Globally acclaimed sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik, who had launched a hunger strike at Puri protesting on the beach pollution, was shifted to a hospital in Bhubaneswar as he fell ill on ThursdayHe was taken to a private hospital in the state capital as his condition deteriorated, two days after he began the strike on the beach near Bankimuhan in the seaside town demanding steps be taken to make the area pollution free, sources said.He had decided to start strike on the beach at highly polluted Bankimuhan area as his request to the Odisha government was not answered.“I am protesting (sitting on dharna) through my art against beach pollution at Bankimuhan,” he had said in a Twitter post along with the images of his sand art carrying a message “Save Bankimuhan Beach Puri.”Pattnaik said he that he had communicated to the Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Pattnaik through Twitter trying to draw attention towards the rising pollution at the beach and the need for it be be cleaned. However, despite the chief minister’s direction to the concerned authorities to keep the beach clean there had been little improvement in the situation.The artist said he had also created a sand art last month to show the pathetic condition of Bankimuhan beach. and also threatened to stage a dharna if the government fails to take steps to tackle the problem.Meanwhile, the Puri Municipality has launched a drive to clean up the beach near Bankimuhan and make it pollution free at the earliest.
| Photo Credit: K_R_DEEPAK The UNICEF in Maharashtra has joined hands with Goa Women and Child Development(WCD) to focus on and support in the area of child protection in the State.Ms. Rajeshwari Chandrasekar Chief Field Officer,UNICEF Maharashtra and Ms. Alpa Vora, Consultant , Child Protection, UNICEF were participating in a discussion on “key challenges around child protection in Goa”, at an on-going training programme on Integrated Child Protection Scheme(ICPS), by WCD on February 12.They said that during their various meetings with stakeholders, Ms. Vora brought out issues of concerns, namely, unique issue of migrant children who face a whole lot of different issues linked with challenges of livelihood, alcoholism, etc., of their poor parents, or the children themselves.Need for systemic trainingMs. Vora said that another issue which Goa needs with urgency was “need for systemic training of the workforce…Goa has an ICPS set up in place. But for effective implementation of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children)(JJ) Act, 2015, the State needs to have a better convergence of different stakeholders.” The UNICEF, Maharashtra on February 12 committed to rope in Goa stakeholders of child protection “For instance, in Maharashtra, you have the second largest population of tribals after Madhya Pradesh. Apart from problems of tribals, issues of urbanisation leading to slum areas and their concerns. Therefore, UNICEF tailer-makes support according to needs and problems,” said Ms. Rajeshwari.In Goa, she said that the WCD Ministry had sought its help in focussing on problems of child protection to the extent that backward integration to education and forward integration to adolescents’ empowerment. “Because, eventually after a certain age, these children need to stand on their two feet and that is their empowerment at stake and a big challenge for government.”She said that the Government of India and UNICEF have worked on a five-year Action Plan which covers at country level universal health, nutrition, education, water supply, sanitation, and child protection.During the deliberations, she suggested looking out for multi-stakeholder partners such as business, corporate and other stakeholders like bodies like Chambers of Commerce and industry federations could be tapped for professionalising services and in the area of skill development training programmes. Ms. Vora indicated that the UNICEF would step in this area in near future joining hands with Goa WCD and involving corporates and others.The UNICEF, Maharashtra on February 12 committed to rope in Goa stakeholders of child protection in former’s scheduled learning events in Maharashtra on alternative care, repurpose institutions, roles of institutions in the context of repurposing institutional care, etc.Huge problemsDuring the deliberations, stakeholders including Child Welfare Committee(CWC) representatives brought out issues like exploitation of vulnerable children of migrants in night markets and flea markets, traditional festivals, beach areas, the huge problem of alcoholism among migrants workforce which leads to domestic violence and consequent fallout on the children, among others.While the issue of deinstitutionalising children is fine, the problem faced by JJ Boards, CWCs in Goa is under-utilisation of government care home of “Apna Ghar”, lack of sufficient foster care facilities, lack of trained counsellors.Other problems include lack of sufficient caregivers, issues related to transitioning from institutional care to repatriation, integration of foster care and aftercare and above all developing effective monitoring mechanisms.Repatriation to parent StatesNorth Goa CWC official said that presently they had a major “job” on hand of executing an order of the high court in a petition, which has asked that such migrant children be repatriated to parent States.“We are identifying if they need childcare or they are to be sent back to their parents or guardians. We have told all educational institutions that after the end of this academic year they have to produce every child before us to take that call,” said Mr. Gurunath V. Dhume, chairman CWC, North.Speaking to The Hindu later, on the sidelines of the training workshop on JJ Act and ICPS scheme, Ms. Rajeshwari said that UNICEF has been working in 16 States of India with 13 State offices, including one in Maharashtra. The office from Maharashtra can support Goa in the area of child protection, she said.Support according to needs, problemsSpeaking about UNICEF’s work in India, Ms. Rajeshwari said that different States have different issues, based on population.
