Lalu calls key meeting on Monday, Nitish a day after

first_imgAmid the tense political atmosphere in Bihar, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad has called a meeting of party legislators on Monday, while alliance partner Janata Dal (United) has called a meeting of its core committee on Tuesday.The Opposition BJP, for its part, has appealed to RJD and JD(U) MLAs to pressure their party leaders to seek the resignation of Mr. Prasad’s son, Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav, in the wake of the CBI booking him for alleged corruption in the award of a contract for managing two railway hotels.Nitish silentBihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar returned to Patna on Sunday afternoon, after three days in Rajgir, and drove straight to his 1 Anne Marg residence. He did not speak to the media.Mr. Kumar and his party leaders have been maintaining a stoic silence on the CBI raids on Mr. Prasad’s premises and the charge sheet filed against Rabri Devi and Mr. Tejaswi Yadav in connection with the railway hotels scam.The “image conscious” Chief Minister was expected to take a decision on Mr. Tejaswi Yadav after reaching Patna. But that did not happen. Mr. Kumar has also cancelled his weekly Lok Samvad programme on Monday due to “ill-health”.Mr. Prasad has been meeting senior party leaders and legal advisers at his 10 Circular Road residence for the past two days.Legal advisersParty sources said he spoke to eminent lawyer and party’s Rajya Sabha member Ram Jethmalani twice.Party leaders coming out after meeting the RJD chief said they would not be cowed down by the BJP’s political vendetta. Party sources told The Hindu that the RJD chief had identified another member for Deputy Chief Minister should Mr. Tejaswi Yadav need to be replaced.Not to quitNames of State Finance Minister Abdul Bari Siddiqui, Lalit Yadav, MLA, and Mr. Prasad’s elder son, Health Minister Tej Pratap Yadav, came up at the closed-door meeting with some top party leaders. However, party insiders said neither Mr. Tejaswi Yadav nor any of the family members favoured his resignation.Meanwhile, senior State BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi told presspersons that he was appealing to all RJD and JD(U) MLAs to demand the resignation of Mr. Tejaswi Yadav.The party’s leaders have been holding meetings for the last two days to discuss the fast changing political situation. Top State BJP leaders asked legislators on Sunday to gear up for a possible mid-term poll.last_img read more

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World Cup semi-final against India was fixed, says former Pak cricketer Haider

first_imgAllegations of match fixing have once again clouded the Pakistani cricket team after former wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider, who had fled to London alleging he had been threatened by bookies, demanded a formal probe into the team’s defeat to India in the ICC World Cup semi-final.Saying he was not surprised by Pakistan’s poor performance and defeat in Mohali on Wednesday, Haider questioned poor performances by several players including wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal. He alleged that fixing has been part of the Pakistani cricket culture.He accused the Akmal brothers of controlling the way the national team functions and alleged that they did not allow any player to settle down in the team.Speaking to Pakistani channel Dunya News from London, Haider said he had run away from the team hotel in Dubai after being harassed by Kamran’s younger brother Umar Akmal. Haider questioned why Kamran was still in the Pakistani team despite dropping a number of catches.Haider had fled from the hotel in Dubai, where the Pakistani team was staying, alleging threat from a fixer in November 2010.He alleged that some national selectors took money from players to select them. He urged the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), government and the International Cricket Council (ICC) to look into the assets of the selectors to get to the bottom of the truth.last_img read more

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Vijender Singh to take on Australian Kerry Hope in Delhi on July 16

first_imgIndias pro boxing sensation Vijender Singh is all set totake on Australias Kerry Hope at Delhis Thyagaraj Stadium on July 16.The WBO Asia title fight will also be his seventhprofessional bout. The bout was originally scheduled for June 11. However, it was postponed due to logistical issues.The middleweight boxer, who earned worldwide fame bybecoming Indias first Olympic and World Championships medallist at the amateurlevel, has exhibited rampaging form even in the pro arena.Since his first fight in October last year, the Haryanapugilist has won all his six pro bouts via technical knockouts.’HUGE MOMENT FOR ME’ Vijender has been excited abouthis first homecoming fight. A day before his six straight win against Polands AndrzejSoldra last month, Vijender had said he was excited about his fight in India.”I am really looking forward to the India bout, it is going to be a hugemoment for me to step inside the ring in front of my home fans. And that is why I am not going to take any break from training because I want to be at my best,” he said. Riding on his pro boxing success, Vijender hopes to grab aticket for Rio Olympics 2016 following the International Boxing Associationsgreen signal for professional boxers to compete in the Olympics.Vijender is likely to compete in the qualifiers forprofessional boxers which is scheduled to take place next month in Venezuela.But his hopes of qualifying for the 75 kg category rests onanother Indian boxer Vikas Krishnan’s hands. Vijender will head to Rio only ifVikas fails to grab a berth in June’s final qualifier.advertisementlast_img read more

