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Akali-BJP MLAs demand farm loan waiver in House

first_imgLegislators of Shiromani Akali Dal and the BJP on Wednesday wore black gowns to the Punjab Assembly with slogans demanding farm loan waiver pasted on their outfits.MLAs of both the parties raised slogans inside the House demanding that the Congress government implement complete loan waiver for farmers. Soon after the question hour, SAD-BJP MLAs stormed the Well of the House and continued shouting slogans in support of their demand even after repeated requests by Speaker K.P. Rana to take their seats. The House was adjourned for thirty minutes.Later, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said that the government will table all reports of the various commissions set up by it in the Assembly. Capt. Singh told reporters that while the report of the Narang Commission – set up to probe illegal sand mining – was ready to be presented in the House during the current budget session, the reports of the Justice (retd.) Ranjit Singh Commission constituted to investigate the sacrilege cases and Justice (retd.) Mehtab Singh Commission probing false cases registered during the SAD-BJP regime would be tabled in the Assembly once they are finalised. He also announced waiver of the State government’s 50% share in the GST on the langar (community kitchen) at the Darbar Sahib (Golden Temple) in Amritsar. A similar waiver was also announced on langar/prasad for Durgiana Mandir and Valmiki Tirath Sthal. The Chief Minister attacked the SAD and BJP for not opposing the imposition of GST before the GST Council. Pointing out that this was not the first time the subject came up for discussion in the House, he said, “It is obvious that the SAD is only trying to gain political mileage from the issue as it is not doing anything to force the BJP-led government at the Centre to waive off the GST on langar.”last_img read more

Sania Mirza-Elena Vesnina lose French Open women’s doubles final

first_imgSania Mirza missed out on winning her second Grand Slam title as she and her partner Elena Vesnina lost the French Open women’s doubles final to unseeded Czech pair of Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka in Paris on Friday.Unforced errors cost the seventh seed Indo-Russian pair dearly as they lost the summit clash 4-6 3-6 in one hour and 21 minutes at Court Suzanne Lenglen here.It was a good opportunity for Sania to add a women’s doubles title to her already Australian Open mixed doubles trophy, which she won along with compatriot Mahesh Bhupathi in 2009 but it turned to be an off day for the Indian and her partner Vesnina.Nevertheless, Sania did create a history of sorts by becoming first Indian female tennis player to reach the women’s doubles final.Vesnina struggled with her first serve throughout and Sania’s feeble shots at the net only helped the cause of the Czech pair.Even the Czech players, especially Andrea, struggled with the first serve in windy conditions but the Indo-Russian pair committed more unforced errors.A strong show by Lucie turned out to be the real difference between the two teams as she did not drop her serve even once and had good control over her strokes.Sania prevented a first set rout when she held serve in the seventh game when they were down 1-5. They made it 4-5 after breaking Andrea in the eighth game, raising hopes of a comeback.But Lucie served out the first set in the 10th game when the Russian hit a backhand long on the second set point.advertisementLucie had committed a double fault on first set point but an unforced error by Sania gave the opponents a second chance which they converted thanks to Elena’s long backhand.The second set too started badly for Sania and Elena as the Russian dropped her serve to hand a mini lead and then she could not held her serve even once.Sania raised her game in the second set and created opportunities but Elena had a poor day.They had a chance to turn the tables when they broke Andrea in the fourth game and had two breakpoints against the same player in the eighth game to make it 4-4 but Lucie yet again played well and denied the rivals a comeback.Lucie hit a volley winner to win the match on second match point.Elena and Sania split euro 165000 as prize money while the winners took home euro 330,000.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

3rd Test: James Anderson takes 100th wicket vs India with last ball of Day 1

first_imgJames Anderson bowled 22 overs on Day 1 of the third Test against India at Trent Bridge and was rewarded with his last ball of the day when he dismissed Hardik Pandya to take his 100th wicket against India.Anderson, placed second, is now just five wickets away from equalling Sri Lanka legend Muttiah Muralitharan’s record of the most wickets by a bowler against India in Test cricket.Anderson now has more than 100 wickets against two nations, with Australia (104 wickets) being the first.Our aim was to put England bowlers under pressure: Ajinkya RahaneAnderson, the No. 1 Test bowler, also recently became the first Englishman since Ian Botham in 1980 to breach the 900-point mark in the ICC Test Player Rankings.Anderson, who ripped through the Indian batting line-up at the Edgbaston and Lord’s Tests, became the seventh England bowler to achieve the landmark after Sydney Barnes (932), George Lohmann (931), Tony Lock (912), Ian Botham (911), Derek Underwood (907) and Alec Bedser (903).India vs England, 3rd Test: Kohli, Rahane highlight strong Day 1 for IndiaAnderson in the last match at Lord’s, also became the first bowler to claim 100 Test wickets at the iconic venue.With England 2-0 ahead in the five-match series, Joe Root decided to launch another assault on India’s brittle top order after winning the toss.Also read – Rishabh Pant creates history on Test debut at Trent BridgeAt the start of the day, the wicket and conditions were conducive for some swing bowling – through the air and off the seam. But, as the day progressed, conditions became much better to bat on.advertisementAnderson and Stuart Broad bowled a tad short and the ball didn’t swing much in the first hour of play as India were well placed at 43-0. But then Chris Woakes struck with three wickets in the morning session to reduce the tourists to 82-3.India vs England 3rd Test Day 1 at Trent Bridge: As it happenedKohli, who has shone amid his side’s batting ruins, once again dug deep and ably assisted by Ajinkya Rahane in a superb 159-run fourth-wicket partnership, to bailed out India from another perilous situation.The pair batted throughout the afternoon session when the ball stopped jagging around, compiling by far India’s best partnership of the series until Rahane was snapped up after tea for 81 by Stuart Broad, courtesy of Alastair Cook’s outstanding left-handed slip catch.Kohli, having compiled his 18th Test fifty, carried on confidently and looked set for his 23rd Test hundred, and second of the series, until he was tempted to drive at a rare Rashid turner which Ben Stokes gobbled up at slip. The Indian captain went back to the dressing room on 97 after having faced 152 deliveries.India put up 307/6 at stumps, their first score over 300 in this Test series, with Rishabh Pant batting on 22. It is also India’s third-highest score outside Asia after being asked to bat.last_img read more

