POLITICIANS DIG THEMSELVES OUT OF A HOLE FOR ELECTIONS – JARLA’S VIEW!

first_imgPOLITICIANS DIG THEMSELVES OUT OF A HOLE FOR ELECTIONS – JARLA’S VIEW! was last modified: April 28th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Election 2014:Jarla’s Viewlast_img read more

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Walk-off win caps sweep for streaking A’s

first_imgOAKLAND — Chad Pinder led off the ninth inning with a single and Ramon Laureano placed a ground ball perfectly enough to force White Sox shortstop Jose Rondon into a throwing error to score Pinder for a walk-off 3-2, series-sweeping victory on Sunday afternoon in Oakland. The A’s have won 10 of their last 12 games and are 12 games above .500.The walk-off Gatorade bath must have felt extra refreshing following a tense eighth that left the score tied 2-2. That inning began with Matt Chapman …last_img read more

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Maya Angelou’s day is done 1928 – 2014

first_imgListen to poet Maya Angelou’s tribute to Nelson MandelaAs the world pauses to mourn celebrated African American author, poet and human rights activist, Dr Maya Angelou, we take a moment to remember her words in our time of grief.The ‘caged bird’ who freed the minds of racist America, Angelou overcame poverty segregation and a history of sexual violence to become one of the most globally influential writers. Her poetic memoir ‘I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings’ was one of the first non-fiction best sellers by an African American woman.The poem cycle bore witness to the brutality of racism in the southern US states through the life experiences of Marguerite Ann Johnson (Angelou’s birth name). It reveals in stark and lyrical language her abandonment by her parents, her by her mother’s boyfriend. It spoke elegiacally of her homelessness and her life as a teenaged mother.Angelou rose above her circumstances and has rightly been celebrated for her ability to bring light to the struggles of women and African Americans. ‘Human beings are more alike than we are unalike,’ she was often quoted as saying.She received dozens of honorary degrees and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for her poetry and a Tony for her acting. She won two Grammys for spoken word albums of her poetry and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2010.Tributes were pouring in from all corners of public life – from authors to politicians and musicians, both young and old.South African poets remember Maya AngelouPhenomenal WomanPretty women wonder where my secret lies.I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s sizeBut when I start to tell them,They think I’m telling lies.I say,It’s in the reach of my armsThe span of my hips,The stride of my step,The curl of my lips.I’m a womanPhenomenally.Phenomenal woman,That’s me.I walk into a roomJust as cool as you please,And to a man,The fellows stand orFall down on their knees.Then they swarm around me,A hive of honey bees.I say,It’s the fire in my eyes,And the flash of my teeth,The swing in my waist,And the joy in my feet.I’m a womanPhenomenally.Phenomenal woman,That’s me.Men themselves have wonderedWhat they see in me.They try so muchBut they can’t touchMy inner mystery.When I try to show themThey say they still can’t see.I say,It’s in the arch of my back,The sun of my smile,The ride of my breasts,The grace of my style.I’m a womanPhenomenally.Phenomenal woman,That’s me.Now you understandJust why my head’s not bowed.I don’t shout or jump aboutOr have to talk real loud.When you see me passingIt ought to make you proud.I say,It’s in the click of my heels,The bend of my hair,the palm of my hand,The need of my care,‘Cause I’m a womanPhenomenally.Phenomenal woman,That’s me.last_img read more

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Aaj Tak Executive Producer Ajay Kumar on the highlights of 2010

