EC orders repolling in 18 Arunachal booths

first_imgThe Election Commission has ordered repoll in 18 polling stations in Arunachal Pradesh’s Kurung Kumey district on April 27. These booths include the ones at Cheki and Pating villages where, the Congress had alleged, votes were cast in the name of 37 voters who had died over the past few months.According to the officer of the State’s Chief Electoral Officer, the 18 booths are spread across four Assembly constituencies – Palin, Nyapin, Tali, and Koloriang. Fresh voting will be held in 17 of these booths for both the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections.Repolling will be held in the Amsukpinja booth under Palin Assembly constituency for the Assembly election. All the constituencies are reserved for Scheduled Tribes.last_img

Bizarre Episodes Surround FIFA Trial in Brooklyn

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — A juror dismissed for sleeping during hearings. A defendant allegedly doing a throat-slitting gesture to intimidate a witness. A judge admonishing a defendant for taking a paper clip and a pen from her clerk’s desk.The trial of South American soccer officials charged in the FIFA bribery scandal is not only about corruption. It also has drawn some attention because of a series of bizarre episodes that have happened over three weeks of witnesses giving testimony and journalists going in and out of a Brooklyn courtroom to report on an investigation that has shaken the soccer world.On Thursday, for example, judge Pamela Chen admonished defendant Manuel Burga, former president of the Peruvian soccer federation, for allegedly taking a paper clip and a pen from her clerk’s desk.“No one, no party, nobody should be touching anything in this bench area”, Chen told him.The federal judge actually tightened Burga’s bail conditions a couple of weeks ago when he allegedly sought to intimidate a witness by staring at him in the courtroom and making a slashing gesture across his throat. The defense said Burga was merely scratching a rash his neck. The witness, Alejandro Burzaco, an Argentinian former marketing executive who testified about paying millions in bribes, was shaken from the gesture and the trial was postponed at least an hour.Burzaco and others have testified how they brokered the bribes paid to soccer officials in exchange for their influence in awarding lucrative broadcasting and hosting rights for the World Cup and other major soccer tournaments. More than 40 defendants have been charged in the corruption case, with many, including Burzaco, pleading guilty in hopes of getting reduced sentences.Besides Burga, the trial has other two defendants: Jose Maria Marin, former president of the Brazilian soccer federation and Juan Angel Napout, former president of the Paraguayan soccer federation and former president of CONMEBOL (South America’s soccer governing body).In another bizarre event, Chen dismissed this week a member of the jury who slept during hearings. A couple of hours before lawyers and Chen had discussed how to dismiss him without embarrassing him. It was decided to do it in the courtroom without any other jurors present.“We need the full attention of any juror. So I apologize but we’re going to have to let you go,” Chen told him. He was then escorted after his belongings were brought to him by U.S. Marshalls.Besides journalists, Chen’s courtroom has been everyday filled with relatives of the defendants and lawyers from companies who have an interest in the case and who take notes continuously. Defendants eat sometimes sandwiches and a salad in the court’s cafeteria, like the lawyers, journalists and court’s staff who does the same.Statements from witnesses have generated headlines around the world. A former Argentine government official, Jorge Delhon, killed himself hours after the court was told he took millions in bribes in exchange for handing out television rights. On Thursday his name came up again when a witness gave more details about how he paid the money.Eladio Rodriguez, an Argentinian who worked for Burzaco, said that in 2013 he registered a $2.6 million payment to an entity he named “the government”.“Everything that says government was Delhon”, he said.Delhon dealt with the now-defunct government program Futbol para Todos (Football for All), which broadcast local soccer matches on public TV.—CLAUDIA TORRENS, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Virat Kohli named captain of ICC Test and ODI Teams of the Year

