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Jairam Thakur to take oath as Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister on December 27

first_imgThe newly elected members of the Himachal Pradesh Assembly on Sunday elected Jairam Thakur as their new leader paving the way for him to take oath as Chief Minister of the Bharatiya Janata Party government on December 27.The 52-year-old, five-time MLA from Siraj constituency in Mandi district is going to be the sixth Chief Minister of the hill State.Sauvé and soft-spoken, Mr. Thakur first got elected to the State Vidhan Sabha in 1998 during the first Prem Kumar Dhumal government from Chahiot, which has now been renamed as Siraj after the delimitation. A former RSS pracharak and ABVP activist from the local college in Mandi, he is going to be the first CM from Mandi district, which is the second largest district after Kangra, sending 10 MLAs to the Assembly. This time he has helped make the district totally ‘Congress-mukt (free)’ as the party won nine seats out of 10, with a party sympathiser winning the tenth seat of Jogindernagar.His name was announced by the party’s central observers and Union Ministers Nirmala Sitharaman, Narendra Tomar and JP Nadda in the presence of State party in-charge Mangal Pandey, all MPs and other senior leaders at a meeting in Shimla.His name was proposed by the former Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal and seconded by sitting MP Shanta Kumar, Mr. Nadda and State president Satpal Satti.On Saturday, Mr. Dhumal had made his position clear that he would no longer be a contender for the top post. It was then believed that Mr. Nadda would be the high command’s choice.However, the high drama and suspense going on since December 18 ended when Mr. Thakur’s name was unanimously accepted by the elected MLAs and the high command.It is believed that the Prime Minister did not want to spare Mr. Nadda from his duties at the Centre and his organisational role at the top.A relatively younger leader, Mr. Thakur having the required RSS backing became the automatic choice for the top post.An agriculturist by profession, he had also remained State BJP president and a Minister of Panchayati Raj and Rural Development in the second Dhumal government of 2007-12. He has two daughters and his wife Sadhana Thakur is a practicing government doctor.First Chief Minister from MandiThere is strong wave of jubilation going on in his home district of Mandi from past many days after the party’s Chief Minister designate Prem Kumar Dhumal lost the elections from his own constituency of Sujanpur in Hamirpur district. The people in Mandi were confident this time that they would get the first ever Chief Minister from this district since they had given such a lead to the party.Earlier also Mr. Karam Singh Thakur from Chachiot in Mandi who came close to become the Chief Minister in early sixties remained a number two in the first Dr. YS Parmar cabinet. Then it was Mr. Sukhram in 1993 who was the high command’s candidate for the chief ministership but he was not accepted by Mr. Virbhadra Singh and his supporters here. Later in 2012 it was Mr. Kaul Singh from Drang in Mandi who was the Congress president but was replaced by Mr. Virbhadra Singh again when the party came into power.In his first reaction Mr. Jairam Thakur thanked the entire party leadership and expressed gratitude towards the people of the State and Mandi district. He met the Governor along with other senior leaders and staked the claim to form the next government. Jairam Thakur is greeted after his election as BJP Legislature Party leader at a meeting in Shimla on December 24, 2017.  | Photo Credit: The Hindulast_img read more

With Bundit back, Kaewpin hopes to continue playing pivotal role for Creamline

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue LATEST STORIES With new role in drug war, Robredo might ‘baby’ the drug lords – Bong Go PLAY LIST 01:58With new role in drug war, Robredo might ‘baby’ the drug lords – Bong Go00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “I think today team’s very good. Serve and defense very good,” said Kaewpin after unloading 27 points in Creamline’s win over BanKo Perlas on Sunday.More than her output, the Thai national player has been doing a good job shouldering scoring chores that are usually placed on Alyssa Valdez.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsCreamline will summon Kaewpin and Valdez’s partnership anew when it faces struggling Motolite on Saturday in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Cool Smashers will also welcome back coach Tai Bundit against Motolite, which is still unsure whether injury-felled star Myla Pablo could finally suit up. Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transportcenter_img Bundit’s return should ease the language woes for the Cool Smashers, making them more fearsome in the tournament.Unbeaten leader PetroGazz tests its mettle against a veteran PacificTown-Army in the other game at 2 p.m.At 4-0, the Angels are the hottest team in the league, mostly through the efforts of powerful imports Janisa Johnson and Wilma Salas, who will make the squad heavily favored against the Army gals in their matchup.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Nothing is lost in translation for Thai hotshot Kuttika Kaewpin.The 24-year-old open hitter, who could hardly speak English, has been communicating well enough with her Creamline teammates to take a pivotal role in their offense.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Wobbly finish by Van der Valk opens door to rivalslast_img read more

