Nadal expects to be fit to play in Acapulco this month

first_imgNadal says he is undergoing intensive treatment to make sure he is fit to play in the Mexico tournament which starts on Feb. 26.Nadal was in Madrid to inaugurate a sports medicine clinic dedicated to tennis.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout AFP official booed out of forum MOST READ Disgraced USA Gymnastics doc sentenced to another 40-125 years Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View comments 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting FILE – This is a Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018 file photo of Spain’s Rafael Nadal hits a forehand return to Croatia’s Marin Cilic during their quarterfinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. Nadal said Monday Feb. 5, 2018 that he is recovering well from the muscle injury that forced him to retire in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open last month. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill/ File)MADRID — Rafael Nadal says he is on track to returning to the ATP Tour in Acapulco this month.The top-ranked Nadal says on Monday he is recovering well from the left leg muscle injury that forced him to retire in the Australian Open quarterfinals last month. He was in the fifth set against Marin Cilic.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Read Nextlast_img read more




first_imgA plea agreement has been reached in the case of a Bancroft, Nebraska man charged with murder.Derek Olson, who was charged with first degree murder and arson in the March 11th, 2017 death of 64-year-old Ernest Warnock, has agreed to a plea deal in the case.Court documents filed in Madison County District Court state that Olson will plead no contest to second degree murder and guilty to second degree arson.A judge accepted the agreement in Madison Monday afternoon.Prosecutors have asked for Olson to be sentenced to 40 to 60 years on the murder charge and 4 years to the arson count.The judge set sentencing for July 18th at 9am in Cuming County District Court in West Point.A mistrial was declared in Olson’s first trial in late March in Cuming County and a new trial had been scheduled in Madison County for May 6th.last_img read more

Morocco to Manufacture Generic Medicine at a Cheaper Price

Rabat – The Ministry of Health is set to authorize the marketing of new generic drugs manufactured in Morocco as part of the implementation of the national policy on drugs and pharmaceuticals.The Ministry has announced that it has authorized a series of generic medicines manufactured in Morocco for the treatment of epilepsy, prostate cancer, sepsis, diarrhea, and cardiovascular.The Ministry indicated that the manufacture of medicine in the country is part of the implementation of the National Drug and Pharmaceutical Policy aimed at providing high-quality, effective, and affordable medicines and encouraging the use of generic drugs. The strategy also aims to give citizens access, particularly the poor, to innovative medicines on a regular and continuous basis and to support the growth of the local pharmaceutical industry, given its strong contribution to national economic development.The ministry recalled that in last June it authorized the commercialization of a generic antiretroviral drug composed of “Tenofovir”, which works against the hepatitis B virus (HBV).This benefits the Moroccan laboratories, the pharmaceutical industry, and people suffering from this disease who can benefit from this new generic drug.This new drug, the first generic drug manufactured by a Moroccan laboratory, is available throughout the Kingdom at MAD 289 per pack. It is marketed abroad at MAD 3,000 notes the same source.“Thanks to the commercialization of these new generic drugs, Morocco is consolidating its the rapeutic arsenal necessary for the management of patients suffering from hepatitis B, which reinforces the ambitions and aspirations of the Ministry of Health to end this disease by 2030,” concluded the Ministry. read more

Go Bus driver charged in fatal 407 crash

OPP have charged the Go Bus driver involved in fatal crash on the 407 in January.66 year-old Donald Bruce Crombie of Ancaster is facing one count of careless driving.Police say they have determined there was no mechanical failure that led to the crash that killed 56-year old Radika Nankissoor of Brampton.The Go Bus hit a guardrail, and then flipped over near Weston road. The bus was travelling from Hamilton to York University when it crashed.

