Lalu’s son Tej Pratap to tie the knot with Aishwarya

first_imgTej Pratap, elder son of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad and former State Health Minister, will marry Aishwarya, daughter of RJD MLA Chandrika Rai and grand-daughter of former State Chief Minister Daroga Prasad Rai. Mr. Rai told mediapersons seeking confirmation of the news, “Yes, it is true.” Mr. Rai said the date is yet to be decided, although some sources said the wedding will take place on May 12 and the ring ceremony will be held at the end of this month. In the previous Mahagathbandhan (grand alliance) government, Mr. Rai was the Transport Minister. His father Daroga Prasad was CM of Bihar for less than a year, from February 16 to December 22, 1970. Tej Pratap is an RJD MLA from the Mahua Assembly constituency of Vaishali district.last_img read more

Clampdown on social media in Kashmir

first_imgA clampdown is under way in Jammu & Kashmir to contain circulation of fake news on social media platforms, especially through instant messaging service WhatsApp, as the police on Sunday identified several social media groups that were “responsible for” rioting in Srinagar last week.A police spokesman said several Facebook pages, WhatsApp groups and individuals using social media and circulating rumours had been identified in the July 12 case of arson during clashes in Srinagar’s Soura area. “A rumour was circulated on social media about security forces setting ablaze handcarts in Soura’s Anchar area. An investigation has been able to trace the rumour-mongers,” said the police. The authorities were adopting a multi-pronged strategy to end fake news and rumours on social media platforms, responsible in many cases for deterioration of the law and order situation in the Valley. Superintendent of Police (Kishtwar) Abrar A. Chowdhary has directed the administrator of a WhatsApp group ‘Youth for peace’ to register with the Deputy Commissioner. The police have warned of action if WhatsApp group adminstrators fail to register. The administration has invoked the Information Technology Act and Unlawful Activities Prevention Act in its order. Around 25 WhatsApp groups have registered with the Kishtwar administration already.“People glorifying militants on WhatsApp groups could face prison up to two years under the UAPA,” said the police.Sources in the police said the authorities will strictly implement the 2016 order that makes registration of administrators of WhatsApp groups with the deputy commissioner mandatory. Intrusion of privacy However, users and administrators of the social media claimed it was intrusion into their privacy. “We have family groups, sports groups and the groups where we share news to a closed group. What kind of a group is treated as a news platform remains undefined,” said a WhatsApp group admin.Without defining the social media news platforms, the Jammu and Kashmir government, in its order, has also warned action against the administrators of social media groups “for all the comments and remarks posted and for its repercussions.” The State has also regulated the usage of social media by its employees. “No government employee shall engage in any criminal, dishonest, immoral or notoriously disgraceful conduct on social media which may be prejudicial to the government,” reads an order of the General Administration Department.last_img read more

IOA chief overruled secretary on observer for boxing elections

first_imgMumbai, Sep 27 (PTI) Differences of opinion within the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) over sending an observer for the elections of the newly formed Boxing Federation of India on September 25 resulted in none present at the Sachin Tendulkar Gymkhana in Kandivli here, the venue of the elections and AGM.It was learnt by PTI through copies of official communication between IOA secretary general Rajeev Mehta and president N Ramachandran that while the former wanted to send an observer he was vetoed by the latter.Ramachandran sent a mail to Mehta on September 24 saying there was no need to send an observer and the reason he gave was that the IOA needed to “respect the decision taken by the members at the IOA AGM.”Mehta had earlier pointed out to Ramachandran that boxing “is a priority sport and is in limelight for non-existence of a recognised federation for quite some time now.”Mehta had also mentioned in his mail that the IOA was working with an ad hoc body (approved by world boxing body AIBA) and salaries of all officials, expenses and office space was being provided to the ad hoc body by IOA and not to any elected body.Mehta had also said that the entry of the boxing team at the August Rio Olympics “was finalised and sent to IOA by the ad hoc body.””Moreover, IOA has also received instructions from IOC to support the International Boxing Federation (AIBA) to send an observer from IOA for the election meeting being held on 25th September, 2016 in Mumbai,” Mehta wrote in his mail to Ramachandran.advertisement”Government of India has also recognised the ad hoc body recognised by AIBA and also sent their observer for the election meeting.”As you may recall that IOA didnt approve the affiliation of Boxing India because the International Federation didnt invite IOA observer for the meeting. Now the International Federation (AIBA) as well as IOC has requested IOA to send their observer,” Mehta wrote to Ramachandran. (More) PTI SSR NRB BS BS SSBlast_img read more

