Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Nazareth, La Salle reach Rebisco semis unscathed Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City03:27Foton, Branislav ready for PSL’s biggest conference01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH As early as the opening set, Iriga City coach Parley Tupas surrendered every illusion of scoring an upset against Petron on Saturday.In a huddle, when they were trailing, 20-10, Tupas was telling his charges to “relax, we have nothing to lose, let’s just score as much points as possible.”ADVERTISEMENT Iriga City did lose. But it wasn’t clear if Tupas was happy with the points his team collected.The Blaze Spikers, brimming with confidence as well big-name stars, hammered out a 25-12, 25-15, 25-22 triumph over Iriga in the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at Batangas City Sports Center.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPetron registered its sixth win in seven games, while handing Iriga City its fifth defeat in seven outings. Both will qualify for the quarterfinals.From the onset, when the Blaze Spikers piled up a 7-1 lead, it was very clear they were leagues away from the Oragons, who simply had no answer for Petron’s massive firepower anchored on Lindsay Stalzer, Hillary Hurley, Remy Palma and Ria Meneses, among others. LATEST STORIES Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Read Next
SASKATOON – Workers at two uranium facilities in northern Saskatchewan are facing tough times after Cameco announced Wednesday it was shutting down productions at the Sask. sites.Cameco (TSX:CCO) said 845 jobs would be “temporarily” lost by the end of January due to the shutdowns at Key Lake and McArthur River.The McArthur River site mines uranium ore and sends it to Key Lake for processing.The company said about 210 workers would be kept on at the facilities to ensure they maintained a safe shutdown mode.The suspension is expected to last 10 months, but more details are to be provided when fourth quarter results are released in February.Cameco cited market oversupply and low uranium prices as reasons for the production suspension.They noted prices have fallen over 70 per cent since an earthquake and tsunami in Fukushima, Japan devastated a nuclear facility in 2011.Operations at Rabbit Lake were suspended in April 2016, resulting in 500 job losses.The company announced third-quarter losses of $124 million on Oct. 27, one year after turning a profit of $142 million in the same time span.(CKOM)
CALGARY – A joint federal-provincial review panel says the Frontier Oil Sands Mine project application is now complete enough to advance to a public hearing set to take place as early as September.It says it is now accepting submissions about preferred locations and dates for the hearing, adding that requests to submit evidence or participate must be made in writing by June 22.The open pit project proposed by Vancouver-based Teck Resources Ltd. is estimated to cost $20 billion and designed to produce 260,000 barrels per day of bitumen from a site about 110 kilometres north of Fort McMurray in northern Alberta.That’s more than the recently completed 194,000-bpd Fort Hills mining project in which Teck is a minority partner holding 21 per cent and Suncor Energy Inc. is the operator holding 54 per cent of the project.The joint review panel was appointed in May 2016 and given 13 months to assess the project and its environmental impacts. It won approval last November for an eight-month delay to complete its review.Two years ago, Teck said the earliest date for first oil from Frontier would be 2026.Companies in this article: (TSX:TECK.B, TSX:SU)
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Christmas is approaching and the group, Peace Seniors Connect & Care needs your help by providing donations that will go directly to the seniors in our community.PSCC is a group of caring people that came together three years ago to touch the lives of seniors in our community. The first year the group helped 86 seniors and this year’s numbers look to be helping 200 seniors as there is a need for this type of campaign.Group Administrator, Vanessa Siemens-Ford says “Seeing the looks on these seniors faces is more then one can handle at some points when on realize that these interactions through the parties we hold may be the only ones they get all year long.” PSCC has asked businesses around FSJ to set out collection bins and now needs the community’s help to fill them by donating items. These donations will become gifts which will be handed out to seniors this Christmas at Abbeyfield, Peace Villa and Seniors Housing.“I am a very lucky individual. I have 3 of my grandparents still living. 88, 89 and 99 years old! The little things and time spent with them is so important for their health. This is a wonderful way of getting involved.” said Annamari Miles of Harvest Wine OutfittersA list of suggested items you can donate;– small bags of nuts or candy (diabetic candy too)– socks– hand cream– gift cards for Cool Beans (cafe downstairs at the hospital), Wal-Mart, Tim Hortons, McDonald’s, Shoppers, Grocery stores, etc– hats, toques, mitts– puzzles– playing cards– pajamas, slippers, housecoats– magazines– crossword or word search books– nail polish– scratch or lotto tickets– brain teaser puzzles– Handy Dart passes– lip balm– chocolates, licorice– hair brushes & combs– adult colouring books, crayons, pencil crayons & markers– art supplies– fidget toys– nail clippers and files– change purses– toothbrushes– toothpaste– throw blankets– coffee mugs or teacups– watches– ladies necklaces– calendarsOther items needed for the preparation of gift giving:– gift wrap– tape– gift bags– gift tags– donations of food items for each seniors party, including Abbeyfield, Peace Villa and Seniors HousingPlaces to drop off Donation;Fort Motors: 11104 Alaska Road NorthNEAT: 10003 – 95 AvenueMLA offices: 10104 – 100 StreetHarvest Wine Outfitters: 8221 – 100 AvenueIG Wealth Management (beside Unforgettable Memories )Anna’s Laundry Service: (Taylor 10264 – 100 Street)12-6pm Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri9-2 SaturdaysVanessa Siemens-Ford’s House: 9103 – 87 Avenue
