UNs Ban hails historic milestone in Tunisia

first_imgNEW YORK- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed Tunisia’s adoption of a new constitution on Sunday, declaring it a “historic milestone” and a model for other countries seeking reform.Tunisia’s transition to democracy “reached another historic milestone with the adoption today of the country’s new constitution,” Ban said in a statement released by his spokesman Martin Nesirky.Ban “believes Tunisia’s example can be a model to other peoples seeking reforms,” Nesirky added. The UN chief “encourages political actors in Tunisia to ensure the next steps of the transition are conducted in a peaceful, inclusive and transparent manner,” he added.Tunisia’s lawmakers adopted a new constitution and the prime minister named a caretaker cabinet tasked with organising fresh polls — two key goals of the revolution that touched off the Arab Spring three years ago.“Strengthening the democratic institutions created by the constitution and related laws will help promote accountability and the rule oflaw with full respect to human rights,” Ban said.“Close attention must also be paid to ensuring economic growth is achieved in an equitable and sustainable manner.”last_img read more

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IMF hikes Canadas economic outlook but it still lags the global growth

WASHINGTON — The International Monetary Fund raised its estimate for economic growth in Canada this year as it said U.S. tax cuts are expected to help boost global economic growth.The international lending agency said Monday it now projects Canada’s economy will grow 2.3 per cent this year, up from an estimate of 2.1 per cent in October.Growth for 2019 is forecast at 2.0 per cent, up from an earlier projection for 1.7 per cent. The update for Canada came as the IMF said world output is expected to grow 3.9 per cent this year and 3.9 per cent in 2019, up two-tenths of a percentage point in both years.The IMF said the cyclical upswing underway since mid-2016 has continued to strengthen.“This forecast reflects the expectation that favourable global financial conditions and strong sentiment will help maintain the recent acceleration in demand, especially in investment, with a noticeable impact on growth in economies with large exports,” the agency said in its report.“In addition, the U.S. tax reform and associated fiscal stimulus are expected to temporarily raise U.S. growth, with favourable demand spillovers for U.S. trading partners — especially Canada and Mexico — during this period.”The IMF cited increased investment as businesses take advantage of lower corporate tax rates as it projected U.S. growth to increase to 2.7 per cent this year, from 2.3 per cent in 2017.The agency noted that risks to its global outlook were “broadly balanced” in the near term, but skewed to the downside in the medium term.“In the near term, the global economy is likely to maintain its momentum absent a correction in financial markets — which have seen a sustained run-up in asset prices and very low volatility, seemingly unperturbed by policy or political uncertainty in recent months,” the report said.“Over the medium term, a potential buildup of vulnerabilities if financial conditions remain easy, the possible adoption of inward-looking policies, and non-economic factors pose notable downside risks.” read more

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Norochcholai not for the Chinese

However the Minister said that putting the burden on the public at this moment is not the best option and as a result the only other way is to produce cheap electricity. The Minister said that the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) is operating at a loss and the treasury has asked the board to increase the cost of electricity charged from consumers in order to cushion the losses. The Norochcholai coal power plan will not be sold to the Chinese, Power and Energy Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi said today.She said this while inspecting the coal power plant in Puttalam for the first time since being appointed as the new Power and Energy Minister recently. She noted that the Norochcholai coal power plant provides the national grid cheap electricity and so there was no way the government will sell the project to the Chinese or any other party.The Minister also met officials from the Chinese company who are working at the power plant and thanked them for the work they were doing. The Norochcholai coal power plant was constructed using financial assistance from China and is maintained by Chinese and local engineers.  (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Long strange trip ending for iconic Volkswagen hippie van as production to

