US and Venezuela opposition to discuss ways to oust Maduro

first_img(AP) – The United States is planning new ways to pressure Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to give up power and other means to provide assistance to the people of the economically devastated South American nation.Vice President Mike Pence travels Monday to the Colombian capital to meet with members of a regional coalition and Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido to discuss the next steps aimed at ousting Maduro.A senior administration official says Pence is expected to announce “clear actions” to restore democracy and get humanitarian aid into the country.Pence’s appearance before the Lima Group of nations comes after a U.S.-backed effort to deliver humanitarian across the border ended in violence. Forces loyal to Maduro fired tear gas and buckshot on activists accompanying supplies, killing two and wounding at least 300.last_img read more

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Now is a great time to be young in India: Kalli Purie

first_imgIndia Today Chief Creative Officer Kalli Purie’s welcome address at the India Today Youth Summit in Chennai on December 10, 2011:Vanakam Chennai to India Today’s Youth Summit Mind Rocks. India Today is India’s number one newsmagazine and has been for the last 35 years. We at the group have always believed that ideas should not be restricted by language or boundaries and that’s why we launched the India Today regional editions. The philosophy remains the same.We held a Mind Rock event in Delhi  in september hot on the heels of the Anna Hazare civil movement. It was a rocking success. The youth turned up in huge numbers to connect with their icons and take the anti corruption pledge with Kiran Bedi. Since then close to one and half lac individuals have taken the pledge.The enthusiasm and the engagement at the event convinced us that we had to create more platforms throughout the country for the youth to express themselves and share their ideas. And what better way to do it but to bring it to the heart and nerve centre of the South, Chennai. The hub of education, politics and culture.Besides up in Delhi we were all looking for the answer to the eternal question:Why this Kolaveri Di?Last year has been the year of the youth from the Arab spring to Anna’s civil revolution. 2012 will  always be known as the year…When a I-Me-Myself generation became the We generation. When a demographic dividend became a nation. When a westernized generation sported the tri colour as their favourite accessory. It’s a great time to be young in India.advertisementAnd that’s why it’s a privilege to be here amongst all of you. Individuals who are deciding all our futures. The India of Tomorrow.The India Today group does close to 40 conferences  and events in a year. But none has the vibrancy, the energy, the electricity of Mind Rocks. Our line up today is fantastic, I am confident that Mind Rocks, with its mix of fun, music, and ideas will leave you buzzing.last_img read more

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Changes in ODI rules will improve the format

first_imgThe ICC’s cricket committee needs to be complimented for taking some bold decisions at its meeting in London. It is well known that with three formats of cricket to choose from today, preserving the richness of the ODIs is imperative. This makes the latest changes a step in the right direction.One important move is that bowlers will be allowed to hurl two bouncers per over in a one-day international. With batsmen calling the shots in limited overs cricket, be it the 50-over ODI or T20, the decision to allow bowlers to show more aggression can make for good viewing.The two other decisions-to do away with the bowling power play and allowing only four fielders outside the 30-yard circle in a non-power play over- will also make the game more challenging.The ICC has, however, retained the obsolete Duckworth/ Lewis method for rain-delayed matches. Even so, at a time when almost every sporting discipline is tinkering with its rules to make the game more attractive, the ICC has shown it does not want to be left behind.last_img read more

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Naresh Kumar Sharma wins first Paralympic quota for India

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 13 (PTI) Veteran shooter Naresh Kumar Sharma became the first para athlete from India to grab a quota for 2016 Rio Paralympics. The 42-year-old Arjuna Awardee won the quota with a 12th place finish in mens 50m rifle three position at the IPC Shooting World Cup at Fort Benning, USA. This could be Sharmas fifth Paralympic participation. He has participated from 1996 to 2012 missing only the 2004 edition. His best performance was at Beijing in 2008 where he finished 5th. Naresh Kumar Sharma said, “I am happy to win the quota for India but I am sad that no one from the federation has even bothered to call me up and appreciate my performance. The last two years has been very difficult for me. I had no funds train and travel abroad for the competitions. “Even our federation was under a suspension and so things were not easy. However I am very thankful to the Sports Authority of India (SAI) and the Sports Ministry to fund me and the others for the three World Cups this year.” PTI AH AHlast_img read more

