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Who is Agnes Kharshiing?

first_imgOn November 8, Meghalaya’s Agnes Kharshiing and her associate Amita Sangma became the latest among 18 Right to Information activists in the northeastern region to have been either killed or assaulted or harassed. They were — as the police said — assaulted by a group of criminals at Tuber Sohshrieh in the coal- and limestone-rich East Jaintia Hills district. The spot where they were waylaid is not far from where another RTI activist Poipynhun Majaw, 38, was killed in March for exposing a nexus between the local tribal council and cement companies that were allegedly allowed to mine limestone without permission.Who is she?Ms. Kharshiing, 58, is one of the most well-known activists in the State. She belongs to a political family: her elder brother Robert Kharshiing represented the Nationalist Congress Party in the Rajya Sabha and her younger brother John F. Kharshiing is a Congress leader. But she has been avowedly apolitical and a long-time crusader against domestic violence, child and sexual abuse and deprivation of beneficiary schemes in rural areas. She formed the Civil Society Women’s Organisation to take her fight against corruption to the grassroots and educate rural women on RTI. Her organisation took on village chieftains and local councils for ostracising RTI activists. But her activism took an adventurous and risky turn when she began sniffing out illegal coal trade after the National Green Tribunal in 2014 banned unscientific rat-hole mining and restricted coal transport. Armed with a camera, she began documenting illegal mines and trucks carrying coal by travelling across the the State. What ails Meghalaya’s coal belt?Meghalaya has a coal reserve of 640 million tonnes, most of which is mined indiscriminately by private and community landowners. Besides the adverse effect of mining on rivers, activists found that miners employed children to crawl into rat-holes for extracting coal. If that were not enough, coal was being exported to Bangladesh and sent to other States on overloaded trucks, depriving the government of ₹300 crore in revenue a year. Complaints finally made the NGT ban coal mining and order sealing of coal pits. It, however, allowed transport of 3.4 million tonnes of extracted coal. Ms. Kharshiing documented illegal mining and transport of coal over the last four years, thus earning the wrath of the coal mafia.Why was she attacked?Ms. Kharshiing and Ms. Sangma were on a surveillance trip to East Jaintia Hills when a woman stopped their vehicle near a wooded patch. About 40 people swooped down from nowhere and began raining blows on them with blunt weapons. The two activists were dragged into the woods, but Ms. Sangma managed to crawl out and call for help. The police found Ms. Kharshiing unconscious and had them both shifted to a super-speciality hospital in capital Shillong. The police caught two suspects they referred to as criminals, but the rights group Achik Indigenous Justice Initiative Forum said the attackers were without a doubt associated with the illegal coal trade. It asked Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma to let either the Central Bureau of Investigation or the National Investigation Agency probe the case. This was ironical since Ms. Kharshiing had taken up the case of sub-inspector P.J. Marbaniang, who was killed in January 2015, hours after detailing 32 coal-laden trucks close to the police outpost he was in charge of.Why has it created a flutter?The attack on Ms. Kharshiing, stable but not out of danger, has attracted the attention of activists and rights groups across the globe. The Meghalaya High Court has asked the government to ensure her security and bear the expenditure of her treatment. The Congress, which was at the receiving end of her activism until losing power in March, has thrown its weight behind her. The present BJP-backed government is feeling the heat since the attack has undermined its effort to reopen the coal mines that have allegedly funded politicians and elections in Meghalaya.last_img read more

ScienceShot: Please Don’t Eat the Artwork

first_imgCHICAGO, ILLINOIS—Daguerreotypes may seem frozen in time, but their surfaces are living landscapes. Popular in the middle of the 19th century, daguerreotypes were a precursor to photography created by layering silver on a copper plate and exposing it to light and various chemicals, often including gold. Although daguerreotypes like the one above on the left are famous for capturing vivid portraits of their subjects, many have been damaged in the 150 years since they were made. The images can become fuzzy or faded, or even be wiped away by overzealous cleaners. Hoping to gain some insight into how to restore these delicate objects, a team of researchers used a scanning electron microscope to zoom in on the surface of daguerreotypes—and discovered life. It turns out daguerreotypes have parasites, the team reported here today at the annual meeting of AAAS, which publishes Science. The growths—one of which is pictured above on the right—appear to be mostly fungi, though some of the life forms remain unidentified. As they eat and digest the metals of a daguerreotype, they excrete gold and silver nanoparticles that can disfigure the image. But it’s not all bad news—the precise mixture of life forms growing on unattributed daguerreotypes may serve as a kind of signature, offering clues to where they were made. Plus, the researchers say, the metal-munching parasites may teach scientists new ways to manufacture nanoparticles through biological processes.See more of our coverage from AAAS 2014.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