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Long, strange trip ending for iconic Volkswagen hippie van as production to halt in Brazil by Stan Lehman And Bradley Brooks, The Associated Press Posted Sep 23, 2013 1:01 am MDT SAO PAULO – It carried hippies through the 1960s, hauled surfers in search of killer waves during endless summers and serves as a workhorse across the developing world, but the long, strange trip of the Volkswagen van is ending.Brazil is the last place in the world still producing the iconic vehicle, or “bus” as it’s known by aficionados, but VW says production will end Dec. 31. Safety regulations mandate that every vehicle in Brazil must have air bags and anti-lock braking systems starting in 2014, and the company says it cannot change production to meet the law.Although output will halt in Brazil, there should be plenty of VW vans rolling along for decades if only because there are so many, and they are so durable. VW produced more than 10 million Volkswagen Transporter vans globally since the model was introduced 63 years ago in Germany, though not all resemble the classic hippie machine. More than 1.5 million have been produced in Brazil since 1957.The VW van is so deeply embedded in popular culture, it will likely live on even longer in the imagination.“The van represents freedom,” said Damon Ristau, the Missoula, Montana, director of the documentary “The Bus,” which follows van fanatics and their affection for the machine. “It has a magic and charm lacking in other vehicles. It’s about the open road, about bringing smiles to peoples’ faces when they see an old VW van rolling along.”Perhaps nothing with a motor has driven itself deeper into American and European pop culture than the VW, known for its durability but also its tendency to break down. Van lovers say its failures only reinforce its charm: Because its engine is so simple, it’s easy to fix, imparting a deeper sense of ownership.The van made an appearance on Bob Dylan and Beach Boys record album covers, among many, though in music circles its most closely linked to the Grateful Dead and the legion of touring fans that followed the rock group across the U.S., the machines serving as rolling homes. Steve Jobs is said to have sold his van in the 1970s to buy a circuit board as he built a computer that helped launch Apple. The vehicle is linked to the California surf scene, its cavernous interior perfect for hauling boards.But in poorer regions like Latin American and Africa, the vehicle doesn’t carry the same romantic appeal. It definitely doesn’t hold the cool mystique in Sao Paulo that it does in San Francisco.It’s used in Brazil by the postal service to haul mail, by the army to transport soldiers, and by morticians to carry corpses. It serves as a school bus for kids, operates as a group taxi, and delivers construction materials to work sites. Brazilians convert their vans into rolling food carts, setting up on street corners for working-class lunchtime crowds.In Brazil it’s known as the “Kombi,” an abbreviation for the German “Kombinationsfahrzeug” that loosely translates as “cargo-passenger van.”One recent drizzly morning in Sao Paulo, Jorge Hanashiro took a break inside his light green 1974 Kombi while his wife, Anna, served deep fried meat and vegetable pastry pies to customers at an open-air market.“There may be safer and more modern cars around, but for me the Kombi is the best vehicle to transport my stall and products to the six open air markets I visit each week,” the 77-year-old Hanashiro said. “It is economical, rugged and easy to repair.”The vehicle has found its way into the hearts of Brazilians like Enio Guarnieri, 54, who stood grinning next to the blue-and-white 1972 van he keeps in his cluttered garage in a working-class Sao Paulo neighbourhood.Guarnieri bought the vehicle a year ago to stoke childhood memories. When he was 10, his father taught him to drive a van.“Driving a Kombi with your face up against the windshield is a thrilling adventure,” he said. “There is no other van like it. There is no other van that is so easy and inexpensive to maintain. Anyone with a minimum amount of knowledge about engines and a few tools can fix a Kombi.”A VW plant in Mexico stopped producing the classic version of the van in 1995, leaving a factory on Sao Paulo’s outskirts as its last lifeline. Production in Germany was halted in 1979 because the van no longer met European safety requirements.Sao Paulo advertising executive Marcello Serpa says the van’s spirit will live on after its demise.He has a 2007 version meant to have a 1960s American hippie feel. He painted it in bright green, yellow, blue and red colours with cartoon-like drawings of his wife, daughters and himself, surfboard in hand.Serpa said the bus evokes “a spirit of playfulness and happiness,” causing people to pause and smile when he drives it down Sao Paulo’s chaotic streets.“The Kombi is part of Brazil’s cultural and emotional landscape,” he said, “and that explains the strong feelings of affection most people have for it.”___Associated Press writer Stan Lehman reported this story in Sao Paulo and Bradley Brooks reported from Rio de Janeiro___Bradley Brooks: www.twitter.com/bradleybrooks read more

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Bundesliga 1112 1730 THW Kiel – HSV Hamburg Vori We will win

← Previous Story ASOBAL derby: Atletico Madrid 23-25 Barcelona Next Story → Barca’s coach, Xavi Pascual: “Champion isn’t decided – Atletico able to beat us” The Bundesliga will witness a big derby tomorrow. THW Kiel will host HSV Hamburg in what seems to be a decisive match on whether THW Kiel will get even closer to winning the Bundesliga should they win, as they have 6 points lead now in the Bundesliga, or HSV Hamburg will make a surprise and win in Sparkasse Arena and make the remainder of the Bundesliga more interesting. In a chit-chat with Handball-Planet.com the HSV Hamburg pivot Igor Vori was convinced saying “We will win in Kiel“. The game starts tomorrow at 17:30 and a live-ticket can be found at the official website of the Bundesliga: http://www.toyota-handball-bundesliga.de/index.php read more