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Justin Langer to coach Australia on 2016 West Indies tour

first_imgAustralia coach Darren Lehmann will step aside to allow Justin Langer to guide the team during a one-day tournament in the Caribbean next year.Western Australia coach Langer has long been favoured to take over the top job eventually and Lehmann said the June tour would give the former Test batsman some valuable experience while giving himself a break from the rigours of the job.”He’s in charge. I won’t be saying what he can and can’t do,” Lehmann said at the Melbourne Cricket Ground where Australia are playing West Indies in the second Test.”He’ll bring his own ideas and I think that’s good for the players, having some fresh ideas occasionally.”It’s just a chance to get JL into the system and let him have the reins for a trip … He’ll do a great job.”Australia will play South Africa and West Indies in the 10-match tournament starting June 6 in Guyana. The final will be played in Barbados on June 26.Lehmann said he had no plans to retire any time soon and hoped to guide the team to victory in the Ashes in England in 2019.Australia lost the Ashes 3-2 in England earlier this year after being favoured to win.”We let ourselves down this year. 2013 was a different scenario, we were changing the whole setup,” he said.”I’d love to have another crack at that. But you’re guided by results along the way, you can’t look that far ahead.”With Australia’s batsmen performing well in the 2-0 series win over New Zealand and the current series against West Indies, Lehmann said he felt the batting order in the rebuilding side was settled under new captain Steve Smith.advertisement”The top five is pretty settled,” Lehmann said.”We’re really happy with the way the batting group has come together over this summer and made some big runs.”We obviously play the conditions really well at home.”But the challenge for the group is to finish the summer off really well and then play that way away from home.”After the Melbourne test, Australia play West Indies in the third and final Test in Sydney before heading to New Zealand for two Tests in February.last_img read more

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Blow for City as injured Sane limps out of Community Shield

first_imgManchester City suffered an injury blow as Leroy Sane was forced off in the opening stages of their Community Shield match against Liverpool.The Germany international appeared to injure his ankle following a challenge by Reds defender Trent Alexander-Arnold at Wembley.Sane received extensive treatment from the City physios but could not continue and was replaced by Gabriel Jesus with just 13 minutes played. 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? The 23-year-old was named in City’s starting line-up by Pep Guardiola despite intense speculation regarding his future at the Premier League champions.The winger has won six major trophies with City, including two league titles, since joining from Schalke in 2016.However, he found regular playing time hard to come by towards the back end of last season.He still managed to score 10 goals and contribute 11 assists as City claimed the domestic treble, but he started just three of the club’s final 12 matches in all competitions.That sparked reports he could move on this summer despite the club offering him a new long-term contract.Bayern Munich have been linked with a move for the former Schalke winger with speculation gathering pace in recent days.The Bundesliga champions were forced to publicly deny claims a deal had been reached after German media reported earlier this week that they had agreed to pay around €100 million (£91m/$110m) for the winger.The reported fee would have been a Bundesliga record, as would the €20m-a-year some outlets reported Sane would receive as salary on a proposed five-year deal.Bayern head coach Niko Kovac was also forced to apologise to City boss Guardiola, Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic after he said he was ‘confident’ a deal would get done.Guardiola, who managed Bayern between 2013 and 2016, has previously said he would not stand in his way if the player really wanted to leave, a stance he reiterated when he asked about Sane by reporters in his press conference ahead of Sunday’s game against Liverpool.”If he knocks on the door and says he wants to leave then we will speak with the club,” said the Spaniard.last_img read more

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Activists praise feds move to bring in genderneutral passports

