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Rise of Kabaddi proves that sports culture in India is becoming a reality: Kiren Rijiju

first_img Next Rise of Kabaddi proves that sports culture in India is becoming a reality: Kiren RijijuKiren Rijiju, Union Sports Minister, on Sunday stated that the Indian government will do their best to push hard for the inclusion of Kabaddi in the Paris Olympics.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiOctober 7, 2019UPDATED: October 7, 2019 16:25 IST India has always been a dominant force in Kabaddi. (Kabaddi World Cup website)HIGHLIGHTSKiren Rijiju has said that the government will try to push for the inclusion of Kabaddi in the 2024 Olympic GamesIncluding a new sport in the Olympic roster is a long-drawn and cumbersome processIndia has always been a dominant force in Kabaddi, which is part of the Asian GamesSports Minister Kiren Rijiju has said that the government will try to push for the inclusion of Kabaddi in the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.”Kabaddi is a perfect example of how an indigenous sport has grown successfully. This I feel is the beginning of the sports culture that we envisaged for India which is now becoming a reality,” Rijiju said while speaking on KBD Live at Star Sports Studio on Sunday.”We will definitely push hard for Kabaddi to be part of the next Olympics as we are a billion plus powerful nation and so for this to become possible, we will have to put all our efforts together, but I am very confident about it.”He did not elaborate on how this will be done but including a new sport in the Olympic roster is a long-drawn and cumbersome process, which also requires intense lobbying.A sport will have to first get recognition from the International Olympic Committee. Then, its governing body will have to become a recognised International Federation (IF) of the IOC. The sport’s IF will then apply for admittance as an Olympic sport by filing a petition establishing its criteria of eligibility to the IOC.Moreover, after a vote of the IOC Session on June 25 in Lausanne, the IOC has said that no further sports can be put forward for inclusion on the programme of the 2024 Olympic Games.As Olympic host country, Paris 2024 submitted its proposal to include breaking, sport climbing, skateboarding and surfing on the Olympic programme to the IOC. After an evaluation by the Olympic Programme Commission, the IOC Executive Board will make the final decision on the existing events and proposed new events in December 2020.advertisementIndia has always been a dominant force in Kabaddi, which is part of the Asian Games.Seven-time champions Indian men’s team claimed a bronze at the Jakarta Asian Games held in Indonesia last year, while the women’s team settled for a silver after being beaten by Iran in the final.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Kiren Rijijulast_img read more

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Acadian Affairs and Francophonie Advisory Committee Announced

first_imgMinister of Acadian Affairs and Francophonie, Lena Metlege Diab, announced today, Nov. 1, the creation of the Advisory Committee to the Minister of Acadian Affairs and Francophonie. The committee will provide the minister with advice and information on issues that are important to Nova Scotia’s Acadian and Francophone community. “I am pleased with the establishment of this advisory committee and look forward to working collaboratively with its members to advance both government’s priorities and the priorities of Nova Scotia’s Acadian and Francophone communities,” said Ms. Diab. “This committee is an important step which signals government’s commitment to better understand the community’s priorities, and ensure these priorities are reflected in our programs, services and policies.” The advisory committee six members are: “This committee responds to a wish expressed by the Fédération acadienne and its member organizations to facilitate the link between the community and the government,” said Mr. Boudreau. “The Fédération acadienne is pleased to have the opportunity to work even more closely with the minister of Acadian Affairs and Francophonie.” The committee’s terms of reference can be viewed here: https://acadien.novascotia.ca/sites/default/files/inline/documents/acadian-affairs-francophonie-advisory-committee-terms-reference-oct-2017-en.pdf. Ghislain Boudreau, president, Fédération acadienne de la Nouvelle-Écosse, Wedgeport, Yarmouth County Norbert LeBlanc, president, Conseil acadien de Par-en-Bas, Argyle, Yarmouth County Clermont Charland, president, Centre communautaire Étoile de l’Acadie, Sydney Karolyn Aucoin, executive director, CIFA community radio, Clare, Digby County Jeanne-Françoise Caillaud, executive director, Réseau Santé Nouvelle-Écosse, Halifax Alfred-Arthur Poirier, deputy warden, Municipality of Inverness, Chéticamp.last_img read more

