SPORT-IPL-RCB-BOARD 2 LT

first_imgRoyal Challengers Bangalore innings:Royal Challengers Bangalore innings: V Kohli* c Ashish Reddy b Mustafizur Rahman14 KL Rahul? c ?Ojha b Henriques 51 AB de Villiersc Williamson b Sran 47 SR Watson run out (Sran) 2 Sachin Baby c Dhawan b Nehra 27 KM Jadhav not out 25 Parvez Rasool c Henriques b Kumar 10 Extras(B-1, W-2) 3 Total: (For 6 wickets in 20 overs) 179 Fall of wickets: 1-42, 2-83, 3-90, 4-129, 5-152, 6-179.Bowling:A Nehra 4-0-32-1, B Kumar 4-0-36-1, Mustafizur Rahman 4-0-34-1, BB Sran 4-0-36-1, MC Henriques 4-0-40-1. PTI ATK ATKlast_img read more

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Bristol County Ground

first_imgThe Bristol County Ground will have three matches will be played in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, doubling the number of Men’s World Cup games the ground has held – one in 1983 and two in 1999.In the recent past, the Bristol County Ground hosted eight matches at the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017, including England’s semi-final win over South Africa.The ground came into existence in 1889, and was bought by the legendary English cricketer WG Grace, as he was a neighbour. The Bristol County Ground has since changed ownership quite a few time until reverting to the Gloucestershire County Cricket Club in 2004 with the county calling it home for nearly 130 years.Opened: 1889Capacity: 7000 (15,000 ODIs)Known as: The Royal & Sun Alliance County Ground; Ashley Down Ground; Fry’s Ground; Phoenix County GroundEnds: Pavilion End, Ashley Down Road EndLocation: Bristol, EnglandICC Cricket World Cup 2019 matches -18:00 IST: AFG vs AUS, Match 415:00 IST: PAK vs SL, Match 1115:00 IST: BAN vs SL, Match 16STATS – ODITotal matches: 24Matches won batting first: 10Matches won bowling first: 13Average 1st Inns scores: 239Average 2nd Inns scores: 210Highest total recorded: 373/5 (50 Ov) by ENGW vs RSAWLowest total recorded: 92/10 (24.5 Ov) by ZIM vs EngHighest score chased: 272/5 (49.3 Ov) by AUS vs EngLowest score defended: 182/10 (50 Ov) by NZ vs Englast_img read more

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Without asking permission, Kylian Mbappé has burst into footballing history

first_imgShare on Pinterest In the Argentina-France game, we saw it as Mbappé running towards goal, three Argentinians chasing behind him. If they didn’t catch him: goal. If they did catch him: penalty. Argentina were poor but Mbappé was colossal, demonstrating a precision at speed that we hadn’t seen since Ronaldo, the fun, talented Brazilian who when he set off was like an entire herd stampeding. France Mbappé, in this year of adaptation to his price and the expectations placed upon him, played well and played OK (he doesn’t know how to play badly). He also saw team-mates of the level of Edinson Cavani and Neymar from up close. A fine education, if you know how to see it, how to look for the right lessons. He had the privilege of being able to imitate essential characteristics: the generous endeavour of Cavani, a striker who covers the entire pitch; Neymar’s magic, conjured up through speed, skill and fantasy. He also ran the risk of imitating other characteristics, ‘learning’ the wrong thing: the Uruguayan’s jealousy towards the Brazilian (remember the penalty crisis?); Neymar’s excessive, sometimes irritating desire to put on a show.And all that he learned at an important club, one of those clubs that help you triumph but don’t forgive you if you do not. In other words: under intense pressure. If a player so young can come out of that cocktail of experiences alive, he is a phenomenon, not just once but twice: for his talent and for his maturity.When Mbappé arrived at the World Cup he was still under observation, an object of expectation. In the first few games neither he nor France appeared comfortable. The midfielders could not generate fluidity in the play and the three forwards distributed the space badly. They won, but did not convince. But the knockout phase came against Messi’s Argentina and Mbappé definitively demonstrated that his talent was as high as the expectations. It was one of those games in which a player walks on to the pitch as someone and, thanks to his enormous talent, walks off again as someone else. Football is an emotional, mind-altering drug, bending perception. Share on Facebook Facebook World Cup 2018 Football is a hard drug that offers immediate satisfaction and indignation; viewed through its prism, Kylian Mbappé can be idolised and Lionel Messi sacrificed in the same game. Reason has nothing to do with it: the drug attacks your emotions – and at the cost of the footballers.Mbappé cost €150m before he was worth that. As there is more money than talent on the market, promise and expectation get bought at the price of reality. The price turned the media spotlight on this prodigious child and so a ceremony of confusion began. Football is a very serious game but it is full of people doing all they can to make idiots of footballers. Kylian Mbappé ‘walked onto the pitch against Argentina as someone and, thanks to his talent, walked off as someone else’. Photograph: Stefan Matzke – sampics/Corbis via Getty Images features Mbappé chose the day that Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo left the World Cup to start his revolution. Without asking permission, without the need to knock discreetly at the door, he burst into footballing history, flattening everything before him. From the first minute, he appeared to be made of wind and steel, taking flight and destroying the Argentinian defence.The conditions were perfect. Argentina tried to keep the ball to control the game but could barely touch France. When your team becomes so rhetorical with the ball, you end up wanting them to lose it sooner rather than later, because if they lose it later, when the opponents are positioned deep, waiting, then the same scene recurs. Read more Richard Williams Share via Email The leap in quality and prestige that Mbappé made against Argentina takes him closer to football’s summit. What remains to be seen is how well, how naturally, he can live up there. His talent appears greater than the dangers that await him. His kingdom requires space and the ball, but he will not always encounter those as easily as he did against Argentina. The risk is that in this football, which celebrates impact, like never before, placing imagery above all else, he satisfies himself with producing plays rather than playing – and they are not the same thing.He has Antoine Griezmann alongside him, from whom he can learn to play while he waits for the move to appear. He can learn collective sense, to help teammates, to be committed tactically, to request the ball to feet as well as in space. When you’re fully connected to the team, integrated with the idea, the move appears without having to go looking for it. The rest will come naturally, a product of an exceptional talent which over the next decade will help us overcome the nostalgia that Messi’s and Ronaldo’s inevitable decline will provoke in us.Mbappé stepped into another dimension against Argentina and as football is full of paradox, something happened to his price too: the same day he proved he was worth what they paid for him, his price doubled.center_img Topics Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Pinterest Kanté’s class takes centre stage and outlasts World Cup’s showier stars Reuse this content Kylian Mbappé has it all – even at £166m he could be a bargain World Cup Twitter Mbappé appeared to be made of wind and steel, taking flight and destroying Argentina Read morelast_img read more

