first_imgMan City plan Sterling extension to warn off Real Madridby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveRaheem Sterling is eyeing a move to Real Madrid in the summer, per journalist Alex Kay-Jelski.The reporter, who has very good sources at City and with Sterling’s camp, believes that Real are serious about signing the English winger.Sterling is only 24 and has emerged as one of the best and most consistent players in the Premier League.He has come on leaps and bounds since manager Pep Guardiola took over at the club, helping them to two Premier League titles in a row.While Real are serious in their interest and Sterling would fancy the move, the source also claims that City will offer him a bumper new deal to convince him that his future lies in Manchester.City would loathe to lose Sterling, given he is one of their most prolific attacking players. TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgzoom Container terminal owner and operator DP World and the Port of Prince Rupert Authority have announced that 75% of works to expand Fairview Container Terminal at the Port of Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada, have been completed.The Phase II North container terminal expansion project, launched in the first quarter of 2015, is on schedule to increase annual capacity at Prince Rupert’s container terminal to over 1.35 million TEUs by the third quarter of 2017, the port authority said.The expanded terminal will include a second deep-water berth, three additional gantry cranes, and land reclamation to further expand the container yard. On-dock rail capacity will also be expanded by densifying the current track configuration, which will be supported by a rubber-tired gantry crane operation.The next milestone for the project is expected in March 2017 with the arrival of three Malacca-max dock gantry cranes to make Prince Rupert big ship ready.Each crane is equipped with a reach of 25 containers wide and is capable of working the largest vessels in the world with a carrying capacity of 20,000- plus TEUs.DP World bought Fairview Container Terminal from Deutsche Bank in April 2015.The concession period runs to 2034 with an extension to 2056 after the completion of Phase 2.DP World has also undertaken a feasibility assessment in relation to development of the lands intended for further expansion which could potentially increase the capacity of the terminal to 2.45 million TEUs.last_img read more

first_imgLucknow: The Samajwadi Party Sunday claimed that results of the upcoming bypolls to 12 assembly seats in the state will spring a surprise and it will grab the lion’s share in the seats.”Booth-level work has already been completed by party workers at most place. Like the bypolls to Phulpur, Gorakhpur and Kairana parliamentary constituencies and the Noorpur assembly seat, the results of the upcoming bypolls will also spring a surprise and the SP will grab the lion’s share,” SP leader and former UP minister Arvind Singh Gope said. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!The SP leader said the the bypolls will set the “tone for the 2022 UP assembly elections”, adding that their endeavour was to reach the last man in the village. When asked about the break-up of the SP-BSP alliance, Gope said, “Despite the break-up of the alliance, there is no loss to the SP. Akhileshji is a large-hearted man. He had forged the alliance with a large heart. It was the BSP, which left us. We respect their views.” The senior SP leader said forging the alliance was a major experiment and it was not necessary that every experiment succeeded. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedThe SP and BSP had announced their tie-up for the Lok Sabha polls in January this year, sharing 38 seats each and keeping the Congress out of the tie-up. With the electoral tie-up between the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party coming to an end after the Lok Sabha debacle, the bypolls to the 12 assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh are likely to witness a four-cornered contest. The alliance could bag just 15 of 80 seats in the state in the Lok Sabha elections this year, after which the BSP parted ways with the SP. The Lok Sabha elections this year and the 2017 UP assembly elections were rather a triangular fight. The Samajwadi Party had contested the 2017 assembly polls in an alliance with the Congress. In the 2014 parliamentary elections, the BJP, Congress, SP, BSP and the RLD had contested individually in the state. The upcoming bypolls to 11 assembly seats will be held as the sitting MLAs were elected to the Lok Sabha while the vacancy in Hamirpur was caused due to The disqualification of BJP legislator Ashok Kumar Singh Chandel following conviction in a murder case. The assembly constituencies that fell vacant following the election of sitting MLAs as MPs are Manikpur, Iglas (SC), Zaidpur (SC), Gangoh, Balha (SC), Rampur, Jalalpur, Pratapgarh, Lucknow Cantonment, Govindnagar and Tundla (SC). Meanwhile, state BJP media coordinator Rakesh Tripathi claimed that their party would emerge stronger in the elections. He said, “Irrespective of the fact that the elections will be a four-cornered or multi-cornered contest, the BJP will emerge the strongest. We have learnt our lessons from previous bypoll defeats and the party has already started it poll preparations”. “The bypolls will also give an opportunity to the party to increase its tally in the UP Assembly and win from Rampur and Jalalpur, which we had lost in the 2017 assembly polls,” he asserted.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, said on Thursday that Kashmir has become like a “concentration camp” with additional troops deployment and snapped communication links, after the abrogation of provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution which accorded special status to Jammu and Kashmir. