Linkou: India’s Karandeep Kochhar birdied each of the four Par-5s to open his campaign at the Yeangder TPC with a solid five-under 67 that placed him Tied-third after a rain-hit first round here on Thursday. The 20-year-old from Chandigarh was among the five players who had completed their rounds at five-under. Playing partners Wang Wei-hsuan and Lien Lu-sen of Chinese Taipei are on six-under-par through 13 holes, while countryman Lee Chieh-po trails the duo by two shot after nine. The 19-year-old Wang is yet to complete his round, but has already matched the Tour’s record of most birdies made at the start of the round with his seven birdies in-a-row. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhLong-hitting Karandeep, who turned pro at 17, won a pro title while being an amateur but has not won after moving into the paid ranks. He started from the back nine and had three birdies against one bogey and on the back nine he had two birdies, both on Par-5s and then closed the day with a birdie on Par-4 ninth. Among other Indians, who had finished play, Abhijit Chadha and S Chikkarangappa shot two-under 70 each, while 2017 winner Ajeetesh Sandhu started with one-under 71, as did Aman Raj. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterJeev Milkha Singh shot even par 72. Other Indians who are yet to complete their rounds are Shiv Kapur, Chiragh Kumar, Khalin Joshi, Viraj Madappa and Aadil Bedi. Kochhar, whose best finish this season has been T-12 in Bangladesh, had his round interrupted twice by the rain and winds. “It was a tough day. My round was suspended twice. I am lucky to finish before they blew the horn again. The second time we went out, the winds were really blowing hard on the last three holes. But I think I held up very well. I putted very well and I think that was the key,” he said. “The greens are quite tricky here. They are not easy to read. Overall, my game is in a good shape. I am happy with the way I played. I made a good up and down for birdie on the fourth hole. My second shot went into the bunker but I hit it to 10 feet from there and made the putt. “I really wanted to get the round done when I was playing the last few holes. I have been up since 4 am and its been a long day. It’s been awhile since I played this well.” Kochhar has mixed memories of his last visit here. “I played here last year as well. The Asian Tour was really nice to give me an invite this year. I remember playing in similar conditions last year too. I shot a seven-over in the first round and then a six-under in the second round to make the cut and eventually finished in the top-15,” he said.
Madame Desmarais was a member of the Board of Directors of the OSM and has long been intimately tied to the history and development of the Orchestra. In addition to her many other contributions to the development and renown of the OSM, Madame Jacqueline Desmarais generously supported the organization in its recent acquisition of an organ of exceptional international calibre, as well as its installation in the Maison symphonique. It was her wish that its name should immortalize the memory of her dear friend, Monsieur Pierre Béique, founder and first General Director of the OSM, from 1939 to 1970, as well as his unequalled contribution to the Orchestra’s mission of excellence. The Grand Orgue Pierre-Béique, inaugurated on May 28, 2014, was designed and built by Casavant Frères for the OSM, where it resonates to this day, attracting countless music lovers. The OSM’s next concert on Tuesday, March 6, at 8PM at the Maison symphonique, will open with a performance by OSM Organist in residence Jean-Willy Kunz, played in Madame Desmarais’ memory.Lucien Bouchard, Chairman of the Board of the OSM, offered a heartfelt homage to Madame Desmarais, his personal friend: “Today we lose a great figure in the music world, who offered her sustained support not only to operatic and musical institutions but also to a myriad of young talented artists in the field of music and singing. We will cherish her memory in our hearts, recalling constantly in our thoughts a warm and generous woman with such a great love for life and for people.” MONTREAL – With deep regret and sadness we learned of the death of Madame Jacqueline Desmarais. With her passing, the artistic milieu loses one of its most fervent supporters. Our thoughts are with her family and close friends, to whom we convey our deepest condolences. Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Music Director Kent Nagano was also moved to address a final homage to Madame Jacqueline Desmarais in recognition of her passing. Kent Nagano and OSM will dedicate to her memory one of the performances of Verdi’s Requiem during the week of March 19. The exact date of the concert will be announced in the following days.Madame Jacqueline Desmarais will remain in our hearts a shining example of philanthropy in the arts and music, and above all a profound admirer of great artists.
