Sukhbir faces leadership challenge in Akali Dal

first_imgThe Shiromani Akali Dal is battling internal crisis as the party’s (Taksali) old guard has come out in the open against the top leadership. With senior leaders virtually revolting against its president, Sukhbir Singh Badal is now facing a leadership challenge.Facing criticism over issues, including pardon granted to Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim in a blasphemy case and the Kotkapura-Behbal Kalan police firing incidents of 2015, which followed the Bargari sacrilege, the Akali Dal is once again attempting to return to its core “panthic” agenda, political analysts have told The Hindu.Ranjit Singh Brahmpura, Member of Parliament from Khadoor Sahib who was expelled from the party last week, had hit out at Mr. Sukhbir and former Minister Bikram Singh Majithia, accusing them of deviating from the “panthic” agenda and causing an “irreparable damage to the party”. Mr. Brahmpura along with two other expelled leaders, Sewa Singh Sekhwan and Rattan Singh Ajnala, have announced that they would launch a new party keeping intact the original values and ideology of the “Akali Dal”.“The Akali Dal has come under the sway of the ‘Badal family’ in the past few years. Mr. Sukhbir’s (son of former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal) attempt to change the basic character of the party, making it catch-all party seeking vote in the name of the region (Punjab) instead of Sikh panth, has not gone down well with the senior (Taksali) leaders, who believe that the party has deviated from it’s core ideology of giving voice to Sikh issues,” said Ashutosh Kumar, professor of Political Science at Panjab University.Mr. Ashutosh points out that the old guard, who have been feeling ‘sidelined and ignored’, believe that the handling of the issues by the top party leadership in an ”autocratic” manner had damaged the party. “So far, Mr. Badal has managed to cruise the party quite well, but to say that his son Sukhbir would be able to retain the panthic support seems difficult. Mr. Sukhbir’s acceptance among the senior party leaders as their chief has been time and again questioned,” said Mr. Ashutosh. As the senior leadership of the party, including Mr. Badal, Mr. Sukhbir and daughter-in-law Harsimrat Kaur Badal sought atonement for “mistakes that might have been committed inadvertently during their rule” at the Akal Takht, the supreme temporal body of Sikhs, the move is being seen as a ”damage control” effort.last_img read more

EC imposes 48-hour ban on Himachal BJP chief

first_imgThe Election Commission on Friday put a 48-hour prohibition on BJP’s Himachal Pradesh president Satpal Singh Satti from campaign activities for allegedly using an expletive against Congress president Rahul Gandhi.Taking cognisance of Mr. Satti’s derogatory remark in Solan on April 13, the poll panel reprimanded him and restrained him from campaigning and giving any political statements for 48 hours beginning 10 a.m. on Saturday.The order also prohibits the BJP leader from giving any statement in the media in connection with the election process.The police have already registered an FIR on the issue.‘Inadequate’ banHimachal Congress president Kuldeep Rathore termed the ban on Mr. Satti “inadequate”, saying he should have been banned from campaigning till the completion of the election process.State BJP general secretary Chander Mohan Thakur said, “BJP leaders do not engage in indecent remarks.” (With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Man Utd’s lack of killer instinct angers Mata

first_imgManchester United Man Utd’s lack of killer instinct leaves Mata angry Chris Burton 18:19 12/24/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Juan Mata Man Utd Getty Images Manchester United Premier League Leicester City v Manchester United Leicester City The Red Devils saw two points slip through their grasp in a dramatic draw at Leicester, with everyone inside the camp left frustrated by a stalemate Juan Mata admits Manchester United’s lack of killer instinct at Leicester has left those in the Red Devils camp “frustrated and angry”.Jose Mourinho’s side appeared to have battled their way to three points at the King Power Stadium after recovering from falling behind to take control of the contest.Mata bagged a brace to turn a festive fixture on its head, but his efforts were ultimately rewarded with just a solitary point as Harry Maguire snatched a last-gasp leveller in a 2-2 draw. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player United are now 14 points adrift of arch-rivals Manchester City in the Premier League table, with another costly setback effectively ending the title race as those at Old Trafford are left to curse their shortcomings.“We didn’t kill the game and we should have killed it – it’s easy to say now,” Mata told MUTV.“If we won, we would have been saying it was a fantastic game and we came back and did the most difficult thing which was to score twice after they went ahead. But that’s football and in the last seconds they put the ball into the box and scored.Juan Mata Manchester United Leicester City“You have to keep going, particularly at Christmas time when you play every two or three days.”Now we feel frustrated and angry, but we need to keep going and from tomorrow, rest and think about the next game. Obviously we aim to finish the next one with a much better feeling.”Mata admits he can take little comfort from having netted twice against Leicester, with the Spaniard having done all he could to collect a win with one smart finish and a classy free-kick.He added: “[For the first goal] I got into the box and Jesse [Lingard] laid the ball off for me and I tried to shoot at goal. I think it was between the legs of the defender and it went in at the far post.“The other one was a nice free-kick, but now I’m feeling disappointed because they weren’t enough to win.”United return to action on Boxing Day with a home date against Premier League surprise package Burnley, before wrapping up 2017 with a visit from Southampton. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Oklahoma Football Players, Lincoln Riley Respond To OU Students’ Blackface Video

