The Mizo National Front (MNF) government led by Zoramthanga has taken a step toward prohibition by deciding to ban the sale of liquor during Christmas festivities in Christian-majority Mizoram.Reimposing prohibition, lifted partially in 2015, was one of the main poll promises of the MNF, which wrested power from the Congress after a decade by winning 26 seats in the 40-member Mizoram Assembly.In its first Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, the government decided to declare dry days from December 21 to January 14 next year and shut all liquor shops operated by the State agencies. The ban on sale of liquor during the period also applies to private vendors.Ngurchungnunga Sailo, the Commissioner of Mizoram’s Excise and Narcotics Department, subsequently issued an order cancelling the retail liquor vending permit of five Mizoram Police battalions, the State’s Home Guards and three State-run corporations. “We have decided to immediately stop sale of alcohol by government agencies. Prohibiting private players requires a legislation that will take time. So we have decided to have dry days from December 21 to January 14 as an interim measure,” the Chief Minister said in State capital Aizawl on Tuesday.Total prohibition was first imposed in Mizoram via the Mizoram Liquor Total Prohibition Act of 1995 during the Congress rule in 1995. The Congress replaced this act by the Mizoram Liquor Prohibition and Control Act, 2014 to bring in ‘controlled prohibition’.The first liquor shop was opened in Aizawl on March 16, 2015.The Mizoram government has not disclosed how much it earns as revenue from sale of alcohol, but officials said prohibition would result in the State government losing an average ₹70 crore.Former Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla said total prohibition could not check the flow of alcohol in Mizoram and only helped bootleggers who brought cheap liquor from adjoining Assam to sell at exorbitant prices in the State. Officials also attributed Mizoram’s drug abuse to ban on alcohol.Mizoram has for long battled narcotic substances such as heroin and methamphetamine that come in from Myanmar across the porous border.
Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant New Knicks regime open to moving on with or without Carmelo View comments Robert Bolick. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSan Beda took out its frustrations on St. Benilde en route to a 76-52 rout to bounce back in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Losing to Lyceum, 96-91, last Friday, the Red Lions roared to their second victory in three outings in convincing fashion, with Robert Bolick doing it all with his nine points, 11 rebounds, and six assists.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. “It’s really their character that led them to bounce back,” lamented coach Boyet Fernandez. “Probably with the loss (to Lyceum), it showed that our players aren’t really matured in that game.”Javee Mocon led San Beda with 12 markers, eight boards, and five dimes to anchor the balanced attack for his squad, while AC Soberano pumped nine points on a 3-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsEngaged in a tight contest early, San Beda pulled away from a 21-all deadlock with a scathing 16-3 blast to grab a 37-24 halftime edge before erecting a lead as high as 29, 76-47, with a Clint Doliguez basket with 2:00 remaining.“We started really flat in the first quarter. The guys were really excited, but we needed move on from that loss,” said Fernandez. “We had a bad start, but our defense led us back in the second quarter and we finished strong.” Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Clement Leutcheu paced St. Benilde (1-2) with 10 points and five rebounds, while Kendrix Belgica and JJ Domingo both scored eight markers in the loss.The Scores:SAN BEDA 76 – Mocon 12, Bolick 9, Soberano 9, Tongco 8, Potts 7, Noah 6, Doliguez 6, Carino 6, Presbitero 4, Bahio 4, Abuda 3, Tankoua 2, Oftana 0, Adamos 0, Cabanag 0.ST. BENILDE 52 – Leutcheu 10, Belgica 8, Domingo 8, Pili 7, Dixon 6, Sta. Maria 6, Naboa 4, Young 3, San Juan 0, Castor 0, Bunyi 0, Johnson 0, Suarez 0.Quarters: 16-15, 37-24, 62-44, 76-52.ADVERTISEMENT El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
All the members of the Indian team are fit for tomorrow’s World Cup semi-final clash against Pakistan, according to captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni who today strongly urged his teammates not to get distracted by the hype surrounding the high-voltage clash and just focus on the game.Dhoni said Indo-Pak cricket matches tend to generate such media hype and it was important for the players not to get sucked into the frenzy and lose focus of the task at hand.”Well, we know the kind of hype media India-Pakistan matches generate. We are not getting involved in all this. We need to know what we are expected to do and focus on that,” Dhoni said at the pre-match media conference in Mohali.”All this is part of cricket and we have to accept it.But the key is not to get involved. We will have the biggest distinguished guests (referring to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Pakistan PM Yousuf Raza Gilani) to see the match, we have to be at our best,” Dhoni said.Asked whether the excessive hype would affect the Indians who are playing at home, the Indian skipper said, “It is not really affecting us. We all know it is a big tournament and we have prepared a lot. Our preparations have been the same like what we have done in the past few days.”Dhoni was not unduly worried about his batting form and reckoned that he had just not got opportunities to score big though he has been striking the ball well.advertisementAsked specifically if pressure of captaincy was taking a toll on his batting, Dhoni responded: “It is only a cricketing aspect, nothing to do with form. I have been batting quite well. Sometimes the situations are not great to play flamboyant cricket. In the Bangladesh match, such a situation was there but I didn’t get to bat.””If you are batting at No 5, 6, or 7, you don’t get to bat much if the top order scores. I think the last game (against Australia) was ideal but it went straight to a fielder. It does not go your way always. Form has not been a worry,” he added.– With PTI inputs