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Tourist Industry to Benefit from JAPEX

first_imgStory Highlights Hosted by the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA), in collaboration with the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), the three-day event (September 23 to 25) sees JHTA members (suppliers), including hotels and attractions, meeting with overseas hospitality and tourism industry wholesalers (buyers) and travel agents to showcase their businesses and negotiate and confirm rates for winter 2018 and beyond. The Jamaica Product Exchange (JAPEX), the annual tourism trade show, is currently in progress at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James, with an impressive group of buyers and sellers networking to advance the industry.Hosted by the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA), in collaboration with the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), the three-day event (September 23 to 25) sees JHTA members (suppliers), including hotels and attractions, meeting with overseas hospitality and tourism industry wholesalers (buyers) and travel agents to showcase their businesses and negotiate and confirm rates for winter 2018 and beyond.“JAPEX has been successfully bringing together the suppliers of Jamaica’s tourism product with the global buyers in the travel industry for some 28 years, and each year, the number of participants keeps growing and growing,” Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett, tells JIS News.“And 2018 is no exception. In addition to local suppliers, which comprise 91 companies and 197 delegates, we have a large contingent of buyers (represented by 69 companies and 97 delegates) from across the world, including Colombia, Mexico, Argentina, Spain, the United States and as far away as Nigeria,” the Minister adds.Mr. Bartlett tells JIS News that JAPEX provides the perfect platform for local suppliers, especially the smaller players, to get much-needed exposure and presence in the marketplace where they can create “personal relationships” with global buyers.He notes that many of the smaller properties and attractions would otherwise have not had the opportunity to go to some of the big trade shows and expositions overseas, thus losing out on some invaluable contacts.“JAPEX gives them the opportunity to interact directly with key industry players. The results have been amazingly encouraging and the tourism sector has been the better for it,” the Minister adds.Mr. Bartlett says he is pleased to see the country’s Tourism Linkages Network well represented at the JAPEX Expo, noting that this will “continue to deepen the linkages between tourism and other key sectors, such as manufacturing, agriculture and entertainment”.He says there is also a heavy international media presence from the USA, Canada, Europe, Latin America and also from the region, with the aim being to push Jamaica aggressively in the marketplace as a first-choice destination.“The importance of JAPEX cannot be overemphasised. It is the single most important business to business travel trade show for Jamaica’s tourism industry,” the Minister argues.“What JAPEX also does is to provide a fantastic opportunity to renew relationships and build partnerships that are so important to tourism’s success. We cannot rely solely on destination marketing to build and maintain a strong brand for our destination. Public-private partnerships have a fundamental role to play in the tourism growth agenda, and we welcome platforms, such as JAPEX, which afford such opportunities and interactions,” Mr. Bartlett says.For his part, President of the JHTA, Omar Robinson, tells JIS News that Jamaica’s rich cultural heritage makes it a natural draw for tourists, adding that some buyer delegates have been asking about heritage tours, featuring the history of the Maroons and the Blue and John Crow Mountains.“We have a duty to respond to the needs of the customers, and that is why we have a show like JAPEX. As the Tourism Minister rightly points out, it’s more than just the sand, sun and sea. The customer wants more than just the beach. The tourist wants to experience the culture of the destination also, and we are here to facilitate that through this important trade show,” Mr. Robinson says.center_img The Jamaica Product Exchange (JAPEX), the annual tourism trade show, is currently in progress at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James, with an impressive group of buyers and sellers networking to advance the industry.last_img read more