Poonam Raut got to know about her world record with Deeptia Sharma on WhatsApp

first_imgIndia’s Poonam Raut, who along with Deepti Sharma smashed centuries against Ireland and combined in a stand of 320 runs to record the highest partnership in women’s one-day international, said she had no idea about the milestone that they had created.”To be honest, I had no idea about the record in women’s ODIs and not even the one by the Sri Lankans,” Raut told ESPNcricinfo.It also marked the first 300-run stand in women’s cricket, eclipsing the 268-run partnership between England openers Caroline Atkins and Sarah Taylor against South Africa in 2008.Raut, 27, scored 109 before retiring hurt.Raut said she only got to know about the record through congratulatory messages on WhatsApp.”However, because I’ve always looked up to Sachin ever since my initiation into the game, I was aware of the 250-something opening partnership between him and Sourav (Ganguly) as being the highest by India. But even when we were closing in on the 300-run mark, little did we know we had already broken England women’s record (268 by Sarah Taylor and Caroline Atkins). It was only after our post-match recovery session in the pool that we go to know about the records from messages we received on our team’s WhatsApp group,” she added.India went on to score 358 for two before skittling Ireland for 109 to record a 249-run victory in a quadrangular series that also features hosts South Africa and Zimbabwe.”When we walked out to bat, our intent was clear: maximise our returns in the Powerplay and neither be overly cautious nor take unnecessary risks. Around 15 overs or so into the partnership, Poonam (di) and I kept reminding each other it’s important we punished the loose balls, and make sure the run rate didn’t drop,” Deepti said.advertisementThe 19-year-old Deepti hammered 24 boundaries and two sixes in her 160-ball innings to score 188, the second-highest individual score behind Australian Belinda Clark’s unbeaten 229 against Denmark 10 years ago.”After I got to my century, I decided to shift gears and challenged myself to score boundaries even off deliveries that would have otherwise fetched me ones or twos. I wasn’t being ambitious; I was only trying to implement a few plans,” she added.last_img read more

X-Blades New Styles Out Soon

first_imgThe Vibe 2.0 and Fortis Blue will be released soon in the runners, while the casual shoes to be released include the Reedeti, Edge Leather and Urban Red. For more information please click on the flyer below. Don’t forget to visit the X-Blades website in the lead up to the 2012 X-Blades National Touch League (NTL) for all of your footwear needs –, or they’ll once again be available from the X-Blades tent at NTL. Related Filesntls_runnersandcasualflyer-pdflast_img

