With the State Assembly polls round the corner, rumour mills are abuzz with the candidacy of the crucial Indapur Assembly segment which forms part of the Baramati Lok Sabha constituency, the bastion of the Pawar clan.A remark by senior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar to his party colleague and sitting Indapur MLA Dattatrey Bharne, at a public event on Sunday has sparked renewed speculation over whether Mr. Bharne or senior Congress leader Harshawardhan Patil would be given a ticket from Indapur if the Congress and NCP contest the polls jointly.“I hope that our bonds [between the NCP and Mr. Bharne] of mutual affection will continue to endure in the future,” said Mr. Pawar to Mr. Bharne sarcastically, drawing mirth and laughter from those present.The Indapur Assembly seat has been the stronghold of Mr. Patil’s family. A former State cabinet minister for four consecutive terms, Mr. Patil has been winning from Indapur since 1995 before suffering a humiliating defeat at Mr. Bharne’s hands in the 2014 Assembly elections when both parties contested separately.Despite the bad blood between the Pawar and the Patil clans, aggravated by Mr. Patil’s loss in 2014, the NCP had sought to mollify the Congress leader to ensure that he campaigned for the re-election of NCP MP Supriya Sule, NCP chief Sharad Pawar’s daughter and Ajit Pawar’s cousin, from Baramati Lok Sabha constituency.Given the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) — and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s — singular resolve to root out the Pawars’ influence from Baramati and western Maharashtra, Mr. Ajit Pawar had personally conferred with Mr. Patil at the latter’s residence in Pune to dispel any lingering disaffection the Congress leader may have harboured against the NCP.Mr. Pawar’s recent ‘taunt’ to Mr. Bharne is being interpreted as a sign that Mr. Patil could be given the ticket for his help in securing Ms. Sule’s victory. If so, it lends credence to the speculation that Mr. Bharne is on his way to joining the BJP.“There has always been a political competitition between the Pawars and the Patil family for dominance in Baramati and Indapur. In the 1984 Lok Sabha elections, Sharad Pawar, then with the Indian Congress (Socialist), had contested against Shakarrao Bajirao Patil, Harshawardhan Patil’s uncle and had trounced the latter. This rivalry had played out its course in the next political generation as well, between Ajit Pawar and Harshawardhan Patil,” says political analyst Rajendra Pandharpure.However, in view of the BJP’s massive mandate in this year’s general elections, and with Mr. Pawar’s party and the Congress facing a battle with their backs to the wall, Mr. Pandharpure said that old rivalry between the Pawars and Mr. Patil could mellow into an alliance dictated by political necessity.“Mr. Patil wields considerable influence over the Indapur and Bhor Assembly segments, whose collective votes played a critical role in ensuring Ms. Sule’s win in the general election. In the event of an NCP-Congress alliance for the upcoming Assembly poll, he would definitely be given preference over Mr. Bharne in return for his help to the Pawar clan,” he said.
NEW YORK — The coach is blaming himself, the quarterback situation is a mess and the defense suddenly can’t stop anyone.The New York Jets are 1-4, on a four-game skid and facing a season on the verge of spiraling out of control.Oh, and up next: Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. After that? Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. Both in a span of five days.“Well, those are two guys and two teams that, obviously, you’d much rather face somebody else,” coach Rex Ryan said. “But, the fact that they are here and they are up, we better get better in a hurry. I think our team needs to make huge strides, huge improvements to see if we are up for this challenge.”The season depends on it.And maybe for Ryan, so does his job. Perhaps for quarterback Geno Smith, too.“We’re not dead in the water,” Smith said. “We’ve still got a bunch of games left that we’ve got to go out there and play, and I feel confident in the guys that we can turn this thing around. But it’s going to take a good effort.“I think we’ve got the guys to do it.”But is Smith one of them?The second-year quarterback is off to another rough start with six interceptions and two lost fumbles in five games. He has already been benched once for Michael Vick, sitting the entire second half of an Oct. 5 31-0 drubbing in San Diego.But Ryan announced after the game that he’s sticking with Smith against the Broncos — despite calls for Vick to get a full game to see if he can spark a struggling offense.“I think Geno will make some improvements,” Ryan said. “I think one of the improvements he needs to make, I think he needs to get back to using his legs.”The Jets are taking a long, hard look at Smith, their second-round draft pick last year, to determine whether he’s the answer at quarterback or just another in a long line of would-be franchise quarterbacks who couldn’t cut it.Smith is coming off a miserable week in which he was fined $12,000 by the NFL for shouting an expletive at a fan after a game, bristling at suggestions that the Jets could be better off with Vick under center — and missing a meeting while going to a movie the night before the game against the Chargers because he mixed up times.Then came the benching that some believed was inevitable since the day the Jets signed Vick in March. But Vick didn’t perform much better than Smith, so he’ll be back on the sideline while Smith starts.“That’s our quarterback and we’re going to stick with him,” linebacker Calvin Pace said of Smith. “I think he’ll have some good days moving forward.”Smith isn’t the only one who badly needs some of those.As of Oct. 6th, the Jets ranked tied for fifth in the NFL with 42 penalties — including 11 for 89 yards against the Chargers. They also had 11 in the season opener against Oakland, New York’s only victory.“Those are some of the things that are just mind-boggling,” center Nick Mangold said. “It’s just a lack of focus and concentration.”Linebacker Demario Davis was critical after the game, saying that the team as a whole needs to do a better job of preparing during the week and “we’re not practicing like a championship football team.”Struggles in the red zone, on third down and in the passing game have also been glaring issues for the offense. So has the mediocre play of the defense, which has been disappointing despite being ranked No. 5 overall, based on yardage allowed.The secondary has been a problem all season, particularly with the cornerback situation unsettled. The Jets have also given up five touchdown drives of 90 or more yards, including three against the Chargers.“I know this kind of sounds like a broken record, but we have to find a way to get better,” Ryan said. “That’s an obvious statement, but it’s true.”Ryan says he needs to be better coaching. But his roster is one that many believe General Manager John Idzik didn’t adequately stock in the offseason despite the Jets being more than $20 million under the salary cap.Furious finger pointing could come with another loss or two, along with whispers about a dividing locker room. Ryan and the players insist that won’t happen. Pace thinks he knows the best way to prevent it.“Don’t listen to you guys,” he said, referring to the media. “That’s what it is: Don’t listen to you guys. At this point in time, only the people in the locker room matter. The media, the fans, they’re not contributing to what’s going on right now.“We’ve got to fix this. I know we will.”(DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