first_imgConnect with the EditorWhat a year went by – scams, corruption – monetary and ethical – political harakiri, an air crash, rail accidents, natural disasters, rising prices and what not. But before we write off 2010 as a non-happening, disgusting and gloomy year for India, let’s look at how “Bharat” fared this year.It was a time of awakening for the hinterland – Bihar, to be precise. Did anyone ever imagine that people of this backward and written off state would exercise their democratic rights in a manner that defines the very essence of development and progress? That a state so divided in terms of caste, creed, birth, bigotry and bias, would rise up in arms against all those who have forced on this landmass a series of regression. That the people of Bihar would appreciate the fruits of development and give expression to their desire to be one with modern ‘India’. This is no mean feat for a state so seeped in corruption, underdevelopment and chaos.”Bharat” did really move India in 2010. Or else can one explain how the Indian contingent performed so well in both the Commonwealth Games and in the Asian Games. It was the determined talent from the small towns of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Karnataka who stole the limelight. Be it boxing, wrestling, gymnastics, sprint race, hockey or shooting – Indians have never felt proud of their sportspersons as they did during these two sporting events. Likewise in cricket, players from little India or “Bharat” like M S Dhoni, Saurabh Tiwari, Munaf Patel, Sreesanth, Suresh Raina and Praveen Kumar stood tall over cricket stars from erstwhile cricket boards like Mumbai or Delhi. Had it not been for “Bharat” then at least in sports, India would have still trailed like in yesteryears.Even in economic terms, semi-urban “Bharat” fared much better than the so-called prosperous and economically vibrant India. Spending from semi-urban centres outstripped the metros. Demand picked up in the countryside and numerous B+ cities ordered many more Mercs and BMWs than the centres of wealth like Mumbai and Delhi. Naturally all corporate focus is gradually shifting towards the till now neglected “Bharat”.But alas, this rosy picture doesn’t take away the sting of increasing prices which destroyed the dreams and aspirations of middle-class India. Never before have prices of essential commodities risen so steeply as they have in 2010. Sugar, vegetables, pulses, wheat flour, petrol, diesel – everything went beyond the realms of middle India’s pocket and the government simply washed its hands off. Every three months, the Agriculture Minister and the Prime Minister assured the people that inflation would be brought under control, but prices kept moving northwards. As a matter of fact, the government neither bothered nor did it appear to be bothered about rising prices. So much for a government headed by an economist Prime Minister.People could have still digested uncontrollable price rise as income too grew in 2010. But the spate of scams, corruption and graft cases completely tarnished the brand equity of the honest Prime Minister – Manmohan Singh. His silence over the 2 G graft case, on former communication minister A Raja’s role in allocation of spectrum to favoured firms, the Radiagate expose and the role of movers and shakers in political, bureaucratic and journalist circles, exorbitant and humongous scale of corruption by the Commonwealth Games  Organising Committee, completely took off the stamp of incorruptible administrator. While the Congress party did try to send in a message that corruption will not be tolerated by removing Ashok Chavan from the hot seat in Maharashtra following the Adarsh society expose. To say that this washed away the tag of “chalta hai” approach by the government and the Congress is meaningless. After Bofors, these series of scams will be remembered for government’s inactivity and inept handling.In terms of judicial activism, 2010 saw some important and landmark decisions. The three-way formula suggested towards resolving the Ayodhya tangle is a luminary example of realism and pragmatism. Actually it would not be inappropriate to suggest that the entire controversy now seems irrelevant. The fast-paced Kasab trial and the overwhelmingly clear judgement on the role and active participation of certain sections of Pakistani establishment in perpetuating the horrors of Mumbai terror attack is worth remembering. This verdict has given the Indian investigative agencies huge leverage in terms of a concrete judgement, which can act as a basis for all future terror-related talks with Pakistan. But the recent mudslinging on former Chief Justice of India K.G. Balakrishnan with respect to A Raja’s pressurising a High Court Judge in Tamil Nadu, left a bitter taste in the end of the year. It also made us realise that all may not be above temptation.In this backdrop, the year 2011 may not hold much in its belly. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will have to unshackle himself from the image of a lame duck PM trying to survive Her Majesty’s Voice. Its’ time he came out of the shadows of the Congress President and encashed his own brand equity as an honest, upright, uncompromising administrator.Fiscal deficit may be bridged in the book by the sale of 3G spectrum in this financial year but fiscal policies and inflation still haunt the nation like never before. Announcement of policies like education to all, employment to all, unique ID to all need to be backed by concrete policy framework and affirmative action.On the foreign policy front, the Indian State needs to realise that being a stooge of the P-5 will not serve the national interest. All these heads of state came to India to generate business for their own countries. As a consumer, India needs to be aware of its rights and demand a fare share in the international order. Instead of being mere consumers of white goods and armaments, we should demand investment in infrastructure, core industries and sectors which drive employment in our country.Socially, the national drive needs to give space to the fairer sex. Let the parliamentarians finally accept the fact that repression is not the best policy. If Women’s Reservation Bill is accommodated to give due representation to our womenfolk, it will not eat into the spadework of male politicians.Another social, rather parochial, matter of national importance is the so-called “honour killing”. Can anyone in his/her rational mind explain the vengefulness exhibited by literate and educated parents killing their own off-spring? Hopefully this year and the years to come will see a marked departure from such social evils.The wishlist can go on and on. But the moot point is India and “Bharat” need to move in sync. And it’s the people who make modern nation states. So kudos to the people of India who have shown marked resilience in past and made huge departures. Hopefully, we shall see many more.last_img read more

