‘May you bring more laurels to India’: Twitter applauds Vijender Singh on tenth straight win

first_imgStar Indian boxer Vijender Singh on Saturday maintained his unbeaten record as he defeated Ernest Amuzu from Ghana by unanimous decision in the Rajasthan Rumble fight in front of a packed Sawai Mansingh stadium in Jaipur.Vijender, who didn’t have the ideal preparation coming into this bout, didn’t need to go all out throughout the fight as Amuzu proved to be no match in front of the Haryana boxer’s power and reach.This was Vijender’s second fight against an African boxer. He faced Francis Cheka from Tanzania last year in December and won the bout through technical knockout in the third round.The 31-year-old obviously had the advantage of a longer reach over Amuzu and he used it to full effect.Twitter congratulated the Olympic for his unbeaten record in his professional boxing career.Sushil Kumar, India’s Olympic silver medallist, also congratulated Vijender and wished him more success and more name and fame to the Indian.म�?र�? भा�? @boxervijender �?�? �?�?त �?�? बधा�?!!! य�?ँ ह�? द�?श �?ा नाम र�?शन �?रत�? रह�? म�?र�? भा�?।�???�???#IndiaBullsRajasthanRumble- Sushil Kumar (@WrestlerSushil) December 23, 2017Many politicians also attended Vijender’s boxing event and took to Twitter thereafter to congratulate him.And the victory mode continues….Congratulations @boxervijender on winning 10th Successive Pro-Boxing BOut, beating Ernest Amuzu and remains WBO Asia Pacific and WBO Oriental Super Middleweight Champion. pic.twitter.com/YK9Va5GCS5- Sunil Deodhar (@Sunil_Deodhar) December 23, 2017Thoroughly enjoyed watching Vijender Singh v/s Ernest Amuzu bout live in Jaipur. What a fighter @boxervijender is. Amazing! More power to the unbeatable, the legendary, the pride of India and of course �?? महार�? हरियाणा �?ा �?�?रा�?� … pic.twitter.com/Y2nkb7ZnMmadvertisement- Kuldeep Bishnoi (@bishnoikuldeep) December 23, 2017Congratulations Vijender Singh @boxervijender on your 10th successive win, and maintaining your 100% win record in professional boxing! �??��??� #JaiHind pic.twitter.com/qGFtVdWdhj- Manveer Gurjar (@imanveergurjar) December 23, 2017Vijender later replied to a lot of those congratulatory message thanking everyone for their wishes and support.Vijender usually takes the first couple of rounds to size up his opponent and he did exactly that against Amuzu and till about the fourth round kept landing punches to stay ahead in the judges scorecards.But it was from the fifth round that Vijender started his onslaught on Amuzu landing one blow after another on the Ghana boxer’s face and body with equal affect.Amuzu, who has never been knocked out in his career, started to wobble by the sixth round but somehow managed to stay on his feet and lasted the next four rounds but by then everybody knew what the outcome of the fight is going to be.Amuzu was then just trying to delay the inevitable as Vijender kept on landing heavy blows.In the final round it seemed like Vijender had pulled up a muscle as he held back on his attack and just concentrated on his defense because he knew that he was way ahead in the scoresheets.As the bell rang in the final round Vijender shook hands with his opponent, raised his hands and went back to his corner.Moments later the presenter read out the scores as all three judges ruled in favour of Vijender with Amuzu recording his third career defeat.last_img read more

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Enid Bennett Hailed As Servant of The People