Renault appoint Sergey Sirotkin as F1 reserve driver

first_imgRenault appointed former Williams driver Sergey Sirotkin as their Formula One reserve on Wednesday, with the Russian also scheduled to compete in the World Endurance Championship with SMP Racing.The 23-year-old lost his seat at struggling Williams at the end of last season after a difficult rookie campaign in which he scored just one point from 21 races.British-Korean driver Jack Aitken, who was reserve last year and races in Formula Two, will continue in the role of official test driver with 19-year-old Chinese Zhou Guanyu already recruited as development driver.Behold our full driver line-up for the 2019 @F1 season!Nico & Daniel will be joined by @sirotkin_sergey as Third & Reserve Driver, with @JaitkenRacer as Test Driver. The quartet will be complemented by Development Driver @gyzhou_33.https://t.co/QxReTyBJRl#RSspirit pic.twitter.com/HV2GMs5EkxRenault F1 Team (@RenaultF1Team) February 27, 2019Sirotkin was Renault test driver in 2016 and reserve in 2017.”It will be interesting to learn how far Renault has advanced in the development of the car over the past year; last season we were rivals and I could not see the work from the inside,” said the Russian in a statement.Renault’s race lineup is Australian Daniel Ricciardo and Germany’s Nico Hulkenberg. The Formula One season starts in Melbourne on March 17.Also Read | Ferrari unveil new car designed to end an era of Mercedes dominationAlso Read | Sauber F1 team changes name to Alfa Romeo Racinglast_img read more

SGT. FLOYD MEMORIAL ENCAMPMENT SET FOR RIVERFRONT

first_imgSioux City’s riverfront will be transformed this weekend into an 1804 living-history camp replicating the Lewis and Clark expedition’s stay in present-day here on their trek to the northwest.Mary Green-Warnstadt of the Public museum says the annual Sergeant Floyd Memorial Encampment takes place at the River Museum and Welcome Center on Larsen Park Road:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/FLOYD.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….during the journey. ;14Saturday at 6pm a re-enactment of the burial of Sgt. Charles Floyd will be held on on the grounds of the Floyd Monument on Highway 75 off Glenn Avenue:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/FLOYD2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………..public seating there. ;10The historical re-enactors are with the Omaha-based Discovery Corps, Inc. and the local Sergeant Floyd Honor Guard;Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/FLOYD3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……of the expedition. :14The riverfront activities are all free and run Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.last_img read more

PLYMOUTH COUNTY ACCIDENT VICTIM DIES FROM INJURIES

first_imgPLYMOUTH COUNTY AUTHORITIES SAY ONE OF THE VICTIMS IN THURSDAY’S TWO VEHICLE ACCIDENT AT A RURAL INTERSECTION HAS DIED.THE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE SAYS THE DRIVER OF THE CAR, 16-YEAR-OLD DAISY PIPPETT OF LE MARS, DIED FROM INJURIES SHE SUSTAINED WHEN HER CAR COLLIDED WITH A STRAIGHT TRUCK.A FIVE-YEAR-OLD GIRL AND A THREE-YEAR-OLD BOY RELATED TO PIPPETT WERE INJURED IN THE CRASH, WITH ONE OF THE YOUNG CHILDREN EJECTED FROM THE VEHICLE.INVESTIGATORS SAY PIPPETT DROVE PAST THE STOP SIGN AT THE INTERSECTION OF OTTER AVENUE AND C-38 AND WAS STRUCK BY THE ONCOMING TRUCK.THE PLYMOUTH COUNTY SHERIFF SAYS THE TRUCK DRIVER, 59-YEAR-OLD SCOTT ROHMILLER OF LE MARS, SWERVED TO AVOID A COLLISION, BUT WAS UNABLE TO, AND THE CAR ROLLED AFTER THE IMPACT.ROHMILLER AND HIS PASSENGER, NICK ANTHONY OF LE MARS, WERE TREATED AND RELEASED FROM FLOYD VALLEY HOSPITAL.last_img read more

