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Recognizing excellence in BC education with the second Premiers Awards

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Education is accepting nominations for B.C. Education Professionals who are dedicated to their students by helping them reach their fullest potential.Ten awards will be given out this year, with six honouring Teachers, two open to school and district administrators, and two recognizing support staff members. The second annual Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Education are an opportunity to recognize the contributions of public, independent and First Nations school system Teachers, Principals, Vice-Principals, Administrators and Support Staff who go above and beyond to make life better for K-12 students in B.C.“At last year’s inaugural excellence in education awards, we heard stories of how innovative and caring education professionals throughout the province are positively impacting the lives of students,” said Premier John Horgan. “This year, we’re looking forward to even more amazing stories of B.C. Teachers, Administrators and Support Staff working hard to ensure all students are set up for success.” Nominations will be accepted until March 31, 2019. 30 finalists will be announced in mid-April and will be invited to an awards ceremony at Government House in Victoria on Oct. 4, which is held in conjunction with World Teachers’ Day.“I strongly encourage all community members to take the time to nominate a deserving education professional for these exciting awards,” said Rob Fleming, Minister of Education. “For too long, teachers and support staff were undervalued in this province, and we’re working hard to change that. We want to ensure they get the respect and congratulations they deserve, as they play a pivotal role in helping shape tomorrow’s leaders.”Winners of the award will receive a $3,000 personal bursary for professional learning, a $2,000 contribution to their school community for professional learning and a commemorative artwork. Runners up will receive a certificate of recognition signed by the Premier and Minister of Education.To nominate an Education Professional for the 2019 Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Education; CLICK HERElast_img read more

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More Americans seeking jobless benefits but weekly claims are still at prerecession

More Americans seeking jobless benefits, but weekly claims are still at pre-recession levels FILE – In this Jan. 22, 2014, file photo, job seekers sign in before meeting prospective employers during a career fair at a hotel in Dallas. The Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, on Thursday, April 3, 2014. (AP Photo/LM Otero) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits rose 16,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 326,000. Despite the increase, the number remains close to pre-recession levels and points to stable hiring.The Labor Department said Thursday that the four-week average of applications, a less volatile measure, inched up 250 to 319,500.Applications are a proxy for layoffs. They have fallen back to roughly pre-recession levels, an indication that companies are letting go of fewer workers and expect solid economic growth in the months ahead.The low level of applications for benefits has boosted optimism about how many jobs employers added in March. Weekly claims for unemployment aid have reached a level that is typically consistent with monthly job gains of more than 200,000.The Labor Department releases its March employment report Friday. Economists project that employers added 191,000 workers last month, according to a survey by FactSet.That would be an improvement from February, when employers added 175,000 positions. And hiring in February accelerated after winter weather slowed job growth in the previous two months. Snowstorms and freezing temperatures in January and December shut down factories, kept shoppers away from stores and reduced home buying. That cut into growth and hiring. Employers added 129,000 jobs in January and only 84,000 in December.The unemployment rate rose to 6.7 per cent last month. But the tenth of a percentage point increase happened, in part, for a positive reason: More people entered the job market to look for work. Employers didn’t immediately hire most of them, causing the unemployment rate to increase. But the fact that they started job hunting suggests that Americans are growing more optimistic.More jobs and higher incomes will be needed to spur better overall economic growth. For now, economists estimate that the bad weather contributed to weak growth of 1.5 per cent to 2 per cent at an annual rate in the January-March quarter. But as the weather improves, most analysts expect growth to rebound to near 3 per cent. by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Apr 3, 2014 6:48 am MDT read more

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BC First Nation sets out tougher rules for mining in its territory