4 more Indian athletes fail dope test ahead of CWG

first_imgEmbarrassment piled on India on Wednesday barely a month ahead of the Commonwealth Games with four athletes, including three in Games squad, failing their ‘B’ sample dope tests while a weightlifter was also caught for a banned substance in New Delhi.The ‘B’ samples of two Commonwealth Games-bound swimmers — Richa Mishra and Jyotsana Pansare — and a shot putter Saurabh Vij returned positive for methylhexaneamine.Haryana discus thrower Aakash Antil, who was not in the Games squad, also failed his ‘B’ sample test for the same methylhexaneamine.”Richa, Jyotsana, Saurabh and Antil’s ‘B’ samples have tested positive. So we are sending them what is called the second notice to face (NADA) disciplinary panel. We have asked the panel chief to fix an early date for a hearing. All of them have tested positive for methylhexaneamine,” NADA Director General Rahul Bhatnagar told PTI today.”The punishment to be handed on them will be decided by the disciplinary panel,” he added.Bhatnagar also confirmed that 53kg woman weightlifter Sanamacha Chanu, who was added in the Commonwealth Games core group in August last year but did not make it to the CWG squad announced last month, tested positive for methylhexaneamine.”One lifter Thingbaijam Sanba (Sanamacha) Chanu has tested positive for methylhexaneamine,” he said.The 31-year-old Chanu, one of the most successful woman weightlifters in the country and an Arjuna awardee in 2000, returned positive in the NADA test conducted at the Commonwealth Games trials here last month.She is expected to face life ban if her ‘B’ sample also turns out to be positive and she is unable to clear her name before a NADA appeal panel since she had already been banned for two years after flunking a dope test at 2004 Athens Olympics.advertisementChanu’s dope flunk came days after Indian Weightlifting Federation completed payment of a hefty USD 5 lakh fine to the international body after its six lifters failed WADA dope tests conducted last September.The country’s lifters were allowed to take part in next month’s Commonwealth Games here after the CWG OC gave an interest-free loan of Rs 1.75 crore for the IWF to pay the remaining two instalments of the USD 5 lakh fine by August 31.Indian Weightlifting Federation Secretary Sahdev Yadav said that one lifter, who was not in the Commonwealth Games squad announced last month, had returned positive for a banned substance but refused to divulge the name.”One lifter has tested positive but under rules we don’t give names till the ‘B’ sample result comes. The ‘B’ sample result is expected to come by Monday. But I can say that the lifter is not among the Commonwealth Games squad,” he said.The two swimmers Richa and Jyotsana can now apply to appear before the NADA disciplinary panel to plead their case but they would be out of Commonwealth Games.Swimming Federation of India Secretary Virender Nanavati said that Richa and Jyotsana would not compete in the Commonwealth Games.”They can now appear before the NADA disciplinary panel on their application. But that is more of a formality and they are technically out of the Commonwealth Games,” Nanavati said.Richa, who was adjudged the best female swimmer of the 64th National Aquatic Championship in Jaipur, and Jyotsana were named in the CWG swimming squad.Delhi boy Saurabh was also named in the CWG squad. Antil, a young Haryana discus thrower, was not among the CWG core group.Today’s dope results came two days after the ‘B’ samples of six wrestlers also testing positive for methylhexanamine.The stimulant, which was widely available in dietary supplements and added in the WADA list of banned substances only this year, has been in the centre of a controversy with as many as 11 athletes returning positive in the past week.Four of them — men’s freestyle wrestlers Rajiv Tomar (120kg), who was conferred Arjuna Award last month, Sumit (74kg) and Mausam Khatri (96kg) and women’s freestyle wrestler Gursharanpreet Kaur (72kg) — were removed from Commonwealth Games squad.Rahul Mann (60kg men’s freestyle) and Joginder Singh (55kg men’s Greco Roman) were the other two wrestlers found positive.last_img read more

‘Genius’ Ronaldo hat-trick sends Portugal into Nations League final

first_imgAnalysis: Raptors coach Nick Nurse making the right moves Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Switzerland had posed a threat themselves in the first half with Xherdan Shaqiri, fresh from winning the Champions League with Liverpool, particularly lively.However, it took the help of VAR to get them back in the game just before the hour mark.Brych had waved away appeals for a foul by Nelson Semedo on Steven Zuber before awarding Portugal a penalty as play broke down at the other end, but overturned his initial decision.Rodriguez drilled home the resultant spot-kick much to the fury of the home supporters at the Estadio do Dragao.The Swiss could then have gone in front when Benfica forward Haris Seferovic headed just wide.By contrast, Portugal had one of the deadliest finishers in football history on the end of their chances.“Congratulations to Portugal. They had street smarts, they had the cherry on top of the cake and that made the difference. Four shots, three goals,” said Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic.Silva was the creator for Ronaldo to drill home his second of the night two minutes from time.Moments later the hosts sealed their place in the final on the counter-attack as Ronaldo curled into the far corner for his 88th international goal. View comments However, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner returned to the national team in March and was always likely to be the center of attention, particularly on a day when it was reported a rape lawsuit against him had been dropped.A lawyer for the American woman who claimed she was sexually assaulted by Ronaldo — accusations he has strongly denied — later dismissed that report, saying the case had not been dropped.In front of an adoring home crowd, Ronaldo put the spotlight back on his performance on the pitch as he opened the scoring with a brilliant free-kick.Debut for FelixThe Portugal captain is however no longer his country’s only star name, with Bernardo Silva starring for Manchester City where he could soon be joined by Joao Felix.City are reportedly set to pay Felix’s 120-million-euro ($135 million) buyout clause from Benfica, but the 19-year-old missed a glaring chance to mark his international debut with a goal just before the break as he blasted over from Ronaldo’s pass.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Portugal’s forward Cristiano Ronaldo (R) celebrates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Nations League semi-final football match between Portugal and Switzerland at the Dragao stadium in Porto on June 5, 2019. (Photo by MIGUEL RIOPA / AFP)Portugal manager Fernando Santos hailed Cristiano Ronaldo a “football genius” after his 53rd career hat-trick sent Portugal into the final of the Nations League on home soil in Porto with a 3-1 win over Switzerland.The hosts had to withstand a huge moment of VAR controversy as after Ronaldo’s free-kick opened the scoring, Portugal thought they had the chance to double their lead from the penalty spot.ADVERTISEMENT Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Instead German referee Felix Brych reversed his initial decision and awarded a spot-kick at the other end for an earlier incident, which Ricardo Rodriguez converted to seemingly send the game to extra-time.However, Ronaldo predictably took center stage as he struck twice in the final two minutes to set up a clash with England or the Netherlands, who meet in the second semi-final on Thursday, in Sunday’s final.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I was his coach in 2003 and I could see where he’d go,” said Santos. “He’s a genius. There’s genius paintings and sculptures and he’s a football genius!”Portugal made it to the last four without their all-time record goalscorer as Ronaldo took a hiatus from international football to concentrate on his first season at Juventus. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messlast_img read more