New Zealand Cricket and Westpac Stadium have conceded they were wrong in removing a banner promoting sexual consent during the T20I double-header between the men and women’s teams of India and New Zealand on Wednesday.A woman who was holding the banner, which read “no means no” at the crowd was escorted by security officials. The banner was confiscated and the woman was told she would get it back after the double-header.The message in the banner, according to Stuff.co.nz was directed at all-rounder, Scott Kuggeleijn who was cleared of rape charges in 2017. He was selected for the national side after a jury found him not guilty.Removing banner was unnecessary: New Zealand CricketNew Zealand cricket public relations officer, Richard Boock conceded the decision to remove the banner was an overreaction. However, he pointed out that the New Zealand Cricket and the Westpac Stadium officials had just followed the guidelines that prohibit targetting players with such banners.”We agree the course taken was an over-reaction and unnecessary, and the sign certainly wasn’t offensive,” Boock said, as quoted by the report.”The policy is a guideline only and is not written in stone. I think, on this occasion, we should have shown better judgment and exercised more discretion. We’ll be having a chat about it in our debrief with a view to making sure that doesn’t happen again, and we’re sorry.”Kuggeleijn had faced trials in 2016 and 2017 after he was charged with rape in Hamilton in 2015. After a hung jury in the first trial, he was found not guilty of rape in the second despite the New Zealand cricketer conceding the woman in question had said no to sex.advertisementUncomfortable experience: ProtestorMeanwhile, the protester from Wednesday’s match said she felt uncomfortable when a group of security officials surrounded her and confiscated her banner. However, she said she is happy with the way the administrators admitted to their mistake and handled the issue.”My friends and I were surrounded by multiple security guards. It was a very uncomfortable experience,” the woman said.”They acknowledge they didn’t do the right thing in this instance and are committed to ensuring it won’t happen in future.”Westpac Stadium chief executive Shane Harmon meanwhile conceded their behaviour towards the protester was wrong and revealed they would personally apologise to the woman on Thursday.Scott Kuggeleijn, aged 27, has represented New Zealand in two ODIs and two T20Is. The all-rounder smashed a quickfire 20 in the Black Cap’s 80-run thrashing of India in the first T20I on Wednesday.Also Read | 2nd Women’s T20I: Smriti Mandhana in focus again as India look to bounce back vs New ZealandAlso Read | Won’t be disappointed even if India lose New Zealand T20s, focus is on World Cup: GavaskarAlso Read | Virat Kohli can bat at No.4 depending on conditions in England: Sunil GavaskarAlso See:
You’re not helping things here, Mason.I’m out here trying to keep this whole thing under wraps and temper the expectations of everyone salivating at the thought of a November run into the College Football Playoff like Peyton trying to calm down an entire stadium.Then you go and give an interview like you did on Thursday. It’s not your fault, of course. You’re just being QB1 and saying things QB1s should be saying. Things like this.“By no means did I play my best three games (as a starter late in the 2014 season),” Rudolph told Bill Haisten of the Tulsa World. The best is yet to come. We can’t wait to get out there and see what this 2015 team is all about.”Join the club, No. 2.“Anytime we got a great defense with the guys that we do on that side of the ball, it’s awesome to get that work in every day,” said Rudolph. “I feel like everyone’s done a great job. I feel like the offense has really bonded together. We’re really trying to fire on all cylinders right now.”“We’ve been talking about winning a Big 12 championship,” Rudolph told the O’Colly. “That’s the goal every year here, and once we get there, who knows what’s next?”His teammates seem to have a ton of confidence in him, too.“He’s really going into his fourth game starting, but you see him and you think he’s started 15-16 games in a row, so he brings a lot of maturity to the table.”His coach agrees.“Mason’s going to go through a learning curve for 5-6 games,” said Mike Gundy. “But he’s very easy for us to coach. He’s a student of the game, he’s very respectful, very low-key. He’s more like Chelf in that he’s cerebral at it.”I’m ready.You ready?If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
World Cup Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. England’s dreams over as Croatia take the next step – World Cup Football Daily Those players will look back eventually on a tournament that has shifted England’s reputation for leaden football and tournament neuroticism. All the same, it may take some time to shake off the ordeal of losing this semifinal, the knowledge that the World Cup may never open up so obligingly again and the additional trauma from the fact that, for a long while, Gareth Southgate’s team had led us to believe they could do it. They really did.Instead, it will be Croatia who return to the Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday to face France and, in the midst of the England inquest, it would be hugely unfair on Zlatko Dalic’s team not to recognise the competitive courage that helped them recover from a goal down. The decisive moment came in the 109th minute from a striker, Mario Mandzukic, with a badly damaged knee and that itself summed up Croatia. They have won all three of their knockout games in extra time and, providing they are not on the point of exhaustion, it is still plausible the World Cup will go to a country with a population of only four million.For England, it is the third v fourth sideshow against Belgium on Saturday and, much like Bobby Robson’s beaten semi-finalists of 1990, they will desperately wish they were not there. The honour of football immortality will go to another team. Moscow 2018 can be filed with Turin 1990, and their grief was epitomised by Kieran Trippier’s tears as he was helped off in the final exchanges. Trippier had opened the scoring for England with a peach of a free-kick but his injury came after Mandzukic’s winner and the emotion poured out of him. He knew it was over. World Cup Facebook Share on Pinterest World Cup 2018 England This England feels different: a band of brothers, comfortable in their own skin with a new spirit of togetherness. This England bend it like Trippier. This England have a guy at the back who makes it his business, in Southgate’s words, to “get his bonce on everything” in either penalty area. This England can make their supporters proud again, for the first time in a long time.Ultimately, though, we were reminded that Southgate was being deadly serious when he warned us his team were far from perfect and it must have been startling for their manager to see the way his players relinquished their control from the midway stage of the second half.Until that point, they had played with a conviction that made this feel like it could be the greatest achievement yet for a post-1966 team. Again, it felt like we were watching the compelling evidence that John Stones had become the central defender English football always wanted him to be. Dele Alli kept to his promise of playing better than he had against Sweden. Harry Maguire had been outstanding. Jordan Henderson was keeping midfield safe. England looked firmly in control. Read more Share on LinkedIn Harry Kane wasn’t able to convert a key chance for England when they were 1-0 up in the first half. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters Listen Yet they could not add a second goal when they were on top and the game swung in Croatia’s favour once Ivan Perisic had scored an improvisational equaliser in the 68th minute, showing great determination to beat Trippier and Kyle Walker to a cross from the right and twisting mid-air to turn an awkward volley, almost head-height, past Jordan Pickford.England still managed to toy with our emotions, as they often do, and it needed a goal-line clearance to prevent Stones heading in a corner in the first period of extra time. By that point, however, it was the first time in the entire tournament when England have repeatedly looked vulnerable at the back. Even before the additional 30 minutes, Perisic struck the post with a low, diagonal shot and Ante Rebic should have done better with the rebound. It was not an onslaught, but it was not far off. Croatia had enough of the ball in dangerous areas to think they might have completed the recovery before the end of normal time. Share on Twitter View gallery match reports Share on Messenger 0:35 Fans in Zagreb celebrate Ivan Perisic’s goal for Croatia against England – video Share via Email Croatia Raheem Sterling was substituted after a so-so performance and Jesse Lingard will not easily forget the first‑half chance he put wide. Kane’s best chance was given incorrectly as offside and, though it is difficult sometimes to second-guess VAR, maybe it would have stood if he could have put the ball in from close range rather than hitting the post. Hypothetical now: England will never know.Instead it was Mandzukic with the killer moment, leaving Southgate to talk about the “hardened warriors” in the Croatia team. Stones lost concentration for a split-second and the striker rifled in a left-foot shot.Was there still time for England to save themselves? Could they rouse themselves one last time? Yes and no. The momentum had swung and England’s players will never forget the night they had the lead in a World Cup semi-final and blew it.“We all feel the pain,” Southgate said. Football’s not coming home, after all. Topics It was like watching a beautiful painting being ripped up in front of your eyes. England’s dream of making it to their first World Cup final for more than half a century was over and in the desperate moments after the final whistle, as the losing players wandered aimlessly around the pitch, almost zombie-like in their desolation, it was impossible not to wonder whether that will be a lifetime regret. Share on Facebook Pinterest Play Video The best photos from England’s World Cup semi-final with Croatia At the very least, Southgate and his players have helped redefine the way the England team are perceived around the world. New heroes have emerged, with a new respect and a new outlook. To see the England fans serenading the team, decorating this vast stadium with their flags and holding the players in such esteem, made it feel a trick of the imagination that the mood was close to mutiny not even a year ago. Croatia motivated by English pundits’ lack of respect, says Luka Modric Twitter Share on WhatsApp All of which was tremendously disappointing from an English perspective bearing in mind the story of the first half, the energy they put into quelling the influence of Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic and the euphoria, only five minutes in, when Trippier directed a free-kick over a six-man defensive wall, applying just the right blend of curl and dip for the ball to beat Danijel Subasic and arc beneath the crossbar. As devastated as Trippier was, he will return to England as one of the authentic stars of this tournament.Unfortunately for England, Southgate acknowledged their inexperience might have counted against them during that inevitable period in the second half when Croatia committed more men forward in their search for an equaliser.Too often, an England player would rush or miscue a clearance. “Game management,” the coaches call it – and England lacked it. The shape of the team started to unravel and, though Harry Kane will almost certainly win the Golden Boot, the paradox is that he has found it difficult to get behind opposition defences. Reuse this content
Natural Resources firefighters are reporting that the fire at Purcells Cove is now under control. Premier Rodney MacDonald, who was briefed at the command centre earlier today, May 1, commended the provincial and HRM firefighters for their quick and professional response in the face of a very unpredictable fire. “I went to the command centre today to learn first-hand about the situation and reaffirm our full support to the firefighting effort,” the premier said. “While we are certainly getting a little help from the welcome rain, it was clear at my briefing that the hard work of our firefighters was paying off. While the work is not over yet, I want to thank them for putting themselves at risk to protect the people and property in these communities.” The premier also spoke with residents who have been evacuated. “This is a very stressful time, and our thoughts are particularly with those who have lost their homes or property,” he said. “Despite the stress and worry among these individuals, the people I talked with today expressed their appreciation for the efforts of emergency crews who worked to keep them safe.” Natural Resources Minister Carolyn Boliver-Getson said the full resources of the department have been made available since the fire started. “All five Department of Natural Resources helicopters were dropping water on the fire in an aerial operation,” she said. “They were joined by 48 natural resources firefighters from across the province.” Ms. Bolivar-Getson also noted that the partnership with other provinces once again played a key role. “Waterbombers from New Brunswick were on scene late yesterday, and three fixed-wing aircraft remained on standby,” she said. “They were at our full disposal when weather permitted and it was safe for our ground crews.” Natural Resources helicopters have been removed from the site because of weather. Ground crews will remain on site until the fire is out and hot spots are doused. Natural Resources will be involved with the investigation into the cause of the fire.