Buoyed by an upset victory over high-flying Mumbai Indians, Deccan Chargers would play for pride when they clash with Pune Warriors in a battle between low-ranked outfits at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai on Monday.The 10-run victory in a low-scoring thriller over Sachin Tendulkar’s strong Mumbai franchise has given the Chargers an ideal fillip.The contest is a revenge clash too for the Chargers following the defeat against the Warriors in the first leg in Hyderabad five days ago.Both the teams have eight points in their kitty.The Warriors must be pleased with the way their bowlers and fielders defended the small total of 135 against the formidable Sachin Tendulkar-led Mumbai and would be looking for an encore.Deccan have shown on occasions that when their batsmen put up a good score, they have variety in their bowling attack, spearheaded by Dale Steyn ( who sat out against Mumbai) and comeback man Ishant Sharma, to put any batting line- up under pressure.Ishant bowled with fire and purpose to pack off two of Mumbai’s top run getters of the season – Ambati Rayudu and Rohit Sharma – cheaply to slow Tendulkar’s team’s progress on Saturday.With Amit Mishra providing good variety with his leg spin, Deccan TV time Pune vs Deccan Live from Navi Mumbai, on Set Max from 8 pm needed a few more players to come good and no one did it better than Anand Rajan, the tall and well built medium pacer from Madhya Pradesh, who picked three wickets in his maiden match. It’s in batting the Chargers have faltered with only captain Kumar Sangakkara performing well.advertisementPune also have been struggling after having started their debut season with a bang – two wins on the trot – and then going off the boil with a string of defeats.Their qualification hopes have been dashed, but Yuvraj Singh and his team, boosted by the late signing of former India skipper Sourav Ganguly, have the batting credentials to put up a big score or chase well.Ganguly, brought into the team after Ashish Nehra was ruled out, provided the spark with an unbeaten 32 against the Chargers on May 10.The good show by the top three batsmen enabled the Warriors to overhaul their rivals’ modest tally with six wickets to spare. Captain Yuvraj and Mitchell Marsh, who took four wickets, were the bowling heroes in that game.Alphonso Thomas had been benched after a poor show in Pune’s last home match against Mumbai, but the South African is expected to get a look- in on a surface on which he has bowled well previously. The Warriors had arrested their losing streak against Kings XI Punjab at Mohali. With back- to- back wins, the Warriors also go into the contest on a high.
Ziox Mobiles on Monday launched a new smartphone- QUIQ Flash 4G in an exclusive tie up with Shopclues.com for its sale. The smartphone is available in Black and Champagne colors and will cost Rs 4,444 to its buyers. The USP of f the smartphone is the VoLTE support along with additional support of 21 indic languages.The smartphone features 5-inch FWVGA display with Asahi Dragon-trail glass touch board, that is touted as 6 times stronger than the other regular glass. Also it makes the screen resistant to scratches and wreck in case of any accidental drop. The smartphone is supported by a 2450mAh battery.QUIQ Flash 4G is powered by a 1.3 GHZ Quad core processor which is coupled with 1GB RAM and 8GB of inbuilt storage which is expandable up to 32GB via microSD card.Talking about the camera, the smartphone sports a 5-megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and flash and on the front sits a 2-megapixel camera for selfies. The connectivity options on board are Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Micro-USB, and GPS.”We are very delighted to be associated with Shopclues.com for the first product of our QUIQ series “QUIQ Flash 4G” which comes with the latest updates at a very affordable price. The association would help us take a step ahead and promote our brand exclusively in the e-tail market helping our brand rule at the online platform as well,” said Deepak Kabu, Chief Executive Officer, Ziox Mobiles at the launch.Also Read: Google Pixel 2 to be powered by Snapdragon 835 SoC, tough fight for Xiaomi Mi 6, OnePlus 5advertisementSpeaking on the partnership with Ziox Mobiles, Nitin Kochhar, vice president, ShopClues said, “The All new Ziox QUIQ Flash 4G comes enabled with 4G VoLTE/ ViLTE & 8GB of internal storage to provide immersive entertainment experience to its customers. It is also equipped with the ground-breaking DragonTrail Tough Glass feature, which is a first in this budget segment. It also comes with a 5-inch display, is user-friendly and an absolute value for money, a promise that ShopClues has time and again delivered on, through its products. We are certain that ShopClues customers are going to be delighted with the easy accessibility that we’ve provided to them for this outstanding line of devices.”
