Saffron brigade wont be coming back to Delhi

first_imgBalurghat/Gangarampur/Berhampur (South Dinajpur/Murshidabad): Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee alleged on Friday that BJP and RSS are backing the Congress candidate in Berhampur and in the same breath, said the saffron party will not be coming to power in Delhi.She was addressing a mammoth rally at Berhampur. Earlier in the day, Banerjee addressed two more rallies at Balurghat and Gangarampur in South Dinajpur. Without naming sitting Congress MP Adhir Chowdhury, she said: “He does not stay in Murshidabad and his only business is to criticise Trinamool Congress. On the last day of the Parliament, he gained support from BJP by calling Trinamool Congress a party of thieves. Who is honest? Saradha was set up in the 1980s and CPI(M) and Congress leaders were involved. But no action was taken against them. The Congress leaders have betrayed the voters as they follow Congress during the day, BJP in the afternoon and CPI(M) at night,” adding that “RSS is backing Congress in Berhampur.” Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe Trinamool supremo said BJP will not be able to make a comeback in the Lok Sabha polls. “From where will they get seats? In Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Bengal they will get zero seats. In Uttar Pradesh the number of seats will be reduced. In Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh BJP cannot do well. From where will they get seats to form the government?” she asked. In Murshidabad district, Congress got two seats in Berhampur and Jangipur while CPI(M) had bagged the Murshidabad seat in 2014. Banerjee said when she was in Congress, she had come to Murshidabad several times with Mannan Hossain. She had cordial relations with veteran leaders of the district like Abdus Sattar and Atish Chandra Sinha. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”We had to take part in the general election within 22 days of setting up Trinamool Congress in 1998. I could not come to the district and reach out to the people,” she regretted. In Balurghat and Gangarampur, Banerjee urged the voters not to cast their votes in favour of BJP. “If BJP is voted back to power there will be no democracy in India. The society will be divided and the economic condition of the country will become worse. In the past five years, BJP has not done anything,” she said. Stating that all-round development has taken place in South Dinajpur, she said: “There is not a single family that has not been benefitted by the schemes of the state government. The farmers have been greatly benefitted as the state government is paying the premium of the crop insurance. The annual income of the farmers has gone up three times. Kanyashree has benefitted the girl students enormously. Under Khadya Sathi, people are getting rice at Rs 2/kilogram.” She said the time has come when people should think before casting their votes. “Rest assured that Trinamool will play a major role in the formation of the new government in Delhi. There will be a secular and pro-development government, where the interest of all sections of people will be protected,” she said. Banerjee also urged the first-time voters to cast their votes in favour of Trinamool Congress. “Don’t vote for CPI(M) and Congress as it will strengthen the hand of BJP. Vote for Trinamool Congress to set up a democratic government at the Centre,” she said.last_img read more

EU MP Europe Would Gain from Further Integration with Morocco

Rabat –  European MP, addressing the European commission in a written note, has said that Europe would benefit more from increased economic integration with Morocco than from only negotiating on select topics.Winning Morocco’s heartInmaculada Rodriguez-Piniero Fernandez of the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party said in her remarks to the EU commission that a number of Europe’s policy successes will need Morocco’s full cooperation. To ensure that the North African country is fully committed to its engagements with Europe, the EU should make bolder political moves in favor of Rabat. Fernandez suggested that Europe would gain stronger support and political will from its non-European neighbors should it succeed in demonstrating how sincerely committed it is to its own “good neighborhood” agenda.Noting the Euro-Mediterranean integration process launched in 2000, the Spanish MP urged Europe to create resources and opportunities through “sincere cooperation.” As far as Morocco is concerned, Fernandez proposed that Brussels pushes for further integration into the EU Single Market. Managing migration through opportunitiesIn addition to bolstering Brussels-Rabat ties on a host of issues—mainly security, migration, agriculture, and food—accepting Rabat in the European common market would create more opportunities and development impetus in Morocco, Fernandez argued. Fernandez hopes that increased integration, including “legislative convergence,” economic integration, and strategic security cooperation, will be more effective in curbing irregular migration than tough policies operating solely on securing borders. Opportunities in migrants’ home countries or continent, not heavy-handed border policies, will convince more migrants to stay, Fernandez suggested.Read Also: Why The World Needs the Global Compact for Orderly MigrationA strong EU and Spanish ally, Morocco has been an important partner for the European political club on migration and security issues. To seal their partnership and bring it to a higher dimension, Brussels and Rabat launched negotiations in March 2013 to “accelerate” economic integration. The goal was for Morocco to join the EU’s Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area. “The overall goal of the negotiations is to create new trade and investment opportunities and ensure a better integration of Morocco’s economy into the EU single market. The DCFTA also aims at supporting ongoing economic reforms in Morocco and at bringing the Moroccan legislation closer to that of the EU in trade-related areas,” according to the EU commission. Negotiations are still ongoing.Fernandez’s call comes as Morocco pushes to get more benefits from its cooperation with Europe.Last week, Spanish media reported that, in addition to the financial and logistic support the EU promised Morocco on migration, the North African country is demanding cooperation on education. El Pais reported that Rabat sent Madrid “a list of demands in exchange for intensifying border control.”“In addition to the 140 million Euros the EU has promised Morocco, the Maghreb country is demanding aid to train workers in key sectors such as tourism and health,” the report explained. read more