Laker’s Kobe Bryant to Have Shoulder Surgery, Likely Out for Season

first_imgEL SEGUNDO, CA – Kobe Bryant will have surgery Wednesday on his torn right rotator cuff, likely ending his 19th season with the Los Angeles Lakers.The team announced Bryant’s surgery Monday. He injured his shoulder last week in New Orleans.The Lakers will announce a timetable for Bryant’s recovery after surgery, but coach Byron Scott anticipates losing the third-leading scorer in NBA history for the rest of the year.“Kobe is probably not going to play” again this season, Scott said.“We all know how tough he is,” Scott added after Monday’s practice. “He’s a trooper, so we pray for him that his return will be sooner rather than later.”Bryant’s torn rotator cuff is likely his third straight season-ending injury. He missed the 2013 playoffs with a torn Achilles tendon, and he played just six games last season before breaking a bone near his left knee. His famously resilient body has finally worn down from the accumulated grind of 19 seasons and several lengthy postseasons with the Lakers, including five NBA title runs.After returning at nearly full strength in training camp, Bryant sat out eight games in the last month and played on a strict minutes limit to rest his 36-year-old body. He still dealt with assorted aches and setbacks before he injured his shoulder while dunking against the Pelicans.The Lakers reacted to the news with disappointment and respect for Bryant, who was selected to the All-Star game for the 17th time last week. Bryant is averaging 22.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.6 assists this season.“Kobe is a warrior,” Lakers forward Carlos Boozer said. “He’s strong, and he’s going to attack rehab like he always has.”The Lakers also discouraged speculation that Bryant’s career might be over. He is the NBA’s highest-paid player at $23.5 million this season, and he is under contract for $25 million next year.“I think he’s done everything that you can possibly do in this league, and I think at times, we don’t appreciate all the stuff that he’s been able to accomplish,” Scott said. “I don’t think we appreciate how tough he is, all the injuries and other things that he’s played with, to be able to come back the way that he’s come back. I don’t see Kobe as the type of guy that wants to leave his legacy on (these) terms. I think he wants to go out on his own terms. We’ll just have to wait and see.”The Lakers (12-33) are in the midst of another aimless season, losing eight straight heading into Tuesday’s visit from Washington. The 16-time NBA champion franchise is almost certain to miss the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1976.The Lakers also owe a first-round draft pick to the Phoenix Suns to complete their disastrous trade for Steve Nash, who played just 50 games in three years and never suited up this season. But Los Angeles will keep the pick this summer if it lands in the top five, providing ample incentive for fans to hope the Lakers’ collapse is total.Bryant wasn’t at the Lakers’ training complex Monday, and he didn’t attend their loss to Houston on Sunday night. Scott plans to speak with Bryant throughout the week to see what he’s thinking about his future, but he hopes Bryant isn’t ready to quit.“With the Achilles last year, everybody said he was done,” Scott said. “He came back and I think the first month of the season, he proved to everybody that he still has a lot left in the tank. I think he still has that hunger and that competitive nature to come out and prove it again. After the surgery, I’ll talk to him and see how it is. We’ll talk and we’ll go from there.”GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

New Brilliant Beer Pong Invention Removes Need For Water Cups

first_imgSlip Cup new Beer Pong invention.Slip Cup New Idea Beer PongLet’s face it – beer pong, for as fantastic a tailgating game as it is, is also a bit unhygienic. Players throw ping-pong balls onto the ground, clean them off with dirty water, and then drink the beer they’ve come in contact with. After you’ve played a while, you get used to it. But apparently, you no longer have to. Five friends from Connecticut have invented the “Slip Cup”, which sits on top of each cup, blocking the balls from hitting the beer. They also don’t interfere with gameplay at all – they’re basically smaller versions of the normal cups you already use. It’s a genius idea. slip cup beer pong inventionKickstarterThe Slip Cup is trying to raise $70,000 on Kickstarter to get the product into major retailers. So far, they’ve racked up just over $13,000.Here’s the video from the Kickstarter page. Needless to say, this is a game-changer both for tailgating and house parties. Would you buy one?[Patch]last_img read more

Video: Luke Del Rio Suffers Knee Injury, Jim McElwain Goes Crazy On North Texas’ Bench

