Congress’ Gurugram Lok Sabha candidate and former Haryana Finance Minister Capt. Ajay Yadav has expressed confidence that he would emerge the winner, saying that the people had seen through the empty promises of the BJP and the Modi wave has also ebbed. The Congress had on Saturday announced the name of six Lok Sabha candidates for Haryana, including Capt. Yadav.Of the nine Assembly constituencies in the Gurugram Lok Sabha constituency, six are held by the BJP and none by the Congress, but Mr. Yadav said his party always had a strong presence and a dedicated vote bank in South Haryana. He said the election in 2014 was an exception as the people were swept away by the Modi wave, which he said has ebbed now.Capt. Yadav is pitted against BJP leader and Union Minister of State for Planning (Independent Charge) Rao Inderjit Singh, a former Congressman. The Aam Aadmi Party-Jannayak Janata Party alliance, announced two days ago, is yet to name its Gurugram candidate.Of the 27 Assembly constituencies in South Haryana, comprising Faridabad, Gurugram and Bhiwani-Mahendergarh Lok Sabha seats, the BJP holds 15 and Congress just four.Chosen over former Transport Minister Aftab Ahmed and ex-Chief Parliamentary Secretary Rao Dhan Singh — the other two candidates in fray seeking tickets from Gurugram — Capt. Yadav, the party’s most senior Ahirwal leader in the region, said Gurugram recently earning the dubious distinction of being the most polluted city in the world was the biggest “achievement” of the National Democratic Alliance government.‘No varsity campus’ “Under the BJP rule, Gurugram has ceased to be the most sought after IT hub. In five years, the BJP could not construct the campus for the State-run Gurugram University. It is still running from a college building as a stop-gap arrangement. We laid the foundation stone of the Defence University in Binola village, but it has not been completed. The announcement for AIIMS at Manethi in Rewari appears to be yet another empty promise,” said Mr. Yadav.
As everyone is aware the ATA is running a huge stocktake sale to try and sell off the piles of shirts and clothes we have sitting in our stock room. There are several types of shirts that would make great team uniforms for your kids down at park level or for you and your mates at social level…they match, are Touch based in the logos/designs and have plain coloured backs…perfect for ironing on numbers for your team. We’re offering a fantastic deal for those interested in purchasing these shirts for a Touch team… Please click here for the full story: If you want to buy these shirts for a team, they will cost $5 each and for each set of shirts you buy, you will receive another 2 shirts FREE. So for example…buy 9 shirts at $5 each ($45 in total) and receive another 2 shirts FREE (one for a coach and manager perhaps?) Buy 12 shirts at $5 each ($60 in total) and receive another 2 shirts FREE. This is a fantastic and cheap way to kit out your junior or social team, especially considering these shirts are normally sold at up to $25 each at events. To see the shirts available and their colours and sizes click on these links: BLACK 2001 NTL T-SHIRTS 2005 YOUTH WORLD CUP WOMENS T-SHIRTS 2005 YOUTH WORLD CUP MENS MUSCLE SHIRTS 2005 YOUTH WORLD CUP MENS T-SHIRTS To make the most of this offer, you MUST send your order to Casey at firstname.lastname@example.org, including payment details and postage details. To see the full extent of the stocktake sale go to TOUCH FOOTBALL SHOP- STOCKTAKE SALE Postage costs for bought items: $2.20 for orders under $5.00 $5.00 for orders up to $50 $7.50 for orders between $50 and $100 $10.00 for orders over $100
Man Utd impressed by Reading goalkeeper Coniah Boyce-Clarkeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReading goalkeeper Coniah Boyce-Clarke is attracting big Premier League interest.Sky Sports says Manchester United are scouting 15-year-old Reading keeper Boyce-Clarke.The highly-rated teenager caught the eye as he played for Reading Under 23s against Manchester United last Sunday.And he’s now being closely monitored by representatives at Old Trafford. Boyce-Clarke is an England U16 international. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Damen Shiprepair Curaçao (DSCu) commissioned its floating D-dock on November 22, making both of its floating docks operational.Following the mooring of D-dock to its moorings on November 16th, final tests were carried out and D-dock was submerged onto the equalized seabed, ready for the first visiting vessel the Jara. The vessel is a Damen ASD Tug 3110 (L 30.82m x W 9.40m x D 4.08m) owned by Citgo Aruba.The commissioning of the D-dock comes weeks after the company put into operations its Panamax C-dock, measuring 230 x 45 metres.Both C and D docks arrived jointly at the Caribbean island of Curaçao on 30th April, 2018 and are part of a USD 40 million investment program at DSCu, following its takeover by Damen in 2017.The yard now has four drydocks, two graving and two floating docks. Image Courtesy: DamenImage and Video Courtesy: Damen