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Alberta dad accused of sexually abusing daughters several times over six years

first_imgEDMONTON – Alberta RCMP say three girls endured years of horrific sexual abuse and psychological imprisonment, allegedly at the hands of their father, before he was arrested and charged with 23 offences.The 41-year-old man, whose name is under a publication ban, was arrested in a small town west of Edmonton last November after an investigation by a coalition of Alberta law enforcement agencies known as ALERT.Staff Sgt. Stephen Camp said Friday that the man allegedly sexually abused his daughters multiple times over the last six years when they were under the age of 18. He declined to give their ages.He said one of the alleged victims was procured for sex on multiple occasions to strangers through online ads and the father video- recorded the assaults.“It is quite nauseating,” Camp said. “It makes the investigative community feel actually quite sick to think that for so many years of their childhood, they were psychologically imprisoned by their father for a sick and sexual purpose.“These crimes are quite monstrous to the family and to society at large.”On the day of their father’s arrest, “it was as if a dark cloud had been taken away and lifted from their lives,” Camp said.The girls, who lived with both parents and two brothers, were home-schooled and isolated from society, Camp said. Their mother was a victim as well, he added.“There was a significant amount of control and oppression that can happen in cases like this,” Camp said. “The mother was just unaware of what was actually going on.”A witness close to the family came forward to police with fourth-hand information that was “very surreal,” Camp said. The witness was extremely courageous and credible, he said, so police were able to start an investigation.The staff sergeant said there were a number of guns in the home, including a machine gun, so the situation was delicate.The accused has been co-operative so far and law enforcement agencies are trying to scrub the Internet of images of the girls’ abuse, he said. The victims are getting support to help them move on as best they can.“No child should have to endure what these three girls have survived,” he said. “There is no doubt they are going to have to manage this trauma to their lives for the rest of their lives.”The accused is to appear in an Evansburg courtroom on Monday to face charges that include five counts of sexual assault, two counts of incest, making child pornography and human trafficking.He also faces 17 firearms-related charges that were laid when his rural property was searched around the time of his arrest. Police said they seized roughly 40 restricted handguns and rifles, along with a machine gun and a dozen prohibited devices.last_img read more

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Toronto police withdraw from citys Pride parade in wake of community concerns

first_imgTORONTO – Toronto police say they will withdraw their application to march in the city’s Pride parade after event organizers said the presence of uniformed officers would make members of the LGBTQ community feel unsafe.Chief Mark Saunders says in a statement that he hopes the move “will be received as a concrete example” of the fact that he is listening closely to the community’s concerns.The announcement comes a day after Pride Toronto and other LGBTQ community groups posted an open letter online asking police to withdraw from the parade.Pride Toronto executive director Olivia Nuamah says the organization wants police to better communicate with the community rather than focus on participating in the summer parade.Nuamah notes that the force’s handling of several high-profile deaths connected to the city’s gay village, including the disappearances of six men allegedly murdered by an accused serial killer, have shaken the community’s relations with police.last_img read more

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Rahul Gandhi should explain whether he wants to fight BJP or Left

