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Lokpal Bill fiasco: BJP delegation meets President, urges to reconvene Parliament session

Lokpal Bill fiasco: BJP delegation meets President, urges to reconvene Parliament session

first_imgA delegation of senior BJP leaders submitted a memorandum to President Pratibha Patil on Thursday demanding reconvening of Parliament session to facilitate voting on Lokpal Bill.The BJP leaders’ meeting with the President comes exactly a week after the Rajya Sabha Chairman, Vice-President Hamid Ansari, adjourned the House sine die without voting on the controversial Lokpal Bill amidst repeated disruption even as the debate over it was yet to be over.After the midnight drama in the Rajya Sabha on the last day of the extended winter session, the BJP leaders met the President to protest the manner in which the session ended without voting over the Bill.Veteran leader L.K. Advani, who headed the delegation, said after the meeting: “We expect intervention from the President on what had happened in the Rajya Sabha during the Lokpal debate.”The Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Arun Jaitley, said, “There has been subversion of parliamentary institution. For the first time the government used a contrived disturbance to stop the Bill being put to vote. The President should suggest some ways to ensure that parliamentary norms are not diluted. The government should convene another session and ensure that voting takes place.””When such a breakdown of constitutional machinery takes place, the President must act as the protector of Constitution. The President could advise the government to reconvene the session and immediately take a vote,” Jaitley said.He had earlier termed the uproar in the Rajya Sabha on the last day of its winter session as “flee-dom at midnight” and said it was a murder of democracy.The BJP delegation comprised party president Nitin Gadkari, Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj and various other top leaders. The party has also been planning a weeklong agitation across the country over the issue.- With Headlines Today inputsadvertisementlast_img read more

Guangzhou Hangtong Bags Two

Guangzhou Hangtong Bags Two

first_imgzoom China’s shipbuilder Guangzhou Hangtong Shipbuilding and Shipping Co is starting the new year with an order for two 78,000 dwt oil tankers.The shipyard did not disclose the owner of the ships nor the perspective delivery dates.The only detail disclosed apart from the fact that the order has been placed by a local shipowner is that the newbuilds will be used for transportation of asphalt and petroleum products.In addition, the first order for this year has been followed by the yard’s first ship delivery for this year, namely an oil supply ship.World Maritime News Stafflast_img

US keeps security aid to Pak suspended pending decisive action on terror

US keeps security aid to Pak suspended pending decisive action on terror

first_imgWashington DC: America’s security assistance to Pakistan will remain suspended pending “decisive and irreversible” action by the country against externally-focused militant groups like the LeT and Al Qaeda operating from its territory, a US congressional report has said ahead of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit here. At the direction of President Donald Trump, the US had suspended all its security assistance to Pakistan in January 2018. Relations between Pakistan and the US have been turbulent since Trump took office in 2017, with the US president repeatedly singling out Islamabad for failing to rein in extremists and being an unfaithful partner in the fight against militants. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangPakistan is hopeful that Khan’s trip to the White House later this month would help repair its acrimonious relationship with the US. Khan’s visit is the first high-level trip by a Pakistani prime minster to the White House during the Trump administration. “Pakistan is a haven for numerous Islamist extremist and terrorist groups, and successive Pakistani governments are widely believed to have tolerated and even supported some of these as proxies in Islamabad’s historical conflicts with its neighbours,” the independent Congressional Research Service (CRS) said in a latest report on Pakistan. Also Read – Want to bring back US forces engaged in endless wars: TrumpThe CRS is an independent and bipartisan research wing of the US Congress, which prepares periodic reports on issues of interest for lawmakers to make informed decisions. Its reports are prepared by eminent experts in the field and are not considered as an official view of the Congress. The latest CRS report told lawmakers that the 2011 revelation that Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden had enjoyed years-long refuge in Pakistan led to intensive US government scrutiny of the bilateral relationship. It also sparked congressional questioning of the wisdom of providing significant aid to a nation that may not have the intention or capacity to be an effective partner. The Trump administration has taken a harder line on Pakistan than its predecessors, sharply cutting assistance and suspending security-related aid, said the CRS report dated July 15. “The United States continues to press for decisive and irreversible action against externally-focused militant groups and UN-designated terrorist organizations operating from its territory,” it said. “Pending such action, security assistance will remain suspended.” Noting that numerous indigenous terrorist groups operate on or from Pakistani territory, many designated as ‘Foreign Terrorist Organisations’ under the US law, the CRS said incidents of domestic terrorism decreased since the Pakistan Army launched major operations in 2014. However, some externally-oriented terrorist groups like the Lashkar-e-Taiba continue to operate, by some accounts supported by state elements. Al Qaeda and Islamic State networks are also present in Pakistan, it said. According to the report, Pakistan’s continued conflict and rivalry with India is unabated, with international fears about the possibility of war between two nuclear-armed powers. Pakistan, it said, seeks to raise the issue of Kashmiri rights internationally, while India rejects any high-level peace negotiations pending decisive Pakistani action against anti-India militants inside Pakistan. In mid-2017, the administration announced that it would “pause” disbursement of USD 255 million in Foreign Military Financing (FMF) and announced a broader security aid suspension in January 2018. According to the State Department, about USD 790 million in unobligated FMF dating back to 2001 is also affected.last_img read more

