Manja injures another biker on Vidyasagar Setu

first_imgKolkata: A middle- aged man who was on his way to his relative’s funeral got bruises on his throat from manja (kite flying thread) on Friday.According to sources, the incident took place at 6 pm and the man got stitches on his throat and fingers. Md Ghufran, a resident of Shibpur who was heading towards Alimuddin Street from Howrah Shibpur on a bike, was about to get down from the Vidyasagar Setu, when he noticed itching and a burning sensation on his throat and fingers. He then noticed blood coming out from his throat and fingers. A police case has also being registered in this connection. The incident reminds about a man whose face was slashed due to kite string on Maa flyover recently.last_img read more

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first_imgKolkata: A middle- aged man who was on his way to his relative’s funeral got bruises on his throat from manja (kite flying thread) on Friday.According to sources, the incident took place at 6 pm and the man got stitches on his throat and fingers. Md Ghufran, a resident of Shibpur who was heading towards Alimuddin Street from Howrah Shibpur on a bike, was about to get down from the Vidyasagar Setu, when he noticed itching and a burning sensation on his throat and fingers. He then noticed blood coming out from his throat and fingers. A police case has also being registered in this connection. The incident reminds about a man whose face was slashed due to kite string on Maa flyover recently.last_img read more

Indigenous advocate wants Trudeau to write Rolling Stone to express regret

first_imgVANCOUVER – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he “regrets” comments he made about Sen. Patrick Brazeau in Rolling Stone, but an Indigenous advocate wants him to express his remorse in a letter to the popular U.S. magazine.Trudeau told Rolling Stone in a story titled “Justin Trudeau: The North Star,” that his choice of Brazeau as an opponent in a March 2012 charity boxing match “wasn’t random.” Brazeau is from the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation in Quebec.“I wanted someone who would be a good foil, and we stumbled upon the scrappy tough-guy senator from an Indigenous community. He fit the bill and it was a very nice counterpoint,” Trudeau told the magazine.“I saw it as the right kind of narrative, the right story to tell,” he said about the cancer-fundraiser fight he won in Ottawa when he was a member of Parliament.On Tuesday, Trudeau said in a CBC radio interview in Vancouver that he regretted his choice of language in describing the Independent senator.“The way I have personally engaged with Indigenous leadership and Indigenous communities over the past years and certainly as we’re doing it as a government, recognizes that there are a lot of patterns to change,” said Trudeau, who has made reconciliation with First Nations a top priority.“I try and make sure that we’re staying focused on recognizing that true reconciliation involves changing approaches and changing mindset. The way I framed it and characterized that doesn’t contribute to the positive spirit of reconciliation that I like to think and I know my government stands for.”Brazeau declined comment.Cindy Blackstock, executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, said she’s glad Trudeau apologized for comments, saying the image of “the savage and the civilized” has dominated Canadian government for too long.However, it’s important for the prime minister to set the record straight in a letter to Rolling Stone “so the same people who read that article actually get to learn from the humility of him saying what he did was wrong and why it was wrong,” she said.“The idea that you would go searching for an Indigenous person to engage in an exercise with the aim, really, of making yourself look good, as that seems to imply, is disturbing.”In February, Trudeau was criticized by NDP member of Parliament Romeo Saganash, a former Cree leader, about remarks the prime minister made in response to a question on funding to First Nations communities.Trudeau told a town hall in Saskatoon that he’d spoken with a number of First Nations chiefs who said young people need youth centres with TVs and sofas so they can hang out.“When a chief says that to me I pretty much know they haven’t actually talked to their young people,” Trudeau said at the town hall.“Most of the young people I’ve talked are asking for a place to store their canoes and paddles so they can connect back out on the land and a place with Internet access so they can do their homework in a meaningful way because their homes are often too crowded and they need a place to work and study.”Saganash called Trudeau’s comments ignorant and insulting. He wrote a satirical letter saying a national canoe and paddle program must have been a “secret” recommendation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter.last_img read more

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first_imgVANCOUVER – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he “regrets” comments he made about Sen. Patrick Brazeau in Rolling Stone, but an Indigenous advocate wants him to express his remorse in a letter to the popular U.S. magazine.Trudeau told Rolling Stone in a story titled “Justin Trudeau: The North Star,” that his choice of Brazeau as an opponent in a March 2012 charity boxing match “wasn’t random.” Brazeau is from the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation in Quebec.“I wanted someone who would be a good foil, and we stumbled upon the scrappy tough-guy senator from an Indigenous community. He fit the bill and it was a very nice counterpoint,” Trudeau told the magazine.“I saw it as the right kind of narrative, the right story to tell,” he said about the cancer-fundraiser fight he won in Ottawa when he was a member of Parliament.On Tuesday, Trudeau said in a CBC radio interview in Vancouver that he regretted his choice of language in describing the Independent senator.“The way I have personally engaged with Indigenous leadership and Indigenous communities over the past years and certainly as we’re doing it as a government, recognizes that there are a lot of patterns to change,” said Trudeau, who has made reconciliation with First Nations a top priority.“I try and make sure that we’re staying focused on recognizing that true reconciliation involves changing approaches and changing mindset. The way I framed it and characterized that doesn’t contribute to the positive spirit of reconciliation that I like to think and I know my government stands for.”Brazeau declined comment.Cindy Blackstock, executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, said she’s glad Trudeau apologized for comments, saying the image of “the savage and the civilized” has dominated Canadian government for too long.However, it’s important for the prime minister to set the record straight in a letter to Rolling Stone “so the same people who read that article actually get to learn from the humility of him saying what he did was wrong and why it was wrong,” she said.“The idea that you would go searching for an Indigenous person to engage in an exercise with the aim, really, of making yourself look good, as that seems to imply, is disturbing.”In February, Trudeau was criticized by NDP member of Parliament Romeo Saganash, a former Cree leader, about remarks the prime minister made in response to a question on funding to First Nations communities.Trudeau told a town hall in Saskatoon that he’d spoken with a number of First Nations chiefs who said young people need youth centres with TVs and sofas so they can hang out.“When a chief says that to me I pretty much know they haven’t actually talked to their young people,” Trudeau said at the town hall.“Most of the young people I’ve talked are asking for a place to store their canoes and paddles so they can connect back out on the land and a place with Internet access so they can do their homework in a meaningful way because their homes are often too crowded and they need a place to work and study.”Saganash called Trudeau’s comments ignorant and insulting. He wrote a satirical letter saying a national canoe and paddle program must have been a “secret” recommendation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter.last_img read more

Alleged Winnipeg serial killers arrest reverberates in Vancouver police investigating links

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe arrest of the most recently accused serial killer in Winnipeg has renewed the call for a national inquiry to look into the fate of so many murdered and missing Aboriginal women in this country.That call is loudest in British Columbia where the women there endured an eight month public inquiry many deem a failure.They say it’s time the rest of the country realizes Canada is a dangerous place if you are an Aboriginal women.APTN National News reporter Rob Smith has the story.last_img read more

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first_imgAPTN National NewsThe arrest of the most recently accused serial killer in Winnipeg has renewed the call for a national inquiry to look into the fate of so many murdered and missing Aboriginal women in this country.That call is loudest in British Columbia where the women there endured an eight month public inquiry many deem a failure.They say it’s time the rest of the country realizes Canada is a dangerous place if you are an Aboriginal women.APTN National News reporter Rob Smith has the story.last_img read more

Feds commit cash to preserve Inuit art and culture in Winnipeg

first_imgMatt Thordarson APTN National NewsThe federal government has made a major commitment to conserve Inuit art and culture in Winnipeg.Canada is putting millions of dollars into a centre to give people in the south a chance to learn more about their northern neighbours.Matt Thordarson reports.last_img

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first_imgMatt Thordarson APTN National NewsThe federal government has made a major commitment to conserve Inuit art and culture in Winnipeg.Canada is putting millions of dollars into a centre to give people in the south a chance to learn more about their northern neighbours.Matt Thordarson reports.last_img

Canada takes softwood lumber dispute with US to NAFTA appeal panel

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada is turning to the North American Free Trade Agreement in its bid to stop U.S. duties on Canadian softwood lumber.A letter from a Canadian lawyer was hand-delivered Tuesday to the American NAFTA secretariat in Washington, requesting a panel review “in regard to the final determination of the U.S. Department of Commerce in the countervailing duty investigation of softwood lumber from Canada.”In a written statement, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Canada will “forcefully defend Canada’s softwood lumber industry.”“The U.S. Department of Commerce’s decision on punitive countervailing and anti-dumping duties against Canada’s softwood lumber producers is unfair, unwarranted, and deeply troubling,” she said.The challenge comes under section 19 of NAFTA, one of the sections in the crosshairs of U.S. President Donald Trump as the trilateral trade pact is renegotiated.Canadian softwood lumber producers have already laid down about $500 million in countervailing and antidumping duties since the U.S. Department of Commerce ruled last spring Canada was unfairly subsidizing its softwood industry and selling wood into the U.S. at unfairly low rates.The main issues stem from the fact that most Canadian softwood is on Crown land and producers pay stumpage fees, set by provincial governments, for the right to harvest the wood. The U.S. Lumber Coalition alleges these fees are deliberately set too low and represent an unfair subsidy to Canadian producers.Canada vigorously denies these claims and has won several NAFTA challenges over similar softwood issues in the past.Earlier this month, the U.S. government made final decisions about the amount of duty that would be charged on Canadian softwood, with the final total averaging about 21 per cent, down from almost 27 per cent in the initial decisions.Canada and the U.S. have battled over softwood for decades and the disputes have been before both NAFTA and the World Trade Organization multiple times. Canada has won almost all of those challenges, and even in cases where Canada was found to be subsidizing its industry, NAFTA panels or the WTO have said the subsidy was so minimal it had no effect on U.S. producers.Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr has repeatedly said Canada has every reason to believe it would prevail in such a challenge again.However, until Tuesday it wasn’t clear whether Canada would take that route again in the midst of difficult NAFTA renegotiations, particularly given the American objective to eliminate Chapter 19 altogether.Chapter 19 establishes a panel of five arbiters, agreed upon by both countries, who will decide if the duties meet U.S. law. Without that mechanism, Canada would have to use the U.S. court system to make such a challenge.Canada likes Chapter 19 because it doesn’t trust the U.S. courts to be fair and timely in reviewing international trade challenges. The Trump administration believes the U.S. court system should determine if American laws are being properly applied; if the panel decides they aren’t, the U.S. would have to refund the money collected.A Canadian government official said Tuesday that Canada could decide to take its case to the WTO as well, in addition to the NAFTA challenge.Canada and the United States are attempting to negotiate a new softwood deal that would dictate how much wood Canada can sell to the U.S. The last deal expired two years ago.Thus far Canadian producers have been shielded from too much harm from the duties because of high market prices and the low Canadian dollar.— follow @mrabson on Twitter.last_img read more