In northern Kyrgyzstan UN refugee agency funds school and sanitation projects

28 November 2008The United Nations refugee agency is supporting school and sanitation projects in rural areas of northern Kyrgyzstan that have served as home to former refugees from neighbouring Tajikistan .The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported today that it has recently expanded a pre-school and opened a public bathhouse in the district of Ivanovka, which is located in Chui province.The projects are part of UNHCR’s support to the local community, which has taken in the former Tajik refugees – despite limited resources – and is also home to ethnic Kyrgyz returnees and local villagers.UNHCR representative Hans Schodder said about $100,000 was spent by the agency on the projects as part of a wider effort to support the greater integration of refugees in the poor Central Asian country.More than 20,000 Tajiks fled to Kyrgyzstan after civil war erupted in their homeland in the early 1990s. Most eventually returned home, but about 9,500 have been successfully naturalized by the Kyrgyz Government.Ivanovka is also home to Kayrlyrmans, ethnic Kyrgyz who returned to the region after the country declared independence in 1991, as well as numerous stateless people following the collapse of the Soviet Union.UNHCR estimates that Kyrgyzstan is also host to at least 1,000 asylum-seekers and refugees, mainly from Afghanistan. read more

UN health agency speeds medical supplies to help quake victims in Pakistan

“For the next 48 hours relief efforts will focus on search and rescue,” said Dr. Khalif Bile Mohamud, the agency’s representative in Pakistan . “Many of the survivors being pulled from the rubble suffer from trauma type wounds necessitating emergency care.”Hospitals, themselves damaged or even destroyed by the disaster, are overwhelmed as they try to cope with the mounting casualties, according to WHO. “As a result of the increased number of injured people, shortages in surgical supplies have been reported,” Dr. Mohamud said.In response, WHO has provided two new emergency health kits each containing essential medical supplies covering the needs of 10,000 people for three months. Five more of these, along with ten trauma kits each sufficient for 100 surgical interventions, will be sent in the coming days. The Geneva-based agency, which is supporting Pakistan’s Ministry of Health in responding to the emergency, has dispatched 17 national surgical teams to the most affected districts. Each team includes surgeons, orthopaedic surgeons, anaesthetists and operating theatre technicians. WHO and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) will provide supplies and cover local costs incurred by these teams for the coming weeks.“WHO has also deployed 14 international experts in public health, epidemiology, health systems, logistics and water and sanitation,” said Dr, Ala Alwan, WHO Representative for Health Action in Crises. read more

Pakistan UN Security Council condemns heinous and cowardly terrorist attacks

Members of the Security Council also expressed appreciation for the swift response by Pakistani authorities.In a statement, the Council members stressed that “terrorism in all its forms and manifestations” constituted one of the most serious threats to international peace and security.“Any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed,” they said, underscoring the need to hold the perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of terrorist acts accountable and bring them to justice.Council members also called upon all UN Member States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with the Government of Pakistan and all other relevant authorities in that regard.► RELATED: UN chief condemns deadly attacks in PakistanIn the statement, Council members also stressed the fundamental principle of the inviolability of diplomatic and consular premises, and the obligations on host Governments, including under international treaties, to protect those premises and their officials.At least four people, including two police officers were killed in Friday’s attack against the Chinese Consulate-General in Karachi. Three attackers were also killed.The same day, attackers struck a market in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, killing at least 35 people and wounding many others. read more