APTN National NewsIn Winnipeg, a controversy is brewing over whether living in a place that meets safety codes is more important than having a place to live in.One man started the debate after providing the homeless with some alternative housing.APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler finds out how a couple of sheds have helped raise the big issue on the need for affordable housing.
New Delhi: The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal Tuesday said it may direct global steel major ArcelorMittal to deposit Rs 42,000 crore bid amount for acquiring Essar Steel in separate accounts during next hearing on April 23. A two-member bench headed by Chairman Justice S J Mukhopadhaya said that ArcelorMittal may have to deposit the money in a separate account either before the NCLAT or NCLT Ahmedabad-bench. The bench also asked ArcelorMittal to file an affidavit before it, detailing the steps to be taken for implementation of the resolution plan of debt ridden Essar Steel. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”ArcelorMittal India, successful resolution applicant, would file an affidavit for implementation of plan,” the bench said. It further said, “The Appellate Tribunal may direct the successful resolution applicant to deposit money in one or another account in next date of hearing”. The bench also said that original plan approved by NCLT Ahmedabad has to be implemented. The bench also directed the operational creditors and financial creditors of Essar Steel to file a chart next week, detailing their claims approved by resolution professional and CoC. “Financial creditors and operational creditors are allowed to file one page affidavit giving details of their claims approved by RP and its percentage,” it said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostMoreover, it has also asked the Gujarat State Tax department to file an affidavit over its claims. The NCLAT was hearing a batch of petitions filed by operational creditors, Gujarat State Tax department and others. ArcelorMittal’s resolution proposal provides financial creditors Rs 41,987 crore out of their total dues of Rs 49,395 crore. Operational creditors, under the plan, would get just Rs 214 crore against the outstanding of Rs 4,976 crore and are contesting before the NCLAT. Essar Steel owns a 10-million-tonne steel mill at Hazira in Gujarat. This was was among the first 12 cases selected by the Reserve Bank of India to be resolved under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC).
CAIRO – At least 10 soldiers were killed and 35 wounded as a car bomb targeted an Egyptian army convoy Wednesday in the Sinai where security forces are battling Islamists, a security official said.The bombing took place near El-Arish, regional capital of North Sinai where attacks on security forces have mounted since the army’s ouster in July of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.A parked car blew up as the military convoy passed, the security official said. Wednesday’s bombing was the deadliest since an August 19 ambush by gunmen on a convoy of security forces that killed 25 policemen in the town of Rafah in North Sinai.That attack was the bloodiest in the Sinai Peninsula in several years.Dozens of soldiers and policemen have been killed in near daily attacks in Sinai, especially since Morsi’s July 3 ouster by the army.Egypt’s army has poured troops and armour into the restive peninsula to crush militant activity.Egypt’s security forces are also engaged in a sweeping crackdown on Islamist supporters of Morsi in other parts of the country.The crackdown has resulted in more than 1,000 people being killed and more than 2,000 arrested nationwide since mid-August.
Rabat – The Ecocean initiative aims to reduce the quantity of plastic waste in Morocco’s oceans and improve waste management initiatives in the area of Tanger-Tetouan-Al Hoceima.The project will be carried out in phases over a three year period until 2020. It will involve a variety of stakeholders in the region, including public and private bodies that operate in environmental conservation and waste management.The three organizations behind the project have already launched a study that analyzes the region’s plastic waste situation, as well as social, environmental, and economic impacts of waste in the area. The study identified 32 key target locations where plastic waste enters the ocean. Plastic waste management is a broader regional concern. A 2019 report released by World Wide Nature Fund (WWF) finds 6.6 million tonnes of plastic waste is mismanaged yearly around the Mediterranean. It notes 247 billion pieces of plastic are estimated to be floating in the Mediterranean.Read also: Morocco Amends Law on Banned Plastic Bags, Adds Measures for SeizureEcocean will target waste management, a practice which is integral to preventing plastic from finding its way into the oceans.The WWF report draws attention to Morocco’s waste dumping figures. The report finds an estimated 2.8 million tonnes of waste is openly dumped in uncontrolled sites around the Mediterranean every year. While Egypt and Turkey are the two largest sources of open dumping by total volume, WWF identifies Morocco as “rank[ing] high when looking at the total waste openly dumped per capita.”
