Sunil Chhetri to be recommended for Padma Shri

first_imgBy Abhishek Hore New Delhi, May 1 (PTI) The All India Football Federation (AIFF) is set to recommend Sunil Chhetri for the countrys fourth highest civilian award — the Padma Shri — a huge recognition for the nations all-time leading goal-scorer should he get the honour. Chhetri leads the India chart with 56 goals from 97 appearances and is one of the forwards with better strike rates in world football. The AIFF said that it was considering recommending a top player for the honour without confirming the name, but sources close to the apex body said it was Chhetri, as the federation recognises the Indian captains contribution to the sport. “If there is one name in Indian football who deserves to be recommended for such a huge honour, it is undoubtedly Sunil Chhetri. The AIFF recognises Sunils contribution and has already looking at the criteria,” a well-placed source said. When contacted, AIFF general secretary Kushal Das also said that the federation has recommended Jeje Lalpekhlua and Gurpreet Singh Sandhus names for the Arjuna Awards. Asked if Chhetri is being considered by the AIFF for the Padma Shri, Das did not confirm, but, in what seemed a giveaway, lavished rich praise on the 33-year-old star striker. Padma awards are announced on the eve of Republic Day, January 26, every year. Last June, Chhetri became the fourth highest goal-scorer among active international players when he struck his 54th against the Kyrgyzstan, surpassing Englands Wayne Rooney. He was then behind USAs Clint Dempsey, Portugals Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi of Argentina.advertisement The Bengaluru FC skipper, who began his career at Mohun Bagan in 2002 as a 17-year-old, is Indias all-time highest goal-scorer in international fixtures. Besides, he is also the all-time highest goal-scorer in the domestic league among Indians. Since then, he has played for 10 clubs across five states and three countries. In 2010, he travelled to US, to play for Major League Soccer outfit Sporting Kansas City, but did not play a single match. In October 2012, he made his debut for Portuguese second-division outfit Sporting CP B, though he would make just two more appearances for them. PTI AH PM PM PMlast_img read more

Virat Kohli: Disappointed with my dismissal, it was one of my finest hundreds

first_imgVirat Kohli said the 95-ball 123 in Ranchi against Australia was one of his finest hundreds and conceded he was disappointed with the way he got out to Adam Zampa. Kohli’s 41st hundred and 3rd this year kept India in the hunt but Australia stayed in control to win the 3rd ODI by 32 runs in Ranchi. Report | HighlightsChasing 314, India were rocked early when they lost openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma for 15. Ambati Rayudu’s poor form in the series continued and his gutsy 90 against New Zealand in Wellington now looks like a distant memory. MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav did not set the stage on fire either and it was left to Kohli to once again steer the Indian innings.In Nagpur, Kohli had waged a lone battle to give India’s bowlers enough to defend. In Ranchi, Kohli played another majestic innings and ran hard, pierced the gaps and kept Australia under pressure all on his own but the lack of support from the other end meant India fell short.Kohli, however, said he felt India were in with a chance at one stage and he rued his dismissal to Australia’s leg-spinner.”In terms of hitting the ball, it was one of my finest hundreds. I just felt really clear in my head from ball one. Even after three wickets, I thought I should play my game and not think of what happens if I play my shots. I was very disappointed when I got out. I really thought we had a chance with the difference being 20 between balls and runs,” Kohli said.advertisementKohli was far from pleased with himself when he was done in by a googly from Adam Zampa in the 38th over. His hundred had given India a glimmer of hope but his exit meant it was only a matter of time before Australia made it 2-1. India have relied heavily on Virat Kohli this series and another batting collapse (after the ones in Hyderabad and Nagpur) did not impress the skipper.Speaking at the post-match presentation ceremony, Kohli said he did not want to see any more collapses but lauded his bowlers for the way they fought in the last 10 overs of the Australian innings.”We were in the game specially how we pulled back things in the last 10 overs. We thought we would be chasing 350 plus with the way Australia were going. I think they batted outstandingly well in the first 40 overs, but we pulled it back in the last 10 after Maxi’s (Glenn Maxwell) run out,” Kohli said.Back to back centuries for the Run Machine. This is his 41st ODILive – #INDvAUS (@BCCI) March 8, 2019There was a chance of dew settling in later in the evening but that never happened. The absence of any dew meant life was much easier for Australia’s spinners – Zampa and Nathan Lyon made crucial breakthroughs and kept Australia alive in the series.”We were told there was going to be dew around 7-7:30 but there is not a drop of dew on the ground even now. I got that calculation wrong a little bit. Nonetheless, we were keen to get that score on the board,” he said.Kohli revealed India would make a couple of changes for the final two ODIs in Mohali and Delhi and sure enough batting coach Sanjay Bangar later confirmed MS Dhoni would be rested for both games.Also Read | This man has made it a joke: Mohammad Kaif after Virat Kohli’s 41st ODI hundredAlso Read | MS Dhoni to be rested for the last two ODIsAlso See:last_img read more