Derek Jeter And the Other Worst AllStar Starters of the Past 40

When the American League takes the field in Tuesday’s MLB All-Star Game, Derek Jeter will walk out of the dugout to what is sure to be thunderous applause and take his familiar place at shortstop.That’s nothing new. Jeter, who plans to retire at the end of this season, has been named an All-Star 14 times in his storied career, starting the game at shortstop nine times. This year, though, he’s playing at nothing near an All-Star level. According to wins above replacement (WAR), Jeter has been one of the AL’s worst shortstops this season.It’s tough to get too worked up, though, about Jeter getting the starting nod — however undeserved — in the final All-Star Game of his career. Although Erick Aybar of the Los Angeles Angels almost certainly warranted the accolade instead, baseball has a long history of awarding statistically unjustified All-Star Game starts. Surprisingly, though, the worst All-Star starting bids (since 1974 — excluding 1981, due to the players’ strike — according to FanGraphs’ WAR through the end of June for the season in question) are not exclusively the realm of sentimental picks like Jeter:Forty-year-old Cal Ripken Jr.’s 2001 All-Star Game start was awarded purely out of legacy, and it’s been frequently compared to Jeter’s this week. Ripken, however, had the worst first half of any All-Star Game starter from the past four decades, having played much worse than Jeter has thus far in 2014. Ripken’s first-half triple-slash line in 2001 was .240/.270/.324 (good for a 56 Weighted Runs Created Plus); Jeter’s 2014 line is .272/.324/.322 (80 wRC+), despite playing in a more difficult offensive environment. Jeter may not be playing like a typical All-Star, but he hasn’t been as bad as Ripken was at the same age.Perhaps more interesting is the fact not all — or even most — ill-advised All-Star starting picks went to sentimental selections. Of the 50 worst starters listed above, there are more players under age 30 (18) than 35-or-older (16). For most of the prime-aged players who started the All-Star Game despite poor first halves, though, their presence can be explained by a good season the year prior. This phenomenon is fueled by baseball’s long-standing confusion over whether the All-Star Game is supposed to honor the players who played best in the first half of the season in question, those who played best since the previous All-Star Game, or simply the best players in general.Jeter falls into none of those three categories, but he will carry on the proud tradition of the legacy pick when he takes the field tonight. read more

Freshmen spark Buckeyes in seasonopening victory

For the past two seasons, the Ohio State men’s basketball team was, for the most part, all Evan Turner, all the time. But with Turner now in the NBA, the Buckeyes appear to be, after one game, much more balanced. In Friday’s 102-61 win over North Carolina A&T, five Buckeyes scored in double figures, including freshman forward Deshaun Thomas with a team-high 24 points. Thomas, who scored 15 points in the first half, shot 10 for 16 from the field including 2 for 3 from outside the arc. “I was feeling it,” Thomas said. “When you’re on the bench, you have to be ready to play and play hard, and that’s what I did.” Known for his prolific scoring in high school, Thomas admitted that it took him a while to get up to speed in other areas of the game, specifically his defense. Though Thomas might not be quite as good as he needs to be yet, coach Thad Matta said the freshman showed how much he’s improved with his performance. “Deshaun has been so focused on his defense in practice,” Matta said. “We always tell the guys, ‘When you focus on the defense the offense will come’ and I think he found it today.” Freshman Jared Sullinger, despite a less-than-stellar first half in which he played just eight minutes and scored only three points, finished with 19 points in his OSU debut. But it was his 14 rebounds that Sullinger said were most important. “What I focus my game on is how many rebounds I get,” Sullinger said. “That’s something that has been established by my brothers and my father. (My father) being my basketball coach in high school, he told me if I don’t get a lot of rebounds, I’m not trying hard.” Senior center Dallas Lauderdale recorded his first career double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds to go along with eight blocks, and guards William Buford and David Lighty both scored in double figures, with 11 and 10 points, respectively. The Buckeyes play at No. 11 Florida on Tuesday. read more