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first_imgOTTAWA – Canada is turning to the North American Free Trade Agreement in its bid to stop U.S. duties on Canadian softwood lumber.A letter from a Canadian lawyer was hand-delivered Tuesday to the American NAFTA secretariat in Washington, requesting a panel review “in regard to the final determination of the U.S. Department of Commerce in the countervailing duty investigation of softwood lumber from Canada.”In a written statement, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Canada will “forcefully defend Canada’s softwood lumber industry.”“The U.S. Department of Commerce’s decision on punitive countervailing and anti-dumping duties against Canada’s softwood lumber producers is unfair, unwarranted, and deeply troubling,” she said.The challenge comes under section 19 of NAFTA, one of the sections in the crosshairs of U.S. President Donald Trump as the trilateral trade pact is renegotiated.Canadian softwood lumber producers have already laid down about $500 million in countervailing and antidumping duties since the U.S. Department of Commerce ruled last spring Canada was unfairly subsidizing its softwood industry and selling wood into the U.S. at unfairly low rates.The main issues stem from the fact that most Canadian softwood is on Crown land and producers pay stumpage fees, set by provincial governments, for the right to harvest the wood. The U.S. Lumber Coalition alleges these fees are deliberately set too low and represent an unfair subsidy to Canadian producers.Canada vigorously denies these claims and has won several NAFTA challenges over similar softwood issues in the past.Earlier this month, the U.S. government made final decisions about the amount of duty that would be charged on Canadian softwood, with the final total averaging about 21 per cent, down from almost 27 per cent in the initial decisions.Canada and the U.S. have battled over softwood for decades and the disputes have been before both NAFTA and the World Trade Organization multiple times. Canada has won almost all of those challenges, and even in cases where Canada was found to be subsidizing its industry, NAFTA panels or the WTO have said the subsidy was so minimal it had no effect on U.S. producers.Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr has repeatedly said Canada has every reason to believe it would prevail in such a challenge again.However, until Tuesday it wasn’t clear whether Canada would take that route again in the midst of difficult NAFTA renegotiations, particularly given the American objective to eliminate Chapter 19 altogether.Chapter 19 establishes a panel of five arbiters, agreed upon by both countries, who will decide if the duties meet U.S. law. Without that mechanism, Canada would have to use the U.S. court system to make such a challenge.Canada likes Chapter 19 because it doesn’t trust the U.S. courts to be fair and timely in reviewing international trade challenges. The Trump administration believes the U.S. court system should determine if American laws are being properly applied; if the panel decides they aren’t, the U.S. would have to refund the money collected.A Canadian government official said Tuesday that Canada could decide to take its case to the WTO as well, in addition to the NAFTA challenge.Canada and the United States are attempting to negotiate a new softwood deal that would dictate how much wood Canada can sell to the U.S. The last deal expired two years ago.Thus far Canadian producers have been shielded from too much harm from the duties because of high market prices and the low Canadian dollar.— follow @mrabson on Twitter.last_img read more

Udaya claims Government ignoring Russia China

He noted that the US and UN had earlier accused Sri Lanka of human rights abuses as the then Government refused to submit to their demands. “The Government must realize how weak they are when their enemies begin to whitewash them,” he said.The MP also said that he does not feel the Government will protect former President Mahinda Rajapaksa as claimed by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. He also noted that while the Prime Minister has said that the new Government was able to save Rajapaksa from the electric chair, the same Prime Minister had said earlier that Rajapaksa cannot be taken to the electric chair by a foreign country as Sri Lanka has not signed the Rome statute. (Colombo Gazette) The parliamentarian said that the new Government has shown it is weak and that is why it has agreed to the demands of the US and the UN. Opposition parliamentarian Udaya Gammanpila claims the Government is ignoring warning signals from China and Russia over the repercussions of agreeing with the United States on the text of the resolution at the UN Human Rights Council.Speaking to reporters yesterday, Gammanpila said that the US and UN have begun to whitewash Sri Lanka these days. read more

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He noted that the US and UN had earlier accused Sri Lanka of human rights abuses as the then Government refused to submit to their demands. “The Government must realize how weak they are when their enemies begin to whitewash them,” he said.The MP also said that he does not feel the Government will protect former President Mahinda Rajapaksa as claimed by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. He also noted that while the Prime Minister has said that the new Government was able to save Rajapaksa from the electric chair, the same Prime Minister had said earlier that Rajapaksa cannot be taken to the electric chair by a foreign country as Sri Lanka has not signed the Rome statute. (Colombo Gazette) The parliamentarian said that the new Government has shown it is weak and that is why it has agreed to the demands of the US and the UN. Opposition parliamentarian Udaya Gammanpila claims the Government is ignoring warning signals from China and Russia over the repercussions of agreeing with the United States on the text of the resolution at the UN Human Rights Council.Speaking to reporters yesterday, Gammanpila said that the US and UN have begun to whitewash Sri Lanka these days. read more

Seven years of war in Syria has left colossal human tragedy in

“This seven-year war has left a colossal human tragedy in its wake. For the sake of the living, it is high time to end this devastating conflict,” the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi underscored.The conflict – which broke in the wake of massive anti- and pro-Government street protests across the country in 2011 – reaches “a depressing anniversary” this month.The High Commissioner painted a grim picture of the relentless suffering of Syrian civilians and denounced the ongoing brutality as a shameful failure of political will and a new low in Syria’s long-running conflict.“There are no clear winners in this senseless pursuit of a military solution. But the losers are plain to see – they are the people of Syria,” he added.With 69 per cent of civilians inside the country languishing in extreme poverty, conditions are worse than ever. Ninety per cent of families now spend more than half their annual income on food as prices are, on average, eight times higher than pre-crisis levels.Moreover, some 5.6 million people lack security or basic rights and require humanitarian assistance.While UNHCR and other humanitarian actors are making every effort to bring relief to hundreds of thousands of people in dire need inside Eastern Ghouta and other besieged parts of the country, access to these populations remains woefully inadequate.On 5 March, a humanitarian convoy delivering aid to besieged Eastern Ghouta was cut short amidst ongoing shelling and subsequent attempts have been thwarted.UNICEF/Amer Al ShamiIn December 2015, a mother loads preserved food supplies in a truck as the family prepares to move out of Nashabieh village to a neighbouring safer town within besieged East Ghouta, Syria. Almost 400,000 people are trapped in besieged locations.“Humanitarian access to those in need must be guaranteed. People must be allowed to leave to seek refuge and civilians and civilian infrastructure including hospitals and schools must be protected at all costs,” Mr. Grandi maintained.Meanwhile, the hopes of millions of Syrian refugees living in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Iraq who dream of returning home when conditions are safe are being dashed.“With fighting in parts of Syria as fierce as at any point during the conflict, refugees are understandably still too frightened to return,” Mr. Grandi continued, noting that UNHCR is preparing to assist in returns for when the security situation improves.As conditions for millions of Syrians in exile grow more desperate, the vast majority live below the poverty line and more than three-quarters sheltering in Jordan and Lebanon are unable to meet their basic food, shelter, health or education needs.Although host countries lay on second shifts to accommodate the refugees, 43 per cent of 1.7 million school-aged Syrian are out of school.“While the focus is on the devastation inside Syria, we should not forget the impact on the host communities in the neighbouring countries and the effect that so many years of exile has had on refugees,” Mr. Grandi reminded.Turning to an upcoming international conference in Brussels on supporting the future of Syria and the region, he asserted that it must result in a boost of financial and development assistance.“As long as there is no political solution to the conflict, the international community must step up its investment in the host countries,” the High Commissioner concluded. read more

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“This seven-year war has left a colossal human tragedy in its wake. For the sake of the living, it is high time to end this devastating conflict,” the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi underscored.The conflict – which broke in the wake of massive anti- and pro-Government street protests across the country in 2011 – reaches “a depressing anniversary” this month.The High Commissioner painted a grim picture of the relentless suffering of Syrian civilians and denounced the ongoing brutality as a shameful failure of political will and a new low in Syria’s long-running conflict.“There are no clear winners in this senseless pursuit of a military solution. But the losers are plain to see – they are the people of Syria,” he added.With 69 per cent of civilians inside the country languishing in extreme poverty, conditions are worse than ever. Ninety per cent of families now spend more than half their annual income on food as prices are, on average, eight times higher than pre-crisis levels.Moreover, some 5.6 million people lack security or basic rights and require humanitarian assistance.While UNHCR and other humanitarian actors are making every effort to bring relief to hundreds of thousands of people in dire need inside Eastern Ghouta and other besieged parts of the country, access to these populations remains woefully inadequate.On 5 March, a humanitarian convoy delivering aid to besieged Eastern Ghouta was cut short amidst ongoing shelling and subsequent attempts have been thwarted.UNICEF/Amer Al ShamiIn December 2015, a mother loads preserved food supplies in a truck as the family prepares to move out of Nashabieh village to a neighbouring safer town within besieged East Ghouta, Syria. Almost 400,000 people are trapped in besieged locations.“Humanitarian access to those in need must be guaranteed. People must be allowed to leave to seek refuge and civilians and civilian infrastructure including hospitals and schools must be protected at all costs,” Mr. Grandi maintained.Meanwhile, the hopes of millions of Syrian refugees living in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Iraq who dream of returning home when conditions are safe are being dashed.“With fighting in parts of Syria as fierce as at any point during the conflict, refugees are understandably still too frightened to return,” Mr. Grandi continued, noting that UNHCR is preparing to assist in returns for when the security situation improves.As conditions for millions of Syrians in exile grow more desperate, the vast majority live below the poverty line and more than three-quarters sheltering in Jordan and Lebanon are unable to meet their basic food, shelter, health or education needs.Although host countries lay on second shifts to accommodate the refugees, 43 per cent of 1.7 million school-aged Syrian are out of school.“While the focus is on the devastation inside Syria, we should not forget the impact on the host communities in the neighbouring countries and the effect that so many years of exile has had on refugees,” Mr. Grandi reminded.Turning to an upcoming international conference in Brussels on supporting the future of Syria and the region, he asserted that it must result in a boost of financial and development assistance.“As long as there is no political solution to the conflict, the international community must step up its investment in the host countries,” the High Commissioner concluded. read more

Another big game another big struggle

Ohio State fans thought they could rest easy: The Buckeyes’ big game woes seemed to be over with wins against Oregon in January’s Rose Bowl and Miami (Fla.) at home in September. But alas, Tressel and his boys could not overcome the Camp Randall hoopla and OSU lost Saturday’s game, and its short-lived No. 1 spot, 31-18 against No. 18 Wisconsin. Quarterback Terrelle Pryor looked like he was unable to complete a meaningful pass. The defense allowed Wisconsin to run the ball at will. Special teams gave up a 97-yard touchdown on the opening kickoff. To put it simply, the Buckeyes’ preparation just didn’t pan out. “We’ve got to stop taking stuff for granted,” Pryor said, unwilling to look anyone in the eye after the game. “I wanted to make sure that we stayed focused … and those things I talked about, it happened today.” There were many x-factors reminiscent of recent big-game losses for the Buckeyes, one of which is the 50-percent completion rate for Pryor, who was 14 for 28. In the 2009 Fiesta Bowl, Pryor went 5 for 13 passes, after splitting snaps with then-senior and former starter Todd Boeckman. The then-No. 3 Texas Longhorns beat then-No. 10 OSU 24-21. As a Heisman hopeful and junior leader of the Buckeye squad, Pryor said he felt the weight of the loss on his shoulders after stating he had fully recovered from an injury he suffered during the Illinois game. “I can’t use the quad as an excuse, I had enough that I could run a little bit,” Pryor said. “That’s no excuse at all, I mean, the quad is fine.” It was the Buckeye defense that couldn’t come back from star safety Tyler Moeller’s injury against Illinois, as it gave up 104 yards to Wisconsin running back John Clay. The last time the Buckeyes allowed an opponent more than 100 rushing yards was in another No. 1 matchup on Sept. 13, 2008, when then-No. 5 OSU visited No. 1, Southern California and Joe McKnight racked up 105 yards. In Saturday’s game, the Buckeyes made a run with 18 unanswered points, beginning in the second quarter. But the attempt turned out to be in vain when the Badgers added a touchdown and a field goal in the last seven minutes of the game. “It’s hard to have momentum in somebody else’s house but we had a little bit of momentum,” said coach Jim Tressel about the beginning of the second half. “But, you know, (Wisconsin) delivered.” The loss in momentum, however, that allowed Wisconsin to score the final points was not unlike the loss in momentum with minutes left against USC on Sept. 12, 2009. USC started with the ball on its own 5-yard line and managed to march down the field for a touchdown and 2-point conversion to make the final score 18-15 USC. Running back Brandon Saine, who didn’t see much action until late in the game, said there hadn’t been a mental block for him or his teammates. “I think people were thinking the right things, but you know, coming into the stadium and trying to pull off a win is always hard,” Saine said. “This is one of the toughest places to play ever.” Despite their disappointment, Pryor said the Buckeyes have no reason to give up. “It was a team loss, but we’ll live to fight another day,” Pryor said. read more