first_imgHo-Chunk Incorporated and two affiliated entities have filed a federal lawsuit against the State of Nebraska, alleging that the state is attempting to unlawfully regulate tribal tobacco.The lawsuit claims action by Nebraska is an intrusion into the sovereignty of the Winnebago Tribe.Federal law enforcement agency personnel showed up at three of Ho-Chunk’s Winnebago facilities in late January to investigate tobacco operations.Officers from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms entered Ho-Chunk’s corporate offices and their Rock River Manufacturing and H-C-I distribution sites.The federal agents reportedly seized financial records and computers.The entities are now jointly suing Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson and Tax Commissioner Tony Fulton.Frank White, Chairman of the Winnebago Tribe, says in a statement that “This attack has damaged our Tribal economy and in turn threatens our sovereignty, self-determination and self-governance.”White’s statement says the Winnebago Tribe collects its own tobacco taxes that directly fund programs including health, education and infrastructure.The taxes were $122,658 in 2017.White says the taxes have helped 40 families purchase new homes through a down payment assistance program in recent years.The Nebraska attorney general’s office has not commented on the lawsuit.last_img read more

Ditch the Ugly Roller for the Slick Tuscatti Weekender

first_imgYeah— all the things you don’t think of until you’re traveling and realize how important a simple sunglass hook can be.The aesthetic is equally as functional, having a cross-culture appeal that would look just as slick in Manhattan and Italy. The real heart-melting element, however, is the full grain Italian leather. It’s beautiful… and I don’t think I’ve ever called a bag beautiful before.The Tuscatti’s clean outside design is a complete contrast to the intricate and strategically placed interior pockets. And we appreciate that thought from both a practical and stylistic perspective. It makes the weekender both highly useful and timeless.As of March 30, the Tuscatti had about 30 backers pledging around $10,000. The total goal for the campaign that ends on May 5 is $36,000. Although the bag itself has an MSRP of $595, Kickstarter early adopters will get it for $369. A bag that makes the security line less of a pain in the ass.Every time we travel we go through the existential crisis of whether to pack a big, ugly roller that fits everything, or wind up smelling unsavory in reworn clothes packed in a small, yet stylish weekender bag.These are the simple annoyances that keep us up at night, and we’re not alone.A new Kickstarter campaign is setting out to market the ultimate weekender bag that can carry five days worth of essentials, in a modern carry-on made from 100-percent full grain Italian leather and waxed canvas.It’s called the Tuscatti Weekender, and it looks damn fine.The designers of Tuscatti packed this modern jet-setting bag with 14 features meant to reduce time spent at airport security and increase optimal packing power and travel ease. The Tuscatti has thoughtful details like magnetic latches, a laptop sleeve, sunglasses hook, phone pocket, passport holder, and umbrella loops. The Best Valet Trays for Keeping Your Stuff Together Editors’ Recommendations The makers of Tuscatti have also added unique perks to specific pledge amounts, bundling other classic travel essentials like their leather Dopp Kit, Passport Case, Luggage Tag, and Wallet. That means a complete overhaul of your current travel essentials.Each piece, including the Weekender, comes in a range colors, including midnight black, cohiba caramel (our favorite), ocean blue, and French Bordeaux (a maroon-ish color). Depending on your personal preference, these colors give off a certain vibe; the black is polished and elegant, the orange, vegetable-tanned leather is more raw and authentic, while the canvas is casual and youthful.Tuscatti is being made available for modern travelers worldwide. And don’t be surprised if your girlfriend tries to kidnap the bag for her next spa weekend.Photos courtesy Tuscatti The MNML Leather Highlander Travel Bag Makes Short-Term Trips a Breeze The 12 Best Laptop Bags for Men The Mission Workshop Khyte Sets a New Standard for Messenger Bags 8 Sling Bags That Are More Than Just Man Bagslast_img read more

