A 10-member Indian team will take part in the London Paralympic Games to be held from August 29 to September 9.Our Olympic coverageThe parathletes have already been camped in London for a special preparatory camp for the Paralympics.The players:H N Girisha (F 42 high jump); Jagseer Singh (F 46 long jump); Jaideep (F 42 discus); Narender (F 44 javelin); Amit Kumar (F 51 discus); Farman Basha (48kg powerlifting); Rajrender Singh Rahelu (powerlifting 67.5kg); Sachin Chowdhury (powerlifting 82.5kg); Sharath M Gayawad (swimming S8/SB8 SM8 100m freestyle, 100m breaststroke, 200m individual medley, 100m butterfly); Naresh Kumar Sharma (shooting R1, R6, R7).
It took two replacement players, including Davis Cup stalwart Lleyton Hewitt, to help restore some pride to Australian tennis.Facing a 2-0 deficit after dropping the opening singles matches on July 18, Australia came back to win its Davis Cup quarterfinal on grass in the tropical northern city of Darwin on July 19 when Sam Groth and Hewitt won their matches in the reverse singles.Hewitt clinched the quarterfinal with a stirring 7-6 (2), 6-2, 6-3 win over Aleksandr Nedovyesov. He fell on to his back when Nedovyesov’s forehand went long and teammates Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis — who were both replaced in the reverse singles after losing their matches July 17 — ran onto the court to hug him before he went to the net to shake hands with his Kazakh opponent.“We didn’t have everything go our way this weekend, we had to rally,” Hewitt said. “We were playing for the boys on the side of the court and the nation, as well.”Groth and the 34-year-old Hewitt, who said he plans to retire after next January’s Australian Open, won their doubles match July 18 to keep Australia alive.Australia will now face either Britain or France in September’s semifinals. Britain leads their quarterfinal 2-1 going into the July 19 reverse singles in London.It was the first time since the Davis Cup final against the United States in 1939 that Australia has come back from a 2-0 deficit to win a tie — and it couldn’t have come at a better time.For the past two weeks, the country’s two top-ranked players — Bernard Tomic and Kyrgios — have been embroiled in controversy for their actions at Wimbledon and after the tournament.Groth replaced Kyrgios in the reverse singles after the 20-year-old was criticized for his on-court demeanor in his loss in the second singles match against Kazakhstan, as well as at Wimbledon, where he was fined nearly $10,000 for racket abuse and swearing.Australia was also playing without its highest-ranked player, No. 25-ranked Tomic, after Tennis Australia suspended him for critical comments against the national association during Wimbledon.To make matters worse, Tomic was charged with resisting arrest in Miami Beach, Florida, last week after ignoring hotel security and police requests to turn down loud music in his luxury suite.His police mug shot featured prominently in Australian newspapers this weekend, right next to stories on the Davis Cup tie.Groth opened play on July 19 by beating Mikhail Kukushkin 6-3, 7-6 (6), 4-6, 7-6 (6), before Hewitt, subbing for Kokkinakis, demonstrated the kind of enthusiasm and gung-ho nationalism he’s exhibited over his 15-year career.He’s now played 57 Davis Cup singles matches, but never clinched an Australian tie in a deciding fifth match.Hewitt, affected by a series of injuries over the past five years, might have played his last Davis Cup match for Australia if he had lost. But chances are he’ll be part of the team in the semifinals.“I’ve said some of my greatest wins have been in Davis Cup, and some of my toughest losses,” said Hewitt.A few hours earlier, Groth was feeling the same. “This is probably the most magical feeling I’ve had in tennis,” said Groth, who had 29 aces in the match. “I had to have confidence in my game, and I came through under pressure.”Kazakhstan captain Dias Doskarayev said “everything went their (Australia’s) way.”“We lost four tiebreaks,” he said. “Tiebreaks are kind of a lottery. So the tennis gods were on the Aussie side. That’s sport. That’s tennis.”Australia captain Wally Masur also took a big gamble earlier, realizing he would be criticized for replacing the No. 41-ranked Kyrgios with No. 68 Groth.“I’m either going to look silly or look like a genius,” he said.Most would now say genius. Kyrgios had said he felt mentally drained during Friday’s loss to No. 115 Nedovyesov.“That’s no different to being physically exhausted after a big month or a big match,” Masur said before Groth’s win. “It takes its toll.”“I kind of feel sorry for Nick in a way because it was almost a little bit of hysteria about some of the stuff that went on at Wimbledon. The press cycle just kind of went into overdrive.”Now, for the first time in a few weeks, the only press Australian tennis gets will likely be on the positive side.