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Odisha schools go hunting for TV as CM is set to make his first televised address

first_imgThe first television address by Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday to mark Children’s Day has left headmasters and school authorities a worried lot in the State. They are finding it difficult to arrange television sets for the day.The School and Mass Education Department is expecting students to be present in schools to watch the live telecast of the Chief Minister’s speech between 11 a.m. and 12 noon. Mr. Patnaik will address the State-level Children’s Day celebration at Capital High School here on Tuesday.“All students of schools will attend the CM’s programme on November 14 in the nearby village where television with set-top box connection facilities is available. The headmasters and school management committee members will contact villagers and parents having television with set-top box connection facilities to watch the programme on that day,” said P. K. Mohapatra, School and Mass Education Secretary, in his instruction.But there are not adequate television sets to watch the CM’s address in more than 65,000 primary, upper primary and high schools across the State. Headmasters and school authorities have already started a hunt for television sets so that the CM’s first televised address to children does not go unwatched.While some schools already have TVs, many are trying to convert computer desktops and projectors provided under the smart class initiatives into televisions with the help of hardware. Getting a TV on rent is also difficult in the interior pockets.When asked many headmasters, who did not want to be named, said it was difficult to arrange a television set for a day. “We have already persuaded parents to either lend their television sets for the day or make arrangement in their premise to watch the CM’s programme. But nobody is forthcoming,” said a headmaster in Balangir district.‘No compulsion’Although higher-ups in the education department clarified there was no compulsion for teachers to arrange television sets for the proposed televised address by the CM, which is dubbed as an imitation of Prime Minister’s Narendra Modi’s addresses, the veiled message is clear -– teachers and students will have to remain present in front of television sets on Tuesday.District Education Officer (DEOs) and Cluster Resource Coordinators (CRC) have already delivered ‘verbal communications’ to school authorities to make arrangements. School authorities in some districts have also been asked to send photographic evidence of children-parents sitting together at the function to the higher authorities.“We have instructed all schools to watch the CM’s address on Children’s Day. In primary schools where TVs are not available, they can come to the gram panchayat headquarters for watching the programme. Alternatively, arrangement should be made to watch the programme in village community halls,” said Brundaban Satpathy, DEO of Khordha.Apart from the problem of arranging televisions, teachers had been informed by many parents that they were not interested in sending their wards to school as children want to enjoy the holiday at home.last_img read more

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Indian American Former CEO Pleads Guilty to Paying Bribes

first_imgA former chief executive officer of a Detroit-based information technology company pleaded guilty on May 30 for his involvement in plotting a scheme to bribe a city official to obtain benefits for the company, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a statement.Parimal D Mehta, 54, of Northville, Michigan, was the former CEO of FutureNet Group Inc. Mehta pleaded guilty to one count of federal program bribery before U.S. District Judge Robert H. Cleland. His sentencing has been scheduled for Sept. 27, 2018.Mehta hand-delivered more than $6,500 to Charles L. Dodd, the former Director of Detroit’s Office of Departmental Technology Services, from 2009 to August 2016. This included two cash bribes that Mehta paid to Dodd in a restaurant in Detroit in 2016, according to admissions made in connection with his plea, the statement added.“Mehta sought preferential treatment for FutureNet in exchange for the bribes he paid to Dodd. Among other things, Mehta asked Dodd to cause FutureNet to be selected to fill open positions for contract personnel and to implement particular technological projects in various city departments,” the Department of Justice said.Dodd held substantial influence over the administration of multi million-dollar contracts between the city of Detroit and private information technology companies.Mehta also asked Dodd to give him confidential information about Detroit’s internal operations. This included information on Detroit’s internal budgets for particular technology projects and personnel, which would benefit FutureNet in its dealings with Detroit.Mehta was indicted in January this year. The indictment alleged that Mehta and FutureNet reaped benefits from Dodd’s influence over the administration of city contracts as well as expenditures under those contracts. Mehta also benefitted from the hiring and selection of contract personnel.Mehta was also alleged to have employed Dodd’s family members at FutureNet and its subsidiaries.In September 2016, Dodd pleaded guilty for accepting bribe payments from two information technology companies that provided services and personnel to the city of Detroit. He admitted to accepting cash payments, a trip to North Carolina, among other things of value from Mehta, besides cash and other valuable items from the CEO and an employee of another information technology company. In return for these cash payments, Dodd agreed to provide preferential treatment to the companies. Related ItemsDetroitMichiganUnited Stateslast_img read more

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Green Archers dominate winless Tigers anew