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I was only joking, says P Diddy on changing his name

first_imgLos Angeles, Nov 7 (PTI) Rapper P Diddy has clarified that he is not changing his name and the announcement he made over the weekend was a joke.The 48-year-old musician posted a new video on Instagram, in which he said Love is one of his many “alter egos” and asked his fans not to take his post seriously.”Due to the overwhelming response from the media out there, and just due to there not wanting to be any confusion… I was only joking. Okay?”I didnt change my name. It was just part of one of my alter egos. One of my alter egos is Love,” Diddy said.The “Bad Boy for Life” singer also sports names such as Puffy, Puff Daddy and Brother Love.His real name is Sean John Combs. PTI CORR RDS RDSlast_img

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Asteras Tripolis Shocks Belgrade, 2-0

first_imgAsteras Tripolis salvaged some soccer pride for Greece, beating Partizan Belgrade, 2-0 at home in the Europea League after PAOK, Panathinaikos and Olympiakos were spanked in their games.In the first ever group stage game in a European competition held at Tripoli, Asteras scored an historic win that puts it at the top of its pool, ahead of its games against Tottenham from the British league.Asteras captain Fernando Usero opened the score after 22 minutes beating Partizan keeper Milan Lukac at the second attempt inside the box. Then Facundo Parra made it 2-0 from close range on the 52nd, taking the game beyond the visitors.Asteras has now reached four points from two games.PAOK was beaten 2-0 by the French side Guingamp, giving up both goals in three minutes, both to Sylvain Maraveaux in the 47th and 50th minutes.  PAOK manager Angelos Anastasiadis said that, ‘We were unacceptable, and it is my fault.” PAOK has three points from two games.Error-prone Panathinaikos fell behind Estoril eight minutes into the second half in Portugal, with Kleber scoring in close. Diogo Amado wove through a weak Greek defense to head the ball in for 2-0 on the 66th minute.Panathinaikos remained without a point after two matches, showing how much it misses injured Marcus Berg, its top scorer last season.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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George Powers Thunder Past Bucks, Earns Giannis’ Praise