Report: Oregon DC Jim Leavitt Leaving Ducks Program

first_imgA general view during the game between the Oregon Ducks and the Washington Huskies.EUGENE, OR – OCTOBER 08: A general view during the game between the Oregon Ducks and the Washington Huskies on October 8, 2016 at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. The Huskies defeated the Ducks 70-21. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)A major college football program’s defensive coordinator is reportedly moving on from his team. According to a report from 247Sports, Oregon defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt is leaving the Ducks football program for an unknown reason.The reports suggests head coach Mario Cristobal will promote co-defensive coordinator Keith Heyward to defensive coordinator. Heyward spent the 2017 season as the team’s safeties coach before his promotion to co-defensive coordinator for the 2018 season.As for Leavitt, he was hired by former Oregon head coach Willie Taggart ahead of the 2017 college football season. After Taggart left for Florida State, he attempted to lure Leavitt with him to coach the Seminoles, but Leavitt decided to stay in the Pac-12.Now it looks like he’ll be in search of a new opportunity.BREAKING: According to multiple sources, Defensive Coordinator Jim Leavitt is moving on from Oregon. Oregon is expected to promote its new DC from within the program.— Matt Prehm (@MattPrehm) February 14, 2019Rumors of Leavitt’s long term future with the Ducks came into question after Cristobal took over as the team’s head coach.After leading the Oregon defense in 2018, Leavitt will be on his way out as Cristobal takes full control of his staff at the university.The longtime South Florida head coach could look to get back into coaching a Group of Five program or perhaps take his talents to one of the developing professional leagues.Stay tuned for an official announcement from the team.last_img read more

Ferguson stands by criticism of Phoenix pay system as incomprehensible failure

first_imgOTTAWA – Auditor general Michael Ferguson is standing by his conclusion that the federal public service’s “obedient” culture led to the “incomprehensible failure” of the Phoenix pay system.Ferguson reiterated his criticisms Thursday before the House of Commons public accounts committee — just two days after the top federal civil servant blasted the auditor general’s critique of the public service as “an opinion piece.”Ferguson’s audit report last month concluded that the Phoenix system was an “incomprehensible failure” of project management and oversight, which led to green-lighting a system that wasn’t ready.The report said it was unfathomable that no one spoke up to say it wasn’t going to work and needed to be stopped; it blamed “an obedient culture” among public servants — a message Ferguson repeated at committee Thursday.Privy Council Clerk Michael Wernick disputed that conclusion during an appearance before the same committee earlier this week, accusing the auditor of making “sweeping generalizations” about public servants.The Phoenix system has resulted in thousands of federal civil servants being under-paid, over-paid or not paid at all.Ferguson is scheduled to appear before the committee again next week, when members said they intend to delve deeper into Wernick’s criticism of the auditor general’s message.last_img read more

Congress distances itself from Sam Pitrodas 1984 comment

first_imgNew Delhi: In a damage control move ahead of voting in Delhi for the Lok Sabha election, the Congress on Friday distanced itself from the controversial remarks of Sam Pitroda on 1984 anti-Sikh riots.In an official statement, the Congress said, “We continue to support the quest for justice and stern punishment for those found guilty in 1984 riots as also the subsequent acts of violence including the 2002 Gujarat riots. Any opinion remark made by any individual to the contrary, including Sam Pitroda is not the opinion of the Congress party.” In a statement, which was issued after Pitroda’s remarks drew criticism from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, the Congress said, “Violence and riots are unacceptable and unpardonable in our society. Indian National Congress and its leadership have strived to ensure justice for 1984 riot victims”. The grand old party has also advised all party leaders to be careful and sensitive while making statements on any issue. Meanwhile, Pitroda has apologized for his statements and claimed that his statements were blown out of proportion because his Hindi is not good. Pitroda claimed that his statements on the 1984 riots were twisted. “The statement I made was completely twisted, taken out of context because my Hindi isn’t good, what I meant was ‘jo hua vo bura hua,’ (what happened was bad), I couldn’t translate bura (bad) in my mind,” Pitroda clarified. Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala, who also tweeted the party’s official statement, said, “Riots and violence have no place in our society. Indian National Congress abhors violence of any kind, against any person or a group of people based on their caste, colour, region or religion”. While turning the table on BJP for fielding terror accused candidate in Lok Sabha elections, the Congress said, “Unlike the BJP, which has decided to field a candidate charged with terror crimes and is being lauded as its face by none less than Narendra Modi himself, Congress has shown the moral and political courage to punish people and leaders accused of violence/role in 1984.” “This is the yardstick of self-imposed accountability and sense of justice to people followed by the Congress, unlike the BJP,” the Congress said. Scaling up its attack on BJP, the Congress, in its statement said, “For BJP, riots are vote garnering exercise in every election, instead of ensuring justice and closure. People should see through this Machiavellian game of deception, distraction and distortion by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.” On Thursday, Sam Pitroda, who is the president of the Indian Overseas Congress, had made the comment when he was asked about the BJP’s claim that the Nanavati Commission that probed the 1984 carnage had recorded that “instructions to kill” came directly from the office of then PM Rajiv Gandhi. “I don’t think so, this is also another lie, and what about 1984? Ab kya hai 1984 ka? Aapne kya kiya 5 saal mein, uski baat kariye. 1984 mein hua to hua. Aapne kya kiya? (You speak about what you have done in five years. It happened in 1984, so what? What have you done),” Pitroda had told a private news agency. The comment was seized by the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who, at a public rally, called it an egregious display of arrogance by the Congress. “Congress, which ruled for a long time, has been insensitive and that is reflected by the three words spoken yesterday…these words have not been spoken just like that, these words are character and mentality and intentions of the Congress. And which were these words, these were ‘hua to hua’,” PM Modi said. The BJP’s Delhi unit has asked the police to file an FIR against Pitroda.last_img read more