first_imgTORONTO – Canadian activists lobbying for gender-neutral options on government documents say Ottawa has sent an important message in support of their cause by announcing the arrival of passports that allow people to opt out of declaring themselves as either male or female.The federal government had long indicated that gender-neutral passports were on their way, but formally announced the move on Thursday. Canadians who don’t want to specify a male or female gender will now have the option to indicate their preference on passport application forms starting on Aug. 31.Those who want to take advantage of the new rule will have to write an observation on their form saying they’d like to see their gender identified as “x” before new forms can be printed offering the neutral option alongside “m” and “f.”Activists say the federal government’s move sends a clear message the provinces need to be more proactive in recognizing non-binary residents — a term used to define someone who doesn’t identify as male or female.They say the process of applying for gender-neutral passports will be complicated by the fact that many provinces still don’t offer gender-neutral forms of identification, adding they hope Thursday’s announcement will urge the provinces to follow suit.Some provinces have begun recognizing gender-neutrality on official documents, though the practice is far from widespread.Currently, the Northwest Territories allows people to choose “x” as a gender marker on birth certificates.Ontario offers gender-neutral options for health cards and drivers licenses, and a government minister has indicated that the option may be extended to birth certificates as early as next year.Court battles on the matter are unfolding in provinces including Saskatchewan and Newfoundland and Labrador.Joshua M. Ferguson, who has advocated for gender-neutral birth certificates in Ontario, hopes the federal move on passports will turn the tide of those ongoing battles.“The government of Canada is now formally recognizing non-binary people, and that’s a really beautiful moment for our visibility in this country,” Ferguson said in a telephone interview. “You can’t discount how much these types of moments work to challenge the transphobia that we face on a daily basis.”Ferguson, who wants to be referred to by the gender-neutral pronouns “they/them/their,” lauded the move as particularly important for people who fall outside the traditional definition of transgendered.Those people may have been born as one gender but come to identify as the opposite, Ferguson said, adding that still allows them to identify clearly as either male or female when filling out official forms.People who identify as non-binary, however, did not have an option that reflected their gender identity until now.Ferguson said this often led to tension at airports as non-binary people were grilled about why their appearance did not conform to the designation on their official passport.Such experiences prompted Gemma Hickey of St. John’s to file for a gender-neutral birth certificate in Newfoundland and Labrador earlier this year. The application is set to be heard in court in November.Hickey, who also uses gender-neutral pronouns, said they want to be “first in line” for a gender-neutral passport, but anticipated logistical hurdles in obtaining one while the provinces remain out of step with the federal government.“How do I (apply) when I can’t get any documents that support me provincially to prove that I’m actually not male or female?” Hickey said, adding that forms of provincial identification are often used to fulfil documentation requirements for obtaining a Canadian passport.“That’s something that I’m hoping will be addressed in the coming months.”Those concerns were echoed by Helen Kennedy, executive director of national LGBTQ human rights organization Egale Canada.Kennedy described the gender-neutral option as a positive first step, but said it also raises other concerns and challenges.The “x” designation, she said, could force unwanted conversations for people who aren’t prepared to have their gender discussed, and even cause legal problems in destinations with fewer protections for members of the LGBTQ community, she said.Allowing the option on the form also does nothing to prepare airport staff to handle non-binary travellers appropriately.Kennedy said Canada should focus on the big picture when assessing how to handle gender questions.“Why do we even have these markers on our passports? That’s the big question,” she said. “Canada needs to do more work to lobby (international bodies) around gender markers in general on passports.”The shift towards non-binary passports is the latest in the federal government’s sweeping revisions on the treatment of gender in official policy.A human rights settlement in January saw the government agree to offer a gender-neutral option on applications for social insurance numbers. At the time, trans activists hailed the settlement as setting the stage for the approach to be applied more broadly.Since then, the senate has passed Bill C-16, which bans discrimination on the basis of gender identity or gender expression.In announcing the new passport rules on Thursday, Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said the move was part of an initiative to make all government-issued documents gender neutral.Seven countries currently allow a third sex designation on their passports — Australia, Bangladesh, Germany, India, Nepal, New Zealand and Pakistan.Adopting the “x” option is also in line with passport standards from the International Civil Aviation Organization, which permits governments to allow a third sex or gender category.last_img read more

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Search continues for Quebec man whose vehicle was used in Amber Alert

first_imgMONTREAL – The Quebec man whose vehicle was linked to an Amber Alert case last week remained missing on Tuesday despite intensive searches by Quebec’s provincial police.Police spent a fifth day looking for Yvon Lacasse, 71, along a roughly 100-kilometre stretch of highway between Val-d’Or and Rouyn-Noranda in northwestern Quebec, said Sgt. Marc Tessier.Tessier said officers, canine units and a helicopter were involved in the search operation.Lacasse, of Lachute, Que., hasn’t been heard from since his car was stolen late Thursday at a rest area in that town about 80 kilometres northwest of Montreal.The following day, Ontario provincial police found a missing boy involved in an Amber Alert inside Lacasse’s stolen vehicle southwest of Renfrew, Ont.They arrested the child’s father, who remains in an Ottawa hospital in a coma, according to his lawyer.Tessier said police retraced a route to Rouyn-Noranda, where the father stayed at a motel early Friday.The father was charged with second-degree murder on Monday in the slaying of the boy’s mother, who was found in a home in Saint-Eustache, Que.Lacasse is described as bald with brown eyes, five feet, five inches tall, and weighs roughly 100 pounds.last_img read more

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UN agencies confirm at least 14 dead hundreds missing in Bolivia landslide

Although the total number of persons missing or dead is still unknown, the United Nations has confirmed today that the landslide, which hit the rural town of Chima on Monday, claimed the lives of at least 14 people and injured 168 more. UN agencies report that more than 200 homes were destroyed, affecting roughly 600 persons.Immediately following the disaster, the UN country team dispatched a joint agency mission, including the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the World Health Organization (WHO), to carry out a damage and needs assessment in the affected area. Thus far, WFP has provided 22 tons of food, while UNICEF and WFP have provided some tools and WHO some 2,000 first aid kits. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has provided an emergency cash grant of $10,000 and has allocated a $20,000 contribution from the Norwegian emergency fund OCHA manages. read more

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Race against time 4000 km across Canadas north