first_img “Hers was a life of true and remarkable service. In fact, I recall that her campaign slogan was always ‘I promise to serve’. Her stellar work, particularly as one of Jamaica’s pioneering female politicians in representational politics, in legislative affairs and as a Minister, all embodied her commitment to public service,” Late former State Minister, Enid Maude Bennett, was eulogised by several of the nation’s leaders on Saturday (January 20), as a true champion of the people, who dedicated her life to the service of others.One after the other, in the charming St. Helen’s Catholic Church in Linstead, where the Official Funeral Service was held, the leaders voiced their admiration and respect for the trailblazing politician, who served as Member of Parliament of 30 continuous years until her retirement in 1997, setting a record as a female legislator in the House of Representatives.They recalled her commitment to the people of Central St. Catherine and later St. Catherine West Central, whom she represented and hailed the foundation Ms. Bennett laid for females to enter politics as well as the wise counsel she provided.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, in his tribute, said Ms. Bennett did the very best for as many people as she could.“Hers was a life of true and remarkable service. In fact, I recall that her campaign slogan was always ‘I promise to serve’. Her stellar work, particularly as one of Jamaica’s pioneering female politicians in representational politics, in legislative affairs and as a Minister, all embodied her commitment to public service,” he said.He noted that while Ms. Bennett as one of short stature, she had a big heart for people as well as for principles, and was loyal and courageous.“She was caring, filled with good counsel. Personally, I would have benefitted from her counsel in difficult times and I am certain many in this church could attest to that,” he said.Minister of Health and current Member of Parliament for West Central St. Catherine, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, spoke of Ms. Bennett’s love for her constituents, whom she described as “most beautiful, peaceful and hardworking”.He said she was a “quiet giant” and someone “not easily dispatched” in the face of formidable challenges.Dr. Tufton informed that Ms. Bennett was instrumental in securing funds to build schools such as Tacius Golding and Bog Walk High and Lucky Valley Primary.“She was instrumental in establishing community centres in Buxton Town and Point Hill, improving the West Central St. Catherine road network and bringing electricity to several communities in the constituency,” he noted further.National Security Minister, Hon. Robert Montague remembered Ms. Bennett as “stern, sweet and tender,” while Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Minister, Hon. Olivia Grange, hailed her for paving the way for more women to enter politics, thereby shattering the proverbial glass ceiling.“It says to young women that Jamaica will see a brighter future when you get involved,” she said.Former Prime Minister, Hon. Bruce Golding, said Ms. Bennett was a “noble lady, beautiful inside as she was outside…giving so much of her life to improving the life of others.”In her tribute, former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, said she had great admiration for the dignity and fortitude of Ms. Bennett, who was a “voice of the voiceless.”Opposition Leader, Dr. Peter Phillips, in a tribute read by Mayor of Spanish Town, Norman Scott, remembered Ms. Bennett as committed and dedicated to people. Late former State Minister, Enid Maude Bennett, was eulogised by several of the nation’s leaders on Saturday (January 20), as a true champion of the people, who dedicated her life to the service of others. Story Highlights  Ms. Bennett served as Minister of State in the Ministry of Local Government between 1980 and 1982, and Minister of State in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security between 1982 and 1989.center_img Prev 1of2 Next Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness signs the condolence book opened in honour of the late former Minister of State and Member of Parliament for West Central St. Catherine, Enid Maude Bennett, at the Official Funeral Service held on January 20, at St. Helen’s Catholic Church in Linstead. Entering politics at a young age, the record-breaking Enid Bennett was elected as councillor for the Sligoville division in the St. Catherine Parish Council, before replacing Roy McNeill as Member of Parliament for St. Catherine Central in 1967, when he moved to St. Catherine Eastern.She won seven consecutive general elections – two in St Catherine Central and five more in St Catherine West Central.In 1978, she was elected as Deputy Leader of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) replacing current Speaker of the House of Representatives, Pearnel Charles. She was the only female Deputy Leader of the party.Ms. Bennett served as Minister of State in the Ministry of Local Government between 1980 and 1982, and Minister of State in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security between 1982 and 1989.She was awarded the country’s fourth-highest honour, the Order of Jamaica, in 2012.Ms. Bennett died on December 22 at age 86 after a brief illness.last_img read more

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Rising Large Marine Losses Could Prove Too Much for Insurers

first_imgzoom The increasing number of large marine losses can potentially put severe financial strain and overwhelm insurance companies, Dieter Berg, President of the International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI), said during the closing of this year’s IUMI 2016 marine insurance conference in Genova, Italy.Berg cited the recent losses connected with the Chilean earthquake in 2010, the Japanese earthquake and tsunami in 2011 (USD 3.8 billion loss), Thai floods in 2011 (USD 2.5 billion loss), Hurricane Sandy in 2012 (USD 3 billion loss) and the Tianjin explosion in 2015 (USD 3-4 billion loss expected).These marine losses were often coupled with associated major property losses, Berg said.“Our industry is concerned that natural catastrophes, due to climate change, are occurring more often and with greater severity,” Berg said.”Coupled with this, globalisation and the unrelenting growth of global trade is driving an increase in the value of goods being transported by sea and an increase in the quantity of goods being stored on ultra-large container ships, or in port terminals. These have the potential to create extremely large losses. Recent marine losses have been very expensive for insurers and often an accumulation of multiple business lines occur which can include cargo losses, container losses, warehouse damage, destruction of automobiles, damage to pleasure craft and even fine art losses. At Tianjin, for example, around 68,000 cars were affected, i.e. a total loss or damaged, by a single explosion.”Berg explained that when large marine losses were combined with property and other losses, there was a real concern that this might overwhelm insurance companies.He called on the industry to understand, clearly, their aggregate positions and to manage their exposures by carefully modelling their risk positions.last_img read more

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Ouverture des mises en nomination pour la Médaille de la bravoure

first_img Prière d’envoyer les formulaires de nomination dûment remplis au Secrétaire provincial, Médaille de la Bravoure, ministère de la Justice, 7e étage, 1690, rue Hollis, Halifax (N.-É.) B3J 2L6. Pour plus d’informations, communiquez avec Nadia Gardin au 902-424-5941, écrivez à l’adresse medalofbravery@novascotia.ca ou visitez le www.novascotia.ca/bravery. Les Néo-Écossais ont encore une fois l’occasion de rendre hommage à des personnes qui ont mis leur vie en péril pour aider leurs concitoyens. La période de mise en nomination pour la Médaille de la bravoure de la Nouvelle-Écosse est maintenant ouverte. Ce sera la neuvième année de remise de cette médaille. « Il y a en Nouvelle-Écosse des héros de tous les jours et quelques rares personnes qui, sans égard pour leur propre sécurité, choisissent de sauver la vie ou les biens d’une autre personne, déclare le premier ministre Stephen McNeil. Ces personnes méritent une mention spéciale et j’encourage les Néo-Écossais à remercier une personne en particulier qui a agi avec bravoure en la mettant en nomination pour cette récompense. » On peut se procurer le formulaire de mise en nomination dans les centres d’Accès Nouvelle-Écosse, les bureaux des membres de l’Assemblée législative et en ligne au www.novascotia.ca/bravery. La date limite pour les mises en nomination est le 1er mai. Le gouvernement invite les nominations pour des actes de bravoure qui se sont produits depuis le 1er janvier 2014. Un comité consultatif, présidé par Hugh Laurence, choisira les récipiendaires. Les autres membres du comité sont : le directeur général du Bureau de gestion des urgences, la sous-ministre de la Justice, le commissaire des incendies de la Nouvelle-Écosse, le président de l’Association des chefs de police de la Nouvelle-Écosse, le commandant des Forces terrestres de la région de l’Atlantique, Cynthia Stevenson, membre à titre personnel, Jim Hoskins, membre à titre personnel. last_img read more