Two Army cadets waterboarded colleague at Sandhurst court hears

Two Army cadets allegedly “waterboarded” a colleague at the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst, a court has heard.Officer Cadets Jonathan Cox, 25, and Edward Wright, 24, both deny battery and are standing trial at Bulford Military Court near Salisbury, Wiltshire.The court was told that Cox and Wright confronted Edward Flower, now a Second Lieutenant, just after 6pm on August 7 last year.Mr Flower said he had been returning to his room when Cox blocked his way by moving into a “star shape” across the corridor.The alleged victim, now serving with the Royal Gibraltar Regiment, said he attempted to crawl through Cox’s legs.”As I crawled through his legs, he grabbed my ankles so at this point I was lying face down on the floor,” he said.”After that he turned me over, still holding on to my ankles. I was lying flat on my back with my ankles being held.”Officer Cadet Cox, still holding to my ankles, lifted me off the floor. I started feeling a bit dazed with the blood rushing to my head.”Officer Cadet Wright proceeded to teabag me while clothed.”Mr Flower told the court that this involved Wright “squatting down” on his face on a number of occasions, with his bottom touching his face. Cox told police that less than 20ml of water was poured on Mr Flower’s head to wet his hair and described it as “just friends being friends”.Colonel Allen said a statement of complaint was made by Mr Flower on August 8.”The prosecution say that is not the action of someone who was taking part in jovial high jinks,” he told the three-strong panel.”He was not on friendly terms with either Mr Wright or Mr Cox.”It undermines the defendants’ suggestion that this was jovial banter between willing participants.”Wright and Cox deny the charge against them, and the trial, before Judge Advocate Alan Large, continues. 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. “It then started to be sucked up my nose.”He said he felt distressed and vulnerable during the incident, which ended when a colleague emerged in the corridor.This colleague told Mr Flower “You woke me up” before breaking wind on his face – with Cox and Wright laughing, he alleged.Afterwards, Mr Flower went into his bedroom and locked the door, later disclosing what had happened to two friends at Sandhurst.Mr Flower said it had a “heavy effect” on his mental health, leading to him putting in his resignation at one point.He claimed he had been “ostracised” by colleagues and spent a week in the medical centre due to his mental health.Prosecuting, Colonel Richard Allen said Mr Flower had been returning from a platoon meeting with his Colour Sergeant when he came across Wright and Cox.This meeting was called after Mr Flower claimed Wright had been “making degrading statements” about him, the court heard.Mr Flower described Wright as “aggressive and confrontational” and said he “belittled” him about his size, saying he was “not strong enough”.In interviews with the Royal Military Police, the defendants insisted Mr Flower had been consenting to what happened.Wright said he had only poured enough water to fill a shot glass on to Mr Flower, who he suggested had found it “amusing”. “I was then lifted completely off the floor again by Officer Cadet Cox for about 10-15 seconds,” he said.”Being the second time, I was getting far more of a head rush and starting to feel quite dazed and confused.”The court heard that the platoon were in the process of moving rooms and there were two field dressings on the floor.”Officer Cadet Wright picked one of them up and stated ‘Let’s waterboard him’,” Mr Flower said.He described the dressing being placed across his eyes, nose and mouth tight enough to stay in position.Cox then picked up a water bottle and “proceeded to pour a continuous amount of water” over Mr Flower’s face, he told the court.”It was a suffocating motion, being completely blindfolded you didn’t have any sense of what’s really going on,” he said.”It made me feel massively dehumanised.”Mr Flower said Wright then pulled back the field dressing to reveal his nose and mouth, keeping his eyes covered.Wright then poured the bottle of water over his exposed nose and mouth for 15-20 seconds, he alleged.He estimated that about 500ml of water was poured over his face in total.”My mouth was open at the beginning until (I was) struggling to swallow so I closed it in an attempt to make breathing easier,” Mr Flower said. read more

Opposition Leader conducts Essequibo outreaches

Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, General Secretary of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), has, over the past weekend, been leading a team in outreaches along the Essequibo Coast, Region Two, where he met with residents in several communities and listened to their concerns.During the two-day visit, Jagdeo went to Aurora, Middlesex, Adventure, Onderneeming, Johanna Cecilia, Golden Fleece, Reliance and Lima. He was accompanied by Party Central Committee Members Drs Frank Anthony and Vindhya Persaud, and Anand Persaud; and Members of Parliament (MPs) Yvonne Pearson and Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) Representative Cornel Damon.Before returning to Georgetown on Sunday, the Opposition Leader held a special meeting with businessmen, farmers and market vendors, among other persons.Below are scenes from the visit. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAPNU/AFC coalition Gov’t has broken its promises – Jagdeo tells EssequibiansMarch 13, 2016With 3 commentsPPP launches countrywide LGE campaignJuly 29, 2018In “latest news”Opposition Leader urges Speaker to reconsider his block on sugar forumsJune 9, 2017In “latest news” read more

Poll shows Coveney the favourite over Varadkar among Fine Gael voters

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Poll shows Coveney the favourite over Varadkar among Fine Gael voters Enda Kenny has said he will make an announcement about his future when he returns from Washington after St Patrick’s Day. 12,292 Views 64 Comments Mar 4th 2017, 10:54 AM Image: Sam Boal Image: Sam Boal ALMOST HALF OF Fine Gael voters would prefer Simon Coveney to replace Enda Kenny as leader – if it were a head-to-head contest with Leo Varadkar.That’s according to an MRBI opinion poll published in today’s Irish Times.It found that 49% of Fine Gael supporters would choose the Housing Minister Simon Coveney compared to 44% for the Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar.Enda Kenny has said he will make an announcement about his future when he returns from Washington after St Patrick’s Day.The next leader will be chosen by an electoral college of parliamentary party members, elected councillors and party members.Coveney also came out on top when all voters – not just Fine Gael – were asked to choose between the two. Coveney came out on 40% while Varadkar had 38%.However, when all voters were given the option of all potential candidates in the election, Varadkar took the top spot with 30%, Coveney (28%), Richard Bruton (6%), Paschal Donohoe (4%), Frances Fitzgerald (4%) and Simon Harris (2%).Over a fifth of all voters (22%) said they didn’t know.The survey was carried out among 1,200 voters at over 100 sampling points in all constituencies on Monday and Tuesday.Read: Sleet, snow and heavy rain: Status yellow weather warning for ten counties> Share Tweet Email Saturday 4 Mar 2017, 10:54 AM Short URL By Cliodhna Russelllast_img read more