Transfers Aubameyang once a target for Real Madrid, but Everton move now a possibility Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 01:44 12/9/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Premier League Borussia Dortmund Everton Bundesliga Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Toffees manager Sam Allardyce has refused to rule out an approach for the Borussia Dortmund striker when the January transfer window opens Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could “possibly” end up at Everton, with Sam Allardyce refusing to rule out a move for the Borussia Dortmund striker.The Gabon international is a proven performer at the highest level, having found the target 139 times in 209 appearances for his current club – including a personal best 40-goal haul last season.Those efforts have seen him register on the transfer radar of clubs across Europe, with La Liga giants Real Madrid reported to have been closely monitoring his situation at one stage. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player That interest appears to have passed, however, and Aubameyang is now being heavily linked with a switch to the Premier League, with goal-shy Everton among his many suitors.Pressed on whether an approach could be made in the January window, new Toffees boss Sam Allardyce told reporters: “Possibly.”It is the hardest thing to recruit today, a centre-forward who scores goals and is the right type of centre-forward who scores goals for you. That’s the most expensive area on the pitch today.“We’ve a number of players here who have reasonably good goalscoring records who haven’t settled in – [Oumar] Niasse when he came from Russia, but has scored a few this year.”And Sandro [Ramirez] who hasn’t quite settled yet but scored lots of goals at Malaga last year.”There are people who have scored goals here but if there’s one out there that’s ready and ready-made it would be 1) expensive and 2) you have to ask is it the right one?”It’s my opinion that my first signing has to be correct, has to be the right signing for Everton and for my future.”Because if you make bad signings you get the sack. If you make good signings you become a better manager.”Everton spent big over the summer but have been unable to bring in a suitable successor to Romelu Lukaku following his £75 million move to Manchester United.Aubameyang would help to fill those boots, but he will not come cheap either and the Toffees will need to see more funds made available if they are to address a problem area in their squad. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
TwitterNebraska players’ protest on Saturday has not been met kindly by everyone associated with the University.Ahead of the Huskers’ game against Northwestern, three Nebraska players—Michael Rose-Ivey, DaiShon Neal and Mohamed Barry—took part in the protests popularized by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, taking a knee during the national anthem.Hal Daub, a UNL regent and former mayor of Omaha, believes the three players should be kicked off of the team for their actions. He discussed this stance with the Lincoln Journal-Star:“It’s a free country. They don’t have to play football for the university either.“They know better, and they had better be kicked off the team,” he added. “They won’t take the risk to exhibit their free speech in a way that places their circumstance in jeopardy, so let them get out of uniform and do their protesting on somebody else’s nickel.”On Monday, Rose-Ivey said that he and his teammates have received death threats and serious backlash for their protests. Head coach Mike Riley has come out in support of his players after the protest. From Omaha.com:“Michael approached me about it and wanted to talk to the team,” coach Mike Riley said. “And so we set a time this morning — after one of our walk-throughs — so he could explain to the team. I didn’t know anybody else was going to do it, but that’s OK. This is obviously a choice they have made for personal reasons and that’s the beautiful thing about the United States that they can do that.”We would be pretty shocked if Riley and Nebraska discipline the three players at all after that Monday statement. Still, if the protests continue, we expect to hear plenty more from those, like Daub, who disagree with their actions.Nebraska football hosts Illinois on Saturday. We will see if the Nebraska players’ protest continues in Week 5.[Lincoln Journal-Star]
Over the next three years, small business owners will benefit from training and other support services under a partnership between the National Development Foundation of Jamaica (NDFJ) and the Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSME) Alliance. Story Highlights Representatives from both entities formalised this partnership with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the offices of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, in New Kingston, on June 22. For his part, President of the MSME Alliance, Donovan Wignal, noted that with this training, the number of small businesses that fail, normally 80 per cent, will be reduced. Over the next three years, small business owners will benefit from training and other support services under a partnership between the National Development Foundation of Jamaica (NDFJ) and the Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSME) Alliance.Representatives from both entities formalised this partnership with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the offices of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, in New Kingston, on June 22.The NDFJ and MSME Alliance will, initially, offer training courses and workshops as well as back-office support to small businesses.Other business support services are expected to be offered over the life of the agreement.Director General of the Industry Ministry, Vivian Brown, welcomed the partnership as “extremely timely… and highly commendable”, which he noted is in line with the Government’s increased emphasis on the development of the MSME sector.He said that the assistance of private-sector entities, such as the NDFJ and MSME Alliance, is crucial to the Administration’s continued thrust to provide an enabling environment for the growth of small businesses.Mr. Brown said he is pleased that the capacity building that will be provided under the MOU will help businesses to better deal with some of the obstacles to doing business, such as access to capital.In the meantime, Chairman of the NDFJ, Dalma James, said he is confident that the expertise the Foundation will impart to small business owners will redound to the good of the sector.“We are hoping that at the end of the day, we will have business operators who are more educated, more focused, will be able to better manage their business and, by natural extension, they will be seen as less risky. If they are less risky, then the commercial banks and other financial institutions will be more inclined to lend money to these businesses,” he said.The NDFJ operates a Centre of Excellence which provides training, education and professional back-office support and consultancy for entrepreneurs.For his part, President of the MSME Alliance, Donovan Wignal, noted that with this training, the number of small businesses that fail, normally 80 per cent, will be reduced.“This is one more option added to the mix of available training for small businesses, one more avenue for small businesses to break that glass ceiling, to matriculate into major business going forward, and to make themselves more sustainable,” he said.The MSME Alliance is a small-business support organisation which lobbies on behalf of its members.