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A video game powered washing machine

first_imgUnless you send your clothes to the Goodwill every time they get dirty, doing laundry is part of your weekly routine. And it’s not nearly as fun as other things you make time for, like a little button mashing on your favorite video games — though that’s not quite as practical as getting chores done.Masters student Lee Wei Chen decided that the two could be combined to make laundry more fun and gaming more productive. The result is the device you see above: a vintage arcade cabinet married to a front-loading washing machine. Pop a coin in to get things started (after you’ve filled the drum with your filthy clothes), and the game is on! The better your performance in the game, the sooner your laundry is done.Design Week thinks there’s genius here, but you tell me. The washing machine was invented to speed up housework and allow people to multitask. By forcing launderers to stand in front of the machine and race their way to cleaner clothes, a modern convenience becomes inconvenient — and less efficient, too.There’s no genius in the cost per load, either. Just like a regular video game, if you suck at laundry wars you’ll be feeding in additional coins. Play the more traditional version at your local laundromat, and you can feed in a set number of coins and then play Angry Birds on your phone while the machine handles the dirty work.Chen says that he realized his gaming skills were “useless in the real world” and that he “wanted to make them useful.” Useless? Clearly he hasn’t heard about Valve’s Learn With Portals program — that uses Portal to help teach kids science concepts and problem solving skills.More at Design Weeklast_img read more

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Les Vikings guidés par des cristaux de roche

first_imgLes Vikings, guidés par des cristaux de rocheA travers les siècles, les guerriers et commerçants Vikings traversaient les mers bien avant que ne soit inventée la boussole. Des scientifiques viennent de découvrir le secret de leur légendaire orientation en mer.Des scientifiques viennent de découvrir le secret du fabuleux sens de l’orientation dont faisaient preuve les Vikings au cours de leurs expéditions maritimes. Il s’agirait de cristaux de roche particuliers, capables de repérer le soleil quelles que soient les conditions météorologiques (brume, brouillard ou pluie), rapporte le Daily Mail.À lire aussiUn astronaute filme un sublime lever de soleil depuis l’espaceCes cristaux, très nombreux en Scandinavie, ont pour particularité de détecter les rayons solaires qui se dispersent en passant à travers l’atmosphère terrestre. A l’instar des verres polarisés de certaines lunettes de soleil, les pierres agissent comme un filtre. C’est sur le même principe que certains insectes comme les abeilles s’orientent par temps couvert.En fait, la lumière ne peut briller à travers le cristal que s’il est orienté dans une direction particulière. Bien entendu, cela n’est possible qu’en fonction de la position du soleil dans le ciel. Grâce à leur expérience de navigateurs émérites, les Vikings ont rapidement été capables de se servir de ces propriétés pour s’orienter.Cela expliquerait donc que, même loin des terres et par temps couvert, les Vikings aient pu continuer à savoir se positionner en mer. Les recherches montrent même que quelles que soient les conditions météorologiques : ciels couverts ou neige et glace, les cristaux continuent à être efficaces. Les résultats restent strictement identiques que le ciel soit complètement couvert ou totalement dégagé.Le 6 février 2011 à 11:38 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Les rayons cosmiques proviennent bien de lexplosion détoiles