first_imgVirat Kohli has been named as the captain of both the ICC Test Team of the Year and ODI Team of the Year 2017-18.The International Cricket Council on Tuesday announced the final XI of both teams which features three Indian players in the Test side while four have made the cut for the ODI team.Virat Kohli, who was the leading scorer in both formats in 2018, was named leader of both the sides with Rishabh Pant and Jasprit Bumrah getting named in the Test side while India vice-captain Rohit Sharma, Kohli, Bumrah and Kuldeep Yadav made it to the ODI side.Kohli and Bumrah are the only two players who feature in both the Test and ODI teams.Rishabh Pant was also awarded with the Emerging Male Cricketer of the Year award.Apart from India, three players have made it to the Test side from New Zealand while Dimuth Karunaratne and Mohammad Abbas remain the only ones from Sri Lanka and Pakistan.West Indies, South Africa and Australia have been represented by Jason Holder, Kagiso Rabada and Nathan Lyon, respectively. The Aussie offie is the lone spinner in the squad.ICC Test Team of the Year 2017-18: Tom Latham (NZ), Dimuth Karunaratne (SL), Kane Williamson (NZ), Virat Kohli (captain) (IND), Henry Nicholls (NZ), Rishabh Pant (IND), Jason Holder (WI), Kagiso Rabada (SA), Nathan Lyon (Aus), Jasprit Bumrah (IND), Mohammad Abbas (PAK).Congratulations to the ICC Test Team of the Year 2018!@Tomlatham2@IamDimuthKane Williamson@imVkohli (c)@HenryNicholls27@RishabPant777@Jaseholder98@KagisoRabada25@NathLyon421@Jaspritbumrah93@Mohmmadabbas111 (@ICC) January 22, 2019Besides the four Indians, England is being represented by the same number of players in the one-day side.ICC ODI Team of the Year 2017-18: Rohit Sharma (IND), Jonny Bairstow (ENG), Virat Kohli (captain) (IND), Joe Root (ENG), Ross Taylor (NZ), Jos Buttler (wicketkeeper) (ENG), Ben Stokes (ENG), Mustafizur Rahman (BAN), Rashid Khan (AFG), Kuldeep Yadav (IND), Jasprit Bumrah (IND).Presenting the ICC Men’s ODI Team of the Year 2018!@ImRo45@jbairstow21@imVkohli (c)@root66@RossLTaylor@josbuttler (wk)@benstokes38@Mustafiz90@rashidkhan_19@imkuldeep18@Jaspritbumrah93 (@ICC) January 22, 2019Also Read | Virat Kohli, India stay No.1 in Test rankings, Rishabh Pant breaks into top-20Also Read | I will be fit before the Indian Premier League, says Prithvi Shawlast_img read more

Football transfer rumours: Ronaldo to Manchester United? Again?

first_imgFootball Manchester United sign Fred while Emre Can completes Juventus move Reuse this content The World Cup Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Share on Messenger Rumour mill Arsenal’s new manager, Unai Emery, is keen to sign the Sevilla playmaker Éver Banega, and also has several eyes on the Porto defender Miguel Layún.Dusan Tadic, Southampton’s Serb schemer, is close to a move to Ajax, while Crystal Palace and Bournemouth are following the every move of West Ham’s Declan Rice – even when he goes to the bathroom.Finally, Palace are also keen on the Stoke midfielder Gianelli Imbula – but so are Newcastle, and what Rafa Benítez wants, Rafa Benítez occasionally gets. Share on Facebook Share via Email Share on Pinterest features Read more Topics Transfer window Having proved beyond sane dispute that he is the GOHG, Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly heading back to where it all started. No, not his mother’s womb; we mean Old Trafford!Reports suggest Ronaldo is thinking more and more about a move to Manchester United, where he would fulfil a lifelong ambition to play alongside Ashley Young. Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Young’s place might be under threat if United secure another target – as we speak, José Mourinho and Mauricio Pochettino are engaged in a bare-knuckle dispute to decide who gets to sign human motor car Jordi Alba from Barcelona.Spurs are also keen on Argentina-busting winger Ante Rebic, who would cost £26m from Eintracht Frankfurt.There’s another quiet summer ahead at Chelsea. Maurizio Sarri, the new manager-elect, wants to raid his old club Napoli for Dries Mertens, Elseid Hysaj, José María Callejón, Raul Albiol and Intrepid Attitude.Álvaro Morata will take the well-trodden path from Chelsea to Borussia Dortmund. Chelsea are keen on the Russia playmaker Aleksandr Golovin – but so are Barcelona and Juventus, so there that goes.Liverpool are going to sign a keeper from Rome – but it might not be Alisson. Reports suggest Jürgen Klopp is ready to share some love with Lazio’s Albanian keeper Thomas Strakosha. Share on Twitterlast_img read more

Planika Fires: Your ‘Burning Desire’ Has Arrived. Innovative, Technologically Advanced Fireplaces