Staff were told the shutdown was due to poor market conditions in Western Canada and the US. “It’s certainly a sad day for Fort St. John and area. Anytime there is a large layoff, it not a good thing and my heart goes out to the employees that are affected by this.”According to Davies, one reason for this closure is due to the fact that B.C. is becoming uncompetitive when it comes to doing business. He also puts part of the blame on the new Forest Amendment Act, Bill-22.“B.C. is just becoming far too uncompetitive. It’s hard to get business done in B.C. Bill-22, that was recently passed, was just another slap in the face against forest companies. It’s really hard to find a compelling reason to come to B.C. and do business.”Davies says Premier John Horgan needs to stop talking and needs to focus on stopping the trend of mill closures.“The Premier needs to just stop talking, he needs to put some decisive things in play, and stop this trend of mill closures, not only here but across the Province.”Sources say the staff were told Thursday morning that the plant would close as of August 9, 2019. Approximately 190 people work at the facility. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With the Peace Valley OSB Plant set to close this summer, the news has many within the community concerned and upset.One of those concerned with this closure is Peace River North MLA Dan Davies.Davies says this news is a sad day for Fort St. John, adding that his heart goes out to those affected by this closure.
The Ohio State Varsity Tennis Center hosted a match between the Buckeyes and Oklahoma on March 6. OSU lost, 4-3. The loss broke a 200-match home winning streak for OSU. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Lantern photographerThere’s Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game and Byron Nelson’s 11-straight PGA Tour victories. Then there’s the Ohio State men’s tennis team’s 200 home victories in a row.While none of those records are likely to be broken, the first two will go down in history with much more fanfare than the third. But it could be argued that the Buckeyes’ streak, which ended Friday with a 4-3 loss to Oklahoma, is the most impressive of the bunch.In his prime, Chamberlain was the single most dominant player in basketball history. The same could be said for Nelson when it comes to golf, but neither of them would have been likely to post the same numbers against modern competition.Beyond that, Chamberlain’s ridiculous record required just 48 minutes of pure domination. Still impressive? Of course, but stack that up against Nelson.Eleven straight victories on the PGA Tour means you’ve sustained quality play for months on end, not for one measly outing. But even still, Nelson came in second seven times during the 1945 season and missed out on the top two five times.That’s getting nitpicky of course, but nitpicking is necessary when stacking a record up against that of the OSU men’s tennis program, which won every single match in Columbus for nearly 12 years.That’s right, 12 years.Not only did the Buckeyes sustain dominance for more than a decade, but they did it with three full rotations of recruiting classes.By the time the streak ended, the names that started it were ancient history.The main constant has been coach Ty Tucker, who was on hand from the beginning of the streak right up until the end, and beyond.To sustain a record for that long, to dominate in a fashion neither Chamberlain or Nelson or any other great athlete could have, is significant. And that could be felt by anyone in attendance at the Varsity Tennis Center on Friday when redshirt-senior Kevin Metka fought through match points and cramps before falling just short against Oklahoma sophomore Florin Bragusi.From the moment the doubles competition started, right around 8:30 p.m., there was tension throughout the crowd.There are two sets of stands at OSU’s indoor arena: One main permanent area with bleachers, and then a few folding chairs and another set of bleachers set up on the opposite end of courts 1-4. I sat front and center in my OSU-logoed folding chair right up until Metka’s match — being played on court 6 on the other side of the main stands — was the only one still going.I spent most of my time trying to keep track of scores and — if I’m being honest — trying to figure out exactly how the scoring worked. The tension in the crowd around me rose and fell with every point scored by either team, as spectators cheered, clapped or craned their necks trying to see the scoreboard behind them.OSU took two of the three doubles matches, earning the Buckeyes a point, before singles play began.Redshirt-sophomore Ralf Steinbach was the first Buckeye to finish his singles match, easily dispatching his opponent to put OSU ahead, 2-0.Then the Buckeyes picked up another win on court one, but their players on courts two, three and five all lost. But Metka and Bragusi were still playing, so the crowd — officially announced as an OSU indoor record of 713 — moved into the stands or stood courtside to watch Metka fight for the streak’s life.While he had chances to end it in the third set, Metka came up just short, about as close as he possibly could without winning. And with that loss, the streak was snapped. But the crowd exiting the building wasn’t angered. There was barely even disappointment.Metka and OSU had lost a match, moving their record to 12-4, and the streak ended at 200, but the crowd on hand simply seemed to have respect for what had been accomplished already.At the end of the day, Tucker said it best: “Everybody in the world knew that the streak would end at some point.”