WILLIAMS LAKE, B.C. – A group of First Nations from Williams Lake, B.C., whose territory includes the area devastated by the Mount Polley tailings pond breach has created a detailed mining policy that will apply to existing, proposed and future projects in its territory.Northern Shuswap Tribal Council mining co-ordinator Jacinda Mack said Monday the policy is not meant to thwart mining in the area, but seeks to ensure the industry is sustainable, environmentally safe and has the support of First Nations.The 54-page document was developed with the help of experts when the Xat’sull, formerly the Soda Creek First Nation, commissioned the project last year.The plan was launched before the Mount Polley disaster last August when millions of litres of mine water and waste gushed over the landscape near Likely, B.C., and shut down operations at the Imperial Metals open pit, copper and gold mine.“This policy isn’t about shutting down mining,” said Mack. “It’s basically saying we have four operational mines in our territory, and how are we going to deal with them in a way that makes them safer, more accountable and more engaged with us.”She said the policy is tougher than current mining regulations in B.C. It does not override provincial laws but the group says it will serve as indigenous law for anyone doing mining business in more than five-million hectares of its traditional First Nations territory.Under the aboriginal policy, mining companies can no longer stake a mineral claim on territory without attempting meaningful consultation with the First Nations, Mack said.Companies will be held to a polluter pays principle to cover any operational damages and clean-up costs, she said. Environmental stewardship of the area, including potential impacts decades into the future, will be considered before the First Nations support the developments.“It’s having to come to us with a clear understanding up front of what we want rather than kind of going through government,” said Mack. “This is saying we are a level of government in our territory and you need to speak to us as well, and our standards are higher and our level of scrutiny is beyond current mining legislation in B.C.”Xat’sull First Nation Chief Bev Sellars said in a statement the document will serve as a rule book for companies wanting to do mining business in the Northern Shuswap territories.“With this mining policy we can no longer be ignored or imposed upon, and the province and industry can no longer claim they do not know how to work with us — this document spells that out in clear, specific terms,” said Sellars in her statement.B.C.’s Energy and Mines Ministry said in a statement it is reviewing the Northern Shuswap’s mining policy document.“The province is committed to working with First Nations so they can benefit from economic activity in their traditional territories,” said ministry spokesman David Haslam in a statement.“Over the past four years, the province and First Nations have signed more than 200 agreements, including strategic engagement agreements; reconciliation agreements; economic and community development agreements; forestry agreements and clean-energy project revenue-sharing agreements.”— By Dirk Meissner in Victoria AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 1, 2014 1:28 pm MDT B.C. First Nation sets out tougher rules for mining in its territory read more

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Federal government records 1824 billion budget surplus

WASHINGTON – The federal government ran the second highest monthly surplus on record this April as tax revenues were pushed higher by a change in the deadline for corporate tax payments.In its monthly budget report, the Treasury Department said Wednesday that the surplus for April totalled $182.4 billion, the second largest surplus after a record $189.8 billion surplus set in April 2001.The government generally runs surpluses in April reflecting the annual tax deadlines. This year’s surplus was inflated because of a deadline change that allowed corporations until April to make their final tax payments for last year. The deadline had previously been March.Through the first seven months of the current budget year, the government is running a deficit of $344.4 billion, down 2.4 per cent from the same period a year ago.The Congressional Budget Office is projecting that the deficit for the full budget year, which ends on Sept. 30, will decline 4.6 per cent to $559 billion. That would compare to a 2016 deficit of $585.6 billion.The CBO’s deficit estimate is based on current law remaining unchanged. President Donald Trump has called for a program of tax cuts for individuals and businesses, and increased government spending in such areas as the military and repairing the nation’s aging infrastructure.The CBO has not been able to project how much impact Trump’s proposals will have on this year’s deficit or in future years because so far the administration has not released its full budget outline. That document is expected to come out later this month.For the first seven months of this, revenues total $1.93 trillion, up 0.6 per cent from the same period a year ago. Spending totals $2.27 trillion, up 0.2 per cent from the same period last year. FILE – In this Friday, June 24, 2016, file photo, pedestrians and tourists go about their lunchtime routine in front of the United States Treasury headquarters building in Washington. On Wednesday, May 10, 2017, the Treasury Department releases federal budget data for April. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File) by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted May 10, 2017 12:29 pm MDT Last Updated May 10, 2017 at 1:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Federal government records $182.4 billion budget surplus read more

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Tony Clarks contract as head of MLBPA extended through 2022

IRVING, Texas — The Major League Baseball Players Association has extended the contract of executive director Tony Clark through 2022, a year past the expiration of the current collective bargaining agreement with Major League Baseball.The move Wednesday came as the MLBPA finished its annual executive board meeting.Clark says with the engagement of the players and their interest in the process, he is grateful “being connected to that, supportive of that, and leading them through that.”The former All-Star first baseman became executive director after previous union head Michael Weiner died in 2013 and led negotiations for a labour contract covering 2017-21.Clark said there have been a number of informal conversations with MLB and Commissioner Rob Manfred during the last few months trying to get an idea of what talks the sides are interested in having during the off-season.___For more AP baseball coverage: https://apnews.com/apf-Baseball and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press read more

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Plaxico Burress Wants To Become A Cam Newton Target

Receiver Plaxico Burress said in a radio interview earlier this week that, “no doubt about it,” he wants to play next season for the Carolina Panthers, who are quarterbacked by last year’s rookie of the year, Cam Newton.But Burress has received calls from other NFC South teams, the Panthers haven’t called yet, he told WFNZ in Charlotte on Monday.“My brother lives right there in Charlotte, my cousin lives there in Charlotte, and all my family is there in Columbia, South Carolina. It would just be a great situation all the way around and being close to everybody.“Not just that, but playing with Cam, who I think is one of the top five quarterbacks in all of football, and as long as I can remember, Steve Smith,  has been one of my favorites. I just think it’s a great situation.”Burress told WFNZ that NFL teams are interested in him but he hasn’t found the right fit. In February, Burress had expressed a strong desire to sign with the Philadelphia Eagles, but there apparently doesn’t seem to be a match between the team and receiver, as he remains unsigned.“I just want to put myself in a position to go out and have success and to make the guys around me better and obviously play with a quarterback who can really play the position,” Burress said. “It’s just about me picking my spots and seeing where I’m a good fit. You just look at a situation like Carolina. You can’t come across a better situation than that.”Burress returned to the NFL last season after missing two seasons thanks to a prison sentence for accidentally shooting himself in the leg at a nightclub.Burress, 34, tied for the Jets’ lead with eight touchdown receptions but never really clicked with quarterback Mark Sanchez, finishing with 612 yards and 45 receptions. read more

