Call for northeast shutdown against Citizenship Bill

first_imgAt least 30 indigenous groups, including the North East Students’ Organisation, have called an 11-hour shutdown on Tuesday to protest the Narendra Modi government’s move to have the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, passed in the Parliament.The Bill seeks to legalise the stay of non-Muslims from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan who migrated to India till December 31, 2014 allegedly due to religious persecution. Most indigenous groups in the North East fear this Bill, if passed, would make the region — particularly Assam — a dumping ground for migrants.“This Bill is unacceptable, and the shutdown call is to let the Centre know they cannot come out with a regulation that threatens the existence of the Assamese and other indigenous people in the North East,” All Assam Students’ Union president Dipanka Kumar Nath said.The Joint Parliamentary Committee on the Bill is expected to table its recommendations in the Parliament on Monday. The panel had rejected all the amendments suggested by the Congress and other parties to the draft of the Bill on December 31.Mobilising supportOn Saturday, the Citizen’s Forum against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill launched a campaign to mobilise support against the Bill’s passage. Its members appealed to the editors of all dailies in Assam to leave their editorial columns blank and television channels to run the upper or lower ticker black on Monday to register their protest against the Bill that “has violated the basic essence of the Constitution”.Harekrishna Deka, the forum’s spokesperson and Assam’s former Director General of Police, said Monday would be observed as dhikkar diwas (condemnation day) across the State.last_img read more

Promote mother tongue: Naidu

first_imgRespect, recognition and promotion of the mother tongue are vital for the survival of any civilisation, Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu said here on Sunday. Addressing the valedictory function of the 39th World Congress of Poets, Mr. Naidu said, “The colonial rulers always tried to attack the culture by destroying the local language and we should not fall prey to that.” ‘Preserve, write’“Every nation must encourage their children to study primarily in the mother tongue as I always say the mother tongue is your eyesight and the other language is your spectacles. If you have eyesight, then spectacles will give better sight. If you don’t have eyesight and if you wear glasses, nothing will be visible. Promote, propagate and write in mother tongue first, then go to other languages. All other languages are important. You should respect, learn and understand your mother language,” he said.Promotion of literature was also an “impactful method” to preserve and promote language, he said. The best way to do so was to use it extensively in everybody’s life. “That is why, wherever I go, I suggest to people to promote, practice and feel proud of their mother tongue. That’s why in the beginning itself I used certain Odia words,” he said.On the importance of poetry in life, he said, “What is needed is to encourage youngsters to take to poetry, literature, music, dance and other arts so that they can become an ideal citizen. I would also like to ask universities to encourage literature, arts and humanity education. We need poets, writers, artists and singers as much as we need doctors, engineers and scientists.” “Poetry should promote peace, motivate people to cultivate universal brotherhood, social harmony and tolerance, and poetry can serve as a powerful catalyst for transformation. I urge schools to make poetry reading and appreciation a compulsory part of curriculum,” Mr. Naidu said.last_img read more

Super letdown: Patriots routed in 2nd half, Chiefs win 42-27

first_imgKansas City’s star safety Eric Berry was carted off with 4:56 remaining with an undisclosed injury.The Patriots lost perhaps their best defensive player, linebacker Dont’a Hightower, in the third quarter with a knee injury. His absence showed on Hunt’s long TD reception. … WR Danny Amendola left in the fourth quarter with a head injury. He’s projected as New England’s slot receiver with Julian Edelman out for the season.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ It was the first time the Patriots lost at Gillette Stadium when leading at halftime, a span of 82 games. The 42 points were the most they have allowed in coach Bill Belichick’s 17-plus seasons.They were no match for the Chiefs in the last two periods.Tyreek Hill scored on a 75-yarder and Hunt put the Chiefs in front with a 78-yarder to punctuate Kansas City’s charge after trailing 17-14 at halftime. Hunt also had a 58-yard scamper and finished with 141 yards rushing and 98 receiving. Hill had 133 yards through the air, and Smith went 28 for 35 for 368 yards and four touchdowns and no interceptions. He’s the first quarterback with 300-plus yards, four TDs and no interceptions against Belichick.Brady, the 13th quarterback to start an NFL game at age 40, didn’t look too spry. He struggled mightily in the second half and didn’t throw for a touchdown, finishing 16 for 36 for 267 yards.Patriots newcomer Mike Gillislee scored on three short runs, becoming the first player since Terrell Owens of Philadelphia in 2004 to score three touchdowns in his debut with a new team.ADVERTISEMENT Sans Fernandez and Bolick, San Beda hammers Mapua for 9th straight Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul And Kansas City aided the Patriots’ cause with 15 penalties for 139 yards. Yet, in the end, the Chiefs looked like world-beaters.At the beginning, it seemed like an extension of February’s Super Bowl. Riled up, Brady and the Patriots tore through the opposing defense as if it belonged to, well, the Falcons, scoring in nine plays, with Gillislee surging in from the 2.One play later, they were at it again as Hunt fumbled. The Patriots took over at the Kansas City 32 and appeared to go up 14-0 on Rob Gronkowski’s diving catch. Then a replay review overturned the score, with NFL headquarters — which now makes final decisions on such reviews — determining the ball hit the ground as Gronk came down in the end zone.Gillislee was stopped on fourth-and-inches at the KC 10 and the Chiefs, looking very much like the host team, marched 90 yards in 12 plays. Hunt made up for his early gaffe by gaining 25 yards on the tying drive, which Smith capped with a sharp 8-yard pass to Demetrius Harris.The teams traded long touchdown drives, New England going 82 yards to Gillislee’s second TD, the Chiefs covering 92 yards at the end of the half before Hunt ran in with a 3-yard swing pass.Stephen Gostkowski’s 25-yard field goal was the margin for New England’s halftime edge.But the crowd’s fervor was silenced with Hill’s long touchdown on which prized free agent addition cornerback Stephon Gilmore was torched. Hunt sped down the middle behind linebacker Kyle Van Noy and DE/LB Cassius Marsh to put Kansas City in front for good.SHORT YARDAGENew England failed twice in the first quarter on short-yardage runs, by Gillislee and Super Bowl hero James White, and again in the fourth period, by Gillislee. If anyone proclaimed the Patriots were missing RB LeGarrette Blount, who scored 18 TDs last season and was a beast in such situations, well, Gillislee, who came from Buffalo as a restricted free agent, ran in for a pair of 2-yard touchdowns and a 1-yarder.ROGER, ROGERNot only did the crowd revel in the video highlights from the Super Bowl, the fans booed vigorously when Commissioner Roger Goodell was shown talking on the sideline Chiefs owner Clark Hunt during warmups. A website distributed thousands of towels featuring Goodell’s face adorned with a clown nose, and many fans also had T-shirts with the caricature. Goodell watched the game from a suite, but not with Patriots owner Robert Kraft.INJURIES Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters LATEST STORIES View comments Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt (27) eludes New England Patriots defensive end Cassius Marsh (55) as he runs for a touchdown after catching a pass from Alex Smith during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)FOXBOROUGH, Massachusetts — There were big plays all over the field. The Chiefs, not the Patriots, were making them.Alex Smith threw two long touchdown passes and rookie Kareem Hunt, after fumbling on his first NFL carry, scored three times to help Kansas City stun New England 42-27 on Thursday night in the season opener.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Hunt set an NFL record for a pro debut since the 1970 merger with 239 total yards.Coming off their sensational Super Bowl rally to a fifth Lombardi Trophy, the Patriots faded badly in the second half. A raucous sold-out crowd of 65,878 celebrated the unveiling of yet another championship banner, and there was plenty of talk about Tom Brady leading them to a 19-0 record.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingAfter Week 1, though, they are winless.“Just a very poor effort and we’ll have to do a lot better,” Brady said. “Didn’t make a lot of plays tonight.” Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his sidelast_img read more