Legacy of UN Mission in Liberia tied to former President Johnson Sirleaf

In an interview with UN News, Farid Zarif, the head of UNMIL, said that UN peacekeepers, working with national authorities, managed to bring peace and stability to the country, to help it rebuild and to pave the way for renewed economic growth.“We are very confident that with the departure of UNMIL Liberia will be in a far better situation to meet the challenges of the future,” Under-Secretary-General Zarif said, despite continued vulnerabilities and fragilities.Liberia is a very rich country endowed with many natural resources, he added. With improved management of those resources, along with a diversification of the macroeconomy and support from the international community, the country has the potential. “[Ms.] Sirleaf should be credited for providing a vision for the future of Liberia. And if elements of that vision are implemented, Liberia will soon become a self-sustaining society,” Mr. Zarif said. “Her legacy is very much connected to the legacy of the UN mission in Liberia.” Ms. Sirleaf will step down in January after two terms in office. Liberians are still waiting for the official announcement of her successor following Tuesday’s second round of vote.Former Nigerian leader Olusegun Obasanjo, who is a member of the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Advisory Board on Mediation, is due to arrive in the capital, Monrovia, today. Secretary-General António Guterres requested Mr. Obasanjo to travel to Liberia as part of the UN’s continued good offices engagement – a term for third-party assistance in mediating a conflict – and to help support an orderly and peaceful transition of power. This would be the first time one democratically elected leader in Liberia hands over power to another in more than 70 years.Ahead of the 26 December election, as well as the first round of vote on 10 October, UNMIL supported national election officials, even delivering voting materials by plane. Other branches of the UN provided technical assistance. All security duties were transferred over to Liberian officials in June of last year. UNMIL also carried out its good offices engagement with community members, bringing together local leaders, faith-based organizations, the media, women and youth, among others. “We thought that based on past experiences of violence, we need to really invest in preventive diplomacy,” Mr. Zarif said. “Together we have been very successful in avoiding all forms of violence. Even demonstrations did not happen, let alone mortalities or casualties. So we are very happy with the success of the good offices.” read more

Outotec to design a copper smelter in Indonesia

first_imgOutotec has signed a contract for the Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) of a new copper smelter to be located at Benete Bay in Sumbawa, Indonesia. The contract partner is PT Amman Mineral Industri, a subsidiary of copper and gold producer PT Amman Mineral Nusa Tenggara. The approximately EUR10 million contract has been booked in Outotec’s 2018 fourth quarter order intake.Outotec’s scope of engineering covers the design of the entire copper smelter. The engineering will be based on Outotec® Flash Smelting and Flash Converting technology, and include an electrolytic refinery, slag concentrator, precious metals refinery, wet gas cleaning and Lurec® sulphuric acid plant as well as effluent treatment plant and its associated infrastructure.Outotec’s design work will take place in the following nine months and is a continuation of the feasibility study conducted in 2017. Once completed, the new smelter is planned to primarily process Indonesian copper concentrate.“PT Amman Mineral Industri set the overriding design criteria to be proven technology that fulfills the strict international environmental standards. We are happy to help them to meet their sustainability goals by designing a copper smelter based on the most advanced technology in the world”, says Kalle Härkki, Head of Outotec’s Metals, Energy & Water business.last_img read more

Flights and ferry crossings impacted by bad weather

first_imgHEAVY SNOW IN Belfast has forced the closure of the runway at George Best Belfast City Airport.Persistent snowfall has resulted in the airport’s decision to “snow close” the runway until at least 8.30am this morning, while the airport itself remains open.In a statement issued at 6.30am this morning, the airport advised passengers to check with their airline before travelling to the airport.The airport have said that they will be providing updates throughout the day via Twitter and Facebook, with the next update expected at 8.30am.Separately, bad weather has forced the cancellation of all Irish Ferries Jonathan Swift fast craft sailings between Dublin and Holyhead.These include the 8.45am and 2.30pm sailings from Dublin and the 11.50am and 5.15pm sailings from Holyhead.Irish Ferries have said that passengers that were booked on any of these cancelled services will be accommodated on the MV Ulysses Cruise Ferry, which is operating as follows:Dublin to Holyhead 8:05am and 8.55pmHolyhead to Dublin 2.40am and 2.10pmRead: Flash floods and road warnings as heavy rain pours >last_img read more

