Trinamool team held at airport in Assam

first_imgThe Assam police allegedly roughed up and detained a delegation of eight Trinamool Congress leaders from West Bengal at Kumbhirgram airport in southern Assam’s Silchar on Thursday.The eight — six MPs and two MLAs — had arrived on a two-day visit to assess the situation arising out of the complete draft of the updated National Register of Citizens (NRC) published on July 30 and meet some people excluded from the list.Reply soughtThe reverberation was felt in New Delhi with Trinamool members trooping into the well of the House at 2 p.m. and demanding a reply from Home Minister Rajnath Singh, leading to the adjournment of the Rajya Sabha.The Trinamool leaders had reached the airport in two batches by 3.30 p.m., hours after the Cachar district administration enforced prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Cr.PC in Silchar.A police team headed by Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Mukesh Agarwal prevented them from leaving the airport.Videos, aired by local TV channels, showed some members of the Trinamool delegation grappling with police personnel.MP Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar alleged that the police had assaulted them.“We went to express solidarity with the oppressed but were beaten up and illegally detained at the airport. This is nothing but unannounced emergency,” she said.Trinamool leader Derek O’Brien said: “The police didn’t allow the MPs and MLAs to leave the airport.”Mr. O’Brien said: “Our chief whip in the Rajya Sabha, who is a cardiac patient and has a pacemaker, was roughed up by the police. What is going on? They did not go there to break the law. They are lawmakers and not law breakers. This is super emergency.”He said Chairman Venkaiah Naidu rejected a notice he had given in the Rajya Sabha under Section 267 seeking a reply from the Home Minister, who was not present in the House.Police deny assaultThe police said the Trinamool leaders were neither arrested nor detained. They also claimed that three of their personnel, including two policewomen, were injured when the MPs and MLAs turned violent.“They were prevented from going out as the situation was not conducive and we did not want it to worsen. We had asked them not to visit the place but they came,” Assam’s Director General of Police Kuladhar Saikia said.He also said two cases had been registered against the Trinamool lawmakers – one for violation of Section 144 and the other for causing injuries to three police personnel.Officials in Cachar said the Trinamool leaders were given an option to either stay at a guest house or hotel under police protection or remain in the VIP lounge of the airport. The MPs and MLAs, including West Bengal Minister Firhad Hakim, remained at the airport till the time of reporting. The Trinamool delegation is scheduled to fly to Guwahati on Friday. But Guwahati Commissioner of Police Hiren Chandra Nath said Section 144 had already been enforced to prevent them from exiting the airport.Congress MP from Silchar Sushmita Dev criticised the “over-reaction” of the State government. In a letter to Chief Secretary T.Y. Das, she said the Trinamool leaders “should have been allowed to meet any people of the region without breach of peace and tranquillity in the greater interest of democracy.”Assam leaders quitThursday also saw Trinamool’s Assam unit president and former MLA Dipen Pathak resigning from the party along with several other leaders, protesting against party president and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee’s “controversial remarks” over the NRC.Two other senior leaders, Diganta Saikia and Pradeep Pachoni, had quit the party on Wednesday after Ms. Banerjee said exclusion of Bengalis from Assam’s NRC would lead to ‘civil war.’“She made the offensive remark to gain political mileage in West Bengal, ahead of next year’s Lok Sabha election. She never raised the burning issues of Assam at the national level. As an Assamese, I was hurt by what she said. So I decided to quit the party,” Mr. Pathak said. Many Bengali organisations in Assam have also criticised Ms. Banerjee.last_img read more

Nira Radia claims threat from an advocate

first_imgCorporate lobbyist Nira Radia met CBI director A.P. Singh on Wednesday to complain about a “blackmail” threat she had received from a lawyer. Sources said Radia complained that a lawyer was threatening to “expose” her.Radia is a CBI witness in the 2G scam and has had a run-in with former MP and lawyer R.K. Anand, the sale of whose controversial book on her was banned by the high court recently. But a CBI official said the lawyer she complained about was not Anand.The lawyer allegedly told her that he would provide documents to the CBI which could nail her. She met Singh at his North Block office, though it was a bit out of line for somebody to directly meet the director on a matter like this.Radia is listed as witness number 44 among over 125 witnesses, including former bureaucrats of the telecom department, honchos of private companies and attorney general G. Vahanvati.The CBI refused to make any official statement on her meeting apart from confirming it.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