Plenty of respect and confidence for Canelo Alvarez, Daniel Jacobs

first_img“Every fight, I feel I learn something from it. In all of my fights, I focus on learning, and especially learning from the mistakes,” he added. “Every fight, I watch to see the good things and to focus on whatever errors I have made to make sure they don’t happen again.”Those gaffes are so rare that Alvarez hasn’t lost since Floyd Mayweather outpointed him in 2014, a fight Alvarez accepted when he was still quite raw, though he already owned two super welterweight titles. He has improved since, and only Golovkin truly has challenged Alvarez in the last 4½ years.Jacobs will present a major challenge in the fight that will be streamed by DAZN as part of Alvarez’s $365 million deal for 11 fights.“I understand the game now and what you need to be great,” Jacobs said. “This is my shot and I am on a mission. Canelo always shows up and gives his best, so do I. He’s used to the big spotlight, and for me this is everything. I plan to take over the show and be the headliner.”Plenty of respect and confidence for Canelo, JacobsBy BARRY WILNER, AP Sports WriterNEW YORK (AP) — The resumes are impressive. The mutual respect is beyond question. The determination is through the roof.So why shouldn’t the middleweight title unification bout between Canelo Alvarez and Daniel Jacobs be a classic, a fight-of-the-year candidate?Ask both champions and they say that’s exactly what to expect on May 4 in Las Vegas. And while that might seem like hype for the fight, there is something of an aura around this matchup.“He is a very strong mental fighter,” Alvarez said Thursday about Jacobs, who is nicknamed “Miracle Man” and overcame bone cancer to return to the ring. “His history shows his perseverance and that is a big strength for him. He has that will to win. I invite that in an opponent; that is the type of fighter I am.” “I never get tired of inspiring people and telling my story,” he said. “Strangers, people I meet in airports when I travel, they are fascinated because it’s a feel-good story. I am blessed with a second chance at life and a career, and that is the message I want to get out to the world. That is something special, and I want to inspire so many more people.”The bout will be on a special weekend for Mexico, on the eve of Cinco de Mayo, and Alvarez prizes the opportunity to do his thing in the ring “for my country, my family, my fans.” He knows, however, that taking on Jacobs will be anything but a party.He likes that idea.“Because of his experience and his talent and his confidence and all of his virtues, this has all the qualities of a fight of the year,” Alvarez noted, adding he’s watched film of many of Jacobs’ fights to get a feel for the taller (by 3 inches) American.He also has watched lots of his own bouts.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WBC and WBA middleweight world champion Canelo Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs), left, and IBF middleweight world champion Daniel Jacobs (35-2, 29 KOs), right, pose with their title belts during a pre-fight press conference on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, in New York. Alvarez and Jacobs meet in a 12-round unification bout in Las Vegas, on Saturday May, 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)NEW YORK— The resumes are impressive. The mutual respect is beyond question. The determination is through the roof.So why shouldn’t the middleweight title unification bout between Canelo Alvarez and Daniel Jacobs be a classic, a fight-of-the-year candidate?ADVERTISEMENT PDEA on drug war: Our mandate is guided by rule of law, respect for lives PLAY LIST 01:15PDEA on drug war: Our mandate is guided by rule of law, respect for lives00:50Trending Articles01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201302:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ LATEST STORIES Roger Federer reaches semis in Dubai as he chases 100th titlecenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “I understand the game now and what you need to be great,” Jacobs said. “This is my shot and I am on a mission. Canelo always shows up and gives his best, so do I. He’s used to the big spotlight, and for me this is everything. I plan to take over the show and be the headliner.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ask both champions and they say that’s exactly what to expect on May 4 in Las Vegas. And while that might seem like hype for the fight, there is something of an aura around this matchup.“He is a very strong mental fighter,” Alvarez said Thursday about Jacobs, who is nicknamed “Miracle Man” and overcame bone cancer to return to the ring. “His history shows his perseverance and that is a big strength for him. He has that will to win. I invite that in an opponent; that is the type of fighter I am.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesMexico’s Alvarez, 28, is considered by many the best in the game today. His epic fights with Gennady Golovkin — a draw and then a tight victory, with a third meeting a distinct possibility — are the most shining moments in a 51-1-2 record with 35 knockouts. He became a three-division world champion by knocking out Rocky Fielding in three rounds to take the WBA super middleweight crown in December but now moves back where he probably belongs. And the middleweight division is the deepest and strongest around.Jacobs, 32, is a logical foe, and that’s good for the sport considering how logic rarely plays into matchups. Since going 12 rounds with Triple G and losing a very close decision two years ago, Jacobs has three wins and owns the IBF crown. The thought of adding Alvarez’s WBA and WBC belts is enticing but hardly the only motivation for the Brooklyn native. P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Mexico’s Alvarez, 28, is considered by many the best in the game today. His epic fights with Gennady Golovkin — a draw and then a tight victory, with a third meeting a distinct possibility — are the most shining moments in a 51-1-2 record with 35 knockouts. He became a three-division world champion by knocking out Rocky Fielding in three rounds to take the WBA super middleweight crown in December but now moves back where he probably belongs. And the middleweight division is the deepest and strongest around.Jacobs, 32, is a logical foe, and that’s good for the sport considering how logic rarely plays into matchups. Since going 12 rounds with Triple G and losing a very close decision two years ago, Jacobs has three wins and owns the IBF crown. The thought of adding Alvarez’s WBA and WBC belts is enticing but hardly the only motivation for the Brooklyn native.“I never get tired of inspiring people and telling my story,” he said. “Strangers, people I meet in airports when I travel, they are fascinated because it’s a feel-good story. I am blessed with a second chance at life and a career, and that is the message I want to get out to the world. That is something special, and I want to inspire so many more people.”The bout will be on a special weekend for Mexico, on the eve of Cinco de Mayo, and Alvarez prizes the opportunity to do his thing in the ring “for my country, my family, my fans.” He knows, however, that taking on Jacobs will be anything but a party.He likes that idea.“Because of his experience and his talent and his confidence and all of his virtues, this has all the qualities of a fight of the year,” Alvarez noted, adding he’s watched film of many of Jacobs’ fights to get a feel for the taller (by 3 inches) American.He also has watched lots of his own bouts.“Every fight, I feel I learn something from it. In all of my fights, I focus on learning, and especially learning from the mistakes,” he added. “Every fight, I watch to see the good things and to focus on whatever errors I have made to make sure they don’t happen again.”Those gaffes are so rare that Alvarez hasn’t lost since Floyd Mayweather outpointed him in 2014, a fight Alvarez accepted when he was still quite raw, though he already owned two super welterweight titles. He has improved since, and only Golovkin truly has challenged Alvarez in the last 4½ years.Jacobs will present a major challenge in the fight that will be streamed by DAZN as part of Alvarez’s $365 million deal for 11 fights. 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policylast_img read more

