Cong culture antithesis of Gandhian thought PM

first_imgNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday used the anniversary of the Dandi March to target the Congress and said the “anti-thesis” of Gandhian thought is the opposition party’s culture.In a blog post to mark the 89th anniversary of the Dandi March, he said, Mahatma Gandhi “taught us to think of the plight of the poorest person” and “we have seen and thought about how our work impacts that person.” “I am proud to say that in all aspects of our government’s work, the guiding consideration is to see how it will alleviate poverty and bring prosperity. Sadly, the anti-thesis of Gandhian thought is the Congress culture,” Modi said. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF DayThe prime minister said that while Gandhi did not believe in inequality and caste divisions, “sadly, the Congress has never hesitated from dividing society.” “The worst caste riots and anti-Dalit massacres happened under Congress rule,” he alleged in the blog post. Continuing his attack, the prime minister said though Gandhi held that detachment and staying away from excess wealth was necessary, “all that the Congress has done is to fill their own bank accounts and lead luxurious lifestyles at the cost of providing basic necessities to the poor.” Alleging that Congress and corruption have become “synonyms”, Modi said his government has done everything to punish the corrupt. “The nation has seen how Congress and corruption have become synonyms. Name the sector and there will be a Congress scam – from defence, telecom, irrigation, sporting events to agriculture, rural development and more,” he said.last_img read more

Petronas extends takeover bid for Progress in hopes of winning approval

CALGARY — Petronas Canada has extended the deadline for its takeover bid for Progress Energy Resources Corp. in hopes it will be able to salvage the deal.The federal government derailed the $6-billion takeover of the Calgary-based company earlier this month after it denied it approval under the Investment Canada Act.Petronas says the deadline had been extended by 30 days to Nov. 30 and may be extended again.However, Petronas says it has met with Industry Canada and plans to submit a revised proposal in hopes of winning approval.The Petronas-Progress decision comes as Ottawa also weighs the more politically troublesome $15.1-billion takeover of Nexen Inc. by China National Offshore Oil Co.A key issue with both deals is that the bidders are state-controlled companies, raising concerns about how much control of Canadian resources should be in the hands of foreign governments. read more

Port Dover Lions update sign

The Port Dover Lions recently upgraded the entrance sign at Lions Silver Lake Park, almost 20 years after purchasing the land.The 28-acre park purchased about 20 years ago from the former Ivey Greenhouse Company is the anchor property for the Lions Club in Port Dover.It takes a whole crew of Lions to maintain the land for the various community events that are hosted in Silver Lake Park, the club said in a media release. These events include weekly Saturday Markets, Canada Day celebrations, the Show & Shine Car Show, youth soccer, Shakespeare in the Park, and weddings. read more

QuickFacts What you need to know about Enbridges Line 3 project

by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 29, 2016 12:51 pm MDT Last Updated Nov 29, 2016 at 1:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – A quick look at the Line 3 oil pipeline replacement project proposed by Enbridge (TSX:ENB):Estimated Cost: $7.5 billionRoute: 1,660 kilometres between Hardisty, Alta., to Superior, Wisc. Crosses through Saskatchewan, Manitoba, North Dakota and Minnesota.Capacity: Would restore the pipeline’s original regulated capacity of 760,000 barrels of oil per day and allow for further expansion to 915,000 barrels per day. The line is almost half a century old and its regulated maximum output has been reduced to about 390,000 barrels per day. The oil goes to refinery markets in Chicago, the U.S. Gulf Coast and the Eastern U.S. and Canada.Background: In April, the National Energy Board recommended approval of the Canadian part of the project with 89 conditions. Line 3 already has a U.S. presidential permit but still requires state regulator approvals.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said Line 3 would be Enbridge’s most expensive project. QuickFacts: What you need to know about Enbridge’s Line 3 project read more

