All-rounder Moeen Ali has urged fans, who will be coming to England to watch the upcoming World Cup, not to make personal barbs at tainted Australian duo of Steve Smith and David Warner during the showpiece event beginning May 30.Smith and Warner will be donning the Baggie Green for the first time in England since they were banned for an year by Cricket Australia following their involvement in the ball tampering scandal which took place in South Africa last year.However, Ali wants fans to refrain from heckling the duo in the prestigious quadrennial tournament.”I really hope they don’t get too much stick. I want them to enjoy the series. If you have to, keep it funny, not personal,” Ali told The Guardian.”We all make mistakes. We are human beings and we have feelings. I know deep down they are probably really good people. I just hope they get treated decently. I just want the cricket to be spoken about,” he added.Earlier, Australia head coach Justin Langer had said both Smith and Warner would require sensitive monitoring and handling over the coming months.Both men played key parts in the recently concluded edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) for their respective franchises, though they had to leave the tournament early due to the Australia camp.While Warner bagged the Orange Cap after being the leading scorer as he amassed 692 runs in 12 innings for Sunrisers Hyderabad at an average of 69.20 and a strike rate of 143.86, Smith made a slow start for Rajasthan Royals but ended up scoring 319 runs overall in 10 innings at an average of 39.87 and a strike rate of 116.00.advertisementAustralia will begin their World Cup campaign against Afghanistan on June 1.Also Read | Adam Zampa banking on dual spin threat with Nathan Lyon at 2019 World CupAlso Read | MS Dhoni shows off his artistic skills. Have you watched yet?Also See
With 6 points in four games, defending champions Australia are sitting pretty in the top section of the points table and, therefore, would aim to gain two points to get to the top of the chart.One of the things that has been witnessed in Australia’s campaign so far is that none of the games have been easy for them. Barring their first game against Afghanistan, the mighty Aussies have had to grind and struggle to registers wins against West Indies and Pakistan.On the other hand, Sri Lanka, have 4 points from 4 games, which includes two washouts.In their two completed games, Dimuth Karunaratne’s men have not looked a very challenging side. Their batting has been in tatters, providing little chance to the bowlers to get them back into the game.What TV channel and live stream is the World Cup 2019 match Sri Lanka vs Australia on?Match number 20 of World Cup 2019 between Sri Lanka vs Australia can be viewed on – Star Sports 1, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 3, Star Sports 1 in Hindi, Star Sports HD. Hotstar.com and Hotstar app will live stream all the games.Where will the World Cup 2019 match between Sri Lanka vs Australia be played?The World Cup 2019 match Sri Lanka vs Australia will be played at The Oval in Kennington from 3 PM IST on Saturday, June 15.Where can I watch the World Cup 2019 match Sri Lanka vs Australia live?The match between Sri Lanka vs Australia will be shown on the Star Sports TV network and can also be streamed on hotstar.com.advertisementWhere can I check the online live updates of the World Cup 2019 match Sri Lanka vs Australia?You can follow our coverage for Sri Lanka vs Australia here – https://www.indiatoday.in/sportsWhat are the squads for the World Cup 2019 match Sri Lanka vs Australia?Squads:Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Suranga Lakmal, Isuru Udana, Lasith Malinga, Kusal Mendis (wk), Kusal Perera (wk), Nuwan Pradeep, Suranga Lakmal, Jeevan Mendis, Thisara Perera, Lahiru Thirimanne, Jeffrey Vandersay, Milinda Siriwardana, Avishka Fernando, Dhananjaya de Silva.Australia: Aaron Finch (c), Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa.Also Read | England vs West Indies Live Streaming: When, Where, How to Watch World Cup 2019 Match on Live TV and Online CoverageAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Injured Shikhar Dhawan hits the gym as India await his comebackAlso See
Share on Messenger “In the past you’d look at a grand slam for the women and you’d say there’s probably three or four girls who can win it. Usually Serena was right up there, of course. Now you can look at this tournament and say there’s probably 20 girls who can win, maybe even more. I am sure nobody thought Sloane Stephens was going to win the US Open, nobody thought Jelena Ostapenko was going to win the French. It’s wide open. With that being said, you’ve got to be ready to go from the first round.“I was really excited when I started working with Vika Azarenka, I decided to do it partly because I wanted to be with someone who I thought could win a grand slam and get back to the top. I kind of missed that. Then obviously her [child custody] situation made it impossible for me to continue. When the opportunity came up with Jo I knew right off the bat she’s a contender to get to the top. She’s proven that, she’s gotten pretty close. To be part of that journey with her is really exciting for me.”So, Joyce: good player, excellent coach, smart operator. He could be the person to make it happen for Konta this time. Read more “I like the way Jo plays,” the Californian says. “I like the offensive-style player. I feel like I can relate to her game better than some other girls’. I feel I have to deal differently with each one because you have to be able to get through to your player.“You might have certain messages but, if they don’t get them, it doesn’t do you any good. So the way I throw a message to Jo might be different to somebody else. And she reminds me a lot of Maria, has a lot of her characteristics. They both want it really bad. They both aren’t going to cut any corners to get there. Jo’s game is a simple one if she’s executing. She’s definitely not the type of player you’ve got to yell at and try to push. So I think we’ll get along fine.”So does the player, whose opening match will be a tricky one against the American Madison Brengle, who beat her in 2015 and lost to her a year later. After working together briefly in the off-season, Konta and Joyce teamed up for the first time against another American – Madison Keys – in Brisbane last week, and the British No1 overcame a quiet start to post a fine three-set win.