(DENNIS PASSA, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Riding on confidence after their emphatic win over Afghanistan, Australia will face an uphill task against the buoyant West Indies when the two teams meet in their World Cup fixture at Trent Bridge on Thursday.Both the teams were at their menacing best in their opening World Cup encounters and literally thrashed their opponents.Aaron Finch-led Australia had registered a convincing seven-wicket win over Afghanistan. The bowlers, especially the pacers, were on song as they restricted Afghan Tigers to 207.While chasing, Finch and David Warner showed signs of being in great form as both scored half-centuries and rang alarming bells for the opposition teams.On the other hand, Windies had demolished the Pakistani batting line-up with a barrage of short-pitch deliveries and ultimately bowled them out for mere 105 in their opening encounter in the ongoing World Cup. Oshane Thomas had finished with 4-27, while captain Jason Holder and Andre Russell shared five wickets between them before Windies clinched a seven-wicket win over Pakistan.Australia is wary of the fact that Windies line-up boasts of having some of the biggest hitters in world cricket at the moment and it would really require some effort from the Aussie pacers to control the likes of Chris Gayle, Russell, and Carlos Brathwaite.Head coach Justin Langer has already said that Australia would need to adjust their mindset to take on the West Indies quicks and other fast bowlers at the tournament in England and Wales.”We have to adapt to the West Indies no doubt, who have got a number of good, fast bowlers. South Africa will be the same. England will be the same. Have to adapt our game plan and adapt pretty quickly,” Langer said on Tuesday.advertisement”Obviously a very dangerous team the way they bat and aggressive bowling, but they’ve got weaknesses as well and we’re playing pretty good cricket.”He also said that Australia, in all likelihood, will go in with the same XI that featured against Afghanistan.SquadsAustralia: Aaron Finch (captain), Usman Khawaja, David Warner, Steve Smith, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (wicketkeeper), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon, Adam ZampaWest Indies: Jason Holder (captain), Andre Russell, Ashley Nurse, Carlos Brathwaite, Chris Gayle, Darren Bravo, Evin Lewis, Fabian Allen, Kemar Roach, Nicholas Pooran (wicketkeeper), Oshane Thomas, Shai Hope, Shannon Gabriel, Sheldon Cottrell, Shimron HetmyerAlso Read | World Cup 2019: 5 things to look for in India’s World Cup runAlso Read | World Cup 2019: History favours India over South Africa in recent ICC eventsAlso See
At the Caribbean Urban Forum 2018, which was held at the University of Technology (UTech) on June 27, Mr. Shaw said enacting the new building code is imperative for the development of the nation. Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, says the Government is in the final stages of enacting a new building code aimed at reducing the vulnerability of Jamaica’s built environment. “This will ensure public safety and welfare, minimise damage caused by natural and man-made hazards, as well as prevent squatter settlements and promote sustainable development,” Mr. Shaw said. Story Highlights Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, says the Government is in the final stages of enacting a new building code aimed at reducing the vulnerability of Jamaica’s built environment.At the Caribbean Urban Forum 2018, which was held at the University of Technology (UTech) on June 27, Mr. Shaw said enacting the new building code is imperative for the development of the nation.“This will ensure public safety and welfare, minimise damage caused by natural and man-made hazards, as well as prevent squatter settlements and promote sustainable development,” Mr. Shaw said.The Caribbean Urban Forum is a three-day conference designed to address specific policy issues within the Caribbean urban sector, in an effort to further advance land-use planning and urban management within the region. It is being held between June 26 and 29 under the theme ‘Forming the Informal’.Participants include land-use practitioners, policymakers, academics and allied professionals interested in urban and management issues within the Caribbean.Mr. Shaw said he welcomes the three-day forum, as it will address the challenges regarding development within the Caribbean region, and present solutions.“The issue of informality, specifically in the context of social infrastructure development, continues to be a particularly challenging one for developing nations of the Caribbean. We continue to grapple with informal housing and inappropriate land use, as many of our citizens migrate to the urban spaces in search of economic and social opportunities,” the Minister said.Mr. Shaw commended UTech for conceptualizing such a forum designed to address urban and land-management issues.“The fact that we are in the sixth such staging is also commendable as UTech continues in its bid to provide the avenue for discussions among local and regional professionals, academics and policymakers on such a pivotal matter,” he said.
