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Red alert in 3 districts in Kerala flood toll climbs to 88

first_imgThiruvananthapuram: A red alert has been issued for three districts on Tuesday as extremely heavy rains are expected in central Kerala as the flood-hit northern parts were slowly limping back to normalcy and the toll climbed to 88. The red alert has been sounded in Alappuzha, Ernakulam and Idukki on Tuesday and in northern districts of Malappuram and Kozhikode on Wednesday, IMD sources said adding over 20 cms of rains are expected in these districts. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Due to the strengthening of low pressure in Bay of Bengal, extremely heavy rains are expected to lash the several parts of the state, Director of Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), Thiruvananthapuram, K Santosh said. According to the government update at 9 AM Tuesday, 88 people have lost their lives in the state since August 8 and the toll is likely to go up further as 40 were still missing. Over 2.52 lakh people have taken shelter in 1,332 relief camps across the state. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday ‘Orange alert’ has been issued in 6 districts-Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Palakkad, Thrissur and Malappuram- on Tuesday. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan toured the affected districts of Malappuram and Wayanad from where 41 deaths have been reported in a series of landslides on August 8. Addressing the flood-affected at a relief camp in Meppadi in Wayanad, Vijayan said, “the government is with you.. we need to overcome all difficulties and hardships together.” The government is now giving priority to the rescue measures, he said adding after which it would focus on the rehabilitation initiatives. “There are several people who have completely lost their houses and properties and suffered crop loss. Some more people, who have gone missing, are yet to be traced and efforts are on to find them,” he said. Accompanied by Revenue Minister, E Chandrasekharan and Chief Secretary, Tom Jose, the Chief Minister would also be visiting relief centres in Malappuram and hold discussions with people’s representatives and officials. In Malappuram, which was rocked by a series of landslips triggered by downpour at Kavalappara and Kottakunnu, the toll has climbed to 29, with 32 people still missing. Search operations are continuing in the area to retrieve the remains of the dead. In 185 camps in Malappuram, 45,377 people have been sheltered, the update stated. Twelve people have so far lost their lives and 7 are missing in neighbouring Wayanad district, which also witnessed a landslide at Puthumala in Meppadi. Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi had toured the affected areas and relief camps promising all help to the people. “It is a tragedy not only for Wayanad, but for Kerala and also some southern states. This is not only a Wayanad issue, this is a Kerala issue, this is a Karnataka issue.The Central government needs to pay attention and aggressively support the people of these states,” he had told reporters at Kalpetta after attending a review meeting with government officials on the flood situation on Monday. Over 35,000 people are in 196 relief camps in Wayanad district. Seventeen deaths have been reported from Kozhikode where over 43,000 people have shifted to 177 relief camps. At least 808 houses have been fully damaged and 8,459 partially in rain-related incidents. Holiday has been declared for educational institutions in five districts– Ernakulam, Thrissur, Kozhikode, Wayanad and Malappuram– on Tuesday and various university examinations have been postponed, authorities said. Meanwhile, the Railways on Tuesday said Hazrat Nizamuddin-Ernakulam Express, scheduled to leave Hazrat Nizamuddin, was cancelled and Nagercoil-Mangaluru Parasuram Express was rescheduled.last_img read more

Structure fire at Autographics Fabrication shop

first_imgCHARLIE LAKE, B.C. – The Charlie Lake Fire Department was paged out to a structure fire at Autographic’s Trims and Signs on Hemlock Avenue at 6:46 pm on Friday, April 26th, 2019.When the Fire Department arrived on scene the building was venting heavy smoke. The fire was difficult to fight because the fire had spread into the attic area and walls.There were 26 firefighters on scene and the fire was extinguished from the exterior.The cause of the fire is unknown at this time and is under investigation. The Department returned to the fire hall at 1:00 amlast_img read more

Countries pledge to realize rights of every child at General Assembly gathering

13 December 2007Recognizing the many challenges that remain to improve the lives of the world’s children, participants in the General Assembly’s special meeting on children today renewed their commitments to promote and protect the rights and well-being of every child. “We will pursue our common vision of ensuring the well-being of all children in all societies, with a collective sense of urgency,” States pledged in a declaration adopted at the end of the three-day gathering at United Nations Headquarters, reaffirming their commitment to realizing the goals set in 2002 to improve the well-being of children. In “A World Fit for Children” – the plan of action agreed five years ago – governments committed to a set of time-bound and specific goals in four priority areas concerning children: promoting healthy lives; providing quality education; protecting against abuse, exploitation and violence; and combating HIV/AIDS.States participating in the Assembly’s high-level meeting, known as “A World Fit for Children+5,” were encouraged by the progress achieved since 2002 but highlighted many persisting challenges, including “unacceptably high” number of children under five who continue to die every year and the toll that malnutrition and diseases continue to take on their lives.Over 140 speakers participated in the event, including 20 children selected from around the world. In addition, more than 55 Member States included a child in their official delegation. “The best advocates for children are children themselves,” General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim stated, expressing his appreciation to all the children that were involved in the preparations for the event and the event itself.Calling for scaled-up efforts to improve the lives of young people, he added, “we must assure the children that the future they truly deserve and will inherit can be realized through our actions now.” read more

UN atomic agencys Nobel Prize funds cancer care nutrition in developing world

The United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), this year’s Nobel peace Prize co-laureate, announced today that its €525,000 share of the award will be used to create a fund for fellowships and training to improve cancer management and childhood nutrition in the developing world. The IAEA Board of Governors decided at its meeting in Vienna to set up a special fund known as the IAEA Nobel Cancer and Nutrition Fund.IAEA Director General ElBaradei, co-laureate with the Agency has already said he will direct his share of the prize money to charitable purposes. The Board of Governors said that in the area of cancer management, the money will be spent on training in radiation oncology to improve treatment and care, as part of the IAEA’s Programme of Action on Cancer Therapy (PACT).In the area of nutrition, the focus of the training is on the role of nutrition to help ensure healthy development of children using nuclear techniques to identify problems and evaluate the effectiveness of preventive measures taken.Fellowship awards target young professionals, particularly women, from developing Member States, through the Agency’s Technical Cooperation Programme. The Agency proposed to organize training courses in regional centres in Africa, Asia and Latin America.At today’s Board meeting, Mr. ElBaradei encouraged Member States and donors to contribute to the Special Fund by giving additional resources both in cash and in kind. “It will be used to maximize the Agency’s ability to build capacity and transfer the needed know-how to developing countries,” he said.The IAEA and its Director General won the 2005 Peace Prize “for their efforts to prevent nuclear energy from being used for military purposes and to ensure that nuclear energy for peaceful purposes is used in the safest possible way.” read more