first_imgLes rayons cosmiques proviennent bien de l’explosion d’étoilesDes chercheurs viennent de démontrer que les rayons cosmiques ont bien pour origine des supernovas, c’est-à-dire des explosions d’étoiles arrivées en fin de vie.Les rayons cosmiques sont des particules à haute énergie qui bombardent constamment la Terre. Ils sont constitués à 90% de protons et ont été découverts il y a un siècle par le physicien autrichien Victor Franz Hess. On sait maintenant depuis longtemps que ces radiations affectent les passagers des avions et surtout les astronautes au cours de leur séjour dans l’espace. En revanche, l’origine des protons restait sujette à controverses.Pour la première fois, des astrophysiciens viennent de confirmer que les rayons cosmiques proviennent bien de supernovas et pas de puissants jets d’énergie provenant de trous noirs, grâce à une étude tout juste présentée à la conférence annuelle de l’American Society for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) par l’astrophysicien Stefan Funk et ses collègues. “Pour la première fois, nous avons pu détecter la source de l’accélération des protons” et démontrer que ces rayonnements étaient accélérés par les ondes de chocs produites par l’explosion de supernovas, a expliqué Stefan Funk cité par l’AFP.Ils ont pour cela étudié deux supernovas situées à environ 5.000 et 10.000 années-lumière de la Terre pendant quatre ans à l’aide du télescope spatial “Fermi Gamma-ray”. Selon les chercheurs, quand l’accélération des rayons cosmiques interagit avec les nuages de gaz et matériaux interstellaires entourant les supernovas, les protons se transforment en pions, d’autres particules subatomiques. Dégradés, ces pions produisent des rayons gamma, les rayonnements lumineux les plus puissants dans l’Univers. Des rayons qui ont rendu la vie possible sur Terre ?À lire aussiLe grand “boom” entendu par les New-Yorkais proviendrait d’une météorite”Les rayons cosmiques sont importants dans l’Univers en raison de leur énergie qui affecte l’évolution des galaxies”, a expliqué Stefan Funk. En revanche, les scientifiques ignorent toujours comment les rayons cosmiques affectent les astronautes ou la vie sur Terre. En effet, le scientifique rappelle que “selon des hypothèses, ils auraient provoqué des mutations qui auraient rendu la vie possible sur notre planète”. “On pense également que ces rayons jouent un rôle dans la condensation atmosphérique, contribuant ainsi à la formation des nuages [ … ], et affectent aussi certainement l’environnement”, précise t-il encore. Ajouté à cela, ils restent à percer les mystères autour du mécanisme qui contrôle leurs origines et leur accélération. Le 15 février 2013 à 17:42 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Vancouver man accused in gun incident

first_imgA Vancouver man was in Clark County Superior Court on Wednesday after allegedly pointing a firearm at his wife and friend outside a bar in Uptown Village.Colin J. Campbell, 38, appeared on suspicion of two counts of first-degree domestic violence assault stemming from the Tuesday altercation.Campbell pointed a black handgun at his wife, Bonnie DeLa Vega, and friend, Scott Falter, as they attempted to flee in a vehicle outside the Tip Top Tavern, 2100 Main St., according to an affidavit of probable cause.He allegedly threatened to shoot and kill both of them, the affidavit states. Several witnesses leaving the tavern filmed and took photos of Campbell pointing the gun at the victims while they were in the car. Campbell left the scene in another vehicle and reportedly started leaving phone messages for his wife apologizing for the incident, court records said.Court records show Campbell will retain his own attorney. His bail was set at $100,000. He will be arraigned Feb. 15.last_img read more

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Woman tried to kidnap infant at Oregon City restaurant

first_imgOREGON CITY, Ore. — A 50-year-old woman is facing several charges including attempted kidnapping after police say she tried to take an infant from a family that was eating at an Oregon City restaurant.KATU reports that police officers arrested the woman.at a Shari’s restaurant Saturday night.Officers received a call about a woman who was threatening to hurt a family if they did not let her have their infant.Arriving police arrested her as she was walking from the restaurant. She was later booked into the Clackamas County Jail on harassment, second-degree disorderly conduct, second-degree kidnapping, and a parole violation.last_img

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Qualcomm laid off 1231 San Diego Employees

first_img KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Qualcomm laid off 1,231 San Diego Employees Posted: April 19, 2018 April 19, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Qualcomm is laying off 1,231 San Diego employees and another 269 workers in Northern California as part of a $1 billion cost-cutting plan.The size of the mass cutback was revealed through mandatory 60-day layoff notices received Thursday at the San Diego Workforce Partnership. The cellular technology company alerted workers to the layoffs on Wednesday; they become effective June 19.Qualcomm’s cost-cutting plan was part of an effort to prevent a hostile takeover by rival chip company Broadcom. The Trump administration blocked Broadcom’s buyout, but lagging stock prices and poor financial performance have left investors worried.The cuts nearly match in scope Qualcomm’s last major restructuring in 2015, when the company laid off 1,315 San Diego employees, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.Before Thursday’s cuts, Qualcomm employed about 13,000 people in San Diego, as well as 33,800 globally.In a statement, the company said it considered cost cuts to avoid layoffs, but “we concluded that a workforce reduction is needed to support long-term growth and success, which will ultimately benefit all of our stakeholders.” Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Small fire causes minor damage at Hockinson High School