Bahrain Wants to Boost Tourism Cooperation with Morocco

Rabat – Bahrain is interested in boosting cooperation with Morocco in all sectors, including tourism.The executive chairman of the Bahraini Tourism and Exhibition Administration, Cheikh Khaled Ben Hamoud Al-Khalifa, announced his country’s interest in Morocco’s tourism sector during a meeting with the Moroccan ambassador to Bahrain, Ahmed Rachid Khattabi.The Bahraini official also welcomed training sessions offered by Moroccan managers and artisans in Bahrain as part of the Executive Arts and Crafts Program adopted by Morocco and Bahrain in September 2016. According to Al Khalifa, the tourism cooperation between Morocco and Bahrain is one of the pillars of the strategy of the Bahraini Economic Development Authority. The Moroccan ambassador said that the discussion focused on measures to reinforce tourism exchanges, in light of the launch of a direct flight between Morocco and Bahrain.Khattabi also spoke about the “success” of the Moroccan-Bahraini Week of Crafts, which took place in September 2016 in Manama.According to the diplomat, the event consolidated and diversified the range of cooperation between the two countries in tourism.The event, according to Khattabi, was also a successful experience that offered the opportunity to optimize a national plan to promote tourism.In July, a report from BMI research forecasted that tourism revenues will continue to support Morocco’s economy.BMI stated that the sector generated revenues totaling MAD 70 billion in 2017.The number of overseas visitors entering Morocco reached 11.35 million, a 10 percent increase from 2016. read more

UN names team for upcoming talks with Iraqi officials in Vienna

The UN’s official delegation, to be led by Secretary-General Kofi Annan, will include Hans Blix, the Executive Chairman of the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC), Mohammed ElBaradei, the Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Hans Corell, the UN Legal Counsel, and Yuli Vorontsov, the High Level Coordinator on Iraq, according to UN spokesman Fred Eckhard. The Iraqis have not yet submitted their delegation list to the UN, Mr. Eckhard told reporters in New York.Asked whether Mr. Vorontsov’s participation indicated that the topic of missing Kuwaiti people and property had been added to the agenda of the talks, the spokesman recalled that following the last round, the Iraqis had announced their willingness to return a “substantial amount” of the Kuwaiti national archive and discussions in Vienna were expected to touch on the mechanism for facilitating that transfer. “Missing persons is also within Mr. Vorontsov’s remit, but whether it will come up or not, we can’t say but we would of course be prepared to discuss that should the Iraqis wish to,” he added.To a question on when the sanctions against Iraq would be lifted, Mr. Eckhard replied, “That is dependent on the full implementation of the Security Council resolutions relating to Iraq, so the Council has laid out the path for the listing of sanctions and that is the path that the Secretary-General is asking Iraq to take.”He added that it would be difficult to predict a timeframe, saying, “How long it will take to get down that path is anyone’s guess.”The Vienna talks are set to take place on 4 and 5 July at the UN headquarters in the Austrian capital. The previous rounds were held in New York on 7 March and from 1 to 3 May. read more