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa The defending champions outscored UST, 25-8, in the second quarter and that was enough for La Salle to put the game away.Jollo Go gave the Green Archers their biggest lead, 85-43, after hitting back-to-back triples with 6:39 left.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Coach [Aldin Ayo] told us to not take this team lightly because they have nothing to lose,” said La Salle guard Ricci Rivero. “He just reminded us to stick to the system and play proper defense.”La Salle held UST to just 34% from the field and forced the Growling Tigers to turn the ball over 24 times. The Archers also outrebounded the Growling Tigers, 61-49.“We were able to get them to make a lot of turnovers, and we were able to convert in transition,” said center Ben Mbala after La Salle scored 24 off UST’s turnovers. “We were able to play well as a team, stay focused and stuck to the game plan.”Mbala had 17 points, nine boards, and three blocks in 19 minutes of play to lead La sale while Rivero added 16 points and seven rebounds. La Salle forward Abu Tratter came two points shy of a double-double after putting up eight points and 15 boards.Marvin Lee seemed as if the lone player from UST who put up a fight as he finished with a game-high 25 points with seven rebounds while Steve Akomo finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Mitchell scores career-high 22, Jazz beat Lakers For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ The Archers swept the Tigers this season with an average winning margin of 36.3 points. View comments CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img FILE — La Salle’s Ben Mbala dunks the ball against UST in the first round of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDe La Salle dealt University of Santo Tomas with a merciless 94-59 beatdown in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Green Archers won their fifth straight game and improved to 10-2 to move closer to a twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four while the Growling Tigers continued their slump and fell to 0-12.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding UAAP SEASON 80 PREVIEW: DLSU GREEN ARCHERS PLAY LIST 02:34UAAP SEASON 80 PREVIEW: DLSU GREEN ARCHERS00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Nextlast_img read more

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Lenovo Z5 Pro launched with four cameras, sliding camera and Snapdragon 710 chipset

first_imgSlider phones are becoming a common phenomenon now. Several smartphone makers are launching phones with a slider in the front with an earpiece, selfie cameras, and sensors embedded into it. Lenovo also joins the bandwagon and launches its first ever slider phone. It is the long-time rumoured Lenovo Z5 Pro. Lenovo has launched the advanced version of the Z5 on Thursday in China for a starting price tag of 1,998 Yuan which translates to around Rs 21,000 approx. As of now, there’s no word if Lenovo will bring the Z5 Pro in India or not. Considering Lenovo has been extremely quiet for some time now, chances are the Lenovo Z5 Pro will not hit the Indian stores anytime soon.As noted, the sliding camera is the new common now. It all started with the Vivo NEX, and the Oppo Find X, Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 and recently the Honor Magic 2 followed the trend. Besides the front slider, the Lenovo Z5 Pro comes with some more interesting features like 4 cameras – two on the front and two on the back, Snapdragon 710 processor, in-display fingerprint sensor and so much more.As far as the specs are concerned, the Lenovo Z5 Pro sports a big 6.39-inch Super AMOLED display which is said to be developed by Samsung. The phone supports Full HD+ resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels and comes with a screen-to-body ratio of 95.06 per cent and an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. As far as the overall design of the phone is concerned, the Lenovo phone looks a lot like the Honor Magic 2 from the front. The back panel of the Lenovo Z5 Pro is made of glass with well curved from all four sides.advertisementThe Z5 Pro comes with slimmer bezels, comparatively the chin of the phone is slightly thicker than the other three sides of the phone. Following the trend, the Lenovo phone also equips an in-display fingerprint sensor. The phone is said to include the fifth-generation photo-electric under-display fingerprint sensor to let users unlock the phone in the blink of an eye.This is also the first Lenovo phone to pack Qualcomm’s recently announced Snapdragon 710 chipset. The smartphone has been launched in two variants – the base model with 6GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage, while the top end model of the phone packs 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. There’s no way to expand the storage of the phone. On the software front, the Z5 Pro runs ZUI 10.0 based Android Oreo OS, there’s no word if the phone will be upgraded to Pie anytime soon or not.One of the key highlights of the Lenovo Z5 Pro is the camera system. In total, the phone packs four cameras. On the rear panel, there’s a primary camera of 24-megapixel Sony IMX576 sensor while the secondary camera includes 16-megapixel Sony IMX519 sensor. The back cameras of the Z5 Pro pairs with features like dual f/1.8 aperture lens, autofocus, dual-tone LED flash, there’s also 4K video shooting, HDR, PDAF, AI scene recognition and super night scene mode.On the front, the Lenovo Z5 Pro packs a primary camera of 16-megapixel and second one is an 8-megapixel infrared camera with an f/2.2 aperture. The dual selfie cameras come paired with lots of AI, beauty mode, and it also supports IR face recognition for quickly and securely recognizing the face of the user to unlock the phone even in low-light situations. The IR face unlock is also found in the V11 Pro.ALSO READ: Lenovo launches Lenovo K9, K5 smartphones in India starting at Rs 5,999Sadly, the Lenovo Z5 Pro ditches the 3.5mm headphone jack, and which is why the phone comes bundled with Lenovo Air wireless Bluetooth headset. The smartphone comes with 18W fast charging support and packs a 3,350mAh battery.The Lenovo Z5 Pro has been launched in China for a starting price of 1,998 Yuan (roughly Rs 21,000). This price is for the 6GB RAM and 64GB storage model. Meanwhile, the 6GB RAM + 128GB storage variant comes for 2,998 Yuan which roughly translates to Rs 31,600. The smartphone comes in only single colour variant — black.- black.last_img read more