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British PM issues backstop ultimatum to EU over Brexit

first_imgLondon: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has issued an ultimatum to the European Union over what he has branded an “anti-democratic” Irish border backstop, which must be scrapped to negotiate a new deal before the October 31 Brexit deadline. In a letter to European Council President Donald Tusk on Monday night, Johnson reiterated his “highest priority” was to achieve an agreement to avert a chaotic no-deal exit from the 28-nation economic bloc, but not with any kind of backstop designed to avert a post-Brexit hard border between EU member-country Ireland and British region Northern Ireland. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”The changes we seek relate primarily to the backstop. The problems with the backstop run much deeper than the simple political reality that it has three times been rejected by the House of Commons,” writes the prime minister in his letter. “The truth is that it is simply unviable it is anti-democratic and inconsistent with the sovereignty of the UK as a state,” he notes. Johnson, who has been a vehement critic of the clause in the withdrawal agreement negotiated by his predecessor Theresa May, told Tusk that it locked the UK, potentially indefinitely, into an international treaty which will bind Britain into a customs union. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”It is inconsistent with the UK’s desired final destination for a sustainable long-term relationship with the EU. When the UK leaves the EU and after any transition period, we will leave the single market and the customs union,” Johnson said. By requiring continued membership of the customs union and applying many single market rules in Northern Ireland, it presents the whole of the UK with the choice of remaining in a customs union and aligned with those rules, or of seeing Northern Ireland gradually detached from the UK economy across a very broad ranges of areas. Both of those outcomes are unacceptable to the British government, stresses Johnson’s four-page letter. The communication was sent soon after another conversation between the British Prime Minister and his Irish counterpart Leo Varadkar. The Indian-origin Irish Taoiseach, as the Prime Minsiter is referred to in Ireland, has been categorical in his stance in favour of a backstop to ensure the island of Ireland can function under the terms of the Belfast Agreement dating back to the 1990s when the ‘Troubles’ in the disputed region culminated in a shaky peace process. “The Taoiseach reiterated the EU27 position that the Withdrawal Agreement cannot be reopened, and emphasised the importance of the legally operable guarantee to ensure no hard border and continued free trade on the island of Ireland,” Downing Street said in reference to the telephone conversation between the two leaders on Monday evening. “The Prime Minister [Johnson] made clear that the Common Travel Area, which long predates the UK and Ireland joining the EU, would not be affected by the ending of freedom of movement after Brexit,” it said. Johnson has called for “flexible and creative solutions” and “alternative arrangements” based on technology to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland and wants the backstop to be replaced with a commitment to put in place such arrangements as far as possible before the end of the Brexit transition period currently the end of 2020 under Theresa May’s deal. The EU, which did not immediately react to Johnson’s letter, has been firm in its position that the withdrawal agreement struck with his predecessor was not up for reopening and that any negotiations on the future relationship between the UK and the EU must be based on the premise of the legally binding text of that pact. That text includes the controversial backstop, which had ultimately cost May her job as Prime Minister after facing a bruising three-time defeat in the UK Parliament. This week, Johnson is on a Brexit blitz as he is set to travel to Germany on Wednesday for talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel and then to Paris on Thursday for discussions with President Emmanuel Macron the two heavyweight politicians of the EU. Meanwhile, the UK Opposition Labour Party is demanding that the government publish all documents related to the real impact of a no-deal Brexit, following stark warnings of medicine and food shortages in a leaked report over the weekend. While the Johnson-led government has termed the warnings outdated as it has sped up its preparations for a no-deal exit from the EU by October 31, the Opposition has been demanding a recall of Parliament from its ongoing summer recess to address the Brexit issue.last_img read more