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said from the Red Fort earlier that he would solve the Kashmir issue by embracing the people of the state and not by the bullet. But, going by the developments, Kashmir is like a concentration camp in the manner in which everything there has been shut down,” he said. Chowdhury said he had already stated in Lok Sabha that a clampdown had been imposed on Kashmir and the Amarnath Yatra stopped midway. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Internet services have been snapped, shops and businesses are closed and free movement of people has been stopped and locals are not allowed to congregate and are forced to remain indoors, he said. Political leaders have been put under house arrest and no political leader from Delhi is allowed to enter Kashmir, he said on a day former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad was stopped at Srinagar airport and sent back.last_img read more

first_imgRaptors fans across Canada — and beyond — are gearing up for Monday’s potentially championship-clinching Game 5 in Toronto.Viewing parties across the country are expanding as the Raptors look to make history by claiming their first NBA title against the defending champion Golden State Warriors.Toronto leads the series three games to one after taking the last two on the Warriors’ home court in Oakland, Calif.Outdoor public viewing spaces that have popped up across the country are expected to expand to accommodate the ever-growing crowds gripped by Raptors fever.In Halifax, Gab LeVert has been organizing block parties throughout the final round of the playoffs, and says the crowds have grow larger every game.“For Game 4 on a sunny Friday in Halifax, I don’t think anyone could have expected what happened. We had hundreds of people overflowing into the streets because we were at maximum capacity,” LeVert said.“Everyone was respectful, but everyone was so happy to be a Raptors’ fan.”An event in Regina is moving to Mosaic Stadium, home of the CFL’s Saskatchewan Roughriders, after an estimated 2,500 fans turned out to watch Game 4 at City Square Plaza downtown on Friday.According to the football club, the venue’s MaxTron screen is not only the largest screen in Canada, at over 630 square metres — it’s even bigger than a standard NBA basketball court.In Mississauga, Ont., crowds have increased at Celebration Square, where police say about 25,000 people turned out to watch Game 4.The outdoor viewing spaces are aimed at creating local versions of Jurassic Park, the tailgating area outside Scotiabank Arena that brings hordes of frenzied fans to every Raptors game.On Saturday morning, a father and son from Stoney Creek, Ont., were prepared to spend two nights in line to ensure they got a spot.Twenty-year-old Zac Tiessen and 55-year-old Doug Tiessen call themselves “crazy fans” who also see the trip as an opportunity to bond.They said camping out at Jurassic Park is how they will make up for the time they couldn’t do a father-son trip to Africa because Doug was stricken with Lyme disease.“This is a healing moment for us to be able to spent a really special moment and to make up for that trip we didn’t get to do,” said Zac.Wearing his late grandfather’s “vintage” Raptors hat, Zac said he and his dad packed three bags of groceries, five books, a dozen bottles of water and an iPad.“We’ve always wanted to make it to Jurassic Park, but we never have so this is our first time and it could be a crazy first time if they win,” said Zac.“It’s definitely a historic moment for all of Canada.”South of the border, Toronto-born Raptors superfan Angela Tran is making plans to watch Game 5 in the heart of enemy territory — a bar in the San Francisco Bay area.Tran said she won’t mind being around all the Warriors fans cheering on their local heroes, just as long as they can all share the excitement of the game together.Tran, 36, moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2010, but said she hasn’t lost her “Raptors spirit.”She watched Game 4 at Oracle Arena and said the presence of Raptors fans was strong in the sea of yellow Warriors shirts.“I think the average Raptors fan is very loud compared to the average Warriors fan. It was electric in there,” said Tran.She said following the victory, Raptors fans in the arena got together to sing “O Canada.”“I’ve always known how incredible Toronto is, but it’s kind of life show-and-tell,” said Tran.“We’ve always been able to tell, but not been able to show. But now we’re able to show it.”— By Alanna Rizza in Toronto, with files from Rob Drinkwater in Edmonton and Kevin Bissett in FrederictonThe Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – The cost of variable-rate mortgages and lines of credit linked to the big bank prime rates have already gone up, but experts say the move by the Bank of Canada to raise interest rates may also affect your investment portfolio.As interest rates rise, investments like real estate investment trusts and utilities, to which many investors have looked to provide a source of steady income, are expected to come under pressure.