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New roadblock for Manipur varsity

first_imgTribal students’ bodies have given a highway blockade twist to the Manipur University crisis.Three organisations have threatened to impose a five-day economic blockade on all national highways connecting State capital Imphal if the authorities concerned cannot let normal classes and other academic activities in Manipur University resume by October 8.Separate university These organisations have also demanded a separate Hill Central University to ensure that the tribal students have an alternative to the disruption-prone university in the non-tribal dominated Imphal Valley.The All Tribal Students’ Union, Manipur, the Kuki Students’ Organisation-General Headquarters and the All Naga Students’ Association, Manipur, had on October 2 served a seven-day ultimatum to the University authorities to resume classes. The decision to go for a highway blockade was taken at their meeting on Thursday.Manipur depends on two arterial highways – one via Nagaland capital Kohima and the other via Jiribam on the Assam-Manipur border – for supply of essential commodities. A third highway through Mizoram is relatively less used.These highways pass through areas dominated by the Nagas and the Kuki-Zomi tribes, and blocking them has been a popular mode of protest against the allegedly partisan Manipur government.At their meeting on Thursday, the ATSUM, KSO-GHQ and ANSAM said they were “anguished by the premeditated holding of the career of students to ransom because of the agenda of a few individuals with vested interests in Manipur University”.‘Facing hardships’The three organisations said that tribal students face hardship every year. “We want a Hill Central University so that all the colleges in the hill districts can be affiliated to it and be assured of ideal academic atmosphere,” a joint statement said.The tribal students have stayed away from the agitation by organisations of Manipur University’s students, teachers and staff since July against alleged financial and administrative irregularities by Vice-Chancellor Adya Prasad Pandey. The Ministry of Human Resources Development had made him go on leave till a two-member probe committee submits a report on the allegations against him, but the university continues to burn. On September 20 midnight, police and paramilitary forces raided the campus and rounded up 89 students and six teachers for allegedly manhandling Pro-Vice-Chancellor K. Yugindro. Based on his FIR that the students and teachers had tried to kill him, the police arrested nine students and six teachers.last_img read more

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In the air

first_imgSpring to attentionNothing says spring more than flowers. For those who don’t have access to fresh flowers or the time to create interesting arrangements, floral-themed furniture, furnishings and accessories are the answer. Since this is the time to lighten things up, replace the heavy drapes on the windows with airy sheers and woollen carpets with light dhurries and rugs. Bring in green plants and flowering pots. Upholster or slip-cover the sofas with pale tones and florals. For most impact, bring in a colourful piece of furniture as an accent piece. Our pick is the art deco-inspired chair designed by Ken Scott for Altamoda Italia. Scott’s Baboll chair on a pedestal exudes drama with pretty peonies and roses in radiant hues. Equally compelling is the Philippines-based designer Kenneth Cobonpue’s Bloom easy chair. Available in Delhi at Idus, this flower-shaped chair is made of microfibres stitched over a resin top that’s fixed atop a steel base. Available in the pleasing shades of moss green, lime green, yellow and muted red, it breathes life into winter-weary rooms.Jungle retreatHere’s a new-age spin on the stuffed animals that one found on the walls of old lodges and hunting homes. Animal heads are the inspiration for a series of limited-edition wall clocks designed by Israeli boutique Animi Causa. Wildlife lovers can take their pick from deer, giraffe, bear and walrus. Made of wood, these Jungle Clocks look best on textured walls. Order from www.animicausa.comTelly talesGame for some retro chic? In its new avatar, the idiot box has stepped back a few decades to flaunt a cool tangerine-and-white exterior and knob-style controls. Spicing up your interior scene, the ultra slim 14-inch LG Tubu comes packed with features. The knob controls help you adjust the volume and surf channels with a simple twist while the extendable rabbit-ear antenna and detachable chrome legs give it a fun look. Priced affordably at Rs 6,990, this is one accessory that promises never to date.Boot campIt’s a brolly stand that knows how to grab attention. Shaped like a trio of cowboy boots, this functional item doubles up as a glamorous accent piece. The faux-Verdigris finished stand, with antique brass accent and ornate thread detailing, comes from the stable of US-based brand Maitland-Smith. Domestic buyers can pick it up from the tony International Furniture Brands stores. The price of this cool lifestyle product is pegged at a steep Rs 54,240, but you will not find a more swish accessory for your parasols or your home.Colour codedInterior designers have long sworn by the ‘bright is right’ maxim. Take a cue from that and introduce colour into your washrooms. Get yourself a pedestal basin created by designer-architect Alessandro Mendini for Italian bathroom major Ceramica Flaminia and add zing to your loo. The squareshaped, free-standing Monowash basin (made from a single ceramic block) has a modern motif etched in bold colours like red, yellow, pink and lilac. Tapering slightly at the base, the basin comes outfitted with a chrome-finished faucet.Let there be lightStop taking shots in the dark and get home the Funghi, a wacky table lamp from Eurolite Studio, a brand known for cutting-edge lighting fixtures and installations. Designed by Thibaut Desombre, the lamp resembles a mushroom and is made of mouth-blown glass (that’s formed by breathing fiercely down a blow pipe into a molten glass blob and then re-shaped until it’s totally flat). Sporting an opal-red colour, this delectable piece is priced at Rs 7,500.Sit prettyAt the higher end of the style spectrum stands the Pipeline Sofa by American furniture designer Harry Allen. Made of four pipe-shaped components, the futuristic piece is upholstered with polyurethane over Medium Density Fibreboard (MDF) and a solid wood frame. Polished aluminium legs form its base and it can be configured creatively in numerous ways for group-seating.advertisementlast_img read more