No Turn at Bat for Cousin Yuri; A-Rod Relative to Plead Guilty in PED Case

first_imgMIAMI — A cousin of New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez is scheduled to plead guilty to drug charges, the last defendant whose case is pending in the federal government’s Biogenesis of America investigation.New court documents show that Yuri Sucart will change his plea at a hearing next Friday before U.S. District Judge Cecilia M. Altonaga. Sucart is charged in a seven-count indictment with testosterone distribution and conspiracy to distribute the performance-enhancing substance.Sucart was among those charged in connection with the now-closed Biogenesis clinic in Coral Gables operated by Anthony Bosch, who posed as a doctor. Baseball’s investigation esulted in the suspensions of 14 players, including Rodriguez for all of last season.Bosch and the others have pleaded guilty. Bosch received the longest sentence at four years in prison.If Sucart pleads guilty, Rodriguez would not have to testify in open court.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Giggs: Bale has shown Ramsey how it’s done

first_imgRyan Giggs is backing Aaron Ramsey to follow Gareth Bale’s lead and take his game to another level when he leaves Arsenal for “top-class” Juventus.The Gunners midfielder is heading for the exits at Emirates Stadium as his contract continues to run down.AdChoices广告Goal has revealed that a deal is in place with Serie A champions Juve, with there still a chance that a move could be pushed through in the winter transfer window. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Whenever it happens, Giggs is delighted to see another member of his Wales squad spreading their wings and linking up with an elite side in world football.Former Tottenham star Bale did likewise when leaving north London for Real Madrid in 2013 and Ramsey is expected to enjoy similar success in Italy to that experienced by a countryman in Spain.Giggs told Sky Sports: “You’ve seen the effect it’s had on Gareth Bale. He’s [Ramsey] going to a top-class football club, one of the best in the world. That will improve you as a player.“When you’re an international coach, all you want is your players playing and he’ll be playing at the highest level.”While the professional focus for Giggs at present is the Wales national team, he retains strong ties to Manchester United.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Manchester United 2018-19Having spent his entire career at Old Trafford and helped the club to countless major honours, he is pleased to see the tide turning under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.United endured a testing opening to the 2018-19 campaign with Jose Mourinho at the helm, but have been rejuvenated of late and pieced together a record-breaking run of successive victories.Giggs added on events in Manchester: “Everyone is smiling at the moment.“There’s a massive buzz around the place.“We’re playing really good football – to get seven wins on the bounce takes a lot of doing no matter who you are.“We’ve got to carry that momentum….there’s a long way to go, there will be bumps in the road but everyone is happy and smiling.”United have moved back to within three points of the Premier League’s top four and, with a Champions League last-16 clash with Paris Saint-Germain still to come, will be looking to secure FA Cup progress in their next outing when they take in an eagerly-anticipated fourth-round date with Arsenal.last_img read more