Néandertal était il capable de parler comme un homme moderne

first_imgNéandertal était il capable de parler comme un homme moderne ? Après plusieurs analyses sur l’os hyoïde fossilisé d’un Néandertalien, des scientifiques sont parvenus à la conclusion que cette espèce d’hominidés pouvait être capable de parler. Plus surprenant encore, elle aurait peut-être pu s’exprimer de la même façon que les hommes modernes. Les Hommes de Neandertal auraient-ils été capables de tenir de longues conversations avec vous ? Cette hypothèse, suspectée depuis la découverte de l’os hyoïde d’un Néandertalien en 1989, semble devenir de plus en plus crédible. L’os hyoïde retrouvé est étrangement similaire à celui des hommes modernes et possède comme ce dernier une structure en forme de fer à cheval. Désormais, les modèles informatiques ont permis aux chercheurs d’en savoir un peu plus sur l’utilité de cet os, en particulier. Selon de nouveaux résultats publiés dans la revue PLoS ONE, son utilisation par les Néandertal était peut-être similaire à celle des humains modernes. Une conclusion qui suggère que les Néandertaliens possédaient un langage complexe, précisent les scientifiques, cités par la BBC.Un os bavardL’os hyoïde est vital, chez les hommes, pour le langage puisqu’il soutient les racines de la langue. Toutefois, chez les primates non-humains, l’os n’est pas placé à la bonne position, les empêchant de s’exprimer comme les hommes. Une équipe internationale de chercheurs a donc décidé d’analyser, de façon plus poussée, le fossile d’os hyoïde de Néandertal découvert grâce à des modèles informatique à rayons X en 3D. Ces derniers ont ainsi permis aux scientifiques d’étudier le comportement de l’os, situé dans la gorge, avec les autres os l’entourant. “C’est une avancée significative. Cela montre que l’hyoïde de Kebrara 2, retrouvé dans une grotte en Israël, ne ressemble pas juste à celui des hommes modernes. Il était sûrement utilisé d’une manière très similaire”, explique Stephen Wroe, de l’Université de New England en Australie, rapporte Discovery News. Selon lui, cette découverte ne ferait pas avancer la compréhension que de l’Homme de Néandertal mais aussi de l’homme moderne. “De nombreuses personnes estiment que notre capacité à parler est l’une des caractéristiques les plus fondamentales qui font de nous des humains. Si les Néandertaliens pouvaient aussi parler, alors ils étaient vraiment humains aussi”, argue-t-il.Uniquement chez les hommes modernes ?Il est habituellement accepté que les langages complexes ne sont apparus qu’il y a environ 100.000 ans. Par conséquent, les hommes modernes seraient les seuls à posséder un discours parlé complexe. Toutefois, cette affirmation a rapidement été remise en cause avec la découverte d’un os hyoïde de Néandertal fossilisé en 1989. Retrouvé dans la grotte Kebara, en Israél, ce dernier était particulièrement similaire à celui des hommes modernes. Des os hyoïdes bien plus vieux ont également été récemment mis au jour, en Espagne. Vieux de plus de 500.000 ans, ils appartiendraient à un parent des Hommes modernes et de Néandertal, l’Homo heidelbergensis. Ces derniers doivent encore être intégrés au modèle informatique, mais le Professeur Wroe estime, d’ores et déjà, qu’ils seront similaires à ceux des humains et Néandertaliens. Cela pourrait donc repousser encore plus loin la date de l’origine des langages complexes.En revanche, le chercheur prévient : son étude pourrait bien ne pas être acceptée comme une preuve que les Néandertaliens étaient doués de la parole. “Nous avons bien vérifié à ne pas suggérer que nous avions indubitablement prouvé quelque chose. Mais je pense que cela aidera à convaincre un grand nombre de spécialistes”, précise-t-il.Une utilité mécaniqueD’après de nombreuses études et observations, les Hommes de Néandertal étaient plus petits et plus trapus que les hommes modernes, avec un très petit menton et un front remontant plus vers l’arrière. Généralement, ils ne sont pas considérés comme des ancêtres directs des humains. Néanmoins, des analyses ADN ont révélé qu’entre 1 et 4% du génome des humains d’Eurasie provient des Néandertals. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Récemment, Dan Dediu du Max Plank Institute for Psycholinguistics, suggérait déjà que l’Homme de Néandertal et les humains modernes partageaient des caractéristiques communes, notamment au niveau du langage. Il affirme que cette nouvelle étude apporte plus de poids à ses conclusions que “les Néandertaliens possèdent un os hyoïde similaire au nôtre, pas seulement dans la forme mais aussi au niveau de ses propriétés mécaniques”. “Les auteurs, eux-mêmes, sont très prudents avant de tirer de fortes conclusions. Mais je pense que leur travail soutient clairement la théorie selon laquelle le langage est une ancienne caractéristique de notre lignée qui remonte au moins au dernier ancêtre que nous partageons avec l’Homme de Néandertal”, affirme Dan Dediu. Toutefois, de nombreuses autres études, notamment sur les primates vivants, seront nécessaires pour mieux comprendre les variations parmi les différents hominidés. Le 27 décembre 2013 à 10:15 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Buy This Comic Assassinistas 1