ExBoston slugger David Ortiz shot at Dominican Republic bar

Former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is hospitalized following surgery for a gunshot wound after being ambushed by a man in a bar in his native Dominican, authorities said.Dominican National Police Director Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte said Ortiz was at the Dial Bar and Lounge in Santo Domingo around 8:50 p.m. Sunday when the gunman approached from behind and shot him at close range. Ortiz was taken to the Abel Gonzalez clinic, where he underwent surgery, and his condition was stable, Bautista said.Ortiz’s father, Leo, speaking to reporters outside the clinic, said his son was out of danger and there wasn’t any collateral damage, meaning no damage to major organs. He said he had no idea why someone would have shot at his son.“He is out of surgery and stable; he is resting,” Leo Ortiz said. “Big Papi will be around for a long time.”The Boston Red Sox, in a statement early Monday, said they have been notified by Ortiz’s family that he sustained a gunshot wound to his “lower back/abdominal region” and that he is recovering after surgery.The Red Sox said they offered the Ortiz family “all available resources to aid in his recovery” and they will continue to keep them in their hearts.The alleged gunman was captured and beaten by a crowd of people at the bar, Bautista said. He said police are waiting until the man undergoes treatment for his injuries before questioning him.Investigators are trying to determine whether Ortiz was the intended target, Bautista said.Two other people were wounded, Bautista said, including Jhoel Lopez, a Dominican TV host who was with Ortiz. Bautista said police believe Lopez was wounded by the same bullet.Lopez was shot in the leg and his injuries were not life-threatening, said his wife, Liza Blanco, who is also a TV host.Police did not identify the third person or detail that person’s injuries.The Dial Bar and Lounge is located in eastern Santo Domingo on Venezuela Avenue, a bustling nightlife district packed with dance clubs and pricey bars that Ortiz is known to frequent. Ortiz, who lives at least part of the year in the Dominican, is often seen getting his cars washed and hanging out with friends including other baseball players, artists and entertainers.The 43-year-old Ortiz hit 541 homers in 20 major league seasons, including 14 with the Red Sox. He helped lead Boston to three World Series titles and retired after the 2016 season. He was a 10-time All-Star and World Series MVP in 2013. read more

Gators Suspend Starting Point Guard Scottie Wilbekin

Florida coach Billy Donovan declined to divulge why he suspended junior starting point guard Scott Wilbekin indefinitely.The 6-foot-2 playmaker did not do anything criminal or anything that would be considered an NCAA violation, Donovan said. Donovan said “information was brought to me” early Thursday that led to the suspension.“Scottie is a good kid who made some choices and did some things that I’m not going to have him a part of,” Donovan said.Donovan was unsure when Wilbekin would return.“How long it lasts, I don’t know,” he said. “But right now, I felt like he didn’t need to be here or playing in this game.”The Gators also will be without swingman Casey Prather, who sustained his second concussion in nine days earlier in the week. Throw in the unexpected departure of forward Cody Larson last month and Florida will have just five returning players and four freshmen for the opener.“This throws a wrench,” Donovan said. “We’ve got to do some things in practice to make some adjustments going into this game. You’ve taken three veterans players off of our team. Instead of having eight guys, you’re really down to five. Our freshmen are going to get a chance to play.”Kenny Boynton will move to point guard, and Donovan said either freshman Michael Frazier or senior Mike Rosario will start at shooting guard.Wilbekin averaged 2.3 points last season playing behind Erving Walker. With Walker gone, the Gators expected much more from Wilbekin this season. He is the son of a minister and hasn’t been known to get into trouble.“I think Scottie will learn from this, grow from this and I think he’ll be better from it,” Donovan said. “Like anything else, when you’re dealing with anybody, none of are immune from making mistakes or making poor choices and doing things.”Donovan said Wilbekin regretted his mistake.“He’s very, very remorseful,” Donovan said. “He feels very, very bad. Internally, really, really hurt by it. Took responsibility, accepted being accountable. I think he understands. For me as a coach, I think a lot of times it’s a lot bigger than the outcome.” read more