Drink Like Jay-Z with these Signature D’USSÉ Cognac Cocktails

first_imgWith a new year upon us, we thought it’d be as good a time as any to mix up our cocktail regimen a little. We’re still going to be having our Old Fashioneds, of course (you can’t ever take those away from us), but we wanted something else, too. That’s why we turned to cognac cocktails. We’ve learned to love cognac during this past year and we think you will, too. Specifically, we got the skinny on some classic and some contemporary cognac cocktails from D’USSÉ, a brand that is made at one of the oldest cognac houses in France and is loved by a certain American musician that is almost as popular as his superstar wife.(If this is the first time you’re really digging into cognac and want to learn more about the cognac category as a whole, you should read this article. Our primer on the spirit provides everything you need to sound like you know what you’re doing when talking about cognac … even if you don’t know more than how to pronounce it.)D’USSÉ Cognac/FacebookFounded in 2012, D’USSÉ is made by cellar master Michel Cassavecchia at Château de Cognac. If neither of those names rings a bell for you, we think the next one will: Jay-Z. The rap mogul is a known fan of D’USSÉ, to the extent that he was even seen drinking it out of his Grammy award.Pretty cool, right?You may not be able to ever drink cognac out of a Grammy (if you are able to do this let us know, we’d love to join), but at the very least you can mix up these cognac cocktails and be in an empire state of mind for a little while. Whether you’re looking for a classic cognac cocktail that’ll impress your boss or you want something a little fresher, we’ve got you covered below.French MojitoD’USSÉ2 parts D’USSÉ VSOP Cognac1 part lemon juice1 part Monin Ginger Syrup10 mint leaves1 part soda waterMethod: Muddle mint, lemon, and syrup in base of Collins glass. Add D’USSÉ VSOP Cognac. Stir ingredients, then fill with ice and top with soda. Garnish with mint leaves and lemon wedge.After PartyD’USSÉ1.5 parts D’USSÉ VSOP Cognac.5 part coffee liqueur1 shot of espresso.75 part Monin French Vanilla SyrupMethod: Shake and strain into a glass filled with ice. Garnish with coffee beans.D’USSE JulepD’USSÉ2.5 parts D’USSÉ VSOP Cognac.5 part simple syrup2-4 sprigs of mintCrushed iceMethod: Place simple syrup in a glass with 5 or 6 mint leaves and muddle. Fill the glass hallway with ice, add 1.5 parts D’USSÉ VSOP Cognac, and stir. Add more ice and remaining D’USSE. Stir again until the glass is fully frosted. Top with ice. Garnish with fresh mint.SazeracMarler/Wikimedia1.5 parts D’USSÉ VSOP Cognac.25 parts absinthe1 sugar cubeThree dashes Angostura BittersMethod: Rinse a chilled old-fashioned glass with the absinthe, add crushed ice and set it aside. Stir the remaining ingredients over ice and set it aside. Discard the ice and any excess absinthe from the prepared glass, and strain the drink into the glass. Garnish with a lemon peel.SidecarAchim Schleuning/Wikimedia1.5 parts D’USSÉ VSOP Cognac1 part triple sec.75 part freshly squeezed lemon juice.25 part sugarMethod: Shake and strain all ingredients into a sugar-rimmed coupe glass. Garnish with lemon peel.Article originally published August 30, 2016. Editors’ Recommendations 10 Refreshing Labor Day Cocktail Recipes to Salute the End of Summer 5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Make 6 Classic Gin Cocktail Recipes You Can’t Live Without How to Make a Rye Whiskey Smash 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather last_img read more

UN rights expert calls on Kenya to confront widespread police killings

“Effective leadership on this issue can only come from the very top, and sweeping reforms to the policing sector should begin with the immediate dismissal of the Police Commissioner,” Philip Alston, the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions, said in a press statement released at the conclusion of a ten-day fact-finding mission.“Further, given his role in encouraging the impunity that exists in Kenya, the Attorney-General should resign so that the integrity of the office can be restored,” he added. Mr. Alston, a Professor of Law at New York University who reports to the UN Human Rights Council in an independent, unpaid capacity, concluded that police killings “are committed at will and with utter impunity,” after travelling the country and conducting interviews with over 100 victims and witnesses.He concluded that death squads were set up upon the orders of senior police officials to exterminate the Mungiki, an underground religious sect reported by media to be responsible for a range of criminality in the capital, Nairobi.He said he also found compelling evidence that the police and military committed organised torture and extrajudicial executions against civilians during a 2008 operation to flush out a militia known as the Sabaot Land Defence Force (SLDF). “For two years, the SLDF militia terrorized the population and the Government did far too little. And when the Government did finally act, they responded with their own form of terror and brutality, killing over 200 people,” he said, advocating for an independent investigation. With respect to accountability for violence that followed disputed elections at the beginning of 2008, the Special Rapporteur stated that the Special Tribunal for Kenya was “absolutely indispensable to ensure that Kenya does not again descend into chaos during the 2012 elections.” He called on civil society and the international community to take a firm stand on the tribunal’s establishment, adding that the International Criminal Court (ICC) should take up the case concurrently, on a parallel track. Among other recommendations, Mr. Alston called for the establishment of a civilian police oversight body, the centralization of records of police killings, and the payment of compensation for the victims of those unlawfully killed.In addition to victims and witnesses, the Special Rapporteur also met during his visit with senior Government officials and representatives of the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights and independent national human rights institutions. 25 February 2009A United Nations independent human rights expert today called on the President of Kenya to acknowledge, and take steps to end, what he called “systematic, widespread and carefully planned” police killings in the East African country. read more