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Your Opinion EHF EURO 2012 Hungary Croatia and France for SF

EHF EURO 2012 About 750 votes on our Poll question “Who will be the semifinalist at the EHF EURO 2012 from the Group C and D” showed the big interest for the upcoming event- EHF EURO 2012 in Serbia. Visitors of Handball-Planet.com thinks that three teams are close to the medal battles – Hungary, Croatia and France. Our big fan community from Hungary voted for their national team (29%), followed by Croatia (25%) and the best team of the World, France (20%).Far away from them are the others – Iceland with 8%, Spain and Norway with 5%, Slovenia with 4% and Russia with 3% of all your votes.List:France – 20% – 152 VotesSpain – 5% – 41 VotesHungary – 29% – 215 VotesRussia – 3% – 19 VotesCroatia – 25% – 188 VotesNorway – 5% – 40 VotesIceland – 8% – 59 VotesSlovenia – 4% – 32 Votes ← Previous Story Ratko Nikolic about SEHA: “With Slovenians and Hungarians only Bundesliga better” Next Story → Atletico Madrid without Dinart at the EHF CL start read more

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Flensburg confirms Petar Djordjic move to HSV Hamburg at season end

SG Flensburg confirmed that one of their most perspective players will be moving to HSV Hamburg. Petar Djordjic, who has suffered a heavy injury this season which will keep him out for about 6 months will be moving to Hamburg at the end of the season. The 22-year old Serbian international has signed a four-year deal with HSV, to expire on 30th June 2017.In 2012 he won the EHF Cup and finished 2nd in the Bundesliga behind THW Kiel. He joined SG Flensburg on 1st February 2010 from HSG Wetzlar. Djordjic and SG Flensburg are hoping that they will part ways with at least some title won this season.source: sg-flensburg-handewitt.de ← Previous Story Hungary (Round 14): Prodanovic and Ancsin lead Pick Szeged past Cegledi Next Story → EURO 2012: Norway gives a lesson to France – Serbian girls missed +5 against Sweden djordjicFlensburgHamburgHSVHSV HamburgpetarSG FlensburgTHW Kiel read more

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WWE confirms Greatest Royal Rumble event to air live on WWE Network

first_img Now Playing Up Next Google+ Facebook WWE issued the following on Wednesday, confirming that the “Greatest Royal Rumble” special event on April 27 from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia will air live on the WWE Network.The show will go live on the networok beginning at 12:00 p.m. Eastern (11:00 a.m. CT) with a one-hour Kickoff Show beginning at 11:00 a.m. Eastern (10:00 a.m. CT).You can check out the full announcement below.Greatest Royal Rumble to stream on WWE Network Friday, April 27, at 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PTIncredibly, the Greatest Royal Rumble keeps getting bigger. The signature event, being hosted in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on Friday, April 27, can be seen on the award-winning WWE Network at 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT. Furthermore, it will be preceded by a special, one-hour Greatest Royal Rumble Kickoff, starting at 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT.In addition to the first-ever 50-Man Greatest Royal Rumble Match, the Greatest Royal Rumble event will feature John Cena vs. Triple H as well as seven championship matches, including a Raw Tag Team Championship Match: The Hardy Boyz vs. Sheamus & Cesaro, and an Intercontinental Championship Ladder Match: Seth Rollins vs. Finn Bálor vs. The Miz vs. Samoa Joe.The Greatest Royal Rumble Kickoff will stream live from Jeddah’s King Abdullah Sports City Stadium on WWE Network at a special start time of 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT, and can be seen on a free stream on WWE.com, the WWE App, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest.Keep checking with WWE.com and WWE Network as more details become available regarding the Greatest Royal Rumble.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipJim Ross Defends WWE’s Continued Business RelationshipVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:01Loaded: 100.00%0:01Remaining Time -0:29 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next John Oliver Takes On The WWE Now Playing Up Next Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Rusev Ronda Rousey Supports Crown Jewels Twitter Videos Articlescenter_img Pinterest Jim Ross Defends WWE’s Continued Business Relationship Now Playing Up Next WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Down Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Former WWE star ‘Grandmaster Sexay’ dies Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton)last_img read more