Feeling stressed Sniff your partners jumper to calm down say scientists

first_imgThe study may help understand why a sweaty commute is so objectionable  Women became more stressed when asked to smell the sweat of strangers  “With globalization, people are increasingly traveling for work and moving to new cities,” said Dr Chen.“Our research suggests that something as simple as taking an article of clothing that was worn by your loved one could help lower stress levels when you’re far from home.” The women were then asked to smell either an unworn t-shirt, a shirt from their partner, or one from a stranger, before undergoing a mock job interview to raise their stress levels.The researchers found that women who smelled their partner’s shirts felt less stressed both before and after the interview.Those who smelled their partner’s shirt also felt less stressed before and after the test.  And the effect was greater in the woman that recognised that the scent belonger to their partner, suggesting the benefits are strongest when people know what they are smelling.Conversely, women who has smelled a stranger’s scent had higher cortisol level than the control unworn t-shirt group throughout the stress test. For the study, researchers recruited 96 straight couples and the man was asked to where a clean t-shirt for 24 hours without using deodorant, or other scented products. They were also asked refrain from smoking or eating strong smelling foods. Women became more stressed when asked to smell the sweat of strangers  Women may complain about the smell of their husband’s dirty laundry but a new study has found the odour of a romantic partner’s clothing can help lower stress.In new research published this week in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, academics found that sniffing the sweaty cast-offs of a loved one, decreases levels of the stress hormone cortisol and instills a sense of calm.But be warned, the opposite effect happens when smelling the body odour of a stranger, an effect to which most commuters can relate.Canadian researchers, from the University of British Columbia, said the new findings explained why women sometimes choose to wear a partner’s jumper or t-shirt when they are away from home.“Many people wear their partner’s shirt or sleep on their partner’s side of the bed when their partner is away, but may not realize why they engage in these behaviours,” said Marlise Hofer, the study’s lead author and a graduate student in the UBC department of psychology.“Our findings suggest that a partner’s scent alone, even without their physical presence, can be a powerful tool to help reduce stress.” The authors speculate that evolutionary factors may influence why the stranger’s scent makes people feel more stressed.“From a young age, humans fear strangers, especially strange males, so it is possible that a strange male scent triggers the ‘fight or flight’ response that leads to elevated cortisol,” added Hofer.“This could happen without us being fully aware of it.”Dr Frances Chen, the study’s senior author and assistant professor in the UBC department of psychology, said the findings could have practical implications to help people cope with stressful situations when they’re away from loved ones. The study may help understand why a sweaty commute is so objectionable last_img read more

Police officer among six men arrested over awarding of PSNI vehicle contracts

first_imgThe Police Service expects its officers and staff to behave professionally, ethically and with the utmost integrity at all times.“Any conduct which brings or is likely to bring discredit on the Service will be investigated to establish whether or not a breach of the Code of Ethics has occurred. This may, as a result, lead to a criminal investigation.”The suspects have been taken to the Serious Crime Suite at Antrim police station for questioning.Read: 16 cars, including two stolen from the Republic recovered in Newry>Read: PSNI chief to face questions on controversial ‘on the runs’ letters> A POLICE OFFICER is among six men arrested as part of an investigation into the awarding of a number of PSNI vehicle contracts.Two men were arrested in England and are being brought to Northern Ireland for questioning.While four men were arrested in counties Antrim, Down and Tyrone.Those arrested in Northern Ireland include a 48-year-old police officer, a 37-year-old member of police staff, a 54-year-old former police officer and a 62-year-old civilian.The two civilians arrested in England are aged 34 and 54.The suspects were arrested by the Serious Crime Branch on suspicion of a range of offences including bribery, misconduct in public office and procuring misconduct in public office.A number of searches at homes and business premises have been carried out and several items have been seized.The PSNI spokesperson stated that:last_img read more