KEAP Candles: Get Them While They’re HOT!

first_img Editors’ Recommendations The Nomadic Beer Maestros of Evil Twin Brewing Find a Permanent Home in Queens 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts If you’re planning out some resolutions for 2016, you might want to light a candle, create a soothing atmosphere and take some inspiration from the success story of KEAP candles. Company founders Stephen Tracy and Harry Doull set a $25,000 goal to put their designer candles into production, but by the time it ended on November 25, the total had risen to a whopping $57,427 contributed by 753 backers.Tracy and Doull both moved to Manhattan at the same time and became roommates their first year in the city. They lived on Keap Street in Brooklyn, which is how they named their company. They both had worked for Google in Europe—Tracy in London and Doull in Paris—before both transferring to the company’s offices in NYC. As their friendship developed, they discovered a shared love of burning great smelling, designer candles in their apartment. The only problem—sticker shock: as Tracy says many of the best candles they were finding were $65 to $70 or more per candle.They wondered if they couldn’t do the same thing and keep the cost lower by selling direct to consumers on their website. “We wanted to find out why they cost so much, ” said Tracy. “Other companies do wholesale distribution with lots of people taking money along the pathway to the consumer. Our aim is to just sell online to keep the cost more affordable. Eventually we hope to have our own stores where people can see the candles being made.”It’s been a year since they first started tossing around the idea of creating a candle company. “We started investigating why some people use paraffin wax, why others use soy wax, as well as finding out other things to use,” said Tracy.They began experimenting with coconut oil wax and eliminated use of artificial elements like colored dyes (you don’t want to be breathing that). They also solicited the help of a family run perfumer in New York to help them come up with the best aroma blends. They worked with them for nine months to nail down the first four fragrances, which are available through the Kickstarter campaign: Wood Cabin, Hot Springs, Waves, and Green Market. While there are different reward levels, a single candle is available for $25. Once the Kickstarter campaign is complete, the candles will retail for $28.They are starting with four different candle aromas and have six more they are experimenting with. They plan on capping the number of different candles at ten. “Our reasoning is that the number of options can become overwhelming in some products,” said Tracy. “We want to take 10 things and let you find your favorite.”Both men left Google in July turning their full attention to building KEAP and hand pouring the candles in their studio space in Brooklyn. Their obsession over details has led to a product that is environmentally friendly and easy to recycle. Once the candle burns out, you can easily turn the glass into a whiskey decanter by cleaning out and peeling off the no-residue label.While the goal of any company is to make a good profit, Tracy and Doull are invested in giving back to make a difference in the world. “We’ve partnered with SolarAid, which is a UK-based charity, to bring sustainable light to those who don’t have electricity,” Tracy said. For every candle sold, they support the distribution of a solar lamp to a family in need. The Most Refreshing Sparkling Waters to Sip On Right Now 10 Top Shelf Vodka Brands that are Actually Worth a Damn The Barbershop Renaissance and Men’s Grooming Revolution, According to Fellow Barber’s Sam Buffa last_img read more

India Bdesh to crack down on smuggling of animals

first_imgKolkata: In a significant stride to prevent wildlife smuggling and keep track on straying of animals, India and Bangladesh will separately set up a protection camp each at the border. This was decided at an international level bipartite meeting regarding Sundarbans held in New Delhi recently.”Both the governments agreed that there should be more readiness in the borders to counter illegal wildlife trade and straying of animals. Monitoring needs a total revamp at the borders. We will be soon coming out with a protocol designating the role of both the countries in case of straying,” said a senior official in the state Forest department who attended the meeting. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaLast year, a river terrapin popularly known as Batagur Baska had strayed in the Bengal side of the Sundarbans. The animal was radio collared by Bangladesh and when it crossed over to the Bengal side, it was monitored round the clock till it went back to the Bangladesh side. An incident of tiger straying was reported way back in 2011 when an animal crossed over from this side to Bangladesh, while the carcass of a Bangladeshi tiger was found on the Bengal side. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersIt may be mentioned that two MoUs were signed on behalf of both the governments in 2011 for mutual maintenance of the ecological quality of the mangrove forest. Despite a total ban on all killing or capture of wildlife other than fish and some invertebrates, it appears that there has been a consistent pattern of depleted biodiversity or loss of species in the 20th century. There has been only a handful of such bipartite meetings and exchange of information on the part of the two countries, even though the MoU was signed eight years ago. The role of Border Security Force (BSF) and Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) was also deliberated. The review of mutual training programmes of forest officials of both the governments and census of tigers conducted jointly was also made. The Sundarbans is a mangrove area in the delta formed by the confluence of Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna rivers in the Bay of Bengal. Four protected areas in the Sundarbans are enlisted as UNESCO world heritage sites, viz Sundarbans National Park, Sundarbans West, Sundarbans South and Sundarbans East Wildlife Sanctuaries. Spanning over around 10,000 sq km of area, the Sundarbans forest is shared between the two countries. Around 4,262 sq km of the total forest area is in India, while the remaining part is in Bangladesh. In Bengal, the forest spreads across the South 24-Parganas and North 24-Parganas districts.last_img read more