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Snowfall records shattered across the Peace Region

first_imgAnother record for September 12th at the North Peace Airport station has also already been broken, as a further roughly two centimetres fell at the airport between midnight and 5:00 a.m.No snow has previously been recorded at the airport on the 12th day of September.Castellan said however that the all-time record for the Fort St. John area on September 12th still stands, as 12.7 centimetres of snow was recorded at the Baldonnel weather station back in 1936.The snowfall also broke official records in Chetwynd and Grande Prairie on both days.The Chetwynd Airport recorded two centimetres of snow on Tuesday, which is the first time snow has been recorded at the station on September 11th. The further 3.4 centimetres that has so far fallen in Chetwynd is also a first-ever.Grande Prairie has also broken back-to-back snowfall records, and a snowfall warning in the Swan City remains in effect as of noon Wednesday. The Grande Prairie Airport weather station saw one centimetre of snow on Tuesday, and since midnight has recorded a further 10 centimetres of the white stuff.No snow had previously been recorded in Grande Prairie on either the 11th or the 12th. Records in Grande Prairie date back to 1936.As for whether records were broken at any other B.C. Peace communities, Castellan said that unfortunately, snowfall data was unavailable for both the Dawson Creek and Fort Nelson airport weather stations. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The first snowfall of the 2018/2019 fall and winter season has caused a number of records to fall across the Peace Region.Environment Canada meteorologist Armel Castellan said that Fort St. John saw a new record snowfall for September 11th.The 6.2 centimetres of snow that fell at the North Peace Airport weather station yesterday was 3.8 centimetres more than the previous record of 2.4 centimetres that was set in 1993.last_img read more

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Stakeholders can help turn words into deeds says Annan at Helsinki conference

“The human family will not enjoy development without security, it will not enjoy security without development and it will not enjoy either without respect for human rights,” he said in a message delivered by Under-Secretary-General Jose Antonio Ocampo to civil society groups and private concerns attending the Helsinki Conference 2005, focusing on globalization and democracy.“Vital issues on are the table – on financing for development, comprehensive national development strategies, health and environmental issues; on terrorism and non-proliferation; on post conflict reconstruction, human rights and reform of the UN itself,” he added.Referring to his report, “In Larger Freedom: towards development, security and human rights for all,” he said the core message is the same and that as the world’s problems grow more complex, the UN can no longer limit its decision-making processes exclusively to governments.He called on stakeholders to “narrow the implementation gap” and agree “on the practical steps to turn words into deeds.”“After all, the ultimate value of what will be decided next week, [and at this conference], will be measured by its impact on men and women in need. It is in their safety and security, in their prosperity and sense of opportunity, that our progress will be most visible, and our setbacks most keenly felt,” he added, referring to the UN 2005 World Summit as well as the Helsinki conference.The Helsinki Conference 2005 is described as “a multi-stakeholder dialogue and networking event for addressing the challenge of making ambitious targets of the world community a reality.” read more

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Tunisian diplomat elected to lead UN Economic and Social Council in 2006

Ali Hachani of Tunisia was elected President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) for 2006 at a meeting today in New York where reform dominated discussions of the body’s future work.Speaking following his election, Mr. Hachani recalled that national leaders meeting last September at the 2005 World Summit had assigned new mandates and functions to ECOSOC to advance the development agenda and to promote a global policy dialogue.In the coming months, the Council must take the necessary steps to advance those goals, he said, calling for the involvement of a broad spectrum of all concerned, including representatives of civil society, the private sector and academia.General Assembly President Jan Eliasson of Sweden voiced his support for a reformed ECOSOC and pledged to support its work. “It is important that ECOSOC has a clear mandate for reform before it holds its organizational session in early February,” he said.Jose Antonio Ocampo, the Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, said 2006 would be the year when the “rubber hits the road” in terms of implementing internationally agreed anti-poverty goals.Outgoing Council President Munir Akram of Pakistan said ECOSOC could play a key role in the critical work of responding to natural disasters, as exemplified by the South-East Asian Tsunami and the recent earthquake in northern Pakistan.Also during the meeting, the Council elected its vice-presidents, Gediminas Šerkšnys of Lithuania, Léo Mérorès of Haiti, Hjálmar W. Hannesson of Iceland and Prasad Kariyawasam of Sri Lanka. read more

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UN chief pays tribute to Egypts role in avoiding dramatic escalation in

As well as avoiding escalation in the Gaza Strip, Mr. Guterres said that Egypt’s commitment has created the conditions for more effective humanitarian aid to the region, and is playing an ‘integral part” in forging unity between the two main Palestinian factions – the extremist group Hamas, which controls Gaza, and Fatah, which runs the Palestinian National Authority, in the occupied West Bank.Last week, as Palestinian protesters prepared to mark the anniversary of the “Great March of Return” demonstrations along the border fence with Israel, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, updated the Security Council on the UN’s efforts along with Egypt, to mediate between Hamas and Israel in order to quell rocket attacks and airstrikes.The UN chief – who arrived in the region at the weekend, addressing the Arab League in Tunis – said that everything must be done to guarantee that there will be two States side-by-side, Palestine and Israel, living together in peace and security, adding that Egypt and the UN see “eye to eye” on this issue, and that the UN will continue working with Egypt to achieve that objective.Mr. Guterres also discussed the situation in war-ridden Yemen and Syria with members of the Government during his visit to Egypt, and he said that he believed both parties agree on what needs to be done for a lasting political solution to the conflicts in both countries.UN chief arrives in Libya, in pursuit of peace, stabilityThe Secretary-General travelled from Egypt to Libya, where he will lend support to “a Libyan-led political process” and the creation of the conditions to stabilize the situation in the country, whose institutions (the Libyan National Parliament, the Presidential Council, the Government and the National Security Council) must, said Mr. Guterres, be unified.Recent talks between the Prime Minister of the Libyan Unity Government, Faiez Serraj, and the de-facto ruler of eastern Libya Khalifa Haftar, Commander of the Libyan National Army, could pave the way to the country becoming a full partner in the international community, said the UN chief, with “normal institutions, and with its economy flourishing again, and with the international cooperation to benefit the whole region.” At a press conference held in Cairo on Wednesday, Mr. Guterres said that Egypt was a “fundamental partner for the UN in relation to peace and security in the region,” and described the UN’s cooperation with Egypt as an essential aspect of the Organization’s work.I have just arrived in Libya, totally committed to support a Libyan-led political process leading to peace, stability, democracy and prosperity for the Libyan people.— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) April 3, 2019 read more

