Everything happened in the Serie A match between league leaders Juventus and AC Milan, except for a goal from the home side as the Old Lady won 2-0 on Sunday.Higuain, who was sent to AC Milan on loan by Juventus this season, grabbed the headlines for all the wrong reasons as he missed a penalty and got sent off while Mario Mandzukic struck early and Cristiano Ronaldo scored late in Juventus’ win.Higuain was absolutely livid when he was penalised after colliding with Medhi Benatia and was subsequently booked for his protests in the 83rd minute.That angered him even more and he was sent off, having had to be restrained by his team mates as he ranted at the referee and several Juve players, including Ronaldo.”I told him not to exaggerate, to avoid a bigger sanction,” said Ronaldo, adding that Higuain did not insult anyone. “He was losing and he was on edge. We mustn’t blame him for anything, he didn’t saying anything (bad).” Gonzalo Higuain was sent off for losing his cool at the referee and Juventus players. (Reuters Photo)AC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso said he felt Higuain should apologise for his outburst.”I hope (Higuain) apologises to the referee for his attitude,” said Gattuso, who himself had a fiery temper as a player.”A player of his experience and importance cannot afford such a reaction, even in a situation which is difficult psychologically. He needs to concentrate on what he has to do on the pitch.”advertisementJuve had taken an eighth minute lead when Alex Sandro floated a long cross from the left and Mandzukic outjumped Ricardo Rodriguez to score.AC Milan were handed a chance to level five minutes before halftime after Suso’s cross was controlled by Higuain but hit Benatia’s outstretched hand.Milan protested and the referee awarded a penalty after consulting the VAR and viewing the incident on the pitchside monitor.But Higuain’s penalty was weak and Wojciech Szczesny tipped it onto the post.Ronaldo wrapped up the match with his eighth league goal of the season in the 81st minute, firing in the rebound after Gianluigi Donnarumma parried Joao Cancelo’s shot, before Higuain lost his cool completely.Unbeaten Juventus now have 34 points, six clear of Napoli who won 2-1 at Genoa on Saturday with Inter Milan on 25 points in third after losing 4-1 at Atalanta.Milan’s defeat meant they dropped out of the top four into fifth place and were replaced by Lazio, who drew 1-1 at Sassuolo.(With Reuters inputs)
Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi Stadium will remain as the stand-by venue for the Indian Premier League’s play off and the final on May 12 if the impasse with regards to three closed stands at the Chepauk is not over.The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) has not been able to procure fit certificate for three stands I, J and K from the local municipal corporation since 2012.”We will have discussions with TNCA as we don’t want to deprive CSK their right of playing at home. But three empty stands is an issue. Hyderabad and Bangalore are the two stand-by venues for two play-offs, eliminator and final,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on Monday.It was also learnt that CoA has asked the steering committee of Players’ Association to expedite process.”The Players’ Association is expected to take shape in next two weeks. The four member committee has been told to expedite process,” the official said.The BCCI has also decided to invite fresh tender for title sponsorship of domestic tournaments and international games in India.”It will be a fresh process but PayTm can also bid but just like new bidders.Also Read | 6 out of 6: Royal Challengers Bangalore touch new low in Indian Premier LeagueAlso Read | What happened when Chris Gayle took on Rashid Khan and SRH in Mohali last time?
Eddie Nketiah scored a late winner to see Arsenal edge Bayern Munich 2-1 at the International Champions Cup on Wednesday.Nketiah tapped in an 88th-minute winner for the Premier League outfit at Dignity Health Sports Park in California.A strong Arsenal line-up took the lead early in the second half when Bayern defender Louis Poznanski scored an own goal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? But the German giants equalised through Robert Lewandowski, who struck with a brilliant header in the 71st minute.However, Nketiah would claim a win for Arsenal with a late tap-in after the contest opened up in the final half-hour.EDDIE! EDDIE! EDDIE! 1-2 (88)#ArsenalinUSA x #ICC2019 pic.twitter.com/NzDkvLtc5g— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) July 18, 2019Arsenal were the livelier of the two teams early on, with Mesut Ozil firing a sixth-minute effort across the face of goal from inside the area.While Bayern – who handed a debut to Benjamin Pavard in the second half following his arrival from Stuttgart – looked dangerous on the counter-attack, it was Arsenal appearing more likely to break through.However, the Bundesliga champions almost opened the scoring just after the half-hour mark.Thomas Muller met David Alaba’s low cross from the left, but the forward was denied by Bernd Leno from close range, before the Arsenal goalkeeper also pushed away a Daniels Ontuzans strike.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang then led a blistering Arsenal counter-attack before playing in Ozil, who was denied by Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer from an angle in the 38th minute.Chance! @Aubameyang7 leads a counter-attack with a fast-paced run from deep, before sliding the ball across for @MesutOzil1088Mesut’s shot is saved and Bayern clear the danger 0-0 (38)#ArsenalinUSA x #ICC2019 pic.twitter.com/Umh5QJA8GJ— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) July 18, 2019Arsenal took the lead just four minutes into the second half thanks to a Poznanski own goal.Henrikh Mkhitaryan picked out Aubameyang with a pass to the right and the attacker’s cross was turned into his own net by Poznanski.That led to a far more open encounter as chances start to come at both ends, with Leno tipping a Kingsley Coman strike over the crossbar in the 66th minute.Bayern drew level five minutes later, Lewandowski – introduced at half-time – brilliantly heading a Serge Gnabry cross into the top corner.Gnabry forced Emiliano Martinez, who replaced Leno at the break, into a diving save from 25 yards before Coman fired just wide of the goalkeeper’s post in the 81st minute.Moments after Nketiah forced a save from Bayern goalkeeper Sven Ulreich, the 20-year-old forward found a winner.Tyreece John-Jules played a one-two with Calum Chambers before crossing for Nketiah to tap in and make it 2-1. read more