first_img “Dominic Prince and the Semester Abroad, Part 1 of 6. Dominic Price is a college-age kid who just wants to spend the semester making out with his boyfriend, Taylor, in between rounds of TurboLight Fighter and maintaining a solidly passable 3.2 GPA. His mom, Octavia, formerly a badass action-movie-quality bounty hunter, didn’t pay his tuition because she had to get back in the business and spend 40K on black market weapons and body armor. And she’s bringing Dominic with her, because the alternative is making lattes for a semester, and he’d rather die. Good thing in mom’s line of work, dying is an option.”ASSASSINISTAS #1(W): Tini Howard (A): Gilbert Hernandez (C): Rob Davis (L): Aditya BidikarBlack Crown is making sure everyone know that they’re here to stay. Black Crown has lined-up some massive strong titles including, the mind-blowing Kid Lobotomy and their remarkable magazine Black Crown Quartley. Assassinistas #1, created by Tini Howard and Gilbert Hernandez with Rob Davis on colors and Aditya Bidikar on letters, is next in their artillery geared to pack a punch and leaves you wanting more of this new trio of assassins.via Black Crown / IDWBased off a short story she had written years ago called “Heartbeats,” (found on her Patreon) Tini Howard’s narrative immediately puts you in the mindset of the 70s exploitation films era. With a little blaxploitation thrown into the mix. She does an utterly fantastic job in combining the essence of those films with her twists centering around family, secrets and the past.Assassinistas #1 excels in Howard’s characters dynamics and her skill to bring her characters to life. Howard doesn’t give you a huge character backstory within her first issue. Instead, she tells you who these characters are in strokes. She weaves the past into the present to show Octavia’s story, from who she was then to who she was now. The simple life of Octavia has now is not WHO she wants to be. She lived a life of Assassinistas, as many people can smoothly go from that to a simpler life, she can’t. Octavia’s experience is different in a lot of ways from her sons, and this is the heart. Howard, again, tells the story of a family. At the heart of Assassinistas, the different yet struggled relationship between Octavia and her son Dominic.via Black Crown / IDWGilbert Hernandez’s art fuses together in bliss with this Howards’s narrative. Hernandez brings in a cartoonish mod-style of art for Assassinistas that look very 60s. However, you can tell how much Hernandez carried his punk rock 70s aesthetic over to the comic. Hernandez is a master of giving characters their exclusively unique look and personality. He separates them, so you’ll never see the same face twice.Hernandez’s mod-style works side by side with Rob Davis on colors. Davis colors distinguish the mood from Octavia’s colorful and exciting time with the Assassinistas to her mundane and dull life in the present. He creates an atmosphere of where Octavia is within time and her feelings about it. You can see it on her face with Hernandez’s art, but you can feel it with Davis’ colors.via Black Crown / IDWAditya Bidikar is slowly becoming my favorite letterer in comics. He compliments not only the script but the artist as well. His placement within Assassinistas #1 enhances the story, leaving you open space to take a breather as you digest the information. Some of the placements I enjoyed were when Dominic and his boyfriend Taylor are talking or the crossover into panels to relay a telephone conversation instead of keeping it in the panels. Bidikar thinks outside the box to create a reading experience for you that’s like no other letterer.Assassinistas #1 is another comic that sets Black Crown on the map. Howard is set to captivate you with her enthralling characters, engaging storytelling and overall badass attitude. This team will blow you away with what they have in store next. Assassinistas #1 is now available on Comixology and in print. 12/20/17 Releases – In addition to Assassinistas #1, here’s a list of other new titles that came out this week that you should be reading.Fence #2 by C.S Pacat (W), Johanna the Mad (A), Joana Lafuente (L) BOOM! BoxKong on the Planet of the Apes #2 by Ryan Ferrier (W) Carlos Magno (A), Alex Guimaraes (C), Mike Huddleston (CA) BOOM!Curse Words Holiday Special #1 by Charles Soule (W), Mike Norton (A) Image ComicsLazaretto #4 by Clay McLeod Chapman (W) Jey Levang (A), Ignacio Valicenti (CA) BOOM!Tank Girl: The Wonderful World of Tank Girl #2 by Alan C. Martin (W), Brett Parson (A) Titan ComicsLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Buy This Comic: DEATH ORB #1Buy This Comic: MAN-EATERS #1 Stay on targetlast_img read more

Kelvin Davis insists Hassenhuttl is a good fit for Southampton

first_imgSouthampton assistant manager Kelvin Davis insists newly appointed manager Ralph Hassenhuttl is good fit for the club.Davis took charge of Southampton’s game against Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday night and saw enough from the team’s display to suggest that incoming manager, Ralph Hasenhüttl will have plenty with which to work in the coming months.As for the former RB Leipzig boss, Davis was left impressed by what he has already seen.“The lads showed that they are committed and they are good technical players who want to play with the ball on the ground,” the former Southampton goalkeeper said, according to the club’s official website.Solskjaer slams Man United’s draw: “We should have won” Andrew Smyth – August 31, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was left to rue another missed opportunity as Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw against 10-man Southampton.“I met with Ralph before the Spurs game and he is a guy that hits you with his stature and knowledge. He is very concise and confident and there is no doubt in the way that he wants to play football. To me, he seems a great fit for this football club.”“Ultimately, a manager of his calibre joining us shows his commitment to what he believes he can achieve here.”“We know the size of the Cardiff game now and I’m sure if we create the same number of chances we did tonight then that will be enough to win.”last_img read more