Morning snow freezing rain delays Clark County schools

first_imgSome Clark County schools are delayed after snow mixed with freezing rain fell this morning.The National Weather Service had a weather advisory in place until 8 a.m. today, warning that the freezing rain and snow, though that has since turned to rain. The agency warned that the precipitation could lead to snow and ice accumulation in parts of the region.Schools in the Washougal School District are among those that are on a two hour delay schedule today. For a full list of school delays and closures, click here.The precipitation left a thin layer of slush on the roads in some areas, though the morning commute does not appear to be moving any slower than usual.C-Tran had its morning buses on snow route, but resumed normal operations just after 8 a.m., today. The Ridgefield and LaCenter Connector services, which were previously canceled, will resume at noon.last_img read more

Man who tried to lure teenage girls in Escondido sentenced to eight

first_img VISTA (KUSI) — A man who tried to lure a number of underage girls into his car in Escondido, and succeeded in getting a young woman to get into his vehicle, was sentenced Tuesday to eight years in state prison.Spicer Van Allen Conant, 46, pleaded guilty last month to felony charges of kidnapping, contact with a minor with intent to commit a sexual offense and unlawful possession of an assault rifle.The defendant, who will be required to register as a sex offender for life, expressed remorse for his actions and apologized to his victims, even though there were none in the courtroom, said Deputy District Attorney Garret Wong.Conant was arrested during a traffic stop in Escondido the morning of March 21, 2017, minutes after an 18-year-old woman agreed to get into his red 1994 Mazda Miata convertible. In the trunk of the suspect’s car, police found an assault rifle and about 1,000 rounds of ammunition, Lt. Justin Murphy said.Beginning in May 2016, Conant drove up alongside girls and women on various Escondido roadways, asked them for directions to nearby streets or freeways and then urged them to get into his car, Murphy said.Following the first several suspected abduction attempts, which involved girls ages 15 and 16, police identified Conant as the suspect via a cellphone photo taken by a witness, Murphy said.Though they ultimately decided that no crimes had occurred during those incidents, detectives interviewed Conant and put out a public bulletin seeking other potential victims. None came forward, and the case was closed, the lieutenant said.Last March 15, a man matching Conant’s description and driving a red older-model Mazda Miata approached a 27-year-old woman and asked her for directions, Murphy said. After she complied with his request, the driver began insisting that she get into his vehicle to show him the way. Growing suspicious, the woman took a photo of him with her cellphone, at which point he drove off. Murphy said.Due to the clear similarities with the earlier suspected abduction attempts, detectives put Conant under surveillance.About 6:30 a.m. on March 21, Conant left his home, drove into Escondido and approached five female pedestrians — four of them minors — over a period of about 90 minutes, the lieutenant said. The first four declined his exhortations to get into his car, but when the fifth pedestrian consented, officers promptly pulled Conant over and took him into custody, Murphy said. January 16, 2018 Man who tried to lure teenage girls in Escondido sentenced to eight years Posted: January 16, 2018 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Crime FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Elderly man missing while waiting for connecting flight at MIA

first_imgMIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, FLA. (WSVN) – An elderly man went missing at Miami International Airport while waiting for his connecting flight, Sunday.According to police, 77-year-old Jesus Buena Santos went missing when he became separated from his family at Miami International Airport while waiting for his connecting flight to Chicago.Santos suffers from memory loss and may have been confused at the time.Santos is described as a black, Hispanic male who stands 6 feet 6 inches tall.He was last seen wearing a light blue, long-sleeved shirt with blue jeans, black shoes and a blue baseball cap with a red Nike logo.If you have any information on Santos’ whereabouts, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Ohio Needs StateWide Military Affairs Office Task Force Concludes