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Oprah Names Holland America Lines New Cruise Ship

first_imgHolland America Line, a part of Carnival Corporation, held a naming ceremony for its latest fleet addition, Nieuw Statendam, on February 2.The ship’s godmother, Oprah Winfrey, welcomed the cruise company’s newest vessel to the fleet during the ceremony, which was held aboard Nieuw Statendam at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.We were honored to have Oprah Winfrey dedicate #NieuwStatendam today. Join our newest ship in the Caribbean or Europe in 2019: https://t.co/KhqFinZ4FE. #OMAGonHAL pic.twitter.com/IrW9Neq8Db— Holland America Line (@HALcruises) February 3, 2019Following an overnight in Fort Lauderdale after the dedication, the 2,666-guest Nieuw Statendam departed on a seven-day Caribbean cruise on February 3.Nieuw Statendam was delivered by Fincantieri’s shipyard in Marghera in late November 2018, and is currently sailing throughout the Caribbean. Come summer and fall, the ship will explore Northern Europe and the Mediterranean.Featuring 99,500 gross tons, the almost 300-meter-long Nieuw Statendam is the company’s second Pinnacle-class ship, a sister ship to Koningsdam. Fincantieri will also build the third unit of the series at the Marghera shipyard with delivery scheduled in 2021.last_img read more

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Football Signing Day 2017 is one for the record books with five

OSU coach Urban Meyer smiles during his press conference on National Signing Day on Feb. 1, 2017. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Assistant Sports DirectorOhio State coach Urban Meyer has championed recruiting. The Buckeye program has been known for recruiting and receiving commits from the state’s top football talents. Meyer, however, has done that and taken the program to new heights in recruiting across the country. His second-ranked 2017 class is a perfect example with the most out-of-state signees since he joined OSU.Eight of OSU’s nine early-enrollees were available to the media on Wednesday after team workouts. Here are three stories from National Signing Day.Meyer’s best class adds MunfordFive five-star, 14 four-star and two three-star recruits make up what many consider to be Meyer’s greatest recruiting class not just at OSU, but in his entire coaching career. The class had the most five-star signees in Meyer’s time at OSU. Twelve of the 21 new Buckeyes are ranked in the top five of their respective positions. The Buckeyes became richer on Wednesday with the addition of four-star offensive tackle Thayer Munford.The 21 players in the 2017 class are the fewest Meyer has ever had, but there’s reason for celebrating given the talent he brought in from across the nation, including the state of Texas. However, only 33 percent of the class came from the state of Ohio, which is not enough, Meyer said.“50 percent is kind of the mark that I’ve been trying to (meet). I keep it right in front of me and I stare at it and make sure that we’re doing right,” Meyer said. “I’m glad it worked out with Thayer. We had another spot saved if we wanted to go after an Ohio guy and it just didn’t materialize.”There were no surprises for OSU on Signing Day. Munford actually committed to the Buckeyes a couple days before, Meyer said. OSU targets Marvin Wilson and Jay Tufele signed with Florida State and University of Southern California, respectively.Now with 90 players on scholarship, counting sophomore punter Drue Chrisman who paid his own way in 2016, the Buckeyes have to cut down to 85 players by fall camp.Defensive backs readyThe OSU defensive back class is second to none. And that’s a good thing.With the early departures of cornerbacks Gareon Conley, Marshon Lattimore and safety Malik Hooker to the NFL draft, OSU had to replace its three key members in the secondary. However, Meyer is confident that the recruits in the secondary will help immediately.Jeffrey Okudah and Shaun Wade are the top two cornerbacks of the 2017 class and both could see the field immediately. Those two, cornerback Marcus Williamson and safety Isaiah Pryor enrolled early to get a leg up on the open positions.Wade was the Gatorade National Player of the Year. He and Okudah are taller than most cornerbacks in college, both at 6-foot-1, but have a similar size to former OSU cornerbacks Lattimore and Conley, who will all be in the NFL next season.“I know a spot is open,” Okudah said. “It’s all about competition and I know the best two corners will get on that field. It’s just whatever I make of it.”Wade and Okudah are in the running to start alongside junior cornerback Denzel Ward, who will likely have one of the starting positions in 2017. But the No. 1 junior college cornerback signee Kendall Sheffield has already had the college experience at Alabama, which qualifies him for the starting job.Brendon White’s positionOne of the few Ohio players in this class is Brendon White. He doesn’t have a true position right now, but is arguably the most versatile player in the class. His position is designated “athlete,” but he thinks of himself as a receiver.Meyer told White this offseason that the unexpected early departure of wide receiver Noah Brown left a spot for White. He has been playing on both sides of the ball in workouts and said he likes the comparisons of Darron Lee at linebacker and Michael Thomas at receiver.“It definitely helps (being versatile) because it helps coaches know that I can play different positions,” White said. “If I struggle at wide receiver, I can go to linebacker. If I struggle at linebacker, I can go to safety.”On top of that, White has deep ties in his family to OSU and expressed his interest of becoming a captain in his time at OSU. He has started to do that within the freshman class having been with the team during bowl practice.“When they first got here and the first move-in day was Jan. 9, I told them this warm-up they were about to do was going to be hard,” White said. “After the end of the warm-up, they thought that was our workout and so I was like, ‘We got way more than this.’ We’re doing better now.” read more

