Arpita Ghosh forms new dist committee

first_imgBALURGHAT: District Trinamool Congress chief Arpita Ghosh has formed a new district committee of the party by dissolving the existing committee in a meeting here in Balurghat on Saturday. The meeting was conducted in a private hotel at Raghunathpur.Addressing a press conference after forming the committee, Ghosh said: “We have formed a 60-member led new district committee instead of existing one. The new committee will work strengthening Trinamool to fight against its political rivals for 2021 assembly elections in Bengal. The party will announce the name of chairmen and other convenors from the new committee shortly.” Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAccording to her, it has been decided that three existing MLAs Bachchu Hansda, Goutam Das and Tofaf Husain Mondal who were elected from Tapan, Gangarampur and Kumarganj assembly constituencies in 2016 will work as new chairmen from those three constituencies. “We will announce the name of chairmen and other convenors shortly for the rest of three Assembly constituencies-Balurghat, Kushmandi and Harirampur where we have no existing MLA. We have also stressed on strengthening the frontal organisation of the party before upcoming assembly poll. The new committee members will cooperate with each other and campaign on various development projects undertaken by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee from booth level to block level,” she said. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayShe said Mamata Banerjee’s recently launched ‘Didi Ke Bolo’ campaign has already received huge response from common public. “I have instructed the MLAs along with party leaders and activists to reach out to people staying in villages covering all six constituencies and address problems of people there. We should not forget that rural people are our base and our party has relentlessly been working for poor and backward people since capturing power in 2011 in Bengal,” she said. It has also been decided that Gangarampur MLA Goutam Das will work as district party coordinator. Notably, after nominated as district Trinamool chief in June, Ghosh has been directed to power up Trinamool Congress to arrest the surge of the BJP in South Dinajpur ahead of assembly poll. “It was for her initiative for which the party has retained power in Gangarampur and Buniadpur municipalities from saffron brigade. We are about to capture power in zilla parishad also after a majority of the elected members who had shifted to BJP recently returned back to Trinamool,” said veteran Trinamool leader Shankar Chakraborty.last_img read more

Canada on hot seat to deliver on climate change and plastics at

first_imgOTTAWA – Doubt is percolating about Canada’s ability to deliver on its two biggest environment commitments at this week’s G7, with no agreement yet on a plastics waste charter and Canada’s recent pipeline purchase casting a pall over its commitment to climate change.Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said Tuesday it is still uncertain whether Canada will get its proposed zero plastics waste plan signed at this week’s G7 leaders summit.Speaking at the Canada 2020 conference Tuesday in Ottawa, McKenna said most of the negotiating has already taken place, but she was unable to say if all the G7 leaders will sign the charter when their two-day meeting in Quebec gets underway Friday.“Who knows at the table what happens,” she said. “I’m optimistic.”In January, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he would make plastics and a zero-waste plastics charter a key deliverable as part of Canada’s G7 presidency. The wording of such a charter has been in the works for months — one goal is to set a target date for eliminating plastics from landfills, as well as commitments from each country on how to get there.If the G7 can make such a commitment, the hope is then to get the G20 to follow suit when that summit happens in Argentina in the fall.Earlier this week, Canada’s chemical industry and plastics makers jointly set 2030 as the goal for eliminating plastic waste by recycling or incinerating for energy, while environment groups would like to see plastics stop going into the garbage or the incinerator by 2025.While the U.K., France and Italy all appear to be on board, the positions of Germany, Japan and the United States are less clear.McKenna said the U.S. has been “pretty positive” on the issue of a plastics charter. But she also said that if President Donald Trump doesn’t get on board, there are many other Americans who will. She said there’s action on the file already from state governments and business leaders, including major multinationals like Pepsi, Coca-Cola and McDonald’s that are responsible for much of the world’s single-use plastic food and beverage waste.Trump has not been clear on where he stands on marine debris. But last August, he overturned a six-year regulation allowing national parks to ban the sale of single-use plastic water bottles.The Canadian plastics charter will also aim to help developing countries better manage their waste, considering that about 90 per cent of the plastic that ends up in the ocean is carried out to sea by 10 rivers — eight of them in Asia and two in Africa.Trudeau is also facing increased pressure to deliver a solid climate change commitment, particularly after committing to spend $4.5 billion buying the Trans Mountain pipeline. Luca Bergamaschi, the lead Italian negotiator on climate change from last year’s gathering, said European leaders see Trans Mountain as evidence Europe will have to carry the ball on climate.The European contingent has lost patience with Trump’s stance on tariffs and climate change, and will be taking a hard-line approach on environmental issues, Bergamaschi added.“The Europeans are less willing to compromise in order to appease the U.S. and maintain unity at all costs,” he said.It is setting up to be another six-against-one finish, much like last year’s G7. However, Bergamaschi noted, no other country has joined Trump’s high-profile abandonment of the Paris accord — a sign that the rest of the world remains committed and the agreement will survive without the White House.Bergamaschi and Catherine Abreu, the executive director of Climate Action Network Canada, say international climate change organizations also want the G7 to set the stage for countries around the world to agree to raise emissions targets they say remain far too low.Trans Mountain puts all the more pressure on Trudeau to deliver a strong climate message, Abreu said.Indeed, Trump’s recently imposed steel and aluminum tariffs might actually make it easier for Trudeau to side with Europe, rather than pushing for a watered-down compromise, she added.last_img read more