It was an abrupt awakening that sent chills down Adam Shoalts’ spine.The Brock University History grad and modern-day voyageur heard the aggressive snort just outside his tiny nylon tent — the sound shattering the usual quiet of an evening in the remote Canadian Arctic.Shoalts (BA ’09) peered out through the structure’s zipper only to find a massive muskox staring back from only a few feet away.“I started to get a little worried,” said the 31-year-old Pelham native, as he recalled the intimidating experience in front of a crowd of more than 300 people in Brock’s Sean O’Sullivan Theatre.More than 300 people gathered in Sean O’Sullivan Theatre on Dec. 7 to listen to Brock grad and modern-day adventurer Adam Shoalts speak about his latest expedition.He strapped on his life jacket for protection and prepared for impact, should the enormous animal decide to charge, but after 10 tense minutes the creature retreated back into the wild.“The muskoxen was the only animal on the journey that gave me a fright,” Shoalts said while sharing with the crowd tales from his amazing one-man expedition this summer that saw him walk and canoe 4,000 kilometres across the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut.Stories of wildlife, treacherous terrains and sleepless nights were among those featured during Alone Across Canada’s Arctic, a public talk and book signing held at the University Dec. 7.Shoalts set off to conquer Canada’s wild in May, knowing it would be a race against time to reach the finish line by September. During every twist and turn, he could feel Mother Nature breathing down his neck, threatening to usher in winter without warning.But with determination on his side, he completed the marathon, done in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday, slightly ahead of schedule on Sept. 6.“Through the whole journey, I just kept telling myself, ‘Winter is coming. Winter is coming,” he said. “Winter can set in as early as mid-August, putting things to a halt. I knew I just had to keep going.”With the clock ticking down each day, Shoalts felt the pressure to keep pushing forward.“I was like a drill sergeant inside my own head, saying, ‘Keep going. You don’t need to rest’.“On normal expeditions if I woke up to rain pounding on my tent and high wind gusts, I would wait it out and hunker down. There’s no point in getting drenched to the bone. But on this expedition I didn’t do that at all. I’d just screw up my courage, put on my boots and head out in the wet weather, because tomorrow could be worse.”Knowing that the next day might bring a snowstorm or unbearable winds helped keep the young adventurer going, often putting in a 15-hour day that began in the early morning hours.One of his biggest challenges was dealing with ice floes that made it dangerous to navigate the waterways on his route, causing delays. Some days the abundance of ice left him stranded on shore, while others, he was able to break through blockages to slowly continue his journey.But ice wasn’t the only obstacle the Arctic threw his way.Brock History graduate and modern-day adventurer Adam Shoalts spoke about his latest expedition during a talk at the University Dec. 7.Some days the wind was so fierce that it was impossible for him to canoe at all.“I would be trying to canoe down current, but because the wind was going in the opposite direction, it was almost reversing the flow. I would try to paddle but end up spinning like a corkscrew, 360 degrees.”Rather than quit, Shoalts often strapped on his waders, got into the water and dragged the canoe behind him.It meant going at a significantly slower pace, but he found comfort knowing that at least some progress was being made. During the expedition he did this mode of travel on foot through water for hundreds of kilometres, leaving his waders torn to shreds.When the water became too dangerous, Shoalts — and his gear — was forced back on land.Doing a portage took multiple trips back and forth — one with his canoe, two with barrels of supplies, and a fourth with his backpack.  Four kilometres of progress required nearly 30 kilometres of walking.“All that said, my progress was much faster than I ever dared to hope,” Shoalts said. “You have to hope for the best but plan for the worst, because anything can happen.”While travelling over rocks and mushy tundra could be exhausting, the most treacherous and psychologically taxing stretches came on the icy water. There were many “white-knuckle moments” during his crossing of Great Bear Lake, for example, which took about two weeks and 430 kilometres to complete.“I’m in this huge lake, the eighth largest in the world, in a 15-foot canoe that’s not meant for open water of that size. There was a lot of ice to complicate things, strong winds to paddle against and the water was very cold.“There were times I was paddling for 15 hours consecutively without a break because I was afraid I wouldn’t have another calm stretch (of weather). I had to take advantage of it.”It meant throwing any regular sleep cycle out the window and immediately hitting the water the moment the lake calmed. Of course, this was made a little easier by the Arctic’s near 24-hours of daylight that lasted for the first three months of his journey.“I could go out at any hour of the day,” he said, “and often I did.”When August arrived and nights got longer, Shoalts was stunned by a sight that had once been so commonplace.“I remember when I saw my first star on the expedition. It looked like a really shiny diamond in the sky. I hadn’t seen a star for three months. It was so incredible. I’ll never take it for granted again.”Isolated but not alone, Shoalts often found himself surrounded by wildlife.In addition to his close encounter with a territorial muskox, he encountered several grizzly bears and shared a moment with a family of Arctic wolves, the young pups trotting and jumping along the banks of a river as Shoalts paddled his canoe just offshore.“When you look a wild wolf in the eye and it looks right back, it’s almost an indescribable feeling,” he said. “It’s really special to see such a magnificent animal in its natural habitat.”Now that he has safely returned to the comfort of home, Shoalts is busy sharing details of his adventures and Canada’s history at a variety of speaking engagements, including the special Brock presentation.“It means a lot to me to be able to give back to the Brock community and to encourage students to chase their dreams,” said the History grad. “I hope I can inspire students to push the boundaries and make their own path.”Brock University was a co-sponsor of Shoalts’ exhibition, contributing lightweight, quick-dry outerwear to help during his excursion through forest, muskeg and tundra.He released a new book in October, A History of Canada in Ten Maps: Epic Stories of Charting a Mysterious Land, and plans to write about his latest adventures in the near future.While he has no lengthy expeditions planned for 2018, Shoalts, a Royal Canadian Geographical Society Fellow, will be joining the organization on a two-week journey in Antarctica this winter.Brock History graduate and modern-day adventurer Adam Shoalts spoke about his latest expedition during a talk and book signing at the University Dec. 7. read more

