Melbourne: Indian energy giant Adani on Thursday cleared the last regulatory hurdle to commence work on its controversy-hit Carmichael coal mine near the iconic Great Barrier Reef in Australia with the Queensland state authorities approving its groundwater management plan. The final and last approval for the group’s long-delayed billion dollar mega coal mine project came weeks after a surprise election win of Australia’s pro-coal ruling coalition led by Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documentsReacting to the development, Gautam Adani, Chairman of Ahmedabad-headquartered Adani Group said: “Today our remarkable journey of conviction, resilience, and commitment in Australia enters a new phase… I am thankful to the Queensland government and the Australian federal government for believing in the Adani Group’s vision of strengthening India’s energy security and creating new opportunities for the people of Australia.” On May 31, the group won the first approval from the Queensland state government to protect the endangered black-throated finch bird population as part of its crucial environmental plan at the site of its mine project. The finch management plan and the groundwater plan were the two persisting hurdles before the Indian energy giant could begin work on the largest coal mine project in the country. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chiefThe mining company is now expected to start construction at the site within days. The State Department of Environment and Science said in a statement that it has approved the most recent version of the plan, which Adani submitted just a day ago. “Adani submitted its most recent version of the plan, addressing the department’s feedback, on Tuesday. “The (plan’s) assessment has been rigorous and based on the best available science,” the department said. The group’s country head — Adani Australia Chief Executive Officer Lucas Dow — said: “Adani Mining received advice today from the Queensland Government’s Department of Environment and Science that the Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems Management Plan has been finalised and approved. “Throughout the past eight years, regional Queenslanders have been beside us every step of the way and we thank them for their on-going support. We’re ready to start work on the Carmichael Project and deliver the jobs these regions so badly need”. The approval states that the plan complies with all regulatory conditions set by the Australian and state governments, bringing to a close a two-year process of rigorous scientific inquiry, review and approvals. This includes relevant reviews by Australia’s pre-eminent scientific organisations CSIRO and Geoscience Australia, the group said in a statement. “Moving forward, Adani Australia’s priority is ensuring the safety of everyone who works on the project and that all construction activity meets the strict environmental requirements we have agreed to meet in our management plans and approvals,” it said. Over the coming days, preparatory activities such as finalising contracts, mobilising equipment, recruitment and completing inductions will continue. “These preparatory actions will enable us to then start construction activities including fencing, bridge and road upgrades, water management and civil earthworks on the mine site. The level of construction activity will then steadily increase over the coming weeks. “The project will deliver 1,500 direct and 6,750 indirect jobs during ramp up and construction, with Rockhampton and Townsville the primary hubs for employment,” it said, adding that the Whitsunday, Isaac, Central Highlands, Mackay, Charters Towers and Gladstone regions will also benefit from work packages and employment opportunities. According to media reports, the company had earlier submitted almost a dozens of ground water management plans but failed to meet the key environmental requirements. Adani, which has mining and environmental licences of the state government, required the state approvals on management plans on the endangered finch bird and groundwater in order to commence the mine construction. Following the approval, Adani can now break ground at the site. PTI
New Delhi: The World Championship gold has healed the wounds of all past final debacles except the Rio Olympics, says Indian badminton ace P V Sindhu, who has kept an empty space in her trophy cabinet for the top prize, which she hopes to claim in Tokyo next year. An Olympic silver-medallist, Sindhu clinched the historic World Championship gold at Basel after beating Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara 21-7 21-7 in her third successive final. Before that historic day, the 24-year-old Indian faced incessant for losing lost in the finals of major events such as the Rio Games, World Championships (2017, 2018), 2017 Dubai Super Series Finals, the 2018 Commonwealth Games and the Jakarta Asian Games. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”It (World Championships gold) takes care of all those losses. People have been talking about my final phobia, how I take pressure in the finals and I can say I gave the answer with my racquet,” Sindhu, who has been recommended for Padma Bhushan, told PTI in an interview. “But Olympics is a completely different feeling. Rio (Games) and World Championship gave me different memories, but, yeah, one gold medal is missing, so definitely I will work hard for that and would love to see myself win that Olympic gold at Tokyo. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”There is a vacant space (laughs) in my cabinet for that gold. The Olympic qualification is on and this win will give me the confidence to go further.” Sindhu, however, says the path to the Tokyo Olympic gold will be a tough one as now her opponents will look to exploit her weaknesses and she will need to add something new to her game to achieve success. “(Rio) 2016 was my first Olympics and nobody knew me much. I was just one of the players but after Rio, everything changed and now after the world championship, everybody will try and learn new things. I should also learn new things in each tournament, because people will have some kind of strategy for me,” she said. “I have been working with Kim. She had some changes for me and it helped me. But now I have to learn few new things. I need to work on net-play.” Ranked fifth in the World currently, Sindhu has virtually sealed her Olympic qualification. A higher ranking will help her avoid meeting top players when the draw is made at the Tokyo Games but Sindhu said she is unfazed about standings. “Ranking matters because the draw depends on it but I don’t really think about it because if I can play well, it will come up. At the end of the day, you will have to beat these top players again to achieve the gold,” she said. Asked if achieving the world No. 1 ranking is on her mind, the former world No. 2 said: “Yeah… but I am not very particular about ranking and for now it is Olympics, it is ultimate goal, so after that it will be step by step. “Next for me is China, so focusing on that,” said the Hyderabadi, who is taking part in the China Open (September 17) and Korea Open (September 24) in the next two weeks. While Sindhu and Saina Nehwal have put Indian badminton on top, there is a dearth of quality women’s singles players in the country beyond them. On whether she is concerned about lack of women’s singles players, Sindhu said: “Well, after me and Saina, there is a little bit of gap. There are some junior players but it will take time. It is not going to be easy. “A lot of players from other countries are doing well at the junior level whether it is Korea, Thailand or China. So I think it will take a few years till we have some players coming up. “But they need to work hard. They have to be smart and be strong themselves about what they want,” she signed off.