Aglukkaq says shes working to find TB vaccine replacement

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe recent tuberculosis vaccine recall has left Health Canada scrambling for an alternative.It’s reaching out to fie manufacturers outside of Canada that make the vaccine.According to the Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq, efforts are underway to speed up the approval process to make the vaccine available as soon as possible.It’s unknown how long it will take, but Aglukkaq says the progress is being made.last_img

Clippers win backandforth game against Louisville

The Columbus Clippers defeated the Louisville Bats, 4-3, in the second game of the four-game series Wednesday night at Huntington Park. Left fielder Jerad Head went 3-for-5, and hit the Clippers’ winning RBI. Head’s bat came on at the right time, having gone 1-for-4 in his the last game against Louisville. “That’s the type of player he is,” Manager Mike Sarbaugh said. “That’s why he has done so well here.” Alex White pitched for Columbus, going seven innings and allowing five hits, two runs, two errors. He struck out seven batter and walked none. Louisville used Dontrelle Willis, the two-time All-Star remembered for leading the Florida Marlins to the 2003 World Series title. Willis was on minor-league assignment after signing with the Cincinnati Reds before the 2011 season. The evening started out with a pitching duel for three scoreless innings. “You gotta give him credit,” Sarbaugh said. “He threw well.” Louisville was the first to erase its bagel on the board when designated hitter Yonder Alonso collided with Clippers catcher Luke Carlin at the plate after first baseman Daniel Dorn doubled, giving Louisville a 1-0 lead. Louisville extended its lead to 2-0 when third baseman Todd Frazier singled, brining in catcher Devin Mesoraco, who snuck under the tag at home. Willis laughed and joked with his teammates. He came into the game having pitched 12 scoreless innings on the year, and extended his streak to 17 before giving. In the bottom of the sixth inning, Chad Huffman, on his first pitch, blasted his first home run of the year. “It’s funny,” Sarbaugh said. “Luke Carlin said before we hit that home run, ‘Come on, we gotta give him at least one earned run for the season.’” Willis was then taken out of the game, having pitched five innings with six hits, one run, one error, two walks and four strikeouts. Columbus tied the game in the bottom of the seventh when Carlin’s center-field crack hit the yellow line on the wall. The Clippers took the lead in the bottom of the eighth when Carlin’s RBI double brought in designated hitter Luis Valbuena, making it a 3-2 Columbus lead. After pitcher Josh Judy went in for Columbus in the ninth, Dorn walked and then subbed out for infielder Michael Griffin to pinch run. Third baseman Todd Frazier singled, moving Griffin to third. Griffin then came home when second baseman Chris Valaika popped out, allowing Griffin to tag up and scoot home, tying the game, 3-3. Head’s moment came in the bottom of the ninth. With third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall on third with the bases loaded, Head crushed a ball over second base, giving Columbus the win. read more

Poll Should the Leaving Cert points race be abolished

first_img Image: Laura Hutton/ A MAJOR REVIEW of the Leaving Cert is now under way.Part of that review will look at ways of easing the pressure on students of competing for points in the exam, the Irish Times reported. Despite large numbers of secondary school students progressing to third-level education, a lot less progress into vocational routes.Systems such as those in Sweden and New Zealand, which have more pathways into vocational routes such as apprenticeships, will be looked at as part of the review.A lot of countries have moved away from a single final exam, with classroom learning and end-of-term tests the barometers on which students are judged before progressing to further study.So, today we’re asking you: Should the Leaving Cert ‘points race’ be abolished? 31,922 Views YesNoNot sureVote 87 Comments By Sean Murray Poll Results: No (3514) Yes (8194) Short URLcenter_img Tuesday 20 Feb 2018, 8:36 AM Feb 20th 2018, 8:36 AM Image: Laura Hutton/ Not sure (1103) Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Poll: Should the Leaving Cert ‘points race’ be abolished? A new review of the Leaving Cert is now underway from policymakers. Share18 Tweet Email1 last_img read more