A new Parliament building is under consideration

first_imgNew Delhi: Reiterating the demand for a new parliament building with ultra modern facilities, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said on Saturday that the proposal regarding construction of a new Parliament building is under consideration and a final call in this regard has not yet been taken.During his second interaction with mediapersons, the Speaker said that requirement of a new parliament building is need of the hour. Several groups have been formed for taking suggestions from various people, including parliamentarians, on the issue, Birla said, adding that the current parliament building may also be modernised. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Speaking in the House during the just-concluded session, Birla had urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to include the expansion and modernisation of Parliament Building in his resolution for ‘New India’, on the completion of the 75th year of India’s Independence. He also had said that it is the aspirations of “all of us” that Parliament Building of the largest democracy of the world should be the most magnificent and attractive. In a related development, the Speaker has also stressed on roping in experts to brief members about the Bills prior to introduction in the House. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”The experts would be associated in briefing the members on different aspects of the Bills introduced in the House as such an arrangement would help in facilitating a better understanding of the background and scope of legislative proposals brought by the government on the floor of the House,” the Speaker said. As per official sources, the team of experts would comprise of former members, academicians, researchers, etc. Talking about the just-concluded session, Birla said, “The proceeding of Lok Sabha was not adjourned even once during the session and as a result, it sat for 72 hours more than its allocated time, which is equivalent to working of 12 sittings.”last_img read more

Alberta hopes program will reduce family violence in immigrant communities

first_imgEDMONTON – Alberta hopes to reduce domestic violence in immigrant communities by teaching men and boys not to take their frustrations of living in a new country out on the women and girls in their families.The province is renewing funding for agencies that use “cultural navigators” — respected community leaders — to deliver the message that family violence is not acceptable.“Some may struggle with learning a new language, underemployment and the pressure of adopting a new country,” Community Services Minister Irfan Sabir said Tuesday.“All of these factors can lead to incidents of family violence.”Alberta’s family violence rate is the third highest in the country according to the latest figures from Statistics Canada. A report released in February notes seven out of ten victims of family violence reported to police across Canada in 2015 were young girls or women.Sabir said immigrants are less likely to report such incidents.He said the goal of the program is to help newcomers adjust to life in their new country and encourage healthy relationships.The program funding announced Tuesday is aimed at people in the Syrian, Eritrean, Filipino, Somali, Sudanese, Congo, Ivory Coast and Chad communities in and around Edmonton.Jan Fox, executive director of the REACH Edmonton Council for Safe Communities, said some newcomers are overwhelmed when they first come to Canada. There can be confusion about gender roles, family finances and LGBTQ issues, she said.“If you are going through all of those stresses, it just creates a much greater risk,” said Fox, a former warden of the federal Edmonton Institution for Women.“In some cultures, it may be really important that men and women talk about these issues separately. The cultural navigators know those kind of things — what is going to give a mom a feeling of safety, how can she talk about it.”One of the agencies in the program focuses on increasing awareness about sexual health and sexual violence, including helping victims get the mental health services they need.Fox said preventing domestic violence reduces calls to police, helps families get out of poverty and can improve how children perform in school.Joseph Luri, team leader for preventing domestic violence involving men and boys at the Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers, said it can be taboo to talk about the issue in some communities.Luri, formerly of Sudan, said some men believe they have the right to use violence to discipline their wife or children. The program uses community elders to deliver the message that family violence is not acceptable in Canada.“The basic message to the boys and men is that we need to be very respectful,” he said. “We need to always resolve our conflicts by sitting down to talk, but not using force.”Alberta announced a similar program to help Calgary’s South Asian community last November.last_img read more

Cartoon Network Recruits One Million People To Speak Up Against Bullying

first_imgCartoon Network, through its award-winning Stop Bullying: Speak Up campaign, issued a national call-to-action to recruit one million people to speak up against bullying as a kick-off to National Bullying Prevention Month.As of this week, the network is proud to report that more than 1.1 Million kids, parents, educators and others to date accepted the challenge and “spoke up” against bullying.Select videos uploaded to www.StopBullyingSpeakUp.com became part of new campaign spots appearing on Cartoon Network, its digital platforms and Boomerang throughout October. Participants were also encouraged to share their videos on their own social media platforms using #ISpeakUp to help spread the word.To see a sampling of the videos received from kids who wanted their voices to be heard in the fight against bullying, click here.Notable government officials and celebrities who also contributed video messages to the national campaign include U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, U.S. Attorney Eric Holder and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, plus actors Tony Goldwyn (Scandal), Ken Marino (Marry Me), Alysia Reiner (Orange Is The New Black), Kris Jenner (Keeping Up With the Kardashians), Howie Mandel (Deal With It), Scooter Braun (School Boy Records), Jason Beghe (Chicago P.D.), Mark-Paul Gosselaar & Breckin Meyer (Franklin & Bash), Anderson Cooper (Anderson Cooper 360), Sam Champion (Weather Channel), Grant Hill (NBA TV’s Inside Stuff), Reggie Miller (NBA on TNT), Rick Fox (NBA GameTime), Skylar Astin & John C. McGinley (Ground Floor), Henry Winkler (Childrens Hospital), Wilson Cruz (Red Band Society), Michael Carbonaro (The Carbonaro Effect), Michaela Pereira (CNN New Day) and Robin Meade (HLN Morning Express).“For kids who’ve been bullied or know someone who has been bullied, knowing that more than a million people went out of their way to speak up for them is going to leave them with a great feeling,” said Alice Cahn, Cartoon Network vice president of social responsibility.Cartoon Network’s Stop Bullying: Speak Up is an award-winning, multi-platform pro-social campaign, created with experts in the field to raise awareness, build partnerships and empower young people to speak up against bullying safely and effectively. Campaign resources include video, print and online content — including an award-winning documentary introduced by President Barack Obama — available at StopBullyingSpeakUp.com, available at no charge to schools, community groups and parents to motivate bullying prevention activities or discussions.Cartoon Network (CartoonNetwork.com) is regularly the #1 U.S. television network in prime among boys 6-11 & 9-14. Currently seen in 97 million U.S. homes and 194 countries around the world, Cartoon Network is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s ad-supported cable service now available in HD offering the best in original, acquired and classic entertainment for kids and families.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Lakehead University law school welcomes new nonIndigenous dean