Telangana government to fill 1036 medical posts

first_imgThe Telangana government on Wednesday gave a green signal to fill up 1,036 vacant posts on the permanent basis for the forthcoming medical colleges in Nalgonda and Suryapet. Of the 1036 posts, 132 are of Assistant Professor and 904 are of Paramedical posts for the newly established medical colleges in Suryapet and Nalgonda. The government alloted each of 518 posts to both the medical colleges. The entire recruitment will be done directly by the Departmental Selection Committee (DSC). Around 328 posts of staff nurse for each college will be also filled.last_img read more

In Catholicowned rooming house in Boston older tenants face displacement

first_imgAysha Khan ayshabkhan By their tweets you will know them: The Democrats’ continuing God gap August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,BOSTON (RNS) — Residents of a Boston rooming house run by an order of Catholic nuns earned a short-term victory last week when the owners agreed to suspend eviction proceedings against the few older women left in the building, pending a state inquiry into allegations of age discrimination.For more than 60 years, the Our Lady’s Guild House in Boston’s Kenmore Square, owned by the Daughters of Mary of the Immaculate Conception, based in New Britain, Conn., has offered affordable transitional housing for low-income, elderly women who are not married.But over the past seven years, tenants allege, the owners have hiked rents and evicted dozens of long-term older residents to make way for younger tenants and to free units up for Airbnb listings.Colleen Fitzpatrick. Photo courtesy of Fenway CDC“It isn’t right for an order of nuns whose mission is to look out for the poor and live a life of service to be turning a blind eye to the fact that evictions are happening on their property like this,” said Colleen Fitzpatrick, a community organizer with the nonprofit Fenway Community Development Corp., which helped residents file their complaint with the state. “They’re not above the laws of God or man.”No members of the order live at the Guild House, which was given to the nuns by the Archdiocese of Boston in the 1950s to continue their work sheltering vulnerable women. At community meetings, some local advocates have suggested organizing phone campaigns to call the nuns or even driving to Connecticut and confronting them about the displacement.Fitzpatrick said local Catholic churches, including leaders at the Boston Archdiocese, have reached out to show their support for the tenants but have been unsuccessful in reaching the nuns to urge them to find a resolution.Neither the Daughters of Mary of the Immaculate Conception nor the Our Lady’s Guild House responded to Religion News Service’s repeated requests for comment.When the Guild House was founded in 1947, its stated mission was to “provide safe and affordable housing for single women, working women, retired women or students.” Residents were often allowed to stay for decades.Now, the building advertises itself as “a short-term residence” for women who work, intern or study in Boston. Its website notes the plethora of schools, cafes and bars in the area. And until last summer, the website also explicitly stated that the building was only open to women “between the ages of 18 and 50 years old.”That wording spurred a complaint filed by Greater Boston Legal Services on behalf of tenants last summer, and is the basis for the present case.Fitzpatrick told Religion News Service that some women who inquired about renting there were informed that it did not allow rentals to older women.The changes seem to have begun in 2012, when the order hired a new realty management firm, Marc Roos Realty. Monthly rents that had been $400 to $500 rose to their current levels of $800 to $950.Two years later, some longtime residents were informed they would have to move out by the summer of 2018. The Guild House now only offers short-term leases, which are marketed directly to students and young professionals.Advocates say scores of disabled, older and low-income women have already been displaced. Based on public voter roll data, Fitzpatrick estimates that as many as 80 women over the age of 50 have been moved out since 2012. That year, about three-quarters of the registered voters living in the 130-unit building were over 50 years old. That number has dwindled to about 10.“It’s a huge drop,” Fitzpatrick said. “The few that are left fighting the eviction proceedings are just the last of what was once a large community of long-term older residents. To me, this is a policy of displacement.”Our Lady’s Guild House, left, in Boston’s Kenmore Square. Photo courtesy of Google MapsLast summer, the Boston social justice group City Life/Vida Urbana partnered with the Fenway Community Development Corp. to organize a petition and a news conference on behalf of beleaguered residents. At that point, an estimated 21 women had been notified that their leases would no longer be renewed.Marc Roos Realty, which has denied discrimination claims, has agreed to a six-month stay of eviction proceedings against remaining residents while the Massachusetts attorney general’s office investigates the realty company and the Daughters of Mary for possible discrimination.Boston is one of the country’s most expensive cities for housing. One analysis last year found that the median monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment is $2,480.State and city officials have been pushing legislation to prevent seniors from losing affordable housing, including restrictions on rent increases and “no-fault” eviction for people over 75.“We’re pleased that the AG’s investigating this,” Sheila Dillon, the Boston chief of housing and director of neighborhood development, told The Boston Globe. “This house has been a valuable resource for low-income women who’ve lived in the city for decades, and we’d like it to remain so.” Anti-extremism program won’t stop hate, say Muslims who’ve seen its flaws August 30, 2019 Share This! We are not all the same, and in our difference we are divine August 30, 2019 Share This! Share This! By: Aysha Khan ayshabkhan Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,For storied civil rights center, Highlander Center fire is an echo of the past Aysha Khan Aysha Khan is a Boston-based journalist reporting on American Muslims and millennial faith for RNS. Her newsletter, Creeping Sharia, curates news coverage of Muslim communities in the U.S. Previously, she was the social media editor at RNS.,Add Comment Click here to post a comment Columns • Opinion • Simran Jeet Singh: Articles of Faith By: Aysha Khan ayshabkhancenter_img Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! News Opinion Share This! 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Haiti struck by Hurricane Sandy asks for aid