UN weapons inspectors in Iraq prepare for resumption of arms probe

The 17 experts from the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will hold their first inspections “early in the morning tomorrow,” according to spokesman Hiro Ueki. The team will be based at the Baghdad Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Centre.In a related development, Dimitri Perricos, the Director of UNMOVIC’s Division of Planning and Operations, who is leading the chemical, biological and missiles inspection team, and Jacques Baute, who is leading the IAEA Iraq Action Team in the nuclear field, briefed the press today on ways and means of conducting their respective work. In other news, the UN office overseeing the humanitarian oil-for-food programme, which allows Iraq to use a portion of its crude revenues to purchase relief aid, reported today that Baghdad last week exported more than double the amount of oil of the previous week. The 17.1 million barrels earned an estimated $365 million. read more

David Beckham defends his decision to kiss 7yearold daughter on lips

first_imgDavid Beckham has defended his decision to post a picture of himself kissing his daughter on Instagram.In the picture, he is kissing 7-year-old Harper on the lips.This caused some controversy, with some critics saying the picture was “inappropriate”.One wrote “David, to kiss lips of your daughter that’s wrong,” and another said “to be honest kissing your daughter on the lips is a little weird”. Angered social media users posted abusive comments on the picture, saying it was a “horrible” and “controversial” picture.Some even wrote it was “disgusting” that she kissed her daughter on the lips.However, parents at the time hit back at the trolls by showing it is normal to kiss your children.They showed support for Victoria Beckham by posting photographs of themselves kissing their children on the lips. Victoria Beckham had previously been criticised for kissing Harper on the lips. However, others said it was a charming display of fatherly affection.One wrote: “If anyone has anything bad to say about this picture they need to look at themselves I think it says more about you than it does the Beckhams theres nothing but love here”.And another said: “I feel sorry for any child that does not receive love and affection from their parents, but my god don’t resent what you didn’t get as a child.. beautiful photo”. “We want to show our kids love and we protect them, look after them, and support them, and we’re very affectionate with them.” In a Facebook Live discussion, Mr Beckham said he is “very affectionate” with his children as that was how he was brought up.He said: “I got actually criticised for kissing my daughter on the lips the other day. I kiss all my kids on the lips.”Brooklyn, maybe not. Brooklyn’s 18, he might find that a little bit strange. But I’m very affectionate with the kids. It’s how I was brought up and Victoria, and it’s how we are with our children. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

BlackBerry OS 7 Bold 9900 and 9930 officially announced

first_imgRIM kicked off BlackBerry World 2011 in Orlando today, and the company wasted no time in revealing two new handsets — the Bold 9900 and 9930, complete with the shined-up BlackBerry OS 7. At 10.5mm thick, they’re the thinnest BlackBerry handsets to date and they’re also the first to come with the re-badged operating system (which was slated to be version 6.1 early on).Both the 9900 and 9930 feature 1.2 GHz processors and 768MB of memory, 2.8″ capacitive touch screens at 640 x 480 pixels and 287 DPI, 8GB of internal storage, NFC support, and a 5MP camera with 720P video recording capabilities. The 9900 is HSPA+ and quad-band GSM while the 9930 is ready to rock on CDMA networks, and both feature the trademark BlackBerry QWERTY keyboard.AdChoices广告As for the BlackBerry OS, one of the key additions in version 7 is a much-improved Web browser. In addition to supporting HTML5 technologies (including the