first_imgA small fire in a soap dispenser caused minor damage at Hockinson High School Thursday afternoon.Firefighters from Fire District 3 responded to the fire, which ignited in the boys’ bathroom on the main floor, said Battalion Chief Dave O’Brien.When firefighters arrived, the building was evacuated and the fire was extinguished by school staff.“There was a lot of smoke and a lot of fumes from burning plastic,” O’Brien said.Damage was minimal.The soap dispenser was destroyed and there was a little charring on the wall, he said.Fire marshals are investigating the bathroom blaze, which appears to be intentionally set, O’Brien said.Hockinson School District’s first day of school was Wednesday.last_img

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Employees allege financial misconduct Alaska blood bank

first_imgSeveral Blood Bank of Alaska employees have filed a federal complaint accusing the blood bank’s leadership of mismanagement and financial impropriety since the organization moved into its $45 million facility in Anchorage earlier this year.Listen nowThe Alaska Journal of Commerce reports the Aug. 28 complaint filed with the Food and Drug Administration alleges the blood bank’s missteps have resulted in dangerous donor conditions and shortages.Blood Bank of Alaska entered into an agreement with California blood center Lifestream to export 100 units of blood per week after moving into its new building in May.The blood bank’s former development manager, Linda Soriano, alleges the organization has been struggling with shortages since the move while trying to meet the needs of Alaska and California.Blood bank representatives didn’t respond to multiple requests for comment.last_img read more

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Nushagak District reopens to commercial fishing

first_imgF/V Pacific Knight (Photo courtesy of Bruce Ilutsik)Commercial fishing in the Nushagak District reopened at 4 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.Listen nowThe district was closed to salmon fishing for nearly a week. The wreckage of the F/V Pacific Knight, which sank near Clark’s Point last Wednesday, was leaking fuel. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game was concerned diesel floating in the tide rips could contaminate fish and nets.Area management biologist Tim Sands has been monitoring the situation by air. He flew an aerial survey Tuesday morning.“We basically flew down to the wreck sight and we saw no fuel coming out, no sign of any sheen anywhere,” Sands said.Sands added that fishermen on the district’s beaches reported they also did not see or smell fuel on the water.Even though the district’s sockeye run is tailing off, Sands said there is still significant interest in fishing for pink, coho and the remaining red salmon. At least three major processors are still buying.Additionally, Sands said that there is “not much threat anymore” of contaminated fish for subsistence users on Dillingham beaches.The owner of the wrecked vessel is contracting with the private company Resolve Marine on salvage efforts for the 58-foot vessel.“Right now we are actually in a fuel removal process, so we have divers that are working on the vessel,” Todd Duke, Resolve Marine’s Alaska area manager, said. “They’re doing a couple of things. They’re pumping the remaining fuel off the vessel. They’re also sealing vents. They’re utilizing different techniques to keep any residual fuel from leaking out.”Duke said the salvage team is also conducting surveys to better understand how the vessel is situated on the riverbed. He said that low visibility and strong tidal current have slowed diver’s efforts.When the Pacific Knight sank, over a thousand gallons of fuel were on board. Duke said that some remains on the vessel and that divers have removed a “substantial amount,” but could not provide a specific figures.After the remaining fuel is pumped off, the owner and insurance company will decide whether or not to remove the sunken boat.last_img read more

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Alien life on Mars Martian rock holds clue of extraterrestrial existence on

first_imgSeveral space experts and a section of conspiracy theorists have long been claiming that Mars was once home to an advanced alien civilisation. However, until now no space agencies including NASA has succeeded in finding authentic proof of alien presence on the Red Planet. Now, a team of Hungarian researchers has revealed that a Martian meteorite named ALH-77005 from the Allan Hills section in Antarctica could hold the clue of extraterrestrial existence on Mars.Their study report published in the Journal Open Astronomy revealed that the material in the Martian meteorite is very similar to that produced by iron-oxidizing microbes on Earth.”Our work is important to a broad audience because it integrates planetary, Earth, biological, chemical and environmental sciences and will be of interest to many researchers in those fields. The research will also be of interest to planetologists, experts of meteorite and astrobiology as well as researchers of the origin of life, and to the general public since it offers an example of a novel aspect of microbial mediation in stone meteorites,” said Ildiko Gyollai a scientist at the HAS Research Centre for Astronomy and Earth Sciences in Budapest, and the lead author of the study, Earthsky.org reports. Experts believe that this new finding could revolutionise human understanding about extraterrestrial life on Mars.The ALH-77005 Martian meteorite was discovered in 1977 during the Japanese National Institute of Polar Research mission. Experts believe that this meteorite is at least 175 million years old, and it is composed of igneous rocks.A few weeks back, a study report published in the Journal of Astrobiology and Space Science had suggested that alien life forms, in its basic form, might be thriving on Mars. The research report revealed that 15 photos taken by NASA’s Curiosity Rover have featured possible living forms like algae, lichens, and mushrooms.last_img read more