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Applicants Being Sought for 2010 ASADuPont Young Leader Program

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) and Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont Business, are seeking applicants for the 2010 Young Leader Program. The Young Leader Program is recognized throughout agriculture for its longstanding tradition of identifying and cultivating the producer leaders who are shaping the U.S. soybean industry.”The Young Leader Program is an exceptional leadership training program,” said ASA President Johnny Dodson, a soybean producer from Halls, Tenn. “ASA and Pioneer are committed to developing the next generation of leaders for the soybean industry. As a graduate of this leadership program, I can personally tell you that the Young Leader program opens up a lot of opportunities for you.”The 2010 class of Young Leaders and their spouses will participate in a challenging and educational leadership experience December 6-9, 2009 at Pioneer headquarters in Johnston, Iowa, and then complete training March 2-6, 2010 in Anaheim, Calif., in conjunction with the annual Commodity Classic. This seminar offers the opportunity for participants to enhance their leadership skills, as well as meet and learn from other Young Leaders from around the United States and Canada.Application forms for the 2010 Young Leader Program, sponsored by Pioneer Hi-Bred, have been mailed to all ASA members. Applicants may apply on-line directly at www.SoyGrowers.com/dyl, or call (800) 688-7692, ext. 1328, to obtain an application form. Soybean producers are encouraged to apply or nominate another producer who would be an excellent candidate for the program. Information on guidelines to participate in the program is available at ASA’s website or by calling the ASA program manager. All applications and nominations should be returned to ASA by Monday, August 31, 2009. One Young Leader couple or individual will be selected from each of ASA’s state affiliates.last_img read more

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CES 2019 Alienware m17 is Dells biggest slim gaming laptop

first_img Mentioned Above Alienware m15 Gaming Laptop Laptop -WNORN5CHM155H See all the best laptops from CES 2019 All of CNET’s CES 2019 coverageMore CNET laptop and PC coverage CES Products Dell Intel Nvidia Tags Post a comment See it Alienware m15 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 0 Share your voice News • Alienware m15, m17 thin gaming laptops get a big facelift Preview • Alienware’s skinniest gaming laptop now available starting at $1,380 $949 40 Photos Review • Alienware m15 review: An evolving gaming laptop with a practical side Laptops Tablets Desktops CES 2019 Sarah Tew/CNET Alienware, Dell’s in-house gaming brand, is pushing for thinner but larger gaming laptops with the new Alienware m17. An upscaled version of the recent m15, this new model adds a 17-inch screen (obviously) and Nvidia’s latest mobile GPU, which is likely going to be called the GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q (but that’s not finalized yet).The company says this is its “thinnest and lightest” 17-inch laptop to date, using materials like magnesium alloy and copper to cut the weight down to just under 6 pounds, with a thickness of 23 millimeters. I’ve been using the already released 15-inch Alienware m15 version for most of December, and this 17-inch model felt even more optimized for size, with a larger screen in body of roughly the same thickness. alienware-m17-02 Sarah Tew/CNET Key features include: Six-zone customizable lighting (yes, including the alien head) and support for the existing Alienware Graphics Amplifier, which can hold a desktop graphics card (Nvidia or AMD) and attaches via a proprietary port found on almost every Alienware system. The improved thermal management system, called Cryo-Tech 2.0, controls the dual-intake/exhaust cooling system, heat pipes and fans. There’s also an updated keyboard design, with new 1.4mm travel keys. Display options: 1,920×1,080 or 3,840×2,160 screensCPU options: Intel Core i5-8300H, Core i7-8750H or Core i9-8950HKGPU options: Nvidia GeForce 1050Ti, and (tentatively) RTX 2060, 2070 and 2080 GPUs8GB-32GB of DDR4 RAMSingle and dual storage options, from 256GB to 2TBThe existing 15-inch m15 model is getting an update as well, adding new options including RTX graphics from Nvidia, Intel’s Core i9-8950HK CPU and a 4K display.last_img read more

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Alaska News Nightly Thursday August 13 2015