Major U.S. banks, that have received $150 in bailout money have sought H1B visas for 21,8000 foreign workers during the past year, according to an Associated Press analysis. The agency reported that the numbers of visas sought by the dozen banks increased from 3,258 in the 2007 budget year to 4,163 in fiscal 2008. senior vice presidents, corporate lawyers, junior investment analysts and human resources specialistsAP acknowledged that only a fraction of the foreign workers would actually have been hired, because the visa quota was heavily over subscribed. Nevertheless, it pointed out that during the last three months of 2008, the largest banks that received taxpayer loans announced more than 100,000 layoffs. Related Items
Force Gurkha RFC2014 The Malaysian Rainforest Challenge is one of the most significant and toughest off-road challenges in the world. Seven editions of this have already been successfully held and the good news here is that India will be part of the eighth challenge, to be held from 8- 14 August 2014. A total of 40 teams in India and abroad will be participating in this adventurous sport, which will be held in Goa.Known as the Force Gurkha Rainforest Challenge, it will be held in the magnificent state of Goa, which has been witness to Goa Fest and India Bike Week in the past. Slurry lovers are now being welcomed by Goa Tourism, in a bid to popularise the destination for adventure tourism. Off-road enthusiasts from different off-road clubs of India, along with international touring adventurers will be taking part in RFC 2014.As the name suggests, the course would be full of wild insects and creatures, along with, of course, blinding rain. This rough terrain has been created away from protected forest land and wildlife sanctuaries and lies across a union of public and private land. This practice will ensure that the fast-paced and gruelling rally does not affect flora and fauna of Goa. To further propagate eco tourism, an “Environment Award” has been planned for the team or individual who displays maximum care for the environment. Event ManagementRFC 2014 will be organised by Cougar Motorsport over a period of 6 days. It will be categorised into four sections- Prologue, Predator, Terminator and Twilight Zones. While the first two days will be open for the general public, participants will need to cook their own meals, set up camps and take on unexpected hurdles from the rain and others, in order to be victorious. Globally, the series has been organised in countries such as Vietnam, China, Tunisia, Australia, Sri Lanka, Italy, Russia and China.advertisementThe RouteParticipants will be competing in 30 Special Stages (SS) and will need to drive 250 kms from South to North Goa. These stages are validated by experts from RFC International, to test team driving and recovery skills in extreme off-road conditions.Eligibility and Classification of vehiclesAll road registered 4 wheel drive (FWD) vehicles and All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) are eligible for RFC 2014. However, the list excludes prototypes, 4×4 commercial vehicles, vans o agricultural vehicles. A total of seven Classes and two Overall Rankings have been fixed.1. Up to 1600 cc petrol or diesel engines not 1600 cc.2. 1601 to 2600 cc petrol engines over 1600cc not more than 2600 cc3. 1601 to 2600 cc diesel engines over 1600cc not more than 2600 cc4. Above 2601 cc petrol or diesel engines exceeding 2601cc5. ATVs- For these vehicles there are separate rules and regulations.6. Electric Winch for vehicles running a dedicated electric winch. 7. PTO Winch for vehicles running dedicated PTO winch.Classification will take place according to a) Overall Rankings Foreign Entries b) Overall Rankings Indian Entries.
AdvertisementOn July 15th in Malaysia, he will fight for the WBA welterweight world title in a very dangerous fight with big-hitting Argentinian Lucas Matthysse.Speaking to KO Artist Sports, Matthysse’s coach Joel Diaz said:“We’re focusing on a lot of technical stuff that I worked with (Timothy) Bradley when we fought Pacquiao two times.”Diaz added:“I think if Lucas follows the plan the way we are working on and catches Pacquiao in an exchange, we will hurt him. The plan is this – going to the Philippines and going the distance with Manny we’re not going to win. So we’re going for all the marbles. We have to go for the knockout.”He concluded:“With Manny Pacquiao you must have good timing because Manny Pacquiao is a fighter who is very intense. Some people don’t see it but Manny Pacquiao can tire you out psychologically besides physically because you can never time him when he comes in. He’s always so tense. He uses a lot of feints. He always keeps you on the edge. I’ve seen Manny Pacquiao ten years ago, five years ago and two months ago. He’s made some changes but he’s not the young Manny Pacquiao that had the power. When was the last time he knocked someone out? It’s been a while.”The promoter of Pacquiao Bob Arum expressed some doubts this week about the fight falling out at the last-minute but as things stand, the fight is still going ahead.Advertisement
Rafael Nadal is glad he won a ninth Monte Carlo Masters title the hard way, after defeating Frenchman Gael Monfils 7-5, 5-7, 6-0 in an error-strewn final Sunday.Normally, having to face 47 break points in five matches to win a tournament on clay would be a big cause for concern for the nine-time French Open champion. But the Spaniard sees it as a sign that his famed fighting qualities are coming back, compared to last year, when he was more prey than predator on clay.”This week I was able to increase my level when things became tough, like I did before,” Nadal said. “That’s something I missed a lot.”In total, Nadal dropped serve 13 times this week, and more clinical opponents might have made him pay.The relief was evident for a profligate Nadal, as he overcame five breaks on his serve to win in Monte Carlo for the first time since the last of his eight straight titles in 2012. It also gave him a record-equaling 28th Masters title, bringing him alongside top-ranked Novak Djokovic.He