first_imgPORT-AU-PRINCE – As much of the world focuses on the storm-devastated northeastern United States, tiny impoverished Haiti, also dealt a powerful blow by Hurricane Sandy, is appealing for international aid.The storm, a powerful category two hurricane when it tore through Haiti last Thursday, killed more than 50 people there. It destroyed crops and homes and crippled transportation in the nation, the poorest in the Americas.“I am launching an appeal to international solidarity to come help the population, to help support the completion of our efforts towards saving lives and property,” Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe said Wednesday evening during a Cabinet meeting rebroadcast on local media.According to statistics presented during the meeting, the agricultural sector registered a loss of more than $104 million.“Several thousand kilometers of agricultural roads were destroyed and thousands of heads of cattle were swept away by the flood waters, which also destroyed thousands of hectares of plantations,” Agriculture Minister Jacques Thomas said.Health Minister Florence Guillaume said “numerous cases” of cholera have also been reported in the wake of the storm.“What we’ve just heard is frightening. We should act quickly for the people and put ourselves to work to improve the situation,” Lamothe said.“Without a doubt we don’t have enough means, but we must show we have the will,” he added, reiterating his call for international support.On Thursday, the government communications bureau indicated that Venezuela has proposed building 5,000 homes, and already had sent three planes and a boat loaded with 240 tons of food.France promised to rebuild seven destroyed bridges and Mexico offered food.Haiti is still rebuilding after the massive 2010 earthquake that leveled much of the capital, left hundreds of thousands homeless and killed more than 200,000 people. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