Supports for Nova Scotians with Physical Disabilities

first_imgMany people with physical disabilities will gain more control over the decisions that affect their daily lives with the Self Managed Care Program, Health Minister Angus MacIsaac said today, Dec. 19, as he launched the new program. “By providing funds directly to Nova Scotians for support services, they can achieve maximum independence,” said Mr. MacIsaac. “The self manager approach allows clients to oversee the care and supports they require for daily living.” A similar program, piloted more than 10 years ago, continues to provide funding to eight of the 10 original clients. “The success of the pilot and the feedback we have heard from Nova Scotians through the 2005 continuing care consultations were instrumental in the development of this program,” said Mr. MacIsaac. The government announced $500,000 in the 2005-06 budget to launch the program. Some of the clients involved in the pilot program, as well as Independent Living Resource Centre representatives, helped develop the program and policies. “My experience in the pilot program enabled me to gain increased independence, and now that independence will be available to other Nova Scotians with disabilities,” said Dan MacLellan, a self manager. “This type of program will give people more control and flexibility to lead active lives in the community, in the workplace, higher education, volunteer activities, and their families.” The Self Managed Care Program is suitable for many Nova Scotians who have stable, long-term needs and who are able to take on the responsibilities outlined in the program. Referrals to the program can be made through the continuing care toll-free intake telephone line at 1-800-225-7225. Individuals referred to the Self Managed Care Program undergo an assessment by a Department of Health program care co-ordinator. A care plan is developed with the client, outlining the services that will be funded. Supports may include personal care (personal hygiene, dressing, etcetera) and home support activities (meal preparation, cleaning, laundry, etcetera), however the care plan may also be able to respond to unique situations and needs. The Department of Health provides monthly funds to clients who are then responsible for hiring, training and compensating their care providers. The program has established a mandatory orientation session for clients. A client may be required to pay a fee based on income and family size. The maximum fee is $600 per month, and may be reduced or waived based on the individual’s financial assessment, similar to the province’s home care program. The program has a monthly funding limit, which is currently $3,500. This includes the costs of all services provided to the client in the community by the Department of Health’s Continuing Care branch. This would, for example, also include home care, but not home oxygen services. More information about the program is available on the Department of Health website at .last_img read more