first_imgHaving your own personal fire place in your home is, for the most part, a stroke of luck. It’s rare to find a fire place already built into your home and/or apartment. And while there are ways to supply your home with one—yes, the Yule Log that runs twenty-four hours on Christmas day counts; but still, those fireplaces just haven’t quite “warmed” your heart.Planika Fires intends on fixing that void with its elegant and sophisticated style, equipped with the most advance technology in contemporary lifestyle fireplaces—moving away from the traditional, generic approach in both emissions and style. These smokeless based fireplaces are environmentally friendly, do not require any chimney installation, and you’re able to enjoy within just ten minutes after installation. And Planika Fires is being used across the world in some of the most exclusive and sought-out spas, resorts, hotels and restaurants like the Grand Palais Lille in France, and the Quality Resort & Spa in Norway.Innovative “Fire Design” technology by Planika provides a new breath of life to ‘biofireplace’ technology. While some hotels and spas are using Burner Casing and Fire Line Automatic models, and restaurants gravitate more towards the Outdoor & Indoor models, we at The Manual are hyped by the Modern Line, Coffee Fire Long table. This beautifully crafted coffee table can not only be used as just a functional piece of home décor, but you will now be able to comfortably cook marshmallows without having to venture out and setup in your backyard, or even worse, camping out in the woods. Though there is a glass cylinder that encases the dazzling flame, and it is positioned on one side that provides more table space to be used at your discretion, you just have to make sure that your cat’s curiosity doesn’t turn them in to an additional ingredient for your S’mores. Editors’ Recommendations How to Put Out a Fire Without Hurting Yourself in the Process The Best Lodges in the U.S. for Drinking and Relaxing 4 Tiny Houses You Can Buy on Amazon Live Out Your Westworld Dreams at Casteel Creek Retreat How to Build Your Own Home Gym for Under $350last_img read more

Mamata says no to Niti Aayog meeting calls it fruitless

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday refused to attend a meeting of Niti Aayog to be chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 15, saying it is “fruitless” as the body has no financial powers to support state plans.Her decision to skip the meeting of the top plan panel comes days after she stayed away from the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 30 citing as “untrue” claims by the BJP that 54 of the party workers were murdered in political violence in Bengal. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twistShe conveyed her decision not to attend the Niti Aayog meeting in a letter written to the prime minister. “Given the fact that the Niti Aayog has no financial powers and the power to support state plans it is fruitless for me to attend the meeting of a body that is bereft of any financial powers,” Banerjee wrote. She also suggested that focus should be shifted to the Inter-State Council (ISC) to deepen cooperative federalism and strengthen federal polity.last_img read more

Quebec City mosque says presidents car deliberately set on fire

first_imgQUEBEC – A car belonging to the president of a Quebec City mosque where six men were shot dead in January was set on fire earlier this month, police confirmed Wednesday.In a statement, the mosque said the incident occurred on Aug. 6 at about 1:30 a.m. in the driveway of Mohamed Labidi’s home.It said the car was a total loss and that the fire also spread to the hedge of the home.“We remain on the lookout for any progress in the investigation and we hope charges will be brought against these criminals once they are identified,” the statement read.“This hateful crime toward (Labidi) and his family are the latest in a long series of hateful acts against our organization.”The mosque also said excrement was thrown at its doors several days after the car was destroyed.A Quebec City police spokesman, Lt. Jean-Francois Vezina, described the fire as criminal but said authorities haven’t yet determined whether it was a hate crime.“Nothing is being ruled out,” he said.“It could be a gesture that isn’t at all connected to the Muslim community as much as it could be an event of a hateful nature.”Vezina said police haven’t identified any suspects and he encouraged the public to come forward with information.Quebec City Mayor Regis Labeaume said he was shocked and “profoundly disappointed” to hear the news and said the timing was likely not a coincidence.The incident occurred just days after Labeaume announced an agreement with the mosque on the creation of a new Muslim cemetery in the city.“What happened isn’t like Quebec City,” he told reporters. “Quebec City is an open city where everyone must be able to live together in safety and respect.”The mosque has reported hateful incidents before, including in July when it received a package containing a defaced Qur’an and a hateful note.In June 2016, a pig’s head was left at the entrance of the same mosque during Ramadan.last_img read more

Two Topless Femen Activists Make Out in Front of Hassan Mosque

Rabat – Two activists from feminist movement Femen protested in support of gay rights in Morocco by kissing each other topless in front of the Hassan Tower in Rabat on Tuesday, June 2nd.The two women adorned only with the slogan “In Gay We Trust” written on theor bare torsos kissed each other in the esplanade of the Hassan Tower in the Moroccan capital Rabat to denounce what they described as “the injustice inflicted on the homosexual community in Morocco.”Femen said in a communiqué carried by news website Telquel that the recent conviction of three homosexuals to three years imprisonment by the Moroccan justice is “the latest example in a long series of cases where Morocco has imprisioned people because of homosexuality.” According to the same source, the movement has also called on Morocco “to abolish homophobic laws and honor the commitment it made during the drafting of its constitution in 2011 to ban and combat discrimination against anyone.”Article 489 of the Moroccan Criminal Code criminalizes “licentious acts against nature with an individual of the same sex.” Under the Article, sexual acts between people of the same gender are punishable by from six months to three years in prison.Video of Topless Femen Activists; Some May Find It Inappropriate read more