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Amitabh Bachchan shoots for Kaun Banega Crorepati 11 promo in Lucknow, to get makeover

first_imgAmitabh Bachchan is all set to return to small screen with the all-new season of Kaun Banega Crorepati in August. The megastar who’s currently in Lucknow for Shoojit Siracar’s film Gulabo Sitabo, shot for the show’s promo in the city of Nawabs on Monday. He reported on the sets of KBC after wrapping up the film’s sequences in the morning, reports Mid Day.Although Big B was originally supposed to shoot for the final promo of the quiz-based show in Film City, Mumbai, but couldn’t due to his film commitments. The makers of Kaun Banega Crorepati found a perfect solution to the problem by flying down to Lucknow along with the show’s team. The teaser was directed by Dangal director Nitesh Tiwari and is expected to air on July 6.According to Mid Day, the promo will have a light-hearted concept that will see Big B along with a Lucknow-based contestant and several locals.Big B to get a makeoverMakers are all set to experiment with Amitabh Bachchan’s wardrobe this time. “Though he will be wearing classic striped and checkered suits, the superstar will experiment with his ties. He will be seen sporting the triple knotted looks, which include the Eldredge, trinity and the cape knot,” a source told the Mumbai tabloid.KBC to replace Ladies SpecialKaun Banega Crorepati will premiere in August and according to reports, Sony TV’s Ladies Special will go off air to make way for the quiz show.According to a report on an entertainment portal, Kaun Banega Crorepati 11 will air on its regular time at 9 pm. Channel has decided to pull the plug on Ladies Special that airs at 9.30 pm as the show failed to rake in ratings. However, Patiala Babes that airs at 9 pm will be given a different time slot. The show is working well and people are loving the mother-daughter duo on the show.advertisementHere’s when Big B shot for the registration promo”So prep for KBC starts and here we are running into introductions, systems, learning new inputs, rehearsing, getting ready for another year. Its 2019 and it all began in 2000. 19 years and a gap of about two years when it did not happen for me. But 17 years is a lifetime and a life time that was given a lifeline by you,” Amitabh wrote on his blog.The 76-year-old actor said he has started shooting for the introduction and initiation for the eleventh season. “Hey (they) are calling me to record and shoot how to call you on ‘KBC’.”Theme of the seasonAgar koshish rakhoge jaari, toh KBC Hot Seat par baithne ki iss baar aapki hogi baari! 1 May se shuru ho rahe hain #KBC ke registrations. Adhik jaanakaari ke liye bane rahen. @SrBachchan pic.twitter.com/lkV66j0MGD— Sony TV (@SonyTV) April 15, 2019The makers posted the promo and captioned it as, “Agar koshish rakhoge jaari, toh KBC Hot Seat par baithne ki iss baar aapki hogi baari! 1 May se shuru ho rahe hain #KBC ke registrations. Adhik jaanakaari ke liye bane rahen. @amitabhbachchan.”RegistrationsT 3089 – ! , … … KBC !! !! pic.twitter.com/mzeLj36Wfh— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) February 13, 2019The registrations for the show began from May 1 at 9 PM on Sony TV and like every year, Big B asked a series of questions for around a month. Viewers could register themselves online by logging on to Sonyliv website and filling up the form, or off line by IVR, SMS etc.Also read | Amitabh Bachchan’s Kaun Banega Crorepati 11 to premiere in August, to replace this TV showAlso read | Excited Amitabh Bachchan starts prepping for Kaun Banega Crorepati 11Also read | Kaun Banega Crorepati 11 registration date out, Amitabh urges fans to participateAlso read | Amitabh Bachchan’s Kaun Banega Crorepati 11 to premiere in August, to replace this TV showAlso read | Kaun Banega Crorepati 11 registrations begin on May 1. Here’s how to registerlast_img read more

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Guardiola evasive over Laporte

first_imgTransfers Making deals is difficult – Guardiola on Laporte transfer Russell Greaves Last updated 1 year ago 22:39 1/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) AymericLaporteCropped Getty Images Transfers Manchester City Guardiola Athletic Club Premier League Cardiff City v Manchester City Cardiff City FA Cup The Athletic Bilbao defender has been targeted by the Premier League leaders but the Catalan gave few details away on Friday Pep Guardiola says there is still work to be done before Manchester City can bring in fresh faces amid reported interest in Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte.The runaway Premier League leaders, who travel to Cardiff City in the FA Cup on Sunday, are seeking to strengthen at the back and have identified Laporte, who has a €65 million release clause, as a prime target.Goal understands that the Frenchman has informed Athletic of his desire to join City, and has agreed a deal in principle with Guardiola’s side. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Guardiola was probed on the topic of Laporte’s potential arrival at his pre-match media conference on Friday, where he proved evasive.”I know you are curious about it. Here is not the place to talk about it,” said the City boss.”Making deals is so difficult. It is not right place to talk about names.”He’s a player of Athletic Bilbao. You will know if it happens, if it doesn’t, it won’t happen.”There were players in the past we were interested in, there will be in the future. We will try to do the best we can.”The Catalan also confirmed Kyle Walker would be fit to face Cardiff after an injury scare in the EFL Cup win at Bristol City on Tuesday.last_img read more