Ohio State senior safety Damon Webb (7) prepares to defend an Illinois offensive play in the second half in the game against Illinois on Nov. 18. Ohio State won 52-14. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorFormer Ohio State safety Damon Webb has signed with the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted free agent, according to a tweet from Ohio State. Webb will join former Ohio State cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs in Tennessee along with first-year head coach and former Ohio State defensive line and linebackers coach Mike Vrabel. Free Agent Alert: @DameWebb @Titans #GoBucks #DevelopedHere #TitanUp pic.twitter.com/AsB1GTl5ko— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) April 28, 2018Playing in 16 games combined in 2014 and 2015, Webb became a starter in 2016; playing alongside former Ohio State safety and future first round draft pick Malik Hooker. During his junior season, Webb had 57 tackles, two tackles for loss and an interception, earning an honorable mention for All-Big Ten.With the loss of Hooker, Webb became the only remaining starter on Ohio State’s secondary moving into the 2017 season. He ended the season with 61 tackles, leading the team with five interceptions and earning third-team All-Big Ten honors.Before ending his collegiate career, Webb helped Ohio State win the Cotton Bowl over USC, recovering a fumble to set up a score and returning an interception for a touchdown, earning him the defensive Most Valuable Player award for the bowl game.At the 2018 NFL Combine, Webb ran a 4.62 40-yard dash and tied for eighth among safeties with 17 bench press reps.
Richard Strauss in his Ohio State College of Medicine photograph. Ohio State has interviewed more than 100 former Ohio State athletes with sexual abuse claims against former team physician Richard Strauss. Credit: Courtesy of Ohio StateBrian Garrett felt sick when he saw the picture.It had been just over 20 years since he stopped working for former Ohio State University doctor and team physician Richard Strauss at his private clinic. Twenty years of suppressing the memories of what was done to him by the now-alleged sexual predator.But when Ohio State announced its investigation of the doctor, a picture of the doctor made its way to the internet. Suddenly those memories of the few days he worked at the clinic, suppressed for years, began to resurface. And he hasn’t been able to get them out of his head since.Working for Strauss as an administrative assistant at Strauss’ clinic — which Garrett said was called “Men’s Clinics of America” — in 1996, Garrett, a former nursing student at Ohio State University, said he witnessed first-hand Strauss’ sexual assault of men. During one shift, Garrett said Strauss called him into the examining room while he was with a patient. Garrett said he walked in to see the athlete with his pants down with the doctor masturbating him until orgasm. “I was standing there like, ‘What the hell am I witnessing?’” Garrett said. “I saw the guy’s face, and his face is red and embarrassed.” When the athlete left the room, Garrett said Strauss asked him if he had any issues, to which he responded he had heartburn. After laying him down, Garrett said Strauss pulled down his pants, spending five to 10 minutes trying to give him an erection. Deciding not to come back to work at the “Men’s Clinics of America” after the incident, Garrett said he was feeling alone, isolated as he struggled to comprehend what had happened. “I was on an island. I didn’t know any of the athletes. I didn’t know any of that shit that they talked about [at] Larkins Hall or anything like that. I didn’t know any of that,” Garrett said. “I thought it was just an isolated thing, like maybe there is something wrong with me. My parents always told me not to put myself in bad situations. Did I screw up?” Dr. Howard Fradkin, a physician who specializes in male sexual assault and recovery based out of Columbus, said this emotional response is common for victims. “If a man is sexually assaulted today, the most likely response he is going to think is I’m the only one,” Fradkin said. “That’s still one of the things that goes on and the next thought is, ‘It’s my fault.’” When it comes to treating cases of sexual assault, Fradkin said some things are the same no matter what gender is involved. He said the event of assault creates trauma, something he defines as the outcome of an overwhelming situation out of the victims’ control. However, he said the treatment between male and female sexual assault starts with acknowledging the difference between how men and women are socialized. “Traditional masculinity states that men are supposed to be powerful and in control, so it creates a much different dynamic in terms of talking about it and acknowledging it,” Fradkin said. “Many men who I worked with did not even consider what was done to them as sexual abuse. They would say, ‘That’s how I learned about sex. That’s how I was initiated.’ They don’t think, ‘This is something terrible that was done to me.’” Fradkin said male sexual assault victims, without the ability to hide their arousal “internalize and blame themselves” no matter the sexual orientation of that particular male. Emma Carroll, a Ph.D. student at Ohio State in gender and sexuality studies, describes male sexual assault as “de-masculating,” using the male stigma as the notion that the victims should have been able to protect themselves against such events from occurring.