“We have been working together since roughly the beginning of December,” Konta said. “It’s still early days. There’s only so much you can do in five, six weeks. But one thing I’m sure of is he comes with a lot of experience also as a player. He talks about his experiences on court, which is valuable to someone like me who is still playing. He understands me as a player and how I look to compete. He’s helping me right now to just reassert myself.” It is a judgment Joyce recognises. The 44-year-old was aware of Konta’s early-career collapses and anxieties, when she seemed to be wandering endlessly in the wilderness, unable to tap into her obvious talent. So there is inbuilt empathy, born of their shared experiences as players.“I saw some of those meltdowns a few years ago, before I really knew her,” he says. “I knew her old coach Esteban [Carril] pretty well, because I had played him a little bit. I remember telling him: ‘I don’t know exactly what you’ve done but it’s pretty amazing to see a girl at her age be able to turn around her career like that.’ So, from a distance, I admired what she was able to do.“I’ll tell you: every player at some point has had a freak-out moment, or some people have freak-out six months. Jo’s openness actually makes my job easier because I’ve worked with girls before where I knew that was happening but they pretended it wasn’t.”Even Konta’s defeat by Agnieszka Radwanska in Sydney this week was not the setback it might have seemed at first. “I told her: ‘Maybe it’s good it happened in a way.’ All I really did was calm her down. I just tried to take the pressure off. I hope that’s something I can help her with. Half the battle is not showing your opponent things, not showing the way you feel. I have no doubt she will improve that as well. The more she improves that, the better she’s going to end up being in the long run.”Joyce taught Sharapova when she was young how to cope with expectations: “If you win a grand slam or you win something really big, it’s great. You can go celebrate but you’ve got to get back to work in a few days. And the same thing: if you lose, you’ve got another tournament.” Johanna Konta’s Australian Open chances given unexpected boost Facebook His abiding philosophy, then, gels with the famed “process” Konta is known for. “If you can take your losses and wins without too much emotion in either direction, I think you’ll look back at the end [of your career] and probably have accomplished even more. Jo, when I talked to her about it, it’s kind of what she likes to think.”Now she has to take all those thoughts, park them and go out to try to win her first grand slam title. She may never get a better chance than this one. Joyce is adamant the absence of the defending champion, Serena Williams, and the indifferent form and fitness of a few of the contenders, has thrown the draw wide open. Australian Open 2018 Read more Twitter Reuse this content features Share on Pinterest Since you’re here… Share via Email Tennis Share on Facebook David Foster Wallace, one of the sport’s finest chroniclers, once described Johanna Konta’s new coach, Michael Joyce, as “a world-class tennis player”. And he was, indeed, the best junior in the United States in 1991 and good enough to reach the boys’ final at Wimbledon.But DFW would come to know that it was as a guide and mentor where Joyce, who reached a career-high ranking of 64 and earned just under $700,000 in 14 years on the Tour, would excel in the sport. And it was the calm intelligence with which he helped Maria Sharapova fashion her career between 2004 and 2011 that Konta recognised as most valuable in aiding her bid for a breakthrough major.Speaking of their joint challenge as a fledgling partnership at the Australian Open, Joyce sees striking similarities between the Russian and Konta that some may have missed. 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AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 6: A general view of Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium before the BYU Cougars play the Texas Longhorns on September 6, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Chris Covatta/Getty Images)The Texas Longhorns’ already-solid Class of 2019 just added a little bit of extra muscle on the offensive line with their latest recruiting addition.On Friday, 4-star OL Isaiah Hookfin announced that he would be committing to Texas.The announcement came equipped with several photos of Hookfin in a Texas uniform and a personal message explaining his decision.You can read the message in Hookfin’s Tweet below:Glad to sign and continue my football and education at University of Texas @HamiltonESPN @CoachHand @BCarringtonUT pic.twitter.com/LebRbTs55b— Hook (@IsaiahHookfin) December 21, 2018Hookfin is rated the No. 370 prospect in the nation, the No. 32 OT, and the No. 44 prospect from the state of Texas by 247Sports.247Sports‘ Crystal Ball Predictions had the race for Hookfin’s signature down to Texas and Baylor.The addition of Hookfin also helped the Longhorns’ recruiting class ranking, as 247Sports now has the team in the top-10 in the nation for the Class of 2019. He is the second-highest rated OT recruit after Tyler Johnson, and gives the Longhorns their 14th 4-star prospect of the class.
Two highly anticipated upgrades to Highway 104 could move ahead much sooner if federal funding becomes a reality. Transportation and Public Works Minister Angus MacIsaac told municipal leaders in the Strait region of the province today, March 27, that his department has planning and design work well underway for the 15-kilometre stretch of twinning near Antigonish, and the eight kilometres of new highway near Port Hawkesbury. “Significant upgrades are needed to ensure that this vital national highway is safe and efficient for all users,” said Mr. MacIsaac. “Without federal funding in place it will be necessary to delay the startup of some of this work, or to spread it out over a longer period of time.” Mr. MacIsaac said completion time for these projects could be shortened by almost two years if the federal government matches provincial funding. The province is pursuing agreements with the federal government on these projects. If a federal funding agreement is in place, construction of the new twinned section of Highway 104 near Antigonish is expected to begin in 2008, while the bypass near Port Hawkesbury is expected to begin in 2009. The province and the government of Canada signed a contribution agreement in 2005 that included twinning an eight-kilometre section of Highway 104 between New Glasgow and Pine Tree Road. Details of the highway projects are available on the website at: http://gov.ns.ca/tran/highwayops/hwyprojects.asp .