TORONTO – A tax cut for Ontario’s small businesses will not fully offset the impact of an increasing minimum wage, the premier said Wednesday as business groups criticized the provincial government for not providing enough support to deal with the hike.While the province had said for months that help for small businesses was on the way, Wynne said measures revealed in the province’s fall economic update were not meant to fully balance out the impact of the Liberal government’s plan to raise minimum wage to $15 a hour.“There was never a commitment to offset the increases in minimum wage,” Wynne said. “I was very clear that that was not something that we were going to be able to do, but we want our small businesses to be strong. We want them to be able to thrive. So that’s why we’ve put a number of supports in place.”The province will cut the corporate tax rate for small businesses from 4.5 per cent to 3.5 per cent effective Jan. 1, 2018, the same day it increases its minimum wage from $11.60 to $14. The government’s plan will eventually see minimum wage jump to $15 an hour by Jan. 1, 2019.The province will also designate that one-third of its procurement spending on goods and services will come from small and medium-sized businesses by 2020. And it will spend $124 million over three years to help companies with fewer than 100 employees who hire youths aged 15 to 29. The government will pay incentives of $1,000 for each worker hired and another $1,000 for each worker retained for at least six months by a small business.Wynne said the government will have to assess the impact of the wage increase as it continues to roll out.“When I talk to those business owners they talk to me about job retention, they talk to me about loyalty and quality of work and all of those things that are really important to a business,” she said. “So I think they would say that there’s a net benefit to paying their employees well.”Minister for Small Business Jeff Leal said the minimum wage hike will have some positive benefits for small business, he said.“We do know that people who make minimum wage take those dollars and re-invest them instantaneously back into the economy,” he said. “Many of the businesses they spend that money at are small businesses in the province of Ontario.”But some business groups said the government’s supports fell short.Jocelyn Bamford, founder of the Coalition of Concerned Manufacturers, said her group was “stunned” that the fall economic statement offered what she characterized as little help for businesses to adjust to the new minimum wage after saying for months support was on the way.“We wonder if the government is in denial of the damage they will cause the economy or if they just don’t care about jobs in the province,” Bamford said in a statement.The Canadian Federation of Independent Business said small business owners are very frustrated, very angry” with the government over the planned wage rise, which it urged the province to slow down.“They still have the time to put the brakes on this,” said vice president Plamen Petkov. “Do a full economic analysis. Get it right. Determine what is the right amount and what is the right timeline to increase the minimum wage and then go ahead with it.”Meanwhile, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce said it was shifting its focus to the 2018 spring budget where it thinks the government could offer further supports for business.“We think the impact of this new legislation will be felt pretty quickly in the new year,” he said. “We need to be able to address some of those concerns or else we’re putting ourselves in a very challenging position … we need to look forward to the budget to see how we can contend with some of those new cost burdens.”A number of studies conducted by third parties have estimated the minimum wage increase will slow the number of jobs produced by Ontario’s economy in the coming years.The province’s economic watchdog, the Financial Accountability Office, has estimated more than 50,000 people could lose their jobs due to the minimum wage increase. And an analysis from the Keep Ontario Working Coalition concluded over 185,000 jobs could be impacted by the hike.However, many economists support the government move, saying hiking the minimum wage boosts economic activity and increases people’s purchasing power.
UPDATE – The Amber Alert has been cancelled and the children have been located.FOX CREEK, A.B. – Alberta RCMP have issued an Amber Alert for three children that were taken early Saturday morning in Fox Creek.At 1:30 am this morning, 4-year-old Isabella Darnel, 3-year-old Elijah Darnel, 9-month-old Arlo Darnel, are believed to be abducted from their home in Fox Creek. All three children have blonde hair and blue eyes. Isabella Darnel is wearing a purple nighty with peach pyjama pants. It is believed that the three children were abducted by their mother Charmaine Darnel.Charmaine Darnel is five feet, 8 inches tall, 230 pounds, blonde hair, green eyes. They were last seen leaving a residence in Fox Creek driving a 2014, medium grey Dodge Ram pickup truck, Alberta licence plate B W Z 8 6 4 5. The vehicle was last seen leaving Fox Creek, heading south towards Edmonton.Photos have yet to be releasedPlease contact the RCMP at Fox Creek at 780-622-3740 or 9 1 1 if you have any information.