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download Audio Happy 40th, Kupreanof! All 24 Residents Celebrate A Remote Alaska LifestyleJoe Sykes, KFSK – PetersburgMost people in Petersburg don’t give much thought to the handful of houses which sit on the other shore of the Wrangell Narrows. But to the people who live there it’s a place they are proud to call home. It’s name is Kupreanof. Mayor Pulls the Plug on A Slow and Spendy Software ProjectZachariah Hughes, KSKA – AnchorageA massive software project that’s run millions of dollars and years over original expectations was halted today by Anchorage’s new mayor. The move is meant to reexamine the city’s path forward, but won’t totally shut off money for the project.University of Alaska Defines Consent in New Student Conduct CodeLisa Phu, KTOO – JuneauThe University of Alaska system has defined “consent” for the first time when it comes to sexual misconduct terminology.Child Porn Suspect Arrested in South CarolinaBen Matheson, KYUK – BethelAuthorities have arrested the former computer network manager at the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation who is accused of possessing and distributing child pornography.70 Years After WWII, Two Nations’ Militaries Jump Side By SideZachariah Hughes, KSKA – AnchorageSeventy years ago this month, the U.S. dropped two atomic bombs on Japan, prompting it’s surrender and the end of World War II. Now, the two nations’ armed forces are collaborating in Alaska.Anchorage Assembly Seeks to Add LBGT Clause To Anti-Discrimination CodeAnne Hillman, KSKA – AnchorageThe Anchorage Assembly is trying again to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the city’s anti-discrimination ordinances.Bethel Council Nixes City-Run Liquor Store Vote in OctoberBen Matheson, KYUK – BethelThere will not be a vote this October for Bethel to go into local option status and pursue opening a city-run liquor store. The Bethel City Council by a vote of 5 to 1 rejected sending the vote to citizens.Permafrost Carbon Takes A Trip to Davy Jones’ LockerMonica Gokey, KSKA – AnchorageIt’s been widely accepted in the science community that melting permafrost means more carbon in the atmosphere. But a new study has just identified a quirk in that process.After More Than 30 Years, The Mendenhall Valley Library Moves Out Of the MallElizabeth Jenkins, KTOO – JuneauFriday was the last children’s storytime at a Juneau library branch that’s been in the Mendenhall Mall for over 30 years. The days of checking out books and grabbing a slice of pizza are over because the branch is moving to a new location at the end of the month.last_img read more

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Glowing tributes paid to Tilak

first_imgBegum Bazar: Bhagyanagar Ganesh Utsav Samithi celebrated the 163rd birth anniversary of Bal Gangadhar Tilak, who transformed the way Ganesh Chaturthi was celebrated in the country 125 years ago. After inaugurating the office of Samithi at Siddiambar Bazar, Samithi members felicitated the idol of Bal Gangadhar Tilak located at Begum Bazar on Tuesday. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us Speaking on Occasion, the general secretary of Samithi, Dr Bhagavanth Rao, announced that in view of upcoming Ganesh festival, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat will be attending as the chief guest during the 11-day Ganesh festivities which will be scheduled from September 2 to September 12. The grand Ganesh immersion will be on September 12 of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. Also Read – Parts of Hyderabad witness heavy rainfall Advertise With Us He requested the organisers of Ganesh pandals to immerse Ganesh on September 12 in a grand manner. “Samithi has been trying to promote the nationalistic fervour coupled with spiritual awakening among Indians as envisaged by the great patriot Balagangadhar Tilak. He also said that around 1.5 lakh of Ganesh idols are expected to get installed this year,” said Bhagavanth Rao. Advertise With Us Bhagavanth Rao also demanded that the state government to declare the Ganesh festival as a state festival, as lakhs of people participate and more than a lakh of Ganesh idols will be immersed. Samithi President Raghav Reddy, Corporator (Begum Bazar) Shankar Yadav, Deepak Kola, Sriram Vyas, Ashok, Natraj Namdar and other members were also present on the occasion. History of festivities Bhagyanagar Ganesh Utsav Samithi has been working for the last 32 years to facilitate smooth conduct of the 10 days of Ganesh festival in the City. According to reports, the number of people organizing public celebration of Ganesh festival has gone up significantly over the last 32 years. Starting with just 1500 pandals in 1980 there were close to 50,000 pandals dotting the city during Ganesh Utsav during 2011. Samithi also plays the most important role in facilitating the immersion of the Ganesha idols on the final day across multiple places in the city. It is estimated that more than 3 million people participate in the immersion processions on the 10th day of the festival.last_img read more

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Vice President Pence Surveys Harvey Recovery in The Texas Coast

first_imgBob Daemmrich for The Texas TribuneThis file photo shows Vice President Mike Pence participating in the 2017 annual conference of the Republican Governor’s Association in Austin. Pence has traveled to Texas this week and, during a visit to Rockport, he assured the federal government is committed to help the state accomplish a full recovery after the devastation Hurricane Harvey caused a year ago.Vice President Mike Pence visited Wednesday the coastal Texas town of Rockport, which was hardly hit by Hurricane Harvey a year ago.Along with Governor Greg Abbott other government officials, Pence surveyed the recovery in Rockport and promised a packed house at First Baptist Church that the federal government will continue to support the recovery effort.  “I want to assure you as I’ve assured the Governor privately, we are going to continue to work with this Governor and work with this state to rebuild until the job is done,” the Vice President said, while adding the Trump administration “is going to work with this Governor, with all of the wonderful, outstanding volunteers and faith communities across this region until we rebuild Rockport and all of Texas bigger and better than ever before.”The job is far from done, according to Rockport residents and officials because, for example, the state freed up money this summer to rebuild low-income, multi-family housing in Rockport, but that project is just getting off the ground.Besides, a downsized workforce has complicated efforts to rebuild and re-staff businesses that have bounced back.Randall Freeze, the newly appointed Intergovernmental Coordinator for the Aransas County Long Term Recovery Group, told KUT that “a lot of folks are still struggling” in Rockport.Pence is scheduled to visit the Johnson Space Center on Thursday and deliver remarks on plans to return to the Moon and a future mission to Mars. Sharelast_img read more