The company that owns a broken rail line to Churchill says it could restore limited service to the northern Manitoba community within 30 days but it is not willing to pay the bill.Omnitrax Canada president Merv Tweed said a proposal made to Transport Canada earlier this month calls for temporary repairs to 25 sections of the line that were washed out by flooding last spring.“Basically it would put the line into service on a very limited basis. It wouldn’t be available to passenger traffic,” Tweed said Tuesday in an interview.“We would be able to move very light cars up there to move some product and some goods.”The cost of the temporary fix to provide Churchill with supplies over the winter would be up to $10 million, says a study by engineering firm AECOM.AECOM’s report notes that the Hudson Bay rail line would still require another $43.5 million of work next year to restore it to full, safe and operable conditions.Tweed said Omnitrax has been waiting for a response from the federal government since Oct. 6. He said the company has made it clear since the summer that any repairs to the line are up to Ottawa.Transportation Minister Marc Garneau said Tuesday that the cost of any repairs remain Omnitrax’s responsibility, although the government would be open to helping a new owner fix the line.Garneau reiterated an ultimatum made to the Denver-based company last Friday that it has 30 days to fix the rail line and restore service or face legal action.“They are responsible in a case like this to repair the line and to resume operations. We expect them to do it. That is why I sent them a notice of default. If they do not do that, we will take legal action,” Garneau said in Ottawa.“There is a possibility of financial help, but not to Omnitrax, because they have been a partner in bad faith and we would be looking towards some other partner to re-establish the line.”Garneau did not say who that other partner might be.Omnitrax has been in talks to sell the rail line to a consortium of northern Manitoba communities and businesses.Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr, who represents Manitoba in the federal cabinet, said Friday that he was hopeful a deal may come soon.Damage to the 250-kilometre rail link has forced goods and people to be flown into Churchill at a high cost.Known for its polar bears and beluga whales, the community has also suffered a big drop in tourism.— With files from Terry Pedwell in Ottawa
“Ranging from films and newspapers to tweets, [media] coverage may have portrayed migration in one way or another, or simply raised it as a topical issue,” said the UN agency in the latest edition of its flagship report, the World Migration Report. “Migration coverage is not only positive or negative, but also presents a variety of different issues, narratives and viewpoints […] identifying how matters are framed is important because […] media frames affect how people think about migration,” it added. In the report, IOM argues that while much research evidence, around the world, points to media associating migrants with “bad news,” such negativity is not necessarily unique to migration coverage, as journalists “generally tend to emphasize problems across most topics.” However, there has been movement towards more positive – or at least more neutral – coverage of migration issues across several destination and origin countries that does not seem to be attributable to any particular event, it notes.At the same time, rapid multiplication and diversification of social and online media brings potential for good but also pitfalls – in particular, “fake” news. Citing examples from numerous country, IOM expresses that such news items likely represent only the tip of the “fake news iceberg.” Migration coverage is not only positive or negative, but also presents a variety of different issues, narratives and viewpoints […] identifying how matters are framed is important because […] media frames affect how people think about migrationIOM“Social media make it easy to approach specific audiences with political messages and materials, in ways that can be hard to detect and scrutinize. Such microtargeting of persuadable audiences, identified and contacted through their social media activity, is a growing phenomenon,” it warns. Moving ahead, the UN agency has urged the need for more research into the role of media in transit and origin countries – and particularly migrants’ own use of, and preferences for, different types of media. “This is especially important for understanding how and to what extent information sources shape perceptions,” it says, stressing that greater evidence on whether and how different types of messages and emotions shape public perceptions and policy activity on mobility would be valuable both within and beyond the world of research. IOM also calls for more attention to different media systems and how they may or may not produce different kinds of content regarding migration, highlighting that the presence of highly differentiated experiences around the world suggests that greater levels of public debate about the appropriate role of media in specific contexts will move forward the conversations already happening in policy, civil society and research. “Questions such as these will be debated differently across varied local, national and international contexts,” reads the report. “As a result, both producers and consumers of research should recognize that there is no single, universal way to sum up the role of the media, or to change media coverage of migration.” The 2018 World Migration Report, the ninth in the series and the first since IOM became a UN agency, also focuses on themes such as transnational connectivity and violent extremism and social exclusion. It was launched Thursday at the IOM’s 108th Council meeting, in Geneva.
OSU then-sophomore forward Lauren Spring (27) controls the puck during a game against Minnesota on Oct. 16 at the OSU Ice Rink.Credit: Courtesy of OSUOne goal wasn’t enough for the Ohio State women’s hockey team to fight off conference foe No. 9 North Dakota on Friday.North Dakota (7-5-5, 5-4-4) and the Buckeyes (7-8-2, 3-8-2) were forced to play overtime to determine a winner, but after the additional five-minute frame, the game officially ended in a tie at 1-1. The Fighting Hawks came out victorious in the shootout, earning an extra point in the conference standings. Despite the unfavorable outcome, sophomore forward Maddy Field was pleased with the way OSU played, especially after its recent loss to No. 8 Minnesota State. “I’m really proud of us coming back from the loss in Mankato (Minnesota). That was really hard on our team,” Field said. “I think we came out and gave everything we (could). Obviously it sucks to lose in a shoot-out, but we’re going to come back tomorrow.”The game started with strong offensive pressure from the Fighting Hawks, who outshot the Buckeyes 5-1 in the first three minutes of play.OSU was quick to respond, with sophomore forward defenseman Jacyn Reeves, junior forward Julianna Iafollo and Field each coming within inches of scoring.Redshirt sophomore goaltender Kassidy Sauve proved to be a powerhouse defender throughout the period. During North Dakota’s power play with four minutes remaining, Sauve encountered and stopped five tough shots within the two-minute span, at one point defending the net without her stick.A penalty on North Dakota two minutes later put the Buckeyes on the power play with less than two minutes to play, giving OSU an extra advantage heading into the second period.The 36 seconds remaining in the power play were just enough for the Buckeyes to get on the board. With an assist from Iafollo and junior defenseman Dani Sadek, Field found an opening around Fighting Hawks’ goaltender Lexie Shaw and scored the first goal of the game. It was Field’s sixth goal of the season.Despite a strong offensive effort from the Fighting Hawks, the Buckeyes ended the period with a one-goal lead.The third period proved to be a challenge for OSU as fatigue began to weigh down players. North Dakota took advantage of the Buckeyes’ waning strength and tied the game with 12 minutes left to play.OSU coach Nadine Muzerall said she thought the team’s time off the previous weekend is to blame for the tiredness.“You know we were kind of dying out in the third (period) and I think that was due to having the bye week,” Muzerall said. “But they played sensational hockey for what I would say 50 minutes of it … so I’m pleased with their effort this evening.”The tied score would carry through the end of regulation, sending the game into overtime and an eventual shoot-out, which ended in favor of the Fighting Hawks.Regardless of the disappointing result, Field is confident that if the Buckeyes recreate Friday’s performance, they have a fighting chance against in the second leg against North Dakota.“I’m excited,” Field said. “I mean obviously I’m really upset that we just lost, but I think that if we come out how we did today, we can give them a run for their money again.”Saturday’s game is set for 3:07 p.m. at the OSU Ice Rink.