Japan charmed by Naomi Osaka after Grand Slam breakthrough

first_imgNaomi Osaka is hogging the headlines for all the right reasons in her native land after she became the first Japanese player to reach a Grand Slam singles final, with one major newspaper hailing her as “a new heroine Japan can be proud of”.The 20-year-old, who faces idol and 23-times Grand Slam champion Serena Williams in the U.S. Open final on Saturday, is also helping break new ground in Japan due to her multiracial identity: the daughter of a Haitian father and Japanese mother.She’s one of several young mixed-race athletes who are challenging Japan’s traditional self-image as a racially homogenous country, including sprinter Asuka Cambridge and baseball player Yu Darvish.Osaka was born in Japan but left when she was three years old and raised in the United States. She holds both Japanese and American citizenship, and is far more adept in English than she is in her mother tongue.Serena Williams crushes Anastasija Sevastova to reach US Open finalYet many Japanese appear to have embraced the endearing Osaka, charmed by her off-court genuineness as much as her on-court ferocity.”Her Japanese isn’t that good, right? But the way she tries to speak in Japanese is so cute,” said Yukie Ohashi, a 41-year-old Tokyo resident. “My impression of her is that she sticks to her beliefs and is powerful.”The Asahi newspaper described how Osaka’s unpretentious, sometimes humorous responses in post-match interviews and news conferences have won over spectators and journalists alike.Sometimes critical of her own post-victory speeches, Osaka admitted to being teased on social media for crying after her quarter-final win, prompting her to keep a straight face after her semi-final triumph over home hope Madison Keys.advertisementOsaka also has a strong attachment to Japanese culture, describing her visits to the country as like a “super-awesome extended vacation that I don’t want to leave”, according to media reports.The dream run continues for @Naomi_Osaka_!She becomes the first Japanese woman to reach a Grand Slam singles final in the Open era after defeating Keys 6-2, 6-4!#USOpen pic.twitter.com/7kKVkKZupeUS Open Tennis (@usopen) September 7, 2018″The combination of her strength and childlike innocence is her charm,” said the conservative-leaning Yomiuri, another major daily.Tennis is not as big in Japan as baseball, soccer or sumo, but Osaka’s 6-2 6-4 semi-final win over Keys made the front pages of major local newspapers on Thursday — although it was dwarfed by news of the earthquake that struck the northern island of Hokkaido earlier that day.RACIAL DIVERSITYWhile Japan is becoming more ethnically diverse — one in 50 births is to interracial couples — there is still plenty of prejudice against “haafu”, or half-Japanese, including cases of bullying against mixed-race children.When Ariana Miyamoto, the daughter of an African-American man and Japanese woman, was selected to represent Japan in the 2015 Miss Universe contest, the move was widely criticised on social media, with some saying she did not look truly Japanese.Public attitudes are slowly changing as Japanese society becomes more integrated with the global economy, however, and the emergence of more ethnically mixed celebrities, especially in sports, is helping.At the 2016 Rio Olympics, Mashu Baker won a gold medal in judo and sprinter Cambridge anchored the silver medal-winning 4×100 metres relay team.”For sure, we will have more athletes like her who are half-Japanese as athletes become more international,” said Hiroshi Nakamura, a 65-year-old fan of Osaka, who works at a real estate asset management firm and plays tennis regularly.Osaka is probably the most prominent mixed-race Japanese female athlete to enter the limelight and playing Williams, who is 16 years her senior, in the U.S. Open final was a dream come true, she said.The pair have met just once before, with Osaka stunning Williams 6-3 6-2 at the Miami Open in March.The final will be played at 5:00 a.m. Japan time on Sunday and even if she fails to pull off a stunning victory, the Asahi newspaper believes Osaka’s U.S. Open run could hail the beginning of a generational shift in women’s tennis.”She’s a new heroine that Japan can be proud of,” the Yomiuri said.last_img read more