sank to his knees after sealing victory with a brilliant forehand winner, tilting his head back, closing his eyes to savor his biggest tournament win since the French Open in June, 2014 and his first at a Masters event since Madrid a few weeks before that.”It has been a very important week,” Nadal said. “The victory confirms that I am better.”Nadal is not going to get carried away. He has his sights set on a ninth title in Barcelona, having not won there since 2013, which is when he last reached the final.advertisement”We will see how things are in the next six months (but) I have to enjoy this moment,” Nadal said. “Tomorrow I will start to think about Barcelona.”This was his first title of the year, having won only three in 2015 – when he was riddled with self-doubt.Last year, Djokovic battered him in the French Open quarterfinals; Stan Wawrinka beat him in the Rome Masters quarterfinals in straight sets; Andy Murray routed him in the Madrid final 6-3, 6-2; Djokovic won 6-3, 6-3 in the Monte Carlo semifinals; and even erratic Italian Fabio Fognini beat him twice – in Rio and Barcelona.”Last year was a tough year,” the fifth-ranked Nadal said. “The nerves that I had, I was anxious in the matches.”It took him 2 hours, 46 minutes to finally see off Monfils, who had never won a set against Nadal on clay and had lost 11 of their 13 previous matches.”He increased his intensity and changed the way he was playing,” the 13th-seeded Monfils said, referring to the third set. “I simply couldn’t find an answer.”Ina topsy-turvy encounter in which they conceded 34 break-point chances between them, Monfils dropped his serve eight times as Nadal clinched his 68th title in his 100th final, and his first since winning on clay at Hamburg last August. His previous final was in January – routed by Djokovic in Doha.In a contest between two 29-year-olds with differing career trajectories, Monfils was rank outsider.Since they first played each other in the second round here 11 years ago, Nadal has won 14 Grand Slams and Monfils has never even won a Masters title.In their previous four contests on clay, Monfils had never taken more than three games off Nadal in a set.At times it seemed Monfils could cause a big upset, hitting superb winners from incredible angles and with brutal strength.”Gael’s potential is so high because he has everything to play at the highest level,” Nadal said. “Good serve, movements are unbelievable, super quick.”But instead it was a 19th defeat in 24 finals and a third in a Masters final, having lost twice in Paris. He will regret 51 unforced errors, considering Nadal made 36 and double-faulted four times. But Monfils double-faulted seven times.With six weeks to go until the French Open in Paris, Nadal will need to serve much better.He missed a chance to serve out the first set at 5-3 up, double-faulting. After saving four sets points, Monfils double faulted to give Nadal the opener.Monfils broke Nadal to lead 2-1 in the second set and then rallied from 0-40 down to hold for 3-1.With great athleticism, Monfils hit an incredible leaping forehand down the line to force another chance on Nadal’s serve.After holding, Nadal broke Monfils to love in the next game to level at 3-3.But Monfils broke him again with a brilliant forehand winner down the line for 4-3, only for Nadal to break back.advertisementIt was breathlessly entertaining for fans and frustrating for both players.By now, sweat was pouring off Nadal’s face; but Monfils was even more drained and he crumbled in a third set lasting 30 minutes.
Olympian Anju Bobby George resigned as president of Sports Council of Kerala today after she locked horns with Minister for Sports EP Jayarajan.Anju announced her decision to resign from the post of president of Sports Council of Kerala at executive committee meeting of the Council held today. Other committee members also offered to resign.She was appointed as President of Sports Council of Kerala in 2015 November by Oommen Chandy government. Currently she is working with Customs and Central Excise Department in Bangalore.”I CANNOT STAND HUMILIATION””I’ve decided to resign from the post of president of Sports Council of Kerala. I can’t stand humiliation. I’ve worked to the best of my ability to improve facilities for the development of sports in Kerala and nurture talents,” Anju told India Today.Her resignation took a political turn as Ramesh Chennithala, leader of Opposition blamed the Pinarayi government for “chucking her out of Sports Council”. “Anju was forced to resign as the government had humiliated her. It’s most unfortunate. She is an eminent sports person and LDF government treated her like a party worker,” Chennithala told India Today.Earlier she had alleged that the sports minister misbehaved with her when she met him officially to brief him about the affairs of sports in the state on June 7. However, Jayarajan denied the charges and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan also defended him.39 year old Anju made history in the field of athletics when she won the Bronze medal clearing 6.70 meter in long jump at the 2003 World Championships in Athletic in Paris, becoming the first Indian athlete ever to win a medal in a world Athletics Championships. She also won a gold medal at the 2003 Afro-Asian Games. She achieved her personal best of 6.83 meter at the 2004 Olympic Games at Athens that brought her the fifth position.advertisementShe received the prestigious Arjuna Award in 2003 for eminent sports persons and was conferred Padma shri in 2004.Also read: Anju George: Will not resign from Kerala sports council post till allegations are cleared