first_imgKolkata: CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury has urged Rahul Gandhi to explain whether he is keen on fighting the BJP or the Left as he feels that the Congress chief’s decision to contest from Left stronghold-Wayanad has sent out a different message. Hinting that Gandhi’s decision won’t prevent the two parties from coming together after election, he spoke about 2004 when the CPI(M)-led Left Front had extended outside support to the Congress-led UPA. He said out of the 61 Left MPs, 57 had won by defeating the Congress. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “In all the 20 seats of Kerala, the contest is between the Congress-led UDF and Left-led LDF, whether its Rahul Gandhi or XYZ candidate. We are saying today that defeating the BJP is necessary to save India today,” Yechury told PTI in an interview. “Now what does Rahul Gandhi want to do is up to him. What is the message he is giving by contesting against the Left in Kerala unlike his mother or grandmother who had contested against the BJP from Karnataka. He should tell the country whether he is keen on fighting BJP or the Left. He should clarify this,” he said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Indira Gandhi had contested from Chikmagalur in October 1978 and Sonia Gandhi from Bellary in 1999 in Karnataka. Fighting against the BJP is one thing, fighting against the Left sends out a different message, he said. Yechury said if Gandhi was keen on sending a message of united India by contesting from a southern state he could have contested from Tamil Nadu or Karnataka. He was commenting on Gandhi’s recent speech where he had said that the reason behind contesting from Kerala was to give a message that “India is not just one idea but millions of different viewpoints”. Asked whether Gandhi contesting from Kerala would act as a roadblock for the CPI(M) in supporting the Congress in a post-poll scenario, Yechury said, “Roadblock for what? If Rahul Gandhi is not there then there will be some other Congress candidate.” “We are fighting Congress politically in Kerala and we will fight it,” he said, noting that in 2004 when Left supported UPA-1, out of the 61 seats, the Left had won 57 by defeating the Congress. Yechury exuded confidence that a secular democratic government would come to power post elections and said the these polls will be the most crucial since Independence as the outcome will determine whether the country will remain a secular, democratic republic, as enshrined in the Constitution. “The BJP, which is an arm of the RSS, has a game plan to convert India into Hindu Rashtra. They have undermined every democratic institutions of the country. We will never allow this to happen and that is why it is crucial to defeat this government,” he said. Asked whether the CPI(M) will be a part of the proposed secular government or will it limit its role up to providing outside support, Yechury said it will decided post polls. “According to our party programme, the question of participating or not participating in government will be decided on the basis of the concrete situation that emerges at such a time, by our central committee. This decision will be taken at that time,” he said. Criticising the BJP for its effort to polarise the elections on the basis of religion and nationalism, Yechury referred to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s recent comment that he would like the BJP to win and said the statement had only made it clear “who is pro-Indian and pro-Pakistani”. “The BJP has been branding opposition and those who have questioned them as Pakistani. But after Imran Khan’s statement we know who Pakistan actually wants as PM. Pakistan wants Modi to win and India wants Modi to lose,” he said. In an interview to foreign journalists, Khan said he believed there was a better chance of peace talks with India and settling the Kashmir issue if the BJP wins the general elections. The 66-year-old communist leader slammed BJP president Amit Shah for terming infiltrators “termites” and said it is one of the “most obnoxious and offensive comments” and wondered why the Election commission is yet to take cognisance of it. He said it was clearly a case of hate speech and violation of the Model Code of Conduct. “I really cannot understand why the EC is yet to take notice of it,” Yechury said. On the issue of failure of the seat-sharing deal with the Congress in West Bengal, Yechury said the grand old party should answer why it decided to go alone. “The CPI(M) was sincere in its commitment to ensure maximum polarisation of anti-BJP and anti-TMC votes in Bengal. We unilaterally announced that there should be no mutual contest in six seats. But the Congress on the basis of its own wisdom announced candidates, so it is for them to answer,” he said. Yechury said that as far as the people of Bengal were concerned, the most sincere efforts for defeating the TMC and the BJP were being made by the CPI(M) and Left. With the BJP emerging as the main contender of the ruling Trinamool Congress, the CPI(M) in Bengal is fighting a tough battle to retain its political ground. In the 2014 parliamentary election, the Trinamool Congress won 34 seats in Bengal, the Congress four and the Left and the BJP two each.last_img read more

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Ecuador Earthquake 77 Killed Hundreds Injured

Quito – A 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Ecuador’s central coast, killing at least 77 people and injuring hundreds, authorities said.The major earthquake struck Saturday night, Vice President Jorge Glas said in a televised address, adding that it buckled homes and knocked out power in a city hundreds of miles away.Nearly 600 people were injured, he said, noting that the death toll is expected to go up.

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Thomson Reuters confirms it is in talks with Blackstone regarding potential partnership

TORONTO — Thomson Reuters Corp. is in advanced talks with private equity firm Blackstone regarding a potential partnership in its financial and risk business.However, the company cautioned that the discussions may or may not lead to a definitive agreement.“Thomson Reuters does not expect to comment further on market speculation or disclose any further developments unless and until it determines that further disclosure is appropriate or required,” the company said in a statement.Shares in Thomson Reuters were up $4.88 or about nine per cent at $58.47 in early trading Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange following the news.The F&R business provides information for financial markets professionals as well as regulatory and risk management solutions.The business, which competes with Bloomberg and other smaller players to provide financial information, had $6.1 billion in revenue in 2016.Thomson Reuters said it would retain a significant interest in the business as part of any proposed partnership.The company also said it would retain full ownership of its legal, tax and accounting and Reuters News businesses.In 2016, Thomson Reuters sold its science and intellectual property division for US$3.55 billion in cash to Onex Corp. and Baring Private Equity Asia.The Thomson family holds a controlling interest in Thomson Reuters through Woodbridge Co. Ltd., which also owns the Globe and Mail newspaper.Woodbridge held a roughly 63 per cent stake in Thomson Reuters as of Oct. 31, 2017.Thomson Reuters is expected to report its fourth-quarter and full-year results on Feb. 8. read more

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Brock Welland announce partnership