first_imgWillow FiddlerAPTN NewsLakehead University has a new dean of law.More than a year after the Thunder Bay school’s previous law dean stepped down alleging systemic racism, Lakehead has named Jula Hughes as the new person to head its Bora Laskin Faculty of Law.Hughes, who joins Lakehead from the University of New Brunswick, fills the void left by Angelique EagleWoman following EagleWoman’s resignation in April 2018.EagleWoman was the first Indigenous academic to lead a Canadian law school. But in that role she faced systemic racism, she alleged, and has since filed a lawsuit against the university for racial discrimination and constructive dismissal. She’s seeking $2.67 million in damages.Lakehead’s law school opened in 2013 and made Indigenous law its core focus.EagleWoman led the department from 2016 to 2018.The university they appointed a non-Indigenous interim dean, retired judge Patrick Smith; the decision was criticized by local First Nations groups.In an interview with APTN News Hughes said she is up to the task of leading the faculty.“We’re facing the same issues over and over again,” she said. “We’re facing the issue of inadequate recognition of Aboriginal legal tradition. We’re facing students still coming out of law school not knowing very much about Aboriginal people — they don’t know very much about Indigenous law, Aboriginal law.”But some faculty at Lakehead say the school needs an Indigenous dean.Dennis McPherson holds a law degree and says he’s applied for the job twice.A longtime professor in Lakehead’s Indigenous Learning Department, McPherson says he is disappointed but not surprised the university hired a non-Indigenous law dean.“It comes back to lived experience,” he says. “It doesn’t have to be me, it can be somebody else. But what an Indigenous person would bring into it is a different perspective.”Senator Murray Sinclair, on the other hand, offered his support to Luges in a statement.The former judge and Truth and Reconciliation Commission chair said Hughes brings a “wealth of legal and academic experience” to the job.Hughes says hiring Indigenous faulty members is high on her list of priorities.“Making sure that this is a good environment for students to learn and a good environment for faculty to work is important to just concentrate on,” she said.“I think a lot of the expertise on Indigenous law continues to reside in the community much more than the academic environment.”She said she understands the skepticism and is up for the task.“I think it’s going to be for the community to decide whether this was something that worked for them or not,” she said. “I think the jury will have to be out on that for a little while, we’ll just have to see.”wfiddler@aptn.ca@willowblasizzolast_img read more

Postal strike called off following talks between unions and Minister

Postal unions said that the strike was suspended as the subject Minister had given an assurance to address their demands this week. (Colombo Gazette) The two week long postal strike was called off today following talks between trade unions and the Minister of Posts, Postal Services and Muslim Religious Affairs Abdul Haleem.The strike had a severe impact on postal services with mail not being distributed.