I havent lost faith but Im also a realist and understand sometimes

first_img Share Tweet Email1 Ireland head coach John Bracewell sat down with The42 this week. Image: Donall Famer/INPHO Monday 1 May 2017, 8:45 AM May 1st 2017, 8:45 AM Short URL A COUPLE OF weeks after his appointment as Ireland head coach, John Bracewell sat in the Malahide pavilion and looked out over a sodden ground.In one wet afternoon, the realities of the situation he had walked into were laid bare as the showcase fixture against England was washed out and a rare chance to flex the muscles against a higher-ranked team went with it.It wasn’t officially Bracewell’s first game in charge, as paperwork issues meant the start of his tenure was delayed until later in the summer, but he was in position and it was the start of a new chapter for Irish cricket. A new era.This week, exactly two years on from that abandoned match in Dublin, Bracewell’s side face England in a historic two-game series, which includes Ireland’s first-ever One-Day International fixture at Lord’s.The New Zealander’s time in charge, and that new era, has been underwhelming at best, and instead of the tangible levels of excitement and optimism surrounding the game at Malahide, there is now a certain degree of apprehension heading into what should be a landmark series.Thousands of supporters are expected to travel over to Lord’s next Sunday for a hugely momentous occasion in the history of Irish cricket, but many will travel in trepidation.After banging on the door for so long, using the performances and results of the national team on the international stage as persuasive evidence in their case for more opportunities, Ireland are now preparing to sit at the sport’s top table at a time when the team is in rapid decline.“Statistically it hasn’t been great,” Bracewell admits, when asked to assess his two years in the job.That’s something of an understatement when you consider Ireland stuttered to qualification for the ICC World Twenty20 on home soil, then failed to win a game at that tournament as they lost to Oman and Netherlands and overall have won just 21 games of cricket in 57 fixtures. Ireland suffered heavy defeats in all three formats to Afghanistan during the winter. Source: Press AssociationMoreover, there has been an alarming inevitability about this downward spiral, with the warning signs extending as far back as Bracewell’s first summer at the helm. Nothing has changed or is being done at the top-level to address the obvious shortcomings with Ireland’s depth practically non-existent despite the brouhaha surrounding the national academy.When you think of Irish teams under previous regimes, the sides which brought the likes of Pakistan, England and West Indies to their knees you think of passion, intensity, hunger. When you think of the last two years, words like inconsistent, mediocre and uninspiring come to mind.Last month’s comprehensive, abject and damaging defeat to Afghanistan in the Intercontinental Cup was an almost fitting end to a winter which saw Ireland slip to series reversals in all three formats to their Associate counterparts.The manner in which Bracewell’s side slumped to an innings and 172 run loss in a game of such significance was the most concerning aspect and instantly raised questions about the coach’s future.“We need to be realistic and when I think back about the results they were indicative of the level of the two teams in those [Indian] conditions,” he says, before remarkably insisting he wasn’t surprised or disappointed with the results.“I wasn’t either surprised or disappointed in the outcomes because it’s not easy for our guys to go to India and expect outstanding results.“We’ve played a lot of big teams both home and away and we’re starting to get in the mood of touring. That change of emphasis from event cricket to international touring cricket has been quite a culture shock for our guys and losing key players when we lacked that depth affects our competitive chances and we have to be realistic about that.“That’s not an excuse but losing Kevin O’Brien, Boyd Rankin, Jacob Mulder and Paul Stirling – they’re four key players. Whilst those sort of things happen, I was delighted with our attitude and commitment and our growth through those six weeks.“I think we made really good advances in our cricket, our cricket maturity and knowledge and we’ll be a far better side going back next year and competing.”Being realistic is something Bracewell repeatedly says throughout the course of our chat, and while he has a point, the truth is that the last two years haven’t been good enough and that’s based on the standards set by these very players under the previous regime. Bracewell took over the reins from Phil Simmons in May 2015. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO“If you’re going to be in international sport, you want to have international standards and we are working hard to achieve those,” he continues.“In all facets in terms of facilities, the amount of play, gaining experience, gathering depth and it’s a process. That’s the stage where we’re at and I certainly accept the fact people want results and I don’t have a problem with that and we are trying to get those results.“Everybody wants high expectations and everybody wants to win. I don’t have a problem with people wanting to win but we also have to face the reality that this is a very very steep learning curve.”Bracewell says he is aware of the criticism and the growing levels of displeasure among the supporters as the optics and consequences of heavy defeats threaten to undermine previously uninterrupted progress. Ireland can ill-afford to keep performing as badly when the world is watching.“I shut that out but I’m not naive,” Bracewell says of the critics. “I’m aware there are massively high expectations in regards to what is expected of the team and what is expected of myself as coach. That’s the reality of international sport, there is an expectation that you must succeed but that’s not always based on facts.”Let’s look at those facts.Ireland’s record under Bracewell — 21 wins in 57 games — is poor, and that’s being kind; but to put that statistic in some sort of context, 41 of those games have been against Associate opposition, with Ireland winning 21 and losing 20.By way of comparison, Ireland won 98 of 111 completed Associate fixtures, losing just 13, under Phil Simmons. The argument that results have turned because Ireland are playing more higher-ranked teams in the last 24 months lacks substance.There can be no criticism for losing games against the likes of Australia and South Africa but a team which once held such supremacy at Associate level has dramatically lost its swagger and ability to grind out results.The reality, there’s that word again, is that Bracewell took over when this golden generation of Irish cricketers had reached their peak and the development of the team was about to stagnate — but the performances and results are ultimately his responsibility. He, nor Cricket Ireland, can use that as an excuse. It’s their job to find a solution, to make the necessary changes. Ireland have a busy summer ahead with games against England, New Zealand, Bangladesh and West Indies. Source: Press AssociationHow can a team which came agonisingly close to reaching the Super 8s in the 2015 World Cup have regressed to such an extent that Bracewell describes the current situation as one of ‘massive transition’?The buck stops with him and irrespective of resources, because Adi Birrell and Simmons worked within even greater limitations to far greater success, the results, and this is a results game, haven’t been good enough.“When you lack enormous resources in terms of a playing pool, the stars have to be aligned for you to get it right. We’ve got to align everything on the day to win. I’ve been around long enough to understand these things,” he explains.“Whilst I love winning and I’m preparing my side to win, I know every time they turn up, this particular Irish side try to win. They are a side that I would never question that they are not 100% dedicated to try to win that the resources they have behind them.“I haven’t lost faith in this side, I haven’t lost confidence in this side but I’m also a realist and I understand sometimes our 100% isn’t good enough on the day. I am 100% confident in the fact we are good enough that if we get it together on the day we can beat any side.”Ireland have done it before against the very best. They’ve played, been competitive and beaten Full Member nations on the biggest stage over the last 10 years so it begs the question why can’t Bracewell get the best out of this group too?“We’re working towards our bowlers becoming a lot more aggressive in one-day cricket,” the Kiwi says.“We’ll be looking to take wickets earlier rather than screw sides down and try to frustrate them and hope we take advantage. We’ve got to understand that sides are turning up against Ireland and they’re not going to be surprised anymore.“They’ve been embarrassed by them in the past and they’re not prepared to let that happen again. So we’ve no longer got that shock or surprise element, or the attitude of let’s take it easy, let’s play some of our bench players against Ireland.”Against England next week, Bracewell reveals his side will need to take risks: “We need to keep strong with our process in trying to play games and win games and not look nice. Bracewell says the morale in the dressing room is still as high as ever. Source: Presseye/William Cherry/INPHO“Unfortunately looking nice and having nice losses and looking like we’re tough because we batted the 50 overs doesn’t necessarily wins games of cricket. We’re going to have to take risks. We’re there to try to win the game, and not just look good.”That’s all in the short-term and there has to be an appreciation that Cricket Ireland are working on two fronts; to keep the national teams, both men and women, moving forward in the right direction whilst also pumping resources into developing key projects such as the academy, ‘A’ programme, training facilities and ensuring financial stability.Warren Deutrom and all at Cricket Ireland have worked tirelessly over the last number of years to get the national team and sport to the level it’s currently at. There can be no denying the superb job they have done and the progress which has been made on and off the field.Last week’s development at International Cricket Council (ICC) boardroom level which paves the way for Ireland to be elevated to Test status in June is testament to all the hard work over the last decade; but there needs to be a team capable of competing on that stage.Having played Test cricket for New Zealand before coaching his country, Bracewell’s pedigree and experience cannot be questioned, but whether he is the right man to lead this journey has been and will continue to be questioned.“For me, it’s a process of trying to develop a number of things which will stand Ireland in good stead in the long-term,” he continues. “We at the moment are going through a massive transition in our cricket and the development of our cricket.“There’s a lot of things that we’re putting in place that the benefits of which probably won’t be seen or felt for two, three, four years down the track and maybe even the next generation.“It’s something we have to go through. It’s something other countries have had in place and taken for granted but we’re putting them in place whilst trying to produce a national side who are trying to get results at the same time.“I’m not interested in doing any other job, this is the one for me. It suits my psyche, I’m a long-term thinker in how I go about my business. I’m not doing this to get to another gig somewhere so it’s not a live or die situation for me.“What we’re doing is a long-term benefit to Irish cricket and we need to stick with that and unfortunately there might be some short-term pain.” Cricket Ireland last week announced a shirt sponsorship deal with Turkish Airlines as work continues off the pitch for the future. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHOThe most important part of all this jigsaw is what happens on the pitch and after a forgettable winter, Ireland head into a defining summer needing a sharp change in fortunes if the gloom is to be lifted.Bracewell’s contract expires at the end of October and last month Cricket Ireland Performance Director, Richard Holdsworth, hinted that another string of bad results would put his future in serious jeopardy.The Kiwi has been in the game long enough to know that for himself, even if he feels he needs more time to stamp his mark and continue on the work he has started in Ireland beyond his initial contract.“That’s not my choice,” is Bracewell’s reply when asked if he would like more time in the job.“That is in the hands of my bosses, they’re the ones that judge us and judge what we’re doing, how we’re doing it and whether we’re doing it right or wrong.“I’m sure through an appraisal process, they will make that decision. I’m just in the position I’m in. I’m enjoying what I’m doing, I enjoy the guys that are involved in it, I enjoy working with playing staff, I enjoy the process the academy is going through at the moment.“I enjoy the journey Cricket Ireland is on but I also have to be a realist, it’s a judgemental sport and people will judge where we are and whether we need to be further ahead in terms of performance than where we currently are. That’s not for me to judge, I’ve just got to do the job I’ve been given to the best of my ability.” Bracewell’s contract expires in October. Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHOThat job now revolves around Bristol and Lord’s this Friday and Sunday for what is set to be a stern examination of Ireland’s credentials and any weaknesses are likely to be ruthlessly exposed by an explosive looking England side.This is the start of an opportunity Ireland have been waiting so long for. The chance to play on the biggest stage and at the game’s most iconic venue but the irony, of course, is that it all comes when Ireland is at its lowest cricketing ebb in recent history.Bracewell acknowledges that these are challenging and testing times but insists morale inside the dressing room is still as high as ever and the players are still steadfast in their commitment to the cause.“These guys aren’t prima donnas, they’re blue-collar, hard workers. They dig in and they don’t complain. I really enjoy that part of it, it’s refreshing and their expectations and their disappointments are carried personally and just as hard as what supporters feel.“These guys work damn hard and I’m proud of every one of them which makes me quite loyal towards them. We’ve just had six weeks living in the same hotel, going to the same ground and playing against the same team. Now if there’s anything that’s going to bust a team apart when they’re losing, that is.“Our guys every turned up with a smile on their face, went about their work, never complained and played hard and fair every day for six weeks. I’ve never been in a group like it. They got on so well and they’ve been talking about this day [v England at Lord’s] since it was announced last year.“It’s going to be a fantastic cricket occasion, a historic one but at the end of the day it’s another cricket match. We can’t lose sight of that and of course we want to win and the guys will get excited if we do, but for me it wouldn’t change anything we’re trying to do.”The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! ‘I haven’t lost faith but I’m also a realist and understand sometimes our 100% isn’t good enough’ John Bracewell’s two years in charge of the Irish cricket team haven’t gone as he would have hoped and with a historic series against England this week, there is pressure on the head coach to turn results around with more and more questions being asked of him. By Ryan Bailey Ireland head coach John Bracewell sat down with The42 this week. center_img Don’t say it too loudly, but Ireland could become a Test-playing nation this summer Image: Donall Famer/INPHO 4 Comments 19,562 Views Follow us: Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Funeral takes place for Ruth Maguire who went missing during hen party

