October 20, 2019
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  • 10:57 am Govt seeks report from schools about initiative for cleaning Yamuna
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  • 10:15 am Japan briefs diplomats to wipe Fukushima nuke water concern

first_imgSpeaker Bercow has selected just three amendments to be voted on by MPs who will consider the government’s latest amendable Brexit motion this evening.The most closely fought is likely to be Tory Remainer Anna Soubry’s, which calls on the government to release the most recent briefing to cabinet on the implications of a no-deal Brexit. Labour has yet to confirm it will support this amendment. This motion is not binding so the government will not have to release the briefing – although they will come under pressure to if it passes.If Soubry’s amendment passes, there will be no vote on the government’s motion. The government’s motion is to reiterate parliament’s support for what parliament voted for on 29th January. This was when parliament voted to send Theresa May back to Brussels to renegotiate and, in a separate vote, to rule out no deal. The hard-Brexit wing of the Tories object to reiterating support for ruling out no deal and so may vote against the government.The Labour leadership have their own amendment selected. It aims to stop Theresa May running the clock down on Brexit by requiring the government to hold another meaningful vote or allow parliament to take control of the process should the Prime Minister have failed to secure support for a deal before February 26th.The final selected amendment is the SNP’s, backed by the Lib Dems which calls for the government to immediately begin negotiations with the EU to extend Article 50 by at least three months. The SNP says this is “to avoid the Brexit cliff edge”.Ken Clarke’s amendment requiring indicative votes has not been selected. Neither has Sarah Wollaston’s, which would have made parliament hold binding votes on four options (May’s deal, no deal, Norway and referendum). If more than one of these options had been approved, then the public would choose between them.Tags:Parliament /SNP /Labour /Vote / Brexit /Corbyn /Amendment /Soubry /last_img read more

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first_imgIf you’re a fan of the film Groundhog Day, you’ll love PMQs. A cynical party leader finds himself reliving the same day over and over again when he visits the despatch box in the small town of Westminster to film a report about the Brexit process. Yes, as ever, Theresa May refused to answer any of the questions posed by Jeremy Corbyn, who made valiant efforts to get something, anything, out of the Prime Minister on the next steps for Brexit.First, no deal. Corbyn noted that both the Chancellor and Business Secretary have admitted there exists a large majority in the Commons opposed to a no-deal Brexit. Since the things for which there exists a parliamentary majority are few and far between nowadays, it seemed quite sensible when he asked: “Will the Prime Minister listen to her own cabinet members and take no-deal off the table?”. Like fingernails down a blackboard, May replied that if MPs want to avoid no deal, they have to vote for a deal, i.e. hers, because no alternative is being considered, even though May’s deal has already been overwhelmingly rejected.All this talk of avoiding no deal naturally brought the PM onto the subject of Corbyn’s preconditions for talks. Echoing the comments of Tory MPs, and some on the Labour benches too, she said Corbyn “has been willing to sit down with Hamas, Hezbollah and the IRA, without preconditions”. She went on: “Yet he won’t meet me to talk about Brexit. In this case, he’s neither present nor involved.” Ba dum tss, a wreath-laying joke to top off the useless reply.Second, amendments to the government’s Brexit deal. Corbyn wanted to know whether the amendments that have been tabled – there’s the official Labour one, but also those laid down by Yvette Cooper, Rachel Reeves and others aimed at preventing no deal – would be effective. “Given that those amendments are now tabled, will the Prime Minister confirm that, if passed, they would rule out no-deal?” Although she repeated the view that extending Article 50 “does not solve the issue”, May wouldn’t confirm nor deny.Third, and most importantly, a customs union. Does she rule out a new UK-EU customs union in the future relationship? No answer. The PM picked holes in the straight-forward question (“Does he mean accepting the common external tariff? … the common commercial policy? … the union customs code? … EU state aid rules?) but didn’t categorically exclude the possibility.Using his next question to press May for an answer, she explained her belief that the deal already negotiated delivers both the benefits of a customs union and allows the UK to have its own trade policy. She then essentially accused Corbyn of stupidity, saying: “If he won’t talk about it, there’s only conclusion: he hasn’t got a clue.” And later added: “He just stands up – uses this phrases. And the honest answer is I don’t think he knows what those phrases mean and what the implications of those phrases are.”The only facts we can take away from the May-Corbyn exchange at PMQs today are that, while disapproving of both, she has not ruled out either extending Article 50 or agreeing to a permanent customs union. Over the next few weeks, whether these red lines melt away is key to defining the outcome of the Brexit process. Could we see May risk Tory unity by conceding on a customs union and Corbyn agree to support such a deal? The Prime Minister’s personal hostility points to ‘no’, but her reluctance to rule out these options suggests it is possible. Tags:PMQs /Theresa May /Labour /Jeremy Corbyn /Brexit /last_img read more