Send Alex Gordon

It would have been close. Alex Gordon might have scored, particularly if he’d been in the mindset to do so all along. Or maybe not. I’m sure there will be Zapruder-film-type breakdowns, and I’ll look forward to seeing them. It would have been one hell of a moment: Gordon, 220 pounds, who looks like he could have been a strong safety at the University of Nebraska, bearing down on Buster Posey, the catcher whose season-ending injury in 2011 helped inspire baseball’s home-plate collisions rule.Your browser does not support iframes.Game 7 will leave us with that sense of what might have been. Partly because it involved the Kansas City Royals, who were making their first World Series appearance since 1985. But mostly I’m referring to that penultimate play: When Gordon hit what was officially scored as a single and wound up on third base because of defensive miscues by San Francisco Giants outfielders Gregor Blanco and Juan Perez. It seemed to take an eternity — it was actually just 13 seconds — but I was surprised that Gordon wasn’t rounding third base by the time the TV cameras returned to the infield.Here’s what I know: Gordon should have tried to score even if he was a heavy underdog to make it. It would have been the right move if he was safe even 30 percent of the time.Between 1969 and 1992 — I’m using this period because it better approximates baseball’s current run-scoring environment than the offensive bubble of the 1990s and aughts — a runner scored from third base with two outs about 27 percent of the time, according to the tables at Tangotiger.com. We should probably round that down a bit in this example. The Royals had Salvador Perez at the plate — a league-average hitter — and the light-hitting Mike Moustakas due up after that.More importantly, they were facing Madison Bumgarner. That Bumgarner had been so dominant in the World Series is not as relevant as you might think. There’s extremely little evidence for a “hot hand” in pitching: In-game performance tells you next to nothing about how the pitcher will fare in future at-bats. Instead, you should look toward longer-term averages. Still, I feel comfortable asserting that Bumgarner was an above-average pitcher at that moment: Certainly not the first guy you’d want to have on the mound if you were the opponent. So let’s round that 27 percent down to 25 percent.So, Gordon should have tried to score if he had even a 25 percent chance of being safe?It’s just a touch more complicated than that. With the Royals down 3-2, Gordon represented the tying run rather than the winning run. If he’s thrown out at home, the game’s over; it forecloses on the possibility of Perez scoring as the winning run, like with a walk-off homer. What was the probability of that? Perez homered in about 3 percent of his plate appearances this season, but he could also have scored in other ways — by doubling, for example, and then scoring on a base hit by Moustakas. We can turn to Tangotiger’s tables again, which suggest that a league-average batter has about a 6 percent chance (I’m rounding down slightly) of eventually scoring from home with two outs.So, after Gordon holds at third, he has a 25 percent chance of scoring. Six percent of the time, Perez (or pinch-runner Jarrod Dyson?) also scores, and the Royals win outright. The other 19 percent of the time, Gordon is the only Royal to score in the ninth and the game goes to extra innings. If we assume the Royals are even money to prevail in an extra-inning game, their chances of winning at that point are:6% + (19% * 50%)That works out to 15.5 percent. Not coincidentally, this matches FanGraphs’ in-game win probability for the Royals (after Gordon held at third) almost exactly.What if Gordon rounds third and tries to score? If he’s successful even 30 percent of the time, the Royals’ win probability is at least 15 percent — a 30 percent chance of Gordon scoring, multiplied by a 50 percent chance of the Royals winning in extra innings. But it’s slightly higher than that. The 30 percent of the time that Gordon scores, Perez still has his 6 percent chance of scoring the winning run in the ninth. That brings the Royals’ overall win probability up to about 16 percent.We’re splitting hairs. The point is that if even Gordon had been a 2-to-1 underdog to score, he should have tried.These decisions can be counterintuitive. Sometimes a strategy that’s successful less than 50 percent of the time — like splitting eights in blackjack — is still the right move because the alternative is even worse. In this case, the alternative involved trying to score against Bumgarner with your catcher at the plate and two outs, and then having to prevail in extra innings.It would have made for one of the best plays in baseball history. We’re talking about the tying run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning in Game 7 of the World Series: Even a sacrifice fly can be thrilling under those circumstances. But this would have been in a league with Bill Mazeroski and Kirk Gibson and Bill Buckner: under serious consideration for the greatest play of all-time. (The play already had a little Buckner in it, with Blanco’s and Perez’s misplays in the outfield.)Unlike any of those moments, it would have involved an incredibly gutsy decision. It’s an extraordinary play if Gordon scores. It’s an extraordinary play if there’s a collision at home plate — and baseball needs to decide whether to invoke the “Buster Posey Rule.”And if Gordon were thrown out, it would have been the most extraordinary way to lose a game in the history of baseball.CORRECTION (Oct. 30, 11:14 a.m.): A previous version of this article misstated the first name of a Kansas City Royals catcher. He is Salvador Perez, not Santiago Perez. read more