TORONTO – Canada’s major elevator companies, which have come under scrutiny for breakdowns and delayed repairs, are warning that proposed Ontario legislation aimed at enhancing reliability of the devices in the country’s largest market could have dire consequences if enacted.In a new report that casts a wide net of blame for “real and perceived” problems with the industry, the companies also take aim at what they see as stifling rules enforced by Ontario’s safety authority.“There is a fundamental misunderstanding in Ontario regarding elevator reliability and availability, and the root cause of any down time,” the report states. “Specific isolated instances of elevator problems have created a misperception of widespread elevator outages and unresponsive service companies that are both inaccurate and irresponsible.”Instead, the National Elevator and Escalator Association — dominated by multinational giants Kone, Otis, Schindler, and ThyssenKrupp — blames any problems on a multitude of factors that include building owners who can’t or won’t maintain elevators and who don’t keep unhappy users in the loop; voltage fluctuations for causing elevator shutdowns; and traffic congestion and parking issues in Toronto that hamper timely service calls.An in-depth investigation by The Canadian Press last year found soaring numbers of calls to firefighters to free people trapped in elevators, reports of frequent and lengthy outages and harried technicians who have little time or financial incentive to do preventative maintenance.In an attempt at addressing the problems the association says are overblown, Ontario Liberal Han Dong introduced a two-part private member’s bill this year that would mandate analyzing how many elevators are needed in new buildings, and set time limits for contractors to get the important devices back in service.But Dong’s effort, the association argues, is misguided and the legislation, if enacted, could impose huge costs on building owners that might see tenants “priced out” of their homes.The legislation could also lead to increased safety issues, the association argued, due to potential rushed repair jobs in order to meet time limits.Citing internal industry statistics that could not be independently verified, the association report also states that only a tiny fraction of elevators in Ontario go out of service, and that more than 98 per cent of those are up and running within 24 hours.The report also claims elevator entrapments in Ontario have steadily decreased by 18 per cent in the last four years — stats that run counter to those provided by Ontario authorities whose figures show calls to firefighters from people stuck in elevators have doubled since 2001 and now number in the thousands every year.And while the report supports traffic studies to ensure buildings are built with enough elevator capacity, it calls for a “voluntary standard” for appropriate equipment levels.Toronto-based consultant Rob Isabelle called the report self-serving, political, and some of its contentions ridiculous.“Blaming everybody and the world and not themselves,” Isabelle said.One key area in which the report is silent, Isabelle said, is on tight union control on the number of certified technicians — most of whom work for the big companies.The personnel shortage, he said, provides little incentive for technicians to provide superior service, hampers the ability of contractors to get rid of poor performers, and acts as a barrier to smaller companies from entering the field.In July, as Dong’s legislation moved forward, the Ontario government directed the province’s safety regulator to commission its own review of the elevator reliability issue. Led by retired justice Douglas Cunningham, the Deloitte study for the Technical Standards and Safety Authority — TSSA — has yet to be finalized.The elevator companies make no mention in their report of successful safety prosecutions against them, such as one in January in which ThyssenKrupp was fined $375,000. Instead, they argue the TSSA has created one of the most highly regulated environments in North America — to little effect.“Many existing regulations do not increase safety or reliability, and in fact may serve to decrease availability,” the report states. “There is a lack of collaboration and mutual distrust between the (TSSA) and industry.”The TSSA, which says elevator incidents have risen significantly since 2011 and serious injuries are up eight per cent annually, had no response to the association’s broadsides. A spokesman said the agency would wait for Cunningham to issue his report.Dong said he was glad his proposed legislation has drawn attention to the issues.“Something needs to be done,” Dong said, adding he is skeptical of the association’s reliability figures. “This is a big problem.”Doug Guderian, president of Elevator One based in Barrie, Ont., agreed with the report, but said it didn’t address underperforming contractors who he said hide behind long-term contracts.“Owners feel that they are locked into a undesirable situation with no options,” Guderian said.The technician’s union did not respond to a request for comment.
Nope…huge mistake @bbcstrictly …@BrendanCole isnt just a pro dancer..his character is a big part of the show..we want pros who will question the judges and defend their partners..#strictly will become meh without that!!! #bigmistake #nothappy 😑— shelly white 💞🇬🇧 (@5hellsbells) January 30, 2018 Sad news from my dance partner @BrendanCole this morning that he won’t be a part of @bbcstrictly anymore. What an end of an era – he’s been such an integral part of the show since it started 15 series ago. It won’t be the same without him 😔😔— Charlotte Hawkins (@CharlotteHawkns) January 30, 2018 Brendan Cole has announced he is leaving Strictly Come Dancing after 14 years with the show.He is one of the only two remaining original professionals, along with Anton Du Beke, and has been part of the show since 2004.Mr Cole claimed in an emotional interview that he is to leave because the BBC has not renewed his contract.The New Zealand-born dancer appeared close to tears as he told ITV’s Lorraine: “This is quite hard to talk about. The BBC haven’t renewed my contract – we get renewed year on year – and they made an editorial decision not to have me back on the show.” “I’m a little bit in shock. I’m quite emotional, a bit raw about it.”He explained he found out via a phone call, and said: “It’s done via a process of a phone call and stuff. I have had 15 incredible series on the show. I’m very proud of the whole show. It’s a great team. Cole auditioned for the role of head judge after Len Goodman’s departure but was passed over in favour of Ballas, which led to tension.He argued with Ballas on the show and was dismissive of her in interviews. A BBC insider said: “Brendan tested as the new judge and didn’t get it, and perhaps that made him bitter.