“People aren’t willing to pay as much for those sectors,” said CIBC portfolio manager Craig Jerusalim, adding that REITs and utilities typically also have more debt which becomes more expensive to service as interest rates move higher.The Bank of Canada has raised its key interest rate target twice this year, taking back the two cuts it put in place when oil prices plunged. Economists expect the central bank to continue to raise rates, but opinions vary about how quickly it will happen.On the flip side, some industries will benefit from higher interest rates.Jerusalim said the banks benefit when the Bank of Canada raises its key rate target because the higher rates help improve margins at the big lenders.As expectations ramp up that short-term rates will rise, long-term interest rates should also increase and that will help insurance companies. Higher long-term rates help insurance companies when they calculate their future liabilities.Alfred Lee, a portfolio manager and investment strategist at BMO Global Asset Management, added that as the economy picks up, banks will benefit from greater demand for loans.In addition to the financial sector, Lee said investors are also rotating into growth stocks that are expected to benefit from the improving economy with the industrials sector expected to perform well.“For the most part the Bank of Canada’s raising rates because the economy is in a better position than it was a couple of years ago,” Lee said.“The industrial segment will do well because it is tied to the economy.”Lee added that rate-reset preferred shares could also benefit because the dividends they pay are often tied to the five-year Canadian government bond rate.Jerusalim says it’s important to remember that interest rates are still very low, they just aren’t at the emergency levels anymore.“Our team is not expecting significant increases over the next 12 months, we’re thinking we’re only going to get either one or two more rate increases over the next 12 months,” he said.But he added as interest rates rise it is even more important for investors to carefully evaluate their dividend-paying investments.For investors to protect themselves, he says they will have to be a little more careful to discern the difference between the better companies and those that just benefited from low interest rates.last_img read more

North Central Provincial Council Minister of Agriculture, Agro Products Marketing, Animal Production, Animal Health, Fisheries and Housing Affairs R.M.P.B.Rathnayake was removed from his post today.North Central Provincial Council member Sampath Sri Nilanga was appointed as the new Minister of Agriculture, Agro Products Marketing, Animal Production, Animal Health, Fisheries and Housing Affairs.

The sixty-first session of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), to be held from 12 to 18 May in Bangkok, Thailand, will aim to mobilize the international community to raise crucial investment in the social and economic infrastructure of small Asia-Pacific countries.Developing countries in the region are ranked as the fastest growing economic bloc in the world, but they need more cash and resources to maintain their performance in the future.“In spite of the shocks the region has faced this past year, it is still strong, and we are sure this Commissions session will lead to fresh opportunities to set developing countries on track to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs),” said Kim Hak-Su, the Commission’s Executive-Secretary.ESCAP is expecting ministers and senior officials from 62 member and associate countries and territories to participate in the event, “Implementing the Monterrey Consensus in the Asia and Pacific region: Achieving coherence and consistency.” The Monterrey Consensus is the landmark agreement adopted by world leaders at the 2002 International Conference on Financing For Development. It calls for the resources to meet the MDGs and the conditions that will enable freer trade, more foreign investment, debt relief and efficient government.The session will also feature a high-level panel discussion on tsunami recovery and development, as well as a ministerial roundtable on financing for development, when governments will examine a proposal for an Asian investment bank to help bridge the shortfall in investment needs. A two-track approach to foster capacity-building and coordination will also be on the agenda. read more

Canadian dollar slips, Fed promises to be patient in raising interest rates by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 17, 2014 6:43 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed lower Wednesday as the U.S. Federal Reserve offered some reassurance that it is in no hurry to raise short-term rates near zero, where they have been since the 2008 financial crisis.The loonie was off 0.02 of a cent at 85.92 cents US as the greenback strengthened after the Federal Reserve promised to be “patient” in determining when to raise its key interest rate. The Fed said that this “patient” approach is consistent with what it called its “previous” guidance that it expected to keep the rate near zero for a “considerable time.”It’s generally expected the Fed will move to hike rates sometime next year, around mid-2015. But a string of strong economic data points, including November’s blowout employment report, had suggested the Fed could move to increase rates sooner than expected.The Fed also said that the timing of such increases depends on economic data.Meanwhile, inflationary pressures in the United States remain very tame. The consumer price index for November was down 0.3 per cent from the month before. Economists had expected a drop of 0.1 per cent.Inflation rose at an annualized pace of 1.3 per cent. That is well below the two per cent level that the Federal Reserve and most other central banks target.Oil prices ticked higher for a second day as the market continues to sort out a huge supply/demand imbalance that has cut prices by more than 50 per cent since summertime highs. The January crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange climbed 54 cents to US$54.67.Metals also advanced with March copper up one cent to US$2.87 a pound while February gold gained 20 cents to US$1,194.50 an ounce. read more