Northern Alberta First Nation gets OK to appeal Brion Energy oil sands

EDMONTON — Alberta’s highest court is giving an aboriginal group the OK to appeal regulatory approvals of an oil sands project.The Court of Appeal is permitting the Fort McKay First Nation to challenge go-ahead given to Brion Energy’s plans for a 50,000-barrel-a-day operation northwest of Fort McMurray.The ruling means the First Nation will be allowed to question the Alberta Energy Regulator’s decision not to consider the band’s arguments.The band believes its constitutional rights were violated during the approval process.First Nations have expressed concern that Alberta’s new way of considering developments stops regulators from looking at arguments based on aboriginal rights.Those questions are to be dealt with by a new provincial office, a move that has also been criticized. read more

RIGHT AT HOME Cool stationery elevates the handwritten note

We’re all emailing, texting and DM’ing as fast as our thumbs can type these days, but there’s also some Old School pushback. For many style-savvy communicators, handwritten notes are the thing.Whether it’s a follow-up thank you or a stand-alone communique conveying anything from warmth to wisdom, the humble notecard can rise above life’s digital froth. A thought or two is composed. Pen meets paper. And then the result must be transported. So much more than the pressing of a “send” button, the handwritten note implies effort, and is thus special.Stationery Studio specializes in well-designed notecards. There are hand-illustrated botanical patterns, nautical and sporting motifs, preppy striped designs, and animals. All can be personalized with names or initials in a range of fonts.At Papyrus, notecards come engraved with tiny sea turtles, hummingbirds, pineapples, vintage airplanes, lightbulbs or gingko leaves.Art lovers should check out the Museum of Modern Art’s online store, where notecard sets include the works of Matisse, Rothko, Klimt, Calder, Toulouse-Lautrec and Monet. More art cards can be found at other museums’ shops, including that of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, where William Morris prints and Impressionist prints are on offer.Understated, foil-stamped paper clips and pushpins embellish the notecards at Russel & Hazel, making them ideal for business correspondence.Austin, Texas, designer Katie Kime’s notecard line has several patterns with a swingy Palm Springs vibe, including Riviera, Greta and Lucy, in colour combos like pink and navy and citrus and lime.Block printing brings an artsy, rustic charm to paper. Etsy shops JenAitchisonArt and MapleMoonDesign have lovely woodland animal and winter forest designs.Kirsti Scott has been collecting sea glass for years around her home in Capitola, California. A graphic designer, she creates art prints as well as notecards, transforming the bits of water-washed glass into flowers, land and sea animals, beach balls, even VW camper buses. She’ll do custom designs as well. Her online shop is EtchedByTheSea.Seattle studio Of the Earth, or flowerseedpaper .com, prints photos they’ve taken around the Pacific Northwest on homemade paper embedded with seeds like daisy, snapdragon, poppy, thyme and chamomile. When you’re done reading the card, you can pop it into a pot or garden, add a bit of soil and water, and in a couple of weeks your missive will have sprouted.Want a blank slate to create your own artsy flourish, or to just leave unadorned so your note takes centre stage? Paper Source has lustrous gold or silver shimmer-finished cards and matching envelopes. There’s a wide palette of other hues if shine isn’t your thing, as well as cards trimmed with a smart little scalloped edge.Now that you’ve got your notecards, consider an elevated set of accessories in which to store them. Poltrona Frau’s Zhuang set (the Chinese word means to protect something precious) has a multi-purpose oval box, pen holder and ruler, and a work pad. Containers are made of solid walnut, and all the pieces are covered in rich saddle leather.David Irwin has designed a tidy collection of Portuguese cork boxes for Case that he calls Trove; they’re available at Design Within Reach.And at Container Store, there are storage boxes clad in linen-look fabric, lined in faux leather. For cards that are all dressed up, with somewhere to go.___Kim Cook writes the Right at Home column for The Associated Press.Kim Cook, The Associated Press read more

