space into Australia’s most luxurious and spacious club lounge, working with renowned designer Grace Lei Gup, director of Stack Studio, to add the finishing touches to the space.The lounge’s expanded dining area accommodates 123 guests, with an additional 47 seats, and a four meter long marble-topped, solid timber centrepiece with a cold well for wines, features as one of Sydney’s only communal tables in a five start hotel club lounge.Floor to ceiling windows span across five levels, providing plenty of natural light and breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour, while a giant brass and crystal light feature, designed by Mark Elliot of Point of View, serves as a stunning centre piece.“The Horizon Club lounge is an extraordinary design achievement which provides a delightful space for guests to enjoy our stellar food and beverage offering and the Shangri-La service we are known for,” Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney vice president and general manager, Michael Cottan said.The Horizon Club Lounge boardroom, seating ten people, has also had its facilities upgraded, and enjoys spectacular harbour views.“It also cleverly connects the interiors of this beautifully designed space with the extraordinary views of Sydney and it really transports our guests to a place of enjoyment and relaxation during their stay.”Meanwhile, Horizon Club hotel rooms and suites, which span across the top five accommodations levels in the hotel, also received a makeover, with a calming and airy palette of blues and greys perfectly set off by plenty of natural light.Two new rooms have also been added, the Grand Harbour View and the Darling Harbour View, as well as an upgraded accessible room.Guests who book Horizon Club accommodation will be able to enjoy a range of exclusive features and benefits such as specialty coffees, desserts and cocktails, private check-in and check-out and also automatic 4pm check-out time, complimentary afternoon tea, evening drinks and canapés, complimentary broadband and wifi, and plenty more.last_img read more

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first_imgSource = ETB Travel News: Lana Bogunovich Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney held a lavish cocktail function at its newly refurbished Horizon Club Lounge last night, unveiling its fresh, sophisticated new look which also included ninety Horizon Club hotel rooms and suites and the addition of two new rooms.At 335 square meters and a cost of AUD $8 million, the refurbishment has turned the space into Australia’s most luxurious and spacious club lounge, working with renowned designer Grace Lei Gup, director of Stack Studio, to add the finishing touches to the space.The lounge’s expanded dining area accommodates 123 guests, with an additional 47 seats, and a four meter long marble-topped, solid timber centrepiece with a cold well for wines, features as one of Sydney’s only communal tables in a five start hotel club lounge.Floor to ceiling windows span across five levels, providing plenty of natural light and breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour, while a giant brass and crystal light feature, designed by Mark Elliot of Point of View, serves as a stunning centre piece.“The Horizon Club lounge is an extraordinary design achievement which provides a delightful space for guests to enjoy our stellar food and beverage offering and the Shangri-La service we are known for,” Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney vice president and general manager, Michael Cottan said.The Horizon Club Lounge boardroom, seating ten people, has also had its facilities upgraded, and enjoys spectacular harbour views.“It also cleverly connects the interiors of this beautifully designed space with the extraordinary views of Sydney and it really transports our guests to a place of enjoyment and relaxation during their stay.”Meanwhile, Horizon Club hotel rooms and suites, which span across the top five accommodations levels in the hotel, also received a makeover, with a calming and airy palette of blues and greys perfectly set off by plenty of natural light.Two new rooms have also been added, the Grand Harbour View and the Darling Harbour View, as well as an upgraded accessible room.Guests who book Horizon Club accommodation will be able to enjoy a range of exclusive features and benefits such as specialty coffees, desserts and cocktails, private check-in and check-out and also automatic 4pm check-out time, complimentary afternoon tea, evening drinks and canapés, complimentary broadband and wifi, and plenty more.last_img read more