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Swimming Tennis Track and Field Participate in Spring Sports Media Day

first_imgSwimming and Diving•The Cardinals are currently ranked among the top-10 programs in the country with the women checking in at No. 6 and the men at No. 8.•Five Cardinals have earned ACC Swimmer of the Week honors for their performances so far this season, including Mallory Comerford (twice), Nicolas Albiero, Molly Fears, Daniel Fecteau and Grace Oglesby.•Mallory Comerford and Zach Harting represented the United States at the FINA Short Course World Championships in December. Comerford won five gold, two silver and one bronze medal while setting seven American records and two world records. Harting took fifth in the 200 fly and became the second fastest American in history in the event.• In 2017-18, Albiero was named a FINA World Championships Assistant Women’s Coach and Team USA’s head coaches at the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships for the American women where they won seven gold medals and 22 overall.• He was selected to helm the ACC women in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and had two Golden Goggles winners in Kelsi Worrell Dahlia Relay Performance) and Mallory Comerford (Breakout Swimmer of the Year).• Major awards during the collegiate season began when Albiero was named ACC Coach of the Year and saw his son Nick Albiero being named ACC Freshman of the Year with protégé Mallory Comerford winning ACC Swimmer of the Year, and newcomer Mariia Ashtashkina being named ACC Freshman of the Year for the women. In all, 24 Cardinals were named to the All-ACC team.•  NCAAs, the Cardinals raked in the honors led by Nick Albiero (4x All-American), Zach Harting (3x All-American), Andrej Barna (3x All-American), Sam Steele, (All-American), Carlos Claverie (2x All-American), Evgenii Somov (All-American), Marcelo Acosta (All-American). (Harting, Albiero, Barna, Matyi Kovacs, Acosta, Carlos all earned HM All Americans status as well. On the women’s side, Sophie Cattermole (All-American), Mallory Comerford (6x All-American), Arina Openysheva (2x All-American) Lainey Visscher, (3x All-American), Avery Braunecker (All-American), Casey Fanz (2x All-American), Alina Kendzior  (2x All-American) and  Mariia Astashkina (2x All-American).• At the ACC Championships, Evgenii Somov and Nick Albiero were both two-time ACC Champions. The 200 Men’s Medley relay (Albiero, Harting, Claverie, Barna) also won gold at the ACC Championships in Greensboro.  For the women, Mallory Comerford was a four time ACC Champion alsong with Grace Oglesby, a two-time ACC Champion; and Mariia Astashkina, an individual ACC Champion. The 400 Medley Relay team of Kendzior, Oglesby, Friesen, and Comerford won ACC Gold.• Albiero coached his fourth NCAA Champion when Mallory Comerford won the 200 free. The University of Louisville held its Spring Sports Media Day on January 22 at the Planet Fitness Kueber Center media room. The first of the two-part series featured coaches and student-athletes from men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s swimming and diving as well as men’s and women’s track and field were on hand to preview their seasons and upcoming events with the local media in attendance. Track and Field• The Cardinal women’s were ranked No. 19 latest edition of the NCAA Division I Women’s Indoor Track & Field National Rating Index released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Tuesday.• This weekend the men’s and women’s track and field teams won the Notre Dame Invitational.  The Cardinal women won with 145.5 points while the men finished tied with Notre Dame with 126 points each.  Eleven Cardinals earned wins in individual events while Gabriela Leon set a new school record in the pole vault.• The Cardinals return five All-Americans from last season.  Louisville finished the 2018 season with 11 Cardinals earning All-American honors, while three earned honorable mention honors.  Seven Cardinals earned Indoor All-American honors while four earned outdoor All-American honors. Jerin Allen, Joe Delgado, Makenli Forrest, Emmonnie Henderson, Holly Hankenson, Alexis Gibbons, and Javen Reeves earned indoor All-American honors.  