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Giannis Antetokounmpo leads Bucks to 60th win

first_imgPH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid If Brook Lopez starts Wednesday night for the Bucks as expected against Oklahoma City, he’ll have started all 82 games this season. Lopez, signed as a free agent after playing last season with the Los Angeles Lakers, also started all 82 games in 2009-10 and 2010-11 with the Nets, with whom he spent his first nine seasons. “Playing 82 games is tough,” Middleton said. “You get banged up all the time, some nagging injuries from time to time, but he fought through it all and stayed with it. He’s had a hell of a season. These 60 wins wouldn’t be close without him.”UP NEXTThe Hawks host Indiana on Wednesday.The Bucks host Oklahoma City on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Steph Curry leads Warriors to No. 1 seed in West Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It’s almost exactly what we wanted,” Budenholzer said. “It was good. We have depth. We have a lot of guys that can play. A lot of guys stepped up.”Milwaukee led 28-21 after one quarter and pushed it to 46-30 before the Hawks trimmed it to 54-45 at halftime.Vince Carter hit two free throws to cap a 10-point run that pulled Atlanta to 78-71, but the Bucks pushed the lead to 85-72 entering the fourth.Milwaukee, which lost in the first round of the playoffs each of the last two seasons, has not advanced past the opening round since making the Eastern Conference finals in 2001.The 1980-81 Bucks team that finished 60-22 under coach Don Nelson included Sidney Moncrief, Marques Johnson, Junior Bridgeman and Bob Lanier.“It’s a special season,” Middleton said. “From the beginning of training camp until now. The ups and downs, the injuries, our guys stayed with it. It was a collective effort from everybody. It’s definitely a special moment, but we want to do more.”TIP-INSHawks: Young (19.1 points per game), who had started all 80 games, and Collins (19.5 ppg) did not play due to load management. “We figured today would be a good day to sit them and finish the season on a high note at home,” coach Lloyd Pierce said. “That’s really important for us as a team and with what we’ve been through this year.”Bucks: Antetokounmpo, who did not play in Saturday’s 133-128 loss to the Nets because of left calf soreness, was questionable for this one. But he was back in the lineup after experiencing no setbacks during pregame warmups.LOPEZ’S STREAK Middleton countered with consecutive 3-pointers and Antetokounmpo connected from beyond the arc to put Milwaukee up 110-98.“It was great for them to close it,” said Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer, who coached Atlanta to 60 wins in 2014-15. “Khris has a knack for hitting those big shots and it’s great of Giannis to see a 3 go down to kind of finish the night. Those two guys are special. It makes a big difference.”Alex Len had a career-high 33 points for Atlanta, including a career-best six 3-pointers.“I was wide open. I was surprised,” Len said. “After I made like three or four, they were still letting me shoot. All the power to my teammates. They found me on open shots and I knocked them down.”None of the Bucks’ starters played more than 27 minutes and 11 of 12 available players each logged at least 19 minutes.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “Six years ago, my first year here, we won 15 gams,” said Antetokounmpo, who was a 19-year-old rookie in 2013-14. “Now, we have four times that amount. It’s big. Our goal coming into the season was to get 60 wins. You definitely have to appreciate it because it’s pretty special.“Now, we have to refocus and look forward to the playoffs,” he added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe Bucks, who have clinched the best record in the Eastern Conference, led from the outset as the Hawks rested leading scorers John Collins and Trae Young.Milwaukee led 85-72 entering the final period, but Atlanta pulled to 101-98 on a drive by DeAndre’ Bembry with 3:28 left. Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo, middle, gives high-fives to Sterling Brown (23) and Khris Middleton (22) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)MILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokounmpo is in a perfect position to put the Bucks’ 60-win season in perspective.Antetokounmpo scored 30 points and Khris Middleton added 21 to send Milwaukee to a methodical 115-107 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday night, giving the Bucks 60 wins for the first time since 1981.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgMeanwhile, Haryana Education minister Ram Bilas Sharma said in view of the prevailing heat wave, all government schools in the state would remain closed from May 23 to June 25.The Minister urged the private schools to take concrete steps in this regard, according to an official release here. PTI SUN DIP RG DIPlast_img