first_imgOKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Paul George delivered once again for Oklahoma City.Even Giannis Antetokounmpo was impressedGeorge had 36 points and 13 rebounds, and the Thunder beat Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks 118-112 on Sunday for their fifth straight victory.George, an All-Star starter, scored seven points in the final 1:15 to help the Thunder hold off the team with the NBA’s best record. As he stood at the free-throw line late in the game, the M-V-P chants that had been reserved for Russell Westbrook in recent years rained down on George.“He was doing everything,” said Antetokounmpo, another All-Star starter. “Making 3s, mid-range, dunking, floaters. It was a little of everything. He was playing amazing. Down the stretch, you know where the ball’s going to go. It’s going to go to Paul George, and he closed the game out for them and he played the right way.”Westbrook had 13 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists for his 16th triple-double of the season and No. 120 for his career. Jerami Grant scored 16 points and Terrance Ferguson added 15 for the Thunder.Antetokounmpo had 27 points and 18 rebounds for Milwaukee, and Khris Middleton added 22 points.Eric Bledsoe hit a 3-pointer with just over a minute left to cut Oklahoma City’s lead to three, but George drained a 3-pointer in Malcolm Brogdon’s face at the end of the shot clock to push the margin back up to six.“I’ve got a smaller guy on me,” George said. “Just shoot over the top. Just took advantage of that.”George scored 21 points in the first half to help the Thunder take a 56-42 lead. Antetokounmpo missed all six of his shots before the break and scored just three points.“Giannis had some good looks he normally makes, he didn’t make, but then I think individually they were good on him,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “Jerami Grant and then a few other guys take the challenge individually. A lot of help. Guys are swarming him, so credit to them.”Steven Adams, Oklahoma City’s lumbering 7-foot center, got the crowd amped up with a surprise early in the third quarter. He got a steal, dribbled three quarters of the way down the court and converted a layup to give the Thunder a 64-52 lead.The Thunder led 82-66 before the Bucks hit three straight 3-pointers, including two from Middleton. Oklahoma City held on to lead 89-79 at the end of the third quarter.ROCKETS 103, MAGIC 98HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden scored 40 points, and Houston rallied for the win in Chris Paul’s return from a hamstring injury.Houston trailed by as many as 16. The game was tied with about 75 seconds left when a 3-pointer by Harden put the Rockets up 98-95. Terrence Ross missed a 3 on the other end and Harden added a step-back jumper with 30 seconds left.Harden got his third block when he swatted away a shot by Evan Fournier, and Paul added two free throws with 13.6 seconds remaining to secure Houston’s third straight victory. Paul had 12 points and six assists after missing the previous 17 games with a strained left hamstring.Aaron Gordon had 23 points for the Magic, who have dropped six of seven.RAPTORS 123, MAVERICKS 120DALLAS (AP) — Kawhi Leonard scored 33 points to help Toronto overcome a triple-double from Dallas rookie Luka Doncic.Pascal Siakam’s three-point play snapped a 108-108 tie with 3:56 remaining as the Raptors recovered from a seven-point deficit early in the fourth quarter.Doncic, who turns 20 on Feb. 28, had 35 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists to become the first teenager in NBA history with two triple-doubles.Kyle Lowry scored 19 points for Toronto and Siakam had 14.JAZZ 125, TIMBERWOLVES 111MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Donovan Mitchell had 29 points for surging Utah, and Ricky Rubio added 18 points and eight assists.After going 2 of 12 in the first half, Mitchell scored 13 points in the third quarter to help hold off a Minnesota rally and give the Jazz their ninth win in 10 games. Utah shot 71 percent (27 of 38) during the second half for its second victory in three nights over the Timberwolves.Andrew Wiggins led Minnesota with 35 points, and Karl-Anthony Towns added 22. Jerryd Bayless had a season-high 19.Rudy Gobert had 17 points for Utah.SPURS 132, WIZARDS 119SAN ANTONIO (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge had 30 points, nine rebounds and six assists, powering San Antonio to the victory.The Spurs were without leading scorer DeMar DeRozan, but had seven players in double figures. Reserve Davis Bertans had a season-high 21 points after missing the previous two games due to personal reasons. Derrick White and Bryn Forbes added 16 points each.Washington, which had won five of seven, lost its 19th straight in San Antonio. Bradley Beal and Tomas Satoransky each scored 21 points.CLIPPERS 122, KINGS 108LOS ANGELES (AP) — Montrezl Harrell scored 25 points, and the Clippers earned their third consecutive win.Tobias Harris added 18 points for Los Angeles, which was coming off a 3-1 road trip. Lou Williams had 12 points and 10 assists.The Clippers had 35 assists on 42 field goals.De’Aaron Fox led Sacramento with 21 points. Bogdan Bogdanovic added 19 points, and Willie Cauley-Stein had 12 rebounds.HEAT 106, KNICKS 97NEW YORK (AP) — Wayne Ellington scored each of his 19 points in the second half, and the Heat handed the Knicks their ninth straight loss.Miami had seven players score in double figures in its second straight win. Dwyane Wade had 15 points and 10 assists, and Hassan Whiteside finished with 13 points and 16 rebounds.Wade, who plans to retire at the end of the season, received a standing ovation from the Madison Square Garden crowd when he was taken out in the final seconds.Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 22 points for New York, and Trey Burke had 16.Former Knicks star Carmelo Anthony watched from a courtside seat and waved to the cheering crowd when he was acknowledged on the scoreboard in the first quarter.CAVALIERS 104, BULLS 101CHICAGO (AP) — Jordan Clarkson and Alec Burks each scored 18 points, and the Cavaliers ended a six-game losing streak.NBA-worst Cleveland (10-41) had dropped 18 of 19. Cedi Osman scored 17 points, and Matthew Dellavedova finished with 16.Lauri Markkanen led Chicago with 21 points and 15 rebounds, and Zach LaVine had 17 points and 12 rebounds. The Bulls (11-39) have lost three straight and 13 of 14.Rodney Hood had a follow basket with 17 seconds left to put Cleveland up 102-101. After a Chicago miss, Dellavedova hit a pair of free throws. LaVine missed a 3-point attempt at the buzzer.LAKERS 116, SUNS 102LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ivica Zubac and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope each scored 24 points and the short-handed Lakers led throughout in a victory over the Phoenix Suns.Brandon Ingram added 22 points as Los Angeles was missing Kyle Kuzma (hip) and Tyson Chandler (rest), along with LeBron James and Lonzo Ball. Still, the Lakers dominated the inside against a small Phoenix lineup as it had a 70-46 advantage in points in the paint.Devin Booker scored 21 points, Kelly Oubre Jr. added 17 and Mikal Bridges 16 for Phoenix, which has dropped eight straight for its second-longest losing streak of the season. The Suns dropped 10 in a row from Nov. 25 to Dec. 11.Phoenix’s Deandre Ayton missed his fifth straight game with a sprained left ankle.___TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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X-Blades Promotion