Mariam Gamous In Sudan a mission to reform Darfurs prisons

“I remember the conflict,” recalled Ms. Gamous, a resident of the Darfur town of El Fasher. “I remember the fear as people were displaced, killed and fled across the borders.”As combat between rebels, the Government and associated armed groups intensified, Ms. Gamous hit the field along with humanitarian workers from many non-governmental organizations to help allay the effects of the violence on the civilian population. “During that time, I provided support to many people who were affected by and suffering from the war,” she recently told the UN News Centre by email. “They required a lot of protection, psychological support and rehabilitation in order to reduce the stress from which they suffered and to provide them with basic human needs.”In 2008, Ms. Gamous joined UNAMID’s Rule of Law section as a corrections officer, pursuing her desire to participate in the UN’s peace initiatives in the area. Working with the mission’s Prison Advisory Unit, Ms. Gamous currently helps support reform of Darfur’s prison system, overseeing its compliance with international legal and human rights standards. “In my role as a correction officer, I conduct daily and weekly visits to the area’s prisons in order to provide advice, mentoring and technical support to the prisons’ management and staff,” she explained.“In addition, I conduct training and capacity building programmes with prison staff for skill development as well as providing support for infrastructure upgrades such as juvenile homes and children-friendly spaces, in order to improve the general living and working conditions.”Other programmes in the penal system focus on improving the quality of life of the area’s prison population through activities that range from the making of arts and crafts and organizing local soccer matches to seminars on gender issues and HIV/AIDS awareness. Ms. Gamous would like to broaden her activities as well. “The only challenges I face on a daily basis are related to funding. With enough budgeted funding, I would further implement different activities with female prisoners, especially those incarcerated with children,” she said. read more

SMMT response to the Budget 2018

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive:“There are some welcome announcements in the Budget, including further funding for the industrial strategy, in particular the Stephenson Challenge and investment into infrastructure. Amid continuing Brexit uncertainty, however, the automotive industry was looking for a stimulus to boost a flagging new car market. We wanted to see more incentives for consumers to purchase the latest, most environmentally friendly vehicles.“The forthcoming review into the impact of WLTP on Vehicle Excise Duty and company car tax must, therefore, ensure that motorists buying the latest, cleanest cars are not unfairly penalised. Industry looks forward to working closely with government on this review to ensure we encourage the newest, cleanest vehicles on to our roads rather than incentivising consumers and businesses to keep older vehicles going longer.”Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

East London doctor charged with 118 sexual offences

first_imgDetectives last night refused to comment further on the investigation or charges.Anyone with concerns or questions about the investigation can call 0800 011 4253. 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 doctor from east London has been charged with more than 100 sexual offences including abusing a child, after a major investigation by Scotland Yard detectives.Manish Shah is accused with a total of 118 counts of assault, the Metropolitan Police said.His charges include 65 counts of assault by penetration contrary to Section 2 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003.He is also accused of 52 counts of sexual assault contrary to section 3 of the Act.The 47-year-old is also charged with one count of sexual assault on a child under 13, contrary to section 7 of the Act, a police statement said last night (WED).Detectives from the complex case unit of Scotland Yard’s Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command are understood to have launched an investigation after allegations of sexual assault were reported in 2013.The offences were alleged to have occurred in East London between June 2004 and July 2013 and are understood to relate to 54 separate victims.After being charged, Shah, of Brunel Close in Romford, was bailed to appear at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court on Thursday August 31.The NHS has set up a dedicated hotline for people who may be concerned about the investigation, police said.last_img read more

Calor to create 13 new jobs with €10m growth programme

first_imgCALOR IS TO invest €10 million in an All-Island growth programme and 13 jobs will be created as a result.The strategic investment programme will be provided by parent company, SHV Energy, over a three year timeframe.The programme will see investment across its all island operations, specifically targeting an enhanced offering through investment in sales, customer support, engineering IT and marketing.Calor employs over 250 staff in 6 sites across its all island operations, and a further 200 indirectly.Parent company, SHV Energy operates in 27 countries and supplies LPG to tens of millions of customers worldwide.CEO of Calor Tim O’Carroll said that this programme highlights the confidence SHV Energy has in Ireland: Securing of this investment is an important strategic win for Calor and Ireland, seeing the creation of 13 jobs across our all-island operations.Welcoming the announcement, Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton said that today’s announcement is a welcome boost:This investment represents a vote of confidence in the domestic economy and will result in the creation of 13 jobs. I wish Calor every success with this project.Read: What can be done to help Ireland’s “unacceptable” rate of jobless households?>Read: Good news for Dundalk as PayPal announces 400 more new jobs>last_img read more