first_imgFlorida QB Luke Del Rio throwing a pass just before getting tackled.After Florida quarterback Luke Del Rio was hit low and suffered a knee injury, head coach Jim McElwain went crazy on the North Texas bench.Florida sophomore signal-caller Luke Del Rio and the Gators currently hold a 25-0 lead over North Texas, but there is now reason to worry for UF fans. Del Rio, the team’s starting quarterback, took a hit to his left knee after a North Texas defender lost his balance lunging at him. Here’s video:Florida QB Luke Del Rio takes bad hit to lower leg. Had to leave the game https://t.co/3zXx50hQLb— SEC Mike (@MichaelWBratton) September 18, 2016Florida head coach Jim McElwain was not pleased with the situation, and reportedly teed off on both the referees and the North Texas bench.McElwain (and some players) at midfield screaming after Del Rio’s hit. #Gators https://t.co/LcEPrn5WyE— Only Gators .com (@onlygators) September 18, 2016Jim McElwain is NOT HAPPY. HE flipped out and screamed at the North Texas sidelin. Del Rio is being taken to the locker room— Jacquie Franciulli (@JacquieFran_) September 18, 2016#Gators QB Luke Del Rio walking off the field….. but @CoachMcElwain spent time during the TV timeout yelling at the UNT bench— **620 WDAE** (@620wdae) September 18, 2016Replay shows Del Rio taking a shot to his left knee. Meanwhile, Jim McElwain goes nuts on the officials. So much for a boring game.— Edgar Thompson (@osgators) September 18, 2016Del Rio has been taken to the locker room to be evaluated. Let’s hope he’s alright – we’ll keep you updated.last_img read more

4-Star Safety Bryson Washington Down To Texas vs. Oklahoma

first_imgTexas vs. Oklahoma Red River Rivalry at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.DALLAS – OCTOBER 11: A general view of the Oklahoma Sooners and the Texas Longhorns during the Red River Rivalry at the Cotton Bowl on October 11, 2008 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)The Red River Rivalry is one of the fiercest rivalries in college sports. But it’s taking on a different form for four-star safety Bryson Washington.Via Twitter on Tuesday, Washington revealed that he had narrowed his college choice to the two Red River schools: Texas and Oklahoma.“My Top 2 Schools Please Respect My Decision……” he wrote on Twitter before showing a promo for the two schools.Washington is the No. 161 overall prospect in the country per 247Sports. He is considered the No. 11 safety in the country, and the No. 20 prospect from the state of Texas.He had a breakout campaign in 2017 with 56 tackles, 23 passes defended, five interceptions and four pick-sixes.My Top 2 Schools Please Respect My Decision…… pic.twitter.com/znyqN9a2rP— ¹⁵ (@ChasingDream8) April 16, 2019It’s still early in the Class of 2020 recruiting process, but Texas and Oklahoma are neck-and-neck in the race for the top recruiting class in the Big 12 Conference.As of writing, Oklahoma leads the way with the No. 13 class in the country, while Texas is hot on their heels with the No. 22 class in the country, per 247Sports.Texas and Oklahoma faced each other twice in the college football this past season. Texas narrowly won the regular season matchup, while Oklahoma got revenge in the Big 12 Championship Game that ultimately propelled the Sooners to the College Football Playoff.last_img read more

Winner of 2011 JIS Heritage Essay Competition Still Beaming

first_imgThe talented 10-year-old Kathryn Gooden, a grade six student of the St. Hugh’s Preparatory School, who copped the top prize in the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) inaugural Heritage Essay Competition, is still beaming from her success. Kathryn says  she is happy that she entered and she wants to encourage other children to participate in the competition.                                                       “I would encourage others to enter, because it was interesting and fun while researching and writing, and the prizes are cool,” she says.        .                      The essay competition, which was held for the first time in 2011, now forms part of the JIS Heritage activities planned during the month of October. Open to registered students at the primary level who are between ages nine and 12, the entrants were asked to write an essay on the topic: ‘Who is your favourite National Hero or Heroine? Explain’. It was Kathryn’s  exceptional essay, detailing her love and admiration for Jamaica’s sole heroine, Nanny of the Maroons, which placed her ahead of her competitors. Kathryn explains to JIS News that she chose Nanny as her favourite National Hero, because she was the only female among seven National Heroes and “she was very valorous.”                                                                                                     In her essay, Kathryn wrote that, “if Nanny were still alive, I would want to meet her and commend her for all the things that she had done.” She further notes that a true hero is someone who “stands up, who fights for what you want and is honest and truthful.” Kathryn, who was nine years old at the time, walked away with theJIS first place trophy, a weekend for four at Franklyn D. Resort, Sangster’s Book Store voucher, an MP4 Player and $10,000 cash. The objective of the JIS Heritage Essay Competition is to stimulate the creativity and literary skills of children in the nine to 12 age group, as the agency continues to engage children in nationally relevant issues of history and governance, in an effort to engender a spirit of pride in the younger generation.                                                                           The exposure that Kathryn gained from participating in the competition is immeasurable, says Sean Gooden, Kathryn’s father.  There is no monetary value that can be put to it, he continues.                                                                                                    “Furthermore, being the winner has boosted her confidence level a hundred fold and she also got the chance to meet the Governor-General. I encourage other parents to support their children who want to enter the competition.  The benefits are tremendous – the opportunity to win prizes based on their own efforts, the boosting of their self  esteem, and the chance to increase their knowledge on national and cultural issues” Mr. Gooden says. The  competition, which is an annual event, is a continuation of a thrust the agency started four years ago, through its programming, to familiarise Jamaica’s children with the national heritage, showcase the children’s achievements and encourage them to participate in national life. The  2012 essay topic is: ‘Fifty years later…Do we still need National Heroes?’Chief Executive Officer of the JIS, Donna-Marie Rowe, notes that the topic, while challenging, is geared at engaging the children’s interest in national issues.                                      “This year is our Golden Jubilee and we wanted the students to research and see just how far the nation has come since 1962 and to reflect on the role of a hero,” Mrs. Rowe explains.                                                                                                                                                The 2012  competition is sponsored by FDR Resort, LIME, Sangster’s Bookstore, Royale Computers and Accessories, Innovative Corporate Solutions, Lasco,  Jamaica National Building Society, the Cake Shop  and WB Trophies Ltd.last_img read more