The Yankees rank third even by this standard. But the Red Sox are a clear No. 1 and are about three times as popular as you’d guess from the size of the Boston media market. The Cardinals, Cubs, Giants, Pirates and Reds also over-perform relative to their market size.Red Sox haters might complain that the team’s market is much bigger than Boston alone: They are also the “local” team in the rest of New England (except for western Connecticut).But extent to which a team’s popularity expands may have a lot to do with how well the team is run — and how often it wins. The Toronto Blue Jays theoretically have a whole country to themselves — but they are unpopular relative to the size of the Toronto market itself, let alone as compared to the population of Canada. The correlation between a team’s Google search popularity and its number of post-season appearances since 2004 is .62, a fair amount higher than that between its popularity and its market size (.38).Performing worst relative to its population are the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. I’m somewhat suspicious of this datapoint, however. There are so many variations on the team’s name (“LA Angels,” “Anaheim Angels,” “That Team With Mike Trout and 24 Other People”) that Google Trends might not be picking up on all the ways to search for them, even with its new-and-improved algorithms. Facebook maps of sports fandom, such as the one Facebook just published about Major League Baseball, are one of my favorite things:But as Will Oremus of Slate notes, this approach conceals important information. Facebook’s map, which identifies the team with the most “likes” in each U.S. county, might give you the idea that the Texas Rangers, Colorado Rockies and Minnesota Twins are exceptionally popular. Indeed, they are reasonably well-liked over a broad geographical area. But most of the counties in their territories are rural and have low populations. The problem is analogous to looking at maps of presidential election results by county, which might convey the impression that Mitt Romney won the 2012 election when he did not.Another way to evaluate a baseball team’s popularity is to look at data from Google Trends.Google Trends recently unveiled a beta feature in which it aggregates search terms into topics. For example, searches for “St. Louis Cardinals,” “Saint Louis Cardinals,” “cardinals baseball” and so forth, are grouped under the same topic heading. (The feature can also theoretically avoid false positives; for example, searches for “Texas Ranger” that were seeking information on the defunct television show will not be confused with those for the baseball team.) In most cases, this functionality seems to be quite smart; the topic “Miami Marlins” seems to pick up searches for “Florida Marlins” as well, as the team was known prior to 2012.The chart below lists the number of Google searches for the topic associated with each MLB team. The figures listed are relative to the league average. (The Atlanta Braves’ popularity, for example, is listed as 1.14, which means that they are searched for 1.14 times as often as the average MLB club.) They reflect Google searches worldwide since 2004, except in the case of the Washington Nationals, where I’ve run the numbers from April 2005 forward, because the team played in Montreal before that time.By Google searches, the Rangers have only about average popularity, while the Twins and the Rockies are below average. Conversely, the New York Mets, who didn’t win a single county in the Facebook map, are the sixth-most searched for team worldwide.The most striking feature of the Google data, however, is the dominance of the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox. They are searched for 3.8 and 3.7 times, respectively, more often than the league average, and more than 10 times as often as the least popular teams.The Yankees, of course, have a large population to draw from: There are roughly 20 million people in the New York metro area. How does each team’s Google search popularity compare to the size of its television market?We make that comparison in the table below. I’ve listed each team’s popularity on Google, the relative size of its TV market (markets with two teams are divided evenly between them), and then taken the ratio between the two. read more

first_imgDell’s UltraSharp line of monitors has been a mainstay in the premium monitor market for several years now, but a couple of their models have been due for an update.One of those is the venerable U2410, a 24-inch IPS monitor that still rocks a 16:10 aspect ratio and offers a great amount of quality and features for the dollar. Given that was introduced back in 2009, Dell certainly took their time in releasing its replacement, the U2413. Announced earlier this year, we are finally seeing some nice discounts on it.Dell chose not to mess with a winning formula; the U2413 keeps the 24-inch size, the 16:10 aspect ratio, and IPS-type LCD panel. It switches to a new type of LED backlight that lets it keep the expanded color gamut that separates it from consumer-grade monitors, while allowing for a slimmer profile and drastically decreased power consumption.The 1920×1200 resolution sticks around too and will look great with the extra-wide viewing angles and rich colors inherent to IPS technology. The 4 port USB hub has been upgraded to 3.0 spec and while the analog VGA input was lost, you now have a native Mini DisplayPort input along with HDMI, DisplayPort, and DVI.It still has the fully adjustable stand, another differentiator between consumer and professional grade, and the wonderful 3 year advance exchange warranty. For today only, you can snag this gorgeous piece of kit for just $449.99, marked down from $599.99.Dell UltraSharp U2413 monitor for $449.99 + free shipping (reg. $599.99 | use coupon 0Q0C74SWNZC42$ | ends midnight CST May 3) Update: This deal has ended, but you can find the latest Dell UltraSharp U2413 deals & coupons from our friends at LogicBuy.Our other top