Hawaii to track every website its citizens visit

first_imgWhen your average US citizen has a falling out, they’re left to sort it out for themselves. It can frequently be ugly, and it doesn’t always end well, but it isn’t likely to affect anyone other than the conflict’s principal parties. Apparently when you’re a politician, though, you can solve your personal disagreements by passing draconian laws that turn an entire state into Big Brother.That’s what a member of the Hawaiian House of Representatives is trying to do. Rep. Kymberly Pine had a disagreement with her former web designer, Eric Ryan. Ryan claims that he wasn’t paid money that Pine owed him. He responded by launching a website that labels Pine as a crook and shows a collage that makes her look like she’s holding up a bank with a machine gun:Pine’s response? Introduce a piece of legislation that will track the website visits of every single Hawaiian citizen. This bill, H.B. 2288, is actually being considered by Hawaiian legislators. It would require ISPs to keep logs of “internet destination history information” along with “subscribers’ information” (including name and address) for two years.That reminds me: some jerk cut me off in traffic the other day. Does anyone know a member of the Illinois House of Representatives that I could talk to? I want to propose a new law that would require police to immediately execute any driver who ticks me off. I think it’s necessary to protect our citizens from being cut off in traffic.As ludicrous as that sounds, it isn’t far removed from what these Hawaiian representatives are trying to do. Jill Tokuda, the Hawaiian Senate’s majority whip, introduced the Senate equivalent of the bill. When she was asked about the background of the bill, she said that she was asked by Rep. Pine to introduce the bill based on her personal experience. Tokuda said “I would defer to [Pine] on the origins of these bills as she has done the research and outreach, and been the main champion of this effort.”Politicians’ jobs (at least in theory) are to serve their citizens. How is this piece of legislation serving a single Hawaiian other than Pine? It’s based on a personal vendetta, and nothing else.Fortunately, politicians eventually come up for reelection. The worldwide SOPA/PIPA protests showed just how quickly legislators will back off of bills like this when they become politically toxic. I wouldn’t be surprised if there were, at this moment, massive internet protests forming against Pine and any state rep who supports this bill.via CNETlast_img read more

Limerick man drowned after getting snagged on car while swimming

first_img Mar 6th 2019, 6:10 AM Image: Doug Snider via Flickr/CC A FATHER OF one drowned after becoming “snagged” on a car that had been submerged in the river Shannon, gardaí told an inquest into the man’s death yesterday.Christopher ‘Kippy’ Leo, aged 44, from Cliona Park, Moyross, had gone for a swim at Brown’s Quay, Limerick, when he got caught on the car, Limerick Coroner’s Court heard.“It is in an area known for joyriding. The car may have been driven in or pushed in,” Garda Alan Dowling, Mayorstone Park garda station, told the inquest.Eric Woodland from Dalglish Park, Moyross, told the hearing he and Christopher Leo, who were friends, had gone for a walk on 30 June 2018, and stopped for a rest near the riverbank.“We were sitting down enjoying the sun. It was a roasting hot day. Ann Halvey and her two daughters were paddling in the river and Christopher said to me he was going to ‘show-off’ for the kids,” Woodland told gardai.“He went in and he went down…suddenly. He was gone under for about a minute and a half, I got worried, I asked Ann to ring the rescue crowd.”Woodland said Christopher Leo “had one or two drinks that day, but he wasn’t drunk”.Limerick City and County Fire and Rescue Service were dispatched to the scene and quickly located the man’s body underwater.“The Fire Service rescue [boat] located him snagged underwater in a car,” Garda Dowling said.Ann Halvey from Cosgrave Park, Moyross, stated in a deposition, read out by Garda Inspector Dermot O’Connor of Henry Street Garda Station, that Leo was initially “popping up and down” in the water.She said she thought he was “only messing” when he didn’t resurface. She rang the emergency services and efforts to resuscitate Christopher Leo failed.John Leo told the inquest he identified his brother’s body later at University Hospital Limerick (UHL). Dr Gabor Laskai, a pathologist at UHL, said death was caused by “asphyxiation due to drowning”. He said toxicology tests found “low levels” of Xanax and alcohol in Christopher Leo’s system.He noted the post mortem examination found a “concurrent use of alcohol, anti- depressant; anti-epileptic; antihistamines medications” which combined together would have resulted in “an increased risk of accident” as well as a possible “loss of coordination”.Limerick Coroner, Dr John McNamara remarked: “It strikes me as very unusual there was a car in (the river), but that is what appears to have snagged Christopher under the water.”Recording a verdict of “misadventure”, Dr McNamara noted combined low levels of alcohol and medicines may have affected Mr Leo’s “coordination and ability to react”. The River Shannon The River Shannon Image: Doug Snider via Flickr/CC 2 Comments Limerick man drowned after getting ‘snagged’ on car while swimming An inquest into the incident on 30 June last year heard that the area was known for joyriding. Share1 Tweet Email center_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 41,972 Views Wednesday 6 Mar 2019, 6:10 AM By David Raleigh Short URL last_img read more