NEW YORK — One IPO, two stocks Zooming higher.Investors on Thursday pounced on their first chance to buy shares of Zoom Video Communications, the video-conferencing company that had its initial public offering of stock. Shares opened higher by 81%.But others may have mistakenly bought Zoom Technologies, a company whose stock was trading for less than a penny in February and whose shares were delisted from the Nasdaq in 2014.Shares of Zoom Technologies — ticker symbol “ZOOM” versus “ZM” for the ballyhooed IPO — surged as much as 124.5% Thursday. Even after its leap, its total market value is less than one-thousandth of the more famous Zoom.It leaped an even bigger 1,100% in March when Zoom Video Communications filed its IPO. Its shares closed that day at 6 cents.The Associated Press
CALGARY (660 NEWS) — Passengers had some rough experiences in taxis, limos and rideshares during Calgary Stampede.The City of Calgary is investigating a rash of complaints that happened during the 2019 Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.“This year’s Stampede, we did see an increase of approximately 51 per cent in complaints with respect to taxi, limousine and ridesharing services,” said Chief Livery Inspector Abdul Rafih.A thread on Reddit has logged over a hundred different complaints from Calgarians, especially during Stampede.Rafih said the majority of complaints centred around fare disputes, parking issues, traffic violations and driver conduct.Some people reported drivers would refuse to take credit or debit cards by claiming their machines had stopped working.“If their machine, for example, is not working, they need to tell the customer that prior to the trip because it is a form of payment,” explained Rafih.Others said a driver would refuse to take them where they wanted to go because the distance was too short.“No excuses,” said Rafih. “Every trip must be taken regardless of trip duration.”RELATED: Stampede sees second-highest attendance in historyOfficials are now investigating the complaints as quickly as possible and will take appropriate actions — from a warning to the driver to their license being revoked if the offence is serious enough.“We will speak with that citizen, we will compile as much information from that trip and gather as much information from that witness as possible,” Rafih added. “We speak with the driver, we speak with the company, we review camera footage as well.”If you do experience a problem during a ride, it is also advised that you go directly to the city as opposed to trying to get a response from the company responsible.“Don’t wait until it gets to that point. If you have a concern — regardless of what type of concern — call 311,” said Rafih. “All complaints are thoroughly investigated.”Passengers are also reminded that they have rights and drivers should not be taking advantage of them.“I think it’s important for customers to be aware of their passenger rights and bill of rights, which they can read in that taxi and go online to calgary.ca if they’d like to gather more information,” said Rafih.It’s not clear how many of the complaints involved just taxi companies, as the increase in complaints also includes limos and rideshares.We have reached out to a representative of Checker Transportation Group for comment.