first_imgThis fortnight Touch Football Australia’s (TFA) official footwear sponsor, X-Blades, will be promoting another great deal through the TFA website and newsletter.  X-Blades has a great deal for TFA members, with a special on two of its hoodies, with pictures attached below.X-Blades are offering 10% off their Blades Reversible hoodie (RRP $110) and their Blades Hoodie – Black (RRP $80). To take advantage of this great deal, please visit the X-Blades online shop and enter the code ‘TFAH’ at the checkout. To visit the X-Blades online shop, please click on the following link: www.bladesfootball.com.au/shop Stay tuned to the TFA website for more great promotions from X-Blades. Related Filesreversible-hoodie-jpghoodie-black-jpgRelated LinksX-Blades Promotionlast_img

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4 dead after Rajdhani Express runs over in UP

first_imgEtawah: At least four people were killed and six injured in Uttar Pradesh when the Delhi-bound Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express ran over them near a railway station on Monday morning, a railway official said. The incident took place near Balrai railway station at 6.50 a.m. The victims were passengers of the Surat-bound Avadh Express that was stopped at the station to give way to the Rajdhani Express coming from Kanpur, the official told IANS. The injured were shifted to a hospital in Saifai.last_img

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Lankan soldier held for attack on newspaper editor 10 years ago

first_imgColombo: A soldier has been arrested in Sri Lanka for attacking the editor of a popular Sinhala language newspaper 10 years ago, police said Monday. The corporal was arrested after his finger prints matched with those in the editor’s car. Upali Tennakoon, the editor of Rivira newspaper, was brutally attacked along with his wife in January 2009, two weeks after the killing of Lasantha Wickrematunga, the editor of The Sunday Leader. Tennakoon and his wife were attacked as they were driving to office. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingA gang of unidentified persons assaulted the couple after surrounding their car. Tennakoon has been living in the US since the assault. The incident was one of the attacks against media during the former regime of then president Mahinda Rajapaksa between 2005 and 2015. The arrest came after the Attorney General’s instructions on June 27, the police said. The attacks on media people during the Rajapaksa regime were blamed on an alleged military intelligence group operating form a camp in central Colombo. Five more from the group had been previously indicted and granted bail on the murder of Wickrematunga and abductions and assault on two other journalists. During the Rajapaksa regime, Sri Lanka was ranked as one of the worst places in the world for journalists.last_img read more