Critics see probusiness bias in budget measures that chip away at labour

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press Posted May 23, 2012 5:43 pm MDT Critics see pro-business bias in budget measures that chip away at labour power OTTAWA – Is the Harper government fundamentally anti-labour?The question arises anew after Labour Minister Lisa Raitt announced yet again Wednesday her intention to table back-to-work legislation hours after employees at CP Rail went on strike, as she did previously with the Air Canada and postal disputes.But critics say the government’s true colours are coming through more clearly and with a more systemic impact in a controversial budget bill they argue fundamentally changes the power balance between employers and employees — all to the detriment of workers.One of the measures is so sneaky, says NDP MP Pat Martin, nobody seemed to notice the line buried deep in the 452-page Bill C-38 that simply states, “The Fair Wages and Hours of Labour Act is repealed,” giving no explanation.With those 10 words, Ottawa intends to wipe out a 1985 law compelling contractors bidding on federal contracts to pay “fair wages” and overtime.“I would have missed it and I’m from that industry. It was number 68 of 70 bills that they changed,” said Martin, a former journeyman carpenter and construction worker.Martin notes that unlike most measures in the budget bill, there was no prior discussion of the measure or even a signal such a change was contemplated.“It’s a solution without a problem. The only conclusion I can come up with is that it’s a war on labour and the left. It’s what the Americans did with the right-to-work states and the end result is $8 or $9 an hour is now the average wage in places like North Carolina.”Along with the little-noticed provision, Bill C-38 calls for changes to immigration rules, the temporary foreign workers program and the employment insurance system — all with an eye to make it easier for firms to bring in workers with the skills they require and to reduce disincentives to work in Canada’s domestic labour market. As well, the government intends to effectively raise the retirement age from 65 to 67 years through changes to Old Age Security starting in 2023.Human Resources Minister Diane Finley is expected to announce details of the changes to the EI program on Thursday, establishing the types of jobs workers receiving benefits will no longer be allowed to refuse and possibly trimming benefits for repeat claimants.In recent statements, government ministers have defended the proposed measures by citing “unprecedented” labour shortages in some sectors and regions of Canada, particularly Alberta and Saskatchewan, and the approaching demographic train wreck of retiring baby boomers.Canadian Chamber of Commerce president Perrin Beatty believes labour shortages are already a big problem for employers. While he applauds the government’s actions, he adds more still needs to be done.“That’s the number one issue for us this year,” Beatty said from Vancouver, where he was continuing a series of round table talks on skills shortages.“We have pockets of persistently high unemployment in this country at the same time as in other areas there’s a desperate need for skills. In some cases it’s a specific skill that is needed, in others, like Alberta and Saskatchewan, they are saying, ‘We will take anybody who’s willing to work.’ “That is hard to square with a national unemployment rate of 7.3 per cent, and new figures showing there are 5.8 unemployed workers for every vacancy. Officially, there were 1.37 million Canadians actively looking for work in April, and that doesn’t count the hundreds of thousands of discouraged workers, involuntarily self-employed or part-timers wishing to be employed full-time.Labour economist Erin Weir of the United Steelworkers says he has never bought the labour shortage argument, noting that in a market economy if that were the case wages would be increasing. Instead, they are barely keeping up with inflation.It might be fair to point to a skills shortage in certain hot sports, he agrees, but the solution to that issue is training, not macro-economic measures designed to increase the labour pool generally.To Canadian Labour Congress president Ken Georgetti, the measures add up to a decidedly pro-business agenda. And that’s a shame, he said, because what the Canadian economy needs most is a strong middle class that can afford to pay down debt and start consuming.“They seem to think that low wages and maximizing profits are more important than a good solid middle class in Canada,” he said.The government, of course, doesn’t see it that way. In response to questions about EI changes recently, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty outlined what he sees as the major challenge of workers facing the country, maybe not this year but in the next decade and beyond.“We are going to have significant labour shortages in this country,” he said. “That means we are going to have to encourage more persons with disabilities to work, more seniors to work, more aboriginal people to work, including young people. We need to get rid of disincentives in the employment insurance system to people joining the work force.”The statement could well apply to all the measures dealing with workers in the budget bill, not just EI.TD Bank economist Craig Alexander says the approach is typical of how the Harper government likes to operate — incremental changes that collectively carry a big wallop.“They often tackle things not by announcing a bold new national strategy but by identifying a priority and then they pick away at it,” he said.If that’s the case, the government may be just starting the process of altering the labour market landscape in Canada. The changes announced so far are too modest to make a big splash, Alexander said.“I’m really not worried about modest changes in the labour supply acting as a major constraint on wages, because over the next 10, 20 years demographics will win out,” he explained. “Businesses are still going to be faced with shortages and they will have to find ways of keeping workers in the labour force longer.” read more