APRIL 27th YOUTH PANEL PROMO

APRIL 27th YOUTH PANEL PROMO

first_imgThere’s one voice missing from Election 2011: Aboriginal youth. They’re Canada’s fastest-growing population, and they’ve got billions of dollars in campaign promises coming their way. Politicians always talk about what needs to happen-but what do young leaders think?On Wednesday, April 27th, stick around after APTN National News for an Election 2011 panel discussion with youth from across the country. We’ll make sure Canada hears the voices of young Aboriginal leaders.last_img

Jennifer Grout publicly announces her conversion to Islam

Jennifer Grout publicly announces her conversion to Islam

first_imgSidi Ifni- American singer Jennifer Grout, star of Arabs Got Talent, publicly announced that she embraced Islam and memorized some Quranic verses, including Al Fatiha.Through a video posted on YouTube on Sunday, Jennifer appeared with her alleged boy friend and another man in an atmosphere of friendliness and tolerance.“Do you know how to say Shahada in Islam? “ the man asked Jennifer. “Achhadou an lâ ilâha illa-llâh,washadou ana muhammadun rasûlu-llâh, ” she stated as she was uttering Shahada, Confession of a muslim.The man went on to ask her if she memorized some Quranic verses and Jennifer said yes.She then began to recite Al Fatiha Surah beautifully. Her beautiful voice in recitation seemed to amaze the man.“In Islam, we pray. Do you know how to pray, “ the man asked her.Upon this, Jennifer’s alleged boy friend intervened to say that Jennifer knows many facts about Islam.“She knows what you are talking about,” he told the man.The video gives the impression that Jennifer’s embrace of Islam had taken place before she became a household name.It appears that Jinnifer has no difficulty whatsoever understanding the Amazigh man who posed the questions in Tamazight.Jinnifer has already sung beautiful songs in this language before.It is worth noting that 23-year-old Grout, a singer originally from Boston, has come to Morocco to learn both the Amazigh language and Moroccan Arabic.She has also taken aback Arabs and Amazigh people alike by singing their traditional music in a beautiful and astonishing manner.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Rising food prices causing Yemeni families to take desperate measures – UN

Rising food prices causing Yemeni families to take desperate measures – UN

12 July 2011Food insecurity is on the rise in parts of Yemen, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) reported today, adding that families are trying to cope by liquidating their assets, skipping meals and diverting funds from health care and education. They were taking such desperate measures because the price of fuel in the black market has risen by 500 per cent since January 2011, WFP spokesperson Emilia Casella told a news briefing in Geneva. She added that the price of bread has increased by 50 per cent, the prices of flour, sugar and milk have risen between 40 and 60 per cent and water prices are also going up – all of which are contributing to a worsening situation for the general population and especially for the most vulnerable people.WFP is continuing to operate in Yemen despite the ongoing political turmoil, occasional bouts of violence and a lack of fuel. Among its activities, the agency is providing food to tens of thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Aden.An assessment by WFP found that 90 per cent of the approximately 30,000 IDPs in the city were entirely dependent on the local community for their daily food needs. Moreover, 40 per cent of IDPs who had been interviewed said that food was their most profound need. Meanwhile, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is renewing its call for all parties in Yemen to protect children from harm, noting that at least 63 children have been killed during the protests that have taken place across the country since mid-February. “Over 700 children have been wounded, including 130 by live bullets or ammunitions,” Marixie Mercado, the agency’s spokesperson in Geneva, told reporters.“The remaining children were injured during physical violence during the protests and demonstrations and exposure to tear gas. The majority of casualties occurred in Sana’a, Aden and Taize,” she said. Yemen is one of many countries across North Africa and the Middle East that has witnessed a popular uprising calling for greater democracy and freedoms. read more