My location Print Close 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站？确定 Global Maritime, January 17, 2014 zoom Beacon Holdings Group has ordered a harsh environment semi-submersible GM4-D rig from Yantai CIMC Raffles. They have also secured an option to build a second rig from the shipyard.The rig they have ordered has been given the name Beacon Atlantic, and planned delivery is the fourth quarter of 2016. Beacon Atlantic will be built using the GM4-D-design cooperating with the shipyard and the designer Global Maritime.The rig will be built to operate in water depths of up to 500 meters and on drilling wells down to 8000 meters. It will be equipped with NOV-drilling package, DP3 and an 8-point mooring system.The unit is designed to be able to operate in harsh weather conditions in the North Sea, Arctic environments and in the Barents Sea. It is built after NMA, NORSK and PSA-standard and will be classed by DNV.Beacon Atlantic is the second semi-submersible rig with GM4-design contracted to CIMC Raffles. The first one is North Dragon, currently under construction.The shipyard confirmed in a release that it is the company ordering the North Dragon, North Sea Rig AS who will lead both rig projects.
Les Néo-Écossais sont invités à assister cet automne aux soirées publiques du lieutenant-gouverneur, Arthur J. LeBlanc, à la Résidence du gouverneur. Des récitals et des exposés sur différents sujets mettront en valeur le talent des Néo-Écossais, de même que l’histoire. « Patsy et moi sommes ravis à l’idée de présenter à nouveau des soirées à la Résidence du gouverneur cet automne et d’accueillir le public à la résidence cérémoniale de tous les Néo-Écossais, a déclaré le lieutenant-gouverneur. Ces soirées publiques seront une merveilleuse occasion de présenter des artistes émergents et établis, d’en apprendre plus sur la Grande Guerre à la veille du centenaire de l’armistice et de réfléchir à notre devoir de mémoire. » Toutes les soirées auront lieu à la Résidence du gouverneur, au 1451 de la rue Barrington à Halifax. Les soirées sont gratuites, mais les gens doivent s’inscrire en ligne à http://lt.gov.ns.ca ou en composant le 902-424-7001. L’inscription commencera deux semaines avant la tenue de chaque soirée, selon le principe du premier arrivé, premier servi. Pour plus d’informations, allez à http://lt.gov.ns.ca . Voici le calendrier des soirées. Le mardi 18 septembre de 19 à 20 h 30, récital du jeune pianiste Alex Yang, 9 ans, médaillé d’argent au Concours de musique du Canada, présenté conjointement avec le Nova Scotia Talent Trust. Le mardi 2 octobre de 19 h à 20 h 30, exposé de la Nova Scotia Potters Guild sur son exposition de céramiques, Quaff: To Drink Deeply, qui est présentée actuellement à la Résidence du gouverneur. Le mardi 16 octobre de 19 h à 20 h 30, récital de Daniel Walker en collaboration avec le festival Halifax Pop Explosion. Le mardi 30 octobre de 19 h à 20 h 30, exposé présenté par le major à la retraite Ken Hynes, conservateur en chef du musée de l’Armée de la Citadelle d’Halifax, sur l’arche commémorative Les derniers pas à Halifax, la « porte du Canada » à Passchendaele, et les liens durables qui existent entre la Belgique et le Canada. Le mardi 13 novembre de 19 h à 20 h 30, exposé sur l’armistice et le devoir de mémoire présenté par le colonel à la retraite John Boileau, auteur et historien. Le 27 novembre de 19 h à 20 h 30, une dernière soirée dont le sujet sera annoncé plus tard.