first_imgOklahoma football's Kenneth Murray interviewed after win over Army.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 22: Linebacker Kenneth Murray #9 of the Oklahoma Sooners speaks to the media after the game against the Army Black Knights at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 22, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Black Knights 28-21 in overtime. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Over the weekend, a disgusting video featuring two Oklahoma students surfaced, featuring one now-former OU student wearing blackface and using racial slurs.Unfortunately, this is not the first time something like this has happened at OU in recent years.Four years ago, after a racist video surfaced from the school’s SAE fraternity chapter, Oklahoma football players were on the front line in trying to combat racism on campus.The program has come out strong once again, in light of this most recent video.On Sunday, head coach Lincoln Riley was asked about the controversy. From the Tulsa World:“As far as my reaction to it, it’s sickening,” Riley said. “You hate it, you just do, on every level.”[…]“I think our guys have done a great job. I encourage them to not be afraid to speak their mind,” Riley said. “There are real issues out there. These are going to be part of the guys that are gonna be handling these issues as they grow up in that generation.”Oklahoma football players have also reacted to the video, via social media.Via Twitter:Unacceptable…Consequences need to be given.— Kenneth Murray (@Kmurrayy_9) January 19, 2019We need more than an apology. Somethings gotta change and decisions need to be made ASAP. This is a ultimate HELL NAH.— Neville Gallimore (@Path2Greatwork) January 19, 2019This is not ok!!! There needs to be Consequences— Marquise Overton (@Que_Overton) January 19, 2019Their actions need consequences.— Nick Basquine (@NB5ive) January 19, 2019The two students, who have not been identified by the schools, have withdrawn in the aftermath of the video. Both were sophomore members of the Tri Delta sorority.last_img read more

PM Says Security Forces Will Be In Mount Salem for Full 60 Days

first_img Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness has reassured residents of Mount Salem, St. James, that the security forces will be in the community for the full 60 days as prescribed under the law governing the zones of special operations. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness has reassured residents of Mount Salem, St. James, that the security forces will be in the community for the full 60 days as prescribed under the law governing the zones of special operations.He noted that he was frequently asked the question on his tour throughout sections of Mount Salem on September 3, adding that “we will stay for as long as it takes to meet our objectives”.Mount Salem and its environs were declared the first zone of special operations under the Law Reform (Zones of Special Operations) (Special Security and Community Development Measures) Act by the Prime Minister on September 1.The law seeks to contain crime while safeguarding the human rights of residents and promoting community development through social-intervention initiatives.Mr. Holness said the security forces will “control the space” and that criminals will no longer have any room in which to operate.“The security forces will be there. Now is the grand opportunity to once and for all have your community cleared of weapons that have for many decades destroyed many lives. The criminals will never again have the chance to control this space here in Mount Salem,” the Prime Minister told the residents.Mr. Holness said that every area impacted by rampant crime and gang warfare will now come under the radar of the security forces, and are prime candidates to be included in the zones of special operations.“We intend to displace, disrupt and dismantle all criminal networks, organisations and gangs,” the Prime Minister said.“There will not be a space for criminals anywhere in Jamaica. They need to know that their days are numbered, as we are about to take back our communities,” he added Mr. Holness said that every area impacted by rampant crime and gang warfare will now come under the radar of the security forces, and are prime candidates to be included in the zones of special operations.center_img Story Highlightslast_img read more