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first_img Tags: housing • tech Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Geoffrey Squires sometimes hesitates to admit he owns the building at 3382 26th St., where Jamestown Community Center makes its home. “There are a lot of landlords who are unethical…and it sucks to be lumped in with that,” he admits. “You almost don’t want to tell people you’re a landlord in the Mission.”But he is. He also works for Microsoft and he owns buildings elsewhere in San Francisco. And now he finds himself embroiled in an owner-move-in eviction. But that’s about where his resemblance to the negative landlord stereotype ends. In 2004, the Jamestown Community Center on 26th Street was stuck on the second floor of an ailing three-story building with ever-increasing rents and a landlord who wanted to be rid of the property. The house, despite its charm, history and two spacious residential flats, wasn’t selling because having a commercial tenant (even a nonprofit) made getting a loan more difficult.  0%center_img Squires saw an opportunity for investment in the difficult building, but also a reflection of the values he had groomed throughout his youth and well into adulthood. He was a dedicated volunteer with mentorship programs like Big Brothers, Big Sisters, which pairs young low income youth with older mentors, and Isla Vista Youth Project, a community and children’s services center near Santa Barbara. So he was drawn to the community service of Jamestown, which provides a safe community and classes for the Mission’s youth. Beyond that, his partner wanted to live in San Francisco (which was slightly more progressive than San Jose, where they lived at the time) and he saw an opportunity to live “a fuller life.” Squires bought the building with a business partner and moved into the third floor flat.The director of Jamestown at the time, Claudia Jasin, said an eviction from a previous space and the real estate speculation of the dot-com boom had made her wary of landlords. Squires had anticipated that. “Here are two white men coming into a community center that serves Latinos. So it took a while to gain their trust,” the landlord said.But as it turned out, “He was the kind of ally and landlord that any nonprofit would dream of having,” Jasin said. Under the previous landlord, “every year when the renewal came up it was like being on pins and needles.” A new long term lease with reasonable rent increases, she said, “made my life as a director of the organization so much easier.”Jasin said Squires was also understanding about delays on rent whenever money was tight for the nonprofit. He even donated to Jamestown monthly.Squires was also drawn by the building’s architecture. As a boy, he used to peruse home improvement magazines, and always had an interest in maintaining and beautifying homes. The Jamestown house was a perfect place to put that passion to the test. “The top flat was a total disaster,” Squires remembers. But he set about making it habitable, and didn’t stop with the residential units.“Throughout the time that I was there he would proactively do upgrades to our office, without our even asking,” Jasin said. He even brought the mentee to whom he was a Big Brother, Zachary Graff, to help him with some of the work. “He participates in the local community even though he’s been all over the place. Whatever community he’s in, he likes to participate in,” said Zachary’s mother, Michal Graff. “He’s added a dimension to Zachary’s character. I think he’s a very good role model for anybody.”Taking an interest in the building also meant taking a loss. Between mid 2005 and mid 2006, Squires’ business partner decided the renovation and financial responsibility were too much, and left. Squires had to take on the rest of the mortgage for the building. His personal relationship, too, ended, and his partner moved out. In 2008, the building appraised for less than what he owned on the mortgage.“It was brutal,” Squires remembers. Eventually, Microsoft relocated Squires to London, and he took the change of scenery as a chance to get away from the scene of recent dashed hopes. Instead of finding a renter, he offered his flat to Samantha Greenberg, a waitress he had befriended at a Noe Valley branch of Toast where he was a regular. Greenberg, who was also a student at San Francisco State University at the time and on a tight budget, estimates the rent he offered her was several hundred dollars below market value. “It was incredible,” Greenberg said. “I think to him, he really cared about the building as well, so it was kind of a win-win for everybody. He felt like he was taking this long journey and he felt good about knowing the people that were going to be in his home.”The two year stint in London turned into a seven year stay, during which Squires met his new partner, a theater performer. But Squires’ position was eventually eliminated and he was offered a new gig with the same company, this time back in the Bay Area. Greenberg and most of her original roommates had moved on, and Squires returned to find a top floor of mostly strangers. One of them, Travis Whitman, Squires knew, but he hoped things would go smoothly when he returned. The market, however, had changed and Whitman, who declined to be interviewed for this story except through his attorney, balked at the eviction and hired a lawyer to negotiate a buyout. For his part, Squires understands the unwillingness of the tenants to dive into a heated rental market. “It’s just a horrific situation in San Francisco right now,” he said. “The city has lost a lot of its opportunities to prevent these kinds of situations.”The case may end up in court, but a new buyout is in negotiations, some of the tenants may have found new housing, and Squires is hopeful that he will soon be back in his apartment. Squires says some of people living in his apartment work in tech, though their lawyer declined to comment on their employment. Jamestown, however, is in a completely opposite situation. Its community has outgrown the second floor and Squires says he is helping them look around for a potential new “forever home” — and hoping to find another landlord like himself, who might consider helping out.“I wish there could be a bit more of a call to arms for people who are in a position to buy property to contribute to the community,” he said.  But for now, Jamestown stays, and Squires has every intention to help them thrive by becoming more involved with the organization upon his return. “My tax guy asks me every year, ‘so, you still wanna keep doing this?’,” he said. The answer is always yes. “Karma’s an interesting thing,” he said.  last_img read more