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Ohio State fans thought they could rest easy: The Buckeyes’ big game woes seemed to be over with wins against Oregon in January’s Rose Bowl and Miami (Fla.) at home in September. But alas, Tressel and his boys could not overcome the Camp Randall hoopla and OSU lost Saturday’s game, and its short-lived No. 1 spot, 31-18 against No. 18 Wisconsin. Quarterback Terrelle Pryor looked like he was unable to complete a meaningful pass. The defense allowed Wisconsin to run the ball at will. Special teams gave up a 97-yard touchdown on the opening kickoff. To put it simply, the Buckeyes’ preparation just didn’t pan out. “We’ve got to stop taking stuff for granted,” Pryor said, unwilling to look anyone in the eye after the game. “I wanted to make sure that we stayed focused … and those things I talked about, it happened today.” There were many x-factors reminiscent of recent big-game losses for the Buckeyes, one of which is the 50-percent completion rate for Pryor, who was 14 for 28. In the 2009 Fiesta Bowl, Pryor went 5 for 13 passes, after splitting snaps with then-senior and former starter Todd Boeckman. The then-No. 3 Texas Longhorns beat then-No. 10 OSU 24-21. As a Heisman hopeful and junior leader of the Buckeye squad, Pryor said he felt the weight of the loss on his shoulders after stating he had fully recovered from an injury he suffered during the Illinois game. “I can’t use the quad as an excuse, I had enough that I could run a little bit,” Pryor said. “That’s no excuse at all, I mean, the quad is fine.” It was the Buckeye defense that couldn’t come back from star safety Tyler Moeller’s injury against Illinois, as it gave up 104 yards to Wisconsin running back John Clay. The last time the Buckeyes allowed an opponent more than 100 rushing yards was in another No. 1 matchup on Sept. 13, 2008, when then-No. 5 OSU visited No. 1, Southern California and Joe McKnight racked up 105 yards. In Saturday’s game, the Buckeyes made a run with 18 unanswered points, beginning in the second quarter. But the attempt turned out to be in vain when the Badgers added a touchdown and a field goal in the last seven minutes of the game. “It’s hard to have momentum in somebody else’s house but we had a little bit of momentum,” said coach Jim Tressel about the beginning of the second half. “But, you know, (Wisconsin) delivered.” The loss in momentum, however, that allowed Wisconsin to score the final points was not unlike the loss in momentum with minutes left against USC on Sept. 12, 2009. USC started with the ball on its own 5-yard line and managed to march down the field for a touchdown and 2-point conversion to make the final score 18-15 USC. Running back Brandon Saine, who didn’t see much action until late in the game, said there hadn’t been a mental block for him or his teammates. “I think people were thinking the right things, but you know, coming into the stadium and trying to pull off a win is always hard,” Saine said. “This is one of the toughest places to play ever.” Despite their disappointment, Pryor said the Buckeyes have no reason to give up. “It was a team loss, but we’ll live to fight another day,” Pryor said. read more

Man wielding twofoot machete in Birmingham chased down by police

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. West Midlands Police have released dramatic footage from 2016 showing two officers chasing down a man wielding a two-foot machete.Iryan Brown, 20, was sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court for possessing an offensive weapon and making threats with a blade. He will be detained indefinitely at a mental health facility under the Mental Health Act.last_img read more

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first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. West Midlands Police have released dramatic footage from 2016 showing two officers chasing down a man wielding a two-foot machete.Iryan Brown, 20, was sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court for possessing an offensive weapon and making threats with a blade. He will be detained indefinitely at a mental health facility under the Mental Health Act.last_img read more

Kidney calls for talismanic Brian ODriscoll to kick on

first_imgIRELAND COACH Declan Kidney hopes today’s match with France will not be Brian O’Driscoll’s last in the Six Nations at Lansdowne Road.The 34-year-old centre is his country’s second-most capped player, but like Kidney, there is conjecture over his future.O’Driscoll could retire after thmoe Six Nations while few expect the coach’s contract to be renewed after a disappointing campaign that has only yielded one win from three games. Amid the speculation, Kidney has made it clear he wants O’Driscoll to continue.“I hope it won’t be,” Kidney said. “I think that’s up to Brian to decide. I thought he had a smashing game against Wales. To turn out the day of the England match (after the birth of his daughter) just shows his passion for the whole thing.“Who knows? Just like Jamie (Heaslip) said we can’t know the future. Please God it won’t be. This will be just another game to add to his tally.”Kidney fears another veteran, Frederic Michalak, could have an impact on the game in Dublin, saying the French out-half is a player who sees opportunities others don’t.“He can open up defences, he finds openings where other people don’t see them,” Kidney said. “He has that sort of vision really to be able to do that and in games like this.“They’ve been tight over the last couple of years and it’s probably what they’ve gone after. I think there are a lot of combinations in their backline, who can play off each other pretty well.”Meanwhile, Ireland captain Jamie Heaslip says he is still learning his role as skipper ahead of the showdown with France. Heaslip’s selection as captain, ahead of long-serving skipper O’Driscoll, was seen by many as a nod to the future.However, both his and the team’s underwhelming performances have led to scrutiny of the appointment.“On Tuesday at the media day (I was asked) have you learned everything you need to learn regards to captaincy? I said ‘no, you never stop learning’,” said Heaslip. So I’m always trying to pick up stuff, we’ve got so much experience in the team in all different ways.“I’m really enjoying it. From a team point of view it’s a massive challenge, as captain I have to lead by example I suppose.”6 Nations: 3 key battles Ireland must win to beat FranceThe Tank needs to be at his unstoppable best to top Picamoleslast_img read more

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first_imgIRELAND COACH Declan Kidney hopes today’s match with France will not be Brian O’Driscoll’s last in the Six Nations at Lansdowne Road.The 34-year-old centre is his country’s second-most capped player, but like Kidney, there is conjecture over his future.O’Driscoll could retire after thmoe Six Nations while few expect the coach’s contract to be renewed after a disappointing campaign that has only yielded one win from three games. Amid the speculation, Kidney has made it clear he wants O’Driscoll to continue.“I hope it won’t be,” Kidney said. “I think that’s up to Brian to decide. I thought he had a smashing game against Wales. To turn out the day of the England match (after the birth of his daughter) just shows his passion for the whole thing.“Who knows? Just like Jamie (Heaslip) said we can’t know the future. Please God it won’t be. This will be just another game to add to his tally.”Kidney fears another veteran, Frederic Michalak, could have an impact on the game in Dublin, saying the French out-half is a player who sees opportunities others don’t.“He can open up defences, he finds openings where other people don’t see them,” Kidney said. “He has that sort of vision really to be able to do that and in games like this.“They’ve been tight over the last couple of years and it’s probably what they’ve gone after. I think there are a lot of combinations in their backline, who can play off each other pretty well.”Meanwhile, Ireland captain Jamie Heaslip says he is still learning his role as skipper ahead of the showdown with France. Heaslip’s selection as captain, ahead of long-serving skipper O’Driscoll, was seen by many as a nod to the future.However, both his and the team’s underwhelming performances have led to scrutiny of the appointment.“On Tuesday at the media day (I was asked) have you learned everything you need to learn regards to captaincy? I said ‘no, you never stop learning’,” said Heaslip. So I’m always trying to pick up stuff, we’ve got so much experience in the team in all different ways.“I’m really enjoying it. From a team point of view it’s a massive challenge, as captain I have to lead by example I suppose.”6 Nations: 3 key battles Ireland must win to beat FranceThe Tank needs to be at his unstoppable best to top Picamoleslast_img read more

South Korea FA warn against big name arrivals

first_imgThe Korea Football Association (KFA) have issued a warning to local media outlets over the potential damage they are causing by linking names such as Louis van Gaal, Andre Villas-Boas and Luiz Felipe Scolari to their managerial post at the national teamCurrent head coach Shin Tae-yong faces an uncertain future in charge of the national side, following their group stage exit at the World Cup – even if that did include a historic 2-1 win over defending champions Germany.Reports have emerged recently in Korea linking several big-name candidates to Tae-yong’s position, but the KFA have now released a statement urging local media to hold back from publishing articles from foreign news sources in regards to South Korea football team.“These rumours have come through foreign media to be reported by the domestic media,” read the statement, via ESPN.“Not only does this cause confusion among fans, it can have a negative impact on negotiations that take place with genuine candidates.”The football association added that they will be issuing no more statement with Kim Pan-gon, head of the KFA’s technical committee, revealing that their current manager will be evaluated amongst the shortlist of candidates they currently have available.Matteo Darmian snubs Solskjaer Taimoor Khan – September 8, 2019 The Manchester United manager was snubbed by Matteo Darmian who heaped praise over the likes of Jose Mourinho and Louis van Gaal.Matteo Darmian has…“We will regard Shin Tae-yong as one of the candidates, and he’ll be up against other candidates being considered,” Kim said.“We will interview these candidates and compare each one of them with Shin before we name the coach.”He added: “We have to play an active style of football, using penetration and forward passing, with stamina at the foundation,”“And the coach should produce results that befit our national team’s status.”last_img read more

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first_imgThe Korea Football Association (KFA) have issued a warning to local media outlets over the potential damage they are causing by linking names such as Louis van Gaal, Andre Villas-Boas and Luiz Felipe Scolari to their managerial post at the national teamCurrent head coach Shin Tae-yong faces an uncertain future in charge of the national side, following their group stage exit at the World Cup – even if that did include a historic 2-1 win over defending champions Germany.Reports have emerged recently in Korea linking several big-name candidates to Tae-yong’s position, but the KFA have now released a statement urging local media to hold back from publishing articles from foreign news sources in regards to South Korea football team.“These rumours have come through foreign media to be reported by the domestic media,” read the statement, via ESPN.“Not only does this cause confusion among fans, it can have a negative impact on negotiations that take place with genuine candidates.”The football association added that they will be issuing no more statement with Kim Pan-gon, head of the KFA’s technical committee, revealing that their current manager will be evaluated amongst the shortlist of candidates they currently have available.Matteo Darmian snubs Solskjaer Taimoor Khan – September 8, 2019 The Manchester United manager was snubbed by Matteo Darmian who heaped praise over the likes of Jose Mourinho and Louis van Gaal.Matteo Darmian has…“We will regard Shin Tae-yong as one of the candidates, and he’ll be up against other candidates being considered,” Kim said.“We will interview these candidates and compare each one of them with Shin before we name the coach.”He added: “We have to play an active style of football, using penetration and forward passing, with stamina at the foundation,”“And the coach should produce results that befit our national team’s status.”last_img read more