Cretan discovery among most important in 2010

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The latest archaeological findings unearthed in Greece over the past year are in the top ten discoveries of 2010 list, published in the latest issue of Archaeology Magazine, a publication of the Archaeological Institute of America.The findings in question are Palaeolithic tools discovered in Plakias (Rethymno prefecture) on Crete.According to the magazine, “the discovery of stone tools at two sites on the island of Crete that are between 130,000 and 700,000 years old was announced by a research team led by Thomas Strasser of Providence College and Eleni Panagopoulou of the Greek ministry of culture. “The tools resemble those made by Homo heidelbergensis and Homo erectus, showing that one of these early human ancestors boated across at least 40 miles of open sea to reach the island, the earliest indirect evidence of seafaring.“If hominins could move around the Mediterranean before 130,000 years ago, they could cross other bodies of water as well,” said team member Curtis Runnels of Boston University, who helped analyse the tools.”last_img read more

Photographer Polixeni Papapetrou dies aged 57

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek Australian photographer Polixeni Papapetrou has passed away aged 57.The news was announced on Wednesday by her husband, Monash University professor and visual arts critic, Robert Nelson.“Polixeni left, nothing to do or be said, but a sorrowful emptiness now that she’s dead,” he wrote on social media.“Please, no flowers to the house,” he requested.The 57-year-old was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007, and after five years of being cancer free was informed by her doctors it had returned.After battling the illness for another five years, the last few days saw her fall into a coma.Papapetrou was the first born daughter of Greek migrant parents, who came to Australia in the 1950s.She went on to study law at the University of Melbourne, working as a commercial lawyer for some time. But after being exposed to the work of American photographer Diane Arbus, was inspired to pick up the camera herself.Papapetrou has since gone on to become an acclaimed photographer, exhibiting her work around the world. In 2017 she was the recipient of one of Australia’s most prestigious photographic awards, the $30,000 William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize for ‘Delphi’ from her 2016 Eden series.Papapetrou’s award-winning photograph ‘Delphi’ from her series ‘Eden’. Photo: Polixeni PapapetrouJust last week an exhibition showing her most recent works titled MY HEART – still full of her opened at Michael Reid’s Sydney gallery, and she is a headline artist in a show opening on Friday at Melbourne’s RMIT Gallery.Papapetrou is survived by her husband, and two children, Olympia and Solomon.last_img read more

Roma hero Nicolo Zaniolo stunned by his twogoal haul

first_img19-year-old Nicolo Zaniolo was lost for words after scoring both of AS Roma’s goals in their 2-1 first win over FC Porto in their last-16 Champions League tie.The Italian midfielder, who arrived at Roma last summer from Inter Milan as part of a trade deal for Radja Nainggolan, proved to be the difference at the Stadio Olimpico on Tuesday night for the Giallorossi with two second-half goals.Zaniolo got his first of the game in the 70th-minute after controlling Edin Dzeko’s pass and then slotting the ball past former Real Madrid keeper Iker Casillas.The teenager got his second six minutes later after Dzeko’s effort from 20 yards out hit the post for Zaniolo to then put it away to become the youngest Italian player to score a double in a Champions League match and help seal Roma a 2-1 first leg win over Porto.“I have no words, it’s a memorable day. I’ll never forget it in my life,” Zaniolo told Sky Sport Italia.“Now I want to focus on the return leg because the goal we gave up can be bothersome. We have to play like we did today without conceding anything to the opponents.“We had prepared it this way. I ran a lot, but I’m happy for the result. It’s a unique emotion to score under the Curva Sud, I can’t describe it. I hope to score many more.”Roma captain Daniele De Rossi also paid tribute to the youngster in what was also his first knockout Champions League game.“It’s another small milestone, perhaps not even a small one, that adds to what he is showing game after game and even training session after training session,” De Rossi said.Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in next week’s UCL Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 With the Champions League about to start, we need to start talking about the Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in the competition.Atletico…“He has an incredible natural physique for someone who is only 19 and also has great technical quality.“In my opinion, as perhaps with everyone now, he is already a very good player – and can become a great one.”Substitute Adrian Lopez capitalised on Tiquinho Soares’ mis-hit shot to score a crucial away goal for Porto to settle the scoreline at 2-1.The return leg between Porto and Roma will take place at the Estádio do Dragão in Portugal on March 6.😮 Remember the name!🇮🇹 Nicolò Zaniolo = youngest Italian player to score 2 goals in a #UCL match ⚽️⚽️— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) February 12, 2019last_img read more