deals:Cuisinart SS-700BK Keurig Brewing System for $179.10 + free shipping (reg. $365 | use coupon LUCKYCHEF10)Origami folding computer desk for $89.99 + free shipping (reg. $124.95)Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 15.6-inch gaming laptop with SSD, 1080p screen for $869 + free shipping (reg. $1,349)last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek Orthodox Church collection plates amassed over $200,000 for the Premier’s Disaster Relief Fund on an ordinary Sunday in March. Collection plates in Greek Orthodox churches across Australia jingled with donations as church-goers opened their hearts, and their wallets, to help those affected by the January floods and Cyclone Yasi. This was initiated by the Head of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos who rallied to the cause and called for a nationwide collection of funds to assist those in need. This generosity raised a staggering $216,000. Of this, $36,000 was donated to the Victorian Flood Appeal. The remaining $180,000 was presented on Saturday April 16, 2011 to Queensland Premier Anna Bligh to go towards the Premier’s Disaster Relief Fund. A further $10,000 was donated by the Greek Consulate in Queensland. The funds were presented by the Archdiocesan Vicar-General for Queensland, Rev Father Dimitri Tsakas, “The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia harnessed the Aussie spirit of mateship and engaged in a Christian outreach to fellow citizens of every religion and identity,” Father Dimitri said. “This was led by the head of the Church in Australia, Archbishop Stylianos, who called for a nationwide collection of funds to assist those in need. Father Dimitri said the $180,000 donation comes in addition to the extensive outreach and relief work conducted locally by the Orthodox people of Brisbane. “As soon as the waters began to recede our Church of St George issued a call for volunteers through the Internet, telephone, and social media. Our young people, in particular, responded overwhelmingly,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) has made public a list of necessary provisions that it believes must be included as part of a 1999 farm relief plan. ASA approved these measures at it recently-concluded Board of Directors meeting in Saint Louis. ASA’s announcement comes in advance of an Agricultural Appropriations vote in the United States Senate that could come as early as next week.ASA President Marc Curtis said, “The American Soybean Association has repeatedly called for Congress and the Administration to take additional steps to strengthen the farm safety net, expand foreign markets, and ensure the vitality of the U.S. farm economy under the 1996 FAIR Act.”While some measures have been taken, prices of soybeans and other commodities have fallen to lows not seen since the early 1970’s. ASA urges immediate action on the following initiatives as separate legislation or as part of a 1999 farm relief plan:Soybean Economic Loss Assistance—Because soybeans are not part of the Agricultural Market Transition Act (AMTA) formula, these payments do not offset income losses caused by the lowest soybean prices in 29 years. Since other crops are tied to a producer’s historical share of crop acreage, soybean payments should be distributed based on a producer’s share of total soybean production in 1999.Loan Deficiency Payment (LDP) Limitation—ASA supports measures to reduce problems associated with the $75,000 cap on LDPs and marketing loan gains. Since there is no cap on loan eligibility, and prices are well below loan levels, the current ceiling on LDPs will force producers to take out loans and forfeit their crops when they mature. This would cause serious market disruption, increase unnecessary storage costs, and require the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) to develop plans for resale of large quantities of commodities.Disaster Assistance—Losses experienced by soybean producers should be included in any disaster payment program passed by Congress for the 1999/2000 crop.Crop Insurance Reform—Legislation to target increased funding at higher levels of coverage and to change the current rating system to reflect current growing practices and trends is pending before Congress. Unless enacted separately, these provisions should be included in the 1999 farm aid package.Soy Purchase and Donation/Concessional Sales Export Assistance Initiative—ASA has been working with USDA, private voluntary organizations, and soy processors and exporters to develop proposals to increase U.S. humanitarian assistance programming of soybeans and soy products by $1.0 billion in FY-1999 and FY-2000. Congress should urge USDA to utilize existing CCC Charter Act and various food aid authorities to implement ASA’s $1 billion soy food initiative.B-20 (Biodiesel) Cost Buy-Down for EPACT Fleets—Congress amended the Energy Policy Act of 1992 (EPACT) last year to allow public and private fleets to earn credits against their EPACT requirements by using B-20 blends in their diesel-powered vehicles. Congress should provide $250 million to buy down the cost of 50 million gallons of biodiesel to comply with EPACT and other Federal programs. It is estimated that this action would increase the price of soybeans by 10 cents per bushel (a program offset worth $290 million on the 1999 crop).Use of Soy Protein in USDA Food Programs—New soy protein products are available for use as a nutritious and healthy component of the school lunch program and other government feeding initiatives. Use of these products would be a win-win for the recipients as well as soybean producers since new soy protein products represent a major emerging market. The Department of Agriculture should take every opportunity to increase use of soy protein in the school lunch and other Federal feeding