Thomas Markle reveals he cried as he watched Duchess of Sussex marry

“But as long as they’re happy and have a great life and have some beautiful children and do good things in the world, I’m can’t ask for more.” On the subject of Brexit, he said: “It was just a loose conversation about something we have to try. There was no real commitment for it. I think he was open to the experiment.”On grandchildren: ‘There’s got to be a child in the making there soon’Mr Markle said that he expects his daughter will want to try for children soon.Asked whether a “stork” had paid a visit to the palace yet, Mr Markle said: “She’s wanted children for a long time.“When she met Harry and she spoke about how much she loves him… there’s got to be a child in the making there soon.”’Meghan cried’: Moment he told couple he would not make weddingSaying he had “absolutely” wanted to walk his daughter down the aisle, he disclosed he had spoken with Prince Harry, Ms Markle and one of their security staff about his trip to the UK shortly before being admitted to hospital with heart problems for a second time.After learning how severe they were, he said, he had to tell his daughter he would not make her wedding, leaving her concerned and in tears. Thomas Markle with his daughter Meghan Asked whether he believed the newlywed Duke was still a fan, he added: “I would hope not now, but at the time he might have been.” Thomas Markle, father of Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, gives his first ever interview on Good Morning Britain Saying his new son-in-law was “great” and an “interesting guy”, Mr Markle said he “made a great pick” in his daughter, who has been a “princess since the day she was born”.Revealing that he watched the ceremony from a television in a room rented for him by friends in California, Mr Markle said he had been “jealous” that he was left as a “footnote in history”, but said “thank God” that the Prince of Wales, whom he has never spoken to, was there to step in.Mr Markle is understood to have been paid several thousand pounds for the interview, and was persuaded to take part after being promised “ample time” to get his side of the story across.Prince Harry’s private views on Trump and BrexitIn an interview unlikely to have been sanctioned by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex or Kensington Palace, Mr Markle said he had come to know the “smart” Prince Harry over the phone in a series of “interesting conversations” in which they allegedly discussed his private political views.“I was complaining I didn’t like Donald Trump,” said Mr Markle. “He said give Donald Trump a chance. I sort of disagreed with that but I still like Harry. That was his politics, I have my politics.” Saying he had not yet met the Duke or his family in person, he said: “I look forward to coming to London and seeing them soon, I would love to.” ‘I feel bad about it’: Apology for paparazzi stuntAsked about his own actions before the wedding, which included a series of photography shoots set up with the paparazzi, Mr Markle said “I accept full responsibility. I can say I’m sorry for those things for the rest of my life, but I’m paying for those things for the rest of my life. Thomas Markle with his daughter Meghan, whom he ‘absolutely wanted to walk’ down the aisleCredit:TIM STEWART NEWS LIMITED  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Talking about the moment he told his daughter and her husband-to-be that he would not make the wedding, Mr Markle said: “They were disappointed. Meghan cried, I’m sure, and they both said ‘Take care of yourself, we are really worried about you’.” “But I just want people to know I’m a normal guy, I’m a retired man and I was living a quiet little life and this happened, and lots of things happened around it, and I’ve tried to survive through that, but more than anything I don’t want my daughter or new son-in-law to be hurt by any of this. I want to have a nice, normal relationship with my royal family as well now.” Asked about the much-publicised episode, which saw him exposed for colluding with the paparazzi days before the royal wedding, Mr Markle said he had not done it for the money but to improve his image.“Obviously that all went to hell,” he said. “I feel bad about it, I apologise for it and that’s all I can do. That was a mistake.”’I look forward to coming to London’: Hopes for visitMr Markle said dozens of members of his daughter’s family had come out of the woodwork demanding wedding invitations, saying he thought it “very smart” of her not to have them in Windsor.Saying he had spoken to the happy couple the day after their wedding, telling his daughter “it was fabulous, she looked beautiful”.As they discussed visiting him in Mexico, Mr Markle claimed he told the newlyweds it was a “bad idea”, due to the Press around his house, and that “I wished they would go on a honeymoon”. Saying he had prepared a speech for the big day, Mr Markle told GMB he had hoped to regale wedding guests with the story of how he had told her about “this nice British guy” before thanking the Royal family for welcoming her.”I couldn’t be more proud of those two, I think they’ll do a fabulous job,” he said. “They’re great and I love then dearly. I’m very happy to have a new son-in-law.” Adding that he knows the couple are  “very busy”, he spoke of his admiration for the Queen he described as “one of the most incredible women in the world”.Father hopes he has not offended couple with interviewMr Markle said he hopes he has not offended his daughter and Prince Harry by appearing on GMB for the interview.He said: “I hope I haven’t offended them, I don’t think I have, they know I love them and I hope the royals – the Royal family – will understand my feelings as well.”He also told the programme about how he “mixed up” a set of white dolls and black dolls when Meghan was a child because “that was normal to me and that’s the way I wanted my daughter to feel.”Mr Markle said that he opted to take part in the interview because he wanted people to know he is a “normal guy” and because he wants to have a good relationship with Meghan and Harry.He said: “Over the last few weeks, everybody has had different opinions, some people said I was faking my heart attack, some people said I was skipping out, all kinds of stories were coming out about me, negative ones. WORLD EXCLUSIVE: ‘I feel bad about it. I apologise for it’ – Mr Markle addresses the staged paparazzi photos leading up to the royal wedding #GMB pic.twitter.com/YrYFfVk7H1— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) June 18, 2018 “I said you’re a gentleman, promise me you’ll never raise a hand against my daughter and of course I give you my permission.” WORLD EXCLUSIVE: Thomas Markle talks about his heart surgery and the moment he told Meghan he couldn’t attend the royal wedding #GMB pic.twitter.com/oIpPjPbd6u— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) June 18, 2018 Thomas Markle gives his first interview on Good Morning BritainCredit:GOOD MORNING BRITAIN Thomas Markle has told how he cried as he watched his daughter’s wedding on television in a small rented hide-out, in a tell-all interview in which he claims Prince Harry was “open” to Brexit.Mr Markle, who said he was “jealous” as the Prince of Wales walked his daughter down the aisle as he was receiving treatment for a heart attack, has spoken to Good Morning Britain in an extraordinary interview detailing private political conversations.Claiming Prince Harry had once told him to “give Donald Trump a chance”, the 73-year-old alleged the sixth-in-line to the throne had seemed “open” to the idea of Brexit.Mr Markle told how his daughter, then actress Meghan Markle, had confided in him that she had a new boyfriend, before eventually revealing he was British, then that he was a Prince they should call him “H” for security reasons.He spoke to the Prince straight afterwards, he said, getting to know him over the telephone before giving his blessing to their marriage following their engagement in November.“Meghan told me first and then a few times after that Harry got on the phone with her and asked for her hand over the phone,” he said. He added: “I absolutely wanted to walk my daughter down the aisle.”The father-of-the-bride speech he never got to makeThe retired TV lighting director disclosed he had cried as he watched the royal ceremony on television, describing his daughter as “beautiful”.”It was incredible watching her,” he said. “I was very proud. I was very upset that it wasn’t me (walking her down the aisle) but the whole world was watching my daughter. I was very happy about that.”The unfortunate thing for me now is I’m a footnote in one of the greatest moments in history rather than the dad walking her down the aisle. That upsets me somewhat.” read more

