Women’s World T20: Harmanpreet 53-ball 101 sets up opening win for India

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first_imgHarmanpreet Kaur became the first Indian woman to score a century in T20Is to propel India to a 34-run win over New Zealand in their World T20 opener at the Providence Stadium in Guyana on Sunday.The 29-year-old India skipper smashed 103 off 51 balls and her carnage included eight sixes, some of them towering, and seven boundaries.Harmanpreet became the eighth woman to score the 10th T20I century in women’s cricket and she is the first Asian to do so. Her maiden century is only the third 100 in the Women’s WT20.Women’s World T20 India vs New Zealand – HighlightsOpting to bat after the coin landed in her favour at the Providence Stadium, Harmanpreet and Jemimah Rodrigues (59 off 45 balls) added 134 runs for the fourth wicket to guide India to an imposing 194 for five in the stipulated 20 overs.In reply, New Zealand were stopped at 160 for nine.”Good game but we still have a long way to go. (Regarding my batting) I needed to settle down,” Harmanpreet said after the convincing win.Harmanpreet was required to walk into the middle early, at the fall of debutant Dayalan Hemalatha’s wicket in only the sixth over. India were in a spot of bother when Hemalatha was dismissed, and another wicket would have only added to their worry.READ – Harmanpreet first Indian woman to slam T20I hundredHowever, Harmanpreet and Jemimah had other ideas, adding runs at a quick pace, which included a phase when India scored 56 runs in five overs.advertisementHarmanpreet, whose scintillating 171 against Australia in the World Cup semifinal last year remains fresh in the memory, looked comfortable from the word go and, in the company of Jemimah, built the innings with consummate ease.Harmanpreet got into the mode with two sixes off Jess Watkin in the 10th over, as India reached 76 for the loss of three wickets. Her team added a staggering 118 runs in last 10 overs, thanks to a flurry of boundaries and sixes by Harmanpreet.The big-hitting Harmanpreet played shots on all sides of the wicket, and was most effective towards the long-off, long-on and the deep mid-wicket region.The 100-run partnership was up in quick time, after the duo scored 16 runs in one of the overs in the back 10. That was just one of the big overs for the team.Having cleared the fence eight times, Kaur now has the most number of sixes for India in a T20 innings, beating her own record of, five set against Sri Lanka in September this year.Having struck seven boundaries, Rodrigues, at 18, became the youngest player to score a fifty in Word T20 tournament. But, in her attempt to up the ante, gave away her wicket. Chasing a stiff target, New Zealand were off to flyer with the seasoned Suzie Bates (67 off 50 balls) and Anna Peterson (14) racing to 52 in just under seven over.While Peterson was dismissed by Hemalatha for India’s first breakthrough, Bates continued to bat fluently and kept New Zealand in the hunt.However, Bates, who became the highest run-getter in T20 Internationals, could not find support at the other end as New Zealand were reduced to 93 for four in the 13th over.India got the big wicket of Bates when she played Arundhati Reddy’s low full-toss to the backward point fielder. Bates struck eight boundaries during her stay in the middle.The contest was as good as over for New Zealand after Bates’ dismissal and India kept up the pressure on their opponents.Hemalatha and Poonam Yadav finsihed with three wickets apiece for India, and there were two for Radha Yadav.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

Fit squad leaves Zidane “fucked”

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first_imgZinédine Zidane I have 24 players available and I’m fucked, says Zidane Guy Atkinson Last updated 1 year ago 07:40 5/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) zidane-cropped Getty Images Zinédine Zidane Villarreal v Real Madrid UEFA Champions League Villarreal Real Madrid Primera División Liverpool Real Madrid v Liverpool The prospect of players missing out on Real Madrid’s final two games of the season is giving their manager a major headache Having a fully fit squad would be seen as a benefit for most coaches, but Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane says it has left him “fucked”.Madrid face Villarreal in their last La Liga game on Sunday before taking on Liverpool in the Champions League final next Saturday.Cristiano Ronaldo resumed full team training on Tuesday, along with full-back Dani Carvajal, leaving Zidane with a full complement of 24 players – something he concedes is causing him problems as he will not be able to involve everyone in the action.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “I have 24 players available and I’m fucked,” he said.”Sorry, but I can’t find a better word, because there are players that will stay in Madrid and not come with us for the last two games. That’s the hardest part for me.”Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Zidane denied that the clash against Villarreal was a dress rehearsal for the mouth-watering tie against Jurgen Klopp’s side in Kiev noting the sides are quite different in terms of style.”They’re completely different teams,” he added. “Villarreal play out from the back, that’s not how Liverpool play.”It’s crucial for us to play a good game, the last one in preparation for the final. Then we’ve got a week to get ready for that game, working on all the details. They’re two very different teams.”last_img read more