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Tournament to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters

Local children will be dealt a helping hand through an upcoming tournament that aims to brighten their holiday season.Members of the Brock community are invited to participate in the charity euchre tournament Saturday, Dec. 9 at Isaac’s.The event will run from 1 to 4 p.m. and see 32 teams of two battling it out to win a $500 prize.Participants must each pay a $25 buy in and will have access to food and drinks available for purchase.In addition to the action at the euchre tables, there will also be a raffle, a 50-50 draw and other contests.All proceeds will be used to buy holiday gifts for children involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters St. Catharines-Thorold.For more information, visit ExperienceBU.

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Vicky Cornell To Congress We Must Integrate Addiction Treatment Into Our Health

first_imgFollowing Chris Cornell’s tragic death in 2017, his wife continues to speak up about mental health and substance abuse. This time she spoke in front of CongressAna YglesiasGRAMMYs Feb 27, 2019 – 5:36 pm Vicky Cornell, the widow of late Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, visited Washington D.C. on Feb. 25 to testify before the Congressional Bipartisan Heroin And Opioid Task Force on the opioid crisis. She advocated for better addiction training for health care professionals in the face of the growing epidemic, underscoring that her husband’s death “was not inevitable.””Chris had a brain disease and a doctor who, unfortunately, like many, was not properly trained or educated on addiction,” Cornell told the task force, according to People. “We must integrate addiction treatment into our health care system—no more false narratives about the need to hit rock bottom, no more secret societies, no more shame—we must educate health care providers on how to treat addiction and best support recovery.”The rock icon was found dead by suicide in his hotel room in Detroit on May 17, 2017 following a Soundgarden concert. The toxicology report revealed prescription medications in his system, including Ativan, a benzodiazepine he was prescribed as a sleep aid, although the medical examiner said these drugs did not directly “contribute to the cause of death.”Vicky believes that her husband would still be here today if he had been treated by a doctor better educated in addiction, which he had struggled with for years before going sober.”He didn’t want to die. If he was of sound mind, I know he wouldn’t have done this… Addiction is a disease. That disease can take over you and has full power,” she told People in 2017. Twitter Email Facebook NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Feb 13, 2019 – 4:16 pm Toni & Christopher Cornell | 2019 GRAMMYs News Vicky Cornell Speaks To Congress About Addiction vicky-cornell-congress-we-must-integrate-addiction-treatment-our-health-care-system Earlier this month, Cornell posthumously won Best Rock Performance for “When Bad Does Good” at the 61st GRAMMY Awards.” His children Toni and Christopher accepted the GRAMMY on his behalf in a tear-jerking moment.”I never thought we would be standing here without my dad,” Cornell’s son Christopher said during their acceptance speech. “I’m sure he would be proud and honored. He was a rock icon, the Godfather of grunge and a creator of a movement. While he touched the hearts of millions, the most important thing he is known for, for us, is for being the greatest father and our hero.”If you or a loved one is dealing with substance abuse, there are resources that can help—MusiCares offers free addiction recovery services for people in the music industry, including support groups in several states.    Remembering Chris Cornell: A Sweet SunshowerRead more Vicky Cornell To Congress: “We Must Integrate Addiction Treatment Into Our Health Care System” last_img read more

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North Korea leader receives excellent letter from Trump