Autumn Peltier up for Nobel childrens prize

first_img“I like to speak for the water because the water doesn’t have a voice,” said Peltier. “If nobody speaks up what will the water and environment be like in 10 to 20 years? What if we don’t have clean drinking water anywhere? We would all die if we didn’t have clean drinking water.”Peltier said she hopes others will join in her struggle to protect water around the world.“The reason I advocate for this is to inspire people to come together and try and purify the water,” said Peltier.She still remembers that day last December when she got her moment to speak directly to Trudeau. In an interview shortly after it happened Peltier described the encounter.“When I went up there, I was standing with the Elder, listening to what he was saying and I was told to give the prime minister the water bundle,” Peltier said, at the time. “And I said something to him. I said, ‘I am very unhappy with the choices you’ve made.’ And he said, ‘I understand that.’ And I started crying and all I got to say after that was, ‘the pipelines.’”Looking back, Peltier, who is from Wikwemikong, on Manitoulin Island in Ontario, said she didn’t know what she was going to tell the prime minister at the time and the words just tumbled out.“When I went up to give him the gift I didn’t what I was going to do. I just had this feeling. I guess my spirit just wanted to say something while I was there and it was an opportunity to just say it,” said Peltier. “When I think about what I said I am just trying to help my people and help my environment and it makes me feel proud.”The KidsRights organization will announce the winner of the prize Nov. Autumn Peltier, flanked by AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde and AFN Elder Elmer Courchene presents a water bundle to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in December 2016.Jorge Barrera APTN NewsAutumn Peltier, a 13-year-old Wikwemikong girl who tearfully pleaded with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to protect the water is up for an international award.Autumn Peltier’s name came to be known across the country after she presented Trudeau with a water bundle of a copper bowl, a red cloth, tobacco and a small copper cup during an Assembly of First Nations meeting in December 2016. During the gift presentation, Peltier told Trudeau she was “unhappy” with his decision to approve the Kinder Morgan pipeline in British Columbia.Now Peltier is up for the International Children’s Peace Prize, known as the Nobel Prize for children. She is the only child out of 169 nominees from Canada.“When I found out that I was nominated for the award I was really excited and I am really excited to find out if I win or not,” said Peltier. “If I don’t win I am still really happy to be doing the work I am doing.”Peltier has dedicated herself to campaigning for water protection. This past July she was in Regina during the AFN’s general assembly to sign a treaty against the expansion of Alberta’s bitumen fields.last_img read more

BC city to take Trans Mountain pipeline fight to Supreme Court of

first_imgCorrigan says the city has asked its legal counsel to file the appeal application within 60 days.He says in a news release that the Federal Court of Appeal did not give consideration to arguments made by Burnaby and the provincial government.The Federal Court of Appeal dismissed Burnaby’s application without reasons, but Corrigan says the judges should have explained why the provincial government was not being allowed to protect B.C.’s environmental interests.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) BURNABY, B.C. – The City of Burnaby is turning to Canada’s highest court in the dispute over construction of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline.Mayor Derek Corrigan says the city intends to ask the Supreme Court of Canada to consider a lower court decision that denied Burnaby leave to appeal a ruling by the National Energy Board.That ruling allowed Kinder Morgan to bypass local bylaws during construction of the pipeline expansion, which will triple the amount of diluted bitumen and other oil products moving between the Edmonton-area and port facilities in Burnaby.last_img read more

WhatsApp NASSCOM to impart digital literacy

first_imgNew Delhi: In a bid to curb fake news during the general elections, WhatsApp and NASSCOM Foundation on Monday came together to impart digital literacy training. As part of the partnership, WhatsApp and NASSCOM Foundation will train nearly 1,00,000 Indians to spot false information and provide tips and tricks to stay safe on WhatsApp. The co-created curriculum, which includes real-world anecdote tools that can be used to verify a forwarded message and actions that users can take like reporting problematic content to fact checkers and other law enforcement agencies, will be disseminated in multiple regional languages. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year “We are excited to expand our partnerships with civil society to advance crucial digital literacy skills that can help combat misinformation share on WhatsApp,” Abhijit Bose, Head of India, WhatsApp, said in a statement. “This training educates people throughout India to be mindful of the messages they receive and to verify the facts before forwarding,” he added. The training will be imparted by volunteers from NASSCOM Foundation who will launch the “each one teach three” campaign that mandates every volunteer to share their learnings with three more persons leading to a network effect. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India These volunteers will post their takeaways from the workshops on their social media handles to increase the reach of these safety messages. The first training will be on March 27 in Delhi and will be followed by more planned interventions like hosting training workshops for representatives from rural and urban areas along with roadshows across numerous colleges. “The use of technology platforms like WhatsApp are inherently meant to foster social good, harmony, and collaboration, but are sadly being used by a small number of miscreants to entice anger and hatred by spreading false and doctored information,” Ashok Pamidi, CEO, NASSCOM Foundation, said. “I would like to urge all the connected citizens who want to join this fight against the spread of fake information, to come and help volunteer towards the cause,” Pamidi added. Aspiring volunteers can register at NASSCOM Foundation is the social arm of the industry body, National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM).last_img read more