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first_imgBars and eateries are opening earlier than normal to serve your World Cup obsession. You can see them on the map below. As always, please send your tips, pictures and favorite spots to info@missionlocal.com. If any game is tied after 90 minutes, the teams will play two more periods, of 15 minutes each. Although players are in great shape, extra time can be a lengthy agony for everyone involved. Even worse? Trying to shoot a penalty with aplomb after all of that.Penalty shootouts tend to go to the “best of five.” Nerves and exhaustion tend to result in at least one failed shot, if not the skill of the goalie. (Prepare your tissues).If the teams are still tied by then, additional rounds of one kick are used to break it, in what is called “sudden death.” This puts even more pressure on the team that kicks last. The importance of winning a coin toss!Unless they were already suspended for accumulation, players carry their group-stage yellow cards to the knockout stage. If anyone gets a second, they are out of the next game. Yellow cards are only expunged from one’s record before semifinals. Belgium seemed to overcome its “cold-chested” tag, if only for a single, round-of-16 game. But they succumbed to Japan’s pacing for long spells, and may suffer similarly with Brazil. Coutinho, Paulinho, and co. could also capitalize on the heavy legs of their defensive opponents.Croatia? They were poor all-around against Denmark, but could pick up where they left off after the first round soon.Can England win?Their energy almost turned into a full-out brawl against Colombia, and only the nerves of the opposing players bailed them out during the penalty shootout. The boost of overcoming a decades-long losing streak on penalties, together with a comparatively weak side of the draw, is making islanders dream about the Cup “coming home.” The toothless but cold-blooded Swedish side will be a good test of their chances.Can Russia win? (!)Chaos is a ladder, but the motivation of playing at home has to hit a ceiling at some point. Croatia may be Russia’s final rival at its own World Cup. But a helping hand of the refs – not uncommon when dealing with tournament hosts —  could propel them to the semifinals should Croatia bring less than their best. Russians also seem to have the best recovery and nutrition patterns of the sports world. FacebookTwitterCompartir What’s up with the dark horses?Continental darling Uruguay lies somewhere between dark horse and favorite territory. Their transgenerational team is a blend of tactical discipline and overlooked creativity. Sadly for them, top-striker Edinson Cavani will probably miss their quarterfinal clash against France with a calf injury, and coach Tabárez will hardly find enough firepower on the bench. They could still advance on the strength of their defense, the chaos originated by Luis Suárez, and the scrappiness of every single one of their players. Like a friend would say, their love of their jersey is so big that they use the same size since their time in La Celeste’s youth system. 18 Reasons: Great British Bake OffJuly 6 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm 0% Russia’s World Cup team has been so impressive. So very, very, very impressive. Off-the-charts stamina; players running (far) more than any other team. How did a mediocre team suddenly manage to become so good? What a mystery https://t.co/Df3OKEkGiQ— Frida Ghitis (@FridaGhitis) 3 de julio de 2018 Rite Spot Cafe: Allison Lovejoy (Jazz/Cabaret Pianist)July 5 @ 9:00 pm – 11:59 pm Neymar es un ejemplo Mundial. pic.twitter.com/GQSMgqLlUN— MisterCalvoChip (@MisterCalvoChip) 5 de julio de 2018 bahahha Alvin Gentry just walked off his last postgame press conference of the year with a “1-2-3-Cancun” pic.twitter.com/XxIQonn76c— Rob Perez (@World_Wide_Wob) 9 de mayo de 2018 The Chapel: Once & Future Band, The LeakersJuly 5 @ 9:00 pm – 11:59 pm Enorme entrega de todo el equipo. Feliz y orgulloso !!!Uruguay noma #elequipoquenosune#LT14 #mundialrusia2018 pic.twitter.com/M8qGttkIop— Lucas Torreira 34 (@LTorreira34) 30 de junio de 2018 Something to add? You may also like: Can Neymar stop flopping???!!!Most definitely not. As long as his histrionics are rewarded, he will keep rolling and rolling (and setting a terrible example). Email Address Full name required to post. For full details, read our Policy ICE Raid Guide/Guía ante una redada del ICE PrintEmailMore Neymar inspiring a whole generation of youth players… (via @nihatbehramoglu) pic.twitter.com/t7avIyVBQM— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) 5 de julio de 2018 The World Cup from the Mission: save your honking for the next roundJune 25, 2018In “Featured”The World Cup from the Mission: Mexico and Argentina stumble onJune 28, 2018In “Featured”Where to watch the World Cup in the Mission (even at 5 a.m.)June 14, 2018In “Featured” View More… People We Meet Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Even for the experienced reporters and hardcore bettors, Russia 2018 has turned into a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma. Surprises and early exits have always been a feature of short tournaments like the World Cup, but the seeming randomness of this specific one may correlate to the ever-widening gap between club and international soccer.The former continues to refine its processes and favor the haves over the have-nots. But the precise timing and player availability required in a month-long event catches many coaches off-guard, and without time to react. On top of that, team chemistry is more probable — although never a sure thing — when players stick around for longer with their national teams. Because of their smaller pool of elite players, mid-tier teams like Croatia and Uruguay can approach the cohesion of a club side, which brings them closer to international heavyweights, like Brazil and France. (ESPN’s Gabriele Marcotti has more on this subject).More importantly: Soccer is always changing, and we just can’t see how much just yet. This can be unnerving for players and tacticians on the side of the field. It is humbling for journalists, always full of early takes. It may confuse the beginner and intermediate-level followers. But, overall, it is incredibly entertaining.So, let’s catch up:Who are the favorites now?In a tournament of wobbly, unconvincing performances by many of the soccer giants, Brazil has been the most solid and balanced side, so far. Despite a lackluster start against Switzerland, the team has settled into the sort of order that is rare for international sides, and a calmness in execution that has been mostly absent in Russia. The managerial style of coach Tite (pronounced “Chee-chee”) has tamed even Neymar’s appetite for over-indulgence, and sold everyone into the effectiveness of a bottom-up scheme. It may not be the prettiest, but it works.Young and talented France could be the other candidate to the title, but the team has not been really tested yet. Although far superior than Argentina in their round-of-16 game, the French took their foot off the gas for long enough to find themselves down 2-1 after a neck-breaking start. Bluff-time is over now for coach Didier Deschamps, and Uruguay has the talent in the front to punish a few of those lapses.On the other hand: Kylian Mbappé! (The WSJ has some interesting analytics on the subject).Please copy-paste all the things I MUST know to understand what’s going on:  Send me a daily newsletter Send me a weekly newsletter Only eight teams remain alive in the World Cup, and half of them will be crying on the field before you’re done with your second beer this Saturday. Belgium barely saved itself by wrong-footing the shorter Japanese team in the final seconds. England almost got played by Colombia in similar fashion. Such is life in Mother Russia these days. Think ahead of yourself for a minute, and book your flight the next one. #MundialTelemundo @KMbappe es derribado dentro del área por Marcos Rojo ¿Te parece justa la marcación? pic.twitter.com/fKATlwvyDM— Telemundo Deportes (@TelemundoSports) 30 de junio de 2018 The quarterfinals games are the following:7/6 7 a.m. Uruguay v. France7/6 11 a.m. Brazil v. Belgium7/7 7 a.m. Sweden v. England7/7 11 a.m. Russia v. Croatia 18 Reasons: San Diego WeekendJuly 5 @ 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm Events Calendar JAJAJAJAJAJAJApic.twitter.com/Z3pmBpsV6U— Barra Brava (@barrabrava_net) 29 de junio de 2018 Related Filed under: Featured, Front Page, Mobile, Newsletter, Today’s Mission, TopicsTagged: World cup Share this: MCCLA: MAS Show – Season 1July 6 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Tags: World cup Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