first_img Saturday 23 Mar 2019, 3:55 PM Short URL The coffin of Ruth Maguire being carried from Saint Vincent de Paul church, Ligoniel, Belfast, following the funeral mass Source: Brian Lawless via PA ImagesAmong the groups involved in the search were Irish Coastguard Rescue helicopter, the Mourne Mountain Rescue, Bangor Coastguard with their specially trained search dog, Belfast coastguard and Dundalk sub-aqua search and rescue.In a statement on Monday, gardaí said the body of a woman had been discovered in the water at Carlingford Lough. Searches were then stood down. RNLI members arrive for the funeral service Source: Brian Lawless via PA ImagesMaguire’s funeral Mass took place at St Vincent de Paul Church in Belfast, Co Antrim this morning at 9am. She was then taken to Carnmoney Cemetery for committal at 11am.The Belfast Telegraph reported that Maguire, who was due to marry her partner in August, was buried in her wedding dress.With reporting by Sean Murray and Elaine Keogh Share1201 Tweet Email1 Funeral takes place for Ruth Maguire who went missing during hen party last weekend Ruth Maguire (30), from Newcastle, Co Down, had last been seen close to midnight last Saturday night. 18 Comments Mar 23rd 2019, 3:55 PM center_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Hayley Halpin 69,032 Views The funeral cortege for Ruth Maguire making its way to St Vincent de Paul Church in Belfast ahead of the funeral Source: Brian Lawless via PA ImagesTHE FUNERAL OF RUTH Maguire, a mother-of-three who went missing during a hen party last week, has taken place. Ruth Maguire (30), from Newcastle, Co Down, had last been seen close to midnight last Saturday night in the county Louth village of Carlingford.She was part of a group of 32 women on a hen party.Searches began on sunday and carried into Monday to try to find Maguire. last_img read more