“I thought it was just an isolated thing, like maybe there is something wrong with me. My parents always told me not to put myself in bad situations. Did I screw up?” – Brian GarrettIn the years following, Garrett said he had not told only a few friends about his experiences with Strauss. However, even then, the concept of sexual assault, especially involving males, was not considered prevalent. “Back then you didn’t call it sexual assault,” Garrett said. “There was rape and there was everything else. Nobody called it sexual harassment, assault. I just said some dude touched me and felt me up for 10 minutes and jacked a guy off.” However, in the years following, Garrett said he had a constant level of anxiety, even after he moved on from working at Strauss’ clinic. He said he continues to want to be isolated and continues to have trust issues in every aspect of his life. Carroll describes the effects of sexual assault as similar to post-traumatic stress disorder, saying victims commonly struggle with anxiety and fear. Fradkin added that some side effects including depression and addictions, such as alcohol, drug and sex, are common in victims recovering from sexual assault. After sharing with a few friends, Garrett said he internalized the events, not sharing his experiences with anyone. He said he kept it in the back of his mind, trying to move on with his life, trying not to think about it. However, when Ohio State announced its investigation of Strauss and the alleged sexual assaults he had performed while a team physician at the university, Garrett said looking at a picture of the doctor in a news story made him feel like he needed to throw up. “The problem is, I haven’t seen his face in 22, 23 years since it happened,” Garrett said. “Here’s the crazy part about it, as soon as I saw his face, the whole box opened up in my head and man, it hasn’t stopped since.” As multiple stories were released, showing other athletes and people allegedly victimized by Strauss, Garrett said there was a sense of validation, even if that did not change his other feelings towards what had happened.Fradkin said this problem is more widespread than people think. To put things in perspective, he would mention the ratio of men sexually assaulted and compare it to the number of fans at a football game on a given Saturday. “When I do trainings, I would put up a picture of Ohio Stadium,” Fradkin said. “I would say there are 100,000 people in this stadium and let’s say 60 percent of them are men. That’s 60,000 men sitting in the same stadium on one football Saturday. If it’s one and six, that’s 3,600 men in that stadium on one day.” Fradkin wants people to know that this is something that happens to men around the country in all aspects of life, whether as a child or as an adult. However, with help, he said healing is possible and achievable. For Garrett, he is still mad at Strauss. He said he is still mad at Ohio State, saying the events between Strauss and his alleged victims were “100 percent preventable.” However, Garrett feels like he has a role to play moving forward. He views himself as one of the main spokesman for the alleged victims of Strauss in his time as a team doctor at Ohio State and his time at Strauss’ clinic. Even though he might not be comfortable with that responsibility, Garrett said that is a sacrifice he is willing to make for the betterment of future college students around the country and the eradication of sexual assault on campus. “I want this to stop,” Garrett said. “How many universities does this have to happen to before it stops? I’ll go through the exposure of being in the public light.“I just can’t sit back and not say anything. If nobody says anything, nothing changes. My way to process it is to speak out, tell my experience and maybe others come out. If other guys don’t come out, that’s fine, but they have to go talk to others about it. It’s going to eat them up inside.”
There have been reports that Juventus, Real Madrid and Manchester United are looking to sign Sergej Milinkovic-Savic who said he is happy to remain at Lazio.Amid growing speculation over a potential transfer to Juventus, Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic says he would be happy to stay with the Biancocelesti but refused short of giving any assurances over his future.The Italian champions are just one of the numerous clubs in chase of the 23-year-old. He played every minute of Serbia’s World Cup group games before they crashed out.Having defeated Costa Rica in their Group E opener, Serbia suffered defeats to Switzerland and Brazil as they finished third and crashed out of the competition.Following the 2-0 loss to Brazil, the €120 million-rated playmaker told Mediaset via FourFourTwo:Fiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“I need a little bit of rest now.“I’ll return to Rome and I would be happy if I stay at Lazio, as I’m content there and I have a contract.”Milinkovic-Savic netted 12 goals and made 35 appearances as Lazio finished fifth in Serie A in 2017-18. His emergence under head coach Simone Inzaghi attracted Europe’s top clubs.“I read something different in the papers every day, but I haven’t thought about it yet,” he added.“First, I’ll rest for a bit, then we’ll see.”