Casablanca – The French Prime Minister, Manuel Valls, mispronounced name of the Tunisian, Beji Caid Essebsi as “Beji Caid Ezzibi”, which sparked humor on social media as it means “penis” in Arabic. The French-Prime Minister Manuel Valls arrived in Tunis on Monday, November 28 for a three-day visit to Tunisia. After a busy day, the Prime Minister gave a speech at a conference attended by senior officials of the country.Manuel Valls spoke about the bilateral relations and affairs between Tunisia and France as well as his meeting with the Tunisian President. As he stuttered to pronounce his name, the French PM ended up making a diplomatic blunder. “I have just met the President of the Republic, BCE as he is called here. Beji Caid Ezzibi,” said Manuel Valls, instead of the correct name, which is Beji Caid Essebsi.The lapse sparked the laughter of the attendees, as “Ezzibi” means penis in most Arabic dialects. The Prime Minister later explained that it was due to fatigue.“I heard your disapproving murmurs,” he said at the end of his speech. “Nothing escapes me, do not worry. I will soon speak Arabic if you want.”The conference on Monday and another one scheduled this Wednesday revolve around the theme of reviving investments in Tunisia both in the private and public sectors. Over 2000 participants from around 40 countries have participated in the event.The aim of these conferences is to discuss ways in which the Tunisian economy can be restored after the deterioration that followed the Arab Spring in Tunisia.
TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed higher Tuesday as a strong earnings report from oilsands giant Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) raised expectations for other energy companies reporting this week.The S&P/TSX composite index climbed 52.2 points to close at 14,583.11.Suncor posted operating earnings of $1.79 billion, or $1.22 per share, widely beating the average analyst expectation of 93 cents and its shares were up 3.05% to $42.60.The Canadian dollar was up 0.62 of a cent to 91.32 cents US.A better than expected earnings season pushed New York’s Dow Jones industrials up 86.63 points to 16,535.37.The Nasdaq gained 29.14 points to 4,103.54 and the S&P 500 index climbed 8.9 points to 1,878.33.After the close, social network company Twitter reported earnings per share, ex-items, showing it broke even, better than the three cent a share loss that had been expected. Revenue of $250 million beat expectations of $241 million but its shares fell about nine% in after hours trading, giving back Tuesday’s advance of 4.64%, amid a slightly weakerthan expected revenue forecast.U.S. corporate earnings are currently expected to grow by 1.4% in the period, compared with growth of 5.2 percent in the same period as a year earlier. Two weeks ago, companies were expected to report a decline in earnings.Investors also looked to the U.S. Federal Reserve, which wraps up its two-day meeting Wednesday. Policy-makers are expected to further trim the central bank’s bond-buying program and provide further insight into the state of the world’s biggest economy.Traders will also look for further indications of when the Fed might start to raise short-term interest rates, which have been near zero since the financial crisis.Suncor’s performance helped send the energy sector up 1.6% as June crude in New York rose 44 cents to US$101.28 a barrel. Traders will be taking in earnings from other heavy hitters in the sector this week, including Cenovus (TSX:CVE), Imperial Oil (TSX:IMO) and Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) amid a sharp change in the fortunes for these companies.One of the improvements revolves around a sharp narrowing in the price between oilsands crude, known as Western Canadian Select, and West Texas Intermediate, a lighter crude used as the U.S. benchmark.“That narrowing has gone from roughly $31 at the end of the fourth quarter last year to $21, so that’s a 33% improvement right there,” observed John Stephenson, portfolio manager at First Asset Funds.He also pointed out that the Canadian dollar weakened in the quarter.“So you have an industry where you’re getting revenues in U.S. dollars and paying expenses in the lower Canadian currency, so you’re making a spread there. And there’s a record number of deals and activity happening in the oilsands year to date.” July copper was down two cents to US$3.07 a pound and the base metals sector rose 1.13%.Gold faded $2.70 to US$1,296.30 an ounce and the sector was up about 1%.In other corporate developments, Quebecor Inc. (TSX:QBR.B) shares were 62 cents lower to $26 with the announcement that its president and chief executive is retiring. Robert Depatie, who was promoted to the post last May when Pierre Karl Peladeau stepped down, announced Monday that he was retiring for health reasons.