first_imgPresident Donald Trump sent North Korean leader Kim Jong Un an “excellent” letter, the North’s state-run news agency reported Sunday, quoting Mr. Kim as saying he would “seriously contemplate it.” The White House declined to confirm that Mr. Trump had sent a letter to Mr. Kim. It comes as nuclear talks between the U.S. and North Korea broke down after the failed summit between Mr. Kim and Mr. Trump in February in Vietnam. Also Read – Shahid Afridi joins ‘Kashmir Hour’ in military uniform Advertise With Us The U.S. is demanding that North Korea abandon its nuclear weapons entirely before international sanctions are lifted. North Korea is seeking a step-by-step approach in which moves toward denuclearization are matched by concessions from the U.S., notably a relaxation of the sanctions. Mr. Kim “said with satisfaction that the letter is of excellent content,” Pyongyang’s Korean Central News Agency reported. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us “Appreciating the political judging faculty and extraordinary courage of President Trump, Kim Jong Un said that he would seriously contemplate the interesting content,” the agency said, without elaborating. South Korea’s presidential office said it sees the exchange of letters between Mr. Kim and Mr. Trump as a positive development for keeping the momentum for dialogue alive. Advertise With Us Mr. Trump’s letter also came days after Mr. Kim’s summit with visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping, which experts say underscored China’s emergence as a major player in the diplomatic push to resolve the nuclear standoff with the North. North Korean state media said Mr. Kim and Mr. Xi discussed the political situation surrounding the Korean Peninsula and reached unspecified consensus on important issues. Mr. Xi is expected to meet Mr. Trump next week in Japan during the G-20 summit. Analysts say he could pass him a message from Mr. Kim about the nuclear negotiations. Mr. Kim said during his New Year’s speech said he would seek a “new way” if the United States persists with sanctions and pressure against North Korea. After the collapse of his meeting with Mr. Trump in Hanoi, Mr. Kim said Washington has until the end of the year to offer mutually acceptable terms for a deal to salvage the negotiations. Following a provocative run in weapons tests, Mr. Kim initiated negotiations with Seoul and Washington in 2018, which led to three summits with South Korea’s president and his first with Mr. Trump in Singapore on June 12 last year, when they issued a vague statement on a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula without describing how and when it would occur. The lack of substance and fruitless working-level talks set up the breakdown of Mr. Kim’s second meeting with Mr. Trump, which the Americans blamed on excessive North Korean demands for sanctions relief in exchange for only a partial surrender of its nuclear capabilities. Nuclear negotiations have been at a standstill since then, but on the eve of the anniversary of the Singapore summit, Mr. Trump told U.S. reporters he received a “beautiful” letter from Mr. Kim, without revealing what was written. In an interview with TIME magazine last week, Mr. Trump said he also received a “birthday letter” from Mr. Kim that was delivered by hand a day before. Mr. Trump and Mr. Kim also exchanged letters in 2018 after their first summit. White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said at the time that the letters addressed their commitment to work toward North Korea’s “complete denuclearization.” In September 2018, Mr. Trump told a cheering crowd at a campaign rally in West Virginia that Mr. Kim “wrote me beautiful letters and they’re great letters. We fell in love.” Analysts say the gesture of sending letters is part of North Korean efforts to present Kim as a legitimate international statesman who is reasonable and capable of negotiating solutions and making deals. Because of the weight of formality they provide, Mr. Kim might see personal letters as an important way to communicate with leaders of countries the North never had close ties with, they saylast_img read more

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The most infernal fake Satans

first_img Asmodeus1/13Dungeons & Dragons cosmology gets hella confusing, wicked fast. It makes the Silmarillion look straight forward. It’s that nutso, especially when you take into account multiple campaign settings across multiple editions in multiple decades. But still, with all that, we were able to pick a favorite fake Satan from the world of D&D and it’s none other than Asmodeus. How badass is Asmodeus? The dude started as the creation of a bunch of angels, and then ended up creating his own plane of existence: The Nine Layers of Hell.<><> Going back about as far as anyone cares to – maybe even further – Satan, Lucifer, The Devil has been a massive part of literature and pop culture. Hell, he’s the Big Bad in the Bible! The Bible! But in more recent decades, there’s been an interesting trend for writers and creators to use not The Devil, but just a devil. But not just some generic rank-and-file demon – no, these fake Satans are basically The Devil. It’s just, for one reason or another… they aren’t.Collected here are the best examples of this concept, plus some that we just shoe-horned in because we like them.Note: If there’s a Harambe slide in here, please don’t blame me. Those jokes make me sad and my editors like seeing me suffer. They’re sadistic monsters. THEY should be on this list. Not Harambe. [Editor’s Note: It’s true, we have been honoring Harambe as a smart ape, dank wizard, potential Pokemon, and quiet karate-man. We do not regret our actions. However, we agree that the beloved ape is definitely not a fake Satan] We could have made this list twice as long. Or six times as long! Or, wait, we got it, 666 times as long? Hahahaha, right? Anyway, tell us your favorite fake Satans down in the comments below. Or don’t. Your call.Aubrey Sitterson is the creator of the ongoing sword & sorcery serial podcast, SKALD. It doesn’t have one specific devil in it, but it does have more than its fair share of a nefarious elder god. You should check it out on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher & Podomatic. Follow Aubrey on Twitter or check out his website for more information.last_img read more

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Dingoes like wolves are smarter than pet dogs