“He said things about Shirley in public that were not pleasant. It felt like the right time to refresh the line-up.”He seemed emotional when he voiced his feelings about no longer being on the show: “To feel I’m not going to be part of it anymore is… It’s changed our lives dramatically. How do you get a petition started to get @BrendanCole back on strictly??!???? Absolutely appalling decision 😩😩 he’s the best dancer on there and the main reason I watch @bbcstrictly @TessDaly @ClaudiaWinkle @BrunoTonioli @DarceyOfficial @CraigRevHorwood— Carly13 (@carlyfelthappy) January 30, 2018 Sad to hear @BrendanCole now not part of @bbcstrictly Not only a brilliant dancer/choreographer/teacher, it was wonderful to have someone with such experience of the show. It’s a wild, wonderful and bonkers environment and he helped me enjoy it and gave others advice too 💃🕺— Sophie Ellis-Bextor (@SophieEB) January 30, 2018 Brendan Cole has clashed with the judges before, arguing that they have been too critical of his partners.Last year, when he was partnered with Charlotte Hawkins, he heavily criticised the judges for their treatment of the GMB presenter, who left in week three.A BBC spokesperson said in a statement: “We’d like to thank Brendan for being part of the show since the beginning – winner of the first series – and for the contribution he has made to its success. We wish him all the very best for the future.” He said his recent “partners … haven’t been able to do what I’ve wanted to do. No disrespect to them.”I haven’t had one of the ones that had a bit of dance experience which you can really challenge, like in the old days when I was young and handsome.” Mr Cole, 41, starred in every series of the show, and won the very first series with partner Natasha Kaplinsky. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. His former dance partner, Good Morning Britain’s Charlotte Hawkins, tweeted her disappointment.She wrote: “Sad news from my dance partner @BrendanCole this morning that he won’t be a part of @bbcstrictly anymore. What an end of an era – he’s been such an integral part of the show since it started 15 series ago. It won’t be the same without him.”Former Strictly dancer James Jordan tweeted: “Just seen my mate @BrendanCole has not been asked back on Strictly. Seems like they don’t want anyone on the show that has an opinion. Especially when he played a massive part in making the show what it is today. Wishing him all the best in his future endeavours. Will be missed.”Many on social media appeared upset by the decision, criticising the BBC: Wrong decision by @BBCOne @bbcstrictly The show won’t be the same without Brendan Cole. So disappointed they have not renewed his contract. Seeing him so upset on @ITVLorraine was awful. Really gonna miss him— ❤️ FIONA ❤️ (@sadlerfiona21) January 30, 2018 Brendan Cole is leaving the showCredit: Andrew Crowley “I’m disappointed. It’s very hard to talk about. It’s a recent decision.”The dancer hinted that the decision could be due to his “strong views”, that he often expresses on the show: “I’ve always known this day would come. To get to this point, the BBC make the decisions year upon year. It’s an editorial decision. I’m sure I’ll never know the ins and outs. I’m a very strong character within the show, I have my strong views.” We’d like to thank @BrendanCole for being part of the show since the beginning – winner of the first series – and for the contribution hehas made to its success. We wish him all the very best for the future.— BBC Strictly Press (@bbcstrictlyPR) January 30, 2018 Poor @BrendanCole he’s definitely one of the bests professional dancers on strictly 😔 BBC have made a shocking decision there #StrictlyComeDancing— Charlotte Mears (@Charlottemearsx) January 30, 2018 “I think about everyone there, and I think b—– hell, I’m not going to be part of that team, and they are still going to be there.”I will still watch, I’m a big fan, I don’t like the decision though.”The dancer also claimed the BBC had recently stopped giving him the best partners.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedInter-ministry teamwork to remove vagrants from Parliament Building environsJuly 13, 2016In “Local News”CH&PA plans to have all squatters relocated- CEOMay 15, 2018In “latest news”Patterson announces major road rehabilitation for Region 6July 25, 2016In “latest news” The National Task Force Commission (NTFC) is hoping to work with the relevant stakeholders to have street dwellers documented and assessed by professionals with the aim of relocating them.The NTFC is also seeking to provide street dwellers with counselling and therapy, and begin a process of rehabilitation. This exercise will commence by the last quarter of this year.Vagrants occupying the pavement at the Parliament.NTFC Chairman, retired Major General Joseph Singh, has said the National Committee has already begun work, and has been evaluating persons living on the streets to determine whether they are to be placed into shelters or drug rehabilitation centres.“To the extent of persons living on the streets, whether they are street dwellers or mentally challenged… The National Committee did some pilot work with trained therapists and psychiatrists from the Ministry of (Public) Health, to determine what type of therapy and welfare management would be appropriate for the categories,” Singh told journalists on Friday.According to Singh, it is a norm for persons to be taken off the streets, but they manage to find themselves back there in a matter of hours.“Persons, in the past, have been removed from the pavement, taken to the night shelters, cleaned up, and given all that they need; but the next day they are back on the very pavements. If you visit some of those persons, you will see that that is there home,” he said.He said there are some homeless persons who are intelligent, while there are others who prefer to be homeless even though they have families.He said that now that the Hugo Chavez Centre in Berbice is up and running, the NTFC would be working closely with the Social Protection Ministry to see how many persons could be relocated there, along with the Phoenix House which deals particularly with drug rehabilitation.Singh opined that homelessness is caused by many factors. “It has to do with the migration of a significant number of persons and people left here in the care of others. So the whole structure of the society needs to be retooled — restore that caring for the neighbour,” he said.He said many relatives are willing to take their family members back into the home, but it was found that those persons refuse to stay in the home.Meanwhile, regarding the project, Singh said the task force is currently getting together the relevant professionals to get the work started. He said a lot of pre- planning has to be done.The project will be based in Georgetown, and it is hoped that the experiences of this pilot project would inform future projects elsewhere.The issue of street dwellers has long plagued Guyana, and has received attention from many organisations over time. Earlier this year, the Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC) announced that it was collaborating with the Anglican Diocese of Guyana to provide assistance to street dwellers and vagrants. It is unclear what has become of that plan.Vagrancy comes under the responsibility of the Ministry of Social Protection, though there is scope for collaboration with other agencies.Back in 2015, then Minister of Social Protection (MSP), Volda Lawrence, had announced that the MSP would be working with a welfare committee to evaluate and possibly reintegrate the homeless into society.The committee comprised persons from the Ministry of Social Protection, Public Health, Public Security, Agriculture, and the Mayor and City Council.She had also acknowledged that there are those who use begging as a means to earn an income, even sending their children to beg. Saying that a programme has to be put in place to educate those individuals, Lawrence had pledged the Government’s support in tackling vagrancy.It is not clear what fruit this collaboration has borne, since begging and destitution, including among juveniles, remain fairly prevalent in the city.