Mumbai: John Abraham, whose upcoming comedy “Pagalpanti” was also set to release on November 8, has postponed his film to avoid a clash with Sidharth Malhotra and Riteish Deshmukh-starrer “Marjaavaan”.Directed by Milap Milan Zaveri, “Marjaavaan” will now hit the theatres countrywide on November 8 instead of November 22, which has now been taken by John’s “Pagalpanti”.”Marjaavaan” has been produced by Bhushan Kumar, Divya Khosla Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Monisha Advani, Madhu Bhojwani and Nikkhil Advani. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaJohn has frequently collaborated with Nikkhil, most recent being last month’s “Batla House”, and Milap, who directed him in films such as “Shootout at Wadala” and “Satyameva Jayate”.”‘Marjaavaan’ will benefit from a solo window and Bhushan (Kumar) agreed with me. Milap is a grounded boy and wonderful writer while Nikkhil is a good, solid man for whom friendship is non-negotiable. “I have worked with directors who have moved on, but Nikkhil understands loyalty and will work with you irrespective of how a film fares. It’s important for all of us that ‘Marjaavaan’ sets the box office on fire,” John said in a statement. Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod KhannaMilap said he is grateful to John, calling him a “hero”.”Even though he isn’t part of ‘Marjaavaan’ I know he wants the best for me. Hence I went across nervously to show him the trailer for his opinion. And I was so delighted that he loved it tremendously. He found it very powerful, massy and commercial.”So much so that when I casually told him I wish ‘Marjaavaan’ could have a solo release he instantly offered to shift the release of Pagalpanti and allow us to come solo on November 8. Only a true friend would do such a magnanimous and amazing gesture,” the director said. Nikkhil said he is “extremely grateful” to John and “Pagalpanti” team for moving their film from the release date.”Milap and his team have done a super job bringing this emotional love story to life and I’m sure that with this added advantage of clean release date the audiences will be in for the treat that is expected from the Riteish-Sidharth clash and Milap’s staple dialoguebaazi combined with masala maar dhaad,” he added.Bhushan Kumar said, “John has become a family to both T-Series and Emmay. ‘Marjaavaan’ is a complete commercial action drama that deserves a good weekend. We are grateful John agreed on swapping ‘Marjaavaan’ and ‘Pagalpanti’ release dates.” “Marjaavaan” was originally set to release on October 2 but got delayed to pending work on film’s VFX. Besides Sidharth and Riteish, the film also features Tara Sutaria and Rakul Preet. “Pagalpanti”, directed by Anees Bazmee and also starring Anil Kapoor, Ileana D’Cruz, Arshad Warsi and Saurabh Shukla, among others, will compete against Ayushmann Khurrana’s “Bala” on November 22 release date.
The 2018 ED ASNER & FRIENDS CELEBRITY POKER TOURNAMENT was sold out and a huge success raising in excess of $140,000 in much needed funds for The Ed Asner Family Center, dedicated to promoting mental health and enrichment programs to special needs children and their families, it was announced by Matt Asner, President.Ed Asner and Ed Begley JrCredit/Copyright: Craig Mathews PREmmy-winning actor and autism advocate Ed Asner (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Lou Grant, “Up”), who has a son and grandson on the autism spectrum, hosted the event and was joined by comedian Tom Arnold, Thomas Gibson (Criminal Minds), Maureen McCormick (The Brady Bunch), Richard Schiff (The Good Doctor), Kate Linder (The Young and the Restless) among many others. Attended by over 350 guests, the poker tournament took place on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at the Playa Studios in Culver City.Other celebrity friends who played a hand and supported the cause included Ed Begley Jr.., Marie Post, Willie Garson, Eric Roberts among many others.“We thank Ed Asner for his amazing commitment to the special needs and autistic community,” said Matt Asner. “We are excited to help raise awareness and funds for this wonderful new center that will bring life changing support to autistic and special needs children and their families, providing a major local impact in our LA community.”In addition to the Celebrity Poker Tournament, guests enjoyed a dinner buffet by Chef Gwen Kenneally, BACK TO THE KITCHEN; cocktails provided by Ragin Cajun Café; wine provided by Sprouts Farmers Market; tequila tasting bar by Oro Imperial; a Wine and Whiskey Pull; and numerous additional opportunities to raise money for The Ed Asner Family Center. Both a silent and a live auction were held during the festivities. Bidders had the opportunity to win VIP concert tickets, vacations to Bali and Italy, jewelry, gourmet catering experiences, specialty wine tasting packages, sports packages for Kings, Dodgers, Rams and Clippers, mattress sets provided by Plush Beds, among many others.The top three tournament winners were awarded various prizes. Top prize was awarded to first place winner James Green, who received a champion trophy and a weekend getaway at PlumpJack’s in Carmel. Second place winner was Sherwin “Ace” Ross, who received a trophy and an Amazon Fire tablet. In third place was Shawn Sunbar, who received a trophy and an Amazon Echo.Autism currently affects 1 out of every 59 individuals and their families. The funds raised at the poker tournament will support The Ed Asner Family Center, dedicated to promoting self-confidence in differently “abled” individuals, bringing balance and wellness to them and their families. The Center not only caters to the needs of the special child but aims to engage the whole family in order to help them face their unique challenges. Additional information is available at www.edasnerfamilycenter.orgThe 2018 Ed Asner & Friends Poker Tournament was proudly sponsored by PlushBeds; Newmark Knight Frank; Hayworth; Turelk; The Cary Family; TekWorks; Sprouts Farmers Market; ENV; Warner Bros Pictures; LoveSac; Ragin Cajun Café; Playa Studios; Gibraltar Security Services, Inc; Oro Imperial; and Rive.