Canelo Alvarez stops Sergey Kovalev in 11th round to win 175-pound title

first_imgView comments Canelo Alvarez, left, lands a punch against Sergey Kovalev during a light heavyweight WBO title bout, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, in Las Vegas (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS — Canelo Alvarez used a big punch to beat a big fighter.Alvarez landed a left-right late in the 11th round Saturday night, dropping Sergey Kovalev to the canvas and ending their light heavyweight title fight. Kovalev was left on his knees, his arms draped over the middle ring rope as the fight was stopped at 2:15 of the round.ADVERTISEMENT Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue LATEST STORIES It was a dramatic finish for a fight that had little drama up to the knockdown. Kovalev was more than holding his own late in the fight and hadn’t been hurt when Alvarez landed the left followed by a right.The Mexican great, who moved up two weight classes, won his fourth title in as many weights. He celebrated by kissing the glove on his right hand as Kovalev’s handlers jumped into the ring to see if their fighter was OK.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceThe punch was one Alvarez had been looking for the entire fight, stalking Kovalev while taking a lot of jabs and right hands to the face.Both fighters fought cautiously for the most part, with Kovalev content to use his jab from long distance and Alvarez looking to land hooks to the body. The crowd at the MGM Grand booed on several occasions, unhappy with the lack of action. What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’center_img Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Alvarez was a 4-1 favorite despite moving up two weight classes to fight for a piece of Kovalev’s 175-pound title. He took the fight against Kovalev rather than a third fight with Gennadiy Golovkin as part of a $365 million deal he signed with the streaming service DAZN.Both fighters took naps in their dressing rooms as they waited some 90 minutes from the last undercard bout before entering the ring. The delay was for DAZN, which wanted to wait until the UFC card in New York was finished before the fight began.Fans at the MGM Grand arena watched the UFC main event on big screens in the arena while the fighters waited.Kovalev controlled the distance early with his jab, sticking it in Alvarez’s face as he plodded ahead with gloves held high looking for an opening on the inside. Alvarez threw punches sparingly, winging a few big punches that missed as Alvarez came back with jabs and an occasional right hand.But Alvarez began finding the range with his left hook in the middle rounds, working Kovalev’s body and trying to wear him down. He kept advancing with gloves held close to his face, putting pressure on his bigger opponent.ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? MOST READ Issues remain even after Sapporo marathon decided in Japan Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Rice industry paralysislast_img read more

Shakib Al Hasan tops ICC ODI all-rounders rankings

first_imgSenior Bangladesh cricketer Shakib Al Hasan Wednesday jumped to the top of the latest MRF Tyres ICC ODI rankings for all-rounders, which doesn’t feature a single Indian in the top-10 chart.Shakib, 32, grabbed the top spot just ahead of the ODI World Cup after showcasing fine form during the tri-nation series in Ireland, which Bangladesh famously won to claim their first title in a multi-nation tournament.In the three matches of the series, Shakib totalled 140 runs, including two unbeaten half-centuries and also picked up two wickets.Shakib now has 359 points, 20 clear of Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan, the previous holder of the top ranking, who has now slipped to No. 2.Rashid’s Afghanistan team-mate Mohammad Nabi completes the top three, with 319 points.Pakistan are the only other team to have two players in the top 10, with Imad Wasim at No. 4 and Mohammad Hafeez claiming the seventh spot.They are separated by New Zealand’s Mitchell Santner (No.5) and England’s Chris Woakes, who leapfrogged four places to No. 6.West Indies captain Jason Holder is their top-ranked all-rounder at number eight spot followed by Zimbabwe’s Sikandar Raza and Angelo Mathews of Sri Lanka.England’s Ben Stokes missed out on the top 10 by one spot, finishing eight points behind Mathews.Kedar Jadhav, who is part of India’s World Cup team and is recovering from a shoulder injury, is the best-placed Indian at joint 12th spot alongside South Africa’s Andile Phehlukwayo and Moeen Ali of England.Hardik Pandya completes the top 20 list.Also Read | Opponents know what I’m capable of: Chris GayleAlso Read | Team India’s PUBG love on full show as Virat Kohli and Co. leave for 2019 World CupAlso Seeadvertisementlast_img read more

Wijnaldum in awe of Liverpool’s global reach after CL win

first_imgGeorginio Wijnaldum has acknowledged that Liverpool’s Champions League triumph has made him realise just how far the club’s global reach extends.Jurgen Klopp’s side lifted the European Cup on June 1 in Madrid after beating Premier League rivals Tottenham 2-0 in the showpiece event.The Reds beat Bayern Munich, Porto and Barcelona en route to the final, before producing a clinical display against Spurs to win the famous trophy. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Wijnaldum, who played the first hour of the match at Wanda Metropolitano, has just returned to Anfield following a three-week holiday.The midfielder was granted an extended break after starring for Netherlands at the UEFA Nations League finals in Portugal.The 28-year-old has seen first hand the amount of support Liverpool enjoy across the globe during his summer holidays, with a Champions League victory still fresh in the minds of supporters.”It’s a really big club. Everywhere you go people know Liverpool,” Wijnaldum told Liverpool’s official website.”On my vacation, a lot of people came to me and congratulated me for the Champions League.“Sometimes you don’t realise how big the club is; the club is in Europe but even when you travel abroad to Asia or America you see how big this club is because a lot of people support Liverpool and a lot of people know the club.”Gini Wijnaldum LiverpoolKlopp will be hoping his team can build on their recent progress by fighting for more silverware in 2019-20.The Reds missed out on the Premier League title last term after finishing a single point behind champions Manchester City, despite amassing a record haul of 97 points.Wijnaldum insists he is also “hungry” for more success after lifting his first trophy in a Liverpool shirt, as he added: “Because I know how it feels right now, I want it again. That’s why I came back hungry, the guys also came back hungry to achieve even more.“It’s a good feeling and it’s the feeling you want to get used to, winning trophies like that. That’s why everyone is hungry to do even better this year and win more.”Liverpool kick off their new season on August 9 at home to newly-promoted Norwich, a week after a Community Shield clash against City at Wembley. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Le rapport de la ministre montre des progrès en langue et en