SERVICE N.S./MUNICIPAL RELATIONS–Two Annapolis CountyCommunities Receive Funding A number of Annapolis County residents will soon enjoy saferdrinking water. Improvements to the Margaretsville watertreatment facility and reservoir, and upgrades to the CornwallisPark water metering program have been approved under the Canada-Nova Scotia Infrastructure Program. The three projects have atotal value of $617,970. Improvements include the design and installation of a new roof onthe Margaretsville reservoir and a new liner and cover for thewater treatment facility. These two projects will provideimproved and safer water for 160 households. For the thirdproject, meters will be installed on the Cornwallis Park’sreservoir in order to increase water service and reduce waterlosses. Funding for these projects was announced today, Jan. 21, by thefederal and provincial governments, in partnership with theMunicipality of Annapolis County. “The Canada-Nova Scotia Infrastructure Program is one of the wayswe are investing in green projects like these water upgrades,designed to improve our environment and provide safe, highquality water systems,” said Chris d’Entremont, Minister ofAgriculture and Fisheries, on behalf of Barry Barnet, Minister ofService Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “Building strongercommunities and improving quality of life is a priority for ourgovernment.” The program supports long-term economic growth, communityinfrastructure improvements and environmental enhancements. “The real value of these investments goes far beyond their dollaramount,” said Robert Thibault, Member of Parliament, on behalf ofJoseph McGuire, Minister of Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.”By investing in green projects such as these, the government ofCanada is helping to improve the quality of life through safedrinking water and reliable water systems.” Mr. Thibault and Mr. d’Entremont also announced a joint federal-provincial investment of $205,990. The Municipality of AnnapolisCounty will fund the balance of these projects. “These projects will have some significant benefits for thehealth of our communities and enhance our ability to manage thewater resource,” said Peter Newton, Warden of the Municipality ofAnnapolis County. “They will make a real impact on the quality oflife of our citizens.” To date, more than $194 million has been invested in 133 projectsthrough the program, and additional announcements are expected asprojects undergo environmental assessment and final approval. The $195 million, six-year Canada-Nova Scotia InfrastructureProgram is administered by the Atlantic Canada OpportunitiesAgency and Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations.Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation is a member of the managementcommittee. The Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities is representedon the program’s management committee.
Premier Stephen McNeil welcomed the arrival of Shell Canada’s offshore drilling vessel Stena IceMAX to Nova Scotia’s waters today, Oct. 20. The vessel, owned by Stena Drilling of Aberdeen, Scotland, arrived in the Shelburne Basin about 250 kilometres off southwestern Nova Scotia to begin Shell Canada’s $1 billion exploration program. The company submitted a successful bid for the area in 2012. “This is an important day in Nova Scotia’s economic history,” said Mr. McNeil. “Offshore development is one of our most exciting opportunities for growth and I am thrilled Shell is committed to further exploring our offshore potential by drilling its first deep-water well.” The Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board has provided Shell Canada with approval to begin work in southwestern Nova Scotia. “Shell has a strong environmental, and health and safety record, and I am pleased with the confidence the board has placed in Shell’s plan to operate in a way that ensures worker safety and environmental responsibility.” Nova Scotians are among the IceMAX crew and several local companies are lined up to supply goods and services to the ongoing project. Government continues to make an ongoing investment in collecting new geoscience information, which supports its work to promote offshore development internationally. In addition, the province will welcome BP, which bid on four parcels covering almost 14,000 square kilometres, about 300 kilometres off the coast of Nova Scotia. The company could drill its first exploratory well in 2017.
Ian Somerhalder has won the Mozilla Firefox Challenge, scoring $50,000 for the IS Foundation.Ian beat out a host of celebrities and charities competing for the prize, including second place winner Jimmy Kimmel, who was raising money for Comfort the Children. Also competing were Sophia Bush, Jonah Hill, Edward Norton, Seth Rogen, Ty Burrell and Brittany Snow.Ian raised $122,398 through his Crowdrise fundraising page during the challenge, just beating Jimmy Kimmel, whose fans raised $121,301.The Ian Somerhalder Foundation aims to educate, collaborate with and support people and organisations to turn conversation into real projects and progress to positively impact the planet and species habitat.