programs.Funding for Export Promotion Programs—FY-2000 funding for export market development promotion activities carried out by USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) should be increased by $15 million for the Foreign Market Development (Cooperator) Program, $35 million for the Market Access Program (MAP), and $10 million to offset higher FAS administrative costs in carrying out export market development programs.Economic Sanctions Reform—Congress is considering several bills that would exempt agriculture from current and future unilateral economic sanctions. If not separately enacted, the strongest and most comprehensive version of sanctions legislation should be included in the farm relief package.Research Initiative for Future Agriculture and Food Systems—The Initiative for Future Agriculture and Food Systems was authorized in FY-1998 but has not been funded. The Initiative addresses critical emerging agricultural research needs, and should be fully funded at $625 million.Funding for Infrastructure Renovation & Improvement—Improving the U.S. infrastructure system is critical to maintaining and enhancing U.S. agricultural competitiveness in domestic and international markets. Congress should authorize $1.2 billion for 1,200-foot locks on the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers, and immediately appropriate $9 million for their design.last_img read more

first_imgSEE ALSO: Why Brownridge Stepped Aside Kent Brownridge, the former Wenner Media chief executive who engineered the Quadrangle Group’s acquisition of Dennis Publishing’s U.S. portfolio (minus The Week) for $240 million last year, is stepping down as CEO of Alpha Media, the company he formed at the time of the sale.The publisher of Maxim and Blender named Stephen Duggan and Glenn Rosenbloom co-CEOs to take Brownridge’s place. Duggan had been Alpha Media’s chief financial and operating officer; Rosenbloom, a former group publishing director at Disney’s consumer magazine division, had been Alpha’s president. Brownridge, for his part, will retain the title of chairman. “I joined Alpha Media Group with the intention of assembling a world-class executive team able to build upon the company’s great brands,” Brownridge said in a statement. “With Stephen and Glenn now on board, we have the right team in place to accomplish those goals and it is time for me to step back from day-to-day operations.”The change at the top comes at a pivotal time for the company.Last June, Felix Dennis sold his Dennis Publishing portfolio (except for The Week and the U.K. edition of Maxim) to Kent Brownridge and the Quadrangle Group for $240 million.Through June, single copy sales of Maxim fell 11.7 percent, while overall circulation slipped 1.3 percent, according to the audit Bureau of Circulation’s latest Fas-Fax report. Maxim’s ad pages, according to the Publishers Information Bureau, remained flat during the first half.Blender, though, increased its paid and verified circulation 15.3 percent, mostly through new subscriptions. Ad pages for Blender, however, fell more than 23 percent in the first half, with PIB-estimated ad revenue sliding 12.7 percent.last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are the obituaries published on Wilmington Apple during the week of July 14, 2019:Lived In Wilmington At Time Of Passing:O’Neal Isom, 90Mary R. (Causi) Marinello, 94Maureen F. (McKenna) McHugh, 80John “Kevin” Murphy, 77Previously Lived In Wilmington:Linda A. (Botelho) Blanco, 64Pauline F. (Lascelles) Capps, 86Marjorie D. (Cameron) Coryell, 92Worked In/Volunteered In/Connected To Wilmington:John J. McCall III, 65Like 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… RelatedWilmington OBITUARIES (Week of July 21, 2019)In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of July 7, 2019)In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 18, 2019)In “Obituaries”last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi : The Delhi High Court on Friday issued notice to South Delhi parliamentarian Ramesh Bidhuri over a plea filed by AAP leader Raghav Chadha challenging his election defeat. Justice Sanjiv Narula sought a response from BJP leader Bidhuri and others over Chadha’s plea and posted the matter for hearing on September 2. The court also directed the concerned returning officer to preserve the records relating to the election. Chadha stated that the winning candidate Bidhuri “wilfully and intentionally” concealed the facts regarding a FIR against him in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us The FIR against the Bidhuri was registered under sections 504 (intentional insult), 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation), 153 (provocation with intent to cause riot) and 153(a) (promoting enmity between different groups) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The Aam Aadmi Party leader alleged that Bidhuri did not divulge the source of his income. “The BJP leader ex facie declared false incomes in respect of his income, his spouse’s income as well as one of his dependants,” the petition submitted. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us The petitioner pleaded that the impugned results declaring the BJP candidate the winner be declared “void”.”Chadha, who secured the second highest votes in the constituency, be declared as the returned candidate (elected representative) for the South Delhi parliamentary constituency,” the petition stated. Bidhuri won the Lok Sabha election beating Chadha by a margin of over 3.6 lakh votes.last_img read more