CTran receives 45 million federal grant

first_imgC-Tran will use a $4.5 million federal grant to replace aging fare boxes on 105 buses and make other improvements to its headquarters campus in Vancouver.The grant was part of U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood’s announcement on Monday that the Federal Transit Administration will provide $776 million nationwide through its State of Good Repair program. The initiative is intended to help local transit agencies maintain existing buses and related equipment.In Clark County, C-Tran plans to use the biggest portion of the new grant to replace fare boxes.“The manufacturer no longer maintains the components to keep the fare boxes up to date,” C-Tran spokesman Scott Patterson said.He added that the average age of C-Tran fare boxes is 19 years.The agency requested federal help to replace fare boxes and undertake three other projects. The grant falls short of C-Tran’s original request for $5 million, so Patterson said the cash-strapped agency will have to decide how to prioritize the four projects on its list.“We don’t yet know if we will defer one of the projects,” he said.The project list includes the following:o $3.5 million, with $700,000 contributed by C-Tran, for new fare boxes.o $1.7 million, with $300,000 contributed by C-Tran, to pave a large gravel lot on the south end of C-Tran’s property on 65th Avenue and install a stormwater treatment system.o $520,000, with $104,000 from C-Tran, to install a new bus wash that minimizes energy consumption and maximizes water reclamation.o $454,000, with $90,000 from C-Tran, to rehabilitate its bus painting facility. The new facility will meet modern air quality standards and reclaim exhaust heat.last_img read more

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first_imgC-Tran will use a $4.5 million federal grant to replace aging fare boxes on 105 buses and make other improvements to its headquarters campus in Vancouver.The grant was part of U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood’s announcement on Monday that the Federal Transit Administration will provide $776 million nationwide through its State of Good Repair program. The initiative is intended to help local transit agencies maintain existing buses and related equipment.In Clark County, C-Tran plans to use the biggest portion of the new grant to replace fare boxes.“The manufacturer no longer maintains the components to keep the fare boxes up to date,” C-Tran spokesman Scott Patterson said.He added that the average age of C-Tran fare boxes is 19 years.The agency requested federal help to replace fare boxes and undertake three other projects. The grant falls short of C-Tran’s original request for $5 million, so Patterson said the cash-strapped agency will have to decide how to prioritize the four projects on its list.“We don’t yet know if we will defer one of the projects,” he said.The project list includes the following:o $3.5 million, with $700,000 contributed by C-Tran, for new fare boxes.o $1.7 million, with $300,000 contributed by C-Tran, to pave a large gravel lot on the south end of C-Tran’s property on 65th Avenue and install a stormwater treatment system.o $520,000, with $104,000 from C-Tran, to install a new bus wash that minimizes energy consumption and maximizes water reclamation.o $454,000, with $90,000 from C-Tran, to rehabilitate its bus painting facility. The new facility will meet modern air quality standards and reclaim exhaust heat.last_img read more

Coast Guard moves north for Arctic Shield 2018

first_imgA Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter in Kotzebue. (Photo: Petty Officer 3rd Class Walter Shinn, U.S. Coast Guard.)The U.S. Coast Guard is on the ground and in the air in northwest Alaska for the summer.Listen nowOn Saturday, the Coast Guard opened its forward operating location in Kotzebue for the 10thyear of Operation Arctic Shield. According to a press release, Arctic Shield is intended “to support Coast Guard missions in response to increased maritime activity in the Arctic.”Two MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters and crews are stationed in Kotzebue and will assist with search-and-rescue operations and other maritime emergencies. In addition, three Coast Guard icebreakers based out of Dutch Harbor will engage in missions in the Bering Strait and Chukchi and Beaufort seas.The Coast Guard says it will also conduct what it calls Operation Arctic Guardian: meeting with community responders in the Arctic to teach and plan for basic oil-spill response.Rear Admiral Matthew Bell says the forward operating location helps overcome some of the challenges of the Arctic, including “the environment, vast distances and limited infrastructure.”Last summer, the Coast Guard conducted 20 search-and-rescue missions as part of Arctic Shield, saving 20 lives and assisting 27 others. The mission this year will continue through October.last_img read more

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first_imgA Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter in Kotzebue. (Photo: Petty Officer 3rd Class Walter Shinn, U.S. Coast Guard.)The U.S. Coast Guard is on the ground and in the air in northwest Alaska for the summer.Listen nowOn Saturday, the Coast Guard opened its forward operating location in Kotzebue for the 10thyear of Operation Arctic Shield. According to a press release, Arctic Shield is intended “to support Coast Guard missions in response to increased maritime activity in the Arctic.”Two MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters and crews are stationed in Kotzebue and will assist with search-and-rescue operations and other maritime emergencies. In addition, three Coast Guard icebreakers based out of Dutch Harbor will engage in missions in the Bering Strait and Chukchi and Beaufort seas.The Coast Guard says it will also conduct what it calls Operation Arctic Guardian: meeting with community responders in the Arctic to teach and plan for basic oil-spill response.Rear Admiral Matthew Bell says the forward operating location helps overcome some of the challenges of the Arctic, including “the environment, vast distances and limited infrastructure.”Last summer, the Coast Guard conducted 20 search-and-rescue missions as part of Arctic Shield, saving 20 lives and assisting 27 others. The mission this year will continue through October.last_img read more

What is West Nile Virus 7yearold boy dies in Kerala was in

first_imgTom Ervin/Getty Images [Representational Image]A seven-year-old boy diagnosed with West Nile Fever in Kerala’s Malappuram district died on Monday. He was under treatment at Kozhikode Medical College for the last two weeks.Mohammed Shan, a resident of AR Nagar in Vengara town, was on life support due to his deteriorating condition. He started showing little progress from Saturday and the doctors had said that the ventilator would be removed. But the condition worsened and he breathed his last on Monday.After confirming the disease as West Nile Fever, a medical team from the Centre had conducted a thorough inspection at the boy’s house and premises in Kozhikode. The team assessed that the virus infection was under control and there is no need for any concern as no other case has been reported.What is West Nile Fever?Typically a virus infection spread by the infected Culex mosquitos, West Nile Virus (WNV) spreads from birds to humans with the bite of an infected mosquito. This is mostly affected by people with a weak immune system.How does it spread?It is spread mostly through mosquito bites, but in certain cases, it has also been spread through blood transfusion and organ donation, times of pregnancy – while delivery or breastfeeding and even due to the exposure in a laboratory setting.WNV is not spread through coughing, sneezing, or touching.Most WNV cases are seen during mosquito seasons, starting from summer and continue through fall. There are no vaccines to prevent or medications to treat WNV in people. Fortunately, most people infected with WNV do not feel sick. About 1 in 5 people who are infected develop a fever and other symptoms.About one out of 150 infected people develop a serious, sometimes fatal, illness, reports Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Symptoms of WNVIn most of the cases, there are no symptoms. However, sometimes the infected person develops a fever with other symptoms like severe headache, body pain, vomiting, convulsion, vision loss, diarrhoea or even rash.In serious cases of WNV, it affects the brain and causes inflammation of the central nervous system (encephalitis) or inflammation of the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord (meningitis).Recovery from severe illness might take months and some effects are done to the brain can also be permanent and most of the patients, whose central nervous system are affected usually dies.DiagnosisIf a person feels any of the above symptoms, it is better to have a physical check-up. Run a few laboratory tests for better confirmation.Treatment and cureAs of now, there is no cure for the WNV infection as there are no specific vaccine or designated treatment. A person can opt for treatment to relieve fever and pain.In severe cases, patients often need to be hospitalised to receive supportive treatment, such as intravenous fluids, pain medication, and nursing care.last_img read more

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first_imgTom Ervin/Getty Images [Representational Image]A seven-year-old boy diagnosed with West Nile Fever in Kerala’s Malappuram district died on Monday. He was under treatment at Kozhikode Medical College for the last two weeks.Mohammed Shan, a resident of AR Nagar in Vengara town, was on life support due to his deteriorating condition. He started showing little progress from Saturday and the doctors had said that the ventilator would be removed. But the condition worsened and he breathed his last on Monday.After confirming the disease as West Nile Fever, a medical team from the Centre had conducted a thorough inspection at the boy’s house and premises in Kozhikode. The team assessed that the virus infection was under control and there is no need for any concern as no other case has been reported.What is West Nile Fever?Typically a virus infection spread by the infected Culex mosquitos, West Nile Virus (WNV) spreads from birds to humans with the bite of an infected mosquito. This is mostly affected by people with a weak immune system.How does it spread?It is spread mostly through mosquito bites, but in certain cases, it has also been spread through blood transfusion and organ donation, times of pregnancy – while delivery or breastfeeding and even due to the exposure in a laboratory setting.WNV is not spread through coughing, sneezing, or touching.Most WNV cases are seen during mosquito seasons, starting from summer and continue through fall. There are no vaccines to prevent or medications to treat WNV in people. Fortunately, most people infected with WNV do not feel sick. About 1 in 5 people who are infected develop a fever and other symptoms.About one out of 150 infected people develop a serious, sometimes fatal, illness, reports Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Symptoms of WNVIn most of the cases, there are no symptoms. However, sometimes the infected person develops a fever with other symptoms like severe headache, body pain, vomiting, convulsion, vision loss, diarrhoea or even rash.In serious cases of WNV, it affects the brain and causes inflammation of the central nervous system (encephalitis) or inflammation of the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord (meningitis).Recovery from severe illness might take months and some effects are done to the brain can also be permanent and most of the patients, whose central nervous system are affected usually dies.DiagnosisIf a person feels any of the above symptoms, it is better to have a physical check-up. Run a few laboratory tests for better confirmation.Treatment and cureAs of now, there is no cure for the WNV infection as there are no specific vaccine or designated treatment. A person can opt for treatment to relieve fever and pain.In severe cases, patients often need to be hospitalised to receive supportive treatment, such as intravenous fluids, pain medication, and nursing care.last_img read more

How Much Do Teachers Spend On Classroom Supplies

first_imgLindsey Balbierz for NPRIt’s inevitable. Each year, teachers dip into their own pockets to buy things like notebooks, tissues and pencils for their students.This inevitability is even enshrined in the tax code, which gives educators a $250 deduction for their trouble. Late last week, in hammering out their big tax overhaul, Republicans decided to preserve that deduction. So we thought we would ask teachers how much of their own money they spend each year.The answer: more than $250.Erin Craddock, a fourth-grade teacher in Virginia, says she spends more than $300 a year on things like chapter books, bookshelves, folders, organization trays, pocket charts, construction paper and hand sanitizer.Many teachers told us they spend as much as a $1,000 a year, including Heather Lyke.Steve Peterson, a retired fifth-grade teacher in Iowa, taught for more than 20 years and spent as much as $1,000 a year.“As a drama educator, I spend at least $600 on supplies, props and scripts,” says Becky Solomon, a high school drama teacher in Chicago.This is an obvious but important point: How much a teacher spends depends a lot on what and whom they teach.Kindergarten classrooms, for example, require an inexhaustible supply of crayons and hand sanitizer, while a high school biology teacher may max the deduction with one order of leopard frogs.Gregg Rutter teaches math and advanced English and runs an elementary-level STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) lab in Minnesota, and he says he spends about $2,000 a year on books and project supplies, including robots and other high-tech equipment.No matter the class, though, teachers in high-poverty schools often find themselves digging even deeper into their own pockets — to buy extra food for their students, as Lyke mentioned, and clothing.The Treasury Department estimates that in tax year 2016, the classroom expense deduction cost the federal government roughly $210 million in tax revenue. In a survey by Scholastic, an educational publishing and media company, principals were found to have spent an average of $683 of their own money, while teachers spent $530 — and teachers in high-poverty schools spent nearly 40 percent more than that.Rachel Fielhauer, a fifth-grade teacher in Ohio, says she spends as much as $1,000 a year on her students. Sometimes parents help defray the cost by donating supplies, she says, but it’s often not enough. And Fielhauer insists she would keep spending, even without the $250 deduction.“The tax write-off is nice to acknowledge what educators spend,” she says, “but I will keep spending as it is what my students need.”Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