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Floyd Mayweather Jr. put on a show in the last fight of his spectacular career.Conor McGregor didn’t do so badly, either.Mayweather figured out a 50th opponent Saturday night, letting McGregor have the early rounds before stalking him late and leaving the mixed martial artist defenseless and exhausted on the ropes in the 10th round.It was a smashing end to a career that earned Mayweather more money than any fighter before him — including an estimated $200 million for his last bout.“I think we gave the fans what they wanted to see,” Mayweather said. “I owed them for the (Manny) Pacquiao fight.”Mayweather battered McGregor around the ring in the later rounds, finally stopping him at 1:05 of the 10th with a flurry of punches that forced referee Robert Byrd to stop the fight.Before a pro-McGregor crowd that roared every time the UFC fighter landed a punch, Mayweather methodically broke him down after a slow start to score his first real stoppage in nearly a decade. He did it in what he said would be his final fight, against a man who had never been in a professional boxing match before.Floyd Mayweather Jr. hits Conor McGregor in a super welterweight boxing match Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)McGregor boxed surprisingly well but after landing some shots in the early rounds, his punches seemed to lose their steam. Mayweather then went on the pursuit. McGregor backpedaled most of the way, stopping only to throw an occasional flurry as Mayweather wore him down.“I turned him into a Mexican tonight,” McGregor said. “He fought like a Mexican.”Though Byrd cautioned McGregor for hitting behind the head on two different occasions, there were no real fouls in the fight and McGregor never tried to revert to any MMA tacticsMcGregor had vowed to knock Mayweather out within two rounds, and he won the early rounds with movement and punches to the head. But the tide of the fight turned in the fourth round as Mayweather seemed to figure out what he had to do and began aggressively stalking McGregor.Mayweather was credited with landing more than half his punches, as he solved McGregor’s defense after a few rounds. Ringside stats showed him landing 170 of 320 punches to 111 of 430 for McGregor.In a fight so intriguing that it cost $10,000 for ringside seats, McGregor turned in a respectable performance for someone in his first fight. He switched from southpaw to conventional at times and used his jab well, but Mayweather’s experience and his ring savvy paid off as he executed his game plan to perfection.Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, embraces Conor McGregor after a super welterweight boxing match Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)“Our game plan was to take our time, go to him and take him out in the end,” Mayweather said. “I guaranteed everybody this fight wouldn’t go the distance.McGregor was trailing badly on all three ringside scorecards through the ninth round, with scores of 89-81, 89-81 and 87-83. The Associated Press had it 87-84.Mayweather was widely criticized for not going after Pacquiao in their megafight, and he didn’t make the same mistake this time. In a fight that could make him $200 million, he seemed to stagger McGregor with a series of punches in the ninth round, landing at will as McGregor desperately tried to clinch.The end was near as the two fighters came out for the 10th round and Mayweather went right after McGregor again. He landed a punch that set McGregor reeling across the ring, then landed a combination that had McGregor defenseless as Byrd moved in to stop the bout. McGregor didn’t complain when the fight was stopped and went over and hugged Mayweather.“I was a little fatigued,” he said. “He was composed in there, that’s what 50 pro fights can give you.”He seemed almost happy in the ring afterward, secure that he had given a good performance even in losing.“I thought it was close though and I thought it was a bit of an early stoppage. I was just a little fatigued.”McGregor’s challenge of Mayweather was fueled by social media and turned into a spectacle as the two fighters promoted the bout. It figured to make him $100 million or so, and gave McGregor a name and brand outside of the UFC.He also got some respect from a fighter who has been in the ring his entire life.“He’s a lot better than I thought he’d be,” Mayweather said. “He’s a tough competitor, but I was the better man tonight.”After all the talk and hype, the fight unfolded like most in boxing figured it would. Mayweather, a 5-1 favorite, took a few rounds to establish his dominance but once he did it was a one-sided fight.Mayweather ran his record to 50-0, surpassing Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 record and giving himself a great parting gift. He repeated afterward that he was not going to fight again.“This is my last fight for sure. 50-0 sounds good, I’m looking forward to going into the Hall of Fame,” Mayweather said. “I picked the best dance partner to do it with.Irish fans arrived by the thousands in the days before the fight, filling the arena for the weigh-in and boisterously cheering for their man. They even went off in the middle of the night and spray painted an Irish flag and “49-1” on a billboard on Interstate 15 promoting Mayweather’s businesses.The capacity crowd of 14,623 cheered McGregor on, but they quieted as the fight progressed and Mayweather showed his dominance.TIM DAHLBERG, AP Boxing WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
(s 76′) Anthony Knockaert sees red as Bournemouth help Brighton self-destruct Premier League Declan Rice showed first after the break, West Ham’s holding player surging down the right, and he was about to help create an equaliser that began and ended with a De Gea error, four minutes into the second half.The Spaniard’s loose throw was meant for Pogba but found only Rice. He passed to Snodgrass, who moved the ball to Lanzini. The No 10’s cross from the left went right across goal to Felipe Anderson and his close-range attempt was allowed to squeeze in at the near post, thanks to De Gea’s poor attempt at a save.Manchester United were stunned and West Ham were in the ascendancy. Solskjær reacted quickly by replacing Mata with Marcus Rashford.The reshuffle had Lukaku fanning out right and Rashford becoming centre-forward. There was nearly an instant dividend. Smalling played Rashford in along a right-hand channel and his shot was parried by Lukasz Fabianski, West Ham’s keeper.This signalled an upturn in urgency and energy