DOD Installations Chief Lays out Path toward Future BRAC Decision

first_imgDOD opted not to include a request for a new round of base closures when it submitted its fiscal 2019 budget proposal earlier this year, but by no means have defense officials given up on the prospect of asking for a BRAC in the future. On Wednesday, the department’s installations chief told lawmakers that because the administration had just released its National Defense Strategy, it didn’t make sense to include a request for a new round. “We weren’t really in good conscience ready to ask Congress for an authorization for BRAC this year,” Lucian Niemeyer, assistant secretary of defense for energy, installations and environment, told the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee.Instead, officials decided to take a pause. “We’re looking at the National Defense Strategy; we would like to reevaluate to what degree we think moving forward base closures might help us carry out the defense strategy to become more lethal,” he said in response to a question from Rep. Joe Courtney (D-Conn.).The department is using the pause to reassess its most recent calculation of how much excess infrastructure it is carrying. Niemeyer told Courtney there were “some concerns” about the report DOD released last year that estimated 19 percent of its capacity was excess. The department is embarking on an effort with the services to take a closer look at how fully their facilities are being utilized. “We’re trying to get it to be an enterprise look. … and make sure we are optimally occupying our facilities.”When officials are confident they have a good handle on “exactly where we have excess,” they will brief the defense secretary. Niemeyer did not volunteer how long the process would take or what the next steps may be, however.He also reiterated the argument that a new BRAC round would not only help DOD save money but it also would provide an opportunity for the military “to get more lethal” by consolidating forces and realigning its installations. Unmanned systems, cybersecurity and other new missions were not significant factors during the last base closure round. “How do we lay in those new technologies onto our existing Cold War basing structure? Do we even know what a base of the future really should look like?” Niemeyer asked.Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Starkey Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

NEW STEW Meet Childrens Author Ioana Hobai On Augusts Book Stew

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a message from Book Stew host Eileen MacDougall:Hello, Book Stew viewers! It’s such a pleasure to host my first children’s book illustrator and author, Ioana Hobai.A native of Romania, Ioana grew up drawing and doodling in repressive Budapest. After coming to the US, she worked as an architect before returning to her first love, art and illustration. Ioana’s new book, “Lena’s Slippers,” is based on an incident in her own life. She’s a dream guest and I hope you’ll enjoy this episode!Watch the episode, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television, below:—Video Player error: Format(s) not supported or source(s) not Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.— Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNEW STEW: Meet Author Ben Berkley On September’s Book StewIn “Videos”NEW STEW: Meet Author Renee Simms On June’s Book StewIn “Community”NEW STEW: Meet Author Marcia Butler On May’s Book StewIn “Videos”last_img read more

Russia slams N Korea nuclear test

first_imgRussia urged calm on Sunday as it slammed North Korea after Pyongyang said it successfully tested a hydrogen bomb.“This latest demonstrative disregard by Pyongyang of the requirements of the relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council and the norms of international law deserves the strongest condemnation,” the foreign ministry in Moscow said.The ministry said it regretted that the leadership of North Korea was “creating a serious threat” for the region and warned that “the continuation of such a line is fraught with serious consequences” for Pyongyang.“In the unfolding conditions, it is imperative to remain calm and to refrain from any actions that lead to a further escalation of tension,” a statement said.“We call on all interested parties to immediately return to dialogue and negotiations as the only possible way for an overall settlement of the problems of the Korean peninsula,” it said.The ministry insisted Moscow remained committed to a joint Russian-Chinese proposal that would see Pyongyang halt weapons tests in return for the US suspending military exercises in the region.last_img read more