Cyprus UNbacked technical committees begin work seeking reunification

18 April 2008Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot working groups today launched sessions designed to pave the way for full-fledged negotiations under United Nations auspices on a comprehensive and durable settlement for the reunification of the Mediterranean island. “As we have said before, the United Nations will do all that it can to help the two sides in their search for a sustainable and mutually acceptable solution,” Special Representative of the Secretary-General Elizabeth Spehar told a news conference in Nicosia before the heads of the six working groups and seven technical committees began their meetings.“We hope that concrete results can be achieved through this process over the coming weeks, that will provide a solid basis for the two leaders [Dimitris Christofias and Mehmet Ali Talat] to move forward and which will encourage the UN Secretary-General to appoint a Special Envoy to accompany and support the leaders in their negotiations,” she added as she presided over the launch.Yesterday, the Security Council in New York welcomed the development. The 15-member body said the recent opening of the long-closed Ledra Street crossing between the two communities in Nicosia was an indication of the political will on both sides to tackle issues that have obstructed progress in the past, and called for more confidence-building measures to be introduced.“The Security Council reaffirms its commitment to the reunification of Cyprus based on a bicommunal, bizonal federation and political equality,” it said in a presidential statement.The UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) has been in place since 1964 following the outbreak of inter-communal violence, entrusted with preventing a recurrence of fighting and contributing to a return to normal conditions and the maintenance of law and order. read more

No action plan to the US

However Minister de Silva said it was wrong to assume an action plan had been submitted to Clinton and that even her spokeswoman, at a press briefing after the meeting, never mentioned anything about an action plan.Minister Peiris met Clinton in Washington last month and following that meeting the U.S State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said “the Secretary met this morning for about 45 minutes with Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Peiris. The foreign minister presented a very serious and comprehensive approach to the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission’s implementation and the plans that the government has, including plans to make it more public and accessible both to Sri Lankans and to those outside Sri Lanka, what the government intends to do in the implementation realm”. (Colombo Gazette) The government says an action plan on implementing the LLRC recommendations was not given to the United States during the recent visit to Washington by External Affairs Minister G.L Peiris.Responding to a questioned raised by JVP MP Anura Kumara Dissanaika in parliament today, government Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said that the US government was only briefed on the approach Sri Lanka will take to implement some of the recommendations. The JVP MP accused the government of submitting a secret plan to the U.S on implementing the LLRC recommendations. He called on the government to reveal to the nation the action plan the External Affairs Minister had submitted to U.S Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. read more

SecretaryGeneral starts European trip with consultations on Côte dIvoire

Before attending the World Economic Forum in Davos later this week, Mr. Annan’s plans in Switzerland include a visit to the International Olympics Committee to follow-up on the International Year of Sports and Development.At a plenary session of the Forum he will deliver an address on: “A New Mindset for the United Nations.”Mr. Annan’s travel plans also include The Hague, for a meeting of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and London, for meetings on the Middle East peace process and the future of Afghanistan. read more