By Cormac Fitzgerald Two bodies discovered at house in Kildare The deaths are not being treated as suspicious. 10 Comments GARDAÍ ARE INVESTIGATING after two bodies were discovered in a house in a Kildare estate.The bodies of a man and a woman (both aged in their 70s) were discovered in a house in Ashfield Park estate in Naas, Kildare at 11.30am yesterday morning.A garda spokesperson confirmed that they are investigating the incident.The deaths are not being treated as suspicious at this time.The house has been closed off for a Garda technical examination and the state pathologist has been notified.A post-mortem on the bodies is to be arranged, the results of which will determine the course of the investigation.No foul play is suspected in the deaths. Short URL Nov 1st 2016, 12:55 PM Ashfield Park. Share51 Tweet Email1 Image: Google Maps http://jrnl.ie/3056918 Ashfield Park. Image: Google Maps Tuesday 1 Nov 2016, 12:55 PM 32,049 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Current and former military personnel can get free business attire and other civilian clothing from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 8 at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7824, 400 N. Andresen Road.The clothing distribution is part of a Suits for Soldiers project organized by the Farmers Insurance district office in Vancouver.New and used clothing for both men and women will be distributed to veterans, military retirees and active-duty personnel.The district office has been collecting clothing since October. Donors can still bring contributions to the office — 3925 N.E. 72nd Ave., Suite 104 — during business hours through November.Donors also can contact Ann Valentine to have clothing picked up in the Vancouver area. Contact her at email@example.com or call 360-571-4666.This is the second year for the program in Vancouver.“In just one month of collecting donations, we’ve received over 1,000 articles of men’s and women’s professional business attire, which is already more than the total we received in 2016,” Valentine said.People do not need to reserve spots for the Dec. 8 event, though they are welcome to do so by calling Valentine.“Also, we will not be asking for proof of military service; we’re going to operate by the honor system, like we did last year,” she said.Several other community participants will donate their own services and products, including haircuts and office supplies.
Mauricio Pochettino has called on Tottenham fans to remain calm after their ‘massive’ 3-0 victory at Manchester United.Lucas Moura netted a brace after Harry Kane opened the scoring as Spurs demolished Manchester United at Old Trafford 3-0. But Mauricio Pochettino is refusing to get carried away by the result.“It’s only three points but after four years playing here without scoring one goal and all that was negative for us, 3-0 away from home at Old Trafford is a massive, massive victory. Pochettino told Sky Sports after the match.“I said from the beginning, this is not decisive. Of course, this will provide us with a lot of confidence, and trust in how we are working. But we know that it’s too far away, the end of the season.Vidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“We need to keep pushing, try to be consistent throughout the season. We’ve started really well with three games and three victories. We must keep calm and work hard, that’s the most important thing.“The players deserve the credit because they believe [in the philosophy]. We will see what happens [in the title race]. If we are in a good position with 10 games to go of the season, then we must be ready to fight, but for now it is too early.“The most important thing now is to build the feeling that this is never enough. There’s always possibilities to improve.”
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ADC AUTHOR The Senate moves forward with its fiscal 2020 defense authorization bill Tuesday with lawmakers set to take an evening vote to advance the bill for formal debate, CQ reported Monday.A successful vote on the procedural cloture motion will allow the GOP-led chamber to begin considering amendments and debate the annual defense policy bill for full Senate approval.In its current form the Senate’s NDAA topline matches the administration’s request for defense spending at $750 billion, though some differences include border barrier funding and the structure of the proposed space force.In the Democrat-led House, lawmakers will try to pass the chamber’s lower $733 billion defense spending appropriation as part of a four-bill, nearly $1 trillion minibus package that includes spending for several federal agencies. Lawmakers will consider 57 amendments to the House bill.If the minibus package passes, the House will hold debate on its defense authorization bill after the July 4 recess, according to CQ.Each chamber will need to approve its appropriations legislation soon for congressional leaders to begin high-stakes conference negotiations.The two sides will have to reach a compromise on fiscal 2020 defense spending and many other spending issues by Oct. 1 or face another partial government shutdown.
The Alaska Native teenager at the epicenter of a tasing incident in Sitka last year has hired legal counsel. Though he’s not yet filed a lawsuit, the lawyer representing Franklin Hoogendorn intends to bring his case before a Sitka jury.Download AudioMyron Angstman has run a private practice out of Bethel since 1977. He’s no stranger to cases involving police conduct on the job, and has represented both parties. In 2007, he defended a Bethel police officer in a case concerning a taser gun and won.“I kind of have an idea what the rules are. What the limits are. So this case looks like it’s one where there is a problem with the conduct of the officers. That’s my view.”And that view – along with a six-minute video of Hoogendorn in police custody – convinced Angstman to take the case.“The whole case is contained in that videotape, for the most part and I looked at the videotape and it sure looked like a doable case to me after I reviewed it.”The six-minute video was uploaded to YouTube on October 29th, over a year after the arrest, where it quickly made the rounds on social media and accumulated more than 37,000 views. Angstman says Hoogendorn contacted his office shortly after.Angstman then notified Sitka of Hoogendorn’s intent to sue. Municipal attorney Robin Koutchak says the city’s insurance company has retained its own legal counsel to organize a defense, Cynthia Ducey of Anchorage. Last week, the city also released its police department Operating Procedures Manual to the public — a 342-page document. Maegan Bosak, Sitka’s communitydevelopment director, said the city wants to be open about how arrests happen in Sitka.The city decided that there was a need to be fully transparent, and wanted to make it available to read through and use as needed.The FBI is leading its own investigation into Hoogendorn’s arrest. Angstman says that whatever the bureau uncovers will be brought into court room. For Angstman, the video — with the police procedures as a measuring stick — is what this case is all about.