Luciano Spalletti is uncertain about Radja Nainggolan’s fitness against Torino but insists Inter Milan “made the right choices” in the defeat to Sassuolo.Spalleti’s side are considered favourites to challenge Juventus for the Scudetto, but they shockingly lost 1-0 to Sassuolo in their first league game.“We can look back and recognise some things we did better than others, but we remain convinced we made the right choices against Sassuolo,” said the Coach in his Press conference.“During the match, we lacked the unity and confidence we had last year during the fight for fourth place. For new elements of our approach to work, we must also rely on those tried and tested certainties.“I know my players and the way we train will sort everything out.”Meanwhile, Walter Mazzarri’s Torino were only beaten by a last-gasp Edin Dzeko volley in the 1-0 loss to Roma.“Toro always go out there with daggers drawn. We’ve got to do well to seek a victory, whether it’s pretty or not. We must be ready to go beyond the limits.Capello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“This is a strong side, and it is, therefore, our duty to have a strong season. I don’t know if we’re the main challengers to Juve, as first, we must be the challengers to Roma and Napoli, seeing as they finished ahead of us last season.“If we just evaluate the Sassuolo match, we’re not the main challengers to anyone, as we have to do better. We’ve got to take the initiative and carry that belief to bring the result home. We are in debt with our fans, and they deserve more.”Mauro Icardi seemed isolated even when supported by Lautaro Martinez, Matteo Politano, and Kwadwo Asamoah.“He has always been a great hitman with precise characteristics, but he can do even better. In my view, if he drops deep to dialogue with his teammates, he’ll create more problems for the opposition defenders.”Radja Nainggolan missed the trip to Sassuolo with a muscular problem and could get his Inter debut tomorrow.“Nainggolan is in the squad, but we have to be wary because the supervision of the medical staff is crucial here. There are some risks, and we’ll decide what to do.“Milan Skriniar has recovered completely, and Keita Balde is at our disposal. We’ve got to keep a strong balance in the team.”
Former Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker has revealed his delight at his lack of game time in his final season as a player for the club.The ex-gunners captain retired from professional football at the end of the 2017-18 season and was glad to have only featured in a handful of games after revealing he struggled mentally.Mertesacker, part of Germany’s 2014 World Cup-winning squad, retired at the end of the 2017-18 season.The 33-year-old told the Victoria Derbyshire show he felt “great” ending his 15-year professional career.“Especially in my last year, I felt something and felt the pressure and it was very awkward sometimes,” he said, according to BBC.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“I was happy about not necessarily playing, just training was enough for me.”The former centre-half was speaking about his mental health at the launch of a project to help traumatised child refugees at a camp in Jordan through football.Mertesacker won 104 caps for his country made 221 appearances for Arsenal in seven seasons at the club.Mertesacker made his international debut for Germany in October 2004, aged 20, and featured at three World Cup finals between 2006 and 2014.However, he featured just 12 times last term and had since become the club’s new academy manager after calling time on his football career.
Liverpool have played a total of 841 minutes of Premier League football at Anfield since they last conceded a goal.Michail Antonio’s strike for the Hammers during a 4-1 Reds victory in February was the last time Jürgen Klopp’s men were breached at home in the top flight.That run has stretched to an impressive nine consecutive clean sheets, the most recent secured against Manchester City thanks to Riyad Mahrez that fired over.One defender has started every game in that streak: Virgil van Dijk shared his thoughts with LFC.TV.Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“It’s credit to everyone,” the No.4 told Premier League Productions. “Anfield is obviously a very difficult place to come for every team.“As defenders – and everyone in the team – we try to keep a clean sheet because we know if we do that we have a big chance to win the game.“We always get opportunities, we’ll always be dangerous in front of goal and we’ll always create chances. So we know if we keep a clean sheet we have a big chance to win.”
Biman Bangladesh plane skids off runwaytwitterA Biman Bangladesh Airlines plane skidded off the runway when it landed in bad weather at Yangon’s international airport on Wednesday evening, injuring at least 17 people, officials said.The Bombardier Dash 8 aircraft was carrying 29 passengers and four crew when it bounced while landing during heavy winds in Myanmar’s commercial capital, Bangladesh’s ambassador said. The plane was severely damaged.The 17 who sustained mostly minor injuries were admitted to a local hospital, Manjurul Karim Khan Chowdhury, told Reuters.”The main reason, the pilot told me, was the weather – crosswinds,” he said, “When he was trying to land… suddenly the aircraft jumped, went up and went down heavily.” Biman Bangladesh plane skids off runwaytwitterA photo published by the Myanmar Times showed the plane halfway off the runway with its fuselage apparently broken.Shakil Miraj, general manager for Biman Bangladesh, also blamed bad weather for the crash.The airline flies between Yangon and Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka four days a week.A spokesman for Myanmar’s Department of Civil Aviation declined to comment, saying the department had not received a report of the incident from the ground.