Stars Call On Ringling To Retire All Exotic Animals

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first_imgWhat do Anjelica Huston, Joaquin Phoenix, William H. Macy, George Lopez, RZA, James Cromwell, Tony Hawk, Jason Biggs, and Pamela Anderson all have in common?PETA PetitionThey and a slew of other celebrities have signed PETA’s petition calling on Ringling Bros. to retire all exotic animals now — not only the elephants who are beaten into performing, whom Ringling plans to keep on the road for three more years, but also the tigers, lions, and other animals who spend their lives in cages and are deprived of everything that’s natural and important to them.Other celebrities who have signed PETA’s petition include the following:
Seth Green, Noah Cyrus, Maggie Q, Kym Johnson, Ireland Baldwin, Alicia Silverstone, Jillian Michaels, Kate del Castillo, Diane Warren, Bellamy Young, Emily Deschanel, Tony Kanal, Kevin Nealon, Carrie Ann Inaba, Fred Willard, Rob Zombie, Constance Marie, Paula Poundstone, Christen Press, Moby, Otep Shamaya, Shaun Monson, John Salley, Davey Havok, Denise Roberts, Naomi Grossman, Ariane Sommer, Sunny Leone, Joanna Krupa, Marco Antonio Regil, and Daniella Monet.To find out more about the petition, click here.last_img read more

Sir Roger Moore Calls On Public To Help Fly 33 Lions Home

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first_imgJames Bond actor Sir Roger Moore has launched an urgent appeal to the public to help Animal Defenders International fly 33 lions home to Africa.The big cats endured years of brutality and confinement in circuses in Peru and Columbia but now a perfect home has been found for them in their native Africa.“Please give what you can to help give the animals saved by Animal Defenders International the peace and sanctuary they need,” said Sir Roger Moore. “Together we can take these animals, who have suffered so much, to their forever homes.”Almost all of the lions have been mutilated to remove their claws, one has lost an eye, another is almost blind, and many have smashed and broken teeth because of their circus life. With help from the public, they could soon retire in the sunshine in huge natural enclosures at Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary in South Africa.Jan Creamer, Animal Defenders International President said, “For these lions, Sir Roger really is the spy who loved them. With the public’s help we will give these lions the happily-ever-after they deserve, arriving neither shaken, nor stirred after their epic journey. These animals have endured terrible suffering, now please, help us get the animals back to Africa where they belong by donating now.”The lions have led such tragic lives that it is not possible to return them to the wild, so ADI will be doing the next best thing, a retirement in huge natural bush enclosures back home under the African sun. Construction of the habitats at Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary is underway but the biggest challenge is getting the 33 lions there.ADI will be chartering a Boeing 747 to transport all 33 lions direct from Lima to Johannesburg, at a cost of £220,000 / R4.7 million. It is hoped that with the public’s help, the lions will arrive home in time for Christmas.The Spirit of Freedom flight will be the culmination of Animal Defenders International’s year long Operation Spirit of Freedom, working with the Governments of Peru and Colombia to eliminate the use of wild animals in circuses and tackle wildlife crime.Almost 100 animals have been rescued during the operation including bears, six species of monkeys, coati mundis, kinkajous, and a puma who have already been relocated back to their native habitats. The mission has been entirely funded by donations.All 33 lions have passed veterinary checks and been given microchips ready for their flight to freedom.Please donate now to help get the lions home: click here.last_img read more

James Taylor Added To 94th Annual National Christmas Tree Lighting Lineup

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first_imgJames Taylor has been added to the lineup for the 94th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony.Taylor joins previously announced performers Kelly Clarkson, Chance The Rapper and Yolanda Adams.Taking place on Thursday, December 1, on the Ellipse at President’s Park (White House), the special event wraps the National Park Service centennial year and celebrates the launch of a second century of stewardship. Through a partnership with the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, the National Christmas Tree Lighting will be telecast exclusively on the Hallmark Channel on Monday, December 5, and simulcast on DirecTV 4K Ultra HD.An American holiday tradition started by President Calvin Coolidge in 1923, the National Christmas Tree Lighting is a great example of the countless ways there are to #FindYourPark. Launched in March 2015, Find Your Park/Encuentra Tu Parque is a public awareness and education movement to inspire people to connect with, celebrate, and support America’s national parks and community-based programs. Celebrating the National Park Service Centennial and setting the stage for the Service’s next 100 years, Find Your Park invites people to discover and share their own unique connections to our nation’s natural landscapes, vibrant culture, and rich history.Find out more here.last_img read more