In preparation for a landmark referendum on Saturday that could change Tokelau’s political status, a team of United Nations observers is going to the tiny South Pacific atolls that make up the Non-Self-Governing Territory, which is currently administered by New Zealand.The polls, which will allow all of Tokelau’s 1,500 citizens to vote, will give the islanders a further opportunity to decide their future after the Territory’s main representative body decided last year to move towards “self-government in free association with New Zealand.”Tokelau has decided that an overall majority of two-thirds of the valid votes cast would be required for a change in its status, according to UN officials familiar with the upcoming referendum. Polls will be open from Saturday to Wednesday.A UN spokesman in New York said the observer team would be made up of four officials, including a member of the world body’s Special Committee on Decolonization and two representatives from the Electoral Assistance Division.At the moment there are 16 Non-Self-Governing Territories left on the UN’s decolonization list, while there were 72 such territories when the Organization was established in 1945. The last Non-Self-Governing Territory that exercised the right to self-determination was East Timor, now known as Timor Leste, which gained independence in 2002.
With flooding expected to continue and also affecting Ethiopia, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) is using fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters to transport aid workers and humanitarian assistance to victims as road access is still difficult. Last week WFP launched an $11.4 million three-month air operation for regions in Somalia and Kenya where more than 1 million people have been affected. Including Ethiopia, the UN puts the total in some way affected by the flooding at up to 1.8 million.In Somalia, years of civil war that has damaged the infrastructure have made the country one of the most difficult places in the world to deliver food aid. The floods in the south-central area have exacerbated the problem by washing away what roads and bridges there were.WFP has delivered over 6,000 tonnes of food to some 180,000 people in six affected districts in Somalia since 17 October. Marooned villages in Kenya are reporting that they have little or no food left, no access to clean water, and sanitation problems which have prompted fears of a cholera outbreak. WFP has food stocks until mid-December in the northern Dadaab refugee camps, where 160,000 Somalis have sought shelter from the conflict and drought in their own country, but 100,000 of them have been displaced and have trouble feeding themselves because cooking pots were lost while firewood is scarce. In response, WFP is providing high-energy biscuits as a stop-gap measure.
Junior midfielder Ryan Ivancic (23) signs autographs for fans after a game against Louisville Oct. 2. OSU and Louisville tied, 0-0.Credit: Ryan Robey / For the LanternAlthough their goalless skid continued against No. 17 Louisville, the Ohio State men’s soccer team managed to hold off the Cardinals on the way to a scoreless draw Wednesday.OSU’s best opportunity came late in double overtime when a through ball was played to freshman forward Danny Jensen. The ball was collected and scored by Jensen but called back after he was flagged for offsides.“I think we had more of the better chances in the game,” junior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov said, who ended the game with four saves.The shutout was Ivanov’s fourth of 2013.The Buckeyes were able to play compact, keeping minimal space between the midfield and defense. This allowed OSU to pressure Louisville and move the ball up the pitch.Ivanov said he has faith in the attack and hopes for an end of the Buckeyes goalless streak.“I think it’s a good confidence booster but we still haven’t gotten that monkey off our back getting that goal,” Ivanov said. “Hopefully we can get that goal against Michigan.”OSU was out shot 23-12, but coach John Bluem said that statistics can be misleading.“We allowed a lot of shots but that can be deceiving,” Bluem said. “They take a lot of shots from distance. I don’t think Ivanov was that threatened.”Going forward, Jensen said the match will be a boost for OSU’s confidence moving forward.“I think that was one of the best games we played this year,” Jensen said. “We definitely showed that we have it in us to win.”OSU tallied 24 fouls to Louisville’s 13, including a yellow card to Louisville redshirt-junior and former Buckeye Santiago Vélez also picked up a yellow in the 43rd minute.Bluem likes the result by the Buckeyes but was hopeful for a win.