first_img POUR DIFFUSION Les élèves de la Nouvelle-Écosse font des progrès en langue et en sciences, mais continuent d’éprouver des difficultés en mathématiques au secondaire, d’après les derniers résultats des évaluations du ministère de l’Éducation. La sixième édition du Rapport de la ministre aux parents, publiée aujourd’hui (12 avril), contient les résultats des tests provinciaux effectués pendant 2006 en 12e année en English, en English Communications, en physique, en mathématiques et en mathématiques avancées. Les deux cours de mathématiques étaient également offerts en français. Le rapport contient aussi les résultats école par école pour l éappréciation du rendement en littératie à l’élémentaire d’octobre 2006. Les élèves ont fait des progrès dans un certain nombre de domaines, comme l’anglais au secondaire, l’écriture en 6e année et la physique en 12e annèe. Mais les résultats ne sont pas bons en mathématiques et en mathématiques avancées en 12e année. La ministre de l’Éducation, Karen Casey, dit que les résultats en mathématiques l’inquiètent. Elle dit que le ministère, les enseignants, les parents et les élèves doivent faire des efforts tous ensemble pour aider les élèves à améliorer leurs compétences en mathématiques. -30- Les élèves de la Nouvelle-Écosse font des progrès en langue et en sciences, mais continuent d’éprouver des difficultés en mathématiques au secondaire, d’après les derniers résultats des évaluations du ministère de l’Éducation. La sixième édition du Rapport de la ministre aux parents, publiée aujourd’hui 12 avril, contient les résultats des tests provinciaux effectu és pendant 2006 dans sept cours de 12e année : English, English Communications, physique, mathématiques et mathématiques avancées. Les deux cours de mathématiques étaient également offerts en français. Le rapport contient aussi les résultats école par école pour l’appréciation du rendement en littératie à l’élémentaire d’octobre 2006. « Notre programme de tests nous donne de nouveau un bon aperçu des résultats de nos élèves à l’échelle de l’ensemble de la province. Il nous montre les domaines dans lesquels il y a des améliorations et ceux dans lesquels il faut que nous poursuivions nos efforts », déclare Karen Casey, ministre de l’Éducation. Les élèves ont fait des progrès dans un certain nombre de domaines. Le taux de réussite aux cours English et English Communications de 12e année est supérieur à 80 pour cent pour les deux cours. Les résultats en physique en 12e année se sont également améliorés pour la quatriéme année consécutive. Il y a des améliorations sensibles dans les résultats de l’appréciation du rendement en littératie en 6e année, puisque 88 pour cent des élèves anglophones répondent aux attentes de la province en écriture ou dépassent ces attentes. Il s’agit là d’un bond de plus de neuf pour cent par rapport à l’an passé. L’amélioration en écriture masque cependant une chute de cinq pour cent dans le nombre d’élèves répondant aux attentes dans la composante du test consacrée à la lecture. Il n’en reste pas moins qu’une bonne partie des 9500 élèves de 6e année qui ont participé à l’appréciation du rendement en anglais ont obtenu de bons résultats en lecture, puisque 83 pour cent d’entre eux répondent aux attentes ou dépassent ces attentes. Le taux de réussite en lecture a diminué pour les élèves anglophones, mais les résultats des élèves francophones en lecture sont stables, avec 83 pour cent des élèves acadiens et francophones qui répondent aux attentes en lecture. Trois cent trente-et-un élèves ont participé à l’appréciation du rendement en littératie en français à l’élémentaire. Les 2208 élèves qui n’ont pas répondu aux attentes cette année suivent désormais un plan de soutien en littératie. « C’est précisément la raison pour laquelle nous faisons ces évaluations provinciales », déclare Vince Warner, directeur des évaluations et des appréciations du rendement de la province. « Elles nous permettent de mettre en évidence non seulement les élèves qui ont besoin d’aide, mais également le rendement du systéme et les domaines dans lesquels nous devons nous améliorer. » La principale inquiétude, cependant, demeure les cours de mathématiques et de mathématiques avancées en 12e année. Seuls 28 pour cent des élèves qui ont participé à l’examen provincial en mathématiques de 12e année ont réussi, ce qui représente une baisse importante par rapport à l’évaluation de 2005, où le taux de réussite était de 31,2 pour cent. La moyenne des résultats n’est que de 38,7 pour cent, contre 41,3 pour cent en 2005. Les résultats sont également décevants en mathématiques avancées. La moyenne provinciale est tombée à 51,3 pour cent, contre 53,9 pour cent en 2005, tandis que le taux de réussite est tombé à 51,8 pour cent, contre 57,3 pour cent en 2005. Les résultats aux examens représentent 30 pour cent de la note finale de l’élève. « Je m’inquiète beaucoup du fait que certains élèves continuent d’avoir des difficultés dans des aspects fondamentaux des mathématiques, de la lecture et de l’écriture », déclare Mme Casey. « Il faut que nous fassions plus d’efforts, tous ensemble, pour aider nos élèves à obtenir de meilleurs résultats. » Le ministère a déjà commencé ses efforts en vue d’améliorer les résultats en mathématiques à tous les niveaux. Au cours de la dernière année, il a ciblé ses investissements dans des ressources visant à améliorer la compréhension des mathématiques chez les élèves. La stratégie adoptée pour les mathématiques comprend une augmentation du temps total consacré aux mathématiques, l’ajout de mentors et de leaders en mathématiques pour aider à guider les enseignants dans tous les conseils scolaires et l’élargissement des options de cours dans les écoles secondaires. Il y a également plus de ressources pédagogiques disponibles, dont de nouveaux manuels scolaires au premier cycle du secondaire, un guide d’étude de grande qualité pour aider les élèves de 12e année qui participent à l’examen provincial en mathématiques et une nouvelle banque de données en ligne permettant aux enseignants et aux élèves de se familiariser avec le type de questions rencontrées dans les évaluations. En 2002, la province a lancé une initiative sur le calcul mental en vue d’aider les élèves de l’élémentaire et du premier cycle du secondaire à être plus à l’aise et à mieux comprendre les concepts de base. Le ministère a accordé des fonds aux conseils scolaires pour la mise en œuvre d’activités de perfectionnement professionnel de qualité pour les enseignants en mathématiques au premier cycle du secondaire. Nous avons également pris des mesures en vue d’introduire des exigences préalables pour tous les cours de mathématiques du secondaire, afin de faire en sorte qu’un plus grand nombre d’élèves soient placés dans des cours où ils peuvent s’attendre à connaître la réussite. Sur les 7876 élèves qui ont participé aux examens de mathématiques et de mathématiques avancées, 41 pour cent ont passé l’examen de mathématiques avancées, alors que ce cours est prévu pour les 20 pour cent d’élèves qui sont au niveau et pour ceux qui prévoient de faire des études en sciences ou en génie à l’université. Ceci se reflète dans l’éventail des notes obtenues par les élèves en mathématiques avancées en 12e année, puisque la meilleure note est 97,5 pour cent et la plus basse 5,5 pour cent. Le ministère est également en train d’élargir ses évaluations provinciales à un plus grand nombre de niveaux cette année, avec en particulier une évaluation en mathématiques en 3e année prévue ce printemps, qui aidera le ministère à dépister les difficultés en mathématiques dès le plus jeune âge. Nous organiserons également pour la première fois une appréciation du rendement en littératie au premier cycle du secondaire auprès des élèves de 9e année. Cette appréciation du rendement permettra de mesurer les progrès des élèves qui ont participé à la première appréciation du rendement en littératie à l’élémentaire en 2003. Le Rapport de la ministre aux parents pour 2006 est disponible en ligne à read more