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India vs New Zealand World Cup semifinal These 5 key factors will

first_imgKohli and Williamson would be leading their sides in the semisTwitterIn an interesting co-incidence, India will play in their semi-final of the ICC 2019 World Cup, the only team that they didn’t have a match against in the league stage – New Zealand. Most people foresee an Indian victory and do not think the Kiwis capable of stopping the Indian juggernaut. However, if there is one thing that we know about this great game of cricket, it is that nothing can be taken for granted. Additionally, the Black Caps have more than enough quality and firepower to defeat any side on its day.So, which way will the tide turn on July 9 when Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson lead their teams onto the field of the Old Trafford stadium? We don’t know. But we can safely predict that the result of the match would depend on some key factors and how they play out. Let us look at these 5 factors and analyse them carefully. .The tossFor some reason, winning the toss and batting first seems to be a huge advantage in the World Cup. For all the talk of England’s prowess at chasing, they lost three times while batting second and even other teams have struggled when faced with big scores in the first innings. Hence, batting first may well be extremely crucial to the two sides. However, if clouds come around, then they may want to bowl due to the presence of high-quality swing bowlers in their line-ups. While India have the likes of Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, their opponents possess Trent Boult and Mark Henry. In overcast conditions, either team can do great damage with the new ball. In other words, the toss may play as big role as any other factor in deciding the match. Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar will pose a big threat to the top orderReutersIndian top-order vs New Zealand seamers with the new ballThe Kiwis possess one of the best seam-bowling line-ups in this tournament. Trent Boult is among the best swing bowlers in world cricket and his form has been brilliant of late. Both Mark Henry and Tim Southee can provide excellent support to Boult. While Southee was one of the protagonists of New Zealand’s brilliant run in the previous World Cup, it is Mark Henry who has been the preferred choice in this tournament. With the Indian team over-dependant on its top-order, how well these three seamers bowl to them may well decide the fate of the game. If Boult and co. can remove Virat and Rohit Sharma early, India will be in serious trouble. Otherwise, New Zealand’s chances would sink without trace.Form of Martin GuptillOne of the reasons why New Zealand performed so well in the 2015 World Cup was the dominance of their openers. Both Brendon McCullum and Martin Guptill were in scintillating form and they put the opposition bowlers under pressure right from the beginning. But in this edition of ODI cricket’s biggest tournament, Guptill has been out of knick for a long time. But he can make amends for all his failures so far by a big innings against India. The big-hitting right-hander will be tested to the hilt with high-quality bowlers such as Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar gunning for him. If he can get through their initial spell, a big innings may be on the cards. Considering the firepower that Guptill possesses, a big knock from him could well deliver the knockout blow to India. Taylor and Williamson are the core of NZ’s battingWilliamson and TaylorThe strong core or the spine of New Zealand’s batting lies with their two best batsmen – Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor. It’s not as if these two are the only ones who can pose a threat to India. There are other batsmen like Tom Latham and Jimmy Neesham who are capable of scoring big also but in a big match like this, against a strong opposition like India, one gets the feeling that either one, if not both, Taylor and Williamson will have to take the lead and guide their team to a big total. Both have already played many memorable knocks in their career but nothing would beat a big hundred against India in the semis. How they perform would be one of the biggest factors in deciding the outcome.India’s approach to SantnerHe may be highly underrated but Mitchell Santner is a very good left-arm spinner. Like Daniel Vettori, Santner also has subtle variations of pace, flight and line to trouble the batsmen. Indians have been, to say the least, too circumspect against the spinners. In their matches against Afghanistan, West Indies and Bangladesh, the quality spinners of these teams tied down Indian batsmen and prevented them from accelerating fully in the final overs. Hence, the contest between Santner and Indian batsmen would be both riveting and extremely crucial.last_img read more