Following a less-than-stellar first half of the season, the men’s hockey team is looking to improve in the second half, starting with two games against Bowling Green. The Buckeyes were just 7-12-1 through their first 20 games this season and are ninth in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association.But with 14 games remaining, all of them in-conference, the Buckeyes believe they can gain ground in the CCHA. “We’re feeling good about where we could be if we put things together and our guys are excited about that,” coach John Markell said.The Buckeyes haven’t played a game since Dec. 12, but resumed practice Dec. 28 and have used the time to improve on their power play and penalty kill. “We videoed our [penalty kill] everyday and our power play every day. We know how important that is,” Markell said. “The power play obviously needs to click for us.”The Buckeyes found themselves in the penalty box often in their first 20 games, which Markell acknowledged as another area of concern. “We can’t be caught in the penalty box a lot; that puts stress on too many things. Every little thing is magnified.” Improvement on the special teams — the power play and penalty kill — could reciprocate on the scoreboard and in the standings.Forwards Sergio Somma and Zac Dalpe noticed an increased intensity in practice since the team has come back. “In practice there were a couple scuffles on the ice and that’s good to see. Guys are working hard,” Somma said. “It says the intensity is there in practice. A high level of energy and intensity. Obviously that spawns winning and that spawns good teams.”Somma and the rest of the Buckeyes will put that intensity to the test against in-state rival Bowling Green this weekend. The teams have a bit of familiarity with each other from playing in the CCHA and having met in the postseason last year. Bowling Green comes into the weekend struggling (3-15-2), but no one at Ohio State is taking them lightly, especially coach Markell.“We know Bowling Green is a very hard-working team,” Markell said. “It’s going to take everything we can muster up to beat them. You have to be at a competitive level each and every night or it will sting you. You don’t get by with taking any short cuts in college hockey.”There is some concern whether OSU will be able to be at that competitive level after their recent hiatus from play. “Realistically we haven’t played a game in a month. There is going to be a little rust there,” Markell said. “Bowling Green is going to have two games under their belt.” The Falcons played two games last weekend and look to be sharp coming into Columbus.However, Somma is confident the team will be ready. “We’ve been conditioning a lot, but at the same time there is nothing like actually playing a game, so I’m sure it will take a good half period to get your legs back and get to game speed,” he said. “But we’re not out of shape by any means.”OSU will need to get back to game speed quickly if they’re going to beat Bowling Green this weekend. The games are Friday and Saturday at 7:05 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center.
“My biggest regret is for the 14-year-old girl to be caught in the middle of it. That devastates me more than anything. I’ve got a daughter exactly the same age and I can’t say how I’d react if someone did that to her.” The former Liverpool defender described the incident as “a moment of madness” in an interview on Sky News on Monday.Carragher said: “It was almost an out of body thing but you can’t ever behave like that, it’s unacceptable.“A moment of madness for four or five seconds. No matter what the circumstances you can’t ever behave like that. Totally out of order & Ive apologised personally to all the family this evening. I was goaded 3/4 times along the motorway while being filmed & lost my rag. No excuse apologies. https://t.co/ofrNfiwhYH— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) March 11, 2018 Jamie Carragher, the football pundit and former Liverpool and England player, has apologised for an altercation which ended with him spitting towards a football supporter and his 14-year-old daughter.In a video of the incident, the teenager’s father repeatedly mentioned the scoreline in Manchester United’s 2-1 victory over Liverpool. It ends with the girl saying to her father that Carragher’s spit had hit her in the face.The 40-year-old, a Telegraph columnist, has been suspended from his duties by Sky Sports following the incident, which he described as a “moment of madness”.Carragher apologised to the teenage girl and her family after the video emerged on Sunday evening.In a tweet on Sunday night, Carragher wrote that he had “apologised personally to all the family”: A Sky Sports spokesman said: “Sky takes this matter extremely seriously and strongly condemns Jamie’s actions. “We have made that clear to him in person today and suspended him from his duties. It falls well below the standards we expect of our people.” 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.