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Churchills earliest foe was his German tutor

Jennie Jerome, daughter of Leonard Jerome and later Lady Randolph Churchill, mother of Winston Churchill Lough’s previous book, No More Champagne, a study of Churchill’s finances, was described by Charles Moore in the Daily Telegraph as “brilliant”.His new book, titled Darling Winston, will be published by Head of Zeus next month [Sept].Its foreword is by Randolph Churchill, who welcomes “the first publication of these letters between my great-grandfather… and his mother”: “I believe that history has under-appreciated the role of Jennie Jerome (as she was known at her birth in America) in shaping the early years of her son… and the influence she had on the life of a great statesman. Nothing illustrates better how she did it than these letters.” Lough has assembled the collection from various sources, including the Churchill Archives Centre in Cambridge.The letter of July 1887 shows what a handful Churchill was as a schoolchild, Lough said. His mother’s letters are also filled with love.In 1894, when Churchill’s father, Lord Randolph, was facing a terminal illness, Jennie took him on a ’round the world’ trip. She wrote home: “Bless you darling, I can’t tell you how miserable I am often – so far away from you.”Her 1896 letters reveal her role in mentoring Churchill as a 21-year old, when he first reached India, as a subaltern in the army.She wrote of trying to get him transferred to the Egyptian army, using her well-placed contacts, and offering words of encouragement: “Should this fail, you must not let it unsettle you… Life is not always what we want it to be, but to make the best of it as it is – is the only way of being happy.” In suitably diplomatic terms, he ended the note: “I do love you mama so much.”The letter is among 450 of 800 surviving letters which Churchill and his mother, Jennie, exchanged over 40 years until her death in 1921. They reveal that the mother and son were much closer than he ever admitted.The correspondence has been brought together by David Lough for a forthcoming book.  He believes that around 100 of the letters have never been published before.Lough told the Sunday Telegraph: “This whole correspondence seen together reveals that Churchill and his mother were much closer – in fact, I would say intimate – than he ever let on. He spun the narrative that he achieved things off his own bat, that his mother shone like a star for him, ‘but at a distance’. He always tried to paint a picture that they were emotionally distant.”But their letters paint another picture, showing Churchill’s emotional dependency on his mother and the extent of her influence on his army life, “lobbying for him to be transferred to better regiments”, on his first books, “finding him a literary agent”, and on his political career, “introducing him to the Conservative party secretary, helping to get early meetings, joining his early campaigns”. He observes that their striking intimacy “will give pause to those who assume their relationship was distant or strained”: “It also sheds important historical light on a relationship that was pivotal in the growth of my great-grandfather’s personality, political philosophy and moral courage.”Allen Packwood, director of the Churchill Archives Centre, said that the letters demonstrate the longevity and strength of the bond between Churchill and his mother: “People in the past have accepted Churchill’s line that she was distant during his childhood, and only took an interest in him once his father had died. But actually it’s much more complex and nuanced than that.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. At the age of just 12, Winston Churchill wrote a letter to his mother declaring that his childhood enemy was a ‘stealing, lying, catchpenny’ tyrannical tutor whom she was planning to hire during his summer holidays.While it is normal for a boy to protest vehemently about such extra coaching, the striking thing is that his nemesis back in July 1887 just happened to be German.The future prime minister who was to lead Britain in its fight against Adolf Hitler, told his mother: “I will try & be a good boy if you will consent to rid me of the tyranny of this stealing, lying, catchpenny German blackguard.”Writing to “My darling Mama”, young Churchill outlined also the rigours of his daily timetable, in making the case against having extra tuition.“I shall be miserable, utterly miserable, “ he grumbled.“We boys have 9 months hard work 8 hours a day. But only 3 months holidays, and ’tis hard that we should have to work in them.”With striking maturity, he went on to list “terms” under which he would accept a tutor, including: “That I don’t do a stroke of work… That I may have the right complaining to you in anything I don’t like and you will rectify the same.” Jennie Jerome, daughter of Leonard Jerome and later Lady Randolph Churchill, mother of Winston ChurchillCredit: Hulton Archive/Getty read more

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KIELCE – VARDAR 21 – Luka Cindric to become a new Zoro