Somebody asked Ohio State center Dallas Lauderdale if he was happy with his performance in Friday’s win over California, a game in which the junior blocked seven shots. Before he could answer, junior guard Jon Diebler gave his two cents. “I like having him back there,” Diebler said.It seems clear that this OSU team doesn’t need a lot of points from the center position, with all of the scoring coming from other positions. If his performance Friday was a sign of things to come, Lauderdale is ready to be that dominant defensive presence the Buckeyes need.“Coach [Thad Matta] always tells me to own the paint,” Lauderdale said. “Anything in the paint, offensively and defensively, is mine. I really take that to heart and that’s what I need to do.”Lauderdale said that mentality was not something that came right away. He said he didn’t own the paint as a freshman or for most of his sophomore season. It was not until the end of last year, Lauderdale said, that he really began to understand his role on the team.“We need a post presence to just go hold down the post and open things up for the wings so that they can do what they do,” Lauderdale said. “Owning the paint is going to open things up for the wings. [The other centers and I] can’t just fade into the background.”With Lauderdale returned from a hand injury, the Buckeyes have regained the low post presence that was lacking in his absence. Kyle Madsen and Zisis Sarikopoulos sufficed as temporary replacements, but neither has the defensive prowess of Lauderdale. With Lauderdale back, Diebler said the Buckeyes have confidence in their second line of defense. “If I get blitzed, my man Dallas is back there,” Diebler said. “Just having a guy, a threat back there and knowing that he can not just block shots, but alter shots, it gives you that much more confidence on defense.”Lauderdale’s development as a shot blocker is encouraging, Matta said, and he has adapted an ability to keep the ball in bounds after a block.Last season there were a number of times Lauderdale would block a shot into the second or third row of the stands, and although the thunderous blocks were a sight to see, they allowed the opposition to retain possession. Now, Lauderdale seems to have changed his style. “He had a block against Cal where he blocked the ball back in bounds, which is a huge step,” Matta said. “I actually saw in his eyes, when he saw that he could block it he realized he could deflect it back in bounds. Those are little things that hopefully we continue to expand on.”Lauderdale acknowledged that in the past he might have had a flair for the dramatic. But now, after studying some of the game’s greats, he has become the shot blocker Matta wants him to be. “I pay attention to old school blockers such as Bill Russell, how he always kept it in bounds,” Lauderdale said. “I’ve also been watching Dwight Howard and how he just catches it. Instead of swatting it into the stands I might try and catch one.”
I write the best columns. Nobody writes better columns than I do. They’re huge; they’re beautiful; everybody loves my columns. Believe me.You already knew that, OK? I wrote the same thing a couple months ago, and you love my columns, right? That column had the highest readership of all-time; it set all kinds of records because it was the best column people have ever read. That’s not just me; a lot of people are saying it.But much has happened since then, and we need to get the message out to make columns great again. You people … you people are the ones who can help me make columns great again, and it’s going to be difficult because the system is rigged. It’s rigged and corrupt, OK? (Sniff)Some people don’t believe me when I write this. I’d like to punch ’em in the face; in the old days they would be carried out on stretchers. Even “Saturday Night Live” makes fun of me. Very, very unfunny. Unfunny show. That show is rigged and corrupt. And I should have won an Emmy.The government says the Emmys were hacked by Russia. But we don’t know. It might have been a judge of Mexican heritage or a Gold Star family or a secret Muslim from Kenya. Vladimir Putin says it wasn’t Russia, and I’m going to believe him, OK? Greg Jayne, Opinion page editor
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Dec. 16 (JIS): Most of the three per cent of rural households that are without electricity will be provided with the service under a $74 million expansion project that the Government has initiated through the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ).The project will be implemented by the Rural Electrification Programme (REP). “The PCJ has allocated $74 million to the REP project, and we are going to take light across to all communities,” said Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell. “We are going to do it in every single parish,” he added.The Minister was addressing a brief ceremony held on Monday (December 15) at the Hyde Park United Church in Brooklyn, Manchester, before switching on lights to serve three communities in the parish. The areas are Mike Town, Evergreen and Brooklyn.Some 70 households in the three communities are now receiving electricity under the project. It was implemented by REP at a cost of $14.5 million, with $3 million coming from the Constituency Development Fund (CDF), through Member of Parliament for North West Manchester, Mikael Phillips.Mr. Phillips, who also addressed the commissioning ceremony, said that with the electricity, residents can now embark on projects to develop the community.He urged them to pay for the energy that they consume.Come next week, lights will be turned on in sections of the Llandilo community of Central Westmoreland.The REP aims to extend electricity to rural Jamaica as part of the Government of Jamaica’s commitment to provide the entire island with access to the service to stimulate economic and social activity, and improve the quality of life of citizens. RESIDENTS WELCOME INTERNET CAFÉ IN TREADWAYS, ST. CATHERINE Students Of Cavaliers All-Age Receive Tablet Computers Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:Mikael Phillips, Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica, phillip paulwell NATIONAL CYBERSECURITY STRATEGY LAUNCHED
Former Eielson High School long jumper Janay DeLoach just missed qualifying at the Rio Olympics. The 2012 long jump bronze medalist barely missed making the final cut during qualifying Tuesday, falling a little over an inch short of the top 12 who advanced.Listen nowDeLoach was the last of 4 Rio Olympians with Alaska connections to compete.Earlier in the games, Corey Cogdell, formerly of Eagle River, who won bronze in women’s trap shooting in the 2008 Beijing Games, took bronze in the event again.Women’s Rugby player Alev Kelter, also of Eagle River, was on the 5th place U.S. team.Three time past Olympic medalist, former University of Alaska Fairbanks shooter Matt Emmons did not qualify for the final in the men’s 3 position rifle event.