ENERGY SERVICES COMPANY Crowley Carbon is to create 20 jobs in the near future as it continues to expand its operations in Wicklow.The family-run firm launched C³, the world’s first Carbon Control Centre, in Powerscourt earlier this week.The facility allows the company to monitor, control and alert clients to any event that is causing their equipment to consume more energy that should be required.The groundbreaking, proprietary technology has been in development for the past two years and is proven to reduce energy costs by up to 30 per cent.“With ever-rising energy costs, the roll-out of C³ technology will allow businesses to be pro-active, rather than reactive, towards any potential increases that may arise in relation to ongoing energy bills,” explained CEO Norman Crowley.Describing the business, Jobs Minister Richard Bruton said, “Here is an Irish company developing innovative technology, pursuing new markets and creating new jobs and we wish them every success for the future.”Crowley Carbon has already landed its first major client in Emrill, one of the largest facilities management companies in the Middle East. The €64 million deal, which sees Crowley’s Smart Building technology used in some of the tallest towers in the world, led to 35 jobs being created in Enniskerry.With offices in Ireland, London, Sydney and Dubai, other customers include Vodafone, Dawn Foods, Pfizer and Johnson and Johnson.The service includes 24/7 monitoring by a team of engineers of 800 different energy-consuming points through a site.The Powerscourt centre is the first to integrate the multi-billion dollar technology, known as Internet of Things, with a product for the energy efficiency market.The Internet of Things enables devices – ranging from domestic fridges to industrial chillers – to communicate and be controlled over the internet.Read: Facebook moving office to make room for more staff in DublinMore: Financial technology company Sentenial announces 110 jobsThis week: Over 300 new jobs announced for Dublin
Grooveshark has a lot in common with Megaupload. Though one was a file sharing and cloud storage site, and the other is a music streaming service, both are prime targets of Hollywood and the recording industry. Grooveshark claims that it’s protected under the DMCA safe harbor, but so did Megaupload. Are we seeing early signs that Grooveshark will be going the way of Megaupload?Today a Danish court ruled in favor of a congolomorate of entertainment companies, which was trying to force an ISP to block Grooveshark. The junction was granted, and Danish telecom company ‘3’ is now legally obligated to block its customers from accessing the streaming service.The issue was pressed by RettighedsAlliancen: an alliance of entertainment companies, which supposedly picked ‘3’ “randomly” to set a precedent. The group is hoping, now that ‘3’ has been forced by courts to oblige, that other Danish ISPs will follow suit and voluntarily block Grooveshark. RettighedsAlliancen is made up of Danish copyright companies, and there is no documented connection to the US recording industry (though we don’t imagine they would object to the group’s actions).Should Grooveshark users in the US, UK, and elsewhere be concerned? Grooveshark is being sued by all of the major US record labels — including EMI, the only one that it has a deal with — so the service is in the recording industry’s crosshairs. Denmark does, however, have different laws from the US. This kind of action would have been par-for-the-course if SOPA/PIPA had passed, but they are temporarily shelved.Grooveshark has survived this long by skirting around the DMCA safe harbor. It says that a website or service can avoid legal trouble if it complies with takedown requests of user-uploaded copyrighted content in a timely manner. This is the same loophole that YouTube has used successfully, and that analogy has been made often by Grooveshark.Barring a SOPA reprisal, Grooveshark may be in the clear for a while. Megaupload got taken down because the Feds supposedly have evidence that the site’s employees were intentionally allowing copyrighted content, and uploading some of it themselves. Grooveshark — and other similar companies — will probably be smart about covering any tracks after the Megaupload takedown.With that said, we wouldn’t advise Grooveshark customers to pay for a full year of service in advance. Month-to-month plans may be the smarter bet — just in case.via Torrent Freak