Sajid Javid urges police to use full force of the law against

Protesters exercise on Waterloo Bridge as part of the Extinction Rebellion demonstrations Footage appeared to show police officers dancing among climate change activists Heathrow Airport is “working with authorities” to address any threat of protestsCredit:Leon Neal/Getty Images Scotland Yard said it was working to identify the officers One officer could be seen applauding as the crowd began cheering while another raised his hand aloft in acknowledgement of their support.Subsequent statements on Twitter by the user who posted the video backed the officers, who were said to be in solidarity with the protesters. “However, the Met’s ability to police protests without impacting on core policing priorities – such as tackling knife crime – has been made significantly harder by the huge cuts to Government police funding.”He said he would be working with Scotland Yard to consider whether a claim for a special grant from the Home Office would be justified “to compensate for the costs of policing the current protests”.Mr Khan was criticised by policing and business leaders after Extinction Rebellion disrupted major transport routes for a third consecutive day. Disruption on the streets of London is taking place on the fourth day in a row Police chief criticises ‘unacceptable’ officersMr Javid’s intervention comes as footage shared on social media appeared to show a small handful of Metropolitan Police officers in high-visibility jackets dancing to music and responding to chants of “we love you” from supporters of the Extinction Rebellion action at Oxford Circus. Scotland Yard said it was working to identify the officersCredit:Twitter/@WildlifeCafe Sajid Javid has urged police to take a "firm" stance with climate protesters Heathrow Airport is "working with authorities" to address any threat of protests Scotland Yard said enquiries were being made to identify those involved.Ms Connors said: “I’m disappointed by the video and the unacceptable behaviour of the officers in it.”We expect our officers to engage with protesters but clearly their actions fall short of the tone of the policing operation at a time when people are frustrated at the actions of the protesters.”We will be reminding officers of their responsibilities and expectations in policing this operation – however the majority of officers have been working long hours and I am grateful to them for their continued commitment.” It comes after apparent leaked WhatsApp messages suggested activists were planning to “shut down” the airport tomorrow. In a statement confirming action, Extinction Rebellion said: “We are facing a manmade disaster on a global scale.” Protesters retained a strong presence in Oxford Circus today Footage appeared to show police officers dancing among climate change activistsCredit:Twitter/@WildlifeCafe Extinction Rebellion co-founder urges workers to join causeEarlier, Dr Bradbrook urged workers affected by the disruption to take time off to join them as activists prepared for a fourth day of action in the capital.Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, she said: “I think our protest has been awesome, we are making history at the minute…people are having a fantastic time on the streets.”When challenged by presenter Nick Robinson that some people were having a “miserable” time as a result of the disruption, Dr Bradbrook responded: “Come and join us…they should take some time off work and come and join us.” Sajid Javid has urged police to take a “firm” stance with climate protestersCredit:Vudi Xhymshiti/AP The activist later added she thought it was “important people have fun when they are rebelling.” Protesters retained a strong presence in Oxford Circus todayCredit:Facundo Arrizabalaga/rex Longs queues of traffic build over Westminster Bridge caused by climate protests Longs queues of traffic build over Westminster Bridge caused by climate protestsCredit:Ben Cawthra/London News Pictures “Thousands more rebels” to join protestsScotland Yard today said 428 arrests had been carried out since Monday, as activists plan a fourth straight day of demonstrations on London streets.Organisers behind the protest warned “thousands more rebels” expected to join in the coming days unless demands set out by Extinction Rebellion “are not met”.Speaking from Waterloo Bridge, Dr Gail Bradbrook, a co-founder of Extinction Rebellion, said: “More people are joining us all the time. We’re having a fantastic time here. “It’s how life is meant to be lived with people coming together and actually exerting their political power.” Mayor Khan blames police struggles on Government funding The video came during a third day of protests in the capital, which saw scores of people arrested as roads and bridges were blocked.London Mayor Sadiq Khan suggested cuts to police funding were restricting the Met’s ability to cope with the demonstrations.In a letter to the home secretary he said: “I support the right to peaceful and lawful protest – which is a cornerstone of our democracy. Protesters exercise on Waterloo Bridge as part of the Extinction Rebellion demonstrationsCredit:STEVE FINN A Heathrow spokesman said: “We are working with the authorities to address any threat of protests which could disrupt the airport.”While we respect the right to peaceful protest and agree with the need to act on climate change, we don’t agree that passengers should have their well-earned Easter break holiday plans with family and friends disrupted.”Passengers should contact their airlines for up-to-date information on their journeys.” Campaigners deny obstructing railwayEarlier today, three climate activists accused of gluing themselves to a train in London denied committing a criminal offence.Cathy Eastburn, 51, and Luke Watson, 29, are alleged to have climbed on to the roof of a Docklands Light Railway carriage at Canary Wharf yesterday morning, while Mark Ovland, 35, glued his hand to the doors, Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court heard.They were remanded in custody ahead of an appearance at Blackfriars Crown Court on May 16.The alleged incident came after a third day of disruption brought to the capital by Extinction Rebellion campaigners, who are trying to force action from the Government on climate change. “I expect the police to take a firm stance and use the full force of the law. They have my full backing in doing so. “I have spoken to the Met Commissioner today to offer her whatever support she may need and pass on my appreciation to the thousands of officers patrolling the streets of the capital over the Bank Holiday.“We are a proud democracy – and no one should be allowed to break the law without consequence.”Extinction Rebellion said it will be targeting protests on Heathrow tomorrow, just as around 500,000 people are expected to fly out of Heathrow for Easter breaks over the bank holiday weekend.The Met has called on other forces for extra officers to support its operation and keep Heathrow open. It warned it would take “robust” and “firm” action against anyone breaking the law by obstructing routes to the airport or flights.A Met spokesman said: “We will not allow the illegal activities of protesters to cause further disruption and misery to thousands of travellers, many of them families, over Easter. We would urge any protester planning to attend Heathrow to strongly reconsider.” “But people do not have the right to break the law and significantly disrupt the lives of others.“Let me be clear – I totally condemn any protesters who are stepping outside the boundaries of the law. They have no right to cause misery for the millions of people who are trying to lead their daily lives. Unlawful behaviour will not be tolerated. Heathrow on alert for activistsHeathrow Airport has said it is “working with the authorities” to address any  threat of protests from climate change activists in London which could disrupt  the airport.  Sajid Javid has told police that they must take a “firm line” with climate change protesters and warned that “no one should be allowed to break the law without consequence”.The Home Secretary said that he “totally condemns” Extinction Rebellion protesters who are breaking the law by disrupting central London.It came as a senior police chief has criticised officers who were filmed dancing with climate change protesters at Oxford Circus, as she described their behaviour as “unacceptable”.Metropolitan Police commander Jane Connors said officers deployed to the Extinction Rebellion demonstrations would be reminded of their “responsibilities and expectations” in the wake of the incident.Speaking after meeting Cressida Dick, the head of the Metopolitan Police, Mr Javid said: “Everyone has the right to protest peacefully – it’s a cherished, long-standing British tradition and a fundamental cornerstone of the democracy we live in. “But this right must be balanced against the need to ensure the safety and security of all Londoners, as well as the continued running of our city. The Met take a consistent approach to protests regardless of the cause that motivates the protesters. Disruption on the streets of London is taking place on the fourth day in a rowCredit:Yui Mok/PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Windies in a good place says pleased Holder

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedHolder urges Windies to ‘lift game’ against EnglandJanuary 12, 2019In “Sports”Black Caps bracing for Windies backlash — HessonDecember 6, 2017In “Sports”West Windies must learn from series loss — BrathwaiteDecember 14, 2017In “latest news” (CMC) West Indies captain Jason Holder believes his side’s outing in the lone tour match against New Zealand A last weekend, has left them in a good place for tomorrow’s opening Test at the Basin Reserve.The Caribbean side drew the three-day match in Lincoln but flexed their muscle with the bat in piling up 451 for nine in their first innings, before dismissing the hosts for 237 at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval.“I thought it was a good game. Batsmen got some time in the middle and bowlers got the chance to run in and bowl a few overs,” Holder told reporters.“Luckily for us, we had some really good weather. It wasn’t as windy as it probably will be in Wellington but I think we had enough wind to get a good feel of what’s going to happen in Wellington so hopefully the guys are ready for it.“We’ve got two days in Wellington to prepare before the first Test match and we’ll make use of those and go into the first Test match with all confidence.”The tour game saw Sunil Ambris called up for this tour at the expense of Kyle Hope, blasting 153 and Shai Hope — Kyle’s younger brother — fashioning a composed 110.After a first innings failure, key opener Kraigg Brathwaite chipped in with 88 in the second innings.All the Windies bowlers — especially the seamers — then turned in decent shifts as they familiarised themselves with the conditions.While question marks remain over opener Kieran Powell and Jermaine Blackwood, both of whom failed to impress, Holder said there would be chances during the actual Test to make amends.“I’m pleased with where we’re at at the moment. Guys got time to spend in the middle, bowlers got a run out,” the all-rounder explained.“We were able to bowl out this New Zealand A side in the first innings and it was a good effort, and I think going into this [Test] we should be full of confidence.”He added: “For the guys who missed out, [the Test] is another opportunity for them hopefully if they get a chance to get some scores so there’s plenty to look forward to ahead, and I’m looking forward to really good things from this group.”West Indies are without a win at the Basin Reserve in 22 years — the last time they won a series on New Zealand soil. In fact, their last three outings at the ground ended in heavy defeats, with the last coming in 2013 when they went down by an innings and 73 runs.From all early appearances, the track looks favourable to seamers, but Holder said it was imperative the team performed regardless of the nature of the pitch.“From what I’ve seen before, it tends to have a bit of grass on it and probably does a little bit early on. It can be a good wicket when you’re batting as well,” said Holder, yet to play a Test in New Zealand.“We probably need to assess as early as possible when we first get there. I guess the first session of any Test match is very, very crucial along with the first day. Whether we bat or bowl, we just need to make whatever we do count.” (CMC) read more