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first_img15 games, 13 wins, one draw, one loss…Not a bad record at all!Saints 2013 Academy tourists are following in the footsteps of four successful trips.In the inaugural tour of Australia in 2004, Saints defeated Wests Tigers 42-12, Chifley 20-0 and then edged Penrith 22-20.Two years later the 2006 tour repeated the success with three wins and a draw.They beat Newcastle 22-16, West Magpies 14-0 and Penrith 6-4 whilst drawing 16 apiece with Balmain.In 2009, wins over Wests Tiger Clubs (18-6), Balmain (36-6) and Penrith (16-10) followed but the side were pipped by a strong Cronulla 34-20.And the last tour brought victories against West Tigers (26-6), Central Coast (36-14), Cronulla Sharks (30-22) and Penrith Panthers (20-14).This year, the Academy will take on:October 13: Saints v St GeorgeOctober 16: Saints v Central CoastOctober 20: Saints v Wests TigersOctober 26: Saints v PenrithThe squad prepped for the tour with a trip to the Brathay Trust in Ambleside.They took part in a two-day team building camp in the Lake District.You can read more here.last_img read more

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first_imgSAINTS has continued its investment in young British talent by signing Jack Owens on a two-year deal.The 21-year-old outside back has played 66 times since making his debut at just 16 for Widnes Vikings scoring 30 tries and 122 goals.Equally adept at full back and on the wing, he made his bow for England academy on his 17th birthday before playing in Super League the following season.“Jack is an experienced Super League player who is young and will no doubt improve over the coming seasons,” Saints Head Coach Keiron Cunningham said. “He play in a number of positions and will add depth to our squad for 2016.“He has a good attitude and is keen to learn and develop.”Owens was Widnes’ top point scorer in 2013 and last season scoring 166 and 114 points respectively.Jack said: “I have played for Widnes since I was 12 and really enjoyed the experience and my time there. But it got to a point where my game time was limited so I asked Denis Betts and the coaching staff if I could go out and play somewhere else for the 2016 season.“They agreed and the opportunity came up to play for St Helens. I felt it was the best option for me and I cannot wait to kick on and start the season.“It’s a bit alien for me as I have always had the same coach and group of players around me. I’m excited to meet the players here and see how Keiron Cunningham and his coaching team do things.“I know I have to earn the right to play, especially with talent the club has – and that means proving to the players and the coaches I deserve to play.“If I do that, then I need work hard and play well to hold on to that spot.“Before then, my focus is on pre-season, getting fit and developing my skills.”2016 Members can hear from Jack tonight at the club’s kit launch from 6.15pm – More details here.last_img read more

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first_imgA vehicle hit a student Tuesday morning near Jacksonville High School, according to Onslow County emergency officials. (Photo: WCTI/Merrilee Moore) ONSLOW COUNTY, NC (WCTI) — A vehicle hit a student right in front of Jacksonville High School and the driver drove away Tuesday morning, according to Onslow County emergency officials.The Jacksonville Police Department said the hit-and-run happened at 6:50 a.m. Officers located the vehicle and arrested the driver. Charges are pending.- Advertisement – NewsChannel 12 was the first on the scene and first responders tell us the student is in critical condition and was treated at the scene by Onslow County paramedics. The student was flown from the scene by helicopter, heading to New Hanover Regional Medical Center.“The pedestrian has been transported for medical treatment” said Deputy Chief Ashley Weaver. “We are in the preliminary stages of this investigation and will are unable to release additional information at this time.”Students usually park across from the high school and walk across Henderson Drive to get to class. Jacksonville Police Chief Mike Yaniero urges caution in school zones. “The improved pedestrian crossing has resulted in greater safety for the students, but drivers have responsibility to obey the law for the crossing” said Chief Yaniero. As is customary, a review will be made of the crossing.Related Article: Increase in respiratory emergencies at NHRMCRead more here.last_img read more