L’utilisation d’engrais remonterait à l’aube de l’agriculture, il y a 8 000 ansPubliée dans PNAS, une étude britannique, basée sur l’analyse isotopique de restes végétaux, suggère l’utilisation de fumier comme engrais sur plusieurs sites agricoles du Néolithique européen, dont certains remontent à près de 8.000 ans. Si les débuts de l’agriculture (dans le Croissant Fertile du Proche-Orient) remontent à un peu plus de 10.000 ans, l’usage de fertilisants n’avait, jusqu’à présent, pu être caractérisé par les scientifiques qu’à partir de 3.000 ans BP (Before Present) environ. Mais des chercheurs de l’Université d’Oxford (Royaume-Uni) viennent de changer la donne en suggérant l’utilisation de fumier comme engrais 5.000 ans plus tôt que cela.Leur terrain d’investigation s’est cette fois-ci concentré sur l’Europe, et leur technique s’est inspirée de récentes avancées en biochimie végétale. En effet, l’équipe, dirigée par l’archéo-botaniste Amy Bogaard, a analysé plus de 2.500 anciens grains de céréales et graines de légumineuses provenant de 13 sites néolithiques européens vieux de 4.400 à 7.900 ans, répartis du sud-est (Grèce, Bulgarie) au nord-ouest (Royaume-Uni, Danemark) du continent. Le but : chercher des traces d’un isotope de l’azote, le N15, dont le taux est plus important que la moyenne dans le fumier animal et donc dans les plantes qui y poussent – une donnée récemment découverte. Or, le niveau de N15 s’est révélé compatible avec l’utilisation d’engrais pour la plupart des 13 sites. Comment les premiers cultivateurs ont-ils compris que l’épandage de fumier était la clé du succès de l’agriculture ? À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?En constatant que les parcelles de terrain où traînaient des animaux étaient bien plus fertiles, suggèrent les chercheurs. “La culture et l’élevage se sont développés en tandem. [Et] les agriculteurs de subsistance sont extrêmement attentifs aux petites différences entre leur parcelles en ce qui concerne la croissance et la productivité”, a ainsi rappelé Amy Bogaard.(crédits photo : Amy Bogaard) Le 20 juillet 2013 à 20:01 • Maxime Lambert
Watch: Marvel and Square Enix’s ‘Avengers’ Gameplay Still Creeps Us OutThe 10 Biggest Games of E3 2019 E3 2019 is over. Now it’s time to look back and get excited about all the hot new video games we’ve been promised. However, many of those games are months or even years away. The downside of hype is that takes a lot of patience. And if you only watched the show instead of going yourself, you didn’t even get to play any preview demos to tide yourself over.Fortunately, while everyone is anticipating upcoming games, a great new E3 trend is publishers secretly releasing new games during the show itself. That way everyone has something to play right now instead of just budgeting for future pre-orders. Here are some E3 2019 video games you can play today.Cadence of HyruleNintendo’s next two big Zelda games are the Link’s Awakening remake and the full-on sequel to Breath of the Wild. However, right now you can play Cadence of Hyrule, the surprise mash-up between Zelda and indie rhythm roguelike Crypt of the NecroDancer.Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Story CreatorAssassin’s Creed Odyssey is already stuffed to the gills with secrets to uncover, weapons to master, and ancient Greek lands to explore. However, with this new free update you can now create your own horny adventures for Kassandra and Alexios… but really Kassandra.Contra Anniversary CollectionFinally the whole world knows about Konami’s new Contra game, a 3D isometric take on the classic shooter called Contra Rogue Corps. But if you’re looking for something more proven and available now, check out this collection of vintage Contra hits.Collection of ManaThe first two Mana games, Final Fantasy Adventure and Secret of Mana, are classic action-RPGs worth buying on their own. But this collection also includes Trials of Mana, the third game never before released in America. Plays this before the full-on Trials of Mana remake.Devolver BootlegWhile other press conferences have bigger announcements, indie publisher Devolver Digital packs its shows with by far the most lore. And now they’ve released a collection of “bootleg” PC versions of their biggest hits like Hotline Miami, Ape Out, and Enter the Gungeon.Roller ChampionsConsidering how beloved the arcade sports game is, it’s kind of shocking more games haven’t ripped off Rocket League. But if you’re tired of cars playing soccer, maybe check out Ubisoft’s colorful free-to-play roller derby game instead?Borderlands 2: Commander Lilith and the Fight for SanctuaryThe wait between Borderlands 2 and Borderlands 3 has been brutal. But while you wait for the next true installment in Gearbox’s loot shooter, you can play this bonus piece of DLC for Borderlands 2 that serves as a prologue for the next chapter.Forza Horizon 4 Lego Speed ChampionsForza 8 is going to have to wait until next year, probably on Project Scarlett. But forget realistic racing games. Right now you can get this wacky DLC for Forza Horizon 4 that lets you drive as cars made of Lego blocks. Everything is awesome!State of Decay 2: HeartlandSony skipped this year’s E3 so we didn’t learn anything new about Last of Us Part 2. So I’m sure Microsoft is very happy for you to know there’s a big expansion for their zombie game, State of Decay 2, available right now.For more on E3 2019 watch these trailers. Stay on target