IMF to stay out of Greeces bailout

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Talks between the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Greece and its EU lenders have been at an impasse since German finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble rejected calls from IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde for debt restructuring.According to Reuters’ sources, the IMF is likely to accept an advisory role with limited powers over the Greek bailout program but it will not effectively join the table, arguing that the financial targets set in the European bailout are unrealistic without major debt relief.The exact nature of the IMF’s role has not been decided but it will be responsible for drawing up certain proposed agreements and negotiating documents, coordinating with the Greek and European Union sides. “It will be more than an advisor but the role will not have the strict conditionality, like the compliance and economic health checks every three months,” one of the sources told Reuters.“They won’t put money into the program but it won’t be just technical assistance; they will probably take a special advisory role to be created especially for the Greek bailout,” the second source said.“Talks this week just made it clear that the IMF just can’t come on board formally. They will remain part of the troika and be at all the talks.”The decision was supported by Greek officials who estimate it will be positive to have a debt restructuring ally at the table.The Greek side argues that it does not need a haircut but could manage its debt if its repayments were smoothed out, maturities were extended and more expensive IMF debt was swapped for cheaper European funding.Some of these measures are not acceptable for the EU, however, so talks have moved only slowly.The IMF was not immediately available for comment on the what the sources said.last_img read more

Blue Hills Robber jailed for Christmas Holidays arms charges

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, November 22, 2016 – Police say the public is their strongest ally and that was again proven earlier this month when someone reported suspicious activity involving two burglars and one of them was caught.  Around 3:36am the report came in on November 12 that a restaurant in the Turtle Cove area was being broken into.Police got there quickly, gave chase to the two and one of the men was caught with a hand full of food, likely stolen from the unnamed business.  Press Officer, Kevin Clarke said:  “Try as we may, officers cannot be everywhere, but with the help of residents who keep their eyes open for suspicious activity in their neighborhoods, we can respond quickly…” Police yesterday also reported that the 34 year old who was arrested after residents foiled his armed robbery attempt is now in prison facing a number of arms charges.  Carrying ammunition, carrying firearm, discharging firearm and robbery were leveled at the suspect who caused the community of Blue Hills to rise up last Monday night when he tried to rob City Market Store, located on Millennium Highway.   No plea was required for the suspect who has a sufficiency hearing in January and is on remand at Her Majesty’s Prison in Grand Turk until then.The man boldly entered the store and even, allegedly fired off a shot in a move to rob the grocery store – residents stopped him and while police say they do not encourage these actions typically, the residents who did stop and restrain the man until Police arrived on scene were called, ‘brave, offering valuable assistance…’ Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

San Diego History Center and Mesa College open Fashion Redux 90 Years

first_imgSan Diego History Center and Mesa College open ‘Fashion Redux 90 Years of Fashion’ exhibit 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsFashion-forward trends come alive this spring by looking back on 90 years of San Diego fashion.On March 3, 2018, the History Center & Mesa College School of Fashion and Design open the exhibition Fashion Redux: 90 Years of Fashion at the History Center in Balboa Park.The exhibition—free with Give Forward* admission—features historical garments from the History Center’s extensive textile collection paired with garments inspired by history and created by Mesa College fashion students. The exhibition also features a live fashion show in late April 2018.“This is going to be a really fun and informative exhibition,” mentioned Susan Lezear, fashion professor at Mesa College. “Our students are excited to have this kind of exposure and are confident the visitors who see this exhibition will learn something about the fabulous fashion trends that have characterized various eras in San Diego’s past. They will also get an intimate, up-close experience by hearing the stories of the students’ journey from concept to completion.”The exhibition will include an interactive learning space giving visitors the chance to become familiar with fashion techniques and fabrication. A live fashion demonstration station will be activated by San Diego Mesa College students who will provide a glimpse inside their creative process.Programming surrounds the exhibition as well, with the premiere event, the Fashion Redux Grand Reveal, taking place on April 26, 2018 from 6pm-8:30pm. The evening features a chic reception, fashion show of student garments set inside the spacious exhibition, a lecture by fashion expert, Susan Lazear, followed by the announcement of the live voting for the coveted People’s Choice Award.“The History Center’s costume collection includes garments from the late 18th century to the present,” said History Center curator Kaytie Johnson. “Many of the pieces in the collection are singular in that they can be directly attributed to San Diegans, and show lifestyles in San Diego over time.” Allie Wagner, Allie Wagner Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: March 7, 2018 March 7, 2018last_img read more