Sahra Omar Farah, her two teenage sons – one of whom was deaf – and her 12-year-old daughter were stabbed and bludgeoned to death last Friday in a shop run by fellow Somalis in a village in the Eastern Cape, according to a news release issued by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).Ms. Farah’s body was reported to have been stabbed over 100 times, and initial signs suggest that both she and her daughter may have been subjected to sexual assaults. “I strongly condemn these murders of a defenceless family, apparently simply because they were foreigners,” said High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanethem Pillay. “Xenophobic attacks unfortunately occur regularly in quite a few countries, but this is one of the most vicious examples we have heard of recently, outside of war zones.“Somalia is currently in a deplorable state, with conflict raging – especially in Mogadishu, where this family is believed to have come from – and there is huge displacement and suffering. To find safe haven in a country like South Africa, only to be brutally murdered a short while later, is beyond tragic,” she stated.Last Friday’s incident is the latest in a series of attacks targeted against foreigners living in South Africa. In May, tensions related to the large-scale influx of migrants and refugees into the country erupted into several days of attacks on foreigners that left over 60 people dead and more than 15,000 displaced. Ms. Pillay noted that Somali traders and shopkeepers have been a particular target, with another three Somali shopkeepers murdered since last Friday in Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth. “There appears to be a dangerous pattern of targeted attacks on foreigners, especially, but not exclusively, involving Somalis,” Ms. Pillay said. While she welcomed the arrest of three suspects in the attack, the High Commissioner called for concerted and long-term efforts by authorities to prevent such violence in the future. 7 October 2008The top United Nations human rights official today condemned the brutal killing of a Somali family in South Africa, and urged the authorities to take immediate action to protect foreigners from any further attacks.
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AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Kimberly Dozier And Donna Cassata, The Associated Press Posted Jun 19, 2013 12:23 am MDT NSA director defends sweeping surveillance program, says plot against Wall Street thwarted WASHINGTON – The U.S. foiled a plot to bomb the New York Stock Exchange because of the sweeping surveillance programs at the heart of a debate over national security and personal privacy, officials said Tuesday at a rare open hearing on intelligence led by lawmakers sympathetic to the spying.The House Intelligence Committee hearing provided a venue for officials to defend the once-secret programs and did little probing of claims that the collection of people’s phone records and Internet usage has disrupted dozens of terrorist plots. Few details were volunteered.Army Gen. Keith Alexander, director of the National Security Agency, said the two recently disclosed programs — one that gathers U.S. phone records and another that is designed to track the use of U.S.-based Internet servers by foreigners with possible links to terrorism — are critical. But details about them were not closely held within the secretive agency. Alexander said after the hearing that most of the documents accessed by Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old former systems analyst on contract to the NSA, were on a web forum available to many NSA employees. Others were on a site that required a special credential to access. Alexander said investigators are studying how Snowden did that.He told lawmakers Snowden’s leaks have caused “irreversible and significant damage to this nation” and undermined the U.S. relationship with allies.When Deputy FBI Director Sean Joyce was asked what is next for Snowden, he said, simply, “justice.” Snowden fled to Hong Kong and is hiding.In the days after the leaks, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers cited one attack that he said was thwarted by the programs. In the comments of other intelligence officials, that number grew to two, then 10, then dozens. On Tuesday, Alexander said more than 50 attacks were averted because of the surveillance. These included plots against the New York subway system and a Danish newspaper office that had published cartoon depictions of Muhammad.In a new example, Joyce said the NSA was able to identify an extremist in Yemen who was in touch with Khalid Ouazzani in Kansas City, Mo., enabling authorities to identify co-conspirators and thwart a plot to bomb the New York Stock Exchange.Ouazzani pleaded guilty in May 2010 in federal court in Missouri to charges of conspiracy to provide material support to a terrorist organization, bank fraud and money laundering. Ouazzani was not charged with the alleged plot against the stock exchange. Joyce said the arrest was made possible by the Internet surveillance program disclosed by Snowden.Joyce also said a terrorist financier in San Diego was identified and arrested in October 2007 because of a phone record provided by the NSA.The individual was making phone calls to a known designated terrorist group overseas, Joyce said. He confirmed under questioning that the calls were to Somalia.Alexander said the Internet program had helped stop 90 per cent of the 50-plus plots he cited. He said just over 10 of the plots thwarted had a connection inside the U.S. and most were helped by the review of phone records. Still, little was offered to substantiate claims that the programs have been successful in stopping acts of terrorism that would not have been caught with narrower surveillance. In the New York subway bombing case, President Barack Obama conceded the would-be bomber might have been caught with less sweeping surveillance.Officials have long had the authority to monitor email accounts linked to terrorists but, before the law changed, needed to get a warrant by showing that the target was a suspected member of a terrorist group. In the disclosed Internet program named PRISM, the government collects vast amounts of online data and email, sometimes sweeping up information on ordinary American citizens. Officials now can collect phone and Internet information broadly but need a warrant to examine specific cases where they believe terrorism is involved.Alexander said he would provide the lawmakers more details on the 50-plus plots Wednesday but the details would be classified.Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich., and Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger of Maryland, the panel’s top Democrat, said the programs were vital to the intelligence community and assailed Snowden’s actions as criminal.