AccorHotels reinforces its position in Addis Ababa with the signing of a

first_imgAccorHotels group along with Tsemex Hotels and Business Plc are joining hands to finalise the construction of a new 218 keys MGallery by Sofitel hotel near the headquarters of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.After the announcement of the signature of three other hotel management agreements (Mercure, ibis and ibis Styles) early this February, AccorHotels continues to reinforce its forthcoming position in Addis Ababa with this flagship hotel. In line with the MGallery by Sofitel brand standards, the hotel will benefit from a unique modern design coupled with a strong African identity.The new MGallery by Sofitel Addis Ababa, which opening is estimated towards the second half of 2018, will feature 218 guestrooms and suites. It will also have some large meeting and event space, two restaurants (an all-day dining and a fine dining restaurant on the 8th floor) as well as three bars.Steven Daines, CEO of AccorHotels for Africa & Middle East, said, “We are delighted to sign this new management agreement in Addis Ababa, which brings our pipe of confirmed projects to over 1,000 keys across all market segments (economy, midscale and upscale). This project reaffirms our ambitious development strategy for Africa, with Ethiopia as one of the key targeted markets. The new MGallery by Sofitel Addis Ababa will reinforce our role in the luxury segment by offering our clientele one of the best addresses in town.”last_img read more

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first_imgAccorHotels group along with Tsemex Hotels and Business Plc are joining hands to finalise the construction of a new 218 keys MGallery by Sofitel hotel near the headquarters of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.After the announcement of the signature of three other hotel management agreements (Mercure, ibis and ibis Styles) early this February, AccorHotels continues to reinforce its forthcoming position in Addis Ababa with this flagship hotel. In line with the MGallery by Sofitel brand standards, the hotel will benefit from a unique modern design coupled with a strong African identity.The new MGallery by Sofitel Addis Ababa, which opening is estimated towards the second half of 2018, will feature 218 guestrooms and suites. It will also have some large meeting and event space, two restaurants (an all-day dining and a fine dining restaurant on the 8th floor) as well as three bars.Steven Daines, CEO of AccorHotels for Africa & Middle East, said, “We are delighted to sign this new management agreement in Addis Ababa, which brings our pipe of confirmed projects to over 1,000 keys across all market segments (economy, midscale and upscale). This project reaffirms our ambitious development strategy for Africa, with Ethiopia as one of the key targeted markets. The new MGallery by Sofitel Addis Ababa will reinforce our role in the luxury segment by offering our clientele one of the best addresses in town.”last_img read more

7 Dominique RodgersCromartie – CB – 2008 16th o

first_img7. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie – CB – 2008 (16th overall) – Tennessee StateSure, DRC was a little bit goofy (remember the Dora the Explorer backpack and coloring books?) but he was quite a find from a small school midway through the first round. Rodgers-Cromartie started 11 games as a rookie for a Cardinals team that lost Super Bowl XLIII. In three seasons with Arizona, he had 13 interceptions, four of which he returned for touchdowns. His 24 career interceptions are the second-most of any DB drafted in 2008, behind Aqib Talib’s 30. DRC was traded to Philadelphia in 2011 in the deal that brought Kevin Kolb to the Cardinals. 15. Dan Williams – DT – 2010 (26th overall) – Tennessee“Dumpster Dan,” as he was called by radio analyst Ron Wolfley, was a big piece of the Cardinals defense, both literally and figuratively. As a defensive tackle, Williams didn’t put up big numbers, nor was he asked to. Instead, he occupied offensive linemen so teammates Calais Campbell and Darnell Dockett could make plays. Williams had 119 tackles, two sacks and an interception return for a touchdown in five years with the Cardinals. 2. Patrick Peterson – CB – 2011 (5th overall) – LSUIn five years in the league, Peterson has made the Pro Bowl five times, joining Cincinnati’s A.J. Green as the only 2011 draftees who can make that claim. As a rookie, Peterson tied an NFL record by returning four punts for touchdowns. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 3. Simeon Rice – DE – 1996 (3rd overall) – IllinoisIn his five years in Arizona, Rice was one of the premier pass rushers in the league with 51.5 sacks — a total that was more than Hall-of-Famers Reggie White, Chris Doleman and Derrick Thomas had in that span. After leaving Arizona on bad terms, he went on to play eight more seasons with Tampa Bay, Denver and Indianapolis. His 122 career sacks put him 17th on the all-time list. 21. Tom Knight – CB – 1997 (9th overall) – IowaKnight is considered one of the great stretches in Cardinals draft history. After the Seattle Seahawks took Shawn Springs at no. 3 and the Detroit Lions took Bryant Westbrook two picks later, the Cardinals selected Knight. The former Hawkeye played five so-so years in Arizona, and had just three interceptions in 63 games. 4. Eric Hill – LB – 1989 (10th overall) – LSU Hill was a stalwart for nine seasons in the middle of the Cardinals’ defense and had four 100-tackle seasons, including a career-high 131 in 1999. 6. Jamir Miller – LB – 1994 (10th overall) – UCLAMiller started slowly as a 20-year-old rookie, but developed nicely over his five years in Arizona. In his final year, he helped the Cardinals earn a playoff spot (and win a postseason game for the first time in 41 years) when he had 113 tackles, three sacks, two fumble recoveries and four passes defensed. 1. Larry Fitzgerald – WR – 2004 (3rd overall) – PittsburghThe Cardinals nabbed Fitzgerald after San Diego took Eli Manning and Oakland went with Robert Gallery (oops!). Since entering the league in 2004, Fitzgerald is the most productive receiver in the league in that span with 1,018 catches. He’s a nine-time Pro Bowler who had a career-high 109 receptions in 2015 for the NFC West champions. 12. Ken Harvey – LB – 1988 (12th overall) – California“The Original Phoenix Cardinal,” Harvey was the franchise’s first-ever draft pick after the relocation from St. Louis. As a reserve player in 1988, Harvey had six sacks. He became a starter the next year and notched seven sacks and a career-high 120 tackles. In six years with the Cardinals, Harvey had 47.5 sacks. He left for Washington in 1994 and was a four-time Pro Bowler with the Redskins. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 25. Joe Wolf – OL – 1989 (17th overall) – Boston CollegeWolf spent nine years with the Cardinals, mostly as a depth player on the offensive line. He was a full-time starter as a rookie in 1989 and in 1996. 20. Bryant Johnson – WR – 2003 (17th overall) – Penn StateThe first of those back-to-back selections acquired from the Saints was Johnson, who never really distinguished himself in Arizona. He did catch 40 or more passes in four straight seasons in the Cardinals’ pass-happy offense, but had his share of drops as well. Johnson was overshadowed by the team’s second-round pick in 2003, Anquan Boldin, and Larry Fitzgerald, whom they took with the third overall pick the next year. Arizona Cardinals owner Bill Bidwill, left, and coach Dennis Green, right, pose with Pittsburgh wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald at a news conference Sunday, April 25, 2004, in Tempe, Ariz. The Cardinals took Fitzgerald as the third choice in Saturday’s first round of the NFL draft. (AP Photo/Tom Hood) 9. Michael Floyd – WR – 2012 (13th overall) – Notre DameFloyd was the second wide receiver picked in 2012 and unlike the first, Justin Blackmon of the Jacksonville Jaguars, has been a productive and steady force for his team. Floyd’s first NFL catch went for a touchdown – an 8-yarder in a 27-6 win over the Eagles in Week 3. In fact, Floyd’s 19 career touchdowns are the fourth-most among receivers in his draft class. 14. L.J. Shelton – T – 1999 (21st overall) – Eastern MichiganShelton was the second of two first-round picks in 1999, and carved out a solid but unspectacular career. The 6-foot-6, 335-pound tackle was a primary starter for Arizona for six seasons before stops in Cleveland, Miami and San Diego during a 10-year career. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 24. Matt Leinart – QB – 2006 (10th overall) – USCLeinart was one of the most decorated college quarterbacks ever at USC, winning a Heisman Trophy and two national championships. Head coach Denny Green, who called Leinart “a gift from heaven” eased his rookie into action. The lefty got his first start in Week 5 against Kansas City and played well in a 23-20 loss. He’d go on to start 11 games, posting a 4-7 record. Leinart never did enough to fully grasp the starting job, and spent most of his remaining time in Arizona as a backup to Kurt Warner, who led the team to an NFC Championship in 2008. Leinart was cut in training camp in 2010 and played in four games the rest of his career. 