“Super proud of our guys tonight. They played hard and battled 110 minutes,” Bluem said. “I think they deserve better.”OSU is set to resume conference play against Michigan Sunday at 2 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Deivarayan Muthu is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo Kolkata Knight Riders 184 for 3 (Uthappa 87, Gambhir 62) beat Rising Pune Supergiant 182 for 5 (Smith 51, Kuldeep 2-31) by seven wicketsA turbo-charged innings from Robin Uthappa and a relatively more sedate one from Gautam Gambhir helped Kolkata Knight Riders overhaul 182 with 11 balls to spare and reclaim the top spot in the league. Their 158-run partnership – the second highest for KKR in the IPL – ruthlessly exposed the limitations of a Rising Pune attack that was without Ben Stokes, who was nursing a niggle.Robin Uthappa of the Kolkata Knight Riders plays a shot during match 30 of the Vivo 2017 Indian Premier League between the Rising Pune Supergiants and the Kolkata Knight Riders held at the MCA Pune International Cricket Stadium in Pune, India on the 26th April 2017Photo by Vipin Pawar- IPL – SportzpicsIn Stokes’ absence, there was a case for Rising Pune to pick either New Zealand fast bowler Lockie Ferguson or Australian legspinner Adam Zampa. Instead, they opted for South African batsman Faf du Plessis, who did not even get to bat.Five of Rising Pune’s six bowlers went for over eight runs an over – and three went for over 10. Pune’s fielding was as slipshod as their bowling. Uthappa, who was dropped on 12, moved to his highest IPL score of 87 off 47 balls at a strike-rate of 185.10. Gambhir, who was dropped on 32, went on to make 62. By the time they were dismissed in successive overs, the game was all but over. It was IPL debutant Darren Bravo who applied the finishing touches with a cover-driven four.Tripathi thrives in the PowerplayThe first over of the match, which had four plays-and-misses and an outside edge that burst through Uthappa’s gloves, turned out to be a false dawn for KKR. Rahul Tripathi was scoreless when Uthappa dropped that difficult chance. Yusuf Pathan then shelled a simpler catch to reprieve Tripathi in the seventh over. By then the opener had given Rising Pune their second successive fifty-run opening stand.He darted around the crease and manufactured swinging room to hit a variety of drives, including an inside-out four over covers off Sunil Narine. In all, Tripathi took two of KKR’s key bowlers – Narine and Umesh Yadav – for 28 runs off 13 balls. His early assault allowed Ajinkya Rahane to play himself in at the other end.Dhoni doesn’t start slowlyBefore this match, Dhoni had scored just 27 runs off 54 balls from Narine in T20s – 3 off 13 balls in his previous game against KKR. But when Dhoni arrived on Wednesday night, Narine had only one over left. Gambhir held him back, and Dhoni pounced on Piyush Chawla, hitting him for back-to-back boundaries. Dhoni then pulled Kuldeep Yadav for a six and took Pune to 140 for 2 in 16 overs. Gambhir turned to Narine for the next over, but Dhoni saw him off.The rousing finishKuldeep brought KKR back by removing both Dhoni and Manoj Tiwary, who was sent ahead of du Plessis, with googlies. KKR, however, were without their previous match-winner Nathan Coulter-Nile, who was rested for this clash. Chris Woakes and Umesh served up a volley of length balls, and Smith and Dan Christian clattered 30 off the last two overs to lift Pune to 182 for 5.The partnership that won itKKR lost Narine, who opened again, in the third over of the chase when Dhoni collected a throw from Shardul Thakur and dexterously flicked it onto the stumps. Imran Tahir induced a swirling top edge from Uthappa in his first over, but Jaydev Unadkat dropped it, falling backwards at deep midwicket. Uthappa soon got stuck into rookie offspinner Washington Sundar, gloriously lofting him for back-to-back sixes down the ground. Tahir wasn’t speared either – he was driven down the ground for a six. At the other end, Gambhir simply nurdled the ball into the gaps and let Uthappa do his thing.Uthappa soon unfurled dabs and sweeps, and secured runs in the other V – behind square. With every boundary, KKR highlighted the lack of depth in the Pune attack. The weakness in fielding was also exposed when Sundar put down Gambhir at short fine leg. Having watched his frontline bowlers regularly disappear to the boundary, Smith turned to Tripathi’s medium-pace. He fared just as poorly, conceding 12 off his only over. In the first six overs KKR made 45 for 1. In their next six, they bashed 78 for 0. Game over. (ESPNCricinfo) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedIPL 2017: Kings XI sent in to bat in must-win gameMay 9, 2017In “Sports”Mumbai bowl, Johnson replaces McClenaghanMay 19, 2017In “latest news”Fleming surprised by IPL 2017 pitchesApril 26, 2017In “latest news”
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu, responded to Jordi Alba’s dig during an award ceremony and confirmed the player will stay at the club.One of the major concerns from all the Barcelona fans lately is whether left-back Jordi Alba will stay at the Catalan club or not, a question that president Josep Maria Bartomeu was asked last Tuesday during an award ceremony in front of the player and was put on the spot in front of a lot of people.The chairman didn’t really know how to react at first, he only limited himself to smile in front of the cameras and not say anything but the damage was already done.The Barcelona president felt the need to respond, he went straight to a media outlet he trusted and explained the situation.Bartomeu spoke directly to Diario Sport from Barcelona about Jordi’s future in the Catalan club, he obviously confirmed that there are still ongoing negotiations and both parties are still trying to reach an agreement that they feel comfortable with.It’s not that Barcelona doesn’t want Jordi Alba to continue at the club, they just want to strike a fair deal in which everybody ends up with a smile on their face.Alba was pretty slick whole doing this, he practically took an official statement about his future directly from the club’s president.