British workers jailed for taking photos of body of dead soccer player SalaEmiliano Sala, 28, was flying from his previous club Nantes in western France to Wales to join Cardiff City when the Piper Malibu aircraft disappeared over the English Channel.advertisement Next Reuters LondonSeptember 23, 2019UPDATED: September 23, 2019 23:35 IST Fans observing a minute’s silence in memory of Emiliano Sala. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSTwo workers from a British CCTV firm were jailed for accessing graphic mortuary footageAfter Sala’s body was discovered, Bray and Ashford accessed footage of his body in the mortuaryBray had taken photographs of the footage on her mobile phone and then sent the pictures to another personTwo workers from a British CCTV firm were jailed on Monday for accessing graphic mortuary footage, later circulated on social media, of the body of the late Argentine soccer player Emiliano Sala, who was killed in a plane crash in January.Sala, 28, was flying from his previous club Nantes in western France to Wales to join Cardiff City when the Piper Malibu aircraft disappeared over the English Channel.After his body was recovered, Sherry Bray, 48, and Christopher Ashford, 62, accessed footage of his body in the mortuary and the images later appeared on social media.Sherry Bray and Christopher Ashford caused immense suffering to Mr Sala’s family and friends with their deeply offensive actions, said Anthony Johns of Britain’s Crime Prosecution Service.It is impossible to imagine why anyone would wish to record or view these sorts of images in such a flagrant breach of confidentiality and human decency. It was truly appalling and they both now face time in prison as a consequence.Police launched an investigation in February after officers became aware that a graphic image of the post-mortem of Sala was appearing on social media.They raided the offices of the closed-circuit TV firm which held the out-of-hours contract to monitor the mortuary and discovered that the company’s director, Bray and another member of staff, Ashford, had illegally accessed the footage.Bray had taken photographs of the footage on her mobile phone and then sent the pictures to another person on Facebook Messenger, police said. Evidence showed Bray had also taken pictures of another body in the mortuary.advertisementBray, who pleaded guilty in August to three counts of computer misuse and perverting the course of justice, was jailed for 14 months at Swindon Crown Court.Ashford, who admitted three counts of computer misuse, was sentenced to five months in prison.Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Emiliano Sala
The Jeep Gladiator Helped Me Rediscover Fun Outdoors Editors’ Recommendations Ride Out the Apocalypse With the 1,000-Horsepower Rezvani Tank X SUV Icons of America: Taking a Corvette Road Trip Along Route 66 There are a few different ways to evaluate a truck that touts off-road credentials, but comparing hardware or build quality or legacy doesn’t quite communicate a rig’s true mettle. Sometimes you just have to go get the darn thing dirty, uncomfortable, and far removed from urban terrain to adequately evaluate its out-of-the-box capability. That’s why I took the 2016 RAM 1500 Rebel to Southern California’s mountains and desert to put the bruiser in action.Don’t profile the styleWith its distinctive face, all-terrain tires and boastful badging, it’s easy to mistake the RAM Rebel for a Ford F-150 Raptor rival, but in truth the packaging is quite different. Yes, the Rebel uses an exclusive air suspension with four different ride heights, the highest of which sits 1.0-inch taller than the standard RAM 1500. Yes, the Rebel rides on 33.0-inch tires and utilizes underbody skid plates. Yes it has a 3.92 axle ratio and produces 396 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque from a 5.7-liter HEMI V8. But…and it’s a big but…the Rebel was primarily designed to be an aesthetic departure from the rest of the RAM lineup while the Raptor is only loosely related to its donor F-150 platform.“Offering an off-road-style package on the Ram 1500 has been on our to-do list for some time but the right combination didn’t present itself until now,” said RAM Trucks CEO Bob Hegbloom at the Rebel’s reveal. See it’s that whole “off-road style” bit that alludes to the vehicle’s purpose. You can option the RAM Rebel to the F-150 Raptor’s price point, but that doesn’t mean it will transform into a competitive pre-runner.Long-winded disclaimer aside, I set about finding how capable a beefed up RAM 1500 could be – and in the process developed abounding respect for the Rebel.A better baselineWhile the Rebel may not be a significant departure from the standard RAM line, that fact works in the truck’s favor when it comes to ride quality, cabin refinement, and interior volume.It’s hard not to feel spoiled riding in the Rebel’s cockpit. If you’re sitting up front, Chrysler’s UConnect infotainment system is a treat to operate with impressive features baked into a dead-simple module. If instead you find yourself in the rear seats, it’s like a test to see how well you can spread out among 40.3 inches of legroom. Should you somehow manage to load up the 125.3 cubic feet of interior space, including a pair of cubbies under the rear seats, the Rebel’s optional weatherproof, lighted, lockable Ram Boxes eat up additional cargo.Before the road became rough, I was able to evaluate the Rebel’s suburban demeanor. In short, daily driving this truck would be a breeze. Thanks to the Rebel’s adaptive air suspension – which automatically lowers to an “aerodynamic ride height” at speed – plus a smooth, communicative steering rack, the only clue that you’re piloting anything other than a standard RAM is a faint drone from its oversized tires. Additionally, the Rebel’s large windows and minimal blind spots (aided by a backup camera) make the massive truck feel shrunken on the road. Though the Rebel fills every inch of room between the lines of a parking spot, it’s astoundingly painless to place the rig between them.RAM’s Rebel can be optioned with either a 3.0-liter Ecodiesel V6 making 240hp and 420 lb-ft of torque or the aforementioned HEMI V8. Should frugality be of more interest than a kick-ass sound and gobs of power, the Ecodiesel paired with the eight-speed automatic transmission will return up to 25 mpg on the highway – but even the meatier V8 powertrain averages 22 highway mpg. I didn’t really come close to that figure during my time in the driver’s seat, but HEMIs just seem to bring out the hooligan in me, so don’t count my tests as standardized.Kicking up dustThe stage was set: after loading up at the crack of dawn, myself and a few adventure-seeking peers would tackle a moderately challenging off-road trail in Big Bear before heading for a dry lake bed in Lucerne Valley.The first several miles off-tarmac only required two-wheel drive, giving my passengers and I a chance to gauge the Rebel’s ride quality on coarse terrain at the air suspension’s normal height. Though not quite as plush as Toyota’s TRD series trucks, the RAM gracefully progressed along the trail at modest speeds without transferring bumps to the cabin. With greater speed, the truck settled further, demonstrating the damper’s rapid rebound and improving the ride comfort. Though I’d disengaged the traction control, the Toyo Open Country tires gripped loose dirt and slippery