US report slams Lanka on disappearances

US report slams Lanka on disappearances

Many disappearances appeared to be politically motivated, but during the year there also were increasing reports of disappearances connected with extortion and other criminal activity, sometimes involving government actors. Local residents blamed abductions in the Jaffna Peninsula on security forces or members of the EPDP. Some disappearances appeared to be politically motivated, targeting civil society activists and persons believed to be LTTE sympathizers, the report said. The report also said that rhere were reports of abductions and beatings of released former combatants. In July last year a police official told the media that a report compiled by the police department found that 1,700 persons were abducted in 2009-10, including 926 abducted in 2009 and 774 abducted in 2010. According to police, most of the abductions appeared motivated by extortion. Police took legal action in 275 cases, while 202 suspects were yet to be identified.In its annual report released January 26, the UN Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances noted 5,653 outstanding cases from Sri Lanka as of the end of 2010. The US State Department report for 2011 released on Thursday has slammed Sri Lanka over enforced and involuntary disappearances.According to the annual report enforced and involuntary disappearances continued to be a problem in 2011, although the number of such disappearances appeared to decline from previous years. There was no significant progress made with regard to the thousands of disappearances from past years, the US report said. (Colombo Gazette)FULL REPORT: http://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/hrrpt/humanrightsreport/index.htm#wrapperRELATED STORY: http://colombogazette.com/sri-lanka-in-us-human-rights-report/ read more

Opinion 5 keys to Ohio States title bout with the Oregon Ducks

Opinion 5 keys to Ohio States title bout with the Oregon Ducks

1. Can the Buckeyes down a third-straight Heisman finalist?When OSU shellacked Wisconsin, 59-0, in the Big Ten Championship Game, it negated the impact of Heisman runner-up Melvin Gordon.When the Buckeyes topped No. 1 Alabama in the Sugar Bowl to seal their trip to the National Championship, they held Heisman finalist Amari Cooper to just 71 yards.But after dispatching the other two finalists, OSU is set to face the Heisman Trophy winner, Oregon redshirt-junior quarterback Marcus Mariota, with a national title on the line. Mariota earned the trophy by compiling 56 total touchdowns — including one as a receiver — and spearheading a Duck attack that is one of the most dangerous, if not the most dangerous, in the nation.If OSU can somehow find a way to keep the nation’s top player in check, it’ll be in a prime position to win the game. Members of the OSU football team warm up during a practice on Jan. 10 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. OSU is set to face Oregon in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game on Jan. 12. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorDALLAS — Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer has been here before. Oregon coach Mark Helfrich has too, but not as the man in charge, and with less success.As the two coaches get their teams ready to face off in the first-ever College Football Playoff National Championship, they’ll be looking to leave a mark in the history books for their respective schools. No. 4 OSU (13-1, 8-0) is looking for its eighth national title, while the No. 2 Ducks (13-1, 8-1) are hoping to pick up their first championship in school history.With the matchup just over the horizon, The Lantern sports editors picked five keys to the game that pits the historic powerhouse Buckeyes against the new-age and fast-paced Ducks. 5. Will any players announce departures after the game?On Sunday, Meyer confirmed that junior defensive lineman Adolphus Washington and junior offensive lineman Taylor Decker had both expressed their intentions to return to OSU for their senior seasons.That’s all fine and well, but there’s no guarantee those decisions will stay the same going forward. Throw senior quarterback Braxton Miller into the mix, and there are a few big-name players who could decide to depart OSU before their eligibility is up.Meyer said he fully expects Miller to return as well, but transfer rumors have been swirling around the two-time Big Ten Player of the Year.In the other locker room, all eyes will be on Mariota, who is projected as a top pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. If Mariota declares, nobody will be surprised, and it would be hard to blame him — especially because he’s a senior academically.No matter who wins, it would be a good bet to expect multiple players to declare their intention to either stay or go in the locker room after the game.The title game between the Buckeyes and the Ducks is set to kick off at 8:30 p.m. EST on Monday in Arlington, Texas, at AT&T Stadium. 2. What will Tom Herman pull out of his sleeve in his last game at OSU?Win or lose, OSU co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman will be coaching his last game as a Buckeye, as he has accepted the head coaching position at the University of Houston following the national title game.From what we have seen from Herman, he is not afraid to take chances on the biggest stage (see: wide receiver pass from Evan Spencer in Sugar Bowl) and in his last game as a member of Urban Meyer’s staff, we could see some fireworks.Herman has also not been shy about opening the playbook up with redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones behind center, even though the Cleveland native has only started two games in his college career.Will Herman play it close to the vest, or open it up? He already has a job locked up, so expect him to empty the playbook for Jones and the OSU offense. 3. Can Ezekiel Elliott continue his run of big games?Prior to the Big Ten Championship Game, Elliott had never rushed for more than 200 yards in a college game.After back-to-back games against top-10 defenses, Elliott now has two such games under his belt.The performances have seemingly taken the pressure off Jones and have catapulted the Buckeyes into a situation not many people thought they would be in: playing for a national title.If Elliott can come anywhere close to another 200-yard performance, there is a good chance the Buckeyes could pull their third-straight upset. 4. Can the Buckeye defense physically keep up with the Oregon offense?More than just keeping up with Mariota, the Buckeyes must keep up with the fast-paced attack of the Duck offense.When OSU defeated Alabama in the Sugar Bowl more than a week ago, its defense was able to catch its breath between plays because, for most of the game, the Crimson Tide would huddle between plays.Now, the Buckeyes must prepare for an offense that averages just under three plays per minute of possession, not to mention a Heisman-winning quarterback.If the Ducks are able to wear the Buckeyes down like they have with most of their opponents this season, OSU will likely be in for a long night. read more