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LETTER Govt must release ExxonMobil contract

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related Many persons have been calling on the Government of Guyana to release the full text of the Production Sharing Agreement with ExxonMobil and its partners but the government has refused, consistently, to publish this document.The previous PPP/C administrations of former presidents Janet Jagan, Jagdeo and Ramotar also failed to disclose it and kept it secret since June 1999. So, in a sense, they are all the same.At the GYEITI ‘Outreach’, held at the Marian Academy on July 20, 2017, this question was again put to Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman. Minister Trotman replied that he could not release the contract because of restrictions placed on its release by Section 4 of the Petroleum (Exploration and Production) Act.I, therefore, examined Section 4 which states as follows:‘Subject to Subsection (2) no information furnished or information in a report submitted pursuant to this Act by a licensee shall be disclosed to any person who is not a Minister, a public officer or an employee of the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission except with the consent of the licensee’.Subsection (2) allows for the disclosure of information without the consent of a licensee in seven (7) situations.However, Subsection (3) refers specifically to a petroleum agreement and states as follows:‘Where a licensee is party to a petroleum agreement, the right of the licensee, his servant or agents to disclose information about prospecting or production operations under the licence shall be subject to any restrictions or limitations in that respect specified in the agreement’.Subsection (4) provides for penalties of seventy-five thousand dollars (G$75,000) and imprisonment for three years for contravention of Section 4.First of all Section 4 (1) speaks about ‘information furnished’ or ‘information in a report’ submitted pursuant to the Act by the licensee.The Production Sharing Agreement is neither ‘information furnished’ nor ‘information in a report’.Therefore, Section 4 does not apply at all.Now let me refer you to Subsection (3) which speaks about a petroleum agreement, which is what the public is rightfully demanding to be published.These restrictions affect only the licensee, his servants or agents (not the Minister except, of course, if the said Minister considers himself an agent or servant of ExxonMobil) and deal with information about ‘prospecting or production operations’ and these restrictions have to be ‘specified in the agreement’.There is nothing here about restrictions on publication of the agreement.The language of the law is clear and this Minister as a lawyer should know better than to keep peddling inaccurate information to the public.In an interview in a section of the media dated Sunday, July 23, 2017, Minister Raphael Trotman repeated the lie that the Act ‘does not support the disclosure of contracts’. He then spoke some nonsense about ‘curing a mischief’.The fact of the matter is that the Minister is misleading the public while stubbornly refusing to release the contract. If the Government of Guyana is truly interested in joining EITI, then it must start now by publishing the deal. There is no law that prevents this.The government is far too secretive about matters concerning the people of Guyana, although, in all fairness to Minister Trotman, the previous government, also, behaved in the same way, keeping the original contract secret since June 1999.Yours respectfully,Ramon Gaskin read more

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Persons need to take climate change seriously – Lt Col Craig

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNo need for Venezuelan migrants settling in Guyana to hide – CDC DirectorJanuary 17, 2019In “latest news”CDC collaborating with Exxon to roll out Voluntary Emergency Response Team programmeJanuary 30, 2019In “Business”Guyanese family from hurricane-ravaged Bahamas returns home todaySeptember 15, 2019In “latest news” Acting Director General, Civil Defence Commission, Lieutenant-Colonel Kester CraigActing Director-General of the Civil Defence Commission, Lieutenant-Colonel Kester Craig urged stakeholders to be more proactive in the fight to mitigate climate change.In an invited comment, on day two of the Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management (CAPAM) 2018 Biennial conference, with focus being placed on climate change, the CDC Head said, “this is not the time to sit back and wait” on the impacts of climate change, measures need to be “in place to ensure that we reduce the impact.”He added, “Having a conference focusing on climate governance is critical because the changes that are necessary need to come from the policy level and also be operationalised.”The acting Director-General also remarked that while there are policies and plans tabled, the implementation of these is faced with challenges. He explained “For us to have satisfactory implementation, you must have the governance systems in place at all level,” adding that the key to this is at the individual level.“Persons need to take climate change seriously; persons need to take disaster risk management seriously and start working on reducing their risk on an individual level, that’s the only way we would be able to withstand the impact of climate change.”Lieutenant-Colonel Craig told the Department of Public Information that the sessions have been “enlightening” with “very useful information” being shared among representatives of Commonwealth nations.Participants engaged in a session on TuesdayHe noted that the conference presents an opportunity for public servants to learn about different strategies and tools being used by the international community and utilise what is applicable to Guyana.The Civil Defence Commission head disclosed that he hopes to see “positive social change” after the conclusion of the conference, adding that participants should “take away important messages, important tools and go back to their organisations and start implementing those systems.”CAPAM 2018 continued with sessions on Integrating Risk Management Processes in Decision Making, Balancing Climate Action and Economic Growth, and Strategies for Developing Policies and Engaging Citizens on day two. read more