first_imgDingo The dingo is considered a “pure” prehistoric dog, which was brought to Australia tens of thousands of years ago by the Aborigines. While they have in the past been associated with humans, they have adapted to surviving “wild” in the Australian outback. The dingo lies somewhere between the wolf, its ancient ancestor, and the domestic or pet dog, and has cognitive differences between the two. There has been little research done on dingoes, even though studies would aid in the understanding of the evolution of dogs, and it was unknown whether the dingo was more “wolf-like” or “dog-like”.Researchers in South Australia have now subjected the Australian dingo (Canis dingo) to the classic “detour task,” which has been used by previous researchers to assess the abilities of wolves (Canis lupus) and domestic dogs (Canis familiaris) to solve non-social, spatial problems. The detour task involves placing a treat behind a transparent or wire mesh fence. The dog can see the food but cannot get to it directly and has to find its way along the fence and through a door and then double back to get the food. Previous research has shown wolves are adept at solving the problem quickly, while domesticated dogs generally perform poorly and fail to improve significantly even after repeated trials. The wolves were also able to adapt easily when conditions were reversed, but pet dogs also generally fared poorly at this task.Until now dingoes had not been tested, so lead researcher, PhD student Mr. Bradley Smith of the School of Psychology at the University of South Australia, decided to subject 20 sanctuary-raised dingoes (Canis dingo) to the V-shaped detour task, in which a V-shaped fence is the barrier to the treat (a bowl of food) placed at the intersection point of the V, and the detour doors swung either inward or outward.The dingoes were randomly assigned to one of four experimental conditions previously used to test dogs and wolves. These were the inward or outward detour (with doors closed), inward detour (with doors open), and inward detour (with a human demonstrator). Each dingo was tested four times and then given a fifth trial with the conditions reversed.The results showed the dingoes completed the detour tasks successfully, and they achieved fewer errors and solved the problems more quickly (in around 20 seconds) than domestic dogs tested in previous research. Unlike domesticated dogs in previous studies, the dingoes did not look to humans for help, and only one dingo even looked at the human when solving the problem. This behavior was much more similar to findings with wolves than for pet dogs.The findings were published in the journal Animal Behaviour. All tests were carried out at the Dingo Discovery Centre in Victoria. (PhysOrg.com) — Studies in the past have shown that wolves are smarter than domesticated dogs when it comes to solving spatial problems, and now new research has shown that dingoes also solve the problems well. Citation: Dingoes, like wolves, are smarter than pet dogs (2010, June 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-06-dingoes-wolves-smarter-pet-dogs.html © 2010 PhysOrg.com More information: References: — dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.anbehav.2010.04.017 — courses.media.mit.edu/2003spri … ciallearningdogs.pdf– dx.doi.org/10.1006/anbe.2001.1866 Study challenges popular image of dingo Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter On 3 March The Walt D

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterOn 3 March, The Walt Disney Company announced plans to build two additional cruise ships.The company has entered into a memorandum of agreement with the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany. The schedule calls for the new ships to be completed in 2021 and 2023.Each new ship will be approximately 135,000 gross US tons – slightly larger than the newest Disney Cruise Line ships, the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy – and each is currently planned to include about 1250 guest staterooms. While design plans, ship names and itineraries are still in development, the Walt Disney Imagineering team is already dreaming up exciting new ways to create the world’s most magical ocean-going adventures.The company has been an industry leader in innovation and game-changing creativity. With the launch of the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy in 2011 and 2012, the company introduced several firsts for the industry, including a water coaster at sea and virtual portholes in interior staterooms that provide real-time views of the sea as well as sightings of animated Disney characters.Plans for the expansion of Disney Cruise Line come during a period of momentous growth and innovation for Disney properties around the globe.“The expansion of Disney Cruise Line only adds to our excitement for the unprecedented growth taking place across our vacation destinations, from new Star Wars experiences coming to the Walt Disney World and Disneyland resorts to the 25th anniversary of Disneyland Paris and the grand opening of our newest park, Shanghai Disney Resort,” said Bob Chapek, Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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New York New York — Reported by Coleman Bentley f

first_imgNew York, New York — Reported by Coleman Bentley for Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineLet’s be honest, we can’t all be supermodels. Maybe it’s our height, maybe it’s our hair, but whatever the reason the fact remains: Most of just aren’t cut out for the runway. Thankfully world-renowned designer Michael Kors, with the August release of the New York Limited-Edition Runway watch, has made it possible for the everyday-fashionista to don a little piece of stardom.Adapted from the iconic Michael Kors Runway template, this limited0edition timepiece takes a bite out of the big apple, featuring a “New York” script dial display and a silhouette of the world’s most recognizable skyline etched right into the case-back. Adding glitz to Michael Kors’ jetset glamor is a 2.5mm diamond carefully set into the 12 o’clock position of the watch-face.Like any model, however, this watch looks as good off the runway (or in this case, wrist) as it does on it. The New York Limited-Edition Runway comes tucked in a luxurious brown collector’s box, which also houses a “Michael Kors Limited-Edition” plaque in its plush compartments; just in case your friends need a reminder that this piece is as exclusive as those nearly three times its price.The New York Limited Edition Runway watch will retail for $650.www.michaelkors.comlast_img read more

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first_img This image released by Universal Pictures shows Viggo Mortensen, foreground, and Mahershala Ali in a scene from “Green Book.” The National Board of Review announced their 2018 honorees, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, with top awards going to “Green Book” as best film of the year and best actor of the year going to Mortensen. (Universal Pictures via AP) NEW YORK — The National Board of Review has named the feel-good road-trip drama “Green Book” the best film of the year, and its star, Viggo Mortensen, best actor.The awards announced Thursday gave “Green Book” a much-needed jolt. The film was declared an Oscar favourite after taking the audience award at the Toronto International Film Festival, but it has struggled to latch on at the box office.“A Star Is Born” also took several top awards, including best director for Bradley Cooper, best actress for Lady Gaga and best supporting actor for Sam Elliott.Barry Jenkins’ James Baldwin adaptation “If Beale Street Could Talk” took prizes for Jenkins’ screenplay and for Regina King’s supporting performance.The awards will be handed out in a gala in New York on January 8.Jake Coyle, The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Jake Coyle, The Associated Press Posted Nov 27, 2018 11:14 am PDT National Board of Review names ‘Green Book’ year’s best filmlast_img read more