Japans central bank holds steady on interest rate stimulus

by Elaine Kurtenbach, The Associated Press Posted Mar 16, 2017 8:22 am MDT Last Updated Mar 16, 2017 at 9:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Japan’s central bank holds steady on interest rate, stimulus TOKYO – Japan’s central bank opted Thursday to retain its ultra-lax monetary stimulus, citing U.S. policy changes as one of the risks for the global economic outlook.The Bank of Japan gave no indication it was leaning toward cutting back on the massive purchases of government bonds it is using to support the world’s No. 3 economy by injecting hundreds of billions of dollars into the economy every year.The BOJ said, as usual, that Japan’s economy was on a “moderate recovery trend.” But it lacks the dynamism seen in the U.S. economy that led the Federal Reserve to raise the federal funds rate Wednesday by 0.25 percentage points to a range of 0.75 to 1 per cent.As expected, the BOJ kept its benchmark policy rate at minus 0.1 per cent.Among risks, it pointed to the potential impact of U.S. monetary policy on global financial markets.Under Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda, the BOJ has sought to spur price increases to stimulate more spending and borrowing by businesses and consumers. But inflation is stuck at about 0 per cent, far below the target of 2 per cent set four years ago. Companies are resisting government calls to raise wages enough to entice thrifty consumers into spending more, and Kuroda has given no hint he might seek to tighten credit anytime soon.“Even if price pressures do strengthen more rapidly than we anticipate, the Bank will want to make sure that it can see the whites of inflation’s eyes before it decides to withdraw stimulus,” Marcel Thieliant of Capital Economics said in a commentary.The 19-nation eurozone has likewise been tentative about “tapering,” let alone tightening policy. In December, the European Central Bank decided to continue bond purchases through the end of 2017 while reducing them from 80 billion euros ($84 billion) a month to 60 billion euros a month beginning in April.Last week, the ECB decided not to change the size or duration of its stimulus programs, judging a rise in annual inflation to near its own 2 per cent target to reflect increased oil prices rather than other more expansionary factors, such as higher wages for workers.The Fed’s rate hike did prompt China’s central bank to raise short term rates Thursday, though the People’s Bank of China kept its benchmark one-year commercial lending rate unchanged.Hong Kong’s central bank copied the Fed by raising its benchmark lending rate by one-quarter point to 1.25 per cent. The Asian finance hub’s currency is pegged to the dollar, so authorities are obliged to copy U.S. monetary policy. FILE – In this Jan. 29, 2016 file photo, a man walks past the Bank of Japan building. Japan’s central bank opted Thursday, March 16, 2017, to keep its monetary policy steady, as the U.S. Federal Reserve tightens and European Central Bank edges in that direction. The Bank of Japan ended a policy meeting by keeping the minus 0.1 percent benchmark interest rate unchanged while working toward a 2 percent inflation rate target. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File) read more

Toshibas new printer erases toner from regular copy paper

first_imgThe paperless-office has been promised for many years now, but has yet to happen. Walk into any office and you’ll probably find a printer and reams of paper. Printing stuff out is still popular, even if tablets and e-readers are helping to cut down even further on how much is required.Ultimately, there’s always going to be a need to print stuff out. In order to make that possible while still conserving resources, some companies have come up with paper that can be erased and reused. The only problem with that is the paper costs significantly more than a typical sheet of A4, and only has a limited life span. So that tech never took off.Toshiba has come up with a better solution, though. Instead of making the paper erasable, create a toner you can remove instead.The toner is printed on standard copy paper by a new printer that is also capable of deleting the ink. It achieves this using a heated friction technique, known as FriXion Ball, that renders the sheet of paper usable again. It’s not perfect as the deleted toner can still be seen very faintly on the paper, but it’s good enough that further print outs are possible. There’s also a compatible line of pens from Pilot that use ink that the printer can delete, meaning writing on documents you want to erase isn’t an issue as long as you use the right pen.Toshiba says a sheet of copy paper can be reused 5 times, and after that you’ve still got an almost blank sheet of paper to write notes on. Don’t forget that each sheet has two sides, meaning 10 possible reuses. After that, the printer detects a sheet can’t be used anymore and spits it out into a different tray.Deleting important information from a printed document may not be desirable in all cases, but Toshiba have thought of a solution to that, too. Before deleting, the printer gives you the option to scan the sheet, allowing for a digital copy of the information to be captured.This new printer and ink will be released late in 2012. Initially it will be capable of only printing blue toner, but other colors are planned. Eventually we could also see a full color version released. It’s also important to point out that it’s the toner making the erasing procedure possible, so in the future we could see multiple printer manufacturers producing compatible hardware.Read more at DigInfo.tvlast_img read more