US Midwest gripped by bitter cold relief ahead

first_imgSnow and ice covers Soldier Field and the skyline as temperatures during the past two days have dipped to lows around -20 degrees on 31 January, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Photo: AFPBrutally cold temperatures gripped the US Midwest on Thursday, freezing water mains, causing power outages, canceling flights and straining natural gas supplies.Tens of millions of Americans shivered for a second day as the mercury dipped to record lows in several states.More than a dozen deaths have been attributed to the sub-zero weather and a weekend snowstorm that blanketed the same region. Many of the cold-related fatalities were in Michigan, where the governor said the death toll was still being confirmed.Schools and businesses remained closed in several midwestern states, people were encouraged to stay home, and travelers were stranded by grounded flights and halted trains.In Michigan and Minnesota, natural gas supplies were under threat. Authorities asked residents to reduce heat consumption wherever possible and decreased heating in government buildings.Water mains froze in Detroit, Chicago and parts of Canada, and power outages were reported in Iowa and Wisconsin.Nearly 1,700 flights had been canceled in Chicago by Thursday afternoon. Airport crews worked in 15-minute increments on the tarmac to avoid frostbite.Rail service Amtrak planned to begin partially restoring service after canceling all lines Wednesday in and out of Chicago.The deadly, sub-zero temperatures were expected to lift Friday, but the misery would not end quickly in the roughly dozen states most affected.”We are not done yet. We’ve got another 24 hours where the weather will be at dangerous levels,” Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer told a news conference.The National Weather Service (NWS) said temperatures would slowly moderate, but the agency forecast wind chills Thursday would remain between -20 to -50 degrees Fahrenheit (-29 to -46 Celsius) over parts of the Upper Midwest.The cold has frozen sections of Niagara Falls and sent blocks of ice floating down the river winding through downtown Chicago.- More snow to come -People walk through the freezing cold in the Brooklyn borough of New York on 31 January, 2019. Photo: AFPThe Arctic air mass that descended from its usual northern rotation on Wednesday caused the second coldest day ever recorded in the Windy City, where residents reported hearing “frost quakes.”Local television station WGN said booms heard by residents were likely from the frozen, water-saturated ground cracking under their feet.The NWS said a low temperature of -21F (-29C) was recorded in Chicago on Thursday morning. The record low of -27F (-33C) was on 20 January, 1985.It said a historic low temperature for Illinois of -38F (-39C) had been reported in the town of Mt Carroll and was being reviewed before being declared a state record.Record low temperatures were also reported in some towns in Iowa and Wisconsin.Officials in multiple states warned that the extreme weather should be taken seriously, with the risk of hypothermia and frostbite setting in within minutes of exposure.There were also concerns over another round of snow late Thursday, after a weekend snowstorm inundated the areas now frozen by Arctic cold.”We’ve gone from snow to freezing temperatures, wind chill,” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said at a news conference. “With more snow on the way, we’re not out of the woods yet.”Hundreds of warming centers were opened for vulnerable residents such as seniors, and shelter capacities increased for the homeless.Among the dead was an 18-year-old University of Iowa student.He was found unresponsive behind a campus building Wednesday morning, when wind chill temperatures in Iowa City were -51F (-46C), according to local TV station KCCI.- Calls for conservation -While officials warned residents to remain on guard as long as the sub-zero weather persisted, authorities in Michigan and Minnesota were also asking them to turn down their thermostats to conserve natural gas.Supplies were strained due to high demand from home heaters and from a fire at a natural gas compressor station in Michigan, officials said.”This is not over until noon tomorrow. And we are asking people to continue to keep the thermostat down,” Michigan Governor Whitmer said.General Motors and Fiat Chrysler suspended or curtailed operations at more than a dozen facilities in Michigan to conserve natural gas, the companies said.City crews braved sub-zero weather to repair a number of frozen water main breaks that plagued Motor City neighborhoods.Chicago reported 22 broken water mains, 16 of which had already been repaired.America’s northern neighbor Canada was also contending with extreme cold, with frozen water pipes, snarled travel on a major waterway, and temperatures as low as -40F (-40C) on Wednesday.last_img read more

Celebrating Uniqueness

first_imgArtists Malay Karmakar, Archna Jaideep singh, Neena Talwar and fashion designer Swati Suri combined their passion for painting and fashion designing and shared their artistic journey through an exhibition organised by Vikram Sethi, a Bharat Nirman awardee in 2005 for the best art curator of the year, open to the public from July 30 till August 6 at the ITC Sheraton Hotel in the national Capital.  Karmakar has been painting for thirty years and his style is distinctive of cubism and is worthy of drawing a comparison to the great Picasso. His paintings have work on palm leaves, boards, and canvases and give an insight into the “man with nature” concept. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Artist Archna Jaideep Singh too, has been painting for thirty years. Her nudes and abstract work aim at portraying beauty in its most natural form, transcending boundaries of geography, culture and time. Artist Neena Talwar who has been painting since 1976 has a style of charcoal on paper which has been appreciated by one and all. Designer Swati Suri is known for her innovative designs on fabrics. Her design label ‘Cobia’ has a unique collection of evening and informal dresses in rich and vibrant colours each dress unique in itself.last_img read more