“It doesn’t really matter what I think the tape says or what you think the tape says or what the police chief thinks the tape says or what the city manager thinks the tape says, because the jury has the final decision as to what that tape says.”Sitka Police Chief Sheldon Schmitt reviewed the footage shortly after, and determined that the arrest – while uncomfortable to watch – fell within policy guidelines. Furthermore, Schmitt says the video only shows a small slice of the police encounter with Hoogendorn, which began when officers confronted him outside of a Sitka bar. In a previous interview, Schmitt says we’re not seeing the whole story.“He’s not giving them his hands. He’s pushing off. At one point he tries to kick the officers. And having just fought with him, they’re still concerned that he’s going to fight more. Hence the use of the taser. They’re trying to get him to comply.”Angstman considers that argument a moot point. The actions of the jailer and two police officers as they restrain Hoogendorn, strip him, and repeatedly tase him speak for themselves.Unfortunately for the police, by the time the video was turned on, Franklin was walking into the room without any resistance or problem. Any decent policeman would set aside whatever happened on the street and say, now that we have you in custody, we start new.At the time of his arrest, Hoogendorn was a senior at the state’s all-Alaska boarding school, Mt. Edgecumbe. Academic principal Bernie Gurule says Hoogendorn had no run-ins with the law and was in good academic standing at the time of his arrest in September, 2014. He was signed out for the weekend by a family member, allowing him to leave the campus and visit Sitka when police saw him enter a local bar.The following Monday, Gurule says Hoogendorn came into this office and asked to shut the door behind him.“To me he said that he has been busted for underage drinking. He wanted me to know that, because he was sure he was going to be in the paper very soon.”Except for the most serious infractions, Mt. Edgecumbe has a two-strikes-and-you’re-out-rule for student substance abuse. Hoogendorn’s previous offense took place on campus, so this incident was strike two.“He was sorry. There was no question in my mind he had a lot of remorse for the mistake that he made and he mentioned that more than a couple of times…. ‘I know that I’ve really made a mistake here. I really like Mt. Edgecumbe High School, but I know I will probably get what I deserve.’”Gurule indefinitely suspended Hoogendorn two days after the arrest, on September 8th. But he adds that Hoogendorn didn’t talk about what happened that night, not about the jail cell, being held overnight, or the tasing. Neither the city nor the police department notified Mt. Edgecumbe that Hoogendorn had been arrested, or forced to comply through the use of a taser.Gurule would not comment on that. He did, however, affirm that the incident has not compromised the school’s otherwise strong relationship with the Sitka Police Department.“We don’t’ have to call them very often, but when we do they respond very quickly. They respond very professionally. They treat all of our students very fairly. It doesn’t matter whether they are Alaskan Native or not.”As for Hoogendorn, his lawyer says that he has returned to his home village of Koyuk and earned his high school diploma.
July 23, 2013 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 3 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Every time we get on the internet or pick up a mobile device, we expand our digital footprint by another few bytes. Websites mark your interests with cookies, e-commerce sites store your credit card number, newsletters need your email address and social-media sites track your birthday, job history and the names of your friends.We used to accept this as the cost of convenience but identity theft and government requests for information are making us think twice about our online privacy the tracks we’re creating.If you’d rather play it safe then end up sorry, these four tools can help you mask your trail and clean up the footprints you’ve already left behind:1. DuckDuckGo Whether you’re searching online for legal advice or a like-minded political pal, your search history has the potential to cause trouble if it falls into the wrong hands. DuckDuckGo is an anonymous search engine that says it doesn’t track you or save your search history. It also doesn’t filter your results, so you’ll see the same top returns everyone else sees when they search the same phrase.You can use DuckDuckGo with any browser. There’s a plugin for Firefox and there’s also a free mobile app for iOS and Android.Related: How Google, Apple, Facebook and Others Use Your Personal Data (Infographic)2. DisconnectIf you want to see who is tracking you while you browse the internet, try adding the Disconnect extension to Firefox or Chrome. Then, as you navigate around the web, Disconnect tallies up the tracking requests and presents them to you by category such as advertising and social media. Then you can make an informed decision about which requests to block in the future.Disconnect is offered under a “pay-what-you-want” model. Suggested donations start at $10 and can go as high as you’d like to pay.3. Hotspot ShieldFor more protection while you’re on the go, download AnchorFree’s Hotspot Shield. This VPN (virtual private network) protects your privacy when you’re using a public Wi-Fi hotspot. It masks your IP and they say their enhanced level of security makes it safe to transmit sensitive information such as passwords and credit card numbers.Hotspot Shield, which is available on iOS and Android devices, also allows for anonymous browsing and it hides your location so you can access sites with geo-blocking. The only downside to using any VPN is that it slows your connection but that’s part of the price you pay for security. The other part is a subscription fee of .99 a month or 11.99 a year.4. SafeShepherd.comSince you’ve already spent several years leaving an identity trail all over the internet, you might need a tool such as SafeShepherd.com to help you clean it up. The site runs a scan of data harvesting websites and “people search” engines then returns a list of spots where it found your address, email or phone.If you buy a membership for $13.95 a month, SafeShepard can act on your behalf to get the data removed. It can also notify you when your information turns up on a new site and monitor Facebook and Twitter to make sure you don’t overshare.Related: Customer Privacy: What You Need to Know About Social Media, Passwords and Transparency Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.