Domestic Production Up

first_imgAgriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Roger Clarke, is reporting a boost in the production for some 12 crops cultivated locally during 2012, and a massive reduction in imports of some of these produce.Minister Clarke was making his presentation in the 2013/14 Sectoral debate in Parliament on Wednesday, May 8, under the theme: ‘Grow Agriculture – Grow Jamaica’.The crops, which are seeing increased yields of between three per cent and 160 per cent, include cucumber, pak choi, pumpkin, scallion, ginger, onion, hot pepper, sweet pepper, cantaloupe, corn, Irish potato and sweet potato. These crops recorded their highest outputs for the 10 year period dating back to 2003.The level of production ranged between just over one million kilograms, in the case of ginger and onions, to just over 52 million kilograms for pumpkin.Consequent of the increase in domestic production there was a reduction in the quantities of several of these foods imported into Jamaica.The Minister informed that Irish potato imports fell by 9.9 per cent; pork – 37.4 per cent; cucumber – 69 per cent; cabbage – 9.3 per cent; cantaloupe – 17.6 per cent; sweet pepper – 28 per cent; carrot – 41 per cent; and iceberg lettuce – 67 per cent, while noting a two per cent increase in tomato imports. Minister Clarke, however, reported a two per cent increase in the country’s food import bill, which saw the figure moving from US$938 million in 2011 to US$959 million last year.He attributed the “marginal increase” to a seven per cent increase in world food prices, as indicated by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), particularly for cereals “which constitute the bulk of our imports.”Mr. Clarke underscored the need to review the items that can be produced locally in an effort to reduce the quantity of imports.“It’s not an easy thing to do. We have to go through and put some serious programmes in place. But also, we have to deal with our own eating habits, to deal with some of those difficulties that we face,” he stated.Contact: Douglas McIntoshlast_img read more

Woodlot Management Program Announced

first_imgPrivate woodlot owners in Nova Scotia are being encouraged to take a second look at their options for woodland management. The Department of Natural Resources is investing $570,000 over the next two years in a program aimed at increasing the number of small, private woodlot operators who use uneven-aged forest management methods on appropriate sites. “In uneven-aged areas, woodland owners remove only select trees, giving others the time and space they need to mature,” Natural Resources Minister David Morse said today, Aug. 16. “It is a more time-consuming process, but it can also lead to a more diverse stand. This program helps balance the approaches needed for a healthy and sustainable forest industry.” Under an agreement with the Association for Sustainable Forestry, the department will invest $500,000 over two years for new silviculture treatment sites on eligible woodlots of less than 2,000 hectares. The sites must meet specific technical standards. The Association for Sustainable Forestry — which consists of wood product buyers, woodlot owner organizations, representatives of the Ecology Action Centre and other organizations — will administer the program. It will also receive $70,000 to help finance an outreach component of the program in the first year. The association will work with private woodlot owners and contractors to encourage uneven-aged management practices and promote associated silviculture treatments on appropriate sites. “We welcome this initiative by Mr. Morse and the Department of Natural Resources,” said Minga O’Brien, of the Ecology Action Centre, “and look forward to seeing woodlot owners receive the support they deserve for uneven-aged management. This is a good first step.” “Sustainable forestry practices are paramount to the economic well-being of Nova Scotia,” said Steve Talbot, executive director of The Forest Products Association of Nova Scotia, an organization that has been a member of the Association for Sustainable Forestry since its inception. “We encourage and promote forest diversity, including uneven-aged management, particularly within the private sector of the province.” The association will also prepare a report for the department that outlines the challenges or barriers that may be discouraging owners and operators from using such treatments, and that recommends changes to technical standards for uneven-aged management. The agreement includes provisions that require the association to provide progress information every three months so the program’s effects can be accurately measured.last_img read more