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14 days agoWaddle: England will not have better chance of winning Euros

first_imgWaddle: England will not have better chance of winning Eurosby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer England winger Chris Waddle says the country will not have a better chance of winning the European Championships than next year.The 2020 edition will be held throughout 12 countries, with the semi-finals and final to be played at Wembley in London.Speaking to racingpost.com, Waddle said: “With the semi-finals and final being held at Wembley, England are not going to get a better chance of winning the European Championship than next year.”Gareth Southgate has done a good job and he has not been scared to bring players through. Against the Netherlands and Switzerland, they didn’t really perform and they didn’t play like England have been in the last 18 months.”But they have been generally playing well and I would be surprised if England don’t at least reach the last four at Euro 2020.”In qualifying it can be difficult going to hostile atmospheres across Europe, but they hammered Czech Republic at home and football-wise I haven’t seen a team in their group who are even 50 or 60 per cent as good as England are.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Video: Colin Cowherd Has Michigan Blowing Out Wisconsin As His “Lock Of The Year”

first_imgA splitscreen picture of Joel Klatt and Colin Cowherd.YouTube/Colin CowherdMichigan vs. Wisconsin is one of the biggest games of the weekend, with two top 10 Big Ten teams battling it out. FOX Sports 1’s Colin Cowherd doesn’t think the game will be close.The Wolverines are 10-point favorites over the Badgers at home. Michigan, the No. 4 team in the country, has looked very good so far this season, but Wisconsin has been one of the more surprising clubs in the country, with wins over LSU and Michigan State, a week after the Spartans landed a big win at Notre Dame. Wisconsin’s 30-6 win has Badger fans riding high, but FS1’s Colin Cowherd isn’t impressed.During his normal spot with Joel Klatt on The Herd, Cowherd argued that Wisconsin got all kinds of breaks against the Spartans, and that the Wolverines are more talented and don’t make mistakes on offense. Therefore, Cowherd expects a blowout home win for the Wolverines. He’s so confident, he’s made it is “lock of the year,” with a fancy graphic and everything.Michigan definitely deserves to be a favorite in this one, based on how the season has played out, but the Badgers have earned respect. Their game against Georgia State was not impressive, but on top of the LSU and Michigan State wins, the Badgers also blew out a decent MAC squad in Akron. We’re excited for this one.Michigan vs. Wisconsin kicks off at 3:30 p.m. E.T. The game will be broadcast on ABC.last_img read more

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23yrold chef thrashed in South Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi: A 23-year-old man working as a chef was thrashed in Kotla Mubarakpur area on July 16. Police said that the reason behind the incident was some altercation and two persons have been arrested in the case.Police said that on 16th July at about 2.32 am a PCR regarding quarrel near Subhash Gali in Kotla Mubarakpur was received. On enquiries, it has been revealed that friends of injured have taken him to the hospital. At the hospital injured Pranay Pardhan was found admitted in the unconscious stage. Friends of injured namely Nitesh, Ganesh, Laxmi and Leena who were with the injured at the time of the incident were also met at the hospital. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items”Statement of Nitesh was recorded who disclosed that today at about 2.15 am they all were going to their houses after attending the birthday party of their common friend. When they reached near Subhash Gali crossing, Nanak Chand Basti they saw three young boys sitting there,” police said. Police further added that some altercation took place between them overpassing from the congested street. The altercation took violently and two of the alleged boys caught hold the injured and one of the boys hit on the head of injured with a wooden plank. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderPolice nabbed one Yogesh (19) and Saurav (23). Both are the residents of the same locality where the incident took place. Injured Paranay belongs to Darjeeling and presently working in a restaurant. Complainant Nitesh, Ganesh and Leena also belong to Darjeeling while Laxmi belongs to Nepal. “No molestation was reported,” police said. 3 held with counterfeit pesticides North district police arrested three shopkeepers with counterfeit pesticides of FMC company. Police said on the complaint of FMC company a case was registered at Sabji Mandi police station under Trade Mark Act. Raids were conducted at three places and shops. All the three shopkeepers were found possessing counterfeit pesticides.last_img read more

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Officials say US Cuba near understanding on restoring commercial airline flights

FILE – In this Nov. 1, 2001, file photo, the first passengers of the first flight of Continental Airlines from Miami Florida, arrives at the Jose Marti Airport of Havana, Cuba. The United States and Cuba have reached an understanding on restoring regularly scheduled commercial flights, Cuban and American officials said Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2016 on the eve of the anniversary of detente between the Cold War foes. (AP Photo/Jose Goitia, File) HAVANA – The United States and Cuba are close to a deal on restoring regularly scheduled commercial flights, Cuban and American officials said Wednesday on the eve of the anniversary of detente between the Cold War foes.The diplomatic advance would help open the way for U.S. airlines to begin flying to Cuba within months in what would likely be the biggest step toward tighter economic ties since the two countries began normalizing relations last year. Officials on both sides said they had reached an understanding on key points and hoped to reach a formal deal within hours or days.Teams who have been meeting since Monday in Washington “have made important advances in negotiating a memorandum of understanding on establishing regular flights between Cuba and the United States, and shortly they will be ready to announce a preliminary agreement on this issue,” said Josefina Vidal, head of North American affairs for Cuba’s foreign ministry.State Department spokeswoman Kerry Humphrey said late Wednesday that the countries “are making progress but still negotiating.”Right now, American and Cuban travellers must fly on charter flights that are expensive and difficult to book, forcing travellers to buy paper tickets in Cuba or email documents and payment information back and forth with an agent in the U.S. Those flying often must arrive at the airport four hours in advance and pay high prices for baggage in excess of strict weight limits.U.S. officials and aviation executives have speculated that Cuba could allow more than a dozen flights to and from the U.S. a day. It’s unclear if those flights would completely replace charters, but they appear certain to create a surge in travel that would place heavy strain on Cuba’s already overstrained tourist infrastructure. Hotels and private hostals are booked for months.Authorized American travel to the island is up 50 per cent this year, Jeffrey DeLaurentis, who heads the U.S. Embassy in Havana, said Tuesday. While the majority of U.S. travellers are Cuban-Americans, there has been a sharp rise in Americans travelling for specially authorized purposes, particularly on educational tours known as people-to-people travel. Among Obama’s regulatory changes this year was one permitting such travel to Cuba without specific Treasury Department permission.Since the announcement last year that the U.S. would establish diplomatic relations and expand trade and tourism with Cuba, major U.S. airlines, including American, Delta, United, JetBlue and Southwest, have expressed interest in establishing regular flights from the U.S. to the island.Cuba and the U.S. announced last week direct mail service would restart after a 52-year interruption. The governments had been speaking about restoring a postal link since President Barack Obama entered office, but those talks stalled when Cuba imprisoned U.S. contractor Alan Gross. He was freed in a prisoner exchange that sparked last year’s declaration of detente.On other issues, however, the U.S. and Cuba remain far apart. These include the billions of dollars in competing property claims, the status of fugitives in both countries, and Cuban protection of human rights.The U.S. and Cuba re-opened embassies in each other’s capitals this summer.Thursday marks the one-year anniversary of the announcement by Presidents Obama and Raul Castro that they were ending a half-century of U.S.-Cuban enmity. by Michael Weissenstein And Bradley Klapper, The Associated Press Posted Dec 16, 2015 4:26 pm MDT Last Updated Dec 16, 2015 at 10:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Officials say US, Cuba near understanding on restoring commercial airline flights read more