Ceremony commemorates 77th anniversary of bloody Dieppe Raid

A crowd gathered in Dieppe Gardens at Windsor’s riverfront Monday to recognize a military raid that was intended as a “sharp, intense and short-duration strike,” but became the bloodiest single day for Canada and Windsor during the Second World War.Monday marked the 77th-anniversary of the Dieppe Raid on August 19, 1942.“We commemorate this battle today not as a celebration but in somber recognition of the sacrifice these young men made to ensure our freedom,” Joseph Ouellette, honourary Lt. Col. of the Essex and Kent Scottish Regiment said. “War is horrendous. Peace, which we share and hold so dearly today, was paid then by these soldiers at the highest price — death, life-changing wounds, and imprisonment.” The Essex and Kent Scottish Pipes & Drums march during a ceremony marking the 77th anniversary of the Dieppe Raid at Dieppe Gardens along the riverfront in downtown Windsor, Monday, August 19, 2019. Those gathered heard from MP Brian Masse (NDP — Windsor West), who said Dieppe was in many respects about Canada coming of age.“I say thanks for all those who have continued to make sure, not only here in our country but also across the world, Canada remains steadfast,” Masse said.Ward 1 Coun. Fred Francis remarked that it took the sacrifices of an earlier generation to ensure we “have the freedoms and liberties that we enjoy so very much today.” Only 51 of the 553 men the Windsor-based Essex Scottish Regiment deployed that morning would return to England by evening, 121 were killed. Most of the remaining were captured as prisoners of war. “No household in Windsor or Essex County was without grief as the reports filtered back,” Ouellette said.Related A ceremony is held marking the 77th anniversary of the Dieppe Raid is held at Dieppe Gardens along the riverfront in downtown Windsor, Monday, August 19, 2019. ‘Proud of him to this day.’ Relatives, dignitaries observe Dieppe Raid’s 76th anniversary Farewell to last Essex-Kent soldier to participate in Dieppe Raid 75th anniversary of Dieppe Raid: A tragedy that devastated Windsor-Essex families A moment of silence was observed at Monday’s ceremony and wreaths were laid around the Dieppe memorial. The first wreath was laid by Windsor’s Silver Cross Mother Theresa Charbonneau, whose son Cpl. Andrew Grenon, 23, was killed in an enemy ambush in Afghanistan in September 2008. Dax Melmer / jpg Canadian Army reservists from the Essex and Kent Scottish, the Windsor Regiment, 31st Service Battalion, Royal Canadian Naval reservists from HMCS Hunter, and local Army Cadets were on parade to honour the sacrifices of those who took part in the historic battle.“The raid was intended to be a sharp, intense, and short duration strike to test defences of continental Europe in preparation for a large-scale invasion to be occurring later,” said Ouellette. “The raid was to begin with a massive aerial naval bombardment to significantly degrade the effectiveness of German coastal and port defences.”Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Less than six hours into the raid, code-named “Operation Jubilee,” strong German defences and rising Allied losses forced commanders to call a retreat. Of the 5,000 Canadians involved in the nearly 6,000-man raid, 916 were killed, 1,946 were captured and many wounded. Theresa Charbonneau, Windsor’s Silver Cross Mother, whose son Cpl. Andrew Grenon, 23, was killed in an enemy ambush in Afghanistan in September 2008, lays a wreath during a ceremony marking the 77th anniversary of the Dieppe Raid at Dieppe Gardens along the riverfront in downtown Windsor on Monday. Dax Melmer / jpg Dax Melmer / jpg read more

Six plus Two group stresses need for broadbased Afghan government

Following a high-level meeting under the chairmanship of United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, representatives of six countries neighbouring Afghanistan, as well as the United States and the Russian Federation, agreed today on the need to establish a broad-based and freely chosen Afghan Government.In a joint declaration issued after the meeting at UN Headquarters in New York, China, Iran, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, the US and Russia – collectively known as the “Six plus Two” group – “pledged their continued support to efforts of the Afghan people to find a political solution to the Afghan crisis, and they agreed that there should be the establishment in Afghanistan of a broad based multi-ethnic, politically balanced, freely chosen Afghan administration representative of their aspirations and at peace with its neighbours.” The declaration, signed by ministers and other senior officials, “condemned the export of international terrorism by the al-Qaeda network and the ruling Taliban authorities for allowing the continued use of Afghan territory for terrorist activities.” It expressed support for efforts by the Afghan people to rid themselves of the Taliban regime, as well as international efforts to root out terrorism and bring the perpetrators to justice. Welcoming the “central” role of the United Nations in assisting the Afghan people in developing a political alternative to the Taliban regime, the declaration endorsed the work by the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, Lakhdar Brahimi, particularly efforts to help Afghan groups urgently establish a broad-based Afghan administration.Concerning the relief operations, the members of the “Six plus Two” group pledged continued support for the UN’s humanitarian efforts both inside Afghanistan and in refugee camps located in neighbouring countries. They urged additional contributions from donor countries and welcomed efforts by the international community to begin planning for Afghanistan’s long-term reconstruction once a broadly-based government has assumed office and peace has been restored. During the meeting, Mr. Brahimi briefed the participants on his recent mission to the region. Representatives of each country spoke, except for Pakistan, whose Foreign Minister was not able to enter the UN building which had been closed following a plane crash in New York City. Speaking to reporters after the session, the Secretary-General underscored the importance of quick action on the diplomatic front. “The group stressed the need for speed, and that, as things are moving very fast, we need to try and bring the political aspects in line with the military developments on the ground,” he said.For his part, Mr. Brahimi agreed on the need to move quickly. “I hope that, because of these developments on the ground, we are going to try, as soon as possible, to get a – hopefully – a representative sample of the Afghan population together, and see what kind of interim arrangements we can work together for Kabul,” he said. read more