Despite Progress Morocco Lags Behind in Childrens Rights

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Rabat – KidsRightsIndex has recently released its 2016 international rankings measuring how well nations respect the rights of children.Morocco ranked as high as 74th on this list of 163 nations. As an initiative of the KidsRights Foundation, KidsRightsIndex cooperates with Erasmus University in Rotterdam. Its list includes a ranking for all 163 UN member states which have ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. This notably excludes the United States, the only country to have not ratified this treaty.Children’s rights are measured in five categories including the rights to life, health, education, protection, and an enabling environment for child rights. Data was gathered from two reputable United Nations bureaucracies: UNICEF’s quantitative State of the World’s Children report and the qualitative UN Committee on the Rights of the Child. Norway took the list’s top spot, with nine of the top ten nations being European states. Tunisia, number ten, was the single non-European nation on that list. The list calls special attention to Thailand and Malaysia, ranked 21st and 26th respectively, for doing “exceptionally well for cultivating an enabling environment for child rights.”Morocco was one of 13 nations that was observed by the Committee on the Rights of the Child in 2014, and whose data was recently sent to KidsRightsIndex. The kingdom’s ranking has thus been reevaluated.Certain rankings on the list are particularly surprising, such as Jamaica’s rank of 51. This puts it ahead of several richer, industrial, technologically advanced nations. The report itself acknowledges that “richer does not necessarily mean better” on its score, which explains why Italy (81), Canada (72) and the Republic of Korea (69) have lower rankings than nations like Jamaica. Given the state of Jamaica’s economy and education system, the NGO’s 23 indicators of children’s development seem to take into account more than surface-level notions of progress.Nevertheless, Morocco’s improvement from 88 in 2015 to 74 today is noteworthy and represents the kind of progress that the kingdom aspires to achieve. read more

Security evaluation of deadly Algiers bombing submitted to SecretaryGeneral

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Mr. Ban dispatched Under-Secretary-General for Safety and Security David Veness, along with UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Kemal Dervis, to the Algerian capital immediately after the 11 December incident to assist UN staff and evaluate the security system. While in the country, Mr. Veness and Mr. Dervis also ensured that those injured in the bombing were given the necessary medical care and that the families of those killed were receiving the proper support, both psychological and financial. The UN sent critical incident stress counselors to provide psycho-social support, and established a country-level psychological response plan to deal with the attack’s aftermath. For their part, the UN Department of Safety and Security (DSS) deployed security professionals to coordinate with the country team on ongoing security matters, while the UN Medical Service facilitated the hospitalization of those affected in Algiers, even evacuating injured staff to Paris and Geneva. During his visit to Algeria several days after the attack, the Secretary-General paid tribute to the dedication and professionalism of the UN staff there, and met personally with all survivors and victims’ families. “Terrorism is terrorism. It is unacceptable,” he told reporters on his visit to Algiers. “It is a crime against humanity. It can never be justified under any circumstances.” While in the country, Mr. Ban was given the tattered flag that had flown outside the UN’s Algiers offices, which he brought back to UN Headquarters in New York to symbolize the world body’s determination to work in Algeria. He also met with President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, to whom he asked that the UN receive the proper level of security in the North African nation. The Secretary-General has fully approved the decision of UN agencies to disburse three-month salary advances as needed to the victims. He also encouraged the move to give initial financial assistance – above and beyond insurance payments – to the injured and the families of the deceased. 11 January 2008The top United Nations security official today submitted to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon a report on last December’s deadly terrorist attack in Algiers which claimed the lives of 17 – and injured 40 – of the world body’s staff. read more

Ontario Teachers earns 63 per cent return on investments in first half

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TORONTO — Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan says it earned a 6.3 per cent return on its investments in the first six months of the year, raising its net assets to $201.4 billion.The gain increased the pension fund’s net assets by $10.3 billion as of June 30 after delivering contributions across every asset class in its portfolio, led by fixed income which accounts for 47 per cent of its assets.Appreciation of the Canadian dollar had a negative 1.3 per cent impact on the total fund, resulting in a loss of $2.5 billion.While six-month results provide a snapshot of its performance, Teachers’ says it has delivered an annualized total fund net return of 9.7 per cent since its inception.Ontario Teachers’ invests and administers the pensions for Ontario’s 327,000 active and retired teachers.President and CEO Ron Mock, who retires at the end of the year, said the fund’s approach is delivering strong returns that are in line with its long-term objectives.The Canadian Press read more