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Gran Turismo 6 demo now available

first_imgWhile The Last of Us may be held up as the best game ever to be released on the PS3, Sony’s current gen console does have one more new title that will show off what the hardware is capable of. That game is Gran Turismo 6, and today you can download and play the demo.At only 1GB in size it won’t take most broadband connections long to download the demo. Once installed you get access to the Silverstone race track and GT Academy gameplay. Basically the demo teaches you to hone your driving skills in order to bring your lap time down.Sony is also using the demo as a way to promote GT Academy 2013, which will see gamers setting the fastest laps invited to take part in a real-world driver development program. All you need to do to enter is play the demo, unlock the bonus content, and set the fastest lap time you can. The fastest gamers will be invited to Silverstone to race in a Nissan sports car. The GT Academy 2013 contest is open until July 28 with the only requirement being you are over 18.Even if the racing academy doesn’t interest you, the Gran Turismo 6 demo is still worth downloading. It’s probably going to be the game that pushes the PS3 hardware the hardest and demonstrates just how much performance can be squeezed out of a 7-year-old console. Sony will also be hoping you enjoy the free demo enough to pre-order and purchase the full game later this year.last_img read more

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Ukip leader Paul Nuttall resigns

first_img 15,139 Views By Aoife Barry Share43 Tweet Email1 Ukip leader Paul Nuttall resigns He said that the party was a victim of its own success, despite the fact it failed to retain its one seat in the UK general election. Paul Nuttall. Image: PA Wire/PA Images Jun 9th 2017, 10:50 AM https://jrnl.ie/3435135 Short URLcenter_img Paul Nuttall. Friday 9 Jun 2017, 10:50 AM 28 Comments UKIP LEADER PAUL Nuttall has resigned from the party after it failed to win any seats in the UK’s general election.In a press conference this morning, he told reporters that Ukip had been a “victim of its own success”, Sky News reports.It failed to win any seats in this week’s general election in the UK. The Guardian reports that the party’s vote share was down to 2% in this election, compared to 12.6% under Nigel Farage in 2015.The party had also suffered major losses in the local elections last month.Read: Varadkar says Farage ‘takes the biscuit’ with ‘hilarious’ comment that the EU is ‘stoking Irish nationalism’> Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: PA Wire/PA Imageslast_img read more

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Vancouver police locate missing woman 75

first_imgVancouver police say Irene Holden, 75, likely walked away from her home Friday morning. (Vancouver Police Department) Update: Irene Holden, 75, has been located and is safe, according to police._______________________________________________________________________________________________________Vancouver police are asking for help in locating a missing elderly woman.Police officers were dispatched around 10:25 a.m. Friday to the 1400 block of Officers Row for a welfare check, Vancouver Police Department said in a news release.The officers determined that someone called the woman’s relative to report she was sick. When police went to check on her, she was not home. It is believed she walked off, the police department said.Irene Holden, 75, is described as having a small build and short white and gray hair. She is not associated with any vehicle, police said.“A check with local hospitals turned up negative for Irene who has unknown medical issues at this time,” police said.Anyone with information about Holden’s possible whereabouts should call 911 as soon as possible.last_img read more