Klondike Joe Boyle – Indiana Jones and James Bond Rolled Into One

first_imgJoseph Whiteside Boyle, better known as Klondike Joe Boyle, was a larger-than-life Canadian hero. His life was a roller-coaster ride, dashing madly from one exploit to another. He was a businessman, a sailor, a boxing promoter, an entrepreneur, a gold miner, a Stanley Cup hockey team manager and a spy. He commanded a WWI machine gun company, received top military honors from 5 different countries, possibly stole the Romanian crown jewels from a Moscow vault, hijacked a train, and allegedly fought a shark with nothing more than a knife. He was a swashbuckling figure and one around whom a number of legends evolved; some are true and some are less so.Boyle was born in Toronto in 1867, according to the Dictionary of Canadian Biography. The youngest of four children, his family was fairly well off, courtesy of his father’s business breeding cattle and training racehorses.Joseph W. BoyleHe attended Woodstock College for two years before running off to sea during a trip to New York with his father in 1885, returning three years later. Relatively little is known about his years at sea, although he was reported to have once jumped overboard in a thunderstorm to save a crewmate who was being attacked by a shark.He was also said to have survived a shipwreck that left him stranded in County Cork, Ireland, where he proceeded to work for several months as a tour guide to earn enough money to return to New York.Almost immediately after he returned, he married a Belgian widow and started his first business, a feed and freight venture.  The marriage was not a good one, however, and after eight years it fell apart. After that, Boyle began managing — and sparring with — a boxer from Australia named Frank Slavin.Frank “Paddy” SlavinIt was while he was on a boxing exhibition tour with Slavin that Boyle arrived in Juneau, Alaska. As the Klondike gold rush was at its height, the two men decided to try their luck and headed to Canada.By the time he arrived at the goldfields, most of the really promising sites to mine had already been staked out, but Boyle figured that there was still gold to found using hydraulic methods instead of pick-and-shovel mining.Klondike Gold RushHe and Slavin formed a partnership, obtained a lease on 40 square miles of land and set to work. Boyle gained control of the Klondike Mining Company in 1909 and created an empire. While doing that, he also funded all manner of community improvements and financed a hockey team that once challenged for the Stanley Cup, as well as continuing to be a boxing promoter.When World War One began, Boyle was too old to enlist, so he offered to recruit and pay for a 50-man machine gun company as his contribution to the war. As the war progressed, Boyle’s business was having some problems, causing him to go to England to meet with shareholders.Miners and prospectors climb the Chilkoot Trail during the Klondike Gold Rush.He cut a deal with his English backers by agreeing to become an officer with the Royal Engineers. He ended up accepting a mission to Russia to sort out issues Russia was having with its railroads and supply lines. He then did the same thing in Romania, ensuring that food and other supplies could reach troops there, according to What’s Up Yukon.The grateful Romanians then asked him to go back to Moscow and retrieve their archives and paper currency where they had been stored for safekeeping during the war. In the midst of all of that, he also negotiated a treaty with Russia for the Romanian government, saved 70 Romanian officials from death at Odessa, and set up and ran a 500-operative spy network in Russia. During this time, Boyle became close friends with and, some speculate, perhaps a lover of Queen Marie of Romania, giving him access to the highest levels of power.Boyle returned to England in 1919. His mining empire, which he had left in the care of family members, was in receivership and he tried to negotiate an agreement for the Royal Dutch Shell petroleum company to get an oil concession in the Caucasus from the Soviet government, which would help him to re-establish himself.Read another story from us: He Came From the Woods: The Story of the Last “Wild” Native AmericanThe enterprise wasn’t successful, however. Boyle died of heart failure at the age of 56 while still in London, and this giant of a man was finally still.last_img read more

Colton Haynes lovingly shares pic of late dad – and theyre exact

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Colton’s mother Dana Denise Mitchell passed away of liver complications, the star revealed back in March this year.‘Today I lost my best friend’Taking to Instagram at the time, Colton said: ‘Today I lost my best friend, the love of my life… my momma.‘Words can’t express how incredible this woman was. I have so many things to say but I’m in a state of shock. I will always love you, momma.’He added: ‘Rest in peace, my angel.’Colton recently filed for divorce from his husband Jeff Leatham.The actor is known for film roles including San Andreas starring Dwayne Johnson and Rough Night starring Scarlett Johansson.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . The Teen Wolf star posted a picture of his dad alongside the caption: ‘Smiling knowing my Dad is in Heaven dancing with my mom for the 1st time in decades. Happy Fathers Day to all the Fathers out there.’The Arrow actor posted the message about his father, William Clayton Haynes one day after Father’s Day [Sunday 17 June] in the US and the UK.Photo: Instagram/coltonhaynes eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Colton Haynes | Photo: Arrowcenter_img Colton Haynes mourns the loss of his mother: ‘I lost my best friend’Colton Haynes shares the last message his mom sent him before she diedColton Haynes mocks Kim Kardashian in Instagram postRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Colton Haynes paid sweet tribute to his late father on Instagram yesterday for Father’s Day.last_img read more