8. Leonard Davis – OL – 2001 (2nd overall) – TexasDavis, at 6-foot-6 and 375 pounds, was a mountain of a man. Drafted as a tackle, Davis started all 16 games in his rookie season at right guard. He moved to right tackle in 2002 and back to right guard in 2003 before starting at left tackle for the next three seasons. He never reached his full potential in the desert but thrived after signing a free agent contract with the Dallas Cowboys and went to three straight Pro Bowls as a right guard. 16. Beanie Wells – RB – 2009 (31st overall) – Ohio StateIt looked like Wells would be a star for a long time in Arizona based on his rookie season in which he ran for nearly 800 yards and seven touchdowns. Injuries slowed him in 2010, but in 2011, he ran for 1,047 yards and 10 touchdowns, setting a franchise single-game rushing record in the process with a 228-yard outburst in St. Louis. After another injury-plagued season in 2012, Wells was out of football. The 2016 NFL Draft begins next Thursday in Chicago, and the Arizona Cardinals own the 29th pick in the first round.Should they keep the pick, the player selected will be the 30th player drafted in the first round by the Cardinals since they moved to the Valley from St. Louis in 1988.There have been some home run picks by the Cardinals — and others that haven’t worked out so well.Here’s a ranking of the Cards’ all-time first-round draft picks. 23. Jonathan Cooper – G – 2013 (7th overall) – North CarolinaAccording to GM Steve Keim, Cooper was the Cardinals “best offensive lineman the minute he walked though baggage claim” in 2013. One of the highest-rated guard prospects ever, Cooper suffered a broken leg in a preseason game against San Diego that erased his rookie campaign. He was never the same after that, battling injury and inconsistency over the next two seasons. Keim was able to trade Cooper to the New England Patriots this offseason in a deal that netted pass rusher Chandler Jones, so Coop’s time in the Valley wasn’t all bad. 19. Calvin Pace – DE – 2003 (18th overall) – Wake ForestThe Cardinals owned the sixth overall pick in 2003 and had the opportunity to draft hometown hero Terrell Suggs, who had set an NCAA record with 24 sacks as a junior at Arizona State. They passed, citing concerns about Suggs’ off-the-field choices. The Cardinals engineered a trade with New Orleans and acquired back-to-back picks, including no. 18, where they got Pace. Draft experts scoffed at the selection, claiming Pace was a third-round talent. He became a starter in his rookie season and spent five decent years with the Cardinals before moving on in free agency to the New York Jets, where he has been ever since. 26. Andre Wadsworth – DE – 1998 (3rd overall) – Florida StateViewed as a can’t-miss prospect, Wadsworth missed. After a great college career that started with him walking on at Florida State, Wadsworth was the first non-quarterback drafted in 1998. He signed his rookie deal the night before the season opener in Dallas, but went on to play 16 game in ’98. Knee injuries affected his availability and productivity over the next two seasons and he played in only 20 of the Cardinals’ 32 games. He underwent microfracture knee surgery and was released in 2000. 29. D.J. Humphries – T – 2015 (24th overall) – FloridaHumphries is the only Cardinals first-round draft pick not to play a down in his rookie season, so there’s no other place to put him on this list. He is, however, penciled in as Arizona’s starting right tackle for 2016 after starter Bobby Massie left in free agency for Chicago. 22. Thomas Jones – RB – 2000 (7th overall) – VirginiaJones was the second running back drafted in 2000, and really did nothing to distinguish himself in Arizona. In three seasons with the Cardinals, he amassed only 1,264 yards on 362 carries — a paltry 3.5 yards per pop. The most lasting memory about Jones’ time in the desert is a mysterious broken hand he suffered when (according to him) he was answering a phone. Jones went on to play with the Buccaneers, Bears, Jets and Chiefs and had five straight 1,000-yard seasons between 2005 and 2009. 28. Wendell Bryant – DT – 2002 (12th overall) – WisconsinBryant didn’t play very well when he was on the field, getting just 1.5 sacks in three seasons with the Cardinals. He was suspended for the 2005 season after repeated violations of the NFL’s substance abuse policy and the Cardinals cut him. Bryant never played in the NFL again, but had stints with the Las Vegas Locomotives and Omaha Nighthawks of the short-lived United Football League. 