Shaw fails dope test banned for 8 months

first_imgNew Delhi: Talented India opener Prithvi Shaw was on Tuesday banned from all forms of cricket for a period of eight months after failing a dope test, the BCCI said. A BCCI release said Shaw had “inadvertently ingested a prohibited substance, which can be commonly found in cough syrups”. Shaw’s suspension is retrospective in nature, starting from March 16 and ending on November 15. Apart from Shaw, two other cricketers — Akshay Dullarwar and Divya Gajraj — were also suspended for the same offence. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhShaw had provided a urine sample as part of the BCCI’s anti-doping testing programme during the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy on February 22, 2019 in Indore. His sample was subsequently tested and found to contain terbutaline. “Terbutaline, a specified substance, is prohibited both In and Out of Competition in the WADA Prohibited List of Substances,” the BCCI release stated. “Prithvi Shaw registered with Mumbai Cricket Association, has been suspended for doping violation,” the BCCI said. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterTerbutaline is generally used to treat problems related to breathing and can be consumed if the athlete in question avails a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) certificate in advance, which Shaw didn’t avail. The 19-year-old, who has played two Test matches for India scoring 237 runs with a hundred and a half-century, had earlier pulled out of India A’s one day and Test series against West Indies A reportedly due to a hip injury. The 19-year-old junior World Cup winning skipper had made a mark last year, hitting a hundred on Test debut against the West Indies, but was sent back from the tour of Australia after twisting his ankle during a practice game. Shaw is currently at the National Cricket Academy undergoing rehabilitation for a reported hip injury, but the BCCI statement is an indicator that he was pulled out of Mumbai Premier League after testing positive. The BCCI said that Shaw was charged with violating BCCI’s Anti-Doping Rules (ADR) article 2.1. “On 16th July 2019, Shaw was charged with the commission of an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) under the BCCI Anti-Doping Rules (ADR) Article 2.1 and provisionally suspended pending determination of the charge. “Shaw responded to the charge by admitting the ADRV but asserting that it was inadvertent, being caused by his ingestion of the over the counter cough syrup he had taken for his cough,” the release stated. Shaw explained that he had taken terbutaline inadvertently to treat a respiratory tract infection and not as a performance-enhancing drug. “Having considered all of the evidence and taken expert external advice, the BCCI has accepted Shaw’s explanation of the cause of his ADRV, and on that basis has agreed that a period of ineligibility of eight months should apply, together with disqualification of certain results,” the BCCI ruled.last_img read more

King Mohammed VI Offers Royal Pardon to 443 Inmates on Youth

Rabat – King Mohammed VI offered his royal pardon to 443 inmates. The pardoned inmates were  sentenced to prison time by courts across Morocco.The Ministry of Justice announced the news on on August 20, the eve of Youth Day.The  list of the beneficiaries includes 317 detainees. One detainee was granted early release, while 316 prisoners had their prison terms reduced. The royal pardon freed 126 inmates. The  King excused 26 convicts from prison time. The pardon also released six convicts from prison time, however their fines were maintained.The pardon excused a further seven people sentenced to both prison time and fines, while 8 people had their fines annulled.The royal pardon comes after King Mohammed VI granted his pardon to 262 people on the eve of the King and People’s Revolution Day on August 20. The royal pardon is customary in Morocco to mark national and religious holidays. read more