As Handball-Planet.com informed a month ago, one of the biggest stars of handball right now, Luka Cindric, will play at Vive Tauron Kielce from summer 2018! The Polish champions were keeping the secret, officialy, until the end of the season.Cindric, who won EHF Champions League with RK Vardar Skopje a few days ago, signed three years contract with Poles, like his team-mate Alex Dujshebaev did already for the upcoming season.The 25-years old Croat will come to replace Uros Zorman, who will finish career after next season.On the other side, RK Vardar took Ivan Cupic, the golden boy from Kielce’s success in 2016. Now, Kielce leads 2:1. ← Previous Story Almost 20.000 votes for the best young handball girls in 2016/2017 Next Story → SUMMER 2019: Vincent Gerard at PSG Handball Luka CindricVive Tauron Kielce read more

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July sees big jump in licensing of new vehicles in Ireland

first_imgTHE NUMBER OF new vehicles registered for the first time jumped by half in July compared to July 2013.New CSO figures show a 50.8% increase in the licensing of private cars to 14,037 vehicles last month, and a 65.7% increase in new goods vehicles licensed.Overall, 49.1% more new vehicles were licensed in Ireland in July 2014 compared to last year.An increase was also recorded for new motorcycles and exempt vehicles, while fewer new tractors were licensed last month than in July 2013.For the first seven months of this year, 76,317 new private cars were licensed – an increase of 29.8% on the same period of last year. Source: CSOClassified by make, Ford had the highest number of new private cars licensed, at 1,596. Volkswagen had 1,590, Toyota 1,572 and Hyundai 1,465.There was also an increase in the number of used cars being licensed for the first time in Ireland, up 6.4% to 4,879 in July 2014. Used good vehicles licensing rose by 8.5% to 751 vehicles.Read: Austerity is driving up (some) consumer prices >last_img read more

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Van Dijk scores twice as Liverpool roar back to form against Watford

first_img Short URL By The42 Team 25,577 Views SADIO MANE SCORED a superb double and Virgil van Dijk also grabbed two goals as Liverpool ended a recent blip and retained top spot in the Premier League with an emphatic 5-0 win over Watford.A run of three draws in four league matches had seen Liverpool’s advantage over Manchester City trimmed to a point heading into Wednesday’s fixtures.  However, Liverpool never looked like a team in danger of cracking under the pressure as Mane’s brilliant brace – highlighted by a stunning backheeled finish for his second – put them in command.Divock Origi put the result beyond doubt in the second half and a pair of late headers from Van Dijk completed the rout.City remain firmly on their heels, however, the defending champions beating West Ham 1-0 to maintain an extremely slender gap at the league’s summit.Watford came to Anfield on the back of a 5-1 win at Cardiff City but any fears of them denting Liverpool’s challenge were calmed in the ninth minute, the Hornets punished for poor defending out wide and in the box as Trent Alexander-Arnold whipped in a superb cross for the unmarked Mane to rise and head into the top-left corner.That same pair combined again on 20 minutes as Liverpool threatened to run riot. The ball was eventually worked to Alexander-Arnold after a surging run from Mohamed Salah and the England full-back again found Mane, who made up for a poor first touch in spectacular style by beating a helpless Ben Foster with a gloriously audacious backheel.Only the woodwork prevented Salah from making it three from a tight angle, before Troy Deeney wasted a gilt-edged chance to halve the deficit as he failed to connect cleanly with a Gerard Deulofeu cross.Liverpool took their foot of the gas somewhat after the restart, but Origi extinguished any lingering hope of a Watford comeback by cutting in from the right and powering in his first league goal since a Merseyside derby winner in December.Alisson made a pair of fine saves from Andre Gray before Watford’s misery was compounded, Van Dijk heading home twice in the space of three minutes to round things off.   Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Wednesday 27 Feb 2019, 10:01 PM Van Dijk scores twice as Liverpool roar back to form against Watford The Hornets were battered 5-0 at Anfield. https://the42.ie/4516775 Share9 Tweet Email 51 Comments Liverpool celebrate their third goal. Image: Richard Sellers Subscribe Image: Richard Sellers Liverpool celebrate their third goal. Feb 27th 2019, 10:01 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Remembering a great Philhellene Patrick Leigh Fermor

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram ‘Paddy’ arrived in Greece in 1935 — after walking from Holland to Constantinople — and promptly got involved in resisting an attempted coup. As a British liaison officer during World War II, he led the group which kidnapped General Kreipe. In later years Paddy and his wife had a house in Kardamyli (Mani). His acclaimed travel books include two on Greece: Mani and Roumeli.The talk will take place on Wednesday 4 April at 7:00 pm at the Greek Orthodox Community Club, 206-210 Lakemba Street, Lakemba. Entry is free but for further information contact (02) 9750 0440 or email – greekfestival2@goc.com.au. The talk will be conducted in Greek.last_img