Legends of Tomorrow Takes Time Off from Superhero Antics

first_imgStay on target DC TV Comes to NYCC, Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker Grin & More DC NewsOur Favorite TV Superheroes Ranked For a show about time-traveling superheroes, there wasn’t very much time-traveling or superheroics on last night’s episode of Legends of Tomorrow. Instead, we got a character-driven episode focusing our confusingly-named team of bad guys, The Legion of Doom. They have Rip Hunter, and only he can help them find the Spear of Destiny. Or he would be able to if he had his memories. As it stands now, no amount of torture or hypnosis can get the information out of him. The memories are actually gone.Damien Darhk tries torture again nonetheless because that’s just what he does. This time, he notices something. A tooth that looks too clean. He extracts it and finds that the tooth actually contains account information for a safety deposit box. The Legion travels to 2025 Switzerland and tries to force rip to access the box. Unfortunately, he doesn’t remember the code that will allow him access. All the while, Darhk, and Malcolm Merlyn are bickering over the proper way to gain access to the vault. Darhk would prefer to kill everyone.The infighting and backstabbing among the Legion makes this a great episode. Merlyn was always a fun villain, and watching him argue with the more sadistic Darhk added an interesting dynamic the show hadn’t yet explored. It’s, even more, fun to hear them rag on each other for going up against Green Arrow and losing badly. Eventually, Rip helps them catch onto the fact that Eobard Thawne doesn’t treat them as equals. Which is especially weird because, as a time-travelling speedster; it’s not clear why he needs them so badly in the first place. After a brief (and very cool) knife fight, Rip points out that Thawne wants them at each other’s throats. It keeps them from asking questions.Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman) loves a good knife fight. (Photo via The CW)The two men put down their blades and decide to work together. They break into the bank at night, leaving behind a trail of dead bodies. Darhk was able to torture the vault’s access code out of a security guard. They access Rip’s deposit box and find a strange device. Thawne appears and explains that it’s an invention from 100 years further into the future. It stores all of Rip Hunter’s memories.Meanwhile, on the Waverider, Amaya suggests they track down the remaining pieces of the Spear using the compass. Since none of them know exactly how to do that, they need a technical solution. To find that, they need more brainpower aboard the ship. Martin has just the person in mind. They travel to 2017 Central City and pick up his daughter, Lily. She and Ray click immediately and begin working on the way to patch the compass into Gideon.They’re successful, but Mick accidentally mentions that Lily is an aberration. Because he’s still kind of an ass. She is understandably freaked out by this news, but even more disturbed by the revelation that her father never wanted her. Not knowing what to say, Martin tries to drown his feelings in a glass of brandy. Fortunately, Jax is there to straighten him out. Martin tells Lily everything, and most importantly, tells her he loves her. D’awww.Mick Rory (Dominic Purcell) spills the beans to Lily Stein (Christina Brucato), to Ray Palmer’s (Brandon Routh) dismay. (Photo via The CW)While all the sentimental stuff is going on, Sara, Nate, and Amaya try to talk through the Legion of Doom’s actions. They’re asking the same questions Darhk and Merlyn are. Why does a time-travelling speedster need two skilled henchmen? For that matter, why does he need the Spear at all if he can travel through time and rewrite history? Martin remembers an important detail that sheds light on the answer. Thawne shouldn’t exist. He was erased from time when Eddie killed himself at the end of season one of The Flash. He needs the Spear, and Merlyn and Darhk, because he’s running from something.They figure it out around the same time Merlyn and Darhk do. They trap him inside the vault and say they won’t open it unless he promises to treat them as equals. Thawne reveals that the only reason he exists now is because Barry Allen plucked him out of his timeline before he was erased. So this whole season is because of Flashpoint. Once again, everything is Barry’s fault. Now, Thawne has to run constantly because he’s being pursued by a time wraith. That’s why he’s never around.It’s not just any time wraith, though. It’s Black Flash, the wraith that Zoom became at the end of The Flash season two. He can sense the speed force, and he’s just caught up with Thawne. Thawne promises to treat his team as a team if they help him survive. Merlyn deduces that Black Flash won’t be able to sense Thawne if he stands perfectly still. Suddenly we’re using Jurassic Park rules? In any case, they work. Black Flash can’t find Thawne, and the Legion overpowers him long enough to lock him in a vault. Since he won’t be trapped for long, Thawne advises his team to run.Black Flash is trapped… for now. (Photo: Screenshot via CW)Back at their hideout, the Legion restores Rip’s memory. Only they’ve made a few changes. He’s a villain now, as evidenced by Rip showing up during the American Revolution and shooting George Washington. Guess we know where the Legends are going next week.Despite being light on the superhero hijinks, we’ve come to expect from this series, Legends of Tomorrow turned in a great character-driven episode this week. The Legion of Doom has a concrete goal and a clear motive. Now that they’re working together (and seem to have Rip Hunter) on their side, they should pose a more formidable threat for the Legends. The personal stories that dominated this episode were well-written and down-to-earth, which was a nice break from the usual action. Legends may be known for ridiculous time-travelling superhero spectacle, but it’s at its best when it slows down and gives its characters room to grow. It will most likely go back to the over-the-top heroics next week, but it’s nice that, every once in a while, it gives us something like this.last_img read more