10. Deone Bucannon – S – 2014 (27th overall) – Washington StateThe Cardinals moved down seven spots to take the hard-hitting safety from the Pac-12. In just two seasons in Arizona, he’s become one of the most important parts of the Cardinals’ defense. Bucannon has played most of his time as an undersized dollar linebacker, but has thrived. His stellar play has encouraged other teams to use similar schemes. He’s got 195 total tackles, five sacks, an interception return for a touchdown and four forced fumbles in just two seasons. 17. Garrison Hearst – RB – 1993 (3rd overall) – GeorgiaHearst held out in training camp as a rookie, signing right before the Cardinals’ final preseason game. In his sixth game as a pro, Hearst suffered a knee injury, ending his season. It also cut short his second year, limiting him to just 37 carries in eight games. Hearst, finally healthy, became the starter in 1995, running for 1,070 yards on 284 carries. He was cut after the season and hooked on with Cincinnati and ultimately San Francisco, where he ran for a career-high 1,570 yards in 1998.18. Levi Brown – T – 2007 (5th overall) – Penn StateThe name alone conjurs up painful memories for Cardinals fans. Brown was selected instead of running back Adrian Peterson out of Oklahoma. Brown is out of the league while Peterson has remained, despite serious off-the-field issues, one of the most productive running backs in football. But the fact of the matter is, Brown was a six-year starter on the offensive line for Arizona and started at right tackle in Super Bowl XLIII. 27. Ernest Dye – OL – 1993 (18th overall) – South CarolinaDye spent four injury-plagued years with the Cardinals, starting at left guard as a second-year player in 1993. He played with the Rams in 1997, and re-signed with Arizona in 1998, although he’d never play another game for the team. Dye, along with teammates Carl Simpson and Lester Holmes, was involved in a car accident near Munds Park, about 25 miles south of Flagstaff, where the team held its annual training camp. Dye lost the use of his right arm due to the injuries suffered in the crash and never played football again. 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 13. David Boston – WR – 1999 (8th overall) – Ohio StateMany local fans cringed when Boston, the man who scored the winning touchdown for the Buckeyes in the 1997 Rose Bowl that killed Arizona State’s national title hopes, was picked by Arizona at number 8. Boston was decent as a rookie, but exploded in his second year, catching 71 passes for 1,156 yards and seven touchdowns. In 2001, Boston was one of the most feared receivers in football, leading the league with 1,598 yards — which is still a club record. 5. Eric Swann – DT – 1991 (6th overall) – Wake Technical CollegeSwann was one of the riskiest picks in Cardinals history. He never played a down of college football after failing to qualify academically at North Carolina State. When healthy, he was a dominant force on the defensive line and had 45.5 sacks in nine years. He was a two-time Pro Bowl selection (1995, 1996). 11. Antrel Rolle – CB – 2005 (8th overall) – MiamiRolle was drafted as a corner, but flamed out at the positon, eventually moving to safety. It was there where he became a productive playmaker. In 2007, Rolle led the NFL with 231 yards on interception returns and took three picks back for touchdowns — including two in a 35-27 road win at Cincinnati in Week 10. He had a third nullified by a penalty. Rolle was the starter for the Cardinals at free safety in the Super Bowl season of 2008 and earned his first Pro Bowl nod in 2009, his last year in the desert.last_img read more

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first_img7. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie – CB – 2008 (16th overall) – Tennessee StateSure, DRC was a little bit goofy (remember the Dora the Explorer backpack and coloring books?) but he was quite a find from a small school midway through the first round. Rodgers-Cromartie started 11 games as a rookie for a Cardinals team that lost Super Bowl XLIII. In three seasons with Arizona, he had 13 interceptions, four of which he returned for touchdowns. His 24 career interceptions are the second-most of any DB drafted in 2008, behind Aqib Talib’s 30. DRC was traded to Philadelphia in 2011 in the deal that brought Kevin Kolb to the Cardinals. 