first_imgIn an attempt to keep up with other states, Ohio should establish a military affairs office that reports to the governor, according to a new report from a task force chaired by state Rep. Rick Perales (R). The office would craft a strategy for growing the state’s defense presence, assess the strengths and weaknesses of its installations, pursue new missions, assist communities dealing with a closure or downsizing, and oversee a revolving loan fund to finance infrastructure projects linked to bases’ health, reports the Toledo Blade.A new office would help ensure the state is always prepared for the possibility of base closures, regardless of whether a new BRAC round is scheduled, Perales said. “It’s not about that 2021 BRAC. It could happen tomorrow, and if we’re not prepared, I guarantee other states will be prepared,” he said. Perales introduced a House bill creating an office of government and military affairs within the governor’s office, but because the current session is almost over, it’s unlikely to be enacted this year.A new statewide office would help coordinate the various local military affairs committees that already exist but don’t communicate with each other, reported the Dayton Daily News.Air Force photo by J.M. Eddins Jr. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Cash crunch at banks Sins on the rise trust on the wane

first_img Close Who is Nirav Modi, and how did he commit the Rs 11,000 crore fraud? Bankers too agree that such a phenomenon has been in existence. “People are withdrawing money even if they do not need it and keeping it with them,” a senior SBI executive from Visakhapatnam told the Indian Express. “Cash is not coming back into the banking system … We are unable to refill ATMs because people are not depositing in banks,” the banker said adding that this phenomenon is experienced by “all banks” since November 2017.If people are not depositing their money in banks that’s a problem. And statistics show this is true. The last financial year saw a steep decline in the rate of bank deposit growth. Deposits grew 6.7 percent as against 15.3 percent growth in the previous year.The Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance (FRDI) bill and the controversial bail-in clause in it had created a lot of mistrust and fear among depositors. If anything, the cycle of events that started from demonitization had struck the root of trust. The year 2018 started with a flurry of reports on bank scams, loan malpractices, insider manipulations, nepotism and corruption at the highest levels. It was easy for discerning observers to identity a pattern of loot.The events at Punjab National Bank and other smaller state-run banks shattered confidence, but a greater shock came when large private banks ICICI and Axis, along with their iconic woman bosses, came under the shadow of alleged malpractices.It looked like trust in banks touched a new low. The failure of trust stems from the banks’ sins. And trust will return only when banks bring probity and integrity back into the system and throw out the corrupt — bosses and officers alike. Trust is not going to be restored until the sins are atoned for. Like the Bishop of Rochester said during a particularly ugly phase of the serial wars between England and France, the sins are too grave now.”I fear that because of all our sins, our kingdom has decayed and collapsed, and God, who used to be English, has withdrawn from us,” he said. The bishop was probably drumming up support for war as a national enterprise, and asking people to leverage that single most effective capital they knew thus far – piety. He must have meant that god will win wars for the English again when the sins of the French exceeded theirs.Well, a medieval sermon will not help cure the rot in the banking system. But it’s better the bankers realize that their gods (is customer still the god?) are leaving them because of their sins.Trust is a key social investment, something our banks have spectacularly frittered away. Of course banking is not the only institution that has diluted the trust quotient. As Francis Fukuyama rightly said, “a nation’s well-being, as well as its ability to compete, is conditioned by a single pervasive cultural characteristic: the level of trust inherent in the society.” [Trust: The Social Virtues and The Creation of Prosperity]Trust in banks also determines how much a nation saves. This is far more relevant for developing economies such as India. The growth in China and much of East Asia was fuelled by decades of high savings. It’s only recently that India caught up with the Asian peers in terms of the national savings rate. It now looks like we are about to lose that advantage.According to data from CEIS, India’s gross savings Rate in 2017 was 30 percent. From 1951 to 2017 the average savings rate was 18.8 percent. In comparison, the average gross savings rate in China during that period was nearly double, at 36.7 percent. China’s savings rate in 2017 was a stupendous 46.4 percent.India’s years of above average savings correlated with the periods of high growth as well. An RBI report clearly says empirical data in India shows that higher domestic saving boosts economic growth.In India, more than half of the nation’s gross savings are held in bank deposits. The diversification away from traditional savings methods is still a work in progress. That’s why a decline of trust in banks impacts the savings rate hugely. Eight years ago, India’s gross savings rate was at a high of 37 percent. The rate has been on the decline, and the trust problem with banks can hurt it further.center_img A customer withdraws money from a Bank of Baroda automated teller machine (ATM) in Mumbai, India, May 3, 2016.Reuters fileThe cash shortage in ATMs and bank branches, which started last month in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, is spreading fast across India. The central government and the Reserve Bank of India are fighting fire with alacrity. The RBI has formed a committee to fix the issue as soon as possible while the finance ministry has sought three days to bring normalcy back to banking.ATMs across India are running dry. Small businesses are hit. The persisting blockage in liquidity is breeding more mistrust. The optimists and spin doctors say it’s festival demand for cash that has triggered the chain of events. Or that it’s because Karnataka is going to the polls. Then there is talk of hoarding. Some say the RBI is holding up cash to make digital payments more ubiquitous. It would be a stretch yet to say there’s anarchy but there is obviously confusion and lack of clarity.Unusual shortage of cash in the system was reported more than 45 days ago. However, the latest comments from the finance ministry seems to imply that the issue is more of a cash logistics problem. “We’ve cash currency of Rs 1,25,000 crore right now. There is one problem that some states have less currency and others have more,” Minister of State for Finance S P Shukla said.However, the RBI statement on the issue differs substantially. The central bank has said the rate of cash withdrawal is higher than the rate of deposits. It said the pattern is more evident in states like Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Telangana.last_img read more