Some ideas for treating a favoured newborn like royalty

NEW YORK — Your sister, best friend or beloved cousin just had her first baby and you’d like to treat your favoured newborn to some luxury. But where to begin?Where you live and how you shop — online only, swanky department stores or exclusive boutiques — will help determine your options, along with the fast-moving local trends where your little “royal” resides.The mindset of baby’s parents also matters. Do they have traditional taste? Are they modernists? Is laid-back chic, chemical free or New Age more their style?In celebration of the upcoming birth of the first baby for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, some gear and gift ideas to get you started:PRAM OR STROLLERWhat does actual royalty use? Well, in Britain it’s usually Silver Cross. Founded in 1877, the company has been bouncing royal babies in their fancy prams since the birth of King George VI. Prince Charles got around in one when he was born and now the three children of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, have shared their Silver Cross ride.The company has lots of options if you can’t afford the top of the line, hand-built Silver Cross Surf Aston Martin, for example. It’s available at Harrods for about $4,000, as is the Marie-Chantal Kensington for nearly $2,000. They convert from carry pram to stroller. Silver Cross is available in stores around the world, including the United States.Too rich for your blood, or simply not the right vibe? Go for UPPAbaby (one in the Vista collection with a bassinet runs nearly $1,000) or a fun and funky Bugaboo. The convertible Track collection from Bugaboo sells for up to $2,000 or so, depending on add-ons.ROYAL DUDSLet’s just cut to the chase. While thoroughly modern Meghan may choose less traditional looks for her No. 7 in line for the throne, sister-in-law Kate has some favourite British brands for her brood, including No. 3 Prince George and little sis Charlotte.The bite-size princess, especially, is quite the fashion influencer, with some of her smock dresses selling out in just a few hours. Thrifty Kate does believe in passing down, though she has two boys and a girl.Some of her brands: Amaia (Charlotte’s $184 burgundy coat for her first day of school), Pepa & Co. (George’s whale jumper — think sweater — when he was 3) and My 1st Years, because who can forget that adorable monogrammed robe George sported to meet then-President Barack Obama?Kate’s choices aren’t always hugely pricey, so don’t sweat it.And for Meghan’s royal bundle? Meghan the American. Meghan the Californian. Petit Tresor has all manner of gear, nursery furniture and baby blankets, including monogrammed cashmere blankets with crochet trim for up to $700. Elegant Child of Beverly Hills has a selection of Charlotte-worthy party dresses in the $380 to $480 range.For the feet? Perhaps the Duchess of Sussex will hop on the Freshly Picked bandwagon and outfit her baby in a pair of $60 “it” fringe moccasin-style soft shoes. There’s a wide range to choose from.SILVER SPOONS AND SUCHThere’s always that gift option of a keepsake. Take your pick at Tiffany & Co. for silver spoons, cups and baby brushes. Don’t miss the company’s earthenware banks for $125. They include elephants, pigs and bunnies.Queen Elizabeth II, the Duchess of Cambridge and various other royals and celebrities have been spotted at London’s high-end Fortnum & Mason department store. Online, you can find the timeless Harmony Barbell Rattle for 140 British pounds. It’s hand-tuned. It has 16 tones. It’s crafted from German silver with an ample covering of sterling for added strength.How about you hunt down a rare edition of a children’s classic book? Let drop some knowledge on that. Search the site for the world’s most valuable editions.THAT CALIFORNIA VIBEMarkle has embraced mindfulness as her pregnancy has progressed. Jerico Mandybur is fresh out with “Neo Tarot: A Fresh Approach to Self-Care, Healing and Empowerment,” a beautiful deck of illustrated tarot cards published by Hardie Grant and available on Amazon for $22.48. Mandybur shows how to use the ancient cards and practices as healing tools first and foremost.Just how Southern California the Duchess of Sussex will get when it comes to her baby is unknown. The nursery at Frogmore Cottage, on the grounds of Windsor Castle, will reportedly be eco-friendly and gender-neutral in design touches heavy on grey and white.Will that colour scheme take off in baby gifts? Saks Fifth Avenue online sells an Aden (plus) Anais 100 per cent cotton baby blanket, the Dream Serengeti, in a grey print with rhinos for nearly $50.Stella McCartney isn’t a Californian, but she’s feeling “cool California vibes” in the latest from her children’s collection. That includes an adorable grey baby jumpsuit (for any gender) with a green and blue snake wending through, done in 100% organic cotton for $80. There’s a palm tree print in blue, yellow and green on a grey T-shirt for $58.British designer. Check. California cool. Double check.Leanne Italie, The Associated Press read more

SecretaryGeneral confers with world leaders on climate change

30 December 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has been speaking to numerous world leaders on the heels of the historic United Nations conference in Copenhagen which recently wrapped up with nations reaching a political agreement on climate change. Following the summit’s end less than two weeks ago, Mr. Ban has made calls to leaders from countries such as China, the United States, Ethiopia, the Maldives, Grenada, France, Brazil and Australia.The Copenhagen Accord was struck in the Danish capital on 19 December after the Secretary-General intervened at the last minute to assuage nations that felt they had been excluded from parts of the negotiations.It aims to jump-start immediate action on climate change and guide negotiations on long-term action. It also includes an agreement to working towards curbing global temperature rise to below 2 degrees Celsius, efforts to reduce or limit emissions, and pledges to mobilize $100 billion a year for developing countries to combat climate change.“While I am satisfied that we sealed a deal, I am aware that the outcome of the Copenhagen conference, including the Copenhagen Accord, did not go as far as many have hoped,” Mr. Ban told reporters after returning to New York from Denmark.The two-week-long UN conference in Copenhagen, attended by more than 100 heads of State and government, was marked by interruptions in negotiations due to divisions between States over transparency and other issues. “The leaders were united in purpose, but they were not united in action,” Mr. Ban pointed out, exhorting world leaders to act in concert to ensure that a legally binding treaty is reached next year. Nonetheless, he said that the talks “represent a beginning – an essential beginning,” because without nations hammering out a deal in Copenhagen, the financial and technical support for poorer nations agreed upon would not take immediate effect. read more