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first_img She’s also starred in movies such as the Princess Diaries, and License to Wed, and as the voice of Rapunzel in Disney’s Tangled.Shane West, her “A Walk to Remember” co-star, even made an appearance at the star ceremony.Stars have always sort of been our thing. Thankful to @shanewest for his kind words on this very special day, one which I will never forget. It was a walk (of fame) to remember.???? pic.twitter.com/qZj0R5bwSg— Mandy Moore (@TheMandyMoore) March 25, 2019“A Walk to Remember” was filmed in Wilmington and surrounding areas in 2001. HOLLYWOOD, CA (WWAY/CNN) — From the Walk to Remember to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Mandy Moore is the latest Hollywood actress to be added to the list.Moore currently stars as Rebecca Pearson in the NBC drama “This is Us.”- Advertisement – last_img read more

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first_img Pups of all sizes and breeds got to make a splash.Jay Carrillo with Ocean Events USA LLC said that this is a unique experience.“It’s never been done as a sanctioned event before on the east coast,” Carrillo said. “The town of Carolina Beach is very dog friendly so it was like the perfect place to do this,” Carrillo said.Related Article: East vs. south facing beaches: Which are more dangerous for swimmers?Carillo explained that while their sponsors who made this event happen do national business, they are all located in Carolina Beach. CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Most dogs like playing fetch, cuddling and tummy rubs but apparently some like to surf as well!Saturday afternoon, Ocean Cure and Surf Dog Experience invited Cape Fear residents and their four legged friends to Carolina Beach for a day of fun in the surf.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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first_imgThis may be you.At some point in your life you may have decided to shut up and withdraw. You may have decided that it was no longer safe, no longer prudent to air your opinions. Each time you did that, your reward was censure, pain. So you withdrew. A coping strategy to avoid pain.Today withdrawal is not only easy, it is also disguised as socialising. Virtual socialising, that is, in the form of the social media. We surround ourselves with like-minded individuals and our flight mechanism finds not only refuge in these virtual groups but also vindication, an ‘I am not alone’ feeling. This for Pope Francis is the web, the antithesis of the Net.Net versus WebIn his message for World Communications Day 2019, Pope Francis placed at opposite ends the Net and the Web.The Net is a force for good, a resource for humanity, as the synodal document for media in the Archdiocese of Malta “Il-Wiċċ Diġitli tal-Mulej” states.  Its usefulness is as great as the amount of good that it can generate for humanity. It can bring people together and multiply exponentially the availability of knowledge. It can spread ideas and foster dialogue. It can be a safety net for the transmission of love and knowledge across time and space.The Web, well, not so good, there. Like Janus’ other face, the web entraps people into virtual worlds, letting them believe that their cocoons are reality when in effect they are a manufacture of an unwillingness to open up and communicate. This is a world of echo chambers where ideas are perpetrated not challenged, where comfort takes the place of growth. There is not dialogue in the web, just agreement, like those perpetually nodding dolls. There is not openness in the Web, just an ‘Unfriend’ button to silence dissenters.Archbishop Scicluna’s answer to the TrapAnd therein lies the Trap. What will our answer be? What shall we choose, the sirenely seductive comfort zone of the Web or the brave new world of challenges in the Net?Enter a man whom I have been observing closely over the past few months. Archbishop Scicluna, is not one for comfort zones. He has shown leadership at times when those voted into leadership positions on a national scale balked, waited for an accurate wind-check before jumping. Not he, on at least two occasions.In the afternoon of the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia, Archbishop Scicluna was scheduled to come for his monthly program on RTK/Newsbook. Two hours before the start of the programme the murder took place and a bare 30 mins after the confirmation of the identity of the assassinated person, Archbishop Scicluna kept his appointment. I have rarely seen anyone so genuinely upset and concerned. His brave position was crystal clear. He came in for an inordinate amount of hate-speech but he did not withdraw. His persistence stemmed from love, not of the one journalist, but love of truth and the strength to speak truth to power. This man, whom Popes entrust with rooting out the wickedest depredations, is a close friend of truth, in spite of the hurt it often brings him. He chose the Net because the Net unites in communication.Archbishop Scicluna’s more recent foray was after the murder of Ivorean national Soulayman Lassana Cisse, a man rejected for asylum and murdered for the colour of his skin. In a climate of increasing exclusion and xenophobia, Archbishop Scicluna underlined the need that communication must be born of love not of hate, of inclusion not exclusion, of solidarity not egoism. Again, he came in for relentless flak. Again he avoided the trap and persisted.Take home lessonsIf there is anything which we can take with us from these two diverse yet similar persons, Pope Francis and Archbishop Scicluna, it is surely the courage to speak up, to overcome the often over-powering inclination to withdraw into a safe-haven of isolation provided by virtual reality. Love, in its various forms, communicates, and communication is essential for the person to grow and mature. Communication also requires integrity and compassion, for, after all, no one is always right. But communication is an intrinsic part of dialogue: hear, listen, think, interact. We can use the Net in this way. Or, we can fall into the Trap and use the Web instead. SharePrint WhatsApplast_img read more

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first_img SharePrint Last week Chelsea beat Manchester City to Jorginho’s signature but are looking to add more reinforcements as they close in on Juventus’ Daniele Rugani. The 23-year-old defender is set to cost the Premier League side around £44.6m.Rugani has already worked with Sarri during his two-year loan spell at Empoli. The young defender failed to fill the void left by Leonardo Bonucci, after the latter was sold by Juventus to AC Milan, and managed only 22 league appearances during the 2017-18 season.Chelsea are also interested in bolstering their attack and could tempt Gonzalo Higuain, another Juventus player, to leave Turin and settle in London.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