rocks impressively under acceleration and braking.As our route transitioned from a fire road to a series of steeper hills and larger boulders, I paused to lift the suspension, engage four-wheel drive, and plot my path with more care. While for some off-road vehicles, this transition would be more dramatic, the Rebel merely felt more sure-footed. Continual smoothness and driving ease traversed our group across small and large obstacles alike. Though there were moments when I was sure the Rebel lacked sufficient clearance, or would get bogged down in deep sand, it effortlessly rumbled along like a container ship over mild waters. The same nimble handling I’d experienced in tight parking lots also allowed me to confidently squeeze the Rebel through narrow rock corridors.In a moment of juvenile curiosity, I spotted a set of steep mounds and hatched the idea to mount them for a few impressive photos. Without hesitation, the RAM crawled up the loose dirt and perched atop the slope as a king surveying his domain. Without a locking differential, the Rebel would likely struggle to climb a larger, similarly steep ridge, but our journey didn’t afford any opportunities to test my theory.After emerging from the oscillating mountain terrain, our group scurried to the dry lakebed, eager to let the RAM’s sizeable powertrain suck in mouthfuls of air at higher speeds. With three miles of abandoned, cracked earth between each end of the lake, the Rebel surged forward, ushering a rooster tail of dust behind it. I’d love to convince you that my shenanigans were merely for pragmatic evaluation, but I was having entirely too much fun for that to be true. Still, the desert runs exposed the Rebel’s propensity for speed, characterized by the same stability that I’d noted over jagged ground.Good to greatAfter hours at the helm of RAM’s burliest light-duty pickup, I was sure of one thing: the Rebel may be a styling package with a fancy suspension, but because it’s based an incredible platform, it just works. Not only does the Rebel offer the same great cabin, ride quality, and interior volume as the standard 1500, it pitches in just enough rugged aesthetic to encourage owners to tackle terrain that a normal RAM could probably handle anyway. The Fine Art of Restoring a 1974 Range Rover Classic A Beginner’s Guide to Road Biking
Panelists Share Insights on Bridging the Gap Between Aspirational and Accessible Travel PHOENIX, Arizona (May 17, 2019) – The 14th annual Best Western Hotels & Resorts Leisure Travel Summit took place this week in New York City, with an impressive line-up of panelists from AAA, NostalgiaCon, TripAdvisor® and U.S. Travel Association. The group, which was led by Dorothy Dowling, Best Western’s Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, spoke to current trends shaping travel, shared insights into the outlook of the travel industry, and discussed the impending summer travel forecast. Bridging the Luxury Travel Accessibility GapPanelists at the summit, which took place over lunch at The Museum of Modern Art’s restaurant, The Modern, highlighted the growing trend of accessible and aspirational travel, showcasing the fact that today’s travelers yearn for exceptional, memorable, and otherwise unique experiences. The event theme “Best of Both Worlds” highlighted Best Western’s recent acquisition of WorldHotels®, a collection of approximately 300 unique and special properties in premier destinations globally and underscored the importance of accessible travel options in every hotel chain segment, from economy to luxury. During the panel, Dowling spoke about Best Western’s objectives with the acquisition, highlighting its desire to bridge the gap between aspirational luxury travel and accessibility – which will start with the launch of a new WorldHotels RewardsSM program this summer. This program will be built upon the award-winning infrastructure of Best Western Rewards® (BWR®) to give travelers an immediate state-of-the-art experience. “Sharing industry predictions and perceptions is key to helping the industry evolve and I’m truly grateful to have gathered yet again with this insightful group,” said Dowling. “Learning from industry partners what today’s travelers desire helps shape the best experiences for our guests. This year’s Best of Both Worlds event theme helps illustrate how companies like Best Western, and our esteemed co-panelists, are connecting travelers with the best experience, no matter their preferences or budget.” Summer Travel Forecast Calls for More Travelers Hitting the RoadThis year’s Leisure Travel Summit coincided with the launch of AAA’s annual Memorial Day Summer Travel Forecast, which included some encouraging statistics:· Nearly 43 million Americans will kick off the season with a Memorial Day vacation.· This year is forecast to be the second-highest travel volume on record since AAA began tracking holiday travel volumes.· An additional 1.5 million more people will take to the nation’s roads, rails and runways this summer compared with last year, a 3.6% increase. Supporting the AAA forecast of 37.6 million Americans traveling by automobile, recent statistics shared by Dowling during the Leisure Travel Summit show that travelers are hitting the road more than ever this summer, with projected room nights for highway properties in the U.S. up by 21% relative to last year. Top summer destinations in the U.S. according to U.S. News & World Report continue to be those near National Parks, with Yellowstone listed as the #2 place to visit in the world, and The Grand Canyon and Yosemite also highlighted on the list of top 20 global destinations. Perfectly timed heading into Memorial Day weekend and with road trip interest at its peak. Dowling also announced the newest way Best Western is helping travelers make memories, with the introduction of the company’s summer BWR promotion. From May 20 through September 2, 2019, BWR members will earn a $20 Best Western Travel Card® after their first stay. They can choose their dream summer vacation destination from Best Western’s extensive 16-brand hospitality portfolio across North America, in order to be eligible for the promotion. Personalization, Experiential Travel Top Noted Trends; Peer Reviews Continue to Be Important Factor that Shapes the Travel Experience from Start to FinishHot topics during this year’s Leisure Travel Summit were the trend of personalization, social responsibility, foodie travel and experiential getaways. According to TripAdvisor, iconic landmarks continue to drive travelers to major destinations, as they look to “check the box” – though an increase has been noted in “skip the line” tours, saving time and enhancing the experience. The influence of social media was also discussed, with NostaliaCon recognizing the emergence of travel photography, and capturing visuals, as a key part of the vacation experience. A popular topic during the Leisure Travel Summit was the power of peer reviews, which is extremely important in today’s landscape and a huge factor helping to