Welland Mayor Damian Goulbourne, left, and Jack Lightstone sign a Memorandum of Understanding.Brock University and the City of Welland have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to provide a framework for how they will work together on future projects.In signing the document March 10 at Welland City Hall, Brock President Jack Lightstone and Welland Mayor Damian Goulbourne also announced the partnership’s first initiative and a significant step forward.The University is agreeing in principle to a long term lease of space to locate the Brock University Human Performance Centre in the Welland International Flatwater Centre. The Brock Centre will operate non-academic, revenue-generating activities that support the work of Brock’s Faculty of Applied Health Sciences.The MOU establishes an understanding between both parties with respect to five key items: a feasibility analysissite identification and developmentfinancial collaborationpublic relations and communicationsgovernment relations“For Welland, this is a true milestone,” says Mayor Goulbourne. “We are entering not just into a stronger relationship with Brock University, we are entering a new chapter of our own history, a chapter of opportunity and achievement. This will put our community in a positive spotlight and be a lasting legacy of the games in our community for generations to come.”“This project has wonderful potential for Welland and Niagara on a number of levels — from providing health and wellness support for our children, to creating a marvelous sport and training facility that will help make Welland a nationally and internationally known destination point,” says President Lightstone. “It is a terrific example of collaboration and progress, and we at Brock are proud to be partners with the people of Welland.”Quick link:• Brock taking up digs at flatwater centre — Welland Tribune read more

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TOP 20 EHF CL scorers 20062011 Kiril Lazarov – The King of

FilipGarcia LorenzanaIker RomeroJesper NodesboJichaKonstantin Igropulo Kiril LazarovLars ChristiansenMarko VujinMarkus AhlmOlafur StefanssonSerhei RutenkaTimur DibirovVid Kavtičnik It is a time to see, who were the best scorers in the last five seasons (2006-2011) of the Men’s EHF Champions League. Interesting lists, which can give us a better picture about the players – leaders of their teams in second part of the last decade in the best handball competition.  In TOP 20 best scorers of EHF CL are  just two line players, eight wings and 10 back players. Here are also nine left handed players and except Toma and Christiansen, all of them coming from very TOP European teams.The King of all shooters is Macedonian star, Kiril Lazarov, who scored 393 goals in T-shirts of MKB Veszprem, C.O Zagreb and this season, Renovalia Ciudad Real.TOP 20 Men’s EHF Champions League scorers (2006-2011):1. Kiril Lazarov (BM Renovalia Ciudad Real) 3932. Nikola Karabatić (Montpellier) 3463. Filip Jicha (THW Kiel) 3264. Vid Kavtičnik (Montpellier) 3055. Lars Christiansen (KIF Kolding) 2856. Serhei Rutenka (FC Barcelona) 2817. Marcus Ahlm (THW Kiel) 2788.  Iker Romero (F.C Barcelona) 2689. Marko Vujin (MKB Veszprem) 25210.  Olafur Stefansson (Rhein Neckar Lowen) 24811. Timur Dibirov (Chehovski Medvedi) 24512.  Konstantin Igropulo (F.C Barcelona) 23913.  Dmitry Kovalev (Chehovski Medvedi) 21914. Garcia Lorenzana (F.C Barcelona) 21915. Blaženko Lacković (HSV Hamburg) 21716. Hans Lindberg (HSV Hamburg) 21617. Jesper Noedesbo (F.C Barcelona) 21618. Marcin Lijewski (HSV Hamburg) 21419. Laurentiu Toma (HCM Constanta) 21320. Luc Abalo (BM Renovalia Ciudad Real) 212source: ehfcl.com, krosrts.rs/handball/ ← Previous Story Sensation! Chambery “kicks out” Montpellier out of the Cup! Next Story → Rok Šimič stays in Gorenje read more

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The male contraceptive pill now a step closer