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Parsekar firm on Chapora eco-tourism project in Goa

first_imgPanaji, Jun 15 (PTI) Notwithstanding opposition from the locals, Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar today announced that proposed Rs 100-crore eco-tourism development project at Chapora river in North Goa would not be stalled.”The project is proposed by me as I want to promote hinterland tourism in Pernem taluka. It will help in attracting high-end tourists in this taluka,” Parsekar said.He said with the new international airport taking shape at Mopa in Pernem taluka, the state government wants to provide best tourism facility to the people.”The project consultant report is still on paper and government is yet to give its final nod. The report has been sent to all the seven village panchayats (where the project is proposed) for comment,” he said.”In my opinion it is one of the best projects which will attract high-end tourists and also create employment for the locals,” Parsekar commented.The Chapora river development project is one of the ambitious project supported by Union Shippingministry, he said.Parsekar said with coastal areas being saturated, there is a need to have more tourist spots specially in the hinterlands.Rubbishing the land worries, the Chief Minister said government will not acquire land for the project.”The private bidder will do the land acquisition directly from the villagers. The land will be acquired by giving full compensation to the locals or the company will work revenue sharing model with the villagers,” he stated.The project will include ferry terminals, a tourist village, museum, marinas, fishermens wharf, hotels, underwater aquarium, sea world, bird park, adventure sports island, tree top hotel, hotel complex, exhibition centre, tented accommodation and cable cars. PTI RPS DK PVIadvertisementlast_img read more

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1st Test: Trent Boult, Neil Wagner put New Zealand in command vs Pakistan

first_imgTrent Boult grabbed three late wickets after Neil Wagner collected his 100th Test victim to put New Zealand firmly in control of the first match against Pakistan at the close of the third day’s play on Saturday. (Scorecard)The visitors were reduced to 129 for seven in their second innings, a lead of 62 runs, with Asad Shafiq on six and Sohail Khan on 22 at Hagley Oval in Christchurch.Until the last 45 minutes on play, the visitors had taken the day’s honours by inching into the lead and setting themselves up to build on Sunday.Boult, however, took the catch to dismiss Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq (13) then got the wickets of Azhar Ali (31), Sarfraz Ahmed (2) and Mohammad Amir (6), giving his side the chance to finish off the Test on Sunday and take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.WAGNER BREACHES 100-WICKET MARKThe 30-year-old Wagner had earlier become the second fastest New Zealander to the 100-wicket mark, achieving it in his 26th Test. Richard Hadlee, the country’s most prolific wicket taker with 431, took 25 Tests to reach 100.Pakistan’s seamers had dragged their side back into the game when they captured seven wickets in the first session to bowl the hosts out for 200.Sohail (3-78), Rahat Ali (4-62) and Amir (3-43) shared the wickets after the hosts had resumed on 104 for three only to be bundled out with just a 67-run lead.Pakistan were content to slowly chip away at the deficit, losing opener Sami Aslam for seven just after lunch.Azhar and Babar Azam continued to grind away until well into the final session before Wagner’s short-pitched tactics paid off when Babar gloved a ball down the leg side to wicketkeeper BJ Watling to become the left armer’s 100th Test wicket.advertisementWagner then captured the prolific Younus Khan (1) with a perfect bouncer that he was unable to avoid and the ball flew through to Watling to leave Pakistan in trouble at 64 for three.Azhar, who scored a triple century against West Indies in Dubai last month, guided Pakistan into the lead when he deflected Wagner past gully for a boundary before he and Misbah looked to consolidate.Misbah, however, was caught in the deep by Boult off Tim Southee for 13, before the left armer took three wickets in three successive overs.last_img read more

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Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante out for nearly a month with hamstring injury

first_imgChelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante is facing nearly a month on the sidelines with a muscular injury he picked up during the international break, his manager Antonio Conte said ahead of Saturday’s Premier League trip to Crystal Palace.The France international limped off clutching his hamstring during last week’s 1-0 World Cup qualifying victory in Bulgaria and missed his country’s next game against Belarus on Tuesday.An initial scan suggested the 26-year-old would be out for up to 25 days, but Conte is hoping a second one will give him better news.”For sure it’s a muscular problem, a hamstring,” Conte told a news conference on Friday. “This is a big loss for us. You know very well the importance of N’Golo Kante in our team. We don’t have another player with the same characteristics.”For this reason, we are going to do another scan after one week to understand the situation very well, and see if this scan is better than the scan before.”The champions, fourth in the table on 13 points after seven games, have league matches against Watford and Bournemouth, as well as a Champions League double-header with Roma and a League Cup clash with Everton this month.They face second-placed Manchester United on November 5, and with Tiemoue Bakayoko and Cesc Fabregas the only specialist central midfielders available, Conte might have to turn to his defenders or younger players to step in for Kante.”We have to find different solutions in this period, to adapt some defenders in midfield, or give opportunities to young players like (Kyle) Scott or (Ethan) Ampadu,” he said.advertisementStriker Alvaro Morata is also out of the trip to Selhurst Park after injuring a hamstring in the 1-0 home defeat by Manchester City at the end of September, but could be back in time to face Roma on Wednesday.New signing Danny Drinkwater, who is yet to play for the club, is still out with a calf problem and Conte will be patient with the former Leicester City midfielder.”Drinkwater is progressing well but is not ready yet,” the Italian added. “We must have patience with him, with his calf problem.”last_img read more