and Rashford really should have restored the home side’s lead with a close-ranger header seconds later. United were camped in West Ham’s defensive third but unable to dominate, with Rojo the chief culprit in a rearguard in disarray when the Hammers attacked.Both managers made changes. With 14 minutes left Rojo and Lukaku made way for Andreas Pereira and Mason Greenwood. Yet it was Michail Antonio, introduced by Pellegrini just beforehand in place of Javier Hernández, who was soon crashing a shot off the bar before De Gea had to produce a fine save from his header.But Ryan Fredericks, who had come on for Zabaleta, then brought down Martial and Pogba again did the business from the spot – Pellegrini later claimed Rashford, from an offside position, touched the through ball on but by then it was too late. Facebook 17 Hernandez 12 5 6 Pogba 22 Romero West Ham United 1 de Gea 30 Antonio 24 Fredericks 16 Noble 1 Fabianski (s 75′) 5 Zabaleta 10 Lanzini Paul Pogba fires home his, and Manchester United’s, second goal of the game. Photograph: Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Getty Images (s 62′) 8 Mata Share on LinkedIn The Observer 14 Obiang Substitutes Pinterest 4 Jones Fouls 54 Greenwood Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Topics 3 11 West Ham Lineups WHU MNU Match stats This was a smash-and-grab victory that keeps Manchester United in the hunt for a top-four finish. They were hardly pretty but will not care given the business end of the season requires wins and wins only. Paul Pogba was the saviour as he scored two penalties, creating the latter with a ball into Anthony Martial, as Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s team secured all three points with only 10 minutes left.Both United’s penalties were dubious, though, as was the decision to rule out a Felipe Anderson effort for offside when the game was scoreless.With Luke Shaw and Ashley Young suspended and Tuesday night’s Champions League quarter-final second leg at Barcelona in mind, changes for United were inevitable. Of the starters in Wednesday’s 1-0 first-leg defeat here, six survived as in came Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Juan Mata, Martial and Jesse Lingard. Man Utd Share on Twitter 26 Masuaku 23 Diop Share on Facebook 2 Lindelof 21 Ogbonna Corners 4 Balbuena match reports 9 Lukaku 10 Man Utd Off target 14 West Ham 2 Man Utd On target 4 West Ham (s 55′) 41 Rice 14 Lingard Substitutes 36 Darmian 12 Smalling 13 Adrian 20 Dalot Share on Pinterest Manuel Pellegrini’s side had three changes from the XI that began Monday’s 2-0 defeat at Chelsea, with Pablo Zabaleta, Robert Snodgrass and Arthur Masuaku brought in. Marko Arnautovic was the most notable absentee, through illness.There was an open start to a half that continued throughout. Felipe Anderson’s “illegal” goal came when he finished beyond David de Gea but the strike was ruled offside despite Diogo Dalot appearing to have kept him onside.West Ham were enjoying space between the United defence and midfield and along the flanks. Still, there was the same freedom to play for the home side and, when Fred utilised this to move his team forward, Mata was dumped over by Snodgrass and the referee, Graham Scott, pointed to the spot despite the Spaniard perhaps being outside the area and contact possibly fair. Up trotted Pogba to hammer home a 15th goal of the season.West Ham attempted an instant response but Manuel Lanzini’s free-kick went for a corner and, when a second followed, Anderson’s glancing header bounced wide.The end-to-end stuff continued, Romelu Lukaku leading a charge to West Ham’s area that had Pogba, Martial and Mata following. This move eventually broke down due to offside. Dalot was next to threaten but the right-back’s shot went wide.Solskjær, whose side began the game in sixth, had said attaining a Champions League berth was a challenge and given how average United were throughout this first half it felt an understatement. After Lukaku’s shot was deflected for a corner Chris Smalling’s subsequent header was as misdirected as Rojo’s attempted clearance at the other end a few moments later.United ended the period hanging on, with De Gea having to clear an Anderson effort off his line with a boot. 10 Rashford Goal attempts WHU55MNU45% 37 Holland 45 Diangana 17 Fred Read more (s 75′) 11 Snodgrass Manchester United Twitter 15 Andreas Pereira 39 McTominay 16 Rojo Possession 11 Martial 55 45 8 Felipe Anderson (s 73′) Reuse this content
KOLN received a statement from Nebraska about the incident:“We are aware of the situation and are addressing it.”Washington recently made an appearance in court in connection with the revenge porn charges against him.Washington is accused of possessing and sending a video depicting a minor engaging in sex acts. He is not in the video, but allegedly sent it to the ex-girlfriend that is depicted, when she rebuffed his advances.The program is waiting for the trial to play out before making a decision on the running back’s future.Additional incidences with authorities won’t play well with head coach Scott Frost. Washington is a former four-star running back recruit from the 2018 class. He was the No. 10 running back in the class and the No. 207 player overall.Stay tuned for the latest on this situation. LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 20: Running back Maurice Washington #28 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers stretches for an extra yards against defensive lineman Winston DeLattiboudere #46 of the Minnesota Golden Gophers in the first half at Memorial Stadium on October 20, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Nebraska running back Maurice Washington, the presumptive starter at the position, is back in the headlines this week.According to a report from KOLN, Washington was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia.The report states a strong odor of marijuana came from Washington’s room, which resulted in him being charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.Police reportedly found pipe with marijuana residue, but no marijuana.