🔵🔴 Bartomeu, en @sport:➡️ “Valverde es el entrenador del Barça para esta y para la siguiente”➡️ “Estamos trabajando con @JordiAlba para una renovación larga, para los próximos cinco años”👇🏽 Todas sus palabrashttps://t.co/lSZZwuCAoA pic.twitter.com/pmz29d6RAU— El Partidazo de COPE (@partidazocope) January 16, 2019The moment in which Josep Maria Bartomeu spoke with the press was right after the ceremony, he was obviously amused because of how things went down during the moment when Alba was talking to the press and even the journalist getting the exclusive was laughing it off.“Of course Jordi Alba will continue at FC Barcelona, we are already working with him in order to complete a contract extension that lasts for many years, we want him to sign one for the next five years actually.”“Jordi Alba is a player who was born here (Catalonia), he grew up in this club, then he left and came back a few years ago.”Match Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“He is a player that we desperately need and someone who is completely essential for our type of game. I have absolutely no doubt that he will continue to play with us. Each part always tries to negotiate the best for themselves.”“At Barcelona, we always do our best to adapt to what the player demands in regards to the wage levels that exist within the club.”“We have to consider that Jordi Alba is one of the most important players inside the club and he must have a contract that he deserves,” he concluded.Bartomeu: “Por supuesto que Jordi Alba seguirá en el Barça” pic.twitter.com/XqcfcSO1W4— ❤💙🇪🇸Barcelonadictos🇪🇸💙❤ (@Leyendasdelgol) January 16, 2019In the years he’s been playing for FC Barcelona, Jordi Alba has managed to become one of the best left-backs in the club’s history already and he shares a special connection with Lionel Messi inside the pitch.This player is arguably amongst the most acclaimed players of the club, his leaving would be a massive setback for Barcelona and finding his replacement would be something quite impossible for the club’s board of directors.The Catalan club does need a player like Jordi Alba if they want to remain competitive for the upcoming five years, signing his new contract is arguably one of the top priorities that the club has at the moment and they won’t rest until it’s completely closed.The Catalan player has that sorted out, but he also needs to completely talk things over with manager Luis Enrique as they seem to also be going through a rough patch.Whether it’s for Barcelona or Spain, Jordi Alba is one of those players that nobody can leave out of their call-up lists in any case and doing so would be a massive mistake.#ExclusivaSPORT | Bartomeu: “Por supuesto que Jordi Alba seguirá en el Barça” https://t.co/CCGKBPiLiw pic.twitter.com/eMnKkXINtW— Diario SPORT (@sport) January 16, 2019How much longer do you think it will take for Barcelona to close the new deal with Jordi Alba? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsFinding the balance between work, children and a manageable budget is a huge challenge for thousands of San Diego County families.But on Friday, officials announced a one-time funding initiative looking to bridge that financial gap.KUSI’s Ginger Jeffries was LIVE with the story. Ginger Jeffries June 15, 2018 Ginger Jeffries, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: June 15, 2018 San Diego Food Bank $2.5M to fund diaper bank program
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Virginia Tech was locked down for several hours Thursday after three children attending a summer camp said they saw a man holding what looked like a gun on the campus where a 2007 massacre left 33 people dead.The university issued an alert on its website at 9:37 a.m. telling students and employees to stay inside and lock their doors. Text and phone messages were sent to more than 45,000 subscribed to the school’s alert system, along with an email sent to the entire campus, said school spokesman Mark Owczarski. The school’s outdoor sirens also sounded, he said.The campus-wide alert was later lifted and students and staff were told to resume their normal activities, according to an email sent at 2:42 p.m. The email said there would be a large police presence on campus throughout the day.Classes were canceled for the day. Police had received no other reports nor found anyone fitting the description the children gave. A composite sketch was posted on the school’s website, and officers had scoured the campus for any sign of the possible gunman.Several thousand students attending summer classes, as well as the school’s 6,500 employees, were on campus when the alert was issued, said University spokesman Larry Hincker. Many of the school’s 30,000 students are on summer break and will return when the fall semester begins Aug. 22.