CAIRO- Egypt has detained 39 people, including a U.S. citizen, accused of torching a tram during a protest against the overthrow of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi, judicial sources said Saturday.The accused, who were placed in 15-day preventive detention, were members of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood movement, the sources said, adding that they were also accused of rioting and attacking policemen on Friday during protests in Cairo.On Friday the interior ministry said students linked to the Muslim Brotherhood had torched a tram carriage in Cairo’s eastern district of Heliopolis. Sources said Saturday that one of the detainees had a US passport, but it was unclear if he held other citizenship.Islamist backers of Morsi have regularly staged protests against the country’s new military-installed authorities since his July 3 ouster.On Friday, a young boy and a man were killed as supporters and opponents of Morsi clashed in several parts of Egypt, including in Cairo, officials said.The confrontations came as pro-Morsi groups called for a week of anti-military protests under the slogan “Massacre of the Century” — a reference to the violent dispersal of two pro-Morsi protest camps on August 14 in which hundreds of people, mainly Morsi supporters, were killed.Authorities have launched a sweeping crackdown on Islamists in recent months, arresting some 2,000 people, including most of the top leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood, the country’s oldest and most well-organized Islamist movement.Morsi, Egypt’s first freely elected president, is himself in custody on charges of inciting violence during clashes outside the presidential palace in December 2012.
Ohio State assistant coach Chris Holick (6) embraces and greets players after the top of the fifth inning in Ohio State’s 2-1 win against Cal State Northridge in extra innings on Mar. 16 in Bill Davis Stadium. Credit: Ebo Amissah-Aggrey | Lantern ReporterEarly starts dictated success in Daytona, Florida, as the Ohio State baseball team (7-5) split its four-game series against Bethune-Cookman (5-6). Game 1A comeback fell short for the Buckeyes in Florida on Friday. Despite an 11-strikeout game from redshirt freshman pitcher Seth Lonsway, Ohio State (5-4) came up short against Bethune-Cookman (4-4), losing 4-3. Lonsway had the most strikeouts by an Ohio State pitcher in nine years in the losing effort. Ohio State then-junior Alex Wimmers struck out 11 batters back in 2010 in a game against Minnesota. Junior pitcher Anthony Maldonado allowed only three hits and one run in seven innings of work for the Wildcats for his first win of the season. Bethune-Cookman redshirt senior center fielder Zach Spivey got a two-out hit with the bases loaded to drive in two runs in the bottom of the second inning. The Wildcats would add two more runs to balloon the lead to 4-0. Ohio State surged late with a two-run single by freshman third baseman Zach Dezenzo in the bottom of the ninth inning to reduce the deficit to one run. Redshirt senior pitcher Brandon Wilkes recorded the last out for the Wildcats to earn his second save of the season. Game 2The Buckeyes bounced back with their third shutout win of the season. Ohio State (6-4) defeated Bethune-Cookman (4-5) by a score of 6-0. Freshman pitcher Garrett Burhenn earned his second win of the season in 6 1/3 innings of work. Despite allowing 10 hits, the Buckeyes turned three double plays to prevent any damage on the scoreboard. The baserunning for Ohio State made an impact as well, with a season-high four stolen bases. After scoring two runs in the first inning, the Buckeyes never looked back. Junior right fielder Dominic Canzone produced three hits and an RBI in the win. Senior pitcher Tyler Krull was given the loss for the Wildcats. Game 3An explosive showing from the bats helped Ohio State to its second straight win. The Buckeyes (7-4) beat Bethune-Cookman (4-6) by a score of 16-9 on Sunday, the most runs the Buckeyes have scored in a game this season. Five different Buckeyes had multiple-RBI games, including a three-RBI game from junior shortstop Noah West.The Buckeyes pounced to a 14-1 lead before the Wildcats stepped up to hit in the bottom of the second inning. Despite giving up his most runs this season, sophomore pitcher Griffan Smith earned his third win in 2019. Smith had six earned runs in five innings of work. Junior pitcher Bryan Melendez was given his first loss of the season for the Wildcats. Game 4Ohio State lost the series finale to split the series with Bethune-Cookman.The Buckeyes (7-5) could not overcome an early deficit to the Wildcats (5-6) in their 8-3 loss. Missed opportunities and free baserunners plagued the Buckeyes throughout the game. Although seven runs were scored during junior pitcher Jake Vance’s time of the mound, only two counted as earned runs against him after a six-run second inning fueled by an error and a flyball lost in the sun. The Buckeyes also allowed seven walks in the contest, tying the season-high for walks previously set in both of the Texas A&M Corpus Christi games.Senior first baseman Danny Rodriguez drove in three RBIs for the Wildcats. Vance fell to 1-1 on the year, and Jordan Pinto earned his second win of the season. Ohio State takes on Furman in Greenville, South Carolina as part of the Greenville Drive First Pitch Invitational. The game is set for 6 p.m. Friday.