Charl Schwartzel shoots first round 65 to take early lead at The

Charl Schwartzel shoots first round 65 to take early lead at The

Courtesy of MCTMaking his sixth straight Memorial start, 2011 Masters champion Charl Schwartzel shot a 65 (7-under) to start the 37th annual Memorial Tournament from Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, and finished Thursday at the top of the leaderboard.Schwartzel’s strong outing was followed by Scott Piercy at 6-under par, who has three top-ten finishes on the PGA Tour this year.Four strokes behind Piercy lands Tiger Woods shooting 1-under 71 on the afternoon. The last time Woods shot a 71 in the first round came in 2000, where he went on to win his second of five tournament titles at Muirfield. The winner of the 2012 Memorial champion may have had the strongest pairing of the day, playing alongside the likes of Fred Couples (-2) and Keegan Bradley (-1), respectively.Former world No. 1 Rory McIlroy is threatening to miss the cut for the second straight year. After his first 18 holes, McIlroy wrapped-up round one shooting a 78 (6-over). Despite his back-to-back poor starts, McIlroy has managed leave Muirfield with top ten finishes in 2010 (T-10) and 2011(5th).Perhaps one of the bigger stories from Thursday was the performance of 14-year-old Guan Tianlang of China. Making his name known from making the cut at last April’s Masters, the amateur finished at an even par-72 going into Friday’s round. Tianlang is the youngest player to ever make a cut and the fourth youngest player to make a start on a PGA Tour event. read more

Les EtatsUnis revoient la réglementation des expériences sur les chimpanzés

Les EtatsUnis revoient la réglementation des expériences sur les chimpanzés

first_imgLes Etats-Unis revoient la réglementation des expériences sur les chimpanzésLes autorités médicales américaines travaillent sur de nouvelles recommandations pour limiter et encadrer au maximum l’utilisation de chimpanzés dans la recherche scientifique.Si le statut de ‘plus proche parent de l’homme’ vaut au chimpanzé d’être utilisé dans la recherche médicale, avec des avancées importantes, il pose aussi de graves problèmes éthiques, d’autant que l’espèce est menacée. Le National Institutes of Health (NIH), l’équivalent américain de l’Inserm, au terme d’une étude commandée en décembre 2010 pour évaluer le degré de nécessité de tels procédés, a déclaré que l’utilisation de chimpanzés dans la recherche devra être guidée par un ensemble de principes et de critères, résumés en trois grandes recommandations.À lire aussiCe chimpanzé a trouvé la technique pour transporter 12 oranges à la foisD’abord, les travaux impliquant des chimpanzés devront être nécessaires pour faire progresser la santé publique. Ensuite, il faudra qu’aucune méthode alternative (compatible avec les dimensions éthiques et humaines) ne permette d’obtenir les mêmes résultats. Enfin, les animaux utilisés devront soit bénéficier d’un environnement approprié sur le plan éthologique, physique et social, soit demeurer dans leur habitat naturel.Si, de ce fait, la plupart des expérimentations sur les chimpanzés devraient cesser aux États-Unis, elles pourront toutefois continuer concernant les thérapies d’anticorps monoclonaux, la génomique comparative, et les études non invasives sur les facteurs sociaux et comportementaux qui influent sur le développement, la prévention ou le traitement de la maladie. Toutefois, les modalités d’application sont encore à établir.Le 17 décembre 2011 à 12:21 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Michael Jackson is named 2017s highestpaid dead celebrity