UN human rights envoy urges judicial reform in Cambodia

Facing an acute need for a properly functioning court system, Cambodia must take steps to ensure the independence of its judiciary, a United Nations human rights expert argues in a new report.“Implementation of existing laws is poor, the judiciary is weak and prone to corruption, and crimes committed by members of the security forces are often unaddressed,” writes the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for human rights in Cambodia, Peter Leuprecht.Asserting that Cambodia’s courts are failing in their role as an effective balance against executive power, the Special Representative argues that “there is little respect for standards of fair trial, presumption of innocence is ignored, legal assistance is frequently not provided, judges often make arbitrary decisions without taking evidence into account, poor people are not treated equally before the law, and there is open interference from people in positions of power.”The report also raises concerns over the high incidence of police and military involvement in election-related crime. Investigation by human rights groups of intimidation and violence during polling found that local officials, police and members of the armed forces were often involved, reflecting the wider problem of an absence of separation between the ruling party and State institutions.Concerning efforts to put Khmer Rouge leaders on trial, the report notes that a UN-supported tribunal would be optimal, but since this has not proved possible, other possibilities for promoting reconciliation should be considered.“Cambodians of all backgrounds and generations wish to know the truth about what happened and want justice,” Mr. Leuprecht writes, pointing out the difficulty of fighting impunity as long as the crimes of the Khmer Rouge go unpunished.“This is not only a legal matter, but also a fundamentally ethical one,” he says. “Cambodia’s wounded and traumatized society needs healing and justice.” read more

Ethnic violence in March damaged normalization process in Kosovo Annan

In his latest report to the Security Council on the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), the Secretary-General says the deadly onslaught, led by Kosovo Albanian extremists to drive out Kosovo’s Serb, Roma and Askhali communities, was “an organized widespread and targeted campaign” which had seriously damaged the process of normalization and reconciliation. In the end, 19 people were killed, with nearly 1,000 injured, and hundreds of homes and centuries-old Serbian cultural sites razed or burned.This has threatened to destabilize the region, and has called into question the timetable for the successful implementation of the standards that the international community set for Kosovo, the report says. The events had shown that the international community’s determination to ensure Kosovo’s path of coexistence and reconciliation is, on its own, not sufficient.Mr. Annan calls for concrete action to ensure that the violence is not repeated, and stressed the obligations of Kosovo Albanian leaders, as representatives of province’s largest community, to protect the rights of all communities, particularly the minorities.”Forward momentum must be regained, and extremism must not be tolerated,” he says. “There could be no peaceful and prosperous future for Kosovo without respect for the diversity of its people – violence will not be rewarded.”He says politicians must be held accountable and those civil servants who may have participated in, fomented or did nothing to stop the violence must be disciplined. The humanitarian consequences also need to be addressed, and the reconstruction of and compensation for destroyed and damaged property must proceed quickly and effectively.Stressing that UNMIK would continue to operate within the framework provided by the “standards before status” policy, which provides a road map for the interim period, Mr. Annan says finally that, in the wake of the violence, there is more than ever a need for the leadership and society of Kosovo to achieve the standards as a basis for a stable and well-governed entity. read more

Number of Palestinian refugee deaths in Syria increasing UN agency warns

“These deaths mark the end of a particularly tragic week for Palestine refugees in Syria, with an estimated total of 30 killed,” the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) said in a news release. More than 60,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began in early 2011. Recent months have witnessed an escalation in the conflict, which has also left more than four million people in need of humanitarian assistance. According to UNRWA, many of the casualties were caused by the use of heavy weapons and five of the 12 Palestinian refugees killed on 7 February in Yarmouk were members of the same family. “These Palestine refugees are unable to move safely, are subject to severe movement restrictions and face escalating threats from shelling and armed clashes,” UNRWA said, adding that poverty and deprivation are increasing in the Palestinian community, exacerbating vulnerabilities that existed prior to the Syrian conflict. “These developments have left the Palestine refugee community, alongside their Syrian neighbours, profoundly traumatized and fearful of the future.” UNRWA has repeatedly deplored the armed conflict and the extreme suffering it is inflicting on civilians. The agency once again called on all sides to comply with their obligations under international law and ensure the protection of Palestine refugees and other civilians across the country. read more

VIDEO Kristina Kristiansen as playmaker and goalie…

DenmarkEHF EURO 2014Kristina Kristiansen ← Previous Story EHF EURO 2014: Norway in semi-final – Denmark crush Hungarian dreams! Next Story → Romania upset Spain Danish girls had fantastic performance against Hungary 23:20 in Debrecen and came closer to the semi-final spot. Danish head-coach Jan Pytlick outwitted his colleague Nemeth with decision to play in attack without goalkeeper, wizh seven players, two line-players and outstanding Kristina Kristiansen, who was responsible for flying replacement of goalkeeper. Shiny Danish star had outstanding role, even on his goal… read more