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Champions League: Cristiano Ronaldo sets new record as Real Madrid eventually see off Dortmund

first_imgReal Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo set a record for scoring in every Champions League group game as his side won an entertaining encounter 3-2 on Wednesday at home to Borussia Dortmund, who clinched a spot in the Europa League.Real were guaranteed a place in the last 16 as Group H runners up behind Tottenham Hotspur, but coach Zinedine Zidane still fielded a strong side for the game, only resting Marcelo, Karim Benzema, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric.Real’s Spanish striker Borja Mayoral got his first Champions League goal in the eighth minute with a chipped finish from close range while four minutes later Ronaldo struck for the sixth group game in a row, sending a wonderful curled shot into the top corner from outside the box.Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang led a short-lived fightback by scoring either side of the break for the Germans, who have failed to win a game in the group stage campaign, but finished above APOEL Nicosia on goal difference to qualify for the Europa League.Real averted a third consecutive draw in all competitions thanks to an 81st-minute strike from Lucas Vazquez to end their group campaign with 13 points.They could, however, be without defender Raphael Varane for the next few games after the Frenchman limped off with a muscle injury.last_img read more

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Simulation on-the-go with COMSOL Client for Android

first_imgCOMSOL announces COMSOL Client for Android is now available. Researchers, engineers, and students are now able to perform simulation tasks from their Android devices, such as phones, tablets, and Chromebooks simply by connecting to the COMSOL Server software which runs the computations remotely.COMSOL Client for Android expands on the capabilities of the Application Builder and COMSOL Server by enabling you to take your simulation applications on the road, without being limited by your device hardware. Providing field technicians or sales representatives with the power of COMSOL Multiphysics directly on their Android devices allows them to bring the R&D work on site or to the sales pitch. COMSOL Client for Android enables you to take your simulation applications on the road, without being limited by your device hardware.The Application Builder and COMSOL Server were developed to make multiphysics modeling more accessible to a wider audience. The Application Builder allows simulation specialists to create custom-made applications based on their multiphysics models. With COMSOL Server, organizations have been able to deploy industry-specific analysis tools in a streamlined and quick to implement format that can be scaled for global benefit. COMSOL Client for Android has made the convenience of running simulation applications as easy as ordering a rideshare.Just like COMSOL Client for Windows, the simulations are run on remote servers, so you are not limited by your device hardware. Administrators continue to have full control over who can access and run the apps by using COMSOL Server. Android users will have the latest version of a simulation application each time they open the app.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Würth: individual support with the very first online contactNext ST: free IDE further expands STM32Cube microcontroller ecosystemlast_img read more

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World Cup: Saudi Arabia look forward to Uruguay clash after flight scare

first_imgSaudi Arabia said they have put the dismal show in the opening game against hosts Russia and the plane scare behind them ahead of their FIFA World Cup 2018 clash against Uruguay on Wednesday.Saudi Arabia are completely focused on the job ahead and insisted nothing would affect their confidence when they take on Uruguay.Saudi Arabia were humbled by the hosts in the tournament’s opening match and Uruguay seem an even tougher opponent for Juan Antonio Pizzi’s side in Group A on Wednesday.On Monday, Russia’s aviation watchdog Rosaviatsya said that during the landing there was a brief fire in one of the engines on the plane carrying the team and that it would investigate the incident.FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 FULL COVERAGESocial and Saudi media footage also appeared to show one of the engines catching fire, but a spokesman for airline Rossiya denied an engine malfunction had occurred and said the fault was due to a bird strike.”We forgot about it as soon as we got to the hotel,” Saudi Arabia midfielder Taisir Al-Jassim told a news conference on Tuesday.”Actually both the first game and the plane incident are forgotten.”FIXTURES | POINTS TABLECoach Pizzi added the whole team remained calm.”We did not feel afraid and we didn’t panic. We fully trusted the pilot. We were cool and calm at all times,” the Argentine said.”We did not feel comfortable but this will not affect our performance.””We want to prove that we are competitive, that is our priority,” he added.advertisementSaudi Arabia players safe after plane engine catches fireRussia take on Egypt, who lost 1-0 to Uruguay in the first game of the group, later on Tuesday.”We are anxious to change our image, we need to forget our problems and focus on the positive elements to bring happiness to the hearts of the Saudis,” said Al-Jassim.Among the challenges facing Saudi Arabia will be how to contain Luis Suarez, but Al-Jassim does not want to obsess over the influential Uruguay striker.”They are an excellent team and they have many players but we need to focus on being competitive and think of ourselves,” he said.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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Thalapathy 63: Varsha Bollamma of 96 fame joins Vijay-Atlee film