shape travelers’ expectations, as well as how they research and book. Dowling noted an increase in the number of Best Western hotel reviews from 2017 to 2018, up 8%. The average review response rate for midscale hotels hovers around 40% and the company’s response rate is considerably higher than hotel industry norms, responding to 77% of negative reviews and 55% of positive reviews. “At Best Western, we understand the power of reviews and have made it a priority to excel in responding,” commented Dowling. “Listening to and engaging with our guests has always been a staple of Best Western’s superior guest service. We are committed to incorporating this valuable feedback into our continuously evolving product.” Changing Demographics Impacting Travel Industry’s Future – Generation Alpha, and MoreAnother important trend discussed at the summit was how the travel industry will adapt to changing demographics. As the typical American household changes, so must the travel industry and how they will accommodate. According to Harvard University projections, the total number of households in the U.S. will grow by over 21 million between now and 2038. New projections call for significant growth in the number of older-adult, minority, and millennial households, and for single-person households, the fastest growing segment over the next decade, empty-nesters, and married couples with children to lead growth among household types. According to U.S. Travel Association, who noted this shift during the panel, specifically citing the large number of millennials taking “Generation Alpha” (children under age 5) along for the journey, leaders in the travel industry must be prepared to embrace this change and adapt their offerings accordingly. For more information, please visit BestWestern.com or BestWesternDevelopers.com. About Best Western® Hotels & Resorts:Best Western Hotels & Resorts headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, is a privately held hotel brand with a global network of approximately 4,500 hotels in nearly 100 countries and territories worldwide‡. Best Western offers 16 hotel brands to suit the needs of developers and guests in every market. Best Western branded hotels include Best Western®, Best Western Plus®, Best Western Premier®, Executive Residency by Best Western®, Vīb®, GLō®, Aiden®, Sadie®, BW Premier Collection®, and BW Signature Collection®. Through recent acquisition, Best Western now also offers WorldHotels® Luxury, WorldHotels Elite and WorldHotels Distinctive brands. Completing its portfolio, Best Western offers SureStay®, SureStay Plus®, and SureStay Collection® franchises**. Now celebrating more than 70 years of hospitality, Best Western provides its hoteliers with global operational, sales and marketing support, and award-winning online and mobile booking capabilities. Best Western continues to set industry records regarding awards and accolades, including 66 percent of the brand’s North American hotels earning a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award in 2018, Business Travel News® ranking Best Western Plus and Best Western number one in upper-midscale and midscale hotel brands respectively for two consecutive years, and Fast Company honoring Best Western Hotels & Resorts with a spot in the Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in the Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality category. Best Western has also won 10 consecutive AAA®/CAA® Lodging Partner of the Year awards, recognizing the brand’s commitment to providing exceptional service and great value to AAA/CAA’s nearly 60 million members in the U.S. and Canada. Best Western-branded hotels were top ranked in breakfast (food and beverage category) by J.D. Power’s 2018 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Study – ranking first for midscale; and second for upper midscale. Nearly 40 million travelers are members of the brand’s award-winning loyalty program Best Western Rewards®, one of the few programs in which members earn points that never expire and can be redeemed at any Best Western-branded hotel worldwide. Best Western’s partnerships with AAA/CAA and Google® Street View provide travelers with exciting ways to interact with the brand. Through its partnership with Google Street View, Best Western is the first major company of its size and scale to launch a virtual reality experience for customers, setting a new industry standard and reinventing how guests view hotels. ‡ Numbers are approximate, may fluctuate, and include hotels currently in the development pipeline. **All Best Western and SureStay branded hotels are independently owned and operated.
Le personnel scolaire qui travaille avec des élèves atteints du trouble du spectre de l’autisme aura droit à plus de soutien grâce à un nouveau cours de formation régional lancé aujourd’hui 2 avril, Journée mondiale de la sensibilisation à l’autisme. C’est le Conseil atlantique des ministres de l’Éducation et de la Formation et le partenariat pour l’autisme en éducation de la Commission de l’enseignement spécial des provinces de l’Atlantique qui ont lancé cette nouvelle ressource en ligne. « Avec le lancement du cours, les éducateurs ont maintenant un outil éprouvé pour les aider à acquérir plus d’expérience, de connaissances et de compétences pour accroître le soutien aux élèves qui souffrent du trouble du spectre de l’autisme, indique la ministre de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance, Karen Casey. Un volet important de notre plan d’action en matière d’éducation consiste à offrir un milieu accueillant. Le programme appuie le personnel scolaire et l’aide à offrir à tous les élèves un meilleur milieu d’apprentissage. » Offert en anglais et en français, le cours comprend 40 heures de contenu en ligne qui assure une formation uniforme dans les quatre provinces. Le cours porte, entre autres, sur le trouble du spectre de l’autisme et son effet sur l’apprentissage, les principes de l’apprentissage et du comportement et la manière d’encourager la communication et le développement des compétences sociales. Les enseignants des centres d’apprentissage, les spécialistes, les orthophonistes, les psychologues et les aides-enseignants figurent parmi les éducateurs qui bénéficieront du programme. « Ce cours en ligne était rempli d’information pratique et utile que j’ai pu mettre en pratique immédiatement, de dire Janet Pheifer, une enseignante du centre d’apprentissage de l’école élémentaire et intermédiaire d’Eskasoni qui a participé à un essai pilote du cours. Mes élèves ont pu bénéficier de l’ensemble des exemples et des stratégies présentés. En terminant un module, j’ai constaté que j’ajustais la manière de composer avec des situations et d’appliquer des stratégies. « J’ai vu des améliorations dans l’apprentissage et le comportement à mesure que s’améliorait nos méthodes et notre compréhension du trouble du spectre de l’autisme. » Cette initiative interprovinciale cadre dans les efforts continus pour founir plus de soutien aux élèves atteints d’autisme.