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Jessie Chris Joins SYLVANIA Lighting By LEDVANCE Be The Light Campaign

first_imgRadio Disney Country Artist and Massachusetts native Jessie Chris announced today that she will serve as an Ambassador for the SYLVANIA Lighting by LEDVANCE “Be The Light Campaign”.Chris, who herself was a victim of extreme bullying as a kid, is no stranger to helping promote the benefits showing kindness to others, has spent her career to date helping educate America on the effects of bullying and the benefits of being supportive of one another. Just last October, Chris was one of the faces of Disney’s National Anti-Bullying Campaign and recently was featured on The Human Race, a healing anthem which included Chris, Kelsea Ballerini, Scotty McCreery, LOCASH and other young country stars.Chris is now very excited to join SYLVANIA Lighting by LEDVANCE to help spread the message of being the light for others in our everyday lives. Chris will be visiting SYLVANIA HQ in Wilmington, MA on Tuesday, February 7th at 11AM to perform and tour the facility. She will also be featured in a PSA which emphasizes how performing small acts of kindness can go a long way for others. “It’s such an honor to be part of such an important campaign with an amazing brand like SYLVANIA. Taking just a few minutes to do something for others can make you feel good for the entire day,” said Chris.Holding the elevator for a stranger. Buying a coffee for the next person in line. Cheering up a friend who is down. Giving a warm smile while working the drive-thru window. Doing a podcast that makes people laugh during their long commute. These are just some of the little ways people who “Be the Light” make our country a brighter place. LEDVANCE is working with the Be the Light Campaign to issue a call to action to find and recognize people who give off positive energy and joy, and reward them for spreading light. In North America, LEDVANCE offers SYLVANIA advanced LED lamps as well as a wide range of traditional light sources, standardized luminaires and connected lighting solutions.Now through February 10 at www.sylvania.com/BeTheLight, you can nominate anyone who exemplifies what it means to “Be the Light” as a way to thank that special person that makes your day brighter. Examples could include a person who exudes positivity, is always willing to help out when needed, or is an inspirational role model. You could nominate a friend, family member, co-worker, anyone you know, or even yourself as a way to inspire others. Out of the nominations, 50 people who best embody the “Be the Light” concept will receive a Thank You Gift that includes a $50 Amazon Gift Card and SYLVANIA lighting products. If your nominee is selected, we will reward you with a $10 Amazon Gift Card and lighting products too! Starting on National Random Acts of Kindness Day (February 17), these selected stories of light-hearted people will be shared online with the hope they will ignite a movement toward positivity and help inspire others to Be the Light.“The Be the Light Campaign emphasizes the profound impact small acts that spread light have on individuals and communities. SYLVANIA lighting has been illuminating homes and businesses for over a century, and by joining this cause now we want to shine a light on people who Be the Light, meaning people that are a source of positive energy for those around them,” said David Geyer, Head of Brand Management – US and Canada, LEDVANCE. “With the start of the New Year, now is the time to set the tone for 2017 by encouraging light and positivity.”“Be the Light is focused on the importance of hope. We believe that mental health is just as important as physical health, and that small moments of kindness can alter the course of someone’s day. These can have a rippling effect that positively impacts more and more people over time,” said Melissa M. Syler, founder of the Be the Light Campaign. “Working with LEDVANCE’s SYLVANIA lighting team, we invite the nation to be an agent of change. Be a part of something larger than yourself. Be the Light.”last_img read more

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Algonquins of Ontario push ahead with vote on controversial modernday treaty

first_imgAPTN National NewsAn Ontario Algonquin organization says it is pushing ahead with ratification votes for its agreement-in-principle for what it hopes will lead to a “modern-day treaty” that is facing opposition from Quebec Algonquin First NationsThe Algonquins of Ontario announced Wednesday the ratification votes would be held between Feb. 29 and March 7.The group is made up of 10 Algonquin communities, but only one, Pikwakanagan, is a First Nation with reserve lands. The nine other communities were given legitimacy by Queen’s Park and Ottawa within the framework of the proposed modern-day treaty talks.The Algonquins of Ontario (AOO) face stiff opposition to completing the proposed modern-day treaty from three Algonquin First Nations in Quebec.The First Nations, Wolf Lake, Eagle Village and Timiskaming alleged the AOO claim threatens to extinguish their rights and title to about 855,271 acres of their claimed territory in Ontario.The three First Nations are contemplating legal action to stop the AOO’s process. The communities also allege that some of the members who have signed up as part of the AOO are not real Indigenous people.Wolf Lake Chief Harry St. Denis has called the AOO a “policy fiction” that lacks the legitimacy of a real Algonquin nation.The agreement-in-principle proses to transfer $300 million in capital funding and 117,500 acres of Ontario Crown lands into the hands of AOO. The $300 million will likely not be distributed in lump sums among the signatories.A final agreement may still be years away from completion.Negotiations around the AOO’s claim began in earnest in about 2004 when the 10 Algonquin communities in Ontario signed a protocol to pursue the claim together.“The choice is now in the hands of Algonquin voters,” said Pikwakanagan First Nation Chief Kirby Whiteduck in a statement.In addition to Pikwakanagan, the AOO is comprised of the Antoine, Kijicho Manito Madaouskarini, Bonnechere, Greater Golden Lake, Mattawa-North Bay, Ottawa, Shabot Obaadjiwan, Snimikobi and Whitney communities.The AOO, Queen’s Park and Ottawa initialed the agreement-in-principle on June 12, 2015.news@aptn.ca@APTNNewslast_img read more