Canada Mexico shrug off Trump threat to blow up NAFTA

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump’s sudden threat to blow up NAFTA less than a week into its renegotiation isn’t drawing much of a response from the other North American countries, which are downplaying his remarks.Canada and Mexico say it’s a predictable event in the course of a trade negotiation.“As we said last week, trade negotiations often have moments of heated rhetoric,” said Adam Austen, a spokesman for Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland. “Our priorities remain the same and we will continue to work hard to modernize NAFTA, supporting millions of middle class jobs. …“Canada’s economic ties with the United States are key to middle-class jobs and growth on both sides of the border. Nine million American jobs depend on trade and investment with Canada.”The Mexican foreign minister described it as an obvious leverage play: “No surprise: we’re in a negotiation,” Luis Videgaray tweeted in response to Trump. “Mexico will remain at the table with calmness, firmness and in the national interest.”This comes after the president told a partisan crowd at a rally that he doubts a deal is possible. Trump said he’ll try negotiating but will probably wind up killing NAFTA.“Personally, I don’t think we can make a deal,” Trump told a campaign-style rally in Arizona on Tuesday night. “Because we have been so badly taken advantage of. They have made such great deals — both of the countries, but in particular Mexico — that I don’t think we can make a deal.“So I think we’ll end up probably terminating NAFTA at some point.”He repeated it: “I told you from the first day, we will renegotiate NAFTA or we will terminate NAFTA. I personally don’t think you can make a deal without termination, but we’ll see what happens. You’re in good hands, I can tell you.”The president’s threat itself is no surprise. A common topic of hallway chatter at last week’s first round of talks last week was just when he might deploy that withdrawal threat, which many view as his principal source of negotiating leverage.The only surprise is how quickly it came.While he’s made the threat numerous times, this is the first time he’s done it since Canada, the U.S. and Mexico began talks last week.Insiders say they expect him to keep making these threats.It’s his main source of power to force the other countries to reach an agreement. One well-connected Washington lobbyist at last week’s talks said he was convinced the threat was coming: “Almost 100 per cent.”Robert Holleyman, former deputy trade czar under Barack Obama, said it’s an obvious move and he thinks the president made it too early. In an interview several weeks ago, Holleyman said it was a serious tactical error when Trump made the threat in April.He said Canada and Mexico gained valuable insight that will render Trump’s threats less powerful at the negotiating table. In April, the U.S. Congress pushed back against him, the business community fumed and his own cabinet members pleaded against it.“It was, at a minimum, terrible timing,” said Holleyman.“You do that at the 11th hour in the negotiation — that episode in April underscored the complexity of ending NAFTA.”A president might withdraw the U.S. from the international agreement without the support of Congress, but he could not single-handedly wave away the U.S. law that implemented NAFTA.An international economic law professor and former State Department lawyer said he believes it would ultimately end up in court. And he said U.S. courts would ultimately conclude that the president can’t rip up NAFTA without congressional support.That’s because the president can’t just erase the 1994 NAFTA Implementation Act passed by Congress. In addition, the U.S. Constitution makes clear that Congress has power over international commerce.“If the president were to rip up NAFTA and then sort of jack tariffs way up, I think somebody would be able to come in and say … ‘You’re actually violating U.S. domestic law’,” said Tim Meyer, a Vanderbilt professor, former government lawyer and one-time clerk for Neil Gorsuch, whom Trump appointed to the Supreme Court.“I think courts are going to be sympathetic to the idea that the president can’t ignore the legislation that implements these trade agreements. Congress has not repealed that legislation and they’ve given no indication they intend to.”Several observers suggest a presidential attempt to withdraw could set up a legal and political tug of war with Congress over the setting of new tariff schedules — and that would foster economic uncertainty. read more

States have obligation to eliminate violence against women – UN officials

“Each and every State has an obligation to develop or improve the relevant laws, policies and plans, bring perpetrators to justice and provide remedies to women who have been subjected to violence,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at an event commemorating the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. “Each and every organization, community and individual has a responsibility to speak out against customs or beliefs that accept or condone acts of violence against women,” Mr. Ban said.Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread violations of human rights. In some countries, up to 7 in 10 women will be beaten, raped, abused or mutilated in their lifetimes.The UN General Assembly designated 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women in a 1999 resolution inviting governments, international organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to “organize activities designed to raise public awareness of the problem on that day.”The day harks to the 25 November 1960 assassination of the three Mirabal sisters, who were political activists in the Dominican Republic, on orders of Dominican ruler Rafael Trujillo. This year’s theme, “A promise is A Promise” is a call from the UN to Governments and leaders to translate international promises into concrete national action.“Violence stems from social attitudes that belittle women and girls. It is tolerated through indifference, ignorance and fear of speaking out. And it thrives where families and communities pressure women to suffer in silence,” Mr. Ban said, calling on countries to address structural patterns of discrimination and redouble their efforts to empower women.Mr. Ban also praised the Assembly’s Third Committee for passing its first-ever resolution on eliminating the harmful practice of female genital mutilation and said he looked forward to its adoption by the Assembly, which would represent “a major step forward in protecting women and girls and ending impunity for this practice.”He also welcomed the recent support from governments for his UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign, launched in 2008, which gathers a host of UN agencies and offices to galvanize action across the UN system to prevent and punish violence against women.During the commemoration, the Executive Director of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), Michelle Bachelet, underlined that implementing national policies will require concrete action plans from policymakers and should also involve women in all aspects of society.“We need to enforce and implement new and improved national laws and action plans that provide for safe houses, free hotline services and free legal and medical aid to survivors,” she said. “We need to guarantee the right to sexual and reproductive health. We need education programmes that teach human rights, equality and mutual respect. We need increasing numbers of women in politics, law enforcement, and peacekeeping forces. We need equal economic opportunities and decent jobs for women and young female graduates.“This requires decisive and courageous leaders to translate these international promises into tangible national actions and to make a true difference in the lives of women and girls,” she added. read more