Local mental health strategy work halted as part of budget cuts

Ward 6 Councillor Jeff Davison said finding this amount of efficiencies is reasonable within a $3.5-billion operating budget but says the city needs to look at scaling back low impact and high-cost projects.“The city is always going to spend but it’s about smart spending. We really do have to look at all of our assets and how we manage this portfolio better.”I’m very pleased that Council will provide immediate tax relief to small businesses – the life of our City and economy. In the coming months, I will be working with my colleagues to reach a long-term solution to our assessment process. #yyc #yyccc #yycsmallbiz #Calgary— Jeff Davison (@JeffDavisonYYC) June 10, 2019Meanwhile, Ward 11 Councillor Jeromy Farkas said the city should instead be looking to reduce its budget by cutting labour costs.“I think we should be pursuing wage reductions before having councils financial mismanagement causing even more unemployed Calgarians.”Farkas adds there are a number of projects which should be put on hold for now including the Arts Commons expansion, the new field house and the new NHL arena.You deserve to know how your City Councillor voted! I have submitted a motion to increase City Hall accountability and make it easier for Calgarians to keep tabs on their elected officials. More information: #yyccc— Jeromy Farkas (@JeromyYYC) June 13, 2019City administration has until the July 22 council meeting to come up with budget cuts. CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Further work on a municipal strategy, meant to combat addiction and mental health problems in Calgary has been halted.A committee voted 4-3 on Wednesday to stop the work of a panel of experts on the $25-million strategy, which was first approved last year.It’s all part of council’s plan to shed $60-million from the city budget as part of a tax relief plan for local business.WATCH: Council approves tax relief plan for business read more

SoftBanks profit nearly quadruples on fund investments

TOKYO — Japanese technology company SoftBank Group Corp. has seen its fiscal first quarter profit nearly quadruple to 1.122 trillion yen ($10.6 billion) as its fund investments boosted income.Tokyo-based SoftBank’s April-June profit the previous year had totalled 313.7 billion yen.Quarterly sales climbed nearly 3% to 2.226 trillion yen ($21 billion), it said Wednesday.The SoftBank Vision Fund has invested in American entrepreneurships, including work messaging service Slack, ride-hailing Uber, office-sharing company WeWork and delivery business Doordash.Dragging on earnings was U.S. mobile operator Sprint. But SoftBank said Sprint will merge with T-Mobile and will no longer be its subsidiary. The U.S. Department of Justice approved the merger with conditions last month.SoftBank also has a stake in Arm of Britain, and its subsidiary owns Yahoo Japan.The Associated Press read more

Annan set to travel to Mozambique for Africa Union summit

Mr. Annan is expected to meet tomorrow with President Joachim Chissano of Mozambique. On Wednesday, he will also meet with UN-system heads attending the summit.On Thursday, he will attend a breakfast hosted by President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria, before addressing the summit later that morning.The Secretary-General is expected to return to New York on Saturday.