UN mission sends military team to investigate fighting in eastern DR of

The reports said fierce fighting had taken place in Kanyabayonga and the team was expected to stay there, 160 kilometres north of Goma, while a company of Indian peacekeepers started deploying in Rutshuru, a town halfway between Goma and Kanyabayonga, according to the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC).Last Friday the International Committee Monitoring the Transition (CIAT) appealed for calm in Goma, the North Kivu capital, after violent inter-communal demonstrations. MONUC is a member of CIAT.Meanwhile, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said unless it got $10 million for the DRC by the New Year, it would be forced to cut by 30 per cent the number of people in the country getting food assistance and to halve the portions given the remaining recipients.

Leafs legend Red Kelly passes away at age 91

Hockey Hall of Famer Red Kelly, who won eight Stanley Cups with the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs, has passed away at age 91.The Red Wings announced Kelly’s passing Wednesday with a statement from the Kelly family.“Red was a devoted husband and caring father and grandfather and was tremendously proud of his many hockey accomplishments,” the statement reads. “He was very moved by decades of love and support from Red Wings fans and was humbled to have his jersey retired earlier this year. We are comforted in knowing that he impacted so many people both at and away from the rink and know that his life will be celebrated.”“The entire Toronto Maple Leafs organization mourns the passing of Red Kelly,” said Toronto Maple Leafs President & Alternate Governor Brendan Shanahan in a statement. “For those of us who were lucky enough to have known or encountered Red, we will all miss his sharp mind and keen intellect. He was a gentle man but a fierce competitor. Above all, he was a family man, and he will be missed by his hockey family. Our deepest sympathies go out to Andra, their children, grandchildren and the entire Kelly family.”Kelly was born Leonard Patrick Kelly on July 9, 1927 in Simocoe, Ont., but earned the nickname Red for his bright red hair.He broke into the NHL in 1947 as a defenceman with the Red Wings, and helped the Red Wings win four Stanley Cups in 1950, ’52, ’54 and ’55.In 1954, Kelly became the first player to win the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s top defenceman, and he also won three Lady Byng Memorial trophies while playing for the Red Wings.In 1959, Kelly was traded to the New York Rangers. But after threatening to retire, the deal fell apart, and Kelly was instead traded to the Maple Leafs.Once he arrived in Toronto, Kelly switched from defence to centre and helped the Maple Leafs win another four Stanley Cups. He also added a fourth Lady Byng award in 1961. Kelly retired from the NHL after helping the Maple Leafs win the Stanley Cup on May 2, 1967, finishing his career with 281 goals, 542 assists and 823 points in 1,316 games.“The National Hockey League mourns the passing of Leonard ‘Red’ Kelly – a man whose hockey career is so storied and distinguished that it may never be duplicated,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement. “Red was the ultimate hockey renaissance man who seemingly could do it all.”After retiring from playing, Kelly joined the expansion Los Angeles Kings as their first head coach. He also coached the Pittsburgh Penguins from 1969-73, and then coached the Maple Leafs from 1973-1977. read more

Will Alan Shatter take his severance pay He has no comment at

first_imgUpdated at 4.22pmTAOISEACH ENDA KENNY has called on the former Minister for Justice Alan Shatter to decline just over €70,000 worth of severance payments.Speaking to Midwest Radio this morning, he noted that Shatter oversaw the introduction of legislation to end these payments while he was in office.When contacted by this afternoon, a spokesperson said that Alan Shatter had ”no for comment at this time” on the issue.“The former minister was obviously at the cabinet table when we discussed this,” Kenny said, adding that although the legislation wasn’t signed while Shatter was in office, it is now.He said that while he “can’t force any individual” that he ‘hopes’ that Alan Shatter will not accept the severance payments available to him.As previously reported, Shatter is entitled to €70,282 worth of these payments.If accepted, he would receive roughly €4,392 for six months, €2,928 for 12 months, and finally €1,464 for six months – the equivalent of one year’s ministerial salary spread across two years, paid at decreasing rates.Former Junior Minister Róisín Shortall declined this payment when she resigned in September 2012.Originally posted 8.46amRead: How much are Alan Shatter’s pension and severance payments worth? >last_img read more