In Central African Republic UN team investigates outbreak of sectarian violence

In a press release, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) confirmed that on 22 November, a mission composed of OCHA country team members, a representative of the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and the UN mission in CAR (MINUSCA), visited the town of Zémio, on the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), to assess the situation following an upsurge in violent sectarian attacks. The crisis in Zémio, which has a mixed community of both Christians and Muslims, is the first major inter-community incident in the country’s southeast since the CAR crisis began in 2012. The violence was set-off following the killing of a member of one of the communities on 5 November, triggering a series of retaliation attacks with grenades and weapons, and leading to the burning of more than 50 houses in the villages of Barth and Bagou, which are located some 40-45 kilometres from Zémio. At least 14 people were injured in the violence while 3,000 people were displaced. Late last week, an OCHA spokesperson reported that the situation remained highly tense as armed men with guns, machetes, knives, bows and arrows were still present in the town. “We call upon all parties involved to support social cohesion and peaceful cohabitation among communities through economic revitalization, infrastructure rehabilitation, and grassroots events to promote reconciliation,” Kouassi Lazare Etien, interim Humanitarian Coordinator said, following his visit to several spontaneous internal displacement sites in the region and meeting local authorities.“Working alongside the Government, the humanitarian community will continue to assist in the creation of livelihoods and to provide durable solutions for the many people whose homes were destroyed,” Mr. Etien added.The UN humanitarian actors are currently working with local authorities to develop common messages to reduce the threat of inter-communal violence and “to ensure the respect of humanitarian space to allow access to all populations affected,” the press release continued. It added that a group of senior staff from the mission team stayed in Zémio to facilitate and support the mediation process following initial discussions with local stakeholders. Thousands of people are estimated to have been killed in CAR as a result of a conflict that erupted when mainly Muslim Séléka rebels launched attacks in December 2012. The violence has since taken on increasingly sectarian overtones. read more

Why tubs of Christmas chocolates never have enough of your favourites

There was also disappointment for fans of Cadbury’s Heroes, as despite Wispas and Twirls being the most highly coveted, they had the fewest chocolates per box, with 30 per cent and 29 per cent ranking them as their favourites, but only an average of 9 and 6 in a box. It is a problem which has for generations caused rows among sweet-toothed families when the Christmas chocolates are passed around. And now consumer body Which? has established that some boxes of festive chocolates really do contain fewer of our favourites, in what could even be a cynical ploy to get us to buy bigger packs. There is bad news for Quality Street fans as Which? found tins contain half the “ideal” ratio of the most popular favourites, the Purple One and the Green one, explaining why many families scramble over them every year.Respectively there are only five and six in an average 720g tub, but with people’s favourites taken into account there should really be 11 and 10 o fthe sweets, Which? calculated. The chronic shortage of Purple Ones can be explained by Nestle’s selection process, it can be revealed, as it balances out the flavours in tubs by categorizing chocolates into three types, each of which make up one third of the total.  The types are: fruit cremes, chocolates and caramel/fudge. The Purple One falls into the category with tby far the most sweets, the “caramel/fudge” type, which also includes the Caramel Swirl, Fudge, Toffee Penny, Coconut Eclair, Toffee Deluxe, Toffee Finger. purple  Nestle appears to be cashing in on its less than ideal flavour ratios by teaming up with John Lewis to offer chocolate lovers the chance to fill a 1.2kg Quality Street tub with their own handpicked selection of chocolates.  Shoppers can fill up with as many Purple or Green Ones as they can stuff into their tins – but for £12 – which is nearly twice the price of a same sized tin at Sainsbury’s, which costs £7. Which? also ranked the flavours in tubs of Mars’ Celebrations, and Cadbury’s Heroes and Roses according to popularity, to determine what proportion of each should make up the perfect assortment.    Conversely, it found families were less likely to fight over Roses as there were an abundance of Strawberry Creams, the most popular chocolate. This is because the fruit cream category comprises just two flavours (Strawberry Delight and Orange Creme).  Cadbury’s said it chooses a random selection in tins of Roses which it said is “designed to be enjoyed by all”. When it comes to Celebrations there is good news for fans of Malteser Teasers, the most popular in the tub, as Which? found it is one of the most abundant chocolates with an average of 10 in each tub. Mars also has a random selection process for filling tubs.  Harry Rose, Editor of Which? Magazine, said: “Our analysis shows that it’s not your family’s fault that your favourite flavours disappear from the tub so quickly: there really are too few Purple Ones to meet popular demand.“Of course, if you’re a fan of Strawberry Delights, Eclairs or Milky Ways, this will be welcome news – you’re more likely to still be eating chocolates into the New Year than your Wispa-loving friends.”A spokesman for Nestle said: “We do take the popularity of individual sweets into account and have increased the number of people’s favourites in this year’s assortment. Our research shows that the Caramel Swirl is the sweet with the broadest appeal but other studies point to The Purple One or the Strawberry Delight as being more popular. Part of the fun of Christmas is the family discussion about each of our favourites and who gets the last sweet.A spokesperson for Cadbury said: “The mix for our Roses and Heroes tubs are specifically hand-picked and we review the mix regularly to ensure we are giving our customers an assortment of the best chocolate that they love. However, there can be some minor deviations in the mix due to manufacturing processes.” The Purple One – one of the nation’s favourite Quality Street chocolatesCredit:quality street  A spokesperson for Mars Wrigley Confectionery UK said: “Every year we enjoy seeing the debates rage about the nation’s favourite Celebrations.” The contents of a tub of Quality StreetsCredit:©BNPS quality street 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