Rabat – German immigration officers detained Moroccan MPs travelling to Poland to attend COP24. The Frankfurt airport authorities said the MPs did not have a visa.The airport officials detained Casablanca’s Mayor Abdelaziz El Omari and MPs Mohamed Moubdii (MP party), Mohamed Salem Benmassoud and Amal Maysara (PJD), Abdelilah El Mouhajiri and Ahmed Touiji (WFP), Ahmed Touimi (PI), and Noureddine Lazrak (RNI) for over five hours at Frankfurt airport.Morocco World News (MWN) contacted RNI’s communications officer Jawad Chahbaouy, who was aware of the incident. He gave MWN RNI member Lazrak’s phone number, but he was unreachable. The Moroccan embassy in Germany called upon Morocco and Germany’s foreign ministries to get the MPs released. The German immigration officers took photographs of the Moroccan MPs before allowing them to leave the country.A member of the delegation told a Moroccan news outlet that “the MPs “were not aware Germany does not recognize their official passports until German authorities denied access to the airport.”
25 September 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed moves by the United Nations and the community of French-speaking nations to work more closely on human rights, peacekeeping and other issues, saying it can only contribute to greater security worldwide. Speaking last night to an International Organization of la Francophonie (OIF) event in New York, Mr. Ban said the two organizations were working closely together on many fronts, from peace and security to economic development.“We continue to strengthen our cooperation in the crucial areas of peacekeeping, conflict prevention and electoral assistance,” he said. “We are on the ground together in Haiti, in the Central African Republic (CAR), in Guinea, Niger, Madagascar, Mauritania and the Comoros.”Earlier this year the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay and OIF Secretary-General Abdou Diouf signed an agreement for closer collaboration on promoting human rights.“This is a wide spectrum of activity, and testimony to our strong partnership,” he said, noting that an estimated 200 million people worldwide are French speakers.
Index and currency in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD)The Canadian Press TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index was down moderately in late morning trading, with most sectors heading lower. The S&P/TSX composite index was down 30.96 points at 16,437.75 in late morning trading. The energy sector was up but other sectors fell slightly.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 2.26 points at 27,200.28. The S&P 500 index was down 0.11 points at 3,013.07, while the Nasdaq composite was up 13.62 points at 8,287.23.The Canadian dollar traded at 76.10 cents US, compared with Tuesday’s average of 75.94 cents US.The September crude contract was up 19 cents at US$58.24 per barrel and the September natural gas contract was up 10.4 cents to US$2.24 per mmBTU.The August gold contract was up $8.40 at US$1,428.80 an ounce and the September copper contract was down a cent at US$2.67 a pound.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov prior to their working lunch meeting. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at a working lunch meeting hosted by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe ‹ › Months of political unrest in Ukraine led to the removal by Parliament of President Viktor Yanukovych in February, followed by increased tensions in the country’s autonomous region of Crimea, where additional Russian military were recently deployed and a secession referendum was held this past Sunday.Expressing his “profound concern” regarding “the recent incident where Ukrainian military bases were taken over,” the Secretary-General insisted that “it is at moments like this in history that a small incident can quickly lead to a situation spiralling out of anyone’s control,” and stressed that “an honest and constructive dialogue between Kyiv and Moscow is essential.” “I told President Putin that I understand his legitimate concerns related to the situation of the Russian minority in Ukraine. I have said from the beginning of this crisis that it is critical that the human rights of all people in Ukraine, especially minorities, must be respected and protected,” Mr. Ban stressed, applauding the recent commitment by Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk to reinstate Russian as an official language in Ukraine along with other positive measures.As UN human rights monitors are starting to deploy in Ukraine – including to eastern parts of the country – the Secretary-General will be continuing his diplomatic mission by traveling to Kiev and meeting with Ukrainian Acting President Oleksandr Turchynov and Prime Minister Yatsenyuk.Recalling that Russia and Ukraine are two founding members of the UN, Mr Ban concluded: “The world is watching and history will judge us on how we assume our responsibilities and our actions as they relate to the fundamental principles of the UN Charter.” Throughout the crisis, the Secretary-General and senior UN officials have consistently called for a solution that is guided by the principles of the UN Charter and that respects Ukraine’s unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity.Briefing the Security Council yesterday in New York, UN Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson laid out a succinct timeline of the “fast-moving and serious” recent events: Crimean authorities had announced that close to 97 per cent of those who voted in Sunday’s referendum did so in favour of secession from Ukraine; subsequently, Crimea declared its independence, which in turn was recognized by Russia; Monday the European Union and the United States moved to apply targeted sanctions against Russian and Crimean officials.Further: President Putin has signed a treaty to make Crimea part of the Russian Federation; the Government in Kyiv meanwhile has committed to never accept Crimea’s independence or annexation, stating that Crimea is an integral part of Ukraine; and yesterday, Ukraine’s Prime Minister expressed concern that the conflict in the Crimean peninsula is ‘shifting from a political to a military stage.’ “This underscores the dire need for the immediate opening of direct dialogue between Moscow and Kyiv,” he told the Council. “It is clear that we are at a crossroads. I will continue to fulfil my duty as Secretary-General of the United Nations and engage with all relevant parties. We must employ every possible diplomatic tool at our disposal to solve this crisis, which has grave political and economic ramifications,” stressed Mr. Ban, in a statement to the press in Moscow, earlier today. Following a “very productive and constructive meeting” with President Putin, Mr. Ban highlighted Russia’s crucial position in the international scene. “As a permanent member of the Security Council, Russia is critical to the maintenance of international peace and security – nowhere more so than in this region,” he said.The UN chief added that “President Putin has been one of the most important partners to the United Nations and he has been an international leader who has repeatedly called for international disputes to be solved within the framework of the United Nations Charter.”During his meeting, Mr. Ban called on all parties to “refrain from any hasty or provocative actions that could further exacerbate an already very tense and very volatile situation. Inflammatory rhetoric can lead to further tensions and possible miscalculations, as well as dangerous counter-reactions.” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (back to camera) in meeting with President Vladimir Putin. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon briefs reporters at the Kremlin in Moscow. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe
New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter slides into third base during a game against the Baltimore Orioles Oct. 10, 2012, at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees won, 3-2.Courtesy of MCTArguably one of the greatest players to ever step on a baseball field, Derek Jeter, announced that the 2014 Major League Baseball season would be his last, via Facebook.Jeter spent all 19 years of his MLB career playing shortstop for the New York Yankees.The sixth overall pick in the 1992 MLB draft, Jeter has far from disappointed any critics by being American League Rookie Of the Year in 1996, being selected to 13 All-Star appearances along with more than 3,000-hits and becoming the Yankees all-time leader in stolen bases. And how could we forget his highest accomplishments: leading the Yankees to five World Series championships.Jeter is the poster-child of professional sports. You would think a guy with his status making millions of dollars would go buck wild, but he has always kept a cool demeanor and avoided been involved in any known scandals while under the bright lights of New York City.Jeter has had his fair share of critics, including myself.Top players like Barry Bonds and Alex Rodriguez were caught or confessed to using performance enhancing drugs. Since then, I have always been skeptical of players from that era of baseball.Whenever I would watch Jeter play or hear of the numbers he put up, thoughts like “oh, he’s really going to get caught with those steroids someday” kept running through my mind.It was like waiting to hear that bit of bad news that you knew was coming, but wanted to do all you could to deny it. But I’m thankful that new never broke, and I pray it never does.I really do think Jeter deserves a standing ovation for having been surrounded by players like Rodriguez and never sticking a needle up his arm to help him play better.After Jeter officially retires at the end of the 2014 season, a question will be circulating the sports world. Not if Jeter will be inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame, but rather how long will it take.The Hall of Fame requires for the inductee to have played in the MLB a minimum of 10 years and be retired for five. The committee takes performance record in consideration, and I have no doubt in my mind that what Jeter has accomplished throughout his career he will some day join the elite in the prestigious honor.
“Not all alpacas have this guard quality – generally it’s grumpy, old, castrated men and they need to be in pairs or groups. They are communal animals so they don’t do well on their own.”Tom described the moment the alpacas were introduced to the birds as “like a mexican stand-off”.“We backed the trailer into the turkey range and let the tailgate down and the alpacas came galloping out and then they stood still, frozen staring at the turkeys while the turkeys just stared back.“But then they sort of acknowledged each other and now they co-exist pretty happily with the turkeys.”The grass-eating animals react aggressively to foxes because in their native South America, wild foxes will try to kill unguarded baby alpacas.Tom said he has also noticed there have been less damaged birds – sold as ‘downgrades’ – since the alpacas arrived.He said: “If we get a fox attack, turkeys are killed but the rest of them are scared and they jump on top of each other and scratch each other – which damages their skin. But since introducing the alpacas, our downgrades this year are significantly less than usual too.”Copas Turkeys start planning for the Christmas demand in February.The birds roam around on the farm until they are 26 weeks old when they are slaughtered, hand plucked and hung up for a length of their time – which improves their flavour.The farm charges £14 per kg but Mr Copas says the cost of rearing the birds is reflected in the price.He told the BBC: “We spend more on feed than would be the case for supermarket birds that are typically slaughtered at 16 or 18 weeks.” Owner Tom Copas said their farm manager first became interested in the idea when he heard about alpacas’ strong guard qualities.After the fox attack, which cost the Copas Turkeys around £27,000 in retail value, the business owners tried more powerful electric fences and a range of other tactics but the problem did not go away.“We thought we would try and alpacas and I spent a couple of days calling around the alpaca world trying to find out more about what I needed and where I would find them,” said Tom.“Eventually I found a lovely lady in Gloucester who had some alpacas she couldn’t keep any more so we offered them a good home.” The herd of 10 alpacas are in charge of protecting a gang of 24,000 free-range turkeys Credit:Copas Turkeys Alpacas are used all over the world to deter wild dogs and coyotesCredit: Copas Turkeys Alpacas have become the latest weapon in the battle against foxes as Christmas turkey suppliers use them to protect their posse.After a fox attack last year which killed 150 birds, a family-owned business in Berkshire has recruited ten “grumpy” alpacas to protect their prized birds.Blitzen, Comet, Cupid, Prancer, Dasher, Dancer, Sage, Onion, Donner and Vixen are now keeping watch over the Copas’ 24,000 turkeys. 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.