Agbonlahor retires from football at 32

first_imgFormer Aston Villa and England striker Gabby Agbonlahor has retired from football at the age of 32 after failing to find a club.Agbonlahor who played only for Villa has been without a club since leaving the Championship side back in December 2017.He scored 86 goals in 391 appearances for Villa, while he also won three senior caps for England.“The time has come to officially retire and watch Aston Villa as a fan,” Agbonlahor posted on Instagram and cited via BBC.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“If I would have been told at school I would play nearly 400 league games, be the record Premier League goalscorer for Aston Villa, captain the great club and represent England at senior level, I would have laughed.“I want to say thank you to all the supporters, the staff I have worked with at a great club and my ex-team-mates.“The thought of playing for another team or playing against Aston Villa was something I just couldn’t do. I look forward to whatever the future holds.”Agbonlahor was a key part of the Villa team that finished runners-up to Manchester United in the 2010 League Cup final.TELFORD, ENGLAND – JULY 12: Shane Sutton of AFC Telford United competes with Gabriel Agbonlahor of Aston Villa during the Pre-Season Friendly between AFC Telford United and Aston Villa at New Bucks Head Stadium on July 12, 2017, in Telford, England. (Photo by Malcolm Couzens/Getty Images)last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Monday August 3 2015

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @aprn.Download Audio 3,000 In Anchorage to Lose Food Stamps After Work Requirement ChangeZachariah Hughes, KSKA – AnchorageA change in state policy will end access to Food Stamps for thousands of Alaskans.Alaska Exempt From New Federal Clean Power RulesLiz Ruskin, APRN – Washington, D.C.The White House and the EPA today released the final version of its rule to cut carbon emissions from power plants. The administration’s Clean Power Plan sets targets that states have to meet and requires them to submit plans detailing how they will acheive them. But Alaska will not have to comply with new mandates, at least not yet.Murkowski Votes to Move Planned Parenthood Defunding BillLiz Ruskin, APRN – Washington, D.C.A bill to defund Planned Parenthood failed a procedural vote in the U.S. Senate today. Sen. Dan Sullivan is a co-sponsor of the bill. Sen. Lisa Murkowski voted to advance the defunding measure also, but she says she doesn’t want to see Planned Parenthood’s funding removed without an investigation.Summer Work Underway at Red Devil Mine in Advance of Big CleanupBen Matheson, KYUK – BethelCrews are sampling water and sediments this summer near the site of the old Red Devil mercury mine in the middle Kuskokwim. It’s work that comes in advance of a large clean up project.Pregnant Kotlik Woman Loses Child After AssaultBen Matheson, KYUK – BethelState Troopers are investigating an assault in Kotlik after a pregnant victim’s baby died.Former NICU Parent Helps Others Navigate A Stressful TimeAnnie Feidt, APRN – AnchorageMost people working in a Newborn Intensive Care Unit have some type of advanced medical degree.  But one employee at The Children’s Hospital at Providence in Anchorage has a very different set of qualifications. Ginny Shaffer spent more than three months in the NICU as a parent, with her daughter who was born at 23 weeks. Now she helps other families through one of the most stressful times of their lives as a Parent Navigator.With Subsistence Foods Running Short, Bering Strait Villages Receive A Donation of HalibutLaura Kraegel, KNOM – NomeFor four communities affected by this spring’s poor walrus harvest in the Bering Strait region, help is on its way in the form of 10,000 pounds of halibut.Gambell Basketball Player Chooses Between Hometown Team and Seattle OfferLaura Kraegel, KNOM – NomeSixteen-year-old Wallace Ungwiluk [un-GWILL-uck] is a standout point guard for his basketball team in Gambell on St. Lawrence Island. But the game could carry this high school junior 2,000 miles from home to Seattle, where he’s been recruited to play for a private high school.last_img read more