Spectators in the House gallery applaud after after legislators voted to legalize gay marriage in Washington state Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, in Olympia, Wash. The action comes a day after a federal appeals court declared California’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, saying it was a violation of the civil rights of gay and lesbian couples. Gregoire is likely to sign the bill next week. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) State Rep. Jim Moeller will hold a live chat on Columbian.com this Friday, Feb. 17 to discuss the recent legalization of same-sex marriage in Washington. Moeller, D-Vancouver, co-sponsored the bill and made it one of his top priorities in 2012. The openly gay legislator has tried for years to push through gay rights legislation without success.He will join us Friday to discuss his victory this year and answer questions from Columbian readers. The chat will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Visit www.columbian.com/chat to sign up for an email notification or to join the chat on Friday.Login with Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or MySpace will be required to leave questions or comments, but anyone can watch the action. If you encounter technical problems, please contact our Web Editor, Libby Clark, firstname.lastname@example.org.Here’s how the chat will work:Readers who login can send questions and comments from the chat window. Web Editor Libby Clark and Web intern Setareh Alizadeh will moderate the discussion, choosing which questions will go live. They’ll post all of the questions that readers submit unless they aren’t submitted by a real person with a real name, include swear words or are off topic.
Anchorage Police say a student at an Anchorage elementary school brought a loaded handgun onto school property Thursday morning.The weapon was found at Rogers Park Elementary School at around 9 a.m. just about when school would be starting. Kendra Doshieris a spokeswoman for the Anchorage Police Department.“School resource officers responded to Rogers Park Elementary in regard to the handgun found in a student’s backpack,” Doshier said. “It was found by a school official, and we were alerted immediately.”A release from the Anchorage School District says that the handgun was loaded with a full magazine, but no round was in the chamber.Doshier says an investigation is ongoing, and APD is working with the school and the district, but she wouldn’t say what grade the student was in or whether or not charges have been filed due to this being a juvenile case. School district officials say that QUOTE “appropriate disciplinary action” has taken place.
Amaravati: Visakha Sri Sarada Peetham pontiff Swami Swaroopanandendra Saraswati has darshan Simhachalam Sri Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy and offered special puja’s at the temple on Wednesday morning. Swami Swaroopanandendra said he is going on Chaturmasya Deeksha for two months and 20 days. He said for the well being of the world, the Deeksha is being conducted on behalf of Sarada Peetham for 18 years. Also Read – Producing films, serials my ambition, says Nani Advertise With Us On the occasion, Sarada Peetham’s chief has made sensation comments on earlier Chandrababu Naidu’s government. Swaroopanandendra has criticized that the previous TDP government has wasted public funds in the name of Jala Harathi, Pushkaralu, and other schemes and demanded an explanation to the people on this. Swami also said on behalf of Visakha Sri Sarada Peetham, he will meet Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and request him to investigate over the misuse of public funds. Earlier on many occasions, Swami Swaroopanandendra Saraswati has criticized Chandrababu Naidu’s ruling. He alleged that the government is ignoring the temples, priests, and even it has not done well regarding TTD issues. He has also expressed anger over the demolition of temples in Vijayawada.
Food delivery startup Swiggy is expected to raise Rs 2,170 crore by secondary share sale by some of its key backers in a fourth funding round targeting a total of Rs 6,500 crore, media reports say.The mobile app-based rival of Zomato will be valued at around $2.5-3 billion for this funding round, according to a report in the Economic Times.The Bessemer Venture Partners, Accel Partners, Norwest Venture Partners, and SAIF Partners are expected to sell a part of their combined 39 percent stake in the startup launched four years ago. Swiggy’s earliest investors, RB Investments and Harmony Partners, may sell their entire 3 percent stake, exiting the company.Some reports say Norwest Venture Partners, which holds $20 million investment in the company, may rake in $80 million in a partial stake sale.Aggressive growthSouth African entertainment giant Nasper’s position is likely to be strengthened further as its investment may go up to 40 percent from the current 23.3 percent. China’s Tencent is also expected to invest $50-100 million in this round.The funding drive is seen in the backdrop of the aggressive growth that tech startups in India are witnessing, providing early investors an opportunity to liquidate their assets through secondary transactions.This, some experts point out, is in contrast to the long wait that investors in earlier startups like Flipkart and Ola had to endure for healthy exits. The change in the prospects is attributed to a major shift in the nation’s startup ecosystem.Epic battleSwiggy has already raised more than Rs 2,170 crore this year in two funding rounds, taking the total funding the startup received across all funding rounds to Rs 3,348 crore.Naspers and Digital Sky Technologies led the June funding round when Swiggy raised about Rs 1,510 crore. In February, the food delivery giant raised Rs 720 crore in a Naspers-led round.Swiggy’s epic battle with Zomato has pushed up its spending over the past year, but reports say its revenue rose 200 percent. The company has been rapidly adding cities to its service network. In this month itself, it added 16 more cities, increasing penetration of tier 2 and 3 cities.