Vauxhall supports National Apprenticeship Week

National Apprenticeship Week launches next Monday (3 March), a focal point in the year for businesses, colleges and young people to come together to raise the profile, and understand the benefits, of apprenticeships.Throughout National Apprenticeship Week, Vauxhall’s Luton Plant will host an apprenticeship careers event for school pupils aged 14-18. Vauxhall’s head office will also host a series of CV and interview workshops for local school students. The company’s own apprentices will visit schools during the week to take part in careers fairs and presentations to inspire the next generation of apprentices.Each day of the apprenticeship event will see school pupils take a tour of the Vauxhall plant that builds the Vivaro van – the UK’s most produced commercial vehicle. They will then take part in a workshop and listen to presentations from current apprentices. Bedford College will also be on hand to answer questions and give students information regarding learning while working.Dick Burgoine, Vauxhall Manager for Product Evaluation and Service Support, said, “Many young people are confused when it comes to choosing a path when they leave school. This event will give them a good idea of what to expect should they choose the apprenticeship route. Most apprenticeships take between two and four years to complete, following which they can go on to enjoy a prosperous and fulfilling career.”Vauxhall Motors has successfully entered a team into the Brathay Challenge 2014. The Brathay Challenge is designed to discover the ‘Apprentice Team of the Year’ through a set of challenges including raising the profile of apprenticeships, contributing to local community projects and fundraising. The team, consisting of commercial and engineering apprentices across all Vauxhall sites will be battling against around 90 teams to win the 2014 trophy.Engineering, Motor Vehicle Technician, Commercial, IT and Accountancy apprenticeships are available for 2014 at Vauxhall. For more information of training while working, contact Bedford College on 01234 291080, or e-mail: to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Jacksonville hangs on to beat South Carolina State 7169

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Tyreese Davis scored 14 points and DeAnthony McCallum made two free throws with seven seconds left as Jacksonville held on to beat South Carolina State 71-69 on Saturday night.The Dolphins (4-5) had a 67-60 lead with 1:27 remaining but Damni Applewhite had a bucket and a free throw and Rayshawn Neal added baskets around two free throws by Jacksonville’s Aamahne Santos to get the Dolphins within 69-67 with eight seconds left before McCallum’s free throws. Applewhite had a final basket at game’s end.Jacksonville’s Jalyn Hinton grabbed 11 rebounds and had a career-high eight blocks. He has 30 blocks and the team 62 this season. Jace Hogan scored 13 points and McCallum 11.Davis scored nine points in leading Jacksonville to a 31-23 lead at halftime.Applewhite scored 22 points with 10 rebounds, Neal added 14 points and Armani Hill and Janai Raynor Powell 10 each for the Bulldogs (1-8), who have lost eight straight.The Associated Press read more

Football OSU prepares for brutality of Big Ten

OSU redshirt junior defensive linesman Tyquan Lewis (59) rushes towards the ball carrier along with the rest of the Buckeyes defense during a game against the Tulsa Hurricane on Sept.10. The Buckeyes won 48-3. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorWith three games down and nine to go, the Ohio State football team enters Big Ten play with a perfect record and a positive outlook for the rest of the season.The No. 2 Buckeyes bowled over then-No. 14 Oklahoma to round out nonconference play, 45-24. Although the Sooners were the first true test for the Buckeyes in 2016, conference play determines the validity of any top-ranked team and its chances of reaching the College Football Playoff.After enjoying a day off on Saturday, OSU has shifted focus to the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and their head coach Chris Ash, former co-defensive coordinator for the Buckeyes under OSU coach Urban Meyer from 2014 to 2015.With a daunting Big Ten schedule ahead, the OSU is doing its best to focus on Rutgers without putting too much thought into the rest of the schedule before the game kicks off.“It’s so early right now and you better worry about the next game, the next practice, the next game, and not worry about anything else,” Meyer said. “That’s my concern is with all the added publicity, press conferences and everybody being told how good they are, that’s, I really worry about that.”Combined, the rest of the Big Ten excluding OSU has a record of 31-13 overall, with five undefeated teams. Of those five, the Buckeyes will be facing four of them. Even with the time off during the bye week and the implications of the rest of the season, the team is focused on the next matchup.“You come off this big road win and you get a week off. Not necessarily a week off, you get a Saturday off,” said OSU redshirt junior defensive end Tyquan Lewis. “You really get to sit back and watch. I know I watched a little film of myself and the other guys. You get to basically coach yourself and see what you need to do to get better.”Rutgers will present a familiar scheme to the Buckeyes, due to Ash’s involvement while he coached at OSU. When Greg Schiano arrived to coach the defense, there was much speculation as to how different the defensive approach would be.Redshirt junior linebacker Chris Worley said the defensive schemes by Ash and Schiano are extremely similar. The only difference is the emphasis on attacking the ball and creating turnovers.In terms of the team mindset from the players, the beginning of the Big Ten schedule marks the time to buckle down for the rest of the season.“The Big Ten, that’s the real deal,” Worley said. “(There are) good teams in the Big Ten right now. One of the strongest conferences if not the strongest conference right now.”Last season, the Buckeyes were 7-1 in Big Ten play, dropping the second-to-last conference game to Michigan State 17-14. The Scarlet and Gray dropped from the top four, and ultimately missed out on the College Football Playoff, which they had won in the previous year. With a younger, more inexperienced team, the Buckeyes will need the same kind of success in the next nine games that the team enjoyed through the first three to prevent the same fate as last season. Starting out well has given OSU a positive attitude, but the practice and hard work is far from over for the Buckeyes.“It’s a great league for our players. It just builds confidence especially with a young football team. It builds some confidence but you don’t want it to be false confidence. And that’s where you come back and evaluate what you’ve done,” OSU running backs coach Tony Alford said about the skill of the Big Ten. “Yes, we have done some good things, but we can’t rest on that either. We’ve got a lot of improvement to go.” read more