Hyderabad: Will the Telangana government go in for early elections to the GHMC, a la Assembly polls in the state? Speculations are rife in political circles that the KCR government is mulling to hold the elections about 18 months ahead of the schedule. The term of the GHMC would end in 2021 but there is a possibility of holding the elections towards the end of this year, indicate sources. Also Read – Golden 90’s Music Superstars – Alka Yagnik & Kumar Sanu LIVE in Concert will be performing together for the very 1st time in the city of pearls,… Advertise With Us The state government is making necessary arrangements for the conduct of elections for the 120-plus municipalities and some municipal corporations by August first week. It is learnt that some key leaders in the ruling TRS have suggested to Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao that politically it may be advantageous to hold elections early to the GHMC. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us The sources say that this issue had come up during the discussion the Chief Minister had with these key leaders on the New Municipal Act that would be introduced in the special session of the Assembly on July 18. “The government is also mulling to bring some changes in the administration and functioning of the GHMC through the new Act,” sources told The Hans India. Advertise With Us Though sources say that the reason for possible early elections to the GHMC is because KCR wants to wind up all election-related activities before completing the first year of his second term and dedicate the next four years for the development of the state.” But then analysts say that there is more than what meets the eye. This move, they feel, could be a pre-emptive one to see that the BJP does not get enough time to occupy the political space. The BJP of late has been trying to go aggressive in Telangana and has been claiming that it would emerge as the alternative to the TRS. The TRS feels that the GHMC elections are highly prestigious because it is considered as mini general election. If the GHMC elections are advanced, it would give ample opportunity for the TRS to gear up itself for the next elections. The party feels that the period from 2021 to 2024 is most crucial and hence it would be better to hold the GHMC elections this year itself. If it waits till 2021, there is every possibility that the BJP would try all its cards to consolidate its position in the state. Sources said that “KCR is weighing pros and cons in the conduct of early elections. A final decision is expected to be taken after the municipal elections.
Map of Laos locating a dam collapse. Photo: AFPHundreds of people are missing and an unknown number believed dead after the collapse of a hydropower dam under construction in southeast Laos, state media reported Tuesday.Communist Laos is traversed by a vast network of rivers and there are several dams being built or are planned in the impoverished and landlocked country, which exports most of its hydropower energy to neighbouring countries like Thailand.Laos News Agency said the accident happened at a hydropower dam in southeastern Attapeu province’s Sanamxay district late Monday, releasing five billion cubic metres of water-more than two million Olympic swimming pools.The report added that the there were “several human lives claimed, and several hundreds of people missing”.Several houses in the southern part of the district were also swept away, the report said, and officials in the province put out a call for relief aid for flood victims.The $1.2 billion dam is part of a project by Vientiane-based Xe Pian Xe Namnoy Power Company, or PNPC, a joint venture formed in 2012.Among the companies involved in the project according to the Laos News Agency are Thailand’s Ratchaburi Electricity Generating Holding, South Korea’s Korea Western Power and the state-run Lao Holding State Enterprise.The 410 megawatt capacity dam was supposed to start commercial operations by 2019, according to the venture’s website.The project consists of a series of dams over the Houay Makchanh, the Xe-Namnoy and the Xe-Pian rivers in neighbouring Champasack Province.It planned to export 90 percent of its electricity to energy hungry Thailand and the remaining amount was to be offered up on the local grid.Under the terms of construction, PNPC said it would operate and manage the power project for 27-years after commercial operations began.When contacted by phone in Laos’ capital Vientiane an official told AFP: “We do not have any official reports about it yet. We are gathering information.”Dam projects, mainly providing power to neighbouring countries, have long been controversial as they often displace large numbers of local people.The hydroelectric project at Xayaburi, led by Thai group CH Karnchang, with a 1,285 megawatt dam-which will cost $3.5 billion according to state media-is at the heart of Laos’ plan to become “the battery of Southeast Asia”.But it has sharply divided several Mekong nations who worry it will disrupt vital ecosystems and their own river systems.Six Vietnamese workers were killed when a gas cylinder exploded at the construction site of a hydropower plant in central Laos in July last year.