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first_imgLindsey Balbierz for NPRIt’s inevitable. Each year, teachers dip into their own pockets to buy things like notebooks, tissues and pencils for their students.This inevitability is even enshrined in the tax code, which gives educators a $250 deduction for their trouble. Late last week, in hammering out their big tax overhaul, Republicans decided to preserve that deduction. So we thought we would ask teachers how much of their own money they spend each year.The answer: more than $250.Erin Craddock, a fourth-grade teacher in Virginia, says she spends more than $300 a year on things like chapter books, bookshelves, folders, organization trays, pocket charts, construction paper and hand sanitizer.Many teachers told us they spend as much as a $1,000 a year, including Heather Lyke.Steve Peterson, a retired fifth-grade teacher in Iowa, taught for more than 20 years and spent as much as $1,000 a year.“As a drama educator, I spend at least $600 on supplies, props and scripts,” says Becky Solomon, a high school drama teacher in Chicago.This is an obvious but important point: How much a teacher spends depends a lot on what and whom they teach.Kindergarten classrooms, for example, require an inexhaustible supply of crayons and hand sanitizer, while a high school biology teacher may max the deduction with one order of leopard frogs.Gregg Rutter teaches math and advanced English and runs an elementary-level STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) lab in Minnesota, and he says he spends about $2,000 a year on books and project supplies, including robots and other high-tech equipment.No matter the class, though, teachers in high-poverty schools often find themselves digging even deeper into their own pockets — to buy extra food for their students, as Lyke mentioned, and clothing.The Treasury Department estimates that in tax year 2016, the classroom expense deduction cost the federal government roughly $210 million in tax revenue. In a survey by Scholastic, an educational publishing and media company, principals were found to have spent an average of $683 of their own money, while teachers spent $530 — and teachers in high-poverty schools spent nearly 40 percent more than that.Rachel Fielhauer, a fifth-grade teacher in Ohio, says she spends as much as $1,000 a year on her students. Sometimes parents help defray the cost by donating supplies, she says, but it’s often not enough. And Fielhauer insists she would keep spending, even without the $250 deduction.“The tax write-off is nice to acknowledge what educators spend,” she says, “but I will keep spending as it is what my students need.”Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

Python serious about diversity dumps offensive master slave terms in its documentation

first_imgPython is set on changing its “master” and “slave” terminology in its documentation and code. This is to conciliate the people claiming the terminology as offensive. A python developer at Red Hat, Victor Stinner, started a discussion titled “avoid master/slave terminology” on Python bug report, last week. The bug report discusses changing “master” and “slave” in Python documentation to terms such as “parent”, “worker”, or something similar, based on the complaints received “privately”. “For diversity reasons, it would be nice to try to avoid ‘master’ and ‘slave’ terminology which can be associated to slavery” mentioned Victor Stinner in the bug report. Not every Python developer who participated in this discussion agreed with Victor Stinner. One of the developers in the discussion, Larry Hastings, wrote “I’m a little surprised by this.  It’s not like slavery was acceptable when these computer science terms were coined and it’s only comparatively recently that they’ve gone out of fashion. On the other hand, there are some areas in computer software where “master” and “slave” are the exact technical terms (e.g. IDE), and avoiding them would lead to confusion”. Another Python developer, Terry J. Reedy wrote, “To me, there is nothing wrong with the word ‘master’, as such. I mastered Python to become a master of Python. Purging Python of ‘master’ seems ill-conceived. Like Larry, I object to action based on hidden evidence”. Python is not the only one who has been under Scrutiny. The Redis community, Django, and Drupal all faced the same issue. Drupal changed the terms “master” and “slave” for “primary” and “replica”. Similarly, Django swapped “master” and “slave” for “leader” and “follower”. To put an end to this debate about the use of this politically incorrect language, Guido Van Rossum, who resigned as “Benevolent dictator for life” or BDFL in July, but is still active as a core developer, was pulled back in. Guido ended the discussion by saying, “I’m closing this now. Three out of four of Victor’s PRs have been merged. The fourth one should not be merged because it reflects the underlying terminology of UNIX ptys. There’s a remaining quibble about “pliant children” -> “helpers” but that can be dealt with as a follow-up PR without keeping this discussion open”. The final commit on this is as follows: bpo-34605, pty: Avoid master/slave terms * pty.spawn(): rename master_read parameter to parent_read * Rename pty.slave_open() to pty.child_open(), but keep an pty.slave_open alis to pty.child_open for backward compatibility * os.openpty(), os.forkpty(): rename master_fd/slave_fd to parent_fd/child_fd * Rename internal variables: * Rename master_fd/slave_fd to parent_fd/child_fd * Rename slave_name to child_name For more information on the discussion, be sure to check out the official Python bug report. Read Next Why Guido van Rossum quit as the Python chief (BDFL) No new PEPS will be approved for Python in 2018, with BDFL election pending Python comes third in TIOBE popularity index for the first timelast_img read more

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first_imgPython is set on changing its “master” and “slave” terminology in its documentation and code. This is to conciliate the people claiming the terminology as offensive. A python developer at Red Hat, Victor Stinner, started a discussion titled “avoid master/slave terminology” on Python bug report, last week. The bug report discusses changing “master” and “slave” in Python documentation to terms such as “parent”, “worker”, or something similar, based on the complaints received “privately”. “For diversity reasons, it would be nice to try to avoid ‘master’ and ‘slave’ terminology which can be associated to slavery” mentioned Victor Stinner in the bug report. Not every Python developer who participated in this discussion agreed with Victor Stinner. One of the developers in the discussion, Larry Hastings, wrote “I’m a little surprised by this.  It’s not like slavery was acceptable when these computer science terms were coined and it’s only comparatively recently that they’ve gone out of fashion. On the other hand, there are some areas in computer software where “master” and “slave” are the exact technical terms (e.g. IDE), and avoiding them would lead to confusion”. Another Python developer, Terry J. Reedy wrote, “To me, there is nothing wrong with the word ‘master’, as such. I mastered Python to become a master of Python. Purging Python of ‘master’ seems ill-conceived. Like Larry, I object to action based on hidden evidence”. Python is not the only one who has been under Scrutiny. The Redis community, Django, and Drupal all faced the same issue. Drupal changed the terms “master” and “slave” for “primary” and “replica”. Similarly, Django swapped “master” and “slave” for “leader” and “follower”. To put an end to this debate about the use of this politically incorrect language, Guido Van Rossum, who resigned as “Benevolent dictator for life” or BDFL in July, but is still active as a core developer, was pulled back in. Guido ended the discussion by saying, “I’m closing this now. Three out of four of Victor’s PRs have been merged. The fourth one should not be merged because it reflects the underlying terminology of UNIX ptys. There’s a remaining quibble about “pliant children” -> “helpers” but that can be dealt with as a follow-up PR without keeping this discussion open”. The final commit on this is as follows: bpo-34605, pty: Avoid master/slave terms * pty.spawn(): rename master_read parameter to parent_read * Rename pty.slave_open() to pty.child_open(), but keep an pty.slave_open alis to pty.child_open for backward compatibility * os.openpty(), os.forkpty(): rename master_fd/slave_fd to parent_fd/child_fd * Rename internal variables: * Rename master_fd/slave_fd to parent_fd/child_fd * Rename slave_name to child_name For more information on the discussion, be sure to check out the official Python bug report. Read Next Why Guido van Rossum quit as the Python chief (BDFL) No new PEPS will be approved for Python in 2018, with BDFL election pending Python comes third in TIOBE popularity index for the first timelast_img read more

SLH adds 8 luxury properties in Caribbean South Pacific Europe

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> NEW YORK — Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) has announced a slew of new properties to its expanding portfolio, with travel agents banking commissions that range from 10-20%.In the Caribbean, SLH welcomes The Manoah Boutique Hotel in Shoal Bay, Anguilla, featuring rooms priced from US$350 per night. Having just opened in December 2016, the hotel is wowing guests with its 25 bedrooms and suites, an Olympic-sized swimming pool surrounded by tropical gardens, two beach bars, a spa and the Ocean Beach Club Restaurant, which serves fresh seasonal produce.The Reef by CuisinArt in Anguilla opened its doors in November 2016 with 80 suites directly on the Caribbean Sea. Amenities include an on-property hydroponic farm, beachfront bar and restaurant and a white sand beach with dramatic outdoor Jacuzzis. Rooms start at $500 per night.Le Barthélemy Hotel and Spa is SLH’s first property in St Barth’s. The hotel opened its doors last November with 46 rooms and suites that open out onto private terraces and swimming pools. Another perk: The hotel’s spa has partnered with luxury French skincare brand La Mer. Rooms start at $648 per night.More news:  Rome enforces ban on sitting on Spanish StepsIn St. Kitts and Nevis, SLH welcomes Paradise Beach Nevis, which has the distinction of being the only villa resort on the island. The resort is child friendly and features villas that accommodate up to eight people. Each of the seven villas boast a marble or limestone bath, king beds, sound system, fitness studio, dining rooms, private pool and Hermés bath products. Rooms start at $876 per night.Point Grace Resort and Spa in Turks and Caicos is also new to SLH. With rooms priced from $460, this upscale property boasts 25 suites, all of which span over 1,000 square feet, two restaurants, the Thalasso Spa, and fine dining at two restaurants.For an extra exotic touch, SLH now includes Kokomo Island in the Kadavu Islands, Fiji. Dubbed as Fiji’s newest and most exclusive private island resort, Kokomo Island opens in March 2017 and is the first SLH hotel in Fiji. Selling features include 21 villas, three restaurants, spa, and excellent diving (the resort is encircled by the Great Astrolabe Reef). Rooms start at $1,795 per night.More news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsIn Europe, SLH has added two new properties: Naxian Collection Luxury Villas and Suites in Naxos, Greece, and Sikelia in Pantelleria, Italy. The former – a chic hilltop retreat with 10 sugar cube white villas and suites – offers cave-like rooms priced from $288 per night, while the latter – built out of an ancient dammuso – has rooms priced from $360 per night.For more information go to slh.com. Thursday, February 23, 2017 Travelweek Group Tags: Small Luxury Hotels of the Worldcenter_img Posted by Share SLH adds 8 luxury properties in Caribbean, South Pacific & Europelast_img read more