Nanotron and Marco collaborate on longwall face proximity and positioning technology

first_imgNanotron Technologies GmbH and Marco GmbH have announced they are working closely together to deliver solutions in the mining industry, helping to improve both safety and productivity in longwall face operations. Marco has integrated nanotron’s proximity detection and positioning functions into its Longwall Face Control solution. Nanotron’s swarm bee, a smart RF sensor module, is integrated into Marco’s longwall controllers, worker tags, remote control units and excavation units.The integrated solution means that the location of tagged underground equipment and mining personnel is known accurately at all times. Real-time tracking of mining workers, roof support and excavation units improves worker safety and drives compliance. It also increases longwall operational efficiency, by safely accelerating work sequences and increasing operator flexibility.Dr Jens Albers, CEO of nanotron, said: “Both nanotron and Marco are currently experiencing a sharp increase of the demand for their products in Russia and China, the two biggest mining markets worldwide. By combining our products, we can offer a market-leading solution that combines high technology with a strong understanding of the needs of the mining sector.”Martin Reuter, CEO of marco, said: “In marco’s automated longwall controls, each device is connected directly into the network, and communicates in realtime online. Our system integration is our customers‘ largest benefit and our innovations are at least two steps ahead of any competitors‘ solution.”Marco was founded in 1982 and has grown into an international medium-sized group. Production and headquarters is in Dachau (near Munich), with service subsidiaries in Beijing, China, Seoul, Korea, Mackay, Australia, Novokuznetsk and Vorkuta, Russia and in Charkow, Ukraine. Marco says it is the market leader and worldwide leading facility provider of electrohydraulic controls for mining machines in difficult operating environments.last_img read more

Campaign seeks to scrap bloody annoying tampon tax

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram It’s been roughly two decades since the GST consumption tax was introduced, and the non-exemption of sanitary products, as they remain classified under the… “luxury” bracket, is still being debated.We are, however, probably closer to seeing the tax removed than ever before, following last week’s statement of support for the move by the Federal Government.“This is just a practical issue that needs to be resolved,” Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison told News Corp, admitting that the 10 percent price surcharge on pads and tampons should not have been imposed in the first place and describing it as a “source of frustration and angst” for women.Building on this momentum is the recently launched “No Gender Selective Tax Campaign” led by Bauer Media.More than 30 participating magazines, including The Australian Women’s Weekly, ELLE, Good Health and Money, have united behind the online petition on to push for ending “what is essentially a tax on being female.”Running across print, digital and social media channels, the campaign features black and white posters of both men and women with quotes evoking humour and reflection to encourage Australians to sign the petition, such as “Would you support a once-a-month bloke tax?” or “‘I love having my period and paying tax on it’ said no woman ever”.Speaking to Neos Kosmos, consumer finance expert and editor of Money magazine, Effie Zahos, explains why taking a stance against the tampon tax is primarily “a simple case of correcting a mistake that shouldn’t be there in the first place.”“The most important thing to know is that tampons [and other sanitary products] were never taxed under the Wholesale Sales Tax regime that existed prior to the GST, they were under a category called ‘human health & hygiene products’.”Interestingly, when GST replaced the previous tax system, a different classification was introduced for menstrual products listing them as ‘non-essential, luxury items’.But really, why?“I think Deputy Labor leader Tanya Plibersek answered the question nicely when she said it’s just a dumb decision […] and suggested that when the GST [legislation] was written back in 1999 it was probably drafted by male public servants reporting to a very male-dominated cabinet,” says Ms Zahos.She adds that while the campaign is not the first initiative advocating for scrapping the tampon tax, it can certainly help spread the word and motivate the public to demand legislative change.From the ‘No Gender Selective Tax Campaign’.From the ‘No Gender Selective Tax Campaign’.Critics have called for abolishing the “unfair and discriminatory” tax, given that for one part menstruation is a natural bodily function and dealing with it in a hygienic way should not be considered a ‘luxury’ and that it imposes a surcharge only on girls and women.Adding to the controversy of the topic is that continence pads and items like lubricants, condoms or even Viagra are exempt from GST.Opposing arguments have been expressed from political figures in the past, such as former Prime Minister Tony Abbott calling the tampon tax removal a “politically correct exception” or One Nation leader Pauline Hanson saying that it would not save women much money anyway.Indeed, for some the amount is seen as not really significant, considering the estimated expenditure on sanitary products for the average woman amounts to $10 a month, $1200 over a decade and…$5,600 during their menstruating life.But it is hard to argue it is miniscule especially for low income earners, women who are homeless or otherwise disadvantaged, with a 2017 survey by the University of Queensland finding that some young girls in remote indigenous communities miss out school during their menstruation for not being able to afford feminine hygiene products.“If you’ve only got $50 a week for spending, $5-10 of those on your sanitary products is a huge proportion,” Ms Zahos points out and refers to initiatives supporting women to take care of their menstrual health, such as Share the Dignity, a charity that has collected more than 700,000 packets of donated pads and tampons for women in need.Removing the GST tax on sanitary products would cost the government approximately $30 million a year, a revenue loss that the finance expert explains is quite small compared to the $62 billion received each year.Besides, GST revenues are split between the states and territories.While most states and territories have as of lately expressed support for the move, their determination to put it in practice remains to be formally expressed in the upcoming Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting later in the year, where treasurers from around the country will discuss the proposal.Recently, Federal Labor promised to remove the tampon tax if elected and substitute the money lost by taxing some forms of alternative therapies, like herbalism and aromatherapy, while last June the Senate passed a Greens’ motion to scrap the tax.But Ms Zahos stresses we should refrain from turning the issue into a political trophy.“It’s not about winning votes, it’s just about getting the job done.“I’m going back to the notion that it’s clearly about fixing something that shouldn’t have been there in the first place[…] we just want the sanitary products listed as non-essential luxury items to be reclassified as essential items.”To support the ‘No Gender Selective Tax Campaign’ visit bloodyannoying.comTo learn more about ways to support women in need visit read more