Kelly to leave chief of staff job at end of year

first_imgUS president Donald Trump speaks to White House chief of staff John Kelly after an event with reporters in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, US on 10 October. Photo: ReutersWhite House chief of staff John Kelly will leave his job at the end of the year, US president Donald Trump said on Saturday, his latest staff shakeup since midterm elections a month ago cost Republicans control of the House of Representatives.Trump, speaking to reporters as he left the White House to attend the annual football game between the Army and Navy military academies in Philadelphia, said he would name a successor for Kelly, possibly on an interim basis, in the next day or two.“He’s a great guy,” Trump said of Kelly, who led the Department of Homeland Security before taking over as Trump’s chief of staff. “I appreciate his service very much.”Trump has been in discussions for months with Nick Ayers, a top aide to vice president Mike Pence, about becoming his chief of staff, a White House official told Reuters.The president wants Ayers to do the job for two years, but Ayers is unable to make the commitment because of his family, including two young children, and has agreed to serve only until the spring of 2019, the official said.“The president and Nick are still working on the specific terms of him taking over,” said the official, adding that Ayers was eyeing a return to Georgia and had been planning to leave Pence’s office and the White House this month.Ayers has advised a number of high profile Republican governors and would bring a political edge to the president’s inner circle that was not integral to Kelly’s background.A freewheeling former businessman, Trump brought Kelly in last year to restore order to his often chaotic White House, but has clashed repeatedly with the retired Marine Corps general in recent months. The two men were no longer on speaking terms, according to one source with direct knowledge of the situation.Paul Ryan, the Republican leader in the House of Representatives, said Kelly was leaving what is “often a thankless job.”Kelly’s impending departure is part of a broad overhaul designed to recalibrate Trump’s administration as it faces a new reality in Washington, with Democrats set to take control of the House in January and the 2020 presidential race gearing up next year.On Friday, Trump announced his choice of William Barr, who was attorney general under former president George HW Bush in the 1990s, to return to the job as the head of the Justice Department.He also picked Heather Nauert, spokeswoman at the State Department and a former Fox News presenter, to become US ambassador to the United Nations.Kelly, 68, had some success in restoring order to Trump’s White House after he was appointed in July 2017, but the president bristled at his style.Their rocky relationship was highlighted in “Fear: Trump in the White House,” a book by Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward that was released in September.In it, Kelly was shown as one of several White House figures questioning Trump’s abilities and was quoted as calling the president “unhinged” and “an idiot.”“It’s pointless to try to convince him of anything,” the book quoted Kelly as saying during a meeting. “He’s gone off the rails. We’re in Crazytown. I don’t even know why any of us are here. This is the worst job I’ve ever had.”Kelly later denied calling Trump an idiot and said the book was “another pathetic attempt to smear” Trump’s administration.He issued a similar denial in April after NBC News reported he had referred to Trump as an idiot on multiple occasions and said the president did not understand policy or how the government works.Trump made Kelly chief of staff after the departure of Reince Priebus, who lasted little more than six months in the job.As head of Homeland Security, Kelly backed Trump’s ban on travel from certain predominantly Muslim nations but at times appeared at odds with the president’s agenda.In January, he told Fox News that Trump was not “fully informed” when he made his signature promise to build a wall on the US border with Mexico to block illegal immigrants and drug smugglers.In other controversial comments, Kelly said in February that some young illegal immigrants dubbed “Dreamers,” brought to the United States as children, may not have signed up for a program to protect them from deportation because they are “too lazy to get off their asses.”Trump to pick Heather Nauert for UN post: sourceKelly, who was born and raised in Boston, also sparked a backlash in October by saying the US Civil War, in which Southern states rebelled to try to maintain slavery, was caused by a lack of “compromise.”Unlike other key Cabinet appointments, the White House chief of staff does not require confirmation by the US Senate.last_img read more

Women and cheating All in the looks

first_imgWomen who are perceived as unattractive are more likely to cheat on their partners, while the opposite is true for men, according to a study that identifies predictors for whether your Valentine will be faithful in a long-term relationship. The study by researchers from Florida State University in the US identified some of the strongest predictors of infidelity, including age, marital satisfaction, sexual satisfaction, attractiveness and history of short-term relationships. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfResearchers found younger people and those less satisfied with their relationships were more likely to be unfaithful. People satisfied with sex in their relationship were more likely to engage in infidelity, perhaps suggesting they felt more positive about sex in general and would seek it out regardless of how they felt about their main relationship.Another predictor of infidelity was attractiveness. A person’s own attractiveness was negatively associated with infidelity among women but not men – meaning less attractive women were more likely to have an affair. A partner’s attractiveness was negatively associated with infidelity among men but not women – meaning men were more likely to be unfaithful when their partners were less attractive. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveA person’s history of sex was a predictor of infidelity, too. Men who reported having more short-term sexual partners prior to marriage were more likely to have an affair, while the opposite was true for women.The research, published in the journal Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, is the first to find evidence of psychological responses that help a person avoid infidelity and stay in a long-term relationship. The team followed 233 newly married couples for up to three and half years and documented intimate details about their relationships, including marital satisfaction, long-term commitment, and whether they had engaged in infidelity and if they were still together. Researchers tested two psychological processes that everyone shares in varying degrees: Attentional Disengagement and Evaluative Devaluation of potential romantic partners. The team tested newlyweds on those processes by showing them photographs of highly attractive men and women, as well as average-looking men and women. Researchers discovered that participants who quickly disengaged their attention from an attractive person were less likely to engage in infidelity. Individuals who looked away in as little as a few hundred milliseconds faster than average were nearly 50 per cent less likely to have sex outside marriage. Conversely, partners who took significantly longer to look away from romantic alternatives had a higher risk of infidelity, and their marriages were more likely to fail.Tendency to devalue, or downgrade, the attractiveness of potential romantic partners also lowered the risk of infidelity and raised likelihood of maintaining the relationship.last_img read more

Indian Railways to introduce Clean My Coach app

first_imgIn an attempt to keep up with Prime Minister’s ‘Swachh Bharat Abbhiyan’, the railway ministry are launching a mobile app called ‘Clean My Coach’, which will enable the passengers to message the cleaning staff to clean a particular coach while travelling.The service which will be available for long distance trains will allow the passengers to lodge complains via their smart phone or online and it will be attended within fifteen minutes.“Central Railway has developed a good mobile app ‘Clean My Coach’. All zonal railways should adopt and adapt it,” said a senior railway official.According to the official website, a passenger will be able to file a complaint by entering his/her PNR number. One could also send a request via SMS. The message will be forwarded to the cleaner at hand in the particular train directly. The Railway Administration at the same time will receive an intimidation of such request for follow up. So far the cleaning services are only available for a few selected trains.last_img read more

