Barely two days after senior Kannada journalist Gauri Lankesh was murdered in Bengaluru, a journalist in Bihar’s Arwal district was shot at and robbed of ₹1 lakh on Thursday by two motorcycle-borne assailants. The incident took place 60 km from here.Police officials said Pankaj Mishra, who was working for the local edition of Hindi newspaper Rashtriya Sahara, was returning after withdrawing money from a bank when he was attacked.Mr. Mishra was later admitted to the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) and is said to be out of danger.Dilip Kumar, Arwal Superintendent of Police told The Hindu that the assailants fired twice at Mr. Mishra. When he collapsed on the road the assailants fled with the money.One of the two robbers, Kundan Mahto, was later arrested, Mr. Kumar said. Police are searching for the other assailant, Ambika Mahto.Asked if it was a case of robbery, the SP said, “it will be known only after the investigation.” However, local police officials said, “prima facie it’s a case of robbery or some personal enmity.”The injured journalist was first taken to a primary health centre from where he was shifted to the Arwal Sadar hospital. Later, he was referred to PMCH, said the SP.The journalist alleged that the attackers had links with a local ruling party JD(U) legislator.Speaking to a news channel, Mr. Mishra said that since he had written several stories against Kundan Mahto, son of a personal assistant to the JD(U) MLA, in his newspaper, he targeted him.Earlier in 2016, a senior journalist in Siwan district Rajdeo Ranjan who was working with the Hindi newspaper Hindustan, was gunned down, a few yards from his office, allegedly by henchmen of former Siwan RJD MP Mohd Shahabuddin.
The sharp decline of rupee against dollar observed in the last few weeks has impacted Indians and NRIs equally. However, as Indians cringe at their accounts, the NRIs have been gladly looking out for investment opportunities in the country owing to more rupees in their hand.The recent fall of the Indian currency went as low as 74.46 against the US dollar. But this has come with a silver lining as far as the Indian real estate sector is concerned. With so much more to spare, the NRI investment enquires and even transactions have spiked up remarkably.Read it at News18 Related Items
John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next Also-ran Ateneo also pulled off a 3-2 stunner over University of the East to put an end to its 10-game losing slide.The Lady Warriors suffered their fifth defeat in 10 games.In baseball Sunday, La Salle walloped UST, 11-1 to maintain its grip of first place at 6-1.Defending champion Ateneo dropped NU, 5-3, while Adamson clobbered UP, 13-3 to continue their arms race for the two championship berths.The Blue Eagles and the Falcons remain tied at second with their identical 6-2 cards.ADVERTISEMENT Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Nadal unfazed by rankings race on return MOST READ LATEST STORIES UST, meanwhile, dropped to 7-3 but remained in seconds place.In the other matches, National University moved closer in securing a spot in the Final Four with a 10-4 blasting of La Salle.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Lady Bulldogs had it their way in the sixth inning, scoring six runs to wiggle out of a 4-all deadlock and escape the Lady Batters.NU rose to 6-4 to claim solo third. Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH AFP official booed out of forum Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico UAAP Softball. FILE PHOTOKrisha Cantor reveled in the spotlight as she helped Adamson clinch the first Final Four berth in the UAAP Season 80 softball tournament after eking out a tight 2-1 victory over University of Santo Tomas Monday at Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium.Cantor delivered the match-clinching RBI off Tigresses pitcher Ann Antolihao as pinch runner Ivy Capistrano ran home in the bottom seventh to give the Lady Falcons their ninth win in 10 outings.ADVERTISEMENT
Sheryl Swoopes. APKNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Sheryl Swoopes fought back tears as she read a poem to her late mother while accepting induction into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.The three-time Olympic gold medalist and three-time WNBA Most Valuable Player acknowledged Saturday (Sunday Manila time) that the honor felt “bittersweet” because her mother wasn’t with her. Swoopes’ mother, Ida Louise Swoopes, died of colon cancer on March 14.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ What ‘missteps’? Swoopes won gold medals at the 1996, 2000 and 2004 Olympics and was part of Houston’s WNBA championship teams in 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000 — each of the league’s first four seasons. MOST READ 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 Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage “Although she’s not physically here with us, I know she’s here in spirit and will forever live on in my heart,” Swoopes said.As she closed her induction speech, Swoopes read from a poem that ended with the line, “God took you home to prove to us he only takes the best.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I love you, Mom,” Swoopes said. “Thank you.”Swoopes knew this would be an emotional moment, and said she intentionally wore a dress with pockets to hold the tissues that she’d need later in her speech. LATEST STORIES View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Mellower Green playing this Game 5 after 2016 suspension Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide
The cost escalation in the CWG-related projects was attributed to acute shortage of time by the Organising Committee but an IAS officer has told the CBI that there was “deliberate negligence” on part of top OC bosses despite knowing the schedule of the sporting event.IAS officer and former Chief Operating Officer of the OC, Vijay Kumar Gautam, arrayed as a witness by the CBI in the CWG Timing Scoring and Results (TSR) scam, said there was “no hurry” on part of the top OC bosses, including its chairman Suresh Kalmadi, a key accused in the case, to get things moving.”On being asked, it is stated that when I joined OC on September 7, 2007, the technology functional area was non- functional. The technical staff was yet to be appointed. There was no person handling technology functional area. Needless to say that no work related to technology was even contemplated till that time, though the OC CWG 2010 had come into being in February 2005.”In fact there was no hurry on the part of the top bosses in OC to get the things moving. There was deliberate negligence. It is stated the technology functional area is one of the core functional areas requiring highly skilled experts to handle the matters related to it,” Gautam told the CBI.His statement has been annexed with the CBI’s charge sheet, filed in a Delhi court on May 20 against Kalmadi, former secretary general of OC Lalit Bhanot and others for their alleged involvement in the TSR scam in which contract was illegally awarded to a Swiss firm.advertisementBhanot and others are accused of allegedly awarding Rs 141 crore contract to the Swiss firm ‘Omega’ to install TSR system for the games at an exorbitant cost, causing a loss of over Rs 90 crore to the exchequer.Gautam told the CBI that despite being the COO of OC, he got to know about the issuance of expression of interest for procuring TSR only after advertisement in this regard was published in newspapers on March 23, 2009.He said that he was annoyed with the manner in which the EOI was issued and sent strong disagreement note to V K Verma, Director General of OC and one of the accused in the TSR scam, who assured him that he would look into the matter.Regarding award of TSR contract to Swiss firm, Gautam said there was a concerted and planned move to zero-in on and select a particular company Swiss Timing for the contract.”It is stated that my stand in the TSR matter was absolutely clear throughout and I was dead against all restrictive practices and manipulations favouring any particular firm. The entire manipulations were being down by Kalmadi, V K Verma, Lalit Bhanot and their associates to favour Swiss Timing,” he said.-With PTI inputs
Mumbai, Oct 27 (PTI) NBA legend A C Green will be the Director of Sport for the United Basketball League (UBA) Professional Basketball League.The league has conducted four seasons in India.”Were excited to have A C as part of our team and look forward to continued growth of basketball in India,” Tommy Fisher, UBA Chairman was quoted as saying in a media release.Green said, “Basketball is such an important part of my life and I am happy to be heading to India once again to help further the growth and development of the sport. The UBA has made great strides in the last two years and I look forward to building upon that success.” PTI NRB NP RYS
Former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum is returning to Kolkata Knight Riders but this time in a coaching role after being signed by the IPL side as assistant coach, a media report has claimed.McCullum, who retired from all forms of competitive cricket recently, will also take over as the head coach of the Caribbean Premier League side Trinbago Knight Riders, according to ESPNcricinfo.Interestingly, he will replace Simon Katich in both the sides. With KKR, he will be associated as assistant coach and at Trinbago Knight Riders he will replace the Australian as head coach.The dasher from Canterbury had retired from all forms of international cricket in 2016 but continued to ply his trade in various T20 leagues across the globe.The former Black Caps skipper has played 101 Test matches for New Zealand and scored 6453 runs with a high score of 302. He featured in 260 ODIs and amassed 6083 runs with a strike rate of 96.37.KKR had announced that they were parting ways with Jacques Kallis, their head coach, and Katich.McCullum’s association with KKR goes back to the maiden season when he set the stage on fire with a blistering 158-run unbeaten knock in the first ever match of IPL.He was an integral part of the KKR squad for five seasons and also led them in the 2009 edition.The right-hand batsman had hinted at trying his hand at coaching in his retirement statement.”The next chapter, in both media and coaching will challenge me further,” he said.Also Read | NADA will test cricketers whenever and wherever they want: Sports secretaryAlso Read | Ravindra Jadeja mimics Virat Kohli’s batting stance, Rohit Sharma guesses correctly in Heads Up ChallengeAlso See:advertisement
Chelsea Chelsea boss Conte: ‘I know that I’m doing a great job’ Jon Fisher Last updated 1 year ago 07:52 2/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(7) Getty Images Chelsea Premier League Chelsea v AFC Bournemouth AFC Bournemouth Finishing in the top four would be a ‘great success’ for the Blues this season, according to their under-pressure manager Antonio Conte fears for Chelsea’s top-four hopes following their 3-0 thrashing by Bournemouth but is adamant he is doing a “great job” at Stamford Bridge.The champions’ title defence has not really gathered pace this season with Manchester City 18 points ahead of the fourth-placed Blues and looking certainties to take the trophy to the Etihad Stadium.Chelsea still have Champions League qualification to fight for but Wednesday’s defeat to Bournemouth – courtesy of goals from Callum Wilson, Junior Stanislas and ex-Blues defender Nathan Ake – has made life more uncomfortable for Conte, although he remained bullish afterwards. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player He told reporters: “I think the pressure is normal. It’s normal for a coach, for a manager. It’s normal if you are Chelsea’s coach.”After the first game this season [a home defeat to Burnley], you tried to put pressure on my job but I’m trying to do my best.”I repeat: we are doing everything, we are doing 120 per cent. I’m exploiting this squad to the maximum level but if someone doesn’t agree about this, I’m here.”I have to accept every situation. I’m very relaxed about this. I know that I’m doing a great job, a great work, me and the staff and the players.”Asked if he felt Chelsea were overachieving, he added: “Yes, yes. I think we are doing more. We are doing more, yes.”He did admit, however, to some concern over their top-four ambitions.”Yes, we must be worried. It won’t be easy but this is normal. We have to struggle for a position in the Champions League. But I think the players, until now, are great, for their commitment and their behaviour. If they hadn’t done that, our place in the table would be worse.”If we are able to reach a place in the Champions League it will be a great success for us.”Conte finally got the physical centre-forward he craved in January – Olivier Giroud coming in from Arsenal to replace Michy Batshuayi who departed for Borussia Dortmund on loan – earlier on deadline day.But he dismissed suggestions the transfer talk had disrupted his team’s preparations.”No but now it would be very simple to find a lot of excuses, a lot of alibis,” he said. “This is not the right way. We made a lot of mistakes. Together. When we win, we win together. When we lose, we lose together.”Full-time: Chelsea 0-3 Bournemouth. #CHEBOU pic.twitter.com/aXpUdlLdRe— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 31, 2018Another worrying development for Chelsea was Denmark international Andreas Christensen limping off in the first half of Wednesday’s game.Conte said: “We have played other games without Christensen. Injuries are a part of the game. It’s not right to find excuses. This is not the right way to solve the situation. Only through work can you solve the situation.”I think it’s a hamstring problem for Christensen, but I don’t know the extent of his injury. We have to wait one day, two days, three days to have a clinical examination.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
New Delhi: Four new judges of the Supreme Court were on Friday administered the oath of office by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi. With the swearing in of the four judges, the number of judges in the Supreme Court stands at 31, the full sanctioned strength of the top court. Justices B R Gavai, Surya Kant, Aniruddha Bose and A S Bopanna were administered oath of office by the CJI in court no.1 in the presence of several other sitting apex court judges.
MedReleaf Corp. and Aurora Cannabis Inc. shares were briefly halted Thursday and resumed trading after the companies announced they have held discussions, but no agreement has been reached.Trading resumed mid-afternoon after being halted “pending news” for several hours.The companies issued press releases saying they were aware of media reports that MedReleaf was seeking a buyer.Citing anonymous sources, The Globe and Mail reported that Markham, Ont.,-based MedReleaf was putting itself on the market and that Edmonton-based Aurora had submitted a friendly offer.On Thursday afternoon, MedReleaf released a statement in response to a request by Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC), saying it was aware of a news article speculating about a potential transaction involving Aurora.“MedReleaf does not publicly comment on unusual market activity, rumours or speculation in the marketplace or any potential transaction unless, and until, a binding legal agreement to effect that transaction has been signed,” it said.It confirmed that it engages “from time to time” in discussions with other industry players, including Aurora Cannabis, “regarding various alternatives.”“The company has not entered into an agreement to effect any particular transaction, and there can be no assurance that such discussions will result in any such agreement,” MedReleaf said.Aurora also released a statement in response to a request from IIROC regarding reports involving a potential transaction with MedReleaf.“The company does confirm that it engages in discussions with industry participants from time to time, including MedReleaf,” Aurora said in a statement on Thursday afternoon. “At this time the company confirms there is no agreement, understanding or arrangement with respect to any transaction with MedReleaf.”Consolidation in the Canadian marijuana sector has been accelerating as the country prepares to legalize cannabis for recreational use later this year.Aurora recently completed its acquisition of Saskatoon-based licensed producer CanniMed Therapeutics after striking a $1.1 billion stock-and-cash deal in January.In February, rival licensed producer Aphria Inc. completed its acquisition of B.C.-based Broken Coast Cannabis Inc., a transaction valued at more than $200-million in stock and cash.Note to readers: CORRECTS completion date of CanniMed deal in para 5
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LONDON – Weaker-than-expected Chinese economic growth figures weighed on markets Monday as the price of gold slid another $100 to hit a two-year low amid concerns that a 12-year bull run for the commodity has come to an end.Though Beijing government figures showed that the world’s second-largest economy expanded 7.7 per cent in the first quarter of the year compared with a year earlier, the figure was down on the previous period’s 7.9 per cent rate and was worse than expectations for a modest increase to 8 per cent.The report stoked worries about the strength of China’s economy at a time when a run of U.S. economic data has disappointed and Europe remains embroiled in its crisis over too much government debt.