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Visa customers able to swipe cards again after temporary outage

TORONTO — A nationwide Visa outage appeared to be resolved by Monday night as the credit card company said a network issue at a third-party processor was to blame.The problem, Visa said, did not lie with the Visa network.A Visa spokeswoman said a power outage at payment processor Tsys resulted in the failure of some payment transactions.The company said it provided back up processing assistance where possible until operations returned to normal.Royal Bank of Canada (TSX:RY) and TD Canada Trust (TSX:TD) were among the big banks who had said their customers were being affected by the outage. Some self-serve transaction systems were also affected.Both banks confirmed their Visa cards were working again by Wednesday night, delivering the news through their official Twitter accounts.Hundreds of credit card users across the country took to the social media website earlier in the day to complain that their cards were being declined when they tried to use them.Here’s a sampling of what people were saying:Go to pay for groceries, apparently #Visa isn’t working.. anywhere #wtf #wasntaware — Renaye Quinn (@RenayeQ) January 28, 2013IS ANYONE ELSE TRIPPIN OVER VISA BEING DOWN ??!! #winnipeg #visa #Canada — chéylene (@cheybeybey) January 28, 2013Nationwide #visa outage! Better take out some cash… — Jill Wise (@Jill_Wise) January 28, 2013haha good thing im with #Mastercard. #Visa is letting people down #icanstillshopyoucant — Lauren Irwin (@Lowinn3) January 28, 2013Eek why must #Visa be down? I have bikinis that need to be purchased !! — MD(@MeaghanDeeth) January 28, 2013I love Twitter. My #VISA card isn’t working and couldn’t get through to bank via phone. Twitter tells me it’s a Canada-wide outage — Noreen (@noree_een) January 28, 2013Wow #Visa goes down and all hell breaks lose across Canada — Joe Pratap (@Joepratap) January 28, 2013@appdotnet My paypal is connected to the same credit card. I’ll wait and try again later. 🙂 Hope a Canada-wide visa outage won’t last long. — Shelley Chen (@shelleychn) January 28, 2013 read more

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NewsAlert Home sales expected to fall 53 in 2017 10 in Ont

OTTAWA — The Canadian Real Estate Association has downgraded its sales forecast for the year. It now expects sales to fall 5.3 per cent year-over-year, with 506,900 properties changing hands, or 20,000 fewer than previously forecast in June. It projects sales in British Columbia and Ontario to fall by about 10 per cent in 2017, compared to record highs set in 2016. August home sales were down 9.9 per cent, year-over-year.More coming

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Several stores in Hambantota and other areas closed against VAT

Several stores in Hambantota and other areas were closed today in protest against the 15 percent VAT increase.Traders in Hambantota took to the streets and protested demanding that the Government reverse the decision to increase the VAT. A tense situation also developed in Hambantota when the police refused to allow the protesters to stage the protest using loud-speakers.The protest later continued without the use of loud-speakers. (Colombo Gazette)

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Drunken and unruly Tinkerbell and Bob the Builder removed from Ryanair flight