Fernando Torres has insisted that he is more focused on winning his first title at Atletico Madrid, rather than think about the lack of minutes he has received this seasonLos Colchoneros will be facing Arsenal at the Emirates for the first leg of their semi-final clash in the Europa league with the Gunners determined to win the trophy for the departing Arsene Wenger.But Torres, who himself will be leaving his beloved Atletico at the end of this season, is hopeful of overcoming Arsenal and finally winning his first piece of silverware with his boyhood club.“I prefer to think about possibly winning my first title with Atletico,” answered Torres, when asked about how many minutes he’s getting, as reported on Marca.“It doesn’t help to think about other things.“It’s important that we’re all excited about being two games away from a European final.”The former Liverpool and Chelsea forward paid tribute to his former international teammate Andres Iniesta, who is set to confirm his future plans within the week.“Iniesta hasn’t announced his future yet, but he’s earned the right to decide,” he confirmed.“He left his family when he was young in order to fulfil a dream, everyone will respect his choice.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.“It’ll be a great loss for LaLiga if Iniesta isn’t here, he’s been performing at the top for so many years.“I’ll be both happy and sad should he decide to leave.”Torres is aware that Atletico cannot take Arsenal’s struggles this season for granted.“Our squad is showing a fantastic attitude at present,” he admitted.“It’s difficult to drop LaLiga to think about the Europa League and vice versa, but the team is trying to do it and that’s helping us grow.“Thursday is one of the most important games we’ve had.“We know that, we know how to play in England and it will be a privilege to fight for that trophy.”
The Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea in yesterday’s match between Spain and Portugal let a shot from Cristiano Ronaldo slip through his grasp before half-time as Portugal restored their lead for a 3-3 draw.“He’s my boy,” said United manager Mourinho via Sky Sport.“It hurts me to say but he knows, he knows, it’s a bad mistake. But that happens to the best, the good thing with the best is he will be there next match, not afraid.”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…In summarizing the game, Mourinho said he thought the second-half substitution of Diego Costa, who scored twice, hurt Spain.“For me there was a game with Diego Costa and a game without Diego Costa – the game changed.“I don’t think the game was perfect. I don’t think either team was able to be dominant for 90 minutes, I think some of the goals are some goals that make us want to not sleep.”
Eden Hazard reportedly sustained a back problem in Saturday’s 2-2 draw against Manchester United and is now an injury doubt for Chelsea’s next two gamesThe 27-year-old winger has had an impressive start to the season under new Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri.The Blues are unbeaten in the Premier League this term and currently lie just two points off leaders Manchester City and Liverpool in third place.But now the Daily Mirror reports that Chelsea have suffered a major blow with Hazard struggling to recover from a back injury.Daniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.The Belgium captain played the full 90 minutes at Stamford Bridge over the weekend, but is now a doubt ahead of Chelsea’s Europa League game against BATE Borisov.It also remains uncertain whether Hazard can recover in time for Chelsea’s trip to Burnley on Sunday.The loss of the Belgian will come as a big blow for Chelsea considering Alvaro Morata’s continued struggles in front of goal.Hazard has managed eight goals and three assists in 11 games across all competitions for Chelsea this season.
Hospitals upgrade, New Dialysis Machines simplify treatment Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp State of Emergency Declared for South Caicos Teen dies mysteriously in South Caicos, Police investigate Related Items:brain dead, Cheshire Hall Medical Centre, south caicos Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppSouth Caicos baby brain dead but still on life support and government through its Social Services Dept and the Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Association (CAAPA) are monitoring the case. No reason is explained we understand by the mother for the child just slipping into a comatose state sometime on Sunday… the child was airlifted to Providenciales and is on life support at Cheshire Hall Medical Center, where Interhealth Canada says they are offering support to the family. “Medical staff at the Cheshire Hall Medical Centre has not and will not remove life support from the two year old child without proper authority by the next of kin. The mother is scheduled to meet with our paediatrician today, September 5th, 2014. We have been in constant contact with both parents and immediate family. This is a sad situation and our team at the Cheshire Hall Medical Centre will continue to provide support to all family members involved”.PTV News Watch reports that the father has not left the bedside of that little girl; This is a very delicate matter which authorities are handling with the utmost care but there has been an intense investigation launched also involving the Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Unit of the Royal Turks and Caicos Police Force.