“Weak economic growth in China has taken investors by surprise,” said Mike McCudden, head of derivatives at stockbroker Interactive Investor. “With the recent run or weaker global economic data investors have reached an impasse and without a great deal in sight this week to inspire them, we should see markets drift lower.”In Europe, the FTSE 100 index of leading British shares was down 1.1 per cent at 6,313 while Germany’s DAX fell 1 per cent to 7,678. The CAC-40 in France was also 1 per cent lower at 3,692.Wall Street was poised for a lower opening, with Dow futures down 0.3 per cent and the broader S&P 500 futures 0.5 per cent lower. The focus during the U.S. session will be on the next batch of quarterly corporate earnings statements from financial companies, including Citigroup, Charles Schwab and First Republic Bank.Much of the interest in financial markets though is centred on gold, which has taken a battering over recent sessions.By late-morning London time, an ounce of the yellow metal was trading $100.10, or 6.7 per cent, lower at $1,401.50. Gold has fallen sharply over recent trading sessions from over $1,600 10 days ago and there is talk in the markets that a number of institutions are cashing in following a reduction in gold price predictions from leading investment banks, including Goldman Sachs. Earlier, it fell to $1,398.80, its first foray below $1,400 since March, 2011.Many reasons have been put forward to explain the sudden change of course, including speculation that Cyprus may sell a chunk of its reserves to finance its part of its financial rescue. Though that may not materialize, it was enough to prompt some investors to think that a gold-selling strategy may be used elsewhere in the troubled eurozone.Another reason put forward is that the Federal Reserve will outline a strategy to withdraw its monetary stimulus later this year despite recent mixed signals out of the U.S. economy, the world’s largest. One of the reasons why the price of gold has been so well-bid in recent years is a direct result of the Fed’s policy — the new dollars created under so-called quantitative easing have found themselves recycled in financial markets and many of them have gone to the perceived haven of gold.“Investors are clearly turning away from gold here, using the price action as justification for unwinding positions and taking capital away from what was once considered as almost a one-way bet,” said David White, a trader at Spreadex. “Even those naturally contrarian are struggling to find reasons to own gold.”The sharp decline in the price of gold has had knock-on effects throughout commodity markets. The price of oil has been in retreat too and the benchmark New York rate was down another $2.70 at $88.59 a barrel.Subdued investor appetite for risk, as evidenced by the performance of stocks, was evident in the currency markets too, where the euro was trading 0.4 per cent lower at $1.3057.Earlier in Asia, Japan’s Nikkei 225 finished 1.6 per cent lower at 13,275.66, falling for a second straight trading day after a series of gains. The Bank of Japan’s aggressive monetary easing to lift borrowing and spending drove Japanese stocks to their highest close in nearly four years last week as well as weighing heavily on the yen. However, the yen has gained some ground over the last couple of sessions, and the dollar was 0.4 per cent lower at $97.77 yen.Hong Kong’s Hang Seng sank 1.4 per cent to 21,772.67 while Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 declined 0.9 per cent to 4,967.90 and China’s Shanghai Composite Index shed 1.1 per cent to 2,181.94.South Korea’s benchmark index narrowed its losses amid expectations that policymakers in major economies may put pressure on Japan to halt the yen’s slide, which has hurt South Korean exporters. The Kospi closed at 1,920.45, down 0.2 per cent. Gold price falls below $1,400 for first time since March 2011; Chinese figures weigh on stocks by Pan Pylas, The Associated Press Posted Apr 15, 2013 8:02 am MDT
Addressing Chinese President Xi Jinping and dozens of other state leaders at the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, Mr. Guterres urged the international community to “come together” in mobilizing resources to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and “to stop runaway climate change.”“China’s leadership on climate action is helping to show the way,” said the UN chief, noting the $125 billion investment made by the Government in 2017, in renewable energy.He pledged the support of United Nations country teams – which comprise UN agencies, founds and programmes operating in a country – saying the pillars of the Belt and Road Initiative link to the 17 SDGs, which include ending extreme poverty and hunger, and can translate into “real-life progress for people.”We must reimagine and rebuild our world in a way that works for everyone, brings women into the leadership of the economy of the future and expands the opportunities for young people UN chief GuterresThat means also helping to close the financing gaps for achieving the SDGs, he said noting the nearly $1 trillion needed for infrastructure investments in developing countries.Looking globally, Mr. Guterres said that countries today need a way to transition from an “unsustainable, fossil-fuelled grey economy to a clean, green, low-carbon energy future.”Noting that at least 75 per cent of the infrastructure the world needs by 2050 has yet to be built, Mr. Guterres lauded China for its investment in renewable energy job creation and technologies.“I see the Belt and Road Initiative as an important space where green principles can be reflected in green action,” he told the Forum.Earlier, noted there was now “a unique opportunity to build a new generation of climate resilient and people-centred cities and transit systems, and energy grids that prioritize low emissions and sustainability.”While in Beijing, Mr. Guterres, who is joined on the visit by Liu Zhenmin, Under-Secretary-General at the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), will meet one-on-one with President Xi and other senior officials. On Saturday, he is due to participate in a roundtable on promoting green and sustainable development.