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National Youth Champs Preview

first_imgThe BCU International Stadium will host the 2008 X-Blades National Youth Championships from Wednesday, 17 September 2008 to Saturday, 20 September 2008.Approximately 2,000 players, officials, and spectators will attend the 2008 X-Blades National Youth Championships throughout the event. Coffs Harbour has been the home of National Touch events since 1997 with participants investing millions of dollars into the local Coffs Harbour economy over the years. The event will encompass the School Sport Australia nationals for 18’s Boys and 18’s Girls as well as a 20’s Boys and 20’s Girls division. The division has been combined in order to select final Australian teams in the 18’s Boys, 18’s Girls, 18’s Mixed, 20’s Boys, 20’s Girls, and 20’s Mixed.In all sixty teams will attend the event. The Sydney Mets will be looking to reclaim their 2007 title in the 18’s Boys but will face stiff competition from NSW Combined High Schools (NSWCHS) and Queensland Secondary Schools Touch (QSST). QSST are defending champions in the 18’s Girls with NSWCHS being a major contender.In the 20’s, the Sydney Mets will be favourite in the Boys and Brisbane City Cobras will be tough to beat in the Girls division.Local hopes will rest in the Northern Eagles teams who are playing in all four divisions at the championships. The best chances lie with the Eagles 20’s Girls team, who are seeded fourth. They will look to Australian representative Stephanie Halpin for experience to take them through to the finals. They start their campaign against Victoria on Wednesday at 1.20pm. The 20’s Boys will face tough competition with last year’s grand finalists Southern Suns and 3rd seeds SQBD Sharks in their pool. They take on the Hunter Western Hornets at 10.50am on Wednesday.The 7th seeded 18’s Boys will have a tough challenge, having top seeds Sydney Mets in their pool. Their first match is against Sydney Rebels at 11.40am on the opening day. The 18’s Girls face 3rd seeds Brisbane City Cobras in their first game, on Wednesday at 11.40am.last_img read more

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10 months agoDONE DEAL: Barnsley sign Fulham striker Cauley Woodrow

first_imgDONE DEAL: Barnsley sign Fulham striker Cauley Woodrowby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarnsley have signed Fulham striker Cauley Woodrow on loan until January, when the deal will become permanent.The 23-year-old scored eight times in 54 league appearances for the Craven Cottage side.The former England Under-21 international also had loan spells with Southend, Burton and Bristol City.Woodrow, who could make his debut against Scunthorpe on Saturday, will replace Tom Bradshaw after he joined Millwall on Thursday. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Steel Cut for Wightlinks New Ferry

first_imgzoom UK ferry operator Wightlink has revealed that the steel cutting ceremony for its new ship took place at the Cemre shipyard in Yalova, Turkey, on October 4, 2016.To be deployed on the Fishbourne-Portsmouth route, the new ferry is expected to come into service in summer 2018, according to Wightlink.The ship is part of Wightlink’s GBP 45 million (USD 55.6 million) Investing for the Future program and will be able to carry more than 1,000 passengers and up to 178 cars, the ferry operator said.The ferry will use diesel electric hybrid batteries (with marine gas oil) for propulsion and waste heat from the generator engines for heating. The eco-efficient lifts will put power back into the ship’s electrical supply harnessing excess energy generated by the elevators. Together with motion-activated LED lighting, these initiatives are said to lead to a significant reduction in the ferry’s carbon footprint.The project also includes new two tier boarding ramps at Fishbourne and Portsmouth Gunwharf to enable more efficient loading and unloading at both terminals.Wightlink’s vessels operate on the three routes connecting the Isle of Wight and the mainland, including Lymington-Yarmouth, Portsmouth-Fishbourne and Portsmouth-Ryde.last_img read more

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Noida firm illegally airs Dish TV content director arrested