UN mobilizes interagency teams to help US recover from Hurricane Katrina

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The United Nations has mobilized three inter-agency teams to aid the United State’s recovery from Hurricane Katrina and further deployments may occur within the next few days, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today.The teams span the whole gamut of UN humanitarian activities, from food and health to refugees and children, and have been assembled following the US acceptance of help from the world body in the face of the enormous devastation caused by the hurricane. “The United States itself has been very generous in other people’s crises,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan told the BBC in an interview last night. “And this is why I think it’s important that we, the United Nations, and other countries return the favour, now that they are in need.”At present, one UN inter-agency liaison team is based at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Hurricane Katrina Operations Centre in Arlington, Virginia. The other teams will be deployed in support of USAID/Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) at the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)’s Regional Coordination Centres in Texas and Georgia. These two teams fielded are comprised of representatives from the World Food Programme (WFP), the Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), as well as support teams from the OCHA/UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) network.In order to coordinate its response, the UN assembled an inter-agency task force on 2 September, chaired by the OCHA, and composed of the UNICEF, WHO, WFP, UNHCR, UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). UNICEF spokesman Damien Personnaz told reporters at a news briefing in Geneva his agency would specifically look at trauma effects on children as well as the situation of schools. WFP spokesman Simon Pluess told reporters his agency would provide logistical help, while UNHCR spokesman Ron Redmond said his organization obviously had experience in working with mass displacement on an emergency basis. read more

UN urges renewed fight to end female genital mutilation as populations grow

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“On this Day of Zero Tolerance, let us build on positive momentum and commit to intensifying global action against this heinous human rights violation for the sake of all affected women and girls, their communities and our common future,” the Secretary-General said in a message on the International Day, marked annually on 6 February to strengthen momentum towards ending the practice of female genital mutilation, globally recognized as a violation of the human rights of girls and women.Despite a significant an overall decline in the prevalence of the practice, widely referred to by the acronym FGM, the United Nations warns that this progress is likely to be offset as the population grows in countries where female genital mutilation is practiced, and without beefed up efforts to eliminate it, more girls will be cut.In a blog post on the occasion of the International, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the Executive Director of UN Women, wrote: “The cutting and sewing of a young child’s private parts so that she is substantially damaged for the rest of her life, has no sensation during sex except probably pain, and may well face further damage when she gives birth, is to many an obvious and horrifying violation of that child’s rights.” “It is a kind of control that lasts a lifetime,” she continued. “It makes a mockery of the idea of any part being truly private and underlines the institutionalized way in which decisions over her own body have been taken from that girl – one of some 200 million currently.” The main reason that FGM continues – as it does in some 30 countries across three continents – is out of a desire for social acceptance and to avoid social stigma, according to a 2016 report by the Secretary-General . “The hidden nature of the support for ending the practice slows down the process of abandonment,” the authors wrote. World must speed up progress to end female genital mutilation by 2030Underlining that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted in 2015 and now heading their second year of implementation, recognized the close connection between FGM, gender inequality, and development – and reignited global action to end the practice by 2030, heads of UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and UN Population Fund (UNFPA) called for faster action to achieve this commitment. “It means creating greater access to support services for those at risk of undergoing FGM and those who have survived it,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake and UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin in a joint statement.“It also means driving greater demand for those services, providing families and communities with information about the harm FGM causes – and the benefits to be gained by ending it,” they added. VIDEO: On International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, UN chief António Guterres calls for greater commitment and intensifying global action against FGM. Credit: UN News Calling on governments to enact and enforce laws and policies that protect the rights of girls and women and prevent FGM, they urged everyone to make this the generation that abolishes FGM once and for all – and in doing so, helps create a healthier, better world for all.UNFPA, jointly with UNICEF, leads the largest global programme to accelerate the abandonment of FGM. The programme currently focuses on 17 African countries and also supports regional and global initiatives.The theme of the 2017 edition of the International Day is: ‘Building a solid and interactive bridge between Africa and the world to accelerate ending FGM by 2030.’Colombia: Bringing a hidden practice to lightIn Colombia, for example, some members of the Emberá, a historically impoverished and marginalized indigenous group, continue the practice. The practice is done quietly, so there are few reliable statistics. The Colombian National Indigenous Organization (ONIC) estimates that two out of three Emberá women have been cut, according to information used by the UNFPA.But in 2007, after two girls died from infections caused by FGM, some women tribal members began being more vocal about the practice.“In the beginning, it was really difficult,” Solani Zapata told UNFPA. “Nobody wanted to talk about the subject.” Slowly people began to open up, leading to conversations about related issues, including gender-based violence. Girls who undergo the practice are less likely to finish school, have limited formal employment prospects and are more likely to be married to an older man and become pregnant early in life. The practice has since been abandoned in many communities.“We don’t do it here anymore,” said Amanda Guasiruma Gaisama, in Valle del Cauca. “The adults know that if it’s done here and something happens to the girl, there are consequences… We know it is not normal for a girl, even if it’s part of a tradition.” To raise awareness about the negative impact of FGM, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) is holding Facebook Live programming all day today. Watch live at facebook.com/UNFPA. read more