first_imgBut without affecting the long-term viability of sperm or the sexual or general health of males. The sperm is effectively there, but the muscle is just not receiving the chemical message to move it.Ventura, who collaborated with researchers from the University of Melbourne and Britain’s University of Leicester on the study, now wants to replicate the genetic process chemically, and believes a male contraceptive pill could be possible in about 10 years.“The next step is to look at developing an oral male contraceptive drug, which is effective, safe, and readily reversible,” he said.Previous attempts to develop a male contraceptive pill have focused on hormones or producing dysfunctional sperm – methods which can interfere with male sexual activity and cause long-term and potentially irreversible effects on fertility.Ventura said because his approach was non-hormonal and did not impact on the development of sperm, a drug which switched off the two proteins should not have any long-term side effects and could be reversed once the man stopped taking it.“It would block the transport of sperm and then if you’re a young guy and you get to the stage where you wanted to start fathering children, you stop taking it and everything should be okay,” he told broadcaster ABC.“It would be like an oral medication probably taken daily just like the female contraceptive pill.”- © AFP, 2013Read: Fall in numbers of children and pregnant women smoking in IrelandMore: Resistance crisis looms as antibiotics ‘handed out like cough sweets’ A CONTRACEPTIVE PILL for men has moved one step closer after Australian researchers successfully made male mice infertile, according to a study published today.The findings, published in the US journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, show that the absence of two proteins in mice caused infertility, without affecting the long-term viability of the sperm, sexual behaviour, or the health of the animals.Monash University scientists genetically modified mice to block two proteins found on the smooth muscle cells which are essential for sperm to travel through the animal’s reproductive organs.Therefore, the mice could have sex normally and were otherwise healthy, but they were infertile, researcher Sabatino Ventura from Melbourne’s Monash University said.“We’ve shown that simultaneously disrupting the two proteins that control the transport of sperm during ejaculation causes complete male infertility,” Ventura said.last_img read more

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Irish nun attacked at a convent in the Philippines

first_img The attack happened at a convent in Midsalip. Image: Shutterstock Mar 3rd 2017, 8:42 AM 21,027 Views 23 Comments AN IRISH NUN has been injured in an attack in the Philippines.The Sun Star reports that 70-year-old Kathleen Melia was closing up the convent at the San Jose Parish Church in Midsalip when the attack occurred.The paper reports that the woman was attempting to close the window of the convent at about 9.25pm local-time when she was attacked by a masked man.The paper reports that the man attempted to cover her mouth and punched her in the face during the attack.The nun is reported to have fallen to the ground unconscious before the man fled. She was later hospitalised.It’s believed that the missionary is originally from Longford but has been in the Philippines for many years.The Department of Foreign Affairs says that it is aware of the case and is providing consular assistance through its honorary consulate in Manila and the Irish Embassy in Singapore.Read: People were overcome with emotion watching the Christina Noble documentary last night >Read: Nun (75) gang-raped after burglars break into Indian convent school > Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3268094 Irish nun attacked at a convent in the Philippines The woman was taken to hospital. center_img Share33 Tweet Email Friday 3 Mar 2017, 8:42 AM The attack happened at a convent in Midsalip. Image: Shutterstock By Rónán Duffy Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Man who walked around north Dublin with realistic AK47 jailed for 25

first_img No Comments By Aoife Nic Ardghail A YOUNG DUBLIN man who was caught walking around with a realistic looking imitation AK-47 rifle has received a two-and-a half-year sentence.Detective Garda Michael Harkin said that the imitation Kalashnikov rifle Eoin Berkeley (24) had in his possession was “the most realistic” of its kind his colleagues had ever seen.Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that gardaí had received multiple calls about a male walking around near Dublin Airport and Santry with what looked like a firearm.Detective Garda Harkin said Berkeley immediately shouted the gun was a fake when approached from behind at Northwood Avenue, Santry.Berkeley, of Hamptonwood Way, Finglas, Dublin pleaded guilty to possessing a realistic firearm in a public place on 29 May 2016.  He has 24 previous convictions all dealt with in the district court and dating from 2013 to 2017.Harkin told Dara Hayes BL, prosecuting, that Berkeley told him he’d found the gun in a field and that it wasn’t real.The detective said garda colleagues forensically examined the device which turned out to be an airgun capable of discharging 6mm ball bearings.He said he confiscated the imitation gun from Berkeley at the scene and told him he was free to leave the area. Berkeley was later arrested at his mother’s home.The court heard Berkeley took up bail but that this was revoked and to date he has spent 18 months in custody on this charge.Harkin agreed with John Fitzgerald BL, defending, that Berkeley’s previous convictions, including drugs and public order offences, had been dealt with in lower courts.Fitzgerald submitted to Judge Melanie Greally that his client had been placed into a foster home when he was four years old because his mother had her own difficulties.Counsel said Berkeley had no secondary school education and had speech and language issues when he was younger.Judge Greally said the “punitive element” of the case had largely been addressed due to the length of time Berkeley has spent in custody already on the matter.She noted that he had not presented in court expressing a desire for rehabilitation but just to have the case finalised. She further noted that his significant amount of previous convictions had been accumulated in a condensed period of time.The judge stated that “possessing an imitation firearm is not to be taken as a trifling offence” and added that it must be regarded seriously for abatement of such behaviour.She imposed a two and a half year sentence with credit given to the time Berkeley has spent in custody on the matter. Image: Shutterstock Jun 19th 2018, 6:25 PM Share27 Tweet Email1 Tuesday 19 Jun 2018, 6:25 PM A file photo of an AK47.center_img http://jrnl.ie/4080058 A file photo of an AK47. Image: Shutterstock Man who walked around north Dublin with realistic AK47 jailed for 2.5 years Eoin Berkeley has already served 18 months on remand. 27,572 Views Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Senate rejects rival Dem, GOP plans for reopening government