first_imgRemember Parbha (Varsha Bollamma), the pretty young student of Ram (Vijay Sethupathi), from the film 96? Varsha won many hearts with her brief role in 96, and now, she has bagged a role in Vijay’s upcoming film with director Atlee.Tentatively titled Thalapathy 63, the upcoming film is a sports film with Vijay playing the role of a football coach. Varsha is set to play a football player in the film, which will also star Induja and Reba Monica as her teammates.Thalapathy 63 is being shot on a huge budget and has Nayanthara in the female lead role. Yogi Babu, Jackie Shroff and Yogi Babu are other actors, who are part of the upcoming film.Huge sets of a football stadium have been constructed in the outskirts of Chennai and Varsha has joined the crew for the shooting.It is rumoured that Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan is also playing a role in the film but no official statement has been made regarding the rumours.ALSO SEE: Mishap on Vijay’s Thalapathy 63 sets in Chennai leaves electrician Selvaraj seriously injuredALSO SEE: Katrina Kaif brings in Christmas cheer early with Zero co-star Anushka SharmaALSO WATCH: Engagement, haldi and garland-exchange visuals from Virat-Anushka weddinglast_img read more

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20 days agoMurphy says Spurs must go on spending spree

first_imgMurphy says Spurs must go on spending spreeby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Tottenham midfielder Danny Murphy says they must go on a spending spree.Tottenham will need several new signings if they fail to keep hold of Toby Alderweireld, Christian Eriksen and Jan Vertonghen past the current season, according to Murphy.Mauricio Pochettino is under pressure to perform after the damaging 7-2 defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich during the week, which won’t help their cause in offering out new contracts.Murphy told Sporting Bet: “If Tottenham lose Eriksen, Alderweireld and Vertonghen next season, then they’re five or six players off being genuine title contenders.“They’ll have to spend a hell of a lot of money to replace those three players, which will only make them as good as they were.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Daddy lets go to Canada The fearful Haitian march from Trump to

first_imgCORNWALL, Ont. – Their lives changed in an instant that July day when the government letter arrived telling them that her work permit was not being renewed.For five years, Sheila Francois lived, worked and paid her taxes in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to help support her three teenaged children. When she and husband, Frank, read that letter — no renewal and no explanation — they knew their life in the United States was over.“If you have status and you see that immigration stops it, right away you think one thing — deportations,” says 44-year-old Frank Francois.“The minute we saw that happen and as we are watching the news, we saw Canada taking people, we said, ‘we might as well take a chance’.”The Francois family are among nearly 7,000 asylum seekers — most of them Haitian — who have flooded across the Quebec-New York state border since mid-July when the Trump administration announced it might end their “temporary protected status” which was granted following Haiti’s massive 2010 earthquake. They are among the first few hundred the government has relocated to this eastern Ontario processing centre.Few here have heard of Justin Trudeau and no one says they saw his now controversial January Twitter message welcoming immigrants facing persecution. The tweet was heavily criticized by the Conservative opposition for sparking the American exodus.But many here say they uprooted their new American lives because of something more primal: they were driven by fear of the anti-immigration politics of President Donald Trump.“I decided to come to Canada because the politics of migration in the United States changed,” says Haitian-born Justin Remy Napoleon, 39. “I was scared. I came here to continue my life.”Like Frank Francois, Napoleon says he feared deportation over Trump’s policy shift, so he left his adopted home in San Diego, flew to the eastern seaboard and boarded a bus for the northern border. It wasn’t the first time he decided to start over in another country. He left Haiti in 2006 for the Dominican Republic and then went to Brazil.Napoleon says he dreamed of coming to Canada from as far back as his time in Haiti. When he crossed the border earlier this month, “I thought I was entering a paradise.”Jean-Pierre Kidmage, 43, took a three-day bus ride from Miami to New York before taking a taxi across the border. He says he doesn’t know much about Canada but he’s heard good things. He hit the road because he was worried the Trump administration would deport him.He’s been here less than two weeks, but he wants to stay. “I sleep well here. Better here than in the U.S.”Lingering unease is palpable outside Cornwall’s Nav Centre, where they are being temporarily housed. Young men and women, some with children, pace the grounds, their eyes trained on mobile phones. More than a dozen adults politely decline interviews.Some await taxis to take them into town to shop. A few roll suitcases towards a handful of cars and minivans bearing Quebec licence plates that periodically arrive during the day. The new arrivals here are free to go once they have registered their claims and officials say most are headed to Montreal.Now, more than a month and 2,550 kilometres after leaving his most recent home, Frank Francois sits on a bench in warm sunshine. He won’t be photographed, but he’s happy to discuss what has been a life of epic migration. It has been a life of running — from his native Haiti in 1997 to the Bahamas and from America to Canada.He grew up on a farm in Port-de-Paix, the oldest of three brothers and four sisters. He yearned to become a doctor after high school, but there was no way his family could afford the $13,000 in tuition, so he got a visa to the Bahamas.Soon, he began working construction jobs, sending some of his earnings home.“Once you make money to pay your bills, you can help the people that you left behind in Haiti.”He built his own family in the Bahamas. That’s where his three teenagers were born. His family spent a decade and a half there until more bad news arrived in the mail: the government informed him of a new law that called for the immediate expulsion of anyone who’d been in the country as a visitor for more than 10 years.“Hard! Everywhere,” he laughs.His family re-established itself in Fort Lauderdale, near Miami, where Sheila had relatives. She went first with the three children, got visas, her work permit and set the kids up in school. Her husband got a visa and joined them in 2012.He stayed after it expired and periodically found under-the-table work in construction, but it wasn’t easy. “It’s hard when you don’t have a legal status, to survive and work for your families.”The children went to school, made friends and the family got on with life in a rented apartment. Now, aged 13, 14 and 15, the Francois children have become extremely aware of the changing political climate in the U.S.“Every day, they say, ‘Daddy, every time we watch the news we don’t see any policy that the president (has) that’s in our favour.’ They were afraid to face deportations.”Then, when their mother’s rejection letter came, the kids weighed in again.“My children said, ‘Daddy, we were born in the Bahamas’ — this is their words — ‘we think Canada can help us.’“They said, ‘Daddy, let’s go to Canada — find our way out’.”Now, his family’s fate rests on receiving one more piece of official government correspondence: a notice that they qualify to have their asylum claim heard. That would start a process that will allow his children to go to school and for him to get a work permit.“All I want Canadians to know about me is I am a working man,” he says.“I’m looking for work and I’m looking for better education for my children. I want my children to be educated so they can help themselves. You understand?”last_img read more