BEST 7 FOR THE HANDBALL FUTURE

Here are the complete results of voting Contest for the WORLD BEST YOUNG PLAYER 2013/2014:“BEST 7”Goalkeeper: Peter Johannesson (substitute – Filip Ivic)Left wing: Dejan Manaskov (Raul Santos)Left back: Lassen Andersson (Stipe Mandalinic)Playmaker: Jim Gottfridsson (Sander Sagosen)Right back: Alex Dujshebaev (Harald Reinkind)Right wing: Bogdan Radivojevic (Mario Sostaric)Line-player: Teo Coric (Ignacio Plaza)Goalkeepers: Filip Ivic (RK C.O Zagreb – Croatia) 10, Nikola Portner (Bern Muri – Switzerland) 7,Peter  Johannesson (IK Savehof – Sweden) 11Left wings: Raul Santos (VfL Gummersbach – Austria) 10, Dejan Manaskov (RK Metalurg – Macedonia) 11, Andreas Berg (Önnereds HK – Sweden) 5Left backs: Lasse Andersson (KIF Kolding – Denmark) 16, Stipe Mandalinic (RK C.O Zagreb – Croatia) 8, Quentin Minel (US Creteil – France) 5Playmakers: Jim Gotfridsson (SG Flensburg – Sweden) 15, Pablo Cacheda (BM Valladolid – Spain) 6, Sander Sagosen (Haslum HK – Norway) 14Right backs: Alex Dujshebaev (RK Vardar – Spain) 20, Harald Reinkind (Fyllingen – Norway) 8, Sime Ivic (RK Nexe – Croatia) 3Right wings: Mario Sostaric (RK Gorenje – Slovenia) 14, Bogdan Radivojevic (SG Flensburg – Germany) 15, Teophille Causse (Dunkerque – France) 3Line-players: Ignacio Plaza (BM Puerto Sagunto – Spain) 8, Teo Coric (RK C.O Zagreb – Croatia) 9, Simon Hald Jensen (Aalborg – Denmark) 6 ← Previous Story HUGE INTEREST: 26.191 votes for the World Best Young Player 2013/2014 Next Story → TOP 5: Dujshebaev, Andersson, Gottfridsson, Radivojevic… read more

Obama pushes immigration reform with Republicans reeling after shutdown

first_imgUS PRESIDENT BARACK Obama today sought to capitalise on a moment of sharp Republican unpopularity by pressing his foes in Congress to pass a stalled immigration bill this year.Obama demanded action in the knowledge that the Republican Party is under pressure to improve its standing among Hispanic voters for whom immigration reform is a cherished political goal.He spoke at the White House as polls show House of Representatives Republicans, who have declined to act on a Senate immigration reform bill, are paying the heaviest price for a stalemate over a just avoided debt default and a government shutdown.“Let’s see if we can get it done this year,” Obama said in a White House speech on a plan to bring millions of illegal immigrants out of the shadows.Let’s not wait. It doesn’t get easier to just put it off. Let’s do it now. Let’s not delay.Despite Obama’s calls, most Washington experts believe there is little chance of prompt action on comprehensive immigration reform, since the proposal is viewed as tantamount to an amnesty for illegal immigrants by many conservative Republicans.(Standing next to Vice President Joe Biden, Obama urges Congress to take back up comprehensive immigration reform. Pic: AP Photo/Susan Walsh)Time is fast running out to pass the bill, which would bolster Obama’s political legacy, before the return of hyper partisan campaign politics in the run-up to mid-term elections next year.Republican Party leaders are acutely conscious though that if they don’t improve their standing among Hispanics — an increasingly influential voting demographic, they will suffer in future presidential elections — a vulnerability Obama is trying to exploit.“They should take a closer look at the polls,” Obama said. “The American people support this. It’s not something they reject.”Political winnerTalking repeatedly about immigration is a political winner for Obama: if the bill is passed he will get credit and a legacy achievement. If it is not, Democrats can continue to exploit Republican weakness on the issue in elections.Republican House Speaker John Boehner has said that he will not move the Senate bill in its entirety, but is open to smaller individual reform efforts.“The speaker agrees that America has a broken immigration system and we need reform that would boost our economy,” said Boehner spokesman Brendan Buck.He’s also been clear that the House will not consider any massive, Obamacare-style legislation that no one understands.We hope that the president will work with us — not against us — as we pursue this deliberate approach.Obama also indulged his own frustration at the realities of divided government in Washington, which has stalled most of his second term agenda.“Just because something is smart and fair and good for the economy and fiscally responsible and supported by business and labour, the evangelical community and many Democrats and many Republicans, that does not mean that it will actually get done,” he said.“This is Washington, after all. So, everything tends to be viewed through a political prism.”The Senate bill passed in June would create a pathway to legal status and eventual citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants.The plan, crafted and approved with Senate Republican support, would strengthen the border with Mexico and reorganize the visa system to give priority to high-demand fields, including engineers and farm workers.© – AFPRead: US Senate passes comprehensive immigration reform bill >Read: Blow to hopes of illegal Irish as immigration officers slam bill >last_img read more