first_img Kiana Hayeri Whatever Happened To … The Afghan Girls Imprisoned For… by NPR News Malaka Gharib 8.27.19 10:44am In October, NPR reported on the efforts of reproductive rights activist Farhad Javid in Afghanistan. He was trying to free girls and women who had been jailed for failing a virginity test, even though such tests are banned by the U.N. Was he successful? The last time we spoke to Javid, he was about to meet with Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani and his wife, first lady Rula Ghani.He had a big request: Would they release some 190 women and girls who were jailed in the country’s Balkh province for failing a virginity test? In Afghanistan, premarital sex is considered a moral crime.Javid is the Islamic policy adviser for Marie Stopes U.S., a global family planning organization. He told the Ghanis that virginity tests are unscientific and medically unnecessary. The U.N. had banned them in 2018. He also told the couple that he had visited the women in jail several times and that they were suffering.Nearly a year later, Javid had some good news to share. The prisoners are now free.That meeting with the Ghanis was supposed to be 30 minutes — but lasted two hours, says Javid, who spoke to NPR from Kabul in August. “She wanted to listen,” he says of the first lady.In January, Rula Ghani and her team traveled to Mazar-i-Sharif, where the prison is located. There, she met with some of the prisoners and with the director of women’s affairs in Balkh province. The first lady made a commitment to find a way to help, Javid says.”Her visit was effective, because the girls were released,” Javid says. Between January and April, the 190 prisoners were freed. But his work is not over. Shortly after the prisoners were released from Mazar-i-Sharif, one girl was jailed. “They’re still bringing girls under the name of this issue into this prison,” he says.Around Afghanistan, families are still bringing in unmarried daughters to clinics and hospitals for virginity tests. The test is administered for a variety of reasons: to determine whether she can go to school, get married, get a job — or whether she is a victim of rape.If the girls fail the test, some families alert the police. And law enforcement still imprisons those girls. We talk to Javid, who has worked for Marie Stopes for nearly two decades, about his next steps — and how he plans to change attitudes about the practice of virginity tests.How are you going to get law enforcement to quit bringing girls in for failing the virginity test? We are going to train police and members of the legal and judiciary system, including members of the attorney general’s office, judges and members of the court, to stop arresting girls. We [began this leg] of training in August.What will you tell them? [Since July 2018] Afghanistan has had a public health policy — which has been developed through Marie Stopes, Afghanistan’s midwifery and gynecological associations and Doctors Without Borders — that discourages police not to bring girls in for failing the virginity test.[Health workers] shouldn’t be conducting [the tests] in the first place. The Ministry of Health in 2018 said that they would not entertain any virginity tests, because it’s not an indication of whether someone is a virgin.We also have a decree signed by the president of Afghanistan that discourages the virginity tests. We are telling this to the police force and members of the judiciary. But the rule of law is very low. Sometimes you don’t know whether [people] are loyal to the president or not. So we try to sell the medical reason more.You’ve told me that since May 2018, Marie Stopes has conducted more than 60 trainings on the topic of virginity tests to more than 600 people. They’ve mostly been to doctors and health care workers to inform them that the practice is unscientific. What has been the reaction so far?You get a mixed feeling, honestly. Out of 10 people in a training, you get about four people resisting. They say it’s against Islam and our culture if we don’t provide virginity tests.Why do people resist? [They think] we’re promoting more girls to have sex outside marriage. That’s a regular reaction we get.If they’re pushy, we have to repeat that orientation and training for the second time.And what happens in that second meeting? We bring out a male or female religious leader who can talk about the issue from the Islamic point of view, that nothing [in the Koran] specifically says anything about virginity tests. And we try to find someone who is mature so the doctors accept their ideas and opinions.Mature? We usually try to get someone in their 50s or 60s. Age matters quite a lot. That’s the culture.This is the first time you’ve successfully freed girls who have been imprisoned by this practice in Afghanistan. Are there any more women and girls who are in jail for this reason? Yes, in Herat. That’s our next objective. Wish us all the best to free the girls there as well. What challenges do you anticipate? It’s a totally different ballgame. There are different types of warlords there. We expect pushback. The first thing we need to do is get alliance with Herat’s religious and tribal leaders. Their voice matters if we want to get through to the warlords.Are you usually the one who leads the negotiations? Yes, that’s correct.That’s kind of a scary job. It usually is tough. But I have a good team. I open a big door and the team maintains the relationship and provides the training.What is it that allows you to do this job well? I spoke to your colleague George Hayes from the policy team for Marie Stopes International. He told me you work in “unbelievably difficult contexts” yet achieve so much. In 2017, for example, you helped put emergency contraception on Afghanistan’s list of essential drugs.I have built a network of influential people over the years, and we have a strong acceptance and respect to each other. I don’t try to align myself with one tribal leader over another. I can speak various local languages. And my parents are mixed — that’s another competitive advantage. One is Sunni and the other Shia, so I understand both segments of Islam and can relate [with people I negotiate with].You travel back and forth from Kabul to the D.C. area multiple times a year. Do you have any time for yourself? Not really, no. If you are helping people from your heart, you don’t get much time for yourself. You’re constantly thinking about their issues. And you’d like for every day to make a difference in people’s lives. Every time I see someone who has been released from prison or gets [family planning] help, that is the source of my motivation. That gives me the reward to go one extra mile.Have you heard from any of the women released from prison in Balkh province? I do talk with them from time to time. And they have thanked us.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR.last_img read more