Orangsoutans euxaussi aiment nous regarder au zoo

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first_imgOrangs-outans : eux-aussi aiment nous regarder au zoo Australie – Une étude menée par des scientifiques de l’université de Melbourne semble prouver que les orangs-outans, loin d’être perturbés par les visiteurs qui les observent dans les parcs zoologiques, prennent autant de plaisir à les regarder que les humains venus les admirer.  Cette étude montre que l’observation des gens qui les entourent est un passe-temps pour ces grands singes, tout comme il peut en être un pour bon nombre d’humains. À lire aussiCette vidéo retrace l’évolution de nos ancêtres en moins de 2 minutesL’expérience, menée avec cinq orangs-outans du zoo de Melbourne, a consisté à opacifier la moitié de la vitre permettant d’observer les animaux dans leur enclos, laquelle permet également aux animaux d’observer leurs visiteurs. Cette installation laissait le choix aux singes de se dissimuler ou de s’offrir aux regards. Peu désireux de préserver leur intimité, les singes ont montré qu’ils préféraient presque toujours siéger face au public, devant la vitre leur permettant de voir et d’être vus. Les données compilées par les scientifiques de l’université de Mebourne montrent que les grands singes passent ainsi quatre fois plus de temps à observer les gens qu’à réaliser d’autres activités dans la partie aveugle de leur enclos. Paul Hemsworth, un spécialiste du bien-être animal ayant participé à l’étude, commente ces résultats : “Si les orangs-outans trouvaient la présence des visiteurs stressante, on pourrait s’attendre à ce qu’ils passent plus de temps dans la partie de leur enclos abritée des regards. Or, nous avons observé le contraire : ils sont attirés par la partie ouverte et y passent le plus clair de leur temps. Cela suggère que les humains sont pour eux une distraction”. Le scientifique précise cependant que ces résultats pourraient être différent chez d’autres espèces animales, et que des recherches complémentaires doivent être effectuées avant de tirer des conclusions générales sur le stress imposé par la présence de l’homme aux animaux en captivité. Le 13 juin 2010 à 12:04 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Des lycéens analysent des données du LHC

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first_imgDes lycéens analysent des données du LHCDepuis ce vendredi jusqu’au 26 mars prochain, plus de 600 lycéens français sont invités par le CNRS à analyser de vraies données du LHC, l’accélérateur de particules le plus puissant du monde, et à échanger leurs résultats avec d’autres classes du monde entier. L’accélérateur de particules le plus puissant au monde s’apprête à redémarrer. Pendant ce temps, 600 lycéens sont invités dans huit laboratoires du CNRS à analyser les données des toutes premières collisions entre protons obtenues l’an dernier. Une initiative qui intervient dans le cadre des Masterclasses internationales organisées avec le Cern à Genève.Les chercheurs d’un jour se verront proposer une série d’activités parmi lesquelles la redécouverte de la structure du proton, la reconstruction des “particules étranges” ou bien la chasse au boson de Higgs. Les jeunes seront accompagnés toute la journée par des chercheurs et auront l’opportunité d’échanger par vidéoconférence avec d’autres lycéens du monde entier, indique le CNRS. L’occasion de discuter, en anglais, de leurs résultats, à la manière des physiciens des grandes collaborations internationales. Une façon très intéressante d’éveiller la curiosité des jeunes pour l’univers de la physique. Le 4 mars 2011 à 14:59 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

4 rescued from sinking boat off Dania Beach

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first_imgDANIA BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – The U.S. Coast Guard rescued three people from a boat sinking near Dania Beach, Tuesday, as well as a fourth person who was scuba diving in the water.The Coast Guard responded to the scene around 12:30 p.m. Rescue crews found a 23-foot boat taking on water, officials said.The three people on board the ship told the rescue crew that one person already entered the water in scuba gear.All four were safely brought to shore.The Coast Guard towed the boat to shore.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