Former Arsenal midfielder Edu is looking forward to returning to familiar surroundings ahead of Brazil’s game with UruguayThe two South American sides will play each other at the Emirates Stadium on November 16 as part of the Brasil Global Tour.Edu, who now works as Brazil’s technical coordinator, can’t wait for the occasion and stated his belief that the Emirates is now a world-class venue, which can host the best sporting events“It will be a great pleasure to go back to the Emirates, a stadium that’s home to a club I’m really fond of,” said Edu, according to Islington Gazette.“I had the opportunity to play for many years with Arsenal and win some important titles.“So, without a doubt, it will be a pleasure to see the red and white colours of Arsenal again in a stadium that is increasingly becoming more important in the world. It’s not the first time we (Brazil) are playing there.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.Edu made 79 appearances for Arsenal in a four-year stay and was a member of the famous “Invincibles” team that went the entire 2003/04 Premier League unbeaten.The former Valencia and Corinthians midfielder, who also managed 15 caps for Brazil, has many fond memories of Arsenal.“It will be a great pleasure. I remember well that I played my last game alongside great friends like Dennis Bergkamp and other great athletes that were a part of Arsenal’s history,” said Edu.“And just as I said earlier it will be a great pleasure to come back again now with the Brazilian team.“It will be a great honour and I will certainly remember the great moments I had with Arsenal’s supporters, and most of all at the Emirates stadium and at Highbury too.“I am waiting for you all on the 16th, Brazil – Uruguay. It will be a pleasure and an honour to see you all again.”
Chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda inaugurates EC’s voters’ roll update campaign at a programme in Mymensingh on Tuesday. Photo: Kamran ParvezThe election commission will not compromise with any force or party, chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda has said, expressing resolve that it will only follow the law.“I can firmly say that all the next elections will be held in a democratic manner in the light of the laws and the rules whatever we have. [We] will make no compromise with any force,” Nurul Huda said at a programme in Mymensingh on Tuesday.The election commission (EC) organised the programme marking the inauguration of the EC’s voters’ roll update campaign across the country ahead of the next general elections.Other election commissioners – Mahbub Talukder, Md Rafiqul Islam, Kabita Khanam and Shahadat Hossain Chowdhury – and government officials attended the programme chaired by the EC’s additional secretary Md Mokhlesur Rahman.CEC Huda said he and his team took office with an oath for establishing democracy in the country.“Election is the foundation of democracy and a flawless voters’ list is the prerequisite for fair polls. We want to carry out that job properly,” said Nurul Huda.Election commissioner Mahbub Talukder said, “Money power and muscle power often exert influence on the election. We want these dual powers to not influence the election.”He said cooperation of all political parties as well as of the government is required in order to ensure level-playing field in the run up to the next general elections.
A man breathes through an oxygen mask, after what rescue workers described as a suspected gas attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun in rebel-held Idlib. Reuters file photoThe United States and Russia were on a collision course over Syria on Wednesday after a horrific chemical attack so shocked President Donald Trump that Washington threatened unilateral US action.At least 86 people were killed early on Tuesday in rebel-held Khan Sheikhun in northern Syria and dozens more were being treated after they were found convulsing and foaming at the mouth.After previous major chemical attacks in Syria in 2013, Trump strongly urged then-president Barack Obama not to order military intervention against Bashar al-Assad’s regime.And he came to office promising both to improve ties with Assad’s ally President Vladimir Putin of Russia and to focus US efforts in Syria solely on the defeat of the Islamic State group.But on Wednesday—as footage emerged of Syrian children choking to death in agony—he declared that his view of the conflict had been changed by an attack that “cannot be tolerated.”“It crossed a lot of lines for me,” Trump told reporters at a joint White House news conference with Jordan’s King Abdullah, alluding to Obama’s failure to enforce his own 2013 “red line.”“When you kill innocent children, innocent babies, little babies… that crosses many, many lines, beyond a red line, many, many lines,” he warned.