“It is at times like these where our enemies within become almost as damaging as our enemies on the outside,” Rogers said.Ruppersberger said the “brazen disclosures” put the United States and its allies at risk.Committee members were incredulous about the scope of the information that Snowden was able to access and then disclose.Alexander said Snowden had worked for 12 months in an information technology position at the NSA office in Hawaii under another contract preceding his three-month contract with Booz Allen.“Egregious, egregious leaks,” Joyce said.But after the hearing, Alexander said almost all of the documents Snowden leaked were on an internal online library.“They are on web forums that are publicly available in the NSA,” he said.The general counsel for the intelligence community said the NSA cannot target phone conversations between callers inside the U.S. — even if one of those callers was targeted for surveillance when outside the country.The director of national intelligence’s legal chief, Robert S. Litt, said that if the NSA finds it has accidentally gathered a phone call by a target who had travelled into the U.S. without the agency’s knowledge, it has to “purge” that from system. The same goes for an accidental collection of any conversation because of an error.Litt said those incidents are then reported to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which “pushes back” and asks how it happened, and what the NSA is doing to fix the problem so it doesn’t happen again.Deputy NSA Director Chris Inglis said a limited number of officials at the agency could authorize dissemination of information to the FBI related to a U.S. citizen, and only after determining it was necessary to understand a counterterrorism issue. Information related to an American who is found not to be relevant to a counterterrorism investigation must be destroyed, he added.Alexander said 10 people were involved in that process, including himself and Inglis.The hearing came the morning after President Barack Obama vigorously defended the surveillance programs in a lengthy interview, calling them transparent — even though they are authorized in secret.Obama said he has named representatives to a privacy and civil liberties oversight board first established in 2004 to help in the debate over just how far government data gathering should be allowed to go. The discussion is complicated by the secrecy surrounding the surveillance court, with hearings held at undisclosed locations and with only government lawyers present. The orders that result are all highly classified.Snowden on Monday accused members of Congress and administration officials of exaggerating their claims about the success of the data gathering programs, including pointing to the arrest of the would-be New York subway bomber, Najibullah Zazi, in 2009.In an online interview with The Guardian in which he posted answers to questions, he said Zazi could have been caught with narrower, targeted surveillance programs — a point Obama conceded in his interview without mentioning Snowden.“We might have caught him some other way,” Obama said. “We might have disrupted it because a New York cop saw he was suspicious. Maybe he turned out to be incompetent and the bomb didn’t go off. But, at the margins, we are increasing our chances of preventing a catastrophe like that through these programs.”___Follow Kimberly Dozier on Twitter at http://twitter.com/kimberlydozier and Donna Cassata at https://twitter.com/DonnaCassataAP?
EU sanctions some of Russia’s biggest banks, limits capital market access for 5 lenders by Juergen Baetz, The Associated Press Posted Jul 31, 2014 9:38 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BRUSSELS – The European Union on Thursday revealed the details of its broad economic sanctions against Russia, including the names of five major banks which will see their access to the 28-nation bloc’s capital market curtailed.The banks, in which the Russian state holds a majority stake, include the country’s largest lender, Sberbank. The others are Gazprombank, VEB, VTB bank and Rosselkhozbank, also known as the Russian Agricultural Bank.The latest sanctions were announced Tuesday but the names of the targeted firms and other details were only released Thursday. The package of punitive measures also includes an arms embargo and the prohibition to export some oil exploration technology used for deep water drilling, Arctic oil exploration and production, or shale oil projects. Finally, the sanctions also forbid the export of so-called dual use goods, which can be used for military and civilian purposes, whenever they are destined to Russia’s military.The EU is Russia’s biggest trading partner.The sanctions with the most immediate effect are those targeting the banks because they make it harder for Russia’s already ailing economy to get access to finance and further spook international investors who fear running afoul of the sanctions regime. The United States also imposed similar sanctions on Russian banks.The EU beefed up its sanctions against Russia over what it decries as Moscow’s meddling in Ukraine after the downing of a Malaysia Airline passenger jet earlier this month over eastern Ukraine, which killed all 298 people aboard. The U.S. and Ukraine say the Boeing 777 was shot down by a missile fired from areas controlled by pro-Russian separatists.The regulation laying out the new sanctions, which will take effect Friday, said it will be prohibited for EU firms or citizens to “directly or indirectly purchase, sell, provide brokering or assistance in the issuance” of debt instruments by the Russian banks targeted.The sanctions specifically aim at new debt issuances with a maturity of over 90 days. Russia’s state-owned banks last year issued such debt worth 15.8 billion euros ($21 billion), according to EU officials. About half of that, or 7.5 billion euros, was placed on European markets.___Follow Juergen Baetz on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/jbaetz
GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A federal appeals court ruled Friday that bloggers and the public have the same First Amendment protections as journalists when sued for defamation: If the issue is of public concern, plaintiffs have to prove negligence to win damages.The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered a new trial in a defamation lawsuit brought by an Oregon bankruptcy trustee against a Montana blogger who wrote online that the court-appointed trustee criminally mishandled a bankruptcy case.The appeals court ruled that the trustee was not a public figure, which could have invoked an even higher standard of showing the writer acted with malice, but the issue was of public concern, so the negligence standard applied.Gregg Leslie of the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press said the ruling affirms what many have long argued: Standards set by a 1974 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, Gertz v. Robert Welch Inc., apply to everyone, not just journalists.“It’s not a special right to the news media,” he said. “So it’s a good thing for bloggers and citizen journalists and others.”