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People are protesting Trumps antiLGBTI judges outside the Supreme Court

first_imgRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/people-protesting-anti-lgbti-judges/ LDF Policy Director @ToddACox: there is no position more important to our democracy than that of federal judge, and our courts require qualified judges who demonstrate a clear commitment the civil rights of all Americans. #StopFarr #CourtsMatter pic.twitter.com/aGHHr4eF3x— Legal Defense Fund (@NAACP_LDF) March 6, 2018NARAL Pro-Choice America also attended in protest of the nominees.#CourtsMatter – and the Trump admin is stacking the courts against women, LGBTQ people, and people of color -Kate Ryan, NARAL #StopDuncan #StopFarr pic.twitter.com/ews1PDAiuv— NARAL (@NARAL) March 6, 2018 LGBTI groups and advocates gathered on the steps of the US Supreme Court on Tuesday (6 March). They were there to protest Donald Trump’s anti-LGBTI judges. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) People gathered outside the Supreme Court. | Photo: Twitter @NARAL This is what fighting for justice and standing up for fair courts looks like. We won’t stop speaking out until Kyle Duncan and Thomas Farr are defeated. #courtsmatter–@AFJustice–@NAACP–@HRC–@NARAL–@LambdaLegal–@TransEquality–@peoplefor–@NAACP_LDF–@MALDEF–@NWLC pic.twitter.com/ieqXWuC80b— The Leadership Conference (@civilrightsorg) March 6, 2018It has been over a year since Donald Trump’s inauguration and the activism has not ceased.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . A December report revealed one-third of Trump’s nominees have anti-LGBTI records.Today’s protest specifically called out nominees Thomas Farr and Kyle Duncan.Farr was nominated for a seat in North Carolina. About him, Human Rights Campaign Government Affairs Director David Stacy said: ‘Thomas Farr’s long career undermining the fundamental rights to vote raises concerns about his ability to enforce equal treatment under the law, particularly for African Americans and other historically disenfranchised groups of Americans.’Meanwhile, Duncan was nominated for a position in the Fifth Circuit for the US Court of Appeals.He opposes same-sex marriage and defended North Carolina’s bathroom bill. Lambda Legal has his track record.Stop Farr, Stop DuncanGroups like HRC, Legal Defense Fund, and activists and politicians all joined forces today.Representative Joe Kennedy, who brought a trans soldier to Trump’s first State of the Union, was there. He said: ‘We will not allow the bigoted beliefs of two men to unwind the progress of millions who came before them, or the millions who will come after.’.@RepJoeKennedy: We will not allow the bigoted beliefs of two men to unwind the progress of millions who came before them, or the millions who will come after. #CourtsMatter #StopDuncan #StopFarr pic.twitter.com/rCvRSd6Ecf— Alliance for Justice (@AFJustice) March 6, 2018A mother of a transgender son was also present.Sarah Watson, the mother of a transgender son, was here last year to speak out against Jeff Mateer’s nomination, and she’s here again today to urge opposition to Duncan and Farr. #StopDuncan #StopFarr pic.twitter.com/76eIb8c1R7— The Leadership Conference (@civilrightsorg) March 6, 2018Sarah Watson has long been speaking out against discriminatory figures. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS-last_img read more

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Recap Seven mile queues and two hour delays due to accident on