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Windows 10 Creators Update: new System Reset option by Martin Brinkmann on December 15, 2016 in Windows – Last Update: July 05, 2017 – 12 commentsMicrosoft plans to improve the built-in system reset options of the Windows 10 operating system with the release of the Creators Update.System reset is a feature of Windows 10 that users may invoke from Settings > Update & Security > Recovery > Reset this PC, during Advanced Startup, and by running the command systemreset -cleanpc directly.The current version of System Reset gives you two options. You may “remove everything” and start fresh, or select “keep my files”. The former removes everything including personal files, the latter will preserve personal files but remove anything else.The two options have been taken directly from Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system which features the same options.Windows 10 Creators Update: System Reset changeThe two main options have not changed in the latest Windows 10 Insider Build. In fact, if you run System Reset from the interface, you will still get the same two options that you can pick from.If you do run the systemreset -cleanpc command however, for instance by typing it in the start menu, the run dialog box (Windows-R), or the command line, you will get only one option.That option is new, and called “clean up and update this PC”. The screenshot above shows the new option’s prompt when you run the command.This feature cleans all apps from your PC, except those that came with Windows, and then updates your PC to the latest version of Windows. All of your personal files and data will be kept.This process could take 20 minutes or longer depending on your PC.You are probably wondering how this differs from the current options. Both options that are currently available reset the PC to its factory default state.This new option seems to do that as well initially, but it will also download and install updates that are available for the PC to bring it up to date by installing the latest patches for the system.So basically, what the new option does is update the PC to the latest version after the reset.The new option is not yet integrated into the system reset selection menu. Since Microsoft did not advertise or list the new option under the changes list of the recent build, it could mean that the feature is not yet ready for that.The new option could replace the current “keep my files” option completely, or be added as another option. (Inside Windows via Deskmodder)Closing WordsI found the system reset feature never that useful, as it failed to work properly in the past every now and then. I prefer to create backups instead and restore those when the need arises.Now You: Did you use System Reset in the past?SummaryArticle NameWindows 10 Creators Update: new System Reset optionDescriptionMicrosoft plans to improve the built-in system reset options of the Windows 10 operating system with the release of the Creators Update.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
Related posts:Costa Rica launches catalog of premium food products Food and Fútbol: Learning from the Netherlands Seaweed can help feed the world. But will we eat it? Recipe VIDEO: Rebooting Costa Rican cuisine at Al Mercat For a country with slogans like “pura vida” and “sin ingredientes artificiales,” Costa Rica isn’t an easy place to find organic produce, hempseeds or gluten free flours. In fact, the average Costa Rican citizen consumes more than six pounds of pesticides in food every year, and more than 20 percent of the population is obese.Ana Victoria Granera Varela, proprietor of the Moravia based “eco-store” Mundo Verde, has joined a growing number Costa Ricans offering organic food and a corresponding education on more healthy eating in Costa Rica. “The situation for Ticos right now is that they are realizing that their nutrition has become very bad, so now they are making a conscious movement,” Varela says.She’s right. Although the market for healthy goods in Costa Rica isn’t quite as strong as the U.S. market, it has been growing since the 1990s and is expected to continue. Lee Kaplan-Unsoeld/The Tico TimesHaving lived in San Francisco, Varela got the inspiration for Mundo Verde when she went to a nearby town called Sebastopol, where local, organic agriculture was popular. “I went to a Whole Foods Market and loved it, and I thought that there wasn’t anything as diverse in Costa Rica with local and organic foods. From there I started to look for local producers. I found Feria Verde (in Barrio Aranjuez) and Feria Treque (in Barrio Carmen) as well, and Mundo Verde came as a result.”Having been open for around seven months, the store attracts health junkies who want gluten free flours and super-foods like chia seeds, as well as people looking for local, organic chocolates or jams. In addition to the take-home products, Varela offers fresh organic smoothies, and her family’s artisan bakery is across the street.While certain health foods are available at supermarkets like Automercado, the majority of these products are imported from other countries. Varela mentioned that in addition to supporting local farmers and small businesses, local products often “don’t have as many chemicals; they’re free of a huge amount of preservatives.”People in Costa Rica seeking local options take advantage of the farmers markets and make sure to stock up on locally grown vegetables and other products, but these usually take place just once a week. A craving for healthy food on a Tuesday is tough to satisfy.Varela pointed out that other health food stores do exist around San José, including Ecomercado in San Pedro, Iriria Tienda Verde in Aranjuez, El Mercadito de San Rafael in Escazú, and Minisuper Verde in Rohmoser, and others. She says she’s glad to have the competition if it means everybody gets to eat better food. “I see them as support for others, support in between everyone.” Shelves at Mundo Verde. Lee Kaplan-Unsoeld/The Tico TimesVarela recognizes that healthy food is often expensive food, and admits that most of her customers are middle-to-upper-class. But she wonders if it really has to be that way. While many companies break into the health foods and organic markets to capitalize on the growing number of interested consumers, as evidenced by Wall Street’s takeover of organic companies in the U.S., Varela says her aim is different.Like most businesses, Mundo Verde hopes to expand and create new locations around the country. However, Varela’s plans to turn the back area of the store into an educational space. She envisions workshops on urban and organic agriculture taking place, as well as yoga, tai chi and other alternative therapies taking place in the space.More than three-quarters of the U.S. natural foods market is controlled by large retail chains, which hasn’t been ideal for local farmers and small businesses. With the future of the Costa Rican natural foods market still being mapped out, stores like Mundo Verde are a good thing. They can see that profits are distributed more equitably than in the U.S., while selling delicious and healthy food to anyone willing to pay for it.More information can be found at https://www.facebook.com/MundoVerdeCostaRica, Mundo Verde is located 25 meters North of the Megasuper in San Vincente Moravia, San José, Costa Rica. Facebook Comments
Hoping to integrate its air freight product across its domestic and international networks, Qantas has sold its 50 percent stake in StarTrack to acquire 100 percent of air freight business, Australian air Express.The agreement signed this morning will see the termination of an arrangement signed in 2003 that saw the two parties own 50 percent of both Australian air Express and StarTrack.Although still subject to regulatory and shareholder approval, Qantas expects the transaction to be completed in the fourth quarter this year, with a profit of up to $30 million.As well as issue return, the airline’s chief executive Alan Joyce said the 100 percent acquisition was in line with growth plans and will strengthen the carrier’s air cargo network. “By leveraging the best from both businesses and delivering efficiencies, we will provide a market-leading service to our customers,” Mr Joyce said. “It enables us to improve a core business area while divesting a non-core asset, StarTrack.”“We will continue to have a close commercial relationship with Australia Post and StarTrack remaining major customers of Australian air Express and Qantas Freight.”Late last week, the Australian flag carrier announced it had “successfully refinanced” up to AU$300 million undrawn tranche due to mature in May 2013.The airline said the undrawn tranche had increased by AU$100 million, with maturity date extended to September 2015.Qantas noted that as it was an undrawn facility, there would be no changes to its overall debt position. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J