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Donaldson Braves reach a deal that works well for both

ATLANTA — Josh Donaldson needed the Braves.The Braves needed Josh Donaldson.Call this one a perfect match.The slugging third baseman was officially introduced to Atlanta on Tuesday, joining the team he cheered for as a youngster. Donaldson agreed to a $23 million, one-year deal that provides the sort of flexibility both sides wanted.“We were looking for a middle-of-the-order bat,” general manager Alex Anthopoulos said after a news conference at SunTrust Park, less than 24 hours after the team announced the signing of catcher Brian McCann . “We had to find a way to get it done.”Donaldson was looking for a team that would pay him big bucks, while giving him a chance to show he’s healthy after three injury-plagued seasons. He’ll make the same salary he received this past season, while setting himself up for a much more lucrative deal if he returns to MVP form.Plus, he gets to play with his favourite team from childhood. Donaldson is a native of Pensacola, Florida who played his college baseball at Auburn — about a two-hour drive from SunTrust Park.“I was a huge Braves fan coming up,” he said. “My very first favourite player was Ron Gant. It’s a very full circle from coming to my very first Braves game, my first major league baseball game, when I was about 12 years old to now being 32 years old (next week), being able to wear this jersey and wear it with pride.”By only committing to Donaldson for a year, the NL East-winning Braves addressed their top priority while leaving themselves with plenty of financial flexibility beyond 2019. They have some of the most talented young players in the game, led by NL Rookie of the Year Ronald Acuna Jr., and didn’t want to make a move that impeded their long-term progress.“I think it’s a win-win across the board,” Anthopoulos said. “We love Josh. We’re thrilled to have him. But it’s a one-year deal. Beyond one year, we don’t know what’s going to happen, other than we hope we’re pouring champagne over each other’s heads and he’s had an MVP year again. It would be a good problem to have.”Donaldson was AL MVP in 2015 after hitting 41 homers and leading the league with 123 RBIs in his first year with the Blue Jays. He was acquired from Oakland in a blockbuster deal engineered by Anthopoulos, who was then Toronto’s general manager.While Donaldson followed up with two more 30-plus-homer seasons, a hip injury in 2016 and a strained right calf in 2017 cut into his production. This past season, Donaldson was limited to 52 games by shoulder inflammation and more calf issues, hitting .246 with just eight homers and 23 RBIs. He was dealt to Cleveland on Aug. 31 and played 16 games with the Indians, enough to persuade the Braves that he’s fully recovered from myriad health issues.“The sample size was small, but he looked fantastic,” Anthopoulos said. “He looked like the Josh we’ve always known, one of the best players in the game.”After taking over at the Braves’ GM, Anthopoulos brought along much of the training staff that worked for him in Toronto. That was another factor in Donaldson’s decision to sign with the Braves.“They know how to keep me on the field,” he said.Donaldson is not looking beyond 2019, but he doesn’t consider himself a rent-a-player.“I’m not somebody who wants to bounce around,” he said. “I would hope that this could be the last place that I play. That being said, that’s not what I focus on. I’ve never really focused on free agency and any stuff like that. I’ve focused on going out there and helping my team win ballgames and helping my team become better.”What about Johan Camargo, who had 19 homers and 76 RBIs in his first full season as the Braves’ third baseman?Anthopoulos wants to turn Camargo into a super sub who plays all four infield positions, serves as the top pinch-hitter and maybe even gets some time in the outfield. The bench was a major shortcoming for Braves in 2018, which was especially apparent in the post-season when light-hitting Ryan Flaherty was included on the 25-man roster.“We’re going to give guys more days off,” said Anthopoulos, who described Camargo as “a big part of our lineup. He’s going to continue to play.”Even though the Braves will continue to pursue additional pitching for both the rotation and the bullpen, Anthopoulos was most concerned about bolstering an offence that ranked ninth in the NL with 175 homers and tailed off significantly in the second half.The Braves averaged just over 5 runs per game through the first half, but that dipped to 4.35 over the final 81 games. The offensive woes were especially apparent in the NL division series, when Atlanta was shut out twice and scored just eight runs in a four-game loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers .“It’s not something we wanted to announce, because we can still improve in the bullpen and in the rotation,” Anthopoulos said. “But the offence, more than anything else, we wanted to protect.”___Follow Paul Newberry on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pnewberry1963 . His work can be found at https://apnews.com/search/paul%20newberry__For more AP baseball coverage: https://apnews.com/apf-Baseball and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsPaul Newberry, The Associated Press read more