Gwyneth Paltrow named the worlds most beautiful woman

first_imgJordan Strauss/AP/Press Association Images5. Jane FondaIan West/PA Wire/Press Association Images6. Jennifer LawrenceJordan Strauss/AP/Press Association Images7. Kelly RowlandBrad Barket/AP/Press Association Images8. Halle BerryChase Rollins/AFF/EMPICS Entertainment9.  Drew BarrymoreTammie Arroyo/AFF/EMPICS Entertainment10. PinkJoe Giddens/PA Wire/Press Association ImagesRead: 7 gas Twitter reactions to the JLS split THE POLLS SHE usually tops generally include the words ‘most annoying’ or ‘irritating celebrities’ but today, People Magazine in the US named Gwyneth Paltrow the most beautiful woman in the world.The 40-year-old mother of two (Apple and Moses, in case you weren’t aware – yes, Apple is a girl child), beat out competition from Kerry Washington, Zooey Deschanel and the luminous Jennifer Lawrence who all featured in the top 10.Although we laughed hopelessly Gwynnie’s concerns about how Apple will pronounce pasta in her adult years, we had to give her kudos for feeling Lee Macks’ hoo-hees on Graham Norton last weekend.See People’s Top 10 list below the video. (YouTube: BBC)People’s 2013 Most Beautiful List:1. Gwyneth PaltrowIan West/PA Wire/Press Association Images2. Kerry WashingtonChris Pizzello/AP/Press Association Images3. Amanda SeyfriedIan West/PA Wire/Press Association Images4. Zooey Deschanellast_img read more

Geek deals 499 for a Haswellpowered Dell Inspiron 15R laptop

first_imgWhen Intel officially launched their next-gen Haswell platform a couple months ago, the chips hit the market pretty fast, albeit mostly in the quad-core, Core i7 varieties. The more affordable chips have rarely been seen, in particular the ULV versions to be found in thin laptops and ultrabooks.That’s finally changing and we’re pretty excited about it, thanks to deals like this Dell Inspiron 15R. The new 5537 model 15R sports the same thin-and-light chassis that was introduced at the beginning of the year, but is now powered by a Core i5-4200U chip. This particular version has incredibly impressive idle power savings, making for impressively long battery life during a light workload. In fact, you’ll find the same chips in Apple’s refreshed MacBook Air that claims up to 12 hours of runtime.The 0.98-inch thin 15R packs a 15.6-inch screen, DVD burner, and full complement of ports for just $499.99. You get a plethora of USB (3.0 and 2.0) ports, HDMI, Ethernet, Wireless-N, Bluetooth, and a bunch more. I especially like that Dell includes in-home service in their one year warranty at no extra cost.We had seen prior deals with the Core i5 chips around this price point, but even those were fairly rare. Now that we’ve got a refreshed model with the impressive new ULV Haswell chips, this deal is downright hot. Getting a slim laptop with large screen, strong battery life, and good performance for $500 is impressive.Dell Inspiron 15R (5537) 15.6-inch laptop for $499.99 + free shipping (reg. $719.99 | use coupon 8BMP3S9Q9FWNBJ)last_img read more

Teacher protests hang over Washington lawmakers in budget season

first_imgSEATTLE — The shadow of the past year’s teacher protest movement is hanging over state capitals, where officials are piecing together the money to make good on promised pay raises and try to forge a sustainable funding formula for the future.From Washington and Arizona to Oklahoma and Texas, state lawmakers are confronting a new political reality that the “Red4Ed” movement left behind.The walkouts that began in February 2018 in West Virginia and spread across the country forced a national conversation about the value of a teacher and the conditions of public school classrooms.It also bolstered the political momentum among teacher unions and education advocates who say they suffered the brunt of many cost-cutting budgets over the years and are now unapologetic about demanding more money and resources.In Olympia, state lawmakers are scrambling to put out a budget after a wave of educator unrest at many school districts last year led to an unprecedented number of walkouts.“What it highlighted — not just in Washington but in many states — is that we were shortchanging our students for too long,” said Rich Wood, Washington Education Association spokesman.last_img read more