Show more Barristers are to go on strike in protest at the “collapsing” criminal justice system, meaning court proceedings across the country face massive disruption next week.Leading legal chambers Doughty Street, Garden Court and 25 Bedford Row are among those set to take part in the action.It comes after the Criminal Bar Association (CBA) has warned that prisons, courts, the police and probation services are “underfunded and in chaos”.Chair Angela Rafferty QC said “relentless cuts” have resulted in “near collapse” of the justice system. “You cannot have a national asset and treat it like this,” she added.She said under-funding means cases are not being properly investigated by the police and CPS, there is uncertainty and delay at court and “unnecessary distress” for witnesses, victims and defendants.”Meanwhile the poor and vulnerable in society are being denied access to justice,” she added. “The system is desperate, it cannot endure any more cuts.” The CBA has advised its 4,000 members to take action after 90 per cent voted in favour, with a turnout of around 55 per cent.According to a recent survey by the General Council of the Bar, more than a third of criminal barristers said they are considering leaving the profession, with the main reason being low income and work-life balance.A spokesman for the Bar Council said: “The Ministry of Justice budget has been slashed across the board in the last decade. Liam Allan was one of many defendants who saw their trials collapse over the fiasco with disclosuresCredit:BBC A Ministry of Justice spokeswoman said: “We are extremely disappointed with the position the Criminal Bar Association has taken today, especially given that they and other members of the bar participated fully in the design of the scheme.”Our reforms will reflect the actual work done in court, representing better value for the taxpayer, and will replace an archaic scheme under which barristers were able to bill by pages of evidence.”We greatly value the work of criminal advocates and will continue to engage with the bar moving forwards.” The recent disclosure crisis, which led to the collapse of a number of rape trials last year prompting the Met Police to review all their cases, has also highlighted “the appalling state of our system”, a CBA spokesman said.”Criminal barristers are the ones who have to pick up the pieces and are not being paid for the disclosure work which stops people going to prison,” he said. “The effects, in every area, are becoming ever clearer: courts and prisons in a deplorable state of repair, leading to unacceptable conditions, litigants struggling to deal with their own cases without legal help in the most trying of circumstances, overloaded courts and judges, increasing delays and judicial morale at rock bottom, to name but a few.”While the current investment in the court reform programme is substantial, it cannot hope to reverse all of the harm that has already been done, and continues to be done, and its focus is really elsewhere.”The planned strike is a reaction to the Advocates’ Graduated Fee Scheme (AGFS), which is due to come into force on April 1. The Ministry of Justice said the scheme is cost neutral and that the amount barristers will be paid for legal aid work will be reflected by how complex a case is. 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.
“He says it is a figure the hospital just can’t afford.”Mr Kwong said Parkin worked for a contractor at the hospital, firstly as a gardener and then a maintenance worker for four years but left three years before the offending there happened.He said in just over a month, during February and March, this year, the defendant committed seven burglaries at the site, using the master key to get into the staff offices.Mr Kwong said: “He knew all areas of the site like the back of his hand and abused his knowledge to carry out the burglaries.”Three of the victims were female doctors whose handbags he stole after using the master key to get into their locked offices, DerbyshireLive reported.He pleaded guilty to burglary and fraud and was jailed for two years and three months.Judge Nirmal Shant QC said: “It is quite plain you used your inside knowledge of the hospital, gleaned from four years working there, to carry out that set of offences.”Speaking after sentencing, a spokesman for the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust said: “This incident incurred costs that the NHS really can’t afford to waste, as offences such as this ultimately detract from the amount of money the Trust is able to invest into patient care. 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. A hospital has been forced to spend almost £129,000 on changing all of its 1,500 locks after a thief with “inside knowledge” stole a master key to commit break-ins.Gareth Parkin knew the Royal Derby Hospital “like the back of his hand” after working there as a gardener and maintenance worker for four years.He then “abused his knowledge” to carry out his spate of offending, Derby Crown Court prosecutor Joey Kwong said.After stealing the key during the first burglary he then used it to to access plant rooms and break into staff offices to steal handbags which belonged to doctors.Parkin, 36, of Chaddesden, Derby, used the bank cards he stole from them to buy goods to sell to fund his drug addiction.In separate offences Parkin broke in to the same convenience store in Oakwood, Derby five times and used a bank card stolen from a female pensioner aged 94.Mr Kwong told the court: “The site manager at the Royal Derby Hospital, Simon Marriott, has provided a statement for the court.”He says the master key being taken has caused a massive security risk. “All 1,500 locks have had to be changed and the current estimate as to how much it has cost is £128,749.02. “UHDB takes a zero tolerance approach to all forms of theft and are therefore pleased to see that the police’s investigations into this incident have led to a conviction.”