Preview for tonights 42 WWE Smackdown on Syfy

first_img Videos Articles Facebook John Cena Impact offers Military Personnel free entry to this weekend’s California events Erick Rowan Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Google+ Twitter Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next WWE Royal Rumble Card Update For 2019 WhatsApp Impact announces tickets remain for this weekend’s End of Summer Tour in California center_img WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins The following is scheduled for tonight’s 4/2 WWE Smackdown on Syfy from Fresno:* WWE Intercontinental champion Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus* Luke Harper vs. Dean Ambrose* Miz vs. R-Truth* Naomi vs. Natalya* Randy Orton vs. The Big ShowAlso appearing: WWE World Heavyweight champion Seth Rollins, WWE United States champion John Cena, Kane, The Bella Twins, The Primetime Players and Rusev.Check back later tonight for a detailed recap of Smackdown on videosPowered by AnyClipCesaro Hopeful WWE Will Reunite The BarVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:59/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:55 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Pinterest Impact Wrestling leaving channel 5Spike in the UK, New deal with 5STAR announced Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Cesaro Hopeful WWE Will Reunite The Bar Vin Diesel and John Cena share ‘intense’ scene Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articleslast_img read more

Seven displaced when fire damages mobile home in Vancouver

first_imgSeven people were displaced early Sunday when a crawl space fire damaged a mobile home in Vancouver’s Sifton neighborhood, according to the Vancouver Fire Department.Fire crews were dispatched at 12:53 a.m. to a double wide mobile home at 14608 N.E. 90th St., according to firefighter-paramedic Kevin Stromberg. He said crews from the Vancouver Fire Department arrived at 1:01 a.m. to find smoke coming out of the crawl space area under the mobile home. Further investigation found fire spreading through the crawl space and into the ducting in the mobile home’s heating system, Stromberg said.“Unfortunately, to get to the ducting system, we did have to make some holes in the floor of the structure to put the fire out, so there was damage to the structure,” he said. “Also, with the smoke coming into the structure, they also had significant smoke damage to the structure, as well.”The fire was brought under control in 20 minutes.Six adults, one child and two pets were displaced by the fire, according to the American Red Cross, which reported that its volunteers provided assistance, including temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits and information about recovery services.The family had evacuated safely before firefighters arrived, and no injuries were reported, according to Stromberg. He said 21 firefighters were on scene, and the Clark County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause.last_img read more

Hallmarks AntiTMZ

first_imgSouth Carolina Republican representative Joe Wilson’s outburst during President Obama’s speech to Congress on health care. Tennis player Serena Williams’ on-court, expletive-laden tirade. Kanye West’s aggressive—however not altogether unusual—behavior during MTV’s Music Video Awards.They all make good headlines. But the Hallmark Channel, a division of Hallmark Cards, wants to know: Has civilization lost its civility? In an affront to all the vitriol that continually makes up news headlines and TV news programs, the Hallmark Channel has created, a site devoted exclusively to positive news about celebrities—from Hollywood to sports, to politics and features content from chief correspondent-bloggers Delaina Dixon, who is based in New York, and Daisy Whitney, who is in Los Angeles. The site is live now but is eyeing October 23 for its official launch. With the tag line “Cleaning Up the Red Carpet,” Hallmark is calling the site the “anit-TMZ.” “ will bring only positive news to the masses who are tired of the mudslinging,” Hallmark said in an announcement. “Whether the news is love and marriage, children, chivalry, dream home, dream vacation, enlightenment, or benevolent altruism, Dixon and Whitney will shine a light through every sector of show business, putting deserving entertainers in a favorable spot.”How nice! (Earlier this year Hallmark Cards shuttered its flagship Hallmark magazine. According to spurned subscribers, the way Hallmark handled the shut down wasn’t so nice.)A Hallmark Channel spokesperson told me the site hopes to get to at least 50,000 uniques within the first two months and eventually wants to host paid advertising. Right now, the home page looks like an overt plug for Hallmark’s upcoming film, Always Forever, with a large banner ad and a series of five promotional videos at the bottom.It’s true, there is a lot of negative news in celebrity-dom these days. The same can be said for magazines. We’ve made a big effort to post as many positive stories during these difficult times as we can. But the reality is that negative stories get A LOT more reader/user/viewer attention than the positive ones, even on read more