After a Taliban attack in Kabul last week which killed 12 people, including a US soldier, US President Donald Trump called off peace talks and secret meetings and also cancelled the US-Taliban negotiations in Qatar. The stately protest of the act of terror was in expression of disagreement to the violence recently perpetrated. Taliban, on the other hand, has condemned President Trump’s abrupt move to suspend the ongoing peace talks with the group to close the 18-year-old war in Afghanistan, dubbing this gesture as an “anti-peace move”. The Taliban are very adamant on their assertion against the US that this move will bring more harm upon Washington and that US will end up more losses. Following the suspension of talks, the Taliban expressed through a series of tweets that “Our struggle for the past 18 years … will continue until the foreign occupation is finished and the Afghans are given a chance to live by their own choice”. Matters were progressing steadily before the recent bombing that claimed innocent lives, the Doha talks were a positive development with fruitful discussions going towards signing the agreement. September 23 was decided as the inaugural day of another round of inter-Afghan dialogue hoping that a deal with the US would be reached by then. With the sudden turn of events between the US and Taliban, the government of Afghanistan issued a statement that real peace would be possible only if he Taliban stopped launching attacks and held direct talks with the government. The Afghan President’s spokesperson, Sediq Sediqqi, stated that a direct negotiation with the group was a long-awaited wish and that they “strongly believe in a process that can be led and owned by the Afghan government and Afghan people”. This triangular picture of the Afghanistan peace process points to the fact that however defunct or incapacitated, a civilian government has no substitute and that for any step in the direction of peace for common good and general wellbeing, the civilian government is an indispensible entity. The Taliban, however, does not recognise the Afghan government calling it a “puppet regime” and refuses to engage with it. For the US to pull out of the situation, a willing party wielding some amount of power has to be necessarily involved, but as matters stand in Afghanistan, between the weakened civilian government and the radical Taliban, it is Taliban with which the peace talks are executed as choosing the Afghan government for this purpose would be fraught with impediments owing to the Taliban. An all-out withdrawal of the USA from the war-ravaged Afghanistan would create a vacuum in the country giving space for greater terror-like disorder to thrive. The USA, for now, has been very firm in its stance against Taliban and had gone on to diplomatically register its disagreement by recalling its special envoy for Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, to Washington to determine the path forward. Certainly, this is a startling move because the suspension of talks for peace would that the status of war in Afghanistan will prolong further. This, however, does not indicate that talks are abandoned altogether but that USA is more insistent on its ways. Talks and terror cannot go together, as Indians often say. But considering the eccentric Donald Trump, he is known to be walking away from negotiations, as both the US President and as a business tycoon, as a move for getting a better or stronger negotiating position. Also Read – A compounding difficultyThe pertinent question now is: who needs a peace deal more at this point, Afghanistan or the USA? Of course, it is Afghanistan but the USA with its prolonged situation in Afghanistan also perpetuates the status of the war-torn country. It was expected that the Taliban would be in a greater need for a peace deal but the very contrary seems to have been proved with the recent bombing in Kabul. It was only last week that the US and Taliban negotiators struck a draft deal that could have resulted in the withdrawal of troops from America’s longest war so far. There are at present 14,000 US forces and thousands of other NATO troops in Afghanistan, 18 years after its invasion by a US-led coalition following the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Centre. Trump’s characteristic style of negotiations, however, are unlike a typical diplomatic exchange centred on statecraft, his approach tends to be more in a manner of business transactions. As per The Guardian, Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement that “Its credibility will be affected, its anti-peace stance will be exposed to the world, losses to lives and assets will increase” with reference to Trumps move on the peace talks. A damage to credibility has been the recurring point of Taliban given Trump’s walk-out on peace talks. The Doha rounds were seen as a silver lining in the nearly two decades of war in Afghanistan. For long, people were afraid the US would sign a cease-fire but the Taliban would continue their war against the Afghan government and people. Nine rounds of discussions between the militant group and the US had already taken place in Doha, Qatar, and according to BBC, on September 3, a top American negotiator had claimed that a peace agreement had been reached “in principle”. Under the proposed deal, Washington had said it would withdraw 5,400 soldiers in 20 weeks in exchange for the militant group’s guarantee that Afghanistan would not be used as its base for terrorism. Afghanistan has borne the brunt of several terror attacks in the past few months amid US peace talks with the Taliban. The terror group wants all American and NATO troops to leave the country and is at its strongest now since the US took control over large parts of the country following the 9/11 attack. As far as peace in Afghanistan goes, it is only elusive. And there is a necessity for a peace deal to work out effectively for Afghanistan for the stability in the South Asian region. Terror activities that go on unabated in Pakistan receive a considerable cover-up with the situation perpetuated in Afghanistan. India can’t not be concerned at this.