15. Dan Williams – DT – 2010 (26th overall) – Tennessee“Dumpster Dan,” as he was called by radio analyst Ron Wolfley, was a big piece of the Cardinals defense, both literally and figuratively. As a defensive tackle, Williams didn’t put up big numbers, nor was he asked to. Instead, he occupied offensive linemen so teammates Calais Campbell and Darnell Dockett could make plays. Williams had 119 tackles, two sacks and an interception return for a touchdown in five years with the Cardinals. 2. Patrick Peterson – CB – 2011 (5th overall) – LSUIn five years in the league, Peterson has made the Pro Bowl five times, joining Cincinnati’s A.J. Green as the only 2011 draftees who can make that claim. As a rookie, Peterson tied an NFL record by returning four punts for touchdowns. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 3. Simeon Rice – DE – 1996 (3rd overall) – IllinoisIn his five years in Arizona, Rice was one of the premier pass rushers in the league with 51.5 sacks — a total that was more than Hall-of-Famers Reggie White, Chris Doleman and Derrick Thomas had in that span. After leaving Arizona on bad terms, he went on to play eight more seasons with Tampa Bay, Denver and Indianapolis. His 122 career sacks put him 17th on the all-time list. 21. Tom Knight – CB – 1997 (9th overall) – IowaKnight is considered one of the great stretches in Cardinals draft history. After the Seattle Seahawks took Shawn Springs at no. 3 and the Detroit Lions took Bryant Westbrook two picks later, the Cardinals selected Knight. The former Hawkeye played five so-so years in Arizona, and had just three interceptions in 63 games. 4. Eric Hill – LB – 1989 (10th overall) – LSU Hill was a stalwart for nine seasons in the middle of the Cardinals’ defense and had four 100-tackle seasons, including a career-high 131 in 1999. 6. Jamir Miller – LB – 1994 (10th overall) – UCLAMiller started slowly as a 20-year-old rookie, but developed nicely over his five years in Arizona. In his final year, he helped the Cardinals earn a playoff spot (and win a postseason game for the first time in 41 years) when he had 113 tackles, three sacks, two fumble recoveries and four passes defensed. 1. Larry Fitzgerald – WR – 2004 (3rd overall) – PittsburghThe Cardinals nabbed Fitzgerald after San Diego took Eli Manning and Oakland went with Robert Gallery (oops!). Since entering the league in 2004, Fitzgerald is the most productive receiver in the league in that span with 1,018 catches. He’s a nine-time Pro Bowler who had a career-high 109 receptions in 2015 for the NFC West champions. 12. Ken Harvey – LB – 1988 (12th overall) – California“The Original Phoenix Cardinal,” Harvey was the franchise’s first-ever draft pick after the relocation from St. Louis. As a reserve player in 1988, Harvey had six sacks. He became a starter the next year and notched seven sacks and a career-high 120 tackles. In six years with the Cardinals, Harvey had 47.5 sacks. He left for Washington in 1994 and was a four-time Pro Bowler with the Redskins. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 25. Joe Wolf – OL – 1989 (17th overall) – Boston CollegeWolf spent nine years with the Cardinals, mostly as a depth player on the offensive line. He was a full-time starter as a rookie in 1989 and in 1996. 20. Bryant Johnson – WR – 2003 (17th overall) – Penn StateThe first of those back-to-back selections acquired from the Saints was Johnson, who never really distinguished himself in Arizona. He did catch 40 or more passes in four straight seasons in the Cardinals’ pass-happy offense, but had his share of drops as well. Johnson was overshadowed by the team’s second-round pick in 2003, Anquan Boldin, and Larry Fitzgerald, whom they took with the third overall pick the next year. Arizona Cardinals owner Bill Bidwill, left, and coach Dennis Green, right, pose with Pittsburgh wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald at a news conference Sunday, April 25, 2004, in Tempe, Ariz. The Cardinals took Fitzgerald as the third choice in Saturday’s first round of the NFL draft. (AP Photo/Tom Hood) 9. Michael Floyd – WR – 2012 (13th overall) – Notre DameFloyd was the second wide receiver picked in 2012 and unlike the first, Justin Blackmon of the Jacksonville Jaguars, has been a productive and steady force for his team. Floyd’s first NFL catch went for a touchdown – an 8-yarder in a 27-6 win over the Eagles in Week 3. In fact, Floyd’s 19 career touchdowns are the fourth-most among receivers in his draft class. 