Airline bosses today renewed calls for a two-drink limit at airports after a drunken passenger dressed as Tinkerbell was removed from a Ryanair flight by armed police.The traveller – and a companion dressed as Bob the Builder – were removed from a plane due to take off from Stansted airport to Krakow in Poland on Friday.Dan May, who was a passenger on the flight, claims “one officer has adjusted the man’s wings” before arresting him, whilst “Bob the Builder has been exceptionally well behaved.”Ryanair confirmed that an ‘unruly Tinkerbell’ had been removed from the flight by police and repeated its calls for limits on drinking at airports.Bosses said they wouldn’t tolerate ‘unruly or disruptive’ behaviour.Mr May also wrote on Twitter: “Our flight to Krakow hasn’t taken off yet because a man dressed as Tinkerbell has threatened to cut everyone up.”This is why you don’t fly Ryanair from Stansted.”Armed police have shown up.” “This is exactly why we are calling for significant changes to prohibit the sale of alcohol at airports, such as a two-drink limit per passenger and no alcohol sales before 10am.”It’s incumbent on the airports to introduce these preventative measures to curb excessive drinking and the problems it creates, rather than allowing passengers to drink to excess before their flights.”Essex Police said: “Two men had become disruptive on a plane. They were cooperative on being asked to leave the aircraft. They scheduled a later flight to their destination.”This comes after an EasyJet flight had been cancelled due to a group of stag do revellers treating the plane “like a nightclub”.More than 140 people had their travel plans thrown into chaos when the service from Bristol to the Czech capital of Prague was axed June this year.Police were called to the tarmac where they arrested a 32-year-old man for a public order offence.The two-hour delay saw the flight then cancelled with families forced to make alternative arrangements. A Ryanair spokesman said: “Police removed and detained two passengers ahead of this flight from London Stansted to Krakow who were disruptive, before the aircraft departed to Krakow.”We will not tolerate unruly or disruptive behaviour at any time and the safety and comfort of our customers, crew and aircraft is our number one priority. This is now a matter for local police. Our flight to Krakow hasn’t taken off yet because a man dressed as Tinkerbell has threatened to cut everyone up. This is why you don’t fly Ryanair from Stansted.— Dan May (@dpmay) August 17, 2018 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Newbridge Credit Union taken over by Permanent TSB

first_imgThe Central Bank was expected to make the application to have the loans and assets of the credit union transferred to the state-backed bank today, but an order of transfer was signed in the High Court yesterday.A statement from the Central Bank said that the move was necessary due to financial difficulties in Newbridge.The Central Bank’s priority at all times is the protection of members’ savings and the maintenance of the financial stability and well-being of credit unions generally, in line with the Bank’s mandate.The Central Bank has been seeking to address both financial and governance issues at Newbridge Credit Union since 2008, which ultimately led to the appointment of the Special Manager in January 2012.The original plan had been to merge Newbridge with Naas Credit Union, but Naas baulked at that idea late into proceedings, forcing the Central Bank to look elsewhere.Few credit unions in the country have the capacity to take on Newbridge’s loan book and fewer would want the headaches that a transfer of engagement of that size would bring.The Central Bank says that the transfer to Permanent TSB was the “only viable solution”, with the alternative being a full-scale liquidation, which would hit unsecured depositors.Newbridge Credit Union will be open today as usual and will continue to trade until it is fully merged with the bank’s branch in the town.Newbridge is not affiliated to the Irish League of Credit Unions, who moved to assure members that their money is “secure as always”.Read: Central Bank to apply to have PTSB take over Newbridge Credit Union – reportsRead: Newbridge Credit Union members “will default on loans” if merger goes through A GROUP CAMPAIGNING to save Newbridge Credit Union have threatened to take their case to Europe after the Central Bank was granted permission to have Permanent TSB take over the institution.Willie Crowley of Save Newbridge Credit Union told RTÉ that the deal confirmed what the group had long believed.“We are shocked, but it finally confirmed what we have believed since this process started – that the plan was to merge credit unions into banks.“We’re devastated, as are the 37 staff.We will be lodging an immediate appeal to the High Court and we were informed that there is a possibility to appeal to European Courts.last_img read more