Gas cylinder blast burns 5

first_imgFile PhotoFive people including a minor boy suffered severe burn injuries after the gas cylinder of a CNG-run auto-rickshaw exploded at Bahaddarhat in the port city on Friday, reports UNB.The injured were Md Farid, 40, the driver of the CNG auto-rickshaw, and its passengers Naznin Akter, 25, her son Mohammad Sifat, 2, Amena Begum, 40, and Rokeya Begum, 25.Officer-in-charge of Chandgaon police station Abul Bashar said the gas cylinder of the vehicle exploded when it reached in front of Mohona Community Centre where they were commuting to attend a wedding ceremony in the afternoon.The injured were taken to the Burn and Plastic Surgery Unit of Chittagong Medical College and Hospital, the OC added.last_img read more

Netanyahu on path for victory in Israeli election

first_imgThis picture taken early on 10 April 2019 shows Israeli Likud Party campaign material and posters of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu strown on the floor following election night at the party headquarters in the coastal city of Tel Aviv. Photo: AFPPrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was on path for victory in Israel’s elections on Wednesday after nearly complete results put him in position to form a right-wing coalition and further extend his long tenure in office.The results from Tuesday’s vote came despite corruption allegations against the 69-year-old premier and put him on track to become Israel’s longest-serving prime minister later this year.His Likud party looked set to finish with a similar number of seats in parliament to his main rival, ex-military chief Benny Gantz’s centrist Blue and White alliance, Israeli media reported.But with 97 per cent of the vote counted, results showed the Likud and other right-wing parties allied to him with some 65 seats in the 120-seat parliament, the reports said.The result would seem to leave president Reuven Rivlin, whose task it is to ask one of the candidates to form a government, with little choice but to pick Netanyahu.Intensive coalition negotiations are likely to follow and could drag on for days or even weeks.Final results were expected by Thursday afternoon, with ballots for soldiers and other special categories of voters yet to be counted.The close race between the two main parties had led to uncertainty after polls closed on Tuesday night and exit surveys were released.’Magnificent victory’Both Netanyahu and Gantz claimed victory after the initial exit surveys that gave Blue and White the most seats.But even then Netanyahu appeared best placed to form a coalition, with both parties in any case falling far short of an outright majority.Netanyahu spoke in the early hours of Wednesday at the Likud’s post-election party in Tel Aviv and called it a “magnificent victory.”As he walked onto the stage to chanting crowds, he planted a kiss on the lips of his wife Sara.”It will be a right-wing government, but I will be prime minister for all,” he said.Earlier while addressing cheering supporters who waived Israeli flags at an event hall in Tel Aviv, Gantz called it a “historic day.””The president must give us the task of forming the next government since we are the biggest party,” he said after initial exit polls.The vote had long been expected to be close and lead to frantic negotiations to form a coalition, even with Netanyahu facing potential corruption charges.Fighting for his political life, Netanyahu spent the weeks ahead of the vote campaigning furiously to energise his right-wing base.’Things can change’Gantz, a newcomer to politics, mounted a strong challenge to the veteran prime minister by brandishing his security credentials while pledging to undo damage he says Netanyahu has inflicted on the country with divisive politics.The election was in many ways a referendum on the premier who has built a reputation as guarantor of the country’s security and economic growth, but whose populism and alleged corruption left many ready for change.He engaged in populist rhetoric