14. L.J. Shelton – T – 1999 (21st overall) – Eastern MichiganShelton was the second of two first-round picks in 1999, and carved out a solid but unspectacular career. The 6-foot-6, 335-pound tackle was a primary starter for Arizona for six seasons before stops in Cleveland, Miami and San Diego during a 10-year career. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 24. Matt Leinart – QB – 2006 (10th overall) – USCLeinart was one of the most decorated college quarterbacks ever at USC, winning a Heisman Trophy and two national championships. Head coach Denny Green, who called Leinart “a gift from heaven” eased his rookie into action. The lefty got his first start in Week 5 against Kansas City and played well in a 23-20 loss. He’d go on to start 11 games, posting a 4-7 record. Leinart never did enough to fully grasp the starting job, and spent most of his remaining time in Arizona as a backup to Kurt Warner, who led the team to an NFC Championship in 2008. Leinart was cut in training camp in 2010 and played in four games the rest of his career. 8. Leonard Davis – OL – 2001 (2nd overall) – TexasDavis, at 6-foot-6 and 375 pounds, was a mountain of a man. Drafted as a tackle, Davis started all 16 games in his rookie season at right guard. He moved to right tackle in 2002 and back to right guard in 2003 before starting at left tackle for the next three seasons. He never reached his full potential in the desert but thrived after signing a free agent contract with the Dallas Cowboys and went to three straight Pro Bowls as a right guard. 16. Beanie Wells – RB – 2009 (31st overall) – Ohio StateIt looked like Wells would be a star for a long time in Arizona based on his rookie season in which he ran for nearly 800 yards and seven touchdowns. Injuries slowed him in 2010, but in 2011, he ran for 1,047 yards and 10 touchdowns, setting a franchise single-game rushing record in the process with a 228-yard outburst in St. Louis. After another injury-plagued season in 2012, Wells was out of football. The 2016 NFL Draft begins next Thursday in Chicago, and the Arizona Cardinals own the 29th pick in the first round.Should they keep the pick, the player selected will be the 30th player drafted in the first round by the Cardinals since they moved to the Valley from St. Louis in 1988.There have been some home run picks by the Cardinals — and others that haven’t worked out so well.Here’s a ranking of the Cards’ all-time first-round draft picks. 23. Jonathan Cooper – G – 2013 (7th overall) – North CarolinaAccording to GM Steve Keim, Cooper was the Cardinals “best offensive lineman the minute he walked though baggage claim” in 2013. One of the highest-rated guard prospects ever, Cooper suffered a broken leg in a preseason game against San Diego that erased his rookie campaign. He was never the same after that, battling injury and inconsistency over the next two seasons. Keim was able to trade Cooper to the New England Patriots this offseason in a deal that netted pass rusher Chandler Jones, so Coop’s time in the Valley wasn’t all bad. 19. Calvin Pace – DE – 2003 (18th overall) – Wake ForestThe Cardinals owned the sixth overall pick in 2003 and had the opportunity to draft hometown hero Terrell Suggs, who had set an NCAA record with 24 sacks as a junior at Arizona State. They passed, citing concerns about Suggs’ off-the-field choices. The Cardinals engineered a trade with New Orleans and acquired back-to-back picks, including no. 18, where they got Pace. Draft experts scoffed at the selection, claiming Pace was a third-round talent. He became a starter in his rookie season and spent five decent years with the Cardinals before moving on in free agency to the New York Jets, where he has been ever since. 26. Andre Wadsworth – DE – 1998 (3rd overall) – Florida StateViewed as a can’t-miss prospect, Wadsworth missed. After a great college career that started with him walking on at Florida State, Wadsworth was the first non-quarterback drafted in 1998. He signed his rookie deal the night before the season opener in Dallas, but went on to play 16 game in ’98. Knee injuries affected his availability and productivity over the next two seasons and he played in only 20 of the Cardinals’ 32 games. He underwent microfracture knee surgery and was released in 2000. 29. D.J. Humphries – T – 2015 (24th overall) – FloridaHumphries is the only Cardinals first-round draft pick not to play a down in his rookie season, so there’s no other place to put him on this list. He is, however, penciled in as Arizona’s starting right tackle for 2016 after starter Bobby Massie left in free agency for Chicago. 