The Duchess of Cambridge has entered Chelsea Flower Show for the time time, as she creates a woodland wonderland for families based on her own childhood memories.The Duchess has worked on a show garden on behalf of the Royal Horticultural Society for the annual event in May, hoping to create “special moments” for generations to share.It was partly inspired by the Japanese idea of “forest bathing”, and a parenting book which aims to combat the idea of “nature deficit disorder” in children.The announcement was made ahead of the Duchess’ visit to King Henry’s Walk Garden in Islington, London, where she met young children learning to love the outdoors at a project run by community volunteers. Speaking about the benefits of learning to garden, the Duchess advocated outdoor life to tell children: “There’s so much to discover isn’t there? It’s really fun. If you haven’t tried it you don’t know how cool it is. ‘In return, she was interrogated by the children on all things royal, from whether the Queen likes pizza to where Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis were. Called the “RHS Back to Nature Garden”, the Duchess’s Chelsea entry has been designed in collaboration with award-winning landscape architects Andree Davies and Adam White, of Davies White Landscape Architects. “Do you all like learning outside?” she asked Year 4 pupils from St Jude’s and St Paul’s Primary School. “You can learn all the time.”There’s so much to discover isn’t there? It’s really fun. If you haven’t tried it you don’t know how cool it is.”As the engagement unfolded, however, it was not all about the serious message. The Duchess was also quizzed by the children about life in the royal family as she helped to make pizzas in an outdoor over. Although the garden will not be judged, instead showcasing the power of gardening in the RHS’s official contribution to the show, it will not doubt be carefully inspected by the Queen and other members of the Royal Family during their annual trip to Chelsea. Year 4 children present gifts to the Duchess of CambridgeCredit:Reuters Activities included pizza making in an outdoor ovenCredit:WPA pool “So, to have the Duchess advocating this with us, and to be continuing our partnership with NHS England will, we’re sure, further highlight the powerful benefit that access to gardens, nature and growing plants can have for all our health and happiness.”The Duchess will also co-design two further RHS Gardens with the same team, maintaining many of elements from the garden at Chelsea, for the RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival in July and the RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey in the autumn. “The duchess was very keen to use natural materials, has a clear idea of the colour palate she wants and her desire to incorporate the natural elements.” The Duchess of Cambridge convinces children that gardening is “cool”Credit:AFP “Wild planting and natural materials will be used to recreate a woodland wilderness where children and adults alike can feel closer to the great outdoors.”RHS director general Sue Biggs said: “For over 200 years the RHS has been championing the power of gardening and growing plants for the environment, for health and wellbeing and to help people of all ages, from all backgrounds, to learn and grow. The Duchess of Cambridge helps make bird boxes as she visits the Islington community garden in north LondonCredit:AFP pool Primary school children make bird feedersCredit:WPA pool Mr White revealed that the Duchess had brought with her the Japanese idea of ‘forest bathing’ whereby even office workers go out in their lunch break into the woods to relax, suggesting incorporating it into the garden design. He said during their discussions it emerged that all three of them had read the same book, Richard Louv’s Last Child in the Woods, which raises the idea of a ‘nature deficit disorder’.”This will be a garden where people can remember their childhood and maybe re-create it for their own,” he added. “Go out and play in the woods or make dams in the stream. There is a really serious message to connect families and communities with nature.”Speaking to children at the Islington project, the Duchess emphasised her personal belief in the power of the natural world, as she joined in activities to make pizza and bird boxes. Prince Harry has previously contributed to the show, with his charity Sentebale entering a design based on the flowers of Lesotho that won the silver gilt and People’s Choice awards in 2015. The Duchess’ garden will be a woodland setting for families and communities, and aims to encourage all generations, from all backgrounds, to connect with nature and enjoy growing plants for their health and wellbeing.The RHS said the Duchess’s garden “has been inspired by childhood memories that are triggered by the natural world, as well as special moments that will be created and treasured by families now and in the future”.A Kensington Palace spokesman said: “The garden seeks to recapture for adults the sense of wonder and magic that they enjoyed as children, in addition to kindling excitement and a passion for nature in future generations. Nadirah, eight, asked her: “Has the Queen ever eaten pizza?””That’s such a good question, I don’t know,” smiled the Duchess. “Maybe next time I see her shall I ask?”Emboldened, Patrick, eight, said; “Here’s my ideal question. Can I see your children?” The Duchess Of Cambridge meets a baby during an Islington Community Garden garden tourCredit:WPA pool Appearing at the King Henry’s Walk Garden this morning, she was accompanied by landscape Andrée Davies, 55, and Adam White, 45, who revealed afterwards that