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first_imgAdvertisement Google’s localized Palestine site has been defaced by hackers. The Hackteach group is taking credit for the breach.A message posted to the site reads:uncle google we say hi from palestine to remember you that the country in google map not called israel. its called Palestine – Advertisement – Earlier this year, Google updated its Palestinian search engine to display ”Palestine” instead of ”Palestinian Territories”. The company made the changes to fall in line with a UN change of status that re-classified Palestine as a non-member observer instead of an entity.Update: A Google spokesperson provided the following statement to The Next Web:Some users visiting google.ps have been getting redirected to a different website; Google services for the google.ps domain were not hacked. We’re in contact with the organization responsible for managing this domain name so we can help resolve the problem.Credit: TNWlast_img read more

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first_imgAdvertisement Latest comments from Microsoft’s executives have revealed plans to announce new premium Lumia smartphones running Windows 10 pretty soon.The Executive Vice President of the Windows and Devices Group, Terry Myerson while at the company’s Worldwide Partner Conference, said that they last week announced a focusing on Lumia lineup.He went on to add that, “soon you will see premium new Lumias designed for Windows 10.” – Advertisement – The software giant recently announced its plans to layoff 7,800 of its workers in the next 12 months majorly from the phone division and has even written down $7.6 billion from company’s acquisition of Nokia’s Devices and Services division in 2014.Nick Parker, Microsoft’s CVP is hosting a keynote event titled “Windows 10 Lights up New Devices” at IFA 2015 and we may probably see new Lumia flagships announced alongside new Windows PC running Windows 10 from OEM partners.[Via]last_img read more

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first_imgImage Credit: ABC News Advertisement Have you always wanted to have your Twitter account verified?Things have been made easier with the creation of an online application process.According to Twitter, the purpose is to help more people find great, high-quality accounts to follow, and for creators and influencers — no matter where they are in the world — to easily connect with a broader audience. – Advertisement – Previously, Twitter said that it approves account types for those in the music, acting, fashion, government, politics, religion, journalism, media, sports, business, and “other key interest areas.”However, there’s no guarantee that if you submit an application that you’ll be granted that blue checkmark next to your name, though.last_img

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first_img[dropcap]B[dropcap]log, I don’t know if I’ve told you before, but my grandparents couldn’t stand the sight of me. And they didn’t like me much as a person either. Everything I enjoyed, the people I liked, and all that I believed in and stood for, reviled them. I never cared much though – I considered them to be even more unpleasant than me. However, amongst their really quite committed and repeated goading of me, they did actually come out with one gem of life advice, that I myself try to follow. And that is: Buy British. My grandfather was a soldier in WWII, and a mighty brave one too; serving as a bomb disposal man. Stories of atrocities suffered by his fellow soldiers in Japan never left him, and he refused to ever buy a Japanese product again, for the rest of his life. I like that. He made the decision that he worked hard for his money, and knew that in spending it, it helped others. So he thought about where he spent it and tried to do his bit for the economy.I think a few more people around here should start thinking like that. A few more; like, everyone. We all spend a fortune, paying bang over the odds for petrol. This money is then sent back over here, to buy up all of our premium assets, in front of our eyes. And then we pay to use these premium assets.How about supporting British Airways and other such airlines, instead of being wowed by subsidised Emirates? Subsidised by all the money you put in your petrol tank?How about using the local café and having a proper cup of coffee and a nice slice of fresh, homemade, lemon-drizzle, instead of a pretend middle-class leftie Starbucks? Starbucks, that are so leftie, they put as near to fuck-all back into the system as possible, and pay their staff as close to minimum wage as possible.Nevermind wasting hours of your life crushing up and separating your rubbish, like the beardy BBC hypnotizes you into doing so. Start taking matters into your own hands; matters of actual reality. Spend your money how you’d like it to be spent, if it was coming back in your direction. If you and your mates go to the local Italian or Indian and eat and drink a couple of hundred quid, that might get that little firm through to the next week. It’ not really going to make much of a difference to crap Prezzo is it?I take this opportunity to thank every punter (non-snide), who has ever taken the time to give Star Sports a go. If you’ve played with us and thought we’re crap, thanks for at least trying. I’m grateful. And if you have stuck with us, thank you very much indeed for not only your custom, but much more than that: thank you for your support.At Star, we try to use our clients’ businesses and services wherever possible. You may not know it, but we have put many deals together, some big, between our punters. Added to this, we buy the shoes, wine, and salmon that they sell; to give to others. We rent their houses at Cheltenham and we use their restaurants for parties and functions. Because we know the strength of our Pound and we hope that the same comes around to us. So, don’t spend your whole life like a hypocritical Guardian reader, cutting out tokens to go to chain-restaurants on the cheap, see if you too, can help a Not-Staff out there.‘MAX’ SHOEShttp://www.maxitaliashoes.co.uk/‘CHARLIE’ SALMONhttp://silcocks.co.uk/‘SAM ‘ WINEhttp://www.flintwines.com/about-flint-wines/In other news:Just three days to the Brighton Marathon. Cheeky Jayne Leggett, putting up spreads at Star Spreads, on my time and finishing position! Thank you, Jayne!!Over and out, B xlast_img read more