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Making your own homecleaning products Some pro tips

first_imgTo reduce waste and avoid unnecessary plastic bottles and chemicals — and to save money — many people are opting to make cleaning products from scratch at home. You can find an abundance of recipes for household cleaning products online, along with reusable glass spray bottles designed to hold them.But not all homemade cleaning products are created equal, and some simple concoctions can be downright dangerous.“To have an unlabeled cleaning product in a Mason jar with kids around can be a dangerous thing,” warns Carolyn Forte, director of the home appliances and cleaning products lab at Good Housekeeping. “And be careful never to mix bleach with anything but water. Certain combinations can be toxic.”Baking soda and vinegar also should not be combined. Mixed together they are ineffective at cleaning and, if contained in a jar, likely to explode, she warns.So when making your own cleaning mixtures at home:—Double check the safety of the combination you choose;—Keep all products out of reach of children or pets;—And list all ingredients clearly on the jar or spray bottle.Test your cleaning mixture before using it. “Making your own window cleaner may be OK, but years of chemistry and safety research have gone into products like laundry and dishwasher detergents and furniture polishes, and you don’t want to risk accidentally damaging something that’s precious to you,” Forte says.Even so, it can be useful to know what to use in a pinch when you don’t have time to rush to the store, says Stephanie Sisco, home editor at Real Simple magazine.And many homemade cleaning combinations do work, with far fewer chemicals than in many store-bought brands.To help people make gentle cleaning products at home, Mike and Martha Robinson founded Cleaning Essentials, which sells sturdy glass bottles in various colours and sizes, labeled with recipes for solutions that can be made using mostly vinegar, water and essential oils.“Sixty years ago our grandparents wouldn’t have gone to the store for cleaners. They would have used vinegar, baking soda, some elbow grease, and been healthier for it,” says Mike Robinson.Katy Kiick Condon, senior editor for home design at Better Homes & Gardens magazine, agrees: “Just steam, hot water and some elbow grease can accomplish a lot.”DO’s:Know the basics about the cleaning properties of various household products:—Baking soda is a great deodorizer and is useful as a mild abrasive;—Vinegar cuts grease, removes mineral deposits and has disinfectant qualities;—Lemon juice with some salt can remove rust stains.DON’Ts:– NEVER combine bleach with anything but water. And remember that baking soda and vinegar, while trusted standbys individually, are ineffective for cleaning if combined — and will bubble up explosively.– Don’t use lemon on wood, since it can destroy protective finishes, says Sisco.– Don’t overdo it with vinegar, which can dull surfaces, she says. There’s a reason that cleaning-product recipes call for adding water.RECIPES:With the above basics in mind, here are a few recipes recommended by the pros.Window cleaner: For clean, streak-free windows, Condon, at Better Homes & Gardens, swears by the combination of 2 cups hot water, 1 tablespoon corn starch, 1/4 cup white vinegar and 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol. “I tested a bunch of recipes, and this one is hands-down the best for mirrors and windows,” she says.All-purpose cleaner: Sisco, at Real Simple, recommends combining 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 2 cups of water and 1/2 teaspoon of castille soap, such as Dr. Bonner’s. For a stronger cleaner, she recommends mixing 1/2 cup vinegar, 1/2 cup vodka, 10 to 20 drops of essential oil and 1 1/2 cups water.Carpet cleaner: Sisco recommends blotting the stain then saturating it with club soda. “The bubbles will work the stain to the surface,” she says. Then coat it with a hefty dose of table salt, which will absorb the stain, she says. “Then just vacuum it up once it’s dry, maybe 12 hours later. It’s a good overnight cleaning solution, and great for wine and other stains. The key is to blot all excess stain before starting with club soda and salt.”Katherine Roth, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Benkirane Morocco Does Not Need Early Legislative Elections