New US rule could disqualify half of visa applicants

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first_imgU.S. President Donald Trump’s administration unveiled a new rule on Monday that could deny visas & permanent residency to hundreds of thousands of people for being too poor. The long-anticipated rule, pushed by Trump’s leading aide on immigration, Stephen Miller, takes effect Oct. 15 and would reject applicants for temporary or permanent visas for failing to meet income standards or or for receiving public assistance such as welfare, food stamps, public housing or Medicaid. Also Read – Watch: Donald Trump says Florida faces absolute monster hurricane Advertise With Us Such a change would ensure that immigrants “are self-sufficient,” in that they “do not depend on public resources to meet their needs, but rather rely on their own capabilities, as well as the resources of family members, sponsors, and private organizations,” a notice published in the Federal Register said. “The principle driving it is an old American value and that’s self-sufficiency,” Ken Cuccinelli, the acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, said in a Fox News interview published on Monday. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us “It will also have the long-term benefit of protecting taxpayers by ensuring people who are immigrating to this country don’t become public burdens, that they can stand on their own two feet, as immigrants in years past have done,” he said. The overhaul is part of President Donald Trump’s efforts to curb both legal and illegal immigration, an issue he has made a cornerstone of his presidency. Advertise With Us He has pledged to build a wall along the U.S. southern border with Mexico – initially saying Mexico would pay for it – and has pressed for changes to immigration laws. Both efforts have made little progress with lawmakers. This rule change on benefits could be the most drastic of all the Trump administration’s immigration policies, experts have said. Advocates for immigrants have criticized the plan as an effort to cut legal immigration without going through Congress to change U.S. law. Under the new rules, more than half of all family-based green card applicants would be denied, according to the Migration Policy Institute, a research organization. Some 800,000 green cards were granted in 2016. The new rule is derived from the Immigration Act of 1882, which allows the U.S. government to deny a visa to anyone likely to become a “public charge.” Immigration officers in recent years have defined visa applicants as a public charge if they are likely to become primarily dependent on government assistance. Most immigrants are ineligible for the major aid programs until they get green cards but the new rule published by the Department of Homeland Security expands the definition of a public charge that stands to disqualify more people. Applicants will now need to show higher levels of income to get a visa and the rule greatly expands the list of government benefits that would disqualify them from obtaining U.S. residency. Immigrant advocates have expressed concern the rule could negatively affect public health by dissuading immigrants from using health or food aid to which they or their children are entitled. Other parts of the Trump administration have taken or are contemplating similar approaches to penalize immigrants’ use of public assistance. The State Department changed its foreign affairs manual in January 2018 to give diplomats wider discretion in deciding visa denials on public-charge grounds. In the 2018 fiscal year, which ended last September, the number of visas denied on those grounds quadrupled compared to the previous year. The Justice Department also is considering a regulation that would dramatically expand the category of people who could be subject to deportation on the grounds that they use public benefits.last_img read more