Hollywood stars of television turned out to shed light on the cruel mystery that is lupus and raise critically needed funds for research and education programs during the Lupus Foundation of America’s (LFA) Walk to End Lupus Now, in Los Angeles on Saturday, September 20, 2014.Walk to End Lupus Now Grand Marshal, multi-talented entertainer and television personality, Nick Cannon rallied a crowd of more than 5,000 participants at Exposition Park.Cannon was joined by Walk Ambassador Ian Harding of ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars and special guest Margaret Avery of BET’s Being Mary Jane. Fellow Being Mary Jane cast members LaTarsha Rose and BJ Britt also came out to show their support for the millions of families affected by this unpredictable and debilitating disease.“I am thrilled to participate in Walk to End Lupus Now and have the opportunity to join thousands of individuals with lupus, and their families and friends in the fight against lupus. We can’t do it alone. Together, we can raise awareness of lupus and its impact on our communities and call attention to the importance of lupus research,” says Nick Cannon.NBC4 Southern California weekend co-Anchor, Kathy Vara and “Today in LA” co-anchor Whit Johnson served as emcees for the event, which was overflowing with people wearing purple, the signature color for lupus, and t-shirts filled with names of family and loved ones affected by lupus.Los Angeles walk participants raised more than $300,000 in donations, which is expected to increase in total as more donations are accepted online through the end of the year. Walk to End Lupus Now was also made possible with the generous support of its sponsors including NBC4 Southern California, Genentech, Starbucks, and Mallinckrodt pharmaceuticals. To make a donation, or learn more, visit www.walktoendlupus.org/losangeles.Source:PR Newswire
Award-winning actor and longtime PETA supporter Alan Cumming is making an impassioned plea for the release of his costar in the 1997 film Buddy, a chimpanzee named Tonka, who’s been stuck in a cage in Festus, Missouri, for more than a decade.Festus is home to the Missouri Primate Foundation, where chimpanzees discarded from show business and other situations live in small cages that are often so filthy that the facility’s owner, Connie Braun Casey, has been repeatedly cited by the government for violations of federal animal-welfare regulations. In a letter sent last week, Cumming urges her to release Tonka and the other chimpanzees to accredited sanctuaries.“I’m writing to you about a mutual friend: Tonka,” wrote Cumming. “I worked closely with him on the 1997 film Buddy. My character had many scenes with him, and we developed a very close camaraderie during the months when we filmed. By the end of the shoot, his trainers let him groom me. It was a special friendship — one I’ll always treasure. I hoped to see Tonka the following year at the film’s premiere but was told that he was no longer manageable and had been “retired to Palm Springs.” Over the past 20 years, I imagined him living out his post-Hollywood years on a sprawling sanctuary.“I just learned, though, that Tonka didn’t end up at a sanctuary in Palm Springs but inside a cage in Festus, where he isn’t able to have complex social relationships with other chimpanzees and doesn’t have meaningful outdoor access to run, climb, or play.“Connie, even though we’ve never met, I believe in my heart that you feel great affection for Tonka and the other chimpanzees at MPF. But lifetime care for a dozen sophisticated, intelligent chimpanzees requires a team — and terrain where they can roam and socialize. As an old friend of Tonka’s, I respectfully ask that you allow him and the chimpanzees at MPF to be sent to accredited sanctuaries where they can enjoy some semblance of the life that nature intended for them.”
TORONTO – Ontario’s Liberal government released a fall economic update Tuesday that included a tax cut for small businesses as an offset for a minimum wage that will rise to $14 an hour on Jan. 1, and $15 an hour the following year. Here are some highlights:— The corporate income tax rate for small businesses will be lowered from 4.5 per cent to 3.5 per cent on Jan. 1.— Small businesses with fewer than 100 employees that hire young workers (aged 15 to 29) will get incentives of $1,000 and another $1,000 for retaining that worker for six months.— Producers of locally grown fruits and vegetables will get $60 million in supports.— An apprenticeship training tax credit will be turned into a grant, giving employers $2,500 upon an apprentice’s completion of both level one and level two, $3,500 for completion of levels three and four, and $4,700 when the apprentice gets certification.— The apprenticeship grant would be available to all trades eligible for the current tax credit, as well as in five additional trades: hairstylist, cook, horticultural/landscape technician, baker and appliance service technician.— The legislation takes a preliminary step toward allowing Ontario’s nine Indigenous institutes to award degrees or diplomas on their own.— The government will put $85 million toward mercury remediation in the English-Wabigoon River system, which has affected the Grassy Narrows community for decades, through a trust that will be set up in collaboration with First Nation communities.— Real GDP growth is forecasted to be 2.8 per cent this year, up from the 2.3 per cent projected in the spring budget.— Net-debt-to-GDP ratio is projected to fall to 37.3 per cent this fiscal year— Interest on debt, which is currently about $312 billion, is projected to grow from about $12 billion now to $13.3 billion in 2019-20.— A moderating housing market has left the government with about $300 million less in land transfer tax revenues since projections in the spring budget.
Ingredients For Mutton Taka Tak Mutton (boneless) 150 gm Yellow Pepper 30 gm Red Pepper30 gm Green Capsicum 30 gm Garlic 6 gm Ginger 5 gm Green Chilli 8 gm Meat Masala 10 gm Degi Mirch10 gm Coriander Powder8 gm Garam Masala 8 gm Chat Masala 7 gm Lemon Juice 10 ml Salt 7 gm Coriander Leaves 5 gm Onion 25 gm Tomato Puree 50 gm Peri Peri Powder 3 gm For Bao Lotus Flour 13 gm Fresh Yeast 3 gm Vinegar 10 ml Baking Powder 2 gm Also Read – PUMPKIN MASH, TAMATAR RASSASugar 15 gm Milk 40 ml Preparation For Mutton Taka Tak Heat oil in a pan and saute ginger and garlic till golden brown. Add onion and green chilli to it and again saute it. Once onions become translucent, add bell pepper to it. Now, add mutton and saute it nicely. Sprinkle all spices over it and mix it nicely. Add cooked tomato puree to it and let it cook for a while. Top it with chat masala, lemon juice and coriander leaf. For Bao Sieve the flour, mix all then ingredients and make a soft dough. Keep it aside for 1 hour at room temperature. Then make round shape (35 gm each) and steam it. Garnish it with peri peri powder. (Courtesy: Chef Ramesh Rana, Decode Air Bar)
By Sana ElouaziRabat – Dozens of families of Moroccan migrants detained in Libya protested in Rabat on Monday, November 27, calling on Moroccan authorities to help their relatives return home as soon as possible.In front of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs headquarter in Rabat, the demonstrators, who came from several Moroccan cities, lambasted the “slowness” of authorities, demanding the release of their loved ones. Authorities say that the delay in repatriating the migrants stems from security concerns. “Technical and logistical problems hinder the identification of Moroccans detained in Libya. Moroccan authorities also fear infiltration of jihadists and radicals on Moroccan territory,” a government source said.One protester, Abderrahim Ouzim, told the news outlet Telquel Arabi that his brother left Morocco in early September, passing through Algeria to join Libya in order to cross the Mediterranean to Italy. He also expressed his hope for a royal intervention to put an end to the miserable detention and mistreatment of his brother.A large group of Moroccans are currently stranded in Libya after their attempts to cross the Mediterranean to Europe failed. They found themselves the subject of human trafficking by smugglers before being detained by Libyan forces in Tripoli and the center of Zouara near the Tunisian border.In several videos, the migrants have called for help from the Moroccan government and King Mohammed VI to bring them back home as soon as possible.In response to the video, Moroccan authorities vowed to repatriate the large group of Moroccan migrants and recalled a previous repatriation operation, “which resulted in the return of about 200 citizens before Eid Al Adha [a sacrifice feast] through allocating two private aircraft deployed by the ministry for this purpose.”King Mohammed VI also gave instructions to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Moroccans living abroad to monitor the situation of Moroccans detained in Libya.