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A CHANGING WORLD IS THE GAMBIAN LEADERSHIP TAKING NOTE

first_imgrather than an armed insurrection is achieving dividend as the Parliament of many countries give their recognition of Palestinian nationhood, including a continental parliament like the European Parliament. The Pan African Parliament should not be left behind. The attempt to remove Hamas from the list of terrorist organisations should motivate the organisation to adopt democratic and Republican values which makes every Palestinian a sovereign citizen of Palestine who could assume any office regardless of gender, religion or other identities. The Palestinian struggle for nationhood would gain an accelerated power of motion if the united front learns from the most democratic constitutions of the world and promulgate a Republican constitution which would make Palestine the most democratic country in the Middle East.This is the only way Palestine would win the heart of the world and embolden the democratic forces in Israel which are now dormant because of not knowing what to expect from the forces of resistance in Palestine. Consequently, the forces of national and racial chauvinism in Israel are posing to be the real protectors of the Israeli people from a potential holocaust of Arab origin. They have gone to the point of cultivating narrow nationalism by declaring Israel a Jewish state. Hence it has joined the rank of those states where one’s identity determines one’s status. It is this type of ideology which leads to hatred of others and ethnic cleansing.This is opportunity for Palestine to be declared an open society which belongs to its citizens irrespective of religion or origin. This is the way Palestine would overshadow Israel in the world stage and pull the carpet from under the feet of the national chauvinists in Israel and give more power to the democratic forces which could ensure that a democratic Palestinian Republic would exist side by side with a democratic Israeli Republic. This will contribute to the reshaping of world history which is now taking a new turn as the US and Cuba begins   a process of rapprochement and Iran moves towards consensual diplomacy rather than confrontational diplomacy.With an Iran that focuses on creating prosperity for its citizens under a climate that yields enlarging democracy the external threat posed to the monarchs of the Middle East would diminish, Lebanon would be free to look inwards and resolve its own internal contradictions which could only be solved by embracing democratic, Republican and secular values. A stable, democratic and secular Republic in Palestine and Lebanon would provide examples for Yemen, Oman,Bahrain, Syria and Iraq. After Syria and Iraq were led by secular Bath parties, only genuinely democratic secular Republics could guarantee religious tolerance, stability and prosperity in liberty.With US and Cuba embracing consensual diplomacy confrontational diplomacy is likely to give way to consensual diplomacy throughout Latin America thus putting an end to the bloody conflicts which is likely to be followed by popular wave of the sovereign people of Latin America for democratic secular Republics. This is the new trend in the world and those who ignore this would do so at their own peril.The Gambian leadership should take note that with this new trend, the political landscape in the world would no longer be the same.   We are now moving towards very momentous times. History is in the making and Foroyaa will continue to keep the public informed. ]]>last_img read more

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Local psychologist stakes out Emotional Vampires at Work

first_imgVancouver clinical psychologist and author Al Bernstein uses humor to deal with pain, knowing there’s too much pain and too little humor in many workplaces.Bernstein’s wit comes out in his new book’s title: “Emotional Vampires at Work.” It’s the latest in a self-help series that began with “Dinosaur Brains” in 1980 and the first devoted exclusively to personality disorders at work.The pain discussed in Bernstein’s pages comes out in the countless examples most workers would find all too familiar: messy interactions with bosses and co-workers the author categorizes as antisocials, histrionics, narcissists, obsessive-compulsives, and paranoids.These groupings are filled with vampires who will suck you dry, if you let them, he says. And they are everywhere. “Vampires stalk you even as we speak,” Bernstein says in the book’s opening sentence. But he cautions that we need to look not only at others but at ourselves and our own workplace behavior.Bernstein, who turns 65 this month, draws his source material from his 40 years as a clinical psychologist, much of it as the sole practitioner at his Vancouver office. He turned to writing and offering consulting services as a way to share some of his insights drawn from private practice.last_img read more

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Surprise Inspection Finds High Radiation Levels At Acuren Facility

first_imgA testing and inspection company with facilities in Kenai is in trouble with the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission. A surprise inspection of Acuren’s facility earlier this month revealed high levels of radiation outside the building.Download Audiolast_img

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Fairbanks building awaits demolition… or revitalization

first_imgA group of Fairbanks city leaders are working to find money to demolish the Polaris building. They’ve grown frustrated awaiting action on the deteriorating downtown high rise.Polaris building. Photo: Dan Bross/KUAC.Download AudioAnchorage real estate developer Marc Marlow has been trying for over a decade to secure financing to renovate the long abandoned 1950s Polaris Hotel into apartments, and city council member David Pruhs is through waiting.“We should just knock it down and be done with it,” Pruhs says.Pruhs, who leads a Polaris work group, says city condemnation enables demolition of the 11 story concrete structure, but it would cost millions.“It’d be beyond our budget at the city of Fairbanks… so our task is to go see if we can find federal funds.”Polaris owner Marc Marlow of Anchorage could not be reached for comment but city council member Jim Matherly, an ex-banker says, he’s in regular communication.“His intention is to still revitalize it,” Matherly says.Matherly says Marlow, who’s been successful with similar projects in Anchorage, is awaiting response on a federal funding application. Matherly says something needs to happen given the building’s condition.“It’s ugly. It’s a huge albatross around his neck and the city’s neck.”City Mayor John Eberhart is optimistic that if the Polaris goes it can be replaced with something new.“That site was identified as the best site in Fairbanks for a performing arts center.”Councilman Pruhs says no timeline is set for Marlow to take action on the Polaris.“His deadline is us getting the money to knock it down.”Pruhs says that could take years.last_img read more