Lille confirm massive pricetag on head of Arsenal target Nicolas Pepe

first_imgLille sporting director Luis Campos has broken silence over the future of rumoured Arsenal target Nicolas Pepe.Pepe, a 23-year-old pacey Ivorian winger has notched 12 goals and 5 assists across 19 league appearances for Lille.Coach of Premier League outfit Arsenal Unai Emery is having his sights set on attacking additions for the January transfer window and is he is hoping to sign the African dynamo.Speaking in an interview with Telefoot via 101greatgoals, Lille sporting director Luis Campos was unsurprisingly questioned on the future of his side’s star man.‘‘I hope he will stay this winter. We’ll do everything to keep him.’’Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…‘‘All the top clubs in the world have their eyes on him, and that’s normal, but the president has been clear.’’‘‘The idea is for him to continue at the club.’’‘‘In contrast, with my experience in football, I would say that if a club arrives with a big number and can convince the player… I would sell him for €80 million.’’‘‘That’s the price tag, but you’d have to convince the player and he’s been a big part of us being in second place.’’last_img read more

Rapper Drake spotted at Miami Beach supermarket

first_imgThx for showing Miami Beach some love @Drake! #GodsPlan We just popped into the market for a snack & look who we ran into! Good seeing you @Drake 🙏🏽🌴— City of Miami Beach (@MiamiBeachNews) February 6, 2018Drake also sparked a frenzy by popping up at Miami Senior High School, Monday, to shoot a music video and make a donation.Students sang in the background as a drone caught the action. MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Rapper Drake was spotted in Miami Beach, Tuesday, on the second day of his visit to South Florida.The rapper was seen at Sabor Tropical Supermarket, where he bought a mango juice.“It’s the first time somebody like Drake comes in the store,” said store manager Jose Hernandez. “So that’s really important or good for us, and all the customers getting crazy.”Drake also paid for everyone’s groceries. “I don’t know, 40, 50 [people],” Hernandez estimated.Employees recorded the rapper’s act of kindness on their cellphones.Even Miami Beach Police stopped by to get a picture. — Ernesto Rodriguez (@ERodriguez782) February 6, 2018Dozens of people lined up outside, hoping to get a glimpse of the hip-hop star as he left the supermarket.The City of Miami Beach tweeted about the star sighting. He then headed over to the University of Miami, where he surprised student Destiny James with a $50,000 scholarship.RELATED: Drake surprises students at Miami Senior High, University of Miami“Drake just gave me $50,000!” James said in a Facebook video.According to her Facebook profile, James is studying biology on a pre-dentistry track.“He was just very encouraging,” she said. “Like he just kept saying, ‘I’m so proud, I’m so proud of you. You deserve it, you deserve it.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Murkowski says Navy has explaining to do

first_imgNorthern Edge military exercise in the Gulf of Alaska. (File photo: U.S. Navy)Sen. Lisa Murkowski says the Navy is again snubbing the concerns of Alaskans as it prepares for the next Northern Edge. That’s a military exercise, held every two years, that stretches from the Gulf of Alaska into the Interior. The next Northern Edge is scheduled for May. Murkowski says more than 100 Alaskans sent her letters this summer with concerns about the potential impact of the exercise, particularly on fish and marine mammals.Listen now“When the exercise moved forward in 2015, after a great deal of concern being expressed by the coastal communities, there was assurance by Navy (that) ‘well, after the exercise, we’ll basically provide answers to the questions people have,’” Murkowski said. “And they haven’t done it.”Murkowski sent a sternly worded letter to the secretary of the Navy last week, calling for more transparency. She also chided the Navy for denying Alaska biologist Rick Steiner’s request, under the Freedom of Information Act, for reports on the impact of Northern Edge 2015.Two years ago, military representatives said people were misinformed about the scope of the exercise. They said environmental impact documents described dropping far more ordinance into the Gulf than the Navy actually intended to use.Today, Air Force Capt. Anastasia Wasem, a spokeswoman for Alaskan Command, said the military is finalizing its public outreach plans.“So far they include having representation at events such as the Alaska Federation of Native. Also the Alaska Forum on the Environment and CommFish,” she said. “And in addition to that, we’re going to be trying to work with the cities of Kodiak, Cordova, Homer and Seward to go to meetings for their Chamber of Commerce and city council, and also perhaps Rotary Clubs.”Wasem says the exercise was moved from June to May, in part so the military can save money on airfares and lodging, and also so its aircraft won’t complicate air traffic control during high wildfire season.last_img read more

Ranveer Singh on losing virginity to an older woman at 12 I

first_imgRanveer SinghInstagramRemember how Ranveer Singh took the industry by storm when he was featured in a condom ad which had created a lot of good noise among his fans. His free-spirited dance, his flamboyant appearance and the way which Ranveer made it appear, was no less than an innovation. And while everybody wanted to know how Ranveer landed in a condom ad, the actor had gone on to reveal some of the intimate details about his sexual experiences.”I think I was around 12 when I did it. I started everything early, everything! I was way ahead — so much so, that in school all the mothers used to say he (Ranveer) is that rotten apple that’s spoiling all our kids. I used to hold sermons with all the boys surrounding me and I used to teach them. They hadn’t heard of it and I became the expert because I had started very early,” Ranveer Singh had told Deccan Chronicle in an interview in 2014.Ranveer had revealed that he finds it very cool when girls hit on him as he used to be fat when he was a teenager. “I became sexy at a later stage,” he had said confessing that he had sex at such a young age to an older woman only out of curiosity.Only a handful of mainstream Bollywood actors like Sunny Leone and Bipasha Basu have been endorsing condoms. So what prompted Ranveer, an actor from the younger crop, to add himself into the list. Ranveer SinghInstagram”When I am in a car, I see these hoardings go by. I thought to myself, somebody is selling this, somebody is selling that, why isn’t anybody selling condoms? Then I realised that the only ads we have for condoms are very provocative in nature. That shouldn’t be the only prevailing definition of sex. As a society, we have evolved; our attitude towards the subject has changed. So we can have open and healthy conversations about this. Somebody needs to point that out or else people will keep treating it as taboo,” Ranveer had said.He further added, “I had this idea and I called my people and asked them to contact Durex. I knew it was a huge risk. I thought I am either going to get two thumbs up or a tight slap. But it became a hit.”last_img read more