Michael Jackson is named 2017s highestpaid dead celebrity

first_imgSomething for the weekend: With Halloween this week, many employees may be on the lookout for signs from beyond the grave. However, it appears that those in the underworld can not only receive messages from the land of living, but also their wages as Michael Jackson is named as 2017’s highest-paid dead celebrity.Musician Jackson, who passed away on 25 June 2009, earned $75 million (£57 million) this year, according to the Highest-Paid Dead Celebrities Of 2017 list compiled by Forbes. Golfer Arnold Palmer, who died on 25 September 2016, is ranked in second place with earnings of $40 million (£31 million) for 2017. Third place is awarded to cartoonist Charles Schulz, who passed away on 12 February 2000. His 2017 earnings amounted to $38 million (£29 million).The highest-paid dead celebrities of 2017 are:Michael Jackson, died 25 June 2009: $75 million (£57.3 million).Arnold Palmer, died 25 September 2016: $40 million (£30.5 million).Charles Schulz, died 12 February 2000: $38 million (£29 million).Elvis Presley, died 16 August 1977: $35 million (£26.7 million).Bob Marley, died 11 May 1981: $23 million (£17.5 million).Tom Petty, died 2 October 2017: $20 million (£15.2 million).Prince, died 21 April 2016: $18 million (£13.7 million).Dr Seuss, died 24 September 1991: $16 million (£12.2 million).John Lennon, died 8 December 1980: $12 million (£9.1 million).Albert Einstein, died 18 April 1955: $10 million (£7.6 million).David Bowie, died 10 January 2016: $9.5 million (£7.2 million)Elizabeth Taylor, died 23 March 2011: $8 million (£6.1 million).Bettie Page, died 11 December 2008: $7.5 million (£5.7 million).Here at Employee Benefits, we are amazed by how much these past celebrities are still earning despite crossing to the other side. We would need an impressive pay rise to make this much in the land of the living, let alone in the spirit world…last_img read more

Are Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli planning their first child

Are Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli planning their first child

first_imgVirat Kohli and Anushka Sharma planning their first child?InstagramAnushka Sharma has reportedly been distancing herself from any movie offers, giving rise to speculations that the actress and her hubby Virat Kohli are planning to have their first baby.According to reports, Anushka, who was last seen in Zero that was released in December 2018, has been getting a lot of movie offers, but she refused all of those. As reported, she was offered to play the female lead in Satte Pe Satta remake, but she seemed to be reluctant to accept it as well.Speculations of Anushka planning to have a child got momentum as she reportedly has not signed any film post Zero, which was a flop. However, it may also be the case that Anushka is currently willing to spend some quality time with Virat, or simply wait for the right project to land in her kitty.Earlier, rumours of Anushka being pregnant had made headlines many a times, but all of those had turned out to be false. After similar rumours had started doing the rounds, the NH10 actress had expressed annoyance at it while confirming those to be false.”People can keep speculating (about someone being pregnant), and then after four months when they realise that these stories are false, they will feel silly and say, ‘Let’s go after the other one who got married, let’s talk about her now’! This is done to generate news. There is absolutely no truth to it and it’s not something that’s being planned in the near future,” she had told a publication.Virat and the gorgeous actress had tied the knot in 2017 in a private ceremony in Italy. It was one of the most beautiful and talked about celebrity weddings in India. Close Celebrities Who Announced They Were Pregnant In 2018last_img read more