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Private religious school fails third Ofsted inspection because it does not teach

first_imgThe inspection, the third made less than a year, found that pupils “are not taught explicitly about issues such as sexual orientation”.  “This restricts pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and does not promote equality of opportunity in ways that take account of differing lifestyles.”… Vishnitz Girls School, an Orthodox school in Hackney, north London, failed its third inspection last month after inspectors found that it does not give pupils “a full understanding of fundamental British values”. center_img A private Jewish girls’ school which teaches children aged up to 8 has failed three Ofsted inspections because it does not teach pupils about homosexuality or gender reassignment. last_img read more

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Britains parakeets really did come from set of The African Queen says

But Miss Ayoob added: “The birds probably came from several locations. There was the storm of 1987 which wrecked a lot of averies and those birds joined those from The African Queen and that’s why we’ve got so many today.”The parakeets are just one of several invasive species which have arrived in Britain through improbable routes.  “This went on for quite a few years until the winter of ‘62-‘63 which was quite a cold winter and the birds disappeared and the theory is that that is when they moved into central London because it was much warmer and they have thrived there.”Escaped parakeets have been spotted in Britain since the 19th century with the earliest recorded sightings in Norfolk in 1855, Dulwich in 1893 and Brixton in 1894. However populations began to increase rapidly after the 1950s and by the 1990s they were frequently spotted in the capital. The bird is native to southern India, but there are now around 8,600 breeding pairs of ring-tailed parakeets living throughout England, with the biggest population in west London. They have also been spotted on the borders on Wales and Scotland and are expected to eventually spread throughout the British mainland.  Zoologist Jules Howard told the festival how the midwife toad existed in just three areas of Britain because of the actions of one family.“They exist in Bedford,” he said. “A gardener accidentally imported them in flower plant pots from France and they remained and spread in Bedford.“Two other populations exist, and it’s a nice family link, his sons grew up and one moved to Worksop in Derbyshire and another elsewhere.“So the distribution map of midwife toads in Britain is just three plonks on the map because three parts of the same family grew up listening to them.”A population of African clawed toads also exists in Wales. The toads were once used as pregnancy indicators, because they produce eggs if injected with the urine of pregnant women. But with the advent of pregnancy indicator sticks, many labs simply released them into the wild.  The link to The African Queen emerged when large flocks started appearing near Isleworth in the 1990s “He started feeding them with nuts, and dates and dried fruit and so did loads of his neighbours, and then when winter arrived they started building them little wooden shelters in the back garden African Queen Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart on the film set of African Queen The parakeets are just one of several invasive species which have arrived in Britain through improbable routesCredit:Sunset Boulevard The urban myth that Britain’s invasive parakeet population flourished after the birds escaped from the set of The African Queen has long been dismissed by experts. But according to one zoologist it may actually be true.Hana Ayoob, a curator at The Cheltenham Science Festival, said her great grandfather had lived near to Worton Hall Studios, in Isleworth, west London, where many of the jungle scenes were recreated. And he recalled that after filming finished in the early 1950s, “little green parrots” began to arrive in local gardens.Speaking about the arrival of then parakeets at the festival, she said: “No-one is 100 per cent sure where they came from. There is a story that at the end of filming of The African Queen they released all the parakeets that had been used on set.“And there is a lot scepticism around this story, but my great grandparents were living near to the studio at that time and my great grandad remembers one day these little green parrots starting to appear in his garden, and his neighbour’s gardens and started eating his apple trees. Stories about their origins range from claims that rock star Jimi Hendrix released a breeding pair in Carnaby Street in the 1960s, to suggestions they escaped from private collections during the Great Storm of 1987. Another legend said that they absconded from Syon Park in west London after debris from a passing plane damaged an aviary. The link to The African Queen emerged when large flocks started appearing near Isleworth in the 1990s but it was largely dismissed as fanciful particularly as the film was often wrongly listed as being filmed at Shepperton Studios in Surrey.  Some film historians also insisted that parakeets were never used in the production.  The link to The African Queen emerged when large flocks started appearing near Isleworth in the 1990sCredit:Alamy Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart on the film set of 'African Queen' 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

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SC Magdeburg sign Asmussen and Quenstedt at the goalkeeper position

asmussenMagdeburgquenstedtSC Magdeburgscm SC Magdeburg is having problems at the goalkeeper position as the Icelandic national team keeper Gustavsson due to arthritis. SCM solved the issue until at least New Year. Kristian Asmussen will join the club immediately from Nordsjaelland, and will play until the game against TuSEM Essen, which means after 26th of December he is going back to Denmark.For the next season, Dario Quenstedt should be new option behind Gustavsson. He signed a deal until 2015, and already played for Magdeburg until 2011 when he joined Lubbecke. Frank Carstens should have the goalkeeping position solved for now. ← Previous Story Barca with 100.000 followers on Twitter! Next Story → Austrian girls prepare against Brasil for WCh 2013 pre-qualifications read more