they had been secretly working with the Duchess on the Chelsea garden for three months, emailing and speaking almost every day. They said the project to create the woodland-themed garden was a “passion” for Kate, who had been “incredibly hands-on” in terms on inspiration and practical ideas for the garden. “We all spoke about our childhood memories, being outdoors and exploring nature. She was very open and has been hugely collaborative,” Mr White said. Miss Davies added: “She is very hands on, model making, emailing images, coming up with all the ideas that we want to capture. She would often bring a folder of cuttings with her full of ideas. Disclosing Prince George had been learning about space at Thomas’ school, she replied: “They would love to come and do this with you. They will be very sad that I’ve been out here making pizzas with all of you and they haven’t been here. They are in school.””Why would you ever put bacon next to tomato sauce?” Patrick wondered, later.”Don’t you think that sounds good?” said Kate. “I quite like that. It’s like having pepperoni but not so spicy.”The Duchess was visiting the King Henry’s Walk Garden, which has 67 plots for locals, to see how it brings members of the local community together through gardening and growing food. The garden has been run for more than a decade by community volunteers with support from Islington Council. It contains allotments and a ‘from plot to plate’ area for children, which enables them to grow ingredients to put on their own pizzas. It has also been praised for improving community cohesion and reducing problems such as anti-social behaviour and vandalism, winning London in Bloom’s Best Community Garden three times and receiving a RHS National Certificate of Distinction.
The Ambassador of Greece, Haris Dafaranos and his wife Eva Dafaranos are holding an exhibition to honour the fallen and wounded sons of Australia and New Zealand on Wednesday 29 April 2015.Fourteen aspiring and established Greek Australian artists will be showcasing their works at the exhibition entitled ‘Lemnos – the Greek dimension in the Anzac Centenary’, curated by Eva Dafaranos herself. The exhibition officially launched yesterday at the Greek Embassy Residence in Yarralumla, Canberra.The 14 artists have taken their inspiration from the Anzac spirit of sacrifice, the compassion and hospitality the island of Lemnos provided during the expedition, as well as the Australian nurses’ heroism in the island’s field hospitals.“The themes chosen examine human feelings in times of war, together with the impact of the suffering, the vibes of a friendly and peaceful land such as Lemnos, the colours of the Greek setting, the Australian heroines and the brave souls of the enlisted men,” Mrs Dafaranos said.The exhibition will be open to the public on May 2 and 3, from 11.00 am to 4.00 pm. Admission is free.*The Greek Australian artists participating are: Karen Barbouttis, Nick Bonovas, Stephen Caldis, Olga Cironis, George Comino, Alexandra Danalis, Eyvah T. D, Stella Karydiotou, Dean Manning, Peter Michalandos, Ros Psakis, George Raftopoulos, Athena Xenakis, George Zindilis. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Facebook AJ Styles Denies Report That He Has Re-Signed With WWE Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Pinterest WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next John Oliver Videos Articles Twitter Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Jamal Khashoggi The WWE Smackdown Live Ratings are in for January 2, 2018.This week’s episode from Orlando drew 2.72 million viewers on Tuesday night on the USA Network according to a report by Showbuzzdaily.com.This is up from last week’s show that drew 2.66 million viewers. WWE came in at No. 2 for the night on cable in the 18-49 demographics on Tuesday night.“Curse of Oak Island” on the History Channel won the night in the 18-49 demographics.WWE Smackdown Live Ratings and DemographicsSmackdown, headlined by WWE Champion AJ Styles vs. Sami Zayn, averaged a 0.82 rating. This is the same rating the show drew last week on the USA Network.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipJohn Oliver Takes On The WWEVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:06Loaded: 100.00%0:06Remaining Time -0:28 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Down Was Vince McMahon Reluctant To Let AJ Styles Join WWE? Now Playing Up Next Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud John Oliver Takes On The WWE WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 Google+ WWE Still Moving Forward With Crown Jewel Event In Saudi Arabia WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus confirmed for WWE Smackdown premiere on FOX
As some of you know already, former ASA Kentucky Director Jack Trumbo was in a serious accident on his farm in Simpsonville, Kentucky, this weekend. Jack sustained critical injuries and was airlifted to University of Louisville Medical Center where he has been under monitoring since his arrival. Word from the team at KSA is that Jack’s condition has been upgraded from critical to serious, which is a good sign, and he has successfully made it through the first of many surgeries along the road to recovery. We ask for your prayers and best wishes for Jack and Gwyn and the entire Trumbo family.Jack is a long-time fixture at ASA, involved in our soy family since coming to the KSA board in 2000. Currently, he helps to guide our association as part of the World Soy Foundation board and World Initiative for Soy in Human Health committee. Jack is an active Farm Bureau member at the county and state level, most recently named the Kentucky Farmer of the Year