Photos See ASA in Action at the Farm Progress Show

first_imgASA President Ray Gaesser (left) and Executive Director Bill Schuermann (right) talk with owa Soybean Association CEO Kirk Leeds (center) at the ASA table in the ISA tent at Farm Progress. ASA farmer leaders and staff attended the 2014 Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa this week, where they spoke with ag media on the policy issues impacting the nation’s soybean farmers, including the potential effect of EPA’s Waters of the U.S.; the RFS and biodiesel’s continued wait for 2014 volume numbers; GMO labeling and the approvals framework for biotechnology traits here in the U.S., in China and in other foreign markets, trade and other important topics. ASA also had a booth in the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) tent, where they met farmers from across the country.See photos from the event below: ASA President Ray Gaesser chats with Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad in the ADM booth at the Farm Progress Show. LDS’ Roger Ward interviews ASA Vice President Ron Moore from Atlanta, Ill., in the media pavilion at the Farm Progress Show.center_img ASA President Ray Gaesser discusses Farm Bill implementation with Chris Clayton of DTN in the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) booth at the Farm Progress Show.last_img read more

Safety health at issue at woolen mill in Washougal

first_imgOne of Oregon’s largest and oldest family-owned businesses, known for its Pacific Northwest-inspired wool apparel and Native American blanket designs.? Headquarters: Portland.? Executives: Bill Lawrence, CEO; Broughton (Brot) Bishop, vice chairman; C. M. (Mort) Bishop III, president; Dennis Simmonds, CFO; John Bishop, vice president and chairman of the board; Charles Bishop, vice president; and Peter Bishop, vice president.? Total employees: 830.? Pendleton Washougal mill: The company’s largest wool-weaving mill.? Where: 2 Pendleton Way, Washougal.? Division manager: Charles Bishop.? Employees: 190.The Washington Department of Labor & Industries has fined Pendleton Woolen Mills $93,300 for 36 “serious” violations of workplace safety and health rules at its textile mill in Washougal. It also tagged the company for five smaller violations that carried no penalties.State officials said Tuesday that their designation of “serious” indicates situations in which a person could be seriously injured or killed. While penalties and fine amounts depend on various factors, said L&I spokeswoman Elaine Fischer, “the thing that really stands out here is the number of serious violations.”In a written statement issued to The Columbian, Charlie Bishop, manager of the Washougal textile mill, said the company “works hard to provide a safe and healthy workplace for all of its employees.” He said he hasn’t seen the official report from L&I, dated June 19 and addressed to Pendleton’s post office box in Portland, where the company is headquartered.Said Bishop: “When we do get the opportunity to review it, we will work with (L&I) to better understand the issues and immediately move forward to correct them.”last_img read more

Winterfest Boat Parade holds award ceremony

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Participants and sponsors of the Winterfest Boat Parade attended the Captain’s Cup, Thursday night, to honor those who helped make the parade possible.The Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade hosted the annual awards ceremony at the Broward County Convention Center.The annual parade brings together dozens of boats all decked out in their holiday best, as they set sail along the Intracoastal Waterway in Fort Lauderdale.WSVN is a proud sponsor of the Winterfest Boat Parade.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