Congratulations to the 2019 ASA Governing Committee

first_imgDavie Stephens, of Clinton, Ky., will serve as 2019 American Soybean Association (ASA) president, following a vote of the ASA board this morning in St. Louis.Stephens previously served as secretary of ASA, and has been an ASA national Director since 2012. He was elected to represent his fellow farmers on the Kentucky Soybean Association board from 2006-14, serving as treasurer, secretary, vice-president and president during his three, three-year terms.Stephens farms more than 5,000 acres in Kentucky. In addition to soybeans, he grows corn and raises chickens in four poultry barns. Stephens farms with his father and has almost 30 years of experience raising crops.Stephens replaces John Heisdorffer as president, and Heisdorffer moves to the role of ASA chairman. Former chairman Ron Moore, of Illinois, rotates off the nine-member ASA Governing Committee.The ASA Board also elected Bill Gordon, of Minnesota, to serve as vice president, a position that places him in line to serve as the association’s president in 2020.Gordon is a fourth generation farmer who grows 50/50 soybeans and corn across 2,000 acres, including 250 acres of buffer strips and wetlands. He’s also the owner of Lindquist Tax and Accounting and owner/partner of CRG Management Company, a full service business including farm analysis and planning.In addition, the ASA board voted to elect Bret Davis, Ohio, as secretary; Brad Kremer, of Wisconsin, as treasurer; and Kevin Scott, of South Dakota, Joe Steinkamp, of Indiana, Brad Doyle, of Arkansas, and Ronnie Russell, of Missouri, as at-large members of the governing committee.New members beginning their nine-year terms on the ASA board are Daryl Cates, of Illinois, David Droste, of Illinois, and Christopher Hill, of Minnesota.last_img read more

Truck catches fire on I95 between Ives Dairy Road and Miami Gardens

first_imgMIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (WSVN) — A truck fire is out, after causing traffic backups on Interstate 95 during the Tuesday morning commute.7Skyforce flew over the scene of the dump truck fire, in Miami Gardens.The truck is located between Ives Dairy Road and Miami Gardens Drive, on the shoulder of the southbound lanes of I-95. Two right lanes were blocked as fire rescue crews responded to the fire.There were no reports of injuries.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Local hurricane relief organizations recognized at MSP Cares Night of Hope

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A South Florida organization honored local heroes at a dinner held in Brickell, Sunday night.The nonprofit MSP Cares hosted “A Night of Hope” at the JW Marriott Miami. The event recognized several guests of honor for their work with hurricane relief efforts, including Peter Gary, the CEO of Pinnacle Advertising and Marketing.“It’s been a three-phase project,” said Gary. “First, to bring goods and services down. Secondly, we wanted to make sure that we could set up efforts to get small businesses back up online. Lastly, we wanted to bring in the efforts to get grants for the small businesses to get up and running.”7’s own Diana Diaz hosted the elegant dinner that was sponsored by WSVN, the Dade County Bar Association and MSP Recovery law firm.The event helped raise thousands of dollars for hurricane relief in the Florida Keys and Puerto Rico.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Scientific American Offering Full Archival Access

first_img[This story first appeared on sister site min.] Scientific American’s new “All Access” subscription plan, unveiled Wednesday, will offer its readers access to the magazine’s more than 150,000-article archive. The centerpiece of parent Nature Publishing Group’s consumer media division, Scientific American is the nation’s oldest continuously published magazine.In addition to the archival stories dating back to the magazine’s first issue in August 1845, the “All Access” package offers subscribers 12 issues of Scientific American in print, online and accessible via iPads and PDF readers at an annual cost of $99. Plus, full access to daily science news stories on its Website.“While we’re asking $99 for this product, which is considerably more than our other subscription packages,” says Chris Dorbandt, VP of consumer marketing at Scientific American, “we believe we’re rewarding our brand loyalists with exceptional value because we believe this is a lifetime product with concern to our content.”Scientific American’s archive does posses an extensive first-hand account of some of science’s biggest breakthroughs and technological advances of the last 168 years. Highlights include Alexander Graham Bell’s telephone invention in 1876, Thomas Edison’s invention of the incandescent lightbulb in 1879 and the 1950 article “On the Generalized Theory of Gravitation” by Albert Einstein. Other subscription packages offered by Scientific American include four-year archival access and institutional customers have been able to access the archives in full on since 2011. Mike Florek, executive vice president of Scientific American, says the new site design for the archive portal on addresses the differing needs of both institutional and regular customers.“The institutional experience is different than the customer experience we envision,” Florek says. “The [regular] consumer will have access through There’s an element of self-service there.”Scientific American began working in earnest to bring the new site to fruition about two years ago, enlisting the services of Blue River Interactive Group, the lead development team for the open source CMS Mura, and ten24 Digital Solutions, which took point for another open source application called Slatwall eCommerce.“[ten24] have a history of working with Blue River so, in terms of ease of moving content more quickly from editorial output to actual sellable inventory, it made sense to collaborate,” says Florek.Scientific American received go-ahead funding approval in July 2013, so in terms of speed to market, it took roughly seven months to accomplish a complete replacement of a comprehensive content management system and deliver a new, more flexible ecommerce platform.Between the print magazine, 14 local language editions and, current worldwide reach is more than 5 million consumers and scientists. By offering full archival access, the magazine hopes to attract more regular casual readers.“We have a robust base of regular monthly readers,” says Florek. “It’s about how to bring that vicarious reader into the fold and a more sweeping offering helps entice those people.”Thanks to the heritage of the publication, current subscribers are already open to new newsletters, e-books, single issues and more the brand may choose to offer. Internally, the opening of this database of articles helps to inform editorial decisions they hope will ultimately increase the annual sales value for each subscriber. At least one such enthusiast-targeted product is in the pipeline for 2014.“The archival tools we have at our disposal now will help us create more new content,” says Dorbandt. “As we gain traction, we’ll want to have as many customer touch points as possible.”last_img read more