New Delhi: US President Donald Trump Tuesday said he would discuss the Kashmir issue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the sidelines of the G7 Summit this weekend in France. Calling it an “explosive situation”, Trump said he would “do the best (he) can to mediate” between India and Pakistan.”I will be with Prime Minister Modi… I’ll be with him over the weekend in France. I think, we are helping (resolve the tense) situation (between India and Pakistan),” Trump was quoted as saying by news agency PTI. “I will do the best I can to mediate or do something. (I have) great relationship with both of them, but they (India and Pakistan) are not exactly friends at this moment,” Trump added. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Responding to a question on Kashmir, Trump called it a “complicated place” and added that the situation in the Valley has “a lot to do with religion”. “It’s a complicated situation. A lot has to do with religion. Religion is a complicated subject,” Trump said, speaking to reporters in the Oval Office of the White House. “You have the Hindus. And you have the Muslims. I wouldn’t say they get along so great. That’s what you have right now.” Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayThe development comes a day after Trump spoke separately to PM Modi and Pakistan PM Imran Khan in a bid to ease Indo-Pak tensions which have escalated since the abrogation of special status to Jammu and Kashmir on August 5. In a tweet Tuesday, Trump said, “Spoke to my two good friends, Prime Minister Modi of India and Prime Minister Khan of Pakistan, regarding Trade, Strategic Partnerships and, most importantly, for India and Pakistan to work towards reducing tensions in Kashmir. A tough situation, but good conversations!” “Frankly, it’s a very explosive situation. I spoke to Prime Minister Khan yesterday also with Prime Minister Modi. They’re both friends of mine. They’re great people. They’re great people, and they love their country,” Trump said. Sources told The Indian Express that it was Trump who “initiated” the phone call on Monday and they described the conversation as a “good exchange” between the two leaders.India has maintained that it is an internal matter, in a telephonic conversation with Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, United States Secretary of Defence Mark Esper appreciated India’s stance on the matter. A statement released by the ministry said: “Singh raised the issue of cross-border terrorism affecting India and appreciated US support for India’s effort to maintain peace and stability in the region. He said that issues relating to Article 370 are an internal matter of India which are aimed at improving growth and economic development, democracy and prosperity for the people of Jammu and Kashmir.” Esper told his Indian counterpart that he hoped that any issue between India and Pakistan will be resolved bilaterally, the statement added.(With inputs from Indian Express)
OTTAWA – Health Canada offered hints Tuesday about the government’s plans for legal pot, including, plain packaging and stern, stark health warnings like those found on tobacco products.The department released a set of proposed regulations that, among other things, would limit colours and graphics on cannabis packs and establish a system to trace pot through the distribution system.It said the warnings should highlight risks, including the dangers associated with cannabis use during pregnancy, drug-impaired driving and what can happen when alcohol is mixed with marijuana.The department’s so-called consultation paper is now open to public feedback for the next two months.Speaking outside the House of Commons, Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor said the government is studying other proposals including a tracking system to monitor the cannabis supply chain and help prevent pot being diverted into and out of the legal market.Health Canada also said Tuesday the proposals seek to elaborate on elements including what can be displayed on a package and what can’t, including anything that might entice youngsters.“Text and graphics used in brand elements could not be appealing to youth and would be subject to the packaging and labelling restrictions in the proposed Cannabis Act,” the department said.“Health Canada is also considering establishing standards (such as limiting use of colour and size) of these brand elements.”Government officials said late Tuesday the proposals attempt to elaborate on what can be displayed on a package to ensure the legal industry can keep itself distinct from the black market, while competing with it.Producers would be allowed to display brand elements, the officials confirmed, saying they are talking to legal producers about packaging.The officials also said Health Canada sees its plans as consistent with what the federally appointed task force on pot legalization recommended: plain and standard packaging.The proposed regulations would also require that cannabis workers get valid security clearances issued by the minister of health. Individuals with connections to organized crime, or criminal records or shady associates could be denied clearances.Earlier Tuesday, Statistics Canada said it plans to start measuring the economic and social impacts of recreational pot — even before it becomes legal.The agency said it wants to gradually develop the capabilities to capture and report information on non-medical cannabis.It says collecting data both before and after marijuana becomes legal will allow Canadians, governments and businesses to form a clearer picture of the economic and social consequences of lawful pot.The Liberals also faced criticism from the opposition Tuesday for limiting debate on their cannabis legislation, which is currently before the House of Commons.Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould defended the move, saying the government has long been up front with the House and with Canadians about the plan to legalize pot by July 2018.—with files from Andy Blatchford
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Film Society has announced they are wanting help in selecting the fall film lineup from the Toronto Independent Film Festival (tiff) films for the next season.The tiff fall film schedule has been released and the Society needs to choose films for fall time slots. The Society is asking for your top five film selections to be sent to them through facebook message or email; email@example.com.Film suggestions are to be submitted by Tuesday, August 6th, 2019 as the Society shares the sooner the selections are submitted the better the chance at getting the films wanted. Films in the ‘coming soon’ category may not be able to be brought in.To view the selection of Films, CLICK HERE To view the FSJ Film Societies FB Page; CLICK HERE
Phil Jackson had interest in returning to the Los Angeles Lakers, but that was it. No other team interests him. So let go of any hopes of luring him back, Washington Wizards or any other team soon to be seeking new leadership.After a brief flirtation with a comeback after the Lakers fired Mike Brown, Jackson said to TMZSports.com that the chances are “slim and none, probably” that he would return to the profession he won 11 NBA championships as coach.“I really wasn’t looking to coach again,” he said. “That one was happenstance, and it just came about.”Jackson, 67, interviewed with the Lakers following Brown’s firing, but was eventually passed over in favor of Mike D’Antoni — a move that confounded many, including Jackson and D’Antoni.Jackson had two stints with the Lakers, winning five championships with the team and 11 overall as a coach — six others with the Bulls. As a player, Jackson won two titles with the Knicks.“Well, we never discussed any terms, so there was never anything that was unfair,” Jackson told TMZ. “It was just a midnight coup. It was kind of weird.”While Jackson is trying to be diplomatic, he did call the Lakers’ handling of the situation, “slimy.” In a statement, though, Jackson was a bit more cordial.“I was awakened at midnight on Sunday by a phone call from Mitch Kupchak. He told me that the Lakers had signed Mike D’Antoni to a 3-year agreement and that they felt he was the best coach for the team. The decision is of course theirs to make. I am gratified by the groundswell of support from the Laker Fans who endorsed my return and it is the principal reason why I considered the possibility.”According to reports, which were disputed by other reports, Jackson was seeking unprecedented power over the team with the ability to veto roster moves as well as special travel considerations to help with his health issues — as well as a massive contract somewhere in the range of $10 million-$15 million.