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Peru is fighting to save 17 languages that are in danger of

first_img Feb 11th 2017, 8:00 AM 9,167 Views http://jrnl.ie/3226618 Image: AP/Press Association Images Share21 Tweet Email1 Ashaninka India Antonia Ayeque outside her house in Kitamaronkani in Peru. 9 Comments Peru is fighting to save 17 languages that are in danger of dying out The native way of life has been wiped out in parts of the Amazon.center_img Ashaninka India Antonia Ayeque outside her house in Kitamaronkani in Peru. Image: AP/Press Association Images By AFP Short URL AMADEO GARCIA HAS no one left to talk to in his mother tongue, Taushiro.Neither does Pablo Andrade, the last living speaker of Resigaro.The two indigenous languages are among 17 that are critically endangered in Peru, where modern life’s advance into the isolated Amazon basin region has wiped out many native peoples’ way of life, and their languages along with it.Garcia, 67, is the last living Taushiro, an indigenous group native to northern Peru that was decimated by malaria, conflicts with rubber tappers and toxic oil spills in its rivers.Andrade, 65, has likewise watched his people and their language fade away.He lived until recently with his sister, Rosa, the other surviving speaker of Resigaro.But she was mysteriously murdered last month, leaving him with no one to talk to in their dying Amazonian language.There were 37 Resigaro speakers left a decade ago. But the others have all married into a larger ethnic group, the Ocaina, and given up speaking their mother tongue, said anthropologist Alberto Chirif.Overpowered Quechua indigenous men Source: Juan KaritaPeru, the cradle of the ancient Incan empire, is battling to protect its wealth of indigenous languages from being overpowered by Spanish, the dominant language since colonial times.The government produces a daily TV news program in Quechua for the four million people who speak it.Another is in the works in Aymara, which has nearly half a million speakers.Both of them have many dialects.Yet in this country of 30 million rising from coastal desert to towering Andes and tropical Amazon basin lowlands beyond — not all languages have the same demographic heft as the Andean big two.“There are four endangered indigenous languages and another 17 that are critically endangered, which is about half the country’s indigenous languages,” said Elena Burga, head of the government’s Intercultural, Bilingual and Rural Education Department.No fewer than 37 indigenous languages have already disappeared, according to official statistics.Burga said the cultural weight of Spanish — the primary language of government, education and TV — crushes indigenous languages, making children less likely to learn them.The problem has been exacerbated by the threats facing indigenous groups, who have been forced from their land by farming, oil drilling, illegal mining and logging, and drug cartels.“Disease can also decimate an isolated population and drastically reduce its numbers,” Burga told AFP.More than words Dancers perform during a festival in Sinakara Valley. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesSome 2,500 languages worldwide face extinction, UNESCO warned in 2009.Each one represents a treasure trove of words, poems, jokes, proverbs and legends, it said.The problem is particularly acute in Peru, where the challenging environments of the Amazon rainforest and Andes mountains harbor dozens of fragile indigenous communities.According to National Geographic, the region is one of five hotspots with the greatest number of endangered languages in the world, along with northern Australia, the northwest Pacific plateau in North America, and eastern and central Siberia.Taushiro and Resigaro are particularly threatened, with just one speaker each.But they are not alone.There are just three speakers of Munichi, four speakers of Inapari and 11 speakers of Cauqui, for example.In the case of Taushiro, the culture ministry has launched a project to create an audiovisual register of expressions and an audio dictionary.The Yanesha people, in the central province of Oxapampa, have for their part opened a series of bilingual schools with the help of US anthropologist and linguist Richard Chase Smith.One of the schools’ missions is to adapt the Yanesha alphabet to modern technologies, in hopes of carving out a space online.“I lived nearly 15 years in this community and managed to collect recordings of their traditional oral histories, a cornerstone of their identity,” said Smith.I have recordings of 18 epic narratives… that the Yanesha people themselves now listen to at workshops.Forty of Peru’s 47 indigenous languages have bilingual schools — “even if only a small one,” says Burga — thanks to a government project to ensure their survival.The government is also working to develop writing systems and texts, for the larger languages, or audio archives, for the smaller ones.But anthropologist Chirif urged officials to do more.“We need a plan to recognise indigenous peoples’ rights to their land and identity,” he said.- © AFP, 2017Read: In photos: rare glimpse of ‘uncontacted’ Amazonian tribe> Saturday 11 Feb 2017, 8:00 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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