Bosna and Herzegovina wants Mens Junior WC 2013

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Windows Phone 7 Firmware Update Bricks Some Samsung Devices

first_imgSamsung users looking forward to the latest Windows Phone 7 firmware – you know, the one that will add copy/paste and tons of bug-fixes to their device – may want to hold off for a little while: a number of sites and sources are reporting that the firmware update is “bricking” some Samsung Omnia 7 phones, or rendering them useless, even if you attempt to hard-reset the phone or connect it to a PC to restore it. Samsung and Microsoft have both called off the update until they can identify and resolve the issue, but admittedly this isn’t a great start to the process of bringing the Windows Phone 7 handsets currently on the market up to speed. According to a post at WinRumors, Microsoft knows what the issue is and is working to resolve it quickly so the updates can start rolling again, and they’ve been suggesting owners who applied the update only to brick their devices should take their phones back to their wireless carrier stores or retailers to exchange for a new device. For its part, Samsung hasn’t said much about the issue.last_img read more

In 24 seconds youll know why we love waterproof gear

first_imgCanon’s 5D MK II digital SLR is a surprisingly tough device. It has a rugged magnesium body, full weather sealing, and it designed to work in jungles, war zones, sub-zeros temperatures, and all sorts of other crazy conditions. Even the shutter is tough — it’s rated at 150,000 exposures before it’s due for a replacement. What can’t the 5D MK II handle?One thing the 5D apparently has trouble with, as does most electronic devices, is complete immersion in salt water. No matter how rugged the gadget it’s going to have problems with a few things, with soda, fine dust, and salt water chief among them.The short film above, entitled “How to Lose $2400 in 24 Seconds” is about the unfortunate demise of a Canon 5D thanks to a wave. The camera was setup up a tripod at the beach and what looks like a fluke wave came in and took it down. With a Canon 5D body going for about $2300-$2400 dollars these days that, as they say, was the end of that.On the upside the memory card clearly survived. That’s really a testament to the camera body doing what it’s designed to do — even if the camera doesn’t survive, any professional photographer will tell you that it’s the images that are important. The camera, any camera for that matter, can be replaced but those images captured moments in time that are gone forever.Considering the $2400 price, it seems like his lens survived as well. We don’t know which one it was, but we do know that Canon’s L series lenses — what most people use with the 5D — is weather sealed just like the body. (I’m not sure whether that makes a case for the lens surviving or not though.)What can be done to stop yourself from paying $2400 for a very short, not particularly complex film? First off, you can buy insurance. This won’t protect your gear, but it will protect your investment. Next, you can an underwater housing. These happen to be very expensive, often over $1000, so they will be overkill unless if you want to actually shoot underwater. Otherwise you can get something like the Bingo watertight bag for about $70. They’re aren’t perfect but they usually get the job done.Or you could always just keep your tripod slightly above the water line. At the very least put it behind a well-built sand castle.Kidding aside, don’t feel too bad for the camera owner, Kurtis Hough. About 23 hours and 300,000 views later NYC’s favorite camera store, B&H Photo, has offered to replace the camera for him!Kurtis Hough, via redditlast_img read more

Avec 4 millions dutilisateurs en plus Spotify aime lOpen Graph

first_imgAvec 4 millions d’utilisateurs en plus, Spotify aime l’Open GraphDepuis que Facebook a lancé son Open Graph sur le réseau, qui permet aux utilisateurs de partager leurs écoutes, le site suédois de Spotify aurait atteint les 4 millions d’utilisateurs en plus selon la firme de Mark Zuckerberg.Hasard ou coïncidence, on ne peut pas affirmer que l’Open Graph soit à l’origine de la venue de ces 4 millions de nouveaux utilisateurs pour Spotify. Facebook se félicite en tous cas d’avoir reboosté l’écoute de musique en ligne. A titre de comparaison, le français Deezer aurait de son côté gagné chaque jour plus de 10 000 utilisateurs depuis l’intégration d’Open Graph (avec 810 000 comptes actifs par mois contre 7,5 millions chez Spotify). Selon les dires de Facebook, ses utilisateurs auraient partagé plus de 1,5 milliard d’éléments relatifs à l’écoute de musique en six semaines, soit en moyenne moins de 2 interactions par membre. Une bonne nouvelle pour l’industrie du disque ?Le 11 novembre 2011 à 20:28 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more