first_imgWASHINGTON — A splintered Senate swatted down competing Democratic and Republican plans for ending the 34-day partial government shutdown on Thursday, leaving President Donald Trump and Congress with no obvious formula for halting the longest-ever closure of federal agencies and the damage it is inflicting around the country.In an embarrassment to Trump that could weaken his position whenever negotiations get serious, the Democratic proposal got two more votes than the GOP plan. There were six Republican defectors, including freshman Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, who’s clashed periodically with the president.There were signs lawmakers on both sides were seeking ways to resolve their vitriolic stalemate, if only temporarily.Moments after the votes, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., spent a half-hour in the office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and a parade of senators from both parties took to the Senate floor to advocate reopening agencies for three weeks while bargainers seek a solution.“We’re talking,” Schumer told reporters, one of the most encouraging statements either side has made since the shutdown began Dec. 22.At the White House, spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump would consider signing a short-term bill “only if it includes a down payment on the wall.”For most of Thursday, both parties in conflicting ways to showed their sympathy for unpaid federal workers while yielding no ground in their fight over Trump’s demand to build a border wall with Mexico.last_img read more

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3 Oregon men sentenced for Vancouver mortgage scheme

first_imgThree Oregon men were handed prison sentences in federal court in Portland for their roles in a Vancouver-based mortgage brokerage service scheme.Chadwick Amsden, 32, was sentenced Tuesday by Judge Robert Jones to 27 months in prison and five years of supervised release. Joel Rosabal, 32, was sentenced Oct. 5 to 33 months in prison and five years of supervised release. Adam Perkins, 37, was sentenced Sept. 19 by Judge Ancer Haggerty to 21 months in prison and ordered to pay more than $1.2 million in restitution.The defendants did business as Lighthouse Financial Group in Vancouver, and Amsden and Rosabal were principals of a Washington corporation they called Cash Money Brothers Financial Group Inc., according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Portland.The case involved a large conspiracy involving the purchases of more than 20 properties that ripped off more than 10 lenders, federal prosecutors said. The defendants typically applied for loans for buyers who later obtained title to the properties. But the defendants inflated the sales prices in their fraudulent loan applications to cover their kickbacks.The kickbacks to Amsden ranged from $9,800 to $84,255, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Perkins’ kickbacks ranged from $30,000 to $65,000. The loss to lenders from the defendants’ scheme was more than $3.8 million.last_img read more

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Miami Beach Fire Rescue save man stranded on personal watercraft

first_imgHe was finally able to dial 911 and get the call through. Help was on its way.Cation said it was an emotional moment when he saw Miami Beach Fire Rescue crews coming to his aid.“It was a great feeling — ’cause your adrenaline. I’d been running on adrenal for, probably, a couple of hours, and when I saw them, this wave of emotion goes through you, and you’re like, ‘All right, this is going to be OK.’”Cation says the next time he goes on his personal watercraft, he’ll be more prepared.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. KEY BISCAYNE, FLA. (WSVN) – A man’s fun day on the water came to an abrupt end when his personal watercraft ran out of fuel, stranding him in the middle of the ocean.Cam Cation said he and his friend were on their way to Bimini from Crandon Park when a strong storm blew in, Monday.“We got lost, we were inside the storm,” Cation said. “We got separated. My emergency gear was knocked off. I was knocked off the skis. The swells increased dramatically.”Cation had no choice but to get back on his watercraft and head to shore. But on his way, he ran into some trouble on the water.“I made it all the way to about six miles out, and I ran out of fuel,” Cation said.Luckily, he was in cell phone range and made the call for help.“It was raining still, not heavy, but it was still raining,” he said. “I had a hard time dialing 911. I even asked Siri. ‘I was like Siri, 911,’ and she was like, ‘Siri not available.’” last_img read more