Town Officials Brainstorm Ideas To Fix Emergency Vehicle Obstruction At N Wilmington Station

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Town Manager Jeff Hull updated the public on the town’s latest efforts to address the ongoing issue of trains stopping at the North Wilmington Commuter Rail station on Route 62 and blocking emergency vehicles en route to emergencies.Town officials, including Hull and Selectman Chair Kevin Caira, recently met with State Senator Bruce Tarr, State Representative David Robertson, and others to discuss the matter.Hull stressed the station’s ridership is extremely low, which is affecting MBTA’s desire to fix the situation.“On average, the number of riders inbound is 57 per day and outbound is 85 per day,” said Hull. “This colors MBTA’s approach to dealing to this. With ridership at those levels, I think there’s some trepidation about spending money on upgrades to that area.”Hull outlined two scenarios the town are currently exploring.“Right now, for every scheduled stop, the train does – in fact – come to a complete stop, even if people aren’t trying to onboard or offboard,” explained Hull. “The thought going forward is, when there’s no ridership at the station, for the train to continue to travel through at a slow rate, but not stop. This doesn’t solve the problem, but the train will be impeding travel for a shorter period of time.”Hull and officials are also looking into the Federal Transit Administration’s criteria that governs the requirements to making substantial upgrades when a platform is being redesigned. A redesigned platform could potentially allow trains to sometimes pull through without having to stop across Route 62.“There may be cases with stations like Wilmington’s where the ridership level is so low that there may be some limited upgrades that can be made without triggering a more expansive and expensive upgrade to the whole facility,” noted Hull.Wilmington’s legislative delegation at the State House will provide an update to the town in mid-February.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN NEWS: Town Comes Up With Fix For North Wilmington Commuter Rail StationIn “Government”THIS NEEDS TO STOP: Selectmen Outraged At MBTA As Trains Continue To Block Route 62 In N. WilmingtonIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Board Grapples With Whether To Eliminate 5 Daily Stops At N. Wilmington Commuter Rail StationIn “Government”last_img read more

Defunct lights plunge road into darkness

first_imgLal Bazar: The commuters traveling on Lal Bazar-Alwal road are reeling under darkness due to lack of streetlights. Krishna, a commuter, said that they were facing hardships to pass by the stretch during night. The locals complained many times to the authorities concerned to fix streetlights, but in vain. Due to darkness, traffic snarls are often witnessed on the road. Despite several complaints and messages through social media and representations no step had been taken till date, he flayed. The locals request the authorities to install the streetlights as soon as possible for free flow of traffic.last_img

Still no progress in Tonu murder case despite ministers assurance

first_imgSohagi Jahan TonuThough 26 months have elapsed since the murder of Comilla Victoria College student Sohagi Jahan Tonu, the investigation into the gruesome killing continues to languish without any progress, reports UNB.Family members and locals expressed their anger and frustration as the police have even failed to name any suspect, let alone make any arrests.Meanwhile an announcement by home minister Asaduzzaman Khan earlier this month that “the mystery behind Tonu murder case will be revealed soon” seems to have come to nothing.The minister had come up with the announcement while talking to reporters after a programme at the Daffodil University campus on 5 May.Tonu, a second-year history student at CVC and active member of Victoria College Theatre, also worked part-time as a private tutor. She was found dead in a wooded part of the Cumilla Mainamati Cantonment on 20 March 2016 after she failed to return home from one of her private tuition classes.Her murder sparked a huge public outcry and people from home and abroad demanded justice.Physicians at the forensic department of Cumilla Medical College Hospital conducted two autopsies on her body but their reports failed to mention any clear cause of death.In May 2016, the CID – which was handed the case the previous month – revealed that bodily fluids (semen) of three individuals had been found on Tonu’s clothes – but the public has been kept in the dark regarding any tests the agency might have done to match the DNA samples found in the clothing with any suspect.CID officials last conducted a daylong interrogation of Tonu’s father Yaar Hossain, mother Anwara Begum, cousin Laizu and brother Mizan at the CID office in Dhaka on last 22 November 2017. According to the family it was all just about rehashing old information, and they learnt nothing new.Some weeks prior to that, on 25-27 October, CID apparently interrogated three individuals “suspected by Tonu’s mother” inside the Dhaka Cantonment. CID refused however to divulge their names, indicating they may have included serving army officers stationed at the Cumilla Cantonment.Tonu’s family, particularly her mother, have repeatedly demanded that two army officers of Comilla Cantonment named Zahid, (one of them a sergeant where Tonu had gone for tuition, the other remains unclear), be taken in for interrogation, along with Zahid’s wife.Akbar Masum, general secretary of Sushasoner Jonno Nagorik (Sujan) Cumilla unit, said, “An enthusiastic girl was killed and after 26 months, her killers are yet to be identified. Imagine what kind of society we are living in.”The case has been lying with the CID for long without substantial progress, said Gonojagoron Mancha Cumilla unit organiser Khairul Alam Raihan.Tonu’s brother Anwar Hossain said, “My sister was killed when she went to Sergeant Zahid’s house for tuition (she taught Zahid’s children). So, Zahid and his wife should be interrogated over the murder.””If needed we will meet with prime minister Sheikh Hasina to request her to arrest the killers,” he further said.Investigation officer of the case senior police superintendent of CID Jalal Uddin Ahmed said they will keep interrogating people which may take another two or three months.”We’re working to identify the killers of Tonu,” he said.last_img read more