JUNEAU, Alaska — Large oyster farms have been proposed for southeast Alaska, marking potential growth in mariculture that a state task force says could be a $100 million industry.CoastAlaska reports Silver Bay Seafoods has been working on securing a 10-year lease on 182 acres (74 hectares) of seafloor near Sitka.State agencies are reviewing the application by the seafood company, which has been buying and processing fish at its plant in Sitka for the past decade.Silver Bay Seafood’s proposal is out for public comment through March 1.Another oyster farm has been proposed on 127 acres (51 hectares) off Prince of Wales Island.The farm has passed its regulatory review but still needs to post a bond, pay its fees and sign for the lease.The Associated Press
Updated:People living in a row of town houses on Mount Albion road near the Red Hill Valley Parkway received a rude awakening late last night as shots rang out hitting one of the homes.Just before midnight police say gun shots were fired into a unit. The window was still intact this afternoon with at least eight bullet holes shot through it. Several people were inside at the time and weren’t hurt. Initial police reports say the shooters were in a vehicle at the time of the shooting but it appears that it would be difficult to fit any car down the grassy path. While police are still searching for the motive, residents have a clear idea.We heard from three people who live in the town house complex who say that they aren’t surprised in the slightest that this unit was targeted. They say the man living here has caused a lot of issues over the last two years. They even started a petition to get him out of the neighbourhood.Police say their detectives are canvassing the area and looking for security footage in order to locate those involved with the shooting.
The UN World Food Programme (WFP) today appealed for $16 million from the international community to deliver food assistance to 500,000 people in Côte d’Ivoire for a period of eight months. These include internally displaced persons, refugees from Liberia and families hosting them, WFP said.”Hundreds of thousands of people are already confronting food shortages caused by civil unrest over the last few months,” WFP Regional Coordinator Gemmo Lodesani said. “As armed incursions continue in Liberia and western Côte d’Ivoire, more people are being displaced, trapped and cut-off from sources of income and food.”Mr. Lodesani warned that if people were not helped to start a normal life, Côte d’Ivoire would soon fall back into chaos and conflict. “We have to move quickly and rebuild people’s lives, if the hope of peace is to be fulfilled,” he stated.Over the weekend the number of new Liberian refugees totalled 15,000 following the rebel takeover of Mariland County just over a week ago, said the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The agency is providing shelter and emergency assistance to large numbers of people who continue to pour into the southwest of Côte d’Ivoire.”Most of the other arrivals have made their way into rural villages where they are believed to be integrating with the local population,” UNHCR spokesperson Kris Janowski said today in Geneva. “The new arrivals consist of Liberians, Ivorian returnees unable to return to their place of origin, and so-called third country nationals – West Africans who had been living in Côte d’Ivoire and had initially fled to Liberia in the wake of the Ivorian conflict.”Mr. Janowski said UNHCR is distributing hundreds of mats, blankets, plastic sheeting, soap and jerry cans to the village chiefs at the major crossing points in appreciation of their willingness to accept refugees. The West African region is already swirling with hundreds of thousands of refugees from earlier wars in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, where some 850,000 people depend on UN food rations for their survival.
Georgia junior running back Todd Gurley (3) stiffarms a defender during a game against Tennessee at Sanford Stadium on Sept. 27. Georgia won, 35-32.Credit: Courtesy of MCTEven though the Buckeyes had the weekend off, there was still plenty going on around the college football world.For instance, we have seen a new No. 1 crowned and a new Heisman hopeful emerge, while another might have seen his season come to an end.With everything that went on, there was a lot to keep up with, so The Lantern sports editors compiled a list of five things we learned during the week off in Columbus.1. The rules are still the rules, but people can’t seem to rememberThere was a time when it was surprising every time a high-profile athlete got in trouble for off-the-field issues. Today, it seems easier to expect the worst than anything close to the best from athletes at the collegiate and professional levels.Georgia junior running back Todd Gurley — who was arguably the Heisman Trophy front-runner heading into the week — was suspended indefinitely for a violation of NCAA rules. What did he do? Sign a lot of autographs for a lot of money that he — within the rules — could not have legally accepted.If that story sounds familiar, it’s because the same (or close to the same) thing happened to Johnny Manziel before his final season at Texas A&M. Manziel was suspended for one half of a football game, while Gurley is seeing his season in jeopardy for a similar offense.The claims against the Georgia man seem more substantiated, but the crackdown shows tighter enforcement of rules that are more and more debatable every day.Gurley should be allowed to sell autographs, but he can’t, and all collegiate athletes need to remember the rules no matter how much they might disagree.2. Dak Prescott is your Heisman front-runnerThe leader of the newly crowned No. 1 team in the country seems to have taken the reins as the leader for the 2014 Heisman trophy. Redshirt-junior quarterback Dak Prescott has led the Mississippi State Bulldogs from an unranked team to the best in the country behind three straight wins against top-10 teams. In those games, Prescott has totaled 782 yards through the air for five scores and two interceptions while adding another 303 yards on the ground to go along with six additional scores.Prescott was largely two or three on everyone’s Heisman list, however once Gurley was suspended indefinitely, Prescott jumped to the front of the list.As of now, it is looking like, for the third straight season, a relatively unknown quarterback could very well be the Heisman trophy winner. 3. Michigan has lifeIt might be hooked up to an iron lung, but it is still breathing. The Michigan football program got much-needed win over the Penn State Nittany Lions on Saturday night in front of its home crowd in the school’s third-ever home night game win. While it wasn’t pretty, the 18-13 victory gave the Wolverines their first conference win of 2014 and put an end to a three-game losing streak despite amassing just 256 total yards and one touchdown. UM coach Brady Hoke still has a lot of work ahead of him in order to save his job, but for now, the sun will shine a little brighter in Ann Arbor, Mich. 4. Taking a week off doesn’t mean a fall in the rankingsThe Buckeyes didn’t fall lower than No. 15 in the Associated Press top 25 poll, and they actually climbed two spots to No. 13, despite having the week off.That’s made especially interesting considering the fact that OSU took a tumble on the rankings earlier this season despite demolishing Kent State, 66-0, that weekend.The polls are generally unpredictable and not particularly important in the grand scheme of college football, but winning a game and moving down in the process is an unlikely and mostly unexplainable occurrence. The Buckeyes’ idle rise should come as less of a surprise, and more of a testament to the general public’s acceptance that OSU still has some life this season, even after losing a game early in non-conference play.5. J.T. Barrett is even better this week, despite not playingThe redshirt-freshman quarterback’s numbers have been staggering so far this season, putting him near the top of the national rankings in multiple categories. Heading into the Buckeyes’ bye week, Barrett was No. 4 nationally with a pass efficiency rating of 186.3. Fourth best is pretty good, but the Wichita Falls, Texas, native got to watch games from his couch this weekend and still managed to become the third-most efficient passer in college football.Barrett slots into the rankings behind Oregon redshirt-junior Marcus Mariota and Clemson freshman Deshaun Watson — two names that were much more recognizable than his own coming into the season.Among the players Barrett ranks ahead of are UCLA redshirt-junior Brett Hundley, Alabama redshirt-senior Blake Sims and reigning Heisman winner and Florida State redshirt-sophomore Jameis Winston.The numbers are a testament to his talent, but Barrett’s ability to rise in the rankings despite not playing is just another reminder that simple statistics must be taken with a grain of salt.