Conferees Point to Parking Problems at Growth Installations

first_imgConstraints on recent military construction budgets have prevented DOD from addressing “urgent” parking requirements at some installations, according to the conferees who negotiated the conference report for the fiscal 2019 spending package covering the military construction-Veterans Affairs, energy-water and legislative branch appropriations bills. “The lack of parking is a safety issue and a detriment to the well-being of employees, both civilian and military,” according to the report’s joint explanatory statement. The conferees’ underlying concern is the department lacks a coherent strategy to address the problem, particularly at installations that have experienced significant growth.The workforce assigned to Fort Meade, Md., for example has grown from just over 33,500 employees in 2005 to 57,000 today after gaining the headquarters for U.S. Cyber Command and the Defense Information Systems Agency. As a result, parking at the post has become “a serious issue,” the conferees state. In turn, the conferees direct the department to submit with its FY 2020 milcon budget request:an updated list of unfunded requirements for parking facilities, access control points and road construction at DOD facilities that have serious parking, access and road congestion issues; anda list of how those requirements will be incorporated into construction requests for fiscal years 2021 through 2025.The three-bill spending package is awaiting the president’s signature after the House and Senate cleared the conference agreement last week.Photo by Alfred Twu from Wikimedia Commons Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Caira Bendel Have Displayed Integrity Professionalism  Accountability

first_imgDear Editor,I write to support the re-election of Kevin Caira and Greg Bendel.Both have maintained the values of the Wilmington voter: integrity, professionalism, and accountability. I have lived in Wilmington since 1969 and have always been proud of its leadership.And I remember living on an unaccepted street and the difficulties that come with that. If there is a fix for that, I would like to hear what the fix is and what is the cost and who is responsible for that cost.There was a difficult time 15 or 20 years or so. It seemed at the time that being “pugnatious” and cute about a serious issue was a winner. The best insult you can fly publicly, name calling, was thought to be a winning strategy. I am grateful for the peace that has come to Wilmington after that time.Best wishes to Mr. Caira and Mr. Bendel.Sincerely,Ann L. YurekLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedA VOTER’S GUIDE To Selectman Candidate Greg BendelIn “Government”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Selectman Kevin Caira Thanks The VotersIn “Letter To The Editor”A VOTER’S GUIDE To Selectman Candidate Kevin CairaIn “Government”last_img read more

Specks new CaseE is a painfully cute but tough iPad case

first_img Speck’s new kid-friendly iPad case has flexible arms Share your voice 12 Photos Now playing: Watch this: CES 2019 0 Enlarge ImageSpeck’s Case-E is scheduled to ship by March. Speck Remember Speck’s iGuy case for the iPad? Well, he’s evolved into the Case-E, a new iPad case that’s as kid-friendly as a case gets.Due to ship by the end of March, the Case-E costs $40 and has flexible hooked arms you can hold onto or wrap around car seats “for safe viewing on the go,” Speck says. Additionally, the exterior “squishy” layer is BPA free to “put parents’ minds at ease.”The Case-E will be available for the last five generations of 9.7-inch iPad devices and in multiple color options. There’s no word yet on international pricing. 1:07 Mobile Accessories CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. 85 Photos Some of the most anticipated tech for 2019 Post a comment Tags Here are its key specs:6-foot drop protection External EVA foam layer offers a soft, comfortable grip that’s easy to holdBoth sides of the case offer flexible, detachable EVO foam “arms” that provide a secure grip for even the smallest hands Arms prop up your iPad in landscape or portrait mode and can be used to secure the device to a vehicle’s headrest Price: $40 Multiple color options Shipping by the end of March CES Products All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019last_img read more

Ayodhya case There was temple in inner courtyard Nirmohi

first_imgNew Delhi: Senior counsel appearing for Nirmohi Akhara, one of the parties in the Ayodhya title dispute case, on Tuesday told the Supreme Court that there was a temple in the inner courtyard of the disputed site. Senior Advocate S K Jain told a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi that Muslims were not allowed to enter the temple area. Also Read – Shah urges women to shun plastic bags Advertise With Us “There was no mosque there. As per the revenue records, it can be said that the land was in possession of the Nirmohi Akhara,” the counsel claimed. The constitution bench, also comprising Justice SA Bobde, D Y Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S A Abdul Naseer, is conducting a day-to-day hearing in the Ayodhya title dispute case after the mediation panel failed to achieve an amicable settlement. Also Read – Free bus travel for women gets Cabinet nod Advertise With Us The apex court is hearing appeals against September 30, 2010 verdict of the Allahabad High Court in the case. The High Court in its verdict had ordered equal division of 2.77-acre disputed land in Ayodhya among the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla. The 16th-century Babri Masjid was demolished on December 6, 1992.last_img read more