Land Rover launches 2019 Discovery Sport Landmark Edition, price starts at Rs 53.77 lakh

first_imgJaguar Land Rover India has launched the 2019 Discovery Sport Landmark Edition priced at Rs 53.77 lakh (ex-showroom, India). The new version is Rs 9 lakh more expensive than the Discovery Sport variant.Below is the list of Land Rover vehicles in India and their introductory prices (ex-showroom).Discovery Sport – Rs 44.68 lakhRange Rover Evoque – Rs 52.06 lakhAll-New Discovery – Rs 75.84 lakhRange Rover Velar – Rs 82.90 lakhRange Rover Sport – Rs 1.02 croreRange Rover – Rs 1.79 croreDiscovery Sport Landmark Edition is available in three colours — Yulong WHite, Corris Grey and Narvik Black — and comes in with Carpathian Grey contrast roof, distinctive bumper design and Graphite Atlas grille along with fendor vents. This variant also gets a 18-inch five split-spoke alloy wheels, christened as ”Style 511”, with gloss dark grey colour finish.All the Landmark variants have front and rear parking aids designed to alert the driver with an audible warning to the presence of nearby objects, as standard. The vehicle features LED-powered xenon headlights and body coloured door handles.Inside the cabin of Discovery Sport Landmark edition, one will find ample space and a touch of luxury with ebony grained leather seats ensuring a comfortable journey. Panoramic roof is standard on this vehicle. The ebony interiors are mated with dark satin brushed aluminium trim finisher. There is also an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Land Rover Enhanced Sound System having 10 speakers. It gets cruise control, speed limiter and configurable interior ambient lighting as well.Discovery Sport Landmark Edition is powered by a 2.0-litre TD4 diesel automatic engine, producing 132 kW of power and churning out 430 Nm of torque. The vehicle can reach a maximum speed of 188 km/h, with an acceleration of 0-100 km/h in merely 9.9 seconds.advertisementALSO READ | Tata Motors increases prices of Hexa, SUV now starts at Rs 12.99 lakhALSO READ | Maruti Suzuki launches new Baleno at Rs 5.45 lakh, new grille and alloy wheels main attractionsALSO READ | Mahindra XUV300 safety features revealed, company claims several segment-first attributes in the new SUVlast_img read more

Winter is Coming: Why Air Duct Cleaning is Totally Worth It

first_img Cigar Humidors 101: What They Are, How They Work, and the Best Picks How Fast Does Facial Hair Grow? Tips for Growing a Beard Faster How to Enjoy Your Campfires Responsibly With summer winding down, you’re probably starting to think about everything you need to get done before you enter full winter hibernation mode: caulking drafty windows, moving outdoor accessories indoors, maybe even a fall cleaning before the holidays. While an unwanted breeze or the sight of uncovered patio furniture might remind you to take care of some winterization tasks, there’s one part of your home that can be easy to forget about: your air ducts. Not only have your air ducts been keeping you comfortably cool all summer, you’ll be relying on them to keep you toasty all winter too. So fall is the perfect time for air duct cleaning — and there are plenty of great reasons to give your HVAC system a little TLC.To Increase Heating EfficiencyAlthough fall and winter bring plenty to look forward to, from turkey day feasts to holiday cheer, they also bring about higher utility costs as you try to keep your home safe from the chilly outdoors. When your air ducts are squeaky clean, warm air can flow freely and your heater can maintain a comfortable temperature with minimal effort. If those ducts get clogged with dust and debris, the whole system has to work a lot harder to keep air circulating properly — which means higher utility bills for you. Having your air ducts cleaned before winter increases the efficiency of your HVAC system and the savings can help line your pockets with extra cash for holiday expenses.To Improve Air Quality and CirculationCold weather means you’ll be spending a lot more time in your house, and the holidays mean you’ll likely have visitors too. The last thing you want to do is entertain in a house that feels stuffy or has a lingering musty smell that will have guests giving you the side-eye. Dirty ducts prevent your HVAC system from pulling more dust out of the air, which can leave your house smelling like wet newspaper and regret. A good cleaning will give you back that new house smell and keep holiday company happier and healthier.To Eliminate Irritants and HazardsThose dirty ducts don’t just make your home’s air stiff and stinky, they’re also a favorite hangout for harmful allergens and irritants that can recirculate back into your house. Having a professional give your HVAC system a once over will alert you to any infestations, mold growth, or debris buildup that can contribute to nausea, headaches, congestion, and poor sleep. If you have any allergy or asthma sufferers in your family, they’ll surely thank you for helping them breathe easier.Aside from health concerns, HVAC systems that become clogged with highly-flammable lint are also a major fire hazard, and letting them go unserviced for too long can be an invitation for disaster.To Cut Down on Your Cleaning ScheduleEver spent a Saturday giving your whole house the ol’ scrub-down, only to find a brand new layer of dust on everything a couple days later? An unkempt HVAC system could be your problem. When debris builds up in your air ducts, it gets recirculated back into your home and settles on your furniture, creating that seemingly insurmountable layer of dust on every surface. Having your ducts cleaned will help keep your home neat and your schedule clear.With so many benefits, it’s easy to see why an annual duct cleaning is a no-brainer addition to your winterization checklist. How to Get Rid of Cigar Breath, Smell, and Smoke How to Care for Your Houseplants in the Winter Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