“I will tell you, it’s already happened, that my attitude towards Syria and Assad has changed very much… You’re now talking about a whole different level.”Trump did not go into detail about what any US response to the atrocity would be—and he has previously opposed deeper US military involvement in Syria’s civil war.Rethink supportThe US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, warned of unilateral action and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged Russia to rethink its support for Assad.“There is no doubt in our mind that the Syrian regime under the leadership of Bashar al-Assad is responsible for this horrific attack,” Tillerson told reporters.“And we think it is time for the Russians to really think carefully about their continuing support for the Assad regime.”Tillerson is due in Moscow next week for talks that will now be clouded by the Khan Sheikhun controversy.At the United Nations, Haley was equally forthright.“When the United Nations consistently fails in its duty to act collectively, there are times in the life of states that we are compelled to take our own action,” she said.The warning came during an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council called by France and Britain after the attack.Haley, lashing out at Russia for failing to rein in its ally Syria, showed photographs of lifeless children choked in the attack.“How many more children have to die before Russia cares?” she demanded. “If Russia has the influence in Syria that it claims to have, we need to see them use it.”‘Categorically unacceptable’Britain, France and the United States have presented a draft resolution demanding a full investigation of the attack.Russia—along with Iran—is Syria’s main diplomatic and military partner. And Moscow, true to form, said the draft text was “categorically unacceptable.”Failure to agree on a compromise text could prompt Russia to use its veto to block the draft resolution. Moscow has used its veto seven times to shield Syria from UN action.The Western-backed draft text backs a probe by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and demands Syria provide information on its operations.Russia’s deputy ambassador Vladimir Safronkov told the UN council that the proposed resolution was hastily prepared and unnecessary, but voiced support for an inquiry.“The main task now is to have an objective inquiry into what happened,” he said.Russia turned up at negotiations with a rival draft resolution that made no reference to specific demands that Damascus cooperate with an inquiry, diplomats said.Negotiations were continuing on the draft text and diplomats said there would not be a vote before Thursday at the earliest.“We are talking about war crimes here, war crimes on a large scale, war crimes with chemical weapons,” said French Ambassador Francois Delattre.The British ambassador, Matthew Rycroft, told reporters he hoped council members would agree on a draft resolution by Thursday, but vowed to press for a vote regardless.Moscow, which launched a military intervention in 2015 in support of Assad’s forces, defended the government against accusations of responsibility for the attack.It claimed the deaths were caused when a Syrian strike hit a “terrorist warehouse” for bombs containing “toxic substances” and pledged to maintain its military support for Assad.Western experts have dismissed this claim as implausible, given the scale and nature of the casualties.And a senior State Department official said: “Anyone with common sense and the ability to look at pictures knows that what the Russians are saying about the depot is not true.”‘A gas so lethal’Doctors said victims showed symptoms consistent with the use of a nerve agent such as sarin—suspected to have been used by government forces in deadly attacks outside Damascus in 2013.US officials have not said what kind of agent they think was used, but Trump said it was “a chemical gas that is so lethal, people were shocked to hear what gas it was.”If confirmed, the attack would be among the worst incidents of chemical weapons use in Syria’s civil war, which has killed over 320,000 people since it began in March 2011.Syria officially relinquished its chemical arsenal and signed the Chemical Weapons Convention in 2013 to avert military action after it was accused of an attack outside Damascus that killed hundreds.But there have been repeated allegations of chemical weapons use since.
A motorcyclist was killed while his pillion passenger injured in a head on collision between a truck and their vehicle on Nalitabari-Nakugaon Road in Sherpur’s Andharpara of Nalitabari upazila on Monday night, reports UNB.The deceased was Golam Mostafa, 52, son of Fazlul Haque of Shidhuli village where the injured was Shafizul Islam, 50.Abul Khayer, officer-in-charge of Nalitabari police station, said the accident took place when the speeding motorcycle hit the truck while taking turn on the road around 9:30pm, leaving the motorcyclist Golam Mostafa dead on the spot and Shafizul injured.The injured was admitted to Mymensingh Medical College Hospital.