Rabat – Morocco’s appointed Head of Government, Abdelilah Benkirane, has once again asserted that the new government will be composed only of the parties of the former majority and that he will not allow the country to conduct an early election.During the National Council of the Justice and Development Party (PJD), held Saturday in Bouznika, Benkirane said that negotiations with party leaders to form a government coalition have not evolved in the  right direction.Benkirane said he will negotiate only with both Aziz Akhannouch, Secretary General of the National Rally of Independents Party (RNI) and Mohand Laenser, Secretary-General of the Popular Movement (MP). He stressed that the government coalition will consist solely of the former majority parties, including the PJD, the Party of Progress and Socialism (PPS), the RNI and the MP.Benkirane noted that King Mohammed VI could have appointed another person as the head of government, but that the King democratically appointed the leader of the party that won the legislative elections, which were held on October 7, 2016.Benkirane went on to lambaste a political party without mentioning its name, saying, “The political opinion wonders. Is it acceptable that a party served by the legislative elections’ result blocks the formation of the government – [it] threatens that the government cannot be formed only with its participation and boasts that it has skills that the government cannot do anything without them, especially in terms of Morocco’s strategy to the African orientation?”After his appointment as Head of Government on October 10, Benkirane’s negotiations with party leaders to form the new government have come to a standstill. Benkirane has sought for the RNI and MP to relinquish their decision to also include the Social Union of Popular Forces Party (USFP) and the Constitutional Union (UC) in the coalition. read more

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Belarus making strides in combating human trafficking UN expert finds

“I am very impressed by the political commitment demonstrated at the highest level to combat all forms of trafficking in Belarus,” Joy Ngozi, the Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children, said as she wrapped up a week-long visit to the country on 24 May.“Trafficking in persons is a huge global problem that has turned into one of the fastest-growing criminal activities in the world today, affecting virtually every country either as source, transit and/or destination country for women, children and men trafficked for the purposes of sexual labour or labour exploitation,” she stated.During the visit, which was carried out at the invitation of the Government, Ms. Ngozi met with senior officials and representatives of state institutions and non-governmental organizations working to combat trafficking. She also visited a shelter run by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and the Territorial Center in the capital, Minsk, which provides a range of social assistance.Belarus has ratified the Protocol on Trafficking in Persons to the 2000 UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (Palermo Protocol), under which States are required to take action to ensure the protection of trafficking victims, prevent trafficking and bring traffickers to justice.The country “is on the verge of occupying the unenviable status of being a source, transit and destination country, which undoubtedly is a growing concern to the Government and hence the good leadership it has shown in this field,” the Rapporteur said.Belarus has introduced legislation and amended its criminal code to effectively combat the scourge, while an action plan has been developed and is being implemented, she added.A high number of cases, also resulting in a high number of convictions, are being prosecuted. “The evidence of this huge success in prosecution indicates that the trafficking problem is not only real and serious in Belarus, but also that measures are being undertaken to deal with the menace,” Ms. Ngozi noted.She pointed out some areas in which the country could improve on this issue, such as boosting assistance to victims, ensuring that victims are not stigmatized, and addressing domestic violence which can perpetuate gender inequalities that can increase people’s vulnerability to trafficking.The Rapporteur, who was appointed to her position last June, reports to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council in an independent and unpaid capacity. 26 May 2009The United Nations independent expert on human trafficking today commended Belarus – which is creeping towards becoming a source, transit and destination country for victims – for its efforts to combat the scourge. read more

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UN Headquarters renovations on schedule project manager says