A Field Trip To The Houston Maritime Museum

first_img Share You’re surely aware that Houston has a ship channel. And perhaps you’ve even heard that the city’s port is one of the busiest in the country. But still, many might not think of Houston as a big sea-faring city.But Houston has enough of a maritime history to warrant its own museum. The Houston Maritime Museum is just down the street from Hermann Park, nestled off a side street. And, in 20017, Houston Matters producer Maggie Martin visited the museum to talk with its director, Leslie Bowlin, to learn what visitors can expect to see when they stop by.last_img

Ross to Become Pastor at New Hope Baptist in NJ

first_imgBy Joi Thomas, Special to the AFROThe Baltimore clergy community boasts of many outstanding preachers and teachers. The community is blessed to have dynamic preachers from all generations that represent our city. One of those preachers is Rev. Dr. Drew Kyndall Ross, Pastor and Founder of Resurrection Church in Pikesville. Since its inception in 2011, Resurrection has been growing and blessing the community in which it resides.  On December 23rd, Resurrection will enter a new phase of its history, as Ross will preach his last sermon as pastor.  He will be leaving to pastor New Hope Baptist Church in Hackensack, New Jersey.Dr. Drew Ross (center), formerly of the Resurrection Church in Pikesville, is surrounded by members of the youth ministry at his new church New Hope Baptist in New Jersey. (Courtesy Photo)Ross is excited about this transition, but describes it as “bitter sweet”. “I am leaving a church where the love is great, which is the bitter part for me,” Ross said. “However, the thing I love about New Hope is that the love I feel (there)…is the same type of love that I have felt at Resurrection for the past seven years. I appreciate Resurrection for being understanding and supportive of my decision to move. I appreciate New Hope for making me feel at home and loving me through this season of transition.”New Hope Baptist Church has been a pillar of faith in the Hackensack, New Jersey community for 98 years.  The pastor emerita of New Hope is Rev. Dr. M. Frances Manning-Fontaine, the first woman to be elected to Baptist church in Northern New Jersey.  Ross believes New Hope is a “great church with a great history.”  His vision to carry this church forward is comprehensive. “(I’m) taking time to get to know the people, the community, and establishing a relationship of love and leadership while preaching and teaching the Gospel,” Ross said. “We are going into the New Year; we plan to start with re-engaging the Wednesday midday bible study, men’s fellowship and a few community partnerships.”Resurrection Church will continue on once Ross assumes the pastorate of New Hope.  Rev. Darren L. Cook will begin serving as interim pastor on New Year’s Eve.  Ross can point to many accomplishments during his tenure at Resurrection. “There are so many things I could say about myself that I have done at Resurrection, but the thing that makes me most proud is that they are a people that can continue on without me,” Ross said. “That is nothing short of amazing to me. I give God all the glory!”Ross will preach his final sermon as Pastor of Resurrection Church on December 23rd at the 10:15 a.m. service.  He will preach his first sermon as Pastor-Elect of New Hope Baptist Church on December 31st for their New Year’s Eve service at 10:00 pm.last_img read more

The Library appoints The Unique Tourism Collection

first_imgThe Library appoints The Unique Tourism CollectionThe Library appoints The Unique Tourism CollectionThe Unique Tourism Collection has been appointed Australian representative for the stunning Thailand resort, The Library, which is set against the seductive backdrop of Koh Samui’s Chaweng Beach.Sydney-based, The Unique Tourism Collection is marking 25 years of luxury travel and tourism marketing communications representation in 2017 and will be responsible for all sales, marketing and media activity in Australia for The Library.A member of Designs Hotels, The Library reads like an elegant monograph. Owned by Samui native Kasemtham Sornsong, and created with designer Tirawan Songsawat, the beachfront hotel is a refreshing and subtle play on the book.Understated and peaceful, The Library narrates a story in which genuine harmony with the neighbouring landscape is a tangible achievement.The hotel’s library binds the property, with its incredible collection of more than 1400 books available to borrow or purchase, providing a satisfying alternative to modern distractions.With just 46 studios, suites and fabulous Secret Pool Villas (scheduled opening in November 2017), spread over 12,800 square metres, this minimalist resort provides ample space to read, roam and reflect.From The Page restaurant holding fort on the beachfront and Drink Gallery by the roadside to the 270-degree sea views from the glass-enclosed gym, The Library seals the chasm between nature and modern life.Like a good book, The Library contains an assortment of interesting chapters, enticing guests to learn to live harmoniously with nature. Source = The Unique Tourism Collection – The Librarylast_img read more