Meenu Bhardwaj/SEIUA new report by the Economic Policy Institute shows Latinas would have to work all of 2017 and until November 1, 2018 to earn the same average wages as white men did in 2017 alone.That’s because nationwide, Hispanic women earn 54 cents for every dollar white men earn. However, in Texas, Latinas would have to work even longer.“Texas, sadly, is the third worst state for Latinas when it comes to the wage gap. They only make 44 cents to every dollar made by white non-Hispanic men,” said Maya Raghu, Director of Workplace Equality at the National Women’s Law Center.By comparison, white women in Texas earn 73 cents for every dollar a white man earns. Raghu also said pay inequity hasn’t improved much over time.“The wage gap for Latinas has barely budged in about 30 years,” said Raghu. She said Latinas tend to be over-represented in low wage fields, and under-represented in high wage fields, which is partly because of educational attainment.But discrimination is also a factor. One study shows when you control for education, experience and location, Latinas still earn some 30% less than white men.COO of the progressive Center for Public Policy Priorities, Dr. Frances Deviney, said there are public policy solutions that can help lessen the wage gap for Latinas.“Some of them are based on educational attainment,” said Deviney, “making sure that we give every Texan the opportunity to access post-secondary education and making it affordable and high quality.” In 2013, some 19% of Latinas between ages 25-29 had completed a college degree nationwide, compared to 44% of white women, according to a 2015 government study. Deviney also said it’s important to pass laws, like the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, that ensure all people are being paid equal wages for the same type of work. Share
Stay on target ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Director Explains Thanos’ Faceoff With Captain America‘Marvels’ Expands Marvel’s Podcast Universe Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Love is in the air for everyone, even comic book characters. There’s a lot of life updates with our favorite superheroes recently, especially in the love arena. Kitty has her impending wedding to Colossus, Batman and Catwoman are engaged, the list goes on and on. For this Valentine’s Day, Geek wants to give you some different comic couples that you might want to read for love. Some new, some old, some you’ll be meeting for the first time! Let’s get into 11 comic couple you’ll soon very much adore.Rogue & Gambit (X-Men)Comics to Read: Rogue & Gambit (2018) , Rogue & Gambit I know what you’re thinking. Why is Rogue & Gambit on every comic couple list? Because… have you read/seen that chemistry? It’s SO well down. It takes skill to write chemistry as strong and Rogue and Gambit’s and keep it that strong. Anne Marie (Rogue) and Remy (Gambit) are the top tier X-Men couple that you don’t forget. That’s why this couple has lasted throughout the rest of time, appearing here and there in most X-Men universes and on every comic couple list.Rogue and Gambit check off all types of chemistry criteria that you can have. This couple has a similar history. They carry some of the same personality traits: stubborn, caring, protective and extremely loyal. Both are very rebellious in their own rights and care deeply about each other. Rogue and Gambit are always an on-off relationship, but when together that spark just ignites. Recently, they’ve kicked off their relationship with Kelly Thompson at the helm of a new 2018 series starring the infamous couple. (Spoilers: ITS SO GOOD.)via MarvelDaisy Wooton & Ingrid OesterleGiant Days (BOOM! Studios)Giant Days is an ongoing series that I can’t praise enough. This series is not only a superb look at friendships, dynamics, and college life but an exploration into character as told by John Allison. Through the eyes of Susan Ptolemy, Esther de Groot and Daisy Wooton, we’re given some realistic and down-to-earth moments that are striking and pretty coming of age.Susan and Esther have had their own journies with love, but it’s Daisy’s that resonates with readers the most. Daisy slowly comes to terms with in later issues with her sexuality and attraction, still slowly figuring it out as she goes, but its when she meets Ingrid that her world is turned upside down. Ingrid is bold, brash, and not afraid to say whats on her mind and always down to have a good time. Opposite of our lovable, bookish Daisy. She’s still trying to discern love from lust through her relationship with Ingrid which is both adorable and exhausting.Also, Daisy Wooton & Ingrid are adorable, but Susan and McGraw are the most realistic version of the ups and downs of an “adult” relationships, and it’s glorious.Kim Reaper + BeckaKim ReaperWhat would you do if the girl you were crushing on was a Reaper? Becka has this exact dilemma with Kim, a cutie with a bootie with a side job of reaping animal souls (for now). These two works of art have to work together to be together, which isn’t always an easy thing to do. Becka doesn’t approve of Kim’s job what so ever, but Kim needs it to make living possible. It’s hard for Becka to understand why Kim needs to reap, but its hard for Kim to keep her job in the first place.As frustrating as it gets, Kim is willing to compromise with Becka and Becka soon with Kim. They both find a way to make the reaping work and still smooch after. Kim Reaper is a comic I wish I had as a teenager, but so happy it’s available now. Sarah Graley’s comic is 100% pure certified adorable cuteness guaranteed to make you smile.via Oni PressMitch & JonasLong ExposureThis webcomic is an absolutely delightful thrill ride every time a new episode uploads. Created, written and drawn by Mars, Long Exposure centers around Mitch and Jonas who stumbles upon something mysterious and top-secret that leads them to discover they have powers. With this, they try to figure out what their abilities can do and grow closer and closer each day.I stumbled upon this on Tapas and was instantly blown away. Mars builds such a unique world and creates such a dynamic between the two characters with such a fantastic slow-burn romance. They’ve created lightning in a bottle with this comic. You’ll instantly fall for the both of them, wanting the best for them as well, even though there are still many obstacles to climb. Mars has accumulated an enormous fan base surrounding Long Exposure that amps the comic up and makes it even better. If you haven’t heard of this charming webcomic, it’s never too late to start and support the creator!Alana and MarkoSaga (Image Comics)If you haven’t been reading Saga, you’re missing the best sci-fi space opera since Star Wars. I’m not joking. Saga is one of those comics that you’ll never forget, even if you just