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Tribute to Lamin A Darboe RIP

first_imgBy Bakary B. BaldehHere I briefly profile but pay tribute to the Late Lamin A. Darboe who passed away in a sad and pathetic circumstance. The news of the tragic demise of my late fallen colleague was made public from the Independence Stadium when The Gambia was playing Tunisia at U-20 Qualifier but with utmost shock and disbelief.Born in Niumi Bakindik, Lamin’s actual birth date is not very exact as i could not confirm it at the height of the sad news that rocked the town on that fateful Saturday. However, another pal of the Late Lamin Bakebba Fofana says Darboe’s age could be 37 or 38years. During his tender age at Bakindik, Lamin was a shy and receptive fellow with instructions of hard work and active duty on his father’s farms. He got his Primary education at the Village school Bakindik Lower Basic before moving to the Middle School.Lamin later progressed on higher and tertiary education at the Gambia College in 1999 where he decided to take up teaching. Darboe completed his three year Primary Teachers Certificate training in 2002 and began active Classroom work at Dampha Kunda in the Upper River Region where he continued his Sports Reporting before being moved to Dingiri in the North Bank of the Upper River.As a Teacher related to movements, Lamin continued to be on the move and finally came closer home to Mamuda in the North Bank Region from where he applied to pursue the Higher Teachers Certificate at the Teacher Training College in Brikama to form part of first badge of students on majoring Physical Education. After receiving two years of tutorial course at the Brikama Campus, Lamin chose Penyem for his one year Distance Learning. At the time of his death, he was teaching at Jamisa Upper Basic School in Brikama with two trained Certificates in PTC and HTC. While as a Teacher, Lamin was an active Sports Journalist with the Foroyaa Newspaper, his stories dominating the back pages of the Foroyaa tabloid with both local and international stories. His long standing spell in the fourth estate has earned him admiration and respect among his colleagues. In fact, he was serving Treasurer to the Sports Journalists Association of The Gambia (SJAG) at the last Congress held on 2nd October, 2010.The Late Lamin A Darboe came to encounter two couples from Denmark who are philanthropists to some poor Gambian communities in social work and education. Alice and her husband confirmed Lamin as the Co-ordinator to their project with Scholarship aids to some Gambian School children. The couples sometimes in mid August, 2010, invited Lamin to Denmark where he spent a forty- day Holiday. It was observed that his life was on the change after returning from Copenhagen.But the question on our lips asks-How did Lamin lose the grips of staying on Earth?The Late Lamin A Darboe was returning from Tobaski feast in Bakindik on Saturday morning to Banjul heading to Farato so as to catch up with the Gambia VS Tunisia U-20 Africa Cup of Nation Qualifier at the Independence Stadium in Bakau. At the Barra Ferry crossing point, he drove his vehicle slowly into the Johe ferry but went much further ahead and plunged into the river. Lamin was seen on three occasions struggling for rescue, but no aid came to him and he eventually drowned ending his youthful life.His dead body was recovered the following day Sunday at the banks of Essau and later transported across the river to Banjul for post mortem. Scores of people stormed the Essau Health Centre where the body was initially laid at the Mortuary-setting eyes on Lamin’s body without motion were tears running. The body was finally referred to the RVTH before burial at the Jeshwang cemetery. His village Bakindik was the end point of all roads during the day with showers of praise for his generosity, respect and hard work being the bread winner of the family.Lamin’s blossoming prosperity was short-lived after he started establishing an Arabic and Nursery School at their Village for Community use. He didn’t die intestate because his widowed wife Yama Darboe was left with three kids, two boys and a baby girl. Lamin is the second departed soul in less than two years after another of my former comrade the Late Fatou BK Mbye who also passed away in late October of 2009 from the Sports Journalists fraternity.During our heydays together at the Gambia College where he developed his skills in writing, being a Member of the Press Club, Lamin’s hobbies were Reading, Writing and watching Sports games. He is accustomed to putting on caps, jean wears and rounded neck T-Shirts. Not much music attracts him but Kora Maestro Jaliba Kuyateh gingers him.As I bring down the curtains of this Tribute, my tears run down on my chicks heaping my regular prayers for God’s mercy on the Late Lamin A Darboe. May his gentle soul and all those departed before him continue to rest in Peace.RIPBakary Burama Baldeh is a journalist, Marketing and Public Relations Officer of the Gambia Football Federation  ]]>last_img read more

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Italy hoping to secure hosting rights for Euro 2028

first_imgFIGC President Gabriele Gravina said Italy will do everything in their power to secure the hosting rights for the Euro 2028 tournament.Gabriele Gravina cited some of the benefits it would bring to the Peninsula with the improvement of the stadiums top of the list.Most of the arenas in Italy were built or restructured for the 1990 World Cup and are therefore crumbling.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….While Juventus, Udinese, Cagliari and Frosinone have been able to strike deals with the local councils to revamp their stadiums, big clubs like Roma and Napoli remain in tense negotiations to get their projects approved.“Bringing the European Championship to Italy is an objective, but the award is not expected until 2022,” Federation chief Gravina told Football Italia via Radio Kiss Kiss.“We asked UEFA to bring it forward, but I don’t know if that will be possible. Our country must do everything possible to bring the Euros to the Peninsula in 2028 and therefore improve our stadiums.”last_img read more