by KFB for 2014. Jack also served as past president of the Shelby County Extension Service, and continues to assist farmers in Shelby County on his FSA county committee.Most importantly, though, Jack is a cherished member of our soybean family, and his tragic accident reminds all of us that spring planting season is one that presents safety hazards. Ours can be a dangerous industry, and we as an association are personally invested in the health and well-being of every one of the men and women that make our family so strong. As you each get back into the fields over the coming week, we hope that you will take the extra time to double and triple check for the safety of yourself and those in your operation.In the meantime, we ask that you send your prayers and best wishes to the Trumbos, and we will endeavor to keep you updated as Jack recovers. Cards may be sent to Jack and Gwyn at P.O. Box 767, Simpsonville, KY 40067.Thanks and be safe,WadeWade CowanPresidentAmerican Soybean Association
A quick-thinking parking valet at Southwest Washington Medical Center jumped into a rolling wheelchair van Tuesday, as it rolled over its driver’s leg, and stopped the van before it rolled over the rest of her body, a fire captain said.At 4:41 p.m. Tuesday, someone called 911 to report the accident. The valet, Alen Fallis had stopped the van but a wheel was still on its driver’s leg as firefighters rushed to the scene, said Capt. David James with the Vancouver Fire Department. The woman was pinned by the entrance to the hospital’s emergency department.The first fire crew arrived in three minutes and found that medical staff from the emergency department and AMR Northwest ambulance paramedics already were caring for the woman, who was conscious and able to speak, James said. “As soon as she got pinned she had medical help there.”Firefighters used jacks and cribbing boards to lift the van off the woman’s leg and hold the van safely in place. They freed the woman in five minutes.Firefighters could not release the woman’s name because of federal laws dealing with medical privacy.As a result, her medical condition wasn’t available. However, her leg injuries didn’t appear life-threatening, James said.Before the woman was hurt, she had exited the van and it started rolling. Further details about how that happened weren’t available.Fallis, a valet who parks cars for patients, “witnessed the whole thing,” James said. “He ran to the van and pushed on the brake pedal to keep it from rolling over her and hurting her worse. He jumped right in there, which is really laudable. That’s awesome.”
At this time, the district is investigating these rumors with the help of local law enforcement. On Thursday, January 17, all schools opened on a normal schedule. However, there were higher than normal absences at some Soldotna schools. The KPBSD respects a parent or guardian right to keep a child home due to weather-related, or safety concerns. Absences will be excused. Erkeneff: “The district did work with law enforcement last night, and law enforcement late in the evening did confirm that no verified threat was substantiated. The rumors seem to be exactly that, just rumors. But, recognizing that some parents were alarmed by all of the social media posts if you choose to keep your child at home absences will be excused.” KPBSD posted to Facebook: recognizing that students and parents were alarmed by the social media rumors, there will be an increased police presence at both Soldotna High School and Soldotna Prep School on Thursday to calm fears. Everyone, get a good night sleep, and parents and guardians, if you choose to keep your child at home, absences will be excused. In a Facebook post from KPBSD: “Be assured that if there is a credible threat, both the school district and law enforcement will communicate rapidly and everyone will be informed.” Additional details will be posted as they are made available. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Updated 1/18: Two separate events happened on January 16, that merged to create concern in the community:1. Soldotna Prep School: During the school day, students reported concerns about an alleged threat to the Soldotna Prep School principal. An investigation took place with district behavioral threat assessment protocols. The outcome was that the alleged threat was not substantive.2. Soldotna High School: At some point in the evening, a social media post began to circulate warning about an alleged threat to Soldotna High School (not Soldotna Prep). Students became concerned, and began reporting it to their parents and authorities. The Soldotna Police Department assisted the school district with an investigation and determined there was no substantive threat towards Soldotna High School or Soldotna Prep School. Soldotna High School and Soldotna Prep School will update parents via a school messenger phone call, or email, on Thursday, if and when more information is known. On Wednesday the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District was notified of a warning circulating with students on social media stating, “there are rumors of a shooting at sohi tomorrow, please do not go to school.” Original Post: Following a possible threat to students at Soldotna High School, the Soldotna Police Department confirmed that there was no verified threat to students. Pegge Erkeneff, Communications Liaison with KPBSD: “Wednesday evening the school district became aware of a warning circulating primarily on social media. The warning stated, and it was specific to one school Soldotna High School, and the quote was “there are rumors of a shooting at sohi tomorrow, please do not go to school.”