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BDR carnage HC verdict on appeals 26 Nov

first_imgFile photoThe High Court is set to deliver its verdict on 26 November on the death reference and appeals of 152 convicts filed against the death penalty in the Pilkhana BDR mutiny case, reports UNB.A two-member HC bench comprising justice Md Abu Zafor Siddique and justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder will pronounce the judgment, said deputy attorney general KM Zahid Sarwar.Earlier on 3 April last, a three-member special HC bench, led by justice Shawkat Hossain, kept the verdict as Curia Advisari Vult (CAV) after concluding the hearing on the appeals and the death reference.A Dhaka court on 5 November, 2013 sentenced 152 soldiers of the erstwhile Bangladesh Rifles and two civilians to death, and 161 others to life imprisonment for their involvement in the BDR mutiny.A total of 257 appeals were filed with the High Court against the lower court verdict.Seventy-four people, including 57 army officials, were killed in the BDR mutiny on 25-26 February in 2009 at the Pilkhana headquarters in Dhaka.The paramilitary force was later renamed Border Guard Bangladesh.last_img read more

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The Beginners Guide to Demonology

first_img “How do I a summon a demon?” It’s a shockingly common question, as evidenced by the most popular, successful piece I’ve ever written for Geek.com. Since 2015, internet users have flocked to that article, many of them reaching out to me privately on social media for advice. I’ve lost track of how many overeager, underprepared souls have asked me for help summoning demons. That’s why I’m back, here to definitively answer some of the most frequently asked questions about demonology.Are demons real?Yes. Absolutely. But probably not how you think. The common conception of demons – the horns, the hooves, the red skin, and pitchforks – is a concoction of Christianity. During the Christian church’s rise, the religion was able to simply stomp out most religions with the backing of the Roman Empire. But some proved more resilient than others due to how deeply they were lodged in human consciousness. Many of those religions and concepts were absorbed by the Christian cosmology, with regional demigods and deities becoming saints. But this tact didn’t work for one of the most resilient deities: The Horned God.It’d take a full article to explore the prevalence and pervasiveness of the Horned God, who appears in numerous cultures worldwide. Though the specifics of his role and worship differ, he is invariably a god of the visceral and corporeal, wholly at odds with the spiritual priority of Christianity. This is, perhaps, clearest in his Greek representations: The god of wine, creation, fertility, and madness, Dionysus, and his half-goat attendants, the satyrs.There was no room in Christianity for such an entity, as his worship would undermine the religion’s central tenets (the emptiness of the physical world and the promise of a better one beyond it) and yet, the Horned God was too deeply ingrained in the zeitgeist to simply wipe out. So Christianity recast the Horned God and his followers as antagonists: The devil and his legions of demons.All of this, however, leads to another obvious question…What are demons?Christianity’s demons are a recontextualization of what demons truly are, a concept that is, once again, most clearly illustrated by the ancient Greeks. The word demon itself is derived from the Greek daemon, which is a much broader and more difficult to define concept than the hell-borne tempters and tormenters that demons are typically seen as today.Daemons are, for lack of a better term, spirits. They can act as malicious demons, guardian angels, creative muses or even just animating principles. In fact, the last role is probably the best way to see them: Entities outside of ourselves that can have a profound impact on the people they interact with through their embodiment of larger ideals. In fact, when Greek cultures revered a ruler as a god, it was the ruler’s daemon that they actually deified, the force or principle or concept that empowered the leader to perform their great feats.It’s tempting to see this explanation as a dismissal of demons and their power, but that’s certainly not the intent. In fact, demons as animating principles or concepts are far more powerful and useful than an evil red creature birthed from the bowels of hell.Which raises our next question…What can demons do?The simple, glib answer to this is anything and everything. That’s because demons are one in the same with the concept or concepts they represent – if a principle or ideal exists, then there’s a demon that embodies it. So whether you’re looking for money, love, career success, a sense of inner peace or something else entirely, there is a demon that you can reach out to for help.That being said, just because a demon can do anything and everything, that doesn’t mean that it will. Demons exist as disembodied principles and ideals until a human summoner gives them life, personality and even in some advanced cases, a body. This is why so many people have so little success regarding summoning demons, as they assume that it’s a path to quick success, a way to get what they want without any work, which couldn’t be further from the truth.Demons can do anything, but they only have the power that we give them. What this means is that in order for demons to accomplish great things, their summoners must imbue them with great power, which is even more difficult than it sounds. In fact, generally speaking, except in the case of rare, rare talents, summoning a demon is far more work than getting what you want the old-fashioned way: Rolling up your sleeves and putting the work in.If, however, through hard work, study, practice and dedication, you are able to summon and manifest a demon – either through invocation or evocation – the rewards can be immense. In fact, what a demon can accomplish is only limited by your imagination and your commitment to the principle by which the demon is animated.This is because of demons’ intimate relationship with the only true form of magic in existence: Language. Language is the only way to create something from nothing – language gives form to ideas and concepts that would not exist otherwise, it’s language that creates the principles and ideals that are identical with demons. It is language that enables sentient thought, and in a very real way, it is language that actually creates life, a simple truth that Christianity picked up on: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (King James Version, John 1.1)Outside of simple user error, there’s also another big reason why demons typically don’t accomplish what the summoner desires of them, and it’s tied into many summoners’ expectations that demonic interactions are inherently transactional in nature.What do I have to give a demon?Because of the way that demons have been equated with only negative, malicious spirits – which certainly do exist – there is the widely held belief that to summon a demon, you must give them something. And that the more you want from them, the more you have to sacrifice. This belief has been reinforced through generations’ worth of stories, everything from Faust to Ghost Rider.While successful interactions with demons can certainly be transactional in nature, they absolutely do not have to be. But if you view them that way, if you summon a demon with the expectation that it will require something of you or, even worse, will end up screwing you in the end, as so often happens in fictional tales of demonic summonings…they absolutely will.This is because of what we discussed earlier: It is the summoner that creates the demon, that gives it its power, defines its limits and establishes its behavior. The truth is that demons don’t want anything but to exist, to exert the animating principle with which they are associated. It is, therefore, up to the summoner and the summoner alone to figure out how to harness that power. The simplest, easiest way – the most obvious in a capitalistic society such as ours – is some kind of transaction. But it’s far from the only one.By now, if you’ve been paying attention, your head is probably swimming with contradictions, ideas, plans and, most notably, one final all-important question, the one that began this article: “How do I summon a demon?”For the answer to that, stay tuned for upcoming articles that go in depth on the subtle, but important difference between evocation and invocation, the many practical things that demons can do for you and, of course, advice on how to summon demons yourself.Aubrey Sitterson is a comic book writer and podcaster. You can find him on Twitter and his work on his website, and yes, he summons demons on a daily basis. ‘Hellboy’ and the History of Heroes From HellGo to Hell With ‘Darksiders’ and These Other Nintendo Switch… Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