RottenTomatoes.com critics rating: 52 per cent. Audience rating: 43 per centEvil Dead (CieonMovies/YouTube)For fans of: Evil, dead things, remakesAvoid if: You’re more into sweetness and lightANOTHER film heavily inspired by a cult classic, and the fourth installment of the franchise. The trailer looks horrific, but also like there is barely a semblance of a plot to be found. Fans of gorey horror will probably enjoy it despite this. Cinema trip this weekend? TheJournal.ie brings you snippets from new releases to help you decide where to put your money…Love is All You Need(MadmanOnline/YouTube)For fans of: Denmark, The BridgeAvoid if: Pierce’s good looks don’t appealPierce Brosnan hops over to Italy to star in this Danish-made film about a lonely and quite angry widower and a Danish hairdresser whose husband can’t keep his hands to himself. It turns out (surprise surprise) that their own children are to marry, so the two opposites end up, you know, attracting. Promised Land(movieclipscomingsoon/YouTube)For fans of: Timely movies, conflicting issuesAvoid if: You don’t like conflictThe contemporary subject of fracking is looked at in this Gus Van Sant-directed film that stars Matt Damon, Rosemarie DeWitt, Frances McDormand and John Krasinski. What happens when fracking comes to a rural town? This film looks at the consequences. RottenTomatoes.com critics rating: 82 per cent Audience rating: 82 per cent RottenTomatoes.com critics rating: 63 per cent. Audience rating: 74 per cent
If Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak were a betting man, it’s a safeassumption that he would be putting his money on Google’s horse this round. TheWoz may still be an avid iPhone user, but according to a recent interview withDutch newspaper De Telegraaf, he believes that Google will have the last laugh.Here’s a quote from the paper–keep in mind that it’stranslated from Dutch, Woz’s comments come almost exactly a month after his formerpartner in crime, Steve Jobs, slammed Google’s mobile OS as “very fragmented”in a surprise appearance on an Apple earnings call.Wozniak, meanwhile, also used to Dutch interview to slam Nokia’shandsets as, “the mark of a previous generation.” The Apple phone has very few weaknesses. True complaints andproblems are not [present]. When it comes to quality, [the] iPhone is leading. Applehas the direction for the entire wereld [sic]. Android phones have morefeatures.
The Premier League heavyweights Arsenal intend to offer Barcelona outcast an escape route in the January transfer windowUnai Emery, who has started his adventure at Emirates off on the wrong foot, now leads his side through a marvelous period, but he seems willing to improve his team in the forthcoming transfer session.With Alex Iwobi, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and Danny Welbeck all struggle to maintain form and consistency, the ex-PSG boss would like to sign another external forward.Quiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.According to the British newspaper, Daily Star, the Gunners are lining up a January loan move for Barcelona out-of-favor winger Malcom.The 21-year-old Brazilian arrived at Camp Nou this summer for a fee of €41 million although he seemed to be heading towards the Stadio Olimpico, as AS Roma already had a virtual agreement with both Bordeaux and the player.Malcom’s decision to turn the Giallorossi down and move to Catalonia instead turns up to be a massive mistake. The former Corinthians star has seen just 25 minutes of action this season, as he desperately needs a change of air if looking to save his career.
I was just thinking the other day that January is almost gone and February will be upon us. Could the worst of winter weather be about over? Well, February can be most brutal but no early signs of that occurring at this point.It does look like we are going to get saturated again the next couple of days with more rain and possible flooding issues. Areas to our north still have snow on the ground and the east slopes of the Cascades in Washington have a good snow depth, so possible flooding over there if things get too warm and wet.By the weekend things should calm down and we rest under higher pressure and drier conditions and maybe lots of fog and cooler temperatures as we encounter another inversion situation.Some longer range computer forecast models indicate by this time next week we could possibly get a short-lived period of cold weather and very low snow levels, maybe all the way down to sea level, so we will have to watch that possibility. The first couple days of February could have some very cold nights.Beyond that we may go back to a high pressure syndrome keeping us in a relatively mild and dry weather pattern. Think same old, same old like before all the weather action the past couple of weeks.