first_imgNoida: Noida Phase-III police have arrested the director of a cable set-top box assembling company for allegedly selling set-top boxes by hacking the frequency band and copying technique of Dish TV cable service provider thus causing a loss worth crores to the company as well as Government of India.According to police, the arrested person has been identified as Gajendra Singh, native of Najafgarh area in Delhi. “Police are yet to trace a Chinese national who is the CEO of company and has been identified as Fen Chun Jao alias Jerry,” said police officials. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderVineet Jaiswal, Superintendent of Police (City), Noida said that the company had manufactured set-top boxes which hacked frequencies of various channel bands without having license for the same. “Police received a complaint from Dish TV which informed that the company named 4-Muskman, situated in sector 63 of Noida, has been selling signals of some paid channels by hacking their frequencies which is causing a loss worth crores to Dish TV as well as government of India. An investigation was launched and police arrested the accused from the company on Wednesday,” said Jaiswal. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”Preliminary investigations showed that the company had hacked signals of some paid channels while some porn sites which have been blocked by the government of India were also being accessed by them. The company had violated IT act and copyright act and also caused a huge loss to the government of India by doing the crime. It also came to light that the company was being run by a Delhi-based and a Chinese national who are director and CEO in the company. We have formed teams to nab the Chinese national as well,” added Jaiswal. Police have recovered around 42 set-top boxes, 2 laptops, remotes and a large quantity of parts used to manufacture the set-top boxes.last_img read more

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Vegas Strong Benefit Concert Unites Unprecedented Lineup Of Entertainers

first_imgFriday night’s Vegas Strong Benefit Concert at T-Mobile Arena united the Las Vegas entertainment industry and close-knit community for an evening of live performances and heartfelt video tributes honoring victims and survivors of the October 1 tragedy.Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons Sings at Vegas Strong Benefit ConcertMore than a dozen A-list entertainers and homegrown talent convened to benefit the Las Vegas Victims Fund in front of a capacity crowd of 12,000.. The full lineup included Imagine Dragons, The Killers, Boyz II Men, Jay Leno, David Copperfield, Penn & Teller, Carrot Top, Cirque du Soleil and Blue Man Group; appearances by Bryce Harper, Kurt Busch, Wayne Newton; and tribute videos from Jason Aldean, Celine Dion, Elton John, George Strait and the Las Vegas Golden Knights.The evening commenced as Carrot Top welcomed an arena of thousands of supporters. He introduced messages from Vegas Golden Knights players who shared their pride for being part of the Las Vegas community.The program continued with Las Vegas native and Washington Nationals 2015 National League MVP Bryce Harper, who thanked the first responders as well as the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and hospital staff.International songstress and Billboard Icon Award-winning artist Celine Dion delivered a gracious video message, saying, “We are going to let these families know we are supporting them and we will help them through this tragic loss.”Las Vegas native and 29-time NASCAR Cup Series winner, Kurt Busch, introduced Las Vegas headliners Boyz II Men. The multiple GRAMMY Award-winning group delivered smooth vocal ballads including a soulful a capella version of “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday,” then brought the energy with “Motownphilly.” The group shared their love for the city and joy for the evening by saying, “This show is a testament to how strong Las Vegas really is.”Jay Leno followed on stage and had the crowd laughing hysterically with a series of jokes in his signature style.Las Vegas-born rock band Imagine Dragons took the stage in force, as front man Dan Reynolds said, “Today, more than ever, I am proud to be from this city. Music shows that there is nothing that should divide us. Tonight, we are one. We are Vegas Strong.” Recently nominated for two GRAMMY Awards, Imagine Dragons played an impassioned set of songs including “Whatever It Takes” and “Believer” before initiating a moment of silence for those affected by the tragedy. At the end of the band’s set, the crowd all stood to sing along with “On Top of the World” and “Radioactive.”Route 91 Festival headliner Jason Aldean next shared a special video tribute, delivering good wishes and messages of positivity with the audience.Following intermission, David Copperfield re-opened the show with an incredible illusion that left the audience in awe. Copperfield, a legendary Las Vegas illusionist, said, “This is for the selfless people who are the real heroes of 1 October. I’m so proud of this city.”Applause spread through the crowd as country superstar and T-Mobile Arena resident George Strait appeared via video, saying, “Las Vegas is a second home to me. This is a community built on strength, community and resiliency. Thank you for coming out tonight to show your support.”The memorable moments continued as Blue Man Group put on a tubular performance, entertaining the audience with its silent wit and rhythmic talent. Artists from Cirque du Soleil’s Mystère followed with unparalleled energy, mesmerizing the crowd with a performance of acrobatic strength and precision timing.Las Vegas illusionists Penn & Teller integrated the crowd into the show, allowing each audience member perform their own card-based magic trick. The elated cheer of surprise rippled through the arena as everyone applauded the charismatic duo.Mr. Las Vegas himself, Wayne Newton, took the stage for a heartfelt tribute, saying, “It is best to use our talent to lift people’s spirits and put a smile on their face.” He then introduced Elton John, who addressed the audience via video, sending his love and support with performances of “Your Song” and “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me.”Las Vegas hometown heroes, The Killers, closed the show with an energetic set including “When You Were Young” and “Somebody Told Me.” Lead vocalist Brandon Flowers expressed his pride for his city by saying, “There’s enough love in this room tonight to light up Las Vegas.” The band delivered a reflective performance of “Be Still” while the names of those lost in the tragedy were displayed on the screen. The band ended by sharing a little soul with “All These Things” and “Mr. Brightside.”The cheerful conclusion brought all performers to the stage for a chorus of the late, great Elvis Presley’s “Viva Las Vegas,” with Dan Reynolds and Brandon Flowers exchanging lead vocals. The crowd swelled with emotion and pride for the Las Vegas community that has proven unbreakable.last_img read more