Police in St. Paul, Minnesota are drafting a new policy in regards to transgender and gender nonconforming people. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) An attempt to ease tensions‘People of color and trans folks do not feel safe around police,’ said Dot Belstler, executive director of Twin Cities Pride. ‘We really need to work on those relations.’In recent years, there have been numerous examples of police and LGBTI communities not seeing eye-to-eye, especially at Pride events.Police stormed and canceled Pride events in both Istanbul and Beirut earlier this year.Toronto asked police not to participate in their parade this year, following tensions between the community and police after the arrest of an alleged serial killer.In Minneapolis this year, police are allowed to participate, but they cannot wear their uniforms.Based on all these instances, Belstler concluded: ‘I think that by having St. Paul issue this policy, it’s a step in the right direction.’H/t: Star TribuneGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Police at Twin Cities Pride in 2017 | Photo: Facebook/Minneapolis Police Department GAYSTARNEWS- They released a draft of the policy on Tuesday (17 July). The department hopes it will be finalized and adopted later this year.Some of the included guidelines are: using people’s preferred pronouns, people can request an officer of a specific gender, the department will provide gender-neutral restrooms, and more.Police offers are still required to use a person’s name and gender on their government-issued IDs for reports, but elsewhere they must respect preferences.‘We’re seeing these around the country,’ said Dru Levasseur, senior attorney and director of the Transgender Rights Project for Lambda Legal, about the policy.Police departments in other cities are writing up and adopting similar practices.‘It’s good for transgender and gender nonconforming people to see that they have protections in their interactions with police.’The city also created a feedback form where residents can comment on and make suggestions for the policy. Upcoming Webinars for EQFED MembersLambda Legal’s Omar Gonzalez Named to LGBT Bar Association’s List of Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40Department of Commerce removes, reinstates gender and sexual orientation on Equal Employment Opportunity statementRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/police-minnesota-new-policy-transgender-people/
WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite “I am a woman and that is my superpower” was the slogan for a function held on Saturday in Steadville in celebration of women.Two ladies who call themselves “hostesses with the most” hosted the event to empower females in our society.Former uThukela Mayor Dudu Mazibuko was in attendance and spoke about women in power.Other guest speakers tackled topics that also bore relevance to “the fairer sex”.The day was enjoyed by all.
The vital role family plays in society Gone are the U.N. camps that reached 250,000 children in each session with a lighter-hearted fare of sports and games. But they cost $12 million, and a sharp drop in donations forced the U.N. to call them off.“This is a great loss for children,” child psychologist Fadel Abu Hein said.Hamas camp counselors say children spend most of the day playing in their camps, and say it’s only fair that as an Islamic movement, they would instruct children about their religion, and as Palestinians, teach them about their homeland.“Our camps are about education and play,” said senior camp counselor Abdullah Abdul-Ghafour. “But we can’t divorce children from their surroundings.”Emad Abdullah, 42, a former police officer, said that in previous years, his three children went to U.N. camps. This year, they stayed home because he did not want any faction indoctrinating his children.Still, if the U.N. camps don’t reopen next year, “we must send them to a Hamas camp so they can have some fun,” he said, “and spare my wife the headache of having them around at home all day.”Hamas has dominated Gaza’s political and cultural life since the 2007 takeover, sidelining opponents and crushing dissent. It has tried for years to inject its strict version of Islam, such as separating the sexes and restricting women’s freedoms, into already conservative Gaza, but usually pulled back when encountering resistance from the community. Sponsored Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Abu Hein, the child psychologist, warned of the danger of leaving summer camps solely in the hands of militant groups.“Do we want to militarize our entire society?” he said. “Children need space to play.”Gaza’s children, who make up half the population, don’t have many other options. Most areas don’t have public parks. Parents can’t afford transport to take their children to the beach or private playgrounds. Electric power comes on for five hours twice a day, keeping the television off most of the time.That leaves the streets. At any time of the day, children of all ages crowd the streets, playing in piles of sand or debris. Elementary school-age children sometimes watch over barefoot toddlers. Boys play football in alleys.Both the Hamas and the U.N. camps were free. Hamas is funded by a variety of sources, including patron Iran, donations from the Muslim world and local revenues, such as taxes levied on goods smuggled in through tunnels under the border with Egypt.UNRWA’s camps were canceled because of a shortfall in donations that hit the U.N.’s emergency program, including distributing food to more than 700,000 Gazans, said the local agency chief, Robert Turner. Of the $225 million that the U.N. requested for emergency Gaza programs this year, it only received $62 million, Turner said. He said donor fatigue and Europe’s economic crisis were to blame.He declined to discuss the impact of canceling the summer camps, but said, “we just couldn’t justify paying for summer games when we currently lack the money we require for food.”