Hyderabad Drunken man attacks two youth in Uppal

first_imgA man in an inebriated state attacked two persons with a sickle under Uppal police station limits in the wee hours on Friday. The incident occurred at Dharmapuri colony in Uppal and the victims were identified as Chiranjeevi and Tarun. The accused, identified as Dayakar is learned to have intercepted the bike of the victims’ and attacked them. Locals shifted the victims to a hospital. Chiranjeevi’s condition is stated to be critical while Tarun who also sustained serious injuries is undergoing treatment. Meanwhile, the police registered a case and launched a manhunt to nab the accused who had gone absconding.last_img read more

Cyclonic circulation to bring heavy rains today

first_imgSiddipet: The Met department warned of heavy rain very likely to occur at isolated places across Telangana on July 29, as a cyclonic circulation lies over the north-west Bay of Bengal and its neighbourhood.• Low pressure area likely to form during next two-three days, resulting in more rain • Light to moderate rain or thundershowers forecast across State on July 29-Aug 1 Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us • 2 cm rainfall each in Dubbak, Mirdoddi, Doultabad, Kondapak (all in Siddipet), Ramayampet (Medak). • Bejjanki, Nanganur, Jagadevpur and Gajwel (all in Siddipet) record 1 cm rainfall eachwThe bulletin said on Sunday that under the influence of the cyclonic circulation a low pressure area is likely to form during next two-three days, bringing more rain. The low pressure area over Jharkhand and adjoining Gangetic West Bengal has become less marked. However, the associated cyclonic circulation has merged with the above trough. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us According to the forecast, light to moderate rain or thundershowers are very likely to occur at most places in the State from July 29 to August 1. No large change during the period August 2-4 is the weather outlook.Meanwhile, rain occurred in Siddipet and Medak districts, among others, during the last 24 hours ending at 8.30 am on Sunday.There was 2 cm rainfall each in Dubbak, Mirdoddi, Doultabad, Kondapak (all in Siddipet), Ramayampet (Medak). Bejjanki, Nanganur, Jagadevpur and Gajwel (all in Siddipet) recorded 1 cm rainfall each.last_img read more

People benefitted by nationalizing banks at MRKZPP High School

first_imgBhimavaram: MRKZPP High School headmistress B Prabha Manjari has said people were benefitted by the nationalization of banks. She spoke at the prize distribution function of competitions held to mark completion of 50 years of banks’ nationalization at Veeravasaram on Thursday. Sacharapu Venkat Rao and Kamala Charitable Trust sponsored the prizes to students who won in the essay-writing and elocution competitions held on the occasion. Students N Pavan Sai, B Lilly Sailaja, M Kamalini and B Bhanusri received prizes in essay-writing competition. In elocution competition, A Lakshmi Satyasri, G Jahnavi, Ch Nagalakshmi Prasanna and P Hemalatha secured the prizes.last_img read more

TN Ministers meet CM seek Krishna water for Chennai

first_imgAmaravati/Chennai: Two Tamil Nadu ministers on Friday met Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, seeking release of water from Krishna river to Chennai to overcome the grave drinking water scarcity in the city. Ministers S P Velumani and D Jayakumar handed over a letter to Reddy on behalf of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami, requesting immediate release of drinking water through the Telugu Ganga canal. Also Read – AP Cabinet to meet on September 4 Advertise With Us “Earlier, there was a dearth of storage and they were unable to release water. Today the situation is favourable as there is good inflow into Srisailam dam,” municipal administration minister Velumani told reporters at Chennai airport. He said they raised the request at the right time and the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister immediately agreed to it, as per which eight tmcft of water for the July-October period would be released. Also Read – A mother abandoned newborn baby girl in Chirala Advertise With Us A release from Jagan Mohan Reddy’s office said the Chief Minister directed the water resources department authorities to ensure water release immediately.As per the agreement between Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, the former normally releases at least two tmc ft of water to meet Chennai’s drinking water needs, official sources said.last_img read more