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first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> NEW YORK — Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) has announced a slew of new properties to its expanding portfolio, with travel agents banking commissions that range from 10-20%.In the Caribbean, SLH welcomes The Manoah Boutique Hotel in Shoal Bay, Anguilla, featuring rooms priced from US$350 per night. Having just opened in December 2016, the hotel is wowing guests with its 25 bedrooms and suites, an Olympic-sized swimming pool surrounded by tropical gardens, two beach bars, a spa and the Ocean Beach Club Restaurant, which serves fresh seasonal produce.The Reef by CuisinArt in Anguilla opened its doors in November 2016 with 80 suites directly on the Caribbean Sea. Amenities include an on-property hydroponic farm, beachfront bar and restaurant and a white sand beach with dramatic outdoor Jacuzzis. Rooms start at $500 per night.Le Barthélemy Hotel and Spa is SLH’s first property in St Barth’s. The hotel opened its doors last November with 46 rooms and suites that open out onto private terraces and swimming pools. Another perk: The hotel’s spa has partnered with luxury French skincare brand La Mer. Rooms start at $648 per night.More news:  Rome enforces ban on sitting on Spanish StepsIn St. Kitts and Nevis, SLH welcomes Paradise Beach Nevis, which has the distinction of being the only villa resort on the island. The resort is child friendly and features villas that accommodate up to eight people. Each of the seven villas boast a marble or limestone bath, king beds, sound system, fitness studio, dining rooms, private pool and Hermés bath products. Rooms start at $876 per night.Point Grace Resort and Spa in Turks and Caicos is also new to SLH. With rooms priced from $460, this upscale property boasts 25 suites, all of which span over 1,000 square feet, two restaurants, the Thalasso Spa, and fine dining at two restaurants.For an extra exotic touch, SLH now includes Kokomo Island in the Kadavu Islands, Fiji. Dubbed as Fiji’s newest and most exclusive private island resort, Kokomo Island opens in March 2017 and is the first SLH hotel in Fiji. Selling features include 21 villas, three restaurants, spa, and excellent diving (the resort is encircled by the Great Astrolabe Reef). Rooms start at $1,795 per night.More news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsIn Europe, SLH has added two new properties: Naxian Collection Luxury Villas and Suites in Naxos, Greece, and Sikelia in Pantelleria, Italy. The former – a chic hilltop retreat with 10 sugar cube white villas and suites – offers cave-like rooms priced from $288 per night, while the latter – built out of an ancient dammuso – has rooms priced from $360 per night.For more information go to slh.com. Thursday, February 23, 2017 Travelweek Group Tags: Small Luxury Hotels of the Worldcenter_img Posted by Share SLH adds 8 luxury properties in Caribbean, South Pacific & Europelast_img read more

FBI Church gunman shouldnt have been able to get gun

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility He said he had ordered a review into what happened and that FBI officials would meet Friday with victims’ relatives to explain the errors.The cascading set of problems began with the drug-related arrest of Dylann Roof in South Carolina weeks before the shooting, touching off miscommunication between local and federal officials and revealing potential shortcomings in the government’s background check process.At issue was a police report from Roof’s arrest in which authorities say he admitted to possessing illegal drugs. Under federal rules, that admission alone would have been enough to disqualify him from an April gun purchase even though he wasn’t convicted of the charge.But, Comey said, the FBI background check examiner who evaluated Roof’s gun purchase order never saw the arrest report because the wrong arresting agency was listed on state criminal history records. Had the West Virginia-based examiner seen the police report, the purchase would have been denied, Comey said.The purchase order was on hold for three days as the FBI examiner tried to figure out if it should be approved or rejected. Once that window closed without a clear answer, the gun dealer used its legal discretion to complete the transaction. Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Comey said he learned about the problem on Thursday night and had directed an internal 30-day review into the situation and the FBI’s background check process more generally.“It may be a series of highly improbable events coming together, but this was a gun that was used to murder nine good people. So it’s very important to me that we understand what we can learn from this,” Comey said.Sen. Chuck Grassley, the Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, condemned the errors.“It’s disastrous that this bureaucratic mistake prevented existing laws from working and blocking an illegal gun sale,” Grassley said. “The facts undercut attempts to use the tragedy to enact unnecessary gun laws.”Roof has been charged with murder in the June 17 slayings of nine people inside a historic black church in Charleston.The problem unfolded like this:Roof went to buy the .45-caliber handgun on April 11 from a licensed firearms dealer, Shooter’s Choice, in West Columbia, South Carolina.The background check examiner assigned to Roof’s case identified through South Carolina records an earlier arrest on a drug charge. But the arresting agency that was listed, for reasons Comey said were unclear, was the Lexington County sheriff’s office. The actual arresting agency was the Columbia police department. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Top Stories Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of WASHINGTON (AP) — The gunman charged in the Charleston, South Carolina, church massacre should not have been allowed to purchase the weapon used in the attack, FBI Director James Comey said Friday as he outlined a series of “heartbreaking” missed opportunities and background check flaws that allowed the transaction to take place.“We are all sick that this has happened,” Comey told reporters at an unusual, hastily scheduled meeting at FBI headquarters. “We wish we could turn back time, because from this vantage point, everything seems obvious. But we cannot.” Comey’s announcement came within hours of the Confederate flag’s removal from the South Carolina Statehouse. Families of the victims attended the ceremony.___Follow Eric Tucker on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/etuckerAPCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Had she reached that police force, she would have seen the arrest report in which Roof admitted having the drug Suboxone, which is used to treat opiate addiction, Comey said.The FBI’s confusion was further compounded by local geography.The background examiner knew Roof’s drug arrest took place in Lexington County. But the spreadsheet she consulted that listed police agencies in the county did not include the Columbia police force. That department instead was listed as being in Richland County — where most of the city of Columbia is located.The spreadsheet in retrospect should ideally have listed both counties as home to the city of Columbia, Comey said.When she didn’t see Columbia on her list, she selected what she thought was the most reasonable alternative — West Columbia, where the gun shop was located — but the police department there also said it had no record of Roof’s arrest.The Lexington County prosecutor’s office didn’t respond to her request for more information, and the sheriff’s office said it had no records on the case.Before she could track down the police report, the three-day window lapsed and the transaction went through on April 16. 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Four benefits of having a wireless security systemlast_img read more