___Associated Press writer Ibrahim Barzak in Gaza City contributed.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) In this setting, the U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) is the last major independent force in Gaza. The agency is largely immune to interference from the Hamas government because it provides education, health care and food staples to Palestinian refugees and their descendants, who make up the bulk of Gaza’s 1.7 million people.Both sides have been trying to mold youngsters in separate school systems, but summer camps are fertile ground since activities are less structured.U.N. camps offered children two weeks of crafts, swimming, acting and mental health counseling. Some were co-ed, making them targets for Islamic zealots who repeatedly trashed camp sites.In Hamas camps, boys ride horses and play football. They are also taught about Islam and told to fight Israel to liberate Palestine. Girls don’t participate in sports because it’s considered improper. Instead, they learn cooking and embroidery.Many in Gaza seem to prefer to keep their kids at home rather than in the care of Hamas. Enrollment in Hamas camps _ some 70,000 boys and 50,000 girls _ isn’t significantly above what it was last year.In one Hamas camp in the southern Gaza village of al-Qarara, counselors staged a religion and culture quiz for two dozen boys in matching T-shirts and green Hamas caps. Name a fact you have just learned, a counselor told the boys. “Real Madrid is the team of the century,” one teenager said, referring to the famed Spanish football club. Another boy said Muslims wash themselves before praying.Nearby, a group of boys played football. Some lined up to shoot at a target using a pellet gun. Others rode a horse. Counselors said they were following the teachings of legendary Muslim leader Omar Ibn al-Khattab, who urged children to learn horseback riding, swimming and archery _ now interpreted as shooting.A counselor claimed girls don’t like sports. Instead, they learn baking, embroidery, theater and do Islamic quizzes. They also dissected a rabbit for a science lesson. Some of the girls visited a dusty park nearby, said camper Aisha Nahal, 14.Special camps are arranged for selected boys over the age of 14.Aisha’s cousin Saher, 14, went to a regular Hamas-run summer camp in June. Then counselors asked him to join a “scout” camp.For a week, Saher learned to slide over thorns using his elbows for propulsion, alongside two dozen other youths. He drilled running and jumping through flaming hoops.Those camps appear a way to tease out potential recruits for Hamas’ military wing, but counselor Abdul-Ghafour denied that, saying the camps merely taught scouting skills. Top Stories Men’s health affects baby’s health too Comments Share Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Parents, stop beating yourself up Associated PressAL-QARARA, Gaza Strip (AP) – The Islamic militant Hamas has won a vital battle with the U.N. over the hearts of Gaza’s children, moving unopposed into the summer camp sector this year after the world body ran out of money.That means Gaza kids who go to camp will have only the option of those that are heavy with lessons on Islam, political indoctrination and, in some cases, paramilitary training. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements
Go back to the enewsletterUltra-luxury hotel group Rosewood Hotels & Resorts will bring new life to a Hawaiian retreat that has laid dormant on the Kona Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii since 2011.Kona Village, A Rosewood Resort, is set to open in 2022 after a complete renovation of the property. Spanning over 30 hectares, the resort will draw inspiration from the history of the site, local culture and natural elements to create a unique guest experience that complements the distinctive Hawaiian setting.The original Kona Village Resort was best known for its free-standing, palm-thatch roof hales and tranquil location.“We have a long history of investing in Hawaii and we are humbled to be the next steward of Kona Village. Rosewood Hotels & Resorts shares our vision for creating a resort that honours the history of the region,” said Bill McMorrow, Chairman and CEO of Kennedy Wilson. “In coordination with our talented team of designers, architects, and now with Rosewood on board, we are on track to deliver a world-class experience in a tremendously special location.”“We are honoured to bring Rosewood’s ‘A Sense of Place’ philosophy to such a hallowed resort in the most stunning of destinations,” says Sonia Cheng, CEO of Rosewood Hotel Group. “Kona Village’s illustrious history and vibrant culture provide the perfect backdrop for Rosewood’s first property in the Hawaiian Islands. This is a defining development, not only for Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, but also for Hawaii, and we are grateful to Kennedy Wilson for allowing us to be a part of it.”Around 15 kilometres north of the Kona International Airport, Kona Village, A Rosewood Resort, will debut 150 unique, standalone guest hales with locally inspired decor, spectacular views and a privileged sense of seclusion. Each accommodation will offer a private lānai and outdoor shower.Guests will have access to new leisure facilities including Sense, A Rosewood Spa, a state-of-the-art fitness centre, and multiple pools and tennis courts. A diverse outdoor recreational program will include ocean sports and activities designed to inform, inspire and excite travellers of all ages.Go back to the enewsletter
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