Former President Bill Clinton. WASHINGTON — Thousands of pages of documents from President Bill Clinton’s White House affirm a longtime adage: The more things change, the more they stay the same.As Clinton prepared for an August 1994 news conference in which he hoped to build public support for his struggling — and ultimately unsuccessful — health care overhaul, he told his advisers: “A lot of them want to know they can keep their own plan if they like it.” Later that fall, Clinton’s Democrats were routed in midterm elections and lost control of Congress.Nearly two decades later, President Barack Obama sought to reassure Americans about his own plan, which won approval in Congress in 2010, by telling them, “If you like your plan you can keep it.” A spate of private policy cancellations forced Obama to recant his pledge that all Americans who liked their plans could simply keep them.More than 8 million people have signed up for health insurance under the “Obamacare” law; how the overhaul is perceived could become a deciding point for the fate of Obama’s fellow Democrats in the 2014 midterm elections.About 7,500 pages of records released Friday through the National Archives and the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Ark., show the parallels between the Clinton era and the White House under Obama. The documents may also offer a glimpse into a future as former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who led her husband’s health care task force, considers another presidential campaign in 2016.
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are investigating after, they said, an elderly pedestrian was struck and killed by a car in Fort Lauderdale, Saturday morning.According to Fort Lauderdale Police, the victim was hit near the 3300 block of Ocean Boulevard. The person became pinned under the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene.Police shut down the area as they investigated.The driver of the car involved stayed at the scene for questioning.As of Saturday night, police have not disclosed any details about the victim.The cause of the accident remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – It was a case of hot wheels in Southwest Miami-Dade after a truck caught fire.Cellphone video captured Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews as they battled the flames near Southwest 147th Avenue and Miller Drive, Saturday afternoon.Thick black smoke filled the sky as firefighters worked to put out the flames.No one was inside the burning vehicle.Officials said it’s unclear what caused the fire.Remember, if you see news happening and can do so safely, take a picture or shoot video and send it to: email@example.com.