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Caribbean Cruisin stuck at sea dozens frustrated

first_img Related Items:#Ijustwannagohome, #smmmt Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, May 27, 2017 – South Caicos – Stuck at Sea!  A boat full of islanders and tourists were twice stalled because Caribbean Cruisin has run out of fuel en route from South Caicos.  One of two returning vessels was moments ago waiting to be rescued after a chaotic cruise kept getting worse.Arguments erupted on the Provo bound vessel due to fears of overcrowding at the onset.  The Captain was unable to get extra passengers off the commuter ship.   Passengers fussing with the Captain and Crew, passengers arguing with each other created an explosive scene several times which caused at least one child  to cry.The boat took off and yet another argument broke out and soon after the boat stopped.  No fuel.  Passengers were told the fuel was stolen.  However many agreed that a Captain should have known before hand.A barrell of fuel was already on board as cargo.  Using some old school method – physically sucking fuel mouth to hose – an attempt was made to refuel the vessel with the fuel.  That failed.Men on board – including a tourist – next joined Captain and crew to try to fill by lifting and pouring into a makeshift funnel.   It was messy with fuel splashing onto the boat, onto the passengers, creating noxious fumes and falling into the water.The effort worked and set the Caribbean Cruise boat back into motion… for a while. It stopped again.  Out of gas and rescued by another from the fleet.Still no pump nor funnel.    Suck and pull and pump by another staffer.    Archaic indeed, but it was successful and the dozens of passengers were again on their way to Provo.Concerns about water suddenly filling the main deck were dismissed as not serious.Magnetic Media had front row seat to this fiasco.   We were on board returning from our coverage of the South Caicos 50th Regatta.Magnetic Media hastens to add that usually our experiences in media and personally travelling with Caribbean Cruisin have been nothing but stellar; however  this situation was a clear indication that much needs to be done in the way of training and to ensure standards in the maritime sector are keeping pace and is especially important as we grow domestic and family island tourism.#Ijustwannagohome#smmmtlast_img read more

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WSUVs future being shaped

first_imgAs Washington State University Vancouver expands its programs, will it add physical sciences or fine arts? Communication fields or education programs? Community service fields or advanced degrees in engineering disciplines? Or is there need and market demand for all of the above?Envisioning new programs and degrees requires more scientific surveys than gazing into a crystal ball. WSU Vancouver officials are working on a long-range plan to determine which new programs and projects will be offered on the campus in the future.At the helm of the academic planning process are Renny Christopher, vice chancellor of academic affairs at WSUV, and Sal Rinella, a research consultant with Penson Associates from Palm Desert, Calif. Both have led universities through this process before.“We’re looking at a larger vision for the whole campus. An overall holistic view of how the campus will move forward,” Christopher said.Since starting work at WSUV in August, Christopher has rolled up her sleeves to tackle the academic planning process. At her previous position as associate provost at California State University Channel Islands, Christopher played an integral part in the number of programs more than doubling during her 11 years at the satellite campus.last_img read more

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Fairbanks School District eliminates graduate tests

first_imgFairbanks High School seniors scheduled to graduate this spring won’t need to take a college entrance exam. At its meeting last night, the Fairbanks North Star Borough School Board revamped its graduation requirements. The board also heard from some educators unhappy with the district’s new personalized learning model.Last summer, state lawmakers repealed a requirement that high school students take the ACT, SAT or WorkKeys tests before graduating. The move was meant to cut costs. Several school districts also dropped the requirement and Fairbanks administrators wanted to follow suit. They said retaining the graduation tests would pose logistic and fiscal hurdles. But at last night’s meeting, school board member Mike O’Brien observed the hurdles only get higher once a high school student graduates without taking the tests.Listen now“And now they really need the WorkKeys, and now there’s no one there to help them get there,” O’Brien said.Ultimately, O’Brien was the only school member to vote against jettisoning the tests.  And in other actions, the board rescinded related graduation policies and requirements.While it wasn’t on the agenda, several educators, like West Valley Science teacher Gregory Kahoe, expressed dismay at the district’s recent award to a new software vendor for the personalized learning program.“Education Elements is a tech-based startup company with a short history and no independent record of success,” Kahoe said.Kehoe says teachers already deliver personalized learning to students with existing software.While she didn’t directly address Kahoe’s remarks, Superintendent Karen Gaborik did report on recent training elementary school educators received on personalized learning. She says she and her communication team will work on briefing secondary school teachers on the program and what they can expect.“Remember middle school is the next phase and they’ll begin in the fall,” Gaborik said. “And then high school not ’til next January.”Gaborik says elementary school teachers seem to like the new program.last_img read more

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