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France Télécom des cas de cancer après une exposition à des parafoudres

first_imgFrance Télécom : des cas de cancer après une exposition à des para-foudres radioactifsSelon un rapport demandé par le Comité Hygiène et Sécurité de France Télécom, une cinquantaine de techniciens du groupe seraient aujourd’hui atteints de cancer en raison d’une exposition aux rayons ionisants de para-foudres installés sur les lignes téléphoniques. De nombreux salariés de France Télécom sont inquiets. En début de semaine dernière, des employés qui ont travaillé sur les centres de Bédarieux et de Béziers dans le sud de la France ont révélé un taux important et inquiétant de cancers chez les techniciens passés sur ces deux sites. Alors que les employés sont exposés à bon nombre de produits, Dominique Enjalbert et Raymond Cubells, membres d’un collectif de santé d’anciens de France Télécom expliquaient alors à Midi Libre : “Nous n’avons eu de cesse d’alerter notre employeur, mais aussi la médecine du travail. En vain. Rien n’a bougé. Nous nous posons des questions sur d’éventuels liens avec des expositions liées à notre travail. Nous attendons des réponses pour faire face à nos inquiétudes”.À lire aussiUn ventre à bière cachait en fait une tumeur cancéreuse de trente-cinq kilosA la demande du Comité d’Hygiène et Sécurité de France Télécom (CHSFT), une étude a donc été démarrée afin de déterminer les expositions potentielles qui auraient pu favoriser l’apparition de cancers chez ces employés. Mercredi, les premiers résultats ont été présentés au comité et ont révélé l’existence de nombreux produits toxiques manipulés par les techniciens sans précaution. Mais plus sérieux encore : le rapport évoque une exposition régulière à des para-foudres radioactifs contenant de petites ampoules qui émettent des rayons ionisants pour éviter les risques de surtension, rapporte France 3.  Installés dans de nombreux boitiers de raccordement sur les lignes téléphoniques, ces para-foudres pourraient ainsi être à l’origine de l’apparition de cancers chez les anciens employés des deux sites. Toutefois, France Télécom se défend en affirmant avoir retiré ces équipements dès 1999 et en assurant que les expertises menées en collaboration avec la Sureté Nucléaire établissent que les radiations ionisantes subit par les salariés sont dans les normes imposées à la population française. Si cette piste n’est pas écartée, reste donc celles des nombreux autres produits.Faire reconnaitre la maladie professionnelle”Tous les techniciens ont travaillé sans savoir ce qu’ils manipulaient. Désormais, il faut prendre en compte chaque toxique. Il y a eu une exposition avérée dans la carrière de ces personnels. Il faut faire un exposé précis de ceux qui ont été soumis aux toxiques afin d’obliger l’employeur à intégrer l’idée des risques différés”, a ainsi indiqué Annie Thébomonie, cité par Midi Libre et chercheuse à l’Inserm à Paris XIII qui a présenté le rapport. Aujourd’hui, organisés en association, les employés touchés espèrent donc faire reconnaitre leur maladie en maladie professionnelle. Le 19 septembre 2011 à 09:39 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Andre Gomes feels at home at Everton

first_imgThe former Barcelona star was transferred to the English Premier League club on the summer and can’t wait to get into the pitch for The BluesAndre Gomes spend two years at Spanish La Liga side Barcelona, from 2016 to 2018.And he only appeared from 46 matches, scoring three goals as a central midfielder.That’s why he decided to test his luck somewhere else and he’s been loaned to English Premier League club, Everton.“The weather is the only problem here, but I can deal with that!” Gomes told NSNO.“It’s really good. My team-mates are doing their best every day to talk with me, to try to help me do my best performance. I am feeling more comfortable.”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.“I am injured so I am trying to recover and be back on the field as soon as possible,” he said.“Of course, it is not good for me because I wanted to be right in to help my team-mates. But I am calm and recovering well. The most important thing is I feel like part of the family.”“I want to play. I want to help. I want to go on the field and show the Evertonians that I can help and do good things,” he added.“I think the boys are working really hard, I am seeing them every day working hard, so for me, it is one more detail to improve myself, be back and work at the levels they are.”“I will do my best to help the team and make the fans happy. I am working hard on that,” Gomes concluded.last_img read more

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Community rallies to help owner find missing Great Dane

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, Community rallies to help owner find missing Great Dane KUSI Newsroom center_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Members of a San Diego community are asking the public to help locate a missing Great Dane.On Jan. 9, the 150lb Great Dane named “Bane” went missing in National City and was last seen near South 47th St. and Logan Avenue.Bane has severe IBS which makes his weight fluctuate dramatically as well as being prone to bloat.His owner — David Garay — was injured in a motorcycle accident a few weeks after Bane went missing and has been unable to join the search for his dog.A $1,000 reward is being offered for Bane’s safe return. Contact David Garay at #619-764-8207 or by email at david.garay@gmail.com with any information on Bane. February 8, 2018 Posted: February 8, 2018last_img read more