Media delegitimising Trump White House

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first_imgPhoto: Reuters The White House vowed on Sunday to fight the news media “tooth and nail” over what it sees as unfair attacks, with a top adviser saying the Trump administration had presented “alternative facts” to counter low inauguration crowd estimates.On his first full day as president, Trump said he had a “running war” with the media and accused journalists of underestimating the number of people who turned out Friday for his swearing-in.White House officials made clear no truce was on the horizon on Sunday in television interviews that set a much harsher tone in the traditionally adversarial relationship between the White House and the press corps.”The point is not the crowd size. The point is the attacks and the attempt to delegitimise this president in one day. And we’re not going to sit around and take it,” chief of staff Reince Priebus said on “Fox News Sunday.”The sparring with the media has dominated Trump’s first weekend in office, eclipsing debate over policy and Cabinet appointments.It was the main theme at the Republican president’s first visit to the CIA, at the press secretary’s first media briefing and in senior officials’ first appearances on the Sunday talk shows.Together, they made clear the administration will continue to take an aggressive stance with news organizations covering Trump.”We’re going to fight back tooth and nail every day and twice on Sunday,” Priebus said.He repeated White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s assertions on Saturday that the media manipulated photographs of the National Mall to make the crowds on Friday look smaller than they really were.Aerial photographs showed the crowds were significantly smaller than when Barack Obama took over as president in 2009.The Washington subway system said it had 193,000 riders by 11am (1600 GMT) on Friday, compared with 513,000 at that time during the 2009 inauguration.Spicer’s categorical assertion that “this was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration – period” was widely challenged in media reports citing crowd count experts and was lampooned on social media as well.Asked on NBC’s “Meet the Press” why the press secretary was uttering provable falsehoods, White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway fired back.”If we are going to keep referring to our press secretary in those types of terms I think that we are going to rethink our relationship here,” she said.Conway responded to criticism that the new administration was focusing on crowds rather than on significant domestic and foreign policy issues by saying: “We feel compelled to go out and clear the air and put alternative facts out there.”Priebus and Conway focused on a press pool report that said the bust of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. had been removed from the Oval Office after Trump took office. The report on Friday night was quickly corrected, but Trump called out the reporter by name during a visit to the Central Intelligence Agency on Saturday. Spicer also berated the reporter later in the day.RUSSIAN SHADOWSWith the 8 November election results shadowed by US intelligence reports of Russian meddling on his behalf, Trump has bristled at reports suggesting his popular support is soft and that the election was not legitimate.Trump, who lost the popular vote to Democrat Hillary Clinton by nearly 3 million votes, made no mention of Russia in his first visit to the CIA on Saturday. He praised his nominee to head the agency, Mike Pompeo, and ranted against the “dishonest” media, a favorite target during his presidential campaign.The president accused the media of fabricating his tensions with the US intelligence community, despite his frequent posts on Twitter that derided the agencies.Trump drew criticism from Democrats as well as former CIA Director John Brennan for his remarks at the agency, where he spoke before a memorial wall with stars representing personnel killed in action.”President Trump ought to realise he’s not campaigning anymore. He’s president,” Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said on ABC’s “This Week.””Instead of talking about how many people showed up at his inauguration, he ought to be talking about how many people are going to stay in the middle class and move into the middle class.”last_img read more

Planetary professor shows what alien sunset really looks like

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first_imgSunset on HD209458b (reconstructed from the HST/STIS transmission spectrum). Image: Frederic Pont © 2011 PhysOrg.com Citation: Planetary professor shows what alien sunset really looks like (2012, January 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-01-planetary-professor-alien-sunset.html (PhysOrg.com) — One of the great things about science is how so many people are able to use their imagination to conjure ideas, concepts or in some cases actual images of things in their mind, and then to use the tools at hand to bring such ideas to light so that others may see them as well. One such recent application of this is Professor Frederic Pont, of the University of Exeter, who imagined what it might really look like if a person were able to visit another planet and to then sit quietly watching as the sun set, just as so many of us do here on planet Earth. But simply imagining how it might look wasn’t enough for Pont, he used data from a camera onboard Hubble, called appropriately enough, the Space Telescope, knowledge of how the color of light changes based on chemicals it encounters, and computer modeling, to create an actual image of what a sunset on an actual planet far out in space would look like. He’s posted it on his blog.The planet in question, exoplanet HD209458b, nicknamed Osiris, just happens to be quite large and circles its star rather closely. At certain points, when the planet passes between us and its star, the light from that star passes through Osiris’s atmosphere before reaching us. That allows exoplanet specialists such as Pont, to figure out what is in that atmosphere. And once that is known, it becomes possible to deduce what colors would appear to our naked eyes, were we able to sit there on that planet watching that star set.Though we couldn’t technically sit on the surface of Osiris, since it doesn’t have one, the picture that Pont produced approximates what it would look like, were it to exist, and the results are truly beautiful. This is because the light from Osiris’s star is white, like our own sun, but when it passes through the sodium in Osirisi’s atmosphere, red light in it is absorbed, leaving the starlight to appear blue. But then, as the sun sets, the blue light is scattered in the same way as it is here on Earth (Rayleigh scattering) causing a gradual change to green, and then to mushy dark green. And finally, due to diffraction, the bottom of the image becomes slightly flattened.So now, instead of simply sitting around imagining what it might look like to kick back and watch the sun set on a planet 150 light years away, we can look at Pont’s picture, and see for ourselves.center_img Explore further Hazy red sunset on extrasolar planet This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