Underweight female athletes at more risk of injuries

Underweight female athletes at more risk of injuries

first_imgWhile carrying less weight may make athletes run faster, it may also put them at a higher risk for injuries, especially in females, a study has claimed. The new study found that female runners who have a body mass index (BMI) of less than 19 are at a higher risk of developing stress fractures – a tiny crack in a bone caused by repetitive stress or force, often from overuse – than women with a BMI of 19 or higher.It also found that lighter women who suffered stress fractures took longer to recover from them than other runners. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”One of the most important factors we identified that put female runners at an increased risk of developing a stress fracture was low body weight, or low body mass index,” said Timothy Miller, Assistant Professor from The Ohio State University in the US. Runners endure repetitive pounding on hard surfaces and, without enough lean muscle mass for dissipation of impact forces, the bones of the legs are vulnerable.”When body mass index is very low and muscle mass is depleted, there is nowhere for the shock of running to be absorbed other than directly into the bones. Until some muscle mass is developed and BMI is Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsivees. Until some muscle mass is developed and BMI is optimised, runners remain at increased risk of developing a stress fracture,” Miller explained, in the paper published in the journal Current Orthopaedic Practice.Further, women whose BMI was 19 or higher took about 13 weeks to recover. Those with a low BMI (below 19), took more than 17 weeks to recover and return to running – a full month longer.Previous studies show that between 25 and 50 per cent of track athletes have at least one stress fracture in their career, with an increased incidence in female track athletes.”It’s imperative that women know their BMI and work to maintain a healthy level. They should also include resistance training in their training regimen to strengthen the lower leg to prevent injury, even if that means adding weight from additional muscle mass,” Miller noted.last_img read more

Achyuta Samanta to deliver talk at Harvard

Achyuta Samanta to deliver talk at Harvard

first_imgDr Achyuta Samanta, Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha and Founder, KIIT and KISS will be delivering a talk at India Conference 2019, a student-run conference held at Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School, USA on February 15. The theme will be ‘India at an inflection point’. He will share his experiences of struggle and growth in Odisha, as India treaded the direction towards a significant position in global village. The conference is one of the largest student-run conferences in USA, bringing together India’s thought leaders for discussions and brainstorming sessions. The conference will have an eclectic mix of politicians, business leaders, entertainment intellectuals, spiritual leaders, philanthropists, government officials, educationists to discuss key issues and India’s path towards global leadership. In 16th edition of the conference, other co-speakers with Professor Samanta are Sadhguru, Barkha Dutt, Aruna Roy, Tanushree Dutta, Asaduddin Owaisi, Pinky Anand and many more. He is one of the first Odias to deliver the talk.last_img read more

Giants GM Dave Gettleman Not Opposed to Sittting Daniel Jones for Three

Giants GM Dave Gettleman Not Opposed to Sittting Daniel Jones for Three

first_imgThe Giants decided they couldn’t wait to jump all over Duke QB Daniel Jones with the sixth pick in the first round, but GM Dave Gettleman doesn’t seem like he’s in any hurry to get him on the field.In a rambling post first round presser, Gettleman – flanked by head coach Pat Shurmur – gushed over Jones intangibles, but made the head scratching declaration that Eli Manning will indeed be the Giants quarterback this season. He added that Jones could sit up to as many as three years (!!!!!) behind Manning to learn the position, an eternity based on recently drafted QB learning curves.Congratulations Giants fans, instead of having Josh Rosen to start the year, you get  Eli and a project that might not see the field for three years. The biggest takeaway from this presser – aside from the Aaron Rodgers plan for Jones – is how subservient Gettleman and Shurmur appear to be to Eli, and how desperately they sought his approval of the pick. It’s really just weird and inexplicable at this point.last_img read more

The aim of Israeli Apartheid Week is to highlight the plight of

The aim of Israeli Apartheid Week is to highlight the plight of

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Recently, the local Palestine Solidarity Committee held an information table by AK’s OK Hyper. This was to inform the public about a re-run of the movie ‘5 Broken Cameras’, which will be held on Saturday, March 11, as part of International Israeli Apartheid Week events. The aim of Israeli Apartheid Week is to highlight the plight of the indigenous peoples of Palestine and to show support for them.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img