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5yearold hospitalized after being found unresponsive in pool

first_imgDORAL, FLA. (WSVN) – Paramedics transported a 5-year-old to the hospital in critical condition after he was found drowning in a pool, Friday afternoon.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded and found the child in full cardiac arrest, officials said. Paramedics resuscitated the child and transported him to Palmetto General Hospital.Police said the boy was last breathing on his own.Police are now investigating what happened.Please check back on WSVN.com and 7News for more details on this developing story.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Article 370 got backdoor entry into Constitution Ram Madhav

first_imgTirupati: Article 370 entered into Indian Constitution through `back door’ and remained stay put for 70 years due to lack of will power on the part of successive leaders, it is in fact a temporary provision to the state of Jammu and Kashmir, said BJP national general secretary V Ram Madhav. Delivering speech on ` Historical Correction of A Historical Blunder – Article 370′ in SV University here on Saturday, the BJP leader said that though the Article 370 was not in the original `instrument of accession’ executed by Maharaja of Kashmir Hari Singh, it was Pandit Nehru who incorporated it later in the Constitution to please Shaik Abdulla. Also Read – TDP to open shelters for victims of attacks Advertise With Us “Even in the meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) held to discuss special status to Kashmir, except two leaders, all others opposed it on the ground that it would lead to similar such demand from other princely states which were merged with Indian Union,” he said blaming Nehru. Further, Nehru also bypassed the then existing rules to include Sheik Abdulla and his three party members from Kashmir in the Constitutional Assembly flouting the norm which stipulates nominating only two nominees of Maharaja and two members from the last Assembly though Sheik Abdulla’s party did not contest the last election in the state in 1946, he said. Also Read – Quarry checks bring down granite production Advertise With Us Nehru gave special status only to Kashmir and not to any of the 560 princely states that were joined in the Dominion of India, Ram Madhav said. Hitting hard the opposition parties and media, he said that unable to digest the removal of the Article, they have been trying their best to create a fear phobia among the people particularly in Kashmir. Advertise With Us “Now the Centre is getting overwhelming support received from the people of the country including Kashmir for the removal of article. The opposition leaders have no knowledge of Article 370, ” he said ridiculing the section of media and political parties finding fault with Modi government. In the same breath he said mere abrogation of the Article is not suffice without the people of Kashmir blending with others. The people of other state should do their best to unite the Kashmiris with them. BJP state president Kanna Lakshmi Narayana, BJYM state president Ramesh Naidu also spoke.last_img
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Gov Greg Abbott Signs Bill Designed To Limit Property Tax Growth

first_imgMiguel Gutierrez Jr./The Texas TribuneGov. Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 2 to limit property tax growth during a Wednesday press conference at Wally’s Burger Express in Austin.Against the backdrop of an Austin burger joint struggling with its property taxes, Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law Wednesday an expansive reform measure meant to slow the growth of Texans’ property tax bills, long a priority issue for GOP state leaders.The ceremonial bill signing was a victory lap for top Republicans, who spent the legislative session hammering the issues of school finance and property tax reform. Yesterday, they gathered at an Austin elementary school to witness the signing of a public education package that includes about $5.1 billion to lower Texans’ property tax bills.“That [bill] will be eroded by increases in property taxes in future years without Senate Bill 2,” Abbott said.Senate Bill 2 makes an array of changes to the property appraisal and tax systems. New requirements, including that tax rates and other information be posted in an online database, are meant to make the process more transparent and easier for taxpayers to understand.But the measure includes one controversial provision that requires many cities, counties and other taxing units to hold an election if they wish to raise 3.5% more property tax revenue than the previous year. The growth rate excludes taxes levied on new construction and can be averaged over three years, allowing taxing units to exceed the 3.5% threshold in some of them.Municipal officials have repeatedly said the 3.5% election trigger will hamstring their budgets and hamper their ability to provide public safety and other local services. Moody’s Investors Service, a credit-rating agency, issued a May analysis that said the law would lead to “minimal” homeowner savings and “hurt local governments substantially.”In 2017, the Legislature twice failed to pass similar property tax reform measures that could have set the election trigger higher, between 4% and 6%.Since the 1980s, taxing units have been constrained to 8% annual property tax growth, but voters have had to petition for an election to roll back the increase, a requirement some lawmakers deemed onerous.“What this does is achieve something that has never been done before with regard to property tax reforms of the past,” Abbott said.State leaders have said the new law will slow the pace at which property tax bills grow and will update a growth rate set during a period of high inflation. The site for Wednesday’s signing ceremony, Wally’s Burger Express, has seen its property taxes increase significantly in recent years, according to Abbott’s office.Community colleges, hospital districts and small taxing units — with rates of 25 cents per $100 of taxable value or less — will need voter approval to increase a property tax levy by more than 8% annually.Notably absent from the celebratory gathering was Sen. Paul Bettencourt, R-Houston, the bill’s author and the upper chamber’s “tax man,” who shepherded the measure through the Senate.A source familiar with plans for the event said Bettencourt had not been invited.A longtime advocate for property tax reform, Bettencourt spent much of the session crafting and recruiting support for the top priority bill. But he also caused controversy by publicly questioning a proposal by Abbott, along with Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and House Speaker Dennis Bonnen, to buy down property taxes by raising the state sales tax by one cent.“We appreciate his contribution. I don’t know his schedule or keep it,” Patrick said Wednesday.In a statement, Bettencourt said only that “the clear winners here are the taxpayers of Texas.”“I am proud of the work I did on their behalf,” he added.Emma Platoff contributed reporting.This piece was originally published in The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. Sharelast_img read more

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