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With Medicaid expansion the chance for a fresh start

first_imgKenneth Taylor at the New Life Development center in Anchorage. Photo credit: Annie FeidtAlaskans have been able to sign up for Medicaid expansion for one month. Nearly 2,000 people have enrolled during that time.Download AudioKenneth Taylor signed up the first week and is anxiously waiting for his enrollment card.Taylor has two types of cancer, in his kidney and his prostate. He’s also trying to manage several chronic conditions, including high blood pressure, diabetes, sleep apnea and asthma.Taylor used to be on disability, but then he got caught selling cocaine. He went to prison for almost three years and lost his benefits. Now he lives in a halfway house called New Life Development, where he works as a cook part time to help pay for the crowded room he shares with another resident.He needs healthcare, but has no way to pay for insurance with his weekly paycheck of about $300. Before Medicaid expansion, Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center, and their sliding fee system, was Taylor’s only option for care.“I’m barely functioning, but I’m functioning and it would just take a lot of stress and tension off me if I did get approved for Obamacare for the simple fact of all day I think about, ‘how am I going to pay this bill? How am I going to get this medication? How am I going to get this one?’”So during the first week of September, Taylor signed up for Medicaid expansion with help from an enrollment specialist at the health center. He hasn’t received his benefits card in the mail yet, but once he does, even his appointments in September will be covered. For Taylor, the chance to access specialty care again, to check if his cancer is still in remission, is a huge relief.His doctor feels the same way. Jonathan Casurella is a family practice doctor who has worked at Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center for the past two years. He says before Medicaid expansion, he frequently had to tell patients they needed more advanced care he couldn’t provide.“A very common conversation I would have on a daily basis would be, ‘You need further treatment I can’t provide for you for your condition and I need to refer you to another provider.’ They would respond that they can’t afford it, so they would just have to do without.”Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center estimates about 4,000 of it’s patients are eligible for Medicaid expansion.Casurella says getting them enrolled can help transform their lives. He says many of his patients have untreated or minimally treated conditions that prevent them from working.“And they’re living off what they can afford and whatever support systems are available, whether through family members or the government. And to be able to get care for these patients, for them to be able to get the healthcare they need- they’re going to be able to go back to work.”Kenneth Taylor’s goal is to stay clean. He’s been in and out of prison since 1985, and now, he’s determined to stay out. He’s following the rules, like taking a daily breathalyzer test.He says having good healthcare will give him some peace of mind as he works to get his health- and his life back on track. In his words, it will give him the chance, “to do good instead of doing bad.”last_img read more

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Unalakleet community troopers search for missing woman

first_imgUnalakleet in the fall of 2014. (Photo: Caitlin Whyte, KNOM file)Search and rescue efforts in Unalakleet are entering their sixth day, as the community continues looking for 74-year-old Vivian Foote.Foote was reported missing Wednesday, Nov. 18, according to Alaska State Troopers, who arrived in Unalakleet on Friday to investigate and assist with the search. The Unalakleet Search and Rescue Team has led search efforts, organizing more than 120 volunteers to canvass the city on foot, by snow machine, and by boat.Middy Johnson is a coordinator with the rescue team, and he said more help arrived on Saturday.“We had four search dogs come into Unalakleet — three from Fairbanks and one from Anchorage,” said Johnson. “They’re cadaver dogs. They did half of the town on a grid. [Sunday], we’re continuing with the dogs on the other half of town, and we’ll expand it to the surrounding flats and beaches.”As of Monday morning, Johnson said searchers have found no sign of Foote.Rescue efforts escalated from door-to-door searches on the day Foote went missing to shoulder-to-shoulder sweeps across city limits the day after. And with high winds and blowing snow initially delaying the arrival of search dogs, Unalakleet community members also raised over $7,500 to charter a planeand bring them to town sooner.The search dogs combed the village over two days, before flying out of Unalakleet on Sunday with their handlers to avoid the incoming winter storm.Despite weather difficulties, Johnson said rescue volunteers are receiving support from the Unalakleet community and beyond.“We’re doing OK. We have our headquarters at the church basement, so people bring a lot of food and people come by to give support,” said Johnson. “It does get tiring a little bit, but right now we’re hanging in there.“And we’ve had plenty of calls from other communities that are on standby — just waiting for us if we want to expand it more and need more personnel. So we appreciate that, and we’ll just keep going until we’ve exhausted all our efforts or until we find her.”Vivian Foote was last seen walking near her home in Unalakleet early Wednesday afternoon. She may suffer from medical issues, according to a trooper dispatch.Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Vivian Foote should contact the Alaska State Troopers and the Unalakleet Search and Rescue Team.last_img read more