Homeless counts climb in Washington, Oregon

first_imgA federal report released Monday found homelessness was up 5.6 percent in Washington and 3.7 percent in Oregon, two of 19 states to report an increase in the number of people experiencing homelessness.In both states, the majority of homeless people are unsheltered. California saw a slight decrease of 1.2 percent, as the number of people living on the streets fell in Los Angeles and San Diego, two epicenters of the homelessness crisis, suggesting possible success in those cities’ efforts to combat the problem.Cities along the West Coast have driven the overall spike in the number of homeless people nationwide in recent years. This year’s count continued that trend, showing 552,800 people without homes across the country, up by about 2,000 from 2017, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s point-in-time tally. It was the second consecutive increase after seven straight years of declines.Kate Budd, executive director of the Vancouver-based Council for the Homeless, attributed homelessness along the West Coast to unaffordable rents. She said low-income people devote 40 to 60 percent of their income toward rent, sometimes even 90 percent if they’re on a fixed income.“The more of their income that’s going toward rent, the more likely they are to fall into homelessness,” she said.Point-in-time countsHUD’s report, which was sent to Congress, is based on data gathered during point-in-time counts conducted every January across the country. During Clark County’s single-day census of the homeless population, 795 people were counted, a 6 percent increase from 2017.last_img read more

Jamie Vardy out with a groin injury

first_imgLeicester City manager Claude Puel has revealed that striker Jamie Vardy is sidelined with a groin injury and will miss their game against Tottenham on Saturday.Vardy missed Leicester City’s 1-1 draw at Craven Cottage on Wednesday due to the groin injury, and Puel has now confirmed that the 31-year-old will not be available for selection on Saturday when they host Tottenham Hotspur.“Jamie won’t be available. We will protect him, he has a little pain and I hope he can recover after 10 days,” Puel told Sky Sports.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“If we push him perhaps it will be a big injury and I want to protect him.“I hope we can have Jamie for Crystal Palace, but I am not sure. We will see if he will improve his feeling and see when we can use him.“It’s just something about the pain and we needed to be careful. We have to respect the rest so he can come back into the squad.”last_img read more

Enlisted Project hosting an educational resource fair for entire family

Gopalganj bus collision kills 4

first_imgAt least four people were killed and 23 others injured in a head-on collision between two buses on Dhaka-Barisal highway at Chagolchera area in Muksudpur upazila of Gopalganj district on Monday.The deceased were identified as – Abul Shikder, 45, a bus driver, Kawser, 15, of Barguna, Monoj Kumar, 45, of Madaripur district and Munni Akter, 18, hailing from Bhola.Officer in Charge of Muksudpur Police Station Azizur Rahman said a Barisal-bound bus of BRTC collided head-on with Dhaka-bound bus of Golden Line at 1:30pm leaving Abul Shikder and Kawser dead on the spot.The injured were taken to upazila health complex where doctors declared Monoj and Munni dead.last_img read more