UK APD unfair for tourism TTFTIA

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J The UK Air Passenger Duty tax (APD) is an ‘unfair’ penalty on tourism, according to New Zealand and Australian tourism leaders, who expect the new charge to accelerate declining British visitors heading down under.Following the APD increase from £85 for each economy class passenger to £92 and from £170 for premium class passengers to £184 from 1 April this year, Tourism and Transport Forum (TTF) Australia chief executive John Lee said the tax rise would continue to have a negative impact on arrivals from the UK, possibly increasing the 5.9 percent drop in British travellers to Australia in 2011 compared to the prior year.”The APD impedes tourism, travel, trade and economic growth and unfairly penalises British residents wishing to visit long-haul destinations like Australia and New Zealand,” Mr Lee said.”It also slugs visitors to Britain from long-haul source markets and Malaysian-based carrier Air Asia X has cited today’s hike as a factor in its decision to cease flights between Gatwick and Kuala Lumpur.”Concerns are also making their way through New Zealand, with Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) policy and research manager Simon Wallace describing the tax as an “iniquitous burden” on long-haul tourism.According to Government statistics, New Zealand also saw a drop in British arrivals last year compared to the prior year with a four percent fall.Mr Wallace said the UK tax was the “highest departure tax in the world” and would is likely deter familiar of four who would be expected to pay up to NZ$736 to leave the country.”The APD is a tax on tourism which reaps billions of pounds in revenue for the British government masquerading as environmental policy which will simply price more potential visitors to Australia and New Zealand out of the market,” Mr Wallace added. “Persistent poor economic conditions in Europe mean consumer confidence remains low and reducing the likelihood of people to take a long-haul holiday, so now is not the time to introduce another barrier.”We are urging the New Zealand and Australian governments to make our concerns clear to the British government and to point out that the policy will make visiting the UK more expensive for Australians and New Zealanders.”This could have the unintended consequence of reducing the number of tourists visiting Britain from long-haul source markets.”last_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Andre Ellington has been the most pleasant surprise of the Cardinals’ season thus far. And with a crucial game looming Thursday against Seattle, a storyline to monitor is whether Bruce Arians will continue to use No. 38 in a role that seems to suit him, or rather develop a fever where the only prescription is more Ellington. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Following Ellington’s best statistical game of the season — 92 total yards and a touchdown against the 49ers — the climb isn’t likely to end. At least it shouldn’t.Good things happen when Ellington gets the ball. His 7.0 yards per carry is more than twice the average of starting running back Rashard Mendenhall. Ellington’s 8.3 yards per touch creates an even bigger gap between he and Mendenhall, who averages 3.7 yards each time he touches the ball. In addition, Ellington has more catches (18) for more yards (180) than No. 3 receiver Andre Roberts (15, 150), despite having been the target of fewer passes. The rookie has also scored twice (once more than Michael Floyd) and hasn’t fumbled (Larry Fitzgerald has).And I’ve saved the rookie’s most impressive stat for last: Ellington moves the chains. He’s picked up a first down a remarkable 19 times on just 43 chances. That’s a 44 percent conversion rate. Mendenhall is earning a first down 20 percent of the time. Heck, Adrian Peterson only moves the chains 24 percent of the time, and NFL yardage leader LaSean McCoy converts 29 percent of the time.Granted, Ellington plays mostly on third down, but when the cat is making the entire chain gang move nearly every other time he’s touching the ball, one has to wonder if it’s time to expand his role. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories It’s not always greedy to ask for more. Sometimes it’s simply the right thing to do.Oliver Twist asked for more gruel and touched off a meaningful rebellion.Bruce Dickinson asked for more cowbell and the Blue Oyster Cult soared into stardom.So, don’t be ashamed, Cardinals fans, to ask for more Andre Ellington. It might just be the kick in the pants the offense needs.The sixth-round pick out of Clemson impressed the coaching staff during training camp, enough that he earned a roster spot — just not much playing time. Ellington had one touch in the season opener, but his role in the offense has expanded each week, climbing from six touches in week two to 12 in Sunday’s loss to San Francisco. last_img read more

An overwhelming majority of British airline passen

first_imgAn overwhelming majority of British airline passengers think that there should be child-free zones on aeroplanes, the results of a new survey have revealed.Some 79 percent of respondents to the TripAdvisor poll said they wanted to see child-free areas on aircraft, while 88 percent of travellers without children said they would like to see the introduction of adults-only sections.Commenting on the findings, a TripAdvisor statement said: “The most demanding aspect of family getaways lies in travelling to the destination.”Nearly one-in-five (19 percent) of parents said that travelling with their children was the “biggest headache” of a family holiday, while 16 percent said that the greatest challenge was finding activities that everyone enjoys.It was also revealed that almost half (49 percent) of parents admitted to allowing their child to be absent from school for at least one day a year in order to accommodate travel plans.Separate research by TripAdvisor recently showed that a quarter of British travellers feel more nervous about travelling on Friday 13th than any other day of the year. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedHolidaying Brits more likely to sunbathe than visit cultural attractionsBrits spend more time sunbathing and drinking in bars than holidaymakers from other European countries.Family Travel: flying with kidsSkyscanner’s guide to flying with children.10 tips for flying with kids: secrets of travelling with toddlersHow to keep your kids happy at 30,000 feet: a frequent-flying mum reveals her top tips.last_img read more