22. Thomas Jones – RB – 2000 (7th overall) – VirginiaJones was the second running back drafted in 2000, and really did nothing to distinguish himself in Arizona. In three seasons with the Cardinals, he amassed only 1,264 yards on 362 carries — a paltry 3.5 yards per pop. The most lasting memory about Jones’ time in the desert is a mysterious broken hand he suffered when (according to him) he was answering a phone. Jones went on to play with the Buccaneers, Bears, Jets and Chiefs and had five straight 1,000-yard seasons between 2005 and 2009. 28. Wendell Bryant – DT – 2002 (12th overall) – WisconsinBryant didn’t play very well when he was on the field, getting just 1.5 sacks in three seasons with the Cardinals. He was suspended for the 2005 season after repeated violations of the NFL’s substance abuse policy and the Cardinals cut him. Bryant never played in the NFL again, but had stints with the Las Vegas Locomotives and Omaha Nighthawks of the short-lived United Football League. 10. Deone Bucannon – S – 2014 (27th overall) – Washington StateThe Cardinals moved down seven spots to take the hard-hitting safety from the Pac-12. In just two seasons in Arizona, he’s become one of the most important parts of the Cardinals’ defense. Bucannon has played most of his time as an undersized dollar linebacker, but has thrived. His stellar play has encouraged other teams to use similar schemes. He’s got 195 total tackles, five sacks, an interception return for a touchdown and four forced fumbles in just two seasons. 17. Garrison Hearst – RB – 1993 (3rd overall) – GeorgiaHearst held out in training camp as a rookie, signing right before the Cardinals’ final preseason game. In his sixth game as a pro, Hearst suffered a knee injury, ending his season. It also cut short his second year, limiting him to just 37 carries in eight games. Hearst, finally healthy, became the starter in 1995, running for 1,070 yards on 284 carries. He was cut after the season and hooked on with Cincinnati and ultimately San Francisco, where he ran for a career-high 1,570 yards in 1998.18. Levi Brown – T – 2007 (5th overall) – Penn StateThe name alone conjurs up painful memories for Cardinals fans. Brown was selected instead of running back Adrian Peterson out of Oklahoma. Brown is out of the league while Peterson has remained, despite serious off-the-field issues, one of the most productive running backs in football. But the fact of the matter is, Brown was a six-year starter on the offensive line for Arizona and started at right tackle in Super Bowl XLIII. 27. Ernest Dye – OL – 1993 (18th overall) – South CarolinaDye spent four injury-plagued years with the Cardinals, starting at left guard as a second-year player in 1993. He played with the Rams in 1997, and re-signed with Arizona in 1998, although he’d never play another game for the team. Dye, along with teammates Carl Simpson and Lester Holmes, was involved in a car accident near Munds Park, about 25 miles south of Flagstaff, where the team held its annual training camp. Dye lost the use of his right arm due to the injuries suffered in the crash and never played football again. 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 13. David Boston – WR – 1999 (8th overall) – Ohio StateMany local fans cringed when Boston, the man who scored the winning touchdown for the Buckeyes in the 1997 Rose Bowl that killed Arizona State’s national title hopes, was picked by Arizona at number 8. Boston was decent as a rookie, but exploded in his second year, catching 71 passes for 1,156 yards and seven touchdowns. In 2001, Boston was one of the most feared receivers in football, leading the league with 1,598 yards — which is still a club record. 5. Eric Swann – DT – 1991 (6th overall) – Wake Technical CollegeSwann was one of the riskiest picks in Cardinals history. He never played a down of college football after failing to qualify academically at North Carolina State. When healthy, he was a dominant force on the defensive line and had 45.5 sacks in nine years. He was a two-time Pro Bowl selection (1995, 1996). 11. Antrel Rolle – CB – 2005 (8th overall) – MiamiRolle was drafted as a corner, but flamed out at the positon, eventually moving to safety. It was there where he became a productive playmaker. In 2007, Rolle led the NFL with 231 yards on interception returns and took three picks back for touchdowns — including two in a 35-27 road win at Cincinnati in Week 10. He had a third nullified by a penalty. Rolle was the starter for the Cardinals at free safety in the Super Bowl season of 2008 and earned his first Pro Bowl nod in 2009, his last year in the desert.last_img read more