Delgado, Gabriela Leon, Damar Robinson and Dorcas Wasike earned outdoor All-American honors.  • Louisville also returns four ACC Champions this season.  The Cadinals finished 2018  with nine ACC Champions.  Six Cardinals won event titles at the ACC Indoor Championships: Joe Delgado (heptathlon), Holly Hankenson (pentathlon), Emmonnie Henderson (shot put), Makenli Forrest (weight throw), Dorcas Wasike (5,000m) and Javen Reeves (high jump). Three Cardinals won event titles at the ACC Outdoor Championships: Eric Fox (decathlon), Damar Robinson (high jump) and Dorcas Wasike (10,000m).• Thirty-six Cardinals earned All-ACC honors in 2018 for Louisville.  Nine Cardinals earned first team honors at the ACC Indoor Championships while six athletes earned second team honors.  Eleven Cardinals earned first team honors at the ACC Outdoor Championships while 10 athletes earned second team honors.  Louisville also tied a school record with 23 athletes qualifying for the NCAA East Preliminary. • Dorcas Wasike, the 2018 ACC Women’s Track Athlete of the Year, impressed everyone at the NCAA Championships, finishing runner-up in the 10,000 meters while breaking a 30-year old meet record. The redshirt freshman made her move in the final two laps, passing some of the sport’s veteran runners.  She rolled in the final lap to pass the favorite Karissa Schwizer, closing with a 69.2 in the final lap.  Wasike finished with a personal best time of 32:11.81, behind Kansas’ Sharon Lokedi. Story Links Photo Gallery Men’s Tennis• Louisville (3-1) kicked off its 2019 campaign with a 6-1 win over Hawaii on Jan. 11, marking the fourth straight season the Cardinals have won their opening dual match.• The Cardinals enter the 2019 season with mix of experienced veterans and talented freshmen. Louisville returns six letterwinners from last year’s squad and welcomes six newcomers.• Among the Cardinals’ returners is all-ACC selection and 2018 NCAA Tournament qualifier Christopher Morin-Kougoucheff. The senior finished last season at No. 69 in the ITA singles rankings, reaching as high as No. 53 throughout the 2018 campaign.• Brandon Lancaster received the No. 104 singles ranking following fall tournament action and defeated his first ranked opponent of the season with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 win over Hawaii’s No. 124 Blaz Seric.• Lancaster and George Hedley earned the No. 34 doubles ranking following fall tournament play and are 1-0 in dual match action with a 6-4 victory over Hawaii’s Blaz Seric/Asad Siyyid at No. 1.• Head coach Rex Ecarma is in his 29th season at UofL and has compiled a 460-304-1 overall record.  Print Friendly Version Women’s Tennis• Cards have three new faces, a pair of transfers and a true freshman after losing half of the starting lineup from a year ago.• Home matches this year include Duke, Clemson, Georgia Tech and Wake Forest.  There are seven ACC schools are ranked in the Top 20.• The Cards are 2-0 to start the season and play Ball State and Northern Kentucky this Friday.• Aleksandra Mally is nationally ranked in singles.Noting last year:• The doubles pair of Mariana Humberg and Abbie Pahz ended the season ranked No. 48 in the ITA National Rankings.  The doubles pair of Sena Suswam and Raven Neely ended the season ranked No. 90, making it the first season in school history where two different doubles team earned a national ranking.• Four Cardinals, Tiffany Huber, Mariana Humberg, Raven Neely and Abbie Pahz had 20+ wins in singles. Three Cardinals had 20 or more wins in doubles led by Mariana Humberg’s 27-8 overall record.• The Cardinals finished 13-13 overall and were 11-5 at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center.• Abbie Pahz and Mariana Humberg had three upset wins over nationally ranked players and finished 26-6 as a pair.• The women’s tennis was one of ten University of Louisville athletic teams that posted a perfect score in the most recent single-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) data that was released by the NCAA. Women’s tennis had a perfect 1,000 single-year APR score for the most recent 2016-17 figures. The Spring Sport Media Day series will conclude on January 28 and will feature lacrosse, softball, men’s and women’s golf and rowing.last_img read more