Geeksplainer The M Night ShyamalanVerse

first_img Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This WeekWatch These Movies Before ‘Hustlers’ Stay on target Few directors have seen highs and lows like M. Night Shyamalan. His 1999 supernatural drama The Sixth Sense was a surprise box office blockbuster that established him as a name to watch, capable of clever visual tricks and unusual twist endings. But that tendency also became a trap, as his middle-period films were haunted by viewers waiting for them. After the dismal nadir of his live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender, M. Night has returned to his roots with audience-pleasing, low-budget horror flicks and the upcoming Glass, a sequel to his 2000 quasi-superhero movie Unbreakable. How do they link up? How did this new universe come to be? Read on, friends, and let us geeksplain it all.What Was Unbreakable?Before we begin, it’s important to remember that superhero films were in a very different place in 2000. It would be eight more years before Iron Man kicked off the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the genre was in a pretty severe slump. That’s one reason why Unbreakable seemed so revolutionary.Bruce Willis stars as security guard David Dunn, who is the sole survivor of a train crash that kills 181 people. David comes out from his experience changed — his strength is increased and he has some kind of ESP that lets him see evil deeds people have perpetrated. He’s aided in his embrace of these abilities by art gallery owner Elijah Price, who suffers from a disease that makes his bones as brittle as glass.Here’s the twist: Price caused the train crash to draw out Dunn’s new abilities, as part of a lifelong quest to prove that such extra-normal humans existed. As swerves go, it was a pretty damn good one. The film did fine in theaters but really took off on DVD, becoming a cult hit.What About Split?Now here’s where it gets interesting. Rumors of an Unbreakable sequel started circulating immediately after the movie’s release, with Bruce Willis telling the press he was hoping for a trilogy. But Touchstone Pictures didn’t think it was worthwhile and didn’t put up the funds, so the idea died on the vine.But one of the original drafts for Unbreakable had an additional antagonist for David Dunn – a man named Kevin Crumb who was host to 24 different personalities, and when they take over they change his body as well. One of those personalities, “the Beast,” had access to extra-normal powers like David’s along with an insatiable desire for human meat, and they would have come into conflict. Split pulled that character out and gave him his own movie, a sort of supervillain origin story that followed Kevin’s kidnapping of three teenage girls. It’s a very different-feeling movie than Unbreakable, much leaner, but it has a twist, as well.At the end of the film, we cut to a diner where patrons are watching a news report about Kevin… and one of those patrons is David Dunn. And all of a sudden, people were back on board. Split pulled in $278 million on a $9 million budget and M. Night was marketable again. Lo, Glass.What’s the Story of Glass?The first two films in the SCU (if we may be so bold) were both essentially origin stories, introducing us to characters and their abilities. These are, in our opinion, almost always the weakest type of superhero movies. Think about how many times the Spider-Man franchise had to do the whole Uncle Ben with great power comes with great responsibility thing? But Spider-Verse can get away with skipping it because at this point Peter Parker’s origins are ingrained in the American monomyth. Shyamalan doesn’t have that luxury. He’s building this from whole cloth, so naturally he had to take some time to set it up.Glass (see it here), though, as the third film of a trilogy, is all about finally bringing the pieces together. David pursues Kevin as Elijah Price — Mr. Glass — pulls the strings behind the scenes. Taking place a few years after the events of Split, the plot finagles a way to get our three main characters in the same mental institution, being treated by a doctor who specializes in people with delusions of superhumanity. He’s described it as the “first truly grounded comic book movie” which, uh, doesn’t seem terribly accurate to me (ever seen Ghost World?)We’re not going to spoil everything for you, but critical reception has been pretty poor — as I write this, it’s at 40% on Rotten Tomatoes. And it’s all about the thing he’s had the most trouble with: sticking the ending.Why Don’t Twists Work?We talked a little bit about M. Night Shyamalan’s reputation as “the guy who does the twists.” Spoilers ahead: Bruce Willis was dead the whole time in The Sixth Sense. Mr. Glass orchestrated everything in Unbreakable. The Village is set in the present day. But a twist isn’t all it takes to make a good ending — and, in fact, the superhero genre is almost entirely predicated on the absence of twists. We want to see the heroes save the day so they can move on to new adventures. Even Thanos’s finger snap at the end of Infinity War is only there to set up Endgame.The twist in Split was rewarding because it didn’t negate anything you’d enjoyed about the movie. Instead, it enhanced it — knowing that Kevin existed in this fictional space where other superhumans also were provided context beyond “hey, I know that guy.” It made what you just watched seem bigger and more interesting. Same with his more successful movies. But Glass‘s big second-act twist (sorry, there is one) doesn’t do that. Instead, it serves as a lazy way to explain away the movie’s mysteries without deepening our experience.What’s Next?That’s an interesting question. In interviews, M. Night Shyamalan has talked about Glass not being the end of the story, and some of the movie’s events certainly leave the door open for another sequel. Spoilers follow for parts of Glass, so if you don’t want to have it ruined scroll away now.One of the theories raised in Glass is that the presence of a few super-powered individuals like Dunn and Crumb is actually stopping the rest of humanity from embracing their own inner potential. And the people in power know that, so it’s in their best interest to make sure that more superhumans don’t emerge to upset the status quo. Without giving too much away, that happens. There are other superhumans out there. But will there be movies about them?The issue here is that “superheroes in the real world” isn’t nearly as interesting and clever a spin as it was in 2000. We’re up to our elbows in comic book movies from many different angles, from all-out comedy to grim and gritty vigilantes and cosmic consequences. What can the Shyamalan-verse offer that DC, Marvel, Dark Horse et al can’t? That’s one question that even your trusty Geeksplainer can’t answer.More on Geek.com:Geeksplainer: The Spider-Verse‘Nightflyers’ and the History of Sci-Fi Horror11 ‘Harry Potter’ Characters Who Deserve Their Own Movielast_img read more

Ruben LoftusCheek I need to be patient at Chelsea

first_imgChelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek admits that patience is required for first-team chances under coach Maurizio SarriThe England international was denied another loan move from Stamford Bridge this summer by Sarri and has made just two substitute appearances in Chelsea’s four Premier League games.Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Ross Barkley and Mateo Kovacic are all ahead of Loftus-Cheek in the pecking order at Chelsea.However, despite the continued struggles with the Blues, Loftus-Cheek has managed to retain his place in the England squad.But more first-team football is essential if the 22-year-old is to continue his development.“Being 22 feels quite old, considering some of the boys were playing when they were 17 or 18. I’d like to have more appearances by now, but it’s just the way my journey has gone, and I just have to be patient with it,” he told Sky Sports.“I can see it as a positive; I’m playing for England, playing well when I play, and that’s without too many appearances so it’s still raw in that sense.”He added: “Being at Chelsea, it’s a top club with top players. When I’m training at 17 or 18 with the first team, it was really good for my education playing with these top players.“I really enjoyed playing and training with them, I could feel myself getting better every day and improving, but it got to a point where training wasn’t enough and you need the exposure in the Premier League.”Here’s some of @rubey_lcheek​ best bits for August Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United. pic.twitter.com/fERiMmSEya— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) September 8, 2017Loftus-Cheek managed two goals and four assists in 24 league appearances on loan at Crystal Palace last season.“That’s when I took the chance to go to Palace, and even when that happened, I thought I could’ve done it earlier,” he continued.“I started really enjoying my football, playing in the Premier League every week, and I felt the benefits.“The benefit of last season at Palace [was first-team football]. I was fortunate enough to be fit for that period where it’s like a game every three days over Christmas, and I got my body used to being able to play, have a rest, then play on a Tuesday.“That was massive for me and I coped with it well.”Loftus-Cheek has a contract at Chelsea until June 2021.Although he’s only made 13 starts at Chelsea since making his first-team debut in 2014.last_img read more