Gruber 785inch iPad mini makes sense at 199

first_imgFor what seems like an eternity, rumors have been swirling about Apple producing a smaller version of the iPad — an iPad mini, if you’re sticking with their iPod and Mac naming schemes. But when the late Steve Jobs called 7-inch tablets “tweeners” and said they can’t compete with either tablets or smartphones, many assumed that meant Apple wouldn’t be building a smaller model.But according to John Gruber, a 7.85-inch iPad makes complete sense. At that size, an iPad mini would offer 66% of the physical screen area of the larger iPad. That’s a big increase over the 45% of a 7-inch tablet like the Kindle Fire or original Galaxy Tab. That’s also enough room for Apple to provide an iOS user experience that’s at least as good as that of the iPhone.Gruber goes on to talk about price, saying that he thinks that Apple could very well sell a 7.85-inch iPad for $199. Google thinks they can make a go of it with the Nexus 7, after all. And when you take into account additional factors like Apple’s epic supply chain control and the purported 1024 x 768 display (which should cost a bit less than the Nexus 7’s 1280×720 screen), it certainly seems possible.Even if Apple were to bump the price by $50 to bring it to a more Apple-y profit margin, the iPad mini would still be a hot seller. It would be smartly positioned as the “budget” iPad, much like what Apple did when they introduced the iPod mini alongside the iPod. Buyers who prioritize price and portability could opt for the 7.85-inch iPad, while those who demand Apple’s best would go for the Retina display-packing 9.7-inch iPad.Of course, no one at Apple has confirmed anything yet. While Apple may very well be testing out a smaller iPad in Cupertino (as Gruber’s sources and others have stated recently), there’s still no guarantee it will ever make it onto retail shelves. One thing’s for sure: until one does, the rumors won’t ever stop.More at Daring Fireballlast_img read more

How the 50c minimum wage increase affected wage inequality

first_img A NEW STUDY has found that 2016′s 50 cent increase in the minimum wage reduced wage inequality between high and low earners by up to 8%.The minimum wage rose from €8.65 to €9.15 per hour in January 2016. Had the change not been implemented 10% of workers would have earned €9.15 or less for an hour’s work. A new study from the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) has found that, thanks to the hike, this figure dropped to around 6%.However the researchers found that the pay rise had no strong impact on household income.“By boosting the hourly wage of low earners, the 2016 minimum wage increase led to a reduction in hourly wage inequality. However, household incomes were not strongly impacted,”  Dr Paul Redmond, an author of the report, said. How the 50c minimum wage increase affected wage inequality Ireland’s minimum hourly wage is more than €2 less than the appropriate living wage recommended in a European Union report. Thursday 7 Mar 2019, 6:30 AM Image: Shutterstock/Michael Kachalov This is consistent with previous work which shows that minimum wage workers are often located in households at the higher end of the income distribution and are typically not primary earners within households.The Chairman of the Low Pay Commission, Dr Donal De Buitléir, welcomed the findings. “This report provides valuable data on the impact of the National Minimum Wage on the distribution of income in Ireland,” he said.The minimum wage now sits at €9.80 per hour following another rise on 1 January. However an EU report from last year recommended €11.90 per hour as an appropriate living wage for Ireland.A living wage is a wage which makes it possible to maintain a basic but socially acceptable standard of living.  By Ceimin Burke 22 Comments Share6 Tweet Email center_img 20,731 Views Mar 7th 2019, 6:31 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Image: Shutterstock/Michael Kachalovlast_img read more