A marine biologist films as members of the Cypriot department of fisheries and marine research enter a cave to collect data from cameras they installed to observe the habitat of the endangered mediterranean monk seal (Monachus monachuus) off the coast of Pegeia in western Cyprus on 23 May, 2018. Photo: AFPThe first eight boys rescued from a Thai cave are in good mental and physical health and are asking for chocolate, officials said Tuesday, although two were on antibiotics after being tested for pneumonia.”Everyone is in a good mental state,” Jesada Chokedamrongsuk, permanent secretary of the public health ministry, told reporters at Chiang Rai hospital.”None of the eight boys has fever today,” he added in the clearest update yet on the condition of the boys rescued from Tham Luang cave.The boys, aged 12-16, were the first to be extracted on Sunday and Monday, while the final four and their coach spent a 17th night inside.Experts had warned of possible long-lasting damage from the ordeal, either through psychological trauma or infections caught in the cave.Jesada said the group had been given x-rays and blood tests, adding that two presented suspected symptoms of pneumonia but were given antibiotics and were “in a normal state”.He said the group can eat, move about, and talk.”They (all the boys) will have to stay in the hospital for one week to wait for their results and to see if anything changes,” he said.Thongchai Lertwilairattanapong, Inspector General of the Public Health Ministry, said the first four boys taken out on Sunday were eating normal and plain food.”They’re asking for chocolate. We can see that everything is ok as they’re eating well,” he said.The boys remain in quarantine but some of their parents have been able to see their children through the glass.Thailand has been riveted by the dramatic rescue mission to save the “Wild Boars” team after they first got trapped in Tham Luang more than two weeks ago by rising floodwaters.Rescuers are racing to extract the rest of the squad and their coach as heavy rains pick back up in the northern province, threatening to complicate the last phase of the mission by reflooding the cave.
US president Donald Trump (2nd L) speaks to members of the media as Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) (L) and vice president Mike Pence (R) listen at the US Capitol after the weekly Republican Senate policy luncheon 9 January 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo: ReutersUS president Donald Trump stormed out of talks with Democratic congressional leaders on Wednesday over funding for a border wall with Mexico and reopening the government, complaining the meeting at the White House was “a total waste of time.”On the 19th day of a partial government shutdown caused by the dispute over the wall, a short meeting that included Trump, House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer ended in acrimony with no sign of a resolution.”Just left a meeting with Chuck and Nancy, a total waste of time,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “I asked what is going to happen in 30 days if I quickly open things up, are you going to approve Border Security which includes a Wall or Steel Barrier?” Trump wrote. “Nancy said, NO. I said bye-bye, nothing else works!”Exasperated Democrats called Trump’s behavior a “temper tantrum” and said the meeting broke down when they refused to commit to funding his proposed southern border wall. Trump’s desire for a wall between the United States and Mexico was a central theme of his 2016 presidential campaign.”It was a petulant president of the United States,” Pelosi told reporters when she returned to the Capitol. “A person who would say: ‘I’ll keep government shut down for weeks, months or years unless I get my way.’ That’s just not the way democracy works, and so it’s very sad.”Schumer said Trump had had “a temper tantrum.” The lawmaker told reporters: “That is sad and unfortunate. We want to come to an agreement. We believe in border security. We have different views.”The breakdown in talks could strengthen the possibility that Trump will declare a national emergency to build a wall on the southern border if no deal with Congress can be reached on his request for $5.7 billion for the project.Earlier on Wednesday, Trump said he had the authority to declare a national emergency that would let him pay for the wall with military funds. Vice president Mike Pence told reporters Trump was still considering that option.Asked what Trump had gained by walking out, Pence said: “I think the president made his position very clear today: that there will be no deal without a wall.”Shortly after the White House meeting broke up, the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives passed legislation to end a partial shutdown of the Treasury Department and some other agencies that have been closed since 22 December, without money for the wall.But there was no indication that the Senate, controlled by Trump’s fellow Republicans, would allow a vote on the bill.Democrats are eager to force Republicans to choose between funding the Treasury’s Internal Revenue Service – at a time when it should be gearing up to issue tax refunds to millions of Americans – and voting to keep it partially shuttered.In a countermove, the Trump administration said that even without a new shot of funding, the IRS would somehow make sure those refund checks get sent.The National Treasury Employees Union filed suit on Wednesday challenging the administration’s authority to force federal employees to work without pay.Trump attended a lunch meeting of Senate Republicans on Wednesday and emerged to declare unwavering support for the tough stance he has taken on funds for the wall.Asked if he got the impression in the meeting that the shutdown would end soon, Republican Senator Tim Scott said: “I did not. I think we’re going to be here a while.”Democratic TacticsPelosi plans more votes this week that one by one would provide money to operate departments ranging from Homeland Security and Justice to State, Agriculture, Commerce and Labor.Able to get the bills through the House because of the Democratic majority, Pelosi is hoping some Senate Republicans back her up and abandon Trump’s wall gambit.The political maneuvering comes amid a rising public backlash over the suspension of government activities that has resulted in the layoffs of hundreds of thousands of federal workers.Other “essential” employees are being required to report to work, but without pay for the time being.On Thursday, Trump travels to the border to highlight what he calls an immigration “crisis.” He delivered his first prime-time television address from the Oval Office on Tuesday to make his case for the border wall.The funding fight stems from Congress’ inability to complete work by a deadline last September on funding all government agencies. It did, however, appropriate money for about 75 per cent of the government on time – mainly military and health-related programs.US airport security workers and air traffic controllers working without pay have warned that security and safety could be compromised if the shutdown continues, but the Trump administration said staffing was adequate and travelers had not faced unusual delays.Union officials said some TSA officers had already quit because of the shutdown and many were considering quitting.Ratings agency Fitch warned that it could cut the US triple-A sovereign debt credit rating later this year if the shutdown proves prolonged and Congress fails to raise the legal limit on the national debt in a timely manner.