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first_img[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he Pantomime season has arrived early for punters.Djokovic beaten in the tennis, Barcelona beaten at home in La Liga and Order Of St George turned over at 1/7 at the Curragh yesterday. I’m beginning to think even Sunderland could win tonight The Stadium Of Light play host to the visit of Everton as Monday Night Football returns to SKY at 8pm.Everton have started the new season strongly with a draw against Spurs on the opening day of the season and then wins against West Brom and Stoke.For Sunderland, their annual relegation battle seems to have started early. They have suffered defeats at the hands of Man City and neighbours Middlesbrough but steadied the ship a little with a 1-1 draw against Southampton last time.I’m not sure the meetings last year between this pair tell us much apart from expect goals. Sunderland won the corresponding fixture 3-0 (to guarantee survival for them) but earlier Everton beat the Black Cats 6-2 at Goodison !Sunderland boss David Moyes knows a thing two about Everton and said: “I see something similar between the clubs, but I don’t want to be banging the drum every day saying ‘Everton this, Everton that’.“I’m only using it as an example to say if we can follow that route, we will not be far away. That will come from getting the recruitment right, and getting an understanding of the players we need to bring to the club.“I’m hoping we can get that over the coming windows.”Sunderland v EvertonPremier League20:00 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD / Sky Sports Ultra HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)May 2016 PREMIER Sunderland 3-0 EvertonNov 2015 PREMIER Everton 6-2 SunderlandMay 2015 PREMIER Everton 0-2 SunderlandNov 2014 PREMIER Sunderland 1-1 EvertonApr 2014 PREMIER Sunderland 0-1 EvertonDec 2013 PREMIER Everton 0-1 SunderlandApr 2013 PREMIER Sunderland 1-0 EvertonNov 2012 PREMIER Everton 2-1 SunderlandApr 2012 PREMIER Everton 4-0 SunderlandMar 2012 FA CUP Sunderland 0-2 EvertonBoth the televised games yesterday finished up a Desmond (2-2) and I could see a similar scoreline here. Check out the Star special below.I won’t be overly-ambitions though and will stick with the DRAW at 12/5 with Star Sports.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK DRAW for 8 points at 12/5 with Star SportsPROFIT/LOSS SINCE EUROS: +47.90 pointsBET NOW WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

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first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Friday 21 April HORSE RACING2.00 NewburySpoof 14/1 > 5/15.55 DundalkStrategic Heights 4/1 > 9/47.45 SouthwellNot Al All 11/4 > 7/4LIVE FOOTBALLChampionship19:45 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD11/8 Norwich City 15/8 Brighton & Hove Albion 13/5 DRAWBET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img

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first_imgBANGOR: FREE BET OFFERCheck out details of our FREE BET OFFER offer on all races at Bangor on Friday where six races are sponsored by Star Sports.Back the winner of any race at Bangor with an SP of 4/1+ and get a free bet to the same stake (win part only) of up to £25 to use on any event later that day. (Full terms below)TERMS AND CONDITIONS(1) Place a bet on any selection at Bangor on Friday and if it wins at an SP of 4/1 or more, we will give you a free bet to the same stake of up to £25 (win part only).(2) Offer open to new and existing customers.(3) Free Bet will be credited as soon as possible after weigh in.(4) Free Bet will expire at midnight on day of reward.FREE BET:GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS(1) Star Sports may offer you a free promotional bet. Please refer to promotion details for the qualification criteria.(2) Any Free Bet is limited to one per person, per promotion, per account, per race. In addition only one Free Bet can be awarded per person, household, shared computer or shared IP address. Free bet applies to your first bet on that race. Where more than one selection in the same race is placed on the same bet slip, the first selection is deemed to be the one which is highest on the bet slip.(3) Free Bets may not be used in conjunction with any other current promotion.(4) In the event of a customer opening more that one account to claim multiple offers we reserve the right to suspend/close duplicate accounts and void any bets placed.(5) Usual Star Sports Betting Rules and Terms and Conditions apply, these can be viewed at starsports.bet.(6) Star Sports reserve the right to withdraw or refuse any Free Bet promotion at any point.(7) Free Bet stakes are not returned with winnings.(8) Free Bet awards cannot be exchanged for cash.(9) Free Bet awards can be used online, tablet or mobile only.(10) The Free Bet must be used within the timeframe specified on the promotion details and may not be either part used or carried forward.(11) If you have any further questions about this promotion you can contact our customer service team cs@starsportsbet.co.uklast_img read more