WASHINGTON — Republicans mounted a combative, coordinated drive Monday to salvage Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination as they fought to keep a second woman’s allegation of long-ago sexual misconduct from derailing his confirmation. President Donald Trump leapt to his defense, the top Senate Republican accused Democrats of a “smear campaign” and an emotional Kavanaugh pledged to fight for his nomination and proclaimed, “I’ve never sexually assaulted anyone.”That declaration, remarkable for a nominee to the nation’s highest court, came as Republicans embraced their newly aggressive stance and Kavanaugh’s prospects dangled precariously. The similar tones and wording they used in defending him suggested a concerted effort to undermine the women’s claims and portray an image of unity among GOP senators while pressing toward a confirmation vote.In the run-up to an appearance by Kavanaugh and his main accuser at a dramatic Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Trump called the accusations “totally political” and among “the single most unfair, unjust things to happen to a candidate for anything.” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., angrily accused Democrats of slinging “all the mud they could manufacture” and promised a full Senate vote soon, but specified no date.Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., retorted that if McConnell believed the allegations were a smear, “Why don’t you call for an FBI investigation?” Schumer accused Republicans of “a rush job to avoid the truth.”Trump has made clear he won’t order an FBI probe. McConnell said Thursday’s Judiciary Committee hearing would proceed, and No. 2 Senate GOP leader, John Cornyn of Texas, said the panel could vote on sending Kavanaugh’s nomination to the full Senate as early as Friday.
WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Wednesday asked Congress for an additional $4.5 billion in emergency funds for the U.S.-Mexico border as the administration contends with a surge of Central American migrant families, with the bulk of the funding for shelter and care.The number of families and children arriving alone to the border is outpacing the number of single adults, and their needs are much different. The U.S. is on track to have as many as 1 million crossing this year, the highest since the early 2000s, when mostly single men from Mexico crossed and were easily returned. Border stations were not constructed to handle such a large volume of children and families, and they have been pushed to the breaking point.But getting Democrats and Republicans to agree on the matter has been a challenge, partly because of President Donald Trump’s hardline rhetoric on immigration. It’s not clear whether Congress will approve such a request, especially because it comes on the heels of the longest government shutdown in history over funding for a border wall and Trump’s subsequent national emergency declaration, which skirted Congress altogether to seek funding elsewhere.This money, though, would not be used for border barriers at all, according to senior administration officials who spoke to reporters on condition of anonymity. It would be used to address urgent humanitarian needs, they said, and the money is needed quickly.The White House wants $3.3 billion for humanitarian aid to increase shelter capacity for unaccompanied migrant children and the feeding and care of families. An additional $1.1 billion would go toward operational support, including personnel expenses, detention beds, transportation and investigative work on smuggling. And the final $178 million would be used for mission support, including technology upgrades.
MyanmarThe Myanmar government has granted amnesty to 51 foreigners serving prison terms in the country, the President’s Office said on Tuesday.The amnesty was granted as a gesture to mark the new calendar year in the country, in view of relations with the foreign nations and on ground of humanity, the announcement said.The pardoned foreign prisoners were deported, Xinhua news agency reported.It was also the first amnesty announcement after new president U Win Myint assumed office on 30 March.