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This Is What a 19th Century British Assassin Looked Like

first_img This image of John Bellingham, the only person to have successfully assassinated a British Prime Minister, doesn’t look that impressive.But behind that blank stare and stodgy smile is powerful technology.The portrait, revealed this week by Queen Mary University of London, was created through forensic reconstruction based on a skull.AdChoices广告Known for executing Prime Minister Spencer Perceval in 1812, Bellingham was publicly hanged, and his skull preserved at Queen Mary’s Pathology Museum.Nearly 200 years later, forensic imaging expert Hew Morrison used the bones to digitally reconstruct Bellingham’s face around the time of his death.“This is a novel way to engage the public with a previously one-dimensional ‘specimen,’” Carla Valentine, a technician at Queen Mary’s Pathology Museum, said in a statement. “In this project, we specifically opted to reconstruct a well-known figure in order to reinstate his personality.”John Bellingham’s skull (via Queen Mary University of London)Born in England in 1769, Bellingham’s work as an agent for importers and exporters twice took him oversees to Russia. In the early 1800s, he was accused of a debt and jailed in the foreign country; upon release, he attempted to impeach the Governor-General, and was again imprisoned.When Bellingham finally returned to England in 1809, he unsuccessfully petitioned for compensation over his incarceration. Four years later he renewed his fight. And when a civil servant in the Foreign Office told him he was at liberty to take whatever measures he thought proper, Bellingham purchased two .50 calibre pistols and shot Perceval in the heart.During his trial, Bellingham admitted he would have preferred to shoot the British Ambassador to Russia, but insisted that, as a wronged man, he was justified in killing the representative of his oppressors.As the punishment for murder at the time was to be “hanged and anatomized,” the killer’s skull was consigned to the museum, where it remains the most famous item in the collection.John Bellingham (via Queen Mary University of London)“A skull which has been denuded of its facial features—and therefore its identity—has less of an impact on a museum visitor than being able to see the person’s face,” Valentine said. “The impersonal presentation of a skull can also be seen as creating a ‘spectacle’ out of the person, which is an issue when we work hard to display human remains to the public in an appropriate manner.”So, with Bellingham’s living relative’s permission, Morrison got to work rebuilding the 19th century assassin’s mug.Using a large database of high-resolution photographs of human faces, computer software helped combine and blend everything together to create the completed simulation.“John Bellingham would have had a long, narrow, slightly downturned nose,” Morrison, who created the face of Bronze Age woman ‘Ava,’ explained. “I gave him a neutral expression as I treated this like any other facial reconstruction.”And while hair color, eye color, and skin tone can’t be determined from skeletal remains, Morrison used his expertise to add a suitable hairstyle, as well as period clothes.“Despite committing the crime that he was found guilty of and subsequently executed for,” he said, “I did not feel the need to make him look bad or mean in any way.”More coverage on Geek.com:DNA Facial Prediction May Threaten Personal PrivacyWould You Pay $10K For This AI-Generated Portrait?Infrared Imaging Reveals Hidden Secrets Beneath Picasso Painting NASA Engineers Are Working on Exploring Robots for Future MissionsLondon Police’s Facial Recognition System Has 81 Percent Error Rate Stay on targetlast_img read more

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