Morgan State University Awarded 2M Grant from UNCF

first_imgAfter months of planning, Morgan State University this week made a joint announcement with the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) detailing the award of a five-year $2-million grant from the UNCF to create the UNCF® Career Pathways Initiative (CPI). The initiative is designed to assist and guide university graduates as they make their way into the real world and begin to look for jobs to jumpstart their careers. Morgan State is one of the 24 colleges and universities in the country currently awarded grants that reach a grand total of $35.3 million. As a recipient of this award, Morgan State will now work alongside Norfolk State University and Tennessee State University in improving job outcomes for all their graduates.The entire program is possible thanks to a grant from the Lily Endowment Inc. The UNCF® Career Pathways Initiative is a unique pilot program for select historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and predominantly Black institutions (PBIs) to assist them in enhancing the career readiness of their 54,000 enrolled students. Many of these students will be the first in their families to earn college degrees. The majority of students are from low-to-moderate–income families and must receive federal financial aid to pursue their undergraduate studies.Morgan State’s goal for the initiative is for students to readily attain academic success, obtaining degrees on time and be prepared to fulfill the needs of future career opportunities. Morgan State University President David Wilson echoed that objective, in stating “We are very pleased to have Morgan included as one of the select universities to participate in the implementation of the UNCF® Career Pathways Initiative; further expanding our value proposition as an institution dedicated, not only to graduating our students with a high-quality education, but also assisting their transition into sustainable careers afterwards.” In believing an initiative like this is something which is greatly needed, Wilson went on to say: “The resources made available as a result of this grant will provide much-needed support in our ongoing efforts to prepare students to meet the growing needs of employers, particularly in high-demand career areas, while increasing their likelihood of future success beyond degree attainment.”last_img read more

You Can Now Buy an Oculus Go VR Headset PreLoaded With Porn

first_imgFacebook’s Oculus has banned adult content from its app store, but the company hasn’t exactly made it hard for consumers to get access to this type of material. The Oculus Go headset comes with a built-in web browser that can be used to access all kinds of websites, including those selling adult content. What’s more, individual clips can easily be sideloaded to the device.The adult industry has for some time embraced VR as the next money-maker. Early on, those efforts focused on cheap and accessible solutions like Google’s Cardboard viewers. At one point, a U.K. startup called Hologram also tried to sell its own dedicated VR porn headset — only to see Facebook release Oculus Go with a cheaper price tag soon after.More recently, the industry has been focusing on Oculus Go as an affordable all-in-one device. “We expect it to serve as a major gateway to our content,” said BadoinkVR head of production Xavi Clos in an interview with Variety last year. “The Oculus Go is the perfect porn device.”Facebook has thus far kept quiet on the subject. The Oculus terms of service tell consumers that they “may not use or promote sexually explicit, abusive or obscene content”, but a spokesperson told Variety last year that the company wasn’t looking to police content consumers wanted to consume in the privacy of their own homes. Whether Facebook is going to tolerate the reselling of the Oculus Go pre-loaded with porn remains to be seen. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img Adult publisher Badoink wants to make it easier for people to consume porn in virtual reality (VR): The company has started to sell Oculus Go VR headsets pre-loaded with adult content with a program it calls “Porn in a Box” (website not safe for work).The X-rated Oculus Go headsets sell for $300, which is $100 more than what the base Oculus Go model costs at retail. For that surcharge, buyers get access to dozens of clips from the company’s BadoinkVR, BabeVR, VRCosplayX, and 18VR franchises.Access to the videos is being offered with a pre-installed app that can be secured with a private PIN, and Badoink promises to frequently update the content made available to buyers. A spokesperson said the company is also working on a subscription option to make additional content available, but this feature won’t be included at launch.last_img read more