Cost of bringing First Nations water systems up to snuff could total

first_imgOTTAWA – Jane Philpott says the federal government will spend as much money as it takes to end long-term, boil-water advisories in First Nations communities by March 2021.The Indigenous services minister made that vow Thursday after Parliament’s budget watchdog warned that the federal government hasn’t devoted anywhere near enough money to fulfil Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s promise to end boil-water advisories within five years.It will cost at least $3.2 billion in capital investment to bring First Nations drinking water and wastewater systems up to standards comparable to non-Indigenous communities by 2020, according to a report released by the parliamentary budget office.That includes $1.8 billion to upgrade drinking water systems and another $1.4 billion to upgrade wastewater treatment, along with $361 million in maintenance costs.The Trudeau government’s first budget in 2016 allocated $1.8 billion over five years for improving First Nations water and wastewater systems.But the PBO report says that falls far short of what’s needed to deliver on Trudeau’s 2015 campaign promise to end all long-term boil-water advisories in First Nations communities within five years.The planned spending, combined with the money that’s been devoted to improving water systems since 2011, will cover only 54 to 70 per cent — depending on population growth — of the total investments needed, the report says.Moreover, the report notes that the Trudeau government’s commitment applies only to water systems that are financially supported by the federal government — which covers most, but not all, systems on reserve.“As such, even if the federal commitment is fulfilled, there may remain inadequate infrastructure,” it says.Philpott said the report “highlights the tremendous amount of work that has to be done” but vowed that it will get done — and on schedule.“Our commitment is firm and Canadians need to understand that we are absolutely steadfast in our commitment to make sure that all long-term boil-water advisories in public systems on reserve will be lifted by March of 2021,” she said.“We will make sure we have the resources to do so and we have a very specific plan in place to get there.”She added that the government will study the PBO report’s conclusion that more money — at least $2.35 billion more, by the NDP’s estimate — will be needed.However, Philpott also argued that the number of boil-water advisories the government is promising to fix is not as high as the numbers used by the PBO or by the NDP. The government numbers include only long-term advisories issued on public water systems for which the federal government is responsible.By Philpott’s count, there are currently 67 such boil-water advisories in effect. Since the Liberals took office in November 2015, she said 29 such advisories have been lifted, although she acknowledged that some new ones have been issued over the same period.Her department’s website showed slightly different numbers: 69 advisories still in effect, 27 lifted and 19 new ones issued — for a total reduction of eight since the Liberals took the helm.The PBO cited Health Canada in reporting that there were 100 long-term advisories and 37 short-term advisories in effect as of last March, while the NDP put the current number at 147 — the same number arrived at by adding the boil-water and do-not-consume water advisories posted on Health Canada’s website as of Thursday.But Philpott said those higher numbers include short-term boil-water advisories, which may be in effect for only a day or two while a sewage system is repaired, for instance. They also include water systems for private entities on reserve, like a gas station, for which the government is not responsible, she said.Charlie Angus, the NDP’s Indigenous affairs critic, said the report shows the Liberal government hasn’t invested enough money to meet Trudeau’s promise.“Access to clean water is a fundamental right,” Angus said. “It is time the government got serious about this.”last_img read more

Canadian Press editorinchief to leave news service April 26 cites personal reasons

TORONTO — Stephen Meurice, editor-in-chief of The Canadian Press, has announced that he is leaving the national news service for personal reasons, effective April 26.Meurice, 55, has held the top editorial position at the Toronto-based company since mid-2014, after spending most of his professional career in the newspaper industry.Company president Malcolm Kirk said in a statement to staff that Meurice’s departure after 4 1/2 years was unexpected, and sad news.He said managing editor Andrea Baillie will be acting editor-in-chief after Meurice departs.The Canadian Press supplies a variety of content — text, audio, picture and graphics — to newspapers, broadcasters and online portals across the country. The Canadian Press read more