The flag of the Palestine Liberation Organisation is seen above its offices in Washington, DC, US. Photo: AFPThe Palestinians will freeze their ties with the US if it follows through on a threat to close the Palestine Liberation Organisation’s office in Washington, a senior PLO official warned Saturday.The surprise American move and Palestinian backlash came as US President Donald Trump seeks bargaining chips in his bid to broker an elusive Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.Trump has a 90-day window to avert the closure if he deems progress has been made.But PLO Secretary General Saeb Erekat said his organisation had officially informed Washington that “we would put on hold all our communications with this American administration” if the office were closed.The PLO, which the international community sees as representing all Palestinians, must have its permission to operate its premises in the American capital renewed every six months.Palestinian foreign minister Riyad al-Malki said it was the first time since the 1980s that the State Department had refused to renew it.Malki told AFP Palestinian officials had received a letter from Washington two days ago “saying that the Secretary of State had not found enough reasons to keep the office open”.“This has not happened in the past, and we have demanded clarifications from the State Department and the White House,” he said.“They told us that there would be a meeting of senior legal experts on Monday. Then they would give a clear answer,” he said, adding that Palestinian leaders would then meet to discuss their response.A US State Department official cited “certain statements made by Palestinian leaders” about the International Criminal Court as the reason behind the non-renewal.Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas, in his latest speech at the UN General Assembly, suggested taking the issue of Israeli settlements to the ICC.In 2015 Congress issued a resolution barring Palestinians from seeking to wield influence over the ICC regarding investigations into Israeli nationals.Abbas ‘deeply surprised’Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas was “deeply surprised” by the State Department’s move, his spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina said in remarks carried by official Palestinian news agency WAFA on Saturday.He said the decision “represents an unprecedented step in the history of the Palestinian-American relationship, and has dangerous consequences for the peace process and the American-Arab relations.”It “represents a blow to attempt to build peace”, he said.The State Department official said Trump had 90 days to decide whether to waiver the decision if he deems “the Palestinians have entered into direct, meaningful negotiations with Israel”.The peace process has been deadlocked since April 2014 following the collapse of indirect negotiations led by then US secretary of state John Kerry.The State Department official said Washington was hopeful any “closure will be short-lived,” emphasising that “we are not cutting off relations with the PLO, nor do we intend to stop working with the Palestinian Authority.”“This measure should in no way be seen as a signal that the US is backing off those efforts.”The office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the decision was “a matter of US law.”“We respect the decision and look forward to continuing to work with the US to advance peace and security in the region,” his office said.In a video on Twitter, Erekat called the decision “very unfortunate and unacceptable”, blaming it on pressure exerted by Netanyahu’s government.“At a time when we are trying to cooperate to achieve the ultimate deal they take such steps which will undermine the whole peace process,” Erekat said, echoing Trump’s pledges to forge an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement.
Prothom Alo IllustrationA Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) member, who was injured in a crude-bomb attack carried out by suspected drug smugglers along Panchbhulat border in Jashore district on 26 July died at the Combined Military Hospital in Dhaka on Monday, reports UNB.The victim, Habildar Akmal Hossain, hailing from Mithapukur upazila in Rangpur district, succumbed to his injuries around 9:25am while undergoing treatment at the Critical Care Unit (CCU) of the hospital, said Mohsin Reza, public relations officer of BGB headquarters.On 26 July, Akmal was injured when a group of suspected drug smugglers hurled a crude bomb targeting a BGB team during an anti-drug drive along the Panchbhulat border.A suspected drug peddler was also killed in the attack.