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Central government under pressure from tobacco industry ahead of WHO conference

first_imgThe Indian government is standing up against reported “pressure tactics” being employed by the $11 billion tobacco industry ahead of the November 7-12 World Health Organization (WHO) conference on the Global Anti-tobacco treaty: Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).Delegates from about 180 countries will aim to revise the treaty that has been in force since 2005. The treaty aims to deter tobacco use that kills around 6 million people a year.The industry in India, the world’s third-biggest tobacco producer says tough FCTC measures will threaten livelihoods among the estimated 46 million people linked to the sector and hence want Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government to soften its stance.To this effect, industry and farmer groups wrote to officials across government, requesting them to be allowed to attend the WHO FCTC conference and be part of India’s delegation. The agriculture ministry also received a near-6,000-page petition signed by more than 100,000 farmers seeking protection from FCTC rules.The event has also been criticized for lacking transparency as the past proceedings have been closed to the public and industry representatives. Discontent is also simmering in the industry, as measures imposed this year, has forced tobacco companies to print bigger health warnings on tobacco products.This month, a tobacco farmers’ group questioned the legality of India implementing the FCTC treaty and also asked the Delhi High Court to allow stakeholders entry into the conference proceedings. A judge last week asked the government to “consider” the plea, but did not rule on the other requests.”If we take them in the delegation, the Government of India may feel embarrassed. We will not act on these (lobbying documents),” one anonymous health ministry official was quoted saying to Reuters.On Thursday, nearly 1,000 tobacco farmers staged silent protests in Delhi, outside the federal health ministry and the WHO regional office.Meanwhile, WHO FCTC Convention Secretariat in Geneva said that it welcomes India’s stand, while adding that no country should have delegation members linked to the tobacco industry.Conference decisions on treaty provisions – designed for eventual implementation at national level by signatories – have a direct bearing on the global tobacco industry that Euromonitor International estimates is worth $784 billion this year.Topics for debate at conference include alternative livelihoods for tobacco farmers, e-cigarettes and trade and investment issues.Smoking kills more than 1 million people a year in India, BMJ Global Health estimates. The WHO says tobacco-related diseases cost the country $16 billion annually.last_img read more

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Road accident kills college student in Ctg

first_imgA 17-year-old college student was killed in a road accident in Bahaddarhat area under Chandgaon thana in the city on Sunday.The deceased is Mohammad Nazimur Rahman, a second year student of Bakalia Shahid NMMJ Degree College.Police said the accident occurred when a minibus collided head-on with a city-bound truck from Cox’s Bazar near Chandgaon police station in the city at 11:00 am, leaving Rahman critically injured.Locals brought the victim to Chittagong Medical College Hospital but the doctors declared him dead on arrival.last_img read more

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Disability Advocates Ask Feds To Continue To Investigate Monitor Special Ed In

first_img Listen 00:00 /01:29 When the Texas Education Agency tried to calm concerns with federal authorities over the state’s special education program, they promised they would make changes. But some advocates want the feds to continue to investigate.Those advocates worry that children with disabilities will continue to have limited access to services until Texas completely removes its benchmark for special education. State officials said they would provide updates to districts to clarify “recent confusion.”“I was disappointed because I didn’t see a clear confirmation of when and how TEA is going to eliminate this indicator that has kept special education in our state at 8.5 percent,” said Dustin Rynders, an attorney with Disability Rights Texas.That indicator started in 2004. Since then, data shows enrollment in special education in Texas has dropped steeply to the lowest rate in the country.In a recent letter to the U.S. Department of Education, Disability Rights Texas asked the feds to get details about how Texas will phase out that benchmark.What’s more, the agency detailed what they call inaccuracies in the state’s official explanation to the feds. For example, TEA reported that children with disabilities haven’t been denied services guaranteed by federal law. Rynders disputed that.“Additionally, they claim they never got a complaint because of the cap. And to me that was remarkable because it’s such a clear cut inaccuracy,” he added.Disability Rights Texas has complained formally and informally in different ways about the cap on special ed, starting more than two years ago. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: center_img X PexelsTexas officials denied they imposed any cap on special education in a letter to the U.S. Department of Education. Sharelast_img read more

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