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first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility He said he had ordered a review into what happened and that FBI officials would meet Friday with victims’ relatives to explain the errors.The cascading set of problems began with the drug-related arrest of Dylann Roof in South Carolina weeks before the shooting, touching off miscommunication between local and federal officials and revealing potential shortcomings in the government’s background check process.At issue was a police report from Roof’s arrest in which authorities say he admitted to possessing illegal drugs. Under federal rules, that admission alone would have been enough to disqualify him from an April gun purchase even though he wasn’t convicted of the charge.But, Comey said, the FBI background check examiner who evaluated Roof’s gun purchase order never saw the arrest report because the wrong arresting agency was listed on state criminal history records. Had the West Virginia-based examiner seen the police report, the purchase would have been denied, Comey said.The purchase order was on hold for three days as the FBI examiner tried to figure out if it should be approved or rejected. Once that window closed without a clear answer, the gun dealer used its legal discretion to complete the transaction. Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Comey said he learned about the problem on Thursday night and had directed an internal 30-day review into the situation and the FBI’s background check process more generally.“It may be a series of highly improbable events coming together, but this was a gun that was used to murder nine good people. So it’s very important to me that we understand what we can learn from this,” Comey said.Sen. Chuck Grassley, the Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, condemned the errors.“It’s disastrous that this bureaucratic mistake prevented existing laws from working and blocking an illegal gun sale,” Grassley said. “The facts undercut attempts to use the tragedy to enact unnecessary gun laws.”Roof has been charged with murder in the June 17 slayings of nine people inside a historic black church in Charleston.The problem unfolded like this:Roof went to buy the .45-caliber handgun on April 11 from a licensed firearms dealer, Shooter’s Choice, in West Columbia, South Carolina.The background check examiner assigned to Roof’s case identified through South Carolina records an earlier arrest on a drug charge. But the arresting agency that was listed, for reasons Comey said were unclear, was the Lexington County sheriff’s office. The actual arresting agency was the Columbia police department. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Top Stories Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of WASHINGTON (AP) — The gunman charged in the Charleston, South Carolina, church massacre should not have been allowed to purchase the weapon used in the attack, FBI Director James Comey said Friday as he outlined a series of “heartbreaking” missed opportunities and background check flaws that allowed the transaction to take place.“We are all sick that this has happened,” Comey told reporters at an unusual, hastily scheduled meeting at FBI headquarters. “We wish we could turn back time, because from this vantage point, everything seems obvious. But we cannot.” Comey’s announcement came within hours of the Confederate flag’s removal from the South Carolina Statehouse. Families of the victims attended the ceremony.___Follow Eric Tucker on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/etuckerAPCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Had she reached that police force, she would have seen the arrest report in which Roof admitted having the drug Suboxone, which is used to treat opiate addiction, Comey said.The FBI’s confusion was further compounded by local geography.The background examiner knew Roof’s drug arrest took place in Lexington County. But the spreadsheet she consulted that listed police agencies in the county did not include the Columbia police force. That department instead was listed as being in Richland County — where most of the city of Columbia is located.The spreadsheet in retrospect should ideally have listed both counties as home to the city of Columbia, Comey said.When she didn’t see Columbia on her list, she selected what she thought was the most reasonable alternative — West Columbia, where the gun shop was located — but the police department there also said it had no record of Roof’s arrest.The Lexington County prosecutor’s office didn’t respond to her request for more information, and the sheriff’s office said it had no records on the case.Before she could track down the police report, the three-day window lapsed and the transaction went through on April 16. 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Four benefits of having a wireless security systemlast_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Celebrity birthdays for the week of July 21-27 by The Associated Press Posted Jul 16, 2019 12:34 pm PDT Sandra Bullock presents the award for best team at the ESPY Awards on Wednesday, July 10, 2019, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) Celebrity birthdays for the week of July 21-27:July 21: Movie director Norman Jewison is 93. Actor Leigh Lawson (“Tess”) is 76. Singer Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) is 71. Cartoonist Garry Trudeau (“Doonesbury”) is 71. Actor Jamey Sheridan (“Homeland”) is 68. Singer-guitarist Eric Bazilian of The Hooters is 66. Comedian Jon Lovitz is 62. Actor Lance Guest (“Lou Grant”) is 59. Actor Matt Mulhern (“Major Dad”) is 59. Singer Emerson Hart of Tonic is 50. Actress Alysia Reiner (“Orange is the New Black”) is 49. Singer Fitz of Fitz and the Tantrums is 49. Country singer Paul Brandt is 47. Keyboardist Korey Cooper of Skillet is 47. Actress Ali Landry is 46. Actor Justin Bartha (“The Hangover”) is 41. Actress Sprague Grayden (“Jericho,” ”24″) is 41. Actor Josh Hartnett is 41. Contemporary Christian singer Brandon Heath is 41. Reggae singer Damian Marley is 41. Singer Brad Mates of Emerson Drive is 41. “American Idol” runner-up Blake Lewis is 38. Singer Romeo Santos is 38. Drummer Will Berman of MGMT is 37. Keyboardist Johan Carlsson of Carolina Liar is 35. Actress Vanessa Lengies (“American Dreams”) is 34.July 22: Actor Orson Bean (“Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman”) is 91. Actress Louise Fletcher is 85. Singer Chuck Jackson is 82. Actor Terence Stamp is 81. Game-show host Alex Trebek is 79. Singer George Clinton is 78. Singer-actor Bobby Sherman is 76. Actor Danny Glover is 73. Writer-director Paul Schrader is 73. Singer Don Henley is 72. Actor-comedian-director Albert Brooks is 72. Composer Alan Menken (“Little Mermaid,” ”Little Shop of Horrors”) is 70. Singer-actress Lonette McKee (“The Women of Brewster Place”) is 66. Actor Willem Dafoe is 64. Singer Keith Sweat is 58. Singer Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls is 56. Actor-comedian David Spade is 55. Actor John Leguizamo is 55. Actor Patrick Labyorteaux (“JAG,” ”Little House on the Prairie”) is 54. Bassist Pat Badger of Extreme is 52. Actor Rhys Ifans (“Elementary,” ”Notting Hill”) is 52. Actor-singer Jaime Camil (“Jane the Virgin”) is 46. Musician Daniel Jones (Savage Garden) is 46. Singer Rufus Wainwright is 46. Actress Franka Potente (“The Bourne Identity”) is 45. Actress A.J. Cook (“Criminal Minds”) is 41. Actor Keegan Allen (“Pretty Little Liars”) is 32. Singer-actress Selena Gomez is 27.July 23: Actor Ronny Cox (“Deliverance,” ”RoboCop”) is 81. Radio personality Don Imus is 79. Actor Larry Manetti (“Magnum, P.I.”) is 76. Singer David Essex is 72. Singer and former Congressman John Hall (Orleans) is 71. Guitarist Blair Thornton of Bachman-Turner Overdrive is 69. Actress Belinda Montgomery (“Doogie Howser, MD”) is 69. Actor Woody Harrelson is 58. Guitarist Martin Gore of Depeche Mode is 58. Actor Eriq Lasalle (“ER”) is 57. Drummer Yuval Gabay (Soul Coughing) is 56. Guitarist Slash of Velvet Revolver and of Guns N’ Roses is 54. Singer Sam Watters of Color Me Badd is 49. Singer Dalvin DeGrate of Jodeci is 48. Singer Alison Krauss is 48. Drummer Chad Gracey of Live is 48. Actor-comedian Marlon Wayans (“The Wayans Brothers”) is 47. Country singer Shannon Brown is 46. Actress Kathryn Hahn (“Transparent,” ”Crossing Jordan”) is 46. Actress Stephanie March (“Law and Order: Special Victims Unit”) is 45. Actor Shane McRae (“Sneaky Pete”) is 42. Singer Michelle Williams (Destiny’s Child) is 39. Actor Paul Wesley (“The Vampire Diaries”) is 37. Actress Krysta Rodriguez (“Smash”) is 35. Actor Daniel Radcliffe (“Harry Potter” movies) is 30. Drummer Neil Perry of The Band Perry is 29. Actress Lili Simmons (TV’s “The Purge”) is 26. Country singer Danielle Bradbery (“The Voice”) is 23.July 24: Actor John Aniston (“Days of Our Lives”) is 86. Comedian Ruth Buzzi is 83. Actor Mark Goddard (“Lost in Space”) is 83. Actor Chris Sarandon is 77. Comedian Gallagher is 73. Actor Robert Hays (“Airplane!”) is 72. Actor Michael Richards (“Seinfeld”) is 70. Actress Lynda Carter is 68. Director Gus Van Sant is 67. Country singer Pam Tillis is 62. Actor Kadeem Hardison (“A Different World”) is 54. Actress-singer Kristin Chenoweth is 51. Actress Laura Leighton (“Melrose Place”) is 51. Actress-singer Jennifer Lopez is 50. Director Patty Jenkins (“Wonder Woman”) is 48. Actress Jamie Denbo (“Orange Is the New Black”) is 46. Actor Eric Szmanda (“CSI”) is 44. Actress Rose Byrne is 40. Country singer Jerrod Neimann is 40. Actress Summer Glau (“Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”) is 38. Actress Elisabeth Moss is 37. Actress Anna Paquin is 37. Actress Megan Park (“The Secret Life of the American Teenager”) is 33. TV personality Bindi Irwin (“Bindi: The Jungle Girl”) is 21.July 25: Singer-guitarist Bruce Woodley of The Seekers is 77. Drummer Jim McCarty of The Yardbirds is 76. Bassist Verdine White of Earth, Wind and Fire is 68. Guitarist Jem Finer of The Pogues is 64. Supermodel Iman is 64. Cartoonist Ray Billingsley (“Curtis”) is 62. Guitarist Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth is 61. Country singer Marty Brown is 54. Actress Illeana Douglas is 54. Actor Matt LeBlanc (“Joey,” ”Friends”) is 52. Actress Wendy Raquel Robinson (TV’s “Grand Hotel,” ”The Steve Harvey Show”) is 52. Actor D.B. Woodside (“24”) is 50. Actress Miriam Shor (“Swingtown,” ”Hedwig and the Angry Inch”) is 48. Actor David Denman (“Parenthood,” ”The Office”) is 46. Actor Jay R. Ferguson (“Mad Men”) is 45. Actor James Lafferty (“One Tree Hill”) is 34. Actor Michael Welch (“Twilight” films, TV’s “Joan of Arcadia”) is 32. Actor Mason Cook (TV’s “Speechless”) is 19. Actor Pierce Gagnon (“One Tree Hill”) is 14.July 26: Singer Darlene Love is 78. Singer Brenton Wood is 78. Singer Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones is 76. Actress Helen Mirren is 74. Drummer Roger Taylor of Queen is 70. Actress Susan George is 69. Actress Nana Visitor (“Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”) is 62. Actor Kevin Spacey is 60. Singer Gary Cherone (Extreme, Van Halen) is 58. Actress Sandra Bullock is 55. Singer Jim Lindberg of Pennywise is 54. Actor Jeremy Piven is 54. Singer Wayne Wonder is 53. Actor Jason Statham (“Transporter” films) is 52. Actor Cress Williams (“Close to Home”) is 49. Host Chris Harrison (“The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette”) is 48. Actress Kate Beckinsale (“The Aviator,” ”Pearl Harbor”) is 46. Actor Gary Owen (“Think Like a Man” films) is 46. Drummer Dan Konopka of OK Go is 45. Contemporary Christian singer Rebecca St. James is 42. Actress Eve Myles (“Victoria,” ”Broadchurch”) is 41. Actress Juliet Rylance (“American Gothic”) is 40. Actress Monica Raymund (“Chicago Fire,” ”Chicago P.D.”) is 33. Actress Francia Raisa (“The Secret Life of the American Teenager”) is 31. Drummer Jamie Sharpe of Rush of Fools is 30. Actress Bianca Santos (“The Fosters”) is 29. Actress and singer Taylor Momsen of Pretty Reckless is 26.July 27: TV producer Norman Lear is 97. Actor John Pleshette (“Knots Landing”) is 77. Actress-director Betty Thomas (“Hill Street Blues”) is 72. Singer Maureen McGovern is 70. Actress Roxanne Hart (“The Good Girl,” ”Chicago Hope”) is 65. Guitarist Duncan Cameron (Sawyer Brown) is 63. Comedian Carol Leifer is 63. Comedian Bill Engvall is 62. Jazz singer Karrin Allyson is 57. Country singer Stacy Dean Campbell is 52. Singer Juliana Hatfield is 52. Actor Julian McMahon (“Profiler”) is 51. Actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (“Game of Thrones”) is 49. Comedian Maya Rudolph is 47. Drummer Abe Cunningham of Deftones is 46. Singer Pete Yorn is 45. Actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers (“The Tudors”) is 42. Comedian Heidi Gardner (“Saturday Night Live”) is 36. Actress Taylor Schilling is 35. Singer Cheyenne Kimball of Gloriana is 29. Actress Alyvia Alyn Lind (“Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors”) is 12.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Celebrity birthdays for the week of July 21-27 by The Associated Press Posted Jul 16, 2019 12:34 pm PDT Sandra Bullock presents the award for best team at the ESPY Awards on Wednesday, July 10, 2019, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) Celebrity birthdays for the week of July 21-27:July 21: Movie director Norman Jewison is 93. Actor Leigh Lawson (“Tess”) is 76. Singer Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) is 71. Cartoonist Garry Trudeau (“Doonesbury”) is 71. Actor Jamey Sheridan (“Homeland”) is 68. Singer-guitarist Eric Bazilian of The Hooters is 66. Comedian Jon Lovitz is 62. Actor Lance Guest (“Lou Grant”) is 59. Actor Matt Mulhern (“Major Dad”) is 59. Singer Emerson Hart of Tonic is 50. Actress Alysia Reiner (“Orange is the New Black”) is 49. Singer Fitz of Fitz and the Tantrums is 49. Country singer Paul Brandt is 47. Keyboardist Korey Cooper of Skillet is 47. Actress Ali Landry is 46. Actor Justin Bartha (“The Hangover”) is 41. Actress Sprague Grayden (“Jericho,” ”24″) is 41. Actor Josh Hartnett is 41. Contemporary Christian singer Brandon Heath is 41. Reggae singer Damian Marley is 41. Singer Brad Mates of Emerson Drive is 41. “American Idol” runner-up Blake Lewis is 38. Singer Romeo Santos is 38. Drummer Will Berman of MGMT is 37. Keyboardist Johan Carlsson of Carolina Liar is 35. Actress Vanessa Lengies (“American Dreams”) is 34.July 22: Actor Orson Bean (“Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman”) is 91. Actress Louise Fletcher is 85. Singer Chuck Jackson is 82. Actor Terence Stamp is 81. Game-show host Alex Trebek is 79. Singer George Clinton is 78. Singer-actor Bobby Sherman is 76. Actor Danny Glover is 73. Writer-director Paul Schrader is 73. Singer Don Henley is 72. Actor-comedian-director Albert Brooks is 72. Composer Alan Menken (“Little Mermaid,” ”Little Shop of Horrors”) is 70. Singer-actress Lonette McKee (“The Women of Brewster Place”) is 66. Actor Willem Dafoe is 64. Singer Keith Sweat is 58. Singer Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls is 56. Actor-comedian David Spade is 55. Actor John Leguizamo is 55. Actor Patrick Labyorteaux (“JAG,” ”Little House on the Prairie”) is 54. Bassist Pat Badger of Extreme is 52. Actor Rhys Ifans (“Elementary,” ”Notting Hill”) is 52. Actor-singer Jaime Camil (“Jane the Virgin”) is 46. Musician Daniel Jones (Savage Garden) is 46. Singer Rufus Wainwright is 46. Actress Franka Potente (“The Bourne Identity”) is 45. Actress A.J. Cook (“Criminal Minds”) is 41. Actor Keegan Allen (“Pretty Little Liars”) is 32. Singer-actress Selena Gomez is 27.July 23: Actor Ronny Cox (“Deliverance,” ”RoboCop”) is 81. Radio personality Don Imus is 79. Actor Larry Manetti (“Magnum, P.I.”) is 76. Singer David Essex is 72. Singer and former Congressman John Hall (Orleans) is 71. Guitarist Blair Thornton of Bachman-Turner Overdrive is 69. Actress Belinda Montgomery (“Doogie Howser, MD”) is 69. Actor Woody Harrelson is 58. Guitarist Martin Gore of Depeche Mode is 58. Actor Eriq Lasalle (“ER”) is 57. Drummer Yuval Gabay (Soul Coughing) is 56. Guitarist Slash of Velvet Revolver and of Guns N’ Roses is 54. Singer Sam Watters of Color Me Badd is 49. Singer Dalvin DeGrate of Jodeci is 48. Singer Alison Krauss is 48. Drummer Chad Gracey of Live is 48. Actor-comedian Marlon Wayans (“The Wayans Brothers”) is 47. Country singer Shannon Brown is 46. Actress Kathryn Hahn (“Transparent,” ”Crossing Jordan”) is 46. Actress Stephanie March (“Law and Order: Special Victims Unit”) is 45. Actor Shane McRae (“Sneaky Pete”) is 42. Singer Michelle Williams (Destiny’s Child) is 39. Actor Paul Wesley (“The Vampire Diaries”) is 37. Actress Krysta Rodriguez (“Smash”) is 35. Actor Daniel Radcliffe (“Harry Potter” movies) is 30. Drummer Neil Perry of The Band Perry is 29. Actress Lili Simmons (TV’s “The Purge”) is 26. Country singer Danielle Bradbery (“The Voice”) is 23.July 24: Actor John Aniston (“Days of Our Lives”) is 86. Comedian Ruth Buzzi is 83. Actor Mark Goddard (“Lost in Space”) is 83. Actor Chris Sarandon is 77. Comedian Gallagher is 73. Actor Robert Hays (“Airplane!”) is 72. Actor Michael Richards (“Seinfeld”) is 70. Actress Lynda Carter is 68. Director Gus Van Sant is 67. Country singer Pam Tillis is 62. Actor Kadeem Hardison (“A Different World”) is 54. Actress-singer Kristin Chenoweth is 51. Actress Laura Leighton (“Melrose Place”) is 51. Actress-singer Jennifer Lopez is 50. Director Patty Jenkins (“Wonder Woman”) is 48. Actress Jamie Denbo (“Orange Is the New Black”) is 46. Actor Eric Szmanda (“CSI”) is 44. Actress Rose Byrne is 40. Country singer Jerrod Neimann is 40. Actress Summer Glau (“Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”) is 38. Actress Elisabeth Moss is 37. Actress Anna Paquin is 37. Actress Megan Park (“The Secret Life of the American Teenager”) is 33. TV personality Bindi Irwin (“Bindi: The Jungle Girl”) is 21.July 25: Singer-guitarist Bruce Woodley of The Seekers is 77. Drummer Jim McCarty of The Yardbirds is 76. Bassist Verdine White of Earth, Wind and Fire is 68. Guitarist Jem Finer of The Pogues is 64. Supermodel Iman is 64. Cartoonist Ray Billingsley (“Curtis”) is 62. Guitarist Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth is 61. Country singer Marty Brown is 54. Actress Illeana Douglas is 54. Actor Matt LeBlanc (“Joey,” ”Friends”) is 52. Actress Wendy Raquel Robinson (TV’s “Grand Hotel,” ”The Steve Harvey Show”) is 52. Actor D.B. Woodside (“24”) is 50. Actress Miriam Shor (“Swingtown,” ”Hedwig and the Angry Inch”) is 48. Actor David Denman (“Parenthood,” ”The Office”) is 46. Actor Jay R. Ferguson (“Mad Men”) is 45. Actor James Lafferty (“One Tree Hill”) is 34. Actor Michael Welch (“Twilight” films, TV’s “Joan of Arcadia”) is 32. Actor Mason Cook (TV’s “Speechless”) is 19. Actor Pierce Gagnon (“One Tree Hill”) is 14.July 26: Singer Darlene Love is 78. Singer Brenton Wood is 78. Singer Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones is 76. Actress Helen Mirren is 74. Drummer Roger Taylor of Queen is 70. Actress Susan George is 69. Actress Nana Visitor (“Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”) is 62. Actor Kevin Spacey is 60. Singer Gary Cherone (Extreme, Van Halen) is 58. Actress Sandra Bullock is 55. Singer Jim Lindberg of Pennywise is 54. Actor Jeremy Piven is 54. Singer Wayne Wonder is 53. Actor Jason Statham (“Transporter” films) is 52. Actor Cress Williams (“Close to Home”) is 49. Host Chris Harrison (“The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette”) is 48. Actress Kate Beckinsale (“The Aviator,” ”Pearl Harbor”) is 46. Actor Gary Owen (“Think Like a Man” films) is 46. Drummer Dan Konopka of OK Go is 45. Contemporary Christian singer Rebecca St. James is 42. Actress Eve Myles (“Victoria,” ”Broadchurch”) is 41. Actress Juliet Rylance (“American Gothic”) is 40. Actress Monica Raymund (“Chicago Fire,” ”Chicago P.D.”) is 33. Actress Francia Raisa (“The Secret Life of the American Teenager”) is 31. Drummer Jamie Sharpe of Rush of Fools is 30. Actress Bianca Santos (“The Fosters”) is 29. Actress and singer Taylor Momsen of Pretty Reckless is 26.July 27: TV producer Norman Lear is 97. Actor John Pleshette (“Knots Landing”) is 77. Actress-director Betty Thomas (“Hill Street Blues”) is 72. Singer Maureen McGovern is 70. Actress Roxanne Hart (“The Good Girl,” ”Chicago Hope”) is 65. Guitarist Duncan Cameron (Sawyer Brown) is 63. Comedian Carol Leifer is 63. Comedian Bill Engvall is 62. Jazz singer Karrin Allyson is 57. Country singer Stacy Dean Campbell is 52. Singer Juliana Hatfield is 52. Actor Julian McMahon (“Profiler”) is 51. Actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (“Game of Thrones”) is 49. Comedian Maya Rudolph is 47. Drummer Abe Cunningham of Deftones is 46. Singer Pete Yorn is 45. Actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers (“The Tudors”) is 42. Comedian Heidi Gardner (“Saturday Night Live”) is 36. Actress Taylor Schilling is 35. Singer Cheyenne Kimball of Gloriana is 29. Actress Alyvia Alyn Lind (“Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors”) is 12.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Turkey closes in with air drills and EEZ surveys