LAUDERDALE LAKES, FLA. (WSVN) – Fire rescue crews were caught on camera working to put out a car fire in Lauderdale Lakes.Broward Sheriff’s Fire Rescue crews responded to the scene along West Oakland Park Boulevard, near 35th Avenue, just before 7 a.m., Saturday.Crews were caught on video as they worked to extinguish the blaze, which consumed the engine compartment of a gold Toyota Camry.Officials said the driver told them the car suddenly caught fire while he was driving in the westbound lanes of West Oakland Park Boulevard.No injuries were reported.The roadway was reopened shortly after the fire was put out.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Slick on the water following the Exxon Valdez oil spill on March 24, 1989. (Public domain photo courtesy Alaska Resources Library & Information Services )A coalition of environmental and public health advocates say they will sue the federal government unless it takes action to restrict the use of dispersants for oil spill cleanup. The plaintiffs say the federal Environmental Protection Agency is shirking its duty to update its rules so that they reflect the latest science on how dispersants affect the environment. They argue the update is especially urgent now that the Trump administration is moving to expand offshore oil leasing, including in Arctic waters.The news comes a day after the 30th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Prince William Sound, when thousands of gallons of dispersant were used.EPA did propose stricter standards for dispersants in 2015. But the agency has not moved to finalize those standards since then. The plaintiffs say they will file suit in 60 days unless the agency renews its work on the issue.“We’re very concerned about the lack of oversight and regulation that takes into consideration this newer science, and EPA is definitely long overdue in fulfilling their responsibility to regulate these chemicals,” said Pam Miller, executive director of the Alaska Community Action on Toxics.Alaska Community Action on Toxics is one of the plaintiffs in the case, along with the Homer-based advocacy group Cook Inletkeeper, Nuiqsut resident Rosemary Ahtuangaruak, La. resident Kindra Arnesen and Calif.-based environmental advocacy group the Earth Island Institute.In a statement, EPA said the agency is reviewing the notice of intent to sue, but declined to comment further.Dispersants don’t get rid of oil. They’re used to help oil dissolve in the water column so it doesn’t stay on the water’s surface or wash on shore.The American Petroleum Institute, a national oil industry trade group, supports their use. API criticized EPA’s 2015 proposal, saying in a comment letter to the agency that it was “substantially problematic for all stakeholders, including the response community, which is required to carry out an effective spill response.”Miller has the opposite view.“I think it could have been much stronger,” Miller said.Dispersants are highly controversial. Research following their use during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster has deepened concerns about how they affect species and workers.The Prince William Sound Regional Citizens Advisory Council, a watchdog group, opposes the use of dispersants in Alaska until there is enough evidence to prove they are safe and effective.Oil spill response teams in Alaska are allowed to use dispersants, but there are standards restricting where and when they can be used. Those standards were updated in 2016, with input from EPA.
Hyderabad: Governor ESL Narasimhan on Saturday inaugurated the ultra modern, state-of-the-art GVK EMRI Emergency Care Simulation Complex at the GVK Emergency Management and Research Institute’s (GVK EMRI) main campus in Secunderabad . The simulation complex has been commissioned with a grant from the Tata Trusts and aims to provide simulation-based medical education using sophisticated and technically advanced manikins enabling students to evaluate, perform and repeat the same exercises until they get the procedure right. Also Read – Vemulawada school seized after road accident Advertise With Us Dr GVK Reddy, Founder and Chairman, GVK said that this world class emergency care simulation complex is most modern and equipped with technically advanced . ” We will also look to train healthcare providers from developing countries in the near future”, he added. Emergency management and life support skill gaps have been identified on a very large scale across India amongst doctors, nurses and para medical staff by the Medical Council of India (MCI) and the Indian Nursing Council (INC) and the Simulation Complex has been commissioned with the objective of equipping the trainees with the requisite skills, Reddy said. He further said that GVK EMRI has left no stone unturned to reach out to the needy through its helpline and specific segment oriented focused services as an offshoot of the vast expertise gained through the last 12 years of 108 EMS operations across the length and breadth of its operational states in India.
M Shahriar AlamState minister for foreign affairs M Shahriar Alam on Monday said BNP acting chairman Tarique Rahman along with his wife and daughter handed over their passports to the British Home Office four years ago, which indicates that they do not want Bangladesh nationality.”Had he wanted renewal of passport or extension of validity, he would have handed it over to Bangladesh High Commission in the UK. But, he submitted it to the British Home Office. What does it mean? As a political person, I think, it’s the refusal of nationality,” he told reporters at his Gulshan residence.Mentioning that this is interesting that a convicted criminal has sent him a legal notice, Shahriar said he is ready to face it legally as he has all the evidence regarding submission of passport.”I welcome it. I’m ready to face it,” he said, adding that it is good to know that BNP got back confidence on the law of the land.The state minister said the passports of Tarique, his wife and daughter were returned to the High Commission on June 2, 2014 through the British Home Office.”Now, they’ve no travel documents to come to Bangladesh,” he added.Replying to a question whether Tarique is now a Bangladeshi citizen, Shahriar said, “I do not think so.”Earlier in the day, Tarique sent a legal notice to Shahriar asking him to prove by 10 days his remark that he has relinquished his nationality by submitting his Bangladeshi passport.Or else, the BNP leader threatened to file both criminal and civil cases against Shahriar Alam.On behalf of Tarique, BNP law affairs secretary Kaiser Kamal sent the notice by post to the foreign ministry’s address.BNP also protested the state minister’s comment and challenged the Bangladesh High Commission to show Tarique Rahman’s Bangladeshi passport if he had submitted it.Addressing a reception hosted by the UK Awami League in honour of prime minister Sheikh Hasina in London a few days back, Shahriar had said Tarique, living in London, gave up his nationality by handing over his Bangladesh passport to the UK Home Office almost four years ago.The UK Home Office then sent his passport to the Bangladesh High Commission, he added.