read it once. However, Alana and Marko are a couple that sticks with you forever. Alana and Mario fall in love in a time where things are escalating very quickly, and this feels like the last thing people (and they) needed.In the mist of them being on the run, Alana gets pregnant. So, to protect their growing family and a galaxy that wants them apart, they continue to defend themselves and do the best that they can to say together. Alana is bold and brash, brilliant and unapologetic. Marko is kind, protective and you will fall head over heels for him. Saga also has the couple going through realistic ups and downs of their relationship, but they stick it out and come together. You gotta read Saga. Best ugly cry you’ll have this Valentine’s Day.via Image ComicsBilly Kaplan (Wiccan) & Teddy Altman (Hulkling) (Young Avengers)Comics to Read: Children’s Crusade, Young AvengersYoung love can be complicated. Young love while also saving the planet, falling IN love and finding out your origin is a tiny bit more complicated than planned. Billy Kaplan, mutant son of Scarlet Witch and Teddy Altman, a Kree/Skrull hybrid is the epitome of young love that just… works.They’re not only fantastic for each other but work together to make everything better. Teddy pulls Wiccan up from his depression, Wiccan focuses Teddy. If you believe soulmates exist, I’d say Billy and Teddy are the perfect case study for it. They’ve swung in and out of the superhero life throughout their runs in the comic, but always want to focus on their lives together. If Marvel is still up for weddings after Kitty/Colossus tie the knot, this engaged couple should have their go at a super cute wedding special.Alison “Ally” Carter & Lisa WilliamsSunstone (Top Cow Productions & Image Comics)BDSM has never been so seductive and alluring than it is in Sunstone. Stjepan Šejić creates a romantic, erotic and downright tempting comic that will leave you out of breath. Fifty Shades of Grey is absolute and utter fluff compared to everything Sunstone has to offer (and so much better too, no offense FiftyShaders).Allison and Lisa come together to fulfill each other needs and deepest fantasies. They seem like the opposites of each other at first and only desire one thing. Things become complicated once they learn their hearts beat a little faster after they spend even more time together. They find something more than friction that leads them to love. In this comic, the slow-burn of Allison and Lisa going through lust, heartbreak, jealousy, etc. fuels a fire in you to keep going. Allison and Lisa learn how to trust their feelings among the complications while keeping true to themselves and bonding in love.via Top CowSarah and StefOur Super AdventureIs it probably cheating to have two comics by the same creator on your list right? It might be cheating, even more, when that creator is also the creator you’re writing about now. Well, too late to turn back now! Sarah Graley is already a the cuteness that brought us Kim Reaper, but she’s made also released diary comics chronicling her many adventures with her partner Stef.Our Super Adventure and the spin-off, Our Super American Adventure brings us a small glimpse into the misadventures of the couple with their fur babies in tow. There’s something so lovely about reading these comics, not only are Sarah and Stef entirely made for each other, but they’re funny with a slice of couple goals for everyone. You can tell how much they get and understand each other. These aren’t characters, but people, but they’re way too cute in comic form not to add.Bucky Barnes & Natasha Romanoff (Marvel)Comics to Read: Captain America Vol. 5, Black Widow Vol. 3Need another couple with some insane chemistry that will make you open a window? Look no further than Bucky Barnes and Natasha Romanoff. I feel like Bucky and Nat need no introduction, so let me make this short and quick. Bucky and Nat have this undeniable magnetic chemistry that piles on top of the crazy tension of any situation their in. They fit just as perfectly as Captain America and Bucky would fit. (Dear Tumblr, someone write that polyamorous fic, please. Link me.) They’re quietly loud about their affection towards one another, which often requires them to hide, so no one discovers it. However, when they come together, it’s explosive.Need any more proof that you should read the comics above to start or your Bucky/Nat thirst? Let our wonderous, Bucky-loving babe herself, boss editrix Sheilah Villari to shh your doubt and get you reading, “Both of those are really good…in the second one they have crazy sex haha.” Treat yo self this Valentine’s Day guys.via MarvelArchie Andrews, Betty Cooper, Veronica Lodge (Archie Comics)Comic to Read: Archie Vol. 1, Classic Archie Double DigestsHear me out. I’m forever an advocate of Archie being by himself in a dark room while his guitar gently weeps. You can find me picketing that he very much needs to choose loneliness instead of a girl. Betty needs to be in a functioning relationship with someone from Greendale. (Preferably a cute warlock, Archie comics, call me.) Veronica should totally be with Reggie. However, I’ve also chosen to believe that Archie, Betty, and Veronica could always work as a polyamorous couple… gone wrong. This relationship is a toxic one for all parties involved, but somehow they remain very close friends and usually okay with the situations in front of them. They still hang out, date each other, know about each other, but the jealousy and emotions are still very much present. It doesn’t have to be that way. These kids would work if all parties involved Archie, Betty, and Veronica are not exactly a great couple, but the potential is there. Also, listen to SZA’s “The Weekend,” and I dare you not to think of them.Ayo & Aneka (Marvel)Comics to Read: Black Panther, World of WakandaIt’s indeed a shame with the release of Black Panther so near that we won’t be able to see these two share their electric chemistry on screen… yet. Nevertheless, we’ll still have the comic books until Marvel decides to share the romance of Ayo and Aneka.Aneka, a combat and tech trainer for the Dora Milaje and Ayo, a member of the Dora Milaje, is probably the best definition of a “ride or die” relationship. Ayo recused Aneka when she is sentenced to prison for killing a man who was hurting women left and right. Ayo took armor of her own and went, by herself, to rescue Aneka. That’s some badassery if I do say so myself. Since then, Aneka and Ayo have confessed their love for each other and continue to fight side by side. The pair is protective of each other, share small and tender intimate moments are just… the absolute best. If you don’t think the MCU is missing on one of the best love stories in its ranks, read World of Wakanda and your heart will melt (and shatter, but melt again).