Quick Hits Ohio State football news and notes

First-year Ohio State head coach Luke Fickell lauded Buckeye Nation’s contribution to Saturday’s win against then-No. 12 Wisconsin and senior running back Daniel “Boom” Herron said he thinks the offense could score 50 points against Indiana (1-8, 0-5) during a Tuesday press conference. Neither addressed the forthcoming decision from the NCAA regarding the football program’s rules violations, though a university spokeman told The Lantern Tuesday that the expected announcement date of the ruling is “hard to predict.” A nod to students Fickell began his remarks by thanking the OSU students and fans for helping create an atmosphere at Ohio Stadium that he said was “unbelievable.” “(I) wouldn’t want to start any other way but to thank the fans, the crowd and the students for an unbelievable atmosphere this weekend,” Fickell said. Fickell said he even needed he wife’s reassurance that the Horseshoe, which held 105,511 fans on Saturday, was as loud as he perceived it. “Sometimes, I had to get in the car afterward, ask my wife to make sure I saw and felt that atmosphere as well as it was,” he said. “I wasn’t sure if it was my heart that was pounding or the screams from the crowd, but it was an unbelievable atmosphere, unbelievable experience, just to be a part of something, obviously a game like that. But that’s what Ohio State football’s all about.” “Signature” win? Not a chance With the 33-29 win against the then-No.12 Badgers Saturday, Fickell clinched his second consecutive win against a ranked opponent. OSU beat then-No.16 Illinois, 17-7, on Oct. 15. Fickell rejected the notion that Saturday’s win was a “signature” win in his young career as a head coach, saying, “Every win is big.” “The way it was won, obviously, maybe that might mean something different, the atmosphere it was won in,” he said. “But still it goes down the same on the schedule — it goes down as a win.” Running the score up on Indiana The Indiana Hoosiers, which have allowed opponents to score 204 points combined in their last four games, could be in for more trouble Saturday. OSU senior running back Daniel “Boom” Herron said he wants the Buckeyes to score 50 points against the Hoosiers. “Yeah, I mean, you gotta look at it that way. Whatever we could do to put points on the board,” Herron said. “I think it’s possible. It’s definitely possible.” All crickets on the NCAA front After its Aug. 12 hearing with the NCAA in Indianapolis regarding the football program’s infractions, the university originally expected the final ruling to arrive sometime during the Buckeyes’ four-game stretch between Oct. 8, when they traveled to Nebraska, and this Saturday’s home game against Indiana. There was no mention Tuesday of the NCAA violations, or when the ruling would be handed down. In a Tuesday email to The Lantern, OSU spokesman Jim Lynch said that since additional violations were considered by the NCAA after the Aug. 12 hearing, “We (OSU and the NCAA) are no longer on the same timetable.” As a result, Lynch said in the email that it is difficult for him to predict when the ruling will be announced. read more

Trump bid to restore travel ban rejected

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTrump loses appeal court bid to reinstate travel banFebruary 10, 2017In “World”Trump travel ban: States urge retention of temporary blockFebruary 6, 2017In “World”Trump travel ban faces biggest legal test yetFebruary 7, 2017In “latest news” (BBC) The US federal appeals court has rejected the Trump administration’s request to reinstate a travel ban blocked by a federal judge on Friday.The late night ruling means the travel ban will remain suspended until the full case has been heard.The court gave the White House and the states challenging it a deadline of Monday to present more arguments.Two states argued that the travel ban, affecting people from seven mainly-Muslim countries, was unconstitutional.In its appeal, the Justice Department said Judge James Robart had overreached by “second guessing” the president on a national security matter.It also argued that only the president could decide who can enter or stay in the US.US wrestlers will now compete in Iran, which has relaxed its own retaliatory banIn Friday’s case, the Justice Department had argued that states did not have the authority to challenge a presidential executive order.Lawyers for the states of Washington and Minnesota had argued that the ban was unconstitutional because it denied people with valid entry documents the right to travel without due process.It also violated freedom of religion rights by appearing to target Muslims, they said.Iraq, one of the countries named in the ban, has praised the revocation of the travel ban as a “move in the right direction”, Reuters reported.Iran has also responded to Judge Robart’s ruling by saying it would allow a US wrestling team to compete in a World Cup event it is hosting later this month.The US wrestlers were initially denied visas after Iran said it would ban Americans in retaliation for Mr Trump’s order.However Mr Trump has called Judge Robart’s ruling “ridiculous”, described him as a “so-called judge” and vowed to restore the ban.Judge Robart has served on the federal bench since 2004 after nomination by President George W Bush.Friday’s ruling has also seen visa holders from the affected nations scramble to get flights to the US, fearing they have a slim window to enter.The State Department has been reversing visa cancellations and US homeland security employees have been told by their department to comply with the ruling.Customs officials told airlines that they could resume boarding banned travellers. Qatar Airways, Air France, Etihad Airways, Lufthansa and others said they would do so.The ban caused confusion at US and foreign airports when it came into force.It envisages a 90-day visa suspension for anyone arriving from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.The directive also suspends the US Refugee Admissions Programme for 120 days, and places an indefinite ban on Syrian refugees.It has led to protests in US cities and around the world. read more

Etsy spills users purchase histories to Google with new People Search function

first_imgEtsy is a fantastic site dedicated to helping people sell their original, handmade creations and vintage items. I love it. What I don’t love, though, is their latest feature, called “People Search.” It makes their users not only searchable by their real names, but also lets you see their purchase histories. Oh. Except since Etsy never told anyone they were launching this feature, many Etsy users now have their purchase histories exposed to the world for all to see.Technically, not everyone is effected. When you sign up for an Etsy account, you are asked but not require to give your real name. It’s optional, but not obviously so. If you ever entered your real name in that field, you’re screwed: People Search will not only tell everyone all your Etsy purchases, but even pump it to Google.AdChoices广告Here’s one fantastic example:” I just found a woman who’s Etsy profile comes up on Google as the 5th link. I was expecting 6 or 7 pages down, but it’s on the very first page, right after her online resumes (four of ’em – so I guess she’s looking for work and this cannot be helping). She signed up a year ago, under the old privacy policy, and hasn’t logged in since 2010. And now I know what dildo she uses. Right down to the curvature and coloring.” Needless to say, if you’ve ever signed up for an Etsy account and bought anything you don’t want the whole world knowing about, you’ll want to change some account settings. Here’s how to do it.Log in to Etsy…Click “Settings” on the left top sidebarChoose the “Privacy” tabYou have three decisions to make (who can see your favorites, who can see your purchases, and can people search for your email). Be sure to click the update button on the bottom.To change your ‘real name’ on file, click “Profile” in the left sidebar while logged in to your account. There you go. Now your dildo preferences are safe!Read more at Mary Suelast_img read more