first_imgUPDATE: All lanes have now reopened and long delays are slowly clearing. Two lanes are closed on the M6 motorway following an accident near Stoke-on-Trent this afternoon – with a second accident also taking place just south of the city. The lanes are shut on the northbound carriageway within the roadworks at junction 16. Inrix, a traffic data company, reports a car and a van are involved. The car is facing sideways on across lanes two and three, the van is situated in lane three. Keele Services is located between J15 and J16. A Highways England spokesman said: “On the M6 northbound, two lanes are closed between junctions 15 and 16 while the emergency services deal with an incident. “Although we’ve worked hard to keep traffic moving past the scene by ensuring that one lane still remains open, there are long delays in this area. Please allow plenty of extra time for your journey.” Traffic England is currently reporting 90 minute delays as a result of the crash. Read MoreTravellers to be forced off site as eviction notice granted… but ANOTHER illegal camp has been set up A second accident has also taken place on the northbound carriageway near junction 15. Two lanes were closed due to the second collision have now reopened. Congestion due to that accident was stretching back to Stafford Services, although the latest reports suggest it has now returned to normal. We will bring you live updates on this story as we get them on the live feed below. Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here.18:33Statement from Highways EnglandA spokesman said:On the M6 northbound, there are delays of over 60 minutes between junctions 15 and 16 following an earlier incident, which closed two (of three) lanes. All lanes are now open, however the delays will take some time to clear.” 18:32Still six mile delaysThere are still six mile delays18:31All lanes reopenedAll lanes have now reopened but heavy traffic continues in the area18:18Lanes remain closedBoth lanes remain closed17:50Seven miles of queuing trafficA Highways England spokesman said: “ Long delays of approximately 2 hours on the M6 northbound, J15 – J16, while we help the emergency services at the scene of a collision. Only one lane is open. Approximately 7 miles of queuing traffic.”17:36Latest from Highways EnglandA Highways England spokesman said:On the M6 northbound, two lanes are closed between junctions 15 and 16 while the emergency services deal with an incident.Although we’ve worked hard to keep traffic moving past the scene by ensuring that one lane still remains open, there are long delays in this area. Please allow plenty of extra time for your journey.” 17:17Recovery on sceneRecovery vehicles are currently at the scene, according to traffic data company INRIX.17:0790 minute delaysTraffic England are now reporting delays of 90 minutes against expected traffic on the M6 due to the accident at junction 1617:03Accident near junction 15 reported clearThe accident near junction 15 has reportedly been cleared, according to traffic data company Inrix.Two lanes were previously closed as a result of the collision. Traffic is still moving slowly in the area.16:59M6 accidents – what we know so farTwo accidents on the M6 northbound are causing long delays this evening.One accident is in the roadworks near junction 16, the second is near junction 15Each accident has closed two lanes, with congestion building back from bothThe accident at junction 16 involves a car and a van, we have no information on the vehicles involved at junction 15.16:57Highways England at scene of J16 accidentInrix, the traffic data company, have confirmed Highways England traffic officers have arrived at the scene of the accident near junction 16.16:56Two lanes also shut due to second accidentA Highways England spokesman said:“In addition to the collision on the #M6 northbound closing two lanes at J16, another collision on the #M6 northbound just after J15 has also closed two lanes and is adding to the long delays in this area.”16:5250 minute delays against trafficThere are now 50 minute delays against traffic following the accident near junction 16.16:46Reports of second accident on M6One lane closed and slow traffic due to accident on M6 Northbound between Stafford Services and J15 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent).Lane one (of three) is closed. 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President Trump nominates Sharon Day as ambassador to Costa Rica

first_imgRelated posts:U.S. Ambassador Haney to continue in his post U.S. Embassy makes donation to support air surveillance operations in Costa Rica U.S. donates new station, speed boat to Costa Rica’s Coast Guard Solís reports positive meeting with U.S. Vice President Pence U.S. President Donald Trump has nominatedSharon Day, a former Republican National Committee co-chair from Fort Lauderdale, to be his ambassador to Costa Rica.Day’s nomination is part of a list of ten nominees that Trump sent to the Senate on Thursday, the White House reported in a press release.She served on the Executive Committee of the Broward County Republican Party starting in 1994, and in 1996 was elected as a state committee member. She recently stepped down from her role at the RNC, a position she held since 2011.Day appeared at numerous Trump rallies in Florida and spoke at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.  She told attendees that, “as proud Republicans,” they should “talk up and support the president wherever they went, including at grocery stores or church.”The White House lauded Day’s political work in South Florida.“She has served the Republican Party at the local, state, and national level for more than twenty years, with a focus on engaging and empowering women candidates and activists, as well as strengthening state parties and volunteerism,” the statement said.The GOP’s website says Day was born in Texas, moved to Indiana, and then settled in Florida when she and her husband sold their business. She has two sons and five grandchildren.If the Senate confirms Day’s appointment, she will replace Stafford Fitzgerald Haney as Costa Rican ambassador.Haney, a New Jersey businessman, held the post since May 2015. He is widely considered to have been an effective ambassador during his time in office, contributing to several areas ranging from public infrastructure, public security and education, to immigration issues including the recent Cuban migrant crisis.He ended his term as ambassador on January 20. The Trump administration, however, allowed him to remain in his post beyond that date, even though the administration required many other Barack Obama appointees to leave their posts on Inauguration Day.Haney’s additional time in Costa Rica allowed his children to finish the school year. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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