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A kiss is just a kiss … unless youre at Newark Airport

first_imgA ‘hopeless romantic’ sparked a massive security scare last Sunday when he ducked past security to kiss his girlfriend goodbye at Newark Liberty International Airport. Newark International went on high alert, with huge delays for passengers, when the man who has been identified as 28-year old student Haisong Jiang entered a “sterile” zone reserved for passengers. Jiang was caught on video surveillance as he passed under a rope barrier and walked hand in hand with his girlfriend toward the boarding area. Authorities in New Jersey had to undertake an intensive man hunt to track down Mr Jiang, who is studying for a doctoral degree in molecular biosciences at Rutgers university, after he left the airport.When they finally tracked him down, he wasn’t even home. He was at the gym. However, the Port Authority has confirmed that Jiang has since been arrested and he will be charged with defiant trespass.Jiang is due in court next week and could face a fine of up to $500. <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/296b6/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.Flast_img read more

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LONDON — The birth certificate for the son of Prin

first_img LONDON — The birth certificate for the son of Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, reveals that Archie was born in a private hospital in London.The certificate filed Friday makes clear that Meghan did not give birth to the child in the couple’s Frogmore Cottage home, as had been rumoured.Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was born at the Portland Hospital in central London on May 6. He is seventh in line for the British throne.Harry and Meghan announced weeks before the birth that they wanted to keep many details of his birth private.Meghan’s name is listed on the birth certificate as Rachel Meghan Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex.The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email In this undated photo made available on Sunday, May 12, 2019 by @SussexRoyal, Meghan the Duchess of Sussex holds the feet of her baby, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, have released a photo of their newborn baby to mark Meghan’s first Mother’s Day as a mom. The image posted on Instagram shows her hand cradling the feet of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, who was born on Monday, against a bed of spring flowers. (@SussexRoyal via AP) No home birth: Harry and Meghan’s Archie born in a hospital by The Associated Press Posted May 17, 2019 8:09 am PDTlast_img read more

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AG clears Archbishop of hate speech Kisa to file private criminal case

first_imgAttorney-general (AG) Costas Clerides has shot down a complaint lodged by a local NGO against Archbishop Chrysostomos for remarks he made regarding Turkish settlers in the north.In the complaint, Kisa (Movement for Equality, Support, Anti-Racism) asked the AG to look into whether the cleric’s language constituted hate speech.But the AG found that Chrysostomos’ remarks, while “intense,” were not directed at a particular group based on their ethnic background or religion.Clerides statement, communicated on Thursday, was a response to Kisa which took offence at remarks made by the prelate on a television news programme last week.Speaking of Turkish settlers in the north, the archbishop had said:“They are Anatolians, uncouth, they will never become European, not even in a 100 years, and if they stay here they will spawn a dozen children per family; where are we going to go?”He was commenting on a possible settlement of the island’s division and the number of Turkish settlers who would be allowed to stay.Asked by the reporter if he thought his comments could be construed as racist, the archbishop said the settlers, even without citizenship, would remain as workers.“We must look at why they arrived,” he added. “They came to alter the demographic composition of our people. They didn’t come to work like the Sri Lankans, Thais, Arabs, and so on.He went on to say he agreed that that Turkish nationals married to Turkish Cypriots could stay after a solution; “fortunately, the Turkish Cypriots don’t like settlers and the marriages are not many,” he said, adding that that was the reason he wasn’t bothered if they stayed.“But the others must leave so that Ankara’s objective would not be achieved,” he added.In his opinion, the AG said Chrysostomos was making a distinction between illegal settlers and economic migrants or people who legally come to Cyprus for work.Moreover, Clerides said the archbishop’s views that illegal settlers should not be legitimised – except those married with Turkish Cypriots – and that Turkey has flooded the north with settlers, are long-standing positions held by the Republic since 1974 and have a basis in international law.“The rhetoric is not directed at these people who were transported in the occupied areas but at those who used them illegally, against international law, to effect forcible change of the demographic character of those areas,” Clerides later explained to the Cyprus Mail.In his response to Kisa, the AG further noted: “I disagree with your position that the archbishop’s aforesaid statements constitute incitement to xenophobia, racism, Islamophobia, nor did they incite racial hatred against Turks or Turkish Cypriots.“The remarks are clearly directed against the stay in Cyprus of illegally transported settlers, who in this case ‘happen’ to be Turkish Muslims, and not ‘because’ they are Turkish Muslims.”Though some of the words used by the archbishop may be “intense,” Clerides added, “it is also a fact that according to data collected at various times in relation to settlers, reference has been made that some of them hail from Anatolia, they have a low level of education and bear children with an alarming frequency.”The attorney-general has on previous occasions stressed that a balance must be struck between free speech and the law banning abuse.In 2011, a law was passed specifically to combat racism and xenophobia through criminalisation.But later in the day, Kisa said it refused to let the matter go.Speaking to the Sigma channel, Kisa executive director Doros Polycarpou said that, irrespective of the AG’s opinion – which they disagreed with –  they plan to file a private criminal prosecution against the Archbishop.And should the AG subsequently decline to allow prosecution, Kisa would take the matter up with the European Court of Justice.Private criminal prosecutions in Cyprus require the nod from the AG to proceed.Kisa, while accomplishing a great deal of work in terms of material and legal support of migrants and their rights, has taken on the mantle of anti-discrimination and anti-racist watchdog.Some of the NGO’s projects have been funded by George Soros’ think tank, the Open Society Foundation (OSF).The OSF’s role in supporting mass migration has come under scrutiny, particularly in the wake of documents leaked last year.In a memo called ‘Migration Governance and Enforcement Portfolio Review’, the OSF called the immigration crisis in Europe the ‘new normal’.According to the same document, OSF saw Europe’s refugee crisis as an opportunity – a chance to influence immigration policies worldwide and collaborate with other wealthy donors. You May LikeClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? 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