Autocephalic churches seek sanctuary in Old Calendar church

first_imgThe Federation of the Greek Communities of Australia is leading an ecclesiastical coup which, if successful, will facilitate the establishment in Australia of the Church of the Old Calendar of Greece (Παλαιοημερολογίτiκη).The president of the Federation, Theo Maras, who spearheaded the negotiations of the Federation with the hierarchy of Greece’s Old Calendar Church told Neos Kosmos that “an interim agreement has been reached with the said church, which will be formalised upon ratification of its provisions by the communities members of the Federation”.Treated as “ecclesiastical outlaws” of Australia since the ecclesiastical schism of the ‘60s the Federation of Greek Communities have tried unsuccessfully, in the past, to realign themselves with the canonical Church represented by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia.The Autocephalic Church, the Federation established after the schism, failed to gain recognition by the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate and the Greek State and bears the stigma of the “illegitimate ecclesiastical authority which usurps the Greek Orthodox congregation”.Mr Maras told Neos Kosmos the establishment in Australia of the Old Calendar Church of Greece will provide the ecclesiastical legitimacy the Federation has been seeking for decades. “The Old Calendar Church of Greece is a legitimate ecclesiastical authority willing and ready to give its blessing to the communities members of our federation. “The interim agreement we reached with the hierarchy of this church, after exhaustive negotiations, is in the hands of the leaders of the communities for ratification. When ratified by the communities the agreement will be formalised and we envisage the arrival in Australia of a Metropolitan during the latter part of 2010” says the president of the Federation.Mr Maras explains that the agreement provides for the establishment of a Metropolis of the Old Calendar Church in Adelaide that will oversee the transition of the communities from the Autocephalic Church to the New Calendar Church.Mr Maras is aware of the fundamentalist inclinations of the Old Calendar Church and its leadership, but assures the communities “the agreement to be signed insures the operation most churches according to the New Calendar”.Asked about the terms of the agreement Mr Maras explained “the Federation has not committed any church buildings or other communities properties”.“Our commitment to the Old Calendar Church is the establishment and maintenance of the Metropolis in Adelaide, which is similar to the undertaking given by our predecessors to the Autocephalic Church of Australia. Our members need not concern themselves unnecessarily about our material commitments” says Mr Maras. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Public Outcry Against President Trumps Immigration Freeze Stretches Across Houston

first_img 00:00 /02:36 Laura IsenseeIn downtown Houston on Sunday more than a thousand people gathered just steps away from the Super Bowl festivities. Public outcry against President Trump’s immigration freeze stretched across the country and Texas, including in Houston.The City of Houston has played a large role in the country’s refugee resettlement program and is one of America’s most diverse cities. On Sunday, some local officials spoke out against closing the door to refugees and immigrants from certain Muslim countries. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner tweeted that Houston will always be a welcoming city. Houston’s Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee echoed that sentiment.“We’re not going to yield to panic and fear that is being exhibited by the White House. We hope the White House will learn from America, we don’t want to learn from the White House,” she said.Jackson Lee is on the Homeland Security Committee. The Houston Democrat says she wants to take away any funding that’s fueling the new immigration order.Abner FletcherSheila Jackson Lee held a press conference with supporters at Bush Intercontinental AirportJackson Lee spoke Sunday at Bush Intercontinental Airport, where she told reporters federal authorities had detained at least six people over the weekend, including an Iraqi green card holder. The airport Starbucks filled with volunteer attorneys, who formed a legal rapid response team.Rosemary Vega is with the immigration law clinic at the University of Houston Law Center.“We’re getting calls. If we get families that need assistance, that people are being detained and not being released, we’re here to maybe file habeas and help them however we can,” Vegas said.In downtown Houston on Sunday more than a thousand people gathered just steps away from the Super Bowl festivities.“Say it loud, say it clear, refugees are welcome here. Say it loud, say it clear, refugees are welcome here,” they chanted.People in football jerseys streamed by the protesters who stretched the length of a city block and overflowed into a parking lot. The protest drew a wide range of people — immigrants, members of the local Muslim community, a rabbi and some of his congregation and members of a Methodist church who had just finished Sunday service.Rabbi Josh Lobel said that he noticed that the immigration freeze came down on Friday, which also marked the International Holocaust Remembrance Day.“When we’re banning people, women and children, innocents, people who are just looking to escape, that to me is a terrifying sign,” Lobel said.Jolie Rocke Brown says she came because she can’t stay at home anymore and just post her discontent on social media.So she led protesters in song. “I feel this is a new movement. This is a continuation of the Civil Rights Movement, but now it’s more inclusive, which it needs to be more inclusive,” she said.While several other Texas cities joined Houston in protesting Trump’s immigration freeze, the state’s congressional delegation was mostly silent this weekend. A few Texas Republicans applauded Trump’s order, including U.S. Representatives Mike McCaul from Austin and John Ratcliffe from North Texas. Share Listencenter_img X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

Colin Darnold and the Jets will own the AFC East after Brady

first_imgSam Darnold agreed to terms with the Jets today, and will begin his mission of restoring stability, and credibility to the often inconsistent franchise. Colin has made no secret that he’s a big Darnold fan form his time at USC, and likes his even-keeled emotional make up as much as his elite physical skills.Colin understands there are no sure things when drafting quarterbacks, but believes Darnold will be the one superstar out of the 5 QB’s drafted in the first round this year, even though he’ll have ups and downs in his first couple seasons.He predicts that the Patriots will continue to dominate the AFC East for one or two more years, but when Tom moves on, Darnold and the Jets will be ready to takeover the division for years to come.Watch Colin explain:“Sam Darnold is going to be a special player. Within a year or two when Tom Brady retires, the Jets will own this division.” — @ColinCowherd— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) July 30, 2018last_img read more