Yesterday HP officially announce the Elitebook 2560p notebook. It’s an ultraportable aimed at enterprise businesses and buyers looking for a top-of-the-line, sub-4 pound computer that has yet to shed its optical drive. Like its main competitor, the Lenovo ThinkPad X220, the 2560p has moved to a 12.5-inch (16×9) display but the changes didn’t stop there. The 2560p, which replaces the 2540p, moves to Intel’s Sandy Bridge (second gen Core i5/i7) processors and has the option to use both 7200RPM drives and SSDs.Aside from the larger display and new processors/graphics the 2560p is extremely similar to the 2540p. The other notable difference is that the capacitive buttons above the keyboard on the 2540p have been replaced with three physical buttons on the right side, above the keyboard.The 2560p is 810G tested for ruggedness, so it should have no trouble putting up with the rigors of day-to-day business use. Some of the features include a magnesium bottom, aluminum lid, toughed hinge design, and a latch to open and close the lid.In addition to updating the standard (clam-shell) laptop, HP also updated their Elitebook tablet. The 2740p becomes the 2760p, complete with that same Sandy Bridge gear. The display on that model remains 12-inches instead of moving to 12.5.The 2560p will go on sale on May 23rd, starting at $1099. The 2760p is available now for $1499.Sal’s ThoughtsThe Elitebook 2540p was arguably the best 12-inch business laptop of its generation and it’s quite possible that the 2560p will continue that trend. The attractive metal exterior and the inclusion of an optical drive set this system apart from the ThinkPad X220, which is otherwise quite competitive (and actually better when it comes the keyboard and cursor controls).The 2560p marks a minor change for the notebook–it’s a simple shift to 2011 (Sandy Bridge) components combined with a slightly larger display. The shift from 12-inches (16:10) to 12.5 (16.9) was surely done because of better pricing on 16:9 panels from the LCD manufacturer, which explains why Lenovo moved the very same year.With up to 14 hours of battery life and an optical slice battery HP has been doing a great job of balancing weight and longevity. The fact that this system remains the only enterprise-ready ultraportable with an optical drive is just as important though, so don’t expect too many people to drop the DVD drive and replace it with a high performance 2.5-inch hard drive.The 2540p was an excellent notebook and while the 2560p doesn’t add in anything unique it will remain a great option for large businesses and demanding consumers.
Grande-Bretagne: l’iPhone 4S plus fort qu’AndroidContre toute attente, le smartphone d’Apple a pris des parts de marché à Android sur le marché britannique au mois d’octobre.Si Android reste en tête du marché des smartphones vendus outre-Manche, Apple a fait mieux que se défendre au mois d’octobre. L’iPhone 4S a en effet vu sa part de marché grimper à 27,8%, soit 2,8 points supplémentaires par rapport au même trimestre 2010 se terminant en octobre, explique MacPlus. Des son côté, Android a perdu 3,6 points à 46% de pdm alors que RIM se contente 19,6% (-1,3 point). Ainsi, au cours du mois d’octobre, l’iPhone a représenté 42,8% des ventes de smartphones en Grande-Bretagne, contre 35% pour les terminaux équipés du système d’exploitation de Google. Des chiffres impressionnants, le dernier iPhone 4S n’ayant été mis en vente que le 14 octobre, comme en France et aux Etats-Unis.Le 29 novembre 2011 à 17:15 • Maxime Lambert
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp #magneticmedianews#nationallabourday#sirrandolfawkes Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #nationallabourday, #sirrandolfawkes Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamians, June 2, 2017 – Nassau – The week of May 28 – June 3 is being observed as Labour Week in The Bahamas, with the official Randol Fawkes Labour Day being celebrated on June 2.As part of the holiday tradition, members of the labor unions from different organizations, as well as political parties and Bahamians will participate in the annual 2017 Sir Randol Fawkes Labour Day Parade that have started in Nassau this morning. Local bands and a few Junkanooers will lead the parades, providing lively music for the marchers and spectators. The parade will end at the Southern Recreation Grounds, where union leaders will deliver speeches.National Labour Day in the Bahamas was established in 1961 by late Trade Unionist and Politician, Sir Randol Fawkes. In 2013, then Government Leader in the Senate, Attorney General and Minister ofLegal Affairs the Hon. Allyson Maynard Gibson introduced the renaming of the holiday to honour the man who fought for justice and safety of workers.