NSW home to six of Australias Top 10 Restaurants

NSW home to six of Australias Top 10 Restaurants

first_imgNSW home to six of Australia’s Top 10 RestaurantsNSW home to six of Australia’s Top 10 RestaurantsAustralia’s Top Restaurants Awards | 2018 WinnersNew South Wales has come out on top of the 2018 Australia’s Top Restaurants Awards, boasting the majority of representation in the Top 10 and Top 100 categories as well as Australia’s Top Chef.Now in its fourth year, the annual Awards presented by The Australian Financial Review, were held at the Art Gallery of New South Wales last night and named six of the country’s Top 10 restaurants from NSW including:#2 – Ester, Sydney, NSW#3 – Saint Peter, Sydney NSW#6 – Momofuku Seiobo, Sydney, NSW#7 – Sixpenny, Sydney, NSW#9 – Sepia, Sydney, NSW#10 – Fleet, Brunswick Heads, NSWNSW also claimed 41 restaurants in the Top 100, more than any other State and ten more than nearest rival, Victoria.Chef Josh Niland of Saint Peter in Sydney was named Australia’s Top Chef for his vision and passion.In a new award for the event, another Sydney based restaurant, Firedoor, took out the inaugural Rare Medium Award presented by Meat & Livestock Australia, for setting new standards of excellence in red meat cookery.Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall congratulated the winners and said the recognition was a testament to the calibre of restaurants available to locals and visitors to NSW.“Visitors come to our State for a unique and memorable experience – the outstanding local food, wine, beer and spirts on offer in NSW and the great service are central to that exceptional experience,” Mr Marshall said.“We’re extremely lucky in NSW to be home to an amazing variety of fresh produce, quality venues and inspiring chefs,” he said.“To have NSW as the stand out State in this year’s Australia’s Top Restaurants Awards helps to showcase our diverse offering and gives people even more reason to pay us a visit.”Australia’s Top 100 Restaurants are chosen by Australia’s top chefs and restaurateurs from an overall list of 500 restaurants compiled by The Financial Review’s top critics and editors. It’s the ultimate chefs’ guide on where to eat from the country’s best fine dining restaurants and laneway bars to coastal getaways and hidden treasures.For a full list of results, including other NSW winners, visit www.afr.com/australiastop-restaurants/.Source = Destination NSWlast_img read more

Housing Confidence Picks Up in June Despite Worries

Housing Confidence Picks Up in June Despite Worries

first_img Agents & Brokers Confidence Fannie Mae Home Prices Home Values Housing Affordability Investors Jobs Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Rates Processing Service Providers 2012-07-09 Tory Barringer July 9, 2012 402 Views in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Downturns in economic confidence hasn’t shaken consumers’ optimism in the housing market, “”Fannie Mae’s””:http://www.fanniemae.com/ National Housing Survey for June showed.[IMAGE]According to the survey, the average home price expectation rose to 2 percent in June, up 0.6 percent from May and the highest recorded value since the survey began two years ago. In addition, 35 percent of respondents expect that home prices will go up in the next year, the highest level recorded since the survey’s inception.Thirty-seven percent of respondents said they think mortgage rates will go up in the next 12 months, a drop of 4 percentage points from May. According to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey, rates steadily fell through much of the year’s second quarter, reaching new lows week after week.The combination of low rates and low home prices spurred a small boost of confidence in the housing market. The percentage of respondents who said it is a good time to buy[COLUMN_BREAK] a home increased slightly to 73 percent, while the percentage who said it is a good time to sell remained flat at 15 percent. Sixty-nine percent said they would buy if there were going to move, an increase of 6 percentage points from May’s survey and the highest level since the survey began.This optimism grew in spite of faltering confidence in the economy. An upward trend of confidence in the economy saw a stall in June, with 36 percent of respondents saying they believe the economy is on a right track-a slight drop from April and May. Forty-two percent of respondents said they expect their financial situation to stay the same over the next 12 months, a decrease of 4 percentage points. The number of those who expect their situation to get better steadied at 43 percent. Thirteen percent said they expect their situation to get worse, a slight increase from the last survey.Finally, the survey found that household expenses remained stable, with 55 percent reporting that expenses stay about the same as they were a year ago. The number of respondents reporting a household income higher than it was a year ago fell 4 percentage points to 18 percent, while the percentage reporting a lower income stayed flat at 15 percent.””While consumers remain cautious about the general economy, their attitudes toward the housing market continue to improve,”” said “”Doug Duncan””:http://www.fanniemae.com/portal/about-us/company-overview/leadership/duncan.html, SVP and chief economist of Fannie Mae. “”Although this positive trend may be short-lived if the general economy falters, one might ask whether consumers are increasingly seeing the current environment as a unique opportunity to buy a home while home prices remain depressed, rental costs are increasing, and interest rates are near historic lows,”” he added.center_img Housing Confidence Picks Up in June Despite Worries Sharelast_img read more