AK Puppet Town

first_img(Photo by John S. Hagen)Haines seems like a quintessential Southeast Alaska town. There are eagles, bears, salmon, big mountains and rough water. It’s a picture-book no stoplight, no movie theater, low crime type of community. But there’s a seedier and eclectic side of Haines that emerged late this winter: the underground puppet scene.Download AudioWe aren’t talking about Muppets. Those fuzzy, funny and googly-eyed characters are not the same as puppets. Not in Haines, Alaska.Here, there are at least three puppet troupes, dozens of self-taught puppeteers and puppet makers and one artist who has traveled to Europe to explore the history of puppetry, Byrne Power.(Photo by John S. Hagen)“What I saw was a puppet troupe who was doing a show – it looked like stuff from their backyards, stuff you’d find at the Salvation Army, rusting metal, old toys – and I said ‘We could do that,’” Power said, at the Sheldon Museum in Haines where he helped curate the puppet exhibit Strung Up and Reconfigured.Power is sort of the father of puppetry in Haines. Almost 10 years ago he gathered a group of artists and formed a puppet troupe. Here’s artist Debi Knight-Kennedy explaining how she fell into the puppet scene.“Byrne came up to me one day before I knew him very well and he said ‘So, you’re a doll maker.’ And I said, ‘No, I make figurative sculpture.’ And he said ‘Yeah, yeah, whatever. So you can make your dolls talk. I’m starting a puppet troupe.’ And that was it. It was all over for me,” Knight-Kennedy said.After a few years, Power stayed with traditional puppetry, while some in the group wandered in a different direction. Now the group is called Geppetto’s Junkyard and consists of more than a dozen people including a plumber, a yogi, a boat builder, retired teacher, jujitsu instructor and others.This winter, they created a show called “Space Lust.” It was described on posters as a cross between steam punk, space cowboy and puppet space opera. It was wild scene of live music, special effects, acting and of course, puppets.The puppets are all hand-made and usually assembled from found objects, like bicycle parts, kitchen gadgets, vacuum hoses and carved wood.Knight-Kennedy’s husband, Gene Kennedy is also in the troupe. He’s a handyman and plumber, but is drawn to creating puppets, like the carved wooden horse he made, with multiple moving parts.(Photo by John S. Hagen)“It’s all wooden cut out plywood,” Kennedy said. “Basically there are four parts to the body and two levers that work in tandem. And the head swings on its own and it’s counterweighted with lead weights so it always comes back to the same place.”Geppetto’s Junkyard has their fans. They pack in the sporadic shows. But no one – especially the puppeteers and actors, pretend they are traditionalists. Power is more so. Back at the museum he says he doesn’t think anyone in Haines is true to traditional puppetry.“There are some puppet styles for instance that take real skill to manipulate. It’s not as simple as you stick your hand up and wiggle it around,” Power said. “You learn very definite things about how to move your hand and it takes months and months of training, years, to be good.”Of the more than 100 puppets in the exhibit, about two-thirds were made locally. There was even one that might be local from several generations ago. It’s a bone, shell and sinew Tlingit puppet on loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Puppets, Power said, cross all cultures.In Haines this winter, puppets were everywhere. Besides the museum exhibit and Geppetto’s Junkyard show, Power also put on a show. Students at the Haines School created their own puppets. There was even a visit from Carlton Smith of Juneau who performs Tlinigt ventriloquism with his puppet, Charlie.Power says he’s drawn to puppets because they still surprise people. He says when he goes on the road with a show, he’s not pigeon-holed because puppets are still edgy and intriguing enough to cross all ages and interests.“Because if you have a music group, you say to someone, ‘Oh what kind of music do you have?’ and they say whatever style of music it is and you say ‘Oh, then you play here.’ But if you have a puppet troupe, the first question is ‘Is it for children?’ and I say, ‘Well, not really.’ And they look kind of blank and say ‘OK’ and you can play for anybody.”And maybe that’s why puppets and Haines go together. For puppeteers like Melina Shields with Geppetos Junkyard, it makes perfect sense.“I think that there’s just something inherently creative that happens by taking these found objects and letting the puppets be born into whoever they are,” Shields said. “And it’s just magic.”last_img read more

District library general body meeting held in Kothagudem

first_imgKothagudem: The district library general body meeting was held at District Library Bhavan in Kothagudem on Monday. The chairman of the district library committee, D Rajendra, and its members discussed 2019-20 financial budget besides several issues pertaining to running the libraries in the district. Speaking on the occasion, the chairman said due to low budget running the libraries was becoming very difficult. Issues related to purchase of new books and development of libraries were also discussed. Members of the committee Arjun, M Bhasker, Srinivas Rao, Dhan Raj, Jayalalitha and Madhavi Latha attended the meeting.last_img read more

Open sewage emits foul smell residents restive

first_imgGachibowli: The open sewage that flows adjacent to buildings at Street No. 1 in Gachibowli presents an ugly eyesore. Residents of the area are vexed over the rising stink and foul smell due to uncovered sewage. Repeated pleas were raised by residents several times and complained to concerned authorities, but nothing is done so far.Locals demand that officials make some alternative arrangement by either covering the `open sewage’ with slabs or at least provide huge pipelines to make the flow smoother and faster. Also Read – Techie strangled to death in Hyderabad Advertise With Us According to a resident, Mohan, “Earlier, effluents used to be released in the nala, but now it has come down. But still people keep throwing heaps of garbage and the stench that emanates from the dirty water has made our lives horrible. The best thing the authorities can do is have those huge pipes through which the dirty water can pass.” A housewife, Purna, suggests that a slab can be laid on the nala and that can be used for parking purpose. “We have been staying here for the last five years and each day is nightmarish,” she said.last_img