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Kurd wanted by Turkey released by Cyprus

first_imgA Turkish national of Kurdish extraction and alleged member of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), wanted by Turkey on an international arrest warrant, has been released by Cypriot authorities days after being arrested at Larnaca airport.Mehmet Tanboga, 60, arrived last Sunday on a flight from Athens. During passport control authorities determined his name was included on the Interpol stop list, and he was immediately placed under arrest.Tamboga is wanted by the Turkish government for armed assault and arson, said to have been committed between 1998 and April 25, 1999 in the Turkish town of Diyarbakir.He and two other members of the PKK are alleged to have carried out the attack against a vehicle belonging to a company by the name of Tokbetsan.The man said he came to Cyprus to visit his friend, the Kurdish poet Enver Zeren, who claims to be a victim of Turkish oppression against the Kurdish people.Speaking to the Cyprus News Agency, Tamboga’s Cypriot lawyer said his client never committed the crimes he is accused of, as during the period in question he was not in Turkey, but in Greece where he had fled seeking political asylum.According to the lawyer, Cypriot authorities complied with the international arrest warrant and duly detained Tamboga. The following day the man appeared before Larnaca district court, which ordered that he be held further for the purposes of his possible extradition to Turkey.Tamboga was then taken to the central prisons.Cypriot authorities next notified, via Interpol, their Turkish counterparts that if they wanted the man extradited they should submit a written request within 24 hours.The Turkish government, which does not recognize the Republic of Cyprus, did not file the extradition request.As such, the lawyer said, Tamboga was released from prison on Wednesday. You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchResearch Compact SUVs. New SUVs May Make You Want To Trade Yours In Today – See For Yourself!Yahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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VodafonPanafon emerges as preferred bidder to buy CytaHellas

first_imgThe state-owned Cyprus Telecommunication Authority (Cyta) said that Greece’s Vodafon-Panafon Hellenic Communications S.A. emerged as the preferred bidder to acquire its loss-making unit CytaHellas.Greece’s PricewaterhouseCooper Business Solutions acted financial advisors while Greece’s Bernitsas Law Firm and the Nicosia-based Georgiades and Pelides Law Firm acted as Cyta’s legal advisors in the said transactions, the Cypriot telecom said in a statement on its website. The statement made no reference to the price of the transaction.Cyta invested via its subsidiary DigiMed a total of €194.5m into CytaHellas, which generated a loss totalling €165.3m since its incorporation in 2007 to 2016, according to the auditor general.The other bidder was Greece’s Wind Hellas. DigiMed owns 94.8 per cent of CytaHellas and Cyta owns the remaining 5.2 per cent directly.At the end of 2016, it had 306,800 customers for its fixed-line services and 43,200 users of mobile telephony plus 5,995 subscribers of Cytavision.In 2016, it posted a €18.9m pre-tax loss compared to a pre-tax loss of €3m in 2015. Its turnover fell in 2016, to €90.8m from €107.8m the year before.Vodafone-Panafon generated a net loss of €29.5m compared to a net loss of €126.7m in the previous financial year, the company said on its website.You May LikeThrone: Free Online GamesIf You’re Over 40 And Own A Computer, This Game Is A Must!Throne: Free Online GamesUndoLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Peak passenger traffic at Larnaca and Paphos airports

first_imgPassenger traffic to and from the airports of Larnaca and Paphos will peak on Sunday as 329 inbound and outbound flights are scheduled for the day, Hermes airports has said.August is the busiest month of the year as regards passenger traffic at the two airports, but the peak will be this Sunday as 329 flights have been scheduled to and from the two airports, translating to around 61,000 passengers seats.The company said that Sunday is the peak of the passenger traffic for Larnaca Airport, as 253 flights have been scheduled corresponding to 47,000 air seats. For Paphos Airport passenger traffic will peak on Wednesday with 100 flights, corresponding to 19,000 airline seats.The majority of flights in August are to and from Athens, the Greek islands, Moscow, Saint Petersburg, London, Manchester and Tel Aviv.Maria Kouroupi, Senior Director of Marketing and Communication at Hermes Airports, said passenger traffic for 2018 is at the same satisfactory levels as last year’s.The significant passenger increase over the past two years, in tandem with the expected results for 2018, will give an overall increase of more than 40per cent while at the same time there appears to be a substantial increase in the winter months, Kouroupi told the Cyprus News Agency.She added that up to Saturday, around 500,000 passengers used the BorderXpress interactive border crossing control systems since July 11, when they were installed at the Larnaca and Paphos airports. This, she said, confirms “that this is a new technology that contributes significantly to the handling of passengers both in arrivals and departures.”Kouroupi said that 44 BorderXpress systems have been installed at Larnaca Airport and 30 at Paphos.You May LikeUPshowBar Owner: Generate Revenue from your TVsUPshowUndoBeautyHold8 Obvious Symptoms of Gluten IntoleranceBeautyHoldUndoElectric Cars | Search AdsSearch For Electric Car Deals HereElectric Cars | Search AdsUndo UK plays Brexit hardball with ‘stubborn’ EUUndoData is the new oil so watch out for mass mining – Netflix filmUndoFilms and food at RialtoUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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