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first_imgYOUR SAYIf you have a question for Silvestre drop us a line at content@starsportsbet.co.uk and we’ll try and include in the next blog… Having ridden at Chelmsford on Thursday evening, it’s an early start and a drive back to Chester on Friday for five rides on the final day of their meeting. It was a much better day at the office for me at Chester on Thursday with two winners from three rides. I was thrilled with Morando’s win in the Ormonde Stakes (pictured below) for Andrew (Balding) and the King Power Racing team. He absolutely relished the conditions and the extra rain that fell was certainly very much in his favour.The changing ground was also a positive factor for Lincoln Park in the earlier handicap. As I mentioned in Thursday’s blog, the stall three draw was a big positive and I was able to get to the front leaving the stalls and he held on nicely to win it for trainer Mick Appleby.Now for Friday.CHESTERDRAGONS TAIL (1.50pm Chester – Liverpool Gin Earl Grosvenor Handicap)I start off in the opener aboard Dragons Tail for Tom Dascombe who has won at the track a couple of times before. This is also his first start back since wind surgery and being gelded, so hopefully that will spark a return to form. He is only 1lb higher than when just beaten a neck at this meeting 12 months ago, so I’m hopeful. If there is a negative, I suppose it is his draw as life won’t be easy breaking from stall 11 in a big field. Hopefully we can get a bit of luck though as the stable love having winners at this meeting.SPUTNIK PLANUM (3.00pm Chester – Boodles Diamond Handicap)Sputnik Planum hasn’t been seen on the racecourse for over a year, so has clearly had his problems. That said, the last time we saw him he was winning easily at Doncaster and he bids for the hat-trick here. Life will be a bit tougher as he is 7lbs higher in the weights and has that long absence to defy, but he is trained by a shrewd man who could easily have him spot on. He has a fair draw breaking from stall seven and it will be some training performance if he does get his head in front.CLEONTE (3.35pm Chester – SportPesa Chester Cup)The big race of the week is the Chester Cup and it’s a race I’d love to win. I ride Cleonte for Andrew Balding who prepped for this with a nice third in the Sagaro Stakes at Ascot last week. He is now 10lbs higher than when third in last season’s Cesarewitch, so this won’t be an easy task, but he seems to be improving and stays well. I’ve been saying all week that you need a low draw at Chester and you cannot get much lower than stall one! That can be a good and bad draw as if you don’t get out you can get shuffled back pretty quick. I guess the plan will be just to get away and try and hold a decent position not too far off the pace. If last week’s exertions haven’t left their mark, he should run a really decent race. As for the opposition, I was taken with the way Austrian School won the other day and he could well be ahead of the handicapper.A MOMENTOFMADNESS (4.10pm Chester – White Oak UK Conditions Stakes)The eye is immediately drawn to Kachy even off topweight as he looked in great form at Lingfield last time. He goes well at Chester and will take plenty of catching around here. I ride A Momentofmadness for Charlie Hills who ran better than his finishing position suggests last time. He is drawn better than the favourite in stall two and should go well from there.NEVER SURRENDER (5.15pm Chester – SportPesa Chester Plate)I finish the meeting with another ride for Charlie Hills aboard Never Surrender in the Chester Cup consolation race. He won his maiden at this meeting a couple of years ago, so the track importantly holds no fears. He also stays well so can go well if you can put a line through his disappointing reappearance on the all-weather. He is bound to strip fitter here for this and hopefully he can go well.Good luckSILVESTRElast_img read more

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first_imgShareNEWS RELEASEB.J. Almond713-348-6770balmond@rice.eduTwo Rice University students awarded Watson Fellowships HOUSTON — (March 28, 2014) — Two Rice University seniors are among the 43 students across the country who have been awarded a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship for 2014-2015. Colleen Fugate and Heather Olson will receive $28,000 each for a year of world travel and independent study.“The prestigious Watson Fellowship is highly competitive,” said Caroline Quenemoen, Rice’s director of fellowships and undergraduate research. “Colleen and Heather were selected from 150 nominees put forward by the top liberal arts colleges across the country. We’re very appreciative of the generosity of the Watson Foundation. These fellowships give students the opportunity for self-discovery afforded by a year of solo travel and learning around the world.”Fugate, from Columbus, Ohio, is majoring in sociology and the study of women, gender and sexuality with a minor in poverty, justice and human capabilities. She will use the Watson Fellowship to visit Ghana, Morocco, Nepal, the Philippines and Guatemala to study women’s resilience in migrant towns. She is interested in the social, political and economic transformations caused by human migration.“I will spend my year immersed in five national contexts, collecting and documenting women’s stories of strength and resilience through both writing and photography,” Fugate said. “I first became interested in issues of women’s rights and human migration when I sponsored a refugee family from Somalia my senior year of high school. When I came to Rice, I found opportunities to foster these interests through my classes in sociology and poverty and gender studies and the many opportunities to travel, work and do research abroad.” She took a semester off to travel to Ecuador and Colombia to work with migrants and has since been engaged in activist movements in Houston and Latin America involving immigrant rights and women’s access to sexual and reproductive health care.Fugate said that after her fellowship, she might consider graduate school or a job at a nongovernmental organization that focuses on women’s and/or migration issues. “I don’t want to make any concrete plans for after my Watson year because I feel like the fellowship experience will be incredibly transformative and may redirect my goals and aspirations for the future in terms of the kind of job I want or what I want to study in graduate school,” she said.Olson, from Grayslake, Ill., is a philosophy major who plans to explore inner-city community gardens in Denmark, India, Nepal, Japan, Australia and Brazil.“In recent decades, food contamination scares, climate change and uncertain energy politics have intensified the interest in gardening worldwide,” she said. “In the cities that I visit as a Watson Fellow I will investigate all aspects of the establishment, maintenance and preservation of community gardens by speaking with gardeners, community leaders, organizations and city officials. I am interested in the ways people enact visions for the future, solve problems and resolve conflict around community space. Exploring cities on foot, I will see what frustrates and inspires gardeners and discover the individual innovations that imbue the city with character and life.”During her senior year of high school, Olson worked on an organic farm and was interested in sustainable agriculture. She said she became interested in urban community gardens through the Community Gardens class at Rice and her work with the nonprofit organization Urban Harvest. She helped launch the Real Food Revolution, a student club that focuses on local and sustainable food for Rice. She credited the Parish Fellowship offered through Rice’s Wiess College for developing her confidence to travel alone in a foreign country when she visited South Africa to explore the contemporary art scene there.Olson said that after her Watson Fellowship, she plans to build up inner-city community gardens in Chicago or Los Angeles through the nonprofit sector, and she might pursue an art degree focusing on public arts as it relates to urban community space and food.# # #Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,920 undergraduates and 2,567 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6.3-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 2 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/AboutRiceU. Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Office of News and Media Relations – MS 300, Rice University, 6100 Main St., Houston, TX 77005 AddThislast_img read more

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