Des traces déléments radioactifs détectés dans lair français

first_imgDes traces d’éléments radioactifs détectés dans l’air français Mardi, l’Institut de radioprotection et de sûreté nucléaire a annoncé que des traces d’iode 131, provenant de rejets radioactifs venant d’un pays étranger encore inconnu, ont été détectées dans l’air en France, sans pour autant présenter de risque sanitaire. Ce sont plusieurs pays d’Europe centrale qui ont déclenché l’alerte. Il y a peu, les réseaux scientifiques de l’Institut de radioprotection et de sûreté nucléaire (IRSN) l’ont en effet informé  (IRSN) que des pays européens avaient détecté dans leur air de l’iode 131 à l’état de traces. Une annonce qui a poussé l’Institut a effectué ses propres analyses pour rechercher la présence éventuelle de cet élément radioactif en France.À lire aussiLa fusion nucléaire pourrait bien devenir prochainement une réalitéEt effectivement, les premiers résultats des tests réalisés ont bien révélé dans l’air français des traces d’iode 131, mais à des niveaux de concentration ne dépassant quelques microbecquerels par mètre cube et proches de la limite de détection des instruments de mesure, selon l’IRSN. La présence de l’élément ne présenterait donc aucun risque pour la santé des populations, a tenu à souligner l’Institut cité par l’AFP. Alors que la présence d’iode 131 dans l’air est tout à fait inhabituelle à cette échelle du territoire national, l’IRSN explique que l’élément doit provenir de rejets radioactifs anormaux dans l’atmosphère et venant d’un pays étranger. Néanmoins, l’origine et la date des rejets restent pour l’heure inconnues. Une chose est sûre : le phénomène n’a rien à voir avec l’accident nucléaire de Fukushima, au Japon, tandis que l’iode 131 a une courte durée de vie et voit sa radioactivité diminuer de moitié tous les huit jours.  Sur son site, l’IRSN explique ainsi qu’il réalise actuellement des calculs de rétro-trajectoires pour tenter de localiser la provenance des masse d’air ayant transporté l’iode 131 détecté. Le 15 novembre 2011 à 11:59 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Man found naked along Washougal River identified

first_imgThe man who was found naked and without identification Saturday along the Washougal River has been identified as John Mullenmeister of Minnesota, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.Mullenmeister, 43, was found along the riverbank near Milepost 7. He was alive but in medical distress, and later died after being taken to an area hospital, according to a sheriff’s office news release.An autopsy revealed no signs of homicidal violence, and toxicology results are pending. The death does not appear to be criminal in nature, the news release states.last_img read more

Indias ecommerce to generate 25 lakh jobs in 2016 Assocham

first_imgBurgeoning e-commerce industry in India is likely to generate 2.5 lakh jobs this year, according to an Assocham report, which added that fresh hiring in the sector may see an increase by 60-65 percent. A majority of the e-commerce firms has reported a multi-fold increase in their turnover over the last year, though mainly driven by huge discounts offered by them.”E-commerce industry is likely to generate nearly 2.5 lakhs jobs in the online retail in 2016, including temporary employees, supply chain, logistics, ancillary units etc.,” Press Trust of India reported citing the Assocham report.Currently, the industry employs nearly 3.5 lakh people.”The hiring activities are expected to grow by over 60-65 percent in this sector and may help create between 5-8 lakh employment opportunities in two to three years,” Assocham secretary general D S Rawat said.Mobile-commerce, or m-commerce, which currently occupies only 20-25 percent of the country’s e-commerce market, is expected to grow rapidly as businesses look to gain more market share.Last month, Assocham had said that the domestic e-commerce market is estimated to grow by 67% to $38 billion (Rs 2.51 lakh crore) in 2016 from over $23 billion (Rs 1.52 lakh crore) last year, boosted by a rise in Internet and mobile users.India’s e-commerce market was worth about $3.8 billion in 2009. It increased to $17 billion in 2014 and to $23 billion in 2015.”The rapid transformation in logistics, innovation, consumerism and productivity prove to be an interesting case study for other emerging economies,” Rawat said.last_img read more

Valve announces Steam Autumn Sale

first_imgValve never misses an opportunity to have a sale on Steam, and Thanksgiving weekend is no exception. Today, the digital games service has kicked off its Autumn Sale, promising to bring huge discounts to a range of popular games and publisher back catalogs. In other words, it’s the perfect opportunity to pick up a few games you missed on their release day.The sale will run from the 23rd to the 27th of November with new game discounts being made each day. Today’s selection includes the following titles:Call of Duty: Black Ops 50% offDejobaan games 50% off (5 titles)Duke Nukem Forever 66% offMass Effect franchise 75% off (3 titles)Men of War franchise 75% off (9 titles)Oddworld franchise 75% off (4 titles)Orcs Must Die! 75% offPortal 2 66% offRisen 50% offRenegade Ops 50% offSam & Max franchise 75% off (3 titles)Test Drive Unlimited 2 75% offAs well as the daily deals, Steam is also promising games from all the major publishers including 2K, Bethesda, Codemasters, EA, Paradox Interactive, Rockstar, Sega, Square Enix, THQ, Ubisoft, Warner Bros., and of course Valve’s own games.The only way to bag yourself a few bargains is to check back every day and see what’s listed as new. Following Steam on Twitter will ensure you don’t miss the announcement a new assortment of games has gone up for sale.Is there anything in today’s line-up that takes your fancy? Risen looks pretty good with 50% off, so does portal 2 if you haven’t given in a bought it full price yet.Check out all the deals at the Steam Autumn Sale page.last_img read more