Afghan soldiers carry an injured man after a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan on 22 July 2018. — ReutersAfghan vice president Abdul Rashid Dostum narrowly escaped a suicide bomb attack at Kabul airport as he returned home on Sunday from more than a year in exile in Turkey over allegations of torturing and abusing a political rival.Dostum, who left Afghanistan last year after heavy pressure from Western donors including the United States, had exited the airport in a motorcade only minutes before the explosion, which police said killed at least 14 people and wounded more than 50.He was unharmed in the blast. A little over a mile from where the attack took place, cheering supporters who had been waiting for hours gave him a red carpet reception at a rally at his office compound.However, the incident underlined the increasingly volatile and unstable political climate in Kabul ahead of parliamentary elections in October that are seen as a dry run for more important presidential elections early next year.Dostum’s triumphant return was in stark contrast to the outrage he faced after reports in 2016 that his guards had seized political rival Ahmad Eshchi and subjected him to beatings, torture and violent sexual abuse.He denied Eshchi’s accusations but, amid international demands that he face justice to show that powerful political leaders were not above the law, he left the country in May last year, ostensibly to seek medical treatment in Turkey.Even in exile, he remained a powerful figure with wide support among his fellow ethnic Uzbeks in northern Afghanistan. While in Turkey, he also formed an alliance with two other powerful leaders, Atta Mohammad Noor, a major force among ethnic Tajiks and Mohammad Mohaqiq, a leader of the Hazara minority both of whom joined him in Kabul on Sunday.President Ashraf Ghani now faces the challenge of reintegrating Dostum, an ally in the disputed 2014 election who helped deliver the ethnic Uzbek vote but a volatile and unpredictable partner.Dostum’s return followed more than two weeks of sometimes violent demonstrations by supporters demanding the release of one of his militia commanders who was arrested following a dispute with officers in the regular security forces.In remarks to his supporters, he made a brief reference to the commander, Nizamuddin Qaisari, who remains in custody pending an investigation. But Dostum also called on protesters who had blocked roads and government offices in northern Afghanistan to end their demonstrations.Once referred to as a “quintessential warlord” by the US state department, Dostum has long been accused of serious human rights abuses. Shortly after the US-led campaign in 2001, he was accused of killing Taliban prisoners by leaving them locked in airless cargo containers. He has denied the accusations.
Most kids have pet dogs. These kids have pet longhorns. In part one of our two part series “The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Behind the Scenes,” we learn a bit about one of the most important parts of the Houston rodeo, the Junior Livestock Show. Two young junior livestock exhibitors, Lucas and Zachary Zarsky, tell us about their longhorns, and what it means to “present” at the Houston Rodeo. If you have problems with time management, you could learn a thing or two from these boys. Share
Easily Assign Tasks With Google AssistantLGBTQ+ Video Creators Sue YouTube, Google Stay on target Steve Irwin, the legendary “Crocodile Hunter” and TV personality from Australia, is being commemorated by Google on what would have been his 57th birthday.Irwin, who tragically passed away in 2006, was known as an avid wildlife enthusiast and loving family man. To celebrate Irwin’s legacy, Google is unveiling six new doodles on Feb. 22. In the drawings, a cute animated Irwin is shown feeding crocodiles, exploring the outdoors, smiling on a billboard, and spending time with his wife and children.Steve has been honoured with a #GoogleDoodle! Happy Birthday for tomorrow, to the greatest Wildlife Warrior. We’re so proud @googledownunder pic.twitter.com/MPne0neXWn— Australia Zoo (@AustraliaZoo) February 21, 2019As a child, Irwin spent a lot of time at his parent’s reptile park in Queensland, Australia. At the park, he started working with crocodiles and became passionate about crocodile conservation efforts. Eventually, Irwin started managing the reptile park, which was renamed Queensland Reptile and Fauna Park. Today, the park is known as the Australia Zoo..@BindiIrwin shares a side-by-side photo of @RobertIrwin & Steve Irwin on The Tonight Show https://t.co/ZOri5a34Zc pic.twitter.com/1YXbtcoj6d— Fallon Tonight (@FallonTonight) February 16, 2019Irwin then met his future wife Terri, who visited the zoo on a trip. The couple spent their honeymoon capturing crocodiles on video, and their footage became the first episode of The Crocodile Hunter, an animal series that was watched by over 500 million people worldwide. In 2001, the Australian government awarded Irwin the Centenary Medal for a lifetime of service and three years later, he was nominated for Australian of the Year.Today, the world remembers Irwin’s efforts on Steve Irwin Day, which takes place annually on Nov. 15. The international celebration involves family, fun, and wildlife initiatives that pay tribute to the Irwin family’s animal conservation initiatives.More on Geek.com:Google Earth Takes You On ‘Voyage Through Black History’ Google Apologizes for ‘Hidden’ Nest Secure Microphone DramaGoogle Maps AR Navigation Is Being Tested by Some Early Users