Sponsored Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day The Obama administration at the time faced sharp criticism for allowing Iraqi courts to try the Hezbollah militant. Republican politicians had called for Daqduq to be transferred to Guantanamo Bay; administration officials hoped to try him in regular U.S. military courts.After hearing the news, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., called the decision an “outrage,” urging the government to take “appropriate actions” with regard to the Iraqi government.___Associated Press writers Sinan Salaheddin in Baghdad, and Lolita C. Baldor and Bradley Klapper in Washington contributed to this report.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments Share Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Analyst Hadi Jalo said Iraqi officials had likely sought to improve their standing among Iraq’s Shiite-majority population by ordering the release, in a sign domestic concerns trumped the need to please Washington over the matter.“This indicates how weak American pressure has become. Iraq is able to take decisions that are no longer in step with the Americans,” Jalo said.Daqduq’s lawyer, Abdul-Mahdi al-Mitairi, said authorities had decided to free his client after U.S. elections, suggesting they had sought to avoid embarrassing President Barack Obama during his re-election campaign.“He was supposed to be released once the court found him not guilty but because of the U.S. presidential elections, he was kept under house arrest,” al-Mitairi said.In the brazen attack Washington accuses Daqduq of masterminding, almost a dozen gunmen speaking English, wearing U.S. military uniforms and carrying American weapons killed one soldier and captured four at a provincial army headquarters, shooting the prisoners later. The assailants had traveled in black GMC Suburban vehicles _ the type used by U.S. government convoys at the time.Daqduq was captured in the southern Iraqi city of Basra months later along with the head of a hardline Shiite militia. The move vastly complicates the Obama administration’s efforts to prosecute Daqduq, as Shiite Hezbollah dominates the Lebanese government and the U.S. has no extradition treaty with the country. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said the U.S. was upset with the decision and had made its feelings known to the Iraqi government.“Daqduq should be held accountable for his crimes,” Nuland told reporters, adding that the U.S. would pursue him with all legal means possible, and had been in contact with Lebanon on the issue.Washington believes Daqduq worked with Iranian agents to train Shiite militias to target the U.S. military during the years of sectarian violence that gripped Iraq over the last decade, and that he was behind the raid on a U.S. military base in the holy city of Karbala where the five soldiers were killed _ four of them shot after being kidnapped.U.S. forces held Daqduq for four years, handing him over to Iraqi authorities when American troops left Iraq. Meanwhile, Iran has seen its influence in the country grow.Two Iraqi courts, including the country’s central criminal court, subsequently found him not guilty of the Karbala attack. However, until now he had been held under house arrest in the heavily fortified Green Zone in central Baghdad. Associated PressBAGHDAD (AP) – Iraq freed a jailed Hezbollah commander wanted by the United States on Friday, his lawyer said, returning him home to Lebanon in a move that underscores Washington’s waning influence in Baghdad since last December’s troop pullout.The U.S. believes Ali Mussa Daqduq is a top threat to Americans in the Middle East, and had asked Baghdad to extradite him even before two Iraqi courts found him not guilty of masterminding a complex raid that left five American soldiers dead in 2007. But Iraq’s Shiite-led government, which is close to Hezbollah’s top patron Iran, refused to hand him over. 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes How men can have a healthy 2019 Parents, stop beating yourself up Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix
PARIS (AP) – A Paris court has convicted nine people for links to a militant group that the U.N. Security Council has described as an al-Qaida affiliate.The trial that began last month came four years after police in France, Germany and the Netherlands rounded up the suspects.The defendants convicted in connection with collecting funds for the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, which the U.N. listed as an al-Qaida affiliate weeks after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Defense lawyers said the funds were for humanitarian uses _ such as paying for sheep for slaughter under Muslim ritual. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Top Stories 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean 0 Comments Share Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Sponsored Stories The heaviest sentence in Tuesday’s verdict came down on suspected ringleader, Irfan Demirtas, a 53-year-old Turkish-Dutch national, who was given an eight-year sentence, (EURO)20,000 ($26,170) fine and barred from French territory after his sentence is up.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement The difference between men and women when it comes to pain
Carrington Offering USDA Loans August 1, 2013 497 Views “”Carrington Mortgage Services””:http://www.carringtonhomeloans.com/ has announced it has expanded its portfolio of government loan programs by offering U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) loans through its retail and wholesale lending operations.[IMAGE]Carrington’s USDA loan program requires low–and in some cases no–down payment or cash reserve, complementing the company’s existing range of government products that are designed to increase the borrowing potential of real estate consumers.[COLUMN_BREAK]The USDA loan program adds to Carrington’s government loan offerings, which already included Federal Housing Administration (FHA) and Veterans Affairs (VA)-insured loans, as well as FHA Streamlines and 203k products for borrowers seeking to refinance.With a USDA loan through Carrington, eligible borrowers may obtain up to 100 percent financing on a home’s appraised value. Purchase, rate/term refinance, and streamline refinance options are all available to borrowers with a debt-to-income ratio of 29/41 and a minimum FICO score of 580 (other restrictions may apply.””Carrington is deeply committed to providing a wide range of products that meet the individual needs of borrowers–and that give the real estate professionals and brokers who serve them the confidence to close transactions,”” said Ray Brousseau, EVP of Carrington Mortgage Services’ Mortgage Lending Division. “”By adding USDA loans to our government-based portfolio, we’re providing consumers with an additional lending option that can make purchasing or refinancing a property more accessible.”” in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Carrington Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2013-08-01 Tory Barringer Share
Opening in the third quarter of this year, QT Queenstown will be the first five-star design-driven hotel to open in the South Island resort town.Designed by Nic Graham, styled by Anna Roberts, with costumes by Janet Hine and art curated by Amanda Love, QT Queenstown will consist of 69 larger boutique designer suites.Like others in the QT portfolio, the Queenstown hotel will feature bold dining concepts – Bazaar Interactive Marketplace and Reds Bar – which are already open, providing Queenstown locals and tourist with a taste of the signature QT quirks yet to come.Bazaar Interactive Marketplace, QT Queenstown’s signature restaurant, reinterprets the traditional hotel dining concept and has unrivalled views of Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu and the surrounding mountain ranges including The Remarkables.Showcasing an international mosaic of foods, diners will be spoilt for choice with seafood, cheese and charcuterie bars, Asian and grill stations, authentic Italian wood-fired pizzas and a dessert bar bursting with creative sweets and pastries. Bazaar chefs provide a theatrical and interactive dining experience to create an interesting gastronomic experience.Reds Bar emulates a contemporary living space that is a mixture of nostalgic alpine and après-ski ambience with equally impressive views. Custom furniture including Eames-era chairs, painting and pops of bold colour are among the design highlights. Resident DJs play late into the night, and there’s an extensive cocktail list with a modern twist.QT’s bartenders deliver from the largest selection of spirits and liqueurs in town, fashioning tantalising cocktails from the list of classic and signature tipples.