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Womens basketball OSU South Carolina matchup will feature two of the best

OSU then-sophomore guard Asia Doss (20) defends during a game against Northwestern on Jan. 28 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Lantern file photoOn Nov. 13, 2015, the OSU women’s basketball team opened its 2015-16 season with an 88-80 road loss to the South Carolina Gamecocks. Just over a year later, the Buckeyes will get a chance at revenge.OSU will host the Gamecocks on Monday in a battle between two of college basketball’s best. South Carolina currently sits at No. 4 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll with the Buckeyes close behind at No. 7.“We know we’re going to be in for a real battle,” OSU coach Kevin McGuff said.Tipoff in Columbus will serve as the season opener for the Gamecocks. In its only exhibition match on Nov. 6, South Carolina downed Benedict College by a score of 120-49.A season ago, the Gamecocks went 33-2 with an 11-0 record on the road. The team’s only loss in the regular season came to the eventual-champion UConn Huskies at home, snapping South Carolina’s perfect 22-0 record. The Gamecocks also fell 80-72 to Syracuse in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament to end its season.South Carolina has lost seven players from last year’s team. Guards Khadijah Sessions, Tina Roy and Tiffany Mitchell, and forwards Sarah Imovbioh and Asia Dozier have graduated, and forwards Jatarie White and India Farmer have departed from the program as well.With the losses, South Carolina lost 37.7 points per game on offense, good for 47.9 percent of the team’s scoring a season ago.Despite the roster turnover, the Gamecocks still possess plenty of talent. Two of South Carolina’s top-three scorers from a season ago have returned. Junior forward A’ja Wilson led the team in scoring at 16.1 points per game and senior center Alaina Coates contributed 12.1 points and a team-high 10.3 rebounds per game.Three ESPN top-100 prospects have joined as true freshman. 5-foot-10 point guard Tyasha Harris (No. 28), 5-foot-6 point guard Araion Bradshaw (No. 33) and 6-foot-2 forward Mikiah Harrigan (No. 72) will join 5-foot-8 guard Victoria Patrick to form the Gamecocks’ talented new class.Former Kentucky forward Alexis Jennings, who put up 10 points and 7.1 rebounds per game for the Wildcats in 2015-16, has transferred into the program and will sit out the entirety of the 2016-17 season.“They have an absolutely loaded roster with talent,” McGuff said. “I have great respect for them.”The Buckeyes have no shortage of talent on its roster, either, and this year’s team figures to be in a more favorable position than a year ago.“We’ve got a little more depth,” McGuff said. “We’ve got a little more size and physicality around the basket.”In last season’s matchup between the two teams, the Buckeyes got 36 points from then-sophomore guard Kelsey Mitchell and 23 from then-senior guard Ameryst Alston. The rest of the team combined for just 21 points.The main difference in the contest was the play of the bigs. Wilson led the Gamecocks with 20 points and 14 rebounds and Coates added 17 points and 13 boards. OSU got just eight points out of its forwards and center, but the group did grab 33 rebounds.The Buckeyes will now be able to balance the Gamecocks’ post play with the addition of redshirt junior forward Stephanie Mavunga, who put up 15 points and 14 rebounds in OSU’s season opener against Duquesne.OSU looked like a much better all-around team against Duquesne than they did in its exhibition win over Ashland, but Mavunga knows the team must be even better to compete with South Carolina.“We need to still get better defensively and get better with rebounding,” Mavunga said. “We need to communicate a little bit more, but I think we’re headed towards the right direction.”The matchup itself is something that McGuff believes is a positive for women’s college basketball.“It’s a great opportunity and it’s great for our game,” McGuff said. “There needs to be more games like this in women’s basketball in November just to create some excitement.”Tipoff is set for 6:00 p.m. on Monday at Value City Arena. read more

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