Search underway for missing homeless man in Davie

first_imgDAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are seeking the public’s help in locating a homeless man who went missing in Davie under suspicious circumstances last month.According to Davie Police, 59-year-old Larry Walter Smith was last seen by his employer on April 20 at 13223 SW 16th St.Smith was living in the area of Southwest 26th Street and Southwest 136th Avenue at the time of his disappearance. All of his property, including his two dogs, was still present in the area.Officials said Smith stands 6 feet 2 inches tall and has gray hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing an olive green T-shirt and camo-colored shorts.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Publishing Losses Narrow at Martha Stewart

first_imgAmid reports about a reorganization among its heads of marketing, broadcast sales and digital sales, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Wednesday reported a net loss of $13.7 million through the first nine months, compared to a loss of $35.3 million this time last year. The company’s revenues were $49.7 million in revenue during the third quarter this year and $158.2 million year-to-date—up slightly from $157.2 million during the same period last year.MSLO’s publishing division reported an operating loss of $400,000 during the third quarter versus a loss of $2.5 million during the same period last year. Revenues grew slightly to $30 million versus $27.1 million during the third quarter 2009. The company attributes the sales spike to the timing of the fall issue of Martha Stewart Weddings, which was reported during the third quarter this year compared to the fourth quarter last year. Ad revenue at Martha Stewart Living was up 9 percent during the third quarter.Year-to-date, publishing division revenues have stayed flat at about $88.8 million. MSLO says it plans to unveil its first digital magazine app for the iPad—a special issue of Martha Stewart Living—by mid-November.During the third quarter, the only division that did not report an operating loss was merchandising, which generated roughly $5.5 million in profit, up more than 50 percent from $3.5 million during last year’s period. According to MSLO executive chairman and principal executive officer Charles Koppelman, the company is now realizing positive results from its merchandising unit after efforts over the last several years to diversify and expand that business “for long-term growth.” Meanwhile, broadcasting reported an operating loss of $4.1 million during the third quarter (revenues fell more than 47 percent to $5.8 million) and the Internet division realized an operating loss of $700,000 (although revenues spiked more than 50 percent to $4.3 million).last_img read more

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Haines climbers likely first women to summit Cathedral Peaks

first_imgHaines residents Jenn Walsh and Jessica Kayser Forster are likely the first women to summit the 6,400-foot Mount Emmerich in the Chilkat Valley, also known as Cathedral Peaks.They made the trek in early July with Chris Downer and Kevin Forster. Local climbers say fewer than ten ascents of Emmerich have happened since the first one in 1976, and Forster and Walsh are thought to be the only women to complete the climb.Download AudioJenn Walsh and Jessica Kayser Forster summit Mt. Emmerich. (Credit: Kevin Forster)“I think it was about 2 o’clock in the morning or 1 o’clock in the morning and Kevin looked at Jess and me. And Kevin said, ‘You guys this is it. If we are going to turn around and get back to our tents or off the snowfield before the sun hits the snow, then we need to turn around now,’” Jenn Walsh remembers.That moment in the climb where Kevin Forster asked his companions if they wanted to turn around happened because of unexpected conditions. The group had made their base camp in the Cathedral Cirque – a glacier bench at about 3,700 ft. Right away, they noticed something different.“It was really surprising how little snow and ice there was,” said  Jessica Forster.(Courtesy Kevin and Jessica Forster)Forster had been to the cirque two times before.“There [was] about 20 to 30 feet less snow,” she said. “So you have this mountain up there that’s being exposed for the first time because it’s been covered in snow and ice for so long. Which brought about a lot of objective hazards now.”Less snowpack meant more technical snow and rock climbing than they expected. They also were a group of four, which slows climbing down. Kevin Forster had summited Emmerich before, and his trip up from the base camp and back down took nine hours total. They could tell that that was not going to happen this time. The group was less than halfway up when they had to make a decision.“We were like you know, we’re way behind schedule,” Jessica Forester said. “There’s no way that we can get up there and come back down in time and not be in the heat of the day. And so we were like, well the other option is we know it’s gonna be calm and 80, so it might be safe to climb through the night and spend the day on the summit. So the other option is we just keep climbing through the night and spend the day on the summit. And we decided to do that.”Forster and Walsh say they climbed during the night because colder weather makes for safer conditions. Trying to climb at that elevation when it’s sunny and 80 degrees would be dangerous because the heat makes the surfaces less stable.On the ridge leading to the summit. (Courtesy Kevin and Jessica Forster)It took 14 hours to climb up from their base camp to the summit along the south ridge of the peak.“To be with your friends right there and know you just did something that took everything is amazing,” Walsh said. “And I feel like we’ve done some big things together before but maybe I just haven’t felt that kind of emotion and it just opened up gates and I think we all felt it. That was my moment.”Their view was a sea of mountains, which they had hours to take in, since they couldn’t descend during the hot daytime hours.“It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life because usually you get to the top of a mountain and you just turn around and go back down, you don’t spend much time on summits. But in this instance we peaked out at 7 o’clock in the morning and we spent 10 hours on the summit,” Forester said.They made little tents out of trekking poles and extra layers to shield themselves from the sun. Ten hours later, the group started the climb down. It took 11 hours to get back to the camp.Kevin Forster, Jessica Kayser Forster, Chris Downer and Jenn Walsh. (Courtesy)Forster and Walsh say the most physically exhausting part of the trip wasn’t the summit. It was hiking out of the cirque. The group had arranged for a plane to drop food into their base camp. And leaving, they had to carry leftover supplies out on their backs. The lack of snow also made that part of the trek more difficult. It took 13 hours.“This was so incredibly difficult,” Walsh said. “I kind of like activities that involve some suffering but this was incredible. It was a lot of work but it was really a lot of staying mentally focused. I think coming back down, I thought to myself I might not be strong enough for this.”Walsh and Forster are probably the first women to summit the Cathedrals, but since some ascents are not officially recorded, it’s hard to know for sure. Jack Tackle was one of the climbers to make the first ascent of Emmerich in 1976. He and Haines climbing enthusiast John Svenson say they don’t know of any other women to who have summited Emmerich. The American Alpine Club also did not know of any other female climbers who have reported summiting the Cathedrals.Forester and Walsh give credit to Kevin Forester and Chris Downer, but they say they wouldn’t have done it without each other.“There’s so much more when there’s another woman with you,” Forester said. “And I can’t really explain it but it just makes you stronger. I don’t know why. Sometimes you rely on guys to do things for you but all of sudden when there another woman is there I feel like I can do anything. Which doesn’t make any sense, but it’s pretty cool.”Forster says the scene from the adventure that stays with her the most is when they were hiking back along the glacier after the summit climb. It was one in the morning and the moon was bright in the sky. The whole horizon was lit up bright pink and red. They walked in silence between jagged mountain peaks, and the whole Chilkat Valley was beneath their feet.last_img read more

Miley Cyrus brother reveals if she and Liam Hemsworth will have a

first_imgMiley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth have been together since 2010ReutersMiley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth will not have a baby soon, the singer’s brother has revealed. Trace Cyrus have finally talked about the much discussed topic about the couple –  will they have children in the near future.The 30-year-old American musician talked about the former Disney star as he attended the opening of The Barbershop Cuts and Cocktails at the Cosmopolitan Hotel just recently, along with fiancee Taylor Sanders. When Hollywood Life asked about the celebrity couple’s baby plans, he replied:  “No,” before adding, “She has so much time to decided that. She hasn’t even hit her dirty 30 yet.”Taylor added: “She has no desire. I think she has so much ambition to do so much more in her career even though she’s done so much. It’s just not the time for her.””We talked. We’re next for the kids,” she added.Miley and Liam had secretly tied the knot in December 2018. During an appearance on Sunday Today with Willie Geist, the Hunger Games star shared the real reason for the sudden wedding. The 29-year-old actor said: “It was a really special day. It was pretty much just immediate family. I feel really happy and really fortunate to be with such a great person. We’ve been through so much together over the last ten years, so, felt like it was time.””We just try to keep as much of it private as we can. A lot of things we can’t control obivously, but I think not buying into the things that are maybe said about us,” Liam added.”I was just saying in the car over here, I think I’ve been fake married about nine thousand times before my actual real marriage,” he shared. “I got so many texts when it actually did happen from friends like, ‘Is it real this time or is it still fake?’ ‘No, it’s actually real this time.'”Miley and Liam first met on the sets of their movie The Last Song, and got engaged in June 2012 before calling it off in September 2013.last_img read more