that critics said amounted to the demonisation of Arab Israelis and others.Netanyahu faced further criticism on election day when members of his Likud party brought small cameras into polling stations in Arab areas.Arab politicians called it an attempt at intimidation, while Netanyahu said cameras would prevent fraud.True to form, Netanyahu issued a deeply controversial pledge only three days before the election, saying he planned to annex Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank should he win.Extending Israeli sovereignty on a large scale in the West Bank could be the death knell to already fading hopes for a two-state solution with the Palestinians.It is a move long championed by Israel’s far right.King BibiNetanyahu sought to portray himself as Israel’s essential statesman in the run-up to the vote and highlighted his bond with US President Donald Trump.He spoke of Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and of Israel’s claim of sovereignty over the annexed Golan Heights.He also used Trump-like tactics, calling the corruption investigations a “witch hunt” and denouncing journalists covering them.On Tuesday, he continually warned the Likud was at risk of losing as a result of what he said was low turnout among supporters, claims widely seen as a bid to motivate right-wing voters.Turnout was 67.9 percent compared to 71.8 percent in the last election in 2015.Gantz, a 59-year-old former paratrooper, invoked the corruption allegations against the premier to make his case that it is time for him to go.He called Netanyahu’s annexation pledge an “irresponsible” bid for votes.Gantz said he favoured a “globally backed peace agreement” with Israel holding on to the large West Bank settlement blocs, adding that he opposed unilateral moves.He sought to overcome Netanyahu’s experience by allying with two other former military chiefs and ex-finance minister Yair Lapid to form his alliance.Netanyahu has been premier for a total of more than 13 years.But “King Bibi,” as some have called him, now faces the prospect of becoming the first sitting prime minister to be indicted.The attorney general has announced he intends to indict Netanyahu for bribery, fraud and breach of trust pending an upcoming hearing.last_img read more

About 5000 Have Signed Up For The 2018 Houston Womens March

first_img Share Photo provided by Houston Women’s MarchThe organizers of the 2018 Houston Women’s March say they not only expect Houston residents to participate, but also people who live in surrounding counties and even other parts of Texas.About 5,000 people have signed up to participate in the 2018 edition of the Houston Women’s March –which is taking place this Saturday, January 20th— and the event’s organizers expect residents of surrounding counties and even other parts of Texas will also take part.Robin Paoli, one of the march’s organizers, said they are in contact with people from counties such as Brazoria, Fort Bend and Montgomery, among others.Paoli added they also expect residents from Corpus Christi and San Antonio will participate in the march, which gathered approximately 22,000 people last year.A press release about the march notes it intends to help “organize progressives in Texas.”Paoli said the event’s organizers also “want to encourage more women and women of color, and people of color, to get involved.”The Texas Organizing Project and Immigrant Families and Students in the Struggle (FIEL, by its acronym in Spanish) are some of the organizations that will be represented in the event.The march will depart from 105 Sabine Street, near Buffalo Bayou, at 10:00 a.m. and end at City Hall, in downtown Houston.Officers with the Houston Police Department will guide the marchers and, once the crowd has arrived at City Hall, there will be a rally where Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner –as well as his predecessor Annise Parker— and Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg are expected to make appearances.last_img read more