Indian citizens of Masaladanga enclave queue up to cast their vote at a polling station in Cooch Behar district on 11 April 2019, during the first phase of general election in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal. Photo: AFPDespite all their woes, the residents of the 51 former Bangladeshi enclaves in West Bengal’s Cooch Behar district exercised their franchise in a peaceful manner amid instances of sporadic violence in the region on Thursday.Braving the heat, about 12,000 voters from the erstwhile enclaves, a small proportion of the over 18 lakh electorate in the Cooch Behar constituency, queued up since morning to cast their vote and at the same time air their grievances.The dwellers have been complaining of a dearth of jobs, while many of those who chose to migrate to Cooch Behar from the Indian enclaves in Bangladesh territory are yet to get their promised land and are forced to stay in detention camps.”Unlike the panchayat elections, the situation was peaceful today (Thursday). I did not face any difficulty in casting my vote though I had to stand in queue for about half an hour in the morning,” said Brijendra Nath Burman, a 68-year-old resident of the Falnapur enclave.Even after exercising his franchise, Burman, who underwent decades of deprivation, was uncertain whether the promises of giving land rights, jobs for youth and demand for better health, education and basic amenities would be realised.On August 1, 2015, following the implementation of the historic Land Boundary Agreement, Bangladesh and India exchanged 162 adversely held enclaves. As a result, over 14,000 residents of Bangladeshi enclaves became Indian citizens.The erstwhile dwellers had earlier voted twice in 2016 — in the state Assembly elections and the Lok Sabha by-poll.Gaining confidence after seeing central forces in the polling booth, Tozzammal Seikh, a 62-year-old dweller from Masaldanga, expressed his satisfaction after casting his vote peacefully and felt happy to be a part of the largest festival of democracy in the world.”There was enthusiasm among the voters who queued up in the morning. There was no incident of violence,” said Madan Roy, a Trinamool Congress polling agent and a dweller of Bakhalitchhora enclave.The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), however, accused the ruling Trinamool of indulging in rigging in 3-4 booths.”Polls were more or less peaceful but there were sporadic violence when Trinamool goons jammed 3-4 booths and rigged the polls in the enclave areas,” said Diptiman Sengupta, BJP’s Jalpaiguri district observer and Convenor of the Bharat Bangladesh Enclave Exchange Coordination Committee (BBEECC).The north Bengal constituency witnessed a four-cornered contest between Paresh Adhikary of Trinamool, Nisith Pramanik of the BJP, Piya Roychowdhury of the Congress and Gobinda Roy of the All India Forward Bloc. However, the real battle here is between the BJP and the Trinamool.
Share Michael Stravato for The Texas TribunePeople voting in Houston during the 2016 November election.The liberal think tank the Center for American Progress claims in a new study that Texas is well behind the majority of U.S. states in providing appropriate election security – and that all states are at least somewhat vulnerable to cyber attacks.Texas was one of 12 states to receive a D rating in the report, while five others received an F. The CAP is calling for, among other things, the use of paper ballots and post-election audits.Is this a legitimate concern, or a strictly partisan fight?Dan Wallach just testified about the security of Texas elections before lawmakers in Austin. He’s a Rice University professor of computer science and of electrical and computer engineering. Craig Cohen finds out what Wallach thinks of the security of voting machines in Texas and how he’d like to improve them.
Share World Cup soccer and backyard barbecues were set aside Father’s Day morning for hundreds of people who chose instead to descend on this small West Texas outpost that’s become famous the last 72 hours for being home to an immigration detention center for children.Lawmakers, political candidates and members of the faith-based community joined people from across the country here to express their outrage toward the Trump administration’s practice of separating immigrant children from parents who are seeking asylum.Ivan Pierre Aguirre for The Texas TribuneThe tent city at Tornillo Land Point of Entry near El Paso on June 16, 2018. The facility was created to house immigrant children who were separated from their parents when they crossed the border. Ivan Pierre Aguirre for The Texas Tribune“We decided there wouldn’t be a more powerful way to spend Father’s Day than with children who have just been taken from their fathers, children who have been taken from their mothers, children who won’t be able to be with their family,” said U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, who spearheaded Sunday’s protest with former El Paso County Judge Veronica Escobar, the Democratic nominee to succeed O’Rourke in Congress. Others attending the demonstration included Lupe Valdez, the Democratic nominee for governor; Democratic state Reps. Mary González of Clint and César Blanco and Lina Ortega of El Paso; and Gina Ortiz-Jones, the Democrat challenging U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, R-Helotes; and Julie Oliver, the Democrat running to unseat Republican U.S. Rep. Roger Williams.On Thursday, the Trump administration confirmed that Tornillo would house a detention center for immigrant children separated from their parents under the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy. On Friday, that facility was up and running. O’Rourke said he was told Sunday morning that there are 200 minors in the center, 20 percent of whom were separated from their parents. He said the remainder of the children arrived to the border unaccompanied. But O’Rourke said that once the children are separated, they are labeled “unaccompanied” and processed that way so it’s unclear how many of them actually arrived alone.Ivan Pierre Aguirre for The Texas TribuneU.