Yash vs Kumaraswamy KGF star mocks and gives befitting reply to Karnataka

first_imgA collage of Yash and HD Kumaraswamy.PR HandoutRocking Star Yash is not the one who takes unpleasant comments coming his way lightly and often gives befitting replies to those who verbally attack him. This time, the KGF star has courageously responded to the veiled digs made by Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy.When a reporter asked during an election campaign about HD Kumaraswamy’s latest potshots, the Rocking Star mocked the Chief Minister by indicating that his son is born with a silver spoon and coming under the Sun for campaigning is difficult for him and not vice-versa.What came as a surprise was Yash’s daring dig to remind Kumaraswamy that he was not elected as the Chief Minister by the seven crore people of Karnataka. His party JD(S) had won 37 seats in the last assembly election and ended at the third place. Yet he managed to get the Chief Minister’s post in the coalition government with Congress.”I was born in a government hospital and grew up like an ordinary man. My father is a bus conductor. I bought my car and house from my hard work and struggles. For me, sweating out under the sun or staying under the shadow does not make much difference. So, I believe he is talking about the person (Nikhil Gowda) who has come out to campaign for the first time,” Yash added.What Exactly Did Kumaraswamy say? They (Yash and Darshan) are accustomed to having assistants holding umbrellas to shield them from the Sun. Now that they are campaigning under the Sun, they will understand the paint that the farmers face on daily basis.Till now, Sandalwood has always maintained to have a cordial relationship with all the political parties and especially with the JD(S). Even Darshan has refused to comments on the digs from the JD(S) and HD Kumaraswamy.However, Yash is probably the first person from the Kannada film industry who has given a counter-attack to Kumaraswamy. Darshan and Yash have put their weight behind Sumalatha, who is taking on Kumaraswamy’s son Nikhil Gowda as an independent candidate in Lok Sabha election from the Mandya constituency.last_img read more

Researchers uncover evidence of people predating Amazonian rainforest

first_img More information: Environmental impact of geometric earthwork construction in pre-Columbian Amazonia, John Francis Carson, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1321770111AbstractThere is considerable controversy over whether pre-Columbian (pre-A.D. 1492) Amazonia was largely “pristine” and sparsely populated by slash-and-burn agriculturists, or instead a densely populated, domesticated landscape, heavily altered by extensive deforestation and anthropogenic burning. The discovery of hundreds of large geometric earthworks beneath intact rainforest across southern Amazonia challenges its status as a pristine landscape, and has been assumed to indicate extensive pre-Columbian deforestation by large populations. We tested these assumptions using coupled local- and regional-scale paleoecological records to reconstruct land use on an earthwork site in northeast Bolivia within the context of regional, climate-driven biome changes. This approach revealed evidence for an alternative scenario of Amazonian land use, which did not necessitate labor-intensive rainforest clearance for earthwork construction. Instead, we show that the inhabitants exploited a naturally open savanna landscape that they maintained around their settlement despite the climatically driven rainforest expansion that began ∼2,000 y ago across the region. Earthwork construction and agriculture on terra firme landscapes currently occupied by the seasonal rainforests of southern Amazonia may therefore not have necessitated large-scale deforestation using stone tools. This finding implies far less labor—and potentially lower population density—than previously supposed. Our findings demonstrate that current debates over the magnitude and nature of pre-Columbian Amazonian land use, and its impact on global biogeochemical cycling, are potentially flawed because they do not consider this land use in the context of climate-driven forest–savanna biome shifts through the mid-to-late Holocene.Press release © 2014 Phys.org Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (Phys.org) —A team of researchers with members from the U.K., Germany and Bolivia has found evidence that suggests that parts of Bolivia now covered with rainforest were drier and more savanna-like just 2000 to 3000 years ago, a time when people were already living in the area. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the researchers describe how they took sediment core samples from lakes and noted large ditches dug by people that lived in the area during a time before the rainforests—their findings suggest such people adapted to the wetter climate over time, rather than moved into it and started cutting down trees, as has been suggested by other research. DNA study on mummies suggests climate instability drove ancient Peruvians to migrate Explore further Cutting of trees in the area recently revealed ditches dug by people thousands of years ago—each about a kilometer long and three meters deep by four meters wide. No one knows yet why the ditches were dug, or what purpose they served. But in this new effort, the researchers took core samples from sediments that had formed over thousands of years in nearby lakes. In examining the samples, the researchers were surprised to find grass pollen of the type typically found in the savanna, such as in Africa. The core samples also showed that people in the area were planting maize during the same time period.The discovery of the ditches and pollen in the core samples suggests that people were living in the area and farming, prior to the changeover to rain forest. As the rainforest took hold, due to an increasingly wetter climate (possibly due, the researchers suggest to a slight change in Earth’s orbit), the people living in the area likely adapted by preventing trees from growing in farm areas or cutting new areas to increase yields. These findings suggest that early people living in what is now northeastern Boliva, were neither hunter-gathers nor tree cutting settlers hacking out a living. Instead, it appears that they were simply farmers both before and during the onset of the rainforest.The researchers also noted that the core samples showed that rain forest plants became dominant in one area as recently as 500 years ago, possibly due to the disappearance of the people that lived there dying from diseases brought by European settlers. Citation: Researchers uncover evidence of people predating Amazonian rainforest (2014, July 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-07-uncover-evidence-people-predating-amazonian.html 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

800 kilos of cocaine seized off coast of Acapulco

first_imgAcapulco, Guerrero — More than 800 kilos of drugs have been seized by the Mexican Navy off the coast of Acapulco. Photo: la Secretaría de Marina-Armada de México In a press release, the navy says that during routine aerial surveillance patrols, a vessel was sighted with suspicious cargo. In a joint operation with helicopters and ships, the vessel was intercepted by marine corps who made the find. The Navy of Mexico says that already this year, they have seized more than 13 tons of drugs including cocaine, marijuana and synthetic drugs, thus removing those vessels from circulation and preventing the drugs from arriving at their final destination.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) In total, personnel found 816 kilograms of illicit cargo of cocaine, two containers of marijuana and 21 drums of fuel totaling 1,050 liters, in addition to a smaller boat with high power engines. From the find, three crew members were taken into custody. The report comes from la Secretaría de Marina-Armada de México who say navy personnel from la Octava Región Naval at Acapulco have seized 816 kilos of drugs that included cocaine and marijuana. The cargo, fuel and vessel, as well as the detainees, were placed at the disposal of the Agent of the Public Ministry of the Federation of Acapulco, Guerrero.last_img read more