7 wonders inspired 7 course menu

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first_imgHyatt Regency Delhi was highly elated to be the hospitality partner for the high profile lifestyle event – “The CEO Series 2016”. The India Edition of CEO featured Celebrity Chef and Master Chef Australia Judge Gary Mehigan who along with Executive Chef Hyatt Regency Delhi, Ivan Chieregatti  curated exclusive seven course menu on the theme of “7 wonders of the world”.Celebrity Chef Gary Mehigan was welcomed at the hotel in pure Indian traditional style with aarti, tikka and garlands.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe lavish menu has been inspired from the seven wonders of the world right from rich soft textured  salmon with flavours of ceviche from Peru, butter roasted cauliflower caramalized with spices from India, Brazilian Moqueca’ crustacean veloute,white chicken cooked in authentic Chinese sauces to Italian Concod’Oro’ Lemon curd and olive oil semi freddo, slow cooked lamb inspired from Middle Eastern flavours and refreshing compressed watermelon from Jordon.  Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAseem Kapoor, General Manager, Hyatt Regency, Delhi said, “We are delighted to have Chef Gary Mehigan here who has conceptualised such an innovative and scrumptious menu for our esteemed guests. Such events enable social interactions outside of boardrooms and following our tradition we are dedicated to serving our guests at its best.” Gary Mehigan is an English Australian chef, restaurateur and a judge of the series MasterChef Australia. He currently co-owns The Boathouse restaurant, in Melbourne suburb Maribyrnong.last_img read more

Mannequins promoting dangerously thin body ideals

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first_imgDon’t go by the body size of fashion store mannequins for they are “too thin” and promote unrealistic body ideals which can be dangerous for young adults, warn researchers.The study, published in the Journal of Eating Disorders, found that the average female mannequin’s body size was representative of a severely underweight woman.These ultra-thin models may prompt body image problems and encourage eating disorders in young people, the researchers said. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Because ultra-thin ideals encourage the development of body image problems in young people, we need to change the environment and reduce emphasis on the value of extreme thinness,” said Eric Robinson, from the University of Liverpool in Britain.However, altering the size of high street fashion mannequins alone would not “solve” body image problems. “What we are instead saying is that presentation of ultra-thin female bodies is likely to reinforce inappropriate and unobtainable body ideals. So as a society we should be taking measures to stop this type of reinforcement,” Robinson said. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”Given that the prevalence of body image problems and disordered eating in young people is worryingly high, positive action that challenges communication of ultra-thin ideal may be of particular benefit to children, adolescents and young adult females,” he noted.For the study, the team surveyed national fashion retailers located on the high street of Britain. The average male mannequin’s body size was significantly larger in contrast to the average female mannequin’s body size and only a small proportion of male mannequins represented an underweight body size.last_img read more

YYC sets new record in passenger traffic

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first_imgYYC sets new record in passenger traffic Tags: Airports, Calgary Share CALGARY — YYC Calgary International Airport (YYC) welcomed a total 15.7 million passengers last year, an increase of 1.3%, setting a new record for passenger traffic.Opened just last October, YYC’s $1.6 billion International Terminal added 24 gates to the airport, enhancing aircraft handling capacity and flexibility. It also boasts North America’s first call-to-gate aircraft boarding process, and features enhanced technology for baggage processing and check-in.Also fuelling growth was increase airlift. WestJet Airlines introduced its first transatlantic destination from Calgary, launching its London-Gatwick flight from YYC in May, as well as seasonal service to Thunder Bay. Air Canada launched a new seasonal service to San Francisco and also continued the rollout of 787 Dreamliner aircraft on its flights to London-Heathrow, Frankfurt and Narita.Hainan Airlines launched year-round nonstop flights connecting YYC to Beijing, Alberta’s only passenger service to China, while KLM Airlines introduced a 787 Dreamliner on its YYC-Amsterdam route.This year, Aeromexico will begin year-round nonstop service connecting YYC with Mexico City beginning in June.More news:  Save the dates! Goway’s Africa Roadshow is backSeasonal and charter options also continued to grow at YYC. Sunwing Airlines introduced new points in Cuba and Costa Rica, Edelweiss brought back its summer seasonal service from Calgary to Zurich, and Air Transat’s new flight options to Calgary also provided a boost. Korean Air/Hanjin Travel once again offered charter service to Incheon Airport last summer, while NewLeaf offered a winter seasonal charter service to Hamilton and Abbotsford.“Our 2016 numbers show YYC and its airline partners are providing businesses and travellers access to the markets and destinations they’re looking for,” said Bob Sartor, President & CEO of The Calgary Airport Authority. “With the opening of our new International Terminal and new cargo facilities at YYC, and the addition of destinations and services introduced in 2016, YYC will continue to be a key driver of economic growth for the City of Calgary and the province overall.” << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Monday, January 30, 2017 Posted by Travelweek Group last_img read more