first_imgOver the coming weeks, Turkey will be conducting a series of drills that constitute violations of Cyprus’ airspace.Turkey has issued three Notams (Notice to Airmen) reserving airspace off the island for later this month.A Notam is a notice filed with an aviation authority to alert aircraft pilots of potential hazards along a flight route or at a location that could affect the safety of the flight.Where Cyprus is concerned, the three contentious Notams are: N0094/17, N0095/17 and N0096/17.The first (N0094/17) reserves an area inside the Nicosia Flight Information Region (FIR) from May 24 to 29, for a search and rescue (SAR) drill by the Turkish air force “within Ercan advisory airspace”.This coincides with the Nicosia FIR, which extends to just off the southern shores of Turkey.Turkey, which does not recognise the Republic of Cyprus, refers to the reserved airspace as “airspace of Mediterranean Sea”.The Notam strongly advises “non-exercise aircraft” not to fly within the reserved area at altitudes of 10,000 to 20,000 feet.Likewise with Notam N0095/17, the Turkish air force will be conducting an SAR exercise “without firing” within “Ercan advisory space” also from May 24 to 29.Lastly, on the same dates, Turkey is reserving an area within “Ercan advisory space” for an SAR exercise (Notam N0096/17) from 10,000 to 15,000 feet.In addition, on May 18 the Turkish navy will be conducting a “without firing” exercise in an area around the Greek island of Kastellorizo and in airspace between the crossover of the Nicosia and Athens FIRs.Certain local media, including state broadcaster CyBC, have been playing up the exercises, calling them ‘a ringing of the island’ by the Turkish air force.It has been suggested that with these drills Turkey is seeking to create so-called ‘grey zones’ in the airspace surrounding Cyprus.Meanwhile still in force are two Navtex (navigational telex, or notice to mariners) issued by Turkey and reserving considerable stretches of Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone for seismic surveys.One of the notices reserves a large swathe to the south and southwest of the island, but outside the Republic’s territorial waters. The reserved area covers parts of the offshore gas blocks 1, 6 and 7.Turkey claims that part of block 6 falls within its own continental shelf. In a letter addressed to the UN General Assembly dated April 12, Turkey’s permanent representative to the United Nations Feridun Sinirlioglu expressed “grave concern” regarding Cyprus’ “provocative act” to grant an exploration licence for Block 6.And under the other Navtex currently in effect, to the east of the island, off Famagusta, Turkey has reserved an area for seismic surveys by the vessel Barbaros Hayreddin Pasa.This notice expires on June 30 – just days before Total and ENI are scheduled to start exploratory drilling for gas in block 11 south of Cyprus.To carry out any economic activity, Turkey must ask permission from the jurisdictional coastal state (Cyprus), which it has not. You May LikeClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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first_imgOver the coming weeks, Turkey will be conducting a series of drills that constitute violations of Cyprus’ airspace.Turkey has issued three Notams (Notice to Airmen) reserving airspace off the island for later this month.A Notam is a notice filed with an aviation authority to alert aircraft pilots of potential hazards along a flight route or at a location that could affect the safety of the flight.Where Cyprus is concerned, the three contentious Notams are: N0094/17, N0095/17 and N0096/17.The first (N0094/17) reserves an area inside the Nicosia Flight Information Region (FIR) from May 24 to 29, for a search and rescue (SAR) drill by the Turkish air force “within Ercan advisory airspace”.This coincides with the Nicosia FIR, which extends to just off the southern shores of Turkey.Turkey, which does not recognise the Republic of Cyprus, refers to the reserved airspace as “airspace of Mediterranean Sea”.The Notam strongly advises “non-exercise aircraft” not to fly within the reserved area at altitudes of 10,000 to 20,000 feet.Likewise with Notam N0095/17, the Turkish air force will be conducting an SAR exercise “without firing” within “Ercan advisory space” also from May 24 to 29.Lastly, on the same dates, Turkey is reserving an area within “Ercan advisory space” for an SAR exercise (Notam N0096/17) from 10,000 to 15,000 feet.In addition, on May 18 the Turkish navy will be conducting a “without firing” exercise in an area around the Greek island of Kastellorizo and in airspace between the crossover of the Nicosia and Athens FIRs.Certain local media, including state broadcaster CyBC, have been playing up the exercises, calling them ‘a ringing of the island’ by the Turkish air force.It has been suggested that with these drills Turkey is seeking to create so-called ‘grey zones’ in the airspace surrounding Cyprus.Meanwhile still in force are two Navtex (navigational telex, or notice to mariners) issued by Turkey and reserving considerable stretches of Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone for seismic surveys.One of the notices reserves a large swathe to the south and southwest of the island, but outside the Republic’s territorial waters. The reserved area covers parts of the offshore gas blocks 1, 6 and 7.Turkey claims that part of block 6 falls within its own continental shelf. In a letter addressed to the UN General Assembly dated April 12, Turkey’s permanent representative to the United Nations Feridun Sinirlioglu expressed “grave concern” regarding Cyprus’ “provocative act” to grant an exploration licence for Block 6.And under the other Navtex currently in effect, to the east of the island, off Famagusta, Turkey has reserved an area for seismic surveys by the vessel Barbaros Hayreddin Pasa.This notice expires on June 30 – just days before Total and ENI are scheduled to start exploratory drilling for gas in block 11 south of Cyprus.To carry out any economic activity, Turkey must ask permission from the jurisdictional coastal state (Cyprus), which it has not. You May LikeClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more