Chef Alleges Antonio Brown Fired Him Over Fish Head Left In Freezer

first_imgWhen Luca Brazi was killed during the gang wars in The Godfather, a fish was sent in a package to the Corleone’s as a Sicilian a message that Brasi was “sleeping with the fishes.” Apparently Antonio Brown has seen the movie one too many times because a celebrity personal chef is alleging in a lawsuit that A.B. fired him for leaving a frozen fish head in the freezer after a party that Brown interpreted as a Godfather type threat.Celebrity chef Stefano Tedeschi says that he cooked for Brown and other NFL’ers during the 2018 Pro Bowl, including a large seafood spread. While cleaning up, Tedeschi put a salmon head in the freezer with the intention of making soup the next day. Apparently Brown or some of his people found the head and instantly jumped to the conclusion that Tedeschi was threatening them, because that’s what normal people do.After finding the head, Tedeschi says he was told his services would no longer be needed. He’s suing Brown for getting stiffed on the $38,000 bill for his services. The helmet and feet thing with Brown is out there, but this, if true, takes the cake.last_img read more

Air Serbia taps into Thailand with Etihad codeshare

first_imgAir Serbia has expanded its reach in the Far East by adding the Thai capital of Bangkok and the country’s largest island, Phuket, to its codeshare agreement with Etihad Airways.The deal will see Air Serbia place its flight code on four daily Etihad Airways services between Bangkok and Abu Dhabi as well as on one daily flight between Phuket and Abu Dhabi, where travellers have convenient onward connections to Belgrade.In addition, Air Serbia’s “JU” flight code will appear on daily Etihad Airways flights between Abu Dhabi and Nairobi, the capital and commercial centre of Kenya.Dane Kondic, Chief Executive Officer of Air Serbia, said: “We are excited to offer our guests one-stop connections to two popular destinations in Thailand, a country renowned for its fascinating culture, scenic beaches and balmy climate.“With this expansion we are able to better capture the strong flow of travel from Serbia to Thailand by providing travellers with more choice, flexibility and convenience.“We thank the civil aviation authorities of the Republic of Serbia and the Kingdom of Thailand, whose signing of a bilateral air services agreement in November 2015 has made this development in air connectivity possible.“Last but definitely not least, this expansion has extended our network reach to Nairobi, our first codeshare point in East Africa and an economic powerhouse in the region that is renowned for its safaris and game reserves.”Codeshare flights to Bangkok and Phuket can now be booked for travel from 16 December while services to Nairobi can be booked for travel from 28 December. Fly Air SerbiaSource = Air Serbialast_img read more

Biometrics for better travel

first_imgBiometrics for better travelBiometrics for better travelSITA report outlines how biometrics in identity management will transform passenger processingBiometric technology is emerging as the top solution for airlines and airports to automate identity checks amid rising passenger numbers. This is according to Biometrics for Better Travel: An ID Management Revolution, a report published today by SITA. It outlines how using biometrics to check passenger’s identity will power faster and more secure self-service processes at airports as passenger numbers are set to almost double to 7.8 billion by 2036.Airlines and airports are already investing in various forms of biometric technology and SITA’s report explores innovative ID management programs that are transforming the travel experience today. In the future, these will be more commonplace worldwide as 63 percent of airports and 43 percent of airlines plan to invest in biometric ID management solutions in the next three years.Sean Farrell, Director, Strategy & Innovation, SITA, said: “Across the world, airlines are required to check that passengers are who they say they are and that they have the right travel documents. This is a fundamental element of securing the travel process which cannot be eliminated. With passenger numbers set to double by 2036, airlines and airports need to be able to move passengers through these checks as securely and quickly as possible. Efficient identity management is essential for better security while at the same time improving the passenger experience. Biometrics is the technology that can deliver this.”The good news for airlines, airports and the various government agencies involved in passenger identity management, is that passengers are happy to use biometrics. This technology is becoming increasingly commonplace in people’s lives. For example, by 2020 more than 75 percent of smartphones will have fingerprint sensors. This user acceptance can be seen among passengers too. SITA reports that the majority of passengers would definitely use biometrics on their next flight.Farrell adds: “Passengers are ready and want to use biometrics. The easiest way for airlines and airports to make this happen is to use technology that integrates easily with their existing infrastructure – kiosks, bag drop, automated boarding gates. Moving to single token identity management where passengers can simply use their biometric, such as their face, at every checkpoint on their journey will speed passengers securely through the airport.”SITA’s report outlines how airlines and airports must have a global consensus on how to securely resolve passenger identity issues as an integral part of the next generation of self-service systems. All industry stakeholders have a role to play to harness technologies that can make the processes better, faster and more secure. The air transport industry must collaborate across all stakeholders and across the globe with governments to ensure scalability and interoperability across borders.Biometrics for Better Travel: An ID Management Revolution combines SITA’s global research with commentary and cases studies from airports, airlines and global entities that are exploring and adopting biometric technology to transform the passenger experience. Those featured include Brisbane Airport, British Airways, JetBlue and Orlando International Airport along with industry perspectives from the International Airline Travel Association (IATA).For further details, download SITA’s full report – Biometrics for Better Travel: An ID Management Revolution and visit stand 500 at Passenger Terminal EXPO to see SITA Smart Path™, biometric ID management in action.Source = SITAlast_img read more

earlybirdsEuropeRiver CruisesScenic

first_imgearlybirdsEuropeRiver CruisesScenic Agents have until 31 August 2018 to secure the best earlybird deal on a Scenic Scenic European river cruise for their clients – an offer that includes free flights for all to Europe, choice of travelling all year in all suites and across all cruise itineraries of 11 days or longer.“The unprecedented all-inclusive offers have had a strong take up across the board but particularly with our France and Portugal programs. However, there is still limited availability so we encourage agents to book now to make the most of these offers”, said Director Marketing and Strategy Liz Glover.*Please note some departures are sold outIMAGE: Scenic Diamond under Pont de Pierre in Bordeaux, Francelast_img read more