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, speaks to the crowd marching on the tent city where children separated from their parents at the border are being held at Tornillo Land Point of Entry, on June 17, 2018. Ivan Pierre Aguirre for The Texas TribuneThe lawmakers and protesters gathered along the small road that leads to the facility and led a short march to the port entrance.Critics have repeatedly mentioned the West Texas heat and questioned why the administration would house children in an area where triple digit temperatures are common throughout the summer. González said she toured the facility and said the conditions inside are humane.Ivan Pierre Aguirre for The Texas TribuneMarchers head towards the tent city at Tornillo Land Point of Entry to protest the tent city erected there to house children separated from their parents at the border. Ivan Pierre Aguirre for The Texas Tribune“First and foremost, no kid should be in a tent or in any facility, but I think when we think of the tent city we think of Arizona, Joe Arpaio style,” she said, referring to the former Maricopa County sheriff who used an outdoor facility for years. “That’s not the situation here. There is air conditioning, there are doctors, there are caseworkers.”But she said the administration is barring news outlets and even lawmakers from viewing the facilities to keep attention on the facilities and away from a legislative solution to the country’s immigration problem.“We’re not being told about the situation is like inside so we get caught up in tents, and not on policy,” she said.While most Texas Republicans were not going out of their way to wade into the situation, one exception was Hurd, who represents a sprawling district that covers most of the Mexican border in Texas, including Tornillo. Hurd, regularly ranked as the most vulnerable Republican in the Texas delegation, visited the tent city Saturday and came back decrying it as an unacceptable way to combat illegal immigration.Furthermore, Hurd rejected the argument that anyone but the Trump administration was responsible for the policy.“This is clearly something that the administration could change,” Hurd told CNN after the trip to Tornillo. “They don’t need legislation to change it. They don’t need Democrats in order to change it. This is a Department of Justice policy, and this is something that’s being enacted by” the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.At the Republican Party of Convention Saturday, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz — who O’Rourke is challenging — lay the blame for the current situation on Democrats in Congress, not the Trump administration.“Nobody wants to see a child separated from him or his parents,” Cruz told reporters Saturday, proposing that Congress “devote substantially more resources to providing immigration judges so that if a family crosses illegally and if they have a credible claim of asylum, that claim should be processed and processed quickly, ideally immediately, so that if it is a valid claim, they get asylum granted and if it’s not a valid claim that they are returned to their home country promptly and expeditiously.“That would be a far more just outcome in terms of laws,” Cruz added. “The reasons we don’t see that right now is Democrats are filibustering those kinds of common-sense solutions that could protect kids.”Land Commissioner George P. Bush, asked about the policy Friday, also pointed the finger at Congress.“To me it’s reflective of the failures of Washington, D.C., politics,” Bush told reporters. “We need solutions, and that’s not only short-term Band-Aid fixes … but it’s also developing opportunities for folks along the border.”Asked whether children and parents should be kept together, Bush replied that he did not “want to dive into specifics,” but he raised a similar point that Cruz did, acknowledging difficulties in “triaging” various types of asylum cases.Escobar said that the El Paso-based Border Network for Human Rights has scheduled another protest for Tuesday, and that lawmakers and activists have vowed not to let up until the administration rethinks its current policies.“I feel like the rest of the country needs to be as angry as we are on the border,” she said. If the administration continues to separate families, she added, then the president will use the policy as leverage to beef up border security and build his long-promised wall.Patrick Svitek contributed to this report.
Blending in world music with the rhythms from Kerala, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) has organised a one of its kind choreographic production, Rain by Vijaylakshmi on 5 July.Rain is a new choreographic work in Mohiniyattam by Vijayalakshmi, the renowned Mohiniyattam dancer. This production is inspired by poet Sudeep Sen’s critically-acclaimed book of poetry, Rain. One of the verse from his book reads: ‘It is raining again, but today’s is a beautiful kind of rain…. steady, symmetrical confident, and unobtrusive. It has a kind of presence that is omnipresent without acutely announcing that it is there, like ambient music.’ Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Infusing its essence into a dance form, Vijayalakshmi interprets Rain through the idiom of Mohiniyattam, the south Indian classical dance, which through its fluidity and ability to convey emotions and moods is very suited to express the metaphor of rain.As with most of her path breaking productions, the musical arrangement in Rain is very unique.She has worked very closely with Mac Quayle, an eminent American composer, to arrange traditional Kerala rhythms, Dhrupad, Rabindra Sangeet and contemporary elements which are all brought together seamlessly into a unique blend of world music. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixIt is perhaps for the first time that Dhrupad has been incorporated into a Mohiniyattam choreographic work, rendered by the eminent torch-bearer of Dhrupad tradition, Wasifuddin Dagar.This vision was furthered by her collaboration with artistic director, Sara Baur-Harding, who also directed the documentary film on Vijayalakshmi and her mother, Beyond Grace and the 3D short film Carmen. Vijayalakshmi has always endeavoured to take Mohiniyattam to higher levels by constantly exploring uncharted territories and expanding traditional boundaries through innovative choreographies inspired from a pan-Indian and global perspective. A recipient of several prestigious national awards, she has carved a distinct niche for herself and has played a significant role in the rejuvenation of this beautiful Indian classical dance form.Head over and experience a confluence of forms.