Beijing voiced displeasure on Friday after a US warship sailed near an artificial island in the disputed South China Sea, an operation that prompted the Chinese navy to warn off the American destroyer.Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said the actions of the USS John S. McCain had violated Chinese and international law, “seriously” impairing the country’s sovereignty and security.“China is strongly dissatisfied with this,” Geng said in a statement, adding that Beijing would lodge an official protest with Washington.The USS John S. McCain destroyer sailed within six nautical miles of Mischief Reef—an artificial island built by China—on Thursday as part of a “freedom of navigation” operation, a US official said.The reef is part of the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, which is the scene of rival claims between China and neighbouring countries.Speaking on condition of anonymity, the US official told AFP a Chinese frigate sent radio warnings at least 10 times to the USS McCain.“They called and said ‘please turn around, you are in our waters’,” the official said. “We told them we are a US (ship) conducting routine operations in international waters.”The official said the interactions were all “safe and professional,” with the operation lasting about six hours from start to finish, but Geng said such operations “seriously endanger lives”.The freedom of navigation operation was the third of its kind carried out by the United States since President Donald Trump took office in January.Overlapping claimsThe US move came four days after the United States, Australia and Japan denounced Beijing’s island-building and militarisation of the South China Sea on the sidelines of a security forum of the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Manila.China claims nearly all of the sea, through which $5 trillion in annual shipping trade passes and which is believed to sit atop vast oil and gas deposits.Its sweeping claims overlap with Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei—all ASEAN members—as well as Taiwan.But in recent years Beijing has managed to weaken regional resistance by courting some ASEAN members.On Sunday China scored a coup when ASEAN ministers issued a diluted statement on the dispute and agreed to its terms on talks at the Manila meeting.China insists that a much-delayed code of conduct between it and ASEAN members over the disputed sea must not be legally binding, a demand to which Southeast Asian countries have so far acquiesced.Chinese defence ministry spokesman Wu Qian said the situation in the South China Sea has “stabilised” due to the “joint efforts” of China and neighbouring countries but the US operation threatened “peace and stability in the region”.“The US military’s provocative actions will only encourage the Chinese military to further strengthen the defence capacity building and firmly defend national sovereignty and security,” Qian said.The operation also comes amid soaring tensions on the Korean peninsula over Pyongyang’s missile programme, and as the United States seeks to push China into more assertively restraining North Korea.Pentagon spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Chris Logan declined to comment on whether there had been a freedom of navigation sailing but he said the United States would continue to do such operations.“All operations are conducted in accordance with international law and demonstrate that the United States will fly, sail, and operate wherever international law allows,” he said.
The particular fan in question stole Willam’s outfit from the stage after doing a reveal.The drag star explained in an Instagram video: ‘If a performer does a reveal, or even two like me last night, and their outfit is on the stage, that does not mean take it home with you.‘You’re an asshole, the people that did that. And I have your pictures, and I’m gonna be calling you out. ‘Cause I want my shit back. The rest of Costa Rica, lovely.’He has called for other fans to help him find the woman in question in multiple Instagram posts.‘Thanks for making me look snatched @marcosquared BUT WHO IS THE BITCH IN PURPLE?!? #gimmemydress’ | Photo: willam Instagram‘She knew that that dress wasn’t hers’Willam even took the search to Twitter.He tweeted a screenshot of his hotel location. He has also offered a $100 reward to whoever returned the dress.Fans are calling for the dress to be returned, explaining that drag is expensive and it was rude to take the dress from Willam. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Willam posted a video to his Instagram of the moment the dress was taken.It shows that the dress wasn’t even completely off his body before a fan pulled it away.Willam has made six posts about the dress on his Instagram now.He stated in one post that he didn’t care if she looked like a ‘bully.’The post continued: ‘She knew that that dress wasn’t her’s. I had just taken off a dress one song earlier on stage and no one helped themselves to that.‘Everyone was amazing in Costa Rica and i had a blast but this girl and her curly haired friend who are laughing in the video after they snatched it off me can go to hell.’One fan posted a rant video to Twitter. They stated Willam is one of the nicest people they have ever met who deserves to get his dress back.i am PRESSED. please watch. @willam pic.twitter.com/YkBIZkOiYl— ashhh (@tired_ociraptor) May 7, 2018Read moreDrag Race queen reveals eight Republicans paid him for sex when he was 17 Willam is looking for the woman who stole his dress | Photo: willam Instagram GAYSTARNEWS- RuPaul’s Drag Race star Willam has launched a search for a fan, and not for a good reason either. Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . RuPaul’s Drag Race star Willam responds to angry fans after transphobic commentsWillam finally tells all about the shocking Drag Race disqualificationDrag Race queen reveals eight Republicans paid him for sex when he was 17Read the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/willam-dress-snatch/ Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…