Getty ImagesProtesters rallied against Medicaid cuts in front of the U.S. Capitol in June 2017. Medicaid is the nation’s largest health insurance program, covering 74 million people — more than 1 in 5 Americans.A majority of Texans support expanding Medicaid in the state and protecting coverage of pre-existing conditions, according to an Episcopal Health Foundation poll.The annual opinion survey found Texans’ top priority for the state legislature is tied between lowering the cost of prescription drugs and lowering the amount individuals pay for health care. Other priorities included increasing funding for mental health programs and reducing maternal mortality.A sweeping majority of respondents, 88 percent, said insurance companies should be required to cover pre-existing conditions. This was a new question added because of a Texas judge’s 2018 decision to declare the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional, threatening current federal protections.“If their desire to see the ACA go away means that they’re interested in taking on the problem themselves, that’s fantastic and I’d like to see it happen,” said Episcopal Health Foundation president and chief executive Elena Marks.Overall, Texans prefer the state government to have its hands in healthcare more than the federal government. Ninety-one percent of respondents said the state should take some role in making the healthcare system work well compared to 82 percent who said the same of the federal government. When asked if the government should take a “major” role in the healthcare system, respondents again preferred state control (67 percent) to federal (57 percent).However, Texans don’t want state lawmakers to leave federal money on the table. Sixty-four percent of Texans support Medicaid expansion, the poll found. Texas lawmakers have so far elected not to expand the federal program in the state, though some have filed bills this year to vote on the topic.The results of this year’s survey echo those of a 2018 Kaiser Family Foundation/Episcopal Health Foundation poll which found growing support for Medicaid expansion along with mental health and maternal mortality as priorities for Texans.“It seems that the public in Texas wants the legislature to do something,” said Dr. Tim Garson, who heads the Texas Medical Center Health Policy Institute, in reaction to the 2018 survey. “The last time that anyone thought about it, it was a democratic administration in the White House, and this is a very different administration,” he said, noting changes in national politics may have made Medicaid expansion more palatable for Texas voters. Share
Dr. Jawanza KunjufuThe above figure is not a new statistic. My concern is that it has become the norm and is unacceptable. One fourth of White female teens have an STD. That figure would be a little more acceptable. Is the Black community in denial? Do we feel it’s okay if almost half our female teens have an STD? When I speak nationwide to youth, many of them tell they are virgins. I then ask how can you be a virgin with an STD? They then tell me it was oral or anal sex which they feel did not violate their virginity.Were you aware that the leading cause of death in the Black community is abortion? Each day, 1,786 Black children are aborted. Can you imagine 52% of Black pregnancies are aborted? Again, this not a new statistic, my concern like with STDs, is that it has become acceptable. Are 52% of all pregnancies aborted acceptable to you? Has abortion become the new form of birth control?African Americans are 13% of the U.S. population male and female. I would expect Black females to be 13% of females in America who are HIV positive. The reality is that Black females are 64% of the women in America who are HIV positive. Again this is not a new statistic. Are you okay and accepting of the fact that 64% of all women in America who are HIV positive just happen to be Black? Has this become the norm? Is that our reality? Are Black people in denial? Have all the statistics made us numb?How can we reduce these statistics? While writing Raising Black Girls, I discovered that Black girls start puberty before anyone else. They start at 8 years and 8 months while White girls start at 9.7. Black girls also start their menstrual earlier than anyone else at 12.06. Whites start at 12.88. In writing the book, I wanted to understand why. I discovered a relationship between puberty, menstruation and sexual activity. In addition, I also found a relationship between puberty, diet, exercise, body mass index and being breast fed.I want to close with a positive statistic seldom if ever is mentioned. There are thousands of Black girls who wear chastity rings and have taken the oath of abstinence until marriage. I salute and applaud you! Excerpt from Raising Black Girls and Educating Black Girls.