3 June 2009The head of the $1.9 billion United Nations Headquarters makeover said today that the plan was on schedule for completion in 2013 and, although a little over now, could finish within budget. Assistant Secretary-General Michael Adlerstein told a news conference in New York that the project – which includes relocating 6,500 UN staff members to a temporary building on the grounds or to rented spaces and completely renovating the 39-story Secretariat building – “remains on track.”He said the General Assembly had voted a budget of $1.876 billion and, after the adoption of a UN-adopted accelerated strategy, the projected cost-to-complete is about $90 million over that figure.“We were $219 million over budget last year, and we are still over-budget, but the gap is closing,” he said. “We continue to seek opportunities to align the project to the budget, and I remain confident that we will complete the project within the approved budget.” He said relocation of staff began in April and will continue with about 400 staff moves per weekend through October. In the last weeks of October, the Secretary-General and his senior staff will move out and the renovation of the Secretariat will begin.Of the 6,500 UN staff members who will be relocated by the end of October, approximately 5,000 work in the UN Headquarters complex. The 1,500 staff presently in offices outside the complex will also be moved to allow the departments to be better consolidated, he said.He added that a new glass face to the iconic “glass curtain” look of the UN headquarters would “likely” be in place by the end of 2010.“In some ways, the building will look almost done – from the outside, but with the new curtain wall in place, the interior work will just begin.”Last February Mr. Adlerstein said the renovation project will result in a significant “greening” of the landmark complex that will reduce energy consumption and operating costs, as well as shrink the world body’s carbon footprint. read more

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US felt SF had poor economic knowledge

The JVP is at the opposite end of the economic spectrum, has opposed privatization and UNP reforms in the past, supports a large role of the state, opposes foreign investment, and advocates for government welfare to protect society. Fonseka also supports providing 2,000 rupee monthly pensions to senior citizens (about $18 USD).Fonseka himself, however, prefers not to discuss future economic plans, the US cable added. The cable also quoted campaign strategist and economist Harsha de Silva as saying that Fonseka promised benefits to each economic segment of the population in order to gain votes. He has promised to increase the monthly salary of public servants by 10,000 rupees or approximately $ 90 USD per month (there are 1.2 million government employees). The United States had in 2010 felt that Sarath Fonseka had poor economic knowledge during the run-up to the 2010 Presidential elections.A leaked US cable, made public by Wikileaks, quoted the then US Deputy Chief of Mission in Sri Lanka Rebecca Cohn as saying that Fonseka is a military man who has publicly admitted that he has little knowledge of economic issues, and other than clamping down on corruption, he has no apparent economic program. Harsha De Silva, who is a prominent opposition economist, said that he was in charge of writing Fonseka’s economic manifesto for his possible administration, but it was an impossible task because the UNP and JVP are diametrically opposed.Instead of a positive economic agenda, De Silva recommended attacking President Rajapaksa for corruption and government waste, the cable said. (Colombo Gazette) The cable also said that during a lunch meeting Cohn had with UNP leader Ranil Wickramesinghe, his wife had said that Wickramesinghe and Fonseka should say something about the economy.However Wickramesinghe had demurred because the political parties backing Fonseka’s candidacy (primarily the liberal UNP and the leftist JVP) had completely different economic policies.Fonseka was a common candidate supported by the free market UNP and the far left JVP.  The UNP has supported privatization of state industries, an open economy and an increased role for the private sector. read more

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Metz defeats Buducnost in a friendly

The semi-finalist from last years Champions League, Buducnost Podgorica, continued their preparation for the new season in Hungary. There, they played a friendly match against the French Metz, which they lost with 23:20. Metz showed that the losing of the title in the French league was just a temporary weakness, and now they seem ready to win again the domestic title and perhaps even a good Champions League placement. Buducnost handballMetz handballWomen’s handball ← Previous Story Nikola Dzono to Cimos Koper! Next Story → Bjarte Myrhol operated from tumor

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Labour TD says party has ceded too much ground to the rightwing

first_imgA LABOUR PARTY TD has admitted that the party has lost some of its core principles in government and has “ceded too much ground to the right wing point of view”.Joanna Tuffy, who represents Dublin Mid-West, made her comments in an interview with The University Times magazine in which she also agreed that the party has become less democratic in recent years.Asked if Labour’s core principles have been lost, she said: “I suppose in some ways they have… I think we have ceded too much ground to the right wing point of view. We have a good influence in terms of ideas, but I think we have ceded too much ground.”Tuffy also agreed that some of the criticism of the party’s role in coalition government is justified but said that the scale of cuts would be worse were it not for Labour being in government.“I can sympathise with some of it,” she said of the criticism. “But if we weren’t in government it would be worse.“Labour would have an influence on many of the good things being done by this government. One good thing would be the decision to keep basic social welfare rates the same.”She said that the party’s hands have been “tied by the programme for government” pointing to the commitment not raise income tax as one that Fine Gael “are digging their heels in on”.Tuffy also agreed that the party has become less democratic and that the decision to reject a number of motions critical of the party from being included on its conference agenda is stifling debate.“There’s no doubt that there is tension between people at the top who want to manage the conference, and the members,” she said.Labour’s annual conference takes place in Killarney on 29 and 30 November.You can read the full interview on The University Times >‘A gross error of judgement’: Labour senator has “no confidence” in Rabbitte after Eirgrid appointmentRead: ‘The rich get away relatively free’: Ex-Labour councillor explains why he resignedlast_img read more

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