Maharashtra has it all – from rich heritage sites to stunning beaches, wildlife sanctuaries to pretty hill stations. And of course Bollywood. To get the tourists to pick Maharashtra as their next destination, the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) held a road show in the Capital. Maharashtra has variety of spots to visit. The state is blessed with heritage sites like caves of Ajanta-Ellora, pilgrimage sites like Shirdi-Saibaba temple, hill stations like Mahabaleshwar- Panchgani and Matheran among others. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’For nature lovers wildlife sanctuaries like Bhamragarh, Bor Dam, and Dajipur are a few must visit spots. Offering the perfect opportunity to be one with nature, these sanctuaries preserve the natural habitat of the protected animals. If you are the traditional holiday person, Maharashtra has its beautiful beaches. Places like Raigad, Harihareshwar, Bhandrapule and Kunkeshwar with their postcard perfect sceneries are the best places to relax far away from the mad rush of the city. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAdventure sport enthusiasts can set their sights on the amazing wild life sanctuaries, adventure trek spots like the Shayadri Mountains or rock climbing at Karla Mountains. And then there’s Mumbai, the heart of the state that encapsulates the power of economy, the glamour of Bollywood and the crazy diversity of the entire country in one city. If India had to pick one city to be the face of the country – Mumbai perhaps would be it. If spirituality interests you, the new Buddha circuit should be on your travel list. Made of seven inner circles and 25 recently discovered sites, some of them which 2200 years or older, the Buddha circuit is open for tourists now. ‘We have discovered new sites which are open for tourists; it will serve as spiritual break-through for the visitors,’ said Jagdish Patil, MD, MTDC.With the opening of its new tourist information center at Hotel Janpath, MTDC will now cater maximum people from north India. As the Torism Minister said – they have the foreign figures, the focus is on domestic ones now.Soon MTDC will unveil centers at Lucknow and Tirupati. The center was inaugurated by Maharashtra Tourism Minister Chagan Bhujbal. Patil also spoke about safe tourism for all, ‘We are taking several progressive steps to encourage tourism in Maharashtra; many interactive sessions with tour operators will take place to understand how we can get maximum tourists to our land. Also, we have tourism police everywhere, domestic and foreign tourists can be assured of safety and pleasant experience.’If you are planning to head out of the city this festive season – pick Maharashtra, you won’t be disappointed.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has demanded that the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Najeeb Jung immediately clarify whether he has made any attempt to hush up Rs 100 crore from the CNG fitness scam, in which chief secretary DM Spolia is also allegedly involved.The L-G can no longer remain silent following news reports that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), in its preliminary investigation, has found that Jung had asked the Anti Corruption Branch of Delhi to close the probe involving top bureaucrats of the state government. Also Read – Company director arrested for swindling Rs 345 croreIt is high time that Jung clarifies his role and until and unless he can prove to the contrary, he should resign immediately given the seriousness of the case and his role in protecting the graft tainted.Given the role of the L-G in protecting the top officers and the involvement of the chief secretary himself in the scam, the Election Commission of India should immediately take note and decide whether free and fair elections would be possible in Delhi with such individuals at the helm of administration. Also Read – Man who cheated 20 women on matrimonial websites arrestedThe continuing silence of the BJP’s central government and the L-G on the indictment of top city bureaucrats by the CBI in what is commonly known as the 2002 CNG fitness scam gives rise to reasonable apprehensions that people of Delhi are being cheated by an unaccountable administration and taxpayers money is being looted without any fear.The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government had directed Delhi’s Anti Corruption Wing (ACB) in January this year to provide all relevant documents to the CBI, when the investigating agency had registered a preliminary inquiry and sought all such documents from the ACB. It is shocking that indicted bureaucrats are continuing in top administrative positions and the BJP’s central government, which is indirectly controlling Delhi, appears to be turning a blind eye towards the multi-crore scams committed during the Sheila Dikshit government’s tenure. The AAP pointed out that the Union Home Ministry and Delhi administration should break their silence on when the CBI has sent a report to the Union Home Ministry and Delhi government’s department of vigilance asking for departmental action and further inquiries against three top bureaucrats, including the present Chief Secretary Spolia.“Is it not a fact that the former Sheila Dikshit government had tried to scuttle a probe into this scam by the Anti-Corruption Branch citing an order from the L-G that no inquiry was required?“Is it not a fact that official documents were forged to conceal facts about this scam?” asked AAP.