‘Spider-Verse’ Creators Plan Sony Marvel TV ShowsWatch These Movies Before ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Stay on target With another new Spider-Man movie coming out next year, it’s easy to look back on every Spider-Man release and compare them all. There are 11 television series, 6 films released since 2000 (including the upcoming Marvel one), and a Broadway play that we often forget about. That’s not including the early films in the 1970s and foreign knock-offs that have made Spider-Man one of our most visible superheroes.However, for me it’s easy to choose the best. It wasn’t any of Sam Raimi’s films or the nostalgic 1994 cartoon. It’s Spectacular Spider-Man, a cartoon that premiered in 2008 and immediately rose above every other depiction. It ran for only two seasons, a total of 26 episodes, but it captured the web-slinger in his prime high school days. Practically every other character was portrayed with complexity and sometimes sympathy, while also ensuring that Peter Parker never came off as a perfect hero.The show took “with great power comes great responsibility” and ran with it. The central theme, which ran on the WB, is about this idea of choice, and how awful Peter Parker is at dealing with the consequences. This is a teenager who messes up constantly, to the point where he causes literal damage to the people around him including some of the show’s villains. Considering Spider-Man’s motto is about responsibility, he really knows how to never listen.Peter is constantly letting friends down in his quest to be a hero, whether it’s missing out on important dates with Gwen Stacy (or Liz Allen, depending on the season), or being the exact reason why Hammerhead creates supervillains such as Rhino and Sandman. His conflict with the Symbiote, and subsequently Venom, is based on him discarding it without care and it attaching on to someone with just as much of a problem with Peter Parker as it does. The relationships between the villains and heroes are closely-knit, meaning that almost every fight is personal and has massive stakes.To pad out its story, the show has everything, and I mean everything. The series packs so many villains, characters, and plot points into its short two seasons: Green Goblin, Oscorp, every member of the Sinister Six, Molten Man, Black Cat, Venom, Gwen Stacy, Liz Allen, and Mary Jane Watson. For those unfamiliar with Spider-Man’s cast and history it works as a great primer and it never feels cluttered.Spider-Man 3 and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 are notorious for trying to include too many villains, but in Spectacular it never feels over-done or confusing. Everybody is connected in some way, so villain team-ups make sense and plot-of-the-week episodes are packed with enough overarching story to never feel burdensome.The show isn’t without its flaws. The concept of the Green Goblin is that he’s a man in a costume. However, the Goblin’s getup in the cartoon is too realistic to be believable. It’s a mask, but it moves and emotes like a real face. The animation is basic. The characters have very large eyes and the color work is blocky, which doesn’t match the more grounded, mature writing. It also makes telling specific characters apart a challenge in certain scenes (especially when they’re out of costume).The structure of the story–seeing how Peter attempts to cope with that work/personal life balance, how Harry Osborne deals with addiction, how the crime bosses of New York City toy with people’s lives in order to focus on the singular goal of killing Spider-Man–is tight despite all these loose threads and while it was abruptly canceled on an anger-inducing cliffhanger, things still felt satisfying for the audience in terms of that story. I won’t spoil it for you here, but it’s an, if you can excuse the pun, intricately-tangled web of motivations and events and it all comes together in a way that is genuinely shocking.Sadly, if you missed out on this show when it was airing, there are only a few ways to watch it. You can buy the first season to stream on Amazon (but not the second, to my knowledge). You can buy the DVD set at certain online locations and you can purchase both seasons on YouTube. Otherwise, this show has all but disappeared unless you look for it through illegal means. I watched it the first time when it was available for streaming on Netflix, and by this time it had already been canceled.The reasons behind the cancellation are mostly bureaucratic and a consequence of the Disney/Marvel deal in 2009. Sony had the rights to the character in the early 2000s, but it gave up the animated rights in order to hold on to the live-action film rights when Disney gained control over Marvel. When Marvel picked up the rights, they started over with the Ultimate Spider-Man, which debuted in 2012 and is still in production over on Disney XD.It’s a shame that, for whatever reason Disney couldn’t pick up and continue Spectacular in some form. Ultimate is a completely different beast, designed to accommodate much younger audiences and to tie-in with the comics and the larger Marvel universe. Spectacular Spider-Man was separate, a unique take on the character that didn’t stray too far from his original incarnations, but managed to honor him and his supporting cast even more.If I were you, I’d seek it out immediately, even if you’re feeling that so-called “superhero fatigue.”Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.