NAPLES Fla – All that glitters will go to help c

NAPLES Fla – All that glitters will go to help c

first_imgNAPLES, Fla. – All that glitters will go to help children in need when the 2009 Naples Winter Wine Festival gets under way Feb. 6. Four of the 65 lots to be auctioned off as part of the three-day festival will feature precious gems from Bulgari, Cartier, Chopard, and Tiffany & Co. All money raised during the auction goes to underprivileged and at-risk children through the Naples Children & Education Foundation, the founding organization for the festival.“These are statement jewelry pieces donated by the finest jewelers in the world,” said Connie Galloway, co-chair of the 2009 festival and NCEF trustee. “On their own the jewelry would be fabulous, and combined with exclusive showings and other once-in-a-lifetime experiences, they are truly remarkable auction lots.”Lot 11 – Tiffany & Co. The lot features an unforgettable Tiffany & Co. experience, beginning with a trip to New York City with luxury accommodations for two nights for two couples. While there, the winners will go on a $50,000 shopping spree at the legendary Tiffany & Co. Fifth Avenue store and attend the highly anticipated Tiffany Blue Book event in October 2009, where they will be treated to an evening of elegant dining and world-renowned entertainment. Winners will also take a behind-the-scenes tour of Tiffany’s jewelry workshop where master artisans handcraft the diamond and gemstone jewelry for the Blue Book Collection.Lot 32 – Cartier The lot is titled Where Fifth Avenue Meets Rue de la Paix. It features a trip to New York City and Paris along with two Cartier American tank watches and two full-diamond Cartier “Love” bracelets. While in New York, the exclusive itinerary includes a personal tour of the landmark Fifth Avenue Cartier mansion and private dinner with Cartier President and CEO Frédéric de Narp as well as a special showing of Cartier’s High Jewelry Salon. In Paris, there will be a visit to Cartier’s workshops and archives, private tours of the Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art and Cartier’s flagship store on Rue de la Paix, and an exhibition of the Cartier collection pieces in Jeanne Toussaint’s salon. The trip also includes dinner in a Michelin, 3-star Paris restaurant and a day trip to the Champagne region.Lot 44 – Chopard A once-in-a-lifetime experience is in store for two couples who fly to Nice, France, to attend the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. The lot includes walking the red carpet, attending a movie premiere, mingling with movie stars at a private cocktail party and sunbathing at Chopard’s private beach club. Also included is a private preview of the 2009 Chopard Red Carpet Haute Joaillerie collection and an 18-karat white gold ladies timepiece from the Happy Palme collection, featuring a diamond bezel and swirling diamond Palme d’Or.Lot 59 – Bulgari A trip to Rome for two couples is just the start of the lot winner’s jewelry-centric adventure. As honored guests of Paolo and Nicola Bulgari and Francesco Trapani, the winners will attend the 2009 High Jewelry Gala in Rome where Bulgari’s most unique and spectacular creations are unveiled for the first time to a select number of privileged guests at the event expected to draw celebrities and dignitaries from around the world for the jeweler’s 125th anniversary. The lot winner’s jewels are encased in a stunning Profumo necklace by Bulgari in 18-karat white gold with 23 pearls and pavé diamonds.The Naples Winter Wine Festival is ranked as one of the top arts and entertainment events for wealthy Americans by the Luxury Institute and as the top charity wine auction since 2004 by Wine Spectator. The festival comprises a tour of children’s charities, a lunch and wine tasting guided by some of California’s finest vintners, Friday evening vintner dinners in the elegant homes of 17 NCEF trustees presided over by famous chefs and vintners. On Saturday, there is a culinary showcase and wine tasting that precedes the auction on the grand lawn of The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples. In the evening, there is a “wine”-down party, and on Sunday, the festival concludes with a celebration brunch. NCEF trustees who founded the festival had a vision to create an exquisite event that would raise funds for children’s charities in Collier County, Fla. Since the first festival in 2001, $69.5 million has been raised toward making a profound and sustainable difference for children in need. Festival ticket packages are $7,500 per couple; $20,000 for reserved seating at the same vintner dinner for two couples. For a schedule of 2009 festivities, a complete listing of auction lots and more information about the Naples Winter Wine Festival, please visit napleswinefestival.com, or call the wine festival office at 888-837-4919.www.napleswinefestival.comlast_img read more

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