Ribbon Cutting New Affordable Housing

first_imgThe H Street Community Development Corporation (HSCDC) and the Edmondson and Gallagher Property Services (E&G Group) will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony to publicly open the Barrow Milestone Residential, 2321 4th Street NE, in Ward 5, on June 8 at 11 a.m. HSCDC and the E&G Group are District-area entities that are focused oneconomic development in the District. Formerly a vacant site, the Barrow Milestone Residential is now a five-story, mixed-use development with 11 affordable rental units and 5,000 sq. feet of retail space on the first floor. Costing approximately $32 million, the property is easily accessible by a variety of transit options, and features state-of-the-art amenities including LED energy efficient lighting. Invited guests include: At Large Council members Anita Bonds (D) and Vincent Orange (D), Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie (D), HSCDC Executive Director Kenneth Brewer Sr. and Todd Lee, acting executive director, D.C. Housing Finance Agency.last_img read more

NASA Share Your Memories of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing

first_img NASA is celebrating this summer’s 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 with a commemorative audio series examining the Moon’s cultural and scientific influence over the last half century.And it needs your help.As part of the program, NASA invites citizens to contribute to an oral history project honoring “giant leaps and exploration of all kinds.”AdChoices广告“You can help NASA tell the Apollo story by sharing your own perspective on lunar exploration, or by interviewing a loved one who lived during the Apollo era,” the agency said.Where were you when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the Moon? What was your life like in 1969? What does “exploration” mean to you? What would it be like to see humans leave another boot print on Earth’s satellite?Simply open the voice recording app on your phone or tablet (or download one of the many free options), recount your own experience or chat with someone else about theirs, and email the audio file (mp3, mp4, m4a, or wav) to sure to include your full name, hometown, and state in the message text, as well as that of your interviewee (if applicable). Add any contextual details you’d like.“You’ll receive a thank-you email from us and we may follow up to get more detail or clarify something in your story,” according to NASA.The deadline for personal stories is Dec. 31, 2019; those received before June 14, however, have the best chance of making it into the audio series. Longer submissions may be featured on the space agency’s website or social media pages as part of the oral history project.Coming this summer, NASA Explorers: Apollo not only ponders the past but peers into the future of planetary exploration.Listeners will meet a Moon detective, tour a lab for space rocks, and hear from scientists whose lives and work have been shaped by the Apollo program.More on Manual Used for Apollo 11 Moon Landing Is Up For AuctionUSPS Celebrates Apollo 11 Anniversary With New StampsLimited-Edition Budweiser Brew Celebrates 50 Years Since Moon Landing Butter Sculptures Celebrate Apollo 11 AstronautsApollo 11 Tapes Sold For $1.82M at Sotheby’s Auction Stay on targetlast_img read more

Some Amazing Xbox One S PS4 Bundles On November 12 At Sams

first_img Share Tweet Submit Ahead of Sam’s Club’s upcoming Black Friday console deals, the retailer has some other great deals for those who are looking to buy a PS4 or Xbox One S this year.Sam’s Club Holiday 2016 ad has surfaced, and some interesting console deals can be found inside. Those wanting to purchase a PS4 will be happy to learn that the Sam’s will be offering a PS4 500GB Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 bundle for $249 USD. The bundle’s regular price is $299 so you’ll easily save $50 USD.Like Dell’s upcoming Xbox One S Black Friday deal, Sam’s is also offering a Xbox One S 500 Battlefield 1 bundle with Gears of War 4 and an extra controller included. This particular bundle will be exclusive available online for $299.00 on November 12 only. Meanwhile, Dell will be offering the same bundle for $249.00 on Black Friday.last_img read more