Journal shines a light on the high cost of indirect spending as

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2014 Credit: Nature, doi:10.1038/515326a. US Department of Health and Human Services; NIH RePORTER database Ledford (backed by a team of researchers at Nature) notes that scanning data obtained via the Freedom of Information Act, reveals that there are huge differences in reimbursement rates between different universities—an indication, perhaps, of a lack of standardization in the process. She also notes that the records show that in addition to doling out reimbursements for costs directly associated with research, the government also gives money back to institutions for such things as library subscriptions, Internet access, electricity, and a whole host of over overhead items. Indeed, she and her team found instances of the government paying for depreciation on buildings and even interest on debt.The problem lies perhaps with legislation in the 1960’s that allowed those that receive grants to negotiate with the government entities that provide the money. While this might seem to benefit certain entities (those with the best negotiators), the data shows that virtually all of those entities that receive grants don’t get reimbursed at the levels specified in the grants due to caps and other regulations—few they note get more than 70 percent. The result is that research institutions, which are mainly universities, are finding it more and more difficult to maintain their research initiatives, as they are often money drains.Another interesting bit of information gleaned from the data—just nine universities receive approximately a sixth (a billion dollars) of all funds given out for research—not coincidently, they also tend to negotiate higher than average amounts of reimbursement—Johns Hopkins University, tops the list, receiving almost half the billion all by itself.Ideally, Ledford notes, every penny given out by the government would go towards the direct costs involved in providing research—but realistically, that ideal won’t work. Researchers do their research in buildings that involve overhead and other indirect costs, and expecting institutions to cover those themselves isn’t sustainable. To counter arguments against paying for such costs, she suggests making the entire system more transparent so that anyone looking can very easily see where the money goes and why it’s needed. Citation: Journal shines a light on the high cost of indirect spending as part of research grants (2014, November 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from More information: Indirect costs: Keeping the lights on, … he-lights-on-1.16376center_img ( —Heidi Ledford, a staff writer for the journal Nature, has posted a News Feature piece in the current issue of the journal highlighting how much of tax dollars are now going to support indirect spending when the government hands out research grants. In her piece, Ledford notes that a maze of regulations and indirect costs are making it more difficult for universities and other institutions to carry out their research and suggests that more transparency in the process might make things easier to “bear.” Journal information: Nature Research collaboration among multiple institutions is growing trend Explore furtherlast_img read more

Kevin Mawae Delivers Unreal Speech About Greatness to ASU Football After HOF

first_imgKevin Mawae was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame over the weekend and gave an incredible induction speech, in which he thanked his dad for instilling the work ethic in him that would eventually make him an 8-time Pro Bowl center and get him to Canton.“People always ask “who were your greatest role models and who did you look up to growing up?” The answer has always been YOU” @KevinMawae on his parents being his greatest role models. #PFHOF19— Pro Football Hall of Fame (@ProFootballHOF) August 4, 2019 Advertisement Instead of soaking up the glory of his ultimate career achievement, Mawae showed up the very next day to attend the first day of Arizona State training camp, where he serves as the O-line coach. While still wearing his gold jacket, he delivered an unbelievable speech to his players about what it takes to be great. It turns out Mawae is pretty good at this speech thing.WARNING: Make sure you’re not anywhere near a wall when you watch this or you’ll likely get down in a 3-point stance and run through it.🗣 Upon his return from Canton, @KevinMawae challenged the team to do one thing.— Sun Devil Football (@ASUFootball) August 6, 2019last_img read more