first_img Related10 travel spots for 2012: recommended by Skyscanner staffWondering where to go in 2012?8 great holiday hotspots for 2013: recommended by Skyscanner staffFrom Scotland to Sweden, New Zealand to Vietnam, Skyscanner travel insiders reveal their travel plans for this year.Skyscanner recommends: The Great Glen Way, ScotlandCEO Gareth Williams gives us the lowdown on his favourite destiantion Skyscanner travel insiders reveal their travel plans: Part 2Wondering where to go in 2012? In our second half of our Skyscanner insider secrets, our staff tell us about their personal travel plans for this year, and their favourite travel hotspots from last year.If you need more inspirartion be sure to read: 10 travel spots for 2012: recommended by Skyscanner staff.Linda E – Market Development Manager, ScandinaviaWhere are you going this year?Road trip from Scotland to FranceWhy?The last few years I’ve travelled a lot to long haul destinations which have left little time to explore the beautiful nearby countries in Europe. Our newly purchased car has inspired us to start planning a road trip from Scotland to the south of France and maybe incorporating north of Spain. We’re keeping the journey plan open but one destination is the Ardèche River in France where we’re spending two days canoeing and camping down the river.Best place you went to last year?VenezuelaWhy?Venezuela is such a diverse country with stunning rainforest, mountain ranges and Caribbean beach life. After exploring local Cervecerias and roof top bars in Caracas we headed to Canaima National Park in the south-eastern Venezuela where we canoed to Angel Falls, the highest waterfall in the world. We passed river beaches, table-top mountains, wildlife and finally reached the camp, which faced the impressive Angel Falls, where we slept in hammocks to the sound of the falls.The next adventure took us on a road trip to Merida in the Andes mountain range. There we set off on a two-day hike to climb Pico Pana de Azucar and with a peak of 4770 meters. It’s fair to say that we experienced the true meaning of altitude sickness while being blown away by the scenic views. The trip was rounded off in true Caribbean style sipping Pina Coladas and soaking in the sun and atmosphere.Sam P – PR and Marketing ExecutiveWhere are you going this year?ItalyWhy?A few of us are planning to rent a villa (hopefully with a swimming pool) for a friend’s wedding in September. As a kid I grew up taking holidays at my uncle’s home in Umbria and I’m looking forward to visiting again. I’m also excited to be finally able to take the classic ‘Pushing over the Leaning Tower’ photograph in Pisa.Best place you went to last year?JapanWhy?I loved the mix of old and new: neon-drenched skyscrapers in Tokyo and Osaka and ancient Zen tranquillity in Kyoto and Nara. We cycled nearly every day, other than in downtown Tokyo, and found this the best and most fun way of getting around. And I came home with an electronic Ping-Pong racket, which must mean I had a good time.Hilde – Product AnalystWhere are you going this year?MaltaWhy?Having run my first competitive race in the Edinburgh half-marathon last year, I’ve been bitten by the running bug, and this year I want to try a race somewhere exciting.Malta fits all the criteria – early in the year (but not too close after the Christmas excess!), full and half-marathon on the same date for my partner and myself respectively, an attractive destination where I haven’t been before, recommended by my travel expert brother, good food, nice climate and not too many museums to feel bad about missing if I can’t move after the run itself.Best place you went to last year?New YorkWhy?New York is obviously an amazing tourist destination, and it didn’t disappoint at all. I’d been there as a kid, it was impressive and magical then – and it still is. So many things to do and see! We went for St Patrick’s Day which is quite the experience, and I celebrated my birthday the next day rowing on the lake in Central Park in the morning sunshine, rushing through the Natural History Museum, having New York cheesecake in an East Village diner, and listening to jazz after an amazing barbeque dinner in Blue Note jazz club – does it get any better?Need more inspiration?Read: 10 travel spots for 2012: recommended by Skyscanner staff10ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

first_imgA 34-year-old man who had been missing from his Nicosia home since Monday, was found dead in an abandoned house in Yeri on Thursday evening.The body of Emanouil Koula from Greece, was found by his roommate in an abandoned house in Yeri at around 7.20pm on Thursday. He had been missing from his home since Monday and was reported missing on Tuesday.The body, which was examined by a state pathologist at the scene, did not appear to show external injuries. One of the causes of death being investigated is possible drug use.A post mortem is to be carried out on Monday.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more