Mixed weather expected for Easter weekend

first_imgA mixture of sun, rain, and low temperatures are expected over the Easter weekend and beyond, according to the Met service.On Friday, temperatures will reach 31C inland, 21C in Troodos, and between 23C and 27C in coastal areas.By the evening, temperatures will drop substantially, the Met said, forecasting 10C inland, 12C on the coast, and 8C in the mountains.The weather will be mainly sunny on Saturday but is expected to change on Easter Sunday.Sunday will be sunny with clouds and in the afternoon and isolated rains or storms are expected particularly inland and Troodos.Temperatures are also expected to be lower than on previous days.The same is forecasted for Monday, which will be sunny but interspersed with clouds, rain, and isolated storms. The temperatures will continue to be lower.   You May LikeInfo-life.xyz10 Best Concept Cars In The WorldInfo-life.xyzUndoWeb Hosting | Search AdsStop Paying a Fortune for Web Hosting…Web Hosting | Search AdsUndoMars BattlePlay this mars game for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedMars BattleUndo Four dead in California garlic festival shootingUndoState Legal Service condemns attack on attorney-generalUndoLED-lighting the way by 2020Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Etyk bashes Georgiades on pension funds wants a word with President

first_imgBank workers’ union Etyk said on Wednesday that the rejection by the finance minister of its demands for complete compensation of provident funds for losses suffered in the banking crisis, confirms that it is being unfairly treated.The cabinet’s decision in July to compensate funds for 75 per cent of their losses with a cap of up to €100,000 per provident fund beneficiary, confirms that “bank workers are in the crosshairs as it provocatively ignores previous commitments given to us,” Etyk said in a statement on its website.The statement, partly written in capital letters, with parts in bold or underlined, is an all-out-assault against Finance Minister Harris Georgriades, whom Etyk accuses of bias, and suggests that the union intends to step up the pressure against the government. It also bashes the Fiscal Council which also advised against a full reinstatement of provident funds.Provident funds which held €1.1bn in deposits, lost €763m in the banking crisis four-and-a-half years ago like any other depositor. Those at Bank of Cyprus saw 47.5 per cent of their uninsured deposits converted to equity as part of Cyprus’s bailout programme, while those at Cyprus Popular Bank, widely known as Laiki, lost everything in excess of €100,000.“But the culmination of the hatred and mockery of bank workers was manifested in a comment of the minister during our meeting that even if more funds were given, he would propose that none should be given to bank workers,” the union said. “The leaders of our organisation also asked the President of the Republic for a meeting to discuss this burning issue”.On Friday, Georgiades said that while the government acknowledged “mistakes and omissions of the past,” fiscal and moral limitations prevented the government from fully compensating provident funds for their losses. The government which in 2013 made available €300m to compensate the provident funds for half of their losses and pledged further €166m last month, would need €88m to fully compensate provident funds which would “entirely” flow to 1,900 bank workers, the minister had said.In April last year, President Nicos Anastasiades said that the government would compensate the funds to only 75 per cent, in accordance with previous statements by Georgiades.Etyk did not spare the Fiscal Council, a body tasked with monitoring the drafting and implementation of the government budget to ensure fiscal responsibility, saying that “those circles targeting bank workers” also conscripted the council.The fiscal watchdog said on August 22, that the full compensation of provident funds would increase the systemic risk “with incalculable consequence as it would send the message that the taxpayer would be liable for mistakes of institutional investors.The union, refuted that the managing committees of each provident fund had any responsibility for the prudent administration of their funds and blamed the Registrar of Occupational Retirement Funds, who supervises provident funds. “The funds of both funds were trapped in both banks with the responsibility of the Registrar who didn’t allow risk spreading,” the union said. It added that this was particularly the case with Laiki, which went into the hands of the government after its nationalisation in May 2012.Theophanis Tryphonos, head of the Social Insurance Services of the Ministry of Labour, who supervises provident funds, said that he repeatedly asked their management committees to avoid risk concentration as early as 2010 and 2011 and as late as weeks before the banking crisis.Tryphonos, who was commenting in a telephone interview, reiterated that he advised funds managed by bank workers to disperse risk after banks agreed to disburse €1.5n in gratuity fees in January 2013.In its statement, the union, known for its militant rhetoric and practices, mocked Georgiades for his concern about taxpayers. It cited the €1.7bn capital injection to the cooperative banks – which helped the state avoid losses several times that amount – and the support extended to the pension fund of state-owned power producer Electricity Authority of Cyprus to cover losses from mismanagement, which is provided by law.The union also criticised Georgiades for the up to €1.1bn decrease in the equity of the Cyprus Cooperative Bank since its nationalisation, and the government’s decision to assume the responsibility for €185.3m in guaranteed debt of municipal authorities in July.Etyk also resorted to comparing the plight of its retired members with that of civil servants, saying that bank workers paid up to one tenth of their income for contributions “and get no pension from their employer” unlike workers in the government sector and state-owned organisations.The union also said that it had received both verbal and written assurances from the government given as early as in the summer of 2013, months after the banking crisis pushed the island’s economy into uncertainty, that it would offer full compensation.You May LikeSUVs | Search AdsThese SUVs Will Take Your Breath Away. 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