AHSMI Chooses Oracle for Online Enhancement

first_img “”American Home Mortgage Servicing Inc.””:www.ahmsi3.com/ (AHSMI) is taking advantage of a new way to ensure compliant, efficient collaboration with its partners. The company recently announced that it would begin using “”Oracle’s””:http://www.oracle.com/index.html WebCenter solution to manage business processes for all mortgage-related activities with participating third-party loan investors.[IMAGE]Through Oracle’s platform, AHSMI will gain more secure, streamlined delivery of mortgage documentation and data, while reducing costs and improving its decision-point processes. Seeking to facilitate better communication and consolidation with third-party investors, AHSMI plans to use Oracle’s services to execute a public-facing online portal that gives authorized external collaborators the ability to view up-to-the-minute loan information, call center data, and supporting [COLUMN_BREAK]content, and AHSMI hopes that the tech-based measures will lead to more informed decision making when it comes to loan modifications and mortgage investment approval.””WebCenter’s””:http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/middleware/webcenter/suite/overview/index.html?origref=http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&sqi=2&ved=0CDEQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.oracle.com%2Ftechnetwork%2Fmiddleware%2Fwebcenter%2Foverview%2Findex.html&ei=KdOuTtSXA8OJsgK4xPyPCg&usg=AFQjCNHrz1LuRy3uTKy7Wc_kLm435S3HWw capabilities will help AHSMI cut its reliance on email and other online avenues when working with business partners by automating workflow for loan approvals. Additionally, Oracle’s program will decrease the current timeline for the company’s approval processes to reach completion by an estimated 75 percent. Vince Holt, AHSMI’s manager of application management, said of the updated tech efforts, “”To maintain our commitment to providing customers with the highest possible levels of services while creating a competitive advantage for our business, we needed to be able to share strategic and sensitive content in a safe and secure manner. With Oracle WebCenter, we have a flexible and modern user experience platform that allows us to securely, reliably and efficiently manage our portfolio of sensitive data and share it with our business partners. This not only helps ensure compliance with various government regulations, it accelerates processes and supports more informed decision making.””Along with the WebCenter module, AHSMI will also implement Oracle’s WebLogic Server, JRockit, Identity Management, SOA Suite, Database 11g, and Exadata Database Machine. The combined components from Oracle will assist AHSMI in all daily, weekly, and monthly business and loan reporting. in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers Valuation 2011-10-31 Abby Gregory Sharecenter_img October 31, 2011 428 Views AHSMI Chooses Oracle for Online Enhancementlast_img read more

POPacific Jewel

first_imgP&OPacific Jewel Port Macquarie couple Christine Drennan and Matthew Moore are currently sailing on P&O Cruises’ Pacific Jewel and had planned a beach wedding at Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast.However, not all plans come to pass and while their wedding celebrant Gail Evans was at the beach waiting for them, strong winds and swell prevented tender boats from taking passengers ashore. To everyone’s disappointment, it seemed the wedding was off.Not to be beaten by the weather gods, Pacific Jewel hotel director Melissa Yates arranged for a special commitment service onboard, and while Captain Otty Ghoshroy couldn’t legally marry the couple, the rest of the day went ahead as planned, with champagne, a wedding cake and a reception dinner in the ship’s main dining room.To ensure the couple were officially married, P&O arranged for the celebrant to fly to Gladstone to conduct the wedding the next day. The ceremony was held in The Dome at the front of the ship, with stunning views of the Queensland coast.Cupid’s arrow might have hit a day later than planned, but love and romance got there in the end.last_img read more

asiasingle supplementsolosolo travellersWendy Wu T

first_imgasiasingle supplementsolosolo travellersWendy Wu Tours With a growing number of solo travellers looking for bespoke holidays, Wendy Wu Tours has engaged its Product Development Experts to create a range of solo tours – with no single supplement.“We’ve always catered well to the solo market, but with the introduction of these new tours, we’re delighted to be able to offer single travellers an experience that has been created entirely for their specific needs,” said Group CEO Joe Karbo.“The tours were only made available to book a fortnight ago, and already we’ve seen a huge uptake in bookings, with Japan proving the most popular destination so far. We’re excited to offer this new opportunity to our travel agents, to grow their business in this particular demographic.” In all, six new tours have been created for the solo market, with touring itineraries available to Vietnam, China, India, Cambodia or Japan. Tours range from 10 to 15 days in duration and include lots of flexible free time, to cater for the specific needs of the solo traveller, allowing you the space to find your own dining options, or explore on your own, or with your new-found friends.Solo travellers are assured of:1. No Single supplement: See the diversity of Asia and pay no single supplement on any solo tour.2. A Guaranteed Private Room: Relax in your own private room every night, guaranteed, whatever accommodation style is on your itinerary.3. Likeminded travellers: These tours are exclusive to guests travelling solo, ensuring that your tour is filled with like-minded and sociable people, with similar value to your own.4. Flexibility: The tours have been designed with built-in flexibility, giving travellers plenty of opportunities to mingle with other guests but also explore destinations on your own time.last_img read more